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August 10, 2008, - August 16,  2008

Working at the Car Wash

August 16, 2008 - Northboro - Southboro Pop Warner cheerleaders spruce up customer cars as a fundraiser this morning at the transfer station.

Quick Stop

August 16, 2008 - Captain Joe Hubley discusses with Lt. Sadowsky operations at a home on Kidder Lane this morning.  An item was left unattended on the stove causing a lot of smoke.  Firefighters had to set up fans to evacuate the smoke.  Firefighters pack the hoseline that was layed up Kidder Lane.  The line did not fortunately did not have to be used.

It's good to keep domestic cats indoors

August 16, 2008 - by Linda Hubley - Drive around town and you will see numerous lost cat posters hanging from telephone poles and the multiple bulletin boards of area businesses and the transfer station. What is happening to the cats? Many people blame the coyote for the missing cats, and I’m sure that they account for several. But, there is a new predator that’s been around this neck of the woods since sometime in the 1990’s and it is the Fisher Cat. The Baldelli’s heard a cat scream around 1:00 AM just over a week ago followed by an unearthly sound. Roland Baldelli, a hunter, recognized the second scream and ran out to save his cat. Thomas the cat was nowhere to be found. He would later be found hiding in bushes and hurt. Several bites and claw marks had Thomas going to the Vets where he spent several days recovering. Thomas is home now but has to wear his cone. The eleven year old cat has to change his lifestyle and become an indoor cat. Fortunately for Thomas he was only injured by the Fisher Cat.

Last August, our family lost our 15 year old orange Manx cat to what we believe was a Fisher cat. All we were able to retrieve was some orange fur. Bambi weighed about 20 pounds and rarely left our porch but to use the outside facilities. Mostly he would sleep on the picnic table. The family had gone to bed around 9:30 AM and I’d come home about 11:00 PM and in that short time Bambi would be gone forever. Two nights after Bambi went missing we heard the unearthly scream of a Fisher Cat just across the street from us giving us more evidence that is probably what had happened to him. More recently, the Bourdon’s on Breakneck Hill Road lost several chickens and ducklings to an animal that they believe was a Fisher Cat.

Fisher Cats were once extinct in Massachusetts but have made an unbelievable comeback. Usually a forest animal, the Fisher Cat has found that the suburbs make excellent diners. Fisher Cats weigh between 8 and 16 pounds and can be three feet long from head to tail. They produce one to four kits per year. Usually they prefer a habitat of mixed woodlands and can be quite secretive. Although an area could have an abundant supply of Fishers a person may never see one. They are usually out dusk and dawn but will hunt at night in the summer and daytime in the winter months.

The Fisher cat can readily climb trees although many will hunt from the ground. An omnivore they will eat squirrels, rabbits, mice, birds, poultry, cats, fruit, carrion and will even grab a porcupine for dinner. So protect your cat by keeping your cat indoors.







Above photo Bambi, our beloved cat that we are pretty sure was taken by a Fisher Cat.  Right photo a male  Fisher cat mounted by Roland Baldelli, professional taxidermist. Above the Fisher cat photo is Thomas the cat with Elizabeth and daughter.  The legs of Thomas were bitten and clawed.  Note the large claws on the fisher to the right.  They also have nasty teeth.

Ramp almost Completed

August 15, 2008 - The new handicapped ramp at the Woodward Elementary school is nearly ready for the start of the new year.

Get your vehicle washed and support the Northboro Southboro T- Hawks at the same time. Tomorrow, Saturday 16, 2008 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Another Thunderstorm Rolls in

August 15, 2008 - Thunderstorm clouds roll in over the Southborough MBTA station announcing more thunder and lightening for the night.


dance centre

Open House


September 3, 2008

Established in 1978, by Annemarie Fairhurst, Annemarie's Dance Centre has instructed thousands of students.  Staffed with terrific and professional  instructors in many dance techniques, Annemarie's can teach young and old the basics or advanced movements.  The dancing phenomenon as seen on television can begin for you close by at the Annemarie's Dance Centre, conveniently located a short distance from Southborough just over the line into Ashland.  Limited openings are still available call 508-881-5109 or check www.annemariesdance.com 

Forty minute class times for three year olds are Tuesday @ 10:20, Wednesday @ 10:35, Thursday @ 10:20, Friday @ 10:20, Saturday @ 9:25 and a newly added class Friday @ 1:00 PM. 

Ballet/Tap Combination 45 minute classes for four year olds are Tuesday @ 9:30 & 1:30, Thursday @ 9:30 & 1:30, Friday @ 9:30 and Saturday @ 11:05.

Ballet/Tap Combination  60 minute classes for five year olds are  Wednesday @ 9:30 & 1:30

Ballet/Tap Combination 60 minute classes for six year olds are Wednesday & Friday @ 4:00 PM, Saturday @ 12:00 PM

Ballet/Creative Movement 60 minute classes for six year olds are full at this time

Ballet/Tap Combination for seven year olds are Tuesday @ 4:00 PM, Friday @ 3:55 PM and Saturday @ 11:00 AM

Ballet/Creative Movement/Intro to Jazz 60 minute classes for seven year olds are Monday @ 3:55

For students 8 years to advanced levels,  please call Annemarie's Dance Centre at 508 - 881 - 5109

Classes for students 8 years to advanced levels offered are for Classical Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern and Adult Classes.

Click here for the Daily Schedule, Middlesex County 4H Fair website with hours and directions and loads more information.


August 15, 2008 - Although just weeds, they put on a wonderful show of color.


August 14, 2008 - Hot tracks steam away after a quick shower.

Fly High

August 14, 2008 - The Hood blimp passes over Southborough today.  After this photo, it was heard changing course as a thunderstorm rumbled west of Rte. 495.

Lighting the Way

August 14, 2008 - A passive solar garden lamp tries to soak up what little sunshine it can get.

State Representative Jim Vallee, Tenth Norfolk, representing Franklin and Precincts 2,3, and 4 of Medway, is endorsing, Ed Mills of Hopkinton, for the open state representative seat in the Eighth Middlesex due to the retirement of Rep Paul Loscocco.

Vallee says of Mills, “ Ed is spending his summer knocking on the doors of the voters in Medway and all the towns in the Eighth Middlesex district hearing the concerns and priorities one at a time. Ed is a good and decent man with an appetite for hard work and helping his neighbors whenever possible. I look forward to serving with him in the House of Representatives to bring resources back to the district for such important priorities as green technology projects in the schools, resources for our police and fire departments, and monies for road repair”.  Mills says of Vallee, “ Jim is serving our country this summer through his time in the Army reserves. As well, he has given me invaluable insight into the work that he is doing on the House Ways and Means Committee and the resource needs of the town of Medway”. The town is represented in the legislature by both Vallee’s seat and the contested seat of the Eighth Middlesex. The primary election day is September 16, 2008.

Colors of Summer

August 9, 2008 - A potted plant sits among the many flowers and plants at Gulbankian Farms and Garden Center.

A dry spot

August 9, 2008 - This dragonfly seemed to have been hovering looking for a nice dry sunny spot.  Sounds good to me.

Sunny Day

August 13, 2008 - The Sudbury Reservoir is bathed in sun today finally.

"Oreo Cookie" dots the landscape

August 13, 2008 - The Belted Galloways roam all spread out at the Davco Farms Conservation lands.

St. Bernadette School & Parish will host its 16th Annual Community Fall Festival on Sept. 5th, 5 – 10 PM & Sept. 6th, 10 AM – 10 PM

  266 Main St. in Northborough. Enjoy family fun with children’s Giant Inflatable Play Land, plus lots of games and activities for kids and adults. The fun also includes prizes, sweet treats, a flea market, the $10,000 Mega Cash Raffle, Sweepstakes Raffle, sports and gift basket raffles, Bingo, and more. General admission is free.

For the first time, the Festival will host a Children’s Favorite Character Breakfast and Magic Show where kids can eat with Elmo, Dora, Batman, Sponge Bob, and other favorite friends. A Teen Dance including pizza, soda, and chaperones begins at 7 PM on Saturday. Dinner at the festival, Porketta on Friday and BBQ Chicken on Saturday, is a tasty tradition.

Tickets for the $10,000 Mega Cash Raffle are on sale now. All-Access ride passes, Mega Cash tickets, and tickets for special events can be purchased in advance by calling 508-393-2838 or emailing: stbernadetteparish@charter.net or visit: www.stb-parish.org for a complete schedule of events.

The St. Bernadette School and Parish community includes over 26 area communities, including Southborough. All Festival proceeds will benefit parish and school programs including financial aid, academics, athletics and the arts

Parkerville Road South

August 13, 2008 - Work continues on Parkerville Road South replacing and repairing water mains.

Sparkles Goes To Boston

Book Update

Dayna and Sparkles would love to let their Southborough Readers and followers know what is happening with the new book Sparkle Goes To Boston.  To check on the book click this blog link

You can also click here to follow the exploits of Tango and Sparkles.  The photo to the left is Tango's first publicity photos.

Fungi or UFO

August 12, 2008 - After publishing several photos of mushrooms from lawns, reader John Kendall sent in his gigantic "puffball" in his garden. It's over 12" across and 10" high.

More Roadwork

August 12, 2008 - The west side of Breakneck Hill Road is prepped for a new sidewalk.



Southborough - The fifth annual celebration of Southborough Summer Nights will take place this Monday, August 25 at the Neary School field. The festivities will begin at 4:30pm and will end with a fireworks display set off at 8:00pm. Admission is free.

The fun and entertainment will be spread out across the Neary campus with areas blocked off from traffic so that people can move safely from one activity to the next. Families are encouraged to set up chairs or spread blankets on the grass and spend the evening. The Infractions will provide the live musical entertainment and spectators will get an up-close view of the fireworks show which will be launched from the Neary softball field. Pizza, subs, ice cream, fried dough and sushi will be available for purchase from local eating establishments.

Activities for younger children will begin early with pony rides, a moon walk, obstacle course, face painting and tattoos. The Fire Department will set up its popular bubble romp and slide. Older kids will enjoy the challenge of the rock climbing wall and the whole family can have fun taking a shot at dunking a friend or family member at the dunk tank fundraising event, new this year. It is recommended that parents pack towels for children who want to go in the bubble area or for anyone being dunked in the dunk tank.

The dunk tank event was devised as a fun way to get community members and residents involved with Summer Nights and to help local families in need at the same time. For a small donation, players can attempt to dunk a local personality, friend or family member into a 500 gallon dunk tank. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Friends of the Southborough Youth Commission to benefit Southborough Youth and Family Services. “The funds raised through the dunk tank will be used to help fund our Campership Program, which provides camp scholarships to Southborough children who would not otherwise be able to attend due to financial circumstances” said Laurie Sugarman-Whittier, Director of Southborough Youth and Family Services. “This is a program that started about fifteen years ago with a few children and a few camps, and has continued to grow over the years. We are delighted to be part of the Summer Nights celebration.”

The entire cost of the Summer Nights event is paid for through donations by local businesses. The fireworks are sponsored again this year by Bill Depietri of Capitol Group Properties and John Parsons of Parsons Commercial Group. Brendon Properties has sponsored the live music. Other supporters of the event include Wellen Construction, Compass Financial Services, Tomasso’s, and Southborough House of Pizza, the Fay School, New England Moves Mortgage, Middlesex Savings Bank and the Friends of Southborough Recreation.

Parking is available at the Neary School off of Parkerville Road, or at Trottier Middle School, coming in by way of Deerfoot Road. Schedule changes due to rain will be posted on the Recreation Department Hotline (508-229-4452) after 9pm Sunday.

Aztec Two-Step at the Crossroads Coffeehouse

Saturday, September 13, 2008
8:00 PM

$20 ticket

Old Center Hall
3 Great Pond Road
North Andover, MA

ATS will be opening the season celebrating Crossroads' 20th anniversary! Come celebrate!

Police Log

Monday 8/4/08

Patrol and building checks

Traffic enforcement: Main Street, Middle Road and Main Street, Oregon Road, Fairview, Parkerville, Southville Road, Route 85, Framingham Road, Middle Road, Northborough Road and Main Street, Rockpoint Road and Route 85, Route 85 and Cross Street

911 hang-ups: St. Martin Drive

21:13 gunshots heard, Lovers Lane

17:44 Larceny from MV Coslin Drive

17:28 Residential alarm Oregon Road

17:27 MVA route 9

15:33 erratic operator reported Route 85and Middle Road

15:03 MVA route 9

11:52 fire alarm Parkerville Road

11:44 vandalism Coslin Drive

11:24 residential alarm Sears Road

11:20 wires down route 9 and Flag Road

11:15 DPW called to Northborough Road

10:20 Domestic route 9

10:21 larceny from MV route 9

07:51 ACO Lovers Lane

06:04 ACO fox hit by car route 85

00:15 medical Main Street

Sunday 8/3/08

Patrol and building checks

Traffic Enforcement: route 85 at causeway, Richards & Parkerville Roads, route 85 and Acre Bridge Road

21:20 assist citizen with directions

20:39 large tree blocking road Pinehill at Clemmons

18:08 Residential alarm Clemmons

17:21 ACO Graystone, dog frothing

15:41 commercial alarm St. Martin Drive

12:46 Residential alarm Witherbee Lane

12:30 suspicious activity Liberty Road, pickup parked in driveway  More Police Log

Fire Department Log

Sunday 8/10/08






Monday 8/11/08






E23 FF KANE FF GOODSPEED  Click for more Fire Log

Saturday August 16, 2008  - Barbara J. Walker Butterfly Festival
Celebrate the 78 species of butterflies found at Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Rd., during the Barbara J. Walker Butterfly Festival from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Rain date: Aug. 17. Admission is $5 per person (ages 3 and above), with a max fee of $20 per family. For a complete schedule, visit www.massaudubon.org  or call (508) 753-6087.


Tufts Summer Lecture Series
Summer Sunset Lecture Series 2008 concludes Aug. 20 with “Reading Your Dog Like a Book: Behavioral Signals” at TCSVM in North Grafton. Open to the Public. For info, contact the Continuing Education Department at (508) 887-4723 and vetCEinfo@tufts.edu  or visit www.tufts.edu/vet/continedu

Almost in the Water

August 11, 2008 - This Volkswagon Jetta had been traveling on Marlborough Road when it was struck by a vehicle coming out of Sears Road.  The impact of the accident sent the red Jetta traveling off Marlborough Road for about 300 feet.  About a three inch diameter tree stopped the vehicle from entering the Sudbury Reservoir less than ten feet away from where the car stopped.  The ambulance responded and the drivers checked out but waivers were signed by both drivers for no transport to hospitals.  Ted's Towing was called to the scene where the red Jetta proved to be a little bit of a challenge in removal.


Vehicle that came out of Sears Road is loaded by Ted's employee.

Fire Lt. Jim Peltier, FF Paul Pierce and Southborough Police Sgt Jane Moran look on as Ted's Towing hook up the vehicle in the woods.

Ted's Towing employees complete hooking chain and cable to ready the car for pulling out of the woods.

Ted's employees finish checking the cable and await the driver and a friend taking items from the car before hauling it up.

And with all the rain

August 11, 2008 - Mushrooms are popping up everywhere from all this rain and dampness. Most yards look like mushroom farms in places.  More rain is predicted nearly every day this week.


Opportunities in Renewable Energy

Carolyn Dykema, Candidate for State Representative in the 8th Middlesex District, meets with Kevin Price, owner of Win Supply. Win Supply is a distributor of renewable energy products that has recently located in the area and will be installing Holliston’s first wind turbine.

(Democratic candidate for State Representative for the 8th Middlesex District. Ms. Dykema holds an MBA from Indiana University, is employed by a  Metrowest environmental engineering firm and has been endorsed by the Massachusetts Sierra Club.  She has also served on numerous public service committees including Metrowest Growth Management Committee, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board.)

August 10, 2008 — by Carolyn Dykema, Changing one light bulb certainly won't change the world, but replacing one incandescent bulb with a compact fluorescent in every household in the US would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes annually. That in turn would result in a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking more than 800,000 cars of the road.

Conservation and renewable energy must be part of a long-term approach to a cleaner environment - and to controlling energy costs that are draining our pocketbooks and town bank accounts.

In MetroWest we are positioned to lead the way. Not just by replacing our inefficient light bulbs, but by using our talents, economic resources, and technology to drive the development of clean, renewable, and sustainable sources of energy.

Locally, new businesses are already appearing. An alternative energy company will be installing Holliston's first wind turbine. A company in Southborough has received government funding to develop hydrogen fuel cells. Continued economic momentum will require our Legislature's ongoing commitment to energy-related incentives.

Early last month, Governor Patrick signed into law the Green Communities Act. This act provides structure and incentives to encourage clean and cost-effective energy alternatives. And this week the Massachusetts Legislature gave approval to a bill requiring emissions to be reduced by 25% from 1990 levels by 2020, and by as much as 80% by 2050. These measures will create demand for innovative solutions that fuel the creation of good new businesses.

A recent survey by the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust projects 30% job growth in the renewable energy sector in the coming years. Our legislators must continue to work with business groups, like the 495/Metrowest Corridor Partnership and Metrowest Chamber of Commerce, to learn how we can welcome and support these businesses. Renewable energy is a great opportunity to create good new jobs here in Massachusetts and Metrowest, and bolster an uncertain economy.

Our municipalities can also benefit from renewable energy incentives. The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (created by the legislature in 1998) is promoting Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). PPAs are contracts between towns and private companies to finance the installation of renewable energy projects on town property. A town "leases" space -- including roofs on municipal buildings -- to a private company that installs, for example, solar panels. In exchange, the town locks into a fixed price for purchasing energy. A PPA is making Hopkinton's new solar project at the schools possible. This is a win-win, creating predictable utility costs for our towns and tax breaks for the companies that finance these projects. That's the kind of creative solutions our towns desperately need as we seek solutions to local budget challenges.

By embracing renewable energy, we can protect our air, help our towns control energy costs, and provide a boost to our economy. Now that's a win-win-win and something our State Legislature should continue to take seriously.

Running for Linda And Judy

August 11, 2008 - Several dozen friends and family members gathered at the Moran home in Brewster, MA to run in memory of Linda Moran and her sister Judy.  Linda always enjoyed running in the 5.2 Annual Brew Run with her family.  All runners in the race had to pass by the Moran home with the signs and flags.

Storm Clouds

August 11, 2008 - Impressive storm clouds hover over the Metrowest area once again yesterday.

Southborough meetings

August 11 - August 15, 2008





BOARD OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES 8/12 5:00 PM Meeting Room Library
CABLE TELEVISION COMMITTEE 8/12 7:30 PM Cable Access office Fayville Hall


Southborough Public Library




Game Day drop-in



Open Crafts


6:30 PM 2nd/3rd grade book club





11:00 Music and Mother Goose 0-3


7:00 PJ Story Time



Truck Day/ Ice Cream Social




Senior Center Schedule

Monday 11

Tuesday 12

Wednesday 13

Thursday 14

Friday 15

8:30 Health Clinic



8:30 Health Clinic





9:30 Mah Jongg independent

9:30 Cribbage


11:00 chair exercise colonial gardens 10:00 Origami - Colonial Gardens 12:00 PM lunch
12:00 Lunch

12:00 PM Lunch

12:30 Spanish

12:30 Pitch

12:00 PM lunch

12:00 PM Lunch

  1:00 PM Bridge  

12:30 PM Pitch

2:00 Fitness   2:00 Fitness 1:00 PM bridge  



Dr. Robert P. Eaton, Director

Open Rehearsals

New Members Welcome

Tuesday, September 2nd


Monday, September 8th

7:30 to 9:45 PM

St. Mark’s School

Marlboro Road (Route 85), Southborough

For information: (978)-562-9838 or (508) 869-0438


Potential members of ASSABET VALLEY MASTERSINGERS will be welcomed at Open Rehearsals on Tuesday, September 2nd, and Monday September 8th. Rehearsal times for these dates and all regular Monday practices to follow will be from 7:30 until 9:45 PM at St. Mark’s School, Marlboro Road (Route 85), Southborough.

The first concert of the upcoming season, to be held on November 15th, will include the great choral favorite, Dona Nobis Pacem by Vaughan Williams. A Messiah Sing with audience participation will also be enjoyed on December 14th. An exciting program of Russian Choral Treasures in collaboration with Master Singers of Worcester and Worcester Polytechnic Institute will be sung on March 21st and 22nd, followed by 20th century works in Poetry in Song on May 16th.

In the past three decades the 75-member ASSABET VALLEY MASTERSINGERS chorus, directed by founder Robert P. Eaton, has gained a reputation for musical excellence and unusual programs. For those who enjoy a cappella singing in a small group there is the opportunity for participation in the Chambersingers, a community outreach ensemble.

Further information about the Mastersingers organization may be obtained by calling (978)-562-9838 or (508) 869-0438 or by searching www.avmsingers.org

Partial support for concerts has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and local Arts Lottery Boards.

Ed Mills, state representative contender in the 8thth Middlesex District, has named E. Teresa Touey as his campaign manager.

Touey has served most recently as a government relations consultant advising on projects between the life sciences communities of Massachusetts and Queensland, Australia securing the keynote speaker, U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, for the largest Asia-Pacific biotechnology conference. Since 1994, she has served in key leadership roles in the campaigns of Senators Kennedy and Kerry, Congressman Markey and McGovern, Pennsylvania Congressman Vice-Admiral Joe Sestak, Massachusetts Democratic Congressional Candidate, Lowell City Councilor Eileen Donoghue, and former Massachusetts State Treasurer and Gubernatorial Democratic Nominee, Shannon O’Brien. In 2004, she chaired the Natick Democratic Town Committee leading several projects: a presidential debate at Natick High School featuring Congressman Barney Frank as well as providing key support for the election of State Senator Karen Spilka, State Representative David Linsky and State Representative Alice Peisch. Having served on the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee since 1995, last fall she observed the compulsory national election system in Australia in the Brisbane offices of the two members of federal Parliament, Kevin Rudd and Arch Bevis. Kevin is now the country’s prime minister. Her favorite campaign is the resounding re-election of her town meeting member from Natick’s Precinct One, Frank Volpe, the best Metrowest vote getter for the Democratic party.

Of Mills, Touey says, "I am certain that Ed Mills will work hard, care and make a difference for the voters of his hometown of Hopkinton, as well as Holliston, Medway, Southborough and Westborough. Ed Mills stands for the values of many Americans. He dreams of a better future for his children and his grandchildren. He is the kind of candidate who understands the best that America has to offer: a good sound economy and a good sound democracy which will secure our position in the global community while making the five towns of this district a place where anyone would want to work and raise their family”.

The state Democratic Primary will be held Sept. 16.  (Ed Mills'  campaign manager, E. Teresa Touey, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and Frank Volpe of Natick)