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August 24, 2008, - August 30,  2008

The Southborough News Wishes Everyone

Have a Fun and Safe Labor Day Weekend

Massachusetts State Police, Local Police and MADD Urge Safer Holiday Driving

As part of their continuing effort to keep Massachusetts roadways safe, the Massachusetts State Police, Boston Police Department, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) gathered today in South Boston to raise awareness about the dangers of operating under the influence. Representatives from the agencies were joined by Brian Candow, whose unborn daughter was killed and whose wife was seriously injured when their car was hit by a drunk driver in 2005.

The event was part of the Commonwealth's "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest" mobilization, which began Aug. 13 and runs through Sept. 3. During the mobilization, extra traffic enforcement will be conducted by the Massachusetts State Police and more than 240 local law enforcement agencies in coordination with a public education campaign, made possible by $1.15 million in federal grant funding provided through EOPSS. State Police alone are rolling an additional 210 patrols, above and beyond their regular patrols.

"We are days away from the Labor Day holiday and all the barbeques, beach outings and road trips that get squeezed into summer’s waning days," said Colonel Mark. F. Delaney, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police. "These days carry with them numerous opportunities to consume alcohol. We want people to enjoy themselves, but we want them, as they do so, to be smart, safe and – if they are driving – absolutely sober."

In 2006, NHTSA reported that there were 174 alcohol-related fatalities across the state. Traffic enforcement and public education efforts, like those funded during the current "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest" campaign, aim to reduce that number.

Colonel Delaney said the number of drunk driving arrests made by State Police has increased steadily over the last few years. In 2005, State Police arrested 2,869 drunk drivers. In 2006, State Police made 3,860 OUI arrests, and in 2007, they made 4,879 OUI arrests. By Aug. 18 of this year, Delaney said, State Police had made 3,194 drunk driving arrests, slightly more than they had by that date last year.
"The most recent statistics show that one out of every three people knows someone that has been killed or injured by a drunk driver," said David DeIuliis, communications director of MADD's Massachusetts chapter. "We and the police share a common goal of eliminating drunk driving and appreciate these latest efforts in that fight."
For more information, go to www.mass.gov/highwaysafety.

Plush Snowball Tree

August 29, 2008 - This Southville Road Hydrangea tree is plush with flowers and bees this year. Hundreds of bees of all kinds were competing for the sweet nectar of the flowers.

Ed Mills Begins MA Turnpike Petition Drive

August 29, 2008 - Holliston – Mr. and Mrs. Smith of Holliston pictured here with Ed Mills sign the petition to voice their sense that it is wrong for commuters in metro-west to shoulder the burden of paying for the Big Dig fiasco. The petition is asking for simple and timely fairness to roll back the Mass Turnpike tolls to pre-Big Dig levels. Ed took time out of his door to door canvassing this weekend to gather over sixty signatures on the petition in under Twenty four hours in two retail areas of Holliston: in front of the Superette and the CVS.

Preliminary Office Park Ideas for Verizon Property unveiled

August 29, 2008 - Last night at a joint meeting of the Southborough Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board along with other town officials, William S. Zielinski of SKW Partners, Inc and Al Spagnolo of Spagnolo Gisness and Associates Inc. presented their first presentation of what they would like to bring to the town.

In December of 2007, SKW Partners purchased the property at 325 Turnpike Road from Verizon. Verizon currently is still utilizing the warehouse. Mr. Zielinski visions a high end office complex with courtyards and open spaces. He spoke that the buildings would be environmentally friendly and utilizing some of the newest energy savings techniques.

Currently the Verizon warehouse is around 350,000 SF. SKW Partners would like to have the area rezoned so that they would be allowed to build under their first option which is a campus style that would include 987,000 SF of office space within two five story, two four story and two parking structures. Currently the town of Southborough allows three stories. Another option being looked at would be 712,000 SF with several buildings no higher than the three stories.

The new owners have approached the MA Highway department requesting a bridge preferably rather than the flyover that EMC was requesting. The bridge seems to work better for the Verizon property allowing the owners to incorporate more features and a smoother flow of traffic rather than the traffic light, which under the Flyover still incorporates the light.

After the PowerPoint presentation the meeting was open to the boards, town officials and town residents several questions and points were raised. Several residents of the abutting Orchard Road were very concerned with the height of four and five story buildings and the view that might be seen from their homes. Other concerns were traffic, hours of operation and lighting and how they might affect the neighborhood. Planning Board member Don Morris explained to the developers and the audience the master plan and then work the new committee is doing and emphasized that Southborough is a town of Neighborhoods and they like to protect the neighborhoods. Mrs. Phaneuf explained that the business district is on route 9 and that she would like to see more tax revenue from these parcels on Route 9 that are coming up for development.

Mr. John Bartolini spoke about the overlay zoning and as a commercial land owner across the street would special overlays on the properties devalue the smaller individual owners. Mr. Zielinski did not think so but offered to speak with Mr. Bartolini in the future about his concerns. Planning Board member Mary Hynes mentioned that she has been at many meetings where PowerPoint presentations were made and initial concessions hammered out to only have town meeting approve re-zoning and then the developer disappear with the promises. Selectman Boland made sure that the residents attending the meeting knew that this was a very preliminary meeting and advised the residents of Orchard Road to gather the residents together, appoint spokespersons and to work with the developer.

SKW Partners, Inc. will be initiating within the next few months applications to MEPA and the various town boards to get the process moving so that at the Annual Town meeting a zoning article can be drawn. Mr. Zielinski said that he has approached the town with a “not down your throat” attitude and looks forward to working with all concerned.

From the Senior Center

The Windup and the Kick

August 29, 2008 - Southborough Recreation campers have some fun playing Kickball during the last week of the sessions at the Finn School earlier this month.


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.

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

Algonquin Regional to hold Open House

“Building for the Future”

Algonquin Regional High School

79 Bartlett Street, Northborough, Massachusetts

Grand Opening

You are invited to attend

An Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

of the

Addition and Renovation


Algonquin Regional High School


Thursday, September 4, 2008


6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Other events: guided tours, showcase of student work,

department highlights and refreshments

Pickerel Weed

August 28, 2008 - The Pickerel paints the Sudbury Reservoir shoreline.

Crowd Control

August 28, 2008 - CERT member Tony Rea and Police officer Michael Osattin discuss the crowd and parking situation at the Southborough Summer Nights event earlier this week.

Carolyn Dykema will be attending the press conference at 9:30 am on Thursday, September 4th, in front of the MA State House.  Please stop by to hear Congresswoman Tsongas and other endorsed and elected officials speak about the importance of supporting female candidates for office.

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas to speak at MWPC Breakfast and to Join a Press Conference in Support of Endorsed Candidates


Boston–- The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (MWPC) today announced that Congresswoman Niki Tsongas will be the featured speaker at the next Commonwealth Commentary—a quarterly breakfast series featuring prominent political, policy and civic leaders from across the Commonwealth.  


After the breakfast, the MWPC will conduct a press conference outside of the State House with Caucus endorsed candidates and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. In a show of unity and support, they will speak about the importance of supporting female candidates and electing more women to public office.


What:             MWPC's Commonwealth Commentary Breakfast Series and Press Conference     

Who:               Congresswoman Niki Tsongas to speak at breakfast and hold press

                        conference with MWPC endorsed candidates.

When:             Thursday, September 4th, 2008 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Where:           Union Club Boston

                        8 Park Street, Boston

NOTE:            Press conference will begin at 9:30 a.m. in front of the State House on Beacon Street.


About MWPC

The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus is a multipartisan organization founded in 1971 to maximize the participation of women of all ages in the political process and to increase the number of women appointed and elected to public office and public policy positions. MWPC also sponsors the Red Alert networking series, annual Good Guys Awards, Campaign Skills Workshop, and Tribute to Abigail Adams.


About Commonwealth Commentary

Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Boston Women's Business, the series is a regular forum for women to influence the conversation on relevant public policy and political issues facing Massachusetts.  The series continues MWPC's commitment to providing arenas for women to participate in the political process.

Registration Closes September 1, 2008 for limited spots

Fall Baseball & Softball Registration
Space is limited, so register now!

Register for Fall Baseball / Softball here!

More Information on SYB's Fall Program - here

SYB's Fall Program is open enrollment, but with a limited number of spots.  The fall program  
is considered "Developmental / Competitive", allowing developmental opportunities, but also
encouraging the more skilled players to advance their skills through game play.  The fall
program will run from September 7th through late October.
  Questions? Comments?  Please Contact the Registration Coordinator

 August 28, 2008  - from the Fire Department - The aerial ladder portion of Ladder 26 is out of service and can no longer be used for firefighting or rescues. A committee has been working for several months conducting research and exploring all options regarding an aerial ladder for Southborough. In the mean time, when a ladder truck is needed to fight a fire or for rescues, Southborough calls upon surrounding towns through the Mutual Aid agreement for a ladder truck, if they are available. This will result in a delay of a ladder responding to Southborough homes and businesses.

From the Southborough News -  Ladder 26 has been in use with the Southborough Fire Department since 1994.  It is a 1984 Hahn Firespire 106' Aerial Ladder that was acquired by the Town of Southborough from the Tenafly, NJ Fire Department.  In covering several fires over the past year, ladder trucks from area towns such as Westborough and Marlborough have been called to the scene when such a truck has been needed.  However, at a house fire on Oak Hill Road this past winter area town ladder trucks were unavailable due to maintenance issues and out at other jobs.  At that fire no ladder truck was provided. Under the mutual aid pact that area towns participate in, a town may call in extra assistance in manpower and equipment.  The reliability of mutual aid ladder trucks definitely depends on availability and if one is not available Southborough could be in jeopardy.

Hooray for Books is hosting an Open House on Wednesday, Sept. 10th

from 10-2:00 at 89 Hayden Rowe in Hopkinton across from the Hop HS/tennis courts. Our enrichment classes (for 1-10 year olds) teach children to read with a side of cooking and a cup of humor. We are celebrating 8 years in business. Stop in with or without children to see our whimsical classroom, view some lessons/cooking activities, register for a class, meet the staff, and see what the HFB reading advantage is all about. Fall sessions begin Sept. 15th! Check out www.hoorayforbooks.com

Get your Car Washed

A string of fine weather is upon us.  Get that dirty, dusty car cleaned.  Choice Car Wash provides one of the newest and technological car washes around.  Two bays offer Rite Touch or Touch Free.  Click here for more information about Choice Car Wash conveniently located on Route 30 in Southborough.

The Alzheimer's Association invites you to...
Please RSVP to carolyn.whipple@alz.org. RSVP's to events@alzmass.org were not received. We apologize for the inconvenience.
cutting-edge Alzheimer's research and learn about exciting discoveries that may change the face of Alzheimer's disease.
more about Memory Walk and how it moves us closer to a world without Alzheimer's disease.
Take a step
to end Alzheimer's disease by attending this informational breakfast and join thousands of others in Massachusetts in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.
Featured guest speakers include:
Brent Forester, MD, Director, Mood Disorders Division of the Geriatric Psychiatry Research Program, McLean Hospital, Karen and Bob Bettacchi, Family members and others.
Thursday, September 4
7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
Newton Marriott, Newton, MA
2345 Commonwealth Ave.
Conveniently located off Interstate 90/Mass Pike
Onsite free parking available
Continental breakfast will be served
RSVP by Tuesday, September 2 to carolyn.whipple@alz.org or 617-393-2047.
The Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk® is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research.
Made possible by Genworth Financial

Southborough Police reminds everyone

School is in Session - Drive Carefully


School Buses

Yellow school buses have flashing red lights and stop signs that fold out from the driver’s side. School pupil transport vehicles, like vans, station wagons, or family sedans, have flashing red lights and SCHOOL BUS signs on top. Drivers of either kind of school vehicle use these warning signals when letting pupils on and off.

No matter which side of the road you are traveling on, if you come upon a school bus or a school pupil transport vehicle

with its lights flashing and a stop sign extended, you must stop. It is the law.

Remain stopped until the lights stop flashing or the stop sign folds back.

A first violation of this law can result in license suspension and a fine of $250. Even after the warning signals have stopped, you should proceed slowly and continue to look around for children. The only exception to this law is if a school bus has stopped on the other side of a divided highway with a barrier between travel directions. In this case, you do not have to stop.

More Photos from Summer Nights

August 27, 2008 - A large crowd descended on the Neary School to enjoy a beautiful night out listening to the Infractions, eating ice cream and fried dough, riding ponies, bouncing or sliding and more.

Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist Shop

August 27, 2008 - The mums are in and ready to be bought and planted for your fall garden.  So get a head start on your fall colors around your home.  While at Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist Shop check out their gift shop for some great sweaters, T shirts, fall decorations, candles, Stonewall jellies, jams, mixes and more.

Fire Log

Saturday 8/23/08


Sunday 8/24/08



Monday 8/25/08














Short Trips

Purgatory Chasm State Reservation

Looking for day trips close by in Massachusetts?  Cost savings adventures? Try a trip like the Ulfelders did.  They drove to Purgatory Chasm in Sutton, MA just half hour away.  This unique park features a quarter mile of rock walls as high as 70'.  The rock formations have names such as the Coffin, The Pulpit, Fat Man's Misery, The Corn Crib and Lover's Leap.  Formed by an ice age over 14,000 years ago these                         (photos courtesy of the Ulfelders)    rocks and ledges offer scenic vistas, coolness on hot summer days and lots of adventuresome hikes below, on top and throughout the park.  Picnic tables and restrooms available.  Click here for more information on Purgatory Chasm State Reservation. 

If you have a favorite hike, park, museum, sports event or place that you think should be highlighted on the Southborough News, send it to editor@southboroughnews.com with one or two photos to be highlighted on the Southborough News.


(Craig Smith Photo)

SVT Launches New Website:

Enhanced Resources on svtweb.org Include Online Activities Registration, Trail Map Finder and Nature Sightings Photos from the Region

The newly redesigned website of Sudbury Valley Trustees, now live at www.svtweb.org  extends the reach of all SVT’s conservation programs. The website will better serve SVT members and the general public interested in conservation and wildlife habitat. The redesign incorporates better graphics, completely new navigational tools, new interactive programs such as the trail map finder, and information on how to conserve land with SVT. The redesign was made possible with a grant from The Sudbury Foundation.

Among the features on SVT’s homepage is a primer about invasive plant control and a brochure, Improving Wildlife Habitat in Your Backyard.

 The “About” section provides new users with information about the organization and its history. Visitors can also purchase SVT publications online at the "Bookstore," find out about news from SVT such as new land protection projects, renew their membership and explore volunteer opportunities.

Explore the new SVT website and have fun with the following “treasure” hunt.

  1. Find and download a PDF map of Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland.

  2. How can I renew my SVT membership?

  3. Where can I go to see a list of letterboxes on SVT land?

  4. How many acres is Cowassock Woods in Ashland and Framingham?

  5. How much does it cost for a member to buy the book “Sudbury Valley Trustees: 50 Years of Conservation”?

  6. What year was SVT founded?

  7. If you would like to protect your property, but retain ownership of the land, then how might you do this?

  8. Can you walk your dog on a SVT reservation?

  9. Who should you contact if your business would like to sponsor a SVT event?

  10. How do you register for the upcoming Mushroom Walk at Wolbach Farm in Sudbury?

Sudbury Valley Trustees is a land trust founded in 1953, dedicated to conserving land and wildlife habitat in the 36-town region that is the Concord, Assabet, and Sudbury river basin.

Summer Nights

August 26, 2008 - Thousands enjoyed a nice night out at the Neary school in Southborough last night as the Southborough Recreation and a host of local businesses along with the Friends of the Southborough Recreation.  This was the fifth year that Southborough has offered Summer Nights.

August 26, 2008 - More photos will be put up later this week.


The new owner of the Verizon site on Route 9 will make a presentation to the Southborough Selectmen and Planning Board to discuss his ideas for the potential redevelopment of the property.  This presentation will take place:

August 28, 2008

7:00 PM

Senior Center, 9 Cordaville Hall

All are invited to attend

Book Review will meet at the library the first Wednesday of every month.

The next meeting will be

Wednesday, Sept. 3rd at 10:00 AM.

The books to be discussed are

People of the Book

by Geraldine Brooks


Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

by Barbara Kingsolver

If you are interested, please ask at the front desk for more information or to order a copy of the book.

Holliston -- From his campaign headquarters, Edward J. Mills of Hopkinton is announcing a petition drive starting this Saturday. At this point in his race to secure the state representative seat on Primary Election Day for the Democratic Party, Mr. Mills has knocked on over 3,000 doors in the communities of Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, Southborough, and Westborough. Among the issues he has heard from the voters is that it is wrong for commuters in metro-west to shoulder the burden of paying for the Big Dig fiasco. Just this week the Secretary of Transportation has gone on record telling us that there will be no tolls on Route 93, information on where relief will not come from but no information on help for the commuters of metro-west. Friday, the head of the Mass Turnpike called for the elimination of the fast lane discount. This is the equivalent of an immediate toll increase for metro-west communities. Enough is enough! Mr. Mills finds this unacceptable and will be adding the petition drive to his campaign activity. Ed will be accepting all signatures from those voters interested in signing a petition to ask all parties to roll back the Mass Turnpike tolls to pre-Bid Dig levels. This Saturday he will be taking signatures from nine to eleven in the morning in front of the Superette in Holliston below his headquarters. Mr. Mills will carry this petition for basic fairness to each community in the 8th Middlesex District. Ed ill deliver copies of this petition to the Governor’s office, Secretary of Transportation, and the Mass Turnpike Board.

Arabian Nights

August 26, 2008 - Arabian Nights was the theme for the 2008 Annual Middlesex County 4H Fair.  This exhibit of Turkeys had to share the pen with all sorts of items representing Arabian Nights.

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

Project Smile
Get your tickets:

Project Smile 5th Anniversary Celebration and Calendar Debut Party
Friday, October 3, 6:30 pm, Doubletree Hotel, Milford.

Featuring special guests, Gail Huff and J.C. Monahan from News Channel 5, Boston, tremendous silent auction, live music and more!

Click here for tickets and more info.


Second Annual Date Auction Only Weeks Away!

Months of planning and organizing are coming to an end, as the Second Annual Project Smile Date Auction is only a few weeks away, on Friday, September 19, 6:30 pm at Gypsy Bar, 116 Boylston Street, Boston.

The single guys and ladies have been chosen- 18 hot and very eligible fire fighters, police officers and other Boston area guys and 18 beautiful ladies are ready to be auctioned off. Not only does the event feature some of Boston’s finest, but each guy will come with a pair of sexy high heels for the lady who is the winning bidder, courtesy of Sofft Shoes! Each “couple” will receive a gift certificate to use on their date.

The event will also feature a silent auction with sports memorabilia, show tickets, gym memberships and other items. Rob Sardella of Leopard Spots Artistic Services will be providing complimentary caricatures and temporary tattoos. Smart Water will also be giving out complimentary bottled water to help guests stay hydrated while they wage a bidding war!

Tickets are only $13 which includes a raffle entry. All proceeds from the event support Project Smile. Get your tickets now at www.projectsmile.org/events.htm This is an event not to be missed!

The Second Annual Date Auction is proudly presented by Table For Eight and platinum sponsors Ameriprise Financial, Pure Romance by Jessica Youlton, Dirty Water TV, Stuff @ Night, Yelp.com, Boston Ski & Sports Club and Boston Event Guide.



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.

Southborough Kindergroup is a cooperative playgroup for 0-5 year olds.  Members are able to help their children learn to play with others while meeting local parents/caregivers.  Kindergroup's 08-09 season is kicking off early this September.   Membership enrollment is open all year.  For more details, contact Membership Coordinator Kathryn Marous at kmarous@charter.net  or (508) 357-8814.   

Butterflies are Free

August 25, 2008 - Butterflies are free for photographing in the natural environment around town as attested to this colorful photo sent in by Rachel Truman.

4-H Fair

August 25, 2008 - These five photos represent the five youngsters from the Woodville Trailbusters 4-H Horse club that live in Southborough and showed at the Middlesex County 4-H Fair which was held this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Southborough meetings

August 25 - August 29, 2008





ZONING ADVISORY COMMITTEE 8/25 6:30 PM Memorial Hall Fire Station
ASSABET VALLEY REG. VOC. DISTRICT SCHOOL COMM. 8/26 7:00 PM School Committee Conference Room Assabet Valley Regional
8/27 7:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
COMMUNITY PRESERVATION 8/28 7:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
Senior Center Schedule

Monday 25

Tuesday 26

Wednesday 27

Thursday 28

Friday 29

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