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October 26,  2008 - November 1, 2008

Spring forward...Fall back.... It's time to turn the clock back an hour when you go to sleep tonight.  As it is a good reminder, replace batteries in your smoke detectors.

Furnace Problem

November 1, 2008 - When workers arrived at National Construction Rentals, Southville Road this morning they were surprised upon opening the door to find smoke in the building and called the Southborough Fire Department.  Firefighters checked the building and found a furnace problem.  They opened the doors and brought fans in to evacuate the smoke. Below Firefighter Goodspeed picks up the fan and wiring after the building was clear of smoke.

 

Neary Parade of Words

Neary School students paraded throughout the school yesterday dressed with hats designed with their assigned word.  Creative hats abounded with stars, sunshine and the students ideas of what the words meant. (contributed photos)

 

 

 

Halloween Goblins abounded around Town yesterday

November 1, 2008 - Goblins from Southborough Kindergroup paraded through the Town House yesterday starting early with their trick or treating.  Below, young visitors to the Southborough Library found many activities and Halloween books available all day long.

Photos from the Annual Southborough Fire Association Halloween Parade

Letter to the Editor -Nov.1, 2008  For Haley

I am a 4 term Selectman in Holliston, currently serving in my 10th year. I have also served on the Holliston Finance Committee, Golf Course Advisory Committee, Sewer Study Committee and numerous other joint bodies. I have been a member of the Holliston Lions club for 13 years and a member of Celebrate Holliston for over decade, while serving as this year's chairman. I also served 3 terms as Chairman of the 495 Metrowest  Corridor Partnership, the Arc of Innovation, where as Municipal co-chair, I represented 31 cities and towns.
 I am married and have 2 children who attend the Holliston Public schools.
  
    As the candidates in the 8th Middlesex State Representative race know, I have not endorsed anyone to date. I have waited for the debates to conclude and to review each candidate's position carefully. I feel I owed that to the constituents who have elected me to serve in their best interests. These debates showed that their were ideas to be debated, not just concepts such as hard work, the need to work together on Beacon Hill and the need for new ideas. The latter are buzz words for "elect me and I will work hard". Frankly, if someone did not work at the job and get results, we can replace them a short 2 years later.

I also read literature mailed to my home by both candidates, and other groups supporting one candidate over another.

To be candid, I have never favored unions and interests groups telling me what is best for me and my family.
  
I personally know both candidates, having consulted often with Mr. Haley on many issues and having served in Town government with Ms. Dykema both on the same board and working together on Town issues. I respect both candidates and feel both are intelligent and well liked individuals .I am sure whomever wins will work hard for our district.

In the end, regardless of who wins, I will work with that individual to do what is best for Holliston and  and all of  Metrowest.

   We in Metrowest are considered wealthy on Beacon Hill. As such, our aid competes with cities and towns that are,in legislators' eyes, more in need than we are, and as a result, we get tolls, lower aid, less grants and , in the end, the need to turn to our homeowners and taxpayers to balance our budgets. This upcoming year , we in Holliston, like in Hopkinton, Medway and other towns, will be forced to cut our budgets by as much as 5%. In no uncertain terms, this is a disaster looming over the taxpayers' heads.

I have worked closely with both sides of the aisle on Beacon Hill. I have great respect for Senators Spilka, Brown and Resor, and have worked  along side with former Representative Steve Leduc, and Representatives Linsky and Valle. I therefore believe that I am in a good position to judge what is best for our district.

When Paul Loscocco ran for office in 2000, he touted many of the same positions as Dan Haley is currently advocating for and was elected despite heavy voting statewide for the Democratic Presidential nominee.
In 2000, we were able to vote for the person, not the party. He advocated for fiscal responsibility and the need to send messages to Beacon Hill for fiscal restraint, but no one has ever said Paul Loscocco was anti-education or that Paul did not have compassion and empathy for working families.

 Who would challenge the notion that Paul was one of the most effective and accomplished State legislators this region has ever seen. The idea that Beacon Hill needs a 2 party system is not novel, but is in great jeopardy.

 And as voters, how can we not believe in some way that  the unfortunate events of this past week involving a State Senator from Boston  don't demonstrate on some level how a one party super majority can lead to abuses of power. To be frankly honest, it was this turn of events that sparked my desire to endorse a candidate.

Next Tuesday , we may see history made when the first African- American nominee is elected President of the United States. Senator Obama has run, with great support , for the notion of change. Meaning,  that after 8 years of one party dominating the nation's governance, a change is needed in Washington. A change that will allow muted voices to be heard.

Don't we need change on Beacon Hill too? Don't we need many different voices ensuring that checks and balances guide the process?

Next Tuesday , I will be voting for change on many levels.

One such vote will be for Dan Haley for 8th Middlesex State Representative.

Andy Porter
Holliston

Letter to the Editor -Nov.1, 2008  For Haley

Dear Editor:

For years our state has been jokingly called “Taxachusetts,” but in today’s economy, this is not a laughing matter. People are fed up with the state government constantly reaching into our wallets to fund their programs, pensions, and inefficiencies. Massachusetts families are worried about their financial future, with rising costs, a housing crisis, and the markets in turmoil. The last thing we need is a State legislature even more arrogant and less accountable to the people than it already is. This is why it is crucial to elect DAN HALEY as our Representative to the 8th Middlesex District.

Dan Haley will help to bring balance and accountability to Beacon Hill. He is a crusader for lowering taxes, cutting wasteful spending, eliminating turnpike tolls, and fighting for transparency in state government. Dan also is committed to keeping jobs in Massachusetts and recognizes that we cannot continue to drive employers away with exorbitant costs for doing business here. Dan Haley knows how to get things done – he knows the workings of Beacon Hill, and he is already a proven legislative leader, crafting important legislation, Melanie’s Law, and working effectively with both parties at the State House.

I give my heartfelt endorsement to Dan Haley, to not only fill the position of State Representative Paul Loscocco, but to follow in his footsteps, continuing to bring to the 8th Middlesex District strong, balanced, fiscally responsible leadership.

Sincerely,

Claire B. Wright

Hopkinton, MA

Letter to the Editor -Nov.1, 2008  For Haley

As a frequent reader of many of the local internet news providers, I find myself compelled to join the discussion regarding who might best represent the citizens of the Eighth Middlesex District.

I enter the discussion with what I believe are two obvious biases. First, I have been a member of the Holliston Republican Town Committee and would describe myself as moderately conservative. Second, I have had the privilege to know Carolyn Dykema and can easily affirm the many positive characteristics that have been ascribed to her.

The Eighth Middlesex has been the fortunate beneficiary for the past eight years of the largely non-partisan politics of Republican Paul Loscocco, and prior to him, those of Democrat Barbara Gardner. I would hope and expect that the winner of Tuesday’s election would continue this approach.

I am supporting Dan Haley in this election because I believe he is the candidate most capable of bringing the message of the Eighth Middlesex to Beacon Hill. He is articulate, informed and experienced. If necessary, he has the personal strength and integrity to take on the Beacon Hill elite, and to defy their “Go along to get along” mantra.

As Representative Gardner has indicated, each district is uniquely different. I believe that our District deserves to be represented by the voice that is best able to address these unique needs, and convert them into positive gains for our community. The independent endorsements and local debates indicate that Dan Haley is that voice, and that is why he will earn my vote next Tuesday.

John Shannahan

Holliston

ARHS 11/1/08 Sports
Boys Varsity Cross Country @ COACHES INVITATIONAL   TBA
 Girls Varsity Cross Country @ COACHES INVITATIONAL   TBA
 Boys JV Football @ Fitchburg H.S. Crocker Field 10:00AM
 Boys JV Soccer VS Acton-Boxborough Regional HS Algonquin 1:00PM
 Girls JV Soccer VS Acton-Boxborough Regional HS Algonquin 1:00PM
 Boys Freshman Football VS Fitchburg H.S. Algonquin 2:30PM
 Girls Varsity Soccer @ Acton-Boxborough Regional HS   5:00PM
 Boys Varsity Soccer @ Acton-Boxborough Regional HS   7:00PM
Assabet Valley RTHS 11/1/08 Sports

no events scheduled

Power Problem

November 1, 2008 - Linemen finish repairing a transformer on Southville Road by the closed Southville Fire Station.  A quick power outage probably had most in the area resetting clocks.

Traffic Advisories for the MA Pike

I - 90 (MassPike) East near Route 128
Toll Plaza Changes

As part of a plan to reconfigure toll lanes and increase traffic flow throughout the Pike, the I-90 (MassPike) East toll plaza near Route 128 will be changed this weekend. The new configuration will be in place for commuters on November 3, 2008.

All motorists paying cash will be directed to the middle of the toll plaza. The majority of FAST LANE motorists will stay to the left side of the toll plaza. New signage and new line striping will direct motorists to the appropriate lanes. The left lanes will be striped and marked "FAST LANE ONLY."

Paving and Ramp Widening Project Near Rt. 495/Exits 11 and 12: Hopkinton and Westborough
Ramp and Lane Closures

A pavement resurfacing project is under construction near Route 495 between exits 11 and 12, from Mile 104.9 to 107.2 in Hopkinton and Westborough on the eastbound and westbound sides of the MassPike.

Beginning Monday evening, the westbound on-ramp at Exit 11A will be closed for ramp widening work. The on-ramp will be closed from 8:00pm to 5:00am Monday through Thursday evening. Message boards advising motorists of the closure and recommended alternate routes are in place along approaching routes.

Single lane closures will be required Monday through Thursday westbound between 6:00am and 2:30pm and eastbound between 9:00am and 6:00pm and Friday westbound between 6:00am and 12:00pm.

Waning Fall Colors

November 1, 2008 - If you want to see the last of the colors, the oaks have turned and the leaves have begun to fall so get out quick. Above photo taken from Starbucks parking lot two days ago.

Making a new Door

October 31, 2008 -  A young female driver claimed her foot got stuck on the accelerator as she backed out of the parking spot and right into the Wendy's building on Route 9.  There was significant damage to the corner blocks, blocks under the northernmost window and the doorjamb. No one was injured in the accident.  The Southborough Building inspector was called to the scene.

Watch out for Goblins

Halloween Safety Tips

Here are a few tips you can follow for a safe and happy Halloween:

· Always keep the lights on, both inside and outside your house, to welcome and protect trick-or-treaters.

· Keep candles and jack-o-lanterns away from landings and doorsteps where costumes can brush up against the flame and catch fire. Also, keep candles and jack-o-lanterns away from curtains, decorations, and other items that can catch fire.

· Make sure that each part of your child’s costume is flame resistant. Look for the label “flame resistant” or “flame retardant”.

· If your child wears a mask, make sure that it fits properly and that the holes are large enough for their mouth and eyes, so that they can breath and see properly.

· Costumes and trick-or-treat bags should be light-colored and/or decorated with reflective tape that will glow in light which will make your child visible to drivers. Reflective tape can be found in hardware, bicycle, and sporting goods stores.

· Costumes should fit well and not drag on the floor, to avoid trips and falls.

· Children should wear temperature appropriate clothing underneath their costume.

· Swords, knives, and other pointed objects should be made of soft material.

· Always have an adult accompany children while trick-or-treating.

· Remind your children not to go into strangers’ cars or houses.

· Teach your children how to use crosswalks and walk signals. Teach your child to look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.

· Children should carry flashlights, to make sure that they can see and that people can see them.

· Do not let your child eat any treats until you have checked each one of them.

· Give and accept only wrapped or packaged candy. Throw away all unwrapped or suspicious looking candy.

For more information on how to keep your children safe this Halloween, please contact the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Injury Prevention and Control Program at (617) 624-5070 or visit our website at http://www.state.ma.us/dph/fch/injury/.

Letter to the Editor -Oct. 31, 2008  For Haley

Dear Editor:

I am endorsing Dan Haley as our State Representative.

I have been impressed with his knowledge of the issues that face the state and local government over the next several years. Dan shows a willingness to listen to divergent points of view and to explain his stance on issues even when they don’t agree with yours. A clear sign that he is not just looking for your vote but looking to do the right thing.

His intelligence, compassion and willingness to go out of his way and follow through on promises have convinced me that he is the right person to follow Paul Loscocco and represent the 8th district.

Please join me in voting for Dan Haley for State Representative on November 4th.

Sincerely,

Henry R. Kunicki

Hopkinton, MA

Letter to the Editor -Oct. 31, 2008  Prayers needed

Dear Editor,

My brother John Hubley is in critical care in the hospital. our family is well known in this community as John himself was a town employee for many years before stepping down from his position as the town’s fire and police dispatcher. I have received many phone calls from residents in and out of town asking about his well being and letting me know that their prayers are with him and our family. I would like to thank all of you that are praying for him and ask that you continue to pray as he needs that now more than ever. If you have never had the privilege of knowing my brother I would ask please pray anyway as his life suspends between GOD’S home and ours.

Donna Hubley Harrington

Southborough

It's Halloween

October 31, 2008 -  Halloween has arrived. Drive careful and look out for little Goblins later today walking the streets trick or treating. This creature was found along Southville Road hiding amongst the cornstalks.

Walgreens Almost Ready

October 31, 2008 - Final preparations are happening at Walgreens.  Contractors were busy with final construction projects while workers stocked shelves to help get the store ready for a late November opening.  Below Steve and Joe make some adjustments for a construction project.

 

Where Do I vote Click here

Click for info on the Ballot Questions (when you pick up your ballot on election day, please check both sides as some questions are on the back)

Sample Ballots for elected positions and questions

If you are in Precinct 1 and vote at the Woodward School (no longer @ the Fire Station) click here.

FOURTH MIDDLESEX DISTRICT
DANIELLE W. GREGOIRE, 39 Country Ln., Marlborough, Democratic
ARTHUR G. VIGEANT, 650 Pleasant St., Marlborough, Republican
JOSEPH L. VALIANTI, 69 South St., Marlborough, Independent

If you are in Precinct 2 & 3 and vote at either the Finn School or Trottier School click here.

EIGHTH MIDDLESEX DISTRICT
CAROLYN C. DYKEMA, 429 Marshall St., Holliston, Democratic
DAN HALEY, 11 Willowgate Rise, Holliston, Republican

 

 

 

 

Southborough Library

Halloween

Trick or Treat

Face Painting

starting at 10:00 AM

October 31

Southborough Friends Autumn Fair

November 15, 9 AM - 3 PM


Southborough Friends of the Council on Aging will be holding their “Autumn Fair”  at the Senior Center, 9 Cordaville Rd. Tables will include white elephants, knitted goods (hats, mittens and scarves, and much more) and scrubbies, as well as medallions sold at half price, jewelry, baked goods, raffles, and coffee.

Algonquin Regional High School Principal to step down

Algonquin Regional High School Principal, Edward Gallagher who has held the position for eleven years will step down June 30, 2009.  For un-specified reasons Mr. Gallagher's contract was not renewed. 

When asked by the Southborough News about the situation, Mr. Gobron said, "I intend to appoint a new principal of Algonquin Regional High School for a term beginning on July 1, 2009.  We are in the process of placing an ad in the newspapers and on various educational websites. We are forming a Screening Committee made up of parents, teachers, support staff members, administrators, and school committee members.  The Screening Committee members will review resumes, interview applicants, and forward to me the names of candidates they wish me to consider for this appointment.  I hope to announce the decision sometime in December.  This will allow plenty of time for a smooth transition process."

Flashlight Family Hike

Date: 11/01/2008 Join families for this annual night time hike at the Breakneck Hill Conservation land in Southboro, MA. Rolling hills through a pasture with a special peak at the famous belted Galloway cows. Bring flashlight, water, snacks, sturdy shoes, and your night vision. Will take break at summit and play flashlight tag and have snacks. Open to all ages. Approximately one hour. Meet at 6:30 at parking area on 73 Breakneck Hill. Registration required with leader.
Walks
Leader: Barbara Dyer 508-735-3281 (3-9)
FMI: http://www.southborobelties.org
 
 
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In the News...

Hispanics may have more risk factors for developing dementia than other groups according to studies, and a significant number appear to be getting Alzheimer's earlier. 
 
November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month
Purple RibbonIn November we focus on raising awareness of Alzheimer's disease and shedding light on the importance of finding breakthroughs in diagnosis, prevention, treatments and, eventually, a cure.  We will be offering educational programs throughout the state during the month.  Find out what activities are planned in your area.

Art Exhibit Opening November 19th

It's the Heart that MattersJoin us for the opening reception of "The Wind Beneath My Wings (Baskin Suite)" by Helen Meyrowitz -- an artist's response to the complexity of emotions she experienced when dealing with her beloved husband who is slowly being diminished by Alzheimer's disease. 
 
Wednesday, November 19th, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Alzheimer's Association MA/NH Chapter
311 Arsenal Street (4th floor), Watertown, MA
 
Click here to RSVP or call 617.868.6718 
 
Annual Awards Celebration
Annual Meeting InvitationWednesday, December 10, 2008
Sorensen Center for the Arts
Babson College, Wellesley, MA
3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
You are invited to join us as we celebrate our Champions who have helped us MOVE the cause.  Click on the image of the invitation to register or call 617.868.6718.
Open House at our New Southeastern MA Regional Office
Join us Wednesday, November 12 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm
to meet our staff, hear an Alzheimer's research update by
Dr. Benjamin Wolozin and enjoy brain healthy refreshment.

Village South Plaza
473 South Street West, Unit 13
Raynham, MA


RSVP to Pam McCormack by e-mail or call 508.880.0055
 

Memories in the Making Art Auction

Flower CollageApproximately 50 watercolor paintings created by artists with Alzheimer's disease will be offered for sale through silent and live auction.
Westfield State College
Friday, December 5, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
 
For more information or to RSVP, call Ginny Sinkoski at 413.787.1113
 
View the on-line gallery and place your starting bid

 

24/7 Helpline for Alzheimer's Questions

Family callerAre you looking for resources in your community? Do you need advice on difficult care issues. There is help, 24/7 at our Association. 
 
Calls are confidential and free. Trained staff answer your questions. We also offer care consultation to assist with complex issues.
 
Call 800.272.3900
or contact us at our Helpline Online 
 

 
We Can't do it Without You!

Alzheimer's Association SymbolThe Alzhiemer's Association invites potential event sponsors and sponsor committee members to contact Ruth Crocker by e-mail or at 617.868.6718. There are many opportunities to support the cause.


 
Taking Control: Techniques for Early-Stage Persons with Memory Impairments
Needham:  Saturday, November 15th
9:30-3:30

Westborough:  Tuesdays, Nov. 10, 17, 24,
and Dec. 1
2:30-4:30

The program is free, but pre-registration is required.  To register, e-mail Nicole McGurin or call 508.974.5413.
Join Our Mailing List 
Find a Support Group Near You
Support Groups can be a lifeline. Support Groups offer a place for people with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia, and their care partners to learn coping skills and share the experience.
 

Coping and Living with Early Memory Loss

A special educational program to kick off our new support group in Beverly, MA

Wednesday, November 19th, 1:00 p.m.
Cummings Center, Beverly


To register for the program or find out more about the support group, e-mail Nicole McGurin or call 508.974.5413
 

Alzheimer's Association, MA Job Opportunities

We are seeking qualified applicants for openings in our Development department. [Learn More]
Treed

October 31, 2008 - This tree on Woodland Road is being supported by the wires, proper authorities were called by a passerby.

Woodward School Bus Safety

October 31, 2008 - Woodward School Student practice bus safety earlier this week.

Marlborough Youth Lacrosse to hold free clinic
November 2

1:00 Pm - 3:00 PM

911 Field Southborough

Acre Bridge Road, Southborough

Rain or Shine

Open to all Marlborough Youth and surrounding towns for children in grades 2 - 8.  All skill levels welcome.

Players will be grouped for age and experience.  Wear comfortable gym attire and molded cleats or sneakers.  Current players should bring their own gear but some loaner gear will be available.  No food or water allowed on field.

Participation authorization forms must be signed by a parent at the clinic site.  For more information contact Rose Doherty via e-mail at roseandbill@netzero.net

ARHS 10/31/08 Sport
Girls Freshman Soccer @ **Cancelled - Wachusett Regional H.S. High School 3:30PM
 Boys Freshman Soccer @ **Cancelled - Wachusett Regional H.S. High School 5:00PM
 Boys Varsity Football VS Fitchburg H.S. Algonquin 7:00PM
Assabet Valley RTHS 10/31/08 Spor
Girls Varsity Volleyball VS MIAA PLAYOFFS Gym 4:00PM
 Boys Varsity Football VS Montachustt Regvochs   7:00PM
Governor Greets Dykema Supporters

October 30, 2008 - Governor Patrick visited Hopkinton yesterday evening to greet supporters of Carolyn Dykema.  After walking the intersections shaking hands with supporters, the group of supporters, the Governor and Carolyn Dykema made their way to Bill's Pizza. The Governor and Carolyn Dykema were introduced to the crowd by State Senator Spilka.  The Governor gave full support for Carolyn Dykema in his speech.  To hear the speech click www.hopnews.com 

Carolyn Dykema, Frederica Gillespie - Southborough CPC & Open Space member, Governor Deval Patrick and Kelly Roney - Southborough resident and Southborough Democratic Committee.  Photo by Robert Falcione, www.hopnews.com

Pirate Ship

October 30, 2008 - Pirates have landed on Parkerville Road, south of Route 9.  There are several displays depicting the pirates from Pirates of the Caribbean and Captain Jack Sparrow.

John Patrick Hanley

 

 

HANLEY, John Patrick "Pat" Age 55, a resident of Southborough, formerly of Framingham, died at his home on Monday, October 27, 2008, surrounded by family and many friends. He was the husband of 21 years to Erin (McCann) Hanley of Southborough. Born and raised in Framingham, he was the son of the late William P. and Jean B. (DelPrete) Hanley. In addition to his beloved wife Erin, Pat is survived by his cherished daughter Olivia Jean Hanley, the light of his life. He is also survived by his sister Marianne Hanley of Nantucket, several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and his firefighter brothers at the Sudbury Fire Department. Pat served as a Firefighter & E.M.T. for 30 years in the towns of Sudbury & Framingham. When he was not at the fire house, he worked as a highly skilled carpenter and cabinet maker, who could make or fix anything. Pat was an avid hunter & outdoorsman, who enjoyed fishing, playing softball, football and hockey. He also enjoyed vacationing at his home on Newfound Lake in New Hampshire with his family and friends. He was a member of St. Matthew's Church in Southboro. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral on Friday at 9:30 AM from the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech St, (Cor. of Union Ave.), FRAMINGHAM. www.nortonfuneralhome.com followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 AM in St. Stephen's Church, Concord St. (Rt. 126), Framingham. Burial will follow in the family lot at St. Stephen Cemetery, Framingham. Visiting hours at the Funeral Home Thursday 3-7 P.M. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Pat's memory may be made to the Michael Shay Scholarship Fund at Marian High School, 273 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA 01702; Paul Newman Camp, The Whole in the Wall Gang Camp, 555 Long Wharf Dr, NewHaven,CT06511 www.holeinthewallgang.org or the St. Vincent DePaul Society, 221 Concord St., Framingham, MA 01702.
 

James J. Scharpf

 

 

SCHARPF, James J. 53, husband of Anne J. (Ferreira) Scharpf, died unexpectedly Sunday. He was VP and General Manager, Eastern Region, Fujitsu Consulting, Burlington, MA. Besides his wife, he is survived by his mother, Jean (Lim) Scharpf of Lancaster, PA, one daughter, Andrea N. Scharpf of No. Providence, RI, two sons, James H. and Robert J. Scharpf of Southborough, one sister, Kathleen Murray of Lancaster, PA and several nieces and nephews. His Funeral will be held Saturday at 11 AM in the Pilgrim Congregational Church, 15 Common St., Southborough, MA. Burial will be private. Visiting hours at William R. Short & Son Funeral Home, 95 West Main St., MARLBOROUGH will be Friday, 4-7 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to: Friends of Ngong Road (Education and support for children living in the slums of Nairobi affected by HIV/AIDS), 7739 Pondwood Dr., Edina, MN 55439.
 

Spooky Skies

Space Weather News for Oct. 30, 2008
http://spaceweather.com

SPOOKY SKIES: The heavens are getting into the spirit of Halloween. A solar wind stream is buffeting Earth's magnetic field, stirring up ghostly auroras around the Arctic Circle. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for them tonight. Meanwhile, Venus and the crescent Moon are converging for a sunset sky show on Halloween itself.  The bright pair will be widely visible even from light-polluted cities. Check http://spaceweather.com for photos and sky maps.

COLORADO FIREBALL:  On Oct. 28th, a meteoroid hit Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated with the luminosity of a full Moon.  By happenstance, the event occurred directly above an all-sky video camera in Colorado.   Today's issue of Spaceweather.com features a movie of the fireball, the sound of radio echoes from the fireball's trail, and eyewitness reports from several US states.

ARHS 10/30/08 Sports
Girls JV Soccer @ Nashoba Regional H.S. Click for directions   3:30PM
 Girls Freshman Soccer VS Groton Dunstable Regional Algonquin 4:00PM
 Boys Freshman Soccer VS Groton Dunstable Regional Algonquin 4:00PM
 Girls Varsity Soccer @ Nashoba Regional H.S. Click for directions   7:00PM
Assabet Valley RTHS 10/30/08 Sports
Boys Freshman Football @ Montachustt Regvochs Click for directions 3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Soccer VS Groton-Dunstablereg H .s. 3:30PM
Champions

October 30, 2008 - The girls ended the fall season 6-0 beating teams from Westborough and Northborough.  The team was coached by Steve Courtwright and Kevin Franciosi.  The coaches agreed to have there heads painted if the girls won the last game. 

All Stars

ARHS VS Wachusett

October 29, 2008 - ARHS Girls Soccer trying to keep the ball away from Wachusett Regional High players.

Camp-out

October 29, 2008 - Girl Scout Troop 7105 campout and hiking trip at the Appalachian Mountain Club's Noble View in Russel MA in October.  Photo taken by Barbara Dyer

Southborough Real Estate transactions

Price

Address

Seller

Buyer

Date

$350,000.00

12 Middle Road

Sewell, Natalie M.

Fay School, Inc.

10/15/2008

$260,000.00

76 William Onthank Ln

Magri, John C. Magri, John Est

Sabel Allan & Judith

10/15/2008

$292,500.00

3 Carolyn Terrace

Orringer, Hetty

Tomaino, Ross M & Sara E.

10/17/2008

$470,000.00

30 Meeting House Ln

Middle Road LLC

Blanchard, Brian F.

10/17/2008

$3,200,000.00

Off Stowe Road

FJW LLC

Fay School, INC

10/23/2008

$477,500.00

32 Meeting House Lane

Middle Road LLC

Satra Nikhil B. & Kadakia Khyati

10/24/2008

$315,000.00

7 Harris Drive

Tobin, James G. & Terri G.

Heilman, Destin & Susan A.

10/27/2008

Last Night in a special report on WHDH TV, Southborough was listed as one of the top five boomtowns still going strong in the baystate. Click here for video and more info.

 

Friends of the Assabet National Wildlife Refuge trail naming contest ends November 1, 2008

If you've hiked the newest parcel of land in the Eastern wildlife refuges, you just might want to be one of the winners of name this trail. Several trails need names and if you are familiar with the area why not give it a try. Click here for more information.

ARHS 10/29/08 Sport
Boys Varsity Cross Country @ LEAGUE MEET Ghiloni Park - 3:00PM
 Girls Varsity Cross Country @ LEAGUE MEET Ghiloni Park - 3:00PM
 Boys JV Soccer @ Westboro High School Gibbons Middle 3:30PM
 Girls JV Soccer @ Westboro High School Gibbons Middle 3:30PM
 Boys Freshman Soccer VS Westboro High School Algonquin 3:30PM
 Girls Freshman Soccer VS Westboro High School Algonquin 3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Soccer VS Westboro High School Algonquin 5:00PM
 Boys Varsity Soccer VS Westboro High School Algonquin 7:00PM
Assabet Valley RTHS 10/29/08 Sport
Boys Varsity Soccer VS Clinton High School   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Field Hockey VS MIAA Football Field 6:00PM
Scenes from the ARHS Freshmen Football Game

October 28, 2008 - Mark Keller takes the ball up field toward the goal line for a score.

Chasing the Ball

October 28, 2008 - ARHS Tomahawks girls soccer heads the ball forward toward the net at yesterdays match with Wachusett Regional High School.

If you are a registered voter and you will not be in Town on November 4th, you may vote in the Town Clerk's office M-F from 9-5 until 12 noon the DAY BEFORE the election.

Family members may apply for an absentee ballot, but remember to allow time for mailing of the ballot.  All ballots must return to the TOWN CLERK's Office by Nov 4th, election day.

By law all ABSENTEE ballots must be mailed to the voter.  No ballots may take by hand out of the Town Clerk's Office.
 

We all like to keep our teeth in great shape but sometimes we end up needing dental work.  Sometimes that means multiple visits to create a crown.  The New England Dental Group offers a new way to restore that tooth.  It is called Cerec or Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. The dentists of New England Dental Group take an image of your tooth which is scanned into a computer.  Through digital technology the your crown is designed to your tooth's precise specifications.  The ceramic crown gives your tooth strength and beauty.  To find out more about this technological advance in tooth restoration click here to see the ABC special feature on the Cerec program at New England Dental Group in Marlborough.  A Southborough News Advertiser.

Don't forget to check out New England Dental Group's special for the in office teeth whitening. Regularly the cost is $450.00 now for a limited time get your teeth whitened for only $299.00. Call today for an appointment 508-485-1114 or click the ad to make an online appointment.

Wildflower planting

October 28, 2008 - Co-coordinated by Southborough Resident Barbara Dyer, Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) volunteers spent Sunday morning planting wildflowers at the Breakneck Hill Orchard Conservation Land. All of the Wildflowers are native and come from the New England Wildflower Society’s Garden in the Woods, Framingham. In addition to the AMC volunteers, many others have been volunteering their time over the last month to put in the hundreds of plants.

The Wildflowers were purchased by combination of a grant from AMC and Southborough Community Preservation funds. The New England Wildflower Society also donated an additional truckload of plants.

The project is a component of the larger restoration of the old orchard, which had been engulfed with the invasive plant Oriental Bittersweet. The Bittersweet had covered and killed most of the apple trees in the orchard. Under the guidance of the Southborough Stewardship Committee, acres of the conservation land were cleared and are now being managed as Grassland Bird Habitat.

The Wildflower planting on the 1-acre hillside next to the parking area will create habitat for butterflies and other pollinators. If you’d like to help with this project please email Freddie Gillespie at FG481@charter.net

Thank you, Woodville Trailbusters

October 28, 2008 - The thank you's went both ways as the Woodville Trailbusters 4H horse Club thanked everyone that supported their First Annual Haunted Trails nights this past weekend.  The 4-H members worked very hard to create several spooky displays throughout a small part of a Woodville Forest.  Many club received many compliments for a nicely done spooky and age appropriate display.

The Winner of the Celtic Raffle was John La Malva   He visited with his two children and wife and raved about the great time his children had at the Trailbuster's Haunted Trail. He said his trick in winning was crumpling up the tickets. He will enjoy two tickets to the Celtics vs. The Atlanta Hawks.  For more information and photos click here.

NOTE CHANGE OF DATE

Northborough Southborough Youth Lacrosse Association (NSYLA)

Boys Lacrosse – Registration for Spring 2009 Season

 

Info available at www.NSYLA.org

Have questions about our program, click on Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We are a member town of MBYLL.org

REGISTRATION: Open registration on-line at www.nsyla.org 11/11 – 12/5. Restricted registration for returning players only, online, from 11/4 -11/10. Returning players are guaranteed participation if they register early in this time period. In past seasons, we have accommodated all players who sign up on time, but sign up early; space is limited by field access and the number of volunteer coaches we are able to develop. Please consider the commitment and requirements prior to signing up. Players registering after Dec 5 will be placed on a wait list. All players provide their own equipment (NSYLA provides goalie equipment). Multi-child family discounts are calculated at registration. No refunds after submission to US Lacrosse Membership. There is a small increase in fees this year for U15 and U13 to purchase practice time at indoor facilities during the March pre-season. Scholarships are available in confidence.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING: November 11th at St. Mark’s Church Hall, 27 Main St., Southborough (across from Fay School) from 7-8 PM. New and returning players & parents and are strongly encouraged to attend - even if you have already, or plan to, register online. We will review the philosophy and rules of our league (MBYLL), answer questions, demo required equipment and size uniforms for the boys. You will be able to register in person at this time if you wish.

Grades 7 & 8 (U15) is a full contact sport with practices 3 times per week, including Saturday mornings starting in March. Sunday games begin in early April. A full level of commitment to regular and timely attendance at practices and games is required. Attendance, not skill, is the only factor which determines playing time. Cost for U15 is $175.

Grades 5 & 6 (U13) is a full contact sport with practices 3 times per week, including Saturday mornings starting in March. Sunday games begin in early April. A full level of commitment to regular and timely attendance at practices and games is required. Attendance, not skill, is the only factor which determines playing time. Cost for U13 is $175.

Grades 3 & 4 (U11) is non-checking level, with practices twice a week, including Saturday mornings starting in March, plus a game each Sunday afternoon staring April to mid June. Cost for U11 is $110.

Grade 2 (U9) is a developmental program. This program is designed to introduce the fundamentals of the game of lacrosse & teach basic stick handling skills, with one practice per week for eight weeks, & a few games TBA in May & June This program will begin in April when the outdoor fields are available. Cost for U9 is $75.

Quilt Master

October 27, 2008 - above written by grandaughter Stacie Demetropoulos

MBTA Schedule Additions

We are pleased to announce that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has reached agreement with CSXT Corporation and the MBTA to expand service on the Worcester line.  On Monday, October 27th, 2008, new schedules will go into effect which will include the addition of five commuter trains serving Worcester. 

 

The changes to the Worcester Line are as follows:

 

INBOUND 

 

Monday through Friday

 

Train P500, the 5:40am train from Framingham to Boston, will now depart Worcester at 4:45am arriving at South Station at 6:31am and making all intermediate station stops approximately 5 minutes earlier.

 

Train P504, the 6:50am train from Framingham to Boston, will now depart Worcester at 6:05am, making all intermediate stops to Boston.

 

Train P526, the 3:53pm train from Framingham to Boston, will now depart Worcester at 4:30pm, arriving in Boston at 6:05pm.

 

OUTBOUND 

 

Monday through Friday

 

Train P501, the 5:30am train from South Station to Framingham, will now depart South Station at 4:00am and will extend to Worcester, arriving at 5:14am.

 

Train P517, the 2:45pm train from South Station, will now depart South Station 2:40pm and will be extended all the way to Worcester, arriving at 4:13pm.

 

Printable PDF format copies of schedules are available at http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/lines/?route=WORCSTER

 

Commuter rail service information, including updated commuter rail advisories/alerts is available on the MBTA website at www.mbta.com, or by calling the MBTA Customer Support Services Center at 617-222-3200.

 

 

Thank you for riding commuter rail.

 

Customer Service

Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail

Operating the Commuter Rail on behalf the of MBTA

Interested in learning about farming and farm animals?

 

The Woodville Trailbusters 4H club is now offering livestock projects at the Breakneck Hill Farm in Southborough.

We are currently looking for young people with an interest in agriculture and who might want to work with animals. The goals of this group will be to build skills related to agriculture and animal husbandry in a safe, fun environment, building self-esteem and leadership along the way. The only requirements for membership are to be 8-18 years old as of January 1st, a $50.00 yearly Mass 4H membership fee and an interest in learning and working with others. We hope to show some of the cows next summer in the 2009 Middlesex County 4H Fair.

No farm background required.

You do not have to own your own animal.

Monthly meetings starting in Nov 9th, 2008, 1:00PM

Ages 8-18

Please contact Paul or Laurie Bourdon if you are interested or know someone who might be interested.

 

61 Breakneck Hill Road

Southborough, Ma. 01772

508-624-9562

cell: 508-330-7216

cell: 508-320-4472

paul.bourdon@gtc-bio.com

lpbourdon@aol.com

www.southborobelties.org

Monday 10/20/08

00:40 STATION COVERAGE MAIN ST ASH
E22 LT SADOWSKI FF FRANKS FF KANE

07:12 M/A GIVEN RIVER ST and NORFOLK MA
R25 LT PELTIER FF FRANKS

09:30 LICENSE RENEWAL INSPECTIONS TURNPIKE RD
C27 CAPT MAURO

10:00 LICENSE RENEWAL INSPECTIONS TURNPIKE RD
C27 CAPT MAURO

10:30 PROPANE INSPECTION MAIN ST
C27 CAPT MAURO

11:07 UNINTENTIONAL ALARM SYS TRIP TURNPIKE RD
C27 CAPT MAURO

11:20 M/A GIVEN BARTLETT ST
A29 FF ROACH FF PIERCE
C20 CHIEF MAURO
E22 LT PELTIER FF FRANKS

13:30 SMOKE DETECTOR NEW CONSTRUCT MEETING HOUSE LN
C27 CAPT MAURO

13:36 M/A GIVEN PIERCE ST and NORTHBOROUGH MA NOR
E22 LT PELTIER FF FRANKS

14:00 LICENSE RENEWAL INSPECTIONS TURNPIKE RD
C27 CAPT MAURO

14:30 LICENSE RENEWAL INSPECTIONS TURNPIKE RD
C27 CAPT MAURO

18:34 M/A GIVEN ELLIOTT ST ASHLAND MA
C20 CHIEF MAURO
E22 LT PELTIER FF AMENDOLA FF FRANKS FF HOGAN
SC1 SO PELTIER FF NEAL FF WILLS LT MAURO
SC2 FF TOMMANEY

Southborough meetings

October 27 - October 31, 2008

Meeting

Date

Time

Where

ADVISORY COMMITTEE 10/27 7:30 Hearing room, town house
PLANNING BOARD
Agenda
10/27 7:00 PM Hearing room, town house
SCHOLARSHIP ADVISORY COMMITTEE 10/28 7:00 PM School committee conference room Assabet Valley
Personnel Board 10/29 6:45 PM Town Admin Office Town House
TRUST FUND ADVISORY COMM. 10/29 8:05 AM Foyer, Town House

Senior Schedule

Monday 27

Tuesday 28

Wednesday 29

Thursday 30

Friday 31

8:30 Health Clinic

8:30 Walking Group

 

8:30 Health Clinic

9:30 AM Wii Bowling/golf

9:30 AM Cribbage

9:30 AM Tai Chi

9:00 AM painting

9:30 Mah Jongg independent

 
12:00 Monday blue plate special

11:00 AM Senior Singers

10:00 Pool

12:00 PM Lunch

11:30 movie/bag lunch
12:00 PM Lunch

12:00 PM Lunch

10:00 Creative Writers

12:30 PM Pitch

12:00 PM Lunch
  12:30 Pitch 12:00 Lunch   1:00 PM Bingo
2:00 PM Fitness

1:00 PM Water Aerobics

2:00 Fitness 1:00 PM bridge 1:00 PM Water Aerobics

Soldier Gives Thanks

October 27, 2008 - Lisa has sent the Southborough News the first thank you to the community from a soldier that has received one of the boxes from the recent troop package drive.

Dear Lisa Braccio,

I would like to personally say "thank you" for the care package that you sent to me.  I know that it takes a lot of time and effort to coordinate a care package drive.  The items in the box were shared between myself and fellow Airmen.  It always brightens our day to receive anything from people like you that are thinking of us.  Please send a thank you to:

The local community of Southboro, MA
American Legion Post 132 (Marlboro, MA)
Women's Auxiliary American Legion Post 132 (Marlboro, MA)
Son's of the American Legion Post 132 (Marlboro, MA)
Robbie and Zachary for the letters
Sammy for the leaves artwork

Again, I cannot say "thank you" enough for what you do.  I appreciate your support for me, and our country. 

Sincerely,
Anthony Wallis 

Coach digs it Out

October 27, 2008 - Anne-Marie Angus, gym instructor and long-time coach of many Field Hockey teams digs out the ball for the faculty in the student/faculty Field Hockey game last week.

ARHS 10/27/08 Sports
Boys Freshman Football VS Doherty Memorial High School Algonquin 3:30PM
 Boys JV Football @ Doherty Memorial High School   3:30PM
 Girls JV Soccer VS Wachusett Regional H.S. Algonquin 3:30PM
 Girls Freshman Volleyball VS Milford High School Algonquin 4:00PM
 Girls JV Volleyball VS Shrewsbury High School Algonquin 5:30PM
 Girls Varsity Volleyball VS Shrewsbury High School Algonquin 6:30PM
Assabet Valley RTHS 10/27/08 Sports
 Boys JV Football VS Murdock High School 3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Soccer @ Clinton High School Click for directions 3:30PM
Southborough Fire Association Annual Children's Parade

October 26, 2008 - The Jack and the Beanstalk family showed up for the parade and event sponsored by the Southborough Association Annual Children's Halloween event.  Below a lady bug and Spiderman show up.

A Celebration of Quilts

October 26, 2008 - Quilts were abundant on display at the Community house as generations of Alice Deschamps' family put on show of Alice's exquisite quilts.  Every room at the Community House held a sample of the perfect quilting work that Quiltmaster Alice Deschamps made over the years.  Below a Deschamps' family photo.

Paul F. Gale

 

 

MARLBOROUGH Paul F. Gale, 77, of Marlborough died Oct. 27, 2008, at his home with his loving family, after a long struggle with cancer. Born in Marlborough, he was the son of the late Stephen and Della (Wheeler) Gale and the husband of Helen (Usinas) Gale, to whom he was married since 1952. Raised in Southborough, he was a graduate of Peters High School, and as a young man, delivered milk for Deerfoot Farm Dairy. A machinist by trade, he had been employed by Duplicon, LaPoints, Carling and Entwistle Corp., from which he retired in 1991. His greatest pleasure, after his family, came from building stock cars and working with the crews at the former Westborough Speedway, where he was affectionately known as Gramps. He was a member of ALFA Tango CB Club and enjoyed communicating with local CBers as well as those around the world. He was a coach for Marlborough Little League from 1960 to1980 and followed New Englands sports teams as well as NASCAR racing. Besides his wife, he is survived by his sons, Alan Gale and his wife, Jodi, of Marlborough and Stephen Gale of Marlborough; his daughter, Linda Garbo and her husband, Dr. Charles Garbo, of Ithaca, N.Y.; his grandchildren, Jacob and Griffin Gale and Jeffrey, Rebecca, Benjamin and Caitlin Garbo; his sisters, Beverly Graham of Marlborough, Pauline Scouras of Brooksville, Fla., and Elaine Susan Levinsky of Clearwater, Fla.; many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late David Gagne and Robert Gainley. Visiting hours will be held Thursday, Oct. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 7 p.m. at Slattery Funeral Home Inc., 40 Pleasant St., Marlborough. Burial will be private. Donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701, or MetroWest Hospice, 85 Lincoln St., Framingham, MA 01702.
 

POLK, Paula M. Age 59, the retired director of the Morse Institute Library in Natick, died at her home in Southborough on October 26, 2008. Beloved wife of Richard J. Wallace. Devoted daughter of Rosemary (Mahoney) Morrow of Springfield, MO and the late John W. Polk. Loving mother of Blake A. Poggi and her husband Jeffrey of Shrewsbury, James V. Wallace of Southborough. Dear sister of Michael and John Polk both of Springfield, MO, Diane Ramsay of Westfield, cherished grandmother of Jason and Matthew Poggi of Shrewsbury. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St. (www.everettfuneral.com) at NATICK COMMON on Tues. Oct. 28, from 4-8 PM. Funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Wed., Oct. 29 at 12:00 Noon. Burial will be private. Expressions of sympathy in Paula's memory may be made to the Natick Relay for Life c/o American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701.

Algonquin Regional High School and Assabet Valley Regional Tech High School have postponed all sports events this afternoon.