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November 2,  2008 - November 8, 2008

Winter Street Fire Update

November 8, 2008 - The Southborough Fire Department responded to a report of a fire in the house at 10 Winter Street at 3:11 PM. Upon the report of the fire, an Engine was called in from the Town of Ashland as two of the four on-duty firefighter/EMTs were tied up on an ambulance transport. Arriving firefighters were met by the resident who reported that she thought she has the fire extinguished. Firefighters located a fire in the second floor master bedroom of a 1 ½ story house. A fire had started next to the bed, and spread to the mattress, box spring and bedding. A Framingham Aerial Platform was requested as the Southborough Ladder truck is out of service.

Firefighters found the fire still burning in the mattress requiring a hose line to be brought into the house to complete extinguishment. The bedding was safely removed from the house, where smoldering sections were completely extinguished.

A resident of the home was checked for injuries, but refused transportation to the hospital.

Firefighters checked for further spread of the fire, removed the smoke from the house, and investigated the cause of the fire.

The cause was determined to be an unattended candle left on a night stand next to the bed.

Firefighters cleared the scene at 5:07 PM

Fay School CO incident

November 8, 2008 - The Southborough Fire Department responded to the Main Dining Hall building at Fay School, 48 Main Street, Southborough at 11:04 AM after receiving a call for a Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector sounding. The CO detector was located in the area of the school’s kitchen.

Firefighters using metering equipment found an elevated CO level in the kitchen area. The building was evacuated as a precaution. Further investigation revealed elevated levels of CO on upper floors of the building.

The elevated CO levels were caused by a mechanical failure in the kitchen exhaust duct system, which allowed a build-up of CO in the kitchen area.

Two Fay School employees were transported to Marlborough Hospital for evaluation for exposure to elevated CO levels, and released.

Children at the school were not exposed to danger from the elevated CO levels during this incident.

The carbon monoxide detectors were installed per the requirements of recently enacted legislation known as “Nicole’s Law”. Nicole’s Law requires the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in all area of habitation where fossil fuel-burning equipment is located.

“The carbon monoxide detectors provided an early warning to the Fay School staff and fire department of a dangerous problem” said Fire Chief John Mauro. “This type of incident highlights the importance of the installation of CO detectors.”

The equipment which suffered the failure was repaired and checked for correct operation.

The Fire Department cleared the incident at 2:03 PM

Scouting for Food

November 8, 2008 - Volunteers bring in food for the Scouting for Food project today.


November 8, 2008 - Southborough youth soccer player takes the ball away from the Hopkinton player.

Ski Swap

November 8, 2008 - The Algonquin Regional High School held their annual ski and snowboard sale at St. Anne's today.  Strands and White's Ski outlets were also on hand and a percentage of sold items were donated to the ski team.

Winter Street House Fire

November 7, 2008 - Firefighters douse a mattress fire at a home on Winter Street late this afternoon.  More info will be forthcoming.

November 7, 2008 - Nursing students from the University of Lowell assist the Southborough Board of Health with the flu clinic held yesterday at the Senior Center.  This Saturday more flu shots will be given to all residents 19 years and older that would like one.

John L. Hubley
John L. Hubley, 44, of Sutton and formerly of Southborough died on Thursday, November 06, 2008 at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, after complications from surgery.

He was the son of Benita (Sora) Hubley of Southborough and the late George A. Hubley, Sr

Mr. Hubley was a 1982 graduate of Algonquin Region High School of Northborough. He started his career working for the Dept. of Environmental Mgmt, Forest Fire Bureau. He later was a communication specialist for the Town of Southborough’s fire and police department.

He enjoyed traveling and the great outdoors, riding on ATVs and snowmobiles. He also got a lot of pleasure spending time with his niece Kim.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his siblings, George ‘Skip’ Hubley, Jr and his wife Linda; Joseph Hubley and his wife Andrea; Donna Hubley Harrington her husband Francis all of Southborough; and his nieces and nephew, Matthew & Tanya Hubley; Cassandra, Jillian Siena Hubley, Kimberley & Jessica Harrington and long time friend Stephen K. Frieswick of Sutton.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, Nov 9, from 3 to 6 PM at Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main St. Southborough

A funeral Mass will be held on Monday, Nov. 10, at 10 AM at St. Matthew Church, Highland St. Southborough. Burial will follow in Rural Cemetery in Southborough.

Memorial contributions may be sent in his memory to Protestant Guild Learning Center, 411 Waverly Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452.


Algonquin Regional High School

Ski Team Equipment Sale

Saturday November 8

9 AM to 2:30 PM

St. Anne’s Church

Alpine, Cross Country, Snowboards,

Strands, White

Hats, gloves , ski pants, ski jackets and more


Sunday 11/2/08



Monday 11/3/08









E22 LT DANO FF GOODSPEED EMT GLECKEL  For more fire log click here

ARHS 11/8/08 Spor
Girls Varsity Soccer VS TOURNAMENT - 1ST ROUND VS. BURNCOAT Algonquin 2:00PM
 Boys Varsity Football @ Milford High School Click for directions   7:00PM
Assabet Valley RTHS 11/8/08 Sports

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The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus PAC celebrates victories for Women in the Massachusetts Legislature

The Mass Women’s Political Caucus PAC celebrates the victorious campaigns of 17 MWPC PAC endorsed candidates. There will be a total of five women joining the ranks at the Massachusetts House in January 2009.

“This has been a great year for women candidates in Massachusetts. We saw a number of first-time female legislative candidates run strong, smart, successful campaigns. The MWPC is thrilled that the incoming freshman class will have five experienced, competent women ready to meet the challenges facing the Commonwealth”, said Sheila Capone-Wulsin, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus. “Given that these challenges directly impact the lives of so many women and families, it is crucial that the uniquely female perspective to solving tough issues be represented and this ‘freshman five’ will do just that.”

The following challengers/open seat candidates were endorsed by the MWPC PAC;

Representative Jen Flanagan, D-Leominster, who defeated former Representative Brian Knutilla, D-Gardner in the September primary will succeed outgoing State Senator Robert Antonioni.

Jennifer Benson, D-Lunenburg, who won handily over Kurt Hayes, R-Boxborough garnering 56% of the vote to Hayes’ 44%. Benson will replace Representative Jamie Eldridge.

Carolyn Dykema, D-Holliston, who was victorious over Dan Haley, with 52% to 48%. Dykema will replace outgoing Representative Paul Loscoco.

Ann Margaret-Ferrante, D-Gloucester, defeated incumbent Representative Anthony Verga in the September primary with 46% of the vote in a three way race.

Danielle Gregoire D-Marlborough, received 48% of the vote in a three way race against Arthur Vigeant R-Marlborough and Independent candidate Arthur Valiante. Gregoire will replace retired Representative Stephen LeDuc.

Kate Hogan D-Stow, beat Hudson favorite son Sonny Parente R-Hudson with 48% of the vote in a three way race that included independent candidate David Goulding. Hogan will be replacing retiring Representative Patricia Walrath.

Incumbents endorsed by the MWPC PAC include;

Senator Susan Fargo, D-Concord successfully fended off a challenge by Sandi Martinez, winning 59.5% to 40.5%.

Representative Barbara L’Italien, D-Andover, with 59% of the vote over challenger Lawrence Brennan.

Representative Willie Mae Allen, D-Mattapan, Representative Ruth Balser, D-Newton, Representative Susan Gifford, R-Wareham, Senator Patricia Jehlen, D-Somerville, Senator Karen Polito R-Shrewsbury, Representative Pam Richardson, D-Framingham Representative Marie St. Fleur, D-Dorchester, Senator Susan Tucker, D-Andover and Representative Marty Walz, D-Boston were also endorsed by the MWPC PAC.

About the MWPC

Founded in 1971, the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus is a multi-partisan organization committed to increasing the number of women elected and appointed to political office and public policy positions, and to increasing the involvement of women of all ages in the political process. www.mwpc.org


The annual Taurid meteor shower is underway and it could be a good show. 2008 is a "swarm year" for the Taurids. Between Nov. 5th and 12th, Earth is due to pass through an unusually dense swarm of gritty debris from parent comet 2P/Encke. When a similar encounter happened in 2005, sky watchers observed a slow drizzle of midnight fireballs for nearly two weeks.  Whether 2008 will be as good as 2005, however, remains to be seen. In 2005, the swarm encounter was more central; Earth passed through the middle of the cloud.  In 2008, forecasters believe we are closer to the outskirts.  How much this will affect the shower, no one knows. The best time to look is during the hours around midnight when the constellation Taurus is high in the sky.

Visit http://spaceweather.com for sky maps and photos of the ongoing shower.

A lighter Moment

November 6, 2008 - Town Clerk, Paul Berry takes a little time out to laugh while visiting precinct 3 during Tuesday's busy election.  Mr. Berry was very pleased with the voter turnout and no major problems were had.

Off into the Woods

November 6, 2008 - Around 8:00 PM last night a multi car accident involving a truck occurred at White Bagley Road and Route 9.  Teds was called to tow the truck and vehicle.  The truck took the guardrail down and had a fuel leak.  Firefighters responded with booms and equipment to limit the spill.  DEP and MA Highway were notified of the spill and that the median and guardrail were damaged.

Gloomy Skies and Dancing Leaves

November 6, 2008 - Light rains and some wind are dropping leaves like crazy. Careful driving on the streets with wet leaves.

Donald L. Hart Sr



Donald L. Hart, Sr, 85, of Southborough died on Monday, November 3, 2008 at his home.

He was the husband of Muriel (Bullard) Hart for the past 66 years.

Mr. Hart was a Navy veteran serving in WW II on the USS WASP. He was the founder and former co-owner of Automatic Appliance in Framingham.
Mr. Hart was an avid golfer and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the VFW, Post 2331 and the America Legion, post 77 both of Ashland.

In addition to his wife he is survived by his children, George Hart of Southborough; David Hart of Boston; Nancy Hart Swain of Temple, NH; Donald L. Hart Jr, and his wife Natasha of Southborough; a sister Marilyn Tibbits of Booth Bay Harbor, ME; 2 brothers, Robert L. Hart of Holliston; Edward P Hart of Ashland; 2 grandchildren, Jason Matthew Hart & Matthew J. Hart and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to join a celebration of Donald’s life on Friday, November 7, from 5 to 8 PM at the Ashland VFW, 311 Pleasant St., Ashland.

In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be sent to VNA Care Network & Hospice, 120 Thomas St. Worcester, MA 01608

Arrangements are under the direction of the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main St. Southborough, MA

Directions from Southborough: Route 85 south to traffic lights before railroad bridge, take Southville Road west toward Westborough. Southville Road turns into Flanders Road at town line.  Left at Fruit Street and another quick left on Old Flanders Road

Need for a new Police Station

November 6, 2008 - (above - police dispatch file photo) Monday night the selectmen met with the Facilities Building committee to hear a report and see preliminary sketch of what a new police station might look like. The committee and the members of the Southborough Police Department have been working constantly and diligently with preliminary plans and drawings that will give the Southborough police a new facility that will include today‘s technological advances in police work and would capitalize on that to last a good thirty to fifty years but built with a sound fiscal plan.

Preliminary sketches of what a new one story police station would look like was passed out to selectmen. The architect, the committee and the police department consider a new one story structure to be easier to lay out for police function and cost effectiveness. The Facilities Building Committee has met with the Southborough Historical Commission last month. They agreed to look into a second option that would include renovation and an addition to the Peter’s Annex. The committee reported to Selectmen that there would be additional costs to the second option. To renovate the Peter’s Annex there would be additional costs such as an elevator and possible removal if asbestos is found and still require an addition and the tearing down of the current garage and sally port area. They also stated that if the Peter’s Annex building was to remain, there would not be enough room for vehicles and flow of traffic with the new proposed one story building. The Police and the Facilities building Committee recommended to the Selectmen that the town go with the new one floor police station.

The single story structure would be built on the west side of the parking lot behind the fire station in which in the future there would be a link to both public safety buildings and the fire station would be renovated by possibly moving the offices up to the back of the station which would then face the new police station. During meetings with public safety officials the committee has gone back to the preliminary drawings to possibly include a public safety dispatch more central to the two buildings.

The current Southborough Police station at 19 Main Street opened in 1971 in the former Peter’s Annex School which was built in 1929. The building was renovated a few times by the town and by Assabet Valley Regional High School students. The building that currently houses our Police Department is not up to standards for modern police work. The layout of the building is pretty well fixed by the structure itself. The double stairways take up considerable wasted space. The 911 system, files and evidence room are in the basement. The main floor has little space to maneuver around making it dangerous booking criminals. There is little privacy for someone reporting a crime the way the lobby and building are set up. The building was used as a school structure for many years; you can only do so much in the building without compromising the structural safety.

Selectmen voted to write a letter to the Facilities Building Committee supporting the new one story police building. Selectman Bonnie Phaneuf though requested that the letter stipulate that this does not preclude the Historical Commission from looking further into the potential for benefits in saving the building as that is what the Commission is charged with.

All parties know the need for a new police station is desperately needed. I did an article on the police station prior to the 2008 Annual Town meeting.  Click here for preliminary police station plans.

In other selectmen business, they heard from Southborough Police Sergeant Jane Moran the monthly report. Town Electrician James Colleary requested $5,000 to repair the fire alarm system in the Southborough Police Station. The alarms are no longer up to code and a new wireless system is recommended. This system can then be removed from the building and placed into another town building upon what happens with a new police station. This item was approved.

Reprint of January 25, 2008 article with links to virtual tour of the current Southborough Police Facility

Need for a new Police Station?

January 25, 2008 - by Linda Hubley.   Most municipal buildings in Southborough have not seen dramatic changes, additions or renovations since being built. We have added on and built new schools but we as a community have not kept pace over the years with our other municipal buildings. In 2004 the Southborough Municipal Committee was created and charged with investigating the needs and spaces of all the municipal facilities within the town. The findings released in 2005, showed that the town has reached critical mass for the need of more office space, storage space and creative work environments. The dearth of space and the fact that many of the offices are not in central locations have oftentimes hampered or created inefficient delivery of the services the town offers to its residents.

     At the top of the Municipal Facilities Committee were the police and fire stations. A few years ago the Southborough Fire Department operated out of two stations. Station 2 on Harrington Court is now closed with no personnel stationed at that building. All fulltime personnel work out of the Main Station that was built in 1978 but has not seen much rehabilitation. At the same time the Fire Station meeting room is being used much more than in previous years due to the lack of meeting facilities in town. The apparatus bay cannot efficiently house all the vehicles and equipment necessary. But even more critical than the fire station is the condition of the current police station.

     Have you ever had the opportunity to visit the police station? Whether it was on a tour with your child, have someone that has been arrested or placed in protective custody, you had to speak with a detective or Sergeant or just picking up accident forms you would notice the need for a new police station.

     The existing building that currently houses the police was built in 1929 as an elementary school and many residents living in town remember it fondly as the Peter’s High School Annex. On May 1, 1971, the old school became the “new” Southborough Police Station. The Town’s population at that time was under 6,000 residents and the name “Metrowest” had not even been coined yet. Since then the population in Southborough has increased to near 10,000, a 52% growth just since the 1990 census. Towns in the Metrowest area including Southborough have seen unprecedented growth in new homes, businesses and traffic.

       The study presented to the committee from Durland Van Voorhis Architects describes the police station as lacking many code-compliance features such as no elevator for the handicapped, inadequate clearances and hardware at doors and bathrooms. Poor circulation and thermostat control, poor water flow control, inadequate ventilation. The station also has a series of faults in the width and flow of hallways. The town’s critical communication center is improperly housed and the entire layout of the current facility housing the police is woefully inadequate for today’s police requirements.

     Besides an antiquated dispatch room, the Police station also has to contend with a narrow aisle way notorious for corners, obstacles and small rooms to bring a prisoner in from the sally port to the booking room, to detective rooms or the jail cell itself. This makes for a very congested and dangerous trip for the officers. In other inadequacies in the police station there is a second floor and the basement, neither for which is an elevator available. Due to the lack of storage space the hallways become storage space which narrows them even further. Access to the attic   Continue story with photos Click Here

Mystic Seaport Names New President and CEO
Stephen C. White to Take Helm in mid-January

Stephen C. White, the former headmaster of the Fay School in Southborough, MA, has been named president and chief executive officer of Mystic Seaport.

White will assume his position January 15, 2009. Retired Coast Guard Rear Admiral Doug Teeson, the Museum's current president and CEO, who earlier this year announced his plans to retire, will remain in his position until that time.

"It was important to find a successor capable of building on Doug's many achievements," said Richard Vietor, chairman of the Museum's board of trustees. "We've found that person in Steve White - an experienced educator, successful fundraiser and someone with a deep passion for sailing and for Mystic Seaport."

"What inspires me about Mystic Seaport is the pervasive sense of a clear mission - connecting Americans with the sea - and how palpable it is in everything the Museum does," said White. "This is not just a challenging time; it's an inspiring time. History is such a central part of our national fabric, and I am thrilled to be in an environment that is as rich and rewarding as Mystic Seaport."

White served 18 years as headmaster of Fay School, the country's oldest junior boarding school, founded in 1866. Fay School now educates an international student body in grades 6-9 as boarding students and day students in grades 1-9.

During White's tenure, Fay School established a dynamic strategic plan and
a comprehensive master plan for future campus development. Under his leadership, the School dramatically increased its endowment and, most recently, he also completed a $20 million campaign designed to support key elements of the strategic plan, including compensation, scholarships, program development and campus expansion.

The year following White's arrival at Fay in 1990, the School was honored with the Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education. The No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools for demonstrating academic superiority or for dramatic gains in student achievement to high levels.

Throughout White's tenure at Fay, the School opened a new performing arts center, a math and science wing, a new gymnasium and a learning center to enhance students' educational environments.

"Steve has addressed and accomplished many of the same issues currently facing Mystic Seaport," Vietor said. "And, as the Museum works to add value to visiting families and expand educational offerings throughout the year, Steve's experience is well-suited to help us accomplish those goals."

Teeson, who has led the nation's premier maritime museum for the past seven years, is confident the Museum will continue to evolve and adapt as it moves into its 80th year.

"I have great confidence in Steve's ability to steer the next leg of the race," Teeson said. "With great generosity from trustees and other donors, we've ensured that our collections, including the national historic landmark vessels, will be here for future generations to experience. And we have ambitious plans to lift the Museum to much higher levels of educational and cultural achievement, on a year-round basis. I eagerly look forward to introducing Steve to Mystic Seaport's many constituencies."

A native of Camden, ME, White has long enjoyed a connection to the sea, sailing with his grandfather and father in wooden boats. He found his call to education through the sea as well, having spent summers as a director of junior sailing programs at Camden Yacht Club and Ft. Worth Boat Club.

Before beginning his teaching career, White made two trans-Atlantic crossings on a sloop from Connecticut.

"Mystic Seaport provides more than a career challenge," White said. "It gives me an opportunity to return to my roots. And, more importantly, to tell stories. As an educator, I cherish the opportunity to tell stories. And there is no better place to tell maritime stories than Mystic Seaport."

White's involvement with multiple non-profit organizations includes serving as director of the Boys' and Girls' Clubs of MetroWest, as well as serving as a trustee for both Berwick Academy in South Berwick, ME, and at Hillside School in Marlborough, MA.

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE), White has invested time and effort to the advancement of independent school groups which provide meaningful experiences for children. With a B.A. in English and Education from Hartwick College, White has additionally completed coursework at Columbia University/Teachers College through a Klingenstein Fellowship.

White presently resides on Cape Cod with his wife, Maggie.

ARHS 11/6/08 Sports

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Assabet Valley RTHS 11/6/08 Sports
Boys Freshman Football VS Bay Path Regtechhs   3:30PM
Tatnuck Book Store Events

Obama & Biden; Kerry; McGovern; Eldridge; Gregoire and Dykema win their seats to Government.

November 5, 2008 - More than eighty-five percent of registered voters within the Town of Southborough participated in a historic election that has the first ever United States black president and sent three new-comers to the State Senate and Representatives.  State wide the Obama/Biden ticket won 56% - 42%; Kerry handily won 66% to 31%; Southborough's new state senator will be James Eldridge who won with 57% of the votes. Southborough precinct one candidate Danielle Gregoire won the 4th Middlesex with 48% of the votes while the Southborough precinct two and three candidate Carolyn Dykema won with 52% of the total vote of her district.  Here are the unofficial results for yesterday's election in Southborough.

President and Vice President

Precinct 1

Precinct 2

Precinct 3







Barr and Root





McCain and Palin





McKinney and Clemente





Nader and Gonzalez





Obama and Biden





Senator in Congress

John F. Kerry





Jeffrey K. Beatty





Robert J. Underwood





Representative in Congress

James P. McGovern






Marilyn M. Petitto DeVaney





Senator in General Court

James B. Eldridge





Steven L. Levy





Representative in General Court Precinct 1

Danielle Gregoire



Arthur Vigeant



Joseph L. Valianti



Representative in General Court Precinct 2 and 3

Carolyn C. Dykema




Dan Haley




Register of Probate

Stephen G. Abraham





State Results of the three Ballot Questions
  • Question #1 Repeal of the State Income Tax failed 69% - 31%

  • Question #2 Decriminalizing possession of an ounce or less of Marijuana passed 65% - 35%

  • Question #3 to ban Greyhound Racing in MA passed 56% to 46%

How Southborough voted on Yes No
Question 1 2,197 3,434
Question 2 3,763 1,876
Question 3 3,551 2,053
Great turnout for Historical Election

November 5, 2008 - Voters turned out in droves to vote at Southborough's three precincts.  Here voters in Precinct 3 cast their votes.  When polls opened at 7:00 AM yesterday the line stretched out the door and around the corner of the gymnasium.

Girl Scouts and Brownie troops assist at Election

November 5, 2008 - Brownies baked brownies and rice krispie treats and Girl Scouts directed people to the appropriate lines as part of earning a badges in citizenship.  Here members of troop 7103 pose with Southborough police officer Ron Mattioli, Election Warden Art Miner and Poll worker Diane Beane.

Please join us for our Veterans Day Observance



TUESDAY – November 11th


Veterans will meet at 1015 at the Legion/VFW Headquarters.


We will then march to the All Wars Memorial ~1045


The Observance will begin at 1100


Please join us in honoring the men and women who have served and are serving this country.


Please join us in remembering those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom.



John Wilson - Commander American Legion Post 161

Steve Whynot - Commander - VFW Post 3276

Sudbury River Meeting

November 5, 2008

7:00 PM

Memorial Building

150 Concord Street

Framingham, MA


Meeting to discuss the 48 proposals for the Sudbury River restoration, education and remediation of the river riparian  that will be funded through a 1998 lawsuit under the Nyanza Superfund project.

For more information on the Sudbury River Click here

Woodward School Vote

November 5, 2008 - Students at the Woodward school voted in a "mock election" during class Monday.  They had to go through the entire process of checking in, taking a ballot, voting and passing the ballot in. They'll make great voters some day. Photos courtesy of Woodward School.

ARHS 11/3/08 Sports

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Assabet Valley RTHS 11/3/08 Sports

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Southborough Public Library Weekly Schedule

508 - 485 - 5031  Click here for Website

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
    Election Day




10:00 AM book review

6:30 PM YA Book Group


11:00 AM Toddler Time 0-24 months

2 - 3:30 Foreign Film Discussion Group

3:15 Girl Scout Troop #2772 holding story/craft time for preschoolers * please pre-register  

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.

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.

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

Arrrrg Matey

November 4, 2008 - Don't forget to vote today! Polls are open 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Beautiful but Invasive

November 4, 2008 - Burning Bush AKA Winged Euonymus blazons the landscape with its fiery red leaves. Once it escapes its urban landscape it can crowd out native species of shrubs in nearby areas. 

Cow Pie Contest

November 9

After the Cross Country Race and Fitness Walk which begins at 10:00 AM

$20.00 square

$300.00 prize

For more information visit www.southborobelties.org or email

Joyceg1@yahoo.com or lpbourdon@aol.com

The Breakneck Hill Cow Fund

Family Fun Run and Walk

November 9, 2008

10 am

At the Breakneck Hill Conservation Land

$10 Registration for the 4K Race and Family Fun Walk

Prizes for Top Runners!

Plus Cow Pie Contest: $20 Square could win $300!

For more information visit www.southborobelties.org  or email

Joyceg1@yahoo.com or lpbourdon@aol.com



Single Tax rate for Residential and Commercial stays the same

Last night Selectmen voted to retain the single tax rate for residential and business properties.  Assessor Paul Cibelli stressed that the estimated tax bills that went out recently were based on evaluations from Jan 2008.  Southborough saw taxable value decrease by $62.4 million to $2.204 billion.  The tax bills represent a 9% increase over the previous year.   The FY2009 tax rate will be $14.16 per thousand valuation. This means that the average single family home would increase from $7,231 in FY2008 to $7,879 in FY 2009, an increase of $648.  Various scenarios involving a split tax rate were shown to the selectmen.  In the end the vote was in favor of keeping the single tax rate. This will help to encourage new businesses to town and to retain the businesses already in town.  There are 3,691 taxable parcels with 247 of them commercial/residential representing 18.47% of the total tax revenue.  The tax rate did not include the Community Preservation Act surcharge.

ARHS 11/4/08 Sports
Assabet Valley RTHS 11/4/08 Sports
Girls Varsity Volleyball VS MIAA Gym TBA
Senior Center Information

FALL NEWS | Part 1 www.projectsmile.org
Just in: Project Smile 2009 Calendar</ strong>

Project Smile 2009 fundraiser calendars now available. Click here to get yours today! Includes a raffle entry.


Special guest speakers, News Channel 5's Gail Huff (at left) and J.C. Monahan (right) with Project Smile founder Catherine Pisacane (center).

5th Anniversary Celebration Raises $10,000</ font>

Over 80 guests joined Project Smile on October 3, for the organization’s celebration of their 5th Anniversary. This annual event is Project Smile’s largest fundraiser of the year. A highlight of the evening were special guest speakers Gail Huff and J.C. Monahan from News Channel 5, Boston, both of whom did a terrific job.

The event was hosted by Dick Ferrucci of WMRC 1490 in Milford and featured a tremendous silent auction, raffle, debut of the 2009 fundraiser calendar, live jazz music, complimentary Beija Rum cocktails, appetizers and the debut of the Project Smile song performed by Lisa Winner and Krysta Youngs. Through sponsorship, ticket sales and the silent auction, the event raised approximately $10,000.

“I am very happy with the success of our Anniversary Celebration,” said Catherine Pisacane, Project Smile’s Executive Director. “I’d like to thank everyone who supported our event and helped make it a success. We worked very hard to put together a great event and I really appreciate all the people who participated and showed their support.

For more photos from the event, please visit www.projectsmile.org/ events.htm

Project Smile 2nd Annual Charity Date Auction a Great Success

Approximately 300 people attended Project Smile’s 2nd Annual Charity Date Auction on September 19 at Gypsy Bar, Boston.

During the exciting fundraising event, dates were auctioned off with single police officers, fire fighters and other terrific guys and ladies.  Seventeen guys and 18 ladies were auctioned off during the event, with all proceeds going directly to supporting Project Smile.

The highest bids were $550 for a bachelor and $525 for a bachelorette. Each “couple” received a gift certificate to use on their date. Through a partnership with Sofft Shoes and the support of the Hello Stiletto Shoe Club, each guy came with a pair of sexy high heels for the lady with the winning bid! Smart Water was also in attendance and donated bottled water. The event also featured a raffle and silent auction with airline tickets, sports items and gift certificates.

The date auction raised approximately $9,000 for Project Smile. It was sponsored by platinum sponsors Table for Eight, Pure Romance by Jessica Youlton, Ameriprise Financial, Boston Event Guide and Yelp. Other event sponsors included Dirty Water TV, Boston Ski & Sports Club and Stuff @ Night.

Last year’s date auction led to a love connection for one couple and Project Smile is hoping for another one (or more!) from this year’s event!

For more photos from the event, please visit www.projectsmile.org/ events.htm

Lessons in Safe Driving

November 3, 2008 - Students in Mr. Diamantopoulos Health classes listen in to a talk by Southborough Fire Chief John Mauro.  The presentation included motor vehicle accident photos from Southborough that Firefighters and Paramedics have been called out to.  Another part of the talk was given by former ARHS and now a BU student, Chris Conte.  His presentation is a short production of the events leading up to the 2005 Murphy sisters accident.  As a multi-media project for BU, Chris and another student put together a short film on the Murphy Sisters that included interviews with crash survivor Melissa Smith, Father Craig Lister - Southborough Fire Dept Chaplin, Fire Chief John Mauro and the parents of Shauna and Meghan - Michelle and Christopher.  Through this tragedy "Safe Rides", Murphy's Rules of the Road and discounted Skid School programs are available for the young drivers.  For more information on the Safe Ride program and other programs mentioned click here.

Saturday November 15, 2008

St. Mark's School, Southborough

8:00 PM

Please Note: CHANGE OF VENUE!!

ASSABET VALLEY MASTERSINGERS and orchestra under the baton of Artistic Director Robert P. Eaton will present two choral masterpieces on Saturday, November 15th at St. Mark’s School, Marlboro Road (Rte. 85) in Southborough. The concert titled “Reflections on Innocence and Peace” will take place at 8 PM and will feature the choral favorite Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Intimations of Immortality by Gerald Finzi. These compositions are based on the works of poets Walt Whitman and William Wordsworth respectively and will provide further inspiration through the voices of soloists Maria Ferrante, soprano; Stanley Wilson, tenor; and baritone Steven Small.

This location is accessible to the physically challenged. Assistive listening systems, courtesy of Crossroads Community Foundation, are available at all concerts for use by hearing impaired audience members. Large print programs will be offered to those desiring enhanced readability.

Concert tickets may be purchased at Robinson Music Company, Westboro; Shattuck Pharmacy, Northboro; Danielson Flowers, Shrewsbury; The English Garden Florist, Southboro; Hudson Area Arts Alliance; and both Joy-Den Jewelers and Main St. Café in Marlboro. Advance sale tickets are discounted $1 (one) from the regular price of $20 (twenty) and $18 (eighteen) for students and senior citizens.

For further information please call (978) 562-9838 or view www.avmsingers.org. Partial funding for the Assabet Valley Mastersingers, a non-profit organization, has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council through local Arts Councils.

Eight High School Students Chosen to Apprentice with Assabet Valley Mastersingers

This year, eight local high school students from Northborough and Southborough have been chosen as apprentice singers with Assabet Valley Mastersingers Shay Gibson, Katelyn Morreale, Kelsey O'Hare, Caroline Estes, Vale Southard, Charlie LeBlond, Tyler Jacobson, and Meghan Doherty. The Mastersingers' apprentice program provides an excellent educational opportunity for talented high school singers to perform challenging choral masterworks with mature singers, professional soloists, and professional accompaniment.

Apprentice singers must be recommended by their high school choral directors, and then must successfully audition with the Mastersingers Artistic Director, Robert Eaton. The students are expected to attend all rehearsals and performances, and are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the music prior to rehearsal and for reviewing the material between rehearsals.

Dedicated to perpetuating the love and appreciation of choral music, Assabet Valley Mastersingers delight in presenting new and less familiar music in addition to the celebrated masters. Membership is diverse, representing over fifteen towns, with a wide range of ages and singing experience.

The first concert in the Assabet Valley Mastersingers 2008 season is "Reflections on Innocence and Peace," and will feature Intimations of Immortality by Gerald R. Finzi, and Dona Nobis Pacem by R. Vaughan Williams. These choral masterpieces will be performed on Saturday, November 15, at 800pm at St. Mark's School in Southborough. For more information, visit www.avmsingers.org  or call 978-562-9838.

This year's apprentice singers with Assabet Valley Mastersingers, from left Vale Southard, Shay Gibson, Charlie LeBlond, Katelyn Morreale, Tyler Jacobson, Kelsey O'Hare, Meghan Doherty, and Caroline Estes, with Artistic Director Robert Eaton

November 3, 2008 - Fourth Middlesex candidate Danielle Gregoire held a Breakfast with the Lt. Governor, Congressman McGovern and more supporters last week. Contributed photos.

Southborough meetings

November 3 - November 7, 2008





BOARD OF ASSESSORS 11/3 6:30 PM Upper Hall Cordaville Hall
11/3 7:00 PM Upper Hall Cordaville Hall
Municipal Facilities Committee 11/3 7:00 PM Upper Hall Cordaville Hall
11/3 7:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
Board of Health 11/5 1:00 PM BOH Hearing room Cordaville Hall
Council on Aging 11/5 7:00 PM Director's Office Sr. Center
Open Space Preservation Committee 11/5 7:00 PM Country Kitchen Cordaville Hall
Zoning Advisory Committee 11/5 7:30 PM Upper Hall Cordaville Hall
COMMUNITY PRESERVATION 11/6 7:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
ADA Committee 11/7 9:30 AM Town Admin office, Town House
Trust Fund Advisory Committee 11/7 8:05 Foyer Town House

Senior Schedule

Monday 3

Tuesday 4

Wednesday 5

Thursday 6

Friday 7

8:30 Health Clinic

8:30 Walking Group

9:30 Pool

8:30 Health Clinic

9:30 AM Wii Bowling/golf

9:30 AM Cribbage

9:30 AM Tai Chi

9:30 AM painting

9:00 AM Flu Clinic

9:30 AM Home and safety presentation
12:00 Monday blue plate special

11:00 AM Senior Singers

10:00 Creative Writers

12:00 PM Lunch

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

12:00 PM Lunch

11:00 AM Minstrial Man Sing A Long

No Pitch

12:00 PM Lunch
  1:00 PM Heart for the Holidays Bereavement Support Care 12:00 Lunch    
2:00 PM Fitness

1:00 PM Water Aerobics

2:00 Fitness No bridge 1:00 PM Water Aerobics
ARHS 11/3/08 Sports
Boys Freshman Football VS **Postponed - Fitchburg H.S. Algonquin 3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Soccer VS Shrewsbury High School Algonquin 5:00PM
 Girls Varsity Soccer VS Shrewsbury High School Algonquin 7:00PM
Assabet Valley RTHS 11/3/08 Sport
Boys JV Football @ Montachustt Regvochs Click for directions 3:30PM
Breakneck Hill Conservation Area Night Walk

November 2, 2008 - About fifty participants came out on a beautiful night to do a half hour hike through the trails of Breakneck Hill. The group was able to see a wonderful clear sky full of stars and the cows bedded down for the night in one of the fields.

Wreath Sales

November 2, 2008 - Wreath and candle sales are now going on with the Cub Scouts. This Scout from pack 26 gets a a sale of two wreaths.

November 2, 2008 - Dan Haley running for the 8th district seat for State Representative held a rally tonight in Holliston.  Haley is next to outgoing Representative Paul Loscocco, former Lt. Governor Kerry Healy and Ron Bersani, grandfather of Melanie Powell who inspired Melanie's Law for drunk drivers.

Letter to the Editor -Nov.2, 2008  For Dykema

I am glad that we are coming to the election cycle end. I am tired of the bickering and the squabbling. The good news for us here in the 8th Middlesex State Representative District is that one candidate has kept her head and not reduced herself to the tit-for-tat accusations during the race for the Massachusetts House - Carolyn Dykema.

Carolyn has stayed on message - 1) complex issues deserve thoughtful discussion - not sound-bytes; 2) the district needs a Rep. who will work full-time and earn the $58,000 (plus) salary; 3) the district needs someone with a business background who can help make the economic engine of Metrowest thrive; and 4) the district needs someone who will communicate regularly, hold office hours, and send newsletters so we know what's going on between elections.

Carolyn Dykema, as our State Representative, will bring her local government experience, her ability to build coalitions, and her incredible talent to doggedly pursue solutions that will work. I urge you to vote for Dykema for Representative on Tuesday.

Mary M. Greendale
Freelancer and Grant Writer

Holliston, MA. 01746

Go Patriots

November 2, 2008 - The littlest Patriot from an earlier Soccer teams skill match.

Space Junk to re-enter atmosphere

More than a year ago, in July 2007, International Space Station astronauts threw an obsolete, refrigerator-sized ammonia reservoir overboard. Ever since, the 1400-lb piece of space junk has been circling Earth in a decaying orbit--and now it is about to reenter. If predictions are correct, the "Early Ammonia Servicer" (EAS for short) will turn into a brilliant fireball as it disintegrates in Earth's atmosphere during the early hours of Monday, Nov. 3rd. Uncertainties in the exact reentry time are so great (plus or minus 15 hours at the time of this alert) that it is impossible to pinpoint where the fireball will appear. At the moment, every continent except Antarctica has some favorable ground tracks.

Readers should check our Satellite Tracker (http://spaceweather.com/flybys/) for possible overflights. Before reentry, the EAS will seem about as bright as a 2nd or 3rd magnitude star, similar to the stars of the Big Dipper.  During re-entry, the disintegrating reservoir could light up like a full Moon.  Flyby predictions should be regarded as approximate because the orbital elements of the EAS are now changing so rapidly. Updates will be posted on http://spaceweather.com.

Sparkles Turns 10


Sparkles the Fire Saftey Dog turns 10.  For more information on Sparkles and Dayna. What's going on with Sparkles and her friends and the new book Sparkles  Goes to Boston check out the following Links.





Comprehensive Zoning bylaw and subdivision rules and regulations review and update

The goals of this project include an overall diagnostic of our Zoning By-Laws to ensure internal consistency, conformance with State and Federal laws, improved clarity of language, and alignment with the goals and objectives of the recently completed 2008 Master Plan.

Click here for more information on dates of meetings and how to become involved.