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November 30, 2008 -
December 6, 2008
Santa Arrives in Town
December 6, 2008 - A large crowd greeted Santa
today. Kindergroup has annually hosted the event with Santa arriving
via helicopter and then proceeding to the Community House to hear the lists
of all the children.
Decorating the Tree
December 6, 2008 - There were a lot of children
working on Christmas decorations for the Southborough Library tree this
December 6, 2008 - Members of Troop 92 were
kept busy today with their annual fundraiser the Kid's Shop. They also
escorted Santa from the Helicopter to the Community House.
First Community Church Holly Fair
December 6, 2008 - Lots of baked goodies,
raffles and gifts greeted those who ventured into the First Community Church
on Southville Road today.
Weather News for Dec. 6, 2008
COLORADO FIREBALL: Last night, a fireball one hundred times brighter than
the full Moon lit up the sky near Colorado Springs, Colorado. Astronomer
Chris Peterson photographed the event using an all-sky video camera
dedicated to meteor studies. "In seven years of operation, this is the
brightest fireball I've ever recorded. I estimate the terminal explosion at
magnitude -18." Meteors this bright are called superbolides; they are
caused by small (meter-class) asteroids and are likely to pepper the ground
with meteorites when they explode. Visit
http://spaceweather.com to watch the fireball video and contribute
sighting reports that could help pinpoint any meteoritic debris.
TUMBLING TOOLBAG: The space station's famous sidekick, the ISS Toolbag, is
circling Earth and reportedly producing flashes of light bright enough to
record using off-the-shelf digital cameras. The flashes, shown in a photo on
today's edition of Spaceweather.com, could be a sign that the bag is
tumbling. Both the Toolbag and the ISS will be making a series of evening
passes over North America and Europe in the evenings ahead, so now is a good
time to look. Check the Simple Satellite Tracker for viewing times:
BONUS: The Dec. 1st Great Conjunction Photo Gallery continues to grow with
daily additions from around the world. Start browsing here:
Visit http://spaceweather.com for
photos, webcasts and more information.
St. Mark's Bazaar
December 6, 2008 - St. Mark's held their annual
raffle, toy sale, white elephant and bake sale earlier today. A great
day brought a big crowd out to the center of Southborough with all the
holiday activities going on.
Girl Scouts Lighting Ceremony
December 5, 2008 - Girl Scout lead other Girl
Scouts, Brownies, friends and family in holiday songs tonight at the
Community House tonight.
Lighting up the Community House
December 5, 2008 - Girl Scouts head out from
the lighting ceremony.
A busy Holiday Weekend in Southborough
Algonquin Regional High School play, Nunsense
12/5,12/6 7:30 pm
12/7 Play-Nunsense, 2:00 pm
St. Mark’s Christmas Bazaar,
Main Street, 10am - 2pm
Boy Scout Troop 92 Holiday Kids Shop,
Woodward School, 8:30 - 2:30 PM
First Community Church of Southborough, 139
Southville Road, 9am - 2 PM
Southborough Library, 10:30 - 11:30
Holiday tree decorating party, light refreshments
Santa Comes to town,
sponsored by Kindergroup @ the Southborough
Community House, 12:00 - 3:00 PM
Saturday, December 6, 2008, 10am – 2pm
Sunday, December 7, 12pm – 2pm, Southborough Historical Museum,
behind Town Hall
Sudbury Valley Trustees Holiday Shop,
Saturday, December 6: 11AM – 5PM Wolbach Farm, 18 Wolbach Road,
Mom’s Afternoon Out Shopping,
ARHS Boosters Club, Romaine’s Restaurant, Northborough, MA, Sunday,
December 7, 12:30 - 3:30 PM
Gulbankian Farms and Garden Center & Florist
Shop, 40 Mt. Vickery Road across from the Southborough Post office.
Visit the shop and see the many unique gifts and gourmet foods, fresh
flowers, kissing balls and wreaths.
Southborough Fire Association holds
their annual tree sales, Monday - Friday 6 - 9 PM; Sat/Sun 9 am - 9 pm
Southborough Police Officer Meredith
Lobur is collecting pet food and toys for needy family pets
Southborough Fire Department is
collecting unwrapped toys for Southborough Youth and Family Services and
Salvation Army Framingham.
You can support conservation in the
Commonwealth with the new “Land and Water Conservation” license
plate, an effort recently launched by the Massachusetts
Environmental Trust. The new plate will support the conservation of
land critical to the protection of the Commonwealth’s water
Similar plates in other states have
conserved tens of thousands of acres in recent years. This new tool
for land conservation is needed here now more than ever. Proceeds
from the new license plate will go towards:
purchase or donation of land
conveyance of conservation
transfer of municipal tax title
inventories and mapping of critical
appraisals, legal fees, and other
due diligence costs
revolving loan programs
creative partnerships that leverage
new funding and other innovative conservation approaches
To learn more and reserve your plate,
http://www.masslandandwater.info/. And, be sure to mention The
Trustees of Reservations on the registration form.
Community Handmade Craft and Personal
Leeds Farm, 118 Middle Road, Southborough, MA
- December 6 from 10 AM - 4 PM
Llama and Sheep wool scarves, gloves, rugs
H. Thomas Quinn
H. Thomas Quinn, 78, of Marlborough,
died Monday December 1, 2008 at the Wayside Hospice Residence in
Wayland, following a battle with cancer.
Thomas is survived by his wife, Susan (Rockett) Quinn; two
daughters, Alison Larkin and her husband John of Hopedale, Heather
Quinn and her husband Robert Lionette of Vineyard Haven; two
grandchildren, Quinn and Jack; two sisters, Patricia Brady of Tampa,
Florida and Sheila Maffei of Concord; brother-in-law, C. Edward
Rockett of Framingham; and many nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Mon. Dec.8th at 11:00 a.m in St.
Matthew's Church in Southborough. Calling hours will be held
3:00-6:00 p.m Sunday at the Matarese Funeral Home in Ashland.
Donations may be made to Friends of Hospice / Parmenter Community
Health, 266 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA 01778.
ARHS Sports 12/6/08
SWIMS AGAINST HUNGER (SWIM-A-THON)
MEMA ISSUES WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS
Offers Tips to Prepare for Your Car, Home &
MEMA has issued information to help people
prepare for another New England Winter Season. Attached is a list of
items to be included in your Winter Emergency Car Kit, as well as your
family’s Winter Disaster Supply Kit, as well as the development of a
Family Emergency Communications Plan.
“Now is the proper time for individuals and
families to take the necessary steps to ensure their safety both on the
roads and at home during the upcoming Winter Season,” said MEMA Director
Don Boyce. “Winter weather can present challenges that can be made
easier with some basic preparedness planning.”
SUGGESTED WINTER EMERGENCY CAR KIT
Keep the following items in your car in
case of emergency during a Winter Storm:
Flashlight with extra batteries
Charged cell phone
Basic first-aid kit
Blankets or sleeping bags
Extra clothes (include rain gear, mittens,
High-calorie, non-perishable foods (dried
fruits, nuts, canned food)
Non-electric can opener
Container of water
Sand for generating traction
Tire chains or traction mats
Basic tool kit (pliers, wrench,
Brightly colored cloth to utilize as a flag
Ensure that your tires have adequate tread
and keep your gas tank at least half-full. Keep a windshield scraper and
small broom for ice and snow removal. Check your windshield wiper fluid
and keep your gas tank at least half-full. Plan long trips carefully,
listening to the radio or NOAA Weather Radio for the latest weather
forecasts and road conditions. Travel during the day, and if possible,
try to take someone along with you.
“Those who already have an All-Hazard
Emergency Preparation Kit, as MEMA continues to suggest, should be in
fine shape already,” stated Director Boyce. “Everyone should have some
non-perishable food, bottled water, flashlights and extra batteries
around the house, along with a portable radio or NOAA Weather Radio in
case of power outages or other emergencies caused by a winter storm.”
Additional items that should be included on
your Winter Weather Supply List are a freshly-stocked first-aid kit,
essential prescription medicines, non-perishable foods (those that
require no refrigeration such as canned goods, dried fruits and nuts), a
non-electric can opener, water (one gallon per-person, per-day),
baby-care items, extra blankets, sleeping bags and a fire extinguisher.
SUGGESTED WINTER DISASTER SUPPLY KIT
Keep these items around the house in case
of emergency during a Winter Storm:
Flashlight and extra batteries (not
Portable radio or NOAA Weather Radio with
Charged cell phone
Basic First-Aid kit
Essential prescription medicines
Non-electric can opener
Water (one gallon per person/per day)
Extra blankets and sleeping bags
FAMILY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION PLAN
Develop a Family Emergency Communication
Plan in case family members are separated from one another during an
emergency (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and
children are at school), and have a plan for getting back together.
Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to
serve as the ‘family contact’. After a disaster, it is often easier to
call long distance than across town. Also, calling outside the area will
be easier than calling into a disaster area.
Make sure everyone knows the name, address
and telephone number of the contact person.
Sometimes an emergency could impact your
neighborhood or small section of town. Decide on an alternate meeting
area for family members.
Be familiar with the Emergency Plans at
your children’s school and your place of business.
This should help reassure everyone’s safety
and minimize the stress associated with emergencies.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management
Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal,
state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and
disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MEMA provides leadership
to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or
threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide
information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families,
businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond
to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For
additional information about MEMA, go to
December 4, 2008 - Early morning sunrise
looked like this today.
Extra Car Spaces
December 4, 2008 - Since the MBTA raised the
fares on parking spots, the parking lots at the corner of Cordaville and
Southville Roads have been filling up the empty lots.
December 4, 2008 -
Colin Hartnett had a special birthday party
this week. What was so special about it was that this young man decided he
didn’t want gifts for himself but for the children in need. Colin, who
turned eight this past Monday, collected twenty-five toys. Colin, his
brother Dustin and sister Grace dropped the toys off with Southborough
Firefighters this afternoon. Colin got to meet Chief Mauro and members of
the Southborough Fire Department as he presented the toys to the fire
department. The Firefighters are very grateful for Colin’s generosity at
this time of the year. Several emails were sent to the Southborough News
mentioning this young man's gracious donations and it's a pleasure to show
him everyone's thanks.
According to the Southborough Youth and Family
Services, more toys are needed than in past years than ever. Southborough
Firefighters collect toys for the Southborough Youth and Family Services and
for the Salvation Army in Framingham. They will be accepting toys until
An Update from Representative-Elect
Dykema on Turnpike Tolls
Thank you for your many well wishes since the
November 4 election. I am looking forward to serving as your State
Representative and to advocating for the interests of our towns in the
coming years. firstname.lastname@example.org
until I have been assigned contact information at the State House. If you
are able, I also encourage you to attend one of the Turnpike Authority
public hearings. Listed below are details on each of the four hearings.
One important issue that I have already begun working on is Mass Turnpike
tolls. As you may know, the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority has recently
proposed significant toll increases on the Mass Pike.
In the past few weeks I have joined with our MetroWest legislative
delegation to present a unified voice in support of alternatives to toll
increases. As I did during the campaign, I will continue to advocate for a
long-term plan that allocates transportation costs equitably across the
state and includes reforms as well as sustainable funding sources. This
issue is critical to our residents who commute into the city, and all of us
who value quality roadways, robust public transportation and a strong
In the coming months I will keep you informed on the progress of toll
efforts and other initiatives. If you have comments or questions, please
contact me at
Wednesday, December 10,
State Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza, 2"d Floor
Boston, MA 02116
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Monday, December 15,
Lynn City Hall
3 City Hall Square
Lynn, MA 01901
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Framingham Memorial Building
150 Concord Street
Framingham, MA 01702
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 7,
Worcester City Hall
455 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The Authority will accept oral testimony on the
toll structure changes during these public hearings. In addition, written
testimony and comments will be accepted for one week following the hearings,
until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 14, 2008. Written testimony and
comments should be sent to the Office of the General Counsel, Massachusetts
Turnpike Authority, 10 Park Plaza, Suite 4 160, Boston, MA 02116.
Southborough Historical Society Museum and Gift Shop will be open for the
following events this holiday season:
December 5, 2008, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Join us for
an evening of sharing memories of Holidays Past in Southborough – Members
are encouraged to bring in Photographs to share with the Society (copies we
can keep) of holiday or winter memories in Southborough. Refreshments will
be served. Public welcome!
December 6, 2008, 10am – 2pm
December 7, 12pm – 2pm
Past is the theme of the day and our displays; join us for a cup of cider
and a sweet and browse our gift shop of historical items for the
Southborough History buff on your shopping list.
Program at the Food Pantry
As the times get tougher, more and more
families are going to the local food pantry located at Pilgrim Church.
Barbara Jandrue who manages the food pantry in Southborough says they are
always in need of canned food, cereals, crackers, backpack snacks, paper
products, cleaning supplies and will accept financial donations. But
now there is a new need. Many of you have probably read about how the
mortgage crisis and economy are making more and more families drop off their
beloved pets to animal shelters because they can’t afford to feed them.
Southborough Police Officer Meredith Lobur has offered to help the
Southborough Food Pantry by asking for donations to help families feed their
pets. Donations can be dropped off at the Southborough Police Station or you
can call Officer Lobur at the Southborough Police business line 508- 485 -
2147 and she will make arrangements to pick up the donations. Donated items
can be unopened bags of dry pet food, canned pet food and unopened treats or
you may want to consider a cash donation for the purchase of pet food
supplies. At the present time there is no storage area at the Pilgrim Church
closet that acts as the food pantry, Officer Lobur has offered to pickup,
store and deliver the pet food for the food pantry. If you can help it would
be much appreciated. Thank you.
Saturday, January 10th
7:30 PM / $14 General/$10 Students & Seniors
Mark Erelli to
Release Seventh Signature Sounds Record, Delivered
Album Marks Return to Recording and Touring After "Soul 2 Soul"
Participation and New Baby
Nashville, Tenn. - Singer-songwriter Mark Erelli releases his
seventh Signature Sounds release, Delivered, on September
16, 2008 and begins a summer tour with appearances at the nation's
most prestigious live acoustic venues. Recently compared to John
Hiatt and Ron Sexmith by The Washington Post, Erelli
expresses the maturity that goes along with adulthood and fatherhood
on Delivered. The result is an album that gracefully
manages rebellion and responsibility, and reconciles the two
opposing poles in Erelli's own life.
S ince 2006's critically acclaimed
Hope & Other Casualties, Erelli has achieved much in his
personal and professional life - welcoming a son and touring in
support of Lori McKenna as part of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's "Soul
2 Soul" tour. The maturity that comes with becoming a new father and
the focus achieved from a self-imposed recording hiatus are evident
on the eleven tracks of Delivered. With a distinct nod to
family, the release ranges emotionally from tales of simple pleasure
and exaltation to heartbreaking stories of patriarchal and
nationalistic responsibilities. In the modern world, Erelli has a
firm grasp on what is truly important in his life but refuses to
remain circumspect in his art or expression.
In "Volunteers" and "Hope Dies
Last," Erelli delicately paints portraits of the strife in today's
world, both at home and abroad. Although the subjects are painful,
the overall tone on Delivered is that of hopeful realism
and a providential faith. "But of all that comes to pass/Hope dies
last." "Volunteers," the album's standout track, is a devastatingly
honest account of a soldier fighting in Iraq. Stripped down, naked,
the track describes the "wounds that you can't see" and demonstrates
new respect for life in a war-torn country. The song touches on the
paradox of being a hero at home and enemy to Iraqis, while focusing
on staying alive and shouldering the burden of war. "And if you find
I've fallen after all the smoke has cleared/Let the record show, I
Every track on the record
illustrates with beautiful simplicity the well-crafted "intimate
masterpieces" (The Boston Globe) listeners have come to
expect from Mark Erelli. Delivered features polished
production, raw sentiments and a gritty and heartfelt lyrical
quality. Erelli presents a masculine and frank account of realizing
maturity in his world of yellow ribbons on the door and baby
blankets in the crib at home. The record's edges are softened
throughout by the appearance of Crooked Still and Sometymes Why's
Aoife O'Donovan on backing vocals. The instrumentation ranges from
simple, sparse acoustic guitar on "Not Alone" and "Volunteers" to
the elaborate orchestration of "Man of The Family," where Erelli
brings in horns and electric guitar. Delivered accurately
combines Bob Dylan's socially conscious folk and Ryan Adams' rock
sound, presented with a musical tapestry of songwriting influences.
Striding defiantly outside of an
industry laden with contrived and formulaic music, Mark Erelli has
created an album of songs with an unparalleled resonance. Both
commercially viable and a testament to the power of music to express
and chronicle the times, Delivered is a record that
reiterates Mark Erelli's narrative talents and solidifies his
reputation as one of his generation's most relevant lyricists.
"Mark Erelli may be the
most purely talented songwriter on the scene in years.” -
National Public Radio
"Infused with the grit
of John Hiatt, the melancholy beauty of Ron Sexsmith." -
The Washington Post
and sensitive, Erelli's songwriting is as unpredictable as a bead of
mercury; once you think you have it, it reassembles into something
else on the next track." - No Depression
"Erelli knows how to
tickle the funny bone or pull the heartstrings, and has the talent
to make it sound easy." - Performing Songwriter
singer-songwriters only get half of the equation right. Erelli
doesn't have that problem. He matches clever lyrics with catchy
hooks..." -The Washington Post
"An eloquent guitarist
with an irresistible sense of melody...Mark Erelli is one of the
most talented songwriters to break out of the New England folk ranks
in years." - The Boston Globe
"If I had a voice like
Mark Erelli, I could go places." - GRAMMY winner Dave Alvin
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Moon and Planets
December 3, 2008 - The moon, Venus and
Jupiter has been brightening the evening skies this past week.
3, 2008 - Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting had the Selectmen’s
writing hands working as they signed many of the annual licenses in town.
Selectmen moved the time for approval of placing Sgt. Jane Moran into the
interim Southborough Police Chief position. Sgt. Moran has been filling in
as Sergeant in Charge since the late Chief William Webber was diagnosed with
pancreatic cancer. Sgt Moran will get an added stipend to reflect the new
responsibilities. At this time selectmen have not determined when and how
they will select a permanent chief.
Selectmen heard from a National Grid
representative about placement of a pole on Coslin Drive and a second
circuit for EMC. This is the second time in the last two meetings that pole
hearings have come up. Because Coslin drive is a private way, Selectmen have
referred National Grid back to EMC.
Stephen Morreale spoke about changes that the
Personnel Board would like to see with the Salary Administration Plan (SAP).
The Board had a study done on re-classification of several positions and the
current SAP and compared it to prevailing wages and towns of similar sizes
and locales. Personnel Board members have met with the department heads and
employees. The new Salary Administration Plan will be presented to the
citizens of Southborough at the 2009 Annual Town Meeting for approval.
The Town of Southborough no longer has a ladder
truck in the Fire Department fleet. Plans for a new Quint vehicle which is a
combination pumper and ladder vehicle. One event that will help raise funds
for the vehicle will be a Fire Ball, Saturday March 7, 2009 at the Best
Western in Marlborough, MA. Tickets will be $100 each.
DPW Superintendent Karen Galligan presented her
plan to ask for an administrative administer for the future at the DPW. Ms
Galligan said her duties take her out of the office too many times and the
office needs an “in charge” person beyond what the secretaries are needed
for. Ms Galligan envisions an administrative assistant that can assist with
developing & maintaining the overall DPW budget and personnel matters.
Selectmen asked her to develop a stronger job description of the position
and come back to them at a later date.
The subject of the new gifts policy was
re-enforced through the selectmen last night. The State Ethics Commission
guidelines prohibit acceptance of gifts of any kind fifty dollars, aggregate
or more. The town no longer will allow a town employee, volunteer or
official to accept any gift, no matter type or value. The exception to the
new policy is that donations to the departments such as the ambulance fund
or gifts in lieu of taxes will still be accepted as approved by the Board of
During open discussion for town residents in
attendance, resident Roger Challen asked Selectmen if they would take a
stance on the Woodland Road chapter 40 B project and that it be sent to the
Zoning Board of Appeals before that hearing. Town administrator said the
time for comments from the Board was at the initial stages when the state
required comments before appearing before the Massachusetts Housing
Partnership. It was recommended at that time that the project be denied as
the landowner had not followed through with many of the issues in past use
of the land.
The Curve in the Road
December 3, 2008 - The curves of Chestnut
Christmas Carol” During School Vacation Week
There will be two performances by the River’s
Edge Players of the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” on Tuesday,
December 30 - a 1 pm show at Bigelow School, 57 Orchard Street, Marlborough
and a 4:30 pm show onstage at Hudson Town Hall Auditorium, 78 Main Street.
At the door tickets are $9 for adults; $7 for children and seniors, but save
$2 by ordering in advance.
For more information or to order tickets for performances, visit the Arts
Alliance website at: www.upwitharts.org
or call 978-562-1646. Both venues are wheelchair-accessible.
This version of the holiday classic has been adapted by Michele L. Vacca. It
tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter miser who, over the course of
an unusual Christmas Eve, realizes the foolishness of his ways.
Director Michelle Holmes has more than 15 years experience in theater as a
director, producer, choreographer and vocal coach. This year she
choreographed “Disney’s Mulan Jr.,” one of the Arts Alliance’s Summer Drama
Workshops. The Hudson resident has a bachelor of arts in both theatre arts
and music from Salve Regina University and a master of science in arts
administration from Boston University.
Performers are from Bolton, Hudson, Marlborough, Northborough, Westborough
MAKE CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS YOUR NEW
From December 14, 2008, through
January 5, 2009, thousands of bird enthusiasts across the nation
will be armed with binoculars and spotting scopes to count birds
in specific circular-shaped areas. Initiated in 1900, the
Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is probably the oldest wildlife
survey in existence. Here in Massachusetts, 33 "circles" in the
state are peopled with teams of birders, naturalists,
scientists, and families who brave the elements to count the
variety and number of bird species spotted within their group's
assigned circle. Wildlife agencies and other conservation
organizations use data collected in this wildlife census to
assess the health of bird populations and to help guide
conservation action. To join a local group of birders in
Massachusetts, check out the MassBird website at
www.massbird.org for information regarding local counts and
birding clubs in your area. If your backyard bird feeder is
within a CBC circle you can report the birds you see to your
local CBC coordinator.
CITIZEN SCIENTISTS CAN HELP COUNT
A concentrated survey of major
rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and the coast will take place January
9, 2009 by Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife)
personnel, cooperators, and volunteers across the state. This
event is part of the nationwide Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey that
is held every year in early January. "As usual, our longtime
partner, National Grid, will be assisting in the survey by
providing a helicopter for surveying the Quabbin Reservoir area
and the Connecticut River," said Dr. Tom French of
MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program.
Ground teams will also be covering known eagle territories
statewide during the day. In 2008, 71 bald eagles were
documented in Massachusetts during the one day-event. Anyone
spotting an eagle from January 1 through 15 is encouraged to
report the sighting by email at
or by postal service to "Eagle Survey," MassWildlife, Natural
Heritage & Endangered Species Program, 1 Rabbit Hill Road,
Westborough, MA 01581. Please provide date, time, location, and
town of eagle sightings, number of birds, whether juvenile or
adult, and, observer's contact information.
The restoration of bald eagles to Massachusetts is a great
success story. MassWildlife, along with many other conservation
partners, began the restoration effort in 1982 after eagles were
discovered wintering in the Quabbin Reservoir area. Eagles had
not nested in the state since 1905 in Sandwich and later
vanished from much of the country due to loss of habitat and DDT
pesticides. From 1982 -1988, young eagle chicks were transported
from wild nests, primarily in Canada, to be raised in cages
overlooking the reservoir. When the birds were old enough to
fly, the cage doors were opened and the birds were set free.
This method, called hacking, assures that the young birds will
view the area as their home base. The hope was that when grown,
the eagles would choose the Quabbin area to nest. This occurred,
with the first successful fledging of three eaglets at the
Quabbin Reservoir in 1989. Since that time, 26 eagle nests have
been established in known nesting territories in the state with
300 chicks fledged. The nesting birds are descended from the
original hacked eaglets as well as descendants of hacked birds
from neighboring states.
Eagle restoration efforts received major funding from: the
former Bank of Boston, hunting and fishing license fees (Inland
Fish & Game Fund), the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species
Fund, as well as additional support from National Grid, the
Massachusetts Audubon Society and federal aid from the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service.
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With The Holiday Season Around
The Corner...Treasurer Cahill Kicks Off The 4th eBay Auction
BOSTON, MA – Let the
Treasury’s Abandoned Property Division help you do your
holiday shopping. State Treasurer Tim Cahill today
hosted a preview of the Treasury’s fourth Abandoned
Property auction with online auction site eBay. The
auction will go “live” on Thursday, December 4, 2008 at
12:00 noon, and will continue through December 15, 2008
and will feature as many as 300 lots for bid.
“By holding the auction on
eBay, we’re continuing to take advantage of a
technological partnership that has proven to be
successful in bringing in proceeds for Massachusetts,”
said State Treasurer Cahill. “Whether you buy a gift or
something for yourself on our eBay Auction, you will be
making a unique purchase and helping the Commonwealth.”
Items available for auction
include gold and silver, rare currency including coins
and paper money from around the world and jewelry,
including rings, pendants, gemstones, pocket watches and
In November 2005, the
Treasury held its first online auction with 200
lots. The most expensive lot, a solid platinum bar,
sold for more than $45,000. The second online auction
was held in May 2006. The third online auction was held
in June of 2007; in total, the Treasury has garnered
approximately $400,000 for the Commonwealth from its
According to the
Massachusetts law, most financial assets that have been
inactive for more than three years are declared
“abandoned” and turned over to the Treasury. Contents
of safe deposit boxes are held in “Special Deposit” for
seven years after the owner fails to pay the annual
rental fee. The assets are then turned over to the
Treasury. " If the owner is not located within one year
after transfer to the Treasury, the assets are appraised
and put up for public auction, with the proceeds going
to the state’s General Fund.
The Treasury attempts to
locate abandoned property owners or their heirs through
an aggressive outreach program that includes sending
notice to the last known address of the box owner and
advertising the names in local papers. Since Treasurer
Cahill took office, the Abandoned Property Division has
returned over $256.6 million to rightful owners.
“One in every ten people
has unclaimed property in Massachusetts, and we haveover
$1 billion in assets waiting to be claimed by rightful
owners,” said Treasurer Cahill. “It is my goal to return
as much of this property as possible to the residents
and taxpayers of the Commonwealth.”
Auction items are being
offered “as is” to the highest bidder. Buyer must pay
actual shipping cost. Items will be shipped by the
service selected by the winner upon the confirmation of
payment. Payment is only accepted via PAYPAL.
To view auction items or
search for unclaimed assets, call 888-344-MASS or visit
www.findmassmoney.com, which features a link to the
eBay site. Both the call and Web site are free of
December 2, 2008 -
Southborough Selectmen Tonight Named Sgt-in-Charge Jane Moran to interim
Southborough Police Chief
December 2, 2008 - Employees and patrons were
surprised last week when Coldstone closed for several days. The store
has reopened after the franchise was sold back to the parent company of
Dinner for One
December 2, 2008 - This squirrel finds some
bread under the birdfeeder.
SOUTHBOROUGH Richard F. Cronin, 72, of Southborough and West Dennis,
formerly of Framingham, passed away Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008,
surrounded by his family after a period of declining health. He was
the husband of Carol (Clough) Cronin of Southborough, to whom he was
married for 49 years. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late
Allen J. and Celia (Oppici) Cronin. A1954 graduate of Framingham
High School, he served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Wisconsin
from 1954 to 1957. Following his discharge, he attended Franklin
Technical Institute in Boston, where he earned an associate's degree
in electrical engineering. He received a bachelor of science in
engineering management at Boston University, graduating in 1963. Mr.
Cronin began his sales career with Computer Control Company,
Framingham, which was later acquired by Honeywell Corp. He continued
his career at Prime Computer, as their first sales representative,
and earned the distinction of selling their first computer. Mr.
Cronin worked the latter part of his career for several other
venture companies before retiring in 1988. A true "Jack of All
Trades," there wasn't anything he couldn't fix. He loved to cook,
and his family and friends enjoyed many of his wonderful homemade
meals. He will be dearly missed by those whose lives he touched. In
addition to his wife, he leaves his son, Christopher Cronin of La
Jolla, Calif.; his daughter, Kathleen C. Casamento and her husband,
Chad, of Upton; his grandchildren (who lovingly referred to him as
"Grumpy"), Colin, Kelsey and Sydney; his sisters-in-law, Sarah
"Sally" (Clough) Hetherton and Dorothy (Gallini) Cronin; his nieces,
Johanna Hetherton, Tracy Berestecky, Sarah Yeagle and Patricia
Cronin; and his nephews, John Hetherton and Michael Cronin. He was
the brother of the late Barbara and Catherine Cronin and the late
Allen "Sonny" Cronin, and brother-in-law of the late John H.
Hetherton Jr. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Dec. 6, at
noon, at St. Matthew's Church, 105 Southville Road, Southborough.
Burial will follow in Rural Cemetery, Southborough. Visiting hours
are Friday, Dec. 5, 4 to 8 p.m., at Boyle Brothers Funeral Home,173
Union Ave., Framingham. Instead of flowers, the family suggests
memorial gifts be made in his name to St. Jude Children's Research
Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Livestock 4-H Club Meeting
Dec 14 at 1:00 PM
61 Breakneck Hill rd,
Southborough Gardeners Decorate Downtown Southborough
December 2, 2008 - Southborough Gardeners
earlier last week placed holiday wreaths on downtown businesses.
Rolling in the Rain
December 1, 2008 - A CSX train rolls through
Town on the Boston to Albany line.
Holy Bat Box
December 1, 2008 - A bat box sits on a tree
that is scheduled to be taken down near Fay Field. Massachusetts is
home for nine species of bats including the Little Brown Bat and the Big
Brown Bat. The bats will seek out attics, barns and warm spots to nest
and nurse. As temperatures drop many of the Small Brown bats migrate
to caves and mines for the winter. The Large Brown Bat if it has found
a home in a barn or house may stay there during the winter. This year
bats were dying off in numbers from colonies infected with the White Nose
disease. For more information on
Massachusetts bats click here.
Gina C. (Pellegrini)
Gina C. (Pellegrini) Pensalfini, 88, of
Southborough died on Monday, December 1, 2008 at Metro West Medical
Center in Framingham.
She was the wife of the late Armando Pensalfini for 55 years before
he passed away in 1994.
Mrs. Pensalfini attended Framingham Schools and was an active member
of St. Matthew Church of Southborough and a member of Southborough
Senior Citizens. She enjoyed traveling with her husband after his
retirement and their many friends. Her greatest joy however, was
spending time with her family and her nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her children, Janet Belcinski of Southborough;
Kenneth G. Pensalfini and his wife Carol of West Chester, PA; 2
brothers John Pellegrini and his wife Janet of Yarmouth; Robert
Pellegrini and his wife Gail; 4 grandchildren, Patricia Wilson and
her husband James of Oxford; Richard Belcinski and his wife Joan of
San Jose, CA; Theresa Mascherino and her husband Steven of
Cochraneville; Jeffrey Pensalfini of West Chester, PA; 2 great
grandchildren, Tyler & Mia Mascherino and many nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be on Wednesday, December 3, from 4 to 7PM at
Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main St. Southborough
A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, December 4, at 10:00 a.m.
at St. Matthew Church, Highland St. Southborough
Memorial contributions may be sent in her memory to St. Matthew
Building Fund, 105 Southville Rd, Southborough, MA 01772
December 1, 2008 - The Sudbury Reservoir system
has seen several days of frozen ice in some places.
Saturday, December 6, here at First Community Church.
WHAT: Great last minute shopping ideas:
crafts, knit goods, pet
items, ornaments jewelry, plants, books,
chocolate lollipops and of
course the delicious bake table by the Women's
gift baskets will again top the list this year
-- the perfect gift for
teachers, children & grandchildren, sports
fans, the mailman, your
favorite pet, Hostess baskets for that
Christmas Open House you'll be attending, Movie Night and Game Night
rumor has it a"Couch Potato" basket!
First Community Church of Southborough, 137 Southville Road, Southborough,
RAFFLES: Always successful - gift
certificates, gift baskets, and other unique items
FOOD: Coffee and donuts will start the
day followed by lunch of hot dogs and meatball
sandwiches served with chips, cookies, and
Join the fun!!!!
Sandy McKeen, and Darlene Sanderson, Co-Chairs
Watch the Speed
December 1, 2008 - Drivers nearing School
Street often get the flashing red as their speed exceeds the twenty miles
per hour sign stationed on Main Street.
12/2/08 Assabet Valley RHS Sports
MIAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
Weather News for Monday, Dec. 1, 2008
When the sun goes down tonight, step outside and look south. Beaming
through the twilight is one of the prettiest things you'll ever see--a tight
three-way conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and the crescent Moon. The event is
visible from all parts of the world, even from light-polluted cities.
People in New York and Hong Kong will see it just as clearly as astronomers
watching from remote mountaintops. Only cloudy weather or a midnight sun
(sorry Antarctica!) can spoil the show.
The great conjunction offers something extra to Europeans. For more than an
hour on Monday evening, the crescent Moon will actually eclipse Venus.
Astronomers call such an event a "lunar occultation." Venus emerging from
the dark edge of the Moon is a remarkably beautiful sight. Sky watchers
across Europe will be able to see this happen.
Visit http://spaceweather.com for
photos, webcasts and more information.
Just Ducky Weather
November 30, 2008 - Cold, rain and sleet
pelted the area today.
November 30, 2008 - Chris brings down bales
of hay and feeds the Belted Galloways this afternoon in the rain.
December 1 - December 5, 2008
Hearing Room Town House
BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Hearing Room Town House
SOUTHBOROUGH EMERGENCY PLANNING & MANAGEMENT COMM.
Memorial Hall fire station
BOARD OF HEALTH
BOH Hearing Room 9 Cordaville Road
Council on Aging
Country Kitchen Cordaville Hall
ZONING ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Upper Hall, Cordaville Hall
Hearing Room Town House
8:30 Health Clinic
8:30 walking group
8:30 Health Clinic
8:30 Yankee Candle factory
9:30 AM Cribbage
10:00 Creative Writers
9:30 Mah Jong
9:30 WII bowling/golf
12:00 Monday blue plate
11:00 Minstrel Man Sing
12:00 PM Lunch
11:30 movie/bag lunch
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Heart for the
Holidays bereavement support group
12:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM Fitness
1:00 water aerobics
1:00 PM Water Aerobics
Paul F. Skidmore
Paul F. Skidmore, 66, of Southborough,
died on November 28, 2008 at UMass Medical Center in Worcester.
He was the husband of Janet L. (Larrabee) Ward.
For over 32 years, Mr. Skidmore was an armoror for Worcester County.
He retired in 2000. Paul enjoyed spending time in Boothbay Harbor,
ME with family and friends.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Ronald
Skidmore, Corey Skidmore, Sherri Bosworth all of Fitchburg; Wendy
Kitt of Dorchester; his stepchildren, Jesse H. Ward and his wife
Evelyn of Manchester, NH; Candace Drake of Southborough; 2 brothers,
Reginald Skidmore of Fitchburg; Michael Skidmore of Westminster; 2
sisters, Judy Thompson of Townsend; Elaine Tirey of Fresno, CA; 11
grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 AM on Wednesday,
December 3, at Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main St, Southborough.
A funeral service will follow at 12, Noon, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be sent in his memory to Bay Path Human
Society, 5 Rafferty St. Hopkinton, Ma 01748
30, 2008 - Dan O'Rourke creator of NRG Bars gets ready to call the start of
Thursdays Gobble Wobble Race. Dan and NRG Bars help organize and
sponsor the race along with the Southborough Recreation Department.
The Friends of Southborough Recreation are the recipients of the money made
from the race.
Workshop for Area Youths During School Vacation
The Arts Alliance is offering an acting
workshop for area youths during school vacation week on Tuesday, December 30
at 11 a.m. at the Bigelow School gymnasium, 57 Orchard Street, Marlborough.
Led by Sarah Worrest of Hudson, the pre-show workshop will offer registered
participants the opportunity to be an extra, as part of “A Christmas Carol”
performed that same afternoon. The registration fee is $15. Adults may
accompany their children.
As part of the Focus on the Arts! Series, the
Rivers Edge Players is presenting two performances of “A Christmas Carol” –
a 1 pm show at Bigelow School, Marlborough and a 4:30 pm show onstage at
Hudson Town Hall Auditorium, 78 Main Street, both wheelchair-accessible
venues. Michelle Holmes of Hudson is directing the Charles Dickens classic,
adapted by Michele L. Vacca.
The play tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a
bitter old miser who is transformed over the course of an unusual Christmas
Eve. The general public is invited to enjoy these special performances.
Tickets cost $9 for adults and $7 for seniors and students at the door, but
$2 may be saved by ordering in advance. To order tickets or register for the
workshop, visit the Arts Alliance website at:
www.upwitharts.org or call
Southborough Historical Society
The Southborough Historical Society Museum and Gift Shop
will be open for the following events this holiday season:
Friday, December 5, 2008, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Join us for an evening of sharing memories of Holidays
Past in Southborough – Members are encouraged to bring in Photographs to
share with the Society (copies we can keep) of holiday or winter memories in
Southborough. Refreshments will be served. Public welcome!
Saturday, December 6, 2008, 10am – 2pm
Sunday, December 7, 12pm – 2pm
Christmas Past is the theme of the day and our displays;
join us for a cup of cider and a sweet and browse our gift shop of
historical items for the Southborough History buff on your shopping list.
Friday, December 12, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Join us as we welcome local authors of the various books
we have in collection. Speak with the author and have your purchase signed
by the author to the special someone on your list.
John Munroe Jr.
MUNROE--John, Jr., died on November
9, 2008 in Montego Bay, Jamaica after a long illness. He was
born in Paris, France May 8, 1924 where his father was
associated with Munroe & Co., a private bank. His mother,
Adelaide Sedgwick, was descended from many early founders of the
United States. On his father's side he was descended from both
early American stock and persons prominent in the French
business community. Partly raised in Paris, he was educated in
this country at the Buckley School in New York: St. Mark's
School in Southborough, Massachusetts: and Harvard College in
Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was loyal to these institutions as
well as Brantwood Camp in Peterborough, New Hampshire, the St.
Mark's School camp for those who might not have had a camping
experience otherwise, where he served as counselor and for many
years as trustee. Entering Harvard in the fall of 1942, he soon
like so many of his generation was in the Armed Forces. He ended
his military career as a Lieutenant in charge of Gen. Hap
Arnold's staff at the Potsdam Conference in 1945. Graduating
from Harvard in 1949, he taught briefly at St. Mark's School. He
lived frequently at Montego Bay in Jamaica where he was an early
advocate of its delights, and where he dealt in real estate. He
was a raconteur of note, a writer and reciter of a wide variety
of limericks, and he enlivened every event to which he went and
invariably raised the tone. He was loyal to those he was close
to and to the institutions of which he had been part.
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Annemarie's Dance Centre celebrated their thirtieth season this
last year. Classes are from preschool up and including adult in a variety
of disciplines. Offered are Classical Ballet, tap, pointe, jazz,
hip hop and modern dance. Annemarie's Dance Centre also hosts an art
program, summer programs and the performance company "The Movement Project".
To learn more about Anne Marie's Dance Centre and the dance classes offered
Annemarie's Dance Centre is
conveniently located just three miles from the Southborough Town line.
Take Oak Hill Road or Southville Road to Ashland's Cordaville Road.
Cordaville Road turns to Pleasant Street after crossing the river. Take a
right onto Tilton Street and another Right onto Cherry Street. Annemarie's
Dance Centre is located on your right just across the railroad tracks and
across from Stone Park, Ashland.