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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 morning.

Kid's Shop

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.

Space 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: http://spaceweather.com/flybys

BONUS:  The Dec. 1st Great Conjunction Photo Gallery continues to grow with daily additions from around the world.  Start browsing here:   http://spaceweather.com/conjunctions/gallery_01dec08.htm

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

Events include:

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

Holly Fair, 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

Christmas Past, 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, Sudbury, MA

Mom’s Afternoon Out Shopping, ARHS Boosters Club, Romaine’s Restaurant, Northborough, MA, Sunday, December 7, 12:30 - 3:30 PM


Christmas Tree Sales

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



Holiday Donations:

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.

Reserve Your Massachusetts Land and Water License Plate Today

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 resources.

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:

  • the purchase or donation of land

  • conveyance of conservation restrictions

  • transfer of municipal tax title properties

  • inventories and mapping of critical watershed parcels

  • 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, visit http://www.masslandandwater.info/. And, be sure to mention The Trustees of Reservations on the registration form.

Community Handmade Craft and Personal Items

Leeds Farm, 118 Middle Road, Southborough, MA - December 6 from 10 AM - 4 PM

Llama and Sheep wool scarves, gloves, rugs etc.


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

Coed Varsity Swimming VS SWIMS AGAINST HUNGER (SWIM-A-THON) Westboro 6:00PM


Offers Tips to Prepare for Your Car, Home & Family

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.”


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

Necessary medications

Pocket knife

Blankets or sleeping bags

Extra clothes (include rain gear, mittens, socks)

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, screwdriver)

Tow rope

          Road flares

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.


Keep these items around the house in case of emergency during a Winter Storm:

Flashlight and extra batteries (not candles)

Portable radio or NOAA Weather Radio with extra batteries

Charged cell phone

Basic First-Aid kit

Essential prescription medicines

Non-perishable Food

Non-electric can opener

Water (one gallon per person/per day)

Baby items

Pet food/supplies

Extra blankets and sleeping bags

Fire extinguisher


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 www.mass.gov/mema

Morning Sunrise

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.

Toy Campaign

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 December 19.

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.  
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 Massachusetts economy.  
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 
dykemaforrep@gmail.com 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. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2008
State Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza, 2"d Floor
Boston, MA 02116
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Monday, December 15, 2008
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
Nevins Hall
150 Concord Street
Framingham, MA 01702
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Wednesday, January 7, 2009
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

Holiday Happenings

The Southborough Historical Society Museum and Gift Shop will be open for the following events this holiday season:

Members Night

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!

Christmas Past

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.


New 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.

Appearing in Southborough
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 volunteered."

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

"Tasteful, intelligent 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

"Too many 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.

Southborough Firefighters Association

December 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 Selectmen.

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 Hill Road.

A 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 and Worcester.



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.



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 Mass.wildlife@state.ma.us 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 wristwatches.

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 eBay partnership.

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 charge. 


December 2, 2008 - Southborough Selectmen Tonight Named Sgt-in-Charge Jane Moran to interim Southborough Police Chief

Opened Again

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 Coldstone Creamery.

Dinner for One

December 2, 2008 - This squirrel finds some bread under the birdfeeder.

Richard Cronin



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

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) Pensalfini



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

Iced Reservoirs

December 1, 2008 - The Sudbury Reservoir system has seen several days of frozen ice in some places.


WHEN: 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 Fellowship. Themed

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 Baskets, and

rumor has it a"Couch Potato" basket!

WHERE:  First Community Church of Southborough, 137 Southville Road, Southborough, MA

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 soda.

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
Boys Varsity Football @ MIAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS Foley Field 5:15PM

Space 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.

Feed Time

November 30, 2008 - Chris brings down bales of hay and feeds the Belted Galloways this afternoon in the rain.

Southborough meetings

December 1 - December 5, 2008





HISTORICAL COMMISSION 12/1 7:00 PM Historical Museum
12/1 7:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
12/2 6:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
BOARD OF HEALTH 12/3 1:00 PM BOH Hearing Room 9 Cordaville Road
Council on Aging 12/3 7:00 PM Country Kitchen Cordaville Hall
ZONING ADVISORY COMMITTEE 12/3 7:30 PM Upper Hall, Cordaville Hall
124 7:30 PM Hearing Room Town House

Senior Schedule

Monday 1

Tuesday 2

Wednesday 3

Thursday 4

Friday 5

8:30 Health Clinic

8:30 walking group

9:30 Pool

8:30 Health Clinic

8:30 Yankee Candle factory

9:30 AM Cribbage

11:00 Sr.singers

10:00 Creative Writers

9:30 Mah Jong

9:30 WII bowling/golf
12:00 Monday blue plate special

12:00 Lunch

11:00 Minstrel Man Sing along

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

1:00 water aerobics

2:00 Fitness 1:00 bridge 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

November 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.

Acting 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 978-562-1646.


Southborough Historical Society

Holiday Happenings

The Southborough Historical Society Museum and Gift Shop will be open for the following events this holiday season:

Members Night

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!

Christmas Past

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.

Author’s Night

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 click here.

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.