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December 7,  2008 - December 13, 2008

Body of Missing Marlborough Worker located

December 13, 2008 - Marlborough, Southborough and State Police located the body of a missing City of Marlborough employee late this afternoon.  The body of Kevin Connolly a Marlborough Department of Public Works employee was located at the Sudbury Reservoir near Route 85 and Sears Road in Southborough.  Mr. Connolly's abandoned truck was located on the bank of a fast moving brook near the Marlborough DPW around 5:00 AM yesterday morning.  He had been working clearing road debris during the storm when he went missing.

High Speed Chase ends in Crash on Route 9 Southborough

December 13, 2008 - A carjacking that started at a Cigar store in Framingham, ended in a serious accident just west of White Bagley Road in the westbound lane.  The man stole a woman's Volkswagon Jetta and drove erratically evading police along route 9 until he struck a Kia Sportage.  The occupants of the Sportage were taken to UMASS medical in Worcester.  The driver of the stolen Jetta took off from police and then jumped into the reservoir.  A Framingham Police detective tried to get the man out of the water but instead he was pulled in and a struggle ensued.  The detective had his fingertip bitten off. Other police officers were able to finally subdue the man and he was arrested and taken to UMASS medicals for injuries he suffered in the accident.  Ted's towing removed the vehicles to Framingham and Framingham police made the arrests.  MA Highway was on scene to assist with cleaning up the multitude of debris left on the road.

Soccer anyone?

December 13, 2008 - Fay School soccer fields sit below water yesterday afternoon.

Fullest Moon in Fifteen Years

December 13, 2008 - Clouds scuttle in and out past the moon.  Tonight's moon was the closest to the earth in fifteen years.  It was fourteen percent bigger and thirty per cent brighter and only about 216,000 miles away.  The next time this will happen will be in 2016.

Space Weather News for Dec. 12, 2008

WEEKEND METEORS: Earth is entering a stream of debris from extinct comet 3200 Phaethon, and this is causing the annual Geminid meteor shower.  The shower is expected to peak on Dec. 13th and 14th.  Normally, as many as 100 meteors per hour shoot out of the constellation Gemini, but this year a bright Moon will interfere with the display, reducing hourly counts to only 20 or so. That's could still be a nice show.  For best results, watch the sky from 10 pm local time on Saturday night (Dec 13th) until dawn on Sunday morning (Dec. 14th).

BIGGEST FULL MOON OF THE YEAR:  The Moon that's causing trouble for the Geminid display happens to be biggest full Moon of 2008, as much as 14% wider and 30% brighter than lesser Moons we've seen earlier this year. An astronomer would say this is a "perigee Moon" because it occurs at perigee, the side of the Moon's elliptical orbit closest to Earth. Go outside tonight and take a look.  The meteor rate may be low, but the lunar beauty index is off the charts.

Check http://spaceweather.com for updates and more information

Directing Traffic

December 13, 2008 - Officer Rick Mattioli gets ready to stop the traffic for Rescue 25 to enter Cherry Street yesterday.

Local Book Authors sign books at the Southborough Historical Museum

December 13, 2008 - Book Authors L-R Ellen M. Collins, Paul Doucette and Barbara Donahue were at the Southborough Historical Museum to sign books that are on sale at the Southborough Historical Museum.  If you haven't been to the museum yet, it's a great place to learn about Southborough.  Located directly behind the Southborough Town House and Pilgrim Church.

Community Handmade Craft and Personal Items

Leeds Farm, 118 Middle Road, Southborough, MA - December 13 & 14  from 10 AM - 4 PM

Llama and Sheep wool scarves, gloves, rugs etc.

(Gerson ware is located at 254 Parkerville Road)

Iced Tractor

December 13, 2008 - Picture pretty tractor amongst the iced trees on Deerfoot Road.


Children Events

Holiday Wreaths - Woodward School 9:00 - 10:30 AM Rec dept children's event

Gingerbread Houses - Woodward School 11:00 - 12:30 Rec Dept Children's event

Drop and Shop - Art Center 1:00 - 6:00 PM Rec Dept (reservations needed-limited space)

ARHS Sports 12/13/08
Girls Varsity Indoor Track @ **POSTPONED - JOHN WALLACE MEMORIAL INVITATIONAL Wachusett 9:00AM
 Boys Varsity Indoor Track @ **POSTPONED - JOHN WALLACE MEMORIAL INVITATIONAL Wachusett 9:00AM
 Girls Varsity Ice Hockey @ Wilmington High School Ristuccia 12:15PM
 Boys JV Basketball VS **Postponed - Marlborough High School Algonquin 5:30PM
 Girls JV Basketball @ **Postponed - Marlborough High School   5:30PM
 Boys Varsity Ice Hockey VS JAMBOREE - ARHS VS ASSABET Northstar Rink 5:40PM
 Boys Varsity Basketball VS **Postponed - Marlborough High School Algonquin 7:00PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball @ **Postponed - Marlborough High School   7:00PM
AVRTHS Sports 12/13/08

No Sports Scheduled

Holiday Party

December 13, 2008 - Grace assisted her mom with setting up for the Seniors Holiday Party yesterday at the Senior Center.

Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist Shop

December 13, 2008 - Rushing around for Christmas and have a party to go to? Want to bring something different or unique for the party host? Don't bother driving out of town, visit Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist shop right here in Southborough.  Just across the street from the post office Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist Shop is located at 40 Mt. Vickery Road.  Selling Christmas trees, sweaters, Doug and Melissa toys, wreaths, kissing balls, cards and gift wrap, flowers, plants, Stonewall kitchen jams, jellies, pancake mixes and more.  Come see the store, it's more than just flowers.


Southborough hit by flooding rains - narrowly misses damaging ice storm

December 12, 2008

Southborough Fire Department:  A nasty storm system dumped several inches of rain on Southborough as temperatures hovered around the freezing mark. Elevated areas of town experienced some icing, however, in neighboring Northborough and Marlborough, the rain froze on trees and wires causing extensive damage and power outages. Several streets in Southborough were flooded, and the areas of town which usually are affected by flooding had water issues.

The following is a brief chronology of emergency incidents:

3:44 AM    Wires down, Clifford Road

6:00 AM    Flooding/damage assessment across town - Chief Mauro

7:34 AM    Flooded basement - John Street

7:57 AM    Flooded basement - Parkerville Road

8:08 AM    Flooded basement with natural gas leak and smoke - Cherry Street

8:14 AM    Medical Emergency - Mt. Vickery Road - Westborough Ambulance responded as all of Southborough's were committed.

8:51 AM    Power line down - Hillside Road

9:01 AM    Tree on house (limited damage) - Overlook Drive

9:10 AM    Wires down - Tara Road

10:38 AM    Hazardous condition - Parkerville Road - removed loose 100 lb propane cylinder from flooded area and open up clogged culvert.

11:01 AM    Medical Emergency - Reservoir Drive

1:00 PM    Flooded basement - Strawberry Hill Road

1:04 PM    Flooded basement - Hickory Road

1:16 PM    Flooded basement - East Main Street

A Tale of Elevations

December 12, 2008 - A scene from Tara Road with ice. (above photo) While below a pond grew behind homes on Parkerville Road south near Southville Road.  A drain leading to the Sudbury River between these two properties became clogged as the river crested over the outlet several hundred feet south of the drain and needed the fire department with a boat to assist with unclogging the debris.  Toys, a deck and propane tank floated into the fence.  Firefighters used a boat  over the several feet of standing water to pull the items to shore.

Water Everywhere

December 12, 2008 - This Cherry Street residence smelled an odor of gas in the home early this morning.  Opening the door to the basement they found their home flooded over the gas furnace.  Firefighters were called to pump out the home and monitor gas with the meter until the odor dissipated from the interior of the home.

December 12, 2008 - On sale now is the history of Southborough called Fences of Stone by Richard Noble.  The Southborough Historical Society invites interested residents on December 12th, 2008 - "Authors's Night" - 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.  6-8PM at the Museum


Drop and Shop $25/day, additional sibling $20/day

Ages: K—5th Grade

Dates: Saturday, December 13


Sunday December 14

Time: 1pm to 6pm Location: Art Center

Need time to shop, bake, decorate or just relax before the holidays without the kids…

We will entertain your children with crafts, snacks, games and a movie. Spaces are limited.

Please note food allergies on registration form.

Click here for Recreation

From the Recreation office


All Algonquin Regional High School and Assabet Valley Regional Technical School Sports scheduled for tonight are cancelled or postponed tonight.
Due to the Weather the following Schools are closed





Extreme Weather:Governor Patrick Declares State of Emergency

Governor Deval Patrick has declared a State of Emergency, in response to the impacts of the winter storm that has produced high winds, heavy rain, icing conditions, widespread power outages and debris-removal challenges. The declaration of a State of Emergency will enable the Governor to take the appropriate steps to mobilize many of the Commonwealth's assets, such as the National Guard, and conduct other emergency business to assist local communities is their response to and recovery from the many impacts of this winter storm.


Click any of the top of the page news buttons for updated info, especially if traveling or shopping in other areas other than Southborough.

Several More photos from today's Weather Event

December 12, 2008 - Southborough Firefighters check out the damage to trees and wires at homes on Overlook Drive this morning.

Bantry Road

Parkerville Road Sheds

Brook between Trottier & Neary

Water problem Parkerville Road

Cherry St. water problem

Fay playground flooded

Water pumping Parkerville and Highland

Sudbury River from Stone Bridge

Roaring Sudbury River

Sudbury River Millpond dam

Drain pipe under the Sudbury River that caused the backup on Parkerville Road

Raking out the debris

Another shed in the water

Route 85 bridge over the Sudbury River. This bridge is slated to be demolished and a new one built.

Firefighters pull the propane tank from the water.


December 11, 2008 - Heavy rains pour down at Oak Hill Road and Route 9 tonight. 

From the Massachusetts Emergency Management office:

The forecast has changed slightly to the storm we are currently experiencing. A Flood Watch will be expanded into Southern Worcester and Hampden Counties. Heavy rain, sleet and ice are expected still west of 495. There could be significant icing of 1 inch above 700 feet elevation. Most areas West of 495 will see about a half inch. East of 495 will see heavy rains with totals between 2 and 4 inches with isolated areas of 5. Heavy rain will create minor flooding in small streams, homes and streets. Continue to watch streams after the rain has stopped and into Saturday as some of these streams will take time to
rise. The heaviest rain looks to be starting anytime after 6 PM in the Western part of the state and 8 PM in the eastern. This heavy rain can continue through the morning until about 7 or 8 AM Friday. The winds will be stronger than expected in the South East, particularly in the Buzzards Bay area where gusts could reach 55 to 60 mph early Friday morning right around high tide. This leaves the potential for some moderate costal flooding for a short duration. The wind advisory may be
expanded further into Plymouth and Bristol Counties. Wind is not expected to be a factor in the rest of the state. Take strong
precautions with this storm. Plan ahead and use public transportation. If you do not have to travel, do not. Expect possible power interruptions and listen to weather reports.

Southborough Toy Drives

December 11, 2008 - A variety of toy drives are going on in Southborough this month.  The Southborough Fire Department (above with gifts from Girl Scouts and Brownies) are collecting unwrapped toys that will be given to Southborough Youth and Family Services.  Below Choice Car Wash of Southborough is collecting new and unwrapped  toys to benefit the Southborough Youth and Family Services.

Dear Friends,

We are collecting items for local families in need this holiday season. Items will be distributed by Southboro Youth and Family Services. We invite you to take a star from our window which indicates an item asked for by a child or needed by a family.

Also desperately needed are gift cards in any denomination for basic necessities.

Stop & Shop     CVS                               Wal-Mart

Price Chopper   Walgreens                   Target

Hannafords       Gas Stations – Gulf     Kohls

Anything you can do is greatly appreciated. All items should be new & unused and delivered unwrapped by December 14th.

Drop off at Southboro Auto Tech/Gulf

145 Boston Rd (Route 30)

Southboro MA

Starbucks is collecting new and unused toys to donate to roughly 400 children to the Metrowest Medical Center and Hospital.  The ages are infant to seventeen and the requested toys are handheld electronics, stuffed animals, action figures, DVDs, dolls, board games, card games etc.  Drop off at the Starbucks at Route 9 and Breakneck Hill Road.

And if you've never been to Harris Drive in Southborough, you are in for a treat!! The Faherty's collect unwrapped new toys for Toys for Tots. 

Annemarie's Dance Centre

111 Cherry St. Ashland, MA 01721
508- 881-5109

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the young or young at heart dancer in the family? Why not dance your way to Annemarie's Dance Centre just a short drive over the Southborough/Ashland town line. Voted the Community Newspaper Company Readers Choice Awards 2008.  Annemarie's Dance Centre offers a variety of dance lessons: Little Ballerinas, Combination Class, Creative Movement/Ballet class; Get Funky Combination classes all for the younger dancers.  For ages 8 through adult there is Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Hip Hop and modern.  Call now to reserve your spot.  508 - 881 - 5109

In Charge

December 11, 2008 - This young girl is in charge of pushing the carriage last weekend after leaving the St. Mark's Bazaar.

Birds of a Feather

December 11, 2008 - Do not like this weather.

ARHS Sports 12/11/08
Coed Varsity Swimming @ Wachusett Regional H.S. Jewish 3:30PM
 Boys Freshman Basketball VS Marlborough High School Algonquin 4:00PM
 Girls Freshman Basketball @ Marlborough High School   4:00PM
 Boys JV Basketball VS Marlborough High School Algonquin 5:30PM
 Girls JV Basketball @ Marlborough High School   5:30PM
 Boys Varsity Basketball VS Marlborough High School Algonquin 7:00PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball @ Marlborough High School   7:00PM
AVRTHS 12/11/08
Boys JV Basketball VS Maynard High School Gym 5:30PM
 Boys Varsity Basketball VS Maynard High School Gym 7:00PM

Charles E. "Chuck" Bagley



Charles E. 'Chuck' Bagley, 73, of Southborough, died Tuesday evening, December 9, 2008.

He was the beloved husband of Joan (Cass) Bagley for the last 49 years.

Mr. Bagley was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He was a manufacturing engineer working in the electronics industry for several companies in the Boston area. He was a 32nd degree mason and a member of the Mystic Valley Masonic Lodge. He was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling to warmer climates, however, his greatest joy was watching his grandchildren playing sports and spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife he is survived by three children: Victoria Harding of Grafton; Christopher Bagley and his wife Paula of Scarborough, ME; Arthur Bagley and his wife Julianne of Grayson, GA; a brother, Frank Bagley of NC; 3 sisters, Emma Hall of OH; Elizabeth Bagley of AZ; Sally Holbrook of NH; and 3 grandchildren - Jessica Harding, Emma & Nicholas Bagley.

Visiting hours will be on Sunday, Dec. 14, from 3 to 5 PM at Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main St., Southborough.

A funeral home service will be held on Monday, Dec. 15, at 11 AM with Fr. Craig Lister, of St. Mark's Episcopal Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Rural Cemetery in Southborough.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Southborough Library


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River’s Edge Holiday Concert by Area Musical Groups

Treat yourself and a few loved ones to the nearby River’s Edge Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 13 at 3:30 p.m. at Hudson High School, 69 Brigham Street! A fun variety of festive music will be performed by the River's Edge Community Band, the River’s Edge Chorale and Pro Musica Youth Chorus, both singly and collectively. All three groups are programs of the Arts Alliance, a non-profit arts organization cultivating community arts and arts education.

The ensembles of musicians and singers hail from Acton, Ashland, Berlin, Bolton, Brighton, Chelmsford, Clinton, Concord, Framingham, Hudson, Lancaster, Littleton, Marlborough, Maynard, Northborough, Pepperell, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Stow, Sudbury, Upton, Wayland, Westborough, and West Boylston.

Performing in the Band are:  Alison Doherty  and Margery Goldstein on both piccolo and flute; Amy Lynch, Angela Wright, Mary Walling, Brian Joseph and Karen Roth on flute; Caroline Graham and Melissa Basmaji on oboe; Samuel Blackwell and Susan Valentino on bassoon; Beth Tringali, Michelle Gorgone, Alex Manley-Helton, Luke Doherty Munro, Jim Congdon, Amy Vessels, Emily Nicolson, Christopher Batista, Emily Smyth and Matthew Sur on clarinet; Cindy Lenault on bass clarinet, Julie Joyner on contralto clarinet; Rene Olson and Brian Rerecich on alto saxophone; Sargent Wood and Dick Pierce on tenor sax; Nicole Schwartz on baritone sax; Julia Hussey on French horn; Bob Coviello, Joe Marrazzo, Helen Lipkin, Bob Kitchen and Dean Booth on trumpet; Alex Witt, Jay Chandler and Thomas Goldstein on trombone;  Everett Carr and David Sweeney on euphonium; Kelly Clifford, Joyce Isen, Gayle Joseph and David McLellan on percussion. Jason P. Caron is the conductor and artistic director.
Under the leadership of Paul Johnson, the River’s Edge Chorale includes:  Jim Anderson, Paul Anderson, Dorothy Bagley, Sheldon Bishov, Laurel Brissette, Maryrose Coiner, Ginny Colianni, Annette Collins, Melissa Cowan, Amy Dearborn, Eileen Dempsey, Clara Dyason, Jennifer Ehlers, Bonnie Elman, David Elmore, Bobbie Ewels, Linda Hanson, Margie Howard, Johanna Jennings, K Latzka, Kathy Moore, Kathleen Mullarkey, Carol O’Connell, Jan Patterson, Mary Rubino, Susan Simpson, Ellen Smith, Irene Smith, Linda Ventura, Mary Anne Witulski, Barbara Worrest, Sarah Worrest and Angela Wright. Accompanist is Susan Bishov.
The Youth Chorus is led by Jan Patterson. The singers are:  Sarah Bakun, Kate Carpenter, Sarah Chambers, Caroline Clouter, Lilly Clouter, Melissa Cowan, Alyssa Dietz, Laura Douglas, Megan Gallagher, Meredith Gibbons, Brynn Hamilton, Lyndsey Hawkes, Sam Jones, Kyle Mehler, Leah Pinner, Hannah Pollan, Lisa Roth, Katherine Sarrasin, Lydia Staber and Hannah Whitney. Accompanist is Stan Hanson.
At the door, tickets cost $12 for adults, and $9 for senior citizens and students. If purchased in advance, tickets for preferred seating are $10 for adults, and $7 for senior citizens and students. Group rates are available if ordered in advance. The venue is wheelchair-accessible. Snow date is December 20. For information, visit the Arts Alliance website: www.upwitharts.org or call 978-562-1646.

The Holiday Concert is supported, in part, by the local cultural councils of Acton-Boxborough, Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Northborough, Southborough and Stow, as administered by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The Hudson Rotary Club and St. Mary’s Credit Union also give generously to help make this annual community event possible.


The Arts Alliance is a non-profit local arts agency fostering community arts and arts education.




will be held at the

Southborough Library



3:00 pm

All children welcome ~ No pre-registration necessary

House Struck by Tree


December 10, 2008 - The home of Baltazar Palencia on Reservoir Drive received significant damage to the southwest side side of his home early this morning.  High winds from last nights storm accelerated over the reservoir toppling one of two large pines on his neighbor's yard.  Southborough Firefighters, Town Wiring Inspector and Building Inspectors were called to the seen.  Luckily no one was hurt during the incident.




The following photos were taken by the homeowner.


December 10, 2008 - Residents of Wood Street try to man handle a tree to the side of the road.  Several homes at the end of the road were trapped for several minutes trying to make their way to work and the bus stop.  Wood Street is a very wooded dead end road on the south side of town along the Sudbury River.  Photos contributed by Wood Street resident, Sally Watters.

Your Holiday Moose

December 10, 2008 - The Community House moose is decorated for the season.


Issued at: 4:19 PM EST 12/10/08, expires at: 12:30 AM EST 12/11/08

Ice storm warning in effect from 4 am Thursday to 7 am est friday,
The NWS in taunton has issued an ice storm warning, which is in effect from 4 am Thursday to 7 am est Friday. The winter storm watch is no longer in effect.
This warning covers central and western Massachusetts.
Rain may quit for a while tonight but will develop early Thursday as sleet, freezing rain or freezing drizzle.
The mixed freezing precipitation will intensify at times during the daylight hours Thursday, possibly becoming heavy Thursday night.
Elevations, above 500 feet will potentially suffer from considerable power outages later Thursday and Thursday night as ice accumulates between one half and one inch, with dangerously higher amounts possible.
There is still a chance sleet could lessen the glaze accumulation.
More details will be added as this evolving and potentially dangerous ice storm evolves.
Travel delays are expected Thursday and Thursday night, as travel becomes extremely difficult at times.
Ice accretion should result in downed tree limbs and power lines. If your power goes out, do not use candles. Have batteries and flashlights on hand. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

More photos from Santa Day

December 10, 2008 - Everyone eagerly awaits the arrival of Santa last week.


Fire Log

Monday 12/8/08







E23 LT SADOWSKI FF KANE  More fire Log Click here




FRAMINGHAM, MA – “As the harsh winter months settles in, it is important that you think about keeping your pets safe from all of the dangers that the season can present,” stated Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Director Don Boyce. “MEMA offers some tips to help insure your pet’s safety.”

Do not leave your pet outdoors when temperatures drop below freezing.

Dogs need outdoor exercise, but take care not to keep them outdoors for lengthy periods of time during very cold weather. Short-coated dogs may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater during walks. Dogs and cats are safer indoors during all sorts of extreme weather.

Wind-chill is a threat to pets, even those protected by shelters.

Outdoor dogs must be protected by a dry, draft-free doghouse that is large enough to allow the dog to both sit and lie down comfortably, but small enough to retain body heat. The floor should be elevated a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. The entrance of the doghouse should be turned to face away from prevailing winds, and the entrance should be covered with a flap of heavy waterproof fabric or heavy plastic.

Pets who spend a greater amount of time outdoors in the winter need more food.

Maintaining warmth depletes energy. Routinely check your pet’s water dish to ensure the water is fresh and not frozen. To prevent your pet’s tongue from freezing to their feeding or drinking bowl, plastic, rather than metal food and water bowls are preferred.

Be leery of frozen bodies of water.

Always keep your pets on a leash when walking them near suspected frozen bodies of water. The ice may not be sturdy enough to support your pet. If a pet falls through the ice, do not attempt to rescue your pet yourself; go for help.

Antifreeze and de-icing chemicals can be hazardous.

Antifreeze has a sweet taste that can attract animals. Always store antifreeze out of reach and clean up spills. Antifreeze made with propylene glycol can actually be swallowed in small amounts and not injure pets, wildlife or humans. De-icing chemicals, including salt, can irritate the pads of your pet’s feet. Wipe your pet’s feet with a damp towel after coming indoors, even if salt on sidewalks is not visible.

Warm automobile engines are dangerous for cats and small wildlife.

Parked vehicles can attract small animals, which may crawl under the hood seeking warmth. To avoid injuring hiding animals, bang on your car’s hood to scare them off before starting your engine.

For additional information about keeping your pets safe, go to the State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team (SMART) website at www.smart-mass.org.

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 and Winter Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema

For more information on the Southborough Animal Disaster Preparedness committee click here.

Laurence A. Cooper Jr.



UPTON Laurence A. Cooper Jr., 89, of Upton, formerly of Southborough, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at his home after a long illness. He was a retired chemical engineer and the husband of Janice E. (Temple) Cooper. Mr. Cooper was born in Lewiston, Maine, a son of the late Laurence A. and Alice L. (Tarr) Cooper. He grew up in Auburn, Maine, where he was a 1937 graduate of Edward Little High School, and earned an engineering degree from the University of Maine at Orono in 1941. He worked on the production of plutonium for the Manhattan Project during World War II. He then spent many years in research and development at Bay State Abrasives and Diamond International Paper Co. before retiring in 1984. He lived in Southborough for many years before coming to Upton in 1985, and enjoyed many summers in Maine. His hobbies included gardening, photography, and bowling; and he was a member of the Upton Historical Society, the Blackstone Valley Gardeners, and a former president of the Upton Senior Bowling League. In addition to his wife of 35 years, he leaves three children, Lynn Blake and her husband, Henry, of Houston, Texas, Leslie Morenus and her husband, David, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Jeffrey Cooper and his wife, Andrea, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three stepchildren, John Page and his wife, Susan, of Willard, Vt., Steven Page and his wife, Victoria, of Sharpsburg, Ga., and Susan Page Barnhart and her husband, Brian, of Westborough; one brother, Stuart Cooper and his wife, Esther, of Sumner, Maine; nine grandchildren; 12 stepgrandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. His first wife, Natalie G. Cooper, died in 1971 after 28 years of marriage. He was also the father of the late Laurence A. Cooper III, who died in 2006, and the brother of the late Patricia Perry and Jean May. A stepgrandson and stepgreat-grandson also predeceased him. A memorial service will take place Saturday, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m., at the United Parish Church, Central Square, Upton. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the VNA Care Hospice, 120 Thomas St., Worcester, MA 01608 or to the Upton Historical Society Building Fund, Box 171, Upton, MA 01568. Arrangements are under the direction of the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home (www.uptonfuneral.com), 45 Main St., Upton.

MBTA Triangle Moves Along

It’s been a long time coming, but the Cordaville MBTA triangle may finally get some improvements. For several years now since the MBTA built their parking lot south of the tracks a triangular piece of land that was purchased for the town by the MBTA gone from ragweed and brushy eyesore to what it is today. There are a few tree plantings and mowed grassy area. As many Cordaville and Southville residents know, this piece of land is the welcome point to town for people traveling North on Route 85 from Hopkinton.

The MBTA Triangle Committee was formed several years ago under appointments from the Southborough Selectmen. The group has worked with the Conway School of Design and input from area residents to develop a plan that will incorporate the historic aspect of the Cordaville Woolen Mill and the old Blacksmith shop. Neither remain in one piece today, however, the town’s historical Society does have the bell that was in the clock tower of the mill and parts of the Blacksmith foundation are within reach under the current soil. Because the triangle is the centerpiece and “welcome mat” to Southborough, plans also incorporate an entrance/welcome sign and focal point of the nearly one third acre property. Other areas will have open grassy field/meadow with pathways, seating areas and tree plantings.

Last night five design The first group presenting was Berkshire design group from Northampton, MA; Ray Dunetz Landscape Architecture of Boston; CBA Landscape Architects of Somerville; Carolyn Cooney Associates of Milford, MA and Bartsch and Radner Design, Inc of Boston, MA. All prospective Landscape designers brought in their projected rendering of the MBTA Triangle project. Several had even scoped out the project to various costs associated with a variety of materials that could be used on the project. The format for the night was a fifteen minute presentation followed by a fifteen minute question and answer period from the Cordaville MBTA Triangle Committee. After all the presentations were made, the committee then discussed the pros and cons of each Design team’s presentations. The group then went into their selection process. They will give the Selectmen who will have the final say in the decision the name of the Design firm that the group would like to use.

Southville Road Accident

Police, Fire and EMS Personnel responded to a one car accident versus trees on Southville Road on December 8th at 11:18 PM. Two occupants were extricated using the Jaws of Life and transported via Southborough and Ashland Fire Ambulances to U-Mass Medical Center in Worcester, and MetroWest Framingham Hospital with life-threatening injuries. A third occupant was transported to MetroWest Framingham hospital by a relative prior to arrival of emergency personnel. A fourth occupant was unable to be located after a search by State and local police and K-9 units.

One of the occupants of the car was later pronounced dead at MetroWest Framingham Hospital. Names are currently being withheld pending notification of family.

Rail carrier CSX was notified of the search, and suspended freight and MBTA rail service in the area for over an hour.

The accident is currently under investigation by the Southborough Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police.

If you have any information regarding this accident, please contact the Southborough Police Department, attention Sergeant Sean James, at (508) 485-2121.


Hopkinton Trails Club will have a moon light walk, this Friday, Dec 12, 2008, at 7:30pm . We will meet at the Whitehall boat ramp parking lot, the moon light walk will be on Hopkinton State Park trails and the Town of Hopkinton owned Whitehall Conservation Area land.   

Bring flashlights or headlamps, water, warm clothes, warm hiking boots.

Congratulations to the Aztecs, Super Bowl Champions

24 to 16 over Easthampton High School

First time in twenty-five years, Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School has won a superbowl. Congratulations!!


Sudbury Valley Trustees Winter Solstice Sunrise

Half Moon Meadow Brook, Boxborough

Sunday December 21: 7AM-8AM

If you are an early riser, or even if you’re not, this is an outing not to miss. Join SVT member George Krusen on the shortest day of the year to view the winter solstice sunrise through the stone structures (perhaps Native American ceremonial stones?) at Half Moon Meadow Brook. Sunlight bores through the stones for magnificent viewing. It’s a beautiful way to start the winter. Members: Free. Non-members:$10. Reservations Required. Please call 978-443-5588 or visit www.svtweb.org  for information and reservations.

Sudbury Valley Trustees is a regional land trust that conserves land and protects wildlife habitat in the Concord, Assabet, and Sudbury river basin for the benefit of present and future generations.

Santa Visits Southborough

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA- Santa Claus continued a longstanding town tradition by successfully landing on St. Mark’s field by helicopter on Saturday.

At least 300 children greeted him and made gift requests including iPods, Legos, American Girl dolls and front teeth.

Southborough Kindergroup, a cooperative playgroup, organized the event. Kindergroup would like to thank the event sponsors: Nancy Gould Photography, Ted's of Fayville, WeeCare for Little People, Fair and Yeager Insurance, Southborough Jewelers, Salon Charisma, Domino's of Southborough, Falconi Bros, Inc, Fisher Road Realty Trust, Capital Group Properties, Southborough Dental, Southboro House of Pizza, Southboro Village Preschool, Bose Corporation, Stop & Shop (Lyman St and Speedway Plaza), Starbucks, Gulbankian Farm Garden Center, Marlboro Savings Bank, NE Recreation Group, Eros Gourmet Pizza, Miss Tanya's Nursery School, Remax Signature Properties (Rich Anzalone, Marilyn Green, Geri Cagan and Jen Thompson), the Southborough Community House, Mr. Yanai and Quizno's

Julia K. Fuller



Julia Keegan Fuller, 89, of High Rolls, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center following a fall in her home and a brief illness. Mrs. Fuller, formerly of Newfane, Vt., had been a resident of New Mexico for the past four years.
She was born in Springfield, Mass., Dec. 19, 1918, the daughter of John and Julia (Griffin) Keegan. Raised and educated in Springfield, she was a graduate of Technical High School Class of 1937 and later attended Lasell Junior College in Newton, Mass., where she graduated with an associate's degree in 1939.
After college she met David P. Fuller, of Suffield, Conn., and they married Oct. 11, 1943, at the Field Chapel in Waycross, Ga. They were married for 55 years until his death in 1999. During that time, they resided in Enfield, Conn., and Southborough, Mass., until David's retirement and their move to Newfane, Vt.
Mrs. Fuller had been employed in the cost department of the Chapman Valve Manufacturing Co. in Springfield, had worked in the bookkeeping department for the former First National Store in Connecticut, and worked as Welcome Wagon hostess in the area around Southborough.
She was a faithful and devoted wife and mother whose life centered on her family and friends. Mrs. Fuller was an active member of the East Windsor, Conn., American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 40, where in 1947 and again in 1951 she served as president. She was also a member of the Brattleboro American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 5. In addition, she was a member of the Catholic Women's Club at St. Anne's Church in Southborough. She held membership in RSVP for over 10 years and was active in the Brattleboro Senior Center.
Of her leisure time activities, she enjoyed playing bridge, gardening, refinishing furniture and travel, as well as arts and crafts projects and dancing.
Survivors include one son, John D. Fuller, of Ashuelot, N.H.; her daughter with whom she made her home, Patricia A. Elliott, of High Rolls; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother and sister-in-law, Erwin and Shirley Fuller, of Wilmington, Vt. In addition, she leaves many nieces and nephews.
The liturgy of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, at 10 a.m. at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Brattleboro, Vt., with the Rev. Richard O'Donnell, pastor, as celebrant. Committal rites and burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Newfane.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Fuller's name may be made to Cottonwood Christian Fellowship, 7035 U.S. Highway 70 N., Alamogordo, NM 88310.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the Fuller family through the funeral home at www.atamaniuk.com or www.alamogordonews.com.

HELEN KAUFMANN -MELBOURNE - Helen N. Kaufmann, 86, passed from this life to her heavenly home on Thursday, December 4, 2008. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1922, Helen immigrated to the US with her parents as a young girl calling Philadelphia, PA her home. She met and married her husband, Karl, there in 1950 and moved to Pennsauken, NJ where they started their family. Later they lived in Southborough, MA, and Ocean County, NJ, finally retiring to the Melbourne, FL area in 1989. Helen is remembered for her love of and dedication to her husband, family, friends and church throughout her life. She was an active member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and a charter member of Faith "Viera" Lutheran Church. She enjoyed the beach, gardening, reading, sewing, knitting and singing in the choir, but raising and doing anything with "her girls" was her greatest joy. She was considered the "universal grandmother" as her loving spirit caught the heart of every one she met. Survivors include her daughters, Janice (John) Stein and Judith Kaufmann; sister-in-law, Marguerite Durham; and her sons, Richard, Ronald and Robert along with their families; cousins, Lizzie Hertz, Karen Tjader and their families, along with many dear friends. She was preceded to heaven by her dear husband in 1992 after of 42 years of marriage. Memorial services will be held at Faith "Viera" Lutheran Church, 5550 Faith Drive, Viera on Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 1 p.m., with a Christian burial in New Jersey to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Faith "Viera" Lutheran Church or the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

First Snow

December 8, 2008 - Southborough's first snowfall Sunday was just a trace but has led to really cold weather.

Trees and hats, Hats and Trees

December 8, 2008 - The Blanchard's on Southville Road took a different approach to decorating for the holidays as every arborvitae tree dons a Santa hat and garland.

Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist Shop

December 8, 2008 - Rushing around for Christmas and have a party to go to? Want to bring something different or unique for the party host? Don't bother driving out of town, visit Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist shop right here in Southborough.  Just across the street from the post office Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist Shop is located at 40 Mt. Vickery Road.  Selling Christmas trees, sweaters, Doug and Melissa toys, wreaths, kissing balls, cards and gift wrap, flowers, plants, Stonewall kitchen jams, jellies, pancake mixes and more.  Come see the store, it's more than just flowers.

December 8, 2008 - On sale now is the history of Southborough called Fences of Stone by Richard Noble.  The Southborough Historical Society invites interested residents on December 12th, 2008 - "Authors's Night" - 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.  6-8PM at the Museum

I came to see Santa too

December 8, 2008 - This dog may have wanted to ask Santa to leave some bones on Christmas Eve.

 12/9/08 Assabet Valley Regional Tech High School Sports
 Girls Varsity Basketball   **Scrimmage - Vs Blue Hills Reg Tech   3:00PM

Statement of Attorney General Martha Coakley on Consumers Affected by Tweeter Closing

BOSTON – Today, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley issued the following statement after learning that electronics store Tweeter abruptly closed its doors earlier this week after filing for bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court in Delaware in early November.

“Consumers who bought merchandise, gift certificates or warranties from Tweeter should file a Proof of Claim form with the Delaware Bankruptcy Court to try and recover their money.  This form can be found online at http://www.deb.uscourts.gov/.  Our office encourages consumers to contact our Consumer Hotline at (617) 727-8400 if they need assistance filling out these forms or to report any problems they have with Tweeter. Our office will continue to monitor this situation.”

Due to the bankruptcy proceedings, the Attorney General’s Consumer Hotline cannot mediate consumer complaints.  Consumers should therefore file a Proof of Claim with the Delaware Bankruptcy Court.  Consumers are encouraged to fill out this form as soon as possible and have as much information about their product available when filling out the form. The case number to reference on the Proof of Claim form is: Tweeter OPCO, LLC 08-12646 (MFW).

For additional information, visit the Retail Rights and Complaints & Mediation Services sections of the Attorney General's website. 

Fay School Brownies

December 7, 2008 - The Fay School Brownie troop was just one of many that brought an unwrapped gift to donate to the Fire Department at Friday night's tree lighting ceremony.  The gifts will be given to the Southborough Youth and Family Services and the Salvation Army.

The Neighborhood Coyote

December 7, 2008 - A coyote emerges from the brush at a local home.

Christmas Past

December 7, 2008 - The Southborough Historical Society has Christmas past as the theme this month at the museum located behind the Town house. Below is a photo from the "windows of Christmas past".  The youth shown in the photo sixteen years ago is now a Southborough Police officer.

Churning up the Leaves

December 7, 2008 - No there were no reindeer on this ride but Santa did arrive via this helicopter that sort of helped blow the leaves at St. Mark's field.

Southborough meetings

December 8 - December 12, 2008





ADVISORY COMMITTEE 12/8 7:30 PM Upper Hall, Cordaville Hall
COMMUNITY PRESERVATION 12/8 7:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
MBTA TRIANGLE COMMITTEE 12/8 6:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
BOARD OF LIBRARY TRS. 12/9 5:00 PM Meeting Room, Library
YOUTH COMMISSION 12/9 6:45 PM Conference Room Fayville Hall
TRUST FUND ADV. COMMITTEE 12/10 8:05 PM Foyer Town House

Be Sure to Check Your License Expiration Date!

Is your license
up for renewal?

Be Sure to Check Your License Expiration Date!

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles will no longer mail out renewal notices.

Be sure to renew at least seven days before your birthday to ensure that you receive your new license before your old license expires.

You can renew online instead of in line.

The RMV express lane is always open.


Senior Schedule

Monday 8

Tuesday 9

Wednesday 10

Thursday 11

Friday 12

8:30 Health Clinic

8:30 walking group

9:30 Pool

8:30 Health Clinic

8:30 AM Yankee Candle Factory




9:30 Mah Jongg

9:30 Wii bowling/golf
9:30 AM Cribbage

11:00 Sr. singers

10:00 Creative Writers


10:00 Decorated Cardinal Shovel
12:00 Monday blue plate special

12:00 Lunch

11:00 book club

12:00 Lunch

11:30 Bag Lunch no movie
12:00 Lunch 12:30 Pitch     12:00 Lunch
  1:00 PM Heart for the Holidays Bereavement Support Group 12:00 Lunch   1:00 Water Aerobics
2:00 PM Fitness

1:00 water aerobics

2:00  Fitness    

Saturday  Center open to 12:00 Noon



Did you know that the Senior Center is now open on Saturday mornings

from 9:00 AM ‘til noon? Why not, on your way back from the Transfer

Station, drop in for a FREE cup of fresh brewed coffee and to catch-up

on the latest scuttlebutt. On a crisp fall morning how about grabbing a

minute to throw a few horseshoes or toss a couple of bocce balls in our

new bocce court. Bowling on the Wii has become a Saturday morning

favorite and it ain’t as easy as it looks! There always seems to be a

quick hand of cribbage or pitch in progress and there’s always room

for one more player – that could be you! Maybe you’d like to add a

couple of pieces to the picture puzzle. And if nothing else all the new

lighting in the Function Hall will brighten your day!

All roads lead to Cordaville Hall. See you there!

Meet your old friends, Make some new friends!

Decisions, Decisions

December 7, 2008 - Young shoppers are escorted through the Troop 92 Kid's shop looking for gifts for friends and family.

Southborough Players
"Closer Than Ever"


The Southborough Players are proud to present  "Closer Than Ever."

"Closer Than Ever" is a musical revue of 20-plus songs by Richard Maltby Jr.and David Shire. Each song is a vignette into a character's life, universal moments and themes all of us can relate to. It is like opening a box of tucked away mementoes.  Each one tugs at your heartstrings as you relive the events rooted in the souvenirs. All we ever have is the present and our memories as we travel on our journey through life.

The Southborough Players production of "Closer Than Ever" is Directed by Teri Shea, Music Director is John Lesley and Produced by Rick Saunders.

Our cast includes Bill Condon of Shrewsbury, Michelle Margulies of Natick, Sheryl Altman of Southborough, Chris Harris of Shrewsbury, Ray Gaspari of Worcester, Donna Wresinski of Framingham, Amy Herrera of Hopkinton and Diane Tutin of Natick.

"Closer Than Ever" will be presented  at the Trottier Middle School in Southborough on Friday January 16, 2009 , at 8:00 pm, Saturday January 17, 2009, at 8:00 pm, and Sunday January 18, 2009, at 2:00 pm.

General Admission tickets are $15.00 for adults, $12.00 for seniors and students, $10.00 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets will go on sale in mid December and be available for purchase  through the Southborough  Players' website (www.southboroughplayers.org) or reservations can be made by calling 508.485.4424
Former Southborough Players Member Tours with Hairspray

Ken Arpino is making his National Tour debut with Hairspray!  Ken joined the tour last month and is ecstatic to be performing the role of "Sketch" all over the US and Canada.  He will be in Lowell  on January 21, 2009 with the tour! 

Ken performed with The Southborough Players in 2002 in The Emperor's New Clothes. 

Since then he attended and graduated from Emerson College and has been performing in Boston and New York.

Congratulations Ken!!

We have a new Website!!! Please visit www.southboroughplayers.org  and check it out!
Thank you for supporting the Southborough Players. We look forward to continuing the tradition of bringing live theater to Metrowest since 1969.

-The Southborough Players Board of Directors
In This Issue
Former SB Player touring with Hairspray
Check out our New Website
Volunteers Needed
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 Without your help we can not survive

We still need help with the production staff of "Closer Than Ever"
Please contact Rick Saunders (617-803-2817 or ras1714@aol.com)
if you are interested in being our House Manager, Sound Manager or part of our set construction team.
2009/2010 Play Reading Committee

Have you ever wondered how community theater groups decide what productions to perform? Are you interested in helping us determine our next season? Come join the play reading committee. If you would like more information please email Rick Saunders at ras1714@aol.com or call 617-803-2817

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