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December 14,  2008 - December 20, 2008

Mobile Robin's Nest

December 20, 2008 - Three robins search the hood of a pickup truck in search of easy water and maybe a few dead bugs near the window during this morning's snow.

Heavy Weight Passenger

December 20, 2008 - While in Billerica today visiting mom at the nursing home, I got to snap this photo of an awesome St. Bernard that filled up the passenger seat in the jeep.

Slipping and Sliding

December 20, 2008 - Although the DPW was out most of today and last night, the snow kept falling making for "greasy" roads today.  Care needed to be taken on curves, hills and ramps.

Another Storm Coming

December 20, 2008 - Weather Update from MEMA (Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency) Another Significant Snow Storm will be entering the State tomorrow morning. This storm is moving up the coast and should be entering the Commonwealth early in the morning. The snow beginning around 6 AM and becoming heavy very quickly. The snow will be falling at abut a rate of 1 inch per hour until about noon time. Travel at these times will be very difficult. It is advised public transportation should be used if you must travel. The snow will continue to fall until about 6 PM. East
of I 95 it could mix with rain, on the Cape and Islands it will stay rain. Snow totals look to be 2 to 4 inches in Boston, 10 to 11 in Northern Essex County, 5 inches in the 128 area, 6 to 9 inches in the Worcester area, 6 to 7 inches in the Springfield area, 6 to 10 inches in Northern Berkshire County, 5 to 9 in Southern Berkshire County. Winds will also be an issue with this storm. In the Berkshires winds could be 20 to 30 mph sustained and gusts of 40 to 50 starting Sunday night and through Monday. Winds in on the Cape and Islands could have sustained winds of 40 to 50 mph and wind gust of 60 mph. With the winds some minor costal flooding can be expected. Temperature will also drop significantly Sunday night and into Monday, hitting single digits with the wind chill. This will freeze all precipitation and with the strong winds could become and issue for power lines. Local Safety Officials are advised to watch this closely and stay in contact with utilities. These cold temperatures for people without power could also become an issue. Please check on those without power.

For more information on Southborough Emergency Management click here.

The New Grad

Shown in the group picture attached are Lt/EMT-P Christian Dano, Jason’s mom Beverly, Graduate Firefighter/EMT Jason Neal, Jason’s wife Nikki, and Fire Chief John Mauro


State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Director Edmund M. Walker are pleased to announce the graduation of the 182 nd Class of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s sixty-day Recruit Firefighting Program on December 18, 2008. Coan said, “This rigorous professional training provides our newest firefighters with the basic skills to perform their jobs effectively and safely.” The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, a division of the Department of Fire Services, offers this program, tuition-free. The ceremony took place at the Assabet Vocational Regional High School in Marlborough, Massachusetts.


The 65 graduates, 63 men and 2 women, represent the 38 departments of Acton, Agawam, Amesbury, Auburn, Beverly, Charlton, Cohasset, Danvers, Dennis, Framingham, Hanson, Hingham, Holbrook, Hudson, Kingston, Leominster, Longmeadow, Lowell, Ludlow, Manchester-By-The-Sea, Marshfield, Maynard, Medford, Methuen, Northampton, Orleans, Plymouth, Raynham, Scituate, Shrewsbury, Somerset, Southborough, Stoneham, Sutton, Swampscott, Wellesley, Weston and Wilmington.

Massachusetts State Trooper Michael Peters assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal, a former Randolph Firefighter and graduate of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, addressed the recruits.


Today’s firefighters do far more than fight fires. They are the first ones called to respond to chemical and environmental emergencies ranging from the suspected presence of carbon monoxide to a gas leak. They may be called to rescue a child who has fallen through the ice or who has locked himself in a bathroom. They rescue people from stalled elevators and those who are trapped in vehicle crashes. They test and maintain their equipment, ranging from self-contained breathing apparatus to hydrants to hoses, power tools, and apparatus.

At the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy they learn all these skills and more from certified fire instructors who are also experienced firefighters. Students learn all the basic skills they need to respond to fires and to contain and control them. They are also given training in public fire education, hazardous material incident mitigation, flammable liquids, stress management, water rescue procedures, confined space rescue techniques, and rappelling. The intensive, 12-week program for municipal firefighters involves classroom instruction, physical fitness training, firefighter skills training, and live fire firefighting practice.


Students receive classroom training in all basic firefighter skills. They practice first under non-fire conditions and then during controlled fire conditions. To graduate, students must demonstrate proficiency in life safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, pump operation, and fire attack. Fire attack operations range from mailbox fires to multiple-floor or multiple room structural fires. Upon successful completion of the Recruit Program all students have net national standards of National Fire Protection Association 1001 and are eligible to be certified to the level of Firefighter I and II, and Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational Level by the Massachusetts Fire Training Council.

Shown in the group picture attached are Lt/EMT-P Christian Dano, Jason’s mom Beverly, Jason, Jason’s wife Nikki, and Fire Chief John Mauro.

Prepped and Ready to Go

December 19, 2008 - Southborough DPW sanders were all filled with road sand/salt, plows on and ready for action late this afternoon.

Storm Everywhere a Storm

December 19, 2008 - Snow is blanketing the area tonight.  A week ago there was ice damage on the hills and flooding in basements and lowlands in Southborough.  Sunday another storm is predicted.

 Trottier Orchestra


Massachusetts Turnpike

Free Holiday Coffee
Christmas night

To promote safe driving and to give traveling motorists an excuse to rest, free coffee courtesy of McDonalds and Gulf will be served between 10 p.m. on Christmas night, Thursday, December 25 to 5 a.m. on Friday, December 16. The complimentary coffee will be available at all eleven Turnpike service plazas.

(L-R) Front row:Allia Afifi ’12 (Yorktown Heights, NY), Courtney Weiss ’12 (Mystic, CT), and Capitol Region RSVP director Susan Contreras. (Back row) Kenneth Sousa, Bryant associate professor of computer information systems and Honors Program coordinator; Matthew McGrath ’12 (Boylston, MA), Jarrod Mead ’12 (West Kingston, RI), Stephen Burgess ’12 (Southborough, MA), and Management Lecturer Dave Greenan. The students were members of "Veteran Technology."

December 19, 2008

Honors students create business plan for local nonprofit organization

Proposals establish plans for a computer repair business that will be run by Rhode Island veterans with disabilities.

Students in one of Management Lecturer Dave Greenan’s “Business 101” honors classes took part in a version of Donald Trump’s hit reality show “The Apprentice.” Instead of hearing “You’re Fired,” however, everyone came out a winner – including the local organization the students partnered with and the veterans who will benefit from the program.

The class spent the fall semester working with Capitol Region Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), a Providence, RI-based nonprofit organization that places people over the age of 55 into meaningful volunteer assignments. The 24 students in the class were divided into five groups with each team creating a business plan to establish a computer repair company that will employ veterans. (To learn more, visit Capitol Region RSVP.)

Earlier this week, each group presented their 100-plus page proposals that included market research, advertisements, operations, reconstruction plans for the storefront facility, and income statements to Greenan and Susan Contreras, director of Capitol Region RSVP.

The new business, which will open on Cortland Street in Providence, will repair computers and sell refurbished computers with the profits being invested back into the company. The goal is that after receiving training, the veterans will be better equipped to secure jobs in the field or create their own businesses. The launch of the facility is being funded by a $200,000 grant secured by Senator Jack Reed.

“This project has been one of the most vibrant learning and community-based service project experiences that I have seen in my time at Bryant,” says Greenan. “I believe that all of us who have been involved have walked away with a better understanding of business, our community, and, most importantly, ourselves and the responsibility we have to give back to the community in which we live.”

Making a difference

Before picking the winning plan, Conteras commended all of the students for their work and emphasized that she would incorporate parts of each of the proposals into the final plan.

“This project couldn’t have been done without the help of the Bryant students,” says Contreras. “Everything that was presented to me was done very professionally, and Bryant should be very proud of their work. I was thrilled to work with them.”

The winning team, “Veteran Technology,” included Allia Afifi ’12 (Yorktown Heights, NY), Stephen Burgess ’12 (Southborough, MA), Matthew McGrath ’12 (Boylston, MA), Jarrod Mead ’12 (West Kingston, RI), and Courtney Weiss ’12 (Mystic, CT).

Mead, the team’s CEO, says he has a better understanding of how nonprofit organizations operate and their role in society. “The most important part of this project was to try to help the community by improving the standard of living for veterans and putting plans in place to help enhance their skills.”

Jaclyn Savickas ’12 (Holden, MA), the director of survey analysis for the “Computer Rebooters” team, says her group learned how difficult it can be for veterans with disabilities to return to the workforce.

“The new company is a great way for them to feel needed and be part of their community,” she says. “Sometimes we take what we have for granted. I know that many of the students in the class felt good to help others in need, and we have a new appreciation for people like Ms. Conteras who help the less fortunate every day.”

Throughout their research, students worked to build relationships that would help the organization thrive. One group looked into creating a partnership with local schools, and another secured a donation from Best Buy.

During the presentation, of “The Computer Colonels,” Christina Knips ’12 (Wappingers Falls, NY), the group’s CEO, informed Contreras that the Bryant women’s rugby coach, Eric Catalozzi, offered to do any carpentry work for free. He is active in the armed services and will be returning to Iraq in the spring.

A veteran who recently earned a certificate in project management from Bryant’s Executive Development Center will begin to implement the plan in January. A grand opening for the shop is slated for the spring.

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School


Aztec Athletic Hall of Fame

The Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School Hall of Fame Committee is now accepting nominations for the first induction to the Aztec Athletic Hall of Fame.
purpose of this induction to to recognize and honor those athletes, coaches, friends, and administrators who have had a significant impact on the school's long history of interscholastic athletic competition.

PK Basketball and Soccer has been cancelled for Saturday December 20th - Make up will be January 3

Free Skate Vacation Week - St. Mark’s

School Street Entrance

Friday Dec. 26 2:30 - 3:30 PM Adult sticks/pucks

Friday Dec. 26 1:30 - 2:30 PM Youth Sticks/pucks

Saturday Dec. 27 1:30 - 2:30 PM Youth Sticks/pucks

Saturday Dec. 27 2:30 - 3:30 PM Adult sticks/pucks

Friday Dec. 26 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM All Free Skate

Saturday Dec 27 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM All Free Skate

Sunday Dec 28 3:00 - 5:00 PM All Free Skate

Monday Dec 29 3:00 - 5:00 PM All Free Skate

Tuesday Dec 30 1:00 - 3:00 PM All Free Skate

Wednesday Dec 31 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM All Free Skate

Friday Jan. 2 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM All Free Skate


Early Release Day - Northborough Southborough School District

Friday 12/19/08

Make the World a Better Place'

December 18, 2008 - Students from the McAuliffe Regional Charter Middle School in Framingham help out at the Southborough Food Pantry.  The students also collected hundreds of food items to donate to the pantry.

The Southborough Food Pantry as the first organization to be served by The McAuliffe Regional Charter School's 'Make the World a Better Place' club.

Southborough Food Pantry Director, Barbara Jandrue, showed the students how to check the expiration dates and look for damaged cans and boxes. Then the students proceeded to categorize the food and began bagging and boxing them to be delivered to food pantry recipients at the Southborough Senior Center.

Southborough resident and mom, Linda Schaffer told the students the process of how a person qualifies for use of the food pantry and what volunteers do at the food pantry. Linda said she was enlightened that the students showed so much passion and determination in helping people out.

Bunny Time

December 18, 2008 - Zac surprises customers at the Sunny Window with a friend's pet bunny.

With Snow comes the Sander

December 18, 2008 - Southborough's plows and sanders will be ready for tomorrow's snowstorm.

Winter storm warning in effect from 10 am Friday to 3 am est. Saturday


The NWS in taunton has issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow, which is in effect from 10 am Friday to 3 am est. Saturday. The winter storm watch is no longer in effect. The warning is in effect for all of southern new England.
Snow is expected to develop from west to east late Friday morning and early afternoon. Latest indications are for snow to begin in the greater Hartford Springfield areas and the i91 corridor between 10 am and noon. Snow will then overspread the remainder of southern new England, including eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island between noon and 2 pm.
The snow will become heavy not too long after the onset. Thus travel is not recommended during the afternoon throughout southern new England. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are likely from mid Friday afternoon into the early evening. Roads during the Friday late day/evening commute will be snow covered and treacherous. The snow should taper to snow showers across the interior during the evening hours, but the steady snow will continue along the coast well into the night, especially across southeast Massachusetts, including cape cod and Nantucket.
In addition, strong northeast winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts near 45 mph will develop Friday evening and night across eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. This will result in considerable blowing and drifting snow, yielding visibility near zero at times and bitterly cold wind chills. The strongest winds are expected on the cape and islands.
At this time, it looks as though most of southern new England will receive 6 to 12 inches of snowfall by midnight Friday night, with the highest amounts across Rhode Island and southeast Massachusetts. For Martha's vineyard, Nantucket, block island, and perhaps even cape cod, rain and sleet may mix in with the snow from time to time. This would result in slightly lower snow accumulations there.
This snowstorm is still about 24 hours away, so some of the details will likely have to be refined, such as the arrival time of the snow and the rain snow line across cape cod and the islands. If the system tracks a little faster than currently forecasted, snow will arrive a few hours sooner. Nevertheless, at this time, travel is not recommended anytime Friday afternoon and evening, as we expect heavy snow treacherous road conditions during this time.
A winter storm warning is issued when an average of 6 or more inches of snow is expected in a 12 hour period, or for 8 or more inches in a 24 hour period. Travel will be slow at best on well treated surfaces, and quite difficult on any unplowed or untreated surfaces.

Delivery of Christmas Toys

December 18, 2008 - Southborough residents were very generous this year with donations of new, unwrapped toys for the less fortunate.

Toys were distributed to:

Southborough Family & Youth Services

Project Just Because of Hopkinton, which serves Southborough families

Salvation Army in Framingham.

Toys were being delivered to the Salvation Army in Framingham today. Special thanks to the Southborough Residents, Southborough girl scout troops, the Fay School students, Neary School, the Thursday Line Dancing group, and the Hartnett Family.


WESTON, MA—The following students from Southborough were named to the honor roll at The Rivers School in Weston in recognition of their excellent academic performance during the fall of 2008.

High Honors
Michael McAneny, Grade 11

Frederick Daley, Grade 9
Meghan McAneny, Grade 9
Colin Sweeney, Grade 9

About The Rivers School
Founded in 1915, The Rivers School is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory day school for students in grades 6 through 12. The Rivers community is dedicated to its mission of “excellence with humanity”—rigorous, challenging programs in a caring community in which each student is known, understood, and valued. With 440 students from 75 Massachusetts towns, the school offers an intimate and dynamic classroom environment with an 8:1 student-teacher ratio and an average class size of 12 students. Rivers is a member of the Independent School League (I.S.L.). It offers 34 honors and Advanced Placement courses, a comprehensive arts program, and is home to one of the premier music schools in the Boston area—the Rivers School Conservatory. For more information, please visit www.rivers.org.

Neary School Students meet Worcester Sharks players

On December 17th, Worcester Sharks players Mike Moore and Brett Westgarth spoke about the dangers of bullying to over 300 4th and 5th graders at the Neary Elementary School in Southboro, MA. Each participant in the assembly received one ticket to an upcoming 2008-09 regular season Sharks home game and a "Be a Leader" activity booklet compliments of the Law Firm of Abigail Williams and Associates.

For more information regarding the Worcester Sharks "Be a Leader" program, please visit the Sharks revamped website at www.sharksahl.com


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.


December 18, 2008 - Southborough Selectmen Tuesday night approved a new smoke detector system for the current police station. The system will be wireless and if and when the new police station is built the system purchased can be moved to another town owned building. Also approved was an amount up to $5,000 for the repair of the Southborough Police emergency radio. The emergency radio has gone down many times in the last several months leaving Southborough in a precarious position with neighboring towns covering the calls to the 911 system.

The bulk of the meeting was a hearing for a water problem entering a public way from a private residence on Marlborough Road. DPW Superintendent Karen Galligan, Interim Police Chief Jane Moran and Fire Chief John Mauro all testified that the condition has been on going but has been exasperated in the last several years. The water condition is a puddle in warmer seasons but becomes very icy during the winter months. The resident, Stephen Stanechewski, presented his side of the situation saying that his neighbors were allowed by the town to build septic systems higher than his property. Mr. Stanechewski referred to his property as the valley and that it collected a lot of water from the neighboring property.

Superintendent Galligan said she has met with Mr. Stanechewski about possible solutions. One neighbor, Anthony Maffei said the problem started when Mr. Stanechewski placed a high powered pump in his basement pumping the water out to the back and saturating the ground. He made suggestions about possibly piping it to a culvert under route 85 that crosses over to the MWRA. Selectman Sal Giorlandino explained why that proposal could not be an answer. Another option suggested was piping the water to an existing town drain. The cost of this solution according to Mr. Stanechewski would be cost prohibited after it was suggested that he pay for the piping the entire length of the project. Town Engineer told Selectmen that it would be feasible for piping to the drain but it would be similar to a person putting in a water line, it would be at the homeowner’s expense.

Selectmen asked Mr. Stanechewski and his neighbors along with the Southborough DPW to re-visit options and come to a solution. Selectmen reiterated that the Town will not tolerate the constant flooding and ice condition of a public way from private landowners.

Teen Driver Arraigned

December 17, 2008 - Southborough Police - A teenaged driver will be arraigned today in Westborough District Court on charges connected to a car crash on Southville Road that killed one teenager and critically injured another man earlier this month. According to Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr.

Ian M. Schimeke’s, 18 of 8 McCarthy Circle, Framingham was arrested last night and was charged with motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation; leaving the scene after causing personal injury resulting in death; and operating a motor vehicle negligently to endanger.

Jamoan James, 18 of Apartment No 208 at 8 Greenview Street, Framingham was pronounced dead at Metro West Framingham Hospital. Diego Mauro, 21, 0f Apartment # 6 at 8 Greenview Street, Framingham is recovering from injuries received in the crash. Two other occupants of the car driven by James fled after the crash. One was picked up by another car and later walked into the emergency room at Metro West Framingham Hospital. The other occupant left on foot.

Soon after what appeared to be a one-car accident at about 11:18 on December 8, investigators began developing evidence of a second car that must have fled the scene. The subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Schimke, who police believe was driving the car that caused the crash.

“Things are not always as they seem,” Early said. “This is an example of good police work by investigators from several jurisdictions. I want to thank Southborough Police and Framingham Police and Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone for their assistance in this case.”

The investigation by the State Police Detectives assigned to Worcester District Attorney’s Office and Southborough Police revealed that Schimke was driving a 1998 Chevy Lumina and James was driving a 2003 Dodge Intrepid on the night of the Crash. Schimke’s vehicle had pursued James’s vehicle from Ashland into Southborough.

As both vehicles were traveling westbound on Southville Road at speeds exceeding the posted limits, Schimke’s car pulled behind James’s car and intentionally struck its rear fender. Shortly thereafter, Schimke’s car crossed into the eastbound lane, pulled along the left side of James’s car and intentionally struck its right rear quarter panel. This crash caused Jame’s car to immediately lose control, spin off the eastbound side of Southville Road and crash into a tree.

Immediately following the crash, Schimke’s car slowed down, drove by the crash scene and then drove away. At no time did the Schimke stop and identify himself or report this crash to the authorities.

State Police Detectives, State Police Accident Reconstruction Section, Southborough Police and Framingham Police all contributed to the investigation which is continuing.


December 17, 2008 - Looking like a forest these weeds stand tall.

Have a Christmas or Hanukkah display?

December 17, 2008 - Just send in your photo of your favorite Southborough light display and it will be put on the website. Send to editor@southboroughnews.com

This Morning's commute

December 17, 2008 - Traffic moves cautiously along Route 85 near Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist Shop early this morning.  Snow, sleet and freezing rain brought out one of the first winter challenges to drivers.


There will be no parking on any public way in the Town of Southborough from

12 midnight until 6:00 a.m. and furthermore, there will be no parking on any

public way during any snowstorm in the Town of Southborough. Vehicles parked

will be towed at the owner’s expense (according to the Town’s Code).

This Ban will be in effect from December 1, 2008 through March 15, 2009.

Illegal parking during unusual storms occurring before or after the Ban will be

dealt with according to Section 152-6 of the Code of the Town of Southborough.


ARHS Sports 12/18/08
Boys Freshman Basketball VS Nashoba Regional H.S. 4:00PM
 Boys JV Basketball VS Nashoba Regional H.S. 5:30PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball @ NASHOBA TOURNAMENT 5:30PM
 Boys Varsity Basketball VS Nashoba Regional H.S. 7:00PM
AVRTHS Sports 12/18/08
Girls JV Basketball VS West Boylston High School 5:30PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball VS West Boylston High School 7:00PM

Food Pantry

Needs More Pet Food


Southborough Police Officer Meredith Lobur empties out the trunk of the police cruiser with donated pet food, pet snacks, kitty litter and pet toys.  Officer Lobur started the program several months ago when she realized that people that utilize the food pantry also had pets and could use a little assistance with pet food and items associated with their beloved pets.  Pet food can be left at the police station or call Officer Lobur for pickup at 508- 485 -2147.

Food Pantry Donation

December 16, 2008 - Meghan Welch drops off several bags of groceries to the Southborough Food Pantry director Barbara Jandrue (middle) tonight.  Instead of birthday presents for Meghan, she decided she wanted to donate canned and boxed goods to the food pantry.


USATF Cross Country Junior Olympics silver medalists include, back row: Coach Joe Fischetti, Jeremy Alley-Tarter, Matt Fischetti, Rob DeSisto, Coach Alex Ivanov; front row: Sean McLaughlin, Willy Lyons, Max LaChance and Sam Kupperstein.

December 16, 2008 - The Nitehawks midget (11 and 12 year old) boys cross country team placed second in the USA Track and Field (USATF) National Championship held Saturday, December 13th at Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville, VA.  Finishing with 117 points, the Nitehawks were two points behind the Southern California Road Runners.  Ric Rojas Running Club of Boulder, CO finished third with 144 points.  The Nitehawks averaged a  time of 10:58.33 over the rolling 3K (approximately 1.9 mile) course.

The Nitehawks were lead by USATF All American, Max LaChance of Lunenburg finishing in 13th place in 10:35. He was followed by Rob DeSisto of Westford (41st/10:54),  Matt Fischetti of Groton (48th/11:01), Willy Lyons of Southborough (53rd/11:03),  Jeremy Alley-Tartar of Vineyard Haven( 81st/11:17), Sean McLaughlin of Norton (83rd/11:18) and Sam Kupperstein of Lincoln (119th/12:35).

In addition, Aidan McLaughlin, age 10 of Norton, ran in the boys bantam (age 10 and under) division finishing 33th over the same 3K course in 11:53. 

The Nitehawks are actively seeking track, field and cross country athletes (boys and girls from age 6 to 18) for the upcoming indoor and outdoor seasons. Contact Coach Alex Ivanov at 978-505-8318 for further information.

ARHS Sports 12/17/08
Boys JV Ice Hockey VS Hudson High School Northstar Rink 3:40PM
 Coed Varsity Swimming @ Westboro High School Clark 4:00PM
 Girls Varsity Ice Hockey VS Everett High School New England 4:10PM
 Boys Varsity Wrestling VS **Postponed - Montachusett Regional Voc Algonquin 6:30PM
 Boys Varsity Ice Hockey VS BOROUGH`S CUP - WESTBOROUGH Northstar Rink 7:50PM
AVRTHS Sports 12/17/08
 Boys Varsity Ice Hockey VS Littleton High School New England 4:00PM

Start a Family Holiday Tradition

with The Hanover Theatre’s A Christmas Carol

Worcester, MA, November 2, 2008 - - Make this holiday season the first in a new family tradition of sharing the gift of music, dance, and theatre! Worcester’s The Hanover Theatre is pleased to bring you an extravagant production of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, for six performances only, December 19-22.

“Marley was dead, to begin with.” From the opening line of Dickens’ classic tale to the final “God bless us, everyone;” A Christmas Carol is sure to be one of your family’s best memories this holiday season.

With dazzling special effects, timeless music and colorful costumes and scenery, A Christmas Carol tells the tale of curmudgeonly miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future hoping to change his destiny and save his soul. This brilliant musical, an original adaptation by Hanover Theatre Executive Director Troy Siebels, follows Scrooge through a series of strange and magical journeys, where he ultimately discovers the true spirit of the holiday season. “A Christmas Carol is a timeless story that is every bit as poignant and relevant today as it was when it was written," said Siebels.  "We will bring back this production each December – it’s such a wonderful family tradition.”

The stellar cast features veteran Boston and New York performer Dale Place as Ebenezer Scrooge; leading an ensemble that includes Christopher Chew (Bob Cratchit), Kathy St. George (Mrs. Fezziwig), Shelley Bolman (Young Ebenezer), Paul D’Agostino (Fred), Diego Arciniegas (Jacob Marley) and Cheryl McMahon (Mrs. Dilber).  Worcester’s Barbara Guertin will join the cast in the role of Millie, and 6-year old Max Guertin makes his theatrical debut as Tiny Tim.

The cast will also feature children from many local communities including Shrewsbury resident Alie Curran (Fan); Boylston resident Daniel Lazour (Peter Cratchit); Southborough resident Lexi Ryan (Spirit of Christmas Past); Holden resident Bryan Tivnan (Turkey Boy); Dover resident Tori Heinlein (Belinda Cratchit); Northbridge residents Morgan Dzicek (Martha Cratchit), Robby Healy (Young Scrooge) and Matthew Vera (Youth Ensemble); and Hardwick resident Annika Condit (Youth Ensemble).

The creative team for A Christmas Carol includes Troy Siebels (Director), Timothy Evans (Musical Director), Judith Chaffee (Choreographer), James Kronzer (Scenic Designer), Elliot Norton Award winner Gail Buckley (Costume Designer), Helen Hayes Award winner Charlie Morrison (Lighting Designer), and Jane Siebels (Production Stage Manager).

A Christmas Carol is recommended for ages 8 & up. Tickets for kids and students are half price, so the whole family can attend. Performance times are Friday December 19 at 8pm; Saturday December 20 at 3pm and 8pm; Sunday December 21 at 1pm and 6pm; and a Monday December 22 7pm show exclusively for employee groups from greater Worcester corporations, non-profits and colleges.  The theatre encourages business leaders to consider bringing employees and their families as a way to say “thank you” during the holiday season; this year in particular, when a challenging economy may cause some families to scale back on holiday plans.

Tickets are on sale now for A Christmas Carol, and our entire Holiday Season that includes A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker, The Beach Boys, and A Christmas Celtic Sojourn. Good seats are still available, but these shows are sure to be popular, so call today. For tickets to The Hanover’s spectacular new production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, contact the box office Monday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm at 877.571.SHOW (7469) or stop by 2 Southbridge Street in downtown Worcester. Tickets may also be ordered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.thehanovertheatre.org

About The Hanover Theatre

The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts is a world class theatre located in Worcester’s historic Federal Square. Originally built in 1903 as a vaudeville house, the building that is now home to The Hanover Theatre was renovated in 1926 in the grand tradition of the most ornate film theaters of the day by noted architect Thomas Lamb (architect of Boston’s Opera House). The theater has undergone many names and additional renovations over the decades. The grand reopening in March 2008 was the culmination of a $31 million renovation funded by contributions from hundreds of foundation, corporate, and individual donors. Since then, the Hanover Theatre has established its place as a rich entertainment and cultural destination. With Broadway shows, music, comedy, magic, and more, The Hanover’s second season is building on the success of the first season, and helping to revive Worcester as a cultural and arts destination. For more information, visit www.thehanovertheatre.org

Presenting Broadway, Music & More!

2 Southbridge Street Worcester, MA 01608

Mysterious Bench

December 15, 2008 - The MBTA Cordaville Triangle committee would like to know where this bench came from and if it has some significance.  There are no plaques or signs on the bench. A nearby resident has reported that the Southborough Facilities committee transported the bench to the site via a tractor.

Close Call

December 15, 2008 - A canoe on the bank of the Sudbury sits practically in the water Saturday as the river rose to just about crest level.


December 15, 2008 - Cathy Gerson assists a customer with her selection at Sunday's open house at the Gerson Studio on Parkerville Road.

SVT, Knox Trail Scout Council and Town of Sudbury Conserve 303 Acres of Nobscot Scout Reservation in Sudbury

A 303 acre portion of the Nobscot Scout Reservation in Sudbury was permanently conserved today by Sudbury Valley Trustees, the Town of Sudbury, and the Knox Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America. The protection of this beautiful and historic land has long been a high priority for Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) and the Town. The property has now been protected through the purchase, by SVT and the Town, of a conservation restriction that will allow the reservation to continue operating as a Scout camp while permanently limiting development of the property.

Following eight years of negotiations among the parties, an agreement was reached last summer that allowed SVT and the Town to purchase the conservation restriction (CR) from the Knox Trail Council.  The purchase price was appropriated by Sudbury’s spring 2008 Town Meeting, from Community Preservation funds, and the remaining funds were raised privately by SVT. A LAND (Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity) grant from the State was received and will be used to reimburse a portion of the Town’s contribution to the purchase price. A major grant from the Sudbury Foundation made up a considerable portion of the private fundraising effort led by SVT, as did substantial gifts from a Scout parent, several Sudbury residents, many foundations and hundreds of additional donations from community residents.

“The Nobscot Scout Reservation is the largest undeveloped parcel of land in Sudbury,” said Town Manager Maureen Valente, “and conservation efforts for decades have been focused on its preservation. The property abuts over 150 acres of Town-owned open space, and includes Tippling Rock, which offers spectacular views from Boston to New Hampshire, and will provide significant opportunities for community passive recreational use. We are grateful to the Knox Trail Council for the opportunity to work with them on the mutual goals presented by this project.”

The Nobscot Scout Reservation has been operated as a Boy Scout camp by the Knox Trail Council since 1928 and is located in both Sudbury and Framingham. The 452 acre Reservation represents one of the largest undeveloped pieces of open space in the Metro West area, and borders Callahan State Park and two pieces of Town conservation land. The Reservation is well-used by the public, who hike its trails, and enjoy views from Nobscot Mountain and Tippling Rock.

“Nobscot has been a part of generations of youth’s development, life skills and life memories,” said Dennis Prefontaine, Scout Executive of Knox Trail Council. “The Council has spent the past 12 years focusing on significant restoration of the facilities. This preservation will mean that this magnificent ‘urban oasis’ will be available to generations of Scouts yet to belong and the surrounding community.”

Nobscot’s significant features include habitat for two state-listed species and several historic sites. In addition to protecting the natural and historic resources of the site, Knox Trail will continue the Council’s current policy for public access, and will ensure perpetual public access to the Bay Circuit Trail – a hiking trail that runs from Duxbury around Metropolitan Boston and back up to Newburyport.

Sudbury Valley Trustees is a regional land trust active in 36 Metrowest communities and headquartered in Sudbury. SVT’s “Campaign to Conserve Nobscot” fundraising effort was the largest undertaken around a single project in the organization’s 55 year history. Executive Director of SVT Ron McAdow said, “Those to come after us will enjoy a great benefit—permanent conservation of this large, historic property—made possible by funds from the Town of Sudbury, the Sudbury Foundation, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and exceptionally generous private contributions from individuals and foundations.”

Knox Trail Council serves the 21 towns of the metrowest area, with over 6,700 youth members and 2,200 adult volunteers.  In 2007, 8,078 participants used Nobscot Scout Reservation, including scouting groups, schools, churches, and other community groups.  Knox Trail Council also owns a 305 acre facility in Bolton called Camp Resolute, which serves as a summer camp.

“Nobscot is preserved, but much work remains ahead of us since there are still over 1,000 acres of land in need of protection within Sudbury,” said Larry O’Brien, Chairman of the Sudbury Board of Selectmen.  “We hope to continue our success through partnering with Sudbury landowners and working with the Community Preservation Committee in preserving open space that is such a great part of the character of Sudbury.”

The Hardest Job out there

December 15, 2008 - Picking out the family Christmas tree can take some time.  Southborough Firefighter Tom Hogan pulls out a tree to see if this one will work.

MBTA General Manager Daniel A. Grabauskas today announced for the first time a pilot program introducing pay by phone parking at all stations along the Kingston commuter rail line and commuter boat lots in Quincy and Hingham. An easy, convenient cash-less method to pay for daily parking, this innovative service allows customers to create an account using their mobile phone number and a credit/debit card, and have their parking fee automatically deducted from their account.

Responding to parking customers requests to have the ability to pay by credit card, and get a receipt at the time of transaction, the MBTA has partnered with Vancouver-based Verrus Mobile Technologies to provide the mobile payment service. Upon creating a free pay by phone account, customers call the toll free number from their mobile phone, key in the location and parking numbers, and the parking fee is charged to their credit/debit card.

Pleased to provide customers with a convenient alternative to the current “Honor Box” payment method, General Manager Grabauskas said, “Customers spoke and we listened. Pay by phone parking allows for an easier, more efficient payment system using a credit or debit card, and provides customers with the ability to access receipts directly on-line.”

Verrus Pay by Phone Parking is the first automated payment option to be introduced into the MBTA’s commuter rail and commuter boat parking network. A leader and innovator in the mobile payment technology sector, Verrus has established a record of innovation and reliability and has been widely adopted in the parking industry. Verrus Pay by Phone has also been a success with Chicago IL transit customers, where mobile payments are available at over 30 METRA commuter rail parking facilities.

“We are very excited to be working with the MBTA to introduce Pay by Phone technology to MBTA parking customers,” said Verrus Co-Founder, David Spittel. “MBTA customers can now take advantage of the convenience of their mobile phones to pay their daily parking fee.”

To learn more about Pay by Phone service from the MBTA go to: MBTA Park and Pay by Phone Pilot Program. To sign up go to: paybyphone.com

Basketball Play

December 15, 2008 - Youngsters listen up on how to pass the ball to another player at Saturday's basketball lessons at Woodward School sponsored by the Southborough Recreation Department.

Spa Delight

December 15, 2008 - Local entrepreneur had open house this weekend and will again Saturday and Sunday December 20 & 21.  The barn is well stocked with imported and handmade soaps, oils, creams and more. They are located at 4 Pearl Street, Southborough.

ARHS Sports 12/16/08
Boys Freshman Basketball @ Hudson High School High School 4:00PM
 Boys JV Basketball @ Hudson High School High School 5:30PM
 Boys Varsity Basketball @ Hudson High School High School 7:00PM
AVRTHS Sports 12/16/08
Girls JV Basketball VS Hudson High School 5:00PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball VS Hudson High School 6:30PM

Southborough meetings

December 15 - December 19, 2008





ADVISORY COMMITTEE 12/15 7:30 PM Upper Hall, Cordaville Hall
MUNICIPAL FACILITIES COMM. 12/15 6:30 PM Memorial Hall Fire Station
12/15 7:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
12/16 7:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
BOARD OF ASSESSORS 12/17 9:00 AM Hearing Room Town House
HOUSING AUTHORITY 12/17 7:30 PM Colonial Gardens 49 Boston Road
TRUST FUND ADVISORY COMM. 12/17 8:40 AM Foyer Town House
12/17 7:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
Regional School Committee 12/17 7:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
12/18 6:30 PM Hearing Room Town House

Senior Schedule

Monday 15

Tuesday 16

Wednesday 17

Thursday 18

Friday 19

8:30 Health Clinic

8:30 walking group

9:30 Pool

8:30 Health Clinic





9:30 Mah Jongg

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

11:00 Sr. singers

10:00 Creative Writers


12:00 Monday blue plate special

12:00 Lunch

12:00 PM Holiday craft Light lunch

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

1:00 water aerobics

2:00  Fitness    
Southborough Library

Sunday 14 Monday 15 Tuesday 16 Wednesday 17 Thursday 18 Friday 19 Saturday 20



Story time 2-5 years







Story time 2-5 years






Story time 2-5 years

11:00 Book Group

@ the Senior Center

6:30 pm




11:00 Toddler Time    
ARHS Sports 12/15/08
Boys Freshman Basketball @ **Postponed - Groton Dunstable Regional Peter Toomey 4:00PM
 Girls Freshman Basketball @ **Postponed - Groton Dunstable Regional Middle School 4:00PM
AVRTHS Sports 12/15/08
 Boys JV Basketball VS Littleton High School Gym 5:30PM
 Boys Varsity Basketball VS Littleton High School Gym 7:00PM
Laundry Room Fire

December 14, 2008 - Southborough Fire Department - The Southborough emergency communications center received a 9-1-1 call reporting a fire in a house at 27 Woodbury Road at 6:29 PM on Sunday, December 14, 2008. Upon receipt of the call, Box 36 was sounded recalling off-duty and on-call personnel. Based upon the nature of the call, an aerial was requested from Ashland as Southborough’s is permanently out of service.

Upon arrival, firefighters were met with smoke in the house, and a fire in a laundry/sewing room on the first floor. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire; however, it took nearly 30 minutes to remove the smoke from the house. The laundry room received fire, heat and smoke damage, the rest of the house received smoke damage.

There were no injuries.

The occupants are able to remain in their home.

Westborough Fire Department provided an engine to cover Southborough in the event other emergency calls were received.

The fire is under investigation by members of the Southborough Fire Department investigation unit. The cause has not yet been determined.

Damage estimates are incomplete at this time

Route 9 Rollover

December 14, 2008 - A call for a rollover with reported entrapment was received at 4:08 PM on Route 9 eastbound at Woodland Road. Off-duty and on-call personnel were recalled due to the nature of the call. Ambulance 29, Engine 23 and Car 20 responded.

Arriving personnel found a rolled over SUV with one occupant still in the vehicle and the other outside.  Emergency medical aid was immediately rendered to both occupants.  Both were transported to Metrowest Framingham Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Route 9 eastbound was down to one lane while the injured people were treated, the vehicle righted, and Mass Highway responded to sand a slick spot on the roadway.

All fire apparatus was cleared by 4:59 PM

Temporary Closure

December 14, 2008 - Police had closed off Route 9 eastbound and sent the traffic up Breakneck Hill Road (below photo) while they awaited a sander for the water and ice buildup that had caused the prior accident.  However, once one car drove around the Crossing's complex that house Starbucks, Coldstone and Tomasso's and re-entered route 9 other drivers followed causing another cruiser (above photo) to be sent to head them off at the pass.

Future Celtic players?

December 14, 2008 - Young participants at the Southborough Recreation Department sponsored basketball get pointers on passing the ball yesterday at Woodward School.

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

Checking out the Llamas

December 14, 2008 - A youngster greets the llamas and sheep at Leeds Land Farm and Craft shop yesterday.  The Leeds use the wool from the animals to create clothing and craft items.