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December 21,  2008 - December 27, 2008

Stick Time at St. Mark's

December 27, 2008 - Future Hockey players practice at St. Mark's today.

Working on the Railroad

December 27, 2008 - CSX workers change out a rail in the Southborough portion of the track on the main line from Boston to Albany.

Don't Miss. . .

The 2008 Southborough Rotary Club

Talent Show

Friday, March 7, 2008, 7:00 p.m.

Trottier Middle School Auditorium

The Southborough Rotary Club is looking for
talented performers
in grades 5 and up
for its
2008 TALENT SHOW
TRY-OUTS

Wednesday, January 30th and Monday, February 4th
(snow date February 5th)

6:30-8:00 p.m.

Trottier Middle School Auditorium
For more information or to schedule an audition, contact
Mrs. Duffy or Mrs. Lunder at Trottier Middle School
508-485-2400
Each performer will be limited to performing in one act only
Please bring any backup music on CD
You must be available for a dress rehearsal
on Monday, March 3rd
from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
     Don't miss your chance

to show your talents

and

support our community!

Another Gloomy Weekend

December 27, 2008 - Fog and rain blur the view of the Sudbury Reservoir today.

CITIZEN SCIENTISTS CAN HELP COUNT EAGLES

A concentrated survey of major rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and the coast will take place January 9, 2009 by Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) personnel, cooperators, and volunteers across the state. This event is part of the nationwide Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey that is held every year in early January. "As usual, our longtime partner, National Grid, will be assisting in the survey by providing a helicopter for surveying the Quabbin Reservoir area and the Connecticut River," said Dr. Tom French of MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program. Ground teams will also be covering known eagle territories statewide during the day. In 2008, 71 bald eagles were documented in Massachusetts during the one day-event. Anyone spotting an eagle from January 1 through 15 is encouraged to report the sighting by email at Mass.wildlife@state.ma.us or by postal service to "Eagle Survey," MassWildlife, Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581. Please provide date, time, location, and town of eagle sightings, number of birds, whether juvenile or adult, and, observer's contact information.


The restoration of bald eagles to Massachusetts is a great success story. MassWildlife, along with many other conservation partners, began the restoration effort in 1982 after eagles were discovered wintering in the Quabbin Reservoir area. Eagles had not nested in the state since 1905 in Sandwich and later vanished from much of the country due to loss of habitat and DDT pesticides. From 1982 -1988, young eagle chicks were transported from wild nests, primarily in Canada, to be raised in cages overlooking the reservoir. When the birds were old enough to fly, the cage doors were opened and the birds were set free. This method, called hacking, assures that the young birds will view the area as their home base. The hope was that when grown, the eagles would choose the Quabbin area to nest. This occurred, with the first successful fledging of three eaglets at the Quabbin Reservoir in 1989. Since that time, 26 eagle nests have been established in known nesting territories in the state with 300 chicks fledged. The nesting birds are descended from the original hacked eaglets as well as descendants of hacked birds from neighboring states.


Eagle restoration efforts received major funding from: the former Bank of Boston, hunting and fishing license fees (Inland Fish & Game Fund), the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Fund, as well as additional support from National Grid, the Massachusetts Audubon Society and federal aid from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

 

 

WILDLIFE HABITAT GRANT DEADLINE APPROACHES--Private landowners who want to actively manage their property to benefit wildlife habitat must apply through MassWildlife's Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) by December 19, 2008. Individual landowners, land trusts, sportsmen's clubs, and other conservation organizations are invited to apply for funding through the program. Local, county, state or federal government agencies are ineligible for this program. For more information, or call Tracy Grazia at (508) 389-6387 or Marianne Piche at (508) 389-6313.

Join the Crowd at Free Skating

December 26, 2008 - Skaters young and old flocked to the Gardner Rink at St. Mark's school today.  St. Mark's annually offers the Southborough Recreation Department use of the school's rinks during several vacation holidays over the year.

 

Free Skate Vacation Week - St. Mark’s

School Street Entrance

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

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

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

 

Happy Kawanzaa

FROSTY’S

MAGICAL

BIRTHDAY PARTY

will be held at the

Southborough Library

on

TUESDAY, DEC. 30

3:00 pm

 

All children welcome ~ No pre-registration necessary

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

Note: The Southborough Transfer Station will be re-opened tomorrow, Saturday, December 27, 2008.
WINTER PARKING BAN 2008/2009

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.

 

December 26, 2008 - Winter weather advisory in effect from 11 pm this evening to 7 am est Saturday,
The NWS in taunton has issued a winter weather advisory for freezing rain, which is in effect from 11 pm this evening to 7 am est Saturday.
This advisory is for all of southwestern New Hampshire, all of western and central Massachusetts as well as interior eastern massachusetts along and north and west of the interstate 495 corridor, north central and northeastern Connecticut and the northwestern hills of Rhode Island.
A brief period of light snow, sleet and freezing rain is likely to develop across interior southern new england after 11 pm. The precipitation will be spotty and brief. Precipitation type will vary, but will likely begin as some light snow or sleet then quickly change to freezing rain as temperatures continue to warm aloft. Some very light glazing may be possible. Light snow or sleet accumulations could also be just enough to coat some surfaces.
Some slippery conditions will likely develop across the advisory area, especially over higher terrain locations as well as untreated surfaces, overpasses, ramps and roadways. Remember it does not take much frozen or freezing precipitation to cause hazardous travel conditions.
Spotty light precipitation is likely to end as rain after daybreak saturday. Initially some wet snow or sleet may briefly mix with rain near the coast.
A winter weather advisory is issued when snow and/or ice is forecast to develop in the affected areas, but accumulations are expected to be light. Any snow or ice would make driving and walking difficult, but not impossible, on untreated roadways and sidewalks. When temperatures are below freezing, motorists need to be especially careful on bridges and overpasses where slippery spots can easily develop.

 

ARHS Sports 12/27/08
Boys Varsity Indoor Track @ MSTCA - HOLIDAY INVITATIONAL Reggie Lewis 9:30AM
 Girls Freshman Basketball VS North Middlesex H S   1:00PM
 Girls JV Basketball VS North Middlesex H S   2:30PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball VS North Middlesex H S   4:00PM
 Boys Varsity Ice Hockey @ GARDNER TOURNEY - CONS. GSR 4:00PM
 Boys Varsity Ice Hockey @ GARDNER TOURNEY - FINALS GSR 6:00PM
 Girls Varsity Ice Hockey @ Lynn-English High School Connery Rink 7:30PM
AVRTHS Sports 12/27/08
Girls JV Basketball @ Hudson High School Click for directions   1:00PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball @ Hudson High School Click for directions   2:30PM
 Boys JV Ice Hockey @ Holliston High School   7:20PM

Sports Schedules are subject to change under weather conditions

Ever since he released his self-titled debut at 24, Mark Erelli has exhibited an uncommon musical maturity. From twangy roots rock through fingerpicked folk, rollicking blues, western swing, rockabilly, nineteenth century ballads, lullabies and songs of social and political commentary, Mark has produced an assured and varied catalog over the last decade. Now 34, with well over 1000 concerts under his belt, multiple awards and growing notoriety as an accompanist, he has one of the most impressive and varied reputations in modern roots music. For the last 10 years, over the course of six albums and countless miles traveled from coffeehouse to house concert to listening room, Erelli has made himself the veritable James Brown of Unitarian church basements. He’s “the hardest working man in folk business” and one of the most respected singer-songwriters on the circuit. Beyond his solo career, he has also fashioned himself into one of the most in-demand instrumental sidemen, touring with Lori McKenna and gaining strong attention as a writer, performing in Nashville song circles and backstage pickin’ parties with the likes of Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt and others.

Louise M. Fabrizio

 

 

PLYMOUTH Louise M. Fabrizio of Plymouth, formerly of Southborough, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008. She was the wife of Cosmo "Gus" Fabrizio for more than 62 years. Arrangments are incomplete and under the direction of the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main St., Southborough.
 

Help Us Find Massachusetts' Owls

Join our state-wide effort to document owl populations in Massachusetts!

 
Owls are everywhere. Some species can be found in dense forests or small wood lots. Others may prefer swamps, or open marshes, grasslands, or even residential neighborhoods.  

Do you have owls in your neighborhood? It is very possible, but because they are nocturnal they often go unnoticed. Usually the best indication that there is an owl in the area is its call.

Have you heard or seen an owl but need some assistance identifying it? We have provided photos and recordings of the seven species of owls that nest in Massachusetts.

Once you have identified your owl, please use our Owl Reporter to plot the location and date of the sighting.

As always, please take care not to disturb any owl you find.

Your owl location information will be included as a valuable subset of a larger database for Mass Audubon's five-year, statewide Breeding Bird Atlas project, a volunteer-based effort designed to map the distribution of all the breeding birds in the Commonwealth.

 

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

 

Stay Off the Ice

December 25, 2008 -

Southborough has many bodies of water within its boundaries, including the Sudbury Reservoir, Sudbury River and Crystal Pond, just to name a few.  

NONE of the bodies of water are considered safe to be upon when frozen at ANY TIME OF YEAR. Constant water flowing through, and underground springs contribute to weak spots in the ice.

FOR YOUR SAFETY, STAY OFF OF THE ICE ON ANY BODY OF WATER IN SOUTHBOROUGH.

Letter to the Editor: December 24, 2008

Dear Southborough News:
   Heating oil prices have fallen by so much this autumn, that anyone who locked in a fixed price may be stuck paying thousands more than necessary.  I agreed to buy heating oil at $4.70 per gallon this season.  I was happy to learn that the contract could be terminated by paying a penalty of only $600.  By signing a new contract at $2.70/gal, I'd save that much over the next two deliveries -- and I may have five more deliveries to come!  If your readers have contracted for expensive oil, they might review their contract to see if such a buy-out makes sense.  I only wish my oil dealer would have pointed this out before my last delivery!
   Louis Kuchnir
   Southborough, MA
 

TROOP 1 SOUTHBOROUGH CHRISTMAS TREE PICKUP

Boy Scout Troop 1 Southborough will be offering Christmas tree pickup in Southborough on January 3rd and January 10th for $5 per tree.

If you would like to schedule a pick up, please send email to Troop1Trees@gmail.com or call 508-626-8015 and leave a message. Email or phone message must include your name, phone number, address, and date for pickup. Requests for pick up will be taken until 8 PM the day before pick up.

Trees must be placed at the END of the driveway by 9 AM on the day of pick up. Please place $5 per tree in a plastic bag clipped or taped to the top of the tree. Money should NOT be placed in the mailbox.

This is a fundraiser for Southborough Troop 1 Boy Scouts and we thank the residents and businesses for support over the years!

 

ARHS Sports 12/26/08
Boys JV Ice Hockey VS Wachusett Regional H.S. Northstar Rink 12:40PM
 Boys Varsity Ice Hockey @ GARDNER TOURNEY - GROTON DUNSTABLE GSR 4:00PM
AVRTHS Sports 12/26/08
Boys JV Ice Hockey @ Ashland High School Click for directions North Star 9:50AM
 Boys Varsity Ice Hockey @ Hudson Catholic HS Click for directions Navin Arena 3:00PM
 Boys JV Basketball @ Maynard High School Click for directions Gym 5:30PM
 Boys Varsity Basketball @ Maynard High School Click for directions Gym 7:00PM

Sports Schedules are subject to change under weather conditions

Merry  Christmas

from the

Southborough News

100,000 mark will be reached today!

December 25, 2008 - Southborough readers have given the Southborough News a Christmas present today.  Later this afternoon or early this evening the Southborough News will reach the 100,000 unique readership mark. What an accomplishment in just over a year and a half!! I wish to thank all the readers and my advertisers for supporting the Southborough News.

Next week in honor of reaching the 100,000 mark there will be two contests.  A historical Southborough contest where the reader will have to give the answer to a series of questions about the town's history and the other contest will be a photographic search of Southborough. More explanation next week.  The  will win a prize on each of the contests.

Prizes will be awarded in each of the two contests to the first three to submit the correct answers.  First prize in each will be a $25 gift certificate to Stop and Shop. However, that will be matched in your name with a gift card donated to the Southborough Food pantry.  The next two winners in each contest will each receive a $10 gift card to Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks.

More details next week.

Please Patronize the Southborough News Advertisers, they keep the website running. Thank you.
Snow, Sleet, Rain, Wind

December 24, 2008 - Southborough has been getting everything in the book from the storms lately.  We've gone from bitter cold to near 60 with melting snow and rains today.

Keep those Vents Clear

 

December 24, 2008 -

***** In order to keep your family safe from the effects of CARBON MONOXIDE poisoning, ensure that the vents that carry the products of combustion outside of your house are clear of ICE & SNOW build-up. *****

Many appliances, including:

·        gas and oil furnaces and burners 

·        gas and oil hot water heaters

·        gas clothes dryers 

·        gas fireplaces

·        kerosene and wood pellet stoves 

are directly vented horizontally to the outside of your home throughout the outside wall instead of a vertical chimney.  Snow and ice buildup will not allow the gases to properly vent and can cause a build-up in your home.

If you are not sure of the type of venting system at your home, please feel free to contact the Fire Department at 508-485-3235.

Remember, State Law requires the installation of working carbon monoxide detectors in your home.

Happy Christmas Eve to all

Fay School Construction

December 24, 2008 - The Fay School expansion moves right along with several new buildings looking almost finished on the exterior.

The Stockings were Hung by the Chimney with Care

December 24, 2008 - The Southborough Community House is decorated for Christmas, stockings, candles, greens and all.

News from the Past

December 23, 2008 - The Southborough Historical Society recently acquired this great news article on Mr. Lincoln and his store.  The store is now a private residence but at one time served as the Cordaville Rail Station. As if it was a Norman Rockwell scene, resident Mrs. Holmes purchases goods at the counter.  The Historical Museum behind the Southborough Town House holds a great collection of Southborough memorabilia and historic items.

Snow Horses

December 23, 2008 - Not wanting to stay in their runout shed, the herd stands in the open in the snow earlier this week.

TROOP 1 SOUTHBOROUGH CHRISTMAS TREE PICKUP

Boy Scout Troop 1 Southborough will be offering Christmas tree pickup in Southborough on January 3rd and January 10th for $5 per tree.

If you would like to schedule a pick up, please send email to Troop1Trees@gmail.com or call 508-626-8015 and leave a message. Email or phone message must include your name, phone number, address, and date for pickup. Requests for pick up will be taken until 8 PM the day before pick up.

Trees must be placed at the END of the driveway by 9 AM on the day of pick up. Please place $5 per tree in a plastic bag clipped or taped to the top of the tree. Money should NOT be placed in the mailbox.

This is a fundraiser for Southborough Troop 1 Boy Scouts and we thank the residents and businesses for support over the years!

Fire Log

Sunday 12/14/08

15:11 EMS CALL,EXCLUDE VEH ACC W/INJ BIGELOW RD
A29 LT DANO FF RICE
C30 LT PELTIER

16:00 WATER EVACUATION DEERFOOT RD
C30 FF KANE

18:31 BUILDING FIRE WOODBURY RD
C20 CHIEF MAURO
E21 LT PELTIER FF WILLS LT MAURO
E22 CAPT MAURO FF KANE FF HOGAN
E23 LT DANO FF RICE
R25 LT G. HUBLEY SO PELTIER
SC1 EMT GLECKEL

Monday 12/15/08

04:50 COVER ASSIGNMENT MEMORIAL DR OTH
E21 CAPT HUBLEY LT PELTIER FF WILLS FF HOGAN

07:52 SMOKE DET. ACT.-NO FIRE, UNINT DEERFOOT RD
E22 CAPT MAURO FF KANE
E23 FF RICE FF PIERCE

10:13 EMS CALL,EXCLUDE VEH ACC W/INJ NEWTON ST
A29 FF KANE FF RICE
C30 FF PIERCE

10:28 EMS CALL,EXCLUDE VEH ACC W/INJ NEWTON ST
A28 CAPT MAURO FF PIERCE

13:30 PLAN REVIEW - COMMERCIAL CORDAVILLE RD
C3 CAPT MAURO

14:16 HAZARDOUS CONDITION, OTHER. SOUTHVILLE RD
C20 CHIEF MAURO
E23 FF RICE FF PIERCE

16:09 ASSSIT POLICE OR OTHER AGENCY WENTWORTH DR
A29 FF RICE FF PIERCE
E22 CAPT MAURO FF FRANKS

17:20 EMS CALL,EXCLUDE VEH ACC W/INJ HOMESTEAD BD WEU
A29 FF RICE FF PIERCE

CSX Express

December 23, 2008 - A CSX freight train is blurred by its speed, roars through the Southborough MBTA station.

MEMA POSTS ROOF COLLAPSE & STORM DRAIN WARNING

Snow Buildup & Subsequent Heavy Rain Present Dangers

FRAMINGHAM, MA – “The rainy weather we are expecting, on top of the recent heavy snowfall, could present a threat for roof collapses, as well as localized street and basement flooding around the Commonwealth,” stated Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Don Boyce. “If not cleared off of roofs, the snow acts as a sponge, absorbing any additional sleet and rain, adding stress to structures. Flat, commercial roofs are most susceptible if they are not draining properly. Additionally, MEMA encourages citizens to clear storm drains in their neighborhoods to minimize local flooding problems from this run-off.”

In many other cases, roof ice dams have formed causing water build-up, leading to interior damage. To minimize the risk of over-stressing a building roof due to accumulated or drifting snow:

Be on the alert for large accumulating snow build-up or snowdrifts on your roofs.

If roof snow can be removed with the use of a snow rake (available at most hardware stores), do so. Use caution, as metal snow rakes conduct electricity if they come into contact with a power line.

Try to avoid working from ladders, as ladder rungs tend to ice up. Snow and ice collect on boot soles, and metal ladders.

Flat roofs can be shoveled clear, but only if it is determined that the roof is safe to stand upon. Exercise care when on the roof to avoid potentially dangerous falls.

Flat roof drainage systems should be kept clear to minimize the risk of excess roof ponding in the event of subsequent heavy rainfall or melting.

Large icicles can form on roof overhangs, but do not necessarily mean ice damming is occurring. Icicles overhanging doorways and walkways can be dangerous and should be carefully removed.

All of the mentioned actions should only be performed by able-bodied adults, as the snow is heavy, and roofs and other surfaces may be slippery. Protective headgear and eye protection is recommended.

This roof collapse alert is issued by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), in conjunction with the State Board of Building Regulations and Standards.

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 the MEMA website at www.mass.gov/mema

New Year’s Eve Party

For

7th and 8th Grade Trottier Students at the

Woodward School Gym on

Wednesday, December 31st

From

7:30 pm to 12:30 am

Please Click here to see other side of this flyer for Rules and Permission Slip

Signed Permission slip and admission fee of $15 (nonrefundable) are due by Monday, December 22 at 2pm in the Recreation Office

Please make checks payable to “Southborough Recreation”

No one will be admitted without a signed permission slip and paid admission

Pizza and other refreshments are included in the admission fee

Games, Music and DJ to ring in the New Year!

A responsible adult must pick up students promptly at

12:30 am

Organized by Southborough Recreation

Questions? Please contact Jenn Hom at

Jhom@southboroughma.com or call

the Recreation office at 508-229-4452

A Busy Day

December 23, 2008 - Shovelers, snowblowers and plows seemed the only way to get ahead of the storm yesterday.

Not off the Road

December 23, 2008 - This sander, although looking as if they went off the road just plowed the snow from route 85 off onto Rockpoint Road.

Time is running out for Holiday Gifts

looking for Dance lessons try Annemarie's dance centre

Books, Cooks, camps and lessons Hooray for Books

Get in Shape and loose weight Fitness Together

Gifts, jams, Sweaters, Toys, Flowers Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist Shop

Wash that dirty vehicle or buy a packet of car washes @ Choice Car Wash

Get gift certificates for tuneups, tire changes and more at Southborough Auto Tech

Yoga, Belly Dancing and Boot Camp Every Body Balance

Poems and Sayings Classic Calligraphy

Photography by Simply Images, Tommaney Photography, Photographic Images

New home, sell a home, make an addition to your home F. P. Mabardy Co, Lorraine Estella, Jeanette Thomson, Devine Kitchens, Countryside Rubbish

Rentals for Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter Ken Strong, Capt. Hubley

Dental Whitening, Invisalign, Dental Work New England Dental Group

Swimming in Snow

December 23, 2008 - Snow falls on Two Canada Geese in some open water yesterday.

Ice Storm Recovery Information

On 12/12/2008 Governor Patrick declared a state of emergency due to the severe winter storm that produced high winds, ice and heavy rains in Central and Western Massachusetts. If you have questions or need assistance during this emergency, contact Mass 2-1-1 by dialing “2-1-1” or visit www.mass211.org.

Resources for Residents:

Tips for Winter Driving

The Massachusetts State Police urge motorists to be safe on the roads of the Commonwealth this winter. If possible, do not travel, or keep travel to a minimum during periods of winter weather in order to allow snow removal crews to clear the roadway. For those who need to drive in adverse winter weather conditions, the State Police recommend the following winter driving safety tips:

  • Take Note of the Local Forecast: The State Police encourage motorists to take note of local forecasts and plan accordingly for adverse weather conditions. Motorists are reminded that they can dial 511 on their cell phones for current traffic and road conditions on Massachusetts Highways.

  • Vehicle Preparation: With a forecast of inclement weather, motorists should ensure that their vehicles are well maintained and properly equipped for winter driving. Motorists should check the fluid levels of their vehicles, particularly washer fluid and anti-freeze, to make sure that they are at adequate levels. Tires should be inspected to ensure that they are properly inflated and have sufficient tread depth. Motorists should equip their vehicles with a snow shovel, ice scraper, jumper cables, flares, a flashlight and some warm clothing and blankets. Additionally, motorists are reminded to completely clear their vehicles of snow and ice prior to driving. Clearing vehicles of snow and ice enhances the safety of all motorists by providing an unobstructed view to the operator and prevents snow and ice from flying off vehicles at high speeds and posing a hazard to others on the road.

  •  Reduce Speed: Most winter weather related crashes are caused by "spin-outs" and vehicles sliding off the road due to excessive speeds for the road and weather conditions. Speed Limits are set for driving under optimal, dry conditions. If road and weather conditions are adverse, it may be more reasonable and proper to operate at a speed that is well below the posted limit.

  • Leave Extra Space Between Vehicles: Under optimal driving conditions, motorists should leave at least one car length for every ten miles per hour between them and the vehicle in front of them. If the road and weather conditions are adverse, that distance should be significantly increased in order to afford for increased stopping distances.

  •  Dial 911 in Roadway Emergencies: In any weather conditions, motorists who become disabled or encounter an emergency on the roadways should dial 911 and report their location and the nature of the emergency. Motorists should always be aware of their location, noting the route they are traveling on and the number of the exit they most recently passed.

 

Don't Forget

December 23, 2008 - Shovel out those hydrants, it could help save your home.

ARHS Sports 12/23/08
Coed Varsity Ski VS SKI WARD CUP RACE Ski Ward 3:00PM
 Boys Varsity Wrestling VS Hopkinton High School High School 5:00PM
 Girls Varsity Ice Hockey VS Burlington High School New England 7:50PM
AVRTHS Sports 12/23/08
 Girls JV Basketball VS Clinton High School   5:00PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball VS Clinton High School   6:30PM

Sports Schedules are subject to change under weather conditions

Monday December 22, 2008

there is a two hour opening delay at Algonquin Regional High School, Southborough Schools and the Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School in Marlborough.

Happy Hanukkah

Frosty Laughing at the Snow

December 21, 2008 - A few more feet and Frosty will be buried in snow.

Snowing in Southborough

December 21, 2008 - A few cars travel along route 30 through downtown Southborough as some walkers head for Southborough House of Pizza.

The Perfect Dress Sale

The Hopkinton PTA is hosting its third annual Perfect Dress sale on Jan. 10 from 10 am-1 pm at Hopkinton High School on Route 85. Gorgeous new and gently used dresses for all occasions are $20-$40 (many with tags still attached reading $200-$400).

As a new addition this year, we'll also be hosting a Prom Fashion Show, showcasing the cutting edge in prom fashion with fashion show dresses graciously lended by David's Prom. Admission is $5, with the admission price going toward the purchase of any dress at The Perfect Dress.

Symbol of the Mack

December 21, 2008 - This little bulldog hood ornament sits out in the snow guarding an old truck.  The Mack truck got the bulldog logo from English Soldiers that thought the Mack AC model truck for the front lines looked like the English Bulldog and started calling the vehicles Bulldog Mack.

ARHS Sports 12/22/08
Coed Varsity Swimming @ Shrewsbury High School Clark 4:00PM
 Boys Freshman Basketball @ **Postponed - North Middlesex H S   4:00PM
 Boys JV Basketball @ **Postponed - North Middlesex H S   5:30PM
 Girls JV Basketball VS Holy Name High School   5:30PM
 Boys Varsity Basketball @ **Postponed - North Middlesex H S   7:00PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball VS Holy Name High School   7:00PM
AVRTHS Sports 12/22/08
Girls JV Basketball VS Clinton High School 5:00PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball VS Clinton High School 6:30PM

Sports Schedules are subject to change under weather conditions

Senior Schedule

Monday 22

Tuesday 23

Wednesday 24

Thursday 25

Friday 26

8:30 Health Clinic

8:30 walking group

9:30 Pool Closed

Holiday: Christmas

 

 

 

  Closed
9:30 AM Cribbage

11:00 Sr. singers

10:00 Creative Writers  
 

12:00 Lunch

   
12:00 Lunch 12:30 Pitch    
  1:00 PM Heart for the Holidays Bereavement Support Group 12:00 Lunch  
2:00 PM Fitness

 

   

  URSID METEORS: Earth is passing through a stream of debris from comet 8P/Tuttle and this is causing the annual Ursid meteor shower.  Forecasters expect the Ursids to peak on Dec. 22nd with 8 to 10 meteors per hour flying out of the constellation Ursa Minor (the Little Dipper) not far from the north star.  The display is usually mild, but outbursts of Ursids occasionally surprise observers with rates many times normal. The last time this happened was in 2006.

Standing outdoors to watch Ursids in December can be a chilling experience. So why not stay inside and listen? Spaceweather.com is broadcasting live audio from the Air Force Space Surveillance Radar in Texas. When a meteor passes over the facility--"ping"--there is an echo. Because the Ursid radiant is circumpolar (always up) over the radar, the echoes may be heard at any hour, night or day. Tune in to http://spaceweather.com to try the audio feed, which can support 1000 simultaneous listeners.
 

The Town of Southborough currently has the following employment positions open.


Conservation Scientist

Staff Librarian


DPW - Mechanic

DPW - Truck Driver


The Town of Southborough is always looking for resident volunteers for a variety of committees, commissions and boards.  Why not help your town and give back in time.

Capital Budget Planning Committee (2) (appt. by Moderator)

Field Driver (1)

Historical Commission (1)

Open Space Preservation Commission (2)

Phase II Stormwater Committee (1)

Recreation Commission (1)

Recycling Committee (2)

Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership Committee (1)

Southborough Stewardship Committee (1)

Youth Commission (2)

Click here for Volunteer Form

The Southborough Transfer Station will be closed Thursday and Friday of this week for the Holiday.