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February 8,  2008 - February 14, 2009

BRUSH BURNING INFORMATION

THE BRUSH BURNING PERMIT PROCESS FOR THE 2009 BRUSH BURNING SEASON (January 15 to May 1) IS THE FOLLOWING:

· Written Brush Burning permits MUST be obtained in person annually at the Fire Station, 21 Main Street .

o Permits are available from now until April 30th

o Permits shall be issued to residents only (no landscapers or commercial permits allowed by regulations)

· Hours to obtain permits are:

o Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

o Saturday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

· Permit fee for the season is $10.00

o Only checks made out to the Town of Southborough will be accepted

o Senior citizens 65 years of age and over are free

· Permit holders must call every day that you plan to burn, however, you can only call between 9:00 AM and 12 NOON for permission to burn.

o Burning can only be conducted between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM per Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection regulations [310 CMR 7.07 (3)(e)]. Burning may be denied due to environmental factors.

Massachusetts DEP strongly encourages the chipping and mulching of brush versus burning due to environmental concerns. The Town's Department of Public Works accepts brush at the Town's Transfer Station.

Whoever violates any provision of this section shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500 plus the cost of suppression or by imprisonment for not more than one month or both (M.G.L. c. 42, §13).

Massachusetts General Laws c. 111, § 142 A-E and 310 CMR 7.07 as well as 527 CMR 10.22 regulate all open burning activities.

 

February 14, 2009 - Valentine's Day - Pick your valentine up some flowers, candy & gift from Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist Shop today.  Click the photo to go to order page or stop in at 40 Mt. Vickery Road across from Town Center Plaza.

Buffalo Soldiers Exhibit and Living History talks

February 13, 2009 - The Buffalo Soldiers, Inc. earlier this year at the Massachusetts State House.  The Buffalo Soldiers Heritage, Inc. has been working with the Stony Brook Museum to acquire a building to house the numerous artworks, sculptures, books and more of pertaining to the history of the Buffalo Soldiers and African-Americans throughout the United States Military.  An exciting, first ever series of exhibits containing living history talks begins this Saturday at the Southborough Historical Museum from 10 AM to 3 PM.  The first featured guest speaker is David Cunningham of the Rhode Island 1st and 2nd regiment who will speak about the Colonial Wars, American Revolution, 1812 and Civil Wars .

Model Trains this Weekend!

Free Revels Performance
Friday, February 20
11 am and 1 pm

Join Us for School Vacation Fun!

Model Trains Are Back!
Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15
All day
 

The Museum launches February school vacation week with a weekend filled with model railroading fun!  The Northeast Ntrak Modular Railroad Club will be at the Museum Saturday, February 14 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, February 15 from noon-5 p.m.  Admission to the train display is $7/family, but admission to the Museum is free.  The Ntrak trains are smaller in size than traditional model trains, but are just as much fun. Trains climb mountain passes, shunt freight cars, and use branch lines to pick up and set out cars at the many industries and stations along the way.  Call the Museum for more information at 781-861-6559.

National Heritage Museum
33 Marrett Road
Lexington, MA 02421
781-861-6559
http://www.nationalheritagemuseum.org
 

The Movement Project Performance Company

of Annemarie's Dance Centre Announces Annual Concert:

Reflection

February 28, 2008 at 7:30

Keefe Technical High School

Framingham, MA

18 of the studio's accomplished dancers take the stage for one night only in the performance of Reflection, the Movement Project's annual concert. Choreography was created by Annemarie Fairhurst, Amanda Belanger, Jenny Carlson, Jill Jackson, Chrissy Reynolds and Sarah Zakrzewski. This year will also feature student work choreographed by Alex Anastos, Carolyn Maiorana, Natasha El-Massih and Crystal Pratt. The performance is appropriate for all age levels and we encourage all to attend. Tickets are $8.00 ahead of time and $10.00 at the door. Performance will run no longer than 2 hours. Please call the studio with any additional questions (508) 881-5109. Tickets may be purchased through performance company members or in the studio office. We look forward to seeing you there.

Annemarie’s

dance centre

Established 1978

Quality instruction with a caring

touch for all ages and abilities

Click here for website link

111 Cherry Street, Ashland, MA 01721

                                        (508) 881-5109

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School

215 Fitchburg Street
Marlborough, MA 01752

Post Grad Tech Training Info Session

Thursday, Feb 26
9-10 am
Anyone interested in the daytime Post Grad Technical programs should attend this information session.

Southborough Recreation

Not just sports but a whole catalog full of activities that include camping, horseback riding, golf and tennis lessons, lessons and classes for car care, Art and music, babysiting and more can be found at the Southborough Recreation Website, sign up now before all the slots in your favorite activity get filled.  Click here for Rec webebsite

 

The Arts Center at Southborough, 21 Highland St., announces the Algonquin senior class of 2009 art show, A Creative Collaboration, is open through March 1. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m., docent available; and weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., self-guided.

Featured in the exhibit is the artwork of 10 super-talented seniors in the Advanced/AP art studio. Featured artists include Sarah Kacevich, Kayleigh Kahn, Catie Konstas, Jen Ludwig, Carolyn Maiorana, Carolyn Mukai, Cori Reuter, Holli Robinson, Catarina Teixeira, Katrina Wells and Helen Yang.

SPORTS NEWS

ARHS Sports 2/14/09

Boys Varsity Wrestling @ SECTIONAL TOURNAMENT   TBA
 Boys Varsity Indoor Track @ DISTRICT E INVITATIONAL MEET Fitchburg High 8:30AM
 Girls Varsity Indoor Track @ DISTRICT E INVITATIONAL MEET Fitchburg High 8:30AM
 Girls Varsity Ice Hockey VS Chelmsford High School New England 6:50PM

AVRTHS Sports 2/14/09

Boys Varsity Ice Hockey @ Nashoba Regional HS Click for directions North Star 6:10PM
 Boys JV Ice Hockey @ Hopkinton High School North Star 9:30PM
Sports Safety Summit
Sunday, March 29, 2009
 
The Fay School - Southborough,MA

 
Youth sport coaches,administrators and parents should plan to attend this event!„ In conjunction with Southborough Recreation, The Fay School welcomes an all-star cast to provide information about sport safety issues and youth sports as well as CPR/AED and First Aid Training.

 
Youth Sports Injuries and Recovery ÏWhy a Child is Not a Small Adult
 
Dr. David C. Ayers
Dr. Ayers of Southborough is professor and chair of the Department of Orthopedics & Physical Rehabilitation at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center and has served on the editorial board of Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and Techniques in Knee Surgery.


 
Brain Injury & Concussions InYouth Sports / ImPACT Testing
 
Dr. Michael S. Sefton
Michael S. Sefton is a specialist in traumatic brain injury and concussion in pediatric patients and teaches at University of Massachusetts Ï Boston and the Massachusetts Emergency Care Training Agency. He offers consultation andliaison with schools and teams throughout Massachusetts and New England in concussion management.„ Dr. Sefton is also a former Shrewsbury Youth Hockey coach and now serves the public schools in Northbridge and Whitinsville, MA.

 

Lightening Safety and Emergency Planning
 
John Mauro, Jr FireChief  Southborough Fire Department„„„„„„„„„„„
Chief Mauro is in charge of the emergency response and crisis planning in Southborough and as a part ofthe Emergency Trauma Network. He will discuss managing an outdoor sports venue relative to emergency planning and lightening safety.

 
Sports Roundtable Ï MRSA, EnergyDrinks and Supplements
 
Dr. David C. Ayers

„Kim Chorosiewski, MEd, CSCS, CMAA
Chorosiewski is the Director of Athletics and Special Programs at the Fay School and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). She has coached boys and girls at all levels in various sports including as a collegiate coach (Division I) as well as internationally, serving as Head Lacrosse Coach for Scotland Women?s lacrosse through the 2004 World Cup.„Additionally, she trains local youth athletes in preparation for sports competition and focuses on youth training and conditioning.

Leanne Govoni, RN, MEd- Director of Health Services, The Fay School

Please mail or email application to:

 
Southborough Recreation

21 Highland Street

Southborough, MA 01772

508-229-4452 or„ FAX: 508-485-7189

Register online (for additionalfee):

http://www.southboroughtown.com/recreation/recreation.htm
 
Congratulations to ARHS Gymnastics Team

February 12, 2009 - ARHS gymnastics team has been seeded second and will perform Saturday February 21 at the sectionals which will be held at Hudson High School.

Fire Log

Saturday 2/7/09

08:30 EMS CALL,EXCLUDE VEH ACC W/INJ SUMMIT RD
A29 LT SADOWSKI FF NEAL
C30 FF GOODSPEED

11:33 EMS CALL,EXCLUDE VEH ACC W/INJ MAIN ST
A29 LT SADOWSKI FF NEAL
C30 LT PELTIER

13:22 EMS CALL,EXCLUDE VEH ACC W/INJ NEWTON ST
A29 LT SADOWSKI FF NEAL
C30 FF GOODSPEED

23:09 EMS CALL,EXCLUDE VEH ACC W/INJ FOLEY DR
A29 FF WILLS FF GOODSPEED
C30 FF NEAL

Sunday 2/8/09

10:56 EMS CALL,EXCLUDE VEH ACC W/INJ NEWTON ST
A28 FF GOODSPEED FF RICE
C30 FF ROACH

11:43 EMS CALL,EXCLUDE VEH ACC W/INJ NEWTON ST
A29 FF KANE FF RICE

14:35 SMOKE SCARE, ODOR OF SMOKE MAIN ST
C30 LT PELTIER

22:09 EMS CALL,EXCLUDE VEH ACC W/INJ MAIN ST FRA
A29 LT SADOWSKI FF RICE

Monday 2/9/09

09:30 FOLLOW-UP INSPECTION TURNPIKE RD
C27 CAPT MAURO

10:40 EMS CALL,EXCLUDE VEH ACC W/INJ CHESTNUT HILL RD
A29 FF KANE FF PIERCE
C30 FF FRANKS

11:20 COMMERCIAL INSPECTION MAIN ST
C27 CAPT MAURO

12:38 SMOKE OR ODOR REMOVAL MAIN ST
E22 LT PELTIER FF FRANKS

13:00 PLAN REVIEW - COMMERCIAL MAIN ST
C3 CAPT MAURO

13:35 EMS CALL,EXCLUDE VEH ACC W/INJ NEWTON ST
A29 FF KANE FF PIERCE
C30 FF FRANKS  Click for more fire log
 

 

Southborough Blood Drive
St. Anne Church, 20 Boston Rd. (Route 30), will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 1-7 p.m. All donors will receive a free Boston Bruins t-shirt and Valentine’s Day chocolates. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are also welcome. For info or an appointment, call (800) 448-3543 or visit
www.givelife.org
 

 
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Brown Paper Tickets
 

 
A romantic deal, a worthy cause and a brief reminder.
 
 
 
  • Make dinner reservations at Tomasso. Tomasso Trattoria has generously offered a 20% discount towards the entire dinner bill for Steeple Coffeehouse patrons on either Friday or Saturday night the week of the show. Valentine's dinner is a fixed price four course dinner for $45 or $65 with wine pairings. 

         To take advantage of this incredible deal:
  1. Make reservations for either Friday or Saturday night.
  2. Mention Steeple Coffeehouse when you call.
     
  3. Bring a printed receipt from your Brown Paper Ticket online purchase.
  4. Enjoy!
I am looking forward to this show and I hope you are also.   See you Saturday the 13th!

To purchase tickets click here. For more information, including tickets, directions and contact information go to our web site by clicking here.

~ Emily
 
 

COLLIDING SATELLITES: Experts are calling it an "unprecedented event." Two large satellites have collided in Earth orbit. Kosmos 2251 crashed into Iridium 33 on Tuesday, Feb. 10th, approximately 800 km over northern Siberia; both were destroyed.  The resulting clouds of debris contain more than 500 fragments, significantly increasing the orbital debris population at altitudes where the collision occurred.  The Air Force Space Surveillance Radar is monitoring the clouds as they pass over the radar facility in Texas.  We, in turn, are monitoring signals from the radar and you may be able to hear debris "pings" by tuning in to our live audio feed. This is a story that will unfold in the days ahead as researchers study the evolution of the debris clouds and piece together the details of the collision.  Stay tuned to http://spaceweather.com for full coverage.
 

Looking for something to do this weekend?

New England Boat Show click here

MA Audubon Eagle Festival click here

Pete and Maura Kennedy at Steeple coffee house click here

Buffalo Soldiers Heritage, Inc & Stony Brook Museum presentation

 

SPORTS NEWS

ARHS Sports 2/13/09

Girls Freshman Basketball VS Leominster High School   4:00PM
 Boys Freshman Basketball @ Leominster High School High School 4:00PM
 Girls JV Basketball VS Leominster High School   5:30PM
 Boys JV Basketball @ Leominster High School High School 5:30PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball VS Leominster High School   7:00PM

AVRTHS Sports 2/13/09

Girls JV Basketball VS Minuteman Regional HS Gym 4:30PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball VS Minuteman Regional HS   6:00PM
Summer Playground Weeks Announced

Week 1: June 29 - July 3

Week 2: July 6 - 10

Week 3: July 13 - 17

Week 4: July 20 - 24

Week 5: July 27 - 31

Week 6: Aug 3 - 7

Week 7: Aug 10 - 14

Week 8: Aug 17 - 21

Spring 2009 Town Programs are here!

Click to view

 

St. Mary’s Credit Union Renews Pledge of $30,000 to Marlborough Hospital. St. Mary’s Credit Union recently renewed its pledge of $30,000 to Marlborough Hospital, becoming the first renewing member of the hospital’s “President’s Circle.” The donation, to be paid over three years, will go towards the hospital’s general fund. Shown (left to right) are John Polanowicz, president and chief executive officer of Marlborough Hospital, and Jack Caulfield, president and chief executive officer of St. Mary’s Credit Union.

St. Mary’s Credit Union Pledges $30,000 to Marlborough Hospital

Pledge makes credit union the first to renew their support of the

hospital’s “President’s Circle.”

Marlborough, MA, (February 12, 2009)-----Jack Caulfield, president and chief executive officer of St. Mary’s Credit Union, recently announced that the credit union’s board of directors approved the renewal of a pledge of $30,000 to Marlborough Hospital to be paid over the next three years.

The donation, which will be used to help support Marlborough Hospital’s general fund, makes St. Mary’s Credit Union the first business to renew its support of the hospital’s “President’s Circle,” a group of local businesses and philanthropic leaders who are committed to supporting health care for community members.

"As a Marlborough-based financial institution, the St. Mary's Credit Union Board of Directors and I deeply believe in the importance of supporting Marlborough Hospital," Mr. Caulfield said. "The hospital is a local, trusted and vital health care provider to everyone within our community. This donation represents an investment in our community - one of the most important and rewarding investments we can make.”

Marlborough Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer John Polanowicz expressed his appreciation for the credit union’s support. “On behalf of the hospital’s board of directors, affiliated medical staff and employees, I would like to thank St. Mary’s for its strong show of leadership in demanding financial times. This gift speaks volumes about the confidence St. Mary’s has in Marlborough Hospital and the strength of the credit union at a time when many are pulling back from philanthropic support. This generous pledge will help to ensure that the local community continues to be served by a financially strong hospital focused on providing excellent health care.”

About the gift to the President’s Circle, Linda Dodge, director of development for the hospital, explained, “As everyone knows, hospitals throughout the Commonwealth are faced with extraordinary pressures as they provide care to more and more patients with less reimbursement from insurance companies and the federal and state governments. Community donations, such as the one St. Mary’s has pledged, will continue to be instrumental in helping the hospital to improve its facilities and add new services.”

For nearly 100 years, St. Mary’s Credit Union has been the community-focused financial institution for MetroWest. Based in Marlborough with branches in Marlborough, Northborough and Hudson, St. Mary’s Credit Union has more than $500 million in assets and 35,000 members. Membership in St. Mary’s Credit Union is open to everyone living or working in Middlesex or Worcester counties.

Marlborough Hospital, a community resource since 1890, is served by a medical staff of more than 300 primary care physicians and specialists and over 600 employees. The hospital provides a wide range of inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and ancillary services, including oncology, laboratory and radiology services, physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, inpatient and partial-day mental health services, as well as diabetes education and management. A state-of-the-art Emergency Department, staffed by emergency medicine physicians from the UMass Memorial Medical Center, provides 24-hour emergency care. As a member of UMass Memorial Health Care, Marlborough Hospital provides patients with a direct link to the advanced medical resources of UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, a nationally recognized academic medical center. Marlborough Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and is certified as a primary stroke service by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Business News: Texterity, Inc., a leader in digital publishing solutions, today announced a new site license program for its magazine partners. The new program enables site licenses for public libraries, corporations, and other organizations wishing to offer publications in digital edition format to a larger audience.

"The Site License program is a boon for publishers looking for new revenue sources," stated Cimarron Buser, SVP, Texterity, Inc. "The program will support audit reporting per the BPA Worldwide proposals or ABC rules. We also include consulting to make sure that the technology solution matches the publisher's need, as well as matching site license agreement templates."

The Site License Program provides several methods for authenticating users. Full tracking and reporting of usage is provided, as well as contract templates to assist customers in creating their license agreements.

End Users can access all content without any plug-ins or downloads of any kind. Only a standard web browser is required, which decreases customer service issues and enables use of the content on virtually any computer with internet access.

Texterity offers the following Site License methods:

-- IP Address Range Access. This new method enables all users within a given set of IP address ranges to access content. This is ideal for libraries and corporate site licensing.

-- Domain Access. This approach allows a membership or association group to create an internal landing page on a "secure area" of their site behind a login system. Any members successfully authenticating will be granted access.

-- One Time Use Access. This system grants a "one time use ticket" to a user based on the right granted from either a login or e-commerce transaction. The system is highly secure and the URL used to access content can only be used once.

Texterity's new Site License Program makes it easy for magazine publishers to offer their content in a number of ways beyond standard individually-requested paid or controlled subscriptions. Texterity is the only digital edition provider to make all of these methods available to publishers, in addition to allowing full control over printing or downloading of content. The system fully supports Texterity's powerful "Subscriber Management System" and "Look Inside the Magazine" features.

Pricing is based on a per-site fee and the program can be applied to any Texterity digital edition publication. Existing customers should contact their Texterity representative for more information and a pricing schedule.

About Texterity, Inc.

Texterity, Inc. is a leading provider of digital publishing solutions, headquartered in Southborough, MA. The privately held company, which was founded in 1991, provides a competitive edge for publishers by offering the expertise and turnkey service necessary to drive circulation, increase revenue and generate tangible metrics. With a collaborative approach to sales and service -- and by using its patented Published Web Format, integrated circulation systems, and "look inside" technology -- Texterity functions as a publishing partner to over 1000 digital publications, including more than 770 consumer and B2B magazines; all digital publications are available on the iPhone and iPod touch via the first specifically-created magazine delivery system for Apple. Texterity was named a "Top 100 Company" by EContent magazine.

Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw Revisions Meeting

February 11, 2009 -  A couple dozen residents and town officials came out tonight to listen to what the town might look like in future years.  A presentation was made by Judi Barrett of the  Community Opportunities Group.  The Zoning bylaws were a hot topic during the town's master plan update.  Rather than redo different zoning bylaws one at a time, a consultant has been working with town officials and residents to come up with a consensus of which way Southborough would like to be seen in the future.  Proposals include what to do with Route 9 and the pros and cons of development along it, diversity of housing within the town, residential development - traditional vs. cluster, making a framework of bylaws work in a more stream lined fashion and creating mixed development in proposed village business zones.

February 11, 2009 -   The Fire Ball is one event where money is hope to be raised to put toward a new vehicle.  For information on how you can support this endeavor click here.  Below, the Fire Ball committee sells tickets for the March 7, 2009.  Information about the ladder truck was handed out at the transfer station this morning by Fire Department volunteers.

At the Selectmen's meeting Southborough Fire Lieutenant and Ladder committee member met to discuss the committee's plans to speak with several non-profit schools in town along with route 9 business leaders.  The hope is to have a community effort to assist with the purchase of a new Quint to replace the ill fated ladder truck.  Selectmen assured Mr. Colleary that they back this effort for such an important piece of safety equipment but cautioned him that they would like to be kept in the loop of any meetings.  They also made sure that any funding from the non-profits  would be gifts and not "in Lieu of Taxes" .  Lt. Colleary agreed with the selectmen and they will begin their requests via an initial letter.  Mr. Colleary said that the community is really coming together about the ladder truck and told selectmen the ticket sales for the ball were coming along nicely.

February 11, 2009 - Wind advisory in effect from 9 am Thursday to midnight est. Thursday night,


The NWS in taunton has issued a wind advisory, which is in effect from 9 am Thursday to midnight est. Thursday night.
The advisory area is basically along and south of the Massachusetts turnpike to the south coast.
While an isolated early morning thunderstorm might offer a southwest wind gust to 40 mph, the main wind event for southern new England should occur Thursday afternoon and evening.
Strong low pressure in the Midwest will further intensify as it crosses northern new England Thursday. Sustained west winds around 30 mph are likely at times Thursday, with potential for gusts to 55 mph.
The time of strongest wind should occur late Thursday afternoon or evening.
Geographically, the most likely region of occurrence is on the cape and islands, the Worcester and blue hills of central and eastern Massachusetts, as well as the east slopes of the Berkshires into northern Connecticut.
So while the wind wont be blowing strong all of the time, everyone with passage through the advisory area should be prepared for suddenly strong buffeting winds, especially Thursday afternoon.
Confidence in event occurrence is generally above average for 2 to 5 hours within this 12 hour period.
There is still a low probability of damaging wind gusts, primarily on the cape and Nantucket Thursday evening.
A wind advisory is issued when sustained winds are forecast to be 31 to 39 mph or gusts will range between 46 and 57 mph. Winds this strong are capable of downing small tree limbs and branches, possibly causing isolated power outages. Driving can also be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
 

Budget Crunch

February 11, 2009 -Selectmen were pretty grim with budget news Tuesday night as they met with several department heads. Budgets have been being chopped right along both by the Selectmen and respective town departments. Positions have been frozen and a scattering of deferred maintenance. Some monies will be turned back from warrant articles that have either not been used or have a balance but Selectmen Boland announced those funds will not help the FY10 budget.

At one point in the meeting, Selectmen were down to a deficit of $51,151.00. That number went back up after Selectmen debated the article for $100,000 in maintenance. It was determined that in the long run it would be better to make several repairs such as the fire station generator and the Senior Center roof that is leaking. The total as of last night that the Selectmen’s version of the budget is short by $117,622.00.

Southborough Recreation Director Doreen Ferguson raised the possibility of the Recreation Department moving into the Senior Center. That was followed by the possibility of moving the Southborough Youth and Family Services into the same building. The issue was raised about the second floor usage and exits and egresses for such use. The building is not equipped with an elevator. At an earlier department head meeting discussions had centered on ways for the town to save money and moving those departments to the Senior Center was one solution. Talk about closing some under utilized town buildings, even if seasonal temporary closures to lower heating costs was another possibility suggested by town officials. Selectmen Boland said since 2006 the heating fuel costs for the town have gone from $82 cents per gallon to $3.99 cents per gallon. Other options suggested were to sell some of those buildings but the Selectmen cautioned that in future years as the town builds out, land for town buildings will be at a premium and may have to be used for expansion of town buildings.

To close the deficit on the snow removal budget, the talk was that funds could be taken from the reserve funds although Selectmen Boland reached out to Town departments to find that savings within their budget so the town wouldn’t have to dip into the Reserves. One of the smaller funded departments also took a larger hit in the budget process. Southborough Youth and Family services budget had been cut several times. The end result is that through attrition one position will not be filled, several seasonal positions may be let go and the director’s hours will be cut to 35 hours per week for the rest of this fiscal year and then go up to 37 hours per week with the next fiscal year to help replace hours lost by the attrition position.

Selectmen still did not have solid figures for the schools but had been told prior to the state aid cuts that they were looking at a 4% increase in the school budgets. Selectmen Boland said that figure is probably lower now with the state aid cuts. The Selectmen took some time to debate whether or not to ask school educators to reopen their contract to renegotiate their insurance payments. All town employee unions last year got raises but with that their insurance went 75/25% while the schools remained at 80/20% with raises. Selectman Phaneuf said she would like to see the contract reopen or services for several other departments would be cut. Selectmen Boland preferred finding those cuts within the school department budget itself rather than cut that money from town departments that have already negotiated in good faith for their raises by dropping the insurance costs. The department heads applauded the selectmen’s move.

All these budgets could be mute depending on the actions of the Advisory committee and members of the Annual Southborough Town Meeting which is scheduled for April 13, 2009.

SPORTS NEWS

ARHS Sports 2/11/0

Boys Varsity Ice Hockey @ Worcester Lake Side - 3:00PM
 Coed Varsity Ski VS SKI WARD RACE Ski Ward 3:00PM
 Coed Varsity Swimming @ Gardner High School Greenwood 3:45PM
 Boys Freshman Basketball VS **Postponed - Marlborough High School   4:00PM
 Boys JV Basketball VS Marlborough High School   5:30PM
 Boys Varsity Basketball VS Marlborough High School   7:00PM

AVRTHS Sports 2/11/09

Boys Freshman Basketball VS Blackstonevalleyregtechhs Gym 3:30PM
 Girls JV Basketball @ Blackstonevalleyregtechhs Click for directions   5:00PM
 Boys JV Basketball VS Blackstonevalleyregtechhs Gym 5:30PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball @ Blackstonevalleyregtechhs Click for directions   6:30PM
 Boys Varsity Basketball VS Blackstonevalleyregtechhs Gym 7:00PM

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Business News

Globoforce Business Surges in 2008 as Global 2000 Companies Seek to Calm Employee Fears during Recession
Psychological Impact of Recession on Employees Generates Need for Increased Recognition and Appreciation, Fueling Growth for Recognition Program Provider

Southborough, Mass., and Dublin, Ireland – February 5, 2009 – Globoforce Ltd., the world’s leading provider of on-demand, global strategic employee recognition programs, today announced it has continued its strong year-over-year record of growth in 2008, posting continued profitability and increased revenues as well as positive free cash flow for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008. The Company signed several multi-million dollar contracts with leading global corporations and expanded numerous existing customer relationships with additional service deals in 2008. Seventy-five percent of Globoforce customers operating global strategic employee recognition programs are listed on Forbes’ Global 2000 and 50 percent are FORTUNE 500 corporations.

“The rapid adoption of Globoforce’s strategic employee recognition solution by Global 2000 and FORTUNE 500 corporations continues to fuel our tremendous track record of growth,” said Eric Mosley, CEO of Globoforce. “We have found that many of the world’s largest organizations realize the proven business benefits of having a platform to recognize, motivate, retain and ultimately engage a global workforce and understand it is essential to their performance and profitability. While employee recognition is important in any market climate, it is part of a rescue package companies need now to lift employees of out recessionary ruts, re-engage them in their jobs and galvanize them around values and goals crucial to performance. Our customers are experiencing those benefits first-hand by creating performance-driven cultures of appreciation that serve them well today and set them up for future success.”

James K. Harter, Ph.D., Chief Scientist for Gallup's workplace management practice who studies workers’ commitment to jobs, was quoted in a recent Wall Street Journal article on the critical role employee recognition plays during tough economic times, saying “It helps people to be resilient. Businesses right now...they’re trying to survive. And to survive you’ve got to have some psychological resilience. You’ve got to have employees who are positive despite the negative situations around them...I would argue that recognition is even more important in times like this.”

Highlights of Globoforce’s business growth and momentum in 2008 include:

  • Customer Wins – Globoforce has won and/or expanded contracts with major global corporations across a broad spectrum of industries in 2008, including the following: Biogen Idec, Intuit, KPMG Europe, Nortel, Orbitz, Polaris, Quintiles, Red Hat and Wrigley.

  • Awards Issued – More than 700,000 awards were received by employees worldwide at global corporations via the Globoforce employee recognition platform in 2008. This represents a more than 50-percent increase over 2007.

  • Industry Recognition – Globoforce was consistently recognized throughout 2008 as an industry and business leader from several prestigious associations and organizations, receiving the following awards and accolades.

    • Globoforce CEO Eric Mosley named a finalist in Ireland’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award competition;

    • Ranked No. 251 on Inc. magazine’s 27th annual Inc. 500 list of the ‘Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the U.S.’ and No. 34 on its ‘Top 100 Business Services Companies’ list;

    • Named Benefits & Compensation Superstar by Benefits & Compensation Solutions magazine;

    • Listed as a top five global employee recognition program outsourcer on the ‘Top 10 HRO: Employee Recognition’ list by The 2008 Black Book of Outsourcing Vendors List. Globoforce is the only recognition program outsourcer to have appeared consistently in the top five for four years running, holding the number one position in 2006;

    • Received Software Exporter Award 2008 at the annual Export Industry Awards sponsored by the Irish Exporters Association (IEA).

About Globoforce

Founded in 1999 and co-headquartered in Southborough, Massachusetts and Dublin, Ireland, Globoforce is the world’s leading provider of global strategic employee recognition solutions for Global 2000 companies. Named a 2008 Inc. 500 company, Globoforce delivers an innovative, easy-to-use, on-demand software solution that engages employees across the globe, transforming the way enterprises motivate their workforce. Globoforce’s blue-chip customer base, which includes Avnet, Biogen Idec, Dow Chemical, Global Crossing, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Intel, Intuit, Nortel, Procter & Gamble and Thomson Reuters, reflects the importance of recognizing and engaging the workforce in the 21st century. For more information, http://www.globoforce.com or visit the Company’s blog at http://globoforce.blogspot.com/.

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School Tidbits

Want to learn more about AVRTHS?

Click here for a quick video of their programs

Position Available: DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC & TECHNICAL CURRICULUM

AND STUDENT ASSESSMENT  click here

 

SPORTS NEWS

ARHS Sports 2/8/09

No Sports scheduled

AVRTHS Sports 2/8/09

Girls JV Basketball VS West Boylston High School   1:00PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball VS West Boylston High School   3:00PM
 Boys Varsity Basketball @ Newburyport High School   4:00PM

Impromptu Contest

February 10, 2009 - ARHS gymnastics students join in the friendly game of who can handstand the longest amongst the competing teams while scores were tallied.

 

Be a part of history at the DCU Center for Project Smile Night, February 21st at 7:00 p.m.

Join us as the Sharks take on Atlantic Division rivals, the Providence Bruins.

The Sharks have partnered with BayState Savings Bank for their All Star game worn jersey auction,
both live and silent, to benefit Project Smile. Please join us for a great night of action for a great cause!

Discounted tickets are just $15 when ordered through this link:
http://www.sharksahl.com/BSSB/ with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Project Smile.
The first 2,500 fans 14 and under receive team trading cards.

Planning on bidding on an All Star game worn jersey?
Then contact Catherine Pisacane at 508-634-0203 or cpisacane@projectsmile.org
to find out about free game tickets and entrance to the pre-game party room.
Sharks games are great entertainment at a reasonable cost and your ticket purchase will help support odren!


Just a Few

February 10, 2009 - Just one of the many cases of Algonquin Regional High School Music awards that emblazon the cases at the high school.

Owls by Moonlight
Sponsored by Wachusett Meadow

Program Location: Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary
Instructor: Sanctuary Staff
Program Audience: All
Program Code: 418-WA09WI1
Fee: Children $15.00 m/ $21.00 nm
Number of Classes: 1
Program Date(s) and Time(s):
    Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

This program is designed for children and their parents. We will read Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, examine owl pellets, and take a wild walk in search of owls.

Instructions and Directions: Fee is per family.

Registration is required, unless otherwise noted.

To register for camp, please download a camp brochure found on our camp information page.

To sign-up for all other education programs, please download the program registration form* or contact the Sanctuary.

You may also call Wachusett Meadow and register by phone with a credit card. Please do not submit registration requests via e-mail.

For more information, contact: 

Wachusett Meadow
113 Goodnow Road
Princeton, MA, 01541
Phone: 978-464-2712
E-mail:
wachusett@massaudubon.org
View
Wachusett Meadow's home page.

 

Same Name/Different Town/Different Country

Historian's surprise as his book becomes a collectable

Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 09:27

AN HISTORIAN from Southborough has told of his surprise on discovering one of his books has become a collectable.

Peter Barrett, 76, of Ruscombe Close, published a book in 1996 about his time on HMS Glory, a light fleet aircraft carrier.

Only 450 copies were printed and, priced at £16.95, they sold out within a few weeks.

Peter told the Kent and Sussex Courier he was shocked to discover it is now being sold on Amazon for up to £143.14, 13 years after the first edition was published.

"I put the title of the book in to a search engine to see what would come up and I was quite surprised.

"It amazed me that people are going to pay £143 for an out of print book, but some people collect naval memorabilia." Peter joined the Royal Navy in 1949, aged 16.

In 1950 he was drafted to HMS Glory with the Mediterranean Fleet and was on board for her first tour in Korean waters.

He has since written about local firm Martin's Removals and wrote a history of Southborough Fire Brigade, where he worked after leaving the Navy.

As 2009 celebrates the 100th anniversary of naval aviation he plans to display a photographic exhibition at Southborough Library later this year.

Exhibit: Algonquin Senior Art ShowArts Building Warhol Style
Class of '09: A Creative Collaboration
February 11 - March 1
Opening Reception Wednesday the 11th
7-9pm
 
 OPENING NIGHT OF THE ART SHOW featuring the artwork of 10 super-talented seniors in the Advanced/AP art studio. Come out and see an exhibit of their work only!

JACOB BURNSTEIN AND DYLAN MCGUIRE...and maybe some others...WILL BE PERFORMING some music that's guaranteed to be amazing.

Featured Artists:
Sarah Kacevich, Kayleigh Kahn, Catie Konstas, Jen Ludwig, Carolyn Maiorana, Carolyn Mukai, Cori Reuter, Holli Robinson, Catarina Teixeira, Katrina Wells, Helen Yang.
 
SPORTS NEWS

ARHS Sports 2/11/09

Boys Varsity Ice Hockey @ North Middlesex H S WCC 4:00PM
 Girls Freshman Basketball VS Nashoba Regional H.S.   4:00PM
 Girls Varsity Ice Hockey VS Billerica Memorial High School New England 4:00PM
 Girls JV Basketball VS Nashoba Regional H.S.   5:30PM
 Boys Varsity Wrestling @ **Postponed - Nashoba Regional H.S. Click for directions High School 6:30PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball VS Nashoba Regional H.S.   7:00PM

AVRTHS Sports 2/11/09

Boys Freshman Basketball VS Blackstonevalleyregtechhs Gym 3:30PM
 Girls JV Basketball @ Blackstonevalleyregtechhs Click for directions   5:00PM
 Boys JV Basketball VS Blackstonevalleyregtechhs Gym 5:30PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball @ Blackstonevalleyregtechhs Click for directions   6:30PM
 Boys Varsity Basketball VS Blackstonevalleyregtechhs Gym 7:00PM

Southborough Teen win at Curling at the USA Curling Jr. National Championships

Massachusetts men bounce back from tough loss at 2008 Junior Nationals (PORTAGE, Wis.) - The Massachusetts men proved they are worthy of their pre-tournament ranking after posting an 8-5 win over Alaska Sunday morning at the 2008 USA Curling Junior National Championships in Portage, Wis. Stephen Dropkin lead his Massachusetts team to an 8-5 win over Alaska's Matt Birklid team to improve to 1-1 after a tough loss last night. Dropkin (Southborough, Mass.) and teammates Jeff Wadsworth (Wayland, Mass.), Ryan Hallisey (Medfield, Mass.), Nate Clark (Nashua, N.H.) and Alex Leichter (Wayland, Mass.) got off to a great start scoring the game's first six points. "The loss to Washington was kind of demoralizing, and we just need to get over that," Dropkin said. "Any win here is a big deal so it's nice to get that first one." Massachusetts, who entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed - their highest ranking ever - are hoping to make a return to the playoffs after advancing in 2006. "I think we were surprised we got ranked so high. We think we have a chance to pull off a couple of upsets and play well enough to get into the playoffs," said Dropkin, 17. Birklid and his Fairbanks teammates Atticus Wallace, Oliver Halvarson and Ryan Flippo started a comeback in the seventh end scoring three to close the gap at 7-4 but Massachusetts would score again in the eighth to make the lead too much to overcome. Minnesota 1's Chris Plys rink improved to 2-0 with a 7-3 win over Washington's Matt Thomas team. Plys (Duluth, Minn.) and teammates Aanders Brorson (Duluth, Minn.), Matt Perushek (Eveleth, Minn.) and Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) built a 4-0 lead after four ends without the last rock advantage. A double takeout by Plys in the fifth end eliminated Washington's hope for a deuce. Thomas then kept his shooter in the rings trying to blank the end to get on the scoreboard at 4-1. Plys converted a takeout for two in the sixth end to take a 6-1 lead. Washington tried to make a comeback after scoring one in the seventh and stealing a single in the eighth but fell short as the defending champions hung another point in the ninth to seal the victory. Sixteen-year-old Junior Nationals rookie skip Miranda Solem (Cohasset, Minn.) led her Minnesota 2 team past 2007 semifinalist Katherine Stewart's Illinois rink, 6-3. Solem and teammates Grace Gabower (Milton, Wis.), Julie Lilla (Centerville, Wis.) and Chelsea Solem (Cohasset, Minn.) broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth end when Solem made a draw for the deuce. Stewart was forced to draw for one in the sixth end against three Minnesota 2 stones. Minnesota scored one in the following end and stole another to keep Illinois at bay. Veteran Alaskan skip Kaye Hufman picked up the pace in the second half taking down Wisconsin 2's Ashley Schaffer team, 8-3. Hufman and teammates Lacy Birklid (Fairbanks, Alaska), Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska) and Katy Sharpe (Seattle) cut Wisconsin 2 down to a deuce in the second end and tied the game up in the next end. After exchanging singles in the next two ends, Alaska stole the remaining ends to post the victory. Hufman, 20, is making her fifth Junior Nationals appearance with her best finish so far coming in 2004 when her team made it to the semifinals. This is the first appearance for the Schaffer team from Wisconsin's Madison Curling Club led by their 15-year-old skip. Game scores (women): Alaska 8, Wisconsin II 3; Minnesota II 6, Illinois 3; (men) Massachusetts 8, Alaska 5; Minnesota I 7, Washington 3 Standings: Women: Alaska (Hufman) 1-0 Massachusetts (Walker) 1-0 Minnesota 1 (Carlson) 1-0 Minnesota 2 (Solem) 1-0 Wisconsin 1 (Spatola) 1-0 Illinois (Stewart) 0-1 North Dakota (Tucker) 0-1 Pennsylvania (Anderson) 0-1 Utah (Schieber) 0-1 Wisconsin 2 (Schaffer) 0-1 Men: Minnesota 1 (Plys) 2-0 Minnesota 2 (Wald) 1-0 New York (Corbett) 1-0 North Dakota (Jensen) 1-0 Massachusetts (Dropkin) 1-1 Washington (Thomas) 1-1 Illinois (Rahn) 0-1 Michigan (Smith) 0-1 Wisconsin (Caldwell) 0-1 Alaska (Birklid) 0-2 USA Curling is sponsored by AIT Worldwide Logistics, AmerAust Technologies and Nike as well as by AT,T, General Motors, The Home Depot, and Bank of America through a joint marketing program with the U.S. Olympic Committee. (30) For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling, terry.kolesar@usacurl.org, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).

Local Southborough Youth on River Hawk Team

Baseball: River Hawks No. 3 in NE-10 Preseason Coaches Poll

LOWELL, Mass. (Feb. 10, 2009) - The UMass Lowell baseball team, fresh off a 26-24 overall record last season, was selected to finish third in the Northeast-10 Conference Preseason Poll, released Tuesday.

Franklin Pierce (43-15, 20-10 NE-10), who finished third in the league last season, was picked to win the Northeast-10 this season.

Southern Connecticut (36-19, 24-6) was picked second and UMass Lowell (26-24, 18-12) third. Pace (31-23, 18-12) and New Haven, a newcomer to the league, were picked fourth and fifth respectively.

The River Hawks, who finished the regular season winning 23 of their final 35 games, finished sixth in the conference standings last season with an 18-12 league mark. They return 14 from the 2008 roster, including six starters and five pitchers. UML lost 10 players from last season's roster.

"Its right where I thought we'd be," said ninth-year head coach Ken Harring, about the River Hawks being picked third. "We have the ability to reach our goal which is to win the conference regular season title. Things have to come together as a team and we're working hard towards that. We have an opportunity to do a lot of good things. Our returning players gained tremendous experience and went through a lot of adversity last year starting 3-12 and finishing 26-24."

The River Hawks return eight field players who played in at least 30 games last season led by senior third baseman Tim Keene (Berlin, N.H.) and senior catcher Graeme Clohosey (Derry, N.H.). Keene started all 50 games and had 31 RBI. Clohosey made 29 starts behind the plate and played in 32 games overall.

Also back are junior outfielders Luke Wallace (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) and Peter Onorato (Clarence Center, N.Y.), and junior first baseman Taylor von Kriegenbergh (Stoneham, Mass.). Wallace hit .254 with three home runs and 28 RBI in 50 games, while Onorato hit .303 in 32 games, 89 at-bats, last season. von Kriegenbergh had a .262 average with three home runs and 20 RBI in 38 games.

Sophomore second baseman Sean Burns (Colchester, Vt.) is also back after a very good freshman season. Burns hit .297 in his rookie season with 54 hits, 34 runs scored and a team-leading 32 RBI in 50 games.

On the mound the River Hawks return three of their starters in sophomore Kyle Davis (Rochester, N.H.), senior Jeffery Maloney (Haverhill, Mass.) and junior Dan White (Southboro, Mass.). Davis was 3-4 with a 3.16 ERA in 62.2 innings pitched over 11 appearances as a freshman in 2008. Maloney led the squad with five wins (5-3) and posted a 3.44 ERA in 13 appearances. White was 4-5 with a 3.77 ERA in 10 starts.

"We return a good amount of our pitching staff that was ninth in the country in ERA," Harring said. "We'll be very much pitching strong. We're a little more athletic than we have been in the past in terms of our running ability. We will steal more bases. "We have some positions to fill, but the makeup and the chemistry of this team is great. They really like playing with each other. Coming out of the fall where we had some success we think we can do some special things."

The River Hawks are slated to open the season Saturday and Sunday, February 28-March 1 when they take on C.W. Post (Feb. 28) and Dominican (Mar. 1) in Petersburg, Virginia.

After the Party

February 9, 2009 - Scouts from Troop one relax with one another after attending the Eagle Scout Ceremony for James Purpura.

The Algonquin Regional High School

Wrestling Team Sponsors:

“A Night of Comedy and Improv Smack Down”

with Tom Franck and the ARHS Improvisation group

Tom Franck, a Professional Los Angeles comedian

seen on Comedy Central, will host the event and

close the evening with his refreshing and family

oriented stand up comedy act

 

Where: The Trottier Middle School Auditorium

Southborough, MA

When: Monday, February 23 at 7:00 PM

Adults: $12

Students: $5

Tickets available at the door

*This show is rated PG-13 & children without an

Algonquin ID must be accompanied by Parent

Relay For Life of Northboro-Southboro
Find out how YOU can make a difference in the fight against cancer!!

Team Captain Meeting
Tuesday, March 3rd 2009
 7:00p.m
Woodward Elementary School


www.RelayForLife.org/NorthboroughSouthboroughMa 
For more information please contact Kathleen Kelly at Kathleen.Kelly@cancer.org

Valentine's Day is approaching Don't forget to order your flowers, pick up a card or gift or even a box of candy at Gulbankian Farms Garden Center and Florist Shop.

Click here for more information

From the State House:

America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter


Help Governor Patrick Choose

In a successor to the 50 States Quarters Program, the U.S. Mint, in a  nationwide program, has asked Governor Patrick to select one preferred and three alternate Massachusetts national sites to be featured on the reverse of a quarter. Beginning in 2010, the Mint will release five new quarter designs annually based on the order in which the selected sites gained federal designation. 

Governor Patrick is calling on the people of Massachusetts to help with this decision.

“Our Commonwealth has many great parks and historically significant sites,” said Governor Patrick. “It will be fun to let everybody help choose the one to submit.”

What Sites are Included?

The sites for Massachusetts can include federally-recognized national parks or other national sites in the Commonwealth, including those appearing on the National Register of Historic Places, National Wildlife Refuges, and National Forests. We have taken the liberty of reducing the list of thousands of potential sites  down to the possibilities below based on their local and national significance.

How to Vote

The voting is now open. Please note that you can only submit one site at a time, but you can vote as often as you would like until 5:00 p.m. February 26, 2009. If your preferred site does not appear on this list, you can still vote for it by calling 1-800-227-MASS [6277].

Click here for the voting

Police Officer & State Trooper Exam

If you are interested in becoming a Police Officer or a State Trooper then this is your opportunity. This examination is being held to establish an eligibility list from which to fill Police Officer vacancies in civil service cities & towns and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), and in non-civil service State Trooper positions in the Massachusetts State Police Department. The eligibility list may also be used to fill police officer vacancies in non-civil service jurisdictions. The exam date is April 25, 2009.

Learn more about the duties and requirements of each position, how to apply for the exam, and information about the exam by visiting the Police Officer/State Trooper Examination page.

 

New Report Shows Continued Increase in Four-Year Graduation Rate

Attending the Same High School All Four Years Seen As Indicator of Success

More than 81 percent of students who entered high school as ninth graders in 2004 graduated in 2008, marking the second year in a row the state's four-year, on-time graduation rate has increased.

In all, 81.2 percent of the nearly 77,400 students in 2008 "cohort" – those who entered as 9th graders in 2004 or who transferred into the appropriate grade – graduated in four years, up from 80.9 percent in 2007 and 79.9 percent in 2006. Statewide, more than 80 percent of students graduated in four years in 215 out of 284 school districts, and in 236 out of 363 high schools.

According to the results, students who remained in the same high school all four years fared better than their more transient peers: 86.2 percent of students who attended only one high school graduated in four years, as compared to students who attended two schools (58.7 percent), three schools (39.7 percent), or four or more schools (28 percent).

“A high school diploma is a student’s gateway to higher education, a career and life," said Mitchell D. Chester, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner. “I am pleased to see our graduation rate continuing to rise, but remain concerned about the impact that transience, poverty and ethnicity continue to have on student achievement. Our top priority has to be to ensure every student is educated to the same high standards and provided with the same opportunities and support they need to complete high school and graduate college and career-ready.”

All states are required to submit graduation rate data to the U.S. Department of Education for federal accountability purposes under No Child Left Behind.

The 2007 graduation rate for students who required a fifth year of high school shows that for some, an extra year is the key to success: In 2008, the statewide five-year rate for the 2007 cohort was 84.0 percent, up from their four-year rate of 80.9 percent.

Across the state the graduation rate for African-American students rose by 3.2 percent over 2007 to 68.4 percent, but declined slightly for Hispanic students to 58.3 percent, the lowest of all racial and ethnic student subgroups.

Of particular concern are the results for Hispanic males: Just 52.6 percent graduated in four years. Of those who did not graduate, 15 percent returned for a fifth year and 2.3 percent got a GED. Of the Hispanic males who did not graduate after four years, 28 percent dropped out of high school.

Statewide, 6 percent of all students who did not graduate returned for a fifth year, 2 percent received a GED and 9.9 percent dropped out.

"The number of students who are dropping out greatly concern me," Chester said. "This report clearly identifies several subgroups of students who are not receiving the services and support they need to be successful. I encourage school districts to take a close look at the data for their high schools and begin to develop an action plan to ensure all students graduate from high school fully prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century. "

Other findings about the four-year graduation rate for the 2008 cohort included:

  • Of the non-graduates in the 2008 cohort, 6 percent are still in school, less than one percent did not earn a high school diploma after completing four years of high school, 2 percent earned a GED, 9.9 percent dropped out, and 0.2 percent were expelled.

  • Students in urban districts had a four-year graduation rate of 63.6 percent, a 0.5 percentage point increase between 2007 and 2008.

  • The four-year graduation rate for limited English Proficient (LEP) students was 55.8 percent, a 2.5 percentage point increase since 2007, and 64.1 percent for special education students, a 1.3 percentage point increase. But the rate among low income students declined between 2007 (65.2 percent) and 2008 (64.8 percent).

  • More than 60 percent of the students in the 2008 cohort who have returned for a fifth year have earned their Competency Determination by passing both the ELA and Math MCAS exams. According to the 2006-07 dropout report, 71.5 percent of the students in grade 12 and 49.4 percent of students in grade 11 who dropped out of school before graduation had earned their Competency Determination.

For more information on the graduation rate, look online at http://www.doe.mass.edu/infoservices/reports/gradrates/ and http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/state_report/gradrates.aspx

Three of the High Schools that Southborough students attend have 2008 year graduation rates such as:

Algonquin Regional High School                          339 students     96.4% graduation rate

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School   226 students     85.8% graduation rate

Norfolk County Agricultural High School             120 students     96.7% graduation rate

SPORTS NEWS

ARHS Sports 2/10/09

Boys Freshman Basketball VS Wachusett Regional H.S. Algonquin 3:30PM
 Girls Freshman Basketball @ Wachusett Regional H.S.   4:00PM
 Boys JV Basketball VS Wachusett Regional H.S. Algonquin 5:00PM
 Girls JV Basketball @ Wachusett Regional H.S.   5:30PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball @ Wachusett Regional H.S.   7:00PM
 Boys Varsity Basketball VS Wachusett Regional H.S. Algonquin 7:00PM

AVRTHS Sports 2/10/09

Boys Freshman Basketball @ Nashoba Valley Techhs Click for directions   3:30PM
 Girls JV Basketball VS Nashoba Valley Techhs   5:00PM
 Boys JV Basketball @ Nashoba Valley Techhs Click for directions   5:30PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball VS Nashoba Valley Techhs   6:30PM
 Boys Varsity Basketball @ Nashoba Valley Techhs Click for directions   7:00PM

2009 Algonquin Youth Wrestling Clinics

Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 8:00 pm

March 2 through April 8 (12 sessions)

At

Algonquin Regional High School Wrestling Room

Learn the Sport of Wrestling and Have Fun!

For 5th – 8th Graders

Run by Coach Peter Connery,

Algonquin Wrestling Varsity Head Coach

Program Features (No Previous Experience required):

Through high energy, fun-filled sessions your child will learn amateur wrestling techniques as well as develop balance, flexibility, coordination, body awareness and self-confidence.

Sessions will be run by the Algonquin High School Coaching Staff and Varsity Standouts.

…………………………………………………………….

Camp Application

Name____________________________________________ M___ F___ Grade_________

Address __________________________________________ Town______________________

Phone____________________________________________ Age______

Email (please print clearly) ______________________________________

T-shirt for each participant! Size: ADULT: Sm Med Lg

I, Parent/Guardian agree, by enrolling my son/daughter, that he/she is physically and mentally able to participate in all of the Camp’s activities. In case of medical emergency and I cannot be reached, I hereby give permission to the physician selected by the staff to hospitalize and secure medical treatment for the child. I understand that my medical insurance is expected to cover my child for injuries. I agree not to hold the ARHS Wrestling Camp, its management and staff, and/or ARHS, its management and staff, responsible for any athletic, dental, or bodily injury that may occur to my son/daughter while attending Camp. I realize and acknowledge that ARHS is not sponsoring this Wrestling Camp.

_______________________________________________________________________

(Parent or Guardian Signature) (Parent or Guardian Printed Name)

TUITION: $75 registration (Checks payable to ARHS Wrestling Boosters)

MAIL by February 25th to: Katarina Wrin, Wrestling Boosters Rep.

67 Pine Hill Rd

Southborough, MA 01772

Any questions, contact Katarina Wrin at wrinkat6@aol.com or 508-879-0001

Please note any medical conditions which may affect your child’s participation:

A New Eagle Scout

February 8, 2009 - James Purpura and mom Lisa at James' Eagle Scout ceremony this afternoon.  James has been in scouting since 2001 earning the Arrow of Light in Cub Scouting and meeting the advancements of Boy Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and Eagle.  He has earned twenty-nine merit badges.  His Eagle Scout Service project was designing, clearing and marking two new trails in a wooded area of the Breakneck Hill Conservation Land. Congratulations!

Ruffled Feathers

February 8, 2009 - A Red Tailed Hawk has it's feathers ruffled in the high winds this afternoon while sunning and looking for dinner in a tree by the Kindergroup tot lot.

Runaway Dumpster

February 8, 2009 - Southborough Police Officer Kevin Landry checks out the runaway dumpster at the Southborough Arts Center on Highland Street.  Apparently the dumpster was blown down the stairs this afternoon by the high winds.

Final Touches

February 8, 2009 - Bill, Pete and Russ do some final preparations including hoisting a new flag for the 38th.  Beginning this Saturday, February 14 from 10 - 3 there will be a display and live history talks and exhibits sponsored by the Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Inc and the Stony Brook Museum at the Southborough Historical Society Museum.  The first host presenter will be

February 14 Colonial Wars, American Revolution, 1812 and Civil Wars

David Cunningham (Rhode Island 1st&2nd Rgmt)

Southborough meetings

February 8 - February 14, 2009

Meeting

Date

Time

Where

ADVISORY COMMITTEE Feb 9 7:30 PM Upper Hall Cordaville Hall
PLANNING BOARD
 
Feb 9 7:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
SOUTHBOROUGH CULTURAL ARTS COUNCIL Feb 9 7:15 PM Classroom Art Center Highland Street
BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Agenda
 
Feb 10 7:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
Board of Library Trustees Feb 10 5:00 PM Meeting Room Library
Cable Television Committee Feb 10 7:30 Cable Access Room, Fayville Hall
Municipal Technology Committee Feb 10 3:00 PM Town Admin office
Zoning Advisory Committee Feb 11 7:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
Agenda
Feb 12 7:00 PM Country Kitchen Cordaville Hall
Senior Schedule

Monday 9

Tuesday 10

Wednesday 11

Thursday 12

Friday 13

8:30 Health clinic

 

  9:30 Pool 8:30 - 12 Health Clinic

9:30  Wellesly College Greenhouse & Museum bus trip

9:00 Dr. Cooper

9:30 Tai Chi

10:00 Creative Writers 9:30  Mah Jongg 11:30 Movie and lunch
9:30 Cribbage

11:00 Senior Singers

11:00 Book Club 12:00 Lunch 12:00 Lunch 
12:00 Lunch 12:00 Lunch  11:30 Who is on Mt. Rushmore and why 12:30 Pitch  
12:00 Blue Plate special 12:30 Pitch 12:00 Lunch 1:00 PM bridge  
1 -2 Parafin Wax

1:00 Water Aerobics

2:00 PM Fitness    
2:00 Fitness        

Senior Center open @ 9:00 AM Saturdays

INCLEMENT WEATHER CLOSINGS

If Southborough Schools are closed or delayed due to

inclement weather then the Senior Center will be closed. For

closings during school vacation weeks please call the Senior

Center. If there is snow or ice on a Saturday the Senior Center

will be closed.

MONDAY BLUE PLATE SPECIALS

February (sorry no blue plates in January during renovation):

Provided by TJ’s of Ashland

Most meals include: veggies, rolls, coffee, soda, and desert

Suggested Donation: $5.00

February 2nd ...............................Ham and beans

February 9th ................................Chicken cordon bleu

February 16th ..............................Presidents Day Closed

February 23rd ..............................Meatloaf

Southborough Library

Sunday 8 Monday 9 Tuesday 10 Wednesday 11 Thursday 12 Friday 13 Saturday 14
 

10:30

Story time 2-5 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:30

Story time 2-5 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:30 Story time 2-5 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11:00 Toddler Time 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

SPORTS NEWS

ARHS Sports 2/9/09

No Sports Scheduled

AVRTHS Sports 2/9/09

Boys Freshman Basketball @ Clinton High School Click for directions   3:30PM
 Girls Freshman Basketball VS Clinton High School   3:30PM
 Boys Varsity Ice Hockey VS Grafton High School New England 4:00PM