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March 15 - March 21, 2009

Seagulls and Sunsets

March 21, 2009 - It seemed as if a hundred gulls lifted off the reservoir during tonight's fabulous sunset display.

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

MAIN STREET RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT

There will be a meeting to update residents on the Main Street Project on

Wednesday, March 25th at 7:00pm in Cordaville Hall.

The meeting is intended to be a kick-off meeting for residents to gain an

understanding of MassHighway’s concerns with the original 25% project

submittal, meet the new project consultants, voice their concerns to the new

consultants, and be briefed on the Town and consultant’s re-submittal

process and project schedule from this point forward.

Police Log

Southborough Police Log:

Traffic Enforcement was conducted on the following roads - Route 85, Route 9, Route 9/Middle Road, Parkerville Rd/Route 9, Route 85/Mt. Vickery, Rte 85/Main Street, Oak Hill Road, Framingham Road, Framingham/Cross Street, Rte 85 @ St. Marks, Parkerville Road, Southville/Harrington, Woodland/Breakneck Hill Road, Pinehill Road, Acre Bridge Road, Central Street, Route 9 at Framingham Line, Route 9 at Reservoir, Cherry Street at Central, Boston/Framingham Road, Kidder/Woodland Road, Framingham and E. Main Street, Parkerville Road, rte 9 and White Bagley, Rte 9/White Bagley, Central/route 9, Woodland and Oregon Road, Framingham Road, Willow Street, White Bagley, Fisher Road, River Street, Southville at the Ashland Line, route 9 and White Bagley.

911 Hang-ups:

Southville Road, St. Martin Drive, Hickory Lane, Brook Lane, rte 9,

March 20 Friday

01:49 Suspicious Activity Route 9 car in lot

01:54 residential alarm route 85

02:20 noise complaint Parkerville Road - Helicopters

02:25 residential alarm glass break, route 85

09:14 ACO dead beaver Breakneck Hill Road

10:52 suspicious activity Atwood Road - human feces on stairs

22:00 Vale Terrace running with no one in it

March 19 Thursday

01:15 Commercial alarm Southville Road

06:13 Medical Latisquama Road

07:27 residential alarm Oregon Road

08:10 seal on ice White Bagley Road and rte 9

08:47 Southborough Fire Department - child locked in room High Street

09:56 medial Sears Road

15:05 Lynbrook Road medical

16:13 MVA route 9

16:12 Burglary attempt Southville Road business

19:16 delivered warrant route 9

21:35 suspicious activity loud noise in street Parkerville Road

March 18 Wednesday

09:40 Court assignment

09:53 Main Street Funeral escort

10:59 MVA Breakneck Hill @ Route 9

11:38 School Resource officer Parkerville Road

16:52 mutual aid Westborough, SFD Click here for more Police Log

Peter Martin

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March 26th 1PM

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Pmartin@investorscapital.com

 

The Missing link

March 21, 2009 - This leaf "bag" on White Bagley Road was called into police earlier last week.  Apparantly dumped along the reservoir by someone cleaning their yard or as a joke, it has caught the eye of several passerby's.  Also in the police log not far from this police call was a call for a seal on ice near White Bagley and Route 9. State Fish and Wildlife experts say it is highly improbable that it would be a seal.  Many think it could have been otters as they are numerous in the area.

Space Weather News for March 21, 2009
http://spaceweather.com

ISS GETS NEW WINGS: The International Space Station's solar arrays are the largest deployable space assemblies ever built. Yesterday, astronauts unfurled a pair on the starboard side of the outpost, adding more than 8000 sq. feet of light-collecting surface area to the station's profile. Hours after the new wings were deployed, the ISS flew over Europe where amateur astronomers photographed the changes.  Their movies and photos are featured on today's edition of http://spaceweather.com.

SOLAR CONJUNCTION OF JUPITER'S MOONS:  Another must-see movie comes from NASA's STEREO-B spacecraft.  On March 15th and 16th, the solar observatory watched Jupiter and its moons converge on the sun just as a coronal mass ejection was exploding "overhead."  Visit http://spaceweather.com for footage.
 

Margaret Mary Schnetke

 

 

OAK BLUFFS Margaret Mary (Peg) Schnetke, 90, of Oak Bluffs died peacefully at her daughters home in Louisville on Feb. 12, 2009. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert, in July 2006. They were married for 66 years. She also was predeceased by her sister, Helen Schnetke from Philadelphia. Peg was born in Philadelphia on March 14, 1918. Her dream was to live on an island, and she fulfilled that dream in the 1970s when she and her husband, Bob, purchased the family vacation home in Oak Bluffs. Peg lived for many years in Framingham, before moving to Southborough. She was active with many charitable organizations, especially the Girl Scouts. She also helped her husband run The Villa Restaurant in Wayland. In the 1990s, Peg retired to her home on Marthas Vineyard. Peg and Bob were world travelers. They loved their condo in Barbados, but thought of the Vineyard as their paradise. They graciously welcomed all into their home and hearts. Friends and family remember and love Peg for her warmth, generosity of spirit and beautiful smile. She was a loving wife and mother, a doting grandmother and a devoted friend to many. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Bracco and her husband, Howard, of Louisville; her son, Richard and his wife, Julia, of Oak Bluffs and Framingham; her nephew, Melvin Bach III and his wife, Patricia, of Albrightsville, Pa.; five grandchildren, Ronald Schnetke of Los Angeles, Kyla Cullinane of Los Angeles, Robert and Jennai Bracco of Louisville and Jason Bracco and his wife, Holly, of Louisville. A celebration of Pegs life will be held at The Villa Restaurant in Wayland Sunday, April 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the Oak Bluffs cemetery in June. Donations may be made to the charity of ones choice.
 

A Southborough News Reader passed along information on a new documentary about Lyme disease.  I know our family has battled Lyme Disease before and probably will again.  I also know of others that have had family members affected by the disease and even pets that have died from Lyme Disease.  It is often under-diagnosed or misdiagnosed altogether.  I watched the trailer and found the movie/documentary very interesting and thought Southborough News Readers may find it informative also.  Click here for "Under Our Skin".

Southborough Recreation Notes

click to view

Spring 2009 Brochure

Summer 2009 Brochure

(includes summer playground)

RESIDENT SURVEY 2009

Let us know what you think! If you are a Southborough resident please click on the link below and take a quick multiple choice survey of our programs and services. There are just 15 questions and its easy and fun! We appreciate your input!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=U6i_2fP9jqVYz7bip98XSZZQ_3d_3d

New Trench permits needed

March 19, 2009 - In 2007, the State passed a new law requiring all communities to create a Trench Safety Permit program. The laws administration and implementation is overseen by the State Department of Public Safety (DPS), but each individual town and city is responsible for developing the permit program. At the 2008 Town Meeting, Article 49 established the Board of Selectmen (BOS) as the Trench Permit Authority in the Town. Subsequently, the BOS designated the DPW as the department responsible for implementing and running the program, and has established a $50 permit application fee.

The purpose of the Trench Permit is to prevent trenches from being left unattended or uncovered. The permit is in response to the death of a 3-year girl in Taunton several years ago, who wandered into an unattended/unprotected trench in her backyard that subsequently collapsed on her. The Trench Permit regulations require that all excavations meeting the definition of trench must be issued a permit, and that these trenches must always be attended by the excavation contractor, protected by a flagman/police detail, covered with ¾” steel plates, or barricaded by fencing at least 6-feet tall.

A trench is defined as any excavation 3-feet deep or greater, with a width of less than 15-feet. A trench permit must be obtained for ALL trenches meeting this definition, whether on private or public property, whether by a municipal department or state department, and no matter what the duration of the excavation. Because of the broad scope of the permit, many activities that would not have anything to do with the DPW now need our approval of a trench permit. These activities include building permits requiring excavations (but not major foundation work, if the foundation is wider than 15-feet), septic system installations, electrical conduit installation if deeper than 3’, etc.

Trench permits applications are available at the DPW, and on the Town’s website. All applications have a fee of $50. Click here for application.

Neary School Ice Cream Social

March 19, 2009 - Lots of ice cream to be had last night at the Neary School.

County Quilters -— The County Line Quilt Guild meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at St. Mark's Church Hall, Rte. 30, Southborough (across from Fay School). Meetings start at 7 p.m. CLQG welcomes newcomers and includes quilters of all levels of skill. For information, call Ellie Bernard at 508-620-0523.

 

Southborough Fire Log

March 19, 2009 - With a reminder to stay off any of the thin ice that remains on the reservoirs, ponds and rivers in town.

Sunday 3/15/09

14:14 TRAINING - FIRE MAIN ST
E22 LT PELTIER FF FRANKS FF PIERCE FF AMENDOLA

15:24 HIGH ANGLE RESCUE SADDLE HILL LN
A29 FF FRANKS FF PIERCE
E23 LT PELTIER FF AMENDOLA

Monday 3/16/09

05:49 UNITENTIONAL TRANMISSION OF AL BOSTON RD
E22 LT PELTIER FF STRONG
E23 FF FRANKS FF PIERCE

06:15 VEH ACCIDENT W/INJURIES RIVER ST
A29 FF FRANKS FF PIERCE
E23 LT PELTIER FF STRONG


10:00 ADMINISTRATIVE MEETING MAIN ST
C1 CHIEF MAURO FF SHANAHAN FF STRONG

10:15 OIL BURNER REINSPECTION RED GATE LN
C27 CAPT MAURO

11:14 ADMINISTRATIVE MEETING MAIN ST
C1 CHIEF MAURO

11:49 AUTHORIZED CONTROLLED BURNING FISHER RD
C20 CHIEF MAURO

13:30 ALARM SYSTEM DUE TO MALFUNCTIO HARVEST LN
E22 CAPT HUBLEY FF CRINGAN FF ASPESI
E23 FF WILLS FF SHANAHAN

13:41 OIL OR OTHER COMBUSTABLE SPILL NEWTON ST
C27 CAPT MAURO

15:30 PLAN REVIEW - COMMERCIAL MAIN ST
C3 CAPT MAURO
More fire news

The Worcester County Conservation District Seedling Sale will run through March 27. In response to the Asian longhorned beetle problem and the December ice storm, the sale offers many trees and shrubs suitable to replace those lost or damaged. For more information and to place an order, call (508) 829-0168, ext. 131 or 193, or visit www.seedlingsale.org
Neary School Book Drive

Sports

Introduction to Map and Compass

3/21/2009 9:00 AM

In this six hour outings learn how to read topographic lines and other basic features on a map Learn how to orient a map to match the environment both with and without a compass. Learn basic compass features and how to utilize the map with a compass. Learn how to plot your current position on your map. Use a map & compass to navigate to new locations. Build confidence in your navigation skills!

Southborough Recreation

click to view

Spring 2009 Brochure

Summer 2009 Brochure

(includes summer playground)

RESIDENT SURVEY 2009

Let us know what you think! If you are a Southborough resident please click on the link below and take a quick multiple choice survey of our programs and services. There are just 15 questions and its easy and fun! We appreciate your input!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=U6i_2fP9jqVYz7bip98XSZZQ_3d_3d

 

New Pole Configurations

March 18, 2009 - National Grid has been working on replacing poles in front of Fay School on Main Street.

Baseball Makes and Appearance

Opening Day is Sunday, May 3rd

Local Place to Hike

March 18, 2009 - Owned by the Sudbury Valley Trustees, the Sawink Farm joins open space in four towns - Southborough, Westborough, Northborough and Marlborough.  For more information on the Sawink Farm parcel and/or the Sudbury Valley Trustees click here.

Melting Away

March 18, 2009 - Ice on the MWRA Sudbury Reservoir System does a continual melt as the weather gets warmer.

Southborough Recreation

Girls Softball Clinic

Age: Grades 3 to 5 - 5:30 to 7pm

Grades 6 to 8 - 7pm to 8:30 pm

Days: Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15 and 29 (4 weeks)

Cost: $60.00

Location: St. Marks Field House (Armour Cage)

Instructor: Frozen Ropes instructors assisted by Southborough softball coaches

This is a 4 Week Instructional Program which include Fielding, Hitting, Pitching

and Throwing. The Frozen Ropes instructor will provide each coach with a detailed

plan for each session. The Frozen Ropes instructor will demonstrate all skills and

drills to the players and coaches and work with them at each station to ensure

proper execution.

Register online: https://activenet6.active.com/southboroughrec/

Mail or walk in: 21 Highland Street, Southborough, MA 01772

 

Don't Fence Me In

March 17, 2009 - A fence extending inward toward a field from Chestnut Hill Road keeps the cows in.

 

 

Happy St. Patrick's

 Day

Neary SOS cordially invites you to the annual

Neary Book Week

Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, March 18

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Neary School Cafeteria

Join Neary families for a sweet treat,

then visit the Book Fair in the

school library.

Proceeds will be used for a fifth grade class gift.

Additional donations welcomed!

 

ASTEROID BUZZES EARTH:  Newly-discovered asteroid 2009 FH is flying past Earth tonight only 85,000 km (0.00057 AU) away.  That's a little more than twice the height of a geosynchronous communications satellite.  Experienced amateur astronomers in North America can photograph the 20-meter-wide space rock racing through the constellation Gemini after sunset on March 17th.  It should be about as bright as a 14th magnitude star. Please visit http://spaceweather.com for an ephemeris and updates.

This is the second time in March that an asteroid has flown so close to Earth.  On March 2nd, 2009 DD45 passed by only 72,000 km away.  Measuring some tens of meters in diameter, 2009 DD45 and 2009 FH are approximately Tunguska-class objects, meaning they pose no global threat but could cause local damage if they actually hit Earth.  In years past, asteroids of this size often passed unnoticed, but recent improvements in asteroid surveys have resulted in growing numbers of space rocks caught in the act of near-Earth flybys.  
 

 

May 3rd - 1st Annual Jeanne Arathuzik Memorial 5k Run/Walk

The Algonquin Regional Teachers’ Association is pleased to announcce the First Annual Jeanne Arathuzik Memorial Cinco de Mayo 5K Run/Walk.  Jeanne was a much-loved Spanish teacher at our school, and was a Northborough resident for her whole life.  Proceeds will be put toward student scholarships (one in her memory) and the American Cancer Society.    This is a wonderful opportunity to join in a community effort to honor a remarkable woman and teacher.  Race, run, walk, have fun … come and celebrate Jeanne!

Date & Time: Sunday, May 3rd at 11:00 am.
Registration: Starts at 9:00am. Kids’ race at 10am.
Course: Start/Finish at Algonquin Regional High School (79 Bartlett Street, Northborough, MA)
Awards: Awards for all categories following the race.
Categories: 19 and under; 20-39; 40-59; 60-79; 80+
Amenities: Restrooms available. T-shirts to all runners/walkers registered before April 15.
Entry Fee: $20.00 before April 15th.  $25.00 after April 15th.

KIDS’ “FUN-RUN” FREE

School Notes
3/18 11th Grade Parent Breakfast, 7:00 am ARHS
Spring MCAS & MEPA Testing Dates for 2008-09

The following are the spring MCAS and MEPA testing dates for this school year (school year 2008-09) for students in grades 3 through 8. (The high school schedule is too complicated to easily summarize, and is published separately by the high school.) This year's testing includes all three grades at Trottier Middle School.

* March 9th - March 13th-- MEPA testing for ELL students (students who are learning the English language
* March 30th - April 14th -- Reading and ELA testing for students in grades 3-8

* March 31st -- MCAS English Language Arts long composition test for students in grades 4 & 7

* April 7th -- Makeup day for MCAS English Language Arts long composition [don't rely on this date, however; it is much better if your child takes the test on the scheduled date in March]

* May 11th-28th -- MCAS testing for students in grades 3-8

8th grade testing -- Mathematics, Science & Technology/Engineering

7th grade testing -- Mathematics, History & Social Science

6th grade testing -- Mathematics

School Music Notes

MICCA Performance Information

The Orchestra, 7th & 8th Grade Concert Band and

the 6th Grade Concert Band will be participating at

the MICCA Festival. All groups will be performing

at the King Phillip High School in Norfolk, MA.

• The 6th Grade Concert Band’s

performance will be Saturday April 4, 2009

at 2:30pm.

• The Orchestra’s performance will be

Sunday April 5, 2009 at 2:00pm.

• The 7th & 8th Grade Concert Band’s

performance will be Sunday April 5, 2009

at 4:00pm.

Change from the school SOS calendar on the Trottier Band

 

 

Paul gave me a short history of the farm, which became non-profit in 2002 to help with farmer Ray Davis’ Belted Galloway cows. In 2004 the Bourdons took over managing the herd. Starting from scratch, the Bourdon’s set out to preserve the agricultural landscape through the cows but have expanded the role and mission. They decided to reach out to provide educational opportunities for youth, from pre-school to boy and girl scouts and running the 4H Club. This also includes teenage youth groups like YARD (Youth Advocates for Responsible Decisions) sponsored by St. Matthews Church, created by Father Jim Flynn.

YARD kids have volunteered for quite a few projects, usually on Sundays, such as dismantling a falling down shed on conservation land and cleaning up along the farm pond. They unloaded hay, put up and took down fencing, helped clear Multiflora Rose - a highly invasive species cultivated for erosion control and a living fence - in the pasture, and more. There are at least two parent volunteers that attend, also. The day I was there, they were assisting with the work and supervising. One volunteer who was in attendance was Karen Fornier, Program Assistant and Coordinator for YARD. Karen agreed that it is an important program that helps kids make proper life decisions, helping to keep them on the right track in order to succeed as adults.

The next project, which I had experienced first hand, involves making a split rail fence from local trees using only hand tools. Paul informed me that this was a practice used as far back as 1729 and used on the first Southborough dog pound, in which each section of the fence was to be built with six, 11 foot rails, and 2 posts.

On that cold, snowy day, I talked with two of the YARD volunteers that were at the site. Nici Perreault, needed hours of community service required for the National Honor Society. She’s into her second week of volunteering. Tyler Andrus’ brother Max volunteered before him. So Tyler also involved himself to earn community service credits. “I don’t like the weather, but I do like helping out,” stated Tyler. When asked if they would come back even without having to earn school credit, both said yes. “If they needed the help, I would come back,” said Tyler.

Last year the farm started working with the DYS (Department of Youth Services) facility in Grafton, offering positive experiences for their higher functioning young people. They ran 6 workshops at about 2 hours each session teaching dry-lay stone wall construction. Not only is the wall they built attractive, but it serves as a vital infrastructure for the farm functioning to keep the cows in. These kids usually come in on Thursdays. Breakneck Hill Farm gives them responsibility, the chance to learn life skills, and increase their self-esteem by feeling good about what they are accomplishing in their community.

The farm’s Community Garden promotes local agriculture by allowing people to rent plots. The garden has been coordinated by Joyce Greenleaf and will be available again this year. Last summer 32 plots were rented out to families at extremely reasonable prices, depending on the size. Paul has hopes of continuing to expand the garden and is in the process of preparing the soil organically with the YARD and DYS kids. For the first time I will be renting a plot with a friend. It’s great for families to get involved in growing their own food. The land is tilled and organically fertilized for us. All we need is seeds and plants. Just weed, cultivate, and tend to the garden area to enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Breakneck Hill Farm is an inspiration in itself. It creates a wonderful haven for the cows, gives kids the ability to better themselves and get a feeling of belonging, along with offering agricultural opportunities to the community. The farm has a great history that the Bourdon's are working hard to preserve.

Chocolate Fest, March 29th, Medway VFW

Who can resist the sight, smell and taste of chocolate? Indulge yourself at Milford Humane's Chocolate Fest where, for a $5 entry fee, you get your choice of 5 tastes ... we'll have every kind of chocolate you can imagine. You can also purchase extra treats, Easter candy and gift baskets. Join us for a feel-good afternoon! (See the PDF Flyer.)

Where: Medway VFW, 123 Holliston Street,
Medway, MA
When: Sunday, March 29th, 1-4 PM
Price: $5 for 5 tastes

All proceeds benefit the cats and kittens at Milford Humane.

State Senator Eldridge holds hours

State Senator James Eldridge will be holding office hours from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. on Friday, March 27 at his District Office in Marlborough, 255 Main St., Room 106.

Eldridge is eager to help constituents with problems they may be having navigating state agencies, or just to hear their concerns and suggestions about policy or budget issues. Constituents will have the opportunity to discuss state and local issues with Eldridge on a one-to-one basis.  

 If you are unable to attend and would like to meet or contact Eldridge, please feel free to contact his State House Office in Boston at 617-722-1120.   Eldridge may also be reached via e-mail at James.Eldridge@state.ma.us.

 

Eldridge is serving his first term as Senator and represents 14 communities throughout the Middlesex and Worcester counties including: Acton, Ayer, Boxborough, Harvard, Hudson, Littleton, Marlborough, Maynard, Northborough, Shirley, Southborough, Stow, Sudbury, and Westborough.

FLYBY ALERT: In a twilight launch of stunning beauty, space shuttle Discovery left Earth last night on a two week construction mission to the International Space Station (ISS).  Discovery is now approaching the ISS for docking on March 17th.  The timing of this mission favors sky watchers in North America and Europe who will be able to see the two spacecraft flying over many towns and cities in the evenings ahead.  Tonight, March 16th, is extra-special because the not-yet-docked duo will appear as distinct points of bright light flying one after the other through the twilight sky--a rare "double flyby." Check the Simple Satellite Tracker for flyby times: http://spaceweather.com/flybys .

 

Main Street Undergrounding Information

The Main Street Council 3/1/2009

Undergrounding the Utilities on Main Street Southborough

in conjunction with the Main Street Reconstruction Project

Information for Southborough Residents

(Presented by: The Main Street Council)

Q: What is "undergrounding"?

A: Undergrounding is the process of burying overhead power, telephone and cable lines and removing the

utility poles which currently hold them.

Q: Why is Southborough considering "undergrounding" at this time?

A: “Undergrounding” the utilities along Main Street was called for in Southborough’s Master Plan. With Main

Street scheduled for a major State funded Road Reconstruction Project within the next 5 years, it was

determined that this would be the only time that undergrounding made sense. This initiative would

piggyback on the Road Reconstruction Project, minimize the disruption to the Main Street residents and

businesses, reduce the costs of undergrounding to the Town, and maximize the visual impact on

Southborough as a community once the entire project was completed.

Q: Just how extensive is this upcoming Road Reconstruction Project?

A: The road project is not just a repaving. It is a major RECONSTRUCTION of the entire roadway which will

cause extensive disruption for both the residents and businesses in Southborough. It will involve excavating

the full right-of-way to a depth of over 2 feet, requiring thousands of truckloads of road material to be

displaced, and it will continue for over a two year period. In order for the town to meet the State

requirements, many utility poles will have to be moved to new locations. With undergrounding, these poles

will be removed PERMANENTLY and not replaced along the right-of-way or in the sidewalks.

Q: What are the benefits of undergrounding?

A: Burying the utility wires underground serves many purposes. Some are purely aesthetic, some affect the

system reliability, and others provide financial benefits. Here are some of the reasons to put the lines

underground:

Aesthetics: The overhead lines can only be described as ugly. The space they occupy is becoming

increasingly congested with additional lines and equipment. Utility company practices frequently

violate city and state ordinances. For example, double poles are left in place for more than the 90

days allowed, excess coils of cable are left dangling or tacked to a pole rather than being trimmed

off or secured properly, and debris is left on the street. Verizon has now added “orange” conduit to

the utility poles to make them appear even more unattractive and the wires are being placed even

lower on the poles. (Please view: recently completed new intersection at Richards Road and 85)

Reliability: Multiple studies have concluded that underground utilities are more reliable after the

initial installation, with as few as one third the number of failures as are experienced with overhead

lines on poles. An overhead system is more vulnerable to storm related outages, having poles

downed by vehicles, and lines downed by tree limbs.

Sidewalks: Once Main Street is widened and new sidewalks (with granite curbs) are installed,

there will be little room available in the road “right of way” to accommodate the parking, sidewalks,

AND utility poles, so the poles will end up sharing the space within the sidewalk. (Please view:

recently completed new intersection at Richards Road and 85)

The Common: There is concern that the Road Reconstruction Project will reduce the size of our

historic Common. Removing the utility poles and repairing the stone wall on the South Side of the

Common would certainly help mitigate the impact of the possible reduction.

Safety: Poles present hazards for motor vehicles and downed lines present electrical and fire

hazards.

Value: Property values of the entire town will be affected when utility poles do not interfere with

views along historic Main Street and downtown. A proof in point is that nine out of ten new

subdivisions opt for underground utilities even though they are initially more expensive.

Trees: Utility lines force unnecessary, unhealthy and improper pruning of trees solely at the

discretion of the power company. This also contributes to the aesthetic issues surrounding overhead

lines. Without the utility poles, our Historic District of Southborough can again have a canopy of

trees on both sides of Main Street in time for our town’s 300 year celebration.

Efficiency: Underground cables can use larger conductors resulting in less energy loss.

The Main Street Council 3/1/2009

Q: What are the downsides of undergrounding?

A: Critics of undergrounding are quick to point out issues that accompany that effort. These are generally in

the areas of cost and duration of outages.

Cost: Undergrounding existing utility lines is expensive, but those costs are usually passed along to

all town residents in the form of a minimal surcharge on their utility, phone, and cable bills. State

law mandates that this surcharge can be up to, but no more than 2% of your bill. A Feasibility

Study is being completed by landscape architect & design/engineering firm Beals & Thomas and civil

engineering firm Tighe & Bond to determine the actual cost to the residents of Southborough.

Undergrounding telephone and cable-television lines adds to the cost and will be included in the

study. Once the actual costs are determined, your Board of Selectmen will set the surcharge at ½%

to 2% of your bill depending on how long they decide the payment period needs to be.

Disruption: Southborough’s planned Road Reconstruction Project will cause Main Street to be

under excavation for more than one year. Pairing the undergrounding work with the existing road

work will add some additional disruption to the residents but the overall results will be so dramatic

that the added inconvenience will seem minimal. Undergrounding on private property sometimes

entails digging trenches in lawns or gardens but will be necessary to complete the project.

Repair: It is generally acknowledged that while failures are less frequent with underground cables,

the average time and cost to troubleshoot and repair each failure that does occur is significantly

higher. Estimates exist which suggest that the repair time is about 1.6 times longer and the cost

can be as much as 4 times higher. The impact of repair can also be aggravated if it necessitates

tearing up the road.

Q: Will undergrounding eliminate all above ground lines and equipment?

A: While undergrounding would eliminate all above ground lines, there would still be some equipment such

as transformers that would have to be located above ground on concrete pads.

Q: What happens to the streetlights when the poles are no longer needed because wires have

been put underground?

A: Those currently mounted on the utility poles would have to be put on lampposts with the electricity fed

from underground. Many communities elect to use decorative poles, especially in historic districts with flag

poles or banners. Please take a drive through the parking lot of the Town House and take a look at the

poles in the center island. Imagine how those decorative poles would look along the Common and

Downtown.

Q: Who bears the cost of connecting a property to the underground cabling?

A: This cost of connecting the wires from the street to the property owner is usually borne by the entire

community and factored into the entire cost of the project. Unlike a “sewer” assessment which directly

impacts the homeowners along the project, Undergrounding is considered a “betterment” that benefits the

entire community. Many communities feel that property owners along the Road Reconstruction and

Undergrounding route will bear the entire brunt of the extensive disruption to their neighborhood and

businesses and therefore should not be subject any additional expenses related to this extensive project.

These property owners would pay the same pro-rata share as the rest of the community.

Q: Does the entire Main Street have to underground all the lines at the same time?

A: No. Many towns have chosen to underground utilities in certain areas first. Southborough is planning on

undergrounding from the new Main Entrance to the Fay School to Park Street in conjunction with the State

Road Reconstruction Project. The second phase of undergrounding will be the downtown area from Park

Street to Newton Street.

Q: How much will this undergrounding cost?

A: The exact cost of the Undergrounding Project is being determined by a Feasibility Study funded by

private contributions to The Main Street Council and provided free of charge to the Town. This

comprehensive study is being completed by a Southborough architectural design firm Beals & Thomas and a

Worcester civil engineering firm Tighe & Bond. Once the Study is complete, the costs will be reviewed by

the Planning Board, the Board of Selectmen, the Advisory Committee, and the Capital Budget Planning

Committee to determine how the Town wants to proceed.

The Main Street Council 3/1/2009

Q: Who pays for the cost of undergrounding?

A: Even though Southborough is responsible for securing funding for burying the utility lines underground

along public roads, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has provided a mechanism for the towns to collect

the necessary funds to pay the cost of the undergrounding.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a law on the books, www.mass.gov/legis/laws/mgl/166-22b ,

which forces the utilities to cooperate with the communities in their undergrounding efforts.

The law also mandates that the electric and telecomm utilities collect a prescribed surcharge on the cost of

delivering their services. All rate-payers have to pay the surcharge (but not more than 2% of the bill) when

this funding method is used. The funds generated by the surcharge are collected by each utility and must be

used to pay that utility's costs of moving their infrastructure underground.

Significant savings can be achieved if the road is under construction and undergrounding is performed at the

same time.

Q: Does Southborough have to vote on a Warrant Article at Town Meeting in order for the State

Legislature to pass this law to force the utility companies to underground their wires?

A: Yes. Southborough’s Planning Board has already scheduled a Warrant Article for the April 13th, 2009

Town Meeting. This Warrant Article will not create a financial commitment by Southborough in any way, but

is only a first step in the process of moving this initiative forward.

Q: Does Southborough derive any financial benefit from undergrounding?

A: Yes, but for a surprising reason: “underground” lines ARE subject to taxation, while lines “on poles” are

not taxes at this time.

Q: Have any other Massachusetts cities and towns been active in recent years in burying wires?

A: Yes. Other towns in Massachusetts including Concord, Wellesley, Bedford, Norfolk, Duxbury, Nantucket,

Holden, Natick, and Needham have completed projects to bury wires. Other towns that currently have

projects underway include Shrewsbury, Chelmsford, North Andover, and Westwood.

 

STATE FLOOD TASK FORCE PROMOTES ‘FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK’

Snowpack and Warmer Spring Temperatures Could Soon Pose Potential Flood Danger

FRAMINGHAM, MA – In conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Massachusetts Flood Task Force recognizes March 16-20, 2009 as Flood Safety Awareness Week, to help bring to light the preventative measures citizens should be taking now.

“Flooding continues to be the most common and costly type of natural threat which the Commonwealth faces annually,” stated MEMA Director Don Boyce. “In anticipation of rising springtime temperatures and seasonal rainfall, which will have an impact on the melting of the extensive snowpack to our North, MEMA recommends that citizens begin to take proper precautions for potential flooding.”

Know the terms used to describe flooding:

§ Flood Watch – Flooding is possible. Watches are issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) 12 to 36 hours in advance of a possible event.

§ Flash Flood Watch – Flash Flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground. A Flash Flood could occur without warning.

§ Flood Warning – Flooding is occurring, or will occur soon. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

§ Flash Flood Warning – A flash flood is occurring. Seek higher ground immediately.

· Monitor Media reports.

Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio with battery backup and a tone-alert feature.

Ask local officials whether your property is in a flood-prone or high-risk area.

Know your community’s methods to warn you, if evacuation is necessary. Listen to your local Public Safety officials and respond to their directives in a prompt manner.

Know your community's flood evacuation routes, potential Public Shelters, and where to find high ground. In a flash flood, you may need to seek high ground on foot quickly.

Test your sump pumps. If possible, have a backup power source.

Install ‘check valves’ in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains in your home.

Ensure your home is ready. Where possible, minimize damage from basement flooding by elevating utilities and materials that could be damaged by limited basement flooding.

        -more- Anchor fuel tanks to ensure that they do not wash away, creating a safety and environmental issue inside or outside

         the home.

Develop a Family Emergency Kit.

Make a Family Communication Plan.

Learn your community’s Emergency Plans.

Know the elevation of your property in relation to nearby streams, ponds, levees and dams so that you know if the flood elevations forecasted will affect your home and property.

When necessary and possible, construct barriers such as levees, berms, and floodwalls to stop floodwater from entering your home or building. Permission to construct such barriers may be required by local building codes. Check local building codes and ordinances for safety requirements.

Bring in children’s toys, patio and lawn furniture indoors if flooding is pending.

Be prepared to turn off electrical power when there is standing water, fallen power lines, or before you evacuate. Know how to safely turn off gas and water supplies before you evacuate.

You may need to store materials like sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber to protect your house from floodwaters and to make quick repairs after a severe storm.

Contact your insurance agent or local government to discuss flood insurance coverage. Flood losses are not covered under regular homeowner’s insurance policies. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administers the National Flood Insurance Plan (NFIP) through the Federal Insurance Administration (FIA). The NFIP makes flood insurance available in communities that adopt and enforce ordinances to reduce flood damage.

Contact your local Emergency Management office for more information on mitigation options to further reduce potential flood damage. Your local Emergency Management office may be able to provide additional resources and information regarding ways to reduce potential damage.

The following represent some of the key websites to assist you and your family during times of flooding and type of emergency:

http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/

http://www.FloodSmart.gov/noaafloodweek

http://www.fema.gov/hazard/flood/index.shtm

http://www.ready.gov

http://www.mass.gov/mema

Neary School Presents the Jungle Book Kids

March 15, 2009 - The very talented Neary School Students gave two performances of the Jungle Book kids today and Saturday.

Trees Cut

March 15, 2009 - Residents have noticed that a stand of trees on the abutment of the dam on Deerfoot Road have been cut down.  The MWRA/DCR have cut the trees to prevent the roots from damaging the earthen dam.

Southborough meetings

March 16 - March 20, 2009

Meeting

Date

Time

Where

ADVISORY COMMITTEE March 16 7:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE

 
March 16 7:00 PM Community House Main Street
ASSABET VALLEY REGIONAL VOCATIONAL SCHOOL COMM. March 17 7:00 PM SCHOOL COMM. CONF. ROOM, ASSABET
BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Agenda
March 17 6:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
HISTORICAL COMMISSION March 18 7:30 PM Upper Hall, Cordaville Hall
Housing Authority March 18 7:30 PM Colonial Gardens 49 Boston Road
Community Preservation March 19 7:00 PM Upper Hall Cordaville Hall
MBTA Triangle Committee March 19 8:00 PM Country Kitchen Cordaville Hall
Municiapal Facilities Committee March 19 6:30 PM Memorial Hall, Fire Station
Recreation Commission March 19 7:30 PM Recreation office 21 Highland St
ADVISORY COMMITTEE (joint meeting with Board of Selectmen) March 19 6:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
       

Senior Schedule

Monday 16

Tuesday 17

Wednesday 18

Thursday 19

Friday 20

8:30  Health Clinic

7:45 Walking Group

  9:30 Pool 8:30 Health Clinic

11:30 movie/bag lunch

 

 

10:00 Creative Writers 9:30  Mah Jongg 12:00 Lunch
9:30 Cribbage

12:00 St. Patricks Day Party

  12:00 Lunch 1:00  Water Aerobics
12:00 Lunch 12:00 Lunch 10:00 AM Spring Warm-up painting workshop 12:30 Pitch  
12:00 Blue Plate Special   12:00 Lunch  1:00 PM bridge  
 

1:00 Water Aerobics

2:00 PM 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.

ANNUAL SENI

TJ LUNCHES AT THE

SENIOR CENTER

Call by Friday at noon to reserve

a lunch! $5.00

All served with ROLLS & BUTTER, BEVERAGE,

and of course DESSERT

03-16-09 .............Stuffed Pork Chops, Potato, Veg

03-23-09 .............Stuffed Peppers

03-30-09 .............Macaroni & Cheese

Baked Ham

04-06-09 .............Chicken Parm

04-13-09 .............Meatloaf, Mashed Potato

04-20-09 .............CLOSED

04-27-09 .............Chicken Cordon Bleu

OR CON

MARCH/APRIL FRIDAY BAG

LUNCH AND MOVIE/BINGO

(or just come for Lunch)

By Apple Spice Junction Catering

$5.00 suggested donation

Every week an alternate choice: Turkey Sandwich

MARCH 20: ..... BLT Extreme – BLT (with swiss,

avocado and sprouts) & potato

salad

Movie: .............. Cast Away (Tom Hanks) – Family/

Drama

MARCH 27: ..... Tuna on Wheat with potato salad

No Movie ......... Come Play Bingo!!

APRIL 3: .......... Chicken Salad with potato salad

Movie: .............. Fever Pitch (Drew Barrymore, Jimmy

Falon) - Comedy

APRIL 10: ..........Ham and Cheese with potato salad

Movie: .............. Catch Me if You Can (Tom hanks,

Leonardo DiCaprio)

APRIL 17: ........ Turkey, Roast Beef, Ham and Swiss

with potato salad

Movie: .............. North by Northwest (Cary Grant,

Eva Saint Marie) - Drama

APRIL 24: ........ Tuna on Wheat with potato salad

No Movie ......... Come Play Bingo!!

All meals include a cookie for dessert and coffee or cold drink! To

order your bag lunch for Friday you must call the Senior Center by the previous Wednesday by noon.

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LUNCH WITH OUR POLITICIANS

Wednesday, April 1st Luncheon at 11:30

Politician presentations at 12:15

Senator Jamie Eldridge, Representative Carolyn Dykema

and Representative Danielle Gregoire will each make a

brief presentation.

Luncheon will be Grilled Teriyaki Kabobs

Suggested donation is $5.00

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BOCCE LEAGUE SIGN UP – Please join us at this organizational meeting to

get our bocce league in gear! Beginners and veteran players welcome! We will

choose what days and time to play at this meeting. Please call if you can not

make the meeting but wish to play or learn. Friday March 27th 10:00

 

Sunday 15 Monday 16 Tuesday 17 Wednesday 18 Thursday 19 Friday 20 Saturday 21
 

10:30

Story time 2-5 years

 

10:30

Story time 2-5 years

11:00 Book Review senior center

10:30

Story time 2-5 years

7:00 PM crochet class

11:00 Toddler Time

Special Concert with David Garden

7:00 Resume Writing Workshop

  10:00 Resume Writing Workshop
Activity at the Senior Center

TANGO TUESDAY’S

Tuesday Evenings April 28- June 2

7:15 pm-8:15 pm

All ages Welcome!

$3.00 donation per class suggested for seniors

$5.00 donation per class suggested donation for non-seniors

No Experience, no partner needed! This is not “dancing with the stars” but more like “Tango Zen” and a walking, flowing movement of the body. Give it a try! Learn to dance the Argentine Tango, a social dance, a walking dance. Listen to classical Argentine tango music, learn to move with the various syncopations and connect on the “inner” self, the body core with this lovely dance. Dawn Michanowicz has danced the tango since 1998 and is the founder of The Tango Factory studio in Worcester. www.tangoatthefactory.com

Spring Peepers will be Here Soon

March 15, 2009 - Spring is around the corner as evidenced by today's higher temperatures.  This wetland off Northborough Road shows the melting ice and snow.

Steeple Coffee House

March 14, 2009 - Steeple Coffee House presented Naia Kete tonight at the Pilgrim Church. Naia Kete.

Spring is right around the Corner

March 14, 2009 - Fishermen use the open water of the Sudbury Reservoir this afternoon off White Bagley Road.

Public Information Meeting

“How You Can Control Southborough’s Tax Rate”

Monday March 16, at the Southborough Town House

Thursday March 5, 2009 -- The Southborough Advisory Committee is holding a public information meeting “How You Can Control Your Property Tax Rate” on Monday March 16 at 7:30PM at the Southborough Town House.

The meeting is an informational session for all Southborough voters. It will describe how Town Meeting and the ballot box sets the tax rate, and how your vote can affect it. “Many residents are unaware that Town Meeting is almost entirely responsible for deciding the Property Tax and that only voters can decide how much to tax themselves” said John Butler, Chairperson of the Advisory Committee. “Last year at Southborough Town Meeting just one vote, cast differently, would have lowered taxes $340 on the average house without reducing Town services. So your vote is always important.”

This year for the first time the Advisory Committee will present at Town Meeting two alternative budgets. Town Meeting voters will decide between a “No Tax Increase” budget and a “More Services” budget. These options will be explained at the upcoming information meeting. Funding options for the proposed Ladder Truck will also be discussed. Regardless of whether you want hold down your taxes or want more Town services, you should consider attending the meeting, because it will explain how the process works, and how you can influence it. The meeting will include a presentation by the Advisory Committee followed by a question and answer session. The Committee will also take questions on the current state of Town finances and the budget deliberations that are underway. The Southborough Advisory Committee is the Southborough’s “finance committee” under state law. It is appointed by the Town Meeting Moderator and is charged with making recommendations on all budgets and all other matters before Southborough Town Meeting. For more information visit the

Advisory Committee website at www.southboroughadvisory.nexo.com 

From the Southborough Town House Site

Request for Proposals

Purchase of Property for Municipal Use

The Town of Southborough seeks proposals from landowners to offer property for sale

to the Town of Southborough to be used for a municipal facility. Building(s), land and

site improvements will be for the sole and exclusive occupancy and use of the Town of

Southborough for a Public Safety facility, or for what other use deemed appropriate by

the Town. Proposals due April 3, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. to 17 Common Street,

Southborough, MA 01772. Full text of the Request for Proposals is available by

contacting Vera Kolias, AICP, Town Planner: (508)485-0710 or

vkolias@southboroughma.com

School Notes

Algonquin Regional High School:

Come out and see your favorite faculty members face off against the girls ice hockey team in the 6th annual student-faculty ice hockey game this Tuesday, March 17th. Tickets are $4 at the door. Doors open at 3:00. See Mr. Bevan for directions to North Star Rink.

Attention Juniors and Seniors! Southborough Youth and Family Services is looking for upperclassmen student volunteers to help chaperone their fourth Teen Center at Trottier Middle School in Southborough on Friday, March 20th. This is a fun way to receive volunteer credit. If you are interested please get in touch with Sarah Cassell at (508) 481-5676 x 2, email her at scassell@southboroughma.com, or see senior, Jill Francis, to sign up. All students interested must sign up, whether they have previously participated or not.

Who will be the next Mr. ARHS? Come cheer on your favorite guys Thursday, March 19 at 7 o'clock in the auditorium. Tickets will be $5. See you there!

Middle School Teen Centers
Teen Centers are held from 7:00pm-9:30pm on several Friday nights
throughout the school year. For a nominal cost, Middle School students enjoy a safe environment for:
• Informal Sports
• Dancing to the DJ’s latest hits
• Games
• Refreshments (available at additional charge)
A time to enjoy the good company of friends with supervision from Southborough Youth & Services staff, trained high school Chaperones and adult volunteers. Sign-up forms will be distributed to students at the middle school and are also available at the Middle School office.
To volunteer, click here or call Elizabeth at 508-481-5676.

For the 2007/2008 school year they are scheduled to be held:

  • Friday, March 20, 2009 from 7:00 - 9:30 pm for 6th, 7th and 8th graders
    • Friday, April 11th, 2008 from 7:00-9:30pm for 6th, 7th and 8th graders
Neary SOS cordially invites you to the annual

Neary Book Week

Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, March 18

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Neary School Cafeteria

Join Neary families for a sweet treat,

then visit the Book Fair in the

school library.

Proceeds will be used for a fifth grade class gift.

Additional donations welcomed!

 

Congregation B'nai Shalom Westborough
March 16 program open to all

On March 16, Eleanor Brody of Clutter Clear, a professional organizer, will be speaking and offering tips on clearing out clutter and organizing our homes. Eleanor's goal is to  help people reduce stress by bringing order into their lives. She is a Golden Circle member of the National Association of Professional Organizers – New England.

The program starts at 7:30 pm in the Social Hall, and dessert and coffee will be served. RSVP requested, but not required, to at Cheryl Kasof. This Sisterhood-sponsored event is open to anyone who wants to conquer the clutter in life. Bring your friends!

NEW!

RESUME WRITING SERVICE AND WORKSHOPS OFFERED AT THE SOUTHBOROUGH LIBRARY!

The Southborough Library has partnered with Pongo Resume to offer job seekers a free seven day paid subscription to Pongo’s online resume builder!

This website is accessible through the Library’s page on the Southborough web site:

www.southboroughtown.org

RESUME WRITING WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD ON THE FOLLOWING DAYS:

THURSDAY, MARCH 19

7:00 pm

SATURDAY, MARCH 21

10:00 am

Stories, crafts and music will be provided on both dates for children while parents attend the workshops.

 

DOG LICENSES FOR 2009  on sale beginning March 1st. Bring the rabies certificate

to license the dog(s) to the Town Clerk’s Office M-Thur 8-5 (Tuesday’s open

until 7pm) and Friday’s open only until noon.

College Tuition Seminar

"How to Pay for College without Sacrificing Your Retirement"

Join Tom Higgins Certified Financial Planner, College Planning Specialist and Author

March 10, 2009 6:30pm

Senior Center

$7/pp Registration Required

 

 

3/12 Algonquin Music Showcase

 7-9 pm in the auditorium

 

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.

 

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!

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Business News

PROTONEX AWARDED PROGRAM TO FURTHER DEVELOP SOLID OXIDE

FUEL CELL POWER SYSTEMS

DATELINE: SOUTHBOROUGH, MA; Protonex Technology Corporation (LSE: AIM: PTX and PTXU), a

leading provider of advanced fuel cell power systems announces that, as anticipated, it has received

confirmation of a $1,481,470 contract award from the U.S. Army to adapt its solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC)

power systems for operation on alternative fuels. This program will focus on advancing 500 Watt to 1,000

Watt SOFC power systems that operate on high-performance liquid fuels, including alternative, bioderived

fuels such as butanol and bio-diesel.

Under the terms of this 24-month contract, Protonex will further develop and advance its existing SOFC

systems operating on liquid fuels such as butanol, bio-diesel, gasoline, and kerosene. This work will

focus on fuel processing, demonstration of high-power-density, mechanically robust stacks and

optimization of a complete generator—culminating in a demonstration of generator performance and

lifetime. At the conclusion of the program, two fuel cell systems will be delivered to the Army for further

testing and evaluation.

There is growing military and commercial interest in the use of alternative or renewable fuels to reduce

dependence on foreign oil. Solid oxide fuel cells, with their low emissions and high efficiency, are wellsuited

to generate electricity from these “green” fuel sources. Fuel-flexible generators capable of

operating on both traditional and alternative liquid fuels can provide highly efficient electricity generation

from both today’s transportation fuels and the biofuels of tomorrow.

Development of these small SOFC systems will provide the military with lightweight, extremely quiet and

fuel efficient systems that could be used in powering equipment during field operations as an auxiliary

power unit (APU), portable generator or field battery charger. In addition to being quieter than

combustion-engine generators and lighter than batteries, these fuel cell systems can efficiently process

high-performance liquid fuels to maximize the energy of the complete power system.

“We are pleased to have received this significant award,” commented Dr. Jerry Martin, Vice President of

SOFC Development for Protonex. “Clean and quiet power generators that operate on readily available

fuels are in high demand for military and commercial markets. This program will accelerate our SOFC

product development at Protonex and allow us to further advance our leading-edge SOFC platforms.”

For Medical Device Makers, Full Spectrum Software Releases New Software Technical Report, QA Software Automation and Software Testing

Full Spectrum Software, a leading software engineering and software testing firm for medical device makers has announced the availability of their third Software Technical Report, QA Software Automation and Testing. Download Report The Software Technical Report offers software quality assurance project managers tools to analyze the true cost of QA automation tools, selecting the right people to automate software quality assurance tools and when to use automated versus manual software testing.

Southborough, MA-  March 3, 2009 -- Full Spectrum Software, a leading software developer for medical device makers, announced the release of their third in a series of free Software Technical Reports, "QA Automation and Software Testing in an FDA Controlled Software Project” Software quality assurance is a very high priority for all medical device software projects which are FDA controlled. Software quality automation tools can be used effectively in an FDA controlled software project. However, they must be used differently in an FDA controlled software project. The Software Technical Report shows software quality assurance managers working on FDA controlled software projects how to evaluate the true cost and benefits of software test automation, how to evaluate QA automation software testing tools for maximum effectiveness, how to calculate the true cost of QA automations software testing solutions and how to combine manual software testing with automated software testing to meet FDA guidelines.

The Software Technical Report is designed to help QA project managers avoid some very common mistakes in selecting the correct tools and what can be done to get the most value from QA Software automation tools. The report can be downloaded here

The Software technical Report is based on Full Spectrum Software’s experience in working on a wide variety of FDA controlled software projects and the company’s experience in using automated software quality assurance tools in our own software test labs. Full Spectrum Software’s Quality Systems follow FDA guidelines and the company has successfully implemented a variety of methods for using automated software quality assurance tools in combination with manual testing of software in an FDA controlled software projects. Full Spectrum Software has worked with numerous medical device makers to assist them in selecting and implementing a wide variety of QA automation software testing tools.

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 additional fee):

http://www.southboroughtown.com/recreation/recreation.htm