July 4th Block Party TONIGHT, July 2, 2010
It's TONIGHT! (Friday, July 2, 2010)
Westborough Fourth of July Family Block Party/Dance
Westborough’s Annual Block Dance will be held on Friday, July 2 from 6:00-10:00 on West Main Street in front of the Town Hall. Featuring Outback Steakhouse and Tavolino Italian Restaurant, the event includes entertainment and events for the entire family.
New this year will be live music by the Reminisants. Returning favorites include Big Daddy’s racing cars, air brush tattoos, hay and pony rides, the Westborough Community Band and the Country Kicker Line Dancers, food concessions and much more.
Roads close at 4:30 from the rotary to Church Street. Due to the presence of horses and an anticipated large crowd, please leave pets at home.Add a comment
Tufts Farm Field UPDATE
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Tufts Farm Field Closed to Dog Walkers; Q&A session scheduled
UPDATE Tuesday 29-Jul:
The location for the meeting has been moved:
Farm Field Meeting
Frankin M. Loew Veterinary Education Center
(Building D on the Campus Map, located at http://vet.tufts.edu/tcsvm_campus_map.pdf)
Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 6 p.m.
Have you heard about the closing of the Tufts Farm Field to dog walkers? The Daily Grafton reported today that "Tufts University closed its farm field to dog walkers this week after several incidents in which off-leash dogs attacked both other dogs and people."
Please check out the Facebook group "Tufts Farm Field" for more information. As reported on that group:
Many of you have written or called to voice your feelings about the recent closure of the Tufts Farm Field. We truly appreciate your points of view, and thank you for sharing them with us.
We would like to invite you to a special question-and-answer session about the Farm Field on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 6 p.m. [In the Frankin M. Loew Veterinary Education Center] I will be joined by Dr. Deborah Kochevar, dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, and Sgt. Glenn McCune of the Tufts University Police Department, to answer your questions and hear your suggestions about the Farm Field.
We look forward to meeting with you.
Associate Director, Public Relations
Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
200 Westboro Road
Grafton, Massachusetts 01536
We called Mr. Keppeler this morning, and learned the location for the meeting will be in the Administration building Frankin M. Loew Veterinary Education Center on campus, in the 1st floor conference room. (As inserted above in brackets.)Add a comment
Coyotes in Westborough - news and resources
- "Residents fear coyote attacks", Wicked Local (Westborough News), 25-Jun-2010.
- "Coyote kills boy's pet dog", Worcester Telegram, 2010.
- "Westborough residents share concerns about coyotes with Board of Selectmen", The Daily Westborough, 2010.
- "Coyote sightings raise fears in Brookline", Boston.com, 6-Jun-2010.
- "How we can coexist peacefully with coyotes", Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, 30-May-2010.
- "Coyote attacks concern Mill Pond neighbors", Wicked Local (Westborough News), 2010.
- "Hunting season puts coyotes in the crosshairs", MetroWest Daily News, 2009.
- "Coyotes in Westborough - Preventing Conflicts", Westborough.com, 2008.
- "Call of the wild", Wicked Local (Westborough News), 2007.
The recent coyote attack in town was raised and discussed at last night's Board of Selectmen meeting of June 22, 2010. (See video from WestboroughTV, time 00:24:50 to 01:01:30) One suggestion was to conduct a public education campaign which could include, for example, a 2-hour seminar to learn about coyotes and how to prevent attacks.
As the Telegram reported, "Laura Hajduk, furbearer project leader for the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, said attacks such as the ones in Westboro are uncommon. ... She said about eight coyotes live in Westboro, although it may seem there are more." Laura also suggested posting links to resources from Mass Wildlife. For example:
- Resolving Conflicts with Coyotes (from Mass Wildlife)
Here's our original article about preventing conflicts with coyotes which also included information from Mass Wildlife on specifically about what to do. For detailed information, please see the full Mass Wildlife article on coyotes, "Living With Coyotes".
UPDATE: 2:54 p.m. Here is the information the town put out on their web site:
Contacts for wildlife related questions:
Via email: email@example.com
Central District Office: 508-835-3607
211 Temple S1., West Boylston
District Manager: Bill Davis
District Wildlife Biologist: Bridgett McAlice
Field Headquarters: 508-389-6300
1 Rabbit Hill Road (North Drive & Milk St.), Westboro
Project Leaders (Furbearer, Black Bear, Deer, Moose, Turkey and
General Wildlife Biologists
Problem Animal Control Coordinator
Natural Heritage and Endangered Species
Information and Education
Community Band to Perform at Block Party Friday Jul 2, 2010.
The Westborough Community Band is excited to be part of the Westborough Fourth of July Block Party on July 2nd, 2010.
The band will perform this year from 6:30-7:00 p.m. as part of the annual festivities. In its second year of concert performances the band has been rehearsing since early June. The conductor is Matthew Lefebvre. Matthew has performed with many local community bands, and is a member of the fine arts department in Westborough. Band members include students from eighth grade to retired adults. The music repertoire is extensive and fun.
Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Westborough High School band room. Dates for rehearsals are June 23, 30, July 7, 14, August 4 and 11th. Two concerts at the Bay State Commons band stand will be held in July and August. (As of now, the concerts will be Sunday July 11 and Sunday Aug 15. Follow the events page on Westborough.com or see upcoming.yahoo.com)
For information on joining the band please contact Kathy at klcincotta @gmail.com or at 508-836-3815.Add a comment
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