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Second Annual Polar Plunge is coming... 11-Dec-2010

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Sunday, 21 November 2010 23:31

12/11/10... Countdown to Second Annual Polar Plunge

Three brave people take the chilly plunge in 2009          


November 10, 2010 - WESTBOROUGH, Mass. - The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the scheduling of the Second Annual Polar Plunge, to be held Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Lake Chauncy. 

The Polar Plunge is presented by In Your Shoes, a nonprofit giving circle based in Westborough. The Inaugural Polar Plunge, held Dec. 5, 2009, raised more than $10,000, with half of the monies being split between the Westborough Food Pantry and the Westborough Fuel Assistance Fund. 

Team Bubbles from last year shows its spirit


Debi Ledoux and Terry Gavin, co-presidents of In Your Shoes were thrilled with the enthusiasm of the Selectmen, which was based on last year's successful event, including the Westborough Marching Band, a bonfire, concessions for sale, and of course, the big plunge.


Plans are in the works to bring back the Westborough Marching Band


"Last year's Polar Plunge totally exceeded our expectations," Ledoux said. "We thought if we were lucky we might raise $3,000. Raising $5,000 wasn't even discussed. And $10,000? Raising that much just completely blew us away." 

Gavin said she has been stopped many times throughout town by residents wondering if In Your Shoes was going to continue the fundraiser. 

"People are very excited about it," Gavin said. "People have been asking for months when this year's Polar Plunge will be held. It's quickly turned into a huge community event."


Six of last year's 48 participants, dressed in style


The format of the Polar Plunge is a simple one. People interested in taking the plunge are asked to raise a minimum of $100 in pledges from friends, family and community members who want to see them plunge into Lake Chauncy on a cold December day. 

Last year former Selectman George Barrette won the Gold Plunger Award, presented annually to the individual who raises the most money through pledges. Barrette's donations included $250 from the Westborough Patrolmen's Association (WPA) because he accepted the WPA's challenge and took the plunge in a Speedo. 

Ledoux said the actual Polar Plunge will be held from 2-4 p.m., with setup from noon-2 p.m., and cleanup from 4-5 p.m. Last year, despite frigid temperatures and sleet and freezing rain falling, the Polar Plunge drew quite a crowd. 

"A lot of people came out," Ledoux said. "We had a bonfire and the Westborough Marching Band was there, too. We want this to be a fun family event for everyone in the whole community." 

Ledoux said this year all the money raised will be split between In Your Shoes (50 percent of the total raised), the Westborough Food Pantry (25 percent) and the Westborough Youth & Family Services (25 percent).

If you would like to participate, sponsor a plunger or volunteer on Polar Plunge day, please get your form from www.inyourshoeswestborough.com or contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Judy DiOrio at judydiorio@yahoo.com.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 21 November 2010 23:48

Free seasonal flu clinic - Dec 7, 2010

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Thursday, 18 November 2010 13:41

The Westborough Board of Health will be holding a free seasonal flu clinic on Tuesday, December 7, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Westborough Senior Center, 6 Rogers Road.

The clinic is for any Westborough resident or employee. Children 6 months of age and older are also eligible for a flu shot.

Please remember to wear short sleeves.

Residents 65 and over are reminded to bring their insurance cards.

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Major water main break off Flanders road

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Tuesday, 16 November 2010 19:25
This is a message from the Westborough DPW.
There is major water main break off Flanders Road.
The entire town of Westborough may experience dirty water for the next 24 hours.
The water main break should be repaired within 6 hours.
Message received on Tuesday, 16 November 2010 at 6:12 PM

This is a message from the Westborough DPW:

There is major water main break off Flanders Road.

The entire town of Westborough may experience dirty water for the next 24 hours.

The water main break should be repaired within 6 hours.

[Message received on our phone on Tuesday, 16 November 2010 at 6:12 PM via (we're guessing) reverse 911 -- webmaster]

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Robinson Music, Inc. to hold Holiday Open house on November 20th 2010.

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Tuesday, 16 November 2010 02:22

Robinson Music, Inc. to hold Holiday Open house on November 20th 2010.

108 Milk Street (Rte. 135) 
Westborough, MA 01581 
(508) 366-7007

Nov. 9th – WESTBOROUGH, MA – It’s that time of year when parents start looking for that perfect gift for their son or daughter or that special person who hasn’t found the time to play their dream instrument. On Saturday, November, 20, 2010 from 12- 4pm Robinson Music, Inc. will be holding an open house for anyone interested in Guitar and Piano Lessons! This includes all ages, all levels and all styles of music!

This event will be a great opportunity for children and their parents to hear, touch and try the Guitar or Piano with the assistance of our professional instructors - the perfect chance to explore the possibilities for those who’ve been thinking about playing these two instruments but haven’t quite decided which one.

Students who have decided to play the guitar or piano and want to get a head start on learning how to play it will receive discounts on their first guitar or Keyboard as well as a month of FREE LESSONS!

In addition, demos, sample classes and informational flyers will provide details about programs offered in the Louis J. Vella Lesson Center. Particularly of interest will be our children’s programs, which currently include Kids On Keys by Karen Amlaw Studio #5 (piano classes for 4-7 year olds) and Guitar for Kids for ages 7 to 12.

Our Piano and Guitar instructors will be playing throughout the day in our Retail Center so you can hear first hand instruments sound by a Professional Musician.

To find out more about the Holiday Open House!

Christopher Vella Store Manager
Robinson Music Inc. 
Phone: (508) 366-7007 (ext. 15) / fax: (508) 366-9408

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 November 2010 02:29

Love books and our library? Big sale by Friends of the Westborough Public Library

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Friday, 05 November 2010 07:53
Friends of the Westborough Public Library

The Friends Book Sale will be held November 4, 5 and 6 at the Forbes Auditorium, 45 West Main Street, next door to the library.

Money raised by the book sale will be used by the Friends to continue supporting the library, its programs and services. The Friends currently provide many of the sixteen museum passes/discounts available to Westborough Public Library patrons.

Something for everyone, so come on in!!

Booksale hours:

  • Thursday, November 4, 10:00am-8:00pm; 
  •  Friday, November 5, 12:00pm-6:00pm; 
  •  Saturday, November 6, 10:00am-2:00pm. 

In addition to gently used books, you may also find CDs, DVDs, video games, audio books -- on tape and CD -- and recent (within 5 years) text books.

A large number of hardcover books which have been removed from the library's circulation will also be available for sale.

About the Friends

The Friends of the Westborough Public Library meet monthly at the library. Check the library calendar for meeting dates and times. New members are always welcome - join us and bring a friend!

For more information or to become a Friend, stop by the library or contact Friends President Tadas Petronis.

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Last Updated on Friday, 05 November 2010 08:10

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