It looks like the next week or so will see at least two and possibly three bouts with snow, but none of these look to be very significant, on the order of possibly two to four inches late Monday and Monday night and less than that about Wednesday and again about Friday. The major news for next week will be the shot of Arctic air coming in over next weekend. This looks like it will be the coldest air of the season so far as temperatures on Sunday night/Monday morning (2/14 – 2/15) tumble to around -5° in the usual coldest spots. See the attached GFS temperature guidance for reference.
It is beginning to look like there will be another retreat from harsh winter conditions on the way, perhaps as early as about 10 days from now, following the Arctic air mass. This will not signal the end of winter though, as the pendulum will swing back to winter conditions once again. In this back and forth season of 2015/2016 we will likely see more than one period of “false spring” alternating with winter conditions before real spring makes its presence known.
James M. Arnold is a Weather Specialist working with Shrewsbury Emergency Management Agency; town of Princeton; Worcester Emergency Communications and Emergency Management Agency; Southborough Emergency Management Agency; town of Grafton and Wachusett Mountain Ski Area]]>
This beautiful photo was shot in Southborough by CA contributor Sue Wambolt.]]>
Feb. 7 – “East is East” Rated R – Britain – 1999. George Khan, proud Pakistani and chip shop owner, rules his family with a rod of iron. He thinks he’s raising his seven children to be respectable Pakistanis. But this is England, in 1971. Much as George’s English wife, Ella, loves and tries to honor her husband, she also wants her kids to be happy. The children, caught between bellbottoms and arranged marriages, simply want to be citizens of the modern world. In English. 95 min.
Feb. 14 – “Italian for Beginners” R– Denmark – 2000. Romantic comedy. Several lonely hearts in a semi-provincial suburb of a town in Denmark use a beginner’s course in Italian as the platform to meet the romance of their lives. In Danish with English subtitles. 112 min.
Feb. 21 – “Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker” R– China – 1994. In pre-revolutionary China, a local lord owns a fireworks factory that he leaves to his daughter, Chun Zhi, having no male heir. Chun Zhi takes control of the factory at only 19 years old, but she commands the respect of her workers. Unfortunately, Zhi inherited the factory under the stipulation that she never marry, a condition that becomes problematic when she falls for a traveling artist. A handsome wandering painter and the factory foreman battle for Zhi’s hand using their skill with fireworks. In Chinese with English subtitles. 111 min.
Feb. 28 – “Into the West” PG – Ireland– 1992. Enchanting and magical modern-day fairy tale for adults. Impoverished in Dublin, two young boys live with their widowed father, who drowns his grief in drink. Their grim existence is uplifted by the arrival of their itinerant grandfather who has brought with him a magical horse from legend -Tir na nOg. Crooked cops discover the prized animal and commandeer it, intending to sell it as a racing horse. Furious, the boys resolve to rescue the mythical creature. In English. 97 min.
For more information, visit https://shrewsburyma.gov/344/Library.]]>
School: Westborough High School
Coach: Scott Kittredge
Stats: Julie leads Westborough with 100 points through seven games.
What are your earliest basketball-related memories?
“My earliest basketball memory was my first year of travel basketball in fifth grade. My dad and Mr. (Jim) Fitzgerald were my coaches and we won the championship game. … That was when I really knew I liked the sport.”
Who or what encouraged you to first get involved with basketball?
“My dad and grandfather definitely encouraged me to get involved, and continue to encourage me. I was super tall when I was younger, so it wasn’t a question that I was at least going to try it out.”
What is it like playing for Coach Kittredge?
“It’s been awesome playing for coach. He really cares about the sport and us as players. He wants us to get better each day.”
Looking back, what was it like to first tryout as a freshman?
“I was probably really nervous, but I do remember the upperclassmen were really welcoming and positive.”
What other sports/hobbies do you participate in?
“I played on my school’s volleyball team, and I sing in an a cappella group.”
Have you decided on a college yet, and would you like to play a sport at that level?
“Right now, my plan is to attend the University of New Hampshire, and I’ll definitely continue to play both volleyball and basketball on intramural or club teams.”
What is your favorite class in school, and why?
“Right now, I’m taking psychology and it’s something I really enjoy. My teacher, Mrs. Stoker, is the best, and it’s a fun class.”
What is your favorite type of music, and artist in that genre?
“My favorite type of music is country, and I’m a big fan of Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban.”
What type of legacy would you like to leave behind at Westborough High?
“I just want to be remembered as a spirited teammate and a fierce competitor.”]]>
Westborough – The Friends of Westborough, Inc., recently donated to the Pastoral Counseling Centers of Massachusetts. The donation will be used for financial aid for Westborough clients at the centers. This is the second year that The Friends have supported the counseling centers.
The Pastoral Counseling Centers of Massachusetts, Inc., is an interfaith counseling program with its main office in Westborough; other offices include Worcester and Hudson. They have been caring for people since 1984 and serve over 80 communities in central Massachusetts. As an interfaith counseling center, they are open to all persons and bring a holistic approach supporting a person’s spiritual life, if desired, as well as the traditional psychological understanding of human needs and relationships. The center also has an assistance fund to help those struggling financially. The program is very appreciative for contributions; they depend a great deal on the generosity of faith communities, civic groups, businesses and individuals to maintain the organization.]]>
Westborough – Westborough High School graduate Catherine DeSai recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award for her project, Help for the Developmentally Disabled. A member of Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts, her project addressed the many ways to volunteer with and assist the mentally disabled. Her goal was to spread awareness of this global issue and to create a greater influx of volunteers for the developmentally disabled via a website she created – www.volunteer4specialneeds.wordpress.com. DeSai is in the 5 percent of high school girls who earn the award.
DeSai is currently pursuing a nursing degree at St. Anselm’s College. Throughout her high school career, she stated she has personally benefitted from volunteering in support of developmentally disabled individuals; children in foster care; and individuals challenged with hunger and poverty, while participating in varsity-level sports and holding leadership positions in clubs.
The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects.
For more information on how to join, volunteer or donate to Girl Scouts, call 800-462-9100 or visit www.yourtimewellspent.org.