Monday, September 10, 2012
After much consideration, and a recommendation from the Department of Public Health, the fireworks ... and nighttime sports ... are canceled in town.
After last week's threat of eastern equine encephalitis was raised to "high" in Northborough (and "critical in Westborough), by the Department of Public Health, local authorities met to discuss the appropriate response to ensure the town's safety. Due to their proximity to Westborough, the towns of Auburn, Hopkinton, Grafton, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Upton, Worcester an Northborough were elevated to high risk for mosquito-borne illness. Northborough's police chief, fire chief, health agent, superintendent, the public schools' athletic director and the town administrator met with others to consider steps that could be taken in reaction to the elevated mosquito-borne illness risk level. It was determined, unanimously, that nighttime …
Friday, August 24, 2012
Learn about the risk and how you can protect yourself from disease-carrying mosquitoes.
The Center of Disease Control reported on Aug. 21 that it has been a record-setting summer for West Nile cases Here are 5 things to know about the disease and how you can decrease your risk. 1. Northborough, last week, had a mosquito that tested positive for West Nile Virus. Spraying has been done in the parks in town, and you can arrange to have spraying done on your property. Marlborough, too, is among a handful of surrounding communities that is at "moderate risk" for West Nile Virus, the city reported last week. 2. As of Wednesday, 47 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes, according to the Center for Disease Control. A total of 1118 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 41 …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Sometimes people don't know what to do with their old tires, or don't care. They are often discarded haphazardly in the woods, by the water or on the side of the road.
Perhaps the most defining image of pollution over the years has been one of a pile of old tires sitting down by the once-clean river. We've all seen them. Sometimes stacks sit on property, or they are tossed down an embankment, destined to rest there until the end of time. You may not be aware the the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project (CMMCP), which has its headquarters in Northborough, is making efforts to clean up discarded tires. Not only do these tires pollute the environment and look ugly, they are ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Thousands of them. "Used tire casings left out in the environment and allowed to hold water provide suitable areas for larval mosquito development, including those species known to carry …
Saturday, July 30, 2011
The baseball invitational is still going on and the Church of the Nativity hosts a weekly Alanon meeting.
1.The Northborough baseball invitational continues today with games packed in from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Northborough plays the late game) at Memorial Field. 2. Relatives need support, too. There's an Alanon meeting each Saturday that takes place at the Church of the Nativity. 3. Yeah, it's Saturday, but that doesn't mean the Splash Pad is closed. Get your kids down there to cool off and expel some energy. It's open, and splashing, all day. 4. Want to know when your area is getting sprayed, and an update on the mosquito problem in Northborough? You ought to read this, then. 5. Northborough is one kid-friendly town. Check out our spotlight on kid-friendly places in this Patch Passport piece.
Friday, July 29, 2011
What we learned on Patch this week: people are torn on the debt ceiling issue, the mosquitoes aren't as bad as you think, and the Friends of Renewable Energy is going to be a nonprofit.
Checking in with the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project, experts say the population of mosquitoes is down a bit, but the spraying still continues every Monday in select areas in Northborough. Northborough's Nick Krause is the number one ranked 18-year-old ski racer, and he's our athlete of the week. Read about this sporty high achiever. It's not always easy raising a kid with food allergies. Our moms columnist, Liz Nolan, delved into the subject this week. On Monday, we launched our Patch Passport, leading readers to kid-friendly fun, hidden gems, treasure hunts and more in town. The Friends of Renewable Energy is close to achieiving its nonprofit status, and first on the agenda is erecting a wind turbine in town.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Happy Father's Day. Here are five things you might like to know, or even need to know.
1. It's Father's Day, and surely you've talked about bringing dad out for a nice meal. A few local suggestions, you ask? How about Guiseppe's Grill, CJ's Steakloft, JJ's, AJ Tomaiolo's or Yama Zakura? 2. Remember, the Splash Pad at Assabet Park opened this weekend. If it's warm out, head on down. 3.It's the second day of the Second Annual McCurdy Tennis Tournament, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. 4. Bistro Limoncello is looking to feature your best recipe, on their menu. 5. The mosquitoes are out, in full force, and Northborough gets a spray once a week. Here's the story, and the schedule.
Friday, June 17, 2011
No, it's not your imagination. Mosquitoes are out in force this month, due to increased rainfall.
The recent rainfall has resulted in an explosion of mosquitoes in Northborough and surrounding areas. Tim Deschamps, executive director of Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project, based in Northborough, said calls for spraying service are double what they were at this time last year. "We've had a 100 percent increase in calls for service," he said. "We're twice as busy." Deschamps attributed the spike in mosquito activity to the late spring rainfall. Trucks with rear-mounted sprayers started circulating in the Central Massachusetts member towns in late May. Spraying is conducted when people call to request service. It is not applied unless requested, he said. In Northborough, where spraying is conducted once a week, on Monday …