Northborough Sestercentennial Promo Booklet JAN


Northborough Sestercentennial Promo Booklet JAN
Northborough’s 250th
Anniversary Celebration
The Birthday Celebration
January 24, 2016
Northborough 250th Birthday Celebration
First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist of Northborough
January 24, 2016—2:00pm
Fred George
Flag Ceremony
Color Guard
Vincent F. Picard
American Legion Post 234
Pledge Allegiance
Northborough Girl Scouts
and Boy Scouts
Linda McLinden,
First Parish Representative
Bill Pantazis, Selectmen
Review of Incorporation
Andrew Dowd, Town Clerk
Musical Selection
Northborough Chorus
Historical Timeline
Norm Corbin
Distinguished Guests
Fred George
Karyn Polito
James McGovern
Harriet Chandler
Harold Naughton
Danielle Gregoire
Massachusetts Lt. Governor
US Representative
MA State Senator
MA State Representative
MA State Representative
Musical Selection
Northborough Chorus
Rev. Dr. Anita Farber-Robertson
Reception to follow in Parish Hall
250th Town Anniversary
Committee Mission Statement
The 250th Town Anniversary Committee shall plan and coordinate a series of events, learning activities, social and cultural
opportunities which will lead to an expanded awareness and
appreciation by all of the rich 250 year history, life experience
and growth of the Town of Northborough.
The Committee's Mission encompasses the development of
strategies and planning of events through fundraising efforts
that will provide opportunities for and encourage the widest
possible participation of all Northborough residents and
March 11, 2014
250th Town Anniversary Committee Members
Virginia Simms George, Chair
Tom Lowe, Vice-Chair
Dale Rains, Treasurer
Norm Corbin, Secretary
David Carlson
Andrew Dowd
Amelia (Amy) Graham
Lorna Helms
Robert Marchetta
Cathy McAuliffe
Bill Pantazis
Dawn Rand
Diane Wackell
A Brief History of Northborough
The history of the Town of Northborough is a rich
tapestry that reflects events, political ideas, personal lives
and architecture set against the broader history of the United
States. From our first settler, John Brigham in 1672, who
built his saw mill near where Whitney Street crosses over
Howard Brook, to our present times, there are reminders of
those who walked the paths, tilled the land, built grist mills,
attended schools and built churches; their footsteps are beneath yours.
We were part of the Marlborough Plantation in 1660,
which became the North Precinct of Westborough in 1744
and a separate Town in 1766. We have many industrious,
intelligent forefathers to
thank. The names of
Rice, Davis, Brigham,
Ball, Bartlett, Fay, Carruth, Goodenew, Eager,
Gamwell, Livermore,
Holloway were some of
the original 37 families
living here in 1744. They
built their meeting house
on Church Street near
where the Unitarian
Church is today. They hired Rev. John Martyn to attend to
their early spiritual needs. Town Ministers who followed
were Rev. Peter Whitney and Rev Joseph Allen. Both their
houses are still standing (1780 and 1817 respectively) as a
tribute to their dedication to their flock and the Town of
Northborough. All three early ministers kept town records
and wrote histories that are valuable resources today.
As in most New England
towns, agriculture was
predominant but by the
end of the 17th century,
industry appeared.
Houses sprang up, woolen and cotton mills were
operated on Hudson
Peter Whitney Parsonage - 1898
Street and several button
and comb factories dotted the Assabet River banks. Blacksmithing, ironworks, rifle and camera factories employed
many townspeople. The Northborough National Bank and
the Gale Library were established, and with the arrival of the
Agricultural Railroad in 1855, the economy flourished.
Northborough with its country charm became tourist destination.
Over the last 300+ years, since John Brigham settled in the
area, we have survived wars, depressions, hurricanes, tornadoes and an influenza epidemic and from those initial 37
families, we have grown to a population of 14,523.
Since our 200th Celebration, the town has seen
many changes. With the
completion of Interstate
290 in the early 1970’s it
allowed Northborough to become a bedroom community with
easy access to Worcester
and Boston.
Northborough National Bank
Several industrial areas were set aside near the highway
where large corporations such as Digital Equipment, Federal
Express, Saint-Gobain/Norton, National Grid and A.Duie
Pyle set up their businesses.
Town growth include commercial businesses along Main
Street and Route 20 including the new Northborough Crossing Development, Times Square
shops and new restaurants.
Housing developments increased
population as several over 55
communities were
built along with the Avalon complex and new single family developments. As the community
grew new community oriented
construction was needed. This
includes the expansions of AlDaniel Wesson
gonquin High School and the Library, the building of the Senior Center and the start of renovations to the Lincoln Street School.
While there have been many changes
in the Town of Northborough, the
sense of community and acceptance
has not been lost as we continue to
move forward.
Unitarian Church
Northborough Grange Hall
The Cake Boss
“Cake Boss” star Bartolo “Buddy” Valastro, who operates the bakery with family
members has agreed to produce the signature cakes for our kickoff celebration.
Valastro oversees operations at Carlo’s flagship location in Hoboken, New Jersey,
where the “Cake Boss” series is filmed.
The business, known for its pastries, desserts and cakes, was acquired by Valastro’s
father in 1964 and has been run by Valastro and his siblings since 1994, according
to the company’s website. Carlo’s now has six locations in New Jersey and operates in six other states.
The “Cake Boss” series, which debuted in 2009, follows Valastro’s efforts to satisfy his customers with creative cake designs. The business has also been featured on
the Food Network, and one of Valastro’s creations was voted best cake in America
by viewers of NBC’s “Today” program. The Cake Boss has prepared a commemorative cake and a sheet cake to present at the “Birthday Celebration”.
Armeno Coffee Roasters
Since 1994, Armeno Coffee Roasters has hand-crafted fresh roasted specialty coffees from their historic New England grist mill in Northborough. Their mission is
to share their love of coffee with you, whether you stop by their Northborough location or visit them online.
Armeno’s combines artistry, experience, and the highest quality coffee beans to
create truly great coffees and a memorable coffee experience. They import 100%
Arabica beans from premier coffee growing regions across the globe. Armeno’s
features coffees from South America, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Rim,
and create a variety of roasts and blends to satisfy every taste and every coffee
drinking occasion. Armeno Coffee Roaster has produced the coffee blend known
as the “Northborough 250th Anniversary Blend” to be served at this celebration.
Listed as of January 18, 2016
St. Mary’s Credit Union
Avidia Bank
The Boston Group
Northboro Oil
Northboro Shopping Center
Saint Gobain Whitney Place
Abu Construction Bigelow Nurseries
Bistro Limoncello
Carvalho & Roth Orthodontics
Central One Credit Union
Coleman House
Dawn’s School of Dance Desio Sports Medicine
Ebb n Flow Yoga
Joanne Miller Studios
Karen Scopetski, Realtor
Hays Funeral Home
Lowe’s Market
Marlborough Savings Bank Northborough House of Pizza
Michelle Gillespie, Realtor
Renewal by Anderson
Republic Services
St. Bernadette’s School
The Shay Family
Ellsworth Tree Farm
Flaherty Physical Therapy, Inc.
Fred and Virginia George
Lorna Helms, Realtor
John and Kathleen Polanowicz
Ed Walsh of Wolf Greenfield, Specialist in Intellectual Law
Armeno Coffee Roasters
Capital Environmental
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Norm and Linda Corbin
The Helms Family
Heritage Renovation Custom Building, Inc.
The Howorth Family
Lexus of Northborough
The Core Connection
Trombetta’s Farm
James and Michelle Rehill
Leslie Rutan and Family
Donna and Richard Wamback
David and Jodie Martinson
Northborough Garden Club
Northborough Septic
Patricia O’Hearn
Plexus Natural Supplements
The Scholl Family
Lisa Studhome
Sun Drum Solar
250th Celebration Schedule of Events
(As of January 18, 2016)
June 2015 to October 2016 - Historical Society’s Photo Contest
January 22, 2016 – Historical Society’s History Presentation by High School Students
January 24, 2016 - Kick-off Event—The Birthday Celebration
February 6, 2016 - 250th Anniversary Gala
February 26, 2016 – Historical Society’s “Who’s Buried in the Brigham Street Old Burial Ground”
March 18, 2016 – Historical Society’s “History of Northborough’s Fire Department”
April 9, 2016 - Trinity Church 250th Tea
April 22, 2016 – Historical Society’s “The Lost Art of Etiquette”
April 30, 2016 – Garden Club Anniversary Tea
May 7, 2016 - Northborough Area Community Chorus “America in Song”
May 15, 2016 - Historical Trolley Tour
May 15, 2016 - Historical Society’s “Hunt for History”
May 20, 2016 – Historical Society’s “Living in Northborough”
May 21, 2016 - 250th Road Race
May 22, 2016 – Historical Society’s “Our Founding Fashions: Fashion Show”
June 4-5, 2016 – “Artwork Depicting Northborough”
June 18, 2016 - Soular Jazz Festival - First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist
June 24, 2016 - Lobster Bake - Senior Center
August 14, 2016 - Family Fun Day
September 17, 2016 – Applefest Fireworks
September 18, 2016 - Applefest Parade
September 23, 2016 – Historical Society’s “John & Abigale Adams: An American Couple”
September 24, 2016 - Cemetery Tour
October 22, 2016 – Historical Society’s Harvest Supper
October 28, 2016 – Historical Society’s “History of Route 20”
October 29, 2016 – Masquerade Party
November 20-26, 2016 - Week of Gratitude
November 22, 2016 – Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
December 2, 2016 – Historical Society’s “A Portrait of the Victorian Age: Letters of the Holbrook
Family of Northborough”
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