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Five's Company

Above, from left, Hunter Phillips, Pat Norton, Gabe Londono, Michele Castalone, Tucker Wilde

June 26, 2007 — These friends, some from the neighborhood in Hopkinton near Lake Whitehall, had been at the rope swing at Lake Whitehall when the Hopkinton Police arrived and sent them looking for another swimming hole, even though they said they had not been swimming. They pose here on Pond Street between Lake Whitehall and Little Pond.

    One or more teens who was in the water when police arrived swam away and refused to come back to shore, prompting a police officer to call for assistance from the Fire Department, in case of the need for a water rescue. Even though a civilian boater helped out, the swimmer could not be located in the water.

     Although swimming is not legal in Lake Whitehall, the rope swing is probably the only place, because of its danger, where that exclusion is strictly enforced. No doubt the death of 16 year-old Brian Kerr jumping at the Milford Quarry a few weeks ago is fresh on the minds of public safety officials in the area.     

A Hopkinton Tradition!
4th of July Horribles Parade!

ESL will be there. Would you like to be??

Send us an email if you are interested in decorating and/or riding on the Enter Stage Left Float this year in the Horribles Parade!!
All are welcome.  Should be LOTS of FUN!


Fatal Crash on Route 6 East in Barnstable

Driver not wearing seat belt, identified


June 26, 2007 — Today, at approximately 5:45 a.m. troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Yarmouth responded to a one-vehicle crash on Route 6 East, prior to Exit # 7 in Barnstable that resulted in one fatality.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Steven Culver indicates 18 year-old Nicole V. Scleparis of Plymouth was operating a 1998 Subaru Forester on Route 6 East when she lost control of the vehicle, entered the median and rolled over.  Scleparis, who was not wearing her safety belt, was trapped in the vehicle and pronounced deceased on the scene.  The passenger of the vehicle, 18 year-old Emily M. Sylvia of Davenport, Florida was wearing her safety belt and was transported by medical helicopter to Brigham and Women’s Hospital with serious injuries.  


Although the crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section it appears that speed was a factor in the crash.  The State Police Crime Scene Services Section, Barnstable Fire Department, Yarmouth Fire Department and MassHighways assisted troopers at the scene.



The annual Horribles Parade is Monday July 4, 2007 beginning at Noon at the Town Common. The parade will go down Hayden Rowe, right onto Grove Street, left onto Pleasant Street, right onto Main Street and back to the common for the awards. This year’s theme is
Selectmen's Trophy: Most Horrible.
Grand Prize, 2nd  prize, 3rd prize, Family trophy, Children’s trophy, Animal, Music, Equestrian, Business
THREE JUDGES NEEDED to preview participants at the Town Common, judge participants at the reviewing stand at Colella’s and at the common for the announcements). THREE people needed to walk the parade route and collect for donations. TWO people to help set up the registration table and registers participants (11:15AM-1:00) at the Gazebo.  
TWO people to set up and take down reviewing stand. PARTICIPANTS may decorate floats, cars, bikes, or whatever they choose.  JUST HAVE FUN. For further information call Lily or Lenny Holden at (508)435-3326. Please help keep this tradition alive! DONATIONS  made payable to the HOPKINTON CIVIC ACTIVITIES CLUB and mailed c/o  Lily Holden,10 Pleasant Street, Hopkinton, MA  01748. (File photo).

 Planning Board Meeting

Hopkinton Square Gets Warm Reception

Traffic a major concern

by Robert Falcione

June 25, 2007 — Last night, the Planning Board held a public hearing and site-plan review over the plan by realtor Chuck Joseph and developer Peter Markarian, CJPM, LLC, to develop an 8.2 acre site at the corner of West Main and South Streets into a 100,000 sq. ft. complex of mixed use retail and office space in four new buildings.

     Two single-family homes and three commercial buildings now exist on the site, but would be demolished for the new center.

      Mr. Joseph said it would be, "...primarily retail, but possibly office as well — there's no residential component at present."

      Appearing on behalf of the principals, Architect Scott Richardson said, "The final configuration will be influenced by tenants — and the two drive-thrus." A drive-up window must be approved by the Board of Appeals, and usually excludes the serving of food. One such window was approved further up on South Street at the Milford National Bank, but there is none at the Dunkin' Donuts adjacent to it.

     "I appreciate you not trying to bring the Wal-Mart look," said Planning Board member Claire Wright, alluding to the big-box look that is popular with national chains. The façades have various depths, mimicking a downtown, or boardwalk type of walking space.

     "We're actually one-quarter the size of a Wal-Mart," said Mr. Markarian. Mr. Markarian said that there would be 66 off-site parking spaces to make the total necessary for the projected uses, such as a  175-seat restaurant.

      "The Board has a bit of a problem — is there some way you can purchase that property?" asked Planning Board member Sandy Altamura, wanting the parking on the same land.

     "We don't have a lot of credibility [with prospective tenants] until we have a permitted site," said Mr. Markarian.

      "I have no problem except the ownership issue, because it is holding up another project," answered Mrs. Altamura.COMPLETE STORY

LOST: Brooks Brothers prescription glasses in an Oakly bag — fell off of car somewhere west of the Whitehall boat landing on Route 135. Please email HopNews or call 508-435-5534.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Most recent first: Compiled by Eric Montville for HopNews.com


Address Buyer Price Date Seller
3 Hidden Brick Road Cariann G. Harsh $740,000 Jun.  25, 2007 Marie B. Lacy
13 Hearthstone Road Christopher Michaud & Jill E. Delasco $830,000 Jun.  22, 2007 Brian J. Herr & Mary F. Murphy
25 Alexander Road Michael Parduhn & Margaret Parduhn $557,500 Jun.  22, 2007 Jonathan B. Lampert Alison A. Lampert
11 Hearthstone Road Patricia Mangiacotti $747,000 Jun.  25, 2007 Massachusetts Residential Nominee Service, LLC
30 Sanctuary Lane Carol A. Kendrick $388,678 Jun.  22, 2007 Weston Development, Inc.
100 Spring Street Steven F. Coito & Lisa A Bowker $350,000 Jun.  22, 2007 Barbara R. Geishecker
11 Mayhew Street Robert A. Henley & Jennifer R. Henley $325,000 Jun.  22, 2007 Bruce L. Whyte & Agnes C. Whyte
22 Cole Drive, Unit 25 Lois Hauske $565,500 Jun.  21, 2007 William A Depietri
207 Wood Street Jamie Boynton $220,000 Jun.  20, 2007 Charles W. Ward
1G Rear Ash Street Meaghan T. Mayo $133,259.30 Jun.  20, 2007 Keith Gabler Lynn A Gabler
22 Pinecrest Village Aaron Lawyer & Robyn Schiller $225,000 Jun.  19, 2007 Dorothy Louise Hutchins
Previous update:        
10 Bowker Road Geoffrey J. Coffman & Christine D. Coffman $1,150,000 Jun.  15, 2007 Geeta LeCrone
26 Overlook Drive Gregory A. Briers & Melissa B. Briers $940,000 Jun.  15, 2007 Gilles Delecoeuillerie
3 Brook Hollow Lane Siping Liu & Qin Luo $700,000 Jun.  15, 2007 William A. Depietri
61 Hayden Rowe Street Massachusetts Residential Nominee Service, LLC $597,000 Jun.  15, 2007 Timothy J. Farrell & Kathleen Farrell
9 Meadowland Drive Christopher F. Gallagher & Catherine M. Gallagher $575,000 Jun.  15, 2007 James I. Chandless & Christine A. Chandless
61 Hayden Rowe Street Teresa K. Lombard $525,000 Jun.  15, 2007 Massachusetts Residential Nominee Service, LLC
14 Valentine Road Michael P. Sullivan & Jennifer M. Sullivan $470,000 Jun.  15, 2007 Siping Liu & Qin Luo
44 East Main Street Lisa Miracle & James Malone $393,000 Jun.  14, 2007 C. Bruce Howard & Suzanne Howard
10 Highcroft Way Thomas J. Blicharz & Deborah R. Blicharz $442,500 Jun.  13, 2007 Mark P. Hayes & Robin B. Hayes
16 West Main Street Raymond A. Daigle, Jr. & Phyllis M. Diagle $244,000 Jun.  12, 2007 Everett A. Beaman & Marlene M. Beaman

See Full List back to February 1,  2007



9:49 pm A resident of Hidden Brick Road complained about very loud music being heard from outside his residence...


12:31 am A caller from Front Street reported hearing people smashing mailboxes.  The vehicle was reported to be heading towards Ashland... 


7:54 pm There were several call regarding people stopping traffic on Main Street...


5:45 am A caller from Jamie Lane reported hearing a man, who was not wearing any shoes, screaming and yelling...

Water Conservation Measures

Get a Rain Barrel

     Thanks to the efforts of local resident Kathy Mosher, the water department has partnered with The New England Rain Barrel Company to offer town residents a discount on their rain barrel products. Please see the flyer for details.

     Also, don’t forget about our free hose bib program. We are giving away free hose bids to attach to your outside faucets to help prevent the backflow of dangerous chemicals into your home through the garden hose.

For anyone would like to see the rain barrels, we have one on display in the water department office @ 85 Wood Street from 7:00am to 3:30pm.


Eric J. Carty, Water-Sewer Manager, Hopkinton DPW, 85 Wood St., PO BOX 171, Hopkinton, MA 01748.

Team to ride PMC in Honor of Andy Welzel

June 25, 2007 — The first weekend of August, a group of five Hopkinton friends will ride as TEAM LOONACY in the 2007 Pan Mass Challenge, a two-day bike ride of nearly 200 miles benefiting the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The team’s ride will honor Andy Welzel, a long-time Hopkinton resident and fixture in the Hopkinton youth sports community whose heroic battle with pancreatic cancer ended in 2006.
     Team Loonacy was organized by Kathleen Karpe and Laura McKenzie, two of Andy Welzel’s friends from the Hopkinton Running Club. The team’s work builds on the tremendous success of last year’s PanCan (Pancreatic Cancer) Walk – an event initiated by Welzel to promote awareness of and research to cure Pancreatic Cancer.
     “Andy’s establishment of the PanCan walk embodied his amazingly generous spirit,” said McKenzie, “he made such a difference in so many peoples’ lives, and we were looking for a way to honor his legacy. This ride celebrates Andy’s life while at the same time raising money and awareness to join the battle against pancreatic cancer.” File photo: Kathleen Karpe and Laura MacKenzie posing with some new friends at the HPTA Silent Auction this year.
      Team Loonacy – which includes Karpe, McKenzie, Greg Cohan, Andy Harris, and Mike Hutchinson -- aims to raise $20,000 to support pancreatic cancer research efforts at Dana Farber. Thus far, the team is about one third of the way towards meeting its fundraising goal, and hopes to enlist the support of the broader Hopkinton community.
     “Besides being a great friend, Andy gave so much to the Hopkinton community,” said Team Captain Karpe. “While we all have our own memories of Andy, we are basically riding as proxies for the hundreds of people whose lives he has touched.”
Contributions to Team Loonacy may be made in honor of Andy Welzel or others who have battled cancer. A direct link to the Team Loonacy donation page can be found at the Hopkinton Running Club website at www.runhopkinton.org  or by visiting www.pmc.org .

Editor's Choice

Please enjoy a reprise of photographs above (and one cartoon), that have appeared on these first three pages over the past two weeks.

Three's a Charm

June 25, 2007 — At a Sunday reception, Cassie Rudden was honored for receiving the Boston Globe All-Scholastic Award for lacrosse. Cassie is a two-time Academic All-American, a three-time TVL All-Star and an EMGLCA All-Star. As a senior, Cassie captained her lacrosse, basketball and field hockey teams. She will be playing lacrosse at Holy Cross.

From Town Talk:

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Fire Fighter Replies to Post


      First, I’d like to commend the posting from Francis Clark and the other firefighters who eloquently clarified concerns about Fridays events; specifically who was attending and who was paying for the event (or not paying for the event, as it is). I would also like to take this opportunity to help out Angelo [Editor's Note: "Angelo" is a poster who questioned the reasoning behind the Fire Fighters having a memorial last week. This writer is a Fire Fighter answering him back]..

 POST     You seem extremely concerned about what your tax dollars pay for. Let me help you with that. Though not nearly a complete list, here are what your tax dollars do pay for: When all others are relaxing at home, enjoying their families, firefighter’s—on or off duty—are the ones to drop what they are doing and respond to an emergency. That emergency may be in your home, may be on Christmas day, may be at 2:00 AM on a frigid January night, but the fire department will be there. Whether it is an event as catastrophic as a cozy fireplace fire gone bad, a cooking fire eating up a kitchen, an electrical fire in a homes wall, or a car accident with entrapment, the fire department will be there. In a situation as terrifying as a grandfather having a heart attack, a 4 month old having a seizure, or a mother going into labor unexpectedly, the fire department will be there.   

     Further, calls that might seem trivial to the general public are personal emergencies to those going through it: a burst water pipe filling up a basement, a family cat trapped in a heating duct, or a resident locked out of their home in the middle of the night, you got it—the fire department will be there. The gamut of personal tragedy witnessed and the assistance provided by the fire department is something that most individuals can’t fathom.

     Though not as frequent as in a more populated city or town, Hopkinton is not immune to the misfortunes that may befall anyone at anytime. On a daily basis, firefighters are involved in situations that are not only tragic or scary, but in situations where the work is disgusting, grueling, and often punishing. Dodging various bodily fluids on medical calls, cutting down trees and dragging hose through wooded areas to combat a brush fire on a 90-degree day, and aiding in the clean up of hazardous material on the highway are all things that a firefighter just does. The men and women on any fire department see and deal with more graphic and sordid things than most will ever realize.

     Do we have down time at the station? Yes, we do.

     Doesn’t everyone in every profession have relative down time? Here’s what we do with ours: We inventory and maintain the equipment (paid for by tax dollars) on a daily basis. We make sure that each truck and the associated gear are not only ready to roll at a moments notice, but are ready to roll for years to come. We ensure that the apparatus will remain efficient and in service for the entirety of its allocated life. Each firefighter participates in on-duty training to ensure that are services are current, efficient, and adapted to best serve the community. Whether it be the latest in medical care such as updated albuterol-assistance programs or fire training such as advanced building search techniques, the fire department aims to keep up-to-date and proficient. FULL POSTING

Look, up in the Sky...

June 25, 2007 — This jet, identified by someone on the ground as an F-15 (See Large photo), was photographed flying relatively slow and low over Weston Nurseries, before it flew over the NStar facility, on the Saturday before the election.

MBCC ~ Against the Tide

June 25, 207 Jean Martens of Dedham takes a bit of the Reservoir with her as she lifts her arms out of the water at the at the  Massachusetts Breast cancer Coalition Swim Against the Tide on Saturday. Scroll down for HopNews video.

Special Olympics vs Hopkinton Police

June 25, 2007 — Pitcher Daniel Kinchla put steam on his pitches two weekends ago, like this one to Kelly Matter, as Patrolman Phil Powers, wearing #33 and an interesting cap, plays catcher at the Laborers Training Center.

Hopkinton Parks and Recreation presents the first summer concert on the common 

July 9, 2007 5:00 to 7:30pm

The Reminisants


The Reminisants have been entertaining audiences of all ages throughout New England since 1973.


Although primarily categorized as an Oldies act, the band's repertoire features dance music that appeals to a variety of musical tastes across several generations. The Reminisants have performed for just about every type of function imaginable including corporate functions, elementary school assemblies, senior citizen events, birthday parties, bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings, anniversaries, harbor and ocean cruises, concerts and parades. Each year they entertain on a weeklong cruise to Bermuda (on Norwegian Cruise Lines) and will perform on the island at St. George's Heritage Day Festival. Their Oldies routines are a favorite at car shows and rallies sponsored by national and regional car clubs and auto dealers.


The band was formed in 1973. Dom "Rocky" Viscione, vocalist and guitarist, co-founded the band with lead singer and high school best-friend Mike "Teen Angel" Joyal. They have nurtured the act over many years to its current five-man compliment. Dom's wit and lyric ability is unmatched anywhere while Mike really knows how to handle an audience.


The Reminisants are proud of their reputation as one of Boston's most enduring and consistent stage acts. The Band averages over 120 performances a year and currently books engagements 6 to 18 months in advance.

For additional Information about The Reminisants and current or future availability, please contact:

Bob Spitaleri @ 781-233-8560 or EMAIL us

Groundhog, heron, coyote... 

June 24, 2007 — The HopNews video camera spent a short amount of time yesterday in the Blackstone Valley and found wildlife everywhere.  Check out a heron eating a fish, a groundhog in a pipe, and a coyote in a field.

Rockin' and Boppin'

June 24, 2007 — This robin keeps a wary eye on the photographer, last week at Hopkinton State Park.

Rifles 101

June 24, 2007 — HopNews photographer Ben Lewis fires a rifle under the watchful eye of NRA Instructor Major Richard Keogh, U.S. Army, Ret., at the range during the NRA-sponsored event at the Hopkinton Sportsmen's Club on Saturday.




    Stop in to the Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street on Wednesday, June 27 for the Vendor Bonanza.  Hours are 11:00 – 1:00 and 5:00 – 8:00. Vendors include 2 Hipchicks, Souther Living at Home, Tastefully Simple, Longaberger, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Leighton Claire Paperie, Laura W. Designs, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Patty’s Ponchos and Christine Cards, Inc. There will be a teas tasting sponsored by Upton Tea Company, a bake sale and our Café will be open for light lunch and supper.

     This is a great way to see items that are not available in stores.  Proceeds benefit the senior nutrition program.

Men's Winner

June 24, 2007 — Greg O'Neil of Hopkinton was the winner in the men's swimming event at Saturday's MBCC Against the Tide at Hopkinton State Park. Scroll down for video.

State Police Identify, Arrest Suspect in Attempted Car Jacking in Saugus


Today, at approximately 2:37 p.m., troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Danvers responded to assist Saugus Police investigate a report of an attempted car jacking that took place against an adult female in her vehicle at the Circuit City parking lot on the Lynn Fells Parkway near Route 1 in Saugus.


Preliminary investigation by Sergeant Stephen Altieri, of the Danvers Barracks, indicates at approximately 2:37 p.m. an adult female reported that a male assaulted her with a handgun in her vehicle while she was parked in the Circuit City parking lot on the Lynn Fells Parkway.  She fought with the attacker and he left the area.  State Police and Saugus Police searched the area for several hours but were unable to locate the suspect.  During the investigation, State Police were able to identify the suspect as 47 year-old John L. Jumper of Saugus.


At approximately 9:00 p.m., Saugus Police were able to locate Jumper, where he was detained subsequently arrested by State Police.  Jumper was charged with 1.) Attempted Car Jacking; 2.) Assault and Battery; 3.) Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon.

People on the Street Interviews


June 24, 2007 — HopNews video team of David Sheehan and Ben Lewis take the camera and microphone to get the feelings from residents of all ages about the war in Iraq, an extended school year, driving license restrictions, etc. See a 10 year-old Nick Carrazzan fire a rifle under the supervision. Video edited by David Sheehan.

Sophie Kaminski, 98


Sophie Kaminski, 98, of Hopkinton died June 21, 2007 in the Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Natick. Born in Canada she was the daughter of the late Charles and Anna (Lazowski) Bakinowski. She was also the wife of the late Joseph Kaminski who died in 1990.
     Mrs. Kaminski was a Hopkinton resident since 1967 and a member of Saint John's Church of Hopkinton. She was also an active member of the Hopkinton Senior Center. Arrangements Complete

Against the Tide 2007


June 23, 2007 — The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition held its annual Against the Tide Swim, walk and kayak event at Hopkinton State Park. See video footage above of  Deborah Shields explaining  the particulars of the event.

Fatal Crash on Route 24 South in Avon

Driver NOT wearing seatbelt


June 23, 2007 — Yesterday, at approximately 4:10 p.m. troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Milton responded to a two-vehicle crash on Route 24 South, prior to Exit # 19 in Avon that resulted in one fatality.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Brad Kessel indicates 59 year-old Frederick R. Cournoyer of Raynham was operating a 2003 Saturn Ion on Route 24 South in the right lane when he lost control of his vehicle, crossed all three travel lanes and crashed into the median guardrail.  After striking the guardrail, Cournoyer’s Saturn crossed back into the right lane where it collided with a 2002 Ford pickup operated by 46 year-old Brian L. Kendrew of East Bridgewater.  Cournoyer, who was not wearing his safety belt, was ejected from the vehicle as a result of the crash.  Cournoyer was transported by ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton with serious injuries, and was later pronounced deceased.  Kendrew, who was wearing his safety belt, was not injured in the crash.  


This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. The Avon Police Department, Avon Fire Department, Stoughton Police Department, Stoughton Fire Department and MassHighways assisted troopers at the scene.


During the crash investigation and vehicle removal, all travel lanes of Route 24 South were closed for approximately 1.5 hours.  During this time, traffic was diverted around the crash into the breakdown lane. 


Editor's Note: Many of the reports HopNews presents about fatal crashes are less about the actual news value than the educational value: Many of the victims of fatalities are not wearing seat belts and are ejected from their vehicles as the violence of impact can cause doors to fly open. Some get ejected through a shattered windshield. It is not a bad subject to broach with a newly licensed driver, or driver-to-be.

It's a Rap

June 22, 2007 — Karen Webb, writer and producer of the movie-in-progress, Green Grass, The Film, explains the upcoming dialogue to sound crew members as they set up for a shot at the Hopkinton Gourmet this evening.

      The screenplay, built around two immigrant landscapers, one from Ireland and one from Brazil, one legal and one not, has won Second Prize in the 2007 Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition and is expected to be completed this summer.

Primary Colors

June 22, 2007 —These red, green and blue bands were photographed from South Street this afternoon after the storm passed the area and the sun peeked through the western sky.

Photo Tip: A rainbow appears after a storm passes in the sky opposite the sun, as long as it is still raining in that opposite sky.

Fifteen Bells

June 22, 2007 —Firefighters saluted outside of the Firehouse this morning in respect for the nine Firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty in South Carolina this week. Scroll down for video of ceremony.

 Enjoy Life Club

June 22, 2007 — What do kids do at 7:30 am on the first full day of vacation? Go back to school, of course, to learn how to enjoy life.

New to Hopkinton? Join the Hopkinton Newcomers Social Club!

            Potential new members are cordially invited to attend our:


HNSC 2007 Family Potluck Picnic

Saturday, June 30, 2007, 1 to 3 pm

7 Sylvan Way, Hopkinton


RSVP by June 27 to Susan Brownworth, HNSC President. Phone: 508-435-2248; E-mail: susanbrownworth@aol.com


Singles, couples, and families with children welcome Please bring a dish to share.


HNSC members enjoy social events, family events, interest groups like Gourmet Club, Ladies Night Out, Creative Neighbors Craft Group, Bunco, Book Club, and Scrapbooking.

P.O. Box 209, 83 Wood Street, Hopkinton, Massachusetts 01748
Telephone 508-497-9768 Fax 508-497-9761


     Hayden Rowe St from Main St to Fenton St will be closed (weather pending) to through traffic from 7am to 3:30pm on Thursday June 28 and Friday June 29 for milling and resurfacing of the roadway. Residents will be able to get through to their homes and businesses that are located along this section of Hayden Rowe St.
     Please do not park along the sides of the road as it will interfere with the construction project.
     Thank you for your cooperation during this project. ~Mike Mansir, Highway Manager


at Center School

The end of the school year can be so bittersweet. The children have grown individually and collectively and learned lessons that will be with them for life. Mrs. Kane’s First Grade class at Center School recently performed AESOP’S FABLES for their families. The class has worked hard since March to memorize their lines and understand the morals of each story they told. They also performed “So Long, Farewell” from the Sound of Music as well as “We’re All in This Together” from High School Musical along with a choreographed dance number. All in attendance were proud of the children’s teamwork and the superb leadership and guidance by a very dedicated teacher in Mrs. Kane. We all look forward to second grade and leave a special place in our hearts for those awesome memories of Center School. ~ Kathy LaFlash


Firemen's Prayer 

June 22, 2007— Hopkinton Fire Lt. William Miller organized a Firemen's Prayer today with the ringing of 15 bells to honor the nine Firefighters who lost their lives in South Carolina. According to Lt. Miller, Fire Departments across the state were asked to participate by the Mass Fire Chaplains.

Sophie Kaminski, 98, of Hopkinton died June 21, 2007 in the Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Natick. Born in Canada she was the daughter of the late Charles and Anna (Lazowski) Bakinowski. She was also the wife of the late Joseph Kaminski who died in 1990.
      Mrs. Kaminski was a Hopkinton resident since 1967 and a member of Saint John's Church of Hopkinton.
      She is Survived by 3 children Joseph Kaminski, Verne Kaminski and Jeanne Melanson.
      Information and Arrangements are still incomplete and are under the direction of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

Alfred Francis Hughes, 66, of Hopkinton died unexpectedly on June 20,
2007 at Mass. General Hospital in Boston. Born in Waltham, he was the son of
the late Francis and Anna J. (Sanders) Hughes.

Mr Hughes had worked in Mass General Hospital as an Operation Room Nurse and Supervisor for 35 years before he retired. Arrangements Complete

 School Comittee Meeting

School Building Projects Underway
“Your steam boiler was never resized for the two additions added since 1927” ~ Bruce Norian, Engineer
Middle School Roof Replacement Begins August 1st

By David Hamacher

June 21, 2007 — School Director of Finance, Mr. Geoffrey MacDonald (File photo) delivered project status updates of ‘the very ambitious summer project schedule for 2007 at the last regularly scheduled School Committee meeting for the season held last evening. “We’ll take these one by one as outlined in the written material provided,” he said as he introduced Mr. Bruce Norian, from Norian Siani Engineering, who is heading up the Center School boiler replacement project.

center school boiler
     “Basically, you have an 80 year old boiler there, and usually we would be talking about the second

 replacement boiler,” Mr. Norian said. “Your steam boiler was never resized to account for the two additions that have been added since 1927 when the original boiler was installed,” he explained.
      Mr. Norian went on to explain that he had asked the six companies who have already taken out bid specifications for different levels of services in their bids. The first level would be for the main boiler replacement and another level would account for the installation of two boilers that would both reduce the energy costs, and more importantly, make it less expensive to convert the system over when and if administration offices were moved to Center following the relocation of all students to another facility. “We would then be talking about spending hundreds of dollars for conversion, not thousands,” he announced. Costs and available funds will dictate which option will be implemented.

middle school roof
     Mr. Jorge Cruz from Flansburgh Architects walked the committee through an elaborate project plan that calls for several different items in different phases. Certain roof sections ‘already on their last legs’ will be addressed this summer to reduce additional damage another winter might bring. “We’re going to use an infrared camera to make sure we can identify all areas where corrosion may have started, to make sure we don’t miss any areas,” Mr. Cruz explained. FULL STORY

Next Stop, Akron, Ohio

June 22, 2007 — Nate Langh, 11, JR Barnes, 12, and Drew Dawson, 13, each won in their division at a recent meet in Northampton, giving them a place at the 70th running of the All-American Soap-Box Derby in Akron, Ohio on July, 21, 2007. JR is a third generation soap-boxer, whose father, Bob, explained that the vehicles come in kits and can take as little as one weekend,, "But it can take weeks to get it to go fast," Mr. Barnes said.


Women's Art Forum presents
A One-Day Women's Summer Camp Retreat
with Christine Kane
Saturday, July 14, 2007,   9AM - 4Pm
Hayes Lodge, Metrowest YMCA, Hopkinton MA
cost $60 (or $70 including lunch - otherwise bring your own picnic!)

      Please join The Hopkinton Women's Art Forum for a One-Day Summer Camp and Retreat with Christine Kane! Christine is not only gifted at running groups on exploring and applying creativity ...but she is a wonderful singer-songwriter celebrity traveling here from North Carolina.

      Christine, is also funny, honest, spiritual in the everyday sense and very reality-based. Come join other creative women as we explore ideas of intent, inspiration, motivation, action, and gratitude, as well as moving through doubt, fear and other obstacles that we each face on the paths of our dreams. Christine will guide us as we create a "Vision Board," a fun and visual way to map out our next steps while daring to "dream big." Both practical and spiritual, the tools Christine uses are invaluable to helping participants begin living their "Great Big Dream". The day will end with a private mini-concert with Christine.
      This day long event will take place in Hopkinton on July 14th to explore issues of our own creativity and to find ways put them to work out in the world. We have about 10 more openings so please respond if you might be interested in reserving a spot as soon as possible. The fee for the entire day is $60 and there is also an option of ordering a $10 lunch provided by Sauce on Main Café that sounds delicious!!
      For details and registration for this Women's Art Forum hosted Summer Camp Day Retreat with Christine Kane contact Barbara Kessler at

All's Well...

June 21, 2007 — Doreen Garner, Firefighter Mike Prescott, and Patrolman Tom Griffin leave the woods off of Pond Street where they just put out a campfire that someone left smoldering.



Please Volunteer!
What: Marrow Donor Drive for registration with the National Marrow Donor Program
When: Sunday, June 24, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Miscoe Hill School, 148 North Ave, Mendon, MA 01756

Donors will be registered with the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) and are making a commitment to be available for any patient.


Please do not eat or drink for at least one hour before the test

For more information, please visit www.dfci.org/nmdp  or contact us at:866-875-DFCI (3324) or nmdpdonor@dfci.harvard.edu


Map orientation is standard, w/North on top.



Framed in Time

June 21, 2007 — The subject matter in the center of the photograph is framed and made more pronounced by the natural vignette formed by the canopy of trees, as the road turns right. Photographed yesterday on Pond Street.

Only Flat on the Bottom

June 21, 2007 — A young man who was reportedly driving on a flat tire for quite a while last night was taken into custody, presumably for suspicion of OUI, after performing a field sobriety test on West Main Street. The use of cellular telephones by the general public seems to have increased the  number of citizen-initiated OUI arrests in recent years.

Gone but not Forgotten

June 21,2007 — Woodville resident Karl Mighton, who passed away in 2005, is remembered by friends who have placed flowers at his memorial bench at the Whitehall Dam overflow.

State Police Investigate Crash on Route 90 West in Ludlow

 Arrest one for Attempted Murder


Yesterday, June 20, 2007 at approximately 8:45 p.m. troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Charlton responded to a single vehicle crash on Route 90 westbound west of interchange 7 (at mile-marker 52.6) in Ludlow that resulted in one arrest for Attempted Murder. 


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Peter Neilly indicates that 64 year-old Harold D. Palmer of Springfield was operating a 2000 BMW 323I on Route 90 West when he became involved in an altercation with his adult female passenger. At some point Palmer purposely drove the BMW off the right shoulder of the roadway and into the wood-line striking several trees. Both Palmer and the adult female passenger were wearing safetybelts at the time of the crash and were uninjured in the crash.


Palmer was arrested and transported to the State Police Barracks in Charlton were he was booked for 1) Attempted Murder, 2) Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (Motor Vehicle), 3) Domestic Assault and Battery, 4) Operating to Endanger and 5) Marked Lanes Violation. Palmer is scheduled for arraignment today in Palmer District Court. 


This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Detectives Unit in Hampden County. The Mass Turnpike Authority Maintenance Section assisted troopers at the scene.

Huge Yard Sale

Saturday-June 23rd rain or shine. 8am-11am(no early birds)

43 Proctor Street, Hopkinton

Items to be sold:
-hockey equipment ie: skates and goalie equipment -snowboard and boots. -Silpada jewelry -baby and toddler clothes  -baby toys and some furniture, -bikes -comforters and sheet sets - miscellaneous items

No Sour Grapes Here

June 20, 2007 — Elisabeth Kistner hands Mary McQueeny of the Respite Center a check for $28 as part of the proceeds from a lemonade stand she and some friends operated (Photo within photo), like she had done at 5 years old for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

      After a visit with her Elmwood School class, Elisabeth spoke with her very proud parents and put together the plan.

Alfred Hughes, 66

Alfred Hughes, 66, of Hopkinton died Wednesday morning at Mass. General Hospital in Boston. Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com

James L. Ferris, 78

Ogunquit Maine- James L. Ferris, 78, of Ogunquit Maine and formerly of Hopkinton, died Friday, June 8, 2007 at his home. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Robert and Alice Augusta (Thompson) Ferris. Donations Welcome


Rocky Woods Road (Off Rte 135 - Hopkinton)
Saturday, June 23rd
(Rain date: Sunday, June 24th)
8am – Noon

Household & kitchen items, furniture, electronics,
kids clothes, shoes, baby items,
toys, bikes, books, videos, games, and more!

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