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The Third Annual Hopkinton Tennis Tournament will be held September 20- 23 at the Hopkinton High School courts for town residents, 18 years old and up, with first round matches played prior to that weekend at players' convenience. Divisions include singles, doubles and mixed doubles in beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.  For more information, go to www.hopkintontennis.com

My, What Big Teeth You Have

July 2, 2007 — This snake should have no trouble keeping most potential predators away as the markings on the sides of his mouth make him appear to have gigantic teeth. Several humans saw the snake's head in the water and were waiting on shore to look or take photographs, spooking him and making his stay shorter than he had anticipated. According to reader Susan Ranney, above is a Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon sipedon). Its pattern can be subtle, but is best seen when the snake is wet, as above. They are not poisonous, but can be pretty aggressive biters when handled, and are quite common in every type of wetland in Massachusetts.

All Together Now

July 1, 2007 — Alice LaGoy and Anna Coleman navigate a two-person boat near the dam on Hopkinton Reservoir Saturday.

RJs Run to Benefit Massachusetts Chapter
of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

July 1, 2007— To honor the memory of their son R.J., who was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident on July 22, 2006 at the age of 21, the Penney Family will host the 2nd Annual RJ’s Run motorcycle ride. The event will be held on the first anniversary of RJ’s death — July 22, 2007.
Registration for RJ’s Run will be held from 9 to 11 AM at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club, 252 Wood Street—Route 135, in the Woodville section of Hopkinton. Riders will leave the Rod and Gun Club promptly at 11 AM and return to the Rod and Gun Club for a barbecue. The cost is $20 per bike and $10 per non-biker, and all proceeds will be donated in RJ’s memory to the Massachusetts Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
RJ’s dad, Rick, said, “This is the second of what we plan to make an annual Run in RJ’s name.
Last year’s run drew over 200 bikes, and we hope this year’s ride will be even bigger. RJ would have loved it, especially since all of the proceeds will go to a charity. RJ enjoyed riding in charity events, so he would be pleased that this year’s ride will benefit the Massachusetts Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.”
For more information about RJ’s Run or to register for the run, contact Kathy or Rick Penney at 508-435-5571 or email them at info@rjsrun.com . Please visit the website which has been set up for the run — www.rjsrun.com  — for updates of RJ’s Run details. All motorcyclists and motorcycle clubs are welcome! Non bikers are also welcome to see the riders off from the Rod and Gun Club at 11 AM or enjoy the barbecue immediately following the run.

Striking a Pose

July 4, 2007 — This squirrel's attention was intently aimed toward the photographer, who knew the pose wouldn't last long. Photographed Saturday.

State Police Investigate Fatal Crash on Route 1 North in Malden

Driver not wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash


July 1, 2007 — Yesterday, at approximately 5:55 a.m., troopers assigned to the State Police Revere Barracks responded to a single vehicle crash on Route 1 North near Lynn Street in Malden that resulted in on fatality.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Robert Navas indicates that 18 year-old Elijah B. Meadows of Lynn, was operating a 1995 Ford Probe hatchback on Route 1 North near Lynn Street in Malden when he struck the center median barrier and spun out into the right travel lane.  Meadows was transported by ambulance with serious injuries to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital where he was later declared deceased.  


Preliminary investigation indicates that Meadows was not wearing a safety belt at the time of 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.  Malden Fire Department and MassHighways assisted troopers at the scene. 

Kathleen Mahoney is New Greyhound Friends President

July 1, 2007 – Greyhound Friends of Hopkinton, one of the nation’s leading organizations for greyhound adoptions, has announced Kathleen Mahoney as the organization’s new president.  Mrs. Mahoney, a Wellesley resident, has been a long time supporter and greyhound owner.  In 1995 she adopted her first greyhound, Pops, who died in 2004 at 12 years old.   She and her husband, Citizens Bank executive vice chairman Bob Mahoney, have since adopted 4 other retired greyhounds into their family. 

Kathy Mahoney has been a board member of the Greyhound Friends since 2001.  Her involvement with the organization began when she started volunteering in 2000.  Says Mahoney, “I have a passion for Greyhounds, and really love the organization. I've met many devoted, wonderful people. It's a blessing to be united with so many fine people with a common goal to take care of retired racers and find each one a loving, responsible home.”  Greyhound Friends has placed thousands of dogs with adoptive families since the non-profit group’s inception in 1983. 


As the newly elected president, Mahoney has several key objectives for the organization.  One goal is to increase adoptions.  Tactics include school visits, meet and greets, publicity in magazines and newspapers, and building relationships with organizations and businesses. “The dogs are truly their own best ambassadors. Simply taking walks with them raises public awareness,” explains Mahoney.


“One tactic that I employ is to talk about my greyhounds whenever I sense an opportunity.  My daughters laugh whenever I work the topic of greyhounds into conversations.  They think:  there she goes again.”


With regard to fundraising, Mahoney and the board have begun to plan an event to commemorate the Greyhound Friends’ 25th anniversary in May of 2008.  Though planning is in the early stages, Mahoney hinted that “we want to incorporate greyhound history and greyhounds in art—both topics rich with interesting information—in an effort to increase appreciation of this special breed and to attract a larger audience to this milestone event.” 


The anniversary event will honor the achievement of Greyhound Friends’ founder, Louise Coleman, who launched the organization out of her Cambridge apartment.  “I think Louise Coleman is a heroine,” says Mahoney.  “She took in any dog, despite a lack of space, to provide them with a chance to live out their retirement in a loving environment. Louise is often considered to be the founder of greyhound adoption.” ~Photo by John Mottern


To learn more about Greyhound Friends, please visit www.greyhound.org  

SNL - United Way


July 1, 2007 — Peyton Manning needs to be censored in this Saturday Night Live parody of a charitable public service announcement. Over 3 million people have seen this video on YouTube.


Watchful Eye

June 30, 2007 — This turkey vulture might have appeared to be somewhere in the Southwest, if it were  not for the oak leaves on either side of its perch. However, it was in Hopkinton watching vehicles leave the State Park this afternoon.

Walking on the Water

June 30, 2007 — This cormorant does its signature run on top of the water today as it tries to get the speed it needs to fly. The bird spends most of its time diving in the water, getting its wings water-logged, making it difficult to take off without first running to gain speed. It can be a strange sight indeed to see them on land after diving, stretching their wings to dry for minutes at a time, before taking a flight of any distance. Photographed today at the Hopkinton Reservoir.

State Police C.A.R.E. About July 4th Traffic Safety


Above, Secretary of Public Safety Kevin M. Burke &  Colonel Mark F. Delaney, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police speaks about what the Massachusetts State Police will be doing to reduce traffic crashes through the holiday period.


July 30, 2007 — In an effort to reduce the number of crashes on New England roadways during the upcoming July 4th Holiday Weekend, the Massachusetts State Police hosted a media event on Friday, June 29, 2007 at State Police Headquarters in Framingham, highlighting the department’s participation in Operation C.A.R.E, a national organization. The recognized CARE holiday period. runs from July 3rd through July 8th and it is a Combined Accident Reduction Effort between seven State Police Agencies comprised of all six New England states and the state of New York. This event also kicked off the Drunk Driving Over the Limit Under Arrest mobilization which runs from July 2nd through July 15th.

C.A.R.E. enters its 30th year of operation in 2007. This makes it one of the longest running traffic safety initiatives in our nation's history. Operation C.A.R.E. was formed to deter the three key causes of highway fatalities: speeding, impaired operation and failure to use occupant restraints.

The vision that initiated the Operation C.A.R.E. program was born in the minds of Sergeant Gary Ernst of the Michigan State Police and First Sergeant Gene Neff of the Indiana State Police. Operation C.A.R.E. was formed as a multi-jurisdictional program of patrol, enforcement, and planning activities committed to the goal of accident reduction. The first Operation C.A.R.E. weekend was the July 4th holiday weekend in 1977. Today all 50 states, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands, and the Provinces of Ontario and Quebec are actively involved in C.A.R.E., making it an international traffic safety program.

In 2006, over the 4th of July Holiday period, the Commonwealth lost 3 people to fatal crashes on our highways as well as numerous injuries sustained due to impaired operation.

Colonel Mark F. Delaney was on hand to discuss what the Massachusetts State Police will be doing to reduce traffic crashes through the holiday period. “No matter where you travel in the Commonwealth, State and local police will be out in force looking for impaired drivers, aggressive drivers and those who aren’t buckled up”, said Colonel Delaney. Standing next to representatives of all six New England states and New York, he went on to say, “that commitment is shared by State Police throughout the northeast”.

Photo by Trooper Sean Murphy of State Police Media Services

Try the Farmer's Market next Friday


June 30, 2007 — Peter Mezitt takes a crack at interviewing people, above, at the Weston Nurseries Farmer Market yesterday. The vendors have their wares available from 12-6:00 pm.

Statement from Secretary of Public Safety and Security

June 29, 2007 — We are working closely with our federal and local partners to monitor the events in London regarding suspected explosive devices. All indications are that this is an isolated incident, and there is no specific or credible threat to the United States or Massachusetts.

This incident points out that vigilance is often our best defense and our most useful tactic against potential acts of terrorism. This event should not affect how we conduct our business or our daily lives, but reinforces that awareness is a critical component of preparedness.


State Police Apprehend Two Bank Robbers in Saugus



June 29, 2007 — Today, at approximately 3:45 p.m. Lieutenant Robert P. Krom of the State Police A Troop Headquarters in Danvers apprehended 27-year-old Kolten Berg of 15A Court Street in Woburn and 28-year-old Jesse Descavich of 42 Main Street in Somerville for suspicion of an Armed Robbery that occurred in Peabody.


At approximately 3:25 p.m. Lieutenant Krom received a Be On the Look Out (B.O.L.O.) for a white Dodge Pick-up that was involved in a robbery of the Sovereign Bank located at 300 Andover Street in Peabody. Lieutenant Krom took a stationary position on Route 1 southbound south of Route 128 and eventually witnessed Kolten operating a 2000 white Dodge Ram pick-up past his location. He followed the Dodge onto Route 1 South and confirmed the vehicle was reported stolen earlier in the morning. He activated his cruisers lights and stopped the vehicle on Route 1 South in the Prince Restaurant parking lot in Saugus. Lieutenant Krom located items within the Dodge that connected both Berg and Descavich to the Sovereign Bank robbery. They were both taken into custody without incident and transferred to into the custody of the Peabody Police Department for their investigation. Lieutenant Krom charged both Berg and Descavich for Receiving a Stolen Motor Vehicle and a complaint will be sought out of Lynn District Court.  


2007-08 Hopkinton Telephone Directory Ads Due


The Hopkinton Women’s Club is busy preparing the 2007-08 Hopkinton Telephone Directory.  Please contact us at Hopkinton Women’s Club, PO Box 363 or e-mail HopkintonPhoneBook@comcast.net  with any listing requests, additions, deletions, corrections, helpful comments, and/or suggestions for the next directory to be published in October 2007.  All requests are due by July 15th


Thanks to all the club members for a wonderful year.  Along with enjoying new and old friends we were able to give back to the community over $30,000 this year!  If you would like to be part of one of the most philanthropic organizations in Hopkinton, participate in ongoing projects, collaborate to explore new opportunities, and make new friends; come join us!  Our meetings are generally held the second Monday of the month from September thru June.  For further information, please contact Renee Martin, Hopkinton Women’s Club Membership Chairperson at (508) 435-127 or e-mail hopkintonwc@verizon.net.

Special People

June 29, 2007 — Out of all of the vehicles in the photo, which person believes that they are special, and apparently believes that everyone else must be parking the wrong way? A person in a different car did it today also!

Hayden Rowe Street Roadwork Postponed


Due to a mechanical failure of the contractor’s milling machine the road work that was scheduled for Hayden Rowe St from Main St to Fenton St on 6/28 and 6/30 has been postponed until further notice.
~ Mike Mansir, Highway Manager

Ribbon Candy

June 29, 2007 — The orange flowers of this plant that appears at Whitehall (above) and Maspenock open wide to facilitate pollination, while its petals reach out like tongues to catch the falling raindrops. Photographed yesterday during the rain.

Waved Off

June 29, 2007 — Hopkinton Firefighters return an inflatable boat to the main boat at the Lake Whitehall Boat Launch on Tuesday after getting ready to launch but then being waved off by the Hopkinton Police, who were searching for a teen who was fleeing by swimming away. They no longer needed the boat because the swimmer was no longer in the water.

Air Suspension

June 28, 2007 — Daniel DeMore sits on what appears to be a precarious perch but is actually a tree with a series of strong root systems thick enough to ward off another 100 years of shore erosion. He and his friend Matt Chessare took a break from the rest of Hopkinton for the peace and rural atmosphere of Lake Whitehall this afternoon.

HPTA Newsletter Award

The HPTA Newsletter Award was awarded by the Massachusetts PTA to the editors of The Runner and Postscripts for Outstanding Newsletters. On the left is Nancy Burdick, Jean Bertschman, then Kathleen Culler, and then Sandra Livis. Nancy and Sandra were the editors of The Runner, and Kathleen was the editor of Postscripts.

The staff and students of Hopkinton Middle School invite parents to our first annual

IGNITE Sixth Grade Orientation
8:00 am—2:00 pm
August 30, 2007
Students—Brown Gym

The purpose of this orientation is to make the transition from the Hopkins School to the Middle School a positive experience. Eighth graders, led by Mr. Howard and Mr. Gunduz, will be serving as leaders and mentors to the sixth graders. Large and small group activities are designed to address students’ needs and concerns in an enjoyable manner during the morning session.
     A simultaneous parent orientation will be offered by Mr. Bruno and Mr. Verra during the morning session.
    The afternoon will be full of fun activities for the sixth grade students, eighth grade IGNITE Leaders, and parents to enjoy together followed by lunch which will be provided. Wear comfortable clothes and just bring yourself… travel light!
If you have questions , please email the IGNITE Leaders—Evren Gunduz, Bill Howard or Keith Verra.

Water Main Construction Update

June 28, 2007 — The DPW and its engineers met with the contractors installing the water mains on West Main and Spring Street to go over the progress report and estimated time of completion.
     The pipe installation has been completed on West Main and crews are currently working on cleanup and preparing the road for final paving. The road is scheduled to be ground down to base level on July 5th and final paving is being scheduled shortly thereafter.

Crews have installed more than half the pipe on Spring Street and they are now working on the narrow winding portions of the street that require the entire road to be closed during the day. Currently the road is open up to Ralph Road on Spring Street and to Castle Hill from Pond Street. The DPW has asked the contractor to add additional crews to expedite the work. The current estimate for completion is sometime in mid August, depending on the conditions that they encounter including ledge.

~ Eric Carty, Water-Sewer Manager

Seen our FREE Classifieds?


Our Free Classifieds are linked by Framingham.com, and soon will be linked by SouthboroughNews.com. They are really free! Remember to put your town in so people know if you are local or not.


I am a nanny and am looking for a position with a Hopkinton family 3 or 4 days a week. I am a loving, caring, experienced childcare provider. References available upon request. Please contact, Diane dmdoss@verizon.net  or 508-435-8716. Thank you.

     I will be returning to work the first week of June and am looking for an experienced compassionate, responsible caregiver who can provide childcare for our 4 month old daughter and do some light housekeeping. The hours would be approximately 9-5:15 Monday - Friday. In addition to the standard duties of childcare, we would like someone who will read to her, take her for walks and to the library. The housekeeping would consist of unloading the dishwasher, laundry and perhaps some light meal preparation when the baby is asleep. I hope to work from home on occasion but would still require childcare on those days.


We would consider someone who could only work for the summer (college student etc).
The pay is $10 an hour. Must be a non-smoker. CPR/First Aid certification required. We do have a cat.



Looking for rides to and/or from work on certain weekdays. I get to work at 4am (but could be earlier) in Dedham right off 95 a stone's throw from exit 15a and I go home at noon (but could be later) to Framingham. The combination "T" and Lift services take too much time and why give my money to them when I can give it to you? It doesn't have to be everyday and you can choose one way or roundtrip. Perfect for someone who commutes that way and back. Contact 508-250-5565 or fred_doeslaugh@yahoo.co.uk  but please put COMMUTING in subject line or you might get deleted and reported as spam (I get alot of that)

Please visit our discussion pageEditor's Note: A post on Town Talk by "Angelo" suggested that Hopkinton Firefighters should not have participated in a memorial for 9 firefighters killed in South Carolina in front of the Firehouse the other day. That prompted responses from Hopkinton Firefighters, as well as the number one defender of Public Safety, The Show. His post follows:


From: The Show
Date: 27 Jun 2007
Time: 05:54:23 -0700
Remote Name:


Angelo seems to be a true clown. I am sure that he thinks that the 5% sales tax that he pays at Toys R Us on coloring books and Sega games is going to the salaries of the HFD. The basement apartment that he "rents" from his mom surely still has his shirtless Eric Estrada poster on the back of the door. Angelo, I hope you are in need of some assistance someday from the FD or PD and and you see how invaluable those men and women are. I'm sure you have heard the phrase "They are running in as you are running out". Think about that next time you hurt your wrist on your etch a sketch and need assistance. I am sure that you have read, or had read to you, that ALL the firefighters were there on their own time, not on the dime of the town. Even if the duty men were there during the tribute, who cares. During your work day, which I would assume requires a hair net and name plate, do you ever take a minute for yourself? Seriously, you are a fool and should pack it in.

Senator Karen Spilka Votes to Eliminate State Pension Funds’

Sudanese-related Investments

Effort to pressure end to genocide


June 28, 2007 — Senator Karen Spilka voted Tuesday to require the Commonwealth’s Pension Reserves Investment Management Board (PRIM) to divest in certain companies who conduct business within Sudan.  This legislation is aimed at putting economic pressure on the Sudanese government to stop the genocide in the country’s Darfur region.

     “I’m proud of the decisive action the Senate took on this issue,” said Senator Spilka, who spoke on the Senate floor in favor of keeping the legislation focused on its original intentstopping the Sudanese genocide.  “Choosing to not send dollars to those companies that turn a blind eye to systemic violence is a way to make a real impact.  There is a fundamental truth at work heremoney talks.  We are helping to save lives.”

     “By targeting the divestment to certain companies, the goal is to maximize the economic impact on Sudan, while minimizing the effect on the state’s investment returns,” said Senate President Therese Murray. “With this legislation, the Commonwealth is sending a strong message to the Sudanese government that their actions in Darfur are immoral, and that this state will not invest in companies who support this government and ignore the genocide occurring in that country.”

     "Today, with one unanimous voice, the Senate condemned the genocide raging in Darfur by taking the first step toward divesting the state pension system from its modest investment in companies doing business with Sudan," said Senator Edward Augustus. "Not only do I hope today's vote will be a call to action for other states and private investment firms, but state pensioners can rest easy knowing their retirements are secure and not financing human rights abuses and other atrocities."

     “This is an important step forward in moving to act against the genocide in Sudan.  Hundreds of thousands have been killed and millions have been displaced from their homes and villages, and the genocide has continued unabated.  This is one of those times when we can really make a difference, and we must not let the opportunity pass us by.  I am proud that the Massachusetts State Senate has taken this decisive action,” said Senator Harriette Chandler.

     The legislation focuses on divesting from a targeted group of companies who support the Sudanese government, and have not made efforts to aid the portion of the population being victimized.  It does not bar investments from companies who have humanitarian relief efforts in place.

     As a result of targeting certain companies, the legislation would affect investments in only 6 companies or approximately .15 percent of PRIM’s total holdings.  In addition, PRIM has a significant time frame to divest from these companies and also has the option to opt-out of divesting from a company if it will negatively impact investment returns.

     The legislation now returns to the House of Representatives for its final approval.

Scholarship Recipients

Above: Mrs. Vaman Rao, Mrs. Sung, Julie Sung, Mr. Merzel, Adam Merzel, Mrs. Merzel, Kathy Yankee, and Susan Spiegel.

June 27, 2007 —  The Hopkinton Women’s Club Scholarship offers congratulations to its 2007 Women’s Club Scholarship recipients. The Senior Honor Girl recipient, awarded to the senior Hopkinton High School female with the highest GPA, was Julie Sung. The Junior Honor Girl, awarded to the junior HHS female with the highest GPA, recipient was Archana Vaman Rao. The club also awarded the Mary McDonough Service Award to Adam Merzel for his many any outstanding contributions to our community. ~ Hopkinton Women's Club

Richard E. Johnson, 72, of Hopkinton Died Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at the Kindred Care Hospital in Natick. He is the son of the late Ernest H. And Margaret L. (Roberts) Johnson. Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

Erickson Retirement Communities pulls out of

$12 million Terry Land Purchase

Could not overcome wetlands constraints

Click map above for larger version.

Map shows wetlands as green, and buffers around them designated by broken and solid lines.


June 27, 2007 — In a letter dated today, Stan Yeakel, Spokesman for Erickson Retirement Communities, pulled the plug on the 204-acre, 1500-unit retirement community project.

     The Selectmen received notice on September 21, 2006 that Bill and Mary Terry had received a bona fide offer to purchase their land, 204.1 acres, for $12 million.  The land has a special tax status of Chapter 61B, which allows it a lower rate due to its recreational use. A change of use or ownership triggers the town's right of first refusal, similar to the Weston Nurseries land sale.

    The Selectmen voted on November 14, 2006 not to exercise the 61B rights, allowing the Erickson/Terry deal to move forward.

    The company has been investigating ways to make the land work for them, but in the end decided that it did not fit their unique design requirements, which include locating buildings in close proximity to one another. Wastewater discharge would have been another problem, because of the difficulty of disposing onsite, and because the amount generated would have been greater than the intended capacity of the first phase of the Fruit Street Waste Water Treatment Facility. The company had also investigated a pact with the Milford Water Company to supply water to their site.

     In a short interview this morning prior to the release of the letter, Mr. Yeakel said, "You [Hopkinton] gave us a warm reception. The town of Hopkinton is a great place to be.

     "We are looking for a place in Metro West."


Preliminary quarterly Fiscal Year 2008 real estate tax bills payable August 1, 2007, and October 1, 2007 will include a 2.5% increase in addition to the basic amount due.

This procedure is being implemented to improve cash flow for the town, and provide for more even payments by taxpayers throughout the fiscal year.

This action is authorized by Massachusetts General Laws, and will not increase a taxpayer’s total real estate tax liability for Fiscal Year 2008.

John H. Duffy, Chairman
Hopkinton Board of Assessors

Editor's Note: When the first two quarters of tax bills have typically gone out, it has been before the final tax figure, including the yearly 2.5% increase and debt exclusions, has been calculated. That has resulted in lower payments in the first two quarters. This new practice will level the payments more for the taxpayer.

 Board of Selectmen Meeting

Selectmen discuss Legal Policy; Seek to Suspend

 Unfriendly 40b Projects

Selectmen to invite public to speak at start of meetings

June 26, 2007 — The Selectmen, chaired by the Town Moderator, Dr. Bruce Karlin, became the Appointing

Appropriation Committee and reappointed Ron Eldridge and Joseph Karner to their positions on that Committee. The men agreed that this time in the history of their committee is a transition period, due to the Charter-dictated changes and the new role of the Town manager in the budget process.


Public Invited

     When the Selectmen's meeting continued, the group agreed to give the public a greater role in their meetings, with a comment period at the beginning, something that was implemented two years ago, but never really taken advantage of.

     Selectman Mike Shepard suggested that questions be posed ahead of time to the Town Manager, who could research them for an answer in time for the following meeting.

     Selectman Matt Zettek wanted people also to be comfortable with a problem or question that could have come in over the weekend, giving them no time for preparation.

      Selectman Brian Herr suggested, "What about our friends in the press?" looking out to two reporters.

     "I'm fine with that," said Selectmen Chair Muriel Kramer, once a reporter herself, and most recently, just prior to becoming elected, for HopNews.

     The Selectmen decided to let the public speak, and then the press, for a total of about ten minutes, and to keep the agenda times flexible in case no one fills the slot.


New School, New School Building Committee

      School Committee Chair Rebecca Robak stopped by to dissolve the former Elementary School Building Committee that had been initially planned for the Fruit Street property, and establish parameters for appointments to the new one. Among the desired criteria for the membership, as suggested by the state Ms. Robak said, is more educational experience.

     The Fruit Street Elementary School was taken off-line when the NESDEC figures showed a decline of 500 students from the school population over a ten-year period. However, the planned construction of several hundred units on the former Weston Nurseries land is expected to add that number, plus another 200 students to the system over the same time period, giving a net of 200 students more than the current school population, something Ms. Robak has repeatedly stated the system could absorb.

     After meeting with Selectmen, Ms. Robak explained that the new school, called Early Childhood Development Center, would, "Hopefully be located on the grounds of the Elmwood School to tap into water and sewer, and have 16 classrooms and enough space for full time kindergarten." The classrooms could serve 288 students at a time, or 576 total students in a dual session, Ms. Robak explained.

      "We must file a Statement of Intent with the SBA," she said.


Two Great Scouts

June 25, 2007 — Len Holden and Louise Donahue were the recipients of the Good Scout Award at the Hopkinton Country Club this evening in the company of 100 or so friends and associates who stayed for dinner and ceremonies.

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