2007 — This JV Football player catches some air to come down with this
throw during JV Football practice on the Loop Road on Monday.
EMC Captures "Company of the
Year" Award for Network Storage and Management Software
Partners Validate EMC
Velocity² Partner Program
22, 2007 - EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), the world leader in information
infrastructure solutions, today announced that its Velocity² Partner
Program received the highest marks in the two categories it competed in
the Annual Report Card (ARC) from CMP Channel's VARBusiness.
Winners were selected by VARBusiness editorial based on the
survey results of more than 5,000 systems integrators, IT consulting
organizations, value-added resellers (VARs), solution providers and
software developers. Now in the 22nd year, the VARBusiness ARC
Awards recognize outstanding partner programs and superb vendor service
in 15 product and service categories. The ARC awards were announced at
an awards ceremony held on August 21, at the CMP Channel's XChange '07
Conference in Orlando, Florida.
EMC received the number #1 ranking in the Network Storage and Storage
Management Software categories. The EMC Velocity² Partner Program, which
supports EMC’s channel strategy, is focused on developing a balanced
portfolio of motivated, loyal and self-sufficient partners by delivering
a robust program with rich financial rewards to support partner
enablement and provide partners with the opportunity to accelerate their
profitability with EMC.
“EMC is excited and honored to receive the highest ranking in the
VARBusiness ARC Awards for the two categories we competed in: Network
Storage and Storage Management categories. Since the VARBusiness ARC
Awards are based on partner feedback, these two awards validate the
important changes we have made to the Velocity Partner Program. EMC’s
Velocity Partners are befitting from our increased investment in the
channel that provides greater opportunities for them to increase
profitability and makes it easier for them to do business with EMC,”
said EMC’s Mitch Breen, Senior Vice President, Global Channel Strategy
Middlesex County Justice/Crime
DNA Points to
Somerville Man in Serial
Rape/Assault Investigation In
Medford And Somerville
– August 22, 2007 —
Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone’s
office informed the public yesterday that a Somerville man has been
arraigned in Cambridge Superior Court in connection with a series of
alleged rapes and assaults of multiple victims in Medford and
on Spring Street Closes Both Lanes at Site
Crew needs both lanes
In an effort to expedite the final few hundred feet of water main
installation on Spring Street and allow one
lane of travel to be open again, crews will be working until 5:00 p.m.
and the road will remain closed until that time every day until the work
of removing ledge is completed, which is expected to take several days.
Due to the amount of rock and ledge that has been encountered in this
last stretch of the project, it has delayed the completion.
Please be advised that if you are traveling West on Spring Street you
will be able to get as far as Lyford Lane. If you are coming North on
Pond Street or East on Spring Street from the Upton side, you will be
able to get as far as the intersection of Spring and Pond. Every effort
is being made to complete the project as quickly as possible and to open
the road to one lane of traffic again.
~ Eric Carty, Water/Sewer Manager
Movies on the Common?
As the weather turns more like October than August, it might
seem like the wrong time for people to think about a summer
activity. But that's exactly what the Parks and Recreation
Department did last week when they considered changing the
location of the summer movies from behind the Doyle Gym to
the Common for more visibility.
Please read each possible answer and then weigh in with an
2007 — The Hopkinton High School Varsity Football Team began practice on
Monday under the tutelage of Head Coach David Hughes for the 31st year
in a row.
Scott Mario Casassa, 51
Scott Mario Casassa, 51,
of Hopkinton, died unexpectedly, Sunday, August 19, 2007 in Martha's
Vineyard. Born in Virginia, he was the son of Bruce Dan and Priscilla
(Cheney) Casassa of Seabrook, NH. He was the husband toArlene (Lemoncelli)
Casassa of Hopkinton.
A resident of Hopkinton for 15 years, he grew up in
Seabrook, NH and had formerly lived in Dallas, TX and Grafton. A member
of St. John's Church in Hopkinton, he worked at the Raytheon Company for
21 years and was currently a materials engineer in the Marlborough
facility. He was also a member of the Management Organization at
Raytheon. He was a Hopkinton Youth Basketball coach. He graduated
Cornell University and had also received his MBA from the Southern
Methodist University in Dallas, TX.
INVITED TO ST. PAUL’S “WELCOME BACK SUNDAY”
at 10:00 am
HOPKINTON, MASS. (August 21, 2007) -- St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 61
Wood Street (Rte. 135) will be kicking off its fall schedule with
“Welcome Back Sunday,” September 9. Church School registration will
begin at 10:00. Church School classes will be offered for children ages
three and up, and a Nursery will be provided for infants and toddlers.
Worship will begin at 10:30 a.m., with the children joining their
parents in the church at 11:15 for communion. The service will be
followed by fellowship and a pot luck brunch. Everyone is welcome!
Every Sunday at St. Paul’s is family-oriented, with Child Care, Church
School and Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. After every service everyone is
invited to the Parish Hall for coffee hour and fellowship.
Middlesex County Justice/Crime
65-Year-Old Everett Man Ordered Held
Without Bail At Arraignment In Connection With Alleged Murder Of Ex-Wife
District Attorney Gerry Leone’s office informed the public today that an
Everett man was ordered held without bail at his arraignment this
morning in connection with the alleged murder of his ex-wife, Dorothy
Philbrook, age 65, also of Everett.
George Philbrook, age 65, was arrested late
Friday night by Malden Police in connection with the shooting that
occurred earlier that evening. He was arraigned this morning in Malden
District Court on charges of murder, unlawful possession of a firearm,
possession of a defaced firearm, carrying a firearm while intoxicated,
and resisting arrest. Presiding judge Lee Johnson ordered him held
Stalls Hopkinton Square Project
concerns at top of open issues
2007 — Peter Markarian and Chuck Joseph, calling their partnership CJPM
Realty Trust, LLC, met again with the Planning Board this evening for a
continued public hearing on their bold plan to develop Hopkinton
Square, a 100,000 square foot shopping/office complex proposed for the
corner of West Main and South Streets. The pair has been before the
Conservation Commission, which has yet to issue a formal approval, and
the Board of Appeals, which approved the two proposed drive-through
windows, but restricted their uses to a bank, dry cleaner,
photo-processing, or drugstore/pharmacy. The use of a drive-through for
food would not have been allowed.
The partners explained that a shared parking plan with an abutter is
part of the recorded deeds. However, a memo from Town Planner, Elaine
Lazarus said that she would defer this ruling to the Zoning Enforcement
Resident Jane Moran suggested that the Planning Board consider the
number of accidents that have occurred at the South and West Main Street
intersection. She also implored the board to force the developer to
install sidewalks, and make other safety improvements. Mrs. Moran is a
Southborough Police Sergeant.
At the last meeting, EMC Director of Real Estate and Planning, Lisa
Ferdenzi requested that the group provide screening for their adjacent
day care facility and an do an acoustical study. The partners have
promised screening on the property of the two abutters across West main
Street from the project to mitigate the effects of the project on that
part of the neighborhood.
"You provided screening for the West Main Street residents, but you
don't want to do that for EMC," she said. EMC is a Hopkinton-based,
South Street company that has boasted revenue of around $11 billion [not
a typo] in both 2005 and 2006. The company has a headquarters and a day
care abutting the proposed development, as well as many other buildings
further on up South Street.
Mr. Markarian said, "We believe it is adequate. We are not adding any
more than is there now."
Ms. Ferdenzi then turned to the Board and asked them to consider the
request. She also asked, "What did the consultants say about the left
turn onto South Street?" Ms. Ferdenzi, as well as this writer, has asked
that there be no left turn allowed coming out of the development onto
South Street, but that the traffic needing to travel east on West Main
Street exit the property on West Main Street instead.
Resident Bea McMullen agreed with this writer that the traffic coming
from the east should not be allowed to enter the property from West Main
Street, but should go up South Street and turn right onto the property
instead to prevent gridlock.
"The traffic is already horrendous. Why should they pay?" said Planning
Board Chairman, Mark Abate, defending the applicant.
The applicants were looking for a decision from the board this evening,
and some members appeared ready to vote until board member Carol DeVeuve
questioned the West Main Street traffic plan. The plan that was put in
place for the most recent reconstruction of the intersection has a 500'
long merge lane heading west, but the Hopkinton Square plan would
shorten that to 350' to accommodate a left turn lane.
"I want to see what FST [Faye Spofford and Thorndike, traffic engineers
for the town] says before I vote," Mrs. DeVeuve said.
"And the Police Chief," added member John Coolidge.
"My concern is that it doesn't seem adequate as it is, and now you're
cutting it down to 350'," she said. Traffic is often gridlocked
during rush hour at that merge, all the way back to the Route 495 light.
"I want to see the report," Mrs. DeVeuve said.
Vice Chair RJ Dourney and member Sandy Altamura agreed.
The board continued the Public Hearing until September 10, 2007 at 9:30
Scott M. Casassa, 51
Scott M. Casassa,
51, of Hopkinton Died suddenly August 19, 2007 on Martha's Vineyard. He
is the husband of Arlene Casassa of Hopkinton. Arrangements are
incomplete at this time and under the direction of the Chesmore Funeral
Home of Hopkinton.
When a cell phone goes through the washer
McNamara, News Editor,
Desk phone rings. Wife on the line.
Her: "Don't know how it happened,
but the cell phone went through the
Me, sounding criminally dumb: "Is it
Her: "Uh, no, it went through the
(Only later did I think of the
snappy comeback: "And what exactly
do you mean by you don't know how it
happened? The thing didn't up and
leap into the washer, now
Her next gambit is to rummage around
for a way to pin the rap on me.
Neither of us has much use for a
cell phone, so we share one, a
four-year-old, plain-Jane Nokia
3595. I hadn't used it in quite some
time. I didn't load the washing
machine. Ipso, facto ... It's a
half-hearted try on her part, which
she quickly abandons in favor of a
Her: "Do you have anyone there who
might know whether it will dry out
Me: "You mean like a Network World
Underwater Gadget Guy?" (No, I'm not
quick enough to have said that, but
it was the gist of this part of the
conversation and I wasn't taking
notes, so please work with me.)
Her: "Don't be a ..."
Me: "I'll ask around."
Tim's office is next door to mine,
so I ask Tim.
Me: "Tim, someone - I don't want to
say who - put our cell phone through
the washing machine. Any chance
it'll dry out?"
Tim: "Tell Julie that, yes, it'll
Me: "And work again?"
Tim: "I think so. I've heard of it
happening. ... Who was it? ... Oh,
yeah, Neal; someone in Neal's family
did the same thing and I'm pretty
sure the phone worked again."
Never having been party to a
cell-phone washing previously, at
this point I'm somewhat startled to
learn that not only has it happened
before but it's happened to a
colleague right here in the office.
Since then I've learned that this
kind of goof is actually quite
common: A Google search for
"phone in the washer" turns up
9,000 pages of such soggy tales.
11:43 am A
caller reported that a man was exposing himself on the Loop Road...
Sgt. Michael Sutton and Officers Linda Higgins and Timothy Brennan
responded along with the Fire Department to a motor vehicle versus a
tanker truck accident, with personal injury, on West Main Street...
4:12 pm A
caller reported hearing gun shots from shooters in the old pit property
on Fruit Street...
12:52 pm A
caller from Priscilla Road reported that she backed up into a 4 1/2 year
ESL Presents You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and 8
Stage Left Theater will be presenting You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown on
August 31 and September 1 at 8:00 p.m., and on September 8 at 2:00 p.m.
and 8:00 p.m. at St. John’s Parish Hall on Church Street in Hopkinton.
This popular musical, based on Charles Schultz’s Peanuts comic strip,
will be performed by ESL’s Summer Stock and features young performers
from Hopkinton, Hopedale, and Milford. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10
for students and seniors.
“This production of Charlie Brown is a pilot project,’” said Kelly
Grill, co-founder of ESL and the show’s director. "We have always wanted
to do a summer theater program that would be hands-on and educational
for the participants. We have the students making sets, costumes,
running props and even playing in the pit!. It is an extremely talented
group of young people – you don't want to miss it!”
19, 2007 — Ted Barker-Hook gives daughter Libby, 2 1/2, a ride inside
the gazebo on the Common while the band below on the ground. The
overgrown trees on the Common have made it difficult to see bands unless
they are at ground level.
Half in the
2007 — The band called "Half in the Bag" brought their high-energy rock
and roll to the Common Sunday afternoon. See a couple of the songs they
We've Got Letters...
2007 — As in a certain comedy on the widescreen, CineramaTM
many years ago, it wouldn't take much to see the "Big dubya," as well as
a number of other letters, among the trunks of these arborvitae, a name
from the Latin, meaning "tree of life," at the Lake Whitehall Dam on
Accident on West Main
wearing seat belt survives head-on collision
2007 — Rescuers received the call shortly before 8:30 p.m. this evening
for a tractor trailer vs. automobile accident on West Main Street, two
houses east of the School Street intersection. The vehicles only
traveled another 30 feet after colliding, according to witnesses.
The first rescuer on the scene found one adult female unconscious
in the automobile and called for Boston MedFlight Helicopter from
in Worcester. Upton Police were also notified, and arrived on the scene
to provide additional manpower as both ends of the road were shut off.
Police and Fire personnel worked together at a rapid pace to place the
patient into the ambulance for transport to the heliport.
The helicopter arrived 3 minutes after the patient was brought to the
landing zone on South Street and transported the patient to UMass almost
The tractor leaked an abundance of fluid, but it appeared to be coming
from the engine area and not the tanker, which had just been unloaded
of its petroleum product.
The driver regained consciousness and admitted to police that
she had become distracted by her cell phone and drifted into the
oncoming lane. She was wearing her seat belt, otherwise,
according to one officer, she could have been ejected from the vehicle
through the windshield.
Her condition is not available at this time.
Click on a
photo to enlarge.
65-Year-Old Everett Man Arrested In Connection With
Alleged Murder Of Ex-Wife Last Evening
August 18, 2007–
Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone’s office informed the public
today that an Everett man has been placed under arrest in connection
with the alleged murder of his ex-wife, Dorothy Philbrook, age 65, also
George Philbrook, age 65, was arrested late
Friday night by Malden Police in connection with the shooting that
occurred earlier that evening. He will be arraigned on Monday, August
20, in Malden District Court on charges of murder, unlawful possession
of a firearm, possession of a defaced firearm, and resisting arrest.
“We have one man in custody who we allege to
have shot and killed his ex-wife last evening,” District Attorney Leone
said. “The victim was unarmed and defenseless, and based on the evidence
we presently have before us, this appears to be another horrific example
of a domestic incident escalating to violence and tragedy. We continue
to investigate this case and I want to particularly commend the State
Police, and Everett and Malden police, for their outstanding efforts in
quickly finding the suspect, who still possessed a fully-loaded firearm,
and placing him in custody last evening.” CONTINUED
A Little to
2007 — Ann King, married minutes earlier at the Korean Presbyterian
Church to Rich King, a Hopkinton School employee, grooms one of the
groomsmen prior to her next photograph with them on the Common today as
the sun shone brightly and the wind cooled briskly.
2007 — Hopkinton Firefighters responded to a call for mutual aid from
Milford this afternoon, for a fire on Water Street.
Lt. Miller, middle, was asked if the fire started on he third floor, as
it appears to have.
"We can't discuss ongoing investigations," he said.
This past week several
Hopkinton Families vacationed together in Duck, N.C. (Outer Banks).
Here is a group photograph. The weather was great and we will see you
next week. ~ The Stanley Family
Caffe Italiano to Move to South Street
2007 — After 10 years at 28 Main Street in Hopkinton, Maria Forte has
decided that now is the
time to expand to a larger location, and the opportunity of a
vacancy at O'Toole's Restaurant on South Street has made that building
the right place. It has been widely known in the community that
Frank O'Toole would be retiring.
Ms. Forte, who came to America from the area Northeast of Naples
thirty-seven years ago, said that Mike Gorman of Gorman Richardson
Architects will be designing the interior with a Neopolitan, or Southern
"It will be terra cotta, warm, like Maria," she said, smiling.
"I was hoping to stay here, but my goal has always been to have a larger
location with facilities for larger parties and get-togethers," Ms.
"I have been looking for a location, but was hesitant to move, because I
love Hopkinton, and people have been so appreciative. I believe I have
brought Hopkinton a fine restaurant.
"I've had a great relationship with my landlord and my neighbors, but
then this opportunity came up about a month ago, and because of my
credibility, it has the ability to fly," she said.
"Customers, the bank, and Mr. O'Toole have been very helpful. It gives
Mr. O'Toole a positive exit. I can't say enough about what a gentleman
he's been. And the owner of the building, Bill Tetlow has been very good
Ms. Forte will continue offering her fine cuisine, but will be expanding
her menu to offer more family type meals and take-out food. She will
also continue to have a lounge, but newly designed.
"We expect to pass papers some time at the beginning of October," she said.
Ms. Forte has applied for a liquor license transfer, and expects to open
on South Street by October.
HopNews welcomes Walden Woods as a new advertising supporter. They are
located just over the Hopkinton line on Route 85 in Milford and offer
units starting in the low $380k's, according to sales manager
Mallory Mikelk. The development will boast
160 homes on 50 acres of with an additional 244 acres of
The community will offer only 2 bedroom homes, of which about 25% will
be 55+ ranch homes with full basements. The others will be duplex
condominiums with 7 elegant floor plans to choose from.
"We've sold 16 in four and a half months. Our sales are robust, because we're
priced right," said Ms. Mikelk.
OF PUBLIC SAFETY ORDERS SIZZLER RIDES TO CEASE OPERATIONS
BOSTON—The Massachusetts Department of Public Safety today ordered all
owners and operators of Sizzler amusement devices manufactured by Wisdom
Industries, Ltd. a Colorado company, to immediately cease operation of
Sizzlers until adequate seat belts have been installed. The order comes
in the wake of a Service Bulletin dated August 1, 2007, received by the
Department on August 16, that recommends the installation of seat belts
on the Sizzler to prevent patrons from being ejected from the ride’s
seats. Owners were notified of the directive and ordered to immediately
cease operation of the Sizzler in a letter sent by Commissioner of
Public Safety Thomas G. Gatzunis and posted on the Department’s website.
The Department has been tracking incidents throughout the country which
have occurred on the Sizzler resulting in injury to patrons. Over the
past 10 years, at least 9 separate incidents resulting in injury have
occurred on this ride. In April, a 7 year old boy in Arkansas was killed
when he was thrown from the ride during operation.
“Pursuant to the regulations governing the operation of Amusement
Devices in the Commonwealth, which are written and enforced by the
Department, owners are explicitly required to comply with any safety
related manufacturer’s recommendations,” said Commissioner Gatzunis. “My
highest priority is the safety of patrons on these rides. I am adamant
that ride operators make it their highest priority as well, which is why
I have taken the action of suspending Sizzler operations until seat
belts are installed.”
The service bulletin issued by Wisdom stated that the recommendation to
install seat belts was made because “during the past several years there
have been incidents of patrons coming out of their seats in the
Sizzler.” The company informed Sizzler owners that seat belts and
instructions for the proper installation of the seat belts are available
to all owners through Wisdom.
The Department’s order not to operate Sizzler rides remains in effect
until the proper installation of adequate seat belts has been performed
by the owners. Commissioner Gatzunis stated in the letter to owners that
the failure to comply with the order may result in the revocation of the
owner’s license to operate amusement devices in the Commonwealth.
The Department of Public Safety oversees and regulates amusement devices
throughout the state; licenses owners; and inspects and grants permits
for individual devices in amusement parks, carnivals and go-kart
facilities, as well as large and small inflatables rented frequently for
town fairs and private parties. During 2006, DPS issued 124 licenses and
inspected 3,368 individual devices.
Dr. Jill Tanzi, the Dentist at Hopkinton, as an advertising
supporter. HopNews advertisers pay for the content we all enjoy b y
placing an advertisement. Please support them when you need a fine
quality service. They believe in what we do; please keep them in mind.
2007 — Jaclyn Scaramuzzo, 8, tries to catch bubbles with her mouth,
blown in her direction by Elizabeth Barnes, who is nearly 6, at the
Senior Center "Little Friends" day.
2007 — Gretchen Pinkava leads Ernie Paolini and Jacqueline Barnes, 8, in
song at the Senior Center during the "Little Friends" day, while others
sat down to eat. Seniors brought their grandchildren to an outdoor
barbeque featuring plenty of activities. Mrs. Pinkava is an accomplished
pianist who volunteered her time.
Driving Mobilization Starts Today
Driving. Over The Limit. Under Arrest.”
State Police to conduct sobriety
checkpoint somewhere in Middlesex County Friday and Saturday
17, 2007 — The next three weekends would be the worst time for anyone to
consider driving while drunk, and especially those in Middlesex County.
From today, August 17, through September 3, 2007, the Massachusetts
State Police and more than 230 local police departments will participate
in the national mobilization “Drunk
Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.” The
Executive Office of Public Safety and Security has provided $515,000 in
funding to state and local police for this initiative. State Police will
provide approximately 480 extra patrols and conduct 5 sobriety
checkpoints in conjunction with local police throughout the Commonwealth
during this two week enforcement period. There wll be a "sobriety
checkpoint" conducted by State Police somewhere in Middlesex County this
The Massachusetts State Police and local
police are determined to reduce the number of impaired driving related
the roadways of the Commonwealth. Each impaired operator arrested is one
less impaired operator whose actions could potentially harm innocent
It is important to note that in addition to
the enforcement efforts, the State Police are also trying to further
educate the public about the dangers of impaired driving. One
important reminder is that the best defense against a drunk driver is to
always wear a safety belt.
a sober, designated driver;
mass transit, call a taxicab, or ask a friend to drive you home;
Always wear your safety belt.
If you are traveling on the roadways and observe someone you believe is
impaired or operating dangerously, contact the State Police by dialing
911 on your cell phone.
The Traveling Kilt Visits Hopkinton
The Kilt being presented to Prince Charles and Camilla at the Mey
Highland Games, Mey, Scotland.
August 17, 2007 — The famous Traveling Kilt, the tartan ambassador of
the Sisterhood of the Traveling Kilt, made it around Hopkinton on
Tuesday. The Kilt, made of the Nova Scotia Canadian District Tartan, has
been traveling around the globe collecting pins since April 2007,
promoting Scottish Highland Games, and specifically women's involvement
in traditional Scottish Heavy Athletics.
The Kilt is making a brief stop in Hopkinton on its way
to Brunswick, Maine, for the Maine Highland Games on Saturday, August
18th. The Kilt has been to British Columbia, Oregon, Alaska, California,
Oklahoma, and Scotland. It made a recent appearance at the Mey Highland
Games in Mey, Scotland, where it was presented to Prince Charles and
Camilla. (above). The Sisterhood of the Traveling Kilt was founded by
Karyn Dallimore of BC, Canada with Holly Goldthorp and Laura Reusser of
Ontario, Canada, Cherie Childs of Oklahoma, Denise Houseman of
Manchester, NH and Nancy Baker Fowler
of Hopkinton. A website will soon be up at
www.travellingkilt.com where you can read the history and see the
further travels of the kilt.
Benefit skating show to feature Hopkinton
skaters, US Champions and Olympians
Hopkinton figure skaters Amanda
Egan, Andrea Gendron, Valerie Ludorf, Caroline Kozub and Maureen Regan
will skate in "An Evening for Iveta" on September 7 in Marlborough. The
show will feature top skaters, including U.S.
National champions Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto, Johnny Weir, Brooke
Castile & Ben Okolski and world junior champions Stephen Carriere and
Julia Vlassov & Drew Meekins. It is a benefit for skating coach Iveta
Photos above are by Barry Mittan
August 16, 2007 — Iveta Ice was diagnosed
with acute myelogenous leukemia in March, 2007. Proceeds from the show
will go to the Iveta Ice Fund, to assist with medical and family
expenses. Ice's family lives in Latvia
and the fund has helped bring her mother to
Massachusetts to support her, as
well as helping with expenses related to a bone marrow transplant.. All
the skaters in the show are donating their time. The Dana-Farber Cancer
Institute will hold a bone marrow registration drive from before the show.
Scheduled participants include 4-time U.S.
ice dance champions and Olympic silver medalists Tanith Belbin and Ben
Agosto; 3-time U.S. champion and Olympian Johnny Weir; 2007 U.S. pair
champions Brooke Castile and Ben Okolski; 4-time U.S. ice dance silver
medalists Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov, 2006 world junior pair
champions Julia Vlassov and Drew Meekins; 2007 world junior champion
Stephen Carriere and 2007 U.S. ice dance bronze medalists Meryl Davis
and Charlie White. Other skaters include �Ice Princess� star Juliana
Cannarozzo, Scott Smith, British ice dance champions Sinead and John
Kerr; and Israeli ice dancers Sasha and Roman Zaretsky.
The show will be at on Friday, September 7, 2007, at the
New EnglandSportsCenter, 121
Donald Lynch Boulevard in
Massachusetts. Tickets are $35.00 for adults,
$20.00 for children 5 and under, and are available at the New England
Sports Center Figure Skating office, and by calling (508) 229-2700,
extension 212, or by emailing
email@example.com . Discounted rates are available for groups of 15 or
more. The venue is wheelchair-accessible. All proceeds benefit the Iveta
Ice Fund. Ticket donations are tax-deductible.
us restore the Gazebo, the Historic Fountain, and the Landscape. You
can send your check made out to:
of the Common,
Box 820, Hopkinton, MA 01748.
come visit us at Polyarts on Saturday, September 29, where we will
be selling Hopkinton memorabilia. At the same time, view plans for
an update to the Common.
Vandalized at Teen Party
Flannery shows off the shattered rain shield of the cruiser's broken
window on one of the cruisers that was vandalized Wednesday morning. The
broken window had already been removed and was awaiting a return trip
from the glass company with the proper glass today.
2007 — A couple of bad decisions by Hopkinton teens landed them in
Hopkinton Police custody on Tuesday morning. Eighteen year-old Jikado
Joseph Harold Hanna of Yale Road was charged with Keeping a Disorderly
House, Disturbing the Peace, Person Under 21 Procuring Liquor, Person
Under 21 Possessing Liquor at a party at his home.
In addition, a 17 year-old Blueberry Lane resident, a High School
student, was charged with three counts of Defacing Property and two
counts of Disorderly Conduct.
According to Hopkinton Police Lieutenant Richard Flannery, Officer Linda
Higgins responded to a noise complaint on Yale Road and found an
under-aged drinking party. Ordinarily, he said, a police officer will
speak with the homeowner outside and resolve the issue to the
satisfaction of the neighbors.
"If we go back two or three times, we will shut it down if it is
creating a neighborhood disturbance," said Lt. Flannery.
"We are authorized by state law to quell a breach of the peace, even if
it means entering the premises. The vast majority of the time, people
cooperate," he said. "If there is something such as underage drinking
going on when we arrive, even the first time, we will shut it down
Sgt. Joseph Bennett arrived, saw the damaged cruiser and went inside to
inform Officer Higgins, who had already placed Mr. Hanna under arrest.
The Massachusetts State Police K-9 unit was called to help with the
search effort. The Upton Police was also called for additional manpower.
When they left the premises, Sgt. Bennett observed that the cruiser he
arrived in had also been damaged.
A foot chase
ensued, and the suspect was captured, calling off the K-9 unit.
This is the second party in a week in the Lake Maspenock area that has
been shut down by the police. Last Saturday, Police shut down a
Lakeshore Drive party held by adults that had gotten out of hand, after
arresting a partygoer who assaulted someone in their presence.
2007 — Two fire engines responded to a smoke alarm at a residence on
Clinton Street this morning, but could find no reason for the
activation. Three police officers also responded, but left shortly
afterward, as the fire apparatus was far in off of the road.
2007 — Catharine Barry, 4, gets some instructions from Silly Willy the
clown as she awaits her turn in line for a special balloon during the
MOMS Club Ice Cream Social this morning. The 160-member Hopkinton MOMS
Club, according to the organizer, is one chapter of a national
"Most of the women are stay-at-home moms, but some nannies come too,"
she said. The organization offers playgroups as well as back to school
Hopkinton Class of 1938
2007 — Some members of The Class of 1938 held a reunion at the Senior
Center today, and were treated like royalty with a table all of their
own and interviews from HCAM-TV by Mary McLeod. They enjoyed reminiscing
and trading stories with each other before dinner. Many of the people
brought old photos or awards related to their school or sports
activities. The photo scrolls side to side.
Hopkinton Resident's Company Develops Breakthrough
to replace batteries
15, 2007 — Attending a Peace Corp reunion in 2005 led to a remarkable
opportunity for Hopkinton resident Stephen Rathmill (photo, left), one
that may have implications for millions of people. Thirty-five years
after serving in the South Philippines, Dr. Rathmill ran into former
colleague Simon Rock Levinson (photo, right) at their reunion in
Pittsburgh, a fortuitous meeting for both.
Dr. Rathmill, a specialist in creating high
performance business organizations, and Dr. Levinson, a professor of
biophysics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine have formed
a company to advance the “EpiVolt” an implant device which is capable of
creating electricity indefinitely. Created by Dr. Levinson, the EpiVolt
uses the body’s own natural chemicals to generate electric power. The
device has the potential for improving the quality of life for millions
of people with diabetes, chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease, as well as
those with pacemakers or cochlear implants among others. Rather than
storing a limited supply of electricity as is the case with current
devices, the EpiVolt “will provide patients with a reliable and
consistent treatment without the dangers inherent with replacement
operations” according to Dr. Rathmill.
A research scientist with decades of experience,
Dr. Levinson needed assistance with advancing the device from the lab to
the marketplace. That is where Dr. Rathmill stepped in, starting
Biotricity Medical Inc., to free his partner from everything but the
research. Biotricity Medical is an early stage start-up company, formed
to shepherd the EpiVolt through trials and marketing. The device,
currently patent-pending, should be available within 2 years.
For Dr. Rathmill, the opportunity to run his own
company, particularly one with such far-reaching potential is exciting.
For the Hopkinton resident, the company represents the culmination of
years of professional experiences as a consultant specializing in
organizational systems and leadership.
Active in the community, Dr. Rathmill serves as vice-chair of the Voices
for Vision committee. He serves on the scholarship committees of both
the Framingham Rotary Club and the Metro-west Chamber of Commerce. He
developed and runs a 2-day orientation for Leadership Metrowest, serving
large and small businesses, social service agencies and educational
institutions. He is a three time past chair of that group and is a
current member of its Board of Directors. In addition, he is a certified
divorce mediator, volunteering with the Worcester courts.
Dr. Rathmill and his wife Nelly Sepulveda,
vice-president of sales for Hispanic Marketing for Princess House, have
made their home here for 18 years. He earned his PhD in 1998 from Lesley
University, and his undergraduate degree from UMass Amherst. His new
company is called Biotricity Medical, Inc.
NOTE: Anne Mattina, Ph. D., is
Professor of Communication at Stonehill College.
- Don't be the next victim
Notice from the Hopkinton Police Department
Numerous communities surrounding Hopkinton have seen a recent increase
in “Smash and Grab’s.” A perpetrator will smash the window and steal the
GPS, Laptop, or Satellite Radio. We are asking the public to be mindful
of this when parking your vehicle and to take steps to prevent becoming
a victim. If you have a portable GPS or Laptop DO NOT leave it out in
the open. Secure the item your glove box, trunk, or take it with you.
Many of these incidents have occurred at shopping malls, restaurants and
business parking lots. If you see someone suspicious in a
parking lot please contact the local police department, DO NOT attempt
to stop or approach the person.
2) With the rising value of Copper many cable companies have seen an
increase in copper thefts. Recently we have seen copper water pipe and
air conditioning condenser thefts. We are asking the public to be
mindful of any suspicious activity and to contact the local police
department. When contacting the police try to provide a license plate,
markings on vehicles, and descriptions of people involved. DO NOT
approach or attempt to question these people.
If anyone has information they can contact our Anonymous Tip Line at
508-497-9785 or Det. Scott van Raalten at 508-497-3401.
Wednesday, August 15th
at 7 pm with Naturalist, John Root at the Hopkinton Public
Learn how to identify and
use plants for food. See, touch, smell and taste them! It's a great
opportunity to 'go green'.
Man Appointed Patrolman
excited about this opportunity for you" ~ Selectman Mike Shepard
"Mr. Troiano is
aiming to return in September" ~ Chairman Muriel Kramer, relating
recovery of the Town Manager from a May automobile accident, and his
expected return to work.
2007 — The Selectmen appointed Hopkinton resident John Moran as
Hopkinton Police Patrolman this evening on the recommendation of Chief
of Police Thomas Irvin and the screening committee that had narrowed
their search to him and two other candidates.
According to Chief Irvin, Mr. Moran, who he called, "the cream of the
crop," has completed the Police Academy, and has training as a rescue
diver, motorcycle officer, and emergency medical technician. Mr. Moran
also achieved Eagle Scout as a teen.
Saying he would like to work in his hometown, Mr. Moran added that
Hopkinton Police has a wonderful reputation throughout the area.
"It's great to have someone from town," said Selectman Mike Shepard.
"I'm excited about this opportunity for you."
Selectman Matt Zettek commented, "It's great to see a fellow East Main
street resident..." Mr. Zettek grew up at his family home on East Main
Selectmen Chairman Muriel Kramer told Mr. Moran he had big shoes to
fill. Mr. Moran's position was created by a void left by the
appointments of Rick Flannery to Lieutenant, and John Porter to
Sergeant. After hearing that Mr. Moran was a member of Troup 1, Mrs.
Kramer said, "That's the best."
Mr. Moran's local roots and connections to public safety were evident
with the presence of family members. His mother, Jane Moran, who
is a Southborough Police Sergeant, was there, as well as his sister Kim,
who was there with her husband, Hopkinton Patrolman Timothy Brennan, and
their three children.
Mr. Moran will start on September 4, on the condition of satisfactory
results from medical, psychological and physical proficiency tests.
Acting Town Manager, Gary Daugherty, informed the Selectmen of an August
22, 2007, 10:30 a.m. closing on the purchase of the Lake Maspenock Dam
for a nominal $1. The closing costs will be $998, but will have to come
out of a legal fund, because, according to Mrs. Kramer, $100,000
earmarked from the state is for maintenance only.
The LMPA (Lake Maspenock Preservation Association) previously reported
to the Selectmen that insurance for the dam would be about $25,000 per
year, but as Mr. Shepard said, many towns do not insure their dams.
"What is the town's liability if there is no insurance?" asked Mr.
Mr. Daugherty replied, "There are 48 homes downstream. That's
potentially $4,800,000." The limit of a claim against a municipality is
$100,000 per incident, per claimant, Mr. Daugherty said.
Nonetheless, the Selectmen voted to move forward with the closing.
"If I were in the Town Manager's seat in October, I would say 'no
override. Stick with the 2 1/2 %.' Will it work? I don't know," Mr.
"We can't continue with a debt [situation]," Mrs. Kramer said.
The group discussed working with developers to gain concessions.
"A lot of communities have what is called Public Benefit," said Mr.
Shepard regarding permitting for
developing. "If you need ball field, you get a ball field," he said.
"You have to have that on the books," he said.
The Selectmen chose Woodville resident Andre Griben (Photo) to fill a
vacancy on the Conservation Commission.
Mr. Griben said, "In town, there is a great need for development,"
answering a question from Mr. Shepard.
Mr. Zettek asked if Mr. Griben supported a more stringent local rivers
"It helps the town having their own," he answered.
Jeffrey Bessette also applied for the appointment, and came with
impressive credentials: A B.S. in Botany, and an MBA, and is currently, a
Director of Finance for a Westborough company. However, Mr. Bessette has
only lived in Hopkinton for four months.
Liisa Jackson, a leader in the Medical Reserve Corps as well as a member
of the Trails Club and the Trails Committee, also applied for a spot on
the Conservation Commission. Ms. Jackson is one of 34 signers of a
petition appealing an Order of Conditions for the Fruit Street property
that was given by the very Commission she was applying for.
The applicants were encouraged to apply again for other openings.
Hope Starts with You. Join the Fight Against Breast Cancer
August 14, 2007 – Join the American Cancer Society in the fight against
breast cancer at its 15th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5
mile walk on Sunday, October 14, 2007 starting at the DCR Hatch Memorial
Shell on the Charles River Esplanade in Boston. Registration and rolling
start are set for 8:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. This inspiring event unites the
entire community to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, educate
women about the importance of early detection and prevention, and raise
money to fund lifesaving research and support programs to further the
progress against this disease. To register or for more information,
www.cancer.org/stridesonline, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org . Hope starts
with the Lions Club
On August 25th the Lions Club will be collecting recyclable bottles and
cans at Colella’s Market from 9 am to 2 pm.
They will also be collecting outdated/ unused cell phones for the
Hopkinton Senior Center. Your help is appreciated.
2007 — After a mid-afternoon rain shower yesterday, Pond Street was left
with a mist that revealed glowing sunlight filtering through the trees.
2007 — The rider is not doing a "wheelie," but riding a recumbent
bicycle through downtown Hopkinton Monday on morning. The rider sits
with his legs near the level of his heart, making the blood's return
trip much easier. In addition, the supine position is easier on the back
muscles. To learn more about these bicycles click the
Wikipedia reference here. Or to learn more about anything while
reading HopNews, choose the dictionary link near top of the page, which is a
gateway to many more resources.
2007 — This house is on the Woodville property purchased by the Town of
Hopkinton, but has been boarded up since shortly after its purchase, and
shortly after that, according to a neighbor, it was condemned by the
Board of Health. Police responded on Sunday to a call from a member of
the Open Space regarding the vandalism, perhaps by some curious
The sickening smell of the mold was overwhelming from 20' away from the
broken door. The house is slated for demolition asap. It is boarded up
because people could become ill from the mold, which has likely become
widespread since the house has had no heat or air circulation for some
time. Tell the kids to stay away.
is not yet active
Bee part of all
the buzz in Hopkinton!
Hopkins School Cafeteria
Saturday, November 3, 2007
The Hopkinton PTA along with the Hopkinton Education Foundation have
organized the first annual Hopkinton Community Spelling Bee.
Become part of his great event by forming a team, sponsoring a team or
by becoming an event sponsor.
For more information visit our website at
With your participation the HPTA and HEF can expand their support of the
Hopkinton Public Schools while providing a fun event for families and