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August 22, 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


August 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 and Sales.

Middlesex County Justice/Crime


DNA Points to Somerville Man in Serial Rape/Assault Investigation  In Medford And Somerville


CAMBRIDGE – 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 Somerville. Full Story

Ledge 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 opinion----->


 Vovici Online Survey Software

"Gimme a D"

August 21, 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.

Arrangements complete

SEPTEMBER 9 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


EVERETTMiddlesex 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 without bail. FULL STORY

 Traffic Stalls Hopkinton Square Project

Traffic concerns at top of open issues


by Robert Falcione

August 20, 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 Officer.

      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 p.m.      

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

, News Editor, Network World


Desk phone rings. Wife on the line.

Her: "Don't know how it happened, but the cell phone went through the washing machine."

Me, sounding criminally dumb: "Is it working?"

Her: "Uh, no, it went through the washing machine."

(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 did it?")

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 recovery effort.

Her: "Do you have anyone there who might know whether it will dry out or not?"

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 dry out."

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.

I call home.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for, August 20, 2007

Address Buyer Price Date Seller

24 Winter Street

James H. Burton & Kyla B. McSweeney


Aug.  20, 2007

Norman J. Edmunds

35 Walcott Valley Drive unit 30

Jenny Paukova


Aug.  20, 2007

Richard J. Loughlin

12 Oak Street

Joel C. Briner & April Briner


Aug.  17, 2007

David M. Steinhauer

15 Teresa Road lot 71

Donald Yanowsky, Jr. & Janet C. Yanowsky


Aug.  17, 2007

Theresa A. Flieger

26 West Elm Street

Richard Lee Allen & Susan Sherwin-Allen


Aug.  16, 2007

Daniel F. Bortolussi

37 Saddle Hill Road

Xiaoping Li & Yun Cheng


Aug.  15, 2007

Tony Komari Suzanne Komari

301 Wood Street

Jon F. Stephan & Gretchen P. Miller-Stephan


Aug.  14, 2007

Leone K. Burns

1 Doyle Lane unit 27A

Dawn E. McNair


Aug.  13, 2007

Federal National Mortgage Association

Previous update:        

1 Peg's Way lot 47A

Bruce G. Szczepankiewicz & Julie R.  Szczepankiewicz


Aug.  10, 2007

Bonnie J. Ellis

161 Lumber Street

Thomas R. Maida & Sara E. Maida


Aug.  10, 2007

Steven E. Flannery & Lindsay M. Flannery

130 Lumber Street

Gino Spinelli & Amanda D. Spinelli


Aug.  08, 2007

Robert C. Macchi & Trina L. Macchi

157 & 167 West Main Street

CJPM Development, LLC


Aug.  07, 2007

Timothy P. Gingras

7 Rosewood Lane unit 10C

Leon H. Taylor, III & Kate M. Taylor


Aug.  07, 2007

Robert Erickson

See Full List back to February 1,  2007

Police News UP-TO-DATE

Today, August 20, 2007



11:43 am A caller reported that a man was exposing himself on the Loop Road...


8:22 pm 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 old girl...

ESL Presents You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and 8

Enter 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!”

Free Ride

August 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 Bag


August 19, 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 played above.

Letters, We've Got Letters...

August 19, 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 Saturday.

Serious Accident on West Main

Woman wearing seat belt survives head-on collision


Short Video

August 18, 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 UMass Medical 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 immediately.

      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


EVERETT 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 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 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 the Left

August 18, 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. 

Mutual Aid

August 18, 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.

Vacation Time

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

Maria's Caffe Italiano to Move to South Street

August 17, 2007 — After 10 years at 28 Main Street in Hopkinton, Maria Forte has decided that now is the right 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 Italian feel.

     "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. Forte said.

     "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 to me."

     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.   

Welcome, Walden Woods

    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 open space.

     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.


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. (Sizzler accident stories)

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.


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Tiny Bubbles

August 17, 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.

Generation Bridge

August 17, 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.

Anti-drunk Driving Mobilization Starts Today

Drunk Driving. Over The Limit. Under Arrest.”

State Police to conduct sobriety checkpoint somewhere in Middlesex County Friday and Saturday


August 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 weekend.


The Massachusetts State Police and local police are determined to reduce the number of impaired driving related crashes on the roadways of the Commonwealth. Each impaired operator arrested is one less impaired operator whose actions could potentially harm innocent travelers.


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. 


Always remember:

·            Choose a sober, designated driver;

·            Use 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 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 Ice.

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 3 - 6 pm 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 7:00 pm on Friday, September 7, 2007, at the New England Sports Center, 121 Donald Lynch Boulevard in Marlborough, 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 . 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.


Directions and more information are available at

Make a Donation to Friends of the Common


Help us restore the Gazebo, the Historic Fountain, and the Landscape. You can send your check made out to: 


HAA/Friends of the Common,

P.O. Box 820, Hopkinton, MA  01748.


Also, 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.

Cruiser Vandalized at Teen Party

Lt. Richard 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.


August 16, 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 immediately."

     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.


August 16, 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.

No Clowning Around

August 16, 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 non-profit corporation.

     "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 charitable activities.

The Hopkinton Class of 1938

August 15, 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

Biotricity to replace batteries


by Anne Mattina


August 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 an Associate Professor of Communication at Stonehill College.

CAUTION   - Don't be the next victim

Notice from the Hopkinton Police Department


1) 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.

Thank you,

Det. Scott van Raalten
Hopkinton Police Department

HopNews File photo from South Street, Hopkinton


Hopkinton Public Library Presents:                    


Edible Wild Plants of the Northeast


Wednesday, August 15th at 7 pm with Naturalist, John Root at the Hopkinton Public Library.


Learn how to identify and use plants for food. See, touch, smell and taste them! It's a great opportunity to 'go green'.


Hopkinton Man Appointed Patrolman

"I'm 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.



by Robert Falcione

August 14, 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 Street.

        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.


Maspenock Dam

       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. Shepard.

        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.


Town Finances

     "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. Daugherty said.

     "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.


Con Com Appointment

      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 bylaw.

       "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, visit, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or email . Hope starts with you.

Recycling 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.

Here Comes the Sun

August 14, 2007 — After a mid-afternoon rain shower yesterday, Pond Street was left with a mist that revealed glowing sunlight filtering through the trees. 

No Wheelies Here

August 14, 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 Dictionary near top of the page, which is a gateway to many more resources.

Sick Vandals

August 14, 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 youngsters.

     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.

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Bee part of all the buzz in Hopkinton!

Spelling Bee
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 community members!

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