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Neighbors "save the day"
August 28, 2007 — Firefighters were sent to a "working fire" on Pendulum Pass that turned out to be, according to one firefighter, a cigarette in the mulch.
"Kathy and Steve Williamson, next door neighbors to where the fire was were most helpful. Their alertness in discovering the fire and extinguishing it SAVED THE DAY... Without their quick action a major house fire would have developed." Thanks, Lt, Bartlett
Multi-family Yard Sale
145 Ash Street, Hopkinton
Saturday, September 1 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(Raindate Sunday, September 2)
Something for everyone -- Priced to sell!!
Albanian Bazaar 2007
Saturday October 27, 2007
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Albanian Orthodox Church of the Annunciation
37 Washington Street in Natick
Raffle, bake table, ethnic pastries,
baklava, kadaif, crafts, new table, homemade knit items, & more! Luncheon
will be served at 11:00 am. Come try our famous lobster salad rolls. For more
information call: Flora (508)435-4221 or Karen (508)877-6926.
15" diagonal Solo-Baric 750 watt Kicker Speaker and
Pyramid 2,000 Watt Amp with all kinds of features.
Young father spent
$850, but will take
Call the office at 508-435-5534
Selectmen Set Date for Fruit Street Omnibus Meeting
$1.6 - $2 million deficit • Treasurer Collector considers out-sourcing delinquent taxes
Board accepts $29,000 from Hopkinton Community Endowment for cruiser
August 29, 2007 — Months after the last Fruit Street Development Committee meeting, and weeks after they disbanded that group, the Selectmen have set a date for an omnibus meeting with the town departments that have carved out pieces of the 257 acre parcel for their own purposes.
Chairman Muriel Kramer agreed with Selectman Brian Herr that pushing the date to the September 25, 2007 Selectmen meeting should give the departments involved enough time to get prepared.
"I want the notice to go out first thing tomorrow," Mrs. Kramer said.
"I don't think the Board of Health was involved in the Fruit Street Development Committee, but I want to make sure they're aware," said Vice-Chair Mary Pratt. The Board of Health, as well as other town entities, had sent letters of concern to the DEP when the FSDC applied for an Environmental Impact Report, which was rejected the first time.
"Nancy Peters is concerned about contamination - and disturbing it," said Mrs. Pratt without defining where.
"I questioned JT about how affordable housing would work. JT said anything would have to have septic," Mrs. Pratt said from the citizens' gallery. Mrs. Pratt steps down from the Board during Fruit Street discussions because she is an abutter.
"We should not ignore the fact that the property will support a school," said Mrs. Kramer, a mother of six.
"We are still forecasting a $1.6 — $2 million deficit going into the fiscal year," said Interim Town Manager Gary Daugherty of the Financial Plan Working Group (Previous Story), a group of the town's financial principals who have met to look at ways to reduce the "structural deficit."
Mr. Daugherty reported that the group discussed ways to increase revenue, such as to "Lobby legislators to repeal the telephone company [property tax] exemptions. Hopkinton would stand to gain $337,000 on the infrastructure [property tax]," he said.
Other suggestions included selling Fruit Street Parcel A, revisiting school choice, and combining resources with other communities, he said.
"Reducing litigation," said Mrs. Kramer, identifying an unchecked and sometimes uncontrollable expense for the town.
"If you project this thing out, it'll be a $10 million problem down the road if we don't do something now," said Selectman Brian Herr.
"Mrs. Kramer said, "I'd like to bring the budgets in line with revenues."
"I think we need to be innovative," said Mrs. Kramer, who also suggested zero-growth budget.
Linda Donahue, Executive Director of the Hopkinton Housing Authority brought the Board of Selectmen up to speed on the progress of that group's plans and progress, and to make sure that promised water, sewer and wetlands approvals will be honored in return for the 99-year lease the State gave the town for the Hopkinton Senior Center land.
The Housing Authority, which is under the auspices of the State DHCD (Department of Community Housing and Development), wants to advance the project of 12 units of low-income rental housing.
The Board reluctantly accepted the resignations of two members of the Appropriations Committee, and would like to fill the positions. See the link in the headline to apply.
The Board accepted a gift of $29,000 for a police cruiser from the Hopkinton Community Endowment, which will be holding its annual telethon on September 30, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Treasurer/Collector Maureen Dwinnell appeared before the Selectmen to ask for approval for legal assistance for sending out inquiries to sell the town's $1.5 - $2 million in back taxes to an outside agency, which would collect the money for themselves.
State Police Investigate Fatal Crash on
at approximately 8:55 p.m. troopers assigned to the Leominster Barracks
responded to a serious crash involving two motorcycles on Route 495
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Timothy
Doyle indicates that a 2000 Kawasaki ZX750P motorcycle operated by
20 year old Steven Jenkins of
Marlborough and a 2004 Yamaha YZFR6 motorcycle operated by
25 year old Bruno Soares of Hudson
were traveling on Route 495 South prior to exit 27 (Route 117) in Bolton
when the two motorcycles collided.
Soares sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash
and was transported by ambulance to
Although 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, it appears that speed was a factor. The Bolton Police and Fire Departments, the Boxborough Police Department and Masshighways assisted troopers at the scene.
EMC Execs Dump $25 Million in Stock?
That's what the Worcester business Journal writes.
Both Sides Now
August 29,2007 — The silhouette of a couple walking on top of the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam today is dwarfed by clouds made of puppies, wolves, elephants, and whatever else a person can imagine.
Fruit Street 1, Appellants 0
by Robert Falcione
August 28, 2007 — On August 22, 2007, a Superior Court Justice allowed a motion by the Town of Hopkinton to dismiss a lawsuit by Brian Morrison, former Conservation Commission Chairman, who sought to stop construction of the Fruit Street Wastewater Treatment Facility.
Mr. Morrison named the DPW and the Conservation Commission members as defendants, including Craig Nation, son the the developer, Ron Nation, whom Mr. Morrison previously sued over an abutting piece of property Mr. Nation sought to develop on a peninsula on Lake Whitehall, of which Mr. Morrison is the sole year round resident abutting the land on two sides.
The judge determined through case law that Mr. Morrison lacked standing, in part because he could not prove a "substantial injury or injustice arising from the proceeding under review."
The judge went on to say that Mr. Morrison was alleging that the Town was violating its own bylaw with the Conservation Commission's order allowing the construction of the Facility.
"In no way does this language within Morrison's complaint assert how such a purported violation negatively affects him, or infringes on some legal right that he alone possesses," the judge wrote. According to the judge, Mr. Morrison, in opposition to the motion to dismiss, stated that he lived within several hundred yards of the property for 14 years.
"Additionally," writes the judge, "he states that building the wastewater treatment facility would impede his ability as professional photographer to take pictures of vernal pools and other wetland resources within the area."
When asked over the telephone today if any of those photos could be viewed online, Mr. Morrison stated, "Not at this time."
But throwing that suit out is only one step toward making the dream of some people to have sewage piped onto the Fruit Street property for treatment, come true.
On February 5, 2007, thirty-four people calling themselves "Residents' Appeal of Fruit Street Permit" signed an appeal to the DEP of the Conservation Commission's Order of Conditions. One of their claims was that that the Facility would be built within the area of a designated and legally binding Conservation Restriction. In addition, the group believes that an alternative to a roadway to the facility should be investigated, and that other areas of the property are more suitable for wastewater discharge.
They further state that the applicants (Town, DPW) have created their own hardship by maximizing project density, and that the facility could have been located elsewhere.
Mr. Morrison is also a signer of this appeal, as is Liisa Jackson, who was recently denied her bid for appointment to a seat on that Commission by the Selectmen, one of whom, Mary Pratt, had previously stated she would not vote to appoint anyone who had sued the town.
Kevin Kohrt, who was elected to the Board of Public Works in May, was also a signer.
The majority of the people signing the petition are either abutters or live in close proximity to the project or in a sphere of influence. It is unlikely the people who bought the $600,00 plus homes in that neighborhood were expecting a sewage treatment plant to move in nearby after them.
However, the proponents of the plant have long claimed that the contained plant built with new technology will emit no odor, and the discharge water will be "near drinking water quality."
At the close of business on yesterday, the Conservation Office had yet to hear from the DEP on the status of the Residents' Appeal. File photos above.
Who signed the Fruit Street Appeal?
February 8, 2007 — On February 5, HopNews broke the story about an appeal of the Fruit Street WWTP (Link above). Readers have asked us to identify those who have signed the appeal. The complete the list is below, or:
Hopkinton Poly Arts
September 29, 2007
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Check out the dozens of artists and artisans offering their wares, lessons, services and goods.
The Friends of the Common will be on hand to offer Hopkinton memorabilia for sale, the proceeds of which will be put toward renovation of the Common, the gazebo, and the fountain.
Coaching Positions Available
Are you interested in coaching?
Do you like working with kids? Do you have a car?
Today, August 27, 2007
12:11 pm An anonymous caller from Pond Street reported loud music in the area of Westcott Drive...
7:45 pm There were several calls reporting that a small hatch back had hit a wall on Saddle Hill Road and then hit the Hopkinton Police Department's radar trailer...
6:56 pm A caller from Hayden Rowe Street reported that a green Chevy van turned around in his driveway and then headed north on Route 85. ..
9:41 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer responded to Roosevelt Road to take possession of a found bicycle that was believed to be involved in a suspicious activity or prank...
Last Hopkinton Concert on the Common 2007
The Parks and Recreation Department presented its last Sunday Concert on the Common with the hard-driving sounds of Hipshot. See clips of them performing and of your neighbors enjoying the show in many different ways.
Make a Difference at Your Child's School
Call or email now
Help make a difference in the Hopkinton Schools-be a candidate for School Council. School Council members look for creative ways to help improve their school.
A School Council is made up of that school's principal, two teachers, a parent representative from each grade, and a community representative. Each school will have School Council elections at the their back to school nights. If you are interested in being a candidate for school council contact Diane Bird at 508-625-1499.(firstname.lastname@example.org) by September 8, 2007. Below are the current vacancies for the 2007/08 school year:
Turn it Up
August 27 ,2007 — Carly Green, 1, dances attentively to the band on the Common on Sunday afternoon.
Philip D. Moran to speak at Testament meeting
Please join St. John the Evangelist's (Hopkinton) men's spiritual group, Testament at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19 in the lower church (20 Church St.). Our featured speaker will be attorney Philip D. Moran, who has been a frequent commentator on many issues of the day on local and national television. He has been featured on The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News, Court TV, MSNBC, CNN, and NECN.
Mr. Moran is Massachusetts Chairman of Your Catholic Voice, the largest and most influential Catholic grassroots political and policy organization inthe United States. He is also president of the Pro Life Legal Defense Fund, Inc. Mr. Moran has been honored by the Family Research Council, Massachusetts Family Institute, and Massachusetts Citizens For Life. Mr. Moran's talk is titled "The Reversal of Good and Evil." For more information about Testament, please call Vince Lawler at 435-4352 or Jim Monahan at 435-6541.
August 26, 2007 — Lisa and Eric Carty were awestruck when this red-tail hawk swooped in and landed on the porch of their Lake Maspenock home, presumably, to await the return of a chipmunk that had disappeared into its tunnel system. Thanks to the Cartys for sharing the photo.
Unseen creatures make noises ~ a true story
by Robert Falcione
August 26, 2007 — Hopkinton State Park offers some great trails with hills and slopes for power hiking, open every day for the adult who needs to burn off a daily dose of ice cream and fresh, really fresh native corn on the cob, thick with butter, like honey clinging to a fritter.
But people need variety, so on this day I headed to
Purgatory Chasm State Reservation in Sutton.
The page also offers a trail map and directions to the park. Regular
folks, spelunkers, and rappelers use the park to their own ends, even if
it means just being in awe of the geological event that must have caused
it, that split the earth apart for 1300 feet; or looking down from the
heights from which your life is literally in your own hands. One false
move, one misstep, has taken more than one person to the rocks below
with no second chance. Know where your feet are, the Park Ranger will
tell a number of people each season.
The sun was hidden from my view and the darkened trail provided an instant spookiness that causes a lone human to be wary and on alert with a heightened sensitivity. After all, I had heard of bear sightings in this park four years ago, but never wanted to actually see one myself. If I did, I remember someone saying to roll up in a fetal position - or was I supposed to run? Hope I don't have to find out.
Fresh human shoeprints on the sandy part of the trail. Someone else is
in the woods. Hiker, runner, dog walker, Wiccan?
Summer League Champs
Girls from the incoming 6th grade class were
crowned Summer League Champs last week after going undefeated. The girls
played each Wednesday night at Mass Premier in Foxboro, MA and compiled
a record of 8 - 0 during the regular season then beat both Norton and
Westwood in the playoffs on August 22nd to complete the perfect 10 - 0
Hopkinton- Lillian F. Delmonte
Hopkinton- Lillian F. Delmonte, 86,
died Friday, August 24, 2007 at Westborough Health Care Center. She was
the wife of the late Antonio F. Delmonte who died in 1981.
Clerk Office Hours
The best are only at
24 Main Street, Hopkinton
Getting Your Goat
August 24, 2007 — Nathaniel Survell,, 3, feeds a goat some clover behind Weston Nurseries Garden Center today, while the front lot was abuzz with people poring over the wares at the Friday Farmer's Market, and his Mom looked on.
Barn Up in the Air
August 24, 2007 — Helper Rich McGrath hands some cement to mason Bob LaFleur underneath the CAA Barn on Hayden Rowe Street today as they work on a new foundation. The building is elevated above them, held by gigantic steel beams that run through the building and rest outside on cement pods.
General Contractor Jim Leger has been working on the restoration since last November, and was responsible for relocating the silo after building an interior support system.
"The barn has been suspended to allow a new foundation to be put in. We removed the top-soil and manure from underneath to reach virgin ground.
"Now there's a stable, new foundation beneath the perimeter of the barn. I'll be lowering the barn within the month onto six 3'x3' cement footers, and will extend the vertical posts down to the concrete," he said today.
Mr. Leger said that this is Phase II and that the next phase will deal with the floor and the aesthetic features.
August 24, 2007 — As in a painting, the visual elements in this photo taken of the overflow canal at Hopkinton State Park can speak for themselves.
August 24, 2007 — A witness reported that all four wheels of this car left the ground in front of the Woodville Fire Station this afternoon as it crashed onto the flagpole after the driver allegedly fell asleep at the wheel. Two public safety officials said that it appeared her injuries were from the deployment of the airbag.
Officer Philip Powers noted that if the flagpole had not ended the ride, there is a substantial drop over the hillside, just a few feet away, that could have been disastrous.
Serious Crash on Route 495 South in Littleton
Driver NOT wearing safety belt, ejected, seriously injured
Passenger wearing safety belt has MINOR injuries
Today at approximately 5:15 p.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Concord responded to a single vehicle crash on the Route 495 South prior to Route 119 (Exit # 31) in Littleton that resulted in one serious injury.
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Jeremiah Donovan indicates that 39 year-old Kimberly Endo of West Sayville, New York was operating a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix on Route 495 South in Littleton when the vehicle drifted off the roadway to the left and rolled over in the median. Endo was not wearing her safety belt and was ejected from the vehicle as a result of the crash. Endo was transported by medical helicopter to UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester with serious injuries. 32 year-old front seat passenger Lawrence Spadaro of New York was wearing his safety belt at the time of the crash, and was transported by ambulance to UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester with minor injuries.
This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. The Littleton Fire Department, Littleton Police Department and Masshighways assisted troopers at the scene.
Route 495 South was completely closed for approximately 20 minutes in order to ensure a safe landing site for the medical helicopter. During the investigation and vehicle removal, the left travel lane was closed for approximately 3 hours.
Lillian F. Delmonte, 86
Lillian F. Delmonte, 86, of Hopkinton died Friday August 24, 2007 at the Westborough Healthcare Center. Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com
Thank You, Town Employees
Louis Mongiat tops longevity list
The Town of Hopkinton is fortunate to have a loyal work force.
Though financial times are difficult and budgets are down, our employees
continue to improve services for our community. During times when
retention of exceptional employees is challenging, it is especially
important to recognize those employees who have devoted their
professional life to serving the Town of Hopkinton.
~ Maryrose DeGroot; Human Resources Director
Photo courtesy of www.Photoimages.com , digital imaging (Note, no poles, no wires).
August 24, 2007 — Officer Gregg DeBoer shines his light to assist Officer Matthew McNeil's prisoner in seeing as he is led into the backseat of Officer McNeil's cruiser, after he gave the subject field sobriety tests on Pleasant Street last night. Occasionally, a person will appear to fail field sobriety tests, and then pass a breathalyzer at the Police Station, in which case the suspect is released.
Parks and Recreation
Anonymous Donor Willing to Give $100,000
Toward Redo of Fields at EMC Park
August 24, 2007 — At last week's Parks and Recreation meeting, Al Rogers revealed that he met with a donor who insists on remaining anonymous and is willing to donate $100,000 toward the entire re-grading, re-sodding and resurfacing the three fields at EMC Park, which will cost $105,000 each.
In addition to the makeover of the fields, a new irrigation system is needed, Mr. Rogers said. The talk turned elsewhere.
Mr. Rogers said that of the 76 trees on the Common, 19 will be removed.
He said that the ones that are obvious would be coming down first, "Like the sugar maple that is dying," he said.
"Paul Gleason [Tree Warden] and I have to identify which ones we want to remove, and then have a public hearing," Mr. Rogers said.
"The public hearing is important," said. Mike Preite. "Someone called me convinced that we talked about it in the summer so that the press wouldn't be there," he added, evoking laughter.
"You have to remember, this is a Common, not a forest," Mr. Rogers said. "The trees give to much shade for things to grow."
Commission member Michele Gates, who manages the popular Sunday Concerts on the Common asked Mr. Rogers whose responsibility it is to trim the trees on the Common, and Mr. Rogers said it was his.
"But I don't have the time," he said. For weeks the bands have been playing on the ground in front of the gazebo because low hanging, untrimmed branches obstruct the view from most anywhere.
"There are only a couple more left," he said of the concerts.
NEWS FLASH: A reader has informed HopNews that Brian Morrison has lost his suit against the town in his effort to overturn an Order of Conditions imposed for the Town's Fruit Street property by the Conservation Commission, of which he is the former Chairman. In addition, he is one of the signers of an appeal of that order to the state regulatory agency, asking that it be overturned. At issue are the placement of the sewer treatment plant within the town's wetlands buffer zone, and roadway crossings over streams, both things that the resident signers claim should be placed elsewhere.
To the Left, Right, Left...
August 24, 2007 — These boys doing laps around the lower practice fields on Thursday afternoon are presumably soccer players, because they were the only group on the field without a football.
Hiller vs. Hiller
August 24, 2007 — These girls are both from Hopkinton having a scrimmage type of tryout on the practice fields on Thursday afternoon. Only one came away with the ball.
Revolutionary Program "Ignite" Sparks Interest,
Connects Middle School Students
Brainchild of Hopkinton Teacher
by Anne Mattina
August 24, 2007 — Hopkinton’s class of 2014 is about to make a big leap into the future as they enter middle school very soon, and they are being welcomed in a very unique way. For the first time, incoming 6th grade students will participate in an orientation program hosted by 8th graders.
August 30th marks the launch date of “IGNITE” a fun, day-long interactive program designed to promote teamwork and respect amongst the new middle-schoolers. Led by volunteer mentors from the 8th grade, the students will participate in games and exercises developed and run by the older kids. The objective for the day is nothing short of changing the middle school’s culture where the divisions between grades may feel like a chasm to many kids. By connecting the 8th graders to the 6th, the goal is to create a more cohesive and positive environment for all.
The day’s activities also includes parents of the new 6th grader, who will be attend a separate session run by Mr. Keith Verra of school’s guidance office. Anticipating their interest as their children make the transition, Mr. Verra’s program will show parents ways to be involved in the life of the Middle School and how to help kids at home. The program will run simultaneously with the students’ program, and though it is not mandatory, all parents are encouraged to attend. At the end of the morning sessions, students and parents will come together at 11:30 for a joint interactive meeting. Lunch is scheduled to begin at 12:30 and will be served by the 8th grade mentors. The program ends at 2:00pm.
Soon-to-be 6th grader Alison Welch and her mom, Margo, are excited about the program. Mrs. Welch hopes the kids get a chance to get to see where their homerooms and lockers are and the parents get some insight into the new school. Mary Kate Cavanaugh, also entering grade 6, is really looking forward to starting school and thinks IGNITE is a “good idea, because the 8th graders know their way around and can be a big help to the 6th graders.” Mary Kate also hopes for a walk – through of the school so she and her classmates can find out where things are. When asked what she hopes to get from the orientation, she replied “tips on how to make it through.”
Mark Senecal is grateful to the 8th graders for helping him and his incoming class, and hopes to gain “a lot of information about the school and the work.”
Though Andrew Taggart and Colin O’Rouke don’t want summer to end, they think the orientation is a good idea. Andrew hopes to get some information about “how things work” in the middle school.
Kyle Clark hopes the 8th
grade mentors will give the 6th graders some tips on “how to
act with teachers and what to expect from them.” Friends Katherine
Taggart, Jenna Yaggy, Elle Girardi, Morgan Hanlon are looking for ways
of dealing with the novelty of being with all the older kids at the
Middle School. Katherine said, “Its like going to
IGNITE is the brain-child of science teacher Evren Gunduz (File photo)and his 8th grade leadership group. Mr. Gunduz is also the coach of boys’ J.V. soccer and the 8th grade boys basketball team. A recent UMass grad with a degree in Earth Systems, Mr. Gunduz, a native of Hopedale, minored in education and music while a member of the University’s critically acclaimed marching band. He became interested in leadership and motivation while working as a senior staff member at Drum Majors Academy, a summer camp for high school kids. The Academy is run by UMass band director, George Banks, and is offered throughout the country. READ MORE
Third Annual Hopkinton
Concerts on the Common
Last one of the season
Sunday, August 26, 2007, 5:30 p.m.
Enjoy the high-energy sound of Hipshot with their 6-9 piece band built for dancing.
Want to help the Friends of the Common fix the place up? Bring a check or cash and see Michele Gates or Ruth Gorman at the event.
Cape-Bound This Weekend?
Otis Airshow in Bourne ~ Traffic Advisory
On Saturday and Sunday, August 25th and 26th the Otis Air National Guard Base in Bourne will host an air show featuring the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. The State Police expect heavy traffic in the area around the air base and advise travelers to plan ahead and seek alternate routes. Traffic is expected to be heaviest between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the area of the Route 28 Otis Rotary in Bourne.
Those planning to attend the event are
advised that there are three gates through which they may enter and exit
the air base. Due to anticipated traffic congestion at the main gate in
Bourne, the State Police encourage the use of the
· Bourne: The Main Gate is accessed off of the Route 28 Otis Rotary in Bourne
The Sandwich Gate is accessed off of
Hopkinton 14 year old Babe Ruth team wins the Northborough Baseball Tournament
The Hopkinton 14 year old Babe Ruth baseball team recently won the Northborough Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament, finishing 12-0. The semi final game against Marlborough saw the Hillers come back and score two runs in their last at bat to take the lead. With Marlborough loading the bases, a last inning double play secured the win, 7-6.
With Kyle Cavedon, Connor Biggs, and Jake Wittles pitching, Hopkinton beat Shrewsbury in the final, 13-6. Everyone on the team got on base, with Connor Biggs, Kyle Cavedon , Chris Papadellis, and Ryan Foisy each gettting two or more hits. With Shrewsbury closing to within 9-6, Hopkinton displayed timing hitting, great defense, and strong pitching when it counted. This was the second consecutive year this group has played in the finals of the Northboro Tournament.
Coached by Mike Preite and assistants Mike Ramsey, Ron Foisy, and Lou Papadellis, the team was made up of Connor Biggs, Ryan Cavedon, Mitch Corsi, Clay Cowart, Jeff Dufficy, Ryan Foisy, Joe Fujiyoshi, Mike Hanewich, Evan Katz, Chris Papadellis, Andrew Preite, Dave Ramsey, Jake Wittles, and Ryan Zanini. Congratulations!
SUNDAY TAPS VIGIL SEPTEMBER 2, 2007
From the desk of Lt. James Falvey, Detective Commander, Milford Police:
JURY DUTY SCAM ALERT
Maspenock Dam purchased for $1
August 23, 2007 — Mary Pratt, Vice-Chairman of the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen hands over a check for $1 to Leonard White, President of the Milford Water Company, as he trades with her the necessary paperwork to transfer ownership of the Lake Maspenock Dam to the Town of Hopkinton. In the background are members of the Lake Maspenock Preservation Association, who played a pivotal role in making this transaction possible over the 2-3 year period that it took.
Working Group Keeps Searching
By David Hamacher
Peppercorn Village Submits Altered Plan
Developer hopes to jumpstart sales
School Street is the left border of the yellow colored parcel on the left.
by Robert Falcione
August 22, 2007 — The developers of Peppercorn Village, which is being built on the Upton side of School Street, brought a revised development plan to a Public Hearing before the Board of Appeals this evening in an effort to help pick up their lackluster sales.
The original plan called for 56 two-bedroom condo units in a 55 and over, age-restricted community, complete with a clubhouse. But tonight's proposal requests removal of the age restriction, which would require more septic capacity because of the change in use, given the same number of units. An over-55 complex presumably has no children, and lifting the restriction would trigger the need for increased capacity — but the septic system has already been built
However, instead of increasing septic capacity, the developer proposes to cut the number to 28 units, and add a bedroom to each unit, a formula that would keep that need below the 10,000 g.p.d. that would trigger the need for a $1 million treatment facility, something the developer has steadfastly refused to consider.
And to make the development work financially, the proponent has planned an additional 16 single-family homes, each with its own septic system outside of the condo community.
Selectman Vice Chair Mary Pratt expressed concern about an abutting development approved across the town line in Upton, and the locations of the wells and septage relative to each other. She also said that Upton development would give some mitigation toward the construction of a traffic light at the corner of School and West Main Streets.
"I feel they [Peppercorn] are impacting us with students and they should contribute," she said.
Jeff Doherty (photo), who lives on School Street, said he was having trouble finding the record of who approved the removal of trees and stone walls by the applicant.
"You [Board of Appeals] specifically stated that there would need to be a hearing if there were any trees cut down or stone walls removed," he said.
Wayne Davies, Acting Chairman of the Board of Appeals said, "You seem to be indicating to me that there is a violation of their Special Permit." Mr. Davies asked the secretary to notify The Town Planner, Elaine Lazarus of that possibility.
Mr. Doherty also asked that the developer increase the proposed recreation area from the grid area in the right of the plan above to the entire yellow area of the plan. He also asked for traffic light mitigation and places to put playing fields.
He added, "There should be a playing field in every community in this town." This writer spoke a minute later and agreed.
Mr. Davies said that he would circulate the new plan and proposals to the other boards in town to ask for their input under the law that allows 40B developments.
The public Hearing will resume on September 26, 2007 at 7:45 p.m.
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