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Woodville Rod & Gun Club Chicken Barbeque

September 9, 2007 — Gun Club member Paul Ambers makes several small orange pieces from a larger one at the Club's range during today's Chicken Barbeque, a well-attended event that included much more than chicken.

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Airplane Lands on Route 3 North in Tyngsboro

 

September 9, 2007 — Today at approximately 2:00 p.m., State Police responded to multiple 911 calls reporting that an aircraft had landed on Route 3 North, just prior to Exit 34 in Tyngsboro.  

 

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Eric Bernstein of the Andover Barracks indicates that a Cessna single engine aircraft landed on Route 3 North just prior to Exit 34 in Tyngsboro and came to rest on a grassy area adjacent to the exit ramp.  The aircraft was operated by 51 year-old James Hilliard of Holliston.  Hilliard was uninjured in the landing and was able to land the aircraft on Route 3 without incident.  Hilliard’s itinerary began in Greenville, ME followed by a landing in Rochester, NH due to weather.  He later was en route to Hopedale Airport in Hopedale, MA when initial reports indicate that he may have run out of fuel, forcing him to land on Route 3 North in Tyngsboro.

 

The aircraft was towed to the Nashua Airport in Nashua, NH where Hilliard was expected to refuel and continue his flight.

 

This incident is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Authority and the National Transportation Safety Board.  The State Police were assisted at the scene by the Tyngsboro Police Department, Tyngsboro Fire & EMS, Westford Fire & EMS, Nashua Police Department, the New Hampshire State Police and MassHighways. File photo of State Police Helicopter

Dennis W. Anderson, 60

     Dennis Warner Anderson, DDS, FACP, 60, of Hopkinton and Edgartown, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007.
     He was the husband of Anngray Anderson Doig, for 19 years.
     Born in Waterloo, Iowa, he was the son of the late Warner L. Anderson and Jean M. (Christensen) Anderson, and attended high school in Monroe, Ga., graduating from the University of Georgia at Athens in 1969, and from the University of Tennessee's Memphis College of Dentistry in 1972. Arrangements Complete

Positive Movement

Remember our friend, Jeff Glor from Channel 7? He is now a National Correspondence for The Early Show on CBS, having been hired earlier this year.  See Jeff Glor's latest report for CBS. Jeff's hard work and professionalism will continue to pay off in his career. 

SMOKERS: Make sure they are out, and don't toss them from the vehicle, please!

Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Route 128 North in Peabody

 

September 8, 2007 — Today at approximately 6:50 p.m., troopers assigned to the Danvers Barracks responded to a serious motorcycle crash on Route 128 North in Peabody that resulted in one fatality.

 

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Robert Noonan indicates that a 1989 Honda motorcycle operated by 59 year-old David L. Allen of Gloucester, was traveling in the right travel lane on Route 128 North, just prior to Route 1 in Peabody when he lost control and crashed in the breakdown lane, striking the guardrail.  Allen sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash and was subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene. 

 

This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section and the Essex County District Attorney’s Office. The Lynnfield Police and Fire Departments, Peabody Fire Department and the Massachusetts Medical Examiner’s Office assisted troopers at the scene. 

Jimmy Fund Walk

Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk starts in Hopkinton on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007. As an individual or a team, experience two quintessential parts of New England history: the famous Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk and making a personal commitment to support the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. ~ Jimmy Fund

Hopkinton teens, Katie Duggan, Rachel Gately and Lindsay Kramer have put a team together for next week's walk. Check out the website and donate (please)!

 

September 8, 2007 — Hopkinton, The Movie. Above are some video clips from around Hopkinton to show those who happen upon HopNews by chance, what the town looks like. Hosted by BrightCove.com. This quality surpasses by far the video quality we've been able to achieve on YouTube. If you do not see a place for the video, you must "Allow blocked content." Edited by David Sheehan.

Twice is the Charm

September 8, 2007 — Tom McIntyre of McIntyre Loam prepares the footing this morning for yet another restored fire bell, this time being placed at the Firemen's Memorial on Mt. Auburn Street. Mr. McIntyre restored the bell as well as the hydrants, as he did with the bell he recently restored and installed at the Woodville Fire Station.

     Mr. McIntyre said that the bell was stored ever since the old Fire Station was ripped down in the Fifties. Joe Capobianco and Brendan Tedstone helped with today's installation.

Bargains Galore

September 8, 2007 — People pored over the wares at the Hopkinton Cheerleaders Yard sale held this morning at the High school.

Fruit Street Property Requires

Bridge Construction ~ DEP

 

Bridge must be built for wetlands crossing

 

by Robert Falcione

September 7, 2007 — The DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) has decided that a disputed wetlands crossing on the Fruit Street property leading to the planned Waste Water Treatment Facility, the fodder of appellants' letters to the DEP, must be restored and a bridge built, according to J. T Gaucher, DPW Director. The view in the photo was taken from the wetlands crossing area toward the proposed soccer fields. The wetlands crossing is necessary to reach the planned Waste Water Treatment Facility, which will handle 100,000 g.p.d., and grow to 350,000 g.p.d. at full build-out.   

    One day before the DEP issued a Groundwater Discharge Permit, it came down on the side of the citizens who appealed the Conservation Commission's Order of Conditions, and determined that a wetlands be restored and a bridge be constructed, saying that the original 1999 permit was for a temporary crossing.

    Mr. Gaucher said that the Notice of Intent filed with the Conservation Commission will need to be modified. When asked the cost of constructing a bridge, he said that Earth Tech is working up a design.

    However, President of Cedar Swamp Conservation Trust, John Craycroft, one of the signers of the Citizen's Appeal, said he believes that Hopkinton will be spending another $500,000 to construct the bridge.

     Mr. Craycroft's group is concerned, he said, because the Discharge Permit has a false basis.

     "It is going to impact the water quality in Whitehall Brook," he said.

     "State and Federal regulations require that the water quality not be degraded. And the permit allows for a phosphorous level in Whitehall Brook 250 times the current level." Mr. Craycroft said his organization is considering an appeal of the Groundwater Discharge Permit.  

     Mr. Craycroft said that his organization, as well as others, have been "collecting data to provide a baseline for water quality in Whitehall Brook. It is an Outstanding Resource Water," he said. Mr. Craycroft also expressed concern for Hopkinton's aquifer.  

      "When the discharge from the plant gets to the Whitehall Brook, it's gone," he said. "It does not recharge Hopkinton's aquifer." The Whitehall Brook flows away from Hopkinton at that point.

      "Hopkinton's Waste Water discharge should be at Elmwood Park, feeding into Indian Brook, the main feeder brook for Hopkinton Reservoir, which supplies Hopkinton with half its water," he said.

      "If you mention my name, they'll say, 'Those Westborough people'," he said. Mr. Craycroft lives in Westborough. However, the majority of those signing the Residents' Appeal are from Hopkinton, and specifically the Huckleberry Road/Fruit Street area nearest the approved plant.

       Mr. Gaucher said that a Conservation Restriction was being worked out between the Sudbury Valley Trust, which will hold the CR, and the DEP. The Residents' Appeal complained that the roadway to the plant was going through a defined Conservation Restriction.

       When asked if anything would be moved because of the CR, Mr. Gaucher said, "I don't have every detail, but I think we have a resolution. It's too early to tell."

       "We do have a site assignment approved, and the Groundwater Discharge Permit," he said.

Woodvillites

September 7, 2007 — A lone turtle observes his fowl neighbors who are passing by his "turf." The ducks saw the photographer on shore and headed toward him, proving that the group has apparently been the recipient of some human charity this season. 

Better Bee Careful

September 7, 2007 — A herd of Yellow jackets have been having a feast for days at Hopkinton State Park near one of the dumpsters. Richard Trubiano, Forest and Parks Supervisor, said that the wasps are craving sugar. It must be quite a sight to see what it looks like underneath the melon.

Wine Tasting Today

Friday, September 7th 4 - 7

Lievland Wine Estates

Today's wine tasting will feature high-quality value wines from a centuries-old South African wine estate with a Massachusetts connection.

ESL Presents Speak My Heart Sept. 14, 15, 21, 22


 

September 7, 2007 — Enter Stage Left Theater will be presenting Speak My Heart, an evening of songs from Broadway musicals, on September 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8:00 p.m. at ESL studios at 30 Main Street in Hopkinton. ESL’s own private vocal instructors Mark DiCampo and Lyndie Laramore will perform fully staged selections from Jason Robert Brown’s hit
       Broadway musicals Songs for a New World, Parade, and Last Five Years. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.

State Police Apprehend Fugitive

 

 

 September 7, 2007 — Today at approximately 6:58 a.m., troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Bourne, the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Squad and parole officers of the Massachusetts Parole Board concluded the search for 46-year-old Charles M. Chaples, a fugitive wanted on a warrant for violation of parole on a life sentence. 

      Trooper Edward Lavoie was enroute to a paid detail when he located Chaples on Route 105 by Quails Crossing in the town of Marion.  Trooper Lavoie placed Chaples into custody without incident.  Chaples was transported to the State Police Bourne Barracks and then subsequently transported to the New Bedford Police Department and where he was placed into the custody of the New Bedford Police.

Charles H. Baker

Charles Hem Baker, 54, of Hopkinton, formerly of Ashland, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007, at his home in Hopkinton. He was the husband of Ednamarie Baker. Born in Lancaster, N.H., he was the son of the late Hallett and Thelma (Hem) Baker. A lifelong resident of Ashland, Mr. Baker worked as a truck mechanic. He enjoyed fishing and stock car racing and was an avid NASCAR fan. Arrangements Complete.

EMC Names Louise O’Brien Executive Vice President,

Corporate Strategy and Development

 

Hopkinton resident Mark Lewis to Lead Content Management and Archiving Business; David Donatelli, Howard Elias and Lewis All Named Business Unit Presidents

 

September 6, 2007 — EMC Corporation today announced that former Dell and Bain executive Louise O’Brien has joined the company as Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development. O’Brien will report to Joe Tucci (Photo, top right), EMC Chairman, President and CEO, and be responsible for overseeing EMC’s corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO), and New Ventures Group.

     O’Brien, 47, joins EMC from her own consulting practice, which she established after spending more than seven years with Dell Inc., where she held several senior management positions including Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development. She also served as Partner at Bain & Company, the global business consulting firm, and led the firm’s Customer Loyalty Practice. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

     In announcing the appointment, Tucci said, “EMC’s success in recent years has resulted from persistent, aggressive investment in a broad portfolio of internally developed and acquired assets, from which we have built the world’s most advanced set of information infrastructure solutions. Louise brings to EMC more than two decades worth of experience helping companies build these strategies, uncover acquisition targets, find new sources of profitable growth, and sharpen their competitive advantage. As a member of EMC’s executive management team, she will help propel EMC through our next phase of growth and advance our differentiated strategy through innovation across every aspect of the business.”

     “EMC is one of the world’s most well-positioned and well-managed major IT companies with a bold and innovative history,” said O’Brien. “I am delighted to join a winning company with such a strong customer orientation and deep and talented management team. This is a particularly exciting point in EMC’s history given its unique position and opportunity to shape the future of information technology and deliver new levels of value to customers.”

     In addition, to further strengthen its business unit approach to the IT marketplace, EMC promoted three of its senior executives to President. Mark Lewis, 45 (Photo, right), has been named President of EMC’s Content Management and Archiving (CMA) business, after having served most recently as Chief Development Officer (CDO); David Donatelli, 42, has been named President, EMC Storage Division; and Howard Elias, 50, has been named President, EMC Global Services.

     Tucci added, “With these promotions for David, Mark, and Howard, EMC is acknowledging their outstanding work in leading and growing their businesses. At the same time, we have every expectation that, working together, they will produce even greater results for EMC in the future.”

Endless Summer

September 6, 2007 — Cousins and siblings Jimmy Johnson, Cody Johnson, Nicole McLaughlin, Danny Johnson and Grace McLaughlin spent the last day of summer at Misquamicut Beach in Westerly, Rhode Island, making sand castles, embattlements and lifelong memories

 

State Police VFAS Searches for Dangerous Fugitive in Mattapoisett

 

September 6, 2007 — Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Bourne, the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Squad and parole officers of the Massachusetts Parole Board are currently searching for 46-year-old Charles M. Chaples, a fugitive wanted on a warrant for violation of parole on a life sentence.  The search is being conducted in the wooded area adjacent to 11 Industrial Drive in Mattapoisett.  Chaples should be considered potentially armed and dangerous.  

 

46 year-old Charles M. Chaples is a white male, 6’2” tall, approximately 225-230 pounds with balding gray hair.  He was last seen wearing green shorts, a green tank-top and carrying a gray sweatshirt.  He has three unknown tattoos on his back.  His last know address is Hicksville Road in Dartmouth.

 

Today, at approximately 9:43 a.m., troopers assigned to the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Squad and parole officers of the Massachusetts Parole Board attempted to serve a parole violation warrant on Chaples at Lesco Distributing located within the industrial park at 11 Industrial Drive in Mattapoisett.  Chaples fled into the large wooded are adjacent to the industrial park prior to being apprehended and is still believed to be in that area.  Reports indicate that Chapel has stated that he would not go back to jail.

Middlesex County Justice/Crime

 

Three Arrested, Approximately 500 Pounds Of Marijuana Seized In Drug Busts In Framingham, Cambridge, Hingham, And Charlestown

Street Value Of Drugs Is Approximately $1 Million

 

CAMBRIDGEMiddlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today that three men have been arrested in connection with the seizure of approximately 500 pounds of marijuana (street value of approximately $1,000,000) and other drugs in Framingham, Cambridge, Hingham, and Charlestown. The arrests and seizures are the result of an investigation conducted by the Massachusetts State Police PACT Unit and Framingham Police, and executed in cooperation with Cambridge Police, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and State Police assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office.

 

            Michael D. Lowney, age 51, of Cambridge, Christopher Jackman, age 50, of Framingham, and Robert Kee, Jr., age 21, of Framingham have been arrested and arraigned on various drug distribution and possession charges.

 

“Drug use, abuse, and addiction is the root cause of many crimes that compromise the quality of life in our communities, and we are going to continue to work together to investigate and prosecute cases in which drugs are being used and distributed on our streets,” District Attorney Leone said. “These arrests are the result of outstanding investigation and cooperation amongst the Massachusetts State Police, Framingham Police, Cambridge Police, and the DEA.”

 

“This investigation demonstrates the value of cooperation and sharing of information between law enforcement agencies,” Framingham Police Chief Steven Carl said. “In cases such as narcotics trafficking, it is common for distribution networks to cross national and international lines of jurisdiction. In this new era of policing, information sharing and cross-jurisdictional cooperation is critical to allow us to more effectively break up these distribution networks.” READ MORE...

Goodbye Sunshine

September 5, 2007 — Alex and Polly Brown enjoy the end of the day from the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam as the sun sets, much like the summer is setting. The photo has been enhanced electronically, but with an effect that could also be done in a darkroom with film. It has been darkened to enhance the colors.

House Demolition: The Video 

September 5, 2007 — The demolition of the Tedstone's former home is captured on video for those who have never seen a house get taken down by one simple machine. Oh, and the man himself says a few words.

All Clear

September 5, 2007 — The fire bell that has recently been restored by Hopkinton native Tom McIntyre of McIntyre Loam  — at his cost — has had some finishing touches. Perhaps someone can let the Town Talk page know who did the flower and plantings and stone work.

     The flagpole has also been replaced, just a few days after a driver, asleep at the wheel, careened into it. Although the top of the newly installed flagpole cannot be seen, it is at half-staff in memory of the fallen Firefighter comrades in West Roxbury. 

The Hilltopper Senior Newsletter is now online.

Just choose the Senior News button at any time.

 

Senior Center Activities. Excerpts from the newsletter:

KNIT ONE, COME ALL
After taking the summer off, the knitting group will start up again. We will meet at 9:30 Thursday mornings starting Thursday, September 6th. Jane and Pat will have several suggestions of small knitted gifts for the holidays. If you prefer to continue with mittens or bears, that is fine, too. Whether you want to learn to knit or are a master, we would love to have you join us. All materials will be provided. Just come and join in the conversation while producing something useful!
 

VETERAN’S BREAKFASTS
Starting on Fri., Sept.7, and continuing the first Friday of each month at 9, we will be hosting breakfast especially for veterans. Hank Allessio will be here this month with an update on his veteran’s photo project. Coffee is free. The cost for a full breakfast is $3. We hope to see you there.

Hopkinton YMCA Increases Capacity

 

YMCA Pre-School has openings for ages 2 years, 9 months to 5 years-old.

 

Day Care for Kindergartners through 6th Grade is no longer on a waiting list due to an increase in license capacity. Sign up now for school age before and after school program.  

 

Don't Miss Out! Call 508-435-9345

 

Here It Is...

Gone!

September 5, 2007 — Contractor William Deiana took less than a half hour to bring 45 Pleasant Street, the former home of Cristina and Brendan Tedstone, to the ground this morning.

Entwistle Defense Motion Rejected

Above, Neil Entwistle (File photo) in the back of a Hopkinton Police cruiser on Main Street on the way from the Police Headquarters to Framingham District Court for arraignment on the morning of February 16, 2006.

Below, a scan of the actual Arrest Log. Mr. Entwistle was arrested at Hanscomb Air Force Base upon returning to the United States from England and charged with Murder.

 

September 4, 2007 — According to several media reports, Neil Entwistle has lost his bid to throw out evidence gathered in a warrantless search of his Cubs Path home, where police discovered the bodies of his wife, Rachel, and their nine month-old baby Lillian on the second occasion of their entry into the home in late January, 2006.

       The judge did not buy the argument that the evidence should be thrown out, saying the police had every right to enter the home at the behest of the Rachel's mother and her friends who were concerned for her whereabouts. Boston Globe story.

Middlesex County Justice/Crime

 

DA Leone Announces Creation Of Cyber Protection Program

 

Brings Together Team Of Prosecutors, State Police, and Investigators Focused On The Protection Of Children And All Citizens On The Internet

 

1 in 8 sixth-graders have met online people offline — Survey

 

CAMBRIDGE – Calling the Internet an “ever-changing medium and an exploding haven for online predators,” Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone (File photo) today announced the creation of the office’s first-ever unit of prosecutors and investigators specifically focused on the protection of children and other citizens from the predatory dangers of the Internet.

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Cyber Protection Program is a team consisting of a coordinating Assistant District Attorney, other lawyers, State Police, and civilian forensic specialists. That team will focus on the investigation and prosecution of cases involving the use of computers to commit crimes and store evidence, including those who target children, the elderly and other vulnerable victims. It also will address financial and other related cyber crimes. In addition to its prosecutorial components, the program will engage community and law enforcement partners to conduct county-wide trainings, build and develop public-private partnerships, launch pilot initiatives, and support the office’s pre-existing school and community-based prevention and intervention programs.

“The Internet is an ever-growing and increasingly important part of all of our lives,” District Attorney Leone said. “But as it grows, it unfortunately also becomes the weapon of choice for predators and others seeking to exploit children, the elderly and other victims. As the Internet evolves, so must our efforts to protect people and prosecute crimes that are committed online. That is why we are creating this team of highly-qualified prosecutors and investigators to specifically focus on the protection of people on the Internet, from combating cyber crimes to prosecuting online child abusers and predators.” READ MORE...

Board of Health Issues Private Well Irrigation Ban

Revocation of permit is most severe penalty

September 4, 2007 — The Hopkinton Board of Health has issued a private water use ban, which will take effect upon notification in qualifying news publications, according to Public Health Administrator Thomas Ryder. This will encompass all neighborhoods in Hopkinton, he said.

      According to Mr. Ryder, penalties will range from $50 per day, each day, to a total revocation of the user's well permit. It has been written to coincide with the municipal ban, which is in effect due o the lack of rain, causing the Hopkinton Reservoir to lower to the statutory limit.

      This is the notice:

Please be advised that Hopkinton Board of Health Regulations for all private water wells provides that in addition to any other water use restriction, by this or any other municipal body, automatic lawn irrigation is limited to two days per week. In addition all private water wells including irrigation wells must abide by all municipal restrictions for water use. Accordingly, all non-essential outdoor use of water from private water well including irrigation wells is prohibited until the municipal restriction is lifted. (Please see Hopkinton BOH Regulation 5.5 and 5.5.1.1 and 5.5.1.3) These regulations are available on line at Hopkinton.org by selecting the BOH regulations link listed under "Government" or a copy may be obtained at the Town of Hopkinton B.O.H. office at Town Hall.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for HopNews.com, September 4, 2007

Address Buyer Price Date Seller

2 Trevor Lane unit 1

David K. Oka

$560,000

Sep.  04, 2007

Maillet & Son LLC

45 Wedgewood Drive

Gregg F. Butler & Heather R. Butler

$962,500

Aug.  31, 2007

Robert W. Doucette & Cheryl D. Doucette

17 Rocky Woods Road

Adam P. Dinicola & Julie A. Dinicola

$620,000

Aug.  31, 2007

Philip A. Doherty & Laura J. Doherty

29 Sanctuary Lane

Roger A. Prouix & Nancy E. Prouix

$426,486

Aug.  31, 2007

Weston Development Group Inc.

29 Walcott Valley Drive

Lynn G. Tanner

$255,000

Aug.  31, 2007

Robert B. Foster

23 David Shays Road

Lam D. Nguyen & Andrienne M. Nguyen

$730,000

Aug.  29, 2007

William Todd Root

6 Victory Lane

Diane J. Newland

$397,000

Aug.  29, 2007

Thomas Lowery & Jacqueline Lowery

24 Hidden Brick Road

Michael D. Tobins & Megan E. Boyer

$648,400

Aug.  27, 2007

Susan K. Spund

Previous update:        

25 Old Farm Road

Timothy G. Lind & Paige K. Lind

$790,000

Aug.  24, 2007

Stephen D. Okland & Terry Lyn Okland

14 Weybridge Lane

William Rufo & Heather Hannon

$279,900

Aug.  24, 2007

Michael E. Widlansky & Shannon H. Panszi

74 Saddle Hill Road

Joshua E. Deisenroth & Carrie L. Deisenroth

$465,000

Aug.  23, 2007

Lawrence A. Drowne

18 School Street

David J. Darkow & Teri C. Darkow

$537,500

Aug.  22, 2007

Kenneth L. Allor & Mary R. Allor

See Full List back to February 1,  2007

From the Radical Middle...

Question: Why did you do it?

Answer: The rules are for other people

 

by Robert Falcione

September 3, 2007 — I parked my car in a space for passenger vehicles and walked toward Sandy Island Park, looking for that definitive end-of-summer photo this afternoon, and to get a shot of the recent vandalism that I had received an email about.

      I noticed a vehicle that was parked in the boat launch, at the water's edge. A man older than I was bent over the front fender watching me like a hawk. Actually, he sort of appeared to be looking guilty, and then I saw why.

     "What are you people doing," I asked him and his wife.

     "We're washing the car," she said.

     This was in the BOAT LAUNCH RAMP! Of course, now, all of the boat-launch car-washing advocates will have their way with me on the Discussion Page; but I have to stick by my guns on this one. This isn't the River Nile. I wondered if there was laundry and a  scrub board in the back seat.

      "What could you possibly wash the car with?" I asked, fishing without a pole.

      "Soapy water," was the answer.

      They took water in buckets from the lake and poured it over the car, rinsing the soapy water off of it and into Lake Maspenock. Come on people, we aren't in the Ozarks.

       "I put the soapy water over here," she said, pointing to the ground adjacent to the ramp a foot from the water, as if she was catching the water that rinsed off of the car and putting it in a place where no sane human being would ever consider it harmful.

       "It'll never reach the lake from there," I said in my thought-provoking way.

       I walked onto the path to the beach and noticed a fresh and moist dog mess on the edge of the trail. Aha! There's one that didn't get me, which is usually my payback for the German shepherd I had as a younger man, long before Dog-mess Awareness.

       "Watch out!" I warned some people who were leaving the park after having been at the beach.

       "Where is it?" one person asked as her daughter nearly stepped on it.

       Now, here is where the be-neighborly-and-pick-up-the-poop people will have their way with me on the Discussion Page, but I don't care. I covered it with pine needles and leaves, making a noticeable pile that no sane human being would want to step on.

      Doggy doo must be a name conceived by dog lovers, because it does not smell nearly as nice as it sounds. In fact, it should be called, "Oh yikes, for the love of... I can't stand this evil smell!"

      Dogs are not allowed on the beach. The sign in the parking lot says so. But a few neighbors send their 11 year-olds to walk the dog, and a doggy bag is ever absent from the hand that is not trying to keep the dog from pulling them down the street like a scene from the Iditarod dog sled race.

      The sign also says that the park is for Hopkinton residents, although it does not specifically exclude those from the Ozark Mountains. READ MORE...

Labor of Love

September 3, 2007 — A couple of families have fun tubing on North Pond on Labor Day. The lake was very active on this day.

Friends of the Common are Very Determined

It's an international destination, but it doesn't represent the community well

~ Ruth Gorman referring to the Hopkinton Common

 

Boulder Capital, Ron Nation, Weston Nurseries offer to help

 

Fundraiser Mini-Marathon scheduled at the H.S. Track on Sunday, October 14

 

by Robert Falcione

September 3, 2007 — President of the Hopkinton Garden Club Ruth Gorman 9File photo) has taken on another role as the Chairman of the Friends of the Common, a group of people she has gotten together to raise money, volunteer  labor, and raise awareness of the need to redesign elements of the Hopkinton Common and repair both the gazebo and the fountain.

      "I am not going to be a part of a this if it becomes just another committee that gets nothing done," Mrs. Gorman said in a recent conversation.

     Mrs. Gorman has enlisted several notables, including HAA (Hopkinton Athletic Association) President Tim Kilduff, Selectman Mike Shepard, Barbara Sicusso of the BAA (Boston Athletic Association), Al Rogers from Parks and Recreation, Jeff Furber from Open space, as well as others.

      The group defined three major areas of concern at their first meeting held in August: Repair the gazebo, repair the fountain, and remove dead and dangerous trees from the Common. The Norway maples were slated for removal. But now, according to Mrs. Gorman, the trees can stay, because there is no open space within the radius that would necessitate their removal. The Norway maple is considered an invasive species.

     The trees on the Common have become so overgrown that many of the bands playing at the Sunday concerts this past season chose the ground to set up on, rather than look out from inside the gazebo 10 feet from the ground into a forest that blocked their audience. Also, the audience for events on the common has grown with the  population, pushing the people past the first row of trees and obscuring the activity on the gazebo.

     At the group's first meeting, Mr. Kilduff promised $5,000 from HAA funds, and Mr. Rogers promised $8,000 from a trust fund to be used toward prevailing wages.

      And also at that meeting, Jeff Furber said the CPC would put $20,000 toward the repair of the fountain, and that other grants may be available. READ MORE

Last Fling of Summer

September 3, 2007 — This monarch butterfly couldn't resist the nectar of this bush, even though it was wary of the photographer. At first it was startled and circled waiting for the photographer to move on, but couldn't resist its urges.

Police News UP-TO-DATE

Today, September 3, 2007

 

5:09 p.m. A 911 caller from Wood Street reported trash in the middle of Lake Whitehall...

 

3:34 p.m. A Pinecrest Village resident reported that a School Street resident was power washing his house...

 

1:06 p.m. A Rice Street resident reported her 11 year-old son and his 11 year-old friend missing. They had each claimed they were going over each other's home...

Lack of Rain

September 3, 2007 — These two fishermen had no better luck than most of the fishermen this season at the Hopkinton Reservoir on Sunday, as they threw back this small fish. The quarry stones on the dam define the high water mark, but it appears the rocks in the foreground would ordinarily be entirely under water.

Nice Beard

September 3, 2007 — This goat at Weston Nurseries came out of the cool shade to smile at the camera last week.

Split in Two

September 1, 2007 — While on patrol on Greenwood Drive, Officer Aaron O'Neil reported the apparent vandalism of one of two of the neighborhood's welcome signs. Although a sister Toll Brothers neighborhood has an irrigation ban, even though the sources are private, this neighborhood has plenty of green grass and automatic sprinklers running between other homes displaying the brown grass of a dry August.

The Bell Tolls for Thee

September 1, 2007 — Hopkinton native Tom McIntyre of McIntyre Loam puts some finishing touches on the working bell from the old Woodville Fire Station that he has restored. Helping him install it today was Woodville resident Joe Capobianco, a relative of former Fire Chief Arthur Stewart.

     "It came out of the old Woodville Fire Station when they moved to the new location," Mr. McIntyre said today of the bell that was cast in 1860.

     "The old station (Photo below) was brought to Farrah's, where they were going to make it into a museum, but it rotted and got ripped down," he said. The foundation remains today at the edge of the pond on Wood Street.

     According to Fire Lieutenant Stephen Slaman, Mr. McIntyre donated the entire cost of the project, including the restoration of the bell, painting and construction of the uprights and the races holding the swivel.

     Mr. McIntyre is investigating  the automation of the bell for use in emergencies.

 STOCK UP TODAY

In Observance Of Labor Day,

 Colella's Will Be CLOSED  Monday, September 3rd

STOCK UP TODAY

A Man for Two Seasons

A Tale of Two Seasons

August 31, 2007 — These two photos of the Sudbury River under the dry-laid keystone arch Aiken's Park Bridge are a study in contrasts. The photo on the left was taken in the spring of 2007, and the one on the right was taken Friday. The river is down to a trickle, giving rise to questions about the availability of water in the area. The Toll Brothers development of luxury homes on Overlook Drive has had to truck in water this season to supplant a well that did not produce enough, and according to one government source, is still trucking water in to their tank.

Underwater Irony

August 31, 2007 — The irony of this message should not be lost on the people who have seen it in the springtime. 

A Cool Sweet start to kick off Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month!

And it's as easy as eating ice cream!

Saturday 9/1/07 11 am - 4 pm / Charles River Center, Rt 126, Bellingham, MA

Come join the fun at Cold Stone's Bellingham location with celebrity scooper Heather Ford, WZLX morning radio personality. Various festivities are also being sponsored in the store & parking lot to support ovarian cancer research, patient treatment and awareness.

Other participants include Regal Cinema, Spooky World, Whole Foods Market, Linens & Things, and other area retailers.

Face painting, games and prizes! Fun for the entire family!

www.ovationsforthecure.org  508-655-5412 Darlene Hayes

YMCA Has Openings

YMCA Pre-School now has openings for ages 2 years, 9 months to 5 years-old.

 

Day Care for Kindergartners through 6th Grade is currently on a waiting list. Sign up now for an anticipated growth of the program.

 

Don't Miss Out! Call 508-435-9345

Outside Water Ban Still in Effect

Third violation could result in suspension of water service

Water Department will enforce compliance

 

Please be advised that after consultation with Ashland officials and on the heels of the second driest August ever recorded, the current water use restriction will remain in effect until further notice. Although water is not drawn directly from the Hopkinton Reservoir, the groundwater level adjacent to the reservoir where the pumps are located is dropping rapidly with the lack of rainfall.

The current restriction limits outside water use to a bucket or handheld hose only for flowers and gardens. The use of automatic sprinklers, filling of pools, and washing of vehicles are prohibited. We have noticed several areas where automatic sprinklers appear to still be in use and we have reminded people of the restrictions. We will be out checking to ensure that everyone is aware and in compliance with these regulations. If you do still have your irrigation system on, we ask you to please turn it off to avoid any further action and to help limit overall use until groundwater levels begin to rise.

This water use restriction applies to only those customers who are on the municipal system. Thank you for your cooperation with this situation.

The following are the penalties for non-compliance with the state restrictions. Any person violating this By-law shall receive a written warning for the first offense. For the second offense, any person violating this By-law shall be liable to the Town in the amount of $100.00.. For any violations beyond the second offense, water service may be suspended. Fines shall be recovered by inclusion as a charge on the next scheduled water bill.


The Water Department will be keeping users apprised of the current restriction through the local media, websites, and signs.
Location of Water Use Restriction Signs:
Main St. @ Exxon
West Main @ Wood St. West Bound
Wood St. @ Westborough Line East Bound
Pond & Spring Intersection
South & West Main Intersection West Bound
West Main @ Pleasant East Bound
West Main @ School West Bound
Ash @ Park South Bound
Hayden Rowe @ Tennis Courts South Bound
Hayden Rowe @ Chestnut North Bound
East Main St. @ TJ’S West Bound

 

~ Eric Carty, Water/Sewer Manager

File photo of Hopkinton Reservoir

State Police Host Joint Labor Day Weekend Public Safety Event

Public Safety Officials work toward a fatality-free weekend

 

August 30, 2007 — Today, Secretary Kevin M. Burke of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Registrar Anne L. Collins of the Registry of Motor Vehicles, members of the Massachusetts State Police, the New Hampshire State Police, the Salisbury Police Department and the Newburyport Police Department held a joint public safety event announcing enforcement efforts for the Labor Day Holiday Weekend at the Route 95 South Rest Area in Salisbury, Massachusetts.

 

This event highlighted the “Drunk Driving. Over The Limit. Under Arrest.” Mobilization designed to reduce alcohol related crashes, which began on August 17, 2007 and concludes on September 3, 2007. Last year during the Labor Day weekend there were three motor vehicle related fatalities in Massachusetts. One of the goals of this initiative is a fatality free holiday weekend.

 

Secretary Kevin M. Burke of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security stated, “I would like to thank Governor Patrick and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for their support and funding of this important initiative which enables us to remove impaired drivers from the roadways of the Commonwealth and ensure the safety of the motoring public.”

 

The Highway Safety Division of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security has provided $515,000 in funding to state and local police in Massachusetts for this initiative. The Massachusetts State Police received $120,000 from that funding to provide 380 extra State Police patrols and 5 sobriety checkpoints across the Commonwealth during the mobilization. Representatives from these police agencies discussed their respective Labor Day Holiday enforcement initiatives to include C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort).

 

“The long term goal of our traffic safety efforts is to get all drivers to think about and make the right decisions each and every time they get behind the wheel” stated Colonel Mark Delaney, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police.

 

Since last Labor Day, state and local police have conducted 70 sobriety checkpoints statewide. The B.A.T. Mobile has participated in 40 of those sobriety checkpoints. The 70 checkpoints have generated 460 OUI related arrests. In 2007, OUI related arrests are up 36 percent while OUI related crashes are down 16 percent. The State Police will be unveiling a second B.A.T. Mobile later this year and they plan on increasing the number of sobriety checkpoints to 90 in 2008.

 

 “This is a cooperative effort that will provide more safety on the roadways during the Labor Day Holiday weekend,” stated Captain Chris Colitti of the New Hampshire State Police.

Zoning Advisory Committee Public Hearing
September 11, 2007

Boards and the Public invited


The Zoning Advisory Committee will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at 7:00 PM in the Fire Station Meeting Room, 73 Main St., at which time it would like to hear ideas that other Boards, Committees, organizations or the general public have with respect to desired changes to the Zoning Bylaw and/or the Zoning Map. Zoning bylaws generally regulate the use of land, buildings and structures. This is an opportunity to propose changes to the land use of specific areas in Hopkinton, and other ideas with respect to land use regulation. The Committee invites you to the hearing to present your ideas and suggestions.

The Committee requests that if possible, a written summary of the idea or proposal be sent to the Planning Department at Town Hall prior to September 7.  ~ Ken Weismantel, Chair (File photo)

 Series of Break-ins of Town Halls

 

August 30, 2007 — State Police are assisting local police departments with the investigation of break-ins at town halls and churches in the towns of Bernardston, Brookfield, Conway, Colrain, Cummington, Goshen, Holland, Leverett, Shelburne Falls, Sunderland and Wales

 

Today, a meeting was held at the State Police Troop B Headquarter in Northampton, where law enforcement officials from across Massachusetts met to discuss these recent series of breaks-ins.  The State Police are assisting several local departments as the investigations continue.  Police stress to town officials to remain vigilant and ensure that all buildings are properly secured.

 

Hopkinton Police have been making extra checks of the Hopkinton Town Hall.

 

School Opens September 5

Hopkinton Police promises strict traffic enforcement

 

 

The Hopkinton Police Department would like to remind everyone that the Hopkinton Public Schools will be opening on Wednesday September 5.

To help protect the children we urge motorists to:

• Slow down near schools and in residential areas
• Obey speed limit of 20 MPH in School Zone when lights are flashing
• Plan for extra travel time if you’ll be traveling during times when children will be traveling to and from school
• Use extra caution at intersections, crosswalks and other locations where children may be walking to and from school
• Always stop for school buses when they are loading or unloading passengers or have stop lights activated
• Always maintain a minimum distance of 100 feet when following a school bus with passengers

The Hopkinton Police Department will be patrolling and enforcing motor vehicles laws to provide a safe trip to and from school for all children. Failure to obey the motor vehicle laws could result in a motorists being fined, some of the potential fines are;

• Failure to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk – Minimum $200 fine
• Failure to stop for a school bus while loading or unloading students – Minimum $250 fine
• Failure to maintain 100 feet distance while following a school bus – Minimum $35 fine

~ Lt. Richard Flannery

Sizzler Team

Picture here are players:  Luke Bianculli, Grant Salois, Ryan Carey, Michael Messier, Geoff Holler, Kyle Halloran, Brendon O'Leary, Tim Towner, Mitch Nagel, Johnny Hamm, and Jimmy Hervol,

and coaches :  Tom Carey, Brad Nagel, Steve O'Leary and Jim Hervol.

 

The Hopkinton 9/10 Sizzler A team finished a strong summer season in second place, a half game behind league champion, Mendon.

 

In the Playoffs, the Sizzler team shut out 3rd place Northbridge 12-0 to win the semi-finals, but fell 6-5 to 1st place Mendon in the finals.

"I'd Buy That for a Dollar"

August 30, 2007 — Selectman Vice-Chair Mary Pratt holds up the actual $1 check from the Town to the Milford Water Company for the purchase of the Lake Maspenock Dam last week at Town Hall. (Account number intentionally obscured).

Starts Friday!

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Based on the comic book "Peanuts" by Charles M. Schultz
Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark M. Gesner
Additional dialogue by Michael Mayer
Additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa

August 31, 8:00 p.m., September 1, 8:00 p.m.,
September 8, 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.
St. John's Parish Hall, 20 Church St., Hopkinton


Tickets - $12 adults/$10 students & seniors

Produced by arrangement with Tams-Whitmark Music Library, Inc.

An ESL Production

Directed by Kelly Grill                 Assistant  Director Denise Laumeister
Music Director Lyndie Laramore        Choreography by Emily Grill and
Denise Laumeister                                Accompaniment by Sinai Tabak

SELECTMEN’S OFFICE

VACANCIES ON THE TOWN COMMITTEES/BOARDS
Updated August 29, 2007

The Town Manager’s Office announces openings on the following Committees:

APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE - Two (2)
CABLE COMMITTEE – One (1)
HOPKINTON TAX RELIEF – Two (2)
MARATHON FUND COMMITTEE ONE (1)
VETERAN’S CELEBRATION COMMITTEE – One (1)
VOICES FOR VISION CIVIC ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE – One (1)
YOUTH COMMISSION – Two (2)

If you are interested, please submit a letter of interest and/or resume to the Selectmen’s Office, 18 Main Street, for any of these positions. If you have questions, please contact Geri Holland at geri@hopkinton.org  or 508-497-9700.

 
 

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