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September 15, 2007 — This downtown property at the corner of Main and Mayhew Streets should get an award for the most well appointed fence in town, if one existed. The wide angle of the lens allows a view of the fence on both streets.
Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
September 14, 2007 — Volunteer Jerry Daddio and Assistant Cook Irene Salvucci, pause for a pose at the Senior Center during Friday lunch. Lunch is only $4, but we are told the minimum age is 60 years-old.
<-- HopNews readers by 52 percent to 34 percent do not believe that the President's surge is working.
A CNN poll on the right, taken last June shows a greater opposition to the war. Although the unscientific HopNews poll has a smaller sample, it likely reflects an increase in support for the president following the reported successes of the troop surge.
College Rock 101
September 14, 2007 — Joshua Comeau makes rappelling down the side of College Rock in Hopkinton look easy today.
"That's because it is easy," said Mr. Comeau.
The 21 year-old Hopkinton native said he enjoys mountaineering more than rappelling, and intends to climb the world's tallest peaks.
Brian Morrison Appeals Superior Court Ruling
September 14, 2007 — As previously reported, on August 22, 2007, a Superior Court Justice allowed a motion by the Town of Hopkinton to dismiss a lawsuit by Brian Morrison (File photo), former Conservation Commission Chairman, who sought mitigation or other remedial means in the construction of the Fruit Street Wastewater Treatment Facility.
Mr. Morrison named the DPW and the Conservation Commission members as defendants. In allowing that motion by the Town, the judge claimed that the plaintiff, Mr. Morison, lacked standing to sue, and did not prove injury. At that time, Mr. Morrison said that the judge did not rule on the merits of the suit.
Now comes Mr. Morrison with an appeal of that judgement.
In a telephone interview today, Mr. Morrison said that the appeal will be heard by the Massachusetts Appeals Court, a process, he said, that could take 12-18 months.
Mr. Morrison said that he and his lawyers feel he does have standing in the case, a basis for the appeal.
"And we're further encouraged by the fact that they've sided with the other appeal and ordered substantive changes to the project," he said, referring to the Residents' Appeal to the DEP seeking a Superseding Order of Conditions.
"The DEP said 'either come up with an amended plan to accomplish all of these things , and if you fail, we will make a determination within 60 days with the information on file'," he said .
"Under a Superseding Order of Conditions," said Mr. Morrison, "the Town's failure to comply could result in an outright denial."
"It is the wrong place to put in so much discharge into too small a piece of property," he said of the four-acre upland parcel that is surrounded by wetlands. Mr. Morrison also said that the travel time to Whitehall Brook is not long enough.
Whitehall Brook is an Outstanding Resource Water and as such is under the jurisdiction of the DEP, and not the Hopkinton Conservation Commission.
A Butterfly and a Bumblebee
September 14, 2007 — These Hopkinton neighbors seen on Main Street today, unlike many of their human counterparts, have no trouble sharing their common space.
September 13, 2007 — Residents and travelers of South Mill Street are subjected to this eyesore everyday at the edge of the rustic Blood's Pond. Apparently, some of the words have been washed off, likely by the DPW. Gang activity or kids' graffiti? There has been "tagging" all over town for some time now.
September 13, 2007 — This groundhog at an undisclosed home in East Hopkinton didn't stick around for a second pose Thursday afternoon, but scurried into the bushes at the sight of the photographer.
September 13, 2007 — The lack of rain combined with a heavy draw of municipal water by Ashland and Hopkinton have made new beachfront property on a couple of the islands in Hopkinton Reservoir.
Caliper Life Sciences’ Presentation at ThinkEquity Partners 5th Annual
Hopkinton Community Education Program (HCEP)
Hopkinton Medical Reserve Corps and Board of Health to Conduct Test
Hopkinton’s Emergency Dispensing Site TEST
Dog lovers take notice – it’s the 7th annual Barktoberfest, the ONLY event that raises money for desperately needed medical care and supplies for the forgotten dogs in town pounds. Raise money by taking a Walk Fur Dogs (with or without a pooch). Enter your dog in the Best Trick, Best Booty Wiggle, Oldest, Looks Most Like Owner, Fastest Sit, and Highest Jump dog contests. Do you think your dog has the potential to be a frisbee champion? Catch the high-flying excitement of the Skyhoundz Local Championship hosted by the Yankee Flyers Dog and Disc Club – they’ll show you how it’s done.
Experience a visit to our Dog Wellness Pavilion (featuring massage, T-Touch and Reiki, Ask the Vet, microchipping and nail clipping). Enjoy our fun food court, including delicious barbecue lunch and bake sale, and a silent auction. Admission to Barktoberfest is free. Visit the PoundHounds web site at www.poundhounds.org , set up your own walk page at or call PoundHounds at 508-435-5029 for more information. Well-behaved dogs on leash and animal-loving humans are welcome! Barktoberfest will be held rain or shine (most activities are in pavilions). PoundHounds is a non-profit group and your donations are tax-deductible! Please join us for Barktoberfest 2007 – the dogs in town pounds are counting on your support this year more than ever!
Archana Vamanrao selected as a Semifinalist
in the 2008 National Merit® Scholarship Program
13, 2007 — Hopkinton High School Principal John McCarthy announced that
Archana Vamanrao was selected as a Semifinalist in the 2008 National
Merit® Scholarship Program (Evanston, Illinois). We congratulate Archana
on this wonderful accomplishment.
Friends of the Common Collects over $20,000 So Far
Group to have table at Polyarts
— to sell Common Postcards, Tee-shirts
Click on the Commonometer above, right, at any time to see the latest total
— and the names of the contributors!
by Robert Falcione
September 12, 2007 — The Friends of the Common, a group of private individuals and others working as private individuals, met this evening to discuss fundraising strategy and presentations.
Chairman of the group, Ruth Gorman, President of the Hopkinton Garden Club suggested an informational campaign, compete with photos, to inform residents of the seriousness of the diseased trees on the Common that need to be removed.
Al Rogers of the Parks and Recreation Commission agreed that it would be good to get that work done before the winter. Mr. Rogers said he should have a plan soon for the design for the removal of old trees and the planting of new ones. Boulder Capital and Weston nurseries have promised to help with the landscape design and the planting, respectively. Ultimately, the Parks and Recreation Department as well as the Historical District Commission will need to sign off any plans.
Mr. Rogers said that he would need to schedule a Public Hearing to publicize the plan and show the need for tree replacement.
Mrs. Gorman offered a recap of fundraising activities, which will include a table or tent at the Common at PolyArts to solicit donations and offer Friends of the Gazebo memorabilia, such as postcards of the Common and tee shirts with a rendering of the gazebo and a "Friends of the Common" imprinting.
In addition, the group has been approved for inclusion in the "Millionaire for a Night" cocktail party for fifty people. The group will be selling, as will other groups, $25 tickets for a chance at a 50-person cocktail party for the winner and fifty of their invited guests. The drawing will be held October 2, 2007.
Mrs. Gorman has also planned a "Fun Run" at the High School track on October 14, 2007. One-hundred percent of the entry fee will go the the fund.
"Everyone will go home with a prize, and a tee shirt will be included with the entry fee," Mrs. Gorman said.
The group has looked at gazebo designs and considered repair of the existing one, which is rotting and in disrepair.
A repair of the existing one would likely trigger an ADA compliance requirement, which would mean a ramp 48 feet long, or a metal lift. A lift alone would cost about $19,000, according to latest estimates. The repair of the roof has been estimated at $20,000.
However, the group appears to be leaning toward the construction of an entirely new gazebo, one that would be closer to the ground and would accommodate not only handicap access, but moms with their strollers (Similar to photo, right). In a new design, the earth slopes gently around to the back, where it becomes level with the inside floor.
"It's the right thing to do [handicap access]," said one member.
Jeff Furber of the Community Preservation Commission reported that he met with a representative of Wollaston Foundry to discuss repair of the fountain on the Common. He said that $20,000 was voted at Town Meeting, and that he is seeking additional funding through grants.
Architect Scott Richardson was on hand to lend his expertise and is expected to design a plan for the public to see.
Mr. Richardson said that he believed a new gazebo could be built "resourcefully" for around $50,000, and noted that the fund is almost halfway there.
TO BE A PART OF HISTORY IN THE MAKING, PLEASE SEND YOUR CHECK MADE OUT TO:
HAA/Friends of the Common
PO Box 820
Hopkinton, MA 01748
List of Hopkinton Organizations Promoting "Millionaire" cocktail party ticket sales:
Friends of the Common
Baypath Humane Society
Hopkinton Public Library
Hopkinton Historical Society
Hopkinton Garden Club
Sam Modoono Died Sunday, September 9, 2007. Born in Lexington, Massachusetts, Sam graduated from Boston University and went on to earn a doctorate in Psychology from SUNY at Stony Brook.
After a fulfilling tenure at Lesley College as a Psychology Professor, Sam entered the field of management consulting and executive coaching, and was the General Manager of the Norwalk, Boston and New York offices of the Hay Group. A devoted family man, Sam created welcoming and loving homes in Wellfleet, East Hampton, and West Palm Beach and enjoyed a deep connection to these sanctuaries. Sam is survived by his loving wife, Jane Kiriacon Modoono, former Hopkinton High School principal...Arrangements complete
Hopkinton Company Expands
September 12, 2007
the New England Franchisee for Cosi, announces the opening of their
latest restaurant in the
The first Cosi in
Known for their fresh flatbread, gourmet sandwiches and salads Cosi is a leader in the fast casual category, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as offering a full catering menu. The first Cambridge Cosi is open seven days a week.
“We are very proud to bring the Cosi concept to
The latest Cosi opening is the eighth for Hearthstone. Based in
Town Manager Anthony Troiano Returning to Work
Re: Fruit Street: These costs should have been presented more honestly ~ Chair, Muriel Kramer
September 12, 2007 — Town Manager Anthony Troiano addressed the Selectmen for the first time publicly at last night's meeting, his voice wavering and with long pauses, and thanked them — and the town — for their support. Mr. Troiano suffered life-threatening injuries from a head-on collision that killed the other driver on his way home from work on May 15, 2007, and will begin his first full-time week on Monday. Town workers donated 120 days of their sick time to the popular Town Manager. "My children would like to thank everyone for their support." he said (Video above).
In other Selectmen's business, Rev. Paul Clifford, Pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church was appointed as the Hopkinton Police Department Chaplain.
"The primary role of a Chaplain is to support the police officer in the moment and more so behind the scenes," he said.
The Auxiliary Police got a boost with the appointment of Rebecca Carroll, who said she is seeking field experience to augment the degree in Criminal Justice for which she is studying.
"When I apply to the Police Academy, I'll have not only a degree, but field experience," she said.
Auxiliary Chief Don Creswell was on hand and explained that the role of his division is to "back up the regulars, work on parades, patrol on weekends and help with church on Sunday." The auxiliary officers donate their time.
Maria Forte of Caffe Italiano at 28 Main street, appearing with her attorney, was granted a change of location of her full liquor license to the location of O'Toole's on South Street/Hayward Street, where she will begin full-time operations on November 1. Ms. Forte will continue to operate downtown during the transition.
Selectmen Vice-Chair Mary Pratt noted that their will be an available liquor license.
Department of Public Works Director JT Gaucher was on hand with Board of Public Works member Dan McIntyre to ask for $200,000 toward the Waste Water Treatment Facility.
Putting the best spin on costs that appeared to go over estimates, Mr. Gaucher said, "We are under by $2,000 the $490,000..." contracted with Earth Tech.
The men explained the process.
Cost: $100 for returning members, $125 for new members – for the school year
Offers: Orientations, exercise programming, goal setting, body composition, incentive programs and more!
“Millionaire for a Night” Raffle drawing October 2, 2007
MetroWest Senior Artists Honored at State House
BOSTON – September 11 ,2007 — At the start of the first ever 2nd Middlesex and Norfolk Senior Citizen Art Show at the Massachusetts State House today, Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) and Representative David Linsky (D-Natick) thanked seniors from Ashland, Franklin, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, and Natick for making the State House “a little brighter” by displaying their creations.
The art show, which runs until Friday, September 21, provides senior citizen artists with the opportunity to display paintings, photography, quilting and other works of art in Doric Hall. As Doric Hall is the starting point for all State House tours, placement there guarantees that their art will be viewed by the hundreds of tourists who visit the historic building each day.
At a reception for the artists this morning, Senator Spilka commended their work and praised their eagerness to contribute, both to the art show and to the civic lives of their communities. “As legislators, we cannot do our jobs alone,” Senator Spilka stated. “It’s people like you, with your willingness to get involved with the work that we do at the State House, that make our jobs easier and more fulfilling.”
The artists represented include students from the Ashland Senior Center Watercolor Class (Suzie Meeker, Instructor); Franklin Art Association (Jeanne Blake White, President); Holliston Senior Center Art Class, (Lavonne Suwalski, Instructor); Hopkinton Senior Center Art Class (Bill Robinson, Instructor); Medway Senior Center Crafts Class (Kathy Bullock, Instructor); Natick Senior Center Art Class (Deborah Watts, Program Coordinator).
The 2nd Middlesex and Norfolk Senior Citizen Art Show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until September 21. For more information, contact Pat Vinter, Constituency Services Director in the office of Senator Karen Spilka, at (617) 722-1640.
Covenant Church of Hopkinton
Recycling with the Lions Club
Stop by to register or just to say HELLO!
30 Main Street
FALL CLASSES There's something for everyone!
Little Actors, Musical Theater for Little Ones, Family Music, Kids Center Stage 1 and 2
Songwriters workshop, Make Your Own Musical, Voice Lessons, Piano Lessons
AND ESL Accapella Troupe!
Go to our website for more details and to register! http://www.enterstagelefttheater.com
or call 508 435-2114
On October 12,
2007, the MOMS Club of Hopkinton is hosting a ladies BUNCO Night
The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Hopkinton Country Club. We
have a fun evening planned: BUNCO (no experience necessary), a brief
live auction, raffles and prizes, appetizers and desserts, and lots of
socializing! Tickets are $30, half of which will go directly to the
Hopkinton Native Gertrude Welch, 87
Gertrude Welch, 87,
died Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at the Westborough Healthcare Center.
Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary
(Smith) Gassett. She was the wife of the late Alfred "Al" Welch who
passed away in 1999. They had been married for 58 years.
September 11, 2007 — A Hopkinton resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, has donated and installed a memorial stone bench on the Hopkinton Common dedicated to the victims of the attack on New York on September 11, 2001.
Entwistle Trial Rescheduled For January 28
CAMBRIDGE – Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today that Middlesex Superior Court Judge Diane Kottmyer has ordered the trial date in the case of Commonwealth vs. Neil Entwistle to be continued to January 28.
Defense attorney Elliot Weinstein formally requested the continuance of the trial date previously scheduled for October 1 in a motion filed today with Judge Kottmyer. At a hearing in Middlesex Superior Court in Cambridge attended by Weinstein and Middlesex Assistant District Attorney Michael Fabbri, Judge Kottmyer allowed the motion to reschedule the trial date. The Commonwealth did not object.
In his motion, Weinstein cited the need for more time to analyze and evaluate the results of the DNA and other scientific testing performed by the Commonwealth’s State Police crime lab.
“The defense counsel requested more time to obtain additional discovery and further examine the results of the scientific and forensic testing in this case,” District Attorney Leone said. “We do not object to his request for additional time. As a result, we continue to prepare and will be ready to present our case on behalf of the victims, their family, and the Commonwealth in January.”
Judge Kottmyer scheduled the next hearing date for November 20 for final pretrial conference.
Neil Entwistle, age 28, formerly of Hopkinton, is charged with two counts of murder and related gun charges in connection with the January 2006 homicides of his wife, Rachel Entwistle, age 27, and their 9-month-old daughter, Lillian, in their Hopkinton home. READ MORE...
Hopkinton Public Library Extends Hours
Starting this Saturday 9/15, the Library will be open on Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm in the afternoon until further notice.
Fatal Crash on Route 128 in Lynnfield
Driver not wearing seatbelt - ejected from vehicle
11, 2007 — Today,
at approximately 4:38 a.m. troopers assigned to the State Police
Preliminary investigation by Trooper John
Strazzullo indicates the roadway was wet as
26 year-old Benjamin R. Clark of
Although speed appears to have been a factor, 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 Lynnfield Fire Department and
Hopkinton Village Center Closer to Approval
Above: North is left, as is Main Street. 25 Main Street is top left, 35 Main is bottom left.
by Robert Falcione
September 10, 2007 — Developer Ron Roux brought an updated plan, as well as specialists, before the Planning Board in a continuance of a Public Hearing for his Hopkinton Village Center project. The building proposed is a three story building set back behind the 25 and 35 Main Street mansions that will feature retail on the ground level, offices on the second floor, and residential condominiums on the third floor. Mr. Roux said that all of the space, including the retail and office spaces, will be condos.
Mr. Roux said that some of the changes implemented after meeting with the Design Review Board were the addition of mansard roof design elements in some areas, as well as lighting changes.
Planning Board members Claire Wright and Sandy Altamura asked Mr. Roux to use light fixtures that were not attached to the building, in order to cut down on extraneous light.
"You don't have to have the downtown glowing," said Mrs. Altamura.
Mr. Roux said there will be a sidewalk onto the property from Main Street at the Hopkinton Gourmet side of the property, but not on the other side, due to space limitations. This writer asked Mr. Roux, after the meeting, to try a little harder to install one at the other end.
Mr. Roux said there would be a condo board. "It's important that the two front buildings be maintained properly," he said.
After abutters expressed concerns about the size of the project, the driveway width, and screening, the Hearing was continued until October.
Boulder Capital Legacy Farms Project Manager Steven Zieff (Photo) stopped by the Planning Board to give an update on the progress of their efforts since purchasing the former Weston Nurseries farmland.
"We are working on our due diligence," he said. Mr. Zieff asked if it would be reasonable to have a Special town Meeting before the Annual Town Meeting, but the idea was not met with universal acceptance from the board.
Planning Board 2nd Vice-Chair Joseph Markey (Photo, below right), the Board liaison for Legacy Farms, asked the relevance of the Sasaki Report. The town paid Sasaki Associates $215,000 for a Master Plan of "East Hopkinton."
"The plan is appropriate," Mr. Zieff said. "But the method and means is not what we'd agree with."
Boulder Capital President Roy MacDowell, Jr. said that he had meetings with Sasaki, and they said his [Boulder] plan was more reflective "of what they agree with."
"If we didn't get Sasaki's best thinking, I'm going to have a problem," said Mark Abate, Planning Board Chair.
First Vice-Chair RJ Dourney said, "From where we are right now — we asked Sasaki to plan on the town's feedback. I think the end game is the same."
Mr. MacDowell said that his team will be bringing different types of architecture for the board to view. Mr. MacDowell also offered to meet with Sasaki Associates and pay them for the time.
Chris Barry, a Clinton Street abutter, expressed concern that the Sasaki study was supposed to be for 4,000 acres, and it seems that only the Boulder land is being rezoned.
"Are we going to ignore the rest of he town," he asked.
Mr. Markey explained that the reason the Boulder property was on the table is because they are the ones before the board.
Boulder Capital will continue to study Hopkinton zoning, as well as traffic impact, sanitation, water, design, and other features of the land.
The next major step in the process may be zoning changes that will need to go before a Town Meeting.
"We have a high-hurdle of 2/3 of this town," Mr. MacDowell said. A 2/3 vote of Town Meeting is required for zoning articles.
Middlesex County Justice/Crime
Lynn Woman Found Guilty Of Marlborough Kidnapping
Kidnapping Triggered Commonwealth’s Amber Alert System
Two Men Plead Guilty To Murder Charges In Connection With 2005 Malden Murder READ MORE of each story...
Third Annual Hopkinton
Middlesex County Justice/Crime
Connecticut Level III Sex Offender Arraigned On Child Enticement Charges In Connection With Alleged Enticement Of 14-Year-Old Boy In Holliston
FRAMINGHAM – September 10, 2007 Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today that a Connecticut man, who is also a registered Level III sex offender in that state, has been arraigned in connection with the alleged enticement of a 14-year-old boy in Holliston.
Charles DiNardo, age 54, of West Haven, Connecticut, was arraigned today on a charge of enticement of a child in Framingham District Court. Dinardo, while waiving his appearance rights, pleaded not guilty. Judge Douglas Stoddart ordered Dinardo held pending a 58A dangerousness hearing scheduled for Wednesday morning in Framingham District Court. READ MORE...
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.
HOPKINTON POLICE LOCAL 254
FUNDRAISING GOLF TOURNAMENT
October 1, 2007
Hopkinton Country Road, Hopkinton, MA
10:00 a.m. Check-in 11:00 a.m. Shotgun Start
• $135/person includes 18 holes of golf, cart, box lunch, dinner, and more.
• MAXIMUM limit 144 Playters (36 foursomes) 1st come basis.
• Scramble format
• Longest Drive and closest to the pin contests
• Door prizes / Raffle prizes
Traffic Advisory for Jimmy Fund Walk on Sunday
Full-time, Auxiliary, and Special Officers of the Hopkinton Police
Department will again be volunteering their time this Sunday morning to
insure the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk gets off to a safe start. I
thank them all for their efforts in support of this worthy cause.
Today, September 10, 2007
10:50 pm A Joseph Road resident complained about loud music coming from the Granite Street area...
3:40 pm A caller from Main Street reported receiving a phone call from a solicitor that identified himself as "Officer Joe Kelly" and who left a number to call him back on...
2:03 am Sgt. John Porter stopped a motor vehicle on South Street and subsequently arrested a 21 year old male from Milford and charged him with Red Light Violation...
5:22 pm A caller reported that a 50 year old male was walking down Main Street wearing a military uniform with something in his hand...
Editor's Note: The title above, "Police News Up-To-Date," links to the rest of the police log, and more!
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September 10, 2007 — This family at the Woodville Rod & Gun Club chicken barbeque yesterday pauses their archery to look over their scores.
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