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Blue Ribbon

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.

Gang Activity?

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. 

No Shadow

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.

New Beaches

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
Growth Conference to be Webcast

HOPKINTON, Mass., September 13, 2007 -- Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALP) today announced that its presentation at ThinkEquity Partners 5th Annual Growth Conference will be webcast on Tuesday, September 18 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. Hopkinton resident Kevin Hrusovsky (Photo), President and CEO of Caliper, will be presenting. The live webcast can be accessed at An archived presentation will be available for 90 days.


Hopkinton Community Education Program (HCEP)
“fun learning” for Children, Teens and Adults

Early Fall Teen Programs: Register Now for these Popular Classes

Drivers Ed for Teens:
Required 30 hour course includes new state mandates provided by certified Instructors from Teachers Driving Academy. Evening classes held throughout the school year. Classes held at the Hopkinton HS. First night, state-required Parent Information Meeting. Classes start Monday, October 1st 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and run Mon, Wed and Thursday evenings. Contact HCEP for course fee and complete schedule.

Revolution Prep: SAT Test Prep:
An affordable alternative that guarantees point score improvement for every student. Unique approach and support tools. Unlimited scholarships available! First class starts September 22 for November test. Spring test prep start in March. Contact

Foreign Language program for Kids:
An after school program for grades K through 5 taught by trained professional native speakers! Spanish, French, and Chinese are among the options. Dates and schedules TBD

Contact volunteer Director Patricia Duarte. Email   or 508 497 2307

Hopkinton Medical Reserve Corps and Board of Health to Conduct Test

Hopkinton’s Emergency Dispensing Site TEST
September 29, 2007
Hopkinton Middle School Front parking lot.

In the event of a Pandemic Flu or another infectious disease outbreak, the Hopkinton Board of Health and the Hopkinton Medical Reserve Corps will dispense medication to the citizens of Hopkinton . Hopkinton officials are preparing for a range of possible emergencies, from hurricanes and blizzards to a flu pandemic and acts of terrorism.

To assist the group in testing their procedures — and getting a free preparedness plan in the process and a chance at a prize — please drive through the test site, Hopkinton Middle School Front parking lot on September 29, 2007 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Emergency Preparedness Begins at Home. Make a family or personal Plan. Know your state and town Plans

Planning ahead for an emergency will give you peace of mind and can keep your family and friends safe. Make a plan for you and your family visit:


Barktoberfest 2007
Sunday, September 16th 2007
11 am-3pm
 4-H Fairgrounds, Westford, Mass

         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  , 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!

 Positively Hopkinton

Archana Vamanrao selected as a Semifinalist

in the 2008 National Merit® Scholarship Program

September 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.

16,000 scholastically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,200 Merit Scholarship® awards, worth $34 million, that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements and advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to become Finalists, and approximately half of the Finalists will be selected as Merit Scholarship winners, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

Established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual Merit Scholarship competition, NMSC is a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance. Scholarships awarded through the National Merit Program are underwritten by NMSC’s own funds and approximately 500 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

Competition Steps
More than 1.4 million juniors in nearly 21,000 high schools entered the 2008 National Merit Program by taking the 2006 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists in the 2006 National Merit Scholarship Program, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. READ MORE...

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.


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 PTA
Hopkinton Garden Club


Sam Modoono


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

Support your Library

Millionaire for a Night

Buy the raffle tickets at the Hopkinton Public Library

Win a cocktail party for yourself and 50 friends at the new Meyer Home at 4, Sylvan Way.

Tickets for $25. One winning ticket will be selected on October 2nd.

All proceeds will benefit the

Meyer Homes, Inc. will pay for the cocktail party food and drink as well as providing the home for the event.

     Hopkinton Company Expands

 September 12, 2007 — Hearthstone Associates, the New England Franchisee for Cosi, announces the opening of their latest restaurant in the Kendall Square area of Cambridge

     The first Cosi in Cambridge is adjacent to the MIT campus and serves student and faculty as well as the surrounding community.

     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 Cambridge and look forward to becoming part of the community” said RJ Dourney, President of Hearthstone Associates.  

     The latest Cosi opening is the eighth for Hearthstone.  Based in Hopkinton, MA Hearthstone is owned by industry veteran RJ Dourney and and Shawn Ryan.  Hearthstone also owns Let’s Dish!, a leading retail meal preparation concept with locations in Needham and Burlington.

 Selectmen's meeting

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.


Hopkinton High School Fitness Center


Open to Hopkinton residents from 6-8 pm Monday thru Thursday excluding school holidays


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!  

Shannon Worth, ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor, HHS, Fitness Center Coordinator 508-497-9820 X 1227

“Millionaire for a Night” Raffle drawing October 2, 2007


The Hopkinton Historical Society is one of several local community organizations participating in a raffle drawing sponsored by Meyer Homes, Inc., 85 Main Street, Hopkinton. Raffle tickets are $25 and all proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Historical Society.

The Prize: The raffle prize winner will receive a cocktail party in their honor for 40-50 invited guests at a $1.7 million home constructed by Meyer Homes (4 Sylvan Way).

How to participate: Raffle tickets can be purchased from Roger Mezitt, Treasurer of the Hopkinton Historical Society at 72 East Main Street (508-435-6740). Checks can be made payable to the “Hopkinton Historical Society”. It is essential that the purchaser of the ticket write his or her name, address, and phone number on the back of the portion of the raffle ticket to be returned.

When: All raffle tickets must be purchased and returned to Roger Mezitt by September 30, 2007. We will forward them to the offices of Meyer Homes, and the winning ticket will be announced on 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.

Community Covenant Church of Hopkinton
2 West Elm Street (West Main & South Streets)

10:00 AM Worship & Children's Sunday School
11:15 AM Fellowship & Small Group Growth and Support

We love to welcome visitors to our newly expanded facility, and we rejoice as new friends grow with us in the Christian faith. As one of many loving families of faith in the Hopkinton area we describe ourselves as evangelical but not exclusive, biblical but not doctrinaire, congregational in polity but not independent (, and traditional yet fresh through the guidance of God's Spirit. Join us in celebrating our 100th year of ministry (1907-2007)!

Recycling with the Lions Club

    The Lions Club is at it again! September 29th is their next bottle and can drive. The Lions Club members will be accepting recyclables at Colella’s Market on Main Street between 9 am and 2 pm. All profits from this hands-on project go to those in need.
     The Lions Club is presently striving to expand its club membership. Helping others is their goal. Details available from members at recycle events or at 508-435-5228.

Saturday September 15th 2pm-4pm
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!
or call 508 435-2114

Second Annual BUNCO Night for Charity!


On October 12, 2007, the MOMS Club of Hopkinton is hosting a ladies BUNCO Night to benefit the Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center The center provides emotional and physical support for families of children with disabilities.  Please join us in supporting this extraordinary community resource. 

     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 Respite Center.  Space is limited.  Please send a check for $30 (payable to the MOMS Club of Hopkinton) to Christine Coffman at 10 Bowker Road, Hopkinton MA 01748.  Please call 508 497-9948 or email with any questions. 


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.

A lifelong resident of Hopkinton she was a member of Saint John the Evangelist Church, enjoyed traveling, including Hawaii and trips to Las Vegas and Atlantic City to Gamble. She also enjoyed archery and was an
avid fan of wrestling.
Arrangements Complete

Never Forget

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


September 11, 2007 — Today, at approximately 4:38 a.m. troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Danvers responded to a one-vehicle crash on the ramp from Route 128 North to Route 1 South (exit 44) in Lynnfield that resulted in one fatality.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper John Strazzullo indicates the roadway was wet as 26 year-old Benjamin R. Clark of Lynn was operating a 1999 Ford Windstar on Route 128 North and attempted to negotiate the ramp to Route 1 South. While on the ramp Clark lost control of the vehicle that then traveled off the left shoulder of the roadway and rolled over onto its roof. Clark was not wearing his safetybelt. At some point during the crash he was ejected from the vehicle, sustained fatal injuries and was declared deceased at the scene.


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 Mass Highway assisted troopers at the scene. 

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.


Legacy Farms

     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 Tennis Tournament
Registration opens soon for third annual town tennis tournament

August 23, 2007 – Whether a beginner, a solid mid-level player or an emerging racket superstar, there’s a place for everyone in the Third Annual Hopkinton Tennis Tournament, which will be held in September. (File photo from first tournament in 2005)
     Registration will be opening soon for 18+ residents who want to get in some great singles, doubles and mixed doubles at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels of play. Participants will play a first round match at their convenience and later-round matches, including the finals in each category, will be played from Thursday evening Sept. 20 through Sunday, Sept. 23.
     The tournament provides a great opportunity people to hone their tennis skills and meet some new players and new friends in town. Information about the tournament can be found in the Parks and Recreation Dept.’s fall events catalogue in your mailbox or by going to . You can also send an email to  with any questions.
     In 2006, the second year of the tournament, more than 60 residents played dozens of matches at the high school courts under the auspices of the organizing committee, which includes Hopkinton residents Rick Jacobs, Lyn Calkins, Hal Whitehouse, Dexter Siglin, Medi Servat and John and Teri Gallant.
     The committee hopes this year’s event will be even bigger, providing Hopkinton’s racket stars a chance to show off their skills and get to know other players in their skill level. The committee is particularly eager to recruit beginner-level players in town, so even players just getting started in tennis or those who haven’t picked up a racket in years will have a chance to take a swing at a trophy.
     The entry fee is $15 per event and any proceeds beyond the cost of the tournament will go to Parks & Rec to help offset the cost of other programs. A limited number of 2007 tournament t-shirts will be sold at the event. 

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  



 FRAMINGHAMSeptember 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.




October 1, 2007


Hopkinton Country Road, Hopkinton, MA

508 435-4630

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

See Hopkinton Police Website for application

    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.
     Officers will be at their posts at 5:30 am on Sunday, September 16, 2007 to oversee the check-in and and the start of the walk.
     The walk starts at the Town Common at 7:00 am and follows the Boston Marathon route. Motorists should expect delays and should use extra caution along route 135 east of the Common.
     My wife Judy and I will be participating in the patient walk again this year as part of the Police Chiefs Team. Anyone willing to support our walk for the Jimmy Fund can access the Police Chiefs Team at Judy and I are listed on the Team roster. ~ Chief of Police, Thomas Irvin

Police News UP-TO-DATE

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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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for, September 10, 2007

Address Buyer Price Date Seller

36 Huckleberry Road

Roger Blanchette & Manon Gagne


Sep.  07, 2007

Jeffrey P. Cheek

24 Kruger Road

Teresa M. Anthony & Dennis S. Katz


Sep.  06, 2007

Paul Ishkanian

273 Hayden Rowe Street

Gregory J. Sieczkiewicz


Sep.  04, 2007

Meredith C. Allen

Previous update:        

2 Trevor Lane unit 1

David K. Oka


Sep.  04, 2007

Maillet & Son LLC

45 Wedgewood Drive

Gregg F. Butler & Heather R. Butler


Aug.  31, 2007

Robert W. Doucette & Cheryl D. Doucette

17 Rocky Woods Road

Adam P. Dinicola & Julie A. Dinicola


Aug.  31, 2007

Philip A. Doherty & Laura J. Doherty

29 Sanctuary Lane

Roger A. Prouix & Nancy E. Prouix


Aug.  31, 2007

Weston Development Group Inc.

29 Walcott Valley Drive

Lynn G. Tanner


Aug.  31, 2007

Robert B. Foster

23 David Shays Road

Lam D. Nguyen & Andrienne M. Nguyen


Aug.  29, 2007

William Todd Root

6 Victory Lane

Diane J. Newland


Aug.  29, 2007

Thomas Lowery & Jacqueline Lowery

24 Hidden Brick Road

Michael D. Tobins & Megan E. Boyer


Aug.  27, 2007

Susan K. Spund

See Full List back to February 1,  2007


September 10, 2007 — This family at the Woodville Rod & Gun Club chicken barbeque yesterday pauses their archery to look over their scores.

At least for one night...

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