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Personal Best

October 3, 2007 — Hopkinton Cross Country runner Drew Clark bounds off of the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam bridge as he leaves the competition behind during Wednesday's meet.

Hopkinton's Caliper Life Sciences Awarded National Institute of Environmental
Health Services Contract Valued to $7.0 Million

- Caliper Discovery Alliances & Services to Develop Customized Transgenic and Knock-Out Mouse Models -


HOPKINTON, Mass., October 3, 2007 -- Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALP) today announced that the NationalInstitute of Environmental Health Services (NIEHS) has awarded the company a contract valued at up to $7.0 million covering a period of up to ten years at the option of NIEHS. Under the terms of the agreement, Xenogen Biosciences, the in vivo drug discovery services arm of Caliper Discovery Alliances & Services (CDAS), will supply numerous NIEHS investigators with genetically-modified mouse models for research purposes.

       The NIEHS focuses its research on the environment and its impact on human health and disease. Working with genetically modified mouse models, including transgenic and gene knockout, enables NIEHS to conduct research aimed at identifying and potentially preventing hazardous conditions and exposure in humans. Beginning immediately, Caliper will develop unique mouse models based on the needs of the research teams at the NIEHS.

     The business was awarded to Caliper through a competitive bid process and reflects the company’s expertise and proven ability to design and produce genetic modifications in mice. Caliper has produced more than 9,000 unique mouse and rat models, some of which were previously supplied to the NIEHS under the terms of a previous multi-year agreement.
       “This contract is the second significant win for our services business in recent months, following the in vitro Environmental Protection Agency contract announced earlier in the second quarter,” said Kevin Hrusovsky (File photo), CEO of Caliper Life Sciences. “Our contract with the NIEHS builds on our existing relationship with this organization and further validates the capabilities of our services organization and the increasing industry demand that is fueling our growth.”

HAA Donates $10,000 to MetroWest Symphony Orchestra

 

Above, file photo of MSO performing in Hopkinton.

 

October 3, 2007 —  Today, Timothy Kilduff, President of the Hopkinton Athletic Association (HAA) informed the MetroWest Symphony Orchestra that the HAA is donating $10,000 towards the purchase of a Wenger Legacy Shell (Photo of sample, below).

      In a letter to Rob Ocasio, President of the MSO, Mr. Kilduff wrote, "We appreciate the flexibility that the shell brings to the MetroWest Symphony as well as the fact that it will enhance the Symphony's already fine performances.

     "The HAA funds are available in large part due to the leadership provided by our State Senator Karen Spilka as well as State Representative Paul Losscocco and was part of an economic infinitive passed by the legislature in 2006.

     "An additional benefit is the fact that the Wenger Legacy Shell will be able to be ultiized by the Hopkinton School District. The music programs in our schools are a source of pride for the entire community. They seem, under the leadership of teachers like Steven Yavarow, to get better and better and the shell be a positive addition."

     The Wenger Legacy Shell promises to enhance the acoustical presentation of performances and bring a "concert hall" sound to the events shared by the MSO and the School District.     

State Police Sergeant Richard Eubanks Receives Highway Safety Award.

 

October 3, 2007 — Today, at 12:30 p.m. at the Executive Office of Transportation, 10 Park Plaza, Suit 3170 in Boston members of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) and Martha Irwin presented Sergeant Richard Eubanks of the Massachusetts State Police with an Honorable Mention Martha Irwin Distinguished Service Award for Safety.

 

This award is presented every year to a member of a law enforcement agency, or an individual or organization whose primary function is directly associated with highway and traffic safety.  Registrar Anne Collins nominated Sergeant Eubanks for this award because of his outstanding commitment to public safety and his participation in RMV traffic safety programs.

 

"During his 27 years with the State Police, Sgt. Eubanks has devoted countless hours to taking bad drivers off the road and forcing them to confront their reckless behavior in a reform program that has gained statewide and national attention," said Registrar Anne L. Collins. "He created the curriculum and continues to teach the course which is being credited for making our roadways safer."

 

This Photo taken by Trooper Sean Murphy depicts from left to right. Registrar Anne L. Collins, Martha Irwin, Sergeant Richard Eubanks and Colonel Mark F. Delaney

 

For the past seven years, Sergeant Eubanks has served as the coordinator of the State Courts Against Road Rage (SCARR) program.  The SCARR program was developed to educate and reduce recidivism among drivers charged with serious motor vehicle violations. It is a program that combines the referral resources of the courts with the motor vehicle expertise of the Massachusetts State Police to promote driver and community education on the importance of safe and responsible driving. Sergeant Eubanks is the principal designer and instructor of the program.

Hopkinton's New Dam

August 3, 2007 — Lake Maspenock residents have been notified of the customary drawdown of the level of the lake, which precedes winter, and gives lakefront property owners a chance to prepare their shoreline for winter and the following spring. A lower level also provides for more room for the coming snow and rains.

     The Milford Water Company has had control of the level of the dam for several years, but the former Draper Corporation of Hopedale, a maker of textile machines since the Nineteenth Century, had it for many years before, using the water to power turbines in its massive mill, and keeping meticulous records of the dam controls.

      The entire schedule of dam events can be seen on the LMPA website. Visit the HopNews Community page for that and many more Hopkinton websites.

Thanks from The Hopkinton Board of Health and the Hopkinton Medical Reserve Corps (HMRC)



     The Hopkinton Board of Health and the Hopkinton Medical Reserve Corps would like to thank the residents of Hopkinton for helping us test our Emergency Dispensing Site (EDS) today at the Middle School.
     More than 200 families /cars took part in the exercise to test Hopkinton’s site. While driving through the site, residents experienced a “real life” scenario response to distribute large amounts of vaccine or medications to the town’s population in a short period of time. Participants were provided information on the purpose of the EDS drill, a family communication plan, and information on the Medical Reserve Corps.
     We partnered with the Bone Marrow International Registry, if you are interested in being a Bone Marrow donor please go to this web-page: http://www.crir.org/
     With the Board of Health at the helm and staffed by local MRC volunteers, the team determined, through the drill, areas of success and areas in need of improvement in our planning. All this information will enhance our response should it ever be required.
     The EDS is a crucial part of to Hopkinton’s response to a pandemic flu or other disease outbreak. Testing the site is essential to the smooth operation of such a site and couldn’t have been completed without the help of Hopkinton’s residents. Thanks to all for making the drill a success.
     Please Join the Hopkinton Medical Reserve Corps. We need Medical and Non-Medical staff. To join and/or get more information:
     Go to the MA Region 4A MRC web-page: http://www.region4a-mrc.org/index.php  Or the Hopkinton Board of Health Web-page: http://www.hopkinton.org/gov/boh/index.htm  Or Call The Hopkinton Board of Health at # 508-497-9726.
~ Hopkinton MRC Executive Committee and the Hopkinton Board of Health

Double Dip for the Respite Center!

 Bunco and Michael's Run

Have you signed up to race or volunteer at the 10th Annual Michael’s 5k Run/Walk on October 6th?  And have you also signed up for the MOMS Club of Hopkinton’s BUNCO Night for Charity on October 12th?  If so, you are now eligible for a special “Double Dip” raffle to be presented at BUNCO night!  Both events are to raise money for the Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center here in Hopkinton. 

 

For race information, please visit http://www.hopkintonrespite.com/html/fundmrun.htm or to volunteer, please contact Liz Dacey at lizdacey@comcast.net or (508) 881-4405.

 

For BUNCO information, please contact Christine Coffman at cddcoffman@comcast.net or 508 497-9948.  There are still a few seats available.

The CAA Women's Art Forum invites you to join them
With special guest feature, Julie Nardone
Thursday, October 4, 2007
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Cultural Arts Alliance
98 Hayden Rowe Street

       Below is a timely announcement about our next Women's Art Forum guest speaker, Julie Nardone of Ashland who will be giving a special presentation on Thursday night at the CAA (7:00-9:00 pm) to be followed by a "forum field trip" to Tennesse Barbeque's in Milford for a try at karaoke!
       Attention all women: please read the article and then come and join us on Thursday night!
Julie's essay was just published by Skirt. This publication is now all over the country, and the competition to get into it is fierce. Julie says "Determination and desire go a long way in this world.... I wrote it because I believe 'looking for yourself' is an important message women need to hear - we look for jobs, for him, for houses, for clothes, but so rarely for us." http://www.skirt.com/node/543
      Julie Nardone: A formerly fearful female, Julie now writes, paints, signs, runs a home-based graphic design company, dances in her home disco, plays the piano, bikes, kayaks, travels without reservations, hikes 2000-footers, saves historic buildings and deliberately signs up for new activities that make her nervous. She also leads The Adventureete Workshop, a multi-paced, supportive romp that encourages women to leave their narrow little comfort zones for the wide-open spaces awaiting them in the discomfort zone. ~ CAA

 

Musical Program at HCAM-TV Gears up for Fall

October 3, 2007 — "Studio Session Live" is a live program developed by HCAM- TV Access Producer Bob Crownfield, and produced by volunteers. The first show was recorded August 30, 2006, with new episodes taped twice a month. So far, 35 shows have been recorded.
     Crownfield said "Upcoming styles include Folk, Blues, Country, Jazz, and Classical.
We are interested in performers at several levels, from emerging new talent to established performers. We are specially
interested in local talent."
     Shows in the near future include:
     10/10 Dan Gonzalez Carrie Cheron
     10/24 Ronda Matson Andrew McKnight
     11/14 Mieka Pauley Jen Murdza
     11/28 Marjorie Thompson T B A
Shows are recorded at 77 Main St in Hopkinton, at the HCAM-TV studios.

 

Sauce Open for Coffee Tuesday Through Friday at 7:00 a.m.

Sauce on Main is now open for Coffee, Tea, and fresh continental type of breakfast pastries at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday through Friday. So stop by with your friends or morning work group for hot-out-of-the-oven treats.

Leaf & Brush Dropoff
Extended Hours at
Recycling Center

 

Additional Fall Dates for Disposal of Brush, Leaves, and Grass Cuttings at Hopkinton Recycling Center:
 
Sunday, October 21, 2007; 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Sunday, October 28, 2007; 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Sunday, November 4, 2007; 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Sunday, November 11, 2007; 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Sunday, November 18, 2007; 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
 
J.T. Gaucher, P.E., Director, Department of Public Works

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ART AUCTION TO BE HOSTED BY ST. JOHN'S
ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20



St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church St., Hopkinton, will be hosting a fundraising art auction on Saturday, October 20 in its Parish Center. This event will benefit WINGS and TESTAMENT, the parish's women's and men's spiritual groups.

 

A social hour and art preview is planned for 7 p.m., followed by the art auction at 8 p.m. sharp. Approximately 160 pieces of art, including watercolors, oils, lithographs, and serigraphs will be on display and priced at 1/2 to 1/3 below gallery prices. The artwork will be presented, explained, and auctioned in a professional manner that will be appreciated by both gallery collectors and art novices.

 

Tickets are $10 per person. Refreshments will be served, and there will also be a silent auction. This will be a fun, social event that you won't want to miss. All are invited. For more information and tickets, please call St. John's parish office at 435-3313  x203.

Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Route 95 South in Weston

 

October 3, 2007 — Yesterday at approximately 8:39 PM, Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Framingham responded to a serious motorcycle crash on Route 95 South in Weston that resulted in one fatality.

 

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Lawrence Kiely indicates that a 2006 Honda motorcycle operated by 54 year old Keith Adamson of Needham was traveling on Route 95 South at Exit 24 when he crossed over onto the grass median, lost control and came to rest in the roadway.  He was then struck by a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee traveling South and being operated by Juan Murray, age 50, of Hyde Park.  Adamson sustained serious injuries and was subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene.  Murray was uninjured. 

 

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.  Weston Police, Weston Fire and EMS and Mass Highway assisted Troopers at the scene.

Yet Another Fruit Street Appeal!

Cedar Swamp Conservation Trust requests stay until completion of appeal of Groundwater Discharge Permit

Above, the rutty, muddy entrance to the Fruit Street property's Wastewater Plant near where the DEP would like to see a bridge built.

 

October 3, 2007 — President of Cedar Swamp Conservation Trust, John Craycroft (File photo) and the "Fruit Street 10 Citizens Group" have asked for an "Adjudicatory Hearing" and a "Stay of the Terms and Conditions of the Groundwater Discharge Permit Until Completion of the Appeal Process," according to a document filed with the Selectmen yesterday.

    In a telephone conversation Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Craycroft said, "There is the issue of regulations protecting an Outstanding Resource Water from degradation.

     "The problem is that the quality of the water they want to put in carries much greater levels of pollutants than the Whitehall Brook water currently has."

     However, after Tuesday's Selectmen's meeting had ended, Vice-Chair Mary Pratt, argued against a previous HopNews report saying that if the plant were operational, it would likely be recharging Whitehall Brook. She stated that the discharge from the plant will not reach Whitehall Brook, a statement at odds with the appeal, and with her previous statements complaining that the discharge would not recharge Hopkinton's aquifer, but be carried away by the Brook.

     Mr. Craycroft also said, "Our research shows that there is a minimum of 100,000 gallons per day capacity remaining with Hopkinton's contract with the Town of Westborough," refuting the need for added capacity.

      In the documents filed, it was noted that the research was done on the dry  months, where inflow and infiltration of groundwater into the sewer system would have no impact. However, the actual impact of the I & I may be bring Hopkinton's capacity over limit during the wet months, according to recent statements. 

      The appeal may be read here.

Selectmen Defer Fruit Street Discussion

 

October 3, 2007 — The Selectmen, operating without Matt Zettek and Mike Shepard, decided to defer discussion on Fruit Street matters until the next meeting. At the previous meeting, Board of Public Works member Dan McIntyre disclosed that he DPW would not be seeking to locate at the town-owned Fruit Street property, citing agreement with a recommendation from the Conservation Commission. That made it the third designated use that has been nixed, either by the stakeholder, or the voters.

     The school department has decided not to locate a school there in the foreseeable future due to declining enrollments, and the voters have turned away athletic fields there two years in a row.

     The Wastewater Treatment Facility is the only project moving forward, and has broad support from the business community, and the community at large, who believe it will draw business and reduce the residential tax burden.

     During what may be the shortest Selectmen's meeting, 45 minutes, Town Manager Anthony Troiano presented a report that began with explaining the Town Meeting procedure for approving the Town of Westborough entry into Hopkinton to supply water to two homes on Wood Street. The water supply of two homes have allegedly been polluted by salt from the Mass Pike, which is picking up the tab.

      Mr. Troiano updated the Board on his search for Requests for Proposals for a law firm or individual attorney to represent the town in legal matters. He said he had narrowed it down to three, but if the board wanted four, he could include another.

      Mrs. Pratt insisted that current Town Counsel Richard DeAngelis and Special Counsel John Dennis be included on the list, saying that case law has been made by recent efforts of those attorneys.    

Design Review sees Hopkinton village Center

Ron Roux, left, architect Richard Brousseau, right.

 

October 3, 2007 — Builder Ron Roux, developer of upscale communities such as Wedgewood and Westcott Drives, presented his plans for Hopkinton Village Center, a three story, 45,000 square foot complex of retail, offices and residences, to the Design Review Board Tuesday evening. After the meeting, member Claire Wright said that the board recommended that Mr. Roux change the roofline and tone down the lighting.

     Tuesday, the Design Review Board was voted by Selectmen, meeting in another room, as Special Municipal Employees. The reason for the designation is so that those on the Board, whose membership makeup is statutory, can do business with the town, or appear before the town boards and committees representing clients. Two of the members of Design Review must be from the fine arts, landscape, design or landscape design professions.

      The State Ethics Commission has made it clear that an entire board must be recipients of the special designation, and that it is up to each member to stay clear of ethics violations.

       At the Selectmen's meeting next door, Selectman Brian Herr said, "It's the employee who's putting their neck on the line."

       "With the DPW, it's two out of three," Vice Chair Mary Pratt said.

       The Board of Public Works was designated as such recently, as two of their members do substantial work either in the town or with the town.    

Russell Ellsworth Retires from the library Board of Trustees

Above, Russell Ellsworth receives an honor from Library Trustee Linda Kimball.

 

October 3, 2007 — Russell Ellsworth was feted Tuesday evening upon his retirement from the Hopkinton Library Board of Trustees after serving the last 12 years.

     "Back in 1895 they put in a bylaw saying you could only serve three, four-year terms. It's the last of the term limits in Hopkinton," Mr. Ellsworth said jokingly, alluding to a promise of Republicans years ago to serve only one term.

      "Thanks to the Selectmen's Office for all of the support over the years, and to Michael Shepard when he was building Inspector for all of the help he gave us with our issues," he said.

      Selectmen Chair Muriel Kramer presented Mr. Ellsworth with an award on behalf of the Board (Video on YouTube).

      Mr. Ellsworth's mother, the late Jeannette Ellsworth was the Librarian for several years.

OCTOBER HILLTOPPER SENIOR NEWSLETTER NOW ONLINE ABOVE

And the Winner is...

October 2, 2007 — Builder Craig Meyer, who offered one of his houses at 4 Sylvan Way to charities that ran raffles for a 50-person party, looks on as Hopkinton Chief of Police Thomas Irvin draws the winning ticket.  Mr. Meyer will cater the party, food and beverages for the lucky winner, Sheila Kester, of 6 Wyman Way in Hopkinton.

    "Who is more credible than the Chief of Police?" said Mr. Meyer.

    Mr. Kester answered the phone this afternoon and said that he bought the ticket for his wife by mailing it in to the Library Fund.

   To see the actual drawing of the ticket, choose the video below