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Halloween Spooktacular!
Friday, October 26


45 East Street, Hopkinton

Come for a night of fun and frightful entertainment.
Activities include the torch-lit zip line, haunted hay rides,
and games crafts, candy, food and prizes.

$10 Member Family / $15 Potential-Member Family

Contact the Hopkinton branch at(508) 435-9345 for questions or more details.

October 27 – 9 am to 2 pm – Colella’s Market.

That’s the day, time and location of the next Lions Club recyclable bottles and cans collection. Can you help fill their truck with your empties? All proceeds go to help others. The Lions will also be collecting outdated/unused cell phones for the Hopkinton Senior Center during their recyling hours. Thanks for your help.

Friends Of The Hopkinton Senior Citizens


     The Friends of the Hopkinton Senior Citizens, Inc. is officially underway to raise funds that will help educate, organize, promote, and support services that enhance the well-being, quality of life, independence and happiness of our Hopkinton Senior Citizens! 

     Please mark your calendar for Saturday, October 13th from 1-3 p.m. to come celebrate the very first birthday of the new Hopkinton Senior Center located at 28 Mayhew!  Cake and ice cream will be served from 1 – 3 p.m.

     Looking ahead, the annual general membership meeting and election of officers is going to be held at the Senior Center on Wednesday, October 17th beginning at 2:00 p.m.  Welcome new Friends Margaret Mighton, Russell and Mary Lou Ellsworth, Ken Ferguson, Peter Morse, Ellen Wright, 3e Susan Lynds, Cathy Harrison, Gail Ryan, Rita Pierce, Fredrick and Lilo Betz, and Marguerite Paolino.

Good Samaritan

October 10, 2007 — A good Samaritan stayed with a vehicle whose female driver was experiencing an unknown medical condition and had a child in her car until police and fire arrived on West Main Street at South.

Pumpkin Heaven

October 10, 2007 — Pratt's Pumpkin patch is a throw back to an earlier time when farms were abundant.

Full House Yard Sale

Outdoors and In

10 Downey Street

Saturday, October 13, 2007

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Antiques, collectibles, toys, furniture


St. Paul’s Fall Rummage Sale October 20

If you’re seeking big bargains on clothing, toys, and other miscellaneous items, you need look no further than St. Paul’s Fall Rummage Sale on Saturday, October 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There you’ll find some great deals on adult and children’s apparel and accessories, books, and other items for your household!

Anyone wishing to donate items to the Rummage Sale is welcome to drop off items (with the exception of computers, TVs or air conditioners) at the church between 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 19. To schedule pickup of large items, call 508-435-4536 or 508-344-9127.


Board of Public Works Chairman asks Member to Abstain

Fruit Street stance is the reason


October 10, 2007 — "Brian Morrison is appealing the dismissal of his appeal. It will cost about $5,000 to defend that," said Dan McIntyre, Chairman of the Board of Public Works. The Board of Public Works is trying to move forward the plan of building a sewage treatment plant and disposal beds on the Town's Fruit Street property, a plan that has been championed by the Chamber of Commerce and others as a way to soften the effects of the residential tax burden by opening up sewage capacity for business development.

     The appeal by Mr. Morrison of a Fruit Street decision was dismissed by a judge who said he lacked standing. Mr. Morrison has since appealed that dismissal.

     "I'd like Kevin [fellow Board member Kevin Kohrt] to abstain from this issue because of his involvement in this issue. I don't want the vote to be tainted," said Mr. McIntyre. Mr. Kohrt was one of the signers of an appeal of a Fruit Street decision before he was elected to the Board.

    "Now that you sit on this  Board, we're entrusted with fulfilling what Town Meeting requested us to do.

    "They entrusted us three members to do that and we have to move forward and do that," said Mr. McIntyre.

     "Town Meeting has approved money to be spent on this project," stated Mr. Kohrt.

     "That's right," answered Mr. McIntyre.

     "Town Meeting also approved money to be spent on a school. Are we going to sue the school, because they pulled their project?" asked Mr. Kohrt rhetorically.

     "Town Meeting has approved to move forward with the treatment plant and have entrusted the Public Works Board to move that forward" said Mr. McIntyre.

     "There are some people that are opposed to that who have filed appeals against that, and you are one of those members.

     "This board has to defend against those appeals, and if we went onto executive session to defend a lawsuit, would you bring in the appellant?" Mr. McIntyre asked, rhetorically.

      "If we wanted to discuss Fruit Street, we couldn't do that in private if you were a member of the board," he added.

      "If you wanted to discuss the DEP review of a ConCom permit issuance, then we can have a detailed discussion on what level I can and should be involved in," Mr. Kohrt said.

       "I am trying to help the town get to a good solution. To say I have to shut up because you don't like what I am saying is ridiculous. And it's kind of insulting," he said.

       "But just because I asked the DEP to review a decision they made on a ConCom question doesn't mean I can't say the word 'Fruit Street' in public. That's ridiculous," he said.

        "The question is, can you participate in questions involving this Fruit Street Appeal?" Mr. McIntyre said.

        "We want you to talk to the Ethics Commission. That's the question we want you to ask," Mr. McIntyre said.

        Mr. Kohrt said he did speak with the Ethics Commission and that they were not concerned with his situation because he has no financial interest at stake.

        Mr. Kohrt has filed a Disclosure Statement with the Office of the Town Clerk detailing his "numerous public comments" made regarding Fruit Street documents and submissions. He did not detail any financial interests.

        However, both Chairman McIntyre and Board member Jim Pyne have also filed Disclosure statements that do detail such interests. Mr. McIntyre is a professional engineer who appears before boards on behalf of his clients, and Mr. Pyne is the president of and principal stockholder of Pyne Sand and Gravel, which supplies those types of materials to the Town of Hopkinton. It is the Pyne Sand and Gravel property that the town purchased on Fruit Street and is now the object of intense discussion.       

Summer Skiing

October 9, 2007 — Brett Rutledge uses Hopkinton State Park as a training ground for his February cross country ski racing, a ski marathon of 30-50 kilometers, which he lays claim to having completed at Lake Placid and Sugarloaf. Above, he "roller-skis" on the paved surfaces of the park.

 Scene Around Hopkinton

North Spooky Street

October 9, 2007 — North Street appears to have an uncharted gravesite, where the corpses (see right, rear) appear to be coming OUT of the ground.

 Scene Around Hopkinton

Not Your Father's Drain Machine

October 9, 2007 — Highway worker Frank Torento takes his time making sure this drain on Wood Street is as clean as it can be by not only vacuuming the contents, but washing the sides with water in the process. This modern machine is a powerhouse compared to the machines of another generation, that cleaned the drain contents with a device similar to a swinging arcade claw that drops to pick up a toy — if you're lucky!

ESL LIVE! All New Material - Starting this FRIDAY

Friday October 12, Saturday October 13, and Friday October 19 at  8:00 p.m.
At Woodville Rod and Gun Club
Rte. 135, Hopkinton, MA

$15 presell, $20 at door (if available)
This show usually sells out, so call for tickets soon. 508-435-2114

*This show is for audiences 18 years old and over.  The Rod and Gun's bar will be open.

Get a photo of the alligator at the State Park and win TWO Free Tickets.

First to stop by HopNews office starting at 10:00 am Wednesday with the photo gets the tickets (No emails, please).

Get a personal video invitation from mayor Mennino below.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for, October 9, 2007

Address Buyer Price Date Seller

219 Pond Street

Heather M. Wightman & David R. Kraus


Oct.  05, 2007

Joseph A. Strazzulla & Diane M. Strazzulla

81 Front Street

Dennis F. Knapp, Patrice M. Knapp & Daniel F. Knapp


Oct.  05, 2007

Mark E. Renner & Sacha D. Atkinson-Renner

27 Tammer Lane

Joiy Holder


Oct.  03, 2007

John F. Norden & June B. Norden

280 West Main Street

Jeffrey Doherty


Oct.  02, 2007

Paul Doherty

11 Patriots Boulevard

Rogerio Belmonte & Amy D. Roberts


Oct.  01, 2007

Stagecoach Heights Realty, LLC

254 Pond Street

Paul Apkarian


Oct.  01, 2007

Sheila A. Apkarian

Previous update:        

2 Washington Lane

Marianne Dempsey & Neal Dempsey


Sep.  28, 2007

John A. Westerfield & Alexie C. Westerfield

11 Donna Pass

Ruthellen Gaccetta & Daniel A. Gaccetta, Jr.


Sep.  28, 2007

Cartus Financial Corporation

11 Donna Pass

Cartus Financial Corporation


Sep.  28, 2007

John O. Crawford & Jean A. Vickers

15 Thayer Heights Road

Gregory McNally & Stacy Lynn McNally


Sep.  28, 2007

Elizabeth M. Throckmorton

9 Patriots Boulevard

Jill I. Scannell & Christopher D. Tolson


Sep.  28, 2007

Stagecoach Heights Realty, LLC

37 Connelly Hill Road

Timothy P. Grady Sherry A. Grady


Sep.  27, 2007

Connelly LLC

14 Hill Street

Kevin Clancy & Jessica Clancy


Sep.  27, 2007

Ruth M. McIntyre

128 Clinton Street

Neelardi Roy


Sep.  27, 2007

Steven M. McCarthy

279 Wood Street

Craig R. Nation & Lyndse April


Sep.  26, 2007

Ronald Nation

27 Patriots Boulevard

Tyler J. Yip & Katrina H. Yip


Sep.  25, 2007

Stagecoach Heights Realty, LLC

13 Westcott Drive

Tariq Malik & Sohail Masood


Sep.  25, 2007

Tariq Malik

60 Ash Street

Newbridge Construction Company


Sep.  24, 2007

Leslie L. Koch & Susan J. Koch

See Full List back to February 1,  2007

A Tale of Two Polls

October 9, 2007 — Close to 90% of Friday's poll participants, left, believe that public safety officials should be tested for drugs and alcohol. This poll came about after the revelation of autopsy results of two firefighters, who lost their lives on the job, that allegedly showed one with three times the legal blood alcohol level and the other with cocaine in the blood. We asked people in that poll to consider no other variables.

    In today's half-day poll, we did ask about the publicizing of the results, and a full 2/3 believe that the autopsy results should be made public, either as they were, or after a grieving period.

Harvest Colors

October 9, 2007 — Friends Jen Davis and Tom Lemon share a laugh and a coffee break in front of the Hopkinton Gourmet this afternoon as fall leaves and fall colors surround them.

Hello Autumn

October 9, 2007 — This cattail, its leaves in a welcoming display, seems to pay homage to the gazebo at Ice House Pond, which has been thrown into a blur to focus attention on the plant, which is not indigenous to the area. However, the purple loosestrife, itself an invasive species, is choking out the cattail in many areas. At the left of the photo at the shoreline is a great blue heron paying its last respects to the pond before it disappears until springtime.

Wrong Nest

October 8, 2007 — The photographer panned a shot of the black bird that flew between the camera and a very large wasps' nest on an island in Hopkinton Reservoir.

Michael's Runners

October 8, 2007 — These members of HHS Field Hockey team, who ran as a team, speak with a volunteer from the Michael Lisnow Respite Center prior to Saturday's race on Hopkinton Common.

4 and 5 year-old Apparently Unrestrained Children Ejected in Route 2 Crash


October 8, 2007 — Today, at approximately 3:00 PM Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Concord responded to a three-vehicle crash on Route 2 in Concord at the intersection with Baker Avenue Extension that resulted in serious injuries.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Russell Phippen indicates that a 1999 Mercury minivan, operated by Samantha Uch, age 32 of Lowell, was traveling west on Route 2 and attempted to make an illegal left turn at Baker Avenue Extension.  The minivan was struck by a 1992 Lexus sedan traveling east on Route 2 operated by Thomas Galligani, age 47 of Stoneham.  A third vehicle, a 2003 Mazda SUV operated by Betty Cannistraro, age 33 of Westford, was stopped at the intersection facing north.  It was also struck but sustained minor damage.  Cannistraro was uninjured.  Uch and Galligani were transported to area hospitals.  Four female children, ages 7 months, 4, 5 and 15 years old, all passengers in the minivan, were also injured and transported to area hospitals.  The 4 year old passenger and the 5 year old passenger were both ejected from the minivan, and had apparently been unrestrained.  The 5 year old passenger was subsequently transported to New England Medical Center in Boston with serious injuries.


This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. The Concord Police and Fire Departments, Concord EMS, Emerson ALS, Lincoln ALS and Medstar EMS assisted Troopers at the scene.  

Police News UP-TO-DATE

Today, October 8, 2007


9:21 pm Several Officers responded to a call of an attempting breaking and entering in progress...


9:14 pm Fire Department reported a call from a Framingham resident who was kayaking at the State Park at dusk and Observed an approximately 3' alligator in the lake...


9:01 pm A large group of visiting high school football fans were dispersed ...


Click above for the complete Police News

William J. Casey


William J. Casey, 79, died Sunday, October 7, 2007 in Westborough. Born in Somerville, he was the son of the late William and Edna (Brine) Casey. He was a graduate of Watertown High School and earned a B.S. and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University.

He was a U.S. Army and Korean War veteran. He was employed by Dennison Manufacturing and retired from Digital Equipment Corporation. Arrangements Complete

Report of Alligator in Hopkinton State Park


Above, two cormorants seen through the trees on shore getting some sun high and dry on their own little reef which is above the water due to the low level of the Reservoir. The usual water line can be seen on the dam in the background.


October 8, 2007 — At 9:14 pm last night, the Hopkinton Fire Department advised Hopkinton Police and the Hopkinton State Park Supervisor, Jeff Cate that a Framingham resident kayaking in the park at dusk observed an approximately 3' alligator in the Hopkinton Reservoir.

     This morning, Mr. Cate emphasized that the sighting has not been confirmed, and that no on else has seen one.

     "The staff has been made aware and is keeping their eyes open," Mr. Cate said this morning. "The alligator is not indigenous to this area," he said.

     When asked if it is possible a pet was released, Mr. Cate said that anything is possible and that the staff takes every report seriously.

     Mr.  Cate said that if a person sees this creature, they should not take any action themselves, but call the headquarters at 508-435-4303 or the Environmental Police at 800-632-8075.

Three's Company

October 7, 2007 — This mallard couple appears to have one of this year's brood in tow at the  Hopkinton Reservoir on Saturday, as another followed off-camera.

Walking in Unison

October 7, 2007 — Teen friends Alix Griben and Jess Hoyt are near-silhouettes crossing the Lake Whitehall Dam recently.

 William J. Casey, 79

William J. Casey, 79, died Sunday, October 7, 2007 in Westborough. Funeral arrangements, under the direction of the
Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home are incomplete at this time.

Scouting for Food drive set for Nov. 3 and 10

Early next month, hundreds of Hopkinton Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts will be visiting neighborhoods for a critical mission: collecting food to re-stock the Basics Food Pantry, which serves 75 local families in need.

On Saturday, Nov. 3, scouts will visit Hopkinton’s neighborhoods to distribute plastic grocery bags and flyers for the food drive. Residents are asked to fill the bags with non-perishable foods (see below for suggestions) and place them by their mailboxes or on their doorsteps by 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, when scouts will return to collect the filled bags.

Hopkinton’s effort will involve about 500 scouts and their parents working 70 routes around town. The youngest cubs will be collecting donations of food and money at Colella’s Supermarket on Nov. 10.

In a day-long effort, scouts and parents will collect the filled bags and bring them to a hub at Hopkinton Middle School. Other volunteers will shuttle the food to a sorting operation at the Hopkinton Senior Center. From there, the food will be brought to the food pantry’s new location at Project Just Because, at 45-G South Street.

Scouting for Food was started in Hopkinton in 1988 by Hopkinton Scoutmaster Pete MacGregor. The campaign is part of “National Good Turn Day,” an annual Boy Scout event. In the past, scouts have collected several tons of food to replenish the Basics Food Pantry for the fall and winter months.

‘Scouting for food’ shopping list
Fill the bags left by scouts on Nov. 3, or feel free to use your own if you didn’t get a bag or need extras. Bags should be left by the mailbox if possible, or near the front door.
· Canned meat (Spam, hash)
· Canned meals, such as beef stew
· Jams and jellies
· Canned fruit
· Juice and juice boxes
· School snacks
· Paper products (toilet paper, napkins)
· Cleaning Products
· Laundry detergent
· Toiletries (shampoo, bar soap)
· Toothpaste, toothbrushes
· Baby food, disposable diapers
· Pet food

NO pasta or items past their expiration date, please.

Hopkinton 4, Millis 2

Above, number 23, Jake Huntley was responsible for 2 of Hopkinton's goals on Friday. Photo by Linda Ronan.

 Fatal Crash on Route 20 East in Charlton


October 7, 2007 — Today at approximately 7:59 a.m., troopers assigned to the Sturbridge Barracks responded to a serious one vehicle crash on Route 20 East in Charlton that resulted in one fatality and two serious injuries.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Luis DeJesus indicates that a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV operated by 22 year-old Julia M. Lavallee of Southbridge was traveling on Route 20 East at Sampson Road in Charlton when she lost control and went off the right side of the roadway, striking a tree.  Lavallee sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash and was subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene.  A passenger in the Jeep, 48 year-old John H. Lindsay of Holland was taken by medical helicopter with serious injuries to UMass Medical Center in Worcester.  Another passenger in the Jeep, 19 year-old Jennifer Witz of North Brookfield was taken by ambulance with serious injuries to UMass Medical Center in Worcester


Speed was a factor, however 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.  Charlton Police Department, Charlton Fire Department, Sturbridge Fire Department and MassHighways assisted troopers at the scene. 




Thank You


9th and 10th Grade Hopkinton girls participated in the 2007 JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) 5K Walk for A Cure last weekend.  Collectively they raised over $2,500 to fund research for Juvenile Diabetes.  The girls would like to thank everyone who helped up by making a donation!

A Hiller Football Record Confirmed

     Mark Sanborn's 48-yarder is a new record for field goals. Mark takes over as the all time leader passing Chris Gabriel's 42-yarder in Millis in 1988. Dave Hughes was the head coach, but Peter Torilli was the head coach this particular night as Dave was at the passing of his mother, Anna who had died two days earlier.

     Congratulations to Mark. It was a historic kick! ~ Peter Marso

Hopkinton Class of 1977 reunion

The Hopkinton High School Class of 1977 Class Reunion is being held November 10, 2007, at Indian Meadows Country Club.  We are still looking to locate a few of our classmates; if you have not yet received your invitation, please contact Tammie Fairbanks Talvy (508-881-2581 or or Terry Kaminsky Prince (508-435-6375 or

Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Route 2 East in Savoy


October 7, 207 — Yesterday at approximately 3:05 p.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Cheshire responded to a serious motorcycle crash on Route 2 East near Black Brook Road in Savoy that resulted in one fatality.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper David McKearney indicates that 59-year-old Brian Ceccarini of Charlton was operating a 2006 Yamaha V-Star motorcycle on Route 2 East when he lost control at a curve in the road, was ejected from the motorcycle, and struck the guardrail.  Ceccarini suffered serious injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 


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 Savoy Fire Department, North Adams Fire Department and Florida Fire Department assisted Troopers at the scene.


Car Fire

October 7 — Firefighters made quick work of a car fire at a residence on Lumber Street Saturday night.

Spooky House

October 7, 2007 —A house at the head of Wood Street is getting pretty spooky.

The other White Meat

October 7, 2007  — This pig is more than another face in the crowd — it fed 85 people at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club, where the other special features were an Autumn Harvest soup, special potatoes, and Lee Wright spinning the tunes. Above, Frank Wiley, left, received kudos from fellow club members for cooking the beast.

Michael's Run 2007


October 7, 2007 — See the start of Michael's Run and more!

Michael's Run 2007

The photo above scrolls left and right to see the entire start.

Female Winner

October 7, 2007 —Karen Webber wins the female category at Michael's Run Saturday afternoon.

Male Winner

October 7, 2007 — Keiron Tumbleton touches down first in the male division of Michael's Run on Saturday.

Thick With Birds

October 7, 2007 — Hundreds of birds covered Dogwood Drive in the Hopkinton State Park this week until the photographer approached, after which they took to the air and blackened the sky.

Face Off

October 6, 2007 — Kevin Cassata does his best to give this Holliston defender the slip in last night's game.

What's That Spell? Hillers!

October 6, 2007 — The Hiller Cheerleaders above, entertaining their Holliston counterparts.

Team Record Set by 48-yard Field Goal

Above, the team may have come up short on Friday night, but Mark Sandborn kicked one through the uprights from the 38-yard line for a remarkable 48-yard field goal, sending everyone for the record books. According to an email from Peter Marso, Mark Sandborn set a team record. Above, the ball is heading for the uprights as Mark Sandborn, see arrow, is still in his follow through.


by Peter Marso

October 6, 2007 — The Hopkinton High-School Football team lost a tough battle to rival Holliston 28-10 in a battle between two tough Football teams. The game came with a 48 yard field goal from senior Mark Sanborn in the first half. I have seen Hiller Football for 50 years and I would have to say it was a school record.

     The Hillers actually were ahead 10-7 as Zach Carrol scored a touchdown and Sanborn booted his historic field goal. The panthers capitalized on Hiller misfortunes as fumbles and penalties made up a lot of Holliston scores. The Hillers eventually got worn down by the panther running game as Matt Baliomo put on a clinic.

     The Hillers stayed close most of the way as Kelly Cook picked up big yardage opened up with a tough line lead by Dan Donahue and seniors Will Morningstar and Corey Thalheimer. The Hillers will now have to play the spoilers role and pull some upsets with Bellingham coming up in a couple of weeks. The Hillers are a good football team and will only get better as time goes on. Congratulations to Mark Sanborn on his field goal!!

ESL Offers Adult Screenwriting Workshop
Five-week program taught by award-winner Karen Webb

October 6, 2007 – Enter Stage Left Theater, Inc. has announced it will be offering an adult screenwriting workshop led by award-winner Karen Webb this fall. The five-week course will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on October 17 and 24, November 7 and 14, and December 5 at ESL studios at 30 Main Street in Hopkinton. The cost is $150.

Hopkinton resident Webb’s screenplay Green Grass won second place in the 2007 Vail Film Festival short screenplay competition, and was recently made into a short film that is currently being submitted to film festivals worldwide.

Her course "Writing Your First Screenplay" is an introduction to narrative screenwriting.   Participants learn how to develop a story from a character and develop an understanding of how to manipulate the audience by using various tools and structure to heighten the dramatic conditions facing the character.  Each participant will write an eight-page short script by the end of the course. (File photo during filming of Greengrass last summer at Hopkinton Gourmet)

Enter Stage Left Theater, Inc. is a non-profit, performing arts center in Hopkinton offering theater education, training and performances for students of all ages. For more information call 508-435-2114 or visit 

Spring Street Work Expedited - Road Closings - Water Main to be Shut


In an effort to expedite the completion of the water main work on Spring Street, the contractor will be working on Monday October 8th, Columbus Day and Saturday October 13th , to make the final water main connection.


On Monday, the contractor will try to maintain one open lane of traffic if conditions allow. Starting on Tuesday the 9th , and continuing through the 13th , Spring Street will remain closed during the day between Hill Street and Pond Street to allow crews to run the remaining water lines from the new main to the existing houses. In order to make the final water main connection on Saturday the 13th , the water main will need to be shut down between Lyford Lane and Pond Street. Residents in between those streets will be without water for several hours while the connection is being made. We ask you to please make any necessary arrangements during that time and you may want to fill your bathtub with water to use for toilet flushing while the water is off.

After the water main is turned back on, you may notice some air and or discoloration due to the mineral build up on the inside of the pipe dislodging. Please check your water before using and you may need to let it run for a short period to clear your pipes.

We thank you for your continued cooperation throughout the project.

~ Eric Carty, Water/Sewer Manager


October 6, 2007 — Friday's poll was probably the most lopsided set of results of any HopNews poll ever done.

The readers, nearly 87% of them, have made it clear that they believe that police officers and firefighters should be tested for drugs and alcohol.

Readers were asked not to consider their feelings about the way the information became public, but we will have a poll that speaks to that on Monday.


Bicycles Needed in Developing Countries


October 5, 2007 — St. John the Evangelist Parish in Hopkinton is collecting bicycles to send to the poor in developing countries, in conjunction with the Bikes-Not-Bombs (BNB) program in Jamaica Plain.  Bikes can be remarkably effective in developing countries, improving men's and women's ability to haul farm produce or other goods to market and increasing access to health care, jobs and schools.  Bike repair shops stimulate local economies as well.  BNB has sent over 30,000 bikes to Central America, the Caribbean and Africa (and New Orleans) in the last 23 years.  BNB also sent technicians and tools for start-up projects in developing countries.  The remainder of BNB's collected bikes are used at their Jamaica Plain Center, some are used in co-ed youth Earn-A-Bike programs, and others are repaired by teenage mechanics as part of Vocational Training programs and are for sale in BNB's bike shop.

      St. John's collected over 350 bicycles for BNB through their 2006 collection efforts setting a new record for the organization.      

      Please check your basements and garages for any bikes you no longer use, and bring them to St. John's.  The bike collection will be Sunday, October 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  However, bikes may also be dropped off at St. John's Monday through Saturday, October 15-20.  Bikes should be left in the very back parking lot, completely around behind the Parish Center (look for our sign).

     BNB requests a donation of $5 per bike, to help get a bike into use again and/or for shipment overseas.  (It costs BNB an average of $35 plus volunteer labor to get each bike back into use.)  BNB will, of course, accept bikes without this donation.

     For more information about the bike collection, go to St. John's website,  or call St. John's parish office at 508-435-3313.


WMRC is broadcasting tonight's football game LIVE between Hopkinton and Holliston, pre-game show at 6:45 and the kickoff at 7. (Or bring your radio to the game!)

Checked out the Hopkinton Calendar lately?

It is updated DAILY. Please check it out. Following is Saturday's fare:


Saturday, October 6


The MacMillans perform 8:00 pm @ ESL Studios -  Tickets $10


10th Annual Michael's Run & BBQ 5k Run/Walk 10:00 am @ Hopkinton Common


HPTA hosts Halloween Costume Sale 10:00 am - 3:00 pm @ Center School Cafeteria



United States of Maspenock

In the Name of...

October 4, 2007 — This faux island was undoubtedly United states territory before someone planted a flag in the middle of it. The photo was taken from the recently acquired Maspenock with a camera zoom and enhanced with a desktop zoom.  In the background is Sandy Island Beach

    However well intentioned, the placement of the flag violates at least one, and perhaps more rules of protocol for its display.




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