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Special Town Meeting Takes Only 45 Minutes

Voters approve all motions

by James A. Bures
November 5, 2007 – After a near fiasco at the last Town Meeting, which was so well attended that voters had to be put into two remote rooms after the Middle School Auditorium filled, the Town decided to have tonight's Special Town Meeting in the spacious High School Athletic Center.  However, the low turnout made the space look cavernous, and caused a 30-minute delay while the Moderator, Dr. Bruce Karlin asked cable TV viewers to come and help make the 100-voter quorum.  He also allowed the usually forbidden cell phones to be used to call voters until the start of the meeting.
       Out of 13 articles, four were dismissed as either illegal or infeasible. Another Article changed wording of Town bylaws to align them with Massachusetts state laws and to clarify laws on solicitation.

      Three Articles involved shuffling money from surplus funds to different departments. This provided for negotiated union and town official pay raises and the payment of several outstanding bills.

      Three Articles appropriated funds for a Mt. Auburn Cemetery survey and the purchase of two vehicles; a Fire Department ambulance, at $180,000, and a 6 wheel DPW plow/sanding truck, at $170,000. The plow being replaced, at 22 years old, has cost $23,000 in maintenance over the past three years.
     Article 3 created an inter-municipal agreement to provide Westborough water to 407 and 409 Wood Street paid for by the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority whose wintertime salt allegedly ruined well water at these homes. Westborough water is closer than Hopkinton's.
     Article 12 created a small stir, with voters wondering why $205,000 would be cut from the Regional Technical Vocational School, Town employee health insurance benefits, educational expenses, and from the position of Interdepartmental Secretary for the Selectmen.

     Dorothy, a voter, asked, "How did these 4 line items come about?"

     Financial Committee member Joseph Karner said these cuts were needed to cover revenue shortfall, primarily in the area of excise taxes. The Board of Selectman further clarified that funding in these areas got returned unused, with educational positions going unfilled, good hiring practices employed such as hiring teachers at a lower rate, actual insurance benefits coming in under budget and the secretary position unfilled.

     All motions were approved unanimously.

Kenyan Safari

November 5, 2007 — Mary Costa, employee at Cornell's, shares a photo as promised from her Kenyan Photo Safari, where animals are shot with a camera, rather than a gun. Above, two cheetahs, recognizable by the "teardrop" marking under the eyes, lie in the grass as her vehicle passes by.

     "I spent 11 days crying over the beauty of the place," Ms. Costa said. "I've been all over the United States and Europe and this is the best trip I've ever been on."

     "I learned a few Swahili words, and I want to use them at the Start of the Marathon," she said. Kenyans have led the Boston Marathon pack for several years.

Hiller Girls Win - On to Semfinals

The girls won the Quarterfinals in Hanover yesterday, 1-0. They will advance to the Semifinals this Wednesday in Canton. Jessie Lauze about to take the hit. Keelin Bannon is #12.

Town Manager Before Magistrate Today


November 5, 2007 — Hopkinton Town manager Anthony Troiano, as well as his attorney Augustus Wagner and an Assistant District Attorney met with a magistrate in Falmouth today to answer the Application for a Complaint Hearing to see if the charge of Motor Vehicular Homicide should be moved forward. At Town Hall today, Mr. Troiano had no comment, and Hopkinton Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Muriel Kramer said it would be policy not to comment on the matter.

       Mr. Troiano collided with another vehicle in Bourne on May 15 after returning to his East Sandwich home following a Hopkinton Selectmen's meeting (Photo, left, of Mr. Troiano at meeting before crash). The driver of the other vehicle, Lilija Berents, who was not wearing a seat belt, died in the crash.

       Despite wearing a seat belt, Mr. Troiano was trapped in his vehicle and suffered life-threatening injuries, including a torn aorta, and was placed into an induced coma at the hospital for an extended period to facilitate his recovery. His Falmouth District Court hearing had been postponed until now due to his recovery.

        A report in the Cape Cod Times Online this evening was amended from an earlier report to claim that the clerk/magistrate had ruled there was enough evidence to move forward with the charges.

        Mr. Troiano's attorney, Augustus Wagner, a former justice of the Massachusetts Superior and Probate Courts, was not available for comment today, but has said in the past that the bar is very low for a show cause hearing, and that a higher standard must be met before a judge.

        Sources have said that because alcohol was not involved, the offense itself is a misdemeanor.

Special Town Meeting

Hopkinton High School Athletic Center

7:00 p.m.

Monday, November 5, 2007


A special Town Meeting will convene on Monday and address, among other things, bringing water to two homes near the Westborough line whose wells have been contaminated by the type of road salt that the Mass Pike uses, and an ambulance for the Fire Department.

Read the Articles here.

READ the Actual Motions here

Marathon Flame to Come to Hopkinton


MUSEUM OF THE MARATHON RUN located in the city of Marathon Greece.


Above, Tim Kilduff with THOMAS COUNTRYMAN, Deputy Chief of Mission of the US EMBASSY in Athens, Ms ANN SIDES, Consul General of the Embassy, and SPYRO ZAGARIS, MAYOR of the municipality of MARATHON, in front of the HOPKINTON PHOTO EXHIBIT taken on the 4th of November 2007.


November 5, 2007 — "We were taken aback by what happened," said Dimitri Kyriakides, whose father is memorialized in a statue at Weston Nurseries on the Boston Marathon course, and at Marathon, Greece, where Hopkinton Athletic Association President Tim Kilduff is visiting to strengthen the Twin Cities relationship between Marathon, Greece and Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Mr. Kyriakides phoned HopNews this morning.

      "Marathon, Greece is becoming the center of the Marathon for the world," said Mr. Kyriakides, who was feted in Hopkinton during the dedication of the statue in 2006.

      According to Mr. Kyriakides, "Hopkinton was well-represented by Mr. Kilduff," who was taken for a visit to Marathon, a city on the sea, as well as the Acropolis, and was asked to speak at the AMES Conference, an association of marathons.

      Mr. Kyriakides said that a new Olympic Flame has been created in Marathon, Greece, and "It will come to Hopkinton for the next Boston Marathon if logistics are right. It will burn all of the time at the Marathon Museum"

      Mr. Kilduff met members of the Greek government who are connected with Greek culture and tourism, and they all support the connection between Hopkinton and the Marathon, said Mr. Kyriakides.

      "Next year, I am bringing four Marathon runners," said Mr. Kyriakides.

      Mr. Kilduff is scheduled to return soon, and promises plenty of photos from his trip.

Police News UP-TO-DATE

Today, November 5, 2007


5:00 pm A walk-in from College Street reported that a female was taking leaves from her property and dumping them across the street at College Rock...


5:24 pm ...The residence was then called back again and a male party answered this time and stated that he, his wife and children were just assaulted and sprayed with OC [pepper spray] by his daughter...


3:42 pm Officer Matthew McNeil responded to West Main Street business to speak with a clerk regarding an ongoing harassment issue...

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for, November 5, 2007

Address Buyer Price Date Seller

6 Oak Street

Dean Giovanniello & Lillian Giovanniello


Nov.  02, 2007

David C. Hegger & Deborah A. Hegger

11 West Elm Street

West Elm Street Acquisition, LLC


Nov.  01, 2007

Elena Wright

177 Hayden Rowe Street

Arthur L. Wise


Oct.  31, 2007

Henry John Norton & Robin L. Norton

3 Pendulum Pass

Susan Lallier


Oct.  30, 2007

Clayton W. Blaylock, Jr. & Leila C. Blaylock

31 Sanctuary Lane

Nancy W. Delchamps


Oct.  30, 2007

Weston Development Group, Inc.

6 Paul Revere Path

Nadereh H. Khaki


Oct.  29, 2007

Stagecoach Heights Realty, LLC

Previous update:        

216 Pond Street

Paul Zilioli, Jr. & Kathleen M. Zilioli


Oct.  26, 2007

Christopher N. Hobson & Christine J.P. Hobson

12 Doyle Lane unit 29D

Pamela S. Roecker


Oct.  26, 2007

Kathleen L. Connolly

17 East Street

John Michael Ferguson & Mary Carman


Oct.  26, 2007

Asset Backed Securities Corporation Home Equity Loan TR

287 Hayden Rowe Street

Jeffrey S. Flannery


Oct.  25, 2007

Jeffrey S. Flannery & Russell Flannery

See Full List back to February 1,  2007

Robert James Hill, 63

ASHLAND - Robert James Hill, 63, of Ashland, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007, at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham.
     He was the husband of Andrea (Giammarco) Hill for 34 years.
     Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Robert and Rita (Dupuis) Hill.
     A graduate of Northeastern University, Mr. Hill moved to Ashland in 1977 and was very involved in the Ashland community. He had worked as the building inspector and zoning officer for the town of Ashland for the past 26 years. He was a member and past chairman of the MetroWest Building Inspectors Association Arrangements Complete

Keep Your Frogging Dog Away!

Writer attacked by dog


by Robert Falcione

November 2, 2007 — It may have been Ernest Hemingway who coined the term friggin' to replace a four-letter word that was popular in the vernacular, but forbidden in print ninety years ago when he wrote A Farewell to Arms. Since then, it has become a bad stepsister to the word it replaced, having nearly the same impact as the original. Therefore, it is absent from the headline above, and in its place is a puffier, more bouncy word, frogging, which shall have the same meaning as both of the words it replaces. In fact, for the purposes of the story that follows, the frog-word is simply a euphemism for the actual intensive vulgar slang that was used impulsively by this writer on a recent day.

      Thursday, after hunting for a feature photo along the shore of Hopkinton Reservoir, which looks a lot like the clam flats of Cohasset at low tide these days, I took a short trail back to my vehicle parked off of Rafferty Road, at which time a beautiful young woman approached from the opposite direction with a dog on a leash.

       Flashback to two months ago at Purgatory Reservation when a lone dog approached from the opposite direction, unleashed and without the benefit of visible human companionship.

       "Hello" I called, hoping its owners were nearby. They rounded the bend, saw me, and called the dog to their side.

       The dog more or less "heeled" on the side opposite me and we proceeded to pass each other. The moment they passed, the dog lunged at me baring its teeth and growling, upon which time I raised my cane in anticipation of defending myself with a solid ground rule double. READ MORE...

Special Town Meeting

Hopkinton High School Athletic Center

7:00 p.m.

Monday, November 5, 2007


A special Town Meeting will convene on Monday and address, among other things, bringing water to two homes near the Westborough line whose wells have been contaminated by the type of road salt that the Mass Pike uses, and an ambulance for the Fire Department.

Read the Articles here.

READ the Actual Motions here


Board of Selectmen

On Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at 8:15 p. m. in the Selectmen's Hearing Room, Town Hall, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA, a public hearing will be held to determine the percentage of local tax levy to be borne by each class of real and personal property, in accordance with Ch. 369, Acts of 1982. Oral and written comments from the public will be accepted at the hearing.

Advisory Committee to Meet Tuesday


The Zoning Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at 7:00 PM in the Lecture Room of the Middle School to begin its detailed review of the Open Space Mixed Use Development District (OSMUD) proposed by Boulder Capital for the Legacy Farms development on the former Weston Nurseries land. The topic for the November 6 meeting will be discussion of the proposed uses to be allowed on the 728 acres, and in which general area on the land each would be allowed. A copy of the draft OSMUD is here: [Click here for PDF of document]. It is also available at the Planning Department in Town Hall. Section 210-116.4 will be reviewed at the November 6 meeting and discussion at the meeting will be focused on that section. Written comments are encouraged and can be emailed to  or sent to the Planning Department at 18 Main St., Hopkinton, MA 01748. 
      A significant amount of time at this meeting will be for public comment and feedback on this topic and the specific uses proposed. The Committee encourages all interested citizens to participate in this process, which will continue through November as it meets every Tuesday evening to discuss and obtain public feedback on each section of the OSMUD. ~ Chairman, Ken Weismantel.

Cedar Street

November 4, 2007 — The late afternoon sun put a glow through this marsh growth on Cedar Street today.

Serious Crash on Route 90 East in Newton

 Driver ejected - not wearing seat belt


November 4, 2007 — Tonight, at approximately 7:35 p.m., troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Weston responded to a single vehicle crash on Route 90 East in Newton at the Lowell Avenue overpass between exits 16 and 17 that resulted in one serious injury.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Robert Ahern indicates that a 2004 Honda Accord operated by 34 year-old John Mullaney of Framingham was traveling on Route 90 East when the vehicle struck the jersey barrier in the median and then rolled over multiple times before coming to rest in the right travel lane. Mullaney, who was not wearing a safety belt, was ejected from the vehicle and landed in the embankment.  He was transported by ambulance to Beth Israel Hospital 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 Newton Fire Department and Turnpike Maintenance assisted troopers at the scene. 

Hopkinton Public Library

author of

Life Interrupted: It’s Not All About Me

Friday, November 16th 7 – 8:30pm

“Chronic illness doesn’t just cripple the mind and body, it can cripple even the strongest relationship.”


Seasonal Changes

November 4, 2007 — The mallard hen enjoys her flight across North Pond this afternoon. In the background are docks pulled up to dry dock easily by the seasonal drop in water level. 

Military Personnel Matters


Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Mark Lewis, left, ended up at his Hopkinton home for the weekend after stops in Okinawa and North Carolina following a seven-month tour of duty in Iraq.


Hopkinton High Class of 2007 graduate, Airman Andrew S. Beavers, son of Kathy Beavers graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.


Class of 2004 graduate of Hopkinton High School, Army Private Kyle A. Wagoner, the son of Betsy Wagoner, graduated from basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. Wagoner.


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American Cancer Society's 31st Annual Great American Smokeout®

New Interactive Resources Help Smokers Quit


NOTE: Click here for a quit-smoking message from the Editor

November 4, 2007 — The American Cancer Society will celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 15. With exactly half of the United States, including Massachusetts, now protected by smoke-free laws, and a variety of cessation resources available, there has never been a better time to quit smoking and enjoy the health benefits.
      On November 15, Americans who smoke and want to quit are urged to call the American Cancer Society's Quitline®, a clinically proven, free telephone-based counseling program, at 1-800-ACS-2345, or to log on to, to embark on a personal plan to quit.
     "The American Cancer Society is here to help smokers who want to quit, and we have an abundance of resources to assist. We urge smokers to learn more about quitting and make a plan to begin a smoke-free life by calling the Society's Quitline at 1-800-ACS-2345," said Janet McGrail, American Cancer Society State Vice President for Cancer Control. READ MORE...


Crosswalk Under Study

To the editor

     I have been reading with great interest the discussion on the Town Talk page regarding crosswalk safety in town. As chair of the Downtown Revitalization Committee I wanted to let people know that we are currently working on this very issue. In September, we had a meeting with J.T. Gaucher, of the DPW; Lt. Flannery of the HPD and Selectman Brian Herr to ask about ways to improve crosswalk visibility as well as concerns around the poor condition of downtown sidewalks.  READ MORE...

Hillers 1, Medway 0

Tri-captain Chris Farrell clears the ball during the Hillers 1-0 win over Medway in state division 2 tournament play on Friday.  The Hillers advanced and will play Somerset, at Somerset, on Sunday at 1PM.Photo by Linda Ronan

Hopkinton Community Spelling Bee

Winning Word: log·or·rhe·a (lôg-r, lg-) [Hear it] n. Excessive use of words.

Final Four Teams:

The Dentist at Hopkinton, Hopkinton School Committee, Hopkinton Public Schools Administration, Hopkinton Public Schools Curriculum Dept.

Winning team:

The Hopkinton Public Schools Curriculum Department "The Farm Team": Dr. Mary Columbo, Sharon DeCarlo and Alan Keller


November 3, 2007 — Eighteen groups of four people each took part in four rounds of spelling bee, after which those winners competed in the final round that left Dr. Mary Columbo, Sharon DeCarlo, and Alan Keller as the winners. Above, prior to the start of the competition, are the Selectmen's Team consisting of Matthew Zettek, Michael Shepard and Muriel Kramer. Behind them is the Senior Center Team consisting of Ellen Wright, Barbaa Wirzburger and Jack McInerney.

      HopNews readers can sharpen their spelling skills by using the Dictionary link above when on HopNews.

Inside Job

November 3, 2007 — Inside Job brought their style of blues to Enter Stage Left Theater's Coffee House Series on Saturday evening. Next Saturday will be A Capella night.

Bad Ash Tree

November 3, 2007 — Lakeside Tree's Dan Desilets cuts a diseased ash tree after dropping it and Brendon Blakeley turns logs into chips on Hayden Rowe Street on Friday. The tree was diseased through the center.

     "A disease has gone through and attacked most of the ash trees in town," Mr. Desilets said.

Fall Cleanup

November 3, 2007 — This DPW worker seems to have everything under control with a rake, a gigantic vacuum and a set of headsets on the Hopkinton Common on Friday.

Hopkinton 32, Dover-Sherborn 0

Above, Luke Warren makes the corner against his opponent.


November 3, 2007 — The Hillers got back to their winning ways with a 32-0 shutout of visiting Dover-Sherborn in a Tri-Valley League game played Friday night in Hopkinton. The Hillers got two touchdowns from receiver Paul Ostrander who caught a pass from Jeff Doyle. Luke warren added a score, and Hopkinton got a Field Goal from Mark Sanborn.

     The Hillers built up a big lead at halftime and Dover never recovered. The Hiller Cheerleaders were recognized for winning the Tri- Valley League championship the night before. Hopkinton has executed tremendously as the raiders were beaten up from the start. The Hillers will host Westwood next Friday night when the Wolverines come to town. The team played a lot of subs as it was a great game for breaking in some of the younger players. ~ Peter Marso

Sky's Not the Limit

November 3, 2007 — Hopkinton Public Library was standing room only on Friday evening as astronomy buffs, young and old, gathering for a Journey Through Space.

Cheerleaders take TVL TITLE!

November 3, 2007 — Thursday night the Hopkinton Cheerleaders competed for the Tri Valley League Championships at Hopkinton High School and walked away with the TVL Championship!  The team is lead by captains Stephanie Moran and Cassie Neece. 

     The squad consists of 3 seniors, Stephanie Moran, Cassie Neece, Ehryl O'Rourke.  7 Juniors, Cally Altamura, Kelsey Boissonneault, Julianna Carbone, Julianne Corsi, Emily Ryberg, Kim Wagner, Kelli Wasilauski. 5 Sophomores Chelsea Carlson, Tia Mastrogianis, Molly Niland, Alyssa O'Shea, Tanya Strom.  4 Freshman Kristen Boissonneault, Patty Blanchard, Alyssa Karpacz and Kelsey Krapf. The team is coached by Melissa Heiligmann who is on her 6th season at Hopkinton.  Contributed photo

November 3, 2007 — This Hiller jumps up for the return Friday evening against Hudson at the Athletic Center.

How Art Thou

November 2, 2007 — Local artists, painter Geri Holland and sculptor Michael Alfano chat at the reception this evening at the CAA building.

Art Less Than $150 Art Show at CAA

Original Art Everyone Can Afford!

Take this opportunity to purchase original affordable fine art by local artists. November 2 - 28, 2007

Gallery Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday • 2:00 - 5:00 pm • Friday & Saturday • 10:00 am - 2 :00 pm

State Police Release Identities of Victims in Fatal Attleboro Crash


The identities of two victims involved in the fatal crash on Route 95 in Attleboro on Wednesday, October 31, 2007, have been confirmed through dental records by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.


The victims were identified as 29-year-old Michael Groff of West Warwick, Rhode Island, and 32-year-old Melissa Gauthier of Cumberland, Rhode Island.  Groff was operating a 2008 Nissan Altima sedan on Route 95 North in Attleboro when his vehicle made contact in the right travel lane with a 1998 Honda Accord sedan operated by Gauthier.  After the initial collision, both vehicles lost control, exited the road to the right, continued through the on-ramp from Route 295 North to Route 95 North, up an embankment and into the concrete bridge abutment for Route 295.  After colliding with the bridge abutment, both vehicles came to rest on their roofs adjacent to the abutment and caught fire. The Attleboro Fire Department responded to the scene but where unable to extricate the occupants of either vehicle before they became fully engulfed. The operators of both vehicles were the only occupants and were both declared deceased at the scene. Initial reports indicate that both vehicles were operating on Route 95 North at high rates of speed, utilizing all lanes and passing traffic immediately prior to the crash. 


Although speed does appear to have been a factor, this crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the Bristol County State Police Detective Unit, the Troop H Investigation Unit and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. The Attleboro Fire Department, the State Fire Marshal’s Office and MassHighway assisted troopers at the scene.

Leave it to the Beaver    


November 2, 2007 — Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary of the Massachusetts Audubon Society is a refuge for wildlife of many kinds. Today, the photographer saw hooded mergansers, several types of birds, two deer, and the work of several beavers surrounding the destination pond around which the trail wraps.

Builder Repudiates Claim

Ron Roux produces twelve year-old receipts



November 2, 2007 — On October 10, 2007, resident Tom Smith appeared before the Board of Public Works and complained that Ron Roux, developer of an ambitious mixed use project behind 25 and 35 Main Street, got approval for a new sewer connection despite not having paid a betterment fee when the sewer was installed. Here is an excerpt from the October 10 story:

      "I checked with Maureen [Maureen Dwinnell, Treasurer/Collector] and there were no betterments paid," he said. A betterment would mean that there was an approved lot that paid for the installation of a sewer main going past the lot.

      "I wanted condos. You said 'no'," Mr. Smith said.

      "He is combining lots," Mr. McIntyre said.

      "That is an extension [of the sewer] that you said is not allowed," said Mr. Smith.

      "He has the frontage," said Mr. McIntyre.

      "He has never paid a betterment," replied Mr. Smith.

      "There are two stubs for the two parcels," added Water/Sewer Manager Eric Carty.

      "We should review whether the Roux connection is legal," said Board Member Kevin Kohrt.

      "You better get Town Counsel involved," said Mr. Smith, "because I am looking at a lawsuit."

      Mr. Roux has sent a letter to the Chairman of the Board of Public Works, Dan McIntyre, and copied Treasurer Maureen Dwinnell and HopNews, attaching receipts of paid betterments from 1995 for the properties referred to by Mr. Smith.

      "One Board member," writes Mr. Roux, "Kevin Kohrt, was quoted as saying that this was something worth looking into to see if the connection is legal. A review of those records and discussions with the same Town Treasurer and Assessor's Office produced the attached records that show payment in full of sewer betterments on both of those properties."

Senior Center Hosts Town Officials

Above, background, Tom Pratt, and Outreach Worker Marlene Troupes applauding at he end of Director Cindy Chesmore's presentation, announcing a donor who wants to contribute $4,500 - $5,000 yearly for this type of event.

November 2, 2007 — The Hopkinton Senior Center fed town officials this evening and gave them an overview of the work the Senior Center does, which includes managing 1200 hours of volunteer labor in October alone, according to Volunteer Coordinator Amy Wilson Kent.

      Mrs. Chesmore said that the Senior Center is "available to Town Departments and organizations whose main purpose is to raise funds for the Town or provide services."

      The group discussed ways to get their message out to a broader audience, and divulged a heretofore closely held secret: The volunteers at the Senior Center help Santa answer all of the letters sent to him.

      Each month the group produces a newsletter, The Hilltopper, rich with information about upcoming events and past successes. HopNews posts a link to it at the first of he month (See Senior News button). Please check out the great events that are upcoming, like the Police Association Senior Dinner, which will be held for the second time in the new center on Saturday, December 15 at 4:00 p.m.

Stephen P. McDonald Sr., 62


Stephen P. McDonald Sr., 62, of Hopkinton died Thursday, November 1, 2007 at the Marlborough Hospital from complications after surgery. Born and raised in Woodville, he was the son of the late Marguirete (Madox) and Richard J. McDonald. He was also the husband of the late Elsie (Ferguson) McDonald.    

         A Army veteran during the Vietnam War and a longtime resident of Hopkinton, Stephen was a loving father and enjoyed the Patriots and playing cribbage. He also had worked in the Boston tunnels. Arrangements Complete

Milford Drug Bust


(Milford, MA.) November 1, 2007 — Today, shortly before 4:00 pm, Milford Police Detectives Craig Stanley, Dustin Testa, Lt James Falvey along with Officers Paul Parisi and Jay Ball executed a search warrant obtained from the Milford District Court at 41 Depot St, Apt. 2, Milford. A lone female occupant,  Amie L. Levitz age 34,  was found inside the second floor apartment and subsequently arrested and charged with one count of Possession of Class  D Substance (marijuana) with Intent to Distribute.

     Milford Police were assisted by John Stasi from the US Postal Inspectors Office and Lt Mark Kent from the Worcester Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit. During the search a quantity of marijuana, contraband and packaging materials were found in the second floor apartment. The suspect was transported to the police station where she was booked and processed.

EMC Announces Plans to Double Investment in China

Hopkinton Company Commits to Invest US $1 Billion Over Five Years;

Opens Second China R&D Center in Beijing


Beijing-Thursday, November 1, 2007

EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced the second phase of its significant investment in the Chinese market. EMC officially opened its new R&D center in Beijing and committed to double its planned investments in China over the next five years.

     The investment of US$500 million announced in June 2006 is now expected to double, reaching approximately US$1 billion through 2012. The additional investment will be spent on expanding EMC’s R&D operations, growing its partner community, strengthening its sales and service capabilities and more effectively serving the rapidly growing Chinese market.

The addition of EMC’s Beijing R&D Center expands its overall presence in China and complements EMC’s Shanghai R&D Center that opened in June 2006. The Shanghai R&D center, which evolved into an EMC Center of Excellence (COE) in January 2007, has grown rapidly since it opened and today employs more than 250 employees. EMC COEs are units that work on core EMC technologies, collaborating and leveraging global talent for engineering excellence. The center in Shanghai will soon move to a new location at the Knowledge and Innovation Community of Yangpu, Shanghai.

     EMC’s Centers of Excellence in China are part of EMC’s network of R&D centers around the world, including centers located in Russia, Ireland, Israel, India and the United States. These centers are a core element of EMC’s Innovation Network, which along with researchers from universities around the world, form a global, collaborative community that drives the exploration, discovery and application of new technologies that will shape the future of information infrastructure.

    At the inauguration today in Beijing, Joe Tucci, EMC Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer (HopNews file photo), said, “China’s contribution, both in terms of a market and as a culture of innovation, has been spectacular. We have demonstrated our success by gaining customer confidence in the local marketplace and our China R&D operation is an integral part of our industry-leading information infrastructure product development efforts. The additional investment reiterates our deep commitment to this rapidly growing economy and emphasizes the important role that China will have in EMC’s long-term business success.”  Contributed Content.

Hazen E. Beals

HUDSON - Hazen E. Beals, 67, of Hudson, formerly of Hopkinton, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007, at his residence in Hudson.
Born in Blaine, Maine, he was the son of Mina (Noble) Beals of Worcester and the late Cleveland Beals, formerly of Blaine.
He was a self-employed sheet metal fabricator.
     He was a member of the Eastern Draft Horse Association. Arrangements Complete.



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