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Powder Puff Football

November 11, 2007 — The Senior girls come out charging on Saturday night to challenge the Junior girls on the varsity football field.

Veterans Day Ceremony

November 11, 2007 — Chaplin Richard Brault of Hopkinton American Legion Post 202 rises from among his fellow veterans to give the invocation for Sunday's Veterans Day celebration at the Common.

Third Annual Senior Health and Wellness Fair to Feature

"Living with Diabetes" Panel Discussion

Saturday, November 17, 2007

9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Ashland High School 65 East Union

State Senator Karen Spilka Panel of Specialists on Diabetes, Numerous health and wellness exhibitors

** The Senior Health and Wellness Fair is FREE and includes continental breakfast and hot lunch **

The Senior Health and Wellness Fair provides a forum for seniors from throughout Senator Spilka's district to learn new information, have an opportunity to ask questions, and enjoy a day out.

This year's program will include an excellent panel of specialists on diabetes. They'll lead a discussion entitled, "Living with Diabetes." Participants will have the chance to speak about the diagnosis of this disease and strategies for living with it from some of the leading experts on the subject.

In addition, more than 30 individual booths will provide information and materials on various topics ranging from recent changes in government health insurance programs to nutrition. Seniors will also have the opportunity to speak to local service providers. Throughout the day, there will be opportunities to participate in wellness activities and health screenings.

Anyone interested in attending the fair should contact Pat Vinter in Senator Spilka's office at (617) 722-1640. She will confirm your attendance and discuss transportation options that may be available to you.


Powder Puff Football

November 10, 2007 — Above, Senior Katie Fusaro takes it across the goal line after catching the pass; and a parent gives the TD sign from the spectators' area.

West Main Street Truck vs. Motorcycle

November 10, 2007 — A 67 year-old man on a Harley Davidson (Right) struck a vehicle (Red truck) that was turning across his lane and into the car-top boat landing on West main Street early this evening.

     His wife, who was following on another motorcycle, said, "The truck just cut in front of him, and he had to dump it. He had nowhere to go."

     The Hopkinton resident was taken to Milford Hospital.

PJB Food Pantry

November 10, 2007— Cheryl Lambert-Walsh looks over just some of the bounty today from the food drive that the Girl and Boy Scouts who canvassed the town brought in to the Project Just Because facility at 45 South Street today.

Scouting for Food

November 10, 2007 — These Girl Scouts were part of a town-wide effort to gather food for the food pantry today. Outside of Colella's above, from left, Jacquelyn Chirco, Sarah McCrory, Molly Abate, and Lexy Papadellis spent  two hours collecting food in the brisk air.

Houston, We Have Lift-off

November 10, 2007 — Dan Hession, 13, catches some air and defies gravity downtown today, as his friends watch in the background.

Veterans Day in Hopkinton

Sunday November 11, 2007

11:00 a.m.

Hopkinton Town Common (Town Hall in case of rain)


Hopkinton Veterans would like others to join them on the Common Sunday in a ceremony to honor fallen veterans and all who have served.

Rosemary Lynch

November 10, 2007 — The sons of Rosemary Lynch assist in carrying her casket into St. John's Church for a mass this morning as assembled fellow veteran's salute as she passes by, as she has done for so many others.  Today's funeral for Mrs. Lynch, a Marine veteran, is on the Marine's birthday.

Free Ride

November 9, 2007 — Owen Silva, 5 months, gets a lift from family friend David Smith at the Historical Society's Harvest Supper held at St. John's Parish Center this evening. Besides an abundance of homemade specialties, the annual event featured a silent auction and a raffle, all to benefit the Society's former Grange Building on Hayden Rowe Street.

Hillers beat Westwood in double overtime 28-25 as Luke Warren scores winning touchdown!!

Above, Kelly Cook carries Westwood defender along.


November 9, 2007 — The Hopkinton Hillers beat Westwood in double overtime 28-25 in one of the most exciting games played in Hopkinton (probably history) Friday night . The game was anybody's until Warren scored in double overtime to give the Hughes men the victory. Mark Sanborn's game winning field was deflected with 4 seconds remaining to force overtime. The Hillers fought hard to take the victory and had the game wrapped up in overtime, when the wolves battled back to tie it. ~ Peter Marso

Ninth Annual Turkey Drive

     For the ninth year in a row, we are organizing a turkey drive in the Hopkinton school district to aid needy families in the Metro West area. The Salvation Army in Framingham has informed us that there is a pressing need for provisions during this Thanksgiving season.
     This year, we would like to help as many families as we can; so again, we need your assistance. Any donation that you can make will help to alleviate hunger in our area and will be deeply appreciated. Traditionally, this has been a way in which students and faculty together have given back to our community.
     If you would like to donate a turkey, large or small, you may do so at any of the following times and places:
Elmwood School
Friday November 16 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM (front entrance of school)
Monday November 19 from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM (sign in at office, go to cafeteria)
Hopkins School
Friday November 16 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (dining hall kitchen)
Monday November 19 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (dining hall kitchen)
Middle School
Friday November 16 from 1:50 PM to 4:30 PM (entrance near auditorium and Brown Gym)
Monday November 19 from 7:00 AM to 7:30 AM (entrance near auditorium and Brown Gym)
     Please bring fresh or frozen turkeys to the designated places at the above times. Students should not bring turkeys on the bus. The turkeys will be collected and stored in the schools’ freezers. We will deliver them to the Framingham Salvation Army Monday afternoon.
Thank you for your consideration.

Lindsay Kramer, Hopkinton High School
Drew Johnson, Middle School
Matt Johnson, Hopkins

Girls Play Football Saturday


Saturday, November 10 HHS first annual Powder Puff Football Game 7:00 pm @ HHS Football field. Senior Girls vs. Junior Girls

Accompanied by their classmate and teacher coaches! Special Half-time Show! Tickets $3.00 at gate or during all 3 lunches at school on Nov 1st & 2nd. Come support your school community! All proceeds will benefit the Junior & Senior Class Activities.

Board of Selectmen Letter to Residents

November 9, 2007 — The Board of Selectmen (BoS) and the Department of Public Works (DPW) continues to make progress towards bidding and constructing a Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) at the Town-owned Fruit Street property. The WWTF has been approved by recent Town Meeting votes and will be funded by the users in Phase VI per those votes. The facility is currently designed to handle 100,000 gpd of sewer flow.

There are appeals pending from the Conservation Commission’s (ConCom) affirmative decision as well as the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) permitting process. The Board of Selectmen will continue to support the DPW in the appeals process and take all necessary actions to facilitate a timely resolution. The Board of Selectman has written two letters to the DEP expressing our support to move the permitting process forward and construct the WWTF as designed. The Board of Selectman will also engage the courts as advised by legal counsel.

The BoS will continue to work with the DPW to address the community’s need for wastewater capacity in particular to support desired commercial growth. Your patience and support while we work to improve the infrastructure, and subsequently the tax base for all of Hopkinton is most appreciated.

Muriel Kramer
Matt Zettek
Brian Herr

NOTE: File photo. Selectmen Mary Pratt and Mike Shepard do not vote or comment on Fruit Street matters officially.

CAA Holiday Boutique

November 9, 2007 — Angela Cunniff (left) discusses her artwork with a fellow artist at the CAA this evening. See the Hopkinton Happenings for complete schedule.

Grand Old Flag

November 9, 2007 — Hopkins School Principal Martha Starr sings You're a Grand Old Flag with her students at a whole-school assembly today in honor of American Veterans.

Driver Allegedly Flees Trooper, Discards Handgun, Crashes and Dies




November 9, 2007 — Yesterday, at approximately 10:50 a.m. troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Foxboro responded to a single-vehicle crash on Oak Street in Foxboro that resulted in one fatality.


Preliminary investigation by Lieutenant John Stuart indicates that Trooper Kevin Collins attempted to stop a 1998 Ford Taurus that was traveling at an excessive speed on Route 95 South in the area of Coney Street in Sharon (exit 10). The operator, 28 year-old Jorge Soriano of Boston, failed to stop and continued on Route 95 South taking the Mechanic Street off ramp (exit 8). The Ford turned onto Oak Street and continued past Webb Street where Trooper Collins witnessed an object being thrown from the vehicle by Soriano. In the area of 110 Oak Street Soriano lost control of the Ford, traveled off the left side of the roadway and collided into a tree. It is unknown if Soriano was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Soriano sustained fatal injures in the crash and was declared deceased at the scene. A subsequent search of the area located a small caliber handgun in the area 65 Oak Street at approximately 1:00 p.m.  As a result of the continuing investigation, an undisclosed amount of what is believed to be a Class B substance and currency were found within the vehicle.


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 Massachusetts State Police K-9 Section, the Foxboro Fire Department, the Foxboro Police Department, and the Norfolk County State Police Detective Unit assisted troopers at the scene

A Cappella Night with None of the Above and The Elements
at ESL on November 10


ESL Coffeehouse will be hosting an a cappella night featuring None of the Above and The Elements on November 10. None of the Above is a vocal ensemble whose repertoire includes a mix of many genres, including early music and popular jazz. The Elements is an all-vocal soul group featuring Motown flavored music from the 60s and 70s as well as more recent soul tunes. Both groups will perform at 8:00 p.m. at ESL’s intimate studio setting at 30 Main Street in Hopkinton. Tickets are $10.00.

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 

Veterans Dinner 2007

November 9, 2007 —Above, Selectmen Chairman Muriel Kramer addresses fellow veterans at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club, as a slideshow of veterans when they were young collected by Hank Allessio and made into a PowerPoint presentation by Jim Cozzens (View it here), plays in the background last night. Need the viewer? To get the PowerPoint Viewer, click here.

      Mr. Allessio gave away prizes for whoever guessed the names of he most veterans. First prize was a gallon can of "chipped beef," a K-ration that soldiers learned to despise.

      The dinner was conceived several years ago by senior Center Director Cindy Chesmore, and has grown into an annual event. TJ's catered the event, paid for by the town.

Hopkinton Police Cruisers Collide


November 9, 2007 — Hopkinton Police, after public speculation from passersby and others throughout the day, released information last evening regarding a motor vehicle crash that involved two police Officers operating separate cruisers at about 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7.


According to the informational release, Officer Gregg DeBoer operating Car 2, and officer William Burchard operating Car 10 were both traveling west on Wood Street.


Officer DeBoer stopped at the intersection of Wood Street waiting to turn left. Officer Burchard, distracted by the use of his computer, did not see that the other cruiser had stopped until it was too late, and collided with it, according to the release. No one was inured. One vehicle was towed, but the other was driven from the scene. Both will be out of service while being repaired. Sgt. Michael Sutton investigated, and Chief of Police Thomas Irvin has been advised.


The release concludes, "Officer Burchard will receive internal discipline for violating Department policy regarding use of the Mobile Data Computer. In addition, both officers have volunteered to attend on their own time Emergency Vehicle Driver Training conducted by the State Police at the Devens EVOC Training Facility in Ayer." Photo contributed by reader.

Troop 4 of Hopkinton Court of Honor

November 9, 2007 — Boy Scouts and leaders of Troop 4 of Hopkinton gathered at Elmwood School last night to award Merit Badges Rank Advancements and Special Awards on Scouts and Scout Leaders who have achieved additional skills and experience during the last year.

Hopkinton Students Receive Volunteer Award from
American Cancer Society


Pictured left to right are Dennis Cataldo, Luke Fraser, Carly Boyce, and Jim Miller.

(Weston, MA) November 9, 2007 — At a recent American Cancer Society volunteer recognition event, Luke Fraser and Carly Boyce of Hopkinton were awarded the Society's 2007 Youth Leadership Award for Special Events, for their dedication and support to the Society’s Relay For Life®. The award was presented by Jim Miller and Dennis Cataldo members of the Society's New England Division Board of Directors. The Youth Leadership Award for Special Events is presented to an elementary to college age individual or group that through their leadership, advanced an American Cancer Society event and made a significant impact in the fight against cancer.

     Together, Luke and Carly signed on as Event Chairs to plan and coordinate the first ever Relay at Hopkinton High School. The Relay was goaled to reach $30,000, but when all was tallied the Relay For Life of Hopkinton raised more than $100,000. The amount of time and level of commitment and energy that Luke and Carly devoted to the Relay was incredible, especially considering both are full-time students with numerous other obligations. The volunteer recognition event honored nearly 20 American Cancer Society volunteers from the Greater Boston area. For cancer information anytime call toll free 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit

Hopkinton Makes News in Greece

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Zoning Advisory Committee Seeks Input on Legacy Farms

Next meeting on Tuesday, November 13


The Zoning Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 7:00 PM in Room 211 of the Town Hall to continue 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 topics for the November 13th meeting will be continued discussion of the proposed uses to be allowed on the 728 acres, and in which general area on the land each use would be allowed, the intensity of uses (number of dwelling units and square footage of commercial space), and affordable housing. An electronic copy of the draft OSMUD available here and is also available in hard copy at the Planning Department in Town Hall. Sections 210-116.4, 210-116.5 and 210-116.6 will be reviewed at the November 13 meeting and discussion will be focused on those sections. Written comments are encouraged and can be emailed to  or sent to the Planning Department at 18 Main St., Hopkinton, MA 01748.

A significant portion of this meeting will be for public comment and committee deliberations on 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. The committee also hopes to finish our recommendation on proposed changes to the town’s driveway bylaw to set standards for emergency access on all new driveway construction at our November 13th meeting. ~ Ken Weismantel, ZAC Chairman

Fatal Crash on Route 93 in Canton

Driver not wearing seatbelt, ejected, dies

Other driver charged with OUI, Motor Vehicle Homicide


November 8, 2007 — Today at approximately 1:00 a.m. troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Framingham responded to a serious two vehicle crash on Route 93 South at Route 138 (exit 2A) in Canton that resulted in one fatality.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper David Burke indicates a 2001 Hyundai Tiburon hatchback operated by 23-year-old Ryan M. Shaughnessy of Wrentham was traveling on Route 93 South in Canton when it struck a 1994 Toyota pickup operated by 71-year-old Alphonso Anderson of Brockton.   As a result of the crash, the Toyota rolled over and Anderson was ejected from the vehicle.  Anderson suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Shaughnessy suffered minor injuries in the crash and was transported by ambulance to Norwood Hospital.  


Upon release from Norwood Hospital, Ryan M. Shaughnessy was arrested and charged with Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol and Motor Vehicle Homicide.


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 Canton Fire Department  MassHighways assisted troopers at the scene.


Laura Bullock at ESL Coffeehouse on November 17


Folk singer Laura Bullock will be performing at the ESL Coffeehouse on November 17. Bullock’s songwriting reflects a longing for redemption and a striving for significance in the very normal moments of daily life. She will perform at 8:00 p.m. at ESL’s intimate studio setting at 30 Main Street in Hopkinton. Tickets are $10.00.


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 

World AIDS Day comes to Framingham

The African Health Foundation hosts a gospel music
fundraiser to send medical supplies to Kenyan health center

Framingham -- November 8, 2007 — On World AIDs Day, December 1, Plymouth Church in Framingham will come alive with Gospel music at 7pm as the African Health Foundation hosts a fundraiser to benefit a maternity clinic in Malela, Kenya.
Metrowest resident Martin Owino, who grew up in Malela, said, “Upgrading this maternity clinic is a critical piece for AIDS prevention and care”. A well-equipped clinic will greatly help in screening and managing HIV/AIDS cases. In this rural community a majority of people live in abject poverty.
     At a donation of $20 per person or $40 for a benefactor, the funds raised will upgrade medical equipment and buy supplies for the Malela Community Health Center. Here, the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate ranges between 24-34% and Mother-to-Child HIV transmission is rampant.
     The fundraising effort augments the donation by International Medical Equipment Collaborative (IMEC), which is providing the equipment to furnish the center. AHF must raise the funds for shipping and handling fees, about $20,000.
     Guests of Honor for the evening will include Dr. Nanette Brey Magnani and the Hon. David P. Magnani (File Photo), both former Peace Corps Volunteers and, in Kenya, Peace Corps Staff.
     For information, tickets, or to place your message in the event program, call or email Martin Owino at 508-561-2115 ( ) or Sally Snyder at 508-435-4528 ( ). WEB site WWW.AHFHOPE.ORG

Veterans are the Real Stars

November 5, 2007 — Elmwood School Principal Ilene Silver proudly shows off the display that her students voluntarily created with stars they cut out. The stars carry the name of the relative, the branch of the military they served, and the war or military conflict they served in.

 Middlesex County Justice/Crime

Twenty-Year-Old College Student Ordered

Held Without Bail In Connection With Stabbing Of Ex-Boyfriend


CAMBRIDGE – November 7, 2007 — Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today that a twenty-year-old college student was ordered held without bail following a dangerousness hearing in connection with an incident in which she is alleged to have stabbed her ex-boyfriend multiple times. The incident occurred on the campus of MIT University where the victim is a student.

 Anna Tang, a student at Wellesley College, was arrested on October 23 and arraigned that afternoon in Cambridge District Court on charges of armed assault with intent to murder and home invasion. At her arraignment, Judge Sevelin Singleton ordered Tang held pending a 58A dangerousness hearing on October 30, which was continued further until today. At today’s hearing, it was stipulated that the defendant is a danger to the community and Judge George Sprague ordered Tang held without bail.

 According to authorities, at approximately 6:28 a.m. on October 23, Cambridge Police responded to 500 Memorial Drive for a reported stabbing. The building is an MIT dorm building with multiple dorm rooms inside. Upon arrival at the scene, the victim was found in his room bleeding profusely from multiple stab wounds.

 After speaking with the victim, Tang was established as a suspect when he indicated that she had attacked him and that she was his ex-girlfriend. Tang was later found in the same dorm building. Tang’s jacket was found covered with blood and a black folding “buck” knife was found in her backpack. She was immediately arrested and placed into custody by Cambridge Police.

 Upon further investigation, it is alleged that the defendant entered into the victim’s dorm room while he was asleep. The victim indicated that he awoke in his bed to find the defendant on top of him and repeatedly stabbing him.

 The victim was transported to a Boston hospital where has been treated and released for his injuries.

 The next hearing is scheduled on December 3 for a pretrial conference in Cambridge District Court.

Milford Drug Bust


November 7, 2007 —  Today a Milford man was arrested for Drug Trafficking and Drug Trafficking within 1000 feet of a school zone after Milford Police executed a search warrant at his home located at 32 North Bow Street Milford. Milford Police served the search warrant at 32 North Bow Street, second floor apartment Milford after Detective Dustin Testa obtained the search warrant from the Milford District Court. The search warrant was served by the following officers: Detectives Dustin Testa, Craig Stanley, Sgt. Ken Kingkade, Rick Belanger, Lt James Falvey along with patrol officers Joseph Shuras and Paul Parisi. Police seized approximately 14 grams of cocaine along with packaging material after searching the second floor apartment.    

       James Ferland age 45 of 32 North Bow Street Milford is charged with the following criminal violations:
       Trafficking Class B Substance (Cocaine) MGL Ch 94C Sec 32E
       Drug Trafficking within 1000 feet of a school zone MGL Ch 94C Sec 32J

Yankees Fan Dons Sox Uniform

November 7, 2007 — Michael Giurlando, Assistant Principal of Elmwood School lost a bet with the secretaries at Elmwood School, who said the Sox would win. Apparently, Mr. Giurlando bet on the Yankees.

      Mr. Giurlando said it presented an opportunity to talk to the students about sportsmanship.

     "It's a good dose of humble pie," Mr. Goirlando said today. "Yankees fans are like that."

Red Sox Nation Quilts Too!


Some People enjoyed having a few beers and eating pizza on the couch while the Red Sox played their way to the World Series Trophy. Others made their way to a high-def TV at fine establishments. But not everyone bought into that behavior.


Flora Busconi, a Red Sox fan of many decades, spent her time crocheting a Red Sox afghan to donate to the Silent Auction in the Spring while watching the Red Sox this year. Mrs. Busconi's afghans are known in her circle to be second only to her spinach pies and baklava.

HEF Celebrates 15 Years with "The Crystal Ball"
Elmwood School Student's Art Selected to Promote Event

November 7, 2007 --The Hopkinton Education Foundation (HEF) has selected 3rd grade student, Danielle Hassan's (Photo) artwork as the design inspiration for their annual gala fundraiser, this year coined; "The Crystal Ball" in celebration of the organization's 15th Anniversary. "Celebrating 15 Years and Looking to the Future" is the theme of this year's dinner dance to be held at the Crowne Plaza in Natick on February 9,2008. Using a Hopkinton Elementary student's artwork on the printed Gala materials has become a tradition that lends itself well to the mission of HEF -fundraising to support academic grants for the Hopkinton Public Schools.

Danielle Hassan created her multicolored festive "15" in Ms. Bonnie Muir's art class. The classroom was decorated with 15's, balloons, and streamers to help students get into party mood. Danielle used a die cut 15 and numerous gel markers to make her creation. Danielle's artwork will be used on all printed HEF Gala materials, which include tickets, event programs, fliers, raffle tickets, and thank you note cards. It will also be used by the decor committee as inspiration to decorate the ballroom and add to the overall "splash" of the fundraiser.

Winter Parking Regulations


The DPW wishes to remind all Hopkinton residents of By-Laws pertaining to the parking of motor vehicles during the winter months.

Traffic Rules and Orders, Town of Hopkinton, Article lV, Section 8 “It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle, other than for an emergency, to park said vehicle on any street between the hours of 1:00am to 6:00am from November 15 through April 1.

Article X, Section 1 By-Laws Town of Hopkinton
The Highway Manager, for the purpose of removing or plowing snow, or removing the ice from any way shall be authorized to remove or cause to be removed to some convenient place, including in such term a public garage, any vehicle interfering with such work. The owner of any vehicle so removed shall be liable for the cost of such removal, and for the storage charges, if any, resulting therefrom. The Highway Manager, whenever any vehicle is so removed, shall notify the Police Department and said Department shall render all necessary assistance to the Highway Manager in enforcing this by-law.

Article 3
No person shall pile, push, throw, shovel, plow or by any other method or means cause snow to be deposited or placed on any public roadway or sidewalk of the Town so as to impede, obstruct or interrupt or otherwise adversely affect the unrestricted flow of traffic or the safe travel of any pedestrian on such roadway or sidewalk. The foregoing sentence shall not apply to any person in the employ of the Town, or in the employ of an independent contractor, which has been hired by the Town for the purpose of snow removal. Whoever violates this section shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding twenty-five dollars for each such violation. Each instance of such conduct shall constitute a separate violation of this By-Law.

The DPW would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.


~Mike Mansir, Hopkinton Highway Manager

Town Manager Appoints Heidi Kriger Town Chief Financial Officer

Town Counsel Chosen ~ Fruit Street revisited, again


by Demian David Tebaldi


November 7, 2007 — Tuesday's Board of Selectmen’s Meeting began respectfully, with Chairman Muriel Kramer requesting a moment of silence for recently departed Hopkinton resident Rosemary Lynch, whose decades of volunteer service to the community touched the lives of many. Selectman Mike Shepard asked that viewers and those in attendance remember Ashland’s Bob Hill, also recently deceased, and called for good wishes to be directed to Hopkinton plumbing inspector Charlie Featherstone, who has taken ill.

Then it was an evening of appointments. James H. Burton, a resident of Winter Street in Hopkinton since 2006, was appointed to the Voices for Vision Committee by unanimous vote, and Ron Foisey stepped forward to support the successful appointment of Cheryl Perreault to one of two vacancies on the Youth Commission. Town Manager Anthony Troiano recommended Heidi Kriger (File photo), who has held the position of Town Accountant for the past ten years, for the position of Town Chief Financial Officer, and the Board unanimously accepted that recommendation. Of three vacancies on the Appropriations Committee, two were filled after brief public interviews of applicants Neelesh Ajmani and Richard Moberg, both gentlemen with strong financial backgrounds in the field of high technology. A third applicant, Shan Bavanantham, failed to show for his interview with the Board, leaving one vacancy on the committee remaining.

With the Town’s current contract with Town Counsel Richard DeAngelis due to expire in January of 2008, the Board of Selectmen engaged in a lengthy discussion of four potential candidates for Hopkinton’s next attorney at law. Immediately eliminated from the running, at the initial request of Selectman Michael Shepard, was the law firm of Deutsch Williams Brooks Derensis & Holland, PC of Boston. Selectmen Shepard expressed dismay over that firm’s representatives’ failure to appropriately address the simplest of questions put to them, specifically those regarding their knowledge of those legal issues most recently affecting Hopkinton (e.g., the sale of Weston Nursery). After Deutsch Williams was removed from consideration by unanimous vote, the conversation turned to the merits of only Kopelman & Paige, PC of Boston; The Law Offices of Richard DeAngelis, and; Miyares and Harrington LLP of Watertown. While Selectman Mike Shepard communicated his desire that any appointment be by unanimous decision of the Board, it was not to be. Selectman and Vice-chair Mary Pratt abstained from voting on the issue of appointment after it was moved and decided that Richard DeAngelis be removed from consideration for not having more than a handful of lawyers at his disposal. The Board appointed Miyares and Harrington in a 4 – 1 decision. (NOTE: The paragraph above has been amended to satisfy requests for corrections by two Selectmen.)

The open meeting heated up near the end, when Department of Public Works Chairman Dan McIntyre (Photo) requested that the Board hear his concerns regarding a letter written to Town Manager Anthony Troiano and the Board of Selectmen by none other than Board of Selectmen Chairman Muriel Kramer. Mr. McIntyre requested that Chairman Kramer consider publishing a retraction of many of the comments made in that letter, a request to which Chairman Kramer was disinclined to acquiesce.


In the letter, Mrs. Kramer made a case for the immediate establishment of a group of leaders to address the issue of wastewater capacity and suggested that over 100,000 gpd could be had immediately by tightening up the current system, which differs in capacity from 250,000 gpd on a dry day to 1,000,000 gallons on a rainy day. The difference, it is deduced, is from the infiltration of storm water into the sewer drains.


"The system has major leaks that need to be addressed. I & I [Input and Infiltration] solutions save users money," writes Mrs. Kramer. Mrs. Kramer, a former reporter, wrote positive adjectives for moving forward, which were taken as negatives by Mr. McIntyre for his past work. However, Mrs. Kramer, in her letter, quoted Mr. McIntyre and fellow DPW Board member Jim Pyne's own words to support her initiative.


Ms. Kramer said in her letter, "The DPW Board needs support and money to address I & I. They have agreed that it is a priority. Jim Pyne asserted at a recent October meeting that addressing1 &1 was 'necessary whether we have a WWTF on Fruit Street or not.' The DPW Board is in agreement that this is a priority issue.

"Does Hopkinton have a capacity problem or an 1&1 problem? In July 2007, Dan McIntyre, while representing Hopkinton Square as a private consultant and not acting as DPW Chairman, responded to a direct question/concern about sewer capacity and asserted 'Hopkinton doesn't have a capacity problem, we have an I &l problem'," Mrs. Kramer wrote.

ZAC Continues Legacy Farms Zoning Uses Discussion

November 6, 2007 — The Zoning Advisory Committee  bit off another piece of what Chairman Ken Weismantel has called "eating an elephant - one piece at a time" as the 14 member committee considered uses proposed by Boulder Capital for their Legacy Farms project on the former Weston Nurseries farmland. Boulder has proposed an OSMUD (Open Space Mixed Use Development district) that would be an overlay which would kick in when the use of the underlying (mostly agricultural) zoning changes.

      The deliberations were stalled for nearly an hour as members struggled to understand the process of introducing a Master Plan and zoning changes to Town Meeting.

      "If I don't understand it, there's a problem," said ZAC member Ron Roux, a builder of luxury homes who was instrumental in proposing much of the mixed use zoning changes over the last two years.

       As a result of the discussion, there grew a consensus that the Planning Board would approve the Master Plan that Boulder is proposing, and the zoning changes would go before Town Meeting in May, 2007.

       Chairman of the Board of Appeals, Tom Garabedian warned in a letter to ZAC that Town Counsel should weigh in on whether the approach was in conflict with prohibitions against spot zoning and contract zoning.

       The Board discussed the uses proposed by Boulder in the Residential Subdistricts they are creating, which is one of four.

       Some of the uses are already allowed, like single-family homes, multi-family residences and home occupations. But others, like a bed and breakfast, are not currently allowed in residential zoning, but would be, by a Special Permit, in the Legacy Farms development only. A bed and breakfast is currently limited to twelve rooms in the downtown business district.

       Zoning Board of Appeals member Wayne Davies (Photo) suggested that the test for a special permit should be, "Is this use compatible with other uses?" A Special Permit triggers a Public Hearing at which abutters are invited to weigh in, and the Board is expected to consider their input.

        ZAC also recommended approval of the establishment of commercial saddle horses or riding stables with a special permit.

       "We've had discussions about walking and riding trails," said Principal Roy S. MacDowell, Jr. "The word 'commercial' is deceiving. Perhaps you want to take the word out," he said.

        One of the features presented to the community from the conception of Boulder's presentations has been an extensive trail system for all kinds of uses.

        The proponents painted a vision of recreational facilities, lodges, clubhouses and park and ride facilities throughout their community, as well as areas designated for open, commercial and retail space.

        ZAC will consider at their next meeting, whether the uses discussed Tuesday evening for the proposed Residential Subdistricts will be allowed in the Commercial and Village Subdistricts.

Live Nativity December 8th

5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Community Covenant Church

     Is your family looking for a "real" event to celebrate Christmas? Community Covenant Church in Hopkinton will be the site of live animals and real people acting out the nativity scene on Saturday, December 8th.

     The event will be held outside on the church's front lawn at the corner of West Elm and West Main Streets from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to benefit the mission and youth programs at the church. In addition, hot chocolate and light refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall.
     For more information, please contact Pastor Bruce Johnson at 508.435.3723. We look forward to seeing you on the 8th!

Middlesex County Sobriety Checkpoint     

 Friday, November 16, 2007 into Saturday, November 17, 2007

Colonel Mark F. Delaney, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, announced that a “Sobriety Checkpoint” will be implemented by the Massachusetts State Police on a Secondary State Highway.  The purpose is to further educate the motoring public and strengthen the public’s awareness to the need of detecting and removing those motorists who operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from our roadways.  It will be operated during varied hours, the selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary, safety will be assured, and any inconveniences to motorists will be minimized with advance notice to reduce fear and anxiety. File Photo

Hopkinton Icon Passes

Rosemary Lynch, a tireless volunteer

Obituary Now Complete


November 6, 2007 — Rosemary Lynch, known for decades for her volunteerism for various groups for the Town of Hopkinton and associated organizations, died this morning after a two year period of declining health.

     Mrs. Lynch was respected not only for the work she did around town, but also for her military connection, having served in the US Marine Corps.

     "She was a valuable member of the American Legion for 30 years," said Legion member Mike Whalen. "She was very active in the past," Mr. Whalen said.

      One reader has sent a list of attributes and organizations that she knows Mrs. Lynch participated in:

      Life-long resident of Hopkinton, Graduated from Hopkinton High School, Class of 1952, Entered the Marine Corps where she met her husband Patrick Lynch, Raised 6 sons, very involved with Cub Scouts, One of the organizers of Memorial Day and Veterans Day celebrations. Member - Hopkinton Post 59 - American Legion. Member - St. John's the Evangelist Church. Member - Milford Women's Auxiliary. Member - Hopkinton 250th anniversary celebration. Member - Hopkinton 275th. anniversary celebration. Member - Hopkinton Water Board. Member - Hopkinton Boosters Club. Member, emeritus, Hopkinton Marathon Committee.  Correspondent for Worcester Telegram. Correspondent for Westborough Chronotype.

       "She was a fixture for a long time in Hopkinton Government, Senior Center, Veterans and the Democratic Town Committee," said Treasurer/Collector, Maureen Dwinnell.

       "Rosemary did so much for the town," said Patricia Hart. "She'll be missed so very much. She and Patrick were always together. You never saw one without the other," she said.

        "She was a good person," said former Fire Chief Rick Macmillan. "She was very unselfish and giving to the Town," he said.

         A celebration of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, the birthday of the US Marine Corps.

Rosemary Lynch, 73


Rosemary Lynch, 73, of Hopkinton, died Tuesday, November 6, 2007. Born in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late George E. and Mary A. (McHatton) Briggs. She was a lifelong Hopkinton resident, survived by her husband, Patrick.
     She is survived by 6 sons, Patrick Lynch and his wife Dianne of Ashland, Michael Lynch and his wife Ruth of Millville, Daniel Lynch and Timothy Lynch both of Hopkinton, William Lynch of Quincy...Arrangements Complete.


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