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Hopkinton Resident Inducted into the
Natick High School Wall of Achievement
"Detective Lt. Kevin Horton is the most professional and creative law enforcement officer I have ever met"
~ Ron Gollobin, former WCVB journalist
November 21, 2007 — Longtime Hopkinton resident and former Natick High School Class of '67 football star, Massachusetts State Police Det. Lt. Kevin Horton, was honored at Natick High school last night with a group of fellow notables who were also inducted, among them football legend Doug Flutie, into the Natick High School Wall of Achievement.
Mr. Horton played football, hockey and baseball at Natick High.
"Natick High School was the Home of the Champions, and still is," said Mr. Horton in an interview on Saturday.
"I'll be talking about the lessons the coaches taught us. Sports was my catalyst," he said.
"I got a sports scholarship to Trinity-Pawling Prep in New York. I took the determination I learned form football and turned that toward my studies." Mr. Horton then got a scholarship to Boston College, earning a B.S., and a B.A. followed by a M.A. at Anna Maria College.
"But I wouldn't be receiving the recognition if it wasn't for the team I joined 30 years ago, the State Police; and the team I joined 23 years ago, the Fugitive Section." Det. Lt. Horton is the Commanding Officer of the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section.
Former WCVB journalist Ron Gollobin said in a letter of endorsement, "Over a long journalism career, I had seen up close how violence destroys lives, changes a victim's outlook and makes fear the dominant force in someone who has been brutalized. These are exactly the people law enforcement should target first, because their removal from society makes us all safer and more secure. These are the people Det. Lt. Horton's squad focuses upon with outstanding success. Thousands of violent fugitives have been taken off of the streets — a record that is simply unbelievable."
Lt. Horton has also testified before the United States Senate, co-authored legislation, and supervised numerous Federal and State Task Force Operations, and received recognitions from four Massachusetts Governors.
"My success is due to the lessons our coaches taught us," Lt. Horton concluded.
Waste water revisited
By Demian David Tebaldi
November 21, 2007 —
After the customary Pledge of Allegiance, a brief but informative
presentation was made by Mr. Timothy
Kilduff (File photo, left), President of the Hopkinton Athletic
Association. A report on his recent ambassadorial visit to the
Public hearings slated
for the evening included review (and resulting unanimous acceptance) of
a Petition for Joint Pole Location on Hayward Street made by Verizon New
England, Inc. and Boston Edison Company. The project will include
the placement of a new, shared utility pole on the northerly side of
Mr. Anthony Troiano (File photo, left) delivered to those assembled the Town Manager’s Report, which consisted primarily of some details of taking the Town’s legal future out of the hands of current Town Counsel, Attorney Richard DeAngelis of Framingham, and placing it with Pickett, Meyaris & Harrington of Watertown, such transition to take effect as of January 1, 2008. “We are entering a new era with regard to Town Counsel,” Mr. Troiano noted, referring to the fact that legal issues facing the Town will be handled somewhat differently come January of 2008. Where Attorney DeAngelis would research, report and advise on legal issues, and await guidance from Town officials on how best to proceed, Pickett, Meyaris & Harrington will provide a more lawyer-driven approach, one in which trust in the counselor will likely play a more significant role. Mr. Troiano also reported that the Town had finalized an employment contract with Ms. Heidi Kriger, Hopkinton’s new Chief Financial Officer, for a term of three years.READ MORE...
ZAC Eats More of the Elephant
Committee helps shape Boulder Capital's Legacy Farms
Above, Project Manager Steven Zeiff holds the plan for the proposed Village Center Subdistrict as Boulder Capital President Roy S. MacDowell, Jr. points to where Weston Nurseries Garden Center is currently located. Route 135 travels across the drawing, left to right, and Frankland Road rises to the north.
by Robert Falcione
November 21, 2007 — The Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC) undertook more of the task of studying and preparing recommendations to the planning Board for the Legacy Farms OSMUD, a bold zoning configuration proposed by Boulder Capital for the development of the 720 or so acres it purchased last spring. ZAC Chairman, Ken Weismantel has likened the task to eating an elephant, "One bite at a time."
At the previous meeting, Mr. Weismantel, who is also the Republican town committee Chairman, had an elephant figurine on the table in front of him. After Tuesday's meeting, keeping in character, he offered elephant animal crackers to those attending.
The group continued discussion of the uses for the various Subdistricts. For instance, in the Village Center Subdistrict pictured above, health and fitness clubs as well as community centers will be permitted by right, but a conference center or a motel/hotel will need a Special Permit issued by the Planning Board.
Retail stores will be permitted by right in the Village Center Subdistrict, but Neighborhood Stores in the Residential Subdistricts will need a Special Permit. A Special Permit triggers a public hearing during which abutters have a chance to air their complaints or agreements and the Board has an opportunity to take those suggestions under advisement.
ZAC's next meeting is on November 27, 2007, when the group delves into more specifics of the plan, such as the dimensional requirements of lots and the definition of Open Space.
The Metrowest Symphony Orchestra of Hopkinton to hold
Annual Young Artist Competition, December 15, 2007
Auditions to be held in Worcester
Police Buckle-Up for a Safer Thanksgiving
As part of the Fall 2007 “Click
It or Ticket” Mobilization, the Massachusetts State Police
are encouraging safer driving and increased safety belt use during the
Thanksgiving Holiday. A “Click It or Ticket” media event took
place today at State Police General Headquarters in
Lieutenant Colonel Robert G. Smith, Commander of the Division of Field Services of the Massachusetts State Police, stated “Safety belts are your best defense against other drivers and the best chance for survival in a crash. Safety belt use reduces the risk of a fatal injury for front seat occupants in a motor vehicle crash by up to 45% and moderate to critical injury by 50%.”
Sheila Burgess Director of Highway Safety in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, stated “We can’t stress enough how important it is for everyone to obey the law and buckle up, no matter what your age. It is one simple task that could save you from serious injury or death. State and local police are going to be out on the roads working hard to make sure everyone has a safe and happy holiday weekend.” Chief Arthur O’Neill of the Mansfield Police Department and President of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association stated, “The use of safety belts is nothing short of common sense whether you are operating a compact car or a tractor trailer. Statistics and experience by local and state police have proven time and again that safety belts do indeed save lives.”
During this initiative, the Massachusetts
State Police and many local police departments will strive to encourage
voluntary safety belt compliance across the Commonwealth.
Currently, the safety belt compliance rate in
For more information, go to www.mass.gov/highwaysafety
Hopkinton's 1st Annual Day of Giving Back
November 20, 2007—
Enjoying a rare morning off last January, Hopkinton Youth Commission
member Linda Katz heard a story on
the radio, immediately catching her attention. The segment featured
Coretta Scott King speaking of her husband Martin Luther King’s legacy.
Katz learned that the slain civil rights leader’s holiday had been
declared a “National Day of Service” by then President Clinton in 1994.
In tribute to Dr. King, communities all across the country were engaging
in a “day of giving back” through service projects. “We can do that,”
Ms. Katz remembers thinking that morning, “Hopkinton can do that.”
Hopkinton’s Second Annual Holiday Stroll ~ December 1
Note: The numbers above do not denote order of visit. They are just for reference.
Hopkinton is the place to be on December 1 as the Downtown
Revitalization Committee sponsors the second annual Holiday Stroll.
day begins with a concert by the
Colella’s Supermarket has many taste treats in store, offering
samples of egg nog, apple cider, frozen yogurt, coffee cakes, chili and
homemade pizzelles and other good things.
The shops at 76
Offering delicious samples are Sauce on
Victorian carolers, organized and sponsored by Enter Stage Left theatre will be strolling downtown in the afternoon. The theatre invites everyone to a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” at 2:00pm. And they promise some special surprises throughout the day. ESL will also perform A Christmas Carol at 7:30pm.
The carolers will shepherd you into the Library at 3:00 pm for the Annual Holiday performance. Hopkinton’s own Andrea Maffei, Dan Cloutier, and the Hopkinton High School Brass ensemble will get everyone in the holiday spirit. There’s free hot chocolate and kids can deliver their letters to Santa in person!
And don't forget the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Common at 4:30 with cookies and Hot Chocolate provided by the Parks and Recreation Commission.
If there are other businesses, shops or organizations who would like to join in the festivities, please contact Anne Mattina, chair of the downtown revitalization committee at: email@example.com ~ Anne Mattina
State Police Offer Winter Driving Safety Tips
The Massachusetts State Police urge motorists to be safe on the roads of the Commonwealth this winter. If possible, do not travel, or keep travel to a minimum during periods of winter weather in order to allow snow removal crews to clear the roadway. For those who need to drive in adverse winter weather conditions, the State Police recommend the following winter driving safety tips:
· Take Note of the Local Forecast: The State Police encourage motorists to take note of local forecasts and plan accordingly for adverse weather conditions. Motorists are reminded that they can dial 511 on their cell phones for current traffic and road conditions on Massachusetts Highways.
· Vehicle Preparation: With a forecast of inclement weather, motorists should ensure that their vehicles are well maintained and properly equipped for winter driving. Motorists should check the fluid levels of their vehicles, particularly washer fluid and anti-freeze, to make sure that they are at adequate levels. Tires should be inspected to ensure that they are properly inflated and have sufficient tread depth. Motorists should equip their vehicles with a snow shovel, ice scraper, jumper cables, flares, a flashlight and some warm clothing and blankets. Additionally, motorists are reminded to completely clear their vehicles of snow and ice prior to driving. Clearing vehicles of snow and ice enhances the safety of all motorists by providing an unobstructed view to the operator and prevents snow and ice from flying off vehicles at high speeds and posing a hazard to others on the road.
· Reduce Speed: Most winter weather related crashes are caused by “spin-outs” and vehicles sliding off the road due to excessive speeds for the road and weather conditions. Speed Limits are set for driving under optimal, dry conditions. If road and weather conditions are adverse, it may be more reasonable and proper to operate at a speed that is well below the posted limit.
· Leave Extra Space Between Vehicles: Under optimal driving conditions, motorists should leave at least one car length for every ten miles per hour between them and the vehicle in front of them. If the road and weather conditions are adverse, that distance should be significantly increased in order to afford for increased stopping distances.
· Dial 911 in Roadway Emergencies: In any weather conditions, motorists who become disabled or encounter an emergency on the roadways should dial 911 and report their location and the nature of the emergency. Motorists should always be aware of their location, noting the route they are traveling on and the number of the exit they most recently passed.
Caliper Life Sciences’ Presentation at 19th Annual Piper Jaffray
Health Care Conference to be Webcast
Planning Board Hears Many Issues
• 77 West Main Building
• Rockwood gives $25k
• Legacy Farms
November 20, 2007 — Paul Mastroianni, owner of 77 West Main Street, appeared before the Planning Board for an informal review Monday evening of his plans to build a 10,000 square-foot, two-story behind his existing building, which now houses the Dynasty Chinese Restaurant and Hopkinton Wine and Spirits, among others. (See November 13 story).
Mr. Mastroianni said, "Main Street Pediatrics is taking the whole place."
Planning Board members Claire Wright said, "That back lot is constantly filled with little kids in the afternoon."
"I am very disappointed," said member Sandy Altamura. "This looks like an afterthought to the site."
Members asked if the parking could be moved further back in the lot. However, doing so could bring it within the 50' wetlands buffer zone, according to one member.
After hearing concerns about parking, types of tenants, and the vacant former Jelly Donuts Mr. Mastroianni said, "I could have had a sushi place already. I would have had four restaurants, but I want offices.
This evening was an informal review to give the applicant a sense of what the Planning Board expects.
The developers of Rockwood Meadows, a 62 home Upton subdivision, stopped by to discuss mitigation for a new School Street/West Main Street traffic signal, that has been estimated at over $450,000 for that intersection that has been deemed "failed," and is on the top of a list of intersections that need traffic signals.
The residential development will be located on Peppercorn Hill in Upton, but the entrance will be in Hopkinton. Note: In the drawing, the town line, added by HopNews, is indicated in red.
The builder offered $25,000 immediately to be put into escrow for the purpose of upgrading the intersection, which the Board voted to accept.
However, the developer of the adjacent Peppercorn Village, which recently went before the Board of Appeals to change from an over-55 community to an unrestricted one, refused at a recent Board of Appeals meeting to give anything to mitigate the effect of their increase in traffic may have on the intersection.
Abutter Jeff Doherty, owner of Angel's Garden Center asked the Planning Board to send a letter to the Board of Appeals to encourage them to require that the Peppercorn developer also provide some funds. The Board of Appeals meets next on December 5.
Boulder Capital representatives stopped by to discuss a timeline for their Legacy Farms proposal. Boulder is in the process of discussing uses for the 720 acres with ZAC (Zoning Advisory Committee) within the designated proposed new types of zoning districts. The sense of the Board was that a more specific plan be put before the voters at Town Meeting in May, to which principal Roy MacDowell agreed.
"We need a lawyer who specializes in this; and a real estate planner," said second Vice-Chair Joe Markey. Mr. Markey went on to say that he wanted to be sure that the rules applied to "anyone else who came down the road."
Boulder Attorney Marilyn Stickler replied, "We are proposing the Legacy Plan be a legally binding plan." However, not everyone was pleased.
"The zoning will benefit one individual, to the detriment of the abutters," said Clinton Street abutter, Chris Barry, whose property appears to be bordered by waste water discharge fields on one conceptual proposal.
Acting Chairman R. J. Dourney said, "This traffic issue has the least comfort out there," referring to the general voting population, and the effect the project will have on the town.
"I think this is beyond the expertise of FS&T," said member Ken Weismantel of the town's traffic engineers.
"We should open a dialogue with the Selectmen," said Mr. Markey.
"I'd like to get Tony [Town Manager Anthony Troiano] into the next meeting, because we don't have the expertise around the table," said Mr. Dourney.
ZAC will meet Tuesday, November 20 to continue the study of uses in the Legacy Farms zoning areas.
ESL Presents A Christmas Carol
Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2, 7, 8
The 2008 Fish and Game Licenses are now available
Town Clerk, Town Hall
Hours: Mon, Weds, Thurs, Fri
Woodville Rod and Gun Club Thanksgiving Dinner
Middlesex County Justice/Crime
Lowell Man Arraigned In Connection With Assault of 22-Month-Old Child
LOWELL – November 19, 2007 — Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone’s office informed the public today that a Lowell man has been arraigned in connection with the assault of a 22-month-old child on Saturday morning.
Thy Chan, 26, of Lowell, was arraigned this afternoon at Saints Medical Center in Lowell. Chan was arraigned on charges of assault and battery, assault and battery on a child, and mayhem. Lowell District Court Judge Neil Walker ordered Chan held on $25,000 cash bail and conditions including that he not have contact with the victim or with children under the age of 16. Mature Content
“Many of the most troubling cases that we deal with involve the abuse of young children,” District Attorney Leone said. “This is a deeply disturbing case in which we allege that the young child was savagely injured by the defendant.”
READ MORE... (Mature Content)
Please note that the fiscal year 2008 property values have been posted to the town’s web site: HERE
Also, the Hopkinton Board of Assessors would like to reminder residents
that the tax classification hearing will take place Tuesday evening,
November 20th, at 8:15pm in the
Better Safe Than Sorry
Tips from Officer Buckley
Above, Tina Nobilini of the Lovely Lady Salon listens to advice from Officer Stephen Buckley.
November 19, 2007 — Hopkinton Police Officer Stephen Buckley had some tips for merchants today, after one downtown business was the victim of a "crime of opportunity," something that Officer Buckley said becomes more common during the holidays.
"Do not leave customer areas or cash registers unattended," he said. "Be aware of who is in the store. Call police in the case of someone shoplifting or committing a larceny — or even the potential of a crime in progress. Make frequent drops of money to the bank.
"Always shred customer and personal documents rather than discarding them in the rubbish. And check your credit card statement for fraud," he said. Officer Buckley also had tips for shoppers and the general public as well.
"When going to your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings. Make sure there is no one in the vehicle. And don't leave anything in the vehicle in plain sight.
"At home, report anything suspicious in the neighborhood. Get a good personal description of the suspicious person — height, clothing, hair color — and a description of suspicious vehicle, including license plate and vehicle type and color," Officer Buckley said.
Town Hall Accessibility
November 19, 2007 — Mark Carew of Barrow's Contracting keeps away the bitter cold while working on a temporary access for handicap at the front entrance to Town Hall, while the company upgrades the existing entrance in the rear to State standards. The only nearby handicap parking space is in the rear of the building.
Today, November 19, 2007
12:46 am Officer Linda Higgins requested an ambulance for a female that was unconscious in a vehicle on Chestnut Street...
4:39 pm Officer Stephen Buckley responded to Claflin Common to take a past larceny report of cash being stolen from a cash register...
3:19 pm A caller complained about a group of skateboarders going in and out of traffic on Church Street..
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What, Prey-tell, Is It?
November 19, 2007 — This hawk with a raccoon mask was flying over the eastern shore of Hopkinton Reservoir late last week, checking out the photographer walking on the shoreline. Be the first to email two links with photos and definitions of the bird, and win a $25 check from HopNews. If you have won before, please give someone else a chance.
"Tell it to the Train"
November 19, 2007 — The female lead, played by Maureen Regan implores David Sheehan's lead in Footloose to tell it to the train, after he expresses reluctance to verbalize his feelings during Saturday evening's performance.
BOLO For Peeps
CAN YOU HELP US? WE ARE LOOKING FOR OUR MISSING CAT PEEPS. WE LIVE AT 16 ELIZABETH ROAD. IF YOU HAVE SEEN HER PLEASE CALL US AT 435-8531 SHE’S BEEN GONE SINCE WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THANK YOU ~ THE GALLANTS
In the Bag
November 19, 2007 — Downey Street resident Shane Emerson, left, gets a hand from neighbor Steve Murphy, apparently doing their best to limit the number of trips to the leaf pile with a sizable bounty of leaves.
November 18, 2007 — Regular readers may remember that someone from Framingham reported seeing an alligator at Hopkinton State Park a few weeks ago. This seagull enjoying some sun in the middle of the Hopkinton Reservoir appears to have found it, and is enjoying its company. However, the "alligator" did not move the entire time it was observed.
Footloose the Musical
November 18, 2007 — The Hopkinton High School Theater Ensemble held their third performance on Friday night to an attentive and fully appreciative SRO audience at the High School Auditorium. The final performance will be a matinee at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Turkey Drive Still in Gear
The Annual Turkey
Drive was begun by Hopkinton HS graduate Dan Merzel, now a junior at
Johns Hopkins, when he was in 8th grade and then continued by his
brother Adam Merzel, now a freshman at Emory University. Hopkinton HS
junior Lindsay Kramer and Hopkinton 6th grader Drew Johnson stepped in
to take over and keep the wonderful tradition alive in Hopkinton now
that the Merzels are both in college.
So far so good!
Lindsay Kramer and Drew Johnson delivered 33 turkeys to the Framingham
Salvation Army November 16th, ten of which can be credited to the
tremendous generosity of a single Hopkinton family. The organizers would
like to know who you are, so please email
firstname.lastname@example.org if you are comfortable telling us
about yourselves and your generous donation.
Thank you to all
the folks that have donated so far, and to Maureen Burns and the Center
School Staff as well as Sue Green and the Hopkins Staff who collected
money to help purchase more turkeys. Thank you also to the School
Department for donating space to store the turkeys during the drive, and
to Hopkinton Best Buddies for pitching in to help. Thank you especially
to HopNews, the only local news outlet to help publicize this great
Eunice C. Hall, 97,
died Friday, November 16, 2007 in Westborough. Born in Cambridge,
MD, she was the daughter of the late John and Katherine (Bell) Wilson.
She was the wife of Ralph A. Hall, who
Chester J. Pepka, 86,
died Saturday, November 17, 2007 in Milford. Born in Webster, he was the
son of the late Frank and Helen (Zajac) Pepka.
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