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Lonza Hearing Continued - Company Leaves Empty-Handed

"It is our job to safeguard the people of Hopkinton against this use."

~ Board of Appeals member Wayne Davies

November 29, 2007 — Lonza, a 97 South Street pharmaceutical company headquartered in Switzerland, appeared before the Board of Appeals Wednesday evening for a Public Hearing to request a Special Permit for an expansion of their facility to 99 South Street that will conduct genetic, biological and chemical research and manufacturing. Town Meeting voted on June 11 of this year to grant a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) to the company after Selectmen had voted to designate the two properties as Economic Target Areas, a necessary step toward allowing the tax break. Wednesday evening, Joseph Crowell (Left), Senior Director of operations for Lonza, said the company started demolition at 99 South Street on June 18, 2007.

       In return for the special tax designation, or perhaps visa versa, Lonza promised to try to create jobs for an additional 320 employees and invest $70 million into the facility.

       Mr. Crowell showed some schematic drawings of the interior of the site and gave a narrative history of the company, but neither he nor several engineers that accompanied him had the answers the Board of Appeals was looking for.

       "Prove it," answered Member Wayne Davies after the property owner's attorney, John J. Griffin, Jr. asserted that 97 South Street had a Special Permit in place.

        "What has happened to the 1998 condition that you report regularly to the Board of Appeals?" asked Board member Michael DiMascio, referring to a Special Permit issued nearly 10 years ago for 97 South Street.

        "Just because you have one for 97 [South Street] doesn't mean you have one for these bio-hazard uses," said Mr. Davies. "It is our job to safeguard the people of Hopkinton against this use you are proposing."

         "We don't conduct bio-hazardous products per se," said Mr. Crowell. "It is for humanitarian reasons."

         A Public Hearing is preceded by a public notification in a daily paper and postal mail to the abutters. This gives the abutters and interested parties a chance to have their views known or to ask questions. One nearby resident, Bea McMullin was the only member of the public to weigh in, and she did so by letter, which was read in its entirety by Chairman Robert Foster.

         "I am requesting that the chemicals or whatever they do does not reach our precious water," Mrs. McMullin, a resident and owner of lakefront property said in part.

         "Your submission to us does not clarify what you are doing, and gives us no basis to permit," said Mr. Davies. Although Attorney Griffin appeared on behalf of the property owner, Mr. Crowell of Lonza was not accompanied by an attorney, and appeared surprised if not stunned by the direction and eventual outcome of the proceeding.

         "You have to define the uses and how you are safeguarding the people of Hopkinton. We need to see a hazardous management plan," said Mr. Davies. Members of the Board recalled a group that oversaw bio-chemical uses in Hopkinton.

        "I think the town has a responsibility in this Bio-hazard Committee," said Mr. Foster.

        The hearing was postponed until the middle of December to give the company more time to become prepared.       

Christmas Cantata


The First Congregational Church of Hopkinton, 146 E. Main St., will present a truly wonderful compilation of Christmas music sung by choir and accompanied by orchestra on  December 14 & 15 at 7 pm. Each year, the people of FCCH come together to present the story of Christmas in song, to the delight of all who attend. A dessert reception will follow each performance. Admission to the program is a donation of non-perishable food items to be distributed to local food pantries.


On Sunday, December 16 at 1:00 pm the program will be performed in its entirety for residents and friends at Golden Pond, Hopkinton. File photo.

Presidential Primary, Feb. 5, 2008
Last day to register is Jan. 16th Office hours Jan 16th will be 8 am – 8 pm
Please contact the Town Clerk For Absentee Ballots

TOWN CLERK, 18 MAIN STREET, HOPKINTON, MA 01748 508-497-9710

David Sears, 46 

FRAMINGHAM - David Sears, 46, of Framingham, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007, at his home.
     Born in Waltham, son of Doris (Thurston) Sears of Hopkinton and Charles Sears Sr. of Waynesboro, Pa., he worked for a local publishing company. Arrangements Complete.

ZAC Studies, Comments on More of Legacy Farms' OSMUD

Intensity of Use, Affordable Housing, and Open Space Discussed

November 28, 2007 — The Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC) met Tuesday evening to discuss more of Boulder Capital's plan to develop 720 acres of land in East Hopkinton as Legacy Farms, a project that the proponents have promised to cap at 940 residential units. That figure was given to Town Meeting last year when that body voted down an Article to purchase the land, one step in the town's concession to Boulder Capital's Purchase and Sale.

     Tuesday evening, ZAC addressed the Intensity of Use, Affordable Housing and Open Space components of Boulder's self-styled OSMUD (Open Space Mixed Use Development district), a proposal to design zoning for the expansive site.

      ZAC member Mavis O'Leary pointed out that the limitation and definition of the restriction of single-family homes to fifty  did not address mixed-use buildings, ones that could have retail, office and residences. Attorney Marilyn Sticklor, representing Boulder Capital, promised to add language that would mention mixed use buildings.

      Clinton Street abutter Chris Barry (Photo) said, "You can't arrive at that [940 units] until the traffic is resolved."

      Chairman Ken Weismantel said that Town Meeting had been promised that number of units.

      Mr. Barry also objected to the 450,000 square feet of retail/commercial space, saying, "Judi Barrett [Community Opportunities Group] said the space could hold 150,000 square feet. Now we're giving him 450,000. That's way too much.

      "These numbers are just to make it [look] revenue positive — as if it is some panacea for the town," he said.

       Project Manager Steven Zieff said that they had already received a fair number calls from people who were interested in the property for appropriate uses.

       The Affordable Housing component would work best, the group seemed to agree, if they were all rental, rather than owned units. The 240 planned apartments would all be counted toward the the town's 40b requirements if they were rentals.

         In a town with less than 10% of the housing stock deemed affordable, a developer can come in and bypass local zoning regulations and apply for a Comprehensive Permit from the Board of Appeals. A 40b development is a  more dense development than traditional ones. The Town's goal, according to Housing Chair Lil Holden, is 330 units. Once that is reached, the 40b project is no longer mandatory.

        Although Affordable Housing generated the most confusion among the attendees, the Open Space Component generated the most controversy.

        Attorney Sticklor said that 60% of the project will be open space, and that the 77 acres that Weston Nurseries will be leasing is included in that computation.

        "There is some very good land you could put a field on immediately," said Selectmen Vice-chair Mary Pratt from the audience. Mrs. Pratt and her family own some very flat land themselves, about 70 acres, on the east side of Fruit Street.

        The definition of "open space" was a contentious one among the gathering, as the OSMUD defines some of the uses as for cemeteries, bicycle and pedestrian trails as well agriculture and related buildings, food prep, and sales areas related to the use of the recreational fields.

         "There is a perception of Open Space in Hopkinton that does not match the OSMUD definition you have there," said Selectmen Chair Muriel Kramer from the audience.

         Some members objected that agriculture is a business. But ZAC member and developer Ron Roux said "Agriculture is looked at as open space. We are losing farms and nurseries," he said in support of Weston Nurseries using the 77 acres.

         "We need more recreational amenities," Mr. Roux said.

         Attorney Sticklor promised to return with a breakdown of the types of open space that are proposed.

         ZAC will meet again next Tuesday.     


Hopkinton’s Second Annual Holiday Stroll ~ Saturday December 1


             Hopkinton is the place to be on December 1 as the Downtown Revitalization Committee sponsors the second annual Holiday Stroll. Shops on Main Street, along with a few neighbors invite everyone to celebrate the season while enjoying music, carolers, storytellers and special treats along the way. The events take place between 10 am and 4pm, winding up at the town’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Common at 4:30 with cookies and Hot Chocolate provided by the Parks and Recreation Commission.

            The day begins with a concert by the Hopkinton Middle School band, under the direction of Mr. Craig Hay. Performing on the front lawn of the Police Station, the students will play holiday music from 10 am to 11am. Festivities continue at Hopkinton Drug’s Annual Open House, with entertainment, Santa, and a special book signing by Annie Bryant, author of the Beacon Street Girls series.

            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. Hopkinton High School’s National Honor Society will be collecting new toys for their annual drive for Project Just Because at the store. Bring in a toy or a non-perishable food item and be entered to win raffle prizes.

The shops at 76 Main welcome everyone to the Stroll. Stop by Century 21 to enter to win turkeys, gift bags and sweets. And see WMRC broadcast as well as Steve Spector performing live from 11am-noon. Garden Gate Florist, Hopkinton’s Jeweler and Ann Michele’s Uptown Hair Salon (at Claflin Commons, behind 76 Main) are also holding open houses. Across the street, visit Stephanie G’s jewelers to discover the perfect holiday gift.

Offering delicious samples are Sauce on Main, Hopkinton Gourmet and downtown’s newest business, Ciao Time.  Enter Bill’s Pizza raffle to win gift certificates for great “food on the run”. Stop in Photographic Images for a complimentary Hopkinton postcard. Looking for something beyond the mall? Visit Country Plus at their annual holiday open house and Vintage Books on the corner of Hayden Rowe and Chestnut St. as they celebrate the season with a sale.

            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:  ~ Anne Mattina


Everett Man To Be Arraigned On Assault, Intent To Murder Charges


            EVERETT – November 27, 2007 - Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone’s office and the Everett Police Department informed the public today that a 21-year-old Everett man will be arraigned this afternoon in connection with the stabbing of a 19-year-old victim in Everett.


            Kenneth Parker, age 21, of Everett, was arrested last evening at approximately 8:00 p.m. by Everett Police and State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s office. He will be arraigned today in Malden District Court on charges of armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury.


            On Saturday, November 24, at approximately 12:03 a.m., Everett Police responded to a report of a possible stabbing on Sycamore Street near Gledhill Avenue. Upon arrival at the scene, police found a male victim laying face down on the street, suffering from apparent stab wounds and bleeding profusely. The victim was transported to a Boston-area hospital where he remains and is being treated for serious injuries.


            Everett Police and State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s office commenced an immediate investigation. Based on that investigation, it is alleged that the defendant assaulted and stabbed the victim.


            The arraignment is scheduled to occur today in Malden District Court.

Massachusetts Primary Expected to Change to Super Tuesday

Message from Town Clerk:


Very shortly the Governor is expected to change the Massachusetts Presidential Primary to February 5th (Super Tuesday). I would like to submit a reminder for all new residents to register to vote by January 16th in order to be eligible to vote. Recently state-wide petitions were submitted to this office and it became evident that a lot of people think they are registered voters in Hopkinton but in fact they are not. ~ Ann Click, Town Clerk

Hopkinton Middle School Winter Sock Drive


Hopkinton Middle School’s Communiteen, along with the Student Council, is organizing a Sock Drive to help the homeless and those in need stay warm during the long, cold winter months. We’re asking for your help and generosity. We’ll be collecting socks, gloves, hats, scarves, Chapstick, and Lifesavers to help those less fortunate face the bitter cold this winter.

We ask that the 6th grade focus on bringing in socks. 7th grade should focus on bringing in Chapstick and gloves. 8th grade should focus on bringing in brown bags and Lifesavers.

We’ll be collecting items during homeroom on Wednesday, November 28, through Friday, November 30, the week right after Thanksgiving. Please help. It will feel good on a cold, cold day to know that someone is more comfortable because of your help.

Mary A. Gallagher, 84

BELLINGHAM - Mary A. Gallagher, 84, died Sunday, November 25, 2007 at her home.  Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Helen (Cleary) Mullen.  She was the wife of John E. Gallagher, Sr, who died in 1982. 

      She was a longtime Hopkinton resident and a member of St. John's Church and the St. Vincent De Paul Society.

Arrangements Complete.

Milford Man Sent to Bridgewater for Exam After Confessing to Killing Wife

"I stabbed my wife to death." ~ Joseph Ventola

Above, with Milford Chief of Police Thomas O'Loughlin to his left, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr. speaks to the throng of reporters outside of the Milford District Courthouse this afternoon.


MILFORD, MA November 26, 2007 — Prosecutor Sarah Richardson asked Milford District Court Judge Robert Calagione to hold 63 year-old Joseph H. Ventola without bail for allegedly stabbing his wife this morning, after Mr. Ventola, wearing a white jumpsuit and flanked by his attorney and court officers, asked the court to appoint him a lawyer. He did not speak again during the proceeding.

    "I stabbed my wife. I stabbed my wife to death," Ms. Richardson quoted Mr. Ventola as saying to the Milford Police dispatcher at 8:38 this morning from his home at 7 Mason Drive, a cul-de-sac in the Bear Hill section of Milford. Ms. Richardson said that the police arrived, found 60 year-old Esther Ventola deceased, and "Mirandized" Mr. Ventola.

     Mr. Ventola's attorney not only agreed with the no-bail arrangement, but asked also that his client be sent to Bridgewater State Hospital due to his distraught condition.

     Judge Calagione ordered Mr. Ventola to Bridgewater for examination for 30 days at the close of the brief hearing.

     Outside the Courthouse after the hearing, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr. said that Mrs. Ventola was found in a chair when police arrived, and had suffered multiple stab wounds from a kitchen knife.

     Mr. Early said that Mr. Ventola would not come to the door to greet police, because he was afraid that a puppy in the house might get out. But he did invite them to come in nonetheless.

     Milford Chief of Police Thomas O'Loughlin said that there was no relevant history at the address, and that investigators were speaking with the neighbors at the "very nice" cul-de-sac.

     Mr. Ventola will appear again at court on December 20.    


Click play twice for Video of Press Conference (You may need to "allow blocked content" in order to see the video player.


Mr. Early was incorrectly identified before an update.


Courthouse pool photo of Joseph H. Ventola by Ellen Harasimowicz, The Boston Globe.

Above, Dress Rehearsal this afternoon.

Police News UP-TO-DATE


Today, November 26, 2007


6:49 pm A caller requested that an officer check on a suspicious male wearing camouflage, carrying a bow...


7:10 pm A walk-in from Hayden Rowe Street reported that their sons school bag was stolen earlier in the day...


6:42 pm A caller from South Street reported that his vehicle had been hit while parked in a parking lot...


Click on the title above to see the entire police news.

Toys For Tots
Donations and toys may be dropped off at the Hopkinton Police Station.

Toys must be new and not gift-wrapped, and may not be toy weapons.

  News tip from Ed Thompson, WMRC News Director

Murder in Milford


November 26, 2007 — According to Ed Thompson, WMRC AM Radio News Director, a 63 year-old Mason Drive resident is in custody and being questioned about the apparent murder of his 60 year-old wife.

      According to sources close to the Milford Police,  the woman was found at 8:30 am still sitting in a chair, with multiple stab wounds to the chest. Identities are being withheld at this time.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for, November 26, 2007






Land off North Street

Rebecca Canty & James Canty


Nov.  19, 2007

Eva Tomlin

Previous update:





26 Huckleberry Road

Tracey E. Scannevin & Robert H. Scannevin


Nov.  16, 2007

Deborah A. & Robert A. Faulconer

See Full List back to February 1,  2007

Please note that the fiscal year 2008 property values have been posted to the town’s web site: HERE 

State Police, Passersby, Rescue Driver From Burning Jeep

Search woods for passenger


(YARMOUTH) November 26, 2007 — Yesterday at approximately 7:10 PM Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Yarmouth responded to a one-vehicle crash on Route 6 East in Yarmouth approximately one-half mile east of Exit 7 that resulted in serious injury.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Bruce Buckley indicates that a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee operated by Jamie Frazee, age 29 of Dennis, Massachusetts, was traveling east on Route 6 when it lost control, left the roadway and entered a wooded area.  The vehicle had rolled over and, when State Police arrived, was engulfed in flames.  Trooper Buckley and three passers-by were able to free Frazee, who was trapped inside the vehicle.  They proceeded to pull Frazee to safety through the vehicle's roof.  Frazee was subsequently transported to Cape Cod Hospital with serious injuries.  State Police received information at the scene that there may be a second victim, and a search was conducted of the area with assistance from the State Police Airwing and the Yarmouth Police K-9 Unit.  No other victims were located.


This crash remains under investigation by State Police.  The Yarmouth Police and Fire Departments assisted Troopers at the scene.  ~ File photo


Class of '87 — The Cake

Women’s Art Forum




30 Main Street

Hopkinton, MA


Come and join us at the next Women’s Art Forum on Dec. 6th (7:00-9:00 pm) with our very talented and fun-loving guest features, Kelly Grill (File photo) and Mary Scarlata Rowe. Kelly and Mary will share stories about their individual lives and background, how they first met and how they eventually came to open their own theater here in Hopkinton! They plan to give this presentation in the typical "ESL" way, though short performances of music and comedy.  They are also planning to offer a "performance" opportunity for all who attend! At the end of the evening they would like to get everyone who is interested participating in some fun, very non-threatening "improv" games.  Participation is not required but certainly will be a lot of fun! 

Please rsvp with Cheryl Perreault at or

Geri Holland at to help us plan for seating.

One-Stop Shopping at the High School Boosters Store

Hopkinton High School students (left to right) Abbie Lockwood, Ben MacDonald, Max Masucci, Lee Lee Reichhold-Caruso, Dylan Marsland and Brooke O’Brien show off some of the many Hopkinton Hiller items available at the High School Boosters store. Mark your calendars! For the holidays and your shopping convenience, the store will be open after school and evenings during the weeks of December 3 and December 17, Monday through Thursday, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It will also be open Sat., Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. during the varsity indoor track meet as well as Tues., Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. during the varsity basketball game. The store is also open everyday during lunch. Proceeds benefit Hopkinton athletics.

Hopkinton Class of 1987 Holds 20th Year Reunion

November 25, 2007 — Hopkinton High School Class of 1987 treated themselves to dinner, reminiscing, and camaraderie at Hopkinton Country Club on Saturday night, as movies of their high school years played on a large screen all night. Above, Jason Long entertains his classmates  and "lets it roll" with his own rendition, karaoke-style, of Road House Blues by the Doors.

Reflection of Safety

November 25, 2007 — This firefighter, who is actually about 25 feet away and speaking with a police officer while his comrades investigate a smoke complaint, is reflected in the metal of his engine.

Ninth Annual Project Just Because

November 26th-– December 12th
Sponsored by the Hopkinton High School
National Honor Society

All toys will be donated to local needy children throughout the holiday season. Donate new, unwrapped gifts for all ages at any of the following drop-off locations: Any Hopkinton School, Action Copy, Colella’s*, Hillers Cleaners, Town Hall, Hopkinton Public Library, St. John’s Church, St. Paul’s Church


*Special Toy Drop-Off at Colella’s during Hopkinton’s “Holiday Stroll” (December 1st, 10 AM-4 PM)
Donate a toy or non-perishable food item to be entered into a prize raffle! If you would like a tax deduction form, please contact Project Just Because at (508) 435-6511 or  Questions?


Fatal Crash on Route 146 in Sutton


November 24, 2007 — Today at approximately 12:55 p.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Millbury responded to a single vehicle crash on the Route 146 North by exit 7 in Sutton that resulted in one fatality.  


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Robert Johnson indicated that a 17 year old juvenile female from Douglas was operating a 2002 Nissan Altima when she swerved to the right exiting the roadway and striking the Turnpike overpass bridge support head-on. Speed was a factor. The operator was the only occupant of the vehicle and was not ejected however it is unknown if she was wearing a seatbelt.   Identification is being with held due to the victim’s age.


The 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 Sutton Fire Department and Masshighways assisted troopers at the scene. The roadway re-opened at approximately 3:15 p.m.


Fatal Crash on West Street in Goshen 


Today at approximately 01:40 a.m. troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Northampton responded to a single vehicle crash on West Street in Goshen that resulted in one fatality.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Tyler Larocco indicates that 25 year old Edward Roberts of  Goshen was operating a 2007 Dodge pick-up in the area of 73 West Street when he lost control of the vehicle causing it to roll over. It then continued on into a wooded area where the motor vehicle came to rest on its roof. The operator was taken by medical helicopter to Bay State Medical Center with serious injuries. The passenger a 15 year-old male was pronounced deceased at the scene. Neither party appears to have been wearing their safety belts at the time of the crash.

Menorah Lighting Celebration in Hopkinton

December 4th at 6:00 p.m.

Hopkinton Common


Come celebrate Chanukah in Hopkinton with a menorah lighting at the Town Common with Sharon Brown Goldstein leading the singing. The lighting will be on the first night of Chanukah, December 4th at 6:00 p.m. We’ll light the menorah, sing a few songs and enjoy some Chanukah gelt.  Hope to see you there! ~David Auslander

Enough Turkey Already?


Feel like fine dining tonight? Tomorrow night?Sauce on Main still has some Reservations available for Friday and Saturday evenings.

And don't forget them for catering your holiday party.

Please Call 508-497-0015 for reservations


 Triple Threat

Saturday Night 8pm

November 24, 2007


229 Hayden Rowe

What Goes Up Must Come Down

Above, Paul Ostrander jumps up and comes down with the ball despite what appears to be a pre-catch push by an Ashland defensive player. Hopkinton 26, Ashland, 34


by Peter marso

    Ashland quarterback Chris Nealon, son of former Tri-Valley League all-star Hopkinton quarterback John Nealon, with the help of Hopkinton turnovers, was a big factor in this years Turkey Day Classic as the Clockers upset the Hillers 34-26 before a huge crowd at Hopkinton's Chick Welch Field. It was the 84th meeting for these rivals. It was a warm relaxing day but in the end the Clockers took home the trophy as the Hillers lost for the first time in seven years.

    The game was up for grabs at half time as the visitors lead 13-12 at the break. Hopkinton miscues and turnovers made a difference, but Nealon, De la femina, Karrat, Daly , Picciola and Britton were not going to be denied!

    It's tough for the Hiller seniors who played so well at times.

   Luke Warren, Conar Mahon, Justin Marchessault,Andrew Stratton, Paul Ostrander, Chase Berry, Kyle Rudden, Will Morningstar, Chris Mills, Dylan Hayes, Dylan Marsland, Sean Clark, Matt Shultz, Greg Kane, Martin Gallagher, Corey Thalheimer, Jack Nealon, Kevin Cassata, Scott Cournoyer, Jake Brown, Brian Prescott and Mark Sanborn have put the pads on for very last time. A great bunch of players who will not be forgotten! Time does this to all of us. Next year they'll all be on the Hill rooting for next year's team! Best to all of you I really enjoyed all of you!! ~ Peter Marso

Click on thumbnails above for larger photos.

Bird in the Hand

November 22, 2007 — Lee Wright, member of the Woodville Rod and Gun Club shows off a 12 pound deep-fried turkey, one of several the club cooked for the general public today, as they do every Thanksgiving. The club expected to serve 100-125 meals to families, senior citizens and others. The Senior Center  brought people by bus, and delivered 18 meals to shut-ins.

Dew Drop In

November 22, 2007 — Frost turns into dew drops as the morning sun hits this field at the town's Fruit Street property this morning.

Insurance Options for People over 65

by Paul J. Wright, M.D.


Once you turn 65 you become eligible for Medicare. Medicare alone does not usually meet all of your health insurance needs, so most people want to purchase additional coverage. The options and limitations are very confusing. Your doctor or his/her office staff will be happy to discuss these options with you. I have attempted to briefly summarize the major points below:

Medicare Part A:
Every Senior citizen receives this benefit automatically. It covers 100% of hospital costs for illnesses, after a deductible. Some Skilled Facility care may also qualify for coverage. It does not cover doctors’ charges or out of hospital costs, or any preventative care or medications outside of the hospital. You are responsible for the deductible amount and all of the doctors’ fees.

Medicare Part B:
Most seniors purchase this optional coverage, which cost is deducted from your Social Security benefits. It covers 80% of eligible doctor’s charges both in and out of the hospital for illnesses, but does not cover preventative care (such as physical examinations) except for a few procedures (mammograms, colon cancer testing, prostate cancer testing). Again, you are responsible for a deductible, 20% of doctors’ fees and medication costs.

Medicare Part C, or “Medicare Advantage”:
This covers much of what Medicare A and B does not: The 20% of doctor fees, preventative care (such as annual physicals and necessary monitoring of diseases.) There are modest co-payments for office visits, hospitalization, and higher co-payments for emergency room, ambulance and other care. There are regional and contractual restrictions to physician, hospital, laboratory and other providers. This is an HMO plan for seniors, and works much like HMO’s you may have used before you retired. You need referrals from your primary care doctor, and need to use contracted providers. It does not cover most other services Medicare would not ordinarily cover.

Medicare Advantage was designed to help keep people healthy through an emphasis on preventative care, which benefits you, your physician, and ultimately the Medicare budget.


"I'm Here For Dinner"

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22,2007 — The turkey knocking on this door just doesn't understand the traditions of Thanksgiving. File photo by Maria Gross.

Hopkinton Village Center Approval Appealed


November 21, 2007 —  The Planning Board's approval of a site plan review of Hopkinton Village Center, a plan to build a three-story mixed use, 42,000 square-foot building behind 25-25 Main Street has been appealed by abutter John Forster, owner of 43-45 Main Street, where the Hopkinton Gourmet and an adjacent apartment building are located.

      The Planning Board conducted a site plan review that included a public hearing of the mixed use, by-right project by developer Ron Roux, and granted final approval on October 29, 2007, giving people 30 days to appeal.

      During the Public Hearing that was conducted over several meetings, David Phillips, owner of the Hopkinton Gourmet business, objected to the removal of a municipal parking space in front of his storefront. A 10-foot paved area will need to be hash-marked prior to the entrance to the new project, taking one space. An engineer for the project said during the hearing that there was no room for any "legal" space in front of the Gourmet, which now has two non-standard spaces on the street in front of it.

       The reason for the removal is to accommodate the turning radius needed for emergency vehicles turning into the project that would need to be upgraded to a standard.

       In an attachment to the appeal, the appellant writes that he would like "...a true and fair hearing..."

       It claims that they were not given any consideration to offset the loss of parking, and that they would like more time to discuss grading in more detail.

NOTE The Hopkinton Gourmet is on the map above, just below the "St" in "Main St." Mouse-over the map to superimpose the new plan.

Robert John Wagner, 89

Robert John Wagner, 89, of Hopkinton died November 21, 2007 at Saint Patrick's Manor in Framingham. Born in Erie, PA and raised in Niagara Falls, NY was the son of the late John and Loretta Wagner and the husband of the late Patricia (Cummings) Wagner.
     Bob was a WW II Veteran who had served as a Captain in the Army Tank Division at the battle of the Bulge. He retired as a purchasing manager from Olin Corporation after 30 years and had attended Niagara University. He was a former resident of Brick and Lyncroft, NJ. Arrangements Complete

Why Didn't the Chicken Cross the Street?

November 21, 2007 — Reader Casey Pulnick saw this feathered fowl on Downey Street, and thought it suspicious that it did not cross the street.


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