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The Weight

December 26, 2007 — Last week's snowstorm broke a few weak branches from the trees in the area. Above is the car-top boat launch off of Rafferty Road, heavy, wet branches drooping toward the ground.

The Shuffle

December 26, 2007 — Senior Nicole Driscoll has both feet off of the ground as she prepares to elude Westwood defenders last Friday night as Hopkinton fell to Westwood.

Please enjoy this reprise, above, of a HopNews Merry Christmas card by Hopkinton artist Ashley T. M. Jackson.  A note to our national and international readers: Hopkinton is the location of the Start line of the Boston Marathon. Above, the Doughboy Monument at Cookie's Corner from where the gun is fired, and the Gazebo across the street on the Town Common.

And below, a reprise of last Sunday's concert by the MetroWest Symphony Orchestra of Hopkinton. Click the play button twice. To view full screen, right-mouse on the moving image after it begins and choose Zoom/Full Screen.


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Police News UP-TO-DATE  Today, December 24, 2007



2:37 pm A caller reported youths throwing snowballs at vehicles on Hayden Rowe Street...


7:58 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil responded to a breaking and entering...


1:33 am Sgt Michael Sutton, and Officers Thomas Lemon and Jacob Campbell arrested a 38 year-old woman...


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

H   O   M   E   S         H   O   M   E   S        H   O   M   E   S         H   O   M   E   S

December 24, 2007 — The owners of this home got into the holiday spirit and went to town decorating. If you have or know of a special display, please send it along to us.


Full log will be updated soon

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for, December 24, 2007






10 Wedgewood Drive Christopher N. Tenhoor & Kursten M, Tenhoor $764,600 Dec 21, 2007 Denis W. Aull & Linda J. Bailey
62 South Mill Street Robert Pedrelli & Judith Pedrelli $451,000 Dec 21, 2007 Cartus Financial Corp
62 South Mill Street Cartus Financial Corp $451,000 Dec 21, 2007 Sacha Renner & Mark Renner
78 Hayden Rowe Street Michael P. Leveille & Laura A. Leveille $318,750 Dec 21, 2007 Raymond W. Leveille & Denise M. Kimball & Dolores M. Dumas
25 Sanctuary Lane Barbara H. McNally & Paul McNally $517,818 Dec 20, 2007 Weston Development Group
71 Clinton Street Anton F. Ehrhardt & Nancy L. Ehrhardt $1,185,000 Dec 20, 2007 Pamela A French & Gary H. French
15 Cole Drive Robert B. Davis & Camella M. Davis $484,900 Dec 17, 2007 William A. DiPietri Trust & Lumber Street I Realty Trust
Previous update:        

58 Ash Street

Patrick J. Fernan & Shannon M. Tomai


Dec.  14, 2007

Leslie L. Koch & Susan J. Koch

25 Tammer Lane

Mark R. Schumacher & Maureen D. Schumacher


Dec.  13, 2007

Michael R. Goodman & Lee M. Goodman

8 Maple Street

Thomas Herlihy & Laurie Herlihy


Dec.  13, 2007

Mark Schumacher

See Full List back to February 1,  2007

Link above is renewed each week

Comment Period Extended to January 14, 2008

At the December 17, 2007 Planning Board meeting, Town Counsel Raymond Miyares (File photo) noted that Boulder Capital had submitted an ENF, Environmental Notification Form for its Legacy Farms Project, and that due to circumstances, Boulder might ask for an extension of the comment period. The comment period has since been extended two weeks to January 14, 2008. (NOTE: The 60MB ENF document can be viewed here, or by choosing Boulder Capital's banner ad on the top of HopNews and choosing "Documents."). The Secretary's Certificate on the ENF, which will include a Scope for the Environmental Impact Report (EIR), will be issued on January 23, 2008.


The Notice:

MEPA Site Visit and Public Consultation
 Legacy Farms, Hopkinton
 EEA# 14142


An Environmental Notification Form (ENF) has been submitted for the above project. The proposed project requires a mandatory Environmental Impact report (EIR). A MEPA site visit and public consultation will be held (was held) on December 20th as further detailed below.
The proposed project is a mixed-use village center, with a commercial district and residential neighborhoods to be located on land previously owned by Weston Nurseries. The development site is approximately 733 acres. The proposed development includes 946 housing units and approximately 450,000 square feet of retail, and commercial space. According to the ENF, the proposed development will be located primarily on previously altered areas and approximately 500 acres will remain as preserved and/or restored open space. The ENF proposes an on-site wastewater treatment and disposal facility. Water supply will be provided from the proposed new Town of Hopkinton well at Aprilla Farm.
Impacts associated with the project include approximately 92 acres of new impervious area, 8,000 square feet of Bordering Vegetated Wetlands (BVW) alteration and 1,000 sf of Land Under water alteration. The project will result in 14,529 new vehicle trips per day for a total of 17,959 daily trips. The ENF proposes 3,410 new parking spaces (for a total of 3,530 spaces). Water demand is estimated in the ENF at 230,000 gallons per day (gpd) and wastewater generation at 290,000 gpd. The ENF proposes 11 miles of new water mains and 8 miles of new sewer mains.

Permits required for the project include an Order of Conditions from the Hopkinton Conservation Commission. The project also requires 401 Water Quality Certification, Groundwater Discharge Permit, and Sewer Extension/Connection Permit from MassDEP.
Project contact: Darlene Wynne, VHB  (617) 924-1770
MEPA contact:  Aisling Eglington (617) 626-1024 
MEPA website:   ENF link

MEPA Home Page

Aisling Eglington
MEPA Analyst
Executive Office of Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114-2524
Phone: (617) 626-1024
Fax: (617) 626-1181

Emily M. Moran, 81

Emily M. Moran, 81, died Friday December 21, 2007 in West Brookfield. She was the wife of John Moran, who died in 1977. Born in Selma, AL, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and May (Haskeau) Glass. She was a graduate of Selma High School and worked at Framingham Union Hospital as a nurse's aid for over 20 years.

She is survived by her sons Craig and Richard Moran, both of Hopkinton, her brother Ernest E. Glass Jr., of Birmingham, AL, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements Complete

Anna E. (Coulter) Dowen, 83

Anna E. (Coulter) Dowen, 83, died Friday, December 21, 2007 at the Lydia Taft House retirement and rehabilitation center in Uxbridge where she had resided for the past few years.

She was married to Donald R. Dowen who predeceased her on February 16, 2007. The couple had been married for 62 years.

Anna’s parents died when she was a young child. She was predeceased by one brother; Earnest of Maryland, and one sister Marie of Buzzard’s Bay.


Arrangements Complete

Believe it or Not Department

Colella's is open SUNDAY (and Monday)

(Dec 23, 24)

December 1, 2007 — Michele Coburn vies with her Westwood counterpart early in the game on Friday evening at the High School Athletic Center.

Hopkinton Nursing Student Gives Presents for Birthday Party

Woman wants to serve troops

Stephanie Hovagimian conducts the Musical Chairs at her party at the Woodville Rod and Gun.


December 21, 2007 — Stephanie Hovagimian asked not what her friends and relatives could do for her at her twenty-first birthday party, but what they could do for their country's troops. Thursday evening, Stephanie asked party-goers to bring toiletries, like deodorant and shaving cream to send to the troops via VFW Post 9013 in Westborough, instead of gifts for her.

     "Stephanie is in her junior year in the Nursing Program at UMass Amherst," said her proud dad, Michael Hovagimian. "She would like to work at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC after graduation," he said.

     "She got some experience last summer working at US ARIEM (United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine)," said her mom, Terry Rice, who also works at the facility, commonly known as Natick Labs. "The facility studies human physiology, specifically human performance and intervention," she said.

     "It struck Stephanie while working at US ARIEM that those were her peers that were passing through, going off to war.

      "She wanted to do something for them," Ms. Rice said.

Holiday Cheer

December 21, 2007 — The Cub Scouts of Pack 97 brought some Christmas cheer to the residents of Davis Road last night.  They sang Christmas carols and wished the residents a Merry Christmas. The light snow added to the festive atmosphere, and they were well received by many residents.  The Scouts also sang at the Police and Fire stations.  

~ Chris Nadeau, Cub Master, Pack 97

Halftime Shoe

December 21, 2007 — Above is a Wellness Class enjoying the football field in the snow this week at the Middle School.  The snowshoes were purchased by a grant from the HEF several years ago.

Hopkinton Eyeing Full-Day Kindergarten Program

By Demian David Tebaldi


December 20, 2007 — In August of this year, a team was formed to investigate the feasibility and explore the possible benefits of providing full-day kindergarten in Hopkinton.  During the Hopkinton School Committee on December 20, 2007, Ms. Jennifer Parson, Principal of Center School, and a panel of three other members presented the report of the Feasibility Study Committee to those in attendance, addressing the questions of the School Committee as they arose.  The research process, conducted by a group including teachers, parents and school administrators, involved generating and asking the right questions, reviewing current literature, surveying the parents of Hopkinton school children, and, perhaps most importantly, visiting local school districts that have already implemented full-day kindergarten programs – Milford, Holliston, Millis, Ashland, Westborough, Shrewsbury and Southborough – to observe first hand and determine just how realistic such a program would be for Hopkinton.


With a primary aim of creating more opportunities for socialization and augmenting the educational achievement of low income and minority urban students, a full-day kindergarten program was, until quite recently, nothing more than wishful thinking in Hopkinton.  Space and resources were limited at Center School until this past year, but, with one section of half-day kindergarten now discontinued, it may be possible to initiate the development of one, perhaps two full-day classes at Center School.  The research performed shows that this would be a positive change for the town.  The current trend in education nation-wide is toward a full-day kindergarten curriculum which, according to all the literature on the subject, has every possible advantage over half-day programs.  These advantages are not limited to educational benefits, but include increased social and emotional effects for students, and an overall improvement in parental involvement with the educational process.


 Cheryl Perreault's Poet's Corner

Chantz is a third grade student at Elmwood Elementary School. His teacher, Paula Tangredi reports that Chantz and his classmates have been inspired to write haiku poetry about the onslaught of snow we have recently received in Hopkinton.

~ Cheryl

EMC Names Akamai’s Paul Sagan to Board of Directors


Akamai’s President and CEO Brings Wealth of Technology and Business Experience

Leading Visionary Internet and Media Companies


Hopkinton, Mass.- Thursday, December 20, 2007.- EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced the election of Paul Sagan to its Board of Directors. Mr. Sagan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Boston-based Akamai Technologies, Inc., the leading global service provider for accelerating content and applications online, and a recent addition to Fortune’s 2007 list of fastest-growing companies. Mr. Sagan will also serve as a member of EMC’s Mergers and Acquisitions Committee.

 Justice and Crime, County and State



EAST LONGMEADOW December 20, 2007 — Today at approx. 9:30 a.m., 28-year-old Joseph A. Trombley of Springfield, a level-three “high-risk” sex offender, was arrested in East Longmeadow by the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (V.F.A.S.) and the Springfield Police Department.


Lonza Gets Special Permit

300 jobs to be created in Hopkinton

Above, Attorney Ruth H. Silman pleads the case for Lonza before the Board of Appeals


by Robert Falcione

December 20, 2007 — Lonza Hopkinton, a division of Lonza, a 110 year-old Swiss company, was voted a Special Permit by the Board of Appeals after a Public Hearing on Wednesday evening that grants them the green light for their business expansion at 97 and 99 South Street. The action was the end of a three-step process that started in May with the Selectmen designating those addresses as an ETA (Economic Target Area), setting the stage for step two.

     Next, the Town Meeting voted in June to grant the company a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) to allow them a tax break over an eight year period, over which they promised to add 300 new jobs to their existing 130-person workforce.  This evening's Special Permit made the hat-trick that officially starts Lonza's expansion process.

     During the first part of the Public Hearing, Fire Chief Gary Daugherty and Deputy Chief Ken Clark testified on behalf of the strong safety measures that are in place for the genetic, chemical and biological research center. Most of the activities that go on at the facility are regulated by several layers of reporting, and governance by Federal and State agencies.

     Lonza's Environmental Health and Safety Officer, Stephen Morrissey said, "We are inspected by the DEP and have not received any NOV's (Notification of Violation)."

     Deputy Fire Chief Clark said, "I have been working with Mr. Morrissey for over 20 years and I am comfortable that it is a safe place, and a safe place for us [responding firemen]. If I wasn't comfortable, I wouldn't be putting my people in there in an event."

     Muriel Kramer, Chairman of the Board of Selectman who granted the TIF, said, "I am here to follow the process and thank Lonza for their professional presentation. All of the Board [of Selectmen] members favor — and the town is in favor of the process."

      When it appeared most members of the Board of Appeals were in favor of continuing the Public Hearing until January 9, 2008, Anthony Rotunno, Sr., Vice President of US Microbial Operations, spoke for the first time.

       "We are at a very sensitive time here," said Mr. Rotunno.

       "We need to be able to move forward tonight. If one piece of this operation moves to Portsmouth [Lonza Biologics, Inc., Portsmouth, NH], the whole operation moves.

        "I can't guarantee we'll be back on the ninth. It's likely we won't stay here," he said.

        After a break in the Public Hearing to accommodate another, shorter Hearing, Lonza attorney Ruth H. Silman returned with the principals to offer some conditions to the Board of Appeals to facilitate the granting of the Permit.

       Most of the conditions dealt with complying with existing regulations and laws and notifying the proper agencies and departments of any changes, as well as the Hopkinton Board of Health.

       The company will merge in January with a sister company, and be called Lonza Biologics, Inc. The permit was granted to both 97 and 99 South Street, as well as both company names.

       "The permit does not run with the land," said Board member Wayne Davies, making it known that the cessation of operations and the sale of the business to an unrelated entity would put the burden on the new company to apply anew.

        The Board voted 4 in favor — Tina Rose, Robert Foster, Rory Warren and Michael DiMascio — with Wayne Davies abstaining.

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