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Planning Board to Conduct Series of Legacy Farms Reviews

Public encouraged to attend

 
January 24, 2008 — The Hopkinton Planning Board will be conducting a series of public information review sessions on the Legacy Farms Master Plan for the former Weston Nurseries property, proposed by Boulder Capital, LLC. The land subject of the Master Plan is located off East Main St., Wilson St., Clinton St., Curtis Rd. and Frankland Rd., and encompasses approximately 733 acres.

 

The first meeting will be held on February 4, 2008 at the Hopkinton High School Auditorium at 7:45 PM. A schedule of successive meeting dates is posted at www.hopkinton.org  or available by contacting the Hopkinton Planning Department at 508-497-9755. Each meeting date will have specific Master Plan topics covered. This series of public information review sessions will run from February through April, 2008. The topics scheduled for the Feb. 4 meeting are: General overview of Master Plan design; general overview of approval process; open space design and uses; Landowners Association structure and responsibilities; and trail map.

 

The draft Master Plan is available at www.legacyfarms.com  or at the Planning Department. The purpose of the meetings is for the Planning Board to continue its outreach to citizens on planning issues and to ensure that future growth and development reflects the desires of the community. Public participation is necessary and very important in this process. This is not a public hearing on a submitted application to the Town, but an opportunity to continue planning efforts that mold and implement a shared vision. This is a continuation of Town-initiated Master Plan and East Hopkinton Master Plan listening forums held since 2005, and activities such as the appointment of a diverse group of individuals to the Zoning Advisory Committee, which has worked with Boulder Capital to develop the zoning for Legacy Farms.

Mark A. Abate
Chairman

All Invited to St. Paul’s Ash Wednesday Services February 6


 

January 24, 2008 – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will mark the beginning of the Lenten Season with two special Ash Wednesday services on February 6. At 12:00 noon there will be Imposition of Ashes and at 7:30 p.m. there will be Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist. Every Wednesday thereafter during Lent there will be Holy Eucharist services at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a small gathering in the clergy office to Pray the Psalms at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend these services during this period of self-examination and self-discovery.
    St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) in Hopkinton.

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Swingin' Tunes

 

 

 

January 23, 2008 — The Holliston Senior Band played for their counterparts at the Hopkinton Senior Center on Wednesday afternoon. The Hopkinton seniors have their own chorus, a member of which joined the Holliston group yesterday. Check out member Paul Doherty's (Angel's Garden Center) envious Irish tenor voice in the video.

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ESL to Hold Auditions for Death of a Salesman January 28,
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat February 3


January 23, 2008 – Enter Stage Left Theater Workshop Inc. will be hosting auditions for two productions in the next two weeks. Death of a Salesman auditions will be held on Monday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m., and auditions for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be held on Sunday, February 3 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Both auditions will be held at ESL’s studios at 30 Main Street in Hopkinton. See the Auditions Page.

Death of a Salesman Auditions
Auditions for this play by Arthur Miller will consist of readings from the script, although prepared monologues are also welcome. The cast will consist of seven men and two women of various ages. The production will be directed by Paul Champlin and performances will be on April 11, 12, 18 and 19.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Auditions
Adults wishing to audition for this musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber are asked to prepare 16 bars from the show. Children (ages second to eighth grade) can sing 16 bars from any song. Teenagers are also encouraged to audition. There are 12 men and 12 women in the show, plus a narrator, adult ensemble, and children’s chorus. Callbacks will be on February 4 at 7:00 p.m. This production is being directed by Kelly Grill and Mary Scarlata-Rowe and performances will take place on May 16, 17, 18, 23, and 24.

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 www.enterstagelefttheater.com 

EMC Announces Sponsorship of Ricoh Japan Opening Series 2008,

Partnership with MLB Japan

 

TOKYO - January 23, 2008 EMC Corporation, the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced a new partnership as an Official Sponsor of Major League Baseball (MLB) Japan, and an expanded partnership with the 2007 World Series champion Boston Red Sox, to support the Ricoh Japan Opening Series 2008. The event marks the official opening of the 2008 MLB regular season. The announcement was made by EMC Japan President Toshio Morohoshi and Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino at a news conference this morning in Tokyo.

     When the Boston Red Sox begin their defense of the 2007 World Series title at the Tokyo Dome against the Oakland A's on March 25 and 26, they will commemorate the event with specially designed sleeve patches featuring the EMC and "JAPAN 2008" logos, marking the first-ever corporate logo on the Boston Red Sox uniform. The colorful patch will be affixed onto the uniforms of all Red Sox players, coaches and Field Manager Terry Francona. The EMC patch will also be on all Boston Red Sox Opening Series replica jerseys sold in Japan by MLB. In addition to the patch sponsorship, EMC will host hundreds of customers, partners and employees at the games in March.

I Want to Fly Away

January 23, 2008 — This turkey buzzard decided not to have his photo taken, and flew in the opposite direction today in the Downtown, showing the underside of his silky, cupped wing.

Selectmen Limit Boulder Discussion to Negotiating Team

"They will be talking out of school" Mike Shepard

 

by Demian David Tebaldi

January 22, 2008 — Board of Selectmen Chair Muriel Kramer Tuesday evening's meeting with a congratulatory nod to the organizers of Hopkinton’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day festivities, stating that the event was “absolutely phenomenal - exceptionally well organized and exceptionally well attended.”  She then turned the floor over to Bob Bushway, Principal Assessor for the Town of Hopkinton, and Ms. Cindy Chesmore, Director of Senior Services for the Hopkinton Senior Center, who together gave a PowerPoint presentation to the Board concerning tax relief possibilities for town citizens.  Mr. Bushway outlined a variety of tax abatements, exemptions and deferrals, ranging from just over $200 to $1,000, which primarily benefit seniors, veterans and the blind.

      “Is that money then reimbursed to the town by the state?” asked Selectman Brian Herr, regarding the various deferments.

      “The state exemptions, yes, otherwise the exemption is made up for by other tax payers in town,” replied Mr. Bushway.

      Among the programs offered, according to Mr. Bushway, is the Circuit Breaker, "a refundable tax credit for eligible seniors, age 65 or older whose property tax payments exceed 10% of their annual income."  Interested people may call the DOR at 617-887-MDOR or 800-392-6089. The presentation given to the Board will be repeated on February 12, 2008 at 10:00am at the Hopkinton Senior Center.

      During the Town Manager’s Report, Mr. Anthony Troiano indicated that Boulder Capital, LLC — the developer responsible for the 900+ unit Legacy Farms housing development planned for a portion of what was once land belonging to Weston Nurseries — and Hopkinton’s negotiation team, comprised of Mr. Troiano, Town Planner Elaine Lazarus and Town Counsel Ray Miyares, were nearing completion of the agreement that will ultimately provide the basis for interactions between the two in the future.  Prior to the agreement being finalized, Mr. Troiano wanted to ensure that the negotiation team had the full and unequivocal support of the Board of Selectmen, and specified several points on which he required that support.  Most important to Mr. Troiano and the negotiation team was that any conversations between representatives of Boulder Capital, LLC and the Town of Hopkinton either take place through and with the oversight of the negotiation team, or not be engaged in at all. 

      After some debate by the board as to the exclusive nature of that request and the propriety of same, it was advanced by Selectman Mike Shepard that a letter be drafted by the Board of Selectmen, addressed to all Town departments and to Boulder Capital, outlining exactly what the communication policy in the future would be.  Such policy would include, by necessity, a list of those individuals aside from members of the negotiation team, if any, who may discuss Legacy Farms business with representatives of Boulder Capital.

     “That way, at the very least, [Boulder Capital] will know that if anyone else is talking to them, they are talking out of school,” said Mr. Shepard.

      Boulder Capital will be expected to pay up to $150,000 in fees for "peer review" of the data collected by Boulder's experts in the fields of fiscal impact, well development, water, wastewater, traffic, conservation, etc., to be reviewed by experts working for the town, but paid for by the developer.

      Legacy Farms Project manager Steven Zieff noted after the meeting that the scope of the peer review would be an important factor in a meeting scheduled for Thursday at the Boulder office with Judi Barrett of Community Opportunities Group, which has done reviews for the town in the past, and will be reviewing fiscal impact conclusions made by John Connery on behalf of Boulder. The scope, Mr. Zieff said, would determine how deeply the peer study would be.

       "An audit is not a duplicate study of an entire activity," he said. "You would look at samples from here and there to make a determination."

       "It's all about the scope," said Mr. Troiano.

Conceptual Plan For New Building Unveiled

To be built behind the Dynasty

January 22, 2008 — Appearing before the Design Review Board Tuesday evening, Paul Mastroianni, owner of 77 West main Street where the Dynasty Restaurant is located, unveiled the above conceptual 10,000 ft² building plan and answered questions and concerns of the Committee.

      The building is planned for behind the existing building, where a parking lot now exists.

      "Main Street Pediatrics wants to takeover the whole building," he said.

      Board member Ria MacNamara said, "I'm surprised you did something so differently."

      "Actually, the architect kept much of the original. It just doesn't have the retail overhang, because it's an office building," Mr. Mastroianni said.

      Ms. MacNamara said she was concerned about the "connection to the two buildings," referring to a the lack of a designated walkway through the parking lot from one building to another.

      Board member Claire Wright had previously expressed similar concerns at an informal meeting at the Planning Board.

       "I'm still bothered. It doesn't seem to correlate with the other building. It looks like it was dropped there," said Mrs. Wright.

        Mr. Mastroianni will will make some changes to his plan and return to the Board.

        Developer Ron Roux began his process over after resubmitting plans last week to the Planning Board for an approval of his project behind 25 and 35 West Main Street that got shot down by the Board of Appeals. Mr. Roux said, "The ZBA [Board of Appeals] was great. By Friday morning they filed the Decision with the Town Clerk," he said, an act that allowed him to speed his reapplication. The Board had overturned the Planning Board's approval, because it was contingent upon changes that, when finally completed, would not be subject to a rightful Public Hearing process.

        Mr. Roux went through each page of his plan showing the completions that were now added.

        Member Claire Wright, speaking as a member of the Historical District Commission, reminded Mr. Roux that there must be no traffic signs at the entrance or exit of the project. Instead, he was allowed to paint one-way arrows on the pavement.  

         The Board of Appeals Decision, which can be read here, says in part: "Whereas the Planning Board’s decision of November 1, 2007 contained conditions which required modification and additional regulatory approval of the site plan after “Final Action”, which was outside the procedures for a public hearing pursuant to Zoning By-law 210-135, and which provided no remedy in the form of appellate rights for parties aggrieved by such additional regulatory decisions, the Planning Board exceeded its authority when it imposed such conditions.  Such conditions are not appropriate when regulating a “use by right” under site plan review."

Hopkinton 54, Millis 46

January 22, 2008 — Above, Nicole Driscoll fires one to Corinne Ellis as they prepare to charge down the parquet as the Girls hosted Millis on Tuesday night.

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Building a Strong Community

To the Editor:

     Something really special took place in Hopkinton yesterday when hundreds of young people and adult volunteers from numerous community groups joined together to participate in Hopkinton’s first annual MLK Day of Giving Back; instead of a day off, they all had a day “on” in service to their community. Organizers from the Youth Commission and the BeFree coalition are to be congratulated for organizing such a terrific event that put fun and meaning into a day spent working together—shoulder to shoulder, the young and the not so young, from all corners of Town—working together to build a stronger community for all.
FULL LETTER

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A Video Valentine

Click play twice to see an invitation from HCAM-TV Station Manager Jim Cozzens to take part in their increasingly popular Video Valentines.

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EMC Unveils Software-as-a-service Strategy and Its First Enterprise Offering, MozyEnterprise

EMC Forms Business Unit for New SaaS Offerings

 

HOPKINTON, MASS - January 22, 2008 EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today unveiled its software-as-a-service (SaaS) strategy and the release of MozyEnterprise™ powered by EMC Fortress™ for online backup of desktops, laptops and remote Windows servers. EMC also announced several new reseller agreements with business partners to offer MozyEnterprise online backup services to their customers. Additionally, EMC is expanding its relationship with Verizon Business to offer this new set of SaaS capabilities.

       "Our strategy is focused on bringing new software-as-a-service offerings to market, powered by EMC," said Tom Heiser, Senior Vice President and General Manager of EMC's new Software-as-a-Service Business Unit. "We've introduced EMC Fortress, a secure, multi-tenant, scalable SaaS delivery platform providing customers with centralized billing, management and metering. EMC has more than 25 years of information infrastructure management and protection market leadership, and has brought this continued innovation in infrastructure solutions to bear on delivering a new class of SaaS solutions designed to support the enterprise IT needs for customers of all sizes."

       MozyEnterprise automates secure online backup and recovery over the Internet for consistent and reliable off-site data protection for remote desktops, laptops and branch office servers. It is the first EMC SaaS application to be built on EMC Fortress, a secure, hardened enterprise-class platform for SaaS delivery. EMC's SaaS strategy calls for the delivery of additional IT-based SaaS applications built on the EMC Fortress platform over time, in key areas such as trusted data services.in: 0 10px">        Today more than 500,000 business and consumer users trust the Mozy technology to back up their information, including General Electric, Pariveda, NTG Systems, Vanderbilt University and Free The Children.

Boulder Capital Offers More Access

Library now has documents available

 

January 21, 2008 — HopNews readers have had the benefit of the reporting of the formation of the OSMUD, Open Space Mixed Use Development, a set of zoning bylaw changes for the 940 residential unit, and 450,000 ft² commercial/retail development called Legacy Farms. Boulder Capital and the Planning Board would like to present their collaborative plan to Town Meeting on May 5, 2008.

     To help residents understand their proposal, Boulder has set up a website which is clickable on the very top of HopNews at all times. In that interactive website are extensive documents, maps, and conceptual plans of the proposal, as well as a list of all of the relevant partners. But not all people have access to the internet.

      HopNews encourages readers to copy and print these documents for loved ones or neighbors who do not have internet access and would like to become well informed Town Meeting voters; or simply well informed participants at the upcoming Public Hearings. And now, Boulder has made it even easier for those who cannot read online.

      Hopkinton Public Library has made available a significant collection of those current Legacy Farms documents in a portable presentation. Please ask Library Director Rownak Hussain or inquire at the desk.

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Obsolescence and Progress

January 21, 2008 — It wasn't that long ago in human history, that the dog in he photo would have been in front of the sled, working, along with other dogs, pulling it instead of playing. The invention and development of the internal combustion engine over 100 years ago has led to the replacement of most work animals by machines in the developed world. Photo taken this morning on Lake Maspenock, also known as North Pond.

Collective Social Conscience

To the editor:

I had to laugh the other day when I saw in the police blotter that some individuals had gone to the police station to complain that an individual with a white station wagon was photographing their car on Main Street. FULL LETTER

 Middlesex County Crime and Justice

Arrests Already Made In Connection With Two of Sunday’s Lowell Area Homicides


            LOWELL – Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone and Lowell Police Superintendent Kenneth Lavallee informed the public today that an arrest has been made in connection with the murder of Jose A. Villanueva in Lowell early yesterday morning.

 

            Last evening, Lowell Police and Nashua Police arrested Malein Meas, 24, of Lowell, at a Red Roof Inn in Nashua. Police had applied for and been granted an arrest warrant for Meas on a charge of first degree murder in Lowell District Court yesterday afternoon. Meas was arrested in Nashua on a fugitive from justice complaint as a result of the outstanding arrest warrant. READ MORE...

A Day of Giving Back

 

January 21, 2008 — Ron Burton Jr. spoke to a group of nearly 400 interested people at St. John's Parish Center this morning about his life of giving back, one of several messages he got from his father, whose strong-willed tenacity got him a spot on the New England Patriots, formerly the Boston Patriots. The Hopkinton Youth Commission, BeFree Project and several other groups organized to make this Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday, a day of giving back to the community.

NOTE: To see a few minutes of the keynote speakers, choose the player, and adjust the volume when necessary. If there is no player to the left, you may need to choose "Allow blocked content" near the top of the browser window. To see a larger video, choose this version.

 

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Police News UP-TO-DATE  Today, January 21, 2008

 

 

12:00 am A caller requested a well being check for his son because his ex-wife was not answering the phone...

 

11:34 pm A caller reported that a wolf was walking on Main Street near the Police Station...

 

10:16 pm There were multiple calls regarding a male wearing a red cape walking down the middle of Hayden Rowe Street...

 

1:16 pm A caller reported that two horses were running loose on North Mill Street...

Choose the title bar above for the complete news.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for HopNews.com, January 21, 2008

Address

Buyer

Price

Date

Seller

159 Saddle Hill Road William F. Potas & Susan J. Potas $600,000 Jan. 18, 2008 Lodge Corp
40 Parker Point Road David T. Coutu & Amy L. Coutu $392,000 Jan. 18, 2008 Gary French & Pamela French
6 Prestwick Drive Qin Tao & Xuan Tang $580,000 Jan. 17, 2008 Paul H. Dietz & Catherine M. Dietz
63 Old Elm Way Brian M. Day & Leslie J. Day $446,000 Jan. 17, 2008 Craig L. O'Brien & Carol A. O'Brien
1 Wedgewood Drive Christopher Devaux & Nikki Devaux $760,000 Jan. 15, 2008 John A. Scaramuzzo, Jr. & Yolanda Scaramuzzo
11 Meserve Street Walker Realty LLC $155,000 Jan. 15, 2008 Deutsche Bank National Trust Company
Previous update:        
6 Auciello Drive Tommy J. Paparazzo & Rita A. Paparazzo $465,000 Jan. 11, 2008 Neal F. Dempsey Marianne Dempsey
25 & 45 South Street 25-45 South LLC $10,950,000 Jan. 09, 2008 KSKIM Hopkinton Equity Partners LLC

See Full List back to February 1,  2007

Link above is renewed each week

 

A DAY OF GIVING BACK

Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday

(Reprinted January 21, 2008)

by Anne Mattina

January 17, 2008 — The National Honor Society, Communiteen, Best Buddies, the Youth Commission Club, Senior Citizens, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, the Cub Scouts, the Women’s Club, St. John’s Youth Club, the MOMS club, Kids in Action, neighborhoods groups and friends will all gather on Monday morning to observe Hopkinton’s First Annual Day of Giving Back. A day of community service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday is set to launch January 21, 9:00am at St. John’s Church.
       But they won’t be alone! The whole town is invited to participate in this first-ever event organized by Linda Katz of the Hopkinton Youth Commission. The day will begin with a breakfast sponsored by the South St. Dunkin’ Donuts at the church hall. Inspirational speakers, including Linda Cherrington, a participant in Dr. King’s famous march on Washington where he delivered the “I Have a Dream” speech and Ron Burton, Jr. will be featured. Enter Stage Left is providing an acapella singing group, and a short video highlighting the slain civil rights leader’s accomplishments will round out the program.
       Service projects are set to begin at 10 am and a host of Hopkinton’s youth groups are providing opportunities for all to be involved. The student government association from the Middle School is coordinating a “letter to soldiers” project and the Cub Scouts are putting together winter emergency kits for distribution through Project Just Because. The Cub Scouts are also painting foot stools for the town’s seniors. The Girl Scouts are in charge of making Valentine Day’s cards for the town’s Senior Citizens.
       St. John’s Youth Club will be running a fleece blanket-making workshop, with the warm results being distributed to local hospitals. Funds for the fleece were donated by the Hopkinton Women’s Club. The Hopkinton Youth Commission Club will be going over to Senior Housing to cook and serve lunch. They will also bring materials for helping the residents prepare and send out Valentine’s cards. Other senior citizens will be at St. John’s to work with the Middle School’s Communiteen group on knitting afghan squares.

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Catch Me If You Can

January 20, 2008 — Two of the Richardson sisters show great form chasing after a puck on Ice House Pond yesterday, while dad, Scott, took a breather on the bench, and several other siblings skated off-camera.

Over the Reservoir

January 20, 2008 — This plane carrying an advertising banner over Hopkinton Reservoir today was not likely doing it for the benefit of the dozen people under it, but was undoubtedly on its way to Gillette Stadium. The HopNews copyright appears over the banner, and was not a part of it.

Moon Over Hopkinton

January 20, 2008 — Seen through some tree tops over Hopkinton, the Moon's craters were accentuated by shadows cast from their rims by the Sun, which was in just the right location yesterday. The Moon is a Waxing Gibbous, which will be full on Tuesday.

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 Middlesex County Crime and Justice

Fatal Shooting in Lowell Overnight

Authorities seek public's assistance


LOWELL — January 20, 2008 – Lowell Police and State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office are conducting a homicide investigation into a shooting that occurred early this morning in Lowell, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone and Lowell Police Superintendent Kenneth Lavallee announced today.
     According to authorities, at approximately 2 a.m. today, Lowell Police responded to reports of gunshots outside a 7-11 store on the corner of Westford and Chelmsford Streets in Lowell. When they arrived, officers found a victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

     The victim, Jose A. Villanueva, 36, of Lowell, was transported to Lowell General Hospital and pronounced dead.

     “Lowell Police and State Police from our office continue to actively investigate the circumstances of this shooting that occurred in the early morning hours,” District Attorney Leone said.

     Anyone with information regarding this homicide can call the Lowell Police Department at 978-937-3200 or the Crime Stoppers tip line at 978-459-TIPS (8477).

Cookies To Warm The Heart

January 19, 2008 — Ten year-olds Isabel Hagberg, left, and Brenna Creswell sold Girl Scout cookies outside Colella's Supermarket Saturday afternoon. Many people said they bought so many boxes they need to freeze some. On this day, they could have accomplished that task by leaving the cookies out of doors.

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Alzheimer’s Is A Family Disease

Note the warning signs

 

by Linda Hubley (Photo, right)

Editor, www.SouthboroughNews.com  

 

January 19, 2008 — You could sense it in the air, like a snowstorm before it spreads its blanket of snow. We had begun to notice little differences in Mom. Dad had died in 2000, and Mom wanted to remain in the home they had purchased in 1953. Mom turned 76 this year. But about three years ago, my brother, sisters and I began to notice she was becoming more forgetful and less in tune with what was around her. She stopped using the computer to email or chat with us. The radio was never turned on and the televisions became unplugged. The new oven she needed was only used twice. Soon the microwave no longer made food. My sister lived in the same town and for most of 2007 would stop and make Mom her dinner and a sandwich for the next day.

(Top Photo: Mom and our daughter about 10 years ago. Mom's parents were from Scotland, and this is mostly what she remembers now).

Mom at 75 really began to forget things. By August of 2007 she didn’t even know how to make a cup of tea anymore. She forgot that her children were older or married with children of their own. She forgot how to call us and had to struggle to remember our names. She was always active, working in the yard or taking walks. Worried, we all called Mom each night to make sure she was in the house safe. We had started to discuss at least getting Mom into Senior housing for the winter. But like a stealth bomber gliding through the air for its target, memory loss descended on Mom like nothing else we had seen in our lives. At the doctor’s office she could only remember her name and part of her address. More tests were done with Mom screaming at us that she would rather die than see another doctor. The diagnosis: an advanced stage of Alzheimer’s.

In October of 2007, we began our search for the right assisted living facility that could take care of Mom, which itself as a hard choice. We had all tried to have mom at our homes but she has what is called the sundowner syndrome. She would either never sleep or awake at anytime; and be nervous, crying and upset about not knowing where she was and fearing we would abandon her. We had taken her out of her little routine and home life or what you could call home life. The choice to find the right facility was quickened with the more frequent calls we would get from neighbors, strangers and even the police that Mom was found quite a distance from the home. She would be scared, agitated and looking for her lost or stolen children (she thought of my siblings and me as about four and six year olds). With winter and the colder weather approaching the search heightened and we were able to locate a beautiful and caring facility close to her home. READ MORE...

State Police Host Winter Ice Safety Demonstration

Offer tips for ice-based activities

 

January 19, 2008 — Yesterday, at 10:00 a.m., the Massachusetts State Police held a press event at the Charles River Esplanade Lagoon in Boston to demonstrate the inherent dangers of thin ice and the lifesaving steps that one should take if involved in an ice emergency.

 

At the event, Troopers assigned to the State Police Underwater Recovery Unit and the State Police Marine Section demonstrated a simulated recovery.  Lieutenant William Freeman, Commander of the State Police Underwater Recovery Unit stated, “This year we have already experienced one thin ice incident.  Fortunately there were no serious injuries.  These safety tips aim to prevent a tragic situation from occurring.”

 

The following winter ice safety tips were provided:

 

·        Use designated ice surfaces.
Many communities have designated ponds or outdoor ice surfaces – for activities such as skating – that are maintained by knowledgeable personnel. Designated ice should be regularly tested to ensure that it is thick enough and strong enough for recreational use.

·        Measure ice thickness in several locations.
Local conditions such as currents and water depths can affect ice thickness. White ice has air or snow within it and should be considered suspect for recreational use. The recommended minimum ice thickness for new, clear, hard ice is as follows:

       3” (7 cm) or less: STAY OFF

       4” (10 cm): ice fishing, walking, cross-country skiing, skating

       5” (12 cm): one snowmobile or ATV

       8-12” (20-30 cm): one car or small pickup

       12-15” (30-38 cm): one medium truck (pickup or van)

·        Avoid traveling on ice at night or when it is snowing.
Reduced visibility increases your chances of driving onto an open or weak ice area. This is a frequent cause of ATV- and snowmobile-related drowning.

·        Never go onto ice alone.
A buddy may be able to rescue you or go for help if you get into difficulty. Before you leave shore, tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to return.

·        Stay off river ice and avoid the narrows between lakes.
River currents and moving water at the narrows where one lake flows into another can quickly change ice thickness or have much thinner ice than other locations on the river or on the lake.

·        Wear a thermal protection buoyant suit or a lifejacket.
If you don’t have a thermal protection buoyant suit, wear a lifejacket or personal flotation device over your snowmobile suit or layered winter clothing to increase your survival chances if you go through the ice.

·        Take safety equipment with you.
Pack ice picks, a rope and a small personal safety kit (i.e., a pocketknife, compass, whistle, fire starter kit and cell phone) in your pocket.

·        Avoid alcohol.
Alcohol impairs your judgment, coordination and reaction time and speeds up the onset of hypothermia.

·        Don't drive on ice if you can avoid it. If you can’t avoid it, have an escape plan.
Open your windows, unlock your doors, and turn on your lights to allow for a quick escape from your vehicle. Some ice-safety experts recommend that you have your seatbelt unfastened and your door slightly ajar to speed up an escape. Don't wear a lifejacket while riding inside an enclosed vehicle; the extra bulk and flotation could hamper your escape through a window.

·        Always supervise children playing on or near ice.
Children playing on or near ice should always be with a buddy and under adult supervision.

Outstanding Citizens

January 19, 2008 — The Chamber of Commerce, represented by Scott Richardson, right, honored three residents at their holiday party. From left Board of Appeals Vice-Chair Robert Foster, Town Clerk Anne Click, and Fire Lt. Robert Bartlett. Photo contributed by the Bartlett family.

Different Views

Group Photography Show

CAA, 98 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, MA

January 24 - March 12, 2008

Opening Reception January 24 - 6:30PM

 

Exhibiting work by:
        Nancy Best,   Andrew Child (Photo above), Kathleen Culler, Frances Fusaro, Beth Hoffer, Dale Hoopingarner, Melissa Mannon, John Nunziato, Robea Parowicz

        Additional questions can be directed to the email sandra@caahopkinton.org or the CAA at 508-435-9222. See the Community Page link, always above, anytime for the latest from the Cultural Arts Alliance and dozens more community websites.

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Hopkinton 66, Bellingham 50

January 18, 2008 — Matthew Collins goes up for a well-earned 2 points Friday night against Bellingham at the Athletic Center. Photo by Ben Lewis

Annie Jr 

January 18, 2008 — To see a short video from the Friday evening ESL performance of Annie Jr. at the Middle School, click the play button twice. To see the real thing on Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 7:00 p.m., visit ESL online. Video by Ben Lewis

 Middlesex County Crime and Justice

Authorities Determine Route 495 Crash In Lowell To Be Double Homicide, Suicide

 

LOWELLMiddlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone’s office informed the public today that Friday evening’s triple resulted in the deaths of two children, Kaleigh Lambert, age 5, and Shane Lambert, age 4, as well as a 39-year-old woman, Marcelle Thibault, who was the children’s aunt.

 The investigation was conducted by State Police assigned to the Andover Barracks and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. An autopsy on the two children and the woman was conducted by the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office (ME), which determined the cause of death to be homicide/suicide by blunt force trauma as a result of the motor vehicle collisions.

 “Based on our investigation, we believe that Ms. Thibault took her niece and nephew and walked with them into oncoming traffic on Route 495, tragically resulting in the deaths of the two young children while taking her own life in the process,” District Attorney Leone said. “The facts of this matter make it a truly heart-wrenching case, with troubling and very difficult findings.  We want to offer our deepest condolences to the parents of Kaleigh and Shane, as well as the husband of Ms. Thibault, and all family members.”

             On Friday, January 11, 2008 at approximately 9:00 p.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Andover Barracks responded to a pedestrian crash on Route 495 North prior to Woburn Street (exit 37) in the City of Lowell that resulted in three fatalities. 

Based on a comprehensive investigation, including interviews with witnesses on scene, it was determined that Thibault, of Bellingham, was operating a 2003 Lincoln sedan in the southbound lane of Route 495. She then turned the car sharply, drove across the median strip between the two lanes, crossed oncoming traffic in the northbound lane of Route 495, and then began driving against traffic in the breakdown lane of Route 495 northbound.

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No Day Off Here

January 18, 2008 — While Hopkinton students slept in and dreamed of snowboarding and other entertaining activities, their teachers were engaged in a "Professional Day," attending lectures and practicing what they learned to add to their skill sets to bring to the classrooms.

     Above, teachers gather at the Elmwood School this morning to hear a presentation by inspirational speaker, author and literary consultant, Dr. Connie Hebert.   

 School Committee Meeting

All Sides Considered in Opting for School Choice
“I’m not in favor of this.” ~ Nancy Burdick
“We should leave no stone unturned.” ~ Phil Totino


By David Hamacher
January 18, 2008 — During the scheduled School Committee (File photo) meeting held last night, Chairman Rebecca Robak, reminded the audience how the committee had promised the Financial Plan Working Group an answer from the committee as to allow school choice, the process whereby Hopkinton students could attend other districts, and students from other districts could attend Hopkinton schools. She opened the discussion about school choice saying, “It would be difficult making a decision on this without knowing what the funding levels are going to be.”
     Vice-Chair Phil Totino asked, “To what extent would we do it?”
     Member Nancy Burdick replied, “I’m not in favor of this.”
     Mr. Totino (File photo) asked Ms. Burdick for clarification. “We’re data driven, not basing our decision on gut feelings. You mean to say that you wouldn’t support this under any circumstances?”
     Member Dave Stoldt said, “We’re going to have to look at capacity issues with Legacy Farms coming on line. Class sizes are still large, and we’re not going to fund any new positions.”
      Mr. Totino replied, “Why aren’t we doing this for the money? Then we could hire more teachers and lower class sizes.”
There was debate about class sizes regarding the established committee policy. That policy states, “The maximum elementary class size is 15 in the Pre-K, 18 for K-1, 22 for grades 2-5, and 25 for grades 6-8."
      Mr. Stoldt said, “If we’re willing to violate that policy, and we have for years now, (due to space and funding), we could consider different options.”
      Superintendent, Dr. John Phelan spoke about variables beyond space and money. “Once we open ourselves to choice, there is no discrimination on the types of student we can accept. We’ll be open to students that have been expelled from other schools. We’ll have to take them, and if there are more applicants than spots, a lottery will be held. Generally in my other district we had good students. They were motivated by their parents who had the obligation of driving them. But what about those who want to come here for the athletics, or music? They might take spots that would ordinarily be taken by Hopkinton students. You just can’t tell.”

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Gateway Zoning District Proposal Postponed Until Fall

 

by Robert Falcione

January 17, 2008 — A "Gateway District" proposed for a zoning bylaw change at the May 5 Town Meeting was shelved until "fall Town Meeting" at ZAC (Zoning Advisory Committee) member, developer Ron Roux's suggestion. Other members had recommended holding off until 2009 Town Meeting, but acceded to Mr. Roux at Tuesday's ZAC meeting.

       The zoning change being slated for the fall and considered for the Terry property will only allow, among other uses, "Hotel, motel, extended stay hotel or inn," as well as a "congregate retirement community" by Special Permit issued by the Planning Board, rather than the Board of Appeals.

        The Selectmen received notice on September 21, 2006 that Bill and Mary Terry had received a bona fide offer to purchase their land, 204.1 acres, for $12 million by Erickson Retirement Communities, who then did their due diligence, going so far as considering an agreement with Milford Water Company to provide them water for their 1500 unit project. The Selectmen voted not to buy the property, which had been taxed as forest land, allowing the town the right of first refusal.

        However, on June 27, 2007, Erickson Retirement Communities pulled the plug on project, saying that they could not locate their buildings within enough proximity of each other. The property (Click on thumbnail for large map) has wetlands that will need crossings to go from upland area to upland area. The areas in green are wetlands, and the dotted lines are non-buildable buffer zones surrounding the wetlands.

        The neighborhoods of Whalen Road and Chamberlain Street abut the property, as does the school department property.

        The Committee came to a consensus that bringing this proposal into a Town Meeting that would also be considering a formidable zoning change for Legacy Farms on May 5 could hurt the chances of the latter proposal passing.       

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A Day of Giving Back

"Guaranteed Warmth From the Inside Out"

Above, Hughie Boyle, 3, makes dog biscuits at the Respite Center as part of the Mom's Club's way of "giving back."

by Anne Mattina

January 17, 2008 — The National Honor Society, Communiteen, Best Buddies, the Youth Commission Club, Senior Citizens, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, the Cub Scouts, the Women’s Club, St. John’s Youth Club, the MOMS club, Kids in Action, neighborhoods groups and friends will all gather on Monday morning to observe Hopkinton’s First Annual Day of Giving Back. A day of community service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday is set to launch January 21, 9:00am at St. John’s Church.
       But they won’t be alone! The whole town is invited to participate in this first-ever event organized by Linda Katz of the Hopkinton Youth Commission. The day will begin with a breakfast sponsored by the South St. Dunkin’ Donuts at the church hall. Inspirational speakers, including Linda Cherrington, a participant in Dr. King’s famous march on Washington where he delivered the “I Have a Dream” speech and Ron Burton, Jr. will be featured. Enter Stage Left is providing an acapella singing group, and a short video highlighting the slain civil rights leader’s accomplishments will round out the program.
       Service projects are set to begin at 10 am and a host of Hopkinton’s youth groups are providing opportunities for all to be involved. The student government association from the Middle School is coordinating a “letter to soldiers” project and the Cub Scouts are putting together winter emergency kits for distribution through Project Just Because. The Cub Scouts are also painting foot stools for the town’s seniors. The Girl Scouts are in charge of making Valentine Day’s cards for the town’s Senior Citizens.
       St. John’s Youth Club will be running a fleece blanket-making workshop, with the warm results being distributed to local hospitals. Funds for the fleece were donated by the Hopkinton Women’s Club. The Hopkinton Youth Commission Club will be going over to Senior Housing to cook and serve lunch. They will also bring materials for helping the residents prepare and send out Valentine’s cards. Other senior citizens will be at St. John’s to work with the Middle School’s Communiteen group on knitting afghan squares.

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Policemen's Ball

6:30 pm - 12:30 am

March 29, 2008

Portuguese Club, 119 Prospect Street in Milford

 

March 29, 2008 Hopkinton Police Association's 36th Annual Dance 6:30 pm - 12:30 am @ Portuguese Club, 119 Prospect Street in Milford. Cocktails: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm, Dinner: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Dancing 8:30 pm - 12:30 am. Donation: $35.00 per person. Music by Tailspin.

      To purchase tickets, call 508-497-3401 and ask for Officer Pat O'Brien, or speak with any Hopkinton police officer.

 

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Now It's Official

RJ Dourney takes out papers for Selectman

Above, RJ Dourney accepts nomination papers from Town Clerk Ann Click shortly after 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

January 16, 2008 — RJ Dourney, Planning Board 1st Vice-Chairman, husband, father of three girls, and partner in the successful Hearthstone Associates, which has ten Cosi and two Let's Dish franchises, took out nomination papers today to run for the one available three-year seat on the board of Selectmen at the May 19 Town Election.

      In a Town Hall interview this afternoon, Mr. Dourney said he understands the town's needs and wants. Mr. Dourney said he would bring bright, smart people together and set a course to move the process forward. Mr. Dourney brought up the subject of economic development.

     "I'm not bashful. I will absolutely reach out to the President of Fidelity and invite her to lunch. Citizen's Bank should have an office here. We have a tremendous Charter here. Let's follow the Charter," he said.

     "We've gathered opinions very well over the last five years. The Voices For Vision is a well-written document and established the direction we want as a community. It is the charge of the Board of Selectmen to move us in that direction.

      "We want to protect our schools. We want our kids to be able to live in this town. I know how to move that forward — affordable housing," he said

      "We want taxes we can live with. Part of how to do that is economic development. Part of how to do that is to protect resources and leverage assets.

      "The Pike and 495 are assets. We have a town of very bright people who have, and do, work for successful companies. There are people in town who are discipline experts.

       "Let's leverage these assets to make us a better town," he said.

       "And let's make sure developers mitigate the effects they may have on the town," Mr. Dourney said.

       Mr. Dourney, a Republican, likely will lock horns with Selectmen Chair Democrat Muriel Kramer, if she decides to run again. People qualify for a place on the ballot if they get 50 certified signatures from registered voters, or are the top vote getter at their party's caucus, or both.

        The last day to take out nomination papers is March 28, 2008. The signed papers are due on March 31, 2008.

 Justice and Crime, Middlesex County

State Police Announce the Apprehension of a Fugitive from the Top 10 Wanted Sex Offender List

 

January 16, 2008 — Yesterday, the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section concluded a two year investigation into the whereabouts of 44-year-old Raul A. Feliciano when he was located and arrested in Maunabo, Puerto Rico by members of the United States Marshals Service and the Puerto Rican Police Department.  Feliciano is classified in Massachusetts as a High Risk, Level 3 Sex Offender and has outstanding arrest warrants out of Fitchburg and Ayer District Courts for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, Possession of a Class E Substance, and Vandalizing a Grave Site.  After numerous attempts to locate Feliciano in the Fitchburg, Worcester and Lowell areas, Feliciano was placed on the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section Top 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender List

      As a result of their lengthy and complex investigation, the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section determined that Feliciano was staying at his girlfriend’s house in Maunabo, Puerto Rico.  After determining Feliciano’s whereabouts, the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section requested the assistance of the United States Marshals Service and the Puerto Rican Police Department in apprehending Feliciano.  Feliciano was spotted on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 by United States Marshals and Puerto Rican Police while walking down the street near his girlfriend’s house. Feliciano was positively identified, placed under arrest without incident and transported to the Puerto Rican Police Department for booking.  He is currently being held pending rendition to Massachusetts.

TOWN CLERK OPEN UNTIL 8:00 p.m. TONIGHT

Last chance to register for voting in February 5 primary

POLITICAL NOTICE HOPKINTON TOWN CLERK
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

Senior Band From Holliston to Play For Hopkinton Seniors

January 23, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. at the Hopkinton Senior Center

January 16, 2008 — Ralph Edwards, Sr., a volunteer at the Senior Center says he wants his fellow senior citizens to get out of the house and join the party on January 23, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. at the Hopkinton Senior Center. "I can almost guarantee that people will be tapping their feet, swaying with the music and many will eventually get up and dance," Mr. Edwards said.  Photo by Ralph Edwards, Sr.

RJ Gives Thumbs Up to Selectmen's Seat

 

January 16, 2008 — RJ Dourney, who ran for a five year seat on the Planning Board in 2005, has told friends and others that he is planning to run for a seat on the Board of Selectmen, quelling longstanding rumors to that effect. He was asked by HopNews why he was not going to finish that term on the Planning Board.

       "Over the last year, I've been approached by a lot of people in town [to run] and I want to serve the best way I can," he said.

       "There is a lot of folks that believe I have the right mix of leadership skills and experience to serve as Selectmen," he said.

      When asked what he would do differently, he said, "The town needs to have confidence that the Selectmen understand priorities and set a course to move us forward.

       "Let's surround ourselves with smart people who know how to do their jobs, whether it's the Town Manager or the Town Counsel, and get  out of their way so they can do their jobs," he said.

       Mr. Dourney is the only candidate known to have announced for any office. He plans to make it official and take out papers from the Town Clerk soon.

 File photo by Robert Falcione

NOTE: This piece missed proofreading at first, but now contains corrections.

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Unanimous Legacy Farms Recommendation from ZAC

Zoning changes moved forward

 

by Robert Falcione

January 16, 2008 — At the beginning of the long process of studying and helping shape the OSMUD (Open Space Mixed Use Development) District for Boulder Capital's Legacy Farms, Chairman of the Zoning Advisory Committee Ken Weismantel likened the formidable process to "eating an elephant - one bite at a time." Tuesday evening that process was completed when ZAC  voted unanimously to recommend to the Planning Board that they adopt the plan as a series of zoning Articles for Town Meeting on May 5, 2008.

     Boulder Capital, owner of 700+ acres on the eastern side of Hopkinton, would like to build 940 residential units consisting of apartments, condos and single family homes, as well as develop 450,000 square feet of office, commercial and retail space on land that is currently zoned almost entirely agriculturally. There would be a substantial portion of the site devoted to open space, much of it restored to its pre-farming condition.

     The OSMUD District, which will need a 2/3 majority vote at Town Meeting, will be an overlay district on top of the current zoning, and would become active only after being triggered by notice to the Town, and by the start of development.

     Planning Director Elaine Lazarus (Photo) said that once the notice for the OSMUD is filed, the underlying zoning is extinguished.

     Legacy's website projects a $2.5 - $3 million positive tax revenue benefit when the project is completed. At a recent Planning Board meeting, Mr. Weismantel, also a member of that group, said that if the OSMUD failed at Town Meeting and the underlying zoning were used, that there would be a $6 million revenue swing.

     Tuesday evening, Boulder Capital President Roy MacDowell (Photo) pointed out that if Boulder had to build a by-right scenario [agricultural zoning], there would be no open space, and it "would be economically devastating". Mr. MacDowell, a landscape architect has promised a tastefully done project.

      "Our strong suit is dealing with stone walls and those issues," said Mr. MacDowell, answering someone's concern about landscaping. "We'd like to set a new standard in Hopkinton," Mr. Mac Dowell said.

      "We are 100% convinced this is an economic benefit to the town," he said.  

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Becky Chace at ESL Coffeehouse on January 19


January 15, 2008 –Singer and songwriter Becky Chace will be performing with Brian Minisce at ESL Coffeehouse on January 19. Chace and Minisce are about to release a CD of original songs that Chace describes as “stripped down and back-to basics.” They will perform at 8:00 p.m. at ESL’s intimate studio setting at 30 Main Street in Hopkinton. Tickets are $10.00.

Meet “Clarence Darrow” Sunday, February 10, 2 pm


Probably America’s most famous defense lawyer, Clarence Darrow was immortalized by his role in the trial of John Scopes, a teacher who challenged the Tennessee law making it a crime to teach the theory of evolution in public schools in 1925. Clarence was born in Kinsman, Ohio, the son of a village undertaker and coffin maker. At 10 years of age, he was described as having “a nonconforming spirit, a skeptical mind, and freelance politics that drifted toward cynicism”. Years later, he would be responsible for shaping many of the criminal defense strategies still used today. Come see a live portrayal of Clarence Darrow by actor, Richard Clark, at a general meeting of the Historical Society to be held on Sunday, February 10, at 2 pm. The event is free of charge and will be held in the 2nd floor conference room of the Hopkinton Fire Station, 73 Main Street. Entrance is in the rear.

Holliston- Robert Michael Turcotte Turk, 44,

 

Holliston- Robert Michael Turcotte Turk, 44, of Holliston, died from an auto accident on Sunday, January 13, 2008. Born in Woonsocket, R.I. he was the son of Robert A. and Linda A. (Chisholm) of Cumberland, RI. He was the husband of Sharon A. (Lynch) Turcotte of Holliston.
     A Holliston resident for the past 9 years and formerly Newton, he was an avid sports fan, and involved with youth sports and many community activities. He was well known and loved by anyone who met him.
     Besides his wife and parents he is survived by 1 son, Max, and 1 daughter Abigail, 3 sisters, Arrangements

Recycling with the Lions Club

January is a quiet time. The holidays are over and the Super Bowl celebration is waiting in the wings. Now is the perfect time to clean out your empty recyclable bottles and cans and help your local Lions Club. Workers will be on the job on Saturday, January 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Colella’s Market. All profits go to those in need. Thank you for your help.

Live Call-in Show on HCAM-TV 

Financial Plan Working Group: 1-31-08

Town Manager Anthony Troiano, School Committee member Phil Totino, and Appropriations Committee Chairman discuss service cuts vs. overrides as solutions to the Town's finances. They welcome questions and comments.  Please call 508-435-7887 during the program which starts at 7:00 p.m.

FireFox Users click here to see the video.

 

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