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February 8, 2008 — Hopkinton Reservoir is coming up to normal levels, as the inset on the right indicates. The photo of the sign on the left was taken in April of 2007 as the Reservoir was more than amply filled and water was rushing out the overflow by the dam. Raising the overflow by one foot would produce how much more water?

Relay for Life Kickoff

February 8, 2008 — Dozens upon dozens of volunteers met in the Hopkinton High School Cafeteria to get their marching orders for the Relay for Life event on May 30-31, 2008. Hear Kate Flynn form the American Cancer Society as well as Co-Chairs Carly Boyce and Luke Fraser talk about the event in the video below.


be Free! Sponsors Presentation 

•17% of 7th and 8th grade students report drinking alcohol!
•63% of High School students report drinking alcohol!
•21% of High School students report Binge drinking!

Hopkinton Police as well as the School Department and the beFree! Project presented "Alcohol and the Developing Brain" on Wednesday evening.

Look for the next beFree event, and for now, please check out the video above featuring Wellness Director Jill Leach and Hopkinton High School Principal John McCarthy.

Mitt Romney "Suspends" Campaign

Mitt Romney "suspended" his campaign today, giving some praise to Senator John McCain. Read the CNN report here. And access CNN easily from HopNews anytime with this button, always above. CNN



To the Editor, HopNews:

We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Hopkinton Principal Assessor Robert Bushway on the occasion of his election and installation as President of the Middlesex County Assessors Association.

Hopkinton Board of Assessors
John Duffy
John Palmer
                           Edward Mills

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In conjunction with the Activate America initiative and the No Child Left Inside act the MetroWest YMCA at Hopkinton is offering a program for families to get out and play.  Each month we will offer a fun, seasonal based activity that will allow for the entire family to step away from the norm and enjoy the season.  On February 16th*  from 10:00am-1:00pm we will host a winter carnival.  Please contact Jason Marker for dates and times. (508) 435-9345 xt 12.   $10/family (members) and $15/family (nonmembers).  Get ready to put down those remotes and turn off the computers and then “get out and play.”   *Date changed from previous posting.

ELECTION 2008  More Candidates Take Out Papers ELECTION 2008

As HopNews learns who has taken out papers, or who is nominated by their party's caucus, you will know. To check out the players and the seats available, please choose the new Election 2008 button anytime.



Seat is up in Red

Announced Candidate in Blue (Or has taken out papers)

Office                                                     Term

Selectmen - Three Year Terms

Muriel E. Kramer, Chairman - D                    2008

RJ Dourney - R                             






Board of Health - Three Year Term

Nancy Peters, - D     2008






Cemetery Commissioners - Three Year Term

Claire B. Wright -R                  2008






School Committee - Three Year Term

Lyn S. Branscomb                                      2008

Nancy A. Burdick -R              2008






Nancy Peters was incorrectly identified as the Chair of the Board of Health. David Edson is the Chair.


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Police Chief Warns Downtown Residents of Thefts From Vehicles

Seeks public's assistance


February 6, 2008 — Chief of Police Thomas Irvin (File photo) made use of the Connect-CTY service, which allows authorized public individuals to send urgent telephone messages to thousands of phone numbers in a matter of minutes. In addition, the system can target geographic areas, right down to the street. In this case, the message was for the residents of Downtown Hopkinton area.

     Chief Irvin said that unlocked vehicles on Pleasant, Meserve, Nebraska and Mayhew Streets were entered and items were stolen late Monday evening and early Tuesday morning.

     "Please lock cars and remove valuables," Chief Irvin said.

     "Report anything suspicious.

     "And please contact us if you know anything about these crimes."

     The number for Police headquarters is 508-497-3401.

Marathon Museum Proposed by HAA

Would like house given to the town

"The concept is intriguing" ~ Roy MacDowell, Boulder Capital President

"It could be a great idea" ~ Muriel Kramer, Selectmen Chair

February 6, 2008 — President of the Hopkinton Athletic Association, Timothy Kilduff (File photo), has proposed in a letter to Chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen, Muriel Kramer, that the Town, during its negotiations with Boulder Capital over its 700 + acre Legacy Farms development, asks Boulder to donate a property and building at 83 East Main Street (Red arrow on map) for a Marathon Museum. Mrs. Kramer said it could be a great idea.

      "It is an interesting idea for Hopkinton, the Metrowest area, and for Boulder as a centerpiece attraction to its Village Center; it will be for everyone's benefit if this works out," Mrs. Kramer said.

      Boulder Capital President Roy MacDowell said that the concept is intriguing.

      "There's plenty of land for parking," said Mr. MacDowell. Mr. MacDowell said that the road between the house and the Garden Center (See map) will be relocated. That would leave an unbroken land area from the proposed museum to the statue of Stylianos Kyriakides, the Greek marathoner who won the 1946 Boston Marathon that sits on current Garden Center property.

       Mr. MacDowell said, "We don't arbitrarily want to give it away, but if the community thinks it's a good idea, then we'd be willing to talk." Mr. MacDowell suggested that there could be a fundraiser to raise capital and expand it the building.

        Mr. Kilduff pitched the nearby trails and the former start of the Boston Marathon, which could be measured in yards away.

        "The trails could all be linked together and really define what this town is about.

        "Perhaps we can have collaborative programs with other institutions like Framingham State. I see this as a Community Center," Mr. Kilduff said.

       "It's up to the negotiating team to see if it's something they want to consider," Mr. MacDowell said. said, referring to the ongoing Community Development Agreement being hammered out between Boulder and the town's team of Town Planner Elaine Lazarus, Town Manager Tony Troiano, and Town Counsel Ray Miyares. "It has to come from them," Mr. MacDowell said.

        "We will be talking about it on Tuesday [Regular Selectmen's meeting], but it will be a decision by the town, by the negotiating team.

        "It is an interesting and intriguing idea if it can come to fruition," Mrs. Kramer said.   

Wednesday Night Pastafest at the Golden Spoon
Choice of Spaghetti, Ziti, or Angel Hair
includes Soup or Salad & Bread
Plain or with Sauce 6.00
with Meatballs 7.00
with Sausage & Meatball 7.25
with Sausage & Peppers 7.25
with Chicken Parmesan 7.50
with Eggplant Parmesan 7.50
with Shrimp & White Clam Sauce 8.50

Kid's Menu, too!

Elizabeth "Betty" (Siembab) Pepka,

HOPKINTON - Elizabeth "Betty" (Siembab) Pepka, 87, died Tuesday February 5, 2008. She was the widow of Chester Pepka, who died in November 2007. She was a Hopkinton resident for 61 years. She enjoyed Scrabble and Bingo and was an avid Red Sox fan.

She is survived by her daughters Felicia Comeras and her husband Richard of Hudson and Valerie Murphy and her husband John of Uxbridge, her daughter-in-law Carla Pepka of Milford and her brother Lawrence Siembab of CT. Arrangements Complete

Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards

Hopkinton students win 11 awards


February 6, 2008 — The Hopkinton High School Art Department is very pleased to announce that our students were recognized with eleven awards in the 2008 Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards.  Their artwork was selected from a field of over 3500 entries from across the state.  The Scholastic Art Awards, established in 1923, encompass the most competitive visual arts recognition programs on both the state and national level. At right is  a winning entry by Tommy Sullivan, a Junior at HHS. It is a fictional, biography  book jacket design. Click on the image for a larger, more detailed size.


Gold Keys are awarded to the most exceptional works in each category.  Gold Key artworks will be advanced to New York for national judging. Silver Keys represent high honors in each category.  Honorable Mentions are given to meritorious works. 

In our state competition, out of 14 pieces and 3 portfolios entered, Hopkinton High School students earned 11 awards: 4 Gold Keys, 4 Silver Keys, and 3 Honorable Mentions. Our winning students are:


Maddy McKenna      Gold Key           Photography

Caroline Olney           Gold Key           Graphic Design

Tom Sullivan              Gold Key           Graphic Design

Kate Schenot              Gold Key           Photography Portfolio

Danielle Gendron       Silver Key         Photography

Marie McLaughlin    Silver Key         Drawing

Kate Schenot              Silver Key         Photography

Jamison Wright          Silver Key         Digital Imaging

Carly Boyce               Hon. Mention    Photography

Melinda Collins          Hon. Mention    Graphic Design

Caitlin Danahy           Hon. Mention    Photography


The Boston Globe Scholastic Art Exhibition is free and open to the public through February 22 at the State Transportation Building, 10 Park Square, Boston. Come for a visit, and see the best of student artwork from across the state.    Congratulations to our HHS art students for their remarkable accomplishments!


Woodville Rod and Gun Club
Second Chance Ice Fishing Derby
Lake Whitehall, Hopkinton, MA
February 23, 2008
Check website
or call 508-435-4148 for any cancellation updates
Entry Fee: $20.00
75% Payback



February 6, 2008 – Due to popular demand, Enter Stage Left Theater Workshop, Inc. will be presenting two encore performances of the comedy hit ESL Live! at the Nipmuc Rod and Gun Club in Upton at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 15, and Saturday, February 16.


ESL Live! features comedy skits, live music, and fake commercials in a format borrowed from the popular Saturday Night Live comedy show. This is the third consecutive year that the cast has been asked to do a repeat performance of this show.

Tickets for the show, which will feature a cash bar and dancing to music by Bedrock, are $15.00 in advance or $20.00 at the door. Tickets are available by calling 508-435-2114 or by going to . Judging from past performances, this show is expected to sell-out, so people interested in attending are encouraged to purchase their tickets early. The Nipmuc Rod and Gun Club is located at 88 Fiske Mill Road in Upton.

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Got Lunch?

Among our many advertisers offering lunch, is Ciao Time at 28 Main Street

Today's Menu:

Wednesday, February 6
Chicken Franηais $ 5.95
Tuscan Salad or Wrap $ 5.95
Potato Soup $ 5.95

In Hopkinton

Clinton by a Nose — Romney by a Romp

January 6, 2008 — Above, the unofficial results are displayed next to Fred White, the Election Warden who has said, "The time for voting has expired," for several decades as he did last evening at exactly 8:00 p.m.

Poll Tampering


by Robert Falcione

     The HopNews poll on the right side of the graphic was done shortly before the primary.


     I noted on this page the spike for Romney, something that happened for the second time in a poll. On the Discussion Page, detractors and antagonists rebuked my observation and pointed fingers elsewhere.


     What I didn't think to analyze this time was the spike for Obama, likely by the same person, given that the poll was about 90 votes higher than average for the same time span.


      The percentages of the total vote from last night's election are superimposed in blue, lending credibility to a suggestion that Obama and Romney should have been much lower in the HopNews poll. It is more than likely that one mischief maker is doing all of the damage.


      The Discussion Page will return soon.

Hopkinton 60, Dover-Sherborn 57

February 6, 2008 — Matt Masucci is using every muscle in last night's game against Dover-Sherborn at the Athletic Center.

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Library Public Forum Coming Up 

Standing Tall

February 5, 2008 — Election Warden, former Fire Chief Rick Macmillan, and the American Flag, stand sentinel at the entrance to the polling place at the Middle School Gym today for the Massachusetts Presidential Primary voting. Mr. Macmillan assisted voters in finding their precinct check-ins.

School Vacation Week Teddy Bear Picnic

The First Congregational Church of Hopkinton (146 E Main St., Route 135) will be hosting its annual Teddy Bear Picnic on Monday, Feb 18, Tuesday, Feb 19, and Wednesday, Feb 20 from 10:30 - 12:30. All children ages 0 - 7 are invited for a fun time of crafts, music and movement, stories, games and fun!

Bring a picnic lunch, a grown-up, a blanket and your teddy bear! Tickets on sale now for $1 per child at the church. This event sells out quickly, so don't delay! Office hours are Monday - Friday, 9 - 5. Check out  for more information.

Sixth Grade Class Raises $834 for Project Bread

February 5, 2008 — MaryKate Cavanaugh and Paige Guarino stood behind their table at Colella's while they were selling decorated wooden spoons to raise money for Project Bread.  With the help of many volunteers, spoons were sold at Colella's Supermarket, Hopkinton Drug, during the Holiday Stroll, and at the 6th & 7th grade concerts.  This has been done for many years in the past and this year the class raised $834. 

     Project Bread, which is a non-profit organization headquartered in East Boston, assists about 400 food pantries in the state, including the one in Hopkinton. Contributed content.

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Old Hopkinton - Circa 1957

Please click twice to see the movie that was on the other day, but us now on our YouTube/HopNews site.

Let There Be Light

February 5, 2008 — Mike Moody, working for JMJ Electric wraps up a bulb replacement in front of Town Hall yesterday.

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Shiver Me Timbers!

February 5, 2008 — This Volvo, the subject of a few Discussion Page posts, was an unwitting subject for the HopNews camera as it zipped through the Downtown area displaying the Jolly Roger, the skull and crossbones emblem of a pirate ship.

More Old Hopkinton - Circa 1957