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Incumbent Mark Abate Takes Out Nomination Papers for Planning Board


     The incumbent Chairman of the Planning Board, Republican Mark Abate, is  wrapping up his first five-years on the Planning Board and has taken out papers today, February 12, 2008, for election to another five year term. The papers must be returned to the Town Clerk by March 31.

     A person may be put on the Town's Election Ballot by returning nomination papers in time and with valid signatures, or by being nominated by their party at a caucus.

     Check out the Election 2008 button any time to see whose seat is up, and who is running.ELECTION 2008



ESL Live! Canceled for Feb 15 and 16

Enter Stage Left Theater has canceled the two performances of ESL Live! that were to take place at the Nipmuc Rod and Gun Club on February 15 and 16.

“One of our cast members is going through a family medical situation right now and we decided it was more important for that person to focus on family instead of the show at this point,” said Kelly Grill, a co-founder of ESL. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused people planning to attend, and remind people ESL Live! will be back next October.”

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To see an archived video of Steve Spector performing at home, please check out the HopNews.TV icon on the left.

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Introducing the Models for the

Hopkinton Women’s Club Spring Fashion Show

March 11th, 2008

Hopkinton Country Club


Talbots and Richard Francis Salons are joining The Hopkinton Women’s Club in hosting a Spring Fashion Show fundraiser with all proceeds donated to The Hopkinton Food Bank.  The Spring Fashion Show will be held at the Hopkinton Country Club, Tuesday, March 11th, 2008 beginning at 7:00 p.m.  


The 10 “Hopkinton Models” selected for this year’s event are Marie Smith, Nadine Stewart, Joyce Ingrassia, Beth Maguire, Judi Allessio, Michelle Carbonneau, Maureen Missaggia, Julie Rodgers, Annabelle Champlin, and Jennifer Schroeder.  Cherylann Lambert Walsh, Director of The Hopkinton Food Bank, will be the “Special” recipient of a hair/makeup/outfit makeover that will no doubt be the highlight of the evening. 


Tickets are on sale now for $40.   Remember, seating is limited and tickets go fast!  Please call 508-497-9388 or send an email request to File photo, 2007

Déjà vu at Planning Board

Hopkinton Village Center development passes unanimously, again ~ Abutter vows appeal, again

Developer Christopher Bethoney fined, again

by Robert Falcione

February 12, 2008 — The Planning Board again heard from developer Ron Roux, whose 45,000 square foot project, Hopkinton Village Center, was previously approved by the Board, but appealed to the Board of Appeals by the abutter who owns the Hopkinton Gourmet building.

       The Board of Appeals sent the matter back to the Planning Board, because, they said, there were conditions that would not allow the public to have input once they were implemented. Monday's Public Hearing started the process all over again, but this time approved the matter the same evening.

        Mr. Roux offered a guarantee of $10,000 to mitigate any damage to trees on or near the property line of 17 Grove Street. However, David Phillips, owner of the Hopkinton Gourmet business, did not get satisfaction.

        Mr. Philips requested that the entrance to the project, a driveway that will be adjacent to his business, be moved easterly to save the parking spaces in front of his business.  One or more of the spaces are expected to be removed due to the turning radius that emergency vehicles will need to enter the project.

        Mr. Phillips presented a drawing showing the relocation of the driveway with a bend in it. Town Planner Elaine Lazarus said that that redesign would put the driveway too close to the existing building at 35 Main Street.

        Planning Board member Claire Wright said that "as a member of the Historical District Commission" they would have a problem with it.

        This writer suggested some mitigation for the loss of several parking spaces that will transpire as a result of re-striping of the downtown spaces, as well as at least one space each at the entrance and egress of the property.

        Seeing no satisfaction after speaking to the Board, Mr. Phillips said, "We will push as far as we can. We are going to appeal."

        "I don't respond to threats," said Planning Board Chairman, Mark Abate.

        "If the Fire Department says it [driveway relocation] won't work, will you accept that?" asked Member Carol DeVeuve.

        "Yes," said Mr. Phillips.

        Nonetheless, the Board voted unanimously to approve Mr. Roux's plan.


Developer fined

         Developer Christopher Bethoney appeared before the Board accused of the removal of 7' 9" of stone wall at 182 Fruit Street in violation of the town's Scenic Road bylaw.

         Town Planner Elaine Lazarus told the Board that Mr. Bethoney told her there had been no stone wall there, "...and today he remembered that there was a stone wall," she said. Ms. Lazarus said that Mr. Bethoney had been fined previously for the removal of some trees.

         The Board voted unanimously to fine Mr. Bethoney $2,325, $300 for each linear foot, and ordered him to reconstruct the stone wall, giving him four months to do so.


Legacy Farms

         Boulder Capital presented up-to-date plans for Legacy Farms [Banner on top of page], their 940 residential unit/450,000 square foot commercial, retail development on about 720 acres that formerly belonged to Weston Nurseries [Weston Nurseries continues in business, and expects to expand operations].

          The group explained their proposals to incorporate new design guidelines such as drainage swales and green areas to minimize the amount of impervious surface and alter the traditional type of rain water runoff. The group presented plans showing roadways, and zones where building heights could reach four stories.

          Member Claire Wright said, "Four stories is not really in keeping with the character of the town. Perhaps you could trade some open space and make three, three-story building instead of two four-story buildings," Mrs. Wright suggested.

           "Believe me, we are looking at that," said Mr. MacDowell. Mr. MacDowell said that his group had met with neighbors and were hearing the same thing from them.

           Legacy Farms will be one of the topics covered in the Town Manager's report at Tuesday evening's Selectmen's meeting.         

Black Family Technology Program

Above, EMC employee Fred Linden takes a group of students through the EMC facility.

February 12, 2008 — Hopkinton-based EMC Corporation hosted 65 students from Worcester on Monday morning at its Franklin facility, which has 680,000 square feet of manufacturing space in one building alone.

        The program, in partnership with the Navy, gives inner city kids a look at a career in engineering as well as the manufacturing and assembly processes.

It's A Race!

Selectmen Chair Muriel Kramer takes out papers for re-election


February 11, 2008 — Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Democrat  Muriel Kramer, has thrown her hat into the ring for re-election as Selectman by taking out nomination papers today.

      When asked why she was running again, Mrs. Kramer, a mother of six, said that it was, "To maintain balance and professional working relationships, open and accessible government, and to balance our priorities. A Selectman's priorities, simply put,  should be the priorities of all of the citizens of Hopkinton, not any one special interest," she said in an interview in Town Hall this afternoon.

      "There are some really exciting things happening in Hopkinton that I am proud to be a part of, and I want to continue them and other really exciting things that are moving forward.

      "When I ran three years ago, I wanted to bring leadership to the Board of Selectmen that would be inclusive of all taxpayers and all priorities. We have found out that we can deal with complex issues courteously and professionally.

      "The Board of  Selectmen today has many independent voices. Everyone has their say and we back each other on our votes.

       "Hopkinton is well-served having that kind of a dynamic where issues large and small can be discussed openly and fairly," she said.

        "I'm proud of the  way the Board supports, but doesn't interfere with the professional staff and the volunteer organizations.

         "We've established an unwritten policy to offer a big welcome to people willing to join committees — we don't ask party preferences of anyone willing to work for Hopkinton." Mrs. Kramer said she was proud of the professional work done in hiring the Town's first Town Manager.

      "Mr. Troiano has established himself as a capable leader in Town government," she said. "As difficult as it was when he had his accident, it was tremendous to be a part of the warm outpouring of support for Tony and his family. It was a testament to teamwork that the business of the Town continued in his absence," she said.

       "As for the budget, in my first year, I  spent a lot of time at Appropriations Committee meetings, and learned the issues we need to address.

       "We got away from budget-by-override," she said.

       "We need to have a budget and a capital budget where all departments buy into the Town's collective priorities — and we maintain our expenses to fit within our revenues. We need to reduce the level of debt we carry so that we have access to more available revenues each year," she said. "We need to continue the work we've begun consolidating services, so we don't have different people doing the same work in different departments.

        "Starting this year, we have to make difficult decisions and reevaluate and reprioritize where the available revenues go. The DPW is a priority need department this year.

        "The work we did positioning the town favorably while addressing the Legacy Farms Development will benefit Hopkinton in a quality of life and financial standpoint for the future," she said.

        "We need to work hard now to insure we balance the competing needs from a quality of life standpoint and the development opportunity," she said.

         Mrs. Kramer's only announced opponent is Republican RJ Dourney, a Vice-Chair of the Planning Board.

         Chart the progress of the election anytime by checking out our ELECTION 2008 button, always above.

Police News UP-TO-DATE  Today, February 11, 2008



3:25 pm A caller reported that an aggressive driver in a gray SUV attempted to pass a school bus on Main Street...


4:15 pm A caller from Walcott Valley Drive reported that a hawk had apparently broke it's wing...


12:54 pm A caller reported that a vehicle had hit a telephone pole on Grove Street and then left the scene...


1:03 am Sgt. Joseph E. Bennett and Officer Gregg DeBoer assisted the Westborough Police Department with a foot pursuit...

 Click above link for full update.

MetroWest Symphony Orchestra of Hopkinton Performs


 February 10, 2008 — The MetroWest Symphony Orchestra of Hopkinton presented a Young Artists Family Concert this afternoon at the High School Auditorium. To see some clips of the performance, please click on the video icon. To see the thumbnail images large, please click on them.

Above, Jade Yang takes center stage with her flowers after performing as a solo artist for the first time with an orchestra. Below, Michael Bretz getting some tips from violinist, Richard Kung during the orchestra's Instrument Petting Zoo.


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 Springfield, Mass ~ Canton, Ohio ~ Hopkinton, Mass?

"It all started here" ~ Thomas Burke


February 10, 2008 — Most people who know Hopkinton, Massachusetts know the town as the Start line of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon. But if some people have their way, Hopkinton will join the ranks of Springfield, Mass and Canton, Ohio as the birthplace of a major sport in the area.

     George V. Brown, a 1898 graduate of Hopkinton High School, a Hopkinton Selectman from 1913-1914, and a resident of the family's Maplewood Farm at 200 Hayden Rowe Street, is credited with bringing hockey to the Boston Arena in 1910, shortly after its construction, and to Boston University as well, where the MVP trophy bears his name.

     Mr. Brown fired the first starter's pistol to begin the B. A. A. Marathon in 1905, and to prove the point, a bronze statue of his likeness is being manufactured at this time, commissioned by the Hopkinton Athletic Association. The tradition is kept alive today, as a member of Mr. Brown's family always fires the pistol. The statue is yet to have a permanent home, but will be featured on display near the Start of this year's Marathon, likely on the Common. This may well tie in eventually with the proposed Marathon Museum on Boulder Capital property on Route 135.

    "The early Olympians in hockey and track were B.A.A. members," said Timothy Kilduff, President of the Hopkinton Athletic Association.

     "The Boston Arena was the home of the Bruins, but in 1928 the Bruins jumped and went to the Boston Garden, and in the 1930's during the depression, my grandfather managed both venues," said grandson Thomas Burke (See Video link at beginning of story.).

     "This town has a legitimate tie to the beginning of hockey," said Mr. Kilduff.

      "The B.A.A. was a lot more than the Marathon. The B.A.A. Games, track and field, was the money maker — it sponsored the Marathon," Mr. Burke said.

      "People always look at it as people from the world bring sports to Hopkinton, but Hopkinton has brought sports to the world. Like Springfield, Mass and Canton, Ohio, Hopkinton is a wellspring of sports.

      "It all started here," emphasized Mr. Burke.


Photo from left, Sculpture Michael Alfano, statue of George V. Brown, and grandson, Thomas Burke.

NOTE: To speed loading of this page, for the time being, we will be linking our YouTube videos to our other site, HopNews.TV. ~ Editor

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Slick Surfaces

February 10, 2008 — The snow and cold beat the sanders out last night. Above, a vehicle that had slid off of East Main Street on the right is in the background being loaded onto an Art's Towing flatbed.

15th Year HEF Gala

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February 10, 2008 — Last evening, hundreds of the faithful gathered at the Crowne Plaza in Natick for the Hopkinton Education Foundation's fifteenth Gala Celebration entitled, The Crystal Ball.

      The guests were treated to dinner stations, music and dancing by One Step Ahead, and a live auction featuring Mary Scarlata Rowe and Kelly Grill from Enter Stage left Theater, who are hamming it up in the photo above.

      The evening also featured introductions by Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John E. Phelan, and HEF President, Ruth Ann Cote, as well as a slide show of the 15 years of HEF accomplishments.

HPTA Presents:

Understand Hopkinton’s Budget
Friends and neighbors are welcome for coffee and information:
Tuesday, February 12, 2008,
10:30 am
CAA, 98 Hayden Rowe
RSVP:  by 2/11/08. Children are welcome.

Topics to be discussed:
     The difference between a “level service” budget and a “level funded” budget and what they mean to residents.
How the budget affects the services residents receive from the town such as trash pickup, road maintenance and repair, fire and police response to calls to your home, the construction and development of commercial and residential land, the education of children.
      The gap between the revenues the town has to spend and the cost of delivering the same services offered now.
What elected officials and town volunteers are doing to cut expenses, implement economies, and build revenue this budget cycle and the years to come.
      We are looking forward to hosting this process. Experts will be available to answer questions.

Pinewood Derby 2008

February 9, 2008 — Scout Pack 97 got together today at St. John the Evangelist Church Parish Center for their annual Pinewood Derby. Check out the video below. In the background of the video is a live video of the cars and their start, which will then come down the track toward the camera.


 State - Crime and Justice

State Police Apprehend a Fugitive from the Top 10 Wanted Sex Offender List in Malden


February 9, 2008  — Today, at approximately 12:05 a.m., the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section concluded a three-year investigation into the whereabouts of 51-year-old Angelo Crawford when he was located and arrested at the Town Line Motel in Malden by members of the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section and troopers from the State Police Danvers Barracks.  Crawford is classified in Massachusetts as a High Risk, Level 3 Sex Offender and has four outstanding arrest warrants out of Suffolk Superior Court, Boston District Court and Worcester District Court for Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child Under the Age of 14 (2 Counts); Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (Knife), Sexual Conduct for a Fee, Intimidation of a Witness, and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.  After numerous attempts to locate Crawford, he was placed on the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section Top 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender List on Thursday, February 7, 2008.    


Acting on tips received from the public on the morning of Friday, February 8, 2008, the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section focused their investigation in the Mattapan, Roxbury, Cambridge and Malden areas.  After conducting numerous interviews and surveillance throughout the day on Friday, the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section was lead to the Town Line Motel in Malden.  Surveillance of the Town Line Motel was conducted on Friday evening and at approximately 11:40 p.m. Crawford was observed entering a motel room.  With the assistance of troopers from the State Police Danvers Barracks, members of the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section made entry into the motel room this morning at approximately 12:05 a.m. and placed Crawford under arrest without incident.  Crawford was transported to the State Police Danvers Barracks where he was booked and held without bail.  Crawford will be arraigned in Salem District Court on Monday, February 11, 2008.

YMCA Day Camp Open House

The MetroWest YMCA Day Camp will be holding a camp information night on Tuesday February 12th at 7:00pm in Hayes Lodge.  Prospective parents and campers are invited to attend to view a camp video presentation and have a have a question and answer sessions.  Light refreshments will be available.  

The MetroWest YMCA Day Camp is located at 45 East Street in Hopkinton and offers traditional, specialty and teen programs for campers ages 4-16 on 116 beautiful wooded acres.

For more information please contact John Barclay, Branch Director, at 508-435-9345.

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Hopkinton Girls 65, Medfield 59

February 9, 2008 — Nicole Driscoll has the crowd at the edge of their seats as she goes up for this rebound, heads above her opponent, at the Athletic Center against Medfield Friday night.

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Give Me An "H"

February 9, 2008 — The Varsity Cheerleading Squad took center stage on the parquet during the break in the action on Friday night.

Boys Bow to Medfield, 56-63

February 9, 2008 — It looks like forward John Leteria is taking a hit from a Medfield player as Stephen Hrusovsky comes up to assist during last night's 56-63 loss.

Rape Aggression Defense Systems Training
Training for Women ONLY

R.A.D. is an Internationally taught realistic hands on self defense training class specifically designed for women (12-16 hours). The program teaches and emphasizes awareness, avoidance and physical self defense with the tools we possess with us at all times (hands, feet, elbows, knees, head, etc…)
     All ages, sizes and physical capabilities are welcome (14, 15 or 16; parental waiver will be needed – 13 and under is too young for this class) to take part in this free of charge class sponsored by the Hopkinton Police Department.
    Manuals are provided as are water and light snacks, but you need casual exercise clothing and preferably an aerobic type of sneaker.
    To enroll or if you have questions simply call Detective Tim Brennan 508-497-3401 X303 and clearly and slowly leave your name, email address and phone number. The first 30 women to call this number will be enrolled (maximum number of students is 30). Confirmations will be done by email.

WHEN and Wednesday nights
WHERE February 27th Hopkinton Police Training Room
March 5th Cafeteria @ HMS
March 12th Brown (Upper) Gym @ HMS
March 19th Doyle (Lower) Gym @ HMS
(all 4 nights required ) 6p-9:30p
All classes must be attended to go through simulation
INSTRUCTORS: Officer Linda Higgins and Detective Timothy J. Brennan

File photo from HopNews video.

Hopkinton B&E Suspects to be Charged

Westborough suspects apprehended in nearly simultaneous incident


February 8, 2008 — Hopkinton Police responding to an alarm at Hopkinton Lumber on Thursday evening found fresh footprints in the snow leading into and out of a fenced-in area on the property.

      "We conducted an investigation leading to two suspects," said Sgt. Joseph Bennett. One is a teen male, another a male juvenile. Five police officers, including a Detective and a Sergeant, were involved in the investigation.

      The two suspects were investigated and are expected to be charged with Trespassing, Attempted Breaking and Entering and Breaking and Entering into a Vehicle.

      Police Chief Thomas Irvin sent out a mass phone message Wednesday evening to residents of the Downtown area warning them to keep their vehicles locked and to remove all valuables. However, Sgt. Bennett said that the police have not identified any suspects in the other Downtown crimes, yet.

     At nearly the same time, Hopkinton Police were asked to join Westborough and State Police, including a canine unit, in a nearly identical type of crime at E. L. Harvey and Sons in Westborough, where two male suspects were apprehended after  a swift manhunt.

Meet “Clarence Darrow”

Sunday, February 10, 2 pm

Fire Station Meeting Room

     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.

 Article from School Committee  Revised*


Preliminary FY 09 School Committee Budget



by the Hopkinton School Committee

February 9, 2008 — (Revised*) During the month of January, the School Committee conducted a detailed review of the Superintendent’s proposed budget for the next school year, FY09, and on January 24 the Committee approved a preliminary budget of $32,270,060. This represents a 3.7% increase over the current year’s budget. This represents the second year in a row that the Committee has brought forth an austere budget.

You might recall that the current year’s school department budget (FY08) represents a decrease in service level from the prior year’s budget (FY07), as staffing was reduced by 17 people and fees were increased. The preliminary FY09 budget holds the line on further service decreases but does not restore what was lost. As with previous budgets, the increase in costs can be primarily attributed to normal increases in wages, transportation costs, and maintenance.

The School Committee feels that it is vital that the town support a level service budget by whatever means necessary while we continue to work to bring the town’s financial situation back into balance. We believe that the community must maintain a strong and vibrant school system. READ MORE...

*The correct version is now displayed here.

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