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Robert Dobinski Takes out Papers for

Parks and Recreation Department

Father of 5 wants all to participate

February 19, 2008 — Twenty-two year resident of Woodville and father of five Robert Dobinski has taken out papers for a seat on the Parks and Recreation Commission, he says, to "give back to the town a little bit, should I be fortunate enough to get elected."  The first-time candidate said he would like to be a part of the successes that Parks and Rec have had.

      "I want to participate and create more programs and create more accessibility for youth; and to expand the influence that Parks and Rec has in in the community in a positive way," he said.

      Mr. Dobinski, who works as an independent marketing and communications specialist, listed Fruit Street, Reed Park and Legacy Farms as important issues that face the Commission.

     When asked about Legacy Farms he said, "It is an opportunity for the town to take advantage of open space.

      "It is a pivotal time in the town's history," he said.

Whose Dog is That Puppy in the Window

February 19, 2008 — Worried that some youngster is without his or her best friend, Marlene Troupes propped this plush animal in the window of Bill's Pizza after finding it all alone in the driveway.

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Beauty and the Bear

February 18, 2008 — One year-old Alannah O'Connell is done, for the time being, with her Teddy Bear, in favor of a Styrofoam plate, which soon found its way to her mouth, albeit temporarily (Mom was just of-camera), at the First Congregational Church of Hopkinton Teddy Bear picnic this morning. 

Full Circles

February 18, 2008 — Ben Popkes, 10, took advantage of Vacation Club at the MetroWest YMCA of Hopkinton today. Above, he plays ball with some playmates  in an indoor playroom after returning from a field trip to an indoor miniature golf course.

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River Overfloweth

February 18, 2008 — The Sudbury River raged under the dry-laid stone arch bridge at Aiken's Park today, the same area that was reduced to a trickle of water by the end of last summer. This afternoon, the water was nearly up to the Route 85 bridge.

Brunch Supports Lodging for Cancer Patients in Boston
Fundraiser for American Cancer Society Features Actor, Author Chris Lemmon

[FRAMINGHAM, MA] February 18, 2008 — Join American Cancer Society volunteers, friends, and supporters at a special fundraiser to help give hope a new home in Boston. The event, set for Sunday, April 13 at the Crowne Plaza in Natick, begins at 11am and will feature Chris Lemmon, actor and author of A Twist of Lemmon, a tribute to his late father, Jack Lemmon. Tickets are $100 per person with all proceeds benefiting the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston, a program of the American Cancer Society. For tickets, please call Elaine at 508-879.7709 by Tuesday, April 1.

When it is completed and opened by the Society in fall 2008, the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center will provide free lodging and support services to more than 1,500 cancer outpatients and their caregivers who must travel to Boston for treatment. Located at 125 South Huntington Avenue near Boston's world-class medical institutions, this 50,000 square-foot facility will offer 40 private guest suites, a library, meal preparation and dining areas, and spaces for contemplation and recreation. A Quality of Life Center will serve guests of the Lodge, while providing outreach to the community with cancer information and resources.

The facility will be the third American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in New England; the others are located in Worcester, MA, and Burlington, VT. The Society currently operates 23 Hope Lodges nationwide, serving more than 20,000 cancer patients and their caregivers every year, with 20 more Hope Lodges in various stages of planning in cities across the U.S.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service. For information about cancer, call toll-free anytime 1.800.ACS.2345 or visit the American Cancer Society at

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Police News UP-TO-DATE  Today, February 18, 2008



1:59 am A caller reported that two suspicious males in dark hooded sweatshirts were walking on West Main Street...


8:55 pm There were multiple calls reporting a red aerial flair that was shot off over Lake Whitehall...


3:23 pm A caller from Deer Run reported that a suspicious male was walking around and looking into people's windows...


8:51 am A caller from West Main Street reported that she witnessed the vehicle behind her hit a dog and then kept driving...

 Click above link for full update.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for, February 18, 2008






12 Edge Hill Road Frank J. Prisco & Carrie P. Prisco $685,000 Feb. 15, 2008 Gerald S. Abernathy & Andrea F. Abernathy
4 Victory Lane Timothy J. Hanlon $260,500 Feb. 15, 2008 Bank of New York TR
Previous update:        
21 Sanctuary Lane Louise A. Bracci $156,500 Feb. 01, 2008 Weston Development Group
14 Tammer Lane Stephen A. Donoian & Taleen S. Donoian $704,000 Jan. 31, 2008 Anita Bille
6 Trevor Lane Tina Sherwood $575,000 Jan. 30, 2008 Maillet & Son, LLC

See Full List back to February 1,  2007

Link above is renewed each week

Wayland Angels Flying Wing-in-Wing

Volunteer network seeks to expand


by Elizabeth Eidlitz

February 17, 2008 — If, as the ancient poet Lucretius wrote, “we are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another,” then there are hundreds of flying angels in neighboring Metrowest towns—Wayland, Sudbury, Northborough, Medway and Concord/Carlisle.

Wayland Angels, the founding group, embrace the community: their mission is to provide non-medical services through a volunteer network when individuals and families facing a crisis or tragedy need help.

The founding chapter began in February 2003, after Jean Seiden and Pam Washek close friends and young mothers, diagnosed with cancer within weeks of each other, were helped during treatments and recovery from surgeries by many friends as well as family.

“After returning to health,” Washek explains, “we wanted to create a network of volunteers who would help other families in our community in the same way that we had been helped.”

Thus the Wayland Angel Food Network began by delivering random acts of kindness, like leaving a warm meal on a recipient’s table.

Five years later, renamed Wayland Angels, the group comprises more than 300 volunteers. Retirees, teenagers, men as well as mothers, offer expanded services: besides delivering meals and driving to medical appointments, they run errands, shop for groceries, drive children to scheduled activities, help with homework and provide daily check-ins for recipients coping with terminal illness, stroke, various cancers, a broken back, an amputated leg, or any short-term disability.

“We’ll do anything that helps someone to keep the household running,” says Maureen DeJong, Needs coordinator for Wayland Angels. 

 “Unlike some volunteer opportunities that require a time commitment of so many hours a week, the Angels allow everyone an opportunity to be involved.  Members, viewing current needs at the on-line calendar, can choose a task convenient for them and their individual schedules." READ MORE...

Hopkinton 2, Assabet 1

February 16, 2008 — P.J. Burnham gets ready to  send a wrist shot toward Assabet's goal Saturday night at the Navin Skating Arena in Marlborough. (Score will follow).

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


February 16, 2008 — Yesterday, at approximately 1:00 p.m., the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section concluded a two-year investigation into the whereabouts of 50-year-old Mark LaPerle when he was located and arrested in San Diego, California by members of the San Diego Police Department.  LaPerle is classified in Massachusetts as a High Risk, Level 3 Sex Offender and has an outstanding arrest warrant out of Fitchburg District Court for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.  After numerous attempts to locate LaPerle in the Fitchburg and Worcester areas, he was placed on the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section’s Top 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender List on Thursday, February 7, 2008.    


The State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section obtained information that assisted them in tracking LaPerle to Texas and eventually to San Diego, California.  After tracking LaPerle to San Diego, the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section contacted the San Diego Police Department Sex Offender Registry Unit to seek assistance in locating and apprehending LaPerle.  Members of the San Diego Police Department, working on tips provided by the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, located LaPerle yesterday at approximately 1:00 p.m. in the Clairmont section of San Diego and placed him under arrest on the Fitchburg District Court warrant.  LaPerle was arrested without incident, and is being held by the San Diego Police Department pending rendition proceedings to Massachusetts

Daisies Visit Public Safety Officials

Hopkinton Daisy Troop #2220 earned their yellow petal on a trip to deliver Valentines to the police officers and firefighters earlier this week.

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Hopkinton 38 Holliston 18

February 15, 2008 — Carly O'Shaughnessy has plenty of room to pass during Friday evening's game against Holliston.

Hopkinton 53, Holliston 48

February 15, 2008 — Mark Masucci has liftoff and ignition in this photo taken this evening at the Athletic Center in the game against Holliston.

Boys' Basketball Senior Night

Boys and Girls Senior Basketball Players exchanged flowers with their parents Friday evening.

Girls' Senior Night

Automatically Qualify for Marathon Now — and run!


Bib Numbers available From Charitable Organizations


      It has become easier than ever to qualify as an official runner in the upcoming Patriot's Day BAA Boston Marathon.

       There's no qualifying race, no trial; just pick one of the following charities, and pledge to collect their required amount. That's all!


Respite Center (6) ~ $2,000 ~ 508-435-1222 ~ Call Mary or Sharon

Hopkinton Lion's Club (4) ~ $2,000 ~ 508-435-6388 ~ Call Brian

Friends of the Common (2) ~ $2,500 ~ 408-435-5500 ~ Call Ruth

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Hopkinton Democrats Elected to Attend State Convention


Eight people were elected to represent Hopkinton at the Democratic State Convention that will be held on June 7 in Lowell.  At a caucus at the Hopkinton  Fire Station on Saturday, in February, Democrats gathered to elect delegates to the Convention, which is held annually.  At the Convention in June, Democrats from across the state will gather to nominate a candidate for U. S. Senate.


The delegates elected to represent Hopkinton at the Convention are Mary Arnaut, Dick Duggan, Joe Markey, Cindy Mills, Margo Roman and Justin Wiley.  Anne Marcy and Thomas Pratt were elected as alternate delegates.  In addition to the elected delegates and alternates, Ed Mills, Committee Chair, will be an ex officio delegate. 

The Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee is the local unit of the Democratic Party.  The committee meets monthly from September through June and the meetings are open to all registered Democrats.  The committee works to promote the Democratic Party and its candidates.  For more information on the Committee, or to be added to their mailing list, visit the web site at or contact Dick Duggan at 508-435-4007 or


Friends of the Common Moving Forward

Bib Numbers available


February 15, 2008 — The Friends of the Common, a group of individuals dedicated to restoring elements of the Hopkinton Common with no cost to the taxpayers, has been promised two bib numbers by the Boston Athletic Association for this year's running of the Boston Marathon for fundraising purposes.

          Each person would be required to raise $2,500 for contributing to Friends of the Common. Anyone interested in helping this worthwhile cause, please email Ruth Gorman at 

          Mrs. Gorman said that the FOTC has gotten a recent thumbs up from the Hopkinton Historical District Commission.

         "We went to the Hopkinton Historical District the other night for the third time, and they have been great. They signed off, with some conditions, which we agree with, like a final lighting plan, details such as moldings, etc. They are a great group to work with," Mrs. Gorman said in an email today.

         "Anne Marie Durkot and I have been working on the Massachusetts Historical Commission grant application for the Fountain," said Mrs. Gorman.

        At Tuesday's Selectmen's meeting, Selectman Michael Shepard spoke on behalf of the group, asking his fellow Board members to write a letter of support for the endeavor, something he said the granting authority would weigh heavily.

        Mrs. Gorman said the next step was the Planning Board and the Design Review Board for approval in hopes of starting construction in the Spring.    

For a Special Someone

February 14, 2008 — Carole Hurley hands Harry Herrera, 4, a bouquet of roses that he bought for a special someone,  his Mom, on Valentines Day at Garden Gate Florist, which was packed with shoppers.

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Water, Water, Everywhere

February 14, 2008 — The Hopkinton Reservoir was more than full today as the water from recent rains and melting snow roared over the dam and into the overflow spillway, on its way, eventually to the ocean.



February 14, 2008 — The Hopkinton Marathon Committee would like to encourage residents of Hopkinton to volunteer for the 112th running of the Boston Marathon.

      The Boston Athletic Association will be closing registration for volunteers on February 22, 2008.  There is still a need for volunteers from Hopkinton and the surrounding area to help out at the start. To register on line go to the BAA site and follow instructions for application.  Contact Elizabeth Worthing, Community Volunteer Service Coordinator (617) 236-1652 ext 2630.  You may down load application and send it to:

Boston Athletic Association

40 Trinity Place 4th floor

Boston, MA  02116   

 Don’t be one of those who come up the week of the race and ask to volunteer or always wanted to but missed the deadline The Time Is Now. If you have any questions you may contact Mary Jo LaFreniere, Vice Chair, Hopkinton Marathon Committee @ (508) 259-9414.

Recycling with the Lions Club

Location. Location. Location. That’s the buzz word for success today. Thanks to Colella’s Market, the Hopkinton Lions Club will be setting up at the rear parking area on February 23rd from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accept recyclable bottle and can donations from town residents. The Lions have a huge truck that they try to fill each month. All funds will go to benefit community services.

 Positively Hopkinton


be FREE Project Prevents, Reduces Youth Substance Abuse

Decrease in drug and alcohol abuse coincides with program


by Elizabeth Eidlitz

February 14, 2008 — Three years ago, Hopkinton, and nine other area communities were funded by the Metrowest Community Health Care Foundation to address growing substance abuse trends among youth. Alarmingly, Hopkinton’s numbers were trending upwards while the states average statistics were trending lower.

Since the grant award in 2005, data from Metrowest Adolescent Health Surveys shows a decrease in drug and alcohol use among Hopkinton’s youth.

The work of the Hopkinton Coalition has been one of the most successful aspects of the “be FREE!” Project, a three-year initiative. It has offered an inspiring, supportive, and motivated space for youth and adults to come together to discuss strategies to prevent and reduce youth substance abuse.

“It’s not a school-based issue; it’s a community issue that needs to be approached in a comprehensive manner,” says Jill Leach, K-12 Wellness Coordinator Hopkinton Schools, who was instrumental in getting the grant. “We’ve focused on public awareness by engaging churches, businesses, organizations like the YMCA and Hopkinton Youth Association, families, and of course, youth. Coalition members are parents, teachers, police officers, administrators, as well as youth.

The “be FREE!” Project has collaborated with the Hopkinton Police Department to develop an intervention process in the town.

Thomas Irvin, Chief of Police (File photo), feels “this partnership has been an outstanding resource for the department. Not only has the project provided important prevention information for the officers through facilitation of critical trainings, it has also offered access to intervention resources in times of crisis with families.”

Young people, particularly those who attended the MADD Youth power summit at Clark University last summer, have learned about becoming community leaders.

“We've all found our roles.” Says Christina Wigglesworth, a senior. "Some are quiet ones who act like glue keeping us together; some are loud ones who keep us focused; some are vocal ones who can verbalize almost any thought, and some are instinctive leaders.  Though we identified ourselves initially as 'planners' or 'doers,' we now work in collaboration.”

Taking leadership roles, students have organized two sticker shock campaigns facilitated the Youth-Parent Open Circle, worked on the Addiction airing, a “be FREE!” Project Public Service Announcement, talked with State Senator Karen Spilka and Representative Paul Loscocco, encouraged approximately 97 high school students and 90 middle schoolers to sign pledges not to use drugs, and recently helped to launch the first annual MLK Day of Giving Back.

When the grant expires in July, what will sustain the momentum of this positive trend? READ MORE...

“Striding for SPEAC” Marathon Runner Chosen

First Marathon for Hopkinton mom


February 13, 2008 – Hopkinton’s Special Education Advisory Council (SPEAC) has selected Hopkinton resident Christy Mahoney to be its “Striding for SPEAC” runner in the Boston Marathon on April 21. Mahoney will be wearing SPEAC’s number and raising funds for SPEAC as she runs the 26.2 -mile course from Hopkinton to Boston.

“My initial reaction when I heard I was selected was pure excitement,” said Mahoney. “Then reality hit and my nerves kicked in!” This is Mahoney’s first marathon, although she has been a runner for 12 years. “I have always had a strong desire to make Boston my first marathon, and I was interested in running for a worthwhile charity,” she continued. “I think SPEAC does a great job of creating awareness within the school system and I’m excited to support SPEAC and generate a stronger presence within the area.”

Mahoney’s goal is to raise more than $2,500 for SPEAC. Anyone interested in contributing can mail a check made out to SPEAC to Christy Mahoney, 9 Lincoln Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748 or Kate Buckley, 10 North Mill Road, Hopkinton, MA 01748. Please note that since SPEAC is a non-profit organization, all donations are tax-deductible and also qualify for corporate matching programs.

Mahoney’s training schedule includes running five times a week – with a combination of short, medium and long runs – as well as doing yoga and weight training. “My biggest concern is avoiding an injury,” she stated. “I also want to be certain that my mental game is strong the day of the marathon.” She hopes to run the marathon in four hours.

Originally from Maryland, Mahoney moved to Hopkinton in August 2005 and lives with her husband Rob, six-year-old son Cole and two-year-old daughter Chase. She is a vice president for the Hopkinton MOMS Club and Co-Chair for the Hopkinton Education Foundation Gala. She also has a degree in business and marketing from the University of Maryland and is a Certified Meeting Planner.

Based in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, SPEAC is made up of parents and guardians working to ensure all children with special needs are educated effectively. For more information about sponsoring Mahoney in the Marathon, please contact Karen Weiskerger at 508-497-3959 or Amy Lincoln at 508-497-0172, or visit the SPEAC Web page listed under Support Organizations on the Hopkinton School District web site .

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Hopkinton Education Foundation’s 2008 Crystal Ball a Success

Over $25,000 Raised


February 13, 2008 -- The Hopkinton Education Foundation’s (HEF) 15th Anniversary Crystal Ball was held at the Crowne Plaza Natick on February 9th.  The event raised over $25,000 for the Hopkinton Public Schools. The proceeds will be used to fund grants for innovative educational programs submitted by teachers and administrators.

     Crystal Ball attendees enjoyed dinner, dancing to the band “One Step Ahead,” and a casino game room sponsored for the third year by Janet Carlson and Jeannine Coburn of Remax Executive Realty. Guests were treated to a special slide show set to the tune of “Thank You for Being a Friend” showcasing pictures of dozens of HEF supporters and grant programs that have been implemented across the years and continue to impact student learning today.

     HEF’s next fundraising event is the Tanglewood Marionettes puppet show “The Dragon King” on Saturday March 29 which will be performed at the First Congregational Church of Hopkinton. There will be two shows 11am and 1pm.

     Founded in 1992, the Hopkinton Education Foundation is a volunteer, non-profit corporation dedicated to providing grants to teachers that support the goals and curriculum of the Hopkinton public schools. To date, the HEF has funded more than 245 educational grants totaling more than $730,000.  For more information about the HEF, its fundraising activities and grant criteria, please visit

     Contact Maureen Belger for more information at

~ Content from the HEF

St. Valentine's Day Dining in Hopkinton

Give her the flowers, but save the candy for after dinner at any of our fine advertising supporters who are offering special menus on Valentine's Day and beyond.

Call For Reservations

Sauce on Main: 508-497-0015

Maria's Caffe Italiano: 508-497-0730

Ciao Time: 508-435-0022

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Incumbent Lyn Branscomb Not running Again

Another Seat Available on School Committee



I'm writing to tell you that I will not be pulling papers for re-election.

When I ran for School Committee, I gave up a seat on the Board of Directors at Employment Options, knowing that I can only take on one community service role at a time. Over the past couple of years, my family has brought up ideas for us to do together as a community service goal and I've had to say no. I don't know exactly what we'll be doing, but I don't want to make another three-year commitment at this time, so that I can leave myself open.

I just feel it's important for people to know that a seat is opening up -- they can push their friends and family to run. It's a great job and plays an important role in the community and for the school system.

Lyn Branscomb

8 Kerry Lane

Hopkinton 61, Norton 31

February 12,2008 — Nicole Driscoll earns a respectful distance from her Norton opponent at the Athletic Center Tuesday night, while Coco Ellis tries to position herself for the pass. Photo by Ben Lewis

Flame from Marathon, Greece to Visit, Reside in Hopkinton

Marathon Museum gets support

February 12, 2008 — HAA (Hopkinton Athletic Association) President Timothy Kilduff, Marathon Committee Chair Dorothy Ferriter and State Senator Karen Spilka visited the Selectmen Tuesday evening to discuss the coming of the flame from Marathon, Greece to Hopkinton to reside in Hopkinton for good, as a part of the twin-city relationship between the two towns.

      Mr. Kilduff and Senator Spilka visited Marathon, Greece recently, and brought back photos that showed a stadium of marble steps on the course of the Marathon, and a twin statue like the one currently situated at Weston Nurseries' front lawn that features Stylianos Kyriakides, called The Spirit of the Marathon. Mr. Kyriakides was the winner of the 50th Boston Marathon in 1946.

     During the dedication of the statue in 2006, Kyriakides' son, Dimitri visited Hopkinton with the candidate and now Mayor of Marathon, Spryro Zagaris, and met with former Governor, Greek American, Michael Dukakis and was feted by the HAA.

     Mr. Kilduff said that Mr. Zagaris brought back to his town, the way that Hopkinton deals with the Boston Marathon. The Flame of the Marathon Run will be brought to Hopkinton and displayed the for the first time on the Sunday before this April's Patriot's Day race. Mr. Kilduff suggested that a police detail could take the flame to Boston from the airport and then to Hopkinton.

     One Selectman asked why it wasn't coming to Hopkinton first.

     Selectman Michael Shepard said, "Because we don't have an airport here..."

     To which another Selectman replied, "—yet!" alluding to the failed effort to locate an airport in Hopkinton in the 1970's.

     Mr. Herr, who has run dozens of Marathons for the benefit of Dana Farber, said, "It sounds like a great opportunity for the town. Are there any expenses?"

     "One of our first acts would be to go and look for sponsors," Mr. Kilduff said.

     "When you to the Olympic Stadium, they have the flame there. It is a real honor that they asked for it to be in Hopkinton. It is a real credit to the HAA," said Senator Spilka.

     The Selectmen voted unanimously in favor of the idea.


Marathon Museum

     Mr. Kilduff next bought up the subject of a Marathon Museum to be located in Hopkinton (Previous story) with no cost to the town.

     "George V. Brown, a resident of Hopkinton, was involved in the BAA, a starter of the Marathon. I was in Toronto and saw him featured in the Hockey Hall of Fame along with his son, Tom Brown.

     "This town has a legitimate tie to the beginning of hockey," Mr. Kilduff said. Mr. Kilduff introduced Mr. Brown's Grandson, Thomas Burke to the Selectmen.

     Senator Spilka said, "There is no hall or museum of marathoning...It is very exciting for me to see this happening.

      "Our view is not to create a huge structure," said Mr. Kilduff, "but to start what no one else has done in the country.

      The Board members expressed positive feedback, but with no cost to the town.

      Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Muriel Kramer said, "I think we've heard form this Board some very enthusiastic support, but you've heard that the Town doesn't want to be in the business of running a Museum."

       A planned presentation of an expansion by the Hopkinton Library was postponed due to the weather.


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