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Sixth Grade Boys Undefeated in Regular Season

The 6th grade boys team finished the MetroWest Division 3 regular season undefeated at 12 - 0 following a 34 - 32 OT win over Dedham on Sunday.

Front Row: (left to right): Evan Kutz, Andrew McMillan, Nick D'Aloi, Peter DeMarco, Kyle Clark

Back Row: (left to right): Coach Matt D'Aloi, Eric O'Neil, Nathan MacDonald, Nick Casassa, Shayne Kaminski, Chris Moberg, George Thissell, Coach Ken Clark

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    The Hopkinton Senior Center wants to remind seniors that they must file federal income tax forms for 2007 in order to get a $300 tax rebate even if they do not earn enough to pay taxes.

   Tax preparers trained by AARP will be available to help with the forms. If you would like help, please call the Senior Center at (508) 497-9730 and leave your name and telephone number.

   The center is also scheduling appointments for those who file regularly or want to apply for the “circuit breaker” rebate. Please let the receptionist know what kind of appointment you require and ask about information you will need to bring.

Katherine (Soter) Argir, 94

Katherine (Soter) Argir, 94, a resident of Natick for 72 years, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 25, 2008 at the Bethany Healthcare Center in Framingham surrounded by her children.
      Born in Gjanci, Albania, she was the loving daughter of the late Dimitri and Arthemi (Nikola) Soter. Katherine emigrated from Albania when she was 6 years old and was raised in Worcester, Massachusetts.
      She was the beloved wife of the late Charles “Koci” Argir for 37 years until he passed away in 1971.

Arrangements complete


Registration for the 2008 Hopkinton Babe Ruth Baseball Season is now open and available online at

Boulder Capital Withdraws Preliminary Subdivision Plan

Planning Board defers reciprocation


Above, Town Counsel, left, some members of the Planning Board and the Board of Selectmen, as well as Town Manager Anthony Troiano, met with representatives of Boulder Capital out of the earshot of the public during a break in the Public Hearings, at a recess called by Planning Board Chairman Mark Abate (Photo taken through window).


February 25, 2008 — This evening, the Planning Board held a Public Hearing for people to weigh in with question's about Boulder Capital's proposed zoning change for its Legacy Farms OSMUD (Open Space Mixed Use Development), a development of 940 homes and 450,000 ft2 of commercial/retail space. The proposal combines modern building techniques and forward looking community plans, including neighborhood stores and  bus stops. This type of dense community development — sometimes called smart growth or Low Impact Development — clusters buildings to prevent sprawl, and leaves open space; in this case, hundreds of acres.

      Their proposal to change the zoning must go before Town Meeting on May 5, 2008, and pass with a 2/3 majority, as all zoning articles do. The zoning changes are an overlay district that would become effective at the start of construction on land that is now largely zoned agricultural.

      "Do we want to keep the zoning, or do we want to change the zoning?" asked Second Vice-Chair Joe Markey rhetorically, explaining in simple terms, the matter before the town.

      Abutter Jane Moran asked the Planning Board to consider drawing up some standards that would, "Drastically cut down on lawsuits."

     Alex Brown, a member of ZAC (Zoning Advisory Committee), spoke in favor of the proposed zoning changes, calling them "innovative."

     Abutter Chris Barry said, "I attended every meeting (ZAC) since it started and I was often the only member of the public. What document are we talking about? How are we going to allocate 15 minutes on documents we don't even understand?"


Rita L. Paradis, 85

HOPKINTON - Rita L. Paradis, 85, died Monday, February 25, 2008 at her home. Born in Sherborn, she was the daughter of the late William and Ella (Rock) Heaton. She was married to her husband, Alverie G. Paradis for the past 59 years.

Mrs. Paradis was a registered nurse and served as a second lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corp. She was later employed by various nursing homes in the area. She was a member of St. John's Church and for many years volunteered at the annual rummage sale. She managed the Thrift Shop at the Hopkinton Senior Center. Arrangements complete.

SPEAC Hosts Mid-Year Review with Dr. Esposito March 5

HOPKINTON, MASS. (February 25, 2008) – Hopkinton’s Special Education Advisory Council (SPEAC) will be hosting a Mid-Year Review with Student Services Director Dr. Kirsten Esposito from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5 at the Hopkinton Middle School Library. All interested parents are invited to take part in this open conversation about new plans for the Extended School Year and overall thoughts and concerns about Special Education and the schools. (Please note that this is NOT a forum for parents to discuss concerns about their specific situations – instead parents are encouraged to contact Dr. Esposito and request a private meeting with her.  The Special Education office number is 508-497-9850.)

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 visit the SPEAC Web page listed under Support Organizations on the Hopkinton School District web site

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"Understand Hopkinton’s Budget" by the HPTA

HPTA invites you to join your friends and neighbors for coffee and information at the CAA Building, 98 Hayden Rowe Street, Monday, March 3, 2008, 7:00 p.m. RSVP: , by 3/2/08
You’ll Learn:
The difference between a “level service” budget and a “level funded” budget and what they mean to you.
     How the budget affects the services you 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 your child(ren).
     The gap between the revenues the town has to spend and the cost of delivering the same services you receive 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.
The HPTA is looking forward to hosting you. Experts will be available to answer your questions.

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New ArrestsUP-TO-DATE Monday, February 25, 2007Police News UP-TO-DATE


8:52 pm A walk-in stated that she wanted her daughter picked up on a CHINS (child in need of services) from Davis Road.  Officer William Burchard responded and subsequently arrested a 17 year old female from Hopkinton...


2:54 am Officer Aaron O'Neil stated that he discovered a vehicle on a 495 ramp without any lights on. Sgt. John Porter responded and subsequently arrested a 22 year old male from Milford...


8:38 pm Officers Stephen Buckley and Matthew McNeil checked on two vehicles that were parked on Fruit Street.  A verbal warning was issued...


12:43 pm A walk-in reported finding what they believed to be dog carcasses on Phipps Street. Animal Control Officer William Proctor and Patrolman Stephen Buckley responded and...

Photo, left, ACO and Animal Rescue League.

Rita L. (Heaton) Paradis, 85

HOPKINTON - Rita L. (Heaton) Paradis, 85, died Monday, February 25, 2008 at her home. Funeral arrangements, under the direction of the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, are incomplete at this time.

 Division II, Swimming and Diving State Championships

For the Boys, from left to right, Matt Younis, will Olson, PJ Beauregard, Aaron Kollmeyer, and Chris Campbell.  Coach Bryan King in rear. For the Girls, from left to right, Alex Brown, Kayla Lewkowicz, Kathryn Roberts, and Kate Richardson.


February 25, 2008 — This past weekend, the Hiller Swimming and Diving Team competed in the Division II Swimming and Diving Championships.  On Saturday, the Boy’s were at Boston University for their meet.  In the first event, the quartet of Will Olson, Aaron Kollmeyer, Chris Campbell, and Matt Younis broke a three year-old school record in a time of 1:50.23.  Chris then placed 9th in the 50 freestyle, breaking the record of present Fordham standout, and former Hiller Sean Terry, with another school record swim in the 50 freestyle in a 22.77.  Chris followed this with a 6th place performance in the 100 butterfly, bettering his own record going a 56.06.  While the swimming was going on, diver PJ Beauregard was scoring his highest points ever, shattering his own record by over 30 points, and along the way, placing 4th in the meet, and qualifying for All –American.  Lastly, the four swimmers from the first event, combined for another record setting performance in the 400 free relay going a 3:35.55.


On Sunday, it was the girls turn.  In the 50 freestyle, sophomore Kayla Lewkowicz placed 14th with one of her best swims of the season.  Then, for the last event, the girls put together a great swim, and dropped 3 more seconds off their pervious best time, to place 10th.  The relay team was led off by Kayla who went a 59.7, followed by Junior Kathryn Roberts going a personal best 1:02.5, then sophomore Alex Brown with her best swim at a 1:00.75, and the relay was anchored with sophomore Kate Richardson with the fastest swim of the year at a 58!!  In two weeks, these four girls dropped almost 14 seconds in this relay.

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ESL’s All-Teen Production of Chekov’s Sneeze February 28 – March 2

February 20, 2008 -- Enter Stage Left Theater will be presenting Sneeze, a compilation of seven comic vignettes by Anton Chekov, on February 28, 29 and March 1 at 7:30 p.m., and on March 2 at 2:00 p.m. The performances feature a cast of thirteen teenagers from Blackstone, Hopkinton, Northbridge and Uxbridge and will take place at ESL’s studios at 30 Main Street in Hopkinton. Tickets are $10 and are available via ESL’s website, 

“This show is great fun for audiences from middle school age through adult, and places many of Chekov’s characters in situations that bring out the worst in them, like being forced to listen to an extremely bad script or accidentally sneezing on one’s boss,” said Dawn Anderson, the show’s director. “There is a lot of slapstick visual comedy and clever humor to keep the show moving, and the all-teen cast performs with skill and flair.”

The Hiller Hockey 2008 All Stars and Coach

 Left to right, Phil Calderone, Mike Curtin, Ben Carroll, Mike Preite, Coach Paul Hogan, PJ Burnham,J ake Krilovich and CJ Younis.

Fight or Flight

February 24, 2008 — This hooded merganser took to flight at the sight of the photographer trampling thorough the woods toward him today in the pond below the Whitehall Dam in Woodville.

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Turn Left

February 24, 2008 — Carly O'Shaughnessy gets ready to turn the corner against her opponent during the All-Star game at the High School Saturday evening.

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Everywhere a Sign

February 23, 2008 — These fans made their favorites well-known at Saturday's game.

Dick Bliss Receives Award

February 24, 2008 — Girls Varsity Basketball Coach Dick Bliss received a plaque after an announcement that the evening's All-Star game would be his last.

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Sasha Yatchenko to Perform Live at HCAM TV

77 Main Street

February 27, 2008

7:00 p.m.

 February 22, 2008   —  Studio Session Live proudly welcomes Sasha Yatchenko to perform on Wednesday 2/27/08 in the HCAM Studios at 77 Main Street in Hopkinton. Audience seated 6:30 to 6:50, and the show will start at 7:00 . Reservations are required but tickets are free. Go to    for tickets.

      Sasha Yatchenko is a young singer/songwriter from Hopkinton. Her one hour show will include jazz, folk, and original works, vocals with  keyboard. She will perform with three guest artists on guitar, including Bob Nicoll. .  Her voice has been compared to Nora Jones, but Sasha is an original.

      She took piano lessons on and off, but found her passion in writing. Sasha found it too time-consuming to learn to play a song from the sheet music and preferred to play it by ear, and began writing her own music when she was supposed to be practicing her lessons. 

     She entered the town talent show with an original composition Pitter Patter. Soon she was composing on a daily basis and looking for outlets where she could showcase her work. She has featured at area open mics.

     Please click on the link above to get an example of a past performance.

Off the Road Vehicle

February 22, 2008 — This Mercedes that left the road on Cedar Street at the beginning of the Flats was not alone this afternoon, as driving became treacherous all over town. There appears to be no salt or sand having been applied yet on this road.

Rural Character

February 22, 2008 — This building at Pratt's Farm is postcard-perfect in today's snowstorm.

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Back in Time

February 22, 2008 — The covered bridge over a stream at the Water Department property on Fruit Street is a throwback to another century during today's snowstorm.

Hopkinton TIDBITS:

     In addition to Officer Matthew McNeil receiving an award from MADD, more good news for the Hopkinton Police: Officer Timothy Brennan has been appointed Detective and Officer Philip Powers has been given the position of School Resource Officer for ALL of Hopkinton Schools.

      In addition Officer Stephen Buckley was the first on the scene when a woman was giving birth a few weeks ago. "I caught the baby," he said smiling. Firefighters also arrived on scene and transported the patients.

      Congratulations to former winning baseball coach Steve Simoes (File photo with bat), who has been hired as the new Hopkinton High School varsity football coach following the retirement of Dave Hughes, who had a three-decade run with the team. TIDBITS understands that Mark Stickney will also re-join the team as an assistant.     

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Selectmen to Discuss Legacy Farms Host Community Agreement

Wednesday, February 27 - 7:00 p.m. HMS Auditorium


February 22, 2008 — Next Wednesday, Selectmen will hold a meeting at the Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium to air negotiations and take input regarding the Legacy Farms proposed project of 940 units and 450,000 ft2 commercial/retail, and its Host Community agreement with the Town of Hopkinton.

      Proponent of the project, Boulder Capital, would like to be able to draw water for its project from a Town of Hopkinton well that it proposes to construct. The DPW Board is negotiating an agreement with Boulder to obtain some mitigation for the town in that regard. Boulder has drafted some language that speaks to that in a letter to the negotiating team.

      Additionally in the letter,  Boulder offers mitigation in the way of restoring 500 acres of open space, of which they say 470 would be open to the public.

      They have offered to build a public spine road through the northern parcel from Route 135 to Route 85, the only public road they plan for the property. All others, they propose, would be privately maintained at no cost to the public.

       Boulder has offered, in its letter to the town's negotiating team of Town manager Anthony Troiano, Town Counsel Ray Miyares, and Town Planner Elaine Lazarus, to use Low Impact Design guidelines, offer land for playing fields, and redesign the Hopkinton Town Common, among other points.

       In return, they would like the support of the Selectmen and Town Boards for the OSMUD bylaw at Town Meeting, support of a waiver of subdivision regulations, ConCom approval of Limited Projects for Spine Road, the granting of temporary and permanent easements, and more.

      "We met Wednesday. We both have outlines of what we think of a Host Agreement," said Town Manager, Anthony Troiano. "We are trying to get ideas and see what everyone else wants. We haven't shown them ours," he said.

       "The discussions are now beginning,"  Selectmen Chair Muriel Kramer said today.

       "It is all preliminary. It has just started," she said.

       Some participants in recent and past meetings have recommended impact fees as mitigation for what could be a higher population of students that could impact the need for another new school. Judi Barrett of Community Opportunities Group is now reviewing and studying on the Town's behalf, the fiscal impact analysis done by economist John Connery for Boulder Capital.

        The Town Manager has invited everyone to attend the meeting next Wednesday.

NOTE: Thanks to an astute reader, the link now goes to the correct URL:

New ArrestsUpdated today, Friday, February 22, 2007

Updated Friday, February 22, 2008

Thursday, February 21, 2008

8:48 and 8:59 p.m. Officer Matthew McNeil arrested a 17 year-old from Kimball Road and an 18 year-old from Hillcrest Drive in the rear parking lot at 77 West Main Street and charged them with Possession of a Class D Substance. 


5:05 p.m. Officer Jacob Campbell arrested Edward T. Nourse, 22, of 31 Morrison Lane, Westford on West Elm Street and charged him with Breaking and Entering in the Nighttime, Larceny from a Building, Larceny of a Motor Vehicle, Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License, Subsequent Offense, and Use of a Motor Vehicle Without Authority. Mr. Nourse is alleged to have taken the vehicle from a garage on Commonwealth Ave in Hopkinton.

Hopkinton Patrolman Matthew S. McNeil to receive award


February 21, 2008 — MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) has chosen Hopkinton Patrolman Matthew S. McNeil to be one of 110 Police Officers and State Troopers to receive the Drive For Life award for his part in making over 2,800 arrests in 2007.

      "MADD considers the men and women of Law Enforcement to be everyday heroes and the Drive For Life awards honor these unsung heroes who are committed to enforcing our drunk driving laws in Massachusetts," says MADD in a press release today.

        "Our roads are safer because of their dedication to OUI enforcement,"

        The guest speaker during the awards ceremony on February 26 at Devens will be Carl McDonald, retired from the Wyoming Highway Patrol and now working for MADD to enhance law enforcement initiatives.

(508) 497-0012
ROBERT W. FOSTER,Vice Chairman  



The Board of Appeals will hold a continuation of the Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 7:30 PM to hear all persons interested in the petition for a Special Permit and/or Variance filed by Omnipoint Communications, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of T-Mobile USA, Inc., c/o Craig M. Tateronis, Esq., Prince, Lobel, Glovsky & Tye LLP, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 2200, Boston, MA. Due to a conflict the Hopkinton High School Auditorium is not available therefore the Public Hearing will be held in the Hopkinton Town Hall, 2nd floor, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA.
Rory Warren

$33 Will Put Friends of the Common Over $30,000

Latest gazebo rendering revealed

February 21, 2008 — The Friends of the Common, a group of Hopkinton individuals working as private individuals, has collected nearly $30,000 toward the cause of replacing the Veterans' Memorial Gazebo on the Town Common.  The new design, depicted above and donated by architect Scott Richardson, features easy access for handicapped individuals, with a wrap-around ramp on the western side.

      In addition, Mr. Richardson has designed a projected stage area to bring the speakers or entertainers into an area of unobstructed views.

      Selectman Michael Shepard suggested that his fellow Selectmen support a grant for repair of the historic statue that is on the Common, something they voted unanimously for at the last meeting.

     The third leg of the Common restoration is a new landscape design, something that Boulder Capital has offered as some sort of mitigation in the Host Community Agreement negotiations. However, it is unclear if the redesign offer includes the cost of new plantings. 

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Hopkinton Mom Ashley McNamara wins $50.00 for sending a photo to match the location where our "God's Country" photo was taken, at the corner of Elm and Wood Streets. Congratulations!


February 20, 2008 — The shadow of the planet Earth cast by the Sun waxes across the lower part of the Moon on the left in this photo taken at 9:20 p.m. this evening from 24 Main Street, Hopkinton. The next three insets, clockwise (Sized to fit), were taken over the next 44 minutes. The one on the right can appear red to the naked eye, causing ancient writers to refer to the time when the "Moon turns to blood."

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   State Police Arrest One of Ten Most Wanted Sex Offenders in New Hampshire


     Brockton Police Seek Help Identifying Shooter of 88 Year-old


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Up With Kids

February 20, 2008 — Celia Jackson throws her arms in the air as instructed during an ESL presentation by Joel Warren on teaching kids to be the best they can be.

Free Admission to "Rock School" recital at ESL

Friday February 22, 2008


The Rock School is a vacation week study at Robinson Music of eight young musicians from 8-13 years old, who will perform in an open recital on Friday, February 27. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7:00 p.m. All ages are welcome. The show is free and open to the public. Enter Stage Left Theater is located at 30 Main Street in Hopkinton, MA 01748.

Evelyn (Etsell) Cahill, 84

Hopkinton — Evelyn (Etsell) Cahill, 84, of Mayhew Street died February 15, 2008 at Umass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester from complications of a stroke.

She leaves her husband of 50 years, Irving Campbell Cahill; a daughter Sue and husband Jim Gosnell of Sutton; three granddaughters Kristin, Heather and Rachael also of Sutton; 2 sisters, Martha E. Hall of Lakeville; Thelma Long of Hingham and many nieces and nephews. Arrangements Complete

God's Country

February 19, 2008 — What appears to be a scene from a cascade in a New Hampshire river is actually a stream located in Hopkinton. The first person to take a photo of this location and email it to wins $50.00; today only.

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Woodville Rod & Gun has decided to cancel the ice derby due to unsafe conditions on Lake Whitehall. There are large areas of open water and the edges are thin.

We hope to see all at the Annual Trout Derby in April.


Lee Wright

VP Woodville Rod & Gun Club

Sporting Committee Chairman

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 From the Office of the Town Manager:


Selectmen's Meeting February 27, 2008 - 7:00 p.m. HMS Auditorium


Legacy Farms Development Project Host Community Agreement with the Town of Hopkinton


The Hopkinton Board of Selectmen will host a public meeting Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School Auditorium.  The purpose of the meeting is to gather input from the public specific to the Host Community Agreement that is to be negotiated with Boulder Capital regarding the Legacy Farms Development Project.


The Host Community Agreement is intended to specifically address the phasing of the project over time to account for potential impacts and benefits to Hopkinton.  The agreement will also address specific measures to mitigate or compensate for impacts to the Town as well as address possible off-setting benefits for the community.


The Host Community Agreement is one of five major tasks ongoing to negotiate with Boulder Capital in preparation for May Town Meeting.  The State’s MEPA process is underway.  The Hopkinton Planning Board is conducting the necessary meetings and hearings to address the zoning (OSMUD), as well as the Master Plan.  Additionally, the DPW Board is negotiating the agreement that may allow Boulder Capital to develop the Alprilla Farm well-site.


This public meeting is not intended to be an opportunity for expansive presentations nor debate over the merits of the project.  The meeting is being held to allow the public to provide input to the Board of Selectmen and the Negotiating Team for their use in developing the Host Community Agreement with Boulder Capital.  Boulder Capital will be invited to attend.


Because of time constraints, it will likely be necessary to set a limit for speakers’ time at the microphone.  Members of the public are therefore encouraged to prepare and submit written comments to describe their suggestions in greater detail than will be possible in a single evening.


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