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Three Golden Eggs

March 22, 2008 — These three girls won the top prizes at the Parks and Recreation commission Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Common today after finding the Golden Eggs. They are, from left, Emily Harris, 5˝, Marissa Prall, 7, and Lauren Donovan, 5.

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Top Rabbit

March 22, 2008 — The Easter Bunny made an early visit to Hopkinton today or the Park and Recreation Department's Annual Easter Egg Hunt. According to Director Mike Preite, nine bags of candy were distributed and 36 kids won prizes. The Police Department as well as the Leo Club, the student arm of the Lions CLub, donated their time their time.

    Alzheimer’s Presentation at Senior Center

April 7, 2008, 1:00 p.m.


   The ground breaking documentary “There is a Bridge” will be presented at the Senior Center on Mon., April 7, at 1:00.

   Beacon Hospice would like to share the wonderful gifts this film and closing discussion can provide to those who are touched by someone with Alzheimer’s. “There is a Bridge” includes interviews with preeminent thinkers and poignant footage of family members, caregivers and schoolchildren building emotionally rich relationships with people with dementia, revealing the depths of memory and personal identity not erased by Alzheimer’s.

   You too can find a bridge! This groundbreaking documentary may change the way you imagine Alzheimer’s disease — and quite possibly, how you see yourself.

   Everyone is welcome to attend this free program.

Welcome Back

March 21, 2008 — A pair of Canada geese found the open water at Lake Whitehall inviting this past week as they ate underwater vegetation and approached humans on the shore, giving them every opportunity to throw some food at them.

Double-Fatal Crash on Route 28 North in Malden


Today, at approximately 4:30 a.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Medford responded to a one-vehicle crash on Route 28 North, south of the Fellsway east/west split in Malden that resulted in two fatalities.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Martin Cooke indicates that a 1996 BMW sedan traveling northbound on Route 28, left the roadway striking a residence at 75 Fellsway in Malden. After the crash, the BMW caught fire but was subsequently extinguished by the Malden Fire Department.  A juvenile female passenger suffered serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to Mass. General Hospital A second passenger, 18 year-old Pauline Darilus of Somerville, was ejected, suffered serious injuries and was subsequently pronounced deceased.  The operator, 22 year-old Jean M. Olivier of Malden suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.


Preliminary information suggested that Darilus was a juvenile.  However, further investigation has confirmed that she is 18 years-old.  The identity of the female juvenile passenger is being withheld due to her age.


This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.  The Malden Fire Department, Masshighways and the DCR assisted Troopers at the scene.

 Hopkinton Patrolman Fired

"The next step is arbitration" ~ Officer Lemon


March 21, 2008 — During an executive session of the Board of Selectmen on March 11, 2008, the Board terminated eighteen-year veteran, 46 year-old Patrolman Tom Lemon (File photo). This action came just weeks after a December, 2007 probationary reinstatement.

     The reinstatement followed a six-month suspension that had also occurred during a marathon executive session, one that spanned at least two evenings. A previous suspension made public in 2006 was as a result of a family altercation, after which charges were filed and dropped.

      Although news of the firing has been circulating, it was not officially announced until today.

       In a letter to the Editor of HopNews, Town Manager Anthony Troiano writes, "The Hopkinton Board of Selectmen terminated Officer Lemon’s probationary employment on March 11th, 2008.  The termination was based solely on performance."

      The Selectmen refused a request for the minutes of the executive session meeting today, citing the Selectmen's order to not make it public when they approved the minutes. Mr. Troiano refused further comment. It is unlikely that the minutes will become public before the next level of the process.

       Officer Lemon, reached by telephone today, expressed optimism and said, "I disagree with the opinion about my performance being inadequate. The next step is arbitration."

       Chief of Police Thomas Irvin, reached today by telephone said, "The description from the Selectmen is accurate. There are no allegations that crimes were committed.

        "In that there is an appeal pending, I wouldn't comment any further," he said.

       "The agreement between the union and the town does have the possibility of judicial review of the [future] arbitration decision," replied Chief Irvin when asked about the process.

        Officer Lemon has gained a reputation in Hopkinton for community outreach in organizing the Senior Dinner and the Fishing Derby on behalf of his fellow police officers.

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School Committee to Vote on FY 09 Budget at First April Meeting

Members express frustration over lack of override

by Demian David Tebaldi

March 21, 2008 — School Committee Chair Rebecca Robak presented the committee’s revised fiscal year 2009 budget at last night’s public hearing, in response to the Board of Selectmen's vote against a $400,000 override at the Town Hall on Tuesday.  The new school budget represents a 1.4% increase over last year’s budget, and necessitates the elimination of 16 full time positions, reduces interventions for regular and special education, eliminates a planned computer buyout program, reduces professional development opportunities and increases fees to students at all grade levels.  While just over $700,000 is expected to be saved in such fashion, nearly $80,000 still needs to be trimmed to get to 1.2%, according to Ms. Robak, before it can be voted on at the April 3 meeting.


Specifically, professional position cuts within the school system call for the elimination of three regular teaching positions, three special education teaching positions and one administrative position, while up to nine support staff positions are expected to be lost.


“We’re still waiting for the revenue picture from the town to be firmed up,” Ms. Robak said.  “”State aid for the town hasn’t been determined, but apparently the state legislature has passed a resolution that they’re going to try to get that information to us sooner, to all the towns in Massachusetts earlier than they have in past years because they realize that, while the state budget isn’t finalized until closer to July 1, those towns that tend to have their budgets approved in the springtime are left with this huge question mark of ‘what is our actual revenue picture.’”


“It’s sort of a grim picture.  We had hoped for level services, had advocated for level services, but the Board of Selectmen didn’t think that was in the best interests of the town, and preferred that people stick with the existing revenues,” Ms. Robak said before opening the floor for comment.


“In fairness to the Board of Selectmen, it was a 3-2 vote, Selectman Herr and Selectman Pratt were in favor of level services, or as close to level services as possible, and advocated for an override to at least leave it in the hands of the voters to decide,” committee member David Stoldt said.  “Also, the differential between Hopkinton’s per-pupil spending and the state average may seem small at $675 per student, but across three thousand students, that’s over two million dollars less that we’re spending relative to the state average.”


“In addition to Selectmen Herr and Pratt voting for an override at Tuesday night’s meeting, I think it bears mentioning that a 2.5% increase in the budget was recommended by Town Manager Anthony Troiano as well,” added Superintendent Phelan.  “It was recommended by the Town Manager, had the consensus of all the department heads, including the school department.  Obviously, it would have required an override, but the Town Manager was in support of that.”


During a brief period for public comment, Mr. Ron Foisy came forward with a request for a citizen petition for an override to provide the schools with the required monies for a level services budget.


“Let the people vote [on an override],” he said.  “Vote it up, vote it down, but to me, it’s very frustrating to me as a parent to not give the people an opportunity to do that.”


Town Manager Anthony Troiano, present at the school committee meeting, partially addressed Mr. Foisy’s question when he sat at the meeting last night.


“I don’t believe that you can citizen’s petition an override,” Mr. Troiano said.  “I don’t have Ray Miyares [Town Counsel] here to advise me, but I think that you’d have to make a motion on the floor of the annual Town meeting to amend the money article that contains the budget.  What the outcome of that would be, I couldn’t tell you, if it was an unbalanced budget, I don’t think it could go to ballot…there’s a lot of ‘ifs’ there that I’m not quite certain what the outcome would be.”


While the public hearing moved toward closure, Mr. Troiano returned to the gallery.


“I’d like to say that it’s nice to see Tony walking,” committee member David Stoldt kidded.  “After having his legs cut out from him on Tuesday night.”

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Hair Raising

March 20, 2008 — The Middle School was alive with the sounds of electrically amplified instruments on Thursday, the eve of Good Friday, a day off from school, and for the teens in attendance, a great time for a Battle of the Bands, and for Dan Mueller's hair.

Hopkinton High School Alumni Athletes

To the Editor:

    As I read in  about the most recent, former Hopkinton track star earning collegiate All-American status (Tiana Riel of Boston College), I couldn't help but remember Hopkinton's first track star earning All-American honors - Christine Moschella. Christine went on to excel at arguably the best track and field program in the nation and an elite institution, Stanford University. Christine earned collegiate All-American honors all four years at Stanford as a sprinter and member of NCAA champion relay teams.

    I also thought about the current crop of Dick Bliss's high school All-American golfers now starring at the national collegiate level. Remarkably they all played on the same team and earned a state title. It is almost unthinkable to have three athletes performing simultaneously at the highest collegiate level from one team and certainly not from a small school like HHS.

  • Keegan Bradley - a senior at St. John's University and two time Massachusetts high school golfer of the year and now READ FULL LETTER (<---- Oops, link now works)


(Milford, MA.) On Thursday afternoon March 20, 2008 police detectives from the Milford Police Department and Massachusetts State Police executed a search warrant at 39 Glines Avenue, second floor apartment Milford, MA to search for illegal narcotics after a joint investigation. As a result of the search police found and seized over 14 grams of cocaine, a class B substance and an amount of cash. When detectives entered the premises they found four persons in a locked bedroom that were in the process of cutting cocaine. All four were subsequently arrested, transported to the police station and charged with the following crimes:

(1)Trafficking in Cocaine Ch 94C Sec 32E

(2)Possession of Class B cocaine with intent to distribute Ch 94C Sec 32A

(3)Conspiracy to Violate Controlled Substances Act Ch94C Sec 40

(4)Drug Free School Zone Violation Ch94C Sec32J

Those arrested include:

John E. Curll age 50 of 39 Glines Avenue Milford, MA
Wendy M Willitts age 43 of 132 Hill Street Millville, MA
Eric R. Young age 49 of 6 Shadowbrook Lane Milford, MA
Matthew J. Cunningham age 32 of 54 Lake Street Uxbridge, MA


For Sale


8 week old puppy, Shepard/Elkhound mix. Loves kids. Cute as a button. Has shots and papers to prove it. Dog crate, leash, food, accessories. $700. $600. Call 508-466-8291.

Fire Dept. Issues Warnings Over Building Plan

"There is not a second exit" ~ Claire Wright, Planning Board


March 20, 2008 — At last week's Planning Board meeting, Joe Strazzulla presented a plan to put an additional building on his lot at 81 Main Street, but was rebuffed by a board that was very concerned over letters from Deputy Fire Chief Ken Clark.

      In his first letter to the Board on February 25, 2008, Mr. Clark even disputes the claim that Mr. Strazzulla makes of his building square footage.

      "The cover sheet from the Planning Board for this review states 'a two story 6,020 square foot office building'." Mr. Clark writes.

      "The submitted plan," he writes, "shows a basement/foundation drawing that adds approximately three thousand and ten 93,010) square feet to the building for a total square footage exceeding nine thousand square feet." Mr. Clark goes on to say that any building over 7,500 square feet requires sprinklers.

     When confronted with this information, Mr. Strazzulla said his building does not require sprinklers.

     Mr. Clark said he would endorse the location and construction of the building with approved fire sprinklers.

     However, among other concerns expressed by Mr. Clark in this and a subsequent letter on March 10 were an access of only two sides for fire equipment, and the narrow driveway, which would necessitate fire apparatus to back out in an event. He called it a safety hazard for his personnel and the general public. Mr. Clark complains of no access around the building.

     "There is not a second exit," complained member Claire Wright, referring to only one entrance to the building, which is the front door shown in the plan above.

      "It is to small for a second exit," said Mr. Strazzulla. "As far as this letter [From Deputy Chief Clark], it is a Catch-22. he is talking about a building that is going in a lot that a truck can't turn around as it is."

      Mr. Clark's letter also pointed out that the proposed building is in close proximity to 77 Main Street, a brick structure with a large glass foyer and glass windows. Mr. Clark offered a very stark assessment.

      "In case of a fire in this building, I want to make you aware that as soon as the life safety of the occupants has been confirmed, all fire personnel will be removed from the building," he said.

       Nonetheless, Mr. Strazzulla asked the Board to approve his plan that evening, but they did not, citing the "red flags" over the Deputy Chief's study.

       The review will continue on March 24, 2008. 

Doyle to Run for Re-election


Parks & Recreation Commission - Three Year Term

Brendan Doyle - U                         2008






NOTE: Parks and Recreation member Michelle Gates announced last night that she will not be running for re-election this year. She has promised to run the musical shows on the Common for at least one more season.

To see the status of announced positions, please check out the Election 2008 button in the top area of the page at any time.

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Planning Board Looks at Legacy Farms Again

Green Grocer contemplated

by Robert Falcione

March 20, 2008 — Last night, the Planning Board held a continued Public Hearing on Boulder Capital's Legacy Farms zoning overlay changes called the OSMUD (Open Space Mixed Use Development) District.

      One of the first issues was setback requirements in the property, which is divided into different zoning districts. Boulder President Roy MacDowell suggested that there be a 100' setback from across the street in the Village Center District. He offered that the parking area and buildings would be adequately screened and incorporate a village type of walking area between stores, and would be further from the street than the current parking at Weston Nurseries, which has a narrow grassy strip between the parking and the street. Abutter Jane Moran expressed concern that other privately held parcels, particularly on Wilson Street, were not afforded the same level of distance from the development.

      The group also contemplated the maximum square footage of a building within the Village Center. The proposed language called for a 45,000 square foot building maximum, something Mr. MacDowell said was needed to attract an anchor store.

      "We'd love to see a green grocer," said Mr. MacDowell. "We've had multiple conversations with Dale [Dale Danahy, Colella's resident] — we're trying to work so no one gets hurt," he said.

      "We aren't looking for a big-box store. One of the cornerstones is to have a landscaping second to none.

      "For us, it is their [Weston Nurseries] signature — something first class," he said.

      "From some retailers' point of view, there's not enough traffic on the street to warrant a lot of retailers," he said.

       However, members Carol DeVeuve, Joe Markey, and Sandy Altamura expressed displeasure with the size, after which Mr. MacDowell offered a compromise at 38,000 square feet by right and 45,000 with a special Permit.

      The definition of Restricted Land again became a subject for discussion, with many admitting that the term takes the place of what was previously called Open Space.

      Traditionally, the proponents of open space in Hopkinton have limited its uses to passive uses such as hiking and horseback riding. The definition of Restricted Land does include those traditional uses, but expands it to include active recreation and appurtenances such as buildings needed for a snack shack for sporting events or warming hut for skating.

       Some people spoke against the part of the definition that would allow municipal uses, such as a school or cemetery, but acting Chairman RJ Dourney was quick to point out that that language was proposed by proponents of those uses, and not Boulder Capital.

       The Public Hearing was continued until Monday, March 24 in Room 215 at Town Hall.     

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No Way!

March 20, 2008 — Appropriations Committee Chairman Joe Karner said, "No way," when asked at the beginning of Wednesday night's meeting if the committee would be recommending an override at Town Meeting. The Selectmen voted on Tuesday evening against a motion for an override, instead insisting on a budget based on available funds.



Hopkinton High School Graduate,


Boston College's Tiana Riel was named an ALL AMERICAN 


She finished 11th at the National Championships this past weekend in the Women Indoor Pentathlon which consists of 5 events:        

                                                60 meter hurdles

                                                High Jump

                                                Shot Put

                                                Long Jump

                                                800 Meter Run

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Special Town Meeting Warrant Opened

Article due April 4, 2008 by 4:30 p.m.

The Board of Selectmen voted at its March 18, 2008 meeting to open the May 6, 2008 Special Town Meeting warrant on Friday, March 21, 2008. All articles or petitions to be included in the Special Town Meeting warrant must be received at the Town Manager's Office (508-497-9700) on or before Friday, April 4, 2008 by 4:30 p.m.  ~ Geri Holland

Sponsors Needed For:

Hopkinton Little League

4th annual 10,000 Draw

May 16th, 2008

Portuguese Club

     The Hopkinton Little League will be holding its 4th annual 10,000 Draw on May 16th, 2008 at the Portuguese Club – a major fundraiser for the more than 1,100 boys and girls in the program. There will be approximately 600 attendees for this great event. We are currently in the process of recruiting sponsor for this great event!
     Sponsors who commit prior to 3/26/08 will be listed on our advertisement flyers to be distributed to all players and through out the town! Please email if you’d like to be listed on our flyers!
      Please see attached sponsor form for details. If you have any questions or need more information, I can be reached at (508) 981-0089.

2nd Annual Wine / Micro Beer & Food Tasting on Saturday April 5, 2008
at The Portuguese Club 119 Prospect HTS, Milford
Hosted by Milford Rotary Club

Come join us and taste some wonderful wines; micro brewed beer, fantastic food and entertainment on Saturday, April 5, 2008 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm at The Portuguese Club in Milford.

You will enjoy tasting fine wines and micro brewed beers as well as an array of wonderful foods from local restaurants and caterers in the area. “Grape Expectations” of Hopedale will provide wines and micro brewed beers. They will be bringing many vendors to pour and answer any questions you may have regarding a particular wine or beer. Purchase wine or beer that night and receive a discounted price. Wonderful restaurants and caterers from the area will be there to share some of their favorite dishes. For your listening enjoyment a jazz quartet will entertain us.
     Tickets may be purchased in advance at the following locations; Grape Expectations 156 Hartford Avenue in Hopedale 508-478-7007; Milford Federal Bank on Rt. 109, contact Mike DiCicco 508-478-3410; Medway Cooperative Bank contact is Mel McKee located on Rt. 109 in Medway phone 508-533-8661 x 24; Bright Insurance in Milford phone 508-473-0556; Holiday Inn Express 50 Fortune Blvd. contact is Donna Libby 508-634-1054 and at the Milford Area Chamber office in Milford; 508-473-6700.
     All proceeds of this event will support Milford Rotary sponsored area youth programs and scholarships. Tickets are $35.00 in advance or at the door.

Hopkinton Wine Presents

Wines of Spain

At The Tasting Place, Downstairs

March 26th

7:00 - 9:00


      For the first tasting of the 2008 Tasting Place season we will be joined by Don Ackerman of Dendor Wine Management and Gerry Shannon of Martignetti Companies for what promises to be a super Spanish Tasting.

      First among these will be wines from the Rioja Calificada, La Mancha, and Ribero del Duero growing regions.  Then, we will sample an excellent Sherry from the Montilla-Moriles region.

      As seating will be very limited, please reply to NOW to reserve your seat.

     As always, special pricing will be in effect for those attending the event.

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The Hopkinton Athletic Association presents


Event proceeds will benefit cancer research at Dana Farber

IT ALL STARTS.......AND ENDS.........HERE!!!


Date & Time:  9:00 AM on Saturday, May 24, 2008

Start & Finish:  Hopkinton High School, Route 85

For Runners of All Levels and Abilities

The event is designed to accommodate runners of all levels, with options available for individual team members to cover as few as 3.5 miles or as many as 13.1 miles.  The course's innovative design -- which divides the route into two 13.1 mile segments starting and finishing in the same location -- provides teams with a range of options, including a special "half course" option for three -person teams.

VISIT for more information & to register today!


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Comedy Night at Woodville R&G

The Woodville Rod and Gun Club is having a Comedy Night on Saturday, April 5. Tickets are $15.00 which include a dinner at 6:00 p.m. and a show at 7:00 p.m.  To purchase tickets and for more info call the club at 508-435-4148 or visit the club on Wood Street in Hopkinton.

$500 Scholarship

    The Woodville Rod and Gun Club in Hopkinton is offering a $500.00 scholarship to the graduating senior in the area towns who is pursuing a degree in environmental education from an accredited college. Go on line at for application forms.

Not a Convention

March 19, 2008 — More than a dozen uniformed police officers from Hopkinton, Milford, and the Mass State Police converged on a Hayward Street address after one of the departments received a call from a man believed to be despondent. The resolution is unknown.

ESL's Hopkinton Idol!
March 27, 7:00 p.m., HCAM-TV Studios

Sixteen contestants will be chosen.  There will be a $100 participation fee for those selected.  Auditioners must prepare a song and bring an accompaniment track (can usually be downloaded from itunes, but call us if you have trouble).  The winner will receive a studio session with HCAM-TV and a cd recording session with ESL.  Live cablecasts - April 18 - May 23 on HCAM (Fridays, 7:00 p.m. with the final two shows on Thursday, April 22 and Friday April 23. Internet recasts can be viewed starting the following day.  Voting will remain open to allow for internet viewers to vote.

Policemen's Ball Some Tickets Still Available


March 29 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. Call 508-497-3401 for tickets. Please check out the HopNews Calendar daily for upcoming events.

ELECTION 2008Another Parks and Recreation Candidate

Republican Kenneth Driscoll of Elizabeth Road has taken out papers for a 3 year stint on the Parks and Recreation Commission, bringing to 2 the number of challengers for two open positions. The incumbents, Brendan Doyle and Michelle Gates have yet to make their intentions public. Check the Election 2008 button, always at the top, at any time to find out who is running.

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Selectmen Say No Override

Well agreement penned

Above, Town manager Anthony Troiano speaks with Eagle Scouts, from right, Brian Anderson, Jonathan Taros and Scoutmaster, Phil Bartlett. Mr. Anderson earned his Eagle rank by conducting a blood drive last Memorial Day weekend. He said that so many people showed up that the Red Cross was unable to handle the volume.    

       Mr. Taros earned his Eagle rank by spending 200 hours helping build the Karl B. Mighton Trail, a hiking trail on North Mill Street.


Override Discussion

March 18,2008 — The Selectmen voted Tuesday evening against sending a budget to the Appropriations Committee that would include an override.

      Town Manager Anthony Troiano showed a $900,000 over-budget request from departments and the School Department, but presented a budget of $533,196 over available funds, even after cuts.

      "Without an override," said Mr. Troiano, "we'll be cutting staff and we'll be seeing a deterioration of roads."

       "I'll vote for an override for roads, and that's it," said Selectmen Vice-Chair Mary Pratt.

       "I will not support an override," said Selectman Mike Shepard early in the conversation.

       Selectman Brian Herr proposed an override with an additional contingency to fully fund a Youth Services Coordinator at $48,000, saying the market could dictate hiring one for that price for a full year, rather than the $31, 250 that some thought would be only enough for a half year.

       "I think we have a real responsibility to bring in a budget within our means," said Selectmen Chair Muriel Kramer, who said there is $1 million in taxes that people couldn't afford this year.

       Referring to the yearly Proposition 2˝ increase allowed by law, Selectman Matthew Zettek said, "The balanced budget is still a couple of hundred bucks more [per household] than last year."

        School Committee Chair Rebecca Robak pitched for an override, saying, "The town needs to continue to work with legacy Farms as a revenue generation." At build out, projected to be complete within ten years, the Legacy Farms project has been estimated to have a positive tax revenue effect on the town.

        "This $400,000 [override] can keep us whole until we start seeing the revenue.

        "I want to see it taken to the taxpayers," she said of a tax override.

       Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John Phelan said, "I want people to have the choice. From our perspective, we are feeling the hurt.

         "This budget is not providing level services. We are losing nine positions," he said.

        "The community is seeing a gradual erosion of services. We are asking you to give the citizens a chance," he said, pitching for support for an override budget that could eventually end up on the ballot.

         Mrs. Kramer entertained a motion to send an available-funds budget to Appropriations Committee. It passed unanimously.

         Mr. Herr's proposal for an override did not receive a second; but after lengthy discussion, Mrs. Pratt presented a nearly identical motion, for about $400,000, which failed.

         Mr. Troiano said that without an override, the School Department will need to make about $750,000 in cuts and the Town will need to make about $630,000 in cuts.

         Mrs. Kramer, Mr. Shepard, and Mr. Zettek voted against the override request.


Well Agreement

        Selectmen signed the agreement with Legacy Farms to allow it to develop a drinking water well [Alprilla Farms Well] on town property that would supply its project with a ceiling of 170,000 gallons per day, in trade for improvements to the town's water systems and possible extra water for the town.

       Town Counsel Ray Miyares said that if it works out, the town would own the well when it is complete, and at the least, if the site is not suitable, Legacy has the option of walking away, and the town has a "free fact" at no cost to itself.

       Mr. Miyares said that the Board of Public Works, who have the authority to approve the agreement, had voted — and he added "voted unanimously" after a question from Mr. Herr — but that the Selectmen need to sign in, because they are in charge of the roads and property.

       "Legacy will be performing tests of the wells for safety, quality and quantity [of water]," he said

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Woodville Rod and Gun Club Trout Derby 2008
April 19, 2008 - Lake Whitehall, Hopkinton MA - CASH PRIZES!!
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Hopkinton runner goes the distance to fight pediatric cancer
Running 2008 Boston Marathon for MassGeneral Cancer Care for Kids

BOSTON – March 18, 2008 — Hopkinton resident makes a statement. Sandy Xenos from this community is set to run the Boston Marathon with the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer… One Step at a Time on April 21, 2008. When the gun goes off, Xenos will be among thousands of runners setting out on the hallowed 26.2-mile course. But her run will prove more than a personal achievement; she is also running to benefit the young patients with cancer.
     The team has come a long way since its modest beginning in 1998, when a team of 10 runners raised almost $50,000 to support the pediatric cancer program. Now, a team of 122 runners has banked a cumulative $4-million and the number continues to rise. The Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Division at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children (MGHfC) directs 100-percent of this money, funds new treatments and programs that enhance the quality of life for its patients.
     Howard Weinstein, MD, chief of the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Division at MGHfC, says he started the team in 1998 “as a way to honor the brave young patients who face their own marathons” in the struggle to lead long, healthy lives. Weinstein has been organizing, raising money, rallying and running with the team ever since the team’s inception in 1998. On race day, his home at Mile 20 in Newton is opened to patients’ and runners’ friends and families. As many as 200 people gather to cheer on the team runners from that spot near the base of Heartbreak Hill.
     Runners on the MassGeneral Marathon Team come from all corners of the globe, from Hopkinton to New York and Illinois to Switzerland and Singapore. Months prior to the actual race, MassGeneral Marathon staff carefully pair most of these runners with a patient undergoing treatment at the MGHfC. One of the most memorable events of the entire marathon experience is the pasta dinner the night before the big race. It is an opportunity for runners to “carbo-load” and to celebrate both the runners and the patient-partners during a special ceremony where runners award their patient-partner with a marathon medal in front of friends and family members.
     “It’s truly a ceremony in which you don’t see any dry eyes in the audience,” says Weinstein. “The kids are so proud to be a part of the program. Some have been known to wear their medals for weeks after, not even taking them off when they go to sleep.”

Hopkinton Village Center Appealed — Again!

Hopkinton Gourmet seeking "Revocation of approval of site plan"

March 18, 2008 — The Planning Board's February 15, 2008 approval of a 45,000 square foot mixed use development behind 25-35 Main Street proposed by developer Ron Roux has been appealed. The project, which proposes a first floor of retail, second floor of offices, and third floor of living units, would offer all of the uses as condominiums that would be owner-occupied or rented spaces.

      Mr. Roux's project was previously approved by the Planning Board last year, and appealed to the Board of Appeals by Hopkinton Gourmet business owner David Phillips, and property owner of 43-45 Main Street, John Forster. The Board of Appeals sent it back to the Planning Board on technical issues, effectively voiding the approval, but not on the grounds that brought the matter before it in the first place, which was the loss of parking spaces on the street in front of the Gourmet as  a direct result of the project's entrance placement.

      There was another Public Hearing and another approval of the Site Plan Review by the Planning Board, which fast-tracked the approval. Now, the Appellant has appealed that approval and is asking that the Site plan Review be overturned for several reasons.

       Among the reasons: The site plan does not conform to the purpose and intent of the article and does not propose an appropriate and beneficial development of the site. The abutting property will be negatively affected by light, noise, vibrations and dust. It does not provide safety for pedestrians in and around the site. The scale is inconsistent with the surrounding area. The buildings cross lot lines. The plans do not meet the setback requirements. "The project results in lost parking on the adjoining public streets which is detrimental to the appellant."

       The Board of Appeals will need to schedule another Public Hearing to offer abutters and others another shot at it.

Ides of March

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Rollover on Mass Pike

March 18, 2008 — 10:00 a.m. The Mass Pike was backed up to Grafton after an early morning rollover at 6:32 a.m. by a tractor trailer truck in an area in Hopkinton that has seen more than its share of rollovers. A total of three vehicles were involved in the crash that sent one person to the hospital in the Hopkinton Ambulance.

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Traffic Advisory-Route 90 East in Hopkinton


Today, at approximately 6:32 a.m., due to a rollover crash involving a Semi-Tractor-Trailer on Route 90 East prior to exit 11A in Hopkinton, all lanes of Route 90 East were closed. The roadway will remain closed for an indeterminate amount of time. It is expected that this road closure will have an adverse affect on the morning commute and travelers are asked to seek alternate routes.


Planning Board Tunes OSMUD

Sandy Altamura calls for resignation of fellow member

March 17, 2008 — A two-hour Planning Board meeting that contemplated the OSMUD District, a voluminous set of zoning changes being readied for Town Meeting, was punctuated at the close of tonight's Public Hearing by a call for the resignation of a usually absent, elected member of the Board, Evan Ballantyne.

      "I don't think it's right to keep someone on the Board who doesn't show up," said Planning Board member Sandy Altamura.

      "It's not fair to applicants to have an eight-member board," said Second Vice-Chair Joe Markey.

      Most boards and committees have an odd number of members to avoid tie votes. In addition, a member cannot vote on a matter after a specific number of absences, bringing the available number of voting members lower than desired by an applicant, sometimes creating the need for additional meetings to build a larger body of eligible voting members.

      "He has shown up three or fours times since last May," said Mrs. Altamura. One member cited Mr. Ballantyne's work commitments.

      "He wants to be on the Board," said Chairman Mark Abate in response to a question about his knowledge of Mr. Ballantyne's intentions.

      "I don't care if he wants to be on the board," said Mrs. Altamura. After the meeting a reporter asked her what she would suggest.

      "If he doesn't show up, he should resign," she said.

      First Vice-Chair RJ Dourney said in response to a question about the process of removal, "The Charter says he has to be recalled, or he has to resign."



     The beginning of the meeting snagged on the definition in the document of "Restricted Land," of which Mrs. Altamura said, "We have changed the definition of open space. I think this is something we have to review."

       A "Restricted Land Covenant" was defined in the document as "... a legally enforceable restriction or covenant.."

       "Whoever holds that covenant can change it," said member John Coolidge, a proponent of the passive use of open space, and the leader of the Whitehall Land purchase in 2006. Mr. Coolidge has proposed restrictions on the Whitehall land that the town purchased for $2.65 million, that precludes active recreation.

       Ken Weismantel, Planning Board member who doubles as Chairman of Zoning Advisory Committee, said, "We wanted this land to be substantially more than conservation-restricted [CR] land."

        The language in the passage allows land in its natural state, restored and landscaped land, land for agricultural uses, and land improved for active and passive recreational uses as well as municipal uses, food preparation and more — substantially more uses than conservation-restricted land. The same paragraph called for municipal uses on the restricted land.

        Roy MacDowell, President of Boulder Capital, proponents of the Legacy Farms project said, "We are talking about 500 acres and a portion for ball fields.

        "It's [municipal uses] not really our argument. If you have minor municipal uses, we can talk about it," he said.

       Someone in the audience suggested a cemetery in the open space, another suggested the possible future need for a school — and nothing was ruled out.

       The Public Hearing will reconvene at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the upstairs Fire Station Meeting Room.  

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