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Policemen's Ball

March 30, 2008 — The band, Tailspin, kept the Police Association dinner/dance hopping at the Portuguese Club in Milford on Saturday evening, where over 200 guests had dinner and and danced.

Artistic Women of Hopkinton

March 30, 2008 — The Hopkinton Library hosted a celebration of women's art on Saturday with visual art as well as performing art, such as Cheryl Melody, above.

Time of the Season

March 29, 2008 — It may have felt like winter on Saturday, but nonetheless, volunteers put up signs and raked and cleaned field areas for the upcoming Little League season.

Ashland Man Arrested in Holliston by Hopkinton PD

Charged with 7th OUI


March 29, 2008 — What started as a routine traffic stop on Ash Street for Hopkinton Patrolman Matthew McNeil, turned immediately into a Failure to Stop, as 45 year-old Steven Levine, 120 Central Street, Ashland, allegedly continued to drive after Officer McNeil turned on his cruiser's lights and his siren.

      The low-speed pursuit entered Prentice Street in Holliston, a continuation of Ash Street, as Officer Gregg DeBoer joined the incident as back up. Two Holliston Police personnel, Sgt. Denmar and Officer Ryan also responded. The suspect pulled into the parking lot of the Outpost Farm, which was closed at the time.

       Mr. Levine was charged with Resisting Arrest, Passing Violation, Marked Lanes Violation, No License in Possession, Speeding, Operating After Suspension Subsequent Offense, Negligent operation of a Motor Vehicle, Failure to Stop for Police, Use of a Motor Vehicle Involved in a Felony, and OUI Liquor, 7th Ofense.

Steve Burton to Speak to St. John's Men's Group

7:30 p.m. on April 16, 2008


St. John the Evangelist Church in Hopkinton will have a TESTAMENT men's group meeting at 7:30 p.m. on April 16, 2008. Steve Burton, WBZ-TV sportscaster and Hopkinton resident, will deliver a presentation titled "Making A Difference." Mr. Burton will elaborate on how a father can influence the lifetime of his children. Parents are invited to attend the presentation.

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Jean Rousseau, 77, Founder of Golden Spoon

Jean Rousseau, 77, of Hopkinton died peacefully at the MetroWest Medical Center after fighting a courageous battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). She would have celebrated her 78th birthday on April 9th.

Jean is survived by her loving husband Fred of fifty five years. She is also survived by two daughters and their husbands, Michelle and Tom Fillingim of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, Denise and Bill Stickney along with their three children, Christopher, Emily and Jonathan all of Hopkinton and several loving granddogs.
She also leaves one sister, Charlotte Pescosolido and her husband Joe of Marshfield. Jean is predeceased by a brother Dominic. Besides her immediate family, Jean leaves behind many wonderful and caring sisters-in-laws, brother-in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements Complete.

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Synchronicity and Serendipity

March 28, 2008 — These kayakers discover a peaceful, easy feeling as they paddle in a mirror image of one another, yesterday on the Hopkinton Reservoir.

Blue Ribbon Window Dressing

March 28, 2008 — Hopkinton Garden Club members Ruth Gorman and Deborah Coleman won first place at the 2008 Boston Flower Show for their window box design. Ruth Langh, Merylyn Mezitt and Leslie Skrzypczak (not pictured) also contributed to the project.

Student Government Breakfast

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Above, United States Congressman James McGovern -D addresses the gathering of students, teachers and administrators, as well as local and state governmental leaders.


March 28, 2008 — The School Department hosted the 14th Student Government Breakfast this morning and listened to government leaders who had heard the call to public service, many as youths themselves.

       Representative James McGovern said he had a history professor who said the world would not get better on its own.

      "Social change happens, because good, like-minded people make it happen," he said. He told the group of high school students that they are the greatest resource for his ideas. He said it was a joy to work with the hundreds of fellow congressmen, the 100 Senators; but taking a jab at President Bush, the Democrat said it was not always a joy to work with him.

      Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Muriel Kramer (Photo, below), said, "When I was in those seats, public service was the farthest thing from my mind. But it's good to see two of my classmates here today." Although unsaid she was referring to Rep. McGovern and fellow Selectman Matthew Zettek.


New ! Lower Prices at Maria's Caffe Italiano

Corner of South and Hayward Street


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Daily Luncheon Buffet

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Italian Festival Evening:

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-Monday thru Thursday 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Dining Room Parties:

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State Police Seek Public's Help in Crash

Driver not wearing seat is ejected - dies.


Today, at approximately 2:45 p.m. troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Foxboro responded to a one-vehicle crash on Route 95 northbound south of exit 3 in Attleboro that resulted in one fatality.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Michael Isom indicates that Pasulayman Jeng, age 39, of Providence, Rhode Island was operating a 1996 Ford Contour on Route 95 northbound in the left travel lane.  The vehicle lost control, going off the right side of the roadway, striking the guardrail.  Jeng, who was not wearing his safety belt, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene.  A five year old male passenger from Providence, who was wearing his safety belt, sustained minor injuries in the crash and was transported by ambulance to Hasbro Hospital in Providence.  The juvenile’s name is being withheld due to his 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 Attleboro Police Department, Attleboro EMS and MassHighways assisted troopers at the scene. 


State police are seeking information on an unknown red Toyota which may have been involved in the crash and left the scene.  The State Police urge anyone who may have witnessed the crash or who has information on the red Toyota that may have been involved to call the State Police Foxboro Barracks at 508-543-8550.

Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition’s

Against the Tide


Sixteenth Annual Metro Boston 7:30am - 12:00 pm Saturday, June 21, 2008, Hopkinton State Park, Hopkinton, MA

March 27, 2008 — The Deputy Chief of Hopkinton Fire Department, Ken Clark and Hopkinton businessman Rob Phipps are displaying their pride and support in exciting ways for a local fundraiser this summer. Against The Tide 2008 will take place at Hopkinton State Park, Hopkinton, MA, on Saturday, June 21st. Rob Phipps, President of The Phipps Insurance Agency of Hopkinton and Upton, Massachusetts, as well as Ashland Insurance Center of Ashland, MA, is proud to be a community sponsor for the Against the Tide event this summer.  Against The Tide is a fundraising event which raises money for Breast Cancer prevention research and education through the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) and its sister research organization, Silent Spring Institute.
     Cheryl Osimo, Outreach Coordinator for MBCC says, "We are honored that agency owner, Rob Phipps and his staff (File photo), have put forth their support for such an important area event.  Their hard work and publicity have contributed unparalleled amounts.” The MBCC has found his benevolence so impressive they have decided to grant the MBCC award to Phipps for his outstanding community service and support toward prevention.  Rob Phipps responds, "I don't know of anyone who has not been affected somehow by breast cancer, so I strongly support MBCC's focus on breast cancer prevention.  I am proud that Against the Tide provides an opportunity for people of all athletic abilities to participate in the swim, walk and kayak event and actively support MBCC’s goal of prevention.”
      Hopkinton, MA, resident Ken Clark, (File photo, red hat) is helping set the stage again this year, for Against The Tide 2008 along with his family. The Clark family will be at Hopkinton State Park on June 20th, the day before the event, placing buoys in the water to prepare a course for the swimmers. Ken Clark knows first hand the importance of the focus on prevention at MBCC. He says “The MBCC mission is a philosophy that instantly hits home with me. It is an honor for my family and I to assist the MBCC in this very small way to make their event a success.”
      Participants commit to raising a minimum contribution of $150, which must be donated on the day of the event, in order to participate in the festivities. Participants may enroll in as many components of the events as they would like. Participants are welcomed the day of the event with a free continental breakfast and an Against The Tide t shirt. All funds raised go directly to breast cancer prevention through the advocacy work of MBCC and research initiatives of its sister environmental organization, Silent Spring Institute. Registration materials, sponsor information, and fundraising ideas can be found at
     “Against the Tide is not a big, corporate show, but an event that celebrates families and individuals of all ages and abilities coming together to truly end this epidemic,” says Executive Director Deborah Shields; “It is empowering and uplifting to know that we are contributing towards a healthier future; one in which our mothers, daughters, and friends will not have to fear that they will be the one in seven diagnosed with breast cancer.”
     Breast cancer now strikes more women in the world than any other type of cancer. In the past 50 years, the lifetime risk of breast cancer has nearly tripled in the United States. In the 1940’s, a woman’s lifetime risk of breast cancer was 1 in 22. In the year 2002, the risk was 1 in 8 and is presently 1 in 7. The increasing prevalence reinforces the necessity to reverse the trend and prevent breast cancer from occurring in the first place.
     The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition is a nonprofit organization committed to stopping the breast cancer epidemic in Massachusetts through activism, advocacy, research and education. Founded in 1991, the focus of MBCC is to find the causes of breast cancer and seek real prevention against this devastating disease.
     For more information call 617-376-MBCC or visit .
Donations may be sent to the following address:
Against the Tide c/o MBCC , 1419 Hancock Street, Suite 202, Quincy, MA 02169.

2008 South Central Massachusetts Youth Basketball League 5th grade boys Champions 


The front row is Jimmy Hart, Danny Dragin, Adam Giordano, Patrick Ryan and Chase Lampert.  The back row is Coach Jim Hart, Jack Stauss, Patrick Egan, Jimmy Hervol, Mike Sullivan, Ted Hilger and Coach Kathy Dragin. Contributed Photo.

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Massachusetts State and Local Police Team Up to Reduce Aggressive and Distracted Driving


March 27, 2008 — The Massachusetts State Police and local police joined together Wednesday at the Natick District Court to raise awareness about the dangers of aggressive and distracted driving. The event kicked-off the Commonwealth’s 2008 “Road Respect” Mobilization, a statewide coordinated effort involving additional directed traffic enforcement and public information that runs through April 16, 2008. 


“Reducing the level of aggressive and distracted driving will keep our roadways safer,” said Massachusetts State Police Colonel Mark Delaney. “We ask all drivers in Massachusetts to take a moment to reflect on their own driving behavior, then work to improve on it all year-long to help make the roadways of Massachusetts safer and less stressful for everyone.”


The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security is providing $1.2 million of federal grant funds for the Road Respect Mobilization.


Registrar Anne Collins stated, “The Registry of Motor Vehicles is happy to be part of the Road Respect team that is working to save even more lives. The data is clear, to save lives we need drivers to slow down and wear their seatbelts. These are not complicated solutions, they do not require long term financing and high tech solutions.  They just require respect.”


James Butcher, an assistant chief probation officer in Westborough District Court, spoke to attendees about how aggressive driving ended the life of his 18-year-old daughter Courtney.  She was killed while riding as a passenger in a speed-related crash in Leicester in the spring of 2007.


For additional information on the Road Respect Mobilization as well as tips to avoid aggressive and distracted driving, go to .

The Friends of the Hopkinton Senior Citizens invite you to our next community meeting.  Please join us on Tuesday, April 1st at an information night beginning 7:00 p.m. at the Hopkinton Senior Center, 24 Mayhew.  We will also be looking for volunteers to sign up to help with the booth at the common during Marathon Weekend. For more information, please call or email Leda Arakelian, Co-President at 508.497.9181 or thearakelians@comcast .

April 11,12 The Kids Choir of the First Congregational Church is presenting a musical, "Holy Moses" at 7pm. Suggested donation is $2 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under. Please also consider donating a canned good item for local food pantries. There are 40 talented children, a live band, and awesome choreography. A fun night for everyone!


Please check out the Calendar daily for upcoming events.


Annual Town Meeting May 5
Annual Town Election May 19
Last day to register is April 15th. Office hours April 15th will be 8 am – 8 pm
Please contact the Town Clerk For Absentee Ballots

The Power of Forgiveness includes features with the Amish, Ground Zero, Beirut, and Belfast as well as interviews with renowned Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, best selling authors Thomas Moore and Marianne Williamson and others.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free program.

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Polly Brown and National Poetry Month

Thursday, April 3

April is National Poetry Month and the Hopkinton Women's Art Forum is honored to announce Hopkinton resident and poet, Polly Brown as our special guest feature of the month. Polly will be sharing her words of poetry and some of the stories about her life and how it has intersected and inspired her writing at the Cultural Arts Center.

The Cultural  Arts Center is located at 98 Hayden Rowe in Hopkinton, MA. This event is free and open to all women of the Hopkinton community and beyond.
To help plan for adequate seating, please rsvp 508-435-9222

Future scientist

Above is Cameron Connelly of Mrs. Prior's Class, Room 36, who took part in the Elmwood School Science Fair last week.

Meeting of the Eagles

Music Teacher, Mrs. Pat Diamond, leads the Elmwood School Handchime Choir, made up of fellow teachers, today during the Meeting of the Eagles, a school-wide assembly.



March 26, 2008 — The Elmwood School held their Meeting of he Eagles today, marching into their gymnasium to the sounds of a handchime choir and the adoration of their teachers and some parents.

       After the Pledge of Allegiance, Star Spangled Banner , group songs, and traditional acknowledgements, the children were treated to a couple of laps around the gymnasium by members of the Hopkinton Running Club and some children who have begun a Fitness Challenge.

       When the laps were complete, Hopkinton resident and mother of three, Margaret Kennedy, as well as Laura McKenzie, a member of the Hopkinton running Club and member of the Board of Directors of the HAA, presented their Marathon Fitness Challenge that the children will be encouraged to not only participate in, but to succeed.

        The HAA is sponsoring the free fitness program to encourage children to run a marathon, a half-mile at a time over the course of 10 weeks until the 26.2 mile distance — the distance of a world-class marathon — is reached. And it isn't just for fitness.

         Every participant gets an imprinted water bottle. At 13.1 miles, participants will receive a tee- shirt imprinted with the logo of the program. But that isn't enough.

         Every child who finishes the entire 26.2 miles will get a medal similar to the finishers of the Boston Marathon. But that isn't all.

         The Elmwood class that logs the most miles wins a "Beach Party."

         According to the preface to the log calendar, the goal is to learn how to pace, and not run too far too fast.

        The program will begin on April 7.


March 26, 2008 — Mt. Wachusett could be seen through a light haze on Tuesday from the Breakneck Hill Road area.

Rummage Sale at Senior Center

Thurs. and Fri., May 15 & 16, from 9:30 to 7:00

and Sat., 9:00 noon “bag day.”


      The Hopkinton Senior Center is a beehive of activity. From exercise classes to discussion groups to art lessons, there is always something to do. The center serves some 50 nutritious meals daily, provides over 300 round trip rides monthly and boasts what is often called the best outreach program in the area.
      The town built a beautiful new facility that opened in 2006 and the municipal budget pays for the maintenance, utilities etc., along with office expenses and six part-time staff. It does not cover programs, transportation or kitchen staff. The town did not buy the 14 passenger van or most of the building’s furnishings. Taxpayers did not foot the bill for the new computer system or the television or the stage.
      The 2nd Annual Rummage Sale will be held on May 15, 16 and 17. The Friends have rented a storage unit so they can begin taking large items sooner this year. They hope to bring in more small furniture and children’s clothing, items in short supply last year, and nearly anything else in clean, reusable condition. Exceptions are t.v.s, computer monitors and sofa beds.
If you would like to help the Senior Center to thrive and your neighbors to find affordable shopping, bring your treasures to the Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street, before May 10. Regular hours are 8:00 – 4:00 weekdays and the center will be open 8:00-noon on Saturday, May 3 and May 10 for drop offs.
      The Rummage Sale hours are Thurs. and Fri., May 15 & 16, from 9:30 to 7:00 and Sat., 9:00 noon “bag day.”

~ Sally Almy

Resident Lauds Selectmen for No Override Vote

~ Decries "Mudslinging"


      The town should recognize the Board of Selectmen for showing leadership in voting against an override.  Hard  decisions are never easy, ask anyone in corporate management.  Past boards have not been able to say “No” to budget increases.  I believe this vote will force every department to take a harder look at what is absolutely necessary. These steps are necessary during times of increased monthly household expenses.  Our food, heating fuel, property taxes, school fees, & gasoline have risen at a much higher rate than our earned wages in just the past 12 months. Many people in town have fixed monthly income or small annual wage increase. Town departments should manage to appropriated funds, not manage to “desired funds."

     To the benefit of all Hopkinton residents, all departments have worked diligently in the past several years to manage expenses.  The appropriations committee has created methods in the form of forums and budgeting tools to assist the town in appropriating funds fairly to all departments. Over the past 10 years, the Town has continuously increased funding for its school system and has successfully and strategically built a “best in class” system.  With that said, the school committee and the school administration are now challenged with enhancing academic programs (especially in Mathematics) using existing funds. The school committee and administration keep touting the “structural deficit”.  READ FULL LETTER

       UPDATE: At the end of the discussion of the OSMUD on Monday, the Planning Board approved sending the Article to the Town Meeting floor this May.

 Board of Selectmen Meeting


Good News for Downtown

Crosswalks & sidewalk Articles ~ DRC

Upgrading of 135/85 intersection ~ Boulder Capital



by Robert Falcione

March 25, 2008 — The Downtown got a few pieces of good news at the Selectmen's meeting on Tuesday evening.

     First, Anne Mattina, Ph.D., Chair of the Downtown Revitalization Committee (Photo), has proposed two Articles for Town Meeting in May.

     After studies of the sidewalks and the crosswalks, Dr. Mattina said that the sidewalks can be repaired for a total of $95,000.

     "It is the committee's position that the current condition of sidewalks present safety hazards to town residents and visitors." She called them unsafe for disabled as well as people with baby carriages, which keeps people from doing business Downtown.

     The next Article would upgrade the 9 crosswalks in the Downtown, with special attention to the intersection of Main and Church Streets. That total, according to Dr. Mattina, is $70,000.


Mitigation from Legacy Farms


     Town Counsel Ray Miyares said that the major spine road planned to go through the northern parcel of Legacy Farms would not have a positive effect on the current intersection of Routes 85 and 135. See the spine road here.

      Legacy plans for the East Main Street/ Frankland Road/Peach Street intersection include a turn lane and a pass-through lane, something that more than one person warned against as a change in the character of the area.

       Selectman Mike Shepard did note that the spine road could alleviate traffic coming from the southern parcel, which could avoid the Downtown.

     The good news for the Downtown, however, is that Boulder has seen fit to offer to fund the redesign of the lights and traffic flow of Main Street, Grove and Cedar.

      Attorney Miyares said there were proposals to make "East Main Street and Main Street bigger and wider and faster — all that can make the traffic go more smooth through town. It's not necessarily in the best interests of the town to make Main Street faster and to make it wider," he said. Downtown is a place that people want to be a pleasant place, not another [Route] 495. All these things that are called mitigation, we might want to look at a bit askance," he added.

       "We don't want to mitigate to damage the social aspects of the Downtown," he said.

       He said that Boulder's consultants believe the intersection's problems are the result of "ancient traffic signals" and that "Much of the flow can be improved right away for a relatively modest cost.

        "It would be a great benefit to the town at a relatively low cost," he said.


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Rapid Response

March 25, 2008 — Public Safety officials showed up at this minor accident on Main Street with no injuries in seconds today, shortly before noon.

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 Planning Board Meeting

83 Main Street Hearing Continued

• Joe Strazzulla leaves empty-handed, again

Legacy Farms fiscal impact gets discussed

•  New Veterans Memorial Gazebo approved

• OSMUD approved*


March 25, 2008 — The continuation of the Public Hearing for the building proposed by Joe Strazzulla to be constructed behind 81 Main Street got continued again due to concerns from members of the Board over remarks by Deputy Fire Chief, Ken Clark.

     In a series of two letters to the Board, the most recent one on March 10, 2008, Deputy Chief Clark has expressed concerns over access around the building for his firefighters, the lack of two exits, the lack of fire suppression, problems with fire equipment maneuvering in the property, and the proximity of the building to the adjacent building at 77 Main Street.

      "The Fire Department has said they will leave the building [In the event of a fire], once the people are evacuated, because the safety is compromised on so many levels," said member Claire Wright. Mr. Strazzulla, a former Planning Board member and current ZAC member, claimed his building was up to code.

       "I take exception for the need for us to go beyond the law," he said.

       Mr. Strazzulla said that he is allowed new sewer and water hookups, and that the he will be connecting to DPW systems. The town's engineering firm FS&T (Faye, Spofford and Thorndike) weighed in on the project with some questions.

       "He asks all those questions that he asks so he can get his fee," Mr. Strazzulla said.

       Board member John Coolidge said, "In 20 years, I've never seen a letter like this from the Fire Department. He says it's extremely unsafe."

       Mr. Strazzulla said, "I am unclear about the issues I need to address."

       The Board voted to continue the Public Hearing until April 7, 2008, and invite Deputy Chief Clark to attend.



      Scott Richardson presented the plan for the new Veterans Memorial Gazebo, and the Board approved it unanimously with very few minor suggestions. Mr. Richardson, a member of the private fundraising group Friends of the Common, said that this was the last stop for the plan. It had gotten approval from all other entities.


Legacy Farms

       The economist for Legacy Farms, John Connery, presented his opinion that the project will have "strong fiscal implications, whether current zoning or new zoning." Figures presented by developer Boulder Capital have claimed up to $3.7 million in positive tax revenue for the town after the project of 940 residential units and 450,000 square feet of commercial/retail space is complete.

         He ended his presentation to the Board saying that the revenue falls "squarely on the positive."

         The peer review expert for the town, Judi Barrett, who studied the Connery report, was not as optimistic in her written assessments to the Board, saying, "We are concerned about its assumptions, its general lack of evidence and documentation, its methodology weakness..."

         "A fiscal analysis would come with a phasing plan. We are without one.

         "It is difficult to say, 'Yes, this is positive'," she said Monday night.

         Mr. Markey boiled the differences down to being a mix of methodology between Mr. Connery and Ms. Barrett.

         Mr. Connery looked at the project as a development, and Ms. Barrett looked at it as a zoning change, Ms. Barrett said.

         Ms. Barrett said a phasing plan would demonstrate how parts of the development, in the order they are built, would affect the tax revenue.

        "Timing and location are everything," she said.

        "We are not going to saddle this community with a negative number," assured Boulder Capital President Roy MacDowell.

         Ms. Barrett also warned of the introduction of a TIF [Tax Increment Financing] that offer lower taxes for the promise of job creation. Mr. MacDowell said that they were not looking for TIFs

         Abutter Chris Barry asked said he found the $750,000 asking price for 2 bedroom townhouses "absurd."

         "236 students out of 2,000 people is a number that doesn't work — and we're all drinking the Kool-Aid," he said.

         However, in this case, both experts came close to the same number of bedrooms for the development.

         Mr. MacDowell said that outside of the main spine road, there will be no cost to the town for all the other roads, which will be privately maintained.

         In addition, he said that all buildings will have fire suppression.

         The OSMUD (Open Space Mixed Use Development), the package of zoning changes for the project, is targeted for Town Meeting, which begins on May 5, 2008.

        The HCA (Host Community Agreement) being hammered out by the town's negotiating team of Town Counsel Ray Miyares, Town Manager, Anthony Troiano, and Town Planner, Elaine Lazarus, should be ready before Town Meeting.

         After that, Legacy Farms will need to go before the Planning Board for a Special Permit for the project. 

       UPDATE: At the end of the discussion of the OSMUD, the Planning Board approved sending the Article to the Town Meeting floor this May.


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In the poll to the left, a concept requested by a top school department advocate, the "no override" position wins by a simple majority.


The 520 vote total would be an excessive number, except that we had over 3,000 solid visits today, a trend that has been on an upward climb since the manhunt a few days ago, when 5,000 true visits were recorded.


It might be good to note that the numbers seemed to go up evenly all day, although that is just anecdotal. The way the numbers of visits may rise on a particular day is interesting to know.


Did anyone receive an email? If you received an email from a sender about the poll, please let us know in the strictest of confidence. Was it a mass email? Knowing the dynamics helps to understand the results.


How accurate is the poll? The sample we get is a pretty good representation of the community, however the poll has been tempered with several times before, and there is no way of knowing if anyone added numbers. UPDATE: HopNews had over 2,100 unique visitors on Monday, and just over 4,000 visits, according to our new server-based tracking program. The ratio between the two is normal, leading a reasonable person to believe that it is possible no tampering went on. But the 4,000 figure is so high, extra votes could be lost in it.


Nonetheless, every poll ever done gets criticized by those who do not benefit from them. We'll know if it is accurate and representative if the question ever gets to the ballot box.

Lazy, Hazy Days of Spring

March 24, 2008 — This couple and their dog enjoyed the warm Sunday weather at Hopkinton State Park, laying on one of the boat landings. Neither the dog nor the couple wanted to be named.

Police News UP-TO-DATE 

Today, March 24, 2008

Click link for more!

2:57 pm A walk-in reported that two youths were looking into his car while he was at the cemetery on Mayhew Street and when they were spotted they ran away...


3:12 am Officer Linda Higgins arrested a 24 year old male from Hopkinton, on Hayden Rowe Street for a Warrant charge and also charged him with Assault, Wanton Destruction of Property over $250 and Possession of Class D Substance...


8:53 pm A caller complained about the noise coming from cleaning equipment in an East Main Street parking lot...


8:01 pm Officer William Burchard checked and spoke with a skate boarder who was dressed in all black ...


Hopkinton Native Earns Special Distinction


Thirty years on the Florida Bench


March 24, 2008 — Thanks to a reader who is friends with the family of Hopkinton native, Judge Paul W. Danahy, Jr., who recently began his thirtieth year on the Florida bench.

      According to The Record, a "Journal of the Appellate Practice Section," of the Florida Bar, Judge Danahy was surprised to arrive at a party in his honor in a room the size of a basketball court that had been named for him. 

     After accolades and testimonials, Judge Danahy was presented wit flowers in the newly named Judge Paul W. Danahy, Jr. Conference Room at the Tampa branch of the court on the Stetson University College of Law campus.

       Judge Danahy, a father of three and grandfather of many, recently donated a monument to the tragedy of 9-11 for display in Hopkinton.

       A full report may be read here at The Record.   


Photo courtesy of The Record.

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March 24, 2008 — This heron spotted in a marsh off of South Mill Street got tired of posing for still shots and decided to put a little distance between himself and the photographer this morning.

Revenue Enhancement and Cost Efficiency Strategies


Financial Plan Working Group live on HCAM-TV (Comcast channel 8 and Verizon channel 30)

Providing updates and answering questions from viewers.

Monday, March 24, 2008 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.

Last Fall a cross-department group of town officials calling itself the Financial Plan Working Group (FPWG) found that the annual gap between town revenues and expenses which has been running in the $1.5 – 2 million range in recent years could grow to $8 million in ten years if we continue business as usual.

The FPWG developed a number of ideas for generating new revenue or reducing the costs of providing town services. Many of the ideas will take a few years to yield results, but some of the ideas are already having an impact. Here are the statuses of some of the key items.

To improve the efficiency of the school department, officials re-engineered service delivery models in information technology and special education and pared funds in revolving accounts (off-budget accounts where grants and fees are held). This will save $700 thousand in next year’s budget without impacting services.

To contain health insurance costs, officials are in the process of concluding negotiations with town unions to introduce health insurance plan design changes that will reduce the town’s annual health insurance premium by about $300 thousand while simultaneously reducing the premiums paid by employees.

To improve the efficiency of legal services, officials hired a new firm as Town Counsel and instituted management practices that are expected to save $30 thousand next year.

To improve the workings of town government, officials have decided to consolidate information technology functions across all departments. They are also working diligently to identify efficiencies that could be realized by re-aligning human resources, buildings and grounds maintenance, purchasing, and procurement.

To support the development of Legacy Farms in a revenue-positive manner, officials are working diligently to prepare the Open Space Mixed Use Development (OSMUD) zoning article for Town Meeting, negotiate a Host Community Agreement with Boulder Capital to provide mitigation for impacts on the town, and close on an agreement for development of the Alprilla Farm well.

To entice higher-value development in the commercial areas of town, officials are aggressively pursuing resolution of litigation over the Fruit Street Waste Water Treatment (WWTF) Facility. Furthermore, the Selectmen have tasked the Town Manager with developing a plan to market the town to businesses.

Swan Lake Whitehall

March 23, 2008 — These mute swans are part of a half dozen who are hanging around part of Lake Whitehall, eating under the water, and posturing like geese do. The one on the left is showing off his stuff. Thanks go to a HopNews reader who directed the photographer to the location.

BABE RUTH Registration Closing Soon


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