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Fatal Crash on Route 6A in Bourne



On Thursday, April 3, 2008 at approximately 4:30 p.m. troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Bourne responded to a three-vehicle crash on Route 6A (Sandwich Road) East of the Gallo Ice Arena in the Town of Bourne that resulted in two fatalities and one serious injury.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper William Bates indicates that 46-year-old Janet Sweeney of West Barnstable was operating a 1989 Ford Bronco SUV eastbound on Route 6A when her vehicle crossed the double yellow lines and collided head-on with a 2004 white box truck, operated by 39-year-old John Wales of Bridgewater, which was traveling westbound on Route 6A.  After the initial crash, a 2006 Subaru Tribeca SUV, operated by 46-year-old Janet Montville of Buzzards Bay, collided with the rear of the box truck while traveling in the westbound lane.  Sweeney, who was not wearing her safety belt, was ejected from the vehicle, suffered serious injuries in the crash, and was declared deceased at the scene.  Wales also suffered serious injuries in the crash and was declared deceased at the scene.  A passenger in the box truck, 41-year-old Lezito Filho, was transported by ambulance to Tobey Hospital in Wareham and later taken by medical helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston with serious injuries.  Montville, who was wearing her safety belt, was uninjured in the crash.  It is unknown if Wales or Filho were wearing safety belts at the time of the crash.


This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. The Bourne Fire Department, Bourne Police Department, and MassHighways assisted troopers at the scene. 


Due to the investigation and vehicle removal Route 6A was closed between the Bourne Rotary and the Mid Cape Connector for approximately 3 hours.


Caliper Life Sciences Appoints Peter F. McAree

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

- Joseph H. Griffith IV Promoted to Vice President of Finance -
HOPKINTON, Mass, April 3, 2008 -- Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALP) today announced the promotion of Peter F. McAree to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. McAree previously served as Vice President of Finance at Caliper. Effective April 4, Thomas Higgins will step down from the position of CFO. McAree has more than 20 years of financial management and public accounting experience. Previously, McAree held the position of Chief Financial Officer of Zymark prior to the company’s merger with Caliper in 2003. He has also held numerous financial positions within the software and retail industries. McAree is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Bentley College.
     “We are fortunate to have a person of Peter’s capability and experience within Caliper and we are confident that his promotion to CFO will strengthen and streamline our financial organization and enable strong continuity with our investors and value creation activities,” said Kevin Hrusovsky, president and Chief Executive Officer.
     Additionally, the Company announced that Joseph H. Griffith IV, Caliper’s Corporate Controller, has been promoted and is assuming the role of Vice President of Finance.

Dykema Announces Candidacy for State Representative
Campaign Kick-Off Event Planned for April 15th

HOLLISTON – April 3, 2008 — Carolyn Dykema announced today that she will seek the 8th Middlesex District seat in the House of Representatives. The district includes all of Holliston and Hopkinton as well as precincts in Medway, Southborough and Westborough.
     Dykema, a Democrat, is the chairperson of the Holliston Planning Board and an executive board member of the MetroWest Growth Management Committee.
     “I see so many exciting opportunities for our towns,” Dykema said. “We need to be proactive in making them a reality.”
     Dykema’s focus is on what she calls “the three E’s” ─ economic development, the environment and education.
     “These are the issues that are important to people,” Dykema explained. “Voters in our district are concerned with easing property taxes, supporting our schools and protecting our water, air and open space. I share their concerns, and as a representative, I think I can be part of the solution.”
     Dykema believes her experience as a public servant and community volunteer will serve her well at the State House. In addition to her five-year term on the Holliston Planning Board, she serves on the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. In 2007, she was appointed by Governor Patrick to the eight-member Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board, which weighs in on the construction of new utility infrastructure state-wide.
     Dykema’s track record has earned her several early political endorsements, including the support of Barbara Gardner, former state representative of the 8th Middlesex District. Gardner serves as honorary chairperson of Dykema’s campaign.
     “Carolyn is exactly what our district needs,” Gardner said. “She’s smart and energetic and she knows how to get things done.”
     Dykema’s campaign director Wendy Kogan echoes Gardner’s sentiments, describing the 40-year-old candidate as “the most civic-minded person I’ve ever met.”
     “She’s good will walking,” laughed Kogan. Kogan credits Dykema for her involvement with “Operation Help and Hope,” a Holliston-based relief effort that has shipped more than $35,000 of food, clothing and supplies to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
     “Carolyn will bring the same level of passion and commitment to the State House,” Kogan said. “She’ll be a full-time, proactive representative for our towns.”
      “I really want to engage our community,” said Dykema. She notes that one of the first things she will do, if elected, is reach out to the community through regular public office hours and an interactive website.
      Dykema, a graduate of Wellesley College and the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, has lived in Holliston with her husband, Bill, for the past 14 years. They have three children in the public school system.
      Her campaign kick-off event will take place on Tuesday, April 15th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Casey’s Crossing, 81 Railroad Street, in Holliston. The public is invited.

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 Green Ribbon Week


Several months ago, members from SADD (Students Against Destructive Behaviors), the beFREE! Project and Peer Leaders met to discuss substance abuse prevention. The result of these discussions was the creation of ‘Green Ribbon Week: Hillers Take a Stand Against Substance Use’, which was implemented the first week in April at Hopkinton High School. The timing of this campaign also coincided with the National Alcohol Awareness week.

The purpose of the Green Ribbon Week was to present a visible commitment to a safe, healthy and drug-free lifestyle. The objectives of the campaign were:
To create awareness concerning the problems related to the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs
To support the decision to live a healthy, drug-free lifestyle

The following were the week’s activities:

Monday 3/31 -- Grim Reaper Day
SADD coordinated this event to raise awareness of how many teen deaths are caused by drunk driving (1 every 32 minutes).  A message was read at the beginning of the day and a gong sounded every 32 minutes.  Each time the gong sounded, a "Grim Reaper" took a student from class, painted his/her face, gave the student a flower and returned the student to class.  The student was not able to speak for the rest of the day. READ FULL LETTER

Reflection for Patriot’s Day

     In Hopkinton on April 19th, 1775 in the early morning, a few men felt a special calling within themselves; they put down their tools for working in the fields, put the horse and plow back into the barn and said goodbye to their wives and children who were standing in their yards and waved to the men as they walked away. This was not going to be an ordinary day, to say the least.
     We all know the story how they marched to Concord and the first shot was heard around the world. The first shot represented the want and need of having Freedom and Liberty for all who dwelled in the new land. Think of how many wars have been fought, all over the world since that early morning, for the sake of Freedom.
      April is the time for planting seeds. Each one of us has the responsibility of planting the seeds of discernment, kindness and respect towards one another, from all cultures. If we don’t give or allow others to have Freedom and Liberty, we will lose it! I would say, what we want for our grandchildren and this dear country, in the future, really begins and starts with each one of us, doesn’t it?

Excerpt from April Senior Newsletter of piece written by Mary McLeod, now online.

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MSO TICKETS $5 off for HopNews readers

Reserve your ($15  $10) tickets now:

and pick them up 30 minutes prior to performance.

 Arthur Miller's
Death of a Salesman
April 11, 12, 18, 19 - 8:00 p.m.
at ESL, 30 Main Street Studio
Tickets $12


Enter Stage Left Theater will present Arthur Miller’s heart-wrenching classic, Death of a Salesman on April 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8:00 p.m.   The show features ESL actors from Hopkinton, Milford, Worcester, and Millis, and is directed by ESL co-founder Paul Champlin.  All shows will be held at ESL’s studio at 30 Main Street in Hopkinton and tickets are $12 per person. Tickets may be purchased by calling 508-435-2114 or at


"This powerful and relevant piece continues to touch and inspire, as it questions the validity of the post-war incarnation of the American Dream," Champlin said.  "This very fine cast has embraced its portrayal with great honesty, care and emotion, as issues of intimacy, betrayal and unrealized expectations are confronted."  


Ciao Time Catering, located next door to Enter Stage Left Theater at 28 Main Street, Hopkinton, will be offering a special dinner before the April 18 show.


Enter Stage Left Theater, Inc. is a non-profit performing arts center in Hopkinton offering theater education, training and performances for students of all ages.    For more information call 508-435-2114 or visit

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Hopkinton Photographer Wins Best of Show

Hopkinton photographer Steven Spiegel won an award at the Greater Lynn International Color Exhibit 2008 for a photo he took on an Alaska trip in 2006, and was shared first with HopNews readers at that time. Here is the link for the website

Ashland Tourney Champs

4th Grade Boys Basketball Team

1st Row: Will Yaggy, Grant Salois, Sam Lehman

2nd Row: Dan Murray, Trey McBride, Cam Gresham, Gwil O’Rourke, Nicholas Gammal, Connor Abate

Back Row: Coach Jack O’Rourke, Mick Cassata, Jake Doherty, Spencer Gorman, Coach Steve Gorman

Missing: Coach John McBride.    Contributed photo.

Ashland Tourney Champs

Hopkinton 7th grade boys basketball team, winners of the Ashland Youth Basketball Tournament.
Front Row (L-R) Ryan Bohlin, Ryan Sullivan, Connor Hudson, Shawn Palmer, Nate Miller
Back Row (L-R) Hank Rudden, Wesley Lowell, Tim Bolick, Rollie Muench, Jack Lampert

Contributed photo.

Return of the Blackbirds

April 3, 2008 — The red-winged blackbirds have made their return to North Pond, as the one above marks his territory with song.

Seniors'/Daisys' Tea

Above, Daisy, Allison Bird, 6, bestows some sort of honor on a fellow Daisy.

April 2, 2008 — Brownie Troop 2961 hosted The Daisy Tea today at the Senior Center.  The theme was “Stars and Stripes Forever.” The 50 Daisies as well as leaders, parents and senior citizens brought the number in attendance to about 200.

15 Students Taken to Milford  Regional for Evaluation

Fire extinguisher discharged on school bus


April 2, 2008 — Fifteen Elmwood School students were taken to Milford Regional Medical Center this morning for evaluation after an accidental partial discharge of a dry chemical fire extinguisher on a school-bound school bus.

       "A few tykes got a little exposure — they complained of scratchy eyes and itchy throats — we took fifteen kids and one adult to Milford Regional Medical Center," said Hopkinton Fire Lt. Stephen Slaman. "Later, we took another single kid to the hospital," he said, as a simple precaution. Lt. Slaman said they all checked out okay. 

       According to Lt. Slaman, it is believed a book bag may have inadvertently landed on it, causing the discharge.

       "We used all three ambulances. We have a lot of seats. The police helped buckle them in," he said.

(Photo for illustrative purposes only)



WOW! Check out Sauce's NEW website!



            Colonel Mark F. Delaney, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, announced that a “Sobriety Checkpoint” will be implemented by the Massachusetts State Police on a Secondary State Highway somewhere in Middlesex County on Saturday, April 5, 2008 and into Sunday, April 6, 2008


The purpose is to further educate the motoring public and strengthen the public’s awareness to the need of detecting and removing those motorists who operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from our roadways.  It will be operated during varied hours, the selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary, safety will be assured, and any inconveniences to motorists will be minimized with advance notice to reduce fear and anxiety.

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Selectmen Hear $6.5 million in Wants


by Demian David Tebaldi

April 2, 2008 — All of the various board chairpersons and department heads were on hand for the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen Quarterly Meeting last night.  After preliminary statements made by Town Manager Anthony Troiano, the assembly embarked on a lengthy discussion of each department’s capital and debt exclusions for the coming fiscal year.


Among the requested line items touched upon were repairs required at all of Hopkinton’s schools, including the renovation of Middle School’s auditorium to achieve compliance with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).  Mr. JT Gaucher, Director of Hopkinton’s Department of Public Works, had a long list, which included a new Ford F-350 to replace the highway foreman’s 2000 model, a new dump truck to replace an ageing vehicle, and an additional salt and sand storage building to complement the existing facilities.


“I talked with Maureen the other day, because I don’t know what we’re going to get back on our million dollars that we haven’t gotten back in taxes.  She felt that by the Fall, we might only get back $250,000 for capital items,” said Ms. Mary Pratt.  “With that truck at $42,000, could that be moved to the Fall, to buy with money from that?”


“As I said last week, we’re not counting on any of that money right now,” responded Mr. Troiano.  “Until that happens, we’re not counting on any of it.  We’ve gotten one bid that’s being evaluated by our attorneys, it’s not a good bid.  Remember, this has not been done anywhere yet in the state.  Under the new legislation passed in 2004 or 2006, I’m not sure which, no one has accomplished this task.  We’re not counting on revenue from that at this point.  If it develops, then we’ll have options to deal with non-recurring revenue capital expenditures.  When and if.  Tonight, you will have your chance to weigh in on each item individually.”


“Could we just cover this on a macro level first?” interjected Mr. Brian Herr.  “We have approximately six and a half million dollars of requests on this list. Approximately two point seven five million dollars is covered by surplus, so we’re still looking at three and half million dollars in increases to fill in this list and fund it.  A huge amount of money.  Based on our conversation a couple of weeks ago, I’m just surprised that we’re still going to spend a lot of time on this.


‘If all of these are going to go to Town Meeting, what kind of message have we sent, as fiscal overseers for Hopkinton.  From my perspective, we’re not doing our job communicating where we are at financially.  If we were doing our job, we wouldn’t have six and a half million dollars worth of stuff to go through.  It’s frustrating to me.  We’ve got to think about services, too, and we’ve turned away from that in the last couple of weeks.  I don’t fault anyone in the room, but if we were doing our job as leaders of the town, we would say there are no debt exclusions this year, we can’t add any more to our debt, in fact we want to set a dollar limit for our debt ceiling, and this isn’t there.  I’m ready to make a motion.”


“I’ll second it,” joked Selectman Mike Shepard.


“We want people to understand that everything they vote above and beyond the operating budget impacts their taxes,” said Board Chair Muriel Kramer.  “By process, we have a charter, and that’s not going to change tonight or in the near future.  Under the charter, all of the department heads get the opportunity to put forward what they need to sustain their department and their services.  It’s our job to take a look at them and make recommendations at the Town Meeting.”

Saturday, April 19th 10:30 am-12:30

Wake up and Smell the Poetry


Featuring Meg Kearney, Kathleen Aguero and Kate Chadbourne

with host Cheryl Perreault

Also offering open mic for poetry, songs and spoken word

Public welcome, free admission,

Coffee and free scones from Sauce on Main

HCAM Studios, 77 Main St., Hopkinton, MA

For seats, open mic and info:



45 East Street, Hopkinton MA 01748   (508) 435-9345




•  Healthy Kids Activities & Taste Testing
•  Climbing Tower
•  Nature Games
•  Obstacle Course
•  Ball Pit
•  Nature Crafts
•  Basketball and Soccer
•  Canoeing (weather pending)
•  Nature Hikes
•  Info available for all of our Camp, Childcare and Educational, and Outdoor Adventure programs.

MSO TICKETS $5 off for HopNews readers

Reserve your ($15  $10) tickets now:

and pick them up 30 minutes prior to performance.

MSO 2nd Annual Marathon Concert

Sunday, April 13th, 3:00 PM

HHS Auditorium

More Details

Future Leaders

April 1, 2008 — At a student government breakfast last week at Hopkinton High School, United States Congressman James McGovern reminded students that they are the leaders of he future, and encouraged them to become involved in public service.

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Thank you, Representative Paul Loscocco

Hopkinton owes Paul Loscocco a huge thank you for his work at the State House on behalf our residents. Representative Loscocco recently announced that he will not seek another term due to family considerations; he will be greatly missed.

Paul Loscocco has served as Hopkinton’s Representative in the State House for nearly eight years, and in that time he has accomplished a great deal for Hopkinton. It would be impossible to list all that he has accomplished on Hopkinton’s behalf, but highlights include improving the Town’s share of the Chapter 70 State Aid (that is the portion related to education funding), passing legislation that allows Hopkinton to borrow for large school projects over thirty years versus twenty thereby managing the debt more effectively, and getting funds in the State budget to support upkeep and maintenance of the Lake Maspenock Dam.

Mr. Loscocco also helped secure funding to repair the dam, gatehouse and roadway at Lake Whitehall helping the community and State work together on a large project that benefited both entities and used available resources most efficiently. Additionally Representative Loscocco logged countless hours helping Hopkinton work in partnership with the State to build the new Senior Center. The Senior Center is a source of great community pride and along with recent new schools, the fire station and the police station, serves as an indication of our commitment to Hopkinton residents of all ages. Representative Loscocco has worked tirelessly with town leaders on many important community initiatives.

Representative Loscocco has invested himself not only in our projects and initiatives but also into the very fabric of our community. He has held popular and well attended picnics for seniors each year and has attended numerous “big” events in his communities—Eagle Scout Award Ceremonies, Chamber of Commerce events and recognition dinners to name a few; Paul’s face is widely recognized and welcomed at milestone events. The time Mr. Loscocco took to attend and invest in our community events was an indication of how much care and dedication he brought, indeed continues to bring, to the job.
When he leaves office at the end of his current term, Representative Loscocco will be remembered appreciatively for having served Hopkinton with integrity, independence and tireless devotion.

Muriel Kramer
Hopkinton Board of Selectman, Chairwoman

April 1, 2008

Hopkinton 6th grade boys basketball team, winners of the Ashland and Franklin Youth Basketball Tournaments

Finished the season with a 22 - 4 record.

Front Row: (L-R): Nick D'Aloi, Andrew McMillan, Peter DeMarco, Evan Kutz and Kyle Clark

Back Row: (L-R): Coach Ken Clark, George Thissell, Chris Moberg, Shayne Kaminski, Nate MacDonald, Eric O'Neil, Coach Matt D'Aloi (missing from photo: Nick Casassa).


April 30, 2008 — Members of the Hopkinton Running Club ran a few laps around the Elmwood School Gym last week during the Meeting of he Eagles showing off their running accomplishments. They introduced their Marathon Fitness Challenge, encouraging each child to pace themselves, adding up each day of running until they reach 26.2 miles total over a ten-week period. The program begins next Monday.

Spring Fever

March 29, 2008 — This mute swan, like a cat with a ball of string, found some unseen inspiration to leave the water and charge about 40 feet away on Lake Whitehall last week.

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Drivers Ed Teacher Arrested on Child Porn Charges

FBI alleges he paid to view online


March 31, 2008 — Forty-five year-old Gregg Woodward of 31 Oliver Street in Milford, a twelve-year veteran of teaching at Foxborough High School, and a Driver's Education teacher at Hopkinton High School, was arrested by the FBI after allegedly paying to access child porn sites online.

      Mr. Woodward was immediately suspended without pay by the Foxborough school department. In a telephone message to parents, Superintendent Chris Martes said they had no reason to believe that any inappropriate activity took place in Foxborough.

     Hopkinton school authorities were quick to concur. He has been banned from Hopkinton High School property, according to a joint email letter by Hopkinton High School Principal John McCarthy and Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John Phelan that was sent out today.


The letter in full follows:


Dear Parents and Guardians,


The Hopkinton School District offers driver’s education through our Community Education Program. This service is offered through a contract with Teacher’s Driver’s Academy, which is owned by Thomas Murray, a teacher in the Foxborough School District


We have learned today from the Foxborough School District that Mr. Greg Woodward, an English teacher at Foxborough High School , has been arrested and charged with child pornography. Mr. Woodward is employed by the Teacher’s Driver’s Academy as a driver’s education teacher and has worked in Hopkinton since 2006. 


Effectively immediately, Mr. Woodward will no longer be teaching the driver’s education class in Hopkinton and will not be allowed on school district property. Mr. Thomas Murray, the owner of the company will be teaching the class.


At this time we have no evidence that any Hopkinton students have been victimized or that any inappropriate activity has occurred in Hopkinton. We have also not been contacted by police authorities on this matter. 


The High School crisis team is meeting to plan supports that students may need as a result of this incident. If you have any questions, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at 508-417-9360 or the High School Office at 508-497-9820.




Dr. John E. Phelan, Jr.

Superintendent of Schools


Mr. John. E. McCarthy

High School Principal


Two candidates fail to return papers


    All but two candidates who took out nomination papers have turned them at the Office of the Town Clerk.  The two candidates who failed to return their papers are Mark Abate - R, Incumbent, Planning Board, and Richard deMont - D, School Committee. Neither had been running for a seat that was opposed.

    The candidates have another shot at it from their party caucuses, the Democrats on April 4 at 7 pm at the Fire Station, and the Republicans on April 11, 5-7 pm in Room 211 at Town Hall.

    To be updated on the races, please check this button at any time: ELECTION 2008

Police News UP-TO-DATE  Today, March 31, 2008


10:49 am A walk-in reported that while he was playing softball with his daughter at Center School a large group of male runners entered the rear of the school and began urinating on school grounds...


10:30 am The manager of a South Street business reported that a male entered the building from the back door and refused to leave...


4:27 pm A resident of John Matthew Street reported that a deer was caught in their pool fence...


12:59 pm A resident of White Street reported that landscaping workers and cemetery workers were arguing...    

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for,  March 31, 2008






12 Paul Revere Path Oksana Rogerson $390,000 Mar. 25, 2008 Stagecoach Heights Realty, LLC
10 Walcott Valley Drive Choong Koo Kim & Oksoon Kim $215,000 Mar. 24, 2008 Mohammad Abouchleih
Previous update:        
8 Summer Street Shawn McGuinness $325,000 Mar. 14, 2008 Steven J. Nagle & Maria T. Nagle
9 Pinecrest Village Estela A. Shingleton $157, 335 Mar. 14, 2008 Bryan R. Kindl
20 Forest Lane Marie P. Lucking $335,000 Mar. 11, 2008 Kathleen C. Kilduff

See Full List back to February 1,  2007

Link above is renewed each week

The Science Guy

March 31, 2008 —   Hopkinton Freshmen Evan Kollmeyer and Seth Meldon are seen here talking with Bill Nye "The Science Guy" while attending the first Town Hall Meeting on Space sponsored by The Planetary Society at the Clay Center Observatory in Brookline, MA with Evan's parents. After attending a small reception, the group went outside to observe both the International Space Station and the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) as they passed overhead.

     The Planetary Society was founded by Carl Sagan and others to inspire and educate the world's public to become actively involved in guiding the course of space exploration.

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 From the Radical Middle

The Very Cold Shoulder


by Robert Falcione

March 30, 2008 — Despite taking all of the precautions known to modern man — short of wearing a white mask, disposable latex gloves, and living in a bubble — I have come down with the nastiest cold, or whatever it is, in about 15 years. What types of precautions can a person take to fend off the cold that's "going around?"

      Offer the cheek.

      In family or social groups, exchanging kisses with people you don't see every day is socially acceptable, and certainly highly desirable. But a peck on the cheek during cold and flu season has a world of advantages over a sloppy, wet exchange.

     As for the men, I was recently surprised when a well known official started casually washing with some pocket-antibacterial after each handshake he made. A sink, soap and hot water has done just as well for me, but hey, I'm not against learning even more efficient germophobia. Some say that doorknobs and handshakes are the most common ways to transmit colds and other diseases.

     "How did I get this dreaded disease?" I have wondered each day that I have been under its curse. It surely wasn't a doorknob, because I have made a science of not touching doorknobs. Doors, door-openers and knobs get the elbow, the rear-end or the jacket sleeve.

      Every cough with this cold feels like the little sharp-toothed baby from the Alien movie is going to burst through my rib cage and come to life at any moment. And there's nothing I'll be able to do about it, despite strengthening all of my stomach and chest muscles with each and every cough. In fact, if it ever does pop out, I'll need someone else to take the photo, because of the lethargy that came with the cold.

       Now, there's no reason to believe that the fear of germs is some sort of pathological disorder on my part. Come on, my fingernails are a normal length and I don't wear a mask. I call it being cautious, that's all, and recent interactions with a few fellow human beings have validated my concerns.

       For instance, since I have become ill, I have warned every person who has extended their hand to me for a cordial handshake, that I have a cold. Not once has anyone accuse me of having some sort of disorder. Not once did anyone insist on grabbing my hand and shaking it vigorously in some leap of faith and support.

       Not one person said, "You crazy old germophobe. Here, shake my hand while I refute your paranoia, thusly."

       In fact, every person withdrew their hand, thanked me for the information, and wished me well.

       The last time I got a cold this bad was after dining out at a brunch in Westborough about fifteen years ago.  READ FULL STORY...

MSO 2nd Annual Marathon Concert

Sunday, April 13th, 3:00 PM

HHS Auditorium



Mar 29, 2008 – [Hopkinton, MA] — The Hopkinton and Boston Athletic Associations proudly present Dr Peter L Cokkinias leading the MSO in the 2nd Annual Boston Marathon Kickoff Concert. The performance will kick off Hopkinton’s Marathon Week, a week of events leading up to the 112th running of the Boston Marathon, the worlds oldest and finest! Middlesex Savings Bank is the exclusive Concert Sponsor for this event. The performance will take place in Hopkinton High School's beautiful Auditorium on Sunday, April 13th, 3:00PM, 90 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, MA.

The unveiling of the newly forged Alfano Sculpture of George V Brown, Hopkinton’s First Citizen of Sport, will highlight the afternoon. George V. Brown’s involvement in Boston Marathon, US Olympic, and Ice Hockey is legendary in sport’s history.

The MSO will perform an array of orchestral masterpieces including Mars from the The Planets, Stravinsky’s Firebird, and Suppe’s Light Cavalry Overture. A guest celebrity “conductor” will make an appearance to lead the symphony in a rousing march.

Our special Guest Artist, Veteran Marathoner and Concert Pianist, Ronald Kmiec, will perform the majestic Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1. This performance will honor Kmiec’s 35th consecutive running of the Boston Marathon.

In collaboration with the New England Institute of Art, the MSO will play the World Premier of Chris Florio’s “Nenikékamen,” a piece depicting Greek soldier Pheidippides’ legendary run from the plains of Marathon to Athens with the news of the astounding victory over the superior Persian army. Florio will also create a spectacular interactive multimedia presentation to compliment the evening’s performance.

Tickets prices are $15 for Adults, $6 for Students and Seniors, Children under 12 are always free. They may be purchased at the door or through our website at . For further information or ticket reservations and purchases, visit our website, or email .

This concert is presented by the Hopkinton and Boston Athletic Associations, the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce, and funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, an agency that funds your local cultural council, and by the generosity of many donors in your community.

The whole family will enjoy this event - come and celebrate Hopkinton’s Marathon Week kickoff event with the MSO!

A splendid time is guaranteed for all!


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