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Two's Company, Brook's a Pond

April 9, 2008 — These two mallard ducks find the pond-like atmosphere of a swollen Whitehall Brook much to their liking.

How Much is That Doggie in the Stroller

April 9, 2008 — These two young ladies took their dogs for an outing at the State Park on Tuesday. The one in the stroller has only three legs.

Blood's Pond

April 9, 2008 — This rarely seen duck didn't stay still for many photos today on Blood's Pond.

Predators in the Skies

April 9, 2008 — The red-tailed hawk in the inset on the left was high above the turkey vulture and three of its cohorts this afternoon in Hopkinton near the reservoir.

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ASHLAND - Francesco P. "Frank" Perrone, 79, died Tuesday, April 8, 2008 in Natick. He was the husband of Jacqueline (Batty) Perrone, to whom he was married for 41 years.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his children Marc and his wife Jeanine of Cohasset, Kahron Dieter and her husband Jeffrey of Hopkinton, and five grandchildren.  Arrangements Complete.

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Selectmen Choose and Deny Ballot Questions

April 8, 2008 — Selectmen breezed over a laundry list of Town Meeting articles and decided to send some to the ballot box if passed, and to deny others.

       With very little discussion — the Board discussed heard most of the requests at their quarterly meeting — the Board voted against a salt storage shed, an F-350 truck, and $555,000 for land on Wood Street, under the DPW.

       In the Water Department column, they voted against a new dump truck, but pushed forward a $200,000 paint job for a water tank. They voted in favor of $500,000* for an Input/Infiltration study and a against a $45,000 service truck for the Sewer Department.

       The Fire Department had a request for an engine for $450,000, but the Capital Improvements Committee and the Selectmen voted not to put it on the ballot. However, because the truck won at the ballot last year, all that is needed for the item to be put on a debt exclusion is a vote at Town Meeting this year, according to Selectmen Chair Muriel Kramer.

        They did vote in favor of $157,232 for ADA compliance in a Board of Selectmen sponsored request, and $25,000 for assessment certification for the Board of Assessors.

        The Selectmen also voted in favor of $1,000,000 in CPC funds toward Fruit Street athletic fields, contingent on an agreement between sports organizations and the Parks and Recreation Department.

         The Downtown was a loser as the Selectmen voted against a total of $170,000 toward crosswalk updates and sidewalk repairs.

         The School Committee won the $525,000 Center School feasibility study, but was denied $206,000 for an upgrade of the Loop Road.

         In addition to the Fruit Street fields, the Community Preservation Commission got Selectmen's approval of ballot questions for the demolition of the Shepard house ($20,000), $6,000 for Whitehall trails and $10,000 for ADA compliance for the Library door.

          But CPC requests for a $5,000 historic buildings survey, $5,000 for work at the Route 85 stone bridge, and $10,000 for a fence at the Emerald Hills soccer field were all denied.

See the draft of the Special Town Meeting Warrant and the Town Meeting Warrant.

*Previously reported incorrectly.

Hopkinton 7, Holliston, 6

April 9, 2008 — Phil Calderon gets the angle on his opponent at Holliston on Tuesday.

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Flame to Reach Hopkinton on Saturday, April 19

Above, David Foster of the Ashland Planning Board at this afternoon's briefing at the Hopkinton Police Station. Ashland was the original start of the Boston Marathon, and has a park at that site on Pleasant Street dedicated to that history.

April 8, 2008 — The Flame of the Marathon Run, a gift from Hopkinton's Twin City, Marathon Greece, is tentatively set to arrive at the Hopkinton Common and then the Hopkinton Police Station for temporary safekeeping on Saturday, April 19. The flame will continue to burn on the Common until Patriot's Day, and the start of the race.

       The flame, which was lit for the first time last November at the tomb of the warriors of the Marathon battle of 490 b.c., will first arrive in Boston accompanied by the Mayor of Marathon, Greece, Spyros Zagaris, and the son of winner of the 1946 Boston Marathon, Dimitri Kyriakides, on Wednesday, April 16.

       Board of Selectman Chair Muriel Kramer said today, "Hopkinton is very much looking forward to a weekend of celebratory events in honor of our receiving the Flame of he Marathon Run.

       "We are pleased to continue to build our sister city relationship with Marathon, Greece.

       "Hopkinton is especially proud to have the flame housed permanently to honor the start of the Boston Marathon and our connection with Marathon, Greece," she said.

       Timothy Kilduff, President of the Hopkinton Athletic Association, said today that he hopes the flame will have a permanent home at a planned Marathon Museum on East Main Street. He was also quick to make the point that this flame has no relationship to the Olympic Flame, over which there have been many recent protests.        

Preview dozens of amazing baskets and items personalized by each kindergarten, first, second and third grade class at the Silent Auction Children's Basket preview on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough.

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Saturday  April 12 10-4
Sunday April 13 10-2

10 South Mill
Street, Hopkinton

Kids' toys, small furniture, garden tools, kitchen items, camp bed,
leather purses etc
- something to suit almost anyone !


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!

Starting THIS week, Colella's now open on Sundays!

Sellout Crowd! Marathon Concert Moved

To Hopkinton Middle School

The Hopkinton and Boston Athletic Associations join the MSO in Kicking off Hopkinton's Boston Marathon Week~ 2008

April 8, 2008 — 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 Middle School's Auditorium on Sunday, April 13th, 3:00PM, 88 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!

MSO TICKETS $5 off for HopNews readers

Reserve your ($15  $10) tickets now:

and pick them up 30 minutes prior to performance.

Scenic Road Proposal Gets Planning Board Nod

Strazzulla Building Passes

Legacy Farms Offers Traffic Mitigation

Above, Wilson Street looking north toward Howe Street in Ashland.


April 7, 2008 — The Planning Board held a hearing Monday evening to consider a citizens' petition gathered by Reservoir Road resident Julia Linnell, to make the section of Wilson Street north of Rafferty Road designated as a scenic road. Wilson Road is already a scenic road from East Main Street to Rafferty Road.

       Stone walls and trees are not allowed by right to be moved on scenic roads, and serious fines are imposed upon scofflaws who do not abide by the rules.

       The measure will be presented to Town Meeting voters next month and will need a 2/3 majority to pass, as do all zoning measures.

        Legacy Farms presented some traffic mitigation measures that it is proposing for roadways in and surrounding its project, as well as the Downtown area.

        Robert Nagi of the engineering firm VHB, speaking on behalf of Legacy Farms, presented traffic impacts of as much as an additional 500 vehicles per hour during rush hour on both East Main and West Main Streets at full build out of the project, expected to be in ten years.

        Mr. Nagi pointed out a main road to be developed through the southern section of the project, which he said would be expected to draw traffic away from Clinton Street, as well as its intersection with East Main Street.

        Another main feature of the project is a spine road from East Main Street to Rafferty Road, which would divert traffic ordinarily headed for the downtown turn at Cedar Street, lessening traffic at that intersection.

        Although they presented a phased traffic plan for the area of Frankland Road, the most ambitious change was to the Downtown intersection of Route 85 and Route 135.

        The long term plans call for widening of the roadways, the addition of a lane, and the addition of a merge lane. The short term plan, according to Boulder Capital President Roy MacDowell, is the installation of a "smart" traffic system that would increase the volume of the intersection by about 20%. He said that the Negotiating Team would like to see that system enabled as soon as the OSMUD is passed at Town Meeting.

        Joe Strazzulla had his proposed 83 Main Street building passed by a majority of the Planning Board despite a letter from Deputy Chief Ken Clark expressing serious concerns about safety on the lot and in the building in the case of a fire. He also expressed concerns about the lack of a sprinkler system and the lack of a second exit.

         "I am faced with three [Planning Board] members saying the Fire Department wishes the [building] code to be different," said Mr. Strazzulla.

         "This cannot justify the cost of a sprinkler system.

         "This is not a [building code] violation," he said.

         The Planning Board agreed and voted to approve Mr. Strazzulla's building.

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Up and Away

Above, Paul Kelley shows how it is done for the Hillers Monday afternoon, as he is way ahead of the pack.

Below, enjoy some more photos of Monday's sports taken by Ben Lewis.

Click on a thumbnail to see a larger photo.


Hopkinton 10, Bellingham 3


HOPKINTON - Eleanor M. McBride, 80, died at home Sunday, April 6, 2008 after battling cancer. Married 59 years to Hopkinton native Richard M. McBride, she was soothed by family and friends at bedside. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late John and Alice Marion (Flynn) MacDonald and predeceased by four brothers, John, Francis, Bobby and Paul MacDonald.

Ellie attended Framingham High School, and graduated from Framingham Union School of Nursing in 1948. After raising five children, she worked at St. Patrick's Manor in Framingham for nearly 30 years. An avid reader and gardener, she was known for her quick, but quiet, wit. Arrangements Complete


Note: Photo taken on 80th birthday.

Middlesex County Crime and Justice


State Police, US Marshals Find, Arrest Rape Suspect who had Escaped from Hospital


April 7, 2008 — Massachusetts State Police and United States Marshals this afternoon found and apprehended Anthony Flye, 38, the rape suspect who escaped from custody while at a New Bedford hospital. Flye had escaped March 25 from a bathroom at St. Luke’s Hospital, where he had been taken for treatment after injuring himself after jumping down a stairwell in a courtroom, and had been the subject of a manhunt by numerous law enforcement agencies. FULL STORY


Everett School Custodian, JV Basketball Coach Arraigned On Child Rape, Indecent Assault Charges


EVERETT – April 7, 2008 — Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone’s office informed the public today that an Everett man has been arraigned in connection with the alleged rape and indecent assault of a 12-year-old boy.


            Robert  J. Shea, 57, of Everett, was arrested Sunday evening and arraigned this morning in Malden District Court  on charges of  forcible child rape (two counts) and indecent assault and battery on a child under 14  (three counts).  Malden District Court Judge Matthew J. Nestor ordered Shea held on $15,000 cash bail with conditions including: no contact with victim and his family, no unsupervised contact with children under age 16, and GPS monitoring. FULL STORY

Meet the Government

April 7, 2008 —Last Wednesday Brownies Troop 3804 met with members of Town Hall to learn about Hopkinton town government.

 Front row: Isabelle Giordano, Julia Mann, Julianna Kramer, Sarah Lincoln, Kathryn Walsh, Allison Maffiore, Anna Joyce, Maddie McGuire, Emma LaCascia, Elizabeth MacDonald, Lauren Hamm, Mikayla Pucci.  Back row: Mary Maffiore (Brownie Leader), Muriel Kramer (Board of Selectmen),, Anthony Troiano (Town Manager), Gabrielle Giordano (Brownie Leader) and Kim Pucci (Brownie Leader).  Tour guide Geri Holland not shown.

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Fresh Pansies Here

April 7, 2008 — Carol Govan, who teaches a class on flower identification at the Garden in the Woods, delights in taking photos of new pansies at Weston Nurseries this afternoon.

Cut-A-Thon for the Hopkinton Athletic Association

April 14, 2008

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

April 7, 2008 — Ann-Michele Dragsbaek will be running the Boston Marathon, all 26.2 miles, with a number given for charity for the HAA. The number cost $2,250, the entire amount going to the Hopkinton Athletic Association for their charitable purposes. Although Ann-Michele has gotten pledges for some of the money, she and her "Angels" would like to offer the entire proceeds from haircuts ($15) and mini-manicures ($8) toward the cost of the bib number. The offer is good on April 14, 208 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. 

Police News UP-TO-DATE  Today, April 7, 2008


6:35 am Officer John Moran checked and spoke with the operator of a tractor trailer who was dragging a tree...


8:56 am A resident of Winter Street reported that they had a dirt bike stolen from their garage...


10:09 pm A cell phone caller reported that a motor vehicle was off of the roadway and in the woods on Cross Street...


4:26 am A caller from Teresa Road reported that her car alarm was going off and the houses motion light was on...    

Sponsored by the Hopkinton Police and the beFREE Coalition

Be Safe Question of the Day

Q. What percentage of 12 to 20 year-olds report being binge drinkers (having 4-5 drinks in a row)?

A. Nearly 20% of students aged 12 to 20 report being binge drinkers.

* From the Hopkinton Youth Risk Behavior Survey

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for,  April 7, 2008






8 Breakneck Hill Road Daniel Hargrave  & Lynn Hargrave $747,500 Apr. 01, 2008 Christopher J. Casella & Vanessa Casella
11 Norcross Road Kent E. Ferson & Anne L. Ferson $875,000 Mar. 31, 2008 Thomas E. Rollins
Previous update:        
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

See Full List back to February 1,  2007

Link above is renewed each week

Little League Parade 2008

April 6, 2008 — Despite the chilly weather, close to 1500 players, coaches and parents marched from the Common to Carrigan Park Sunday afternoon to throw out the first pitch and begin the season.

"First" Pitch

April 6, 2008 — Caleb Carbonneau tosses one to his dad while they await the start of the Little League parade on Sunday afternoon.

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Big Night in Framingham

Photographer Steve Spiegel joined scores of people at Framingham's Garden in the Woods and captured these Big Night Migration photos. Salamanders and other amphibians leave their seasonal shelters and head to the vernal pools of their birth to mate. Vernal pools are protected by Massachusetts law as a unique resource. The young of the amphibians are protected from predators in vernal pools because fish and other predators do not live in those isolated waters.

Open Mic at ESL

April 6, 2008 — Hopkinton's Ron Remillard was one of several performers at ESL's Open Mic, hosted by Barbara Kessler on Saturday night at the 30 Main Street studio.

"What Do You Mean, I'm Funny?"

April 6, 2008 — Woodville Rod and Gun Club became a fun club on Saturday night as a truly packed house enjoyed dinner and a troupe of comedians that followed.


Wednesday, April 9, 2008, 8:00 pm

Live from HCAM Studios, 77 Main Street, lower level, ch. 8 @comcast, ch. 30@verizon

Presentation by Dr. Phelan,  Presentation by Rebecca Robak, School Committee Chair
Question and answer period. Open to the public. Call in questions at 508-435-7887

Making a Difference


Congratulations to several Hopkinton Students!! Last fall, we collected entries for the PTA's National Reflections Program, open to all students in Hopkinton, The theme was titled "I can make a difference by..," This program supports the artistic categories of literature, photography, choreography, visual arts, film/video production and musical composition, Entries are collected throughout Massachusetts. Independent judges at the state level judge and award students by category and division.


Three Hopkinton students were awarded for their outstanding entries.:
Dance Choreography Intermediate Division 1 st Place Chloe DiMare Attends: Hopkins School -4th grade
Photography Intermediate Division 2nd Place Matthew Paolucci Attends: Hopkins School -4th grade
Visual Arts Primary Division 3rd Place Isabelle Simes Attends: Center School -Kindergarten

Congratulations to you and all the participants who prepared beautiful entries in this years' Reflections program. Students who placed will be recognized at the state level in Peabody, MA on May 4th from 2 -4PM. Those who placed first, will go onto the national competition. Good luck Chloe! Locally, we look forward to honoring all participants and those who placed at the HPTA year-end assembly on May 19th at Elmwood School. Get ready for next year's program! The theme is "Wow..." Thank you for your participation in this years' Reflections Program. Please join us in congratulating these individuals!!
Your Local Chairs,
Selina Paolucci & Deb Kelly

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Democratic Caucus Elects Candidates


April 5, 2008 — Hopkinton Democrats elected a slate of candidates at the Fire Station Friday evening in the 2008 Democratic Caucus.

        ELECTION 2008 To see a list of candidates, choose the Election 2008 button anytime. All of the candidates who took out nomination papers were elected at the caucus, including candidate for School Committee, Richard deMont, who took out nomination papers, but did not turn them in.

       One surprise candidate is Jane Moran, who was elected to run for Parks and Recreation Commission, bringing that list of candidates to four, including one Republican and two unenrolled candidates.

       Republicans will hold their caucus on April 11, 5-7 pm in Room 211 at Town Hall.

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HHS Band wins Gold at MICCA

The HHS Concert Band won a gold medal for the second consecutive year at the MICCA competition.  It's a great accomplishment.  As a result they will be performing either at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on 4/13 or Symphony Hall in Boston on 5/3. ~ A reader.

4TH Annual HHL $10,000 Draw



Join us for a night out to benefit the Hopkinton Little League and for the chance to win $10,000!

Location: Milford Portuguese Club     Cost: $100 per ticket (each ticket admits 2) 

ONLY 300 Tickets will be sold! • Includes Buffet Catered by Olivia's  • Includes beer, wine & soda through 10:00pm  • Cash Raffle and Silent Auction!  • DJ & Dancing 


Buy your tickets now!  Contact:

Maura Stanley by phone: 508-981-0089 by email:, tickets will be mailed after 4/18.  


What is it?

Your ticket number will be entered for the Grand Prize.

You do not have to be present to win the Grand Prize!

When ticket numbers are selected, they are disqualified.  There will be a number of disqualification prizes given.  When there are 10 tickets left, participants will be asked if they want to split the $10,000 or continue.  If any of the 10 left want to continue, we will disqualify 5 more.  The 5 will then be asked if they want to split or continue.  If any of the 5 left want to take a chance, 4 will be disqualified to determine the lucky $10,000 winner.  There are several consolations prizes as well.

 Please contact Maura Stanley

At 508-981-0089 if you are interested in sponsoring the event, or donating a prize.

NEW THIS YEAR:  Pick your luck number night! Join us Thursday April 17th at Cornell�s from 6 pm to 8 pm for a chance to pick your lucky number!  Buy 5 or more tickets that night and you�ll be able to reserve a table for your group (this will be the one chance to reserve a table and pick your lucky number).  All attendees will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win their $100 back!!  

Micca Competition

April 4, 2008 — Students from area schools took part in the Micca rating at the High School on Friday, which will continue on Saturday. Above, Hopkinton Middle School students perform.

Open Mic
30 Main Street
Hosted by Barbara Kessler
April 5th
$5 admission
Our first Open mic was a great success. Come and play or just listen.

Annual Town Meeting May 5, 2008
Annual Town Election May 19, 2008
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

Middlesex County Crime and Justice

             Framingham Fugitive from Top 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender List Arrested in Las Vegas

The Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section yesterday located a High Risk, Level 3 Sex Offender, who had failed to register as required under the law, in Las Vegas. State Police fugitive unit officers directed United States Marshals and Las Vegas officers to a specific area of the city, where 46-year-old Daniel J. Moody was found in a Toyota parked in a lot and taken into custody.

Moody was wanted by the Framingham Police Department for four counts of failing to register as a sex offender, subsequent offense. After authorities had determined that Moody may have fled Massachusetts, the office of Middlesex District Attorney Gerald Leone approved a nationwide rendition warrant for him. The case was assigned to the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, which immediately began following leads on Moody’s location. Moody also was placed on the State Police Top 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender List.


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 School Committee Meeting


EMC Corporation to Donate Hundreds of Laptops to Hopkinton Schools


By by Demian David Tebaldi


April 4, 2008 — Mrs. Kathy Dooley, Director of Technology for Hopkinton Public Schools, announced at Thursday’s School Committee meeting that EMC Corporation, the information storage giant and one of the region’s largest employers, intends to make a generous and continuing donation to the town’s educational resources in the days to come.


EMC, having recently moved from a computer leasing program to one of procurement, will be giving Hopkinton’s students the corporation’s “gently used laptops,” said Mrs. Dooley.  Working with Ms. Vicki Brisante, the new Community Development Manager for EMC, Mrs. Dooley has arranged for the school system to receive 76 Dell D600 laptops initially, and over 100 laptops annually.


“The corporation uses its laptops for three years, that’s their life cycle, then they donate them to schools,” Mrs. Dooley said.  “These are fairly high end, Pentium-M, 512 megs of memory.  They’ve asked us to receive them in two different deliveries, because each delivery is one giant skid, and that would make it easier for them.”


Indicating that she was in active, ongoing discussions with EMC’s Community Development Manager concerning this gift and other possible partnership scenarios, Mrs. Dooley said “we also talked about what we could expect in the future.  They said that as long as they have this procurement process in place, we could expect a minimum of 100 laptops a year.”


Primarily to be used for teachers’ stations, the used computers will replace those older models now being utilized by the school system.  The first delivery of computers is earmarked for the elementary school.  The school’s current computers will likely be rotated out through a disposal company that specializes in technological waste, and it was suggested that perhaps they could be used by other organizations in town, such as the public library or the senior center.


“This is a great example of us trying to compensate,” remarked Dr. John Phelan, Superintendent of Schools, thanking Mrs. Dooley for all of her hard work.  “We were asked to create cost efficiencies.  This will help to compensate for the lack of funding that we will experience in the next budget.  I’d like to think that we’re continuing to be creative.”

File photo

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Hopkinton Heroes

Front row, left to right: Rachel Calkins, Julie Joyce, Olivia Handrahan, Colleen Malloy, Kate Woelflein, Lily Clemente, Brendan Coccio, Kate Blake, Lauren Blake, Alex Danahy, Kathleena Thomson. Second row, left to right: Joel Campagna, Lisa Jones, Helene Royce-Tolland, Maureen Burns, Gail Wilkins, Jane Maguire, Craig Hay, Valerie Lechtanski, Nancy Mercer. Not pictured: Sharon Lisnow, Mary McQueeney


April 3, 2008 — The School Committee played host on Thursday evening to the group of students, above, and their Hopkinton Heroes behind them. Read about the HPTA program here.



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