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Hiller Baseball Wins 5th Straight

April 15, 2008 — Yesterday, the Hopkinton Hillers won their 5th straight Tri-valley game and senior Jon Carey picked up his 3rd win as the Hillers offense pounded out extra base hits on way to a 8-3 victory over the Wolverines of Westwood. It was the first game ever played in the new Russ Downs Field in Westwood. (Russ was a coach and teacher in the school system and former Athletic Director). The Hillers got great offense from Paul Ostrander 4 for 5 and Dan Muscatello collected 2 hits.

      Carey pitched 6.1 innings and was taken out for an injury and Lefty Bryan Guilmette took over and picked up the save. The Stickney nine will host rival Ashland on Wednesday and travel to Dover-Sherborn on Thursday before giving away to spring break next week. Hopkinton's Carey will pitch for Keene State next spring. The Hillers have a big game with Norton after the vacation with league supremacy on the line. Good job hillers its looking real good!!  ~ Peter Marso

Photo by John Collins

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Host Community Agreement With Legacy Farms Nears Completion

Neighbors show up in force to oppose Tetlow project

by Robert Falcione

April 14, 2008 — Although Bill Tetlow was not without supporters for his rezoning proposal from Resident Lake to Rural Business for the property he owns at Hayward Street and Old Town Road, the majority of the attendees at Monday's Planning Board meeting were opposed to the proposed change.

      The Planning Board voted on February 4 to not support passage of an Article at Town Meeting that his partner, Ken Weber, presented. Mr. Tetlow has said recently that Mr. Weber is no longer involved.

      In the meantime, Mr. Tetlow got a citizen's petition for an Article that will appear at Town Meeting to do the same thing. Mr. Tetlow presented a revised proposal that placed three buildings facing Hayward Street, screening the parking for the planned 20,000 square foot complex from the street. The previous plan showed parking between the street and the buildings, a configuration that is allowed in the Rural Business zone but not in the Downtown Business District.

      "This revised plan is a significant improvement over the other plan," said Chairman mark Abate, who met individually with Mr. Tetlow, and walked the property. Mr. Tetlow is hoping to gain the approval of the Planning Board at May's Town Meeting.

      Mr. Tetlow referred to the 1999 Master Plan, saying that this was the type of rezoning the plan called for. He mentioned that he had spoken in the past with medical and optical business as well as UPS, USPS and Whole Foods. "They don't even communicate [until it is rezoned]."

      One person speaking in favor of the project said that given 12,000 employees at EMC, Mr. Tetlow's project would have little impact on traffic.


Playground Ahoy!

April 14, 2008 — Jack Mahoney, 5, looks out a playful, overhanging porthole at EMC Park before the downpour on Saturday.

New Appointments

Resident donates rug and installation

April 14, 2008 — The office of the Treasurer/Collector got some new desks and dividers through what Treasurer Maureen Dwinnell attributes to some creating budgeting.

       "I've been here 20 years and the desks were here when I got here. We saved $7,500 by ending a lease on a very large machine," Mrs. Dwinnell said.

        "Marco [Downey Place resident Mark Dendonnen] donated and installed the carpet. I think his business [Upton Wholesale Carpet & Tile‎] should get a plug," she said.

        The old desks and chairs and other office furniture got recycled.

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                                                                       Police News UP-TO-DATE  Today, April 14, 2008


9:06 pm A walk-in complained to Officer William Burchard about a dark SUV turning grill mounted blue lights on to pass her...


6:33 pm A caller reported that teenagers were throwing tennis balls at passing motor vehicles on Maple Street...


8:49 am A walk-in reported that seven mailboxes had been damaged on Hayward Street...


2:15 pm A caller reported that a vehicle, which was passing him in traffic, threw something heavy at the windshield of his car...    

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for,  April 14, 2008






18 Longwood Drive Thomas Panetta & Doris B. Panetta $555,000 Apr. 11, 2008 Robert P. Skribiski & Elizabeth J. Skribiski
42 Sanctuary Lane Richard P. Winshman $460,075 Apr. 11, 2008 Weston Development Group Inc.
Previous update:        
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

See Full List back to February 1,  2007

Link above is renewed each week

Cut-A-Thon for the Hopkinton Athletic Association

Monday April 14, 2008

9:00 am - 1:00 pm


1 Claflin Common (Behind Garden Gate Florist)

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, 2008 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. 

Marathon Kickoff Concert

Above, Diane Patenaude plays harp for the orchestra on Sunday afternoon.


April 13, 2008 — The Metrowest Symphony Orchestra of Hopkinton  sold around 450 tickets for their Marathon kickoff concert on Sunday, in a concert that had to be moved from the High School Auditorium to the Middle School Auditorium, after the former venue, at 300 seats, sold out.

      A statue of George V. Brown, who has been called Hopkinton's First Citizen of Sport by Executive Director of the Boston Athletic Association,  was unveiled during the performance. The statue, sculpted by Hopkinton sculptor Michael Alfano, was commissioned by the Hopkinton Athletic Association. The statue is expected to be on display near the Start line on race day for the public to admire. 

      See some excerpts of the concert here: You Tube

Hopkinton Artists Guild Formed


     The founding meeting of the Hopkinton Artists Guild was well attended by both prominent and emerging Hopkinton and local artists. The group decided to open membership in the Guild to any individual who has a significant interest in the visual arts. In addition, all serious students of any age are encouraged to join as full members. 

     The benefits of membership are many and the cost is free. At monthly meetings, the activities will concentrate on member and invited guests' demonstrations of their area of artistic specialization, as well as a forum for the intellectual discussion of all aspects of the visual arts and its relevance to our lives. 

     The next meeting is on May 15, 2008 at the CAA facilities on Hayden Rowe Street at 7:00 PM will center on a demonstration by Hopkinton Sculptor, Michael Alfano, whose presentation is entitled Models to Monuments. The following month on June 12, 2008 at the CAA facilities at 7:00 PM, Suzanne Buccheri and her students will discuss the strategy and techniques of painting.

     The Hopkinton Artists Guild is sponsored by the Hopkinton Cultural Arts Association (CAA). Those who wish to join the group should contact Bill Moser (File photo) at (508)435-5773 or email at

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Hopkinton Police Association

11th Annual Fishing Derby

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Hopkinton Sportsmen's Club

95 Lumber Street

(Raindate, May 17)

8:30 - 9:00 am for children under 10 years-old

9:00 am - Noon for all children


• Free to all children

• Free T-Shirt to all children who register

• For Pre-Registration, call the station (508) 497-3401

• Pond will be stocked with trout • Bait will be provided

• Prizes awarded all day - Trophies at about Noon

• Free food for all

• To donate, please send check made out to Hopkinton Police Association c/o Phil Powers 74 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748

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Mark R. Kelley, 44


HOPKINTON - Mark R. Kelley, 44, died unexpectedly Saturday, April 12, 2008 in Milford.  Born in Natick, he was the son of the late Philip and Helen (Foster) Kelley.  He was a 1982 graduate of Hopkinton High School.  He worked as a self-employed house framer and carpenter in the Hopkinton area.  
He leaves five children, Kayla, Derek, Erynne, Zachary and Haley, all of Hopkinton, and his sister Kim Jefferson and her husband Daniel of Shrewsbury.  He also leaves his former wife, Jennifer (Hughes) Kelley of Milford, a close friend, Kelly Marino of Hopkinton, and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. 

Arrangements complete

Former Hopkinton Resident/Writer Dies

Perry Fitzpatrick

Perry Fitzpatrick, 72

 BLUFFTON. S.C. Perry Fitzpatrick died at his home in Sun City Hilton Head, S.C., on Saturday, April 12, 2008, after a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.


The husband of Claudia Godsil Fitzpatrick, he was 72. Born Irving Perry Fitzpatrick, in Glen Ridge, N.J., he was the son of the late Irving Fitzpatrick Jr., and the late Elizabeth Trenbath King. Raised in Montclair, N.J., he was graduated from The Kent School, Kent, Conn., and attended Haverford College, Haverford, Pa., before enlisting in the United States Air Force. ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE

Baseball Team Looking Good



by Peter Marso

     The Hiller Nine once again  are off to a great start with victories over Medfield, Millis, Bellingham, and Medway. Super pitching and a ton of offense have helped the Hillers into the drivers seat in the early stage of Tri-valley League baseball.

     The pitching contributes to outstanding performance of Jon Carey, Conar Mahon , and Umass lowell bound lefty Bryan Guilmette. The Offense has been powerful as Matt Collins, Mike Preite, Mark Sanborn and Billy Hulme all hitting round trippers.

     Defense up the middle with Dave Muscatello handling great plays and a tough powerful arm. Veteran Kelly Cook has made great plays and is always a threat with his bat. Paul Ostrander has played flawless in the center field slot and helping out with the bat. Bryant Guilmette seems to be getting great control on the mound as the lefty was just outstanding setting down the Mustangs of Medway. Veteran Mark Sanborn has always been a threat with his offense as he also will be heading to Umass Lowell with team ate Guilmette. The Hillers are running on all cylinders and will be a good bet to win the league and also go deep into the tournament.  

Photo by John Collins

Pointer Sisters Play at Fundraiser


Above is an excerpt from the Pointer Sisters playing at the Mélange 2008 fundraiser for the Milford Regional Medical Center at the Milford Town Hall Grand Ballroom Saturday night.

Black Tie Event in Milford

April 13, 2008 — Above, Hopkinton resident Vascen Bogigian receives a The Gannett, an award named for the Gannett family, who, along with their family's predecessors, the Draper family, have made major contributions to Milford Hospital since 1903. According to Terri Mc Donald, Director of Public Relations and Marketing for the hospital, Mr. Bogigian was a major organizer of the event. Mr. Bogigian was one of sixteen individuals who received the award for contributions of $5,000 or more.

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Fundraiser for Selectman Muriel Kramer and Democrats

Above, Selectman Muriel Kramer with fellow Selectman Matthew Zettek, a Democrat, to her left, Selectmen Vice-chair Mary Pratt, also a Democrat, seated in red, and behind her in the blue shirt, unenrolled Selectman Michael Shepard. Democratic candidate for reelection to the Board of Health, Nancy Peters, is seated on the right.  Eva and Charles Beade hosted the group at their home.


April 13, 2008 — "Students used to come to Selectmen's meetings and see our leaders treating each other poorly. And now, they come and see members talking respectfully to each other in a healthy dialogue," said Selectman Matthew Zettek about the influence of Selectmen Chair Muriel Kramer, who is running for re-election.

     Mr. Shepard called Mrs. Kramer a "consummate leader" and "The hardest working person there is. Remember when everything was done in secret. She is now letting everyone speak"

     Mrs. Kramer, who joined the Board while Mrs. Pratt was already seated, said, "We were an entirely better board with Mike [Shepard]. Then Matt and Brian came and added to the board," Mrs. Kramer said, referring to fellow Selectmen Matt Zettek and Brian Herr.

     "We need to put a lot of energy onto the Charter, the Town manager, and the CFO and make that sustainable.

     "We have development that has to be sustainable for the developer and the town, and protect our resources and open space," Mrs. Kramer said.

HPTA Silent Auction

April 13, 2008 — Selectman Brian Herr and wife Mary Murphy enjoying the HPTA Silent Auction at the Double Tree Hotel in Westborough on Saturday night. Patrons enjoyed music, dancing, photography, food and more. The early word was that the contributions outdid last year.

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Marathon Art & Design Competition Judged

April 12, 2008 — Judges, from clockwise, foreground Michael Alfano Nancy Barton, Susie Johnson Bernadette Markey and Sue Pelletier judge entries from one of the schools form Ashland and Hopkinton in the Marathon Art and Design Competition, which was open to students of all grades in Ashland and Hopkinton. The painting in the foreground was a winner in one of the categories.

Middlesex County / State Crime and Justice

Waltham Youth Coach Arraigned On Child Pornography Charges

Defendant Involved In Waltham Pop Warner, Boy Scouts, And North Waltham Little League


WALTHAM – April 11, 2008 — James Aucoin, 46, of Waltham, was arraigned today in Waltham District Court on charges of possession of child pornography and distributing material of a child in a sexual act. Waltham District Court Judge Tobin Harvey set $2,000 cash bail. The Commonwealth requested $25,000 cash bail with conditions. Should Aucoin post bail, Judge Harvey set conditions including that the defendant have no contact with non-family members 18 years old or younger, have no access to or use of computers, that he be placed on a GPS bracelet, and that he sever all associations with North Waltham Baseball, Waltham Pop Warner, and the Boy Scouts.


State Police Arrest Two in Connection with a Marijuana Grow Operation in Agawam


SPRINGFIELD - April 11, 2008 — This afternoon, State Police detectives assigned to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office and the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with officers and special agents from the Hampshire-Franklin Drug Taskforce, the Hampden County Drug Taskforce, the Agawam Police Department, the East Longmeadow Police Department, the Goshen Police Department, the Northampton Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the DEA Taskforce, the Internal Revenue Service Springfield Office, and the U.S. Attorney’s Springfield Office executed five search warrants in the greater Springfield area in the culmination of a lengthy investigation into a large indoor marijuana grow operation located at 1779 Main Street, Agawam. READ MORE...

Statue Situated

Above sculptor Michael Alfano, creator of the sculpture, with fellow sculptor William Moser, who helped with delivering the sculpture.


April 11, 2008 — The sculpture of George V. Brown, commissioned by the Hopkinton Athletic Association with sculptor Michael Alfano, was delivered his afternoon to the Hopkinton Middle School, where it will be officially unveiled at the 2nd Marathon Kickoff Concert by the MetroWest Symphony Orchestra of Hopkinton at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. See the Calendar for more information.

Grand March 2008

April 11, 2008 — The Class of 2009 had their Grand March prior to their junior prom this evening in the Athletic Center. Hundreds of students and their dates walked in as couples and split into singles and then met up again as couples and took a walk around the center.

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No Surprises at Republican Caucus

Toni and Henry Kunicki provide a background for the Hopkinton Republican's traditional ceramic elephant, which appears at every Hopkinton caucus.

April 11, 2008 — The Hopkinton Republicans held their caucus this evening, and according to Chairman Ken Weismantel, there were no new candidates other than those listed on the HopNews Election page ELECTION 2008.


April 11, 2008 — The driver and passenger of this vehicle that was in a two-car crash in front of 12 Wood Street comfort each other while police investigate.

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Only Going One Way

April 11, 2008 — This driver looked surprised to see the camera, but continued out the one-way, even with someone yelling at him.

Crosswalk Newly Painted

April 11, 2008 — Newly painted crosswalks and hashmarks didn't seem to make a difference to several drivers today, as they blew through the crosswalk while people were in it.

Dip in the Pool

April 11, 2008 — This mallard pair has taken up residence, undoubtedly temporary, in the swimming pool of Bonnie Wright on Wood Street.

April 15th  "The Invasive Plant Crisis in Hopkinton" with author, Peter Alden
First Congregational Church, 146 East Main St., Hopkinton
Presentation begins at 7:30 pm., $5 admission

The Hopkinton Garden Club invites the community to join them for an important educational presentation April 15th on awareness of outdoor invasive plants that are taking over our native plants in New England.  Alden, who is author of 15 nature and travel books including National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England, will give a presentation of what to look  for and how to help prevent invasives from attacking the native plants in our own backyard and gardens. Refreshments will be served at 6:00, a one hour meeting of the Garden Club will follow from 6:30-7:30 and the presentation will begin at 7:30.
For additional information call 508-435-9401.

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Smash and Grab

April 10, 2008 — Burglars hit this parking lot on South Street again on Thursday evening, smashing glass in three vehicles and taking laptops and other electronic devices that were in view. The thieves only hit those with articles in sight, apparently using a flashlight to peer in and determine which cars to invade in the darkness. The lot has been plagued with this crime for years and years.

Man's Best Silhouette

April 10, 2008 — A man and his dog walk along the top of the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam Thursday as the sun was low in the sky. The lens flare in the photo is an added Photoshop® effect, and not the actual sun.

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"Rightsizing" is a Good Alternative to Downsizing


by Elizabeth Eidlitz 

April 10, 2008 — Unloading superfluous fondue sets and other trendy selections from Christmases past, jigsaw puzzles that visiting grandkids have assembled too many times, and attractive vases (but who needs 17 of them?), we rediscover that one person’s trash is another’s treasure.  Yard sales, flea markets, classifieds, and Freeswap all attest to our periodic urge to rid ourselves of accumulating clutter. 


So why does  “downsizing,” a sensible process when we no longer enjoy lawn mowing, snow shoveling, and dusting   unoccupied bedrooms of our adult children, bring with it depressing psychic consequences?


Wouldn’t it be a relief to dump everything and not care? To say, like the 90-year-old, asked if she had regrets about anything she had to get rid of when she moved from a ten-room house to a three-room apartment, "it's done. Get over it." 


If those who resist downsizing are not necessarily sentimental packrats, why is it emotionally stressful to discard even things no longer of use to ourselves or to others? 


It’s more than confrontation with cumulative evidence of failures and aborted plans: Books that someday we’re going to read, yarn for sweaters someday to be knit, clipped recipes for dishes someday to be tried, the Fiber Diet, The Zone Diet, The South Beach diet, someday to be followed for the saved size 12 blouses we’ll be thin enough to wear in dwindling somedays that are left us? READ MORE...

Congratulations to Kim Coveney of Hopkinton!  She was the lucky raffle winner and recipient of 2 Red Sox tickets at Tuesday's Fenway Day Celebration at Colella's Market.

St. Paul’s Spring Rummage Sale May 3

St Paul’s Spring Rummage Sale will take place on Saturday, May 3 and promises to offer big bargains on clothing, toys, and other miscellaneous items. The Rummage Sale will go from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) in Hopkinton. Come and enjoy great deals on adult and children’s apparel and accessories, books, and other household items.

Anyone wishing to donate items to the Rummage Sale is welcome to drop off items (with the exception of computers, TVs, or air conditioners) at the church between 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. from Monday to Thursday (April 28 - May 1), and from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 2. To schedule pickup of large items, call 508-435-4536 or 508-344-9127.

Songs About Women

April 11, 2008 — Diane Taraz brought her musical and "fascinating insights into the lives of ordinary women from centuries past" at the Library Wednesday evening.

Tryouts for Hopkinton’s Senior Babe Ruth Team will be held on Sunday May 4th @ 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Hopkinton High School Field.  Games will begin on either June 9th or June 11th (Once CMASS Babe Ruth confirms schedule we will know for sure).  The season which consists of 18 games will conclude by July 19th with playoffs if our team qualifies for them.  Generally games are played on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings with weekends and other weekdays used for make ups etc.       

State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section Receives National Recognition  


Today, in a ceremony held at Massachusetts State Police General Headquarters in Framingham, Mr. Richard Bates, Division Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) presented two FMCSA Leadership Awards to the Massachusetts State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section (CVES).

 Photo, From Left to right LTC Robert G. Smith,  Massachusetts State Police CVES and Mr. Richard Bates and Lt. Scott S. Szala  Mr. Richard Bates of FMCSA pose with the two presented Awards.

The FMCSA originally announced the awards at their March 25, 2008 Leadership Award Conference held in Denver, Colorado during which the Massachusetts State Police CVES received two awards and an honorable mention. The awards announced at the Denver conference were presented today to the Massachusetts State Police CVES Commander, Lieutenant Scott Szala.


At today’s ceremony, Mr. Bates said “Once again the Massachusetts State Police has distinguished itself as a leader in commercial vehicle safety.” Lieutenant Colonel Robert G. Smith, Commander of the Massachusetts State Police Division of Field Services, commended the members of the CVES for their hard work and stated, “The efforts of this team are obvious, in 2007 you inspected 20,497 commercial vehicles and stopped 9,413 commercial motor vehicles for traffic violations. Your hard work and the actions of your team are responsible for saving lives and protecting property of Massachusetts Citizens.”


The first award presented to the Massachusetts State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section was in recognition of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ achieving the Lowest Large Truck and Bus Fatality Rate for a medium-sized state during the calendar years 2004 through 2006. The second award presented was for Traffic Enforcement Effort for a medium-sized state.  This award was given to the agency exhibiting the highest concentration of commercial vehicle traffic enforcement activity in fiscal year 2007 relative to traffic enforcement and overall roadside inspection activity across the nation.


The Massachusetts State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section has engaged in an aggressive effort to reduce commercial motor vehicle involved crashes by employing high visibility enforcement in high crash corridors. Additionally, a grant from the FMCSA allowed the CVES to purchase the most current speed enforcement tools available. As a result of the efforts of the Massachusetts State Police CVES and those of other State Police agencies throughout the country, the nationwide large truck and bus crash rate is at its lowest level since the records were first compiled in 1974.


"Growing up Online" and Barbara Meltz at Hopkinton Town Hall, April 16th


On Wednesday, April 16th, the Hopkinton Youth Commission is offering all parents of teens and interested community members to come out and join the second Parent's Night Out program which will take place from 7:00-9:00 pm at the lower level of Hopkinton Town Hall located on 18 Main Street. This program will consist of showing the new PBS documentary film "Growing up Online" on big screen and then following the film with dessert and a lively discussion with Boston Globe columnist, Barbara Meltz.  Meltz, who is also  author of " Put Yourself in their shoes, Understanding how children see the world, has been invited as special guest to help facilitate a follow-up discussion with attending parents on how to cope with parenting and use of the internet. This is a free program open to the public and offers an important  opportunity to address this issue as a community of parents and other concerned residents  to help strengthen connections between parents, teens and community.


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Below are some events for this weekend. Please take advantage on a daily basis of all of the hard work that goes into putting the Calendar together, from the efforts of the events sponsors, to the time involved in putting it together EVERY DAY!

To follow events in Hopkinton and to be a part of the larger community, please check this calendar daily, from the button that is always above!


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!





April 11,12,18,19 Enter Stage Left Theater will be presenting Arthur Miller’s rendering heart-wrenching classic, Death of a Salesman  at 8:00 p.m. The show features ESL actors from Hopkinton, Milford, Millis, and Worcester, and is directed by ESL co-founder Paul Champlin, with set design by Nancy Stevenson.  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 “The cast has done a wonderful job of capturing the angst this family feels as it struggles with the delusion and hollowness of the so-called American Dream,” said Champlin. “This is a very powerful production that is especially poignant in today’s unstable world.” “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.


April 12 HPTA 25th Annual Silent Auction 7:00 pm @ the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough. Get your babysitters now and save the date for the HPTA's Silver Anniversary Silent Auction. This year we will have a diamond raffle generously donated by Stephanie G Jewelers, reduced hotel room rates, a new live auction format and much more! See examples of last year's auction items below; photos of this year's items will be available in the spring. Volunteers are needed to make Children's Gallery Baskets, collect donations and help out the night of the event. Contact Cindy Bernardo at or 508-497-9458.


April 12 Children's Gallery Preview Silent Auction 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm @ the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough.  Your children will enjoy a free ice cream sundae bar as they peruse the phenomenal baskets their classed contributed to. Children's book reading 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Author Susan Lubner, will read from her most recent book, A Horse's Tale. Preview dozens of amazing baskets and items personalized by each kindergarten, first, second and third grade class.


April 12 Auditions for Talent Showcase 9:00 am - 12:00 pm @ High School Auditorium. Audition fee: $10/individual or $20/group. Walk in auditions welcome. For more info call 508-435-9222 or email


April 12 Healthy Kids Day 10:00 am - 2:00 pm @ Hopkinton YMCA. Healthy kids activities and 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. 508-435-9345.



April 13 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! The performance will take place in Hopkinton Middle School's  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 Art Institute of New England, 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!

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Board of Appeals Upholds Approval of  Hopkinton Village Center

North Mill Street Cell Tower Nixed

April 9, 2008 — The Board of Appeals voted Wednesday evening to uphold, with conditions, the Decision of the Planning Board in granting the mixed use project behind 25 and 35 Main Street. The Decision had been appealed for the second time by John Forster (Photo, left), owner of 43 and 45 Main Street and his brother-in-law, David Phillips (To his left), owner of the business at Hopkinton Gourmet.

      One of several objections to the plan, that a municipal parking space would be taken from in front of his business as a result of the project, was made a moot point when a few hours before, in the early morning hours, the Main Street was re-striped, and only one of the two spaces in front of the business was repainted.

       The project applicant, Ron Roux, agreed to provide two spaces in the Northwest section of the property for the "non-exclusive use of 43 Main Street." The Board voted to include that in their Decision.

       Mr. Forster's attorney, Richard Dacey (Standing, center), withdrew most of the remaining points, with the exception of an objection to the property being divided into two lots. The Board included a provision in their motion to approve, that the lots be combined into one lot before any building permit can be issued.

        The application for a cell tower at 72 North Mill Street by Omnipoint Communications was denied by the Board this evening. The Board first heard testimony on December 12, 2007, and scheduled a site walk as well as a balloon test. During the site walk, the Board allegedly observed zoning violations on the property that one neighbor described as a junkyard. Subsequently, the Zoning Enforcement Officer issued a cease and desist for the alleged violations.

        The burden was on Omnipoint to prove that the site they chose was the only one that was available in that area of town. Board member Michael DiMascio said that the company had not done that. Omnipoint also asked for relief from the regulation that a cell tower must be 500' from the abutting property lines; that the tower could be 20' above the tree line; and that there was another tower within two miles.

         One loophole that allows telecommunications companies broad leverage in siting their towers, is that there is a substantial gap in their coverage. The Board found that Omnipoint had not provided evidence that proved their claim that a gap existed. In fact, at a previous meeting, a resident provided his own test that showed several bars in most areas of the neighborhood.

         Motions to approve the Special permit and Variance were denied.


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