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Called to Serve Country

April 17, 2008 — Hopkinton High School teacher Michael McFarland got a rousing, heartfelt sendoff from faculty, administration and students in a whole-school assembly this afternoon. Mr. McFarland has been called to serve his country, and is expected to leave soon for Iraq.

 School Committee Meeting

School Choice Rejected as Possible Source of Revenue


By Demian David Tebaldi


April 17, 2008 — There was no new business at the Hopkinton School Committee Meeting on Thursday night, but a long debated issue was finally settled – whether or not Hopkinton will be participating in a cross-district school choice program in FY 2009.


A public hearing was opened by Committee Chair Rebecca Robak (File photo), then immediately closed as no one stepped forward to speak for or against school choice.  The vote by the School Committee was held an hour later, after discussions concerning the upcoming marathon on Patriots’ Day and the rehashing of some older issues.  Since first broaching the subject, the School Committee has received numerous emails from Hopkinton residents expressing opinions on the subject, and the Financial Plan Working Group has labored hard to determine whether offering much-prized student slots to out-of-towners is feasible from a resource standpoint and necessary from a financial one.


“We do have a fairly stable enrollment now,” began Ms. Robak.  ‘Given the size of our classes right now, they [the Financial Plan Working Group] weren’t small enough that we felt comfortable adding students without impacting the level of services we provide to our existing students.  Having had the public hearing, a formal thing that we need to do before voting on it, we are now ready to vote.  Does anyone wish to discuss the issue first?”


‘I make a motion that the School Committee not participate in the School Choice program for fiscal year 2009,” replied Committee member Lyn Branscomb.


“I would like to see, on the Policy Group agenda, a policy governing our participation in school choice, so that we have that set up just in case,” she continued.


“I think we ought to at least acknowledge all the feedback we’ve received on this issue,” said Committee Member Phil Totino.  “People did influence our thinking – it was unanimous going against [participating in school choice].  In all the comments and emails we received on the subject, I can’t recall a single one in favor or it.”


After a unanimous vote by the School Committee to reject school choice as a possible source of revenue for the town, Committee Chair Robak thanked the people who responded, saying, “We will come back to this next year – I think it’s fiscally responsible for us to do this.”

Walking Across America & Running the Boston Marathon


Above, Emmett Eastman stopped by Hopkinton Common today and spoke with HopNews video, which will be on later.


April 17, 2008 — Emmett Eastman, who in the middle of walking across the country, will run the Boston Marathon on April 21st!  What’s more amazing, is that Emmett ‘His Many Lightnings’ Eastman is 76 years old


Emmett is not only running the Boston Marathon, but he is taking a break from the 5 month Longest Walk II ( to do it. He and his group of nearly 250 have been both welcomed and ridiculed along the way as they walk to raise awareness about the environment. Walking along with them as they beautify roadways picking up litter along the way, is activist, actor and Longest Walk co-founder, Dennis Banks , as well as Emmett's niece, Kym Mathias, who like her mother 30 years earlier, is supporting the walkers (scroll to bottom for details and a touching letter from Kym).


Dakota Sioux Emmett 'His Many Lightnings' Eastman will be running the Boston Marathon for his 2nd time since 1972. The first time was his first official run. Since then, this extraordinary 76 year old Native American Elder has run as many thousands of miles as years he has been alive! (highlights below).  


Emmett is running in memory of his sister, Fern Mathias,

and his friend Floyd Red Crow Westerman

who recently passed away.


Emmett Eastman is the grand-nephew of Charles ‘Ohiyesa’ Eastman the central character of HBO's "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee." Charles graduated Dartmouth and BU Medical School, where Charles is being honored posthumously this May. Emmett had been asked to accept the award for the family and bring it home to Flandreau, SD. Emmett’s wife died giving birth to their 8th child who was named for Charles Eastman. Emmett is part of a group of family members working to have the remains of Charles Eastman and his only son repatriated the family cemetery in Flandreau. The two lie in unmarked graves in Detroit, Michigan.


Included in this message, are highlights of a few of Emmett's many fascinating accomplishments. Emmett Eastman is a Korean War Veteran and has been welcomed, honored and hosted by tribes and dignitaries around the world. He is  13/16ths Dakota Sioux and also shares ancestry with George Eastman of Eastman Kodak.


Below is a video interview with Emmett Eastman from today at the Hopkinton Common.


Real Flame to Arrive at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday April 19, 2008

April 18, 2008 — This morning a crew installed a cauldron that will house the Flame of the Marathon Run that will arrive on Saturday at 2:00 pm on the Common and be on display on Marathon Monday. Above is a test flame lit by workmen, and not the real thing.

Receives Two $2000 Best Buy Teach Awards

Best Buy Teach Awards Program Gives $3 Million to Schools Nationwide for Integrating Interactive Technology into the Curricula

April 18, 2008 - Hopkinton Middle School has received two $2000 Teach Awards from Best Buy Co., Inc. for integrating interactive technology into its curriculum.
     Teacher and award recipient, Dawn McNally received her gift to enhance an ongoing program where students can interact and communicate with students in Spain, France and Canada.
     Last year, in Grade Seven Foreign Language, the students communicated with students in Spain, Peru, and France though a program called EPALS.  It is an internet based program in which students write and receive letters in the target language.   However, this year, many schools with which the students have tried to communicate, have expressed sharing information via streaming video technology. 

    To facilitate this experience, Mrs. McNally will use the Best Buy gift card to purchase webcams, a classroom laptop, and a video IPOD that will enable students to exchange cultural information with students in Francophone and Spanish-speaking countries.  

    Over the past year, through letter writing, Mrs. McNally has seen conversational skills strengthen, improved attentiveness, and a strong desire to share information about themselves with those of other cultures. The students are very enthusiastic about this program and they are excited to write in French or Spanish with hopes of eventually being able to have a videoconference or share video casts or pod casts.

     Money from this grant will allow students to have live chats with classrooms in other countries and make this exchange program come to life. Students will be able to share their "live" classroom with a school in Spain, France, or Canada. Having our students speak the language and share with students in other locations around the globe will truly enhance the learning experience. With the help of this gift card from Best Buy, the students will be able to harness this technology in the classroom and enhance their foreign language learning experience.  Mrs. McNally and her students are truly grateful for this wonderful opportunity provided through Best Buy.

Teacher and award recipient, Debra Pinto received her gift for eighth grade students to create Public Service Announcements as a culminating Wellness project.
     In Physical Education Classes, students will be using Video Cameras (to be purchased with the Best Buy Card) to create Public Service Announcements. As a culminating grade 8 wellness project, students create a multimedia public service announcement illustrating their understanding of wellness concepts. Students will use the internet to research facts and figures about health-related fitness, such as cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility and body composition. They will then write a Public Service Announcement (PSA) script using their research and information they learned as part of the classroom curriculum. After rehearsing their script, the students will videotape and edit their video footage. The final piece is exported into a Windows Media Player file and posted to the school website as a videocast.

“We are both honored to receive these awards and look forward to adding this interactive technology to our curricula. It will create new opportunities for our students to demonstrate their understandings of what they have learned while in our classes.”

Get Out the Camera!

Community Register & Telephone Directory.

Boston Marathon Photography Contest.


April 17, 2008 — Don't leave home for the Marathon on Monday without your camera, because the Hopkinton Women’s Club is sponsoring a town wide contest.  They are looking for a creative photo for the cover of the Hopkinton 2009 Community Register and Telephone Directory.  If you are an aspiring photographer or even an accomplished one, please enter the contest.


Submissions must meet the following criteria: “Boston Marathon” Theme, Black and white or color photo 5x8  (may be larger with same proportions), Must be vertical in orientation. Traditional or digital photos are acceptable and they can be realistic or artfully enhanced. 


If you are submitting a computer created photo, you will also need to submit a print for judging purposes.  The winning photo will not be returned There will be an award of $50 for photo that is chosen for the 2009 Phone Directory as well as credit given in the directory. 


The Hopkinton Women’s Club members will select the winning photo at their May meeting. Entry forms are available online at, at the Hopkinton Library, or at the High School Art Department.  Any questions please call Kathy Yankee at 508-435-6471.  Good luck!! Deadline: April 30, 2008.

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Annual Town Report Available


For voters looking forward to going to Town Meeting as an informed voter, the Annual Town Report is available at Town Hall, by the office of the Town Clerk.

If you cannot find it, please ask at the office

Greyhound Friends Events

-> Spring Open House on Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, 18th, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days. There will be lots to do - shopping for greyhound items and human items! Good food, lots of greyhounds and their owners for socializing, the popular "Not Quite Westminster" dog show, and more! The kennel will be open for visits to the greyhounds waiting for their homes, and the fenced field will be available where greyhound visitors can run. For more information, contact Pat – or call 508-435-5969.


-> Greyhound Friends is also celebrating its 25th Anniversary this May.  To mark this milestone, the organization is holding a fundraising gala on May 31 at the Charles River Country Club in Newton, MA from 5:30 to 8:30. Mayor Menino will be on site to help with the live auction as well as some other special guests. Tickets are $100 per person and can be ordered by calling the kennel at 508-435-5969.

Fine Dining at Sauce on Main Thursday through Saturday.

CiaoTime is ready when you are!

Mutual Aid for Upton

April 17, 2008 — Around dinnertime today, fire companies from several towns, including Hopkinton, Milford, Sutton, Douglas and Upton responded with a dozen pieces of equipment and a few dozen firefighters to knock down a 50 acre brush fire in Upton that was called in, according firefighters at the scene, by Michael Andrews, above, who saw the fire in the woods behind his home.

Fields Nearing Final Language

April 17, 2008 — The Parks and Recreation Commission met Wednesday evening with HYSA (Hopkinton Youth Soccer Association) President Brian O'Keefe to hammer out the language of an agreement that would bring their organization into a partnership of sorts with the town in developing soccer fields at the town-owned Fruit Street property. HYSA is proposing a financial contribution of no less than $500,000. The square area is the location of the two proposed artificial turf fields.

     The town has pledged $1,000,000 in CPA money toward the fields, which is Article 39 on the Town Meeting Warrant.

Red Sky at Night

April 17, 2008 — The sky over Hopkinton was a painterly texture on Monday before the weather changed from warm and comfortable to pouring rain.

Hillers Unbeaten

    The Hopkinton Hillers made it it seven straight as they got a big hitting production from Matt Collins (2) homeruns .Dan Muscatello and a sol job from Chris Farrell on way to a 34-13 victory over the Dover-Sherborn Raiders Thursday in Dover.

    The Hillers may have broken a school record for runs scored as I for one can not remember a higher run production than 34. Dan Muscatello got his first varsity homerun and Paul Ostrander continues to a torrid hitting streak. The Hillers will now go on spring break and rest a well deserved pitching staff. Bryan Guilmette picked up his 3rd win of the season. The Hillers cleaned the bench earlier as all players were used. Jon Carey pitched 2 innings and closed the door on the regionals.

    The Hillers will now go on break until next Friday when they travel to powerful St. John's prep in Danvers for their annual non league game. Mark Stickney has the Hillers playing awesome baseball. ~Peter Marso special to hopnews.

Twin City Visit

April 17, 2008 — Dimitris Kyriakides, son of the 1946 BAA Marathon winner, Spyros Zagaris, Mayor of Marathon, Greece, Hopkinton's "Twin City," and Maria Polyzou and Nikos Polias, Women's and Men's Marathon Champions pose with the Flame today at the Senior Center for the John Hancock Day celebration.

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April 17, 2008 — The Flame of the Marathon Run made its unofficial debut this morning at the Senior Center during a breakfast in honor of John Hancock Day, an appreciation from the town. It is expected to be officially dedicated on Saturday at 2:00 pm.

Gift of a Van

April 17, 2008 — Frank McLaughlin of Herb Chambers in Westborough hands over the keys to Senior Center Transportation Coordinator, Sally Almy, of a low mileage 2007 F-350 Van. The senior van was a gift arranged by the charitable organization the Friends of the Hopkinton Senior Citizens. They also support the mini bus, meal program and educational programs for our seniors. The Friends of the Hopkinton Senior citizens received some assistance from Herb Chambers Ford of Westborough and Hopkinton resident Peter Dittman (Photo, far right) raising funds in support of this vehicle that has been on their wish list for over 15 years. Friends of the Hopkinton Senior Citizens is a 501 c 3 charitable arm that depends on fundraisers and community support to meet the needs of the senior citizens in our community.

Paint it Black

April 17, 2008 — Volunteer Ron Yankee, Treasurer of the Hopkinton Historical Commission is shown as a silhouette today as he paints the door jam at the historic Hopkinton Railroad Depot that is being restored at Ice House Pond on West Main Street.

Fine Dining at Sauce on Main Thursday through Saturday.

CiaoTime is ready when you are!

The 20th Annual

Wednesday, April 30th, 7pm - 9pm, HCAM-TV Studio - 77 Main Street - Lower Level

The public is invited to meet the candidates for the upcoming Hopkinton town election.
Following their presentations, the candidates will be available for questions from the audience.
The forum will be broadcast by HCAM-TV.

Death of a Salesman

8:00 p.m.

ESL, 30 Main Street

April 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.

Have dinner before ESL’s “Death of a Salesman” Friday and Saturday Night

 at Ciao Time, 28 Main Street, Hopkinton

Dinner and a Show 

Special menu:

Complete dinner $24.95

Choice of:

Tenderloin with Cabernet Sauce

Chicken Wellington

Pan Seared Scallops

Wine and beer available


Free Appetizer for your table when you show your ticket.


6 PM seating, show starts at 8 PM

Call for reservations


Eight Miles High

April 17, 2008 — It may appear that the hawk in this picture taken Downtown on Wednesday is eyeballing the airplane for a meal, but the airplane is thousands of feet away. The zoom lens, a 200mm, makes them appear closer to each other, and in turn, both closer to the camera.

Twenty-eight Starts

April 17, 2008 — Jacque LeDuc gets help from son-in-law Jonathan Bloom and daughter Laura LeDuc with his 28th painting and designing of the Start line of the B.A.A. Marathon. Mr. LeDuc will be running the Marathon this year, his twelfth consecutive time.

Better Safe Than...

April 16, 2008 — Hopkinton Police Sgt. Charles Wallace, a member of the Hopkinton Marathon Committee, is shown here in front of the Common on Wednesday with two members of the Massachusetts State Police S.TO.P. Team, who are trained to use "less than lethal" tactics to deal with dangerous situations that can be handled with their special training, which would otherwise have to be dealt with by deadly force.

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I Did It!

April 16, 2008 — Owen Champlin, 18 months, being held by his Mom, Annabel, looks a little tuckered out after the Moms Club's Mini-Marathon on the Common on Wednesday, likely his first Marathon.

Hillers remain unbeaten as locals take down Ashland 12-10

The Stickney nine once again used a big offense with a round tripper by Mike Preite on way to a Tri-Valley league victory 12-10min a contest played in Hopkinton on Wednesday. The Hillers started lefty Andrew Park who was very effected the first few innings giving way to Conor Mahon who then gave way to Bryant Guilmette. ~Peter Marso

 Photo of Kyle Cavedon from Tuesday's game.

Fatal Crash on Route 195 East in Marion

Driver not wearing seat belt


April 17, 2008 — Wednesday, at approximately 3:15 p.m. troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Bourne responded to a one-vehicle crash on Route 195 East at Route 105 (exit 20) in the Town of Marion that resulted in one fatality.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper James Cruz indicates that 62-year-old Ronald Bourne of Wareham was operating a 1998 GMC Jimmy SUV on Route 195 East in the Town of Marion when the vehicle lost control, exited the road to the right and crashed head-on into the bridge abutment supporting the Route 105 overpass.  Bourne, who was not wearing his safety belt, sustained serious injuries in the crash and was declared deceased at the scene.


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

Russell E. Adams, 72


HOPKINTON - Russell E. Adams, 72, a lifelong resident of Hopkinton, died Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at Framingham Union Hospital. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Edgar and Sarah (Carlstrom) Adams. After graduating Hopkinton High School in 1953, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston. He was a First Lieutenant in the United States Army Corps of Engineers from 1958 to 1961 in Korea and Fort Belvoi, Virginia. Arrangements complete

Fine Dining at Sauce on Main Thursday through Saturday.

CiaoTime is ready when you are!



Partnership with Town of Hopkinton and School Children to Remain Strong with More Student Participation set for 2009

"This is the right decision" ~ Jack Phelan, Superintendent of Schools

The 15-year tradition of celebrating the legacy of Kenyan athletes at the Elmwood Elementary School at the “Adopt-a-Marathoner” program in Hopkinton, has been canceled due to an outbreak of chicken pox at area elementary schools.

Normally close to 600 students would participate in the rally in close proximity to each other. They would also interact with the elite Kenyan athletes during the educational portion of the program. After reviewing the situation with the elite athlete physician and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, John Hancock is canceling the April 17 event to ensure the health of students, staff and athletes.

John Hancock will continue the Adopt-a-Marathoner Program and will increase student involvement in the program next year by including more grades from area schools.

“This is the right decision,” said Jack Phelan, Superintendent of Hopkinton schools (File photo). “We have a larger responsibility to be sensitive to the health concerns of all students and athletes. We have been fortunate to enjoy a wonderful partnership with John Hancock and the elite Kenyans for many years and we look forward to continuing that tradition in the future.”

“Each year we enjoy sharing the Marathon experience with Hopkinton’s enthusiastic students,” said Carol Fulp, Vice President of Community Relations. “We know the students are disappointed that the Marathon rally has been canceled, but I am happy to announce we will sponsor a special post Marathon event at the conclusion of the school year.”

John Hancock executives Jim Gallagher, Senior Vice President, Communications, Government and Community Relations and Carol Fulp will still travel to Hopkinton on the 17th to participate in the town’s “John Hancock Day in Hopkinton” breakfast with the Hopkinton Athletic Association, the Superintendent of Schools, town officials, and special visitors from Hopkinton’s sister city, Marathon, Greece.

NOTE: This information was made public at last night's Selectmen's meeting, and immediately posted on HopNews, below.

Selectmen Reverse Decision on CPC Housing Money

Discuss Host Community Agreement

Above, HopNews has colored the submission above for ease of  understanding.


by Robert Falcione

April 15, 2008 — At last week's meeting, the Selectmen voted to not support funding an affordable housing project, Mayhew Court, with $450,000 of Community Preservation Act funds. CPA funds are collected by Hopkinton designating 2% of its tax revenue toward various projects allowed by the Community Preservation Act, such as recreation, affordable housing, and historic preservation. The state kicks in with matching funds for money used for qualifying projects.

      Tuesday evening, the Selectmen reversed their decision and voted to support earmarking those funds for a twelve-unit affordable housing development to be built in proximity to the Hopkinton Senior Center off of Mayhew Street, after a presentation by Linda Donahue of the Hopkinton Housing Authority.

      Although Selectman Brian Herr pointed out that the town had gone forward with projects that it thought would be funded by other sources but were not, proponents of the project assured the Selectmen that although the town's commitment was necessary to proceed, it would not shoulder any more of the costs. 

      The Host Community Agreement with Legacy Farms was the subject of some scheduling debate Tuesday evening. The HCA seeks mitigation from Legacy developer Boulder Capital for impacts on the town, such as schools, police and fire.

       Selectmen Chair Muriel Kramer (File photo) would like the agreement, if the final version is complete by April 22, to go before the public for their review and understanding before the Selectmen finally vote on it, which is scheduled for May 1.

       Town Manager Anthony Troiano, who is part of the negotiating team on behalf of the town, disagreed, arguing for a vote on approval on May 22, "There's a point where it's done and we vote." Mr. Troiano, although on the negotiating team, cannot vote with the Selectmen.

       Vice-Chair Mary Pratt said, "I don't think the town's being protected, and I've been at those [negotiating team] meetings."

        Selectman Michael Shepard said that he wanted to see the intention to provide sidewalks included in the HCA, and not to wait for the Special Permit level.

        "We want to make sure it [HCA] does the best it can to protect the town and support the development that is supposed to be fiscally positive," said Selectmen Chair Muriel Kramer.

         "We need a statement of assurance of what we can reasonably count on as fiscal benefits coming out of it," she said.

         "I know we've got postcards home that say $3 million [in positive revenue] each year, $6 million at buildout. And that's not something anyone's willing to guarantee.

         "As a town, we need to have a position that we feel strongly we can assert to the voters... a figure the town should expect to see," she said.

         Mrs. Kramer insisted that the final draft of the HCA needs to be in the public purview for at least a week after the Selectmen's newly scheduled April 22 meeting for the "public to have an opportunity to read it and digest it."


NOTE: HopNews will have the latest version of the  Host Community Agreement every time it is made available.

Hopkinton Prepares for Gift of Fire

April 15, 2008 — At around 11:00 am on Saturday, April 19, the Flame of the Marathon Run will leave Boston on its way to Hopkinton Common.

       In November, 2007, Timothy Kilduff, President of the Hopkinton Athletic Association, was present in Marathon, Greece, where the flame was first lit at the tomb of the warriors of the battle of Marathon, 490 B.C. Mayor of Hopkinton's Sister City, Marathon, Greece, Spirodon Zagaris, will be visiting with his town's gift and will be accompanied by Dimitris Kyriakides, son of the 1946 winner of the Boston Marathon.

       A ceremony is planned upon its arrival at the Common on Saturday, as well as on Marathon day.

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Happy Together

April 15, 2008 — These two turtles are finding some sort of joy on this moss-covered, slimy, rotting stump in the water at Pratt's Pond today. The adjacent town-owned land on Fruit Street is the site of spotted turtles which were on the endangered list when a golf course had been proposed for that property prior to the town's purchase of it.

Herb Chambers Ford of Westborough  

 Assists Hopkinton’s Seniors Citizens   


Hopkinton, MA---On April 17th, the Senior Center will host a ceremony celebrating the presentation of a newly acquired van for our Hopkinton Senior Citizens.  With gratitude and heartfelt thanks, we will honor Frank McLaughlin, General Manager of Herb Chambers Ford of Westborough, who worked with Darlene Hayes, Vice President of Friends of the Hopkinton Senior Citizens to secure the 12 passenger Ford Series 350 van.  Please join us at this memorable event at 8:45am at the Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street.


 “The van is a big need for the Hopkinton seniors", says Cindy Chesmore, Director of the Hopkinton Senior Center.  To date Hopkinton Senior Citizens have only a handicap accessible mini bus that is used only for group outings.  However, "the new van", Chesmore explains, "will be available for individual use.  The van will provide our Hopkinton senior citizens the needed mobility to attend doctor appointments and meet other personal commitments.  With the current restrictions imposed by Hopkinton's town budget, Friends of the Hopkinton Senior Citizens must rely on the generosity of individuals, organizations, and businesses like Herb Chambers to help meet the needs of the senior citizens in our community”, Chesmore says. 


What's more, to help the Friends provide additional transportation services for our senior citizens, Hopkinton resident Peter Dittman will represent and raise money on behalf of the Friends of the Hopkinton Senior Citizens in the running of the 112th Boston Marathon on April 21, 2008 through an official number was donated by the Hopkinton Marathon Association.  You can help support Peter in his efforts by making a check payable to the Friends of the Hopkinton Senior Citizens.  Donations should be mailed in c/o of Peter Dittman, 6 Third Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748.   


Come support Peter and help celebrate the unveiling of the new van by visiting our booth on Hopkinton's Common on Marathon weekend.  There, you can learn how to become a member or join the Friends' newly established 600 Club which requires that individuals, organizations and businesses donate $100 annually.


The Friends of the Hopkinton Senior Citizens is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit volunteer organization whose mission is to raise funds to help educate, organize, promote, and support services which will enhance the well-being, quality of life, and independence of our Hopkinton Senior Citizens.  


For further information, call or email Board member and Co-President Leda Arakelian at 508-497-9181 or

Recycling with the Lions Club

The Hopkinton Lions Club is making a major effort to gather funds for scholarships they will be presenting to local students in June. Their monthly bottle and can drives provide major funding for five $1,000 opportunities being offered this year. With this goal in mind, the club members will be at Colella’s Market on April 26th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Your recyclable bottle and can donations would be most welcome

Kenyan Event CANCELED



      According to the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Muriel Kramer, the Adopt-a-Marathoner program between the elite Kenyan runners and the students of Hopkinton has been cancelled in its entirety.

       The event that has been thrilling Elmwood students for fifteen years, a cultural exchange of language, a grand entrance before an assembly of students, and a run around the front of the school, had been transfered to the High School Athletic due to an outbreak of chicken pox that could have been dangerous to the runners. But now the event has been entirely cancelled.

      People involved expect sponsor John Hancock to make a commitment to continue the program next year.

     To see some last year's exciting event at the Elmwood School, choose this.

     2007 File photo.

Colella's now open Sundays 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Maria's new family menu!

Class of '83



We are looking for classmates interested in getting together for a 25th Reunion.  No dates set yet just trying to track people down and see if people are interested in putting something together. 
They can contact  Trish (McLaughlin) Johnson by email at or
Dave Lowell at

Pick Your Lucky Number Night!
Join us Thursday April 17th at Cornell’s from 6 pm to 8 pm for a chance to pick your lucky number for the HLL $10,000 Draw (event details below)! 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!!

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 or see attached sponsor form if you are interested in sponsoring the event, or donating a prize.

Want to help out? We’re still in need of volunteers to solicit prizes and help out at the event.

The Train Kept-a-Rollin'

April 15, 2008 — This train, which appeared to have hundreds of box cars, flatbeds, tankers and more, travels on the same tracks as the commuter rail. In this photo, the train is about to go under the Fruit Street Bridge on tracks that are a matter of feet from the Sudbury River, the dividing line between Hopkinton and Southborough in this area.

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Fixing a Hole

April 15, 2008 — Matthew Gogan uses a tool to reach deeply and clean out the tube for the water service shut-off at the Common, as part of the spring tune up for the Water/Sewer Department. Michael Fredette is on the left. Mr. Gogan said that his mom reads HopNews daily from Bangor, Maine.

       "Hi, Mom," he said.

Pre-Olympic Champion Equestrian
Runs Boston Marathon
For Friends of the Common


Alexis Brown, 27 years old, from Middleport, New York, has been riding horses since she was seven years old. Under the training of World Champion Owner of Abdullah, the 1984 Gold Medal Olympic Winner (one and only ever U.S. Team winner), Sue Williams says of Alexis, “She is a very accomplished equestrian in the sport of Eventing. The horse/rider combination performs a dressage test which is a very precise test of the training of the horse in an arena. They then proceed to a cross-country endurance gallop over fences and natural obstacles which is a timed phase of approximately 1-2 miles in length. This is followed by a Stadium Jumping course over obstacles testing the horse’s agility and obedience. Lex has competed at the pre-Olympic level and has won competitions at the National Level throughout the East Coast. Most of the horses she has competed have been the offspring of our Olympic Stallion Abdullah, named one of the top 50 horses of the century by the “Chronicle of the Horse.”

“Lex” is a graduate of Brockport State University in Exercise Physiology. “I have always been a runner and thought a marathon would be a neat experience. My plan was to complete one and then move on. I signed up for one (Buffalo), another (NYC) and now Boston!” Lex also attended the University of Buffalo and the University of Georgia.

Sue Williams is our very own Beth Kelly’s sister and owns her own farm. For any equestrian who would like to meet Lex, visit the Friends of the Common on the Hopkinton Common over Marathon weekend. If you would like to help Alexis, send your check to HAA/FOTC, P.O. Box 820, Hopkinton, MA 01748.

A Night to Remember

Dear Editor:

             On April 11, the Class of 2009 hosted its Junior Prom at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. On behalf of our class, we would like to thank the people that made this outstanding night possible.

            First we must thank our class advisors, Ms. Diane Welch and Ms. Ann Rainey, who work hard every day to support our class. It was their preparedness and organization that allowed our prom to run as smoothly as it did.

            We would also like to thank all the parents and teachers who came to the Grand March and chaperoned either the Prom or the Post Prom. We are very appreciative of your time.

             Finally we would like to thank and acknowledge the outstanding Post Prom Committee who outdid all of our greatest expectations, decorating every inch of the school and providing us with endless entertainment. You truly made the night a success.

            Thank you again to these people for making our prom a night we will all remember forever.

            The Class of 2009 Officers,

                                                            Tom Coburn, President

                                                            Camille Kulig, Vice President

                                                            Emily Gaston, Secretary

                                                            Pat Maruska, Treasurer


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