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May 1, 2008, Thursday, 7:00 p.m.: Selectmen expected to sign Host Community Agreement with Legacy Farms, LLC.


May 3, 2008, Saturday,  10:00 am to Noon: Informational presentation for the benefit of the Open Space Mixed Use District (OSMUD) and Legacy Farms. Town Meeting Article #29. First Congregational Church of Hopkinton, 146 East Main Street to Answer questions and provide clarifications  – in advance of Town Meeting.


May 5, 2008, Monday, 7:00 p.m. Town Meeting, High School Athletic Center.


May 6, 2008, Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. Town Meeting continued and recessed for Special TM, and then reconvened after STM for Article #29 (Legacy Farms).*


May 7, 2008, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. Town Meeting continued.

*At a meeting between member representatives of Town Boards Wednesday evening, the Town Moderator decided to  schedule Article #29 as specified above.

South Mill Street Brush Fire

April 24, 2008 — A brush fire on South Mill Street, South of Ash Street, that was defined at one point by Fire Chief Gary Daugherty as being "Forty feet from a house," was finally put to rest around 3:40 p.m. today. Above a firefighter almost silhouetted at the edge of the smoke is nonetheless nearly engulfed by it.

Time of the Season

April 24, 2008 — Planted by Weston Nurseries decades ago, this PJM Rhododendron and magnolia at the corner of Frankland and East Main look like one enormous shrub/tree. Today many of the delicate magnolia petals are fully opened, but will not stay that way for long, but will be waning and falling by the time the rhody is in full bloom.

Golden Spoon Open Wednesday Through Friday for Dinner.

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Sunbathing Turtles

April 24, 2008 — At least a half dozen sunbathing turtles, not discernible by the human eye two-hundred feet from the street, were discovered on the rock after the photo was enlarged.

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The HHS Class of 1989 Reunion Committee


The HHS Class of 1989 Reunion Committee invites all classmates to attend the first planning meeting for our 20th reunion on 6/2/08 at 6:30 p.m. at Panera Bread in Franklin, MA.  Please visit the class website at for more details.  We will begin updating classmates mailing addresses and trying to locate any missing classmates. Please join us!


The HHS Class of 1983


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

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Start getting excited about Summer Camp!  Join us on Saturday May 3 from 10am-2pm for our Summer Camp Open House. Camp tours, meet the Camp Director and head staff, and sign up on spot.   The 2008 camp season runs from June 23 through August 22.  Get ready for fun, games, themes and new activities this summer!  Bus transportation for the camp season is available from 12 MetroWest community towns.  Brochures, registration forms and financial assistance information will be available.  MetroWest YMCA Hopkinton, 45 East Street  (508) 435-9345 Camp Director Roberta Sinclair



Yard Sale

Sat. April 26th, 8 am – 1 pm.

8 Oliver Lane, Hopkinton

ALL proceeds to Relay for Life. 

Florence R. Stewart, 78

HOPKINTON - Florence R. Stewart, 78, of Hopkinton, died Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at the Bolton Manor in Marlborough. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Vernon and Mary (Bigelow) Rice. She was the wife of Arthur P.
Stewart who passed away in 2002.

A lifelong Woodville resident, she was a member of and very active in the Woodville Baptist Church for over 60 years. She was involved in the food pantry and was very active and enjoyed caring and the upbringing of her grandchildren.

She is survived by 4 sons, David, John and his wife Susan, Andrew and his wife Peggy, and James and his wife Janet, and 1 daughter, Cynthia Capobianco and her husband Joseph.  Arrangements Complete

Up and Away

April 23, 2008 — This cherry picker was sky-high on Boulder Capital property Wednesday afternoon near the area of the proposed playing fields.

Golden Spoon Open Wednesday Through Friday for Dinner.

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Spring Makeover

April 23, 2008 — The gazebo at Ice House Pond on West Main Street has been getting a makeover this week, with paint, a roof and a new copper topped cupola.

Middlesex County / State Crime and Justice


Middlesex District Attorney’s Office Issues Statement Regarding Police Shooting Occurring On April 16 In The City Of Lowell


              The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with Lowell Police, have conducted a thorough investigation into the facts and surrounding circumstances of a shooting that occurred on April 16, 2008 at approximately 6:45 a.m. at 217 Moody Street, Apartment D, in Lowell.


            At approximately that time, Lowell Police Officer Christopher Purtell discharged his department-issued firearm, injuring Venn Keo, 18, of Lowell.


            The investigation into this matter included interviews with Officer Purtell, Officer V. Fernandes, and other witnesses at the scene. A thorough investigation and examination of the crime scene was also conducted.


During the incident, Officer Purtell, while on patrol as part of his official duties as a Lowell Police Officer, responded to reports of an assault in progress by a man with a knife at the Moody Street address. Officer Purtell arrived at the scene along with Officer Fernandes. As they approached the apartment, Officer Purtell observed the door to be open and then immediately observed the suspect, later identified as Keo, inside the apartment holding a large meat cleaver in his hand.


Sponsored by the Hopkinton Police and the beFREE Coalition

Be Safe Question of the Day


Q. Adults would have to consume twice as many drinks to suffer the same damage as adolescents? True or False?

Answer: TRUE. Findings indicate that adults would have to consume twice as many drinks to suffer the same damage as adolescents.

* From the Hopkinton Youth Risk Behavior Survey

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Fatal Crash on Route 395 South in Oxford  (UPDATE)


April 24, 2008 — Yesterday at approximately 6:30 PM, Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Sturbridge responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Route 395 South in Oxford that resulted in one fatality.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Grace Bray indicates that a 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass being operated by Jose Rivera, age 79 of Worcester, was traveling south on Route 395 in Oxford, just north of Exit 5.  The Oldsmobile lost control, went off the right side of the roadway prior to the exit ramp, and struck several trees.  Rivera sustained serious injuries and was transported to UMass Medical Center.  A seven year-old juvenile male passenger in the Oldsmobile sustained serious injuries and was declared deceased at the scene.  The juvenile was wearing a seat belt.


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 Oxford Police and Fire Departments and MassHighway assisted Troopers at the scene. 

Fatal Crash on Route 290 West in Worcester  (UPDATE)


April 23, 2008 — Today at approximately 7:04 PM, Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Holden responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Route 290 West in Worcester that resulted in one fatality.

      Preliminary investigation by Trooper David Fleming indicates that a 2002 Ford Explorer being operated by 51 year-old Joseph Thompson of Webster was traveling west in the left lane on Route 290 in Worcester, east of Exit 10, when it lost control, veered into the right lane and rolled over, coming to rest on the driver’s side.  In the course of those events, the 2002 Ford struck a 2003 Toyota pickup truck being operated by 34 year-old Sean Lavoie of Southbridge, and also came into contact with a 2006 Ford Explorer, operated by 44 year-old Douglas Guthrie of West Hartford, CT.  Thompson sustained serious injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Lavoie sustained minor injuries and was transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital.  Guthrie was uninjured. 


Better Bee Careful

April 23, 2008 — A bumblebee has found the nectar of a young flower of a PJM Rhododendron to be irresistible today at the corner of East Main  Street and Frankland Road on Boulder Capital land. The hybridization of the PJM shrub, combining an azalea and a rhody, has been attributed to Ed Mezitt, son of Weston Nurseries' founder Peter J. Mezitt, and so named for his father.

Selectmen Give Initial Nod to

Host Community Agreement With Legacy Farms

Planning Board vote is unanimous

April 22, 2008 — This evening the Selectmen voted 3-1, with Vice-Chair Mary Pratt in the negative, to move forward to the Planning Board the Host Community Agreement (HCA) with Legacy Farms for the development in East Hopkinton that seeks to build 940 housing units and 450,000 square foot of retail/commercial development. The project would need a a zoning change at Town Meeting in May (OSMUD District - Article 29 on Warrant). Selectman Mathew Zettek, an abutter, does not sit on the board during discussions with land owner Boulder Capital.

      The Planning Board, meeting in the next room, heard of the Selectmen's approval, discussed the agreement, and voted unanimously to approve of it. The Selectmen will vote to sign the agreement at a meeting yet to be officially posted for next Thursday.

        Town Counsel Ray Miyares gave the Selectmen an overview of the agreement, and provided an up-to-date copy of the complete document, which has been negotiated between principal Boulder Capital and the negotiating team of Mr. Miyares, Town Planner Elaine Lazarus, and Town Manager Anthony Troiano, that was appointed on December 19, 2007.

        The HCA, which is binding on all future owners, according to Mr. Miyares' summary, frees the town from any obligation to provide water above the capacity of the Alprilla Farms well. And as previously reported, the traffic signals at 85 and 135 will be upgraded, and the crosswalk at West Main and Wood Streets will be relocated.

        One of the most discussed aspects of the agreement is to insure that the project will be revenue-positive for the town through a phasing plan referred to as the Matrix.

        On the fiscal impact side of of the agreement, Legacy agrees to a payment of $500,000 to the Hopkinton School Committee if the project area exceeds 250 students within the first six years. And if the student population exceeds 266, Legacy will pay the Committee $270,000 for each group of 30 students over that figure, to mitigate the effect on the schools.

        The agreement offers 21 acres of the Restricted Land toward municipal uses, of which a cemetery has topped the wish list, in the western most corner of the property, which borders abutters.

         Nineteen acres on East Main Street have been carved out for possible athletic fields.

         Selectman Brian Herr, after reading that $300,000 would be set aside for a new fire substation to serve East Hopkinton, noted that he remembered seeing something in a previous draft of the agreement that offered $500,000 for that purpose.

         "That was not agreed to," said Mr. Miyares, with a smile.

         Mr. Herr asked Boulder Capital President Roy MacDowell to agree to the higher figure.

         Mr. MacDowell asked to return to that issue after hearing Selectmen Vice-Chair Mary Pratt.

         Mrs. Pratt had objections surrounding issues of water and environmental impact, and said she could not vote for the agreement.

         Chair Muriel Kramer said that the agreement represented a compromise on every issue. She told Mrs. Pratt that her concerns were heard previously, but did not prevail.

         Abutter Jane Moran called the agreement, "...a train rushing forward to a wreck."

         "$500,000 would not even pay for an engineering study," she said.

        "To everyone's credit," said Mrs. Kramer, "both sides put a lot of legs on a lot of questions and concerns. If they are not included, it is on purpose," she said.

         After hearing everyone's concerns, Mr. MacDowell agreed to Mr. Herr's upping the ante of the fire substation contribution from $300,000 to $500,000.

          It was the only change in the entire agreement this evening.

         The Selectmen plan to meet next Thursday to finalize and legalize the HCA, which is entirely contingent on the approval of the OSMUD at Town Meeting.

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