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Life Mimics Art

May 4, 2008 — The CAA and the Hopkinton Garden Club held their annual juried show, Arts in Bloom, at the CAA building this week. Members of the Garden Club become inspired by the submitted art and assemble arrangements to complement them. Above is a First Place Watercolor by Suzanne Bucceri, accompanied by a floral arrangement by Jackie Potenzone.


High School Concert Band at Symphony Hall

May 4, 2008 — Symphony Hall was the venue for the Hopkinton High School Concert Band on Saturday. The band was playing as part of the Stars At Symphony program, because they won a gold medal at the recent MICCA festival.

~ Photo by Jane McCloskey. 

59th Annual State Science Fair

May 4, 2008 — 59th Annual State Science Fair that was held at MIT in Cambridge on Friday and Saturday. Above, juniors Tom Coburn and Patrick Jarvis, who received a 1st Award today, will be heading to the International Science Fair in Atlanta on May 10th for one week.  There they will compete against 1500 other students from all 50 states and 50 other countries. 

Mr. Hiller Competition

May 3, 2008 — Hopkinton High School boys did their best to prove they are Mr. Hiller at the High School on Friday evening to raise funds for the Relay For Life.

Guys and Dolls at Middle School

The Middle School presented a performance of Guys and Dolls, which will reprise on Saturday, May 3rd at 7:00 PM and
Sunday, May 4th at 2:00 PM in the HMS Auditorium
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students/seniors and may be purchased in the Middle School office or at the door.

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Hillers Remain Unbeaten

Hopkinton 7, Bellingham 3

Above, Andrew Park letting the ball go, his signature grasp caught on camera.

May 3, 2008 — The Hopkinton Hiller baseball team remained unbeaten as they knocked off Bellingham to improve their record to 11-0. The win was a hard fought contest as the Hillers sent Junior southpaw Andrew Parks to the hill.

     The Junior kept Bellingham at bay holding on close enough to bring Worcester academy hopeful Conar Mahon in to close the door on the Blackhawks. The senior faced all but three perfect innings in allowing himself to pick up the victory. Paul Ostrander kept a torrid hitting pace as he banged out three hits.

     The Hillers will be playing powerful ST. Johns of Danvers in a 3:00 game saturday in Hopkinton. The Hillers will rest a tired pitching staff on Saturday as it will be four games in four days. The Hillers have a two game lead in the Tri-valley league race, and they have three league games next week. I have been and seen many Hiller baseball games but cant remember a team winning eleven straight. It has to be some kind of a record. Good Job guys! ~ Peter Marso special to HopNews. ~ Photo by John Collins


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Hiller Tennis

May 3, 2008 — Sam Riga won his match against Whitinsville Christian on Friday.


Arbor Day Celebration

May 2, 2008 — Elmwood Principal Mrs. Ilene Silver's students each picked up one of 300 balsam firs on Friday as part of Tree Warden Paul Gleason's work. Guest readers read The Tree That Would Not Die to all of the second graders.

Women's Club Candidates' Night


May 2, 2008 — Several candidates for office answered questions at HCAM-TV for the Women's Club Annual Candidates Night on Wednesday from people in the audience, largely from each party or political camp. The most popular were the Selectmen.

Hazel Wheeler

DANVERS - Hazel Dalrymple Wheeler, 71, of Danvers, died Tuesday, April 29, 2008. Born in Framingham on September 3, 1936, she was the daughter of the late James and Florence (Johnson) Dalrymple.


She was raised and educated in Hopkinton and was a graduate of Hopkinton High School, Class of '54, and Framingham State Teachers College. Hazel was a loving mother and partner who enjoyed spending time with her family, ocean kayaking, reading and traveling. Arrangements Complete.

ESL Open Mic

30 Main Street

Saturday, May 3, 7:00 p.m.

Guest Host Stephanie Corby


     Stephanie is a wonderful, bluesy and powerful yet intimate singer and songwriter. Come down and bring your guitar (or play the piano there) and sing us a song, or just listen to Stephanie and whoever else happens to sign up. I've been pleasantly surprised by the talent that has wandered in the first couple nights. Plus I always start the evening off with a couple BK songs (or choice covers) as well. 

     The open mic is the first Saturday of every month. at Enter Stage Left Theater Studio Workshop, and established local community theater group whom I've had the pleasure of working with since last year. Please help me in helping them get the word out about their musical offerings as well. 

     Sign up starts at 7PM, but please feel free to drop by any time, even if you plan to play. I'll squeeze you in!  All ages welcome. Tickets are $5.

      Hope to see you! ~ Barbara Kessler


ESL Theater Studio Workshop

30 Main Street

Hopkinton, MA 01748



HPTA Mini-Marathon

Sunday, May 4, 12:30 PM Registration Begins

You've watched the Marathon, now come run in Hopkinton's own Mini-Marathon! The Hopkinton PTA invites you to bring your family for a day of fun on Sunday, May 4th 2008 (rain or shine) at the Hopkinton High School Outdoor Track. Entry fee: $5.00 per runner.


State Police Complete Spring 2008 “Road Respect” Mobilization

The Massachusetts State Police in conjunction with more than 230 local police departments concluded the Spring 2008 Road Respect Mobilization which ran from March 26th to April 16th. The mobilization was funded by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security in an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of aggressive and distracted driving.

On March 26th 2008, Colonel Mark F. Delaney, Registrar Anne Collins, and the Massachusetts State Police along with local police teamed up to hold a press conference at Natick District Court to highlight the start of the mobilization. This initiative involved statewide public information, radio and on-line ads along with extra traffic enforcement.

The State Police enforcement efforts concluded with the following results:
Total Patrols 463
Total Arrests 80
Child Restraint Violations 16
Criminal Summonses 64
Civil Speeding 2,203
Speed Warnings 807
Seatbelt Violations 561
Other Violations 1039
Other Warnings 587
Total Citations Issued 4,303

Through education and enforcement, the Massachusetts State Police continue to strive for voluntary compliance with the rules of the road and Massachusetts motor vehicle laws.


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Support Muriel Kramer


We support the re-election of Muriel Kramer to the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen.  Three years ago when Muriel ran for her first term, her campaign slogan was "Bring Balance Back".  She has definitely succeeded in doing just that.  Muriel threw the doors of Town Government wide open, and many of us gratefully walked right in. FULL LETTER

The keyword for her current campaign could very well be "Consensus".  Muriel has the gifts of listening objectively to all points of view and articulating these without prejudice, thereby allowing consensus to be reached through active and respectful discussion.

Please vote for Muriel's re-election and let your voice continue to be heard.

Jeff Furber
Gail Clifford
Wood Street

May 2, 2008

Rockin' Robin

May 2, 2008 — In keeping with a headline writer's dream, this robin has taken up residence and built a nest on top of a portable radio, keeping true to the hit song title from 1958 by Bobby Day (Robert Byrd), Rockin' Robin. Photo by Dayle Pauli-Doherty.

Artists' Reception

Saturday, May 10 from 10-12 pm

Ashland Recreation Center on Route 135

Above, Susie Johnson on Marathon weekend at the Hopkinton Common showing off artwork of students from Holliston and Ashland.

     The Boston Marathon Art & Design Competition Artists' Reception will be held next Saturday, May 10 from 10-12 pm at the Ashland Recreation Center on Rt 135.  The Hopkinton Athletic Association is providing this event for all the students in Ashland & Hopkinton and their families and the public to celebrate the Art Competition and the Boston Marathon and acknowledge their entries.  It is an opportunity to display their artwork and see all the other entries.

     We will be drawing two winners of an Ipod Nano 4GB Video Mp3 Player.  You need not be present to win.  This was an outstanding Competition this year both in the number of entries received and the talent of the students.  The Boston Marathon provides our towns with the unique opportunity to step up onto the world's stage every Spring  This year, the 112th running was one for the ages;  from the Symphony to the unveiling of the George V. Brown statue, to the Torch Lighting on the Common.  The Boston Marathon Art & Design Competition reflects the sentiments that we all feel from being a part of a grand and glorious tradition that is ours alone. 

~ Susie Johnson, Chairwoman, Boston Marathon Art & Design Competition


Letters on Town Meeting Articles No Longer Accepted

As it is every year, people will likely attempt to get their last word, unanswerable political shots in by sending last-minute letters to the Editor. We are done accepting Letters to the Editor on the matter of Town Meeting and its Articles. Our apologies to those who may have been considering that and find this notice without warning, but HopNews has always randomly ended submissions close to a political event. We will continue to accept letters of support for particular candidates. And of course the discussion page is still available, but we need to see that page of largely anonymous posters for what it is. ~ Editor

Please Attend Town Meeting

Begins Monday, May 5, 2008

7:00 p.m. at HS Athletic Center

Legacy Farms to be heard May 6, 2008


by Robert Falcione

May 2, 2008 — This year more than ever, a Town Meeting Article will affect Hopkinton like none has in its history: The Legacy Farms OSMUD District, zoning Article #29 (Town Meeting Warrant + Ballot). 733 acres of East Hopkinton land will be rezoned if it passes. Please read the OSMUD District and • OSMUD Map to become acquainted with the scope of the project area and project zoning elements. The developer, Boulder Capital, seeks to build on a smaller footprint than usual, sometimes called Low Impact Development (LID), in exchange for keeping hundreds of acres as traditional open space and "restricted land," upon which active recreation and agriculture can take place.

      A key feature of the Host Community Agreement (HCA), signed by the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen last evening, is the matrix, a computation of negative and positive effects that certain types of development in the OSMUD District will have on Hopkinton's infrastructure, fire schools police, and as a result, its property taxes, and offers a resulting schedule.

      Some parts of the project, such as Affordable Housing, will have a negative impact on town services. But Townhomes will offset the impact with a delta of nearly twice as much revenue. Rental units are expected to be a loss, but commercial is a positive gain. The HCA agreement seeks to keep the progress of the development in tune with having a net positive, or at least neutral, effect on fiscal impact to the town through its scheduling of construction, and offsetting fiscal elements.

      Legacy Farms has offered playing fields on East Main Street, a half million dollars toward a fire station, as well as the upgrading of the Downtown traffic signals, the latter of which Boulder President Roy MacDowell has promised to do immediately following a successful Town Meeting vote.

      It is not all daffodils and roses, as many people will undoubtedly point out at Town Meeting, but neither is it smoke and mirrors. The highest purpose of any voter is to become armed with the facts.

      Please read the available documents at the top of the page, and see how some of the meetings have gone by doing a HopNews Google search called "OSMUD." And then be a part of the historic moment by attending Town Meeting.

      See you there.   

Hillers win show down as Guilmette keeps Hillers unbeaten at 10-0.

Donahue drives in two big runs

May 2, 2008 — The Hopkinton Hillers picked up a big win over the Norton Lancers in a key tri-Valley baseball game played in Hopkinton. The win put the locals two games ahead in the Tri-valley league as the leagues first half is finished. Dan Donahue drove in two key runs to put the Hillers ahead 4-3 in the later innings. Lefty Matt Guilmette kept the lancers at bay as the Hillers eventually won the game in the bottom of the seventh inning on a wild pitch.

     A key factor was when left fielder Kelly Cook threw a perfect strike to Matt Collins, stopping a potential Norton lead. Both teams knew the importance of a victory and what it meant in the league standings, and a top seed in next month's state tournament.

    Paul Ostrander played a great centerfield as he held off many potential lancer rallies. The Hillers will play Bellingham on Friday and then play a non league tilt with powerful and always dangerous Saint Johns Prep of Danvers, a team they also have beaten . Peter Marso Special to HopNews. Photo by John Collins.

Rita F. Eisner, 91


HOPKINTON - Rita F. Eisner, 91, died at her home Thursday, April 30, 2008. She was the wife of the late Fred J. Eisner. Born in Newton, she was the daughter of the late James and Elizabeth (Hartwell) Horan. She was a foster mother and a member of Daughters of the American Revolution.

She is survived by her children Christine Cavanaugh and her husband William of Hopkinton, James and his wife Penney and John Riley and his wife Mary Ann of Hudson, and Frederick and his wife Eileen of Daytona,
FL. She also leaves her sister, Patricia Anderson of VA, and 16 grandchildren. Arrangements Complete.

Last Step 'til Tuesday

Legacy Agreement signed

May 2, 2008 — The Selectmen signed the Host Community Agreement  with Legacy Farms this evening after hearing a short report from Judi Barrett of Community Opportunities group, who reviewed some of the Legacy Farms as a peer fiscal consultant.

      Ms. Barrett said, "There's no question in my mind that the project will generate a considerable amount of net revenue.

      "We're pretty much in agreement with the proponents of what the gross revenue at buildout will be — roughly $6 million — we just think  the costs are going to be higher," said Ms. Barrett.

       Ms. Barrett said she believed the net revenue from the project at buildout will be $2.2 million per year.

      "And that's significant," she said.

      The Selectmen signed the agreement, which is effective if the OSMUD District zoning change passes at Town Meeting on Tuesday.

      The agreement has a matrix that assures the town that Legacy Farms will be developed in a revenue positive manner.

Marathon Update

Above, from left, Selectman Brian Herr, Vice-Chair Mary Pratt, HAA President Timothy Kilduff, Selectman Chair Muriel Kramer, Hopkinton Marathon Committee Chair Dorothy Ferriter, Selectman Michael Shepard and Selectman Matt Zettek.


May 2, 2008 — Selectmen hosted Dorothy Ferriter (Holding proclamation), Chair of the Hopkinton Marathon Committee and Timothy Kilduff (Holding proclamation), President of the Hopkinton Athletic Association, and read proclamations in their behalves.

      There was a consensus that the 2008 Marathon was a special one for Hopkinton, with the sister city relationship between Hopkinton and Marathon, Greece cemented with the arrival of the Flame of the Marathon Run and special meetings with the visitors from Marathon, Greece. In addition, the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra of Hopkinton held its second Annual Marathon Concert, and the HAA commissioned a statue of the late George V. Brown, who has been credited with bringing hockey and Olympic sports to the United States. His descendents, following his lead, have fired the starter's pistol at the Marathon since its early days.



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Selectmen Declare Monday May 5, 2008 as Arctic Day

Students from Hopkins School show projects, make sacrifices

May 1, 2008 — Students form Mrs. Greene and Ms. Schnairsohn's classes met with the Selectmen on Thursday evening and presented graphical posters as well as a PowerPoint presentation to bring the "serious issue of global warming and pollution and the plight of the Arctic animals to the people of Hopkinton."

        The children offered solutions to save energy and help the environment, such as planting trees and flowers, composting, reusable shopping bags, hybrid vehicles, shortening showers and turning off appliances.

        "Your goal was to educate the public, and you have done that effectively," said Selectmen Chair Muriel Kramer.

        The students asked the Selectmen to declare the day, whereby residents give up something that uses energy for a least 30 minutes, as Arctic Day. And they did.

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Hopkinton Named Tree City USA

Ceremony at Elm Bank in Wellesley

Above, Hopkinton Tree Warden Paul Gleason, flanked on his right by DCR Commissioner Richard Sullivan and on his left by Chief of DCR Division of Forestry, Jim DiMaio, receives an award on behalf of Hopkinton.


May 1, 2008 — Hopkinton was named a Tree City USA municipality today in a ceremony at MassHort at Elm Bank in Wellesley. A municipality qualifies as a Tree City USA if it meets four criteria: Must have a department devoted to tree care, spend at least $2 per annum on urban forestry, enforce laws protecting trees and host an Arbor Day celebration.

      "A Tree City USA designation gives  a municipality an advantage over other towns since you demonstrate a level of interest above and beyond other towns," said Mr. Gleason. "It shows you care about trees in the community," he said.

       Chair Muriel Kramer held up the plaque received by Mr. Gleason today at Thursday evening's Selectmen's meeting, and voted to accept an accompanying proclamation, which gives the town precedence for grant money.

Legacy Project Manager Responds


As the project manager for Legacy Farms, I wish to respond to Ms. Lund’s call for more project study.


Jennifer begins her note outlining environmental concerns. We share Ms. Lund’s concerns for the environment. For this reason, we have designed Legacy Farms considering the United States Green Building Council LEED for Neighborhood Development Pilot Program. A number of LEED project criteria are fulfilled by our attempt to create what Sasaki Associates has coined our “build green” approach. We have also been involved in Low Impact Development long before it became a catch phrase.


Ms. Lund’s characterization that the Transportation analysis falls short of our neighboring communities is not true. The data gathering and analysis for this activity stretched well into Ashland, Southborough and the balance of Hopkinton.  Hopkinton, Ashland and Southborough have also all had the opportunity to review our Transportation consultants’ work.


As it relates to Fiscally positive nature – Hopkinton’s consultant, Ms. Judi Barrett, can affirm this fact as well as we can. All one has to do is review the Hopkinton Appropriations Committees submittals to understand that the OSMUD will have a significant cash flow, net of costs. FULL LETTER

No Babysitter? No Excuse!

Please attend Town Meeting

     As a non-profit organization dedicated to children, the HPTA encourages all registered voters to attend Annual Town Meeting (ATM). ATM typically concludes by 11 pm, and will run for as many nights as necessary to discuss the entire Warrant.  Many important decisions will be made that will affect our children, and the future of the entire town. 
     The HPTA is pleased to partner with the Champions program, our after school day care provider, to provide childcare free of charge to residents who wish to attend Town Meeting.  The Champions program teachers will be on site to supervise children.  Please e-mail Jean Bertschmann, HPTA President, at  to reserve a spot for your child(ren).

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.

Or Click Here to Download.

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PawSox Tickets Won by Donna McKenna for Identifying Manor House

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State of the Town

Superintendent urges Legacy Farms support

April 30, 2008 — Hopkinton political leaders and Chamber of Commerce members gathered at the  First Congregational Church on Wednesday morning to present the State of the Town, an NStar/Chamber-sponsored presentation by Board of Selectmen Chair Muriel Kramer, Town Manager Anthony Troiano, Town CFO Heidi Kriger, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John E. Phelan, HAA President Timothy Kilduff and finally, Boulder Capital's Legacy Farms Project Manager, Steven Zieff (Photo at mic) and principal Roy MacDowell.

      Mrs. Kramer advocated for many Board of Selectmen actions, including hiring of the Town Manager, and his controversial raise, as well as strongly advocating for Legacy Farms.

     Mrs. Kramer called for support for the Waste Water Treatment Plant at Fruit Street, but distanced herself from others advocates saying, "An aggressive call to compromise not on principal, but on the incidentals of the project is in order," a reference to the location of the plant, which has been challenged in court.

     Mr. Troiano and Ms. Kriger explained cost savings earned this year and the budget process. "We need water and sewer to market the town and attract businesses," Mr. Troiano said.

     Dr. Phelan began his presentation with a jab at the Selectmen, saying they were wrong to cite decreasing enrollment as a valid reason for denying the schools a $400,000 override this year, saying the enrollment was basically flat. After citing a long list of staff and student successes, Dr. Phelan urged support for Legacy Farms and the Waste Water Treatment Plant.

     Mr. Kilduff, President of the Hopkinton Athletic Association, listed the successes of his organization — bringing the Marathon Flame to Hopkinton, commissioning the George V. Brown statue, and the Marathon Concert by the MetroWest Symphony of Hopkinton — as the successes of the Town.

     Mr. Zieff of Boulder Capital said, "This is what we do for a living. Creating extraordinary environments is out passion. We are social scientists who put our money where our mouth is."

    President of Boulder Capital Roy MacDowell said that the burden of Boulder is to get twice as many votes at Town Meeting as the opponents.

    "It would be a tremendous loss for the community [if it doesn't pass].    

Fire Put Down

April 30, 2008 — Hopkinton Fire was called to help with a brush fire at the Mass Pike and Route 495 early this evening. The ramp from the Pike to 495 North was shut temporarily, and the Fire was put down before they arrived.


Baby brought to police


April 30, 2008 — Today, at approximately 7:50 p.m. the AMBER Alert activated earlier ended successfully and was deactivated when the 6-month-old male infant was brought to the Arlington Police Department by his mother.  The child arrived at the Arlington Police Department with no apparent injuries but was transported to an area hospital for a precautionary medical evaluation. 


The Arlington Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police are still seeking the assistance of the public in locating 42-year-old Michael Whalen, who is being sought in connection with the child’s abduction.  Whalen is described as a white male, 42 years of age, 5’9”, 180 pounds with dirty blonde hair, blue eyes and tattoos.  Whalen may be operating a rented dark gray 2007 Ford 500, bearing Massachusetts Registration 49RF83. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Michael Whalen is asked to call 911 or the Arlington Police Department at (781)-643-1212.


Since the AMBER Alert program’s inception in Massachusetts in 2003, there have been fourteen AMBER Alert Activations seeking a total of nineteen abducted children.  The program has ensured the safe recovery of all nineteen of these children.

Hopkinton 2, Holliston 0

April 30, 2008 — Jessie Karner rounds first on her way to a double, as the Hiller beat Holliston, 2-0.

More Ben Lewis sports photos below.


Stickney nine wins ninth straight as Carey bests Holliston. 7-3

April 30, 2008 — The Hopkinton Hiller baseball team won their ninth straight game 7-3 over rival Holliston in a game played in Hopkinton. The Hillers Jon Carey won his 4th game while striking out eight. as Hopkinton prepares for a league show down  with unbeaten Norton in a game played in Hopkinton on Thursday.

    The Hillers put together a great team effort as Conor Mahon pitched two good innings to seal the deal. The Hillers are showing great strides as a league championship is with in their domain. The Norton game is a big one and Hopkinton will send thier ace lefty UMass bound Matt Guilmette. The Hillers got great punch from everybody and played great defense. Mark Stickney and Jay Golden have them playing super baseball. The confidence seems to be expressed as it shows in all aspects of the game. Good job guys and good luck with Norton.

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Authorities Believe 6 month-old in danger


April 30, 2008 — Today, the Arlington Police Department is seeking Michael WHALEN and Danielle BOYLE who, after loosing parental custody, took their 6-month-old son Lucas WHALEN. Yesterday, the couple failed to release Lucas to a temporary custodian and as a result of statements and threats made by Michael WHALEN there is reason to believe Lucas WHALEN is in danger and his safety is at risk.


Michael WHALEN is described as a white male, 42 years of age, 5’9”, 180 pounds with dirty blonde hair, blue eyes and tattoos.


Danielle BOYLE is described as a white female, 24 years of age, 5’4”, 135 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.


Lucas WHALEN is a white male infant, 6 months old, with hazel eyes, 25-30 pounds, with very little hair.


WHALEN and BOYLE are believed to be traveling together in a dark gray 2007 Ford 500, bearing Massachusetts Registration 49RF83. The vehicle is a rental.

All the Young Buds

Win PawSox Tickets

April 30, 2008 —  Buds are sprouting into leaves all over the place, softening the harsh light of winter, and warming the landscape.


Be the first to name the house in the background and win FOUR tickets to the PawSox, compliments of WMRC-1490 AM in Milford. WE HAVE A WINNER. NO MORE EMAILS PLEASE.

Please save the date: Saturday, September 13, 2008

“A Taste of the Garden: A Kitchen Tour”
Tickets are Presale: $20; Day of: $25

To purchase tickets, please send checks to
The Hopkinton Garden Club, PO Box 61, Hopkinton, MA 01748.  
We will mail you back the tickets.
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Letters to the Editor

Have a favorite candidate or issue? Send us a letter:


Demand Further Study


Hopkinton is not ready to vote on the OSMUD’s legacy of eternal traffic. We know too little about the impact. No one has forecast the health impact of the air pollution. No one has looked at the backup getting onto Route 9.

I used to live on a busy street near Brookline. The windows washers did not “wash.” They razor-bladed to remove the soot. Thousands more idling cars, waiting in line, will contribute unknown tons of poisons and particulates into our air, raising childhood asthma, and respiratory ailments of the elderly. This is inevitable – we just don’t know if it’s 1 or 100 cases. It is irresponsible to compromise the health of our children and seniors in pursuit of a dangling fantasy of revenue. If you didn’t know that air pollution causes asthma, Google it. On the bright side, the four-lane intersection planned for the center of town will make the town center less friendly for pedestrians, so perhaps we'll prevent some exposure there. FULL LETTER


Current Enrollments are Level


Inaccurate information about school enrollments and budget cuts has recently appeared in various public forums. The School Committee wants to make sure that the facts are clear to everyone.*

A key area of mis-information deals with student enrollment. Contrary to what was written, enrollment in the Hopkinton public schools has not been declining; it has been virtually flat for the past four years. The enrollment figures for the last four years (FY05-FY08) have been 3461, 3470, 3453, and 3454 inclusive of vocational and out-of-district special education students. The forecast for next year (FY09) is 3434, only 20 fewer students than we currently have. The mis-information about declining enrollment was used to justify a $700,000+ cut from the amount required for level services in the FY09 school budget. However, the forecasted enrollment decline does not even equate to the loss of a single classroom.

It was also misstated that the School Committee had not cut positions to match this so-called declining enrollment. In fact, the original School Committee budget did cut 3 full-time equivalents (FTE) in conjunction with re-engineering of information technology and special education service delivery models. The final budget, matched to Town revenue, reduces school department staffing by 16 FTE.FULL LETTER

4TH Annual HLL $10,000 Draw

Join us for a night out to benefit the Hopkinton Little League

And for the chance to win $10,000!

Friday, May 16th 2008 7pm � 12:30pm  


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

ONLY 300 Tickets will be sold (200 have been sold already!)

 Includes Buffet Catered by Olivia's

Includes Complimentary 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:


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.  Consolations prizes for every 25th ticket drawn!!

 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.

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

Wayne and Beth Mezitt Encourage Positive Legacy Vote


April 29, 2008 — Weston Nurseries principals Wayne and Beth Mezitt (File photo) have sent a letter to the Board of Selectmen, addressed to them and the "Citizens of Hopkinton," that "wholeheartedly" supports the OSMUD Article that will be heard on May 6, the second day of Town Meeting, at the High School Athletic Center. The meeting is being held there instead of the Middle School Auditorium, due to the large turnout last year that split the body of Town Meeting attendees into several rooms.

        The Mezitt family and various corporate entities sold their land to Boulder Capital last year. Weston Nurseries has done business with Boulder Capital President Roy MacDowell for many years, and testifies in this letter to him being "honorable and true to his word."

        The Mezitts believe that the OSMUD will be of benefit to the town and encourage voters to attend Town Meeting and support the proposal.

        To read the letter sent today, please choose here.            

Let the Sun Shine

April 29, 2008 — Kate Nation, who turns 2 in May, peeks around the corner at EMC Park on a recent day, while her brother plays in the background, and her mom watched intently.


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