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Town Meeting 2008 Adjourns

Above, Charles and Anne Zettek, parents of Selectman Matthew Zettek, enjoy some pastimes at Town Meeting on Wednesday. Mr. Zettek was Hopkinton's Town Moderator for many years.

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Hillers 13-0 as Carey tames Mustangs 12-2

Curtin drives in three runs. Ostrander's hitting streak at 13 games.

May 8, 2008 — The Stickney Nine made Medway its thirteenth victim as the Hillers pounded out a great hitting exhibition as the locals swept Medway behind the pitching of Jon Carey (5-0) in a game played in Medway.

     The Hillers backup catcher Mike Curtain( a tremendous hockey goalie) belted two hits and drove in a pair of runs and Paul Ostrander kept his hitting streak alive at thirteen. The Hillers are now 3 games ahead in the Tri-valley League a will most likely clinch the championship at an early date. T

    The team is playing hot baseball and will not be denied. Coach Stickney and Golden cleared the bench and just about every player was used. The locals pulled of two double plays and Carey's performance allowed Mark to rest his pitching staff.

    The Hillers will play Westwood on Friday at home.   Peter Marso special to HopNews. Photo by John Collins.

Hopkinton Tennis Wins

May 8, 2008 — Mark Masucci serves against his Hopedale counterpart. Hopkinton won 3-2

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Hopkinton 9, Medway 0

May 8, 2008 — Pitcher begins her windup as Hopkinton beat Medway 9-0

Fatal Crash on Route 95 in Wellesley


May 7, 2008 — Today, at approximately 1:04 p.m., troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Framingham responded to a two-vehicle crash on Route 95/128 South after Route 16 (exit 21A) in Wellesley that resulted in one fatality.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Kevin O’Hara indicates that 76-year-old Charles P. Kachin of Hingham was operating a 2008 Toyota Yariss in the right lane of Route 95/128 South when he lost control of his vehicle. The Toyota traveled across all four southbound lanes and into the median. The Toyota then turned to the right, continued across the roadway striking the guardrail on the right shoulder of the road and continued against the guardrail until it crashed into the rear of a 2003 Mack Flatbed truck carrying lumber. The Toyota then spun into the roadway and came to rest facing north between the second and third lanes of Route 95/128 South. The 27-year-old operator of the Mack, Jeffrey D. Eccles of Waltham was outside the truck securing his vehicle’s load when it was struck and he was uninjured.  Kachin was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, but he was declared deceased at the scene.


This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. The Wellesley Police Department, the Wellesley Fire Department and Mass Highway assisted troopers at the scene. 


Due to the vehicle recovery and investigation only the left lane of Route 95/128 South was open for approximately 2.5 hours, at which time the third travel lane was opened. The two right lanes of Route 95/128 South remained closed for approximately 1/2 additional hour.

No more Pencils? No More Books?

Get them here

May 7, 2008 — Karen Sylvester and Ashley McNamara will be at Ciao Time at 28 Main Street from 4:15 p.m. today until 6:00 p.m. to take orders and to offer for display the School Supply Kit for students entering and reentering school in  the fall, as a fundraiser to benefit, in part, Project Just Because. For those not making it to today's presentation, please order from the HPTA website, but hurry, because order forms and checks must be returned to the teacher by MAY 9!

More Town Meeting Photos

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Above, Roy S. MacDowell, Jr. speaks to Town Meeting about the OSMUD District Zoning as Town Moderator Dr. Bruce Karlin looks on.


by Demian David Tebaldi

(Revised 8:00 a.m.)

May 7, 2008 — It was nearly a full house at Town Meeting Tuesday evening, with over 1,000 Hopkinton residents and visitors in attendance in the cavernous, 1,200-seat capacity High School Athletic Center. More than a dozen spoke out during the period reserved for public comment on the issue most were there to see through to the end; the vote at the Annual Town Meeting to approve or reject Article 29, Boulder Capital's proposed Open Space and Mixed Use Development (OSMUD) amendment to the town's current zoning bylaws governing the ambitious Legacy Farms project.

Town Meeting, all of its members acting as a legislative body, became the final arbiter of the measure that had passed muster with all of the Town's governing committees and boards over the last year. Boulder Capital's plans for the creation of a 940 unit residential, 450,000 square foot commercial/retail and open space development were accepted by the collective voice of the voters by a wide margin. Of a total of 686 votes, 598 were in favor of accepting Boulder Capital's OSMUD districting theme. About fifteen people were left standing at the microphone when the question was called. A person may "call the question," if the moderator allows it, seeking to bring the motion under discussion to a vote. The discussion is then paused and a vote is taken to see if discussion is to continue, or a vote on the motion under consideration will be taken. The vote to was overwhelmingly in favor of moving the question, leaving about fifteen people standing at the microphones.

According to the town's consultant Judi Barrett, the plan could be revenue positive for the town to the tune of 2.2 million dollars. It introduces a range of housing styles to suit the needs of a variety of residents, and promises to restructure the 500 acres of planned open space into a more sustainable and environmentally friendly contiguous layout that will avail itself to not only traditional open space, but active recreation as well.

Registered voters who wished to speak for or against, or ask questions of the “sea of experts,” those on the town’s payroll and otherwise, present to address honest queries, were given, three minutes to present at the public forum. In reality, and due to the exceptional gravity of the OSMUD issue on the floor, attendees were allowed to speak until they, in the words of the moderator Dr. Bruce Karlin to a resident known to be loquacious, “became annoying” and had to be “cut off.”

Chris Barry, spokesman for the largely anonymous Hopkinton Citizens’ Association, the most vocal of the OSMUD’s critics, was given the floor to present his group’s objections to Boulder Capital’s plans for the East Hopkinton property. Most of these objections revolved around the inevitable impact that Legacy Farms will have on the school system, the infrastructure, traffic flow and the rural, small town character that has always defined Hopkinton.

Other matters voted on during the Special Town Meeting, which consumed a great deal less time included the following: Article 1 – a vote to use $13,000 to improve the Town Hall to conform to the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (accepted unanimously); Article 3 – a vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to lease Town land for the development of athletic fields for a period of 1 to 20 years (accepted unanimously), and; Article 10 – a vote to stagger the terms of the three members of the Board of Public Works, one to serve one year, one to serve two years and one to serve three years (accepted unanimously). 

Above. Wayne Davies, member of the Board of Appeals, offered a motion to amend the OSMUD Article, an amendment that did not prevail. Mr. Davies wanted the public to be able to weigh in on project changes, but the Planning Board's arguments won the room over.


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Top row: Susy Lui, Veronica Rios, Emma LaCascia, Julia O'Sullivan, Allie Mauro, Maille Bennett Middle row:  Coach Liz, Casey Tarnow, Kayla Riordan Bottom row:  Abby Chuma, Shea Russo, Julia Schaefer, Maddie Chuma


The Level 5 Gymnastics Team from Mass Gymnastics Center won First Place in the State Championships on Sunday at Holyoke Community College.  The girls competed against 35 other gyms and 300 gymnasts

 from the State to win this award. 


“A Tribute to Dave Hughes”

Come celebrate Dave’s 30 year career as Hopkinton’s

Head Football Coach.

Wednesday, May 14, 6:30pm- 9:00pm  

Double Tree Hotel in Westborough (off Rt. 9)

$40 per ticket (includes dinner)

For event and ticket information, please contact any of the following:

          Cindy Grilli @ 508-497-9845 ext 0               or

 Pete Torilli @ 508-497-9824 ext 305            or

 Lou Ottaviani @ 508-259-0382

 To Purchase tickets, make checks payable to: Hopkinton Athletics/Clubs  Mail to:

 Hopkinton High School

Attention: Cindy Grilli

90 Hayden Rowe

Hopkinton, Ma 01748

Outstanding Elementary Art Teacher - Bonnie Muir

Above, School Committee member Phil Totino, Bonnie Muir, Elmwood’s art teacher, Elmwood Principal Ilene Silver and Art Coordination K-12 Marian Strangfeld.

        Bonnie Muir, Elmwood’s art teacher, was recognized at the MAEA Conference at the Mass College of Art last Saturday as the Outstanding Massachusetts Elementary Art Teacher for 2008.

ESL Presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

May 16, 17, 23 at 7:30 p.m., May 18 and 24 at 2:00 p.m.


HOPKINTON, MA (May 6, 2008)   Enter Stage Left Theater will be presenting the acclaimed musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on May 16, 17 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and on May 18 and 24 at 2:00 p.m.  All performances will be at the Hopkinton Middle School.  Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for seniors and students.  Special Backstage Passes offering a backstage tour and personal interviews with the cast are available for $5.00 for the May 18 and 24 shows.    Tickets may be purchased by calling 508-435-2114 or at

      “Joseph is a lively, family-friendly musical based on the Biblical story of Joseph and his 11 brothers,” said Kelly Grill, director of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and a co-founder of ESL.  “It is a story told with great humor and toe-tapping music, and features a fantastic group of singers, including ESL voice teacher Mark DiCampo.  It’s a must see!”

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The One Act Play Festival

May 15, 2008

6:30 PM in the Hopkinton High School Auditorium.

Tickets will cost 3 dollars per person.


May 6, 2008 Each year Hopkinton High School puts together a One Act Play Festival. The One Act Play Festival is where students get to show their talents both on stage and as directors. This year is a special year because five of the eight plays in the “One Acts” are student written. The five student written plays are: Art, by the Acting Two Class (Directed by Michael Dwyer), Open Spaces by Ali McGhee (Directed by Christina Mitsock), Erin and the Sleepwalker written and directed by Rachel Carmody, The Silence written and directed by Cami Bravo, and Transitions written and directed by Jessica Karner (Photo).

In every One Act Play Festival the acting two class shows off what they have learned throughout the year. This year the group became interested in the structure of a good storyline and decided to write their own play. The group has worked diligently on their play which attempts to answer the question “what is art?” This was inspired by an installation art project done by one of the art classes.

Open Spaces started as a creative writing assignment for McGhee. McGhee has always had an interest for script writing and she took the assignment by storm. Mitsock enjoyed her piece of writing so much that she requested to direct it at the festival.

Rachel Carmody has a witty edge to her writing which will keep every viewer interested. Her interest in script writing is clear because she wrote this script to be shown at “One Acts.” Carmody said “I just wanted to show something I took from high school.” FULL Details

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Town Meeting, Day One

DPW land purchase shot down

May 6, 2008 — The beginning of Town meeting was interrupted by the stark reality, brought up by Election Warden Fred White, that the Warrant had not yet been read, although a motion had been made and discussion had followed. The Warrant is called a "warning to the inhabitants," and is usually the first order of business following the Moderator's reading of rules and words of guidance. Town Moderator Dr. Bruce Karlin said it didn't really matter. In addition, Dr. Karlin made it clear that any requests for a secret ballot must be made before any of the Articles were considered.

       Selectmen Chair Muriel Kramer opened with a motion to close the evening's meeting at 11:00 p.m., in keeping with recent tradition. If there is an Article being considered when eleventh hour arrives, it is completed, and the meeting adjourned. Mrs. Kramer also moved to place the OSMUD District question, Article #29, as the first one considered on Tuesday, following the Special Town Meeting.

       Mrs. Kramer said it is, "Arguably is the most important Article." She said it was to give people notice and to be decided by the most number of voters. Both motions passed.

       Resident Christine Dietz (Above), moved to have a secret ballot on Article #29, "To give people a chance to vote the way they want," she said.

       Ken Weismantel took the microphone to lobby against the idea, saying it would take too long.

       However, William Davis of 10 Curtis Road said, "People vote their conscience when they don't have to face retribution."

       The motion, which needed 2/3 in the affirmative to pass, was voted down by a majority in the other direction.

       Article #22, sponsored by the Director of the Board of Public Works, was moved by the Appropriations Committee "to take no action," motion language that used to be called, "to dismiss." The Article, seeking to purchase what is known as the Quitt Property for $550,000, was shot down after a presentation and considerable discussion.

       The 42-acre property is adjacent to the current DPW on Wood Street, and would have involved the construction of all new buildings. The property is very wet, contains an old town dump, and yields only five acres of usable land, according to DPW Board member Dan McIntyre.

       "Why would the town take the responsibility of the liability of locating a building on an old town dump?" asked former Selectman, Eric Sonnett.

       In addition to the Quitt property, Mr. McIntyre said, "We prefer to purchase the single family home it surrounds." The home is owned by Kobie Wallace, who is a Planning Dept. employee.

       "You heard of 'not in my backyard'?" Ms. Wallace asked. "Well, it surrounds my home," she said of the property the DPW would like to acquire.

       Ms. Wallace painted a scenario of truck traffic and uses that are not customary in a residential zone.

       The motion to take no action prevailed.

       Town Meeting is continued until Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at the High School Athletic Center. It will open, and be continued, at which time the body will convene the Special Town Meeting. When the Special is done, the Town Meeting will reconvene and immediately consider Article #29, the OSMUD zoning.       

Hillers remain unbeaten 12-0 as Preite and Collins due the job


May 5, 2008 — The Hopkinton Hillers Baseball team remained unbeatable as Millis became the next victim 7-1 in a game played in Hopkinton on Monday. Mike Preite picked up the victory on the mound and Collins came from behind the plate to strikeout eight out of nine Mohawks.

     Paul Ostrander and Mark Sanborn hit homers for the hillers. Chris Farrell knocked in two runs for the locals. Hopkinton will play Medway on Wednesday in Medway as the winless Mustangs will have all they can handle as ace Bryant Guilmette will most likely start the contest for the Hillers. Dan Muscatello played super baseball in the field and at the plate. The Hillers have won twelve straight which probably is a school record. Peter Marso, special to HopNews.

Photo by John Collins.

Another Good Deed

Above, a refurbished planter in front of Colella's

by Ruth Gorman, President, Hopkinton Garden Club.

May 5, 2008 — A few months ago, Eric Carty, Water/Sewer Manager, called me because he knew I was involved with Friends of the Common (FOTC).  He said he had this "old planter" kicking around at the DPW and thought maybe FOTC would be interested. 

       Well, I was, but it isn't something that could go on the Common.  So, I called Tom McIntyre because I knew he was responsible for getting the two "bells" refinished.  I called him to ask him where he had gotten them done.  He said "I did them myself."  So, I asked the question and he quickly obliged.  And, he pointed out that his Dad had once been head of the Water Dept. (funny how things go full circle). 

     Originally, this piece was a watering trough with an antique light fixture through the center of it.  It was standing dead center  in the middle of the street at Grove Street and Main Street for the horses to oblige themselves (circa 1880's). I just think this is such a thrill and what a great guy Tom is for being so quiet and selfless about it all.  Didn't ask for a penny.    

      After getting turned down for help from two town committees, Colella's Garden turned out to be the most perfect place.

      What an exquisite spot to show off a piece of Hopkinton history. 

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POLL RESULTS - Same outcome as at Town Meeting


May 5, 2008 — The HopNews poll has closed with a less than 2/3 of those voting, even with the "Depends" choice, in favor of having a paper ballot at Town Meeting.

      The group voting entirely in favor of a secret ballot came in at 51%, just a simple majority.

       The group voting entirely against a secret ballot came in at over 1/3 of the vote.

      At Town Meeting this evening, Town Moderator Dr. Bruce Karlin entertained a request from resident Christine Dietz for a vote in favor of having a secret ballot on Article #29, which will be heard at the start of Town Meeting on Tuesday, May 6.

        Tonight at Town Meeting, 45% voted in favor of a secret ballot, similar to the HopNews answer (excluding the third question). The Town Meeting vote fell far short of the needed 2/3 vote to pass, as defined by the Moderator, meaning that a standup vote will be taken for Article #29 on Tuesday.

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Dumpster Fire

May 5, 2008 — Firefighters were quick to respond to a dumpster fire at Walcott Valley Drive this afternoon. Flames were 30 feet in the air, but were put down in seconds of the firefighters' arrival. Above, firefighters kick up a spray making sure that the fire is totally out.

Pamela M. Davis, 82

Hopkinton- Pamela M. Davis, 82, of Hopkinton, died Sunday, May 4, 2008 at the Leo LaChance Nursing Home in Gardner, MA. Born in England, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Edith (Barlow) Martlin. She was the wife of James L. Davis of Hopkinton.
     A Hopkinton resident for over 50 years, she worked at the Hopkinton Public Library.
    Besides her husband James, she leaves 1 daughter, Melanie M. Noonan and her husband Joseph of Gardner, MA., 1 brother, Edmund Martlin of Virginia Beach, 1 sister, Barbara Howard of Maine, and 3 grandchildren, Meghann, Joey and Kristina. Arrangements Complete

Mini-Marathon 2008 

Please enjoy some clips from yesterday's HPTA Mini-Marathon

Police News UP-TO-DATE  Today, May 5, 2008


8:47 pm A caller reported hearing what sounded like large caliber gun shots or extremely loud fireworks coming from the rear of his property on Spring Street...

3:21 pm A walk-in reported that her horse was attacked and bitten on its left rear leg while riding it on an East Main Street's business...

10:24 pm An anonymous caller reported that youths were parking on Blueberry Lane and gathering to drink in a house and in the woods...

 Sponsored by the Hopkinton Police and the beFREE Coalition

Be Safe Question of the Day

Q. What percentage of Hopkinton HS students reporting has ridden with a driver that had been drinking alcohol?

a)   2 %

b) 13 %

c)  21 %

d)   9 %

Check back in this space tomorrow morning for the answer.

* From the Hopkinton Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for,  May 5, 2008






6 Barbara Road John R. Ferrari $645,000 Apr. 30, 2008 Keith D. Bernard & Linda M. Maggio
Previous update:        
1 Castle Hill Road Ronald Bates & Carla Vey $371,750 Apr. 25, 2008 Julia S. Mullen
75 South Mill Street Eileen C. McGann $580,000 Apr. 24, 2008 West J. Brininger & Teresa L. Brininger
32 Proctor Street Mass Property Solutions, LLC $230,000 Apr. 22, 2008 Federal National Mortgage Association

See Full List back to February 1,  2007

Link above is renewed each week

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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


Fire Department Extrication 

May 4, 2008 — The Fire Department conducted a real live extrication at a crash site on West Main Street on Sunday, May 4, 2008, as reported below. The victims have been identified as Michael Barros, 36 of Northbridge and his 18 month-old son and Robert  Camargo, 21 of Grafton.

Horrific Two Vehicle Crash

Above, Hopkinton Firefighters remove the roof of the automobile, up against the pole on the right, involved in a car vs. pickup truck crash on the West Main Street hill, near DJ Murphy Lane at 2:39 p.m. this afternoon.


May 4, 2008 — Hopkinton Firefighters worked frantically to free a trapped person believed to be the lone occupant and driver of the vehicle in the foreground, from its back seat, while others work diligently to place a toddler boy from the other vehicle and onto a stretcher for transport (Left background). The LifeFlight helicopter was requested, but did not activate due to the low cloud cover, according to one source at the scene.

      The ages of the patients, all male, were given by the Police as 36, 26, and 6, but it is not been disclosed who was driving which vehicle. The boy was a passenger in the pickup (See update).

     After the victims were attended to, Hopkinton Police set up a Police Line with orange tape and asked non-official personnel to move outside of the taped area.

     Chief of Police Thomas Irvin arrived at the scene, a sign of the seriousness of the accident, and a sign of the likelihood that that there could be loss of life. However, at this writing, the Hopkinton Police would neither confirm nor deny that possibility.
     In addition, a State Police reconstruction team was called to investigate. Circular skid marks led across the road to the automobile, brake marks, and a type of skid mark called yaw, from sliding sideways, were visible leading up to the crash.

      Photo, below, left, shows the roof of the car in the foreground, firefighters extricating a victim, and the truck in the background on the right. Right photo, firefighters and police work feverishly to extricate the victim from the automobile. Once opened in an IE browser, an icon will appear in the bottom right of the photo on mouseover to allow resizing.



Update: Victims have been identified as Michael Barros, 36 and his 18 month-old son and Robert D. Camargo, 21.


No Photo-Finish Necessary

May 4, 2008 — Kindergarten student Ian Cann was a truly respectable distance ahead of the nearest competitor on Sunday as he approached the finish line to capture First Place for the boys in his grade in the HPTA Mini-Marathon.

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Free Ride

May 4, 2008 — In a moment that is all too fleeting, Lauren Gray, 5, gets a ride from her dad, John Gray at the Mini-Marathon on Sunday.

And They're Off!

May 4, 2008 — These girls are the personification of determination today at the HPTA 's Mini Marathon on the High School track as they react to the starter's pistol.


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