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Chief for a Day

May 21, 2008 — Chief of Police Thomas Irvin adjusts the video surveillance array, while Chief for the Day, Justin Normandeau, 7, checks out another display at the police station today. Justin's mom won the prize at a raffle at the HPTA Silent Auction. "I bought a lot of tickets. He really wanted to do this," she said.

    Among other duties, according to Chief Irvin, was to run some rolling radar in Woodville, getting a top speed of 45 mph. Chief Normandeau, in addition to riding with Chief Irvin in the cruiser, got to turn on the lights of the police motorcycle, inspect the police boat, meet police department workers, and get a tour of the entire station.

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Well, Well!

May 21, 2008 — A worker for Technical Drilling Services of Sterling puts the finishing touches on a test well at the intersection of Main and Grove Streets. The company drilled several wells for environmental purposes at several depths, each below the water table, to track contamination. No one at the company knew why they were doing the work, as it was contracted by a consultant who was working for someone else...

Board of Selectmen Reorganizes

Above, Selectmen give a standing ovation to outgoing Selectman Muriel Kramer, who was standing in the doorway of the Town Manager's Office. Selectman Bran Herr recommended drafting a formal declaration for Mrs. Kramer. In the scene above, Vice-Chair Mary Pratt took the central position to begin the meeting, which soon turned toward discussion of a new chairman. To see the new makeup of the board, mouse-over the image above.


May 20, 2008 — What could have been a high drama for small town politics turned out to be a smooth transition to a new leader on the Board of Selectmen, Brian Herr (Photo, left). Mary Pratt retained her Vice-Chairmanship.

     When the topic of reorganization arose, Selectmen Matthew Zettek nominated Selectman Michael Shepard. It has been customary that government boards nominate as Chairman, the person who is up at the next election. Both Mr. Shepard and Mrs. Pratt are up next year.

      Mr. Shepard confessed to thinking about the moment arriving for the last two years, which is the time he has been on the Board.

      When he was elected in 2006, Mr. Shepard had just left the position of Director of Municipal Inspections in Hopkinton for a similar job for the Town of Brookline, an upscale and dense community with over 8,000 people per square mile. Hopkinton averages about 500 people per square mile.

      "Two or three weeks ago, I was appointed the Building Commissioner of Brookline," Mr. Shepard said. He said that the job involved supervising 35 people and driving two and a half hours each day. He said he, "Would respectfully decline."

      "In the last two years, I've put the town first and my family and my work second.

      "I've thought about it quite a bit, and I'll have to decline and put my work and family before the Chair of the Board of Selectmen.

      "I would nominate Brian Herr as the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen," he said.

      Newly elected RJ Dourney seconded the motion.

      "How do we vote?" asked Mrs. Pratt.

     "Shouldn't we have some discussion first?" asked a beaming Brian Herr, pretending hesitation, which was followed by uproarious laughter.

      Mrs. Pratt denied further discussion, and Mr. Herr was voted in unanimously.

The Golden Spoon serves dinner Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.


The best burger in the world is still at Cornell's

How Old Are You Now?

May 20, 2008 — Dr. John Duffy, Chairman of the Board of Assessors, was brought to Room 211 of the Town Hall on Tuesday evening on a ruse in order to throw a surprise 80th birthday party for him, put on by family — and friends, many of whom worked with him in various capacities in town government and politics since 1967.

      "The last 40 years has gone by to quickly," he said.

      "I've enjoyed working with all of the people in the town — some good, dedicated people. We don't always agree, but that's okay. There were three thousand people here when we moved here," said the father of eleven.

       "We need to see what the newer folks can do for the town, and work for the future," he said.

       Dr. Duffy's service to the town has included 13 years on the Appropriations committee over a 32-year span, 6 years on the Board of Selectmen, and 2 years on the Planning Board. He has served another 9 years on other boards and committees over the years.

       His latest run has been as a member of the Board of Assessors since 2000.

       Fifth generation Hopkintonian and retired volunteer, Mary Harrington said, "In addition to all of the community service he has performed, he's been a wonderful father to eleven children and grandfather to forty-five.

       "I consider it a pleasure to have known him for 40 years," she said.

       Following the surprise party, Dr. Duffy joined the selectmen and received a proclamation from Governor Patrick, presented by Assessor and candidate for State Rep Ed Mills.

HEF Holds Golf Ball Drop Fundraiser
Purchase a chance to win $1,000


May 20, 2008 --- On the evening of June 3rd, the Hopkinton Education Foundation will host Hopkinton’s first ever Golf Ball Balloon Drop fundraising event. At the event, 1,000 golf balls will be dropped from the Re/Max hot air balloon over the fields at the Hopkins School. 

The numbered golf balls correspond to tickets purchased in advance. After a hole is cut into the field, the balls will be dropped from the hot air balloon. The ball closest to or going in the hole wins $1,000.  A consolation prize of $100 for the ball furthest from the hole will also be awarded.  In the event of a tie, the prize(s) will be split.

Golf ball tickets are now on sale! A maximum 1,000 golf ball tickets will be sold.  Tickets are $10.00 each or six for $50.00.  Contact: Ruth Ann Cote at 508-435-7943 . or Andrew Wailgum at 508-625-1447 .
In addition to the chance to win the grand prize, or consolation prize, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a tethered hot air balloon ride ($10 per adult, $5 per child with adult), weather permitting.

This is a charity fundraiser to benefit HEF and the educational grants it provides to Hopkinton teachers, and is supported by Re/Max Executive Realty. 

The Golf Ball Drop festivities begin at 5:30pm on June 3rd (rain date June 4th) at the Hopkins Elementary School field.  You do not need to be present to win.
For additional information please visit



BOSTON—May 20, 2008 — The Massachusetts Department of Public Safety (“Department”) today ordered all owners and operators of Yo-Yo amusement devices manufactured by Chance  Rides Manufacturing Inc.  (“Chance”), a  Kansas-based company, to immediately cease operation of  all Yo-Yo devices in the Commonwealth until an inspection has been performed by a State Inspector.  The order comes in the wake of an incident in California where a Yo-Yo device failed catastrophically and injured several patrons over the weekend.


Although the cause of the California incident is still under investigation, the Department took this step as a precautionary measure to ensure that owners have complied with all of the safety bulletins issued by Chance for these devices. 


Currently, there are  4 Yo-Yo devices licensed in the Commonwealth.  Owners were notified of the directive and ordered to immediately cease operation of the Yo-Yo device in a letter sent by Commissioner of Public Safety Thomas G. Gatzunis and posted on the Department’s website.


“My first priority is for the safety of patrons on these rides.  The regulations require that owners comply with all safety bulletins issued by the manufacturer, and I have taken this action to ensure that this has been done, and that these devices are safe to operate” said Commissioner Gatzunis. 


The Yo-Yo devices will not be allowed to operate until a state inspector has performed a complete inspection on all components of the devices which demonstrates compliance with the following Chance bulletins: 123(Lift Cylinder Failure Bulletin); 124(Cylinder End Cap Check and Replacement Bulletin); B376R1077-0 (Sweep Cylinder Bulletin); and B376CRM146-0 (Sweep Lift Cylinder Bearing Inspection Bulletin).


Commissioner Gatzunis stated in the letter to owners that the failure to comply with the order may result in disciplinary action being taken against the owner’s license to operate amusement devices in the Commonwealth.


The Department of Public Safety oversees and regulates amusement devices throughout the state; licenses owners; and inspects and grants permits for individual devices in amusement parks, carnivals and go-kart facilities, as well as large and small inflatables rented frequently for town fairs and private parties. During 2007, DPS issued 213 licenses and inspected 3,247 individual devices.


May 23, Friday

HS Athletic Center

7:30 p.m.

THIS FRIDAY, May 23rd the community is invited to attend a benefit concert for the Relay for Life (American Cancer Society). The show is organized completely by High School students. Doors open at 7:30 and the show starts at 8:00 in the High School Gymnasium. The production involves fifteen high school students representing all four grades who will be performing pop, rock, and jazz music. Tickets are sold at the door and are $5 for students and $10 for adults.

Police, Physician, Brain Injury Survivor Urge Motorists to Buckle Up

Tufts Medical Center Event Focuses on Consequences of Driving or Riding Without Seatbelts


May 20, 2008 — With Memorial Day and summer road trips around the corner, state and local police and a federal highway safety administrator joined forces today with a brain injury survivor and a surgeon at Tufts Medical Center to raise awareness about the dangers faced by drivers and passengers who do not wear seatbelts. The event was part of the Commonwealth’s spring 2008 Click it or Ticket Mobilization, a statewide effort involving extra traffic enforcement and public information that began May 14 and will continue through June 4.


Statistics from the state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security show that more than 30 percent of Massachusetts drivers and passengers are not buckling up, putting Massachusetts behind the 2007 national seatbelt use rate of 82 percent. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, proper seat belt use reduces the risk of fatal injury for front seat occupants in a motor vehicle crash by up to 45 percent and of moderate-to-critical injury by 50 percent.


“Safety belts are your best defense against other drivers and the best chance for survival in a crash, yet about one in every three Massachusetts drivers still aren’t buckling up,” said Colonel Mark F. Delaney, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police. “Statistics have proven time and again that safety belts save lives.”


Added Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, whose department was represented at today’s event: “Regular seatbelt use is the single most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones in the event of a motor vehicle accident. The Boston Police Department is committed to keeping our roadways safe by enforcing traffic laws, ticketing violators and urging everyone to buckle up.”


At today’s event, police were joined by a surgeon who has witnessed the consequences of car crashes on patients who didn’t fasten their seatbelts. “Emergency departments see far too many injuries that could have been avoided if drivers and passengers buckled up,” said Brian Gilchrist, M.D., Chief of Surgery at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. “This simple act can prevent a lifetime of regret.”


Danielle Wohl, a brain injury survivor who suffered severe injuries when the car she was riding in – unbelted -- was struck by a drunk driver nearly 20 years ago, also told her story at today’s event. Wohl described how after being thrown through the windshield, she was in a coma for 3 ½ months and, to this day, has severe memory loss and visual impairment as a result.


For the Click it or Ticket mobilization, EOPSS has provided $1.3 million in federal highway safety funds for additional state and local traffic enforcement and public information activities. The funding will allow State Police alone to roll an additional 97 roadway patrols, while also allowing local police departments in Massachusetts to fund additional patrols of their own on city and town roads.


During this initiative, the Massachusetts State Police and many local police departments will strive to encourage voluntary safety belt compliance across the Commonwealth. For more information, go to


Chester E. Ranlett, 88

Chester E. Ranlett, 88, of Eastham and formerly of Hopkinton, died Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at his home. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are under the direction of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

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Antonio C. Morales, 92

Antonio C. Morales, 92, of Hopkinton, died Monday, May 19, 2008 at the Beaumont Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Westborough. Born in Cuba, he was the son of the late Antonio and Antonia (Gonzalez) Morales. He was also the husband of 66 years to Carmen (Gonzalez Marrerro) Morales.

A Hopkinton resident since 1956 and member of St. John's Evangelist Church he enjoyed gardening until he was in his 90's and loved to cook his pig roast.

Besides his wife, he is survived by 2 sons: Lino Morales and his wife Teresa of North Grafton, William Morales and his wife Linda of Hopkinton,3 granddaughters, Corinne, Lee Ann, Kristina and her husband Ryan DeFazio, and 3 great grandsons, Riley, Jordan and Kole all of Hopkinton. He also leaves behind 4 nieces, Marie, Helen, Anne, Sandra, and one nephew, Joseph. He is predeceased by 2 brothers, and 6 sisters including Concepcion Martin of Woodville who passed in 1986.

Arrangements Complete

Republican Sweep

Dourney by a landslide, 1,902 - 1,131

RJ Dourney, seated with tan jacket, next to his wife Nancy in hot pink, were joined by friends and fellow Republicans for a post-election party at his home on Monday evening.


by Robert Falcione

May 20, 2008 — RJ Dourney, Republican winner of the Selectman's race, led Republicans Mark Gates for the Board of Health and Kenneth Driscoll for Parks and Recreation Commission, to a Republican sweep of the few contested races. Brendan Doyle, who ran on nomination papers retained his seat on the Parks and Recreation Commission.

     The ballot questions also won by about the same ratios, even though Question #1 was made moot by the ADA compliance being funded by other means.

     Question #2, which won by a similar ratio, will fund a feasibility study to determine whether the Center School should be renovated or replaced.

     Pundits said Mr. Dourney "brought out the a school vote." Indeed, the Board of Selectmen has been chastised by the school community for not putting a Prop 2½ override on the ballot; and opponent Muriel Kramer was called "the anti-school candidate" several weeks ago by School Committee member David Stoldt.

     Mr. Dourney has promised to bring his business acumen to the Board of Selectmen, and to set goals for the Town Manager.

     Mr. Dourney will join the rest of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday evening as it reorganizes and votes for a Chairman.

     To see the further results, check this:ELECTION 2008

To hear Ann Click read the results, watch the video:


High Tide

May 20, 2008 — A swooping sea gull would have made this extremely windy scene at the Hopkinton Reservoir on Monday be easily mistaken for ocean waves elsewhere.


May 20, 2008 — Muriel Kramer, within one hour of being unseated as a Selectman, consoles one of her six children at the home of Eva and Charles Beade during a post-election get together.




The Hopkinton Hiller baseball team won the Tri-Valley League Championship in a 10inning come from behind victory 10-9 in a dramatic fashion in a game played in Norton Monday afternoon. The Victory gave Coach Mark Stickney his first title as head coach of the green and white.


Mark, a 1975 all league all star and a member of the Hopkinton Hall of fame, saw his team come from behind to give him the championship. Matt Collins blanked the lancers in relief retiring 11 out of 12 batters and also going four for six at the plate. Kelly Cook hit his 2nd homerun in as many games.


Bryant Guilmette started giving wait to Conor Mahon who in turn gave the ball to Cook who dazzled the lancers with four strikeouts. The Hillers made great plays and never quit on way to the crown. The Hillers will now prepare for this years state playoffs as they have a tuneup with S.T. Johns Prep of Danvers Tuesday at 3:45 in Hopkinton. Seed in the playoffs is very important as they have 5 games this week including the Natick invitational which starts Friday. Congratulations to Coach Stickney and Golden and the hiller baseball team! on a well deserved championship!! - Peter Marso special to HopNews.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for,  May 19, 2008






4 West Main Street Rebecca Donovan & Maxwell R. Manikian $320,000 May 15, 2008 Jennifer M. Stone
20 Ash Street Michael L. Rockwell & Eileen M. Rockwell $240,000 May 12, 2008 Lasalle Bank TR
Previous update:        
5 Jackson Street Christopher J. Deal & Jennifer Allegretti Deal $815,000 May 09, 2008 Jeanne M. Cutrona

See Full List back to February 1,  2007 <- link now works

Link above is renewed each week

Maria's Caffe Italiano has authentic and affordable lunches.


The best burger in the world is still at Cornell's


Police News UP-TO-DATE  Today, May 19, 2008

6:55 pm A caller from School Street reported hearing gun shots...


12:19 pm A caller reported that teenaged kids were climbing trees and having a campfire in the State Park...


6:10 pm A 911 caller from Prestwick Drive reported that three males on A.T.V.'s just came into her yard, scared her children, damaged the yard and then fled...

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May 19, 2008 — RJ Dourney and Muriel Kramer took a moment from campaigning at the Middle School driveway this morning long enough to pose for a photo. Candidates and their supporters held signs, had pizza, donuts and coffee, and waved to vehicles entering to vote as a brisk, cold wind was unrelenting.

Four Score...

May 19, 2008 — Hopkinton resident Art Brooks was a big hit at the Pack 97 Cub Scout year-end camp out at Hopkinton State Park this past weekend. Art not only dressed as a Civil War Soldier, but prepared his meals and camped out overnight much like the soldiers did during the war. Over 50 campers enjoyed the great weather.


at the Middle School, Monday, May 19, 2008, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


See the list of candidates:  ELECTION 2008





Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition 2 ½, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bonds issued in order to obtain plans, designs, cost estimates and bid documents, as well as to provide for the acquisition of all materials, equipment, engineering, needs analyses and services necessary or appropriate for the repair, maintenance, renovation or improvement of municipal buildings and grounds, school buildings and grounds to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990?

Yes ______ No _________


Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition 2 ½, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bonds issued in order to obtain soil borings, topographical studies, land surveys, wetlands surveys, preliminary site development plans, schematic designs, architectural and engineering designs, cost estimates, bid documents, and construction alternatives for the renovation or replacement of the Center Elementary School located at 11 Ash Street in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, for which feasibility study the Town may be eligible for a grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority?

Yes ______ No _________

See the list of candidates:  ELECTION 2008

HopNews Editor Robert Falcione will go LIVE on HCAM-TV from the Middle School Cafeteria at 8:00 p.m. to await the results of the election. And in the meantime he will be chatting with stakeholders and others who will be on hand to await the results.

Gold Star Mothers Recognized

Girls Scouts to place markers on graves

by Mike Whalen

May 19, 2008 — Gold Star Mothers is a national organization started informally after WWI by Grace Seibold of Washington D.C. Her son had lost his life in a combat mission over France, and as was the custom, the family hung a Gold Star in their window to honor their deceased son.

    The newly formed group took their name from this practice, and by 1928, formed the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. Today we would call this a support group, which could help ease the pain of losing a child. Life had to go on, and sharing their grief with other mothers became an important part in their survival.                                        

    On a trip to the cemetery, especially around Memorial Day, everyone can see the veterans' graves decorated with flags and markers, and government issued plaques noting their service to our country . But the graves of their mothers are unremarkable, sometimes only the word "mother" or "wife" carved in the stone under the family surname.

      Hopkinton cemeteries, however, are going to look a little different this year. Nancy Burdick and the Junior Girl Scouts of Troop 3789 have decided to use their share of the profit from cookie sales to recognize these women. They contacted the local American Legion Post 202, and they will work together to place Gold Star Mother markers at the graves of these women who have really made the ultimate sacrifice.

      The Girl Scouts have been helping place the flags at the cemeteries for several years, and now they have taken a much larger role. When the scouts pass by in this years' Memorial day parade, give them a large ovation to recognize their patriotism and compassion.


25th Anniversary for Evergreen Center of Milford

Above, State Representative Attorney John Fernandes hands an award from the speaker of the House of Representatives to Dr. Robert F. Littleton, Director of the Evergreen Center of Milford.


May 18, 2008 — The Evergreen Center of Milford celebrated twenty-five years of serving children and adults with developmental disabilities on Sunday with presentations by proponents, and a student presentation of the Lion King.

     Rep. Fernandes said the mission was important.

     "Every child, and by extension, every adult, can learn and grow here," he said.

     And speaking of a business being able to make it to twenty-five years, he said, "You have to understand how to run a business."

     "What is most important is the hope offered by the group of people who work here.

     "What's been built here is an entity that will survive," he said.

Off to Rehab

May 18, 2008 — Louise hands off a stray gosling found on the property of Greyhound Friends to Ben Proctor, son of Animal Control Officer William Proctor, who will take care of the animal until it can fly away; or at least until it can decide whether to stay or fly away.

At the Car Wash

May 18, 2008 — The Hiller Girls Lacrosse held a car wash at Parmenter's on Hayden Rowe Street on Saturday to benefit the Relay for Life.

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Thanks, and Advice



I want to thank everyone whose advice, support and encouragement enabled the designation of the north end of Wilson Street as a scenic road, connecting Wilson's south end and Howe Street in Ashland which are both previously designated scenic roads.

In particular, the members of town meeting who stayed to the end, planning office and town staff, Planning Board, Historical Commission, DPW, petitioners, Muriel Kramer, Matt Zettek, all the abutters and area residents, town organizations, and others who gave their time generously. FULL LETTER

Ciao Time is fast, and oh, so good!


Sauce on Main Takes Your Reservations for the Weekend

Candidates Offer $200.00 Reward!

Reward Now $350*

 May 17, 2008 — As reported earlier in the week, 70 Muriel Kramer signs were stolen, taken from their respective displays and deposited on North Street.

     In a joint effort to condemn this type of activity, both Muriel Kramer and RJ Dourney have pledged, in conjunction, $100.00 each toward information leading to the identity of the culprits.

    Call HopNews in confidence: 508-435-5534. Or call Detective Timothy Brennan at 508-497-3401.

    * A reader emailed that he would pitch in $50 toward the reward. Heck, why doesn't HopNews kick in another $100? So the total reward is now up to $350. How can anyone resist?


85 Hayden Rowe Street

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Girls Lacrosse, is having a fund raiser car wash at 85 Hayden Rowe St Hopkinton Today-Sunday 5/18 from 11am- 4pm proceeds to go to the RELAY FOR LIFE! ~ Hopkinton Lacrosse

Ciao Time is fast, and oh, so good!


Sauce on Main Takes Your Reservations for the Weekend

Memories Are Made of This

May 17, 2008 — Scores of youngsters lined the shoreline of Pratt's Pond on Fruit Street Saturday morning for the Woodville Rod & Gun Club's Annual Kids' Fishing Derby. The early morning rain failed to dampen the spirits of the youthful participants, who stayed to enjoy a perfect Spring day, the kind that childhood memories are made of. The smell of a hayfield, the families of Canada geese swimming on the pond, and the backdrop of a farm — barn and all — created a nostalgic look back at a different time in the progress of Hopkinton, in a place that refuses to change. Above, Brett Martin 12.

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"Friends" Find Junk

May 17, 2008 — The Friends of Lake Whitehall conducted their Spring Cleanup on Saturday, and harvested the junk above from the shores and waters of the lake. Above are members of the McLaughlin family of Hayden Rowe Street, and the Johnson family of Woodville. The Drama Geeks collected money for the Relay for Life.

Garden Club Plant Sale

May 17, 2008 — Constance Charters. left, a co-Chair of the Hopkinton Garden Club Plant Sale, exchanges some light words with Fran Hacunda at the Common in Saturday.

The Mickey Award

May 17,2008 — Each of these members of law enforcement received a Mickey Award from Greyhound friends, presented by their President Louise Coleman today at the the Greyhound Friends Open House. The awards were given, "In recognition of steadfast dedication and service to greyhounds everywhere." In the back row representing the Hopkinton Police is Officer Stephen Buckley.

Watchful eye

May 17, 2008 — This parent doesn't need classes as he watches intently to be sure his charges do not go very far from him and mother goose at the Lake Whitehall Dam on Saturday.

Hopkinton Education Foundation (HEF)
Announces 2008 Grant Awards Totaling $45,000

May 17, 2008 – The Hopkinton Education Foundation (HEF) has awarded seven grants to schools throughout the Hopkinton public school system. Since its inception in 1992, the HEF has promoted excellence in education in the Hopkinton Public Schools through the funding of innovative, academic grants for teachers and administrators.

Over $45,000 in grants were recently awarded across a wide range of disciplines including math, science, literature, and reading. Ruth Ann Cote, President of the HEF Board of Directors explained, “Members of HEF and the community work diligently throughout the year at various fundraising events and community drives to raise funds for these grants, and it is extremely rewarding to be able to provide grants to teachers in such a wide range of fields of study. HEF is also privileged to award the EMC Grant for Math & Science again this year.”

The EMC Math & Science Award this year is funding the program “Hopkins Students Get SMARTer” submitted by technology specialist Sue Anderson. The grant will fund a pilot study using interactive whiteboard technology to enhance and support the areas of math and science. Students and teachers will have an opportunity to engage in hands-on activities that model independent investigation, providing the opportunity for small group cooperative learning as well as whole class discussion, while actively engaging students in the learning process and supporting visual, kinesthetic, and tactile learning methods.

Ciao Time is fast, and oh, so good!


Sauce on Main Takes Your Reservations for the Weekend

Fatal Crash on Route 495 South in Wrentham

Not wearing seat belt


On Friday, May 16, 2008 at approximately 8:00 p.m. Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Foxboro responded to a one vehicle crash on 495 South prior to Route 1A (exit 15) in the Town of Wrentham that resulted in one fatality. 


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Allen Luther indicates that 58-year-old Lindsay Conrad of Leicester was operating a 1998 Ford Escort in the right travel lane of Route 495 South in Wrentham when he lost control of his vehicle, exited the roadway to the left and entered the median.  After entering the median, the Ford struck a dirt embankment and rolled over.  Conrad, who was not wearing his safety belt, was ejected from the vehicle during the crash.  He sustained serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to Milford Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. 


State Police Seek Assistance in the Investigation of the

Fatal Crash on Route 190 North in West Boylston

Neither driver nor passenger wearing seat belt


On Sunday May 11, 2008 at approximately 9:41 PM, Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Holden responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Route 190 North in West Boylston that resulted in two fatalities.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Hari Arisetty indicates that a 2003 Dodge Viper being operated by 39-year-old Todd Marsh of Princeton, was traveling north on Route 190 in West Boylston, approximately one mile prior to Exit 5, when it lost control, struck the jersey barrier on the left side of the roadway, veered across the travel lanes, struck the guardrail on the right side of the roadway and came to rest wedged underneath the guardrail.  Todd Marsh sustained fatal injuries and was declared deceased at the scene.  A passenger, 40-year-old Michelle Marsh of Princeton, also sustained fatal injuries and was declared deceased at the scene.  Neither was wearing a safety belt. 


The investigation has indicated that the Dodge Viper was following a second vehicle on Route 190 North at the time of the crash.  It has been determined that this second vehicle was a silver 2002 or 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX wagon or similar vehicle.  The operator of the Subaru Impreza may be able to provide details that will further this investigation.  Anyone with information about the identity of the operator of the second vehicle is asked to contact the State Police Barracks in Holden at 508-829-4431.

Candidates Offer $200.00 Reward!

 May 17, 2008 — As reported earlier in the week, 70 Muriel Kramer signs were stolen, taken from their respective displays and deposited on North Street.

     In a joint effort to condemn this type of activity, both Muriel Kramer and RJ Dourney have pledged, in conjunction, $100.00 each toward information leading to the identity of the culprits.


     Call HopNews in confidence: 508-435-5534. Or call Detective Timothy Brennan at 508-497-3401.

Hopkinton Resident Named Program Director of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

May 17, 2008 — Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts announced today that Hopkinton resident Joan Reilly was named Program Director effective immediately. Chief Executive Officer of GSEM, Ruth N. Bramson, appointed Ms. Reilly as part of a realignment plan and organizational restructuring for Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts was formed on February 1, 2008, through the merger of three existing eastern Massachusetts Girl Scout councils: Patriots’ Trail, Southeastern Massachusetts and Spar & Spindle.

Ms. Reilly has been at Patriots’ Trail in Boston since 1990. Most recently she served as the Manager of Volunteer Administration. Prior experience with the council includes Membership Service Specialist, Program Manager, Program Delivery Specialist, and Program/Camp Director.

Ms. Reilly has a Health and Human Services Management Certificate from the Latin American Health Institute and Suffolk University.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 


May 17, 2008 —  On Friday evening ESL presented the first of many shows listed below and on the HopNews Calendar. Please check out some clips above.

CALENDAR ITEM: May 16,17,18,23,24 ESL hosts Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ the Hopkinton Middle School. Times are 5/16 and 5/17 at 7:30, 5/18 at 2:00, 5/23 at 7:30 and 5/24 at 2:00. Tickets $15 - Adults, $10 - Students/Seniors.

10K Draw a Wild Success

May 16, 2008 — Hopkinton Little League held their 4th Annual $10,000 Draw at the Portuguese Club in Milford on Friday night, an event that attracted hundreds of parents as well as league coaches for a chance to win the grand prize, and enjoy an evening of dinner, dancing and socializing. The $100 a ticket event, the league's most beneficial fundraiser, promised $10,000 in grand prize money, leaving $20,000 for the league before expenses. After disqualification rounds, ten winners are chosen. They will get a chance to split the 10k or move on to the next elimination. To learn the winner(s), check back in this space.

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Memorial Day Events in Hopkinton
Honors Veterans With Ceremony and Taps


On Monday May 26th Hopkinton will hold its annual Memorial Day commemorative events. At the town’s nine military veteran memorial locations wreaths will be placed, prayers and readings will be read and echo bugle taps will be played. A parade from Mayhew Street to the town common will include boy scouts, girl scouts, brownies, cub scouts, police, fire department, veterans and others. Events at the Gazebo will include short speeches, the band and other tributes to the members of our armed forces both alive and departed.

Events start at the Evergreen Cemetery in Woodville at 9:45am. At 10:30 the numerous veteran memorial locations on Mayhew Street will each be honored. The parade to the Gazebo will start at 11:30 and end at noon with the traditional raising of the flag together with the singing of the National Anthem. In the event of inclement weather the program will be held at the Saint John’s Parish Hall at 11:00am.

All are invited to attend and to participate.

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