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Entwistle Story on CBS


June 2, 2008 — CBS' The Early Show had a piece on the Entwistle trial this morning featuring an outstanding report by National Correspondent, Jeff Glor. HopNews Editor Robert Falcione is featured in a short interview.

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 Worcester County

Murder-Suicide in Upton

Female Victim worked in Hopkinton

June 2, 2008 — According to law enforcement officials, a murder-suicide was discovered by Upton Police while performing a forced well-being check  at 31 Elm Street, Upton at 7:38 a.m. today. They were alerted to the possibility of something amiss by coworkers who were concerned for the victim, who had missed work since Saturday.

    According to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr. at a press conference this afternoon at the Upton Police Station, Dawn (Gilroy) Armstrong, 37, of 31 Elm Street, Upton is believed to have been stabbed multiple times by 42 year-old Thomas Lizotte of Millville,  who then took his own life by somehow stabbing himself. Authorities believe the two were involved in a domestic relationship and lived together off and on. Mr. Early assured the public that there is no further threat from what he called an isolated incident.

    Mrs. Armstrong worked as a secretary at McIntyre Loam on Wood Street in Hopkinton, where her voice can still be heard on the answering machine as of this writing. Her apparently unusual absence prompted workers to call the authorities. According to sources, her sister is married to Hopkinton Police Officer Gregg DeBoer.

     Mr. Early said that their lifeless bodies were discovered by Upton police, who summoned Emergency Medical Services.

     "Both parties suffered apparent stab wounds," Mr. Early said. "Mr. Lizotte was the aggressor," he said.

     State Police Detectives from Mr. Early's office as well as State Police Crime Scene Section also responded, as did three State Police chemists, and a State Police Trooper from Millbury. This afternoon, the home and property were surrounded by Police crime scene tape, and the quiet, rural street was cordoned off by police barricades as police detectives (photo right) came and went.

     Mr. Early said that Mrs. Armstrong had no children, and that there was no history of complaints, trouble, or request for services at the residence, where she lived alone.

     Despite questions from the media, Mr. Early would not elaborate on the positions of the bodies or other physical details of the crime scene.

      The irony is not lost of his tragic successful murder-suicide being discovered on the day that jury selection began on the allegedly unsuccessful murder-suicide —  according to Former DA Martha Coakley — at the hand of Neil Entwistle.

      An autopsy is being conducted at the Worcester Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The families of both victims have been notified.

       Mrs. Armstrong was a frequent HopNews reader and a contest winner.




The 5th annual Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K Road Race and Family Fun Day to cure ALS

Saturday, June 21, 2008

9:00 am Hopkinton High school, Hopkinton, MA

Professionally timed 5K Race

Kids 1 mile run (7-10 year olds)

Senior stroll

Great family fun day

Get your picture taken with the World Series trophy

Honored guest Mike Timlin of the Boston Red Sox.

Race pre-registration recommended

All proceeds go the Angel Fund a non-profit charity benefiting ALS research at MGH

See website for details

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HEF Golf Ball Drop Fundraiser
Tuesday, June 3rd 5:30pm
Field #10 (behind Hopkins School)

     On June 3rd, at 5:30pm on Field #10 behind Hopkins School, the Hopkinton Education Foundation’s first ever Golf Ball Balloon Drop fundraising event, sponsored by Re/Max Executive Realty, will be held. 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.
      The fun-filled event will feature tethered hot air balloon rides ($10 per adult, $5 per child with adult) weather permitting; face painting; and refreshments.
     “We are very grateful to Chuck Joseph and the Re/Max Executive Realty team for supporting this event. The advance ticket sales have been going well, and we are looking forward to a fun evening. All proceeds will be used for educational grants for the Hopkinton Public Schools.” stated Andrew Wailgum, HEF Board Member and Chairman of the Golf Ball Drop.
      Rain date for the event is June 4th 2008. For additional information or to purchase tickets contact: Ruth Ann Cote at  or Andrew Wailgum at 508-625-1447 .



        Colonel Mark F. Delaney, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, announced that a “Sobriety Checkpoint” will be implemented by the Massachusetts State Police on a Secondary State Highway in Middlesex County from Friday, June 6, 2008 into Saturday, June 7, 2008. 

        The purpose is to further educate the motoring public and strengthen the public’s awareness to the need of detecting and removing those motorists who operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from our roadways.  It will be operated during varied hours, the selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary, safety will be assured, and any inconveniences to motorists will be minimized with advance notice to reduce fear and anxiety.

 Volunteering on a Town Board or Committee in Hopkinton

By Joe Markey
June 2, 2008 — Hoping to make a positive impact on town government, two years ago I began serving a five year term on the Planning Board. Some people joke that it’s a five year sentence, but I disagree. Although a purely volunteer endeavor, public service has been one of the most personally rewarding things I’ve ever done.

As a way of encouraging others with specific interests and skills to offer their talent in the form of public service to the town, I’d like to share some reflections from my first two years. Today, there are several openings on various town boards and committees in Hopkinton.

Why Volunteer: Making Hopkinton an Even Better Place

At the simplest level, I volunteer for the reasons I tell my four year old daughter when she asks why I have to go to a meeting: to make Hopkinton an even better place for her future. Making Hopkinton an even better place for our families and loved ones, our neighbors, and our future here together is a powerful motivator. And it’s actually quite achievable when you volunteer for a town board or committee with the right attitude, patience, persistence and attention to detail.

When to Start: No Better Time than the Present

Volunteering for public service is a form of investing in our community’s future. And, like financial investing, the best time to start is now. A lot of people think things will slow down providing time to get involved when their children are a little older, but I’m not banking on that. Plus, having children who will grow up here provides a very real incentive to get involved in shaping Hopkinton’s future. One convenience of volunteering while your children are still young is that meetings take place after their bedtime, enabling an uneventful departure that causes minimal disruption to the family routine. I’m usually reading bedtime stories right up until about 7:20 on Planning Board meeting nights.

Job Requirement: Self Control and Acknowledging Differences Respectfully

A lot of people don’t get involved because they “don’t like politics.” In fact, interestingly enough, most people I’ve met volunteering on these boards in town say that they too don’t like politics even though we’re all deeply involved in it! The fact is, when dealing with other people on emotional issues of what’s best for our community, there are bound to be differing viewpoints that lead to conflicts and misperceptions that can feel personal. One thing I’ve learned is that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. But also, an ability to acknowledge differences respectfully and move on pragmatically to constructive engagement goes a long way.

Time Commitments: Balancing Priorities is Key

Most people feel pretty busy already, but somehow find time for things that matter. Most town boards and committees meet either once or twice a month. Meetings generally run between ninety minutes and four hours depending on the committee and agenda for the meeting. And there can be reading material in between meetings if you want to be most effective. I don’t watch much TV, so I guess that gives me back several hours a week otherwise lost. And having a supportive spouse helps. Still, for me, like most, family comes first. So, balancing priorities is critical. Family, work, travel schedules, and other personal commitments become natural balancing factors that force prioritization and the setting of personal limits to keep things in balance.

Not Ready? Other Ways to Get Involved

For those who want to get their feet wet first before stepping into town government, or just want to help in other ways, there are many other ways to get involved. Whether it’s the Library, the Cultural Arts Alliance, the Historical Society, a booster club for the schools, signing up as a writer for a local news outlet, taking a Saturday morning hike with the Trails Club, joining a running group, or volunteering at a local charity; each of these activities offers a chance to meet new people and gain new perspectives on our community. If you introduce yourself to any of these groups you will find people eager to accept your involvement, and the payback in personal satisfaction will be instantaneous.

Ready? Take the Next Step

There are currently openings on several boards and committees, which will be filled through appointments by the Board of Selectmen. If you’re ready to get involved, the first step is to send a note expressing your interest to the Board of Selectmen through the Town Manager’s office in Town Hall. Vacancies currently exist on Planning Board, Appropriations Committee, Cable Committee, Tax Relief Committee, Marathon Fund Committee, and the Veteran’s Celebration Committee. To stay tuned with openings throughout the year, check the town web site at: .

Joe Markey serves on the Planning Board.

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New Edition of Senior News Now Online

The latest edition of The Hilltopper, the newsletter of the Hopkinton Senior Center and Council On Aging, is now online. Every month, HopNews links to it on the top of the page, among the other links, and keeps it there. Check it out. Here is an excerpt:

CHI GONG CLASSES at the Senior Center

Chi Gong classes are beginning Monday, June 2 10:30 – 11:30. If you have the chance to see a presentation on PBS please watch and give it a try. It’s wonderful and easy. Classes are $3.00 and will be instructed by Linda Bellefeuille. Therapeutic Chi Gong was created by Chinese doctors and professors at the University of Sports Medicine in China. It is based on Chinese exercise and martial arts forms which involve chi circulation (Chi is defi ned as energy or life force). It combines deep breathing with whole body movements to harmonize mind and body and promote energy flow. It accelerates healing and is used in China to relieve and prevent illness. The movements are simple and easy to follow, help to build stamina, strength and flexibility, are gentle on the joints but can have a profound effect on physical and mental well-being.

Loose, comfortable clothing is recommended. All movements are done in a standing position. Newcomers are welcomed at each class.


Well, it’s a “go.” We will have our fi rst T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meeting at the Senior Center at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 3rd. Lots of you have expressed an interest in starting a group. Joining us for our first gathering will be Barbara De Vita, Area Coordinator. Isn’t spring a great time to commit ourselves to feeling better through (continued on page 2 - of the Newsletter)

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Fun with Animals


June 1, 2008 — People happening upon the Lake Maspenock Preservation Association's Family Fun Day had as much fun as the dozens of member families as Animal Adventures highlighted the day with a sort of petting zoo and educational experience at Sandy Beach. See a video below.

Taps Vigil

June 1, 2008 — The Veterans' Celebration Committee held a Taps Vigil on Sunday night as part of the Bugles Across American program. Teenager Michael McCann Played a live bugle for the ceremony.

A short video is below.


Full Glory

June 1, 2008 — The brilliant rhododendrons surrounding the Gazebo, overgrown as they are, exhibit a full bloom.


Above, CBS' Jeff Glor reports on the Anniversary of the assassination of RFK.


May 31, 2008 — Three people escaped serious injuries when the SUV they were in rolled over after riding a stone wall, breaking a tree, knocking down a stone wall and sliding across the street on its roof, and becoming upright in a ditch. The vehicle was heading in the direction it ended up facing on Saddle Hill Road after leaving the road near where the police cruiser in the background is shining its light. Sgt. Michael Sutton said that the occupants were wearing their seats belts.

MetroWest Symphony Orchestra of Hopkinton

May 31, 2008 — Above, Emilia Bolles Wachter performed her Harp with the MetroWest Symphony Orchestra at the High School on Saturday evening.

MetroWest Symphony Orchestra of Hopkinton 

May 31, 2008 — The MetroWest Symphony Orchestra of Hopkinton performed at the High School this evening. Missed it? Check out the video above to see and hear some clips (Use a good system).

Chester E. Ranlett, 88

Chester E. Ranlett, 88, Formerly of Hopkinton, died May 20, 2008 at his home in Eastham, MA.

Formerly of Hopkinton, He
leaves his wife of 36 years, June (Grant) Ranlett, a stepdaughter Janice Greenwood, 3 stepsons, Richard Dwinnell and his wife Cheri of Maine, Ronald E. Dwinnell and his partner Ilene of Pennsylvania, and Randy Dwinnell who passed in 1978, four grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

Born in Lowell, he graduated from Lowell High School in 1939. After high school he worked for a Pontiac Agency and the Boston and Main Railroad maintaining steam engines. In 1942, Chester enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was an aircraft and propeller expert on C-46 and C-47 transports in the Cairo, Egypt area of the war. Following his discharge in 1946 he joined the state Dept. of Conservation in Stowe, MA. In 1967 he joined the Hopkinton Fire Dept. and maintained their equipment for fifteen years before retiring in 1982. Arrangements

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King Philip 8, Hillers 4 - Ending Hiller Ride

May 31, 2008 — The Hopkinton High-School Baseball team bowed out of the South Sectionals Saturday losing to the King Philip Warriors 8-4 in a first round South Sectional Playoff game played in Hopkinton. The Hillers sent South Paw Bryant Guilmette to the hill and he had the visitors in check until a few misplays put the Hillers behind. Catching up is tough in a playoff game. Matt Collins picked off two base-runners as the Hillers closed the gap twice. Andrew Park relieved and then Conor Mahon pitched two complete innings.


The Tri-Valley Champs had a great memorable season as they were crowned champs and beat St. Johns Prep. The seniors are heading to college and most will be playing at a higher level. Its tough to put it together every game as most of the time it happened. We wish the seniors the best and congratulate Coach Stickney and Golden on a great season and commend them on the character they have put in these boys' lives. It was a great ride!! Peter Marso special to HopNews.

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Boston Athletic Association Donates

$7,500 Toward New Gazebo

Above, Tom Grilk, Ruth Gorman, and Timothy Kilduff.

May 31, 2008 — The Friends of the Common, a group of private individuals raising funds to replace the Veteran's Memorial Gazebo, received another favorable turn today with the contribution of $7,500 toward its construction from the Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the Boston Marathon.

      "There is no Boston Marathon without Hopkinton," said Tom Grilk, President of the BAA. "You couldn't have a nicer place to start the race than this," he said today, while standing on the Hopkinton Common.

       According to FOTC Chair Ruth Gorman, FOTC held a party in May at Maria's Caffe Italiano and raised $21,000, and added $2,500 to that for a Marathon runner.

       The group is also seeking a grant of $48,000 through the Massachusetts Historical Commission, which is expected to send a letter of status early in June, to add to the existing $29,000 the group collected as of April 1, 2008.

Pump House Damaged

May 31, 2008 — Despite a WWII-era tank standing as an apparent sentinel on Lakeshore Drive, vandals disfigured the pump house at Sandy Beach parking area overnight, on the eve of what was scheduled as the Lake Maspenock Preservation Association's Family Fun Day. The day has been rescheduled to June 1, Sunday, due to weather forecasts.

     Vandals who leave their mark, or tag as it is often called, with paint or marker, continue to sign their destructive messages with the same signature, making it easy for police when they finally do catch up with the culprit. One such duo was caught last summer on HopNews video. Afterward, their tag was seen at other locations, including the EMC Dog House, making them responsible for their signed crimes.

     The siding above appears to be modern type of construction that was likely painted at the factory, making it difficult to match. The Sandy Island Beach House has also been a frequent victim.

     And according to neighbors, several other spots along Lakeshore Drive were vandalized overnight.

Relay For Life Nets Over $100,000

"And we're still counting" ~ Kate Glynn, ACS at 9:00 p.m.

Above, a participant lights a luminary to commemorate a loved one. .


May 30 —  Twenty-five percent more people than last year swelled the ranks of participants at the Relay For Life event being held on the Junior and Varsity Football Fields on Friday evening and Saturday morning. The festive event, organized by Co-Chairs Luke Fraser and Carly Boyce, is held to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors, commemorate those lost to the disease, and raise funds for the American Cancer Society. A frequently repeated theme was the eradication of the disease.

      Well equipped tents covered much of the JV football field, as young children playing Frisbee, football and lacrosse took over the varsity field, and survivors walked laps around the track, while Pat Maruska played the tunes on his DJ system.

      According to Carly Boyce, by dark the event had reached "well over" last year's $116,000. The event will end on Saturday at noon.


Below, luminaries spell H-O-P-E as Carly and Luke, looking a bit surreal in the letter "H" give instructions by loudspeakers to the gathering.     

Relay For Life 2008 - Interviews


See some interviews by Ben Lewis of the organizers of Relay For Life 2008 as well as some clips from the event, above.

Hopkinton's Idol

May 30, 2008 — Hopkinton High School student Maggie Grabmeier won the six week "Hopkinton Idol" competition sponsored by HCAM-TV and ESL Theater.

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May 30, 2008 — John Root, in a program called Wildflowers of the Northeast, gives his presentation to patrons of the library, above, behind the library on Friday.

Catcher Matt Collins voted Tri-Valley League's Most Valuable Player


May 30, 2008 — Hopkinton Senior Captain Matt Collins was voted The Tri-Valley Leagues Most Valuable Player at the coaches' meeting last week as teams started preparing for this year's state playoffs.


The four-year catcher took home the award as he has been a starter for Mark Stickney's Hiller Baseball team for the past three years. The Hiller Captain batted 460 with five Homeruns as the Hillers captured the Tri-Valley Championship. The Last player to win the award for Hopkinton was Mark Ostrander ( Maine). That team won the '04 State Title with a 3-2 victory over David Prouty of Spencer.


Collins has tremendous tools behind the plate! His threat of throwing out runners is his biggest weapon. His knowledge of calling a game and knowing his pitchers makes him another coach on the field. His catchers pop time is 1.9 and this is very consistent. Matt will be attending Tufts University in the fall were he will be playing for John Casey's Jumbos. Matt has been playing for the Milford Legion the past summers and will be playing for the East Squad June 15th in the prestigious East-West All Star Game at the Spinners Stadium in Lowell ( A scouts dream game). Congratulations to Matt and the Hillers Baseball Team! Peter Marso special to HopNews!

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Hopkinton Students to Attend Democratic State Youth Convention

Two Hopkinton High School Students, Chelsey Lyman and Kaitlin Duggan, were selected this week to attend the Democratic State Youth Convention.  The youth convention will be held on Saturday June 7th at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell at the same time as the regular Democratic State Convention. 

Chelsea and Kaitlin submitted essays to the Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee and were selected on that basis to represent the town. 

The adult Hopkinton delegation to the convention was chosen in a caucus in February.  Its members are Ed Mills (chair), Mary Arnaut, Cindy Mills, Margo Roman, Joe Markey, Justin Wiley, and Dick Duggan.  The alternate delegates are Anne Marcy and Thomas Pratt.  The primary task of the convention will be to nominate a Democratic candidate for the U. S. Senate.

Congratulations to Chelsey and Kaitlin.  Also, special thanks for Hopkinton High School's Nancy Clark for helping make this happen on short notice.

Eventide:  Images from the Edge

by Kenneth R. Ramsley

Photography Exhibit at St. Paul’s June 21



May 30, 2008) – Eventide: Images from the Edge, a collection of “Quantum Art” photography by Ashland resident Kenneth R. Ramsley, will be on exhibit at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) in Hopkinton on Saturday, June 21 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend this free event. 


“Quantum Art is the HDTV of photography, and relates to the nature of light and the numerical underpinnings of digital image-processing,” Ramsley explained.  “The basic story of the exhibit is how I’ve combined the science of advanced satellite camera technology with my own artistic vision to create exhibition-quality print photography.”


Ramsley’s photographs include stunning images of everyday objects such as ventilation towers, wooden piers, even ancient roof tar – as well as pictures depicting the play of sunlight on city buildings, train stations, and Pesky’s Pole.


More information and examples of his work can be found at

Girls Softball Falls to Canton. Hopkinton 0, Canton 1 — Final Game

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Lake Maspenock Preservation Association

Family Fun Day Changed from Saturday to Sunday


Sunday, June 1st, from 1 to 5pm.
The LMPA general meeting will take place at 2pm, all
other activities will be from 1 to 5pm. We hope that
you will still be able to join us.

The Hopkinton Girl Scouts will be holding their annual

Town-wide  Bridging Ceremony

on Monday, June 9th, 6:00 PM

First Congregational Church, 146 East Main Street, Hopkinton.

Open to families of all Bridging Girl Scouts

Fifth Anniversary for Cedar Swamp Conservation Trust


Entering Cedar Swamp Pond the Heart of the Cedar Swamp Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), the first ACEC designated in the State, and the Headwaters of the Sudbury River.

The Cedar Swamp Conservation Trust (CSCT), which celebrated its fifth anniversary as a non-profit organization in March, has received funding from the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund to continue the organization’s Water Quality Monitoring and Water Resource Protection Advocacy Programs during 2008.

CSCT, which is staffed by volunteers, is the managing partner of the Sudbury River Watershed Partnership. The partnership, which includes the Sudbury River Watershed Organization and other environmental groups focused on protecting the resources of the Sudbury River Watershed, established a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) for the Upper Sudbury in 2007. The QAPP, which was approved by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, describes procedures and locations for the collection of stream flow, water quality and water temperature data.

The 2007 Monitoring Plan was partially supported through a grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. During 2008 the monitoring locations will include the Jackstraw, Piccadilly and Rutters Brooks in Westborough, the Whitehall, Indian and Cold Spring Brooks in Hopkinton, the Sudbury River near its headwaters at Fruit Street as well as additional sites in Ashland, Framingham, Sudbury and Wayland.

Cedar Swamp Conservation Trust, PO Box 996, Westborough, MA 01581

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Firefighter Receives award

Above, Hopkinton Fire Chief Gary T. Daugherty with son, Gary T. Daugherty, Jr before last evening's ceremony.


May 30, 2008 — Firefighter Gary T. Daugherty, Jr. was honored with a Patriot's Award last evening in a ceremony at the Ashland American Legion hosted by Fire District 14. He was among 17 recipients in the District receiving the award. It is given to Firefighters who left their jobs to serve in the military, or became Firefighters after serving, in either Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, or Iraqi Freedom in Iraq, according to Concord Fire Chief, Kenneth Willett, who was stepping down as the President of the Fire Chief's' Association.

     According to Hopkinton Deputy Chief Ken Clark, Firefighter Daugherty served in a forward base in Afghanistan with the Air Force.

Bad Moms!

May 29, 2008 — The Moms Club held a fundraiser Thursday evening to benefit the Children's Room at the Library. About 100 member paid $20 each to participate in specially designed scavenger hunt. Above, Officer Gregg DeBoer obliges the need for the women to look like criminals at Hopkinton Police Headquarters. Another requirement was to mimic a statue, and another to kiss a bald man. The women split up into groups of five, each group checking off accomplishments; but most became stumped about the "everyone fitting into a phone booth" requirement.

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Strawberry Shortcake Social on Father’s Day


The Community Covenant Church of Hopkinton invites you to a Strawberry Shortcake Social on Sunday afternoon, June 15th from 3:00 – 5:00 PM on the lawn of the church located at the corners of West Main and West Elm Streets. The event will feature homemade strawberry shortcake with whipped cream for $4 a serving. Members of the summer mission team will serve guests, and funds raised will go directly to the Boston Project Mission.

In the event of rain, the social will be held indoors. For more information, please contact the church at 508.435.3723. We look forward to you joining us for a delicious dessert!

Friday, May 30

Hearing in case of Commonwealth vs. Neil Entwistle


Charges:        First Degree Murder (2 counts), Carrying a firearm without a license, Possessing a firearm without an FID card

Location:        Woburn Superior Courtroom 430, 200 Tradecenter, Woburn

Time:             9 a.m.

Note:             Jury selection scheduled to begin on Monday, June 2, at 9 a.m.

Below is a scan of the log for the Entwistle arrest on February 15, 2006.

HLL Golf Tourney -- Open to All



Join the Hopkinton Little League Monday, June 9 for the fourth annual golf tournament to benefit 1,100 children in the league.  The fundraising event will be held at the Hopkinton Country Club.  It's a fun day for all and all levels of players are welcome.  Great weather is planned.  To play or sponsor a hole as a business or family, send an e-mail to: or


Photo, left to right, Grace and Caroline Lehman were wonderful helpers at last year's tournament which attracted nearly 90 players and business sponsors from the local community.  Funds from the tournament help pay the cost of user fees for the fields, equipment and uniform purchases, as well as field maintenance and ongoing updates to facilities among other costs.


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Entwistle Story Coverage

May 29, 2008 — Our media friend Jeff Glor, who covered the Entwistle murders while a reporter/anchor at Channel 7 in Boston over two years ago, stopped by HopNews today in his new capacity as National Correspondent for CBS' The Early Show. Mr. Glor interviewed HopNews Editor Robert Falcione, which may run in a story next week on that program that originates from New York. Above is a little banter in front of the studio, while the shot was being broken down. The media is expected to closely cover the trial, which is expected to last three to four weeks.

From the HopNews Community Calendar

Below are some of the events that have been listed on our HopNews Calendar (Always available on top of page), something HopNews updates daily. Please browse the choices for community events below, and check out the calendar for more, each and every day!


May 29,30 The 2008 Hopkinton Idol competition will come to a close with two special live shows at 7:00 p.m. on May 29 and May 30 at the HCAM studios at 77 Main Street in Hopkinton.  The show on May 29 will feature the final four contestants and a special appearance by 2007 Hopkinton Idol winner Sasha Yatchenko.   The Hopkinton Idol finale on May 30 will feature a reunion of past Idol contestants, followed by the reveal of this year’s winner.   Tickets for each show are $5 at the door.  Both shows will also be broadcast live on HCAM-TV 13 or on the HCAM website Hopkinton Idol is a six-week competition co-sponsored by Enter Stage Left Theater, Inc and HCAM-TV.  After the live Hopkinton Idol show each week viewers were asked to email their votes to determine which contestants continued on to the next round.  In addition to “fame and fortune,” the victorious “Idol” announced on May 30 will also win a professionally recorded demo tape. "This competition featured some very dedicated singers and it will be very interesting to see who is selected to be this year's Hopkinton Idol,” said Kelly Grill, co-founder or Enter Stage Left Theater and host of the show.  "I'm also looking forward to seeing all the contestants reunited again, and also hearing Sasha's very beautiful voice on the 29th. Enter Stage Left Theater, Inc. is a non-profit performing arts center in Hopkinton offering theater education, training and performances for students of all ages.    For more information call 508-435-2114 or visit


May 30,31 American Cancer Society’s Second Annual Relay For Life of Hopkinton. 6:00 p.m., Friday, May 30, – 12:00 p.m., Saturday, May 31 at Hopkinton High School, 90 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, MA. Event will be held rain or shine. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Hopkinton. Some 700 walkers from the Hopkinton community are expecting to raise $125,000 to support American Cancer Society programs of research, education, advocacy, and patient services. Relay For Life is a team event where participants run or walk around a track in relay-style shifts to celebrate the hope that cancer will be beaten. Team members take turns circling the track throughout the day and night, enjoying great food, entertainment, and camaraderie as they camp out and cheer one
another on during the fun-filled event. Nearly 90 events are planned in Massachusetts this year, which are expected to raise more than $10 million to benefit the Society’s programs of research, education, advocacy, and patient services. Last year, more than 3 million people
nationwide participated in Relay For Life and more than 500,000 cancer survivors walked the opening laps of the events. The Relays raised $405 million at 4,800 sites throughout the United States and took place in 20 other countries evolving into a worldwide movement to end cancer. The Society can be reached day or night for up-to-the-minute cancer information at their toll-free information line, 1-800-227-2345, or its Web site, Highlights: 6:00 p.m. - Cancer Survivors’ Lap - nearly 35 cancer survivors will walk the first lap to kick-off the event. 9:00 p.m. - Luminaria Ceremony - lighting of 1,500 candles to honor survivors and loved ones lost to the disease. 11:45 a.m. - Closing Ceremonies – participants will take the final lap of the event.


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




May 31 The MetroWest Symphony Orchestra, led by Dr Peter L Cokkinias, will present its Orchestral Masters Concert, “From Russia with Love,” on Saturday, May 31st, 8:00 PM. This performance is presented in partnership with Hopkinton’s Chamber of Commerce and Public Schools, and will take place in Hopkinton High School's beautiful auditorium, 90 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, MA. Symphonic scenes from Tschaikowsky’s Swan Lake Suite which depicts the tale of Odette, a princess turned swan by an evil sorcerer, highlights the evening’s performance. Shostakovich’s Symphony No 5 and other pieces complete this program of music by Russia’s Orchestral Masters. Tickets prices are $15 for Adults, $6 for Students and Seniors. Children under 12 are always free! They may be purchased at the door or through the website at . For further information or ticket reservations and purchases, visit our website, or email $10 discounted adult tickets for HopNews readers who email with their reservations! This concert is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, an agency that funds your local cultural council, and by the generosity of many community individuals and businesses. The whole family will enjoy this event; a splendid time is guaranteed for all!


May 31 LMPA hosts Family Fun Day and General Meeting 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm @ Sandy Beach. Rain Date is June 1st. Please come join the fun! We will have lots of food, children's activities, volleyball & lots more.  Animal Adventures of Bolton, MA will be doing a presentation at 3:00 pm with live animal and reptiles! Please RSVP to LMPA Gear (sweatshirts, hats, towels, etc.) will be available for sale. This event is free to all LMPA members and their families. Memberships will be available for $25.00 and $10.00 for seniors.  The mission of the Lake Maspenock Preservation Association, to preserve and protect the lake environment, can only be met with the involvement of people like you and we greatly appreciate your support.


May 31 International jazz cabaret artists The Follen Angels will be returning to the Enter State Left Coffeehouse at 8:00 p.m. to presents "An Evening with Porter and Gershwin". Come enjoy Hildy Grossman on vocals, Rieko Tanaka on piano, Kenny Dantzig on drums, and Rick Stone on saxophone and clarinet as they fill the air with music that is as timeless as it is elegant. The ESL Coffeehouse Series takes place at Enter Stage Left Theater's intimate studio setting at 30 Main Street in Hopkinton. Tickets are $10.00 per person.

High Ground


May 29, 2008 — This robin has found some high ground to look over his domain of worms and bugs at the Hopkinton State Park this week.

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HHS Class of 1989 Reunion Committee

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

Board of Public Works Holds Rate Hikes to 5%

for Both Water and Sewer

Above, Kevin Kohrt, Dan McIntyre, Jim Pyne.

by Robert Falcione

May 29, 2008 — On Wednesday evening Consultant Mark Abrahams led the members of the  Board of Public Works, as well as DPW Director JT Gaucher and Water/Sewer Manager Eric Carty, through a projection of revenues and expenditures for the Water and Sewer enterprise funds through FY 13 to determine the need for a rate increase for each. The projections were made without considering Legacy Farms, because, Mr. Abrahams said, the growth of Legacy is an unknown. He came down on the conservative side, he said.

      The group decided to choose a 5% increase for the Water rates that would put $30,000 into the enterprise fund every year for five years, an amount that could fund a new pumping station, according to one speaker, with the $150,000 it will generate. The 5% increase would add an extra $12 more per year to the average water bill.

       "With $4 a gallon for gas, and $4 a gallon for milk, water is a bargain at a half-cent for a gallon," said Mr. Carty.

       The Sewer enterprise fund was more difficult to determine, said Board Chair Dan McIntyre, because of so many variables.

        First of all, there are three appeals pending over the Fruit Street Waste Water Treatment Facility. One is an appeal of the Groundwater Discharge Permit by the "Fruit Street 10," according to Mr. McIntyre. Another is the appeal of the Superseding Order of Conditions. And lastly the Water Quality Certificate for the stream crossing has also been appealed.

       If that isn't enough, Hopkinton was to kick in 5% of the cost of building more capacity to Westborough's Sewer capability, but the Westborough Town Meeting recently rejected the bid for construction.

       Some of the cost of the Hopkinton WWTF is projected to hit the books in FY10 and FY11, producing a shortfall for those years that would be mitigated somewhat by the collection of betterments in FY 12.

       "If the Fruit Street thing isn't resolved soon, I don't know what's going to happen," said Mr. McIntyre.

       Board member Kevin Kohrt suggested a 10% increase in the Sewer rate.

      "I am sensitive to the battle people are fighting," said Board member Jim Pyne, referring to the effect of the economy on people. "I would favor a 5% increase," he said.

       Mr. McIntyre agreed, and the Board voted unanimously for the 5% increase, which would add another $27 to the average yearly sewer bill, according to Mr. Abrahams.   

Photo above shows underground electrical conduit installed for the new water well at Fruit Street.

ICE CREAM WINDOW open at "The SPOON" until 9:00 p.m.


Ciao Time has exciting new specials EVERY DAY!


May 29, 2008 — As if a slow down due to construction wasn't enough for drivers on Route 495 last night, an accident 3,000 feet from Exit 21 brought traffic to a near standstill for miles. State Police requested help from the Hopkinton Fire Department, which transported two patients to area hospitals.

Hopkinton Senior Center


Thurs. & Fri., May 29 & 30, 9-2

Sat., May 31, 9-noon


   Senior Center gardeners have been busy for weeks starting and caring for a wide variety of plants in their greenhouse. The fruits of their labor will be available for purchase at the Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street, this week. There are many  houseplants and annuals, including five types of geraniums, begonias and mixed handing pots.  Veggies include over a dozen varieties of tomato, peppers and eggplant. A few perennials and hibiscus shrubs are also offered. The money raised will be used to fund the ongoing greenhouse project and to provide plants for the Senior Center landscape and kitchen garden.

   The Thrift Shop will also be open during sale hours. Stop in and see the unusual and useful items which have been donated.      

Got a Light?

May 28, 2008 — The gas plant on Wilson Street relieves pressure by releasing gas into the atmosphere, after lighting it first. Above is the tallest of two such devices. The smaller one cannot be seen, but its flame can be observed from Hopkinton State Park, generating calls to the Police or Fire Departments during the summer about a fire in the woods.

    On Tuesday evening, the Police Dept. received calls from people driving by on Route 135 who saw the flame from the large relief device above the distant treetops in the evening, and thought the worst.

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Updated 5/28/08

The following is a list of vacancies on Town Committees:


If you are interested, please submit a letter of interest and/or resume to the Selectmen’s Office, 18 Main Street, for any of these positions. If you have questions, please contact Geri Holland at  or 508-497-9700.


* According to Town Manager Anthony Troiano, the Planning Board vacancy has just become open due to his office receiving a letter of resignation from newly elected Selectman, former Planning Board 1st Vice-Chair, RJ Dourney.

Crosswalk Safety Needs to be Addressed

To the Editor:


The topic of crosswalk safety on the HopNews discussion page prompts me to write this letter. (DRC Chair, Anne Mattina, left)


Over the past year, the Downtown Revitalization Committee has focused much of its effort on pedestrian safety in the downtown business district. Our reasoning is based on 2 factors, one - safety is important and two - if we truly wish to make downtown a destination for people, then we should do as much as we can to make it a safe and accessible place to visit, park, walk and shop.


From our first meeting in September 2007 with representatives of the Police Department, the DPW and the Board of Selectmen, our goal remained the same. After many, many meetings and discussions we arrived at the sponsorship of 2 articles at Town Meeting - one asking for money to repair downtown sidewalks, especially those on the north side of Main St., from the Respite Center down to Cedar St. The second article was for crosswalk improvement including visibility. Unfortunately, the town finances being what they are, we were unable to secure support from Capital Improvements, the Board of Selectmen or the Appropriations Committee. All agreed that our desire to make downtown safe and accessible were worthy goals but they withheld their support because of financial reasons. Also, more than once during meetings with just about everyone, we were told to wait until the Legacy Farms traffic study was completed before moving forward. READ MORE...

One Injured

May 28, 2008 — This vehicle appears to be a total wreck on Grove Street today after the female operator collided with a telephone pole this afternoon. The Fire Department workers applied a neck brace before transporting the driver to the hospital, and cleaned up a petroleum spill.

The Anonymous Cartoonist Strikes Yet Again!

May 28, 2008 — The Anonymous cartoonist is well known to us, but is too humble to put anything other than his initials on his work. Above is a "photographer" showing off his work at PolyArts.

Lost Cockatiel ~ Whistles Andy Griffith Theme Song

A lost cockatiel bird that is currently on the loose is flying around the DJ Murphy/West Main St. area. He's white and gray with yellow and orange markings, whistles the tune to Andy Griffith. Please call 508-435-7750.


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