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Hopkinton Republicans at Event

Members of the HRTC attended the Lincoln Reagan Dinner hosted by the Massachusetts Republican Party honoring Gov. Mitt Romney with Special Guest Gov. Bill Weld Tuesday evening at the Westin Copley in Boston.

 Left to right in the photo is Dan Haley, Republican candidate for State Representative, Gov. Mitt Romney, HRTC members Len Holden, Ken Weismantel, Nancy Barron, Phil Totino and Leda Arakelian. Contributed photo.

Hidden Geese

June 24, 2008 — This Canada goose takes the high ground on a stone and stands sentinel over its brood, which is hidden among the tall marsh grass in Little Pond at the southern end of Lake Whitehall. Photo taken last weekend.

Entwistle Jury to Resume Deliberations Wednesday Morning

James Brescia found guilty of murder

Above left, J.W. Carney, Jr., defense counsel for James Brescia,  and Eliot Weinstein, counsel for Neil Entwistle in front of the Middlesex Courthouse Tuesday.


June 24, 2008 — The jury verdict in the Neil Entwistle murder case was awaited by a score of television crews huddled under tents outside of Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn today, who turned away after the jury was excused during a thunderous downpour shortly after 4:00 p.m. today. Tensions were heightened when the cameras were turned on in the courtroom; but it was because the jury had a question about a receipt.

      Above is J. W. Carney, Jr., defense counsel for James Brescia, who was convicted of murder (Press release from DA below).

      In the YouTube/HopNews video below, Mr. Carney says that Mr. Brescia suffered a stroke between his last two days of testimony, rendering him incapable of testifying. Asked if he plans an appeal or a new trial, Mr. Carney responded, "Both."

Brescia Found Guilty Of First Degree Murder


WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone’s office informed the public today that a Middlesex Superior Court jury has found James Brescia guilty of murder in the first degree  in connection with the the murder of Edward Schiller, of Sudbury.

             Brescia, age 46, of Waltham, was found guilty of first degree murder and conspiracy in connection with the shooting death of Schiller, age 39, at a parking garage in Newton on January 13, 2006. Brescia was also convicted of conspiring with Scott Foxworth over a number of months with the intention of having Edward Schiller killed, and for paying Foxworth to commit the murder.  Schiller was targeted by Brescia because he was dating Brescia’s estranged wife after she served Brescia with divorce papers in July 2005. 

             Opening statements occurred on June 5 in courtroom 630 in Middlesex Superior Court, 200 Tradecenter, in Woburn.  The jury began deliberations at 9 a.m. today, and returned their verdict at approximately 2 p.m. today. A sentencing hearing has yet to be set, but a first degree murder conviction carries a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.

             “We are pleased with today’s verdict and thankful to the jury. This was both an extremely fact-intense and emotional trial, and they carefully considered the evidence and returned a just verdict," District Attorney Gerry Leone said. "Ed Schiller followed his heart and returned to be with the love of his life. And for that, because of the jealous, vengeful, and cowardly acts of James Brescia, Ed Schiller was brutally murdered and taken away from his family and friends."

            According to authorities, at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Friday, January 13, 2006, Newton Police responded to 345 Boylston Street in Newton for a report that a man had been found shot in his vehicle in the private parking garage adjacent to the office building. 

            Upon arrival at the scene, officers found Schiller in the driver’s seat of his blue 1999 Nissan Maxima sedan, evidencing a gunshot wound to the head.  Schiller was an employee of Aronson Insurance Agency, which is located in the 345 Boylston Street building.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Newton Police contacted State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, and together they commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death.

            On Saturday, January 14, 2006, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (ME) completed an autopsy on Schiller’s remains.  The ME confirmed that the cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head, and ruled the death a homicide. 

            After an exhaustive joint investigation by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, State Police, and Newton Police, it was determined that James Brescia agreed to pay Scott Foxworth a sum of money to kill Edward Schiller. It was further alleged that Foxworth shot Schiller in the garage on the morning of January 13, 2006.

            On April 4, 2006, investigators sought and obtained warrants for Brescia’s and Foxworth’s arrests from the Newton District Court.  Brescia and Foxworth were arrested without incident that evening.  On April 5, 2006, Brescia and Foxworth were arraigned in Newton District Court before Judge Dyanne Klein.  Both men pleaded not guilty and were held without bail. 

            On June 26, 2006, a Middlesex Grand Jury returned indictments against Brescia and Foxworth.  Brescia and Foxworth were arraigned on July 17, 2006, in courtroom 8B of the Middlesex Superior Court in Cambridge before Judge Elizabeth Fahey.  At arraignment, both men pleaded not guilty, and were ordered held without bail. 

            Foxworth is scheduled for trial on October 22, 2008. The charges against Foxworth are allegations, and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

            “This case has always been about fighting for justice on behalf of Ed and his family,” Leone said. “Our job is not done yet. And we will fight as hard in this next trial as we did in this one against the man who we allege shot and killed Ed.”

             The prosecutors assigned to this case are Assistant District Attorneys Adrienne Lynch and Joseph Gentile. The victim witness advocate was Daniela Bianco. The paralegal was Miriam Godfrey.


James Brescia's Attorney Explains Stroke Suffered by Client During Trial, below:


Governor Patrick Unveils Education Reform Plan in Hopkinton


June 24, 2008  — Governor Deval Patrick brought his Readiness project to a couple of hundred people this morning at 11:00 a.m. at EMC’s world headquarters at 176 South Street. 

     EMC CEO Joe Tucci who is one of three co-chairmen of the Readiness Project began the program by talking about how important education -- particularly in math, science, and engineering -- is to the economic future of Massachusetts and the country in the context of global competition.  He stated that he was pleased that the Governor asked him a year ago to help lead the initiative to develop a strategic plan for public education in the Commonwealth, and that he was honored to host this event.

      Mr. Tucci then introduced Paul Reville, Secretary Designate of Education, who spoke about the process for getting to this point and about the potential for taking the Education Reform initiative that was started in 1993 to the next level.

Mr. Tucci then introduced Governor Deval Patrick who outlined some of the key aspects of the Readiness Project.  The full program is slated to be released on Wednesday.  Included in the recommendations are:

·       Universal pre-kindergarten and full-day kindergarten
·       Allowing high school students to receive both high school and college credit for college courses taken while still in high school

·       Allowing students to graduate early from high school if they are determined to be ready
·       A single statewide teachers contract with provisions for attracting and retaining teachers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and for attracting teachers to underperforming school districts

·       Merging some of the state’s 391 school districts

     The Governor made reference to his own life’s story as an illustration of the power of education.  He noted that while Massachusetts ranks first among the states on many academic measures, he wants to make changes from a position of strength.  He emphasized the need for involvement from the business community, social service organizations, and parents to enable success for all students.  He asked for a round of applause for Dana Mohler-Faria, President of Bridgewater State College, who was on the dais and who has introduced many innovative ideas for community partnerships with higher education.

      After his formal remarks, the Governor took questions from the audience of over 200 people comprised of EMC employees and people interested and involved in education across the state.  In response to a question about funding, the Governor stated that he would be asking a small committee to develop a recommendation by November.  He acknowledged that what he is proposing is very ambitious and cannot all be accomplished in the short term but that it is important to get started.  He seemed to rule out an increase in local property taxes by saying that the local property tax burden is an issue that is of great concern.

      A light moment came when a man named Barack asked a question.  The Governor said that he’d heard that name somewhere before.

      Hopkinton Board of Selectmen Brian Herr and School Committee Vice-Chair Phil Totino had the opportunity to introduce themselves to the Governor. Mr. Herr thanked Governor Patrick for having the event in Hopkinton.

      As Vice Chair of the School Committee, Mr. Totino thanked the Governor for his leadership on the education front and stated his belief that education is the best investment that society can make.

      The pair of Hopkinton officials also introduced themselves to EMC CEO Joe Tucci. Mr. Totino thanked Mr. Tucci for EMC’s support and partnership with the Hopkinton Public Schools.

     In a telephone interview today, Mr. Totino said the funding of the program has yet to be formalized, but the Governor did expressed methods.

     "He's raising the bar with his long-term vision," Mr. Totino said.

     "It's a long-term thing in partnership with communities and business," he said.

File photos.

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Closing Arguments Over, Entwistle Jury Out


June 23, 2008 — The jury was dismissed today shortly after 3:30 p.m. and will start deliberations tomorrow.

     After not calling any witnesses during the trial, Attorney for the defense, Eliot Weinstein presented in his closing  argument to the jury that negligence on the part of forensic investigators led them to filter out the real culprit, Rachel Entwistle, who, he said, killed her baby, and then killed herself, while the first bullet was lodged in her breast.

     Attorney Weinstein said that Neil Entwistle did indeed return to the Carver home to return the gun, but it was to save The Matterazzo family the embarrassment of their daughter's suicide after he found the gun next to her on the bed.

    The prosecution played an audio recording where Entwistle asked if the time of death could be determined. He offered that he saw bubbles coming from his baby's mouth, an indication, many would agree, that death had just occurred.

    The prosecutor had the last word, and threw Mr. Weinstein's often used phrase, "Sometimes things are not as they first appear," back at the defense, in arguing against the picture of the perfect couple that had been presented by witnesses.

    Judge Diane Kottmeyer let the jury go today after about an hour of instructions, and adjourned court for the day.   

Photo is a grabshot of pool video, Tru-TV


Poll in yellow was taken before the jury was given its instructions. The one on the right was taken after the jury went out for deliberations.

DSS Workers Protest


June 24, 2008 — DSS workers above protest in  Whitinsville, as did their colleagues across the state today, for funding for a lower case load that they believe will further make children more safe. Among them is Hopkinton native, Christopher Hayes.

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Workin’ at the Car Wash!


This Saturday, June 28th
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Hopkinton Middle School Parking Lot!

The Hopkinton Cheerleaders are hosting a car wash this Saturday to raise funds for new competition mats!
Please come and show your support by having your car washed!

Town of Hopkinton - Department of Public Works
P.O. Box 209
83 Wood Street
Hopkinton, Massachusetts 01748
Telephone 508-497-9768
Fax 508-497-9761

Roadwork Notice


June 23, 2008 — The milling and overlaying of Wood St between Whisper Way and Exchange St has been scheduled to begin July 7th. The work is estimated to take 4 days to complete.
     The reclamation and paving of Spring St between Wood St and Pond St has been scheduled to begin July 28th. The work is estimated to take 10 days to complete.
     Both roads will have one lane of traffic open at all times. Expect slight delays during construction. Please seek alternate routes whenever possible.
     There will also be crack sealing work done on many roads in town (to many to list in this notice). This work is scheduled to begin August 4th. The work is estimated to take 10 days to complete.
     All dates are subject to change due to weather, mechanical breakdowns and contractor’s schedules.
     Thank you for your cooperation during all of these projects.
Mike Mansir
Highway Manager

Planning Board Meeting, and RAP!

June 23, 2008 — Boulder Capital representatives met with the Planning Board on Monday evening to go over design guidelines for their Legacy Farms Mixed Use Development.

      Members of the Planning Board agreed that LID (Low Impact Design) and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) design and construction were beneficial in the long run, and as a marketing point, especially in light of the recent energy cost spikes. The group tweaked the language of the document to the agreement of both the Board and the developer.

      The Board took a break to hear a gangsta-styled rap about itself performed by student Jaclyn Perreault, below.


Afternoon Deluge

June 23, 2008 — The skies opened up on Monday afternoon, turning the street and sidewalks Downtown into rivers. The truck above splashes through a huge but subsiding puddle in front of Colella's immediately after the worst of the cloudburst was over.

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Little League Champs

Tom Carey head coach of Majors champs Brooklyn Dodgers outfitted this team with Brooklyn Dodger uniforms and hats.  He has a photo of the kids with a backdrop of Ebbetts Field (the kids look old-time). Players from left to right are: Alex Antaki, Johnny Hamm, Mitch Nagel, Brian Schell, Ryan Carey, Luke Moschini, Liam Horsman, Shayne Kaminski, Matt Saklad, Ryan Cuniff. Photo by Bill Horsman.

Closing Arguments Over in Entwistle Trial


June 23, 2008 — There has been evidence and testimony presented in the trial of Neil Entwistle, and most recently, his own words to Massachusetts State Police Trooper Robert Manning. He is charged with killing his wife and baby in January, 2006 in their rented Hopkinton home

      In the tape recording of the conversation made from the Hopkinton Police Station, Entwistle says he hasn't cried properly yet. Trooper Manning asks what he means by "properly." People just cry, the Trooper says.

     Toward the end of the two hour conversation, Entwistle expresses surprise that anyone would consider that he was the killer.

      Among other evidence on that tape, Entwistle says he saw the bullet wound on Lilly, his baby. An investigator said she didn't know it was a bullet wound until further investigation, She said it could have been a knife wound.

      Entwistle says he never touched the bodies after returning from a two-hour absence to see if they were alive.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for,  June 16, 2008






12 Granite Street Robert C. Macchi & Trina L. Macchi $558,000 Jun. 16, 2008 Peter L. Dicken & Magdalena M. Dicken
Previous update:        
64 Hayward Street Carl Ristaino $195,000 Jun. 16, 2008 Beneficial Massachusetts Inc.
4 Everett Circle Gregory E. Covino & Megan D. Covino $860,000 Jun. 13, 2008 Kathleen A. Bush & Jeffrey R. Bush
208 Hayden Rowe Street Diane M. MacCagnano $444,000 Jun. 12, 2008 Timothy McCarron & Lori MacCarron
24 Cedar Street Travis D. Leclair & Megan E. Smith $260,000 Jun. 11, 2008 Wayne E. Comeau & Melissa J. Comeau

See Full List back to February 1,  2007

Link above is renewed each week

Police News UP-TO-DATE 

Today, June 23, 2008



7:21 am A caller reported that there was a cage on the side of Ash Street with an animal in it.  Officer Patrick O'Brien checked and it was a guinea pig...


7:09 am A female caller reported that her daughter had been missing and believes that she is in Hopkinton...


10:29 pm A caller reported that a suspicious male was walking around a parking lot on West Main Street...


7:06 pm A caller reported a road rage incident that occurred in Milford..   



Triple Threat

ESL Coffeehouse June 28

Acoustic trio Triple Threat will be playing an eclectic array of cover songs from top artists from the past four decades at the Enter Stage Left Coffeehouse at 8:00 p.m. on June 28. 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.
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 

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June 22, 2008 — The dunk tank was one of the favorite features of the Sharon Timlin 5k race party behind the High School on Saturday, as evidenced by second grade Elmwood School teacher Emily LeRoy above.

No More Pencils, No More Books...

June 23, 2008 — Eight year-old Matt Laflash exuberantly dashes from the bus on the last day of second grade on Friday. He and his bus mates were celebrating by singing 1972 Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out.” Seventy days until school starts.


Massachusetts Hospitals Honor Senator Karen Spilka for Efforts to Streamline Massachusetts Healthcare, Control Costs

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Hospital Association honored Senator Karen Spilka with the 1st annual Legislator of the Year Award at its 72nd annual meeting in Chatham. Spilka was recognized for championing legislation which would streamline the coding and billing process between hospitals and insurers in Massachusetts. Spilka's work could result in tens of millions of dollars in health care savings.
      "Senator Spilka deserves tremendous credit for bringing together hospitals, insurers, and state leaders to craft legislation that will not only simplify the business of healthcare, but will save millions of dollars and allow hospitals to focus more time and resources on what matters most - caring for patients," said Lynn Nicholas, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Hospital Association.
      "With health care reform being atop priority in this state, I am especially honored to be receiving the very first Legislator or the Year Award from the Massachusetts Hospital Association," stated Senator Spilka. "I will continue to work hard to ensure that health care in the Commonwealth is affordable and accessible, and I am truly grateful for
the support of the MHA as I do so."
     Legislation sponsored by Spilka and included in Senate President Murray's cost containment bill would require all private payers to use national standard coding guidelines for patient services, procedures and diagnosis. If ultimately passed, the measure would greatly improve upon the current system, which can be disjointed and time consuming - unnecessarily diverting resources away from patient care. By requiring the recognition and use of standardized code sets and billing formats, Massachusetts would realize:
- True administrative simplification in the processing of medical claims
- New cost savings for providers by eliminating the need to maintain
multiple billing systems
- Standardization of inputs for reporting health related statistics.
     Spilka was presented with the award by MHA board chair Robert G. Norton, President and CEO of North Shore Medical Center in Salem during an evening ceremony at the Chatham Bars Inn on June 11, 2008.

Senator Karen Spilka Hopkinton Office Hour

Residents Welcome

Monday, June 30

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Hopkinton Town Hall
Room 215
18 Main Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748
(508) 497-9700

     State Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) will hold informal office hours for the residents of Hopkinton to discuss issues of importance to them. All constituents are encouraged to stop by and meet the Senator in
person, as well as raise any questions, concerns or ideas they may have.
     Any resident unable to attend should feel free to contact the Senator's State House office at (617) 722-1640 at any time.

YMCA Open House

June 22, 2008 — The MetroWest YMCA Hopkinton held an open house for summer camp members on their 100+ acre facility on Saturday. Above, a YMCA team practices and demonstrates a rescue from a height as families and other Y employees look on. Visitors also enjoyed a visit to the pool, ropes course, climbing wall, soccer fields, and archery range, as well as many other destinations in the complex.

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Wall to Wall People at Timlin Event

June 22, 2008 — The Sharon Timlin Memorial 5k Race to cure ALS was more well attended than ever, as hundreds of people showed up for the race and the fun and games afterward.

MBCC Nets $70,000

June 22, 2008 — The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition's Annual event held yesterday at Hopkinton State Park brought in $70,000, according to one source. Above, Ashland Fire Department shadows some swimmers at the event.

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Entwistle Murder Trial

I wanted to let the emotions out, but nothing would come out ~ Neil Entwistle

I knew that Joe had guns in the house, and I thought maybe I could finish —

you know and get myself that way ~ Neil Entwistle

Grabshot of Neil Entwistle from video pool [Tru-TV].

June 20, 2008 — The last few days have seen evidence mount against Neil Entwistle, the British subject accused of killing his wife and baby in their rented Hopkinton home over two years ago, about ten days after moving in from Carver, Mass.

       Earlier in the week a State Police testified that a user, ENT, of Mr. Entwistle's password-protected, account did a web search for "How to kill with a knife" and for "Adult Friend Finder." The Trooper testified that the same user checked Mr. Entwistle's email after the killings.

       DNA of Neil Entwistle was on the grip of the presumed murder weapon, and his wife's DNA was on the barrel, another analyst testified.

       On Thursday, the defense shot back by asking questions of the Medical Examiner that constructed a theory that suggested Rachel Entwistle had the ability to commit the crime to the baby, and then kill herself.

       Today, a nearly two-hour long audiotape recorded at the Hopkinton Police Headquarters by Trooper Robert Manning was played in its entirety for the jury. In it Neil Entwistle wonders about his own behavior, and says he hasn't cried properly. He admits to seeing the bullet hole in Lilly, but doesn't know why he didn't call 911. He admits to not touching the bodies.

       NOTE: Some of the audio tape is below. The segments may not correspond to the quotes above. We'll try to get the whole thing up, all 1 hour and 50 minutes, eventually. Neil Entwistle's photo appears between segments. At the beginning of the tape, Trooper Manning warns Entwistle that he is being recorded, and he agrees.



June 20, 2008 — This double-decker rainbow brought people out of doors, and cars to the side of the road to watch the brilliant sight on late Friday afternoon in Downtown Hopkinton. If the sun appears after a rainstorm and it is still raining in the opposite sky, put your back to the sun and see the rainbow.

Thomas F. Keller, 84

Thomas F. Keller, 84, died Thursday June 19, 2008 in Milford.  He was the husband of Marjorie (McLaughlin) Keller, to whom he was married for 58 years.


Born in Worcester, he was the son of the late Arthur and Grace (McCullough) Keller.  He was employed as a mechanical engineer and was the past commander and instructor of the Nobscott Power Squadron.  He was a Hopkinton resident for over 50 years.


In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters Wendy Grass of Hopkinton, Susan Lukey and her husband Skip of Hopkinton, Mary Keller of NJ and Jane Leathers and her husband Chuck of VA.  In addition, he leaves his sister Ivan Woolner and her husband Jack  of Shrewsbury, 10 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Arrangements Complete

A Look Back

Prohibition, ESL Show


by Howard Rouse

June 20, 2008 — It was a mere 88 years ago, in this country, that the “great experiment” started, to be concluded in 1933, after it was determined to be a miserable failure, as predicted by many sober citizens. I am making reference to the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, and by the way, the only Amendment to ever be repealed. This law of the land was passed to make it illegal to import, buy, sell or consume alcoholic beverages, publicly, because our lawmakers determined, after much discussion in the Halls of Congress, that alcohol was not good for Americans and would lead to the downfall of the nation or something worse.

This Amendment did do something and that was by the proliferation of a few new industries to fill the void, and also the thirst in the land. Illegal stills popped up from city tenement basements to wooded lots in the house-barren countryside. New suppliers of goods came on the scene, selling sugar, grain and the accoutrements to make good booze and close behind them, was the “Hot” car business, (not stolen, but fast), to deliver the product by out-running the Federal revenuers, even while carrying a full load.

Then, just as today, a family member could make the beverage of choice for the family consumption and I am just old enough to remember the tail end of that restrictive period that saw no commercial sales of liquor.

It helps to know that my father was raised on a dairy farm in Northern Vermont, so was well-versed in the knowledge of crops but if he hadn’t been, he would have learned. Our rental home in Massachusetts was the first floor tenement of a two family house in Hudson with a large plot of land in the back yard, that the landlord approved for raising crops. The greatest portion was planted in potatoes, row after row, that my kid brother and I became intimate with, harrowing between the rows, pulling the weeds, hilling the soil up around the stalks and forever picking off potato bugs, to toss into a can of kerosene. Our diligence produced plenty of potatoes; luckily so, because it was our staple food of the depression years, stored in a bin in the root cellar, lightly covered by good loam, to be used for the cold winter months. READ MORE...

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The GOAL Foundation and the Hopkinton Sportsmen’s Association present

Women’s only instructional shooting clinic
June 28, 2008
8:00am to 5:00pm
At Hopkinton Sportsmen’s Association
95 Lumber Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748

Ladies, if you have ever thought about trying your hand at recreational shooting, here is your opportunity! Come join us for a women’s only instructional shooting clinic. You will receive hands on instruction in shotgun, rifle and pistol by the fun, friendly and knowledgeable folks at the Hopkinton Sportsmen’s Association. All women are invited to participate regardless of skill level.


No previous experience is necessary; just the desire to learn and have fun. Food, fun and all materials are included!
For those interested in applying for a Massachusetts firearm license, there will be a lecture on state and federal law beginning at 4:00pm and ending at approximately 5:00pm. There is no additional cost for this seminar.
The event fee is $25 and is limited to 24 people. You must be at least 16 years old to participate.
Please contact GOAL at 508-393-5333 x 203 to register.


Argentine Malbec Tasting

Friday, June 20

4 - 7 PM 



For free tasting for Grapes To Go subscribers this week, we will be sampling the Argentine Malbecs that were delivered yesterday as part of Hopkinton Wine & Spirits' Grapes to Go Wine Club. 


Subscriber to Grapes to Go receive two bottles of wine each month delivered to your home of place of business along with background information, tasting notes, and recipes for foods to pair with the wines.  There are two subscription levels:  the Bronze Level costs $25 per month and the Silver Level costs $50 per month. For more information, please call 508-435-1292.

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Hopkinton Parks and Recreation

Summer Concerts on the Common

July 6, 2008 – Hipshot Band - Back by popular demand

July 13, 2008 – The Cocobanana Band - Island Music

July 20, 2008 – Prues Blues - Rhythm and Blues

July 27, 2008 – Down on the 5 - Rock and Blues

August 3, 2008 – Hopkinton Community Summer Concert Band - Classical

August 10, 2008 – Inside Job - Rock and Roll

August 17, 2008 – Help - All Beatles!

August 24, 2008 – Double Play - Classic hits and dance music


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Henry's Triumph

June 19, 2008 — With his father Wayne by his side, fourth generation nurseryman, Weston Nurseries principal Peter Mezitt speaks to the gathering of some of the 800 invited clients at their Garden Party this evening. Forty-year employee Henry Schmidt, in center with a full halo, had a plant that he developed named after himself this evening, Henry's Triumph.

       Mr. Mezitt mentioned that most of the named greenery at the nursery has been named after a Mezitt.

       On the left is Weston employee John Moretti.

Senior Volunteers Feted

June 19, 2008 — Close to 100 people showed up for the volunteer appreciation evening at the Hopkinton Senior Center.

       Ellen Wright, above, details the positive attributes of the volunteers, mentioning the Outreach Program, rides for medical appointments, Volunteer nursing, Thrift Shop, Green House, Greeters, Receptionists, Computer Assistance, as well as a host of games and special event volunteers.

       NOTE: The photographer's shadow through the doorway of the Senior Center patio can be seen on the floor in front of the dinner tables.

Updated 6/19/08

The following is a list of vacancies on Town Committees:

BOARD OF APPEALS – Associate member - ONE (1)
This term is until the May ’09 Election.
This is a newly established Committee. For more information, please contact Geri Holland at .
HOPKINTON CULTURAL COUNCIL – two year terms for up to six consecutive years (maximum)



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Autism (and Hollywood) Go to Washington

Hopkinton Mother pleads for study

by Janet Sheehan
June 19, 2008 — We shouldn’t have to be marching in D.C. again. Nine years ago, in July of 1999, the U.S. Public Health Service called on vaccine manufacturers to go “mercury free” and recommended that pediatricians use only vaccines without the preservative Thimerosal (50% ethyl mercury). Well, there are eleven shots still on the market today with mercury, including 90% of flu vaccines, given to pregnant women and infants starting at age six months. Our own Health Department in the Town of Hopkinton had only a handful of the mercury-free version of the flu shot available to the public this past winter.

The theme of our rally on Capitol Hill last week was “Green Our Vaccines. Too Many, Too Soon”. One of the keynote speakers, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., has a passionate interest in environmental law, and the idea of injecting mercury into babies really caught his attention. We also heard very moving and heartfelt speeches from Jenny McCarthy (her son Evan regressed into autism) and actor Jim Carrey. How interesting to have such famous, funny personalities discuss a topic so serious regarding the health of our children.

Over 8,000 people signed up, around 2,000 made the trip… not easy to do with autism in the house. Our posters represented a whole range of experiences of this disability, from pictures of children who have made complete recoveries, to those “in memory of” a child. The current rate of autism is now 1 in 150 children: children whose care is putting huge financial strains on families, school systems, and whose demands require round-the-clock supervision. We parents are determined not to, as Jenny McCarthy put it, let any other kid “be a member of our club”. Just 25 years ago, the autism rate was 1 in 10,000. READ MORE...

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Town Counsel Again: DPW Authority on Town Manager's Shoulders

Charter could be amended


June 18, 2008 — Despite a Special Act of the Legislature and a Town Meeting vote, both in 2006, Town Counsel Ray Miyares has restated his opinion, in a letter dated yesterday, that the authority over the Department of Public Works rests with the Town Manager. The core of the issue is that the Special Act should have referenced the Charter when it granted authority to the Board it created. It did not, says Attorney Miyares, giving the trump to the Charter, and the authority to the town Manager at this time.

     "It wasn't a matter of power, or who is in charge of whom," said Town Manager Anthony Troiano today. "But what is the best procedure to get things done." However, Chairman of the Board of Public Works, Dan McIntyre wants a different outcome.

      "The intent of Town Meeting vote and the special legislative act was clear," said Mr. McIntyre.

      "They wanted a DPW Board to be responsible for DPW issues. And if what we did in 2007 didn't change the Charter, then we have to change the Charter," he said today.

       In 2007, an Article to disband the Board of Public Works was defeated, according to Attorney Miyares' letter, but that does not address the issue at hand.

       Attorney Miyares concludes in his letter that indeed the Charter may be amended, by legislation or special act, but that the verbiage included in that effort must state that the Charter is being amended.   ~File photos

Almost Made It

June 18, 2008 — This rental vehicle heading south toward Hopkinton on Tuesday afternoon, agreed a worker for Ted's Towing, "almost made it" under the bridge on Cordaville Road in Southborough. The roof, seen here dragging on the ground, peeled off like a sardine can. Ted's removed the extra parts and towed the vehicle away (They went around via Cedar Street Extension).

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Joint Meeting to Appoint Vacant Seat

Selectmen and Planning Board

Sandy Altamura says Evan Ballantyne shouldn't vote

June 17, 2008 — Planning Board member Joe Markey was the lone Democrat this evening joining Hopkinton Republicans on the Planning Board and on the of Board of Selectmen to vote in ZAC member David Auslander for the Planning Board seat vacated by RJ Dourney. Mr. Dourney was elected to the Board of Selectmen in May. Mr. Auslander's appointment will run out next May, and then he will need to run for the remainder of Mr. Dourney's five-year term, which is for one year. And then in May, 2010, the five-year term will be available. Terms are staggered so that not all members are up in one year.

      The members of the joint meeting this evening interviewed four of the five residents who put their names in the hat for the seat (Story below). Applicant Donielle Moss did not appear for the interview.

       The Selectmen and Planning Board members took turns asking candidates questions, as each was brought out of an isolation room, one at a time.

       Some drama was introduced into the meeting when Planning Board member Sandy Altamura suggested that fellow Planning Board member Evan Ballantyne not be allowed to vote. Mr. Ballantyne has missed every meeting since February 11, 2008, and has a nearly 78% absence record for the past 12 months, according to the Planning Department records. Mrs. Altamura has previously called for his resignation because of his low attendance at meetings.

        "I have difficulty with everybody voting on this particular item," said Mrs. Altamura said to Selectmen Chair Brian Herr.

        "Let me be clearer," she said. "I have a problem with Evan Ballantyne, who has not made an appearance, I think, in a year on the planning Board, actually sitting here and voting on a new member; unless he's here to resign, and then we can appoint two members," she said.

        Mr. Herr deferred the matter to Mark Abate, Planning Board Chair.

        "An elected official must either resign or be recalled, according to the charter," Mr. Abate said.

       The Charter does provide a rigorous recall provision for elected officials, but has no threshold for resignation, or for a board to vote an elected official off of it. However, appointed officials are held to a higher standard, and must attend, according to Town Manager Anthony Troiano this evening, 75% or more of the meetings.

         Mr. Auslander's membership on the board, according to Mr. Herr is effective immediately. All officials must be sworn in by Town Clerk Ann Click.

On Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 4:00 p.m., the Friends of the Common will present a concert on the Hopkinton Town Common by children’s entertainer Ed Morgan a.k.a. “The Music Man.” Lots of singing, dancing and fun for babies, toddlers and young children. Please join us. Donations appreciated.

‘Ed Morgan is the main attraction…for lots of children who, along with their parents, just love to sing along with Morgan to traditional children’s songs…” The Melrose Free Press

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Thanks for the Memories


June 17, 2008 — Hopkins fifth grade teacher Susan Green, who retires after 34 of service, displays a memory quilt presented to her by fifth grade students and those in Nili Schnairsohn's class during a Writer's Brunch held last week for parents.  On hand for the festivities were Dr. Jack Phelan, school superintendent, and Assistant Principal Deanna Law , Principal Martha Starr and other friends and well-wishers.

The Hopkinton Lions Club recently granted five scholarships to local graduating high school students. Evaluations were based on student commitment to service, supporting the Lions Club endeavors. Awards were presented to Corinne Ellis, Heather Lynn Shires-Freeman, Kelly Matter and Alexandra Panetta at the Hopkinton High School graduation ceremony. In addition, Hopkinton graduate, Aziz Bouraima received his award at the Keefe Tech commencement.
Congratulations to these five outstanding students.
~ The Lions Club


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