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Holliston, Part of Contested Eighth District Race, Seeking ETA designation


July 16, 2008 — According to a report on Holliston's Monday evening's selectmen's meeting in the online newspaper, Holliston, Selectman Andy Porter and Town Administrator Paul LeBeau will seek to have Holliston designated as an ETA, Economic Target Area. Towns with that designation may grant TIFs, Tax Incentive Financing as incentives for companies to locate or expand in a town.

         In Hopkinton, Lonza, Inc. was granted a TIF for eight years, which starts in the first year with a 90% relief of newly generated taxes in exchange for expanding its business and promising 350 new jobs.

         Republican candidate for the Eighth District Dan Haley (Holding baby) wondered if the state was sending the same message.

        "At the same time as communities are seeking creative ways to lure and retain quality employers, using targeted tax breaks and incentive programs, the legislature is undermining those efforts by instituting a massive, broad-based tax hike on businesses. Just last week the legislature jacked taxes on our employers by a whopping $482 million, as part of an $800 million tax hike. How can we hope to attract new employers to our towns, if the legislature insists on driving them out of our state?" said Dan Haley today.

         Democratic candidate for the Eighth District, Ed Mills, also weighed in on the subject.

        "The job of state representative is fighting for issues in the legislature once town officials have the time to work out these issues on their own. I am confident that Holliston Selectman Andrew Porter and Town Administrator Paul LeBeau will do so and then contact Representative Paul Loscosco to fight on Holliston's behalf about creating economic target areas.  In the meantime, I will keep knocking on the doors of Holliston voters to ask for their vote as their state representative for the election on September 16th and with their support look forward to fighting on their behalf starting in January, 2009  when Mr. Loscosco retires.  I will follow this issue closely to watch our neighbors in Holliston progress with the conversation," wrote Mr. Mills in an email.

        Democratic candidate Carolyn Dykema said, "The numbers confirm that we have tremendous economic potential here in Metrowest. But we can't take full advantage of it until we have the needed infrastructure, including better roads and public transportation. The message I want to take to Beacon Hill is that funding for infrastructure in our towns is one of the smartest economic investments the state can make."

 Goodbye, Robert McGraw


Bob’s picture was taken in 1943, with “his” Boeing Stearman PT-17 “Kaydet” training aircraft.  Training was at Raymond-Richardson Air School that was operational from October 1941 until December 1944.  More than 1000 World War II pilots were trained in basic flight skills.  It is now Douglas (GA) Municipal Airport.


     Following training, Bob was assigned to the 11th (Army) Air Force at Elmendorf Air Base, near Anchorage, Alaska.


     Japanese bombing in the eastern Aleutian Islands, and occupation of Attu and Kiska in early June 1942, incited the 11th AF to launch air offenses on the two islands.  Attu was re-taken in May 1943, and the Japanese withdrew from Kiska in late July.


     The Aleutian Campaign ended with the re-occupation of Kiska on 15 August 1943.  Primarily an air war, it was the only WW II campaign fought on North American soil.  The 11th AF flew 297 missions and dropped 3,662.00 tons of bombs.  One hundred fourteen men were killed in action, 42 were missing in action, and 46 died from accidents.


     Thirty-five aircraft were lost to combat, and another 150 to operational accidents.  It was the highest American combat-to-operational loss ratio of the war.  Weather was the prime culprit.


     The 11th AF accounted for approximately 60 Japanese aircraft, one destroyer, one submarine, and seven transport ships destroyed by air operations.


     Toward the end of the war, the 11th AF flew bombing and reconnaissance missions against Japanese military installations in the northern Kurile Islands from Attu and Shemya Islands.  The first land based bombing mission of WW II against the Japanese home islands was launched from Attu on 10 July 1943.


        ~   Hank Allessio

NOTE: Graphic is part of slideshow of photos collected by veteran Hank Allessio.

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Economic Forecast - Bright or Dim?

Poll Results: DIM!!!


July 16, 2008 — The poll results on the left were after about 14 hours of polling. The total votes of 278 participants is believable for this time of year. Two-thirds of the responders are in the lower levels of confidence in the economy.


Since the poll began this morning, the stock market has "soared," according to some pundits, because the price of a barrel of oil has dropped. That good news was offset by a report of increasing inflation and cutbacks in the automotive industry's workforce.


HopNews will have a poll in the near future following a three month period of good news. 

Step Forward for Special Town Meeting


The process to validate the special town meeting of May 6, 2008 has taken a positive step forward. Our request to the Governor to validate the special town meeting  has been recommended by both Senator Spilka and Representative Loscocco through the submission of House Bill 4888. 


A hearing was held yesterday by the Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.  This legislation was approved  at the committee level and will move on to the House and Senate. I would expect this process to move quickly and anticipate resolution within a few weeks. Town Clerk Anne Click attended the hearing in Boston Yesterday.


Anthony  J. Troiano

Town Manager

Town of Hopkinton

Hopkinton, MA 01748


P: 508-497-9700

F: 508-497-9702

Three-car Pileup at Crosswalk

July 16, 2008 — This car was number 2 in a three-car pileup at the crosswalk at Main and Church Streets today. One passenger was brought to the hospital. Car 1 braked for people in the crosswalk, and so did car 2, but car three slammed into car 2, above, and pushed it into car 1, a Mercedes SUV, which appeared unscathed.

     The crosswalk has been the subject of much scrutiny lately, and has been a heated topic of the discussion page.

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EDC Meeting

Wood Street Residents Again Look to Change Zoning

Want medical office in residential zone

By Jessica Aker
July 16, 2008
The Economic Development Committee (EDC) met last night to discuss the rezoning of Gary Zerbini’s Wood Street property. Mr. Zerbini, and his wife, Cindy (File photo), attended Tuesday’s meeting in order to share their vision of including a small medical office on their current residentially zoned property, which includes their home.

Mr. and Mrs. Zerbini want to build the facility in order to reach out to vulnerable populations, such as the elderly. The idea came about from Mrs. Zerbini’s career in cardiology as well as the will of both Mr. and Mrs. Zerbini to contribute to their community, she said.

“Many of my patients live in Hopkinton, Milford and surrounding areas. It would be more convenient for them, especially for older patients, to reduce the amount of time it would take to travel for the same services” said Mrs. Zerbini.

The office’s purpose is to have a place where doctors and patients can work together to monitor cardiac testing and medical devices associated with cardiac health. Mrs. Zerbini added, “We want to educate people about recognizing their own health issues so that they will be better equipped to deal with them outside our office.” In addition, she added, “the office would promote economic growth and reduce taxes.”

The Zerbinis are no strangers to the process of rezoning. Mr. Zerbini had recently applied for a permit to build additional housing on his Wood Street property, with the intention of renting out the apartment-style accommodations. This request was approved under a special permit. The project has recently taken on a slower pace through an extension of the permit.

“It’s not a good time to build more housing,” said Mr. Zerbini. “The economy is very bad. It reminds me of similar struggles in the 1980s. The taxes could be very large on the apartments.”  READ MORE...

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Charlie's Angels x 2

July 15, 2008 — These girls, incoming freshmen, brightened Bill's Pizza while they awaited a ride tonight.

Said the Spider to the Fly

July 15, 2008 — This dragonfly has up to 60,000 light receptors, which would make it unlikely that it would fall prey to the spider that lurks at the other end of the web on the Lake Maspenock Dam today.

Late Snack

July 15, 2008 — This robin has found a morsel of the insect variety at dusk along the shore of the Hopkinton Reservoir, which he will likely take back to the nest and share.

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Connor Zanini gets ready to uncork a fastball for the Hopkinton Tondorf 12 year old baseball team.  After completing a successful season, the team will be playing in the Milford Tournament this weekend. Photo by Geoff Grady.

Open House at  B'nai Shalom


Congregation B’nai Shalom in Westborough will host an Open House for prospective members on Thursday, August 21st, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  Attendees will receive a tour of the facility, and will meet the Rabbi, staff, and members to learn about the Temple’s many programs and activities. The Reform congregation has more than 400 households from diverse backgrounds who live in some 25 towns in the Boroughs and surrounding area. For more information, click on the Temple’s website at

Hopkinton High School
Honor Roll – Semester 2


High Honors

Grade 9
Linden Abernethy, Emily Blake, Peter Bransfield III, Michelle Cooprider, Christopher Daniels, Wesley Ericksen, Joseph Fujiyoshi, Lila Gilbreath, Rachel Gottlieb, Stephanie Hadley, Elizabeth Kelley, Megan Kelley, Elise LeCrone, Christopher McCain, Brittany O'Loughlin, Sara Ottomano, Kenneth Payson, Karen Podorefsky, Justin Roshak, Mitchell Saeger, Matthew Szczepankiewicz, Allison Toth

Grade 10
Rebecca Albanese, AliceBeecher, Nicole Cooprider, Daniel Cunningham, John Hinkel, Jonathan Ho, Daniel Joseph, Mary Kelly, Meghan Krueger, Samantha Levitre, Kayla Lewkowicz, Anna Lipkin, Valerie Ludorf, Lauren O'Loughlin, Katherine Richardson, Roya Servattalab, Gretchen Sileo, Amy Sung, Micah Ulrich

Grade 11
Sarah Bentley, Brittany Collins, Eric Docknevich, Kayla Farley, Gregory Hadley, Courtney Onofrio, Deanna Payson, Jaclyn Perreault, Brianna Roche

Grade 12
Lauren Blake, Sarah Branz, Rachel Carmody, Nicole Driscoll, Corinne Ellis, Kimberly Foley,
Luke Fraser, Martin Gallagher, Michelle Kaplan, Miguel Londono, Stephanie Murdock,
Colleen Ottomano, Hope Ressler, Sarah Smith, Samantha Spivey, Archana Vamanrao, Jamison Wright


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Caliper Life Sciences Introduces LabChip GX and GXII Microfluidic Instruments to

Address Specific Needs of Proteomic and Genomic Researchers
- New Systems Provide Advanced DNA, RNA, and Protein Separation Capabilities -


July 15, 2008 -- Hopkinton based Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALP) today introduced two microfluidics-based separations products, the LabChip® GX and LabChip GXII benchtop systems, for fast, automated, 1-D electrophoretic separations of protein, DNA, and RNA samples.


The LabChip GX represents a low price entry system targeted at genomics applications, while the GXII combines both genomics and protein research applications.

The LabChip GX series of instruments will be marketed by Caliper and is designed to provide scientists novel benefits including extended walk away time, higher throughput and economical plate processing ability. Caliper also provides solutions to scientists with lower throughput needs through its collaborations with Agilent and Bio-Rad.

Both systems combine Caliper’s highly reproducible assay technology with advanced data analysis and visualization software. With 96-well and 384-well plate compatibility and the ability to select single wells at any location in a plate, the LabChip GX and GXII systems provide researchers with unmatched throughput, flexibility, and performance. Leveraging Caliper’s patented microfluidics technology, users are able to thoroughly analyze samples in seconds instead of minutes, eliminating throughput bottlenecks and improving efficiency. The advanced data management software suite included with each system allows users to visualize results via an electropherogram or virtual gel view. Additionally it provides data in tabular form, which can then be analyzed or easily exported into a spreadsheet format.

“With applications ranging from protein therapeutics research to gene expression analysis to genotyping of transgenic mice, the LabChip GX and GXII represent an integral component of Caliper Life Sciences’ overall strategy of developing products that bridge the in vitro – in vivo translational gap,” said Rick Bunch, Microfluidics Product Manager, Caliper Life Sciences. “The LabChip GX and GXII provide high quality, accurate, and reproducible data that enable researchers to accelerate their discovery efforts, while saving time and money.”

Ashland Police Identify 19 year-old Victim —

Charge 19 year-old Survivor of Fatal Wreck with OUI, Racing, and More...

Counselors available at Ashland High


July 15, 2008 — On Monday July 14, 2008 at approximately 9:10 PM, Officers from the Ashland Police Department responded to and investigated a fatal motor vehicle accident at 93 Eliot Street Ashland MA. Officers from the Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction Team are assisting with the investigation which is not yet complete.


 John Curtain 19 of 13 Meetinghouse was fatally injured when his 1995 Lexus LS400 crossed the center line and struck a utility pole on the wrong side of the road.


In connection with the accident investigation, Robert James Supple 19 of 5 Empire Circle Ashland, MA was operating a 1999 Pontiac Grand AM was arrested after being treated for minor injuries at MetroWest Framingham Hospital and charged with the following violations:


  1. OUI Liquor                               90         24

  2. Racing Motor Vehicle               90         24

  3. Reckless operation                  90         24

  4. Speeding                                90         18

  5. Marked Lanes Violation            89        4A

Counselors will be available at the Ashland High School all day on Wednesday for students that may use this service.

  State/County Crime

Lowell Police Officer Arraigned On Extortion, Gambling Charges


            WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today that a Lowell Police officer has been arraigned on extortion and gambling charges.


            David Annis, 33, was arraigned this morning in Woburn Superior Court on charges of Extortion, Keeping a Place for Registering Bets or Dealing in Pool, Unauthorized Access to a Computer System, and Unlawfully Obtaining Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI).  Middlesex Superior Court Clerk Magistrate Michael Sullivan ordered Annis released on personal recognizance with the condition that he report to probation and surrender all firearms.


            Annis’ next court date is August 13 at 9 a.m. for a pre-trial hearing.


            Based on a cooperative investigation by Lowell Police and State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s PACT Unit, it is alleged that Annis began gambling in August 2007 on sporting events utilizing a website run by a Westford bookmaker. He built up gambling debts in the thousands of dollars.


            Ultimately, Annis built a debt of $5000, which was the maximum debt he was allowed to incur by the bookmaker. In September 2007, the bookmaker arranged to meet Annis so that he could collect the money owed. During that exchange, it is alleged that Annis showed the bookmaker his badge and indicated that he may be investigating gambling cases. Annis is alleged to have indicated to the bookmaker that wouldn't be arrested and that "things could go smoothly for him." Annis then never paid the bookmaker his debt and warned him not to blow his cover. Annis is also alleged to have shown the bookmaker CORI records of the bookmaker and others during this conversation.


            During the investigation, Annis gave admissions that he was not doing an official investigation into gaming crimes.


            These charges are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


            The case is being prosecuted by John Verner, Chief of the Middlesex District Attorney’s PACT Unit. 

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Robert F. McGraw, 88, died at home Friday July 11, 2008.  His wife, Margaret (Cox) McGraw, died in January 2000.

Born in Boston, he was a graduate of Worcester State College and earned a Masters Degree in history from Harvard University.  He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the 101st Artillery during WWII.  He enjoyed a long teaching career at Worcester State College, retiring in 1991.  He was a member of the Hopkinton Historical Society and many local art associations.  He was a prominent and renowned artist, painting many Hopkinton landscapes and landmarks. Arrangements complete.

The Hugging Saint

July 14, 2008 — Mata Amritanandamayi, or Amma (Mother), arrow, and some members of her ashram enjoy sitting in the lotus position, while sharing waffles and tea, on the shore of the southern end of Lake Whitehall. The group will be at the Best western in Marlborough tomorrow, Tuesday, April 15 for a program consisting of meditation, music and blessings.

      Amma, according to her followers, is known as the Hugging Saint, and is said to have hugged 27 million people from all over the world. One member of the group, far right corner, said  today that Amma is the most revered role model for woman in India.

Once was Lost, But Now is Found

Cockatiel reunited with family

July 14, 2008 — Thirteen year-old Jonathan Sheehan tries to refresh his lost, but now found, cockatiel's memory of the theme song to the Andy Griffith Show. The bird disappeared around six weeks ago, and was first reported missing on HopNews.


        A regional paper picked up the story, as did a Boston television station, but the Sheehan family did not have a video of the avian alto, and the story ended — until today!

       A piece in the Police Log today caught the attention of HopNews:

       1:53 pm A caller from Pond Street reported that a cockatiel has been in her yard for three days.  The Animal Control Officer was notified.

        The Sheehan family got a call from HopNews, and in turn called the police, who hooked them up with Karen and David Adelman of Pond Street. The Adelmans hosted the bird for days, but feared for its safety among the cats that they own, so they lured it into a cage with some food — it had been eating out of their hands — and shut the door.

         Janet Sheehan took three of her children with her to the Adelman's Pond Street home today, and after spending about a half hour, determined that the young male bird was indeed theirs, and that after a six-week hiatus, would have grown and matured into what he is today.

          They brought the bird home and promised to give HopNews a call when he relearns his signature song.       

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Town-owned Fruit Street

July 14, 2008 — On Sunday afternoon, aside from photography, the only activities that were taking place on the hundreds of acres of town-owned land on Fruit Street, were only the ones that are prohibited.

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Today, July 14, 2008



9:09 pm A caller reported a bonfire on top of the Lake Maspenock dam with a gathering of about 10-12 people...


8:04 pm A 911 caller reported that a motor vehicle, occupied by a male in his late 30's, drove past her multiple times while she was jogging on Wedgewood Drive...


5:40 pm A caller reported that a maroon Chevy pickup truck hit a mailbox on West Main Street and then left the area heading towards Upton...


4:46 pm A caller reported a past breaking and entering with larceny to the Carrigan Park dog house...


Authorities Conducting Everett Homicide Investigation

Seek Public's assistance


EVERETTEverett Police and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office are conducting a homicide investigation into a stabbing death that occurred in Everett, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone and Everett Police Chief Steve Mazzie announced today.


According to authorities, at approximately 9:30 p.m. last night, Everett Police responded to a well-being check requested by the victim's family at 20 Lewis Street.  When officers arrived, they found the victim suffering from obvious multiple stab wounds.


The victim, Phillip Capone, 48, of Everett, was pronounced dead at the scene.


Everett Police and State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office are conducting an investigation into the circumstances of the stabbing.  


 Any member of the public who believes they have information that may be helpful to the investigation are asked to contact State Police at 781-897-6600 or Everett Police at 617-394-2356

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Thank You, HGC

July 14, 2007 — This wasp certainly enjoys the supply of flowers the Hopkinton Garden Club has placed in planters up and down Main Street.

HOPKINTON - Robert F. McGraw died unexpectedly Friday, July 11, 2008 at home.  Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church St., are incomplete at this time.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for,  July 14, 2008






64 Teresa Road Sean S. Kimball & Jennifer A. Kimball $485,000 Jul. 11, 2008 Jeffrey M. Schiffman & Teresa Cathers Schiffman
18 Elizabeth Road Namdar Bahri $100,000 Jul. 10, 2008 Rita Giroux, Trustee of B & K Realty
6 John Matthew Road Nariman Bahriesfahani $945,000 Jul. 10, 2008 Richard Giroux & Rita Giroux
17 Elm Street Richard T. Scherer & Melissa Henderson Scherer $569,000 Jul. 07, 2008 Kathleen Kraft
Previous update:        
10 Cedar Street Perryman Realty LLC $410,000 Jul. 02, 2008 Joseph A. Girard
65 Oakhurst Road Linda A. Moraski $585,000 Jul. 01, 2008 Lisa J. Marino
15 Gibbon Road Alejandro Moreno & Elizabeth Trainor Moreno $735,000 Jun. 30, 2008 Gary L. Champion & Nancy C. Champion

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Hopkinton Resident Attains Eagle Scout Rank

July 14, 2008 — Nicholas Cholakis (pictured right, with scoutmaster Andre Griben) of Hopkinton attained the rank of Eagle Scout upon successfully completing his Eagle Scout Board of Review on July 10, 2008. 

     Nick has been a scout for 13 years and would like to thank all his fellow members of Troop 4, the Town of Hopkinton Conservation Committee and Trail Club, and especially Mr. Andre Griben, Mr. Gorsky, and Mr. Nigro for their support.

Nick is a 2008 honors graduate of the Darrow School, where he was a Resident Assistant, Member of the Core Leadership Team, and member of the Varsity Baseball and Cross County Teams, and will be attending Holy Cross in the fall. Contributed content.

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Concerts on the Common

July 13, 2008 — The newest member of the Cocobanana Band, Florencia Gonzalez, proved her worth on the common on Sunday. Video is below.

Cocobanana Band Plays Hopkinton Common

It is NOT David Hasselhoff singing


July 13, 2008 — Above, the Cocobanana Band plays at the Concerts on the common series presented by Hopkinton Parks and Recreation Department. And although Michele gates did not run for office and left her seat on the Commission open, she agreed to stay on and manage the concerts.

Windy Seas

July 13, 2008 — Wind-whipped Lake Whitehall embraced all sorts of recreation on Sunday, including fishermen and wind-surfers.

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Good try

July 13, 2008 — Liam Keohane, 4, reaches on his tiptoes while playing catch with his Dad during the Concerts on the Common on Sunday.

Little Pond

July 13, 2008 — This heron appears to be letting a fish travel through its gullet while it enjoys the scenery at the southern end of Lake Whitehall that the natives call Little Pond on Sunday afternoon.

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