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First Day is a Charm for Water Wells

September 1, 2008 — Water gushed out of two temporary mains today on the first day of test pumping at the Alprilla Farms well that Boulder Capital is testing for their Legacy Farms project in East Hopkinton on town-owned land.

      One worker at the scene explained that when the glacier retreated from this site, it left overburden, a mix of gravel and sand at a saturation necessary for public water consumption. The two temporary wells, 35' and 45' deep respectively, are putting out a total of 220 Gallons per minute, more than enough, said another worker, to meet the 120,000 per day goal for Legacy's use.

      The testing is slated for 15 days to determine the viability of the well and meet requirements of a future Environmental Impact Report.     

Fundraiser for Carolyn Dykema for State Representative


Sunday, September 7th


7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


at Casey's Crossing


81 Railroad Street, Holliston


Stop by and meet Carolyn and tell her what's on your mind.


Please join us for a fundraiser to support Carolyn Dykema's campaign for State Representative. We believe that Carolyn is a smart, hardworking, independent thinker who will bring new focus and full-time energy to the issues of our communities.


Sponsored by Carol Scott Dooling, Beth Greely and Bill Mayer


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Watch Out for Bicyclists

Share the Road


September 3, 2008 — Community Policing Officer Stephen Buckley of the Hopkinton Police Department said today, "With more people using their bikes to get to work and to travel around town, we'd like to get the rules of the road out there to prevent tragedies." Officer Buckley offered a couple of websites to assist in the educational process, and to use as a reference: Pedestrian and Bike Safety , and  .

      Officer Buckley is a Community Policing Officer, who not only works a steady patrol, but also special situations such as helmet diligence and bicycle safety.

      "It is a combination of patrol and community policing," he said. "It is making people feel safe in their community."


Same Road - Same Rules


       Officer Buckley emphasized that bicycles share the road and are bound by the same rules as a motor vehicle, such as stopping for a light, and must abide by the law.

       "We recommend that everyone wear a helmet, and it is the law that everyone under 16 must wear one," he said. But he said when it comes to bicycling, the burden is also on motorists.

       "There is a $35 fine for failing to slow for a bicyclist," Officer Buckley said.

       "Motorists must anticipate what a bicyclist might be doing, because a lot of bicyclists aren't familiar with the rules of the road, because of youth, inexperience, or not being educated in the safety laws.




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 Senior Center Stuff


ZUMBA and More for the Seniors

Photo L to R:  Ernie Paolini, Ronnie Bilodeau, Ellie Ulrich, Della Miles, Ruth Ziglear, Vish Gosk, Marge Waters, Joyce Plucker, Jean Bertschmann and Phyllis Proia. 


by Nancy L. Drawe (Punky)


September 2, 2008 — ALOHA!   If you were at the Senior Center last Wednesday, you would have felt like you had just stepped onto one of the Hawaiian Islands!   Joyce Plucker said she wanted to add some fun to the end of the summer and include something “colorful,” so she came up with the idea for a Hawaiian Dress Up Day.   As you can see by the picture, quite a few people participated in this day of good cheer.   Whether you wore a muumuu, a colorful lei or some pretty flowers in your hair, you were part of this dress up festivity!   I think Joyce should suggest more ideas like this for the coming months!  


Happy Birthday to Youuuuu!!  Don’t forget, if your birthday is in September, the date for this month’s free birthday lunch is Thursday, September 11.   Chicken Stir Fry is on the menu for that day, and as usual, there will be a celebration birthday cake for all!  Make sure you call ahead to make a reservation so there will be a special “Birthday Lunch Ticket” waiting for you. 


There are quite a few types of exercise classes that are held weekly at the center such as regular Exercise on Mondays at 9:30 am, Chi Gong, also on Mondays at 10:30 am, Yoga for Seniors on Tuesdays at 11 am, Chair Volleyball on Thursdays at 10:45 am and Tai Chi, which will be starting up again on Thursday, September 11 at 9:30 am for an 8 week session.  There’s also Mall Walking at 8:30 every Tuesday morning at the Solomon Pond Mall—transportation is provided, and water aerobics starting in October.     Now, besides all these choices to stay fit and keep a general feeling of well being, the Senior Center will be offering something NEW AND EXCITING!     ZUMBA!    Zumba is a form of exercise using Latin music and dance moves; it’s like “exercise in disguise.” I had never heard of Zumba before, so I checked it out online and it looks awesome!   You can see for yourself at    Zumba classes will be offered starting Wednesday, September 10 at 11 am, so make sure you call to sign up.   I think this is definitely going to be a fun class for you and one that I’ll be writing more about in the future. READ MORE...

Troop 1 Eagle Scout To Assist Serenity House

Needs 2,000 bricks

September 2, 2008 — Edward Beauregard of Troop 1 in Hopkinton, who says, "I am beginning the end of my Boy Scout journey," is planning his Eagle Scout project to benefit the Serenity House, a long-term treatment center for women with substance abuse problems.

       Ed has planned a pathway to "a patio with a beautiful garden and some benches surrounding it with a bird bath in the middle." Ed wants to help the women create a drug-free life for themselves.

       The main purpose of the project, Ed says, is to give the female clients a place to relax and reflect on their lives. He also has a promise from the residents that they will maintain it themselves after it is complete.

       For those who would like to help Edward Beauregard build a lasting and peaceful space for people he doesn't even know, please email  or phone 508-983-4994. Money and bricks top the list of needs       

Troop 4 Makes the Summit

September 2, 2008 —  As a way to say thank you to our older scouts who've really stepped up their involvement to make our troop great, some adult leaders from the troop this past weekend escorted them on a climb of Mt. Washington, NH. The group of 18 (9 adults/9scouts) went up through Tuckerman's Ravine, up over the headwall, and summited on Sunday, August 31, 2008, climbing through cold fog, mist, and high winds to reach their destination. 


"The boys have stayed committed to their physical fitness and readiness as scouts, and we wanted to reward them with a real New England high adventure experience, always available at Mt. Washington" - Tom Dawson, Asst. Scoutmaster/Guide. 


"I am very impressed with the boys' fortitude.  Boyscout high adventure trips are possible and extremely rewarding.  I think we've all grown a little stronger from this trip" - Bob Barnes, Trip Coordinator/Guide.


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Democratic Primary Candidate Ed Mills Endorsed

by Worcester Sheriff Guy W. Glodis



Holliston -- September 2, 2008 — Ed Mills, a Democratic candidate for state representative in the Eighth Middlesex District, received the endorsement of Worcester Sheriff Guy W. Glodis. "Ed Mills will be a prolific advocate for public safety," Glodis said.


Ed is the son of a Boston police officer. During Ed’s early career, he served as a corrections officer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts after completing training classes at the Massachusetts State Police Academy. Afterwards, Ed’s family founded a private fingerprinting company. Ed Mills is considered an FBI credentialed fingerprinter.


Ed Mills will fight for the resources for each town’s police department to keep the towns safe and clean. In particular, he will find creative strategies to fund the staffs’ necessary long-term training needs for community policing and homeland security.

State Police Make 3,399 OUI Arrests in 2008 To Date

75 arrests across state on Labor Day weekend alone


September 2, 2008 — From Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1, Massachusetts State Police made a total of 75 OUI arrests across the state. That number includes 20 arrests made at sobriety checkpoints in Suffolk and Hampden counties. The remaining 55 arrests were made by troopers in every region of the state.


Over the last eight days, Aug. 25-Sept. 1 (the usual Monday-Sunday week that we measure, plus Labor Day), State Police made a total of 113 OUI arrests across the state.


As of yesterday, State Police have made 3,399 OUI arrests in 2008, which represents an approximate 3 percent increase over the same period in 2007.

Roslindale Man Arraigned In Connection Somerville Homicide


SOMERVILLE –September 2, 2008 — Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone and Somerville Police Chief Anthony Holloway announced today that a Roslindale man has been arraigned in connection with the shooting death of Keith McCoy, 28, of Somerville, last evening.


Marcus Amos, 20, of Roslindale, was arrested in Boston this morning. He was charged with murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, carrying a firearm without a license, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building. At his arraignment at Somerville District Court, he was ordered held without bail by Judge Neil Walker with a dangerousness hearing to be held on Friday.


According to authorities, at approximately 10:02 p.m. on September 1, Somerville Police responded to 20 Memorial Road for reports of shots fired. Upon arrival, police discovered McCoy, who was unresponsive and suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.


CPR was administered to the victim and he was then transported to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was pronounced dead at approximately 10:55 p.m.


Somerville Police and State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office conducted an investigation into the circumstances of the shooting. Based on that investigation, it was alleged that Amos shot McCoy multiple times and an arrest warrant was taken out against Amos on the murder charges.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for,  September 1, 2008






18 Highcroft Way unit 18 Anuranjan K. Kalia & Lovleena A. Kalia $357,000 Sep. 02, 2008 Laurie S. Weisberg
3 Walcott Valley Drive Jamie L. Yegenoglu & Kayhan F. Yegenoglu $205,000 Aug. 29, 2008 Wang Li & Shi Shu Zhang
4 Daniel Road Sean F. O'Connor & Ann N. O'Connor $612,000 Aug. 29, 2008 Gmac Global Relocation Services LLC
4 Daniel Road Gmac Global Relocation Services LLC $612,000 Aug. 29, 2008 Christopher M. Moxham & Laura J. Moxham
10 Rice Street Brian K. Gassett & Brian W. Cheever Trustees of Summit Realty Trust $162,500 Aug. 29, 2008 Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas
18 Apple Tree Hill unit 18 Emily J. Sullivan $220.000 Aug. 29, 2008 Marianne Birtwell
9 Donna Pass Kursten David Vonhausen & Amy Vonhausen $585,000 Aug. 28, 2008 Andrew F. Leonard & Andrea C. Leonard
12 Lincoln Street Robert J. Tekach, Jr. $320,125 Aug. 27, 2008 Carolyn J. Casasanta & Rino Casasanta
11 Holt Avenue Thomas P. Sloan & Mary Ellen McMahon $690,000 Aug. 27, 2008 Barry E. Camille
61 Elm Street & 4 High Street Coco Bella LLC $254,000 Aug. 26, 2008 Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. TR
31 Huckleberry Road Matthew Pantera & Candice Pantera $642,500 Aug. 25, 2008 Kurt J. Vanwagenen Roxanna L. Vanwagenen
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103 Hayden Rowe Street Tracey Cadima & Jason Cadima $330,000 Aug. 25, 2008 Paul D. Sheahan & Lydia M. Sheahan
1 Connelly Hill Road Kendra D. Dougherty & Kennety A. Dougherty $950,000 Aug. 21, 2008 H. Clinton Vaughn
12 Pond Street Bruce W. Elliott & Cindy S. Elliott $567,000 Aug. 21, 2008 Parviz Alasti & Janet Woodman
41 Smith Road Michael W. Lydon & Anna D. Lydon $916,000 Aug. 21, 2008 Massachusetts Residential Nominee Service LLC
41 Smith Road Massachusetts Residential Nominee Service LLC $916,000 Aug. 21, 2008 Paul K. Horan & Sue Ellen Slezak
39 Lakeshore Drive Kenneth P. Viera & Stephanie R. Viera $270,000 Aug. 20, 2008 Patricia A. Mangiacotti & Matthew B. Prucher
252 West Main Street Gabriel P. Rocos & Melissa L. Rocos $295,900 Aug. 20, 2008 Theresa A. Prince & Fred M. Prince
23 Walcott Valley Drive unit 24 Rebecca A. Gladu $125,000 Aug. 19, 2008 Evelyn P. Swezey





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Police News UP-TO-DATE  <---Click

September 1, 2008


5:00 pm Officer William Burchard checked a Priscilla Road residence after a neighbor reported a man with a mask...


4:57 pm Officer William Burchard reported on a threat by one motorist to mace the other...


1:55 pm Sgt. Charles Wallace and Officer Patrick O'Brien removed a firearm from an Elm Street residence...


8:32 pm Two callers reported possible semi-automatic gunfire on Wood Street...


3:00 pm Detective Scott Van Raalten investigated a Breaking and Entering with Larceny...

Photo, two-car accident this evening on South Street.

Blowin' in the wind

September 1, 2008 — Above, the plant on the left has given up a seedling to the wind, right, as others wait in line for their imminent turn.

Turtle Island

September 1, 2008 — The mother of all turtles takes the front row seat at the former Busconi Farm on Clinton Street today, while at least a half dozen others join it.

Car Wash Raises Over $1,000

September 1, 2008 — Girls' Soccer held a car wash today at the Administration Building and raised over $1,000, which was more than they anticipated, according to Julie Flynn, Varsity Coach. They appreciate the generosity from the community.

Last Weekend, Last Year

September 1, 2008 — These friends fishing at Blood's Pond today, from left, Pip Phillips, Phil Powers Jr., and Ben Aitken enjoy the last weekend before school begins, which will be their last year of high school.

Fatal Crash on Route 95 North in Attleboro

Driver not wearing seat belt


UPDATE  September 2, 2008 — On Sunday, September 1, 2008 at approximately 6:00 p.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Foxboro responded to a single-vehicle roll-over crash on Route 95 North in Attleboro that resulted in one fatality. 

Preliminary investigation by Trooper William Langmead indicates that 37 year-old James E. Lockhart of Pawtucket, Rhode Island was operating a 2000 Ford Explorer SUV at a high rate of speed on Route 95 North in the area of Route 1A in Attleboro when he lost control of the Ford, rolling over across several lanes of Route 95 North and coming to a final rest in the median.  Lockhart was ejected from the vehicle and suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash.  He was transported to Rhode Island Hospital by ambulance and was later pronounced deceased.  Lockhart was not wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash. 


Speed and safety belts were a factor in this crash; however this crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. The Attleboro Fire Department & EMS and MassHighways assisted troopers at the scene. 

HopNews Roundtable with the Candidates for 8th Middlesex District...


 ...Rerun on HCAM- TV...

Tuesday, September 2 at 1:00pm, 8:00pm, and the following morning at 3:00am

Monday, September 8 at 9:30am, 8:30pm, and the following morning at 3:00am

Thursday, September 11 at 1pm, 8:30pm, and the following morning at 3:30am

Sunday, September 14 at 8:30am, 4:30pm, and the following morning at 1:00am

Please mark your calendars


On Thursday, August 28, 2008, candidates for the Eighth Middlesex District, Democrat Carolyn Dykema of Holliston and Democrat Ed Mills of Hopkinton met for a roundtable discussion at HCAM-TV that was sponsored by HopNews. The two will be facing off at the September 16 Democratic primary. The winner of that contest will face Holliston resident, Republican Dan Haley, in the general election, and in a roundtable event at HCAM sponsored by HopNews. Date and time are TBA.


In the event last week, candidates answered questions submitted by HopNews readers that they were given in advance, giving them a chance to review issues that were important to their constituents and give positions that set them apart from each other. Moderator David Hamacher, a former HopNews School Committee reporter, and former Elementary School building Committee Chairman, asked follow up questions of each candidate to dig a little more deeply, and had some of his own.




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In the Spotlight

August 31, 2008 — The painted turtle above has found a sliver of light from the setting sun at the southern end of Lake Whitehall today, and stretches his neck toward it.

May I Have This Dance?

August 31, 2008 — At the last concert on the Common a week ago, Ellie Ularich appears to be dancing with a young football player, who was there to sell coupon tickets. But he was just passing by on the walk.

Weed Control

August 31, 2008 — DCR (Department of Conservation and Recreation) employee Daniel Reich checks for invasive plants and weeds on the trailer and bottom of the boat exitting lake Whitehall on Sunday.

Duckett/Sheward Wedding:

Maid of honor Susan Egelhoff, the bride and groom, Echo and Brendan Duckett, parents of the groom, Sarah and Frank Duckett and Mark Duckett, brother of the groom. The wedding was held Sunday evening 8/31 at the Martha Mary Chapel followed by the reception at Wayside Inn, Sudbury, MA. Photo by Len Holden.

Senior Newsletter for September Now Online

The Senior Newsletter for September, The Hilltopper, is now online. The link to it is always on top of HopNews. In addition, please check the HopNews Community Calendar to see what is scheduled for the community during the month of September, as well as the rest of the year, or to see if an event has been rescheduled.


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Sunday in Hopkinton

August 31, 2008 — The koi (carp) above appears to surfacing like a submarine in the shallow end of the water feature at Weston Nurseries. The Nursery also features a traveling tea room until 5:00 pm today. Or if coffee and another thousand food items are a reader's choice, Colella's Supermarket will be open until 6:00 pm today. Stock up today, because Colella's will be closed tomorrow, Labor Day.

Hopkinton Artists Guild

Featuring Gael Eckberg Painter

Thursday, September 11, 2008

98 Hayden Rowe St, Hopkinton

for visual artists and lovers of the arts


The Hopkinton Artists Guild promotes the interests of local visual artists by providing an educational, skill development, and social setting for its members through regular meetings at private homes, as well as at the CAA facilities. Its objective is to provide a high-quality art forum where members can share their interest in the visual arts in a comprehensive way so they can grow as individual contributors.


The Hopkinton Artists Guild will meet at the CAA Farmhouse at 98 Hayden Rowe St, Hopkinton. For further information please contact the CAA office at 508-435-9222 or e-mail



     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, August 29, to Saturday, August 30, 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.

A Part of Hopkinton


August 30, 2008 — "Over the last few months, [Town Manager] Tony Troiano really helped us get through some of the red tape," said Community Preservation Committee member Jeff Furber.

     Mr. Furber said that about twelve neighbors were at the installation ceremony, as well as two Selectmen, Vice-Chair Mary Pratt and Michael Shepard, who are also Woodville residents.

      The sign proves once and for all, and flying in the face of local humor, that Woodville is indeed a part of Hopkinton. Photo by Jeff Furber

Plans Unfold for 2008-2009 School Year

By Jessica Aker

August 29, 2008 — The Hopkinton School Committee (HSC) met for its last summer working session this past Thursday evening. The HSC focused on fiscal management and School Committee policies for fiscal year 2009 (FY09) in order to ensure a productive school year for children in Hopkinton schools.


The HSC mainly reviewed the budget for FY08 as a model for FY09. Each member of Committee wanted to talk about the budget not only to see how funds were used last year, but they also wished to make improvements in the budget for future years. The HSC realized that various funds were shifted in order to offset the balance for FY08. For example, $50,000 was transferred from facilities use to compensate the FY08 budget. The federal government also provided a boost to the budget by administering a variety of grants. HSC members recognized that the needs for materials, resources and staffing is different for every school, so they addressed funding in a few segments. For example, Elmwood Elementary School had needed some extra funds during the year. $257,000 was received for the school's design at a special town meeting. The Hopkinton Middle School had some leftover funds, most likely from a past proposed project to enhance its sound system.

Nancy Burdick, the chair of the HSC added, "The 6th graders earn a little money for the school with the magazine drive."


The Hopkinton High School received a gift of $103,500 for the bleacher project. There are also some funds that will roll over from the last school year that will help offset the FY08 balance. All of the HSC members agreed they needed to tighten spending for next year. However, they did not come to a consensus regarding how much
money should be saved or trimmed from the budget.


Vice-Chair Phil Totino said, "It seems like we have money left over year after year. We don't need extra."

School Committee member Dave Stoldt pointed out, "We only have a few places to spend extra money, like on copy machines. Copies are extremely expensive for the whole year."

The HSC decided that expenses such as these should be added to the annual budget. Their rational is that spending habits will improve, and requests for special budgets will be easier to obtain. Some money would also be reserved for emergency funds. HSC members voted to add a Teaching Assistant for a new student. The HSC realized the importance of adding an additional educator to help students with special needs, especially because six teaching assistants had recently left the school system.

School Committee member Rebecca Robak reported on the Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC). This newly formed group will meet again in early September to work out some key future plans. Robak explained that the next step for the group is to appoint an Operations Manager. The Operations Manager will be in charge of continuing the ESBC's work,
including a feasibility project for the building.


The ESBC will need to obtain some kind of legal counsel for their future plans. "It was suggested that the ESBC use Town Counsel," said Ms. Robak. "But the process on how to access funds from the council might be complicated. We are going to need legal representatives down the road so that we are prepared for arguments over what gets done when the project moves

Richard de Mont, School Committee member suggested, "We might be in a conflict of interest if we use Town Counsel. The ESBC might be challenged about the motivations behind certain decisions."

The next meeting of the Hopkinton School Committee is scheduled for Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 7:30 P.M.

File photo.




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There It Is... Gone!

August 30, 2008 — The wrecking claw took the former Puppy Patch down today, as it did earlier for the former Sticky Wicket (Panda King, Gibson Grille), in the inset. The cement wall is the back ot the former restaurant. The buildings are coming down, according to project partner Chuck Joseph, to expose the site's expanse for prospective tenants. The project plan is for 150,000 square feet of retail/commercial/office space.

        Final approval of the project has been held up by an appeal by abutters over an old cross parking agreement that the developers have attempted to incorporate into the new 5-lot parcel. The abutters disagreed, saying that the agreement was only for the original parcel, and not the newly expanded parcel. They claimed that traffic from the development could endanger their patients.

        The status of that appeal is not known at this time.

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Back in Business

August 30, 2008 — A call from a citizen to the police led to a call to the fire department, which led to a call to the Director of Municipal Inspections. A large, rotted beam became dislodged from near the roof of the building above, on Main Street. It was taken down, and the building was ordered closed to the public and circled with yellow police tape until a contractor could arrive and attest to its safety. That was done and they are back in business.

Who would you vote for?

On a banner day for Democrats, the first African-American Presidential candidate of a major party, Barack Obama, gave his acceptance speech on the 45th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s I have a dream speech.


Locally, Democratic candidates for the 8th Middlesex District, Carolyn Dykema of Holliston and Ed Mills of Hopkinton, met at the HCAM-TV cable studio for a roundtable\ble discussion sponsored by HopNews to give the voters some choices to ponder. It was the second meeting between the two. Please vote (Once) ------->

Poll Removed Due to Tampering

It is an unfortunate fact of life that some people cannot play fair and square. And we certainly are not pointing the finger at either candidate.

Someone with an undeveloped sense of integrity, or a lack thereof, voted multiple, upon multiple, times in the poll that stood in this place a short while ago.

So, rather than let something untrue stand on these pages, the poll has come down.


Roundtable for Democratic Primary Candidates for 8th Middlesex District

Above, Moderator David Hamacher, candidate Carolyn Dykema and candidate Ed Mills.

August 28, 2008 — Sponsored by HopNews, Democratic candidates for the 8th Middlesex District State Representative seat being vacated by Paul Loscocco met on Thursday evening in the HCAM-TV studio for a roundtable discussion that lasted for 90 minutes. The show went to a planned PSA (Public service Announcement) about 50 minutes into the dialogue so the candidates could decide whether to continue to 90 minutes, or to return from break, do final statements, and stop at 60 minutes. They opted for 90 minutes after a brief discussion.

      HCAM-TV will rerun the program in its entirety, day and time TBA, and copies will be distributed to each town in the district.

Hooray for Books is hosting an Open House on Wednesday, Sept. 10th from 10-2:00 at 89 Hayden Rowe in Hopkinton across from the Hop HS/tennis courts. Our enrichment classes (for 1-10 year olds) teach children to read with a side of cooking and a cup of humor. We are celebrating 8 years in business. Stop in with or without children to see our whimsical classroom, view some lessons/cooking activities, register for a class, meet the staff, and see what the HFB reading advantage is all about. Fall sessions begin Sept. 15th! Check out

Midnight Rider

August 29, 2008 — Hopkinton Patrolman John Moran exits his cruiser to speak with an operator about a violation he observed, keeping the streets safe at night.

On the Move

August 28, 2008 — The boys took their soccer practice seriously last Monday. Photo by Ben Lewis.

Car Break


August 27, 2008 — Park Ranger Deeana Collins speaks with an Ashland Police Officer and an Environmental Police Officer (In vehicle) at Hopkinton State Park last weekend regarding a vehicle break there (Reported in Police News).

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Input and Infiltration

August 28, 2008 — Savin Engineers collect samples from sewers at Wednesday to determine where rain water may be infiltrating the sewer mains as part of a contract funded by Town Meeting. Officer Gregg DeBoer keeps everyone safe.




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The Little Train That Does

Above, the garden train behind Weston Nurseries makes its rounds. Below left, some koi at Weston Nurseries' water feature don't mind their fins above the water in shallow depths. Center, a water lily at the water feature. Right, Anna Kate Colvin feels at home feeding the goats at Weston Nurseries. She has three of her own.

Reminder: Weston Nurseries hosts a Farmers' Market on Fridays, starting at noon.

Rollin' on the River

August 27, 2008 — Three sailors recently enjoyed moseying along the banks of Lake Maspenock in a very comfortable Aqua Patio. The blue and white sticker on the rear of the vessel says, "I Fish, therefore I Lie."


Women's Club Sneaker Drive


The Hopkinton Women's Club is sponsoring a new sneaker drive for Hopkinton Middle and High School students in need,  to benefit Project Just Because. While all new sneaker donations are greatly appreciated, there is a particular need for larger sizes; women's 7,8,9,10 and men's 8,9,10,11 and 12.


Not sure of the size? A gift certificate is also a great donation. The donations can be dropped off at Jackie & Company, 12 Wood Street, Hopkinton, from August 1st through September 20th.


Please help us ensure that all Hopkinton students can start the new school year on a "positive foot."

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Senior Center Stuff

Bring a Friend Day

Second annual event a huge success

Photo, Mitchell Gimblett, grandson of Della Miles, shows off his new Patriots Logo painted by Phyllis Proia


by Nancy L. Drawe (Punky)


August 27, 2008 —  “You’ve Got A Friend 2” was the theme of last Thursday’s Second Annual Bring a Friend Day at the Hopkinton Senior Center.   Since last year's event was such a huge success, the seniors were once again invited to bring their “little friends” to the center for another fun afternoon.  The friends could be grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors, etc.  It was amazing to see the vast array of age groups that arrived—from toddlers all the way up to 17 years old, most of them being grandchildren.  It was cute watching everyone give their grandchildren tours of the place; they all got to see where Grandma and Grandpa come for their own fun time!  One of the nice things was to meet some of the grandchildren that we hear about so often, and to see the “returns” who came for the first time last year.


All kinds of activities were planned for the day, including games, prizes, singing, stories and a wonderful barbecue lunch that was free for the kids.  There were games set up in different sections of the “Big Room,” each event being just as popular as the next.  The kids had fun playing Beanie Baby Toss, Pin the Tail on Shrek’s Donkey and entering the Hula Hoop Contest.  One of the favorite areas was the Face-Painting table.  Phyllis Proia, who works at the center through Project Able, was the artist for the day.  Her two most requested designs were the Patriots logo and a spider. 


Betty Wyckoff volunteered her time for this fun filled day with songs and games including a parade around the center, musical chairs, hokey pokey—which the adults really got into!   Charles Prairie entertained the young and old with his amazing card tricks, even showing his secrets to some of the kids. 


Chair Volleyball was a huge hit; the kids who were there last year were very excited to see the volleyball net set up in the corner.  The newer kids had no idea what to expect, but it didn’t take them long to catch on.   The beach ball was flying all over the place, but the kids knew exactly what to do — the most important thing to remember was to “stay on your chair!”  I was wishing I had a video camera because they were so funny!   READ MORE...

2009 Spring Season
Baseball & Softball Little League Tryouts
Friday September 12th - Carrigan Park
5:30 - 7:00   10U Softball
7:00 - 8:30   12U Softball

Saturday September 13th - EMC Park
9:00 - 11:00  8s and 9s Baseball
11:00 - 1:00 10s, 11s and 12s Baseball
1:00 - 3:00  8s and 9s Baseball
3:00 - 5:00  10s, 11s and 12s Baseball

Sunday September 14th - Carrigan Park
9:00 - 11:00   10U Softball
11:00 - 1:00   12U Softball

Sunday September 14th - EMC Park
1:00 - 3:00 8s and 9s Baseball
3:00 - 5:00 10s, 11s and 12s Baseball


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