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DPW Board Chairman Fires Back at Cedar Swamp Group

Accuses them of threats


September 10, 2008 — In a letter dated today and made public today, Chairman of the Board of Public Works, Dan McIntyre, fires back at a recent Letter to the HopNews Editor, from John Craycroft of the Cedar Swamp Conservation Trust claiming "numerous inaccuracies."

      At the center of the controversy is a recent submission by the Cedar Swamp Conservation Trust to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental affairs to apply for funding for an alternative site to the planned Fruit Street Waste Water Treatment Facility and discharge. The funding would come from a mitigation fund established for the Nyanza Chemical Superfund (Capped site above) Site, to repair waters in the Sudbury River watershed that were polluted by the chemical company. However, Hopkinton is upstream and uphill from the Nyanza damage. When confronted with that fact by a reporter recently, Mr. Craycroft said that it didn't matter. 

      Mr. Craycroft, in his proposal, calls Indian Brook, the main tributary to the Hopkinton Reservoir, a stressed tributary. He claims in his letter that a discharge facility behind Elm Park would bring water to that stressed waterway, and prevent it from going dry, as it has in the recent past.

      Mr. McIntyre replies that " and others may have the same concerns about a site that discharges to a reservoir used for recreation and water supply."

      Mr. McIntyre's letter, on Town of Hopkinton stationery, responds point by point, at first noting that the matter is currently in litigation, and that, "The courts have rejected your arguments in each appeal." The CSCT and the town still have matters under further appeal.

      A central point of Mr. Craycroft's stated complaints is that Whitehall Brook, which is close to the proposed Waste Water Facility, is an Outstanding Resource Water, the quality of which cannot be degraded, and that the sewer discharge would reach the brook in a matter of months, rather than years.

      Mr. McIntyre contends that the town conceded to CSCT's request to move the site an additional 200' from the brook, and when the town agreed, Mr. McIntyre states, they asked for 500'.

      Mr. Craycroft stated, "It is unclear if the BOS was informed of the proposed appeal settlement made to the DPW Chairman in a negotiations meeting many months ago."

      Mr. McIntyre replied "Each party was obligated to keep settlement discussions confidential while the litigation was ongoing. Since you broke this obligation. and after consultation with our attorney, we fell we are now free to set the record straight. The allegations brought to our attention by the various appeals were..." Mr. McIntyre lists complaints that were satisfied, yet met with more appeals by the opponents, or answered with requests to move the facility.

       When Mr. Craycroft states in his letter, "The DPW Chairman has refused to consider this option so now the DPW has the Town about eighteen months into a multi-year appeal process," Mr. McIntyre refuses to take it lightly.

       "Even with these threats, the Town has been more than willing to consider all options to resolve concerns of appellants as indicated above," Mr. McIntyre wrote.

       Mr. McIntyre concludes, "The site selection of a wastewater treatment facility to serve our community was made after public reviews and was intended to meet the best interests of the town. We understand that every site selection process generates opposition and this process is no different. A small number of opponents remain who offer solutions that have been considered by professionals and state agencies in public reviews and have been rejected."  Read letter dated today.

File photos, Mr. Craycroft, left, Mr. McIntyre, right.

Great Place for Chefs

September 10, 2008 — Joey Mahoney, ("I'm almost 4!"), listens intently as Mary Murphy, owner of Hooray For Books, and Mom, Erin, look on during Hooray For Books' Open House today at 86 Hayden Rowe Street. Joey's class is "Chefs in Training."

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Veterans Always Set One Empty Table

Lemon and salt very significant


by Nancy L. Drawe



September 10, 2008 — Would you eat green eggs and ham?  Maybe, maybe not.  Well then, how about scrambled eggs, homefries, muffins, sausage, ham, bacon, creamed chipped beef on toast, juice and coffee?  That’s the basic menu every first Friday of the month, just for the Veteran’s Breakfast held at the Hopkinton Senior Center.  The monthly Veteran’s Breakfast is a time set aside where the local vets can get together to enjoy a good meal and good conversation.   When the breakfast first started, only a handful of men would attend, but as time went on, it became more popular, with recent attendance up to thirty.  This past Friday, I had the opportunity to sit and watch the interactions between everyone.  I noticed that the talk amongst each man wasn’t about his family, garden, sports, etc, but about the years they spent in the service and.    They had a great time chatting with each other, not to mention the delicious breakfast they all enjoyed.  This month, Mary Brown did the cooking and even made the chipped beef from scratch!   Ronnie Bilodeau and Marilyn Greeno graciously volunteered as servers for the morning. 


There always seems to be extra special touches at these breakfasts, such as the “Empty Table.”   This is a table set to honor all MIA’s and POW’s from all services and all conflicts.  It is set with a white tablecloth, a black napkin and white candle, and a plate with a white lemon and salt.  An empty chair leans up against the table.  The tablecloth represents purity of heart, the black napkin the sorrow of captivity and the white candle, peace.  The lemon represents the missing service member’s bitter fate and the salt, the tears shed by the families of the missing.  The chair represents the service members who are missing.   If you’d like to attend a Veteran’s Breakfast, remember, it’s the first Friday of each month and costs only $3.00.  It’s a great way for the men/women to share camaraderie with each other.


Another huge event for the veterans in town is the Veteran’s Appreciation Dinner held at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club every November.  This dinner is to honor the Hopkinton servicemen/women on Veteran’s Day.  It was at one of these dinners two years ago that Hank Allessio (Photo - click on photo for slideshow) came up with the idea for a “PHOTO GALLERY.”   Rosemary Lynch had been walking around showing everyone at the dinner an old newspaper with photos of some of the Hopkinton servicemen.    When he saw how much everyone was enjoying this, Hank thought, “Wouldn’t it be nifty for these veterans to see themselves and each other when they were 18-22?”  He figured if he could get all the vets in town to submit a photo of themselves while they were in the service, he would be able to run a slide show at the NEXT Veteran’s Appreciation Dinner. READ MORE



Updated 9/9/08



BOARD OF APPEALS – Associate member - ONE (1)







*This is a joint appointment by the Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board with a term to the 2009 Town Election. For information about this position, please email Elaine Lazarus, Planning Director, at or call at 508-497-9755. Please submit a letter of interest/resume by 12:00 noon on Friday, September 19 to the Town Manager’s Office, Town Hall, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton 01748 or email




For more information about any of these positions, please email Geri Holland at . Qualifications for elected boards: Applicant must be a Hopkinton resident.

Selectmen Make Case for Planning Board Appointment*

Town purchases McFarland/Dempsey house

September 9, 2008 — The Selectmen accepted three resignations this evening, one each from the Appropriations and Housing committee, and one from the elected Planning Board, which was the most controversial one.

      The Board of Selectmen want to fill that position, in conjunction with the Planning Board, because of the large projects facing the town, and the fact that a super-majority is necessary to approve Special Permits. The Planning Board is a nine-member body that would need six members voting in favor of a such a project. And the project of this decade, and the next, is Legacy Farms, which is planning for 940 residential units and 450,000 square feet of retail/industrial/commercial space.

       The board has had no more than eight members voting at most meetings for nearly a year, but that member resigned last week, leading to the ability of the Planning Board and the Board of Selectmen to move forward and meet jointly to interview and appoint a new member and make the board whole. A voting member can miss only one meeting in a series and still remain eligible to vote on a specific Special Permit under consideration.


*     The Board of Selectmen  (508-497-9700) plan to keep applications for appointment to the Planning Board vacancy open until September 19, and then conduct interviews and vote at a joint meeting on September 23, 2008. They urge those interested to fill out an application and become part of the process, part of the solution.

       The appointment will last until the next election, at which time the person could choose to run for the remainder of the term.


       In addition this evening, the Selectmen signed papers to accept the transfer of a rare period 18th Century home, one of the oldest homes in Hopkinton, from private hands to the custody of the town.

        Known as the McFarland/Dempsey House, so named for the two most prominent owners, was originally tagged for demolition by the developer, The Capital Group, to make way for condos off of Lumber Street.

       However, the developer agreed to put some work into the exterior and clear out the interior before turning it over. One year ago, Historical Commission member Claire Wright said, "We are working to raise awareness of historical preservation so that a developer realizes the importance of this to the town and builds preservation into the plans," Mrs. Wright said.

      Photos from left to right, click to enlarge:

Recent photo. Photo after new roof only. Interior one year ago.


Welcome to Nutrition Consult & Irene Timlege


September 9, 2008 — The newest addition to the HopNews family of advertisers is Nutrition Consult, owned and managed by Irene Timlege of 63 Grove Street, from where she is launching her new business of getting kids and teens in shape.


"Shapedown is a program developed thirty years ago at the School of Medicine, University of California in San Francisco.


"My goal is to promote health and wellness by helping children and teens to shed pounds," Mrs. Timlege said.


A nutritionist by profession, Mrs. Timlege uses the Shapedown system, which professes to be the leading Child Obesity resource for professionals, educators and families.


"Seventeen percent of children are obese, and an additional 16% of are overweight," said Mrs.. Timlege


"The system we use, Shapedown, is a safe and effective weight loss program acknowledged by the American medical Association and the American Dietetic Association.


To learn more, or to give her a call, click on the sign.

Hopkinton Attorney Joins Murtha Cullina LLP Law Firm


BOSTON, MASS. (September 9, 2008) Kathleen E. Connolly has joined Murtha Cullina LLP as Counsel in the Regulatory and Real Estate Department. She resides in the Boston office. Ms. Connolly has extensive experience in land use and environmental law, with an emphasis on zoning and conservation. Ms. Connolly has almost 16 years experience as a principal with a Boston law firm where she practiced municipal law; counseled municipalities on drafting and implementing effective wetlands and zoning by-laws and health regulations; and handled zoning and wetlands permitting appeals in state Superior Court, the Appeals Court, and the Land Court. Attorney Connolly has also handled wetlands appeals before the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the Division of Administrative Law Appeals, and has represented clients in zoning permitting appeals in Superior Court and the Land Court.


Ms. Connolly previously served as a writer and educator with the Public Affairs Division of the New England Region of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. As a member of the Board of Directors of Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commission (MACC), Ms. Connolly conducts seminars on environmental law and provides legal advice to the state’s conservation commissions through the MACC telephone hotline.


Ms. Connolly graduated from Boston Latin School, and received her B.A., cum laude, from Boston College and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Connecticut School of Law. Contributed content.

First of the Season

September 9, 2008 — Several days ago, this red leaf, likely on a swamp maple, was the first tree leaf that the photographer saw turn this season, about ten days ago.

Black Angus Burger. Where? At Cornell's



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Tiny Bubbles

September 9, 2008 — Although he's almost four years-old, Matthew Zettek shows no interest in the political discussions going on around him. His father, Selectman Matthew Zettek,  is in the background in the blue shirt, at the Democrats' party on Sunday.

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Rally for Democrats

September 9, 2008 — Democratic candidates for State Representative for the Eighth Middlesex District met with other Democrats on Sunday at the NE Laborer's Training Center. Above, with Governor Deval Patrick form left, Ed Mills and Carolyn Dykema

No Mistake Here

September 9, 2008 — Alex Ramos prepares for the day at Ciao Time Catering on Main Street, where he is the chef.

Drive Right

September 9, 2008 — Officer David Shane gives a warning to a driver for a moving violation, just past the crosswalk at Main and Church Streets this morning.

Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters Endorses Carolyn Dykema for State House

MLEV Cites Dykema’s Stands on Drinking Water and Renewable Energy


Boston, MA-- The Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters (MLEV), the non-partisan political voice for the environment, announced its endorsement of Carolyn Dykema for the 8th Middlesex House race today, citing her strong commitment to environmental issues that affect both the commonwealth and her district.


“MLEV is proud to endorse Carolyn Dykema, a local leader who is strongly committed to protecting the environment and making clean energy available to all,” said MLEV Executive Director Lora Wondolowski. “I am confident that Carolyn will be a real leader on Beacon Hill on these critical issues.”


In her MLEV questionnaire, Ms. Dykema cited protecting drinking water, conserving open space, and increasing recycling as her top environmental priorities. As a town planning board member and chair, she actively led efforts to implement a variety of environmental protections including open space, stormwater management, and use of renewable fuels in town vehicles. She has also worked to with a variety of local organizations to enhance the quality of life in her Holliston.


“MLEV and I share a strong commitment to making environmental issues a priority at the State House, so I am very pleased that they have chosen to endorse my candidacy,” stated Dykema

Women's Club Chooses "Go Green" Initiative

New President reaches out to prospective new members

Wants recycling holiday

September 8, 2008 — The Hopkinton Women's Club's executive board met this morning at the pastoral setting of the home of Kathy and Ron Yankee to discuss their "Go Green" theme, and how they will achieve their goals.

     "It is important to go green and to help the community as well as the town," said Susan Spiegel, recently installed President of the club.

     "We want to increase awareness. I would like people to understand it is not an all-consuming lifestyle change. We have projects we are going to do throughout the year," she said.

      Mrs. Spiegel said that the club will conduct a sneaker drive at the High School and donate them to Nike to make sports courts.

      "We want to work with the Senior Center to collect cancelled stamps and turn them over to stamp collectors," said Mrs. Spiegel.

      "We would like a holiday for recycling; perhaps a competition among the classes. We want to do our part," she said.

       The official announcement for the general membership will be made at 6:30 pm on September 15 at Ciao Time Catering.

Hiller Athletic Night --

Making Good Decisions On and Off the Field

Date: Monday, September 15

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Place: High School Athletic Center

This meeting is mandatory for athletes and one parent/guardian, but open to all students and parents. The presentation, co-sponsored by the Athletic Department and the beFREE! Project, will focus on good decision-making on and off the field.

attorney general martha coakley’s office notes RETAILERS SHOW improvement in complYING with child labor laws


BOSTONAttorney General Martha Coakley’s Office has issued 27 citations for more than 100 child labor violations at retail stores in malls throughout the Commonwealth for violations during the summer working season.  Nearly all of the citations were for the retailers employing minor employees without work permits.  Investigators discovered violations occurred at various malls across the state including: Assembly Square Mall in Somerville; Burlington Mall; Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis; Holyoke Mall; the Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers; Silver City Galleria in Taunton; the Solomon Pond Mall in Marlborough; the Walpole Mall; and, the Wrentham Outlets. 

 Retailers showed improvement from the December 2007 holiday shopping season when Attorney General Coakley’s Office issued 31 citations for 177 violations of the child labor laws.  Notably, of the 109 stores inspected by the Attorney General’s Office this summer, only one employer – Aeropostale in the Cape Cod Mall -- was found to have employed a minor past the time allowed by law.  Investigators also discovered that only three stores -- Hollister’s in the Burlington and Cape Cod Mall and Footlocker at the Silver City Galleria Mall -- were cited for violations in both the summer and the holiday seasons.

“Our office is pleased to see more retailers making strides to comply with the state’s child labor laws,” Attorney General Coakley said.  “These laws are essential to protecting the health and safety of our teen workers and the people of the Commonwealth.”

A significant number of the recent violations occurred at Hollister Co.’s locations at the Solomon Pond Mall in Marlborough, the Burlington Mall, the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis and the Silver City Galleria in Taunton.  Hollister’s Marlborough location was cited for 34 instances of employment of a minor without a work permit.  Hollister’s Burlington, Hyannis and Taunton locations were also each cited for three counts of employment of a minor without a work permit.  In January 2008, Hollister’s Hyannis location was cited for 15 instances of employment of a 16-17 year old minor past 10:00 p.m.  Hollister Co.’s Burlington Mall location was also found to be employing 57 minors without work permits in January 2008.

The Massachusetts Child Labor Laws include restrictions on both the type of occupations in which minors may be employed, as well as the hours during which they may work.  The law also requires employers to ensure that teens have proper work permits prior to beginning work, and that employers post all minors’ work schedules in the workplace.

            Amendments to the Child Labor Laws were enacted in 2007 to provide new workplace protections for minors, including restricting employment of 16 and 17 year olds to 10:00 p.m. on nights preceding school.  Another important new safeguard in the law makes it illegal for minors to work past 8:00 p.m. without adult supervision. 

 The Attorney General’s Office has attempted to raise awareness of the Child Labor laws by creating a website to educate teen workers, publishing a new guide for working teens and posters about workplace rights, working with MassCOSH and the State’s Youth Employment and Safety Team on educating teens and employers, generally, about the laws, and working with the Retailers Association of Massachusetts on educating retailers, in particular, about the laws.

 Further information on the Massachusetts Child Labor Laws can be found at the Attorney General’s youth employment website,, and at the Attorney General’s website,, in the Workplace Rights section under Youth Employment.  Those wishing to report violations of the Commonwealth’s Wage and Hour laws can contact the Attorney General’s Fair Labor Hotline at (617) 727-3465.

            The stores were cited and assessed child labor penalties, ranging from $50 to approximately $1,700, depending on the number and type of violations found: Click here to see list. File photo. Contributed content.

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Third Annual BUNCO Night for Charity!


The Hopkinton Moms Group is happy to announce that we are again hosting Ladies' BUNCO Night Out to benefit the Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center.   We hope you will join us!  The event will be October 24th at the Hopkinton Country Club, starting at 7:30pm.   It will be a fun evening of BUNCO (no experience necessary), a brief live auction, raffles and prizes, appetizers and desserts, and lots of socializing! 


Tickets are $40 ($15 will go directly to the Respite Center).  Space is limited, so please invite your friends and family today!  Please send a check for $40 (payable to the Hopkinton Moms Group) to Christine Coffman at 10 Bowker Road, Hopkinton MA 01748.  Please call 508 497-9948 or email with any questions.

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Hiller Soccer over Bellingham, 3-1

September 8, 2008 — In the boys varsity soccer season opener Friday night, Hopkinton Senior Paul Kelley drives past a Bellingham player.  Hopkinton won 3-1 with goals by senior Paul Kelly, sophomore Zach Hutchinson and senior Jake Huntley.

Members Art Show

Cultural Arts Alliance of Hopkinton



The Members Art Show at the Farmhouse of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Hopkinton (CAA) promises to be a high quality art event for Hopkinton and neighboring communities. The Opening Reception for the show at the CAA Farmhouse at 98 Hayden Row, Hopkinton will be on September 19, 2008 from 7 - 9 PM and the show runs until October 16, 2008.  The galleries are open from 2 - 5 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and from 12-4 PM on weekends.


More than 30 works of art in oil and watercolor painting as well as marble, metal, wood and acrylic sculptures along with photographic art and fabric scenes will be displayed by eleven members of the CAA.  The event offers a broad introduction to quality and diverse media art by local artists. Students and children of all ages are encouraged to attend as well as the general public.


The participating Artists from Hopkinton and surrounding communities are Sarah Alexander, Michael Alfano, Lisa Bailey, Nancy Bailey, Suzanne Bucceri, Gael Eckberg, Betty Havens, Tobi Hoffman, William Moser, Jeanine Vitale, and Kris Waldman. Many of the artists will be available at the Opening Reception to describe the creative process and techniques for completing their works of art.

Hopkinton Highlands Lets Its Hair Down

Holds block party

 Above, kids who attended the Hopkinton Highlands block party pose next to the new fire engine.


September 8, 2008 — The Hopkinton Highlands neighborhood had a block party on Sunday.  The day's festivities included a visit from the Hopkinton Fire Department.  We were fortunate to have F.F.'s Frederick and Clark show us the new truck and even demonstrated the jaws of life.  The neighborhood was thrilled to see the equipment and to learn about how our hydrant system works.  None of us really knew much about how the 35,000 gallon cistern that would be used in an emergency. ~ John Daley

Water & Wastewater


If your readers watched the August 26 BOS meeting, they will understand the email below sent to the Board following the meeting where the potential Nyanza mitigation funding opportunity was presented. For those who did not see the meeting, there is a brief summary of the opportunity following the email:


Board Members,


Thank you for the invitation to speak with you about this opportunity tonight. While the Elmwood Park site may not have been the chosen location for the Town’s WWTF the support for the Nyanza project potential funding would seem to have only benefits and no risk to the Town you represent.


We would hope to hear from you soon with a positive response. I would be willing to meet with the Town Manager to help draft a basic support letter which can be included with our application. Full Letter

Police News UP-TO-DATE  <---Click

September 1, 2008


6:34 pm All units were dispatched to a domestic situation in progress on Washington Lane...


3:53 pm  A North Mill Street resident reported that her husband was attacked by a fox...


3:25 pm An anonymous resident complained about ongoing violations of the ban on recreational vehicles on the town-owned Fruit Street property...


7:35 pm Sgt. Michael Sutton, as well as Officers Gregg DeBoer and William Burchard, responded to a Glenn Road residence on a past Domestic Assault and Battery...

Thank You!

From Project Just Because


Project Just Because  would like to Thank everyone for the wonderful coin drive done this summer during camp at Park's and Recreation. We would like to personally Thank Mike Preite and Jay Golden for all their hard work and effort in implementing this wonderful coin drive for each of the teams each week. We would like to Thank all the Hopkinton Children and parents who dug into their piggy banks and helped fill the coin jars. Also a very special warm thank you to Emily and Corey Gaston who collected the jars each week brought counted and rolled them and brought Popsicles to all the children as a Thank you from Project just Because.


It takes a very special community to be there and Project Just Because appreciates all of you for your efforts. The coins went directly to purchases school supplies for children going back to school.


Thank you, CherylAnn Lambert Walsh, President, Project Just Because, Inc., 508-435-6511

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for,  September 1, 2008






254 Pond Street Mark Eusebio & Katherine Pierce $520,000 Sep. 08, 2008

Paul Apkarian

120 Hayden Rowe Street Leslie S. Miller $305,000 Sep. 03, 2008

Christopher J. Pentheny & Iris E.


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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.


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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New! ESL Theater welcomes SPARKS, Inc. Art Studio, with artists Robin Batchelder and Nancy Barton.  Check out the fun classes they're offering this fall! See the Sparks Art Classes page for details and registration information.

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Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My ...Feathers!

September 8, 2008 — Raining cats and dogs was no problem for these wild turkeys as they grazed on the Water Department property on Fruit Street during the extreme downpour on Saturday. The falling rain can be seen distinctly against the forest in the background.

Senator and Governor Visit Hopkinton 

September 8, 2008 — Senator Kerry and Governor Patrick visited Hopkinton yesterday to speak at a Democratic barbeque at the New England Laborer's Training Center on East Street. Above are some clips.


Joseph James Larracey, 16


Joseph James Larracey, 16, of Holliston, died Friday night, September 5, 2008. Born in Framingham, the was the beloved son of Charlene (Cerrati) and James W. Larracey and protective brother to Daniel Larracey.

An avid football and baseball player, Joey was an honor roll student at Holliston High School. He will be remembered for his gentle spirit, unassuming nature, and constant cheerfulness. His loss will be deeply felt by those who knew his potential for leadership, friendship and accomplishment.

He was the loving grandson of Elizabeth "Betty" and Vincent Cerrati of Marlborough, and Willis Larracey Jr. and the late Mary Larracey of Natick, and great-grandson of Anthony Timperio of Watertown. Joey is also survived by numerous, loving aunts, uncles and cousins and scores of loyal friends. He also leaves behind his dog Jadi.

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Teen Honored

September 8, 2008 — Joseph Larracey, the 16 year-old Holliston football who first became ill and then collapsed and died following a hit during a game last Friday, was remembered by his teammates above, who gathered on the football field at Holliston High School, while the flag flew at half-mast, and hundreds gathered in and around the SRO seating (Below).

Lend Me Your Ears

September 7, 2008 — Mary Pratt, Vice-Chair of the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen, has caught the ear of Governor Deval Patrick at the Democratic picnic at the New England laborer's Training Center on Sunday.

Taps Vigil

September 7, 2008 — Michael McCann poses by the setting sun, which drew a golden outline around nearly the perimeter of his body, as he awaited the start of the taps vigil, held at a cemetery in Hopkinton on the first Sunday of every month, sponsored by the American Legion.

Barbeque Break

September 7, 2008 — These girls listen intently as DJ John Villa conducts a raffle during the Woodville Rod and Gun Club's annual chicken barbeque on Sunday.

Bug Catcher

September 7, 2008 — This dragonfly was very friendly last week at Alprilla Farms well, landing on the photographer's shirt.

Huge Sinkhole

September 8, 2008 — The Milford Highway Department prepares Stoneybrook Lane for new paving after, according to a worker on the scene, storm water broke though the catch basin in the foreground, and washed away the gravel under the roadway.




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Quiet Time

September 7, 2008 — At an event for Democratic candidates, United states Senator John Kerry breaks away from the respectful crowd and takes a phone call this afternoon at the New England Laborer's Training Center. More on the event later.

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Candidates' Corner


Candidates for State Representative of the Eighth Middlesex District, Carolyn Dykema and Ed Mills campaign on the street corners in Hopkinton of main, Cedar and Grove Streets, Saturday morning.




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Ed Mills on the Move


September 6, 2008 — Ed Mills spoke with commuters and conductors at the Southborough station this week while campaigning for the state representative job in the Eighth Middlesex.

     Ed supports investing in public transportation. It is good economic and environmental policy. He is advocating for more trains along the Worcester line serving the five towns of his district and introducing more reverse commuter schedules. As a daily automobile commuter into Boston to his small business, he sees the effect on his family’s budget. As he has knocked on over 4,000 doors this summer, asking the voters for their support, he knows that doing something about these priorities is key to serving the voters of the Eighth Middlesex.  Contributed content.

Frederick L. Straight, 83


HOPKINTON - Frederick L. Straight, 83, died Saturday, September 6, 2008 at UMass Medical Center in Worcester.  Born in Everett, he was the son of the late Frederick and Mildred (Gannon) Straight.    He was a resident of Hopkinton for over 50 years and worked as a machinist at several area companies.

He is survived by his children Frederick and his wife Beverly of Southborough, Richard and his wife Maryalyce of Hopkinton, Carol Ryea of Richford, VT, Mildred Sosa of Leominster, Elizabeth Trudeau of Hopkinton and Ellie Straight of Milford.

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Joseph H. Potenza Jr., 61


Joseph H. Potenza Jr., 61 of Hopkinton and formerly of Medway died September 4 in his home following a courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband of Diana (Bowers) Potenza.


Born in Milford on September 12, 1946, the first born son of Helen (Groehl) Potenza of Medway and the late Joseph H. Potenza Sr., Mr. Potenza was a raised in Medway and had lived in Hopkinton for many years.


He was a 1964 graduate of Medway High School and was awarded an athletic scholarship to Norwich University in Vermont where he excelled in football, baseball and basketball. His achievements in football and baseball were recognized by an induction into the Norwich University Hall of Fame, where he proudly accepted his award surrounded by his Norwich football team, his friends and his family at his home in Hopkinton on August 16, 2008.

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Traffic Advisory

Route 495 North in Hopkinton


Due to a tractor trailer crash, traffic is restricted to the left lane of Route 495 North just prior to Route 90 in Hopkinton and several lanes are expected to remain closed for an extended period of time.  There are detours in place; however, travelers are advised to seek alternate routes.

Holliston High Football Player Dies While Playing


September 6, 2008 — According to Officer Downey of the Holliston Police, grief counselors are available at Holliston High School today following the death of one of their football players at a game in Lakeville.

    Sixteen year-old Joey Larracey, according a Holliston source, was stuck in the chest on the field during the game.

      According to the source, a broken rib pierced an organ, and his lungs filled up with fluid. Doctors were unable to save him.

Two-car Accident

September 6, 2008 — One woman was taken to the hospital following a two-car collision at the intersection of West main and Lumber Streets this morning.

        "She's at fault," said a passerby to the photographer, referring to the woman on the stretcher, and saying that the other driver had the right of way.

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Old School

September 6, 2008 — Tom Pratt uses a tractor at his family's namesake farm on Fruit Street.




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Fire and Hailstones

September 5, 2006 — These swirling, fiery clouds reflected the molten sun today over Lake Whitehall and reconnoitered for the coming storm, as the sun set behind them.

New Toy

September 5, 2008 — With the main beach in the background, Hopkinton state Park Supervisor Richard Trubiano climbs the earthen side of the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam one day this week in the park's recent acquisition, an off-road vehicle that extends the reach of the Park supervisors.

Evan Ballantyne Resigns


     "We've waited a long time for that resignation," said Planning Board member Sandy Altamura, who has called for Mr. Ballantyne's resignation in the past, due to his frequent absences. 

     "We are going to need a supermajority for the Legacy Farms project. And it got to the point there was a  lot of pressure on us [Planning Board members] - to have one person usually missing at a meeting, puts a lot of pressure on everyone else to not take a needed night off.

      "And this gives us the chance to appoint somebody who's available every meeting," she said.


The letter to the Planning Board Chair, Mark Abate:

Sent: Fri Sep 05 11:47:39 2008
Subject: Planning Board Resignation


Please accept this e-mail as my resignation from the Hopkinton Planning Board.  Recently, I accepted a position as Chief Financial Officer of Clinical Data a publicly traded pharmaceutical company.  Unfortunately, this career change requires that I spend significantly more time at work and as a result I have been unable to fulfill my responsibilities on the Hopkinton Planning Board.  I had hoped that my commitments in my new position would modify over time allowing me to spend more time at home and with the Hopkinton Planning Board.  This has not happened and I am forced to resign my post.

In closing I would like to thank members of Planning Board and the town of Hopkinton for letting me serve as a member of the board.  I wish all every success in the future.

It has been my pleasure to serve with such a esteemed group of dedicated individuals.


C. Evan Ballantyne


34th Annual Hopkinton Polyarts Festival



Saturday, September 27, 2008
Hopkinton Town Common
10:00 am – 4:00 pm


Hopkinton Garden Club


“A Taste of the Garden:

A Kitchen Tour”

Saturday, September 13, 2008


Get invited to the Holmes's kitchen at 52 Hayden Rowe Street, above.

Nine exceptional kitchens in Hopkinton, including award winning kitchens, downtown restored antiques, and other special kitchens will be on the tour. We invite you to join us on Saturday, September 13, from 11am to 4pm to celebrate the best-of-the-best kitchens in Hopkinton.

Hopkinton Garden Club will enhance the homes with seasonal floral arrangements, delectable garden food treats, and tablescapes.

Kitchens on Tour:
52A Hayden Rowe Street, 23 Hayden Rowe Street, 12 Wood Street, 11 Pheasant Hill Road,
20 Teresa Road, 26 South Mill Street.

Board of Selectmen Supports Road Flaggers

But wants Chief to have final authority


September 4, 2008 — In a letter to the Executive Office of Transportation & Public Works dated August 27, 2008 and made public today, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Brian Herr wrote, "We fully support the concept of using Road Flaggers to control traffic at some construction sites. However, we are very concerned with the concept of a so called Authorized Representative of the Awarding Authority being the best person to ensure that the public safety needs of our community are met."


     The letter goes on to strongly suggest that the authority for determining the public safety needs of Hopkinton should be the Chief of Police (File photo, Chief Thomas Irvin), and other local public safety officials, and not officials appointed by a contractor, as appears to be written in the new regulations.


   The proposed regulations, which the Selectmen have asked to be implemented not before July 1, 2009, are known as 701 CMR 7:00. They set the framework for the use of flaggers and/or police on road details.

Peek at You

September 4, 2008 — Julia Markey stretches to peek out at Mom and Dad after sitting down on the bus on her way to her first day of kindergarten at Center School (Photo by Mom).




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Region’s Economy Vibrant and Growing

495/MetroWest Corridor Partnership Releases 2008 Economic Report


Westborough, Mass. (September 4, 2008) – The 495/MetroWest Partnership released today the full results of “2008 Economic Indicators for the 495/MetroWest Region,” a study that examines the area’s economic strengths and foundations.  The study showed that in spite of the challenging economy, some of the state’s brightest news has come from the region.  The report was commissioned by the Partnership from Framingham State College’s MetroWest Economic Research Center.  The findings were presented to members of the 495/MetroWest business and financial community in an economic forum at the Framingham Sheraton Hotel.


“The 495/MetroWest region has a robust and diverse economy across several different employment sectors,” said Paul Matthews, Executive Director of the 495/MetroWest Corridor Partnership.  “The study confirms that this region has a growing role as an economic engine for the Commonwealth.”


Other key findings from the study include:

Ø      Over 285,000 workers are employed in the region. 

Ø      The 495/MetroWest Corridor annual unemployment rate fell to 3.6% in 2007, less than the state rate of 4.5% and the national rate of 4.6%.

Ø      For the third year in a row the region generated a record payroll of $16.4 Billion.  In 2006 the region produced nearly 10% of the Commonwealth’s total employment and payroll.

Ø       Between 1980-2006 the region’s employment grew at 1.8% per year, more than twice the annual state rate, exceeding the U.S. rate, leaving the region poised to be a net importer of labor.

Ø      The number of building permits issued for single-family homes in the 495/MetroWest Corridor in 2007 fell to its lowest level in 12 years.

Ø      Between the census years of 1990 and 2000, the number of housing units in 495/MW increased over the decade by 12.5%, as the number of owner-occupied units rose by 21.9% and the number of renter-occupied units fell by .6%.

Ø      The region has a 63% higher concentration of manufacturing jobs when compared to such employment for the entire state. 


The event also featured commentary by a panel of experts on regional, national and international economic trends.  Speakers included: Ambassador Christopher Egan, Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development; Dr. Timothy J. Flanagan, President of Framingham State College; Dr. Jeffrey Fuhrer, Director of Research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; and John F. Merrill, Market President for Sovereign Bank.  U.S. Congressman James P. McGovern (File photo) provided opening remarks.

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Sierra Club Announces Endorsement of Carolyn Dykema

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Sierra Club announces their endorsement of Carolyn Dykema for the 8th Middlesex seat in the MA House of Representatives. After conducting extensive independent research, and asking candidates to fill out questionnaires and interview with Sierra Club staff, the Sierra Club has endorsed Carolyn Dykema as the candidate who will further the work of protecting the environment, support better transportation options, reduce global warming emissions, and help push Massachusetts forward into the new “Green” economy.

“As the combined threats of global warming and a tightening economy meet with opportunities for economic growth through environmentally friendly opportunities Carolyn offers true leadership,” said Phil Sego, Chair of the MA Sierra Club Political Committee. “All studies show we do not enjoy the luxury of time – Carolyn recognizes this and wants to act appropriately.”

“The Sierra Club looks forward to working with Carolyn in the coming months and years to focus on environmental issues, reducing our reliance on oil through conservation and other measures, improving our air and water quality, and other issues that affect the quality of life and health of residents."


“I believe that protecting our natural environment is the most precious and important legacy that we can leave to our children,” said Dykema. “The Massachusetts Sierra Club has been a leading voice on environmental issues, and I am so honored to have their endorsement.”

The Sierra Club, noted for their high-profile national positions, is also deeply rooted in local, regional, and statewide issues. Their endorsement process includes in-depth research and careful analysis of a questionnaire designed specifically to address local environmental issues. The Club’s endorsement is then communicated to its members, which currently number greater than 21,000 statewide.


HOLLISTON - The Haley Committee today announced that it has raised $55,000 to support Dan Haley's campaign to represent the Eighth Middlesex District in the State House of Representatives. "We are extremely excited and pleased with the success of our pre-primary fundraising efforts," said Bruce Nilson, Haley's campaign manager. "The financial disclosure that we will file on Monday will show a broad range of support for Dan's message of fiscal responsibility and accountable government. Nearly 300 individuals have already made a contribution, the majority of them under $100."

"I am gratified to receive such strong and wide ranging support for my campaign," said Haley. "Our fundraising results are a direct reflection of what I hear every day from the residents of the district: they are fed up with Beacon Hill and excited to send someone to the House who will stand up against wasteful spending and back-room deals. They want a Representative who will fight to get the Commonwealth's fiscal situation under control.

"This is an encouraging beginning, but it is just the beginning," Haley continued. "We can be sure that the special interests who drive the agenda on Beacon Hill will fight hard to grab this seat. I look forward to the general election campaign, and to continued strong support from voters who recognize the need for an independent voice in the legislature."

Senator Spilka Urges Speaking Against Toll Increases


Dear Hopkinton Town Officials and Friends,


The MetroWest delegation is working hard against any further toll increases – but we need your help!


The attached flyer contains information on AN INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT opportunity for you and others from the MetroWest Region to let your voice be heard on toll equity.


The MA Executive Office of Transportation (EOT) is holding a public workshop on Monday, September 22nd at 6 PM at the Morse Institute Library in Natick to get feedback on transportation problems and issues.


I see this as a great opportunity for MetroWest residents to attend and speak out against toll inequity and the possibility of any further increase.  The Executive Office of Transportation must hear from all of us - and hear very loud and clear.


The EOT has yet to come up with an alternate plan to another toll increase as they said they would last November, yet is speaking about another potential increase in January of 2009.  Their own recent study concluded the Pike toll situation was NOT fair to the MetroWest.


This is patently inequitable and we must speak out against this!


Please forward this flyer to your friends and email lists to make sure we get out a large group of folks to the Morse Library in Natick on Monday, Sept 22 at 6 PM to speak out against the tolls.


Thanks very much,
Karen Spilka


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