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HopNews Calendar

 

Below are just two events of many taking place in the first few days of October which are detailed in the HopNews Calendar, always above.

Please check out the many things to do.

 

October 4 Hopkinton Police Department is holding an auction of unclaimed/ abandoned bicycles & miscellaneous other found items 10:00 am at the DPW Garage on Fruit Street.

 

October 6 The Hopkinton Police Local 254 Golf Tournament 8:30 am @ Highfields Golf & Country Club, 150 Magill Drive in Grafton. Check-in time is 8:30 am with a 10:00 shotgun start. $135.00 per person, complete your registration before September 15th and save $10 per player. Includes: 18 holes of golf, cart, dinner and more. Scramble format, door prizes, longest drive, hole in one and closest to the pin contests, raffle prizes. Maximum limit 144 players (36 foursomes - first come basis. Registration forms available at the Police Station or visit www.hopkintonpd.org

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      Eight Thousand Walk in 20th Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk

       BOSTON, Sept. 24 (AScribe Newswire) -- On Sunday, Sept. 21, the streets from Hopkinton to Boston were filled with approximately 8,000 people taking part in the 20th annual BAA Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, presented by Hyundai Motor America. This included 11 people who have participated in the Walk every year since it began in 1989.

       This year's goal is to raise $7.2 million to fund innovative adult and pediatric cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. During the past 19 years, walkers and their financial supporters have contributed more than $51 million to help reach the goal of a world without cancer. Walkers can still receive pledges to support their efforts, and have until November to collect and send in all of their pledges.

       All the participants -- whether it was their 20th Walk or their first, whether they took on the entire marathon or one of the other four routes, or whether they walked in honor or in memory of loved ones affected by cancer -- walked to help change the odds for those with the disease. The day began in Hopkinton with those walking the full Boston Marathon as well as those who took advantage of a new option to walk a half marathon from Hopkinton to Wellesley. Most participants opted for the half-marathon which started in Wellesley, and others left from Boston College on the 5-mile route. Many patients and their families walked the final three miles from the Boston start, escorted by more than 100 chiefs of police from across Massachusetts.

       The Walk is presented by Hyundai Motor America and is known as Boston's "Hometown Walk" because the event supports the Jimmy Fund, a local charity with international consequence. It is the only event other than the Boston Marathon itself that is sanctioned by the Boston Athletic Association to use the renowned Boston Marathon course.

       For more information or to contribute, visit http://www.jimmyfundwalk.org .

WATER IS OKAY

TOWN OF HOPKINTON, DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

WATER/SEWER DIVISION, 85 WOOD STREET, P.O. BOX 171

HOPKINTON, MA 01748

Phone 508-497-9765, Fax 508-497-9767

 

We would like to inform you that all of our water re-test samples from yesterday came back clean and the situation has been resolved. Eric J. Carty, Water/Sewer Manager

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The Beauty and the Beauty

September 24, 2008 — This monarch butterfly reflects a bit of the color of the zinnia whose nectar it seeks at Pratt's Farm today.

Fatal Crash on Route 195 in Dartmouth

Driver not wearing seat belt  ejected, struck by three other vehicles

 

Today, Wednesday September 24, 2008, at approximately 5:15 a.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Dartmouth responded to a single-vehicle crash on Route 195 West between exit 12 (Faunce Corner Road) and exit 13 (Route 140) in Dartmouth that resulted in one fatality.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Brian Pacheco indicates that 22-year-old Giancarlo Garcia of New Bedford was operating a 1998 Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck in the right travel lane of Route 195 West when the vehicle drifted to the left, struck the median guardrail and rolled over before coming to rest in the right travel lane of Route 195 East.  Garcia, who was not wearing a safety belt, was ejected from the vehicle and landed in the left travel lane of Route 195 East.  Garcia was subsequently struck by three separate vehicles and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

 

This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section and Troopers assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. The Dartmouth Police and Fire Departments and MassHighway assisted troopers at the scene. 

 

Due to the investigation and vehicle removal, all lanes of Route 195 East were closed for approximately 1 hour.

Weather Forecast Claims First Victim

No Apple Crisp on Saturday at PolyArts

 

September 24, 2008 — The dire warnings of weather forecasters over the last few days for inclement weather on Saturday has prompted the Friends of the Hopkinton Library to cancel the annual baking and selling of their locally renown, and highly sought apple crisp, at PolyArts on Saturday.

      Although the the PolyArts is a rain or shine event, bad weather has sent vendors packing in recent memory. Stay tuned to HopNews for any news on the event.

PolyArts Festival on Saturday

77 crafters and artisans

 

The 34th Hopkinton Polyarts Festival will be held on Saturday, September 27th, 10 am-4pm, rain or shine.  The festival will showcase arts, crafts, song, friends, neighbors, good food and fun on our beautiful Hopkinton Town Common. 

 

There will be 77 crafters and artisans displaying hand knitted items, jewelry, doll and children clothes, handpainted/decorated bells, watercolors, acrylics, flower arrangements,  Buentello's working bee hive demo, honey, hand painted glass, pottery, gourds and strawflowers as well as hand sewn items.  We also have many of the Non-profit groups from Hopkinton who will be represented such as the Hopkinton Library who sells their famous Apple Crisp. 

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Thank you!

Nancy L. Drawe       Public Relations for Hopkinton Polyarts        Punkala@aol.com

Mary Brown            Chairperson of Hopkinton Polyarts                mhbgab@comast.net

Selectmen Meet Behind Closed Doors Before Regular Meeting

Town Manager attends executive session, not open session

September 23, 2008 — Sara Underwood from Fox 25 TV, right, looks on as people pour out of Room 211, where an extended executive session of the Board of Selectmen took place. Ms. Underwood was in Hopkinton following the story of Hopkinton's Town Manager, Anthony Troiano, who was cited for Driving After Suspension yesterday, following last week's conviction for Motor Vehicle Homicide on Wednesday, and being put on Paid Administrative Leave on Friday.

       Mr. Troiano rushed from the room by himself, refused to answer questions, and was met by a waiting ride, who drove into the parking lot behind Town Hall to pick him up, avoiding reporters. Town Counsel Ray Miyares, seen above exiting Room 211 after the executive session, also refused to answer questions.

       The Selectmen did not address the substance of the executive session, but during the meeting, Chairman Brian Herr announced that the Board voted unanimously to continue the executive session of September 23 until 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 29, 2008. The public can be barred from an executive session for the reasons given this evening, such as personnel matters and contract negotiations. Friday's announcement of Mr. Troiano's administrative leave did not include a time period. Nor has anyone specified who executed it, or how it was accomplished. 

 

FLAGGERS

    Chief of Police Thomas Irvin (Photo, Right) attended the Selectmen's meeting to pitch for local control over the use of civilian flaggers by adding specific and proposed language to the existing contract between the police union and the town. Governor Deval Patrick has enacted regulations that would allow civilians to act as flaggers in Massachusetts for some construction sites in place of the traditional police details.

     "We do ask the Board to consider retaining local control over traffic plans, and what personnel are appropriate for what jobs in the Town of Hopkinton," Chief Irvin said.

      "The Governor recently removed a collective bargaining exemption from state projects. So, on or about the second week of October, we should be seeing flaggers. He left the exemption in municipal projects, leaving it , really, up to local communities," he said.

       "It is a responsibility and authority I now have and I would like to keep it."

       Chief Irvin said that he would be allowing the use of flaggers in Hopkinton, but he would to make that decision whether to allow a flagger or a police officer.

       Vice-Chair Mary Pratt agreed with the Chief on the concept.

       Selectman Michael Shepard spoke against adding the language, while praising the police department, while joking about being "careful going home tonight."

       Selectman Matthew Zettek asked if a bylaw approach would be doable, and the Chief agreed.

       The motion made by Mrs. Pratt to add language to the collective bargaining agreement resulted in a tie vote, which Mr. Zettek was quick to point out that the vote was not to vote against local control, but it was against adding particular language, only. it was not regarding into entering negotiations with the union.

        Some members of the Board did seem to be receptive to a bylaw in May that would give the authority back to the Chief of Police.       

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Arrest at State Park

September 23, 2008 — A 49 year-old Marlborough man (Striped shirt, right) was placed in custody at Hopkinton State park and charged with Open and Gross Lewdness, after he allegedly exposed himself to another male patron of the park, who then went to Hopkinton Police headquarters to register a complaint. The alleged offense took place in the "upper parking lot."

 

        Because  Hopkinton State Park is in both Ashland and Hopkinton, officers from both departments responded in force. The officers studied a map of the area containing the representations of the town borders, in order to determine jurisdiction.

 

      The victim was driven through the scene above to identify the suspect, after which the suspect was arrested by Hopkinton Police Officer Matthew McNeil.

 

       In the map on the left derived from a DCR map, Cedar Street, Route 85, becomes Cordaville Road past the entrance to the park. The red line represents the border between Hopkinton to the left, and Ashland, and the red "P" represents where the arrest took place.

 From Hopkinton Water Dept.:

 

Tests Show Coliform Bacteria in The Hopkinton Water System

Should be resolved this week

UPDATE, September 24, 2008 - WATER IS OKAY NOW

September 23, 2008 — Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.

 

We routinely monitor for the presence of drinking water contaminants. We took 18 samples for coliform bacteria during September 2008. Two of those samples showed the presence of coliform bacteria. The standard is that no more than 1 may do so.

 

What should I do?

You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.

 

People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 (800) 426-4791.

 

What does this mean?

This is not an emergency. If it had been you would have been notified immediately. Total coliform bacteria are generally not harmful themselves. Coliforms are bacteria which are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially-harmful, bacteria may be present. Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems.

Usually, coliforms are a sign that there could be a problem with the treatment or distribution system (pipes). Whenever we detect coliform bacteria in any sample, we do follow-up testing to see if other bacteria of greater concern, such as fecal coliform or E. coli, are present. We did not find any of these bacteria in our subsequent testing. If we had, we would have notified you immediately.

 

What is being done?

We are chlorinating and flushing the water system

We are taking additional follow up samples

We will inform you when additional samples show no coliform bacteria.

We will inform you when our sampling shows that no bacteria are present. We anticipate resolving the problem within the week.

 

For more information, please contact Eric Carty at 508-497-9765 or PO. Box 171 Hopkinton, MA 01748.

 

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

This notice is being sent to you by Hopkinton Water PWS ID#:2139000 Date distributed:9/23/08

 

Photo from Wikipedia.

AG Martha Coakley Urges HHS Reject New Proposed Regulation

Could affect women's reproductive rights

 

BOSTON - September 23, 2008 - Attorney General Martha Coakley File photo) has submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) regarding its proposed “provider conscience” regulation.  The proposed regulation purports to clarify existing federal laws that protect an individual’s right to refuse to provide abortion services if those services violate that individual’s religious beliefs or moral convictions.  However, rather than provide clarity, the regulation dramatically expands the scope of these statutes and potentially undermines state laws that protect women’s access to basic reproductive health care and threaten access to basic health information and services.

          “The Massachusetts laws and policies that protect access to reproductive health care are carefully drafted to protect both health care providers and patients,” said Attorney General Coakley.  “I am deeply concerned that some might use the proposed regulation to challenge our ability to enforce these laws and policies, including those ensuring contraceptive equity in insurance, access to emergency contraception for sexual assault victims and access to birth control at pharmacies,” said Attorney General Coakley. “This regulation would allow health care workers to deny patients the information they need to obtain appropriate medical care and to make fully informed decisions based on their own consciences and their personal health care needs.”

          On August 21, 2008, HHS submitted the new regulation for public comment, which according to the agency, is intended to increase awareness of, and compliance with, provider conscience statutes. The proposed regulation expands the scope of protection to institutional health care providers as well as to individual employees; requires recipients of certain HHS funds to certify their compliance with provider conscience laws; and permits the HHS Office for Civil Rights to promote compliance by taking legal action against non-compliant state or local government, including by terminating HHS funding. 

          In her letter dated September 19, 2008, Attorney General Coakley stated that she strongly opposed the proposed regulation because of its vague and expansive definition of health care services, “makes the distribution of medical services and medical information subject to individual provider interpretations” and could be interpreted to include such services as abortion, fertility treatments and treatment of HIV/AIDS patients.

         Attorney General Coakley also added that “This regulation does not just put family planning services at risk but could result in a denial of access to any number of health care services – a result directly at odds with the efforts in Massachusetts to expand access to health care for all.” ~Contributed content

Hopkinton High Class of 1988 20th Year Reunion - Seeking Classmate Contact Information

 

The HHS Class of 1988 is holding their 20th year reunion on October 11th, 2008.  We have been unable to locate the following class members to deliver the invitation or the class update questionnaire.  If you have an email or mailing address for any of the following classmates, please notify Tracie Giargiari at

   tracie.giargiari@parexel.com .  

 

Christopher Birri, Jessica Boelson, Heather Brooks, Daniel Bullens, William Campbell, Kristen Chiarello, Jenine Craig, Susan Crowley, Kristin Curran, Tracey Daniel, Lori Davis, Stephen DeBerry, George Dumas, John Fazzuoli, Karen Giere, Gregg Hines, Craig Johnson, Sharon Jones, Karen MacMillan, Melissa McKernan, Michelle Mercurio, Kimberly Morey, Susanne Novotny, Shawn Robinson, Amy Rydberg, Deborah Stouffer, Darrin Stukuls.

 

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The Devil Came On Horseback

A film about Darfur

 

Friday, September 26, 2008 at 7PM


Grace United Methodist Church, 61 Wood Street Hopkinton, MA


Admission: Free. Suggested donation of $5 per person at the door. Proceeds to go to the Solar Cooker Project.

Discussion to follow the film’s showing.

This film is a powerful, yet not overly graphic depiction of the Darfur conflict. It is appropriate for teens 14 and older.

 SAVE THE DATE

There's no such thing as a bad kid!

A Community Talk by Charlie Appelstein, M.S.W.

 

Hopkinton High School

November 5th, 2008, 7pm

 

This entertaining and evocative workshop will highlight "strength-based" parenting that promotes positive and hope-inspiring ways of connecting and bringing out the best in our kids. 

Event is free, but please RSVP for seating: it_takes_a_village@comcast.net  or 508-435-4701.

 

Charlie Appelstein, M.S.W. is a nationally prominent youth care specialist and author and president of Appelstein Training Resources, LLC. Mr. Appelstein trains and consults all over the United States as well as internationally, with treatment facilities, foster care programs, parent groups, schools, and detention centers.  He has authored three youth care books that are widely used within the field, including No Such Thing as a Bad Kid: Understanding and Responding to the Challenging Behavior of Troubled Children and Youth. Charlie appears twice a month on New England Cable News, providing parenting tips.

POLITICAL NOTICE

HOPKINTON TOWN CLERK

State Election November 4, 2008

Last day to register October 15, 2008

Office hours October 15th will be 8 am – 8 pm

Please contact the Town Clerk for Absentee Ballots

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Hopkinton Town Manager Cited for

Driving After Revocation

Expects it to be "sorted out"

 

"If necessary, employees may be put on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation." ~ Personnel Bylaw

September 22, 2008 — Beleaguered Hopkinton Town manager Anthony Troiano, rebounding from last week's conviction for Motor vehicle Homicide — and from being placed on "Administrative Leave" —  was pulled over today on Hayden Rowe Street by Officer David Shane. According to Lt. Richard Flannery, who responded to a request for a Supervisor by Officer Shane,  Mr. Troiano was cited for Driving After Revocation.

     During a phone call after the stop, and while being driven to a towing company, Mr. Troiano said that his Attorney was a witness as his Probation Officer told him he could drive until he received notice from the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

     "I don't know if there is a notice there [home] today," he said. Mr. Troiano said he was in Hopkinton today for a meeting. "I was told I could drive until I was notified," he said.

     "A judge cannot take a person's license. Only the Registrar can revoke a person's license," Mr. Troiano stated.

     "My attorney and my Probation Officer are calling Framingham District Court to get this sorted out," he said.

     Mr. Troiano was pulled over while driving south on Hayden Rowe Street, a few hundred feet before Chamberlain Street. The officer asked for a supervisor, who arrived, spoke with Mr. Troiano, and worked in his cruiser for over 20 minutes before exiting for a second time. The supervisor, Lt. Richard Flannery, spoke with Mr. Troiano, who was sitting in the driver's seat of his wife's vehicle, which he had been driving. Then, one of the officers drove Mr. Troiano's vehicle to a space across the street, while Mr. Troiano stood by and used his mobile telephone to call for assistance.

    Town Counsel Ray Miyares said today he did not know if this would affect Mr. Troiano's status. Mr. Troiano was put on Administrative Leave last week. Officials have been largely tight-lipped about how that leave was enacted, but today, Town Counsel Ray Miyares explained the bylaw (Last paragraph).

    There has been controversy over a meeting by Selectmen last Friday that did not meet the legal requirements of a 48 hour notice. However, the session was approved by Town Clerk Ann Click as an emergency meeting when the request was received on Wednesday at 4:01 pm. That emergency meeting was held on Friday at 7:30 am in Town Hall to approve Sewer Relief Funds. The application for those funds had to be faxed to the Mass DOR by Friday, and signed by the Selectmen and Treasurer/Collector Maureen Dwinnell. The minutes do not reflect any conversation or vote taken regarding the Town Manager during that meeting attended by Selectman Chairman Brian Herr, Vice-Chair Mary Pratt, and Selectmen RJ Dourney and Matt Zettek.

    In response to a question today, Town Counsel Miyares said that the town bylaw "...provides for administrative leave."

    When asked the purpose of the leave, Mr. Miyares said that the leave was to "preserve the status quo until we sort things out."      

    Mr. Miyares said that Chapter 33, Section 28 gave the town the power to act as it did.

   Chapter 33-28 states in part: "Employees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and respectful manner consistent with the high standards set for the town."

    It also states, "Management reserves the right to determine at which step of the disciplinary process to begin. Options range from an oral reprimand up to and including immediate dismissal. This decision will be based on the severity of the infraction. If necessary, employees may be put on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation."

Editor's Note: The paragraph above has been revised to more accurately reflect the bylaw and remove an erroneous statement.

Police News UP-TO-DATE  <---more

September 22, 2008

 

 

1:49 pm A motorists reported that a motorcycle was passing cars, at a high rate of speed, in a no passing zone on Hayden Rowe Street...

 

7:59 pm A caller complained about a teen who was possibly smoking marijuana walking on West Main Street...

 

11:56 am An Elmwood School employee reported that a male, who walks his dog on school grounds, was on the property...

 

Subjects of photo placed into blackened silhouette.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for HopNews.com,  September 22, 2008

Address

Buyer

Price

Date

Seller

Address Buyer Price Date Seller
13 Meserve Street Fredrice E. Weldon $360,000 Sep. 19, 2008 Keith A. Cheverie & Caryn E. Cheverie
8 Weybridge Lane unit 24D Alison B. Sholock $260,500 Sep. 16, 2008 Jason Sebell & Deena Sebell
6 Cole Drive unit 11 Robert P. Wood $494,900 Sep. 15, 2008 William A. Depietri, Trustee of Lumber
Street I Realty Trust
22 Trevor Lane unit 11 Noriko Kuriyama $500,000 Sep. 15, 2008 Maillet & Son LLC
1 Lilac Court unit 12A Victor C. Galvani $265,000 Sep. 15, 2008 Prabhakaran Makkathai & Vitya
Rajasekaran
Previous update:
39 Chamberlain Street Stephen A. Sousa $313,000 Sep. 11, 2008 HSBC Bank USA National Association

 

Compete for the Mass Municipal Association's Calendar

 

"Uniquely Massachusetts" is theme of photo contest held by the MMA. Entries are currently being accepted for the Mass. Municipalities Assoc.’s sixth annual photography contest, the theme of which is “Uniquely Massachusetts.”

Photographs will be judged primarily on their ability to answer the question, “What in your city/town is unique to Massachusetts?” Additional weight will be given to geographic and seasonal breakdown in an attempt to represent each region of the state and all four seasons equally in the calendar.

All entries must include one to three sentences describing the significance of the photo.

The top prize will be selected for the front cover of the MMA’s 2009 calendar, with 13 runners-up chosen for each month of the year and the back cover.

Criteria
• Contest is open to all who wish to participate.

• Submissions will be judged primarily on how well they capture the calendar theme. Secondary judging criteria will include geographic and seasonal diversity.

• Entries should be horizontal color photographs, ideally 10x8 (recommended, but not required). Black-and-white photographs will be accepted as well, but will only be judged as a possible front or back cover shot.

• Digital photos will be accepted, but must be taken at the highest possible resolution to ensure quality when enlarged to fit the calendar.

• All digital entries must be printed on 8.5-by-11-inch paper for judging. (Digital entrants will be contacted if the electronic file is required.)

• Entry deadline is Oct. 13, 2008. Send entries to: Calendar Contest, MMA, One Winthrop Square, Boston, MA 02110.

• By submitting photos, entrants agree to permit the MMA to publish the photos in its annual calendar, which is distributed free to municipal officials in Massachusetts, and to post the photos on the MMA Web site.

• Those who wish to have their photos returned after the calendar is published in January should indicate so on the back of each submission and include a self-addressed envelope.

For more information, contact Kristi Williams at the MMA.
 

~Nancy Alvarez Burdick

Hopkinton Solar Company Welcomes Massachusetts Governor

 

Left to right: Dan Nanigian, Nanmac Corp.; Matt Arner, SolarFlair Energy; Governor Deval Patrick; Alan King, Evergreen Solar.

 

September  22, 2008 – Last week, SolarFlair Energy, Inc. welcomed Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and State Secretary of Energy, Ian Bowles at SolarFlair’s recently completed 18 kW solar project in Framingham, Massachusetts. The Governor spoke of the need for growth in the manufacturing sector in Massachusetts and the need for stable energy costs as a foundation for this growth. Solar energy systems provide an opportunity for manufacturing facilities to lock in a portion of their utility costs and break away from volatile energy prices. Through the Governor’s Commonwealth Solar Program, Massachusetts businesses can capture rebates that cover 40% of the cost to purchase a solar energy system. Senator Karen Spilka and Representative Pam Richardson also spoke at the event.

 

The solar project installed at Nanmac Corp in Framingham brought together several local companies in a successful partnership. Nanmac manufactures temperature sensors for several applications including solar cell furnaces. Evergreen Solar of Marlborough, MA and Solectria Renewables of Lawrence manufactured the major components, while SolarFlair of Hopkinton provided design, installation, and project management services.

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Vegetable Oil is Green

 

by Elizabeth Eidlitz

 

“It’s disheartening. People find it hard to step into the unfamiliar and get used to change, even for this payoff,” says Jamie Merkle, an Industrial Arts teacher at Lincoln-Sudbury High school who drives a grease mobile and heats his home in Hudson with vegetable oil.

 

The payoff to which Merkle refers covers the multiple benefits of beating high gas prices and protecting the environment by modifying all types of diesel vehicles to run on waste vegetable oil.

 

 Plant based vegetable oil is sustainable. Because it emits far fewer greenhouse gases and carcinogens than petroleum-based diesel, it’s cleaner.   And   you’ll find at your local pizza parlor, Chinese food restaurant, bar and grill, or donut shop, an abundant supply of free fuel for an auxiliary 12 gallon tank in the trunk of your vehicle.

 

Inspired ten years ago by Joshua Tickel’s book ''From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank," Merkle, with Patrick Keaney, co-owners of Green Grease Monkey, have been converting diesel cars, box trucks, and school buses since 2004.

 

Green Grease Monkey, Boston-based, helps Metrowest residents join the alternative energy revolution. The company   will convert your diesel vehicle for $1,000-$2,000—an investment that pays for itself—or sell Do-It-Yourself-ers a low-cost, high-quality conversion kit, backed up with a commitment to customer service.

 

“I’m not trying to make a bundle, just trying to get people to use grease as an energy source,” says Merkle, noting that fast growing hemp and algae are also oil producers.

 

 Last April, Jim Gould of Framingham had Green Grease Monkey convert his 1987 Mercedes 300D for $1400.   

“I use to it commute from Wayland to Cambridge every day, a 30 mile round trip, and have taken it on round trips to Philly, Maine, and New Hampshire for a total of 4000 miles.

 

 “It has run beautifully from day one with no noticeable difference in performance from running on diesel.  I get 28 mpg and the same power.  The conversion has   probably saved me $700 in 4 months - not a bad return on investment. Plus it's considered carbon neutral, so it’s very cool.” READ MORE...

Hillers Football 10-7 Over Stoneham

 

There is an old saying the cream rises to the top! It was demonstrated last night in the Hiller's football game as Hopkinton's outstanding player Captain Kelly Cook booted a 30 yard field goal with four minutes remaining to give Coach Steve Simoes his first varsity win 10-7 in a non-league football game played Friday night in Stoneham.

 

Cook who was taken out of last week's game against King Phillip Regional with a severe throat injury ( rushed to UMass Hospital) saved the Hillers with a pressure packed boot to bring down Stoneham of the powerful Middlesex League. Jeff Doyle got the Hillers on the board with a 20 yard run in the 2nd quarter. Ben MacDonald had a key interception halting a Stoneham drive in the second period. The Hillers pulled off a gutsy victory in tune to their Tri-Valley opener next week against Westwood.

 

Congratulations to Steve Simoes as the rookie coach sealed his first of many Hiller victories. The Captain Kelly Cook rose to the task to rise once again for the Hillers. - Pete Marso special to Hopnews 

Reach the Beach

On September 13, 2008 Hampton Beach, NH The Hopkinton Running Club participated once again in the Reach the Beach Relay Race. The R.T.B. is a fun, adventurous 200 mile, relay race in which teams run across NH from Cannon Mountain and finish at Hampton Beach in a 24 hour time period. The Hopkinton Running Club has been participating in this event for several years now. They have 2 teams of 12 taking part in this adventure. Pictured here are the two teams (Team Loonacy I and Team Loonacy II) at the finish at Hampton Beach. ~ Ellen Mace

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September 20, 2008 — Former Ambassador to Ireland and Hopkinton resident, Richard Egan, addresses a group of Republicans gathered at the Hopkinton Country Club following last Tuesday's primary for a fundraising event for State Rep candidate Dan Haley. Mr. Haley said that Mr. Egan, a founder of EMC, was responsible for creating more jobs than any of the candidates running for office. EMC has about 40,000 employees worldwide. At the far right is former Governor William Weld, who stumped for Mr. Haley Tuesday.

Thanks for the Memories

Above, State Senator James Timilty hands an award to retired State Police Staff Sgt. Richard Clemens at State Police Headquarters on Friday.

 

September 20, 2008 — Today is the 50th Anniversary of the publication on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post of a painting called The Runaway (See below), by the famous and prolific American illustrator, Norman Rockwell.  SSgt. Clemens, above, was the Trooper who modeled for Rockwell. He and the then 8 year-old boy, Ed Locke, who modeled for the photo from which the painting was derived, were introduced to a group of active and retired troopers, led by the sound of pipes, into a room of guests for the celebration of the 50th year of that iconic painting at Mass State Police Headquarters in Framingham yesterday.

     Speaker after speaker praised Rockwell, the models, and the painting, for the positive image it gave police, and the place it has in every policeman's home.

Christine Dunphy, 58, a 30 year resident of Hopkinton died Saturday, September 20, 20008 at Mass General Hospital. Born in Scranton, PA she was the daughter of the late Jenny (Russoniello) and John Gallagher.

She was the wife of 34 years to John "Jack" Dunphy of Hopkinton and mother of Burke Dunphy of New York, New York.

Christine had worked for 36 years at the Worcester Telegram and Gazette and for the last several years she was an Editorial writer.
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50th Anniversary of The Runaway

State Police honors models in painting

 

by Robert Falcione

September 19, 2008 — The Massachusetts State Police celebrated the 50th Anniversary of a Norman Rockwell painting that depicted a State Trooper and a "runaway" boy with a sack on a stick under his seat.

      The photo, which was an artist's rendition of a human theme, has become a universally recognized iconic portrayal of the positive part of police work that seldom makes the news.

      This morning, the Massachusetts   State Police celebrated 50 years of the painting being published on the cover of the September 20, 1958 issue of The Saturday Evening Post by honoring the models who posed for the photo that led to the painting.

       According to information provided by the State Police, the hour long photo shoot's location was the counter of the Howard Johnson Restaurant in Pittsfield Mass. The background as well as the counterman were altered to give a more rural feel, as if the boy had gotten out of town.

         Massachusetts State Trooper Richard Clemens, who eventually retired as a Staff Sgt., and Ed Locke, who was 8 years-old at the time, were guests of honor at the event at headquarters in Framingham. Each received Citations from the Governor, plaques from both legislative branches, as well as gifts from the State Police Association of Massachusetts, the MSP Commissioned Officers association, and the Former Massachusetts State Troopers Association.

         Hopkinton residents John Burns  and his daughter Stephanie, who were called "Friends of the State Police" by Lt. Colonel Marian McGovern, were surprised to be recognized at the start of the celebration for helping the family of a fallen trooper who left several children, by gathering contractors to put a pro bono addition on the family's home.

 

         HopNews captured some video of the event and interviewed both guests of honor, below.

 

Below, from left, Stephanie Burns, Ed Locke (Boy model), Richard Clemens (Trooper model) and John Burns pose with copy of painting.

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Town Manager Put on Leave

 

by Robert Falcione

September 19, 2008 — Hopkinton Town manger Anthony Troiano, who was convicted this week of Motor Vehicle Homicide in Falmouth Court as a result of an accident in which a woman died, has been put on paid Administrative Leave by Hopkinton Selectmen today.

       Chairman of the Board of selectmen, Brian Herr, returning a phone call from HopNews, said that Mr. Troiano was placed on paid administrative leave, and that an email to the press stating that, and that alone, is forthcoming. (File photo of a gaunt Town Manager returning after his hospitalization at a party at Town Hall upon his return to work.)

       When asked if the Executive Session of the Board of Selectmen scheduled for Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 5:00 pm was to address Mr. Troiano, Mr. Herr said he was not allowed to say. UPDATE: An email from Brian Herr at 11:18 pm on Friday: Hopkinton Town Manager, Anthony Troiano, is being placed on paid administrative leave.  No further details are available at this time.

      An excerpt from the Selectmen's agenda for next Tuesday's evening is as follows:

 

5:00 p.m. 1. Open Public meeting/Move into Executive Session (Room 211) for the purpose to discuss personnel and contract negotiations

6:30 p.m. 2. Re-open the Public Meeting (off camera; Room 215)

 

       Selectmen can go into executive session for personnel matters, but pundits say that they may give the affected person the option of an open meeting.

       Mr. Troiano, reached by telephone this evening, said he didn't have enough information to comment.

      Selectmen appear to have been granted broad powers by the Town Charter to remove a Town Manager. It doesn't specify reasons, but does require an affirmative vote of four members of the Board of Selectmen to move forward with a "preliminary resolution of removal."

       That section of the Charter is pasted below.

      

Town Charter Provisions

 

Section 4-3: Removal and Suspension

(a) The Board of Selectmen may, by the affirmative vote of four (4) members of the Board of Selectmen, terminate and remove or suspend the Town Manager from office in accordance with the following procedure:

1. The Board of Selectmen shall adopt a preliminary resolution of removal by

the affirmative vote of four (4) members, which must state the reason or reasons for removal. The preliminary resolution may suspend the Town Manager for a period not to exceed forty-five (45) days. A copy of the resolution shall be delivered to the Town Manager within forty-eight (48) hours of its adoption.

2. Within seven (7) days after receipt of the preliminary resolution, the Town Manager may request a public hearing by filing a written request for such a hearing with the Board of Selectmen. This hearing shall be held at a meeting of the Board of Selectmen not later than twenty (20) days after the request is filed nor earlier than three (3) days after the request if filed. The Town Manager may file a written statement responding to the reasons stated in the resolution of removal with the Board of Selectmen, provided the same is received at the office of the Board of Selectmen more than forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the public hearing.

3. If the Town Manager has not requested a public hearing pursuant to

paragraph (2) above, the Board of Selectmen, by the affirmative vote of four members of the Board of Selectmen, may adopt a final resolution of removal not less than ten (10) nor more than twenty-one (21) days following the date of delivery of a copy of the preliminary resolution to the Town Manager. If the Town Manager has requested a public hearing pursuant to paragraph (2) above, the Board of Selectmen, by the affirmative vote of four members of the Board of Selectmen, may adopt a final resolution of removal. Failure to adopt a final resolution of removal within the time periods as provided in this section shall nullify the preliminary resolution of removal and the Town Manager shall, at the expiration of said time, resume the duties of the office.

                      

             4. Any action by the Board of Selectmen to terminate, remove or suspend shall be conducted pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L.A. c 39, sec.23B, the Open Meeting Law.


(b) The action of the Board of Selectmen in terminating, removing or suspending the Town Manager shall be final.

NH MAN ARRESTED, ARRAIGNED IN CONNECTION WITH ALLEGEDLY DEALING DRUGS AND DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

 

SALEM – (September 19, 2008) Today, a Manchester, NH, man was arraigned for allegedly downloading and distributing child pornography, and dealing drugs in the Essex County area. Clarence Newcomb, age 40, was arraigned on charges of Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography, Distribution of Obscene Material, Distribution of a Class A Substance (2 counts), Possession of a Class B Substance and Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws. Newcomb was arrested last night by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office.

 

In June 2007, the Attorney General’s Office began an investigation after receiving information about Newcomb’s alleged drug dealing activities.  Investigators discovered that Newcomb had allegedly sold crystal methamphetamine in and around the areas of Haverhill and Danvers.  Upon further investigation, authorities learned that Newcomb also allegedly possessed numerous images of child pornography and that he had distributed these images.  Last night, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office arrested Newcomb without incident at his place of employment in Danvers.  Investigators seized Newcomb’s personal computer and discovered images of child pornography.

 

Today, Newcomb was arraigned in Salem District Court before Judge Richard A. Mori.  Newcomb entered a plea of not guilty and was ordered held on $200,000 cash bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on October 15, 2008 for a pre-trial conference. If Newcomb does post bail he must meet the following conditions of bail imposed by Judge Mori:

·        No contact with anyone under the age of 18

·        No access to the Internet

·        Newcomb must reside in Massachusetts

·        He must wear a GPS bracelet and report to probation once a week

 

This matter involved a coordinated multi-agency investigation led by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office.  Significant assistance in the investigation was provided by the Middleton Massachusetts Police Department, the Manchester New Hampshire Police Department, the Merrimack New Hampshire Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Boston/Task Force 1, and the NH HIDTA Task Force. ~ PR

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School Committee Mulls 5 Year Plan for Energy

Looks for $485,000 in savings

by Jessica Aker

September 19, 2008 — The Hopkinton School Committee (HSC) met Thursday in the Middle School Library. The members of the HSC used a large portion of the meeting to continue the discussion of energy usage and costs involved in managing the school system. Over the summer, the HSC focused on the Borrego Solar Project, an initiative that would respond to rising energy prices and environmental education opportunities for Hopkinton and Massachusetts. On Thursday however, the focal point of the meeting was the Aramark Energy Audit Presentation. Aramark has a working relationship with Hopkinton Public Schools by providing food services. The proposed plan would expand this relationship to include an energy management program to help Hopkinton schools minimize needs and expenses for energy in district buildings.

 

Three representatives from Aramark attended the HSC meeting in order to elaborate on the 5 year plan for increased efficiency in energy usage. An Energy Manager will be onsite for a few days a week to give personal attention to the Hopkinton Schools. The plan is a comprehensive program that would improve ventilation systems, automate the schedule of exhaust fans and air handling systems, install software to automatically shut off computers at nights and on weekends, and improve lighting controls. Also included is an educational component for students and staff, which has proven to be popular in other school districts. Aramark wants to help Hopkinton run their own energy system efficiently so that when the 5 year program is complete, the work of saving energy and lowering costs will continue.

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Hard Cider

The Flavor of New England

Friday, September 19th
4 - 7 PM 

 

Hard cider is a refreshing, carbonated, sweet alcoholic drink popular in the UK and the United States as well as many other places around the world.  Here in New England, where apples are plentiful and delicious, we have many choices of hard cider to choose from.  Come to Hopkinton Wine and Spirits and see what you think!

Maria's Caffe Italiano Has

Pricing and Service Makeover

 

• Lunch in 15 minutes or less, starting at $7

• Maria's Brunch starts this Sunday, September 21, from Noon - 2pm

• Carmen Spada during Brunch

• Italian Festival on September 28, from Noon - 4pm

 

September 18, 2008 — Maria's Caffe Italiano, which graced the Main Street of Hopkinton for ten years, moved to 25 Hayward Street (On Corner of South Street) a few months ago, and has remade the business all over again today. With pricing to fit a family's budget, and lunch choices to help the busy businessman or woman get back to work in a timely fashion, Maria's is hard to resist.

      For lunch, Maria offers 4 entrees, 5 salads and 5 sandwiches that start at $7 and are guaranteed in 15 minutes or less. Maria has 4 very Italian specialty pizzas available for around $9, made with the freshest and finest of ingredients, right from the oven to you.

      Maria's Brunch in the Grotto Azzurra (Right) is only $14.95, and again with the finest and freshest ingredients. It kicks off this Sunday at 11:30 am and will continue until 2:00 pm. Feast on a hearty buffet and enjoy the jazz and Italian music of Carmen Spada (Left), while the kids get a special price of only $6.95.

      On September 28, 2008 Maria will host an Italian Festival and traditional Italian cookout between Noon and 4:00 pm. There will be things for the youngsters to do, such as making their own homemade cannoli (pl.). Milford Savings Bank will be handing out popcorn and balloons.   

 

Editor's note: Recent news stories have told of the wholesale closing of restaurants in the area. Many have blamed the economy, given the high cost of gas and heating fuel. Owner Maria Forte has made a choice to slash prices, compete on price, and still give her diners a better experience with lower prices and larger portions. Maria's is a HopNews advertiser.

Have You Checked the HopNews Calendar Lately?

 

Below are some events:

September 19 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.

 

September 19, 20, 26, 27 ESL hosts Closer Than Ever Musical 8:00 pm @ ESL Studio. Tickets: $16 adults, $13 students/seniors. With Mark DiCampo, Phil Doherty, Lyndie Laramore and Mary Scarlata-Rowe. This musical is a series of stories about relationships.  An intimate, insightful tale about love, security, and happiness - and holding onto them in a world that pulls you in a hundred directions at once. Grab your loved one or your best girl friends and come on out for a great evening of song. More information is available at www.enterstagelefttheater.com

 

There's much more on that night alone! Please check our HopNews Calendar for things to do.

 

October 7, 2008 The Alzheimer’s Association is offering a helpful overview of Alzheimer’s disease at a workshop, October 7, 2008, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., at the Hopkinton Senior Center that is free and open to public.  Getting Started: What to do When a Family Member has Memory Loss covers diagnosis, addressing behavior and communication problems, and how to find local resources.  Registration is required, call 800.272.3900.

 

Hopkinton Company to Present at UBS Global Life Sciences Conference

 

HOPKINTON, Mass., September 18, 2008 -- Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:CALP) today announced that its presentation at the UBS Global Life Sciences Conference in New York City, will be webcast on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 3:30 p.m. EDT. Kevin Hrusovsky (File photo), President and CEO of Caliper, will be providing an update on the company’s business. The audio-only webcast can be accessed at HERE. A copy of the corporate presentation will be available at Caliper’s website in the Investor Relations section. The replay of the webcast will be available three hours after the presentation, and will be available for 30 days.

 

About Caliper Life Sciences

Caliper Life Sciences is a premier provider of cutting-edge technologies enabling researchers in the life sciences industry to create life-saving and enhancing medicines and diagnostic tests more quickly and efficiently. Caliper is aggressively innovating newtechnology to bridge the gap between in vitro assays and in vivo results and then translating those results into cures for human disease. Caliper’s portfolio of offerings includes state-of-the-art microfluidics, lab automation & liquid handling, optical imaging technologies, and discovery & development outsourcing solutions. For more information please visit www.caliperLS.com

Public Hearing on Zoning Changes

October 1, 2008

 

The Zoning Advisory Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 7:00 PM in the Fire Station Meeting Room, 73 Main St., at which time it would like to hear ideas that Town Boards, Committees, organizations or the general public have with respect to desired changes to the Zoning Bylaw and/or the Zoning Map. Zoning bylaws generally regulate the use of land, buildings and structures. This is an opportunity to propose changes to the land use of specific areas in Hopkinton, and other ideas with respect to land use regulation. The Committee invites you to the hearing to present your ideas and suggestions.

 

The Committee requests that if possible, a written summary of the idea or proposal be sent to the Planning Department at Town Hall prior to October 1. For more information, please contact Elaine Lazarus, Planning Director, at 508-497-9755.

Ken Weismantel, Chairman

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Alprilla Farm Well flow test complete

September 18, 2008 — Bill Callahan of Boart Longyear drilling company shuts off the valve from the one of the pumps that was used for the  Alprilla  Farm well tests. He had shut down the generator moments earlier as his timer, as well as those of others —  engineers for GeoSphere — went off nearly simultaneously at noon, signaling the end of the fifteen-day test of the well on town-owned land.

      "Everybody's happy," he said. "I've been waiting a long time for that," he said. Mr. Callahan has been at the site every day of the test.

      Legacy Farms, in an agreement with the town, is developing the wells for their 940 residential, 450,000 square foot commercial project, and will allow the excess for the Town's uses.

      After the completion of the tests today, Legacy Farms Project Manager Steven Zeiff said that there was only one DEP-notified stoppage of flow for generator maintenance, otherwise, the well put out 288,000 gallons per day, above the 170,000 gpd sought by the developer as a benchmark.

      Mr. Zeiff said that he believes the final result will be "greater" than the test yield of 288,000 gpd.

      In addition to yield, the test also considered the effect on the private wells surrounding the new town well location, especially on the Alprilla Farm Road development.

      According to Hopkinton Public Health Administrator Ed Wirtanen, no one has complained of problems with their wells during the test period.

      The next step, said Mr. Zeiff, is for the town to take the data and submit it, likely on November 1, for an ENF (Environmental Notification Form) to determine water capacity and quality. "After a comment period, MEPA (Massachusetts Environmental Protection Act) will then review the test results," he said. A withdrawal permit will also be a DEP required submission.

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Joyce Coughlin 51

Joyce (Lemiere) Coughlin, 51, formerly of Hopkinton, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008. A private ceremony will take place Monday, Sept. 22, at Chesmore Funeral Home in Hopkinton.

Gigantic Yard Sale- Bring YOUR Stuff, Too!

Community Covenant Church

Corner of West Main and South Streets- Hopkinton

Saturday, September 20th, from 10 AM – 2 PM

 

This coming Saturday, September 20th, from 10 AM – 2 PM, Community Covenant Church of Hopkinton will be having a Yard Sale in our parking lot. Monies raisedfrom our event will support foreign missionaries as well as local youth programs. File photo.

Given our difficult economic times, and our highly visible location (21b exit off of 495; on the corner of West Main and South Streets), Community Covenant wants to send out a quick invitation to neighbors in Hopkinton, who may want to join us with their own end-of-the-summer yard sale goods. There will be no charge for people setting up their own table(s) of used items. (People wanting to sell new merchandise need to call the church at 508-435-3723 to make arrangements.)

I personally appreciate any ways in which you can distribute this invitation. I hope that together we can help some local families in need.
ComCovHop@verizon.net

Sincerely,
Rev. Bruce Johnson, Pastor
Community Covenant Church, 2 West Elm Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748

Above, from left, Rachel Gately, Lindsay Kramer, and Katie Duggan.

September 17, 2008 — This year, three Hopkinton teens, Rachel Gately, Katie Duggan, and Lindsay Kramer, are participating in the annual Jimmy Fund Walk.  This walk is an opportunity for the community to help raise money to fund research to find a cure for cancer.  On September 21, 2008, the team is walking from Hopkinton to Boston in an effort to raise awareness and raise money for this worthy cause.  If you would like to donate to the team, please visit their website at www.jimmyfundwalk.org/3walkateers.  Click on the “General Team Donation” tab at the top, and follow the instructions on how to make a donation.  Thank you so much for your support!

YARD SALE AT THE GOLDEN SPOON RESTAURANT
   Proceeds to benefit Goddard Cadet Squadron, Civil Air Patrol
                        
DATE:              Saturday, September 20th
                         Rain date: Sat., Sept 27th
 TIME:               8 AM to 4 PM
LOCATION:       The Golden Spoon Restaurant
                       Corner of Rt 135 & Lumber Street
                       Just off Exit 21A, Rt. 495
SALE ITEMS:      Toys, Books, Clothing, Sporting Goods,
                       DVDs & Movies, Household Items, Furniture, ...

Recycling with the Lions Club

Got ‘pile-up’ problems with your empty bottles and cans? While this may not be a huge disaster, the clutter can sure get you down. Why not let the Lions Club give you a hand? They are running their next recycle day on Saturday, September 27th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Colella’s Market. Just stop by and unload your stress.

 

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