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Energy Talks Continue for Hopkinton School Committee


By Jessica Aker
October 17, 2008-
The Hopkinton School Committee (HSC) met Thursday night to discuss 30 agenda items. The HSC focused on a variety of topics including the Siemens Corporation energy program, gifts, and contracts. As the school year progresses, it is easy to see that while the HSC has many issues to cover, they are on track and organized with each, providing timelines for completion of various projects and initiatives.


To continue with their efforts to support an energy savings programs within Hopkinton Public Schools, The HSC heard a presentation from Ronald Butzke, a representative from Siemens Corporation. Mr. Butzke gave an indepth and lively presentation about the process that includes choosing an Energy Service Company (ESCO) instead of a company such as Aramark, which offers services directly to a client.

"I enjoy doing what I do, and I believe in it," said Mr. Butzke. A project with Siemens Corporation would include designing a plan with multiple components, installing efficient energy structures, maintaining all that was replaced, and financing. Money from the working budget would go towards the initial costs of the project, but then the savings on expensive energy or costs of repair would be used to pay for the project in the future. Some project component options are indoor air quality, waste management, educational programs and security systems. The HSC is free to set a timeline of any amount of years, although clients usually pick around 15 years as their timeframe. The HSC could appoint and third party to complete the details of the plan, hire Siemens Corporation, complete projects themselves, or a combination of these three paths.

Mr. Butzke pointed out that, "This is a great way to complete a lot of projects because it has worked for multiple towns and institutions like Keefe Technical School, which is close by. The money that would pay for all of the repairs and upgrades would not be coming from increases taxes on citizens." READ MORE

Police Patrols to Increase in Problem Neighborhoods


Community Policing Advisories

The Police Department frequently receives calls from our residents regarding activities in their neighborhoods that they believe to be unsafe, or illegal, or a nuisance. We investigate these reports and respond with a variety of methods. Occasionally the best response is a combination of increasing public awareness and increasing patrols. I believe that to be the best response with the following reports.


The Lake Maspenock Area

We receive frequent reports of people using fireworks and people driving recreational vehicles on the roads.


What we will do.

We will us some of the Community Policing Grant that we receive from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to add some extra patrol shifts to times when the reports of these activities are most frequent.


What you can do.

If you or your children own and operate recreational vehicles be sure to familiarize yourself with the laws and obey them.


If you use fireworks, stop. They are illegal in Massachusetts. If you own fireworks call the Fire Department and arrange to turn them in with no questions asked.

Report any violations of the law that you see, or hear, to us.


The Smith Road, Jackson Road, Connelly Hill Road Area

We receive reports of groups of young teenagers roaming the neighborhood obstructing traffic and making noise in the evenings of non-school nights. The reporters have seen young teens dropped off in the neighborhood by adults.


What we will do.

We use some of the Community Policing Grant to add some extra patrol shifts to times when the reports of these activities are most frequent.


What you can do.

If you are dropping off your child to this, or any neighborhood, be sure the destination, and activity you believe to be planned is actually planned.


Report any violations of the law that you see, or hear, to us.


Chief of Police, Thomas R. Irvin

Hopkinton Police Dept., 74 Main St., Hopkinton, MA 01748

Don't forget to call ahead to Sauce on Main for a fine dinner, Thursday - Saturday

Golden Spoon for breakfast? Of course!

And don't forget the Friday night's feast! 

Fatal Crash on Route 195 in Somerset - UPDATE

Passenger not wearing seatbelt, ejected, killed


On Friday, October 17, 2008, at approximately 2:05 a.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Dartmouth responded to a single vehicle crash on Route 195 East in the vicinity of the Lees River Road overpass that resulted in one fatality and one minor injury.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Allyson Powell indicates that Twenty-one year old Rosin So from Providence was operating a 2001 Chevrolet Impala on Route 195 East when she lost control and struck the median guardrail.  After striking the median guardrail, the Chevrolet crossed all lanes and struck the guardrail on the right side of the road.  After striking the guardrail on the right side of the highway, the Chevrolet once again crossed over all lanes before coming to rest on top of the median guardrail facing West in the eastbound lanes.  Eighteen year old Anita Ruom from Lowell, the passenger who was not wearing a safety belt, was ejected from the vehicle during the crash, and was declared deceased at the scene.  The operator was wearing a safety belt and was trapped in the vehicle after the crash.  She was extricated by emergency personnel and transported by ambulance to Charlton Hospital and later to Rhode Island Hospital with minor injuries.  


This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.  The Bristol County State Police Detective Unit, The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, The Somerset Fire Department, The Somerset Police Department, and MassHighway assisted troopers at the scene. 


Due to the crash investigation and vehicle removal, the left and center travel lanes of Route 195 East were closed for approximately 4 hours. 

Town Manager’s Office

Town Manager Search Committee Announcement


At the October 15, 2008 Selectmen’s meeting, the Board of Selectmen announced the establishment of a five member Town Manager Search Committee consisting of two at-large residents to be appointed by the Selectmen; two representatives from the Personnel Committee; and one representative from the Appropriation Committee.


Interested persons should submit a letter of interest and resume by email to or to the Town Manager’s Office, located on the second floor in the Town Hall, by noon on Friday, October 24th.


Candidates, for the at-large positions, will be interviewed by the Board of Selectmen at their October 28th meeting at 7:50 p.m. in Room 215 located on the second floor in the Town Hall.

For more information, please call Geri Holland at 508-497-9700.

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Beauty Galore

October 16, 2008 — Kennia, Brianna and Rachel are at Meiling Hester's table, mugging it up for the camera, at the beauty exposition at the Hopkinton Country Club on Thursday evening. They are from Salon Entré Nous in Southborough.

Chief Gary Daugherty a Candidate for Framingham Fire Chief

October 16, 2008 — Confirming longstanding rumors that he was an applicant for the job of Framingham Fire Chief, Chief Gary Daugherty held a meeting at Town Hall today to tell employees just that, only one day after being appointed Interim Town Manager by the Selectmen (Above) for a term of up to 6 months.

     "I've known for a long time," said selectmen Vice-Chair Mary Pratt, in a phone interview this evening.

     "At first there were 55 applicants, then 32, and now the committee of retired fire chiefs has narrowed it down to three from Framingham, one from New Hampshire, and Gary," she said.

      "He didn't know until today that he was still being considered."

      Mrs. Pratt said she believed Chief Daugherty would be able to serve as Interim Town manager, because the Framingham Fire Chief is not retiring until November 1, 2008.

      A relative who answered his phone this evening said that the Chief was not taking phone calls.

     Selectmen Chair Brian Herr said this evening that the Board had not discussed doing over the Interim Town Manager search.

     "There are opportunities out there for all of us. In this day and age, there are a lot of people out there kicking the tires.

     "It's like the head coach of UMass going to Duke.

     "It's not a big deal.'" he said.   

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Patricia Catherine Leary, 73

Patricia Catherine Leary, 73, of Hopkinton died October 14, 2008 at Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham. Born in Natick, She was the daughter of the late Ellen (McSweeney) and Alphonse Lupien.

In 1951 Patricia became a Hopkinton resident and wife of William John Leary of Hopkinton. She was the sister of Dorothy Deschamps, Robert, John, Thomas and James Lupien. She also leaves her Son William Leary Jr. of Hopkinton, 3 grandchildren, William III, Daniel and Michael Leary and numerous cousins. She is predeceased by a son David Leary who died in April of
2002. Arrangements complete

Rape Aggression Defense Systems Training

Training for Women ONLY - Spaces Limited




·                    R.A.D. is an Internationally taught realistic hands on self defense training class specifically designed for women (12-16 hours)

·                    The program teaches and emphasizes awareness, avoidance and physical self defense with the tools we possess with us at all times (hands, feet, elbows, knees, head, etc…)

·                    All ages, sizes and physical capabilities are welcome (14, 15 or 16; parental waiver will be needed – 13 and under is too young for this class)

·                    The class is free of charge, sponsored by the Hopkinton Police Department

·                    Manuals are provided as are water and light snacks

·                    Casual exercise clothing and an aerobic type of sneaker preferred

·                    To enroll or if you have questions simply call Detective Tim Brennan 508-497-3401 X303 and clearly and slowly leave your name, email address and phone number.  The first 30 women to call this number will be enrolled (maximum number of students is 30).  Confirmations will be done by email.


Wednesday nights: 6pm-9:30pm, Nov 5, 12, 19 at the Doyle Gym. December 3 location TBA.

                                      All classes must be attended to go through simulation. 

INSTRUCTORS:          Officer Linda Higgins and Detective Timothy J. Brennan.


Friday and Saturday

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

10 Downey Street, Hopkinton

Antiques, furniture, collectibles, one of a kind


Don't forget to call ahead to Sauce on Main for a fine dinner, Thursday - Saturday

Golden Spoon for breakfast? Of course!

And don't forget the Friday night's feast! 

Teacher, Students'

Artwork Published




Hopkinton High School art teacher, Ms. Colleen Sweet Gianino, and two Hopkinton High School seniors, Katie Wilson and Phil Powers Jr., have had their artwork published in the October 2008SchoolArts national magazine.  Phil Powers Jr. designed the creative cover for the October issue of the magazine.  Ms. Gianino and Katie Wilson each submitted several original graphic designs and each wrote an article describing how they gain their inspiration for their art for the Teacher-Student Portfolio section of the magazine.  Ms. Gianino also submitted a separate lesson plan for publication in the same issue, increasing the representation and focus on Hopkinton High School’s art program in the magazine.


TheSchoolArts magazine is a national monthly publication specializing in artwork and articles submitted by teachers and students throughout the nation.  SchoolArts magazine is committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts.


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Fire Chief Named Interim Town Manager by Selectmen

$2,000 per month added to $103,000 yearly salary

October 15, 2008 — Hopkinton Fire Chief Gary Daugherty and Treasurer/Collector Maureen Dwinnell were interviewed by the Board of Selectmen in the intimate setting of Room 211 in Town Hall for the position of Interim Town Manager, which could last six months, while a new Town Manager is sought.

     Hopkinton Fire Chief Gary Daugherty was given another crack at the position by unanimous vote of the Board. They cited his experience in taking over as Interim Town Manager after former Town Manager Anthony Troiano was hospitalized, and placed into a coma to recover, following a horrific automobile crash in May of 2007 after leaving a Selectmen's meeting for home.

    Selectman Michael Shepard, the lone advocate of Mrs. Dwinnell, said before the vote that he would switch his vote so the Board could vote as a block.

     "We are a Board, not five individuals," he said.

     However, when the Board voted to add $2,000 a month to Chief Daugherty's paycheck after a short haggling session, Mr. Shepard was the sole vote against it.

     "So much for unanimity," joked Selectman Matthew Zettek.

     Mrs. Dwinnell was thanked for putting her name in the hat and said she would support Chief Daugherty.

     "You are passionate and it shows," said Selectman RJ Dourney to Mrs. Dwinnell at the beginning of the process.

     Mrs. Dwinnell said she would not accept the position of permanent Town Manager, but Chief Daugherty left the door open when he was asked.

     After the pay negotiation, Chief Daugherty was told to begin immediately by Selectmen.


Permanent Town manager

     According to the Hopkinton Town Charter, the process of hiring a new Town Manager begins with a Search Committee which must be appointed "not more than 30 days" following the vacancy in the office.

     The Search Committee must be made up of five people; two citizens at large appointed by the Selectmen, but they cannot be Selectmen. The Personnel Department appoints two and the Appropriations Committee appoints one. Director of Human resources, Maryrose DeGroot, said she would steer the committee, but would not vote.

     Within 150 days, the Search Committee must present between three and five names of candidates to the Selectmen for consideration. If the selectmen fail to choose one, the search begins anew with a 60 day deadline.


Budget Cuts

      The Selectmen had a short budget discussion regarding news about the economy, especially from the Governor. they discussed hiring freezes and loss of positions through attrition, and cutting all overtime for non public-safety personnel.

      However, Assessor Dr. John Duffy was in the audience and assured them that this year's budget is safe from cuts at the state level.

      "The potential for shortfall is just about zero," he said.

      Mrs. Dwinnell repeated the same, saying that the governor would not touch those affected items.

      Below is a short video of the selectmen voting.

It's a Start

October 16, 2008 — Following a story in the Metrowest Daily News where she said if everyone gave a dollar toward the Tax Relief Fund, it would help fund the program that offers senior citizens tax relief, Treasurer/Collector Maureen Dwinnell found a five dollar bill on the window of her office late this afternoon, a dollar from each family member.

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Hopkinton Wine & Spirits

Grand Tasting & Open House

Saturday, October 25th

1 - 6 PM


Central Massachusetts' Tasting Event of the Season


 • Huge Selection • Leading Experts • Mix 'n' Match Discount Pricing • New this year •  Scotch Tasting

Join your neighbors and friends

for a hike up Peppercorn Hill on

Sunday, October 19th

  Time: 1 p.m. (hike will last approx. 2 hours)

Rain or Shine


Directions:  Take South Street to Camp Street (on right), go to end, then take a right onto Crockett Road.  About 1/2 mile on left is small parking area where the hike will begin. Don Kerr, longtime resident and LMPA member will be leading the hike.


Wear sneakers, bring water, a snack, a camera. An easy hike -- good for all ages! Map     Map and Facts


Help Bail Out Pastor Bruce


Dear Friends,

Some of you might be asking yourself, "Why hasn't this happened earlier?", but I am finally going to jail.


Next Wednesday, October 22nd, I will be picked up at 10 am and thrown in jail for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). In order to get out, I need your support.

I am participating this year in memory of an Omaha parishioner named Linda who had Frederick's Ataxia, a form of MDA. Though wheelchair bound by her late 20's, she was an inspiration to Carole and me during our 10 years of ministry in Nebraska. I want to see a cure for Muscular Dystrophy so that people like Linda can avoid the challenges of this disabling disease.

If you are willing to afford any donation toward my release from jail would you please email your pledge amount back to me, and send a check made out to "MDA" to my church address:

Community Covenant Church
2 West Elm Street
Hopkinton, MA 01534
Thank You for Your Support!
Bruce Johnson

Don't forget to call ahead to Sauce on Main for a fine dinner, Thursday - Saturday

Golden Spoon for breakfast? Of course!

And don't forget the Friday night's feast! 

Here Comes the Pumpkin Prom!


It’s that time of the year. . . the days are crisp, the nights frosty and the pumpkins are ready to be carved! And the Hopkinton Lions and Leos Clubs are all set to present their 12th annual Pumpkin Prom at the Middle School.


Each year about this time, Dads of girls in Kindergarten through Grade 5 get spiffed up and escort their special date(s) to this annual evening of dancing and fun. This year’s celebration will be held on Sunday, October 26th from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Rock to the music of your favorite DJ, enjoy the raffles and snacks galore. You just know it doesn’t get any better than this! Tickets are $15 for the Dads, with free admission for their dates. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Reminder from Calendar

Third Annual BUNCO Night for Charity!


October 24 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. Check the HopNews calendar every day!

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Sky High

October 15, 2008 — These are neither Ninja's, nor escapees from a Fifty's sci-fi show, but workers for Champagne's Roofing in the bucket of a crane on top of 85 Main Street.

Melanie's Grandfather Endorses Dan Haley

To The Editor:


Most residents of Massachusetts are, hopefully, familiar with or at least have heard of “Melanie’s Law”, the tough anti-drunk driving measure enacted in October, 2005. Over the past three years, the law is credited with saving 46 lives on our roadways.


What many people may not know is that Dan Haley, a candidate for State Representative in the 8th Middlesex District, wrote the law.


I had the opportunity to spend a great deal of time with Dan when, along with Melanie’s parents, I advocated for the passage of the law. Dan was my “go-to” guy in understanding the laws then on the books, preparing for the inevitable objections and questions I would face from opponents of the law and devising a strategy that would convince reluctant legislators to do the right thing. I could spend many words describing Dan’s thorough knowledge of the law, his endless hours of preparation and his commitment to making a difference.


But the most important task voters face in choosing the person who will represent them in the legislature is selecting someone who possesses the character that will reflect well on their community. FULL LETTER

Picture Perfect

October 15, 2008 —The Hopkinton Reservoir was postcard-pretty on Tuesday, the colors of the leaves being the most brilliant in years, following the rainiest two seasons in memory.

 Senior Moments

 The Lions Roar at the Senior Center

by Nancy L. Drawe



October 15, 2008 — “On top of spaghetti, all covered with cheese, I lost my poor meatball when somebody sneezed!”  Actually, it was ziti, not spaghetti, but it doesn’t matter because that’s the song I had in my head last Wednesday night.   It was the biannual Lion’s Club Spaghetti Dinner for the seniors held at the Hopkinton Senior Center.   Each year, the Lion’s Club hosts two of these dinners free to all seniors in Hopkinton, one in the spring, the other in the fall.   Leo Lavoie, the President of the club has been a member for 17 years, since 1991.   He said there was a “need to do something special for the Seniors in town,” so they started volunteering to host these spaghetti dinners at no cost to the seniors.  They used to be held in the old senior center, downstairs from the Town Hall and like Leo said, “It was pretty much cramped and attendance was limited,” so they were thrilled when the new center opened there was enough space for a lot more people to come and enjoy this special dinner.  


Not only do the Lion’s fund the spaghetti dinner, but they volunteer their time by serving the meal.  The seniors get royalty treatment by the members of the club as well as from the “Leo’s.”  The Leo’s are the future Lion’s; they’re young students, male and female, who, like the Lion’s, enjoy serving their community.   Their motto is “Leadership, Experience and Opportunity.”  The girls who were at the center that night were wonderful!  Very friendly, courteous and quick with serving the dinners. 


I noticed a group of women sitting at one of the tables and all but one were wearing red shirts.  I thought “How cute is that! Everyone just happened to wear red tonight.”    I soon found out that they wear red on purpose to every single spaghetti dinner hosted by the Lion’s Club and have been doing so since the very beginning!   Ronnie, Ellie, Jean, Ruth, Leslie, Kathy, Maria and Pat are the women in red who said they “always wear red shirts because of the spaghetti sauce.”    “You can call us ‘The Red Shirts,’” they said.   “If we walk out wearing some of the sauce, no one notices!”


Don't forget to call ahead to Sauce on Main for a fine dinner, Thursday - Saturday

Golden Spoon for breakfast? Of course!

And don't forget the Friday night's feast! 

Happy Fiftieth

October 15, 2008 — Someone placed one pink flamingo for every year of Mary McKeon's life today to celebrate her fiftieth birthday on Tuesday in the Indian Brook condos.



A Walk for

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention



Last Saturday, myself, Elise Coffey, and Kelley Danahy walked to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  Our team raised $570 so far in memory of my good friend, and long time Hopkinton resident, Pete. 


The walk took place in Brighton, it was bittersweet, but seeing how many people were out there raising money was amazing! Donations can still be accepted until Dec 31st 2008.  We're already excited for next years walk, and hope to triple the amount of money raised for prevention and awareness!!


Click link above for my donation page.   Myself on the left, Wally in the middle, and Elise on the right.

~Stephanie Carver


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Recycling with the Lions Club

at Colella’s Market

October 25th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Once again the Lions Club is making a major effort to collect recyclable bottles and cans for their on-going drive. Their next set-up date at Colella’s Market is on October 25th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This monthly drive is just one of the ways the Lions Club raises funds to help others.

Truth about Trash Pickup Holidays


Monday, Columbus Day, October 13th was not a holiday for E. L. Harvey & Sons. Trash and Recycling collection this week is NOT delayed by one day, the regular trash and recycling collection schedule is being followed.


Tuesday, Veterans Day, November 11th is also not a holiday for E.L. Harvey & Sons. Regular trash and recycling schedules will be followed that week.


The current trash and recycling calendar is available online here.


Illustration by Ashley T. M. Jackson



BOSTON -  October 14, 2008 — Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office has filed a lawsuit and obtained a temporary restraining order against Boston-based process server Stokes & Levin, Inc. and its sole officer and director, Darren Stokes, in connection with allegations that Stokes & Levin engaged in a pattern of falsifying service of legal papers and filing those documents with state and federal courts. The lawsuit, filed Friday in Suffolk Superior Court, also alleges that the parties falsely represented to various courts that legal documents had been properly served on certain individuals. The temporary restraining order prohibits the defendants’ from serving any legal papers.

          “Businesses and individuals need to have the utmost confidence in the integrity of all aspects of the judicial system” said Attorney General Coakley. “Stokes & Levin’s practice of falsifying court filings to reflect service of legal documents that never occurred undermines the legal system.  Legal process servers play an integral role in the judicial system, and when they fail to fully and honestly fulfill that role, the risk of harm to the persons or entities whose legal rights are affected is unacceptable.”

According to the complaint, filed in Suffolk Superior Court, Stokes & Levin filed documents on multiple occasions with courts, indicating that it had served documents on the intended recipients, when in fact, Stokes & Levin had not served the documents at all. These alleged actions left individuals exposed to potential liability in cases that they may not have been aware of.

            Stokes & Levin also allegedly misrepresented in court filings and at court hearings that service of legal documents had occurred, thereby signaling that cases could proceed, when in fact, the intended recipients had not received the documents and were not on notice of the legal proceedings and hearings in which they were expected to participate and attend. 

           The Attorney General’s Office is seeking to permanently prohibit Stokes & Levin and Mr. Stokes from serving legal papers in connection with litigation, whether under the current corporate name or the name of any other business, organization or “doing business” entity.  A hearing for a preliminary injunction is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on October 16, 2008 in Suffolk Superior Court.

             This matter is being handled by Assistant Attorneys General Scott Schafer and Elizabeth Koenig, both of Attorney General Coakley’s Consumer Protection Division, with assistance from Kristen Metzger of the Investigations Division.

NOTE: In June, Darren Stokes was ordered to pay $3.3 million for allegedly costing a man position and reputation by lying about serving a summons that he never did. Globe story.



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6th, 7th and 8th graders

Back by Popular Demand !!!!!!

Early Release Day: Wednesday, October 22, 2008

-> MAXIMUM: 150 youths. Sign up now! <-


 TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: First Congregational Church of Hopkinton

FEE: $10.00 - includes pizza and drink

What’s there to do?

Ga Ga Pit – a big hit at last year’s Early Release Program!

Gym: dodge ball and basketball!

Game rooms: ping pong, pool table and foosball!

Café: bring extra money for snacks!


Music room for "jamming"! ♫ BRING YOUR INSTRUMENTS.

BUS TRANSPORTATION: Students must take the bus at 10:45 a.m. from the Middle School to the church, at no additional cost. Parents must arrange for students to be picked up at the church at 2:00 p.m. There are no late busses on Early Release Days.


TO REGISTER FOR THE FUN!: Register online at or, pick up a registration form at the Parks and Recreation Office in Town Hall. First come, first served basis. MAXIMUM: 150 youths. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Registration MUST be received by the Parks and Recreation Office No Later Than MONDAY, October 20, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. If you register online, print a registration receipt at the time you register – this will be your only confirmation.

PARENTS: Plenty of supervision provided by adult volunteers who are CORI certified.

Questions?, for Scholarship information, or to volunteer for 10-22-08 or Early Release Days in the spring, please contact Michele Piane via email :

Program sponsored by: Hopkinton Parks and Recreation; Hopkinton Youth Commission.


Golden Spoon for breakfast? Of course!

And don't forget the Friday night's feast! 


Last day to register to vote and change party enrollment for State Election is Wednesday, October 15.

The ballot questions for November 4th election.

See the full brochure from Secretary of State's Office:

Information for Voters

Police News UP-TO-DATE  <---More


October 13, 2008


4:03 pm A caller reported that a tractor trailer unit was selling furniture door to door...


1:42 am A caller reported a large fight in progress on Tammer Lane...


2:55 am A caller reported that youths were smashing cars with a bat on Hayden Rowe...


11:47 pm A caller reported a possible breaking and entering in progress on Ralph Road...

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for,  October 13, 2008






Address Buyer Price Date Seller
5 Gibbon Road Scott A. Pierce & Stacy R. Pierce $674,000 Oct.  10, 2008 Nickolaos Theodorou & Caitlin
60 Ash Street Anthony R. Storm & Uma M. Storm $884,900 Oct.  09, 2008 Newbridge Construction Company
9 Pendulum Pass Karen T. Dow & John M. Dow $700,000 Oct.  09, 2008 Bernard McCrossan & Patricia
8 Rosewood Lane unit 10D Peter O. Orondo $230,000 Oct.  07, 2008 GMAC Mortgage LLC
Previous update:        
17 Fawn Ridge Road William S. Ober & Gayle Fleischer Ober $1,800,000 Oct.  03, 2008 Mark S. Lewis & Sharon A. Lewis
37 Lakeshore Drive Patrick M. Roddy & Heidi M. Roddy $258,000 Sep. 29, 2008 Sarah E. Molloy & Harold J. Molloy


 From the Radical Middle...

The Real Economic Lowdown

25 cent bread on the horizon?


by Robert Falcione

October 13, 2008 — There was a day when a ten year-old could buy cigarettes, the polio vaccine had just been discovered, and talk of a serial bus would have sent a kid to the window expecting to see a large box of Cheerios on wheels.

        Back then, every kid knew how to tuck themselves under their desks upon seeing a "light brighter than the sun" and save themselves from the inevitable atomic attack by the Soviet Union. But nothing compared to the economic terror that was imprinted into the children's psyche, like patterns in a waffle, by their parents.

      In those days, kids heard countless stories of the Great Depression, and wondered about the misnomer. After all, why was 5 cent bread bad? Understanding economics is difficult, especially for kids.

      Those parents of Baby Boomers, the Greatest Generation, were experts at spreading guilt around; miss Mass and go to Hell, spend a dime on candy and try to enjoy it while your parents complain they never had any, and visualize tramps in top coats and fedoras standing in line holding bowls every time you eat chicken soup.

       It was especially difficult listening to those stories while at the same time paying 10 cents for the bus and 25 cents for the movie every week. But there was the inevitable lecture over the balance of the dollar a kid got every Saturday, being spent on candy, popcorn and soda.

       "We never got that much when we were kids," parents would say.

       But bread was a nickel when they were kids. Everybody had clothes delivered. The clothes were made in America with cotton grown in America and weaved in American factories on machines that were also made in America. But the so-called world economy sent the work packing to the American South, and then hopping all over the world until now, where I can only assume they are made by children who work in some foreign sweat shop for 16 hours a day with materials grown in a similar country that I never knew existed. And the clothes still cost more money than King Midas' fortune. Why is that? Economics is really difficult to understand, especially for adults. Where the heck does money come from, I have often wondered.

        But the Panic of '29 would never happen again, because the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation would insure every account up to $100,000, we were told.

       "Who would be stupid enough to put their money elsewhere?" children everywhere would wonder. Who would have thought that trillions of dollars would be given to people who were unqualified, and that apparently millions of "investors" would leverage even more purchases on the backs of those bloated values — and then fail to shut the water off and turn in the key when they abandon the property and dissolve their LLC? The banks that have failed on this most recent round were apparently co-conspirators in a culture that made a joke of integrity, and a science of obfuscation. Didn't they ever stop to wonder where the money came from?

      And now, it looks like it was all rather vaporous to begin with, much of it having gone poof! in about a week's time.


Old Stone Church

October 12, 2008 — The roving HopNews camera captured the Old Stone Church on the shore of the Wachusett reservoir in West Boylston on Sunday afternoon, surrounded by brilliant colors.

Fatal Crash on Route 93 Southbound to Exit 20 Boston

Driver not wearing seatbelt, ejected, killed - passenger lives


October 12, 2008 — Today at approximately 12:30 A.M., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks on the Turnpike responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Route 93 South to exit 20 in Boston that resulted in one fatality.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper James Massari indicates that a 2007 Nissan 350Z being operated by an 18 year-old Michael Luu of Malden was traveling south on Route 93, when he struck the attenuator (guardrail) at exit 20 ramp.  The operator Michael Luu, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle; Michael Luu was transported by ambulance to Boston Medical.  Michael Luu sustained fatally injures and was pronounced at Boston Medical.  A passenger, Jackie Wong, a 19 year-old from Malden was transported to Boston Medical with injuries.


The crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section and the Suffolk Detectives.  Troopers were also assisted by Boston Fire Department, Boston EMS and Mass Turnpike. 



Golden Spoon for breakfast? Of course!

And don't forget the Friday night's feast! 

And it Was Yellow

October 11, 2008 — This yellow tree, amplified by a shot of sunlight, is surrounded by a stand of pines at the Headquarters on Cedar Street today, making  its location very distinctive.


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