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Governor Deval Patrick Visits Hopkinton

Endorses Carolyn Dykema at Bill's Pizza

October 29, 2008 — Above, in a strategically placed product shot with the HopNews office in the background, State representative candidate Carolyn Dykema escorts Governor Deval Patrick to Bill's Pizza to speak on her behalf. State Senator Karen Spilka was also on hand to support Carolyn Dykema. More on this later tonight.

 Senior Moments

 Flu Clinic on Thursday, November 6 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

by Nancy L. Drawe



October 29, 2008 — It’s that time of year again when people start coughing, sneezing, feeling achy all over and saying “Oh no, I hope I don’t have the flu!” Ugh, my throat hurts just thinking about it. Therefore, to help lessen these symptoms, the Hopkinton Senior Center will be holding a Flu Clinic on Thursday, November 6 from 10 - 12 pm. The Flu Clinic is sponsored by the Hopkinton Board of Health in cooperation with the Senior Center. The shots will be provided at no cost, but if you have Medicare, please make sure you bring your card. If you’re questioning whether or not you need a flu shot, you really should get one, especially if you’re over fifty, under five, or have a chronic illness. Also, if you’re not a senior, you need to contact the Board of Health (508-497-9725) in order to clear it with them. If you can’t make it on that date, don’t panic because there are plenty of flu shots available this year, and the center will host a second date on Tuesday, November 25 from 4-6 pm. We especially don’t want any of our seniors getting the flu this year!


This month’s free birthday lunch celebration will be held on Thursday, November 13th. It’s always the second Thursday of the month, so mark your calendars and be their special guest for the afternoon. Come and enjoy good food, good company, GOOD CAKE—and it’s FREE! Call the center to make your reservation and there will be a birthday lunch ticket waiting for you READ MORE...

Boston Globe Endorses Dykema


On October 27th, the Boston Globe endorsed Carolyn Dykema for the Eighth Middlesex District State Representative seat. This district includes the towns of Holliston, Hopkinton and parts of Southborough, Medway and Westborough. The Globe endorsed in only seven races for House of Representatives seats.


The Globe Stated, “Residents of the Eighth Middlesex District, including Holliston, Hopkinton, and nearby towns, should fill an open House seat with a thoughtful candidate who doesn't flirt with the foolish notion of eliminating the state income tax. Democrat Carolyn C. Dykema of Holliston earned her stripes on the town planning board and now offers voters straight talk on the need to maintain adequate state funding for local aid and transportation."


Dykema is happy to have the endorsement saying, "The Globe's support is wonderful news. I grew up reading the Globe and have a tremendous respect for their reporting. The Globe recognizes the important issues at stake in this election and I am especially pleased that they view my local experience and leadership in effectively representing this district. I am honored to have their endorsement."

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! 


HOLLISTON - October 29, 2008 -In its endorsement, the MetroWest Daily News hit the theme of balance and accountability, while describing Haley as a moderate who knows how Beacon Hill works and has good ideas to help the district and the state: The Legislature's institutional shortcomings stem in part from its domination by Democrats. There are just 19 Republicans in the 160-member House and five in the 40-member Senate. Unchecked power leads to arrogance, secrecy and cronyism. Taking care of friends and allies becomesmore important than accountability and oversight. Fixing Beacon Hill will require, among other things, more Republicans. A vigorous opposition party can open the process, present alternatives and help ensure proposals are debated, not just gaveled through. It takes five senators to force a roll call vote, the minimum requirement for accountability, and 16 representatives. That could be lost in a Democratic sweep on Nov. 4. The race to succeed Republican Rep. Paul Loscocco features two attractive candidates. Democrat Carolyn Dykema, a Holliston Planning Board member, would be another fine voice in a large Democratic chorus. Our scale tips to Republican DAN HALEY, former chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, who has a keen eye for how Beacon Hill works and good ideas on how a moderate Republican can serve both the district and the state.

The Telegram & Gazette focused on Haley's steadfast commitment to fiscal responsibility, and also noted his relevant experience standing up to entrenched bureaucracies: We give the edge to Republican Dan Haley, who has staked out a clear position against increased taxation and pledges to bring an independent, business-friendly and fiscally responsible voice to Boston. His experiences as a campaign worker in Washington and special assistant district attorney in Middlesex County also bode well for his ability to tackle entrenched bureaucracies.

The Herald, meanwhile, made note of Haley's experience writing and pushing through Melanie's Law, and noted that he is better prepared to make a difference early, due to his knowledge of Beacon Hill. On the House side, meanwhile, the Herald recommends Republican Dan Haley of Holliston to replace outgoing Rep. Paul Loscocco in the Eight Middlesex district. While serving as a lawyer in the Romney administration Haley, former chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, drafted the anti-drunk driving bill that became Melanie's Law. A lawyer in private practice he understands the State House better than another freshman rep might and has pledged to fight the closed-door culture that plagues Beacon Hill.

"Of course the only endorsement that really counts is that of the voters, said Haley. "I'll be out there for the next week meeting as many of them in person as I can, as I have since starting this campaign in April."

Trystan Phifer O’Leary for Dan haley

Dear Editor,

As a Democrat and a resident of the 8th Middlesex District, I am writing to express unequivocal support for Dan Haley for State Representative. I have known Dan for 15 years, and for every day of every one of those years, Dan has been one of the best friends a person could hope to have. I have total confidence that Dan will deliver to the voters of this District the kind of loyalty, commitment, integrity, enthusiasm and heart that he demonstrates as a father, husband, son, and friend.


Dan is the guy everyone loves; he is always happy, cheerful and fun to be around. Dan is the guy who people call when they need help; he is the one who would give his friends the shirt off of his back. He is that friend who can be relied on for anything, at any time. He gives of himself unconditionally because that is simply who he is – a person who seeks to make things easier for those around him without any expectation of getting something in return. FULL LETTER

Barbara Gardner Endorses Carolyn Dykema

Letter to the Editor:

I have been waiting for a long time to endorse a candidate for State Representative that I believe is the right combination of intelligence, independence, forthrightness and good judgment. I am delighted to support Carolyn Dykema as our next State Representative to the Massachusetts Legislature.

I have known Carolyn for many years as a fellow member of my church and as an active, engaged, and committed citizen in my hometown of Holliston. She and I have interacted on issues as diverse as sewer/septic management and affordable housing as well as volunteer activities.

In every single instance, I’ve been struck with her willingness to get into the trenches to see that an article passes at Town Meeting, to build consensus on some thorny issue, and to bring people together so they feel listened to and enabled.  FULL LETTER

Tom Garabedian Endorses Dan Haley

To the Editor:


I endorse Dan Haley for the position as our district's State Representative.  I am familiar with Dan's compassion for the people and issues which affect our district and believe that he is best suited to serve on our behalf.  He is attuned to the tax burden which we in Metrowest uniquely bear and understands the proper role of government in our society.  I echo the endorsement of the Metrowest Daily News which has recognized Dan's familiarity and expertise with the legislative process and has noted the dangers of a state government controlled by a single party.   FULL LETTER

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Brian Herr Endorses Dan Haley

Dear Editor,


Please allow me to share my thoughts on the best candidate to serve the citizens of the 8th Middlesex District going forward.  As a Selectman in Hopkinton I am keenly aware of the need for a strong, independent voice on Beacon Hill.  Paul Loscocco served us well over the last eight years in a bipartisan manner.  Dan Haley will do the same. 


Dan is a proven commodity.  Dan will represent us with energy, enthusiasm and a full understanding of how to navigate the halls of the State House.  Dan appreciates the financial burdens families must tackle each day and will keep those struggles in front of him as he deliberates on our behalf.  Dan is a pragmatic leader who speaks plainly about the challenges our district and state face.  Dan will continue the common sense approach to government that Paul Loscocco employed as our State Representative.  FULL LETTER

Board of Selectmen Imposes Hiring/Spending/Budget Freeze

Governor signs off on measure to validate Special Town Meeting

October 28, 2008 — The Selectmen announced at their meeting on Tuesday evening that Governor Deval Patrick has signed off on a measure to make valid Hopkinton's Special Town Meeting that was held on May 6, 2008. The posting of that warrant was made a day later than it should have been, making the warrant invalid without further action. In June, the Selectmen wrote a letter to the Governor asking for his help.

      Tuesday evening, one selectman said he believed the Governor would bring the documentation with him when he visits Hopkinton on Wednesday. This would free up some funds for the Highway Department, and, among other things, free up appropriations for CPA funds for upgrades to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Hiring/Spending/Budget Freeze

     Citing economic uncertainty and taking the bull by the horns, the Selectmen voted Tuesday evening to impose a hiring freeze, and a freeze on new spending  by town departments, boards and committees for the remainder of FY '09.

      "The hiring part is easy," said Brian Herr, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen.

      Interim Town manager, Fire Chief Gary Daugherty said that he would fill a [personnel] vacancy on a case by case basis, re-evaluating the need for the position as it becomes vacant. He said there was a vacancy in his office that he would not be filling.

       "We're concerned about state aid this year," Mr. Daugherty said. "We have to ask, 'Is there a truck from the DPW we can put a hold on?'"

       Selectman RJ Dourney suggested language to make the spending freeze more understandable, calling it a "non-essential discretionary spending freeze."

       That would enable people to purchase small items without calling the Town manager for permission,  Appropriations Committee member Stuart Cowart had suggested.

       The Selectmen also made it clear that departments need to submit a budget for FY '10 that is no larger than their FY '09 budget. And even at that, the budgets will be scrutinized and could be cut even more.

        Mr. Daugherty suggested adding a 2.5% increase, the limit that is allowed by law, and is automatically added by most departments each year, but the Selectmen rejected that idea.

        Mr. Cowart suggested that there could be costs in an FY'09 budget that are not recurring in FY'10 and should be removed from the department's FY'10 budget.

        Mr. Herr agreed with Selectman matt Zettek's suggestion that the selectmen receive an overview of the status quo at the next meeting.


Town Manager Search

        In another action, Selectmen appointed Patricia Duarte and Michael Neece as citizens-at-large to the Town Manager Search committee. They join Joseph Karner from Appropriations as well as Ezat parnia and Molly Lukason representing the Personnel Committee.


Sewer Status

         Chairman of the Board of Public works, Dan McIntyre was on hand, but due to time constraints, didn't get to update the selectmen on the status of a meeting his Board had with their counterparts in Milford, as well as Milford Town Counsel Gerald Moody. Outside of the meeting, he said that all parties seemed receptive to the idea of sending sewage to Milford for processing.

          At issue is the dusting off of a prior agreement that Hopkinton and Milford had inked for Milford to take up to 500,00 gallons of sewer discharge from Hopkinton. What derailed the project, according to some involved at the time, was that the DEP did not want the water from one basin to be discharged into another basin. Hopkinton is in the SuAsCo (Sudbury, Assabet, Concord river) basin and Milford is in the Charles River basin. In addition, Hopkinton did not have a Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan at the time.

         Mr. McIntyre said the next step is to see if the DEP will approve of the inter-basin transfer.

         He said that betterments will pay for the construction, and that rate payers, not the taxpayers, would be footing the bill for the service they use.


NOTE: The selectmen's meeting was supposed to go live following the HopNews debate between the Candidates for the 8th Middlesex district, but a glitch deep-sixed the plan. Please check HCAM-TV for times for the Selectmen's meeting to be played. The candidates' forum will also be replayed.

Candidate to Host Governor at Bill's Pizza


October 28, 2008 — Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 29, Governor Deval Patrick is expected to disembark at Main and Cedar Streets at 4:30 p.m. to meet volunteers and proceed to Bill's Pizza, where state senator Karen Spilka, will introduce him to local officials from the five towns in the 8th Middlesex District at 5:00 p.m.


Democratic candidate for state representative from the 8th Middlesex District, Carolyn Dykema, is expected to be making brief statements with the Governor.


File photo of Governor Patrick

Phil Totino for Dan Haley



Dan Haley is my choice to succeed Paul Loscocco as State Representative for the 8th Middlesex District.


Dan will provide a strong, independent voice in the Legislature to control state spending on wasteful programs and to focus resources on local aid, public education, and policies that encourage local business development and job growth.


With experience working in the Governor’s office, Dan has first-hand knowledge of how state government works.  He won’t be on a learning curve, nor will he be beholden to the power brokers on Beacon Hill.  Dan knows how to navigate the political crosscurrents to get things done and he will stand up for what’s important and what’s right for our district. FULL LETTER


Muriel Kramer for Carolyn Dykema



I am writing to urge people to vote for Carolyn Dykema to be our next State Representative for the Eight Middlesex District; she has the experience, commitment and drive necessary to be a tremendous advocate for the district and effectively champion our collective priorities.


Throughout the campaign, Carolyn has articulated a thorough understanding of the issues as well as the process. She has a well-rounded educational and professional background with experience in government having served in a variety of capacities. Most importantly, Carolyn has committed to be a full time State Rep; now more than ever we need smart, capable and dedicated individuals like Carolyn serving the district at the state level.


Carolyn has both an environmental background as well as business experience; I am confident she will pursue innovations to bolster and grow the State’s business base while balancing business needs with a long term environmental focus. FULL LETTER

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! 

Lions and Tigers and Ninjas!

October 28, 2008 — These members of Troop 4 demonstrate the various ways a warrior can dress. 

Kenneth Scott Brown 45


Kenneth Scott Brown 45, of Hollywood, Florida and formerly Hopkinton died Monday October 27, 2008 in Florida. He was the son of Mary (Henry) and George A. Brown of Hopkinton. Arrangements are incomplete and from the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

2009 Registration for Hopkinton Boys’ Lacrosse


Thursday, November 6, 2008

6-8 pm

Middle School Cafeteria


Teams include:

U9* Grade 1 & 2

U11* Grade 3&4

U13* * Grade 5 & 6

U15** Grade 7&8


More info:

*no experience necessary

**new players strongly encouraged to attend winter skills session

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Joe Markey for Carolyn Dykema

Dear Editor,

I am writing to endorse Carolyn Dykema for State Representative.  I first met Carolyn nearly 3 years ago at a regional planning meeting and since then we have shared numerous conversations on planning issues affecting our towns and our region.

Carolyn's private sector experience and her years of volunteer public service in Holliston, where she has served as Chairwoman of the Holliston Planning Board, arm Carolyn with a direct understanding of the interconnections between local, state, and federal economic and policy decisions.  Carolyn's collaborative nature, respect for others, and willingness to seek real solutions have earned her the attention and respect of leaders at all levels in Massachusetts.   FULL LETTER

Rachel's Challenge Presented to Parents

Memory of first student killed at Columbine HS is kept alive

October 28, 2008 — Last night in the Middle School Auditorium, parents got to see the multi-media presentation their children saw at two previous assemblies for Middle and High School students, dealing with the life and death of Rachel Scott. She was the first of thirteen students who died at Columbine High School in an armed attack on Tuesday, April 20, 1999, by disaffected students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.

      The program was presented by Hanna Nelson, above, who became a friend of Rachel's sister after her death.

      Speaking before the program, she said, "Rachel's Challenge has become the largest school assembly in the nation.

      "When it got too big, they started asking friends of the family," she said.

      In her address to the gathering, Ms. Nelson compared Rachel to Anne Frank, who wrote a diary while hiding out from the Nazis.

      Rachel left a written record, from which Ms. Nelson attributed prophetic statements.

      "I'm going to die young," Ms. Nelson quoted Rachel as saying. She also showed a drawing of an outline of Rachel's hands where she wrote that she would someday touch millions of people's hearts.

      In another interview she showed a stranger who had called Rachel's father, asking if he knew the meaning of his recurring dream where he saw crying eyes with tears falling on something that was growing. Her father said he did not know the answer.

      But when he retrieved Rachel's backpack after the police were through with it, he found a drawing by Rachel of eyes crying, and tears falling onto flowers.

      "There are thirteen distinct teardrops," said Ms. Nelson, alluding to the thirteen victims, and again implying a prophesy.

      "I accept Rachel's Challenge," a paraphrase of a familiar fundamentalist Christian principle, is the title of her list of five challenges.

       1. Eliminate prejudice by looking for the best in others.

       2. Dare to Dream- set goals - keep a journal.

       3. Choose your influences - input determines output.

       4. Kind words - small acts of kindness = HUGE impact.

       5. Start a chain reaction with family and friends. Ms. Nelson asked people to close their eyes and think of five people that cared about, slowly bowing her head as if in prayer as she did. She asked people to tell those people how much they care.

       Some parents speaking privately following the event, were critical of the presentation, but even they agreed that it would be beneficial to many students.

       On the other hand, following the student assemblies, if the portion of one of two posters below in the photo below is any kind of indication, then it appears that most, if not all, of the students accepted the challenge.


Hopkinton Teachers Against Question 1

Dear Editors,
I would like to submit the attached letter for your consideration.  I'm not sure if it's too late for submission in your publications, but I thought I would try.  The letter is regarding my opposition to Question 1, on behalf of the Hopkinton Teachers' Association.
Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Tim Kearnan
Hopkinton Teachers' Association


Dear Citizens of Hopkinton,

I am writing to ask you to consider voting “NO” on Question 1 on November 4th. By now, I am sure that you have heard about this ballot initiative. Question 1 seeks to repeal the Massachusetts income tax.


In these tough economic times, when so many families are struggling to make ends meet, Question 1 seems at first glance like an appealing notion. After all, who among us wouldn’t like to pay less in taxes? Some have estimated eliminating the income tax will save a few people about $3800. Proponents of this initiative also cite financial mismanagement on Beacon Hill. I am certainly not naïve enough to claim otherwise. The people in favor of Question 1 also say that by eliminating the income tax, local communities will have more control over their finances. I think we can all agree that the local aid funding formula is a mess and needs to be overhauled, and communities like Hopkinton often get the short end of the straw.


However, despite what may look like an appealing idea, eliminating the income tax is a reckless idea. The income tax represents about 40% of our state budget. Eliminating this amount of revenue from our state budget would have a catastrophic effect on life in Massachusetts. What could happen if Question 1 passes? FULL LETTER

Hopkinton Middle School Drama Club presents:

The Odyssey

Friday, November 7th and Saturday, November 8th at 7:00 PM in the HMS Auditorium

Tickets are $7/adults and $5 students/seniors and may be purchased in the Middle School office or at the door.

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! 


Hopkinton to join thousands of communities across America

Please join the Hopkinton Veteran’s Celebration Committee on Sunday, November 2, 2008 as we join thousands of communities across America for a remembrance ceremony at the Senior Center in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. The Committee is hosting a “Sunday Taps Vigil” starting at 7:00 p.m. The ceremony will consist of a short tribute to American soldiers, veterans and their families and is expected to last 15 minutes. The ceremony will include the sounding of the 24 hauntingly beautiful notes of “Taps”.


“Taps” traditionally serves two important purposes. At military outposts around the world it is played in the evening to signal the time for quiet, rest and reflection after a day of duty. It is also mandated by the Department of Defense to be sounded live by a bugler, if possible, at the funeral of each and every American veteran as a final tribute to that individual veteran’s honorable time of service to his or her country. An average of over 1,600 American veterans are laid to rest each day.


Hopkinton has held this ceremony, on the first Sunday of each month, since it was initiated in March 2004 by the national non-profit organization Bugles Across America. Since the ceremony was first proposed, over 1,500 communities across America, as well as in Canada and several other countries, now participate. File photo.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for,  October 27, 2008






Address Buyer Price Date Seller
20 Trevor Lane unit 10 Stephen F. Quinn & Melissa R. Quinn $450,000 Oct.  24, 2008 Maillet & Son LLC
24 Ash Street Curtis Varner & Evelyn Varner $680,000 Oct.  23, 2008 Stephen F. Ramponi & Suzanne T. Ramponi
Previous update:        
2 Falcon Ridge Drive Lauren M. Travers & Robert F. Travers, Jr. $766,000 Oct.  20, 2008 Cherie R. Hand & Fred Hand
1 Nazneen Circle unit A Yogesh Patel $535,000 Oct.  17, 2008 Mirajuddin Ahmed Trustee of
Peppercorn Village Realty Trust
15 Cross Street John W. Mcateer $240,000 Oct.  17, 2008 Raimundo G. Pereira
23 Sanctuary Lane Nancy Jennison & Christopher Jennison $429,900 Oct.  16, 2008 Weston Development Group, Inc.
11 Nazneen Circle unit C Caitlin E. Theodorou $479,900 Oct.  15, 2008 Mirajuddin Ahmed Trustee of
Peppercorn Village Realty Trust


Police News UP-TO-DATE  <---More

October 27, 2008


10:37 am A resident of Nebraska Street reported that his tires were slashed overnight...


9:21 am A caller from Ash Street reported receiving a threatening email from a person that she has a restraining order against...


10:39 pm Sgt. Michael Sutton reported that a female was walking eastbound on West Main Street and appeared to be crying...


1:03 pm A caller reported that there was a group of middle school aged children gathering on the common...

Full Report

Halloween Party 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 30th at the Center School Gym

For pre-school to 1st graders

Hopkinton Parks and Recreation will be holding its annual Halloween Party this Thursday, October 30th at the Center School Gym.


The party is for pre-school to 1st graders and will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 PM with all sorts of games, prizes and treats.  There will be a donut eating contest, guess the pumpkin weight, and candy corn guessing.  So dress up in your best costume and enjoy this free event.

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Join beFree Project in Celebrating

Red Ribbon Week!


October 27, 2008 — Hopkinton’s beFREE! Project and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter are joining with the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Family Partnership (NFP) to promote Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week, which takes place October 23-31, is an opportunity to bring parents, schools, businesses, and others together to help create a drug free community. This year’s Red Ribbon Week theme – The Red Badge of Courage- is a reminder for youth to resist alcohol, drug and tobacco use in their lives and communities. It is also a reminder to parents and other adults in the community of the important role they play in youth substance abuse prevention.

There are six proven strategies for parents to help children and adolescents avoid alcohol and drugs:

• Establish and maintain good communication with your child.

• Get involved and stay involved in your child’s life.

• Make clear rules and enforce them with consistency and appropriate consequences.

• Be a positive role model. Do not use illicit drugs or abuse alcohol. If you smoke, make plans to stop.

• Teach your child to choose friends wisely.

• Monitor your child’s activities—know what your children are doing, where, and with whom.


Red Ribbon Week draws its roots from the death of Enrique Camarena, an agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. He was kidnapped and killed while working undercover investigating drug traffickers. In honor of his memory, friends and neighbors began wearing red satin badges. In1988, NFP organized the first Red Ribbon campaign.


Outgoing Representative Loscocco Endorses Dan Haley




I am pleased to support Dan Haley for our next State Representative to the Massachusetts Legislature.  Dan is an extremely bright, capable, and energetic person who will work tirelessly to represent the interests of all our communities with integrity and independence.  


I have gotten to know Dan quite well over the past several years, and he will be a welcome addition to the Massachusetts Legislature.  As a person of ideas and tremendous governmental and professional experience, Dan is already well-respected by legislators of both political parties and has what it takes to effectively represent our District and make a meaningful difference from his first day in office. 


Electing Dan Haley to represent you at the State House will help to promote good government in Massachusetts. Of 160 Representatives in the Legislature, approximately 141 are Democrats – a situation unhealthy for our two-party system.  It takes 16 Representatives to require a “roll call” vote on any measure – and with only 19 Republicans in the House, voters are perilously close to losing the only means we all have to ensure legislators face individual accountability.  Under the current regime only a Republican like Dan can provide truly independent representation and stand up for your interests.


Endorsement for Carolyn Dykema



I have known Carolyn Dykema, who is running for State Representative 8th Middlesex District, for more than 10 years. In all these years, I have seen her work incredibly hard at everything she has committed herself to, from local government to volunteering in the schools. When news of Hurricane Katrina reached her, Carolyn was quick to join efforts to organize volunteers to send relief. She truly values this community and appreciates the potential this district has for economic growth.


One of the reasons Carolyn wants to run for State Representative is that she knows she will dedicate herself to the position full-time, which means working full-time towards the best interests for our district. It also means that she will keep us informed of current legislation and issues at the State House regularly, and she will be readily available to listen to concerns and new ideas of those in the district. FULL LETTER

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! 

Ten Golden Tickets Found

Left to right:  Sarah Lotvin, Laney Szczygiel, Julia Lotvin; mom - Lorelei and grandmother Anna Giotta

October 27, 2008 — The Lotvin family was among ten lucky winners of a Golden Ticket to see Willy Wonka, Jr.

Enter Stage Left Children's Theater's FIRST, of many, Golden Ticket Stops, to be announced, was a huge success.

      ESL performed It's a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown this past weekend at Weston Nurseries.  Hundreds of people showed up for the show, face-painting and a chance to find a Golden Ticket. 

      ESL Children's Theater will be premiering, Willy Wonka, Jr. in January, 9, 2008

Below are summaries of the ballot questions for November's election.

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

Information for Voters


QUESTION 1: Law Proposed by Initiative Petition

State Personal Income Tax


This proposed law would reduce the state personal income tax rate to 2.65% for all categories of taxable income for the tax year beginning on or after January 1, 2009, and would eliminate the tax for all tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2010.

The personal income tax applies to income received or gain realized by individuals and married couples, by estates of deceased persons, by certain trustees and other fiduciaries, by persons who are partners in and receive income from partnerships, by corporate trusts, and by persons who receive income as shareholders of "S corporations" as defined under federal tax law. The proposed law would not affect the tax due on income or gain realized in a tax year beginning before January 1, 2009.


The proposed law states that if any of its parts were declared invalid, the other parts would stay in effect.


QUESTION 2: Law Proposed by Initiative Petition

Possession of Marijuana

Abbreviated Summary:

This proposed law would replace the criminal penalties for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana with a new system of civil penalties, to be enforced by issuing citations, and would exclude information regarding this civil offense from the state’s criminal record information system. Offenders age 18 or older would be subject to forfeiture of the marijuana plus a civil penalty of $100. Offenders under the age of 18 would be subject to the same forfeiture and, if they complete a drug awareness program within one year of the offense, the same $100 penalty.


Offenders under 18 and their parents or legal guardian would be notified of the offense and the option for the offender to complete a drug awareness program developed by the state Department of Youth Services. Such programs would include ten hours of community service and at least four hours of instruction or group discussion concerning the use and abuse of marijuana and other drugs and emphasizing early detection and prevention of substance abuse.


QUESTION 3: Law Proposed by Initiative Petition

Dog Racing


This proposed law would prohibit any dog racing or racing meeting in Massachusetts where any form of betting or wagering on the speed or ability of dogs occurs.

The State Racing Commission would be prohibited from accepting or approving any application or request for racing dates for dog racing.


Any person violating the proposed law could be required to pay a civil penalty of not less than $20,000 to the Commission. The penalty would be used for the Commission’s administrative purposes, subject to appropriation by the state Legislature. All existing parts of the chapter of the state’s General Laws concerning dog and horse racing meetings would be interpreted as if they did not refer to dogs.

These changes would take effect January 1, 2010. The proposed law states that if any of its parts were declared invalid, the other parts would stay in effect.


NOTE: The above are summaries or excerpts from summaries of the questions prepared by the Secretary of State.

Pretty Ballerina

October 26, 2008 —Six year-old Sophie Baumann appears to be practicing a ballerina's pointe, as her Dad, Ed, starts to twirl her around at the Pumpkin Prom.

12th Annual Pumpkin Prom

October 26, 2008 — Above, Paul Simmons dances with daughters, from left, Baylee and McKenzie, at the Middle school Gymnasium for the 12th Annual Pumpkin Prom as Kung Fu Fighting played on the loudspeakers. The gym was filled with hundreds of girls, from Kindergarten to fifth grade, and their dads. The Lions Club and the Leos Club sponsored the Sunday night event, with all proceeds to be donated to charities.

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"The Beach is That Way"

October 26, 2008 — This seagull, posing as a swan, keeps its wings up to keep them dry for flight, while grabbing a morsel from the top of the water. It leaves the water by pushing fiercely with its feet until it is high enough out of the water to use its wings.


October 27 All members of the Hopkinton Community are invited to experience Rachel's Challenge, a powerful message of tolerance, compassion, and kidness 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm @ Middle School Auditorium. For more information about Rachel's Challenge, please visit Middle and High School students will be given the opportunity to see it during the school day on Friday, October 24th (Middle) and Monday, October 27 (High). Rachel Scott was the first person killed in the Columbine High School Tragedy on April 20, 1999. She left behind an amazing legacy and simply challenge to anyone who will accept it - treat others with kindness and compassion and you just may change the world you live in.

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! 

Hopkinton Police Sgt. Injured in Violent Attack by Prisoner

Accused known to police


October 25, 2008 — Hopkinton Police Sgt. Charles Wallace (File photo, right), a long time veteran of the force, was violently attacked in the Police Headquarters Friday morning while moving a prisoner from his cell, to prepare for a trip to court in Framingham.

      Peter M. Gentilotti, who had been arrested the evening before and charged with his third OUI — his second is pending — was charged as well with using a motor vehicle without authority, second offense.

      A BOLO (Be on the lookout) had been issued by radio to surrounding towns that Gentilotti had taken a vehicle without permission after his sister called and promised  to go to court over it, according to one source.

      Not long afterward, Officer Matthew McNeil spotted the vehicle, pulled it over after allegedly witnessing infractions, and placed Gentilotti under arrest without incident, after he refused to submit to field sobriety tests.

      According to police records, Gentilotti urinated himself and his cell, and was being taken out of that cell and into another so the custodian could clean it up.

      While in the area between cells, Gentilotti allegedly punched Sgt. Wallace in the eye, causing, according to unnamed sources, a total of five breaks in the eye socket and cheek area, as well as a concussion. Police would not comment on his wounds or condition.

       Sgt. Wallace was attempting to restrain Gentilotti when Lt. Richard Flannery entered the area between the cells and saw him take multiple swings at Sgt. Wallace, and finally, the one that connected.

       Lt. Flannery intervened to help subdue Gentilotti, as Detective Timothy Brennan moved in and threatened to use pepper spray if Gentilotti continued to not follow lawful orders and return to his cell. He complied.

       Mr. Gentilotti faces multiple charges relating to the assault on Sgt. Wallace, who was not a stranger to him. Several years ago, Mr. Gentilotti is alleged to have run from a motor vehicle stop by Sgt. Wallace with a fake gun in his waistband, and fought with Sgt. Wallace in the woods off of South Street. The charges and disposition of that incident are not clear at this time.

       According to one source, after this recent incident, it will be a long recovery period for Sgt. Wallace.


Photo, Sgt. Wallace with a State Trooper from a special team at the Town Common the weekend of the Boston Marathon this year. Sgt. Wallace is on the Hopkinton Marathon Committee, and serves as its liaison for public safety. Photo, left, of Peter Gentilotti in a cruiser and under arrest Thursday evening.


October 25, 2008 — This nest, just over a foot above the ground, appears to have been attacked by a human, as there was a  makeshift wooden spear next to it, and damage right through it, in Hopkinton State Park, on the traffic island after the greeting station today. The nest, which was built on a branch of this small spruce, has less than half showing above.

Water Levels Aid in Cleanup

October 25, 2008 —Above, Chris Tetreault helps Don Keiser bring his catch of harvested rubbish to shore. About 20 people participated in this fall's Lake Maspenock cleanup effort. According to the Lake Maspenock Preservation Association Vice-President, Malcolm Page, this year, E.L. Harvey donated one dumpster. He said when they first started, there was so much that it filled two large dumpsters. However, the consistent cleanup efforts have reduced the amount of rubbish, lost rods, and sunken boats that have been found.

Candidates' Corner

October 25, 2008 — Saturday is a traditional day of campaigning at the corners of Main, Grove and Cedar Streets, as these supporters of Dan Haley and Carolyn Dykema can attest. The two are vying for the state representative sesat from the 8th Middlesex District.

Appropriately Named Bird

October 25, 2008 — This bird riding thermals and gusts of wind in the air over Hopkinton Sate park today, although hundreds of feet from the camera, cannot be anything but a red-tailed hawk, flying with a companion who is off-camera.

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Pumpkin Contest

October 25, 2008 — Above are the winning entries in ESL's pumpkin contest, on display at the It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown event at Weston Nurseries.

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! 

CAA Afternoon Event

October 25, 2008 Mia Sannicandro had the best unicorn-angel-princess costume on today at the Cultural Arts alliance non-scary Halloween for younger children.



Hopkinton 29, Millis 7

October 24, 2008 — Stephen Hrusovsky gets the blessing of the referee and the cheers of the crowd as he carries the ball across the goal line today at home against Millis.

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! 

Hopkinton 0, Medfield 3

October 24, 2008 — Brianna Roche gets ready to set up as her teammates are at the ready, at home against Medfield.

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Rollover on Pike

October 24, 2008 — An alert and conscious young woman was taken by Westborough ambulance to Metrowest Medical after crashing through a guardrail and taking it with her, and then rolling over, perhaps several times, before coming to rest beside the wooded area next to the soft-shoulder. The accident occurred  at dinner time on the Mass Pike a few hundred feet east of the Wood Street Bridge.

Sliding Down More

October 24, 2008 — Igor Gartenflyus changes  the prices Downtown at Hopkinton Gulf today, breaking the $3 mark, even for the highest quality grade. Regular is only $2.699. Unlike the direction of the stock market, lower numbers are good when it comes to energy prices.

Hopkinton Over Medfield 3-0

Above, Brianna McSweeney drives the ball into Medfield's territory, setting up for the first goal by Micah Ulrich.

October 24, 2008 — Hopkinton Girls varsity soccer beat Medfield today 3-0, with all goals coming in the first half.  Goals by Micah Ulrich, Jess De St. Croix and Brianna McSweeney.  Every player on the team contributed to the game and played with heart! ~ Coach Flynn

State Trooper Dragged by Car in Springfield

Driver Located and Arrested


October 24, 2008 — Massachusetts State Police this morning arrested a driver who allegedly dragged a state trooper during a traffic stop late last night in Springfield. The driver, RICHARD J. JONES, 31 (D.O.B. 9/17/77), of Springfield, was charged with assault and battery on a police officer and other assault and motor vehicle charges.


At 11:10 p.m. yesterday, Trooper Amy Waterman, a three-year State Police veteran assigned to the Springfield Barracks, was commuting home on Page Boulevard when she observed a 1994 Volvo S40 displaying a license plate registered to a different vehicle. After activating her emergency lights and stopping the vehicle, she walked up to the Volvo and requested that the driver produce his license and car registration. The driver was unable to produce either document, and the trooper then asked him to step out of the vehicle, which also contained a passenger.


Trooper Waterman then opened the door and reached in to guide the driver out of the car. As she did so, the driver quickly accelerated down the road. Trooper Waterman, who was grasping the door and part of the car frame, did not let go for fear that she would fall to the ground and be run over. She repeatedly ordered the driver to stop car; he ignored her orders. The car dragged Trooper Waterman along the road for short distance before she fell to the ground.


Trooper Waterman suffered minor injuries, but was able to broadcast a description of the car and its direction of travel. She got back into her cruiser, began a search for the Volvo and located it a short distance away, unoccupied, in a driveway on Fordham Street. Trooper Waterman was joined by other troopers from the Springfield Barracks who established a perimeter and began a search for the suspects. A short time later, Trooper Justin Grigg located the passenger, TIMOTHY KUBETIN, 29 (D.O.B. 1/30/79), of Chicopee, kneeling behind a storage shed in a Fordham Street backyard. KUBETIN was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace.


Following a subsequent investigation, State Police identified the driver as JONES and obtained a warrant for his arrest from the Springfield District Court. At 11:56 a.m. today, state troopers from the Springfield barracks, along with members of the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section and Springfield Police Department went to the Grover Street home where an acquaintance of the suspect lives and found JONES in a back room. He was arrested without incident. He faces charges of assault and battery on a police officer, assault with a dangerous weapon, failing to stop for police, attaching plates and other motor vehicle offenses.

Hopkinton Company Evacuated After

Carbon Monoxide Sends Four to Hospital

October  24, 2008 — The Hopkinton Fire Department responded to Avenue E, off of South Street around lunchtime today, and evacuated the premises due to a faulty roof unit that was red-tagged b y NStar after they arrived. The unit poured carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless poisonous gas into the work space at California Closets, a California-based franchise.

      As a result of elevated CO levels in four of the employees detected by new equipment, according to Deputy Chief Ken Clark, four were rushed to Milford Hospital, three on advanced life support, and one on basic life support.

      According to Deputy Clark, the Hopkinton Fire Department was assisted by two companies from Ashland, and one from Milford, while a unit from Westborough covered the station.

       "It was a labor-intensive job," he said.

Worker Safety First

October 24, 2008 Workmen assist a crane in dropping slotted panels into a hole at the Mobil station, which is getting a total makeover, according to a source at the scene. The structure is being erected to keep the walls of the trench from caving in while people work in it during the installation of the new tanks.

The Woodville Rod & Gun Club is presenting Comedy Night  on November 8. Tickets are $15.00 which include a meal at 6:00 p.m. and the show at 7:30.  For tickets and more information call 508-435-4148 or visit the club on Rte 135 in Hopkinton.

Arrests Up-to-Date, Friday, October 24, 2008



Thursday, October 23, 2008

9:45 pm Officer Matthew McNeil arrested Peter M. Gentilotti, 40, of 44 Davis Road, after a traffic stop, and after being on the lookout for a motor vehicle reported stolen, and charged him with a marked Lanes Violation, Speeding, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Use of a Motor Vehicle Without Authority, 2nd Offense,  and OUI Liquor, 3rd Offense.


Monday, October 20, 2008

4:49 pm Officer William Burchard arrested Craig R. Sampson, 33, of 40 Milford Street, Upton and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended For OUI.


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The Green Home

(No room left for green grass)

Our mystery artist has developed his vision of the green home. However, there is little room for green grass.

Troop 2995 Helps Greyhound Friends

October 24, 2008 – The girls in Troop 2995 are collecting supplies for the Greyhounds and Friends. Please help us with this wonderful cause. We need cleaning supplies, blankets, comforters, dog food either canned or dry. We would appreciate any items you could donate. We are collecting from 10-17 to 10-31. Items can be left at Elmwood School or 3 Emma Dr or at Greyhound and Friends

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! 

This Weekend at Hopkinton Wine & Spirits!

Fifth Annual Open House Grand Tasting, Saturday, October 25th

 AND: Friday, October 24th 
Halloween Tasting
4 - 7 PM 

In the spirit of the season, we are tasting some things that will thrill and chill you!

Jewish Rock Performer to kick off

B’nai Shalom’s 2008 Concert Series


Westborough, - October 23, 2008 – Dan Nichols, a nationally known entertainer specializing in Jewish-style music, will perform at Congregation B’nai Shalom at a coffee house event at on Saturday evening, November 22nd, at 8:00 P.M.

Laura Klein, Chairperson of the Congregation’s Music Committee, in announcing the event, explained that “Dan’s singing and guitar playing has been entertaining children, teens, and adults throughout the world for more than a dozen years.”

Co-founder of the Jewish rock band, Eighteen, his group’s debut album, Life, was a critical success when released in 1996. Since then, a spokesperson for the group pointed out, “his music has been embraced by Jewish youth across the country at numerous live performances.”

His releases include songs inspired by Jewish themes – ranging from "Always There" to "Babel" to songs influenced by the mandate of Tikkun Olam - including such standouts as "Here and Now," and "What You Do With It".

Ms. Klein added, “His musical styles vary from ballads to rock to calypso beats as he involves his audiences in singing zany lyrics that somehow fit together into great entertainment for all.”

He recently returned from a concert in Israel celebrating the country's, and The American Reform Jewish Youth Movement's, 60th birthdays.

Doors will open at 7:15 pm, when desserts will be served. Tickets, which range from $8/10 for children and youth groups to $15 and $20 for adults, can be obtained in advance by calling the temple at 508-366-7191, going online by using this link,, or at the door.

This event, which is being funded by the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts, is a part of the Tapestry of Jewish Life series.

Republican for Carolyn Dykenma

After a 22-year career in Republican politics, this year I will cast my vote for Carolyn Dykema, the Democratic candidate for State Representative for Holliston, Hopkinton, and parts of Medway, Southborough, and Westborough. This marks the first time I have publicly endorsed a Democrat in a partisan election.


1. The job requires collaboration and communication. The issues are complex; they deserve thought and discussion; they demand collaboration. It’s easy to say “no” and “cut” but answering “how and where” is hard. Carolyn Dykema has already demonstrated her ability to do this on some tough issues in her 10-year service to Holliston town government. Her opponent is offering trite rhetoric and no solutions. Full Lette


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