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SNL Skit with "Fey-lin" and McCain 

November 2, 2008 — Last night, Saturday Night Live presented a skit by Presidential candidate John McCain as himself, and Tina Fey as Sarah Palin. For those who missed it, and for those who want a reprise, choose the player above, courtesy of AOL and AP. Note: Some browsers may display a warning for active content.

For the Birds

November 2, 2008 — The HopNews camera found itself on top of the 60' tall State Fire Tower in Dover, Mass on Saturday, high above the trees, looking west, northwest. The Commonwealth has a system of Fire Towers that grid the state and serve as an early warning system for fires during risky times. This particular tower is in sight of others in Blue Hills, Sharon, Mendon and Wachusett Mountain in Princeton.

      Each tower has a map engineered to locate the source of smoke through a triangulating type of system. When a ranger sees smoke, he makes a call to another tower and gives him the coordinates from pointing his scope toward the smoke. The other tower points to the number on the first map and draws an line from his location. Where the lines cross is the location of the source.

      To see the list of towers that links to photos and detailed information, choose this.

What Goes Up...

November 1, 2008 — Michael Maresca does not come down empty handed, above,, during Saturday's game at Medway in a contest that Medway won. The game was featured on Fox Boston.

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Irene M. Macmillan, 95

HOPKINTON - Irene M. Macmillan, 95, died Friday, October 31, 2008 in Westborough.  She was the wife of William F. Macmillan, who died in 1971.  Born in Canada, she was the daughter of the late Foster and Lumina (Metivier) Cousins.  She was a 1931 graduate of Hopkinton High School.


She is survived by her sons William F. and wife Nancy and D. Jeffrey, and wife Norma, all of Hopkinton, Michael and wife Margaret of Walpole, and her daughter Martha Banks and husband Stephen of Worcester.  She also leaves her brother Paul Phipps of Hopkinton, 12 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.


The funeral will be held Tuesday, November 4 at 8:30 a.m. from the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, followed by a funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church at 10:00 a.m.  Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  There are no calling hours.


Donations may be made to American Parkinson's Association, 715 Albany St., Suite 329, Boston, MA  02118.

Primarily Potters

CAA Exhibit and Sale: Nov. 21-23

"Mud, mud, glorious mud" becomes even more magnificent in transforming hands of "Primarily Potters." Ten of them, plus one basket maker, will be exhibiting in the 6th annual show and sale on Friday, Nov. 21 (9-5), Saturday, Nov. 22 (9-5) and Sunday, Nov. 23 (noon -4) at The Cultural Arts Alliance, 98 Hayden Rowe Street (Rte.85), Hopkinton.

Work will include berry bowls and chip 'n dip dishes by Carol Mecagni of Hopkinton; textured shino-glazed slab bowls and unique pins by Mary Edwards of Shrewsbury; functional and decorative pieces with sculpted and hand painted figurative motifs, fired in a soda vapor atmosphere by Barbara Wilson of Hudson; hand carved and functional stoneware inspired by the Czech roots of Hana Reilly of Hopkinton, clay animal banks by Emily Van Nort of Southborough; stir-fry bowls and minivases by Elizabeth Eidlitz of Concord, and hand-woven baskets by Dinny Potenza of Hopkinton.

Susan Kaye of Westborough, whose work has a whimsical yet practical approach, believes each of her pieces has a feeling all its own; platters, bowls, vases and mugs by Becky Webber of West Brookfield reflect elements of the natural world in line, pattern and movement; Bonnie Muir of Watertown will have playfully illustrated bowls and tiles, animal spirit shakers and fanciful ornaments; Maureen Englund of Sutton will have hand built functional pieces, vases, serving trays, bowls and Christmas decorations.

Show prices range from $3 to $75. 15% of sales go to The Cultural Arts Alliance, and funds from a raffle of ceramic items donated by each of the exhibitors benefit the Hopkinton Parent Teachers Association. File photos

Fatal Roll-Over Crash on Route 90 East in Brighton - Update

Operator Not wearing seatbelt


November 1, 2008 — On Friday, October 31, 2008, at approximately 11:56 p.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Weston responded to a single vehicle crash on Route 90 East, at the Allston-Brighton Toll Plaza in Brighton that resulted in one fatality.


The preliminary investigation by Trooper Edward McMahon indicates that 23-year-old Jesus M. Munoz of Webster operating a 1997 Acura coupe was traveling eastbound on Route 90 just prior to the Allston-Brighton Toll Plaza (Exit 18) when he went off the road to the left, striking a light pole, jersey barriers and then subsequently rolling over.  Munoz who was unrestrained, suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Hopkinton 14, Medway 35

November 1, 2007 — Alex Anagnostaras turns the corner on a Medway defender on Friday night in Medway.

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! 

Westborough 3, Hopkinton 2

November 1, 2008 — Marjorie Grabmeier gets ready to fire a serve to Westborough, as Hopkinton fell 3-2 in Division 2 Central first round of play Friday evening.

Hopkinton 2, Holliston 0

October 31, 2008 — Michelle Coburn snatches the ball and prepares to take it downfield, as Hopkinton topped a tenacious Holliston 2-0 on Thursday.

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HopNews got there as the clock ran out, but the score below tells the story, last night at home.


October 31, 2008 — The Hopkins School students above are engrossed in some magic, illusion, and card tricks today during the Officer Phil program, sponsored by the Hopkinton Police Department.  "Officer Phil" is a program that teaches about personal  responsibility and making the right choices.

      Below, the student who is standing volunteered for one of the segments and shuffles an imaginary deck of cards.

Your New Home Awaits You


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Kunicki for Haley

Dear Editor:


I am endorsing Dan Haley as our State Representative.


I have been impressed with his knowledge of the issues that face the state and local government over the next several years. Dan shows a willingness to listen to divergent points of view and to explain his stance on issues even when they don’t agree with yours. A clear sign that he is not just looking for your vote but looking to do the right thing.


His intelligence, compassion and willingness to go out of his way and follow through on promises have convinced me that he is the right person to follow Paul Loscocco and represent the 8th district.


Please join me in voting for Dan Haley for State Representative on November 4th.



Henry R. Kunicki

47 Teresa Road

Hopkinton, MA 01748

Bird's Eye View

October 31, 2008 — Abbey Lussier, 4, gets the best seat in the house atop her Dad, Don's, shoulders. They were watching the Center School Halloween parade this morning.

Lions and Tigers and Starship Troopers

October 31, 2008 — All sorts of costumes were paraded around the Hopkinton Common this morning as Center School held its Annual Halloween parade. Scores of dads and moms lined the walkway, becoming photographers, and then ran across the Common, becoming local versions of the paparazzi, to catch a photo or video of their child on the way back.

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! 


Scouting for Food kicks off Saturday

This year's annual "Scouting for Food" campaign takes place Nov. 1 and 8, 2008.  This annual event helps to replenish the Hopkinton Food Pantry for the holidays and the long winter.

The food drive comes at a critical time.  Project Just Because, which operates the food pantry, reports that many more families depend on the pantry but donations are down because of economic problems.

Hopkinton's Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and parents will be distributing plastic bags to all Hopkinton households on Saturday, Nov. 1.  We ask that residents fill the bags with non-perishable grocery items.  Especially needed are canned meat, breakfast foods for children, school snack items, paper products, cleaning products and toiletries. The donated items should be placed near your mailbox by 10 a.m on Saturday, Nov. 8. Scouts will collect the bags between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and bring them to the pantry. 

Tax deductible cash donations, made payable to "Project Just Because Food Pantry," are also welcome.  Please send the donations to Project Just Because, Inc., 45 South Street, Unit G, Hopkinton, MA 01748.   ~ Catherine Buday

Thank You

This year, Photographic Images will not be holding it's Annual Toys for Tots Halloween Open House toy drive. The studio is open by appointment only today.


For eleven or twelve years, parents have brought babies, tots  and children in costume for a complimentary keepsake portrait at Photographic Images. Most importantly, they brought a little love in the form of toy for the U. S. Marine Corps program, Toys For Tots. It has been a great way for parents to teach a lesson in charity. And as we hosted a toy box throughout the season, some parents simply brought their children in to drop off  toys. Some brought a little cash, some brought a check. The marines were often astounded at the quantity and quality of most of the toys, and at the generosity of the givers.


Other toy drives, like the scouts, brought their bounty to the studio, too, adding to our huge pile of toys, forcing the Marines to bring an empty van for the pickup.


When we started the program, Photographic Images was the only location in town that maintained a Toys for Tots box, something we no longer have room for. Although we have been waiting for a call back from the Marines and the police, we are pretty certain the Hopkinton Police Station will be hosting a toy box again this year, as they have for several years past. We will make their decision public.


Thank you to all of the families who have participated. And for the families who have participated every year, it has been fun watching the kids grow up.


A special thanks goes to Angel's Garden Center, who have been contributing the background for years, keeping a tradition begun by the company's namesake, the late Angel Doherty. And a shout out to Chip Plourde, who has donated the antique wheelbarrow for use every Halloween for years.


Thank you to all! ~ Robert

Heartsaver First Aid and CPR Class


Instructor Juanita Allen

November 24th

6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Community Covenant Church

2 West Elm Street, Hopkinton.


The cost is 65.00. A minimum of six students is needed for the class to be held.  Please contact Beth Malloy so a spot can be held. 508-435-0347

DA and Hopkinton Chief of Police Announce New Initiatives

To Combat Domestic Violence And Serve Victims 


HOPKINTON – October 30, 2008 — Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone and Hopkinton Police Chief Thomas Irvin announced a comprehensive set of new initiatives aimed at combating instances of domestic violence and serving victims in Hopkinton.

The new initiatives include increased trainings of police officers to more effectively investigate DV crimes as well as support victims, the designation of one specific DV officer who will receive specialized training and serve as a liaison to the District Attorney's Domestic Violence Unit and DV service agencies, and increased trainings of dispatchers to better respond to DV emergency calls. 

“We have seen first-hand the number of families tragically impacted by domestic violence,” District Attorney Leone said. “That is why we are doing all that we can to not only better investigate and prosecute those who abuse others, but also to help victims proactively get out of dangerous situations before they escalate.  The Hopkinton Police Department has been an instrumental partner with our office in  investigating, prosecuting, and helping to prevent cases of domestic violence.”

“You are at greater risk of an assault in your home by a household member than by anyone else, anywhere else, in Hopkinton,” Chief Thomas Irvin said.  “Our community has experienced the tragedy of domestic violence at its most extreme.  The work being done by District Attorney Leone and his Domestic Violence Unit will help make our homes safer.  We are proud to be a partner in those efforts.”

The following initiatives are now being implemented by the Hopkinton Police Department in partnership with the Middlesex District Attorney's Office:

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Brigid Belger Wins HEF Art Contest

Above, Elmwood School teacher Bonnie Muir and  Bridgid Belger.

October 30, 2008 — Third Grade student Bridgid Belger topped 200 other students for the right to have her art be the theme for the illustration for the Hopkinton Education Foundation's Winter Gala to be held on February 7, 2009 at the Lake View Pavillion Ballroom in Foxborough. According to a handout from the HEF, this event is the largest fundraiser for the organization, which raises tens of thousands of dollars.

    The HEF has funded more than 250 educational grants totaling $775,000.

    The tickets will go on sale on Saturday, December 6 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am in the High School lobby.

    To see and hear Brigid speak about her artwork, please choose the YouTube video below.



YES on Question 3

To the editor:


We save whales that beach themselves on Cape Cod; we create a 35-acre forest park for deer in Mendon; we use tranquilizing darts and air mattresses to rescue bears loose in cities, we bring our pets to church for a Blessing of the Animals.


Why then do we condone racing greyhounds for profit in Revere and Raynham? Massachusetts state records show that more than 800 have been injured since 2002, suffering broken legs, paralysis, head trauma and even death from cardiac arrest, and thousands are killed when they are no longer able to compete.


Wonderland Greyhound Park and Raynham Park both require a population of over 1,000 dogs to function as gambling enterprises. According to Christine Dorchak, president of Grey2K USA, the dogs lie on shredded newspaper, are often fed inferior, bacteria-laden meat and confined for twenty hours a day in stacked metal crates too small for them to stand up fully.

(At the MSPCA Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center, runs used for similarly sized dogs are five times larger than racetrack cages.) READ MORE...

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! 


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.

Kenneth had a great passion for fishing and was a Hopkinton High Schoolgraduate of 1981. He had moved to Florida in 2003 and worked for GS Equipment Inc. Prior to moving he had worked for Hedge & Mattheis Companyof Foxboro, MA for 14 years. Arrangements Complete

Endorsement for Dan Haley

Dear Editor,


I plan to vote for Dan Haley as our next State Representative.


Like many of you, I am a registered unenrolled voter who votes the person, not the party.  I did not know Dan very well until this past summer when I began to hear more about his run for State Representative.  I began to study each candidate with more interest and decided to learn more about what Dan stood for.  He was very willing to meet me at Coffee Haven where we spent some time talking about his political views and the issues facing our district.


I worked closely with outgoing State Representative Paul Loscocco when he ran for office because I greatly admired his honesty, intelligence, and independent thinking.  I wasn't sure where Dan stood with Paul on issues or if Dan was more "right leaning" - he's not.  As our discussion progressed, I was convinced that he would be a great State Representative.  Like many of my friends and neighbors, I'm concerned about higher taxes, school quality, and safety in our communities.  I do not tend to support candidates who are beholden to unions or interest groups.  I admire Dan's sincerity and careful consideration of the important issues our district faces.  My time with Dan then, and since then has convinced me that we need someone like him now to express that independent and thoughtful perspective. FULL LETTER

On Monday, the legislature approved of Hopkinton's request for help in validating the town's invalid Special Town Meeting. It had been posted a day later than required by law. On Tuesday, the governor signed the act validating the Town Meeting. Read it here.

Bill's Pizza is the setting for the Governor's take on State Senator Dianne Wilkerson, accused of accepting bribes, as he answers Fox25 questions. The Fox25 button is always at the top, along with other media resources. FOX

Campaigning at Bill's Pizza

Above, Carolyn Dykema and Deval Patrick speak with Jordan Buldwin, while Jordan's mom smiles, watching.


October 29, 2008 — Governor Deval Patrick stopped by Hopkinton today and ended up on the stump for Carolyn Dykema at Bill's Pizza. She is running as a Democrat for the State Representative seat for the Eighth Middlesex District.

     First, he met with sign holders at the corners of Main, Cedar and Grove Streets, and also spoke with passersby. Then, he and his entourage walked to Bill's Pizza in the bitter cold.

     When they arrived, State Senator Karen Spilka urged everyone to get warm, and the Governor shouted out an order of pizza to Bill's owners George and Zack over the heads of the faithful, and to a roomful of applause. Thirty minutes later, on the way out, he snatched some fries off of the plate of some giggling girls seated in a booth.

     Governor Patrick gave testimony to the hard work the legislature has done calling it the most productive in thirty years with "breakthrough legislation."

      He said "partnership is the mantra right now, on Beacon Hill; and we need partners who are interested in governing. We need Carolyn. We need Carolyn," he said, as the room took the applause cue.

      He said he believed in governing for the long term "For you. And being in service because we believe being in service is an important contribution that we can offer." Then he continued, looking at Ms. Dykema, "Instead of folks, I think, like your current challenger, who trash the offices they seek, and who don't believe government has a role," an apparent reference to Republican Dan Haley, who is also running for the seat.

       To see and hear more of what was said, please watch the YouTube video below:




Retired Teacher for Dykema

To the Editor:


Carolyn Dykema is the candidate for Representative in the 8th Middlesex District that I will confidently vote for on November 4th. 

 As a retired high school teacher who still has a deep and abiding interest in our public school system I have found Carolyn’s commitment to public education, coupled with her leadership on other civic issues, to be both reassuring and praiseworthy. FULL LETTER

Metrowest Symphony Orchestra

 Hopkinton High School

Saturday, November 1, 2008

8:00 PM


October 29, 2008 — The Metrowest Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will perform at Hopkinton High School, Saturday November 1, 2008 at 8:00 PM. The orchestra that was to become the MSO was first formed in Framingham in 1973 and is a mid-size symphony of 60-70 musicians with a 30-40 member permanent core. The MSO offers programs for audiences of all ages that inspire and inform.


Saturday’s performance will feature selections from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance and Roger and Hammerstein’s Sound of Music as well as South Pacific. The performance will feature guest vocalists from the Melican Middle School and Algonquin Regional High School. Ticket price $15 regular admission, seniors $10 and children under 12 are free.


The Metrowest Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to provide high quality programs of established symphonic repertoire, enriched by contemporary works and other artistic disciplines for the enjoyment and education of both its members and the Metrowest community. 


This talented blend of professional and volunteer musicians is dedicated to entertaining, educating and encouraging the audiences of today and tomorrow.


The MSO has recently expanded its Board of Directors hoping to expand its performance offerings and grow as a vibrant community resource. For more information on the MSO visit the website or contact the President of the Board of Directors Janet Repucci, or (508)435-6310. ~ Press Release

Leda Arakelian for Dan Haley

Dear Editor,


I’m going to miss the personal connection with Paul Loscocco over the past eight years. Paul did a great job representing the people of Hopkinton on Beacon Hill.  His shoes are going to be tough to fill.  The good news is that there is someone up to the task.  His name is Dan Haley.


Dan is similar to Paul in many ways.  He’s a lawyer from Holliston with a young family and a passionate commitment to the community.  Like Paul, Dan is a Republican who believes in lower taxes, responsible spending, intelligent local business development, and strong public education.


I’m fed up with the tax-and spend attitude that pervades the State House.  The state income tax, sales tax, capital gains tax, gas tax, and Mass Pike tolls strain the finances of all of us.  And where does the money go?  Too much of it goes to the pet programs of the power brokers at the State House.  Too little of it comes back to local communities to adequately fund schools and pubic infrastructure.  FULL LETTER

Richard de Mont for Carolyn Dykema

Dear Editor,

My choice for State Representative in the 8th Middlesex District is Carolyn Dykema.


Carolyn is one of us. She is committed to providing our children the best possible education; She has served her community, friends and family in so many ways, like we all try to do; Like us, Carolyn cares about our environment, both locally and globally, as well as making transportation improvements and toll relief and to maintain services to those of us most in need during this crisis.


WE ALL need to work together toget us out of this terrible mess we are presently in. Not only does Carolyn have the passion and the interest in these issues, Carolyn has the educational (MBA) and business acumen (environmental & financial consulting) to actually have the ability to help us to fix some of these problems the “insiders” have yet to address.


Carolyn has demonstrated her commitment to service, like many of us, in serving in numerous volunteer posts in our respective towns. She has served as the Chair of the Holliston Planning Board, which also provided access to regional and state agency and group interaction in towns and regions working together for comprehensive plan to balance environmental concerns with the interests of developers. Walking that particular tight rope for a state rep candidate is the ultimate in pre-election training,….. kind of like passing airborne training prior to parachuting into France on D-Day 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! 

Westborough Resident Endorses Haley



I am a public educator of 30 years who is writing to offer my enthusiastic endorsement of Dan Haley for State Representative of the 8th Middlesex District.  We need to elect someone who understands the working of the state house yet is not tied to a special interest group. I feel that Dan Haley is that candidate. This year's race is important for our district.  We face bleak financial times both locally and nationally.  I want to elect someone who will keep educators interests foremost and ensure our Legislature is held accountable for the tax dollars they spend.   FULL LETTER



            BOSTON October 29, 2008 — Today, a Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted a former executive assistant to the State Auditor of using his position to extract bribes from individuals in exchange for political favors. Lawrence Trapasso, age 45, of Worcester, was found guilty Bribery (3 counts) and Larceny over $250.  He is scheduled to be sentenced in Suffolk Superior Court by Judge Elizabeth Donovan on November 10, 2008.


            From 1997 until August 2006, Trapasso was employed by the Office of the State Auditor. He was hired as a field auditor in 1997 and eventually was promoted to the position of executive assistant to the State Auditor.


            In February 2006, the Attorney General’s Office began an investigation after the office had received information regarding Trapasso’s activities.  Authorities discovered that between January 2003 and April 2006, Trapasso accepted cash payments from three individuals.  Trapasso told these individuals that he could use his influence as a state official to help them get their drivers’ licenses reinstated and/or help them with pending court cases.


             Trapasso was paid approximately $11,000 by one individual to have his license reinstated and to remove a condition of probation that he not drive.  This individual had been previously convicted of drunk driving and manslaughter in connection with an accident that happened in 1997.  This individual believed that his license was suspened in connection with that conviction. Trapasso claimed to have contacts at the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) and could arrange for this individual to have a driving test and to have his license reissued.  This person’s conviction only required a two-year loss of license, and this individual was entitled to get his license back without Trapasso’s help.  Trapasso also promised to help get a condition of probation prohibiting this individual from driving removed from his record.  As a consequence of Trapasso’s promises, this person continued to drive and subsequently violated his probation.  In actuality, the probation condition was never lifted for this individual.   Trapasso also convinced this individual to give him $1,250 for tickets to a fictitious charity dinner.  This individual never attended any such dinner, and Trapasso kept this money for himself.


             A second individual also paid Trapasso for help with an Operating Under the Influence arrest and a suspended license.  Trapasso allegedly told this person that he worked at the State Auditor’s office and that he had contacts within the Registry who could assist with reinstating the individual’s license.   Based on promises made by Trapasso to this individual that his license had been reinstated, the individual continued to drive and was subsequently arrested for driving with a suspended license.  In actuality, Trapasso did not affect the outcome of the court case nor did he have any effect on the change of the individual’s license status.   


             A third individual who had her license suspended was able to have her license suspension documents faxed to Trapasso.  Trapasso then had this person’s license reinstated.  He later allegedly collected approximately $2,500 in cash for this service.   


             A Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against Trapasso on July 12, 2008.  He was arraigned on July 24, 2008, in Suffolk Superior Court where he pled not guilty and was released on personal recognizance.


            Trapasso’s trial began on October 20, 2008, and continued for seven days. Today, after five hours of deliberation, a jury returned a verdict of guilty against Trapasso. He will be sentenced on November 10, 2008, in Suffolk Superior Court.


The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Renee Dupuis, Deputy Chief of Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Criminal Bureau, and Assistant Attorneys General Matt Shea and Marina Moriarty, also of Attorney General Coakley’s Criminal Bureau. The case was investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office.


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