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Ban on EMC Park Lighting Expires

One field could be lit for Little League games


November  6, 2008 — On Monday, the Parks and Recreation Commission took advantage of the expiration of a ban on lighting at the EMC Park Little League Fields, and floated the idea at a Public Hearing before the Planning Board last Monday. Representatives of the Little League, Parks and Recreation, Musco Lighting (sketch to the left) and abutters and neighbors attended the Hearing.

      The P&R reopened the Site Plan Review process that had granted the construction of the fields in 1997, following the controversial Public Hearings, an approval by the Planning Board, an appeal of that approval, and the subsequent court-approved Settlement Agreement.

      The agreement banned lighting the fields for a period of 20 years from the date of the first Little League game, except that on the 8th anniversary of the first game, the P&R could apply to put lights on Field A only. Mike Barry of Musco Lighting showed diagrams for two 60' and two 70' poles, as well as photos of similar installations that showed no light spill at all at more than 150' from the field, a feature that was not lost on the neighbors who gathered for the hearing.

      Planning Board member Sandy Altamura expressed concern about the height of the lighting poles, but Mr.. Barry assured everyone that the height of the poles that hold the lighting fixtures contributes to the low light spill.

       "You won't see the bulbs," Mr. Barry said. The fixtures have louvers to direct the lights and shield from spill, much like the photography studio lights have used for generations.

       A few neighbors had questions, but one did not favor the additional activity at the fields.

       Abutter Jeanine Hagan said, "I am in opposition to the lights. I am not sure I can withstand any more playtime. There's no privacy abutting the fields."

       "What is the parking lot plan," asked neighbor Tony Black, inquiring about the need for lighting in the parking lot now that the games will go past dark.

        "We have none," said P&R Chairman, Brendan Doyle. Mr. Doyle insisted that that was a different issue, but Planning Board members did not agree.

        Planning Board member Ken Weismantel suggested that the Board look at the lighting level over the entire site. Chairman Mark Abate agreed, and the Board continued the hearing until November 17 at 8:15 pm.

        After the meeting, Dave Rasmussen, who was part of the original lawsuit, said he has yet to see a reason to sue this time.


Below, the three baseball fields at EMC Park are easily recognized. The field in the center is the one that will be lit first.

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4-week Saturday Workshop
Nov. 15th, 22nd, Dec 6th and 13th
Your child may choose up to 6 of sample gift choices
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Reminder to all Hopkinton Residents

Smoke and CO detectors can make the difference 


Chief Gary Daugherty (File photo) and the Officer’s and Firefighter’s of the Hopkinton Fire Department would like to share the following safety message with the citizens of Hopkinton.


The tragic fire on Meserve Street Sunday evening and the serious fire on Hayden Rowe Street early Monday morning serve as a reminder to all of us. We need to insure our smoke detector systems and carbon monoxide detectors are operational and our heating systems have been serviced and operating efficiently and safely.


The timely activation of a properly installed smoke detector system allowed the safe evacuation of the Hayden Rowe Street family, while the lack of smoke detectors was a contributing factor in the tragic fire on Meserve Street.


If you have any questions regarding any of these safety issues feel free to call and/or e-mail us. I also invite you to visit our website, for additional safety related articles.


~ Deputy Chief, Kenneth Clark

League of Women Voters Gives Kudos to Carolyn Dykema

Dear Editor,

I would like to extend congratulations to Representative Dykema, who won last Tuesday's election for the 8th Middlesex House seat. She has demonstrated a commitment to the environment that reflects her constituent's values: from expanding public transportation to protecting open space to encouraging new renewable energy development. The environment has become a key issue for many voters as high energy prices are squeezing consumer budgets this fall. The legislature has much work ahead of it to ensure that financial troubles don't gut our future and that we work to lower our energy costs by using more alternative energy.

We look forward to continuing to work with Carolyn Dykema on these critical challenges for the Commonwealth.

Lora Wondolowski, Executive Director
Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters

November 6, 2008

Hopkinton High School Drama Ensemble Presents

Thursday, November 20 at 4 pm

Friday and Saturday, November 21 & 22 at 7 pm

Sunday, November 23 at 2 pm


Tickets $10 for Adults $8 for Students and Seniors

Available at the High School and Middle School Offices

Middle School Auditorium



Trash Pickup EVERY Day Next Week

Normal schedule in play


The department of public works would like to remind everyone that trash and recycling collection will be on a normal schedule next week, November 10th through 14th. Tuesday, November 11, Veterans Day, is NOT a holiday for E. L. Harvey & Sons.


Read the full recycling schedule

Route 95 South Reopened After Tanker Crash/Spill


November 6, 2008 — Today at approximately 4:47 a.m. troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Foxboro responded to a two-vehicle crash on Route 95 southbound involving a tractor trailer carrying aviation fuel, a quarter of a mile south of the  Attleboro weigh station between Exits 2 and 3. The crash resulted in a fuel spillage and minor injuries.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Nicholas Canavan indicates that the sequence of events that led to the crash began with a 1997 Volvo 960, driven by 21-year-old Andrew Tavarez of East Providence, R.I., traveling in the middle lane. The Volvo moved into the left lane, apparently in order to pass another car in front of it. When it did so, the Volvo lost control and struck a jersey barrier on the Reed Street overpass, and then swerved right across all traffic lanes, causing it to collide with the driver’s side of a tractor trailer traveling in the right lane.


The tractor trailer, driven by 37-year-old Michael Cowan of Northbridge, Mass., lost control and rolled over to its left, its cab coming to rest on the Volvo’s hood. The rolled-over truck blocked all four lanes, including the breakdown lane, and began to leak the fuel it was transporting. Cowan, Tavarez, and Tavarez’s passenger, 19-year-old Hope Amaral of East Providence, R.I., were out of their vehicles when State Police arrived on scene. All were taken to Rhode Island Hospital with minor injuries.


Investigation revealed that the tractor trailer, which is owned by C. White Trucking of Connecticut, had left East Boston with 11,001 gallons of aviation fuel headed for T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island. The fuel is volatile, but has a high ignition point. Under the direction of the Attleboro fire chief, who is the incident commander, foam was sprayed onto the truck and leaked fuel to reduce any chance of ignition. Environmental officials are assessing the impact of the leaked fuel into soil and drainage basins.


As of 3:30 p.m., all four lanes of the Route 95 South had been reopened. Residents from 14 homes that were evacuated as a precautionary measure have been allowed to return home.


This crash remains under investigation by the State Police Troop H, Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, and Crime Scene Services Section to determine if charges are warranted. Other assisting agencies include the Attleboro Fire, Police and Health Departments, the Office of the State Fire Marshall, the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the state Department of Environmental Protection, Massachusetts Highway Department, the T.F. Green Airport Fire Department, the North Attleboro, Mass., and Pawtucket, R.I., police departments, and the Rhode Island State Police.

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Spring 2009

Available NOW on–line @ Grades 3-8

Boys’ lacrosse registration at

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 Veterans' Appreciation Dinner

At the Hopkinton Senior Center

Tuesday November 11, 2008

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. – dinner is at 6.


Come spend some time with your buddies – and meet some new ones.

Free transportation to & from Center ( ask when reserving ).

Special photo show planned during the dinner.

Veterans only -- dinner is free to ALL Hopkinton veterans.

Co-sponsored by:

Hopkinton's Council on Aging and the Veteran's Celebration Committee.

Please call ahead to help the sponsors determine how much food to prepare.

RSVP: Senior Center (508) 497-9730

Remembering Dickie Phillips

Dear Editor:


Growing up on Mayhew Street, and most recently living on Claflin Ave, it was not uncommon to see “Dickie” Phillips riding his motorcycle or scooter (generally too small) around town. He would always give a wave but never remove his eyes from the safety of driving. Just two summers ago, he stopped as I stood stranded on the side of the road and assisted me with my motorcycle, as it would not idle correctly. He then stopped by my house a few day’s later to ensure it was running correctly. That was one of many kind things I can think of.


I remember in the early 1990’s, when my mom had her heart attack, he stopped by the family's house on Mayhew Street “just to make sure you kids are alright.” He was close with my dad or should I say close with the neighborhood. When my dad moved out of town and I would see him at Cumberland Farms or Pizza Villa he would always ask, “How is your old man?”


Monday morning as I waited for my coffee to brew I heard about a fire, on Meserve Street in Hopkinton on the news. As I looked at the television I immediately knew it was Dickie’s house. You could pick it out of 10,000 houses. My heart sank at such a tragic loss to a very kind human being. A true “townie”, lover of animals, caring and knowledgeable person. You wonder how this could happen?


He was a true testament to the saying, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.”


Rest in peace Dickie, the locals will miss you deeply!


Matt Wiley

275 Chelsea St.

East Boston, MA

November 6, 2008

Hopkinton 3, Bellingham 0

Nicole Wigglesworth gets ready to knock one past the Bellingham defender as the Hillers bested Bellingham, 3-0. Next, the Hillers will play Bishop Stang at 11:00 am on Saturday at Taunton High School.


by Michal Whalen

November 5, 2008 — Coach Joanie Bannon's field hockey Hillers are now headed to the south division finals after a 3-0 victory over the Bellingham Black Hawks. Katie Pelgrin started the scoring  with an unassisted goal ,after which  Bellingham then took a timeout,  and dominated play for the rest of the half.  But the Hiller defense stepped up and kept the score at 1-0 going into intermission.

    Bellingham is a very talented team, and came back strong in the second half. But Hiller goal keeper Lauren O'Loughlin made some great saves, and aided by the defense of Tamara Mills kept the Black Hawks off the scoreboard.

    Then, after a quiet first half, Mallory [The Rocket] Bannon, hit the back of the net with a shot from just  inside the circle . This made the score 2-0, and the assist went to Keelin Bannon, who plays the midfield position better than anyone in the Tri-Valley League.

     With the clock winding down, Katie Pelgrin passed to Nicole Wigglesworth , who found the net , and made the score 3-0. The game was over, and it was time to enjoy this victory. Next up, Bishop Stang High School, the number two seed.

      Seniors Jenna Gorham, Meghan Brisson, and Suzy Whalen have at least one more game, but this was their last field hockey contest in front of a home crowd. Taunton High School will be the site of the finals at 11:00 AM on Saturday.  Good luck Hillers!

Cheerleaders Compete in Ashland

November 5, 2008 — Hopkinton Varsity Cheerleaders participated in the Tri-Valley Championship in Ashland early this evening and came out as Ti-Valley League Champions.

Termination of Google / Yahoo Agreement Avoids Lawsuit


BOSTON –On June 12, 2008, Google® and Yahoo! ® announced that they had entered into an agreement under which Google® ads would appear on Yahoo! ® Search Results pages and on various Yahoo! ® web properties and partner sites.  According to Yahoo!’s ® announcement regarding the agreement, it was projected to generate approximately $800 million annual revenue for Yahoo! ® and an estimated $250 million to $450 million in incremental operating cash flow in the first 12 months following implementation.  The agreement was for an initial four-year term, with two three-year renewal options.  Today, the two companies announced that the agreement has been terminated.

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley issued the following statement regarding the announcement:

           “We are pleased that Google has announced that it has terminated its search advertising agreement with Yahoo!.  Our Antitrust Division worked with the U.S. Department of Justice and other states in an extensive investigation of this agreement. We believed that the agreement would have harmed competition in a critical and growing internet market and our office was prepared to file suit with the DOJ to block the agreement.”   File Photo.

Eagle Scout Completes Meditation Garden


November 5, 2008 — Matt Dry, a Hopkinton Eagle Scout candidate in Troop 4, has completed his service project, resulting in a beautiful meditation/memorial garden.  The garden is on the grounds at 61 Wood Street and will benefit members of both Grace United Methodist Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
The finished project includes memorial laser-engraved bricks along the entry way, an olive wood cross, two granite benches, and a garden area.  The garden provides visitors with a quiet place to reflect and remember loved ones. The cross once hung inside the sanctuary at St Paul’s, where it was an important and meaningful symbol to the church’s long term members.
Matt is a sophomore at Hopkinton High School, where he is also a member of the cross country and wrestling teams, and serves in student government.  He is active in the high school band, and his church’s youth group.
The engraved bricks have inscriptions for loved ones, favorite Bible verses or other meaningful sentiments. They were a fund raiser for the project and are still available for $50.00 each.  To order a brick, please contact Matt Dry at  or call 508-544-1645. 

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On Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 7:15 p.m. a public hearing will be held, in the Selectmen’s Hearing Room, Town Hall, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA, to determine the percentage of local tax levy to be borne by each class of real and personal property, in accordance with Ch. 369, Acts of 1982.  Oral and written comments form the public will be accepted at the hearing. 


Hopkinton Board of Selectmen

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Edna Margaret (Pyne) Mullins


HOPKINTON - Edna Margaret (Pyne) Mullins died at Beaumont Skilled Nursing Facility in Westborough on Sunday, November 2, 2008.  The daughter of William ‘Pa’ Pyne and Annie Jennings, Edna was the last survivor of 9 brothers and sisters, and would have been 98 in February 2009.  A  graduate of Boston University, Edna worked for many years for Weston Nurseries,  in Weston in the early days of the business, and in Hopkinton.


Edna was the widow of John J. Mullins, who died in 1974.  She is survived by son John Jr and his wife, Manuelita; daughters Eunice and her husband Steve Inman, Kathleen and her husband Ron Harrell and daughter in law, Pamela Mullins, wife of the late David “Butch” Mullins, who died in 2006.


Edna’s extended family includes 30 grandchildren, 74 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.  She also leaves many nieces and nephews.


A memorial Mass will be said at St John the Evangelist Church in Hopkinton on Friday, November 7 at 10 am.   In lieu of flowers, donations to the Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center, 112 Main Street, Hopkinton would be most appreciated.

 From the Radical Middle...


Expert, Textpert, Choking Smokers...

Quick thoughts on the election


November 5, 2008 — Last year was the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love, a hedonistic two months of pot, sex and rock and roll, an anniversary that went largely uncelebrated. According to William Manchester's liberal history, The Glory and the Dream, 22 million young people tried marijuana for the first time during the months between June and September of 1967.

     The  Beatles have been given credit (or blame) for that accomplishment, having sung, "We'd love to turn you on," in a song on their Sgt. Pepper's musical album of the same year. That album, the Beatles with long hair and beards and overtones of drugs, alienated the parents from enjoying listening to the Fab Four with their kids, a contrast from the day only three years earlier when they all gathered around the television to watch the mop heads perform in front of screaming girls on the Ed Sullivan Show.

       Woodstock the First would follow the Summer of Love two years later, giving plenty of time for those twenty-plus millions who had just had their first fling with stupidity, to try even more dangerous stuff, drop out of school and become the person their parents warned them about.

       But now, the parents of those kids, the WWII generation, are largely gone, and many of those kids who lit up and thought they actually saw it raining real cats and dogs, are parents and grandparents, whose offspring joined them in voting to decriminalize the Whacky Weed at the polls yesterday. Now what?

       To say that the consequences of its possession is the equivalent of a traffic ticket is to put it in the category of doing something wrong and getting punished, such as paying Mom a quarter every time she hears you say a cuss word.

       And for parents who might not know, and I can't imagine who doesn't, the kids' code for pot is 420. That comes from them believing that 420 is the police code for the wacky tobaccy. So if your kid's IM screen name is "Ilove420," then please feel informed. The code is actually 94C, which refers to the Chapter of the General Laws that has governed it.

       Wise parents might let their kids know that the majority of people probably voted for decriminalization to save the ruination of a young person's future by way of a crime. That is likely the main reason behind most votes, and not because all of a sudden, society believes that everyone should spark the incense, turn on the black light, and fire up the hookah.

       As for the Presidential race, I am reminded of an old joke.

       "Someone told me that if I voted for Barry Goldwater for President, we would be mired in a protracted war in Vietnam that could last for years. I did, and we were."

       Of course, the joke is that Goldwater was not elected, but the prediction came true nonetheless. Let's hope there is no equivalent for that conversation in this outcome.

       Let's hope that President Obama has the ambition of John Kennedy, the wisdom of Dwight Eisenhower and the sensible and surprisingly youthful vision of Ronald Reagan. He has already proven he has the graciousness of John McCain.

       Thanks to Governor Patrick for keeping his promise to "govern for the long term," and become one of a  very few Massachusetts Governors in recent memory to stay, and not seek a higher office, leaving without finishing a term. 

        Lastly, it is rather ironic that the people who put a stop to dog racing in Massachusetts, because of allegedly poor treatment of the animals, are actually going to be the reason for the breed's demise. Who would breed greyhounds for anything but racing?

        That's all I have for now. If  you have something, let everyone know with a post on Town Talk.     

It’s time to order!!

Hopkinton Cub Scouts Pack #4 Annual Wreath Sale

Small 12” - $11 Large 18” - $15

Comes with a red bow, Small 6 loop. Large 8 loop.

We will deliver to your door prior to Thanksgiving Call: 508-497-0919


Happy Fiftieth!!!



If you see this guy today, wish him a happy fiftieth birthday.




 The Hopkinton DPW is looking for truck and equipment owner/operators for the purpose of plowing various roads with the town for the 2008-2009 winter season. We offer competitive rates and a guaranteed 4 hour minimum. For more information call Mike Mansir at 508-497-9768

Obama/Biden Victory 

Please enjoy part of acceptance speech by Barack Obama, on CNN, above.

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Carolyn Dykema Over Dan Haley by 1,000 Votes

Above, Carolyn Dykema and husband Bill at her victory party at Pinecrest Golf Course in Holliston.

November 5, 2008 — Holliston resident and mother of three, Carolyn Dykema, bested another Holliston resident and father of one, Dan Haley, by nearly a thousand votes throughout the 8th Middlesex District, for which they vied for the seat of State Representative.

      Mrs. Dykema won by only 39 votes in Hopkinton, the closest margin in all of the towns in the district, which contrasted with Holliston, where she won by more than 600 votes.

      Mrs. Dykema attributed her success to hard work in getting out to meet people and offer her message.

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How Hopkinton Voted

8,345 people of 9,563 voted!

Pot Decriminalized Across State ~ Hopkinton voted YES 5387   NO 2852

Statewide: Income Tax Untouched ~ Dog Racing To Be Banned

Dykema wins all towns

Above, workers dismantle the voting booths following this evening's election.


November 4, 2008 — Fred White who has been a Hopkinton Election Warden for decades, promptly announced the end of the voting at 8:00 pm. The turnout of 8,364out of 9,563, according to all of the pundits, was well above normal and indicates an unusually high interest in the election.

     Below are the unofficial results as read by Town Clerk Ann Click in the Hopkinton Middle School Cafeteria are listed below

The Hopkinton Voting Results Breakdown



McCain and Palin        3744

Obama and Biden       4436


Senator in Congress

John F. Kerry                4599

Jeffrey K. Beatty          3354

Robert J. Underwood     206


Representative in Congress

James P. McGovern     5848



Kelly A. Timilty              5403


Senator in General Court

Karen E. Spilka              5711

Representative in General Court

Carolyn C Dykema        3938

Dan Haley                       3899


Register of Probate

Tara E. DeChristofaro    5271



Question 1 regarding eliminating taxes 

                             YES 3207    NO 5032

Question 2 decriminalizing marijuana

                              YES 5387   NO 2852

Question 3 eliminating any dog racing

                              YES  5009  NO 3194

 Meserve Street Fire Victim*

Richard W. "Dickie" Phillips, 53


HOPKINTON - Richard W. "Dickie" Phillips, 53, died tragically November 2, 2008 in a fire at his home.  Born in Framingham, he was the son of Gail (Hewins) Wetherby of Whitinsville and the late Raymond Phillips.

He was employed at Elmwood School in Hopkinton for many years and most recently with the Grafton Job Corp.  He very much enjoyed traveling, movies and motorcycles. 

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his son Richard II of Hudson, his brothers Raymond of VT and Robert and his wife Brenda of VT, and his sister Jacqueline Menure of VT.  He also leaves his stepbrothers Randy Wetherby and his wife Nicole of Taunton and Ronald Wetherby and his wife Sara of NH.  In addition, he leaves his granddaughter Victoria Phillips and Victoria's mother, Tracy DeLorey, both of Maynard, his nephew Alex Colby of Whitinsville and many other nephews, nieces and cousins.  He also leaves his best friends Nancy and Joe of Woonsocket.  He is predeceased by his sister Janice Phillips.

A funeral service will be held Friday, November 7, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. in the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street.  Calling hours at the funeral home are Thursday, November 6 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Private burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Donations: MSPCA, 350 So. Huntington Ave.,
Boston, MA  02130

Countdown - Minus 120 Minutes - 6 pm

November 4, 2008 — Democratic candidate for State Representative, Carolyn Dykema, and some supporters carry signs and wave to passersby at the entrance to the Middle School this afternoon. At 5:00 p.m., 6750 voters out of 9563 possible voters had cast ballots.

Senior Newsletter Now Online

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    The Friends of the Seniors Holiday Sale will be held on Friday, Nov. 21, from 4-8 and Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9-2. This is a huge yard sale of winter and holiday items. We have been accumulating donations of Christmas decorations, ornaments and décor for a full year and have enough stuff to fi ll our big room! This is a good opportunity to introduce your working or school friends to the Senior Center, and help us raise funds for our programs.


     Again, we will be serving lunch and reservations may be necessary for first sitting.

Election Morning


November 4, 2008 — The polls were experiencing a heavy turnout this morning, as they often do during national elections. The sides were clearly chosen by the players who lined the driveway to the Middle School. Give a listen to their perspectives, above.

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Who let the Dogs In?

November 4, 2008 — Claire Wright's dog, Baisie, took part in the process this morning at the Middle School, as supporters of both parties lined the driveway to provide visibility for their candidates. The turnout was so heavy, that traffic often stopped on the street waiting for traffic inside the parking lot to move.

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Coal Stove Official Cause of Hopkinton Fatal Fire

No smoke detectors in dwelling

Still no formal identification of victim


November 4, 2008 — State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Hopkinton Fire Chief Gary T. Daugherty Sr. announced preliminary findings of their joint investigation into the fatal fire at 21 Meserve Street point to a malfunctioning coal stove as the cause. The fire took the life of an adult male on November 2, 2008. Results are preliminary pending the medical examiner's formal identification of the victim and determination of the cause of death.
Investigators believe the fire was most likely caused by a malfunctioning coal stove in the living room.
Chief Daugherty said, "This fire is truly tragic. Our investigation has found no evidence that there were working smoke alarms in the home. We know that working smoke alarms can double your chances of surviving a fire by giving you time to escape." He added, "This fire happened on the very weekend when the fire service was trying to encourage people when they changed their clocks to change the batteries in their smoke alarms."
Coan said, "The two fatal fires this weekend are extremely sad and both may have been related to heating. Heating is the second leading cause of home fires in Massachusetts. We are concerned that this winter will lead to a large number of heating caused fires and possible deaths and have launched a Keep Warm, Keep Safe campaign to help educate people to stay safe this winter. "For information go online to ."
Coan said, "The fire deaths this weekend bring the annual total in Massachusetts to 37. Smoke alarms are your first line of defense, but it is important to have an escape plan with two ways out, clear pathways to the exits and a meeting place outside."
The fire was jointly investigated by the Hopkinton Fire Department, the Hopkinton Police Department, State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Middlesex District Attorney's Office.


NOTE: Although there has been no formal identification of the victim of the fire, he is believed to be Richard "Dickie" Phillips, the resident of the dwelling.

Election at Elmwood School

November 3, 2008 — Election day came one day early in Hopkinton today. There has been a campaign  of sorts going on among the students at Elmwood School, who rallied to determine one favorite book out of two.

      The campaign involved the designing of colorful signs and posters with catchy phrases that decorated the walls of the school to promote their favorite book/candidate.

      The election held today featured Hopkinton senior citizens as poll workers, a job they will do for real on Tuesday. They were there to check voter registration cards, and distribute and collect ballots. 

      The winning book was Duck for President,  written by Doreen Cronin. ~ Photo by Michelle Weilding

Holliston Veterans' Tribute 

November 3, 2008 — The HopNews video camera found itself in Holliston on Sunday, and captured part of a group of signs put up by well known Holliston Vietnam veteran Bobby Blair. The signs in the video are across from Holliston High School honor coalition troops, and are a few of the the 251 honoring American and coalition troops who lost their lives since Memorial Day.

      Mr. Blair is a principal of .

Hopkinton 2, Norton 1

November 3, 2008 — Brianna McSweeney takes the ball past a Norton defender this afternoon.




NANTUCKETToday, a former manager of the Nantucket Regional Transportation Authority (NRTA) was arrested for allegedly stealing more than $8,000 from their fare boxes. Quoizel Wilson, age 30, of Nantucket, is charged with Larceny over $250 and Breaking Into a Depository.  Wilson was arrested this evening in Nantucket. A Nantucket County Grand Jury returned indictments against Wilson this afternoon. He will be arraigned tomorrow in Barnstable Superior Court.

In March, the Attorney General’s office began an investigation after the NRTA contacted the office concerning funds missing from bus fare boxes.  Authorities allege that the thefts were occurring during certain hours of the night, and conducted surveillance in order to monitor the NRTA’s offices during those hours.   Investigators discovered that on various dates between July and September 2008, Wilson allegedly gained unauthorized access to the NRTA’s fare boxes and stole over $8,000 from those boxes.  Authorities allege that Wilson used these funds for his own personal use.

 The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Ina Howard-Hogan, of Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Corruption and Fraud Division, and was investigated by Massachusetts State Troopers assigned to the Attorney General’s Office.

Sarah Ward to Speak on Executive Function Skills for Students on Nov. 18

HOPKINTON, MASS. (November 3, 2008) – Hopkinton’s Special Education Advisory Council (SPEAC) and the Milford Parent Advisory Council will be co-hosting a presentation by renowned speech and language pathologist Sarah Ward on November 18 at the 7:00 p.m. at the Hopkinton High School. Ward’s presentation, Getting it Done: A Lecture on the Executive Function Skills will discuss how parents and school staff can help students of all ages access forethought, utilize hindsight, set goals, develop plans and organize their time. The event is free and open to the public.


Based in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, SPEAC is made up of parents and guardians working to ensure all children with special needs are educated effectively. For more information visit the SPEAC Web page listed under Support Organizations on the Hopkinton School District web site For questions about this specific event, please call Lynn Principe in Milford at 508-634-0993 or Karen Weiskerger in Hopkinton at 508-497-3959.

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Barbara A. Pettepit, 80


Hopkinton  - Barbara A. Pettepit, 80, formerly of Hopkinton, died Sunday November 2, 2008 in Manchester.  She was the wife of John Pettepit, who died in 1986.  Born in Manchester, she was the daughter of the late Rayne and Anna (Duhamel) Collins.


She is survived by her son Stephen and his wife Mary of Bartlett and daughter Barbara Shaw and her husband Corey of Candia.  She also leaves four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.


A graveside funeral service will take place on Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 1 p.m. in Evergreen Cemetery, Wood Street (Route 135), Hopkinton.  The Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Donations may be made to Catholic Medical Center, ICU, 100 Macgregor Street, Manchester, NH  03102

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! 

What Shall I do?

November 3, 2008 — This great blue heron, spending the week at the Spiegel's, ponders his next move after the family put a tarp over the fish pond.

 Dreams of Snow

Winter Parking Ban


The DPW wishes to remind all Hopkinton residents of By-Laws pertaining to the parking of motor vehicles during the winter months.


Traffic Rules and Orders, Town of Hopkinton, Article lV, Section 8 “It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle, other than for an emergency, to park said vehicle on any street between the hours of 1:00am to 6:00am from November 15 through April 1.


Article X, Section 1 By-Laws Town of Hopkinton

The Highway Manager, for the purpose of removing or plowing snow, or removing the ice from any way shall be authorized to remove or cause to be removed to some convenient place, including in such term a public garage, any vehicle interfering with such work. The owner of any vehicle so removed shall be liable for the cost of such removal, and for the storage charges, if any, resulting therefrom. The Highway Manager, whenever any vehicle is so removed, shall notify the Police Department and said Department shall render all necessary assistance to the Highway Manager in enforcing this by-law.


Article 3

No person shall pile, push, throw, shovel, plow or by any other method or means cause snow to be deposited or placed on any public roadway or sidewalk of the Town so as to impede, obstruct or interrupt or otherwise adversely affect the unrestricted flow of traffic or the safe travel of any pedestrian on such roadway or sidewalk. The foregoing sentence shall not apply to any person in the employ of the Town, or in the employ of an independent contractor, which has been hired by the Town for the purpose of snow removal. Whoever violates this section shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding twenty-five dollars for each such violation. Each instance of such conduct shall constitute a separate violation of this By-Law.

The DPW would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.


Mike Mansir

Highway Manager

Police News UP-TO-DATE  <---More

November 3, 2008



9:13 pm A caller reported that the house across from her on Meserve Street was on fire...


7:52 pm A caller reported that a skunk was acting strangely while she was walking her dog on Lakeshore Drive...


2:00 pm The Fire Department assisted a Downey Street resident with a cat that was stuck in a tree.


9:23 pm A caller from Riverbend Road reported that there was an unknown animal in her basement...


10:28 pm A Wedgewood Drive resident reported that a great blue heron was acting strangely in his backyard...

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for,  November 3, 2008






Address Buyer Price Date Seller
5 Overlook Road John Galanek & April Galanek $760,000 Oct.  31, 2008 Eagle Farm Limited Partnership
1 Sadie Lane Sabina Chadha $710,000 Oct.  30, 2008 Bart G. Newland & Diane J. Newland
23 Patriots Boulevard unit
Samuel F. Odotei $375,000 Oct.  28, 2008 Stagecoach Heights Realty LLC
Previous update:        
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


Fatal Fire Under Investigation

Arson unlikely

November 3, 2008 — The fatal fire that occurred at 21 Meserve Street last night is still under investigation, according to Hopkinton Fire Chief Gary Daugherty. He said that it is not believed to be arson. The victim is referred to as John Doe, but he is believed to be the owner of the home, 53 year-old Richard "Dickie" Phillips, a former custodian for the Hopkinton School district, who was often seen around town on his motorcycle or one of his many scooters.

      Metal detectors and cartons of cigarettes were lying around on an automobile parked on the street in front of the condemned property this morning, and a charred futon, melted air conditioners, motorcycles, scooters and trailers dotted the landscape. "He was a packrat," one person said.

       Chief Daugherty said that there was stuff all over the floors inside fueling the fire in the bungalow that was heated by a coal stove.

      A bus could be seen through a small grove of trees as the Director of Municipal Inspections, Charles Kadlik, nailed "condemned" signs on all sides of the unsafe structure, and people claiming to be relatives gathered and asked to remove personal property. 

Another Fire — No one Injured  


November 3, 2008 — Hopkinton Fire Chief Gary Daugherty said this morning said that a chimney problem was likely the cause of a 3:30 am fire at 52 Hayden Rowe Street this morning. Above, plastic covers the windows and workmen are on the roof near the chimney and the vent, and the vent hole cut by the firefighters. The chimney is adjacent to the game room, that was apparently once the grand ballroom.

      "This was tougher then the fire on Meserve Street," said Chief Daugherty, referring to a fatal fire ours earlier. The residents on Hayden Rowe Street escaped uninjured.

      The property housed a former dance studio, but was purchased in 2006 and has undergone a total renovation. The exquisite home was part of the Hopkinton Garden Club's Kitchen Tour in September of this year, and got rave reviews.

Your New Home Awaits You


  H   O   M   E   S         H   O   M   E   S        H   O   M   E   S         H   O   M   E   S

House Fire Takes Life


(Updates have this background)

November 2, 2008 — The call to emergency services of a house fire on Meserve Street came at 9:12 pm Sunday evening from a neighbor who saw the flames. Another neighbor on the scene said he opened the front door of the dwelling to see if the owner was in the home, but was pushed back by searing flames.  A police officer was the first public safety official on the scene, and reported that he saw the single story wood frame bungalow fully involved, and ordered the dead-end street shut down. There is an emergency vehicle access/exit that was built when the Oliver lane neighborhood was constructed, but went unused on this evening.

     The fire department knocked the flames down quickly, sending thick white smoke in ghoulish shapes over the structure. Fire Chief Gary Daugherty took command of the scene upon his arrival. Firefighters were seen on the roof and around the building. One appeared to be using a thermal imaging camera through a window looking for a victim, and others chopped holes and shattered window glass to vent gasses.

     Neighbors counted vehicles in the yard, hoping the owner was not at home, but was elsewhere with one of his many vehicles. They gathered in small clusters in the street near the home in this closely knit blue-collar neighborhood and hugged, comforting each other, crying together. Some cried alone.

      One woman, presuming the worst, said through tears that she'd known the 53 year-old resident all of her life. A teenager, hoping for the best, repeated loudly that the man must be out somewhere.

      People were moved away from the scene, and told to get behind yellow police tape shortly after the arrival of Hopkinton Chief of Police, Thomas Irvin.

      Firefighters from Ashland were on scene to assist, and the State Fire Marshall arrived about an hour later.

      At this writing (11:15 pm), the Fire Department dispatcher said he had no information about a possible victim, and the Police Department said they were not giving any information out.

      Police Department Chaplain, Fr. Paul Clifford was also on scene.

      The State Medical Examiner arrived at 12:11 am on Monday morning.

      We will update when information is available.

      12:41 am Monday. The Police department did confirm at this time that the fire resulted in one fatality, but would release no further details, not even if the victim was the resident.

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! 

Zoning Enforcement Officer Cracks Down!



November 2, 2008 — When Director of Municipal Inspections, Charles Kadlik started his job, he says, he took down hundreds of signs, the kind that can dot the landscape; from highway dividing islands, and telephone poles in high traffic areas with promises of a date, office space, or a degree in accounting, among other things. In addition, "sandwich boards" have popped up all over town, each offering its own special deal.

     "People don't notice when they are gone," Mr. Kadlik said at a recent Zoning Advisory Committee meeting. But they surely notice when they are up. And Mr. Kadlik, in his capacity of Zoning Enforcement Officer, has made it his business to let property owners know that the signs are not within the law, and that they will suffer consequences for non-compliance.

      At its last meeting, ZAC tossed around some ideas to devise new zoning to make remote directional signs conform to a new, acceptable standard.

      Below is the letter he has sent to some businesses:


RE: Banners, Signs, Sandwich Boards and Remote Signs


Dear Manager/Owner,

As you know, one of the most desired attributes to our town is its clean, crisp, bucolic appearance. Occasionally, something changes to alter our perception of our community.


I have noticed, and it has been brought to my attention with great disdain, the proliferation of banners, signs, sandwich boards and remote signs on businesses and on their property offering such things as boat rentals, beer, bank loans and film. Not only does this contribute to the deterioration of the appearance of our community but also it is contrary to our zoning regulations.


Please remove any such zoning violations from your structure and property immediately and cease and desist from violating the Provisions of Chapter 210, Town of Hopkinton Zoning By-Laws, and consider this letter as a written Notice of Violation and that you have been duly served. Any future violation of same would constitute a 2nd Violation and you shall be liable to a fine of not more than $100.00 per day for each sign or violation.


Chapter 21–158. Penalty. [Amended 6-19-1972 STM, Art. 2, 4-13-1978 ATM, Art. 39]


Whoever violates any provision of this chapter or any of the conditions under which a permit is issued by the Director of Municipal Inspections or any decision rendered by the Board of Appeals under the provisions of this chapter shall be liable to a fine of not more than $100 per day for each violation.


Should you feel aggrieved by my decision in this matter, please be advised you have certain appellate rights and you may wish to consult with competent legal authority regarding same.




Charles E. Kadlik

Director of Municipal Inspections

Zoning Enforcement Officer



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