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EMC-owned Iomega Announces

Patriots Branded Iomega Ego Portable Hard Drive


"Backup" Takes on New Meaning for Patriots Fans


SAN DIEGO, Calif. - November 12, 2008

Iomega, an EMC company (NYSE: EMC) and a global leader in data protection, today announced the must have accessory for New England football fans – the new Iomega® eGo™ Patriots edition. This season, true Patriots fans can show their team spirit and securely take their digital files anywhere with a rugged portable hard drive sporting the official Patriots logo.

The new Patriots branded eGo Portable Hard Drive is now available for $129.99 at participating Staples retailers in the Greater New England area, as well as at the Patriots ProShop at Patriot Place and online at


Score a Touchdown with a Backup You Can Trust

The eGo Patriots Drive is no three and out. It’s a fast and fun notebook hard drive that delivers on form and function. Its sleekly curved midnight blue chassis sports the official Patriots logo setting it apart from other portable hard drives in the marketplace. Way smaller than a football, the drive fits in a shirt pocket and comes complete with backup software and free online backup service, too.

The eGo Patriots Drive packs a lot of storage capacity with a 250GB* 2.5-inch drive that is USB-powered for simple operation (no power supply required). Just plug the drive into the USB port of a laptop or desktop and the eGo drive will read and write data at USB 2.0 speeds. The eGo Patriots drive can carry up to 1,000,000 photos, over 4,625 hours of music or 375 hours of video. ~ EMC press Release

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Southborough Chief of Police Passes


November 12, 2008 — Southborough Police Chief William H. Webber, surrounded by friends and family, passed away last night shortly after 10:00 p.m. following a fight with pancreatic cancer, according to and other sources. However, the Southborough Police website has no news on his death.

      According to a bio on that website, Chief Webber was sworn in as Chief on January 2, 2004, twenty-four years after joining the force.

      He was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice at Northeastern University in Boston, and a Master of Public Administration from Clark University in Worcester. The Chief has also graduated from Police Command School held at Babson College in Wellesley Massachusetts.

     Calling Hours: Friday November 14th from 2 - 8 PM, Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main Street, Southborough, MA

     Funeral will be Saturday morning at St. Mary's in Milford, MA.

Veterans Gather for Dinner

Above, outgoing representative Paul Loscocco addresses the group of veterans at the Senior Center.


November 11, 2008 — Around 140 veterans, guests and public officials gathered at the Hopkinton Senior Center this evening for the Eighth Annual Veterans Day Dinner, sponsored by the Council on Aging and the Veterans Celebration Committee. 

       "A private citizen has covered the cost of the dinner," said Chairman of the Veterans Committee, Jim Mirabile, and added that the donor wishes to remain anonymous.

       Mr. Mirabile noted that the Hopkinton High School chorus, led by Donna Eichorn, performed before this evening's dinner, which is one of two large events, including the Memorial Day Parade, that the group sponsors. In addition, the group coordinates a "Taps Vigil" on the first Sunday of every Month. December 7 is the next one.

       Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Brian Herr, praised the group.

       "You are doing such a good job teaching myself, my children and the community about what it means to be a veteran.

       "We will continue to support veterans in the years to come," he concluded.

       Selectman Michael Shepard said it was good to be a part "of something bigger than ourselves."

       "I want to give Eric Sonnett recognition, because he started this [dinner] when he was Selectman," he said.

       Outgoing State Representative Paul Loscocco was on to say his thank you's and to encourage everyone, although we cannot help everyone, to "help those who cross your paths."

        State Representative-elect Carolyn Dykema shared her anxiety over thanking a roomful of people, but thought of the advice her father, a veteran, might give her.

        "If I were to thank my dad, he would just say appreciate what was done for you."

        Director of the Council on Aging, Cindy Chesmore, gave kudos to Rep. Loscocco.

        "Without Paul, we would not have this building," she said.

 Senior Moments

Veterans Feted

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by Nancy L. Drawe




November 11, 2008 — Veteran’s Day—the eleventh hour, the eleventh day, the eleventh month—it is the anniversary of the symbolic end of World War I on November 11, 1918.  The time commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies and Germany at Rethondes, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning — the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month."   Hopkinton remembered all the veterans on this day, starting with a ceremony at the Town Hall, beginning at 11 am with speeches by some of the selectmen, members of the American Legion and Hopkinton High School juniors and seniors.  


The day ended by honoring the veterans again at 6 pm with the Veteran’s Dinner at the Senior Center.  What a great turnout!  It was wonderful to see so many of Hopkinton’s Veterans attend this special event that was planned just for them.     Besides all the camaraderie these men and women shared tonight, they got to enjoy a delicious meal catered by TJ’s, cookies and cider donated by Colella’s and a huge cake for dessert.   Hosts for the evening were Jim Mirabile and Ray Gendreau from the Veteran’s Celebration Committee.  The veterans were entertained with patriotic songs sung by the beautiful voices of the Hopkinton High School Chorus as well with speeches from State Rep Paul Loscocco, State Rep-elect Carol Dykema, Selectmen Mike Shepard and Brian Herr, and Director of the Senior Center, Cindy Chesmore.  Dick Brault said the blessing before the meal.   The slide show with pictures of the veterans in their “earlier years,” put on by Hank Allessio,  ran continuously on the TV all evening, and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.   As Hank said, “We have 100 more photos to show this year than we did last year!”  Not bad, huh?   It was a great evening for everyone and what a nice way to show our veterans how much we appreciate them.   Cheers to The Veteran’s Celebration Committee, along with the Senior Center and all the dedicated volunteers for doing another awesome job on this annual event that is free for all Hopkinton Veterans! 


Still Going Down

November 11, 2008 — The gas prices hit $2.299 downtown Hopkinton today, and Hopkinton Gulf owner Jerry Lazzaro believes the price will continue to drop, because the price per barrel keeps dropping. He predicts that the trend will continue through the New Year.

       The current cost per gallon is lower than the average price in 2005, and in some places, nearing the $1.78 average yearly price of 2004, according to the 2008 World Almanac and Book of Facts.

       According to the statistics, the United States is the largest producer of primary energy, as well as the major consumer, just ahead of China.

Jazz and Beyond

November 11, 2008 — Jesse Fontaine croons audience members Saturday Night in a benefit concert, “Jazz & Beyond” for Milford Catholic Elementary School’s Music Program.  Over 150 people  from ages 4 to 84 attended the performance. Fontaine’s trio with guitarist Joey D’Angelo truly bridged the generation gap among music listeners. Contributed content.

November 11, 2008 — Taking a break from our usual reading based classes with a side of cooking at Hooray for Books, the theme today was Explode into Science. While in the lab/kitchen today we whipped up some explosive stuff using the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs as a springboard. We made our own incredible geyser outside, figured out that gravity is a force stronger than humans, and performed a balancing act among other experiments! Other one day camps are being offered on Wed. 12/3 (Breakfast in Bed),  Sat. 12/6 (Gingerbread Galore), and Mon. Dec 29th (Ring in the New Year).

~ "Doctor" Mary Murphy

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Website to include comprehensive guide to veterans’ services


            BOSTON As part of her office’s commitment to ensure that veterans receive the benefits and protections they deserve, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office today unveiled a new section on its website dedicated to veterans and military families.  Later this week, the office will also release a comprehensive guide about resources available to veterans, military service members and their families.  Click here to view the new section.


 “The residents of Massachusetts owe a debt of gratitude to all of those who have sacrificed by serving our country. Our office remains committed to ensuring that veterans and their families receive the services and benefits they have earned,” said Attorney General Coakley.  “We hope that this material will assist veterans and their families in easily informing themselves about their benefits and rights and the help that is available if they find themselves in need.”


 The web content and guide gathers information in a user-friendly format to inform veterans and their families about the rights, benefits and protections available to them.  The guide covers state and federal laws designed to protect veterans from discrimination in areas such as employment and medical care and to help veterans avoid foreclosure and credit problems during their military service. It also offers tips on how veterans can maximize housing, healthcare, disability, employment and education benefits. The guide also includes information on other benefits that may be available to veterans, such as bonuses, disability compensation, tax exemptions, state and federal education benefits and scholarships and assistance for indigent veterans and their families for food, shelter, clothing, fuel and medical care. Veterans can also learn how to apply for a Veteran’s License Plate and check their eligibility to save money when they visit a Massachusetts State Park.  


A special section for family members outlines how to access dependant and survivor benefits and gives detailed information for places family members can stay if a veteran is wounded and receiving medical treatment, as well as resources for counseling and financial assistance. There are also special sections devoted to Women Veterans and National Guard and Reservists.   


The Attorney General’s Office enforces certain federal and state laws protecting the rights of veterans and service members. In January, the Attorney General’s Office, together with Governor Patrick’s Office and the Department of Veterans Services (DVS), sent letters to Massachusetts municipalities reminding them of their obligation to employ a Veteran’s Service Officer. Municipalities that were not in compliance were asked to work with DVS to hire an officer.  Veterans with have questions or concerns about their rights should contact the Attorney General’s Office at (617) 727-2200.


The comprehensive guide to veterans’ services will be available later this week, both on the website and in a hard copy version.

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Veterans Day 2008

November 11, 2008 — Hopkinton Veterans gathered in the Selectmen's Meeting Room today to honor all veterans, to remember all those who have fallen, and acknowledge those who passed peacefully in the last year. Click the icon to see the video on HopNews.TV as well as a photo of the Hopkinton high School students who participated.


Hopkinton Community Spelling Bee

Friday, November 14, 2008

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the Hopkins School Cafeteria




November 14 HEF & HPTA Presents: The Hopkinton Community Spelling Bee 2008 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm @ Hopkins School Cafeteria. Tickets: Adults $3, Seniors and Children Free. New "Mini-Bee" for K-5 Students - Prizes For All! This is a town-wide, family-friendly event which will involve the entire community. Business, community groups, schools, politicians, and neighborhood groups will compete as teams as they spell, cheer, laugh and have a great time raising funds to support public education in Hopkinton.


Please check out the HopNews Calendar every day.

 County and State Crime and Justice




SALEMAn Essex County Grand Jury has returned indictments against a Manchester, NH, man for allegedly downloading and distributing child pornography, and dealing drugs in the Essex County area.  On Friday, Clarence Newcomb, age 40, was indicted on charges of Dissemination of Child Pornography, Distribution of a Class B Substance (2 counts), Distribution of Class C Substance, Distribution of a Class A Substance, and Possession of a Class B Substance. 


In June 2007, the Attorney General’s Office began an investigation after receiving information about Newcomb’s alleged drug dealing activities.  Investigators discovered that Newcomb had allegedly sold crystal methamphetamine in and around the areas of Haverhill and Danvers.  Upon further investigation, authorities learned that Newcomb also allegedly distributed numerous images of child pornography. 


On September 18, 2008, Newcomb was arrested by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office.  Newcomb was arraigned the following day in Salem District Court before Judge Richard A. Mori.  Newcomb pled not guilty and was ordered held on $200,000 cash bail.  At the District Court arraignment, Judge Mori imposed specific bail conditions for Newcomb including no contact with anyone under the age of 18 years old and no access to the Internet.  Newcomb was also ordered to remain in Massachusetts and wear a GPS monitoring bracelet and report to probation once a week


An Essex County Grand Jury returned indictments against Newcomb on Friday, November 7, 2008.  He is scheduled to be arraigned in Essex Superior Court on November 14, 2008.


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

Turkeys Needed

Mark your calendar


November 9, 2008 — We are organizing our 10th annual Turkey Drive in the Hopkinton school district to aid needy families in the Metro West area. The Salvation Army in Framingham has informed us that there is a pressing need for provisions during this Thanksgiving season. “This has been a tough year, and the needs are great,” says Daisy Orcutt, Framingham Salvation Army.

     This year, we would like to help as many families as we can; so again, we need your assistance. Any donation that you can make will help to alleviate hunger in our area and will be deeply appreciated. Traditionally, this has been a way in which students and faculty together have given back to our community.

     If you would like to donate a turkey, large or small, you may do so at any of the following times and places:

Tuesday, 11/18

Hopkins: 8:00-10:00 AM (dining hall kitchen)

Middle School: 7:00-7:30 AM (entrance near auditorium and Brown Gym)

1:50-4:30 PM (entrance near auditorium and Brown Gym)

        Wednesday, 11/19

Elmwood: 7:30-9:00 AM (sign in at office, go to cafeteria)

2:30-4:30 PM (front entrance of school)

        Thursday, 11/20

Middle School: 7:00-7:30 AM (entrance near auditorium and Brown Gym)

Elmwood: 7:30-9:00 AM (sign in at office, go to cafeteria)

Hopkins: 8:00-10:00 AM (dining hall kitchen)

     Please bring fresh or frozen turkeys to the designated places at the above times. Students should not bring turkeys on the bus. The turkeys will be collected and stored in the schools’ freezers. We will deliver them to the Framingham Salvation Army Thursday afternoon.


Additional donations accepted at drop off times:

Potato Flakes, Cranberry Sauce, Stuffing, Refrigerator Rolls, Cash (will be used to purchase food supplies)


Thank you for your consideration.


Lindsay Kramer,

Drew Johnson,

Matt Johnson, Hopkins

Kacey Kramer, HMS

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Police News UP-TO-DATE  <---More

November 10, 2008



3:12 am Officer John Moran arrested Gregory Thomas Steeves, 32, of  382 Hanlon Road, Holliston, on Main Street and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, OUI Drugs, 3rd Offense, OUI Liquor, 3rd Offense, and Possession of Class B Substance, Subsequent Offense...


2:22 am The State Police reported that they had a motor vehicle stopped on 495 and that the passenger appeared to have been beaten up...


4:35 pm A juvenile caller reported being approached by a male in his 60's at a playground on Ash Street... 


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Damn Skippy


At The Corner Pub

1 West Union Street, Ashland

Saturday, November 15

9:00 pm

Influences: Kiss, AC/DC, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Foreigner, Tina Turner, The Eagles, Grand Funk Railroad, Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Ted Nugent, Heart, Blondie, Cheap Trick, Bad Company....and let's not forget all those one hit wonders from the disco era!

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for,  November 10, 2008






Address Buyer Price Date Seller
7 John Matthew Road Kenneth Clark Swartzel & Pamela C. Swartzel $900,000 Nov.  04, 2008 Michael D. MacDonald & Mary C. MacDonald
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


  Another Tribute to Dickie Phillips


by Nancy and Joe McAnulty

In-laws, Outlaws, Family, Friend or Foe.

No matter what Dickey collected

Or whatever monies spent.

It was never worth as much to him

As the places that he went,

Or the people that he met.

When you were in the wind with Dickey,

It didn’t matter where you went.

By truck, car, bus or bike,

Anything with wheels you went,


Two Injured in 495 Rollover


November 9, 2008 — Traffic was brought to a halt at 5:43 pm today on Route 495 to create a landing zone for a Lifeflight medical helicopter from UMass to touch down, prepare one  young male patient for transport, and then liftoff for a ride to UMass, Worcester today following a one-car rollover crash.


One other person was injured and taken to UMass by AMR ambulance after the violent crash, according to Hopkinton Lt. Carl Harris. The patients were outside of the vehicle when emergency personnel arrived, and did not need to be extricated. File photo.


Hopkinton Shares Second Place in Voter Turnout. Sunday's Boston Globe story here.

Last Week 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

Supporting Troops is not a Political statement  


by Mike Whalen

  Veterans' Day honors all men and women who have served in the United States Armed  Forces. Originally known as Armistice Day to remember the end of World War I, it has survived a name change  and a Monday Holiday designation.

    On Tuesday, November 11, the American Legion Post 202 here in Hopkinton, will recognize all Hopkinton veterans, and especially those who have died this past year. Since the new gazebo is under construction, the ceremony will be held in the Town Hall , and in keeping with tradition,  will start promptly at 11:00 AM.

    Veterans' Day is not an occasion to glorify or celebrate war, but to honor the sacrifices made by others for our freedoms. Supporting our troops, past and present, is not a political statement, but it is patriotic, and our children will continue this tradition if we show them the way.

    By attending this event , and others, like Memorial Day, we can show our future veterans that they will always be supported and appreciated by their hometown. It is not enough just to protect our children, we also have to teach them about the world, and how fortunate they are to live in a place like Hopkinton. Hopefully, our wars will continue to be waged in far away places like Iraq and Afghanistan, and we have the veterans to thank for that. We can all demonstrate our gratitude and educate our children by attending the Veterans' Day ceremony on Tuesday.

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Laurie (Jacobs) Siebert, 47


Laurie (Jacobs) Siebert, 47 of Franklin, passed away, Friday, November 7, 2008 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the wife of Thomas Siebert for 16 years.


Born in Boston on February 9, 1961, she’s a daughter of Joseph Jacobs of Canton and the late Mary (DiMartino) Jacobs.


Laurie was a resident of Franklin since 1992. She grew up in Canton and graduated from Canton High School in 1979. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Marketing from Southeastern Massachusetts University in 1983.


Laurie was the president of Siebert & Co., Inc. of Franklin. She had previously worked in corporate sales at Hertz Corp. for many years.


Laurie was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Franklin where she was also a CCD teacher. After being a Girl Scout herself for many years, she volunteered in her daughter’s troop. She was a volunteer at the Keller Elementary School in Franklin and was active in the children’s banking program.


An avid swimmer, she was a member of both her high school and college swim teams. She enjoyed camping, snow and water skiing. Laurie was a founding member of G.N.O. for 18 years. ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE

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Thanks from Project Just Because


To The Community Of Hopkinton,

   Project Just Because Food Pantry would like to thank the boy and girls scouts of America, the volunteer businesses, parents and especially both Jack Ryan and all the wonderful children and young adults who filled our pantry shelves. The first car came to Project Just Because Parking lots at 9am with the first donation and continued until we closed at 6:30 in the evening. 


We want to thank all those who worked through the drizzle and cloudy skies.  This will brighten many Hopkinton families this cold winter and is going make a significant impact for those who cannot afford food themselves. The food filled our shelves and each of you made a direct difference.

   Thank you all sincerely, Cherylann


CherylAnn Lambert Walsh
Project Just Because, Inc.

The Odyssey at the Middle School

Above, Athena, Goddess of Wisdom (Alex graham) speaks a lesson to Odysseus, King of Ithaka (Mitchel Campbell), during Act II of The Odyssey, performed at the Middle School by the Drama Club. Below, nine muses perform.

2008 Comedy Night at Woodville Rod & Gun Club


November 8, 2008 — Woodville Rod & Gun Club held their annual comedy night on Saturday evening.  One-hundred fifty people sold the show out and got their money's worth with an evening of uproarious laughter.

     A roast beef dinner w/ gravy was served which included salad, mashed potatoes, green beans and desserts. 

    Upon completion of the meal the audience was entertained by three top comedians from the greater Boston area.  The female pictured comedian is Chrissy Kelleher.  The group photo is of  comedian Chrissy Kelleher, comedian John Garrison and the Woodville Rod & Gun Club members who who donated their time and experience to cook the meal so that all could have a good time. Future comedy nights are planned.  Photo courtesy of Gary Hassett

Do I hear Fifty Dollars?

November 8, 2008 — Potter and former art teacher in Hopkinton, Carol Mecagni, checks out the items on a silent auction table at the Hopkinton Historical Society's Annual Harvest Supper on Friday evening at St. John's Parish Center.

Hopkinton over Apponequet in Tournament

Next game at home on Monday at 6:00 pm

November 8, 2008 — Jake Huntley drives past an Apponequet defender in Saturday's 1-0 win in the first round of the MIAA South Division 2 Tournament. Senior Spenser Hachey scored the game winning goal mid way through the 2nd overtime period.   The Hillers will move on to host Duxbury in the South Sectional Quarter Finals at Hopkinton High School on Monday or Tuesday. Photo by Linda Ronan.

Thousands of Pounds of Food

November 8, 2008 — The Boys and Girls Scouts collected thousands of pounds of food from all over town on Saturday, and brought it to the food pantry at Project Just Because at 45 South Street.  Founder CherylAnn Lambert Walsh, center, is surrounded by volunteers who worked the interior of the building while scouts from all groups in town collected the food. Above is just one of several rooms holding food.

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Hopkinton Boys U10 Hurricanes - BAYS  Division 2H Champions

Season Statistics are 8 Wins - 0 Losses - 2 Ties


Pictured are: Coaches L to R - Frank Schnur, George Gaughan, Jeff Austin , (missing is Scott Hollinger)

Players Back Row L to R : Duncan Schnur, Brian Gaughan, Dan Palleiko, Matt Austin, Nick Stanley

Front Row L to R : Will Hollinger, Ryan Branch, Scott Babigian, Liam Fitzgerald, Ryan Wolfe

      The other teams/towns in our division were teams from Dedham, Newton, Norwood, Milton, Jamaica Plain

      The season for Hopkinton Youth Soccer  ended today. Contributed content.

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Scouting For Food

November 8, 2008 — Above, Eric Landreth (hand) entertains Jake McDonald, left, and Joe Harrison as they all waited for the Scouting for Food bounty to start pouring into the Senior Center.


Below, Henry Vumbaca, left, and Dan Warner pick up food from a mailbox on Hayden Rowe Street to bring to a drop-off location, while mom watches from her vehicle.

A Real Neighborhood, A Real Loss


by Lee Wright


November 8, 2008 — Do you have a Dickie Phillips?


I grew up next door to Dickie Phillips, who was a few years my senior. We were always friends, and still are.


Dickie never asked much from people, but was always willing to lend a hand. He was a friend to old and young.


We (Dickie and I) grew up on Meserve Street, my mom and sisters still live there with my nephews and nieces.


Our neighborhood was a real neighborhood growing up, and after attending Dickie's services this morning it is assuring that it is still a real neighborhood.


We know everybody on the street, and we can rely on most of them, but there are, as with any neighborhood, some that really don't fit in.


But the ones that do fit have a big part in our lives. We all live our personal demons, and Dickie was no exception, I live with mine as he did with his; that's a part of life. That never mattered in our neighborhood, it was what is was, (is what it is) and we were all friends.


Dickie would be tinkering outside of his house with his many (very many) projects that he had going on (I think when the term "multi-tasking" was first coined after somebody visited Dickie), and a neighborhood kid would ride his/her bike by and stop, ask what he was doing, and the next thing you know, the kid would be holding a wrench and learning "lefty loosey, righty tightly." Hey, free help is hard to find... Just kidding. But Dickie would include the kids, if they were inclined, in the "project of the day." Or there were times when I would be driving buy and see him and I would stop to talk and would be gravitated to holding a wrench, or just shoot the breeze.


He was truly a part of the neighborhood, a part of Americana that I haven't found in a lot of places that I have lived or visited. Do you really know your neighbor? Have you sat down and talked with them, and really listen? Dickie was a part of that kind of neighborhood. Maybe I'm just lucky growing up with the closely knit 'hood where any mom could "correct" an errant child, and I've got to tell you, I've admonished a lot of times by mom's, with my own mom's approval! After the fact to boot!


The editor called Meserve Street "blue collar," but we would like to call ourselves "red necks" (for you ma), but we have engineers, accountants, realtors, town hall workers, and other professionals that grew up and/or lived there and still call it home; they all come back. I feel comfortable when I drive down the street, knowing that people look out the windows and wondering who's that, or "it's just Lee." Sometimes it was "it's just Dickie" when there was a loud motorcycle passing by.


My dad needed help with things the last few years of his life, mostly mechanical. He would go next door and ask Dickie for a hand, Dickie would be there for him — it was the neighborhood and that's what you did.


Another thing was his vast knowledge, very well read, from the masters to the macabre, he had opened them all. History? Give anyone a run for the money! If he couldn't fix it or tell you who could, then you should just throw it away. One of the most intelligent people I've ever known, and he never attended anything beyond high school.


Dickie was a single father and grandfather who lived alone at the time of his tragic passing. But he was never truly "alone." He had his neighborhood.


Now, after the tragic fire on Meserve Street, we don't have Dickie. A great loss to us, his friends. And a much bigger loss to what a real neighborhood is really about.


There is a hole in my life where there was a Dickie.


Is there one in your neighborhood?


I hope you have, if not, find one or be one, you'll never regret it!

Hopkinton over Bellingham

November 7, 2008 — Above, Alex Anagnostaras charges behind his line that has opened up a hole in the Bellingham defense on Friday evening in the last home game of the season. Next week, the game will be played at Dover-Sherborn, and the Thanksgiving Day game will be played in Ashland. At the time the photographer left in the last quarter, the score was 21-0 in Hopkinton's favor.

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Smoke on the Water

November 7, 2008 — The rolling fog and the low level background stand in sharp contrast to the great blue heron that is flying near its edge this afternoon at the Hopkinton Reservoir. The dam is hidden behind the fog.

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Francis Alfred Thibodeau, 79


Francis Alfred Thibodeau, 79, of Lowell and formerly of Holliston, died Tuesday, November 4, 2008. Born in Lynn, he was the son of the late Oscar and Ida (Bouret) Thibodeau. He was the husband of the late Patricia (Verellen) Thibodeau to whom he was married for 54 years.

He was a Holliston resident from 1950-1980, then settled in Yuma, AZ. during the winters and Lowell during the summers. A Korea war veteran, he worked at New England Telephone for 30 years, was a member of S.K.I.P.S., and was past Post Commander of the Holliston VFW.

He is survived by 1 son, Michael Thibodeau and his wife Christy of Holliston, 2 daughters, Dawn Marie Burns of Lowell, and Carol Ann Walker of Hopkinton. He also leaves behind 6 grandchildren, Sean, Jude, Jesse, Ben, Chelsey, Melanie, and his great grandchildren, Jason, Bradley, Nathan, Maxwell, Brianna, and one just days away, Kayla Celeste. He is predeceased by a brother, Arthur, and a sister, Celeste Turner.

Calling hours will take place on Sunday, November 9, from 2-5p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, (RT. 16) 854 Washington St. A funeral mass will take place on Monday, November 10th at 10:30a.m. at St. Mary's Church of Holliston.

Barbara Hatch McNally, 69


Hopkinton - Barbara Hatch McNally, 69, of Hopkinton and formerly of Sherborn, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, November 5, 2008. Born in Newton, she was the daughter of the late Herbert Fay Hatch Jr. and Margaret (Millard) Hatch. She was the wife of Paul J. McNally.

A former Sherborn resident, she graduated from the Newton College of the Sacred Heart. She was an Elementary School Art Teacher in Natick and formerly worked as an elementary school teacher at the Cole Elementary School. She was an active volunteer at the Sherborn Public Library and was an avid lover of books.

Besides her husband of 37 years, she is survived by 1 son, Kenneth E. McNally of Hopkinton, 1 daughter, Karen McNally Beauregard of Hopkinton, 1 brother, Bruce M. Hatch of Center Conway, NH and 1 niece Tamara Hatch Buchanan.

Visitation will take place on Monday, November 10th from 3:00-7:00p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. Funeral services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Baypath Humane Society, 5 Rafferty Rd. Hopkinton, MA. 01748 or the American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Road, Suite 400, Waltham, MA 02451.

Scouting for Food Picks Up on Saturday


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 distributed 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

Jazz Standards & Beyond


The Jesse Fontaine Trio

With Guitarist Joey D'Angelo


Saturday, November 8th at 7:30 pm

Saint Mary's Parish Center, Milford, MA 01748


Donations; Advance: $10, Door: $12


Available no through November 6th at these locations:

The Music Nook & Milford Catholic Elementary School



~Proceeds to benefit the M.C.E.S Music Program~

        (Photo By Michele Mele)

Winter Water Tips


The Water Department responds to numerous frozen water pipe calls each winter with the majority of them located inside the home. There are several measures that homeowners can take to prevent their water pipes from freezing. The water department would like to offer the following tips.


First locate your main water shut off valve and meter. You need to check your valve and make sure it works in case of an emergency. It is usually located in your basement on the side facing the street. Insure that the area immediately surrounding the valve and meter is warm enough to prevent freezing. In older homes with fieldstone and rock foundations make sure there are no direct drafts from the holes in the walls or gaps in the windows and doors. If these areas remain cold constantly you should insulate your pipes or wrap them in heating tape.  Both of these items can be found in any home improvement store. Remember, even if the room temperature is warm, a direct cold draft on your water pipes, can cause them to freeze!


In the event that your pipes do become frozen, locate the faucet closest to your main valve and meter. Usually there is one just after the meter. Turn it on to determine if the pipes are frozen in your home or if they are frozen on the street side of the meter. If you have water flow at the point, then the problem is further along the pipe in your home. Try to locate the frozen area by checking subsequent faucets along the way. If there are none, then feel your way across the pipe to find the coldest spot. Once you find the area inspect the pipe to make sure it is not split. Locate the nearest shut off in case you need it. Open the nearest faucet and try thawing the pipe with a hair dryer making sure you slide it from side to side and do not leave it concentrated on one spot. This could cause the pipe to burst. In most cases this should solve the problem. If you are unable to thaw the pipe, you should then contact a plumber. If the problem is on the street side of your meter, you should then contact the Water department.


If your water has frozen in the past and the problem has not been corrected, you should hire a water department licensed contractor to replace and lower your pipe. Also, do not forget to turn off and drain the supply to your outside faucets and sprinklers. If left on they will freeze and burst.


To help conserve water during the winter, insulate your hot water pipes. This will help to retain the heat and prevent you from having to run the water in order to get it hot.

Have a great Holiday season!


~Eric Carty, Water/Sewer Manager

Hopkinton Happenings

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So please check the link above in the blue background at any time, and learn more detail about the events in the calendar snippet to the right, and about upcoming events.

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


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