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Hopkinton Garden Club Hosts Boston Globe Columnist

Public is welcome


November 17, 2008 — Tuesday, November 18th 7:00 p.m. The Hopkinton Garden Club welcomes Boston Globe columnist and author, Carol Stocker. As a third generation New England newspaper reporter, Ms. Stocker has been writing about horticulture and the environment for The Boston Globe since 1979. A three-time winner of the Quill & Trowel Award of the Garden Writer's Association of America for outstanding garden writing, she has been a regular on Channel 2's "Greater Boston with Emily Rooney" and was named "one of the 50 most influential members of the New England green industry" by People, Places and Plants Magazine. 


On November 18th Ms. Stocker will give a lecture titled "Confessions of a Garden Writer."  This lecture will address how she got involved with gardening and garden writing and will include stories and anecdotes about some of the interesting people she has interviewed in the gardening world for The Boston Globe


Ms. Stocker will also identify chores that need to be done throughout the gardening year as illustrated with Globe photos from her book titled "The Boston Globe Illustrated New England Gardening Almanac." The book is a collection of personal and how-to essays plus a week by week schedule of what to do in the garden in the Boston area.


Ms. Stocker will be selling her book that evening for a special discount price. This event will take place at 7:00 pm following a General Meeting of the Garden Club at the First Congregational Church in Hopkinton. This program is free and open to the public. 

Agenda for Selectmen's Meeting Tuesday, November 18, 2008


6:00 p.m. 1. Open Public Meeting/Move into Executive Session for the purpose of Litigation (Room 211)
6:30 p.m. 2. Re-open Public meeting (off camera; Room 215)
6:30 p.m. 3. Minutes: 8/26 (ES); 9/9; 9/23; 9/23 (ES); 9/29; 9/29 (ES); 10/2; 10/2 (ES); 10/7; 10/15; 10/28; 10/28 (Appro. App. Committee)
6:35 p.m. 4. HCAM re-appointment (BoS appointment: three-year term from 1/1/09-12/31/12): Chuck Joseph
6:40 p.m. 5. Road Permit Request: Max Performance’s 3rd Annual Hopkinton Triathlon Series road (5/10/09 & 9/6/09)
6:45 p.m. 6. Accept Appropriation Committee resignations: 1.) Neelesh Ajmani; 2.) Rick Moberg
6:48 p.m. 7. Board of Appeals full-member appointment (term to ’09): 1.) Tina Rose
6:50 p.m. 8. Pre-disaster Mitigation Plan: JT Gaucher, DPW Director
7:00 p.m. 9. Stand for the Pledge of Allegiance (Room 215; live TV coverage by HCAM)
7:00 p.m. 10. Public Forum
7:05 p.m. 11. ADA Committee Interview (one (1) vacancy; term to ‘11): 1.) Michael DiMascio
7:10 p.m. 12. Hopkinton Cultural Council Interview (two year term to ’10): 1.) Kate Heyd
7:15 p.m. 13. Tax Classification Hearing
7:45 p.m. 14. DPW Wastewater Update: Dan McIntyre, DPW Board Chairman
8:00 p.m. 15. Fruit Street Update

8:15 p.m. 16. Sustainable Green Committee Update
8:30 p.m. 17. Hopkinton Public Library Presentation
8:45 p.m. 18. Aramark: Brian Main/Geoff McDonald
9:00 p.m. 19. Strategic Initiative Tracking Update
9:30 p.m. 20. Open Space and Recreation Plan
9:45 p.m. 21. Vacancy Announcements
9:48 p.m. 22. Readout Mail
9:50 p.m. 23 Liaison Reports
9:55 p.m. 24. Future Agenda Items
10:00 p.m. 25. Adjourn Meeting

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Burlington Man Pleads Guilty to Theft of $400,000

BOSTONToday, a Burlington man pled guilty in Suffolk Superior Court to stealing over $400,000 from his place of employment while he was the company’s controller.  Brian Doane, age 37, pled guilty to charges of Falsifying Corporate Books and Larceny over $250.  Superior Court Judge Carol Ball sentenced Doane to two and a half years in the House of Correction, five months to serve, with the balance suspended for one year.

The Attorney General’s Office began an investigation in late 2006 after the matter was referred by the owners of KNF&T.Inc., a Boston-based employment staffing company. Investigators determined that while working as controller for KNF&T Inc., Doane stole $427,500 from the company’s bank account during the period of March 2004 through October 2006.  Investigators discovered that Doane used his position as controller to make unauthorized wire transfers from the company’s bank account to his own personal bank accounts.  In order to hide his illegal activities, Doane mingled the unauthorized money transfers to himself with the wire transfers he conducted bi-monthly, to cover the company’s corporate payroll. Doane did not include the unauthorized wire transfers to himself on the company’s books. KNF&T, Inc. fully cooperated with the investigation.

      A Suffolk Grand Jury returned indictments against Doane on May 29, 2008. He was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on June 10, 2008, where he pled not guilty and was released on personal recognizance. Today, Doane entered a change of plea from not guilty to guilty and was sentenced to two and a half years in the House of Correction, with five months to serve.

      The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Nancy Maroney, of Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Corruption and Fraud Division, with assistance from Financial Investigator James McFadden.

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Hopkinton Little League Under Fire

Attorney General Orders to Cease and Desist Fundraising


November 17, 2008 — A parent unhappy with Hopkinton Little League practices complained to the Office of the Attorney General, resulting in a "cease and desist" order from that office to Hopkinton Little League, Inc. The Little League incorporated as a charitable organization earlier this year, under the IRS 501(c)(3) code, according to HLL President, Pat Mahon.

     "The State asked us to supply additional financial and other information, and we have employed Nash & Co., which is in the process of supplying the information that the state has requested," Mr. Mahon said.

     "The Little League grew a lot over the years, and we saw we had to take steps to afford protection for our members. We took those steps in January," he said, alluding to the charitable designation.

     Mr. Mahon said that the Little League usually draws needed expertise from among its members, but this time they are seeking professional people.

     "We are trying to get in compliance with the State," he said. "We have no paid Board members," Mr. Mahon added.

      Spokesperson for the Attorney General's Office, Jill Butterworth said, "Hopkinton Little league needs to file like thousands of others. This is not targeting them. As soon as they file, they'll be free to continue fundraising in time for the Spring." One parent related a different conversation with that office.

      "I just got off of the phone with the Attorney General's Office," said Bernard DiBennedetto. "Sandra Cardone told me 'they better get in contact or there will be serious consequences — and you can quote me on that,'" Mr. DiBennedetto said.

       "The guys are making me out to be some evil conniver," he said, referring to the HLL Board.

       When asked why he waited until now to bring the September 5th letter to the public's attention, Mr. DiBennedetto said he was hoping something would be resolved by now. The HLL meeting is this evening.

       "All I asked for was that they contact the members by email, not just in the website," he said. When asked why he didn't think a local newspaper sufficed, he replied that divorced dads might live out of town.

       Mr. DiBennedetto said that the members must vote for the Board, but that hasn't happened. He added that every position must be voted for, but that "they keep reappointing themselves."

       "The coaches have never voted. I have two children in Little League, that's why I want this fixed.

       "You would be surprised at all of the great ideas the coaches had when I brought this up.

       "All I want is for them to have a proper election," Mr. DiBennedetto said.

       He said he did not instigate the action that resulted in the AG's letter.

       "He wants to remain anonymous," he said of the person.

Conservation Commission Disputes Claim of Former Chairman

Dear Editor:


The Hopkinton Conservation Commission is responding to the recent letter submitted to HopNews regarding the “Town Mismanaging the South/West Main Street Project.” The Conservation Commission has permitted this project in accordance with the requirements of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the Town of Hopkinton Wetlands Protection Bylaw.

The project is currently in compliance with the Order of Conditions, including requirements that the owner install silt fence and haybales prior to site development to mitigate erosion, provide the Commission with routine inspection and monitoring reports, and that an approved construction sequence be strictly followed.


The Commission will, as we do on all projects permitted under our jurisdiction, continue to monitor the site for compliance and will issue a Certificate of Compliance only after the project is complete and all conditions have been met.



Jeffrey Barnes

Vice Chairman, Conservation Commission

23 Amherst Road

Hopkinton, MA


Robert G. Murphy

Chairman, Conservation Commission

7 Joseph Road

Hopkinton, MA

November 17, 2008

Hopkinton Bengals won their division (girls U10) in the

2ndAnnual Soccerween Tournament

Front row left to right: Maddie MGuire, Jenny Nixon, Isabelle Giordano, Julia Mann.

Back row left to right: Shannon Finnegan, Julie Tarantino, Katherine Wells, Mercedes Marie Lahaie, Camryn Boyce, Meghan Anderson, Taylor Pichel, Katie Walters.


November 17, 2008 — The Hopkinton Bengals won their division (girls U10) in the 2ndAnnual Soccerween Tournament Saturday in Lancaster , MA .  The girls were undefeated and not scored on in 4 games.  They also won the overall award for best costume!


Story Time at MetroWest Hopkinton YMCA

No charge

 Thursday, Nov. 20, 10:15am to 10:45am

Hayes Lodge, 45 East Street Hopkinton

Denise Kofron, Hopkinton Library Youth Services Librarian will be reading to us. The theme this month is Fall/Winter Animal habits, food gathering, habitat, hibernation. There is no cost for this story time and everyone is welcome.  Contact Mary Anna with questions or to RSVP, (508) 435-9345 x 13.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for,  November 17, 2008






Address Buyer Price Date Seller
29 Cedar Street Samir Saweris Soliman $179,000 Nov.  14, 2008 Deutsche Bank National Trust Company
35 Connelly Hill Road Michael McCarron & Jennifer McCarron $1,149,900 Nov.  13, 2008 Connelly LLC
163 Saddle Hill Road Lucio Arcuri $365,000 Nov.  12, 2008 Lodge Corporation
Last Week:        
7 John Matthew Road Kenneth Clark Swartzel & Pamela C. Swartzel $900,000 Nov.  04, 2008 Michael D. MacDonald & Mary C. MacDonald
Previous Week:        
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


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Above, Kathleen Pelgrin makes the ball her own.


 November 16, 2008 — Combine hard work, community support, and great coaching, and what do you get? The answer is a State Title of course. In a championship game played today at Worcester State College, the Hopkinton field hockey team defeated the Mohawk Trail Warriors 2-0.


The low score does not indicate what kind of game this was, as the Hillers dominated play throughout most of the game. Keelin Bannon's unassisted goal midway through the first half, was, as it turned out, all the offense needed in this one. Katie Pelgrin's goal ten minutes later , from Suzy Whalen, made this game less stressful for the parents watching, and probably the coaches too.


On defense, no one , I repeat , no one can get the ball past Tamara Mills, and Nicole Wigglesworth played her best game ever. Tri-Valley League MVP Mallory Bannon, the pacesetter for the Hiller offense, kept the pressure on the Warrior goal keeper for the entire game.


Liz Keefe was outstanding again, and Lauren O'Loughlin stopped everything , as the Hillers played like the champions they are, until the game clock read 0:00.


There may be more state titles in Coach Bannon's future, but you never forget your first.


~ Congratulations, and thanks for everything. Mike Whalen


Above, the team bus arrives at the High School among the cheers of parents. Below, they pause for team photos.


To the Victors...


Above, see the team return with a Police and Fire escort to the High School.

Raiders win Hockomock League Championship

November 16, 2008 — The Hopkinton - Ashland D1 “Raider" Football team won the Hockomock League Championship today by beating the Franklin Chargers 15 - 0 at Kelly Field in Hyde Park, MA.


After finishing the regular season at 6-2, the Raiders posted two hard fought playoff victories over Holliston and Norton to earn a spot in the championship game verses Franklin. The Raiders saved their best performance for last for their biggest stage as they held the dominated the line of scrimmage throughout and won the final game 15-0.


The team is made up of 9,10, and 11 year old boys from Ashland and Hopkinton. Pictured above with the championship trophy are: Austin Burton, Kevin Cadima, Nick Canal, Logan Dorsey, Patrick Dustin, Max Eddy, Max Feinberg, Charlie Frank, Matt Gazzard, Cam Gresham, Jack Guelfi, Kyle Halloran, Colin Hanrahan, Jake Kelleher, Patrick Klein, Chase Lampert, Sam Lehman, Trey McBride, Mateus Millard, James Morningstar, Alon Neerman, Haiden Pereira, Dan Plumb, Ethan Poovakad, Donut Prozinski, Joe Qerqach, Petey Schiloski, Austin Schofield, Paul Windhauser, Will Yaggy, and Jake Yanowsky. The Head Coach is Don Lehman and the assistant coaches are Todd Gresham, Steve Prozinski, and Pete Schiloski.

Great job Raiders!

~ Contributed content.

Succulent, Juicy Black Angus Burgers at Cornell's

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Get Ready...

November 16, 2008 — Damn Skippy brought their high-energy, tightly rehearsed and melodic classic rock and roll and disco cover tunes to the Corner Pub in Ashland last night. Ray Ryan, far left, was a member of the now-defunct Sandy Island Rock band, and an alumnus of the former Sunday Night Rock and Roll Jams at Cornell's.

"Hopkinton Spirit" girls U8 soccer team! 4-0 in Tournament Play



Front row left – Gaby Weilding, Corinne Messier, Lia Brossi and Marie LeBlanc.

Back row left – Coach Joe Brossi, Emma Mann, Julianna Wells, Kayla Champagne,

Sydney MacDonald, Jenna Wilwerth and Coach Mike Messier


November  15, 2008 — The Hopkinton Spirit was one of three teams from Hopkinton that participated today in the 2nd Annual Mass Premier Soccer "SOCCERWEEN" Tournament in Lancaster, MA. This fun tournament has a Halloween theme with many teams wearing costumes. The Spirit proudly wore the green, orange and white colors of Hopkinton.

     Hopkinton Spirit played Wellesley, Northborough and Westwood, going 3-0. They then faced Wellesley in the finals in an exciting well-played game by both teams.

      Hopkinton Spirit held on to win the game, giving them a 4-0 record and the championship for their age group.

     Photo by Theresa Brossi.

Man Arrested In Connection With Wilmington Homicide


            WILMINGTON – A Wilmington man has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with a homicide that occurred this afternoon in Wilmington.

             Joseph DiPrisco, 46, of Wilmington, has been arrested and charged with first degree murder. He will be arraigned on Monday morning in Woburn District Court.

             According to authorities, Wilmington Police responded to reports of a stabbing at 31 High Street in Wilmington at approximately 3 p.m. today. When police arrived, they found a male victim outside the house suffering from multiple stab wounds.

             The victim was transported to Lahey Clinic and pronounced dead. The identity of the victim is not being released at this time pending next of kin notification.

             DiPrisco was arrested at the scene. It is alleged that the victim and the defendant became engaged in an argument and DiPrisco stabbed the victim multiple times. The defendant lived at the 31 High Street residence. The victim and defendant were known to each other.

             The case is being investigated by Wilmington Police and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. Authorities continue to investigate the circumstances of the incident.

             These charges are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

             The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant District Attorney Joseph Gentile.

Rollover on 495

November 15, 2008 — Firefighters took one male patient with minor injuries to Milford Regional Hospital this afternoon following a one-car rollover crash on the ramp from the Massachusetts Turnpike onto Route 495 South. According to Lt. Patrick Gross, the small truck had been righted by the tow truck driver by the time the Fire crews arrived. The view is from the Fruit Street Bridge.


November 15, 2008 — Officer Thomas Griffin responded to the complaint of a suspicious man in Hopkinton State Park with an air rifle and found the man in the woods shooting at targets after following the sound of the shots.

      According to officials, the man will receive a summons to court for violating Park rules.

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Up and Away

November 15, 2008 — Joe Paradis climbs high, really high, above the ground today to clean some gutters on 25 Main Street.

Respects for Southborough Police Chief

November 15, 2008 — Among the mourners paying respects to fallen Southborough Police Chief William Webber, were scores of law enforcement personnel from area and regional towns, as well as from the county and the state. Above, motorcycles are near the lead as the funeral procession, which is on its way to St. Mary's in Milford, stretched from the lights at Cedar and Main for a mile as far as the eye could see on Cedar Street, and then some.

     Chief Webber, a Milford native, joined the police force of this tightly knit bucolic community in 1980, and within three years earned a BS in Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. He also graduated from the Sate Police Academy, and earned a Master in Public Administration from Clark University one year before being appointed Chief in 2004.

     An announcement from the Southborough Board of Selectmen states, "Sergeant-In-Charge Jane Moran will assume day-to-day operational and administrative responsibility of the Southborough Police Department for the immediate future."

     Sgt. Moran is a Hopkinton resident.

     Below, a Southborough Fire Engine is adorned with flowers to precede the hearse and the family vehicles coming up Cedar Street this morning.


Succulent Black Angus Burgers at Cornell's

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Dover-Sherborn 19, Hopkinton 7

November 14, 2008 — Above, Jeff Doyle takes a high snap at the Dover-Sherborn High School on Friday evening. Each thumbnail below expands into a larger photo. Copies may be purchased by calling Photographic Images 508-435-5534.


Spelling Bee at Hopkins

November 14, 2008 — The HEF and the HPTA joined forces Friday evening at the Hopkins School to pit group against group in their Annual Community Spelling Bee.

Steel Magnolias at ESL

November 14, 2008 — ESL enacted a presentation of Steel magnolias on Friday evening. The play revolves around circumstances in a beauty parlor. The next show is Saturday, November 15 at 8:00 pm.

Invader Quarantined !!


November 14, 2008 — According to Hopkinton Tree Warden, Paul Gleason, the Asian longhorn beetle, a tree killer, has been found in Worcester in record numbers. According to Mr. Gleason, 2,700 trees from a quarantined area have been marked for removal and destruction.  Two months ago, the quarantine area was expanded to include all of Worcester and a part of Shrewsbury (See map).


Mr. Gleason was emphatic that the pest is not in Hopkinton, but said he is concerned that firewood could leave the quarantine area with an Asian longhorn beetle stowaway, enter a new area, and endanger those trees.


Mr. Gleason said that the DCR would like people to look at the firewood and trees they purchase, or have on their property, and call if they find the pests (Document).


New York City took aggressive moves against the invader one year ago. See the report on YouTube:



You may drop your toys for Toys for Tots at the Hopkinton PD


61 Main Street,  Hopkinton, MA 508-497-3401.

ALERT!: State Field Hockey Finals Postponed to Sunday


     The MIAA decided this morning to move Saturday's Division I & II field hockey finals , scheduled to be played at Worcester State College, to Sunday November 16th at 1:00 pm .  The Hopkinton Hillers now will have to wait one more day to hopefully claim their first state title in field hockey.

      Contacted this morning , Coach Joan Bannon was disappointed in the delay , but is already working on a plan to keep her team sharp and focused for the last game of the season. The Hillers are fresh off a victory over Watertown, and are ready to play the game of their lives against Mohawk Trail Regional HS.

      This Mohawk Trail team hails from Shelburn Falls, and is a school district made up of nine towns from western Massachusetts. They beat  the central champion, Quabog, 2-0 in their semi-final and currently sport a 16-3-2 record.

       The original game time remains at 1:00 PM, and Coach Bannon expects a tough battle, as a state final should be, and believes her team can make Hopkinton proud. So, gather up those blankets and stadium seats, and get ready to fill those stands with green and white, and sometimes orange. Go Hillers! ~Michael Whalen

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Conference on Main Street

November 14, 2008 — Hopkinton police speak with a possible witness in front of Town Hall regarding an alleged shoplifting incident on Main Street this afternoon.

Succulent Black Angus Burgers at Cornell's

Can We get a $7 Lunch at Maria's?? Yes, We Can!

A Good Footing

November 14, 2008 — The footing is being poured for the new Veterans' memorial Gazebo. the next step is the foundation.

Saturday Reminder

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!

Town Mismanaging South/West Main Street Project



I read the article about the proposed district rezoning.  

It is critical that the facts be outlined, so that an informed decision can be made on this important issue.

  1. Don’t listen to developers or others who argue that this rezoning change and associated development is required to create revenue for the Town, and it with solve our financial issues.  The development with have no measurable impact.  The real cause of our problems are on a macro level, specifically wasteful spending at State and Federal levels, improper regulation of the financial sectors.  

  2. Overdevelopment in the South Street area will, however, will have a negative impact upon North Pond, a valuable natural resource.

  3. Our Town clearly cannot manage the current project at the intersection of South St. and West Main St. effectively.  The stripping of the land at this location, without the requirement for immediate phasing of subsequent construction is a clear demonstration of mismanagement by the Town.  The area should not have been left exposed to the elements as it is now.  The resulting impacts to wildlife and the watershed will be moderate to severe. Project timing/phasing should have been considered in the Order of Conditions, and it a basic precept of construction “best practices”. Site work should not have been allowed until subsequent phases were ready to follow, especially wetland, wildlife, and erosion control mitigation efforts.


Richard J. Phelan, 78

Richard J. Phelan, a resident of Burlington for 51 years, passed away at the Winchester Hospital on Wednesday, November 12, 2008.  The husband of the late Joan J. (Barrett) he was 78 years old.

           Dick was born, raised and educated in Nashua, NH.  He was the son of the late Francis & Eva Phelan.  Richard & his late wife Joan settled in Burlington in 1957 where they raised their three children.  He was the co-founder of Distron Corporation an electronic manufacturing company where he worked for over 21 years.  Dick loved boating and enjoyed spending time on his boat at his home in Lake Winnipesauke.    He was also a fan of Frank Sinatra and enjoyed listing to his music.  Arrangements complete

Sign Regulations Being Developed by ZAC

New regs would allow more signage by right

Above are some of the dozens of signs placed illegally, apparently advertising a dating service, and removed from public property by Zoning Enforcement Officer, Charles Kadlik.


November 13, 2008 — In an about-face on current zoning on Wednesday evening, the Zoning Advisory Committee pondered a group of bylaws that would allow the kind of signs that are not now legal, and were ordered down by ZEO Charles Kadlik in a recent letter to businesses that allegedly violated the rules. Mr. Kadlik ordered sandwich boards and banners taken down all over town, sending a letter to each of the alleged violators.

      Among those who were in attendance were business owners Joe Strazzulla, owner of 81 and 85 Main Street, Dale Danahy of Colella's Market, Robert Falcione, owner of Photographic Images, Paul Champlin of ESL Theater, whose artistic sandwich boards, reminiscent of an earlier era, have smartly heralded each new show, and a Holliston resident who owns a business in Hopkinton that she said is failing. She received the notice that went out a few days ago to remove her sign or suffer a daily fine of $100. She said needed the sandwich board sign because her franchise rules would not allow her to advertise in a medium [e.g. Internet or regional paper] that reached outside of her franchise area, Hopkinton.

       Mrs. Danahy asked about the signs that others, like non-profit community groups, put on her property without asking.

        "So, I have to be the policeman of my property," she said.

        Attorney Douglas Resnick said, "I represent a lot of people who have been served.

        "There are a lot of businesses, who because of the way the property owner structured their signs; they need a sign to let people know where they are," he said. Some buildings downtown with multiple tenants contain relatively small signs for each of the tenants.

        "You mean sandwich boards?" asked Chairman Ken Weismantel, who received an answer in the affirmative.

        Town Planner, Elaine Lazarus, has put together a group of new proposed bylaws to satisfy the objections of the business owners to allow the types of signs that were ordered down because they are not allowed under the current bylaws.

        In a letter to ZAC members, she writes that the new laws are intended to facilitate efficient communications, avoid conflicts between the visual qualities of the sign and the surroundings, support economic vitality and opportunity, and encourage compatibility and harmony with the surroundings.

        The current sign size of 32 square feet per business will remain unchanged, but under the proposed law, sandwich boards, banners, directional signs, and offsite signs will be allowed, but with restrictions.

Preparing the Earth

November 14, 2008 — Chris Nation of 20th Century Homes donates his time preparing the area on the Hopkinton Common for a foundation and footing, which will be started Friday, to prepare for the construction of a new Veterans' Memorial Gazebo. Observing on the right of the photo is Don Creswell, who completed the building of the recently demolished gazebo 20 years ago.

AG Martha Coakley Obtains Injunction Against Option One, H&R Block

Accused of discriminatory lending practices  in sub-prime scandal


BOSTON Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office has obtained a preliminary injunction against Option One Mortgage Corp. (“Option One”) and H&R Block Mortgage Corp. (“H&R Block Mortgage”), subprime lenders that originated thousands of loans in Massachusetts.  The order, granted Monday by Judge Ralph D. Gants in Suffolk Superior Court, prohibits Option One and American Home Mortgage Servicing, Inc. (“AHMSI”), which currently services 9,700 active Massachusetts Option One loans, from initiating or advancing foreclosures on mortgage loans that are considered “presumptively unfair” under the court order.  Under the order, AHMSI must give the Attorney General’s Office at least 30 days notice before it intends to foreclose on any such loan, and if the Attorney General objects, obtain approval from the Court before foreclosing on a loan.


              “We are pleased by the Court’s decision and the relief it will afford, both to homeowners and to the communities suffering from the effects of Option One’s loans,” said Attorney General Coakley (File photo).  “The economic crisis continues to worsen, and predatory subprime lending is at the core of the problem.  This decision is further support that some subprime lenders engaged in irresponsible and unlawful lending practices.  We intend to hold accountable those who engaged in such unlawful lending conduct.”  


The Attorney General filed suit against Option One and its parent company, H&R Block, Inc., in June 2008, alleging that they originated thousands of risky subprime loans in Massachusetts, with reckless disregard as to whether borrowers would be able to afford their loan payments – a practice that has contributed significantly to the foreclosure crisis in Massachusetts.  According to the complaint, filed in Suffolk Superior Court, Option One and H&R Block engaged in unfair and deceptive conduct on a broad scale by selling extremely risky loan products to Massachusetts consumers that the companies knew or should have known were destined to fail. The complaint also alleges that the companies discriminated against black and Latino borrowers in Massachusetts by charging them higher points and fees to close their loans than similarly situated white borrowers and by targeting black and Latino consumers with marketing that pushed the sale of predatory loan products. READ MORE... 

Hillers Advance to State Field Hockey Finals

Worcester State College on Saturday, 1:00 PM


November 13, 2008 — Suzy Whalen's goal with a minute left in regulation lifted the Hillers to a 3-2 victory over Watertown. Down 0-2 at the end of the 1st half,  Hopkinton exploded for 3 unanswered goals in the second half  to give Watertown its' first defeat of the season.

     The true MVPs of this game, however, were Mallory Bannon and Tamara Mills, as both played at a level higher than anyone else on the field. When the Hillers were down 0-2, Mallory [the Rocket ] Bannon, covered the whole field, and brought back the team with her hustle and stickwork. Her shots on goal excited the crowd, and scared the heck out of the opposition.  Miss"D," freshman Tamara Mills, kept  Watertown's freshman sensation, Erika Kelly, out of the scoring column, and she[ Tam] is one of the main reasons the Hopkinton Hillers have advanced this far.  

     It was Liz Keefe, Hopkinton' super sophomore, who tied the score with 5:03 left in the game , after Suzy Whalen had scored the first Hiller goal on a tip in after a Katie Pelgrin shot. Coach Bannon's half-time speech must have been a good one, for the second half belonged to the Hillers, and now only a team from Mohawk Trail stands between them and a State Title. See you there for this next one at Worcester State College on Saturday, 1:00 PM.

Also, Read Story in The Boston Globe

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Fatal Crash on Route 1 South in Peabody — Driver Identified


On Wednesday, November 12, 2008, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Danvers responded to a single vehicle crash on Route 1 South in Peabody, near the Peabody-Danvers line that resulted in one fatality.


The preliminary investigation by Trooper John Sullivan indicates that 47-year-old Lori J. Palladino of Revere was operating a 2004 Mitsubishi sedan on Route 1 South in Peabody when she lost control of the vehicle and traveled off the right side of the roadway, striking a tree.  Palladino suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash and was subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene by the Medical Examiner.


This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.  The Peabody Police and Fire Departments, Danvers Police Department, MassHighways and the Medical Examiners Office assisted troopers at the scene. 

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Zoning Advisory Committee Ponders Hotel District

Several neighbors attend in opposition


November 12, 2008 — This evening, the Zoning Advisory Committee held a discussion about a draft of bylaws designed to enact a Hotel/Hospitality overlay district on areas of Parkwood Drive, Lumber Street, South Street, and a part of the Terry property. Rezoning for a Hotel District opens up the possibility of constructing a building of up to four stories, adding value to the property, and with it, increased tax revenue for the town.

      Member Gary Haroian and the other members who are in favor of the proposal agreed that a  facility with a restaurant, function facility, and/or meeting room and a health club would limit the type of business to a high-end type of hotel. Some wondered how to keep tractor-trailers from parking and using the facility, but others agreed that those types would not use that sort of a hotel.

      Member Sandy Altamura favored spot zoning, rather than an overlay district.

      "I am looking at spot zoning, if a property owner wants to do it. The intersection at South and West Main is very congested. I am not really onboard with this district," she said. Spot zoning is when a one-owner parcel is rezoned.

      "If you don't have specific zoning, then you're not going to attract people," Mr. Haroian said.

      "Maybe we don't want to," Mrs. Altamura said.

      Jeff Furber of the Community Preservation Committee said, "I would hope you would consider more the impact to the neighborhood. I wish you would have listened to the 25-30 people who spoke against it, instead of one person, Mr. [Finley] Perry, who was in favor of it." Mr. Perry owns one of the parcels the committee is considering for the new district.

     Committee member Robert McGuire said that 25 and 45 South Street are interested in talking about the re-zoning, but Stryker, the building between the two, has another 10 years at number 35 South Street.

     One man demanded to be heard over the objection of Chairman Ken Weismantel, and warned that a "fleabag hotel" could take the place of a good one in a bad economy. He mentioned a Framingham establishment and said it had rats.

      "I have a problem with the impact on Lumber Street," said member Don Bartlett.

      Mrs. Altamura said, "I am very much against this district. We are just talking about it, and look at the crowd here tonight." The agenda was made public, but the neighbors and abutters attended without being notified by the town, something that only needs to be done when a Public Hearing is scheduled.

     "If the Lake [Maspenock] people, the Elm Street and the West main Street [people] go to Town meeting, you're going down in flames," she said. Many attendees were members of the Lake Maspenock Preservation Association.

      "We are working for the residents of this town," she added.

      "We all are," said another member.

       "But you guys don't live in this neighborhood," she replied. Mrs. Altamura's home and business are on Elm Street.

      One audience member asked the group to take "a vote now" before they wasted their time and got shot down at Town Meeting. However, ZAC does not pass zoning laws. It recommends them the the Planning Board, which can offer an Article for the Town Meeting Warrant. Then the Article must pass by a 2/3 vote of the body to become law.

     Neighborhood resident Pam Duffy, a former Planning Board member and member of Lake Maspenock preservation Association (LMPA), warned about the impact of lights on the surrounding neighborhood.

      Mrs. Altamura said she was against the proposal for all four areas, but, "I would look at Fin's," she said.

      Mr. Haroian, who was one of the majority of members who favored the idea, said the town cannot continue to neglect the need for more revenue.  

     "I don't want my town to go bankrupt.

     "We are not trying to mess up neighborhoods. We are trying to address revenue issues," he said.

     The Committee will address this matter more fully after further study.     

Get Ready...


November 12, 2008 — The new Veterans Memorial Gazebo will be getting a footing this week, followed by a foundation, according to Timothy Kilduff, member of the Friends of the Common, a group that raised private funding and contributed labor for the construction. Keep watching! Please choose the thumbnail for the rendering of the future gazebo.

William H. "Billy" Webber


Southborough - William H. "Billy" Webber, 53, of Southborough and formerly Milford passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 11, 2008, surrounded by his loving family after a courageous 18 month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was the beloved husband of Kathleen (Carmody) Webber of the past 9 years.

Born in Worcester he is the son of Harry and Claire (O'Brien) Webber of Milford.

Chief Webber was raised in Milford and was a 1973 graduate of the former St. Mary’s Central Catholic High School in Milford. He received is BS in criminal justice from Northeastern University of Boston in 1983. He was also a graduate of the State Police Academy where he was President of his class. Billy joined the Southborough Police force in July 1980 and commenced his 28 year career of law enforcement with the town. He earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Clark University of Worcester in 2003 and was appointed Southborough’s Chief of Police in 2004. Arrangements complete.

Enter Stage Left regulars Emily Grill and Sinai Tabak

Produce How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Stage
at Milford High School Nov. 21-23


Milford, MA — November 12, 2008 — The holiday season will be ushered in the weekend before Thanksgiving when Milford High School Theatre Workshop presents a live production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Friday, November 21 and Saturday, Nov. 22 at 7:30PM, with an afternoon matinee on Sunday, November 23 at 2:00.


“It’s my dream to produce and direct this holiday play,” said Milford High School (MHS) Senior Emily Grill, who began work on blocking and planning the production last summer with her co-producer MHS Senior Sinai Tabak (File photo). “Even though this is our annual drama, and it’s based on the action from the movie made famous by Jim Carrey, we’ve left a little musical treat in for our audience.”


MHS Senior and Theatre Workshop treasurer, Emilio Santiago, stars as the Grinch with Senior Lui Vega as his faithful dog, Max. Envious of the residents of Whoville, they descend from their mountain lair to deprive the Whos of holiday cheer and encounter Workshop Assistant Producer, Sophomore Eliza McCoy, as Cindy Lou Who, the tiny child who befriends the Grinch despite his devious holiday plans.


“There are more than 100 Milford High students participating in this production,” said Jim McCallum, the faculty advisor who has been working with the Workshop each year for more than two decades. “It is truly amazing to see what these kids produce from their own imaginations. They provide all direction, performance, costume design, set construction, stage management, lighting, and sound. I am continually impressed with their professionalism and the level of entertainment they offer. We’re actually selling out productions because their reputation has grown in the community.”


This year, MHS Theatre Workshop officers Emily Grill (President), Ashley Flatley (Vice President), Stephanie Frycki (Secretary) and Emilio Santiago (Treasurer) invite guests to bring an unwrapped gift for a child to donate to Toys for Tots, a Theatre Workshop program being spearheaded by sophomores Brittany Hill and Emily Shaner.


“There will be collection bins in the MHS Auditorium Lobby during all three performances,” said Grill. “We hope people remember their toy donations. We really want to inspire the true feeling of the holiday season with this show.” Tickets for the shows are $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors and free for preschoolers. They can be purchased at The Music Nook in Milford or at the MHS House A Office. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Theater Workshop Box office at 508-473-4612 and will be sold at the door if they are not sold out in advance. All proceeds from ticket sales go toward future productions.


For more information on the Milford High School Theatre Workshop’s plans for their spring musical, as well as previous productions, visit

Gearing up for the “Go Green Event”

The wheels are in motion for the March 21st Hopkinton Women’s Club community “Go Green Event” which will be held at St. John’s the Evangelist’s Hall on Church Street in Hopkinton. The event is to promote community awareness for the responsibility we all share in helping to preserve the environment. The day promises to be both fun and educational, inspiring people to rethink how they can reduce, reuse and recycle.


With the combined efforts of the new town recycling committee, the Cultural Arts Alliance, the Hopkinton Library, the HPTA, the Garden Club and other local groups, the event will host numerous children’s hands on activities and offer an array of recycling ideas and tips.


As a finale for the event, the HWC will be teaming up with the CAA to put on a trash fashion show modeling clothing made from recycled items. If you would like to participate, youth and adults alike can submit their recycled fashion designs for consideration and winners will be selected. For further information contact Renee Martin at 508-435-1271 or email

State Police Charge Driver who Caused Tanker to Overturn and Leak Aviation Fuel on Route 95 in Attleboro


November 12 ,2208 — Massachusetts State Police have charged the motorist who allegedly caused a tractor-trailer carrying aviation fuel to overturn on Route 95 with three driving offenses, two registration violations, and a drug paraphernalia offense. The crash last week caused minor injuries to three people, caused the truck to spill some of its cargo, necessitating the evacuation of nearby residents, and shut down the highway’s southbound lane for more than 10 hours.


ANDREW TAVARES, 21, of East Providence, R.I., has been summonsed on the following charges: negligent operation; marked lanes violation; speeding; driving an unregistered motor vehicle; failure to notify the registry of an address change; and possession of drug paraphernalia. The last charge stems from the recovery of a glass pipe, consistent with those used to smoke marijuana, from his car. TAVAREZ will be arraigned at a future date in Attleboro District Court.


At 4:47 a.m. on Nov. 6, TAVAREZ was driving a 1997 Volvo 960 in the middle lane of Route 95 South when he moved into the left lane in order to pass a car in front of him. When he did so, he lost control of the Volvo and struck a jersey barrier on the left side of the highway at the Reed Street overpass. The Volvo then swerved right across all traffic lanes, ultimately colliding with the driver’s side of the 2004 Freightliner tractor-trailer traveling in the right lane.


As a result of that collision, the Freightliner, driven by 37-year-old Michael Cowan of Northbridge, Mass., lost control and rolled over onto its left side, a quarter mile south of the Attleboro weigh station between Exits 2 and 3. The truck’s cab came 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 the Volvo’s passenger, 19-year-old Hope Amaral of East Providence, R.I., were treated for minor injuries at Rhode Island Hospital.


Investigation by Massachusetts State Police, including collision reconstruction and witness interviews, determined that TAVAREZ was driving at a speed greater than reasonable for the highway conditions at that time, and that his excessive speed combined with his attempt to swerve around the vehicle in front of him caused him to lose control of his car. The State Police investigation also determined that the Volvo’s registration was suspended in Rhode Island for failure to have the car inspected, and that TAVAREZ had failed to notify the Rhode Island motor vehicle registry of his current address.


At the time of the crash, the tractor trailer, owned by C. White Trucking of Connecticut, was carrying 11,001 gallons of aviation fuel that had been loaded in East Boston with a destination of T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island. The crash caused the tanker to rupture, spilling an undetermined amount of aviation fuel onto the highway. The subsequent cleanup by police, fire and environmental agencies necessitated the closure of the southbound side of Route 95 for approximately 10 ½ hours. Residents from 14 nearby homes were evacuated during the cleanup as a precaution.


The crash was investigated by Troop H of the Massachusetts State Police and the department’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, and Crime Scene Services Sections. State Police were assisted by the Attleboro Fire, Police and Health Departments, the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the state Highway and Environmental Protection Departments, 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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