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Primarily Potters

CAA Exhibit and Sale: Nov. 21-23

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

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

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

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

Multiple Charges against man Who Allegedly Scuffled With Police Officer


November 20, 2008 — Yesterday afternoon as Officer John Moran was on a paid detail on Clinton Street for a utility company, he slowed an approaching vehicle, which then pulled to a stop. However, the driver behind the first car then allegedly passed him at a high rate of speed while approaching the workmen, and Officer Moran attempted to stop the vehicle.

        According to Hopkinton Police Sgt. Michael Sutton, Officer Moran waved the vehicle over, but the driver would not shut the car off or leave the vehicle. Officer Moran removed the driver from the vehicle and placed him in handcuffs after a short scuffle.

        The arrest left the driver with facial scrapes, so he was transported to Milford Hospital, treated, and brought to the Police headquarters. His charges are listed in the update below.


Arrests Up-to-Date, Thursday, November 20, 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

4:02 pm Officer John Moran arrested Arthur A. Arachikavitz, 34, of 216D East Mountain Street, Apt 77, Worcester, MA following a traffic stop on Clinton Street and charged him with A&B on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Failing to Keep Right on an Obstructed View/Hill, Speeding in Violation of a Special Regulation, Operating a Motor Vehicle a Suspended License, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle OUI Liquor, and Failing to Stop for Police.  


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

5:22 pm Officer Matthew McNeil arrested Arthur C. Clough, 49, 158 Wood Street on warrant charges.

The full version of the Police News is fully updated once a week. It is always reachable through the button above.

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Dr. R. Boaz Johnson to be Guest Speaker

Community Covenant Church

2 West Elm Street Hopkinton, MA

Sunday, November 23rdat 10:00 AM

(21b exit off of Route 495, on the corner of West Main & South Streets)


This coming Sunday, November 23rdat 10:00 AM, Community Covenant Church (Hopkinton, MA) is pleased to welcome Dr. R. Boaz Johnson as their morning speaker. Dr. Johnson is Professor & Chair of The Department of Biblical and Theological Studies, and Director of The Division of Christian Life and Thought at North Park University in Chicago.


Dr. Johnson was born in New Delhi, India, and was trained in a radical Hindu school. In 1973, while in high school, he became a Christian after being given a copy of the New Testament.


This gifted speaker and teacher was ordained by the Christian and Missionary Alliance and the Delhi Bible Fellowship, the Evangelical Alliance Mission (India). His ministry experience includes church planting in India and parachurch work with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Johnson earned his doctorate in theological studies and Hebrew Bible from Trinity International University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Before his 2003 appointment at North Park University, Dr. Johnson had also taught religion at the College of DuPage (Lombard, IL), and at Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA). All are welcome.

Framingham High School on "Code Orange" — 16 Year-Old stabbed



November 20, 2008 — According to WBZ-TV, Framingham High School was placed under a "code orange" shortly after dismissal today.  During a fight between four students over a girl, said a source at the station, a fifth jumped in and stabbed the 16 year-old sophomore victim in the lower back The teen was med-flighted to Boston Medical Center, where he is shown arriving in this video from Channel 4.

Clifford A. Smith, 75 HOPKINTON - Clifford A. Smith, 75, died Thursday, November 20, 2008 in Milford.  He was the husband of Dolores (Kennedy) Smith to whom he was married for 48 years.  Born in Boston, he was the son of the late John F. and Myrtle (Duncan) Smith.

He was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corp. and for many years worked as a technical writer at Raytheon and The Foxboro Company.  He was a founding member of the Hopkinton Hornets Hockey Club and a loving and faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Arrangements complete.


Second Annual Powder Puff Game

Tuesday, November 25th

7:00 pm

Varsity Football Field



November 20, 2008 — The Second Annual Powder Puff Football Game is at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, November 25th. The Senior girls will be playing the Junior girls under the lights on the varsity football field. All are welcome, proceeds benefit the junior and senior classes.


File Photo

Succulent, Juicy Black Angus Burgers at Cornell's

Does sweet and juicy crabmeat float on asparagus soup?

It does at Sauce on Main!

November 20, 2008 — Please join us on Saturday, February 7, 2009 for the Hopkinton Education Foundation's "Reach for the Stars" Winter Gala held at the Lake View Pavilion in Foxborough, MA. Festivities begin at 6:30 pm with a sit down dinner, select-a-prize raffle, live auction, game room and live entertainment.

     Tickets cost $85 per person and are on sale on Saturday, December 6th 9:00 am - 11:00 am in the Hopkinton High School Lobby and 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm at the Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Common. For more information regarding ticket sales contact Libby Skiba 508-497-9465 or

(Artwork by Brigid Belger, Age 8)

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Miss the CBS Evening News?

Here it is below

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Starts Thursday Evening

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

Above, two performers at Wednesday evening's dress rehearsal pose for the camera.

 Business Owners Powwow Over Signs


November 20, 2008 — A little more than a half dozen business owners, or representatives, including two non-profit organizations, met at Ciao Time Catering Wednesday evening to discuss recent action by the Zoning Enforcement Officer, Charles Kadlik.

       Mr. Kadlik served most people there, and many others, with a notice of violation regarding signage on their properties. Ordered taken down were banners, sandwich boards, Keno signs, directional signs, and remote signs that promoted a business not on premises. Photo from left, Ellen Orne and Curves partner Myra Brazil, and René Marino, Hopkinton's Jeweler.

     The group discussed writing letters to three boards, airing their concerns. They also agreed that some signs are not aesthetically pleasing. Two attendees mentioned that they had been in other towns and saw all of the signs conforming with one another and how pleasing to the eye that type of configuration was.

     The Zoning Advisory Committee has taken up the task of drafting new laws that would allow the type of signage heretofore banned, providing the Committee moves it to the Planning Board. Then the Planning Board must hold a hearing and vote to recommend an article to put on the Warrant for Town Meeting in May.

      In the meantime, the group ponders what to do from now until May.

      "We are going for a stay of the order," said one of the women, but asked that her name not be used.

      The group plans to attend the next ZAC hearing concerning the proposed sign bylaw on December 3, 2008.

Jackie LaVoie Retires

November 20, 2008 — Jackie LaVoie, center in white, was the guest of honor at a retirement party in her honor at the library on Wednesday evening. Mrs. LaVoie has worked for decades downtown, but most recently for 17 years at the Hopkinton Public Library. She is flanked, from left to right, by Connie O'Loughlin, Toni Alexander, Nia Gallagher, Denise Kofron and Linda Connelly.

Near Miss

November 20, 2008 — The photographer, waving thank you to the car on the left, had no intention of taking a photo in the crosswalk. He had gone to take a photo at the Common and was returning to the office. But when one vehicle was willing to cross over marked lanes to go around the stopped vehicle on the left, well, it was a Canon moment.

Foundation Poured

November 20, 2008 — Christopher Nation of 20th Century Homes, a volunteer contractor for the work being done on the Common, said today that the weather was getting too cold to pour the fine concrete work that will be needed to be done on the flooring of the to-be-built Veterans memorial Gazebo.

     Above, the foundation is being poured, which Mr. Nation said was enough for a good-sized home.

Succulent, Juicy Black Angus Burgers at Cornell's

Does sweet and juicy crabmeat float on asparagus soup?

It does at Sauce on Main!

Dept of Correction Employee Arraigned for Alleged $100,000 Theft


Arraignment at 2:00 p.m. in Greenfield District Court


GREENFIELD – November 19, 2008 - Today, a lieutenant in the Special Operations Division of the Department of Correction (DOC) was arraigned in Greenfield District Court in connection with allegedly stealing approximately $100,000 in state funds, firearms and other items from the DOC for his own personal use.  Gary Mendes, age 48, of Berkley, is charged with Larceny by Scheme over $250, and Procurement Fraud.  Mendes was arrested this morning in Berkley without incident by the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office.  This afternoon, Mendes entered a plea of not guilty before District Court Judge David Ross.  Mendes was released on personal recognizance on the condition that Mendes stay away from the law enforcement supplies distributor, where he bought the merchandise.  The Commonwealth had requested that Mendes be held on $25,000 bail.


In 2007, the DOC Internal Affairs Division investigated allegations that a member of their Special Operations Division had been improperly taking equipment for personal use and was misrepresenting certain purchases as legitimate DOC equipment purchases. After conducting their investigation, the DOC referred the matter to the Attorney General’s Office in March 2008. Authorities discovered that Mendes allegedly purchased numerous items from a law enforcement supplies distributor in Western Massachusetts for his own personal use with state funds.  The company sells law enforcement related equipment to authorized individuals and law enforcement organizations throughout the Commonwealth. READ MORE...

  Save the Date 

Downtown Revitalization Committee presents:

Third Annual Downtown Holiday Stroll

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Noon - 4:30pm


• Strolling Victorian Carolers sponsored by Enter Stage Left

• Tastings up and down Main St.

• Stop by and say "hello" to merchants

• New this year: Arts & Crafts for Kids and Adults sponsored by Sparks Art Studio -lower level of the Town Hall, and much more!

• Hopkinton Library Holiday Festivities - 2pm to 4pm

• Tree Lighting on the Common sponsored by Parks & Recreation - 4:30pm 

Please check back at to see what other merchants are doing and where they are! But for now, please, save the date!

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State Champions All The Way

November 19, 2008 — Varsity Field Hockey head coach, Joan Bannon, gets off of the bus with the trophy for the M.I.A.A State Field Hockey Champions for Division II on Sunday after defeating the Mohawk Trail Warriors at Worcester State College. Scroll down for  more pics and story.

A Half of a Rack

November 19, 2008 — Wendy Grass poses for  a photo while delivering "a half-rack of delicately smoked fall-off-the-bone pork ribs, served with pub fries, baked beans and cole slaw" at Cornell's today. The longstanding family-owned pub has revised its menu to reflect the times, with fresh fish, certified black angus beef, and "sandwiches served with Black & Tan Onion Rings or Sweet Potato Fries."

        Check out the entire menu by clicking on the Cornell's button ad below.

Succulent, Juicy Black Angus Burgers at Cornell's

Does sweet and juicy crabmeat float on asparagus soup?

It does at Sauce on Main!

 Bailout? No Bailout? CBS Evening News below

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Fatal Roll-Over Crash on Route 6 West in Barnstable

Driver not wearing seat belt, ejected —  UPDATE:  Operator Identified


November 19, 2008 — This morning, at approximately 6:19 a.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in South Yarmouth responded to a single vehicle crash on Route 6 West at Exit 6 (Route 132), in Barnstable that resulted in one fatality. 


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Michael O’Brien indicates that 53-year-old Phillip G. Egerton of Wellfleet was operating a 1997 Ford Ranger on Route 6 westbound when the vehicle veered to the left and rolled over approximately three times before coming to rest in the median.  Egerton, who was not wearing a safety belt, was ejected from the vehicle, suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.   

This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.  The West Barnstable Fire Department and MassHighway assisted troopers at the scene.

 Senior Moments


Happy Thanksgiving to all, and to all,

a Complimentary Turkey Dinner

Woodville Rod and Gun keeps tradition alive


by Nancy L. Drawe




November 19, 2008 — Now that Thanksgiving is almost upon us, I thought it would be nice to re-run last years column that I wrote about Thanksgiving at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club. For those of you who may remember it, I hope you enjoy it all over again.   For those of you who have never read it, I hope you enjoy it for the first time.  I’m thinking it will make a nice Thanksgiving tradition. 


Gobble! Gobble!  It’s that time of year again; the time when people of all races and religions get together to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family alike.  It’s a wonderful time of year, when the air is brisk and there’s that possibility of snow falling.  It’s a holiday that seems to come too quickly though; right smack in the middle of Halloween and Christmas.  When I was a kid, once Halloween was over, the excitement of Thanksgiving took precedent over the long forgotten sack full of candy shoved in the cabinet.  It was the sight of that big huge turkey sitting in the middle of the table, watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV, getting all dressed up to go over Grandma’s house after dinner for homemade pies and playing with all the cousins.  My favorite part of the day was cracking walnuts with my father and brother while my mother got the turkey ready in the kitchen.  I don’t even think we ate many of the nuts; it was just the fun of the ‘crackin!’   Nowadays, Christmas seems to overpower the Thanksgiving holiday.  I’m not whining too much about it, but there’s a time for that holiday after Thanksgiving.  Not before Halloween when the shelves in all the stores are displaying Christmas trees and commercials on TV are already crying out, “Buy this, buy that!”  What happened to all the wonderful Thanksgiving decorations that people used to scotch tape to their windows?  How about the song, “Over the River and Through the Woods?” Just the other day, I turned on my favorite radio station in the car only to hear Christmas music—and that is going to be continuous 24 hours a day for the next month and a half.  I’m not saying that Thanksgiving is a forgotten holiday, because it’s certainly not — it’s one of the biggest family holidays of all.  It’s just that it needs more time to itself before Christmas comes rushing in.  That’s okay though, all is well; A Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving will be on ABC next Tuesday, November 25 at 8pm and again on November 27.  


I didn’t get a chance to ask the seniors what their favorite part of Thanksgiving is, but I’m pretty sure that I would have gotten a lot of the same responses such as “the smell of turkey cooking in the oven,” “watching football games,” “cranberry sauce,” “stuffing and gravy,” “pumpkin pies,” “taking a nap after dinner,” “turkey sandwiches later that night,” and of course, one of the most important--“spending the time with my family and friends.”


“Family and Friends”—this brings me to Thanksgiving Day at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club here in Hopkinton on Thursday, November 27 from 12-3 pm.  It’s an occasion when all the members of the club donate their money and time to put on a lovely holiday dinner, free of cost to seniors and other residents of the town. (File photo of member Woodville member Lee Wright pulling a deep-fried turkey out of the cooker on Thanksgiving.) READ MORE...

Selectmen Sustain Single Tax Rate

Fruit Street Sewer Plant: Good News, Bad News

November 18, 2008 — The Board of Selectmen heard a presentation from John Palmer, Clerk of the Board of Assessors, on the possible differences between keeping a single tax rate, or changing to a dual one that would tax residential and business property at different rates.

       Selectman RJ Dourney favored maintaining the single rate, because increasing the rate for business could keep a business from choosing Hopkinton as a site.     

       Vice-Chair Mary Pratt agreed, saying it wouldn't make a difference [in lowering residential taxes].

       Interim Town Manager, Fire Chief Gary Daugherty also advised staying at the same rate.

       The four Selectmen present voted to keep the rate the same; Selectman Michael Shepard was not present.


Sewer Update

      Chairman of the Board of Public works, Dan McIntyre was on hand to update Selectmen on the status of the efforts to bring sewer capacity to Hopkinton. First, the Fruit Street Waste Water Treatment Facility.

       Mr. McIntyre said there are four appeals of varying degrees surrounding the approvals of the WWTF on the town-owned land on Fruit Street, the former Pyne property. Mr. McIntyre said he believes it is going to be a long process, and added, "If it [the group of appeals] was a real issue, we wouldn't have gotten this far."

       Mr. Daugherty said that he had not heard back from the Governor regarding their request for him to expedite the appeals under his jurisdiction.

       In a related matter, Mr. McIntyre gave an update of his talks with Milford over sending sewage to that

town. The two towns had an agreement years ago, but it concerned the transfer of water from basin to another. Milford is in the Charles River basin and Hopkinton is in the Sudbury River basin.

       According to Mr. McIntyre in a previous interview, that agreement hit a snag when the town was ordered to develop a Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan before approving the interbasin transfer. In the meantime, the Fruit Street plan property was purchased and the town moved to develop the WWTF at that location. But after all of the appeals stalling it, Hopkinton and Milford believe in reviving the old plan.

        Mr. McIntyre believes it has a very good chance of success, because he does not believe Hopkinton will use more than 350,000 gpd in capacity, while the trigger between an insignificant and significant transfer is 1 million gpd.

       "Getting 500,000 gpd capacity would really be an asset to market South Street," he said.

       He promised to keep Selectmen updated on both projects.     

Sleigh Bells Ring...

The now-traditional Project Just Because holiday tree has made its appearance once again this year in the lobby of Town Hall, adorned with lights and hearts. Instructions are next to the tree on how to fill a child's wish and where to bring it.

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Hopkinton Bath Wins Contractor of the Year Award for Divine Kitchens

November 18, 2008 — A Hopkinton bath project designed and installed by Divine Kitchens has just won the Contractor of the Year (COTY) Award from the National Association of Remodeling Industries (NARI). The project is one of two Divine baths that won COTY awards for 2008, the second is located in Sutton, MA.


“This is a great honor to win two awards again this year,” said Divine owner and design director, Mariette Barsoum. “We have been focusing a great deal on bathroom design, as more people are realizing this area is key for resale value and family comfort. With so many homes on the market, it’s important the keep baths and kitchens updated so you stay competitive when you go to sell.”


Divine recently launched a Small Bath Program, which offers three levels of design: Basic Bath, Comfort Bath and Elegance Bath. These projects are accomplished for one defined price and are delivered in three weeks.

“This is ideal for homeowners looking to remodel that smaller bath, typically used by the children or guests,” said Barsoum. “You want it to look good, but you don’t want to overdo it in this space. We’ve put together product packages that give homeowners real choices and confidence in what they need to spend to get the type of bath they imagine. All of these bathrooms can be complete in three weeks with our in-house construction staff.”


Divine Kitchens won two 2007 Contractor of the Year Awards for kitchen designs in Shrewsbury and Marlborough last year. The design/build firm has built a reputation for quality and integrity over its first four years in business. They offer monthly kitchen and bath seminars in their Westborough showroom to offer pressure-free information on how to begin a remodeling project. There is no charge for the seminars and more than 90% of past attendees have ranked the information as “very informative.” For additional information, seminar schedules or to view Divine’s award-winning portfolio, visit .

Succulent, Juicy Black Angus Burgers at Cornell's

Does sweet and juicy crabmeat float on asparagus soup?

It does at Sauce on Main!

Watch CBS Videos Online

Above, a report from CBS's Jeff Glor last Friday.

Sponsored by the Hopkinton Police and the beFREE Coalition*

Be Safe Question of the Day

Q. What percentage of Hopkinton HS students reporting has ridden with a driver that had been drinking alcohol?

a)   2 %

b) 13 %

c)  21 % is the correct answer

d)   9 %

Check back in this space Tuesday afternoon for the answer.

* From the Hopkinton Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Hopkinton Arsenal Finishes Season 7-3

Hopkinton Arsenal (14 year old Town Team) just finished the season 7-3 in Bays division 3 B2.. Coach Parnia (yellow jacket) is on the left and assistant coach Mr. Venegas is on the right.


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