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November 26, 2008 — The sky mimics the background of the new Gulf logo at Hopkinton Gulf today as the price of regular unleaded dropped below $2.00 in Hopkinton for the first time during the recent slide of oil and gas prices. In 2005, the average price of unleaded gasoline was $2.295 per gallon, the first year in history that the average price of gasoline topped $2.00 per gallon.


November 25, 2008 — As necessity has been called the mother of invention, then this hand-cycle fits the bill perfectly for Jeff Knox, who is a paraplegic, and cannot use his legs for power. The cycle is specially made by Topend, he said, which also makes wheelchairs.

      Mr. Knox, who often uses Hopkinton State Park for cardio exercise, said he has raced in the Boston Marathon, and will compete on Thanksgiving Day in Whitinsville, using the same chair he  uses in the marathon.

       "If it's windy or rainy, I'm staying home," he said, smiling.

Head and Shoulders above

Above, Leslie Prior, a second grade teacher at the Elmwood School assembly today, stands two heads above her students.


November 26, 2008 — A Meeting of the Eagles took place this afternoon at Elmwood School. The whole-school assembly, during which parents were welcome, showed the students' ability to work together, demonstrate school spirit, exercise patriotism and practice friendship.

     To see excerpts from the assembly, choose the YouTube video below.


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Tenth Annual Turkey Drive Delivers

by Lindsay Kramer

November 26, 2008  — Let’s talk turkey! The Hopkinton student led turkey drive to benefit needy families in the area delivered 105 turkeys to the Salvation Army in Framingham. Additionally, some monetary donations were used to provide 10 grocery store gift certificates to Project Just Because that will go into holiday food baskets for families in Hopkinton to purchase their own turkeys for Thanksgiving.

Lindsay Kramer HHS ‘09 and Drew Johnson HMS ‘14 teamed up for the second year to hold the 10th annual turkey drive. Once again the school department supported the students helping to advertise the drive and store the turkeys over the three day collection period; the drive would not be the success it is without the ability to store the turkeys in the school’s freezers.

The biggest thank you has to go to all the students, teachers, staff and community members that donated turkeys over the three day collection drive. This is a tough year for many families in the area, and the donations are greatly appreciated by both the Salvation Army and Project Just Because.


After unloading a van-full of turkeys, one Salvation Army worker enthusiastically thanked the kids for donating “close to fifty turkeys!” He was quickly informed that a second car full of turkeys was parked just around the corner, to which he replied, “A whole car?!” That response was met with pink-faced smiles and nods from the turkey crew.


Special thanks go out to the principals and staff at the three schools that store growing stacks of turkeys for 3 days each year; Elmwood’s freezer held over 50 turkeys alone this year, which means that the busy kitchen staff had to work that much harder to work around the donations. We appreciate their patience and support. To Mr. Laverdiere and all the staff working in the kitchens—a heartfelt thank you! Thank you also to the administration, office staff and janitors that keep the donations headed in the right direction on donation days. It can’t be convenient, but it is a great project that highlights Hopkinton in a very positive way.


In addition to the turkey drive, Elmwood School hosted a canned food drive, the teachers at Center School collected money toward purchasing turkeys to add to the drive, and one local daycare arrived at Hopkins School Thursday morning with each child toting a food donation. Thank you to all who supported this drive including HCAM, ISVA advertising, the school e-flyer program, the Board of Selectmen and local media for helping get the word out.

Last but not least, thanks to: siblings Matt & Dillon Johnson and Kacey, Julianna & Ethan Kramer as well as friends John Buday, Rachel Gately, Hal Spang, Danielle Gendron and Kerry O’Regan for helping traipse around to various grocery stores looking for the best turkey deals, man the drop off times, load cars and finally deliver turkeys.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 Services for the Home

No Sign Holiday for Businesses

Selectmen plead no authority on zoning enforcement 

November 26, 2008 — Members of the Chamber of Commerce and members of the business community at large attended the Selectmen's meeting Tuesday evening to seek assistance in overturning a recent action by Zoning Enforcement Officer, Charles Kadlik (Seated, far right.).

     On or about November 1, 2008, Mr. Kadlik served written notice to many businesses informing them that their signs were in violation of Hopkinton zoning laws and must be removed or face a $100/day fine. Signs, banners and sandwich boards were taken down all over town as a result of his order.

     Additionally, Mr. Kadlik personally removes the kinds of signs that people place on telephone poles and municipal property, advertising such things as a dating website or high-paying employment.

     As a result of this action, many of the same people attended a ZAC (Zoning Advisory Committee) meeting earlier this month to ask for guidance. The committee told them they were working on new bylaws that would allow the very types of signs that are not currently allowed. However, the laws, if they pass muster with the boards, would not be considered until Town Meeting next May. But the business owners who are in violation feel they would like some relief before the holiday rush.

     A handful of business people and members of charitable organizations met last week to discuss strategy, and appealing to the Selectmen was one such tact.

     Acting Town Manager Gary Daugherty said that he spoke with Town Counsel, Ray Miyares, and that Mr. Miyares said the selectmen had no authority in the matter.

     Someone warned that some of the businesses might not last until May, when the laws could be adopted.

    Turning to Town Planner, Elaine Lazarus (Seated, far right), Selectmen Chairman Brian Herr asked, "Can the Board of Selectmen do anything in the meantime?"

     "You don't have the ability to tell someone not to do their job," she said.

     Selectman Michael Shepard said, "The timing is unfortunate because of the economic situation.

     "We haven't seen anything like it."

     Selectman RJ Dourney said that he got multiple calls about a sign on the end of Wilson Street, and that is what brought the issue to his attention.

     Scott Richardson, President of the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce, suggested temporary sign permits.

     Mr. Kadlik later answered that there were no provisions for such signs.

     Attorney Doug Resnick argued the case for Renee Marino, Hopkinton's Jeweler, and for the owners of Curves, saying they have been up for years.

     "People have wondered whether Renee is still in business," he said.

     "I suggest the Board does have the power to suspend the imposition of fines until May. The exception is a state of [economic] emergency," Mr. Resnick said.

     Dale Danahy, President of Colella's said, "I appeal to you on behalf of the non-profits." Colella's has hosted a Christmas tree sale by the Lions for decades, heralded by a sign at the front of the building.

     Mr. Dourney said, "Somehow a bunch of folks in town think temporary signs are a panacea.

     "As a community we should shop in Hopkinton. Let's everyone encourage everyone to shop in town," he said, suggesting that that could help sluggish sales.

     "I take issue that we're going to fix everything with a sign bylaw.

     "Shop in Hopkinton," Mr. Dourney concluded.

     Speaking to fellow Board members, Chairman Herr said, "Is anyone interested in speaking with Town Counsel about suspending the fines until May?"

      No one offered a motion.

      A group of business owners will be meeting at Ciao Time on Tuesday, December 2 at 4:00 pm to discuss the next move.   


November 25 , 2008 — There was definitely a fog alert on Ice House Pond this afternoon as the white stuff rolled across the top of the water.

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Raindrops Keep Fallin...

November 25, 2008 — These raindrops were stopped in time with a high ISO equivalent and a high shutter speed on Hopkinton Reservoir this afternoon on a day without much color.

If you don't eat breakfast at the Golden Spoon, you aren't eating breakfast.

Are you checking out Colella's weekly specials!

They are updated on the website every week.

 Downtown Stroll


Second Annual

Powder Puff Game

Rescheduled due to rain

for Tuesday, December 2nd

7:00 pm

Varsity Football Field


November 25, 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

Hopkinton Wine & Spirits Presents

Thanksgiving Wines Tasting

Wednesday, November 26th

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Artistic Gifts

 Downtown Stroll

Hopkinton Fire & Police Departments Announce Child Safety Seat Check Point on December 6 10am-2pm at Fire Department


The Hopkinton Fire and Police Departments are offering an infant and booster Child safety check point on December 6, 2008 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm @ the Hopkinton Fire Department located at 73 Main Street. The check point is free and all we ask is that you bring your child's car seat and vehicle owners manuals. This Check point will probably take between 10-30 minutes depending on the results of your inspection. For more information on Child safety go to, or

 Services for the Home


Help wanted


Call Rob at Cornell's


 Downtown Stroll


Hopkinton Police Association

Annual Senior Christmas Dinner


December 6th 4:00 pm

At Hopkinton Senior Center


RSVP to the Senior Center


If you don't eat breakfast at the Golden Spoon, you aren't eating breakfast.

Are you checking out Colella's weekly specials!

They are updated on the website every week.

Scouts and Lions Present:

Annual Christmas Tree Sale

 Starting November 25th

 Colellas Parking Lot

 Hours of Operation

Monday thru Thursday            4-8pm

  Friday                                        4-9pm

Saturday                               8am-8pm

Sunday                                  8am-6pm

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Natural History Evening Programs at the Hopkinton MetroWest YMCA


Taking Better Pictures Outdoors

Thursday, Dec. 11th, 2008, 7 – 9 PM


Join Mass Audubon naturalist and photographer Bob Speare for this evening workshop designed to help you make the most of your digital camera.  Topics covered will include white balance, exposure, depth of field, and compositional elements, all with the aim of helping you enhance your nature photography skills. 


A working knowledge of your digital camera is all that’s required to attend.  Please bring your digital camera along with a fully charged battery and your user’s manual. Recommended for ages 15 and up.

Pre-registration recommended. $5 per person for Y members; $7 per non-member. For more info or to register, call 508-435-9345 x12; or email:

Fire on Hayden Rowe

November 24, 2008 — Firefighters reported that the brush fire behind some homes across from the CAA Building on Hayden Rowe Street was  knocked down at 7:49 pm, less than 15 minutes after receiving the call. Above, a firefighter awaits water pressure.

Artistic Gifts

Trash Pickup This Holiday Week


Mon-Wed: Regular pickup.

Thursday: No pickup.

Friday: Picking up Thursday trash.

Saturday: Picking up Friday trash.


Note: White metal day is the last Saturday of every month.

 Services for the Home

Crop Circles?

November 24, 2008 — No, these are neither crop circles nor alien hieroglyphics.  They are designs made by moving water hitting against the banks of the Sudbury River and freezing. For proper scale, edges of leaves trapped under the ice can be seen on the right side.

Mutual Aid to Ashland

November 24, 2008 — Firefighters and equipment from Hopkinton and Southborough poured into Carl Ghilani Circle in Ashland for mutual aid at a dwelling fire. According to Public Information Officer David Iarussi, the residents of the home had evacuated by the time fire companies arrived.

      Officer Iarussi said that all that was visible coming from the dwelling was smoke, and that the fire was still being investigated. As more than a dozen firefighters stood outside at the ready, others were still investigating the source of the fire and could be seen in all rooms of upper levels.

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Youth Drinking is Unwelcome Side effect of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Eve is busiest drinking night of entire year

November 24, 2008 — When people think of Thanksgiving, turkey, football games and getting together with family usually come to mind. But what also happens at Thanksgiving is an excess of youth drinking. Officer Phil Powers, Hopkinton’s school resource officer, said that in his 21 years on the police force he has found that the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving is the busiest drinking night of the year for youth. It’s busier than New Years Eve or graduation. And the problem is both with underage drinkers, many home from college for the first time, and with young legal drinkers in their twenties who are getting together with old high school friends and end up drinking to excess. Unfortunately, in too many cases these young people also get in a car and drive.


As parents, we all want to keep our kids safe. So what can you do?

For kids under 21, have a conversation with them about your expectations about drinking; be clear that the law is no drinking until 21 and that you expect that they will follow it. This is critically important for kids who are coming home from college where there may be a different level of tolerance for underage drinking. Know where they are going and be there to check in with them when they get home. And never provide alcohol to anyone under 21, it’s against the law.


For kids over 21, talk to them about responsible drinking and the dangers of drinking till you are intoxicated when poor decisions are made about everything from driving to sexual activity. Reinforce the importance of identifying a designated driver before anyone starts drinking. Be sure they understand that it is illegal to buy liquor for anyone under 21 and that they can be criminally and civilly prosecuted if a problem occurs.


For all kids, let them know that if they encounter a problem and can’t get home safely, then you are always willing to come get them. Traffic crashes are the number one killer of teens and over one third of teen traffic deaths are alcohol related. Be a positive role model in your own use of alcohol. Kids listen to what you say but they also are influenced strongly by how you behave.


To help bring awareness to this problem, the beFREE! Project held a Sticker Shock campaign this past Wednesday in two retails stores, Colellas Supermarket and Hopkinton Wine and Spirits. BeFREE! youth with adult chaperones placed stickers on multi-packs of beer, wine coolers, and other alcoholic beverages that appeal to young drinkers. The stickers read “Hey You!! It is illegal to provide alcohol to people under 21!” Preventing underage drinking is everyone’s responsibility and we need to work together to reduce underage access to alcohol and to teach young adults over 21 how to drink responsibly, if they choose to drink. File photo.

Studies show that talking to your kids about alcohol does make a difference in their behavior. So take a few minutes before this holiday to let your kids know your expectations, even if you have said it before. They need a reminder.


-Jane Roche, Co-Coordinator, "be FREE!"

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Looking for a Place to Eat on Thanksgiving?

The price is right!

November 24, 2008 — The Woodville Rod and Gun Club will be putting on their super Thanksgiving feed again this year, and everyone is invited. The staff will be roasting and deep-frying turkeys, one after another, and mixing up their great mashed potatoes, gravy and vegetables, as well as desserts, and it's all for the asking, between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm on Thursday.

Police News UP-TO-DATE  <---More

November 24, 2008



1:25 pm A resident reported theft of a four wheel all terrain vehicle, which was worth over $250...


9:01 pm A caller reported hearing noises which resembled gunshots in the area of Greystone Lane...


8:44 am A caller from Wilson Street reported that his car was vandalized with salad dressing...


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for,  November 24, 2008






Address Buyer Price Date Seller
48 Connelly Hill Road Joseph C. Miller & Marlena S. Miller $1,087,000 Nov.  21, 2008 Connelly LLC
23 Overlook Road Michael J. Morrissey & Amy E. Morrissey $1,020,000 Nov.  21, 2008 Naren R. Ramakrishna & Nandini N.
44 Church Street James M. Klocek & Brittany Evans $342,500 Nov.  21, 2008 Joel Campagna & Kristen D. Layton-
71 Winter Street Debra K. Todisco & Michael P. Todisco $37,500 Nov.  17, 2008 Stephen J. Miller & Irving C. Miller Jr.
Last Week:        
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
Previous Week:        
7 John Matthew Road Kenneth Clark Swartzel & Pamela C. Swartzel $900,000 Nov.  04, 2008 Michael D. MacDonald & Mary C. MacDonald


Sponsored by the Hopkinton Police and the beFREE Coalition*

Be Safe Question of the Day

Q. On which tests did adolescent drinkers score worse than non-users??

a)  Vocabulary

b)  Visual-spatial

c)  Memory

d) "All of the above" is the correct answer. In addition, they were more likely to experience social problems, depression, suicidal thoughts and violence

* From the Hopkinton Youth Risk Behavior Survey 

 Services for the Home

Grant from HEF Improves Learning Environment

Elmwood classrooms benefit


November 23, 2008 — Anyone who ever had trouble hearing a teacher in a classroom — whether too loudly or not loudly enough — would fully appreciate the grant of six amplification devices given to Elmwood School by the HEF (Hopkinton Education Foundation).

     Originally meant for those with hearing difficulties, the amplification system from LightspeedTek helps students turn their attention more quickly to the teacher. The teacher is equipped with a necklace-like microphone that transmits wirelessly to a receiver and then amplified through a specially engineered speaker.

     The system, which is matched to the size of individual rooms, amplifies clean sound in an omnidirectional pattern so that students near the teacher, and students in the furthest space in the room, receive a like volume of sound. The system depresses background noise and projects voices as well.

     "It sounds like surround sound," said teacher Barbara Puglisi. "It gets the kids' attention more easily and saves your voice," she said, as she activated the device and called to the furthest table to prove her point. Then she turned it off, and said that she could have a private conversation, too.

      Assistant Principal Michael Giurlando said, "It has been a positive working tool for the kids."

      Elmwood Principal Ilene Silver said, "We love the HEF!" Mrs. silver said that individual students with need for hearing assistance can receive the signal individually.

     "When someone needs one, we absolutely provide it for them," she said.

     She said the request to the HEF was for three units, but they were so impressed, that they provided six.

      When asked if all of the classrooms would receive the devices, Mrs. Silver said that they would not.

      "We have more pressing needs," she said.


File photo from last Friday's Community Reading Day.

Artistic Gifts

ZAC Trims Proposed Hotel District

November  23, 2008 — The Zoning Advisor Committee met last week in the cramped confines of Room 216, leaving some interested attendees listening from the hallway outside.

       The Committee was meeting for a second time to consider five separate tracts of land to place a Hotel Zoning Overlay District onto.

       The tracts are: one on the industrial area of Elmwood, adjacent to the highway and owned by Finley Perry; one owned by Bill Terry on the southern parcel of his property near Lumber Street; one owned by Chuck Joseph and Peter Markarian at South and West Main Streets; one on the western side of Lumber Street adjacent to the highway which has multiple owners; and one long tract on the eastern side of South Street.

      The group nixed the Terry property, with one member saying that Mr. Terry did not show much enthusiasm for the idea. The property had been studied by Erikson Retirement Communities, who decided that there was not enough contiguous dry land for their type of community.

       Malcolm Page, representing the 100-member Lake Maspenock Preservation association, argued against people pulling out of the residential Hayward Street neighborhood, and having to look at a hotel complex. Currently that property is an equipment rental company that was originally screened with large arborvitae. Some ZAC members recommended not including that property.

       In addition, Mr. Page said the association agreed to favor the Joseph/Markarian project, because they were told there would be services for the nearby neighborhood. He said he is in favor of keeping it that way.

        The argument in favor of the zoning overlay is that it will increase tax revenue and provide services, such as meeting facilities.

        Those opposed bring up quality of life issues, including traffic and aesthetics.

        The current zoning of the parcels under consideration, some commercial, some business, would remain as they are unless the use is changed.

        The majority of the Committee is currently in favor of the district, but they have not word-smithed the language or voted officially.

        If they were to vote officially and pass it on to the Planning Board, the Board would need to write an Article for the Town Meeting Warrant in May.

        Town Meeting would have to pass it by a two-thirds majority for it to take effect.

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Algae Bloom

November 23, 2008 — Last week the algae was in full bloom at Hopkinton Reservoir as evidenced above by the thick, sea-green color of the water at the shore, and the splashed rocks and cement adjacent to it that became more slippery than ice.

     According to park supervisor, Richard Trubiano, the yearly temperature inversion causes the algae to surface. But this year, he said, it was worse due to the heavy rains washing nutrients into the water.

     When asked if the heavy bloom could cause any problems, he said, "Not this kind of algae."

Succulent, Juicy Black Angus Burgers at Cornell's

Does sweet and juicy crabmeat float on asparagus soup?

It does at Sauce on Main!

Anatomy of a Scam - A Tale of Seven Cities

Know your buyer

by Elizabeth Eidlitz
November 23, 2008 —, a variety of worldwide free classifieds and forums, cautions us "to avoid 99% of scam attempts by dealing locally with folks you can meet in person.”

But when that’s impossible, what do you do? 

Beware of email addresses that include “Dr.” “Rev.” or similar honorifics, and always search the name online.  expressed interest in the washer/dryer I recently advertised for $899. Google recognized not only the head of the radiology dept. at a British hospital, but “DR JEREMY LAWRANCE: a known rental scam artist,” who probably stole the first one’s identity.

More elusive, Anthony Williams emailed me: “is this washer/dryer still available? My sister will be moving into her new home. I’d love her to have this item, besides her birthday is around the corner.” He’d make an instant purchase and needed my name, address and phone number.

“…i dont mind adding an extra $50 for you to take the advert down from Criags list ...I …will be paying via company certified cashier cheque… over night payment due to distance. I am located in Ohio but currently on a business trip to the UK. I just want to purchase the item for her as a surprise birthday present. I would also like to pay a.s.a.p. I will be sending my mover to come pick up the item. but i hope that it is still in a very good condition. Bye.”

Then Anthony shared “a little problem .i don’t know if you can solve it for me elizabeth, my secretary made a mistake with the payment thing. she mistakened your own payment for another client. i was mad at her, but i later discovered that she was having some family problems, you know how devastating that could be. i will need you to help me wire the excess funds once the cheque is received and cashed via western union to my mover to facilitate his coming for the pick up, alright? You can take for yourself an extra $50 for this inconvenience.”

His check for $1850 (I was to send $851 to his mover) was drawn on a Philadelphia branch of Commerce Bank by Ride Safely, Inc., a motorcycle dealer. The account number and routing numbers proved valid. But the signature, though undecipherable, was definitely not Anthony Williams’ and it arrived in an international UPS express envelope from a non-existent furniture store in Flagstaff, AZ.

I took the check to my bank. The manager noted the absence of any perforated edges. Holding it to the light, she saw no embedded security features. If you try cashing a fake check, you’ll be charged $50 when it bounces, so don’t. Instead, I scanned a copy of it for the fraud department of Commerce Bank.

Meanwhile, Anthony instructed: “send the rest of the funds via western union to my movers to facilitate his coming for the pick up of the item, okay? the cost of wiring the funds will also be deducted from the funds not from your own purse.”

His mover, who lives in Dallas, TX. , is recognized by U.S. People Search. But according to Information, he has no phone.

Anthony dodged my request for his Ohio home address, but provided a phone number and “business” address in London. The zip code and street exist.

Though not a distinguished speller, Anthony anglicized “check” (cheque) and used “advert,” so I suspect that he’s British and lives in England.

The Massachusetts FBI explained that they couldn’t prosecute someone who is out of the country--one reason so many scams (like the famous Nigerian advanced fee fraud--originate in the UK and Canada.

But they accept complaints at Internet Crime Complaint Center: <  > as does Craigslist’s <>

When I’m in England in January, I could see if the British police are interested in this fellow’s scam. If I’m feeling brave, I might even ring Anthony’s doorbell in London.

Meanwhile, I lock my door at night in Concord.


To reach Elizabeth Eidlitz, a former longtime Hopkinton resident, e-mail her at .

 Interactive Content

The Time Machine Starts Here 

A YouTube performer takes the technology one step further in this INTERACTIVE video above.


November 22, 2008 — Alyssa Carbone, left, and Beth Kistner converted a lemonade stand into a hot apple cider stand today on the corner of Elm and West Main, during a brisk, unseasonal fall day, to benefit Project Just Because.  

Succulent, Juicy Black Angus Burgers at Cornell's

Does sweet and juicy crabmeat float on asparagus soup?

It does at Sauce on Main!

Additional $2 Trillion for Banks? 

Jeff Glor reports, below

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HOPKINTON, MA (November 22, 2008) – In times like this it is more important than ever to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Bring the family to St. Paul’s Nativity Display on Saturday, December 6 and view many different depictions of the story of Christ’s birth. Unique crèche sets from all over the world will be featured at the display, which will take place at St. Paul’s Parish Hall at 61 Wood Street (Route 135) in Hopkinton. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will also be a mini-craft fair accompanying the display. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.


St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is called to be an embracing, nourishing and life-giving family in Christ. St. Paul’s members believe they are called to care for each other, for the community and for the world. For more information call 508-435-4536 or visit St. Paul’s website at  File photo of a creche.

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Hopkinton High School Drama Ensemble Presents

Saturday, November 22 at 7 pm

Sunday, November 23 at 2 pm


Tickets $10 for Adults $8 for Students and Seniors

Available at the Door

Middle School Auditorium

The Talk of the Country:

Automakers Ask For Bailout

Political cartoon by Ashley T. M. Jackson.

 Downtown Stroll : Artists Ash Jackson and Andrew Richardson will be drawing caricatures at Hopkinton Drug on Dec 6 and Dec 7 between 1:30pm 'till 3:30 pm

HSC focuses on Testing and Transportation

For Hopkinton Schools

By Jessica Aker

November 22, 2008- The Hopkinton School Committee (HSC) met Thursday to discuss 12 agenda items including an assessment of last years Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) results and revisions in transportation policy. HSC members Dave Stoldt and Richard de Mont were not present for the meeting.


Dr. Mary Colombo was pleased to highlight the overall improvement in Hopkinton students MCAS results from last spring. Math scores rose in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, and 10th grades. ELA scored improved in grades 7 through 10 with 28% of students at a more advanced level in grade 10. Science and Technology scores rose in grades 5 and 8. 10th grade students were required to take the Science and Technology assessments for the first time last year, and the results for Hopkinton 10th graders were exceptional. Hopkinton and schools and the district met the Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) goals.


“We want the students to reach the 80% benchmark, but we are always happy to see them go beyond that” said Columbo. She commented, “Students who move through more grades” seem to enhance their academic performance greatly.


Due to the rise in scores, the Hopkinton School District acquired Title I funds from the State of Massachusetts. The money will go towards supplemental educational services that parents can access outside of the school district, tutoring through the schools, and professional development. The State of Massachusetts requires each school district that is awarded Title I funds to use 10% of the money for staff development. The state also provides access to a free program, COGNOS, which contains data about MCAS tests from 2002 until the present. READ MORE...

One Injured in Two-Car Accident

November 21, 2008 — The driver of the sporty coupe above was transported to  Milford Hospital after complaining of chest pains from hitting the steering wheel following a collision with a second vehicle. It happened around 7:00 pm this evening on Hayden Street, just south of Chamberlain Street. The damage on this coupe, that was up against a damaged mailbox, was mostly on one side, whereas the damage on the second vehicle was largely on the front, activating the air bags. Both vehicles were facing in the same direction, and on the sidewalk, following the accident. The Audi's airbags did not activate.

      The driver of the second vehicle refused treatment and was driven to a nearby residence.

Elmwood School Community Reading Day

Click the HopNews.TV icon to see a video of the class. 

Above, Pastor Michael Laurence of the First Congregational Church of Hopkinton reads to Miss Bagley's class at Elmwood School this morning. His animated behavior and funny stories had the students literally rolling on the floor, laughing.


November 21, 2008 — A proud Ilene Silver, Elmwood School Principal, matched up twenty-three classes and teachers with twenty-three community members, who read to their students for the sixteenth year in a row.

       Principal Silver said the idea came from former Center School Principal, Tom Argir, with whom she worked at Center School.

         When asked the difference this has made, Mrs. Silver said, "I can't Say a half-hour can make a noticeable difference, but it's important for the children to see the community members and for the community members to see what is going on in the classrooms. We are always very proud to show what takes place at Elmwood and to share it with the greater community."

Succulent, Juicy Black Angus Burgers at Cornell's

Does sweet and juicy crabmeat float on asparagus soup?

It does at Sauce on Main!


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