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Middlesex Savings Bank and Strata Bank Announce Merger

Strata brand to be merged ~ no jobs eliminated

December 8, 2008 — NATICK, Mass. and MEDWAY, Mass., Dec.8/PRNewswire -- Middlesex Savings Bank, Service Bancorp, MHC, Service Bancorp, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: SERC), and Strata Bank announced today the signing of an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the "Agreement"), under which Strata Bank will be merged into Middlesex Savings Bank.


John R. Heerwagen, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Middlesex Savings Bank, said: "Strata Bank has served its customers and communities well for over 135 years. It has built an outstanding franchise and earned a terrific reputation for customer service and community commitment. We look forward to building upon that tradition and bringing greater convenience not only to Strata customers but to the customers of Middlesex as well."  (Note: a tip of the HopNews Hat to Ed Thompson, News Director at WMRC Radio, for the lead on  this story. Thanks, Ed!)


Edward A. Hjerpe, III, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Service Bancorp, Inc. and Strata Bank, said: "Middlesex is a great community bank, and Strata Bank is proud to partner with them. The merger is a natural combination of both franchises. It will give Strata customers the convenience of continuing to bank in their current communities, as well as access to many more branches and ATMs. In addition, our customers will gain access to even more competitive products and services. As part of the transaction, Strata will re-mutualize, returning to our roots as a mutual bank, and simultaneously team with one of the largest and strongest mutual banks in the state." READ MORE...

Police News UP-TO-DATE  <---More

December 8, 2008


1:49 pm A female caller reported that an older model gray pickup truck, with loud exhaust, ran her off of the road on Front Street while she was running...


3:37 pm A 911 caller reported that a hunter discharged his weapon on South Mill Street and believed that he may have been too close to houses...


3:44 am A 911 caller reported that a Mini Palomino Horse was walking down Clinton Street....


7:40 pm A 911 caller reported that they heard two men screaming in the area of Connelly Hill.  The caller stated that they were threatening to kill each other... 


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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for,  December 8, 2008






Address Buyer Price Date Seller
10 West Elm Street Jason Molfetas & Laura M. Molfetas $575,000 Dec.  05, 2008 Edward C. Davis & Derek Davis, Trustees
of Nala Realty Trust
206 Wood Street Christine M. Mastrogianis $195,000 Dec.  05, 2008 James D. Mehigan
19 Smith Road Philip D. Miller Jr. & Holly B. Miller $820,000 Dec.  03, 2008 Maria M. Dwyer
Last Week:        
26 Trevor Lane unit 15 Betsy Stechler $560,000 Nov.  25, 2008 Maillet & Son LLC
Previous Week:        
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.


Girls Earn Black Belts


December 8, 2008 — Sixth graders, Gabrielle (L) and Madeline (R) Boyce, received their 1st degree black belts on Saturday, December 6. They started karate as an after-school program when they were at the Center School and continued on with Villari's Self Defense Center of Holliston. About one out of 400 people make it to black belt.

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Hopkinton Seniors Feted by Police Association

Above, carolers from Enter Stage Left drop in on the seniors on Saturday.

December 8, 2008 — On Saturday, the Hopkinton Police Patrolmen's Association played host to about 200 Hopkinton Senior Citizens at the Senior Center, serving them dinner and handing out raffle prizes, with Patrolman Patrick O'Brien as the Master of Ceremonies.

        "The seniors love knowing the police care about them," said Sally Almy, Assistant Director of the Council on Aging.

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Fatal Crash on Route 95 Attleboro

Driver not wearing seatbelt, ejected


December 8, 2008 — Yesterday, at approximately 10:14 p.m. Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Foxboro responded to a One-vehicle crash on the ramp from Route 95 Northbound at exit 3, Route 123 in Attleboro, which resulted in one fatality.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Thomas J. Hannon Jr. indicates that 58 year old Daniel Pare from Attleboro was operating his 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe on the ramp and lost control. Pare, sole occupant not wearing his seatbelt, was ejected onto the roadway.  The vehicle continued rolling to the left and came to rest in the grassy ramp divider. Pare suffered serious injuries as a result and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 


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. Attleboro Police and Fire Departments, Mass Highway and the Medical Examiner’s Office assisted Troopers at the scene.

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Jagged Edges

December 7, 2008 — A long lens catches a seagull on the edge of some thin ice on Lake Maspenock enjoying a recently acquired morsel. A wooden bench, reminiscent of a recently past season, stands sentinel over the exposed rocks, many of which usually lurk beneath the surface when the lake is at full capacity, posing a danger to the unknowing.

      The photo was taken with a long lens from the small boat launch on the West Main Street Causeway, and then enlarged even further through digital imaging.

Former Hopkinton Selectman Dies Following Surgery


December 7, 2008 — Orleans Selectman John Hinckley Jr., who served for years as Hopkinton Selectman and as a Hopkinton Youth Commission member, died last night following heart surgery at Cape Cod Hospital, according to the Cape Cod Times' online news site.

      Mr. Hinckley, a diabetic, served as a medic in the Navy, where he met his wife, Jane. Although a longtime Hopkinton resident, several years ago, he and Jane returned to his family's home in Orleans, from where he served as Town Manager for Wellfleet for several years before being elected Selectman for several terms in his home town.

      According to information on the Town of Orleans website, Mr. Hinckley was a Selectman who served as Chairman of the Board of Selectmen last year, and had until 2011 for the expiration of his term.

      While living and serving in Hopkinton, Mr. Hinckley was known for being accessible and professional in his public life.

      While serving in Hopkinton when Hopkinton had a different political makeup, Mr. Hinckley once noted, "I'm actually a Republican, but when I first ran, you had to run as a Democrat to get elected."

      Arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Navy photo from collection of Hank Allessio.

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 LMPA Not Supportive of Rezoning Hopkinton Square for Hotel Overlay District


To The Editor:

You may have heard about a zoning change being evaluated which proposes the creation of a “Hotel Overlay District” in several areas of town. Two of the proposed sites are in the vicinity of the lake and could have environmental and/or quality of life implications. The Town of Hopkinton Zoning Advisory Committee has met several times to discuss the requirements and location of the overlay district. Members of the LMPA executive board have been attending these meetings and have provided input to that committee. The LMPA’s mission statement is to protect and monitor the lake and the surrounding area. For this reason the Executive board felt that it was appropriate to comment, as an organization, on only the two sites closest to the lake. A map outlining the 2 sites is attached.


The Hopkinton Square site (Corner of South St. and W. Main) was originally re-zoned to business at town meeting 2 years ago. Much of the support, from the lake area residents, for that change resulted from the promise of shops, restaurants and offices which would benefit the lake area neighborhood. If a hotel was built on this site these hoped for conveniences would be lost. In addition, there is no other land in the lake area, with appropriate zoning, where those types of businesses and services could be placed. FULL LETTER

Where's Rudolph?

Above, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at the Common last night for the festivities, which were capped off with the lighting of the tree. Choose a thumbnail below for a larger photo. 

Holiday Stroll 2008



See some scenes on YouTube, above, of the Hopkinton Holiday Stroll 2008. Or, choose to see a higher quality on http://www.HopNews.TV/

Did merchants display signs in violation of recent warnings? See for yourself!

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Women's Tea at FCC

December 6, 2008 — Hundreds of First Congregational Church of Hopkinton Women met in the main Worship Center to treat themselves to a multi-course tea, as well as entertainment, speakers and prayer.

    There were some men among the women, but they were serving the food.

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Car Seat Safety Day

Above, Lt. Patrick Gross looks over the proper car seat installation with a volunteer from Holliston.


December 6, 2008 — The group of firefighters and police worked at the Hopkinton Fire Station today and assisted close to twenty residents, most of whom did not have their seats installed correctly, were using a recalled seat, or had an expired seat. Only one seat was installed correctly, according to Lt. Gross.

     They replaced three seats as part of the program.

Eleanor Mae "Ellie" Thompson, 81


Eleanor Mae "Ellie" Thompson, 81, of Hopkinton, died Monday, December 1, 2008 at the MetroWest Medical Center after an illness. Ellie will be fondly remembered by her close friends and neighbors.

Eleanor was born in Northbridge, MA in 1927, daughter of Rae and Harry Thompson. She spent most of her youth in Westbrook, Maine and received a BA in English from the University of Maine in Orono. She went on to obtain a Masters Degree in Guidance Counseling from Boston University and did advanced degree work at the University of Colorado. A Guidance Counselor in the Framingham school system for many years, Ellie enjoyed helping others, especially young people, and often volunteered at the Hopkinton schools. Arrangements complete

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Don't Feed the Mule (or the donkey)

December 6, 2008 — It looks a little bit too much like a menagerie of sorts on C Street. The mule, left, was once employed at Weston Nurseries and is enjoying his retirement here.

5 Sculptors Opening Reception

Above, posing with Michael Alfano's mirthful "Diamond," are from left, Joel Tro, Jeff Butler, Michael Alfano, Cecelia Delgaudio and William Moser.


December 6, 2008 — Last evening, five sculptors opened their joint show at the CAA Building on Hayden Rowe Street with displays of their work. The show will be displayed until January 5, 2009.

     "Hopkinton has never seen five world-class sculptors in a show right here at the CAA," said Michael Alfano.


     Below, some of the work of sculptor Jeff Butler.

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Vehicle Off the Road

December 5, 2008 — The operator of this van went off the road, sideswiped a telephone pole, and landed in a ditch, immobilized with a flat tire. He was placed into custody after refusing treatment and submitting to sobriety testing.

Community Covenant Church of Hopkinton

2 West Elm Street (West Main & South Street,  just west of 495, 21b exit)


File photo of groundbreaking of Community Covenant Church two years ago.

December 5, 2008 — Whether you are exploring the Christian faith or seeking a loving family of faith to join with you in your journey, we welcome you to our 10:00 am Sunday Worship service. Children 6th grade and younger are dismissed early for Sunday School. Call 508-435-3723 with any questions.

Special Christmas Events:

Dec. 6th Live Nativity (5-8pm)

Dec. 13th Christmas Pageant & Dinner (1-5 pm)

December 24th Family Christmas Eve Service (4–5 pm)

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Thanksgiving Dinner

December 5, 2008 We served a bit over 120 this year (this includes all the help also, about 100 not including them), we had 25 take outs. Some even went to shut in's in Marlboro. We'd like to thank everyone who donated to this event, Roche Bros, Chef Louie's at Staples, Tom Desmond of Framingham, George Payson, and the senior center. Also if we could thank everyone who contributed their time and everyone who donated baked goods. Karen Remillard, Woodville R&G Club.

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Hillers Past, Present and Future – Holiday Wish List: The Top 10


Dear Santa,

Now that fall sports are over, here’s what every Hiller in Hopkinton is wishing for this holiday season:

1. Hillers grey sweatshirt

2. Hillers duffle bag

3. Hillers stadium blanket

4. Hiller coffee mug

5. Hillers winter hat

6. Hillers baseball cap in bright pink!

7. Hillers athletic T-shirt (only $10!)

8. Hillers beach towel (green or white!)

9. Hillers water bottle

10. Membership in the Hopkinton Boosters club (Pick up a form in the store today or download from the high school web site – tax deductible!)


And here’s a hint that will save you and your crew time and money! You can visit the High School Boosters store today for all your Hopkinton Hillers gear. Prices are reasonable and supplies are plentiful. The store is open everyday during lunch, as well as extended hours during the upcoming Boys and Girls Indoor Varsity Track meets, Saturdays, December 13 and 20, (9 a.m. to noon), and during the week of December 15, special hours, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit Hopkinton athletics.

Thank you and happy holidays,

Hopkinton Hillers – Past, Present and Future


Warm and cozy stadium blankets are among the unique gift items available at the Hopkinton High School Boosters store.

The Red R

December 5, 2008  — A two-car motor vehicle accident on Main Street ended with no one needing medical attention. The inset shows a section of a another vehicle displaying red "R" in the middle of its inspection sticker (inset), which means, according to Charlie Miller of Lumber Street Auto, that the vehicle should not be driven.

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High and Dry

December 5, 2008 — DPW Director JT Gaucher and Facilities Director Brian Main oversee the work of Barrows Contractors of Upton as they uncover the gas line in front of Town Hall.

     The apron in front of the structure needs to be rebuilt, and new drainage installed, to keep the basement of the building from taking on rain water. In addition, a new landscape plan has been budgeted, and is expected to be implemented to finish off the job.


An original musical by Mary Scarlata Rowe

Opens TONIGHT December 5th at 7pm.

30 Main Street

Perfect for the entire family.

Christmas Caroling, Tree Trimming, Wassailing, and Santa Claus... Ever wonder how these holiday traditions began? Join us for our fun-filled family musical and discover the diverse origins of our country's favorite holiday customs.  After the show, enjoy refreshments and a holiday sing along with members of the cast!

Show continues on the 6th, 12th and 13th at 7pm and Sunday the 7th at 2pm

Adults $15, Seniors and Students $12

For tickets call 508 435-2114 or visit us online

SPECIAL FAMILY PASS: Bring up to 5 family members for $40


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 Middlesex County Crime


Limone And Three Others Arrested, 16 More Indicted In Connection With Organized Crime Activities


140 Total Indictments Allege Illegal Bookmaking, Loan-Sharking, And Extortion Crimes


WOBURNFour men have been arrested and 16 others indicted in connection with their involvement in two separate organized crime organizations, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today. The defendants are alleged to have derived hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal proceeds by their involvement in illegal bookmaking operations, with members of the first organization engaging in crimes including loan-sharking and extortion.

Peter Limone, 74, of Medford was arrested at his home in Medford at approximately 4 p.m. today. Limone is accused of heading an illegal gaming organization that spans the Greater Boston area. Other members of Limone’s organization arrested today were:

·        Thomas Palladino, 75, of Malden

·        Joseph DiPrizio, 50, of Florida

·        Anthony Squillante, 73, of Boston.

 All four arrested defendants are scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning in Woburn Superior Court.

 “We allege that Mr. Limone headed an extensive organized crime ring, engaging in crimes of illegal gaming, extortion, and loan-sharking throughout Greater Boston,” District Attorney Leone (File photo) said. “These kinds of operations are at the root of many crimes that corrupt the integrity of our communities and undermine public safety, and we believe that these indictments should greatly deter those illegal activities. Today’s actions are the result of an extensive investigation by the Massachusetts State Police Special Services Section and attorneys in our PACT Unit, and I want to thank all of them for their outstanding work. Our investigation continues into these crimes and the scope of these organizations.”

The investigation, conducted by Massachusetts State Police Special Services Division and attorneys from the Middlesex District Attorney’s PACT Unit, uncovered activities associated with two crime rings – one headed by Limone and the other headed by Steven Contrada, 54, of Wilmington.  

In the Limone organization, it is alleged that numerous “agents” utilized the organization to make layoff bets for customers. The Limone organization was highly structured.  



Hopkinton to join thousands of communities across America


Please join the Hopkinton Veteran’s Celebration Committee on Sunday, December 7, 2008, the 67th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, as we join thousands of communities across America for a remembrance ceremony at the Senior Center in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. The Committee is hosting a “Sunday Taps Vigil” starting at 7:00 p.m. The ceremony will consist of a short tribute to American soldiers, veterans and their families and is expected to last 15 minutes. The ceremony will include the sounding of the 24 hauntingly beautiful notes of “Taps”.


“Taps” traditionally serves two important purposes. At military outposts around the world it is played in the evening to signal the time for quiet, rest and reflection after a day of duty. It is also mandated by the Department of Defense to be sounded live by a bugler, if possible, at the funeral of each and every American veteran as a final tribute to that individual veteran’s honorable time of service to his or her country. An average of over 1,600 American veterans are laid to rest each day.


Hopkinton has held this ceremony, on the first Sunday of each month, since it was initiated in March 2004 by the national non-profit organization Bugles Across America. Since the ceremony was first proposed, over 1,500 communities across America, as well as in Canada and several other countries, now participate.  File photo of Mike McCann

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Elders Need Help Shoveling and Cleaning Cars


We often tell ourselves we’d love to do something worthwhile for others, if only we knew what it was or if only we knew there was a need. Well, there’s an opportunity to help right here in Hopkinton during the winter months.


For some of our senior citizens living at the Hopkinton Housing Authority (subsidized housing for the elderly located on Davis Road, behind the Police Station), these are especially tough months. Many elderly residents have cars and rely on them to get out and about and wish to keep their cars on the road for as long as is safely possible. The parking at the Housing Authority is ample enough, it’s just that the parking spots are not covered. So, when a snowstorm is over and the road and walkways have been cleared, residents are required to clean off their vehicle and move it to a designated spot on the Housing Authority grounds so the parking areas can be plowed. Many of these residents do not have family in the area on whom they can call to perform this very exhausting task, especially if they’re in their 70’s or 80’s. It would be wonderful if we could have a name (family or individual) and tele number to give to each resident who needs assistance with cleaning off their vehicle to call upon to see if someone can come to give them a hand with this task. For a younger person, this might take 15 minutes to half an hour, depending on the size of the storm. For an elderly person, it might take 45 minutes or longer if they need to stop frequently for rests.


So, here’s your opportunity, fellow Hopkinton residents. Please contact me if you’d like to be one of the volunteers who can “do a good deed” right here in town this winter by helping our elderly residents at the Hopkinton Housing Authority in this manner. Believe me, they will be most appreciative. We will coordinate this effort and assign volunteers to a particular elder in need. Consider this the gift that keeps on giving!

~ Hopkinton Housing Authhority Board of Commissioners


Contact: Donna McGuire at 508-435-5542 or

If you cannot commit to an individual resident, perhaps you can help by driving to the HHA after a snowstorm to help clean off cars or shovel behind a vehicle so elderly residents can move their cars. Thank you!

HEF Winter Gala 2009 Saturday, February 7, 2009 6:30 pm

 Lake View Pavilion, Foxborough, Massachusetts (just off Route 1, before Gillette Stadium)

 Sit-down Dinner back by popular demand, Tables of 10 or 12, Select-A-Prize Raffle,

Live Auction, Game Room sponsored by Hallmark Sotheby's International Realty

Live Entertainment


 9-11 am in the Hopkinton High School Lobby

 11-4 pm at the offices of Hallmark Sotheby's International Realty

(11 Grove Street, Hopkinton across from Colella's)

 4-5 pm at the Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Town Common

 Cost $85 per person

 Tickets my be purchased for singles, couples, partial or full tables

 For more information regarding ticket sales, contact Libby Skiba at (508) 497-9465

Accommodations are available at the following area hotels:

Courtyard by Marriott Foxborough

(508) 543-5222

Residence Inn by Marriott Foxborough
(508) 698-2800

 For more information about HEF and the grants currently being implemented in all of the Hopkinton Schools, visit

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Fire Dept. vs. Special Olympics

Hopkinton Fire Dept held their 1st bowling event with the Special Olympic Athletes on Dec. 1 at Pinz in Milford.  It was a huge success & fun was had by all. Contributed content.

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 AG Coakley Offers Tweeter Customers Guidance


            BOSTON – December 4, 2008 — Today, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley issued the following statement after learning that electronics store Tweeter abruptly closed its doors earlier this week after filing for bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court in Delaware in early November.

      “Consumers who bought merchandise, gift certificates or warranties from Tweeter should file a Proof of Claim form with the Delaware Bankruptcy Court to try and recover their money. This form can be found online at Our office encourages consumers to contact our Consumer Hotline at (617) 727-8400 if they need assistance filling out these forms or to report any problems they have with Tweeter. Our office will continue to monitor this situation.”

       Due to the bankruptcy proceedings, the Attorney General’s Consumer Hotline cannot mediate consumer complaints.  Consumers should therefore file a Proof of Claim with the Delaware Bankruptcy Court.  Consumers are encouraged to fill out this form as soon as possible and have as much information about their product available when filling out the form. The case number to reference on the Proof of Claim form is: Tweeter OPCO, LLC 08-12646 (MFW).

Lose a P235/75 R15 from your Pickup Truck?

Found at Howe and Wilson Streets

Call George at 508-435-6210

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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

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Troop 1 Donates Tree

Hopkinton Troop 1 Scouts Andy Ryan, left, and Nick Bograd working on installing the holiday tree on the Hopkinton  Common.

 ~ Contributed Content.

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Junior Girls Over Senior Girls, 12-6 in Overtime

Above is the winning Powder Puff football team made up of Juniors, who won over the Seniors in overtime, 12-6. Photo by Susan Spiegel.

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Ann Patricia "Pat" (Fleming) Edwards, 84


HOPKINTON - Ann Patricia "Pat" (Fleming) Edwards, 84, of Hopkinton died on Dec. 2, 2008 at Milford Hospital surrounded by her family.

She was the beloved wife of Ralph G. Edwards, Sr. for 59 years. Born in Cambridge, she was the daughter of the last Dr. Patrick and Mary (Day) Fleming. She was predeceased by brothers, Edward, John, Joseph, Father Richard Maurus of Newport Abby, sisters Jane, Frances and Elizabeth Fleming.

Pat was graduate of Notre Dame Academy of Boston and was a medical secretary for doctors in Wellesley and Natick. She and her husband Ralph were snow birds, spending time in Florida in winters for many years after their retirement. They were avid fans of the Red Sox and Patriots. Her greatest joy was spending time with her  6 children, 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Arrangements complete.

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Not So Fast

Contract mandates 90 day notice for Chief Daugherty

File photo.


December 3, 2008 — Fire Chief Gary Daugherty was chosen by Framingham Selectmen as their choice to replace their current chief. However, Chief Daugherty was not available for comment today, when a reporter called on him at Town Hall.

      "I've not confirmed what the situation is," said Selectmen Chair Brian Herr this afternoon, in regard to whether or not Chief Daugherty, who is doubling as Interim Town Manager, will accept the Framingham offer.

       "I know we have a contract in place that prevents a hasty departure," he said, but then opened the door for an early departure.

      "We can certainly work things out so that there is a mutually beneficial transition," he added. "Framingham probably wants him today," he speculated.

       Mr. Herr said that at next Tuesday's Selectmen's meeting, if Chief Daugherty accepts the new position, the subject of a new Fire Chief will be on the agenda for 7:15 p.m., and the Town Manager discussion will take place at 8:00 p.m.

        "This is a great job for him — a larger community, more responsibilities. It is a great career move for him and it bodes well for Hopkinton that we've got talented people," Mr. Herr said.

        Treasurer/Collector Maureen Dwinnell, who was asked to throw her name in during the last Interim Town Manager discussion, was asked if she would consider applying again.

        "No one's asked me," she said with a chuckle.

        "I'm sure they'll find someone by then [Daugherty's departure]," she added.

        Hopkinton's Director of Human Resources, Maryrose DeGroot, said today that the job of Fire Chief in Hopkinton is a Strong Chief, who must be hired through the Board of Selectmen. 

        Section III of Mr. Daugherty's contract as Fire Chief states in part, "Should the chief desire to resign his position as Chief of the  Fire Department at any time prior to the expiration of the term thereof, he shall give the Board notice in writing, not less than 90 days prior to the date of such resignation of his intention to resign, in order to provide the Board with sufficient time to undertake a search for a replacement."

        Chief Daugherty's term is from July 1 to June 30 of the following year, but it is unclear as to the number of years left on the contract.       

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 Senior Moments


No Calendar Nazi Here!

Conforming behavior not necessary

by Nancy L. Drawe




December 3, 2008 — I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Have you had enough of turkey leftovers fixed in every way imaginable?  Turkey pot pie, turkey sandwiches, turkey casseroles, or maybe even turkey soup?  I haven’t had turkey soup in years, mostly because not many people I know like it, so they won’t make it.  I do, though!  I like any kind of soup, anytime of the day, whether it be for breakfast, lunch or supper.   In fact, this past week while out in Pittsburgh, I went to the Soup Man restaurant.  It’s a franchise started by Al Yeganeh, who owned the Original Soup Man restaurant in Manhattan.  In one episode of Seinfeld, he was portrayed as the Soup Nazi because of his strict rules when ordering soup.  His rules were:  Keep the line moving quickly, know which soup you want, have your money ready, ask no questions and move to the extreme left after getting your soup. If you didn’t follow these rules, he would say, “NO SOUP FOR YOU!”   I was good and obeyed the rules, but my friend Susan didn’t!  She got a wheat roll with her soup, so when she asked if he could give her a white roll instead, the cashier said, “NO SOUP FOR YOU!”  He pretended to take the tray away, but gave it back to her (with a white roll). I was dying laughing, it was so funny!  The soup was pretty good (and pretty expensive), so I say, bring on the homemade turkey soup made from leftover Thanksgiving turkey!


Now, for a VERY IMPORTANT announcement!  The brand new, hot off the press, first time ever available, 2009 Senior Center calendars are here! READ MORE...


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