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Fair Weather Friend?

December 14, 2008 — Peter McDermott shares his photo of a male red-bellied woodpecker that appeared in his backyard on Lake Maspenock. Many birds nest over the winter in New England. Hear the sound here.

River Discs

December 14, 2008 — In Winter, these strange discs often form at the base of the Sudbury River cascade that runs under the bridge at Cordaville Road in Hopkinton on the Southborough line and swirls in a pool.

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Early Visit

December 14, 2008 — It looks like Santa paid an early visit to Woodville today, on the Fire Department property.

Take a Bow

December 14, 2008 — The MetroWest Symphony Orchestra presented a Holiday Festival Concert Directed by Peter L. Cokkinias for a packed High School Auditorium this afternoon.


December 14, 2008 — This chopper and its twin were flying over Woodville this afternoon at just about the time Santa was discovered in his sled. Neither machine had any markings, like an old Post Office truck painted over after the auction. It had no country or military markings, nor the required "N" number, required for civilian aircraft.

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Home Stretch....



December 14, 2008 — Yesterday, midday we took the last Christmas tree off the ground and displayed it. The trees we still have are beautiful. Please come and help us sell out!! We are located behind Colella's and are open M-Th 4-8pm Fri 4-9pm Sat. 8am-8pm and Sunday 8am-6pm. When you no longer see our lights on you will know we are celebrating a great 1st season of a long standing tradition. We have been honored and have had lots of fun doing this.

~ Hope to see you soon, Boyscout Troop 1 and the Lions Club.

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December 14 MetroWest Symphony Orchestra Presents Holiday Festival Concert Sing-Along 3:00 pm @ High School Performing Arts Center. Peter L. Cokkinias, Music Director. Gluck: Dance of the Blessed Spirits, Handel: Water Music Suite, Vivaldi: Winter, Warlock: Capriol Suite, Leopold Mozart: Toy Symphony, Anderson: A Christmas Festival and Sleigh Ride. For more information and advance tickets go to Tickets $15, $10 seniors & students, children under 12 free 508-686-3100.

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Double Fatal Crash on Route 290 East in Shrewsbury

Wrong way driver hits another head on


December 14, 2008 — Today at approximately 2:15 a.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Holden responded to a two vehicle crash on Route 290 East, in the area of exit 23 (Route 140) in Shrewsbury that resulted in two fatalities.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Michael Caranfa indicates that a 2005 Toyota Corolla operated by 26-year-old Somang Ath of Lowell was traveling Route 290 westbound, in the eastbound travel lanes, when it struck a 2003 Chevrolet Impala operated by 18-year-old Michael Vonbehren of Shrewsbury that was traveling Route 290 eastbound, in the left lane, head-on.  Both Somang and Vonbehren suffered serious injuries in the crash and were pronounced deceased at the scene. 


This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section (C.A.R.S.), the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, Worcester County State Police Detective Unit, and the Medical Examiners Office. The Shrewsbury Fire Department, Shrewsbury EMS and personnel from Mass Highways assisted troopers at the scene.


Route 290 east was closed for approximately 3 1/2 hours pending the crash investigation and vehicle removal.

Soaring With the Eagles

December 13, 2008 — Troop 4 Scoutmaster Andre Griben pins an Eagle medal on Nicholas Dittman on Saturday afternoon in a Court of Honor at St. Paul's Church, as Mom and Dad look on.

      Eagle, the highest rank in scouting, is achieved by only 5% of those who join scouting. Nonetheless, according to the website of the Boy Scouts of America, more than 1.7 million boys have achieved the rank since 1912.

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Boiling water

December 13, 2008 — On Friday following the storm, the Sudbury River raced under the dry-laid stone arch bridge at Aiken's Park on the way to join the Concord and Assabet Rivers. The river is seldom seen so swollen this time of year.


December 13, 2008 — The Moon shone especially brightly over Hopkinton this evening, appearing larger than usual after sundown. The phenomenon is supposed to repeat itself at dawn. In the photo above, the craters of the Moon are distinct on the top and right side of the sphere.

Hopkinton 52, Holliston 44

December 13, 2008 — Above, Alexandra Leteria jumps to give her team the first possession last night as the girls won against Holliston 52-44 at home.

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And a Partridge...

December 13, 2008 — Tonight at 7:00 pm at 30 Main Street will be the final performance of Christmas Traditions, A Holiday Musical by the Enter Stage left performers. The play was written by Mary Scarlata-Rowe, a principal of the theater group. In the part of the play photographed above, the young actress is portraying "Two turtle doves" as her turn to sing and act out a line from The Twelve Days of Christmas came up.

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Hopkinton 76, Holliston 58

December 13, 2008 — Max Masucci tames this errant pass by jumping as high as the skybox seats, shooting in bounds, and landing out of bounds as the shot goes in, last night in Holliston.

NOTE: The girls also won against Holliston 52-44 at home. Photo tomorrow.

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Poll Results

A day-long HopNews poll resulted in 282 participants who voted, 4-1, that the US automakers should not get a bailout.

Shortly after the poll began on late Thursday evening, the US Senate announced it could not reach an agreement on that $14 billion bailout.

And now, President Bush has reversed himself and says he wants a bailout. The end of the story has yet to be written.

Silver's Bells

Above, Grace Cavanaugh, 7, holds the flag for the playing of the Star Spangled Banner by the Elmwood School Bell Ringers, as Mrs. Diamond, left,  introduces the musicians.


December 12, 2008 — Staff members of Elmwood School entertained the clients of the Golden Pond facility on West Main Street this afternoon with seasonal songs and warm humor. Elmwood Teacher, Mrs. Diamond, left, told of how Principal Ilene Silver started the bell ringing idea, saying that because of that, they are Silver's Bells.

Not a Drop To Drink

December 12, 2008 — On a day Hopkinton residents were warned by reverse 911 not to put extra water into the wastewater system, rainwater was racing out of town in all directions. Above, the overflow at Hopkinton Reservoir boils as the water hurries to the ocean.

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Spilka-Proposed Legislation Signed by Governor

Photo (L-R): David Samick, Jenny's Crowley's Father, Ron Mariano, House Chair, Financial Services Committee, Elaine Samick, Jenny's Crowley's Mother, Sharon Crowley, John's Crowley's Mother, Governor Deval Patrick, Senator Karen Spilka, Marc Hymovitz, American Cancer Society, Kaitlyn Crowley, John Crowley, Representative Tom Sannicandro, Mary Anne Padien, General Counsel, Sen. Spilka's Office, Sarah Blodgett, Chief of Staff, Sen. Spilka's Office

Governor Signs Jenny's Law, Proposed by Senator Karen Spilka to Protect Families


December 11, 2008 — Boston - Advocates for Jenny's Law, named for Jenny Crowley of Ashland and designed to more fully protect families that take out life insurance policies, were hosted by Governor Deval Patrick on Monday, December 8 in a ceremonial signing of the bill.  The legislation, introduced by Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) in January 2007, was signed into law by the Governor in November.


Newlyweds John and Jenny Crowley applied for life insurance policies when they discovered they were expecting a child.  After giving birth to a baby girl, Kaitlyn, in June 2004, the Crowleys were issued life insurance policies in September.  In October, Jenny Crowley was diagnosed with Stage Four breast cancer.  She passed away a year later.


After Jenny's death, the life insurance company denied John's claim for Jenny's policy, arguing that if she had breast cancer in October, she must have had it in September, when the policy was issued.  They claimed that she was not in good health at the time the policy was issued, despite the fact that she received a clean bill of health from both her doctor and an insurance company-designated health professional.


Jenny's Law shifts the burden of proof that a person is in not good health from the individual insured to the life insurance company while keeping in place protections against fraud and misrepresentation.  Despite initial resistance from the life insurance industry, the legislation, championed by the American Cancer Society and in the press, gained support from the company that originally denied John Crowley's claim.  They reformed their internal policies based on the bill, and eventually awarded John the full amount of the claim.

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A Hopkinton Production by the Sheehan Family Children

December 11, 2008 — The children in the 2004 home production of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, 15 years-old at the most, are a bit older now, but the period clothing, the acting, the setting, the editing, the techniques and the production are not diminished by their youth.

      Kudos to the Janet and Timothy Sheehan family children and their cousins for putting on a remarkable presentation with no production cost and a labor of love — and for capturing the spirit of that classic story.

     So turn the heat down on the next snowy evening, spark the fireplace, and gather the family around the computer to see a reprise of a production by talented kids left to their own devices. See it on HopNews.TV.

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State Police request that anyone who may have witnessed the fatal motor vehicle crash detailed below or may have information about the crash to please contact Trooper Michael Travers at the State Police Barracks in Holden at (508) 829-4431.

Fatal Crash on Route 290 East in Marlborough

Driver not wearing safety belt, ejected, dies


Today, December 11 2008, at approximately 4:03 a.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Holden responded to a single vehicle crash on Route 290 East, prior to Route 495 in Marlboro that resulted in one fatality.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Michael Travers indicates that a 1995 Ford Explorer operated by 20-year-old Samantha Burgos of Hopedale was traveling east on Route 290 when it went off the roadway to the left, struck a tree and caught fire.  Burgos was ejected and was pronounced deceased at the scene.


This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section (C.A.R.S.), the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the Medical Examiners Office. The Marlboro Fire Department, Marlboro EMS and personnel from Mass Highways assisted troopers at the scene.

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Senior Tea

December 10, 2008 — Senior Center patron Helen Cady gives the camera a smile during the Senior Tea this afternoon.  The seniors had tea and pastry, served by the Friends of the Seniors, and listened to Christmas songs by actors from Enter Stage Left Theater, and sang along themselves.

Enjoy a bit of their fun on YouTube/HopNews video, below.



Wide Load Indeed

December 10, 2008 — The traffic warning broadcast over the reverse 911 system yesterday resulted in only a 30 second delay at the intersection of South and West Main Streets, and a three-minute period of slow traffic on South Street this afternoon as State Police led the way, and Hopkinton Police stopped traffic. According to one person speaking for EMC, the 26-wheeler was delivering a power generator as a backup for EMC's data storage center. The generator will be escorted from its current temporary location at the former Caterpillar building to 176 South Street at about 3:00 am on Thursday. 

Paul J. Nelson, 44


HOPKINTON - Paul J. Nelson, 44, died Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at the Marlborough Health Center after a long illness.  He was the husband of Lori (Moro) Nelson, to whom he was married for 12 years.

Born in Hartford, CT, he was the son of Paul and Josephine (Green) Nelson of Hamden, CT.  He was a 1986 graduate of Boston College and was employed as a product manager at Genzyme Corp. for 16 years.  A 13-year resident of Hopkinton, he was a member of St. John's Parish and served on the Board of Selectman and the Planning Board.  He was also a member of the Hopkinton Republican Committee.

In addition to his wife and his parents, he is survived by his daughter Emma Grace of Hopkinton, his brothers Andrew of Portland, OR and William of Hamden, CT, his sister Anne Nelson of San Francisco and several nephews

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Evergreen Center Donates Wreath

December 10, 2008 — Students from the Evergreen Center, Fortune Boulevard, Milford brought a wreath they made and donated for display at Hopkinton Town Hall, as they have for many years. The Evergreen Center, which celebrated its 25th Anniversary last year, is a residential school serving children and adolescents with severe developmental disabilities.

       Above, students and caregivers (Rochelle Lavoie and Sarah Lebeuf with students: James Montenero, Joshua Krane, Luke Thrun ) pose with, from left, Geri Holland, Executive Assistant to the Selectmen, Mary Pratt, Selectmen Vice-Chair and Hopkinton Patrolman Stephen Buckley. Photo by Eric Montville.

Supreme Judicial Court Affirms AG's Claim

Rules some sub-prime lending practices to be unfair and deceptive


BOSTON – December 10, 2008 - In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) has affirmed the Superior Court's order barring subprime lender Fremont Investment & Loan from foreclosing on any structurally unfair loan without court approval.  The preliminary injunction, issued February 25, 2008, was the first order in the nation that restricted a subprime lender’s ability to foreclose based on unfair or deceptive loan origination misconduct.  Today’s decision from the high court sets precedent by affirming the application of Consumer Protection Law to subprime lending and the foreclosure crisis.    

“In affirming the ruling of the Superior Court earlier this year, the SJC today confirmed what we have alleged for some time: that we have a likelihood of proving that it is illegal for subprime lenders to issue loans that they knew borrowers likely could not pay and, therefore, would predictably lead to foreclosure,” said Attorney General Coakley. “The SJC held that type of lending—without meaningful regard for a borrower’s ability to repay—is unfair and deceptive in violation of the Consumer Protection Act.  A lender like Fremont who made those unsustainable loans should be required to achieve reasonable workouts and avoid foreclosures.  Our office will continue to apply those standards and seek accountability from lenders who engaged in this unfair, deceptive, and illegal conduct and we will continue to seek significant relief from lenders that violate the Consumer Protection Act.”

The decision confirms the fundamental aspects of Attorney General Martha Coakley’s lawsuit, which was filed in Suffolk Superior Court in October 2007, against California-based Fremont. The complaint contends that a lender’s failure to reasonably assess a borrower’s ability to repay his loan and the use of loan features that predictably lead to foreclosure is unfair and deceptive and in violation of Massachusetts law. FULL STORY...

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Project Just Because 10th Annual Hospital  Toy Drive

Urgent need: PJB has shortage of toys


Please Help Bring a smile to a child who can not come home for the Holidays. We Need All age toys. We bring 1500 gifts into the local Hospitals so when they are too ill to come home they can still have a special treat at their bedside. To the Maternity Ward we bring Newborn safe toys.


The Pediatric Wards we bring toys from age 2 through Teens. We really are in need of Dolls this year from girls 2 and older. Any toy will help. We have an urgent need.


We are Booked into the Local Hospitals and 7 trucks will be waiting at Project Just Because to load up all the toys and bring them, and currently we do not have enough. There will be a bake sale Saturday At Colella's inside to help raise money to buy some toys. Stop by and enjoy a baked good for a special cause. Drop Off a Toy at all  drop off locations, Project Just Because, 45 South Street unit G last door of building Monday through Friday 9-4 , Town Hall, Library, All bins around town Thank you for helping make a difference in a child's life.. We have been doing this program for 10 years. As a mother of 4 children ages 4 through 12 it has always been a wish that children in the Hospital no matter what sickness they face have a little something when they can not be home for the Holidays.


For some of these children it will be their last holiday with us, and we just do not want to let them down. Please Help us fill our trucks and Keep those wonderful toys making Children in the hospital for the Holidays smile.

Fatal Crash on Route 290 East in Auburn


December 10, 2008 — Last night at approximately 9:40 p.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Holden responded to a single vehicle crash on Route 290 East, prior to exit 9 in Auburn that resulted in one fatality.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Jeremiah Donovan indicates that a 2002 Ford Focus operated by 29-year-old Jennifer A. Songer of Worcester was traveling east on Route 290 when it abruptly went off the roadway to the right and into a wooded area.  The operator and a passenger, 29-year-old Travis Songer of Worcester were trapped inside the vehicle.  Jennifer Songer was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Travis Songer was transported by ambulance to UMass Medical Center with serious injuries.


This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section (C.A.R.S.) and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. The Auburn Fire Department, Auburn EMS and personnel from Mass Highways assisted troopers at the scene.

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 Senior Moments

Christmas in Latin — and More!


by Nancy L. Drawe



December  10, 2008 — Bells will be ringing!   That’s how it was last week, when the Senior Center hosted Betty Wyckoff’s Choral Group, who rang the bells to the song, “Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella.”  I had never seen bell ringers before and I was quite impressed at the job the young members of this group did, who are all under the age of 15!   Betty said that there are not too many children who are bell ringers, it’s mostly adults who learn.  Most of these children are home schooled and include families from all over—Sutton, Franklin, Upton, Carlisle and Hopkinton.  They learn to sing in foreign languages such as French and Latin, as well as how to read music.  Besides ringing the bells, they sang, “Angels We Have Heard On High,”  “Good King Wenceslas,” “My Favorite Things”, “Jingle Bells,” and of course, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”  Sixteen-year-old Ruth Richardson sang solo, “Danny Boy,” nine-year-old Philip Hubbe led the crowd in a rousing rendition of “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” and Mrs. Gretchen Pinkava, Betty’s daughter and also co-director, sang the German version of “Silent Night.”   This was the first concert for many of these children, but you would never know it.  The beautiful voices of this whole choral group entertained everyone and boy, were they a hit!   Cindy Chesmore said, “It’s like Norman Rockwell, just wonderful! This is what makes the Christmas spirit!”


The Policemen’s Annual Christmas party was held at the center this past Saturday and the place was packed!  Everyone had a wonderful time as usual—good food, good friends, good prizes and especially good service provided by the police officers and their families.   Thank you to all who made this night so special for Hopkinton’s seniors! 


Next Tuesday, December 15 at 10:30 am, join the Garden Club members at the center for yet another one of their awesome holiday projects.  For a couple years in a row, everyone made these pretty “greenery” baskets, but this year, the club is trying something new.  You’ll be making something called “Tussie Mussies,” which are arrangements of flowers held together by doilies, lace or fabric that were popular in the Victorian era.   Bring your own vase, needle and thread to the class, but not to worry, if you don’t have these available, there will be some in the craft room.  Please call to sign up—there is no charge for this activity. 


Did you like that little mini snowstorm the other day?  That’s my kind of storm!  Just a little dusting—no major shoveling or cleaning off the car!   If that’s the way it could be all the time, then I say, “Bring on the snow!”  


REMEMBER---there’s still plenty of time to get your brand new 2009 Hopkinton Senior Center Calendar!   They’re only $8.00 each and all sales will benefit the center.  It’s a great fundraiser!


That’s it for now, so if you have any comments or suggestions, you can email me:  Until next time, have a great week.

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Selectmen Discuss Fire Chief, Town Manager Positions

Above, Eagle Scout Nicholas Dittman, left, with his dad Peter next to him, was honored by Selectmen with a proclamation from them as well as congratulations and kudos from the Board. Nicholas will be receiving his Court of Honor on Saturday.


December 9, 2008 — Saying that he accepted the position of Framingham Fire Chief, and that Framingham would originally wanted him to start on January 5, 2009, Fire Chief Gary Daugherty, who is doubling as Interim Town Manager for Hopkinton, said that he believed his draft budget with the CFO should be complete by January 26 or 27 of next year.

       "The end of January should be okay," Chief Daugherty said, implying he would be ready to leave then, and that his work would be done. His contract as Fire chief with the town calls for a 90 day notice, but Selectmen Chair Brian Herr has made it clear from the beginning that the town wouldn't hold him to it.

       Mr. Herr repeated previous statements that he thought it was a great opportunity for Mr. Daugherty.

      Deputy Fire Chief Ken Clark has been running the day to day operations, and the board agreed to maintain the "status quo" until a new Town Manager is hired, so that he could be in on the hiring of a new Fire Chief.  

       "Ken Clark is a very capable and skilled firefighter and leader," said Mr. Herr.

       "Perhaps we could have one Chief and save money," said Mr. Herr, suggesting combining the Chief and Deputy position.

        "We're in good hands with Kenny Clark," said Selectman Michael Shepard.

        The Selectmen also suggested appointing Deputy Clark as the Interim Fire Chief during the search process at their next meeting, effective at the end of Mr. Daugherty's term.

        Vice-Chair Mary Pratt suggested cuts in the budget due to the economic times, saying she has seen men in neckties in stores in jobs she never would have thought that they would be in.

        "It is getting worse by the minute," said Mr. Herr.

        Mrs. Pratt noted that Framingham was now in the mutual aid group consisting of Hopkinton, Ashland, Milford and Southborough.

        "You're not leaving!" Mrs. Pratt joked to Mr. Daugherty. She also promoted regionalization of various departments, saying it was going on in towns around Hopkinton.

        The Selectmen also spoke with the Town Manager Search Committee, seeking an exchange of advice and opinions on the wording of the advertisement for the position of Town Manager.

         Living distance from Hopkinton and salary were on the top on the discussion.

        Since the last meeting, the committee changed a 30 mile mandatory limit from Hopkinton to a "preferred" distance.

        Mr. Shepard drew some laughter when he noted that he worked in Brookline, a town of 50,000 people, and lived 31 miles from work.

         "I don't want to scare anyone away," he said.

          The group dropped the wording from the ad.


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Paul J. Nelson, 44

HOPKINTON - Paul J. Nelson, 44, died Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at the Marlborough Heathcare Center after a long illness.  Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, are incomplete at this time.

Another Former Selectman Dies - Paul Nelson, 44

"You meet very few people in your life as good as he was." ~ Former Selectman Eric Sonnett


December 9, 2008 — Former Selectman, forty-four year-old Paul Nelson, died early this evening after a very long fight with brain cancer. Mr. Nelson, who also served on the Planning Board before running for Selectman, leaves his wife, Lori, and five year-old daughter, Emma.

      At this evening's Selectmen's meeting, two Hopkinton icons who died in the last few days, John Hinckley Jr. and Joseph Colella, were honored with a moment of silence.

     Selectman Michael Shepard, who said this evening that he lowered the flag himself for Mr. Hinckley, a fellow veteran, said that there had been some controversy surrounding the lowering of the flag for veteran and Hopkinton employee Paul Cyr last week. He said that the selectmen would be making a decision to lower the flag on a case by case basis.

     Vice-Chair Mary Pratt suggested that the flag be left at half-staff until Mr. Nelson's arrangements are over, and Mr. Herr said it was a good idea.

     "He was only firty-four years-old," she added. "It's a tragedy," she said.

    Speaking to the television audience, Chairman Brian Herr referred to the obvious passing of notes on the Board, and notified the public of Mr. Nelson's death. He noted Mr. Nelson's service on the Planning Board and the Board of Selectmen, as well as Mr. Nelson's love of football and graduation from Boston College.

     "He was always polite and professional," Mr. Herr said. "And he had good ideas."

      Former Selectman Eric Sonnett, who chaired the Board of Selectmen during some of Mr. Nelson's time there, called Mr. Nelson a friend this evening, and said, "He was a great guy for the town, being on the Planning Board, and as a Selectman. He approached everything with class. He was a calming force on the Board of Selectmen.

      "He joined the Planning Board six months after moving to town — literally a newlywed," Mr. Sonnett said. "He did what was right, and he did it often. He had no agenda.

      "You meet very few people in your life as good as he was," Mr. Sonnett said.

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Joseph J. Colella, 87


Joseph J. Colella, 87, a longtime resident of Hopkinton, died Monday, December 8, 2008. Born in Newton, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Teresa (Luciano) Colella.

A longtime member of Saint John the Evangelist Church and the Hopkinton Historical Society, Joe was also a past member of the Knights of Columbus and the Kiwanis Club.

Joseph is survived by his sister, Marie Fleming of Hopkinton; nieces and nephews, Robert Colella and his wife, Sue, Thomas Colella and his wife, Wendy, Sandy and her husband, Richard Varnum Sr., Dale and her husband, James Danahy, Donna Bowker, Diane McGrath, Nancy and her husband, John Simone, Ellen and her husband, Robert Holmes, and Vaughn O'Halloran. He also leaves his care giver, Alice Kimini. Joseph is predeceased by his
sister, Lucy O'Halloran and brothers Angelo, Daniel and Alexander Colella.

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Library Staff Ready to Serve

December 9, 2008 — Members of the Hopkinton Public Library staff, posing above, were at the ready to assist patrons and visitors during the Library's open house on Saturday during Hopkinton's Downtown Holiday Stroll. NOTE: HopNews photos are never displayed at full resolution. Prints are available from any photo taken for HopNews.

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Three-car Accident on West Main

December 9, 2008 — One female victim of a three-car accident in front of 50 West Main Street was extricated by police and fire department personnel and taken by Fire Department Ambulance for medical care this afternoon.

No Gift Wrap Needed

December 9, 2008 — Hunkering down for the long term? Figuring out that your dream house is your home?

      Jeanette Thomson of Thomson Architects, Inc. would be more than happy to make the dream come true for any family, with an additional family room, carriage house, patio room, cupola, sunroom, or a finely crafted garage.

      To reach Jeanette Thompson, call 508-435-2294.

NOTE: Jeanette Thompson is a HopNews advertiser.

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An Update from Representative-Elect Dykema on Turnpike Tolls


Thank you for your many well wishes since the November 4 election. I am looking forward to serving as your State Representative and to advocating for the interests of our towns in the coming years.  
One important issue that I have already begun working on is Mass Turnpike tolls. As you may know, the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority has recently proposed significant toll increases on the Mass Pike. 
In the past few weeks I have joined with our MetroWest legislative delegation to present a unified voice in support of alternatives to toll increases. As I did during the campaign, I will continue to advocate for a long-term plan that allocates transportation costs equitably across the state and includes reforms as well as sustainable funding sources. This issue is critical to our residents who commute into the city, and all of us who value quality roadways, robust public transportation and a strong Massachusetts economy.  
In the coming months I will keep you informed on the progress of toll efforts and other initiatives. If you have comments or questions, please contact me at until I have been assigned contact information at the State House. If you are able, I also encourage you to attend one of the Turnpike Authority public hearings. Listed below are details on each of the four hearings. 


Wednesday, December 10, 2008
State Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza, 2"d Floor
Boston, MA 02116
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Monday, December 15, 2008
Lynn City Hall
3 City Hall Square
Lynn, MA 01901
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Framingham Memorial Building
Nevins Hall
150 Concord Street
Framingham, MA 01702
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Worcester City Hall
455 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


The Authority will accept oral testimony on the toll structure changes during these public hearings. In addition, written testimony and comments will be accepted for one week following the hearings, until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 14, 2008. Written testimony and comments should be sent to the Office of the General Counsel, Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, 10 Park Plaza, Suite 4 160, Boston, MA 02116.

The First Christmas Gift

by Nancy Moschini, First Congregational Church


December 9, 2008 — Who could know my Christmas?


For many people, Christmas is a time of frenzy, and the true meaning of Christmas is lost in shopping, credit cards, wrapping, decorating, and parties. Though at times, I also get caught up in these things, for me the main focus of Christmas is on “Emmanuel,” my favorite Christmas word. The word Emmanuel may be familiar to you from the Christmas Carol, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” But does the word really mean? It simply means, “God with us.” But that isn’t so simple, and is actually extraordinary when you unpack it a little.


Let’s start with the word, “God.” God is the creator of heaven and earth and all living things. He is sovereign and in control of everything. He is holy. He is good, all the time, for all time. He loves because He is love. He loves us so much that He sent His son, Jesus, to earth to be our Emmanuel – God with us.


The word, “with” is a small word with big meaning. It means, “in the company of." Our sovereign, holy, good, perfect, and loving God is in the company of “us.” Though we are human and not perfect, we were created by Him, and He desires to be in relationship with us! By believing in Emmanuel, we are made perfect in God’s eyes and have the privilege of knowing Him, following Him and growing to be more like Him as we trust in Him. The best part is we are given hope of eternal life in heaven with Him when our earthly life is over. READ MORE...

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Thank you for all your support!


The Hopkinton Field Hockey team would like to give a huge thanks to all of our fans and to anyone who supported our amazing journey on the road to becoming State Champions.


The community truly came together to support our team, from the police escort into town to simply keeping up with our wins in the newspapers. We greatly appreciate everything.  Go Hillers!

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Joseph J. Colella, 87


Joseph J. Colella, 87, of Hopkinton died Monday December 8, 2008. Arrangements are incomplete and from the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

John P Hinckley Jr, 66 • Former Hopkinton Selectman


John P Hinckley Jr of Orleans Ma (formerly of Hopkinton MA) died Saturday Dec.6th 2008 at Cape Cod Hospital following Cardiac Surgery and due to complications of Diabetes.


He was born in Waterville Me on Oct. 26th 1942 to Louise (Learned) and J.Philip Hinckley. John graduated from Nauset Regional High School in 1960. He was a Navy corpsman specializing in cardiopulmonary technology and care and a graduate of Suffolk and Boston University and worked many years at Massachusetts General Hospital in cardiac care and research. He then worked in the private sector at Kontron and Bard companies in medical research and products, serving as a project manager in the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology division.

He loved his family dearly, his many friends throughout Orleans, The Cape and state wide, and his cat Maxwell. He also had a great love and passion for serving in town government


He leaves behind his wife of 42 years Jane (Gillett), 3 children: Rebecca A. Hanneman and her husband Mark of Auburn, John P Hinckley III of Mendon and Sara J. Johnson and her husband Erik of Auburn. 6 grandchildren: Michael Flannery, Richard Hanneman, Cheyanne Hanneman, Megan Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, and Casey Johnson all of Auburn and was predeceased by granddaughter Brenna Lynn Johnson.  Arrangements Complete

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