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Planning Board Hears Legacy Farms Traffic Plans

January 13, 2009 — As part of a continued Public Hearing for the Master Plan Special Permit application for Legacy Farms, representatives of Boulder Capital presented traffic plans and answered questions at a Planning Board meeting held Monday evening at the Hopkinton Senior Center.

      Engineer Robert Nagi, a consultant for Legacy farms, presented traffic estimates for different phases of the project, and offered solutions for intersections that will see considerably more traffic after the full build-out of 940 residential units and 450,000 square feet of commercial/retail space, as well as for various stages of the project growth.

      Legacy Farms will improve the traffic intersections and signalization throughout the project, as well as the Route 85/135 intersection Downtown as part of the Host Community agreement. The Downtown intersection is slated to be re-signalized in the Spring of this year as part of first phase of its improvement. Mr. Nagi said that there are other phases of work for that intersection that he would discuss at the next meeting on the matter.

      Mr. Nagi offered roadway obstacles and no-turn signs to move traffic in directions that would keep some roads from being used too much.

      One intersection of concern for the Board and some members of the public is the Peach/East Main Street intersection, shown above in a latter phase, complete with signals. The initial phase has the elimination of Peach Street and the extension and moving of Frankland Road with stop signs at East Main. The next phase, he said, would be the construction of the traffic signals shown on the plan.

    Mr. Nagi was told by some members of the Board that Chief of Police Thomas Irvin commented that he would like to see the road dug up just once.

     Legacy Project Manager Steven Zeiff said that the group is cognizant of Town Counsel Ray Miyares' reminder to not do too much too early, in keeping with the town's character.

     "I don't think Ray purports to be a traffic engineer," said Planning Board member Ken Weismantel to the gathering. "I would listen to the engineers," he said.

      Mr. Nagi said that he didn't think it would be a good idea to construct lights before they are needed, because after seeing them blinking yellow for a long time, people would just go through them once they were activated. That statement left people in attendance shaking their heads.

      Mr. Nagi said that the Downtown intersection was classified as a failure, and that new lights and other widening measures, will improve the designation for certain parts of the day. However, once the project is complete, due to the increased traffic, the roadway will be brought back to failure status.

      The Board continued the Public Hearing until January 26, and will discuss the Downtown traffic next at their first meeting in February.

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Elizabeth (McDonough) Johnson, 93


Hopkinton- Marion Elizabeth (McDonough) Johnson, 93, of Hopkinton, died Sunday, January 11, 2009. Born April 15, 1915 in Marlborough, MA she was the
daughter of John George Alfred and Mary (McGee) McDonough. She was the wife of the late Frank T. Johnson Sr.

She is survived by four children: Son, Frank Johnson and his wife Marjorie of Upton, Daughters: Mary Clark and her husband Robert of Hopkinton,
Sandra Fairbanks and her husband Robert of Hopkinton with whom Marion resided, and Janice Copithorne and her husband James of Framingham. Arrangements complete

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Former Hopkinton Resident killed in Afghanistan


January 12, 2009 — The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died January 9, 2009 in the Zabul Province of Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle in Jaldak. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, Hohenfels, Germany.


Killed were:


Maj. Brian M. Mescall, 33, [formerly] of Hopkinton, Mass.,

Spc. Joseph M. Hernandez, 24, of Hammond, Ind.,

Spc. Jason R. Parsons, 24, of Lenoir, N.C.


NOTE: Although the Department of Defense lists Maj. Mescall as a Hopkinton resident, he is not listed in any directory of Hopkinton residents. People who knew him said he and his family with two children moved out of town in 2001, and the rest of his family, including two sisters, moved out in 2006. The most recent residence is unknown at this time. The Lowell Sun is reporting that Maj. Mescall's parents live in Lowell, but were unable to reach them.


From Town Talk:


My condolences to Major Mescall's family. Though I never met him, both of his sisters, Jamie and Stacie, were graduates of HHS and babysat my kids. The family used to live on Colella Farm Road and moved out shortly after the younger of the sisters graduated from HHS. Coincidentally, both girls went on to the University of Charleston. We believe that the sisters would be about 28 and 26 years old now. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their family. May God's love envelop them at this terrible time.

Elmwood Students Ring True

January 12, 2009 — Third Grade Elmwood students rang chimes and played recorders at Barnes and Nobles in Framingham on Sunday during a benefit for Hopkinton Schools. They pose for a photo above, with their teacher, Patricia Diamond. Hopkinton student artwork providing the backdrop. Photo by Kim Nowlin.

Police News UP-TO-DATE  <---Full Update

January 12, 2009



3:44 pm A 911 caller reported that a father was towing his children on an inner tube behind a four wheeler on Greenwood Road...


10:00 am A caller reported that a male appeared to be breaking up bundles of newspapers and throwing them on the railroad tracks...


12:24 pm A caller from Hayden Rowe Street reported that there was a suspicious suitcase in her front yard...


6:56 pm A 911 caller from West Main Street reported that he was robbed at gun point....

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for, 

Transactions this week, January 12, 2009






Address Buyer Price Date Seller
37 Sanctuary Lane Ruby Lowrey Conlon & Debra Conlon Wasilauski,
Trustees of the Arthur Brendan Conlon Credit
Shelter Trust
$346,000 Jan.  09, 2008 Weston Development Group Inc.
Last Week        
5 Meserve Street Walker Realty LLC $350,000 Jan.  02, 2008 William Pellegrino
2 Weeks Ago: None        


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Hopkinton Qualifies for the Divisional State Championships Girls Indoor Track


January 11, 2009 — On Saturday, 26 members of the Hopkinton Girls Indoor Track team traveled to the Reggie Lewis Track Center in Boston for the M.S.T.C.A. Winter Festival.  The girls managed great performances with many personal bests.  In several exciting events, Hopkinton girls qualified for the divisional State Championships to be held later in the season.  


1 Mile  Becca Govonni (5:47.89), Haley Anderson (5:51.48), Gretchen Claffey (6:00.41), and Katie Wilson (6:14.72), started the meet off with excellent performances in the mile.  Becca qualified for States in just her freshman year.


300 Meters  Four girls ran the 300 for Hopkinton.  Caitlin Dourney (44.13), a senior captain produced the fastest time for Hopkinton.  She was followed by Emily Jarvis (46.19), Jennifer Lynds (46.42) and Courtney Onofrio (46.76).  In the final standings Caitlin was 9th  out of a field of 173 runners.


600 Meters  Kim Bolick (1:43.63) and Abby Perrault (1:53.80) represented Hopkinton in the 600 meter race.  Kim continues to dominate the competition at this level.  Kim’s time earned her 8th place in a field of 100 girls.  One week before, at the Auerbach Freshman/Sophmore meet she captured the 3rd place medal and qualified for States.


1000 Meters  The 1000 Meters turned out to be one of the most exciting races of the event.  Molly Kessler (3:03.09) captured first place in an extremely challenging race.  Molly edged out her competition by .42 seconds.  Molly’s time was recorded as the fastest time in the 1000 in the State this year.  In addition to Molly, Kellie Lodge (3:13.23) and Brianna Roche (3:18.16) also made States.  Jaclyn Perrault (3:20.66) and Andrea Gendron (3:29.50) both turned in personal records.


2 Mile  Two seniors, Lauren Shultz (11:53.86) and Erica Normandeau (12:05.76) had excellent runs.  Lauren placed 7th and Erica placed 13th and both qualified for States.

Lauren’s time was a personal best.


Relays  The Hopkinton 4x 200 meter relay team captured 2nd place with a time of 1:49.31.  Team members were Molly Morningstar, Caitlyn Dourney, Dana Cavedon and Cecily Boyce.   Not to be outdone by the sprinters, the girls 4x 800 meter relay team placed ran for 2nd place also with a time of 10:11.57.  This team was made up of Kellie Lodge, Kim Bolick, Molly Kessler and Brianna Roche.


55 Meter Dash  Molly Morningstar (7.53) ran to a 2 nd  place finish in the 55 meter dash losing only to the defending Div 3 champion.


55 Meter Hurdles  Seven Hopkinton girls competed in the hurdles.  Cecily Boyce (8.67) won the event beating out 118 girls.  The other participants were Kelly O’Connor (10.06), Dana Cavedon (10.09), Samantha Prescott (10.42), Mirelle Raza (10.96), Stephanie Hadley (10.98) and Kaelynn Maloney (11.07).


Long Jump  Cecily Boyce (4.90m) continued her impressive indoor track season by finishing 6th in the long jump and qualifying for States.  Samantha Prescott (4.21), Jennifer Lynds (3.92), Emily Jarvis (3.90), Stephanie Hadley (3.61) and Mirelle Raza (3.00) all turned in good performances for Hopkinton.


Next Up  The Hopkinton Girls have three more Tri-Valley Meets this season.  They compete against Norton on January 14th, Medfield on the 17th and Westwood on the 21st.  They are currently undefeated.  Please come and support the team as they compete for the Tri-Valley League title.  All of the meets are held at the Hopkinton High School Field House and the Saturday meet against also undefeated Medfield should decide the title. ~ Contributed content

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Thinking of Joining the Women's Club?

 Are you new or already a member of the Hopkinton Community or just in need of something new and exciting to be a part of? Are the kids out of the house, either grown or in school? Are you looking for something in your life that will offer you the opportunity to give back to the community while also enjoying social gatherings and outings? If so, please consider joining the Hopkinton Women's Club. Our February meeting will be held on February 9, 2009 at the CAA, 9:30am to 10 am social hour, meeting from 11am to noon. For further information please call Kathy Hudson at 508-435-6471 or

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Marion Johnson, 93

Marion Johnson, 93, of Hopkinton, died Sunday, January 11, 2009 at the Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

A Dam For All Seasons

January 11, 2009 — The long lens pulls together sledders, sliders, tubers, boarders, saucers, tobogganers, and in the top left corner, one of several snowmobiles, all at the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam on Sunday.

Run a Kilometer in My shoes

January 11, 2009 — The lead runners in the Hopkinton Running Club pass by Cornell's on Sunday as part of their 5k run. Finish line? Cornell's.

Hopkinton Schools Export the Arts

January 11, 2009 — Margie Wiggin and daughter Molly Freshman, a second grade student at Elmwood, look over the artwork of Hopkinton students at Barnes and Nobles in Framingham.

       The HPTA held a book fair at the store, which gave a cut for the Hopkinton schools. All schools were represented by students' artwork. In addition, Elmwood students sang, played recorders and handchimes.

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Prom Fashion Show 2009

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Prom Fashion Show at Hopkinton High School Auditorium

January 10, 2009 — The High School presented the "Perfect Dress" sale of slightly used dresses and gowns in the cafeteria while an associated fashion show took place in the auditorium. HOPNEWS WILL SOON PRESENT A GALLERY OF THE MODELS.

Hopkinton 49, Marlborough 27

January 10, 2009 — Above, Nick Dittman overpowers his Marlborough opponent on the way to winning by a pin on Saturday morning at the Hopkinton High School Athletic Center.

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January 10, 2009 0151 Anatoliy Deych traded in the roller wheels of last summer for some skates today on the Hopkinton Reservoir, hoping for some more wind.

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Nice Hockey

January 10, 2009 — Kevin Spiegelman, 7, gets ready to flick one to his dad as he and his brother, and two other boys and their dad took advantage of some smooth ice today at Ice House Pond.

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Seeking the Perfect Dress

January 10, 2009 — Caroline Shea and Ally Travers check out the wares in the High School Cafeteria on Saturday during the Perfect Dress event. The event raised over $1,700 for Hopkinton Schools.

Where Did It Go?

Investigators look for path of bailout money 

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Hopkinton 68, Dover-Sherborn 51

January 9, 2009 — Mark Masucci gets ready to pass to a teammate on Friday against Dover-Sherborn.

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Hopkinton 60, Dover-Sherborn 48

January 9, 2009 — Michelle Coburn gets into a jumping contest at Dover-Sherborn Friday night.

EOPSS, State Police Announce Command Staff Promotions


January 9, 2009 — Secretary of Public Safety and Security Kevin M. Burke and State Police Superintendent Colonel Mark F. Delaney today announced the promotions of two veteran State Police officers to positions within the department’s command staff.


Lieutenant Colonel Marian J. McGovern has been promoted to deputy superintendent, the second-in-command of the department.  Lieutenant Colonel McGovern most recently served as commander of the Division of Standards and Training, the division which oversees the State Police Academy, the Internal Affairs Section, and in-service training programs.


Additionally, Francis J. Matthews was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel and placed in command of the Division of Standards and Training. Lieutenant Colonel Matthews most recently served in a command position within the department’s Division of Investigative Services, overseeing several investigative units.


 “Deputy McGovern and Lieutenant Colonel Matthews continue a tradition of superb leadership within the State Police,” Secretary Burke said. “Their counsel and input will be valuable to Colonel Delaney and me as we continue to meet the myriad public safety and security challenges that law enforcement agencies face in today’s world.”


Colonel Delaney said: “Lieutenant Colonel McGovern and Lieutenant Colonel Matthews each have the experience and skills necessary to assume the essential roles of deputy superintendent and commander of the Division of Standard and Training, respectively. Their devotion to the State Police is unwavering, and their work ethic unmatched. I will rely on those qualities to assist in leading this department into the new year and beyond.”


Lieutenant Colonel McGovern is the first woman to be named deputy superintendent of the department. She replaces as deputy superintendent Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Walsh, who retired in December after 30 years of service to the State Police.


Lieutenant Colonel McGovern developed and instituted the AMBER Alert program for the state of Massachusetts, and served as the state’s first AMBER Alert coordinator. She began her career with the State Police in 1979 as a trooper assigned to patrol duties. She served for 20 years in the Worcester County State Police Detective Unit, investigating homicides, narcotics crimes, sexual assaults, child abuse and white-collar crimes. Among the cases she helped investigate was the disappearance in 2000 of teenager Molly Bish, who was later determined to have been murdered. Lieutenant Colonel McGovern is a former instructor at the State Police Academy, where she developed curricula to train officers in investigating sexual assaults, child abuse and child exploitation. She is also a former commander of the department’s Public Affairs Unit.


Lieutenant Colonel Matthews joined the State Police in 1982 and began his career with patrol assignments in the Grafton and Holden barracks. He later served in the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Squad, the Boston Youth Violence Strike Force, the Middlesex County State Police Detective Unit, and the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Attorney General’s Office. He formerly served as deputy division commander of the Division of Investigative Services. Lieutenant Colonel Matthews previously served on the commission that investigated the death in prison of former priest John Geoghan in 2003 and on the team assigned to review the operations of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in 2007.

~ Release from State Police.

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Geography Bee at Middle School

Elimination competition brought 9 contestants forward

Above, teacher Carrie Scott applauds Erik Fliegauf as he clutches his First Place medal for winning the Middle School Geography Bee today.


January 9, 2009 — After competing in their social studies classes, the entire Middle School turned out their top nine students, three from each grade, to move on to today's final Geography Bee competition.

        Of today's nine finalists, sixth grade student Erik Fliegauf took First Place, Sean Mitchell took Second Place and Michael Power earned third.


Below, Sean Mitchell, left, and Eric Fliegauf face each other for the final round in the Middle School Lecture hall.

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Arrests Up-to-Date, Friday, January 9, 2009

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

10:35 pm Officer William Burchard arrested Robert B. Dunphy, 50, of 20 East Main Street, Hopkinton, on Main Street and was charged with OUI Liquor.


Monday, January 5, 2009

11:31 am Officer Timothy Brennan picked up Brian D. Everett, 45, of 95 West Quantom Street, Quincy in Plymouth for a Warrant Charge and was also charged with a Motor Vehicle Violation.

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School Budget Talks Suggest Deep Cuts

Elimination of 6.5 HS positions

Additional class sizes over 25 students

by Derek Dobachesky

January 9, 2009 — New fees and cuts in faculty and programming as a result of budget shortfalls loomed large over the first Hopkinton School Committee (HSC) meeting of the new year last night. File photo, above


The meeting began at 7:30 p.m. with one brief public comment before the committee quickly addressed two items of old business and four items by consensus with voice votes.


Then the HSC began its first fiscal year 2010 budget working session, which lasted over two hours, at 8 p.m. The session featured presentations on the athletic, high school and middle school budgets, as well as a brief discussion of several possible articles to present at town meetings.


Athletic Director Eric Karjel began the budget session by asserting that the athletic department would be forced to cut seven sub-varsity programs and, overall, cut its budget by $100,000 in 2010.


In addition, part of the Super's recommendations were that student athletic fees increase from $125 to $200 per sport that year.


During the question period, HSC vice chair Phil Totino asked Karjel, “Wouldn't it have been better to have said, 'We recommended' the elimination of seven programs, rather than using the word 'forced'?"


Superintendent of Schools Dr. John E. Phelan joined Totino and said, “We're at the recommendation stage right now.”


High school principal John McCarthy's (Photo, right) presentation of his proposed budget followed. His presentation focused on the elimination of the equivalent of six and a half full-time employees, as well as his new, proposed activity fee of $50, which will cover all activities for one student if enacted.


McCarthy chose to eliminate the equivalent of four full-time teachers in electives, one in science, one campus assistant and the equivalent of one part-time library assistant. That left one more full-time equivalent to be cut — either a guidance counselor or an adjustment counselor — and McCarthy said that he was leaning toward cutting a guidance counselor position.


McCarthy explained that, of all the core curriculum courses, students spend the most time in science classes — six days out of a seven day rotation. Therefore, McCarthy said he could cut one position — which will result in one less science period, the lab period — without increasing class sizes.


The effects of these cuts, according to McCarthy, would include an increase from 13 percent to 25 percent of classes with 25 students or more and, if the guidance counselor position is cut, an increase in the amount of students per guidance counselor from 183:1 to over 200:1. However, McCarthy explained that this still fell within the New England Association of Schools and Colleges recommendation of no more than 300 students per guidance counselor, while the adjustment counselor serves more needy students at higher risk of dropping out.


Middle school principal William Lynch presented his budget next. His budget recommended cutting the equivalent of three and a half full-time positions and, like the high school budget, creating a new student activity fee of $50 per student covering all activities.

Lynch chose to cut one foreign language position, two related arts positions and a part-time library aid position. He decided to cut the foreign language position since a teacher is retiring and this will fit into a split-team schedule. One of the related arts positions is for the computer education class, which Lynch said was no longer necessary because students now come into middle school with a much higher proficiency on computers than they did four or five years ago when the class began.


Lynch concluded his presentation by urging HSC members not to overlook the importance of middle school education. “How a kid comes out of the middle school is how they're going to come out of the high school,” he said.


All members of the HSC and those presenting expressed disappointment that the athletics department, high school and middle school would have to recommend such deep cuts in their budgets. According to the Executive Summary of the Superintendent's Fiscal Year 2010 budget, the Hopkinton Public Schools budget will remain flat at $31,654,425 in 2010, despite projected fixed budget increases of $2,085,000.


McCarthy spoke about the impact of the cuts in electives offerings. “We're not cutting around our core; we're cutting into our core,” he said. McCarthy indicated that electives served an important function by keeping the interests of students who otherwise may not be interested in other academic offerings.


HSC member Richard de Mont suggested that one solution could be lowering support staff costs by cutting secretarial and administrative assistant positions. Dr. Phelan said that this was not feasible, since those support positions that could be cut were the first to go.


“I hate fees. I wish we didn't have to charge a single fee. When I began my career we didn't have fees,” Phelan said. However, he also said that the tight budget constraints made them a necessity.


Before the budget presentations, the HSC heard public comments from Mary Murphy, speaking as a parent concerned about possible upcoming changes to the student transportation policy. It also voted for final approval of slightly amended earlier drafts of its School Organizations and Late Night and Overnight Student Travel policies, as well as voting to transfer funds, approve minutes from two prior meetings and approve $722 earned from a school clothing sale.

Predators of Massachusetts

January 9, 2009 — Outdoor Education director of the Metrowest YMCA of Hopkinton gave an informative lecture last evening on the habits of various species of predators in our midst. Was there wolf DNA in the suspected wolf that got shot by a farmer in Worcester County last year? Can a coyote bring down a deer? Which of the predators retracts its claws, and which do not? Are there any wolves in Massachusetts?

      To learn the answers to these questions, don't miss the next presentation, TBA.

All's Well That...

January 9, 2009 — Detective Scott Van Raalten speaks with the driver of a vehicle that was involved in a two-car collision on Hayden Rowe Street last evening in which there no injuries reported.

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Senator Spilka Nominates Therese Murray to Second Term as Senate President


Boston, MA – January 8, 2009 —  Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), Massachusetts’s 27th female State Senator, yesterday nominated the state's first woman Senate President, Therese Murray (D-Plymouth), to lead the Senate for a second session.  Murray, who took over the Presidency in March of 2007, was unanimously elected to her first full two-year term as Senate President.


In her remarks, Spilka underscored the Senate's continued confidence in Murray, emphasizing Murray’s leadership style during her first term as President.


“Since March 2007, you have led this body with your characteristic no-nonsense, straightforward and fair leadership. Your tenure thus far has seen the resolution of a number of issues that have concerned the Commonwealth for a generation.


“Your keen sense of fairness and caring led you to continue to champion issues of fundamental importance to the people of Massachusetts.


“I believe I speak on behalf of all of my colleagues when I say that your commitment first and foremost to service and to getting work done sets an excellent example for all of us, and makes us proud to be Massachusetts Senators.”


Before concluding her speech supporting Murray, Spilka added, “We need a steady hand at the helm, and I know of no one better suited to steer our ship through the powerful and stormy seas that are before us.”


Murray was first elected to the Senate in 1994 to represent the Plymouth and Barnstable District. During her tenure in the Senate, Murray has been known to take on difficult challenges and be a leading voice on important reforms including welfare, education, health care, and transportation. As Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, Murray helped to steer the Commonwealth through the post September 11th economic crisis, and since that time has continued to make decisions that balance our fiscal realities with the needs of the Commonwealth.


Regarded by her colleagues as someone who is straightforward and decisive, Murray as Senate President has ensured that each of her colleagues’ voices is heard and ideas are discussed.


"You have continued to cultivate a Senate based on mutual respect and empowerment, where each of us feels we can—and do—make a difference in shaping debate and policy," Spilka stated in her remarks.


After the vote, Senator Spilka said she was looking forward to working with President Murray on an aggressive agenda that will involve reforms in housing and lending practices, as well as exploring cost analysis in infrastructure spending and state government.


Spilka cites President Murray's "Reform Before Revenue" mantra as a solid guiding principle for state government as it seeks to tackle a number of challenges in a tough fiscal climate.


"I am particularly eager to work with the Senate President and my colleagues as we roll up our sleeves and get to work on reforming our transportation infrastructure, an issue of incredible importance to my district," stated Spilka.


Senator Spilka represents the Second Middlesex and Norfolk district, comprised of the towns of Ashland, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway and Natick.  She is currently the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, as well as the Vice Chair of the Senate Committees on Ethics and Rules and Election Laws.  She also serves on the Committees on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, Education, Healthcare Financing and Higher Education.  She is currently working on a 2009-2010 legislative agenda that will focus on fairness, equity and resources for the greater MetroWest, education and workforce development, and support and solutions for a tough economy. ~ Contributed content




Boston- January 8, 2009 — Carolyn Dykema was inaugurated this morning as the State Representative for the 8th Middlesex District, including the towns of Holliston and Hopkinton and precincts of Medway, Southborough and Westborough.  She joins 14 other newly elected representatives of the "freshman" class to the 186th General Congress.


Dykema's family and supporters were thrilled to be in the House Chamber with her on this important day.


The oath was administered by Governor Deval Patrick.  In his remarks he noted "It's going to be an adventure, it's going to be a challenging time but we'll be seizing opportunities,"  a sentiment which Representative Dykema echoes.  “We’re facing a lot of challenges, but there are also a lot of possibilities.” said Dykema. “By working together, I know we can make good things happens for our communities and I can’t wait to get started.”


Prior to her election to the House of Representatives, she served as Chairwoman of the Holliston Planning Board and on the Executive board of the Metrowest Growth Management Committee.  She will hold office for the duration of the 186th session of the General Court, until January 2011. ~ Contributed Content

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What Comes Down, Must Go Up

January 8, 2009 — Passersby at the Common the last two days couldn't help but notice some very busy people, putting up the main posts and other basic construction of the new Veterans Memorial Gazebo, funded entirely by private contributions of money, in-kind contributions of labor.

      Above, left, Chris nation of 20th Century homes. Behind him is Jesse Walsh, who said, "Chris is making the greatest contribution of all." Chris is donating his time in managing the project.

      Mr. Nation said that the roofing and framing are the next tasks before Jim Melnick (JMJ Electric) puts in the electrical system and Bose installs sound.

     He said that National Lumber of Mansfield has made a sizeable donation as has Harvey Industries, which is donating Roofing materials.

     The project will need finished cement in the spring, and that should wrap it up.

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Zoning Advisory Committee Votes to Move Sign Bylaw Forward

Relief sought for Hopkinton businesses

Above, ZAC Chair Ken Weismantel demonstrates his proposal on sign size calculations. Under his plan, which was adopted this evening, a sign may be the width of a building at 1.5 feet tall, or the equivalent square footage.


by Robert Falcione

January 7, 2009 — The Zoning Advisory Committee [ZAC] voted to pass a new sign bylaw on to the Planning Board for their presumed approval of the document and the creation of an Article for passage at Town Meeting in May.

       The need for a sign bylaw was made evident after Zoning Enforcement Officer Charles Kadlik delivered letters to several businesses that had sandwich boards and banners displayed, ordering them removed or face a $100 per day fine.

       Attorney Doug Resnick appealed the order by the ZEO on behalf of Weston Nurseries to the Board of Appeals, which sided with him and agreed that Weston Nurseries is exempt from zoning because it is agricultural. However, the Board made it clear at that time that it was not addressing the off-site directional sign that the nursery had at the Golden Spoon.

       Mr. Resnick said this evening that he was given a choice to remove the sign and wait for the new bylaw, or appeal the directive to the Board of Appeals. He said it has been removed for now.

       However, the success at the Board of Appeals set the stage this evening for Mr. Resnick. He suggested that although the off-site directional sign does not now conform, the new bylaw should include an exemption for an agricultural business for off-site signage, and the members of ZAC agreed voting unanimously to adopt the language.

        Another section of the proposed bylaw, one that got the axe, would have limited the cost of the restoration or repair of a damaged, non-conforming sign to 35% of its value, or the sign would need to be made to conform. In other words, if Colella's sign was damaged and needed repair that was greater than 35% of its value, then the repair would need to be abandoned, and a new conforming sign would need to be erected. The bylaws specifically exclude neon, which would mean that the sign could not be restored under those proposed conditions.

        At Town Meeting two or so years ago, a similar section of a similar proposed sign bylaw Article was brought before that assembly. The inclusion of the restoration paragraph of that Article has been blamed for that entire group of laws being soundly defeated, something not lost on the Committee members this evening.

       The Committee voted to strike that section from the proposal, with more than one member saying they liked the Colella's sign.

       Other sections of the bylaw allow sandwich boards and banners, as well as temporary and portable signs, and define the sizes for each.

       Town Planner Elaine Lazarus will take the changes made this evening and create a complete document that will be passed on to the Planning Board.

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Painting the Town Red, and...

January 7, 2009 — Hopkinton Gourmet owner David Phillips prepares some coffee for a customer as he is overshadowed by the new panel he said he commissioned from Robin Batchelder of Sparks Art Studio on Walcott Street. The panel looks at the downtown in sections, and in an order the artist apparently prefers.

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DEDHAM – January 7, 2009 - Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office has obtained a civil rights injunction against a Norwood woman, Deborah May, based on allegations of her repeated and severe harassment and intimidation of a gay neighbor. 

 The order, issued late yesterday by Norfolk Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh, prohibits May from threatening, intimidating, or coercing the victim or anyone else in the Commonwealth on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation.  It further prevents May from contacting or communicating with the victim or his family and requires her to stay at least 500 yards from his place of employment.  A violation of the injunction is a criminal offense punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and two and a half years in a House of Correction, or if bodily injury results from such a violation, a $10,000 fine and up to ten years in State Prison.

 “Bias-motivated conduct, such as the harassment and intimidation we allege in this case, are devastating to victims not only because of the immediate physical and emotional harm they cause, but because feelings of fear, anxiety and profound loss of personal security often last far longer than the incident,” said Attorney General Coakley.  “Beyond their impact on individual victims, hate crimes and other forms of bias-motivated activity are very detrimental to communities, and this type of behavior will not be tolerated.”

             According to the complaint, which was filed on December 31, 2008, Deborah May allegedly continually harassed the victim who is a tenant in the apartment building where May also resides.  In November 2007, May allegedly began spreading false rumors that the victim is a sexual predator and pedophile.  The complaint further states that six months later, May complained to her landlords about the victim’s display of a gay pride flag outside of his apartment and had the flag removed.  Soon thereafter, on multiple occasions, May screamed anti-gay epithets at the victim in the presence of other tenants and physically confronted the victim in the yard of his home.  The complaint further alleges that on August 31, 2008, May made a baseless report to the Norwood Police Department falsely claiming that the victim had exposed himself.

 As a result of May’s alleged pattern of harassment and intimidation, the victim feared for his safety and well-being at home and was forced to alter his daily routine and other behavior in order to avoid May. 

 The Attorney General’s Office is seeking relief under the Massachusetts Civil Rights Act, which is commonly referred to as the hate crimes statute, and the state’s Antidiscrimination Act, which prohibits discrimination in housing.  Under the Massachusetts Civil Rights Act, the Attorney General’s Office has the power to obtain an injunction in cases where a victim has faced threats, intimidation, or coercion because of his or her membership in a protected category, for example, race, religion, sexual orientation, or disability, or because he or she is engaged in a protected activity, such as the right to use public ways or places, the right to vote, or the right to associate.

This matter is being handled by Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Miller of Attorney General Coakley’s Civil Rights Division with the assistance of Kimberly Strovink of the Civil Rights Division and Dean Bates of the Investigations Division. ~ From the Office of he Attorney General

EMC Expects Q4 '08 Revenue of About $4 Billion

To eliminate 2,400 positions


HOPKINTON, Mass. - Jan 7, 2008 - EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced today that it expects fourth-quarter 2008 revenues of approximately $4 billion, representing an EMC record for quarterly revenue, approximately 8% revenue growth compared with the third quarter of 2008, and 4% growth over the same period a year ago. EMC also announced that it expects in the fourth quarter:

  • GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.13 to $0.14, including the impact of a $0.10 restructuring charge, described below.

  • Excluding the restructuring charge, non-GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.23 to $0.24.

  • Excluding the restructuring charge, stock-based compensation and intangible asset amortization, non-GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.30 to $0.311.

These preliminary revenue and EPS results, excluding the effect of the charge, are in line with estimates the company provided on October 22, 2008.


"We are very pleased with our preliminary Q4 financial results," said Joe Tucci, EMC Chairman, President and CEO (File photo). "We were able to generate all-time record revenue and strong sequential revenue growth against the backdrop of a challenging global economy. Customers are telling us that information infrastructure and virtualization products and solutions are at or very near the top of their IT spending priorities. This, coupled with the technological advantage and quality of EMC's solutions and the strength of our sales and service organizations, helped us achieve our Q4 financial goals."


To improve the competitiveness and efficiency of its global business, EMC also announced a restructuring program to further streamline the costs related to its Information Infrastructure business, which does not include VMware. EMC expects the program to reduce costs from its 2008 annualized rate by approximately $350 million in 2009, increasing to approximately $500 million in 2010. The program's focus is to consolidate back office functions, field and campus offices; rebalance investments towards higher-growth products and markets; reduce management layers; and further reduce indirect spend on contractors, third-party services and travel. The restructuring program will reduce EMC's global Information Infrastructure workforce by approximately 2,400 positions, or about 7% of its headcount as of September 30, 2008. ~EMC PR

Sign of the Season

January 7, 2008 — A vehicle charges through a huge puddle on West Main Street at the bottom of South Street this morning. The water accumulated due to a blocked storm drain, which the Highway Department had cleared within 5 minutes of receiving the call.

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