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Front Row Seat

January 20, 2009 — Ceara Perry, and Will and Nicole Tedstone (American flags in hand) have a front row seat as President Obama is being sworn in, while at daycare today. Photo by Bonnie Wright

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Near head-on

January 20, 2009 — Two vehicles collided early last evening at the town's main intersection, sending one person to the hospital.

What's Wrong?

January 20, 2009 — The young female driver had no idea why she was told she is not supposed to drive on the wrong side of the road, and then park facing in the wrong direction. Above, she is leaving a space near Town Hall, facing eastbound in the westbound lane. If she is your daughter, please explain a little better than this writer did, because she didn't want to move until faced with a call to the police. And as a sort of double-scoop, there is a truck in the background wrongly entering a one-way on the side of the bank, which was unnoticed at the time of the photo.




Young owner, Ben, 8,

misses special friend



I am hoping that you can post a ‘lost stuffed animal’ notice in HopNews  I am attaching a picture of it


My son, Ben lost his stuffed animal named “Ice Bat” in the Hopkinton Drug or Colella’s parking lots – at least we think so.  No one returned it to either store, so we are hoping that someone picked it up.


It isn’t just any stuffed animal – Ben is really attached to it.  He got it when he was in the hospital recently and it gave him great comfort.


If anyone has seen him, my phone number is 508-259-8988.

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Live webcast on CBS news right now and all day long (1/20/09).

Recycling with the Lions Club


The Lions Club will be collecting recyclable bottles and cans on Saturday, January 31st at Colella’s Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sound familiar? It happens once each month. Many people are feeling battered by the present economic tsunami and need aid in many ways. Profits from donated cans and bottles go to help many local needs. Thanks for your continued support.


January 19, 2009 — Keynote speaker Micah Christian and Hopkinton Youth Commission member Linda Katz speak about the Martin Luther King Day of Giving Back.


Westwood is next


The Hopkinton Girls track team took on the undefeated Medfield team this past Saturday at the High School. The Hopkinton Girls had a fabulous meet and ending up winning 57 to 29. Many of the girls had personal best performances.


Cecily Boyce led the team in scoring placing 1st in the Hurdles (6.7), 1st in the 300 meters (43.8) and 1st in the high jump (5’2”). Kelly O’Connor (7.5) captured 3rd in the hurdles for Hopkinton. In the dash, Molly Morningstar (6.0), photo, placed 1st and Sheena DuPuy (6.3) took 3rd place. Kellie Lodge (12.22.7) and Erica Normandeau (12.44.6) took 1st and 3rd place in the 2 mile.


Kim Bolick (1:48.4) placed 2nd in the 600 meter race by .3 seconds and Katrina Parsons (2:07.5) grabbed third place. Molly Morningstar (45.3) scored again in the 300 meter race capturing 2nd place for Hopkinton. Freshman Jennifer Lynds (4’10”) had a great jump to capture 3rd place in the high jump. Brianna Roche (3:22.0) and Jaclyn Perrault (3:23.8) successfully claimed 2nd and 3rd place in the 1000 meters.


Hopkinton swept the mile with the trio of Lauren Shultz (5:40.2), Tamara Mills (5:47.3) and Becca Govanni (5:56.3). In the shot put, Maggie Olney threw 27’9” for 2nd place. Finally the Hopkinton girls won the 4x4 relay beating Medfield by .3 seconds with a time of 4:28.4. The team consisted of Jenn Lynds, Emily Jarvis, Kim Bolick and Kellie Lodge. As always the relay was tremendously exciting to watch.


The girls take on Westwood this coming Wednesday for the last meet of the regular TVL season. If they beat Westwood they will win the TVL title for the third year in a row. Please come and cheer them on at 3:30 at the High School Track.

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Man Charged With Murder In Connection With Saturday’s Somerville Homicide
Defendant Is Also Charged With Assault Of Second Victim


SOMERVILLE – A Cambridge man has now been charged with the murder of one victim, and assault of another, in connection with a stabbing incident that occurred on Saturday in Somerville, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone and Somerville Police Chief Anthony Holloway informed the public today.

 Joseph Palmisano, 20, of Cambridge, has been charged with one count of first degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of Romeo Murray, 17, of MaldenPalmisano is also charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and armed assault with intent to murder in connection with the stabbing of the surviving victim in the incident.

           According to authorities, at approximately 2 a.m. on Saturday, January 17, Somerville Police responded to reports of a stabbing at the La Quinta Inn at 23 Cummings Street in Somerville. When police arrived, they found two victims suffering from apparent stab wounds.

The victims were transported to a Boston hospital. Murray was pronounced dead at the hospital.  The second victim was treated and has since been released from the hospital.

           Somerville Police and State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office commenced an investigation into the circumstances of the incident.
           Later on Saturday morning, police arrested Palmisano and charged him with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon relating to the stabbing of the surviving victim. Police continued to investigate the circumstances of the stabbings, and that investigation resulted in the murder charge against Palmisano in connection with the death of Murray.

The stabbings both occurred inside the hotel. It is believed to have been an isolated incident and the defendant and victims were known to each other.

Palmisano will be arraigned on Tuesday morning in Somerville District Court.
            These charges are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 The case is being investigated by Somerville Police and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

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Special Olympics vs. Freshmen

January 19, 2009 — Above, Ryan Smith is exhilarated as he watches his shot go in during a game between Special Olympians and the Hopkinton Freshmen Team during the MLK events at the Middle School.

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Sweets for the Sweet

January 19, 2009 — Some HS Seniors and Sophomores served lunch to the senior citizens today at the Hopkinton Senior Center during a Day of Giving Back, on the birthday of Martin Luther King.

Unintended Consequence

January 19, 2009 — The accumulation of snow upon the hat on the statue of George V. Brown brings to mind the name Beldar, a consequence that is unintended.

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January 19, 2009 — Vish Gosk demonstrated her follow through while practicing Wii Bowling at the Senior Center. The large TV was donated by resident Tony Rizzo, and the Wii system was donated by Town employee Pat Lynch. The seniors did very well on their own, but were receptive to advice from the students, who were there for the MLK event.

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

January 19, 2009


3:47 pm A 911 caller reported that an elderly male appeared to be confused and was trying to get over a snow bank on East Main Street...


9:12 pm A resident of Schofield Road reported that they just saw a flare go up in the air from the area of the Woodville boat landing...


8:42 pm Officer John Moran found four juveniles drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle in the student parking lot of the High School...


5:41 pm A Main Street business owner reported that a customer stole an expensive bottle of liquor...

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for, 

Transactions this week, January 19, 2009






5 Greenwood Road Faouzi Kassab & Kelly L. Kassab $800,000 Jan.  16, 2008 Harsh Ramalingham & Lois J.
38 Walcott Valley Drive unit
Pauline A. Pannella Trustee of P & B Realty Trust $195,000 Jan.  13, 2009 Rodger Lepinsky
Last Week        
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.


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Everything is still a "go" for MLK Day of Giving Back 9-12 at the Middle School, and events at the Senior Center: 11:00 - 1:00 seniors invited for activities an lunch; and the Library 11:00-12:00 - story time & crafts for pre-school through Grade 2. The Blood Drive will also continue as scheduled, 10:00 -3:00 in the Doyle Gym.

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When the Bough Breaks...

January 18, 2009 — The scene above was repeated today all over town as the weight of snow snapped the weak or diseased limbs and branches off. Nature does her own pruning with snow, ice and wind.

Battle of the Snow

January 18, 2009 — No, this is not an archived photo of a Sherman tank out of gas in the Battle of the Bulge in the winter of 1944, but a Sherman tank on Hayward Street, camouflaged from above by a blanket of snow at the height of Sunday's storm. It is at the home of collector and restorer, Todd Vogel.

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Where is it?

Peter LaGoy wins!

January 18, 2009 —  The first person to correctly identify this location in this photo taken today gets a check for $25 (Sorry for the small prize — recession!). Due to the volume of participants in these contests, individual emails will not be answered. Questions regarding this location will not be answered. The correct identification must be in the form of a statement. Emails that ask, "Is it Whitehall Drive," or something similar will be neither answered nor considered.

UPDATE: Peter LaGoy was the first to correctly identify the location of this photo. Out of the many emails we had so far, only one other correctly identified the location.

From Peter: "This one [photo] is of the abandoned connector road that runs from Rafferty (near the canoe launching area) to Cedar Street.  An access point for a couple quarries, also."

NOTE: To be more specific, it is an abandoned portion of Cedar Street, before the turn was mitigated.

January 18, 2009 — Andrew Preite digs the puck out of the Hiller's corner as a Dover-Sherborn forward is about to greet him with his elbow, Friday night at Navin Rink in Marlborough.

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2nd Annual Martin Luther King Day of Giving Back is ON!!!

Check HopNews Monday morning for any changes


Hopkinton will join thousands of communities across the country in a national day of service, to promote enthusiasm for community service in youth (and the rest of us). Last year, almost 500 people participated in Hopkinton.


Monday, 1/19, 2009


9am to noon

Hopkinton Middle School

9:00: Breakfast. Coffee, hot chocolate, bagels, muffins and donuts.

9:30: Speakers and Performances. There will be a half hour program featuring a dynamic speaker, powerful video clips of Dr. King and an acapella performance by Enter Stage Left.

10:00 to noon: Community service projects led by middle and high school groups. Making fleece blankets, knitting afghans, making friendship bracelets for homeless kids and writingletters to soldiers, are just a few examples.


In addition:

Middle school aged youth and younger need adult supervision. Our focus is on youth from 4th to 12th grades and adults/senior citizens in our community. We realize that younger kids may be there with their families and that is fine.


There is a children's book drive (new or gently used) with collection boxes at the library, schools and St. John's/ First Congregational Churches religious education offices. The books will be delivered to family shelters. You may also bring the books with you on MLK Day, along with blankets/towels for the animal shelters, canned goods, yarn and returnable aluminum cans.


Some youth groups will be attending the breakfast and then going out in the community to participate in service projects previously set up at the fire station, the library, the senior center and Golden Pond. Three groups of teens will be helping to build houses for Habitat for Humanity with in the next month.


Blood drive at the middle school from 10 to 3. Please e-mail .


Basketball game at the Brown gym between the Special Olympics team and the freshman boys

team at 12:15. Questions:

Hopkinton 0, Dover-Sherborn 5

January 18, 2009 — This one didn't make into to the goal, but five pucks did get past the Hiller defense from a tenacious Dover-Sherborn team at the Navin Rink in Marlborough on Saturday, as Hopkinton came up empty handed.

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Biding Time

January 18, 2009 — This winter scene on Lake Maspenock on Saturday is void of color except for the red flags of the fishermen's lines. The surface of the lake is covered by the tracks of snowmobiles, ATVs, and perhaps an F-150 hear and there.

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Free Ride

January 18, 2009 — These scouts got to ride on the back of the trailer on Hayward Street while picking up discarded Christmas trees on Saturday, the last day of that effort.

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Hopkinton 65, Norton 47

January 17, 2009 — Abbie Lockwood catches some air getting her fingertips on this ball on the way to a Hiller victory against Norton last night. Photo by Jane Lockwood.

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Monday Trash - Regular Schedule



Monday, Martin Luther King Day, January 19th is not a holiday for E. L. Harvey & Sons.


Trash and Recycling collection this week is NOT delayed by one day, the regular trash and recycling collection schedule is being followed.


Choose this to see the recycling and trash schedulesThe recycle and trash street list and calendar can be found by clicking the recycle button, always above


Hopkinton 72, Norton 85

January 16, 2009 — Andrew Park has his own cheering section as he jumps up for 2 points against Norton on Friday evening.

Additional $1.1 Billion Shortfall

Rep. Dykema suggests regionalization


January 16, 2009 — According to State Representative, Carolyn Dykema, Governor Deval Patrick announced yesterday an additional projected shortfall of $1.1 billion below projected budget revenues. In October, Governor Patrick realized a $1.4 billion shortfall and made cuts to the FY’09 budget. Those cuts spared local aid. But things may be different this time around, said Ms. Dykema.


“Time is of the essence,” she said in a short interview this morning.


“The Governor asked for the authority to consider cuts to local aid.” Ms. Dykema said the legislature gave the Governor the authority to address local aid in the budget shortfall, but only for this year. “He said he would minimize local aid impacts the best he can,” she said.


“We have to think of opportunities. We have to look at regionalization; public safety and schools, as well as telecommunications to close the loopholes,” she said. Communications companies have not been paying property taxes on their poles, but towns, including Hopkinton have filed suit to change that.


Ms. Dykema said the state will be applying for President Obama’s Stimulus Package that will offer aid for transportation infrastructure as well as education. File photo

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Not Natural Gas

January 16, 2009 — The Fire department got a call this morning from the Dynasty restaurant prior to their opening that there was an odor of gas in the building. Firefighters on scene got no readings, and determined it was not natural gas.

     "Someone walked in with some diesel fuel on their shoes, and unfortunately, got some on the rug, said Hopkinton Fire department Lt. William Miller.

     "That's all. Nice and simple," he said.

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The HPTA Presents a Karaoke Dance Party

January 24th

 6:00 to 9:00 pm

at the Hopkins Cafeteria


Kindergarteners through 5th graders, come sing and dance the night away to your favorite current pop or rock music! If you’d like, come dressed as a pop star, diva or rock star.


The event, hosted by the HPTA, is being held on Saturday, January 24th from 6:00 to 9:00pm at the Hopkins Cafeteria. Children can sing solo or form a group with friends or family.


 To sign up, email Allison Cofone at by January 21st with singer’s name(s), song title, and the artist’s name. Pre-registration is strongly recommended as last year there were more people who wanted to sing than there was time to sing. The admission fee is $5 per child. Adults must accompany their children (no charge for adults). Pizza, snacks, drinks and desserts will be sold. For more information and a sample song list, go to

Mellow Yellow

January 15, 2009 — The Hopkinton Reservoir reflected a golden glow near dusk today as the ice and its surroundings were serene and frigid.

Predicting the Future

January 15, 2009 — As part of the DCR Forestry Program, DCR employee Skip Hubley checks out one of  twenty trees for gypsy moth eggs at a gypsy moth monitoring site at Hopkinton State Park.

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Hopkinton Wine & Spirits

Friday, January 16th 4-7 PM


Wines Tasting


Delicious wine picks don't have to break the bank!  For this whole month, Hopkinton wine and Spirits will focus on wines that are tasty, food-friendly, and, at $7.50 per bottle, definitely easy on the wallet.  From light, refreshing whites to deep, concentrated reds, we offer a selection of outstanding choices from around the world that are best values and smart buys.  


Also, we have extended our program supporting the Hopkinton Education Foundation.  For the month of January, Hopkinton Wine & Spirits will donate $2 from the sale of each bottle of L'École No. 41 wines to the Hopkinton Education Foundation.  There's a Chardonnay at $22.99, a Merlot at $29.99 and a Cabernet Sauvignon at $29.99, all from Washington's Columbia Valley.

Detainees Released

January 15, 2009 — Hopkinton Police stopped a vehicle on South Street during rush hour and detained its operator and two  passengers after they received information that the vehicle was stolen. Following a short investigation, the men were released without being charged.

American Cancer Society's Spin for Hope(TM)
Participants Needed to Fight Cancer through Fun and Fitness

(Weston, MA) - On Sunday, March 1, 2009, from 9:00 a.m. � 12:00 p.m., the American Cancer Society will host Spin for Hope(TM) - a three-hour indoor cycling event that will take place simultaneously at participating health clubs around Massachusetts. Participants can register as an individual and cycle for the entire three hours, or form a team of two or more people and take turns cycling. Registration fee is $25. Individuals are encouraged to raise a minimum of $100 per hour of participation. In 2008, twenty-five health clubs around Massachusetts participated in Spin for Hope and raised $247,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society's research, education, advocacy, and patient support programs. Spin for Hope is an exciting way to fight cancer through fun and fitness. For more information, to register at a participating health club in your community, or to host an event at your club, call toll-free 1-800-227-2345 or visit

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Hopkinton Company Presentation Today

Caliper Life Sciences, Inc.

Presentation at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco, California Today @ Noon

This presentation will be webcast live on
January 15th, 2009, at 12:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.

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Steep Decline Predicted for Nonresidential Construction Activity in 2009

Commercial sector to be hardest hit; lower building materials costs


WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the overall U.S. economy continues to struggle, nonresidential construction spending is expected to decrease by 11 percent in 2009 in inflation adjusted terms. Commercial projects including office buildings and retail establishments will see the most significant decrease in activity. On the positive side, prices have dropped for key construction commodities. These are highlights from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast, a survey of the nation's leading construction forecasters.

"As profits for businesses have fallen and the ability to get credit to finance projects has become far more difficult, construction plans have been put on hold or canceled outright in recent months," said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. "This is not expected to turn around anytime soon and it's likely to get worse before it gets better."

~ From the American Institute of Architecture

Willy Wonka Junior

All-Youth Production Starts Friday


January 14, 2009 — A few dozen people got a sneak peak at Enter Stage Left's all-youth production of Willy Wonka Junior at Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium Wednesday evening.


Calendar Item:

Is your event listed here? Remember to check the Calendar before making plans!January 16-18 ESL presents Willy Wonka Junior January 16 & 17 at 7:00 pm and January 17 & 18 at 2:00 pm @ Hopkinton Middle School. Directed by Mary Scarlata-Rowe and Jodi Palmieri. An all-youth cast production. Tickets: $10 general admission, special back stage pass for matinee performance $5. Come back stage and see the magic of Willy Wonka's factory. Meet Willy in person!


Check out a couple of minutes of these talented kids here, taped tonight at "dress"




Updated January 14, 2009


BOARD OF APPEALS – associate member: one (1)






HOPKINTON CULTURAL COUNCIL: minimum of 5 members; maximum of 22 members)


For more information about any of these positions, please email

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Hopkinton sends Crews to Norfolk to Assist in Search

January 14, 2009 — Five Hopkinton Firefighters, as well as Deputy Chief Ken Clark, have joined Norfolk public safety officials in the search for a missing man, 37 year-old Christopher Bigsby, in the Charles River behind the Norfolk Ice Rink.


Bixby is described as 5'10" with brown hair and blue eyes and is wearing a shirt with a firefighting logo on it.


According to Lt. Carl Harris, the Hopkinton Firefighters are part of a Dive Support Team. In addition, Lt. Harris said a lighting unit is staged nearby in Millis in case it is needed. File Photo. NEW! Channel 7 report.

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Town of Hopkinton

Part Time Positions

Part-Time – Intermittent Public Safety Dispatchers

and one (1) Regular Part-Time Public Safety Dispatcher


The Town of Hopkinton is seeking qualified applicants for the position of part-time intermittent dispatchers and one regular part-time dispatcher. Intermittent Part-Time applicants must be willing to work nights, weekends, overnights and holidays. Regular Part-Time applicants must be available between the hours of 7:00am and 3:00pm, Monday thru Friday.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to answering emergency and non-emergency calls for Police, Fire and EMS, dispatching emergency personnel, as well as other related duties. Excellent written, typing, verbal, and computer skills are a must. Certifications in E911, LEAPS, CPR and First Responder preferred but will train the right candidate.


Application deadline is January 23, 2009 at 3:00pm. Please submit resume and letter of intent to:

Maryrose DeGroot

Human Resources Director

Town of Hopkinton

18 Main Street

Hopkinton, MA 01748

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Dennis R. Smith, 65


FRAMINGHAM Dennis R. Smith, 65, of Framingham, died Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, after a long illness. Born in Framingham, son of the late Edwin R. and Regina (Cudak) Smith, he was a lifelong resident of Framingham. He was a graduate of Framingham South High School, and was a dispatcher for more than 40 years in the family business, Smittys Towing Service in Framingham. He was a member of the Framingham Lodge of Elks B.P.O.E. #1264 and a longtime member of the Woodville Rod and Gun Club, where he served as president for more than10 years.

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Census Bureau Wants YOU!

Above, Recruiting Assistant Rock Figueroa stands with applicants in the Lower Level of Town Hall yesterday.


January 14, 2009 — The United States Census Bureau is seeking people to help out with its 2010 Census.

      "We need local residents to fill all sorts of positions for the 2010 Census," US Census Bureau Recruiting Assistant Rock Figueroa said.

      "We need to fill supervisory and management positions, as well as clerical, office, personnel and enumerators (People who go door-to-door)". He said that people will try to be matched with areas near their homes.

         The employment testing will be held every Tuesday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Lower Level of the Town Hall.

        For general information, see


Blood Drive

Part of Martin Luther King Day of Giving Back

Monday, January 19, 2009

Hopkinton Middle School

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 Free pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee for all presenting donors

To schedule an appointment, please email or call Jane Roche at  or 435-3980

Fallen Army Major Always Wanted to be a Soldier


January 14, 2009 — According to a story in the Boston Globe today, Army Major Brian M. Mescall, the former Hopkinton resident killed in Afghanistan by an IED along with two other soldiers, fulfilled a life-long dream by joining the Army.

     The news organization located his wife, Korean native Chi-un Mescall, at their home Alabama, where she still resides with her six year-old son. She recounted his love of cooking and his cheerful disposition.

     The paper also details Major Mescall's educational history, which included Framingham State College.

     Please read the full account by clicking the link above.

Junior Hiller Hockey Night

Saturday 1/17

7 p.m.

Navin Arena


“Junior Hiller Night” will be held at the January 17th home game against Dover/Sherborn at Navin Ice Rink.


Students wearing their Demons or Middle School Jerseys will be given free admission. Players will be invited after the game for refreshments and meet with coaches and captains to learn what it takes to be a Hiller.

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State Police Host AMBER Alert Awareness Day Child Safety Fair


January 13, 2009 — Today the Massachusetts State Police hosted its 2nd Annual National AMBER Alert Awareness Day Child Safety Fair at The Hall at Patriot Place in Foxborough, in observance of the 12th Annual National AMBER Alert Awareness Day. 


National AMBER Alert Day honors the memory of Amber Hagerman, a nine-year-old girl who was abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas on January 13, 1996.  The AMBER Alert system activates an urgent bulletin in the most serious child abduction cases in an attempt to galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and safe recovery of the child.  The AMBER Alert program has proven to represent the best hope for the safe recovery of abducted children and to date is responsible for or has assisted in the recovery of over 400 children nationwide.  In the six years since the AMBER Alert program’s inception in Massachusetts, there have been 14 AMBER Alert activations seeking a total of 22 abducted children.  The program has ensured the safe recovery of all of these children.  The success of the AMBER Alert program sends a strong message that crime against our children is grossly unacceptable and that as a society, we will work together to track down perpetrators who prey on children and safely recover the children they intend to harm. 


New England Patriots Cheerleaders and “Pat Patriot,” the New England Patriots’ mascot, were on hand to meet the children. 


Lauren Westman of Sharon had an identification kit made for her 3-month-old son Nathan because “the hospital where I gave birth did not take any foot or fingerprints of Nathan when he was born, and I wanted to ensure that I had some means to positively identify him.”


Christine MacLaughlin of North Attleboro had identification kits prepared for her three children: 5-year-old Jack, 23-month-old Leah, and one-month-old Sarah.  Christine said that she came to the fair today because, “having a child abducted is every mom’s biggest fear, so I wanted to be able to provide as much information as possible to the police so precious moments aren’t lost if the unthinkable happens.”


In addition to the child identification kits, the fair also focused on AMBER Alert awareness and abduction prevention education.  For more information on how to subscribe for wireless AMBER Alerts, please see

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Giving Back is Back Again!


January 5, 2009 — Hopkinton’s Second Annual Day of Giving Back is almost here! Please join community, church and school groups on Martin Luther King Day for a morning of community service and celebration. In anticipation, please consider donating one or more of the following items:

New or gently used children's books. If you would like to drop off in advance, boxes will be at all Hopkinton schools, Hopkinton Library and St John's Religious Education Office and the First Congregational Church. Books can also be brought to the Middle School on MLK Day. Other items to bring to middle school on January 19th.

• Laundry detergent for the Respite Center and Project Just Because
• Canned goods for Project Just Because/Hopkinton Food Pantry
• Towels/blankets for the Friends of Greyhounds & Baypath Humane Society
• Aluminum cans for recycling

The Day of Giving Back takes place on Jan.19 at 9:00am at the Middle School. New this year is a Blood Drive at the Middle School (10am to 3pm) ages 17 and up. Please contact  for an appointment. All are invited for food, an inspirational speaker and a morning of community service projects. For more information:

~ Anne Mattina

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“Basic Rights” Workshop for Special Education January 28


January 13, 2009 – It’s not easy for parents of special needs children to navigate their way in the sometimes confusing world of special education. Who is eligible for special education? What are their rights? How can they make sure these rights are being addressed?


To answer these questions and more, the Hopkinton, Holliston and Ashland PACs (Parent Advisory Council), will be hosting a Basic Rights workshop on Wednesday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the Robert Adams Middle School in Holliston. Presented by the Federation for Children, this workshop will give families an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Massachusetts Special Education Law, and No Child Left Behind. It is designed to teach parents how to be effective partners with the school, decide the child’s eligibility for special education, and plan, make decisions and monitor the educations process of their children.


Based in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, SPEAC is made up of parents and guardians working to ensure all children with special needs are educated effectively. For more information, please contact Karen Weiskerger at 508-497-3959 or Amy Lincoln at 508-497-0172, or visit the SPEAC Web page listed under Support Organizations on the Hopkinton School District web site To find out if the event has been postponed due to snow, call Karen Weiskerger at 508-497-3959.

 Services for the Home

Ella L. Tedstone, 87


CLEARWATER, FLA. Ella L. Tedstone, 87, of Clearwater, Fla., formerly of Hopkinton, MA and Warner, NH, entered into rest peacefully Wednesday, Jan 7, 2009. She is survived by her son, Lawrence and his wife Susan of Clearwater, FL, Grandchildren Bret Spinnazolla of Ashland, MA, Brendan Tedstone and his wife Tina, and Luke Tedstone and his wife Jennifer, both of Hopkinton, MA; Step grandchildren, Michael Petrasko and Tammy Davidson of Wareham, MA; great grandchildren, Luke Jr., Nicole and Ella; step great grandchild, Christopher; sister-in-law, Jessie Hannold; brother-in-law, Gilbert Tedstone; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward “Ted” Tedstone, daughter, Lynn Spinnazolla and grandson Todd Spinnazolla.


She was a WAC veteran of World War II, employed in the food industry for many years, and an active member at United Methodist Church in Contoocook, N.H. She was also a member of the Golden Girls and loved to spend time with her family and friends. Graveside services will be held at Lakeview Cemetery in Wayland at a later date.


Selectmen Honor

Fallen Soldier



January 13, 2009

It was with extreme sadness that the Board of Selectmen heard of the death of Major Brian Mescall during combat operations in Afghanistan while serving in “Operation Enduring Freedom.” Brian, with his family, lived on Colella Farm Road before moving to Lowell. Brian served with pride in our Armed Forces in defense of freedom for his country.


His sacrifice leaves us with a debt that cannot be repaid. As we go on with our everyday lives, we are continually reminded of the sacrifices young men and women make on our behalf. Our condolences go out to Brian’s grieving family as they too have paid the ultimate sacrifice.


Also killed with Brian were Spc. Joseph M. Hernandez of Hammond, IN, and Spc. Jason R. Parsons of Lenoir, NC. Our community has lost a true patriot and will pull together in his memory. In honor of Major Brian Mescall the flags have been lowered to half-staff across Hopkinton.


Town of Hopkinton Board of Selectmen

Brian J. Herr – Chairman

Mary C. Pratt – Vice Chairman

Michael W. Shepard

Matthew E. Zettek

RJ Dourney

Life or Death battle

January 13, 2009 — In a battle over the skies of Hopkinton on this dreary day, the black bird above, perhaps a crow or raven, buzzes the hawk, who takes evasive action, likely after being caught looking for a snack made from the other bird's young. The drama took place nearly the entire length of the Downtown.


Fun Times getting in shape at Fitness Together

Hopkinton/Ashland vs. Dover-Sherborn/Medfield

January 13, 2009 — Swimmer Ben Greff shows near-perfect form swimming against Dover/Sherborn at a meet at Keefe Tech on Monday evening. Both the boys and girls teams for Hopkinton/Ashland won the meet.

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