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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for, 

Transactions this week, January 26, 2009






260 Pond Street Tara P. Brown $535,000 Jan.  20, 2009 Stephen D. Nigloschy & Virginia
Last Week        
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
Previous 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.





Above is the winning hurdles team:  Cecily Boyce, Kelly O'Connor, Dana Cavedon and Samantha Prescott


by Linda Clancy

January 25, 2009 — In what has to have been one of the most exciting track meets of the season, the Hopkinton Boys and Girls track teams won the Division 3 State Relays this past Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center. Both teams clinched the titles with amazing performances in the last event the 4X 400.  The Girls tallied 54 points topping Bishop Feehan’s 45, Hingham’s 30 and 30+ other schools from around the state.  The boys edged Oliver Ames by 1 point totaling 31 on the day.


In the words of the Girls Head Coach, Brian Hall, “This is a very big deal.  Many coaches consider this the real state championship because you need a team and not just 2-3 talented individuals to pull it off.  Hopkinton hasn’t accomplished this since they moved us from Division 4 (small schools) to Division 3 four years ago.  Making this even more special is that the boys pulled off the feat as well.”


The Girls won 1st place in the 4X400, Shuttle Hurdles and the 4x200.  Samantha Prescott, Kelly O’Connor, Dana Cavedon and Cecily Boyce exhibited agility and strength as they posted a winning time of 30.8 seconds in the hurdle.


Another School Mother Urges Prop 2½ Override

Dear Editor,

I would like to echo the sentiments of the Letter to the Editor dated January 23rd, which called for an override.  This will be the third year of layoffs in the school system, resulting in 20 job losses this year, and 53 over the last three years.  There is no question that the proposed cuts in this year's budget will significantly impact the education our children receive.

The Center School, which my oldest child attends, will lose 5 teaching positions and there will be no full-time staff in the Library.  As a result, class-size will be at least 23 - 24 students, and the Library will not function as it should.  The outdated, undersized classrooms, which do not even meet the square-footage guidelines issued by the Department of Education, will be physically crowded with 5, 6, and 7 year-olds. This only further undermines our teachers' ability to teach and our children's ability to learn.  Studies show that our younger students are most impacted by class-size, and the effects carry into subsequent years of learning.  Hopkinton is failing its children on this front. Although we have excellent teachers, as well as a dedicated Superintendent and School Committee, they cannot work miracles. 


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Too Tall, or Not Too Tall...

January 25, 2009 — The construction of the Veterans Memorial Gazebo appears to be halted due to extremely frigid temps, giving critics of the design a chance to meet and discuss a solution to what many people feel is an oversized cupola. Members of the Design Review Board and the Historical District Commission will be meeting jointly on Tuesday evening in the third floor conference room and discussing the matter around 8:00 pm. It is a public meeting, and as it is with all public meetings, everyone is allowed to attend.

      According to one member, the architect has agree to lower the cupola more than one foot, but the construction is too far along to lessen the steep pitch on the roof.

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Hopkinton Train Depot Now Opened for Warming

January 25, 2009 — Jim Boroczky and his son, Ian, 11, take advantage of the newly opened Train Depot at Ice House Pond to change into their skates. The depot will be opened for that purpose on Saturday and Sunday through February from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Although the building is unheated, it gave welcomed shelter from the brisk air  and wind outdoors today.


The Hopkinton Train Depot, circa 1872 (Left), according to historians, was located at the area of Hopkinton Lumber, and was disassembled years ago and stored at a couple of Hopkinton homes in the meantime.


The Depot has been relocated and restored with the help of CPC funding and volunteer efforts.


The interior has new wooden walls and floors, largely finished by Historical Commission members Ron Yankee and Ken Weismantel.

Hopkinton is Full of Sunshine!

Cold is no Obstacle


January 25, 2009 — The frigid temperatures of today did not deter people from using Hopkinton State Park for walking, ice-fishing, snowmobiling and more. Find the link to the DCR, the state agency that controls the parks, at any time in our community page.


Woodville Rod and Gun Fishing Derby Nets 191 Anglers


By Lee Wright

January 25, 2009 — At 4:30 am, the kitchen crew was getting busy for the traditional breakfast served at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club's Annual Ice Fishing Derby. The people started walking in the door at 4:45am, the first to arrive had traveled from the Taunton area! People started showing up in ever increasing numbers from all over New England.


Some came from NH, a few from RI, some from CT, but most from MA, even a few drove up from the Cape. At 9:00am, the cut-off for entering, the total had climbed to 191, double the number entered last year.


Because the prizes are based on the number of entrants, the Club was able to give out $3000 in place monies. This amounted to 1st $800, 2nd $400, 3rd $200 for bass and pickerel, and $200 for 1st largest perch.

A Murder of Crows, a ______ of Turkeys

January 25, 2009 — Earlier this week, these members of a rafter of wild turkeys — the other dozen birds were across East Main Street — headed for the cover of a thicket upon seeing the photographer, while grazing in a neighbor's yard. See more collective names for birds.

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Marjorie Peloquin, 94


Marjorie Peloquin, 94, of Hopkinton died Sunday, January 25, 2009 at the Metrowest Medical Center in Natick. Arrangements are incomplete and from the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

MLK Day a Success


by Anne Mattina

January 25, 2009 — The final numbers are in and they are impressive! Despite the snow storm and with the help of the DPW, over 700 people of all ages participated in the Hopkinton Youth Commission’s Second Annual Martin Luther King Day of Giving Back! The morning began with warm cocoa, coffee and pastries donated by South St. Dunkin Donuts, Ciao Time, Colella’s and Rise Bakery. A standing-room only crowd, including State Senator Karen Spilka, Representative Caroline Dykema, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone, and the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen heard speaker Micah Christian inspire the audience with song and encouraged them, to give back throughout the year and throughout their lives. Enter Stage Left’s a-cappella group lifted the spirits of all!  

After the program, adults and kids streamed into the Brown Gym to participate in over 20 different service projects to benefit others. Most of these projects were led by middle and high school youth and their clubs, teams, church or scouting groups.

Here is just some of what they did to make a difference: Wrote 150 thank you letters, made picture frames and prepared CARE packages for our troops; Made 28 fleece blankets for hospitalized children and seniors; Made 110 origami boxes with friendship bracelets inside for homeless children; Made 52 Care packages and 20 fleece hats for cancer patients; Made 75 fleece scarves and 150 birthday goodie bags  for homeless children; Made 30 Bags of Hope for Serenity House; Donated over 4 million grains of rice on Decorated and potted 30 plants for seniors; Made over 100 Valentine's Day cards and cookies for Golden Pond residents; Made over 1000 Relay for Life ribbons; Collected 50 pints of blood for the Red Cross Blood Drive and Involved over 30 teens in building a house for Habitat for Humanity. Many donated items were collected by teens and a town wide book drive netted thousands of children’s books for homeless shelters. In addition, teens made lunch for the seniors, firefighters and police officers and led a program for young children at the library.

After the service projects were completed, the room was quickly transformed by volunteers and school staff back into a gym and an exciting basketball game began between the Special Olympics team and the Hiller Freshmen Boys team. Events didn’t end until the final blood donor had their cookies and juice after 4 pm in the Doyle Gym.

What a wonderful day! Kids, teachers, community members, elected officials all coming together on a snowy “day off” to have fun, help others and show what a caring place Hopkinton is! Mark your calendars, January 18, 2010, and be thinking of new projects for next year!

Enough of Obama Already?


Media pundits might say President Obama has already overexposed himself in the media with the overwhelming coverage of his pre-inauguration days and the days since the 20th. But they haven't seen the stunning, majestic and poignant photos that has gathered.


There are satellite views, rooftop views, stage views, close up views, grasshopper-height views, as well as photos from around the world right here. Be aware that some pages expire into archives, and cannot be viewed forever, so check them out today!

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Basement Fire on East Main Street

"The first crew was really aggressive and put it down quickly" ~ Acting Chief Ken Clark

January 24, 2009 — A fire on East Main Street, across from Wilson Street, first reported as a chimney fire, was soon observed as a working fire in the basement by police who quickly arrived on scene and gave the Fire Department a heads up. Two occupants and pets got out safely, and the main part of the fire, an active fire in the basement was "put down quickly," according to Acting Chief Ken Clark, who has had that position for about a day.

      Ashland, Southborough, and Milford departments responded to calls for Mutual Aid

      According to the Chief, the fire started in the fire place and extended into surrounding walls.

     "It's a finesse job," said Chief Clark. "It took a while to get the chimney fire out." He said that the Firefighters used a small 2.5 gallon spray canister for the chimney, because hot brick could explode when hit with a lot of water.

       Firefighters investigated the chimney and flue thoroughly, finding spaces in the mortar that could have caused a problem.

      The call came into the Fire Station at 8:08 p.m., and the situation was declared "under control" at 9:57, and all clear at about 10:18.

      A YouTube/HopNews video of the scene is below.


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Pinewood Derby 2009

January 24, 2009 — About 150 Cub Scouts and parents poured into the Elmwood School Cafeteria for the Pinewood Derby this morning to race their wooden vehicles.

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Woodville Rod & Gun Club Fishing Derby

January 24, 2009 — The Woodville Rod & Gun Club Fishing Derby took place on Lake Whitehall this morning. Above, Lee Wright assumes the Karate Kid secret kick pose after seeing the camera.

Snow Patrol

January 24, 2009 — Frenchy Remillard of the Woodville Rod and Gun club performed taxi service during today's fishing derby.

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Hopkinton 72, Bellingham 57

January 24, 2009 — Luke Haroian begins to make his way through a pack of Bellingham defenders.

Hopkinton 55, Bellingham 33

January 24, 2009 — Number 24 better watch her step as a Bellingham defender's foot is reaching out a little too closely. (Sorry, the number is missing from the roster in our possession).

14 Month-old Elkhound-Shepherd Mix


His one year-old and three year-old masters will miss him dearly, but they are moving and would like to see him have a loving home.


Goliath loves kids, is smart as a whip, and has been housebroken for most of his life. He enjoys all kinds of foods and has a fondness for beef bones.


His loving family is heartbroken to have to part with him, but their new apartment will not allow dogs.


To see Goliath at his home in Northborough, call Nikki 508-723-6498.

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Governor Patrick Orders Flags to Half-staff Across State to Honor Soldier


January 23, 2009 — Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Maj. Brian M. Mescall, who died on January 9, 2009 in Afghanistan, the victim of a roadside IED.

      Last Tuesday, Selectmen Chair Brian Herr announced that Selectman Michael Shepard, a Marine Corps veteran, and his wife Karen, will travel to Washington D.C. to attend the burial of Maj. Mescall at the Arlington National Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. on Monday. Flags will remain in the half position until that time.

      There is an article on Seacoast Online interviewing a friend who describes his kind nature.


From the Citadel Alumni Site: Death of Brian M. Mescall ‘97


U.S. Army Maj. Brian Michael Mescall, Citadel Class of 1997, died Jan. 9 in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense announced on Jan. 12 his death along with that of two others who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Mescall and the other two soldiers died 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.


Mescall, 33, of Hopkinton, Mass., was a graduate of Exeter High School.  He was a member of the company F-Troop and graduated in 1997 with a BA in history. “Brian was an aggressive warfighter and a magnificent trainer. He never backed down from a mission,” said Army Maj. Kevin Poole, ‘99, who worked with Mescall at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany.


Having already served two tours in Iraq, one as a tank company commander and the other as a military transition team chief, Brian truly exemplified the Citadel spirit.


“Brian was truly dedicated to the Army and his family, and it showed in everything that he did, ” Poole said. “As a soldier/leader and a friend he was someone that we all should aspire to be. Brian Mescall is an American hero who will be sorely missed.”


Mescall is survived by his parents, John and Peggy Mescall of Lowell, Mass., his wife, Chiun, and his son, Nathan. Funeral arrangements are pending. Mescall is the 14th Citadel graduate to pay the ultimate sacrifice in service to his country

School Mother of Three Urges Prop 2½ Override

Dear Editor,


Thank you for sending a reporter to cover the School Committee meeting last night. I also attended the meeting along with several other moms of children of various ages. Your reporter attributed the sizeable crowd to the discussion of the transportation policy, but I would like to say that personally I was there to hear the discussions of the Elementary School budgets for 2009-2010. I think this was true for many of the others in attendance as well, although certainly some parents were there to make public comments about the transportation policy.


I am the mother of three children (a 3rd grader, a 1st grader and an Integrated Preschooler). Last night I was extremely disappointed to hear about the projected loss of elementary school teachers and the larger class sizes for next year. Center School (K-1st) will lose 1.5 Kindergarten teachers and have a projected class size next year of 23-24 students per class. Elmwood School (2nd-3rd) will lose 1 teacher and have a projected class size of 25 students per class. Hopkins School (4th-5th) will lose 1 teacher and have a projected class size of 26 students. These class sizes are too large for young children and they are far above Hopkinton’s ideal class sizes. READ FULL LETTER

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Hopkinton School Committee Delays Some Major Decisions

Middle School roof and walls repair comes in UNDER budget

by Derek Dobachesky

January 23, 2009 — The Hopkinton School Committee sidestepped two touchy issues, transportation policy and final budget cuts, in a meeting that went well past midnight on Jan. 22, 2009. The meeting began at 7:30 p.m., with a sizeable crowd in attendance — primarily parents concerned over possible changes to the transportation policy that would eliminate the ability of parents to send their children to school from — or have them dropped off — at multiple locations.

The Committee quickly accepted a nomination for Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award from the Massachusetts Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Hopkinton Public Schools was submitted as a nominee for this award by Michael McFarland* (File photo, left), a Hopkinton technology teacher who is currently deployed in Iraq with the Massachusetts Navy Reserves. The Committee then accepted an award of Big Books worth $420 for Center School from Mary Murphy.


Following the award, the Committee heard public comments from two parents and one teacher who spoke on the proposed changes to the transportation policy, which would require each that child has only one pick-up and one-drop off location, which can be different locations. The current policy allows for unlimited bus-switching, so children can have multiple pick-up and drop-off locations.

Center School teacher Amanda Jacob then spoke in favor of the new policy, stating that having children change buses could disrupt classes and cause unsafe situations and anxiety for elementary students, especially kindergartners. "The school
committee should be here for education, not as a taxi service," Jacob said, who additionally spoke of her experience as a parent working part-time and attending graduate school with a child in elementary school.

The proposed change resurfaced in discussions throughout the meeting and was eventually put off in order to collect more information and public input. Committee members Rebecca Robak and Richard de Mont also agreed to form a subcommittee to look into the issue. Superintendent Dr. John Phelan, with the approval of the Committee, stated that any potential changes would not into effect until fall 2010 at the soonest, so as to give parents enough time to make arrangements for their children.
The Committee also agreed to approve draft and approve changes to the policy by the end of the school year.

After completing the regular portion of the meeting, the Committee began its third budget working session, which was not recorded. The session featured presentations on proposed budgets for the Center School, Elmwood School, Hopkins School and for technology.

All of the school budgets proposed cuts in personnel. The Center School budget would result in an increase in class sizes to 23 to 24 for kindergarten and first-grade. The Elmwood School budget would maintain class sizes at an average of 24 students, but would reduce by half assistant principal Michael Giurlando's hours at Elmwood. Giurlando would work the other half of his hours at the Hopkins School under the proposed budgets.


From the Superintendent: "There are two elementary assistant principals, Carol Costa at Hopkins and Michael Giurlando at Elmwood. One elementary principal’s position has been proposed for elimination, which would result in one position being split between Hopkins and Elmwood. No decision has been made on which administrator will be reduced. The reference above indicates that Michael Giurlando will be the remaining Assistant Principal, which is not accurate at this point in time."

After further discussion of the budgets, the proposed athletic and activity fees at the high school and middle school that were discussed at the meeting on Jan. 9, and the cuts in these budgets resulting from the Hopkinton Board of Selectman's order that the Committee institute a budget freeze at fiscal year 2009's level, the Committee discussed possible scenarios under which the Committee could obtain more funds so that cuts in personnel and programs, as well as increases in class sizes, would be lessened. The Committee could try to obtain money through free cash in the Board's budget, the previously mentioned fee increases, a possible tax override, or for money capital and infrastructure improvements from president Barack Obama's proposed economic stimulus package.

However, the Committee currently plans on presenting the budgets that have already been drafted at the public hearing next Thursday evening in order to illustrate the implications of the Board-ordered budget freeze. The public hearing takes place
on Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Middle School Library.

The Committee discussed one item of new business before the budget working session — approval of an invoice for paying a contracting company for work it did on the Middle School roof and walls. The project was completed at a cost of $1.1 million
less than what was projected, due to fewer problems with the walls than anticipated based on a sample section.


After the budget working session, the Committee entered executive session at 11:50 p.m. in order to discuss business relating to non-bargaining unit personnel. The executive session was not filmed and was closed to the public.

* See last year's High School sendoff for Mr. McFarland on HopNews.TV . It is the 6th video down the page.

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Double Fatal Crash on Route 495 in Bellingham


January 23, 2009 — This morning at approximately 12:20 a.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Millbury responded to a two-vehicle crash on Route 495 northbound in Bellingham, north of Route 126 which resulted in two fatalities.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper John Guest from the State Police Barracks in Millbury  indicates that a 41-year-old John Waterman from Worcester was traveling the wrong way and at a high rate of speed on Route 495, southbound in northbound lane, when his 2006 Ford Five Hundred struck a 2008 Hyundai Elantra head on. The Hyundai which was traveling Route 495 northbound was being operated by 21-year-old Myja Parviainen from Westminster.  


The Ford Five Hundred traveled into the median strip where the vehicle caught fire.  Mr. Waterman was pulled out of the vehicle but suffered serious injures and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Ms. Parviainen operator of the Hyundai was also seriously injured and was pronounced deceased at the scene.


This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.  The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, The Franklin Fire Department, Franklin Police Department and the Franklin EMS assisted troopers at the scene. 

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Democratic Caucus

10:00 a.m. February 7, 2009

Hopkinton Fire Station


Registered Democrats in Hopkinton will be holding a caucus at the Hopkinton Fire Station, Main St. on Saturday February 7th at 10:00am to elect six delegates and three alternates to the 2009 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women.


The Convention will be held on Saturday, June 6th at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. At that time, Democrats from across the state will gather to adopt a party platform.


The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in Hopkinton. All ballots will be written and secret. Those not elected as Delegate and/or Alternate, who meet the qualifications, may apply to be add-on delegates in the following categories: youth, minority, and disabled


All registered Democrats in Hopkinton are invited (and encouraged) to join us.  Come and meet some of your fellow local Democrats. 

For further information, please contact Dick Duggan, Corresponding Secretary HDTC, at or 508-435-4007.


Children age 10 and under eat for free* when parents eat.

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January 22, 2009 — Nicholas Colella, grandson of Maria Forte, owner of Caffe Italiano, 25 Hayward Street (At the corner of South Street) talks about free food in the video above. (Offer good thru April 30, 2009).

Alive With Uproarious Laughter

January 22, 2009 — Center School First Grade and Kindergarten students were treated today to an entertaining way to reinforce their lessons on stranger danger, public safety, bullies and more, with a presentation by the Officer Phil Program in the Cafeteria. Over two dozen businesses, as well as the New England Laborer's Training Trust, contributed money in order to bring the program to the school.

     To see a bit of the presentation and discover why the kids are in hysterics, check out the video below


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37th Annual Dinner - Dance

March 28, 2009

6:30 pm -12:30 am @ Portuguese Club

119 Prospect Street in Milford.


• Social Hour: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

• Dinner by Tina Marie's: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Dancing, with music by Tailspin: 8:30 pm - 12:30 am

Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased from a Hopkinton Police Officer or at the Hopkinton Police Station. For more information, call the station at 508-497-3401, and ask for Officer Patrick O'Brien.

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by Linda Clancy

January 21, 2009 — It was a very exciting Wednesday afternoon at the Hopkinton High School Field house as both the Girls and Boys Track Teams defeated Westwood.  The Girls won 62-24 and the Boys won 50-36.  These wins clinched TVL Titles for both teams.  The caliber of competition was fabulous with many runners exceeding past performance times, jumps and throws.   Many of the athletes from both teams will now move on to race in the TVL championship meet and then State Divisional Championships. Congratulations to Coaches Hall, Donahue, Shea, Thompson and Stockwell.  Their guidance and tireless support of the track athletes has led to a phenomenal season.



Cecily Boyce (6.7) and Sam Prescott (7.4) led the meet off by taking 1st and 2nd place in the hurdles.  Molly Morningstar (5.8) and Sheena Dupuy (6.1) captured 1st and 2nd in the 45 meter dash.  Keeping with the 1st and 2nd place pattern that had been established, Erica Normandeau (12:34.2) and Lauren Schultz (12.36.0) dominated the 2 mile. 


In the 600 meter run, Kellie Lodge (1:45.6) placed 1st and Kim Bolick (1:47.6) 3rd. 

Molly Kessler (3:14.7) ran an incredibly quick 1000m race to take 1st place while teammate Jaclyn Perrault (3:25.6) had a great run and captured 3rd place for Hopkinton.  Freshman Tamara Mills (5:47.6) placed 1st in the mile beating the second place Westwood finisher by 10 seconds while Becca Govoni (6:03.5) placed 3rd in the mile. 


Cecily Boyce (4’10”) (photo, left) and Marissa Mahoney (4’6”) placed 1st and 3rd in the high jump.  Maggie Olney (26’1”) and Meredith Tuite (23.6”) took 1st and 3rd in the Shot Put.  And last but not least the 4x 400 relay team of Emily Jarvis, Kellie Lodge, Abigail Perrault and Andrea Gendron placed second with a time of 4:37.0. 


Not to be out done by the Girls, the Boys had an amazing meet.  Paul Kelley (6.1) and Keith Love (6.2) set the stage for what would be a fantastic meet by capturing 1st and 3rd in the first event, the hurdles.  Matt Johnson (5.1) and Tim Braga (5.3) went 1st and 3rd in the 45 meter dash.  Stephen Lynch (10.41.5) and Cam Fairbanks (11.15.9) took 1st and 3rd in the 2 mile. 


Zach Hutchinson (1:30.0) and Mike Ronan (1:30.4) captured 1st and 2nd in the 600 meter race. Matt Johnson (38.3) won the 300M.  Kevin Franke (2:59.1) and Matt Kelley (3:00.8) grabbed 2nd and 3rd in the 1000M. 


Stephen Lynch (4:53.1), a senior, was not content at just winning the mile so he ended his last TVL meet by capturing 1st in the 2 mile also.  Brendan Driscoll (5:10.8) placed 3rd in the mile.  Keith Love (5’10”) high jumped into 2nd place and Matt Cosmo (39’6”) placed 3rd in the Shot Put.  The 4x 400 relay team won with a time of 3:47.1.  The team consisted of Paul Kelley, Dan Carrai, Mike Ronan and Zach Hutchinson.

More photos below.


January 21, 2009 — Matthew Cosmos, still in the air in his follow through, watches his shot put throw during the meet in the Athletic Center today.

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Christmas in January?

January 21, 2009 — The owner of this decorative bridge over Whitehall Brook continues to celebrate the festive season, today on Fruit Street as the sun dropped low in the sky and the shadows grew long.

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Whose 40th Birthday is on Saturday?

Mouse over the image of the girl to see Lisa Martin.

 Senior Moments


  A Look back at Hopkinton Senior Center 2008

by Nancy L. Drawe (Punky)

January 21, 2009 — Oh, what a year!  2008 was the year of many exciting activities and events that happened at the Hopkinton Senior Center.   In case you’ve forgotten them, I’m here to remind you and give you a little recap of some of the highlights from January through December, 2008.   I’ll try to keep it short! 


JANUARY—On January 21, Hopkinton held its first annual Martin Luther King Day of Giving Back.   The seniors at Davis Road were lucky to have the Youth Commission teenagers spend the day with them, making Valentines and enjoying a special lunch prepared by the kids.


FEBRUARY—Cindy Chesmore was the star of my column—February 2 was her 20th anniversary as the Director of the Senior Center.  You learned all about her life and family, as well as all the great accomplishments she had made over the years for the senior center.   The Valentine’s Dinner held on February 12 was a huge success with an attendance of approximately 150!    Everyone enjoyed the evening, which included a delicious roast pork dinner, entertainment by John Guido and “Love Letters,” a two-person play.


MARCH—What is the best part about being a senior citizen?  That’s the question I asked of many of the seniors up at the center for a March column.  Spending time with the grandchildren and “doing what you want, when you want” were the most popular answers.  I got many ideas for my future since I’m a “senior in training!”


APRIL—The Women’s Club were a topic of one column because the Senior Center is one of the agencies that benefits from all the wonderful work these women do.   It is a non-profit organization whose members volunteer to dedicate themselves to providing services to the community by raising money through fundraisers, etc.

A Marathon breakfast was held at the Center with the star of the show being the Official Marathon Flame that was brought all the way to the United States from Marathon, Greece by Spyros Zagaris, the mayor Marathon.   The breakfast was well attended by most of the town officials.  After the breakfast, the Senior Center was presented with a low mileage 2007 F-350 Van donated by Friends of the Seniors who had been raising money for about five years for this purchase.



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Guess Who Has It To Go?

Maria's authentic Italian Pizzette is perfect for two, or for one with a

hearty appetite, and now it is available to go!

On the Corner of South and Hayward Streets

Please call ahead 508-497-0730

Hopkinton 58, Holliston 38

January  21, 2009 — Katie Sousa has it all together against Holliston on Tuesday.

Photo by Jane Lockwood.

Selectmen Appoint Acting Fire Chief and Interim Town Manager

Above, Ken Clark speaks to the Selectmen while friends, fellow firefighters and family back him up.

January 20, 2009 — The Hopkinton Board of Selectmen made two substantial appointments this evening, one of a native son, the other of a professional municipal manager.

       Hopkinton Fire Deputy Chief Kenneth Clark (seated, above) was appointed Acting Fire Chief effective upon the exit of Fire Chief Gary Daugherty (Photo, right) on January 23, 2009 at 5:00 pm, when he leaves to become the Fire Chief of Framingham, Mass., a town of nearly 70,000 people. The Selectmen and others took turns praising the outgoing Chief.

      Board of Selectmen Chairman Brian Herr said that the move to such a large department as Framingham was a tribute to Chief Daugherty's professionalism.

      Vice-Chair Mary Pratt said, "Framingham is getting a good guy."

      Selectman Michael Shepard praised both chiefs as he said that Gary Daugherty "trained a great bunch of guys."

      Chief of Police Thomas Irvin said, "It's been a pleasure working with Chief Daugherty."

       "The guy next to me [Chief Clark] is cut of the same cloth," Chief Irvin said.

      "You really care about the town," said Selectman RJ Dourney to Mr. Daugherty. "And we are better for it." Mr. Daugherty is serving as interim Town Manager for the second time on top of his Chief's position. He took up the slack when the previous Town Manager, Anthony Troiano, needed recuperation time following a fatal car wreck, and later, after Troiano resigned under pressure.

      "I'll miss working with him," said Chief Clark.

      "Such a collaborative spirit will serve him well in Framingham," said State Representative Carolyn Dykema, who was on hand to present proclamations from the State House and the State Senate.

      Another huge step forward came as Selectmen appointed Clayton Carlisle as the Interim Town Manager, under contract from the University of Massachusetts.

      Mr. Carlisle, who is retired from municipal government, has served in Marshfield, Somerville, Southbridge and other towns, as well as Chelsea when it was in receivership. He said he has participated in 70 Town Meetings.

      His term, which begins tomorrow, January 21 at 10:00 a.m., is expected to last until a permanent Town Manager is hired in about three months.


      The Selectmen discussed the budget progress this evening, saying that there is a $671,000 surplus, but emphasizing that the year is not over. The snow budget isn't usually funded fully, but comes out of the general fund after the seed money is used.

      Mrs. Pratt suggested that the money go into the stabilization fund, to be used for next year's budget, which is  projected to show a drop of 10% in aid from the state.

      RJ Dourney suggested taking a look at the town's CPC (Community Preservation Committee) contribution, and considering it as an item to be put on the table for discussion. The Community Preservation Act allows communities that opt in to levy taxes to be used for a number of purposes, such as housing, conservation and preservation. In good fiscal times, the state has matched funds up to 100% of the town's contribution. However, that figure is down to 35% this year, said one Selectman. Hopkinton's CPA haul is 2% of the taxes collected, some of which have been appropriated for long-term projects, like the Fruit Street Fields.

      In addition, years ago, in an effort to rein in municipal spending, the people passed Proposition 2½, a measure that limits taxes to an increase of that percentage. Although it limits it to that amount, it does not mandate the increase. However, towns have automatically added the increase, because they could.

      Mr. Dourney asked Heidi Kriger, the town's CFO, how much the 2½ amounted to this year.

      She said it was over $1 million.

      "We are in a fiscally  constrained environment," said Mr. Dourney. "CPA funds, Prop 2½ are all up for discussion," he said.

     The Selectmen are adamant about not funding any capital items this year, unless the money is earmarked for something specific.

      "We can't incur any more debt," said Mr. Daugherty. "We said no capital [ expenditures], and we mean it," he said.

       Town Clerk Anne Click was on hand asking for an assistant position, but was denied by the Selectmen, who said that they have instituted a freeze on hiring.

       To avoid having those personnel and other sensitive issues discussed by the Selectmen on television, they plan to have a long working session off camera to hammer out fine points of the budget.

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