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Monthly Taps Vigil

February 1, 2009 — Above, Veterans Michael Whalen, Michael Shepard and Charles Zettek chat following this evening's Taps Vigil, a ceremony held on the first Sunday of each month. This evening's ceremony included a remembrance of Major Brian Mescall by veteran Glen Leyton.

      Major Mescall lost his life in Afghanistan on January 9 of this year, the victim of a roadside IED. He lived in Hopkinton during some of his formative years and became friends with Mr. Leyton.

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Physics 101

February 1, 2009  Sam Riga's stick is definitely showing a serious bend with the leverage from this shot on Bellingham's goal on Saturday.

MOMS: Kids 10 and under eat for free at Maria's. Check it out!

Souper Bowl (of caring)

Leah Raczynski, Matt Dry, Callum McIntosh - Left to right (back row) George Puliafico (front)

February 1, 2009 — Grace United Methodist Church participated today in the Souper Bowl of Caring, a national initiative to fight hunger and poverty in local communities.  Since the program began with a group of high school students in 1990, over $50 million has been generated across the country and world.  Grace UMC collected 37 cans of non-perishables today for Project Just Because.  If you would like to join us in supporting this cause, please donate non-perishable canned goods at any Project Just Because drop off site in town. ~ Contributed by Dawn Puliafico

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Henry E. Thomas, Jr.


Rangeley Plantation, Maine - Henry E. Thomas Jr., 65, of Rangeley Plt., Maine, formerly of Hopkinton, Mass., died unexpectedly, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, at his home in Rangeley Plt.


He was born on Apr. 21, 1943, in Framingham, the son of Henry E. and Mary (Carey) Thomas Sr. He graduated from Marian High School in Framingham, and went on to attend college in Merrimack, N.H. Henry was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii.


He married Linda Palmer on Nov. 19, 1966. He worked as a land surveyor for Schofield Bros. Inc. in Framingham for 35 years. He and his wife retired to Maine in 2002, where he enjoyed home renovation projects, snowmobiling and especially boating on Rangeley Lake. During the winter months, Henry and Linda traveled to Myrtle Beach, S.C., where he enjoyed time spent on the golf course. Arrangements Complete

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TVL Champs

Jan 31, 2009 - Winning their third title in two weeks, the Hopkinton High School boys and girls track teams both finished in first place at the TVL championship meet held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.  Pictured with the boys TVL championship trophy are (L to R)  Coach Donohue, captains Paul Kelley, Keith Love, Steve Lynch and Matt Johnson. Contributed content.

Hopkinton Represented in Miami

On January 25, 2009 Hopkinton residents John, Paula and Patrick Burns, above, participated in the ING Miami Half Marathon.  The trio raised over $10,000 for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) which earned them the distinction of the highest contributing team in New England.


Their fundraising efforts, along with the efforts of others, helped Team New England raise more funds than any other region of the country.  All of the money raised will fund critical research programs uniquely developed to find a cure for both Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

Lake Social

January 31, 2009 — Members of the Lake Maspenock Preservation Association threw themselves a party on Saturday night at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club. Of the more than 100 friends and neighbors who are members, these hardy souls partied until the end, when the photographer showed up. See the link to their website by clicking on our Community button, always on top,

Hopkinton vs. Bellingham

January 31, 2009 — Brian Lawler prepares for a backhand to a teammate behind the Bellingham goal on Saturday in Franklin.

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Boys: Medway 58, Hopkinton 57

Girls: Medway 63, Hopkinton 49

Above, Max Masucci takes the elevator to grab this rebound on Friday night. Photos by Ben Lewis.

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Elmwood Student Ensemble Entertains at Respite Center

January 30, 2009 — Mrs. Diamond from Elmwood School leads her charges in entertaining visitors and clients at the Respite Center last Tuesday. Photo by  Lynne Auslander.

School Committee Proposes Expanded Budget

Wants $1.2 million increase

"I would reject my own budget outright." ~ Supt. John Phelan


by Derek Dobachesky

January 30, 2009 — In a heavily attended public hearing and budget working session, the Hopkinton School Committee approved a fiscal year 2010 budget to submit to the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen that includes significantly lower cuts in services than previously suggested — and no increases in fees. File photo

Around 40 area residents attended the public hearing on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Middle School library, some with prepared statements on issues relating to the budget and its possible impact on schools.

The hearing began with Superintendent Dr. John Phelan's presentation summarizing his proposed budget for 2010. The presentation succinctly summarized his Fiscal Year 2010 Preliminary Budget, which is available on the School Committee's Web site .His drafted proposal followed the Board of Selectmen's request that Hopkinton Public Schools' budget for 2010 remains flat at the level of funding in 2009's budget. His presentation outlined numerous cuts in personnel ó the equivalent of 20 full-time teachers; an increase in the fee per student per sport from $125 to $200; cuts in sports offered; increased class sizes; and new activity fees in both the High School and Middle School.

Following Phelan's presentation, many concerned parents ó and two high school students ó spoke in a lengthy public comment period.

Many of the parents who spoke were concerned that a decline in the quality of education and programs, as well as increased class sizes, would result from the cuts. Karen Fallon suggested the Committee consider instituting full-day kindergarten and charging for it in order to lessen budget shortfalls. The Committee has been looking into how much support there would be for such a move.

The two high school students in attendance, as well as one parent, attested that the budget's proposed elimination of late buses would hurt participation in activities amongst students whose parents work late.


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MLK Blood Drive an Overwhelming Success

Above, Seniors Bobby Curley and Junior Jane Alexander serve snack to blood donors

January 29, 2009 — The MLK Blood Drive was a great success. Our goal was to have 60 donors and to end up with 48 pints donated. We actually had 67 participants and ended up with 55 pints donated surpassing our goal. We unfortunately had to turn some people away because we simply didn't have enough capacity! We want to thank all those who donated. Next year we plan on doubling our capacity so we can accommodate more donors and reduce the wait time. Dunkin Donuts generously donated a pound of coffee to every donor. Fourteen of those donors then contributed their coffee to the Hopkinton Food pantry.

A special thanks do the high school students who gave up their day off to volunteer and staff the blood drive: James Paras, Greg Hadley, Maggie Grabmeir, Kylie Wyman, Kelly O'Connor, Deanna Payson, Doug Markson, Alyson Amato, Kayla Farley, Bobby Curley, Emily Gaston and Jane Alexander. Many of them were also donors. 17 of our 67 participants were high school students. For a number  of them, it was their first time donating. 

The blood drive was a wonderful addition to the MLK Day of Giving. Thanks to everyone who donated or volunteered for making it a huge success! ~ Jane Roche

Chimney Fire Investigation

January 29, 2009 — Lt. Robert Bartlett communicates with other firefighters on Main Street this morning after the report of a possible chimney fire. All units cleared about 30 minutes later.

Area Temple Offers Course on Judaism
To People of All Religious Backgrounds


Westborough, - January 29, 2009 –This March, Rabbi Larry Milder of Congregation B’nai Shalom will teach a course on Judaism, designed for people of all religious backgrounds.


Called A Taste of Judaism: Are You Curious?, the course, which is free and open to the public, is a three-session program sponsored and prepared by the Reform Jewish Outreach of the Union for Reform Judaism


According to Joyce Schwartz, Outreach Program Coordinator for the UJF, “As is indicated by the name, the course is designed to show people what is ‘delicious’ about Judaism; our faith, our customs and our community, adding that the course is geared for adults who would like to explore Reform Judaism's relevance in today's world.


“In addition,” she continued, “the course is also good for students who would like to learn about Jewish perspectives on topics of spirituality, ethics and community.”


Rabbi Milder, who is teaching the course as part of the congregation's 2009 Adult Educational Series, pointed out, that course content is not dependent upon any previous knowledge of Judaism. He added, “Unaffiliated Jews, interfaith couples, in-laws of Jews, as well as individuals from other religious backgrounds, will find this course a good beginning.


“In the class, free and lively discussion of Judaism’s approach to living in our rapidly changing society is encouraged,” he concluded, 


The course will be held at the temple on three successive Wednesdays, March 12, 19 and 26, from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.


Although there is no enrollment fee to take the course, registration is necessary by contacting Congregation B’nai Shalom at 508-366-7191.

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Woodville Rod & Gun Clubs Annual Wild Game Feed

6:00 pm Saturday, February 7th, 2009


If you have never tried wild game but, have been curious, then here is your chance. There will be many new things for the novice to try with venison, turkey, duck, striped bass, bluefish, frog legs, bruin, and boar included in this years menu.


Most of the game and fish have been generously donated by club members, but the exotic items, such as frog legs, have been purchased. Bear kabobs, venison cordon bleu, venison pot pie, smoked turkey, smoked pheasant, manicotti shells stuffed with venison, ricotta and mozzarella, duck in an orange glaze sauce, pheasant cacciatore, venison tacos, boar porchetta, pizza with venison featuring wild maitake mushrooms, fried frog legs, venison meatball finger sandwiches, and other mouth watering dishes will be prepared by an army of club members.


The ring leaders have been working on the menu for many weeks now and the club is know to have great cooks in their own right donating time for this event. Door prizes, raffles, slideshows of past club functions, and other entertainment will make this a night to remember. This function has been a sell out for over 15 years now. Get your tickets now to assure a seat! Donation for a ticket is only $30, a small price for the meal you will want to come back to year after year! Tickets are available at the clubhouse, 252 Wood Street (Rt 135), Woodville. (508)-435-4148.


Lee Wright, Vice President

Woodville Rod & Gun Club

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ESL Winter Classes begin the week of February 2.  Click on the appropriate link below to learn about classes for you or your child. On-line registration is available prior to the opening week.  You may also mail your registration with a check or stop by the studio at 30 Main Street during office hours and pay in person.  Our instructors are CORI checked through the Hopkinton Public Schools.

Learn about them here. Get your registration form here.

There is something for everyone:

Mommy and Me Music

Musical Theater for Little Ones

Acting Classes/Beginner and Advanced

Group Voice Classes Beginner and Advanced

Plus new classes just for Middle Schoolers and Adults!


We are also currently enrolling students in private voice, piano, violin and guitar lessons. 

Give us a call to set up a lesson time at 508-435-2114.

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Saturday, February 7, 2009, 6:30 pm

Join friends and neighbors for a fun evening at the Lake View Pavilion in Foxborough, MA

HURRY! Last Days!

Tickets on sale through Friday, January 30th!!

Sit-down Dinner of Petite Filet & Stuffed Shrimp

Live Auction

Select-A-Prize Raffle

Game Room featuring Texas Hold’Em & Black Jack

Live Music by The Studio C Band

Tickets on sale through Friday, January 30th!!

Tables of 10 or Mix & Mingle Seats Still Available
 Tickets: $85 per person

Questions? Contact Libby Skiba at, 497-9465

Mail to HEF, PO Box 109, Hopkinton MA 01748

Don't miss out on the chance to win one of our many valuable raffle

prizes or a unique auction package. In addition to the traditional sports and

get-away packages, this year’s auction features unique “experiences” such as:

Marathon Madness packages for runners, spectators, and enthusiasts

Ladies Night Zumba Party, including instructions and goodie baskets

Backyard BBQ Party, catered by IQue BBQ Experts Chris Hart & Andy Husbands

Ultimate BBQ, including participation in state-wide BBQ contest

Marjorie W. Spencer

Marjorie Spencer, a 16-year Hopkinton resident, died Friday, January 23, 2009.

Born in Niagara Falls, N.Y., she was the daughter of Prescott H. and Ruth (Walker) Walker. A graduate of Niagara Falls High School, she attended Colorado College for 2 years and received her BA from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.

She worked at the Marine Corps Headquarters in Washington during the Korean War and then returned to Niagara Falls to work at Bell Aircraft Corp. Following her marriage to Hugh Spencer in 1953 they lived in Baltimore, MD and Brandenburg, KY before settling in Ohio, first in Lyndhurst and later Hudson.

She received an MA in Education from Case Western Reserve University and taught at Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Ohio for ten years. Due to health issues she became interested in nutrition and finally left teaching to take an MA in Nutrition at Kent State University. Arrangements complete

Aid From State to Hopkinton Cut by $95,222 for FY '09

FY '10 cut could be 3 times greater


January 29, 2009 — Governor Deval Patrick's budget for FY '09 has come up with a shortfall of nearly $96,000 in combined aid for Hopkinton.

      "It is less of a cut than we anticipated, so it shouldn't be too bad this year," said Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Brian Herr, on Wednesday evening. Mr. Herr said that the impact of the cuts has been mitigated by a retirement, and a pending retirement, which would take two positions off of the payroll and out of the budget.

      Mr. Herr said that the FY '10 will be about $279,000 short.

     "It's not etched in stone," he said.

     "It is still a moving target at the state and local levels," he said.

      "It's important to get the message out to the citizens so they know where we stand, although this year isn't as bad as we thought it would be."

      The selectmen will meet in a rare, Saturday, marathon session on February 7, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. in the Fire Station Meeting Room to hammer out finer details of the budget, and the painful cuts they may have to make. The meeting, which is expected to last for several hours, is open to the public, but will not be televised.

       An Excel spreadsheet from the DOR of all towns can be seen here.  File photos

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Kings of the Court

Kneeling: Jane Hart, Brennan Lavoie, Alex Radel

Standing: Coach Jim Hart, Taylor Sokol, Emily Viehl, Hannah Elliott, Rebecca Plunkett, Catherine Taggart, Courtney Urlage, Liza Marszalek and Coach Mary Sokol


The 7th Grade Girls Travel Team wion the "King of the Court" Tournament in Mansfield last weekend. They played 4 tough games and came out on top. 

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Representative Dykema to Hold Office Hours


Boston - Representative Carolyn Dykema will be holding office hours in all towns of the 8th Middlesex District.  Any resident who wishes to speak with the Representative and is unable to attend Office Hours should feel free to contact the office at (617) 722-2425 or e-mail leah.robins@state.MA.US to set up a personal appointment. 


In Hopkinton:

February 23     9-10:30am      

Hopkinton Gourmet

43 Main Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748

Pinewood Derby Winner

Hopkinton Cub Scouts Pack 1 and 26 joined together to hold their annual pinewood derby at Elmwood School on January 24th, 2009. Shown here are Jack Rodgers (age 6) and his mom. Jack won 1st place for all Tiger

Cubs, and 1st place overall, with his car “Jack Rabbit”, which he made with his dad.

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Hopkinton Police to Conduct Alcohol Compliance Checks

January 28, 2009 — Beginning in February and lasting through May, Hopkinton Police Department will be conducting compliance checks to enforce the minimum drinking age at all Hopkinton establishments with liquor licenses. The checks will flush out establishments serving alcohol to anyone under 21, and the Police Department will make the results public.


Lt. Flannery writes in a release, "We know that alcohol is the No.1 drug problem among youth killing more young people than all other illicit drugs combined. Frequent oversight of alcohol retailers increases compliance. Research also shows that the earlier youth begin drinking, the more likely they are to suffer injuries, binge drink and drive drunk.


"Preventing underage drinking is everyone’s responsibility. More must be done to address this problem. Underage drinking costs Massachusetts approximately $1.4 billion a year while accounting for more than $560 million in alcohol sales, or approximately 15% of all alcohol sold in the Commonwealth. Activities such as compliance checks monitor and encourage establishments to make sure youth don’t have easy access to alcohol."


*This activity is made possible by funding from the 2009 Underage Alcohol Enforcement Grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety & Security.

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Welcome to Andrew Matthew Chesmore


Keefe and Andrea (Vozzella) Chesmore announce the birth of their son, Andrew Matthew Chesmore on Thursday, January 22, 2009 10:35a.m. at the Milford Regional Hospital. He weighed 7 lbs. 2 oz. and is 20" long. His maternal grandparents are Ron and Adele Vozzella of Franklin and paternal grandparents are Bob and Cindy Chesmore of Hopkinton. His maternal great grandmother is  Marie Mussi of Franklin. Andrew joins his proud, Big Brother, Gregory, 3 years old

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Shop the High School Booster Store During Kids Night Out--Friday


Anyone looking to shop for an exciting array of Hopkinton Hillers gear (such as the Nike Dri-Fit shirts pictured here) can do so this Friday evening when the store will be open during the upcoming HYBA's, "Fan Appreciation Night" at the Hopkinton Girls and Boys Varsity games. 


The games start at 5:30 p.m., but the store will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for everyone's convenience.  New items are just in!  Come see what's new and cheer on Hiller basketball -- tickets are free for Hopkinton residents and you and your children will be treated to some exciting basketball action from both the girls and boys teams! Go Hillers!

No Injuries

January 28, 2009 — The driver of this vehicle that came just short of flipping over on Cedar Street shortly before 5:00 pm suffered no injuries. About 30 minutes later, a different vehicle, below, slid backwards and slammed into a tree.

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 Senior Moments

  Doggie Classes Free for Seniors

by Nancy L. Drawe



January 28, 2009  — It’s a Dog’s World out there, and the fur is flying!   Especially on Monday afternoons at the Hopkinton Senior Center, where you can find a number of dogs and their owners participating in the FREE Dog Obedience classes for seniors.   That’s right, a FREE dog obedience class, taught by dog trainer Doreen Garner.  Doreen studied training at New England Dog Training in Cambridge, the oldest training school in the country.   She has her own business here in town, “Dog Walkers,” where she can be hired for daily dog walks and pet sitting.  Since she is a Certified Behaviorist, she also teaches behavior modification obedience training.   


“A lot of the seniors don’t get the chance to attend my classes, so I thought I’d do something nice for them and volunteer to hold a free class up at the center,” said Doreen.   Since it’s a six week class, one hour each session, there’s plenty of time to concentrate on all the fundamentals of dog training such as sit, stay, walking on a leash, come when called, as well as redirecting bad behavior like jumping, chewing on the wrong things, etc.   One part of today’s lesson was a demonstration of “toys to keep dogs occupied.”  Doreen said, “While you’re outside shoveling all that snow and the dog has to stay by himself inside, there’s some pretty good ways to keep him occupied until you get back in.”  One such toy is the “KONG,” a hard rubber cone shaped toy with a small hole in one end that you fill with little treats such as peanut butter or a cheese stick.  The dog really has to work at it to get the food out.   Similar to the Kong is the “Squirrel Buddy,” which a couple of the dogs got to try out for themselves.  Next, she displayed a few different types of collars including the “Easy Walk Harness.”   Each of the dogs got one on one attention from Doreen, while she showed their owners how to walk them on a leash.  “Stay, and come when called,” was the next lesson — that was pretty cool!  Photo by Nancy L. Drawe


State Police Captain Dies in Crash of Cruiser


January 28, 2009 — Today, at approximately 1:45 a.m. troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Danvers responded to a single-vehicle crash, involving a State Police cruiser, on Route 1 northbound, prior to Essex Street, in Saugus that resulted in a fatality to an on-duty State Police officer.

Preliminary investigation indicates that Captain Richard J. Cashin was operating a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria on Route 1 North in Saugus when the vehicle left the roadway to the right and struck a utility pole.  Captain Cashin sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash and was declared deceased at the scene.


Captain Cashin, 52, served as the overnight shift commander of Troop A, the State Police troop that patrols the northeastern region of the state. He was in the performance of his duties as shift commander at the time of his death.


Captain Cashin is survived by his wife and four children, two sons, ages 9 and 13, and two daughters, aged 24 and 25.


Captain Cashin began his law enforcement career with the Metropolitan District Commission Police Department in 1980. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1984 and to lieutenant in 1989. He became a member of the Massachusetts State Police when the MDC Police merged with the State Police in 1992. In 2003, he was promoted to the rank of captain. In addition to Troop A, he was previously assigned to Troop E, which covers the Massachusetts Turnpike, and Troop H, which covers metropolitan Boston, during his career.


In November 2006, Captain Cashin received a commendation from the State Police superintendent for an incident that occurred in Malden early on the morning of Aug. 17, 2006. Captain Cashin assisted a Malden police officer who was attempting to interview two armed home invasion suspects. When one of the suspects attempted to reach for a gun he was carrying, Captain Cashin was able to physically subdue him while the Malden officer gained control of the gun.


“Captain Cashin lost his life in service to others, in the calling of public service that marked his long career,” said Colonel Mark F. Delaney, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police. “For 28 years he worked to protect the citizens of Massachusetts, and that remained his mission through his last shift. The crash remains under investigation. But what we know now is that Captain Rick Cashin was a dedicated public servant, a fine police officer, and a wonderful husband and father. His memory will be with us always.”

Design Review Board Approves YMCA Design

January 27, 2009 — The Design Review Board heard testimony from Architect Scott Richardson on Tuesday evening regarding the design of a new building for the YMCA that would provide additional recreational and lavatory facilities for the organization's 700 or so day camp students. It would also provide a place to hold rainy day activities, Mr. Richardson said.

    The group was unanimous in putting their proverbial stamp of approval on the plan.

     The new gazebo did not fare as well.

     "We're here to talk about the gazebo, and the infamous cupola, which has gotten more airplay than Obama," said Mr. Richardson. The cupola has been the subject of some blunt criticism on the HopNews Town Talk discussion page, as well as among members of the committees who approved its design; some thought it had been altered. Most of the criticism revolved around the height of the cupola.

     This evening, Mr. Richardson agreed that it looked too big and out of scale, and so presented "Plan B," left, to the members, which shows the cupola 14" lower than the one currently being built on the Common.

     Chair Jeannette  Thomson suggested that once the trim is put on, the gazebo would be more substantive, and the cupola more to scale.

      "I think they're looking for a cap, instead of a tower," said member Claire Wright, who doubles as a member of the Historic District Commission, which was supposed to convene a joint meeting, but lacked a quorum.

      Mrs. Wright wanted to be clear in pointing out that the discussion should not take away from the people donating their time to construct the structure.

      "As a community, we need to get it right," she said.

      The mood of an even lower cupola carried the day, and Mr. Richardson agree to provide a new plan with a lower cupola to a joint meeting in the future.

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Internet Safety Presentation Draws About 170 Parents

"Parenting in the Technology Age"

January 27, 2009 — Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone was joined by Margie Daniels, of Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, and Hopkins Principal Martha Starr, in presenting tips for parents regarding their children's online life, and how to protect them. Mr. Leone spoke to Ben Lewis before the presentation, below.


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Hopkinton/Ashland vs. Wayland

January 27, 2009 — The boy's teams push off for the freestyle event at Keefe Tech on Tuesday evening. Wayland won both the girls and the boys divisions.

Hopkinton 67, Millis 69

January 27, 2009 — Stephen Hrusovsky looks at a basketball that appears to be gigantic as a result of the position of the lens, during the 2-point victory against Millis Tuesday night.

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Wednesday Curbside Collection Postponed


Curbside Collection Postponed – Due to the predicted snowstorm, curbside trash and recycling collection will be postponed on Wednesday January 28th until the next day.  


The remainder of the week will be holiday schedule.


Holiday Schedule:
Whenever a scheduled collection day falls on a holiday, that day’s collection and all remaining
collections for the week will be delayed one day

 For information and missed collections, call E. L. Harvey at (508) 983-1023.

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Hopkinton Soldier Buried In Arlington National Cemetery

Selectman Michael Shepard attends ceremony



January 26, 2009 — Hopkinton Selectman Michael Shepard and his wife Karen represented Hopkinton at the 2:00 p.m. burial services in Arlington National Cemetery for Major Brian M. Mescall, who was killed with two other soldiers in Afghanistan when their vehicle was destroyed by an Improvised Explosive Device on  January 9, 2009. Mr. Mescall and his family lived in Hopkinton during some of his formative years.

    Mr. Shepard, who served as an Officer in the Marine Corps, said in an email this evening that he and Karen, "...extended the heartfelt condolences of everyone in the community.

    "The Army provided a contingent of about 20 soldiers.  From Brian's gravesite one can see both the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.  The Arlington police did a magnificent job escorting the funeral procession of more than 50 cars.  Civilians all along the route stopped at attention as it passed. 

    "The Mass was in Arlington at 12.  Many members of Brian's unit as well as his Commanding Officer were present.  Brian's Mom and Dad both come from very large families, and they were as there as well. 

    "Major Glen Layton from Hopkinton also attended.  We spoke with all the members of Brian's immediate family and they seem to be doing as well as can be expected, under the circumstances.  They all were touched by all the calls and e-mails from their friends in Hopkinton as well as the lowering of the flags in Brian's honor. 

     "Major Brian Mescall now rests among all the service members that have served the cause of freedom," Mr. Shepard concluded.

Heavy Public Turnout for Planning Board Meeting

Board considers zoning changes

by Robert Falcione

January 26, 2009 — The Planning Board  held a Public Hearing at the Fire Station Meeting Room to  get input from the public and discuss among themselves zoning amendments that will go before Town Meeting in May in the form of Zoning Articles if approved. The most controversial were the Sign Bylaw, Office Park District and the Hotel Overlay District.

      The Sign Bylaw puts sign regulations into one place in the town's bylaws and addresses many sign uses that are not currently allowed, but will be under the new bylaw.

      For instance, sandwich boards and banners are not currently allowed, but will be under the new laws.

      Jackie Potenzone, who has a home business on Wood Street, said that she puts out a lot of banners of non-profits. Would she be able to continue?

      Yes, she would, answer Town planner, Elaine Lazarus. In fact, she could have as many as she wanted, she added.

      Some members advocated a uniformity of signage, even to the point of not allowing a corporate logo, but that idea didn't grow legs.

      If the matter is moved forward as an Article, and it passes at Town Meeting, businesses will be allowed to have banners and sandwich boards, the very types that were ordered down late last year by the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

      In another matter, the Board discussed an Office Park District on the land owned by William and Mary Terry, a parcel that was studied by Erikson Retirement Communities for a multi-tiered planned retirement community, but abandoned after, in their words, because there was not enough contiguous upland for their campus. The land is bordered by Lumber Street, Whalen Road and Teresa Road, and contains many wetlands.

      However, this evening, Board member Ken Weismantel said that the reason was because there is not enough water and sewer available.

       According to Attorney Doug Resnick, representing the landowners, there are 130 upland acres that could be built upon, out of 204 total in the parcel .

       The Board also considered a Hotel Overlay District, a proposal that had been hammered out by the Zoning Advisor Committee, of which Mr. Weismantel was Chairman, and then moved to the Planning Board as the next step in the process. It would create an overlay district allowing hotels, that would activate once the use is enabled.

     ZAC had considered five parcels originally, but then withdrew two after objections from people representing the Lake Maspenock Preservation Association, a group of over 100 residents around the lake, who joined together in an organization to protect it.

       One man, saying he owned the land at 71 South Street at the corner of Hayward, asked why his parcel was withdrawn from consideration by ZAC.

       Malcolm Page, President of LMPA, said the group had reconsidered, and that it would go along with it if its members did not have to see the hotel when exiting Hayward Street.

      The other parcel, at the corner of South and West Main Streets and owned by Chuck Joseph (Photo) and Peter Markarian, was also dropped from consideration by ZAC; and Mr. Joseph was there to ask the Planning Board why.

       "I am asking you to reconsider, despite ZAC's refusal," he said.

       "We were voted in as one of the parcels, and then we read we were excluded by ZAC. No one even told us it was being reconsidered," he said.

        "I am asking the Planning Board to reconsider this on its ZONING MERITS," he said, emphasizing the last two words. He had been told it was dropped following objections from LMPA in order to get the rest of the parcels approved at Town Meeting, a decision that was political.

        Scott Richardson, the architect who drew the plans for the development, called it, "Really good parcels and conducive to development."

        Bob Maguire, a member of ZAC and a realtor who has sold property on South Street, said, "I am in favor of it."

        However, Mr. Page concluded that his association is "Strongly opposed to this site."

        The Board will continue the discussion on another date.

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Betsyann Duval Exhibit

February 7 to March 7, 2009

Reception February 7, 2009


The Cultural Arts Alliance of Hopkinton is pleased to presents a retrospective of work by Betsyann Duval from 1995 to the present.  Through four bodies of work Ms. Duval explores how myth and memory impact our sense of self.  The opening reception will be held on February 7, 2009 from 7 PM to 9 PM at the CAA Farmhouse at 98 Hayden Row Street. The exhibition closes on March 7, 2009 and the public is invited.


The exhibition includes:         

Supermodels Large scale drawings of iconic women who have shaped women's collective identity in the 21st century.


 Memory Stories Mixed media abstract painting on rice paper scrolls that explore myth and collective memory as the means by which society contains the dark and mysterious core that drives us and directs the energy of man to its broader benefit.

Family Secrets A Memory Music Box holds an intimate performance piece, while glowing monotypes hint at generational secrets.

Chasing Memory Abstract impasto paintings capture memory based on personal myth and metaphor.


Duval has received awards in national exhibitions from noted jurors including a First Prize, Painting from Lisa Dennison, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum; a Director's Prize from Maxwell Anderson, Director, Whitney Museum of American Art; and a Print Prize from Peter Rathbone, VP and Director of the American Paintings and Sculpture, Sotheby's


Her work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe, and is included in The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Archives of Women Artists.

State Police Stop Leads to Trafficking Arrests


January 26, 2009 — A State Police stop of an erratic driver in Uxbridge Sunday led to the seizure of approximately 100 grams of substances believed to be cocaine and the arrest of the driver and his passenger. File photo.


Trooper Jeffery Johnson was patrolling Route 146 North at around 5 p.m. when he observed a yellow Acura sedan in the right lane following the car ahead of it too closely. As the trooper was watching the car, it suddenly pulled into the left lane, passed the car in front of it, and abruptly cut back into the right lane in front of the other car, causing it to brake heavily to avoid a crash. Trooper Johnson then activated his cruiser’s blue lights and pulled over the Acura.


Upon approaching the Acura to speak to the two men inside, Trooper Johnson noticed an odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the car. He also observed several pieces of “green vegetable matter,” which he recognized as marijuana, strewn throughout the car’s interior.


Trooper Johnson further observed the car’s occupants – driver and owner BRADLEY BARRETT, 19, and passenger MICHAEL CLARKE, 21, both of Greenfield – acting oddly and allegedly making furtive movements toward the floor of the car.


While conducting a consent search of the Acura, Trooper Michael McCammon, who had responded to assist Trooper Johnson, noticed what appeared to be a plastic bag hanging from underneath the car’s console, on the passenger side. Inside the bag, the troopers found several large chunks of a white powdery substance, consistent with the properties of cocaine, and a rock-like substance resembling crack cocaine.


BARRETT and CLARKE were arrested for trafficking in cocaine and conspiracy to violate drug laws and transported to the Millbury State Police barracks for booking. Both men were also issued civil citations for possession of an ounce or less of marijuana and BARRETT was cited for motor vehicle violations. Preliminary weighing of the alleged cocaine indicated a weight of 104 grams, including packaging material. It will be analyzed at the State Police lab. The suspects were expected to be arraigned in Uxbridge District Court.

 Services for the Home

Marjorie May Peloquin, 94


Hopkinton- Marjorie May Peloquin, 94, of Hopkinton, died Sunday, January 25, 2009 at the Metrowest Medical Center in Natick. Born in Milford, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Maude (Stanhope) Aldrich. She was the wifeof the late Henry Verne Peloquin who passed in December 1976.

She attended the Framingham Schools as well as secretarial school. She was self employed, having her own secretarial business for many years. She was involved in the Hopkinton Library, a member of the Clef Club, Writers Club, Framingham Civic League, and was a member of 50 years of the Framingham Heart Study. She had a great love of animals.

She leaves behind her friend and neighbor of many years, Jeanne Taylor, as well as nephews and a niece on her husband's side.

Arrangements complete

Cornell's has fried shrimp? Barbequed ribs? Mmm...check it out!

And the Winner Is...

January 26, 2009 — Pack 97 held their annual Pinewood Derby Event on Saturday January 24th. Cameron Connell (age 8) is showing his trophies for 1st Place for all Bear Scouts and 1st Place Overall Finisher for his car "The Viper" that he made with his Mom.  Cameron may be asked to represent Hopkinton to race The Viper with other neighboring towns for Pack 97.

Hopkinton is Full of Sunshine!

A Welcoming Community

The Sacraments

Liturgical Worship

Saint Paul’s Episcopal

The Rev. Michael Billingsley

Sunday Service at 10:30 AM


61 Wood Street, Hopkinton

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

January 26, 2009


6:59 pm A caller reported that there were several deer carcass's discarded in the middle of the gas line on Dicarlo Road...


11:50 am A caller complained about snow mobiles operating inside the Woodville cemetery...


2:26 pm A passing motorist reported that a group of youths were on the ice off of Cedar Street and felt that it was not safe...


5:42 pm A caller stated that her twelve year old daughter was home alone on Turnbridge Lane and that her dogs were possibly barking at some youths outside...



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