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February 6, 2009 — The photographer waited today for a while to see an airplane pass across the view of the Moon, a waxing gibbous. It never happened, but a plane did fly in the opposite sky. The photographer put the two scenes together, above. The Moon will be full on Monday.

Sprinkler Activation Cause of Discolored Tap water


February 6, 2009 — Please be advised that if you are experiencing any discoloration of your water in the downtown and surrounding area, it is due to the accidental activation of a fire sprinkler system on Main Street. The discoloration should begin to dissipate and you may need to flush your faucet to help clear your line.


~ Eric J. Carty, Water/Sewer Manager

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Humpty Dumpty

February 6, 2009  — The tow truck operator, from a company out of the area, was quick to get this vehicle back on the flatbed after it fell off and onto Grove Street this afternoon. It is unknown if the damage to the frontend was from the fall, because the driver did not stick around for a Q&A after reloading the vehicle. There was no damage to other property, just to the car that fell.

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HHS CLASS of 1984 "Girls Night Out" for reunion planning


6:30pm 2/11/09 at Carbone's


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Senator Spilka To Hold Office Hours at 

Hopkinton Town Hall

 Friday, February 13, 2009, 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.

State Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), along with her Constituency Services Director Michele Goldberg, is holding office hour for the residents of Hopkinton to discuss issues of importance to them.  All constituents are encouraged to stop by and meet the Senator in person or call the Boston office @ (617) 722- 1640 to make a person appointment.

Smaller Local Aid Cut Highlights Committee Meeting

Looks forward to Center School feasibility study completion


by Derek Dobachesky


February 6, 2009 — The Hopkinton School Committee discussed the prospect of seeing less cuts to local aid than expected in Gov. Deval Patrick's budget and town meeting articles that will be proposed in a brief, fast-paced regular meeting on Thursday, Feb. 5. Committee members Rebecca Robak and David Stoldt were absent at the meeting, which began at 7:30 p.m.

Dr. John Phelan, Superintendent of Hopkinton Public Schools, began the meeting with recognitions. This included a recognition of the Hopkinton Youth Committee's Martin Luther King Day of Giving Back, which took place on Jan. 19. Over 713 members of the local community participated in a variety of community service project during this event.

Phelan and Committee Chair Nancy Alvarez Burdick then encouraged those in attendance to attend the Hopkinton Education Foundation's Reach for the Stars Winter Gala, which takes place on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lakeview Pavilion in Foxboro.

Dr. Phelan then gave an overview of how Gov. Patrick's proposed budget will impact funding for education and the town of Hopkinton and said, "We were very pleased that the governor's budget spared" cuts to education funding.

Patrick's budget calls for flat local aid funding for education in 2010, as well a cut of around $254,000 in aid to the town government. This cut is significantly less than the anticipated cut of 10 percent of the town's funding of around $7.5 million, which amount to around $750,000. Committee members stated that they foresee a portion of this aid going to increasing the education budget beyond the flat funding the Board of Selectmen requested in a message issued on Oct. 29, 2008.

Burdick then read the letter that the Committee submitted to the Board of Selectmen along with their budget request. The Committee concluded its work on its budget request on Thursday, Jan. 30 after four budget working sessions last month and a process including presentations that began back in Oct. 2008. The final budget request included an increase of $1.2 million in funding, a number higher than the Board's request of a flat funding proposal but $885,000 short of the Phelan's projected fixed budget increases of $2.085 million.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mary Colombo then presented the first reading of the School Committee Policy on Family Medical Leave Act. This policy will amend the prior wording to include requirements of unpaid leave for family members of active duty and injured National Guard and military servicemen and women. The amended language of the policy was primarily derived directly from the U.S. Department of Labor's Final Rule on the Family Medical Leave Act, issued Jan. 19, 2009, in order to implement the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008, signed into law by former president George W. Bush in Jan. 2008.

The Committee will change the proposed amended policy to include language directing the reader to specific definitions of terms in the the Final Rule and then presented at the next meeting to be passed.

Dr. Phelan gave a brief presentation on the status of the Strategic Planning Team's progress. The Team, which is working on drafting a new mission statement, vision statement and other goals for Hopkinton Public Schools, met on Jan. 27 to review feedback obtained from focus groups with teachers and community members. The Team will next meet on Feb. 10 to review its top 10 priorities, then present its work to the Committee on Feb. 26.

The Committee then recapped the town meeting articles it had submitted to interim town manager Clayton Carlisle on Friday, Jan. 30. The articles included the Committee's proposed fiscal year 2010 budget; an article cosponsored by the Board of
Selectmen to fund projects to bring facilities into accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; funding for a solar energy services project, also cosponsored by the Board; and funding for renovations to the Center School. As Dr. Phelan
explained, the Center School renovations are not nearly ready to begin, but the Committee submitted the article with the possibility that the feasibility study necessary before construction will be completed this spring, and with the hopes that money from the federal stimulus plan being debated in Congress will be available for the project.

Following this, Committee Vice Chair and member of the Financial Working group Phil Totino updated the Committee on several matters that will be addressed in future meetings. The Committee voted by voice to approve paying 43 percent of the cost of a bleacher project — about $51,000 out of around $126,000. It then approved the minutes from two previous meetings, and accepted a $2,000 scholarship, $688 from the Box Tops for Education program and an oven worth $200 for the middle school life skills classroom from Richard and Margaret Litavis.

The Committee convenes next at a regular meeting on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Middle School library.

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Planning Board to Hear More Legacy Farms Traffic Plans

February 5, 2009 — Despite the downturn in the economy, Boulder Capital President Roy MacDowell Jr. said a few weeks ago, that his company is moving forward with plans for Legacy Farms, a 940 residential unit development with 450,000 square feet of commercial/light industrial/retail space in East Hopkinton. They are in the middle of a public hearing process seeking approval of their Master Plan Special Permit. On Monday, they will continue with their traffic and transportation presentations.

       At Boulder's last meeting with the Planning Board on January 13, 2009, traffic engineer Robert Nagi of Vanesse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) presented phases of plans for the to-be remodeled intersection at Peach and East Main Street, which would eventually include a traffic light in the last phase. That's not the only intersection to be redesigned.

      The first phase of the Main/Grove/Cedar Downtown intersection improvements slated for this spring is smart signalization, which would improve traffic flow significantly in all but the most peak times. This improvement is part of the Host Community Agreement negotiated with the town

       The final phase for the intersection — a segment is shown above — takes into account the removal of at least 11 parking spaces from around the intersection, in order to add lanes for turning and merging, Mr. Nagi has stated. At least 7 of those spaces will be around, and across from, the Hopkinton Gourmet.

        At the January 13, 2009 meeting, Mr. Nagi said that the Main/Grove/Cedar intersection is in a failed status, and at full-build, even after the improvements, the intersection will fall back into a failed condition.

        The full-build is projected to be more than a decade away. The first part of the project itself is to begin on the southern side of East Main Street.

        The public hearing will continue on Monday, February 9, 2009 at 8:00 pm at the Fire Station Meeting Room.

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MetroWest YMCA Camp Information Night 


The MetroWest YMCA will be holding a camp information night on Wednesday  February 11, 2009 at 7:00pm in the Annex building at the YMCA located at 45 East Street, Hopkinton, MA. This is a great opportunity to meet with the camp director, view the new camp promotional CD and have your questions about this summer’s day camp answered.


Children are welcome to attend and refreshments will be served.


For more information please contact the YMCA at 508-435-9345.

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Veterans Salute

February 5, 2009 — Jim Mirabile, right, leads fellow veterans and others in the Pledge of Allegiance at the Taps Vigil last Sunday.

Unseasonably Cold Sign

February 5, 2009 — The Boat rental sign seems no worse for the weather today at Hopkinton state Park, as boats are stacked up all around the boathouse waiting for their chance to play, and few people ventured out.

ESL Live!
Friday, February 27
and Saturday, February 28
Woodville Rod & Gun Club
Hopkinton, MA
Tickets $15 in advance $12 Seniors
$18 at the door
This zany troupe performs an ALL NEW show in the style of Saturday Night Live.  No topic is off limits!

Come for a night of outrageous comedy and

music with the ESL Live!  band - Bedrock.

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Elmwood School Wee Deliver Postmaster Induction 

Enjoy Elmwood Postal workers at their 10th Anniversary ceremony.

Hopkinton Historical Preservation Trust Receives $10,000 Gift

McFarland/Sanger House on top of maintenance list

Mouse-over the image above to see the restored exterior.


February 4, 2009 — Above is the McFarland/Sanger house on Lumber Street after a new roof was installed and paid for by Capital Group Properties, the company that built the new living units behind this historical home. The company has just donated $10,000 to the Hopkinton Historical Preservation trust, in large part to continue restoration of this building, as part of their contribution to the town. That adds to their donation of the building itself, and the restoration of its exterior.


According to Historical Commission member Robert Ionta, CPA funds are not allowed to be used for maintenance, so the town needs other sources of funding for the maintenance of historical assets, such as the Gate House and the Train Depot.


People who would like to contribute to the fund are urged to visit the Commission's website and contact a member for more information.

 Photo of unrestored interior of McFarland Sanger House, left.

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Pipeline Patrol

February 4, 2009 — This Cessna model U206G registered to Spectra energy aerial Patrol LLC can often be seen flying low around Hopkinton as it observes the Tennessee Gas Pipeline right of ways. Above, it is flying over the Hopkinton Reservoir this afternoon.

Stolen Hopkinton Goods Recovered

Ashland/Hopkinton/Milford Joint Investigation

Cache includes laptop computers, IPODS and other MP3 players


February 4, 2009 — Today at about 1:10 AM the Hopkinton Police Department received a call from the Ashland Police Department that they had recovered some items that had been stolen during some thefts from vehicles in Hopkinton the week  before on Glen Road.


An Ashland Officer discovered GPS devices in the possession of a 17 year-old Milford male during a traffic encounter that were determined to have been stolen from vehicles in Hopkinton last week.


Detectives and Officers from the Hopkinton Police and Ashland Police interviewed the suspect and obtained his consent to go to his residence in Milford to look for further items that he had in possession related to the thefts from the vehicles in Hopkinton.


With assistance from the Milford Police Department, the Detectives were able to locate other items from the vehicle thefts in Hopkinton. There are others items that were recovered that the suspect admitted to stealing from vehicles that have not been linked to reported thefts at this time.


The items recovered include laptop computers, IPODS and other MP3 players. The suspect told Detectives that the items were stolen from vehicles in Milford or Hopkinton in the area near Milford’s Purchase Street and Hopkinton’s South Street


Detectives from the Hopkinton, Ashland and Milford Police Departments are conducting the investigation and are trying to identify the owners of the recovered stolen property in the suspect’s possession.  The suspect said he thought he was in Milford during the thefts.


Charges against the suspect are pending at this time until the investigation has been completed. The suspect will be identified upon being charged.


Anyone who thinks any of the recovered property may be theirs should contact Det. Scott vanRaalten of the Hopkinton Police at 508-497-3401. ~Provided by the Hopkinton Police Department.

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Fatal Crash on Route 95 South in Attleboro

Driver not wearing seat belt


February 4, 2009 — This morning at approximately 3:18 a.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Foxboro responded to a two-vehicle crash on Route 95 South near exit 3A in Attleboro that resulted in one fatality.


The preliminary investigation by Trooper Jason Morse indicates that 27 year-old Christina Kuhn of Cumberland, Rhode Island was operating a 2002 Nissan lost control of her car, first striking the guardrail, then striking a 2007 Chevrolet, operated by 63 year-old Gary Nash from Foxboro.  The Nissan then rolled over seriously injuring the unrestrained operator. The operator of the Nissan was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was pronounce deceased at the scene.  The operator of the Chevrolet was not injured. 


This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section and the Medical Examiner Office.   The Attleboro Fire Departments and Mass Highway assisted troopers at the scene. 


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 Hopkinton 2009 Election Calendar 

            Last day to obtain nomination papers            Friday, March 27

            for Annual Town Election


            Last day to file nomination papers                Monday, April 13


            Last day to object or withdraw                    Wednesday, April 15


            Last day to register to vote for                     Tuesday, April 14

            Annual Town Meeting and Annual

            Town Election


            Annual Town Meeting                                Monday, May 4


            Annual Town Election                                Monday, May 18


Town Clerk Hours


            Mon. Weds. Thurs, Fri 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Tues. 8:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.

April 14 – Office will be open until 8 o’clock

Passports Applications Accepted  During Office Hours

Board of Public Works Proposes Change in Town Charter


February 3, 2009 — In a power struggle last year between then Town Manager Anthony Troiano and the Board of Public Works, Town Counsel Ray Miyares offered the opinion that the Town Manager is responsible for appointing or removing the DPW Director. Mr. Miyares also wrote that according to the Appendices of the Town Charter, that the Town Manager is responsible for supervising the DPW itself. The Board of Public Works seeks to change that.

      Chairman of the BPW, Dan McIntyre (File photo), said today that when the Charter was written, the Selectmen had the authority to hire and fire that is now invested in the Town Manager position, one created by the Charter.

       However, the Board of Public Works was created after the Charter was written, said Mr. McIntyre, and their Board seeks to amend the Appendices to the Charter to place the responsibility of hiring and firing the DPW Director in the hands of his Board. They have sent language to Mr. Miyares to present an Article to Town meeting to do that.

       "We want everyone to be aware that we are an elected board. We weren't when the Charter was adopted," Mr. McIntyre said.

        "We want to formalize the Board into the Charter — we could fall into the section that deals with elected boards," he said.

         Reached by telephone, Mr. Miyares said that although Mr. McIntyre could talk about the article, he could not, due to attorney/client privilege.

        However, he did concede that the actual language hasn't been decided, and said, "There are still conversations happening."     

Defending the Constitution

February 3, 2009 — Spencer McGrail and Aine Ford being sworn in at Elmwood School as Wee Deliver Postmasters by Hopkinton Postal Supervisor Lorna Gilchrist this afternoon.

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Slippery Roads

February 3, 2009 — Slippery roads caused a few fender benders this afternoon, like this one at the exit to the Middle School.

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Understanding the Teenage Brain seminar postponed until February 10 at 6:30 p.m.


The “Understanding the Teenage Brain” seminar scheduled for tonight at the First Congregational Church of Hopkinton has been postponed due to weather to next Tuesday, February 10, at 6:30pm. The seminar will be held in room 214 at the First Congregational Church, 146 E. Main St. in Hopkinton. This seminary is sponsored by the Hopkinton Youth Commission and the First Congregational Church of Hopkinton.

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They did it again!!

Boys and Girls Track Teams Win 2nd Straight TVL Championship Meet Titles


by Linda Clancy

February 3, 2009 — This past Saturday, the Boys and Girls track teams continued their winning streak on the Reggie Lewis track as they secured their 2nd TVL Championship Titles.  Each member of the teams that participated on Saturday had qualified for the TVL championships based upon times and performances earned during the regular season.  Many of the athletes ran hoping to make state qualifying times and/or end the season with a personal record (PR). 


While the entire meet was exciting, two records were set by the girls.  Molly Morningstar set a new school record in the 55m dash with an amazing time of 7.43 seconds.  Morningstar also won the long jump with a jump of 15’7” qualifying for States.  Molly Kessler set a new school and TVL meet record in the 600m run with a time of 1:38.54.  This time was also a TVL all-time record.  Kessler (5:23.99) also won the mile beating standout Rosie Keough of Holliston by 2.7 seconds.  Another big winner on Saturday was Cecily Boyce.  Boyce jumped 5’2” in the high jump, ran the 55m hurdles in 8.92 and ran the 300m in 42.65 seconds, winning all three events. The 4x400 relay team of Jenn Lynds, Caitlyn Dourney, Emily Jarvis and Molly Morningstar won with a time of 4:13.43. 


Maggie Olney threw the shot put for 26-05.25 earning her 8th place in the league.  Freshman Jenn Lynds jumped 4’8” for 6th place in the high jump.  In the girls 2 mile run Hopkinton had 4 girls place in the top 10.  Lauren Shultz (12:02.77)(3rd), Becca Govoni (12:08.49)(4th), Erica Normandeau (12:17.61)(7th) and Haley Anderson (12:42.16)(10th) all ran very strategic races.  In the hurdles preliminaries, Samantha Prescott (9.81) and Kelly O’Connor (10.02) placed 8th and 11th respectively.  Prescott moved onto the finals and ran 9.63 for 7th place overall.  This performance qualified her for States. 


In the 55m dash preliminaries, Morningstar (7.75), Courtney Onofrio (8.05), Sheena DuPuy (8.12) and Samantha Bond (8.30) took the 3rd, 8th, 9th and 13th places respectively.  As noted above, Morningstar won the finals and Onofrio (8.15) placed 8th.


Keeping Kessler company in the mile were Kellie Lodge (5:43.96)(4th), Lauren Shultz (5:45.22)(6th), Erica Normandeau (5:52.77)(9th) and Gretchen Claffey (5:52.77)(10th).  Kessler was joined in the 600m race by Kimberly Bolick (1:41.45)(3rd) and Kellie Lodge (1:46.07)(6th).  In the 300m run, Caitlyn Dourney (43.06) was 2nd behind Boyce.  Sheena DuPuy (46.51)(7th) and Courtney Onofrio (46.57)(8th) also ran the 300m. 


In the 1000m race, Hopkinton had five girls qualify for the TVLs.  Tamara Mills (3:15.83)(2nd), Brianna Roche (3:17.39)(4th), Jaclyn Perrault (3:22.52)(7th), Andrea Gendron (3:26.78)(10th) and Abigail Perrault (3:28.66) (12th) all ran great races.  Both Gendron and A. Perrault turned in PRs while Mills and Roche qualified for States.

Marissa Mahoney (13’2”)(6th) and Hannah Krueger (12’8.25”)(7th) participated in the long jump with Morningstar. 


Many of the girls have qualified for the Division 3 State Championships to be held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on Friday, February 20, 2009.  They are hoping to win the Division 3 State title and turn in many personal best performances.  In any case, all of the 84 girls on this year’s track team are proud of this season’s success and will be wishing the best for their teammates at States.

Hopkinton 61, Westwood 54

February 2, 2009 — Above, Michelle Coburn snags this rebound while Abbie Lockwood gets fouled this evening against Westwood at home.


Marjorie W. Spencer

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

See the full obituary

The following paragraph replaces the previous final one in the obituary. It offers the corrected facts:

...In accord with her wishes, there will be a commemorative gathering in celebration of her life on Saturday, February 7, 2009 from 1pm to 3pm at the First Congregational Church, 146 East Main St. Hopkinton, MA. Burial will be private.

Donations may be made to the Hopkinton Senior Center 28 Mayhew St. Hopkinton MA 01748, The Food Project, or The Nature Conservancy

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Hopkinton Police Department Offers Free Gun Locks


The Hopkinton Police Department has partnered with Project Child Safe to provide free gun locks to Hopkinton residents. The gun locks are provided free of charge for the Hopkinton Police Department to distribute to anyone who needs a gun lock to keep guns from the hands of children.

Lt. Richard Flannery said today in a press release, “Project Child Safe makes it easy for the Hopkinton Police Department to obtain the locks so we can get them out to people and make it safer for our children who could have access to guns”.


Project Child Safe has provided the Hopkinton Police Department with approximately 600 gun locks and gun safety materials over the past couple of years. Chief Thomas Irvin stated “We are grateful to Project Child Safe for allowing us to partner with them to provide this valuable service to our residents”.

Please see the Public service announcement from Project Child Safe below, and please contact Lt. Richard Flannery of the Hopkinton Police Department or visit  for more information

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

February 2, 2009


8:05 am A caller reported that flames were coming from her car and that she pulled over on Westfield Road...


12:26 pm A motorist reported that a single white male was walking in the middle of Hayden Rowe Street, making obscene gestures and consuming alcohol...


3:32 pm An employee from a Main Street jewelry business reported that a man was acting suspiciously inside the store...


5:56 pm A resident of Glen Road reported that his company lap top was stolen last night from his vehicle...

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for, 

Transactions this week, February 2, 2009






7 West Elm Street Courtney Mello $288,000 Jan.  30, 2009 Paul D. Rooney Trustee of Cecelia A.
Rooney Realty Trust
1 Pinecrest Village unit 1 Linea Ann Scott $203,000 Jan.  30, 2009 Donna M. Belcher
Last Week        
260 Pond Street Tara P. Brown $535,000 Jan.  20, 2009 Stephen D. Nigloschy & Virginia
Previous 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


Sponsored by the Hopkinton Police and the beFREE Coalition*

Be Safe Question of the Day


Q. What is the [primary source for Hopkinton High School students to get alcohol?


a)  Older friends 17%

b)  Parents

c)   Friends their own age 21%

d)   Asking someone of legal age to buy it 18%


*Sources for this weekly feature are:

Hopkinton HS Youth Risk Behavior, 2006, Social Host Law M.G.L. c. 138, sec.34 and the American Medical Assoc. 

Fatal Pedestrian Crash on Route 495 in Haverhill


February 2, 2009 — Today, at approximately 2:05 a.m., troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Newbury responded to a single-vehicle pedestrian crash on Route 495 South, in the area of exit 49, in Haverhill that resulted in one Fatality.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Matthew Heaphy indicates that a 46-year-old Gordon Lewis of Maine was operating a 1991 Peterbilt tractor on Route 495 South in Haverhill when the vehicle struck a pedestrian in the roadway.  The pedestrian, 25-year-old Dilber Valdez of Chelsea, suffered serious injuries in the crash and was declared deceased at the scene.


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


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