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School Committee to Consider Re-negotiating Admin Bldg Lease


Gala nets over $40,000



by Derek Dobachesky


February 27, 2009 — The Hopkinton School Committee grappled over whether to renew a building lease, examined a newly drafted Strategic Plan and addressed a wide variety of other issues at a lengthy meeting on Thursday, Feb. 26 2009. The meeting began at 7:30 p.m. on a high note, with Superintendent Dr. John Phelan recognizing the Hopkinton Education Foundation's successful Winter Gala, which took place on Saturday, Feb. 7 and raised over $40,000 for Hopkinton Public Schools.


Phelan also recognized two teachers, Evren Gunduz, an eighth grade science teacher, and Patricia Diamond, a music teacher at Elmwood School, who will be receiving rewards at the Goldin Foundation Educators Forum. A total of six awards will be given at the Forum, which will take place on April 13 at the high school cafeteria.

Following the recognitions, Committee chair Nancy Alvarez Burdick updated the committee on the status of the FY10 budget. Burdick and vice-chair Phil Totino attended a meeting with two members of the Board of Selectman to discuss the outlook for
the budget. The Committee requested a budget with a $1.2 million increase in funding over FY09, rather than the flat-funding level the Board requested. The larger request would retain teachers, prevent increases in athletic fees and a new activity fee, but still cut administrative positions and funding for supplies such as books.

"The one thing that I got from the meeting is that the $1.2 million seems do-able," Totino said. Totino and Burdick are scheduled to meet with members of the Board again on Feb. 27 and continuously until the budget has been approved by the Board.

Further reports included Totino and Director of Finance Geoff MacDonald's update on capital improvement projects and Dr. Phelan's report on his goals for the school district. Totino and MacDonald reported that currently all projects are scheduled
to be completed at or under budget, while several have been delayed by one year.

Phelan presented a draft of detailed goals for the district: "to develop a new Strategic Plan for the school district"; "to use technology to improve student learning and organizational effectiveness"; "to gain energy efficiencies and promote
'green initiatives'"; and "to conduct the Center School Feasibility Study and further district elementary school planning."

The Committee then reviewed and approved high school principal John McCarthy's proposed changes to the 2009/2010 High School Program of Studies. The Program calls for eliminating 20 courses, based on those that were under-enrolled; eliminating the name "Pre-Ap" for intermediate courses; adding AP French and Spanish courses; and adding wellness courses for juniors in fall 2009, with plans to add a wellness course for seniors in fall 2010.

McCarthy said eliminating pre-AP courses was done to fall in line with College Board recommendations — colleges generally consider pre-AP a long-term, sixth-12th grade program for students, rather than one course. The change will result in pre-AP
physical science being dropped; pre-AP U.S. history becoming a two-year AP sequence; and pre-AP chemistry changing to AP chemistry. These significant changes had been developed over the last few months, with input from the community, McCarthy said, so the Committee passed the Program quickly with no proposed changes.

The Committee next addressed MacDonald's proposed extension of the lease on the administrators' office building for two years. The building was originally leased for three years at a rate of $80,198 a year, with an option of extending the lease for
two years with a five-percent increase, or $84,208 a year. MacDonald recommended renewing the lease because of the office's convenient location and competitive price.


Committee member Richard de Mont objected to passing this item, stating his opposition to a rate increase when all real estate prices have declined since the lease was signed in 2006. Totino said he agreed entirely with de Mont. Eventually, MacDonald agreed to speak with the landlord about drafting a lease without a rent increase.

Burdick, committee member Rebecca Robak and Dr. Phelan then presented on the progress of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee. This included presenting a draft of a five-year strategic plan for Hopkinton School District and soliciting input from the other school committee members. Burdick, Robak and Dr. Phelan will work with the Steering Committee again, present further updates on its progress at the School Committee meeting on March 19 and then present a final draft of the Strategic Plan sometime in mid-April.

Other items addressed were a draft of the school calendar for 2009/2010. The calendar has school starting Tuesday, Sept 1 ó the week before Labor Day. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mary Colombo presented a timeline for enacting School Committee
policies throughout the remaining spring meetings, and the Committee passed a final version of the School Committee Policy on Family Medical Leave Act.

The Hopkinton School Committee meets next on Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Middle School Library.
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Don’t miss this informative event!

Hopkinton Senior Center

28 Mayhew St., 508-497-9730

Health Fair and Workshops

Saturday, Feb. 28

9:00 – 4:00

“Keeping Elders at Home”

Multiple options for Seniors and their Families

Speakers, senior service providers, Medicare website demonstrations,

Free health screenings and more.

Light lunch available 11:30 to 1:00 – Thrift Shop open all day


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Stuart H. Merrifield, 91


Stuart H. Merrifield, 91, of Hopkinton, died Tuesday, February 24, 2009. Born in Vermont, he was the son of the late Frank and Mable (Blair) Merrifield. He was the husband of the late Doris W. Wright who passed in 2001.

A Hopkinton resident since 1940, he was an army veteran and a member of the John Warren Lodge, the VFW of Ashland #2331, and the Couples Club. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and golfing.

He is survived by 2 sons, Wayne Merrifield of Hopkinton, Frank Merrifield and his wife Dorothy of Snellville, GA., 2 daughters, Nancy J. Ring and her late husband David of Westborough, and Lois A. Hansen and her late husband Dennis of Danvers. He also leaves behind his brother in law, William Wright and his wife June of Hopedale, 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 6, 2009 from 4-7p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, March 7 at 11:00a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Milford VNA and Hospice, 37 Birch St. Milford, MA. 01757 or St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 61 Wood St. Hopkinton, MA. 01748, orHopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew St. Hopkinton, MA. 01748.


Operating Under Arrest

February 27, 2009 — Officer Matthew McNeil, center, leads a prisoner to his cruiser after the man failed field sobriety tests behind Bill's Pizza. Observing the tests were Sgt. Michael Sutton, left, and Officer William Burchard.

 Services for the Home

Representative Dykema to Hold Office Hours


Boston- Representative Carolyn Dykema will be holding evening office hours at the Holliston Town Hall on March 16 from 6 to 7:30pm.  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. 

March 16, 6-7:30pm, Holliston Town Hall, 703 Washington Street, Holliston MA 01746

State Police Speeding Stop Leads to Meth Arrest in Dorchester


February 26, 2009 — Massachusetts State Police charged a Dorchester man with trafficking in methamphetamine after stopping him for speeding late Wednesday night and allegedly finding drugs and related paraphernalia in his car.


At 11:36 p.m. on February 25, Trooper Brian Sullivan clocked a gray Volkswagen Passat traveling 52 mph in a 30 mph zone on Gallivan Boulevard in Dorchester. The trooper, who is assigned to the South Boston barracks, activated his lights and stopped the vehicle after it took a left onto Hutchinson Street.


The driver, CARSON W. TRENT, 39, said the car was owned by his friend and claimed to not have his license on him. Trooper Sullivan determined that TRENT was wanted on two default warrants, one for drug violations out of Dorchester Court and the other for larceny by scheme out of Boston Municipal Court. The trooper then placed TRENT under arrest.


During a subsequent inventory of the Passat, troopers observed, inside an open soft briefcase in plain view on the car’s floor, a small black bag containing a white crystallized substance believed to be methamphetamine. Also in the bag were two glass pipes and a lighter. A State Police K-9 unit was called to the scene, and the dog, “Jager,” who is specially trained to detect the odor of narcotics, alerted to a narcotics scent on the black bag. Also found in the briefcase was $1,000 cash and two notebooks.


TRENT was booked at the South Boston barracks and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine; possession of a class B substance with intent to distribute; possession of a class B substance near a park; speeding; driving with a suspended license; and the two warrants. The suspected crystal methamphetamine was weighed at the barracks at approximately 34 grams. TRENT’s friend who owns the vehicle, which was towed, will be cited for allowing an unlicensed operator to drive his car. File photo

Harriet Dryden, 85


Harriet Dryden 85, of Hopkinton died February 25, 2009 at Saint Camillus Health Center in Northbridge. She was the wife of the late William Dryden.
      Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

Hopkinton is Full of Sunshine!

Ad Council Launches New PSAs and Social Media Tools to Prevent Youth Reckless Driving

Campaign empowers teens to 'Say Something'


WASHINGTON, DC (February 26, 2009) /Newswire/ — For more than two decades, car crashes have been the number one  killer of teens in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Advertising Council joined today with a coalition of state Attorneys General and consumer protection agencies to launch a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) designed to save lives by reducing youth reckless driving.


NHTSA data shows that, on average, more than 300,000 teens are injured in car crashes each year, nearly 8,000 are involved in fatal crashes and more than 3,500 are killed. Research also shows that teen drivers are involved in more than five times as many fatal crashes as adults. Young drivers are more likely to speed, run red lights, make illegal turns and die in an SUV rollover.


First launched in January 2007, the Youth Reckless Driving Prevention campaign targets teens and young adults between the ages of 15 and 21 and encourages them to speak up when they are in the car with friends who are driving recklessly and they don't feel safe. The campaign also seeks to increase awareness about the dangers of reckless driving and educate teens on how to be safe drivers by focusing on safe speeds, avoiding distractions, wearing seat belts, and the differences associated with driving SUVs.


"This PSA campaign has a real opportunity to reach teens around the country," said Thurbert Baker, Attorney General of Georgia. "By speaking up about reckless driving, young people can save lives, both their own and those of their friends."


Research conducted by the Ad Council shows that teen drivers are more likely to listen to their friends than the adults in their lives. In a survey conducted in 2007, 8 in 10 teens said that when a friend speaks up, they will listen because they don't want to damage the friendship, be labeled a bad driver or cause harm to their friends.


Lights, Camera, er...Scratch the Lights

February 25, 2009 — Cheryl Perreault prepares to interview a subject about his experiences in the Great Depression, while HCAM's Mike Torosian captures on video, a slate, showing the program time, day and subject matter, for the beginning of the roll. The program is being done in conjunction with the Women's Club Go Green event. They would like to see how people made do with the little they had during those lean times. 


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The Smart Car

February 25, 2009 — This car was not smart enough to drive itself from New Hampshire, so its owner did. He is retrieving something from the passenger door as he stops for lunch Downtown at Sauce on Main.

     He says it is a German vehicle that gets 45 MPG, but needs to use the medium grade gasoline. It is the equivalent of 35 mpg, factoring in the gas premium, the owner said.

     The vehicle price is under $12,000, but that price can be doubled with style and features. The website is fairly sparse on quick information. The Smart Car is only a name, and appears to have nothing to do with its intelligence.

 Services for the Home

John Palinkas, 60


John Palinkas, 60 of Hopkinton, MA died unexpectedly Tuesday, February 24th at UMASS Medical Center in Worcester, MA.

He was a 1966 graduate of Ashland High School and a loving husband, father and grandfather. He leaves behind his wife, Barbara (Moore) Palinkas of Hopkinton whom he was married to for 41 years. The son of Mary (Palinkas) Grenga of Ashland and the late John Palinkas, he is survived by his mother-in-law Olivia Moore of Ashland, his three children, John S. Palinkas and his wife Shannon of Upton, Joseph Palinkas of Hopkinton, and Elizabeth Thieme and her husband Derek of Rowley. He also leaves six grandchildren, Koady, Megan, John, Michael, Leah, and Cole. As well as his two sisters, Aranka Ciccarelli of Hopkinton and Maggie Dicken of Ashland, and a brother Stephen Palinkas of Uxbridge and many nieces and nephews. Arrangements complete

Hopkinton Garden Club Presents Betsy Williams:

“Flower Arranging: Plain & Simple”

Saturday, April 4 at 10:30 a.m.

First Congregational Church, Hopkinton

It’s fun and it’s simple to arrange flowers. Little arrangements of fresh flowers smiling up from the kitchen table, bathroom counter or your bedside table lift the heart. A casual bouquet in the front hall or flowers on the dining room table bring a touch of graciousness to our speeded-up lives.

Learn how and when to buy, pick, cut and condition flowers and greens; simple, practical mechanics and the how-to’s of arranging in water and floral foam.

Using fresh seasonal plant material--roses, sunflowers, delphinium, mini-carnations, mums, lilies, yarrows, hydrangeas and greens--the demonstration includes hand-held arrangements, arranging in glass and arranging in floral foam.


This Lecture is appropriate for the beginner and/or at home flower arranger.  With Easter, Mother’s Day and Spring flowers in our near future, this is a great opportunity to learn the basics.


Senior Moments

Keep the Elders at Home

Above, Toni Kunicki follows the Zumba instructor Celia Sharon at the Senior center today.

Nancy L. Drawe



February 25, 2009 — Have you noticed a lot of advertising this past week for the “Keeping Elders at Home” program that’s being held at the Senior Center this Saturday, February 28 from 9:30 am-3:00 pm?   You might have read about it in the local newspapers and on HopNews or have seen signs for it scattered in town.  If you shop at Colella’s, you couldn’t have missed the posters on their doors.   Also, the Center’s van has been parked around town displaying signs on the sides and back.   It’s almost like those popular “Where’s Waldo?” books, only in this case, the big question is “Where’s the Van?”   


 “Why all the advertising?” you might be thinking.  Well, that’s because this is one of the most important events sponsored by the Senior Center and Council of Aging to be held at the center this year.    Not only is it a mini health fair because of the FREE screenings that will be available: Vision, Blood Pressure and Blood Glucose, Cholesterol, Hearing and Bone Density, but it’s also a program providing a wealth of information about options for seniors and their families regarding health care and ways to stay safe in their own homes. 


Although the screenings will be available all day, there is an hourly schedule of the topics and speakers, so try to make it for all!  Here’s the schedule:


9:30-10:00 am   MetroWest Meds—Prescription Drug Program Options

  Susan Moriarty, MSW, LCSW Program Manager, Metrowest Meds, Natick VNA


10:30-11:30 am  Trends in Home Health Care

  Philip Magnusson, President and CEO of VNANE (Visiting Nurse Association of New England)


11:30-12:30 pm  Keeping Your Relative Safe At Home –Safety Tips 

   Linda Sullivan, RN and Debbie Gitner, LCSW, Elder Resource Services


1:00-2:00 pm  Legal Tools To Remain At Home

  Kathleen Nealon, Elder Law Attorney, Nealon & Nealon


2:00-3:00 pm  High Tech Medicine—Telehealth Monitor and Cold Laser

  David Holly, Director of Clinical Business Development, Natick VNA


Each of these speakers and vendors are a beneficial part of this program because there is a need for families to know that there is support for their elder parents, especially those who wish to stay in their own homes. 


Lunch will be available to buy from 11:30 am to 1 pm.  A nice simple, but delicious bill of fare—a choice of turkey, pastrami or tuna sandwiches, chips, drink and pudding.  Also, a bit of information not listed on the posters—there’s also going to be Bake Sale!   I’ve seen the list of homemade baked items that will be for sale and there’ll certainly be a large enough assortment to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth cravings! 


Holding this program on a Saturday is a big plus because those people who work during the week and ordinarily wouldn’t be able to attend, will now have that opportunity.  I hope you take full advantage of the day, because there is a lot of valuable information that will be presented at this program.  Enjoy the day! 


A REMINDER:  Taps—this Sunday, March 1, 7 pm at the Senior Center.  Come and show your support to Hopkinton’s Veterans. 


That’s it for now, so if you have any comments or suggestions, you can email me:  Until next time, have a great week!  

Thanks! 2.5 Million Visits and Counting

February 25, 2009 — The HopNews Sitemeter, a third party counter that ratchets up every time we get a visitor, has counted more than 2.5 million visits, with one exception: people who have their "cookies" disabled do not get counted. The real number is probably around 3 million visits in the more than 5 years we've had the counter.

      According to statistics from other, third party, unaffiliated sites say that out of the 109,000 visits we had in January, around 9,000 of them were unique visitors. That means that they were only counted once, no matter how many times they visited. Basically, it means not everyone reads every day, but our core visit is 9,000 machines or networks monthly. In addition, it means that people logging on from the same company or home network do not get counted after one person from their network looks at HopNews. However, our total visit counter for any one day is usually double the unique visits number. For example, after one person from EMC visits, no one else gets counted as unique. We could have as many as 16,000 unique visitors. Multiple that time the number of people looking over a shoulder and we've got even more.

       All of this success is due to long hours, hard work, and the contributions of many people, including writers, photographers, readers and advertisers.

       Thank you all! ~Robert Falcione

Hopkinton is Full of Sunshine!

Selectmen Cover a Lot of Ground


February 24, 2009 — Hopkinton Athletic Association (HAA) members Dave Stoldt, Len Holden and Tim Kilduff went before Selectmen to pitch for the statue of Hopkinton sports entrepreneur George V. Brown to find a permanent home on the Hopkinton Town Common. It spent a few days at the Common last year after its commission by the HAA from Hopkinton sculptor Michael Alfano, during the BAA Marathon weekend. Mr. Brown was a 1898 graduate of Hopkinton High School and is credited by some as having brought professional sport to New England. (See Mr. Brown's grandson speak about him on YouTube/HopNews video) from one year ago)

     The Selectmen voted to send a letter to the Hopkinton Historical District Commission in support of the effort, although they have little jurisdiction over the matter. The Selectmen ceded control of the major portion of the Common to the Parks and Recreation Department several years ago, but retained jurisdiction over a small strip on the northern side, adjacent to what is called Marathon Way.

     The HAA representatives will be going before that commission next Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in Room 216 of Town Hall. Although there have been no statements from the Commission to the press, the buzz around town is that the Commission, as stewards of the Historical District, is resistant to the idea (HopNews file photo above).

     The statue now stands sentry in front of the Police Headquarters along with the Flame of the Marathon Run, a gift from Marathon, Greece, Hopkinton's "twin city."

     Kate Doherty spoke on behalf of a growing number of school-moms who signed a letter asking for support of the community to keep class sizes low and support level-service funding for the schools that would mean a $1.2 million increase over a level-funded budget.

     Later, Interim Town Manager Clayton Carlyle noted a stabilization fund that has $750,000 in it, as well as a surplus of $1.75 million, of which $1 million is available.

     Mr. Carlyle indicated he took the Selectmen's budget-cutting suggestions of several weeks ago to heart as he detailed the outcome of his research on those matters.

     He said he has spoken with Ashland Town manager, "Mr. Petrin," and worked out details of an agreement for Hopkinton to share an Animal Control Officer with Ashland and Holliston that would cover 10 hours a day. He said that the move would save $10-15,000 a year and involve the availability of a more local kennel as well as humane placement, rather than the disposal of animals.

     Mr. Carlyle is also investigating the budgetary savings of combining the IT and HR departments of the Schools and Town Hall, but did not specify a figure.

     He also looked into suggestions to regionalize the Tree Warden position, as well as a loss of positions through attrition at the Senior Center and the Library that would not be replaced.

     Studies to regionalize the Health Agent and Building Inspector have been conducted in other towns, said Mr. Carlyle, and Mr. Carlyle will take advantage of those efforts to see how they apply in Hopkinton.

     He also said there is a trust with $100 million in it from the closing of Framingham Union Hospital that could be tapped to mitigate the town's health care costs.

     Board of Public Works Chair Dan McIntyre (File photo) appeared before the Selectmen to pitch for his Town Meeting Article that, if passed, puts the responsibility of the hiring and firing of the DPW Director legally and squarely in his hands, and those of his fellow Board members. At this time, the responsibility of the DPW, according to Town Counsel Ray Mirayes, is in the hands of the Town Manager. This Article would change that and give the Board of Public Works that responsibility. The problem arose because the town voted in the Board of Public Works at basically the same time as the Charter.

      Selectman Matthew Zettek said to Mr. McIntyre, "The Director [of Public Works] should be talking to the Town Manager under the current setup, right? Isn't he reporting under that status?"

       Mr. McIntyre didn't provide the answer.

      "We need to be thinking about the long term," Mr. Zettek said.

      "You are basically trying to change the Charter," he said to Mr. McIntyre.

      Mr. McIntyre agreed. 

      Mr. McIntyre said Selectmen Chair Brian Herr had a divisive perspective, after Mr. Herr proposed several public talking points. Mr. McIntyre offered a vision of a DPW independent of Town Hall.

     "If it makes you feel any better, I said 10 minutes ago, as long as we have a duly elected Board of Public Works, I think the Director should go [report] to the Board of Public Works," Mr. Herr said.


Mike Shepard Decides Not to Run For Re-election

Above, file photo of Mr. Shepard with granddaughter Bailey Rose


February 24, 2009 — Selectman Michael Shepard, who ran as an unenrolled voter in 2006, has decided not to run this year. The announcement opens up the seat to others who may be waiting in the wings to weigh the competition. Mr. Shepard was the greatest vote getter in 2006, with about double the amount of votes between him and the lowest vote getter. Vice-Chair Mary Pratt's seat is also up this year, but she has refused to say if she will run again. Pundits say she will.

      Mr. Shepard, a Captain in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, was the Director of Municipal Inspections in Hopkinton, and took a similar position in Brookline at about the same time as he was approached by many community members to run for office. The Brookline position carries greater responsibility with it, as well as a $7 million budget, and requirements to attend some evening meetings.

       In a letter to be made public at this evening's Selectmen's meeting, Mr. Shepard explains that he ran to help diffuse the contentiousness of the Board of Selectmen that brought "jokes and ridicule" upon Hopkinton in the area.

       Mr. Shepard expresses disappointment that the proximity of his daughter's residence to the Fruit Street property that kept him from weighing in on the matter, something he says he supports.

       He leaves the Board in a better place than when he got there, he says, and gives the credit to others.

       The letter to the public can be read here.

 Services for the Home

If You Can't Beat 'em, Beat 'em

February 24, 2009 — When a neighbor across the street built a home taller than the one he tore down, carpenter Don Keiser of Oakhurst Road made his disappointment public, painting a 4'x8' sheet of plywood, and displaying for all to see, that he and his family felt robbed of their daily sunrise.

     As necessity is the mother of invention, Mr. Keiser, a carpenter, and his son Cody put another level on their home to see the sunrise with their daily coffee in hand. Then, for the fair-weather days, they built a deck above that.

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Above, collage of some of last year's winners


Open to Students in Ashland and Hopkinton

Underwritten by: 21st Century Benefits and RM Clark Associates


In conjunction with The Hopkinton Athletic Association (HAA), Boston Athletic Association (BAA), Hopkinton Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA), Hopkinton Marathon Committee (HMC), Hopkinton Parent Teacher Association (HPTA), and the Ashland Recreation Center.



1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place


K-1st grade




Every entry receives a free ice cream from Golden Spoon in Hopkinton!
2nd-3rd grade




Every entry receives a free ice cream from Golden Spoon in Hopkinton!
4th-5th grade




Every entry receives a free ice cream from Golden Spoon in Hopkinton!
6th-8th grade




Every entry receives a free ice cream from Golden Spoon in Hopkinton!
9th-12th grade




Every entry receives a free ice cream from Golden Spoon in Hopkinton!


Honorable Mentions will be awarded as judged.

All entries that do not win will be eligible for a random drawing for an iPod Nano 8GB Video MP3 Player. A winner will be drawn from both Ashland and Hopkinton.


The Marathon Art & Design Competition is open to all students (Kindergarten through 12th grade) who are either attending a school in, or are residents of Hopkinton or Ashland. The goals of the art & design competition are to:

• Promote the Boston Marathon

• Promote Hopkinton, Ashland and their athletic spirit

• Present artwork for public display and recognition

• Highlight the towns’ historic ties with the BAA Boston Marathon


Deadline: Please submit all entries by Thursday, April 9th, 2009.

Prize winners will be notified and announced on Monday, April 13, 2009



Hopkinton High School Drama Ensemble presents:


The Antigone

by Sophocles


March 5, 4:00 p.m.

March 6, &  7 at 7:00 p.m.

Hopkinton High School Auditorium

$8 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens

Keeping Elders at Home-Multiple Options for Seniors and Their Families

Saturday, February 28 from 9:00-3:00


Are the simple tasks of daily living becoming more difficult for you or someone you care about?


The Hopkinton Senior Center and Council on Aging will sponsor a Saturday program featuring health care providers and workshops with valuable information about the variety of services that are available to seniors needing help in their homes.


Hourly topics include:

9:30 Prescription Drug Options-Susan Moriarty, Metrowest Meds

10:30 Trends in Home Health Care- Philip Magnusson, President of VNA of New England

11:30 Keeping Your Relative Safe at Home-Linda Sullivan and Debbie Gitner, Elder Resource Services

1:00 Legal Tools to Remain at Home- Kathleen Nealon, Elder Law Attorney

2:00 High Tech Medicine- David Holly, Natick Visiting Nurse Association


Vision, hearing, blood pressure, bone density, cholesterol, and blood glucose screenings will be available free of charge.

Baypath Elder Services, homecare agencies, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and other services will be represented. Senior Center Staff and S.H.I.N.E. representative Lou Peralta will be on hand to discuss their services.

Hopkinton is Full of Sunshine!

Planning Board Closes Next Generation

Children's Center Hearing

Approves Town Meeting Articles

by Robert Falcione

February 23, 2009 — The Planning Board closed the Public hearing for the expansion of Next Generation Children's Center on Monday evening. The group seeks to double its footprint (Blue lines in graphic) with expanded parking, floor space, recreational area, and storm water management. The addition will allow it to take on more students, which will create several positions for teachers.

A few abutters were there to express individual concerns.

Jackie Potenzone at 12 Wood Street said that the lights from vehicles are troubling this time of year, until the deciduous trees grow leaves.

Project Manager Katie Enright told her that they could install a stockade fence, the same type they are going to install at the other end, where the expansion is taking place. Ms. Enright said that there is no room to place any greenery there. The parking lot and retaining wall go up to the property's edge. The grass strip on other side of the wall, and the adjacent driveway, are owned by a different abutter, Flora Busconi.

Abutting resident Jason Galbraith was also concerned about viewing issues. Ms. Enright gave him the opportunity to choose between a stockade fence and evergreen arborvitae. Mr. Galbraith chose the evergreens.

Resident Jeff Doherty expressed concern about gridlock he said is caused by people stopping at the front door to pick up their children, sending the queue of other parents onto Wood Street.

Ms. Enright said they designed a new entryway there that will help direct traffic in and out.

For some time, neighbors have complained that the intersection with Meserve and Main Streets has become dangerous. People have a difficult time exiting Meserve.

Transportation Engineer Dan Mills offered a solution to the problem with a marked "box" to keep people from blocking the Meserve Street exit onto Main (Sample above, right. Proposed location designated by arrow in top graphic).

The Board voted to close the Public Hearing, and appears headed toward an approval vote at another time. They must vote before a 90 day period is up.

Hotel overlay District

The Board approved the language of a Town Meeting Article to create a Hotel Overlay District, which would allow that use in two areas east of Route 495, Lumber and Elm Streets, as well as the eastern side of South Street up to number 71, which is currently used for storage of construction equipment. That property had been put back on the map of eligible properties under consideration in the Article after being asked to do so by a representative of the property owner.

Planning Board member Carol DeVeuve was the lone voice in favor of putting the Hopkinton Square property, owned by Chuck Joseph and Peter Markarian, in with the other properties as the two men had requested. The developers have the approval for a 150,000 square foot mixed use retail and office center on the corner of South and West Main Streets. However, one Planning Board member expressed concern that they would not be able to just trade an office building listed in the approved plan for a hotel.

Lake Maspenock Preservation Association President Malcolm Page was there to let it be known that his 100+ association members would not vote for the Article if that property were to be included.

Sign Bylaw Passes

The new Sign Bylaw Article, a piece of legislation that continues to cause groans from whichever Board is reviewing it, passed with only a few minor changes from the plan brought before it Monday night.

If the Article passes at Town meeting, the community organizations in Hopkinton will be able to put their signs back on the Common; and businesses will be able to have sandwich boards in front of their businesses and banners on their buildings.

In addition, the way the law is written, lamented on member, Hopkinton Drug could have a sign wrap around the entire building.

Despite the objections, it passed.

The Hopkinton Post-Prom Party Committee Needs Your Help!

For 15 years, the parents of the junior class have sponsored a Post-Prom party designed to provide a fun, safe, alcohol and drug-free environment after the prom. This year’s event will be held at the high school after the prom on May 22 and continue until 5am the next morning. It will feature food, music, entertainment, and lots of surprises! The party is open to all juniors, whether or not they attend the prom.


The Post-Prom party is not a school-sponsored event—it is made possible by the generosity of local businesses, individuals, and our parent volunteers.


We are looking for volunteers to help decorate, cook, chaperone, set up, or clean up. We also welcome monetary donations, as well as donations of goods or services.


Anyone interested in volunteering is invited to attend the next planning meeting on March 11th at 7pm in HHS room A219.


If you are interested in making a donation, please contact Jean Bertschmann at


Resumes of Town Manager Finalists Made Public


February 23, 2009 — Director of Hopkinton Human Resources, Maryrose DeGroot, has made electronic copies of the Town manager finalists available to the public today, saying, "I am very excited. The field of candidates is very strong."

Click on a link to see the resumes of the candidates.


Norman Khumalo, Assistant Town Manager, Westford

Jill Meyers, Town manager, Uxbridge

Patricia Vinchesi, Deputy Executive Director, City of Springfield Finance Control Board

Leon Gaumond, Jr., Town Administrator, West Boylston

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




February 23, 2009

11:15 pm A Claflin Avenue resident, fearing a visit by his girlfriend's ex-husband, reported a white SUV turning around in his driveway...


4:26 pm A caller form Lyn Path reported someone has driven over his lawn...


7:07 pm  Officers Aaron O'Neil and Gregg DeBoer responded to a 911 hit and run call on West Main Street...


8:18 pm A resident reported his vehicle was hit by an egg by a moving vehicle Cedar Street...

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Hillers Store Open Tuesday Evening -- This Week Only


Correction:  Wednesday evening -- Booster Store Will Open


It's Wednesday evening -- not Tuesday as previously reported -- when the High School Booster Store will be open (during the incoming freshmen parents night.)  Again, please note the correct date is Wed., Feb. 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  All Hiller friends and family are welcome to stop by and shop in the store!  The store is also open every day during lunch.


Four Hopkinton Town Manager Finalists Named

To be interviewed March 7, 2009


February 23, 2009 —  The third round of formal interviews will be held on Saturday March 7, 2009 from 9:00am-4:00pm at Town Hall. The candidates will be meeting with the Board of Selectmen and the meeting will be televised and open to the Public.


The finalists, current position and interview times are as follows:


9:00 a.m. Norman Khumalo, Assistant Town Manager, Westford

10:30 a.m. Jill Meyers, Town manager, Uxbridge (Click on LinkedIn photo above)

12:45 p.m. Patricia Vinchesi, Deputy Executive Director, City of Springfield Finance Control Board

2:15 p.m. Leon Gaumond, Jr., Town Administrator, West Boylston


We are inviting all Town employees and residents to submit questions for the candidates. The Search Committee will choose 2 or 3 questions which will be asked of all candidates during the Board of Selectmen Interviews.

Questions will be accepted until, Monday, March 2, 2009 at 5:00pm.

To be considered questions must contain the following:

Name and Address of the individual asking the question. (Non-resident Town employees may use their department address)

Phone number and/or email to contact the questioner.

Please submit questions to:


Maryrose DeGroot-Human Resources Director

18 Main Street; Hopkinton, MA 01748

(P) 508-497-9769 (F) 508-497-9702 (E)


If your question is chosen, you will be notified by phone and/or email and will be permitted to ask your question during the interview if you so choose. ~ Maryrose DeGroot, Director of Human Resources.


Choose Ms. Meyers' photo to see her LinkedIn page. Choose the link to see Mr. Gaumond's LinkedIn page.

Hopkinton is Full of Sunshine!

Lucky 7

February 23, 2009 — Hopkinton Attorney Andrew Crawley  and his team won First Place at a race sponsored by the Narragansett Sled Dog Club on January 25, 2009 in Exeter, Rhode Island, racing in the six-dog division with four dogs. It is a position Mr. Crawley likened to a Middleweight fighting a Heavyweight.

      Asked how he could jump up a class, he said, "Because we train hard."

      The dogs are Boulder and Vail in lead and Denver and Aspen in wheel. The team has slowed down as it nears the finish line, as there are no competitors in sight.

      To see some of the training, done recently near the shore of Lake Maspenock, choose the video below.



31 Moms Support Maintaining School Class Sizes, $1.2 Million Budget Increase  


To the Editor:


We are writing to express our support for the Hopkinton Public Schools and our concern that our town may not give them the funding they need to continue to provide high quality education to our young people. In particular, we’re troubled by the current discussion suggesting the schools should be held to a level budget from last year instead of maintaining level services. The distinction between level budget and services is huge. Because of contractual obligations, a reduction in state funding, and other factors, our school system cannot provide the same level of services to our students without an increase to its budget.


The School Committee has developed a thoughtful budget that includes some cuts to services, but maintains current class sizes. This plan would require an approximately $1.2 million increase from last year.


We believe that maintaining class size (and eventually reducing it in the primary grades) is a significant issue, and is worth the investment of our tax dollars.



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Fatal  Snowmobile Crash in Wales - Operator Charged with OUI - Updated


February 21, 2009 — Today at approximately 4:43 a.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Sturbridge responded to a snowmobile crash off of Stafford-Holland Road in Wales that resulted in one fatality. 


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Scott Driscoll indicates that a 37 year-old Chis Corriveau from Holland, MA was operating a 2002 Polaris snowmobile on a trail off of Stafford Holland Road in Wales when the snowmobile traveled off the trail into some rocks, severely injuring 36 year-old Lori Mosher from East Brookfield who was pronounced deceased at the scene.    Mr. Corriveau, the operator was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, motor vehicle homicide, and unsafe operations.   


This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the Environmental Police Department, Hampden County State Police Detective Unit, the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.  The Brimfield-Wales Fire Department and The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner assisted Troopers on scene.


Crash on Route 495 North in Littleton Takes Two Lives - Updated


February 21, 2009 — Today at approximately 4:31 a.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Concord responded to a one-vehicle crash on Route 495 North near Route 2 in Littleton that resulted in two fatalities. 



Preliminary investigation by Trooper Stephen Bigusiak indicates that 35-year-old Robert R. Wedge of Spencer was operating a 1985 Ford pickup truck on Route 495 North near Route 2 in Littleton when he lost control and struck the guardrail on the right side of the roadway.  The Ford subsequently went across all lanes and struck a bridge abutment catching on fire.  27-year-old Kenneth M. Lovejoy of Grafton, a passenger in the Ford suffered serious injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Mr. Wedge was transported to Boston Medical Center by medical helicopter with serious injuries and was later pronounced deceased.   


This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the Middlesex County State Police Detective Unit, the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.  The Littleton Fire Department, Littleton Police Department, MassHighways, and The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner assisted Troopers on scene. 

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

10am to 2pm

St. John’s Parish Hall

20 Church Street, Hopkinton


Promoting community awareness for the responsibility we all share in helping to preserve the environment.

Join us for a fun and inspiring day.


• Informative & Educational Presentations How can you reduce, reuse and recycle?

• Guest Speakers and a Senior Presentation

• Trash/Fashion Show From trashy to classy!

• Children’s Activities, Story Room and Book Swap Bring a book and exchange for another

• Collection of Old Sneakers Used by Nike “Reuse a Shoe” program to create new sports fields and playgrounds

• Collection of used eyeglasses, cell phones and ink cartridges

• Includes the combined efforts of Town Recycling Committee, CAA, Library, HPTA, Mom’s Club, Garden Club and many more town organizations and clubs

The event is free to the public and hosted byThe Hopkinton Women’s Club,

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Keys Found

February 20, 2009 — A member of the Hopkinton Fire Department found a set of keys while walking between Hitchings Hardware and Ward's Barbershop. If they are yours, you may find them at the Hopkinton Police station.

8 Year-old Boy Injured in 495 Rollover


February 20, 2009 — Massachusetts State Police requested Hopkinton Fire and Police Departments to respond to assist with a vehicle rollover on Route 495 South at approximately 6:45 p. m. today. Moments later, the State Police asked the Hopkinton responders to "step it up" because they had an 8 year-old boy suffering serious trauma.

      Although Hopkinton Police requested the services of an emergency medical helicopter, none was available to respond, so Hopkinton Ambulance A-1 took the patient in the direction of UMass Trauma Center. Further details on the boy's condition have not been made public at this time.

East Hopkinton Hike on Saturday

Saturday, February 21, 1PMEast Hopkinton hike. Join us for a walk through the Legacy Farms properties as we check out some of the proposed trail system.  Meet at the Weston Nurseries employee parking area on Phipps Street. ~Trails Club

Note: The Trails Club is linked from our Community page, which is always available above.

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Hopkinton Buzzing with Marathon Prep Activity

Greek Marathon is 2499 years old this year


by Derek Dobachesky


February 20, 2009 — Events related the Marathon this year will include a program at Elmwood Elementary School in which third grade students will meet top runners from Kenya; a Girl Scouts program in which scouts will meet with runner Dimitri Kyriakides from Marathon, Greece; as well as, of course, the Hopkinton Athletic Association's (HAA) annual kick-off weekend activities, all leading up to the start of the Marathon on Patriot's Day, Monday, April 20.


Additionally, the HAA will be donating money to charities that will be raised by runners using the organization's 15 numbers in the Marathon.


Another Marathon-related development is the HAA's attempt to move a statue to the town common. The Hopkinton Historical District Society is expected to oppose this plan, and will meet on March 3. The town common is in an historical district.


The statue features George V. Brown holding a starter's pistol. Brown, a now-deceased Hopkinton resident and state sports fixture moved the starting line of the Marathon to Hopkinton in 1924 when he was a member of the Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the Marathon. Brown also managed the American track and field Olympic teams five times and ran the Boston Garden.


Hopkinton is considered a “Sister City” with Marathon, Greece, and in the past has coordinated activities with the town, including runners from Marathon participating in the Boston Marathon and local Massachusetts artists' photographs of pre-Boston Marathon activities appearing in art exhibits in Marathon. Another statue in Hopkinton, on the property of Weston Nurseries on Route 135, features Stylianos Kyriakides, winner of

the 1946 Boston Marathon, and Phedippedes who, according to Greek lore, gave the marathon it's namesake after running 26 miles from a battle in Marathon, Greece, to bring news to Sparta; and then died on the spot.


This year, Marathon Mayor Spyro Zagaris (HopNews file photo holding lantern) and runner Dimitri Kyriakides (Bottom photo, far left) will visit Hopkinton for the Boston Marathon. Kyriakides will also meet with local Girl Scouts; and both will meet with the HAA to begin discussing Boston Marathon activities for next year, which is the 2,500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon.


HAA president Tim Kilduff, photo, waving, has been heavily involved with Boston Marathon-related activities since 1979, when he became the first chair of the Hopkinton Marathon Committee (HMC). Kilduff has also been president of the HAA since it was first formed in 1996, for the occasion of the 100th Boston Marathon.


Kilduff says he considers Hopkinton to be a steward of the Boston Marathon.


“We do more than any other town, by far,” Kilduff said in a recent interview. “There's a real sense of ownership of this, because of those historical ties.”


The HAA funds a variety of local athletic organizations and raises money for charity. It will continue its charitable activities this year by awarding 15 numbers in the Boston Marathon to runners who pledge to raise money for charities.


More detailed information on these and other upcoming Boston Marathon-related events will be covered by HopNews, so be sure to check in regularly for our continuing coverage.

HopNews file photos.

Friday, February 20, 2009

4-7 p.m.

Economic Relief Tastings Continue


Town Manager Search Nearing the End

5 finalists to be interviewed by Selectmen March 7, 2009


February 19, 2009 — Today, Director of Human resources, Maryrose DeGroot, updated HopNews on the progress on the search for a new Hopkinton Town Manager.

       In a meeting with the Selectmen nine days ago, Ms. DeGroot said that from a field of sixty applicants, twenty-two made the first round, and nine are left following the most recent cut. She said that she would like to bring three to five applicants before the Board of Selectmen for interviews.

       However, in the meantime, and perhaps due to an accelerated schedule requested by Selectmen, Ms. DeGroot said she had narrowed the field down to five candidates for the position of Hopkinton Town Manager, who she will bring before the Board of Selectmen on Saturday, March 7 at 8:30 am in a marathon meeting expected to last all day. The one-day of interviewing was a suggestion of Interim Town manager, Clayton Carlyle, who said at the time that the Board could lose a little by splitting it into more than one day.

       The day Ms. DeGroot had planned to bring dossiers on the individuals to the Selectmen, March 10, was ahead of the interview process. That means that the new target is well ahead of schedule.

         Ms. DeGroot said she will have a list of the five candidates for the position as well as pertinent information about them out to the press on Monday.

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