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Planning Board To Review YMCA Expansion Plan

March 9, 2009 — The Design Review Board heard testimony from Architect Scott Richardson on January 27 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 at that time.

    The group was unanimous in putting their stamp of approval on the plan, which will go before the Planning board on March 23.

     According to architect Scott Richardson, construction could start in the fall pending approval and successful fundraising.


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Library Acquires Two New Passes to Loan


There are two new passes that the Friends of the Library have purchased for folks to borrow.  They are to the Worcester Art Museum and the DeCordova Museum. 


These passes are made possible by the funds the Friends of the Library raise at the two book sales in January and June, and the Apple Crisp event at PolyArts. 


We are always looking for book donations all throughout the year.  If you would like to become a Friend please check out our website ~Friends of he Library

Holliston Author at Two Events


Local author and multiple sclerosis sufferer, Chris Tatevosian, will be selling and signing copies of his book Life Interrupted, It's Not All About Me, at the Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts, 2009 Expo and Pageant. The event takes place in Boston Sunday, March 29th, 2009 at “Carson Place” at the Bayside Expo Center 180 Mt. Vernon Street
Boston, MA 02125 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tatevosian penned his memoir to help others in similar situations to deal more positively with the stress put on one's relationship as a result of life being interrupted by a chronic illness or disability.


Mr. Tatevosian will also be holding a book signing on Saturday March 28, from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Coffee Haven Books and Things, 76 Railroad Street Holliston.

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 Regional Crime and Justice


Former Maynard Superintendent Of Public Works Indicted On Bribery Charges


            WOBURN – March 9, 2009  - The former Maynard Superintendent of Public Works has been indicted on charges of soliciting cash payments from a private developer in exchange for relaxing the permitting and inspection process for a construction project, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.

             Paul Camilli, 38, of Newton, was indicted today by a Middlesex Superior Grand Jury on four counts of a public employee accepting or receiving a bribe and one count of attempted extortion.

             An arraignment date has not yet been scheduled. 

          "A Middlesex Grand Jury has indicted this former public official on charges that he abused his position of authority for personal gain," District Attorney Leone said.  "We allege that the defendant also compromised important safety standards by not enforcing the guidelines he was appointed to impose."

            According to authorities, a private developer began a construction project in Maynard in 2008.  Camilli, the Superintendent of Public Works at the time, had frequent interaction with the developer because the construction project required permits and code inspections from the Town of Maynard in order for it to be completed.

            Camilli would frequently remind the developer that deadlines were coming up and that Camilli had control over how or if those deadlines would be met.  Camilli also had many verbal arguments with the developer and made numerous technical demands to be met before he would sign off on specific portions of the project.

            At one point, with a deadline looming, the developer asked Camilli what it would take to get a particular project done, and it is alleged that Camilli made known to the developer that he was looking for cash money in order to see to it that the project moved along easier.

            It is further alleged that the developer later asked Camilli how much cash it would take and that they agreed on a number in the thousands. The developer paid that money in multiple installments in multiple locations.

            It is also alleged that during this time, Camilli began relaxing necessary standards for the construction project, including important environmental protection safeguards.

            The investigation into these alleged crimes included undercover and video surveillance.

Camilli was arrested on Saturday, December 20, at approximately 5 p.m. by Maynard Police and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s PACT Unit.

Camilli was arraigned in Concord District Court on December 22 before Judge Steven Ostrach who ordered him held on $1,000 cash bail with a no-contact/stay-away order from the victim and witnesses in the case. 

Camilli has since been fired from his position by the town. 

            The investigation was conducted by Maynard Police and State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s PACT Unit.

            These charges are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

            The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant District Attorney Doug Nagengast.

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Senior Center Thrift Shop

Open Mon.-Thurs. 9-3, Fri. 9-2


    If you haven’t visited the Friends of the Senior Center Thrift Shop recently, now is a good time. New items are arriving daily.

   The shop offers a wide variety of bargains ranging from everyday household needs to beautiful collectibles. Browse the children’s corner where you will find books and toys for the little ones priced under $1. Come see our linens, picture frames, lamps, jewelry, and other treasures.

   The antiques and collectible section currently features a few pieces of McCoy pottery and Wedgewood china donated by local residents.   

   The shop also has seasonable items at great prices and is the place to find unique gifts without spending much money. Those who come regularly almost always leave with some wonderful and affordable items.

     The Senior Center has already begun to collect items for their Annual Rummage Sale to be held in June. There are some things we cannot take so please call if you have furniture or electronics to donate.

   Donations to the Thrift Shop or sale are tax deductible and always appreciated. Proceeds fund the nutrition and transportation programs.


 Saturday, March 14, 2009 into Sunday, March 15, 2009

in Middlesex County 


Colonel Mark F. Delaney, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, announced that a “Sobriety Checkpoint” will be implemented by the Massachusetts State Police on a Secondary State Highway.  The purpose is to further educate the motoring public and strengthen the public’s awareness to the need of detecting and removing those motorists who operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from our roadways.  It will be operated during varied hours, the selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary, safety will be assured, and any inconveniences to motorists will be minimized with advance notice to reduce fear and anxiety.


Division 3 Grade 5 Winners

These boys won the 5th Grade Metrowest League Division 3 playoffs yesterday in Foxborough.  Photo by Melissa Abate.


Top Row L to R:  Head Coach Mary Korbey, Jake Kelleher, Connor Abate, Connor Czerepuszko, Coach Paul Czerepuszko, Sam Lehman, Zach Doss, Nathan Wilson, Coach Dave Doss


Bottom Row L to R:  Drew Simi, Jake Doherty, Cooper Korbey, Matthew Pettepit, Grant Salois

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Police News UP-TO-DATE  March 9, 2009

Click above for full report, or read the raw log here


12:37 am An Apple Tree Hill resident reported that his son was not in his room and thinks he possibly ran away...


8:06 am A caller from Alprilla Farm Road reported that her rocking char was stolen from her rear porch...


2:06 pm A cell phone caller reported that a tanker truck was possibly stuck in mud on the side of Cedar Street...


10:25 pm A caller reported that kids were throwing snowballs at passing vehicles on Hayden Rowe Street.  The caller also stated that one of the vehicles turned around and started chasing the kids down the street at a high rate of speed... 

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for, 

Transactions ending March 9, 2009






4 Nazneen Circle unit A Sima Vyas $535,000 Mar.  06, 2009 Mirajuddin Ahmed Trustee of
Peppercorn Village Realty Trust
Two Weeks Ago        
172 Saddle Hill Road Rachel L. Trueblood $617,500 Feb.  26, 2009 John E. Maguire & Beth A Maguire
155 Clinton Street Bradley D. Mannal & Jaime M. Mannal $461,000 Feb.  19, 2009 Laura M. Sol
5 Maple Avenue Norman J. Han & Ann M. Han $530,250 Feb.  19, 2009 Thomas J. Frazier & Joanne C. Frazier
7 Elizabeth Road Katie White $665,000 Feb.  17, 2009 John J. Thompson & Joanne Thompson
Prior Week        
12 Henry Lane Viola Schweller & Erik A Schweller $375,000 Feb.  05, 2009 Lilian V. Schendel



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EMC Leads Worldwide Storage Market

26 % share


March 9, 2009 — IDC, a global provider of market intelligence, a Framingham-based company, has stated the Q4 revenues for the worldwide storage market at $3.03 billion, a 3.6% increase over last year's Q4.


Hopkinton's EMC Corp led the market with a 26 % revenue share, according to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker. According to IDC's Tracking Report 2008's fourth quarter was the sector's 21st consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth.


"The storage software market is starting to exhibit more of an impact from the economic trouble," said Michael Margossian, research analyst, Storage Software at IDC in a press release issued today. "Even with the usually strong fourth quarter, most vendors showed signs of slowing down, and in some cases declining year over year."


"On a yearly basis, storage-based software showed continuing growth when comparing like quarters year over year. Particularly strong were the Data Protection and Recovery, File System Software, and Archiving segments. However, same year Q3 to Q4 comparisons are negative or neutral reflecting the downward pressure from the worldwide economic crisis," added James Baker, IDC's research manager for Storage Software. "The two largest segments – Data Protection and Recovery Software and Storage Replication Software – dropped just slightly between Q3 and Q4."


EMC led the overall market with 26% revenue share in the fourth quarter of 2008. Symantec held onto the second position with 18.3% revenue share, while IBM finished in the third position with 13.2% revenue share. NetApp finished in the fourth position with 7.5% revenue share while HP and CA rounded out the top 5 with 4.5% and 3.7% revenue share, respectively.


March 9, 2009 — This robin, the first photographed this season, is usually a good sign of a break to a warmer season. Above, it seems to pose, but is really pausing to listen for insect movement.

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Golden Spoon Open Until 8:00 p.m.

on Saint Patrick's Day


Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Serving lunch and dinner:

• Corned Beef and Cabbage

• Lamb Stew

• Soda Bread

• Traditional Irish favorites

Barnstormers LIVE at

Maria's Caffe Italiano Lounge

Corner of South Street and Hayward, Hopkinton

Friday, March 13, 2009

9:00 p.m. until closing


Playing the rock and roll of Hendrix, Allman Bros, Floyd, AC/DC, Van Halen, etc.


Grace United Methodist Church

Hopkinton, Massachusetts



"The Keynotes"

A free musical program

Sunday, March 22, 2 PM

Grace United Methodist Church (61 Wood St, Hopkinton)


Grace United Methodist Church presents "The Keynotes", two local musicians and music educators, Barbara Paquette of Uxbridge, and Kris Graham of Grafton. Barbara has taught piano, strings, brass, reeds, percussion and voice at her studio, The Music Room, for over 30 years. She currently serves as Music Director and organist at Grace United Methodist Church in Hopkinton. Kris has taught piano and flute in her home for over 20 years.

Their program features a diverse repertoire of duets including:

flute and piano

flute and marimba

marimba and piano

Featured composers include Bach, Beethoven, Telemann, Faure, and Handel, among others. Baroque, Classical, Jazz, and Ragtime musical styles are all included.


Please join us for this delightful musical celebration. A free will offering will be collected to benefit Grace United Methodist Church.

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Lost Dog


Hopkinton Family has lost beloved Dog which ran off after Deer on Thursday March 5th.  She is a 10 year old Small black lab with no collar last seen in local neighborhoods a distance from our home on Lumber Street. She is very friendly but skittish of people & will only come with food to strangers.


Please if anyone sees or hears of her in your neighborhood, please call 508-435-8551 & try to get her to hang around by offering her treats to keep her there until we get there.... Thank you!


Normand Bergeron

218 Lumber St, Hopkinton MA

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Hopkinton High School

Honors Art Exhibit

CAA Building

Hayden Rowe Street

Artists' Reception Thursday March 19 6:30 - 7:30 pm

View exhibit Saturday, March 21 and Sunday March 22, 2-4:00pm

by these students: Camille Kulig, Jaclyn Perreault, Janie Gilarde, Katie Gates, Mel LeBanc, Cait Danahy, and Mady McKenna



Third Annual basketball game between the Hopkinton Police and the Special Olympics


All are welcome!

Come support your team!


March 21, 2009 at 12 noon in the Middle School Gym



HopNews file photo


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Comedy Central shares a Jon Stewart Rant, above, putting a different perspective on the financial crisis.

Selectmen Choose New Hopkinton Town Manager


March 7, 2009 — After a day of interviewing of four Town Manager finalists, Hopkinton Selectmen chose Norman Khumalo, currently the Assistant Town Manger in Westford, a town of 21,000 north of Hopkinton, to begin contract negotiations with. He also held the Interim Town Manager position there from February to August of last year.


Mr. Khumalo began his municipal career  — after earning a Masters degree in Regional and Urban Planning University of Zimbabwe on top of his BS in Honors sociology —  as Town Planner for the City of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe between 1988  and 1990. After two years, he was promoted to a Senior Town Planner position.


After receiving a masters degree in Public Administration from Carleton University, Canada, Mr. Khumalo accepted a position with Oxfam America, where worked until 1997, running the organization's Africa program.


Since then, Mr. Khumalo has held management positions in Wellesley, Lawrence and  Walpole and Westford.


More on this story Monday.

HPTA Silent Auction

March 7, 2009 — These patrons of the HPTA Auction share a laugh Saturday evening at the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough.


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All the World...

March 7, 2009 — ESL and Barbara Kessler hosted their Open Mic night tonight. Above, two performers playing for the crowd.

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Missing Dog


Our dog has been missing since Thursday night March 5th after she ran off chasing deer. She is a 10 year old black small female lab who is chunky with no collar on. She is kind of skittish but very kind & will come for food please call 508-435-8551 if you see her.


10K Draw

The Hopkinton Little League will be holding its 5th annual $10,000 Draw and Silent Action on May 15th 2009 at the Portuguese Club in Milford. The tickets are $100 each, and each ticket admits two people into the function. The price includes an open bar (beer & wine for 3 hours), an Italian feast catered by Olivas Market, a night of great entertainment and a chance to win $10,000.00. Each of the 300 tickets is assigned a number, your “luck number” for the night.



(MARCH 26, 2009 from 7-9 PM)

Come to Cornell's on Thursday, March 26, 2009 from 7-9 PM and pick your lucky number for the 10K Draw. This will be the only time that you will have an opportunity to request a certain number. After this date ALL REMAINING NUMBERS will be assigned. At the end of the evening all the ticket numbers purchased that night will be placed in a hat. One number will be drawn out and that person will get their money back.

Congratulations, Mr. Gunduz!


March 7, 2009 — We are pleased and proud to announce that Evren Gunduz, 8th grade Science teacher at Hopkinton Middle School, Hopkinton, Massachusetts, has been selected to receive the Goldin Foundation for Excellence in Education Award. This award is designed to recognize excellence, expertise, and demonstrable achievement in education.


The criteria for this award is consistent with the Foundation's belief that educators play a vital role in society by supporting young people's growth and preparing them to be adaptable, flexible, creative, and responsive to future societal changes. The award also recognizes Mr. Gunduz's commitment to high personal achievement and leadership skills. Congratulations, Mr. Gunduz!

 Rita Balboa, Hopkinton Middle School

More Habitat Volunteers!

The group was put together as part of Martin Luther King Day and the kids are all 16 years. The date was delayed from the MLK holiday as some of the kids had to wait to turn 16. Some of their dads helped also helped build the 2 story house for low income residents in Sudbury with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Worcester. This happened on Feb 28th, 2009.
     They were outside, measuring, cutting an attaching siding to the house the whole afternoon.
     Back- Michael Katz, Kenny Payson, Chris Rogers, Ryan Sheehan, Evan Katz, Eric Johnson and Pierr Johnson
Front - Dan Sheehan, Tom Leonard, Kelsey Baker, Emily Mitsock, Devon Dourney, Catherine Leonard

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Free Ads Family Room/Living Room Complete family room set, in good condition. 9 pcs total including: sofa, loveseat, 2 recliners, coffee and end tables. $400 or Best Offer. Perfect for Rec room, 2nd house, apartment, whatever. call 508-435-0081. Sell or buy stuff in our section.  Free Ads

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Town Manager Interviews to be in Selectmen's Hearing Room on Saturday

The location of the Town Manager's interviews scheduled for Saturday, March 7 has changed and will take place in the Selectmen's Hearing Room located on the 2nd floor in the Town Hall, 18 Main Street. The meeting is posted for 8:30 a.m. and the interviews will begin at 9 a.m.



How  many friends can you see in the video? Hughes Training systems has a class starting April 6. Don't put it off again. Click on the button for more details.

Ornithology by democracy

We asked for  the identification of the bird in yesterday's photo. Click to enlarge.

Pretty much everyone said it is a black-capped chickadee. Thanks to everyone for helping out.


 School Committee


School Committee Nixes Center School Renovation Article

To recommend budget increase of $600,000-$800,000

by Derek Dobachesky


March 5, 2009 —

The Hopkinton School Committee examined and made changes to drafts of the 2009-2010 School Year Calendar and school committee policies at regular meeting on Thursday, March 5. Absent from the meeting, which began at 7:30 p.m., was member David Stoldt.

The meeting commenced with Superintendent Dr. John Phelan praising firefighter Tim Healy's efforts in training Hopkinton Public Schools faculty in CPR. Healy held five CPR training and certification sessions from January to March, at which he trained 19 employees, with another 11 preschool employees to be trained at his March 13 session.

The Committee then recognized the Hopkinton Parent Teacher Association's upcoming silent auction, which takes place Saturday, March 7 at the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough. Committee chair Nancy Alvarez Burdick stated that this will the HPTA's largest fundraising event. Bidders can also participate online at the HPTA's Web site. Online bidding closes the evening of Friday, March 6 at 11 p.m. Burdick then informed the Committee of a meeting of the Municipal Cabinet, chaired by Lieutenant Gov. Tim Murray. The meeting will take place in Ashland on Friday, March 6 and members of the Committee will ask the cabinet about how federal stimulus money will be disbursed, as well as other questions on behalf of the Committee and Dr. Phelan.

The Committee then opened the floor for public comments. Adult services librarian Susan Marshall from the public library pledged to work with the school to provide enough copies of books on students' summer reading lists.

"I'm going to keep pleading," for enough books, Marshall said. One step she will take is encouraging the donation of books on the lists during the Go Green Event on March 21. The Go Green Event will be sponsored by the Hopkinton Women's Club, and will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St. John the Evangelist's Hall at 20 Church Street. (File photo, above)


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Troy Mick Introduces Himself

Candidate for School Committee


My name is Troy Mick and I am running for School Committee.


My wife Amy and I moved to town ten years ago.  Together we plan to raise our three children (ages 6, 4 and 1) in Hopkinton and look forward to having all of them attend our public schools. Our oldest is currently in the first grade in Center School.


I believe that the schools are a vital part of our community and that we all share in providing our children with a high-quality education.  During the past two years I have been actively involved in several working groups including the Full-Day Kindergarten Feasibility Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee that is helping to forge a new five-year plan for the school district.


I have a BA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and have fifteen years of professional experience in finance and strategic planning.  I am presently a manager in a large financial services firm.


I believe that implementation of a full-day Kindergarten program along with an increased focus on education in the elementary grades is important for the continued strengthening of our school system.


I also believe that it is critical to implement a focused and appropriate budget that can effectively help us achieve our goals while taking into account the difficult fiscal constraints that we are all experiencing.  We need to maintain a balanced approach as we address the immediate needs of our school system while moving to implement the goals in our long-range plan.


With my foundation in finance and my passion to keep Hopkinton’s school system strong, I look forward to the opportunity to bring new ideas and a fresh perspective to the School Committee.  I would consider it an honor and a privilege to serve the community as we address the challenges and responsibilities of ensuring that our children acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for success in the 21st century.


Troy Mick

11 Smith Road

Hopkinton is Full of Sunshine!

Mary Pratt takes Out Papers For re-election and Explains Why 

SPEAC’s Students with Food Allergies and/or Intolerances March 18

HOPKINTON, MASS. (March 5, 2009) – Hopkinton’s Special Education Advisory Council (SPEAC), in conjunction with the HPTA, will be presenting Students with Food Allergies and/or Intolerances on March 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Hopkinton Middle School Lecture Hall. Panelists will include: Dr. Mary Colombo (File photo), Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Town of Hopkinton; Kathy Bain, Nurse Leader of the Hopkinton Public School nurses; two parent panelists; and a Registered Dietitian. Discussion will cover topics such as safety, inclusion and health plans for these students. The event is free and open to the public.


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

Excerpt from February Senior Newsletter


REFLECTION: Life’s Garden

 contributed by Joseph Spindler

“To plant a garden for daily living, plant three rows of peas – peace of mind, peace of heart and peace of soul.


Add four rows of squash--squash gossip, squash indifference, squash grumbling and squash selfishness.


Add four rows of lettuce – let us be faithful, let us be kind, let us be patient and let us really love one another.


And no garden is complete without turnips- -turn up for meetings, turn up for service and turn up to help those in need.


Finally, a garden requires thyme – time for each other, time for family, and time for friends.


Water freely with patience and cultivate with love. You’ll have much fruit in your garden, because you reap what you sow.”

March Senior News now online Senior News


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State Police and Fitchburg Police Arrest Carjacking and Kidnapping Suspect


Massachusetts State Police and the Fitchburg Police charged a Fitchburg man with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and resisting arrest after the suspect allegedly carjacked and kidnapped three young women late Thursday night outside a residence in Fitchburg.


At 10:40 p.m. on March 4, Fitchburg Police advised the State Police Concord Barracks that they received a cell phone call from a young woman who said that she and two other young women had just been carjacked, assaulted and kidnapped by a man in front of a house in Fitchburg. The caller remained on the phone and provided the Fitchburg Police with a description of their vehicle and the direction of travel. Fitchburg Police relayed this information to the State Police Concord Barracks.


Troopers assigned to the Concord Barracks subsequently located and stopped the vehicle, a gray Kia Sephia, on Route 2 West in Acton. The troopers observed the suspect seated in the rear of the vehicle.  The three young women – two 22-year-olds and one 21-year-old -- were also in the vehicle.


The suspect, 30-year-old JQUAN L. DURHAM, immediately resisted as he was removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest. DURHAM was wearing a chain around his neck with a razor blade attached to it. The victims stated that DURHAM threatened them with the razor blade during the encounter. Evidence also suggests that DURHAM struck the victims with his fist during their ordeal.


At the State Police barracks, the victims were examined by Acton firefighters. One of them was transported to Emerson Hospital in Concord for further examination.


DURHAM was booked at the Concord barracks and charged by State Police with three counts assault and battery, six counts of threats to commit a crime, and a single count of resisting arrest.


Custody of DURHAM was relinquished to the Fitchburg Police who additionally charged him with kidnapping, carjacking, intimidating a witness, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault to commit a felony, assault to rape, and assault and battery.

John R. Vitale, 81

John R. Vitale, 81, of Hopkinton, died Thursday, March 5, 2009 at his home surrounded by family. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late Arcangelo and Margaret (Maglietta) Vitale. He was the husband to Frances (Dolce) Vitale of Hopkinton.

A Hopkinton resident for the past 5 years, and formerly of East
Meadow, NY, John had attended Saint Johns Church of Hopkinton and St. Raphael's Church in New York. He worked as a cable splicer for the NY City Transit Authority and has an engineer of Erasmus High School in Brooklyn, NY. Hewas a Navy Veteran and a member of the American Legion in Bellmore, NY. He was also a member of the local 4 Operating Engineers and was a dedicated member of the Arbor society. He loved sailing and fishing. See Complete Arrangements



March 5, 2009 — This bird, as rockin' as it was today over Little Pond on the southern end of Whitehall, is certainly no robin. Anyone know the type of bird?

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John E "Pa" Dailey, 91


John E. "PA" Dailey, 91, died Thursday, March 5, 2009 at home with his family at his side.  He was the husband of Adeline (Preservadi) Dailey, to whom he was married for 59 years.  Born in Hopkinton, he was the son of the late George and Jennie (Brown) Dailey.  

He was a 1937 graduate of Hopkinton High School and a WWII Army veteran, serving in the 907th Signal Company Depot AVN.  He was employed for over 25 years by ETL Constructions and was a member of Teamsters Local 170.  He was also a 4th Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus, Framingham.  See Complete Arrangements

State Police Motor Vehicle Stop Leads to Weapons Arrest

Teen alleged to possess rifle with night scope, body armor and more


March 5, 2009 — Massachusetts State Police charged a Danbury, Connecticut man with numerous weapon charges after stopping him for marked lane violations early Thursday morning and finding a rifle, shotgun, brass knuckles, knives, several high capacity magazines and numerous rounds of ammunition in his vehicle.


This morning at 12:20 a.m., Trooper Shaun Bellao observed a 2000 Ford Ranger failing to stay within marked lanes on Route 495 North in Bolton. The trooper activated his lights and stopped the vehicle.


The operator, 18-year-old LUKE S. HUIZINGA was observed to be in possession of several rounds of ammunition. A pat frisk revealed HUIZINGA was in possession of several more rounds and a knife.


During the investigation, troopers found a Bushmaster 16” rifle with a night scope and pistol grip, two high capacity magazines, a Remington 12-gauge shotgun with additional rounds of ammunition, five knives, brass knuckles, and a ballistic vest with an armor plate. One ammunition round – a .50 caliber rifle bullet -- was found in the suspect’s pocket; the remainder of the contraband was found in the Ranger.


HUIZINGA was arrested and charged with possession of a large capacity firearm, possession of a firearm, seven counts of possession of a high capacity feeding device, unlawful possession of ammunition, and possession of a dangerous weapon, the brass knuckles. HUIZINGA was scheduled to be arraigned in Clinton District Court today. State Police photos

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Mary Pratt Makes it Official

Running for fourth term as Selectman

March 5, 2009 — Selectman Vice-Chair Mary Pratt removed any doubt about her intentions by taking out nomination papers shortly after noon today. This is Mrs. Pratt's ninth year serving as Selectmen, and she looks forward to completing twelve.

      Why does she want to run again? Video of her from earlier today coming soon.


Elect 2009 Dr. Duffy took out nomination papers for Board of Assessors today. See the entire list of candidates and open seats by clicking the button, always above.

U-Turns allowed

March 5, 2009 — Coming from Upton State Forest, this snowmobiler from Millville used the Lake Whitehall ice to turn around on, fearing unsafe conditions. When asked about the sign banning motorized vehicles, he said it applied to ATVs. According to the DCR website, always available in the HopNews Community page, above, snowmobiles may only be used on the lake when ice fishing during daylight hours. However, snowmobilers are welcome to use Upton State Forest.


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Gimme Six

March 5, 2009 — This turkey vulture riding the air over Hopkinton State Park yesterday proudly displays his navigational feathers as it circles the photographer in an area where people walk their poodles and other little critters.

Accident on West Main Street

All okay

March 5, 2009 — The man on the right, perhaps a dad, jumped out of his vehicle and is running toward the scene of a multi-car collision on West main Street yesterday, where some girls stood on the sidewalk beside the damaged vehicles. All occupants reported no injuries.


 Senior Moments


by NancyDrawe


March 4, 2009 — If you weren’t able to make it to the Health Fair at the Senior Center this past Saturday, you missed a great day!  Speakers, vendors and health screenings all pertaining to health care were the highlights of the fair.   There was a steady stream of people of all ages arriving throughout the day.  The attendees included many younger people who were there to get information for their parents since the whole concept of the fair was, “Keeping Elders at Home.”


The Lion’s Club vision and hearing screening mobile van was a very popular spot—many “patients” took advantage of the free eye and ear tests.  I heard someone say that the man who tested them was “so nice!”    


I don’t really have the room to write about each company represented because it would take me forever, so I’ll just say that the vendors and speakers were great!  They were very helpful and had wonderful products and ideas for everyone.   There were lots of “freebies” too—everyone had goody bags full of pens, thermometers, brochures, date books and of course, candy!   In the dining room during lunch, I saw quite a few people looking through their bags and taking “show and tell” turns.


The Bake Sale was a big hit, as usual.  The freebie bags became true “goody bags” once people bought something sweet and carried it home to have later with “their tea.”  The thrift shop was open for the day and that too, was a success.  It was nice to have a Saturday opening, especially for people who aren’t able to make it during the week. 


This program provided a wealth of information about options for seniors and their families regarding health care and ways for seniors to stay safe in their own homes.  Since there is definitely a great need for families to know that there is support for them and their elderly parents, each of these speakers and vendors were a beneficial part of this program.   Kudos to the Senior Center and Council on Aging for sponsoring this wonderful event.  Excellent job!


March is going to be a busy month—there’ll be a bit ‘o green going on at the Center too!  Stay tuned for upcoming events and activities.


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

HHS Science Fair Finalists

Above, from left, Danny Cunningham, Andy Ryan, John Hinkle, and Courtney Onofrio.


The Hopkinton High School Science Fair was held in March 3, 2009. Approximately 50 student projects were judged by 24 professionals from companies including Raytheon, Natick Army Labs, Caliper Life Sciences and Genzyme.  The following students received awards and will be competing at the Worcester Regional Science and Engineering Fair on March 13.


1st: Courtney Onofrio- The Effect of Turmeric on Learning in Parkinson's Drosophila

2nd: John Hinkle- Head-controlled Mouse Interface

3rd; Danny Cunningham and Andy Ryan- The Effect of Tubercles on Wind Turbines


Also qualifying for regionals are: (in random order)

Colleen Murray and Meghan Kruegar- Effect of Vitamin E and Flaxseed Oil on ALS in C. Elegans

Tom Coburn and Pat Jarvis-The Effective Nutrient Levels on Oil Remediation-Phase II

Kayla Lewkowicz-The Effect of Changes in Slope on Saltation

Lauren O'Loughlin-The Effects of UV-B Radiation on Freshwater Euglena

Alex Brown and Kate Richardson-Using Differential Agars to Identify Environmental Pathogens

Mary Kelly and Nicole Cooprider-Comparing Methods of Removing Heavy Metals from Water

Amy Sung and Gretchen Sileo-Production of Poly-B-hydroxybutyric Acid in Carbon Sources

Vincent Buffa-Effects of Different Fertilizers on Plant Growth

Mitchell Culler and Ryan Foisy-The Effect of Cell Phone Emissions on Drosophila


The science department would like to thank the HPTA, EMC and Bose for their financial support of the science fair program.

 Services for the Home

 Town Manager interviews

Saturday, March 7

9:00 a.m. HCAM

77 Main Street


The Board of Selectmen will conduct the Town Manager interviews on Saturday, March 7 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at HCAM's studio located at 77 Main Street. This meeting has been posted at 8:30 a.m. and is open to the public. If you have any questions, please contact Geri Holland at

Thank you,

Geri Holland

Clerk to the Board of Selectmen

Hopkinton is Full of Sunshine!

26th Annual HPTA Silent Auction This Saturday!


The 26th Annual HPTA Silent Auction is Saturday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at the Doubletree in Westborough. Buy your tickets in advance, save $5 per ticket and get your Auction book to peruse BEFORE the event. Tickets on sale at Action Copy and Ciao Time Catering on Main Street, or online at


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Jean Bertschmann Introduces Herself

Candidate for School Committee


My name is Jean Bertschmann, and I am running for one of the open seats on the School Committee. 

My family and I have lived in Hopkinton for 17 years and are deeply invested in our community.  We have
four children currently attending the Hopkinton Public Schools, spanning elementary through high school grade levels.  Education is a high priority in our family.  As a parent and a taxpayer, I believe the education of our children is a community responsibility and that our success in meeting that responsibility and providing a quality education for our children benefits the entire town. 

I have extensive direct volunteer experience in the Hopkinton Public Schools which gives me an excellent foundation for serving on the School Committee. I have served on several School Councils and school sub-committees, including the Steering Committee for the Strategic Plan review.  I have held multiple key leadership roles in the HPTA including HPTA President, where I was proud to supervise a talented board of more than 120 volunteers, oversee an annual budget of more than $130,000, and observe first hand the dedication of our school administration, faculty, and staff.  I also volunteer at the Senior Center, chair the Hopkinton Cultural Council, and am a founding member of the Marathon Quilt Guild.

There are many challenges and opportunities ahead. Initiatives such as full-day kindergarten, an early childhood center, school configuration, and strategic planning will require careful review and evaluation given the economic realities and constraints we currently face.  Education must continue to be a priority for our town and be maintained in a fiscally responsible manner.  My long history of involvement in our schools provides me with a solid basis for joining the School Committee in making well-reasoned choices moving forward.  I would be honored to have the opportunity to serve the town and its children in this role.

Jean Bertschmann

4 Cider Mill Rd

HopNews file photo

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, or Friends of Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew St. Hopkinton, MA. 01748.



Cornell's to Offer Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage lunch and dinner March 17, 2009



Enjoy Traditional Music by Greg Brady in the early evening and then rock out afterward with sounds like American Pie and the Doors until closing.




Greg Brady has been a favorite St. Patrick's Day performer at Cornell's for over 20 years. Don't miss him this year, or you'll have to wait another year!




Appearing LIVE at CORNELL’S!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

8:30pm – Midnight


Performing vintage songs by…

Simon & Garfunkle, James Taylor, The Bee Gees, Crosby Still Nash and Young, Sting, Robert Cray, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Grateful Dead, The Eagles, Jim Croce, Eric Clapton, Everly Brothers, Elton John,

The Who, The Beatles, Tom Petty, Rolling Stones

& many more!


Below, enjoy a reprise of a song sung solo by Steve Spector.

Mouse-over the up arrow and then choose the HQ icon to watch in superior quality.




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