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YMCA Expansion Approved

Water storage tank for fire protection resolved


by Robert Falcione

March 23, 2009 — Representatives of the MetroWest YMCA Hopkinton appeared before the Planning Board this evening to continue a Public Hearing for approval of the construction of a new building to accommodate summer camp indoor activities, and got seven thumbs-up from the nine member board. Chairman Mark Abate was not present to vote, and member David Auslander abstained due to having missed previous hearing dates. The building will have 6,360 square feet of enclosed space, as well as 2,320 square feet of deck.

      Architect Scott Richardson and Engineer Joe Marquedant were on hand to represent John Barclay, Director of the YMCA facility on East Street, who also spoke from the gallery area.

      Of concern at the last meeting, and answered at this one, was the method of fire protection for the proposed facility. The YMCA has promised to install a "minimum" 10,000 gallon water cistern to accommodate dedicated fire protection for the building, which will also add protection for existing nearby buildings, according to Mr. Richardson.

       Member Sandy Altamura wanted to be sure that emergency apparatus had "easy access" to the nurse's office that will be located in the facility.

       "We need to make sure that no one puts jungle gyms there [next to the building]," said member Claire Wright.

       Someone suggested leaving access for fire trucks to be able to drive around the building.

       "I don't think the code says you need to get all the way around the building," said member Ken Weismantel.

       "The key is to get people away from a building. You never put a fire truck near a building," he said. 

       Answering concerns of Selectmen Vice-Chair Mary Pratt, who spoke from the gallery, Mr. Richardson promised that the facility will be ADA compliant, and that water-conserving plumbing fixtures will be used.

       Mr. Barclay, in answer to one of Mrs. Pratt's concerns for the neighbors, said that the dumpsters would be, "off the beaten path."

        Member Carol DeVeuve asked that $1,000 performance guarantee be gotten from the applicant to assure completion and to insure against erosion. The board also added the requirement of a 15' strip of open land around the building.

        After the plan was approved, Mr. Richardson said that the construction will start next year, 2010.

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See the Plant Doctor Tuesday Evening



The Hopkinton Garden Club invites the public to join an interesting presentation with Massachusetts Horticulture Society Board member Dr. Paul Steen taking place at the First Congregational Church 146 East Main St. in Hopkinton on Tuesday, March 24th at 7:00pm.. Admission is free.  The topic will be "The Plant Doctor is in! What is wrong with your plant?"


There will be a short discussion of what makes plants 'sick'. Then he will discuss some common plant symptoms such as why plants don't flower well, wilting and other symptoms of plant diseases and disorders. The discussion will mainly cover ornamental flowering plants such as house plants, annuals and perennial plants.  Bring your questions and as always, we welcome new members. ~ The Garden Club


Baypath Humane Society to Raffle Off New Car

Hopkinton, Massachusetts


Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton, MA is excited to announce their 2009 Prius for Pets Car Raffle.  In partnership with Bernardi Toyota, Baypath will raffle off a new 2009 Toyota Prius.  Tickets are currently on sale both online and at the shelter, 5 Rafferty Road, Hopkinton.  The raffle drawing will be held on November 1, 2009, at Baypath’s First Annual Paws & Claws 5-K Run/Walk event at Hopkinton State Park. 
The Prius awarded will have an MSRP value of $22,988. The winner will be able to choose from the colors available at that time.  To increase the odds of winning, Baypath will sell no more than 1,200.  Tickets are $50 each, and multiple, discount ticket packs are available.
The specs of the car as well as the Official Rules of the raffle are posted on Baypath’s website http://www.
Baypath is asking the public not only to assist in the success in this event by purchasing a ticket, but to assist the shelter in selling tickets as well. Baypath needs volunteer ticket sellers who can create their own personal web pages via the web-based tool on Baypath’s website.  If you are interested in taking part in Baypath’s ticket seller army, and making a difference in the lives of homeless animals, see

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Police News UP-TO-DATE  March 23, 2009

Click above for full report in prose,

or read the raw log here


7:33 am A resident of Chadwick Way reported that his mailbox was smashed over night...


10:37 am A resident of Pleasant Street, who just had a previous fire in their garage, reported that they just noticed that their flat screen TV, which was stored in the garage, was missing.


10:37 pm A caller reported that a lot of youths were being loud and parking on Roosevelt Road in a suspicious area...


3:19 pm A Clinton Street resident reported that someone was taking pictures of his house and when he confronted the photographer he said that he was all set and drove away...

Editor's Picks

Click on any thumbnail photo below to see a larger one from the last few weeks of HopNews photos. Although most were shot in the last few weeks, a couple that were displayed had been shot in prior years, but are still enjoyable today. They are the Editor's favorites from this short timeframe.

Click to enlarge:

The last photo on the right is a composite of two photos. Although both the Moon and the plane were in the sky at the same time, they were at opposite ends, something that can be confirmed by seeing the direction of the main light, the Sun, on each object. It is the only photo so digitized. Note: The photo of Mike Shepard and his granddaughter, as well as the photo of the deer, were shot in previous years.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for, 

Transactions ending March 23, 2009






This Week        
2 Split Rock Lane Adam C. Koeppe & Kristine A. Koeppe $765,000 Mar.  17, 2009 Eileen C. Odell & Richard D. Odell
Last Week - None        
Two Weeks Ago        
4 Nazneen Circle unit A Sima Vyas $535,000 Mar.  06, 2009 Mirajuddin Ahmed Trustee of
Peppercorn Village Realty Trust
Prior Week        
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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Sponsored by the Hopkinton Police and the beFREE Coalition*

Be Safe Question of the Day


Q. What percentage of those HHS students responding to the survey said they drove a motor vehicle after drinking?

a)  0 %

b)  5 %

c)   9 % is the correct answer

d)  12 %

Check later today for answer

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



 Hopkinton 2009 Election Calendar 

            Last day to obtain nomination papers            Monday, March 30

            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


Who has taken out papers? What is the election schedule? Check our Election 2009 to find out.

Destination WPI

The 4th grade Hopkins Elementary team competing in this weekend’s DI (Destination Imagination) Regional Competition at the Curtis Middle School in Sudbury won first place and will be headed to the State competition at WPI on April 11th. The team competed in the “Video Lit Hits” category and was comprised of :Jake Glover, Heather Holly, Erin Webb, Raj Dandekar, Matt Gross, Elise Kiszla and Drew Lane.

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Peek-a-Boo Times Two

March 22, 2009 — These siblings from Hopkinton had a fun time with their mom at EMC Park last week.

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Downtown Revitalization Committee Plans Marathon Related Events

Manor House to hold Marathon exhibit during the week prior to Marathon

March 22, 2009 — Tom Carey, owner of the historical Manor House has agreed to allow an exhibit of marathon memorabilia during the week leading up to the Boston Marathon in his currently vacant first floor at the corner of Main and Hayden Rowe Streets. The building, according to a history noted by Mr. Carey, was once the home of Governor Claflin. It is also featured on the Town Seal as the Price Mansion House.

     Chairman of the DRC, Peter LaGoy is expected to appear before the Selectmen on Tuesday to get approval for a parade permit to hold a kid's race to celebrate the Marathon. The event will be held on Church Street from 7:00 am to 12 noon on April 19.

    Mr. LaGoy is also organizing a pancake breakfast to go along with the event, as well as an exhibition of marathon material.

Clips from Trash Fashion Show 

Backup Players

March 22, 2009 — The Hopkinton Police took to the bench (in background) and gave the Cheerleaders a shot at unseating the championship Special Olympic team during their Saturday matchup at the Middle School Gym.

 Clips from Police vs. Special Olympics BBall


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Friends Of Hopkinton Senior Citizens Spring Fashion Show Fundraiser

Hopkinton Senior Center

 Sunday, April 5th

from 2 - 4 p.m.


TJMaxx® and Ann-Michele’s Uptown Hair Design are joining the Friends Of Hopkinton Senior Citizens in presenting Spring Family Fashions from A Spring Parade of Style, a fashion show fundraiser with all proceeds donated to Friends Of Hopkinton Seniors Citizens to support the Hopkinton Senior Center. The Spring Fashion Show will be held at the Hopkinton Senior Center Sunday, April 5th from 2-4 p.m. The Senior Center is located at 28 Mayhew Street, Hopkinton. Please join us for a family afternoon with fashion, entertainment and refreshments! Tickets are available for $30 each from the models, at the Hopkinton Senior Center or from Leda Arakelian, President of the Friends (508)-497-9181


The models for this fashion show represent the entire Hopkinton community! In addition to being models, Sundar Sivaraman and Jeanne Vumbaca will be running in the Boston Marathon and are fundraising for the Friends. Other community families who will be modeling in the fashion show are: Ed and Kathy, Miranda, Sophie and Ava Baumann; Nancy and Kendall Burdick; Ann and Morgan Dragsbaek; RJ, Nancy, Cait, Devin and Taylor Dourney; Daron and Adrina Arakelian; Andrew Hayes; Bob, Clorinda, Alexander and Olivia Kirshy; Ellen, Connor and Cameron Mackenzie; Christy and Chase Mahoney; Norma Powell and Hannah Nauman; Officer Phil and Margaret Julia Powers.


The Friends of Hopkinton Senior Citizens, Inc. is a non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to raise funds that will help educate, organize, promote, and support services that enhance the well b-being, quality of life, and independence of our Hopkinton senior citizens.


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Selectmen Call Upon School Dept. to Reduce Expenses

"It's very clear the taxpayers' income is going down" ~Selectmen Chair Brian Herr

March 21, 2009 — A Saturday morning Selectmen's "working session" in Room 211 of Town Hall ended with a call for the School Department to follow their lead and reduce expenses. School and Town Departments were represented today in the room.

      "I am asking the leadership to actually exercise leadership," said Selectman Michael Shepard.

      Selectmen Chair Brian Herr asked Interim Town Manager Clayton Carlisle about salary increases in the budget.

       Mr. Carlisle said that there was "Zero on the COLA [Cost of Living Allowance] and 1 or 2 that have a step increase."

        Speaking to Mr. Shepard, Mr. Herr said, "Are you okay giving them a step increase at the department head level?"

       Mr. Shepard said, "I am not comfortable. We are asking them to take a hit already. We are only in control of a small part of the budget. We are not the largest department out there."

       Looking at the audience, where School Committee Chair Nancy Burdick and School Superintendent John E. Phelan were seated, Mr. Herr said, "We are doing this [freezing salaries] on the Town side with our leadership, we are looking for the School Committee to do the same.

          "It's very clear the taxpayers' income is going down," Mr. Herr said. "There are towns around us that are cutting to 80%. We have to be careful. People are lucky to have a job. We are entering negotiations with various unions."

          Mrs. Burdick answered, "We are planning a working session prior to your March 31 meeting.

         "We hoped to glean information from this [today's] session." It was not clear if there is a meeting on that date.

         Mr. Herr then recapped some of the day's bullets.

         "IT — We did save money there," he said. The Town plans to save $30,000 through a collaborative effort with the School Department.

         "We didn't discuss HR consolidation. That is an opportunity."

         Mr. Carlisle offered hope that the budget for the Tree Warden could be "welcomed" into the DPW budget.

         Mr. Herr said that there were savings from a possible purchase of streets light, as well as a reduction of hours in the office of the Town Clerk.

         "We are making progress," he said.

         Appropriations Committee members Ron Eldridge and Joe Karner said that the Town Charter demands that they have the budget in their hands by April 1, because they need to hold a public hearing.

         "We have a list of [budget] items we need to talk about," said Mr. Karner.

         Mr. Carlisle assured them that that "Ninety-nine percent of the work will not change from what it is today."

NOTE: Newly chosen Town Manager Norman Khumalo (photo) was in attendance and observed the meeting.


Trash Fash

March 21, 2009 — The Women's Club Go Green event at St. John's Parish Center brought out the best in recycled Spring fashion today as these young women modeled clothing and accessories made from juice containers.

Special Olympics vs. Hopkinton Police

March 21, 2009 — Special Olympian Mike Mullins watches his shot go in as his teammates share the joy, today at the Middle School Gym as the Hopkinton Police played the Special Olympics. In this period, the Varsity Cheerleaders were matched up against the athletes.

Tartuffe, the Imposter

March 20, 2009 — ESL actors, wearing their period best, in a period setting, performed Tartuffe, the Imposter, a play by Moliere, on Friday evening at their 30 Main Street location. They will give an encore performance on Saturday, and again next weekend.

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Low Water Mark

March 20, 2009 — The Town-owned Lake Maspenock Dam shows its high water mark, as the dam's sluiceway was opened to lower the level last fall. Lake residents were informed today that the gate has now been virtually shut to allow the normal, seasonal refilling of the lake due to expected spring rains.

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Since we last noted new candidates, a few more have taken out papers. Check out our Election 2009 button, which will be near the top of page one until the election, to see who is running.


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EPA Exercises Option to Extend Contract with Hopkinton Company


HOPKINTON, Mass., March 19, 2009 -- Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALP), a leading provider of tools and services for drug discovery and life sciences research, today announced that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented initial analyses of Phase I data generated by Caliper Discovery Alliances and Services (CDAS) under the EPA’s ToxCast™ screening program at the annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) held this week in Baltimore, MD. Separately, the EPA notified Caliper that it has exercised the first additional option year under Caliper’s ToxCast contract with the EPA. Task orders under this contract have already generated approximately $3.5 million in total revenues for Caliper since the initiation of the contract in April, 2007, $1.2 million of which was recognized in 2008.


Traffic Stop Leads to Bolton Foot Chase and Trafficking Arrest


March 20, 2009 — Massachusetts State Police charged a Worcester man with trafficking cocaine yesterday when he was located after he refused to stop for a trooper, who observed the man throw a bag allegedly containing drugs out of his car window.


 At 5:08 p.m. on March 19, Trooper Kyle Flanagan, who is assigned to the Leominster barracks, observed a Nissan Murano failing to yield on the ramp from Route 495 southbound to Route 2 westbound in Littleton.  The vehicle exited Route 2 and was observed operating at a high rate of speed, failing to yield.  Trooper Flanagan attempted to stop the vehicle on Taylor Street but it accelerated and sped down the ramp to Route 2 eastbound.  The vehicle slowed at the ramp to Route 495 southbound where the operator threw a grocery bag out of the passenger window and sped off onto Route 495. 


Trooper Flanagan, who had radioed in a description of the car and its driver,  discontinued the pursuit to secure the bag. Inside of it, he found baggies containing a white powder and rock substance believed to be cocaine.


Several minutes later, Trooper John Doherty, who is assigned to the Millbury barracks, observed the vehicle on Route 117 in Bolton, where it pulled into a lot behind the Country Cupboard Market. The driver exited his vehicle and tried to run away. Trooper Doherty engaged in a short foot pursuit, apprehended the fleeing man, and placed him under arrest without further incident.


The operator and only occupant of the Murano, 33-year-old EMILIO LACEN, was transported to the barracks in Leominster where he was held on bail pending his morning arraignment in Ayer District Court.  He is charged with operating after suspension, failure to stop for police, reckless operation, marked lanes violation, speeding, littering from a motor vehicle, failure to yield and trafficking cocaine over 200 grams. 


The suspected cocaine and its packaging weighed approximately 666 grams. The Nissan and $259 were seized pending the outcome of the investigation.

beFREE! Project Youth Activities

The Winning Team: Front Row: Collin Sullivan, Emily Blake, Wesley Ericksen.Back Row: Jeff Dufficy, Kristen Boissonneault, Drew Steedman, Will Relle, Jake Doucette

March 20, 2009 — The beFREE! Project held a handball tournament last Saturday night which was a great success. We had almost 200 students attend. There were seventeen teams comprised of 155 kids and about 40 spectators. It was beFREE's first athletic event and second Saturday night event. Clearly there are a lot of kids looking for something fun to do on a Saturday night. It was great to give them something fun and active to do.

Much of the work of planning and putting on this event was done by the students themselves. They did a fantastic job. We appreciate the cooperation of the high school for letting us host the event in the athletic center and the wellness department for letting us use some of their equipment. The Boosters and Hopkinton Gourmet donated gift certificates for the winning team. The Skate Board Park Club sold refreshments and donated raffle tickets.  We had three parents and one student referee.  All in all it was a real community effort.

Our next events are an Acoustic Coffeehouse on Saturday, April 4 cosponsored with the First Congregational Church and a dance on Friday, April 17 in partnership with SADD. Thanks for everyone's continued support of these activities.

The focus of the beFREE! Project is to encourage our youth to experience life without drugs and alcohol. To find out more about our work, email us at

Honors Art Exhibit, Reception

March 20, 2009 — Madison McKenna poses with the real-life subject of her photographic print in the background, Patrick Ferguson, at the High School Honors Art Exhibit Opening reception at the CAA Building on Hayden Rowe Street. The exhibit will continue until March 22, 2009.

 School Committee Meeting

Landlord Foregoes Rent Increase for Admin Building

Committee Approves Cheerleaders trip

Stimulus money to be announced on Friday

Above, Committee member Dave Stoldt, who doubles as Hopkinton Athletic Association Treasurer, listens attentively as one of four Girl Scouts invites the Committee to attend an event with officials from Hopkinton's twin city, Marathon, Greece.


by Derek Dobachesky

March 20, 2009 — The Hopkinton School Committee discussed federal stimulus money as well as a plan for seeking community input into potential changes to the bus transportation policy, and passed the 2009-2010 school year calendar in a productive regular meeting on Thursday, March 19.

The meetings started at 7:30 p.m. in the Middle School library, with all Committee members in attendance, including David Stoldt, who had missed the prior two meetings. A wide range of new and old topics were addressed during the two-hour meeting.

The meeting began with the recognitions section, during which Committee chair Nancy Alvarez Burdick announced a State of the Schools event that would be put on by the Hopkinton Parent Teachers Association on April 1 at 7 p.m. The event will give
community members an opportunity to pose questions about Hopkinton Public Schools to Superintendant Dr. John Phelan, Burdick and State Representative Carolyn Dykema by e-mail or by phone. Committee member Rebecca Robak also commended the high school swim team on "a terrific season."

Four local Girl Scouts stood up for the public comment session. They invited the Committee and community members to a cultural exchange on April 17 at 4 p.m. in the First Congregational Church. The Girl Scout troupe has invited the mayor of Marathon, Greece — Hopkinton's Sister City; members of Massachusetts' U.S. Congressional delegation, as well as state legislators and others to attend the exchange.

Chairwoman Burdick then updated the Committee on the FY10 budget process. Burdick said interim town manager Clayton Carlisle has presented the Board of Selectman with the Committee's flat-funded budget for FY10, which Carlisle has called its "can do!" budget. However, Burdick also said he will recommend an alternative budget with an increase of up to $800,000 in funding, as the Committee is seeking. The Board of Selectman will meet Saturday, March 21 at 8 a.m. in the Town Hall for a public budget working session.


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Hopkinton Shred Day

Saturday, March 21st

lO AM to 2 PM

In the parking lot behind Colella's Supermarket 61 Main Street.

Have your confidential records securely destroyed.

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DCR Ranger Assigned to State House Arrested On Drug Charges


            MALDENMarch 19, 2009 — A Department of Conservation and Recreation Ranger assigned to the Massachusetts State House has been arrested and arraigned on drug charges, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.

             Jon D’Orlando, 32, of Malden, was arraigned today in Malden District Court on two counts of possession of a Class B substance (Cocaine and Suboxone) and conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act.  D’Orlando was arrested yesterday at approximately 4:50 p.m. by Malden Police and State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s PACT Unit.  At that time, he posted cash bail set at $140.  Today, Malden District Court Judge Dominic Paratore imposed that same bail figure.

            The male who is alleged to have sold D’Orlando the Cocaine, Luis Villa-Posada, 36, of Winthrop, was also arrested immediately following the alleged drug deal and charged with trafficking in cocaine, conspiracy to violate the drug law, and drug violation near a school or park.  At today's arraignment, Malden District Court Judge Paratore imposed a $1000 cash bail.  

            According to authorities, at approximately 2:00 p.m. yesterday, officers assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s PACT unit and Malden PD were assembled in the City of Malden to execute a search warrant at 310 Pearl Street in Malden.  While assembled, officers observed D’Orlando enter the passenger side of a blue Honda operated by Villa-Posado.  The vehicle then drove off down Pearl Street.  Almost immediately after driving off, the car abruptly came to a stop and D’Orlando exited the vehicle.

             D’Orlando then entered his own vehicle and officers followed him to 310 Pearl Street, where he exited the vehicle.  Officers then observed him drop a bag on the ground, which was later identified as containing cocaine.  

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

The Middlesex District Attorney’s PACT Unit, established when District Attorney Leone took office, is dedicated to the investigation and prosecution of cases of public protection (including narcotics and organized crime), anti-terrorism, corruption, and technology.

            The case is being investigated by State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s PACT Unit and Malden Police.  Assistant District Attorney Carrie Spiros handled the arraignments.

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