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Be Safe Question of the Day


Q. What percentage of those HHS students responding to the survey said they have used alcohol at some time?

a)  30 %

b)  60%

c)    70% have said they have

d)    15%


Check Tuesday for answer

*Sources for this feature are:

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

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Selectmen Pass $59,737,278.66 Budget, Town Meeting Articles

March 30, 2009 — This evening, months of work on the budget for the town — and the Articles for the Town Meeting Warrant — culminated in a rapid-fire, two-hour meeting to pass them.

        Selectman Chair Brian Herr questioned each figure in a budget line-item that had changed since the last draft the Selectmen had before them.

        "We are down, Why?" asked Mr. Herr, noticing a drop in one item, and wondering how the savings was made.

        Interim Town Manager Clayton Carlisle answered that the custodian for the Town Hall was retiring, and the hours for the Senior Center maintenance were cut.

        "The Council on Aging over-appropriated in '09, so we recalculated because of that," he said.

        Mr. Carlisle suggested not trying to negotiate a lower contribution to Keefe, because it is contract-based according to the number of students, and that Keefe Tech is only assessing about half of what they are allowed. Technical school students cost more to educate because of he nature of the program of study.

        The Selectmen were willing to give a 1.5% raise to all non-union personnel, including department heads. School Committee member David Stoldt said that he believed his group had enough votes to pass a similar measure, in keeping with a "one-town" approach.

        The Selectmen voted unanimously to send the budget to the Appropriations Committee, which they must do according to Town Charter by April 1. Then the Town Meeting needs to vote on it.

        Articles on the Town Meeting warrant, numbers 54-57, totaling about $5 million will be contingent on receiving stimulus money, according to Mr. Carlisle. They are for the sewer pump station, sewer Input and Infiltration remediation, a water main on Main Street and repairs to the Lake Maspenock Dam.

        The Planning Board has submitted several zoning changes, including a Hotel District, Wind Energy Systems and several pages of sign bylaws that will allow previously banned signage.

         The Police department has submitted articles to give the Chief of Police power to close roads, ban the ingesting of marijuana and fine violators, as well as prohibit skateboarding and other recreational "conveyances" on Town property and several streets Downtown, including Main, Park, Church, Marathon Way, and parts of Ash, Hayden Rowe, Grove and Cedar streets. The maximum fine for repeat offenders  will be $50.

          A draft of the Warrant is here.

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Brown Statue Given Green Light by Historic District Commission


March 30, 2009 — Above, HAA President Timothy Kilduff admires the plaque for the statue of George V. Brown, which calls him "Hopkinton's First Citizen of Sport." For 32 years, Mr. Brown, who was instrumental in getting the BAA Marathon Start moved to Hopkinton, fired the pistol at each race. Since then, a Brown family member has fired it at every Start.

       This evening, the Historic District Commission viewed the proposed location for the statue on the Hopkinton Common and approved its placement there.

       According to engineer Robert Foster, there will be a 2,400 pound granite slab rising 12" from the surface of the ground as a base.

       "The granite has to arrive in the next two weeks," he said, in order for the statue to be ready for the Marathon.

       According to Mr. Brown's grandson, Tom Burke, Mr. Brown's great granddaughter (Burke's daughter) will run the race this year, becoming the second family member to do so. Emily will be asked to participate in an HAA ceremony the morning of the race.

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Rollover On Lumber Street - Driver Arrested

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March 30, 2009 — The lone occupant of this rollover crash on Lumber Street near Glen Road declined medical treatment from the Fire Department Ambulance crew, but instead got the services of the Police Department; he was taken into custody following field sobriety tests that were videotaped by the cruiser's dashboard camera.

      The vehicle left the roadway and severed a pole, which can be seen dangling from wires that it is supposed to support. The roadway was closed at two ends, and NStar was called to replace the pole immediately. Mouse-over the image and see the wreck close up.

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Selectmen Vice-Chair Mary Pratt to Receive Unsung Heroine Award



March 30, 2009 — Mary Pratt, Vice-Chairman of the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen (file photo), has been chosen from a field of three hundred nominees to be one of one-hundred Massachusetts women to receive an award as Unsung Heroines by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.

    The Commission recognizes women for their contributions to their organizations or communities, said a press release from the Commission.

    "Unsung Heroines are women who don't make the news, but make the difference.

     "They are women who use their time and talent to show us the meaning of the saying, 'Be the change you want to see in the world'," said Kira Dunn on behalf of the Commission.

     According to information on the Commission's website, the event will be held:

Unsung Heroines of Massachusetts
May 13, 2009
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Gardner Auditorium - State House - Boston, MA


Hopkins School Students Prepare Mentally for MCAS

The pictures are of students in Ms. Law and Ms. Schnairsohn’s classes, otherwise known as “Team Fish.”  In anticipation of fourth grade MCAS, they made “power bands’ which can be worn as headbands, wrist bands, or even sashes. All students wrote personal messages to help them stay focused, calm, and positive, keeping with the Team motto of “Don’t Stress, Just Impress.”  ~ Carol Costa, Assistant Principal, Hopkins School


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Be Safe Question of the Day


Q. What percentage of those HHS students responding to the survey said they have used alcohol at some time?

a)  30 %

b)  60%

c)    70% have said they have

d)    15%


Check Tuesday for answer

*Sources for this feature are:

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



 April 25-June 27 2009

For Girls & Boys ages 4-7


It’s never too early to get your child involved in team sports.


YMCA T-Ball is one of the first opportunities to do that and the YMCA is happy to offer this fun program to you. Games played on Saturday mornings at the YMCA in Hopkinton. Practices will be held during the week call John Barclay at (508) 435-9345 for a registration form. Volunteer coaches needed, contact John today. Coaches meeting will be held on Wednesday April 15th at 7:00pm in the Annex building at the YMCA in Hopkinton.

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Police News UP-TO-DATE  March 30, 2009

Click above for full report in prose,

or read the raw log here


9:46 pm A Jackson Street resident was concerned about a vehicle that was following her daughter and her friend...


10:28 pm A caller from Hidden Brick Road reported that a group of youths were egging houses...


7:44 pm A Parker Point Road resident reported that a lawn mower was stolen from a shed on her property...


7:28 am The Milford Police Department reported that a vehicle was stolen from a business in their town and requested that officers be on the look out for it...

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for, 

Transactions ending March 30, 2009






This Week        
154 East Main Street Charles E. Jandrue & Suely Jandrue $225,000 Mar.  25, 2009 Anne Marie Pearson, Trustee of the
CAB Realty Trust
Last Week        
2 Split Rock Lane Adam C. Koeppe & Kristine A. Koeppe $765,000 Mar.  17, 2009 Eileen C. Odell & Richard D. Odell
Two Weeks Ago - None        
Prior Week        
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


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Volunteer Community Service

March 29, 2009 — The young people above were only  part of the volunteer workers who cleaned up EMC Park on Saturday. They moved around several yards of bark mulch to level the enclosed areas near the slides and playgrounds. They also cleaned up the Hank Fredette Skate park for themselves and others. The group is selling raffle tickets for audio devices to put money toward a new ramp, according to Youth Commission members, Ken Johnson, left, and Brian Eberlin, right.

        One of the skaters has written a piece and has asked that we not use his name:


The Art of Skateboarding

Above, file photo of skater at indoor park in Taunton

by A Local Skater

March 29, 2009 — Everyone I know who likes to skateboard, bike, rollerblade, scooter, ski, snowboard, surf or any other extreme sport you can think of, loves to test their hobby on the terrain around them. Now the problem with rolling down the sidewalk, or using the natural obstacles in a public (or private) area is that it can create a bit of a nuisance for the people around and the property owners. Experimenting with things is just natural for a skater. But truly enough, it can lead to a few issues, too:


1. It can damage property.

2. It can be trespassing.

3. We can get hurt, and if on someone else's land it turns into bigger problems like the wrong person being penalized, sued, or fined.

4. Trash might be left.

5. It can intimidate pedestrians and customers of the business buildings.

6. The police can get involved and arguments can start.


     But there is another side to it.


     The fun in skating is what keeps us out of trouble, or other trouble to some people. Sure, when colleges are looking at your athletic experience, skateboarding doesn't exactly make the cut. But it's a sport as much any other one. And it also sparks the imaginations, and constructional skills of its athletes. We're always trying to make something new or use the space we have, to do something fun. Like just riding up and down the driveway, jumping over a cone, balancing across a beam, sliding on a slippery ledge, doing a trick, getting vertical, grabbing your board, going fast, making hard turns, going high, jumping far, making something up that nobody's ever seen before, trying to fly, pushing the laws of physics, and making a regular source of transportation look SICK. That's the spirit of our sports, making somethin' outa nothin', kind of like art. An empty parking lot is your canvas to play with. On a good, solid surface, a skateboarder won't get bored with his tool at hand. We love all kinds of obstacles. We see potential in objects people use or don't use every day: ramps, benches, picnic tables, drops, stairs, walls, railings, slopes, hills, poles, slides, pipes, transitions, and a whole lot more. Nothing goes to waste. There's always more than meets the eye.

       Conquering your fear is constant in this hobby, because you are always trying new things.



Spaghetti Dinner to help the Hopkinton Hiller Cheerleaders

get to nationals in Florida
Sunday, April 5th 5:00 - 8:00
Woodville Rod and Gun Club
$7.00 per person

Willis A. "Will" Bird, 84


HOPKINTON -Willis A. "Will" Bird, 84, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2009, at Mary Ann Morse Nursing Home in Natick, after a long period of declining health. Born in the Bronx, N.Y., he was the son of the late Albert Glenn and Ingrid Caroline (Melen) Bird, and was the beloved husband of Mary Ann (Voltmann) Bird. He was born on Christmas Day, 1924, and died on the couple's 62nd wedding anniversary.


As a youth growing up in Winthrop, he was drawn most strongly to the ocean and to the study of electricity. He and his friends had kayaks and would explore the islands around Boston Harbor. He was often invited to act as crew in the sailboat races in the Gloucester area. The two loves became one after the U.S. entered World War II, and he found himself in the Navy and spent most of the war at sea as an electrician's Mate first class, serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific. Arrangements complete

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First Couple

March 29, 2009 — Hopkinton Chief of Police Thomas Irvin and wife, Judy, enjoy a moment together during the band's break at the Annual Hopkinton Police Dinner/Dance at the Portuguese Club in Milford. 

     According to Chief Irvin, the Dance is hosted by the Police Association and organized by Officer Pat O'Brien. The funds are used to offset the costs associated with the Holiday Dinner for Hopkinton Senior Citizens, the Fishing Derby, Basketball and Softball games with the Special Olympics Athletes, Scholarships for graduating Hopkinton High Schools students, sponsorship for a Little League Team, flowers for funerals and donations to other local charitable causes.   

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Show Me the Way

March 29, 2009 — Runners from Ashland and Hopkinton pass the statue of Phedippedes showing Stylianos Kyriakides the way to run, at Weston Nurseries on their practice run to Boston today in the rain. Several groups took off from the starting line today, some checking their watches, other crossing casually.

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Pausing to Pose at Cookie's Corner

March 29, 2009 — The Melrose Running Club was one of a multitude of groups that pounded the pavement to Boston today, in a sort of practice run for the oldest modern marathon, the BAA Boston Marathon. Above, they gather in front of the Doughboy Monument at Cookie's Corner, so named after Richard "Cookie" Kumlin, a dedicated highway Dept. Foreman who embraced the upkeep of the monument, the flagpole behind it, as well as the grounds that sit adjacent to the Start of the BAA Boston Marathon. The dedication was covered by HopNews in November, 2004.   <---link now works

Hot Acoustics

March 29, 2009 — Steve Spector, center,  and friends, who call themselves Hot Acoustics, rocked Cornell's on Saturday night, and brought the crowd with them. The photo was taken through a vent window.


Police Ball

March 29, 2009 — The band Tailspin rocked the crowd at the Portuguese Club Saturday night for the well attended 37th annual Police Dinner/Dance put on by the Hopkinton Police.

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Volunteers of America

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March 28, 2009 — This group of teens volunteered their time for hours today, a Saturday, to clean up EMC Park, and then rewarded themselves afterward with some safe skating and bicycling at the Hank Fredette Skate park. To turn the image 180 degrees, mouse-over the image.



Best Buddies

March 28, 2009 — Richard, above, a member of the Best Buddies Board, dressed up as the dog Bolt at today's Friendship Relay at the Hopkinton High School Field house. According to Selectman RJ Dourney, the group expects to raise $10,000 from the event that matches intellectually challenged people with Buddies.

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Wild Blue Yonder

March 28, 2009 —Nolan Kelly catches a bit of air Saturday at Hank Fredette Skate Park inside EMC Park today.


March 28, 2009 — No, this is not an ET movie, or anything of the sort. The rider is about to clear his second hump this afternoon on the town's Fruit Street property. A North Street resident called to complain about the activity about three hours later.

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Making Memories that Last a Lifetime at the MetroWest YMCA Day Camp

Registration Now Open for Day Camp



March 28, 2009 — As parents look for opportunities to keep their active busy this summer, the MetroWest YMCA reminds caregivers that camp is among the best options for engaging kids in activities that will help develop their spirit, mind and body, while getting them outdoors in a safe environment. 


“Camping is synonymous with personal development.  It provides kids with the opportunity to practice social and decision-making skills through new experiences,” says Berta Sinclair, Camp Director at the MetroWest YMCA at Hopkinton. “Kids come to camp to develop friendships, learn skills in a new environment, and make memories that will last a lifetime.”


The MetroWest YMCA Day Camp provides exciting and educational summer camp options for preschool, school-age children and teens. Summer camp programs at the MetroWest YMCA include archery, canoeing, arts and crafts, camp crafts, sports, nature study, drama, theme days, and overnights and of the YMCA’s challenge course which will challenge campers both as individuals and as part of their camper groups.


According to the American Camp Association, fewer children are spending time and having fun outdoors.  Children have lost 12 hours of free time a week over the last 20 years – eight of these lost hours were once spent in unstructured play and outdoor activities, says ACA.


Attending summer camp at the YMCA can impact youth and teens in several important ways:


  • Kids learn when given a break from their daily routine.  Camp offers kids and teens productive “time away” from the troubling economic news they hear every day, as well as an independence they don’t typically experience at home or in school.

  • Lifelong memories are made at camp.  The MetroWest YMCA Day Camp is the ideal environment for developing new skills, learning from other campers and counselors, and making new friends to share it all with.

  • Decision-making skills are learned through experience.  At camp, kids and teens learn and practice how to make smart choices, solve problems, and work as a team toward common goals.  These skills are essential to character development.

  • At camp, kids and teens develop confidence by trying and learning new things, including adventurous outdoor activities that can lead to healthy, life-long habits.

  • Camp is the perfect environment for increasing kids and teens’ awareness and appreciation of nature and the great outdoors.

Collectively the nation’s largest providers of camping programs, YMCAs have operated summer camps for more than 100 years.  Each year, YMCAs operate 265 resident camps that serve 300,000 campers.  YMCAs also operate more than 2,000 community and regional YMCA day camps that serve 600,000 individual campers each summer, which includes about 120 specialty camps for kids with disabilities.  An additional 1.5 million individuals participate in camp programs throughout the balance of the year in family camps, weekend retreats, and school camping.


Visit  or call Berta Sinclair at 508-435-9345 to learn more about the MetroWest YMCA Day Camp for youth and teens.


The MetroWest YMCA as been serving the MetroWest area since 1963 and offers family programs at our facilities in Framingham and Hopkinton. Financial Aid is available for all of the YMCA’s program

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Hopkinton Students IGNITE

Cape & islands Youth


Front row left to right: Matt Younis, Jessica Fenn, Joanna Schell, Ashley Gorham, Sarah Kennedy


Back row left to right: Alyssa Karpacz, Ian Brohm, Emily Crain, Shaye Ellis, Cameron Linares, Justin Strout, Catherine Leonard, Annelyse Reinertson


On Friday February 27th 2009 IGNITE Team leadership students from Hopkinton High School attended the Cape and Islands Leadership Conference (CILC) at Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School.





The CILC is an annual student driven conference designed for leaders across Cape Cod to celebrate leadership, learn new strategies to take back to their schools, and generate enthusiasm for living a healthy, full life. The Hopkinton students were special invites this year because the keynote speaker was Evren J Gunduz, an 8th grade science teacher at Hopkinton Middle School.


Mr. Gunduz combines personal stories, life/leadership concepts and HIGH energy to create impactful speeches for students from middle school to college! The Hopkinton students are part of Mr. Gunduz’ IGNITE student leadership team and had a blast at Dennis Yarmouth learning new leadership concepts, meeting peers from other schools, and setting higher expectations in life.

Frances H. (Rooney) Sullivan, 83


NORTHBOROUGH - Frances H. (Rooney) Sullivan, 83, died Friday March 27, 2009.  She was the wife of Francis M. Sullivan, who died in September 1995.

Born in Somerville, she grew up in Arlington, one of four children of the late William and Gertrude (Cody) Rooney.  She moved to Wayland to raise her family and was the librarian at the Happy Hollow School in Wayland for 18 years. Fran was a wonderful mother who was patient, understanding, and always had time for her many friends and family. Volunteering was a continual part of her life.

She is survived by her daughters Bonnie (Laura) Sullivan and her husband John Davis of Blaine, WA; and Denise Sullivan and Richard Meisenheimer of Northborough, MA; and her son Glenn Sullivan and his wife Sharon of Hillsboro, OR.  She also leaves her brother John Rooney and his wife Eileen of Dennis, as well as her sister Gertrude O’Connell and her brother-in-law John Bonasera, both of Lexington.  In addition, she leaves three grandchildren; Sean, Patrick, and Michael Sullivan.

A memorial funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Rose of Lima Church, 244 W. Main St. at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 30, 2009.  The family of Frances Sullivan cordially invites friends and family for a reception back at her daughter’s house following the service at 199 Pleasant St., Northboro MA.  At her request, there will be no funeral home visiting hours.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1115 West Chestnut Street, Brockton, MA  02301.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 38 Church Street, Hopkinton.


Shut Up, James

March 27 , 2009 — No one is trying to be rude, but Shut Up, James is the name of the winning band from Friday night's Battle of the Band at the Hopkinton Middle School.March

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American Cancer Society Charity Runners Ready For Boston Marathon
Pre-qualified marathon runners encouraged to help the fight against cancer

(Weston, MA) - March 27, 2009 - American Cancer Society Charity Runners participating in the 113th Boston Marathon have already raised nearly $7,000 for the charity in this, the first year of the Charity Runner program in Massachusetts. With a little less than a month to go before the marathon, runners who are already qualified to run on April 20 are still able to make their miles more meaningful by participating as an American Cancer Society Charity Runner.

Through the Charity Runner program, runners are able to dedicate their run in honor or in memory of a loved one with cancer, while raising funds for the fight against this devastating disease. American Cancer Society Charity Runners in the Boston Marathon commit to raising $1,000, $750 of it by race day, and the rest by June 20, 2009.

"Thousands of athletes across the country have experienced the journey of a lifetime by dedicating their participation in endurance events to the fight against cancer through the American Cancer Society Charity Runner program,� said Holly Randall, Society Project Manager for Endurance Events. "We are thrilled to bring this opportunity to both new and veteran runners taking on the nation's oldest annual marathon event.�

Official race partners of the Charity Runner program in the state include the upcoming Boston's Run To Remember (May 24). In addition to the partner races in Massachusetts, there are several Charity Runner events around New England including the Sugarloaf Maine Marathon, the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon, the Cox Sports Marathon/Half Marathon in Providence, and the Manchester City Marathon/Half Marathon in New Hampshire.

Since 1996, more than 4,000 athletes nationwide have helped raise $5.2 million through Charity Runner, enabling athletes of all levels to turn their passion for half-marathons, marathons, triathlons, or cycling races into a lifesaving effort to fight cancer. The American Cancer Society dedicates funds raised to fuel the most promising research; to spread lifesaving cancer awareness messages; to advocate for screening opportunities for all people; and to ease the cancer burden for people facing the disease through practical day to day and emotional support.

In return for their fundraising efforts, American Cancer Society Charity Runners will receive many benefits, including:
• A personalized website to assist in fundraising efforts
• Complimentary local training
• Exclusive American Cancer Society racing shirt
• The opportunity to dedicate their participation in memory or in honor of a loved one touched by cancer.

For more information, visit, or contact the American Cancer Society 24-hours a day, seven days a week by calling 1-800-ACS-2345.


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