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Hopkinton Student Wins Awards

at International Science Fair


Nearly 1600 students competed from more than 50 countries around the world.  Students compete in 19 categories (animal science, biochemisty, computer science, medicine and health, etc.  In each category there are 4th awards, 3rd awards, 2nd awards and 1st awards.  From those receiving 1st awards, there is one “best of category” project selected.  From those, there are three “Grand Awards”. Approximately 30% of the students competing win an award.


Massachusetts set a new record this year, winning 3 best of category awards i.e. out of 1560 students, Massachusetts had 3 of the top 19 projects AND one grand award! 


John Hinkel received a 3rd award as well as two special awards (one from the American Intellectual Property Law Association and one from the Patent and Trademark Office Society)


Left is a picture of John with his medals and ribbon after the awards.


Blood Drive

Friday, May 22


Hopkinton Senior Center

28 Mayhew St.


Early donors can count on coffee and muffins; lunchtime donors, lunch is on the Senior Center.

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Hopkinton Education Foundation

Golf Ball Drop

 6:30 pm on Tuesday, June 2nd

Hopkins Elementary School (Field 10)


The Hopkinton Education Foundation will be holding its Second Annual Golf Ball Drop at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, June 2nd (Rain date June 3rd) at the Hopkins Elementary School (Field 10). RE/MAX Executive Realty is sponsoring the event for the second year in a row. HEF is selling 1,000 raffle tickets, which correspond to 1,000 golf balls that will be dropped from the RE/MAX hot air balloon over a golf hole.


The person holding the ticket that corresponds to the ball that goes in the hole or comes closest to it wins the grand prize of $1,000. There also is a prize of $100 for the ball that lands furthest from the hole. In the event of a tie, the prize will be split. Tickets are $10 each or 6 for $50. Winners need not be present to win. The fun-filled event will feature tethered hot air balloon rides ($10 per adult, $5 per child with adult); cotton candy and other concessions; and, free face painting and balloons. “


We are very grateful to Chuck Joseph and Bill Wright and the entire Re/Max Executive Realty team for sponsoring this event again. We sold 863 tickets last year and hope to sell all 1,000 tickets this year. All proceeds will be used for educational grants for the Hopkinton Public Schools.” stated Andrew Wailgum, HEF Board Member and Chairman of the Golf Ball Drop. “Bring the kids and come out and watch. It’s a fun time and a one of a kind experience.” Tickets can be purchased from any HEF board member or by contacting Andrew Wailgum at 508-625-1447 or

HHS Spring Pops Concert (Excerpts) 

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Hidden Treasures

May 17, 2009 — Lady slippers can be found on the forest floor, among the low brush. The Zettek family pointed these out to the photographer on Wilson Street.

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Meet the Tedstones

May 17, 2009 — The Tedstone family, Brendan, Tina and Ella, 11 months, take a walk around the block on Sunday to show off the little one.

Family Affair

May 17, 2009 — Scott Richardson, architect of the new gazebo, and son, Peter, were installing decorative arches, which double as structural support, on Sunday.

        "I want to be sure it is ready for Memorial Day," Mr. Richardson told a passerby, who asked why he was working on a Sunday.


Two in the Bush

May 17, 2009 — Take away the maple trees, and there's a scene from a western movie, as the turkey vultures scope the territory. However, the photo was taken at the exit to Hopkinton State Park on Sunday.

Phone Talking

May 17, 2009 — The driver of this vehicle had plenty of time to stop, but was on the phone as she blew through the crosswalk on Sunday.

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Bring Your Dreams

May 17, 2009 — Susie and Carl Johnson look over the sign they just attached at 15 Main Street, the former Sauce on Main. Susie has captured the listing for the leasing of the first floor.

Hot Acoustics


May 17, 2009 — Steve Spector and friends jam-packed Cornell's on Saturday Night. Above are two songs from their performance. Please be patient with the "light show" as the video camera moves through the darkened crowd and captures only indistinguishable shapes for about 10 seconds. The music was too good to cut the poor video out. In addition, this video has the ability to be played in You Tube's " High Quality" mode, so check that out too.

Traffic Stop

May 17, 2009  On Friday evening police were kept very busy. This traffic stop was as a result of driving without headlights, but the result of the stop was a complaint against a passenger for possession of marijuana.

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Standin' on the Corner

May 16, 2009 — Candidates for Selectmen and their supporters took over all four corners of the Main/Grove/Cedar intersection Saturday morning until noon, when the fire whistle blew, and the politicians left. To see some of them speak, watch the video below.


A Family That Stays Together...

May 16, 2009 — This mute swan family enjoyed a morning swim while the roving HopNews camera caught their moment in Whitinsville.



May 15, 2009 — There was an unusually high amount of airplane activity over the skies of Hopkinton on Friday, as evidenced by the seeming proximity of the two planes in the photo above. In just a few minutes, a dozen planes were leaving vapor trails like the ones above.

Final Days

May 15, 2009 — Selectman Michael Shepard installs flagpole brackets on the new Veteran's Memorial Gazebo, upon which work is in its final days. Cement was poured today, and some landscape planting is expected to be done on Tuesday.

     Mr. Shepard's term on the Board of Selectmen is also in its final days, as he has chosen not to run, and his term expires on Monday, election day.

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Cleanliness is Next To...

May 15, 2009 — This blue and black bird, bottom right of photo, is spreading its wings just before flapping them wildly to take a bath in the water feature in front of Golden Pond assisted Living this afternoon.

Sand Has Reached the Bottom


The time has come to close the Letters to the Editor until after the election on Monday. Thanks to all those who contributed. 


For those who would like another shot at it, try the discussion page, Town Talk, but post only in a positive light, and refrain from derogatory remarks about anyone.

Support for Mary Pratt

Dear Editor,

Mary Pratt brings important continuity to the Board of Selectmen. Only Mary Pratt brings direct Board of Selectmen experience to even relatively recent events such as the adoption of the Town Charter in 2006, which occurred before all of the remaining members joined the Board of Selectmen.

To navigate complex issues and serve the town’s needs effectively, the Board of Selectmen should possess institutional knowledge and historical context. Mary Pratt brings this. She also brings energy, an ability to analyze and speak out, and the most precious resource of all: available time to commit to the board.  


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Honored for Their Service

Last night's Hopkinton School Committee was the last regular for both Phil Totino and Dave Stoldt. Phil completed his 12th year of service to the Committee and Dave completed his 9th year. The School district held a small reception to honor the service of both of these community volunteer.

From left, Dr. Jack Phelan, Superintendent, Nancy Alvarez Burdick, Richard DeMont, Rebecca Robak, Dave Stoldt, Phil Totino, Barbara Berke, Ellen Marie Rhone and Andy Branz.

Goodbye to Two Members


by Derek Dobachesky

May 15, 2009 — The Hopkinton School Committee (File photo) voted to begin searching for a new High School principal and bade farewell to two of its members, among other business, at its regular meeting on Thursday, May 14.

The Committee also made the final payment on the bleacher project that has been completed.

The meeting began with recognitions of high school students who participated in the State Science Fair at MIT the weekend of May 1-2. Nine out of 10 entries from Hopkinton students won awards, including three first awards, one second award and
three third awards.

Committee members also bade farewell to departing members Phil Totino, vice chair, and David Stoldt. Totino has served on the Committee for 12 year and Stoldt nine years, and neither are running for re-election on Monday, May 18.

"They have really been invested in their work," Committee member Rebecca Robak said.

Superintendent Dr. John Phelan said that the Committee's reputation was one important factor when he was considering accepting his current position. Robak said of Totino, "He has always been our fiscally responsible member," and of Stoldt,

"He has been our chief negotiator."

Totino and Stoldt both stated their gratitude to Hopkinton residents for electing them.

"Even when I've stood there and said, 'I want to raise your taxes,' it's always been well-intended," Stoldt said.

The Committee then heard reports from Chair Nancy Alvarez Burdick on the annual town meeting and Dr. Phelan on the search for a new high school principal.

Burdick summarized her presentation at the town meeting, which was part of the budget team's presentation. Following Burdick's report, the Committee discussed the ongoing budget outlook. Robak noted that the Massachusetts Senate's proposed budget cuts local aid to schools below levels proposed in Gov. Deval Patrick's budget, which the Committee has been budgeting based on.

"Every day, every week the landscape's changing," Dr. Phelan said of the budget situation. Dr. Phelan described his knowledge of the matter from speaking with Sen. Robert O'Leary, chair of the joint committee on education. Dr. Phelan said that the aid cuts were due to a decline in revenue of over $3 billion from July 2008 to July 2009.

Part of the cuts in local aid will be offset by using fiscal year 2011 federal stimulus money, while Dr. Phelan said the Senate would likely consider increasing revenue through new or increased taxes.

Dr. Phelan announced that High School principal John McCarthy would be departing after the end of this school for employment as the superintendent of another school district. The Committee then voted to begin searching for a new principal to replace McCarthy. Dr. Phelan said he hopes a new principal will be hired by the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year, with an optimistic goal of having a new principal in July. If an acceptable applicant is not found in time, Hopkinton Public Schools has the capacity to fill the position on an interim basis from faculty within the district, Dr. Phelan said.

The Committee heard a report from representatives from Borrego on the progress of the solar panels the company will be constructing on town buildings, including schools. Borrego informed the Committee that the production capacity of the solar
panels has reduced from its initial estimate of over 340 kilowatts to 324 kilowatts. This is due to two follow-up estimates by engineers determining that less of the roof space is useable than Borrego's preliminary estimate indicated. This change
has been examined by town counsel and approved by the Board of Selectmen.

Committee members questioned what budget implications there would be, and were informed that there would be no budget implications, beyond Hopkinton Schools purchasing less electricity from Borrego. The rate will remain the same. The
representatives stated that the electricity from the panels would account for about 14 percent of the schools' electricity use and 11 percent of the town's.

Dr. Phelan and members of the Committee congratulated Ken Clark, who was recently appointed as the new Hopkinton Fire Chief. "We're very excited about his new appointment," Dr. Phelan said.

The Committee then entered executive session around 9:55 p.m..

Town elections will be held on Monday, May 18, at which residents will elect two new school committee members. The Hopkinton School Committee will have its next regular meeting on Thursday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Middle School library.


Support for Todd Cestari


Dear Editor,

This Monday, May 18th, we will have the opportunity to impact the future of Hopkinton as we vote for two members to the Board of Selectmen. We urge you to support Todd Cestari, an Independent candidate with a positive message.

The job of Selectman is about leadership. On the immediate agenda, members of the Board of Selectmen will have to address complex issues pertaining to budget management and growth of our infrastructure. Additionally, our Selectmen must provide strong support for our schools, creative thinking to reduce our residential tax burden, and realistic plans for expansion and diversification of our commercial tax base.


Todd has a BS in Mathematics from Syracuse University and twenty years experience as a software executive. He is knowledgeable, respected, and a proven leader in his field. His business background will enable him to “hit the ground running” as he transfers his skills and experience to managing the Town of Hopkinton’s business.


Todd is by far the most out-spoken supporter of public education in this race. With three children attending the Hopkinton schools, he understands and values the importance of a quality education. He has stated and strongly believes it is the responsibility of both educators and town leaders to ensure that each child receive the quality education he or she deserves. He has promised that this will be a major priority for him.


Memorial Day Events in Hopkinton

Dedication of New Gazebo & Honor Veterans With Ceremony and Taps


On Monday May 25th Hopkinton will hold its annual Memorial Day commemorative events. At the town’s nine military veteran memorial locations, wreaths will be placed, prayers and readings will be read and echo bugle taps will be played. A parade from Mayhew Street to the town common will include boy scouts, girl scouts, brownies, cub scouts, police, fire department, veterans and others. Events at the Gazebo will include dedication of the new Gazebo, short speeches, the band and other tributes to the members of our armed forces both alive and departed.


Events start at the Evergreen Cemetery in Woodville at 9:45 a.m. At 10:30 the numerous veteran memorial locations on Mayhew Street will each be honored. The parade to the Gazebo will start at 11:30 and end at noon with the traditional raising of the flag together with the singing of the National Anthem. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held at the Saint John’s Parish Hall at 11:00 a.m.


All are invited to attend and to participate.

Above, Gazebo concept plan by Gorman-Richardson Architects

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Marie Frances Titus, 48


Marie Frances Titus, 48, of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Hopkinton, died Thursday, May 14, 2009 following a courageous battle with cancer. Raised in Braintree, MA she was the daughter of the late James and Frances Young. She was the wife of 24 years and best friend to Mark A. Titus of Mesa, AZ.

Besides her husband, Marie is survived by her daughter and love of her life, Jessica (Titus) Burnside and her husband Adam of Mesa, AZ; 3 brothers, Richard Young of Southborough, MA, Paul Young of Chelmsford, MA, and Frank Peasley of Traverse City, MI; and 4 sisters, Kim Peters and her husband Peewee of Henderson, NV, Laurie Downer and her husband Douglas, Geri Blesma and her husband Bruce, and Becky Dietlan and her husband Jim, all of Traverse City, MI. She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews and countless lifelong friends.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time, however, a memorial service will be held in Mesa, AZ on August 22, 2009 in honor of her birthday. The family thanks all those who have sent their warm wishes and kind thoughts throughout Marie’s battle with cancer. She cherished all of her friends and family and wanted everyone to know that she will be looking down on them forever.

Hopkinton Brothers Win Respective Divisions

in Bay State Piano Contest

May 15, 2009 — Hopkinton residents sixth grade student Andrew Mazof, 11 and brother, second grade student Charlie Mazof, 8, each won 2nd place in the divisions of ages 11 and 8 respectively in the Bay State Contest held by MMTA (Massachusetts Music Teacher Association) on May 10 at Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg. There were about 260 selected students who participated in the annual contest in this year, according to MMTA.

More information about this contest can be found from the following link:

Andrew Mazof, 6th grader in Hopkinton Middle School, started to learn piano since age 5. He has been taking music theory and intermediate level seminar classes in New England Conservatory of Music since 2007.

The brothers also played for the local public, including senior centers in Hopkinton and Upton, HCAM studio, school concerts and a talent show organized by CAA.

HopSwap a Success

To the editor,

We would like to thank the entire community for making HopSwap a success last Saturday (May 9). We received an amazing amount of gently used children’s items and a number of hardworking volunteers helped out behind the scenes.


Through this event, the HPTA and Hopkinton Moms Group were able to assist the community in its effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle children’s items. Despite having very low prices, the event raised $1,400 to be donated to the Hopkinton Public Schools for recycling programs. Plus, some items went directly to the Hopkinton Public Schools if they were listed on teachers’ Wish Lists.


All remaining books were donated to the Hopkinton Public Library for an upcoming book sale. All other items were donated to the Hopkinton Senior Center for their annual Rummage Sale, June 26-28.


Thank you to everyone who contributed items and/or time and came to HopSwap! And congratulations to Kara Kozloff of Douglas who won the Valco Baby Twin Runabout stroller in the raffle!


We are already planning our next HopSwap!



Marsha Birtwistle, Jill Delasco, Patty Doshier, Staci Van Buren, and Jamie Weeden

(all members of the HPTA and/or Hopkinton Moms Group)

May 14, 2009

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Support for Mary Pratt


Mary Pratt has dedicated herself to Hopkinton, and for better than fifty years she has worked tirelessly to support initiatives important to our collective future. She has proven herself time and again.


Education is her top priority. She began supporting public education in Hopkinton over 50 years ago and still stays current and involved. She helped found kindergarten in Hopkinton, has studied special education formally to better support the programs serving children with special needs and continues to attend Science, Technology and Math (STEM) conferences to insure the most current initiatives are available to Hopkinton students. Most importantly she is known by the students in town as a woman who cares about them and their educations; she regularly attends school meetings, concerts and science fairs.


Open Space Preservation, water protection and conservation are also priorities. Mary understands that we have to value and protect our resources for the future-from historic structures to important open space tracts to our valuable water resources. Responsible stewardship, protection and preservation are important factors to consider while pursuing responsible and proactive planning for growth; Mary has a proven track record working hard to plan for the future while preserving our past and our rural character.


Support for Todd Cestari


I endorse Todd Cestari for Board of Selectmen. Todd will be a strong supporter of the schools. As a parent of three children in the school district, he understands the importance of a strong school system for our community. He will support the need to continue to strive for excellence in our schools. Todd also understands the fiscal situation of the town. His professional background in business and management will be an asset to our community. He will be able to help the town develop strategic goals to meet our challenges and he will know how to achieve those goals. He will also work to bring responsible commercial development to our town to ease the burden on the taxpayers. I am voting for Todd Cestari for Board of Selectmen, and I hope you will too.


Rebecca Robak

3 Riverbend Road

May 14, 2009

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Boulder Capital's Legacy Farms on Hold

Credit crunch jeopardizes land, project

Photo above  of Roy S. MacDowell Jr. at Town Meeting in 2007 presenting his vision for the development of Weston Nurseries land that the town was voting on buying. Town Meeting, in a squeaker of only a 4 vote difference, opted not to exercise its Chapter 61a rights, which gives a town the right purchase property zoned agricultural that has received a tax break. The next year, photo below, Town meeting approved a rezoning of the land to facilitate an OSMUD (Open space mixed use development). The next step is to get a Master Plan Special Permit.


May 14, 2009 — Boulder Capital's Legacy Farms, the ambitious plan to permit residential 940 units and 450,000 square feet of mixed commercial/industrial/retail space in East Hopkinton has been put on hold, a victim of the credit crisis.

     In a letter to the Planning Board dated today, Boulder President Roy S. MacDowell Jr. requests a continuance of the Master Plan Special Permit (MPSP) process until "the first available date in September."

      In his letter, Mr. MacDowell details the inability to reach agreement on a loan originated with Wachovia Bank, which has since been taken over by Wells Fargo.

      Mr. MacDowell and company appeared before the Planning Board to begin the process of the MPSP on December 1, 2008, days after the Boston Business Journal had published an unflattering article detailing his finances. An unknown person had placed a pile of copies of the article at the entrance to the room where the hearing was held.

      Mr. MacDowell said in a short interview today that the discussions continue with representatives of the bank in an effort to come to an agreement. He states in his letter  that the bank  "threatens actions." That would mean a taking of the property, or other assets. Other than that, Mr. MacDowell stated that he would try to negotiate a lower rate, a two year extension, or "buy back" the loan.

      "We know that land values have plummeted. Some loans are selling for 20-25 cents on the dollar," he said.

      Town Planner Elaine Lazarus said that she is certain the Planning board will grant the extension. She added that after a discussion with Mr. MacDowell today, she has ordered town consultants to stop work. Consultants work on the basis that they will be paid through a 53G account into which the developer contributes, and the town pays them.

     Tax Collector Maureen Dwinnell said today that the company has been up to date on paying taxes for the land, but is now two weeks overdue on the latest tax bill.   

     Mr. MacDowell states in today's letter, "The bank continues to threaten actions which we believe are not in anyone's best interests, including their own. Facing this uncertainty, we cannot in good faith and with a clear conscience, continue to advance the permitting of Legacy Farms any further until we realize clarity in this matter, for both the sake of the community and ourselves."


Urges NO Vote on Question One


Back when the Community Preservation Act (CPA) enabling legislation was passed into state law and the Growth Study Implementation Committee, of which I was a member, recommended to town meeting that we take advantage of this matching program, we did so for the primary purpose of meeting one of the key objectives put forth by the Growth Study Committee, the need to preserve land.  We understood that playing fields are desirable, and felt that when needed, town meeting would have the will to purchase such fields.  We were, however, concerned that the political will might not be available to purchase other land, and that land that might be critical to our town's character might not be preserved.  We also understood, based on the work of our committee, that land turned to houses is lost as open space, costs more than it gives in taxes, and changes the character and feel of our town. 


Mary Pratt Receives Unsung Heroines Award

May 13, 2009 — In a private State House ceremony open only to honorees and their guests, the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women bestowed their Unsung Heroine Award upon 100 Massachusetts women for their contributions in making their communities and the state a better place. Above, award recipient Selectmen Vice-chair Mary Pratt receives an additional award from the state legislature from Representative Carolyn Dykema. Contributed Photo.

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Labor of Love

May 13, 2009 — Electrician Chris Strazzulla installs a golden colored ball-cap on this sign-post in front of the designated building, which his Dad, Joe, owns.

 BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD Encore Performances This Coming Weekend


Ashland High School was truly alive with the sound of music this past weekend with the opening performance of BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD"For a community theater, looked and sounded professional", "better than we expected", "some serious talent"... these are just a few comments from audience members.  


 The two remaining performances are this Friday, May 15th, at 7:30 pm and Saturday, May 16th, at 2:00 pm.  This musical features songs and dances from thirteen (13) fabulous Broadway shows that have been made into movies.  The cast includes over 70 performers -- from age 5 to 50+.  Join us for a couple of hours of musical entertainment that will leave you humming and tapping your toes as you leave.  Get a sneak peek by viewing the commercial on ESL's website at  Tickets are now available by calling ESL at (508) 435-2214 or online.  Purchase Tickets Now  


Directions to Ashland High School from Hopkinton:

Take 135 to the center of Ashland (PAST the old Ashland High School which is now the middle school).  Continue through 5 sets of lights after Ashland Middle School.  Union Street forks to the right.  Follow up the hill.   Ashland High is on the right hand side; follow the parking lot around to the back of the building and enter there.

Photo by Rich Gazoorian

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Support for Michele Gates


Don’t be fooled! This is one strong woman. Beneath her quiet demeanor, Selectman’s candidate Michelle Gates has her own ideas, and she sticks to them. She has the right combination of characteristics for a town leader in that she is fair-minded, she is approachable, she listens, and when it comes to decision time, Michelle makes up her own mind and stands by what she believes. I can say these things because I know Michelle Gates.


I have served with Michelle for over 10 yrs. in town government and civic organizations where, through her hard work, she has made a mark for herself. She has taken faltering organizations and made them strong, breathed vitality into community events, and worked tirelessly both as a leader and “in the trenches” for our town.


Support for Michele Gates


As election day draws near I am writing in support of the candidacy of Michelle Gates for one of the two seats up for election on the Board of Selectmen. 


Of the three qualified candidates running for the position of Selectman, Michelle is uniquely positioned to best represent us in the years to come.  As evidenced by her work with the Historical Society and her unwavering efforts to keep the Summer Sunday Concerts on the Common a reality Michelle understands and respects the history and traditions of Hopkinton.  However, she also knows that the town has grown and faces complex issues both in the short and long term that require the embracement of change and measured thoughtful solutions to the issues that our Selectmen face at nearly every meeting.   


Having served with Michelle on the Parks and Recreation commission for several years I have seen her reach out to the varied constituencies that we served. 


She worked with toddlers to elders, hikers to team sports enthusiasts as well as swimmers and boaters etc.  At our meetings, Michelle could be counted on to ask the hard questions but be flexible in her responses to the issues of the day. In addition to Parks and Recreation, she has volunteered her time and talent to the town in a multiple of ways. 


Turkey Trot

May 13, 2009 — A Wilson Street resident shares this magnificent display of a tom turkey's puffing up, spreading fan tails and plumage, which he uses to attract a mate. Photo by Matthew Zettek.


Family Tradition

May 13, 2009 — "These are heirloom plants, not hybrids" says hank Allessio of these tomato plants at Angel's Garden Center started from seed, he says, that has been passed down for three generation of his family in Italy.

Seniors Pool Scratch — Bank on New Table

Ray Fair taking his shot while (L to R) Larry Marshall, Pat Lynch, John Cahill, Arthur Lowell and Roy Stratton look on. 


by Nancy L. Drawe



May 13, 2009 — Let the games begin!   Just about every day after lunch, a group of guys get together up at the senior center and spend the afternoon playing pool.   Six of them are regulars—Pat Lynch, John Cahill, Ray Fair, Roy Stratton, Arthur Lowell and Larry Marshall.  They’ve been playing on an 8-foot plywood table that had been donated, but it’s pretty much seen its day.  The guys wanted one that is a 9-foot regulation size and has the slate top, so the six of them decided to “pool” their money together and donate a new pool table to the center.   Lenny Robbins did the research for them and the next thing you knew, Pat Lynch went down to Brunswick Home and Billiard store in Natick with check in hand, and purchased a 9 ft. slate pool table that will be delivered and set up this Friday, May 15th around 11 am. 


“We play for fun and have some pretty loose rules,” said Pat.  He explained what a scratch shot is—when the white (cue) ball goes in the pocket, you lose your turn, but you also have to take out one of your own balls to replay.  “We don’t play that way, we just lose our turn.” 


 “If we miss a shot, we can blame it on the table, but once we get the new one, we’ll have to think of new excuses,” said Pat.  He proved this by missing a shot after getting three in a row—the ball stopped right at the corner pocket without going in the hole.  “That’s because there’s a lip there,” he said.  “Now you know why we want to get rid of this thing.”   “Right,” said John as he patted the sides of the table.  “Plywood—very bad.  We need to have slate.  The sides should be alive so you can bounce balls off it.”  He added, “It was nice someone gave us this table, though.” 


Arthur has this great “trick shot,” as the guys call it—that’s when the cue ball goes around the whole table without touching any other balls.   I got to see it in action!  Too funny!


The game they play is 8-Ball—one team has the solids and the other has the stripes, which is decided by the first ball that goes in a pocket.  Last ball to go in is the 8 ball. Sometimes one of the team members gets the opponents ball in.  “What happens then?"  I asked. 


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Solicitors; Who is Approved, Not Approved

Call police if solicitor cannot produce Hopkinton Permit


The Hopkinton Police has two groups of three people each that have passed the criminal record check and are cleared to solicit.  There are three from Urban Development Inc. who have their permits and went out yesterday.  And three from Dedicated Too Inc. that have been approved but have not picked up the permits.   

The Police department would like to alert the citizens of Hopkinton that there are solicitors out there that have not registered and without help the police are unable to do anything. 


Please call the station immediately at 508-497-3401 if you have an unregistered solicitor at your door.   The Police Department also encourages people to call if they have any questions or concerns.  


Religious organizations, such as Jehovah Witnesses do not have to register and do not require permits.


The permits are 4 X 6 colored index cards with a photo of the solicitor, their name and company name, these cards are laminated and on a lanyard which they are suppose to wear around their neck so that the permit is visible at all times.  The card also has the start date and the expiration date on it.

Police Award Ceremony


May 12, 2009 — Hopkinton Police brought the honorees, their family members, police officers and members of the media into the Headquarters' Lecture Room for the Third Annual Award Ceremony early Tuesday evening.

    Chief Thomas Irvin first presented awards for "Years of Service." Officer Gregg DeBoer earned 10 years, Sgt. Joseph Bennett 15 years, and Dispatcher Luis Gonzalez 20 years. Officer Thomas Griffin and Chief Irvin earned 30 year awards.

    Officer Linda Higgins earned a Life Saving Award, which is detailed in a story of a frantic scene at the Framingham Courthouse in the video to the right.

    Sgt. John Porter earned a Police Commendation Award for his persistence and ingenuity in capturing thieves who plagued a neighborhood.

    Sgt. Charles Wallace earned the never-coveted Purple Heart Award, due to an attack by a prisoner last year and the subsequent serious injuries that resulted.

     Hopkinton Policemen Sgt. Joseph Bennett and Officer Stephen Buckley, as well as Ashland Officer Edward Pomponio and Holliston Sgt. George Leurini, all received a meritorious Service Award, which is awarded for very high standards of performance. They received it as a result of disarming a suicidal man who, after much effort during a dynamic and dangerous situation, came at them with a knife.

    The Chief shares the details of the intense story in the video above.



Fire Chief Ken Clark Pinning Ceremony


May 12, 2009 — The Selectmen's hearing room was jam-packed with family, friends and admirers of Ken Clark, who got appointed Hopkinton's newest Fire Chief, and got pinned while bagpipes played and the room cheered.


In the video to the left, the bagpiper warms up outside Town Hall, and then the scene turns to the Selectmen's room. Careful with the volume.




And the Envelope, Please...

Students from left, Sarah Bentley, Corrinne Daley, Helen Gao, Lydia Franklin (she won 1st place last year, also) Mia Coutinho, Jennifer DePatie, Liam Palacios, Cole Mahoney, Zachary Fischer, and Amelia Maggiore.


May 12, 2009 — Hopkinton Selectmen hosted the winners of the Boston Marathon Art & Design Competition this evening, and Selectmen Chairman Brian Herr, father of five children himself, handed out each award personally to each student. Coordinator Susie Johnson, who fosters this program from the beginning, and even hosts a display on the Common during Marathon Week, is standing on the far left.

    In addition to their awards, EVERY child who participated got a certificate for a FREE small cup or cone of ice cream at the Golden Spoon Restaurant.

It's Official, and Unanimous!

Kenneth Clark Voted Hopkinton Fire Chief

May 13, 2009 — A bagpiper from the Milford Fire Department led the ceremony for the pinning of Fire Chief Kenneth Clark by his wife, Marie, following a unanimous vote by the Board of Selectmen appointing him as Fire Chief this evening.

       The Selectmen's Hearing Room overflowed into the hallway, and the second floor mezzanine was jammed with Chief Clark's family, extended family, friends, fellow firefighters, as well as firefighters from other towns, as Michael Shepard and others voiced praises for the new Chief.


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State Police Apprehend Suspect Wanted for Assaulting Natick Police Detective


May 12, 2009 — Today at 4:38 pm, State Police were notified by Framingham Police that they were in pursuit of a 1996 red Chevrolet Monte Carlo with one white male occupant.  They further advised the subject is wanted for an assault on a Natick Police Detective which had just occurred.  State Police joined the pursuit on Route 495 northbound.  A tire deflating device was deployed by Troopers south of exit 32 in Westford.  The Monte Carlo struck the device and pulled into the breakdown lane where the occupant fled into the wood line.  Thirty year-old Anthony Saieta from Warwick, Rhode Island was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit and struggle at 4:57 pm.  He is charged by State Police with Failing to Stop for a Police Officer, Assault & Battery on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Operating to Endanger, Speeding, Marked Lanes, Unregistered/Uninsured and Attaching Plates. He was transported to Natick Police Department for further investigation.  Bolton and Berlin Police Departments also assisted.

Awards Presented to Police officers

May 12, 2009 — From left, Hopkinton Sgt. Joseph Bennett, Ashland Officer Edward Pomponio, and Hopkinton Officer Stephen Buckley each received a Meritorious Service Award for their work in subduing a suicidal young man who went toward them with a knife. Holliston Sgt. George Leurini, who was not present at the ceremony, but in Washington on police business, fired a less-than-lethal round from a special gun that left a stunned young man confused but alive. More of the ceremony and police stories on video later tonight.

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Two Hopkinton Police Officers Among those to be Honored as Everyday Heroes of Law Enforcement
Award Winners Made Over 2,150 Arrests in 2008


(Boston, MA) May 12, 2009 -Tomorrow morning, May 13th at 9AM at Devens Common Center  (31 Andrews Parkway, Devens,MA) MADD Massachusetts will honor forty-two Massachusetts State Troopers, seventy-one local police officers, sixteen MADD Heroes and eight local police departments for their commitment to enforcing drunk driving laws and keeping our roads safe at their 5th annual Drive for Life law enforcement recognition breakfast at Devens Common Center in Devens, MA. 
The featured guest speaker for this year's breakfast is Reed Hillman. Reed is a former superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police and also a former State Representative who played an instrumental role in strengthening our state OUI laws during his time in the legislature.
Among the many award winners, Trooper Eric Papkee, Trooper Robert D. Parr  of the Massachusetts State Police and Patrolman Jeremy Trefry of the Northborough Police Department will be recognized as the newest members of the Law Enforcement 100 for making over 100 OUI arrests in the past five years.


This year, the 110 officers and troopers combined to make over 2,150 drunk driving arrests in 2008. That averages out to almost six drunk driving arrests per day in 2008. Among the winners are Hopkinton Patrolman John Moran (File photo above, being congratulated by Selectman Muriel Kramer on his appointment) and Hopkinton Police Sgt. John Porter (Left, file photo, being pinned by son as he makes Sgt. in 2007)  who are two Hopkinton Police Officers receiving the award from MADD at Devens tomorrow morning.
"Keeping our roads safe is dangerous and thankless work," said Mary McNamara, MADD state executive director. "We consider the men and women of law enforcement everyday heroes and Drive for Life is MADD's way of saying thank you for their commitment to enforcing our impaired driving laws."
Drunk driving is the most frequently committed violent crime in the United States, affecting 3 out of every 10 Americans. In Massachusetts 146 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2007, representing 35% of all traffic fatalities in the Commonwealth. As part of their Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, MADD supports more frequent high visibility enforcement efforts, especially sobriety checkpoints. Eight local police departments will receive Drive For Life awards for conducting a checkpoint in 2008. Research has shown that highly publicized, highly visible, and frequent sobriety checkpoints reduce alcohol-involved crashes and fatalities by an average of 20 percent.
The other elements of the Campaign include: development of advanced vehicle technology to detect and stop drunk drivers and mobilization of grassroots support. Through the Campaign, the possibility of eradicating a primary public health threat that has plagued the United States for a hundred years is now within reach.
Thanks to improvements in our drunk driving laws and to an increase in enforcement efforts, we have made progress in Massachusetts:

  • The Massachusetts State Police, working with local law enforcement, have conducted a record number of sobriety checkpoints all over the Commonwealth over the past three years with even more planned for 2009.

  • According to the Registry of Motor Vehicles, there are over 4,000 repeat drunk driving offenders with ignition interlock devices installed in their cars. Because this program is run by the Registrar and not the courts, it is one of the toughest in the country. Also of the 553 people to make it through the program, only 2 have reoffended.


"While we've made progress, drunk driving remains a very serious problem in Massachusetts," said McNamara. "MADD will continue to support initiatives to save lives, including legislation to require ignition interlock devices (IIDs) for first offenders in Massachusetts."

Interlocks are proven to be up to 90 percent effective, yet it is estimated that only one in eight convicted drunk drivers each year currently get the device, and most of those are repeat offenders.  Sixty-five percent of the public support mandatory interlocks for first time offenders, and 85 percent of the public support mandatory interlocks for repeat offenders. 

Tomorrow's event will begin promptly at 9:00am, with breakfast being served at 9:15 am and the awards program to begin at 10 am. For directions to Devens Common Center go to

 Election on Monday

Election 2009



May 12, 2009 — In what seems to be a rather ho-hum election season, Hopkinton voters will go to the polls on Monday to cast their ballots. The only contested race is among three candidates for two seats on the Board of Selectmen, whose ads are above. The candidates for other offices have yet to spend a penny on yard signs. Is the public apathetic? Even so, there are strategies undoubtedly being acted out across town for the benefit of candidates, who know, plain and simple, that the candidate who gets the most voters to the polls is the one who wins.

     There is also one question on the ballot, listed below. Its purpose is to change the CPC funding to allow all kinds of recreation for the open space fund, rather than just for passive recreation, as it stands now.

     Will any of these candidates or the ballot issue get you to the polls? Take our own poll following the question below.




Shall the Town of Hopkinton amend the vote taken on Question 1 of the May 21, 2001, Annual Town Election, by deleting from that vote the following sentence:


The Town shall spend, or set aside for later spending, not less than 10% of the annual revenues of the Fund for open space, but not including land for recreational use; not less than 10% of the annual revenues of the Fund for historic resources; not less than 10% of the annual revenues of the Fund for community housing; not less than 50% of the annual revenues of the Fund for open space, including passive recreational use; with the remaining 20% of the annual revenues

of the Fund to be for any of the above purposes as well as for open space, including land for recreational uses. (emphasis added) and inserting in its place the following sentence:


The Town shall spend, or set aside for later spending,  not less than 10% of the annual revenues of the Fund for open space, but not including land for recreational use; not less than 10% of the annual revenues of the Fund for historic resources; not less than 10% of the annual revenues of the Fund for community housing; not less than 50% of the annual revenues of the Fund for open space, including recreational use; with the remaining 20% of the annual revenues of the Fund to be for any of the above purposes as well as for open space, including land for recreational uses. thereby requiring that not less than 50% of the annual revenues of the Community Preservation Fund be spent or set aside for open space, including both passive and active recreational uses?

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First Annual Auction


Hosted By St. John’s Youth Ministry

Saturday May 16, 2009

St. John’s Parish Center


Tickets $ 15 per person


Night Includes:

Hors D’oeuvres ~ Cash Bar ~ Live Auction ~ Silent Auction ~ Raffles ~ Night of Fun


All proceeds benefit St. John’s Youth Ministry Program including events like the Honduras and Mississippi Mission Trips.

Raffle Tickets: Win Cash Prizes. $1 for 1 Ticket or $5 for 6 Tickets

Tickets sold after Mass and in the Youth Ministry Office (In the parish Offices) or at the door.

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Goldman agrees to provide approximately $50 million in relief to homeowners, pay additional $10 million to state; AG to continue with investigation of securitization practices in the industry


BOSTON – May 11, 2009 — Today, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office announced that it has reached a settlement agreement with Goldman Sachs & Company (Goldman), stemming from the office’s investigation of subprime lending and securitization markets. The Attorney General’s Office has been investigating the role of investment banks in the origination and securitization of subprime loans in Massachusetts, leading to today’s settlement.  To resolve any potential claims stemming from the Attorney General’s investigation, Goldman has agreed to provide loan restructuring valued at approximately $50 million to Massachusetts subprime borrowers.  The loan restructuring program is designed to enable borrowers to replace problem loans with new, more affordable loans that take into account the current value of their properties. Goldman has also agreed to make a $10 million payment to the Commonwealth, and will continue to cooperate with the Attorney General in her ongoing investigation of industry practices. 


“Since I became Attorney General, our office has sought accountability at all levels of the subprime lending crisis.  We are pleased that Goldman cooperated during this investigation and that it has committed to working with our office to help Massachusetts borrowers who are struggling with unsustainable subprime loans,” said Attorney General Coakley. “We will continue to investigate the deceptive marketing of unfair loans and the companies that facilitated the sale of those loans to consumers in the Commonwealth.” 


Under the settlement, Goldman has agreed to significant principal write-downs to allow Massachusetts homeowners to refinance or sell their homes. For homeowners with loans held by Goldman entities, Goldman has agreed to reduce the principal of first mortgages by up to 25-35% and second mortgages by 50% or more.   Borrowers whose first mortgage is significantly delinquent will be required to make a reasonable monthly loan payment while seeking refinancing or until they sell their home. If after six months, a borrower is still unable to find financing or sell his or her home, Goldman will reduce the principal owed on the existing loan to assist the borrower. Additionally, for loans not currently held by Goldman, but which are serviced by Goldman’s affiliated servicing company, Litton Loan Servicing LP, Goldman has agreed to assist qualified borrowers with finding refinancing options and other alternatives to foreclosure.



Police News UP-TO-DATE  May 4, 2009

Click above for full report in prose,

or read the raw log here


6:39 pm A Lakeshore Drive resident reported that some youths dragged a picnic table into the water and were diving from it...


2:09 pm An anonymous caller reported dirt bikes being operated on Amherst Road...


7:14 pm A 911 caller from Huckleberry Road reported that he witnessed two teens, in a gray sedan, remove what appeared to be a rifle from the trunk...


3:41 pm A resident reported dirt bikes on the Fruit Street property.  Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the area with a negative find.


7:08 pm A West Elm Street resident reported loud machinery being operated in violation of the town's noise ordinance...

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