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Two-car Pileup

June 10, 2009 — A 4 year-old child was examined, but did not receive further medical treatment following this two-car motor vehicle accident on West Main Street early this afternoon.

      Combined witnesses said that the sedan on the left was motioned to exit the driveway at the Gulf Mart by the driver of a stopped vehicle who was traveling eastbound. The driver on the right in the photo was passing the stopped vehicle, apparently over the yellow line, and collided with the sedan without braking. She then backed up the SUV to the position in the photo.

Legacy Farms Seeks to Put Obligations Off for an Additional Year

Selectmen play hardball on appointments

by Robert Falcione

June 9, 2009 — Interim Town Manager Clayton Carlisle, left, and new Town Manager Norman Khumalo listen as Chief Thomas Irvin (On video on wall) tenders his resignation, with a six-month-plus notice.

      Mr. Carlisle received high praise from Selectmen for his money-saving ideas, such as the one he brought to Town Meeting to purchase streets light in town, and a contract with NSTAR that he said will save the town $50,000 per year.

     "Mr. Carlisle, thank you for your efforts," said Selectmen Chair Brian Herr.

     Mr. Khumalo also got kudos from the Selectmen at his first Selectmen's meeting since he and the town signed his contract.

     Speaking about working in Town Hall, as he has with Mr. Carlisle, Mr. Khumalo said to Selectmen, "I'm enjoying it and look forward to working with you."


Legacy Farms

     Legacy Farms LLC Project Manager Steven Zeiff appeared before the Board of Selectmen to ask for a one-year extension of their obligations that are past due according to the HCA (Host Community Agreement) between the developer and the Town of Hopkinton. The company plans to build 940 units on land purchased from Weston Nurseries, but became sidetracked, according Mr. Zeiff, when their new bank, Wells Fargo, changed hands and called their note due. Mr. Zeiff said the purchase price of around $25 million was half funds on hand, and half loan.

      Chairman Herr said the townspeople are concerned about the obligations to upgrade the Main/Grove/Cedar intersection ($400,000), which was supposed to have been completed already, and the back taxes owed to the town ($120,000) on the property.

        Mr. Zeiff said that Roy MacDowell, Boulder Capital President and project owner, had met with a bank representative, and that they should know in a week if the bank will accept their proposals for a new financing plan.

        Newly elected Selectman Michele Gates, photo, said, "The meat of the agreement is what we should be concerned with, and not their funding."

        Mr. Herr replied, "We need to have flexibility. If you play hardball, this could blow up in your face. The bank could sell it off to ten different developers who want to do ten different things."

        Mr. Carlisle said that the matter of the request for an extension, which had been sent to Selectmen May 18, 2009, should go to the Town Counsel, Ray Miyares.


Selectmen Flex Muscles

        The Selectmen went through their list of appointments this evening and decided against reappointing Jeff Furber to the Community Preservation Commission. Mr. Furber has been an ardent supporter of open space for preservation, and voted against removing the word "passive" from the funding language. Instead, the Selectmen voted to appoint Al Rogers, a former member of Parks and Rec Commission, and an employee of the town, in charge of school buildings and grounds, and a fervent supporter of new athletic fields, who has presented in favor of them at Town Meeting.

        Another vocal supporter of passive recreation on preservation land said there was a conflict of interest in that Mr. Rogers worked for the town.

         Mr. Herr said there was no financial interest involved, and therefore no conflict.

         Question One on the May ballot, which removed the word "passive" from the community preservation recreational funding, had basically the same number of yes votes as Michele Gates had, and as newly elected Todd Cestari had. It opened up the funding category, which had previously been exclusively for passive recreation, to preservation land for athletic fields also if the need arises.

         Mr. Herr said the board would follow the will of the people, who voted to remove the word "passive" recreation, 1400-800, at the recent election.

        The pre-election Board of Selectmen might have voted differently, with Mrs. Pratt, and Mr. Zettek who still serves, in favor of a "no" vote on the question, and former Selectman Michael Shepard a likely vote for passive recreation, as he voted as a Selectman for the town to buy his brother's former property for passive recreation. And that leads to another controversial appointment.

        Nancy Peters, former Board of Health member,  accused currently serving, up-for-appointment Conservation Commissioner appointee Craig Nation of expanding a drain on his Wood Street property to flow onto town-owned land. Mr. Nation abuts the "Shepard Property" that the town purchased.

        "He told me himself that he did it," said Mrs. Peters. "It is a severe violation of the regulations they are supposed to uphold," she said.

        "That's hearsay," said Mr. Herr.

        The Board, now with three solid Republicans, voted their appointments despite the protests from the mostly-Democrats in attendance who were there to support Mr. Furber and block Mr. Nation.

        Roger Mezitt spoke in favor of the Furber appointment and said the decision not to reappoint him was a political one.

        In wrapping up, Mr. Herr said that it is all politics, and to claim a decision was a political one is a political statement in itself.

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Rummage Sale Coming Up

Nancy L. Drawe



June 9, 2009 — June, glorious, June!  What a great month this has been so far!  Even though it’s raining today, that’s okay because we certainly need the rain.  It’s great for all those tomato and other vegetable plants that everyone recently bought at the plant sale up at the center.  All winter long, Joe, Stephanie and the rest of the greenhouse gang spend day after day getting all the flower and vegetable plants ready for this special event.   All the money they get at these sales goes right back into the greenhouse for more supplies.  Don’t worry, if you missed the sale days, there’s always more plants available for purchase! Photo, Stephanie showing Eileen Fredette and grandson Wyatt the perfect plant!


Tick, tick, tick, tick!  The time is getting closer for the Hopkinton Senior Center’s Annual Rummage Sale—to be held at the Senior Center Friday, June 26, from 9 am to 7 pm, Saturday, June 27 from 9 am-3 pm and Sunday, June 28 from 9 am-1 pm.  This is the third year for the sale at the senior center, and the volunteers have been working very hard to get everything ready for this big event.   It’s going to be HUGE!  The Rummage Sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Seniors and it’s one of their largest fundraisers for the Senior Center.  The money raised helps support the Transportation and Nutrition programs since these are not funded by the Town.    Don’t forget to mark your calendars so you can come and find that perfect item you may have been looking for. There’ll be something for everyone, so bring your friends, browse around and you’ll be certain to find that one great bargain that you just can’t pass up.  There’ll be all kinds of treasures to look through including children and adult sizes clothing, white elephant items, craft supplies, videos, children’s toys and games, kitchen items, small electrical appliances and books, as well as small furniture items.  I’m sure this will be a very successful sale once again! 


PS…there’s still time to drop off any donations for the sale.  The last day for this will be Saturday, June 13th from 9 am to 1 pm. 


The very next day, June 29, the center will be closed for the week and will re-open on Monday, July 6th.  This is sort of a housekeeping vacation, where the staff can catch up on a lot of office work and the maintenance crew and some volunteers will be giving the place a good once over!  This week covers the July 4th holiday also! 


ESL’s USO show this past weekend was awesome!  I went on Saturday night; it was a full house!  Those ESL actors are amazing and the band is spectacular!  Great show! 


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

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Police Chief Gives Notice to Retire


by Robert Falcione

June 9, 2009 — This evening during the Selectmen's public input section of their meeting, 54 year-old Chief of Police Thomas Irvin announced to Selectmen as well as the citizens of Hopkinton, and some surprised and grim-faced attendees of the meeting, that he will be retiring on January 22, 2010, after he turns 55 and becomes eligible.

     Selectmen Chair Brian Herr asked if he had to accept it, and suggested the letter of resignation could be misplaced. Chief Irvin said he had other copies.

     Chief Irvin said after the meeting that his wife will be getting reacquainted with him, an allusion to the 24/7 nature of the position. When asked about moving, Chief Irvin said he and his wife had not made a decision on moving to their second home permanently.

     The Chief, who said this evening he was especially proud of the last ten years of his service with the department "and the finest group of law enforcement to be found," stood watch over the building of a new police headquarters, devised public safety plans after 9/11, developed a Lieutenant's position in the department as well as a school resource officer position, and among other things, handled a worldwide media onslaught as a result of a double-murder in Hopkinton in 2006.

     The Chief made it clear in his letter that he was providing more than the six-month notice so there would be no mistake about there being some conflict with the new Town Manager. The required notice time would have come about a month into the term of the new Town Manger, Norman Khumalo.

    The retirement of the Chief has been long anticipated among law enforcement circles, as has the department's practice of promoting from within.

     Hopkinton native Lt. Richard Flannery, himself a member of the department for about 26 years, is second in the chain of command.

     Photo above, from video below, of the Chief exiting Town Hall.


Clip above at meeting after Chief of Police announced retirement.



Saturday, August 8th - 1:00 pm


Adults : $30.00 (Full menu)

No lobster/clams : $10.00

Children (12/under) $5.00 (Chicken only)


Food all day: Hot dogs, burgers, chowder, fritters, etc.

Lobsters, chicken and corn served @ 5:00 pm – Steamers @ 3:00 pm

Only 150 tickets to be sold - must purchased in advance by Sunday, 8/2/09. None to be sold after this date. For tickets, call 508-435-4148 or visit the club.

More From Graduation 2009

Above, School Resource Officer Philip Powers looks over a photographer's camera with her. Below, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John Phelan, addresses the gathering.

Below, Deeana Payson sings during the first part of the Commencement.

 Graduation 2009 Part II, Highlights

Enjoy a 2009 Graduation Gallery Below

Photo are © 2009 Robert Falcione

New Roadway Surface Planned

June 8, 2009 — Highway Department Foreman Phil Shiloski, and Highway Department Manager Mike Mansir, took measurements and photographs of the roadway on Main Street today to be certain the lines are returned to the current status after the resurfacing of Main Street in 30 days. The surface will be renewed from Grove Street to the Town hall.

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Check out a news update by Emily Glazier, June 8, 2009.

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Police News UP-TO-DATE  June 8, 2009

Click above for full report in prose. Click here for raw log.


7:23 am A Fruit Street resident reported that his vehicles have been broken into and two GPS units as well as a purse were taken...


4:37 pm A caller reported that he has been attacked by a dog on Church Street on three separate occasions...


11:20 pm A resident reported that teenagers were riding mini motorcycles on Oakhurst Road...


2:24 pm Two cell phone callers reported that a male was running in and out of the roadway on Chestnut Street, yelling profanities and grabbing his privates...


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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for, 

Transactions for week ending June 8, 2009






This Week        
12 Connelly Hill Road Barbara S. Forman & Steven M. Forman $1,055,000 Jun.  04, 2009 Douglas F. Micciantuono & Danielle
11 Yale Road Michael Sturtevant $235,000 Jun.  02, 2009 Digital Federal Credit Union
17 Greystone Lane James C. Decoulos & Emily E. Decoulos $595,000 Jun.  01, 2009 David C. Manley
Last Week        
31 Overlook Road Timothy J. Joyce & Michele M. Joyce $860,000 May  29, 2009 Daniel McDermott & Lindsay McDermott
78 Hayden Rowe Street Daniel C. McDermott & Lindsay A. McDermott $417,000 May  29, 2009 Michael P. Leveille & Laura A. Leveille
5 Prestwick Drive Janet Clark & Edwin A. Clark $715,500 May  28, 2009 Ellen K. Sollima





P.O. BOX 171


Phone 508-497-9765

Fax 508-497-9767


Please be advised that a required fire flow test will take place on Wood Street, Wednesday, June 10th, at approximately 9AM and should last approximately 20 minutes. Due to the scouring of the minerals on the inside of the pipe, you may notice some discoloration during and after the test. Please avoid doing any laundry, dishwasher loads or other water use activities, during this time. Any discoloration that may occur will eventually dissipate. You may need to run the water in your home for a short period of time to flush your internal pipes once the test is complete.



Eric J. Carty

Water/Sewer Manager


June 7, 2009 — Mankind's dream has been to fly, if only for an instant, as expressed by Matthew Zettek, above, on the Common, while his grandmother stood by, and his dad participated in the taps ceremony on the gazebo.

Coast Guard Honored at Taps Vigil

June 7, 2009 — Above, Ray Gendreau reads from a prepared handout featuring the Coast Guard during Sunday night's taps vigil, while members of American Legion Post 202 and other interested parties, as well as bugler Michael McCann, left, stand by.

HHS Graduation Ceremony 2009 Part I


June 7, 2009 — Part I of the HHS graduation ceremony, including the entire processional, every student, walking into the Athletic Center. Or visit our other site to view a Windows Media version and download the file as a keepsake.

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First Concert on the Common Following Horribles Parade on July 4

Click this button at the top of the page for the schedule at any time :SUMMER CONCERT SCHEDULE 2009

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Coffeehouse at Congregational Church


June 7, 2009 — Please enjoy a  song sweetly sung by Kim Jennings at Friday night's coffee house sponsored by the Respite Center and held at the First Congregational Church of Hopkinton.

Flitting About

June 7, 2009 — The bird on the left has its mouth wide open, a sort of insect trap, while the bird in the inset is at a 90 degree angle to the water, which they do when they turn sharply (They could be the same bird), dart around the surface of Hopkinton Reservoir. We still have $50 in the kitty from when the last bird identification offer was made, but there was no definitive answer. So, here we go again. Send links identifying the bird from two sources from this email link only. Be the first and win $50.

Room for Improvement

June 7, 2009 — Dogs just are not as graceful diving while on a leash.

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Hopkinton Community Summer Band


The Hopkinton Music Association is again sponsoring the fifth annual Hopkinton Community Summer Band.


The band is open to the greater Hopkinton Community ages 14 and up. If you played an instrument in the past or are currently playing an instrument, come and join us.

Rehearsals will be from 7:00 – 8:30 on Tuesday nights in the High School Band room. The first rehearsal, however, will be on Wednesday, June 17th. The second rehearsal will on Wednesday, June 24th with the remainder of the rehearsals on Tuesday nights, June 30th through July 21st.


The band will perform on Sunday, July, 26th on the town common as part of the Summer Concert Series. There may be additional performance opportunities.

There is a $25.00 registration fee to help defray some of the costs of the summer band program.

Please return the registration form with a check for $25.00 made payable to:

Hopkinton Music Association

Summer Community Band

Hopkinton High School

90 Hayden Rowe Street

Hopkinton, MA 01748

For addition information, please contact Steven Yavarow at Syavarow@Hopkinton.K12.MA.US

or at 508 497-9820 X 1154

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Fire in the Mulch!



June 6, 2009 — Lt. William Lukey puts out the last of a fire smoldering in the bark mulch that was caused by the careless disposal of a cigarette at Hopkinton's new Veterans Memorial Gazebo this afternoon. Bark mulch is highly flammable, as evidenced by this event today, and the destruction recently of a six unit condo in Whitinsville (Click on thumbnail to enlarge) by an improperly disposed of cigarette into bark mulch. One of the condos was the residence of a Hopkinton native.

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Ellen Frances Fitzgerald, 71


Ellen Frances Fitzgerald, 71, of Hopkinton, died Wednesday, June 3, 2009 after a lengthy illness. Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late James and Margaret (Earner) Kilroy. She was the wife to James P. Fitzgerald of Humarock.

Raised in Halifax, she was formerly of South Weymouth, and most recently of Hopkinton. Ellen was a Homemaker, Certified Nurses Aide, and Administrative Assistant. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, sewing, cooking, and was a lifelong Red Sox Fan.

Besides her husband, she is survived by 8 sons, James P. Fitzgerald, Jr. and his wife Denise of Hopkinton, Kevin P. Fitzgerald and his wife Suellen of Westborough, Patrick T. Fitzgerald and his wife Maureen of Milton, Daniel J. Fitzgerald of Hopkinton, Paul F. Fitzgerald and his wife Michelle of Mendon, John T. Fitzgerald and his wife Sandy of Mansfield, David A. Fitzgerald and Mark J. Fitzgerald of Hopkinton; and one daughter, Kathleen M. Herlihy and her husband Colin of Hopkinton. She also leaves behind her 5 sisters, Peggy Fitzgerald of Halifax, Mary Ann Duffy of Dorchester, Ann Lacey of Georgetown, Kathy Needham of Scituate, Judy Thibeau, of Marstons Mills; and 3 brothers; Jim Kilroy of Marshfield, Bob Kilroy of Westport, and Larry Kilroy of Warwick, MA. She also leaves behind 18 cherished grandchildren, 37 nieces and nephews, and many grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Services from the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton will be private with her family on Tuesday, June 9, 2009. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West Brookline, MA 02445 in her memory.


June 5, 2009 — Enter Stage Left Theater brought the 1940s back to life at the Hopkinton senior Center on Friday evening as they paid tribute to the wartime and big band era by having a band and a troupe of fantastic singers bring it all forward.  There are two more shows:

Saturday June 6th  2:00 PM Matinee AND 7:30 PM

Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew St., Hopkinton, Ma

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It's Official - Class of 2009 Graduates

June 5, 2009 — Hopkinton dealt with pomp and circumstance early this evening as over 230 seniors were handed their diplomas and family, friends and schoolmates cheered them on. Check later tonight or tomorrow for photo gallery and video.

Air Force Airman Arrested For Child Enticement Of 14-Year-Old Stow Girl

Defendant Made Contact Over Facebook, Flew Up From Georgia To Meet Victim Last Evening, And Was Ultimately Apprehended With Girl At Hotel In Concord Today;

Authorities Able To Identify, Locate And Arrest Defendant Within 13 Hours As Result Of Coordinated Investigation By Stow Police, State Police, And Middlesex DA’s Office


CONCORD – June 5, 2009 — An Air Force Airman based in Georgia has been arrested on a child enticement charge after he flew up from Georgia yesterday to meet a 14-year-old girl in Stow and brought her to a hotel in Concord, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone and Stow Police Chief Mark Trefry informed the public today. The two had made initial contact over the Internet on Facebook. 

             Christopher Stevens, 19, of Missouri, was arrested by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Stow Police at a hotel in Concord at approximately 11:50 a.m. today. The defendant is an Air Force Airman stationed at the Robins Air Force Base in Georgia.

           “This was a predatory situation in which a 14-year-old girl was enticed to leave her home by a man whom she only had met over the Internet,” District Attorney Leone said. “This is another stark reminder of how the Internet can be used by strangers to contact young, vulnerable victims and place them in extremely dangerous situations that can oftentimes turn tragic. Today’s arrest is an excellent example of the efficient and coordinated efforts by a number of agencies, and I want to particularly commend the Stow Police, Massachusetts State Police, and members of the District Attorney’s Office, including our Cyber Enforcement Unit, for their great work in this case.”

             “We had great concern for the safety of this young girl who had left with a man who she really did not know,” Stow Chief Mark Trefry said. “We are all relieved that we were able to locate and return her safely to her family. I want to thank all agencies for their help, especially the State Police and District Attorney’s Office – they are a tremendous asset and resource to us when these kinds of incidents occur.”

             At approximately 11 p.m. last evening, Stow Police were contacted by the victims’ parents about a possible missing person. Based on an initial investigation, it was learned that the girl had arranged to meet a male outside her home at approximately 10 p.m. that evening. Stow Police also contacted the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office for assistance.

             Based on that investigation, including analysis of the girl’s cellphone and laptop computer by members of the Middlesex District Attorney’s Cyber Protection Unit, it was learned that the victim and defendant had engaged in repeated conversations of a sexual nature on Facebook and through cell phone text messages. It was also learned that the defendant had arranged to meet the victim at her home last evening.

             Further investigation by Stow Police, Massachusetts State Police, and members of the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office was ultimately able to determine that the defendant and victim may have been located at a hotel in Concord. Members of the Massachusetts State Police and Stow Police arrived at the hotel, found the defendant and victim, and placed the defendant under arrest at approximately 11:50 a.m.

             The investigation is ongoing.

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

             The case was investigated by Stow Police, Massachusetts State Police, and members of the Middlesex District Attorney’s Child Abuse Unit, Cyber Protection Unit, PACT Unit, and Framingham Regional Office.

            The Middlesex District Attorney’s Cyber Protection Unit, created by District Attorney Leone when he took office in 2007, is the office’s first-ever unit of prosecutors and investigators specifically focused on the protection of children and other citizens from the predatory dangers of the Internet. The Unit consists of a coordinating Assistant District Attorney, other lawyers, State Police, and civilian forensic specialists. That team focuses on the investigation and prosecution of cases involving the use of computers to commit crimes and store evidence, including those who target children, the elderly and other victims. It also addresses financial and other related cyber crimes. In addition to its prosecutorial components, the program engages community and law enforcement partners to conduct county-wide trainings, build and develop public-private partnerships, launch pilot initiatives, and support the office’s pre-existing school and community-based prevention and intervention programs.

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P.O. BOX 171


Phone 508-497-9765

Fax 508-497-9767


EMC will be conducting required fire flow tests on South Street, Saturday, June 6th from approximately 7AM-3PM You may notice some discoloration in the water during and after the test.

This is due to the scouring of the minerals on the inside of the pipe. Please avoid doing any laundry or dishwasher loads during this time, as the water may be discolored periodically. Any discoloration that may occur will eventually dissipate You may need to run the water in your home for a short period of time to flush your internal pipes once the test is complete. 



Eric J. Carty, Water/Sewer Manager

Imposter Beetle Seen Locally

June 5, 2009 — Hopkinton Tree Warden Paul Gleason knows the difference between a pine sawyer beetle and an Asian Longhorn Beetle, an alien pest that has quarantined all of Worcester, and some parts of surrounding towns, from removing firewood for transport, because of the unabated damage the insect can do to trees. Recently, a baker's dozen of the pest were found outside of the quarantined area in Holden, giving rise to the possibility that the invasive pest could have jumped the quarantine elsewhere.


Mr. Gleason has received reports of sightings that turned out to be the Pine Sawyer beetle instead, a look-alike insect that also makes a dime-sized hole, but in pine trees rather than the maples that the ALB prefers.


Mr. Gleason urges any homeowner who sees the pest, which will not emerge from their holes until July 1, to call Town Hall, and he will assess the situation.

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Norwell 15, Hopkinton 9

June 5, 2009 — Above, Michelle Coburn drives through a pack of Norwell players yesterday at the varsity field during the game against Norwell that did not go Hopkinton's way, ending the girls' season. Below, student photographer Ryan McLean catches Lauren Harvey on an apparent drive on goal.

Brush Fire Report

June 5, 2009 — A driver leaving a Frankland Road workplace on Thursday dialed 911 to report a brushfire. The Fire Department discovered a homeowner with an illegal fire and ordered it put out.

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A Gift For Oliver's Orphans

June 5, 2009 — Sabine DeMartino, a student at Center School, turned 6 in April, and for her birthday party (at lil' folk Farm) she asked all her guests to donate money to a local animal shelter, Oliver's Orphans in Hudson, Mass in lieu of gifts. 


We had been looking for a puppy at shelters on-line and she became very upset about the number of abandoned animals.  So, on her own she decided to do this for her birthday.  She raised over $400 from her family & friends, and has asked for nothing for herself.

~ Joanna DeMartino, Proud Mom

High and Dry

June 3, 2009 — The wet spell yesterday sent most people packing at Hopkinton State Park, except for these loyal patrons at the Main Beach below the dam.

Up and Away

June 4, 2009 — A young man found the steps irresistible as he travelled through the Hopkinton Common and the Veterans Memorial Gazebo yesterday on foot.

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Raising Confident Girls

June 3, 2009 — The Moms' Group packed in dozens of interested moms into Ciao Time on Main Street Wednesday evening to hear Barbara Capalbo talk about how to raise confident girls.

      A promo for the event stated, "As girls transition from early childhood to mid-childhood, their self-esteem seems to plummet. As we see the 'I can do anything' attitude disappear, it saddens and concerns us. Parents, teachers, and child care providers can help foster that sense of inner confidence; helping our girls feel good about themselves and their abilities."

      The preface to the event promised to go beyond compliments and praise to teaching "skills that encourage and empower girls from preschool on." Photo by Meghan Lussier

Fatal Pedestrian Crash on Route 290 Eastbound Northborough


June 03, 2009 — Today, at approximately 7:34 p.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Holden responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash, on Route 290 eastbound near Green Street overpass, in Northborough that resulted in one fatality to the pedestrian.

      Preliminary investigation by Trooper Mark Ballantine indicates that a pedestrian, 49 year-old Albert J. Bairos of Shrewsbury, was struck by a 66-year-old Philip Bruno from Blandford, Massachusetts who was operating a 2002 Freightliner Tractor Trailer Truck on Route 290 eastbound, when his vehicle struck Bairos in the traveled portion of the eastbound lanes.  Bairos suffered serious injuries in the crash and was declared deceased on the scene.  Bruno was not injured in the crash. 

     This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the Worcester County State Police Detective Unit the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, State Police Crime Scene Services Section and the Medical Examiner office.  The Trooper where assisted at the scene by Northborough Police and Fire and Mass Highway  

Bonfire, Smores, Stories and Skits

Saturday, June 6, 6:00-8:00 PM

Hopkinton State Park (lower beach)

Cub Scout Pack 26 would like to invite all Hopkinton boys entering grades 1-5 in the fall. Come learn about the fun and benefits of Cub Scouting. No obligation to join. Visit the Pack 26 website for more information and photos of past events . Questions? Contact Mike Dionne at Photo of past event.

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June 3, 2009 — See yesterday's news with the signing of the new Town Manager's contract as well as Police Chief of the Day. Remember to choose the HQ button once the video begins to play, for the highest quality video available.

Letter From Assistant Superintendent


Dear Parents or Guardians:


The school district has continued to work closely with our school district physician, Dr. Cheryl Kelly; nurse leader, Kathryn Bain; and town Health Administrator, Ed Wirtanen to monitor student and staff absence data and keep updated on the Department of Public Health guidance regarding Influenza Like Illness and the new H1N1 (swine) flu.


We are adhering to the Department of Public Health (DPH) directive that students who exhibit flu symptoms of fever of 100° and a cough or sore throat should be excluded from school for 7 days, or longer if the illness persists. The 7-day requirement holds even if students seem well, as they can continue shedding virus that can infect others.


The Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatricians is also following DPH direction and has asked all pediatricians not to write notes to re-admit students to school before the end of the 7-day period.


We have been monitoring absence data daily and have seen a slight upward trend in the past two days across our schools in the numbers of students who are out of school with influenza symptoms. We are asking for your help to reduce transmission of the virus:


(1)   Keep children who exhibit influenza symptoms home for the full 7 days or longer if illness persists.

(2)   If children seem well before the 7-day period, continue to keep them away from groups of children.

(3)   Re-emphasize hand-washing and cough etiquette with your children.


At this time, the numbers of absences in Hopkinton do not necessitate school closing such as was necessary in several Massachusetts districts. We will continue to monitor absence data and send updates to you as necessary.



Mary D. Colombo

Assistant Superintendent 

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Thanks for the Memory

A Star-Studded, Star-Spangled Musical Tribute to the


Friday June 5th at 7:30PM

Saturday June 6th 2:00PM Matinee <------

AND 7:30PM

Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew St., Hopkinton, Ma

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Senior Moments


Letters, We've Got Letters...


"Farmer D," photo right, getting name tag for one of the pen pals


Nancy L. Drawe




June 3, 2009  — Last year at this time, Star Wars invaded the Hopkinton Senior Center; this year some of the characters from the Wii Super Mario game took over the center!   That’s right--last week Mario, Wario, Bowser and Luigi descended upon the center, bringing with them some of their friends: King Kong, Laura Croft, Ping Pong, Puppy and Kitten, Jessica, Reader and Mr. Man, just to name a few.   The only difference is that these characters were all little four foot first graders from the Center School!   They were there for one reason—to meet their Senior Pen Pals whom they have been corresponding with back and forth all year.   This was the annual Pen Pal Pizza Party, number 17 to be exact, by Center School’s first grade teacher, Mark Boisvert, otherwise known as Mr. B.   Seventeen years ago, Mr. B’s fourth grade class at Elmwood School was corresponding with a group of fourth graders in Alaska, but he felt that they were not really making a connection because of the distance.   At that time, the Senior Center contacted the school asking if they could set up a pen pal program with the seniors and students.  Mr. B got involved and has been doing it ever since, starting with the fourth grade, then fifth, and now the first graders.   Mr. B said, “The children really love the fact that they are writing to seniors.  Many of the students here don’t live near their own grandparents and therefore don’t have much of a connection.” 


At the beginning of the year, the twenty or so children choose their “fake” pen pal names and then parent volunteers come in to help them write their first letter.  The letters are then sent to the Senior Center and are distributed to the Senior Pen Pals by coordinator Pat Wade.  Pat has been the coordinator for the past twelve years, since 1997.   She does a great job coordinating the event, matching pen pals, designating times for letters to be written and delivered, etc.   This year was Pat’s last year as coordinator; next year Joyce Plucker and Donna Deneen will take over the job. 






The Massachusetts State Police and the Yarmouth Police Department have located 11 month old Kiah F. Fielding.  This took place at approximately 10:40 p.m. this evening and she was unharmed.


John J. FIELDING is in custody at the Sandwich Police Department.



June 2, 2009 — Tonight, the Massachusetts State Police and the Yarmouth Police Department are seeking John J. FIELDING who has not returned his 11-month-old daughter Kiah F. FIELDING. There is reason to believe Kiah F. FIELDING is in danger and her safety is at risk.


John J. FIELDING is believed to be traveling in a brown 1999 Mercury Sable, bearing Massachusetts Registration 4188WH.  The vehicle was last seen in the area of Old Main Street in South Yarmouth and may possibly be en route to Westport.


John J. FIELDING is described as a white male, 38 years of age, 6’2”, 180 pounds with brown buzz cut hair and blue eyes.  He was last seen wearing blue jeans, dark brown workboots and a dark blue t-shirt.  He has a shamrock tattoo on his left forearm, a tweety bird tattoo on his left bicep and a dragon tattoo on the back of his right shoulder.


Kiah F. FIELDING is a white female juvenile, 11 months old, with blue eyes and auburn hair.  She was last seen wearing a pink onesie, pink and white striped jogging pants and white stride rite sneakers.


Please contact the Yarmouth Police at (508) 775-0445.

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Come join in

The Marathon Post Party

to Celebrate the successful running of the
113th BAA Boston Marathon

Hosted by The Hopkinton Marathon Committee

Thursday, June 18, 2009

New England Laborer’s Training Center,  37 East Street, Hopkinton


Tickets…$25.00 per person

 (includes dinner, raffle prizes and commemorative T-shirt, all in air conditioned comfort)

RSVP by June 15, 2009


Please make checks payable to: Jean’s Catering

Send to: Dorothy Ferriter, 57 Pinecrest Village, Hopkinton MA 01748


Dottie 508.435.0254        Anne Marcy 508.435.0244    

The Cat in the Hat 
 Wednesday, June 3, at 2:30 pm

Come see a live production of


Dr. Seuss's classic tale
Enter Stage Left Theater
30 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA
General Admission: $5 

Remember to check Hopkinton Matters, above, and the Calendar!

Jason Hicks, Chief for a Day

June 2, 2009 — Jason Hicks bid on the Chief for a Day prize at the Silent Auction and fulfilled his role today, as Hopkinton Chief of Police Thomas Irvin— shown above placing Jason on the department's motorcycle — took him around the station after a ride  in the cruiser, and showed him the tricks of the trade.

Norman Khumalo, Town, Ink Town Manager Deal

June 2, 2009 — Above, newly hired Hopkinton Town Manager Norman Khumalo, and Selectmen Chairman Brian Herr, shake hands after signing copies in unison of the Town's contract with Mr. Khumalo, whose official start is June 19, 2009. In the meantime, Mr. Khumalo will be working with Interim Town Manager Clayton Carlisle, who is lining up a job with the Department of Homeland Security.

        Mr. Khumalo's starting salary of $120,000 per year is subject, after completion of the first year of employment, to an increase after a performance review.

         Mr. Khumalo's contract gives him 15 days of vacation "upon commencing employment" and four weeks annually the following years. He will be compensated for all expenses incurred while on duty, but not for commuting.

         The entire contract between Mr. Khumalo and the Town of Hopkinton can be read here.      

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