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Selectmen Ponder Pizza Parking Plan

Grant Full Liquor License to Zio's

July 15, 2009 — Attorney Doug Resnick and Architect Scott Richardson, representing the owners of Bill's Pizza, who were in the audience, appeared before the Board of Selectmen Tuesday evening to show them the revised conceptual plan for a new building in the rear on Bill's Pizza's property, and a rebuilt one in the front, which will be part of the second phase of the project.

      There is a pre-existing agreement between the town and Bill's Pizza that trades Town Hall use of Bill's parking lot for snow removal, striping and pothole repair by the DPW.

      The new plan will not only add spaces around a new building in back, but be designed in such a way that different snow removal equipment will be needed, as well as trucking of the snow off of the lot.

      Town Manager Norman Khumalo (Photo) asked Selectmen to authorize him continue to negotiate with Bill's, and bring the bank to the negotiating table, as well as  the Masonic Lodge, to help with the added costs on the town's side of the agreement.

       The Selectmen voted to do so.

       "This is a great opportunity to continue an existing, successful partnership," said Mr. Khumalo.

      According to a chart proved by Mr. Richardson, there is currently a shortfall of 122 parking spaces, according to regulations, with an additional 5 spaces added to the shortfall when both phases are complete. Bill's Pizza has applied for a Shared Parking Special Permit, but the matter has not been heard.



      Kimberly and Paul Winshman appeared before the Selectmen for a hearing to apply for a liquor license for Zio's Bistro, a restaurant they want to open at 15 Main Street. The Selectmen granted the  license without condition, although they have yet to go before other Boards.

      Selectman Michele Gates (Photo) offered to put off the hearing until they went before the other boards, but the Winshmans declined.

     They opened a window into their business by passing out menus from their two other eateries that featured lunch and dinner specials to go, as well as a long list of popular appetizers and familiar, classic and contemporary Italian specialties.

     Town Planner Elaine Lazarus wrote to the Board that in the original commercial use the parking requirements were based on retail and office space, and the spaces were provided on site.

      "Then it evolved into more seating and food service over time. The parking requirements for restaurants is different, and I don't believe the that the parking requirements were met for the previous use," she wrote.

       Ms. Lazarus says the proposed restaurant will increase the seating to 30, which would require 15 spaces, plus one for each employee on the largest shift, as well as 3 spaces for the office space above. She offered solutions in her memo, as did Director of Municipal Inspections, Chuck Kadlik, after the meeting.

        "They could get a Special Permit for shared parking or they could get a variance," said Mr. Kadlik. "The ZBA could wave the requirement."

       Someone suggested outside of the meeting room that ZIO's could use the empty lot Downtown owned by John Burns, who also owns 17 Main Street.

        "Luckily, there are options for them," Mr. Kadlik said.

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 Senior Moments

Trash Fashion Show

L to R: Barbara Dobson, Joyce Plucker, Maureen Bumiller, Ruth Ziglear, Sally Almy, Gerry Silvestro, Mary McLeod, Helen Cady, Barbara Lowell, Marlene Troupes and Tina Bessert. 


by Nancy L. Drawe



 July 15, 2009 — And the Oscars go to…! Is it true?  Have the Academy Awards come to Hopkinton?  Not yet, but the Oscars for the Rummage Sale Fashion Show have!   This past Tuesday afternoon, the Hopkinton Senior Center held its very first fashion show/ice cream sundae occasion.  This show tied into the rummage sale that had recently been held at the center because anyone could participate, as long as they modeled something they bought at the sale.  The criterion for this show was just having a lot of laughs, fun AND free ice cream sundaes for everybody. 


The Master of Ceremony for this great event was Dave Dobson, who sported a black suit, which cost him $2.00 at the sale.  He also wore tap shoes and did a lot of tapping around the Great Room.  Judges were Mary and George Brown and Barbara Lowell.  Eat your hearts out Randy, Paula and Simon!  The judges were great, asking questions of each model and cheering them on. 


Everyone was a winner, each in a special category.  Prizes consisted of a variety of stuffed animals, most of which did some type of dancing or singing such as Elmo doing the Chicken Dance. 


The prize for the FUNNIEST outfit went to Sally Almy, who sported a “Junior High School Dance” outfit, complete with blonde wig.  “I didn’t go to the dance back then,” said Sally, “because I was afraid nobody would ask me, but now I don’t care!”   She did her own little dance down the “red carpet!”  Her whole outfit (minus wig) cost a grand total of $5.50. 


MOST ELEGANT prize went to Barbara Dobson and her colorful scarf, straw hat and white trench coat.  She had a lot of fun dancing around showing off her pretty outfit, which was what this show was all about—lots of fun!


The WHAT WAS I THINKING prize was won by Gerry Sylvestro and her safari print dress, which cost $1.25.  “I couldn’t go to Africa, so I’m going hunting in my back yard,” she said. 


Minnie Pearl made an appearance at the show, played by Ruth Ziglear.  Ruth, wearing Minnie’s trademark hat with price tag, yelled “HOWDYYYY” to the crowd.  Ruth’s whole outfit cost her $2.50 and she won prize for the WILDEST outfit! 


The MOST PRACTICAL prize went to Mary McLeod who danced down the aisle wearing a green raincoat, black cropped pants and black Skeeter shoes while holding a fishing rod and net.  “I love my shoes,” said Mary who couldn’t believe she actually found them at the rummage sale.  “It was a great day for fishing—we’re going to eat well tonight!”  All totaled was $5.50! 


Another MOST PRACTICAL prize was won by Helen Cady and her maroon dress and pink pants.  “I bought everything at the rummage sale except for my underwear,” said Helen.  The total cost for her outfit was $8.50. 


Marlene Troupes won for MOST CREATIVE and creative, it was!  She bought some drapery panels at the sale and after sewing up sides here and there, she came up with an awesome caftan type dress.  For the fashion show though, she also hung some of the fabric over a curtain rod and held it behind her neck with the cloth draped over her dress.   “I might wear it to a wedding in October as long as I don’t wear the curtain rod,” said Marlene.


Joyce Plucker’s prize was the MOST FUN.  She was a riot with her yellow yarn pigtails, straw hat and bag, long dress, sunglasses and her ‘silent’ style! 


The MOST COMICAL prize went to Tina Bessert.  Not because of the ‘Victoria Secrets’ bag, pants and top she bought at the sale, but because of a surprise.  Inside her bag, she had a toy box that yelled out, “Excuse me, can you let me outta here?”  That cracked everyone up! 


Barbara Lowell’s pink decorated top and white pants outfit won her the MOST FASHIONABLE prize.   “This is for my ‘date night’,” Barbara said.  “I’m known by most people as ‘Mrs. Cheap,’ but I like to think of myself as frugal,” she said. 


The GRAND PRIZE winner was Maureen Bumiller and her “wonderful wedding outfit.”  Maureen had been to the rummage sale all three days, but didn’t find her outfit until Bag Day on Sunday.  She arrived at the sale 20 minutes before closing and just happened to see a dress that she missed the first two days.  She put it in the bottom of her $3.00 bag, figuring the total for this outfit was probably .25-.50.     “I’m going to a wedding on Labor Day weekend and I’m wearing this!” she said. 


Remember the old Grants department store?  Cindy Chesmore wore an asian jacket that still had the original $3.99 Grants sales tag on it.  After she modeled her jacket, she thanked everyone who helped make the Rummage Sale the huge success that it was. 


The audience had a grand time and it really showed with all the applause and cheering that went on for each model.  After the show, everyone was treated to a delicious free ice cream sundae complete with a red cherry on top, all dished up by volunteers and staff! 


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

The Family That Fishes Together

July 15, 2009 — This family pulled in one after another at Ice House Pond this weekend under sunny skies.

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Howard C. Larter


Howard C. Larter, 85,of Woodville, died Monday, July 13, 2009 at the Blaire House in Milford. Born in the Woodville, he was the son of the late Herman and Cora (Kimball) Larter. He was the husband of Jessie (Simpson)
Larter for 62 years.

A lifelong resident of the Woodville section of Hopkinton, he graduated from Hopkinton High School in 1941and served in WWII in the 28th Infantry Division as a P.F.C. in France, Belgium, and Germany. He received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. He was a member of the Woodville Baptist Church, The American Legion and the Woodville Rod and Gun Club. After being discharged from the Army, he worked for his father in the trucking and construction business. In 1950, he took over the business and operated it until he retired in 1985. SEE FULL ARRANGEMENTS

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Free Bird

July 14, 2009 — The commonplaceness of the seagull doesn't diminish its beauty in flight, above, over Hopkinton Reservoir this afternoon. The diagonal angle of its wings adds strength to the image.

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Senate Passes Broadband Legislation to Ensure Massachusetts

Captures Federal Stimulus Funds


July 14, 2009  - Boston - The state Senate today passed a bill that allows the state to leverage federal stimulus funds to expand affordable broadband access throughout the Commonwealth. 


"The passage of this bill brings the Commonwealth closer to its goal of providing affordable high-speed Internet access to all homes, businesses, schools, libraries, medical facilities, government offices and other public places across the state," stated Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), whose committee, the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, heard the bill and brought it to the floor for a vote.  "Investments in broadband are critical to our economy, and by passing this bill now, we are able to maximize federal dollars."


Many of the provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) include “use it or lose it” deadlines that require states to use federal funds quickly or the funding will be reallocated to other states. Changes to current state law were necessary to meet these deadlines and other ARRA requirements. The bill ensures that the Commonwealth takes full advantage of ARRA funding for deployment of broadband infrastructure.


The bill positions the Commonwealth for long-term economic growth, as more areas of the state will have the tools they need to compete in the global economy, and clarifies state zoning and permitting rules to expedite the availability of broadband.


Specifically, the bill:


- Authorizes the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) to use funding to acquire rights of use and licenses to existing federal infrastructure;


- Makes zoning petitioning consistent with the 2007 reorganization of the former Department of Telecommunications and Energy, with petitions for zoning of communications or cable facilities going to the Department of Telecommunications and Cable, and all other public service petitions going to the Department of Public Utilities;


- Clarifies that the MBI may be exempt from local zoning by-laws or ordinances so long as the MBI is acting within the confines of its essential government function, the deployment of broadband infrastructure to unserved and underserved citizens of the Commonwealth;


- Authorizes MassHighway to enter into long-term leases with the MBI so that fiber and conduit can be deployed along certain existing right-of-ways in parallel with certain MassHighway construction projects.


Having also been approved by the House today, the bill now goes to Governor Deval Patrick for his signature.


Multi-Family Yard Sale this Saturday July 18
Location: The corner of Hayward Street & First Road
Hours 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m
Early Birds are welcomed, but MUST bring us coffee!!
Items: Books, DVD's, Kid's Stuff (clothes, toys, crafts, board games), Household items, Seasonal items, and lots more. Something for Everyone!

Hopkinton Native Ben Falkoff



Hopkinton #19 in Ranking


CNN has ranked Hopkinton, Massachusetts as the 19th best place to live in the country, citing green space, the marathon, EMC, and a "plan" to rejuvenate the Downtown.


Choose the link and see the piece and a photo similar to the one on the left by Hopkinton photographer Kathleen Culler.

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Police News UP-TO-DATE  July 13, 2009

Click above for full report in prose.

Click here for raw log


6:05 am A caller reported that a male was sitting on the ground, on the side of Main Street, holding a bag and breathing heavy...


3:59 pm A resident from Baker Lane reported that a Fisher Cat (File photo by Russ Phipps) just attacked her dog and killed...


3:26 pm A 911 caller from Kimball Road reported that his home was struck by lightning... 


9:47 am A resident of Honeysuckle reported that a man, who she did not recognize, was on her deck....

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for, 

Transactions for week ending July 13, 2009






This Week        
6 Knoll Road Charles Crosby $218,000 July  10, 2009 David Monk
8 Huckleberry Road Robert D. Emerson & Jeannette L. Emerson $598,000 July  09, 2009 Brent Skinner
Last Week        
10 Pheasant Hill Road Kristin Simone & Christopher P. Merkle $499,900 July  03, 2009 Jason E. Nigrosh & Susan D. Nigrosh
3 Holt Street Forrest $290,000 July  02, 2009 Kerry A. Creswell & Bruce A. Creswell Jr.
15 Daniel Shays Road Timothy H. Ruggles & Sabrina A. Ruggles $685,000 July  02, 2009 Scott L. Ogawa & Lisa M. Ogawa
7 Saddle Hill Road Adele Sands $530,000 July  01, 2009 Scott S. Tibbo & Denise A. Tibbo
18 Old Farm Road Michael J. Egan $150,000 July  01, 2009 Richard J. Egan
20 Old Farm Road Michael J. Egan $150,000 July  01, 2009 Richard J. Egan
8 Queen Anne Road Donna L. Egan $1,050,000 July  01, 2009 Richard J. Egan
0 Pond Street Commonwealth of Massachusetts DCR $335,000 July  01, 2009 Lynn A. Gabler
1 Ledgestone Drive Kelly Knight & Alain Lavelanet $540,000 Jun.  30, 2009 Peter F. Curran & Kathleen L. Curran
88 Winter Street Christopher A. Fuse & Megan S. Blake $825,000 Jun.  30, 2009 David J. Edlund & Eileen Edlund
4 Hidden Brick Road Tracy Trainor Hudson & Heath Hudson $700,000 Jun.  29, 2009 Geraldine Leamon


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Howard C. Larter, 85

Howard C. Larter, 85,of Woodville, died Monday, July 13, 2009 at the Blaire House in Milford. Born in the Woodville, he was the son of the late Herman and Cora (Kimball) Larter. He was the husband of Jessie (Simpson) Larter for 62 years. Arrangements are incomplete and from the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton

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The following two streets will be Chip Sealed on July 21, 2009 (Depending on the weather). One lane of traffic will remain open but expect delays and seek alternate routes whenever possible.

Please do not park along the sides of the road as it will interfere with the construction project.

Lumber St – From Granite St to 6700 ft north of Granite St.

Kruger Rd. – Full length.

Thank you for your cooperation during these projects.


Mike Mansir, Hopkinton Highway Manager

Missing Out on the Fun or the Challenge?


       Some readers enjoy reading new content and scrolling down until they reach a familiar story or photo. Then, some read the discussion page, Town Talk, and get a good chuckle out of some of the perspectives there. Others, we hope, check the Calendar and the Virtual Common to be sure they take advantage of events and programs right here in Hopkinton. But HopNews has so much more content than that.

      We didn't know that anyone used the GAMES button Games, above, until we took it down momentarily three years ago. Behind that button is Hangman, Blackjack and some other great games that can help a person rest from the hectic pace or overwhelming drudgery that can fill a workday. Sometimes, people just need a short break.

      For those who continue to enjoy learning, or just like a challenge, our FREE DAILY page Free Daily, above, on which are educational types of articles, such as Word of the Day, Article of the Day, This Day in History, and more, is available with new content every day. Can you define every word you read? Play Word Matchup on the FREE DAILY page and test your vocabulary skills with this interactive learning game that even gives you your score.

      There are so many resources behind the icons above, that it would fill a morning explaining them. the weather button, behind which is VERY local weather, also leads to Doppler radar, something that came in handy when the microburst touched down last week.

       So, HopNews strives to be informative, useful, entertaining, challenging and educational, all at the same time. And we welcome with open arms anyone who can add to that.      



HOT ACOUSTICS  is returning to CORNELL'S for an acoustic show on Saturday July, 18th from 8:30pm until Midnight.


The TRIO of Steve Spector, Tim Leavitt and Carter Berking will be joined by drummer Ray Elwood for much of the evening.


Steve says to arrive early for a great burger and the best seat.

Let Mommy Help

July 12, 2009 — Nancy Amaral helps daughter Gillian, two and a half years-old, clean her pink sunglasses during the music on the Hopkinton Common on Sunday.

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In and Around the Common

July 12, 2009 — Hopkinton resident vocalist David Wilson defers to the rest of his band, Your Move, during this instrumental piece on the Hopkinton Common, and soaks in the beat, standing next to the drummer.

     Check out a couple of song clips from Sunday's performance, below.


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No Favorites

July 12, 2009 — Motorcycle Patrolman Thomas Griffin played no favorites last week as he pulled over several vehicles speeding into the Downtown area while conducting traffic enforcement.

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Driver in Yesterday's Rollover Crash on Route 90 West in Hopkinton Dies


July 12, 2009 — On Saturday, July 11, 2009 at approximately 3:40 p.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Weston responded to a single vehicle crash on Route 90 West, near Route 495 (exit 11A) in Hopkinton that resulted in one fatality.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Paul Belanger indicates that a 1994 Mazda pick-up operated by 67-year-old Robert E. Elmer of Machiasport, Maine  was traveling  on Route 90 West in the first travel lane from the right  when he lost control of the vehicle, which rolled over. Elmer sustained serious injuries and was transported to U-Mass Medical Center in Worcester where he died later that evening.


This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. Hopkinton Fire  assisted troopers at the scene.  ~ State Police


Photo, Hopkinton Fire Chief Ken Clark looks into the Fire Department's Ambulance to check on the patient's condition before the unit took off for UMass Medical in Worcester.

Rollover on Pike

Updates in bold

July 11, 2009 — Hopkinton Fire department responded to the MassPike westbound one mile west of the Route 495 interchange in Hopkinton to the report of a vehicle rolled over and the driver trapped inside the vehicle and underwater. The pickup truck with Maine plates and a cap on the back knocked down some substantially sized trees before coming to rest facing in the opposite direction, its driver's side partially submerged in a storm water swale. Massachusetts State Troopers held the 67 year-old victim's head above water until firefighters arrive with the tools needed to extricate him.

       When the photo above was taken, Hopkinton firefighters had already extricated the male victim through the roof and were performing resuscitation in the ambulance. A pack of Swedish Fish, a suitcase held together with duct tape, and an old acoustic guitar and case lay nearby after having been thrown from the vehicle.

       To view from the direction of the roof, mouse-over the image.      

       Hopkinton Lt. William Miller said that no further information was available at this time (10:45 p.m.). There have been conflicting reports on the man's condition. A State Police representative said late this evening that the man was in serious condition at UMass medical in Worcester.

Grand Parade

July 12, 2009 — Enter Stage held their Magic carpet Picnic today, with actors and musicians performing under a clear blue sky.

Classes Dismissed!

July 11, 2009 — Hopkinton's branch of the YMCA gathers all of their children every day in a grove of trees to do a mass-dismissal.

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Roll-Over Crash on Route 93 South in Andover

Passenger not belted, ejected, dies


July 10, 2009 — Today, at approximately 4:45 p.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Andover responded to a single-vehicle roll-over crash on Route 93 South, north of Exit 45 (River Road) that resulted in one fatality and one minor injury. 


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Daniel Doiron indicates that a 1996 Pontiac Sunfire coupe operated by 21-year-old Stephanie Ortiz of Lawrence was travelling in the right travel lane of Route 93 South when she lost control, exited the road to the right and rolled over.   23-year-old Mark R. Ecker II of East Longmeadow was an unrestrained passenger who was ejected from the Pontiac during the crash.  Ecker was taken by ambulance with serious injuries to Lawrence General Hospital where he was subsequently pronounced deceased. Ortiz was also taken by ambulance to Lawrence General Hospital with minor injuries.   


This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the Essex County District Attorney’s Office. The Andover Fire Department and MassHighways assisted Troopers at the scene. 

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Proof is in the Pudding

July 10, 2009 — For readers wondering if the PawSox tickets ever get taken, above is one group out of several from Hopkinton that had a good time on Thursday night. L to R: Katherine Knox, Matt Carnes, Matt Laflash

Lobster at Weston Nurseries Farmers' Market

July 10, 2009 — Lawrence Trowbridge holds up some 4-5 pound lobsters he is keeping on ice at Weston Nurseries Farmers' Market today, and every Friday. In addition to the fresh lobsters he offers at Weston Nurseries, Mr. Trowbridge says that he can take orders ahead of time to bring with him for customers to pick up.  Mr. Trowbridge catches the lobsters in his 600 traps.

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Making Forests From Scratch

July 10, 2009 — Sam Lozeau paints his tree frog at Sparks Art Studio today at the end of their week of "Animals of the Rain Forest." Sparks is making props for ESL's Aladdin Jr., which will be performed on July 24 and 25. Please check the Calendar for full details. And wet your whistle on Saturday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Hopkinton Common for a  Wish Upon a Star Magic Carpet Picnic. See principal Robin Batchelder talk about it.

     Check out the next Art Workshop at Sparks:


Aladdin Props and Set Design Workshop
July 13 - 17
For Grades 2 and 3:  9:30-11:30 a.m.
For Grades K and 1: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Fee $125 ($110 for each additional sibling and participants in the show)
We will be joining ESL Theater again as the present another wildly popular musical filled with fantastic scenes and characters.  Our job in this very fun and messy workshop is to create a wide variety of props for various scenes in the show, as well as painting sets . . . an all while learning about the world of the set designer.

WMRC 1490-AM says, "Give them away!"

16 PawSox tickets to become available for Sunday's game against the Syracuse Chiefs.

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See A Video Invitation, below,

to the

ESL Wish Upon a Star magic Carpet Picnic on

Saturday, July 11, 2009

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Hopkinton Common


and see further details in the Calendar.


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NECN Report on Hopkinton Storm Damage


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Above, a portion of the 900' of surface of Greenwood Road that has suffered some sort of undermining from the recent storms. According to a roadway surface engineer, it is likely a storm drain pipe has been breeched, but more will be known after a company comes in on behalf of the town and sends a miniature camera through the pipes to assess the damage. Below is a letter from the Highway Supervisor to residents.


On Thursday July 9, 2009 it was discovered that a 900 foot section of pavement on Greenwood Rd had begun to undermine and sink between #1 and #12. At this time the damage appears to be caused from the last two days of extreme rainfall we received.


We have marked the areas that appear to be a hazard with orange barrels and yellow caution tape. Signs indicating “caution broken pavement” have been placed on both ends of the affected area.


The extent of the damage will be investigated over the next few days and a repair plan will be developed. At this point it can not be determined when or how long it will take to make the repairs.

Please use caution and seek alternate routes.



Mike Mansir

Hopkinton Highway Manager

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Ruth J. Kenney, 90


HOPKINTON - Ruth J. Kenney, 90, died Thursday, July 9, 2009 in Framingham.  She was the wife of Thomas Kenney, who died in 1980.  Born in Hopkinton, she was the daughter of the late John and Ina (Hamilton) Macmillan. 

She was a 1938 graduate of Hopkinton High School and a charter member of the HHS Athletic Hall of Fame.  She was a lifelong, loyal fan of the Boston Celtics.

She is survived by her sons Thomas and his wife Mary of Norwood, Jack and his wife Terri of Hopkinton and Kevin Kenney and Monica Coyne of Hopkinton.  She also leaves 10 grandchildren, six great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held Monday, July 13 at 9:00 a.m. from the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 38 Church Street.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street at 10:00 a.m.  Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.  Calling hours at the funeral home will be Sunday July 12 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. 

Donations:  Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street, Hopkinton, MA  01748.

Hopkinton Gulf Now Does State Inspections

Fruit Street Washout

July 9, 2009 — This section of Fruit Street collapsed under the weight of Tuesday's driving rain, long before a microburst 400' away on Wednesday toppled trees and a telephone pole. Photo by Mike mansir.

State Police VFAS Captures Second Most Wanted Sex Offender in as Many Days


The Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section last night captured a Level 3 sex offender less than a day after he had been added to the state’s Most Wanted list, the second new addition to the list arrested since the list was updated.


State troopers found WILLIAM VELEZ JR., 27, hiding under a bed in a room at the Days Inn in Brighton. VELEZ was taken into custody without incident by State Police Sgt. Richard Hunter and Trooper John Strazzullo. VELEZ was at the room with a girlfriend.


VELEZ is wanted by the Waltham Police Department on charges of home invasion, failure to register as a sex offender, and larceny under $250. He additionally is wanted by Boston Police for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. VELEZ was convicted in 2006 of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, and violated terms of his probation.

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Light at Hayden Rowe Street Struck by Lightning

Parts on back order



During the storm on Tuesday July 7th the traffic lights on Hayden Rowe Street in front of the High School sustained a lightning strike. One of our traffic light contractors assessed the situation and determined that many of the electrical components in the control cabinet were burned out.


All of the storm activity over the past two months has caused a tremendous amount of traffic light damage in many MetroWest communities. Because of this replacement parts for the lights are on back order.


At this time it is estimated that the lights will not be functioning properly for another 1 – 1 ½ weeks.


The lights will remain on flash mode until the parts arrive and the contractor can install them.


Please reduce your speed and use caution when entering this intersection of Hayden Rowe St and Grove St during this time.


Thank you for your cooperation,

Mike Mansir

Hopkinton Highway Manager

State Police Seeks Public's Help


July 9, 2009 — The Massachusetts State Police and the state’s Sex Offender Registry Board today added five people to their list of the state’s Most Wanted Sex Offenders. The newcomers to the list replace offenders who were captured since the list was last updated in the fall.


The wanted persons on the list are Level 3 sex offenders – those deemed to be at the highest risk of committing another sex crime and a danger to the community. All have failed to register with the board as required by law.


Wanted posters may be viewed at Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the wanted sex offenders is urged to call Massachusetts State Police at 1-800-KAPTURE (1-800-527-8873) or (508) 820-2121.


The new additions to the list are as follows:

  • CARLOS I. BELTRAN, 43, wanted by Haverhill Police for indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 and failure to register as a sex offender, and by Newton Police for violation of an abuse prevention order. BELTRAN was previously convicted of indecent assault and battery in 2006 and served 18 months in state prison. BELTRAN is white with a fair complexion, 5’10” tall, 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

  • MARCUS NELSON, 47, wanted by Lynn Police for failure to register as a sex offender. NELSON was convicted of aggravated rape in 1987 and sentenced to state prison. NELSON is black with a medium complexion, 5’8” tall, 210 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. (Captured yesterday.)

  • DONALD TURNER, 41, wanted by Boston Police for failure to register as a sex offender and assault and battery. TURNER was convicted of rape in Alabama in 1992 and served a jail term there, and also was convicted of rape of a child and indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or over in Massachusetts in 1997. TURNER is black with a medium complexion, 6’ tall, 270 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

  • WILLIAM VELEZ JR., 27, wanted by Waltham Police for home invasion, failure to register as a sex offender, and larceny under $250, and by Boston Police for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. VELEZ was convicted of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 in 2006. VELEZ is Hispanic with a medium complexion, 5’9” tall, 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

The new additions join four other wanted sex offenders, already on the list, who remain at large:

  • RYAN E. LOVELL, 25, previously convicted for assault and battery on a child and currently wanted by police in Worcester and Montana for failure to register as a sex offender;

  • STEVEN M. COOPER, 42, previously convicted of rape and currently wanted by Springfield Police for failure to register as a sex offender and rape;

  • JOSE A. DAVILA, 39, previously convicted of rape and abuse of a child and indecent assault and battery on a child and currently wanted by Holyoke Police for failure to register as a sex offender and trespassing; and

  • ANGEL MARTINEZ, 42, previously convicted of rape of a child, indecent assault and battery, and posing a child in the nude and currently wanted by Massachusetts State Police and Chelsea Police for failure to register as a sex offender, rape and abuse of a child, and posing a child in the nude.

A tenth fugitive, ERIC A. MORALES, 33, wanted by  Fitchburg Police for failing to register as required by his previous rape conviction, was destined for inclusion on the list until his capture in late June.

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Golden Pond Expansion Hearing Continued

Above, Sandy Altamura presents arguments against the proposal, while presenter, Attorney Wayne Davies, standing, listens.


July 8, 2009 — Golden Pond Vice President Kerry Kunst opened the Public Hearing before the Board of Appeals for the expansion of the Golden Pond Resident Care facility at 50 West main Street by painting a portrait of a caring health care community that embraces young and old. He was followed by Attorney Wayne Davies, a former ten-year member of the Board of Appeals, who recited points from the Hopkinton Master Plan that he compared to the reasons for the expansion.

     Mr. Davies, representing Golden Pond, offered the concept of expanding the facility in three phases, which would include three lots, 50, 58 and 60 Main Street. However, to proceed, the applicant will need variances, special permits and a "finding" of fact that the use is "grandfathered."

    An expansion of 960 square feet of the dining area in the existing building is part of the first phase. Then the applicant would like to build a footbridge from the existing building a new building located on the front part of the adjacent lot, where the day care center will be moved. The footbridge would cross from the existing lot to another, something that caused concern among the Board, because it would be difficult to split ownership, if that should occur in the future.

     Mr. Davies and Planning Director Elaine Lazarus, who sent a memo to the Board and appeared in person this evening, were at odds over the number of parking spaces required. Mr. Davies fell back on the original approval that allowed the facility when he counted parking requirements, but Ms. Lazarus said that at the time of the approval, there were no parking requirements.

     But now the facility would need to comply with current regulations, which call for 7 spaces more than Mr. Davies has listed, according to Ms. Lazarus.

     The applicant seeks a variance for a setback from an abutting residence, reducing a 50' buffer to 10'.

     Ms. Lazarus said the Board of Appeals needs to determine whether the uses can be considered residential.

    "The medical office and rehabilitation facility will be open to the public," she said.

    A phase 2 addition of a 25,211 square foot building (Click thumbnail) will be the new location of the child care facility as well as 14 beds for elderly housing, and provide added space for expanded acute care physicians, rehabilitation specialists, and "medical care providers."

   The permit application further states, "Phase 3 will consist of a 30,000 square foot addition to the 65,973 square foot Phase 2 building at 50 West Main Street. The new 95,973 square foot Medical Care Facility will contain an additional 44 beds and offices for acute care physicians, rehabilitation specialists, and other medical care providers."

    Planning Board member Sandy Altamura, an abutter who operates a day care business form her home said, "I hope you take note that this is a professional office building open to the public at large and constitutes a new use.

    "They are actually looking to build an office building, which is not allowed in the residence B [zoning district]."

    In addition, Mrs. Altamura said that the law allows only a 25% expansion, whereas the request constitutes an 88% expansion. Mrs. Altamura, because she is an abutter, will excuse herself from any matter involving this property when it comes before the Planning Board.

    The Public Hearing was continued until August 26, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.

Town Manager Featured in New Native Zimbabwean Publication

Hopkinton's Town Manager, Norman Khumalo, a native of Zimbabwe, has been featured in a new publication in his native land. Read the article here.


Emergency Action Plans Implemented in Hopkinton

It's official: Microburst


July 8, 2009 — Above left, inset, YMCA staff rushes some their 650 Day Camp kids, ages 3 years-old  to 15, into busses and structures, as distant thunder from a fast moving storm raced toward their location at about 3:15 this afternoon.

       All of the kids were safely in shelters before the storm hit just minutes later, with the help of YMCA management monitoring Doppler radar, and an action plan that brought camp counselors and their charges together for games and songs that overpowered the thunder and lightning crashing around them.

      Downtown, Colella's kept their doors closed as long as they could, holding back the rushing water. But when they opened the rear doors, one manager said, the water was a foot deep rushing thorough the building.

      Lt. Flannery of the Hopkinton Police Department issued a press detailing that a cruiser got stuck on Main Street. There was water high enough to flood the interior of vehicles.

      He details a sever thunderstorm that brought hail, high winds, "vivid lightning" and torrential rain that overpowered the ability of the storm drains to carry it.

      He continued, "The high winds resulted in many trees being brought down. Several roads were fully or partially blocked by these downed trees. As of 8:00 PM only two roads remained closed while NSTAR crews worked to remove trees from electrical wires.

     "The Hopkinton Fire Department responded to two separate lightning strikes on the east side of Hopkinton. The lightning strikes were to a fence and a pool heating unit. No injuries were reported as a result of these lightning strikes. The Fire Department also responded to investigated several reports of trees on wires and to assist a resident with a minor flooding problem.

     "The Hopkinton Police Department responded to several calls related to trees down and street flooding issues that were affecting traffic.

      "The Hopkinton Town Hall experienced some flooding to the basement floor level. The Fire Department assisted with alleviating the flooding. A Hopkinton Police cruiser responding to a call became stalled in the flooding on Main St. and had to be towed back to the police station.

       "Shortly after the storm hit Town Manager Norman Khumalo met with Fire, Police and other public safety officials to assess the impact of the storm and the town’s response to the event.

        "A meeting was then held at the police station involving Lt. Flannery and Sgt. Sutton from the Police Department, Lt. Slaman from the Fire Department and Highway Department Manager Mike Mansir to coordinate the response to the storm.

        "At a second meeting at the Police Station at 8:00 PM it was reported that the Fire and Police Department were back to normal operations. Highway Manager Mike Mansir reported that they still had a lot of work ahead of them in cleaning up after the storm. He indicated that his crews were still out clearing trees and limbs. He reported that he expected that the cleanup would continue for the remainder of the week," Lt. Flannery wrote.

         Although a tornado watch was issued for the area, the National Weather Service has visited Hopkinton and determined that it was a microburst that hit the Saddle Hill area.

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Highway Roof Ripped

July 8, 2009 — Highway Department Supervisor Michael Mansir was in his office when the winds, according to his seasoned experience, picked up to 80 m.p.h., and the temperature dropped 20 degrees, just before it tore the roof of this Highway Department building this afternoon.

Violent Weather Hammers Fruit Street

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July 8, 2009 — Several trees  and a telephone pole were blown down on Fruit Street as a result of a violent storm accompanied by extremely heavy winds that hit around 3:25 p.m. today.

Deluge Turns Part of Frankland Road Into River

April 8, 2009 — This truck had to plow through a moving river of storm water runoff to get down Frankland Road this afternoon.

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Hail Pounds Fruit Street Area of Town

July 8, 2009 — It may look like December, but this hail fell today all over Saddle Hill Road and the surrounding area.

Tornado Warning

Authorities investigate possible strike.

July 8, 2009 — Jason Bartolini, 12, holds hail that fell on on Huckleberry Road, an area, along with Fruit Street that was especially hard hit today. Authorities are investigating the possibility of the touch down of a tornado.

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