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Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King

Dave Matthews Band


by Janet Sheehan

July 21, 2009 —This latest album by DMB, as the Dave Matthews Band is known to its legion of faithful followers, is a tribute to the band’s late saxophonist, LeRoi Moore, who passed away after an accident last summer. For longtime Dave fans, who have eagerly awaited this record, it is a culmination of their nearly 20 years together in what could be considered their finest work yet, their crown jewel of studio recordings.


While each of their albums has a distinctive “flavor," this one is like fusion cuisine; there’s a lot going on, leaving even the hungriest musical tastes fully satisfied at the end. For those who will whet their appetites and try this one out, it is savory fare — and great car music, too. It will take you for a ride!


No need to skip any track. You’ll want to hear each and every song. As good as it sounds, keep in mind that DMB is a touring band and is best heard live. Kind of like the Grand Canyon: pictures are nice, but you really have to be there for the full experience.


It begins with some pre-recorded Moore breathing his soul into song, trailing into a punchy riff (reminiscent of Cameo’s “Word Up”) intro to “Shake Me Like A Monkey." Their albums can’t be complete until a monkey, dog or a bear show up! Common themes woven throughout Matthews lyrics are nature; the sky, stars, changing seasons, the element of water, and the carnal. This keeps the music real and grounded, but with the tendency to occasionally drift into the ethereal.


There is right blend of what I like to call “guy songs” and “girl songs”- from the earthy, guttural “Squirm” to the flowing “Lying in the Hands of God” and mellow “Dive In." There is also a radio friendly tune with “Funny the Way It Is." Katrina will not be forgotten in the funky scat of “Alligator Pie." I think Grux would have especially loved this one. The ending is upbeat and perfect, with the life-affirming and frolicking family song, “You and Me."


Every musical library deserves a taste of Big Whiskey!


Boston Marathon not the only event for Race Director Dave McGillivray

July 21, 2009 - (North Andover, Mass.) DMSE Sports produced five world class sporting events across three states from June 7th to July 4th. More than 23,000 people participated in the Vision 5K, Rhody 5K, Bellin Run 10K, NStar's Walk for Children's Hospital Boston and the North Andover 4th of July 10K Road Race. The five events raised more than $1.6 million dollars for charity. DMSE has 11 events left to manage and execute in their very busy calendar.


"The team is amazing,” says Dave McGillivray (File photo, blue jacket), founder and president of DMSE Sports, Inc. “They worked tirelessly and successfully to produce five large scale events in three states in the month of June. I’m honored to work with such an incredibly professional and dedicated race management team. They produce the best possible events for our sponsors and the charities who benefit from each of these events.”


Starting the season with a full schedule and such challenging logistics shows that DMSE is up to any challenge. Providing their clients with the conduit to raise millions of dollars for worthy charities shows that these events mean much more than competition and camaraderie among participants. They raise significant money and awareness for so many worthwhile causes. 


The Seventh Annual Vision 5K, National Championship of the US Association of Blind Athletes (USABA), set off at Boston College on June 7th. The Vision 5K is organized and benefits four organizations that serve the blind and visually impaired agencies. The Carroll Center for the Blind, Massachusetts Association for the Blind Community Services, National Braille Press, and Perkins School for the Blind raised over $75,000. The race included many sighted and blind runners as well as a blindfold challenge for sighted runners to experience running blind.


The 10th Annual Rhody 5K at Twin River in Lincoln, Rhode Island on June 7th, was part of the 5K USATF New England Grand Prix Championship series. The race raised over $62,000 for the Tomorrow Fund, Lincoln Days Committee and Twin River Greyhound Adoption Program. READ FULL STORY

Bill's Pizza Expansion Back to the Drawing Board... Literally

Bill's plans to withdraw plan for second building


July 20, 2009 — Attorney Doug Resnick appeared before the Planning Board Monday evening representing Baypath Plaza, LLC, owned by the owners of Bill's Pizza, who also own pizza shops in at last two other towns in Massachusetts, Paxton and Rochdale.

     Mr. Resnick told the board that his clients had decided to scale down their most recent proposal, and that he was present to request the hearing be postponed while a new plan is drawn up.

     The new proposal, which has yet to be submitted, omits the previous plan to have a second building in the rear, a circumstance that brought concerned residents from the neighborhood to this evening's meeting, unaware of the latest change. The residents spoke among themselves outside of the room after the meeting and expressed relief at the reduced expansion.

     Mr. Resnick believes his clients will move forward with the demolition, rebuilding and expansion of the existing building at 14 Main Street. The previous plan showed part of the very rear of that building with a newly constructed second floor. That plan increased the footprint by 8' in the rear and 2' in the driveway.

     The plan that was presented would have added 5 spaces to the current statutory deficit of 122 spaces and add an open storm water retention basin on the property, something that is not ordinarily done in downtown areas.

     Mr. Resnick said that new construction techniques will enable them to demolish and rebuild the building in a relatively short time, and eliminate the need to have a second building house the restaurant while the first is rebuilt, which had been the most recent plan. He also said they pondered the viability of building an office building away from Main Street.

     The board agreed to continue the Public Hearing until September 18.

     To hear Mr. Resnick in his own words, please choose the video below.


Buzz Lightyear at Hopkinton Library 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 21


Buzz Lightyear will be entertaining children at the Hopkinton Town Library Tuesday July 21 at 11am.


The UFund Start U Reading Series has partnered with the MA Board of Library Commissioners to support the summer reading "Mission Space" theme. Our professional story teller will read two books to children and then together, Buzz and the children will act out one of the books. This allows children to become part of a book and engage their imagination with a brand new learning experience.

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Danger Elite 14U Yellow win 1st place

Danger Elite 14U Yellow won 1st place in the 4th of July Tournament in Uxbridge, MA where nine teams from MA, Ct., and NY competed in the 14U division and 13 teams in the 16U division. For the 14U team this was in addition to their successful season of coming in 1st also at a Plainville tournament and the NE Phoenix Tournament in Providence. They also placed 2nd in another Plainville tournament, and 3rd in the Mizuno tournament in Dudley and the Swansea tournament.


They head for North Carolina to compete in Nationals at the end of July.



The team consists of players from Hopkinton, Milford, Holliston, Shrewsbury, Uxbridge, Millbury, Sturbridge, and Conneticut


Standing from left to right:

Natalie Burchat, Maggie Kryznel, Lauren Rogers, Kristy Pulaski, Kayla Di Biasie, Jaz Sinclair, Caroline Fairbanks, AJ Johnson


Sitting from left to right:

Lauren Lisak, Kerri McBride, Sam Bonvino, Kassidy Beyerlin

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Missing a Peacock?

July 21, 2009 — This peacock has found a new home in the yard of a residence near Saddle Hill Road.  If it is yours or you know where it belongs, call 508-435-5534 in confidence.

Police News UP-TO-DATE  July 20, 2009

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6:42 pm An Ash Street resident reported that the windows of his greenhouse were shot out by a BB gun...


11:43 am A 911 caller reported that an electrical pole fell down in a Main Street business's parking lot with live wires arching...


5:43 pm A resident from Greenwood Road reported that a male came to his front door and it sounded like he attempted to gain entry using a key... 


11:23 pm A Lumber Street resident reported that people were looking in her windows with flashlights and her husband was now running after them....

Hopkinton High School Class of '59


Hopkinton High School Class of 1959 50th held a reunion gathering this past weekend. Above are the graduates and spouses. 


On Friday evening the class gathered at Carbone's Restaurant in Hopkinton for a social gathering.  It was a favorite spot for the classmates during their High School years.  Then on Saturday, July 18th, the class gathered again at Joseph F. Irvine Sr. house in Hopkinton for a day of Memory sharing, Memory making and fantastic food.  


The daytime gathering was buffet brunch followed by an evening meal of  Steamship Roast Beef catered by T.J. Spirits.   The class celebrated together through out the weekend, fondly remembering their years together at HHS. 


Honored guests Mr. & Mrs. Aubrey Doyle joined the class for the festivities.  Mr. Doyle was the Class of 1959's class advisor. All enjoyed the events of the weekend wishing they could go on longer.   

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

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Compiled by Eric Montville for, 

Transactions for week ending July 20, 2009






This Week        
51 Saddle Hill Road Matthew A. Staffieri & Jessica B. Perkowski $440,000 July  16, 2009 Nancy Trehub
12 John Matthew Road David A. Moses & Julie L. Slack $1,250,000 July  15, 2009 Lisa M. Zammitti, Trustee of L. M.
Zammitti Nominee Trust
8 Kimball Road Robert J. Cavagnaro & Jennifer E. Cavagnaro $625,000 July  15, 2009 Christopher Lee & Joyce I. Lee
11 Cole Drive unit 20 Mary G. Marchant & Dana C. Marchant $424,900 July  15, 2009 William A. Depietri, Trustee of Lumber
Street I Realty Trust
47 Blueberry Lane Dmitri V. Fomin & Elena E. Smagina $610,000 July  15, 2009 Dana C. Marchant & Mary G. Marchant
203 Ash Street Peter T. Choras, Jr. $255,000 July  15, 2009 Virginia H. Rhoads nka Virginia Beaupre
60 Pleasant Street Brian K. Gassett & Brian W. Cheever, Trustees of Summit Realty Trust $155,000 July  15, 2009 Paul J. Elder, Jr.
81 Pleasant Street Kul B. Thapa & Judith O'Leary Thapa $389,000 July  15, 2009 Thomas J. Terry, Jr. & Elaine M. Terry
17 Longwood Drive Ashish Chakraborty & Nandini Chakaborty $527,000 July  15, 2009 Julie L. Slack
Last 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



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Red Sky at Night...

July 19, 2009 — The western sky was aglow this evening from the setting sun, stirring up thoughts of the old saying, "Red sky at night, a sailor's delight; red sky in morning, sailors take warning."

Puppy Love

July 19, 2009 — This apparently mature couple, their body language befitting a more youthful duo, walk barefoot, hand-in-hand, down the walkway at the Hopkinton Common this evening during the music by Nightwork, a rhythm and blues band.

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July 19, 2009 — The band Nightwork rocked the Hopkinton Common on Sunday. The view above was taken from near the front of the gazebo. Mouse-over the image to see another view.

Where's Waldo?

July 19, 2009 — This water snake in the Hopkinton Reservoir spillway today (head in center of the photo) is well camouflaged by his markings, which mimic the shimmering ripples of the rushing water.

Dumpster Fire

July 19, 2009 — Hopkinton Fire Department always responds to events at Hopkinton State Park, like this dumpster fire, even though it is in Ashland. Ashland Fire also responded, but Hopkinton got there first and put it out in minutes, but continued to pump chemicals into the box to keep it down.

And It's on to Akron...

The 72nd All-American Soap Box Derby Race takes place next Saturday, July25th in Akron, Ohio.  Three members of the Barnes Racing Team have qualified this year (left to right, Chris Holt, Nate Langh, JR Barnes) and are headed to Akron for Race Week. Photo by Vicki Holt.

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Check Out Hot Acoustics

Steve Spector and friends play Cornell's


July 19, 2009 — Check out Hot Acoustics recorded at Cornell's Saturday night playing old and new rock and roll for people with a taste for the classic sound. For the best video experience choose the HQ option once the video begins. And if you want to fill the screen, that option is available, too. Captured in High definition.

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Passenger Unbelted, Ejected, Dies 

Unlicensed driver charged with OUI Homicide and more


Stoughton - July 19, 2009 - This morning at approximately 12:55 a.m. Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Milton responded to a one-vehicle crash on Route 24 South, near exit 20 (Central Street) in Stoughton that resulted in one fatality.


  Preliminary investigation by Trooper Eric Papkee indicates that a 2004 Jeep Liberty operated by  a 19-year-old Patrick J. Joyce from South Boston  who was traveling on Route 24 South in Stoughton  when he  struck the guardrail adjacent to the far left travel lane and the vehicle rolled over.  A 21-year-old Patrick M. Devlin from South Boston was ejected from the vehicle.  


 The unbelted passenger sustained serious injuries and was transported to the Good Samaritan Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.  Joyce was transported to Milton Hospital with minor injuries and was arrested and charged with motor vehicular homicide, operating under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating without a license, mark lanes, open container violation, and possession of a Class E drug. He is to be arraigned today at Stoughton District Court.


July 18, 2009 — These two fishermen from Bellingham enjoy the quietude of Lake Whitehall this morning as well as the bounty of fish that they catch and release.

If a Tree Falls...

July 18, 2009 — Dan Desilets of Lakeside Tree cuts some flaring roots off of this half of a tree that he and a crew, including a crane, were removing behind a home on Huckleberry Road. In the photo, only one half of the huge tree remains. It had grown with a separation of two trunks at the base, rather than two large branches several feet above the ground. The recent storm proved too much for it, and separated the other half.

Honoring Howard Larter

July 18, 2009 — These active members of the United States Army await Howard Larter's funeral procession at Evergreen Cemetery in Woodville.

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Only Going Two Ways

July 18, 2009 — Is a caption really necessary?

If a Pole Falls...

July 18, 2009 — Two Hopkinton Firefighters observe a pole at Hopkinton Drug that broke at the ground and all of the implications surrounding its condition, such as (Mouse-over image for more details) a guy wire on the top that is strung to a Walcott Street pole, and is against the house/garage in  the background, as well as a pole on Main Street being bent from the tension. Chief Ken Clark retrieved a dog from a car that a wire was laying on after the power was shut by NSTAR. According to one observer, the pole toppled immediately after a patron, who tied his bicycle to the pole, unchained it and began to leave.

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It's All About the Water

July 17, 2009 — After weeks of abundant, above normal rainfall, that very rain that has been falling cools off Ali Sesnovich and Joe Winer as they stick their heads into the falls at the overflow of the Hopkinton Reservoir, and Ali is caught in mid-flip.

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July 17, 2009 — These members of Hopkinton High School Cross Country team were doing synchronous drills this afternoon on the Hopkinton Common under sunny skies.

The Orange Crushes

The Hopkinton U12 Orange Crush softball team won the Bellingham U12 Softball Tournament last weekend as they came out on top of an extremely competitive field of 12 teams. The team is comprised exclusively of Hopkinton players who are in their first year ofU12 play and are competing against teams made up mostly of older second year U12 players. In the championship game last Sunday the Orange Crushe defeated the unbeaten# 1 seed, Taunton by the score of 8-5, as they rallied from down 4-3 to take the lead in the 4th inning.


In the finals the Hopkinton offense was led by the hitting of Brooke Martin, Holly Adams, Katelyn West, and Erin Keefe. Alissa Karjel and Juliet Hulme were outstanding on the mound on Sunday as they allowed only 9 runs over 3 playoff games. Julia Macchi, Julia Thissell, and Elise Carlson patrolled the outfield and all made great catches. Kayla Sullivan was flawless at second base making numerous plays. Courtney Tapley and Hanna Engstrom anchored the defense with their strong play

at first base. To reach the finals the team defeated

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Multi-Family Yard Sale this Saturday July 18

 Grab your umbrellas & raincoats  - we will be having it Rain or Shine!

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!

Safe and Sound

July 16, 2009 — Two engine companies and police, as well as neighbor Framingham Fire Chief Gary Daugherty, responded to an Ursala Road group home to put out a fire reported to be behind the stove, causing heavy smoke inside.

Disney's Aladdin, Jr. at Hopkinton High School

July 24 and 25

2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Watch the New Video Invitation - It's a Whole New World

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Rescue One to the Rescue

July 16, 2009 — Three Hayward Street senior citizens heading for the Board of Health were trapped for a dozen or so minutes in the Town Hall elevator, not the first time this has happened, but certainly the first for them, before being freed by the Hopkinton Fire Department.

      The married couple and a relative complained of being a little nervous, as well as hot. The temperature in Town Hall itself was a bit steamy. They eventually made it to the third floor, but took the stairs.

Hopkinton High School


Honor Roll – Semester 2

High Honors


Grade 9

Madeline Bertschmann, Jaclyn Foisy, Megan Fujiyoshi, Rebecca Govoni, Sarah Greizer, Agnella Gross, Jamie Horrigan, Emily Jarvis, Hannah Krueger, Jake LeSuer, Taylor McAree, Joseph McNulty, Tamara Mills, Jacob Mokler, Chelsey Mullen, Lara Murray, Abigail Perreault, Thomas Reimonn, Beverly Reynolds, Anna Thornton, Olivia Turner, Michael Viehl, Max Vumbaca

Grade 10

Kimberly Bolick, Peter Bransfield III, Michelle Cooprider, Wesley Ericksen, Joseph Fujiyoshi, Rachel Gottlieb, Stephanie Hadley, Jessica Haley, Evan Katz, Elizabeth Kelley, Megan Kelley, Elise LeCrone, Brendan Litavis, Christopher McCain, Brittany O'Loughlin, Sara Ottomano, Kelly Ryan, Mitchell Saeger, Matthew Szczepankiewicz, Allison Toth

Grade 11

Rebecca Albanese, Mallory Bannon, Alice Beecher, Amanda Carbonneau, Dana Cavedon, Nicole Cooprider, John Hinkel, Jonathan Ho, Daniel Joseph, Mary Kelly, Meghan Krueger, Nicole Lamb, Anna Lipkin, Madison McKenna, Jessica Mullen, Katherine Richardson, Kathryn Ryan, Roya Servattalab, Gretchen Sileo, Amy Sung, Micah Ulrich, Andres Venegas

Grade 12

Sarah Bentley, Timothy Braga, Meghan Brisson, Brittany Collins, Kristen Cormier, Caitlin Danahy, Eric Docknevich, Caitlin Dourney, Benjamin English, Kayla Farley, Lindsey Gorgol, Jenna Gorham, Gregory Hadley, Chloe Hemmelgarn, Patrick Jarvis, Lindsay Kramer, Keith Love, Dayna Lynds, Erin Mahoney, Nicholas Mills, Kevin Newland, Courtney Onofrio, Jaclyn Perreault, Kellie Rattigan, Kathryn Roberts, Lauren Schultz, Laura Strickland, Suzanne Whalen


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"19" Contest - Win $100


July 16, 2009 — By now, most people in Hopkinton have heard about CNN/Money Magazine's ranking of Hopkinton as the 19th best place to live in the country. Others have seen the TV coverage. Let's have fun.

     Please submit electronically your version of the number 19. Be judged the favorite and win $100. Personify your "19," put a meaningful background behind it, have it do something. Make it look pretty or bold or strong. It must be original art, which could include all media, including photography as well as two and three-dimensional art, or a mixture of disciplines.

      The winning "19" will need to be sending a message to those who see it.

      To enter your version of "19," please email from this link only.

A Good Place for Wizards

July 15, 2009 — Above, appropriately attired Zach Ritterbusch is surrounded by an Old World environment at the Hopkinton Library as he and others wait the beginning of the fifth movie in the Harry Potter series, as well as the contests that followed.


July 15, 2009 — Joyce Plucker shows off her pigtails made of yarn at the Senior Center's Trash Fashion Show yesterday. Scroll down for story by Punky.

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Plenty of Help

July 15, 2009 — The original call for a boy with a stick impaled in his foot came in as being at the upper beach at Hopkinton State park. Another said it was near the boathouse. Neither were correct.

       The boy was in the picnic area leading to the Main Beach (lower beach), which is in Ashland. Both Ashland and Hopkinton responded until geographical jurisdiction could be determined.

        Both beaches are in the town of Ashland, but the boathouse is in Hopkinton.

Working' on the Railroad

July 15, 2009 — These workers are actually fixing up part of the old Grafton-Upton Railroad, which is supposed to go back into operation soon as a rail/truck terminal in Upton, because of its proximity to Route 495 in Hopkinton, according to one representative. The previously advertised speed-limit on the railroad was 5 m.p.h.


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