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Good Morning Starshine

July 31, 2009 — Keith Rowe shares this photo of a sunflower in his yard, opened for the first time this morning, and already attracting bees, which will favor a sunflower over most others.

Bésame Mucho


July 30, 2009 — The group known as the Holliston Band, a group of seasoned musicians, were joined by singers at the Hopkinton Senior Center performing music from the Swing Era at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday to honor the memory of Pat Edwards. In the video above, the band plays Bésame Mucho while Sara Curry sings it. Although the only amplification for the vocals was in those ceiling speakers, Sara performed wonderfully.

Driver Flees Fatal Taunton Crash


  July 31, 2009 — This morning, at approximately 12:54 a.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Middleboro responded to a two-vehicle crash on Route 140 North just south of Exit 11 (Stevens Street) in Taunton that resulted in one fatality.  


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Walter Beard indicates that 47-year-old Jacqueline Boutin of Taunton was operating a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt on Route 140 North when her vehicle was rear ended by a 2008 Dodge Avenger operated by 35-year-old Colleen Imgemanson of Taunton.


Imgemanson fled the scene on foot and was placed into custody approximately one mile from the scene shortly thereafter.  Jacqueline Boutin and a passenger, 44-year-old Michael Boutin were both transported by ambulance to Morton Hospital.   A passenger in the Chevrolet Cobalt, 48-year-old Peter Colangelo of Assonet was transported by medical helicopter to Boston Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. 


Imgemanson will be arraigned today in Taunton District Court on the following charges: Operating Under the Influence Subsequent Offense, Operating to Endanger, Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Crash and Motor Vehicle Homicide.

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Rep. Dykema Helps Pass Amendment to Create Water Commission

Commission Will Develop Comprehensive Water Infrastructure Finance Plan for

$6.69 billion, twenty-year plan


BOSTON – July 30, 2009 — The Commonwealth will take a fresh new look at helping cities and towns finance their water infrastructure capital needs thanks to a budget amendment pushed by Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) and supported by the Legislature this week.


“The systems that provide our drinking water and manage our wastewater can’t be taken for granted,” said Dykema. “Our ability to protect public health, provide fire protection, safeguard the environment and expand our economy all rely on our critical water systems. We need to help our cities and towns afford upgrades to water and wastewater facilities and this new commission will provide the roadmap.”


The condition of water infrastructure is a significant factor in the Commonwealth’s ability to attract companies and create new jobs. Companies rely on clean, accessible water to run their businesses, and are looking to locate in places that have the water infrastructure to support their work.


“Representative Dykema and the Legislature have shown leadership and vision in ensuring that the Water Infrastructure Finance Commission will move forward,” added Paul Matthews, Executive Director of the 495/MetroWest Corridor Partnership “As the Partnership has shown with water resource studies, right now far too many 495/MetroWest communities are confronting real water infrastructure problems.  By bringing together a wide range of experts on water issues, the commission will provide direction and assistance on how to best address these needs, so that our region can continue to serve as the state’s economic engine.”


The miles of water and sewer pipes under the streets of Massachusetts cities and towns are aging, and can eventually become corroded, clogged, or leak.  These degradations can result in the loss of fresh drinking water, and even the leakage of untreated sewage.  The cost to repair these aging pipes is growing each year. In 2007 $1.543 billion dollars was requested for the maintenance of piping, and the state could only allocate $364 million. “Now is a great time to plan,” said Dykema, “so that when resources become available we’ll know how to invest them to get the best value.”


Treatment plants for both water supplies and sewage are required by state and federal regulations to be periodically updated, often at a great cost to ratepayers in a community.  These upgrades are essential to providing clean drinking water, and also that we are safeguarding our groundwater, our rivers, lakes, and streams.


The EPA estimates that $6.79 billion dollars will have to be spent over the 2007-2027 period to pay for the maintenance of the Massachusetts Water Infrastructure.  The Water Infrastructure Commission would study ways to assist towns in reducing their debt, developing new sources of revenue, enhancing existing sources of revenue and establishing new incentives for public-private partnerships.


The bill to create a Water Infrastructure Finance Commission has been supported by a broad group of stakeholders, including municipal water suppliers, environmental groups, regional planning agencies, and engineers.


Representative Dykema is a member of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture.

Hopkinton’s Central Mass Frenzy Captures Four Consecutive Tournament Championships


Top Row (l-r): Annica Litavis, Chelsea Adams, Jaclyn Foisy, Brittany Coveney, Nicole Anagnostaras

Bottom Row (l-r): Michaela Copley, Jenna Corsi, Sarah Kennedy, Nicole Wigglesworth, Michelle Cooprider, Kristen Boissonneault, Stephanie Hadley, Elizabeth Keefe


In baseball and softball, the old adage is that offense wins games but defense wins championships. Hopkinton’s Central Mass Frenzy 16U softball team had them both. Over the course of 25 games played this summer, the Frenzy scored 200 runs and let up only 71. And when the dust had settled at the end of the season, the girls from Hopkinton had compiled a record of 22 – 2 – 1 (including a record of 13 – 0 in elimination games).


Those victories included winning championships at all four tournaments they entered this year: Tewksbury (MA), Leominster / Sterling (MA), Albany (NY), and Bellingham (MA).


Perhaps even more amazing than their many victories was that fact that only one of the girls on the team had ever played at the 16U level before – meaning that virtually the entire team will be eligible to return next year.


One trait that the team exhibited consistently over the course of the season was the confidence to never give up. On four different occasions – including two tournament championship games – the team scored the winning runs during their final at-bats. During the final tournament of the year in Bellingham, the team overcame deficits of 2 – 0 and 4 – 0 during elimination games to eventually claim the title.


The team is coached by Curt Cooprider, John Copley, Jim Adams, and Ron Foisy.

John M. Mayo III, 81


John M. Mayo III, 81, of Sherborn, died peacefully July 22, 2009.  He was the son of Donald Rogers, Sr. and Margaritte Mayo. He was born on August 8, 1927 on Fairfield Farm in Sherborn, a 300-acre farm purchased by his parents the year of his birth, where he remained throughout his life. During his youth, "Jack" worked daily to build a thriving wholesale and home delivery milk distribution business. He served in the U.S. Army in Japan from 1946 to 1948, then attended the University of Mass. at Stockbridge, studying agriculture. In 1958, he married Nancy Lee Hardigan, also of Sherborn. In response to the oil embargo of the 1970s, Jack and Nancy had the insight and fortitude to convert the farm into a private horse boarding facility, now the thriving Course Brook Farm.

He is survived by his sons, Matt of Sherborn, Brad and wife Sara of Hopkinton, Todd and wife Dawn of Holliston, Scott and wife Nancy of Holliston, as well as seven
grandchildren: Tyler, Zak, Tucker, Laney, Samantha, Sean and Olivia. He is also survived by the children of his late brother Donald Rogers Jr.: Roddy, JP, David and Judy, and by his sister Connie Hauck of California and her daughters Lauren and Rachel. Jack’s family extends its deepest gratitude to Donny’s wife Ginny, and the staff of the Elliot Home in Natick, for the exemplary care Jack received in his final years.

Jack’s passion for life and for his beloved farm has left his family with a legacy and livelihood for which they will always be grateful and which will serve as an enduring tribute to his memory. To help preserve this legacy, the family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the John M. Mayo Memorial Fund c/o Middlesex Savings Bank 830 Washington St. Holliston, MA 01746, for the construction of a memorial garden in Jack’s honor at the farm. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, September 12, 2009 beginning at 4:00 p.m at the farm.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

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Lunchtime is the Right time

July 30, 2009 — Hopkinton Town Manager Norman Khumalo had some lunch with Hopkinton seniors at the Senior Center today, and then thanked them for helping make Hopkinton rank #19 on Money Magazine's list of best places to live in the country.

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Fallen Yarmouth Marine to be Honored in Hopkinton and Statewide


Governor Patrick is ordering the American and Commonwealth Flags lowered to half-staff on Friday, July 31st from sunrise until sunset for Corporal Nicholas Xiarhos who was killed in action.


Pursuant to gubernatorial protocol which states,


"The U.S. flag shall be flown at half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise until sunset on the day of interment of any soldier from Massachusetts who is killed in action in a war zone while on active duty,”


Governor Patrick has ordered that the United States flag and the Commonwealth flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise until sunset on Friday, July 31, 2009, in honor of Corporal Nicholas Xiarhos of Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts who was killed in action in Afghanistan on July 23, 2009.


This gubernatorial order applies to:


  1. The main or administration building of each public institution of the Commonwealth, e.g. Town and city halls

  2. Other state-owned or state-controlled buildings

  3. All state military installations

  4. NECN report is below:

Thieves Steal Wine

July 29, 2009 — A police investigation and response that fanned out into the surrounding neighborhood turned up no suspects after a couple of thirsty thieves, described as white men with baseball caps and baggy clothes, left a West Main Street business with some expensive bottles of wine without the customary stop at the cash register.

Special Times

July 29, 2009 — Evan Katz plays and sings accompanied by Mary Kate Shanahan at Ciao Time's Ladies Night Out on Wednesday during the dinner time.

Favorite Place

July 29, 2009 — Server Liz Gamache hands off a colorful ice c ream to Michael DiPietro, who is standing next to Janie Giarde at the favorite place for ice cream, Golden Spoon on West Main Street. Liz is out of the focal range of the camera lens, principally, because she is between the camera and the subject focused on.

Tim Kilduff Approved as Hopkinton "Ambassador"*

Legacy Farms traffic mitigation tabled


July 28, 2009 — This evening, Selectmen hosted Timothy Kilduff, HAA (Hopkinton Athletic Association) President, longtime Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce President and representative of Marathon, Greece for the Flame of the marathon Run. Mr. Kilduff presented a letter to the board from Spiridon Zagaris, Mayor of Marathon, Greece empowering him, " serve as my representative for matters related to initiatives and international diplomatic relations related to the 2010 celebration of the 2,500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon." Mr. Kilduff said he represents the celebration on behalf of Marathon in North America.

      Mr. Kilduff asked the board to write a similar letter empowering him to do the same on behalf of Hopkinton. He has promised that no public money will be sought for the new organization, Marathon 2010, which will be the umbrella for a host of activities that he would like to see spread "virally" across the nation. Top file photo, April, 2008: From left, Tim Kilduff, Dimitri Kyriakides and Dave McGillivray, Marathon Race Director).

       The Hopkinton Public Library will be involved in a part of the effort as the content manager for all things related to the Marathon. As part of their effort, according to Library Director Rownak Hussain in an interview today, the library is planning the September launch of a program in conjunction with the HAA called Hopkinton Reading Marathon 2010, which will culminate on April 19, 2010, the date of the BAA Boston Marathon, and the celebration of the 2500th Anniversary of the Battle of Marathon.

      Part of the program will be to bring celebrity authors to Hopkinton, such as Nick Tsiotos, author of Running with Phedippedes: Stylianos Kyriakides, the Miracle Marathoner. The HAA will provide the books. Mr. Kilduff said this evening that former Governor Michael Dukakis is a supporter of the Greek efforts.

      Mrs. Hussain said there will be contests and prizes and fun programming to engage the community in learning about the marathon. (File photo April, 2008: Tim Kilduff, mayor Zagaris, Dimitri Kyriakides. Mr. Kilduff was appointed as the American representative of the Flame of the Marathon Run at this meeting.)

       Mr. Kilduff said this evening that the library will be the hub of information for this national educational effort about the Battle of Marathon and its significance. The successful battle waged by Athenians against a numerically superior Persian invader is said to have been a watershed event in the history of democracy.

      "If the Persians had succeeded, the Democratic form of government might not have developed," he said. 

       Mr. Kilduff said that there are many components to the celebration, such as a fitness component and hopefully an involvement with the History Channel, which has produced a three-part series on the battle.

       Legend has it that Phedippedes ran to inform the citizens of Athens that they had turned the Persians back to the sea, and upon doing so, he collapsed and died. The modern marathon course is measured by his legendary run.

       Mr. Kilduff told Selectman Chair Brian Herr, who has chalked up 26 Boston Marathon runs for charity, that Mayor Zagaris has invited him to run in Greece this year.

       Mr. Herr did not decline the invitation.

      *The board approved the designation of Mr. Kilduff pending consultations with Town Counsel surrounding the international aspect of the operation and "State Department" issues.


       The Selectmen hosted Steven Zieff, project manager for Boulder Capital's ambitious planned 940-unit project in East Hopkinton called Legacy Farms.

       Legacy Farms was supposed to have completed an upgrade to the traffic signals at the Grove/Cedar/Main Street intersections as part of the Host Community Agreement with the town by May of this year, and the Selectmen have been asked to consider an extension of the deadline.

        A downturn in the economy, and a demand for the payment of a line of credit by Wachovia Bank, has halted the project. The loan was taken over by Wells Fargo, which Mr. Zieff said he is in final negotiations with to rewrite the loan.

        The Selectmen agreed with the Town manager, Norman Khumalo as well as Town Counsel Ray Miyares that Boulder Capital and the Town had a good working relationship, and found no reason to impose enforcement actions.

        Mr. Khumalo said, "The Town Counsel's position is that until the funding issue is resolved, no action is preferred.

        "The deadline has passed and the town can take on enforcement actions," he said. He said continued cooperation is advisable.

        "Without an extension the town can take action immediately; but with an extension, the town can't do anything," he said.

        The Selectmen took no action on the matter for now.

Boy Catches Gigantic Fish - Rescues Turtle

July 28, 2009 — Max Tredeau, 9, reeled in a big one today!  His largest catch to date at the Hopkinton-owned North Pond Dam (located on the Upton/Milford town lines)! This large mouth bass weighed in at just under 8lb's and was 26" long-. When caught, the bass had 2 painted turtles in it's mouth.


Max and his dad, Harris, were able to save one of the turtles and release it back into the lake, along with the bass. Max has been fishing this dam, regularly for 5 years and his Dad for 30 or more. This was the biggest catch ever!

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Town Accountant Helps Raise $240 Million for worthy Cause

Tenth year riding, each with a new purpose

by Heidi Kriger

July 28, 2009 — This coming weekend, August 1st and 2nd I will be participating in the Pan Mass Challenge for the 10th time. I will be cycling from Wellesley to Provincetown, a total of 163 miles, worth every pedal stroke.


I first joined a friend in the ride in memory of her mother who succumbed to cancer and in honor of her brother who is a survivor. Each year after that I had another reason to ride, several friends and family members were either lost to cancer or won the battle and became cancer survivors. Then three years ago, I heard the news. I had cancer.


You never think it can happen to you but if it does your whole world changes. Luckily for me, I am proud to say that I am a cancer survivor.


The Pan Mass Challenge is the largest contributor to the Jimmy Fund, which raises money for cancer research and treatment at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Last year the PMC raised $35 million, all of which went directly to the Jimmy Fund. Since its inception the PMC has raised nearly $240 million.


I would like to thank everyone who has supported me in this event in the past and also ask for your support this year. If you can and would like to do so you can log onto the PMC website at to make a donation on-line or feel free to stop in my office to make a donation and wish me good luck! I truly appreciate all the support and generosity of my co-workers and also of the many residents in Hopkinton I have come to know since I started working here. File Photo.

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2009 Under 19 Jr. National Billiards 9-Ball Championships

Hopkinton youth Brandt C. Davies competes nationally


NORMAL IL, July 27, 2009 – Brandt C. Davies returns home to Hopkinton with a 25th (tie) place finish in the 2009 Under 19 Jr. National Billiards 9-Ball Championships hosted by Illinois State University from July 23 to 26. The university also hosted the ACUI Collegiate Championships from July 21 to 23. The tournaments, described as the most prestigious junior and collegiate pool tournaments in North America, have drawn competitors from across the nation since 1937.


This year 46 boys and 13 girls from the US and Canada qualified for the two Under 19 divisions. The top 3 male and female players will represent the USA at the World Championships in Nicaragua in November. Playing billiards for only 2 years, Brandt qualified for his first national championship tournament after finishing 1st in one of 29 national regional qualifying tournaments.


At the national championships, Brandt defeated an opponent 9-4 from Chelsea Michigan, before falling 2-9 to a 5 time tournament participant from Ontario Canada, and 5-9 to a 3 year veteran of the tournament from Knoxville Tennessee. Brandt was also one of 16 boys and girls honored as an Academic All-American, a distinction reserved for national championship participants with a 3.5 or higher GPA. Brandt, an AP Scholar, returns to St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury MA for his senior year with 2 more years of eligibility in the Under 19 boys division before entering collegiate competition.


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Hopkinton LL 9 Yr Old Tondorf Tournament Champions


The Hopkinton 9 yr old Tondorf squad capped off an exciting post season defeating host team Medway in consecutive games to capture the best of 3 series. The boys played outstanding team baseball enroute to an impressive 12-1 record, and represented the town in fantastic fashion throughout the tournament. Team members are:

Front Row (L-R)    Dawson McMillan, Johnny Schiloski, Scotty Babigian, Ryan Wolfe, Marc Saklad, Griffin Zack

Middle Row (L-R)  Zack Sisitsky, Jake Leblanc, Brian Gaughan, Brett McIntire, Jimmy Adams, Zachary Rogers

Top Row (L-R)   Coach Scott McIntire, Head Coach Ray Leblanc, Coach Don Wolfe, Coach Ed McMillan

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Right Call Was Made



It was tough to have the Hopkinton Community Summer Concert Band concert cancelled this year.  It's the band's fifth year and it's an amazing tradition, with adults, recent grads and current students all gathering to enjoy making music.  Steve Yavarow deserves an enormous amount of credit for organizing and running this program each year. 


As the previous writer noted, Steve and the musicians put a lot of work into preparing a wonderful program to offer the community, and the photo of the sun-splashed Common at concert time made it that much harder to know we could have played.  However, I reluctantly feel the right call was made.  There was more than just a forecast of showers. 


Hopkinton was under a severe thunderstorm watch (or perhaps it was a warning) for the time of the concert.  We've recently seen how quickly a bad storm can move in and cause damage in our town, and yesterday's storm did just that in the towns to our north. To go ahead with an event that would gather a crowd of people together out in the open would not have been the responsible thing to do.   Individually, we are hardy souls, but the concert coordinator had to think of everyone involved.  It was a tough call, but I think it was the right one.


John Ritz

11 Erika Drive


July 27, 2009

Police News UP-TO-DATE  July 27, 2009


Click above for full report in prose.

Click here for raw log


12:20 am Officer Jacob Campbell located several electronic items on the side of Kimball Road that were possibly stolen from motor vehicles...


12:01 am A caller reported some type of argument or disturbance in front of a business on Cedar Street...


8:55 pm A babysitter from Glen Road reported that an older white male, wearing a black sweatshirt and khaki pants, came to the door and offered her alcohol...


 5:53 pm A caller from Hayden Rowe Street reported that a woman brings her dog to every single game and there are no dogs allowed.  She was upset over the dog being there and the rule not being enforced..

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

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Transactions for week ending July 27, 2009






2 Apple Tree Hill Elm Street
unit 2
Susan L Kapatoes $195,000 July  24, 2009 Michael Fontana
9 Hidden Brick Road Dana Philbrook & Linda Philbrook $587,000 July  24, 2009 Jerri J. Snell
4 Williams Way Butler Bank $656,895 July  24, 2009 John-Paul Lapre
0 Spring Street McDonough Family LLP $355,000 July  22, 2009 Sumayyah Terrace LLC
Last 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


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We Are hardy Folk



Unfortunately the Sunday concert was canceled for stormy weather that never materialized.  As a result, the Hopkinton Community Summer Band, having practiced for months, missed the opportunity to perform for the community.  This was not only a loss for the musicians and director, but also for the citizens of Hopkinton.  Personally, I'll opt for the old way.  If it starts to rain, run for cover.  Otherwise proceed with your plans.  I thought we New Englanders always considered ourselves "hardy folk".

Dwight Everett

32 West Main Street


July 27, 2009

HopNews file photo 2008.

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Just Like New

July 26, 2009 — This natural photographic vignette of the restored, iconic Lake Whitehall Gatehouse taken today is a throwback to another era. The restoration puts it on a par with the original workmanship and beauty. Black and white photography gives the viewer a feeling of times past. To see the image in black and white, please mouse-over the image. Of course, any senior citizen will relate how the lake used to come up to the structure, allowing young people the pleasure of jumping off of it in years past.

Concert Time...

July 26, 2009 — ...but no concert. The late notice of cancellation caught a few people unaware of the storm cancelation decision that had been made available to HopNews around 2:00 p.m. Nonetheless, many families and friends had a grand time on the Hopkinton Common in the early evening. Please note that the columns of the gazebo are continued to the right of the image visually by the columns of the Korean Presbyterian Church.  

"Piggy" Back

July 26, 2009 — Turtles enjoy climbing on something that looks like a turtle in order to sun themselves, even if it is another turtle. It appears this could be mother and child today twenty-five feet from shore at lake Whitehall.

Farmer Tom

July26, 2009 — Tom Pratt prepares some soil at the family's farm on Fruit Street this afternoon, while thunderheads passed to the north.


Sunday Concert Canceled

Darn you, Doppler

Mouse-over the image to see the storm's position at 8:26 p.m.

July 26, 2009 — New-fangled weather radar has brought local forecasting to a nearly exact science in recent years. And as a result, the weekly summer Sunday Concert on the Common is canceled for this evening. Gone are the days when the band would set up, play a few tunes and then run for cover.

     The concert has been canceled as a result of a storm now passing through the Berkshires of Massachusetts and western Connecticut and expected to be in Hopkinton later today.

     To help plan your event and not be caught in a downpour, be sure to check out our weather button, always above.

      And check this button, always above, for the concert schedule SUMMER CONCERT SCHEDULE 2009

**The storm either hasn't made it to Hopkinton yet, or another is on it's way. Nonetheless, there was no storm during the time that had been set aside for the music.

Racist Shoe is on Other foot



ASSUMING that the reports we get to see are correct, one thing jumps out at me in this incident. Henry Louis Gates and I would have acted very differently.

If a police officer walked up to me as I was trying to force open a jammed door, and told me that he was a police officer, and that he was responding to a call about a possible break in, I would have understood. It looks like a break in. He was doing his job. I would have identified myself, and explained what I was doing, and why. I would expect to be required to identify myself, and to explain my apparently suspicious actions.

I hope that the police stop and ask questions if someone tries to force my door open. That is true even if if it is me fighting with my own stuck door.

I would not yell at the officer, I would not wave my arms at him, and I would have done what he told me to do. If I did not agree, I would have told him so once, politely, and then done what he told me to do. If the police officer is out of line, the proper time to take action is the next morning, in the Chief's office.

So far, it seems to me that racism was involved, and it was Henry Louis Gates who was and is the racist. I think that the Cambridge Police Department should re-instate the disorderly charges against Henry Louis Gates. No matter where he was, or who he was, he was out of line.

The fact that Patrick and Obama jumped in without any prior fact finding give me concern about their judgment, and makes me wonder if they also are racially biased. Obama in particular seems to have a demonstrated pattern of supporting people he should know better than to support.

Bob Crownfield

7 Tiffany Trail

Hopkinton, MA

July 26, 2009

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One in Custody

July 25, 2009 — Sgt. John Porter calls for a tow truck while Officer Matthew McNeil handcuffs the driver of the motorcycle following field sobriety tests after a motor vehicle stop Saturday evening. The man was taken into custody for suspicion of OUI Liquor. People have failed the field sobriety test, but released after passing a breathalyzer.

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July 25, 2009 — Officer Thomas Griffin ordered this truck, which had been reported to have its rear tires smoking, off of the road until its load could be transfered to another. The rear tires are flattening from the weight, and the chassis appears to be bowed behind the cab.

Caught in the Act

July 25, 2009 — The  young photographer claims he caught Kermit playing guitar and singing in the HopNews office, but we are unsure that is the way it happened.

Katherine Cholakis, Hopkinton Resident, Recognized for Academic Achievement



Northampton, MA — Katherine Cholakis, daughter of Peter and Susan Cholakis of Hopkinton, Massachusetts was named a First Group Scholar and was named to the Dean's List at Smith College for the third consecutive year.


Dean's List recognizes those Smith students with grade point averages of 3.333 or above, while First Group Scholars are further recognized for their particularly high level of achievement.


Katherine Cholakis graduated from the Darrow School in New Lebanon, NY and is majoring in Architecture at Smith.


Smith College is consistently ranked among the nation's best liberal arts colleges, enrolling 2,800 students from every state and 55 countries and is also the largest undergraduate women's college in the United States.

The Saga Continues:

Paulie the Peacock is found a new home

July 25, 2009 — Despite emails, calls to Southwick Zoo, and stories and photos on HopNews, Lisa MacDonald has not found where her new friend, named Paulie the Peacock, calls home. According to Southwick Zoo, this is the time of year that this Indian blue peacock will molt, as evidenced by the thin, but still impressive display above.

       Mrs. MacDonald said a neighbor near her home will take the bird in, pen it, and then let it roam free after it becomes accustomed to the new surroundings. Mrs. MacDonald started feeding the animal, she said, out of concern for its safety in the woods. It soon abandoned its regular diet of ticks and frogs for Syrian bread and Cheerios. The new home will be on Saddle Hill Road where the neighbor previously raised peacocks.

Lost Bounty

July 25, 2009 —The recent downpours have raised the level of Hopkinton Reservoir, which overflows in a rage, above, and down the spillway on its way to the Atlantic Ocean.

 Buried Dock

July 25, 2009 — On Friday, Jeff Cahill stood toward the edge and fished off of one of the boat docks at Hopkinton State park, all of which are entirely submerged due to the rising level from the recent rains.

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Not Even Close

by Robert Falcione

July 24, 2009 — To recap the story, according to reports, including the officer's report, a white Cambridge police sergeant responded through his dispatch to a citizen's cell call that two men with backpacks were forcing entry into a home. (Channel 7 Interview with Crowley) [Note: The race of the suspects has been deleted from this paragraph because it was reported erroneously as having been noted at this point in the incident].

      Upon reaching the home, Sgt. James Crowley spoke with the female cell caller who described what appeared to be forced entry.

       Sgt. Crowley walked up the front stairs, saw a man in the foyer and asked him to identify himself. According to his report, the man later identified as world-renown scholar, Henry Louis Gates said, "No, I will not... Why, because I'm black?" Mr. Gates had indeed forced his way into his home because of a problem with the door.

       In his report, the Sgt. Crowley said he told the man who he was and why he was there, but the man accused him of racism.

       Eventually, the officer apparently tricked the loud and irate Harvard scholar into leaving his dwelling to continue his accusatory rant outside in full view of the public, giving him reason to arrest him for disorderly conduct. President Obama said the Cambridge Police "...acted stupidly."

       Our poll asked readers to weigh in on the subject, and they overwhelming agreed that anyone acting toward a police officer the way that Professor Gates acted, and under those circumstances, would have gotten them a matching set of chrome bracelets and a trip to the Blue Lantern Inn, regardless of their skin color.

        Of course, one of the most disturbing observations throughout all of this is that President Obama, as well as Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, neither of whom have any apparent reasons to feel discriminated against at this point in their lives, have come down on the side of the agitated professor, who each has called a friend. Did they speak "stupidly?" Although I wouldn't choose that word, I wouldn't choose "prudently," "intelligently," or "thoughtfully," either.

        Why do readers — and in the case of HopNews, largely Caucasians — overwhelmingly feel that the arrest was justified? Perhaps people know from the experience of themselves and others growing up in most communities in America that police serve a purpose in society that represents the community and the law, and that anyone mouthing off to a police officer gets extra scrutiny and a call to their parents. Have a neighbor call about the loud music and watch the police enter your home on the second call. Keep it up and get a trip from your easy chair to the downtown in the back of a cruiser.

         Color doesn't matter. The law is the same for everyone.

        In the past, I've shared the story about the time I was walking with my grandmother on Washington Street in Boston at three years-old, when I saw a real live black man for the first time and made some  very noticeable, inquisitive gestures.

         Rose picked me up into her arms and shushed me while the man walked past us, it seemed about three inches from my face, as I stared at him. Then she shared her core values.

         "He's just like us inside," she said, "except the color of his skin is different."

         I didn't buy it.

         "Really, he is the same as us on the inside," she insisted. "Only the color of his skin is different."

         Well, I have done my best to live the creed that she taught me, although I've not had much practical experience outside of the world of white people, one of which, by the way, was called a "cracker" by a black boy a television program the other evening, at the same time Sgt. Crowley was being called a racist, and canned laughter supported the "cute" remark.

         As for Professor Gates and all of his education and wall of degrees, it appears he just didn't use common sense. He was outwitted by a cop who didn't appreciate the comment about his mother and the disrespect toward his professional duties and the needs of the community. Gates just didn't have the right experience in dealing with the police.

         Professor Gates may be black on the outside, but in contrast to what my grandmother taught me, he is very different on the inside. His apparent lack of experience with the police and mainstream society makes him green on the inside.

         Really green.         


Crash Survivor Joins State and Local Police to Warn Motorists to Buckle Up


‘Click It or Ticket’ Campaign to Add Extra Road Patrols Through July 30


DARTMOUTH— july 24, 2009 — The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, the Massachusetts State Police, police from Fall River and New Bedford, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) this week gathered at the State Police Dartmouth Barracks to kick-off a special high-visibility seat belt enforcement campaign and warn motorists of the consequences of not buckling up.

          The event launched the state’s current “Click It or Ticket” mobilization, an eight-day campaign that will feature 470 additional State Police patrols across Massachusetts, as well as additional patrols by local police departments, funded by a federal grant administered through the state Office of Public Safety. State Police have issued a zero-tolerance enforcement policy, as have more than 100 local police departments. The special crackdown marks the second aggressive seat belt enforcement campaign held this year in Massachusetts, which has the lowest compliance rate in the nation. The mobilization, which also features a public awareness campaign, begins today and runs through July 30.

       The seat belt message is especially timely; several fatal motor vehicle crashes over the July 4th weekend involved unbelted passengers, as have two more since then.

        Major Bruce Gordon, commander of Troop D of the Massachusetts State Police, warned that air bags alone are not sufficient to protect motorists in crashes. Rather, Major Gordon said, seatbelts represent the best chance of reducing the odds of suffering fatal or severe injuries in a crash.

       Tracy Tarvers, who suffered severe brain and spinal cord injuries when her car was struck by another vehicle on Cape Cod several years ago, also urged the public to wear seatbelts. Tarvers was not wearing a belt when she was hit.

        In Massachusetts driving or riding without a properly secured seat belt is a secondary offense, punishable with a $25 fine for the driver and for each passenger not properly restrained.

        In 2007, according to NHTSA, more than 14,000 people died in passenger vehicles crashes while unbelted.  When worn correctly, seat belts have proven to reduce the risk of a fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent, and by 60 percent in pickup trucks, SUVs, and minivans.

         “In the few seconds it takes to buckle a seat belt, people make a life saving choice that can protect against serious consequences whether you’re in a crash or not,” said Sheila Burgess, director of Highway Safety for EOPSS. “On behalf of the Patrick-Murray administration we are proud to support the state and local police in their efforts to enforce seat belt use and increase the safety of Massachusetts roadways.”

          For the Click it or Ticket mobilization, the EOPSS has provided $494,000 in federal highway safety funds to the Massachusetts State Police and local police for additional patrol hours.   

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HPTA Funds New Sign


For the first time, the Hopkinton Integrated Preschool has a sign above the entryway! Thank you to Liz Leighton, outgoing HPTA Preschool Liaison, for working so hard this year to make this possible. Thank you also to Claire Delaney for coordinating the monthly preschool bake sales. Funds from the HPTA were also used to pay for a special end-of-the-year presentation for all the kids, some new playground equipment and "The Music Lady" Mrs. Grady’s regular visits to the preschool this year. None of this could have happened without the support of our parents and community members. It is a true expression of the HPTA’s new theme for 2009-10: “Teachers and Parents: Partners in Education.” Photo by Bernadette Markey.

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July 22, 2009 — Like the flourish of a trumpet's bell, this flower on the shore of Lake Whitehall exchanges its supple beauty in return for warming sunlight, and for rainfall that is channeled by its cupped petals to drip upon its roots.

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Resident Pest

July 22, 2009 — This wood-boring long-horned beetle is not in the thick of the forest floor, but walking on the wrist of Cray Small, an expert in the field, who was called by tree expert Keith Rizzo to determine if this bug found in Hopkinton was the dreaded, invasive Asian long-horned beetle. Tree Warden Paul Gleason also inspected the insect, which Mr. Rizzo found hidden in some wood he was cutting. They determined it was not the invader, the presence of which has all wood in Worcester quarantined within the city's borders.

A Place for All Reasons

July 22, 2009 — From left, Kristen Kooprider and Corinne Daley found some good energy in the center of the new Veterans Memorial Gazebo and set up their picnic lunch this afternoon. The girls will be incoming freshmen this fall at Hopkinton High School.

Senator Spilka's Office To Hold Office Hours

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Thursday July 30th

5:00-6:00 p.m.

State Senator Karen Spilka's (D-Ashland) Constituency Services Director Michele Goldberg, is holding office hours for the residents of Hopkinton to discuss issues of importance to them.  All constituents are encouraged to stop by or call the Boston office @ (617) 722- 1640 to make a personal appointment.

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New York Man Arraigned In Connection With Shooting Death At Harvard University


           WOBURNA New York man has been arraigned in connection with the shooting death of Justin Cosby, 21, of Cambridge, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.

             Jabrai Jordan Copney, 20, of New York Cit y, New York, was arraigned today in Middlesex Superior Court on charges of first degree murder, accessory after the fact of murder, attempt to commit a crime, armed robbery, and possession of a firearm.  Middlesex Superior Court Clerk of Courts Michael Sullivan ordered Copney held with out bail.

             His next court date is September 10 for a pre-trial conference.

 According to authorities, on Monday, May 18, at approximately 4:48 p.m., the Harvard University Police responded to the University’s Kirkland House located on Dunster Street in Cambridge on reports of shots fired. Cambridge Police were also notified and responded to the scene.

            Cosby, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the abdomen, had left the Kirkland House student dormitory and stumbled to the intersection of Dunster Street and Mount Auburn Street. He was transported to Beth Israel Hospital and pronounced dead on May 19.

            Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Cambridge Police, and Harvard Police began an investigation into the circumstances of the shooting.

             Based on that investigation, it was determined that Copney and two other suspects, none of whom were students at Harvard University, arranged for a meeting with Cosby for the purpose of obtaining marijuana and robbing Cosby. The three men met Cosby in a common area inside Kirkland House and, during the course of the confrontation, multiple shots were fired. One of those shots struck Cosby, resulting in his death.

            Copney and the two other suspects involved fled the scene and returned to New York City on a bus from Boston that evening.  

            On May 21, Copney turned himself in to authorities at the Cambridge Police Station. On May 22, he was arraigned in Cambridge District Court on charges of murder, accessory after the fact to murder, and possession of a firearm. He was ordered held without bail.

            Copney was indicted by a Middlesex Superior Court Grand Jury on June 26.

            On June 9, Blayn Jiggetts, 19, a.k.a. “Bliz,” of Mount Vernon, New York and a friend of Copney, was arrested in Harlem by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Cambridge Police, and detectives from the New York City Police Manhattan North Homicide Unit. Jiggetts was arrested on a Massachusetts warrant charging him with first degree murder, accessory after the fact of murder, armed robbery, and possession of a firearm. On June 10, he was charged in Manhattan Criminal Court as a fugitive from justice. He has not waived rendition at this time and is expected back in the New York court on August 8.  His rendition to Massachusetts is expected sometime this summer, when he will answer the charges in a Massachusetts court. 

             This investigation is ongoing into the circumstances of the shooting, as well as into any others who may have been involved in or know about the circumstances of this incident.

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

            The prosecutors assigned to the case are Assistant District Attorneys Daniel Bennett and David Solet. The victim witness advocate is Helena Clarke. The case is being investigated by Harvard University Police, Cambridge Police, and the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.  

Liquor License Applications Hung Up


July 22, 2009 — Two of three alcoholic licenses have hit bottom recently. The Star Package Store, under new ownership by Korp Corp., owned in part by Paul Mastroianni who has renovated the plaza at 77 West Main Street, has been disapproved for transfer by the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission for "Failure to Comply with Mass Tax Laws." It lists property owner and former business owner Brian Bento in the remarks area.

      "We're good with the town side as far as property taxes are concerned," said Selectman Brian Herr today.

     The application for a full liquor license for the Marathon Restaurant at North Pond, 25 Hayward Street, has also hit a bump in the road. The license for the former restaurant was surrendered by the former owner, Maria Forte. The new owner, Michael Tobins, applied for a new license, rather than become enmeshed in prior problems of a failed business by asking for a transfer.

      However, Mr. Herr said that the license at 25 Hayward Street is hung up because there are tax issues at that address with the former business owner.

      Mr. Herr said that Town Counsel is looking into the issue of the Hayward Street location.

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Registry Changes Announced


July 22, 2009 — Board of Selectmen Chairman Brian Herr attended the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) meeting on July 22, 2009 with Registrar Rachel Kapreilian and other state officials. The meeting was held to review recently announced changes within the RMV. 


The RMV located in Framingham Center will be closed by mid-August. Numerous other RMV branches are being closed throughout the state.  Going forward the closest full service RMV location to Hopkinton will be in Milford.  A new RMV express location, sited in the Natick Rest Area along the Massachusetts Turnpike, will be operational by mid-August.  Users will not have to pay a Turnpike toll if they access this location from Route 27 in Natick. This express location will focus primarily on driver's license and registration renewals. The RMV encourages the citizens of Massachusetts to use their website,, whenever possible.  This website allows for many RMV transactions to take place from the convenience of your home or work place.

Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office Obtains $780,368 from Emerson College for Student Loan Borrowers

Settlement is First Student Lending Resolution to Reimburse Students

For “Preferred Lenders” Interest Charges


                BOSTON July 21, 2009 — Today, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office entered into a settlement with Emerson College (“Emerson”) concerning its student lending practices.  The settlement follows a Massachusetts-led investigation which found that Emerson unfairly steered students to borrow from certain lenders that gave undisclosed inducements to Emerson’s financial aid staff.  In many instances, these lenders failed to provide Emerson’s students with competitive loan terms.

“Our investigation into the student loan industry has revealed some troubling practices that increased the cost of borrowing for students,” said Attorney General Coakley.  “Our office will continue to hold accountable schools that exploit students’ trust by needlessly steering students into expensive loans.  We are very pleased that Emerson cooperated with our investigation and that it is the first Massachusetts school to enter into a settlement that compensates borrowers.”  

             The settlement is the first student lending resolution to directly reimburse students for the extra costs they incurred by following their school’s misleading lending advice.  Under the terms of the settlement, Emerson will pay $775,859 to students who took Stafford loans from either Citizens Bank or JP Morgan Chase & Company (“Chase”) during academic years 2004-2005, 2005-2006, or 2006-2007.  The Attorney General’s investigation found that between 2004 and 2007, Emerson designated Citizens Bank and Chase as “preferred” lenders and led students to borrow from these lenders even though Citizens and Chase provided more expensive Stafford loans than other lenders.  Pursuant to the settlement, over 4,000 present and former undergraduate and graduate students will receive payments ranging from $50 to $839.  Attorney General Coakley’s Office calculated restitution amounts based on the additional interest charges that students incurred as a result of taking Stafford loans from Citizens and Chase rather than less expensive Stafford lenders.  Emerson will also return nearly $5,000 to students who borrowed from Education Finance Partners, Inc. (“EFP”) while Emerson received revenue sharing payments from EFP.   Massachusetts was joined in the settlement by the State of New York, which has been a national leader on student lending issues. 

In addition to paying restitution, Emerson has agreed to conduct reforms aimed at preventing conflicts of interest, bringing transparency to the student loan process, and preserving students’ ability to use the lender of their choice.  Among other things, the conduct reforms require Emerson to put the financial interests of its students first when choosing to recommend a lender and prohibit Emerson’s financial aid employees from accepting anything of value from lending institutions, joining lender advisory boards, or entering into joint ventures or consulting agreements with lenders. 

As part of its investigation, the Attorney General’s Office took testimony from Emerson’s financial aid employees and reviewed emails, contracts, and other documents.  The Attorney General’s investigation found that:


        Emerson failed to prevent the gifts, gratuities, free and discounted services that Emerson and its financial aid staff received from influencing Emerson’s decision making process in choosing its “preferred” lenders.

        Emerson made inaccurate statements to students regarding the advantages of using its “preferred” Stafford lenders.

        Emerson created a Stafford loan process that made it difficult for students to choose lenders that Emerson did not recommend as “preferred,” failed to provide students with information as to how to select a non-preferred Stafford lender, and actively discouraged students from using non-preferred lenders.

        In certain years, Emerson assigned students who did not designate a “preferred” lender to Citizens Bank, even though Citizens offered a more expensive loan than Emerson’s other “preferred” Stafford lender at that time.

        Between 2001 and 2003, Emerson purported to operate a financial aid hotline that was actually staffed and operated by national lending giant Sallie Mae.  At the time Sallie Mae operated the “Emerson” hotline, Sallie Mae was dictating the loan terms and repayment benefits that Citizens and Chase offered to Emerson borrowers and purchasing the loans that Citizens and Chase made to Emerson borrowers.

        The investigation also confirmed previously public information that Emerson employee Daniel Pinch received consulting fees from “preferred lender” Collegiate Funding Services and that Emerson received revenue sharing payments from its “preferred lender” EFP. 


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