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24 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748  508-435-5534

Updated: March 18, 2013 02:53:56 PM

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Child Passenger Safety week September 12- 18

September 18, 2009 — Hopkinton Police Department has received a $10,000 grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security for the purpose of helping parents with car seat installation and child safety helmets.

      The department has purchased a trailer that will eventually be equipped with car seats and helmets for demonstration in neighborhoods, or by appointment at the Police Headquarters with Officer Stephen Buckley or Officer Linda Higgins, and at the Fire Department with Lt. Patrick Gross. All are qualified to help or demonstrate new installations or to check existing ones.

       As more grants become available, said Officer Buckley on Thursday, the trailer will become equipped with the necessary equipment to take the show on the road. It will also have the Hopkinton Police patch put on all sides.

       "People should periodically check the child seats for safety.

       "And parents should always set a good example by wearing seatbelts themselves," said Officer Buckley.

       Please read the EOPSS brochure here.

Paul A. Martin, 70

Paul A. Martin, 70, of Hopkinton, died Thursday, September 17, 2009. Born in Milford, he was the son the late Lois D. and Lucia (Dupont) Martin. He was the beloved husband of Rosalie (Seward) Martin of Hopkinton.
      Arrangements are incomplete and from the
Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

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$200 reward


Town Talk is back after some severe and unwelcomed spam. We have had such attacks initiated in the past by local people and have discovered their identities by offering rewards.

       We will give a $200 reward  for information of the identity of the person or people conducting these attacks, as well as the additional mail and email fraud that has been perpetrated against us, that leads to a conviction.

Hiller Varsity Football Team & Cheerleading Roster


Choose the link above (it now works) in blue to open the team's roster.

And then print it to bring to the game on Thursday evening.

Thanks to Pat Mahon for supplying that.

Chronicle Features Colella's


Calling Hopkinton the smallest of the towns along Route 135, Channel 5 picked Colella's as a Hopkinton Route 135 institution to feature on their Chronicle magazine program. See that part of the segment here:  , and see the entire show here 5.


Selectman Chair Brian Herr Running 13.1 miles with Coach Doug Merrill

“Run to the Key’s” campaign, October 4, 2009 and October 5, 2009


September 16, 2009 — Board of Selectman Chairman Brian Herr will accompany Coach Doug Merrill on a half marathon October 4th from Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts and also into Hopkinton on October 5, 2009, promoting the Power UP Foundation, which provides financial assistance to communities and programs promoting positive physical fitness, therefore positive mental health.


Coach Merrill, Author of “Fighting the Demon of Suicide” and Founder of the Power UP Foundation, is also in the process of organizing a historic run that is scheduled to begin October 4th, 2009 at a pre-game ceremony in Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts and to conclude April 3, 2010 in the Florida Keys.  The run is scheduled to last 6 months and will have Coach Merrill running a ½ marathon (13.1 miles) a day.  Coach Merrill plans to speak at universities, colleges, community organizations, and high schools to spread his message of achieving positive mental health through improved physical health. 


The goal of the run is to raise $25 million dollars for the “Power UP Foundation”.  Community programs across the country that promote positive mental and increased physical health would be eligible to apply for a grant from the foundation.  The money that they would receive would assist their efforts to promote physical wellness for our country’s youth

File photo, Brian Herr, 2009 Marathon

Need chocolate?  Come to Mothers & More Open House


Join us for a chocolate buffet and learn about our unique group for area moms at an Open House for the Central 495 Area Chapter of Mothers & More. The event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. at 2 West Elm Street, Hopkinton (the Community Covenant Church).  


Mothers & More meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. We welcome moms from all area towns. Our members include women who hold full-time jobs, care for their children full-time, combine care giving with working outside the home, and are trying to figure out what to do next.  


Mothers & More hosts activities that reflect what we need in our lives. We offer interesting speakers, opportunities to get together and chat, and lots of playtime -- for us and for the kids! For more information, email or visit

Lake Maspenock Annual Drawdown


Lake Residents:


The annual fall drawdown of Lake Maspenock will commence this week.  The level of the lake will be lowered 4 – 5 feet with the completion of the drawdown targeted for the end of November.   The lake level will be maintained at approximately that level throughout the winter until ice out/March 1st.  As you are probably aware the association is in the process of arranging for a more extensive drawdown, 7 – 8 feet, in an attempt to control invasive weeds in the lake.  That drawdown was approved last evening by the Hopkinton Conservation Commission with contingencies that will take some time to address.  We anticipate being able to address these requirements for the larger drawdown to take place in the fall/winter of 2010-2011.  More on this will be coming in our up-coming news letter.




Officers and Executive Board

Lake Maspenock Preservation Association

The mission of the Lake Maspenock Preservation Association, to preserve and protect the lake environment, can only be met with the involvement of people like you and we greatly appreciate your support.

Please renew your LMPA membership! Not a past member? Please join and participate in our activities with your friends and neighbors!! 

Trails Club Hike

Saturday, September 19, 10AM: Douglas B. Sands Trail hike.  We'll walk a beautiful HALT trail along a wooded ridge above a deep ravine.  At the upper end, we'll ascend a side trail to a rocky overlook with dramatic views to the northwest.  The trail is relatively short, but rugged in places. Meet/park at the trailhead (small gravel parking lot) where Greenwood Road meets Saddle Hill Road.  Additional parking on Greenwood Road.

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Over 30 Women's Soccer


Interested in playing outdoor soccer on an over 30 women's team? Hopkinton, MA is in need of players for our Fall season. We play on Sunday mornings starting Sept. 20 through mid November. Our home games are at 10:30 am behind the high school. This is the SWSA league. Our schedule is below. 9/20 10:30 am Sudbury Home 9/27 9:00 am Fuller Away 10/4 2:30 pm Stow Away 10/18 BYE 10/25 9:00 am Wayland Away 11/1 10:30 am Medfield Home 11/8 10:30 am Fuller Home 11/15 9:00 am Mansfield Away 11/22 10:30 am Stow Home Call (508-208-7073) or email ( Colleen if interested.

Walk this Way

September 16, 2009 — Scott's Landscaping unloaded trucks full of bricks this morning to complete a walkway from the center walk on  the Hopkinton Common the the handicap ramp on the Veterans Memorial Gazebo.

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ESL Telethon Raises $5,000


We are proud to announce that our first annual telethon held this past Sunday on HCAM-TV was a great success!   We raised close to $5,000 through the generous donations of supporters who watched it live or streamed it from their computer.  ESL plans to use the monies raised to continue to offer programs including children's theater, musical and drama productions, and ultimately to work towards getting a new ESL theater.


Throughout the 3-hour show, we featured fabulous performances, both live in the studio and on video, from many of our past shows.  We included songs from several of our children's productions (Willy Wonka, School House Rock, Aladdin, and Cinderella), our teen shows (Charlie Brown, Hopkinton Idol, and the Tone Deft a capella group), as well as adult performances (Broadway to Hollywood, USO Show, and Barbara Kessler - Open Mic artist). 


We also featured live interviews with many of our wonderful community and theater supporters without whom we could not continue to provide top quality productions and theater/art programs.  A big thank you to our volunteers who manned the phones and assisted in the studio and all of those who helped backstage.  We also want to thank our friends at HCAM!  We appreciate your hard work and dedication to our cause!!!


We will graciously continue to accept donations - give us a call at (508) 435-2114 or send an email to  You may also donate online anytime.



Authorities Conducting Homicide Investigation In Connection With Victim Found In Wakefield Last Evening

Police seek public's help


            WAKEFIELD - Authorities are conducting a homicide investigation after discovering the body of a victim in Wakefield, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone and Wakefield Chief Rick Smith informed the public today.

       The body of the victim was first discovered last evening, September 15, at approximately 6:24 p.m. by a passerby who was walking in the area near Audubon Road in Wakefield. The victim was later identified as Abelino Perez Martinez, 32, of Woodlawn Avenue in Everett. 

        Wakefield Police and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death.

        The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is completing an autopsy to rule on the cause of death.  

       Members of the public who believe that have information that may be helpful to the investigation can contact the Wakefield Police tip line at 339-219-4636 or Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office at 781-897-6600.



Junior National Young Leaders Conference Offers Historic Perspectives


WASHINGTON, D.C. – This fall, over 250 outstanding middle school students from across the United States will take part in an extraordinary leadership conference in Washington, D.C. Themed Voices of Leadership: Reflecting on the Past to create the Future, the Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC) introduces young people to the rich tradition of leadership throughout American history, while helping them develop their own leadership skills.


“The aim of the Junior National Young Leaders Conference is to inspire students to recognize their own leadership skills, measure their skills against those of current and former leaders and return home with new confidence in their ability to exercise positive influence within their communities,” said Marguerite Regan, Dean of Academic Affairs for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC), the organization that sponsors JrNYLC. “Young people are not only welcome in Washington, D.C., they actually keep this city and our country running.”


Brianna Gallo, a 7th grader at Hopkinton Middle School was nominated by her 6th grade Social Studies Teacher Ms. Scott last year and will be attending the JrNYLC from September 19-24th. Brianna is a High  honor roll student at HMS as well as a USA Swimming Athlete and swims  year round with The Westborough Swim and Tennis Club. She will be  representing Hopkinton at the conference.




Committed to keeping the community safer and fiscally stronger, the Town/City of  Hopkinton has received $32,811 back on its workers compensation and property casualty insurance costs. The town / city earned the credits through its MIIA membership and participation in loss prevention and risk management activities which are part of the Rewards program offered by the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA),  Hopkinton’s insurance provider.


MIIA offers several no cost Rewards program training and educational courses as a membership benefit to help members reduce their risks and insurance premiums. Member municipalities earn incremental insurance credits through proactive and voluntary participation in the training activities over the course of the year, and by implementing loss control measures and instituting management policies and procedures that reduce injuries, accidents and property damage.


“As a nonprofit organization, MIIA works with members as a partner to develop innovative programs that help them save resources without sacrificing coverage during this challenging economic time,” said MIIA Executive Director Stanley Corcoran. “The Rewards program provides an incentive to members to increase their education and awareness which ultimately reduces risks and expensive claims. We applaud our participating members who have taken these actions to lower their insurance costs and lessen impact on taxpayers.”

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Sara Curry and Friends Play Senior Center

Warm up for PolyArts gig on September 26

Editor Robert Falcione sits in and sings to those who would "stomp on dream"


Please listen on external speakers or headphones to hear full range of sound.

Birds of Prey

Live and Up Close

For Boys 6-11 or Grades 1-5

Have fun and learn about Hopkinton Cub Scout Pack 4. If you ever wanted to be a scout, now is the time! Join us for a special program featuring hawks, owls and more. Presented by the Mass. Audubon Society
on Wed. Sept. 30th at 6:30-8 PM. Meet at the Hopkins School cafeteria.For more information please contact Michael Alfano at (508) 435-4613 or

Sidewalk Patching

September 16, 2009 — A contractor cuts cement on Main Street near Pleasant to prepare for replacement cement patches along Main Street.

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Ryan, Your Blankie was Found on Main Street

Call Phipps Insurance at 508-435-6388

(To claim the blankie, know your birthdate.)

Clarification Regarding Wilson Street Diesel Spill:



To clarify, the recent diesel spill on Wilson Street emanated from Air Products’ LNG facility next door to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company’s facilities, not as a result of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company or its operations.  Air Products is not affiliated with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company or parent El Paso Corporation.


We sell/deliver natural gas to Nstar at the Wilson Street location, but Air Products operates the LNG plant.  We share a common driveway with Air Products, and the diesel that spilled flowed down the driveway and into storm drains, possibly creating confusion early in the response.


Parenthetically, Air Products has done an excellent job thus far in cleaning up the spill, and we (Tennessee Gas) are cooperating in the response and assisting as needed.



Richard N. Wheatley, APR

Manager, Media Rels./Emerg. Response Comm.

El Paso Corporation

1001 Louisiana St.

Houston, Texas 77002

Planning Board Approves Off-site Parking Plan for ZIO's Bistro

Approval contingent on two-year agreements being signed

September 14, 2009 — The Planning Board approved a Shared Parking Special Permit for Jack Speranza and his tenant Zio's Bistro, Inc. at 15 Main Street this evening. Under the terms of the agreement, Mr. Speranza must have the unsigned agreements that he showed the board this evening signed by those involved before the special permit takes effect.

     Colella's, Mr. Speranza said, has offered 18 spaces at 61 Main Street, and John Burns has offered 6 spaces at 38-42 Main Street(Overgrown lot)/5 Walcott Street.

      The board declined to force Colella's or John Burns to record the transaction on their deed in land court, something the board said they had authority over. However, they said that it must be recorded on the 15 Main Street property deed.

       Board member Claire Wright said that Zio's customers weren't going to walk all the way down to Colella's. She said they would park in the nearest spaces, the ones now being used by Ciao Time. Someone asked the applicants to be sure and let their customers know, by signs, that there is overflow parking at Colella's.

      If one of the parties allowing the shared parking backs out, the owner must notify the Zoning Enforcement Officer of the change, and the property would no longer be in compliance with zoning regulations.

      Zoning Advisory Committee Chair Ken Weismantel later said that his committee will be taking up the challenge of designing new regulations that would lighten the parking burden on businesses locating downtown at their next meeting.

      Chuck Joseph appeared before the board asking for a two-year extension of his approval for the Hopkinton Square project at the corner of South and West Main Streets due the state of the economy.

       He received the approval, but not before members of the board expressed displeasure with the way the land was stripped, and one member compared it to the empty, overgrown lot downtown.

       Mr. Joseph explained that for one thing, the buildings were an insurance liability. In the past, he has added that prospective tenants would be better able to see the expanse of the land without the buildings.

       Legacy Farms Project Manager Steven Zieff (Photo, left) received a continuance until October 19 of the Public Hearing for the OSMUD Special Permit Application that would set the parameters for the development of 940 residential units and 450,000 square feet of retail/commercial space on land purchased from Weston Nurseries. The project has been on hold since their bank note from Wachovia, whic hwas taken over by Wells Fargo, was called in.

        Mr. Zieff said in a letter that he expects a closing on the refinancing in late October.

        He said that the group is spinning off the non-essential parcels to "gather working capital to pay down any outstanding issues [including property taxes] with the town." He said that the bank has told them not to spend any money.

        "I don't think that you-all could have special rules around the payment of property taxes. " said member Mark Abate.

        "It doesn't sit well with me that you can't pay your tax bills until you sell some of these tangential properties"

         "It would be irresponsible of us not to put pressure on you," he said.

         "The MacDowell family has been under significant pressure from Wachovia not to spend any money," said Mr. Zieff.

        Town Treasurer/Collector, Maureen Dwinnell said today that the town has placed liens on some of the Legacy Farms properties for non-payment of taxes.   

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The Hopkinton Moms Group is delighted to announce that we are again hosting Ladies’ BUNCO Night to benefit the Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center .  The event will take place at the Hopkinton Country Club on November 13th, with cocktails from 7:30pm and Bunco from 8.30 - 10.30pm.


  This is a fun evening (no experience of Bunco is necessary), and will include a live and silent auctions, raffle prizes, appetizers/desserts and lots of socializing! 


Space is limited, so please invite your friends and family today!  If you would like to attend please send a check for $40 (payable to the Hopkinton Moms Group) to Helena Garesche, 21 North Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748 (please include your email address).  Call 508 497-2447 or email with any questions. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Hopkinton Senior Center

50/50 Auction


Nancy (Punky) Drawe


GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE, SOLD!  These are the words you’ll be hearing at the Hopkinton Senior Center on Friday, October 2 starting at 7 pm during their first ever 50/50 auction.  What is a 50/50 auction you ask?   It is when people bring items of a certain value to be auctioned off, keep one-half of the selling prices and donate the other half to the person hosting it.  In this case, the auction is being hosted by the Friends of the Hopkinton Senior Citizens, whose members plan different fundraisers throughout the year to help the cost of running the center.  All monetary donations they receive from these fundraisers go towards the center’s transportation and nutrition programs, functions and other events that are not covered under the Council on Aging budget.


This is a wonderful opportunity for you to clean out your garages, attics, closets, basements, etc. and make a little extra money.  Selling at this auction is so much easier than having to list items on eBay, craigslist, or even setting up a yard sale.   Each item must have a minimum value of at least $10 and be in good shape.  Everything you would like to sell may be dropped off at the Hopkinton Senior Center on these specific dates and times:


September 15, 16, 17 and 22, 23, 24 (Tuesdays through Thursdays) from 10-12 am and 1-3 pm each day.     An extra day has been added and that is Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 5-7 pm.


All items that are brought in should be checked in at the front desk so that they may be itemized.  The donor will then receive a numbered ticket for their items, and on the night of the auction, will receive their 50% of the sale price once it is sold.  Of course, the person may also donate the entire selling price of the item if they so choose.  


The auctioneer for this event will be Izzy Assencoa.  Izzy is on the Council of Aging Board in Ashland and is also a member of the Ashland Lion’s Club.  Izzy will be donating his special auctioneer skills for the evening.    


Admission is $5.00 and is open to absolutely everyone.  You don’t have to be a senior or even a resident of Hopkinton, so come on and join in the fun! 


Doors open at 5 pm and from 5:00-6:30 pm, you may preview all items that will be auctioned.  If you’d like to have dinner at the center, a menu of Beef Stew or Chef’s Salad Plate will be available in the dining room from 5-6 pm for a cost of $4.00.  Coffee and dessert (included in the $5.00 admission price) will be served from 6:30 – 7 pm, and then the auction starts at 7 pm.   If you are going to have dinner, please make your reservation ahead of time.


There will also be a Silent Auction and Door Prizes ongoing all evening.        


If you have any questions about the auction or would like directions to the Center, please call them at 508-497-9730.   This is a new adventure for the Center and we hope you’ll be able to join us.  So, remember to mark your calendars for Friday, October 2 and be prepared to have a great, fun-filled evening! 

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Police News UP-TO-DATE  September 14, 2009

Click above for full report in prose.

Click here for raw log


7:27 pm A walk-in reported that several legal documents, including his will and titles to vehicles, were stolen from his elderly father on Mayhew Street...


8:32 pm An Elm Street resident reported hearing what sounded like a group of youths yelling and screaming in the woods...


8:45 pm A caller from Hayward Street reported that the dog he was taking care of had its leash cut up in several places...


6:24 pm A Brook Hollow resident reported that he was being harassed by his neighbor whom he has a no trespass order against...

High School Booster store now open

Last minute school shoppers -- don't forget!  The Hopkinton High School Athletics Booster store is now open for all your Hiller gift and apparel needs.  Hours are everyday during the lunch period -- 10:45 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., and most Wednesdays starting this week, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.  New merchandise due in soon.  School agendas are now in and ready for your children to purchase.  Only $5 each.

Boys Win Invitational

September 14, 2009 — This past weekend the Hopkinton Boys and Girls Cross Country teams made the trip up to Guilderland, New York for the 39th annual Guilderland Invitational. Both the Varsity Boys and Girls did great. The Varsity Boys came in first place and the Varsity Girls game in second place. Boys picture, starting from the back and going left to right is Tyler Fink, Coach Jennifer Fairbanks, Brett Roskey, Matt Dry, Bryan Arnold. From the people sitting, from left to right Cam Fairbanks, Brendan Driscoll, Dan Carrai.


Girls Take Second Place in Invitational

Below, starting from the back going left to right is Mary Kelly, Haley Anderson, Katie Maruska, Alice LaGoy. Sitting down from left to right is Sheena Dupuy, Kellie Lodge, and Devin Dourney.

 Rock and Roll Department

Fair, Yates & Betschart with Glen Evans Perform David Bowie

September 13, 2009 — Locally known musicians Inky Fair, Tom Yates and Doug Betschart, who performed for years in the Framingham and surrounding areas, got together at Nobscot Cafe on Friday, September 11, 2009 for a musical reunion of the five-year gig they had together playing at Timothy Spirits into the '80s. In this video, they are joined by former band mate, drummer Glen Evans, who is visiting from his Florida home. The Hopkinton connection is that they are all veterans of the Cornell's Rock and Roll jams of the '80s and '90s. Doug and Inky continue to play locally as Back Pages, a two-man acoustic or electric band, and Tom hosts jam sessions in the Hudson area. Glen Evans performs and records with the Hodaddys, whose first CD is approaching a half million copies sold (Be sure the speakers are set to "rock and roll" because these guys really rock. Or better yet, put the headphones on so the person in the next cubicle doesn't get bothered.).

Center Trail Grand Reopening



September 13, 2009 — Trails Club members and representatives, as well as local luminaries were on hand to re-open the completed Center Trail that goes from Main Street across from Hopkinton Lumber to the end of Chamberlain Street. Click on thumbnail to enlarge.

ESL Telethon on HCAM TV Until 8:00 p.m. Sunday

Tune in to see the show and call to offer pledge

508-435-5505 • 508-435-5357

508-435-1081 • 508-435-8277

Enter Stage Left Theater principals, form left, Paul Champlin, Kelly Grille, and Mary Scarlata-Rowe mug for the camera prior to going live minutes later this afternoon. The theater group needs to gather funds to expand their space. Go to the Enter Stage Left Theater website anytime to donate.

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MaxPerformance Triathlon in Hopkinton

September 13, 2009 — No sooner did the roads clear from the Jimmy Fund Walk, that the Women's Triathlon by Max Performance began at Hopkinton State Park, above a cyclist, and below, a group of swimmers returning from their quarter-mile.

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Jimmy Fund Walk 2009

September 13, 2009 — The Jimmy Fund Walk 2009 started, above, at the Boston Marathon Start line from 6:00 am this morning until 7:30 am in an undesignated "rolling start." Hopkinton Police Chief Thomas Irvin, inset above, was there with ten Hopkinton Officers who volunteered their time to be sure that the participants were safely underway. Chief Irvin would join other chiefs of police later in the walk with patients, who are walking in memory of Southborough Police Chief William Webber who died last year after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

     There is no official count available at this moment, but some people sported bibs, below, over the 8,000 mark.

Roberta Ann Nealon, 66


Pocasset, MA - Roberta Ann Nealon, 66, passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 12, 2009, after a courageously fought battle with Lymphoma.


She was born in Boston and grew up in Watertown and Waltham. A graduate of Framingham State College, she was a special needs teacher in Hopkinton and at Keefe Tech High School. She was proud of her many years of volunteer work and fundraising at Framingham Union Hospital and Michael Lisnow Respite Center in Hopkinton.


She leaves behind her devoted husband and best friend of 45 years, Robert T. Nealon Jr, son and daughter-in-law Robert Nealon III and Jennifer Nealon, son and daughter-in-law Joseph Nealon and Annette Nealon, son and daughter-in-law Jon Nealon and Jenny Raskin, sister Irene DeSisto and parents Edward and Ada Restieri. Roberta was the proud grandmother of Robert J. Nealon, Mary Nealon, Michael Nealon, Leslie Nealon, Alexandria Wertz, Grace Nealon, Charles Nealon, Lucas Nealon, Tess Nealon Raskin, and Bruno Nealon Raskin. She is also survived by many loving brothers and sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grand nephews and grand nieces.


Her fondest memories were of time spent with family at Disneyworld, Florida, and Cape Cod and she always considered raising her children and grandchildren her greatest achievement.


Roberta will be deeply missed by her family and many friends as she touched our lives with her loving acts of kindness throughout the years.


A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17th at Saint John The Evangelist Church, Church Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748. Following the service, all are welcome to join the family for a gathering in the Parish Center.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod, 434 Route 134, So. Dennis, Ma 02660.

Former Resident Keeps in Touch

Dear Editor:

Congratulations on 3 million visitor clicks for HopNews. I'm sure that I've contributed to many of those clicks, as I try to keep up with the news around town from my home in North Carolina.

I appreciate your news items and great photographs. They make me feel close to my Woodville roots even though I'm 700 miles away! We have the beautiful Great Smokey Mountains 5 hours to our west, and the coast 2 1/2 hours to our east...but, it's still not like Autumn in New England!

I look forward to the continued news around my old hometown, and the random selection of great photos always provided on HopNews. Please share your New England beauty with those of us who miss it and can't be there to enjoy it.

Have a colorful and blessed Autumn season!

Dr. Robert L. Dowen
236 Deep Creek Dr.
Clayton, NC 27520

"Early Bird" HPTA Extracurricular Registration is Now Open!

September 11 - September 17

Discounted Rates for HPTA Members Only ($15 off each class). New Members Welcome!








& much more...

See the brochure here


HPTA Extracurricular Program Information - Fall Session 2009

Center, Elmwood, Hopkins and Middle School (Grades 1-8)

Prices go up September 18th. Enroll your children in our popular, affordable and convenient extracurricular activities today!


Visit the HPTA website for a course catalog with detailed listings, dates and costs, as well as a link to our new online registration system.

Now Over Three Million Visits!

Other Milestones this month


by Robert Falcione

September 12, 2009 — Thanks to Paul Throckmorton for being the first to email a screen shot of our counter reaching 3 million visits. He will receive the check for $50 from HopNews.

      And thanks to all of the other readers who also emailed in the counter showing 3,000,000. There were ten emails, and most of them had the requested picture, which makes a really good point about that counter. If at least that many people, and probably more, could see the same number, it means that their visit was not counted, because they had likely visited within a recent time frame of the counter hitting the number. What that means is that the counter number cannot be artificially added to. In other words, a website owner with that counter could not cheat and refresh the page to increase traffic to defraud advertisers, because it does not count.  Oh, I suppose some could do it, but it would have to be complicated and time consuming. In fact, the counter is rather conservative, because it only counts visitors who allow cookies and it doesn't count "refreshes" or recent repeat visits. In reality, we likely hit 4 million real visits months ago.

       So, not only is that fantastic figure a milestone — who could have even imagined it? — but this month is also the sixth anniversary of the September, 2003 start of HopNews. We have a lot of people to thank; so many that I won't mention even one for fear of leaving someone out. But there have been — and continue to be — some highly professional paid and unpaid contributors to this effort, not to mention all of the 16-hour days I have put in, and the work Eric does behind the scenes at the office. And from everyone involved, I have seen labors of love. Thank you to all of the readers and contributors, as well as the sponsors, who have paid for those 16-hour days and more. That's not all!

       As most people know, Photographic Images was the springboard for HopNews. Photographic Images is entering its 17th year at 24 Main Street. When we opened in 1992, wedding photography was a booming business, something I had done professionally from my home since 1989. So this is the 20th anniversary of Photographic images. We also offered video, deejay services and karaoke way back in 1992. But things change, and we evolve with the needs of the community.

      This is just a personal note to thank everyone involved, even some of the grumpy people (Not me!) who post on the discussion page, Town Talk.

       Thanks again for reading and contributing in all the ways that have been possible.   

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Hopkinton Little League
2010 Spring Season
Baseball & Softball Tryouts
Friday September 18th - Carrigan Park
5:30 – 6:45   10U Softball
7:00 - 8:30   12U Softball

Saturday September 19th - EMC Park
9:00 – 10:45             8s and 9s Baseball
11:00 – 12:45  10s, 11s and 12s Baseball
1:00 – 2:45               8s and 9s Baseball
3:00 - 5:00    10s, 11s and 12s Baseball

Sunday September 20th - Carrigan Park
11:00 - 12:45   10U & 12U Softball

Sunday September 20th - EMC Park
1:00 – 2:45               8s and 9s Baseball
3:00 - 5:00    10s, 11s and 12s Baseball

In order for players to "move up" a league, attendance is mandatory

Player Baseball Age is Determined by Age on April 30, 2010
Player Softball Age is Determined by Age on December 31, 2009

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Hopkinton 0, King Philip 35

September 11, 2009 — Jeff Spiegel runs with an interception of the ball meant for opposing team King Philip, while Sam MacDonald provides a great block. The score at half-time was 21-0 in favor of King Philip Regional High School.

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