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Updated: March 18, 2013 02:53:54 PM

Tangerine Trees...

September 30, 2009 — This enhanced Beatles-esque scene is the result of three seconds of work turning a grey day into a brilliant dream with the use of a photo imaging program and some extra saturation. Mouse-over the image to see it pre-saturation.

Mein Wagen

September 20, 2009 — No, this is not the kind of disarray people would expect from Patton's Army at a captured German headquarters, but what Hayward Street looks like from the Sandy Beach parking lot today. The "Keep Off" signs are intended to send a message to onlookers at parades and other events that the vehicles appear at. And for further proof of their being contemporary, a close look at the flags reveals the 50 star field, rather than the 48 of the period.


Below, the same bunch of play warriors were involved in flying three World War II aircraft from Worcester to Plymouth today for a relocation. The one we were able to "shoot" is below, flying over Route 495, and photographed from Sandy Beach with the equivalent of a 500mm lens. The aircraft appears to be a B-17 Flying Fortress, which is about 1,000 feet past the tree in the foreground, which is about 1,000 feet from the camera.

Time of the Season

September 30, 2009 — This morning dove appears forlorn, as its color pales beside the brilliant fall leaves. 

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Rape Aggression Defense Systems Training

Training for Women ONLY

 October 19th Hopkinton Police Station


· R.A.D. is an internationally taught realistic hands on self defense training class specifically designed for women (12-16 hours)
· The program teaches and emphasizes awareness, avoidance and physical self defense with the tools we possess with us at all times (hands, feet, elbows, knees, head, etc…)
· All ages, sizes and physical capabilities are welcome (14, 15 or 16; parental waiver will be needed – 13 and under is too young for this class)
· The class is sponsored by the Hopkinton Police Department and free of charge
· Manuals are provided as are water and light snacks
· Casual exercise clothing and an aerobic type of sneaker preferred
· To enroll or if you have questions simply email Detective Tim Brennan at  and leave your name, email address and phone number. If email is not available to you please call 508-497-3401 x303 and leave a message with the same information. The first 30 women to enroll will be admitted (maximum number of students is 30). Confirmations will be done by email. Please ensure you can make all 4 classes before enrolling.
WHEN and WHERE October 19th Hopkinton Police Station
October 21st Hop. Middle School - Cafe
October 26th Hop. Middle School - Cafe
October 28th Hop. Middle School - Cafe
(all 4 nights required ) 6p-9:30p

All classes must be attended to go through simulation

INSTRUCTORS: Officer Linda Higgins

Detective Timothy J. Brennan



Senior Moments

50/50 Auction Coming Up October 2

State Representative Carolyn Dykema speaking with Hopkinton resident Ken Chisholm

by Nancy L. Drawe



September 30, 2009 — A HUGE reminder to all!   Don’t miss the very first 50/50 Auction at the Hopkinton Senior Center this Friday, October 2!   A 50/50 auction 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. 


Admission is $5.00 per person 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!  The doors will open at 5 pm and from 5:00-6:30, you may preview all items that will be auctioned.  There will also be an ongoing silent auction.   Between the silent and the live auctions, there are many awesome things that you can bid on.    It’ll be fun to watch the special auctioneering skills of Izzy Assencoa as he presents each item up for bid!  Izzy, a member of the Council of Aging Board in Ashland and also a member of the Ashland Lion’s Club, has donated his time for this evening.   


As an added plus, dinner will be served at the center this evening from 5-6 pm.  For a cost of $4.00, you may have a choice of homemade Beef Stew or a Chef’s Salad Plate.  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. So, mark your calendars and get ready for a great evening—you just may be going home with that perfect “item” you’ve been looking for!  


A few weeks ago, State Representative Carolyn Dykema spent some time at the center talking with the seniors and answering questions.  Carolyn, along with Legislative Aide Leah Robins and Michelle Goldberg--Constituent Services Director from State Senator Karen Spilka’s office, answered questions and concerns regarding the Federal Stimulus Plan, Health Care, Retirement, etc.   Carolyn did a great job easing the minds of many concerns the seniors have regarding these issues.


It’s just about time to start a new month—can you believe it’s October already?   Doesn’t seem like it’s been a year since we’ve been outside raking millions of leaves or planting bulbs and buying Halloween candy.  Enjoy these warm days and cool nights of autumn! 


Don’t forget about Taps Vigil this Sunday, October 4 at 7 pm at the gazebo on the Common.


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


Any sponsors should get their forms in by Oct. 2, 2009

The Tournament At Hopkinton

Hosted by:

Hopkinton Police Local 254


Hopkinton Chamber Of Commerce


October 5, 2009

204 Saddle Hill Road, Hopkinton, MA 01748

 9:00 AM Check-in 10:00 AM Shotgun Start


Player/Sponsor registration

Player registration



Senior Center Annual Flu Clinic Postponed till further notice from the Board of Health. Originally posted for October 6.  Check HopNews later for new dates and time.


New date: Senior Center Annual Jewelry Sale will be held in conjunction with our Annual Christmas Sale Nov. 20th & 21st.  Jewelry donations may be left off at the front desk.  Christmas/Holiday items left off in the back hallway.

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The Sting!

September 29, 2009 — A Hopkinton Special Police Officer takes part in a traffic enforcement detail walking back and forth  across this crosswalk at Main and Church Streets. Hopkinton was one of 16 departments that shared a $100,000 grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS).

      The Hopkinton Police share was $4986, which goes  toward paying the 10-12 officers that have participated so far in this special operation, according to Hopkinton Police Lt. Richard Flannery, who writes the grant.

       According to LT. Flannery, Sgt. Charles Wallace is conducting the operation that ticketed 22 offenders on one day alone last week.

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September 29, 2009 — Scott Dryden and his crew from Scott's Landscaping spruce up the Hopkinton Common, above, by aerating the soil to accept new seed and cutting back low branches that get in the way of seeing the gazebo, discourage walking under them and inhibit the growth of grass, which gets trampled during the annual events.

New Bill's Pizza Plan Approved

Town Manager reorg plan given conditional green light


by Heather Kelley

September 29, 2009 — At last night’s Planning Board meeting, Baypath Plaza came back to the Board with a revised plan to tear down and rebuild Bill’s Pizza. Stating that “it’s a much simpler approach,” architect Scott Richardson presented a straightforward project to replace the existing building, eschewing earlier plans to construct a second building in the back of the parking lot.


Plans for the new building include an outdoor deck adjacent to the front entrance, which met with approval from the Board. Member Mark Abate suggested that the 10x20 foot deck could even be enlarged, “in the spirit of downtown revitalization.”


According to Baypath, beer would be served on the deck along with their menu items.


Stating that the new plan “has a lot more character to it … a lot better than that first plan,” member Sandy Altamura agreed that the proposed building would be in keeping with the character of downtown.


The board also considered a shared and offsite parking special permit. Under an agreement with the town, Bill’s shares its parking spaces for the use of those visiting Town Hall, and in return, the town maintains upkeep of the parking lot, including plowing and striping. Under the new plans, the parking lot will not be improved upon. Deciding that the proposed project would not be making anything worse in terms of storm water drainage, Mark Abate urged that the Board move forward with the approval process.


The Board unanimously approved the plans. While Bill’s would be closed during the project, they left open the possibility of selling pizza from a temporary facility during construction.


In a joint session with the Board of Selectmen, both Boards unanimously appointed John Mosher to the Planning Board. A second applicant’s inability to attend a previously scheduled joint interview had postponed the session with Mosher until last night. According to Vice Chairman Joe Markey, that applicant had since rescinded an expression of interest in the position, and the Boards focused their attention on Mosher.


Citing his 14 years of residency in town, Mosher also presented to those in attendance his prior work with town committees and boards.

Planning Board member Claire Wright queried Mosher as to his Monday night availability for meetings, stating that prior absences of some Board members had held up decisions on various projects. Assured that Mosher planned to make attending the meetings a priority, Wright declared that she “had good experience working with John” and would welcome his appointment.


Member Mark Abate moved “with enthusiasm” to appoint Mosher to the Planning Board. With the Selectmen abstaining from any further questioning of the candidate, the Boards voted their approval of the appointment, which will expire with the next election on May 17, 2010. READ MORE...

Hopkinton Public Library • Hopkinton Athletic Association • Boston Athletic Association


Marathon 2010

request the honor of your presence at the Opening Celebration of

The Hopkinton Reading Marathon

on Thursday, October 8 at the Hopkinton Public Library

at 6:00 p.m. Sponsored by Jeannine Coburn & Trina Macchi, Hallmark Sotheby’s International Realty,

Hooray for Books, Ciao Time

Refreshments will be served.

RSVP Jeannine Coburn



The Hopkinton Reading Marathon is the first event in a year-long celebration of the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon, one of the most significant battles in Western history, where the Athenian victory ensured the establishment of democracy. After the battle, Pheidippides ran from Marathon to Athens to announce the victory, an effort that many believe constituted the birth of the modern marathon run. Today, Hopkinton shares a sister city relationship with Marathon, Greece.

200 Friberg Parkway, Westborough, MA  01581

Phone: (774) 760-0495   Fax: (774) 760-0017

Pushing Through the Downturn:

The 495MetroWest Region’s Economy


Experts Review Economic Trends of the National and Regional Economies, as well as the Region’s Commercial Real Estate Market


WHO:               An audience of business, municipal, and state leaders hearing from a panel of renowned experts on the regional, national and international economic trends:

·         Dr. Jeffrey Fuhrer, Executive Vice President and Director of Research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

·         Dr. Robert Martin, Vice-President of Academic Affairs for Framingham State College

·         Paul Leone, Senior Vice President for Richards Barry Joyce & Partners, LLC

Moderated by Mark Crandall, TD Bank’s Regional President for Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with open discussion following the panel


WHAT:             Release of…

·         Partnership’s 2009 regional economic summary, Pushing Through the Downturn;

·         Richards Barry Joyce and Partners’ report on the region’s commercial real estate market;

·         Full report, 2009 Economic Indicators for the 495/MetroWest Region from Framingham State College’s MetroWest Economic Research Center; and

·         The September Quarterly Economic Forecast, The Tide Turns, from TD Economics.


WHEN:             Thursday, October 1st  from 7:30 – 10am (program beginning at 8:15am)


WHERE:           Framingham Sheraton Hotel, 1657 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA

Police News UP-TO-DATE  September 28, 2009*

*File is now up to date. Sorry for confusion.

Click above for full report in prose.

Click here for raw log


10:44 pm A motorist called 911 to report that a possible intoxicated female was operating a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street...


8:53 pm A 911 caller reported that a man was damaging vehicles, with an unknown object, in a Wood Street driveway...


7:36 pm A social worker reported that a 65 year old client was missing...


4:45 pm A 911 caller reported seeing a vehicle with a hand hanging out of the trunk exiting 495 towards Upton. 

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Please Help Identify this couple



If anybody knows any of the people in these pictures please email Detective Tim Brennan at or call at 508-497-3401 x303.  The pictures were taken from some recovered property. Thumbnail at left enlarges when clicked.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Sponsored by:

Compiled by Eric Montville for, 

Transactions for the past two weeks ending September 28, 2009






4 Highcroft Way unit 4 Margo Otey


Sep. 25, 2009

Carole A. O'Rourke
34 Wilson Street Stanley J. Allen & Lisa G. Allen


Sep. 24, 2009

William Scott Ober
11 Falcon Ridge Drive Scott R. Cadieux


Sep. 24, 2009

Tiesong Ma & Oufei Zhao
74 Grove Street Robert D. Caty & Alissa J. Caty


Sep. 18, 2009

Nancy B. Thompson
19 Sanctuary Lane Reinhard G. Martens & Maureen Martens


Sep. 18, 2009

Weston Development Group Inc.
1 Wedgewood Drive Michele L. Tokar-Naugler & Robert L. Naugler


Sep. 18, 2009

Christopher Devaur & Nikki Devaur
10 Trevor Lane unit 5 David W. Noon & Carole M. Noon, Trustees of
the Noon Family Trust


Sep. 17, 2009

Maillet & Son Limited Liability Co.
3 Canterbury Lane Jeffrey A. Lauro & Jeannine L. Lauro


Sep. 17, 2009

Michael Grier & Anne Grier


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Clips from PolyArts 2009


Sneak Peek at Marathon Restaurant at North Pond


Hopkinton resident Michael Tobins says hello from his discreet "sneak peek" opening party of The Marathon Restaurant at North Pond on Saturday night.

A Democrats' Party

From left: Senator Harriette Chandler (D-1st Worcester), Representative Vincent Pedone (D-15th Worcester) Attorney General Martha Coakley, Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-8th Middlesex), Senator Michael Moore (D-2nd Worcester).

         On Friday, September 25, 2009 Attorney General Martha Coakley, candidate for U.S. Senate, as well as Representative Carolyn Dykema, were among those attending State Senator Moore's spaghetti supper at the Eagle's Club in Worcester to support Ms. Coakley's candidacy. Contributed photo.   

          Representative Dykema is holding office hours at the Hopkinton Gourmet, Monday, September 28, 2009 between 10:00 am and 11:00 am.

Can't be 30 Years Already!

September 26, 2009 — The Woodville Rod and Gun Club could have been mistaken for the Woodville Rock and Gun Club tonight as seasoned disc jockey Bob Marquedant "spun" the tunes for his Class of '79 classmates at their (yikes!) thirtieth reunion

Starter's Pistol Fires at Marathon Restaurant

September 26, 2009 — Owner of The Marathon Restaurant at North Pond, Hopkinton resident Michael Tobins (center), chats with some of the 200 or so invited guests at this evening's get together. Mr. Tobins offered his guests menu samples and an open bar in a newly renovated and decorated space at 25 Hayward Street. He expects to open fully on Monday.

Instant Sculpture

September 26, 2009 — Sawyer Sperry, 3, gets a kick out Dad, Eric, who is rearranging sculptor Michael Alfano's  changeable sculpture at the PolyArts Festival on Saturday. The sculpture has several pieces and can change gender and expression.

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Group Effort

September 26, 2009 — These boys spent a good part of Saturday cleaning and painting the Hank Fredette Skate Park at EMC Park today. The boys who join the group promise to abide by the rules of the park and to not skateboard Downtown. Contributed photo.

Walk This Way

September 26, 2009 — Callan Berry shows off his athletic heritage Downtown on Friday afternoon after school by standing on his hands as his friends and other neighborhood kids and their friends created a festive atmosphere, while adults nearby marked off the vendors' spaces for PolyArts.

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Hopkinton Assist

September 25, 2009 — Hopkinton Police aided Ashland PD after a motorcycle crash in front of TJ Spirits on the town line by a patron leaving the establishment, according to eye-witnesses. The male operator was taken to a nearby hospital by an Ashland ambulance for treatment.

Hopkinton 0, Westwood 20

September 25, 2009 — The Hillers lost their third in a row of regular season play, this evening to Westwood at home. Above, Mike Decina carries the ball and shakes a tackle, but nonetheless, the Hillers failed to put any points on the scoreboard.


Football Field to be Named for Coach Hughes on October 16, 2009


The Hopkinton High-School Community will be naming the Hopkinton High-School Football Field after Coach Dave Hughes in a ceremony that will take place Oct 16, 2009 honoring the former head coach for his 30 years of Coaching his alma mater to many tremendous seasons which spanned with five 9-1 seasons a superbowl two playoffs  and a team that went undefeated along with many Tri-Valley championships.


Hughes made Hopkinton into one of the most powerful Football Programs in the State. He walked away with 214 victories and coached many teams that had low numbers as ( Hopkinton was the smallest school in the league ). The Hopkinton graduate will be honored prior to the Hillers game with Bellingham. The dedication will start at 6:30 The Field will be named Dave Hughes Stadium. Many of Dave's players, coaches and friends will be in attendance. Hughes graduated from Hopkinton-High-School in 1963 were he excelled in Football, Baseball and Basketball. He later went on to Springfield College were he captained and played on an undefeated football team. prior to coming home to Hopkinton. he taught and coached at Watertown High-School. This will a tremendous honor for such a deserving person. ~ Peter Marso

We Love You Hillers...

September 25, 2009 — The Hiller football team was down 20-0 at halftime, but that didn't deter the Hiller Cheerleaders from wishing them the best and showing off their new uniforms at the same time.

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Marathon Quilters

Marathon Quilters Quilt Show 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday, 12 pm - 5pm Sunday @ Hopkinton Cultural Arts Alliance. Admission $5, seniors 3$ children under 12 free

September 25, 2009 — Quilter Lynn Marquedant shows off her patchwork quilt of themed homes at the CAA opening show and reception on Friday evening. See above for more times.

     According to Quilt Show Chair, Colleen Barnes, only two quilters are selling their work, with the other twenty or so quilters, who have brought a total of 80 quilts, simply displaying their creations. in addition to the display, there is a boutique where related items, such as fabric and books, may be purchased.

     The group meets once a month. For more information, please contact Kelsey Ullman at 508-497-9233.     

Hopkinton vs. Westwood

September 25, 2009 — Jonathan Ho is nearly nose to nose with this Westwood opponent at the High School this afternoon.

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Footsteps in History


Sweetwilliam Farm participating in Footsteps in History – Columbus weekend, October 10th-12th – Footsteps in History is annual joint venture visiting historical sites in MA & RI. Weekend activities include: hayrides, cider making demo, butter making demo, farm equipment display, barn tours, pumpkin carving, apple bobbing. Sunday activities also includes a mini 4-H fair, old fashioned field games, crafts and live music! Each day, noon – 4pm. Fees apply to some activities.  Location: Sweetwilliam Farm, 153 North Street, Upton, MA. For Information: 508-529-2000 or visit Information about other sites to visit, check out


Scouts invited to join special Veterans Celebration Committee Monthly Taps Vigil

All Boy and Girl Scouts are invited to the October 4th Veterans Taps Vigil sponsored by the Hopkinton Veterans Celebration Committee.  The ceremony begins at 7pm and is typically over at 7:20pm.  It will be held at the Gazebo on the Town Common.  Scouts and former scouts of all ages are welcome.

This year, John Nadeau and Ben Palleiko will be playing Taps during the ceremony.

The Scouts have a long history of supporting our troops in various ways.  This is another way in which they can show their support for the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the defense of our country.

The Veterans Celebration Committee holds a Taps Vigil every first Sunday of the month to honor those who have died defending our freedoms.

Please join us for this event Sunday. Sincerely, Jim Mirabile, Chairman, Veterans Celebration Committee









(508) 497 9740 J.T. Gaucher, P.E., Director, Department of Public Works

 Family Aims to Raise $5,000, as Well as Awareness


Every year more than 15,000 children are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in America. That’s 40 children a day.


Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. For this reason, people with Type 1 Diabetes must take insulin on a daily basis in order to stay alive.


For many families, the devastating diagnosis comes out of nowhere, no family history; no prior symptoms. That’s what happened to the Cusanelli family of Hopkinton last August, when their 13 year old son, Robert, was diagnosed with the disease.


Now, the family is doing their part to help alleviate those numbers by raising awareness of Diabetes and raising money to help find a cure. The family, along with a group of neighbors, friends and students from the Middle and High Schools will be joining the 15,000 people taking part in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundations “Walk to Cure Diabetes” in Boston on October 3rd.


This will be the family’s second year doing the walk. They raised $5000 dollars at last year’s event. Their goal again this year: $5000.


Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so by going to the Cusanelli website at: OR by check made out to JDRF and mailed to Kathy Cusanelli 41 Granite St. Hopkinton 01748. Contributed content.

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September 24, 2009 — It is doubtful that people racing by on their way home on Fruit Street by Pratt Pond are going slow enough to catch a glimpse of this peaceful scene, where neither tractors nor geese, framed by surrounding trees, give a care for their speeding ways.


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