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Craig Nation Files Suit Against the Town

Property boundary at heart of dispute

Date passes, and a no-trespass letter will not be sent


October 6, 2009 — Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Brian Herr disclosed this evening, following an executive session of the Board of Selectmen, that Hopkinton resident and Conservation Commission member Craig Nation has filed a lawsuit against the town of Hopkinton. At issue is a very long, large, neatly stacked pile of cord wood allegedly on town-owned land, which the town purchased from Mr. Nation's father, Ron, and is adjacent to his own residence.

     "My understanding is that Mr. Nation has filed an action against the town to move the question forward," Mr. Herr said. Mr. Herr said that neither individual boards nor individual people are named in the legal document.

      At their September 22, 2009 meeting, Selectmen discussed sending a letter threatening Mr. Nation with arrest for trespass, presumably, if he did not move the woodpile in 15 days, which expired this evening with no action taken against Mr. Nation. Selectman Michele Gates said at the time it was "drastic" action. Mr. Herr promised to speak directly with Mr. Nation in the meantime, but with no apparent resolution to date.

      John Coolidge, Chairman of the OSPC (Open Space Preservation Committee) testified before Selectmen that evening and said, "He [Nation] said he knows it's town property and he said it's his right to put stuff there." Mr. Coolidge said that complaints came from two holders of the conservation restriction about a year ago. He said the trespass letter was written last April, but Town Counsel Ray Miyares needed to research the deed in the meantime.

      When asked what Mr. Nation's claims are, Mr. Herr said this evening that he did not know.    

     "While some progress has been made in moving the woodpile, and on advice of Town counsel, the no-trespass order will not be sent at this time," Mr. Herr said.

       "The town is under the impression we own land to one point. Mr. Nation claims he owns land to another point.

       "It is an 8-foot strip that needs to be sorted out," he said.

       Copies of the legal document were not available this evening. Mr. Nation's phone is unlisted.

Note: File photo of woodpile. Some has since been moved.

Plan Now for 2010 MLK Day of Giving Back


HOPKINTON, MA (October 6, 2009) – In 2008, 400 Hopkinton students, families, and friends participated. In 2009, the number grew to over 700. In 2010, the crowd may be even bigger so don’t risk being the only one still in bed as Hopkinton celebrates its Third Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Giving Back on January 18. Please make sure to mark your calendars now for this important event.


Volunteers Wanted for Community Events

Sponsored by the Hopkinton Youth Commission, this community-wide day of service has quickly become a tradition in town. From the National Honor Society to the Women’s Art Forum, student and community groups contribute time, talent and materials for service projects throughout Hopkinton and beyond. Past projects have ranged from book and food drives, letters to the Troops, and lunch for Hopkinton seniors. None of this, however, can happen without advance planning. Volunteers are needed now to ensure the event’s continued success. Please note that volunteers do not need to be affiliated with a particular community group to volunteer, all are welcome! Those interested in helping out are asked to please contact Linda Katz or Anne Schneider at


Award-Winning Middle School Teacher Evren Gunduz to Speak

The day begins with a kick-off breakfast along with a short program in honor of Dr. King’s legacy. The highlight of the morning is an inspirational message delivered by a person who exemplifies Dr. King’s dedication to service. Continuing the tradition will be this year’s very special guest, Mr. Evren Gunduz! Mr. Gunduz (File photo) is a science teacher at the Middle School, currently on leave while pursuing a graduate degree at the Harvard School of Education. A 2009 “Excellence in Education” award winner from the Goldin Foundation, Mr. Gunduz is the founder of the IGNITE, a dynamic program staffed by 8th graders as mentors to incoming 6th graders at the Middle School. He is sure to get the day off to a rousing start!

Please consider volunteering for this wonderful community event. “The time is always right to do what is right,” Martin Luther King, Jr.


About MLK Day of Giving Back

The MLK Day of Giving Back is a day of community-wide of service sponsored by the Hopkinton Youth Commission.  It is inspired by the works of Martin Luther King and is held yearly on Martin Luther King Day.   For more information contact Linda Katz or Anne Schneider at

Police News UP-TO-DATE  October 6, 2009

Click above for full written report.




5:35 pm A resident reported that her 19-year-old son was out of control and ransacking the house...


10:01 am A caller reported a that a person was attempting a forced entry into a residence...


8:56 pm "OBAMA BIN LYN" was spray painted...

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Bartender - part time

Cornell's Pub, a long-established Hopkinton social landmark, is accepting applications for part-time work as a bartender. TIPS Certified is preferred.


Qualified applicants may also be asked to learn to cook pizza from fresh dough, cook black angus burgers from fresh beef, as well as other appetizers and entrees.


Please fill out the application and place in a sealed envelope and apply in person to Rob Cornell Monday through Thursday between 11:15 a.m. and 2:20 pm.


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Please help reunite it with the girl who lost it.

If found, please call 508-435-8776.  It has a homemade pillow for a chin rest.  Quite unique indeed. 

History of Hopkinton Presentation

for Women's Club Members and Prospective Members Only


     Do you believe Hopkinton has always been a sleepy, rural community?  If so, you're very wrong!  In the late 1800's, Hopkinton was the leading producer of shoes in the United States.  Through old photographs and some historical digging, Hopkinton residents Chuck Joseph and Kathleen Culler have created an amazing pictorial history and presentation of the real Hopkinton.

    Those wishing to consider membership in the Hopkinton Women's Club are invited to join them at a member's residence on Monday, Oct 19th for this "History of Hopkinton" presentation.  For more information regarding the program, please email or contact Susan Spiegel at 508-497-9956.

     The Hopkinton Women's Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our community through our volunteer efforts.  Visit our website at to see what it's all about.  For further information, contact our membership chairwomen, Kathy Yankee, at or 508-435-6471.

Coach Merrill Runs to Hopkinton, Mass Start Line  

Speaks to HopNews readers

Author and motivator, Coach Doug Merrill crosses the Start Line in Hopkinton on the first leg of his journey to the Florida Keys.

Finish at the Start

October 5, 2009 — Coach Doug Merrill of Power Up Foundation hits the Start line hard as Selectman Brian Herr and others cross the line after running uphill to publicize Coach Merrill's Run to the Keys to promote positive mental and physical health.  In the spirit of solidarity, many members of the Hopkinton High School Cross Country team joined them at Cookies Corner, photo, below.

      According to the coach's website, "Coach Merrill is in the process of organizing a historic run that is scheduled to begin October 4th, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts and to conclude March 2010 in Key West, Florida.  The run is scheduled to last 6 months and will have Coach Merrill running 13.1 miles a day.  Along the east coast route, Coach Merrill plans to speak at Universities, Colleges, community organizations, and high schools to spread his message of achieving positive mental health through positive physical health."

      Video of the team's arrival today is forthcoming, as well as an interview with the coach, who discloses what motivated him to begin his journey.


Below is the setup for the poll we put up today, and to the left are the results, which give the vote to the "Yes" column.

MADD Supports Ignition Interlock for 1st Time Offenders

Calling drunk driving the most frequently committed violent Crime, MADD Massachusetts (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) is testifying Tuesday before the Joint Committee on Transportation in support of expanding the alcohol ignition interlock system to include first time offenders. A person with the interlock is restricted to driving only one vehicle, which will start only if the offender first breathes into a device to test their alcohol blood content.

    Is this too harsh for first offense? Or is it about time? Does the punishment fit the crime?



Hopkinton Native, Former HPD employee, Makes Border Patrol


October 5, 2009 — Border Patrol Agent Jarrad D. Seely graduated from the CBP  Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, New Mexico from class number 889 on September 17, 2009 . He is the son of Tamara Dafiotis of Hopkinton, MA and the grandson of Eloise Seely of Hopkinton.

Agent Seely, who is also a graduate of Roger Williams University, will be assigned to the Laredo Sector

The U.S. Border Patrol Academy is recognized as having one of the most challenging curriculums in federal law enforcement. The Border Patrol Academy is tasked with training the largest influx of new agents in the history of any federal law enforcement training Academy. Those who attend the rigorous 55 day program must pass all departments including immigration law, physical techniques, driver training and firearms. Non Spanish speakers will be required to stay an additional 40 days and attend the task based language training program before reporting to a Border Patrol sector. For more information on becoming a Border Patrol Agent, visit  .

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Sponsored by:

Compiled by Eric Montville for

Transactions ending October 5, 2009






2 Smith Road Matthew Cummings & Lynn Cummings


Oct.  02, 2009

Raymond T. Warren & Patricia B. Warren,
Trustees of the Warren Realty Trust
16 Old Farm Road Donna L. Egan


Oct.  01, 2009

Catherine E. Walkey & Catherine M. Egan
65 West Elm Street Amit Chaudhary & Bhawna Chaudhary


Sep. 30, 2009

Jonas A. Merrill & Alissa H. Merrill
58 Lakeshore Drive Louis M. Przystas


Sep. 30, 2009

US Bank National Association
7 Tiffany Trail Lois E. Dickinson


Sep. 30, 2009

Robert Crownfield & Anne Marie Crownfield
Prior Two Weeks        
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


Friends of the Seniors


Sat., Nov. 7   9-2

Now accepting reservations for exhibitor space

$30 with table; $45 double

Hopkinton Senior Center

508   497-9730

Hopkinton 27, Ashland 17 (Softball, not football)

October 5, 2009 — We held our 6th Annual Hopkinton vs Ashland Softball game (pickup) yesterday (Sunday, 10-4). Cornell’s donated their field for the day…Hopkinton was victorious this year (27-17in a 9 inning game), and the Hopkinton team was comprised of  (L to R) Rich Schacterle, Mike Gallagher, Hal Whitehouse, Art Faden, Neal Dempsey, Luke Whitehouse (with trophy), Dana Beale, Alec Levine, and Frank Lecesse… Star performances by Alec Levine and Art Faden helped power Hopkinton to victory, along with a guest strong performance by Luke W, behind the plate…Chris LaFontaine captained the 2nd place team for Ashland!  We will see them again in 2010! ~ The Team

Healthy Body = Healthy Mind

October 5, 2009 — Posing at the Johnny Kelly statue, from left, Planning Board Acting Chair Joe Markey, Running Club's Laura McKenzie, Board of Selectman Chairman Brian Herr,  and Coach Doug Merrill ran to Wellesley on a leg of the Coach's run to Florida yesterday. The coach will be speaking to Hopkinton High School freshmen on Tuesday about the importance of exercise in positive mental health. He is promoting the Power UP Foundation, which provides financial assistance to communities and programs promoting positive physical fitness, therefore positive mental health.

Taps Vigil

October 4, 2009 — Veteran Jim Mirabile speaks to Boy Scouts, veterans and others on the Hopkinton Veterans Memorial Gazebo Sunday during the monthly Taps Vigil, which is held on the first Sunday of each month. Please check back with HopNews for future locations.

Color My World

October 4, 2009 — The shore of the Hopkinton Reservoir, as well as the surrounding sky and water, were brilliantly illuminated by the setting sun this afternoon.

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Hunkering down

October 4, 2009 — The colorful kayaks in the foreground have sought shelter for the winter, while the trees in the background show off their fall colors as they shut their leaves down to send energy to their bark and roots to survive the upcoming season of drab. The image above is actually a quick merging of two images, because of using the telephoto lens used to bring the opposite shore closer, both cannot be in focus. Even the untrained eye can find the merge points.

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Chipping Away at Vandalism

October 4, 2009 — Nine year-old Ethan Student chips away with a rock hammer at some obscene graffiti that vandals sprayed on a rock at his East Hopkinton home, while his family looks on Sunday afternoon. The graffiti has been digitally obscured.

    Graffiti has been proliferating throughout town, with EMC Park a favorite of the vandals. Below is some vandalism sprayed onto the loop road over the weekend, misspelling and all.

HHS Students Raise $3,000 to Support Juvenile Diabetes Research

October 3, 2009 — Forty-two Hopkinton High School students participated today in a 5K Walk in Boston to support Juvenile Diabetes Research.  These Sophomores and Juniors didn't let a a deluge stop them from supporting a classmate while they collectively raised over $3,000 for the cause.

Familiar Face

October 3, 2009 — A familiar face indeed to Hopkinton runners is Hopkinton resident Keiron Tumbleton, (who turns 44 this week) who won the New Hampshire Marathon today in Bristol, NH in the rain in a time of 2:39:08.

Michael's Run 2009

October 3, 2009 — The members of the Hopkinton Girls and Boys Cross Country Teams were among the participants in today's Michael's Run to benefit the Michael Carter-Lisnow Respite Center.

      Among the winners were, First Place in the Men's Division Cameron Fairbanks, center, and First Place in the Women's Division, his mom and team Coach, Jennifer Fairbanks, to his left.

High School Stadium Dedication on October 16, 2009


The Hopkinton Public Schools invite the public to attend an on-field recognition and stadium dedication ceremony prior to the start of the October 16th Homecoming Football Game.
The pre-game recognition moment will publicly honor the generosity of the Boston Athletic Association, the Hopkinton Athletic Association, the Hopkinton Athletics Boosters Club and an anonymous donor. Together, these organizations and one individual have donated approximately $400,000.00 toward the improvement of the bleachers, sound system, and scoreboard for a sports field that many school teams utilize. 
In addition to this private support, we will also celebrate the accessibility improvements to the stadium that resulted from Town Meeting funding for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements. The school district will specifically thank the citizens of Hopkinton for demonstrating their commitment to improving access to all town facilities.
The on-field ceremony will conclude with the dedication of the stadium in honor of David M. Hughes (File photo, center)  in recognition of his years of service as a teacher and coach in the Hopkinton Public Schools.

Hopkinton 35, Medfield 20

October 2, 2009 — Hopkinton was off to a good start against Medfield this evening on Medfield's turf. Above, QB Mike Decina breaks a tackle and sets his sights on the goal. The game is still in progress as this photo is added to HopNews. FB Roster.

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October 2, 2009 — FOCUS, a juried photography show that opened this evening with an artists' reception at the CAA building on Hayden Rowe Street, will run through October 23, 2009. Above, art patrons Kathy and Ron Yankee study a portrait by third-year Hopkinton High School photography student, Madison McKenna, who won Third Place for yet a different photo.

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HPTA Costume Sale Center School Cafeteria

Saturday, October 3, 2009

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

October 2, 2009 — Above, a parent modeling a headpiece can be seen peeking out the from behind the monster's mouth. She said the costumes are only $5 each.

Voluntary Water Use




Please be advised that our State mandated water use restrictions that were in effect from May 1st-October 30th have now reverted back to voluntary. Thank you for your cooperation.



Eric J. Carty

Water/Sewer Manager


Eagle Eye

October 2, 2009 — Motorcycle Patrolman Thomas Griffin takes aim with his radar gun today in the parking area of the Woodville Baptist Church.

Likes Downtown Improvements

To the Editor:

I am very heartened to see all the energy focused on making downtown more pedestrian-friendly. The improvements to the side-walks, HPD's crosswalk operation and the meeting scheduled tomorrow to discuss ways to enhance walkablilty are all very encouraging.


As a community, everyone benefits from a thriving downtown, especially during these tough economic times. And though some may complain that there are larger issues to contend with, the improvements to basic quality of life issues such as this have far-reaching effects. A town that is responsive to citizens' concerns fosters pride of place and commitment from those same citizens.

Sincerely, Anne Mattina, 40 Eastview Rd, Hopkinton

Cyber-bullying Incidents High - Adolescent Health Survey

Use of alcohol significantly lower than region

Above, file photo

by Heather Kelley

October 2, 2009 — Last night the School Committee received the results of the most recent MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey, funded by the MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation and administered anonymously to middle and high school students in 2008. According to the executive summary presented by Jill Leach, Wellness Department Head at the High School, the students are eating better and are engaging in more physical activity. However, they are also taking part in riskier behaviors including the use of alcohol and other substances, including cigarettes and inhalants.


Middle School Assistant Principal Jason Webster presented the summary of the Middle School results. He stated that the incidence of bullying, including cyberbullying, was high, with 60% of students reporting having been bullied in the past 12 months, mostly on school property. Since very few incidents are reported by students, or witnessed by staff, the assistant principal intends to ascertain where bullying happens most, so that more supervision can be provided for in those areas.


Leach credited the beFree! project with bringing teenage drinking numbers down from the last time the study was administered 2 years earlier. The percentage of students in Hopkinton who reported current use of alcohol was “significantly lower than the MetroWest region,” she said. However, the numbers she reported about teens who had ridden in a car with someone who had been drinking were “frightening.” One hundred and twelve teens said that they had been in a car driven by someone under 21 who had been drinking. Fifty-five admitted to having driven a car themselves after drinking — “an accident waiting to happen.”

According to Leach, the full report will be posted on the school website by early next week.


Saturday, October 3, at 7:30 pm
30 Main Street Studio


Join host Barbara Kessler in the first open mic night of the season.


Feature artist - singer/songwriter Jeanette Palmer


Sign-up to perform at 7:00 pm - $5 to play or be an audience member. (Keyboard is available for those who wish to play)

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     The Gathering is a 1/2 hour cooking show created around preparing and hosting a dinner part. Taping is done in my home. giving cooking demonstration for dishes on the menu as I work.  The show ends with the dinner guests arriving and enjoying the meal.

     Terre Melisi has resided in Hopkinton since 1979 and has hosted countless dinner parties and special celebrations. So many that people began calling her home "the gather." While volunteering to cook breakfast at the Hopkinton Senior Center, she was asked if she would be interested in hosting a cooking show for HCAM-TV. She replied "I love to cook, I love to entertain, I love to talk, so sure, I'll give it a shot" and thought "The Gathering" would be a perfect name for the show.

    She hopes you tune in to "the Gathering" and experience for yourself that you don't need to be a professional chef, personal caterer or private party planner to be a gourmand and share it with your favorite people! ~ Terre

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Charity Begins at Home:

Message from Hopkinton Tax Relief Committee - Residents are asked to remember the elderly and disabled of limited means living in our community when paying their property tax bills. A detachable form for making a voluntary contribution for this purpose is included with tax bills due November 2.

Michael's Run Silent Auction

Finish line expected to be behind Center School due to expected rain storm

Michael's Run to benefit the respite center is THIS Saturday (registration from 10-12; race at noon)!  As a tie-in to the race and BUNCO Night, the Hopkinton Moms Group is pleased to offer two special silent auctions:  Red Sox tickets and VIP seating at the Boston Marathon (details below).  You do not have to run the race (or even be there) to bid.  Bidding is open NOW — please contact Christine Coffman with your bid (508 497-9948 or  Christine will update bidders via email as new bids come in (so please be sure to give your email address).  The auction will close at 1:30pm on Saturday, and winners will be notified that day.  100% of the proceeds will go to the Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center.


Details of the two special silent auction items are:

Red Sox Tickets for 2010 Season

donated by 21st Century Benefit Advisors

4 tickets for Weeknight Game (TBD)

Section 23, Row 7, Seats 3,4,5,6 (Face value: $200)

VIP Seating for the 2010 Boston Marathon

donated by the Hopkinton Marathon Committee

2 grandstand seats at the starting line

April 19, 2010

Hopkinton 3, Ashland 0

September 30, 2009 — Hopkinton played host to Ashland Wednesday in the Athletic Center.

Hopkinton 2, Ashland 0

September 30, 2009 — Number 11 watches her kick go into the goal against Ashland this evening.

Hopkinton vs. Ashland

September 30, 2009 — Jon Lee gave the Ashland players a good workout today at home.

 Calling All Dads of Girls K-5

The Hopkinton Lions Club & Hopkinton High School Leos Club

are pleased to present the

“13th Annual Pumpkin Prom”

A Father & Daughter Dance

Sunday, October 25, 2009

5:30 PM through 8:00 PM


Hopkinton girls in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join us at the Hopkinton Middle School, Brown Gymnasium/Cafeteria

Sunday, October 25, 2009

5:30 PM through 8:00 PM

Dancing, Refreshments, and Party Favors, Music will be provided by DJ, Kathi Zerkle

Tickets are $15.00 per adult at the door. Note: No advance purchase necessary.

Give your girl(s) a special memento of the evening! Wrist corsages will be available for $3.00 each.

All proceeds will be donated to local organizations/charities and Massachusetts Lions Eye Research.

Questions: Please contact Bill Muench @ 508-259-3382 (File photos)

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