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Updated: March 18, 2013 02:53:50 PM

Donate Your Used Bicycles -- Needed in Developing Countries

St. John the Evangelist in Hopkinton is collecting bicycles to send to the poor in developing countries, in conjunction with the Bikes-Not-Bombs (BNB) program in Jamaica Plain. People use bikes in developing countries in the same way we use cars, trucks and buses. Bikes are used to haul farm produce or other goods to market and allow increased access to health care, jobs and schools. Your donation also helps create jobs, because bike parts are used to build pedal-powered machines such as grain grinders, peanut shellers, and well water pumps. In the last 25 years, BNB has sent over 38,000 bikes to Central America, the Caribbean and Africa (and New Orleans ).


Since 2003, St. John's Third World Apostolate has collaborated with BNB with an annual collection in Hopkinton to benefit communities around the world and to help youth right here in Boston through BNB's Bicycle Recycling and Youth Training Center in Jamaica Plain. Please consider donating any spare bikes and bring them to St. John’s, 20 Church St. , Hopkinton. The bike collection will be Sunday, Oct. 25 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. However, bikes may also be dropped off at St. John’s Monday through Saturday, Oct. 19 thru Oct. 24. Bikes should be left in the very back parking lot, behind the Parish Center (look for our sign). BNB requests a donation of $10 per bike, to help defray the costs of refurbishing and shipping, and to support their local programs. BNB will of course accept bikes without this donation. For more information: see St. John’s website, or call St. John’s at 508-435-3313.

State Trooper Edward Bruso Suffers Serious Injuries in 290 Rollover

Eight crashes, three involving Troopers

Photo by Jason Kenney above of 290 cruiser rollover scene


October 19, 2009 — Massachusetts State Police Trooper Edward Bruso has been released from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, where he was treated after his cruiser rolled over this morning on Route 290 westbound, near exit 22 (Plantation Street) in Worcester. No other vehicles were involved in the crash, which occurred at 7:50 a.m.


At the time of the crash, the trooper was responding to a report of another motor vehicle crash. The facts and circumstances of the crash, including road conditions, remain under investigation by Massachusetts State Police. The injured trooper is assigned to the Holden Barracks. One lane of the roadway remains closed while the guardrail is being repaired.


State Police have responded to numerous other motor vehicle crashes in central Massachusetts this morning. As of this update, troopers from the Holden Barracks have responded to eight crashes, including the trooper who rolled over, in Worcester, Boylston, Shrewsbury and Northborough. Troopers from the Sturbridge Barracks have responded to three crashes, in Sturbridge, Webster and Oxford. Some of those crashes involved injuries to drivers. The potential causes of the crashes, including road conditions, remain under investigation. The roadways most affected are Routes 190, 290, 2 and 495.


Two other Massachusetts state troopers were involved in crashes last night while on duty. At 8:01 p.m. Trooper Patrick McGowan was treated and released at Norwood Hospital after being involved in a crash with a 2004 Acura on Route 1 southbound in Wrentham. A passenger in the Acura was transported to Sturdy Memorial Hospital with injuries. At 8:20 p.m., Trooper John Duggan was injured on Route 495 southbound in Raynham after a 2001 Pathfinder going in the opposite direction crossed the median strip and hit the cruiser head on. The trooper had to be extricated from his cruiser and was transported to Morton Hospital with minor injuries. A woman who was driving the Pathfinder was also transported to Morton Hospital. Both of Sunday night’s cruiser crashes remain under investigation; weather conditions were poor at the time of both crashes.  Information provided by Massachusetts State Police will be updated when identity is released.

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Town Moves to Dismiss Nation Lawsuit


October 19, 2009 — Last Friday the Town of Hopkinton, through Town Counsel Ray Miyares (file photo), filed a motion in Land Court to dismiss a suit brought by Craig R. Nation and Lyndse April Nation that claimed ownership  by adverse possession of an 8 foot strip of town-owned land.

      In 1970, a plan of the lot showed 274.43 feet of frontage.

      In 1979, the land was divided into two lots, one at the Nation's current residence at 279 Wood Street with 174.43 feet of frontage, and another consisting of 13.06 acres with 100 feet of adjacent frontage on Wood Street, the minimum necessary to build under the zoning requirements. That lot was conveyed to the Shepard family.

      On March 30, 2006, Bob Shepard conveyed the parcel to Ron Nation, Trustee of the Wood Street Realty Trust. Mr. Nation sold the land to the Town of Hopkinton.

      The lot at the current Nation residence was conveyed to the Camille family in 1994.

      In his lawsuit, Craig Nation states that the land in question, about 8 feet wide was always maintained as lawn area by the residents of 279 Wood Street since 1979, and that the adverse possession "ripened" in 1999, twenty years later, as the law requires. He also states a granite marker and a granite wall in his description of the property boundary.

      The town concedes in its motion that the adverse possession may have been the case, but argues that when Craig's father, Ron Nation, sold both parcels, he conveyed the Shepard land in its entirety to the town as described in the deed. The town's argument is that the land is described in the deeds in measurements, and not markers.

      The motion did not specify any interrogatories or other types of testimony that may have been given by previous owners or witnesses heretofore.

      It is unknown when the Motion to Dismiss will be considered.

     The dispute over the strip of land between the Town and Mr. Nation became very public when John Coolidge of the Open Space Preservation Committee asked the Selectmen in September to threaten Mr. Nation with arrest for trespassing in 14 days if he did not remove a large woodpile he has on the disputed land. It is perhaps the sole the remedy a land owner has to remove someone claiming adverse possession.

      On the due day of the trespassing threat, Mr. Nation filed suit for adverse possession, giving the Town of Hopkinton 20 days to state their claim. It is the remedy of the adverse possessor.

      Although the Town filed the Motion to Dismiss, it is unknown if that stops the clock from ticking and satisfies, or moves, the October 20 deadline ahead.

       The Motion to Dismiss will likely be heard on an open session, giving both sides a chance to present arguments. If the Town does not prevail in its motion, it would still be able to have its side heard during a trial.

Charlie Baker, Candidate for Governor, Holds Ashland Rally

October 18, 2009 — Above, Hopkinton Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Brian Herr and candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker pose at the Warren Center in Ashland. Mr. Baker, who worked in the Weld administration for eight years, and was CEO of Harvard Pilgrim for ten years, believes he can make a difference as governor. He offers a brief hello in the video below.


It's All About the Snow

October 18, 2009 — Lake Whitehall was whipped by winds and snow on Sunday afternoon, as was the rest of the community.

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FALL in with the Friends of the Library



The Friends of the Hopkinton Library will be at the Library on Friday Oct, 25, from  4-7pm, as part of National Friends of the Library Week.  We will be there with cider and doughnuts and information on our new group.  We are looking for more Friends.  There will be info on the fundraising activities of the group and if you join that day you may select a book, get $ 10 off your purchase at the next book sale in January and more. 


The Friends are planning some very exciting new events in 2010 in order to raise money for the Library and it's expansion.  Get in on ground floor. 




Hopkinton Senior Center.

The dinner is for veterans only and free for all Hopkinton veterans.

 Doors open at 5:30 p.m. - dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m.

The 8th annual Veteran’s Day Dinner, co-sponsored by the Council on Aging and the Veteran’s Celebration Committee, will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at the Hopkinton Senior Center. The dinner is for veterans only and free for all Hopkinton veterans. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. - dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m.


A special photo show and games are planned during the dinner. Come and hang out with your buddies; old and new.


Please call the Senior Center (509-497-9730) for RSVP, additional information or to request free transportation to and from the Senior Center.


~ The Veterans Celebration Committee

Congratulations Coach

October 18, 2009 — Above, the Raiders youth football team that retired High School coach Dave Hughes coaches presents him with a congratulatory card for the naming of the new stadium after him on Friday evening prior to the game with Holliston. Coach Hughes' grandson is on the team. The stadium was built with funds form the Boston Athletic Association, the Hopkinton Athletic Association and the Hopkinton Boosters. Below is a video of his acceptance speech, as well as some video of the cheerleaders and the band.


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Hopkinton 14, Holliston 50

October 17, 2009 — Quarterback Mike Decina, a sophomore, keeps the ball for himself and carries it more than 25 yards to cross the goal line for the first Hopkinton score last night.

     Below, Coach Dave Hughes, involved in Hopkinton football, by his count, for over 50 years speaks during the dedication of the new stadium at Hopkinton High School in his name, the David M. Hughes Stadium.

Below, unfurling of the banner.

Go Coach Hughes



October 16, 2009 — The Raiders Pop Warner football team, wishes the best for their coach, Dave Hughes, who will be at the game this evening at a ceremony dedicating the new stadium in his name.

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Rep. Jim McGovern

Health Care Forum

Tues., Nov. 24 at 9 a.m.


Find out how proposed health care reform will affect you. Congressman McGovern will provide up to date information geared to seniors’ concerns . Here is your chance to make your voices heard to someone who is actively involved in the process.


Hopkinton Senior Center

28 Mayhew St. 508-497-9730

Call to reserve a spot


To the Woodshed!

October 16, 2009 — This pumpkin-headed teacher appears about to administer some severe lashes to the pumpkin-buttocks of an apparently naughty subject in front of the home of the Nations on Wood Street. Although the scene did not go through the Woodville Historic District Commission, some people have commented that it is historically accurate.

People are Dying to See the Display

October 16, 2009 — The Potenzone family at the beginning of Wood Street has its own little humorous graveyard in front of their home, complete with rhyming puns, as they have for several years. 

Spooky Times!

October 16, 2009 — The Lukey family is gearing up for some spooky times in October.

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"Hopkinton’s 10th grade Science scores were the fifth highest in the state."

~ Superintendent Dr. John Phelan

by Heather Kelley

October 16, 2009 — “We have a great deal to be proud of in our district,” announced Dr. Mary Colombo, as she presented the most recent round of MCAS scores for Hopkinton students at last night’s School Committee meeting. She explained that scores and trends were especially promising in English Language Arts for grades 3 through 6, and in Math for grades 3 and 6. At the same time, she pointed out the challenges in Math for grades 4, 5, 7 and 8, and in Science across the elementary and middle school populations. “We need to quicken the pace,” she said, explaining that the goal is to have 100% achievement rates by 2014.


“In the aggregate, we’re a high performing district,” Superintendent Dr. John Phelan stressed. For example, he pointed out that Hopkinton’s 10th grade Science scores were the fifth highest in the state.


Colombo said that she would investigate how pedagogy, professional development, and adequate resources potentially impact test scores before she would consider new curriculum. “Professional development is one of the most important things we do, but there’s no budget for it,” added Phelan. As an example, he went on to explain that math is not a common area of special expertise for Hopkinton teachers, and that a day of professional development to augment and enhance skills in this area could be helpful in terms of MCAS. According to Phelan, all high scoring math districts have math coaches in every school, directly contributing to their high scoring success.


Finances were high on the agenda as well. The Committee unanimously approved the Middle School NSTAR project, with the expectation that it will reap substantial utility cost savings once the price tag for the project is paid back in a two-to-three-year timeframe, largely through a 0% loan program. According to Director of Finance Geoff MacDonald, annual savings at the High School from its energy project is in the $80,000-90,000 range.


Cost savings will also be realized by the transition plan being put in place for the expected absence of the Director of Student Services, Dr. Kirsten Esposito, during her maternity leave. Instead of hiring an outside replacement, which according to Phelan would have cost upward of $2,000 per week, the administration has instead decided to offer stipends to two current school district employees. Phelan noted that Cissy Coutinho and John Griffin are professionals who can “hold down the fort,” at a quarter of the price.


In a move to bring new funding sources online, the Committee voted to approve a license agreement with local business Phipps Insurance Agency. The two-year, $8,000 agreement includes the installation of three sign panels on the high school athletic center scoreboard. “Great effort, great product, great outcome,” commended Chair Nancy Burdick.

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RMV – Sendza Announce License/ID Renewal Reminder Service

During a press conference on Wednesday, October 7th , Registrar of Motor Vehicles Rachel Kaprielian announced that the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) has partnered with Sendza, Inc. of Marlboro, MA to allow Massachusetts License and ID holders to “opt-in” to a License and ID renewal reminder service.


In her announcement of the new service, the Registrar said: “The RMV has partnered with a private electronic messaging service to deliver courtesy notices that tell customers the month before their driver's license expires and is due to be renewed. RMV customers can join this service free of charge and decide how they want to be notified -- by email, phone or text message. The reminder notices will be sponsored, which enables the RMV to provide this service at no cost to the Commonwealth.


“We are particularly excited about our ability to offer this new customer convenience for a number of reasons:

  1. The RMV Reminder Service is a no-cost solution that restores courtesy notices which the RMV eliminated last December in order to realize $800,000 in savings.

  2. The RMV Reminder Service is a centerpiece of the reform effort underway to unite our agencies under a new MassDOT mantle of providing quality customer service through innovation and efficiency.

  3. The RMV Reminder Service can be expanded in the future to provide personal electronic notices for other RMV services such as registration renewals, Mass Vehicle Check inspection renewals and license and registration suspensions.”

The RMV’s partner in the RMV Reminder Service is Sendza, a comprehensive “new media” messaging service.

License and ID holders in Massachusetts may elect to use the reminder service by registering at either the RMV or Sendza website:  or


The RMV Reminder Service goes live today. MAIA encourages you to opt-in and suggest that your clients opt-in as well by including information about the RMV Reminder Service in your discussions and correspondence with your clients, since only those who opt-in will receive reminders.

MAIA has congratulated the RMV on this innovative approach to improving RMV service to the public. We have also cautioned both the RMV and Sendza that the data collected from the Reminder Service opt-ins should be protected in the same way that the Federal Driver Privacy Protection Act requires the RMV to protect other personal data contained in its records.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact Donna McKenna or Kathy Cormier at MAIA by phone at 800.972.9312 or 508.634.2900 or by email at or





beFREE! Fall Jam a Great Success

On Saturday, October 10th the beFREE! Project held a Fall Jam at the YMCA in Hopkinton which was a huge success. There were 250 high school students in attendance who enjoyed the musical performances from their classmates. In addition to the music there was a bonfire to keep warm and toast marshmallows. This is one of a series of events sponsored by the beFREE! Project to provide substance-free weekend social activities for the youth of Hopkinton.  (The band SHUT UP JAMES! was the last performance of the evening.)


The beFREE! Project wants to thank John Barclay and the YMCA for co-sponsoring this event and hosting it at their facility. Thanks to all the parents who chaperoned and donated refreshments. The coalition would also like to thank the Hopkinton Police Department for providing an officer for the event as part of their Community Policing Grant. These events are only possible because of all the community support they receive.


In addition we want to thank all the beFREE! Project student members who spent countless hours planning, organizing and managing this event. Their energy and commitment are the foundation of our activities. The next high school beFREE! event will be a coffee house in December. We are also working on starting some events for middle school youth in the near future.


The beFREE project is a drug and alcohol prevention coalition that provides alternative social activities for teens. We also sponsor parent coffees that provide information and strategies for preventing youth substance abuse. If you would like to become involved in the coalition or host or attend a parent coffee, contact Jane Roche or Sue Hadley at

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12 Angry Men
Directed by Paul Champlin
October 16, 17, 22, 23, 24  --- 8:00 p.m.
At ESL's 30 Main Street Studio
$15 adults, $12 students/seniors
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October 14, 2009 — 12 Angry Men Director Paul Champlin reviews the latest rehearsal with the cast of 12 Angry Men on the set on Wednesday evening.

 Board of Selectmen Meeting

New Police Officer Appointed

October 14, 2009 — The Board of Selectmen heard Hopkinton Chief of Police Thomas Irvin's plea to hire Peter Booth as the department's newest Police Officer. The board voted unanimously, with Selectman Matthew Zettek absent, to hire Mr. Booth full time, for, according to Chairman Brian Herr, " a budgeted position."

      Mr. Booth is the owner of Assabet Mechanical, a Maynard HVAC company.

      "We're not shy in Hopkinton, and you'll find that out as you get here. So we ask some fair questions and are not bashful about it. Does your company do any business in  the town of Hopkinton?" asked Mr. Herr.

      "No, it does not," responded Mr. Booth.

      "Okay, because that would probably be something you want to think about going forward. The Chief can help you understand why," said Mr. Herr. "It's best to keep those separate, and you know, I work in the subcontractor market and so I know what you do and we're all struggling these days; it's best to keep those separate, and if you can just think that through and talk to the chief about that."

      Mr. Booth is also a reserve officer in Groton and a special officer in Maynard. In addition to being a veteran of the Air National Guard, Mr. Booth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies from UMass Amherst.

      In other action, the board voted in the affirmative, subject to approval by town counsel, to accept a 17 page document titled "Board of Selectmen Rules of Procedure." The document, which limits some public input, retains the option of citizens to speak at the usually designated time at each meeting.

      The Selectmen met at the Senior Center prior to the Town Hall session and discussed budget matters with the School Committee and others before reconvening at Town Hall this evening. Mr. Herr said the talks went well.     

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Barber of the Runners

October 14, 2009 — Many members of the Hopkinton Cross Country team sported varying degrees of a "Mohawk" type of hairdos today as a way to psyche themselves out for the race today. The "barber" stands in the center without a Mohawk himself, but apparently pleased with his handiwork.

Hopkinton Vs. Holliston

October 14, 2009 — The Girls Cross Country takes off against Holliston on the home course this afternoon.

Hopkinton vs. Medfield

October 14, 2009 — Keelin Bannon sends one to the target this afternoon at home, but the Medfield goalie saved the goal.

Reading Marathon for Tots Kicks Off

October 15, 2009 — Michele Bredice Craemer, author of the illustrated children's book, Pellie Runs a Marathon, helped kick off the youngest portion of the Hopkinton Library's Reading Marathon. Each child must read 26.2 illustrated books, and judging from the group above, they must have them read to them, to be eligible for the drawings.

Picture of Progress

October 15, 2009 — Steve Corkarn of Walnut Hill Landscape Design makes sure his wall is straight as an arrow today in front of Town Hall. Mr. Corkarn said the wall should be finished this week.

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You are invited to attend ...

Sunday Brunch at Karlin Farm


Sunday, October 25, 2009
10:00 AM -
12:30 PM


Karlin Farm

156 Pond Street

Hopkinton, MA 01748

As a proud partner and sponsor of the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra, the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce encourages our friends and neighbors to head on over to Karlin Farm later this month and take advantage of this unique opportunity to satisy your appetite for food and the arts, when eggs, bacon, and much more will be served with a side of Mozart by our host (and Hopkinton Town Moderator) Dr. Bruce Karlin and musicians of the MSO. 


The global economic turmoil experienced over the past 18 months has effected many organizations, and the Orchestra has not been immune from this impact.  Your attendance (and suggested donation of $20 per person)  will go a long way toward keep the music cooking in our community for another 30 years!


Hopkinton has a Symphony Orchestra??

Yes it does!  In 2007, the Chamber of Commerce worked with the Orchestra to create a Symphony in Residence program with Hopkinton Schools.  We've maneuvered through some proverbial bumps in the road along the way, and are looking forward to building upon this ambitious program as we enter our 37th year of operation.  Come learn more about the Orchestra, the community vision that led to the Symphony in Residence Program, and how you can help strengthen the cultural diversity that makes our region so great!  Click here to reserve your place.


Odin Was Here

Like the famous sightings of Kilroy during WWII, Odin has been sighted, we are told:

I had a phone call from a man who lives near the center of town, saying that he had seen a big gray cat who looked like my Odin last Friday.  I also received a report that there was a big gray cat roaming Route 85 near the Southborough line.  It never occurred to me that my Odin could travel so far, but thanks to HopNews, people are on the lookout.


 Odin's companions - my 18 year old cat and the three cats I inherited (ages 18, 13, and 13) are looking very sad and perplexed, just the way I feel! Anne

Please call 508-435-6340 if you have any information about him.  Thank you so much.


Eye in the Sky

October 14, 2009 — This two-seater training helicopter based in Norwood was circling Downtown Hopkinton this morning on an apparent photo or video assignment. No further information is available.

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 Starts Monday

Rape Aggression Defense Systems Training

Training for Women ONLY



· 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

Ever Watchful

October 13, 2009 — Hopkinton Police Detective Scott Van Raalten checks the license of a driver who did not proceed through the Main/Cedar/Grove intersection according to the General Laws Chapter 89-9, he reported. Detective Van Raalten's cruiser is unmarked, giving him a view of what people do when they believe there is no police presence.

Hopkinton 4, Bellingham 0

October 13, 2009 — Captain Chris Papadellis fires one past a Bellingham defender today at Bellingham.

Hopkinton 3, Bellingham 0

October 13, 2009 — Maddy Gerardi displays some fancy footwork at home against Bellingham today.

Only $10 Per Family !!


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Hunting Season Information

"Hikers use caution" ~ Trails Club


Hopkinton has a wealth of beautiful open spaces and the Trails Club encourages everyone to get out and use them. When we go, we always take precautions to ensure our hikes are safe and enjoyable. We bring maps and water, wear appropriate clothes and footwear, and there's always at least one first aid kit in someone's pack.

Autumn is a particularly wonderful time to be out in the woods. The air is cool and the color of the changing leaves can be spectacular. Extra caution is needed at this time of year however. This is hunting season and many of the areas we love to explore in Hopkinton are open for hunting.

There are a number of hunting seasons throughout the year, but the deer seasons require special caution. There are three deer seasons worth noting. The dates for 2009 are:

  • Bow & Arrow: October 12 thru November 21

  • Shotgun: November 30 thru December 12

  • Muzzle-loaders: December 14 thru December 31

You can still enjoy the woods during this time if you use common sense and take a few precautions:

  • Be aware of which areas are open for hunting and when (no hunting on Sundays!)

  • Wear blaze orange clothing (at least a hat)

  • Avoid hikes during prime hunting times (dawn & dusk)

For more information about hunting seasons and safety in the woods, visit the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife (Mass Wildlife) webpage.


NOTE: The Trails Club link is available at all times on the HopNews Community Page (Listed at the top), as are dozens of Hopkinton resources, and a Movie of Hopkinton.

Republican Town Committee to Host State Party Chair


Jennifer  Nassour, Chairman  of the Massachusetts  Republican  Party,  will be  speaking  at the Saturday,  October  17th  Hopkinton Republican Town Committee  Meeting.
All  Republican and unenrolled  voters  in Hopkinton  are invited.
The  meeting starts  at 9AM  on  Saturday,   October 17th.   The meeting  will be   held  in second  floor   training  room of the Hopkinton Fire  Station.  Park at  77  West  Main  Street.  Enter  thru  the back  door of the Fire Station.

Ken Weismantel, Chairman
Hopkinton Republican  Town Committee 

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More Route 495 Accident Coverage

October 12, 2009 — An accident on Route 495 southbound today was severe enough to order a medical helicopter for each of two victims, one with a back injury, one with a head injury, none of them life-threatening, according to Hopkinton Fire Lt. William Lukey. Above, a crowd continues to gather on the overpass on Fruit street as the last of two choppers prepares to take off. Although the day is a holiday, traffic was nonetheless backed up severely as the highway was closed due to the landing and flight of the medical helicopters. To see what it looks like from the ground at a crash scene of this nature, choose the video below. As of this moment, 11:50 pm, YouTube is apparently still processing the file. A high-def, quality video should eventually emerge.

Click on thumbnails for photos with captions.


Police News UP-TO-DATE  October 12, 2009

Click above for full written report.




4:49 pm A motorist reported youths attempting to knock over the fountain on the Common...


4:01 pm A 911 caller reported that the driver of a Honda Civic had thrown a bottle at her car after she had accidentally cut him off...


6:35 pm A caller reported a youth rolling down the middle of Cedar Street in an office chair...


8:16 pm An Elm Street resident called to report that she heard someone attempting to enter her garage, and subsequently witnessed someone with a flashlight in her back yard...


6:18 pm Officer Matthew McNeil responded to a call from Golden Pond, reporting that a suspicious male was walking through their parking lot and looking into car windows...



Rollover, Rescue

October 12, 2009 — A man and a woman, both about 19 years-old, according to Hopkinton Fire Lt. William Lukey, were taken by separate medical helicopters to UMass Worcester following a rollover crash and stabilization by Hopkinton Firefighters. Above, the second helicopter takes off, while a State Trooper protects himself with his cover, and the HopNews reporter takes cover behind his vehicle.

       Witnesses gave conflicting reports, one saying the two were ejected, others saying they extricated themselves. Whichever the case, the two people were out of the vehicle, alert and conscious, but with traumatic injuries, said Lt. Lukey.

       The rollover, which happened just south of the Mass Pike ramp onto Route 495, started on the high speed lane — deep tire skid marks can be seen on the highway creating an "S" shape — and ended up past the gravel shoulder and onto the grass buffer.

       The condition of the occupants is unknown at this time.

        Photo courtesy of Brad Fenn, taken from the Fruit Street overpass. More photos, video to come.

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