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

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

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Hopkinton 2, Bellingham 0

October 22, 2009 — Mallory Bannon overpowers a Bellingham counterpart yesterday toward a 2-0 win at home.

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A Bird in the Hand...

"An event like this is naturally terrific" ~ Dierdre, Hopkinton witch

Mouse-over image to see the release

October 21, 2009 — Falconer Bill Hatch holds a young red-tail hawk that he released into the wild moments later at Weston Nurseries, where the bird was discovered, injured and weak, one month ago. Mouse over image to see release.

      After its discovery, the nursery called falconer Jon Schuster, who trapped the bird, and then turned it over to Mr. Hatch, who brought it to Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine for surgery and healing.

     Today, the bird was released in the same area that it was discovered, flying strongly away from the crowd gathered to watch, and into a grove of tall evergreen trees. That was not the end of the story, as had been expected.

     As the crowd watched the bird ascend from one branch to another, a large female swooped overhead, and into the grove where the adolescent had perched. It was the nursery's resident hawk, someone said.

      "He's going to kill him," said Mr. Schuster.

      However, the older hawk emerged from the cluster of trees shortly thereafter, and the experts agreed it was not enough time to have killed the other bird, which was not seen again.

      Hopkinton witch, Dierdre, was there observing, and said afterward that although she observes many hawks and turkey vultures, she wanted to see "...the hawk up close and personal. It was terrific," she said, but that she was not there as part of a religious undertaking. "It's living life everyday.

      "An event like this is naturally terrific. It was very attractive to me," she said.


Below is a grab-shot from a video taken of the release from about 150' away. The hawk flew to a temporary perch about 30' off of the ground, looked back at his captors (photo), and started ascending the branches.


Daddy's Little Girl

October 21, 2009 — Hopkinton resident and Holliston High School Principal, Michael Cournoyer has fun with 21 month old daughter, Libby, this afternoon at the Hopkinton Common.

Sky Hook

October  21, 2009 — Above, Hopkinton Fire Chief Ken Clark and Ashland Fire prevention Officer Tony Duca operate from atop the Ashland Tower ladder truck to secure flagpoles for relocation on the ground level today. Below is how it looks standing next to Town Hall (With a super-zoom lens).

Order Your Cake and Eat it Too!

Online Ordering - Now Available !!  


Ciao Time Catering has just added a chilled pastry case to their repertoire and are pleased announce the addition of decorated cakes to their already comprehensive catering and dessert offerings. The cakes will be beautifully decorated by Elaine Kelly (formally of Rise bakery of Ashland). You can now order online at .


Starting Wednesday, October 7, customers will be able to access online ordering on the website, pick out lunch or dinner, pay online via Paypal, at, and the order will be ready at the appointed time. They  can even bring the food out to your car! Just put the model and color of your car in the "comments" box and they will bring your order out to you.

All of our entrees, soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts on the weekly menu will be available for pick up. You will be able to look ahead to 10 days of menus and even look up the next time your favorite dish is offered.

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Safety First

October 21, 2009 — Officer Stephen Buckley helps make sure all of the students are safe as an early release day brought scores of kids to the Downtown. He often distributes helmets, through a grant program, to families who need them.

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Dana-Farber Presents Dave McGillivray with 2009 Jimmy Award

Bolton, Mass. – At the International Golf Club on Monday, October 5, one of Hopkinton's favorites ("Hopkinton is my second home") Dave McGillivray was presented with the prestigious 2009 Jimmy Award. The Jimmy Award was established to honor those who have committed themselves to the mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Mike Andrews, chairman of the Jimmy Fund presented the award to McGillivray.


McGillivray of North Andover, Massachusetts has been involved in the Jimmy Fund for more than 30 years. He helped create and has produced the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk for 21 years. McGillivray also ran across the United States from Medford, Oregon to his hometown of Medford, Massachusetts in 1978 covering a total distance of 3,452 miles, raising funds for the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dave is BAA Boston Marathon® Race Director and President, DMSE, Inc. DMSE specializes in creating, marketing and producing mass participatory athletic events throughout the U.S. and abroad.



For the Adults

Enter Stage Left Theater presents: 


Directed by Paul Champlin

At ESL's 30 Main Street Studio
$15 adults, $12 students/seniors
Purchase Tickets Here

Thursday, October 22, Friday October 23, 
and Saturday, October 24 at 8:00 pm
 30 Main Street Studio
Directed by Paul Champlin
A jury of twelve men is forced to reconsider its nearly unanimous  decision in a homicide case by the single dissenter who sows a seed of reasonable doubt.
 Tickets are now on sale and are selling fast! 
$15 Adults / $12 Seniors & Students
       Don't miss out on this powerful drama. 

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 For the kids
Enter Stage Left Theater presents:
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25
Weston Nurseries, Hopkinton 
(under the big tent)
 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm
Tickets $5 - General Admission (Purchase on Site)
Appropriate for ALL AGES!
It's Halloween night and the Peanuts Gang is divided.  Who will go
trick-or-treating and who will wait in a pumpkin patch for the
Great Pumpkin?  Wear your Halloween costume to the performance
and join us for a parade and treats after the show.
Carve or paint a pumpkin and drop it off at ESL
 on October 19 through 21 between 10 am and 2 pm
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
4 winners: one in each grade category:
Pre-K, K-1, 2-3 and 4-5

Peace "Pilgrims"

October 21, 2009 — These self-proclaimed peace "Pilgrims" trekked through Downtown Hopkinton today on their way to the "Methodist church" on Wood Street. HopNews saw them walking past Ciao Time on Main Street, and they agreed to a video interview about their 50-day, 1,000-mile circuitous trek throughout New England. A video interview is below:


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The correct link is now above.

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On the Money

October 20, 2009 — Hopkinton drives one to the target for a goal Tuesday afternoon against Medway at home. Hopkinton won 3-2.

Hopkinton vs. Bellingham

October 20, 2009 — Jack Yeggy tees off at the first hole against Bellingham today at Hopkinton Country Club.

Injured Red-tail Nursed to Health


October 20, 2009 — An injured immature male Red-tail Hawk was found on Weston Nurseries property on September 19th. Weston Nurseries employee Victor Gelinas contacted licensed falconer Jon Schuster, who trapped the bird and took it home. Jon contacted another falconer, Bill Hatch who was looking for a bird to fly this fall. (State and Federal Laws allow licensed falconers to trap some birds at certain times of the year)  Bill went to help determine the hawk’s suitability for use in falconry or if he should be let go. 

The hawk seemed far too tame and willing to be handled so Bill was sure "something" was wrong.  Having worked with many freshly caught immature Red-tails, Bill knew that the bird was not well.  A few minutes of examination revealed that the young hawk was suffering from a single pellet gunshot wound. The wound was not fresh; it was probably a couple of weeks old, and he was slowly starving to death because of the wound.

According to Bill, the decision was easy at that point; he needed Tufts. Bill transported the bird to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton on Sept. 23rd. The medical staff removed the single shot pellet, and treated the bird for lead poisoning and a previously broken wing.

After being in the good hands of the Tufts medical staff for almost a month, the bird is now ready to go home. Bill is picking up the Red-tail Hawk on Wednesday Oct. 21 and transporting it to Weston Nurseries to be released back into the wild, estimated time 4:30 pm. We are all looking forward to
witnessing the wonderful recovery!

Thanks to Bill Hatch for his efforts and kindness, and to
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University for providing the medical care. Bill is making a donation to the school to help cover the medical cost. Tufts always welcomes donations in the form of volunteer help or financial aid to support this type of collaborative endeavor to care for our local wildlife.
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Heather Lynne Siebert, 24


Heather Lynne Siebert, 24, of Laconia, NH, formerly of Plymouth, NH and Hopkinton, MA, went to rest with the angels on Monday, October 19, 2009 after a courageous, more than 10-year battle with an undiagnosed disorder that finally took her from us.  She was surrounded by her family.
     She was born in Framingham, MA on February 2, 1985 to Tom and Barbara Siebert.  She was a 2004 graduate of Hopkinton High School and finished her freshman year at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH before her health prevented her from continuing her studies.  She was involved over the years with the Massachusetts Special Olympics, American Diabetes Association Child and Youth Services Committee and the Hopkinton Athletic Association.  She also worked on a committee at Children's Hospital Boston to develop and provide items to entertain teen patients.  The committee's efforts resulted in the creation of the "Teen Cart," which moves from floor to floor for that purpose.  She was also a supporter of Cystic Fibrosis research.
     She leaves her parents, Barbara and Carl Harris of North Sandwich, NH and Tom Siebert of Franklin, her brother and sister CJ and Nichole Harris of North Sandwich, NH, her sister Carly and brothers Paul and Matt Siebert of Franklin, MA, her grandparents Harold and Dorothy Lutz of Black Rock Nova Scotia, Leroy Siebert of Hopkinton, Don and Julie Harris of Hopkinton and Joseph Jacobs of Canton.  In addition, she leaves her godparents Bob and Alison Siebert of Hopkinton and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  Heather was pre-deceased by her parent Laurie Siebert, grandmothers Ruth Siebert and Mary Jacobs, and her aunt Susan Mespelli.
      Calling hours will be held at the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton, MA on Thursday, October 22 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
      The funeral will be held Friday, October 23, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. John the Evangelist Church also on Church Street.  Burial with graveside service will take place on Saturday, October 24 at 12:00 p.m. at the Rural Cemetery in Center Sandwich, NH.     
      In lieu of flowers we ask that donations may be made to the Heather Siebert Patient Support Fund which has been named in her honor at Children's Hospital and will assist families with meals, parking, etc. while their children are hospitalized.  Please send to Heather Siebert Patient Support Fund, c/o Phyllis Simpkins, Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA  02115.  Please include Heather
Heather Siebert Patient Support Fund in the memo line.

"I Know, I Know!"

October 20, 2009 — Elmwood School students were treated to a demonstration by the Hopkinton Fire Department today. Above, they are all eager to answer a question by Firefighter Robert Santucci, who brought three Fire Fighters with him to demonstrate equipment and procedures. So many students knew the answers because they saw the demonstration in an earlier grade.

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Hopkinton Resident Supports American Cancer Society’s
Hope Lodge Boston Invitational


October 20, 2009 — Hopkinton resident Brian Gross (left) along with friends and business associates John Hugo (second from left), John Manning (second from right), and Jon Barooshian (right) recently participated in the American Cancer Society's fourth annual Hope Lodge Boston Invitational at the Kittansett Club in Marion. The event raised $120,000 to benefit the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston. Frederick J. Hussey, CFP, of Morgan Stanley, and Kevin Bannan of CLI Graphics in Norwell served as tournament co chairs. Hopkinton residents, Jay Crochiere and Terry Richardson, also participated in the Hope Lodge Boston Invitational.

The AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center, a program of the American Cancer Society, opened in the fall of 2008. Located at 125 South Huntington Avenue, the Hope Lodge serves as a home away from home for cancer patients needing to travel to Boston from across New England or across the country to receive their outpatient treatments. The Lodge will serve more than 1,500 guests each year with free lodging, a supportive environment, and important services to assist those affected by cancer during their treatment. The Lodge will also provide space for outreach into underserved neighborhoods, bringing American Cancer Society programs and information to the community. For more information, or to participate in the 5th annual Hope Lodge Boston Invitational contact the American Cancer Society at 1.800.227.2345 or visit

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Condo Available at Sunapee


Spend your weekends at Mt. Sunapee in this newer construction Georges Mills lake view condo. 12 Minutes from the mountain, 5 minutes off I-89 make this an easy, close to home weekend getaway.3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 level living.


Ideal for 2 families to share or comfortable for one. Available Dec. 1 through March 31. $2,000/mo. plus utilities. Call 508-497-0149 for more information.

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Legacy Farms Back on Track

Hearing on Master Plan Special Permit Continues

October 20, 2009 — The 720 acre Legacy Farms project got back on track Monday with payment of back and current taxes, "From our own funds," said President Roy MacDowell, who later appeared before the Planning Board with Project Manager Steven Zieff for a continuation of their Master Plan Special Permit hearing.

     Mr. Zieff ran through a series of graphical maps showing water, sewer, roadways and divisions.

     He said that the project of 940 homes and 450,000 of retail/commercial square footage would begin on the southern parcel [indicates on aerial view above as below the added yellow line], south of East Main Street. The road formerly called the spine road will now be called the Legacy Farms South, and north of Route 135, the legacy Farms Road North.

      Mr. MacDowell said that the start of any development on the northern parcel will trigger the construction of the northern road as well, something many people believe will alleviate traffic in the Downtown.

      With the major infrastructure, the wells, and wastewater treatment being on the southern parcel, it is only sensible to begin the project on that part of the project, they said.

      Asked by former selectman Mary Pratt about an Environmental Impact Report, Mr. Zieff said it will be filed with MEPA in December.

       Mr. Zieff  promised neighbors in the area of the southern parcel that those on septic with high water will be able to hook up to the new sewers.

       He also reiterated the results of the well pump test that will leave the town, after Legacy gets their 179,000 gallons per day, with 250,000 gallons per day.

       Mr. MacDowell said that the variety of structures — apartments, homes, retail, commercial — enables them to build to follow the market, which, he says, shows signs of improving.

       The public hearing was continued until 8:30 pm on November 2, 2009 when the group will discuss design guidelines and infrastructure.

Hopkinton v. Millis

October 19, 2009 — Cecily Boyce doesn't wait for the ball to fall, she goes up after it, at the Hopkinton High School Athletic Center today against Millis.

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Police News UP-TO-DATE  October 19, 2009

Click above for full written report.

1:47 pm A Winter Street resident reported automatic weapons being fired in close proximity to her residence...


12:38 am The Ashland Police Department requested assistance with a large fight at the Fusion Restaurant in their town...


11:54 am A Hayden Rowe Street caller reported that her father’s vehicle, parked overnight at a service station, had 3 tires slashed...


9:35 am Detective Timothy Brennan responded to a report of vandalism on Fruit Street...


NOTE: Photo was taken of the "moat" apparently built by the town to keep scofflaws from using the town-owned Fruit Street property for illegal purposes, like 4-wheeling and motocross racing. In this frame is a photo of the damage done after some vandals ripped a gatepost out of the ground, opening up access to the very things that are banned.

Color My World

October 19, 2009 — The waning colors of fall, framed by a vignette of trees in shadow, get a lift from the setting sun on the shore of Hopkinton Reservoir today.

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Legacy Farms Catches up on Taxes

Pays $223,050.32 to Town Treasurer/Collector


October 19, 2009 — Working through a refinancing deal with their bank Wells Fargo, Legacy Farms LLC was able to pay off their $223,050.32 debt to the town and remove liens that had been placed on the property for overdue taxes.

      "I've been working with them last week and the week before," said Treasurer/ Collector Maureen Dwinnell (File photo).

      "Seventy-five thousand is the current bill, and the balance was the lien. It brings them current to December 31, 2009," she said.

      When asked the status of the money, Mrs. Dwinnell said that it was money already appropriated and will not be added to the budget.

      Legacy Farms LLC is the owner of some 720 acres that was formerly a part of Weston Nurseries.  When completed, the project will consist of 940 living units and 450,000 square feet of industrial/office/retail space.

      Owner Roy MacDowell said today in a telephone interview that he expects the paperwork for the two-year refinancing agreement with the bank to be complete within a couple of weeks. During the two-year period, the company will continue to pursue permits and develop the property to generate some revenue, Mr. MacDowell said.

When I'm Sixty-Four

October 19, 2009 — Town Manager Norman Khumalo exchanges hugs and handshakes with Helen Cady, a guest of today's Golden Tea at the Senior Center today. The people feted are indeed senior citizens, but are especially honored for being at least 85 years-old.

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POLL results:

Hopkinton not Favoring Milford casino


Yesterday, we wrote: "According to a story in today's Worcester Telegram, Developer David H. Nunes will present his conceptual plans to the Milford Board of Selectmen on Monday, October 18, 2009.  In addition, the story claims the governor has been on board with the general concept,  and legislature is more receptive than in the past due to a change in leadership.

     Would this be good for Hopkinton? Bad for Hopkinton?"

     We asked people to weigh in by voting in the poll on the left. Although the sample is unscientific, it likely goes along with anecdotal opinions we have heard.

      A majority of HopNews readers who responded do NOT favor a gambling casino in neighboring Milford.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Sponsored by:

Compiled by Eric Montville for

Transactions ending October 19, 2009






9 Nazeen Circle John N. Fahmy & Stephanie A. Fahmy


Oct.  15, 2009

Mirajuddin Ahmed, Trustee of Peppercorn
Village Realty Trust
Last Week  



290 Wood Street Michael S. Barry & Janice L. P. Barry


Oct.  09, 2009

Eduardo J. Aguila
11 Meserve Street J. C. Builders Inc.


Oct.  08, 2009

Walker Realty LLC
11 Highcroft Way unit 11 David L. Goolgasian Jr.


Oct.  07, 2009

Wells Fargo Bank
2 Weeks Ago        
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



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