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Lots of Giving This Year

Above, students from the Hopkins, Elmwood and Middle schools who participated.  Left to right are Sarah Durr, Dylan Johnson, Declan Curry, Danny Merzel, Aidan Curry, John Buday, Ryan Durr, Jonathan DeMarco, Peter DeMarco, Ryan DiNicola, Drew Johnson, and Matt Johnson.

November  22, 2009 — On Friday, November 20, 2009, the student-run Turkey Drive handed off 150 turkeys to the Salvation Army of Framingham, which guaranteed a meal for every person who has asked. Dan Merzel started the program when he was in sixth grade.

     The Hopkinton Public School Department assisted by providing drop off areas and refrigeration, and the help from the staff at each school were invaluable.

     As a result of these combined efforts, close to 200 families can be thankful of a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Please read more in Drew Johnson's Letter.


Did the Deer have Any Doe?

November 22, 2009 — A young buck paused on Aiken Road in Hopkinton State Park and looked at the people hiking before getting their scent and high-tailing it into the woods. The deer was captured with a fairly wide angle lens, as opposed to a zoom, which would have brought the animal closer. Deer are in the rut now as the females are in estrus and the males are driven wild their scent. NOTE: Please remember that double-clicking any word on this page will bring you to the definition.

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Sleigh Bells Jingling...

November 22, 2009 — Weston Nurseries employee Madison McKenna provides some scale for this photo inside the nursery's Garden Center, which has become a marvelous seasonal display of traditional and modern holiday ornaments, figurines, trees and more.

Annual Wreath Sale

Above, William Huebner, 8, Jack McCabe, 10, Kenny Rhodes, 11, Tyler Rhodes, 8, Michael McCabe, 8.

November 22, 2009 — Pack 4 Cub Scouts pose above with their scout sign — Kenny Rhodes helped with a little photographic creativity — outside of Colella's Market during their first day selling wreaths as they do each year. They are scheduled to do so again on Monday, 4-6:00 p.m.

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Fatal One-Car Crash in Sumner Tunnel

Victims not wearing seat belts — ejected

UPDATE: Victims ID'd



On Sunday November 22, 2009 at 1:23 a.m., Troopers from the Ted Williams Tunnel Barracks responded to multiple calls of a one-car crash in the Sumner Tunnel on the ramp to Storrow Drive.  Upon arrival, Troopers located two adult men ejected from a vehicle and an adult woman still inside the vehicle.  Troopers determined that the vehicle had struck the median barrier.  None of the victims had been wearing seatbelts.


Boston EMS assisted at the scene and transported the victims to area hospitals.  Sharlene O. Bautista, age 34 of Roslindale, was pronounced deceased at Massachusetts General HospitalAmaurys E. Objio, age 25 of Roslindale, remains in serious condition at Massachsetts General Hospital while Jose Danny Baez, age 25 of Roslindale also remains in serious condition at Boston Medical Center..


The facts and circumstances of this crash remain under investigation by Troop E of the Massachusetts State Police.  Information regarding the identities of the occupants is being withheld pending proper family notifications.


Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Massachusetts Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services, Troopers from the Suffolk District Attorney’s office, and Boston Fire/EMS.


The ramp from the Sumner Tunnel to Storrow Drive was closed for approximately 3 hours.


 More information will be released when it becomes available.

Senior Center Sale

November 21, 2009 — A shopper picks up some items at the gift sale at the Senior Center today, the second day of their special sale.

Treasure Our Troops

November 21, 2009 — Marine Captain Michael Krozy, with his son Nathaniel, and Art Brooks, a Civil War Private, attended the November Pack meeting for Cub Scout Pack 97.  Michael and Art talked to the boys about the life of a soldier and brought equipment and stories to share with the Scouts.  The Pack, now in their 7th year of the "Treasure our Troops" campaign, spent time leading up to the Pack meeting, preparing letters and care packages for soldiers who are overseas.  

Veterans' Annual Dinner

November 21, 2009 — Richard "Dick" Pockwinse wearing his army uniform, checks in with Peg Zilembo and Joyce Plucker at the Senior Center for the Veteran's Dinner last week.

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 Middlesex County Crime and Justice


Boston Man Indicted In Connection With 1996 Cambridge Home Invasion and Rape 

 Defendant identified after DNA match in CODIS database


November 21, 2009 — A Boston man was indicted late yesterday in connection with a 1996 Cambridge home invasion and rape after his DNA was matched through the CODIS system (combined DNA index system), District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.

Manson Brown, 51, of Mattapan, was indicted late yesterday by a Middlesex Superior Court Grand Jury on charges of home invasion, aggravated rape (2 counts), and larceny over $250.

An arraignment date has not yet been set.

“We allege that Manson Brown broke into the victim’s house, ambushed the victim as she slept next to her infant son, and brutally raped her,” District Attorney Leone said.  “This arrest is the result of outstanding work by the Cambridge Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab who were able to identify this defendant through the CODIS DNA profile system.  This was a very disturbing case which, thanks to the CODIS DNA profile system, we intend to prosecute fully and bring the alleged perpetrator to justice.”

According to authorities, at approximately 12:45am on September 7, 1996, the defendant broke into a residence on Franklin Street in Cambridge through a window.  The defendant is then alleged to have entered the victim’s bedroom, where he attacked the victim as she lay sleeping next to her 2-year old son and raped her.

The defendant also stole cash and jewelry from the home, including the victim’s wedding ring.  He also threatened the victim that he would kill her entire family if she called the police.

The defendant then fled and the victim subsequently called police and was transported to Mount Auburn Hospital.

The defendant was identified after his information was matched on the CODIS system, which is a is a DNA database funded by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that stores DNA profiles created by federal, state, and local crime laboratories in the United States, with the ability to search the database to assist in the identification of suspects in crimes. A record in the CODIS database, known as a CODIS DNA profile, consists of an individual's DNA profile together with the sample's identifier and an identifier of the laboratory responsible for the profile. CODIS works by searching the various indexes it has available against one another according to strict rules that protect personal privacy. In this case, forensic DNA was matched by CODIS to an offender, the defendant, in the database.

These charges are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The Assistant District Attorney assigned to this case is Adrienne Lynch. The Victim Witness Advocate is Patrice Provitola.  The investigation was conducted by Cambridge Police Department. 


On North Mill

November 21, 2009 — The Pond at North Mill looks a little golden in this photo taken by Bob Richards from North Mill Street earlier this month.

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Live Nativity December 5th

Community Covenant Church

5:00 – 7:00 PM. 

Featuring live animals, people


November 20, 2009 — Community Covenant Church of Hopkinton will host their annual Live Nativity Saturday night, December 5th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.  Community members will feel warmly welcomed at the church, which is located on the corner of West Elm and South Streets. Families of Swedish descent may feel a special kinship with the many core members who are Swedish-American. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

            The Live Nativity features volunteers playing the roles of the holy family, wise men, shepherds, and angels.  Real live sheep, goats, donkeys, horses, and rabbits will be grazing nearby, and children will be singing carols intermittently throughout the event.  Complimentary cocoa, coffee, and cookies will be offered in the fellowship hall.

            A collection for “Project Just Because” will occur that evening as well.  Donations of canned food items, winter hats, scarves, mittens, and jackets may be placed in the wooden sleigh in the church’s yard.  All donations will benefit the need for food and warm clothing as winter approaches.

            Please come experience the true meaning of Christmas.  For more information, please visit our church web site at, or call the church office at 508/435-3723. File photo.

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November 20, 2009 — Hopkinton's HCAM Television and Massachusetts Medical Society have teamed up for another of their monthly shows, this one featuring facts about the H1N1 virus.

     What is the difference between this and other flu? Who is vulnerable? At risk? Are underlying conditions a factor in getting it? Learn more by choosing to play the 30 minute video provided by HCAM Television.

Cuts could cost $2.18 million

Search for Two Principals to be Conducted In-house

by Heather Kelley

November 20, 2009 — “Is it a message, or is it a mandate?” queried Superintendent Jack Phelan, referring to the budget message issued last month by the Town’s Board of Selectmen.  Last night the School Committee grappled with the budget, the budget message, and what could be in store for the schools as a result.  Phelan suggested that the requested 2.65% cut could come with a price tag of $2.18 million.


“Are we abdicating our responsibility to advocate for the schools?” was Committee Chair Nancy Burdick’s question.  At issue is how to follow the piece of the budget message that asks for a 2.65% cut in all town budgets for FY 2011, while at the same time maintaining level services despite those reductions.


“That is not feasible,” said Phelan, referring to the task of cutting out that amount of the budget without cutting services.


Troy Mick suggested that it would actually be closer to a 10% cut in the school district’s operating budget once federally mandated Special Education pieces of the budget were exempted from the cutting.


In the end, the Committee agreed to consider two budgets, one keeping level services and the other showing a 2.65% cut, not only to highlight any differences between the two concepts, but also to protect the morale of school staff.  Committee member Rebecca Robak expressed concern, shared by others on the Committee, that producing budgets that included layoffs could cause the best teachers in the district to go on the market.

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Superintendent Phelan announced that the school district would be conducting in-house its twin searches for principals, both for the High School as well as Hopkins School.  This move spares the cost of hiring a professional search firm to do the work, which Phelan quoted as costing in the neighborhood of $5,000–$12,000.  “Given the financial times that we’re facing, it just didn’t seem the best use of our resources,” Phelan said.  When Mick expressed concern that the district not be shortsighted in its money-saving measures, Phelan cited his past experience in conducting searches, and expressed his confidence that the internal team would be able to generate 90% of the candidate pool that the search firm would have provided.  “If I thought in any way that we’d be shortchanged, then I would definitely go in a different direction,” Phelan added.


“Our reputation precedes us,” Burdick also noted, referring to all the venues in which Hopkinton collaborates and presents information to other school districts.  Burdick went on to cite HopNews as another potential source of candidates, noting that this story would be published in the morning, announcing the open job positions.


Dr. Mary Colombo, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, presented the updated District Crisis Prevention, Preparation, and Response Resource Guide.  All teachers have this binder within reach, so that during a crisis they would have, close to hand, appropriate actions which they should take.   Simulations and crisis drills have been taking place in the schools for the past eight years, according to Phelan.  Colombo said that one had taken place just last week.  “Unfortunately, there are so many different kinds of emergencies in our schools that we need to be prepared for,” said Colombo.  The simulations allow for schools to practice their skills; the Crisis Response Teams from other schools also benefit from the experience, as they get to watch the drills as they unfold.  During the simulations, Colombo pointed out, the children are reminded that it is a drill, and not a real situation.


The Committee discussed Wellness Policy, with the main focus on food in the schools.  Some members took exception with proposed changes which sought to assert the safety and healthfulness of food available in the schools.  Mick was concerned with the potential exposure to liability, questioning how the district could guarantee the safety of food brought in by students and parents, for example for bake sales.  Burdick was also concerned, but for preserving the ability of students and parents to make their own choices, for instance in what to pack in a student’s lunch, and to not be subject to the policy as to the food’s healthfulness.  The policy was sent back for reworking.  However, an important change left intact was a new, district-wide directive that will forbid the withholding of recess as a punishment for students.


The Committee also considered changes to the Late Night and Overnight Student Travel Policy.  The reworking of the policy centered on creating district-wide eligibility criteria for financial aid for grade-wide student trips such as Nature’s Classroom and Washington, DC.  These were differentiated from more expensive trips in which fewer students take part, such as study abroad programs, for which financial assistance is not offered.  Some Committee Members expressed concern about the exposure to expense that this offer of financial aid engendered.  Wording that included family contributions to the cost of such trips was discussed, and added.  Phelan also explained that the schools provided opportunities for fundraising, and even work-study employment in the schools to help students earn the money needed for the trips.


The Pipes Are Callin'

November 20, 2009 — Framingham Firefighter Steve Shea, center of photo, got a hero's send-off Thursday night at Cornell's, as fellow firefighters, including his Chief, Hopkinton resident Gary Daugherty, gathered to wish him well a month before he is deployed to the Middle East. Above, he watches the piper pay tribute to him, a tradition at firefighter ceremonies. To hear the piper, also a Framingham Firefighter, play, and to hear him explain the ancient tradition, check the video below.


Hopkinton Film Selected for Film Festival



Green Grass, a short narrative film shot in Hopkinton & Framingham, has been chosen as an official selection in the 2009 Boston Latino International Film Festival.  In Green Grass, an illegal immigrant and an Irish-American, two competing landscapers, face a moral dilemma as they fight to do the right thing for their families.  The film will be shown on Friday, November 20th, at 6:00 PM, at Cambridge College, 1000 Mass Ave, Cambridge.  More information on the BLIFF can be found at:   and more information on the film, as well as a trailer, can be found at:

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Hopkinton Democrats Gather to Set Goals

November 19, 2009 — Massachusetts State Representative Carolyn Dykema joined the Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee and local supporters for a “Friend-raising” get-together hosted by Sandra (file photo) and Carl Altamura last weekend.


Representative Dykema detailed recent successes in the legislature including recent legislation to form and fund a Water Infrastructure Finance Commission that is tasked to develop a comprehensive, long-range water infrastructure finance plan for the commonwealth. In a letter of support for the legislation, MMA Executive Director Geoffrey Beckwith says, “The commission would be charged with evaluating the public health and public safety issues associated with water and wastewater infrastructure in the Commonwealth and recommending possible avenues to increase the investment in this important infrastructure. The Commonwealth and its municipalities are facing a water and wastewater crisis created by antiquated infrastructure and a failure to properly invest in maintaining the existing infrastructure.” The commission will target ways to invest in existing infrastructure, make repairs to address the problem of Infiltration and Inflow (I&I) and look to innovative techniques to conserve water while providing this necessary service.


Representative Dykema also spoke about the need for job creation and streamlining regulations for all businesses. “Small businesses are especially hard hit by the recent economic situation, and Massachusetts needs to do a better job supporting small business growth. Representative Dykema then spent time answering questions and joining in on discussions ranging from health care reform to environmental concerns.


Registered Democrats are invited to join the Democratic Town Committee at its next regular meeting December 16th at 7:00 PM at Ciao Time Catering, Main Street, Hopkinton; for more information or to be added to the email list contact Dick Duggan,


Upcoming events:

November 24, 2009: Congressman James McGovern on

Health Care Reform at 9AM at the Hopkinton Senior Center.

Call (508)497-9730 to reserve a spot.

December 14, 2009: Special Town Meeting at the Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium, 7 pm


Samaritans Seek Volunteers


November 19, 2009 — Samaritans, Inc. is a non-denominational, not-for-profit volunteer organization serving greater Boston & MetroWest communities. We are dedicated to reducing the incidence of suicide by befriending individuals in crisis and educating the community about effective prevention strategies. We reach more than 100,000 people each year with the help of more than 400 volunteers - 100 of them teens.

Both The Samaritans' 24-hour befriending service and Samariteens (our teen befriending line, staffed by teen volunteers from 3 - 9 p.m. daily) are staffed entirely by trained volunteers from two locations in Boston and Framingham.

Samaritans' volunteers come from all walks of life: they are working people, students, professionals; they are teens (15 years and older) and they are retirees; they come from a variety of cultural, educational, and religious backgrounds.

While they do not necessarily share any particular prior experience or training, Samaritans share a deep respect for human life and a desire to reach out to those in pain. Samaritans build on these in an extensive training course, learning the skills necessary in work as a telephone befriender. Most befrienders find that their work quickly becomes an important part of their life. Few things can be as rewarding as knowing that you were there when someone needed you most.

If you think you may be interested in becoming a Samaritans volunteer, come to a "Listening for Life" orientation at Samaritans, where you'll learn more about our programs, philosophies and practices. You'll also have the opportunity to fill out a volunteer application and meet with a Samaritans' staff person or volunteer.

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Golden Pond Gets the Gold

Unanimous approval from Board of Appeals of all variances and Special Permits

Above, Board of Appeals members, Vice-Chairman Robert Foster, Chairman Thomas Garabedian and Clerk Tina Rose look over some drawings submitted by the applicant, Golden Pond before the start of last night's hearing.


November 19, 2009 — The Board of Appeals granted Golden Pond Resident Care Corporation a total of four variances and seven special permits on Wednesday evening, giving them the green light to expand their operation, concluding a months-long public hearing. During a public hearing, as opposed to a public meeting, abutters are invited to weigh in, and specialists are asked their opinions.

     The plan calls for two new buildings totaling over 55,000 square feet built in two phases, as well as a 960 square-foot expansion of the existing dining area. One of the findings the applicant, represented by former Board of Appeals Chairman, attorney Wayne Davies, needed, was that the expansion was not more than the 25% statutory limit  increase of the existing use. Mr. Davies has claimed, since his original presentation to the board several meetings ago, that the board has never set a benchmark on what the 25% refers to.

     Mr. Davies also claimed at other meetings, as he did this evening, that if the area is the measure, then the entire 10 acre site, not just the building, must be counted, because people fish there, walk there and use the pond.

      Associate Member of the Board of Appeals Stephen Goldstein, an attorney who argued against many of the points others made Wednesday evening, topped it off toward the end of the meeting by refusing to agree with Mr. Davies' main claim.

      "I continue to find that an incredible stretch of the imagination," he said.

      Board of Appeals Full Member Rory Warren countered with an emotional story, talking to the entire board and looking at Mr. Goldstein, of his late grandfather being cared for at the facility and how he enjoyed taking walks around the pond. He said that there was no way you could put a fence around the building and say that was the only place where the use existed. The board agreed in essence with Mr. Warren.

      Parking was another point of contention.

      Planning Director Elaine Lazarus appeared at the first hearing, as did Planning Board member and project opponent, Sandy Altamura, who will step down from any Planning Board deliberations because she is an abutter to the facility.

      Ms. Altamura argued against the expansion, saying it was more than 25%, and Ms. Lazarus argued against the applicant's claim that only 101 parking spaces were necessary  in Phase III of the project. The board used the figure of 107 that Ms. Lazarus said were necessary, and granted relief for the six-space difference. They granted similar relief for Phase II parking requirements.

      In most instances, variances have a one-year expiration, and special permits, two years.   

      Mr. Davies requested a minimum of a five year life for the special permits, which the board granted. It also granted two years for the variances, citing the poor economy as reasons for each.

      Golden Pond will need to see the Planning Board for site plan review, but did not have a timetable for that visit. On Monday evening, they received approval from the Conservation Commission to move forward also. (Story updated to reflect correct time frame for the variances.)

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Fun and Learning at

The Learning Center, TLC, of Hopkinton

First Holiday Drop and Shop

Saturday, November 21, Sunday, December 6

Watch the video to hear the Gobble Song



November 18, 2009 — Check out the offerings at the Learning Center of Hopkinton and learn about the first Drop and Shop, in the video above. Click on their ad for more.


Fall Registration

Now enrolling for the 2009-2010 Fall Full & Half day Preschool Program 

Our multi-age program  provides:


· Reinforcement of Readiness Skills through dramatic play, language, math, science, art and crafts, and movement.


· Enrichment Activities include Learning Through Music, Computers, movement classes, and In House & Off-Site Field Trips.

The Art of Thanksgiving

Sparks Art studio creating holiday masterpieces


November 18, 2009 — Robin Batchelder instructs students how to make use of recycled materials in creating fowl works of art at Sparks Art Studio's residential environment above ESL at 30 Main Street. This is one of many ongoing classes that Ms. Batchelder and partner Nancy Barton offer to children and adults. To see the entire list, please visit their website. Below is a sample from that site:


Winter Workshops
Craft a Memory at our Holiday Gift Workshop
Saturdays, Nov 21st, Dec. 5th, Dec. 12th & Dec. 19th                   
Fee: $150  (materials included)  
10-12noon Grades k - 4     
Some of the gift options your child may chose from include snowman figurines, holiday note jars, picture frames, New Year celebration
kits…just to name a few!!    Your child will personally wrap each gift in holiday paper.  These thoughtful gifts will be completed in plenty of
time for the Holiday season.  

Set Design Workshop for ESL’s “101 Dalmatians”
4 Sundays: Dec 13th, Dec. 20th, Jan 3rd & Jan. 10th
3:15 -5:15           1st -3rd grade                Fee:  $150.00  
12:45 – 2:45           4th-8th grade                Fee:  $150.00
ESL’s production of “101 Dalmatians” opens on January 15th and they need your help!  Join us in creating a world of dog toys, treats,
bones, collars and more!  We will be using a wide variety of materials and paint to create a fantastical world of canine wonder.  You will
receive a free ticket to the show, take a bow onstage and bring home some of your own creations.

Yes, Hopkinton, There is a Bus

November 18, 2009 — The photo above is from the computer screen in the HopNews office (red arrow) as MWRTAthe photographer tracked the MWRTA Route 5 bus in REAL TIME! First, the photographer photographed the computer screen after watching it approach from Ashland and saw it reach Church Street (red bus icon). Then he ran out and photographed it approaching. That is how accurate this tracking system is. The MWRTA icon is always above, near the top of Page One.

      The bus travels from Framingham down Route 135 and West Main, and turns around on South Street. That helps people who live on the route or near the downtowns to get to work, or to get to the Marathon Restaurant at North Pond, to CiaoTime Catering, Colella's Market, Ann-Michele's Uptown Hair, Weston Nurseries, the Golden Spoon, Patricia Brosnihan Dance Center, The Dentist at Hopkinton, Hopkinton Wine and Spirits, Advantage Wireless, Sparks Art Studio, Enter Stage left, Action Copy Plus, Hopkinton Gulf, Paul Phipps Insurance and  Body Restoration to name a few. They are all directly on the route. Leave the vehicle at home for a change.

      To see the bus we photographed moments after seeing it one the screen in real time, refreshed every five seconds, mouse-over the image.    

Divine Kitchens Wins Gold & Silver for New England Kitchen and Bath Designs


November 18, 2009 — Westborough, MA -- Divine Kitchens won dual awards for the third year in a row at the 2009 Contractor of the Year (COTY) Awards from the National Association of Remodeling Industries (NARI). Divine won Gold for a bright, open contemporary kitchen and Silver for a master bath both located in the same home addition in Sutton, MA.


“The master bath is all about light: natural light, recessed light, chandeliers, pendants and fire glow,” said Mariette Barsoum, owner and design director for Divine Kitchens. “The dramatic soaking tub was placed in front of the windows, giving a seamless view of the private gardens, while the private two-person walk-in shower offers an alternative for bathing.”


A double-sided fireplace, with brilliant tile surround, is seen both from inside the master bath and in the bedroom from the other side. A vaulted ceiling gives a gracious feeling to the space, and unique acrylic panels flanking the vanity mirrors bring the feeling of the outdoors inside, making these homeowners feel as if they could spend hours in this private room.

Below the master bath, the addition encompasses a bright, contemporary new kitchen, which was accomplished by flipping the location of the former kitchen and dining room in the home. The homeowners wanted to open the space, improve traffic flow and update everything from cabinets and appliances to lighting.


“My Divine co-designer on this project, Heidi Marika-Perez, did an incredible job selecting finishes,” says Barsoum. “There is a very contemporary feeling to the space, but little touches like the pendants and chandelier in the master bath add some unexpected sparkle.”


Divine Kitchens provided complete design/build services for a total of five spaces in this home: kitchen, master bath, contemporary guest bath, stone fireplace and a custom entertainment center in the family room.


For more information or to view Divine’s award-winning projects, visit .

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Eva M. Tomlin, 87


HOPKINTON - Eva M. Tomlin, 87, died peacefully Tuesday, November 17, 2009 in Milford.  She was the wife of George A. Tomlin, who died in 1975.  Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Felix J. and Corrine (Liberty) Paul. 

She was a 1940 graduate of Westborough High School and lived the majority of her life in Westborough and Hopkinton (Woodville) before moving to Estero, FL in 2003.  She received a nursing degree from the Westborough State Hospital School of Nursing and worked at that hospital until her retirement in 1971.

She leaves five children, Benjamin Tomlin and his wife Fran of Athol, Barbara Lombard of North Grafton, Paul Tomlin of North Brookfield, Agnes Torento of Milford and Margaret Hayes and her husband Bill of Granite Bay, CA.  Her sixth child, Clement Tomlin, predeceased her in 2002.  She is also predeceased by her sister and only sibling Mae (Paul) Novia.   In addition to her children, she leaves many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. from the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church St.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church at 9:30 a.m.  Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Woodville.  Calling hours at the funeral home are Friday, November 20 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Eva's family requests that you help a needy family this holiday season by donating to Project Just Because, 86 South Street, Hopkinton, MA  01748.

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David Joseph Danahy, 76


DANAHY, David J, 76, of Zephyrhills, Fl., born June 9 ,1933 in Hopkinton, MA and long time resident of Holliston, MA, went peacefully to his Lord, Sunday, November 15, 2009, at his residence after a valiant battle with cancer. He was the son of the late Paul W and Ruth Middleton Danahy of Hopkinton MA. He was the husband to Barbara Mc Manus Danahy of Zephyrhills FL.

He graduated St Mary’s High School Milford MA class of 1952 and continued his education at The University of Tampa, Tampa, FL., and was a graduate of Williamstown College School of Banking.

He had a long career in the banking and financial industries and retired from Prime Computer in 1995.

Besides his wife of 54 years, he is survived by his sons, Kevin Danahy and his wife Kim of Maple Grove, Mn.; Paul F. Danahy and his wife Natalie of Lutz, Florida. His daughters; Ann Wye and her husband Brian of Blackstone, MA; and Sheila Danahy of Worcester, MA. His sister; Jo Anne and her husband Dr Cyril Kellett. His brother; The Honorable Judge Paul W. Danahy Jr. and his wife Georgia; as well as his sister in law Shirley Houle of Holliston, MA. He is also survived by his 8 grand children and 1 great grandchild; his Aunt Laurette Danahy and nieces; nephews; cousins and countless friends who thought the world of him.

Visitation will be held on Friday, November 20, 2009 from 4-7p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday November 21, 2009 at 10:30 at St. Mary’s Church of Holliston officiated by sincere friend, Father Francis Signorelle. Burial will follow in Saint Mary’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to HPH Hospice 37439 Clinton Ave Dade City FL 33525

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Hopkinton Resident Named Southborough Chief of Police


by Linda Hubley

November 17, 2009 - Southborough Selectmen present Southborough's newest Police Chief Jane Moran.  The four finalists answered questions of the Selectmen at a special meeting Monday night.  Tonight the selectmen set aside time to discuss the candidates and who they would choose to become Chief.  All Selectmen said the four candidates were worthy of being Southborough's new police chief and that it was a very difficult decision. 

       Selectwoman Bonnie Phaneuf was first saying that she has seen first hand the quality of work that Chief Moran brings daily to the department whether it be working with the youth in town, creating organizational change within the department, working in creating and staying within a budget in tough times and seeing to it that several warrant articles sponsored by the police department passed. 

       Selectmen Boland then had a chance to explain his choice for the new police chief.  Once again he said all were equally good.  However, his choice was Framingham Police Detective  Paul Shastany.  Selectmen Boland said he tried to find holes in his choice but couldn't.  He spent last night going over the candidates assessments, resumes and the answers to questions asked last night.  Today he even made more calls to check on Lt. Shastany to ensure that he would be the right choice for Southborough. 

       Like a Patriots game the audience now held their breath as it was one vote for Shastany and one vote for Moran with one Selectman left to voice his decision.  Photo by Linda Hubley; Chief Jane Moran with grandchildren.

     Selectmen Salvatore M. Giorlandino also mentioned how pleased and impressed he was with the quality of candidates.   He said all of them passed his test on how they answered his questions last night. 

       So it came down to would the town be better or worse off with new blood or continue with Jane Moran as Chief.  He read into the record the three letters of recommendation from the Ashland, Westborough and Hopkinton Police Chiefs along with a letter in support of Moran for chief from a Hopkinton resident who said his son and daughter learned life's lessons of respect, caring, compassion, leadership and a passion for service through the scouts and the explorers that Chief Moran ran over the years. 

    Selectman Giorlandino also read into the record a letter in support of Chief Moran from Southborough resident Lee Bartolini.  In closing Selectmen Giorlandino said that he sees Chief Moran as leading the department with integrity, honesty, respect and leadership.


Reprinted with permission from Southborough News.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all, and to all,

a Complimentary Turkey Dinner

Woodville Rod and Gun keeps tradition alive


by Nancy L. Drawe




November 18, 2009 — Now that Thanksgiving is almost upon us, I thought it would be nice to re-run last year's column that I wrote about Thanksgiving at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club. For those of you who may remember it, I hope you enjoy it all over again.   For those of you who have never read it, I hope you enjoy it for the first time.  I’m thinking it will make a nice Thanksgiving tradition. 


Gobble! Gobble!  It’s that time of year again; the time when people of all races and religions get together to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family alike.  It’s a wonderful time of year, when the air is brisk and there’s that possibility of snow falling.  It’s a holiday that seems to come too quickly though; right smack in the middle of Halloween and Christmas.  When I was a kid, once Halloween was over, the excitement of Thanksgiving took precedent over the long forgotten sack full of candy shoved in the cabinet.  It was the sight of that big huge turkey sitting in the middle of the table, watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV, getting all dressed up to go over Grandma’s house after dinner for homemade pies and playing with all the cousins.  My favorite part of the day was cracking walnuts with my father and brother while my mother got the turkey ready in the kitchen.  I don’t even think we ate many of the nuts; it was just the fun of the ‘crackin!’   Nowadays, Christmas seems to overpower the Thanksgiving holiday.  I’m not whining too much about it, but there’s a time for that holiday after Thanksgiving.  Not before Halloween when the shelves in all the stores are displaying Christmas trees and commercials on TV are already crying out, “Buy this, buy that!”  What happened to all the wonderful Thanksgiving decorations that people used to scotch tape to their windows?  How about the song, “Over the River and Through the Woods?” Just the other day, I turned on my favorite radio station in the car only to hear Christmas music—and that is going to be continuous 24 hours a day for the next month and a half.  I’m not saying that Thanksgiving is a forgotten holiday, because it’s certainly not — it’s one of the biggest family holidays of all.  It’s just that it needs more time to itself before Christmas comes rushing in.  That’s okay though, all is well; that’s okay though, all is well; A Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving will be on ABC on Thanksgiving night at 8 pm.


I didn’t get a chance to ask the seniors what their favorite part of Thanksgiving is, but I’m pretty sure that I would have gotten a lot of the same responses such as “the smell of turkey cooking in the oven,” “watching football games,” “cranberry sauce,” “stuffing and gravy,” “pumpkin pies,” “taking a nap after dinner,” “turkey sandwiches later that night,” and of course, one of the most important--“spending the time with my family and friends.”


“Family and Friends”—this brings me to Thanksgiving Day at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club here in Hopkinton on Thursday, November 26 from 12-3 pm.  It’s an occasion when all the members of the club donate their money and time to put on a lovely holiday dinner, free of cost to seniors and other residents of the town. (File photo of member Woodville member Lee Wright pulling a deep-fried turkey out of the cooker on Thanksgiving.)


Invitation to The Marathon Restaurant at North Pond


Woodville Rod & Gun Club, Inc

252 Wood Street



Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner


All Hopkinton Seniors and any Hopkinton families, needy or not, are welcome to join us for Thanksgiving Day. Dinner will be served from the hours of 11:30 am until 3:00 pm. Please call 508-435-4148 in advance with a head count so that we can plan for food.


Happy Thanksgiving to All!




Primarily Potters Show and Sale


Primarily Potters Show and Sale will be held at the Cultural Arts Alliance, 98 Hayden Rowe St. (Rt. 85) in Hopkinton MA. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Friday, Dec. 4; 9 AM to 5 PM Saturday, Dec. 5; and 12 Noon to 5 PM Sunday, Dec. 6. Functional and decorative pieces, as well as  jewelry using clay beads, will be available for your personal and gift giving needs. For information call 508-435-5418.


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