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TLC Lights Up

December 2, 2009 — TLC, The Learning Center of Hopkinton sparked up their massive holiday display early this evening, followed by songs by the dozens of students gathered around the trees and displays. The photo above cannot begin to depict the wonder of the display that can be seen at 59 Wood Street.

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Hopkinton Idol Auditions December 10



HOPKINTON, MA (December 2, 2009) – Enter Stage Left Theater, Inc and HCAM-TV will be holding auditions for their annual collaborative Hopkinton Idol competition on December 10 at 6:00 p.m. at HCAM-TV studios at 77 Main Street, Hopkinton. Auditions are open to singers 12 years and older.


This year’s Hopkinton Idol will differ from previous ones in that there will be no eliminations. All chosen contestants will participate in the entire Hopkinton Idol season, which will run from February 26 – April 16. (First air date is March 5.) Every week there will be a top vote recipient, and the contestant with the most accumulated votes at the end will win the Hopkinton Idol title.

Those selected to be contestants will receive private voice coaching and will have personal interviews/features shown on the show. There will be $300 participation fee. The winner will be featured in a concert on HCAM-TV and will also have the chance to record a professional demo tape.


Alumni Soccer - Hillers Edge Clockers

December 2, 2009 — Third Annual Hopkinton/Ashland Varsity Soccer Alumni game that took place Saturday November 29th at Ashland High School. The Hillers edged the Clockers 3-2.  ~Anna Bernard

Hopkinton High School Students Encouraged to Pursue Science Careers

Christopher Reeve's Sister-in-law speaks to science students

December 2, 2009 — As if her Hollywood connection wasn't enough, Deborah Morosini MD ,the sister of the late Dana Reeve, who was the widow of Christopher Reeve of Superman fame, brought charisma, charm, intellect and experience before an audience of Hopkinton High School science students yesterday in a bid to encourage students to pursue a career in science. Science teacher Jim Marzec recruited Dr. Morosini for the task after his  stint as an intern with AstraZeneca, where Dr. Morosini is the principal pathologist.

       Dr. Morosini spoke warmly of her sister Dana, who died of lung cancer, one of a minority percentage of non-smoking women who contract the disease.

      She said that 55% of women who get the disease never smoked or quit long ago, and that only 16% of the people with the disease get an early diagnosis.

     "Lung cancer claims more lives than all of the gynecological and breast cancers combined," she said, again narrowing her ninety-minute scientific presentation to the two high school classes in attendance, on cancer and cancer drugs.

    "Working in cancer research is fun. You're going to come out with some drugs that actually make people live," she said. "There is a need for skilled, younger people.

    "Don't rule out science.

    "It's fun!" she concluded.

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News Item: Carol DeVeuve Challenges Waste Water Funding Methods at BOS Meeting

Above, Carol DeVeuve and JT Gaucher caricatures by Ashley TM Jackson. He and Andrew Richardson will be at Hopkinton Drug Saturday and Sunday drawing caricatures for customers during specified time periods.

New Postmasters Installed

December 1, 2009 —Hopkinton Postmaster Carl Zagame was on hand at Elmwood School for the official installation of the new Wee Deliver Postmasters, Timothy Lane and Lexi Heard. In the background are the mail carriers who will be working for them, as well as some parents. The Wee Deliver program, in its eleventh year, encourages children to write and relatives to write to them, honing both writing and interpersonal skills at the same time.



Last day to register for December 14th Special Town Meeting

Will be Friday, Dec.4, 2009

Office hours Dec. 4th will be 8 am – 8 pm

Please contact the Town Clerk with any questions.


New Bill's Pizza Getting Grounded

December 1, 2009 — A construction worker donning a hardhat smiles for the camera inside the construction area at the foundation of the soon-to-be new Bill's Pizza. The Holiday Stroll information says that Bill's On Wheels will be open out back on Saturday.


December 1, 2009 — Dan Higgins of Mathworks promised to share the "Secrets of Game Development" to whomever attended the event at the Library today, and more than two dozen youngsters took him up on his offer.

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Natick Man Pleads Guilty To Operating Drug Operation Out Of His Home


            FRAMINGHAM – A Natick Man pleaded guilty today in connection with drug distribution and firearm charges.

             Jonathon Cook, 20, of Natick, pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute a Class D drug, drug violation near a school/park zone, and possession of a firearm without a FID card.  Framingham District Court Judge Greco sentenced Cook to six months in the House of Corrections.   

             “Today’s plea is the result of an extensive investigation by Natick police in which this drug operation was successfully halted,” District Attorney Leone said.  “Drug crimes and serious, violent crimes go hand and hand and we will continue to actively pursue those who put not only themselves but their communities in harms way through the distribution of illegal drugs.”

             After an extensive undercover investigation where the defendant was the target, on Thursday, August 13, Natick Police executed a search warrant at 15 Glen Street in Natick.

Authorities conducted a search of the defendant’s residence, which he shared with his parents, and recovered multiple bags of individually packaged marijuana, $700 is U.S. currency (which included marked bills used in controlled buys), a pair of brass knuckles with knives attached, and a shotgun. 

A bedroom closet appeared to also be cultivated into a growing room for marijuana. 

Authorities also recovered additional knives, a large bag of marijuana, and a scale in the basement of the residence.  It was discovered that the defendant had an active restraining order against him at the time of the search warrant and was not allowed to be in possession of any firearms. 

Cook was subsequently arrested and transported to the Natick police station.

Cook was arraigned on August 18 in Natick District Court where he was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail.

The prosecutor was Coli McMahon.  The case was investigated by Natick Police.

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The Holiday Shops at Weston Nurseries


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You'll find everything you need for holiday decorating!

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  • Mailbox Huggies

  • Natural Tabletop Boxwood Trees

  • Entryway Planted Urns that will last through the winter

  • Roping, Bundles of Branches and Greens

  • Poinsettias, Cyclamens, Holiday Bulbs

  • Decorations and Ornaments

  • 12 Themed Decorated Christmas Trees to spark your imagination: Birds on Parade; Classic Elegance; Glamour & Glitz; Harmonious Sounds; Ice Diamonds; Our Furry Friends; Proud as a Peacock; Save Our Species; Sock Monkey; Take Me Out to the Ballgame; Traditional Red & White; Tween Princess

  • Tree Lighting, Window Candles

*DID YOU KNOW? For every 5 ft.+ Christmas tree sold, Weston Nurseries is donating $5.00 to a Boston-based children's cancer research and care organization. We are proud to support this world-class organization.

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Fatal  Crash on Route 3 in Chelmsford


December 1, 2009 — Today, at approximately 10:30 a.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Andover responded to a three-vehicle crash on Route 3 North, north of Route 110   (Exit 31) in Chelmsford, that resulted in one fatality and serious injuries to two other people.


Preliminary investigation by State Police Sergeant Walter Hanley indicates that Juanita McKenzie, age 33, of Lowell MA, was operating a 2001 Acura MDX on Route 3 North, partially in the far right lane and break down lane, when her vehicle struck the rear of a 1999 Peterbilt truck that was parked inside a work site set-up. The truck is owned by a United Oil Recovery, Inc., a private environmental clean-up company.


Anderson Cadell Jr, age 44, of Seabrook NH and Salvatore Pintone, age 30, of Lynnfield, who were employees working at the site, were pinned between their vehicle and McKenzie’s vehicle. Anderson Cadell was pronounced deceased at the scene while Salvatore Pintone was transported to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston by medical helicopter with serious injuries. After striking the truck, the Acura made contact with a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier operated by 61-year-old George Peterson from Chelmsford.  Both George Peterson was transported to Lowell General Hospital with minor injuries while Juanita McKenzie was transported to by ambulance to Lahey clinic with serious injuries.


Trooper Wayne Gerhardt, who was working at the detail site, immediately rendered critical first aid to Mr. Pintone.


The facts and circumstances of the crash remain under investigation by Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the State Police Collision and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. Also assisting at the scene were the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the Chelmsford Fire and Police Departments, and Highway Division of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

Highway Cowboy Helps Troopers Corral Escaped Cows


December 1, 2009 — Today at 10:29 am, Troopers from the State Police Barracks in Springfield responded to reports of cows walking on Route 91 South, near Exit 8, in Springfield.  Upon arrival, the Troopers located two heifers, estimated to weigh approximately 500 pounds each, walking in and out of the travel lanes.  The investigation revealed that a latch on a trailer that was hauling the animals to Enfield, Conn., had become dislodged.  The cows then escaped into slow-moving traffic.


To ensure the safety of the motoring public as well as the safety of the animals, Troopers subsequently shut down Route 91 South in order to remove the animals to a safe location.  


The process of removing the cows from the highway was aided by a motorist who himself was stuck in the traffic backup created by the animals.  The motorist, who was wearing a cowboy hat and cowboy boots, apparently was particularly well-versed in handling these types of animals. The cowboy motorist, who did not make his name known, lassoed one heifer, and then the other, and was able to then re-corral each animal back into the trailer from which they had escaped. 


Troopers at the scene were additionally assisted by the Environmental Police and the Springfield Police animal control officer.


Route 91 South was closed for approximately a half-hour to safely remove the animals from the road.

Firefighter Earns Award


December 1, 2009 — Firefighter William J. Krauss has been nominated by the instructors as the recipient of the Richard N. Bangs Award given to the outstanding student of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Recruit Class #185. This recommendation is based upon his successful achievement in both academic exams and practical skill applications.


The recruit firefighter training curriculum is designed to train and evaluate students in the basic skills of the firefighting profession. The course is demanding both academically and physically. Completing the course is an accomplishment worthy of recognition. In each class there is one student selected who has excelled in the training program and this student is named as the outstanding student of the class. A copy of this commendation has been placed in his official student record at the academy.


~ Edmund M. Walker, Director Chief Mario Orangio, Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Massachusetts Fire Training Council


Ron Canonica, 47


Ron Canonica, 47, of Hopkinton died Monday November 30, 2009. Born in NJ, Ron is the son of Joanne and Ronald Louis Canonica of Point Pleasant, NJ and husband of Renee (Morris) Canonica of Hopkinton.

A Hopkinton resident for the past 16 years, Ron enjoyed animals, cooking, fishing, entertaining and cars He worked for the past 4 years at Panasonic as an Accounts Manager and National Sales Manager. He had previously worked a Maytag - Hoover for 19 years.

Besides his wife of 23 yeas and his parents he is survived by 2 daughters; Ashlyn and Bailey Canonica of Hopkinton, a sister; Lissa Baker and her children Ron and Eva of Las Vegas, NV, mother and father in law; Bob and Dorothy Morris of Hopkinton, Sisters and brothers in law; Andrea and Alan Rowe of Sturbridge, Rob and Julie Morris of PA, Darin Morris of Hopkinton, Nickie and John Tighe of TX, Danelle and Jay Foley of Grafton and many other nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Visitation will be on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009 from 4-8 pm at the Chesmore Funeral Home 57 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton A Mass of Christian Burial will be at Saint John the Evangelist Church on Friday at 11 am. Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Hopkinton.


Former Milford Board of Sewer Commissioners Member Scott Lanzetta Fined $5,000 for Conflict of Interest Law Violations


Lanzetta Enters into a Disposition Agreement to Resolve

Conflict of Interest Law Allegations


December 1, 2009 — In an Order issued today, the State Ethics Commission has concluded the adjudicatory matter involving former Milford Board of Sewer Commissioners member Scott Lanzetta (“Lanzetta”) by approving a Disposition Agreement in which Lanzetta admitted to violating G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, and agreed to pay a $5,000 civil penalty, and by dismissing the adjudicatory hearing.


The adjudicatory hearing was initiated by the Commission’s Enforcement Division by the filing of an Order to Show Cause on September 22, 2009.  In the Disposition Agreement, Lanzetta admitted that he had repeatedly violated section 17(a) of the conflict of interest law by receiving compensation for sewer connection work he had performed in his private capacity for properties located in Milford.  Between 2005 and 2007, while serving as a member of the Board of Sewer Commissioners, Lanzetta received between $1,000 and $5,000 per job for 17 Milford sewer projects.  Section 17(a) prohibits a municipal employee from receiving compensation from anyone other than the municipality in connection with any matter in which the municipality is a party or has a direct and substantial interest.  The sewer connections required Sewer Department permits and inspections.  By receiving payment for these jobs from property owners, Lanzetta violated section 17(a) on each occasion.


“Municipal employees must understand that the conflict of interest law requires their undivided loyalty to the municipality,” stated Commission Executive Director Karen L. Nober.  “That loyalty is compromised when municipal employees represent private business interests in matters where the municipality also has interests.”

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Menorah Lighting Celebration in Hopkinton - All Are Welcome!


Come celebrate Chanukah in Hopkinton with a menorah lighting at the Town Common. The lighting will be on the first night of Chanukah, December 11th at 5:30 p.m. We’ll light the menorah, sing a few songs and even enjoy some treats!  Hope to see you there!

~ David Auslander

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Girl Scout Troop 2995 will be collecting gently used books, and NEW CHILDREN’S BOOKS during Caroling on the Common on Saturday, Dec. 5th. The books will be donated to Project Just Because, the Hopkinton Library, and the Senior Center.

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Poll Results

November 30, 2009 — HopNews readers have left no doubt where the majority stand on the matter of the White House party crashers.


Nearly 66% of readers responding believe some punishment is due.  The couple has yet to be charged, and has not been convicted of a crime

Should White House Crashers be Punished?

November 30, 2009 — According to several published reports, a married couple, Tareq and Michaele Salahi, crashed the first State Dinner held at the White House by the Obamas (WH photo).

     The Associated Press quoted Republican Senator Jon Kyl as saying that the couple "didn't tell the truth" in order to gain admittance to the affair. However, the United States Secret Service, after admitting the couple gained entrance due to a security breach, has not released any further details.

     Senator Kyl was joined by Democratic Senator Evan Bayh, who agreed that authorities should dish out some sort or punishment.


ESL’s Open Mic Night Dec. 5 to Feature Holiday Theme

HOPKINTON, MA (November 30, 2009) ESL’s Open Mic Night on Saturday, December 5 will feature a holiday theme, led by host Barbara Kessler. Singers and musicians can register to perform at 7:00 p.m., and the performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Open Mic Night will be held at Enter Stage Left Theater’s intimate studio setting at 30 Main Street in Hopkinton. Tickets are $5.00 per person to listen or perform.


Enter Stage Left Theater, Inc. is a non-profit performing arts center in Hopkinton offering theater education, training and performances for students of all ages. For more information call 508-435-2114 or visit

Police News UP-TO-DATE  November 30, 2009


Click above for full report


3:09 pm A Front Street resident reported an unknown disturbance in front of her home involving a person in a vehicle and a person on a bicycle...


12:49 am A 911 caller from Parker Point Road reported that her mother was inebriated and two males were causing a disturbance inside the residence...


10:44 pm A Meserve Street resident requested that officers remove some individuals from her residence...


11:16 am A resident of Greenwood Road reported that while they were about to leave the house her 3 year old son went missing. ..


6:23 am A Lumber Street residence reported that there was a large black bear on his front porch... 

Did you Know? Dept.

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Hopkinton Senior Center

Hopkinton to join thousands of communities across America


Please join the Hopkinton Veteran’s Celebration Committee on Sunday, December 6, 2009 as we join thousands of communities across America for a remembrance ceremony at the Senior Center in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.


The Veteran’s Celebration Committee would like to have veterans from surrounding towns join us in this ceremony and all future ceremonies.


The ceremony will consist of a short tribute to American soldiers, veterans and their families and is expected to last 15 minutes. The ceremony will include the sounding of the 24 hauntingly beautiful notes of “Taps."

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Marshmallows Roasting O'er an Open Fire...

November 29, 2009  — Five year-old Carter Beard enjoys toasting marshmallows over a wood fire in a kettle at Weston Nurseries today as his Mom and countless others shopped for seasonal goods.


Atop the Tree

November 29, 2009 — This ready-to-decorate Christmas tree at Weston Nurseries doesn't come with the light on top. The light is the nearly full waxing gibbous Moon in the background, strategically positioned in the composition by the photographer




Hopkinton Cub Scout Pack 26 Wreaths

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Moon Through the Birches

November 29, 2009 — As the Sun set in the west yesterday, the Moon, a waxing gibbous, is framed by some birch branches on the shore of the Hopkinton reservoir.

No Reason for Alarm

November 29, 2009 — The Fire Department could find no reason for an alarm at this South Street business last night.

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Cornell's Pub

229 Hayden Rowe Street

Hopkinton, MA 01748



Saturday December 5th

 8:30pm till midnight

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Mary E. Tyrrell, 80

HOPKINTON - Mary E. Tyrrell, 80, died at home, surrounded by her family, on Friday, November 27, 2009 after a long illness.  She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. David P. Tyrrell, who died in December 2003.  Born in Hartford, CT, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Margaret (Higgins) Connolly. She was also predeceased by her brother Edward (Buzz) Connolly, and sister Rita Connolly.

Mary was a graduate of St. Joseph's College, where she earned a nursing degree. While practicing as a registered nurse in Detroit, MI Mary also went on to complete her Master degree in public health nursing. Mary and Dave eventually relocated back to West Hartford, Connecticut where they raised their family, and where Dave started his pediatric practice. Once their children were grown, Mary joined her husband in his practice as a pediatric nurse for 30 years.


Mary’s passion was her family, and she cherished the time that she spent with her grandchildren. In recent years she enjoyed reading, and spending time at the Hopkinton Senior Center.

She is survived by her sons David Tyrrell and his wife Patricia Bergdahl of West Granby, CT and Thomas and his wife Rose of Middletown, CT, her daughters Mary Burdett and her husband William of Milford, NH, and Betsy Krueger and her husband David of Hopkinton, MA.  She also leaves her brother Richard Connolly of Newington, CT and her grandchildren Katie, Tim and Laura Burdett, Connor, Shane and Michaela Tyrrell, Meghan and Hannah Krueger and Joanie Bergdahl. Over the past several years Mary was blessed with the loving care and companionship of caregiver Eugenia Silochan and trusted friend Vida Adzenyah.

A memorial funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, December 5 at noon in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street.  Calling hours will be the morning of the funeral  from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church St., Hopkinton.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations may be made to Connecticut Children's Medical Center, 282 Washington St., Hartford, CT  06106.

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Hopkinton Cub Scout Pack 26 Wreaths

Colella's, 10:00  am - 8:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday while supplies last




November  28 2009 — Although Pack 4 ran out of wreaths, Hopkinton Cub Scout Pack 26 has about 90 wreaths left to sell. They will be selling them today and tomorrow at Colella’s from 10am-8pm and again next weekend (for as long as supplies remain).


2006 Team Takes Turkey Bowl VIII

Left to right: Sean Atcherly, James Marquedant, Steve Taylor, Andrew Tarca, Craig Sager (holding trophy), Ryan Hamilton, Joe Clark, Conor Berry (on knee), Jeff Branz, and Tom Hunt.  The symbol they exhibit,, we are told, is not the sign of some Eastside gang, by a representation  of their third win.


November 28, 2009 — Seven teams made up of Hopkinton alumni participated in Turkey Bowl VIII, a real mudbowl, that was played yesterday. This is the eight year of the tournament and the third year in a row the class of 2006 won the championship.  

       The captain of that team is Craig Sager, holding the championship trophy, and surrounded by his teammates.

       Many thanks have to go out to George Dolan for running the tournament once again. ~ Douglas Hunt

Two-car MVA

November 27, 2009 — Two people involved in a two-car motor vehicle accident on West Main Street this afternoon were evaluated by the Hopkinton Fire Department and released after refusing further treatment.

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