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Sepia or Not!

December 6, 2009 — The dull browns of the rocks, the water and the deciduous trees give this untouched photo taken today the look of an old sepia-toned print. Note: Remember, double-clicking on any word on this page opens up the dictionary, which automatically provides the meaning and the pronunciation of the word.

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Dark Side of the Earth

December 6, 2009 — Only as the sun reached its westernmost position did any rays even reach these north-facing snow-covered branches at the Hopkinton State Park Headquarters late this afternoon. no melting going on here.

Hopkinton Holiday Stroll 2009  

December 5, 2009 — Enjoy a few minutes of the Holiday stroll, music, ESL Christmas carolers, tree lighting, Santa, a bear (Was he the one on Lumber Street?), horses and carriage, Tone Deft, Dawson, Hopkinton Drug, Rene Marino, Mary Cornell, more, as well as related events from Saturday. (On second thought, perhaps the "bear" is a chipmunk). FYI, Jingle Bells that is playing while the horse and carriage is on Main Street is overlaid from the sound of carolers on the gazebo later.

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Odin is Still Missing





Odin is still missing.  Last seen October 8th on Wood Street near Lake Whitehall, he is a neutered male, very affectionate, and missed terribly.  He weighs around 12 pounds, has a distinctive quack-like meow, and is an inveterate hunter.  If you see him, please call Anne at 508-435-6340 or 781-956-2957.

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Holiday Stroll Capped by Tree Lighting

December 5, 2009 — Hundreds of families joined each other at the Hopkinton Common this early evening during falling snow to await the arrival of Santa Claus by horse and buggy, do some caroling, and watch as the Christmas Tree was lit.  HopNews hopes to have a movie of some of the Downtown Stroll later today.

Live Nativity Re-scheduled


The Live Nativity scheduled for Saturday, December 5, at Community Covenant Church in Hopkinton, has been rescheduled due to the winter weather.  The event will be held Saturday, December 12th, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the church.  Costumed volunteers and live animals portray the scene at the stable on the night of Jesus’ birth.  Complimentary hot cocoa, coffee, and cookies will be served in the fellowship hall.  The event is free, and donations for ‘Project Just Because’ will be collected.  ‘Project Just Because’ requests donations for cold weather items like mittens, scarves, gloves, blankets, and pajamas. For more information on the event, a printable flyer, and directions, visit the church’s web site at

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Free Photos with Santa!

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        10:00 to 11:30 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm



ESL is sponsoring a contest in anticipation of their upcoming production of 101 Dalmatians!

“How much is that Doggie in the Window” CONTEST!

Saturday December 5th through Saturday December 12th


Come to the Holiday Stroll, visit local merchants and you could win a prize!!

Instructions are as follows:

Travel to shop windows listed below (All Downtown Hopkinton)

Find poster in the window and follow instructions on the poster

After tallying each individual poster add all 5 together for GRAND TOTAL

Submit total to Enter Stage Left Theater

Winners receive two free backstage passes to any matinee of 101 Dalmatians


PARTICIPATING MERCHANTS: Country Plus, (24 Main St.), Ciao Time, Enter Stage Left Theater, and Action Copy Plus

Visit to download your tally sheet!


Saturday, December 5, 2009 at Noon

BOSTON, December 4, 2009 - Let the Treasury’s Abandoned Property Division help you do your holiday shopping this year. State Treasurer Tim Cahill today hosted a preview of the Treasury’s fifth Abandoned Property auction with the online auction site eBay. The auction will go “live” on Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 12:00 noon, and will continue through December 20, 2009, featuring as many as 500 lots for bid.

“By holding the auction on eBay, we are continuing to take advantage of a technological partnership that has proven to be successful in bringing in proceeds for Massachusetts,” said State Treasurer Cahill. “Whether you buy a gift or something for yourself on our eBay Auction, you will be making a unique purchase and helping the Commonwealth.”

Items available for auction include gold and silver, rare currency including coins and paper money from around the world, and jewelry including numerous pocket and wristwatches.

In November 2005, the Treasury held its first online auction with 200 lots. The most expensive lot, a solid platinum bar, sold for more than $45,000. The second online auction was held in May 2006. The third online auction was held in June of 2007. The fourth online auction was held at this time last year. In total, the Treasury has garnered approximately $500,000 for the Commonwealth from its eBay partnership.

According to the Massachusetts law, most financial assets that have been inactive for more than three years are declared “abandoned” and turned over to the Treasury. Contents of safe deposit boxes are held in “Special Deposit” for seven years after the owner fails to pay the annual rental fee. The assets are then turned over to the Treasury. If the owner is not located within one year after transfer to the Treasury, the assets are appraised and put up for public auction, with the proceeds going to the state’s General Fund.

The Treasury attempts to locate abandoned property owners or their heirs through an aggressive outreach program that includes sending notice to the last known address of the box owner and advertising the names in local papers. Since Treasurer Cahill took office, the Abandoned Property Division has returned over $300 million to rightful owners.

“It is estimated that one in every ten people has unclaimed property in Massachusetts, and we have over $1 billion in assets waiting to be claimed by rightful owners,” said Treasurer Cahill. “My goal is to return as much of this property as possible to the residents and taxpayers of the Commonwealth.”

Auction items are being offered “as is” to the highest bidder. Buyer must pay actual shipping cost. Items will be shipped by the service selected by the winner upon the confirmation of payment. Payment is only accepted via PAYPAL.

To view auction items or search for unclaimed assets, call 888-344-MASS or visit, which features a link to the eBay site. Both the call and Web site are free of charge.

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State Police VFAS Team Hunts Fugitive


December 4, 2009 — Troopers assigned to the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (VFAS) and officers from the Department of Corrections apprehension unit today continue to search for fugitive convict MANSON BROWN, 51, who escaped from the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater on the late afternoon of Friday, Nov. 27. VFAS troopers and DOC officers are being assisted by the State Police Air Wing and State Police K-9 Section, as well as State Police detectives. Investigators have followed leads in Massachusetts and other states.


We have developed new information about BROWN’s description and habits. We previously released that he is African-American, 5’8” tall and weighing approximately 145 pounds. We have now learned that BROWN often wears eyeglasses (even though the recent photos of him do not show him in glasses) and plays chess. He also works out frequently and is described as being extremely physically fit.


Information about BROWN was posted on the America’s Most Wanted web site today.


Anyone who sees BROWN should not approach him, but rather, should contact 911 immediately. Anyone with information about BROWN’s whereabouts is urged to call State Police at (508) 820-2121.

State Police Air Wing Finds Missing Hunter in Savoy


December 4, 2009 — The Massachusetts State Police Air Wing last night located a hunter who had gone missing in a forest in the northwestern Massachusetts town of Savoy.


A State Police helicopter crew (file photo) found the hunter, a 62-year-old Savoy man, at 10:50 p.m. in a wooded area by using the aircraft’s forward-looking infrared camera. The hunter was located about one-third of mile from the point where he had entered the woods almost nine hours earlier.


The State Police helicopter crew directed State Police ground units to the hunter’s location. Troopers on the ground and local firefighters determined that the hunter had suffered potentially serious injuries but was conscious and appeared to be in stable condition. The helicopter crew illuminated the scene using a high-powered searchlight mounted under the nose of the aircraft while rescue personnel removed the hunter to an ambulance for transport to an area hospital.


State Police had begun searching for the hunter at 5:50 p.m., when his wife called the State Police barracks in Cheshire to report him missing. She told troopers he had entered the woods at about 2 p.m. wearing fluorescent orange closing and was usually home by dark. Troopers and State Police dogs began a ground search. At approximately 10 p.m., the Air Wing unit was dispatched from its base in Westover and located the hunter less than an hour later.


State Police are not releasing the hunter’s name or the nature of his injuries at this time.

Fiscal Year 2010 Property Valuations- Click Here

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

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Compiled by Robert Falcione for © 2009All Rights Reserved

Transactions ending December  4, 2009






2 Nazneen Circle Unit B Kameswara Rao Ravi, Srilakshmo Kameswara $460,000 Dec 03, 2009

Peppercorn Village Realty Trust

Ahmed Mirajuddin Trust

124 Ash Street Charles A. Gills, Patricia F. Madeiros $520,000 Nov 25, 2009 William B., Barbara A. MArtz
9 Peppercorn Road Craig A., Elizabeth M. Craig Gormley 586,000 Nov 24, 2009 Brooke S. Orr, Anthony D. Amato
10 Claflin Place Andrea, Graham Cunningham 261,500 Nov 24, 2009 Craig A., Elizabeth M. Gormley
11 Pinecrest Village John W. Reifenberg III 220,000 Nov 24, 2009 Daniel R. Hurwitz
Last Week        

5 Gibbon Road

Peter H. Oliver

Lida L. Cardito


Nov 23, 2009

Scott A.Pierce, Stacefy A.Pierce

50 Hayward Street

Daniel Martinelli


Nov 23, 2009




30 Pleasant Street

Manuel Cifuentes


Nov 20, 2009

Valerie J. Wesinger,

Albert J. Wesinger Jr

9 Sanctuary Lane

Leonard R. Poitras, Sandra D. Poitras


Nov 20, 2009

Weston Development Group

5 Leonard street

Alex L. Papanicholas


Nov 20, 2009

Leonard Street Realty Trust

James Michael McBride, Trustee

13 Nazneen Circle

Adusumilli Krishna Kishore


Nov 20, 2009

Peppercorn Village Realty Trust

Ahmed Mirajuddin Trust

17 Nazeen Circle




Nov 20, 2009

Peppercorn Village Realty Trust

Ahmed Mirajuddin Trust

23 Walcott Street

Megan Cap-Renzi


Nov 20, 2009

Sandra J Charteris

24 Cross Street

Brendan J. Hannigan

Christina Georgiadis


Nov 20, 2009

Margaret L. Larsen

9 mount Auburn Street

Orewell B. Dmello


Nov 17, 2009

Joseph M. Heeney

Xiang Xia H. Heeney

29 Walcott Valley Drive

Cynthia Hanscomb


Nov 16, 2009

Lynn G. Tanner

Two Week Ago        
6 Nazneen Circle Balpreet S. Bhamra


Nov.  06, 2009

Mirajuddin Ahmed, Trustee of Peppercorn
Village Realty Trust
80 East Main Street Jessica Zent


Nov.  05, 2009

Mezitt Agricultural Corporation
20 Pinecrest Village Joshua D. Vanik & Gina Calandruccio


Nov.  04, 2009

Nick Silvaggi & Jessica Silvaggi
18 Glen Road Christopher S. Gallacher & Erin R. Gallacher


Nov.  03, 2009

George M. Savell & Maria V. Savell
26 Clinton Street Cathy Bartlett & Duane Bartlett


Nov.  02, 2009

Mezitt Agricultural Corporation




LASSIE is a 9 yr old, calico, shorthair, manx (tail-less) who went missing from 196 Ash St in Hopkinton Wednesday evening, 21 October. She runs like a rabbit and her body is low to the ground. She was last seen 5pm (22 Nov) at 173 Ash ST. Please look in your garages, sheds, barns, or under tarps, steps or decks and if you see her, see which way she goes from your yard. Do not chase her to catch her. Put down food for her and back away. Please post this on your fridge. Contact me any time.

Janice at 508-733-6303 or if no immediate answer, call Jim 508-733-6353


Designer of High School Makes Short List for Elementary School Design


by Heather Kelley

December 4, 2009 — Aramark, the food service provider for Hopkinton’s school cafeterias, last night submitted to the School Committee a request to increase school lunch prices by twenty-five cents beginning in the fall of 2010.  Ron Laverdiere, the Food Service Director for Hopkinton, and Beth Emery, Aramark’s regional manager for Massachusetts, pointed out accomplishments such as the new made-to-order sauté station, deli, and salad bar at the High School, and the garden outside Elmwood School.  “I can’t think of anything that’s not as good as what you have in Hopkinton,” said Emery, comparing Hopkinton to the surrounding communities.  They cited increased labor, food, and fuel costs, as well as the expense of healthier food options such as fresh fruits and vegetables, as reasons for the increase.


Committee member Rebecca Robak expressed displeasure at the proposed hike, especially as it comes in the first year after Aramark won the bid for Hopkinton’s food service.  Robak noted that at the time, the decision was very close, and that Aramark won because of their lower price.  Member Troy Mick asked if a lower price increase could be entertained; Emery replied that one increase every four years, which has been the norm for Hopkinton, is better tolerated by parents than smaller increases every two years.  Chair Nancy Burdick suggested other ways of making up the shortfall, such as offering fewer choices each day.  Emery warned that reducing choices often results in fewer students purchasing lunches; currently, approximately 70% of students purchase something for lunch.  The School Committee plans to discuss the requested price increase at a later meeting, as part of a larger discussion of budgets.


Superintendent John Phelan presented an update on the Strategic Plan for the school district.  Notable progress includes the full-day Kindergarten pilot slated for the fall of 2010; high school students taking on-line courses; a tutoring center for English Language Arts and math at the High School; energy savings to be realized through the completed solar project; and a joint bid for student transportation together with nine other school districts that should produce cost savings.  Phelan noted that the recent trend has been for only one transportation company to enter a bid for any one town’s bussing needs; competition has effectively ended.  Creating a high-cost opportunity by combining several towns’ needs should generate more interest in bidding, he said.


Phelan also pointed out that many items in the strategic plan, even relatively low-cost ones, will not be implemented on schedule due to budget constraints.  Rebecca Robak suggested making clear that the budget was the reason for the deviation from the plan, and that it was not a problem with the plan itself.  “This is a plan that the whole town had input into,” added Jean Bertschmann.  “It belongs in the level services budget.”


Design Partnership of Cambridge, the firm that designed the High School, has made the short list of companies to be the designer for the proposed elementary school building, said Rebecca Robak, Committee liaison to the Elementary School Building Committee.  The final selection of a designer will be made on December 15, with the year-long feasibility study including conceptual drawings and cost estimates commencing in January or February of 2010.  Construction could begin only after a Town Meeting vote of approval in May 2011.


SPEAC, Hopkinton’s Special Education Advisory Council, had a walk-through of the schools in early fall to determine areas to be improved.  While minor issues have been resolved, liaison Richard de Mont shared the wish list that emerged, including more space for programs and services, more after-school and summer programming, and a van for transportation to after-school activities.  “SPEAC raises a lot of money, and contributes a lot of money,” said de Mont, and indicated that fundraising is already underway to help pay for needed improvements.


Troy Mick countered, “I heard a lot of asks, needs, requests.  But I didn’t hear a lot of suggestions to reduce … it’s how, unfortunately, we have to think about the entire school system.”  Phelan noted that the special education system was re-engineered two years ago, and that Hopkinton has made strides to keep special education students in-district, saying that it was “better for kids, and more cost-effective.”  de Mont reminded the Committee that special education can be remedial in nature, noting that a little help early on can fix small problems instead of letting them grow into bigger and more expensive problems.


Eric Karjel, Athletic Director at the High School, presented an update on the fall athletic season.  Over 600 students participated in fall athletic offerings at the Middle and High Schools.  Numerous teams won awards and divisional championships, but John Phelan was most impressed by the sportsmanship of Hopkinton’s teams.  While at the Westwood football game, Phelan relayed, that town’s Athletic Director sought him out “to say that ‘the one school that we can always count on being not only good athletes but being just tremendous sports, is Hopkinton.’”


Finally, the Committee heard second readings of policies that are being amended.  The proposed changes to the Wellness Policy were vetted with teachers, who did not want their control over access to recess taken completely away.  Instead of banning the revocation of recess for disciplinary reasons, or for using the time to make up work, in deference to the teachers’ requests the Committee is now considering wording that would merely limit the withholding of recess for these reasons.

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Jewelry Sale

December 3, 2009 — Senior center volunteer Phyllis Proia looks over some of the jewelry in the center's Thrift Store. The store has seasonal as well as non-seasonal ceramics, knickknacks, clothing, jewelry and more.

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Cementing a Relationship

December 3, 2009 — Stone masons from New View, at their second day on the job in front of the Fire Station, near completion of stone buttresses in front of the Fire Department, that will flank a new sign, the third project undertaken and paid for entirely by Tom McIntyre, who is a thirty-year call Firefighter, according to Fire Chief Ken Clark.

      Mr. McIntyre also contributed the restored bells at both the Woodville Fire Station and the Firefighters Memorial on Mayhew Street.

      Chief Clark said he is considering an unveiling ceremony of the new sign.

Holiday Tree Ready for Saturday Lighting

December 3, 2009 — Hopkinton Troop 1 Scouts, from Left, Brian Halbert, Luke Bartlett and Nick Bograd pause for a pose as they set up the holiday tree on the Hopkinton Common. Troop 1 donated the tree for this year's festivities.

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A Christmas Carol: Friday, Dec. 4th and Saturday, Dec. 5th at 7:00pm

at the Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium

Hopkinton Middle School Drama Dept. presents, A Christmas Carol: Friday, Dec. 4th and Saturday, Dec. 5th at 7:00pm at the Hopkinton Middle School auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students/senior citizens. Receive a $2 discount per ticket with each donation of a new, unwrapped child/teen toy or book for Project Just Because. Donations must be made at the time of ticket purchase. Photo by Bill Horsman.


Please Note, this event is at Hopkins School

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State Police Car Stop in Randolph Leads to Drug Trafficking Arrest


December 3, 2009 — Massachusetts State Police charged a Quincy man with trafficking in cocaine last night after a trooper stopped the vehicle in which he was a passenger for speeding.


At 8:40 p.m. on December 2, Trooper Ronald Solimini observed a 1998 Audi A6 traveling on Route 24 North in Randolph at an excessive speed. The trooper activated his lights and stopped the vehicle.


As the trooper approached the vehicle he observed the passenger, 23-year-old JERRELL SMITH, making numerous movements in the vehicle. Trooper Solimini had the passenger step from the vehicle. He then attempted to pat frisk SMITH. During the frisk, SMITH tried to spin away, but was unsuccessful. The trooper then found, tucked in the suspect’s waistband, approximately 65 grams of cocaine and 31.5 grams of crack cocaine. In Massachusetts, possession of at least 14 grams of cocaine constitutes trafficking.


SMITH was arrested and bail was set at $50,000. He was held at the State Police barracks in Milton and was scheduled to be arraigned today at Quincy District Court.

Hopkinton Iguanas Win Tournament

The Hopkinton Iguanas 8-and-under boys soccer team captured the championship at the Forekicks Thanksgiving Tournament in Norfolk on November 27.


The Iguanas went 1-1 in round-robin play and then won the championship with an exciting 1-0 victory over Mansfield in the final. Calvin Tourangeau scored the title-winning goal off an assist from Robby Bernardin, Tommy Ambrosone was the defensive standout, and goaltender Jason Hicks was stellar in recording the shutout.


Members of the team included (from left): Robby Bernardin, Connor O'Donnell, Tommy Ambrosone, Tommy Bernardin, Ned Dean, Ellis Spar (kneeling), Max LaCascia, Jack Houser, Calvin Tourangeau, Jason Hicks and Liam Ford. Not pictured: Sam Tourangeau. Contributed content.


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