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Hopkinton 59, Dover-Sherborn 34

February 14, 2010 — Hopkinton fights for the ball in their 59-34 win over Dover-Sherborn, as the players appear to hover over the parquet. Photo by Jane Lockwood.

FREE H1N1 Flu Clinic for all Hopkinton Residents 4 and Up

January 23, 2010

12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. *

Hopkinton Middle School, Hayden Rowe Street

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 Senior Moments

Beach Blanket Bingo on the Seniors' Agenda

Bikinis optional


Nancy L. Drawe



January 13, 2010 — Happy New Year everyone!  I hope 2010 has been good to you so far, now that we’re already in the middle of January.    The cold air and snowy days don’t seem to keep people away from the Senior Center, and the reason for that is because the center always has something special to offer, no matter what the is like outside.  Remember though, when the Hopkinton Public Schools are closed, the center is also closed. 


On this morning, State Representative Carolyn Dykema was on hand for a round table (rectangular table) discussion with the seniors.  Some of the topics people were interested in were the rising costs of health care, soaring gas prices, the sales tax increase and senior transportation.   Carolyn recognized that transportation is a big problem for seniors, especially those who don’t live near town where they can pick up the MWRTA bus.  She will be working on trying to solve that problem and said “I’ll be taking that issue with me!”   


Beach Blanket Bingo!  The thought of a beach day should warm you up a bit.  On Friday, January 22, the center will be hosting a “BEACH DAY."  The festivities start at 11 am with some all time favorite games of Chair Volleyball and horseshoes.  After that, a nice summer menu of hamburgers and hot dogs will be served for lunch in the Great Room (dining room will be closed).  It’s a nice way to break up the January doldrums, and all that for only $4.00.  Now another thing…if you have a cool summer/Hawaiian shirt, wear that to add to the warm atmosphere!  Call ahead to make your reservations.


Don’t forget to VOTE for a new Massachusetts Senator!  Vote on Tuesday, January 19 at the Hopkinton Middle School.  Polls will be open from 7 am to 8 pm.  I hope to see you there! 


That’s it for now, so if you have any comments or suggestions, you can email me:  Until next time, have a great week!

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Holliston Bank Robbery Suspect Captured in Milford


January 13, 2010 — (1:00 am) Holliston and Milford Police ended a nine-hour manhunt last night with the 8:45 p.m. arrest of a Holliston man, 21 year-old Kevin Walker of Beverly Circle, a cul de sac tucked in a neighborhood off of Central Street.

    A press release given out after the arrest last night did not reveal many details of the investigation, but a few facts are known.

    Police began an investigation immediately following the post--noon robbery at the Holliston branch of the Middlesex Savings bank on Route 16. Sources have said that the robber showed a note, but did not display a weapon. There were no injuries.

    The robber was described as a white male in his twenties, 5'7" with a slight build, wearing a tan coat with fur trim and tan pants. He fled down Route 16 on foot. Holliston Police initiated an area BOLO (Be On the Look Out) with those details after a few minutes of investigation.

     Minutes later, Holliston Police updated their BOLO with a description of the 2002 red Ford Ranger believed to have been used in fleeing the crime, as well as the license plate, and the fact that it was registered to a Holliston resident. Early in the investigation, a police officer at the Holliston Police Department answered in the negative when asked if the vehicle or plate was believed to have been stolen, inferring that the truck was either the suspect's or on loan to the suspect. The police did not divulge whether the plate was seen by camera's near the scene, or by a witness.

     However, Holliston Police gave credit not only to the investigators, but also, "... to the outstanding cooperation of witnesses in this case."

     The truck was located unattended at a Medway Shopping Plaza on Route 109 in the afternoon.

    Holliston Police said that Walker was not released on bail, and would be arraigned Wednesday morning in Framingham District Court.


Chief of Police Richard Flannery

Above, newly appointed Chief of Police, Richard Flannery with wife Clarissa, daughter Mollaigh, 1, and son and Ailin, 3, in Town Hall after the Selectmen's meeting.


January 12, 2010 — Lt. Richard Flannery, a full-time Hopkinton Police Officer for over 27 years, was appointed Hopkinton Chief of Police by Selectmen this evening, after a selection process that involved a search committee comprised of Director of Human Resources Maryrose DeGroot, Chief of Police Thomas Irvin, Personnel Committee member Dr. Ezat Parnia, Selectman RJ Dourney, and Town manager Norman Khumalo. In addition to his experience, Chief Flannery has a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice.

       The other applicants for the position, Sgt. Charles Wallace, Sgt. John Porter and Sgt. Joseph Bennett, were on hand during the appointment to offer their new superior their support. Former Selectman Mary Pratt attended and cautioned Selectmen that a position was now open and budgeted, and it should be filled.

       Notwithstanding any other job openings, Chief Flannery's promotion leaves a vacancy in the lieutenant's chair, which would likely be filled by one of the four sergeants in the department, continuing a practice of promoting from within in the public safety sector of the Town. That in turn would open up a sergeant and a patrolman's position.

       Friends, family and co-workers, who know the native Hopkinton High graduate and former Hiller football player as "Rick," jammed into the Selectmen's Meeting Room, and overflowed into the hallway, and the balcony above.

       Chief Flannery will take over officially upon Chief Thomas Irvin's retirement on February 19, 2010, at exactly 4:00 p.m.



Eagle Scout Recognized by Selectmen


Above from left, Phil Bartlett, Scoutmaster of Hopkinton Troop 1, with Eagle Scout Andrew John Ryan.


January 12, 2010 — Andy Ryan received recognition from the selectmen Tuesday evening for his work documenting, photographing, and preparing a website with database, of the Blackstone Quaker Meeting House Cemetery in Blackstone, where his Grandfather of seven generations ago, born while America was under British rule, was the first person buried there.

      Andy had help preparing his inventory with volunteers from the Scouts in Hopkinton and Blackstone, as well as family and friends and Meeting House members. The web site provides photos of gravestones, descriptions, a list of the interred, and for those who want to visit loved ones, a grid of the graves in different areas.    

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Hopkinton vs. Shepard Hill

January 12, 2010 — Michael Ferris won his match by technical decision in the second round (this means more than 15 points). The score was 16-0.Varsity wrestling as a team were winners as well;  score was 59-18.  Hillers had 9 out of 10 wrestlers win on the mat.

Third Annual MLK Day of Giving Back

Monday, January 18th

 at 9:00 am

at the Middle School


With less than a week to go, organizers of the Hopkinton Youth Commission’s Third Annual MLK Day of Giving Back are hoping to make this an even bigger success than last year. Set for Monday, January 18th at 9:00 am at the Middle School, the event promises to be memorable. In order to keep the tradition growing, volunteers are invited to lend their time and energy to the multitude of service projects scheduled. All are welcome. The following items are needed to help with drives and projects. January is a great month to renew and recycle, so please start collecting and plan on joining the fun on Monday!

· Old blankets, sheets and towels for the Bay Path Humane Society

· Children’s books (new/gently used) to be distributed at homeless shelters

· Adult paperbacks for Soldiers

· Canned goods for Project Just Because Food Pantry

· Used cell phones, eye glasses for the Senior Center

· Snack items (beef jerky, nuts, trail mix, gum, powdered drink mixes)

· Toiletries (mouthwash, shampoo, toothbrush & paste, lip balm, disposable razors, AA and AAA batteries) for CARE packages for the Troops

· Fuzzy, one size fits all socks; Quality body lotion and lip balm; Small stuffed animals (new) Activity books, puzzles, small games for Cancer Care Kits for youth/adults

A Blood Drive is also being held at the Middle Schools’ Doyle Gym, 10am to 3 pm, contact to sign up. Seniors are needed to help with book drive for children's shelters and our troops. Mon 10:30 to noon - call Senior Center (508-497-9730) or just come to the Center during those times to help out. Parents, call the Hopkinton Library (508-497-9777) to sign up for children's story time/craft hour led by teens Monday, Jan. 18 10:30 to 11:30. Come join hundreds of your friends and neighbors on this National Day of Service!

Caliper Licenses Microfluidics IP to Becton Dickinson

- Litigation with HandyLab Settled -


HOPKINTON, Mass, January 12, 2010 -- Hopkinton-based Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALP), a leading provider of life sciences tools, announced today that Becton, Dickinson and Company (“BD”), has acquired a license to Caliper’s microfluidics patent portfolio.


“We are pleased that Becton Dickinson is leveraging the strength of our microfluidics intellectual property to facilitate the development of its next generation molecular diagnostics systems,” said Kevin Hrusovsky, CEO of Caliper Life Sciences (File photo). “This further validates the value of our microfluidics technology. To date, over a dozen licensing partners have chosen to obtain licenses under our microfluidics patent portfolio to develop and protect their next generation products in life sciences and diagnostics.”


Caliper’s microfluidic technology enables unprecedented gains in the speed and data quality of biological assays and diagnostic tests. The Caliper microfluidic patent estate includes over 350 issued U.S. patents covering fundamental aspects of microfluidic technology, such as plastic and glass chip fabrication, instruments and chip-based methods used in drug discovery, diagnostics, biological and vaccine drug production, and genomics and proteomics research.


In connection with the licensing agreement, Caliper Life Sciences and BD agreed to settle the litigation initiated by HandyLab, Inc., which was recently acquired by BD. Financial terms of the licensing transaction were not disclosed.

FREE H1N1 Flu Clinic for all Hopkinton Residents 4 and Up

January 23, 2010

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National Influenza Vaccination Week stresses importance of immunization against flu

Hopkinton Board of Health – January 12, 2010 Health officials here today announced plans for a large-scale H1N1 (swine) flu vaccination clinic for all Hopkinton residents ages 4 and up. The clinic will take place on January 23, 2010 between the hours of 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Hopkinton Middle School, Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, MA. In recognition of the increased availability of vaccine from the federal government, this clinic will provide vaccination to all members of the general public, not just those in priority groups.


“Flu is unpredictable, and it isn’t known yet whether we’ll see another wave of illness this flu season,” said Ed Wirtanen, public Health Administrator. “So it’s important that we continue our efforts to provide as many opportunities as we can for residents to get vaccinated.”


The clinic takes place as part of National Influenza Vaccination Week, a nationwide awareness campaign developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to highlight that vaccination is the single most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones from flu.


All vaccines will be provided at the upcoming clinic free of charge to all residents that have pre-registered by using the link here or on the Town web page or have contacted the Hopkinton Board of Health.


For more information, please contact (Hopkinton Board of Health at (508) 497-9725.

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Holliston Middlesex Savings Bank Robbed


January 12, 2010 — (1:00 pm) Hopkinton Police are on the lookout  a man in his twenties who allegedly robbed the Holliston branch of the Middlesex Savings Bank at 830 Washington Street shortly before 12:30 pm today.

    The robber is described as a white male in his twenties, approximately 5'7" with a slight build who was wearing a tan coat with fur trim as well as tan pants, and who fled down Route 16 on foot. It was reported that he did not show a weapon, but did show a note. No one was injured.

    In an update, police have said there is a vehicle, a Ford Ranger registered out of Holliston, that they believe is attached to the crime.

     At the Holliston Police Station, an officer answered "negative" when asked if there was a suspect in custody somewhere, as had been rumored in the businesses Downtown Holliston, or if the plate and vehicle that was reported was believed to have been stolen. They did not give any further information.

    In another call to the Holliston Police around 6:30 pm, they did say the red pickup the suspect was believed to be in was found in a shopping plaza parking lot on Route 109.

    They did not say whether or not the truck was stolen.


Hopkinton Little League will be holding a make up try out for those who were unable to attend the September 2009 sessions.  The make up session will be held on Thursday January 14th from 7-8:30 p.m. at Baseball Coaches Academy, 50 Main St. in Ashland.  Further information can be found at their web site

It All Started There!

2,500th Anniversary of the Battle of Marathon in April

Battle changed course of history



Above, file photo, from left, Timothy Kilduff, Dmitri Kyriakides, and Dave McGillivray posing with the 2500th sign before the 2009 Boston Marathon.


by Robert Falcione

January 11, 2010 — "It All Starts Here" is a catchy phrase that Hopkinton has earned for being the host of the oldest, continuous marathon in the world; but the inspiration for the modern marathon itself is celebrating its 2,500th Anniversary.

       The Battle of Marathon took place on the plains of Marathon, Greece in the year 490 BC. A Persian invasion army landing in Marathon was encamped when a smaller force from Athens, reinforced by heavily armed hoplite soldiers, attacked by charging across the plains of Marathon straight toward the Persians. The Athenians also used what is known in modern warfare as flanking maneuvers. They drew the Persians toward the center of the attacking force by opening a hole in the middle with a calculated retreat, and then attacked them from the sides, surprising them, and killing 6,400 of them. The Athenians lost 192 men, who are buried in a mound in Marathon where a flame is lit each year, the fire from which burns in front of the Hopkinton Police Headquarters in a lantern dedicated to this cause.

       Legend has it that Phedippedes, an Athenian herald, first ran 150 miles to Sparta and back to request reinforcements, which were not forthcoming.  After the battle, he ran 26.2 miles from Marathon to Athens to announce the Athenians' victory over the Persians, when he dropped dead from exhaustion after uttering, "We have won!" Thus the distance, and the connection, to the modern Marathon.

      And recently, a more tangible connection has been made between Hopkinton, Massachusetts and Marathon, Greece, who have shared a sister city relationship for about three years now. Reinforcing that relationship on an ongoing basis is the Founder and Director of the Hopkinton Athletic Association, Timothy Kilduff, who has just returned from a trip to those cities to watch the Athens Classic Marathon. (Photo, right, actors at the Marathon Flame at the foot of Soldiers Mound in Marathon, Greece prior to the start of the recent Athens Classic Marathon. Below, then-Selectmen Chair Muriel Kramer and Marathon, Greece Mayor, Spiros Zagaris lighting a cauldron on Hopkinton Common with a flame that was run up the hill and over the Boston Marathon Start line after being flown from Greece. The flame originated at the Soldiers' Mound in Marathon.).   

     Mr. Kilduff began branding Hopkinton as a community of runners in 1996 during the 100th Boston Marathon, when he launched, with the aid of Boston Athletic Association (BAA) Executive Director Guy Morse, the Hopkinton Athletic Association and began a relationship and licensing agreement with the BAA, which owns and manages the Boston BAA Marathon.

   Mr. Kilduff was instrumental in bringing the statue of Stylianos Kyriakides, winner of the 1946 Boston Marathon, and Spiridon Louis, the winner of the first modern Olympic Marathon in 1986, to Hopkinton, where it is located at Weston Nurseries at the one-mile mark of the marathon course It is a near-duplicate of the statue that is displayed in Marathon, Greece, both designed by Romanian-born sculptor Mico Kaufman.

      "No other place has the historical connection to the Boston Marathon that Hopkinton has. In 1980, the Hopkinton Marathon Committee was set up to protect the interests of Hopkinton, but now the BAA has a professional staff," Mr.. Kilduff said.


Hopkinton 101, Dover-Sherborn 80

January 11, 2010 — This Hopkinton swim team member, sophomore Michael Scott, is caught in mid-dive lining up with the arc on the wall in the background. The Swim team defeated Dover Sherborn-Medfield last night in a battle of unbeatens by a score of 101-80.  Leading the way for the Hillers was Senior Will Olson, Sophomores John Lagasse, Julianna Tordella, Paul Lagasse, and Anthony DeBenedetto.  The team is now in first place in the TVL, with one more league meet to go on Friday night against Norton.

Hopkinton 5, Westborough 3

January 11, 2010 — Jonathan Lee carries in enemy territory against Westborough at Navin Arena in Marlborough on Monday.

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Award Ceremony at Library

January 11, 2009 — Those who participated in the reading marathon, both young and old, and read 26 books or logged 26 hours, packed the Hopkinton Library this evening to receive their awards from State Representative Carolyn Dykema as well as certificates from the library staff.

Police News UP-TO-DATE


January 11, 2010

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2:23 am Officer Jacob Campbell located a vehicle in the woods in Milford...


10:02 pm Officer William Burchard spoke with four youths...


10:34 pm Officers Gregg DeBoer and William Burchard responded to a report of yelling, screaming and loud noises...


1:15 pm Caller from Erika Drive reported that his father received a threatening phone call...


11:27 am Caller from Jordan Road reported the possibility of someone in her house...

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Fiscal Year 2010 Property Valuations- Click Here

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

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Compiled by Eric Montville for © 2010 All Rights Reserved

Transactions ending January 11, 2010






63 Oakhurst Road Andrew A. Piacentini & Cynthia E. Courtney $330,000.00 Jan 07, 2010 Paul J. Porreca
8 Cross Street Liisa K. Jackson $78,845.50 Jan 05, 2010 Joseph Randy Jenkins
207 Lumber Street William F. Gorman & Christine R. Gorman, Trustees of Gorman Revocable Trust $100 Jan 05, 2010 William F. Gorman, Jr. & Christine R. Gorman
Last Week        
10 Cole Drive, Unit 14 Kevin Murphy & Helene K. Murphy $449,900 Dec 31, 2009

William A. Depietri, Trustee of Lumber
Street I Realty Trust

30 Front Street Brian K. Gassett & Brian W. Cheever, Trustees
of Summit Realty Trust
$1,620,000 Dec 31, 2009

Faith V. Easter & Marjorie M. Peloquin



Enter Stage Left Theater Moving to CAA Building

Group envisions Hopkinton Center for the Arts

Mouse-over image to see CAA

January 10, 2010 — Enter Stage Left Theater (ESL), will be closing their Downtown, 30 Main Street location at the end of January, and setting up shop at the Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA) building on Hayden Rowe Street, according to Kelly Grill, one of three ESL owner/founders.

       ESL outgrew their original space, the former Jack's Barber Shop, soon after moving in, and added the vacant store next door, the former Stove Shop, to their floor space. But soon, the Downtown sidewalks will be missing the joyous sounds of tots and their parents heading to a morning musical or acting lesson at the Main Street location, as well as the other time slots filled with lessons and performances, because the group has outgrown its current space.

      "The CAA and ESL have come to a partnership agreement," said Ms. Grill.

      "We are going to move our operations into the farmhouse, and hopefully help build Hopkinton Center for the Arts.

      "The barn isn't permitted yet, but one of our goals will be to help work toward finishing it.

      "We are planning to have a theater in the barn when it is permitted, but we'd like to build a new theater out back, eventually," she said,

      She said that many of their performances take place at the schools, "But the small performances, like Twelve Angry Men will need a new location until the barn is ready." She said the monthly Open Mic will continue to be Downtown, held at Ciao Time.

      Ms. Grill expects to have the ink on the agreement this week .

Boys Swim Remains Unbeaten

Above, Senior Will Olson in the Butterfly

January 10, 2010 — The Girls and Boys Swim team competed this past weekend against a very strong Concord Carlisle team from the Dual County League. The girls swam a good meet but came up short in the end, despite strong swims form Seniors Kayla Lewkowicz, Alex Brown, Kate Richardson, and freshmen Kara Cooney.
      The boys had a very close meet, and needed only a second place in the final relay to seal the victory. The boy's team is still undefeated on the season. Photo by John Daley.

One More Saturday Left for Tree Pickup

380 trees and counting!

L to R,  Chris Holt and Will Power posing by piles of trees the Boy Scouts have picked up.


January 10, 2010 — Troop 4 Hopkinton has had a great start to the their annual Christmas tree pick-up fund raiser.  The troop has picked-up over 380 trees in their first two weekends.   The boys picked-up over 260 trees this last Saturday alone!  The fund raiser is the only funding event the troop runs and provides support for troop events throughout the year.  Thanks to all Hopkinton residents that support the troop through this event!


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 County Crime

Authorities Investigating Shooting in Westford


WESTFORD– Authorities are conducting an investigation into a shooting that occurred last night in Westford, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone and Westford Police Chief Thomas McEnaney informed the public today.

According to authorities, at approximately 7:30 p.m. last evening, Westford Police and State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney's Office responded to reports of a shooting at 48 Forge Village Road in Westford.  Upon arrival, authorities located a male and a female evidencing obvious gun shot wounds. 

The male was life-flighted to Massachusetts General Hospital where he remains in stable condition.  The female was life-flighted to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester and remains in critical condition.  The identities of the two persons who were injured as a result of the shooting are not being released at this time.   

 Westford Police and State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office are conducting an investigation into the circumstances of the shooting.  Authorities do not believe the shooting incident to have been random, and residents should not be in fear of danger.

Clips from ESL Open Mic


January 10, 2010 — David Sheehan interviews a few performers and audience members at ESL's Open Mic on Saturday night, and then does some creative editing. The video may be viewed in High Quality, and even full-screen by choosing the proper controls.

Claflin Hill Symphony Offers Family Concert on Sunday, January 17th at 3PM

Milford Town Hall Grand Ballroom

Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra (CHSO) presents its first Family Concert of its Tenth Anniversary Season on Sunday, January 17th at 3PM in the Grand Ballroom of the Milford Town Hall. The orchestra will perform a program entitled “Myths and Legends” – featuring music inspired by tales and fables. The program will include Jacques Offenbach’s famous Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld, which includes the famous “can-can” dance. Also on the program will be music from American composer Aaron Copland’s “Billy the Kid”, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and music from the soundtrack of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

When asked what the difference is between a CHSO Family Concert and the performances that make up the Saturday evening subscription series, Surapine said, “In a sense, absolutely nothing! It’s the same phenomenal musicians performing great music. We are dressed a little more casually, the musicians don’t don their tail coats and white ties, and we do talk and explain the music to the audience a little more than we would on a Saturday night, but even then we talk to the audience about the music.

“We design the family programming so that it fits into a one-hour program,” he continued, “and choose music that is a little more familiar and accessible. Run times of the selections are designed to be shorter so that younger and first-time concert goers aren’t overwhelmed with a 45 minute work, but we’re definitely playing great classics and not ‘dumbing’ it down at all.”

In fact, according to Surapine, the CHSO Family Sunday concerts are a great afternoon of music for people of all ages, a bargain at the price and a terrific way to spend a Sunday afternoon in the warmth of the Milford Town Hall, surrounded by friends and great music.

“Myths and Legends” is made possible on January 17th in part with grants from Middlesex Savings Bank and Target Stores. Admission is $8, and $5 students and seniors. Seating is non-reserved. Tickets for all CHSO concerts can be purchased directly through the secure website at or by calling Claflin Hill at 508-478-5924.


Passerby Makes Flag Points



While passing through Hopkinton over a few day period in December, I noticed something. The flag poles at the Fire station look very nice, but  they are not correct. They look to be at the same height which is wrong.  I looked across the street and it's the same at the police station.  Also passing by the library last evening the flag of the United Stated was flying in total darkness which is wrong. ( It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.) 


The laws relating to the flag of the United States of America are found in detail in the United States Code. Title 4, Chapter 1 pertains to the flag; Title 18, Chapter 33, Section 700 regards criminal penalties for flag desecration; Title 36, Chapter 3 pertains to patriotic customs and observances. These laws were supplemented by Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations.


No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea,


Please correct this error of protocol.


Dave Taylor

125 Cooper Rd.

Northbridge, MA 01534

January 1, 2010

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Flannery to be Named Chief


January 9, 2010 — The announcement of the outcome of the deliberations to choose a Chief of Police was made in a matter-of-fact way Friday afternoon as an item on the Selectmen's upcoming agenda for Tuesday, January 12, 2010:


Police Chief Finalist Presentation: Lt. Richard Flannery (Action)

The Board will have the opportunity to hear a brief presentation by Police Chief finalist, Lt. Richard Flannery and pose any questions that they have for him. The Board will vote to appoint Lt. Flannery to the Police Chief position [file photo].


The manner of the public announcement is representative of Lt. Flannery's understated style of leadership in a department he has been a part of for over 25 years.


The search committee made up of retiring Chief of Police Thomas Irvin, Selectman R.J. Dourney, Human Resources Director Maryrose DeGroot, Town Manager Norman Khumalo and Personnel Committee member Ezat Parnia received four applications for the position, all from in-house. Vying for the top spot were Lt. Flannery, Sgt. Charles Wallace, Sgt. John Porter and Sgt. Joseph Bennett.


    The Craig Nation lawsuit is also on the agenda, but scheduled only for the closed-door session held prior to the public meeting. Mr. Nation brought suit against the town, his only recourse, after Open Space Preservation Committee member John Coolidge asked the Board of Selectmen to arrest him if he did not move his neatly stacked split wood from property adjacent to his home, that was once part of that property he now owns. That property was split to give Bob Shepard enough frontage to build a home decades ago, taking a stone wall with it for the new lot. Mr. Nation has claimed in his court filing that it is his by virtue of its use by adverse possession.

     The Town has in turn filed a Motion to Dismiss scheduled for later this month.

Westwood 57, Hopkinton 42

January 8, 2010 — Above, Nicole Anagnostaras wins this effort against Westwood today at home. The score will be uploaded as soon as it is available.

Schools present Two Budget Scenarios

None of this is palatable ~ Supt. John E. Phelan

by Heather Kelley

January 8, 2010 — Thursday's School Committee meeting featured presentations on proposed FY11 scenarios for the High School, Middle School, and Athletic Department. “None of this is palatable when you’re at a budget level that we’re at,” said Superintendent John Phelan at the end of the first night of budget discussions.


The High School Budget

High School Principal Alyson Geary presented two versions of the FY11 High School budget as requested by Superintendent, Dr. John E. Phelan. The Selectmen previously requested all departments to submit budgets that maintained level services from FY '10, while at the same time reducing spending by 2.65%. At the November 20, 2009 School Committee meeting, Dr. Phelan said, "That is not feasible."


The “Superintendent’s Budget,” as it is called, which seeks to maintain services at the same level as this fiscal year, would bring on board one additional teacher to pick up the added enrollment of 20 students expected at the high school next year.  It would also add an instructional aide for the tutoring center, to replace a teacher loaned from another position this year, which would not be possible to repeat next year.  Finally, it would bring a .5 assistant to the library, to keep the library open longer after school.


With the (2.65%) "Reduction Budget," the additional teacher would not be added, resulting in larger class sizes and likely reducing the number of electives offered. Also, a science teacher would be lost, meaning that labs or science electives would be cut (likely forensics, environmental science, and technology and engineering).  One guidance counselor would be eliminated, resulting in increased case loads of 50 students per remaining counselor, for totals of 228 students each.  Finally, $10,000 would be cut from the extracurricular budget, resulting in the loss of clubs and activities at the school.


The Middle School Budget

Dr. William Lynch proposed cutting one of the three, four-teacher grade six teams down to three members, having the English, Math, and Science teachers in this group each teach a portion of the Social Studies curriculum that would otherwise have been taught by the fourth team member. Next year’s incoming sixth grade class is projected to be 40 students fewer than this year’s, and thus the impact would be somewhat mitigated.  Additionally, one related arts teaching position would be eliminated.  Lynch also proposed moving the school school schedule from a quarterly system to a trimester system, with the change in schedule easing the reductions in teachers and classes.


Bellingham 3, Hopkinton 2

January 7, 2010 — Above, Eric Guilmette circles around a Bellingham defender.

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Vote January 19, 2010

Hopkinton Polls Open January 19, 2010

Hopkinton Middle School

7:00 am - 8:00 pm


Because of their achievements, the following people participated in the Hopkinton Middle School 2010 Geography Bee.

From left, Austin Adams, Lee Offir, Amanda Dings, T.J. Fujiyoshi, Erik Fliegauf, Danielle McAree, Maria Moreno, Trevor Perkins,  Erica Stefano.

The winner was Amanda Dings (7th grader), who will take a test for qualification for the state bee. The 2nd place winner was Danielle McAree (6th grader)

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Daisies Earn Purple Petals

January 7, 2009 — Hopkinton Daisy Troop 2968 recently earned their Purple Petal through exercise, as demonstrated above. The Purple Daisy Petal is the part of the Girl Scout law that means to "Respect Myself And Others."  Since our daisies are in Kindergarten, they focused on respecting themselves by taking care of their bodies.  Exercise, nutrition, and good dental hygiene  were on the agenda for this day. They respected their fellow daisies by holding their questions for the end, not talking over one another, and making sure they had enough space while exercising. 

Two-Vehicle Accident

January 6, 2010 — A two-vehicle accident at the intersection of West Main and Lumber sent one person to the hospital this afternoon with injuries. One vehicle apparently did not have the right of way. Above, firefighters and police assist the driver of the Toyota.

Hillers Meet Ashland

January 6, 2010 — The boys and Girls indoor track teams took on  Ashland and Medway today in the Athletic Center. Above is Adam Gately doing a high-jump this afternoon, and below Alice LaGoy is leading a teammate around the track. The boy is sophmore Adam Gately.  The final score for the Girls was Hopkinton 58, Ashland 27.  The final score for the Boys was Hopkinton 76, Ashland 10.  This Saturday will be the most competitive meet as the Girls take on Holliston.  Both teams enter this meet undefeated.  ~ Linda


Hiller Girls fan Linda Clancy has written a piece about their trip to the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. Read it here.

ESL’s 101 Dalmatians Jan. 15 - 17

HOPKINTON, MA (January 6, 2010) – Enter Stage Left Theater will be presenting 101 Dalmatians on January 15 at 7:00 p.m., January 16 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and January 17 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hopkinton Middle School. This production features 140 cast members ages 4-14, from Hopkinton, Upton, Ashland, Milford, Marlborough, Holliston, Westborough and Framingham. 


ESL’s Mary Scarlata Rowe wrote this adaptation of the classic children’s story, with a new musical score by Bob Nicoll. The show will feature the original short play, Pipsie the Perfect Pup, written and directed by Jodi Palmieri. Tickets are $10, and $5 for a backstage pass to the matinees.

“This has been a real community production,” said Kelly Grill, a co-founder of ESL. “There were so many kids that came out to audition that we needed to divide the chorus in two. Half will perform Friday and Saturday and the other half Saturday and Sunday.  In addition, the Hopkinton Senior Center ‘sewing seniors’ helped us make 107 Dalmatian costumes.”  


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

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FRAMINGHAM, MA – Joseph P. Keefe Technical School is pleased to announce that the students listed below have been named to the Term 1 Honor Roll.

Grade 12 High Honor Roll students are Gladys Urzua and Maxime Gelfond.


Grade 12 Honor Roll students are Jennifer Abramson, Amanda Afonso, Dayana Aybar, Edypo Caldeira, Emily Carr, Pablo Castillo, Ian Commerford, Krystal Cosgrove, Vanessa Cruz, Juliana DeLiberais, Robyn Fearebay, Andressa Fernandes, Darby Flynn, Michael Gallagher, Robert Garland, Stephen Isenberg, Noor Khudairi, Branden Levenson, Courtney Libby, Cliff Logan, Daniel Lynch, Michael Merola, Julie Paredes, Madeleine Pasciuti, Natasha Rivera, Aline Rosa, Lizbeth Sanchez, Halie Siegal, Sarah Slamin, Heidi Trigueros, Andres Victoria, Nicole Walker, Tanisha Wilkins Amado, and William Wyman


The Grade 11 High Honor Roll student is Jeremy Swartz.


Grade 11 Honor Roll students are Cordelia Acevedo, Gabriela Acosta, Ariela Amenta, Devin Arroyo, Filipe Bicalho, Lindsey Bowles, Matthew Brodo, Evelin Contreras, Geraldine Cortez, Nicole DeForest, Michael Falzarano, Christopher Fennelly, Nicole Festa, Joseph Ford, Alexandria Gomes, Elizabeth Griffin, Juliana Gonzalez, Dominique Haskins, Brad Howland, Karina Hurtado, Trevor Keefe, Mark Kochanowski, Panagiota Matsikis, Jennifer Mejia, Michela Miller, Felicia Monteiro, Elizabeth Nesbitt, Francisco Oliveira, Tara Peck, Steven Porter, Suheily Rodriguez, Stephanie Schulman, Joseph Sirrico, Tiarra Smith, Kurt Stilwell, and Erick Vasquez.


Grade 10 High Honor Roll students are Igor Alves, Victoria Clark, Christopher Drews, Genesis Martinez, and Ana Silva.

Grade 10 Honor Roll students are Jasmine Acosta, Melissa Agostinelli, Brian Archila, Nicholas Bagley, Julianna Banak, John Cancel, Sean Cummings, Hugo De Almeida, Daniel De Oliveira, Matheus De Souza, Carlos Dominguez, Nicholas Enright, Mayara Ferraz, Guillermo Figueroa, Luis Gonzalez-Resto, Dimitri Grant, Anderson Guillen, Trevor Hawes, Yaileen Hernandez, Stephanie Hodgson, Xavier Martinez Rosa, Jacqueline Melchiorri, Maria Montero, Anthony Morales, Beder Orellana, Meaghan Parkhurst, Daniel Ramirez, Yemaya San Jorge, Savannah Shapiro, Joshua Smith, Noemi Vargas, Jose Vasquez, Joshua Vasquez, and Carly Watson.


Grade 9 High Honor Roll students are Ashley Arroyo, Terrence Burns, Jonathan Montanez, Jessica Rock, Gregory Schenot, Arielys Rosario, Manuel Tavares, and Sophia Zabarsky.


Grade 9 Honor Roll students are Juan Alfaro, Jacob Azanow, Elias Barbosa, Bridget Belcher, Alexis Brown, Jeffrey Bruno, Linda Bursch, Harvest Campbell, Karla Cassemiro, Samuel Comfort, Melissa Core, Joshua Deas, Mackenzie Fairbanks, Deborah Ferreira, Lauren Forte, Scott Framson, Andrew Franquiz, Briana Galvez, Shawnna Genis, Michaela Greene, Caroline Guedes, Shy’kema Haskins, Robert Jones, Mariel LaMotte, Lucas Lemos, Marcella Lima, Sarah Lundberg, Sthefanie Monroy, Edwin Morales, Olivia Morrison, Vanessa Poirier, Ashley Seariac, George Traynor, Derick Valovcin, Melissa Victoria, and Kevin Yurewicz.


Keefe Technical School students in grades 9 through 12 become eligible for the Honor Roll by not receiving any grade below a B- for the term.

Keefe Technical School, located in Framingham, MA, is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition to 13 different vocational programs, Keefe Tech offers a complete college preparatory program to students from the communities of Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, and Natick.


MetroWest YMCA Family Program: Owls and Raptors

Thursday January 7, 2010

6:30 - 8:00 pm

YMCA Hayes Lodge


The MetroWest YMCA Hopkinton Branch will be holding a family program on Owls and Raptors on Thursday January 7th from 6:30-8:00pm. This event will be held in our Hayes Lodge building. Outdoor Education instructor Lisa Bates will provide families of all ages with a fun, informative slideshow followed by a hands-on opportunity to become scientists and explore owl feathers, dissect pellets and more!


Cost for this program is $5.00 per person and $10.00 per family for YMCA members or $7.00 per person and $15.00 per family for the general public. Please call ahead to pre-resister at 508-435-9345.


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January 18, 2009
Hopkinton Middle School
Doyle Gym 
10 AM - 3PM
 Sponsored by the beFREE! Project
  • We need to sign up 80 donors to meet our goal of 64 useable pints of blood.

  • The hours are 10:00 - 3:00.

  • Donors need to be at least 16 years of age, 110 pounds and should bring a picture I.D.

  • Donors under 18 years of age need a consent form signed by a parent. It can be found at www. 

  • If you would like to donate, please contact Jane Roche at or  435-3980

Group Appeals Fruit Street Approvals — Again!

January 6, 2010 —  John Craycroft (File photo, left), President of Cedar Swamp Conservation Trust (CSCT), said this evening that his group  filed appeals yesterday in Superior Court of the Wastewater Discharge Permit and the Water Quality Certificate awarded the Town of Hopkinton for the Fruit Street Waste Water Treatment Facility, both issued by the DEP. These appeals are appeals of appeals that have consistently been decided in favor of the Town.

     Another thing that has been consistent is Mr. Craycroft's insistence, even before the Environmental Impact Report on the site was approved for the town a few years ago, that Whitehall Brook, which will carry some of the effluent away from the plant, is an Outstanding Resource Water, and that being such, its quality cannot be degraded. Mr. Craycroft says the Town's peer review consultant estimated that during a low-flow condition, 60% of Whitehall Brook would consist of effluent, which would contain nutrients that would degrade the quality of the water.

    "We think the DEP Commissioner made an egregious error ignoring the federally mandated provision that protects the water quality of Outstanding Resource Waters.

     "I thought it was unique that Hopkinton's Town counsel thought the lawyer representing the DPW was doing such a good job, when it took him two years," Mr. Craycroft said.

     "For the first time, we will be represented by an attorney.

     "We feel pretty confident," he concluded.

     Contacted by telephone Tuesday evening, Board of Public Works Chairman Dan McIntyre said that he hadn't seen the appeal yet, but would comment after seeing it.



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