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Hopkinton, Medfield, Norton Meet

January 20, 2010 — In this photo by David Sheehan, the Hiller boy above leaves everyone else in a blur at the Athletic Center today. Below, Austin catches the Hiller girl going for the high jump.

Democrats to Hold Caucus


20th at 10:30am to elect seven delegates and three alternates to the 2010 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. 

The Convention will be held on June 4th and 5th at the DCU Center in Worcester.  The primary duty of the convention will be to nominate Democratic candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer, Secretary of the Commonwealth, and State Auditor.

The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in Hopkinton. All ballots will be written and secret. Those not elected as Delegate or Alternate, who meet the qualifications, may apply to be add-on delegates in the following categories: youth, minority, and disabled


All registered Democrats in Hopkinton are invited (and encouraged) to join us.  Come and meet some of your fellow local Democrats. 

For further information, please contact Dick Duggan, Corresponding Secretary HDTC, at or 508-435-4007.

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Paul Occhitinti Speaks About Being in Haiti During Quake

January 20, 2010 — Paul Occhitinti comes into the HopNews Studio to talk about his recent trip to Haiti and being there when the devastating earthquake hit.


You are invited to join us for the

Coach Bliss Court Dedication at the Brown Gym

Friday, January 29th, 2010


4:45 Ceremony before JV Girls Game

5:00 JV Girls Basketball vs Millis- Brown Gym

6:30 Varsity Girls Basketball vs Millis -Athletic Center


This dedication is to honor Coach Dick Bliss for his long-term service as Athletic Director, Wellness Teacher, Golf Coach and both Boy’s and Girl’s Basketball Coach.

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Scott Brown Wins "The People's Seat" 

Hopkinton Youth Commission Thanks Everyone


Dear Editor,

On behalf of the Hopkinton Youth Commission, we’d like to thank our friends and neighbors in Hopkinton and surrounding communities for making the Third Annual Martin Luther King Day of Giving Back a tremendous success.


Over 800 people participated, despite the snowy weather. People of all ages gathered at the middle school to enjoy breakfast and hear our wonderful speaker, Evren Gunduz, play "Amazing Grace" on his trumpet, share humorous anecdotes and inspire the audience to give back throughout the year and throughout their lives. Enter Stage Left’s a cappella group also performed beautifully.


Together, we then engaged in over 20 different service projects to benefit others. Most of these projects were led by middle and high school youth and their clubs, teams, church or scouting groups. Many commented how nice it was to see our teens mixing in with other generations to give back - and having fun doing it!  We all made a difference, by helping the homeless, giving blood, raising money for Haiti and writing thank you notes to our troops, just to name a few.


Thank you to the Middle School for hosting this event. We are grateful to the town DPW crew who cleared the lots bright and early, to the school custodial staff and to HCAM for filming throughout the day. A huge thank you to South Street Dunkin’ Donuts for being the primary sponsor for our breakfast.  Thanks to our additional sponsors -The Women’s Club, The Mom’s Club, Ciao Time Catering, Colella's, Hopkinton Gourmet, Roche Brothers, Café Mocha, Bronx Bagels, Westborough BJ’s, Milford Stop and Shop, Milford Hannaford and Sodexo Dining Services.


This event could not have taken place without the hard work from our dedicated committee – specifically, Dorothy Marusca, Elaine Rosen, Suzanne Gallo, Anne Mattina and Lori Robak. Many others helped to make this day such a big success.  It was great to see the support of Representative Carolyn Dykema, some of our selectmen and school committee members and our new town manager.


Please e-mail your ideas for next year and/or interest in joining the MLK committee to We do need help to keep this amazing day moving forward.


And most of all, thank you to the people of Hopkinton who made this event so successful. Our entire community should be proud of the amazing response we had in promoting service and volunteerism in the spirit of Dr. King.


Linda Katz

Anne Schneider

Hopkinton Youth Commission

January 19, 2010

State Senator Scott BrownScott Brown Takes Hopkinton With a 3 - 2 Ratio


Total Votes: 6,760

Scott Brown: 4123

Martha Coakley: 2,600

Joseph L. Kennedy: 35

Write-ins: 2


January 19, 2010 — A tip of the HopNews hat to Hopkinton Republican Town Committee Chairman Ken Weismantel for hanging out at the polls unit the last vote was cast, and all the votes were counted, and making those numbers available for his folks and HopNews readers.

      Mr. Weismantel said that 6,760 people voted, which is 70.8% of registered voters, and a number that was higher than even he predicted.

     When asked why the turnout was higher than surrounding towns, he said, "Hopkinton always takes their civic responsibility seriously, and votes. We typically vote 2-3% higher than surrounding towns."

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Main and Grove

January 19, 2010 — Two people were uninjured when their vehicles collided at the intersection of Main and Grove Streets shortly before 6 :00 p.m. today. Above, center, Sgt. Michael Sutton arrived first, while Officer  John Moran comes down the hill.

Rain, Snow, Sleet, Etc.

January 19, 2010 — Supporters of candidates in the Special Election today, lopsided in favor of Scott Brown, lined the driveway leading to the polls at the Middle School. Two supporters speak, below: (Video still processing @ 6:15 pm)


Vote Today January 19, 2010

Hopkinton Polls Open January 19, 2010

Hopkinton Middle School

7:00 am - 8:00 pm



Hopkinton Sculptor Completes Kennedy Sculpture


HOPKINTON, Mass., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- A realistic portrait sculpture of Senator Edward Kennedy was completed by Michael Alfano to coincide with the election and installment of his successor in Washington. The twice life-size scale echoes Ted Kennedy's stature and implies the daunting gap facing the next Senator from Massachusetts. Standing two-feet tall and bearing a striking resemblance, the bust vividly calls up the late Senator's presence, even from across a large exhibit hall.


Alfano was inspired to begin the sculpture last August when Kennedy's funeral tributes put perspective on his collective body of contributions. Through the fall, he created the clay version, working from photos in his studio. The first weekend in November, just before the Senatorial primary election, Alfano showed the work-in-progress outdoors at a Newbury Street gallery in Boston that carries his art. Streams of pedestrians of all political leanings remarked on its uncanny likeness to the legislator, whose face is widely recognized given his forty-six year term.


The first casting of the sculpture is in a stone-like material. A bronze casting is being prepared. Alfano is currently scheduling display of the portrait at government buildings and art venues.

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Martin Luther King Day of Giving Back

Hundreds participate at Middle School


January 18, 2010 — See video of events from the Martin Luther King Day of Giving Back, featuring keynote speaker Evren Gunduz on trumpet, as well as interviews of several attendees by David Sheehan.

To the people of the town of Hopkinton, the school community, family and friends:

We cannot begin to express our gratitude and thanks for your heart rendering love and support of Marissa, our sixteen year old daughter who was stricken with Guillain-Barre Syndrome early in December.  Since the very beginning, her teachers, faculty and administrators at school, her classmates, friends and family sent wishes and gifts, visited the hospital, sent texts and posted on her website ( All visits, postings, cards, gifts and wishes were so much enjoyed by Marissa!! While she was in ICU for three weeks, classrooms made posters which are up on her walls, groups gathered to put care baskets together, pictures were sent of fun times and memories were revisited which made Marissa look forward to more good times ahead.  Her JV soccer team kept her focused on the training required during physical therapy to improve and eventually get home.  Marissa's Coach Donahue, Coach Fenn and Mrs. Welch visited to remind her of her strength to continue to fight this disease.


Special thanks to the following families: Hoyt, Foster, Fenn, Fabricant, Krapf, White, Brown, DeSantis, MacEachern and Spector for their extraordinary support, gifts, food and visits despite two different hospital locations and difficulty with travel due to location and weather.


Please accept our thanks to ALL who continue to support Marissa's recovery, who have sent cards and continued good wishes, who have made blankets, who have sent various comfort items and who continue to send their thoughts and prayers her way.  She is boosted every day by the wonderful community we live in and we are blessed to be a part of.

She hopes to be home soon in Hopkinton and can't wait to see everyone there as she continues her recovery.

With Many Thanks,

Mark Bell, Gayle Gonthier Bell, Marissa Bell (class of 2011) and Jeff Bell (Marissa's

Brother, class of 2006) 

January 18, 2010

Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra Features
WGBH Commentator Ron Della Chiesa and his Protégé Vocalist on January 30, 2010

Milford, MA -- The Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra (CHSO) continues its Tenth Anniversary Season on Saturday, January 30th with “Songs of America!,” featuring a special appearance by WGBH music host Ron Della Chiesa, who will introduce rising star soprano Ms. Melanie Campbell as the special guest soloist of the evening. The concert will take place in the Grand Ballroom of Milford Town Hall at 7:30PM.

Campbell recently received her Masters of Music and Graduate Diploma at New England Conservatory as the recipient of the Wendy Shattuck’75 Presidential Scholarship for Vocal Studies.


“Songs of America” will be conducted by long-time Claflin Hill Guest Conductor Thomas Hojnacki, who is also the Chair of the Harmony Department at Berklee College. Hojnacki is an award-winning composer who has premiered several of his works with the Claflin Hill Symphony over the last 10 years. In addition to Duke Ellington’s “Harlem,” the program will also include Hojnacki’s “Toccatta, Tango and ‘Toons,” as well as Gershwin’s “Cuban Overture.” Music from “Motown” will round out the evening.

“Songs of America” on January 30th is made possible with Claflin Hill Business Partnership grants from International Power in Milford and the Waters Corporation. Tickets are $35 Reserved, $30/$25 non-reserved adult and student/senior.

Tickets for all CHSO concerts can be purchased directly through the secure website at <>   or by calling Claflin Hill at 508-478-5924

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Pin Rhymes With Win

Taylor Hammond pins his opponent just in time at the Northbridge Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.

Police News UP-TO-DATE


January 18, 2010

Click above for full report



8:42 am A resident of Fruit Street reported several cars parked in front of her house, and pedestrians on the overpass holding political signs. She felt this was a hazard today with the weather and the plows...


12:40 pm A business reported an overnight breaking and entering on Main Street...

1:43 pm Resident of Downey Street reported numerous snowmobiles operating in roadway and on the lake...


9:38 am A Hopkins School employee reported the odor of smoke in the building. They had pulled the fire alarms and the Fire Department was on their way. Students were relocated to the High School...

Fiscal Year 2010 Property Valuations- Click Here

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

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Transactions ending January 18, 2010






3 Maple Street Michael R. & Ivy F. Gram $303,000.00 Jan 15, 2010 David A. Holmes
Last Week        
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



Day of Giving Back

January  18, 2010 — Above,  Mr. Evren Gunduz plays trumpet, while Linda Katz and Ann Schneider, members of the Youth Commission, watch in appreciation. He is a science teacher at the Middle School, currently on leave while pursuing a graduate degree at the Harvard School of Education. A 2009 “Excellence in Education” award winner from the Goldin Foundation, Mr. Gunduz is the founder of the IGNITE, a dynamic program staffed by 8th graders as mentors to incoming 6th graders at the Middle School.

      Today, Mr. Gunduz told a story of when he volunteered with his parents for the Salvation Army, and got hooked on the idea. Today, he played "Amazing Grace" on his trumpet, inspired the audience to pursue a life of giving and read a  Top Ten list of things to do to give back.

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Hopkinton Swimmers Take TVL Title

january 17, 2010 — Sophomore Tom Reimonn (facing forward), and sophomore Alex Carbone (back to camera, appear to be waving to each other during the 500 freestyle at Norton on Friday night.

The Swimming and Diving team captured its first Tri-Valley League (TVL) title in the first year of the TVL League with a strong win against Norton on Friday night by a score of 99-71.

Brown Has 9.6% Lead in New Poll


Brown supporters focused most on pocketbook issues, Coakley supporters on healthcare reform, undecided voters split


State Senator Scott Brownby Allison Goldsberry,


January 17, 2010 — A poll conducted by the Merriman River Group (MRG) and indicates that Scott Brown leads Martha Coakley 50.8% – 41.2% in the contest to fill the seat of the late Senator Ted Kennedy. Liberty Party candidate Joe Kennedy pulls in just 1.8% support, while 6.2% of voters are still not sure. Brown and Coakley both have most of their supporters locked in. 98% of both candidate’s supporters say they are definitely or probably going to vote for their candidate. In contrast, 22% of Kennedy’s supporters are just leaning toward him, suggesting that Brown and Coakley may both want to take aim at swaying those voters.


Not surprisingly, nearly all of Coakley’s supporters approve of President Obama’s job performance, while three-quarters of Brown’s supporters disapprove. Coakley may see a glimmer of hope in the fact that more than two-thirds of undecided voters approve of the president’s job performance while only 6% disapprove, especially in light of the president’s swing through the state to campaign for her later today. 47% of Brown’s supporters say that taxes, jobs, and the economy represent the most important issue to them in this race, while half of Coakley’s supporters say that healthcare reform is most important to them. Undecided voters are nearly evenly split between the two issues—40% say they’re most concerned with taxes, jobs, and the economy with 37% saying that healthcare reform that most concerns them. “For Coakley to have a chance, she needs to convince voters that the Democratic party’s agenda for the economy is the right one, and she needs to do it fast,” said MRG’s executive director, Matt Fitch.


The recent dust-up between the candidates over abortion laws seems to have had minimal impact on the race. Only 8% of Brown’s supporters and 5% of Coakley’s supporters say it’s the most important issue to them.


The endorsement in Medford on January 7 of Martha Coakley by members of Senator Ted Kennedy’s family appears to have had little effect on most voters and to have backfired with others. 55% said that it was not important to them, but 27% said it made them less likely to vote for Coakley, while only 18% said it made them more likely to vote for her. As for undecided voters, more than two-thirds said the endorsement was not important. “The Kennedy family endorsement seems to have hurt more than it helped Coakley, despite the popularity of the Kennedys in the state and in Medford,” said Allison Goldsberry, Editor of .


What seems to tip the race in Brown’s favor most is his popularity among Moderates, Independents, and men, and Coakley’s lack of an advantage among women. Brown nearly doubles Coakley’s total among Moderates, 62% – 32%, and has an even bigger margin among Independents, 64% – 26%. There’s also a one-way gender effect that favors Brown, who holds a nearly two-to-one lead over Coakley among men while women are split evenly between the two candidates. Brown does best among white voters, while Coakley leads among non-whites, suggesting that minority turnout may play a crucial role on election day. Brown is also leading among all age groups.



MRG surveyed 565 likely voters between 5:00 P.M. and 8:45 P.M. on January 15, 2010 using touch-tone polling technology. The margin of error is +/– 4.1%. Some columns do not sum to 100% due to rounding.

Reprinted with permission from


Hopkinton native's poetry mirrors reality

 by Elizabeth Eidlitz

January 17, 2010 — As a child, raised in Hopkinton, David Troupes was introduced to nature in a backpack carried by his father, a surveyor. At three, according to his mother, he stared at alphabet characters. 


For the rest of his thirty years, in becoming a poet, David has been marrying words to the visible world. He writes about Saddle Hill,    “my favorite hilltop at the floor of the amber halls of evening,” and a snapping turtle in a local brook where “the creature moved away upstream, / Green-black under the water, / gliding its bony mountain/ effortlessly through the flood.”


Critics of his first book, Parsimony, recently published   in Scotland, have noted his  ‘poetry of watchfulness, of immersion in wilderness filtered through a “wonderfully lyrical sensibility.” 


“Most of my poems come from moments I've lived or experiences I've had: an image, a whole scene, the mood which accompanied a certain walk, whatever makes me want to put pen to paper later on,” David explains.


“These sort of real-life kernels open doors to that swirling inner life of half-formed ideas which fill my head, and everyone else's too, and that's the real work of the poem: once begun, it allows me a space to explore whatever's been nagging my brain.


“I don't make anything up. I wrote a short poem about an uneventful encounter with a coyote (we just looked at each other and then it trotted off). Had I let myself get away with making the encounter up I couldn't have trusted whatever ideas that encounter led me to.


“I try never to write a poem with some purpose in mind, some meaning which I want the poem to convey like a fortune baked into a cookie.


“The world is a complicated place and poetry needs to reproduce that complication and provide a different perspective on it, to encourage thought.   Otherwise it's just a form of propaganda, handing readers the poet's conclusions instead of asking them to reach their own.”


Girls Track Team beats Holliston

by Linda Clancy

On Saturday, January 9, 2009, the Hiller Girl Track Team defeated previously undefeated Holliston 60.5 – 25.5.  The Girls continue to dominate the Tri-Valley League. 

 The Girls had many exciting performances and many personal records (PR) were set.  Sam Prescott (7.4), Kelly O’Connor (7.6) and Kaelynn Maloney (7.6), gave the meet a great start capturing 1st, 2nd and a tie for 3rd place in the hurdles.  Jenny Curly (6.1) and Sheena Dupuy (6.2) took 2nd and 3rd place in the dash for Hopkinton.  Kellie Lodge (12.18.5) and Rececca Govoni (12:47.5) finished 1st and 2nd in the 2 mile run.  READ MORE

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Part Time Job

      School Street, Hopkinton resident due to a vision problem that prevents him from driving for a period of time needs someone to provide transportation in the local area.

      Rides to the Commuter Rail on RT. 85 near State Park, Monday - Friday, and local shopping on Weekends.

      Person can provide all or part of the rides needed. Please call 774-278-0124 any time for details.

Casting Call

ESL to Hold Auditions for

Hello Dolly on Jan. 24;

Just Another High School Musical on Jan. 25


HOPKINTON, MA (January 15, 2009) – Aspiring adult and middle school actors are invited to take part in one of two auditions Enter Stage Left Theater will be hosting the week of January 24.


Hello Dolly! Adult Auditions – January 24

On Sunday, January 24, ESL will be hosting auditions for Hello Dolly! at its studios at 30 Main Street. Auditions are by appointment only, and participants will be asked to prepare the appropriate music for the part they are auditioning for. Performances of ESL’s adult spring musical, directed by Denise Laumeister, will take place on May 7 -9 and rehearsals will be on Sunday afternoons and Thursday evenings. For more information or to schedule an audition, please visit


Just Another High School Musical Auditions – January 25.

Middle school students are welcome to audition for this comedy that pokes fun at high school musicals, written by Stephen Murray and directed by Mary Scarlata-Rowe. Auditions will take place on January 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Farmhouse at 98 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton.

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


Rivers is Only School with Two Bands at NYC Jazz Competition

Hopkinton resident is Jazz Director

January 17, 2010 — It was recently announced that both the Jazz Combo and Big Band at Rivers School of Weston were selected from a pool of more than 100 schools nationally to compete in the second annual Charles Mingus Competition at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) in New York. Rivers is the only school in the entire country to field two bands at the event, which takes place as part of a three-day “Mingus Summit” at MSM February 12 to 15, 2010.
Jazz director Philippe Crettien, a Hopkinton resident, expressed great satisfaction with the fact that the school could field two competitive bands at the event two years in a row. “This is a fantastic testament to the great talent of our students and the ultimate recognition of their hard work for the last four years,” says Crettien. “Now our focus is to prepare for the best possible performance in New York!”
The Rivers Select 1 Combo was among the three finalists in the “Combo Category – Regular”, while the Rivers Big Band was among the top-three in the “Big Band Category – Regular”. (Specialized institutions such as art schools had distinct categories). Prizes will also be awarded in the categories of Outstanding Soloists, Outstanding Big Band Section, and Outstanding Combo Arrangement.

The Select 1 Jazz Combo will perform “Sue’s Changes,” “Song With Orange,” and “Haitian Fight Song” at the competition. The Big Band will perform “Pythecanthropus Erectus,” “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,” and “Better Get Hit In Your Soul.” Awards will be given for both individual and group performances, including a limited number of scholarships to MSM.
A full day of clinics and workshops will also take place at MSM, overseen by prominent jazz educators and musicians such as Gunther Schuller. (Explore Rivers).


Archived2009  Video:


2009 Activities for Let My Children Hear Music (Charles Mingus Institute) from Shannon Manning on Vimeo.

2010 MLK Day of Giving Back January 18, 2010


Donations to Red Cross for Haitian Relief to be Accepted


Planning to join your neighbors and friends at the MLK Day of Giving Back on Monday?  Along with a host of service activities, donations -- cash or checks to the Red Cross -- for victims of the earthquake in Haiti will be accepted. All events will be held as scheduled beginning at 9 am at the Middle School, rain, snow or sunshine! Check for details and a list of additional donation items needed. Hope to see you there!



January 17, 2010 — In 2008, 400 Hopkinton students, families, and friends participated. In 2009, the number grew to over 700. In 2010, the crowd may be even bigger so don’t risk being the only one still in bed as Hopkinton celebrates its Third Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Giving Back on January 18. Please make sure to mark your calendars now for this important event.


Volunteers Wanted for Community Events

Sponsored by the Hopkinton Youth Commission, this community-wide day of service has quickly become a tradition in town. From the National Honor Society to the Women’s Art Forum, student and community groups contribute time, talent and materials for service projects throughout Hopkinton and beyond. Past projects have ranged from book and food drives, letters to the Troops, and lunch for Hopkinton seniors.


Award-Winning Middle School Teacher Evren Gunduz to Speak

The day begins with a kick-off breakfast along with a short program in honor of Dr. King’s legacy. The highlight of the morning is an inspirational message delivered by a person who exemplifies Dr. King’s dedication to service. Continuing the tradition will be this year’s very special guest, Mr. Evren Gunduz! Mr. Gunduz (File photo) is a science teacher at the Middle School, currently on leave while pursuing a graduate degree at the Harvard School of Education. A 2009 “Excellence in Education” award winner from the Goldin Foundation, Mr. Gunduz is the founder of the IGNITE, a dynamic program staffed by 8th graders as mentors to incoming 6th graders at the Middle School. He is sure to get the day off to a rousing start!


About MLK Day of Giving Back

The MLK Day of Giving Back is a day of community-wide of service sponsored by the Hopkinton Youth Commission.  It is inspired by the works of Martin Luther King and is held yearly on Martin Luther King Day.   For more information contact Linda Katz or Anne Schneider at


9:00 a.m.– 9:30 a.m.  Light breakfast for volunteers and an inspirational, short presentation by Hopkinton Middle School teacher, Evren Gunduz, a 2009 “Excellence in Education” award winner from the Goldin Foundation in the Middle School auditorium


10:00 a.m. noon: Service projects, Brown Gym


12:30 p.m.  Basketball game – Special Olympics vs. Hopkinton Freshmen Boys team, Brown Gym


10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Blood Drive, Doyle Gym.

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Team Plays Northbridge Tournament

Four champions wrestlers

Front Row:  Peter Racenis, Tyler DeWolfe, Tommy Karner, Mike Ferris. Back Row:  Assistant Coach Corey Mills, Matt Dry, Tucker Mayo, Taylor Hammond, Coach Tim Nelson, Assistant Coach Eric DeWolfe, Assistant Coach Ryan DeWolfe.


The Hopkinton Wrestling Team placed 3rd out of sixteen teams at the Northbridge Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, January 16, 2010.   Individually, four wrestlers were champions at their respective weight classes.  Placing first were Tyler DeWolfe (125lbs), Mike Ferris (135lbs), Tommy Karner (152lbs), and Peter Racenis (171lbs).

 State News


AFSCME Council 93, SEIU Local 888 agree to contract changes to help solve budget gap


BOSTON – January 17, 2010 – Governor Deval Patrick announced Friday that the Patrick-Murray Administration has reached agreement with nearly 9,500 union workers on a new contract that will save the Commonwealth millions of dollars and help mitigate employee layoffs.


Members of Unit 2 represented by AFSCME Council 93 and SEIU Local 888 ratified by an eight to one margin contract revisions that will save taxpayers an estimated $22.8 million over the next three years, including roughly $3 million this fiscal year. It is the first time since collective bargaining was established in the Commonwealth that a Governor has successfully negotiated such compromises.


The Governor called for renewed union negotiations and concessions in October, as the Administration identified a $600 million revenue shortfall in the current fiscal year. To date, the Governor has reached tentative agreement with four state employee unions. Unit 2 is the second bargaining unit to ratify the agreement.


“I thank the workers of AFSCME Council 93 and SEIU Local 888 for their contribution to the Commonwealth and their willingness to work with us to find ways to save money in the face of very difficult budget challenges,” Governor Patrick said. “It’s that spirit of shared sacrifice that I hope other collective bargaining employees will demonstrate when they take similar votes in the coming weeks.”


If approved by the Legislature, the new contracts will save tens of millions of dollars through a combination of delayed wage increases and eliminating some payments to the Health and Welfare Fund.  Members affected are predominantly developmental service workers and mental health workers at the Departments of Developmental Services and Mental Health, as well as employees of the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Soldiers’ Homes at Chelsea and Holyoke, the Department of Youth Services, the Department of State Police and a number of other state agencies.


The savings from these revisions will allow the Administration to protect key programs and services and prevent some employee layoffs.


“State workers have contributed significantly to help address our challenges over the last two years, and we thank them for that,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Jay Gonzalez. “As we head into another difficult budget year it is important that we all make the necessary sacrifices that will help us climb out of the recession and position the Commonwealth for long-term economic growth.”


The Governor last month reached agreement with the bargaining units of SEIU Local 509, SEIU Local 888, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 93 and the National Association of Government Employees. These four unions cover roughly 30,000 union employees – or 75 percent of unionized state executive branch workers. The Governor is continuing to seek agreements with the remaining state unions. File photo.

New Library Friends

January 17, 2010 — The Friends of the Library are proud to announce their new slate of officers elected at the annual meeting held January 6, 2010. Left to right are Nancy Baker Fowler, Vice President, Susie Johnson, President, Barbara Beale, Treasurer, Raymond Gendreau, Secretary and Christine Clifford, Member at Large.


 We are most excited for the Friends of the Library and the community.  WE HAVE A DREAM.....

Our dream is that there will be a new Library built in the near future.  We will continue with the support of the programs that we have in the past, ie Museum passes and library programs, etc.  Join us the first Thursday of the month 7-8 pm. in the Library.


New Rule - Residents must appear in person at Fire Station to complete permit

Daily phone notification, with adherence to rules, okay only after that


The following rules and regulations will apply for the 2010 Open Burning Season.

1. Written burning permits will be issued Sunday through Saturday by fire personnel on duty at the Fire Headquarters.


2. The written permits must be obtained in person at Fire Headquarters prior to any burning.


3. Permits issued in prior years are no longer valid. A new permit must be obtained in person each new burning period.


4. You will be issued one burning permit number that will be valid for the new period. This permit will remain in effect for the period unless there are repeated violations of the rules and regulations.


5. Should there be repeated violations such as burning beyond the 4:00 PM limit, or leaving fires unattended, the permit will be revoked for the remainder of the season.


6. Once issued a burning permit you will be entitled to burn brush only. No brush to exceed three inches (4”) in diameter. The burning of leaves, stumps, grass, logs exceeding the three inch (4”) diameter, hay and building materials is prohibited by Open Burning Regulations 310 CMR 7.00.


7. On the day that you wish to burn, call Fire Headquarters at 508-497-2325 and give your permit number and address. At that time you will be notified if burning is being allowed that particular day. If weather conditions warrant, burning will be suspended for the day at the discretion of the Fire Chief, or in his absence his designee. You will call after 9:00 AM to request to burn. No permits will be issued before that time under any circumstances. Should your fire become out of control you will call 911 to report the problem as for any fire.


8. Permission to burn will be issued on Sunday through Saturday between the hours of 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM only if conditions allow.


9. Burn piles should not exceed 10’x10’x3’in size and don’t use gasoline!

Stephen T Slaman

Deputy Fire Chief

Hopkinton Fire Department

Jane (Cousins) Hale


HOPKINTON - Jane (Cousins) Hale, formerly of Hopkinton, passed quietly at her home in Rural Hall, NC on January 13.  She was the daughter of the late Bunny and Bea (Hurt) Cousins and was a Hopkinton native and graduate of Hopkinton High School, class of 1956.  She raised her family in the San Diego area while working as an operating room nurse. 

She is survived by her two children Brian and Deborah, her very dear friend Bob Pinney, and her loving sister Marjory Buffo and her husband Gary of Tacoma, Wash.  She also leaves her aunt and uncle, Ruth and Paul Phipps of Hopkinton, many first cousins, nephews and nieces and a wide-spread extended family.  Services in Rural Hall, NC, were private.  Local arrangements were provided by the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home

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Where There is Ice...

January 16, 2010 — Drew Saporoschetz, 8, leaves his father and brother behind, skating at Ice House Pond today, even though the ice was rather soft.

All Out For Scott Brown

January 16, 2010 — Above, Brian Herr and two of his five children stand on the Fruit Street Bridge in Hopkinton overlooking Route 495 North on the stump for Scott brown.


      Below, Eric Sonnett answers questions from Austin at the Main Street intersection while holding Scott Brown signs. And see Brian Herr and a couple of his children holding signs atop the bridge.


Below is the turnout for Scott Brown at the main intersection in Hopkinton.


Lonely Vigil

January 16, 2010 — Democrats Alex Brown and Joe Markey turned out to support their candidate Saturday.

Lucy B. (Rice) Jenner


Lucy B. (Rice) Jenner SOUTH YARMOUTH Lucy B. (Rice) Jenner, age 74 of South Yarmouth, died in her home on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, with her family at her side. She was horn and raised in Hopkinton, MA, the daughter of the late Arnold and Gladys (Howes) Rice. Following her marriage, she and her family lived in Ashland, MA 1956 to 1964. They moved to Hyannis, MA in 1964 and lived there for many years before moving to South Yarmouth. She worked at Colonial Candle Company, in Hyannis tin many years, she was employed as a dispatcher for Intercity Alarm Company for over 20 years, retiring in 1997.


She was the wife of the late A. Edward Jenner. She is survived by her four children, Arthur E Jenner of So. Yarmouth, MA, Jennifer L. Jenner of North Chelmsford, MA, Karl K. Jenner of South Yarmouth, MA and Alan W. Jenner of Falmouth, MA. She is also survived by six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. A graveside service was held in Evergreen Cemetery, Hopkinton, MA on Friday, January 15, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 Attention: Gift Processing.

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Hopkinton vs. Medfield

January 15, 2010 — Tim Dlugolecki makes his move against his Medfield opponent Friday night at the Athletic Center.

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Hopkinton vs. Medfield

January 15, 2010 — Tess Chandler gets above the fray Friday evening against Medfield.

Poll Results

The results of the poll are to the left, giving Scott Brown a tremendous, but incredulous lead.


Incredulous because the lead is much greater than the opinion polls, which show the race as a statistical tie.

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Hopkinton Polls Open January 19, 2010

Hopkinton Middle School

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(Revised, refined version of video from earlier)

January 15, 2010 — Massachusetts State Police Superintendent Colonel Marian McGovern is Sworn in by Governor Deval Patrick at the Hanover Theater for the Performing Arts in Worcester. See clips from the ceremony with the Governor and Lt. Governor speaking, as well as Colonel McGovern; and see our HopNews interviews of Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone and Colonel McGovern by Video Reporter David Sheehan. (This is a revised video, complete with introductory title and transitions. The original is below, but it will go away soon. Computer problems kept us from completing anything but the basic tasks last night.)

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HAVERHILL – Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office announces that an employee of the Haverhill branch of the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) was arrested yesterday by Massachusetts State Police in connection with operating a scheme to accept bribes in exchange for the issuance of full driver licenses to people who were not eligible for legitimate licenses.  Lyn Toscano, age 39, of Haverhill, is charged with Bribery, Falsification of a Driver’s License and Conspiracy. 


In August 2009, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office began an investigation after the matter had been referred by the RMV.  Investigators discovered that Toscano allegedly told an associate that she could secure a Massachusetts driver’s license for a fee for individuals who were disqualified from obtaining licenses lawfully.   


Investigators discovered that Toscano completed numerous out of state license conversions at the RMV for her customers.  Authorities allege that all of the out of state license conversions had been completed by overriding various computer system requests for information.  By allegedly overriding these required transactions, Toscano allowed people to receive licenses without taking a written and/or road test, or without having a valid social security number or valid out of state license per RMV requirements.  Authorities allege that at least 31 licenses were unlawfully issued in exchange for bribes.


            Yesterday, Massachusetts State Police arrested Toscano at her place of employment and then transported to the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Newbury where she was subsequently released on bail.  Today, Toscano was arraigned in Haverhill District Court where she pled not guilty, and is currently being held on $1,000 cash bail.  Upon her release on bail, Toscano will be monitored by electronic bracelet.  She scheduled to appear in court on February 18, 2010, for a pre-trial conference.


The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Tom Ralph, Chief of Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Cyber Crime Division, and Assistant Attorney General Anne Yas, also of Attorney General Coakley’s Cyber Crime Division, and was investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office.  The Massachusetts State Police Compliance Unit and the Registry of Motor Vehicles Auditors also assisted with the investigation.

Trouble Comes in Bunches

January 15, 2010 — The adage that trouble comes in bunches rang true today ad the Hopkinton Fire Department got several calls at once; among them, gas leaking into a storm drain drain, above, and smoke reported at the Hopkins School.

    Below, the Ashland Tower responding to Hopkins. The school was evacuated, and the students marched to the High School while the problem, which turned out to be an air handling unit, was investigated.


School Committee Ponders Cuts

File photo

by Heather Kelley

January 14, 2010 — Tonight the School Committee held a Working Session to discuss the FY 11 budgets for Special Education, Buildings and Grounds, and the Central Office.  Each subgroup presented two possible budget scenarios for the next fiscal year.  One option, the “(2.65) Budget,” represents the 2.65% budget reduction from FY 10 that was a part of the budget message published by the Board of Selectmen, and requested of all Town departments.  Another option, the “Superintendent’s Budget,” spoke to a different part of the Selectmen’s budget message, which was the directive to maintain in FY 11 level services from FY 10.


“We should take the 2.65 Budget and the Superintendent’s Budget and turn them into a School Committee Budget,” said Chair Nancy Burdick.  To begin this process, Burdick fielded a list of concerns from those present at the Working Session.  Burdick began the list with a concern of her own, the potential loss of the music program at Hopkins.  Superintendent Dr. John Phelan interjected that at the January 21st School Committee Meeting, Principal Martha Starr would be presenting possible ways to prevent just this situation.  Members Jean Bertschmann and Troy Mick added the reduction of guidance counselors and the elimination of some athletic teams at the High School.  Members also discussed fees: Bertschmann queried whether parents would prefer paying fees instead of eliminating items, such as some of the after school clubs at the Middle and High Schools.  Mick questioned the equity of level fees for sports with disparate price points in terms of actual cost to the schools to run the programs, and also the levying of fees for sports but not for other after school activities, such as clubs.


Continuing with the list, Richard de Mont suggested that it could be worse financially to defer maintenance on items, if deterioration occurred that would cause the Schools to have to pay to replace the items outright.  Mick took a metaphorical step back and asked the Committee to remember to look at the individual budget submissions in the plainer light of the whole School Budget package.  Perhaps, he suggested, it would be better to let some schools cut more items from their budgets, in order to preserve yet more basic services at another school; one example he gave was remedial math at the Middle School.


“To come up with the numbers we’re talking about here, we have to reduce some personnel,” remarked Superintendent Phelan.


Mary Lou Haroian, a member of the Town’s Appropriations Committee, and in attendance at the Working Session, countered this sentiment with another possibility: to consider “rate cuts” instead of “head cuts.”


Phelan agreed, saying that all options would have to be explored.



January 14, 2010 — Massachusetts State Police Superintendent Colonel Marian McGovern is Sworn in by Governor Deval Patrick at the Hanover Theater for the Performing Arts in Worcester. See clips from the ceremony with the Governor and Lt. Governor speaking, as well as Colonel McGovern; and see our HopNews interviews of Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone and Colonel McGovern by Video Reporter David Sheehan.

Please join us for our 3rd annual


Adults Only

Saturday, January 30th, 2010



Woodville Rod & Gun Club

252 Wood Street

Woodville, MA



Hearty Appetizers & A Cash Bar


This gathering is for LMPA members only.  If you are not a member and would like to renew or join, please go to our web site and pay on line.  We will also accept memberships on the night of the social.

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Governor Patrick Swears-In Marian McGovern as

Massachusetts State Police Superintendent


New Colonel is First Woman to Lead State’s Police Force


January 14, 2010 — On December 10, 2009, Governor Deval Patrick appointed then second-in-command, Marian McGovern, as Colonel and  Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; and today he made it official by swearing-in Colonel McGovern to the position during a ceremony, heralded by pipes and drums, inside a packed Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts on Southbridge Street in Worcester.

      Her family took up the first rows of the theater, but friends and colleagues filled the other thousands of seats.

      Secretary Kevin Burke of the Office of Public Safety and Security opened the remarks, saying that after hearing of her appointment, a friend called him and said, "Marian was filled with joy."

      "That's interesting. Joy is not ordinarily a cop word. You don't see 'joy' in a lot of police reports," he said.

       "But it is a perfectly descriptive word for someone who has reached... a pinnacle of their life's work, and someone who is thrilled with the challenge," he said, adding, "She is a great cop."

       Lt. Governor Timothy Murray thanked Governor Patrick for his "outstanding choice," calling it "well-served."

      "She is the right person at the right time to lead this historic public service agency," he said. The Massachusetts State Police was founded in 1865.

       Standing in front of the podium, Governor Deval Patrick drew laughter when he remarked, "For an occasion as joyful as this, we are an awfully solemn group. If you are as proud of this appointment as I am, let's give a hand."

       "There was much said about the fact that I would be the first woman Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police," said Colonel McGovern.

        "Well I am very proud and honored to have that distinction. ...For I believe that it is abilities and experience, not gender, that are important to the performance of this job. I mentioned that today because I believe the fact that I am a woman reinforces that a successful career in law enforcement is available to anyone who is willing to pledge their commitment to public service."

       A press release from the State Police Headquarters states, "Colonel McGovern holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from Framingham State College and a Master of Science degree in criminal justice from Westfield State College. She is a past recipient of the Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award by the National Center for Women and Policing and the Distinguished Law Enforcement Award from Blue Mass, Diocese of Worcester. She was raised in Worcester, where she attended local public schools and Holy Name High School."

     The Massachusetts State Police department was created in 1865, making it the oldest statewide law enforcement agency in the nation. Today, it is comprised of more than 2,200 sworn officers and several hundred civilian members. The department operates a Division of Field Services, Division of Investigative Services, Division of Standards and Training, and Division of Administrative Services. 

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HPTA Fundraising Successful to Date for 2009-10 Fiscal Year

So far in the 2009-10 fiscal year, the HPTA has raised approximately $42,000 through fundraising events, sales, corporate programs, and membership. With many events meeting or exceeding estimated income and several large fundraisers remaining, funds raised by the end of the year should surpass the $116,975 raised in 2008-09. 

Profits from fall fundraisers ranged from $300 at Pinz to $8,227 through book fairs. The Harlem Wizards basketball game and Genevieve's sales netted $5,312 and $4,263, respectively. Ongoing fundraisers include the No Bake Sale that has raised $6,202 and sales of supplies like Notes from Home and Water Bottles. The community-wide monthly can and bottle recycling program has already brought in $816.

The HPTA expects its largest fundraiser, the Silent Auction slated for March 6, to raise $40,000. Several spring fundraisers also project strong earning potential, with Square 1 Art sales anticipated to raise $6,000 and the Mini Marathon, HopSwap, Carnival and sales of Schoolkidz School Supply Kits each expected to net $2,000.

Membership fees have added $5,979 to HPTA coffers, while interest has added another $1,204. Sale of Guida's products at Colellas should bring in $2,000.

Several other programs (Box Tops for Education, ink cartridge recycling, and programs at Target, Hannafords and Stop & Shop) initiated and/or coordinated by the HPTA send funds directly to the schools, rather than through the HPTA budget. 
Web advertising has raised more than $3,000, and a $1,450 grant from the Hopkinton Cultural Council partially funded ArtQuest. 

"The series of presentations are coordinated with the social studies curriculum and explore American History through art and social history," said Esther Driscoll, HPTA's grant writing coordinator. 

All money the HPTA raises this year will fund enrichment programs, classrooms materials and professional development during the 2010-11 school year. As always, we appreciate your help in reaching our financial goals!



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