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January 26, 2010 — NEW (Network of Enterprising Women) is offering all Metrowest Business Women an opportunity; to network, replete with a free, light breakfast, to take part in an interactive program centered around goal setting offered by a local, business and personal coach and to make a contribution to Project Just Because. On Monday, February 1st from 8:30am to 10:00am at the First Congregational Church, 146 East Main St. (Rte 135), Hopkinton, NEW will host an exciting, interactive program offered by business coach, Andrea Novakowski, MBA.


The meeting will begin with breakfast/networking, followed by Andrea's 30 minutepresentation and then another opportunity to network. Attendees are asked to bring a contribution for Project Just Because of new bras and panties of any size. If you are not a member of NEW, your $5 meeting fee will be waived if you bring in the requested donation for PJB. For more info on NEW and about this meeting, go to; or call Jeanne Holland at 508.429.5947.



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Local Youth Hockey Team Wins Tournament

Congratulations to the Demons Squirt 1 Hockey team for winning the Squirt 1 championship at the Fire and Ice Tournament in Westfield, MA,  in January.  The team is coached by Chris Delaney, Brian Rolph and David Sloan, all of Hopkinton. The Demons are the official youth hockey team of Hopkinton.  For more information about the Demons, check out their website,

EMC 2009 Revenue $14 billion

Sees "cloud computing" in future


January 26, 2010 — During the fourth quarter, EMC expanded gross and operating margins on a sequential basis, generated operating cash flow of $1.0 billion and achieved record quarterly free cash flow of $793 million. EMC completed the fourth quarter with $9.4 billion in cash and investments.


For the full year 2009, EMC achieved total consolidated revenue of $14.0 billion. GAAP net income attributable to EMC for 2009 was $1.1 billion or $0.55 per diluted share. Non-GAAP(3) net income attributable to EMC for the full year was $1.9 billion or $0.90 per diluted share. For comparison, GAAP net income attributable to EMC for 2008 was $1.3 billion or $0.61 per diluted share and non-GAAP(3) net income attributable to EMC for 2008(2) was $2.1 billion or $1.00 per diluted share. For 2009, EMC's operating cash flow was $3.3 billion and free cash flow was $2.6 billion, an increase of 2% year over year.


Joe Tucci, EMC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (File photo), said, "Aggressive investment in core technology and strategic partnerships during the downturn, combined with heightened operational discipline, leaves EMC stronger than ever financially and intensely focused on our customers. We are well positioned to lead the industry's newest and potentially largest wave of IT, which we and others refer to as cloud computing. As we execute on our vision for where the industry is heading, EMC's primary focus is on helping customers safely build out their next-generation, fully virtualized data centers and lead them along the journey to private cloud computing, which offers the promise of a dramatically more efficient and effective model for delivering IT as a service."


Hopkinton Public Schools

Music Department


The Hopkinton Music Department is pleased to announce that the Hopkinton Middle School 8th Grade Band, Chorus and String Ensemble have been invited, by Representative Carolyn Dykema, to perform at the State House in Boston this Friday January 29 at 11:30 am. The performance will take place in front of the Grand Staircase.


This is quite an honor for the students as they look forward to this performance. The public is invited to attend.

 $185 Million in Federal Recovery Funds Released

BOSTON – Monday, January 26, 2010 – As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Massachusetts Recovery Plan, Governor Deval Patrick and members of the congressional delegation yesterday released $185 million in federal recovery funds for water infrastructure improvement projects. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grants and State Revolving Fund (SRF) financing will support statewide construction projects worth nearly $800 million, maintaining and creating thousands of jobs across Massachusetts.


“The federal Recovery Act is all about creating economic activity and putting people to work,” said Governor Patrick. “With these funds, we are maximizing economic activity by doubling the amount of water infrastructure investment taking place this year, reducing project costs for municipalities, and using renewable energy to reduce operating costs at these energy intensive facilities. I thank the members of the Congressional delegation for delivering for Massachusetts.”


“Today’s announcement of the federal stimulus awards for construction projects will further support infrastructure investment and job creation in communities across the Commonwealth,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray.  “Governor Patrick and I are thankful for the federal delegation’s strong leadership, which has leveraged critical funds for Massachusetts that will complement financing solutions through the State Revolving Fund and lead to healthy, growing economies across all regions in the state.” 


“This substantial investment means repaired infrastructure, clean water, and cities and towns equipped to maintain their water and sewage facilities. This federal-state partnership is vital to the economic future of Massachusetts,” said Senator John Kerry.


“This federal stimulus funding will result in millions of dollars in savings for ratepayers.  I’ve worked closely with cities and towns for years on their clean water issues, and I know how important federal funding will be.  All of us share in the goal of clean water.  During these tough economic times, it’s critical that the federal government step up and help cities and towns comply with federal requirements,” said Congressman Jim McGovern (File photo).


The Worcester Telegram reported yesterday that Westborough will receive $7.04 million in stimulus funds to help with its $54 million upgrade, a cost borne by itself and its users.


"Westborough contributes 37 percent of the flow to the plant, while Shrewsbury contributes 57 percent and Hopkinton 5 percent. Westborough will do all of the borrowing to pay for the project, because the plant is situated in Westborough. Shrewsbury and Hopkinton will pay Westborough back, based on their usage," stated the article.

Girls and Boys Track Both Win Tri-Valley League Titles


January 25, 2010

by Linda Clancy


The Girls beat Medfield 52- 34 in a very exciting meet that came down to the last two events. This win represents the fourth straight year that the Girls have won the TVL title. Coach Hall praised the girls and said, “For the Seniors on the team, this means they leave High School never having lost a Dual TVL meet during their high school track careers.” It is a wonderful accomplishment for them and sets a great precedent for their underclass teammates.” Coach Hall went on to praise the many Girls who truly stepped up for today’s race, including girls that ran multiple events and many underclassmen who turned in personal records.


The Girls did not pass Medfield in scoring until the mile when Co-captains Kim Bolick and Kellie Lodge, running in their second races of the meet took 1st and 2nd in the mile with times of 5:33.5 and 5.35.2 respectively. The 4x400 relay team of Stephanie Hadley, Dana Cavedon, Devin Dourney and Tam Mills ran 4:32.6 to beat the Medfield team by .4 seconds. It was an exciting finish to a tense meet. Many other Girls contributed to today’s win. Sam Prescott (7.1) and Kelly O’Connor (7.4) placed 2nd and 3rd in the hurdles. Jenny Curly captured 3rd in the dash with a time of 6.0 seconds. Lodge (11:46.8) and Becca Govoni (12.53.5) scored 1st and 3rd in the 2 mile. In the 600 meter race, Haley Anderson (1:50.9) and Dourney (1:54.0) placed 2nd and 3rd.

Bolick (46.9) and Emily Jarvis (47.1) took 2nd and 3rd in the 300 meter race. The 1000 meter race was incredibly fast with Mills winning in 3:14.6 and Leah Holmes placing 3rd at 3:25.1. In field events, Hannah Krueger (4’8”) and Cecily Boyce (4’6”) earned 1st and 2nd place. Finally, Sam Oleson and Maggie Onley captured 1st and 3rd in the shot put with throws of 31’8.5” and 29’11”.




The Boys beat Medfield 47-39. This meet came down to the final 4x400 meter race. The relay team of Josh Hacunda, Mike Ronan, Jake Whittles and Zach Hutchinson ran 3:41.5 to secure the TVL title. It was a tremendously exciting finish. Coach Donahue praised their opponents saying, “Medfield was phenomenal today turning in best performances in many races. This in turn forced our runners to do their best.”


He went on to say, “I was impressed by the running of Zach Hutchinson, who ran a league best time of 1:27.5 to capture first place in the 600 meter race. Adam Gately also turned in a PR of 5’8 inches in the High Jump. Cam Fairbanks (4:50.5) and Tim Bolick (4:51.4) needed to finish 1st and 2nd in the mile in order to force the final relay to allow the win.”


Many other Boys contributed to today’s win. Walter Carey (6.5) and Gately (6.5) tied for 2nd place in the hurdles. Joe McNulty (5.3) and Peter Bransfield (5.3) placed 1st and 3rd in the dash. Dan Carrai ran 10:30.8 for 3rd place in the 2 mile. Mike Ronan placed 3rd in the 600 meter race with a time of 1:29.8. Andrew Johnson (39.2) and Bransfield (39.3) took 2nd and 3rd in the 300 meter race. Kevin Franke ran 2:54.7 to take 3rd at 1000 meters. In the field events, Jeff Corkum jumped 5’8” for 2nd place and Jeff Towle 39’11” and Peter Carbone (39’3”) took 2nd and 3rd place in the shot put.

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Senator Spilka Appointed to Governor's STEM Council

January 25, 2010 — Senator Spilka has been appointed by Senate President Therese Murray to the Governor's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education Coordinating Council. The new council, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Murray, will be the central coordinating entity for the Commonwealth as it seeks to increase student interest and achievement in STEM fields.

"Her experience and interest in this endeavor is second to none and I believe she will be a great asset to the STEM Advisory Council," stated Murray in her appointment of Senator Spilka.

Senator Spilka's interest in promoting STEM education began when she was a member of the Ashland School Committee. Hoping to connect what was being taught in school with the needs of the major high tech employers in the MetroWest region, she joined the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce to help facilitate a dialogue between businesses and education officials.

Public Safety Out Straight

January 25, 2010 — Hopkinton Fire and Police raced from one problem to another this afternoon, as winds and driving rain descended upon the area. Above, a firefighter points to a transformer that was malfunctioning, apparently just over the Ashland line. Below, firefighters enter the Middle School to seek the source of an alarm, while the students were evacuated to the Cafeteria. Trees, limbs and wires down — some across the roadway — a flooded yard, and the report of a geyser gushing in a yard Downtown kept everyone jumping.

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BOSTON – Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office announces that the former Manager of Accounting for a local television station WGBH - TV pled guilty in Suffolk Superior Court for embezzling nearly $500,000 from his former employer, and using those funds to pay personal credit card bills. Philip McCabe, age 49, pled guilty late Friday afternoon to the charges of Making False Entries in Corporate Books (2 counts) and Larceny over $250 (2 counts).  After the plea was entered, Superior Court Judge Lauriat sentenced McCabe to serve two years in the House of Correction, six months to serve, with the balance suspended for three years.  Judge Lauriat also ordered McCabe to serve 10 years of concurrent probation, with the first three years of probation being supervised.  McCabe must also pay $25,000, the amount of the deductible not covered by the insurance which reimbursed most of the loss.

    In July 2008, the Attorney General’s Office began an investigation after McCabe’s former employer alerted the office of his alleged activities.  McCabe worked in the company’s Accounting Department from January 1987 until June 2007.  Beginning in 1993, he was responsible for paying bank fees, credit card fees, lines of credit fees, and other fees the company was responsible for.  A specially designated account was used for paying these obligations, and McCabe had exclusive control over this account.   

    Investigators discovered that McCabe allegedly used the specially designated account to pay for charges on his company-issued corporate credit card from 1998 to 2007, and that the charges were for personal rather than business-related purchases.  Investigators further discovered that not only had McCabe been using this account to pay his corporate credit card bills, but he is alleged to have also used it to pay his personal credit card bills from 2001-2007.  In all, McCabe is alleged to have stolen approximately $500,000 of his former employer’s money to pay for vacations, golf, dining, liquor, clothes, household goods, gas, and hundreds of other personal expenditures charged to his credit cards over a nearly nine year period.

McCabe’s former employer cooperated fully with the Attorney General’s investigation.

A Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against McCabe on January 29, 2009.  He was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on February 13, 2009, where he pled not guilty and was released on personal recognizance.  On January 22, 2010, he pled guilty to all charges and was sentenced.

     The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General James O’Brien, Chief of Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Corruption and Fraud Division, with assistance from investigators Jim McFadden and Carl Mullen of the Financial Investigations Division, and State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office.


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January 25, 2010

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11:31 am A Lakeshore Drive caller reported ice fishermen leaving beer cans and trash behind on the lake...


8:54 am A C Street resident reported via a 911 call that their vehicle was missing...


2:38 pm Hopkinton Police responded to a report of an ATV crash with serious injury..


2:54 pm An East Main Street caller reported that a white minivan taxi was driving erratically and yelling...


6:07 pm A walk-in reported that a male in her car was acting violently, and that she was scared...

Fiscal Year 2010 Property Valuations- Click Here

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

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Compiled by David Sheehan for © 2010 All Rights Reserved

Transactions from January 18 - January 25, 2010






23 Hillcrest Drive Kathleen E Menzel, Steven Eliot Lang $510,000 Jan 22, 2010 Thomas E. Perna, Danielle Perna
36 Huckleberry Road Praveena Katragadda, Siddharth Tenneti $621,500 Jan 22, 2010 Manon Gagne
55 Hayden Rowe Street Manon Gagne $353,500 Jan 22, 2010 Barbara H. Manford
Last Week        
3 Maple Street Michael R. & Ivy F. Gram $303,000.00 Jan 15, 2010 David A. Holmes


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Firefighter Rescued by Fellow Firefighters

Firefighter Rescued by Fellow Firefighters

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MLK Day 2010 in Hopkinton

MLK Day 2010 in Hopkinton

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Massachusetts State Police Superintendent Marian McGovern is Sworn in by Governor Deval Patrick

 Marian McGovern is Sworn in by Governor Deval Patrick

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HopNews Year in Photos, A Review of 2009

HopNews Year in Photos, A Review of 2009

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January 25, 2010 — Above are some the Editor's favorites videos from the last month. Some of the number of views stated is the combined total from iterations of the same video. On occasion, it is important to get the news or feature uploaded in a timely fashion, and then work on a finer production of it afterward. The advent of High Definition video creates its own challenges, as the software to edit it catches up with the hardware that captures it.

     Such was the case with the video of the installation of Colonel Marian McGovern as the first woman to hold the title of Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, who was gracious enough to take a moment from celebrations with her family and friends following the ceremony to grant an interview with HopNews. The second iteration had all of the transitions that we are used to seeing in a professional presentation.

     The firefighter rescue is another example of the editing technology working when it felt like it. The third time was a charm.

     The interview with Paul Occhitinti, who was made known to us through a reader, was done in the 24 Main Street studio.

     For those who have a feature subject idea, or who would just like to editorialize on camera, please call the office at 508-435-5534 and become one of the video favorites.

Message from the Dlugoleckis: Happy 50th Birthday, Lou Papadellis!

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Governor Proposes State Budget With Over $4 billion in School Aid

and Nearly $1 billion Unrestricted Aid

State Treasurer candidate not so sure


January  24, 2010 — Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced a budget during his address to the Massachusetts legislators that provides for over $4 billion in Chapter 70 aid to cities, towns, and regional districts in Massachusetts for education, and nearly $1 billion in unrestricted aid to cities and towns.

Of that number, nearly $6 million is earmarked for Hopkinton education, and nearly $700 K is for Hopkinton in the way of unrestricted aid.


The Governor also announced that he will fully fund Chapter 70 education aid at a record $4.048 billion.  This ensures that every school district will receive Chapter 70 funding that meets or exceeds the level of funding they received last year. This announcement comes on the heels of the Governor signing historic legislation last Monday that will turnaround underperforming schools, promote innovation and choice and eliminate achievement gaps that persist despite the successes of the state’s landmark Education Reform Act of 1993.


The budget, which will be filed Wednesday, will also include full funding for unrestricted local aid, a reflection of Governor Patrick’s commitment to cities and towns and the local services residents depend on. The most flexible category of aid, this account will be funded at $936 million in FY11 -- the same level as FY10. This will help reduce pressure on property taxes and allow communities to mitigate budgetary impacts on police, fire and other essential services, according to a press release from the governor's office. Hopkinton Selectman Chairman Brian Herr was not as optimistic.


"If the governor can avoid cuts to local aid, that's great; but the Chairman of the House Ways and Means is less optimistic," said Mr. Herr, a Republican who has announced his campaign for State Treasurer.


"My concern is that we need more time before we close the books on the questions having to do with FY 11," he said. [File photos]

Chili Cook-off

January 24, 2010 — The HPTA held a chili cook-of today, run by Adrienne McKenna at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club. The categories were: Vegetarian, Fire House, Carnivore Lover, Most Original, Mild, and Under 18.

      Above, Lee Wright, the winner of the Carnivore Lover category with his Venison Chili, shows off his award in his own way.

On Wheels and Not on Wheels

January 24, 2010 — Bill's Pizza has a steady streams of devoted customers driving behind the bank to pick up or order from their Bill's on Wheels. To see the progress of the new building, mouse-over the image above.


Rescue on the Ice 

Firefighter Robert Clark is rescued by his colleagues on Lake Whitehall

For updated video with audio click here.     Video above has corrupt audio.


Update: Following xrays, doctors determined that Boo Clark's ribs were only bruised.

" What a relief. We were all hoping the best for him. I've known him all of my life" said a fellow firefighter upon hearing the news.


January 23, 2010 — Firefighter Robert "Boo" Clark is said to have been operating a four-wheeled ATV vehicle while off-duty on Lake Whitehall with a passenger when the borrowed vehicle crashed, causing serious injury. Firefighters who were the initial responders — including his brother Fire Chief Ken Clark, who set up a command center on Winter Street — first heard that the subject had a broken neck, so the department called for a Life Flight helicopter out of UMass Worcester.

     Lt. Carl Harris updated Mr. Clark's condition this evening saying, that gratefully, Mr. Clark did not have a broken neck; but he had heard he suffered a couple of broken ribs and a head injury, a concussion.

     Lt. Harris had no other information, and requests made to the Hopkinton Police were directed to the Fire Department.

      The vehicle involved in the accident was in the back of a pickup truck parked at the Police Station this evening while the owner was speaking with investigators from the Environmental Police Department, which investigates all ATV accidents. Hopkinton Police declined to identify the owner, or the passenger who was said to be riding on the back, and no one answered the phone at the Media department of the Environmental Police.

Pinewood at Elmwood

January 23, 2010 — Cub Scouts from Pack 26 packed into Elmwood School Saturday for the yearly Pinewood Derby with their scoutmasters and parents. The high speed of these gravity cars is apparent by the blur they make on the photo.

Bittersweet Day

ESL moves away from Main Street

January 23, 2010 — Enter Stage Left Theater exited their space at 30 Main Street on Saturday for a move to the CAA Farmhouse on Hayden Rowe Street. In addition to their many performances, ESL offers lessons in the performing arts. The monthly open mic with Barbara Kessler will continue Downtown at Ciao Time Catering, 28 Main Street, the first Saturday of each month. Above, some of the performers pose for a last photo in the space.

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Swimming and Diving Team Remain Undefeated

The Swimming and diving Team remained undefeated after a victory over previously unbeaten King Philip on Friday afternoon. Standout performances by Senior Matt Younis (butterfly), and Sophomores Julianna Tordella (Diving), Paul Lagasse (100 free, 100 back), Anthony DeBendetto (200 IM, 500 free), photo, and John Lagasse (50 free, 100 breaststroke) helped to lead the Hillers to victory.

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Public Safety Rescues One of Their Own

Fire Chief's Brother rescued from ice on Lake Whitehall

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January 23, 2010 — Firefighters and police put their muscle and expertise together today to rescue one of their own from the ice on Lake Whitehall during the Woodville Rod and Gun Club Fishing Derby.

      Although no one at the scene had an official statement, it appears that Hopkinton Firefighter Robert "Boo" Clark was rescued from Lake Whitehall — after being in an accident that involved a four-wheeled vehicle, according to Lt. Carl Harris.

      Firefighters and police worked together on the ice to prepare Mr. Clark, who is the brother of both Fire Chief Kenneth Clark and Firefighter Fran Clark, for transport to the ambulance staged on Winter Street.

      His injuries are unknown, but a LifeFlight helicopter landed at the boat ramp for the Lake Whitehall State Park, a sign that responders on the scene felt it was necessary to notch up the level of immediate care.

      While rescue workers prepared Boo in the ambulance, as the chopper idled, recreational four-wheelers sped up and down the nearby ice, and a Channel 7 cameraman took video. Neighbors gathered, wondering who was in the ambulance and watching the rare sight of a helicopter that landed in their neighborhood.

     According to Lt. Harris, in a phone call to the station, some people reported that Boo Clark was operating a four-wheeled vehicle with a passenger on the back, and other reports said there was no one on the back.

     Lt. Harris said that Boo was conscious, and although he knew the firefighters, he did not know what happened.

    "He was disoriented," he said.

    "We are unsure of the details of the accident, because our priority was to get him off of the ice," he said.

    "Ken [Chief Clark] is on his way to UMass, and his wife, Kim, is there now.

    "He is one of ours," he said.

NOTE: There will be a video soon.


B.A.A. Marathon® Training Clinics Begin January 25;
First of Three Monthly Clinics at Marathon Sports in Boston

The first of three Boston Marathon training clinics will take place on Monday, January 25, at Marathon Sports in Boston. The first clinic will feature a 12-week training program provided in hard copy to all attendees. This is the marathon training program recommended by the B.A.A coaching staff, suitable to runners of all levels. There will also be a brief discussion on apparel needs by Adidas representative Michael McGrane. This will be the earliest-available opportunity to purchase official 2010 Boston Marathon apparel.
Clinic Schedule:
Monday, January 25
Establishing and customizing your own training program
Monday, February 22
Injury Prevention and Proper footwear for marathon training
Monday, March 22
Diet, Nutrition, and Course Preview
Clinics are free and open to official entrants and their guests.
All clinics will take place at:
Marathon Sports - Boston, 671 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116, Telephone: 617-267-4774
Clinic Agenda:
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Clinic registration and exclusive Adidas shopping - 20% off retail price on all Adidas footwear and apparel.
7:30 p.m.
B.A.A. coaching staff outlines its marathon training program - suitable for all runners. Q&A to follow.
8:15 p.m.
Clinic concludes, get your questions answered by B.A.A. experts, Adidas raffle prizes.

Though not required, for our planning purposes please let us know if you intend to come by sending an e-mail to Guests of entrants are welcome. Call 617-778-1631 with questions.

Spring '10 Adidas Footwear & Apparel - 20% off Adidas products at each clinic. Free Gift With Purchases of Adidas footwear
and apparel at each clinic. Gift with Try-On offered on Adidas products at each clinic.

American Cancer Society Key Gala
Thursday, March 4, 2010 at the House of Blues, Boston

From left to right: Elaine and Shawn Sullivan along with Scott and Maura Farden

(Boston, MA)   – Join the American Cancer Society at its fifth annual Key Gala beginning at 6pm, Thursday, March 4, 2010 at Boston’s newest entertainment venue, the House of Blues.  This year’s event, themed “Hope is in the House,” benefits the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston, a program of the American Cancer Society.  Or join us beginning at 9pm for a Late Night Party at a special price perfect for Boston area young professionals interested in supporting the cause and enjoying an evening of live entertainment.   File photo, ACS.


In its first year, the Lodge, located at 125 South Huntington Avenue in Jamaica Plain, has provided free temporary residence to more than 700 cancer patients and family members who have traveled to Boston from 35 states and five countries for cancer treatments not available at home.  Thanks to generous financial contributions from donors, organizations, foundations, and events such as the Key Gala, guests and caregivers have received 14,500 nights of free lodging and 4,000 rides to and from treatment appointments, saving them more than $1.6 million in hotel and travel expenses. Proud sponsors of the 2010 Key Gala include: gold sponsor Dana Farber Cancer Institute and silver sponsor Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation.

For more information or for tickets, contact Caitlin Bell at 508.897.4323 or  or visit

Hopkinton vs. Holliston

January 23, 2010 — Tim Dlugolecki jumps up for this one at the Hopkinton High School Athletic Center on Friday night against Holliston.

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Hopkinton at Holliston

January 23, 2010 — Kelly Sanborn gets ready to spin and go for two Friday night in Holliston.

FOOD!! ~ Golden Spoon


Every single HopNews sponsor offering food has something to brag about. Please check out their websites and then please pay them a visit if you haven't already. Every one is open most evenings and most for lunch.


But one in particular, the Golden Spoon, in addition to its lunch and breakfast hours, opens for dinner only one night a week, Friday, and has scrumptious specials like the freshest fish, prime-rib cut to order, and turkey with ALL the fixings.


The Golden Spoon serves up the feast Fridays evenings only. It should not be missed.



Holliston 47, Hopkinton 25

January 22, 2010 — Tucker Mayo wrestles his opponent on his way to a pin against Holliston High School last night.

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About 66% of poll participants do not favor the new trash policy.

(Illustration by Hopkinton artist Ashley TM Jackson is 7 years old, but we still can't get enough of it.)





FRAMINGHAM, MA – At Keefe Technical School, students have mastered the art of public speaking through the Toastmasters International Youth Leadership Program, a prestigious after-school club focused on developing communication, public speaking, and leadership skills. 


Only available at a handful of high schools throughout the state, Keefe Technical School’s Toastmasters International Youth Leadership Program was initiated at the start of the school year, after former Keefe Tech School Committee member Tom Leddy suggested the program could be of great benefit to Keefe Tech at a School Council Meeting. 

“This is an amazing opportunity for our students to be mentored by prestigious members of Toastmasters International,” noted Keefe Technical School Principal Patricia Canali, who has attended several of the Youth Leadership sessions. “It’s wonderful to see how this program helps them develop the self confidence and speaking skills necessary for success in college as well as the workplace.” 

The program covers techniques on everything from overcoming nervousness when speaking in front of crowds to how to present ideas clearly and lead group discussions. Keefe’s sessions were organized and sponsored by members of the District 31 Toastmasters organization, Dr. Howard Rivenson, a Lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health, Derek Perkins, owner of Perkins Associates, and Sam Mercurio, President of Party Technical Institute. 

During our sessions, students present prepared speeches that last from 3 to 5 minutes and respond to ‘table topics’ with 1 to 2 minute impromptu speeches, and our Toastmaster mentors provide them with positive feedback and constructive criticism,” explained Keefe Technical School ESL Teacher and Youth Leadership Advisor Candy Albertian. “The sessions have helped many students overcome their fear of standing up in front of a group to speak.” 

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.



The Hopkinton Republican Town Committee will hold a caucus to elect delegates to the Republican State Convention on Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 9 AM, at the Hopkinton Fire Station, 73 Main Street, in the second floor training room (enter from back door).


The Republican State Convention will be held on April 17th in Worcester. The Convention promises excitement and fun as the primary race for Governor is contested and Hopkinton’s Brian Herr is running for State Treasurer.


Any Hopkinton Republican registered as of December 1, 2009 can be elected as a delegate. Hopkinton is allocated 13 delegates and 2 alternate delegates. This is in addition to six Ex-Officio delegates who are included because of their elected positions in town. Delegates will be selected by members of the Hopkinton Republican Town Committee that are present at the caucus. All interested Hopkinton Republicans are encouraged to attend the caucus and speak on behalf of state wide candidates or delegates. You do not have to be at the caucus to be elected as a delegate. Hopkinton Republicans interested in being a delegate should contact Ken Weismantel, Chairman, at (508) 435-5725 or to be placed on the ballot.


The snow date for the Convention Delegate Selection Caucus is Saturday, January 30 at 9AM in the Hopkinton Fire Station, 73 Main Street in the second floor training room.

For further information, contact Ken Weismantel at (508) 435-5725 or

Irving Gas Station Downtown Closed

January 21, 2009 — The Irving brand self-serve gas station Downtown (Right) closed today without fanfare, leaving people to wonder what the next step is by the parent company, C. K. Smith of Worcester.

     Calls to the company have yet to be returned, leaving questions of the solvency of the brand, as well as the future of the property, unanswered.

New Railings

January 21, 2010 — Workmen brought railings to the Veterans Memorial Gazebo this afternoon, but left with them shortly afterward, without explanation.

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Caliper Integrated Robotic System Featured in TIME Magazine’s

Top 10 Scientific Discoveries of 2009

– ‘The Robot Scientist’ First to Complete Experimentation Cycle without Human Involvement –


HOPKINTON, Mass., January 21, 2010 -- Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALP) of Hopkinton, a leading provider of life sciences tools, announced today that TIME Magazine’s no. 4 Top Scientific Discovery of 2009 included an integrated robotic system designed by Caliper’s Automation, Consulting, Engineering, & Services (ACES) team.


Conceived by Dr. Ross King at Aberystwyth University in Wales, the integrated robotic system known as ‘Adam, the Robot Scientist,’ identified the role and function of nearly a dozen previously uncharacterized yeast genes. This achievement, initially published in the journal Science, marks the first time a robot with virtually no human intervention completed the cycle of the scientific method: formulation of a hypothesis, experimental design and execution, data interpretation, followed by revision of the original hypothesis.

“This outstanding achievement highlights the potential of laboratory automation,” said Kevin Hrusovsky, CEO of Caliper Life Sciences. “Our ACES team is uniquely capable of designing and building solutions to meet and exceed the most complex requirements. As a pioneer in laboratory automation, Caliper has a long history of helping researchers improve laboratory efficiency and shape the future of scientific discovery.”


With thousands of successful Caliper systems throughout the world and decades of experience, the ACES team, which includes some of the industry’s most dedicated and talented engineers andscientists, is committed to a customer-centric approach to solution design. By focusing on a customer’s unique needs and leveraging decades of experience in robotic integration, software development, assay design, and project management, Caliper designs and builds each system to

meet the needs and exceed the expectations of each customer.

Babe Ruth 2010 Season Planning Meeting


Babe Ruth 2010 season planning meeting Thursday February 4th at 7:00 p.m. in the Basement of Town Hall.  Anyone interested in helping plan the 2010 season is welcome to attend.

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Hopkinton Resident Named Executive Director

Harvard, MA –The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden

January 21, 2010After an extensive executive search effort the Board of Directors of The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden,  announces that Carole Nathan of Hopkinton, MA has joined the Healing Garden as Executive Director. Carole brings over twenty five years of experience in both the non-profit and private sectors focused on the medical arena. She brings extensive operational, management and development experience from many years as the Executive Director of the Lown Cardiovascular Research Foundation in Brookline, MA. Prior to Lown she served in positions at both Noble Hospital and Commonwealth Mortgage Company. She holds an MBA from Simmons College, School of Management and a Bachelor of Science from Salem State College. “Carole brings a wealth of administrative and organizational skills in to the Healing Garden, commented Sarah Hindle, Board Chairperson. Her wide range of experience and enthusiasm for the mission of the Healing Garden promises to be great assets as we continue our strong tradition of offerings for our clients and look to the future”, continued Hindle.

Founded in 2000, and set on eight acres of gardens in Harvard, Massachusetts, the Healing Garden is recognized as a leading center for women experiencing breast cancer, offering quality services and programs in a healing environment with a mission to improve the quality of life

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The Hopkinton Cultural Council is pleased to announce grant awards for 2010. From a pool of 24 requests totaling $13,000, the Cultural Council was able to award $6875 to 14 applicants. The sources of the funds include an annual grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council of $4,000, and re-allocation of $2875 in previously uncollected funds. Since 2000, the Hopkinton Cultural Council has awarded grants in excess of $37,000 to more than 100 programs for the benefit of the Hopkinton community.


Grants for 2010 will fund many wonderful programs for Hopkinton residents. Performances will be scheduled at the Senior Center, Historical Society, Golden Pond, and Hopkinton Public Library. Local organizations such as the Marathon Quilt Guild and Enter Stage Left will receive funding for workshops and performances. Regional music associations including Claflin Hill Music Performance Foundation, Southeastern Mass Community Concert Band, and Assabet Valley Mastersingers will receive partial funding for their programs, which are open to, and include, Hopkinton residents. Performances by the Greater Milford Ballet Association and Franklin Performing Arts also received support and will provide wonderful cultural enrichment opportunities open to Hopkinton residents. Finally, the Cultural Council was able to partially fund an art enrichment program offered by the HPTA to all 5th grade students.


The Hopkinton Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

For more information, or to join the Cultural Council, please contact Jean Bertschmann, HCC Chair,



Below this piece is a press release from the Town Manger's Office regarding the new trash policy.

     One reader stopped by the office this evening to complain that the hauling company will pick up half as much, but the Town only saves $10,000, which does not represent half of the amount they are paid by the town. And even if adding the high end of projected disposal fee savings of $30,000, the total savings is $40,000.

     "It means a savings of $8 per year, per household. We'll be spending that on bags after every holiday. I do not want to store trash from week to week to save money.

      "I want to pay the $8 per year. This is ridiculous," he said.

      What are your thoughts? Please participate in the poll after reading the release below.




January 20, 2010 — The Town of Hopkinton is pleased to announce the expansion of its on-going effort to reduce solid waste and increase recycling while realizing cost and environmental benefits.. On January 12, 2010 the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to reduce the number of trash barrels the Town's contractor (E.L. Harvey) can pick up per week from a maximum of four (4) 39 gallon barrels to two (2) 39 gallon barrels per household. This reduction in the number of barrels each household can put out per week will realize a savings of $10,000 in the annual pick up and hauling fees paid by the town to E.L. Harvey. A reduction in the number of barrels each household can put out will result in a decrease in the volume or tonnage of trash that is picked up by E. L. Harvey. Since the cost of trash disposal is assessed by the ton, a reduction in trash tonnage generated translates to significant savings to the town in reduced disposal costs at the Wheelabrator site in Millbury, MA. According to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), towns that have introduced a two barrel limit have seen a 5-10% possible decrease in trash, representing a potential savings of $15,000 to $30,000 on disposal fees.

     On the same note, towns implementing similar trash reduction initiatives have seen increases in recycling. Since Hopkinton has a revenue sharing arrangement with E.L. Harvey when the recycled paper market is stable, the town will also realize additional financial benefits as a result of an increase in recycling. During the last fiscal year for instance, the town earned $16,725 from its recycling efforts while having a positive impact on the environment. Residents ate asked to continue their efforts in reducing trash and recycling all that they can. Residents can use their own containers (e.g. barrel/laundry basket), clearly marked for recycling, at the curb and more recycling related information can be found at .


Pursuant the board's vote, households who wish to put out more than two barrels of trash, can purchase special 33 gallon town bags (with maximum allowable weight of 50 pounds) to hold the extra trash. These overflow bags will be sold at $1.25 each. Overflow bag fees are not being used as revenue generators but simply to cover the cost of the bag, as well as the disposal cost of the estimated weight of the trash collected in the special town bag. Town officials are working with the bag distributor and local stores to provide easy and after-hours availability of the special bags. Town Hall and DPW facility will also sell the special town bags. A list of locations and hours will be publicized in the weeks ahead.


To make this transition much smoother, this change will only take effect on March 15, 2010 with a grate period of two weeks from that date. The cooperation of the citizens during this transition is appreciated and more information about the program will be available in the ensuing weeks.


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