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Registration for Hopkinton Youth Hockey’s 2010-2011


Registration for Hopkinton Youth Hockey’s 2010-2011 season is now open. The program provides competitive co-ed youth hockey at all skill levels for more than 200 children ages 6 to 16. All players must be registered in order to participate in tryouts.  Every child who tries out is placed on a team.  To register, go to .  Please be sure to register by February 28, 2010.  If you have any questions e-mail

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On Ice House Pond

February  16, 2010 — The phrase with a movie of the same name, "On Golden Pond," is not what longtime Hopkinton residents want to hear. Any newcomer to town referring to this property as such will be quickly corrected.

     "It's Ice House Pond," they will say. Photo taken today at dusk.

Below, undated photo of bygone ice-harvesting facility on that property.



Algonquin 1, Hopkinton 0

February 15, 2010 — Calvin Lee, above, takes his position tonight at Navin Arena in Marlborough against Algonquin Regional High School in a hard fought, one-point game. The senior boys, posing with their parents below, gave their mothers flowers.

 All photos © 2010 Ben Lewis.

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February 15, 2010

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4:08 pm  Caller reported an on-going issue of a neighbor trespassing...


 12:16 am 911 caller reported that she was hit by another vehicle and the vehicle fled ...


4:31 pm  A caller reported that a teenager may have been assaulted  by a man driving a gray SUV in the State Park...


12:05 am  Caller reported her cat was stuck in a tree...

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

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11 MESERVE ST Grady, Geoffrey 395,000.00 02/12/2010 JC Builders Inc.
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Teddy Bear and Thou

February 15, 2010 — One-hundred kids brought their parents and other family members to participate in the 12th Annual Teddy Bear picnic at the First Congregational Church today.

    Below from left, Katelyn  Lucy, 3, with Dad, Ed; Allie Graham, 3 on Friday, Hannah Crosier, 2, and Mom, Natalie. Click to enlarge.

Hillers Fare Well at Division II Central Sectional Wrestling Tournament

Pictured:  Front-Tommy Karner.  Standing:  Manager Jesse Karner, Coach Corey Mills, Coach Tim Nelson, Nathan Weiner, Tyler DeWolfe, Taylor Hammond, Matt Dry, Pete Racenis, Mike Ferris, Coach Ryan DeWolfe, Coach Eric DeWolfe.


February 15, 2010 — On Saturday, February 13, the Hopkinton Wrestling Team competed at the Division II Central Sectional Wrestling Tournament in Quabbin.  Tommy Karner (152) and Pete Racenis (171) placed first in their weight classes.  Tyler DeWolfe(125) placed second and Taylor Hammond placed third at 119.  Mike Ferris (135) came in fourth and Nathan Weiner (112) placed sixth.   The top four place finishers in each weight class will go on to compete at the Division II State Tournament this coming Friday and Saturday in Marshfield.



On Your Mark, Get Set, Go 2,500th!

Hopkinton marathon brand strengthens


Please choose to see a feature report above by Andrew Sweeney about Hopkinton's immersion in the marathon and running, including a studio interview with HAA President, Timothy Kilduff. HopNews HD videos can be viewed in the player above in a variety of chosen resolutions. However, choosing to "view on YouTube" will open a new page and a larger player. HopNews HD videos are also good enough to view full screen, given broadband speed or a short wait for download.


February 15, 2010 — Just less than two months away, on April 19, 2010, the the 114th running of the Boston Marathon will start in Hopkinton. This year, however, there is an added twist. It is the 2,500th Anniversary of the Battle of Marathon, Greece; and Hopkinton Athletic Association founder Timothy Kilduff is leading the charge to bring this to the attention of as much of the world as possible, starting with Hopkinton, Mass, and Hopkinton's sister city, Marathon, Greece.

      In 490 BC, on the plains of Marathon, Greece, a far outnumbered Athenian force attacked and defeated a Persian invading force of superior numbers. Many people argue that if the Greeks had not won, the world would never have known democracy.

       Mr. Kilduff has begun his quest to bring this message to the world by starting in Hopkinton and meeting with its businesses, who got together last week to brainstorm.

       Ciao Time owner Denise Griben originated the idea of a Hopkinton Passport to be stamped by each business visited, with a prize for whoever finishes with a fully stamped book and wins a drawing.

       The businesses will meet next on February 16 at 2:30 pm at the Marathon Restaurant on 25 Hayward Street.

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Pining for Spring

February 14, 2010 — This picnic table on Hopkinton Reservoir was likely brought onto the ice to support ice fishermen in the colder weather, but could use a little support itself now. And although the headline is a convenient pun, a picnic table is usually made of redwood. [Remember, the definition of any word on this page can be obtained by double-clicking on it.].

Boys Win First Place



February 15, 2010 — The Hopkinton High School Boys 200 Medley Relay foursome of Anthony DeBenedetto (backstroke), John Lagasse (breaststroke), Will Olson (fly), and Paul Lagasse (freestyle), won first place out of 29 teams at the M.I.A.A. Boys' Central & South Sectionals Swimming and Diving Championships.



 The meet took place Sunday, February 14th in Cambridge at the MIT Sports and Fitness Center.  They will again compete at the State Meet on Saturday, 2:00 pm, February 20th at the Harvard University swimming pool.

Cheerleaders Senior Night

The senior cheerleaders had their time in the spotlight last week when, immediately following the boys basketball players, the girls gave their moms — or is it their sisters? — flowers.

Above, Molly Niland. Click a thumbnail to enlarge. From left, Tia Mastrogiannis, Tanya Strom, Chelsea Carlson.



Doesn't Like Hack Job

Dear Editor,

Do you know who/what company hacked the trees along Main Street/West Main Street this past week??

I understand that the trees need to be trimmed around the power lines but, they could have done a much better job - I can only assume how much we as a town spent on that. I am assuming the town contracted a company to do this tree trimming with our tax paying dollars.

Hopefully whoever hired them to do the job, will inspect the work, and request the crew to come back and do it right.

If that was my tree I would without a doubt ask the company that did it to return and fix it...and I would never hire them again.
They did a very poor job pruning those trees; it is quite an eyesore to the community.

Sarah Robinson
14 Hillcrest Drive
14 February 2010

Purpose, Identity, Nourishment, Nurturing

Hopkinton Senior Center strengthens seniors

Above, a senior plays Wii bowling, while another awaits her turn, and some teens make sure everyone knows how to use the new technology.


by Elizabeth Eidlitz

February 14, 2010 — Old age is redefined by Sadie and Bessie Delany, civil rights activists at 106 and 104; Arthur Winston, retiring at 100 after 72 years working for the Los Angeles Metro, Doris (“Granny D”) Laborde, beginning her acting career at 93; Olive Riley, a great-great grandmother, starting to blog at 107, and a 95-year -old man using the computer room at the Hopkinton Senior Center because he wants to improve his skills at downloading music.

Enter the state-of-the-art building on Mayhew Street, and you’ll hear “Good morning” --loud, clear and enthusiastic --from official greeter J. M. of Ashland, who prefers semi-anonymity. 

The retired Special Needs teacher, a Council on Aging board member and multi-tasker, now teaches mind games, leads movie discussions, makes fundraising signs and sandwich boards, maintains the Senior Center bus and van, and recycles $5,000 worth of bottles a year.

J.M. is one of more than 200 dedicated volunteers, ages 14-90, who make the Center feel like home.
“Forty percent of our volunteers work 20 hours a week. They’re there for rummage sales and fundraisers. They’ll fold newsletters, hang clothes, or wrap silverware.  We don’t need any recruits because no one wants to leave,” says Ellen Wright (File photo, right), Volunteer Coordinator/SHINE Counselor, who uses her previous corporate experience to work with the volunteer training program, an advisory board, and coordinators for each department who report to a paid staff worker.
“In many cases our volunteers are seniors who’ve lost a partner, a job, a house.  They need a purpose and their own identity,” Wright adds, “and they can find it here.”

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Hiller Places Second in Three-point Shootout

February 13, 2010 — Hopkinton varsity basketball player Katie Sousa, left,  placed 2nd today at the 25th Annual Metrowest High School 3 point Shootout.

JV boys basketball finishes undefeated, 20-0

February 13, 2010 — A Historic season for Hopkinton High JV team! Congratulations boys.  Thank you Coach Greco and managers. ~ A dad.

Not a Zamboni

February 13, 2010 — Well known hockey player and Hopkinton native, Brendan Tedstone, is in the process of clearing about a half-acre of ice of the recently fallen snow today at the Ice House Pond, apparently in preparation for some really good times.

Station Tour

February 13, 2010 — Den 3 was given a tour of the Hopkinton Fire Headquarters today by Lt. Patrick Gross. Above, Aiden tries on a fireman's hat, while Frankie watches and laughs. All of the boys who tried the hat on agreed that it was very heavy.

     HopNews will have a video interview by Austin with the boys, as well as a report on their visit by Tuesday.



Library Trustees Want to Donate Library to Town*


February 13, 2010 — Please enjoy a report by Andrew Sweeney on the Hopkinton Public Library's goals for improvement. Some of the options recited to us are an expansion on the existing property, which is owned by the Trustees of the Library, who want to give the building and land to the town. The Library could move to another town-owned building, like the Town Hall, if the Town Offices move to Center School, providing the Center School Feasibility study recommends building a new elementary school, and placing Center School students there instead.

        The most expensive option, which could cost $7 - $8 million, would be to build a new building on town-owned land, with a substantial amount of that money coming in grants and donations. To learn the that breakdown, as well as why the town needs to own it to qualify, see Andrew Sweeney's revised report above.

* It was previously reported that the trustees wanted to sell the library to the town for a dollar. Chairman of the Library Trustees, Linda Kimball, said that the trustees did not ask for the customary dollar, but instead, want to give the library to the town. Mr. Sweeney's revised report above reflects that correction.

Medfield 60, Hopkinton 58

February 12, 2010 — Max Masucci is surrounded by Medfield players as he looks for two points, tonight at Medfield.

Below, Kelly Sanborn puts the move on a Medfield player, going for two.

Medfield 52, Hopkinton 41

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Readers Give Thumbs-up to Schools

After just today, 338 people responded to the poll, a graphic of which is on the left. The dialogue that accompanied it is below. It looks like a vast majority of people have confidence in  the schools, and believe that they are very good to excellent.


Hopkinton Schools: Excellent or Not?

February 12, 2010 — Controversy about the school system  has swirled around recent budget discussions and possible scenarios resulting from them. These discussions are taking place in more than one venue.

     A petition was presented to the School Committee and the Selectmen that expressed concern that the Town Manger's budget directive would result in larger class sizes. However, some educators have said that the pupil to teacher ratio is less significant these days, because the technology in the classrooms plays such a large role.

     Some people, as evidenced on our discussion page, Town Talk, have expressed the same concerns, while others say it is just more of the same Chicken Little message spread every year by school proponents who do not care about spending. Sometimes, public debate creates a perception, or in some cases, a misconception. How do you see things? Please vote once. Disclaimer

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YMCA Construction is on Track

February 12, 2010 — The YMCA Lodge is on track for its major expansion at the Hayes Lodge. Below is the conceptual design of the finished product.

The Hopkinton Police Association
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Join us for the Policeman's Ball
38th Annual Dance - April 10th, 2010
Portuguese Club

119 Prospect St.
Milford, MA

Performing vintage songs by...
Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, The Bee Gees, and many more...
Cocktails: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Dinner: 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Dancing: 8:30pm to 12:30am
Donation: $35 per person
Tickets are available at the Hopkinton Police Department 508-497-3401

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 radKIDS Training for Defense Against

Bullying, Assault and Abduction

Sign up now for Feb 27 start


radKIDS is the national  leader in children's safety education.  radKIDS training gives children the tools they need to recognize, avoid and escape potentially dangerous situations, including bullying, assault and abduction.  


The radKIDS program is a 12 hour family centered safety education program that emphasizes decision-making skills and physical resistance options to escape violence. This program is designed for children from 5-12 years of age. The next radKIDS class will be held over the course of four Saturdays, 2/27, 3/6, 3/20 & 3/27 from 8:30 - 11:30 am at 6 Main Street, Hopkinton (the John Warren Masonic Lodge).  The cost for the class is $90 per child ($60 for a sibling). The Freemasons of the John Warren Masonic Lodge have graciously donated their space for the radKIDS classes to be held. 


A free return and practice policy is honored at radKIDS classes across the country.  Once a child has taken the radKIDS class, they can enroll in any radKIDS class, free of charge up to the age of 12, for as many times as they would like.  To sign up for the winter radKIDS class or for more information, contact Kim Brennan at  To learn more about radKIDS, visit

Souper Bowl Wants More Participants




In 1990, a youth group in Columbia, SC acted on a prayer—“As we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those without a bowl of soup to eat.” Inspired to reach out to those in need on Super Bowl weekend, the youth invited other area churches to join them in collecting donations in soup pots. The collaborative effort raised $5,700 with 100% given to local charities. The youth-led initiative became the Souper Bowl of Caring, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young people to make a positive impact in their communities. The simple idea has created a national movement, inspiring congregations, schools and communities to work together.


In 2009, over 14,000 groups of youth generated more than $10.4 million through the Souper Bowl of Caring with 100% going to food banks, soup kitchens and other charities across the country. So far in 2010, over 6,302 groups of youth have generated more than $6.3 million in donations and they are still counting! The Souper Bowl of Caring is simple—youth collect donations on or near Super Bowl weekend and donate to the nonprofit of their choice. No money comes to the Souper Bowl of Caring. Many youth also add a Service Blitz to their Souper Bowl of Caring activity and volunteer at the nonprofit receiving their funds.





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Reporting Error

In what is at this time a possible factual reporting error by the Editor, HopNews has been informed by Trustee Linda Kimball that the Trustees of the Library do not want to sell the Library to the Town for a dollar, as reported, but to give it to the Town at no charge instead. The error originated in the report of Tuesday's Selectmen's meeting, confirmed by a review of the audio of that meeting. Please keep that in mind when viewing the video report on the library transfer that it is otherwise correct.


HopNews continues to adhere to the highest journalistic standards. Anyone knowing of an error, please email or call immediately 508-435-5534

When I'm Eighty-four...

February 11, 2010 — Pictured is Ralph Edwards Sr. skydiving with the instructor Aaron from Skydive City sky diving.  This was Ralph's first ever attempt at skydiving at the age of 84.  Ralph's, grandson is a former Special Forces Army Ranger and was home visiting from Afghanistan for a few weeks.  Ralph never ceases to amaze his children and grandchildren. Contributed photo.

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The Golden Spoon Friday Night Feast: New Dinner Menu

85 West Main Street

• Expanded Kids' $5 Menu
• New Entrees
• Weekly Specials


Enjoy the same specials that attract people of all strata to the Golden Spoon Restaurant; but now find them on the menu every Friday night, instead of the occasional week. Click on the menu graphic, and then check out BOTH pages of menu items.


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Hopkinton Resident to Run for EMC/Respite House

Shane Roskey is running the 114th Boston Marathon for Team EMC and the Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center, and has heard the starter's pistol for the marathon of giving.


Mr. Roskey, who returned to his Hopkinton home following college and landed a job at EMC, is already in training and is in the process of raising money to support the Respite Center. 


His goals of raising $2,500 and completing the 2010 Boston Marathon are at their start.

Mr. Roskey encourages people to help him reach his goals, first by donating to the cause at this: website dedicated to it.


Is your little one an emerging artistic genius?  If so, come paint, sculpt, build and get messy with Gretchen at the TLC.  Each week we'll choose a famous artist and explore their world by creating works of art centered around their unique and individual style.  We'll learn about Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso, Pollock, Calder and Warhol just to name a few.  Get those aprons on and join us in our exploration of the World of Art! 8 weeks/$80.00

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Former Burlington Police Officer, Son Arrested In Large Scale Drug Ring

5 Additional Defendants Arrested, Arraigned In Connection To Drug Ring


BURLINGTON– February 10, 2010 — According to a press release from the office of the Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone, a former Burlington Police Officer, his son, and five additional defendants have been arrested in connection with a large scale drug ring operating out of Burlington.


The seven defendants were arrested today after search warrants were executed and nearly 200 grams of cocaine and 28 grams of heroin were seized. 


The seven defendants are identified as:





Hopkinton-Ashland Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading will be holding another registration session on Thursday evening, February 11th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ashland Middle School (small cafeteria), 87 West Union St in Ashland.  Please check for more information.  Please note that players have to be by August 1, 2010 to be eligible. Football Players should accompany their parents to the registration for an initial "weigh in".

Odin Was Here


February 10, 2010 — My four year old Maine Coon Cat went missing near Lake Whitehall on October 8th.  He weighs about 14 pounds and answers to the name "Odin." 


I received a call on February 8th, exactly four months after his disappearance, saying that a Maine Coon Cat matching his description has been seen on Cedar Street near the post office. The caller said that the cat had been in the vicinity for about four months, but that she had not seen him in the last few days. If anyone has seen him roaming around that area (or any other area), please give me (Anne) a call at 508-435-6340 or email me at  Odin's four aged feline companions and I miss him terribly. ~ Anne Henderson.

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Library Trustees Seek to Give Library to Town


February 10, 2010 — As reported Tuesday evening following the meeting by the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen, Selectman RJ Dourney advised the board, that in his role as liaison the the Public Library, that the Trustees of the Library, who own the building and the land, would still like to see a full takeover by the town.  Currently, the Town funds the staff, and the Trustees own the Library building and land.

      Mr. Herr asked if Trustees are still on the path of working with the state to get the grant and get a one dollar investment for the town to pay only 25 cents.   In order for the Library to qualify for the funding it needs to expand, it must be owned by a municipality, and not a private entity. More on that in Andrew Sweeney's report, above.


*  In a phone conversation on February 11, Trustee Linda Kimball said that according to the trust document, the Library  Trustees could "give" the library to the town without the Town paying the customary dollar.  Above is a revised report that

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Starry, Starry Gazebo

February 10, 2010 — No, this is not a double-exposure of the Veterans Memorial Gazebo and a famous Van Gogh [<---YouTube tribute to Van Gogh with music by Don Mclean] painting, but a photo of the gazebo taken during today's snowstorm with an on-camera flash, splashing the nearest flakes with the brightest light, much like stars becoming distant.

BAA Increases Contribution to

Hopkinton to $72,000


February 10, 2010 — In a letter received from the Boston Athletic Association [BAA] by Hopkinton Selectmen on Monday, BAA Executive Director Guy Morse announced that his group's contribution to Hopkinton, set to arrive around April 1, 2010, will be for $72,000.


Mr. Morse credits the generosity of John Hancock Financial Services for underwriting the expenses of the communities along the  course. He suggests that the money be allocated to youth and community programs.


He states that next year's contribution will be $76,000, and 2012 will be $81,000, bringing the three-year total to $229,000. File photo.

Car vs. Pole

February 10, 2010 — This car entered Hayden Rowe Street from a side street and slid into the pole, according to a bystander, who was alerted to the problem when his cable television ceased functioning. The vehicle was actually travelling in the opposite direction from which it is resting in the photo above. The young male driver refused treatment by Hopkinton ambulance personnel, and his vehicle was towed

Police Investigate Missing "Person" at Elmwood School


February 10, 2010 — Hopkinton Police Officer David Shane was called to Elmwood School to investigate the case of a missing "person." Students in Room 7 worked hard to decorate snow people to accentuate their school's welcoming entrance sign, but one has turned up missing this week.


Officer Shane asked the usual questions about the "person," including clothing and height, and left promising to leave no stone unturned.


See Andrew Sweeney's interview with the students and the teacher, in High Definition video, as well as what the missing snow person looks like, above.

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