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Nation vs. Hopkinton Lawsuit Settled 

Judgment awaits judge's signature

February 24, 2010 — The lawsuit by Craig Nation against the Town of Hopkinton has been settled by both parties*, who hammered out the details of the judgment, which now awaits a judge's signature.

        Last year, John Coolidge, Chairman of the Open Space Preservation Commission, asked Selectmen to arrest Nation if he did not comply with a request to remove a large woodpile from property the town purchased from his father, Ron Nation. The Selectmen gave Craig Nation 15 days to comply or face arrest, during which time he filed a lawsuit claiming adverse possession of the land. That halted the immediate threat of arrest and began negotiations that resulted in both parties hammering out a judgment that will be signed by a judge.

        In the judgment, Mr. Nation loses his claim to adverse possession and agrees to never make the claim again. He also agreed to remove a driveway, cap a drain and grant an easement to the town, things that he said he has done. He also agreed to move the woodpile off of town land within 30 days.

        In return for complying with those stipulations to the satisfaction of town boards involved, the agreement grants Mr. Nation the right to maintain the very strip of land in dispute and to plant screening on it. The area has been designated a "management area," and has been added to the plot plan.

        "We expect the judge to sign the judgment very soon," said Town Counsel Ray Miyares.

        "It is always in everyone's best interest to settle these things amicably," he added.

        Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Brian Herr, as well as Craig Nation, had comments that are listed in the video above.

 * This link (settled by both parties*) has been redirected to the proper url.

Opportunity for Cultural Exchange

Marathoners need housing


As part of celebrating the 2,500th Anniversary of the Battle of Marathon a delegation of 90 people will be traveling from Greece to Hopkinton.


The HAA is hoping to recruit Hopkinton families to host the delegation, many of whom will be running in the 114th Boston Marathon on April 19, 2010.


The delegation will consist of 71 qualified marathoners and 20 support personnel.  Those interested in participating should e-mail their interest to HAA Director Jeannine Coburn is the point person for the recruitment effort.


In 2008 Hopkinton hosted 12 marathoners. The warm hospitality they enjoyed coupled with the occasion of the Anniversary of the Battle of Marathon has made running the Boston Marathon this year a marathoners dream.

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Boston – Rep. Carolyn Dykema (D – Holliston) today announced a new plan launched by the Massachusetts Health Connector to help small business owners control the dramatically rising costs of employee health insurance.


“The crushing cost of health insurance has been is a recurring theme in my conversations with small businesses,” said Rep. Dykema. “Health insurance costs are unquestionably one of the major hurdles to economic expansion and job creation, and our small businesses have been particularly hard hit. While I continue to advocate for broad reform, I am pleased that the new Business Express plan will offer our small businesses some needed relief.”


The new Business Express program is for small businesses with 50 or fewer employees. For some businesses with five or fewer employees, the savings may be more than $300 per employee per year. Select network plans may offer savings that range from 10 to 15 percent.


Employers will be able to select from an array of options offered by major carriers including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, CeltiCare, Fallon Community Health Plan, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Health New England, Neighborhood Health Plan and Tufts Health Plan.


Small business owners can find out more about the plan by calling a broker or going to the Health Connector’s website, or call Health Connector’s customer service line at 1-877-MA-ENROLL (1-877-623-6765).



State Representative Carolyn is a member of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business and represents the towns of Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway (pct. 1), Southborough (pct. 2 & 3) and Westborough (pct. 2).

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This ugly theft rears up its head every so often. You may receive a call looking for an ad or donation.  The check has to be picked up – not mailed.  If you can’t mail a check there sure is something wrong. The Hopkinton Senior Center, Council on Aging and Friends of Hopkinton Seniors NEVER call businesses seeking advertisements.  The only advertising we deal with is for the Hilltopper newsletter which is published by Senior Citizens Publications in Boston.  The publishing company does the soliciting  and they use contracts, send bills and have samples of the newsletter.


This really makes us angry because many of the Senior Center programs depend on community support.  Here the businesses are thinking they’ve helped out and we are the losers. Please contact the Hopkinton Police Department at 508-497-3401 if you have been scammed.

Cindy Chesmore, Director, Hopkinton Senior Center

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Palmer Public Schools Director of Food Services Susan Bailey Fined $2,000 for Violating the Conflict of Interest Law


Took for Her Personal Use Six iPods Received by the School Department  through a Vendor Promotional Offer


February 24, 2010 — The State Ethics Commission approved a disposition agreement (“Agreement”) in which Palmer Public Schools (“PPS”) Director of Food Services Susan Bailey (“Bailey”) admitted to violating G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law.  Pursuant to the Agreement, Bailey paid a $2,000 civil penalty and made restitution to the PPS in the amount of $900, representing the value of the items she took for her personal use.


According to the Agreement, as Director of Food Services, Bailey had regular dealings with a vendor, Con-Agra Food, Inc. (“Con-Agra”).  Con-Agra has sold packaged food to the PPS since 2003.  Con-Agra offered promotions to its customers in which customers could receive gifts depending on the quantity of product purchased from Con-Agra.  In November 2006 and April 2007, Bailey applied on behalf of the PPS for gifts in connection with the Con-Agra promotional program.  Eligibility for the gifts was based on the type and quantity of food previously purchased by PPS from Con-Agra.  In both cases, Bailey selected 3 iPods. When the iPods were received, they were the property of the PPS.  Bailey, however, did not turn over the iPods to the PPS.  Instead, she took them for her personal use.  Each iPod had an approximate value of $150 each.


Section 23(b)(2) of the conflict of interest law prohibits a municipal employee from knowingly, or with reason to know, using or attempting to use her official position to obtain for herself or others unwarranted privileges or exemptions of substantial value not available to similarly situation individuals.  By using her official position to make purchases from a vendor, and then by keeping for her own personal use gifts received from the vendor based on those purchases, Bailey violated section 23(b)(2).


“Public employees may not use their position to obtain benefits for themselves in connection with performing their official duties,” stated Commission Executive Director Karen L. Nober.  “In this case, the gifts received from the vendor belonged to the public agency, not the public employee.” Contributed content.


Friends of the Library Meeting March 4th, 7:PM in the library


Hopkinton's Caliper Life Sciences and Stanford University File a Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Carestream Health, Inc.

HOPKINTON, Mass., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: CALP), a leading provider of tools and services for drug discovery and life sciences research, and its wholly owned subsidiary Xenogen Corporation, today announced the filing of a patent infringement lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.  In the suit, filed with Stanford as a co-plaintiff, Caliper Life Sciences and Xenogen seek a finding of willful infringement by Carestream Health, Inc. of Rochester, NY, compensatory damages, a trebling due to willfulness, a permanent injunction and attorneys' fees against Carestream for the ongoing, unauthorized and willful use of a number of United States patents that Caliper, through Xenogen, exclusively licenses from Stanford University.


The seven patents in-suit (which comprise a portion of Caliper's "Optical Imaging Patent Suite™") encompass methods for non-invasive in vivo imaging of fluorescence and bioluminescence in animals.  Researchers licensed under Caliper's Optical Imaging Patent Suite are uniquely enabled by Caliper's novel imaging systems and method patents in fields such as identifying disease pathways, determining mechanisms of action, evaluating drug compounds, and monitoring a compound's effects on disease progression in living animals.  To date, more than 1300 peer-reviewed research articles that utilized Caliper's IVIS imaging systems have been published, demonstrating the critical role of Caliper's imaging systems and the patented imaging methods in furthering research and aiding the development of lifesaving therapies.  


Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. and Xenogen Corporation are represented in this litigation by Washington, DC-based intellectual property specialty law firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. and Tyler, TX-based litigation firm Wilson, Robertson & Cornelius, P.C.



 Senior Moments

Party Time... Senior Style!

Nancy L. Drawe



February 24, 2010 — They came back! That’s right, Tune Timers, the band from the Holliston Senior Center made a return visit to the Hopkinton Senior Center last week. This was pretty much a long awaited event, as it is one of the most popular bands around. People travel from towns all over to attend their weekly session at the senior center in Holliston, and the attendance is getting larger and larger. I heard that after their performance in Hopkinton on Thursday, the amount of people who went on Friday was well over 70! Actually, it was especially crowded in Hopkinton, too! There were over 100 people, and not just seniors either. It was so cute to see some of the men dancing with their grandchildren! Thank goodness there was a lot of room on the dance floor, because at times, it was quite crowded up there. As a special treat during intermission, all kinds of goodies were served—homemade cookies, cakes, brownies and cupcakes; all donated by members of the “audience.” Everyone really enjoyed themselves, so hopefully, it won’t be long before the Tune Timers come back to Hopkinton again.


March is almost upon us; there will be many special events coming up next month at the Senior Center, so stay tuned!

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

 Positively Hopkinton

Technology at Elmwood Adds Value in the Classroom


February 23, 2010 — Andrew Sweeney brought the HopNews camera into Elmwood School and interviewed the teacher as well as some students in the use of Smart Boards, a technology that gives a teacher more visual and interactive tools, and students a more interesting learning experience. To see the remarkable technology at work, please choose the video above.

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Brian Herr is Running... For Congress!

Selectmen Chair takes out nomination papers for US Representative from Third Congressional District

Above, 2009 file photo.




February 23, 2010 — Chairman of the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen, Brian Herr, when asked pointedly this evening, admitted that he has taken out nomination papers for the Third Congressional District, an announcement he was saving for Thursday to make to the media at large.

        Mr. Herr, married to Mary Murphy and a father of five, is an executive at Wesco Distribution, a distributor of electronic and electrical parts and supplies.

        An avid runner, Mr. Herr has run the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge for 20 years. He has also served on its Governing Board and was the Chairman of the event for three years.

        In addition to being Selectmen Chair, Mr. Herr is the Chairman of the CAA Barn Restoration Building Committee. He has also served on the Personnel Committee, was elected to the Planning Board, and coaches Little League.

        Mr. Herr said he was moved to run by the state of the economy, and the [excess] spending that goes on at the federal level.

        When asked if he it was true that he had purchased a pickup truck, an apparent reference to Scott Brown's election, Mr. Herr, a Republican, laughed.


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February 23, 2010 — Republican John Coutinho of David Joseph Road announced today that he is seeking a position on the Planning Board in the May elections.


“I am running for the Planning Board because this is a critical time for Hopkinton given the decisions to be made about the future of the Legacy Farm and the downtown areas” stated Mr. Coutinho. “I would like to use my experience to build a consensus on the best approach for dealing with projects that will come before the Planning Board. We need to work together, be consistent and to propose zoning changes needed to increase the commercial tax base of the community.


"The one constant in Hopkinton is change. Hopkinton is struggling to maintain the character and reasonable taxes that attracted us all to the town. Providing the additional services needed by our growing population and the current economic environment makes it especially difficult to keep the town affordable. How we strategically plan for the continued development of Hopkinton is the key for our town’s financial future.”

John Coutinho, who has served on the Zoning Advisory Committee, and his family moved to Hopkinton in 1999.

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How to get Elected to Town Office

There are two ways to get elected to a town office in Hopkinton.


The first is to take out nomination papers and have 50 qualified resident/voters sign them, and to return them to the Town Clerk by April 12, 2010.


The second way is to be nominated to run for the office in a political party's caucus. Those will be held on April 9, 2010.


Below are those who have, at last look, chosen the first route for the moment:

2010 Election Calendar
Last day to file nomination papers Monday, April 12
Caucus Friday, April 9
Last day to object or withdraw Wednesday, April 14
Last day to register to vote for Annual Town Meeting and Annual Town Election Tuesday, April 13
Annual Town Meeting Monday, May 3
Annual Town Election Monday, May 17

Constables (3 seats) 3 years



Craig R. Stanley - R



School Committee  3 years



Rebecca Robak - U - Incumbent

Cemetery Commissioner 3 years   



Lynn M. Fournier - U - Incumbent


NOTE: HopNews will update the candidate list daily, whenever possible.

Town Manager Slated to Report on Library Transfer Tonight

February 23, 2010 — Among talking points on Town Manager Norman Khumalo's report to Selectmen this evening will be the transfer of the Hopkinton Public Library building to the Town of Hopkinton.

    The owners of the Library building and land, the Board of Trustees of the Hopkinton Library, formalized their intentions in a letter to Selectmen on January 21, 2010. No mention is made of the land in the letter.

     The land for the Library was transferred on May 22, 1894 with the stipulation that a Public Library be built in three years. The Hopkinton Public Library, a corporation formed in 1890, was the benefactor of the $1 purchase. (Tearsheet from that deed is pictured on the left).

     They built the Public Library, satisfying for all time, according to a legal interpretation written in 1955, the conditions of the transfer. The letter was apparently written in answer to an inferred question regarding the transfer of the property. The opinion stated that the trustees had clear title.

     In 1950, the same attorneys, Sheridan and Randall of Framingham, opined that although the Library was in private hands, the Town of Hopkinton could fund the "maintenance or increase."

     In 1967, St. Paul's Episcopal Church sold their building to the library corporation for $20,000. The buildings were eventually joined.

    More later

Facebook Fan Page Recruiting Drive - Free Drawing


February 22, 2010 — Many readers have already chosen to become "fans" of HopNews on facebook, because they want daily updates and notice of breaking news. Readers who chose to check out HopNews at the fortuitous time last night, were aware of the crash on Hayden Rowe, which made sense of the sirens and road closings. However, facebook fans were alerted immediately to see the info on the front of HopNews.

       The HopNews fan page is not intended to replace any other feature of HopNews. The fan page is intentionally set up to not interact with users, but to provide information for them. People may interact with HopNews by email or Town Talk.

        And so we are recruiting more fans by offering a prize drawing this week for fans. We'll take the names taken from the page and put them in a hat. The prize? Check back for that. but in the meantime, remember, you must be a fan to win. ~ Robert

Hopkinton High School 2009-2010 Honor Roll S1

Police News UP-TO-DATE


February 22, 2010

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9:44 am  A resident on Spring Street reported there was a small animal in her fireplace...


11:45 am  A resident spoke with Sergeant Charles Wallace regarding parking issues being created by a Main St. business...


10:46 pm  A resident on Jordan Rd. reported a stranger with a chain saw cutting down trees on her property...


6:25 pm  A caller on Eastview Rd. reported someone possibly had broken into his house, things were smashed inside his house...




February 22, 2010 — It doesn't take much imagination to see the photographer and assistant leaning against the rail reflected in the eye of this sheep on Pond Street this past weekend.

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For those returning from vacation, please enjoy the Editor's favorite recent videos, from left:

1. Interview by Andrew Sweeney of two Hopkinton vets at the Senior Center preparing to go to the State House for Iwo Jima 65th Anniversary 2. Andrew puts a lesson together on the 5Ws as cub reporter Austin interviews Cub Scouts after their tour of the Fire Station. 3. Andrew Sweeney reports on the impact of the Marathon on Hopkinton and interviews Tim Kilduff. 4. Library Trustees want to donate Library to town to facilitate funding. 5. Elmwood School misses a "person." 6. David interviews people at HEF Gala. 7. Clayton Willoughby performs and talks about gypsies and pick pockets.

Iwo Jima Vets From Hopkinton The 5Ws at the Fire Station Branding Hopkinton Library to be Given to Town of Hopkinton Elmwood Missing "Person" 2010 HEF, Hopkinton Education Foundation, Gala Walkin' Stick Performed by Clayton Willoughby

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for © 2010 All Rights Reserved

Transactions from February 8, 2010 - February 15, 2010






9 Downey Pl. Michael Lynch & Kelleigh Lynch $122,000 Feb 19,2010 Aurora Loan Services LLC
23 Nazeen Cir. Katta Venkat Ramana & Yalla Pavani $409,900 Feb 17,2010 Ahmed Mirajuddin TR
Peppercorn Village Realty Trust
5 Nazeen Cir. Deepalkumar B. Patel & Nirali Patel $459,900 Feb 17,2010 Ahmed Mirajuddin TR
Peppercorn Village Realty Trust
4 Williams Way Galen Ginnetti & Lina Ginnetti $540,000 Feb 16,2010 Butler Bank
Last Week        
11 MESERVE ST Grady, Geoffrey 395,000.00 02/12/2010 JC Builders Inc.
Week Before        
44 Wilson Street South Middlesex Non-Profit Housing Corporation $1,000,000 Feb 8, 2010 Mezitt Agricultural Corporation
50 Walcott Valley Drive #54
Christopher D. Vrysen
$143,000 Feb 8, 2010 Fed Home Loan Mort Corp


HHS Grad Steven Dry Receives Bobby Jones Scholarship


February 22, 2010 — Steven Dry is one of four scholars  chosen to receive the 2010-11 Robert T. Jones Jr. Scholarship for a year of study at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.


Widely known as the Bobby Jones Scholarship, the award was established in 1976 and recognizes individuals who will be excellent representatives of Emory at St. Andrews. Qualities required include intellectual excellence, a significant leadership record and academic interests that can be pursued through the offerings at St. Andrews. The scholars receive full tuition and a travel stipend for their year of study. In addition, four St. Andrews students are chosen to spend a year at Emory.


"The four scholars and fellow selected are all very accomplished academically and deeply involved in the Emory community and beyond," says Joanne Brzinski, senior associate dean of undergraduate education who oversees the selection process. "As individuals, they each bring particular strengths and diverse backgrounds that will make them all great ambassadors for Emory."


 Dry is a double major in chemistry and religion from Hopkinton, Mass. At St. Andrews he plans to pursue coursework in medicinal chemistry in preparation for graduate work in that field. He also plans to become involved in sports teams at the university. Dry is a member of the varsity track team at Emory and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received a grant from the Point Foundation to conduct research for his honors thesis in Sweden in summer 2009.


Recipients are selected by a committee of faculty, administrators and trustees of the Robert T. Jones Committee as well as former Jones scholars. The late Bobby Jones, an internationally renowned golfer, was an Emory University School of Law alumnus remembered by those who knew him as an extraordinary man of rare loyalty, compassion and integrity.

~ Contributed

Possible Odin Sighting

Is it Odin that Robert videotaped Downtown last night?

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Driver in Hayden Rowe/Chestnut Street Accident Arrested for OUI*

Video of accident scene below


February 22, 2010 — The 52 year-old driver of a Jeep that was hit by a pickup truck broadside last evening was booked at about 1:00 am this morning at Hopkinton Police Headquarters and charged with OUI Liquor, according to Hopkinton Police Sgt. Joseph Bennett, following her trip to Milford Hospital.

      The woman was traveling west on Chestnut Street when she entered Hayden Rowe past a Stop sign and was T-boned by a north-bound pickup truck driven by a 39 year-old man who had borrowed it.

       When asked if the driver would be charged with any moving violations, Sgt. Bennett replied that the investigation is not yet complete. * This report has been corrected to more accurately reflect circumstances.

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Trapped Woman Extricated from Vehicle T-Bone Rollover

"Fortunately, her injuries were not life-threatening as first believed." ~ Sgt. Joseph Bennett

February 21, 2010 — At 6:49 P.M.  this evening, Hopkinton police and firefighters rushed to the scene of a serious rollover accident at the intersection of Hayden Rowe and Chestnut Streets that involved entrapment of a woman who first-responding police found unconscious and unresponsive. She gained consciousness during extrication. A police officer at the scene said the crash occurred in front of the woman's home.

        After extricating the 52 year-old Hopkinton resident using the jaws of life and other tools, firefighters brought her by ambulance to Milford Hospital. One police officer believed she was struck after coming out of Chestnut Street, by a borrowed truck driven by a 39 year-old male, Hopkinton resident, who had minor injuries and declined treatment.

         A police officer went to the hospital after the ambulance arrived there, and Milford and Holliston Police assisted with making the scene secure.

        The State Police Accident Reconstruction team arrived on the scene shortly after 7:30 pm, after which followed the arrival of Police Chief Richard Flannery.

       This evening at Police Headquarters, Hopkinton Sgt. Joseph Bennett said, "Fortunately, her injuries were not life-threatening as first believed."

       "The investigation is ongoing and very active," he added.


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Boys BBall Playoff Game Wednesday


Catch the Boys playoff game on Wednesday, Feb 24th at 7 P.M. It is a home game at the Athletic Center, with #8 Seed Hopkinton vs. #9 Seed Plymouth North. The team is looking for everyone to wear white to the game in spirit of the home game.

Pete Racenis Wins State Wrestling Title

Pete Racenis is the Division II State wrestling champion in the 171 lbs weight class.  He earned the division title by defeating Ross Dimattei of Reading at the two day Division II Wrestling Tournament which took place in Marshfield.  Also competing for Hopkinton was Tyler DeWolfe who placed fourth in the 125 lbs weight class.  Both Peter and Tyler qualify to compete at the All-State tournament next weekend in Salem, MA.




February 21, 2010 — This lone ice-fisherman photographed from the opposite shore of Hopkinton Reservoir is preparing his flags in a setting that appears to be far from civilization. The lines in the snow are from east to west, opposite the direction of glacial striations, which are north to south.

Moon Over Hopkinton

February 21, 2010 — When the light is right craters can be visible, outlined by their shadows, as seen in this image taken today with an obsolete digital camera. No telescope needed.

Groundhog Error?

February 20, 2010 — This mallard couple on Little Pond on the southern end of Lake Whitehall has found some open water and thawed weeds, harbingers of springtime, which if it continues, could prove Punxsutawney Phil wrong. The edge of the ice, like a painter's brush-stroke, provides a leading diagonal line, while splitting the photo in half in a near-mirror image.

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February 20, 2010 — Officer John Moran pulls beverages out of the passenger compartment of a vehicle he stopped on East Main Street this evening, as a fellow officer, the restrained driver, and four passengers watch off-camera. The driver received a criminal application, and his vehicle was towed.

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All-Star Girls

February 20, 2010 — Katie Sousa, Kelly Sanborn and Alee Leteria took part in the All-Star game Friday evening at home.

$500 Reward For the return of Odin the Cat

Odin is a 4 year old neutered Maine Coon Cat who weighed 14 pounds when last seen on Wood Street near Lake Whitehall at 10:00 am on October 8, 2009.  Recently a cat matching his description has been sighted in the downtown area of Hopkinton – on Cedar Street near the Post Office, Ash Street, Grove Street, Hopkinton Gulf on Main Street, and possibly on Hopkins Road. 

Odin has an implanted microchip.  Anyone who catches him and brings him to Baypath Humane Society a Rafferty Road (435-6938) can find out quickly if the cat is Odin when he is scanned.  Baypath will notify me and insure that Odin gets home safely and I will pay you $500.   If my Odin wandered into your life and you have taken him in, you will understand my heartbreak -- because you know that he is wonderful cat, precious beyond monetary value.  His return to me would give you the $500 "thank you" as well as my eternal gratitude.  If you have come to love him as dearly as I do, maybe we can even work out an “Odin-time-sharing” arrangement. ~ Anne Henderson



Hopkinton at Division 2 State Wrestling Tournament


February 20, 2010 — The Division 2 State wrestling tournament began Friday, February 19th.  Pictured above, Tommy Karner executes a Granby to reverse his position against his opponent from Winchester.  The D2 State Tournament continues Saturday at Marshfield HS.  Participating in this years’ State tournament are Hopkinton wrestlers; Taylor Hammond (119 lbs), Tyler DeWolfe (125 lbs), Captain Michael Ferris (135 lbs), Captain Tommy Karner (152 lbs) and Captain Pete Racenis (171 lbs). 

Iwo Jima Vets Depart Senior Center for Boston Celebration

See Andrew Sweeney's interview with vets below


February 19, 2010 — Andrew Sweeney spoke with two Iwo Jima vets and others at the Senior Center prior to their departure for the State House in Boston for an Anniversary celebration of the invasion of Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945, 65 years ago.

GRA is now GRLA


February 19, 2010 — Hopkinton-based Gorman Richardson Architects is pleased to announce their name change to Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects.


This name change recognizes the key contributions that Design Principal, Steve Lewis, AIA, has made to the firm’s projects for over 20 years.


Steve is instrumental in the design of all projects as well as the preparation of presentation renderings and graphics for all of GRLA’s projects. His expertise in understanding our client’s needs and translating those into innovative and exciting design solutions is exemplary.


His refined freehand presentation style and rendering abilities have also garnered praise and positive reception from Planning Boards and related entities that review our client’s projects. Steve has also developed key logos and graphics including the Marathon 2010 logo.


GRLA is a 16 person planning, interior design and architectural firm located in Hopkinton, Massachusetts with branch office in Woodbury Connecticut.


GRLA is focused on advanced technology, commercial, retail projects, sustainable design and building envelope sciences.

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Hopkinton Company Forms Scientific Advisory Board for Next Generation Sequencing

- Experts from leading genome centers guide Caliper Life Sciences development efforts for next

generation sequencing workflow solutions -


HOPKINTON, Mass., February 19, 2010 -- Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:CALP), a leading provider of tools and services for drug discovery and life sciences research, today announced the formation of a scientific advisory board to guide its efforts in automated sample preparation for next generation and third generation sequencing platforms. Caliper worked closely with leading genome centers to develop the LabChip®XT, which was announced today, and is now expanding its efforts to develop additional solutions for next generation sequencing workflows.


“Although tremendous advances have been made in next and third generation sequencing instrumentation and informatics, there remains an unmet need for high quality sample preparation techniques,” said Kevin Hrusovsky, President and CEO, Caliper Life Sciences (File photo).


“We are working with the world renowned members of our Sequencing Advisory Board to identify opportunities that improve sequencing workflows while leveraging Caliper’s extensive microfluidics IP estate. We continue to assess strategic opportunities to directly commercialize products and to out-license our microfluidic technology to collaborators.”


Caliper’s Sequencing Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) includes the following experts:

Dr. Michael Quail, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Dr. Vincent Magrini, Washington University Genome Sequencing Center

Dr. Patrick Cahill, The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Dr. Christopher Detter, U.S. Department of Energy - Joint Genome Institute

Dr. Jan Fang Cheng, U.S. Department of Energy - Joint Genome Institute

Mr. John Gill, J. Craig Venter Institute

Mrs. Karen Beeson, J. Craig Venter Institute


Several Caliper solutions for next generation sequencing will be presented next week at Advances in Biology and Genomic Technologies (AGBT) in Marco Island, Florida. Caliper Life Sciences will introduce an Early Access Innovators program for the LabChip XT and will showcase automation and high throughput separation solutions, as well as the fractionation instrument. For additional information, please visit




March 4, 5 & 6 The Hopkinton High School Drama Ensemble will be presenting the Pulitzer prize winning comedy, “You Can’t Take it With You” on March 4, 5, & 6 at the High School auditorium.  Thursday’s performance will be at 4 pm and the Friday and Saturday night shows will begin at 7:30.  Tickets are $8 and $10 and will be available at the door.

Claflin Hill Symphony

“The Sacred & The Profane”
Grand Ballroom at Milford Town Hall

7:30 PM - Saturday March 6, 2010

The Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra (CHSO) continues its Tenth Anniversary Season on Saturday March 6, 2010 with a concert entitled, “The Sacred & The Profane” – featuring two of the most popular and beloved choral/orchestral masterworks – Mozart’s “Requiem” and Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.” The concert takes place in the Grand Ballroom at Milford Town Hall, 52 Main Street, Downtown Milford, at 7:30 PM.

For this monumental concert event, The Claflin Hill Symphony joins forces with The New World Chorale (NWC), under the direction of Milford resident, Holly MacEwen Krafka. The New World Chorale – made up of some of the finest choral singers in New England, many of whom have sung with the Boston Symphony – was founded by Krafka 10 years ago, and is also in the midst of celebrating their Tenth Anniversary Season.

“It is unheard of for an orchestra to feature both of these ambitious pieces in one night,” said Executive Director Paul Surapine. “The musicians and chorus are very excited to make this happen and hope the audience will enjoy the fruits of their labor.”

The March 6th performance is heralded as “Health Night at Symphony,” with corporate sponsorships for this concert coming from a number of the region’s most prominent health care institutions: Milford Regional Medical Center, Fallon Community Healthcare Plan, Tri-County Medical Associates, Whitcomb House, and Atria Draper Place.

Tickets for this CHSO concert are $35 Reserved Seating, and General Admission at $30, $25 student/seniors. 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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State Police Investigation Leads to Charges Against Trooper, Two Others

  Trooper Was Immediately Relieved of Duty, Suspended Without Pay


FRAMINGHAM - February 18, 2010 — An investigation by the Massachusetts State Police has led to the indictment this week of a state trooper and two other men for a scheme involving a bribe paid in return for a phony inspection of a vehicle repaired at a Revere auto body shop. The state trooper was relieved of duty and suspended without pay last spring, and now faces prosecution, along with his two co-defendants, in Suffolk Superior Court.

Upon developing intelligence about alleged criminal activity involving defendants ROBERT FORREST Jr., 61, of Stoneham; KENNETH LaFAUCI, 52, of Topsfield; and BENALDO HERNANDEZ, 47, of Lynn, the Massachusetts State Police immediately began an investigation. FORREST, the trooper, was assigned at the time to the department’s Salvage Title Section. His responsibilities included inspecting badly damaged vehicles that had undergone extensive repairs to ensure that vehicles had in fact been repaired and that no stolen parts had been used. Specifically, the investigation focused on FORREST’s alleged scheme to accept a bribe in return for signing off on an inspection without looking at the car that had been repaired.

The investigation, which was conducted by command-level members of the State Police Division of Investigative Services, culminated on June 15, 2009 when State Police commanders went to FORREST’s home and relieved him of duty. The next day, June 16, 2009, the Department of State Police suspended FORREST without pay indefinitely.

State Police presented their evidence to the Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office, which returned the indictments against FORREST, LaFAUCI, and HERNANDEZ this week.

“The Massachusetts State Police has absolutely no tolerance for alleged lawbreakers within our ranks, and as this case shows, we will investigate allegations of criminal misconduct by our members swiftly and surely,” said Colonel Marian J. McGovern, superintendent of the State Police. “The allegations against Trooper Forrest, if proven to be true, are an affront to the overwhelming majority of state troopers who prize their integrity and honesty above all else. Such alleged misconduct is not indicative of who we are or the ideals we embrace.”

FORREST is charged with single counts of accepting a bribe and making a false statement on a registry title, as well as two counts of conspiracy (to accept a bribe and make a false statement).

LaFAUCI and HERNANDEZ are each charged with single counts of giving a bribe and making a false statement on a registry title, and two counts of conspiracy (to give a bribe and to make a false statement). They are scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 24.

The investigation into the alleged scheme is ongoing. FORREST joined the State Police on Sept. 2, 1985.

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Child in Amber Alert Found

Police Seek help Locating Suspect


  UPDATE: State Police investigating the abduction are now receiving new information about the license plate number. State Police are no longer certain that the plate number is 677AVP. They are asking to be on the lookout for a 2004-2005 silver or gray four-door Ford Focus with a Minnesota plate with an unknown number.


MIDDLETOWN, CONN - February 18, 2010 — The child sought in today’s Amber Alert, one-year-old Jaylin Boudria, has been located in Middletown, Conn. The child appeared unharmed, but has been transported to an area hospital for evaluation. The alleged abductor, KIMBERLY JOHNSON, 38, is still being sought by police.


KIMBERLY JOHNSON is a white female, 38 years old, approximately 5’6” tall and 140 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes and was wearing blue jeans.


 Based on new information, investigators have now determined that JOHNSON may be traveling in a silver or gray Kia Rio station wagon with an unknown Minnesota license plate.


Police do not believe this was a random abduction.


The Massachusetts State Police urge anyone with information on the whereabouts of  KIMBERLY JOHNSON, or the vehicle she is traveling in to immediately call 911. A photograph of a vehicle similar to that which JOHNSON  may be traveling in is attached.



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Hopkinton Varsity Girls Basketball takes 2nd in the Foxboro Warrior Winter Classic

Feb 15th and 16th @ Foxboro High School

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Job Hunting in a Christian Context


Thursday, March 04, and Monday, March 08 / Job Search Workshop: First Congregational Church of Hopkinton, FCCH ( and Chapel of the Cross, Southborough ( together announce a Job Search Workshop, free of charge and open to the public, 6:30 PM at Chapel of the Cross, 160 Flanders Road, Westborough.

        This multi-church effort was originated by leaders from Chapel of the Cross Church (Westborough), FCCH (Hopkinton), Grace Baptist Church (Hudson) and Trinity Congregational Church (Bolton). This workshop will address different views of work life, emergency financing, finding work that fits, networking with people, writing effective résumés, interviewing and more.  This learning event has reached 120 people through six prior workshops. It is for anyone interested in gaining fresh, relevant work search skills, and open to learning in a Christian context.  For information and registration, contact

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Den 3 Visits the Fire Station and Gets Interviewed for HopNews


February 16, 2010 — Den 3 asked HopNews to visit them at the Fire Station following their tour on Saturday and tell them what we could about what HopNews does.

         Austin came along and interviewed the youngsters on video afterward, using the 5 Ws of storytelling and journalism; who, what, when, where and why.

         Andrew Sweeney narrated the piece and put the package together, which is the best basic demonstration we could offer them. Please check it out above.


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