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Updated: March 18, 2013 02:53:20 PM

Rep. Dykema Votes in Favor of Anti-Bullying Bill

Prohibits Bullying and Cyber-bullying


BOSTON – Last night, State Representative Carolyn Dykema joined her colleagues in the House of Representatives in passing legislation to prohibit bullying and cyber-bullying. The bill requires school staff to report bullying, while also requiring schools to develop a bullying prevention plan and integrate bullying prevention instruction into their curriculum.


“The outpouring of support for this bill has been tremendous,” said Rep. Dykema. “It was very meaningful to vote for a bill that will help put a stop to bullying, an issue that clearly touches so many lives.”


The bill prohibits bullying at school, including at school-sponsored events, on school busses and at school bus stops, as well as the use of electronic devices to carry out cyber-bullying. The bill also bans bullying or cyber-bullying that takes place outside of school if the bullying affects the school environment.


In an effort to protect against incidents of bullying across the Commonwealth, the bill requires schools to add bullying prevention instruction to their curriculum and offer information about bullying prevention to parents. It also provides for the training of teachers and staff in the identification, prevention, and response to bullying among students.

Leprechaun Sighting?

March 19, 2010 — Nancy Drawe sends in this photo from the Senior Center, where she believes she caught a glimpse of a leprechaun, above.

Best Buddies Massachusetts Friendship Relay

Saturday, March 20th 2010 – 2-5pm

Hopkinton High School

Field House

90 Hayden Rowe Street

Hopkinton, MA 01748


Nearly 1,000 walkers, friends, families, students and buddies will join Honorary Chairman, Pierre Woods of the New England Patriots, as we come together for our Second Annual Friendship Relay benefiting Best Buddies Massachusetts. The Friendship Relay will highlight Best Buddies program participants for their commitment to providing opportunities for friendships, jobs and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Friendship Relay will also help us to unite to Spread the Word to End the Word and raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed).”


The super hero themed event will include a relay walk, sporting events, Zumba, dancing, music, food and more! The Friendship Relay registration fee is $10 and the event is open to the public. We are challenging people to raise $50 and the first 100 people to do so will receive a “Be a Superhero Ditch the R-Word” event t-shirt. Everyone is also encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superhero. People may register online at and all money raised will support Best Buddies Massachusetts programs statewide.


Friendship Relay

Friendship Relay is a part of an on-going global awareness campaign to Spread the Word to End the Word. March 20, 2010 will be a Day of Awareness to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed).”


The day will be devoted to providing healthy recreation opportunities for our participants while educating the community about the many positive contributions people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are making every day.

Throughout the month of March, young people across the country have been rallying their schools and communities to pledge their support and stop the offensive use of the “R-word” in casual conversation at <>. The Friendship Relay is a fun-filled day that will celebrate their commitment to Best Buddies and our mission of social inclusion!



Gregory Martineau New Hopkins Principal

Elmwood site ruled out for new school - Center School still under consideration -

Fruit street site is the focus

by Heather Kelley

March 19, 2010 — At last night’s School Committee meeting, Rebecca Robak, Vice Chair of the Committee, presented an update on the Center School Building Project. The project’s Building Committee has eliminated Elmwood as a site of renovation or new construction from the list of possibilities for the project. Among the reasons given for the decision were not wishing to add to already heavy traffic at and near the site, the lack of room for future expansion needs at the site, and not wanting too many students at one campus.


Furthermore, the Building Committee is viewing Center School, which is technically still in the running, with skepticism as a site that would work for the project. It is still included in order to make the study comprehensive. The Fruit Street property is the current focus of the Building Committee’s attention. The main proposal under consideration is to build a new K-5 school there, and to have Elmwood and Hopkins serve as the other two K-5 schools in town.

In other business, Superintendent John Phelan announced that Gregory Martineau will be the new Principal of Hopkins School. Currently the Principal at Leicester Memorial Elementary School, Martineau previously served as the Director of Technology for the Hopkinton Public Schools from 2005-2007. He holds a Master’s of Educational Technology from Lesley University. “We’re all very, very confident that he’s going to do a fine job,” said Phelan.


Looking ahead to Town Meeting, Nancy Burdick, Chair of the School Committee, announced that the Board of Selectmen have forwarded to the Appropriations Committee a budget for the town that includes a 0% increase in the school budget, and not the 0.5% increase that had been recommended by the School Committee. “Which version of the School Committee budget will they be considering, the one that the School Committee voted or the one that the Board of Selectmen voted?” queried Jean Bertschmann.


Phelan noted that figures, such as those for State Aid that the town will receive, and health care costs that the town will outlay, are still in flux. “All of that data, I think, would be helpful to give us a better sense of what the financial picture is of the town,” said Phelan.


As a new benefit, at no additional cost, the District’s current food service provider, Aramark, will make available via the District’s website a nutrition calculator for the lunches served in the school cafeterias. According to Assistant Superintendent Mary Colombo, the online calculator will be available soon, and will provide calorie and fat content of foods, as well as information on possible food allergens. The Natick public school system currently has such a calculator on their website, and Hopkinton’s will be similar. To view Natick’s, click here.


Phil Totino, a former member of the School Committee who served for 12 years, appeared before the Committee to receive the Community Leader for Public Education award from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.


The School Committee has begun the review of a policy for services to pregnant students. Colombo said that the District has been following the outlined procedures, but the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has requested the District to have an official written policy. While still under review, the policy as currently written provides for pregnant students to participate in all programs and activities, as allowed by their doctors. Following delivery, the students are encouraged to return to school to finish their education.

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Like the Swallows to Capistrano...

March 18, 2010 — The swallows return to the mission at Capistrano tomorrow, March 19, but this mallard couple got the jump on them, and has returned to Pratt Pond on Fruit Street the day before, looking a bit like photo cut-outs pasted onto a Claude Monet painting.

The Rock

March 18, 2010 — Sebastian Losada, 5 1/2, and Harry Herrera, 6,  listen to their parents telling them to get off of the rock on Hopkinton Common. On the rock, which is a kid magnet, is a memorial plaque to Dr. Joseph Annunziata.

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Tree of Life

March 18, 2010 — The bold statement made by these golden arborvitae is a brilliant distraction in  an otherwise dreary landscape, as most blooms are still at rest. This entire row on Wilson Street is in focus (Deep depth-of-field) due to the use of a small lens aperture. Mouse-over the image to see a shallow depth-of-field, shot with a wide open lens. In the mouse-over, the eye is inclined to move back to the shrubs that are in focus.

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Hopkinton Part of Commonwealth's First

Utility Company Smart Grid Program


Required by the Green Communities Act, NSTAR pilot will enable 2,800 customers in Newton, Hopkinton, and Jamaica Plain to monitor and reduce energy use and costs through smart grid technology


BOSTON — March 18, 2010 - The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) today announced it has approved the first of four smart grid pilot projects submitted for its review last year under the Green Communities Act. This approval gives the green light to NSTAR's proposal to deploy in-home smart grid technologies to approximately 2,800 residential customers in Newton, Hopkinton and Jamaica Plain.


"By allowing consumers to manage their energy use, smart grid technologies allow consumers to save money while reducing the environmental impact of our energy system," DPU Chairman Paul Hibbard said. "I look forward to seeing the results of NSTAR's pilot project as it is rolled out in Newton, Hopkinton, and Jamaica Plain in the weeks ahead."

A smart grid electricity network uses two-way communications, in-home technologies, advanced sensors and other IT technologies to protect the environment by reducing energy use during peak hours - a time when the highest cost, and some of the most polluting, power plants fire up to meet demand - and by facilitating the connection of renewable power sources such as wind and solar to the electric grid.

Hopkinton Destination Imagination

On Saturday, March 13th, 60 students from Hopkinton, Grades 3 through High School, participated in the Region 7 Destination Imagination tournament in Douglas.  The kids have been working hard since October to present creative solutions to their challenges. All of the team's solutions were fantastic, with the following teams placing. All first place teams will be representing Hopkinton at the State Tournament at WPI on Saturday April 3rd. (of the 11 teams, 7 placed, with 3 representing Hopkinton at States).

1st Place: Elementary Level DI-Bot: Managers: Maureen Belger / Aman Arora (4th Grade) - Josh Bernardo, Ryan Dunn, John Howard, Avi Arora, Kate Huebner, Kaila Goldstein, Brigid Belger

1st Place: Elementary Level DO or DI:  Managers: Kathleen Karpe / Ellen Mace (5th Grade) – Andrew Mace, Nicholas Mirabile, Nicholas Temple, Mitch Karpe, Brian Giusti

1st Place: HS You're Gonna Flip: Managers: Gabe Adams / Denise Monaghan (High School) – Gabe Adams, Liam Horsman, Allison Monaghan, Carolyn Monaghan

2nd Place: Elementary Level DI-Bot:Manager: Linda Holly (3rd Grade) – Aren Arekelian, Haley Bernardo, Sara Dunn, Katy Holly, William Huebner, Timmy Lane, Gaby Weilding

3rd Place: Elementary Level Direct Diposit: Manager Megan Covino (4th Grade) –  Ryan Covino, DevonRutter, Justin Bouffard, Todd Pavone, Nathan Pucci

3rd Place: Middle School: Breaking DI-News: Manager Brenda Mirabile (6th Grade) – Brianna Mirabile, Christine Leonard, Jennifer DePatie, Anne Dumas, Clair Levenson

3rd Place: Middle School: You're Gonna Flip: Managers: Pierr Johnson / Betsy Patapoutian (7th and 9th Grade) – Sophie Johnson, Tessa Patapoutian, Kate Blake, Saranga Arora, Talia Patapoutian


The teams competing in the DI-Bot Challenge, had to build a robot and present a skit about how the robot changed someone's life. Teams competing in DO or DI were given 10 minutes to present a Improv skit.  Those teams competing in Direct Diposit had to construct device to "fling" objects over a 6 foot wall, scoring points for where the object fell.  The Middle School team that competed in Breaking DINews had to create a structure out of newspaper and glue, that would hold weight.  Finally, teams competing in the You're Gonna Flip Challenge, had to present a skit, complete with "home-made" puppet and live visual art. 

Troop 4

First Annual

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser


On April 17, 2010, Troop 4 is hosting its first annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser Event, at St. John's Parish Center, from 7:30 am to 12 noon.  The proceeds will benefit our boy scouts directly.  The cost is $5.00 per person, $3.00 for seniors, and all veterans eat free!  Our call-in line is active, at: 508-293-6396, for people to call and get information, and to reserve tickets by leaving a name, phone number, etc.  A scout will be calling them back.


Asst. Scout Master Peter Lahaie is in charge of the event, and has done the work setting it up.  It's scouters (adult scout leaders) like him that make our troop so fantastic!



Special Olympics Competes in Worcester

March 18, 2010 — The Hopkinton Special Olympics program fielded four teams at the Special Olympics Massachusetts State Games held in Worcester this past weekend. The annual tournament featured teams from throughout the state competing at different venues in the Worcester area. The Spirit and Force, coached by Kelly Sanborn and Matt Younis, were crowd favorites at Auburn High School. Tim Dlugolecki's team, the Pride, featured above, impressed at Clark University and the Angels, our adult team, coached by Anne Marcy and Oliver Clough, were undefeated in five games, winning the gold medal.

This tournament serves as a tune-up to the highly anticipated game against the Hopkinton Police. The annual game is scheduled for this Saturday at 12:00 at the Hopkinton Middle School.

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Getting the Word Out

Hopkinton High School has its own online news!

Scavenger Hunt • Prizes

Above, Jenn Tate, Editor, Austin Falcione, HopNews Host, Nicole Rumrill, Assistant Editor,HHSPress

March 17, 2010 — This isn't your grandfather's high school paper. Heck, it isn't even your father's news. Hopkinton High School has its own news, but without the worry of deadlines, ink, and newsprint. It is only online, part of a sea change in the way news is being delivered, not only in the world of commerce, but also in the world of education. has tons of features and news, as well as comment capability and a staff of nearly 20 students. To reach it from, just choose the green HHSPress button next to the schools button, above. HHSPress

      Hear the students describe to Austin what they do, and why they feel it is important to connect to the community in the YouTube/HopNews video below: (If the video doesn't load quickly enough for your speed, change the resolution after hitting the play button.). 1:00 am - YouTube still processing video - quality will improve.



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Projects Pay Off at Elmwood


"How many grade 2 students can display their work in one room?"

Photo by Andrew Sweeney.

March 17, 2010 — The answer is, "Only about a third each day." It is taking three days for all 254 Elmwood School Grade 2 students to show off the work that took 3-4 weeks to complete.

       Two of the most popular challenges are, "How much salt does it take to make an egg float?" and "What is the best juice to clean a penny?"  Above, parents inspect the work of all of the students.

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Zoning Advisory Committee Votes to Recommend Changes

Above, artist's rendering of new building.

March 17, 2010 — Last year, the Golden Pond Resident Care Corp received zoning relief it had requested from the Board of Appeals to expand to expand the size of their facility. Arguments against the expansion were that the facility could only expand 25% by law; but Attorney Wayne Davies countered, in a precedent-setting argument, that the entire 10 acres of the facility, and not only the floor space, had to be taken into account in any calculation.

       Now, three citizens' petitions, Articles for Town Meeting, to memorialize zoning changes, were approved on Monday by ZAC (Zoning Advisor Committee) for recommendation for passing to the Planning Board, which will hold a Public hearing on the matter in April. Public Hearings give proponents of an issue a chance to present their perspective, and gives abutters a chance to weigh in.

      ZAC has previously approved some of these concerns for consideration by the Planning Board, which voted not to recommend putting the changes on the Town Warrant.

       Although all citizens' petitions must be put on the Warrant, relevant town boards and committees weigh in on Articles as they come up on the Town Meeting floor and give a thumbs up or thumbs down on each. This gives the Planning Board another "bite at the apple" before Town Meeting.



Fatal Pedestrian Crash on Route 93 in Wilmington - Possible Suicide


March 17, 2010 — Today at approximately 2:38 a.m., troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Andover responded to numerous calls for a pedestrian struck by a commercial vehicle on Route 93 southbound at Woburn St. in Wilmington.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper James Foley indicates that a male victim may have jumped from an overpass and was subsequently struck by a commercial vehicle being operated by Brian Levins, 19, of Cambridge.


The male victim was pronounced deceased at the scene by responding EMS personnel.

State Police Recover, Identify Body in Granville State Forest


  On Tuesday March 16, 2010  at approximately 2:40 p.m., troopers assigned to the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Russell responded to a report of a body at Hubbard Brook in Granville State Forest.


Forty-seven year-old James P. O’Brien of Westfield was located on the shore in a remote area of the forest. Preliminary investigation by Trooper Gary Fitzgerald suggests that O’Brien drowned after a kayaking accident.


Troopers and EMS personnel had to cross approximately 1½ miles of rough terrain to reach O’Brien, who was deceased when pulled onto the shore.


The facts and circumstances of the death remain under investigation by troopers assigned to the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office.


Troopers were assisted at the scene by the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, the State Police Air Wing, the Granville Fire Department and the Tolland Fire Department.

Fatal Pedestrian Crash on Route 95 South in Newbury


On Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at approximately 7:30 p.m., troopers assigned to the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Newbury responded to a report of a pedestrian being struck on Route 95 South in Newbury at Exit 56.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Patrick Ahl indicates that 58-year-old William Trafidlo of Hampton, N.H. was operating a 2004 Jaguar in the right lane when 46-year-old Bruce Flaherty of Salisbury, stepped into the lane and was struck. Flaherty was transported to Anna Jacques hospital where he was pronounced deceased.


The facts and circumstances of this crash remain under investigation by Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the State Police Crime Scene Services Section and the State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section. The investigation is looking into the possibility that Flaherty walked away from a disabled motor vehicle.

Beside the Still Waters

(Mouse-over image)

March 16, 2010 — A photograph doesn't have to be remarkable to be interesting. Above, the stillness of Hopkinton Reservoir adjacent to Cedar Street today is emphasized by its having been rotated 180 degrees. The sky above is actually the reflection flipped around. To see the scene the way the eye sees it, mouse over the image, and then, Cedar Street side will be on the right.

Two Out of Five Ain't Bad 

See the full Hot Acoustics band April 10, 2010 at the Hopkinton Police Association Dinner/Dance

7:30 pm - 12:30 am at the Portuguese Club in Milford

For tickets, call 508-497-3401 • Blocks of 10= $350

Check out two of the five members in the video below

playing an excerpt from "Mrs. Robinson"

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Power to the People

March 16, 2010 — Since yesterday's theme seemed to be water I thought readers might like some pictures of the our mill pond dam and spillway. The turbine is spilling water out the overflow vents and back to the river to keep the generator dry. The river is really ripping today - enough water to power about 75 houses.

~ Andy Boyce

qAnother Team to the States

March 16, 2010 — This is one of Hopkinton's 4th grade DI teams who is also going to the State Tournament at WPI on Sat, April 3. The team includes Avi Arora, Bridget Belger, Joshua Bernardo, Ryan Dunn, Jack Howard, Kate Huebner, Kayla Goldstein. Team Managers are Maureen Belger and Raman Arora.

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Best Large Delegation

March 16, 2010 — This past weekend fifteen members of the Hopkinton High School Model United Nations Club attended the annual 3 day Model United Nations conference at the University of Massachusetts. The club was up against twenty other highly competitive public and private high schools, and for the third year in a row the club came home with a prestigious award.  This year the club won Best Large Delegation, whereas for the last two years the club won Best Small Delegation.  In addition, 6 of the club members won individual awards: Molly Karg and Becca Govoni won Best Delegate, Elise LeCrone won Outstanding Delegate, Caroline Olney won Honorable Mention, Alyssa Carter and Dan Quiqley were both verbally recognized.

Pictured are the members of the club Top Row:  Mike Wilander (Advisor), Brittany O’Loughlin, Allison Toth, Caroline Olney, Max Vumbaca, Jake Mokler, Dan Genkin
Middle Row: Dan Liberta, Dan Quigley, Alyssa Carter, Becca Govoni, Karen Podorefsky

Front Row: Catie Maruska, Molly Karg, Elise LeCrone, Meghan Smart

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Park and Recreation's Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Town Common

Saturday, April 3, 2010


     The Easter Bunny makes his annual visit to Hopkinton on Saturday, April 3, 2010 for the Park and Recreation's Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The event, which is sponsored by Hopkinton Drug Store, will be held at 11:00 AM on the Town Common.  The Easter Egg Hunt is for Hopkinton pre-school to 2nd grade children.

     Please bring your own basket or bag to collect the candy and "Special Prize Eggs".  We ask parents not to pick up eggs prior to the start of the event.

     There is no registration or fee for this event and we will try to give candy to all children that attend.

     Please note that the Easter Bunny will appear on the common, weather permitting, and that parents are welcome to take pictures with the bunny.

     For more information please call Parks and Recreation at 497-9750 between 10 AM and 1 PM on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.

     If there is inclement weather, children can greet the Bunny and receive a treat at Hopkinton Drug Store. 



5th Grade Team Achieves First

This 5-th grade DI team from Hopkins School achieved first place in their “challenge” this past Saturday, 3/13 at the DI Regional Tournament in Douglas.  Their challenge, called “Do or DI” involved teamwork, thinking on their feet, and improvisation.  They will go on to the State Competition at WPI on April 3rd.  This is the third year these boys have participated as a DI team together, and the second time they came in first!  Please wish them luck at States!!  ~ A Mom

Traffic Advisory - Route 9 shut Down in Natick (7:31 p.m.)


March 15, 2010 — The Natick Police Department would like to advise that Route 9, both eastbound and westbound thru their City, is to be shut-down for an indeterminate amount of time.


Commuters can expect significant delays and are advised to seek alternative routes of travel.


In particular, the Natick Police Department advises that Commercial Vehicles should specifically use Speen Street for North/South travel as alternative routes, such as Oak Street and Route 27, will present complicated maneuvering for larger vehicles attempting to return to traveling in an East/West direction


No further information is available at this time. 



L to R Kellie Lodge, Kim Bolick, Haley Anderson and Tamara Mills


This past Saturday, two Hopkinton relay teams ran at The National Scholastic Indoor Championships held at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York City. Both the boys and girls relay teams ran the 4 by mile relay. The boy’s team of Dan Carrai, Cam Fairbanks, Brendan Driscoll and Tim Bolick finished in 26th place with a time of 19.21.92. Their performance set a school and TVL record.


The girl’s team of Tamara Mills, Kellie Lodge, Haley Anderson and Kim Bolick captured fourth place with a time of 21.51.79. They beat the previous Hopkinton High School record by over a minute. They also set a new TVL record. By finishing in the top six of the championship event, the girls earned Track and Field All American honors. The girls are the first ever distance runner All Americans from Hopkinton. Congratulations to both the boys and the girls for their wonderful achievements and for representing Hopkinton at the national level.

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Ann-Michele's Cut-a-Thon

Sunday, March 21, 2010

1 Claflin Common

9:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.


Ann-Michele' Uptown Hair Design is doing a Cut-A-Thon this Sunday the 21st to support Ann-Michele's Boston Marathon fundraising. She is running for the Hopkinton Athletic Association this year.


Jenna, Valerie and Ann-Michele will be doing $15 haircuts and Kim will be doing $10 mini-manicures. !00% of the money will go to the H.A.A.

On the Road Again

March 15, 2010 — The pond on North Mill Street flowed over the road this afternoon, as it often does during heavy or persistent rain events.

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Well, at Least it Isn't... IT IS!

March 15, 2010 — "At least it isn't snow," is a convenient aphorism to assuage people who otherwise would feel a bit depressed over three days of rain without a glimpse of the sun.  For a time today, as shown in this shallow depth-of-field photo on Main Street, the rain that had a silver lining turned to snow, which melted away immediately.

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Hopkinton Curbside Collection Overflow Bag Program

Start Date Moved to April 1, 2010

On January 12, 2010, the Board of Selectmen voted to reduce the number of trash barrels the Town’s curbside collection contractor (E.L. Harvey) can pick up per week per household, from a maximum of four (4) 39–gallon barrels to two (2) 39–gallon barrels. Pursuant to the board’s vote, households who wish to put out more than two (2) barrels of trash can purchase Overflow Bags. These overflow bags are 33-gallons and each household is allowed a maximum allowable weight of 50 pounds per bag.


Overflow bags will be available starting Thursday March 11th at the following locations:

Colella’s Supermarket 61 Main Street


Hopkinton Lumber Co. 118 Main Street

The cost of the bags is $1.25 each and they are sold in packages of five (5) for $6.25. Sales tax does not apply.


The program will take effect April 1st with a grace period of one (1) month for households to transition into the program. Enforcement will begin May 3, 2010.


J.T. Gaucher, P.E., Director, Department of Public Works

Police News UP-TO-DATE



March 15, 2010

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10:44 pm  The State Police called in a domestic incident on East Main Street.  All units responded...


10:18 pm  An anonymous caller on Fruit Street reported an underage drinking party...


12:12 pm  A caller on Clinton Street reported a young boy wearing camo and appeared to be carrying a rifle...


8:55 pm  Officer William Burchard was out on Main Street with a male party, the male was possibly drunk...



Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for © 2010 All Rights Reserved

Transactions from March 8, 2010 - March 15, 2010






69 Front St. Andkra L L C $215,000 March 12, 2010 Braim Farm LLC
1 Peppercorn Rd. Edward Leflore & Alison Leflore $575,000 March 9, 2010  Paul Koobatian, Nicole Koobatian
& Nicole Meregian
Last Week        
9 Leman Ln. David Goolgasian $200,000 Mar 3,2010 Deutsche Bank National Trust Co.
2 Nancy Ln. Donald J. Gallagher & Nancy L F Gallagher $503,000 Mar 2,2010 Steven J. Sohn & Carol D. Sohn


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Scouts Fete Seniors

March 14, 2010 — Boy Scouts, from left, Maxwell Barnes, 10 and Dan Bradbury, 10, listen to senior citizen, Vish Gosk, as they wait on tables at Brampton Circle senior housing on Sunday.

       The Scouts not only purchased, prepared and served dinner, but performed skits and sang afterward. The eight boys from Den 7 of Pack 26, earned not only a family badge for their culinary crafts, but a showmanship badge for their performances.

Boiling Point

March 14, 2010 — The Sudbury River was in a violent and dangerous rage this afternoon, as it churned past the keystone arch bridge on Cordaville Road on its way, eventually, to carry the rain water from the storm to the ocean.

Low Water

March 14, 2010 — These gulls, seasonal visitors to the hippo-shaped rock, stand above the high water mark on North Pond (Lake Maspenock) today. Despite the recent unrelenting rainfall, the seasonally low height of Maspenock's water has left plenty of room to fill.

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Source Water

March 14, 2010 — This brook behind the homes on Elm Street comes from rain water that empties into Ice House Pond and the surrounding aquifer. Then it flows to Cedar Street and joins the other sources for Hopkinton Reservoir, where about 500,000 gpd are used for Hopkinton's drinking water. On this day, however, it is all excess that will join the Sudbury and end up in the Atlantic, after refreshing watersheds along the way.

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High Winds

March 14, 2010 — High Winds accompanying the rain storm today knocked down limbs all over town today, including this one on School Street. Officer Robert Bartlett stood by until help arrived to remove the tree that was hanging on wires, pulling them down.

 Health and Wellness

March 14, 2010 — Austin interviews a few exhibitors at the health and Wellness Fair 2010.

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Dr. Seuss BD

March 14, 2010 — Center School's recent first grade Seussapalooza, in honor of the birthday of Dr. Suess, was a very popular event.  Pictured above in a photo contributed by Maria Gross are Hayes Pearson-Woodruff  and Sam Tourangeau. 

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Health and Fitness Fair

Hopkinton High School

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Saturday March 13, 2010


Sponsored by Hopkinton Public Schools Wellness Department

Children’s activities and games! • Health/ Fitness Information • Cholesterol/Blood Pressure checks

Protecting your skin from sun damage • Nutrition • Relaxation

and much, much more!!

There’s something for everyone!

Music!  Prizes!



Clarity Defog It™ Anti-Fog Tested, Proven by Massachusetts Firefighters: ‘Performed Great,’ Says Firefighter


Members of the Hopkinton, Massachusetts, Fire Department put Clarity Defog It anti-fog towelettes to the test in recent rescue training sessions and certified that "the product performed great,” according to the department’s Francis Clark.



Valley View, Ohio (Vocus/PRWEB ) March 13, 2010 -- Members of the Hopkinton, Massachusetts, Fire Department put Clarity Defog It anti-fog towelettes to the test in recent rescue training sessions and certified that "the product performed great,” according to the department’s Francis Clark.


"Clarity Defog It is formulated especially for vision-critical situations like firefighters, police officers and other first responders. Now it’s being proven by real firefighters in real-world situations."


Clarity Defog It anti-fog towelettes and Clarity Defog It anti-fog liquid, made by Nanofilm, have a formula used by the military around the world to prevent fogged eyewear in vision-critical situations. Just one application can help keep optics fog-free up to all day. Clarity Defog It anti-fog is safe and effective on safety glasses, safety goggles, faceshields and eyeglasses, even high-tech anti-reflective and super-hydrophobic lenses.


Firefighter Clark described the Clarity Defog It anti-fog performance for the Hopkinton Fire Department this way. "We had tech rescue training today for structural collapse. We had it inside a building that had previously had a fire in it. Lots of soot and dust and the safety glasses fogged up easily in the cold weather. I had a few of the members apply the Clarity Defog and It [which kept the lenses clear for the remainder of the morning. The guys seem to like the easy approach to it. We were cutting above our heads with the saws, in the dust, so good visibility was a must. The product performed great.”

Senator Karen Spilka Announces March 18 Hopkinton, Ashland and
Framingham Office Hours

Thursday, March 18, 2010
Hopkinton Town Hall
10:30 a.m -11:30 a.m
18 Main Street, Room 216, Hopkinton


Join Senator Spilka and Puja Mehta, Senator Spilka's District and Constituent Services Director, for coffee and conversation. They will update constituents on the latest news and events, and answer any questions constituents may have.

Any resident unable to attend should feel free to contact the Senator's State House office at (617) 722-1640 at any time, or go to to sign up for email updates.

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March 12, 2010 — The Hopkinton Fire Department responded to the report of a car "teetering" on a retention wall this afternoon at Cumberland Farms on West Main Street, and propped the vehicle up with jacks. To see from the other angle, mouse-over the image.

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Proposals for Downtown Unveiled 


March 12, 2010 — A representative from Weston and Sampson, as well as students from the Conway School of Landscape Design, brought their proposals to groups of Hopkinton people in government and business in presentations at the Fire Station meeting room last night, and listened to feedback from them.  The proposals for reworking downtown traffic patterns to create a safer environment were commissioned by the Parks and Recreation Commission and some Downtown business owners. The students, who are also studying other aspects of the Downtown, such as municipal parking, flooding, social spaces and business growth,  are expected to present a final plan to the Downtown Revitalization Committee in late March.

      The Committee's goal is to first get approval for a comprehensive study of the Downtown through Town Meeting, and at a future date, seek funding through grants for the proposed work. In addition to the work proposed by the groups last night, most proponents of Downtown revitalization have always had the burying of utilities as a priority.     

High School Students Only

(No parents)


Over 200 students have signed up to compete in the beFREE! Handball Tournament on Saturday night from 7:00-10:00. If you're a high school student and you're not competing, then come to cheer on your friends. Admissions for spectators is free (high school students only, no parents!).

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March 12, 2010 — Detective Scott Van Raalten questions a passenger as Patrolman John Moran inspects a vehicle that was occupied by two teens who pulled into a parking lot downtown last night after the business was closed. The driver is off-camera, as is Sgt. Michael Sutton.


March Senior News now up line


We are looking to start up our Wii exercise program again. This exercise program has been a huge success at many other Senior Centers. We need an instructor for 1 hour a week to instruct and promote this program. The time frame that this program can be done is flexible. Most of our successful programs work best between 9am and 1am Monday through Friday. If interest in taking on this program please contact Sally at the Senior Center.



Dining room servers: 3 hour shift for lunches served Mon-Fri

Kitchen Staff: Assistant to the chef for preparation of the daily lunches

Hilltopper monthly mailing: To be on call when the Hilltopper is delivered to the Center. Time of

month for delivery varies.


Come to the Senior Center to fi ll out an application to see what other volunteer opportunities we have


Ellen J. Wright

Volunteer Resource Coordinator



Open Mic Night
With Feature Artist Dan Cloutier
and Host
Barbara Kessler

March 13
at Ciao Time Catering
Main St., Hopkinton

Doors open at 7:00 for performer sign-ups,
Show begins at 7:30 p.m.
$5 to perform or to just enjoy the show
See Ciao Time's Appetizer Menu here

Downtown Design Alternatives


On Thursday, March 11 at 7 P.M. at the Fire Station Meeting Room, the students from the Conway School of Landscape Design will present preliminary schematic plan alternatives for the downtown, followed by time for questions and feedback.  The Conway School of Landscape Design is working with the Downtown Revitalization Committee to develop a master plan for downtown Hopkinton.

       The plan alternatives address six different areas of potential improvement for downtown Hopkinton: aesthetics, economics, pedestrian and vehicular movement, infrastructure, social spaces, and sustainability. The preliminary plan alternatives explore various possibilities for traffic calming, improving visibility and safety of pedestrian street crossings, enhancing downtown walkability, improving parking, beautifying the downtown and unifying downtown character, growing the local and downtown economy, increasing the quality and number of public and private social spaces, mitigating flooding, and advancing ecological sustainability. 

       In the weeks following the meeting, the students will use the feedback from the presentation to refine the preliminary schematic plan alternatives into a final plan and report that the town will receive at the end of March.  

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Seasons Changing

Austin talks about the season changing, what people MUST do on Sunday — and a 300 lb goldfish!

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