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April 5, 2010

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10:37 pm  A caller reported two vehicles possibly drag racing.  Officer John Moran attempted to stop the vehicles...


12:57 am  A caller on Ridge Road reported coyote's running around in the woods behind his home...


8:35 am  A caller on Hayden Rowe Street reported a hit and run motor vehicle accident...


6:00 pm  A business on West Main Street reported a security camera was stolen...

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Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa Aiming for Record

Ninth Boston Marathon Title in Push Rim Wheelchair Division


 Wakako Tsuchida seeking fourth consecutive victory in women’s race


Boston, MA – April 5, 2010 —The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced today that eight-time Boston Marathon Champion Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa will return to the 114th Boston Marathon, seeking an unprecedented ninth title – the most in the history of the event in any division. Wakako Tsuchida of Japan, winner of three consecutive titles in the women’s wheelchair field, returns to compete for her fourth title.

      Van Dyk has won in Boston in eight of the past nine years, including six consecutive victories from 2000-2006. His 2004 time of 1:18:27 remains the world record. In 2009, despite a strong headwind, he led from Hopkinton to Boston – setting the stage for his record breaking attempt in 2010. Challenging Van Dyk in the men’s field is 2007 Champion and last year’s runner-up Masazumi Soejima of Japan, as well as perennial contender Krige Schabort from the US (formerly from South Africa).  The field of more than 20 competitors will vie for the Olive Wreath and a total prize purse of $30,000. In the women’s race, Tsuchida will be joined by four-time runner up Diane Roy of Canada, and last year’s third place finisher Shirley Reilly of Arizona.

      Clarence H. DeMar’s seventh Boston Marathon title in 1930 stood until 2000 when Jean Driscoll won her eighth women’s push rim wheelchair division title. The B.A.A. record book could again be re-written in 2010. “Ernst Van Dyk has become synonymous with winning at Boston,” said Guy Morse, executive director of the B.A.A. “We welcome him back, and look forward to his attempt for an unprecedented ninth title against a deeply talented push rim men’s field.”

       New for 2010, the Boston Athletic Association has reduced the controlled start for the wheelchair competitors from a half-mile to a quarter-mile. A prize purse of $60,000 will be distributed to the top finishers in the push rim wheelchair division, which debuted at the Boston Marathon in 1975. For more information on the 114th Boston Marathon, please visit

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for © 2010 All Rights Reserved

Transactions from March 29, 2010 - April 5, 2010






19 Appaloosa Cir. Pavel Perlov & Christina Perlov $12,075.52 April 1, 2010  David P. Crowe & Michele Lynn Crowe
17 Jamie Ln. Chunming Qi & Fan Zhang $745,000 March 30, 2010  James V. Damiano & Anita D. Damiano
25 Nazneen Cir. Kiran Kumar R. Vedere & Pavani Vangur $409,900 March 30, 2010  Ahmed Mirajuddin TR
Peppercorn Village Realty Trust
Last Week        
219 Wood St. Jamison T. Moeser & Julie B. Wolfson $342,935 March 26, 2010  William A. Frazee & Joseph A. Feinstein
14 Forest Ln. Ashish Kasturia & Silky Narang $310,000 March 23, 2010  14 Forest Lane Realty Trust, Andrea Upham


Changes to Downtown Brewing

Mouse-over image to see Common after proposed tree removal plan

Debt-exclusion in the works for Downtown design - $350k previously mentioned

April 4, 2010


On Monday, April 5 at 7:00 pm the Parks & Recreation Commission will be holding a public hearing to review the Tree and Landscape Plan for the Town Common, presented by Weston and Sampson.  Included in this plan are 7 trees that have been recommended for removal. Mouse-over image above for new plan, minus trees. Another part of Weston and Sampson's plan is below. Mouse-over to see existing, and then pull the mouse off to compare. The plan adds a short crosswalk and removes 9 or more parking spaces as it narrows and delineates the roadway. Weston and Sampson plan is available by email request (4.5 MB file).


To see a conceptual plan submitted instead by HopNews to the Downtown Revitalization Committee as well as The Conway School of Landscape design, CLICK HERE.


• At Tuesday's Selectmen's meeting, the Board will consider an Article for Town Meeting and a  Ballot Question, to exclude from the constraints of Proposition 2½, plans for upgrades to the Downtown. On January 29* of this year, Director of Public Works, JT Gaucher, attended a charrette organized by the Conway School of Design, where he announced an application for funding had been submitted on behalf of Hopkinton to the Mass DOT Highway Division in the amount of $3.4 million for improvements to the roadway and pedestrian safety in the Downtown. The Project Initiation Form was completed by Beta Group, whose Senior Vice President, Anthony Lionetta (Photo), was in attendance.

      The project area would cover Main Street from Ash to Wood Street. Some of the scope of improvements includes high visibility crosswalks. It also addresses the possible need for a light at Pleasant and Main Streets and land takings at the main intersection Downtown.

      Traffic lights, ADA compliant sidewalks and other pedestrian upgrades are being considered.

      The aim is to improve the Downtown area in the areas of traffic flow, infrastructure upgrade and as pedestrian safety.

      Mr. Lionetta said that the Worcester District Office of the MassDOT will decide whether to kick the project up to the next level in Boston.

     If the $3.4 million project is approved, the town will need to come up with $350,000 for planning and design.

     Mr. Lionetta said there is a reasonable likelihood of approval. * Information from January 29,2010 HopNews report.

Taps Ceremony

April 4, 2010 — Above, bugler Mike McCann plays taps at the Common during the Hopkinton veteran's participation in Bugles Across America on Sunday evening.




April 3, 2010 —  Ciao Time on Main Street was the venue for ESL (Enter Stage  Left) Theater's open mic on Saturday evening which was SRO (Standing Room Only).

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Iwo Jima Vets From Hopkinton

Iwo Jima Vets From Hopkinton

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Iwo Jima Veterans Recognition

Senior Center

Friday, April 9, 2010 900 am


    "From the Halls of Montezuma to the top of Mt. Suribachi" -it's hard to put these words to music, so that's probably why the Marine Corps Hymn wasn't changed after WWII.

    Back in 1945, when the entire  Hopkinton High School student population was less than one hundred, six young men from town, now Marines, were part of the invasion force at the island of Iwo Jima.  Sixty -five years later, on this Friday, April 9th ,  three of those Marines will be recognized at the senior center following the monthly 9:00 AM veterans breakfast. As Always, all veterans are welcome, as is anyone else who would like to shake the hands of Paul Phipps, John Cahill, and Bob Lavoie. ~ Michael Whalen

Left is a reprise of an Andrew Sweeney interview with vets from a few weeks ago.

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Jeffrey M. Messerman, 57

Jeffrey M. Messerman, 57, of Hopkinton, died Saturday, April 3, 2010 after a brave battle with cancer. He leaves his true love Lynda S. (Ward) Messerman of Hopkinton, who is thankful for finding and sharing her life with her one true love. Arrangments are incomplete and under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

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Swan's Lake

April 3, 2010 — This swan led the photographers' canoe into a headwind and away from his mate, but couldn't escape from the long HopNews lens, in the middle of Lake Whitehall on Saturday. Video of the adventure is forthcoming.

Tree Climbers

April 3, 2010 — The tree may be horizontal, but nonetheless, it proved irresistible to these young men during their excursion around  Lake Whitehall on Saturday.


April 3, 2010 — The Easter Bunny made its annual pilgrimage to Hopkinton Common on Saturday. An estimated 600 children took part in the egg-hunt and a visit with the droopy-eared  animal. Hopkinton Drug and Parks and Rec co-sponsored the event. Hopkinton Drug, as it has every year, donated the candy. HopNews photos by Austin Falcione and Robert Falcione.

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Appearances Can Deceive

April 2, 2010 — No, this man is not engaged in some sort of vile salute, but instead, is  shielding his face from the camera lens, while asking for privacy. He was in front of the bank soliciting signatures for nomination papers for a young candidate for state representative from Holliston. The photographer thought the hat was interesting.




Hopkinton Police Dinner/Dance

April 10, 2010

6:30 p.m. - 12:30 am

Portuguese Club, Milford

Tickets 508-497 -3401

with Hot Acoustics

Hot Acoustics is Ray Elwood (drums, vocals), Carter Berking (bass guitar, vocals), Sara Spector (keys, vocals) Steve Spector (guitar, vocals) & Tim Leavitt (guitar, vocals).

The Running Man

April 2, 2010 — Hopkinton Selectman Chair Brian Herr is running down West Main Street in this photo, has run the Boston Marathon for 21 years on behalf of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge, and is running for US Congress from the Third Congressional District.

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Individuals in Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, and Worcester Counties May be Eligible for Unemployment Insurance Benefits

BOSTON - Friday, April 2, 2010 - Governor Deval Patrick today announced that Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits are available to help those left jobless as a result of damage and flooding caused by the March 12-14 rain storm.    


On March 29, 2010, President Obama declared Massachusetts a federal disaster area, making the state eligible for federal disaster aid to supplement recovery efforts in the areas struck by severe storms and flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) declared Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, and Worcester Counties as official disaster areas and under that declaration, individuals in those seven counties are eligible for unemployment assistance benefits.


"We are pleased that the Obama Administration is working expediently to send funds to people in the areas of our state in need of help," said Governor Patrick. "I have visited some of our state's hardest hit communities and want our residents to have this financial assistance in hand as soon as possible."


The unemployment assistance eligibility began on March 14, 2010, and the disaster declaration assistance runs through October 2, 2010. The filing deadline for individuals eligible for assistance is May 3, 2010. An individual must be continuously unemployed as a result of the disaster in order to continue receiving Disaster Unemployment Assistance and, if eligible, he or she can collect benefits for the weeks during which they fulfilled the necessary criteria.


Workers who experienced temporarily job loss because of the disaster and who do not qualify for state Unemployment Insurance Benefits, such as self-employed individuals, may also be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.


"Severe flooding has impacted so many workers and their families." said Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne F. Goldstein. "Relief is available through Disaster Unemployment Assistance. It's important that people who are eligible access these funds as soon as possible."


Examples of reasons for unemployment that may make a person eligible to receive Disaster Unemployment Assistance:


  • You were injured in the disaster and are unable to work, whether you are an employee or self-employed.

  • Your workplace was damaged, destroyed, or you can't work because of the disaster.

  • Your transportation to work is not available because of the disaster.

  • You cannot get to your job because you must travel through the affected area, and you cannot do that because of the disaster.

  • You were about to begin working, but could not because of the disaster.

  • You are now the breadwinner or major support for a household because the former head of household died in the disaster.

  • You are out of work because the Federal government took over or closed the facility where you worked.

  • You derived most of your income from areas affected by the disaster, whether you worked for yourself or for an employer, and your business is down as a direct result of the disaster.

Please note - this list is not exhaustive and if you are uncertain as to your eligibility, you are encouraged to apply. All applicants will be required to submit wage information and documentation regarding the basis of your claim.


To apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance an individual must first file for regular Unemployment Insurance. He or she must file an application by the deadline of May 3, 2010, with the Division of Unemployment Assistance at 617-626-6800 or visit a walk-in claims agent at one of Massachusetts' 37 One-Stop Career Centers.


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ESL’s Open Mic to Feature Tom Smith on April 3

HOPKINTON, MA (March 23, 2010) – Veteran folk singer/songwriter Tom Smith will be the featured artist at ESL’s Open Mic Night on Saturday, April 3 with host Barbara Kessler. Smith, accompanied by guitar, banjo, and other instruments, will interweave old folk songs and original songs that are reminiscent of the very best of the old-school folk tradition, presented in an easy-going and engaging style.

ESL’s Open Mic will again be held at its new venue, Ciao Time Restaurant, 28 Main Street in Hopkinton, which will offer appetizers and drinks. Singers and musicians can register to perform at 7:00 p.m., and the performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 per person to listen or perform.

Enter Stage Left Theater, Inc. is a non-profit performing arts center in Hopkinton offering theater education, training and performances for students of all ages. For more information call 508-435-2114 or visit  .

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School Committee Settles on $32,549,015 Budget

New MS Principal search

by Heather Kelley

April 2, 2010 — At last night’s School Committee meeting, Chair Nancy Burdick presented an FY 11 budget update.  The committee received news of new, mandated expenditures in special education for next year due to four new special education students with diagnoses ranging from developmental delay to autism.  As a result, the budget will need to include one, probably two, preschool assistants, as well as a part-time school psychologist.  This is on top of news from Center School that kindergarten and first grade enrollments for next year are currently up from projections (an additional 37 kindergartners and 9 first graders have enrolled over expected numbers).  Center School Principal Jennifer Parson has requested additional teaching staff to prevent kindergarten class sizes from soaring to 23 students per class.  As a result, the Committee voted their final budget number, raising it by $130,000 in order to cover these new expenditures.  The final number voted was $32,549,015.  This new number will be presented to the Appropriations Committee, the Town Manager, and the Board of Selectmen in preparation for Town Meeting.


Town Manager Norman Khumalo came before the School Committee to promote the plan for a town-wide Permanent Building Committee.  “I’m a strong believer in the one town, one solution concept,” said Khumalo.  He explained that the Permanent Building Committee would provide resources and expertise when asked, but that the School Committee would retain authority over all school building and maintenance projects.


Superintendent John Phelan reported that the Coordinated Program Review finished last week.  “They thought we had exemplary programs,” said Phelan.  Among the financial implications of the audit: funds should be set aside for translation services should they be needed in the future.  Additionally, half day kindergartners will need to receive physical education classes starting in 2012; currently, only full-day kindergartners are slated to have gym class next school year.


Assistant Superintendent Mary Colombo presented a proposal to accept non-immigrant students into the high school on a tuition basis.  These students would pay yet-to-be-determined tuition, as well as fees, and be members of the high school community for one year, staying with host families in town.  Four applications have already been received.  Colombo said that Belmont, Arlington, and Brookline also accept such students, and that this year Arlington has 17 students in its program.  Hopkinton’s initial cap will be 10 students.


Dr. Phelan announced the search for a new Middle School Principal; the current principal, Dr. William Lynch, will be retiring at the end of this school year.  There will be pre-screenings and two rounds of interviews, culminating in a public forum scheduled for April 14th, when Phelan plans to present two candidates for the position.  Phelan expects to announce the new principal on April 15th.  “There is a dearth of candidates for all leadership positions,” said Phelan, as he agreed with member Troy Mick that the timeline was aggressive.


The 2010-2011 school year calendar has been revised, changing the last day of school to Wednesday, June 15, if no snow days are used.  A clerical error had incorrectly listed December as having 16 school days.  It actually will contain 17, thus allowing for school to end one day earlier in the spring.



The Town of Hopkinton Department of Public Works has instituted the following fees on permits issued by the Department:

Trench Safety Permit $25.00

Driveway Opening Permit $50.00
Road Opening Permit $75.00

Permit fees will be due with the permit application; please make all checks payable to the Town of Hopkinton.

Please contact the Department of Public Works with any questions at 508-497-9740

Two Arrested In Highway Pellet-Gun Shootings


April 1, 2010 — The Massachusetts State Police, Plymouth Police, Kingston Police and the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office announce that two men were arrested this afternoon in connection with the pellet-gun shootings of several motor vehicles along Route 3 last month.


Under arrest are a 19-year-old man and an 18-year-old man, both of Plymouth. The men's names are not being released tonight because parts of the investigation remain ongoing.  The defendants will be arraigned tomorrow in the Plymouth District Court. They are each charged with multiple counts related to projectiles fired into several cars from the side of the road along Route 3 in Kingston on several dates last month.


Investigators developed information late last night that, following further investigation throughout the day today, led to the charges. The arrests are the result of an extensive and thorough investigation that began March 17 and was conducted by the State Police, Plymouth Police, Kingston Police, and Plymouth County District Attorney, with the assistance of the State Environmental Police, Plymouth County Sheriff's Department, and Massachusetts Highway Division.

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Town to Apply for Disaster Money

Above, Selectman Chair Brian Herr, resident Pierre Trudeau and Fire Chief Ken Clark discuss flood damage to the underlying structure of the bridge over the culvert on Fourth Road, and possible relief from disaster funds.

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William H. Sparks


William H. Sparks, age 78 of Oak Park Heights, MN, formerly of Newton, died Monday, March 29, 2010. He was the beloved husband of  49 years to Joanne M.(Murphy), loving father of William H. Sparks Jr. of Westborough, Cynthia A. Sparks of Sterling, Frederick L. Sparks of Richfield, MN, Katherine F. (David) Wallner of Forest Lake, MN and Robert E. Sparks of Jordon Kowloon, Hong Kong; proud grandfather of Carleigh, April, Will, Dylan, Samantha, Robert, Leo, Ali, John and Julia. William was the brother of  Frances Lage, Eleanor Sparks, Joanne Jones, Phyllis(Joe) Lewis, and Burton(Donna) Sparks. He was preceded in death by his parents Johanna and Herbert. Mr. Sparks was a retired Plant Manger for 3M. He was a veteran of the US Navy. He was a graduate from Our Ladies in Newton.


A Mass of  Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, April 6 at 10:00 am at St. John the Evangelist, 20 Church St, Hopkinton. Calling hours will be held 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., prior to Mass at the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church St, Hopkinton. Donations can be made in William's memory to the Alzheimer’s Association. There was always room for another at his table.

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April 1, 2010 - Due to severe flood damage Fourth Rd will be closed for an undetermined amount of time from the intersection of Knoll Rd to #4 Fourth Rd. Knoll Rd is open full length. -- Mike Mansir, Hopkinton Highway Manager.

Blackstone Floods Homes and Businesses 

March 31, 2010 — Above is the scene in Northbridge just minutes from Hopkinton Wednesday morning as the roving HopNews camera caught the Blackstone River showing no respect for its banks, the streets, or people's yards.






BOSTON - Today, Attorney General Martha Coakley cautioned victims of the 2010 floods to do their homework when selecting contractors to repair the water damage to their properties, to avoid becoming a victim of a scam.


“Today, most of the state for the second time is dealing with the damage from these unprecedented storms,” said Attorney General Coakley. “While many people have banded together through this difficult time, there are also unsavory individuals seeking to capitalize on this situation, and we urge consumers to do their homework when picking a contractor to fix their homes.”


The Attorney General’s Office offers the following advice for homeowners:


·         Make sure that the person you are dealing with is a licensed contractor affiliated with a legitimate business.

·         Ask for references—names of satisfied customers who can tell you about the business. Ask a neighbor, friend or co-worker for the name of a business they have used.

·         Check for a history of complaints with the Attorney General’s Office and the Better Business Bureau.

·         Obtain a written contract or estimate describing the work to be done, the price and estimated date of completion.

·         You should not pay more than one third the cost of the project at the inception of the contract, with another third due half way through the project and the balance paid when the work is completed to your satisfaction. 

·         If you think you have been the victim of a scam, call the Attorney General’s Office and file a complaint.


The Attorney General’s Website also offers tips for how to understand and get the most out of their insurance policy and how to select a home improvement contractor.  


To check the history of a business or to file a complaint about a scam, the Attorney General’s Office urges you to contact its consumer hotline at (617) 727-8400 or file a complaint online at  HopNews File photo.

Spring Cleaning?


   The Hopkinton Senior Center needs your unwanted items for their annual Rummage Sale on May 13, 14 and 15. Because the people of Hopkinton are so generous with donations, the Rummage Sale has become the biggest fundraiser of the Friends of the Seniors, accounting for over $12,000 to fund programs not covered in the Town budget. It is also eagerly anticipated by many residents who enjoy getting useful things at bargain prices.

   Some of the items needed include clothing in good condition for all ages, small furniture, bric-a-brac, clean linens, toys, kitchen gadgets, children’s books and almost anything else. Items may be dropped off under the tent in front of the garage and receipts may be picked up at the front desk during business hours.

   We are sorry we cannot accept computers, printers, scanners, vcrs, televisions, exercise equipment, skiis, large furniture, refrigerators and air conditioners.

~Sally Almy

Dracut Couple Indicted For $175,000 Medicaid Theft


DRACUT – March 31, 2010 — Dracut couple have been indicted for stealing over $175, 000 from a state medical assistance provider program, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.

 Anne Monterio, 60,  and Jack Lucas, 55, both of Dracut, were indicted March 25 by a Middlesex County Grand Jury on counts of forgery, making a false claim to a government agency, making a false statement for medical assistance, medical assistance fraud by a non-provider, larceny over $250 and conspiracy to commit larceny over $250.

 They will be arraigned on April 6 at 9am in Woburn Superior Court.  The case was referred to the office by State Auditor Joe DeNucci following an investigation by his Bureau of Special Investigations.

             “The defendants are alleged to have taken advantage of a taxpayer-funded program that provides help to those in need to get the necessary medical care they could not otherwise afford,” District Attorney Leone said.  “We allege that these defendants took advantage of the program and stole over $175,000 from a state aide organization at the taxpayers’ expense.”

“This Personal Care Attendant (PCA) program helps people in need by giving them the opportunity to remain in their homes with independence and dignity, and should not be abused for personal gain,” said Auditor DeNucci.

            According to authorities, Monterio qualified to receive at home medical care by a state medical assistance program. Beginning in 2001 and ending in 2007, she began to forge timesheets alleging that certain individuals worked for her as a personal care attendant when, in fact, they had not.  Beginning in 2004 and also ending in 2007, Lucas, Monterio’s boyfriend, also qualified for home medical service and also began submitting time sheets for service he never received.

 As a result of the false timesheets that the defendants submitted, the state medical program paid out in total approximately $132,000 to Monterio and approximately $43,000 to Lucas.  Most of this money was sent in the form of checks to Monterio and Lucas that were to be distributed to the supposed personal care attendants.  Instead, most of these checks were then deposited into bank accounts held by Monterio and Lucas and not paid out to the payee/supposed personal care assistant.

            These charges are allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

           The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Doug Nagengast.   The investigation was conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney's PACT Unit and the Massachusetts State Auditor’s Office.

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 Hopkinton High School Class of 1973 Reunion

Saturday, August 21 – 3 pm

Sue (McMahon) Bradford’s home in Milford, MA

e-mail: (Linda Hutchins)

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A Meeting of the Eagles

March 31, 2010 — Elmwood School held a meeting of the Eagles today. Andrew Sweeney reports in the video above.

GIVING Presents on Birthday

Haley Bernardo and her best friend Sara Dunn had a joint sleepover party for their 9th birthdays. And instead of receiving presents from all of their friends, they collected money to go to the BayPath Humane Society. They collected $375 and brought the money over to the Humane Society yesterday in a handmade collection bottle made by one of their friends, Emily Whelan. Both families are very proud of them for wanting to give to others that are less fortunate than to receive instead.

~ Cindy Bernado

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Two New Republican Candidates for Office

March 31, 2010 — This morning two Republican candidates scheduled their public announcements to the media at the Town Clerk's Office at Town Hall 30 minutes apart.

    Candidate for Planning Board, Deborah Thomas, who has lived in Hopkinton for 10 years,  is a mother of two grade-school students, is a volunteer, according to a press release, for many school projects. In that release, she cites concerns about legacy Farms and the ability need for Hopkinton to balance growth with keeping its small town charm. HopNews Video Interview.

    Candidate for Board of Selectman, Ben Palleiko, a 13-year resident and father of three student boys has served on the Appropriations Committee, and cites his career in the US Navy as a decorated Lieutenant Commander and subsequent career in finance and investment as qualifying experience in a press release. HopNews Video Interview.

Both Sides Now

March 31, 2010 — The Sudbury River on the Hopkinton/Southborough border can barely fit under the bridge on Route 85 as seen in this photo this morning. Mouse-over the image to see how the river has breached its banks on the other side of the road, and ironically, flooded McCarthy Pools.

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A Heritage

March 31, 2010 — The Blackstone River, whose power was harnessed in the 1820s with the building of the Blackstone Canal, which brought goods from Worcester to Providence, has breached its banks in many locations, like the one above in Northbridge on the other side of Upton, minutes from Hopkinton. Nearby, a vestige of the Canal, which is usually a vernal pool, is a racing waterway.


In the photo below, on the other side of Northbridge, the Blackstone has found its own course and flooded adjacent homes and businesses, and in some places, crossed the road. Video of both locations is forthcoming.

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Don't Want to be Counted?

You will be noticed!

by Elizabeth Eidlitz

2010 census forms have been mailed to more than 100 million households, and, if past percentages are predictors, 40% of them will not be returned.  


Some, who view the census as part of “Big Brother government,” feel that asking anything beyond number of people in household is an unnecessary intrusion of privacy.


So what happens if you ignore the form and its postage-paid, return envelope?


Someone is likely to notice.


The Constitutional mandate to count everyone living in this country, regardless of immigration or citizenship status, has been in effect for each of the 22 censuses conducted since 1790. After April 1, all responses received by the U.S. Census Bureau will be compared to major lists of U.S. residences.


Ironically, objections to big government only increase the size of the Federal government workforce, since more taxpayer money will be spent hiring, training and deploying census takers to collect the information in face-to-face interviews. 

The Census Bureau projects that for every one percentage point increase in the national mail back participation rate, the federal government saves $85 million, which can be returned to Congress.


There are even better arguments for spending about ten minutes answering the ten questions on the short form (the long form has been eliminated).


“It’s easy, safe, critically important,” says Local Census Office Manager Richard A. Liguori.  “Census employees take an oath. It’s against Constitutional law to divulge any personal information for 72 years and carries a five-year jail sentence. Additionally, census data affects the numbers of seats your state occupies in the U.S. House of Representatives, it drives redistricting and helps determine how more than $400 billion dollars of federal funding is spent annually on emergency services, hospitals, job training centers, schools, senior centers, bridges, tunnels and other public works projects.”


For a snapshot of the population on April 1, Census Day, the form asks residents for name, age, gender, ethnicity, whether they own or rent their home or have a usual residence elsewhere.


Homeownership rates, which serve as an indicator of the nation’s economy, are also used to administer housing programs and to inform planning decisions.


Ethnicity data is used to monitor compliance with anti-discrimination provisions, such as under the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act, planning and administering bilingual programs, and assessment of fairness of employment practices.


If you’d like to ask the questions, in addition to answering them, now is the time to apply to be an enumerator in your own community.


Temporary, short-term census jobs (April through July) offer flexible scheduling, an hourly rate of approximately 20 dollars, paid training, and reimbursement for authorized work-related expenses, such as mileage incurred while engaged in non-response follow ups


To apply, call toll-free 1-866-861-2010 and schedule an appointment to take the half hour employment test.  A sample of the 28 multiple-choice questions   is online  

10 questions correctly answered constitutes a passing grade, but the higher your score, the greater the possibility that you'll be hired.  You may retake the exam if you don't pass or would like to try to improve your score.


Your employment chances depend on the number of people in your area who didn’t return the mailed out census forms. Potential enumerators, entered into an electronic database, are thus contacted as needs for them are defined after April 1st.


For authorized census workers who make unannounced visits to homes to conduct personal brief interview, it’s an eye-opening adventure.  Since I took the confidentiality oath when I was hired as an enumerator for the 1990 census, I can say no more.


Except for this recommendation:  I covered the largest part of my door-to-door territory in Hopkinton by bicycle on early evenings when most people are home. Pedaling in pleasant June weather, through lemon yellow light, is probably as beautiful a free fitness workout as you’ll ever get.

 Senior Moments

Senior Health Fair More Than Just Fair

Above, Maria Mariona, RN and Janice Piccioli, RN from Metrowest HomeCare & Hospice.  Jack Palitsch receiving a blood sugar test from Janice at the Senior Center Health Fair. 

Nancy L. Drawe



March 31, 2010 — If you weren’t able to make it to the Health Fair at the Senior Center this past Saturday, you missed a great day!  Speakers, vendors and health screenings all pertaining to health care were the highlights of the fair.   There was a steady stream of people of all ages arriving throughout the day.  The attendees included many younger people who were there to get information for their parents since the whole concept of the fair was, “Healthy Aging,” and “Estate Planning.”  


The Lion’s Club vision and hearing screening mobile van was a very popular spot—many “patients” took advantage of the free eye and ear tests.  It was so funny when people came out of the van—they would say, “Hey, I can see, but I can’t hear!”  Or, “I can hear, but I can’t see!”   There were blood pressure screenings from a few of the vendors in the “great room,” and I heard people say how good they felt after having their blood pressure and cholesterol checked. 


I don’t really have the room to write about each company represented because it would take me forever, so I’ll just say that the vendors and speakers were great!  They were very helpful and had wonderful products and ideas for everyone.   There were lots of “freebies” too—everyone had goody bags full of pens, thermometers, brochures, date books and of course, candy. This program provided a wealth of information about options for seniors and their families regarding health care and ways for seniors to stay safe in their own homes.  Since there is definitely a great need for families to know that there is support for them and their elderly parents, each of these speakers and vendors were a beneficial part of this program.   Kudos to the Senior Center and Council on Aging for sponsoring this wonderful event.  Excellent job!  


The Art Show was a big hit too!  You wouldn’t believe the beautiful quilts and afghans on display, all made by people who come up for the quilting and knitting classes.  People are still talking about how awesome they were.  In the craft room, there were amazing pieces of ceramics that were made by the students in the pottery class.   The paintings from the students in Bill Robinson’s painting class were absolutely professionally done!   Very nice! 


The Veteran’s breakfast will be held on Friday, April 9th  at 9 am this month instead of April 2nd, which is the first Friday.  It’s always so wonderful seeing the dining room full on these Friday’s with Hopkinton’s finest, all of them chatting, eating and having a grand ol’ time.  This breakfast will be funded by the Lion’s Club—thanks again to a GREAT organization! 


Stay tuned for special activities during the month of April!


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

Aptly Named Street

March 30, 2010 — It is unlikely that Pond Street was named for this gigantic, larger-than-normal rainy day puddle, but it was a very apt name today.



What a Difference Two Weeks Make

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March 30, 2010 — The photo above contrasts with the same spot photographed on March 14, 2010, when, during the raging storm on that day, the high-water mark on the Lake Maspenock rock above was far above the water. Not so today.

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Great Lake

March 30, 2010 — Lake Whitehall was boiling today as wind-whipped rain blasted its surface, and whitecaps formed. Some are calling this the storm of the century, but only some areas are the hardest hit. Hopkinton, Massachusetts and the immediate area was not hit as hard as Rhode Island, where water rose over vehicles on some streets, and thousands were evacuated. Hopkinton, RI residents have to deal with a widening breach in a failing dam.

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Things are starting to Move!!!

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March 30, 2010 — This vehicle plowing through the Cedar/Grove Street intersection today proves that it is faster than cable.

Public Hearing 

On April 5 at 7:00 pm the Parks & Recreation Commission will be holding a public hearing to review the Tree and Landscape Plan for the Town Common, presented by Weston and Sampson.  Included in this plan are 7 trees that have been recommended for removal.

Hopkinton Gets MORE Grant Payment Early

$1,250,000 paid to Hopkinton is 50% of total


March 30, 2010 — On March 9, 2010, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced a $2.5 million MORE grant to help connect South Street sewers to Milford, which would culminate a 10 year-old rejuvenated agreement between the two towns for a little over 203,000 gpd of wastewater transfered to that town.

      Today, Selectman Chair Brian Herr announced that the first installment, which has come earlier than the projected June, 2010 date, has been paid.

      To see a reprise of HopNews interviews with the governor and others recorded on the day of the his visit, choose the video below.



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ESL’s Just Another High School Musical April 9 and 10


Saturday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m


HOPKINTON, MA (March 30, 2010) – Enter Stage Left Theater will be presenting its middle school production of Just Another High School Musical on Friday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m., and on Saturday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. All performances will take place at the Hopkins School, 104 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton. Tickets are $10.00 and are available at the door or at

“This musical comedy pokes fun at the High School Musical craze, and is a lot of fun for audiences that are in middle school or older,” said Mary Scarlata-Rowe, director. “The cast is made up of very talented middle school students, and they bring a lot of energy and vitality to the show. It is sure to be a great time!”

Enter Stage Left Theater, Inc. is a non-profit, performing arts center in Hopkinton offering theater education, training and performances for students of all ages. For more information call 508-435-2114 or visit

State Police Rescue Trapped Driver


Today at 3:09 p.m., Trooper David Martinelle from the Newbury Barracks who had completed his day shift and was traveling home, and Trooper Patrick Ahl from the Danvers Barracks who had just begun his evening shift, responded to calls for a stranded motorist who was trapped in a vehicle that was rapidly filling with water on Route 95 southbound at the Danvers/Peabody line.


Upon arrival, the troopers located the vehicle floating on the shoulder of the roadway and becoming submerged in the rapidly flooding area.  The troopers realized that the operator was trapped inside the vehicle and could not escape. 


Trooper Ahl entered the chest deep water to free the female operator from the vehicle and brought her to a safe location where she was treated by responding EMS personnel.  She was subsequently transported to Lynn Union Hospital for treatment.  Tpr Ahl sustained minor injuries during the rescue effort.

Poll Results

We asked this question this morning and the results are on the left:

Where should the American Flag Be Located?

     Some people have recently complained that the American Flag on the Veterans' Memorial Gazebo is placed on the wrong side.

     The former gazebo's architecture made the entrance to the structure, which faced Main Street, appear to be the front. The new gazebo's architecture gives it two entrances, with the apparent front of the structure facing the interior of the Town Common, the side on which the  flag is currently located.

     Some have argued that the front of the structure faces Main Street, because the front of all structures are denoted in that way.

      Some say put one on each side.

     Another argument is that the flag is so strong of a symbol that it should be on a building of that size only once.


For the 10K Draw

Wednesday, March 31, 2010  from 7 pm to 9 pm

Letter from Public Safety Officials to Hopkinton Residents


Memo to: Managers of businesses, residents and property owners of downtown Hopkinton

From: Richard Flannery, Hopkinton Police Chief; Andy Deschenes, Boston Marathon Start Coordinator; Dorothy Ferriter-Wallace, Hopkinton Marathon Committee, Chairman

Date: Monday, March 29, 2010

Re: Marathon Monday, April 19th, 2010

It All Starts Here!” In a few short weeks the town of Hopkinton will host 26,000 runners from around the world as they gather to participate in the 114th B.A.A. Boston Marathon. Each runner will cross the start line of the Boston Marathon on their own journey to Boston. There are thousands of individual triumphs and accomplishments that have earned them the right to be part of this April tradition and we congratulate all the runners!

For the past year our team including public safety personnel, the Hopkinton Marathon Committee, Hopkinton Selectmen’s Office and the Boston Athletic Association, has been working to develop a race day program that will assure an efficient and safe start for the 2010 Boston Marathon.


Roads in Hopkinton will close at 7:30 am.


The race day program this year is relatively unchanged from last year. The official start time is 10:00 a.m.

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