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Friday April 30th & Saturday, May 1st at 7pm and Sunday May 2nd at 2pm
Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium
Tickets available at the door $10 adults/$5 students & seniors

Photo by Bill Horsman

HOPKINTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Important Reminder!!! (revised)


        Registration period for busing for the 2010-2011 school year is in full swing and ends June 15, 2010. The bus fee is $210 per student with a $420 family cap. The price per student increases to $260 with a family cap of $520 after June 15th. K-6 students who live more than 2 miles from their school do not pay and are automatically put on a bus. All others must apply.

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Kokoon Fashion Show/Meet the Designer Event




Gather your friends for a night out and meet Kokoon Clothing Designer Laine Weinberg, view the latest spring fashions and raise money to support The Serenity House.  The event will be held at the Hopkinton Country Club on Tuesday, May 11th at 7pm.  


 Tickets are $40 per person and include appetizers, desserts, and a $10 Kokoon gift certificate.   Event and raffle proceeds will benefit the Serenity House to support women recovering from alcohol and drug addiction.  For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Dena Pavone at or 508-435-2452.

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ESL’s Hello, Dolly! May 7, 8, and 9



HOPKINTON, MA (April 28, 2010) – Enter Stage Left Theater will be presenting its adult spring musical, Hello, Dolly! at the Hopkinton High School on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m.; and on Sunday, May 9 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and are available at the door or at


“Not only do we have an excellent and spirited cast, but we also have several members of the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra playing with us for the first time,” said Denise Laumeister, director. “It is a fantastic collaboration and one that will deliver a show that will be enjoyed by all ages.”

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Atlas Travel Helps Vietnam Vet Plan His Southeast Asia Journey

It’s been almost 36 years since Don Forgie was in Vietnam with the U.S. Air Force, a pararescue jumper who rescued downed pilots and did medi-evacs for seriously wounded in combat situations. Now a technology professional at University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical Center, married to an Emergency Department nurse at Milford Regional Medical Center, Forgie has always wanted to return to Southeast Asia to appreciate the beauty of the region through a different lens.

Don and Patty Forgie did just that on a 2009 vacation to Hong Kong, Thailand and Cambodia, planned by Karen McCrink, Atlas Travel International vacation manager.
“It was the trip of a lifetime,” expressed Don. “We were there for two weeks and it was very healing for me. We’re actually considering retiring there now.”

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Consensus on Location


Last week, HopNews displayed the 1886 photo on the left that Keith Rowe sent in.


Many people responded and guessed its possible locations. Among them is Church Street, facing Main Street, which was the majority guess.


In fact, the only congruous building that exists today is the one on the lower left, where Nash & Company is located. The details, right down to the second floor offset windows, match with the current structure.


A few people were thrown off by the water in the background. This photo is pre-Hopkinton Reservoir, so the water is likely what stood in the current marsh at the flats on Cedar Street before it was harvested for the drinking water supply.

Library Trustees Want to Give Property, Keep Interim Control

Town Manager supports transfer - with conditions

by Derek Dobachesky

April 28, 2010 — The Hopkinton Board of Selectmen grappled over how to assume ownership of the Public Library during its April 27 meeting.

                The meeting was the first of two during the week in preparation for the Annual Town Meeting on May 3 through 5. The Board also took up the issues of consolidation of the first floor departments in Town Hall, the surcharge that funds the Community Preservation Committee and lowering an increase in the Town Clerk’s salary.

                The Board of Selectmen addressed the issue of the Public Library twice in separate agenda items. The town of Hopkinton is hoping to obtain up to $4 million in grant money from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to fund a new library. Before the town is eligible for this grant money, it must assume ownership of the library by passing an article at its Annual Town Meeting.

 The first item the Board considered was a public hearing about the creation of a municipal agency to govern the library. This assumes the town assumes ownership of the library, which the Board discussed later in the meeting.  While the library is largely funded by the town, the building and property it is located on are owned by a private, non-profit, seven-member Board of Trustees.

            “It’s pretty much the town’s library, but it’s not the town’s building,” one Trustee said at the meeting.

             In order to be eligible for the MLBC grant money, the library cannot be privately owned. The Board of Trustees is willing to give the library and the property it owns at 9 Church Street to the Town of Hopkinton as a gift, but, according to a trustee speaking to the Selectmen its behalf, the Board of Trustees wants to stipulate in the deed to the property that the current seven-member Board of Trustees continues to govern the library under the new municipal agency.

            Town Manager Norman Khumalo had initially proposed creating a three-member elected board to govern the new agency. Khumalo, the Selectmen and the two representatives of the Trustees had a discussion and suggested possible compromises such as increasing membership of the board of the new agency to nine and scheduling elections for May 2011 in order to maintain the current membership for as long as possible and comply with state laws. Ultimately, the public hearing on the matter was continued until this Thursday’s Selectmen meeting, but according to Mr. Khumalo, who reference Town Counsel, the Trustees must inevitably be elected.

            The Selectmen approved a measure to consolidate the Clerk, Treasurer/Collector, Accounting, Assessors and Human Resources departments. The move will result in a reduction of approximately 4.5 full-time equivalent positions through eliminating positions and decreasing the hours of other positions. Overall, one employee has been laid off and two more will be, while the rest of the cuts will be achieved through attrition.

            “People, if you’re coming into town hall, please thank the people who are working here,” Selectman Matt Zettek sad. Zettek praised town employees for doing more with less during a challenging time for the time. Selectman Michelle Gates said that “This is a much less obtrusive process” than the one used to consolidate the second floor.

             The Selectmen also took up the issue of whether to recommend passage of a decrease in the tax surcharge that funds the Community Preservation Committee from 2 to 1.1 percent. Board Chair Brian Herr summarized the issue, stating that the Board had included this item on the Annual Town Meeting warrant in case it had to raise other taxes in the face of deep cuts in state aid. Since state aid was not cut as deeply as was feared, and the decrease in the surcharge would only save most households $40 to $70, Herr spoke against recommending it.

            CPC Chairman John Coolidge also noted that there was a $100,000 abatement on the surcharge, meaning it only applied to value of property exceeding $100,000. The Board voted unanimously against recommending the cut in the surcharge.

            Selectman Michelle Gates spoke against the Board’s action to lower an increase in the town clerk’s salary from four percent to 2.1 percent. Khumalo stated that an increase at that level would put the clerk’s salary below the average of surrounding communities. Gates questioned whether it was fair that the clerk’s salary was below those of other positions, such as the town treasurer, to which Khumalo responded that he was going to have Human Resources complete an assessment of how the pay of Hopkinton employees compared to that of employees holding similar positions in other towns.

            The Selectmen voted to delay action on creating a Permanent Building Committee to oversee and advise agencies on construction projects and capital improvements in order to further amend the plan. It tabled a vote on whether to recommend increasing sealer and weights fees, with Herr stating that he wanted to wait until he gathered input from local businesses before supporting it.

            The Board of Selectmen will meet again on Thursday, April 29, and then on Monday May 3 at the Annual Town Meeting in the Middle School Auditorium.

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Parking Problems Prominent, Persistent

Senior Moments

Nancy L. Drawe


April 28, 2010 — Park onward, people! You know when there’s a big event at the center and parking is crazy? The lot is completely full and now you have to park up along the driveway and towards the cemetery? Many people aren’t able to make the walk—it can be dangerous. It’s especially awful when it’s cold, rainy and dark outside. If you’re not there an hour before the event, this is exactly what happens. You can help change that! The Annual Town Meeting begins this Monday, May 3, 7:00 pm at the Hopkinton Middle School. Please try to attend to give support to the Senior Center for Article No 14, which will allow for the center’s parking lot expansion. Each year, the cost of this expansion rises—it is now at $161,000! Lack of funds prevented the completion of it at the time the center was built. Once the Housing Authority begins the construction of their new affordable housing sometime this summer, parking will no longer be allowed on the driveway area, so we NEED more spaces! Please come and vote to support Article No. 14 for MORE PARKING!


Tick, tick, tick, tick! The time is getting closer for the Hopkinton Senior Center’s Annual Rummage Sale—to be held at the Senior Center Friday, May 13, from 9 am to 7 pm, Saturday, May 14 from 9 am-3 pm and Sunday, May 15 from 9 am-1 pm. This is the fourth year for the sale at the senior center, and the volunteers have been working very hard to get everything ready for this big event. It’s going to be HUGE! The Rummage Sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Seniors and it’s one of their largest fundraisers for the Senior Center. The money raised helps support the Transportation and Nutrition programs since these are not funded by the Town. Don’t forget to mark your calendars so you can come and find that perfect item you may have been looking for. There’ll be something for everyone, so bring your friends, browse around and you’ll be certain to find that one great bargain that you just can’t pass up. There’ll be all kinds of treasures to look through including children and adult sizes clothing, white elephant items, craft supplies, videos, children’s toys and games, kitchen items, small electrical appliances and books, as well as small furniture items. I’m sure this will be a very successful sale once again!


The last day to drop off any donations is May 9th. Clothing is especially needed; from sizes infant up to adults. Please make sure all clothing is clean and in good condition. Things like small furniture, white elephant, kitchen items, linens, toys, etc., are also needed. They will not accept televisions, computers, large furniture or anything with refrigerant. When dropping off items, drive to the intake area at the far right side of the building. There will be a table with a canopy over it where you may leave your donations. If you would like a donation form for tax deductions, they are available inside at the front desk. Let’s make this yet another great fundraiser for the center!


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



By the Light...

April 27, 2010 — The Scott Richardson-designed Veterans Memorial Gazebo is bathed in artificial and natural light this evening as the temperature drops to an unseasonably cold level.

Hopkinton Senior Center Rummage Sale

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 13, 14, and

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 15


The annual Hopkinton Senior Center Rummage Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 13 and 14 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 15 at 28 Mayhew Street, Hopkinton. This sale is eagerly anticipated by many who appreciate the opportunity to get quality items at very low prices.


The entire building will be filled with bargains. There are rooms for children’s clothing, toys, books, and linens, as well as white elephants and clothing in the function hall. The porch and yard will house furniture, outdoor equipment and riding toys, and a selection of plants being offered by the Gardening Group.


The Rummage Sale is the biggest fundraiser run by Friends of the Seniors. Proceeds help to defray costs of programs at the Senior Center. Last year the sale raised nearly $12,000 for the nutrition and transportation programs, thanks to the generosity of many.


Saturday will be “Bag Day” when people can fill a grocery bag for $3 or a garbage bag for $10. Large items will be half price.


May 9 is the final day for dropping off donations. (File photo)

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Check Those Plate Lights

April 27, 2010 — As this young driver learned, passing a police officer with a plate light out could result in getting stopped by a police officer as Detective Scott van Raalten did Tuesday evening.

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The Scavenger Hunt is On!

Miniature Castle Moon Bounces just like the one in the picture are hidden all around town! See if your kids can find all 10! Bring your completed scavenger hunt form to the Carnival for a chance to win an iPod shuffle. To begin print out a list of Scavenger Hunt clues at Happy hunting!


Save the Date - HPTA Carnival
Saturday, May 8 @ 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Rain Date May 15)
Hopkinton Town Common

Lots of fun to come! Inflatables, Games, Prizes, Dunk Tank, Magician, Balloon Animals, Performers on Stage, Carnival Food, Bake Sale, Arts & Crafts and more! Discounted advance rate Carnival tickets are now on sale at!


Emergency Help for Animals


The Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association MVMA has raised funds and awareness for pet health safety. The MVMA has donated a set of emergency oxygen masks to communities interested in working together for both humans and animals. The donated masks will fit dogs, cats, horses and other animals in cases where they need oxygen in an emergency.


Pictured above is Hopkinton Deputy Chief Stephen Slaman, receiving the masks on behalf of the Hopkinton Fire Department from Veterinarian Dr. Margo Roman of MASH - Main Street Animal Services of Hopkinton, and Lili-Hana and Geneva.

Weston Nurseries Introduces Seasonal Services Program


Hopkinton, MA, April 23, 2010 – Weston Nurseries, Inc. has an exciting new program for the homeowner—Weston Nurseries Seasonal Services. The program specializes in seasonal container and color garden design, holiday and event installations, and garden mentoring.


“We have been designing and installing landscapes for over 50 years. We now offer seasonal gardening and container plantings that add an extra expression to your home. With our large offering of annuals, containers, and décor, it only makes sense for us to also provide the service around these product lines. Roanne Robbins has a tremendous amount of design, installation, and maintenance experience with planters, flower gardens, and unusual plant material.” - Peter Mezitt, President, Weston Nurseries, Inc.

Roanne Robbins, Design Consultant, brings her naturalistic designs and impeccable customer service to the new Seasonal Services program. “I strive to create unique, living expressions of beauty, transforming space so it looks and feels like it happened that way naturally” remarks Robbins. “We want you to think of Weston Nurseries not only for excellent horticultural advice, but also for sprucing up an entryway and interior and exterior decorating for special occasions.”

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Support for Library

Dear Editor,

We are writing to urge our friends, neighbors and all Hopkinton citizens to attend Town Meeting on May 4, 2010 and vote in favor of transferring ownership of the library building to the town and supporting the town manager in pursuing any available grant, state or federal monies to support our library.   As you may know, the town already pays the bulk of the library expenses, including staff salaries and purchasing of books and other materials.   All that needs to be transferred is the building itself.  The Hopkinton Library Trustees have made a generous offer to  transfer the property and building to the town for $1.


Since we moved to town in 2000, we have seen the library undergo a dramatic change – from an outdated card catalog system and handwritten library cards to an electronic borrowing system.  We have seen new shelving installed; new materials purchased; obsolete materials purged; and new partnerships with other town departments and programs forged.  As a family we’ve attended numerous events at the library, from story hours to lectures to holiday music programs. We have used the museum passes and we are participating in the Reading Marathon – all for free.  The return on our tax dollar is $6.87.  The library delivers $6.87 of value for every Commonwealth tax dollar invested in library services!


Please support the Hopkinton Public Library and help make it the center of and a reflection of Hopkinton’s community life.




David & Christine Clifford Bashy

146 Clinton Street

Hopkinton, MA 01748

April 27, 2010

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Rollover and Into the Woods on Route 495

Passenger ejected

April 27, 2010 — Above, Hopkinton Police assist Hopkinton Firefighters bring one victim of a single car rollover collision on Route 495 North to the ambulance. A male passenger in his sixties (on stretcher), according to eyewitnesses at the scene, was ejected through the passenger window and was walking around, injured, asking the witnesses to help his wife, who was trapped in the vehicle.

      One witness told the bruised and bloodied man to lie down to avoid going into shock, and called 911. The witness who was behind the vehicle said the red vehicle just left the highway for no apparent reason. Two young men said they saw the passenger get ejected, but there was nothing they could do.

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St. John’s Silent Auction





The Youth Ministry of St. John’s is hosting its 2nd annual silent auction on Saturday, May 1st at 6pm in the parish center. All are welcome! Please join us for a fun night! Appetizers and cocktails will be available. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at the door. Hope to see you there! (All proceeds to benefit the St. John’s Youth Ministry)



Legacy Farms Very Close to Approval of

Master Plan Special Permit

April 26, 2010 — Late Monday evening the Planning Board continued its Public Hearing of a Master Plan Special Permit for the Legacy Farms project in East Hopkinton that began on December 1, 2008. The development is approved for 940 dwelling units and 450,000 square feet of mixed retail, commercial and industrial space in an Open Space Mixed Use Development zone.

      On this evening, attorneys and engineers for both the Town of Hopkinton and Legacy Farms joined the proponents and the Planning Board to hash out the last details of the draft permit.

      Chairman Mark Abate said he received the latest changes to the document on this day, after the submission cutoff of last Thursday, needing more time to look it over. Town Counsel Ray Miyares countered that he encouraged the proponent to submit the new detail, as it was clarifying.

       The Board will meet again on May 10, 2010 and is planning to end the Public Hearing at that time. It will then deliberate.

       The Board is expected to approve the Permit before Town Elections, because the makeup of the Planning Board will change, and there will not be enough members who have heard the presentations to vote. The long process would need to start over again.

        Therefore, all parties are motivated to get this approved.      


Weston Nurseries Hires New Garden Center Perennial Sales Supervisor


Hopkinton, MA, April 26, 2010 – Weston Nurseries, Inc. has hired Laurie V. Sullivan, MCH as the new Garden Center Perennial Sales Supervisor. The Perennial Sales area of the nursery is well known for its selection of full-size sun and shade perennials appropriate for the New England climate.

Says Peter Mezitt, President of Weston Nurseries, “Laurie has worked as a Landscape Designer for us and for some great companies in the past. She is very talented and brings a lot of design experience. She has a fondness for perennials and loves working with people to create fabulous gardens. I know customers will find it a joy to work with her and we are very excited about what she is bringing to our business.” Laurie and her staff will continue to develop the Perennial Sales area into more of a destination within the Garden Center.

“I am thrilled to join Weston Nurseries and to be a part of the Perennial Sales department’s team of passionate horticulturalists. We hope that home gardeners will drop by throughout the season to find fresh inspiration for their outdoor spaces.” – Laurie V. Sullivan, MCH

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Democrats Support Unenrolled Selectman Candidate John Mosher

Above, (l-r) Margo Roman (candidate for the Board of Health),Bruce Karlin (candidate for re-election as Town Moderator), Mary Pratt, Tom Smith, Maureen Bumiller (candidate for Commissioner of Trust Funds), Sandy King Altamura (candidate for re-election to the Planning Board), Ed Mills, Melanie Smith, Christine Dietz, Mary Arnaut, Carl Altamura

April 26, 2010 — Without a Democratic candidate of their own for Selectman this year, members of the Democratic Town Committee have thrown their support to unenrolled candidate John Mosher, a member of the Planning Board, Hopkinton Sustainable Green Committee, and a strong proponent of green initiatives.

        In the press release that follows, received from Committee Chair Muriel Kramer, it is emphasized that "individual" Committee members support Mr. Mosher.



The Hopkinton Democratic Committee met for a campaign kick-off social at the home of Sandy and Carl Altamura on Sunday April 25th. The Democratic Party enthusiastically supports its candidates for the upcoming town election May 17th.


Additionally we urge the public’s attendance and participation at Annual Town Meeting, May 3rd at the Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium. Article 38: Adopt Stretch Energy Code deserves special attention, as its passage is critical to Hopkinton’s Green Communities designation, a key priority for the Sustainable Green Committee. Achieving the designation enables Hopkinton to be competitive in applying for grants to pursue energy efficient projects and sustainable initiatives. This is a key focus for current Board of Selectman candidate John Mosher.


John Mosher, un-enrolled candidate for selectman, has earned the support of individual Democratic Committee Members in this election. John has served on the Design Review Board and currently serves on the Planning Board and the Sustainable Green Committee. He believes that “sound environmental practices will lead to good business practices.” John is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology and works as an industrial designer. He and his wife are raising two young daughters, and he is especially supportive of maintaining Hopkinton’s strong public school system. He believes that the core of education is a favorable student teacher ratio.


Sandy King Altamura is running in a contested race for a fourth term on the Planning Board where she has served with dedication and distinction for 15 years; Sandy also has experience on the Zoning Advisory Committee, the Board of Appeals and the Master Plan Update Committee. Sandy grew up in Hopkinton and has served for over twenty years as a dedicated town volunteer with a special focus in planning.


Dr. Margo Roman is running in a contested race for the Board of Health. Margo has been a veterinarian since 1978 with a special focus on holistic practices and progressive techniques. Margo Roman hopes that her background in veterinary medicine and her keen awareness of environmental toxins and nutrition will help Hopkinton become a healthier place to live and a healthier place to raise our families and our animals.


Nancy Peters and Kevin Kohrt face competition for the Board of Public Works. Nancy is a retired registered nurse with extensive professional experience working for private industry to protect the environment and health of the public; she has also served on the Hopkinton Board of Health. Kevin is currently serving on the Board of Public Works and has the experience necessary to serve on the board overseeing 2 major building projects, ongoing DPW operations and looking to the future to build a permanent, modern DPW Headquarters.


Upcoming Events:

Annual Town Meeting May 3 beginning at 7PM at the Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium

Annual Town Election May 17 at the Hopkinton Middle School Gymnasium

Democratic Town Committee Meeting, May 19 at 7:30 PM in the Fire Station, second floor; all registered Democrats are invited to attend. For more info contact Richard Duggan at

Reception and Food Pantry Collection for Senator Karen Spilka, June 7th at 5:30 to 7 PM at Ken’s Steakhouse in Framingham



Soft Landing

April 26, 2010 — These two Canada geese are competing for the attentions of a female off-camera at the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam this afternoon.

Walk This Way

April 26, 2010 - Actually, Jessica Richardson-Callahan is not walking, but jogging with her two daughters, from left, Jennie, 3, and Erin, 4 on Hayden Rowe Street in front of the school complex today.

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Police News UP-TO-DATE


April 26, 2010

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2:00 pm  A person came into the station to report a stolen motor vehicle...


3:56 am  A caller reported a male party on Maple Street was sleeping in his car with loud music...


3:13 pm  School personnel on Ash Street reported a suspicious man parked in front of the school for a long period of time...


12:02 pm  There was a report on Cedar Street of empty water bottles being exploded by youths...

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for © 2010 All Rights Reserved

Transactions from April 21, 2010 - April 26, 2010






10 Oak St. William H. Congdon & Paula M. Congdon $1,090,000 April 23, 2010  Stephen E. Davis & Tracey Anne Davis
22 South Mill St. Summit Realty Trust, Brian K Gassett
& Brian W. Cheever
$225,000 April 23, 2010  Braim Farm LLC
16 Highcroft Way Thomas Twomey & Mary Jane Slamin $384,000 April 23, 2010  Kevin Harrison
6 Penny Meadow Ln. Richard B. Keyes & Margaret D. Keyes $520,000 April 23, 2010  Darrell G. McLaughlin, Jillene M. Mayo
& McLaughlin Family Realty Trust
Last Week        
36 Fruit St. Amy E. Peterson & RNR Realty Trust $800,000 April 20, 2010  Gary R. Garner & Bruce E. Garner
18 Daniel Shays Rd. Jonathan P. Haddad & Xin Lu $725,000 April 15, 2010  Kenneth W. Gurian & Denise M. Gurian
7 Andrea Dr. Elizabeth M. Guerra & Salvatore F. Guerra $915,000 April 15, 2010  Peter Marconi, Cheryl Marconi
 & Peter J. Marconi
280 Ash St. SW Homes LLC $140,000 April 15, 2010  William J. Leary & William J. Leary Jr.
67 Front St. Andkra LLC $215,000 April 12, 2010  Braim Farm LLC



Where on Earth?

April 25, 2010 — Keith Rowe shares this Hopkinton photo, but doesn't know where it was taken. Anyone?

Women's Club Meets With Peers

April 25, 2010 — The Hopkinton Women's Club (HWC) was pleased to meet with Representative Carolyn Dykema recently during the Massachusetts Chapters of the General Federation of Women's Clubs Annual Day at the State House. Following a morning meeting, Rep. Dykema joined the HWC for a luncheon and tour or the State House.



State Police Dog Finds Paroled Murderer in Framingham


April 25, 2010 — Today at approximately 12:30 a.m., Massachusetts State Trooper Brian McKenna and his K-9 partner “Drago” were called to assist Framingham PD and the State Parole Department in a search for a parole violator.


Eric Lancelotte, of 18 Summit St in Framingham, fled when Parole Officers went to arrest him today for violating his parole on a previous murder conviction.


Trooper McKenna and “Drago” responded to assist in the search for the suspect.  “Drago” was able to quickly lead Trooper McKenna to a nearby porch, where Lancelotte had been hiding.


Trooper McKenna placed Lancelotte under arrest and turned him over to the custody of members of the Parole Department.

Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Route 146 in Sutton


April 25, 2010 — Yesterday at 3:54 p.m., troopers from the State Police Barracks in Millbury responded to reports of a single vehicle crash on Route 146 in Sutton.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Pamela Fitzgerald indicates that 48-year-old Clifford Giovannucci of South Grafton was operating a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle on Route 146 southbound, when, for unknown reasons, his vehicle went into the median area.  Mr. Giovannucci was thrown from the motorcycle and landed in the northbound travel lanes.  There were no passengers on Mr. Giovannucci’s motorcycle.


Witnesses report that speed was not a contributing factor to this crash. 


Mr. Giovannucci was transported, by Sutton Fire/Rescue, to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, where he was later pronounced deceased by the ER staff.


The facts and circumstances of this crash remain under investigation by Troop C of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.  Troopers were additionally assisted at the scene by the Sutton Fire Department.

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What does the Golden Spoon Offer Besides Ice Cream

and Frozen Yogurt?


Austin knows, and reports on the known, and the less known, menu offerings of the Golden Spoon Restaurant.



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Town Clerk’s Office Hours

Mon. Weds. Thurs. Fri.

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Tuesday 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Absentee Ballots are available

For the May 17th Annual Town Election

Absentee Ballot Applications are on  under Town Clerk


Hopkinton Middle School Drama Club Presents:


April 30th & May 1st at 7:00 pm

May 2nd at 2:00pm

Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium

Hopkinton, MA --- The Hopkinton Middle School Drama department is proud to present OKLAHOMA the classic musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein.


The talented cast and crew of over 100 students propels the audience to the Midwest during the time of farmers, cowmen and box socials. From the opening of “Oh What A Beautiful Mornin’” through an enchanting dream sequence featuring the middleschoolers as saloon girls and cowfolk, to the rousing finale featuring the favorite “Oklahoma!” the show will appeal to all ages.


Audiences will swoon as Laurey and Curly, played by Catherine Cote and Kyran Schnur, deny their love for one another in “People Will Say We’re In Love.” And laugh along as Paige Guarino as Ado Annie finds that she “Cain’t Say No” to two men; her hometown sweetheart, Will played by Austin Adams, and the intriguing peddler portrayed by Adam Graubart.


“This incredibly gifted cast and crew does an amazing job of embodying the spirit and sweetness of the time period” states Ms. Hallyann Gifford, Hopkinton Middle School drama teacher and Director of the show. “Their talent and personalities combined with sets designed by a dedicated crew of parent and student volunteers create a beautiful show reminiscent of days gone by.”


OKLAHOMA! Runs Friday April 30 at 7pm, Saturday May 1 at 7pm and Sunday May 2 at 2pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students/seniors and can be purchased in advance at the Middle School Office or at the door the evening/day of the performance.



Reptilian Repose

April 23, 2010 — A grave marker on the side of the road tells the tale of the sorrow a girl felt over the death of a turtle.

One-Car Crash on Pike in Millbury Injures 5 people


April 23, 2010 — Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Charlton Barracks are investigating a serious crash on Route 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) westbound in Millbury at 5:55 a.m. that resulted in the transport of several victims to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. Preliminary information indicates that at least five people suffered injuries. One victim was transported by medical helicopter, several others by ambulance.


Preliminary information indicates that all the victims were occupants of one vehicle, a van, and that two of them were ejected in the crash. The crash, which occurred about a mile west of Exit 11 at mile marker 95, involved just the one vehicle. Media Relations will update as to the exact number of victims and the severity of injuries when that information becomes available. Both east and west lanes of the highway were closed from approximately 6:20-6:40 a.m. to allow the helicopter to land.


The eastbound lanes were fully reopened around 7 a.m. Only one lane on the westbound side is opened currently as the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section continues to collect evidence at the scene. More information to follow once it becomes available.

MetroWest YMCA Hopkinton Expands - WOW!


April 22, 2010 —  Austin Falcione reports on the MetroWest Hopkinton YMCA expansion just in time for T-Ball registration, swim team and summer camp registration  . They talk about climbing in the trees on ropes and cargo nets, and show kids shooting archery.

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MassGOP Endorses Republican Candidates For Statewide Office

Hopkinton Delegates Unanimously Supports Baker


Hopkinton – Republican delegates from Hopkinton unanimously supported the nomination and endorsement of Charlie Baker for Governor at the 2010 Republican State Convention in Worcester on Saturday, April 17.


“This was an exciting convention for the Hopkinton delegation as our own Brian Herr is a candidate for US Congress (MA-3).  Many of  our  delegates  worn  shirts   supporting  Brian  and  there  were many signs  for him around  the  convention” , stated Ken Weismantel, Chairman of the Hopkinton Republican Town Committee. “The  key note speech from US  Senator  Scott  Brown and the speeches from all the  state wide  candidates  motivated our  Hopkinton members  to work hard  for  our  Republican candidates.”   


The dozen delegates from Hopkinton joined 3,500 other delegates and guests at the convention, which brought together Republicans from 40 senatorial districts and 351 cities and towns across Massachusetts.


"The 2010 Massachusetts Republican ticket is the best we’ve had in decades. I’m proud to stand with these men and women who will restore balance in state government. All of them share our Republican vision for creating jobs, controlling spending and lowering taxes. Powerful change will result when our great candidates and our motivated grassroots efforts combine this election season,” said Jennifer Nassour, Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party.


The Massachusetts Republican State Committee endorsed the following candidates for statewide office at the convention:


Governor – Charlie Baker (File photo w/Bright Herr)

 Lieutenant Governor – Sen. Richard Tisei

Treasurer – Rep. Karyn Polito

Auditor – Mary Connaughton

Secretary of the Commonwealth – William Campbell

**Kamal Jain, candidate for Auditor, qualified for the

Republican ballot as well.**



One Day After

April 21, 2010 — Brian Herr gives a wave on his way to the Selectmen's meeting on Tuesday, one day after running the Boston Marathon for Dana-Farber for the 21st time.

Art Lesson at Hopkinton Reservoir Dam

April 21, 2010 — The photo above taken on Monday at Hopkinton Reservoir Dam, the runner providing scale, contains a multitude of artistic elements, such as strong diagonals, vanishing points, framing, diminishing perspective, and much more.



Selectmen Weigh in on Town Meeting Articles

"NO" to snowdump improvements, "Yes" to Downtown Improvements

Article 15 Improvements: Cedar Street Snow Dump DPW 0-5 (no) 3/15/10

Article 16 Radio Read Water Meters DPW 5-0 3/15/10

Article 17 Water Department Service Truck DPW 4-1 (no) 3/15/10

Article 18 Downtown Design for Traffic, Roadway and Streetscape DPW 4-0 3/23/1


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Annual Town Meeting Articles.



Police News UP-TO-DATE

April 21, 2010

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4:02 pm  The Holliston Police Department reported an out of control 25 year old male on Hanlon Street...

6:40 pm  Officer Matthew McNeil spoke with a party on Frankland Road who reported that his car was keyed at work on Thursday...

5:22 pm  A 911 caller on Prestwick Drive reported a red Porsche was speeding down the roadway...

3:47 pm  A caller on Ash Street stated that a bicyclist was run off the road by a vehicle...

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for © 2010 All Rights Reserved

Transactions from April 12, 2010 - April 21, 2010






36 Fruit St. Amy E. Peterson & RNR Realty Trust $800,000 April 20, 2010  Gary R. Garner & Bruce E. Garner
18 Daniel Shays Rd. Jonathan P. Haddad & Xin Lu $725,000 April 15, 2010  Kenneth W. Gurian & Denise M. Gurian
7 Andrea Dr. Elizabeth M. Guerra & Salvatore F. Guerra $915,000 April 15, 2010  Peter Marconi, Cheryl Marconi
 & Peter J. Marconi
280 Ash St. SW Homes LLC $140,000 April 15, 2010  William J. Leary & William J. Leary Jr.
67 Front St. Andkra LLC $215,000 April 12, 2010  Braim Farm LLC
Last Week        
18 Church St. Jason D. Paul $370,000 April 9, 2010  David W. Aitken & J J C Nominee Trust
17 Sanctuary Ln. Mary E. Dugan $389,900 April 5, 2010  Weston Development Group Inc.


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    Friends of Whitehall  Annual  Spring Lake Cleanup
Saturday, April 24th from 9:00 to !2:00
State Boat Ramp on Wood Street
Please bring work cloves and bug spray
FOW will supply maps trash and recycling bins, water, coffee and snacks
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HHS Swimmers Compete


April 21, 2010 — Will Olson, left Gabe Davis and and from Hopkinton and both Seniors in high school, recently competed at the New England Championships at MIT, March 4-7. They were among over 50 Shawmut Aquatic Club members to compete at this Championship meet. The meet hosted hundreds of swimmers ages 13-19 from throughout New England. Shawmut scored 2,230.50 points throughout the course of the weekend.


Davis placed 4th overall in the highpoint standings and scored a total of 113 points. He placed 1st in the 100 yard butterfly (51.19), 5th in the 50 freestyle (22.0), 3rd in the 100 freestyle (47.05), 6th in the 200 free (1:43.33) and 6th in the 100 backstroke (53.59). Davis, one of the most competitive swimmers in New England, has qualified for USA Swimming’s Junior Nationals, a meet he attend in December. He is attending and is swimming at North Carolina State next year.


Olson, a stand-out swimmer for Hopkinton high school, placed 41st overall in New England with a total of 25 points. He placed 8th in the Breaststroke (1:00.22), 16th in the 50 Freestyle (22.38), and 16th in the 100 Backstroke (55.26). He was a part of the men’s 3rd place 200 freestyle relay team and 3rd place 400 Medley Relay team.


The Shawmut Aquatic Club is a non-profit USA Swimming Club. Shawmut practices at Keefe Tech in Framingham and at Dana Hall in Wellesley. Shawmut is Head Coached by Matt Craven and Susan Trainer, and in recent years has established itself as one of the premiere teams in New England and in the country. For information about Shawmut Aquatic Club, please visit

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The Enigmatic Clayton Willoughby Sings Sweet Mama, Live at Ciao Time 

Please enjoy a performance, above, by Hopkinton's own Clayton Willoughby.



Tables Are Turned

April 20, 2010 — Matt Zettek turns the tables and shares this photo he took of part of the HopNews marathon crew. From left, Robert Falcione, Austin Falcione and Ben Lewis, getting ready for a big moment. Andrew Sweeney was at another location.

Senior Moments

Senior Moments

Nancy L. Drawe



April 20, 2010 — To pick or not to pick!  What to do about all those beautiful daffodils and tulips in my garden?   As I drive around town, I see so many different colors in other people’s gardens--all bright flowers, ready to be picked and placed in a vase on the kitchen table.  I always wonder what those people do, whether they keep them uncut or not.  Now, if I pick some of my flowers and put them in a vase, then there won’t be many left to enjoy in my outside garden.  But, if  I don’t pick them, then I can only see them when I’m coming and going into my house.  It’s the same thing with my rose bush and oriental lilies!  So for now, I’ll just leave them alone and maybe NEXT year I’ll cut some of them.  


There was an abundance of sweet Brownies at the Hopkinton Senior Center last Wednesday!  I’m not talking only of the dessert type, but also about the little girls wearing those brown vests.   Not to mention lots of cookies—Girl Scouts, that is!   And last but not least, bouquets of cute little Daisy’s running around—the blue vest variety. Daisy Troops 2964, 2965, 2968, 2969 and 2977 and Brownie Troop 2962 were all on hand at the center attending this annual event hosted by the Brownies.  I think I have all the troop numbers straight; there were certainly a lot of them!  This is one of the responsibilities of being a Daisy and Brownie—hosting a town event.  The Brownies were there to assist the Daisy’s with all kinds of arts and crafts activities.  Special guests of this event were The Mellowtones—the center’s own chorus!  They had a sing-a-long, which the whole audience, young and old, really enjoyed.   Both the kids and the seniors had a great time! 


It won’t be long before the Center’s largest fundraiser of the year—the annual Rummage Sale that will be held on May 13, 14 and 15!  I’ll have more information on that next week.  Remember that certain activities are cancelled during the few weeks prior to the rummage sale—starting the week of April 26.  This includes all the exercise classes that are held in the Great Room.  This is so that the volunteers can start getting everything ready for the sale. 


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


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


HPTA Mini Marathon T-Shirt Design Contest


Looking for something for your child to do during vacation week? All Center and Elmwood students are invited to enter the HPTA's Mini Marathon T-Shirt Design Contest. This year, the Mini Marathon will be held during the Sharon Timlin Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 19. Visit to learn more about this event. One winner will be chosen from each school and given a small prize. Recognition will be given to the winner at each school. If your child chooses to participate in this contest, please note the following guidelines:


  • T-shirt designs should be in the form of a line drawing (one color only, not "colored in")

  • Designs should reflect the theme of Family, Fitness and Fun

  • Designs should be brought to the Center or Elmwood School office by Friday, April 30. They may also be mailed to Mary Rooney, 21 Longwood Dr.

  • The winning drawing will be made into T-shirts symbolizing community support and involvement of the HPTA, to be sold at the Timlin Race/Mini Marathon event and in advance through the HPTA.

Questions? Mary Rooney

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6th Annual HHL $10,000 Draw & Silent Auction

Join us for a night out to benefit the Hopkinton Little League and a chance to win $10,000!

Friday, May 14th 2010 7pm – 12:30pm

Location: Milford Portuguese Club Cost: $100 per ticket (each ticket admits 2)

ONLY 300 Tickets will be sold • Includes Buffet Catered by Olivia’s • Includes beer, wine & soda through 10:00pm • Cash Raffle and Silent Auction! • DJ & Dancing

Fruit Street Road Closure

April 27th, 2010 through May 28th, 2010


Joseph P. Cardillo & Son, Inc., under contract with the Department of Public Works will be installing a sewer force main on Fruit Street from North Street to Saddle Hill Road. Fruit Street will be closed between Saddle Hill Road and North Street.


From Wood Street traffic will be detoured from Wood Street to Walker Street to Saddle Hill Road to Fruit Street and from Fruit Street at Saddle Hill Road to Walker Street to Wood Street from 7 AM to 4:30 PM.


Fruit Street will be opened at the close of construction each day. The estimated project time is approximately 5 weeks. We ask you to please seek alternate routes. We apologize for any inconvenience.


If you have any questions call Department of Public Works @ 508-497-9740

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Sights and Sounds from the Start of the 114th Boston Marathon

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Images from the Start of the Boston Marathon

Robert Cheruiyot wins Boston Marathon

 Sets course record.

April 19, 2010 — Robert Cheruiyot won the 114th Boston Marathon, setting a course record at 2:05:33. He won $150,000 for coming in first, and another $25,000 for setting a new course record. Above, Robert Cheruiyot warms up prior to today's Boston Marathon.

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Clayton Willoughby Performs for HopNews

Ciao Time opens its doors for entertainer

April 18, 2010 — Entertainer Clayton Willoughby brought his HopNews performance next door into Ciao Time yesterday due to the wet weather, and the diners there were enthralled. Mr. Willoughby posed for photos, as with the two young women above, and autographed them afterward. A video is forthcoming.


Mixed Media People

April 18, 2010 — Robin Batchelder arranges some "self-portraits" of her Sparks Art Studio students, which were made using a variety of media: cloth, wood, cardboard, yarn and more. Enter Stage Left moved from their 30 Main Street location to the CAA building, but Sparks remains above, on the second floor.

Love of Running

April 18, 2010 — Sculptor Michaels Alfano's design was one of the most popular attractions on the Hopkinton Common yesterday. The larger-than-life foot is one of two already created, of a series that Mr. Alfano hopes to be in  each town along the race course of the Boston Marathon. The couple above has come to Hopkinton for the race; she is running, and he is "her support."



"You're Paying me For This?"

April 18, 2010 — As part of the HopNews coverage of the Runners Festival at Hopkinton Drug, Austin demonstrated getting a message from Cheryl Butkus, as Gail Dobinsky sooths the ever-present Jean Pierre on the far table.

      "Let me get this straight," said Austin. "You're paying me for this?"

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Running Through the Past

April 18, 2010 — Peter LaGoy, left, and visitor Jean Pierre look over the historical exhibit of the Boston Marathon at 30 Main Street yesterday, of which Mr. LaGoy, Chairman if the Downtown Revitalization Committee, is in charge.

Remember When...?


April 17, 2010 — Judi Stingley  recently found a photograph of a Little League team that was sponsored by her grandfather, Louie Hutchins, who owned Hutch's Restaurant, which was located across from Colella's, where the Gulf station is today. He sold his property to Exxon around 1970, so the Little League team photo was taken sometime during the 60's.

Judi can't identify anyone in the photo. Can you?

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Happy Medium

April 16, 2010 — Two members of the group Happy Medium, above, warm up the gathering for beFREE project at the Congregational Church, prior to the full group coming on stage Friday night.

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Marathon 2010 Merchandise Now Available at the HPTA Store!



The HPTA and Hopkinton Athletic Association (HAA) are working together to provide you with amazing marathon merchandise to support the technology needs of our school district. Items offered include T-Shirts, Water Bottles, Lapel Pins, Lithographs and Posters. The items for sale commemorate the 2500th Anniversary of the Battle of Marathon. Items ordered online may be picked up at Ciao Time Restaurant. VISA, Mastercard and eCheck are accepted online, cash and checks payable to "HPTA" are accepted at Ciao Time. T-shirts and lapel pins are also available at Hopkinton Gourmet (cash or check only). Photos of the items and online ordering available at

Greek Visitors Meet With Hopkinton Middle School  Students

April 16, 2010 — A Greek visitor presents the 6th grade class with a plaque to remember their cultural exchange at the Middle School.

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Governor Greets Girl Scouts

April 16, 2010 — Hopkinton Girl Scouts had tea with Greek dignitaries and showed off their artwork at the State House on Thursday. Video "grabshot" by Andrew Sweeney.



Hopkinton Native Receives Bronze Star

Plans a return to town for 30th HS reunion in June

April 16, 2010 — When notice came in January that her husband would be awarded the Bronze Star, Angela Cooper of Granite City, Ill was struck by the realization of what Lt. Col. Vincent P. Cooper had accomplished.

       “I realized I was married to a war hero,” she said. And while “Vinnie” Cooper would shy away from being labeled a hero, it was his service in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that would lead to his recognition as just that.

       During a ceremony last Sunday at Jefferson Barracks, Cooper, 47, an air liaison officer with the 157th Air Operations Group of the Missouri Air National Guard, received the Bronze Star medal from Brig. Gen. Steven L. Danner, Missouri’s adjutant general.  

         Cooper and his wife were accompanied by their young sons, Zac and Max, and by his parents, Vincentia and Wayne Yarber. His older sons, Joe and Sam, were unable to attend. “It is an honor to recognize someone who went above and beyond in doing his job,” Danner said. “Lt. Col. Cooper saved a lot of American lives and forwarded U.S. policy, particularly in Afghanistan.”

          Cooper is credited with executing more than 31,000 close air support missions in Iraq and Afghanistan between Sept. 2008 and Sept. 2009. During that period, Cooper was a senior offensive duty officer with the 609th Air and Space Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar.

          Cooper also orchestrated air cover for the “highly-contested delivery of a generator turbine” in Afghanistan which resulted in 90 insurgents being killed or captured, and for special operations raids that lead to the seizure of more than $1 billion in narcotics and the destruction of more than 210 tons of explosives.

           A Hopkinton, Massachusetts native and 1984 graduate of the Air Force Academy, Cooper is a veteran fighter pilot, with service in Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, among other operations. He has over 4,500 hours, primarily  in the F-16 and the F-4G “Wild Wesel”.

           “I am deeply honored,” Cooper said of his recognition. “I just happened to be on shift when a significant number of events transpired and through the tremendous work of people underneath me I was able to manage that well.

            "I simply took the vast amount of air power they could produce and ensured that our troops on the ground had that power available to them in order to be protected.”

             Cooper cited the support of his family as sustaining him during long deployments overseas, something his wife is all too familiar with. Angela Cooper is a lieutenant commander in the Coast Guard.

             “We did the best we could while he was deployed and it was a long time, but we had a lot of family support so we did just fine,” she said. And while receiving the Bronze Star is certainly a high honor, “the highlight of my career is every day with my wife and kids,” Cooper said smiling.

              For more information about the Air National Guard, please call 1-800-GoGuard. ~ Contributed Content.

Green on the Green


April 16, 2010 —Hopkinton Sustainable Green Committee will be present to cheer on the runners at this year’s Marathon. As part of the committee’s mission to educate and advocate Green and sustainable practices, members will be available to speak with the community at the town common on Monday, April 19th.


So far since the committee was formed in August of 2008, we have accomplished at least a dozen activities to help the town meet its sustainability goals”, said John Mosher, chair of Hopkinton Sustainable Green Committee. “ Many folks have participated in the number of outreach activities which include presentations by the state, utility companies and private energy firms.”, he said.


A full list of the committee’s accomplishments will be available at the Hopkinton Sustainable Green Committee booth or please check out the website at for more information.


Cowbell Alert!


If the  Weather  is too bad on Saturday I will be selling the bells at Colella’s instead of outdoors. 


I will be on The Common on both Sunday and Monday regardless of the weather.

~ Kathryn Curry


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Alan Keller Named Middle School Principal

School District receives grant for Mandarin teacher



by Heather Kelley

April 15, 2010 — The School Committee has kept its FY11 budget as originally voted.  “We’ve made the recommendation on what our needs are, and nothing has changed,” said Chair Nancy Burdick.  “There is still the opportunity for more conversation,” she explained, noting that exchanges with the Board of Selectmen, the Town Manager, and the Appropriations Committee have been very fruitful.  “I’d like the process to move forward,” she concluded.  The discussion centered on the gap of $170,000 that exists between the budget as put forth by the School Committee, and the lesser dollar amount that is currently being considered by Appropriations.


Dr. Mary Colombo announced that the District has received a Critical Language grant to cover all expenses involved in bringing a Mandarin Chinese teacher to the District for the 2010-2011 school year.  Two sections each of Mandarin Chinese and Chinese Culture will be offered next school year at the High School.  In addition, enrichment will be available at the Middle and Elementary schools.  The District is only on the hook for securing a host family for the teacher.  Host families will also be sought for students who may be coming to the High School from China through a Non-Immigrant Student program.  Currently, four students have expressed interest.


Superintendent John Phelan announced that the new Principal at the Middle School will be Alan Keller, the current Director of Secondary Education.   Phelan lamented that the administration would need to conduct another search to fill Keller’s to-be-vacated position.  Joking aside, Phelan stated that Keller “demonstrated that he was the right instructional leader for the building.”


New graduation requirements were approved for the High School, coming online with the class of 2014.  These changes were made “to reflect the rigorous academic program that our students take,” according to High School Principal Alyson Geary.   Students will need an additional year in both Math and Science (up from 3 years and 2 years under the current guidelines), as well as two years of a foreign language; there is currently no language requirement.  According to Geary, 98% of students currently meet these new requirements in Math, 99% in Science, and 96% in Foreign Languages.


Changes to the High School handbook were approved.  Among the changes: National Honor Society selections will be made in the fall of each year; some suspensions for certain offenses will be in-school; and refusing a breathalyzer test will carry the same consequences as if the test had returned a positive result.  Lengthy discussion ensued on whether to include language that would limit the circumstances under which the breathalyzer would be used.  In the end, Richard de Mont dissented, to protect the rights of the students, and the Committee agreed to not include limiting language.


The Center School Building Committee has asked the School Committee to write a letter to the Massachusetts School Building Authority to discard the renovation option for Center School.  “We can’t afford it,” said Troy Mick.  citing the cost of relocating students while the renovations would take place.  Mick also expressed concern for the safety of the students, specifically questioning how to keep the construction workers separate from the students.  Phelan also cited the disruption to the education of the students as another reason to not choose this option.


According to Phelan and Rebecca Robak, Town Manager Norman Khumalo has communicated that his plan for a Permanent Building Committee for the town will not be encompassing any School District projects.


High School Art students won 37 awards in the Boston Globe Scholastic Art awards competition, the third highest total haul of awards by a single school.

Elmwood School Welcomes Kenyan Elite Runners 

April 15, 2010 — Please enjoy a look inside the Kenyan's visit with Elmwood Students today with a HD video above, and a gallery of photos below.




Kenyans Visit Elmwood

(Video will be forthcoming. Check back later today.)

April 15, 2010 — Elite marathon runners from Kenya meet with Elmwood School students each year prior to the Boston Marathon, which occurs next Monday. Above is a close shot of Kenyans with their traditional run after the festivities, and below is the entirety of Mr. Keane's Third Grade class running with the Kenyans around the island in the school's parking lot.

April 15, 2010 — Swoops the Eagle, the Elmwood mascot, must have still been inside with the students and Kenyans, while the hawk below ruled the skies over Elmwood.

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Pedestrian Fatality on Route 495 in Plainville


April 15, 2010 — Yesterday, at approximately 10:41 p.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Foxboro responded to a single-vehicle pedestrian crash on Route 495 north just south of Route 1 in Plainville, that resulted in one fatality.  


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Anthony Fabiano indicates that a 2001 Buick Century sedan operated by 18-year-old David Scanlon of Medway, was traveling on Route 495 north when it struck a pedestrian, 30-year-old Jason Owens of Mansfield.


The facts and circumstances surrounding this crash remain under investigation at this time.  Owens sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 


This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.  The Foxboro and Plainville Police and Fire Departments assisted troopers at the scene.

The Painting Starts Here 

Jacques LeDuc paints the Boston Marathon Start Line for the 28th year

April 14, 2010 — See the man who has painted the Start Line of the Boston Marathon for 28 years as a labor of love, with an introduction and narration by Austin Falcione, camera by Robert Falcione, and editing and writing by Andrew Sweeney.

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Greek Runners and Host Families Feted

April 14, 2010 — Boston-based Orthodox Greek Metropolitan Methodios receives an honorary citizenship from Chairman of the Hopkinton Board of Selectman, Brian Herr. "But you don't have to pay taxes," he told the group of dignitaries.

      Scores of Greek runners and their Hopkinton host families, as well as local and state dignitaries, were treated to an evening of dinner and salutations.


Gubernatorial Candidate Treasurer Tim Cahill is holding a town hall meeting to discuss solutions to the economic strain the Massachusetts Healthcare system is having on the state's budget.


Date: Saturday April 17th


Time: 2:30pm


Location: Hopkinton High School

      90 Hayden Rowe Street

      Hopkinton, MA


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The Start Has Begun


     April 14, 2010 - Jacques LeDuc works on painting the marathon starting line on Wednesday morning.  LeDuc has been painting the starting line every year since 1982.  He's also ran the marathon for the last 13 years.  LeDuc said it was a good day to paint with the sun out, dry conditions and a little bit of wind.

Hopkinton Police Traffic and Road Advisory

For Boston Marathon 19 April 2010


With the 114th Boston Marathon quickly approaching, the Hopkinton Police Department wants to advise residents, business owners and motorists of road closings in preparation of the Marathon and on Marathon Day, 19 April 2010.


The Board of Selectmen have approved a request by the Police Chief to prohibit parking of motor vehicles or trailers on all public ways in the Town of Hopkinton from 5:00 a.m. the day of the Boston Marathon, April 19, until 12:00 noon, unless the vehicles have a permit issued by the Police Department. The prohibition will only be enforced on public ways critical to supporting the start of the race. The Police Department will also enforce parking restrictions posted, as may be needed, to facilitate setting up for the race from the 7:00 a.m. on the Wednesday before the race, April 14, through 5:00 a.m. of the morning of the race, April 19. The Hopkinton Police Department will close the roads in Hopkinton at 7:30 a.m. on the day of the Marathon and will re-open the roads as soon as possible, but no later than 12:00 noon.


Certain roads in Hopkinton will be posted No Parking. Any illegally parked vehicle will be ticketed and towed, with No Exceptions.


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Candidate Brian Herr Disagrees with Congressman McGovern’s Withdrawal Plan


HOPKINTON, MA – April 14, 2010 - Brian J. Herr, candidate for Congress in the Massachusetts Third Congressional District, released the following statement regarding Congressman McGovern’s plan to file legislation requiring President Obama to provide a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

“I respectfully disagree with Congressman McGovern’s continued push for an abrupt withdrawal from Afghanistan. I believe our President and Congress should be listening to the commanders on the ground rather than pushing for arbitrary timetables. While I want our men and women in uniform home as quickly as possible, we should withdraw only after accomplishing our mission successfully.”

The press release we received had an inaccurate location. That has been corrected above. ~ Robert

Board of Selectmen Approves Modified Budget

An additional $426,174

April 13, 2010 — The Board of Selectmen approved a increase of $426,174 to the previous budget this evening, voting to send it back to the Appropriations Committee for finalization.

      Topping the list was the pavement management program at $250,000. Appropriations Chair, Ron Eldridge, said the program is far behind in its goals.

      School Department, added $130,000 to their wish list, due to increased enrollment and four new special needs students, according to School Superintendent Jack Phelan, who was in attendance with School Committee Chair, Nancy Burdick.

       IT, Highway salaries, increase in DPW loader cost, as well as a camera and portable radios for the Fire Department, accounted for much of the remaining of the increase.

       Selectman RJ Dourney touched upon the reduction in CPA (Community Preservation Act) tax. CPA allows a community to put aside 2% of the tax revenue toward land preservation, historical restoration, recreation, ad other specific purposes. The deduction from Hopkinton taxes has been at 2%, and when the town first opted into the program, the state matched 100%.  The match is more like 33% today.  

        Mr. Dourney recommended that Town Meeting take up the matter for discussion.

       Changes to the town's participation would need a Town Meeting and a ballot vote, according Town Manager Norman Khumalo.

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June (Abodeely) Donnelly, 68


June (Abodeely) Donnelly, 68, of Hopkinton, formerly of Shrewsbury passed away Sunday, April 11th 2010 with her devoted children at her side.


June was born May 26th 1941, in Worcester, a daughter of the late Fred and Zahae (Peters) Abodeely. She graduated from Commerce High School class of 1959, earned her degree with Honors in teaching from Worcester State College and lived in Shrewsbury more than 20 years before moving to Hopkinton in 2003.


June is survived by her two devoted sons, Michael T. Donnelly and his wife Carol of Mansfield, Patrick F. Donnelly and his wife Sarah with whom she lived; four cherished grandchildren, whom were a great joy to her and an inspiration in her life, Michael, Tommy, Ashley and Devan; two sisters, Lynne LaMotte of Worcester and Nancy Abodeely in San Rafael, California; many cousins and extended family.


June worked many years for the Worcester School Department as an elementary school teacher at Union Hill and Belmont Community School before retiring.


June was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church in Hopkinton, a former member of St. Anne’s Church in Shrewsbury, a member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the National Education Association, the Kappa, Delta, PI National Honor Society and the Hopkinton Senior Center. June loved crafts; she especially loved to paint in her early years. She also loved to watch her grandchildren’s sports activities and visiting with her friends at the Hopkinton Senior Center. June loved attending church which gave her great comfort and she was always quick to share a cup of coffee and conversation with friends and loved ones. She will be greatly missed.


June’s funeral will be held Thursday, April 15th from the MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation St. with a Mass at 11:00 a.m. in the Church of Saint Anne, 130 Boston Turnpike Rd. Shrewsbury. Burial will follow in Hope Cemetery. Friends and relatives are invited to calling hours, Wednesday, April 14th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the funeral home. Flowers may be sent or memorial contributions made to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave Ste 2, Norwood, MA 02062. The Donnelly family would like to thank Dr. Klinger and the caregivers of the Blackstone Valley Dialysis Center in Milford the outstanding care they gave to our mother.

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First Fish

April 13, 2010 — Two and a half year-old Delaney Walker caught her first fish today. According to her dad, it was a brown trout, stocked by the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Hopkinton State Park.

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Athletes of the Future

Mini-mini Marathon


April 13, 2010 — Andrew Sweeney brought the HopNews camera to the Mini-Mini Marathon on Monday and got a glimpse of some marathon athletes of the future.



Hopkinton 13, Bellingham 3

April 13, 2010 — Number 20 saved this hit from becoming a score, yesterday at Bellingham.

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April 13, 2010 — Junior Colin Sullivan gets a good piece of the ball as the runner on third watches its destination.

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Member of Board of Public Works (3) 1 for 3 years; 1 for 2 years; 1 for 1 year
The candidate with the greatest number of votes will serve 3 years, the candidate with the second greatest number of votes will serve 2 years, the candidate with the third greatest number of votes will serve 1 year.


Candidates from both parties for BPW member:



Nancy Peters - D - Caucus





Kevin Kohrt - D - Caucus





Ronald Clark - R - Caucus







F. Eric Sonnett R  - Caucus







Kenneth Weismantel - R - Caucus



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Legacy Master Plan Special Permit Hearing Continued

April 13, 2010 — Legacy Farms LLC's Master Plan Special Permit hearing, which began December 1, 2008, was continued at the Planning Board last evening, and will be heard again, scheduled for April 26, May 10, and May 11. The compressed time is needed to approve the Decision to grant the permit before Town Elections on May 17, 2010, when new members will be voted onto the Planning Board. If the permit is not granted before the election, their will not be enough eligible members to vote, and the process, which has taken 18 months so far, will need to begin anew.

       Last night, according to Town Counsel Ray Miyares, the group covered just 18 of the 76 conditions in the plan. One condition covered last night, dealing with the total floor space and dwelling units, will be substantially rewritten. Legacy's plan calls for building 940 dwelling units and 450,000 square feet of retail/commercial/industrial space.

       Colella's President, Dale Danahy appeared before the board to further discuss screening for recently installed rooftop units needed for their new refrigeration. Their plan would be the same color as the existing second story of Colella's structure. Board member Claire Wright suggested visiting Liberty Mutual and borrowing ideas from their design and color scheme.

        Board member John Mosher said, "I'd like you to go to the Design Review Board and take advantage of what they do."

       A dry cleaning business and an addition to the existing building at 71 West Main Street, proposed by Lee Construction (Photo, below), was also considered by the Planning Board last night in a Public Hearing. The plan is for a retail satellite location with the actual dry cleaning elsewhere.

       The group considered traffic exiting and site traffic, and continued the hearing for time to hear from police regarding traffic, and to read the Decision by the Board of Appeals.

       Zoning Bylaw and Zoning Map Amendments for the area of West Main Street by the Golden Pond Facility were considered for a thumbs-up or down by the Planning Board at Town Meeting. The board previously voted to not support the changes, and following this meeting to consider these citizens petitions, which was heavily attended by abutters, voted to continue the hearing.






13th Annual 2010 Fishing Derby

• Saturday May 8 •

  • 9am – 12 noon •


Saturday May 8th – (rain date Saturday May 15th)   • 9am – 12 noon •

Hopkinton Sportsman’s Club, 95 Lumber Street - by Hopkinton Police

• Free to all children  • Free T-Shirt to first 150 children who register

 • Pre-registration can be made by calling the station (508)497-3401

 • Pond will be stocked with troutBait will be provided

 • Prizes will be awarded throughout the day with a trophy presentation shortly after 12 noon.


Any questions call Officer Phil Powers – donations gratefully accepted. Send to:

Hopkinton Police Association

Attn: Officer Phil Powers

74 Main Street

Hopkinton, MA 01748

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The time you call to take out is the price you pay for one large regular pizza from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm.

Republican Caucus Nominates Three Old Guard for Board of Public Works


Sonnett, Clark and Weismantel


April 12, 2010 — Hopkinton Town Republicans nominated two former Selectmen Chairmen, Eric Sonnett (Left) and Ron Clark (Right), and a current Planning Board member, Ken Weismantel, for the positions of the Board of Public Works, positions that are expected to be abolished by a change in the Charter at Town Meeting in May. Each candidate, in a joint letter today, cites experience with the former DPW advisory Committee.

      They tout their support for the Wastewater treatment Facility at Fruit Street, as well as the need to see the change in the DPW Board continue smoothly.

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Evelyn Mae Simmons (Hamilton) Swenor


HOPKINTON - Evelyn Mae Simmons (Hamilton) Swenor passed away on April 10, 2010, at Milford Hospital, Milford, MA.  She was born on August 9, 1916 in the family home at 12 Claflin Avenue, Hopkinton, MA.

She graduated from Hopkinton High School in 1934, and was married in September of 1936, to William T. Hamilton, Sr., and at that time was employed at Telechron Clocks, Ashland, MA.  In 1941, she became a full-time housewife to care for her two sons.

A long-time member of the Hopkinton Congregational Church, she had many interests over the years raising African Violets, designing recycled greeting cards, writing poetry (published in local newspapers), braided rugs, participated in yard sales and flea markets, and caned over 400 chairs during her lifetime.  She was also a charter member of the Hopkinton Couples Club.  She loved playing cribbage with anyone willing to take her on.  She just loved "playing" with her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and the neighborhood children, providing "the magic basket" full of goodies to all the young children who visited with her over the years.

She was pre-deceased by her first husband, William T. Hamilton, Sr., her second husband, Herbert Swenor who she married on January 17, 1976, her daughter-in-law, Doris Diane Hamilton, her great grandson, Tyler Lary, brothers Harold, Alfred and Raymond Simmons, Jr., and her sister, Marion Pratt.

She is survived by her sons, William T. Hamilton, Jr. and his wife, Alice, of Owls Head, ME and Melbourne Beach, FL; Robert J. Hamilton, Sr. and his wife, Sheila, of Franklin, MA and Moultonboro, NH; six grandchildren, Vickie Lary, Stephen Hamilton, Robert Hamilton, Jr., Scott Hamilton, Thomas Hamilton and Kenneth Hamilton, five great grandchildren, four step-children, Grant Swenor, Neal Swenor, Clay Swenor and Gail Preble, six step-grandchildren and ten step-great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held Friday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m. in the Korean Presbyterian Church, 2 Main Street, Hopkinton.  Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Woodville.  Calling hours at the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, are Thursday, April 15 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Donations may be made to the Hopkinton Ambulance Fund, 73 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA  01748.

Hopkinton Little League Parade, and Recognitions

by Robert Falcione

April 12, 2010 — Above, please enjoy a few minutes of the Hopkinton Little League Parade, 2010. Austin Falcione

videotaped most of it, except the Main Street walk, during which he took all of the still photos. He was the videographer at Carrigan Park, the parade's destination, where recognitions and remembrances took place.

         The Little League gave yours truly a recognition for community involvement and asked me to throw out the first softball, a task any of the softball players could have done better.

         As a former Little League player, and among many lessons learned, one incident stands out in memory.

         Dutifully attending every practice session made me a little better player, but nonetheless, others were still far better. One of them was Jim, who hopefully learned a lesson, although the medicine would have been certainly bitter for him.

         One game, as well as successive games, the coach picked me for a position that Jim had played until then. The coach told us it was because I showed up for practice, and Jim did not.

         The lesson I learned was that it was about earning a privilege and being rewarded as a result. It was about a person doing his personal best, not just being better than someone else.

         To this day I wonder if Jim has taken anything away from the experience.

         On the short term, I know he didn't, because when he found my lost pen later that summer, he insisted on my paying him a quarter before giving it back.

         In my family, we call that ransom. At least that's the lesson I learned.      

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Runs in the Family

April 12, 2010 — Ailin Flannery, who took part in the Moms Group's Mini-mini Marathon this morning, shows his skills as a potential football player, like his dad was.




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