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Selectmen Approve New Permanent Building Committee

Library Board authorized for architect search


by Derek Dobachesky

May 26, 2010 — A newly organized Hopkinton Board of Selectmen with two new members approved the creation of a Permanent Building Committee at last evening's meeting, a proposal from Town Manager Norman Khumalo that went through a six month process of modification and negotiations.

                The Board also voted to proceed with the search for an architect for the town’s new library while the town is in the process of receiving the deed to the library and reorganizing the library administration as a town agency.

                The May 25 meeting was the first to include new selectmen John Mosher and Benjamin Palleiko following the May 17 elections and the retirements of Chair Brian Herr and Selectman Matt Zettek. The Board’s first move was to elect RJ Dourney as Chair and Todd Cestari as Vice-Chair.

                Palleiko, who has lived in Hopkinton and worked in finance since 1997, has been on the town’s Appropriations Committee for four years. Mosher served on the Planning Board and is chair of the Sustainable Green committee.

                After an extended process of consulting with town agencies and amending the proposal, Town Manager Norman Khumalo achieved one of the major goals of his first year in office when the Board of Selectmen approved his executive order to create a Permanent Building Committee to oversee and offer advice on town construction projects over $100,000, excluding those that fall under the School Committee’s purview. Coinciding with the creation of this committee, the Board was also introduced to the new Town Engineer/Facilities Coordinator, Dave Daltorio (Photo).

The creation of the committee was approved over the objections of Selectwoman Michelle Gates.

“I have a major concern about adding another layer of bureaucracy,” Gates said. As Gates highlighted, the various ad-hoc committees that oversee construction projects now have the expertise of the newly-hired Town Engineer and a liaison appointed by the Board of Selectmen, in addition to committee members appointed by the agencies

In addition to Daltorio’s expertise, the committee will include three temporary voting members for each project appointed by the agency or committee sponsoring that project. This, however, excludes the School Committee, which may seek the advice of the Permanent Building Committee, but will not be bound by any of its recommendations.




Ernest E. Chamberlain, 79

Ernest E. Chamberlain, 79, of Hopkinton, died May 22, 2010. Born in NH, he was the son of the late Florry (tucker) and Carl Chamberlain. He was the husband of the late Ruth E. (Hurley) Chamberlain who passed away in 1994.

A Veteran, he had served as a Staff Sergeant in the US Army during the Korean war Army. Formerly of Natick, Ernest was a member of Saint John the Evangelist Church In Hopkinton. He was a graduate of Brattleboro, VT high school 1948, Burdett Business College 1950, Boston University with a BA 1956, Boston State Teachers College with a Masters in education 1960, and Boston College Graduate School of Arts + Sciences with a Masters in English in 1963.

Ernie had spent many years as an English Teacher in several towns including Martha's Vineyard, Southborough, Northborough Newton.

Friends are invited to gather at the Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton on Thursday May 27, 2010 at 9:00 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00a.m. in Saint John the Evangelist Church in Hopkinton. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Hopkinton.

Governor Designates Hopkinton a "Green" Community

— in high definition!

May 25, 2010 — Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick stopped by Hopkinton today to announce the town's designation as a "Green Community" one of 35 cities and towns with that distinction.

          The governor said that Hopkinton was the first community in the commonwealth to install solar panels on multiple municipal buildings.

       The designation makes the town eligible to apply for part of the $8.1 million available from the Green Communities Act as well as from other funding sources.   

        The governor and other involved politicians spoke earlier today at the police station. Check them out on video below in super high quality HopNews High Definition.




No Fooling Around with the HPD

May 25, 2010 — A Hopkinton resident dialed 911 after, he alleges, a driveway crew demanded three times the amount they had agreed upon before the work, and then refused to leave his property.

       Hopkinton Police found them on Westcott Drive and subsequently had the trailer in view towed away, because it had no brakes and was unregistered.

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Selectmen Reorganize

May 25, 2010 — The Hopkinton Board of Selectmen reorganized this evening, voting RJ Dourney as Chairman and Todd Cestari as Vice-Chairman. Derek Dobachesky's report will be here later this evening.

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Large Teeth?

May 25, 2010 — This water snake, harmless we are told, has markings like huge teeth around its mouth to frighten would-be predators. It was swimming toward the commotion during the recovery efforts at Hopkinton Reservoir this past weekend.

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They're BACK!

May 25, 2010 — Ken Weismantel is flanked by former Selectmen, on the left in the photo, Eric Sonnett and right, Ron Clark, as they all take the oath from Town Clerk Ann Click as members of the Board of Public Works yesterday morning.

        When asked why they ran for a position that is slated for termination, Mr. Sonnett said, "We wanted to make sure nothing bad happens in the interim."

        Mr. Weismantel said, "We want to continue the progress on the treatment plant [photo below]."

Fighting Back With Testimonials

May 25, 2010 — A couple of dozen cancer survivors took to the field on Friday evening to celebrate their lives and give hope to others with cancer.




Dana Farber benefit concert


6:30 pm • May 26th

Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium


On May 26th at the Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium there will be a Dana Farber benefit concert. The concert is being organized by Hopkinton High School Seniors Alex Soifer and Cam Linares and is being run entirely by students.


Doors open at 6:00, the concert starts at 6:30, and ends at 10:00. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Adult tickets are 1 for $10 or 2 for $15 and student tickets are $5 each. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to The Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The concert is a senior project of Alex and Cam's that was inspired by the passing of their fellow student and friend Tom Weaver. Come listen to some cool music for a cause. For more information contact Cameron Linares or Alex Soifer at


May 25, 2010 — Last week, Mike Scannell of Scannell Construction brought some help to spread loam and plant seed at the property of the former Central House Tap Room on Main Street owned by John Burns. Abutter Tom Nealon paid for the work to be done.

Hopkinton Square Revisited

Planning Board reorganizes

May 25, 2010 — Partners Chuck Joseph and Peter Markarian brought their scaled down Hopkinton Square project before the Planning Board Monday evening to amend their approved plan in a  Public Hearing that was continued until June 14, 2010. The project sits at the intersection of West Main and South Streets.

     The original plan called for 100,000 square feet of floor space in four buildings, one of them a three-story. The new plan shows only two buildings; one a 40,000 retail space, the size of a grocery store, and the other, a two story mixed use totaling 30,000 square feet. Mr. Markarian said there were grocery stores interested in the space.

     The approved plan showed two drive-through windows, but on the new plan, there is only one.

     The original plan claimed a cross-parking and access agreement with an abutter who did not agree, and  who appealed the decision to land court. Mr. Markarian said Monday that the agreement no longer exists.

      Town departments, as well as the town engineer, expressed various concerns about stormwater, traffic and exits. Planning Board member Carol DeVeuve expressed deep concern that there were no sidewalks in the plan for around the perimeter of the property.

      The hearing will continue in the middle of June.

      Attorney Wayne Davies, representing Golden Pond for a continued Public Hearing of Site Plan Review, brought up jurisdictional issues between the Planning Board and the Board of Appeals, which granted variances and rendered an approval of the plan for Golden Pond.

       Many Planning Board members were put off by Mr. Davies' aggressive style and voted to request the Town's Attorney at the continuation of the Public Hearing.

       At the beginning of the meeting, the Board restructured and voted Joe Markey as Chairman. Mr. Markey said he would not be running again after this term. Below, scroll to see overhead of Hopkinton Square.




Director of Public Works Placed on Administrative Leave


May 24, 2010 — Last Friday Director of Public Works JT Gaucher was been placed on administrative leave by the Town of Hopkinton, according to sources.

       Although Town officials have refused to discuss the matter, Director of Human Resources, Maryrose DeGroot said last Friday, inferring the report's accuracy, "It is a private personnel matter."

       Town manager Norman Khumalo was also tight-lipped, asking where the reporter got the information.

       There was a pre-election scheduled meeting of the Board of Public Works last week after the election. Following the election, if the usual rules were followed, the members of the board would have been officially off of the board at that time.

Police News UP-TO-DATE


May 24, 2010 - Click above for full report

12:45 pm  A caller on Nicholas Road reported that his daughter's boyfriend made some threats...


10:00 pm  A 911 caller on Ash Street reported that she just got home for the night and someone may be in her house...   


2:42 pm  There were several calls reporting a motor vehicle crash involving a school bus...


5:43 pm  Several 911 calls for a two car motor vehicle accident on Cedar Street with a vehicle over the guard rail...


Photo: Police search for 23 year-old man believed to be missing at beach early Monday morning. State police deployed two canine units; and several police officers assisted. He was found early in the morning after a several hour search that was begun because he did not reach his destination. Friends had been "partying" when the individual was dropped from a boat onto shore and he disappeared. They became concerned for his safety


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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for © 2010 All Rights Reserved

Transactions from May 17, 2010 - May 24, 2010






8 Glen Rd. Jeffrey J. Bruno $405,000 May 21, 2010  US Bank National Association
40 Trevor Ln. Edward J. Furey Trust & Barbara J. Loonam Trust $475,000 May 21, 2010  Maillet & Son LLC
8 Lilac Ct. David Tesini & Bernadette Tesini $280,000 May 21, 2010  Michael Sidoti  & Sandy Lee Sidoti
10 Downey Pl. Daniel J. Woodyshek & Georgina M. Tonner $502,000 May 21, 2010  Jean Sachs & Beryl Sachs
Last Week        
17 Thayer Heights Rd. Courtney A. Frank $356,600 May 14, 2010  David H. Klatte & Debra F. Klatte
12 Bullmoose Run Howard M. Orloff & Joelle A. Orloff $524,000 May 14, 2010  Joseph H. Altman
26 Glen Rd. Stephen J. Byatt & Nancy Byatt $554,900 May 14, 2010  Donna L. Cournoyer
16 Alexander Rd. Andrew D. Singer & Stacy E. Spies $599,900 May 14, 2010  Courtney A. Frank & Arthur Massicott
40 Parker Point Rd. Erica Thomas & Barry Thomas $369,000 May 13, 2010  David T. Coutu & Amy L. Coutu
3 Walker St. Thomas M. Chatten & Laura E. Chatten $67,000 May 13, 2010  Blanca I. Anza
38 Trevor Ln. Phyllis Ann Doig $459,000 May 12, 2010  Maillet & Sons Inc.
6 South Mill St. Denise A. Mikulis & Christopher T. Mikulis $739,900 May 12, 2010  Brian W. Cheever, Brian K. Gassett
 & Summit Realty Trust
3 Overlook Rd. Ekambareswara Rao Kandimalla
& Seetha Kandimalla
$901,108 May 11, 2010  Franklin Farms G P Inc.
 & Eagle Farm Limited Partnership


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Fenway Park-America’s Most Beloved Ball Park


by Sebastian Gutierrez
May 24, 2010 — Fenway Park is the home to the Boston Red Sox. The Boston stadium opened April 20, 1912 and now has become the oldest Major League Baseball stadium currently in use. Between the fantastic baseball team that owns the stadium and its interesting culture and history, Fenway Park America’s “most beloved ball park.”


Fenway Park is surrounded by Boston University and is near Kenmore Square. Over the years, many renovations have been made to the stadium which add to it’s unique, quirky look. Some features include “the Triangle”, “Pesky’s Pole”, and most notably the famous “Green Monster” in left field. Many phenomenal baseball players have called Fenway Park as their home, including Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, and Carl Yastrzemski; which adds to the tremendous historical value of the park.

ESPN named Fenway Park the 2nd best ballpark in America, losing it’s first place position to Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. Wrigley Field beat out Fenway Park because “It’s in the middle of a neighborhood where you can watch a game from the rooftop of a house across the street. There’s no other stadium in the world, in any sport, where you can do that.” When ESPN talked about Fenway Park, they said “I’ve never been to a stadium that is so intimate, so welcoming. Sure, it’s relatively uncomfortable, and the sightlines aren’t perfect, but such atmosphere comes with a price.” ESPN should re-evaluate their order for best baseball stadium because between those two arguments, Fenway Park seems to be the better choice. It must be the uncomfortable wooden seats in the grandstands and the bad food that made Fenway Park get 2nd place, but I believe that the intimacy and character of a baseball stadium is by far a better quality then being able to “watch a game from the rooftop of a house across the street.”

At every Red Sox home game, Neal Diamond’s classic Sweet Caroline is played on the ballpark’s speakers before the bottom of the 8th inning. The sing-along song has become such a Fenway staple that it was even included in the 2005 movie Fever Pitch about the Red Sox’s 2004 World Series win. The movie was filmed at Fenway Park and around the beloved city of Boston, creating a familiar and thrilling experience for Red Sox fans and Boston lovers. Fever Pitch starred some well known actors, such as Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon.

Traditions and rituals, like Sweet Caroline, are what make Fenway Park such an entertaining experience for baseball fans. Fenway Park is the best stadium in the country because of the enthusiastic and exciting atmosphere; the stadium’s interior is full of charm as well, with its small, intimate seating capacity, the retired numbers of greats, and the manual scoreboard in left field. No other stadium has a hit theme song and has been a star in a successful movie, all while keeping the cozy, down to earth, familiar feeling Red Sox fans know and love.

(Reprinted with permission from HHSPress "Fenway Park-America’s Most Beloved Ball Park")

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Women's Club Scholarship Recipients

The Hopkinton Women's Club recognizes and awards scholarships to HHS students at their annual Spring Luncheon.  
Front row: Nuzaiba Haider, Hopkinton's Massachusetts Students Accepting Responsibility or MassSTAR winner, Allison Toth. Junior Honor Girl, Amy Sung, Senior Honor Girl and Lauren O'Loughlin, May McDonough Community Service Award winner.  Behind them are their parents: Itrat Fatima and Syed Abbas, Bobbie and Michael Toth, Janet and Alan Sung, and Connie O'Loughlin. Lauren's father, Stephen had to leave before the picture was taken.


Hopkinton Basketball Association Summer Camps


It is not too late to register for the HBA/Bliss Summer Basketball Camps for this summer! The dates are:

Girls Camp Current Grade 3-11 June 21-24 5-8PM
Boys Camp Current Grade 3-5 July 19-23 9-2
Boys Camp Current Grade 6-8 July 26-30 9-2

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May 23, 2010 — This cormorant, a diving bird, flew over the tragedy at Hopkinton State Park this afternoon as divers scoured the water for a drowning victim, looking a bit damaged itself.




May 23, 2010 — This diver was one of several who scoured the water for the body of Sydney Bereira, who fell out of a canoe in the Hopkinton Reservoir in Hopkinton State Park, and did not surface. His body was discovered at 8:10 pm.

Drowning in Hopkinton State Park

Body of 28 Year-old Milford Man Recovered

ASHLAND — May 23, 2010 — The festive atmosphere of Hopkinton State Park upper beach was dampened today by the report of two men falling from a capsized canoe. One of them was wearing a personal floatation device and made it to shore. The other did not.

       Police from all surrounding towns as well as dive teams, State Police and the State Police Air Wing, below, joined the search. As of this writing, 7:50pm, the 30 year-old victim has not been recovered. UPDATE: The body of 28 year-old Sydney Bereira of Milford, father of a 2 year-old, was recovered shortly after this report. Witnesses said he was "fooling around, rocking the canoe wearing no personal floatation device."

The Moon is visible in the background during the recovery mission for a drowning victim

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Hopkinton Student to Take Trip to Haiti


May 23, 2010 — Hopkinton High School Junior Samantha Dandrade has decided to take a trip to Haiti to help out after seeing news reports of the disaster there. Hear her own words in the video above, and learn how to help.

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Relay for Life Has Grand Goals


May 22, 2010 — Relay for Life, a fundraiser to fight cancer, looked to collect more than their $160k net of last year's event. Above, Editor Robert Falcione speaks to survivors at the event.

Relay for Life

May 22, 2010 — Cancer survivors were celebrated last evening at the Relay for Life event on the track, as they walk around together for a lap, and their supporters gather around the perimeter. Below, twins run around the varsity field at the Dave Hughes Stadium prior to the start of the survivors' lap.

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Cub Jam 2010: Scouting in Hopkinton


May 22, 2010 — Over 95 scouts and family members from Hopkinton Cub Scout Packs 97 & 26 teamed up with Boy Scouts from Troops 1 & 4 for a weekend of skill building and fun.  Boy Scouts taught Cub Scouts about knot tying, whittling, survival skills, pioneering, orienteering and more.  Above is a photograph of Cub Scout Michael Greystone of Pack 97 learning how to light a fire with the guidance of a Boy Scout from Troop 1.  Cub Jam was held at Camp MacGregor in Guilford, VT where the the Hopkinton Scout Leaders Association own the 214 acre camp property. 


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Plans Altered for Hopkinton Square

May 22, 2010 — Hopkinton Square, the ambitious development plan proposed by Hopkinton realtor Chuck Joseph, and former resident and Planning Board member Peter Markarian, working as CJPM Realty Trust, LLC, has been reduced in scope to accommodate a less receptive commercial market than the previous plan envisioned, and will be presented to the Planning Board for approval.

     The project, sited at the corner of South and West Main streets, was approved by the Planning Board, but when the developers brought it before the Zoning Advisory Committee to have it included in a new hotel overlay, the committee declined to give it a thumbs up for the Planning Board.

    The photo above, is from an excerpt of the new conceptual plan.



Two Vehicle Collision

May 21, 2010 — Motorcycle Patrolman Tom Griffin assists firefighters while they evaluate a patient who was in one of two vehicles  involved in  a collision at Main and Cedar Streets. The ambulance returned to quarters with no patients.

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Another Fruit Street Appeal Rejected

May 21, 2010 — On Wednesday, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs sent a letter of denial to George S. Batejan, who sent a request a month ago to start some of the review proceedings of the Fruit Street Waste Water Treatment Facility anew. The letter states Mr. Batejan was writing on behalf of others on Huckleberry Road and Fruit Street.

      Mr. Batejan claimed that a change has occurred in Whitehall Brook, which should trigger a Notice of Project Change; but Assistant Secretary Alicia McDevitt, writing on behalf of Secretary Ian Bowles, did not agree.

      Mr. Batejan also claimed that because the Milford Wastewater Facility has become available to South Street businesses, and that Legacy Farms will be installing a facility of its own, then they must be considered as alternatives to the Fruit Street plant, and that it should trigger a new MEPA review.

       The Secretary disagreed, saying that no further review is required.

       The DEP Groundwater Discharge Permit is still under appeal, but Town Counsel Ray Miyares has previously determined that the Town could move forward with the plant, because there no chance the appeal, even if successful, would stop construction.  


Ancient History

May 21, 2010 — Yesterday's Moon near dusk over the Hopkinton Reservoir, a jet's trail between it and the camera, bares its history, as pockmarked craters make up its landscape, and the setting sun casts shadows that give those craters more dimension.

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School Committee Looks for Approval of New Fruit Street School

No change in school day at Center and Hopkins




by Heather Kelley

May 21, 2010 — At Thursday’s School Committee meeting, Rebecca Robak, Brian Main (Project Manager for the School Building project), and David Finney (Principal Architect at Design Partnership of Cambridge) presented the latest information from the Hopkinton Elementary School Building Committee.  The Building Committee has voted a first choice option of building a new K-5 school (In red in picture) on the Fruit Street property, and turning Elmwood and Hopkins into two other neighborhood K-5 schools; Center would be retired as a school building, and would be available for other municipal uses.  The School Committee voted its endorsement of an educational philosophy that includes neighborhood K-5 school buildings, and unanimously voiced its approbation of this plan, marking it as their first choice as well.  The next step is approval from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), as the Committee is seeking their funding of a significant portion of the project.


Once approved, the plan is to build the new school while keeping existing fields and buildings intact at Fruit Street.  “We believe we have a very simple permit process,” said Main.  In addition, Main and Finney showed how this option is the most economical one among all scenarios considered for the project.  A renovation at Center School would require the construction of a two-story parking garage, and the potential need to house students elsewhere while construction took place.  In contrast, Fruit Street construction would occur away from current schools, keeping the building process moving forward more quickly, with no interruption to students’ education, they said.  The plans go before the MSBA on June 11th.


Chair Nancy Burdick provided a summary of town elections as they pertained to the school system.  Voters approved the transfer of money to the Elmwood school boiler project from the completed Center school boiler project, and Rebecca Robak won another term on the Committee.  Superintendent Jack Phelan added that voters also gave a green light to the repairs to the Loop Road.


Ilene Silver, Principal at Elmwood School, presented the Elmwood School Improvement Plan.  Through the school’s plan for “Informed Decision Making Through Data Collection,” teachers followed second and third grades scores on standardized reading tests through the year, and intervention was put in place for those students needing extra help.  In addition, professional learning communities were created and implemented for the teachers; they collaborated and assisted each other in enhancing student performance.


William Lynch, Middle School Principal, presented the Middle School Improvement Plan.  “Physical science is our major weakness in grade 8,” he said.  To help alleviate this problem, plans are in place to increase the review time set aside for physical science at the beginning of the school year.  Math achievement is another area of focus; students who do not meet certain benchmarks will be given additional help, and teachers who work with struggling students will receive professional development to assist their efforts.  Finally, bullying and conflict resolution are coming into the Related Arts curriculum for all Middle School students.  Lynch gave a nod to Drama, and other Related Arts classes, noting that core learning does not happen solely in Math and Language Arts classrooms.  “I’ve always been a huge fan of the Related Arts,” he said.  “It really teaches them, at a vulnerable age, self esteem.”


            Geoff MacDonald, Director of Finance, announced a new solution to four buses routinely arriving late at Center school.  At the last School Committee meeting he had suggested that Center and Hopkins start and end their school days 5 minutes later, allowing the buses the extra time they needed for prompt arrival.  However, the Committee had expressed concern at making the school day yet longer for those students, who already ride the last bus run home. “Elmwood school has agreed to manage the situation,” MacDonald said.  Children will get off their buses a few minutes earlier at Elmwood, and be supervised inside the school building until school officially starts, which will allow the buses to depart and begin their next runs earlier.  The Committee extended appreciation to Elmwood for helping to solve the problem.

Calling the Wild

May 20, 2010 — These Canada geese swam from clear across the other side of the Hopkinton Reservoir on a path directly toward the photographer, who was doing a goose-call to attract them (And throwing popcorn into the water.).

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Hopkinton vs. Dover-Sherborn

May 20, 2010 — Senior Captain Mike Maresca makes a pitch in the 4th inning of Thursday's game against Dover-Sherborn as second baseman Colin Sullivan looks on.

Hopkinton vs. Dover-Sherborn

May 20, 2010 — Freshman Greg Brown returns a serve as the Varsity Tennis team took on Dover-Sherborn on Thursday afternoon.



Hopkinton vs. Dover-Sherborn

May 20, 2010 — Senior Kelly Sanborn gets a base hit in the forth inning of the Hillers game against Dover-Sherborn on Thursday.  Sanborn hit a home run earlier in the game.



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