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Planning Board Hears Legacy Sub-division Plans, Farm Stand Proposal for Hayden Rowe Street, and Parking at Hopkinton Square

by Derek Dobachesky

June 15, 2010 — Last night, the Hopkinton Planning Board held two public hearings and heard a preliminary presentation about proposed changes to American Hydroponics at 151 Hayden Rowe St.

                No action was taken on either of the public hearings, which were extended to the upcoming June 28 meeting.

                The Board first heard from Roy MacDowell and Steven Zieff, project manager, both in support of a proposed subdivision development by Legacy Farms on East Main St. The preliminary plans called for subdivisions in two locations, one on the northern and one on the southern end of East Main St., with a new public way called Legacy Farms Rd. to be created and Frankland Rd. and Peach St. to be relocated. Final plans would include financing and development by a number of parties.

                Although multiple parties would finance and take part in the development, MacDowell stated that Legacy Farms is conducting a nationwide search and would play the role of “master developer,” coordinating the various aspects of the subdivision, which could include apartments, townhouses and other residential buildings.

Planning Board Chairman Joe Markey asked MacDowell what Legacy Farms meant by proposing to be the “master developer” of the project.

                “It’s our responsibility to make sure it’s going to get done the way they say it’s going to get done,” MacDowell said.

                “This is not just a process of finding who will pay the most money,” Macdowell said, when pressed by Planning Board member Claire Wright about whether the town could face difficulties if developers and financiers pulled out of the project.

                If the preliminary plan is approved, it will not authorize any construction—the process gives Legacy Farms feedback from the Board on design concepts and waiver requests. Of the ten waiver requests Legacy Farms submitted, Director of Land Use, Planning and Permitting Elaine Lazarus recommended passage of five, rejection of three and passage of two with modifications. At the public hearing, Legacy Farms addressed two of the rejected waivers, which requested that manholes and stormwater basins be held to state rather than town regulations, which members of the Board agreed to because state guidelines are generally stricter than town ones.

                Eventually, the public meeting was extended to June 28 in order to address some issues, including allowing the Board’s consulting engineer Fay, Spofford and Thorndike to examine the plans for East Main St. North.

The Board then heard a presentation and held a discussion on a proposal from members of the Todaro family, which owns American Hydroponics on 151 Hayden Rowe St., where they grow tomatoes, cucumbers and various herbs.

                The Todaros presented their plans to remove one greenhouse and construct a 16,000 sq. ft. retail space to sell theirs and other farms’ vegetables. The plan includes a new part-gravel, part-grass parking lot for up to 47 vehicles.

                Board member Ken Weismantel suggested that the Todaros not construct so much parking space, since they stated that they believed 47 spaces would not be necessary. Chairman Markey added that the project, which was described as a farm stand by the Todaros, is much larger than what he envisions a farm stand being. Weismantel added that it may skirt the line between being an agricultural property and one used for retail, to which the Todaros’ representatives remarked that it would remain an agricultural property since they would continue to grow vegetables there.

                The presentation was solely for the purpose of gaining input on the plan, which will be considered again at a public meeting on the June 28 Board meeting.

                The Board then reopened a public meeting on the CJPM Development’s applications for modifications for its Hopkinton Square site, which was previously approved. Rather than building one 45,000 sq. ft. office building and three retail/commercial buildings with a total of 55,000 sq. ft., CJPM would like to build one 40,000 sq. ft. grocery store and a 30,000 sq. ft. building with 15,000 sq. ft. of commercial/retail space on the first floor and 15,000 sq. ft. of office space on the second floor.

                The public hearing was chaired by Vice Chairman Mark Abate; Chairman Markey recused himself because his employer abuts the property. Residents expressed concern about the possibility that the project would result in an area of West Main St. without a sidewalk, while Lazarus expressed concern that the parking spaces would be too large and result in less open space. Representatives of CJPM stated that they would make sure that there would be sidewalk on West Main St., but expressed doubt that their clients would accept smaller parking spaces, given that larger spaces would be convenient for customers given how busy a supermarket is.

                The public hearing was extended to June 28. In the meantime, the Board will seek the fire chief’s opinion about the flow of traffic out of the development and whether it might pose a public safety hazard.

The Board appointed the following members to the following committees: John Coolidge, Community Preservation Committee and Open Space Preservation Commission; Claire Wright, Design Review Board; Mark Abate, Housing Committee;  and John Coutinho, Ken Weismatel and Carol DeVeuve, Zoning Advisory Committee.

                The Planning Board adjourned at 10 p.m., and will hold its next meeting on June 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 211 in the Town Hall.

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A Little Help from Mother Nature

June 15, 2010 — Saturdays 6th Grade Girls Basketball Car Wash.  Very wet but very  successful. Contributed photo.


Mark Your Calendar -- Booster Store Special Hours This Week





Summer is almost here and now is the time to stock up on flip flops, sweatshirt blankets and other exciting Hiller items at the Hopkinton High School Boosters store! Starting today -- during the kids' last week of school -- the store will be open from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mon., June 14 through Thurs., June 17.  Come in and see what you can get for Father's Day (June 20), birthdays, summer outings and more!  All proceeds benefit Hopkinton athletics.




Police News UP-TO-DATE

June 14, 2010 - Click above for full report



12:01 am  A caller on Thayer Heights reported a loud party for the second time...


4:04 pm  Hopkins School reported a child missing after the child did not get off at the proper bus stop...


1:31 am  After speaking with a cableworker who had ordered a detail on Chestnut St., Officer Peter Booth did a check and arrested the worker...


5:18 pm  A resident from Cedar St. walked in and complained of a large tractor trailer on a residential property causing an eyesore...

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Legacy Farms Principals to Stay on Track

June 14, 2010 — In a telephone interview today, Roy c. MacDowell Jr, principal of Baystone Development, owners of Legacy Farms, story below, said that in contrast to the "for sale" angle of the HopNews presentation of the Cushman and Wakefield representation of the property, Legacy Farms will be developed with the Baystone Development principals as Master Developers.

      "We will play a role as Master Developer," Mr. MacDowell said.

      "What we are proposing is no different from Day One," he said.

      "We'll make sure water, sewer, and other mitigation gets done. We'll be in this for many years," he added.

      Mr. MacDowell said that some of the components will be done by different builders, and that some will be joint ventures.

      "Nothing's changed in that regard," he added.

Pedestrian Killed on Route 495 Update 3


WESTBORO – A man was killed early today in the southbound lane of on I-495 near Exit 23B (Route 9), according to Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

      State Police troopers working a detail on the highway discovered the body at about 5:25 a.m. It appears the deceased man, in his 40s, was a pedestrian and was struck by a motor vehicle while in the highway. The man’s identity has not yet been released because his relatives have not been informed of his death.

      State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office are asking for the public’s help with the investigation. Anyone traveling on I-495 in the overnight hours that may have seen something unusual is asked to call the State Police at 508-832-9124. The investigation is continuing.


495 Pedestrian Fatal Update 2

June 14, 2010 11:30 am All lanes on Route 495 Southbound have been reopened. The investigation into the pedestrian fatality is ongoing by Troop C of the Massachusetts State Police, the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, and State Police detectives assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office.


495 Pedestrian Fatal Update 1

June 14, 2010 9:30 am  — According to State Police Spokesman David Procopio, Massachusetts State Police continue to investigate the fatal pedestrian crash on Route 495 South near the Route 9 exit in Westborough.

      The police are not releasing the identity of the victim, nor details of the crash at this time, but did say that there does not appear to be a disabled vehicle attached to this incident. The police do not know why the victim was in the roadway, or when the victim was hit, although the crash was reported at 5:25 am today.

All lanes of traffic should be open by 9:45 am, according to Mr. Procopio's statement.

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Advocate for Head Injury Victims

Dear Editor,
Last week The Massachusetts State Senate passed a concussion bill that will help prevent concussions in high school sports
the bill goes to the House of Representatives for a vote and
then Governor Patrick signs It.
I supported this legislation for five years and now we can make school sports safe again.

Robert S. Edwards, Former Hopkinton Resident
12D Rose Kennedy Lane
Framingham, Ma 01702

June 14, 2010



Traffic Advisory


As of 6:30 am June 14: Only the left travel lane of Route 495 southbound, south of exit 23C, in Marlborough is currently available for travel.  The right and middle travel lanes, as well as the breakdown lane have been closed while Troopers investigate the circumstances of a fatal crash.


Preliminary investigation indicates that there was a crash involving a pedestrian and a vehicle and that pedestrian has been pronounced deceased by responding EMS personnel.


The lanes of the highway are expected to be closed for at least another hour, possibly longer, while the investigation proceeds. 


A follow-up release will be issued at a later time.  The identity of the pedestrian will not be released until proper family notification has been made.


Commuters are encouraged to seek alternative routes of travel.


No further information is available at this time.  Please do not call the barracks directly.



The 7th Annual Sharon Memorial 5K Race/Walk and Family Fun Day

to Cure ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Reminder: Saturday, June 19, 2010  Hopkinton High School:  NEW START TIME: 8:30 AM!!


We are informed that United States Senator Scott Brown will be running in the race.

Joining this year with the HPTA Mini-marathon: Starting at 11:15 AM this year.

REGISTER IN ADVANCE at .  There is no day of registration for the race.  See site for details of event.


Please note that traffic will be heavier than usual. There will be a section of Hayden Rowe Street (Route 85) from Grove Street to Chestnut Street that will be closed for approximately 30 minutes beginning at approximately 8:25 AM.


Police will be available to redirect traffic through these areas.




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What's Up With That?


June 13, 2010 — Now appearing in the top right corner is a new feature listing links to area crime and justice. Previously, HopNews has featured some if this information in the body of the news, along with the local features and news. But now, we'll do our best to keep that kind of information in that little box and let readers choose which stories to read. ~Robert

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Revitalize Downtown Hopkinton?



This enthusiasm and effort to enhance the center of Hopkinton is so very interesting.  This is what's called improving congested downtown while inviting and attracting additional residents and business.


First, Dale Danahy has conscientiously complied with town requirements for improving  Colella's Market.  Extensive proposals were submitted to the Planning Board and she patiently awaited approvals,  A bi-weekly paper recently reported two members of that board (notice that other Board member's views were not reported) were critical of rooftop air conditioners being unsightly to downtown and requested screening enhancements.  The screens were also installed at Colella's expense.  

Second, are the proposals realistic as stated in the report "Visions of Hopkinton" -  "Steps toward Downtown Revitalization" provided by the Conway School of  Landscape Design?  First and foremost, our comparably narrow roads and lack of parking facilities inhibit those visions without practical solutions being offered in the report.


Third, is downtown Hopkinton to be revitalized by approving the creation of retail and business development in "Hopkinton Square" -- west of 495?  Isn't it likely that its new large grocery store and business facilities, plus the proposed drug store and bank, will be conducive towards diverting usage of similar services from our downtown?  These downtown services have recently made substantial enhancements to better serve our community and have been the heart of Hopkinton for decades.  Will our residents negate that fact by using the 'Square' for their own convenience?  Can our town officials earnestly take credit for this while claiming pursuit of downtown revitalization?  Doesn't it appear probable that other similar events will occur in the same vicinity within our future?  Ultimately, which residents and properties will be affected? 


Certainly, this may reduce traffic flow within downtown but won't those retailers suffer potentially devastating loses?  Perhaps, the South St. businesses and their employees  will welcome the 'Square'.  Note that a great number of those employees are from out of town.  Can you expect exacerbated traffic issues within South and West Main Streets?  Does the town's Master Plan indicate our tax dollars will eventually require paying for additional traffic lights, roadway enhancements, police and fire services?  All to the benefit of the Square's two owner's!  Oh well, there's always another Proposition 2-1/2 override to consider.  The Sate may assist with these expenses, but remember there too goes our tax dollars.


David Adelman

183 Pond St

Hopkinton, MA

June 13, 2010

 HopNews "Day Trip"

Day Trip to Mt. Wachusett 

Planning to go there this year? Better watch the video.

June 13, 2010 — Enjoy a video about a short trip to Mount Wachusett as part of an occasional HopNews feature in High Definition video  called "Day Trip," and find out if your planned visit to the summit is what you would expect. Austin says it is for the "hardy." And for the first time, we have a couple of spontaneous out-takes from the studio filming. NOTE: This is the second edit of this video, done to remove some flaws. The original had 60 views before this new editing.

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Legacy Farms:: PArcels FOR SALE

June 12, 2010 — The Legacy Farms Master Planned Community that has applied with the Planning Board for two Preliminary Sub Division Plans to begin on Monday, has the "For Sale" shingle out with Cushman and Wakefield, the same commercial real estate firm that represented the original owner, Weston Nurseries, when HopNews (Read it here--->) originally broke the story more than 5 years ago.

   The current offering includes more than just raw land. In the five years since the land was originally offered, Boulder Capital, now Baystone Development, has received approval of an OSMUD (Open space Mixed-Use Development) zoning plan as well as a Master Plan Special Permit for the entire site, that defines particulars like structure height, use and size, and roadway width.

   The Cushman and Wakefield prospectus offers what appears to be the entire parcel, pieces of the parcel, or finished lots.

   In communications with prospects, they write:

     Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. has been retained as the Exclusive Agent for the marketing of Legacy Farms, a 940 home/450,000 SF mixed use “Master-Planned” community situated on 730 acres of picturesque landscape at the site of Weston Nurseries in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

Legacy Farms is located in the highly desirable community of Hopkinton, Massachusetts at the intersection of I-495 and The Mass Pike (I-90), a mere 26 miles west of Boston. Legacy Farms is positioned to cater to a broad range of resident groups including empty-nesters, young professionals and families that want the proximity to employment as well as the suburban residential living experience with lifestyle retail offerings. Hopkinton offers an excellent school system for area youth, and as a testament to the area, Hopkinton has an average household income of $163,000. 

We are offering this investment/development opportunity on an un-priced basis through a rolling offers bid process. The development can be purchased on a bulk, component or finished lot basis. Please contact us for additional information on the “Master-Planned” Legacy Farms development.


Their "teaser" from their website can be seen here (<---). More detailed information is available after agreeing to confidentiality.

      "For Sale" added for impact to original graphic below by HopNews.




Ahead by a Length

June 12, 2010 — Ms. Davis, a first grade teacher at Center School had a lunch on the common for her class and their parents this past Friday and were the children over-joyed when they saw this go by.  Contributed by Barb Fischer.

    Below, both horses are more easily inferred than in the photo on top, as the team stops, and its owner, Sandy Varnum, gets out to do some banking.

What You Should Expect from the Census Bureau

June 12, 2010 — The 2010 Census will continue through the summer visiting households across the country to collect their information. However, not everyone knows that Census Bureau representatives visit or call a sample of households to collect information for a variety of important surveys administered throughout the decade. In an effort to avoid confusion, I would like to clarify these operations.

For the 2010 Census, our enumerators are visiting housing units from which we did not receive a form, we did not receive a form in time to update census workers’ assignments, or we received a form that requires verification. Enumerators will ask for your information even if you state that you mailed back a form in order to ensure the accuracy of the count.

In addition to the once-a-decade census, Census Bureau field representatives collect data on a monthly basis for a number of other surveys, such as the American Community Survey and the National Health Interview Survey. These surveys provide invaluable data about a variety of topics including health, education, income, employment, and disability that guide representatives of your community and organizations to make more informed decisions about vital services for our nation. Please call 1-800-562-5721 to learn if you are in a survey.

It is easy to identify a 2010 Census enumerator or field representative. He or she will have a census ID badge that contains a Department of Commerce seal and will provide supervisor and/or office contact information for verification, if asked. Field representatives have photo IDs and use a computer to facilitate the collection of data. Census workers will not contact individuals by e-mail, but may do so by phone. In addition, they will not ask about immigration status or for bank account or credit card numbers. Remember that your responses to either the 2010 Census or any ongoing survey are protected by federal law and cannot be shared with any agency or person.

Please, step up and be counted now in the 2010 Census. If your household is selected for a survey, please participate to help us collect vital information that will help your community receive its fair share of federal funding, representation, and effective planning. I appreciate your cooperation.

Kathleen Ludgate
Regional Director, U.S. Census Bureau

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Clip From Sixth Annual Respite Center Coffee House


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Sixth Annual Respite Center Coffee House

June 11, 2010 — Above, Mikey and his blues harp joined Ricardo and his band at the First Congregational Church in Hopkinton for the Respite Center's Sixth Annual Coffeehouse on Friday evening. Photo by Austin Falcione.

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Rear-end Collision

June 11, 2010 — The vehicle in the foreground apparently rear-ended the one behind it with its lights on, and then moved forward out of traffic on Main Street shortly after noon. Three people refused medical treatment.

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Boys Lacrosse: A Bittersweet End to a Long Journey


By Kelsey Krapf  HHSPress
June 11, 2010 — The Hopkinton boys varsity lacrosse advanced to the second game of the playoffs after breaking their recent falters in the first round, losing to Beverly 15-13.


In the first playoff game on June 3rd, Hopkinton took the field against the Pentucket Sachems (9-8). The Hillers (14-5) were bent on winning and going on to the next round of the Eastern Massachusetts Tournament.


Hopkinton attacked Sachems’ defense, throwing a quick 4 points onto the scoreboard. The offensive play was crisp and the defense was alert but there were some costly errors that kept Pentucket in the game. By the end of the first half the score stood at 7-3, Hopkinton in the lead.


Senior captain Jesse Kutz gave advice to his players during halftime, “We need to talk on defense, guys! Yes, we’re winning but we should be crushing this team.”


Fellow senior captain Samuel MacDonald offered a piece of his mind to his teammates, “Boys, there’s no reason for that team to have points on the board. If you don’t know how to slide with your body then just stay on the sideline. We are winning this game, boys, and we are moving deeper into the tournament.”


Hopkinton came out of halftime sending another four goals into the net and only letting in one goal. Calvin Lee, Peteris Racenis, Matt Manzella and Jonathan Lee all scored goals. The final score of the game was 11-4, Hopkinton, and the “one and done” habit was finally broken. Hopkinton moved forward to the second round of the playoffs, a meeting with Beverley High School in their sights.


The Hillers loaded up their bus last Saturday and departed towards Beverley for a 4:00 PM match up on Beverly’s home field.


The game was physical from the start, the difference never being more than three points. The game was action packed with a large audience, big hits, and some great plays. Both teams were were evenly matched.


The game went back and forth, with goals being exchanged frequently. Jonathan Lee, Peteris Racenis, Calvin Lee, Matt Manzella and Conor O’Brien targeted the corners of the goal and put points up on the scoreboard for Hopkinton. Hopkinton’s Will Ballantyne added four goals and earning two assists.


Hopkinton’s season ended on Beverly’s field. The seniors had just played their last game, never again to put on a Hiller uniform. It was a close game, though, a competitive match and a tremendous effort, as senior Samuel MacDonald put it, “You can’t point fingers for this loss, there’s no point. We all played our hardest through the heat and the sweat and the fatigue. I’ve played for Hopkinton all my life and I’ve fallen in love with the sport while playing here. I’m not sure how I feel about this just yet, but I know I’m truly going to miss this program and these guys.”


Six Hillers will all be continuing their lacrosse careers into college. Lee is headed to Colby College, MacDonald to Saint Anselm College, Kutz and O’Brien at Plymouth State College, Tate at Roger Williams, and Racenis at Denver University.

Jeremy Gram, senior captain of the Hillers, said, “This team has really gelled together after this season, it’s the closest knit group this program has ever seen. Everyone is a friend off the field and everyone accepts one another’s criticisms and advice. We’re truly a family.”


This team may have been the close-knit group but it could be the most talented as well. This year’s team received the most Tri-Valley League awards in the school’s history for the sport. They were awarded as follows:


Tri-Valley League Honorable Mention: Jeremy Gram, Matt Manzella

Tri- Valley League 2nd Team All-Stars: Jesse Kutz, Max Robidoux, Jonathan Lee and Peteris Racenis

Tri-Valley League 1st Team All-Stars: Will Ballantyne, Calvin Lee and Samuel MacDonald

Tri-Valley League Defensive Player of the Year: Samuel MacDonald

Reprinted with express permission from Hopkinton High School's online news, 

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 School Committee Meeting

Strong Science Showing

by Heather Kelley

June 10, 2010 — Four Hopkinton students presented synopses of their State Science Fair projects at tonight’s School Committee meeting.  John Hinkel explained his project of writing a computer program that helps to control an electric wheelchair.  Through a headset that he also created, the program controls the wheelchair’s joystick by picking up head movements, allowing the chair to be used without the use of hands.  Jessica DiFazio detailed her search for alternatives to corn in the production of ethanol.  Instead of using prime farmland to grow crops for fuel, she said, she investigated the use of grasses, which can be grown in poor soil.  And Daniel Lukason and Chris Jarvis shared how they created bacteria that can break down herbicides.


Hinkel, Lukason, and Jarvis also participated in the invitational International Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose, California.  In addition, Hinkel won the prize of having all expenses paid in the pursuit of a patent for his invention.

Clelland Johnson, the Treasurer for the Hopkinton Education Foundation, presented the results of this year’s grants applications (full coverage by HopNews on June 2) to the School Committee. Both Johnson and Superintendent John Phelan expressed their appreciation of the strengthening relationship that has been growing between the HEF and the School Administration. School Committee Member Troy Mick shared his appreciation of the special care HEF took this year to award grants for projects that were aligned with the Year 1 Initiatives of the School District’s strategic plan. Phelan also noted with gratitude that the grants gave Hopkinton students access to programs and opportunities that otherwise, he said, “would have been impossible to provide” through the general operating budget of the school system.

Director of Finance Geoff MacDonald announced that the schools have applied for grants available through the town’s new status as 1 of 35 “Green Communities” in Massachusetts. In conjunction with the Town, said MacDonald, the School Administration has requested $22,100 to partially “fund the school’s portion of the energy efficiency project at Hopkins.” In addition, the Administration is seeking $14,000 for software that allows remote control the 800 PCs throughout the system. MacDonald projects that the savings from the ability to remotely turn off these computers could add up to $25,000 yearly.

Phelan presented an update on the District’s Strategic Plan. One major highlight is the new Critical Language program in Mandarin Chinese and Chinese Culture. A grant-funded teacher will be coming to Hopkinton to teach these classes, and in addition, 5 students from China have been accepted as tuition-paying students at the High School next year. The students will all be on F-1 visas, and the School System has already banked the $58,000 in tuition payments. Phelan expressed his hope that this cultural exchange program will eventually be large enough to fund the elementary foreign language program that is a part of the Strategic Plan.


U-16 Soccer Success

June 10, 2010 — Hopkinton U 16  participated in BAYS division III A in Spring 2010 season, which ended on Sunday June 6. The team had : 3 wins, 3 draws, and 1 loss and came in  3rd place. Eric Kraieski was the coach.



Representative Dykema to Hold Office Hours


Representative Carolyn Dykema will hold office hours in all towns of the 8th Middlesex District


In Hopkinton
Monday, June 21, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Bill’s Pizza
14 Main Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748


Any resident who would like to speak with Representative Dykema and is unable to attend office hours should contact her office at (617) 722-2210 or email her aide at to set up a personal appointment. 

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Senator Spilka Office Hours

July 16, 2010

Hopkinton Office Hours  

The Golden Spoon:  85 W. Main St, Hopkinton

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.





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


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


Personal Rainbow

June 10, 2010 — The Zetteks share a photo of the rainbow that appeared in their backyard last weekend after the violent storm. It appears to have formed an arched entrance to their "back 40." Don't see it at first? Look again.

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No Shadow

June 10, 2010 — This tree swallow has no shadow in the photo over the Hopkinton Reservoir today, because it is at a higher level  than it first appears to be. The bird dives just above the surface of the water to snatch insects.


Class of 2011, Keep the Tradition Alive


      Photographic Images at 24 Main Street in Hopkinton has long been a favorite of Hopkinton seniors for their senior portraits.

      World-renown photographer Robert Falcione, an alumnus of the New England School of Professional Photography, has studied with master photographers Arnold Newman, known as the father of environmental portraiture, "Master's master" Frank Cricchio, Helen Boursier, John Hartman, Fuzzy Duenkel, Dean Collins, Herb Talerman, and others.

        His youthful subjects are individually posed to fit each face, each background, and each personality, using tried and true methods that flatter his subjects. Mr. Falcione's decades of candid photojournalism add to his depth of skill and the contemporary look of his portraits .

        To reserve your child's portrait session, please call 508-435-5534.

HOPKINTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Important Busing Reminder!!!

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. For more information and forms, please go to, Departments/Transportation.

Your Yard Sale Here

Neighborhood Yard Sale

Cross Street, Hopkinton

Saturday June 12, 9-12


Multi-family yard sale
Ledgestone & Sterling Drive
Saturday, June 12th
8 a.m. start

Entwistle Prosecutor Receives Prosecutor of the Year Award


WOBURN– June 10, 2010 — Middlesex Assistant District Attorney Michael Fabbri has been named one of this year’s recipients of the William C. O’Malley Prosecutor of the Year Award by the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone announced today.

Fabbri, of Ashland, will receive the award today at the 16th Annual Prosecutors Conference.  The Conference is being held at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. The William C. O’Malley Prosecutor of the Year Award is named in memory of the Plymouth County District Attorney William C. O’Malley who held office from 1979 until April 1995, when he suddenly passed away at the age of 52. The award is a career achievement award which acknowledges the extraordinary talents personified in a truly outstanding prosecutor. Recipients of the award are noted for their exceptional courtroom skills, empathetic consideration for victims, mentoring young prosecutors and for their professionalism.

“Michael Fabbri is an outstanding lawyer and a most valuable asset to the excellent team of prosecutors we have at the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office,” District Attorney Leone said.  “Michael’s distinguished career in public service and at the MDAO has helped ensure the safety of the people of Middlesex County. He is an advocate for victims and their families, with a sincerely personal stake in protecting and prosecuting on their behalf. We truly appreciate the MDAA for recognizing Michael’s dedication and passion as a progressive minded public servant and prosecutor.”

With the office for nearly 23 years, his long and extensive prosecution resume includes the 2008 successful conviction of Neil Entwistle.  In the summer of 2008, a Middlesex Superior Court jury found Entwistle guilty of two counts of first degree murder for the shooting deaths of his wife Rachel and their baby daughter Lillian.  He was sentenced to life in prison without eligibility for parole. Most recently, Fabbri was an assistant prosecutor on the case Commonwealth vs. John Odgren.  In April, a jury found Odgren guilty of first degree murder for the stabbing death of his classmate James Allenson at the Lincoln-Sudbury High School.  Odgren was also sentenced to life in prison without the eligibility of parole.

Presently, Fabbri is serving as the Chief of the office’s Framingham Regional Office.  His other positions within the office have included Chief of the Special Investigations Unit and Deputy Chief of the Appeals and Training Bureau.  He has also worked at the Office of the Attorney General as an Assistant Attorney General and as Deputy Chief of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.  He is a 1983 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, a 1980 graduate of Framingham State College (magna cum laude). He is very involved in civic matters in metrowest, and community service in the town of Ashland, where he has lived for nearly 20 years.  

            Michael is married to his wife, Karri. They are the proud parents of Katelyn, a recent graduate of the Air Force Academy, who is now presently stationed in Germany; Peter, who is presently attending the Naval Academy; and Nicholas, who will attend the Norwich Corps of Cadets in the fall.  Michael himself served with the United States Air Force from 1972 to 1976 as a missile electronic technician and trainer.  Over the past twenty years, Fabbri has served as a faculty member at the National College of District Attorneys, has participated on numerous bar association and CLE educational panels, and has taught countless police officers and fellow prosecutors on a variety of criminal law related topics.

File photo, Gerry Leone, left, and Michael Fabbri the evening of the guilty verdict.

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Douglas R. Kenyon (Dougarino) 79


Douglas R. Kenyon (Dougarino), 79, of Melbourne, FL passed away Wednesday, June 2nd at William Childs Hospice House in Palm Bay, Fla. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was the beloved husband, for 32 years, of Carolyn (Pinkham) Kenyon.


In addition to his wife, he is survived by his brother John Kenyon of Framingham, Mass., five children, Paul Kenyon of Exeter, N.H., Kristina White of Hopkinton, Mass., Sandy Kenyon of Southborough, Mass., Karin Sliney of Ashland, Mass. and Douglas Kenyon Jr. (Lori), of Moody, Maine; three step-children, Jeffrey DAmico (Deborah) of Berlin, Mass., Mark DAmico (Charlotte) of Melbourne, Fla. and Janine Garbacz (Brian) of Jacksonville, Fla.; fifteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one niece and one nephew. He is predeceased by his parents Gordon Kenyon and Edna (Parker) Kenyon and a brother, Bruce Kenyon of Brunswick, Maine.


Mr. Kenyon was an avid woodworker and enjoyed vegetable gardening but his life's passion was cooking. He had owned Dougarinos Pizza in Hopkinton, Mass. Arrangements are under the direction of South Brevard Funeral Home of Melbourne, Fla. Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Free Lecture Series Packs Them In

June 9, 2010 — Patricia Jay, M.D., above, speaks at Hopkinton Drug's Free Lecture Series held at Golden Pond's conference room. About 70 people showed up to listen to the doctor, who spoke on Menopause and Hormones. Hopkinton Drug sponsored the event, and provided complimentary food from Ciao Time Catering.


Managing Menopause with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

by Muriel Kramer

June 10, 2010 — Hopkinton Drug Store, collaborating with Golden Pond and Ciao Time Catering, hosted a free lecture tonight with guest speaker Patricia Jay, MD. Dr. Jay spoke to a large audience of mostly women about menopause and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.

Menopause is not a medical diagnosis according to Dr. Jay but a transitional period of life that is unfortunately often marked by difficult symptoms—hot flashes, weight gain, anxiety, depression, difficulty sleeping, decreased sex drive and more. Drawing an appreciative chuckle from the audience, Dr. Jay showed a slide poking fun at the vexing but common symptoms titled the “7 Dwarfs of Menopause”—Itchy, Bitchy, Bloaty, Sleepy, Forgetful and Psycho.

Hormone therapy for women going through menopause first gained popularity in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s; regrettably the first approach, estrogen alone, was found to notably increase a woman’s risk for uterine cancer. The next approach which combined estrogen and progesterone eliminated the increased risk of uterine cancer and also seemingly improved a woman’s ability to resist heart disease. This approach was widely used until this hormone therapy was then found to increase a woman’s risk of stroke, heart attack and breast cancer. This finding interrupted a large study called the Women’s Health Initiative that was intended to study nearly 30,000 women over a ten year period; the study was initiated in 1995 and abruptly halted after 7 years because of the findings.

A now successful and increasingly popular approach to addressing the symptoms of menopause and easing the transition for affected women is using bio-identical hormones—essentially a refinement of the approach combining progesterone and estrogen. Bio-identicals differ from their pharmaceutical predecessors in several ways. Bio-identical hormones are derived largely from plants and mimic the hormone structures found in humans. The hormone materials are compounded in specifically tailored doses for individual patients using minimal amounts of the active ingredients making them much safer. The compounded medication is often and best delivered in a topical formulation which is a more effective and safer delivery method. Receiving the hormones topically rather than orally bypasses the reaction triggered in the liver to the oral medications which can increase lipid production and change clotting factors thereby increasing the risk of pulmonary embolism.

Dr. Jay also spoke to the benefits of addressing menopause symptoms from other angles. Women benefit from reducing stress, practicing calming exercises and improving their diets. Diets that limit sugar and processed flours that are also high in protein can help dramatically. Dr. Jay also emphasized tracking what the triggers are for individual sufferers. For instance, alcohol, hot beverages and sugary foods often trigger hot flashes.

Compounding Drug Stores like Hopkinton Drug Store make medications for patients specifically tailored to the patient, her treatment plan and her symptoms. Bio-identical hormone compounding makes hormone therapy for women suffering from difficult menopause symptoms both safe and effective.

The next in the free lecture series sponsored by Hopkinton Drug Store will feature Dr. Vivian Varese speaking on Allergies, The Immune System and Adrenal Health Strategies; Dr Varese will be at the Golden Pond on June 23rd at 7 PM. Info and RSVP at .



Looking Glass

June 9, 2010 — Officer Matthew McNeil and Officer John Moran flank a subject's vehicle, which had been pulled over for vehicular infractions this afternoon. The photo was shot into the side-view mirror of the photographer's car.

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