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Sunday Concerts on the Common Begin

July 11, 2010 — Ellie Ularich, who uses a walker to make it to her place in front of the new Veterans Gazebo to watch the Reminiscents perform in the first of the Sunday Concerts on the Common series, gets out of her chair to boogie. Ellie is a fixture at these concerts.

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No Strings Attached

July 11, 2010 — Luis Albert of Worcester is caught in mid flight diving off of the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam this afternoon.

Masked Intruder

July 11, 2010 — This bird appears to be a newcomer to the Hopkinton Reservoir, flying around the dam with a few of its own kind. From Holly Russell:

The bird is a Kildeer.  They build their nests on the ground. Their babies are born on the run and look exactly like the parents when they're born.  These birds will play the broken wing game if people or other animals come near the babies.


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Please Be Seated

July 11, 2010  Aidan McNicholas of Southborough takes a precarious pose as the resident Canada geese give him plenty of space at Hopkinton State Park this afternoon.

Hopkinton Police Department Suspicious Incident

Press Release


On Saturday 10 July 2010, at approximately 0840 AM, Hopkinton Police responded to a residence on Downey Street for a report of a suspicious device placed against a motor home. Upon arrival of Hopkinton Police Officers, they observed the device had burned causing damage to the motor home.


The Hopkinton Fire Department was notified to respond.


The Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad was notified and responded as well.


Hopkinton Fire Department requested assistance from Milford and Ashland Fire departments. Residences around this area were evacuated for safety precautions. Upon arrival of the Mass. State Police Bomb Squad, they examined the device located on the motor home and later rendered it safe.


It was also determined that a subject who had been taken into protective custody from a West Main Street business this morning was found to be in possession of a suspicious device. This device was removed to the outside of the police station and the station and immediate area was secured. The bomb squad also examined this device and rendered safe.


An arrest warrant was obtained from the Framingham District Court for Michael J. FITZGERALD, age 35 of Hopkinton, Mass., the subject that was in possession of a suspicious device at the time he was taken into protective custody. The charge on the warrant was for one count of Possession of an Infernal Machine. FITZGERALD was arrested and transported to the police station for processing.


FITZGERALD’S residence was checked by the Hopkinton Fire Dept. and State Police Bomb Squad and cleared. All residents were allowed back into their homes. The investigation is active at this time. Any further inquiries should be directed to the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office.


Agencies assisting in this incident include:

1. Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office

2. Hopkinton Fire Department

3. Milford Fire Department

4. Ashland Fire Department

5. Mass. State Police Bomb Squad

6. Mass. State Fire Marshalls Office

7. Mass. State Police Crime Scene Services

Sights and Sounds from Downey Street Location of IED

Interview with victim


July 10, 2010 — Unedited video above of scene at Downey Street, where an IED was discovered on a motor home by its owner/resident, as well as an interview with the resident.


Update: Device at Downey Street "Neutralized"

State Bomb Squad on Downey Street to

Investigate Two IEDs (Improvised Explosive Device)

Downey Street cordoned off. Command Post set up at Police Headquarters. One device in Police Station.

July 10, 2010 — The State Police Bomb Squad arrived on Downey Street this morning to investigate two incendiary devices believed to be located there. In addition, Hopkinton Police allowed an additional device into headquarters last night, believing it to be harmless, when it was not, according to one source. They now await the arrival of the state bomb squad there. Neither police nor fire officials would give any further information. Above, Deputy Chief Steve Slaman sets up a Command Center in front of the Police  Station.

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Early Birds

July 10, 2010 — A young couple were the first audience members to arrive waiting to watch the Park and Recreation's movie on the Common last night as workers put the finishing touches on the installation of the huge 12' x 16' inflatable screen. last night's movie was "Up." These are the upcoming movies for July, shown at dusk:


Friday, July 16             The Blind Side

Friday, July 23             Classic Movie Night - Short Comedy Film & Feature Movie – Adventures of Robin Hood

Saturday, July 31          Star Trek (2009 Movie)

Downtown Parking Improvements

July 10, 2010 — Hopkinton Library Director Rownak Hussain shows off the Library's new bike rack that promises to free up about ten parking spaces from the streets of the Downtown.


According to Mrs. Hussain, the rack was made possible through a program offered by MAPC (Mass. Area Planning Committee) by the state.


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High and Dry

July 10, 2010 — Kevin Comiskey takes the high ground during this roofing job on Hayden Rowe Street yesterday.

On Track

July 10, 2010 — Work progresses on the traffic signal updates Downtown yesterday.

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July 10, 2010 — Championship for the U10 Softball League. 

Pictured from left to right are:  Selia Potas, Lindsey Mingace, Caraline Carrazza, Lizzie Braunstein, Grace Nealon, Andrea Bogan, Parker Petruney, Jessica Mellor, Olivia Rosen, Caitlyn Halloran, Regan Keavany, Cecily McNamara


Missing from photo are Coaches Chris Mingace, Mike McNamara and Bill Potas.


Fairyland on Main Street

July 9, 2010 — Sparks Art Studio ended its Fairy Houses Mini-camp today, as some of the student saw fairies flying around the room like Tinkerbelle.

      Said teacher Robin Batchelder, "We put out berries and bowls of fairy food." The children each built part of the enormous fairy display.

Heather Lynne Siebert Memorial Ride

July 17, 2010

Laconia Harley Davidson

Meredith, NH

Registration 7:00 am Ride at 9:00 am



July 8, 2010 — Hopkinton High School graduate, Heather Siebert, who died last October at 24 years-old following a protracted, decade-long mysterious illness, will be remembered in a memorial motorcycle ride organized by her mother, Barbara Harris, and stepfather, Hopkinton Fire Lieutenant Carl Harris (facebook).


According to firefighter Rob Santucci, over 20 motorcycles from Hopkinton have signed up for the ride. Contributed photo.


Folks can pre register at HERE or the day of the event, July 17 at Laconia Harley Davidson.

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Barn Raising Barbeque

We are so fortunate to have the talents of the Evan Goodrow Band at our event.   They are true artists supporting artists! 
Tickets are $15 for Adults/$10 for Students and Seniors and includes a BBQ dinner from Tenessees BBQ!  
We will also be selling tickets for
Raffles, Games, Crafts and Coldstone Creamery
will be onsite selling ice cream!  
A great way to spend a summer afternoon with the family! 
Tickets are limited!
All proceeds to help build the
Hopkinton Center for the Arts
Evan Goodrow is our "feature" at the Barn Raising BBQ
You don't want to miss this event! The Evan Goodrow Band will be playing their signature blues. One fan said "If James Brown had a white son who cut his teeth playing the chitlin’ circuit, you might get something like Evan Goodrow, a soul-singing, blues guitar playing powerhouse."
Check out Evan's latest music and an update on his upcoming album

Funds raised go to the Hopkinton Center for the Arts building project
Saturday, July 17, 2010, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Kids (12 & under) and Seniors, Family max. $45**
*Parking at the High School, Rain Date July 18
**Immediate Family Members Only, Please


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Stephanie Ann Bolduc Burke


Stephanie Ann Bolduc Burke passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 4, 2010. Born in Middleborough, she moved from Halifax, MA to Holliston in 1984 and later made her home in Hopkinton for many years before moving to Uxbridge. Her birth father, Jeffrey S. Bolduc resides in Woolwich, Maine with his wife Donnallee. Her mother, Susan M. Waring, and step-father, Walter J. Waring of Bristol, New Hampshire resided in Holliston for many years, where Stephanie graduated from Holliston High School.

She was the dedicated mother of one son, Kevin M. Burke of Hopkinton. She also leaves behind her loving sister, Lynda Bolduc-Hicks with her husband Paul Hicks and their sons Shane and Gavin Hicks, all of Newton; her devoted aunts, Jacqueline Mott and Faith Pasternak of Halifax, MA; and uncle and aunt John L. and Stephanie Sue Mott of Oxford, IA and cousins Vicky Flynn of Sagamore Beach, MA, Keith R. Mott and Mary Mott Wilson of IA and their families. Among Stephanie's many friends, two lifetime friends, Amy Woodworth and Reba Marie Johnson, have been as close as sisters. She is survived by her husband, Michael D. Burke of Millville; brother-in-law William Burke, sisters-in-law Maja and Kelly Schoop, and mother-in-law Deborah Conley who lives in Millville with her husband Robert Conley.

Visitation will be held at the Chesmore Funeral Home in Hopkinton Massachusetts at 57 Hayden Rowe St. on Saturday, July 10, 2010 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm with funeral service to follow at 3:00 pm. Interment will be held later in a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Kevin Burke's name to assist in fulfilling Stephanie's wish that her son attend college.

Like Water off of a... Grasshopper's Back!

July 7, 2010 — This hopper of the grass jumped out of the HopNews flower box as it was being watered this afternoon, to pose for a photo on the storefront window. Water beads on top of its back, much like on the oily feathers of a duck.


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Fine Turnout for Boat Parade

July 7, 2010 — The LMPA (Lake Maspenock Preservation Association) held its annual boat parade on July 4th; above is an entrant that is quite at home in the water. 

Below, enjoy some of the boat parade on HD video. Editor's Note: The video was sped up in the middle, but the desired effect was not achieved. We (I) promise not to do it again.

Mobile Woodpile

July 7, 2010 — Above, the Craig Nation Horribles Parade float poked fun at the situation at his property line with the Town, where one town official asked Selectmen to order the police to arrest him if he did not move his woodpile, which was on disputed land. The complicated lawsuit ended up giving him access to the very property in question. Photo by Austin Falcione.

Much More of the Horribles Parade is in the video below.



July 7, 2010 — The dark colored coupe was on the wrong side of the road when this collision occurred, which caused a child in the grey van to have a nosebleed, at Hopkinton State Park today.

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EMC to Acquire Greenplum

Disruptive Data Warehousing Technology Enables New Era of “Big Data” Clouds and Self-Service Analytics


HOPKINTON, Mass. - July 6, 2010 EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), the world's leading provider of information infrastructure solutions, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire California-based Greenplum, Inc. Greenplum is a privately-held, fast-growing provider of disruptive data warehousing technology, a key enabler of "big data" clouds and self-service analytics. Upon completion of the acquisition, Greenplum will form the foundation of a new data computing product division within EMC's Information Infrastructure business.


Today, new forms of data—massive amounts of it—are emerging more quickly than ever before thanks to always-on networks, the Web, a flood of consumer content, surveillance systems, sensors and the like. In a recent report, IDC predicted that over the next 10 years the amount of digital data created annually will grow 44 fold. Companies are increasingly turning to new architectures and new tools to help make sense of this "big data" phenomenon.


Regarded by industry experts as a visionary leader, Greenplum utilizes a "shared-nothing" massively parallel processing (MPP) architecture that has been designed from the ground up for analytical processing using virtualized x86 infrastructure. Greenplum is capable of delivering 10 to 100 times the performance of traditional database software at a dramatically lower cost. Data-driven businesses around the world, including NASDAQ OMX, NYSE Euronext, Skype, Equifax, T-Mobile and Fox Interactive Media have adopted Greenplum for sophisticated, high-performance data analytics.


Pat Gelsinger (Photo), President and Chief Operating Officer, EMC Information Infrastructure Products, said, "The data warehousing world is about to change. Greenplum's massively-parallel, scale-out architecture, along with its self-service consumption model, has enabled it to separate itself from the incumbent players and emerge as the leader in this industry shift toward 'big data' analytics. Greenplum's market-leading technology combined with EMC's virtualized Private Cloud infrastructure provides customers, today, with a best-of-breed solution for tomorrow's 'big-data' challenges." ~EMC Release


Work Begins

July 7, 2010 — Work has begun on the re-signalization of the traffic lights at the Main/Grove/Cedar intersection Downtown as required by the Host Community Agreement with Legacy Farms, which is slated to develop 940 dwelling units and 450,000 square feet of mixed commercial space in East Hopkinton.

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Automatic Sprinkler System Ban


Due to the extreme extended dry period we have encountered over the past month, coupled with the dramatic rise in water consumption over the past week, it has become necessary to enact a mandatory outside water use restrictions for all lawn sprinklers to ensure an adequate water supply for daily essential needs and to meet firefighting capabilities. It is imperative that everyone please turn off all automatic sprinkler system immediately. Hand watering of flowers and vegetable gardens is permitted. Please refrain from all other unnecessary, outdoor use until further notice. We will be providing updates as needed. Thank for your cooperation in this extremely important matter.



Eric J. Carty

Water/Sewer Manager

Helping Hand

July 7, 2010 — This dragonfly uses its legs to hang onto a twig, which seems to be extending a helping hand to it. The legs are not able to stand, but are used for holding onto things, and when put together in flight like a net, for capturing insects like mosquitoes.


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Hot, Hot, Hot


July 7, 2010 — Humans and and animals were wise yesterday to stay in or near water to alleviate the effects of the sweltering temperatures, as above at Hopkinton Reservoir. According to Andrew Sweeney's forecast at the top of the page, the rest of the week should be a bit cooler.

Boy Taken from Sandy Beach to Hospital

July 6, 2010 — In mid-afternoon, emergency personnel responded to a boy in distress at Sandy Beach. The 4-5 year-old patient went under the water, but it was unclear whether he ingested or aspirated water, so after an on-scene evaluation, he was transported to Milford Hospital.

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