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Sojourner Faith Jackson, 34


Sojourner Faith Jackson, 34, of Florence, MA. and formerly of Grafton, MA., passed away Thursday, August 26, 2010. Born in Northhampton, MA., she was the daughter of Denise (Matteau) Jackson of Austin, TX, and Kristinn Jackson and his wife Ann Jackson of North Grafton, MA.

Faith was currently a student at UMass Amherst and was a certified yoga instructor. Visit her facebook link at

Besides her parents, she is survived by her brother, Philip H. Jackson of Leicester, MA., her grandmother Margret Jackson of Ocala, FL., her aunts and uncles, Lawrence and Laura Jackson of Woodville, MA., and Lee and Jeanne Jackson of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She also leaves behind many cousins.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 from 5-8p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. Hopkinton, MA Burial will be held on Wednesday at 11:00a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Hopkinton, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name online at or by mail, Samaritans Inc., 141 Tremont St. 7th Floor, Boston, MA 02111.

Editor's Picks From August, 2010

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Please enjoy the Editor's favorite photographs from August, 2010, chosen because of their intrinsic artistic, human, local, news or journalistic qualities. All photographs were taken by Robert Falcione with the exception of two, which were taken by Austin Falcione. All were photographed in this month, except for the photo of Ray Murphy in front of Hitchings hardware, which was worth repeating, as it signifies the end of an era. Hitchings will close on September 15, 2010.

State Police Seek Driver who Struck Cruiser, Injured Pedestrian


CHICOPEE — August 28, 2010 — Today at approximately 2:26 a.m., a trooper was assisting a motorist who was stopped in the breakdown lane with a flat tire on Route 391 northbound, near Exit 4, in Chicopee.  The trooper was speaking with the motorist, who was out of his car and was standing by the driver’s window of the cruiser, when a sport utility vehicle swerved into the breakdown lane and hit the cruiser and the pedestrian. The pedestrian, a 40-year-old Holyoke man, sustained serious injuries and was transported by hospital to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. The trooper was not injured. The sport utility vehicle fled the scene.


The sport utility vehicle is light-colored and sustained heavy front-end damage. Anyone who witnessed the crash or has seen a vehicle matching this description is asked to call the State Police Barracks in Springfield at (413) 736-8390.


The facts and circumstances of the crash remain under investigation by Troop B of the Massachusetts State Police, with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. No further information is available at this time.


Hopkinton Historical Society


Historic Society Presents Free Music Program On Sunday September 12



Music from the "Golden Years (1929 - 1939)" features a diverse repertoire of classics from America’s songbook. John Root, local musician and educator, sings seldom-heard verses as well as the more familiar choruses of these songs, accompanying himself at the keyboard with authentic period piano arrangements.


The songs' lyrics offer insights into the customs and values of these bygone days. Audiences also learn how America's ethnic and racial diversity created unique musical styles that continue to delight and inspire audiences around the world. Program is free ( supported by a grant from the Hopkinton Cultural Council). Starts at 2pm and ends at 3pm on Sunday September 12. Upstairs in Hopkinton's Fire Station ( 73 Main Street ). No RSVP needed. Contact Ray at 508-577-3761 for additional information.


ESL’s Open Mic to Feature Dan Margarita on Sept. 4


HOPKINTON, MA (August 27, 2010) – Dan Margarita, a songwriter who specializes in comedic songs, will be the featured artist at ESL’s Open Mic Night on Saturday, September 4 with host Barbara Kessler. Margarita, who has worked with such notable performers as Lenny Clarke and Sam Kinison, recently combined his love of music with his knack for comedy to produce the CD Kill the Messenger. He is currently working on a new CD titled, Kinda Pregnant, featuring the title song and others such as Eat the Rich! and You're a Jerk.


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

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Herr to participate in 22nd Consecutive

Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge


HOPKINTON - With registration opening soon, Brian Herr announced today his plans to participate in his 22nd consecutive Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge next spring in conjunction with the Boston Marathon.  Herr is a Founding Member, former Chairman, and the only individual that has run the Boston Marathon each year since the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge began 22 years ago.
"In spite of all the other activities in my life at this time, my passion for Dana-Farber and the incredible work they do will always keep me involved in this event.  It is a busy time for me with the campaign, but training to run a marathon needs to start early.  Thankfully the long runs will not kick in until after the election.  I plan to do some of them on the Mall in Washington next year!"
Since the Marathon Challenge was founded by Herr and 18 other runners 22 years ago, thousands of participants have raised nearly $50,000,000 for the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
"I have seen first hand what the funds are used for in the labs at Dana-Farber.  The dedication of the scientists and patient care professionals at DFCI is unsurpassed around the world.  We are fortunate to have this great institution right here in Massachusetts and I will continue to do my small part in the fight against cancer."
Herr concluded, "My wife has run the DFMC 4 times herself.  Our 5 kids are keenly aware of why we work so hard on behalf of Dana-Farber and look forward to Marathon Weekend each year.  Marathon training keeps me focused and calm, even in the midst of a congressional campaign!"

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ING names Hopkinton Resident President of Individual Retirement Investor Channel

Move bolsters ING’s efforts to leverage its expertise in the retirement arena


August 26, 2010 — ING has named Dan Hanlon president of its Investor Channel within its Individual Retirement business.  ING Individual Retirement is the company’s U.S. individual retirement business that offers personal retirement investment and income solutions to pre-retirees, retirees and the overall rollover market.  As head of its Investor Channel, Hanlon will lead a team responsible for providing guidance and sales support to the more than 6.4 million working Americans currently participating in ING-administered retirement plans, while building relationships with new customers looking to meet their retirement savings and income needs.


The move is part of an effort by ING’s U.S. operations to leverage its overall strength in both the retail retirement and retirement plan business.  Earlier this year, ING expanded the role of X. Rick Niu to serve as chief marketing officer of Retirement Marketing, bridging ING U.S. Retirement Services, its retirement plan business, and ING Individual Retirement.  Niu previously was responsible for leading the Retirement Services marketing group.


“Dan’s background and experience in both the retirement plan and retail investment businesses makes him an ideal person to lead this important distribution channel,” said Lynne Ford, CEO of ING Individual Retirement.  “As we expand our product and services to help individual investors meet their income needs during retirement, his experience and leadership skills will be critical.”


According to Catherine Smith, CEO of ING U.S. Retirement Services, the move is an example of how ING’s size and leadership in the defined contribution space provides advantages for the company. “The cross-development of staff throughout our organization not only helps leverage ING’s strong talent, but it also enables us to capitalize on new opportunities and position ING as a comprehensive retirement industry leader,” Smith said.


Hanlon joined ING in 2008 and previously served as senior vice president for public market sales in the company’s Retirement Services division.  In that role, he managed all sales, distribution and client relationship efforts across the 403(b) and 457 education, government, healthcare and not-for-profit market segments.


Prior to joining ING, Hanlon spent 21 years in a variety of executive capacities in the defined contribution and retail distribution businesses at Fidelity Investments.  His most recent roles at Fidelity included serving as head of defined contribution sales for tax-exempt market and national sales manager and regional vice president in the retail division.


Dan holds a bachelor’s degree from Franklin College in Franklin, Ind.  He is a general securities principal and investment advisory representative holding FINRA Series 6, 63, 7, 65 and 8 licenses.  He and his family reside in Hopkinton, Mass., and are active volunteers with the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University Medical Center, Special Olympics Massachusetts and New England Hospice. 

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AG Coakley Announces $1.35 Million Settlement with Hopkinton- Based Stryker Biotech

Consent Judgment Resolves Allegations that Stryker Biotech Violated Laws Intended to Protect Patient Safety


BOSTON – August 26, 2010 — Stryker Biotech, a Hopkinton-based medical device company, will pay $1.35 million to the Commonwealth to resolve allegations that it marketed certain orthopedic products for uses that had not been reviewed and approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and misled health care providers about the appropriate uses of its products, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.


As a result of a multi-year investigation, the Attorney General’s Office alleged that Stryker Biotech LLC (Stryker) violated the state’s Consumer Protection Act by engaging in unfair and deceptive trade practices that boosted sales of certain products used in orthopedic procedures to strengthen and promote growth of bones. Under the terms of a settlement filed yesterday in Suffolk Superior Court, Stryker will pay $325,000 in civil penalties, $875,000 to fund efforts to combat unlawful marketing and other programs to benefit health care consumers, and $150,000 to cover attorneys’ fees and investigative costs.


“Stryker Biotech subverted review procedures designed to safeguard patients and promoted uses of its products that were not shown to be safe or effective,” AG Coakley said.  “Our office will vigorously pursue any allegations that health care companies are compromising patient safety in pursuit of profits.”


The Attorney General’s investigation focused on the company’s marketing of OP-1 Implant and OP-1 Putty, which are bone morphogenetic protein products designed to promote bone growth and are used to treat orthopedic conditions involving weakened or deteriorated bones.   The OP-1 products were granted a limited approval by the FDA that restricted the use of the products.  With this limited form of approval, the OP-1 products could only be used in patients after a hospital’s Institutional Review Board reviewed and approved their use.  


In a complaint filed in Suffolk Superior Court yesterday, the Attorney General’s Office alleged that Stryker promoted OP-1 products for conditions that fell outside their very narrow FDA-approved uses and withheld information from health care professionals about the restrictions imposed on the use of the OP-1 products. The complaint also alleged that a Stryker salesperson falsified Institutional Review Board documentation for several Massachusetts hospitals, resulting in the use of OP-1 products in patients without adequate and required review.  


In addition, the Attorney General’s complaint alleged that Stryker promoted the use of its OP-1 products in combination with Calstrux, a bone void filler made by Stryker, even though the mixture of the two products had not been studied and had not been approved by the FDA.  Stryker continued to promote the unproven and unstudied OP-1/Calstrux mixture even after company officials became aware of reports that the mixture had caused adverse effects in patients, including poor wound healing and inflammation, according to the complaint. 


Today’s settlement bars Stryker and related Stryker entities including Stryker Corporation, Stryker Sales Corporation and Howmedica Osteonics, from engaging in unfair and deceptive trade practices, including marketing Stryker products for uses that have not been reviewed and approved by the FDA and misleading health care providers about the appropriate uses of Stryker products.


The Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act gives the Attorney General broad authority to investigate health care companies for engaging in unfair and deceptive trade practices, including marketing products for unapproved or “off-label” uses, as well as failing to disclose critical information about the appropriate use and risks associated with health care products.   

Today’s settlement is the latest in a series of court actions brought by the Attorney General’s Office in response to unfair and deceptive marketing activities by pharmaceutical companies and health insurers.

This investigation and resolution was handled by Assistant Attorney General Sarah Ragland with assistance from Assistant Attorney General Susan Brown and Division Chief Thomas O’Brien, all of AG Coakley’s Health Care Division.

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Hopkinton Champions

Last week a team of 5 boys from Hopkinton and 4 of their friends from Milford and Medway completed the summer basketball season by winning the 8th grade “A” Division at MP Courts.


The team defeated Attleboro in the semifinals and then came from 19 points down in the last 10 minutes to defeat Walpole by 2 points  in the championship game.


Front Row (L to R):   Mitch Nagel, Haiden Pereira, Brendan Robinson, Chase Lampert

Back Row (L to ):  Joe Doherty, Patrick Ryan, Austin Aviza, David Abrego, Riley Doherty, Will Digney

State Senator Spilka

Hopkinton Office Hours

Friday, Aug 27, 2010

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Hopkinton Town Hall: 18 Main Street, Room 211




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.

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Joy of Geocaching

August 26, 2010 — Last evening, the Hopkinton Public Library hosted Dana and Paul Gillin, authors of The Joy of Geocaching, "How to find Health, Happiness and Creative Energy through a Worldwide Treasure Hunt." The couple spoke about the game and signed copies of the book afterward. It has been described as a game using billions of dollars of satellite technology to find Tupperware in the woods.

SRO at Hopkinton Drug Lecture Series

August 26, 2010 — Hopkinton Drug's Free Lecture Series, held on specified dates at the Golden Pond facility ( see calendar), drew a standing-room-only audience last night. Kenneth Blanchard, MD, Endocrinologist discussed diagnosis and treatment options for Hypothyroidism and it’s debilitating symptoms including depression, fatigue, headaches and weight gain. The Drug Store treated the guests to hors d'oeuvres from Ciao Time Catering and Restaurant before the lecture.

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Senior Moments

Seniors Express Thanks to Volunteers

Above, Liz Edwards, Ronnie Bilodeau and Kitty Kelsey, all kitchen volunteers at the center.

by Nancy L. Drawe (Punky)


August 26, 2010 — ALL the people who volunteer at the Senior Center were treated to a special Volunteer Appreciation Dinner last week, which was held at the Center.    This is an important annual event because it’s an opportunity for the staff, Council on Aging Board members and Friends of the Seniors to give thanks to all the volunteers who help keep the Hopkinton Senior Center running smoothly. 


After a nice dinner of chicken parmesan and pasta catered by TJ’s and dessert that included Cindy’s homemade chocolate sauce, it was time for the speeches.  This year’s special guest speakers were Selectman Michelle Gates and State Representative Carolyn Dykema.  Carolyn mentioned how nice it was to see so many of the seniors at the annual picnic at the Laborer’s Camp the previous day.   One of Michelle’s priorities is the senior center—she said she’s there to “help advocate for you,” and to let her know of anything we might need.  They both spoke very highly of all the volunteers; how important they are to center and how much they are appreciated.  


Cindy Chesmore, the Director of the Center said some nice words about the volunteers as did Volunteer Resource Coordinator, Ellen Wright.  Ellen spoke about each of the different volunteer groups and gave a lot of praise for the wonderful a job everyone does. Cindy also said, “We especially want to recognize our Council on Aging Board Members and the Friends of the Seniors.  They do so much work behind the scenes; we just couldn’t do it without them.”


A surprise treat for all the volunteers was music by an A Cappella group called, “Street Magic.”  They are a group of five men from the Boston area — Michael Domeniciello, Richie Willis, Carmen Federico, Stephen Gambale and Dickie Paris — who perform 50’s and 60’s songs—all a cappella, no instruments involved!  They were AWESOME!  Richie singled out Doris Carver from the audience and sang “(You’ve Got) Personality,” to her and then got her up to dance with him.  It was so funny, everyone loved it!   After that, quite a few people got up on the dance floor to “rock and roll!” Some of the other songs they sang were, “Little Darlin’,” “That’s Amore,” Sinatra’s “That’s Life.”   Dickie’s rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” was just wonderful! 


Everyone had a great meal, lots of laughs and of course, prizes to the lucky ticket holders.  It was a fun evening for all!  Cheers to every single person who volunteers at the Hopkinton Senior Center; you all deserve very special thanks!


Speaking of 50’s and 60’s music, don’t forget to get your tickets to the Senior Center’s very first SOCK HOP on Friday, September 17th, from 7-11 pm.   Music will be provided by a very popular group, “The Reminisants.”  You may have seen them perform at the July 11th Concert on the Common—they are excellent!  Tickets are on sale now for Hopkinton residents and on September 1, they will be available to the general public at the center.  Prices are $12 each or $80 for a table of eight.   Get out your poodle skirts and saddle shoes and come on over to for a blast from the past!


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

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Senator Spilka Announces over $3 Million in Additional Education Funds for MetroWest

 Hopkinton will receive $315,671


August 26, 2010 — Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) announced today that six MetroWest towns in her district will receive $3,111,517 in additional education funding thanks to the federal Education Jobs Fund signed into law by President Obama on August 10, 2010.


Under the allocation of funding, which is designed to preserve teaching jobs, Ashland will receive $253,982, Franklin will receive $1,295,418, Holliston will receive $343,005, Hopkinton will receive $315,671, Medway will receive $484,561 and Natick will receive $418,880. 


“This additional federal money allows Chapter 70 education aid to be fully funded in every community in the state,” state Senator Spilka.  “This announcement, coming on the heels of $250 million in Race to the Top funds, demonstrates how, by working together, we can translate the Commonwealth’s single-minded commitment to education into results.”


The $204 million from the federal Education Jobs Fund to school districts across the Commonwealth brings state support for public schools to its highest level in history.  A combination of state and federal dollars totaling $4.07 billion will ensure all school districts receive more state aid - at least $25 per student - than they did last year.  The new funding will support an estimated 2,700 teaching positions across the state.


The Education Jobs Fund provides $26 billion nationwide to preserve jobs for teachers and other school-based employees.  The Commonwealth's $204 million appropriation will be directly distributed to school districts through the state's education funding formula and combined with state and federal funds to ensure that every school district across the state meets its foundation level budget for the 2010-2011 school year.  With this new infusion of federal funding, Chapter 70 will be fully funded without using nearly $60 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds available for general government purposes.


This year the state will commit nearly $3.85 billion in Chapter 70 education funds to cities and towns.  By combining these state dollars with $204 million in Education Jobs Funds and $20.7 million in existing ARRA funds, the state will meet its commitment to helping every school district reach foundation level spending targets in Fiscal Year 2011.


Yesterday, Massachusetts received $250 million from the federal Race to the Top program.  These funds will be used to implement landmark education reforms, including providing new and more immediate opportunities to turn around underperforming schools and close achievement gaps, expand access to successful charter schools and authorize new Innovation Schools to provide greater choice for students and their families.

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Fall Baseball Program


The Doug Carroll Baseball Academy is excited to offer a Fall baseball program through the Hopkinton Parks and Recreation Department.  The program will run from Saturday, September 11th through Saturday, October 16th from 12:00 - 6:00.  Times may vary depending on the number of participants.  The program will consist of 2 practices per week and one game per week.  Practices will be held at EMC Park and the Doug Carroll Baseball Academy in Framingham.  Games will be at EMC Park. The program will be run by our professional instructors.  To register or for more information, please call 508-254-0767.

Town Manager Gets "Outstanding" Grade from Selectmen

by Derek Dobachesky

August 25, 2010 — The Hopkinton Board of Selectmen approved the appointment of a new police sergeant and reported its highly positive evaluation of Town Manager Norman Khumalo at Tuesday’s meeting.

                The Selectmen also heard Police Chief Rick Flannery present his goals for the department and received gifts from the Hopkinton Athletic Association and the estate of deceased resident Marjorie Peloquin.

                Two Selectmen, Todd Cestari and Michelle Gates, were absent from the meeting, which began about 45 minutes late at 7:15 after an extended executive session.

                The Board of Selectmen approved police officer Scott vanRaalten’s appointment as sergeant. Chief Flannery spoke glowingly of vanRaalten.

                “I had a difficult decision because I had so many well-qualified officers, which bodes well for the future of our department,” Flannery said, touting vanRaalten’s sense of teamwork and leadership experience with new officers.

                Sgt. vanRaalten has been an officer for 10 years, and since 2005 has been a detective, working on one case that involved federal jurisdiction and another case that was a double homicide. He replaces Charles Wallace, who has been promoted to lieutenant.

                Chief Flannery later presented his goals for fiscal year 2011. Chief among these was establishing his and lieutenant Wallace’s leadership, and building the department’s capacity. Another goal is reviewing policies and procedures. The Police Department put in place a procedure to do this in 2002, but Flannery would like to establish a standing committee to improve the process.

                Flannery also included regionalization as a goal, stating that he will continue working with the Ashland police department to identify which areas they can collaborate on.

                The Selectmen briefly spoke about their evaluation of Khumalo, pending a more in-depth evaluation which will be presented when all five Selectmen are in attendance. Chairman RJ Dourney announced that the Board had given him a rating of “outstanding.” Khumalo thanked the Selectmen, but attributed much of his success to the help he’s received. “I actually consider it a privilege to work for the people of Hopkinton,” Khumalo said.

                Khumalo later presented his report, which included an update on the status of the library project. The town has solicited request for qualifications (RFQs) for designs for a new library building with a deadline of September 2. Additionally, the feasibility study which the Board of Trustees has commissioned is set to be completed on September 20, keeping in line with the town’s goal of applying by January for a state grant to build a new library.

                The Selectmen accepted a gift of lithographs depicting the 100th Boston Marathon from Tim Kilduff on behalf of the Hopkinton Athletic Association. One is a copy of a painting by Nancy Bailey depicting the start of the 2010 Boston Marathon which will be displayed in the town hall; the Selectmen also received multiple copies of a painting depicting the Battle of Marathon with the intent that the town present them as gifts to visitors.

                The Board of Selectmen will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 215 at the Town Hall.


New Police Sergeant

Detective vanRaalten approved by Selectmen for promotion

August 24, 2010 — Detective Scott vanRaalten is now Sergeant Scott vanRaalten after being Chief Richard Flannery's choice and being approved by Selectmen this evening. Above, Selectman John Mosher congratulates Sgt. vanRaalten. More on the Selectmen's meeting later.

Accident on Hayden Rowe Street

August 24, 2010 — One woman, a passenger, was taken by ambulance to Milford Hospital with non life-threatening injuries following a two-car collision on Hayden Rowe Street, near Teresa Road. Above, Hopkinton Police Officer Linda Higgins speaks with the operator of one of the vehicles involved in the crash.

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Amanda Catherine Mechler, 16


Hopkinton- Amanda Catherine Mechler, 16, of Hopkinton, passed away August 22, 2010. Born in Newton, she was the daughter of Cammie (Steffich) Mechler of Hopkinton and Charles Mechler of Ashland.

Amanda flourished as a student of the Boston College Campus School for the past 10 years, and despite being a native New Englander, she was an avid fan of the New York Yankees. Amanda also was a frequent visitor to Disney World, where she enjoyed many vacations with her family throughout the years of her short life.

Besides her parents, she is survived by her loving sisters, Lauren Mechler of Hopkinton and Jordin Mechler of Ashland. She also leaves behind her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 26, 2010 from 4-7p.m. at the
Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St.  A service in the funeral home will take place at 10:00a.m. on Friday. Memorial donations may be made in Amanda's name to The BC Campus School, Campion Hall, Room 197, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 or to Make a Wish Foundation, 1 Bulfinch Place, 2nd Floor Boston, MA. 02114 or

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"Relay Around Hopkinton" in Tyler Lary's Memory

        July 19, 2010 marked the fourth anniversary of Tyler Lary's untimely death at age fourteen. Each year the family has walked in his memory to benefit and support the AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention). This year, they have decided to do something locally to benefit other kids in their son's memory.

      On Sunday October 3, 2010 there will be a "Relay Around Hopkinton". This will be a 26.2 mile run that will be divided up within teams of 2-6 runners. The proceeds will be given to The MetroWest YMCA, Hopkinton Youth Commission and the Power Up Foundation.
      This race will be taking place in just a little over a month. At this point we are looking for:
          1.) Teams of Runners (2-6)
          2.) Sponsors, Sponsors, Sponsors!!
          3.) Volunteers along the coarse or to help at our check points
          4.) Donations! Checks can be made out to the Tyler Jay Lary Memorial Fund and mailed to:
                    Vickie Lary
                    1 Maple St. Ext.
                    Hopkinton, MA 01748
  Please take a few minutes to check it out! There is a website with information on registering, supporting and also about the course. It has been set up by a Hopkinton Running Club member. The Hopkinton Running Club has been putting a lot of effort into making this possible.

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Hopkinton Police Officer Struck by Motor Vehicle

Above, officers secure the scene.

August 23, 2010 — A Hopkinton Special Police Officer who doubles as a part time Police Dispatcher was struck by a motor vehicle on South Street this afternoon while on a traffic detail for EMC. The officer called for assistance at 5:14 pm this afternoon with pain in his voice and gave the dispatcher the license plate number of the vehicle that struck him, which pulled over following the incident.

      Several units, including Lt. Charles Wallace and Chief Richard Flannery responded to the scene. The officer, whose name we are withholding temporarily, was transported to Milford Hospital with a knee or leg injury.

      The driveway leading into the EMC facility at 176 South Street was closed during the investigation.

Incoming Kindergarten ice cream social POSTPONED

Due to the weather forecast, the Incoming Kindergarten Ice Cream Social will be postponed until Friday, August 27 at 6:30pm.

Hopkinton Schools Opening August 31, 2010


The Hopkinton Police Department would like to remind everyone that the Hopkinton Public Schools will be opening on Tuesday August 31, 2010.


To help protect the children we urge motorists to:

  • Slow down near schools and in residential areas

  • Obey speed limit of 20 MPH in School Zone when lights are flashing

  • Plan for extra travel time if you’ll be traveling during times when children will be traveling to and from school

  • Use extra caution at intersections, crosswalks and other locations where children may be walking to and from school

  • Always stop for school buses when they are loading or unloading passengers or have stop lights activated

  • Always maintain a minimum distance of 100 feet when following a school bus with passengers

The Hopkinton Police Department will be patrolling and enforcing motor vehicles laws to provide a safe trip to and from school for all children. Failure to obey the motor vehicle laws could result in a motorists being fined, some of the potential fines are;

  • Failure to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk – Minimum $200 fine

  • Failure to stop for a school bus while loading or unloading students – Minimum $250 fine

  • Failure to maintain 100 feet distance while following a school bus – Minimum $35 fine

- Speeding – Minimum $100 fine


Police News UP-TO-DATE

August 23, 2010

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1:59 pm A Wedgewood Drive resident reported that someone tried to break in through one of the doors...


8:37 pm Officer David Shane removed approximately ten youths...


8:15 pm A Lakeshore Drive caller reports a disturbance from a large party of intoxicated people...


3:39 pm A Rafferty Road caller reports there are two highly intoxicated parties at a business...


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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for by Robert Falcione © 2010 All Rights Reserved

Transactions from August 16, 2010 - August 23, 2010






131 Fruit Street Michael F Langione, Deborah A Langione $480.000 August 20, 2010 Jennifer T Marchesi, Rickey P Marchesi
2 Falcon Ridge Drive Neil Proudman, Annette Proudman $720,000 August 19, 2010 National Equity Inc, N P Dodge Jr Tr
2 Falcon Ridge Drive National Equity Inc, N P Dodge Jr Tr $720,000 August 19, 2010 Lauren M Travers, Robert F Travers Jr
Last Week        
9 Tammer Way David K Schmit, Wynn E Schmit $719,900.00 August 12, 2010 Stephen Woodmaska JR
3 Leons Way Stephen M Distasio, Janet R Distasio $165,000.00 August 11, 2010 Lawrence A Drowne
24 Grove Street Scumaci Property LLC $250,000.00 August 11, 2010 Kenny Thomas M TR, Grove Realty Trust


 Class of 1960


Photo courtesy of Carol Gavelis

by Cathy Petrelli

August 23, 2010 — On Friday we had a bus tour of Hopkinton, followed by lunch at the Senior Center. My classmates were able to see the display case we donated to the Center for the Boston Post Cane.


We also stopped at the high school and presented Steve Yavarow a check so he could purchase a new instrument for the music dept.

Saturday was spent at the Woodville Rod & Gun Club with Jack LeDuc entertaining us while we enjoyed a delicious clambake by TJs.

Our final event was Sunday Brunch at TJs. It was a lot of fun, but the three days went by so fast !


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Hydro-electric Power in Hopkinton 

Andy's Dam supplies 60% of household's energy needs

August 22. 2010 — It is no Hoover Dam's or Grand Coulee Dam, nor is it listed in Wikipedia, but Andy Boyce's dam on the Sudbury River has been put to good use, supplementing his solar panels and providing a majority of his home's electrical needs.

      As Mr. Boyce researched what he could and couldn't do at the riverside that his property abuts, he discovered his ownership of a dam, as well as his obligations. As a result, he has maintained the dam and built himself a hydro-electric turbine to offset the cost of his household's electricity.

       The dam once powered the Cordaville Cotton and Woolen Mill, according to Mr. Boyce, that made blankets during the Civil War and generated about 80 kilowatts. Today the dam could power 10-20 homes, but due to federal regulations, said Mr. Boyce, his turbine is scaled back to produce less than a kilowatt. A maze of federal and state regulations and ownership intrigues keep him from benefitting fully.

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       Austin narrates the video above in which Mr. Boyce explains his system.

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No Goose is an Island

August 22. 2010 — The headline of the photo of these Canada geese on a mud island on Lake Whitehall personifies and paraphrases a popular adage, that refers to the sociality of humans. Geese are seldom seen solo, almost always with a group. The photo was taken at Lake Whitehall yesterday with a zoom lens. The subjects are several hundred feet away. The photo is split into thirds by horizontal lines that add balance and symmetry to its composition.

Asleep at the Wheel

August 21, 2010 — According to one police officer at the scene, the young driver of this vehicle said he worked many hours in a row and fell asleep while driving. He was transported to Milford Hospital for further evaluation.

Fire Danger


August 21, 2010 — Smokey warns about the condition of the forests, whether large or small. His most repeated message is to be sure to douse fires, whether they are from cigarettes or campfires. Photo taken with a Motorola Droid, available from one of HopNews' sponsors, Advantage Wireless.



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