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Socks Required

Nancy L. Drawe

(Punky)

 

 Are you ready to ROCK ‘N ROLL?   I hope so, because the Sock Hop Ladies (Committee Members Ronnie, Donna, Charlotte, Tracy, Gail and me—Punky) are getting the senior center ready for the Sock Hop that will be held at the center on Friday, September 17, from 7-11 pm.    The Great Room is going to be transformed into a blast from the past with all kinds of 50’s/60’s decorations.   This is the center’s very first Sock Hop and it’s going to be AWESOME!  There’s even going to be a live band!  The Reminisants will be playing the sounds of the 50’s and 60’s—remember Runaround Sue?  At The Hop?  Surfin’ USA?  In the Still of the Night?  The Twist?  This is music that everyone loves!  Get all your family and friends together and come join us for a great night of fun and dancing!  Dress up in your glad rags—poodle skirts, saddle shoes, rolled up jeans, neck scarves, white shirts, bobby sox, circle skirts—anything from the era of the 50’s and 60’s!   Remember the dances from that time?  The Mashed Potato, The Swim, The Pony, Hand Jive and who can forget, The Twist!    This event is not just for seniors or Hopkinton residents; all ages and residents from other towns may attend.  Tickets are available at the senior center and are $12 each person or a $10 each person for a table of eight—light refreshments will be served.   So, let’s get rockin’ and rollin’ at the Hopkinton Senior Center’s SOCK HOP!   For more information, call the center at 508-497-9730.

 

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

 Loyola University Maryland Mourns Loss of

Hopkinton Native, HHS Grad, Evan Girardi

 

September 07, 2010 — The Loyola University Maryland community is mourning the loss of Evan Girardi, a member of the Class of 2011, who passed away on Monday, Sept. 6. He was 20.

 

Girardi, a native of Hopkinton, Mass., and a graduate of Hopkinton Junior/Senior High School, was a business major concentrating in marketing, with a minor in political science. In the spring of 2010, he participated in Loyola’s study abroad program in Rome, Italy. He was a member of the Loyola Marketing Association and area president of the Cell Phones for Soldiers community service project. He also engaged in community service while studying in Rome. 

 

He is survived by his parents, Michael and Barbara, and three sisters: Paige, Maddie, and Elle.

 

While the cause of Girardi’s death is not known, he did have a heart condition diagnosed at birth.

 

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire Loyola University Maryland community are with the Girardi family in this time of loss,” said University President Brian F. Linnane, S.J. “Each one of our students plays a very important role in building the character of this University, and Evan’s death leaves us irrevocably changed. He will be missed, and remembered with great fondness.”

 

A Mass was held in the University’s Alumni Memorial Chapel the night of Girardi’s death. Announcements of additional funeral or memorial arrangements will be made as they are available.

Reprinted with permission from Loyola University Maryland.

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HOPKINTON SOCK HOP
Friday evening, Sept. 17th

7-11 p.m.


Take a "stroll" down memory lane at the HOPKINTON SOCK HOP on Friday evening, Sept. 17th from 7-11 p.m. in the main room of the Hopkinton Senior Center located at 28 Mayhew Street, Hopkinton, MA.  Live music will be provided by THE REMINISANTS, a very popular and fun 50's/60's band.  They have a large following so be sure to call the senior center soon at 508-497-9730 for tickets which are $12 each (or $10 each for a table of 8).  Please come in appropriate attire if you are so inclined!  

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Hopkinton Cultural Council

radKIDS, Children's Safety Course Returns!

 

radKIDS is the national leader in children's safety education for children and parents today.  The radKIDS program is a 12 hour family centered safety education program.  Open to children  5-12 years of age.   A few of the program components include: bullying prevention, internet safety, stranger tricks, personal safety, out and about safety, school safety, and realistic physical defense skills against abduction.  

 

The next radKIDS class will be held over the course of four Saturdays, Saturday, Sept. 18, Oct. 2, 16 & 23 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm each day at 6 Main Street, Hopkinton (the John Warren Masonic Lodge).  The cost for the class is $90 per child ($60 for a sibling).  The Freemasons of the John Warren Masonic Lodge have graciously donated their space for the radKIDS classes to be held.

 

A free return and practice policy is honored at radKIDS classes across the country.  Once a child has taken the radKIDS class, they can enroll in any radKIDS class, free of charge up to the age of 12, for as many times as they would like. 

 

To sign up for the fall radKIDS class, for more information, or if you are interested in sponsoring a radKIDS class contact Kim Brennan at  kim.brennan@comcast.net .  Space is limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis.  To learn more about radKIDS, visit www.radKIDS.org .

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The Tournament At Hopkinton

Hosted by:

Hopkinton Police Local 254

&

Hopkinton Chamber Of Commerce

October 4, 2010

Hopkinton Country Club

Three ways to participate: Play, Sponsor, Raffle.

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Another Cruiser Struck

 

September 7, 2010 — At 2:34 p.m., a Massachusetts State Police cruiser (a Ford Crown Victoria) was struck by a Ford Windstar operated by a 53-year-old Norfolk woman at the intersection of VFW Parkway and LaGrange Street in West Roxbury. The trooper was transported to Faulkner Hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the Windstar, who reported no injuries, is expected to be cited for a red light violation. The investigation into the crash is ongoing. The trooper is assigned to the Milton barracks. We are not releasing his name, or the name of the other driver, at this time. File photo.

REMINDER

 

Permanent Building Committee Reviews Potential Sites for Hopkinton Public Library

Public Meeting Scheduled for September 9th at 7pm at Fire Station

 

There are 4 possible scenarios for the future library.

 

While the expansion of the current library on to 9 Church Street (an adjacent property) would double the size of the lot, the new lot would only total about ˝ an acre. Also, renovation/expansion would involve removing portions of the old building to create much needed space and to update systems. In addition, this option would require the Town to incur

the additional costs to move the library out of the building and set up a temporary home elsewhere during construction, then move back to the new building when it is completed.

 

Use of a 4 acre parcel of land behind Claiflin Place is not considered a desirable option because the site is land-locked, and would require the Town to acquire additional land to provide roadaccess to the site.

 

If Center School becomes vacant, moving the library into Center School would keep the library in a prominent location, and provide the needed 65 parking spaces. However, the school’s floors were not built to handle heavy bookstacks, and parts of the school (but the historic building) would need to be removed and rebuilt.

 

There is enough land behind Center School to build a new, separate Library building, along with more than the required parking spaces for the library.

 

The Library Feasibility study is scheduled to be completed by September 20. The purpose of the Feasibility Study is to evaluate the options for a Library project that may be eligible for a Grant from the Massachusetts Library Construction Grant Program.

           

Greenwood Road Block Party

September 6, 2010 — Greenwood Road Residents showed even greater generosity this year by inviting not only their neighbors, but the neighbors on some of the surrounding streets. Somehow, the kids had a few moments in between hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, and brownies, games, toys and tug-of-war, to pose with the Hopkinton Firefighters who brought one of their own toys to the party.

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Police News UP-TO-DATE

September 6, 2010

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7:14 am A Greenwood Road resident reported a man in his underwear walking a swan, screeching, with a rope around its neck...

 

12:26 am A Greenwood Road resident called 911 to report the discharge of a firearm...

 

10:03 pm Officer Aaron O’Neil discovered several youths in a vehicle with alcohol on the Fruit Street property; some ran...

 

4:31 pm A Blueberry Lane caller reported that a contractor had cash stolen out of his wallet while working at her home...

Thermals

September 6, 2010 — This apparent hawk, hundreds of feet from the camera, enjoyed riding thermals by the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam this afternoon, as did several turkey vultures, while humans made other use of the property.

Peninsula-Building

September 6, 2010 — Jordan Lilly adds some rock solid support for the construction of a new peninsula, of her own design, this afternoon at Hopkinton State Park.

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Three-Town Manhunt Ends With Arrest in Stoneham Attempted Sexual Assault

 
MELROSE - September 6, 2010 — Yesterday at 5 p.m., Troopers at the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Medford received reports of a recent attempted sexual assault on the Lynn Fells Parkway in Stoneham. The crime was reported by the victim.

 

The victim was able to provide a description of the suspect and Troopers, along with the assistance of local police officers, established a perimeter and called for a State Police K9 unit and State Police helicopter to search for the assailant.

 

The State Police K9 unit was able to follow the track to an address in Melrose, where witnesses confirmed that a man matching the description of the suspect had recently been in the area. After 45 minutes of searching, the suspect was located and arrested on Tremont Street in Malden. The victim was brought to the scene and positively identified the suspect.

 

The suspect, YURI S. MIKALIXEN, 22, of 119 Mount Vernon St. in Malden, was brought to the State Police barracks in Medford where he was booked on the following charges:

  • Assault by means of a Dangerous Weapon;

  • Kidnapping;

  • Assault with Intent to Rape; and

  • MDC Reservation Violations.  

MIKALIXEN is being held without bail at the State Police Barracks for arraignment in Woburn District Court on Tuesday. The investigation is ongoing; Troopers are being assisted by the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.

 

The State Police do not release the identities of victims of sexual assaults. File photo of Mass State Police Air Unit.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for HopNews.com by Robert Falcione © 2010 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from August 30, 2010 - September 6, 2010

Address

Buyer

Price

Date

Seller

Address Buyer Price Date Seller
39 Trevor Lane, U24, Bldg6 D Kent Holbrook, Mette B Holbrook $485,000 Sept 3, 2010 Maillet & Son LLC
5 Brook Hollow Lane Christopher J Refrigeri, Jennifer L Refrigeri $669,000 Sept 2, 2010 Andrew A Piacentini, Cynthia Courtney
50 Hayden Rowe Street Secretary of US HUD $385,493 Sept 2, 2010 BAC Home Loans Servicing
11 Pendulum Pass David Zielinski, Jaclyn Zielinski $865,000 Sept 2, 2010 John Herrera, Amy S Herrera
0 Hillcrest Drive Robert Farrell, Margaret Farrell $130,000 Sept 1, 2010 Linda Grant Tr, Carol V Stickney Living Tr
69 Front Street Kathleen M Hall $742,000 Aug 31, 2010  Andkra LLC
35 Proctor Street Maurice P Plourde, Donna J Plourde $180,000 Aug 30, 2010 Raymond Hewins Trust, Hewins Realty Trust
30 Nazeen Cicle Soujanya Solipuram. Sudheer Solipuram $495,000 Aug 30, 2010 Ahmd Mirajuddin TR, Peppercorn Village Realty TR
6 Highcroft Way Richard Martino, Pamela Martino $378, 750 Aug 30, 2010 Stacey L Raybuck, Stacey Raybuck Schatz
2 McNeil Circle Unit3 Leslie Moothart $485,000 Aug 30, 2010 William A Depietri TR Lumber Street I Realty TR
Last Week        
8 Washington  Lane Jose S Duca, Carina Rosacher $640,000 Aug 27, 2010 Terrence L Hemmelgarn, Lois D Hemmelgatrn
22 Kimball Road Scott A Shaffer, Jennifer A Smead $680,000 Aug 27, 2010 Leslie G Moothart
4 Singletary Way Mark D Szewczyk, Stephanie J Szewczyk $875,000 Aug 27, 2010 Craig W Huntley
33 Nazneen Cirlce Lisa Ellen Dahl $419,500 Aug 26, 2010 Ahmed Mirajuddin, Peppercorn Village Realty Trust
2 Old Farm Road Amy Cafazzo, Mark Cafazzo $865,000 Aug 25, 2010 Eric Dahl, Lisa Dahl
6 Rosewood Lane Vijay K Vanguri, Judith C Maro $248,000 Aug 24, 2010 Sandra A Anderson
17 Hearthstone Road Daniel C Burton, Jessica B Burton $625,000 Aug 24, 2010 Algis L Paliulis, Patricia E Paliulis

 

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Post-Hurricane

September 5, 2010 — Over the Hopkinton Reservoir spillway, Christine Warren and Drew Forbes provide a human element on a beautiful Sunday as the low, fractured clouds behind them, remnants of the edge of a tropical storm, follow its path northward, and Maxfield Parrish blue paints the sky in the background.

           

Open Microphone at Ciao Time

September 5, 2010 — Since moving to their new home on Hayden Rowe Street at the CAA Building, Enter Stage Left Theater has presented their Open Mic Night on the first Saturday of the month at Ciao Time Restaurant and Catering, 28 Main Street. Above is a photo of host Barbara Kessler taken by the same photographer whose work is on the walls in the background.

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Albert F. Shaw, 86

 

HOPKINTON - Albert F. Shaw, 86, died Thursday, September 2, 2010 at Milford Rehabilitation Center. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Alexander F. and Hattie M. (Smith) Shaw.

He was a U.S. Naval Veteran and a lifelong member of the Masons, VFW and Shriners. He lived in Massachusetts all his life.

He leaves three children, Bradley A. Shaw and wife Donna of Norfolk, William D. Shaw and wife Sandra of Medway and Nancy E. Bauman and husband Peter of  Medway. He was the beloved grandfather of Laurie, Steven, Dana, Tim, Bobby, Ben and Sam. He also leaves his sisters, Mary T. Masotta of Dedham and Marguerite Shaw of Seekonk, his brother Paul Shaw of South Boston, his sisters-in-law Ann Shaw of Plymouth and Mary-Alba Shaw of Texas, his brother-in-law James Frawley of Chelmsford and his former wife, Rita Shaw of Bellingham. In addition, he leaves many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sisters Norma Thornton and Gail Frawley and his brothers Donald Shaw and Robert Shaw.


Memorial calling hours will be held Tuesday, September 7, 2010
from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street. A brief memorial service will be held immediately following calling hours at 7:00 p.m. A private family burial will be held at a later date.

Donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114.

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Several Accidents in Hopkinton

September 3, 2010 — Three accidents, one at West Main and Lumber Streets, above, one on Ash Street, below, and one on Pond Street occurred within a brief period of time and had the emergency services going in all directions.

    The crash above was a two-car accident — the SUV that apparently t-boned the vehicle above was behind the photographer during the shot. An occupant of that vehicle was taken to MetroWest Medical Center.

    In the car vs. pole crash below, a young male was being evaluated for neck trauma in the ambulance as the photo was taken. The Pond Street crash was not photographed due to other pressing needs.

Permanent Building Committee Reviews Potential Sites for Hopkinton Public Library

Public Meeting Scheduled for September 9th at 7pm at Fire Station

On Thursday, September 9, at 7 p.m., in the second floor conference room at Hopkinton Fire Station, the Permanent Building Committee will review sites for the Hopkinton Public Library. As part of a Feasibility Study currently underway, Architect Stewart Roberts of Johnson Roberts and Associates will present an overview of possible site plans that include the location of a future library, vehicle access and parking. A public comment session will follow Roberts’ presentation. Residents are encouraged to attend to learn more about the building project, provide comments and ask questions.

 

The purpose of the Feasibility Study is to determine an appropriate site for a Library that meets the current and future needs of residents in Hopkinton. The Hopkinton Library Building Program, completed in 2008, determined that Hopkinton Public Library should have larger areas for book, audio/visual and media collections as well as new technology, reading and quiet study areas, a young adult area, expanded children’s room and children’s program room, a

large meeting room for Library programs and events, and be fully handicapped accessible. A site of at least 2 acres is needed to fit the proposed 26,000 square foot building, along with needed parking.

 

According to the Hopkinton Library Building Program (online and  www.hopkintonlibrary.org  ), many public areas of the current Library are undersized by at least two hundred percent (200%). The last renovation/expansion of Hopkinton’s Library was in the 1960’s.

 

There are 4 possible scenarios for the future library.

 

While the expansion of the current library on to 9 Church Street (an adjacent property) would double the size of the lot, the new lot would only total about ˝ an acre. Also, renovation/expansion would involve removing portions of the old building to create much needed space and to update systems. In addition, this option would require the Town to incur

the additional costs to move the library out of the building and set up a temporary home elsewhere during construction, then move back to the new building when it is completed.

 

Use of a 4 acre parcel of land behind Claiflin Place is not considered a desirable option because the site is land-locked, and would require the Town to acquire additional land to provide roadaccess to the site.

 

If Center School becomes vacant, moving the library into Center School would keep the library in a prominent location, and provide the needed 65 parking spaces. However, the school’s floors were not built to handle heavy bookstacks, and parts of the school (but the historic building) would need to be removed and rebuilt.

 

There is enough land behind Center School to build a new, separate Library building, along with more than the required parking spaces for the library.

 

The Library Feasibility study is scheduled to be completed by September 20. The purpose of the Feasibility Study is to evaluate the options for a Library project that may be eligible for a Grant from the Massachusetts Library Construction Grant Program.

 

Hockey Player from Hopkinton Top Scorer

 

September 3, 2010 — Teddy Doherty from Hopkinton, MA recently competed with Team USA’s U17 select hockey team at the Five Nations Tournament in Huttwil, Switzerland. Doherty, one of only six defenseman selected by USA Hockey to represent the United States at this international tournament, is an alum of the Hopkinton Jr Hillers hockey program. 

 

Prior to his selection to the national U17 team, Teddy participated in the USA Hockey national development camp in Rochester, NY, impressing members of the national selection committee and emerging as one of the top rated defenseman at camp. Team USA finished first at the Five Nations Tournament with a 3-1 record; the tournament included teams from Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland and Germany.

 

Doherty was the leading scorer among Team USA defensemen with 1G, 3A and second in scoring among all defensemen in the tournament.  Doherty recently returned to Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep School in MN, where he is entering his junior year.   He has verbally committed to Boston College and will be a member of the 2012-2013 hockey team.

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NSTAR Sells Land to Ron Nation

September 3, 2010 — According to a story in the Boston Business Journal, Hopkinton builder, Ron Nation of 20th Century Homes, has purchased nearly 60 acres from NStar, 10 in Holliston and 48 in Hopkinton.

      Mr. Nation is known for fine quality home building in Hopkinton developments such as Valleywood and Hidden Brick Road.

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REMINDER - This Saturday

ESL’s Open Mic to Feature Dan Margarita

7:00 pm September 4, 2010

Ciao Time Restaurant, 28 Main Street

 

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.

           

Dr. Phelan, Dr. Colombo to Retire

by Derek Dobachesky

September 3, 2010 — The Hopkinton School Committee introduced new members of the school administration and announced superintendent Dr. John Phelan’s upcoming retirement at its first meeting of the 2010-2011 school year last night. The School Committee also heard an update on the status of the construction of a new Elementary School and updated began the process of updating its sexual harassment and internet usage policies.

           The School Committee welcomed the following new members of the administrators: Ashoke Ghoush, assistant principal at the high; Robert Berlo, director of secondary education; David Ljungberg, assistant principal at Hopkins and Elmwood Schools; Greg Martineau, principal of Hopkins School; and Ralph Dumas, director of finance and operations. The Committee also welcomed new faculty members Jean Vazza, the town’s new Youth Services Director, and Jiling Pan, a new Mandarin Chinese and Chinese culture teacher at the high school.

           In contrast to the new faces in Hopkinton schools, the School Committee heard Dr. Phelan announce that he had submitted his one-year retirement notice in June. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mary Colombo will also be retiring, She has indicated she will accept an extension of her contract pending the district hiring a replacement.

           In announcing his retirement, Dr. Phelan said that when he accepted his position in Hopkinton 11 years ago, “I made what I consider the best decision in my career coming here.” Dr. Phelan said one benefit of announcing his retirement so far in advance was the ability to participate in the transition process of finding and hiring a new superintendent while continuing to make progress on the district’s strategic goals. “Good school districts don’t run in place,” Dr. Phelan said.

          Dr. Phelan spoke about the beginning of the school year, addressing what he said were some minor glitches in the schools’ database that resulted in some kindergarten students not being picked up by their buses on Wednesday.     

           School Committee Chair Rebecca Robak reported on the status of the Elementary School building project. Robak said that she believed the Massachusetts School Building Authority would approve schematic designs in January. Following this, the town would hopefully convene a special town meeting in February or March to approve construction of the building, rather than waiting until the annual town meeting in May. If all goes as planned, Dr. Phelan predicted the school could be completed and opened in September 2013.

Dr. Phelan reported the various maintenance projects completed over the summer. These include the repaving of Loop Road and the repainting of common areas in the Middle School. The water heater at the High School has also been replaced with a new one in which the boiler and water tank are separate, which will result in fewer and less expensive maintenance calls, and the light poles at the High School have been repainted.

Ongoing projects include replacing doors and related hardware at the High School and repairing the roof at Elmwood School. Elmwood School is seeking bids in its project to replace one or both of its boiler, while construction of a new playground at Center School is set to begin. The new playground will be funded partly by the Hopkinton Parent Teachers Association and the Center School Gift Account, with completion projected for this winter.

Dr. Mary Colombo and School Committee member Jean Bertschmann presented preliminary drafts of the School Committee’s new sexual harassment and internet acceptable usage policies. The new sexual harassment policy specifically addresses sexual by and of students, which the old one did not. It also makes the Director of Human Resources responsible for investigating and taking action on incidence of sexual harassment between faculty and a Civil Rights Administrator for incidence involving students. The policy also ensures that, immediately following reports of sexual harassment, the victim of the alleged harassment will be protected by preventing contact with the alleged harasser.

The biggest change in the new internet acceptable usage policy is the inclusion of electronic devices—including smart phones, iPod Touches and other such devices. The policy makes clear that there is no expectation of privacy on any school-owned hardware, and that inappropriate usage of the internet will result in a student being banned from the school’s network.

The Hopkinton School Committee will hold its next meeting on Thursday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Middle School Library.

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Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and Hopkinton Fire Department Offer

TIPS AS HURRICANE EARL APPROACHES

 

FRAMINGHAM, MA – As Hurricane Earl approaches, The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) recommends a number of steps people can take to help minimize potential damage during hurricane or tropical storm conditions.

 

“Early planning and preparation can be the key to your safety,” states MEMA Acting Director Kurt Schwartz.  “It is important to use your time wisely and not wait until the last minute.”

 

Here are some examples of steps you should be taking:

 

·        Trim back trees and shrubbery around your home. Remove diseased or damaged tree limbs that could be blown down, causing damage, during a storm.

·        Clear clogged rain gutters. Hurricanes/tropical storms often bring torrential rain. Providing clear drainage will help prevent misdirected flooding.

·        Bring in outdoor items to bring inside such as lawn furniture, trash barrels, hanging plants, toys and awnings that can be broken or picked up by strong winds and used as a missile.

·        Make sure storage sheds, children’s playhouses or other outbuildings are securely anchored, either to a permanent foundation or with straps and ground anchors.

·        Elevate articles in your basement that could be damaged from even minor flooding.

·        Make temporary plywood covers to protect windows and sliding doors. Drill holes for screws or lag bolts in each cover and around each window. Note: Taping of windows does not prevent them from breaking.

·        Keep you vehicles fully fuelled.

·        Have a certain amount of cash available.  If power is lost, ATMs may not be working.

·        Make a record of your personal property.  Keep an itemized list of your furniture, clothing and valuables to assist adjusters in case of a claim. Back it up with photographs or video.

·        Protect your insurance policies and other important documents in a secure place like a safe deposit box or a watertight box. Many people back up important documents online.

 ·        Learn where gas pilots and water mains are located and how to safely shut off all utilities.

·        Lock doors and windows to ensure that they are closed tight to help protect against strong winds and rain.

 

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional information about MEMA and Hurricane Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema. Follow MEMA updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Art is in the Eye (and the ear) of the Beholder

"Expressions for Healing" Exhibit Opens at CAA

September 1, 2010 — Above, Dan Cloutier performs in the amphitheater at the CAA building on Hayden Rowe Street, where Expressions for Healing art exhibit reception was held this evening. People above left are leaving the art exhibit area to listen to the music.

       The show, organized by Ann and Kevin Horton, features work from the recipients of the last ten years of the Rory D. Horton Memorial Arts Scholarship, named for their son, whose untimely passing inspired them to help other young artists to continue their education. The Hortons have decided to award the remainder of the fund to the CAA, ESL, and the Healing Garden, as their family continues their lifelong healing process.

       Although over two dozen artists are part of the exhibit, Rory's prolific work fills one room, and then some, at the CAA building. And contrary to the oft-repeated adage that art must be viewed from afar, Rory's genius is also in the details; his style is apparently inspired by the creator of the Alien movie character, with perhaps a touch of The Borg from Star Trek, Next Generation.

       Expressions for Healing will continue through September 25 at the CAA building, 98 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton

       Below, is a detail from a Rory Horton drawing.

Walk This Way

September 1, 2010 — Above, Officer Jacob Campbell observes an OUI Liquor suspect trying to walk a straight line per his instructions on West Main Street at about 12:30 this morning in this grab shot from an HD video. Officer Campbell first demonstrated the procedure before asking the driver to do so. The driver was placed into custody following the field sobriety tests, which are video taped with a dash-mounted video camera in the cruiser.

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 Election 2010

Roy MacDowell of Legacy Farms Quoted by McGovern Campaign


WORCESTER, MA  – August 31, 2010 — Roy MacDowell, the developer behind the upcoming Legacy Farms project in Hopkinton, is featured in a new video for Jim McGovern’s campaign.  In the video, MacDowell expresses his support for Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-3) in his bid for reelection in November, citing McGovern’s record of consistent assistance to the town of Hopkinton and responsiveness to the needs of his constituents. 

MacDowell’s video is the latest in a series featuring business owners, developers, and families from around the 3rd Congressional District talking about their support for McGovern.

Legacy Farms is a 720-acre development project in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.  The project will include 940 units of housing and 450,000 square feet of commercial and retail space to the area.  This project will greatly increase the tax base of Hopkinton and promises to create many jobs for the residents. VIDEO BELOW:

Content above released by McGovern campaign. HopNews file photo of Roy MacDowell.

 

(HopNews recorded interviews and discussions at a meeting on December 29, 2010 at Weston Nurseries that was attended by Congressman McGovern, Roy MacDowell, state, town and bank officials. See THAT video linked here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWKTKqwuJKA )

 

Video released by McGovern campaign is below:

 

 

 

Hopkinton Selectmen Assistant Gives Testimonial for Brian Herr

 

HOPKINTON, MA - August 31, 2010 — Former Hopkinton Selectmen and a current candidate for the Republican nod for the 3rd Congressional seat, Brian Herr is facing four challengers for his party's approval, and is frequently referred to as the front runner by political pundits. His campaign has added  the video below to its website, a testimonial from Geri Holland, who is Hopkinton's Parking Clerk and an assistant to the Board of Selectmen. She worked closely with Brian Herr during his time in Town Hall. See that video below:

 

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Police News UP-TO-DATE

August 31, 2010

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5:14 pm A Detail Officer was struck by a motor vehicle on South Street....

 

11:01 am A Schofield Road caller wanted it on record that he had received a harassing phone call to get out of town.

 

10:59 am A Cedar Street caller reports a B&E in his house, he also reports things missing and the house was trashed...

 

1:54 am A Yale Road resident states there have been people having on and off again arguments at a residence behind his home...

           

Downtown Beautification

August 31, 2010 — Roger Benham, 8, helped Dad this week with his volunteer position with the Hopkinton Garden Club in keeping the plants at Town Hall looking their best.

New Town Professionals

August 31, 2010 — Town manager Norman Khumalo, left, introduces newly hired, from left, Deputy Assessor John Steinberg, Youth Services Coordinator, Jean Vazza and DPW Director, Brendan O'Regan. The meet and greet was planned by Director of Human Resources Maryrose DeGroot, background, right. Many other Town employees were in attendance, including, in the background from left, Police Chief Richard Flannery and Fire Chief Ken Clark, who were each promoted from within the ranks in the last few months.

 

Press Release received from office of the Town Manager  today at 5:45 pm:

 

Hopkinton Finishes Paying $3,885,795 to Milford "to date"

 

The Town of Hopkinton is pleased to announce its final payment in the amount of $1,385,795 pursuant to the terms of the Intermunicipal Agreement (IMA) for Wastewater Collection, Treatment and Disposal between the Town of Hopkinton and the Town of Milford. With this payment, Hopkinton has now paid a total of $3,885,795 fulfilling its financial obligation under the IMA relative to costs incurred by Milford to date. This project will allow for the expansion of the town’s commercial businesses along South Street. The check was delivered to the Milford Water and Sewer Treatment facility on August 30, 2010.

God Squad

August 31, 2010 — Fr. Paul Clifford, Pastor of Roman Catholic Church St. John the Evangelist, is flanked on his left by Fr. Shawn Carey, Assistant Director of Deaf Apostolate, and on his right by Fr. Jeremy St. Martin, Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart Church in Newton and Director for the Deaf Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Boston. The photographer asked them to pause for a photo yesterday as they prepared to cross the street, to which one of them remarked, "It's the God Squad."

Hopkinton Women's Club Gears Up For New Year - Seeks New Members


August 31, 2010 —With last year’s successful projects and fundraising efforts, the Hopkinton Women's Club kicks off the new year with a bang.  On Monday, Sept 13th at 1pm, the Club welcomes new and prospective members to a "Welcome Tea."  We will give an overview of the club, committees, and projects we plan to work on over the coming year.  If you would like to attend the "Welcome Tea" or would like more information, please contact Kathy at 508-435-6471.
 

Our first general meeting will be held on Monday, Sept 20 at 9:30am, at The First Congregational Church of Hopkinton, 146 E. Main Street.  We look forward to a fabulous year of fun, friendship, and fulfilling the needs of our community.  For more information on our meetings, events, and projects, check out our website at http://www.hopkintonwc.com. ~Jane Lockwood

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Waning Days

August 31, 2010 — Summer may waning, but the thirst for discovery and knowledge is alive and well at Sandy Beach, as a crowd of youngsters inspect a turtle that one discovered last weekend. Photo by Maria Gross.

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Weekend State Police Checkpoints, Related Patrols Nab 31 Drunk Drivers

 

August 31, 2010 — Massachusetts State Police arrested 31 drunk drivers in a pair of sobriety checkpoints and related saturation patrols over the weekend, part of the department’s ongoing operations against impaired drivers.

 

Troopers arrested 20 suspected drunk drivers in and around Lowell Friday night. Fifteen of the arrests were made at a sobriety checkpoint on Thorndike Street in Lowell, while five more were made by area saturation patrols connected to the checkpoint. Additionally, troopers assigned to the operation made eight additional arrests on other charges and issued 97 citations for traffic violations.

 

On Saturday night, troopers in and around Springfield made 11 drunk driving arrests. Eight of those were arrested at a sobriety checkpoint on West Columbus Avenue in Springfield, while accompanying saturation patrols arrested three more suspected drunk drivers. Troopers working the operation made two additional arrests on other charges and wrote 71 citations for traffic violations. Springfield Police officers assisting in the checkpoint and patrols made four additional drunk driving arrests.

 

Massachusetts State Police will run three more saturation patrols or checkpoints in coming nights – Thursday in Suffolk County, Friday in Worcester County and Saturday in Essex County.

 

The sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols, an important component of the State Police Department’s multi-pronged road safety strategy, are funded by grants provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and distributed through the Highway Safety Division of the state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

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36th Annual Polyarts

Hopkinton Town Common

September 18, 2010

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

 Featuring over 70 artisans, food and music.  The event is held rain or shine.  Hopkinton Polyarts uses the money raised from this event to award 2 $1000 scholarships to 2 seniors each year.

First Day Back

August 31, 2010 — Jack, Julia and Max hold up the number of fingers that represent their grade level at Elmwood School, as they await the bus on this first day back at school. Photo by Bernadette Markey.

           

E. coli found in ground beef shipped to BJ's Wholesale Club

August 31, 2010 — According to United States Dept of Agriculture, ground beef shipped to eight northern states could be contaminated with E. coli, a bacteria that can cause serious illness, and even death.

     Hopkinton residents who shop at locally owned and operated Colella's Supermarket are spared the recall, because the market does not purchase any of that product, but grinds all of their ground beef on site from hung meat.

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Twenty-two Hours of Reading

Reading Enrichment Passport Completed

 

August 30, 2010 — Holly Burns, 7˝ years-old, got her last passport stamp at Bill's Pizza on Monday evening for reading twenty-two hours over the summer in Elmwood School's Reading Enrichment Program. Holly's Mom said that Holly looks forward to her new teacher tomorrow. Photo taken with Motorola Droid, available at Advantage Wireless, 77 Main Street, Hopkinton.

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High and Dry

Mouse-over image for bird in flight

August 30, 2010 — This great blue heron was content this morning, until the photographer began flapping his arms as if they were wings. The confused bird then took to flight, providing the shot that the reader sees when mousing-over the image, the one the photographer envisioned.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for HopNews.com by Robert Falcione © 2010 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from August 23, 2010 - August 29, 2010

Address

Buyer

Price

Date

Seller

8 Washington  Lane Jose S Duca, Carina Rosacher $640,000 August 27, 2010 Terrence L Hemmelgarn, Lois D Hemmelgatrn
22 Kimball Road Scott A Shaffer, Jennifer A Smead $680,000 August 27, 2010 Leslie G Moothart
4 Singletary Way Mark D Szewczyk, Stephanie J Szewczyk $875,000 August 27, 2010 Craig W Huntley
33 Nazneen Cirlce Lisa Ellen Dahl $419,500 August 26, 2010 Ahmed Mirajuddin, Peppercorn Village Realty Trust
2 Old Farm Road Amy Cafazzo, Mark Cafazzo $865,000 August 25, 2010 Eric Dahl, Lisa Dahl
6 Rosewood Lane Vijay K Vanguri, Judith C Maro $248,000 August 24, 2010 Sandra A Anderson
17 Hearthstone Road Daniel C Burton, Jessica B Burton $625,000 August 24, 2010 Algis L Paliulis, Patricia E Paliulis
Last Week        
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
Two Weeks Ago        
9 Tammer Way David K Schmit, Wynn E Schmit $719,900 August 12, 2010 Stephen Woodmaska JR
3 Leons Way Stephen M Distasio, Janet R Distasio $165,000 August 11, 2010 Lawrence A Drowne
24 Grove Street Scumaci Property LLC $250,000 August 11, 2010 Kenny Thomas M TR, Grove Realty Trust

 

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Concert on the Common

August 29, 2010 — The bass guitar player for the Sixties Invasion mugs for the camera as he walked around with his wireless transmitter listening to the quality of the sound coming from the gazebo where they were setting up before the concert began. The band is playing at this moment, 5:30 pm.

Alone Again...

August 29, 2010 — This solitary sea gull appears wanting for company on this rock at the northern end of North Pond this afternoon. In past years, a dozen gulls could be seen enjoying this space.

New Angel on Board

August 29, 2010 — Ann-Michele's Uptown Hair Design's Team, sometimes called Angels because of their charitable contributions, has added a new member. From left, Valerie Banks, Anne-Michele Dragsbaek, Kim Long, Maya Raza.

           

TEMPLE BETH TORAH OFFERS YOUNG FAMILY HIGH HOLIDAYS

SERVICES TO SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES
 

HOLLISTON, Mass. (August 2010) – Temple Beth Torah’s Rabbi Earl Kideckel invites young families from the surrounding communities to join together on Thursday, September 9 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm to usher in the Jewish New Year. This special child-friendly Rosh Hashanah service will be held in the sanctuary of Temple Beth Torah, located at 2162 Washington Street, Holliston, and is intended for families with children birth to ten years. The Rosh Hashanah service will be followed by Tashlich, held at The Preserve in Holliston, at 5:30 pm. New this year, a Young Family Yom Kippur service will be held on Saturday, September 18 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Both Temple members and non-members are welcome to attend.
 

Tickets are $36 per non-member family and include all Young Family services. For tickets or additional information, please contact Stacey David, Dir of Early Childhood Education, at 508-440-5299 or staceydavid@yahoo.com .

 

Conveniently located on Rte. 16 in Holliston near the Milford line, Temple Beth Torah is a conservative synagogue attracting members from Holliston, Ashland, Milford, Medway, Millis, Hopkinton, and other nearby communities. 

Expressions For Healing Exhibition September 1-25

 

Opening Reception

 September 1

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

7:00 pm performance by Dan Cloutier

 

For 10 years, the Rory D Horton Arts scholarship has been awarded to HHS students who were continuing their schooling in the arts field.  The Horton family has now decided to donate the remaining monies to the CAA (Cultural Arts Alliance), the Healing Garden being developed by the Hopkinton Garden Club, and ESL (Enter Stage Left Theater) to aid in the growth of the arts in Hopkinton.

 

As a continuation of the family's healing, an exhibit of Rory’s works and recipients of his scholarship, as well as family and friends, is being held from Sept. 1-25 at the CAA. An opening reception is on Sept. 1 from 6:30 to 9:00. Hopkinton native Dan Cloutier of Birch Beer records will be performing at 7:00.


The following artists are exhibiting: Katherine Schenot, Lis Collins, Jamison Wright, Marie Hagenbuch, Sam Sennott, Christina Chek, Nick Moschella, Max Furst, Sam Furst, Kay Furst, Arthur Furst, Kathryn Yee, Lindsay Piccioli, Danielle Corey, Barbara Milot, Carol Mecagni, Kali Horton, Matt McLean, Dinny Potenza, Matt Potenza, Chris Potenza, Serenity House, Marathon Quilters, The Greater Waltham Arc.

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Me and My Shadow

August 28, 2010 — This shore bird could escape neither its shadow nor the photographer as the sun dropped low in the western sky today at Hopkinton State Park. The tan objects, likely bugs on the water's surface, are elongated from the photographer panning the camera with the bird's very speedy movement.

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Got a Light?

August 28, 2010 — Most people at the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam were unaware of the flame just above the treetops across the water by the LNG facility on Wilson Street. The flame burns off impurities in the product.

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