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Pursuit Ends in Hopkinton


September 15, 2010 — According to WMRC 1490 AM Radio in Milford, the pursuit of an allegedly stolen tow truck driven by a Franklin Man, 20 year-old Jared Roy, ended in his arrest on Route 495 yesterday after he crashed into a guardrail.


September 15, 2010 — Congressman Jim McGovern offered his congratulations to 3rd Congressional District Republican Primary victor Marty Lamb last night.

“I congratulate Marty Lamb on his hard-fought victory in the Republican primary.  I look forward to the campaign over the next 48 days, one that will focus on the issues, experience, and vision for the future of the 3rd Congressional District.”

“I call on both of my opponents to join me in a series of debates around the district to allow the voters to hear our competing views for moving our communities forward.”

“I’ve been honored to serve the people of the 3rd Congressional District, and look forward to continuing my ongoing fight to create jobs, develop our innovation economy, and help small businesses grow.”

Suspect Stopped

September 15, 2010 — Monitoring Hopkinton's radio frequency last night and knowing they were tied up, Ashland Police offered to help corral a suspect, who turned out to be an elderly woman, at Hopkinton Common suspected of taking down several mailboxes on Hayden Rowe Street. One victim, who gave information to police, was at the Hopkinton station waiting to contribute to a report of the incident shortly after this photo was taken.

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Looks Like lamb in 3rd Congressional District

Hopkinton's Brian Herr second highest vote-getter in District —

highest in Hopkinton by huge margin

Above, Democrat party members Maryjo LaFreniere and Richard Duggan add up the precinct numbers following the primary election in Hopkinton Tuesday evening.


September 14, 2010 — Hopkinton Republican favorite for Third Congressional District, Brian Herr, captured 997 of 1,232 Hopkinton Republican votes today. Marty Lamb of Holliston was second with 116 votes.

       However, district-wide, it was not enough for Mr. Herr, as of the 11:00 pm news on NECN, to win the five-way race to carry the party's banner to unseat Jim McGovern.  As totals came in to NECN, Mr. Lamb's lead widened to 5 percentage points, 31% to 26% of the total. Mary Z Connaughton won the only other contested Republican primary race.

        The Democrats in Hopkinton peaked at 437 votes for Carolyn Dykema for the uncontested race for the district's representative to the State House. (Photo by Motorola Droid, available from Advantage Wireless.)

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Picture Perfect

September 14, 2010 — Mom, Judy Thapa, helps 2.5 year-old Ronan discover the fountain on the Hopkinton Common today after a picnic snack. The Common will be the site on Saturday of the PolyArts Festival, rain or shine, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Follow the Red Brick Road

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September 14, 2010 — Mouse-over the image above to see inside one of the rooms at 2 Hayden Rowe Street, the site of the soon-to-open "Vintage on the Common," a collection of antiques and vintage goods being operated by partners Mary Walling and Linda Cassavant.

       The antiques shop is located in an antique itself, the Manor House, which is represented on the seal of the Town of Hopkinton, and is also entered at the 3 Main Street side entrance

       The women plan to open on Saturday September 18 and take advantage of the PolyArts Festival's renown.

       Regular weekday hours will be Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Thursdays until 7:00 pm.


Busier Than Usual

September 14, 2010 — Pundits at the driveway leading to the polls said the turnout this morning was much busier than usual, promising wins for the most passionate candidates. It was a great year for puns:

"Vote for Herr, not him."

"Stopa da nonsense."

"The budget needs a Lamb chop."

Genevieve (Reid) Haynes, 90


Genevieve (Reid) Haynes was born Jan. 6, 1920. in Hingham, to Alice (Huestis) and Frederick Reid. She passed away Monday, Sept. 6, 2010. She grew up and spent many years of her life in Hopkinton.

        She had several siblings, June (Fairbanks), Henry, Roy, David, Frank and Steve Reid. Gen worked on data processing at the Natick Army Research Lab until retirement. Genevieve was an accomplished seamstress, avid gardener, and loved books, antiques and auctions. She especially loved to travel with her husband, Richard Haynes, who died in 2003. She often played Scrabble and visited with her classmates at the Hopkinton Senior Center.

        She and her husband, Louis T. Geneseo, raised their family in Milford. He passed away in 1950. They also lost their son, Cpt. Louis Geneseo, U.S. Army Special Forces of Sweden, Maine, who was killed in combat in Vietnam in 1969. She leaves her daughter-in-law, Barbara Geneseo; and three grandchildren, Mary Sohl, Jennifer Campbell and Steve Geneseo. She also leaves her second son, Jerry, and his wife, Judy, Geneseo of Bridgton, Maine, and grandchildren, Louis, Lauri, Mark and Kristy Dixit. She also leaves her third son, Stephen and his wife, Ann, of Sweden, Maine, and a grandson, William Geneseo. Genevieve lost her husband, John Feeny, in 1973. She also leaves their daughter, Kate and her husband, Dr. Thomas Piemonte, and granddaughter, Ashley, of Dover.

          There will be a service at the St Pauls Episcopal Church in Hopkinton on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m., for anyone who would like to attend. Burial will be a private family service at the Ridlonville Cemetery in Sweden, Maine. Donations in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , PO Box 3704, Memphis, TN 38173.

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Golden Pond Expansion Project Public Hearing Continued Again

Golden Pond, Planning Board lock horns over sidewalks, turning lane


by Muriel Kramer

September 13, 2010 —On Monday evening, the Planning Board voted again to continue the Public Hearing for the Golden Pond site plan review; the hearing has been continued to September 27th at 8 PM. Opening the meeting, Chairman Joe Markey acknowledged that the process so far had been long and that there continue to be some clear areas of disagreement.

         There was decisive progress on the first issue of the sewer connection. Joe Marquedant, an engineer representing Golden Pond, indicated that the DPW Director Brendan O’Regan had seen the design and had no issues with it; and after a short discussion, the Planning Board members agreed that the sewer connection plan was acceptable.

          The second major issue was lighting; Marquedant summed up the latest plan indicating that the plan had been updated to accommodate the Board’s input. Representing Fay, Spofford and Thorndike (FST), the town’s engineering consultants, Dave Glenn agreed. “The plan as submitted has an average of 1.4 foot candles of light power; over time that will deteriorate to 1.1 foot candles on average. We recommend at least one foot candle across the site.” Planning Board members indicated agreement and general satisfaction with the amended plan.

           The third big issue is that of a dedicated left hand turning lane to mitigate for traffic impacts on West Main Street. The DPW Director as well as FST urged the Planning Board to require the applicant to include construction of a left turn lane. Fred Mosley of FST explained that the criteria for requiring a left turn lane have been met. “We are looking for a design that complies with accepted standards to provide for nice, continuous movement through there.” FST suggests a paved area that allows for a gradual increase in width of 10 additional feet on the road that then continues past the new entrance and existing entrance then gradually returns to the existing width.

             Planning Board Vice Chairman Mark Abate summed up the Planning Board members concerns saying, “I don’t see how we could go against the recommendation of our DPW Director and our consulting engineer; that would be irresponsible.”   The Applicant, Golden Pond, has consistently resisted adjusting their plan to include a dedicated turning lane despite the repeated input from consultants to do so. When Markey asked if there were any Planning Board members willing to approve the plan as is, no members responded.

Planning Board member Carol DeVeuve asserted that it is “our job to consider the impacts of the project and account for issues concerning public safety.” Attorney Ray Miyares assured the Board that the issue could be addressed in the conditions if the site plan is approved.

Sidewalks across the site and connecting to adjacent sidewalks also continue to be an area of disagreement. Marquedant represented that the sidewalk plan hadn’t changed. DeVeuve repeated that she would “like to see pedestrian access across the property connecting to existing sidewalks. Sidewalks along West Main is a major goal in the Master Plan, and we have to start somewhere.”

For his part, Golden Pond owner Kerry Kunst feels that the municipal improvements—sidewalks and the turning lane—should be done by the town, suggesting that the business’s contributions from property taxes should suffice. “There’s a difference between private and municipal projects. Our tax base will pay for municipal improvements.”

Planning Board members split on the first vote to continue the Public Hearing further, but then discussed wanting to still be able to ask for input from town professionals and consultants. A vote to close the hearing failed, and a second vote to continue the hearing was successful.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

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Acton Woman Guilty Of Falsifying Documents To Get Subsidized Housing


            WOBURN- September 13, 2010 - An Action woman has been found guilty in connection to illegally obtaining low-income housing by falsifying information pertaining to her personal finances, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.


            Ruth Herman, 57, of Acton, was found guilty on charges of perjury (2 counts), larceny over $250, falsifying a financial statement, and government purchasing violation. Middlesex Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Fahy sentenced the defendant to four years probation and ordered her to pay restitution in the amount of $73,947 within ten days...

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High School Booster Store Now Open for Business




The Hopkinton High School Booster store is now open every weekday during lunch, 10:45 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. and two Wednesdays a month, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.  For your shopping convenience, the store will also be open in the evening during the high school "Back To School Night" for parents starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 23, as well as Sat., Sept 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Come and see all the new and exciting Hiller items!  All proceeds benefit Hopkinton athletics.



Free Program a Hit


by Raymond Gendreau

September 13, 2010 — On Sunday September 10, 2010 the Hopkinton Historical Society presented a music program sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  John Root, of Amherst Massachusetts, presented Popular Music of the Golden Years ( 1929-1939 ).  As a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist John has presented programs throughout New England for over thirty years.
John sang over 40 snippets of seldom-heard verses as well as the more familiar choruses of these songs, accompanying himself at the keyboard with authentic period arrangements.
Some of our favorites were "Toot, Toot, Tootsie ( Goo' Bye!)"; "Heart of My Heart"; "Singing in the Rain"; "Up a Lazy River"; "It Had To Be You" and NPR's selection of the best song of the century: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".
John not only sang and performed on the keyboard but also gave explanations of his choices. Some because they were the most popular, some because they broke new ground and some because of their hidden meanings.
The free program, held at the town's firehouse, was attended by approximately 25 thankful residents.

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September 13, 2010

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4:22 pm Officer William Burchard removed youths from the gazebo...


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If You See This 50 year-old,

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The Tournament At Hopkinton

Hosted by:

Hopkinton Police Local 254


Hopkinton Chamber Of Commerce

October 4, 2010

Hopkinton Country Club

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"Friday Night on the Town"

Friday, Sept. 17 6:30-9:30 HHS Auditorium

Let Dorothy, the witch, the lion, and the whole cast dazzle your children in Technicolor while you dine at a discount!


September 13, 2010 --- The Hopkinton High School Drama Ensemble is hosting a “Friday Night on the Town,” Friday, September 17th from 6:30pm- 9:30pm in the Hopkinton High School auditorium. Parents can enjoy a discounted dinner out at a participating restaurant while their kids (grades 1-6) join Ms. von Rosenvinge and the HHS drama ensemble as they follow the yellow brick road and enjoy the family movie classic with Dorothy and the cast of characters.


Adults who don’t have to worry about finding something to do for little ones, can also take advantage of this unique opportunity and use the donated coupons that evening.


Participating restaurants include: Bill’s Pizza, The Golden Spoon, Ciao Time, Ken’s Steak House, and Tavolino.


Event registration is $8 per child ($25 max per family) before Sept. 14th and $10 per child ($32 max per family) after. To learn more about the restaurant discounts, to download a registration form for the movie, and to print restaurant coupons visit  or contact Debbie Phelan at


All proceeds from the event will support the HHS Drama Ensemble’s trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. HHS drama is proud to have been selected to perform at the prestigious arts festival, as part of the American High School Theatre Festival (AHSTF) in August 2011. For more information, or to make a donation contact Valerie von Rosenvinge at

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for by Robert Falcione © 2010 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from September 6, 2010 - September 13, 2010






Address Buyer Price Date Seller
12 Nazneen Circle Ansari, Akbar Ali, Ameernaz, Syeda $545,000 Sept 10, 2010 Ahmd Mirajuddin TR, Peppercorn Village Realty TR
23 Valleywood Road Mark Pantazes $600,000 Sept 10, 2010 Richard J Edry
37 Trevor Lane Unit 23 Algius L Paliulis $475,000 Sept 10, 2010 Maillet & Son LLC
91 Saddle Hill Road Robert Dynan, Stacey Courtney Dynan $530,000 Sept 10, 2010 Prudential Relocation Inc
91 Saddle Hill Road Prudential Relocation Inc $530,000 Sept 10, 2010 Thomas Herring, Teresa Herring
7 Hilltop Road Michael J Spavento, Christine S Spavento $255,000 Sept 8, 2010 Leopold T Dirlinger, Michael D Dirlinger
Last Week        
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


Cyanide Believed to be Manner of Milford Woman's Suicide

MILFORD- September 12, 2010 — Massachusetts State Police this evening continue to investigate the death of a 30-year-old Milford woman and her possession of a poisonous material. Emergency personnel responding to the woman’s home this morning found her deceased; the probable manner of death is suicide.


Milford police and a state police detective located in the young woman’s residence a crystalline substance believed to be cyanide. A hazardous materials team responded to the home to investigate whether any other hazardous substances were present. None were located. Meanwhile, State Police determined that the young woman’s car was parked at a public transit station in Westwood. State Police bomb squad and hazardous materials technicians responded to that location and conducted a sweep of the car.


The sweep revealed no traces of hazardous materials, including no trace of cyanide. The State Police investigation into the source of the suspected cyanide, when and how it was acquired by the deceased, and how it was transported to her home remains ongoing. The deceased woman was affiliated with Northeastern University.


At this point, the investigation has not conclusively determined that the suspected cyanide was taken from the university. The investigation is being led by the State Police Division of Investigative Services and Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early’s office. State Police have contacted Transit Police and Northeastern University Police; both agencies are currently assisting in tonight’s ongoing investigation to determine how and when the deceased came into possession of the deadly substance.


Expressions for Healing

A Legacy of Rory D. Horton


September 12, 2010 — Rory D. Horton's youthful flame burned very brightly, but not as long as it should have. Nonetheless, his prolific art inspired his parents to offer a Memorial Scholarship Fund in his name, which they maintained for ten years. And now, the CAA is holding an exhibit not only of Rory's work, but of those he knew, and those who received a scholarship from the fund and continued their educations in art. As parents Ann and Kevin Horton dissolve fund, the remaining money will be donated to the CAA, ESL, and the Healing Garden being built on that property.

      In the video above, some of Rory's work and some of the scholarship recipients' work is shown briefly so the viewer will be inspired visit the CAA exhibit and see the marvelous detail of work of this young artist and those who benefitted from the legacy of Rory Horton. It was shot on September 1, 2010, during the CAA reception that Dan Cloutier performed at. Dan's live performance provides the background score for the brief video above. Watch it, be inspired, and then visit the exhibit at the CAA building on Hayden Rowe Street, now through September 25, 2010.

The Edge

September 12, 2010 — It looks a bit like a twister could be touching down near Lake Maspenock, but it is just the edge of a weather pattern that barely sprinkled Hopkinton this afternoon. The LMPA (Lake Maspenock Preservation Association) has sent an email to lake residents:

After a beautiful summer, it is now approaching the time that the annual draw down of the lake begins.  The timing of the draw down is mandated by a permit received from the Hopkinton Conservation Commission and must begin no earlier than September 15th and no later than October 1st.  The exact date can vary from year to year based upon the level of the lake coming out of the summer. 


This year it is anticipated that the draw down will commence some time during the week of September 19th, with a reduction in the level of the lake of 4-5 feet.  We are hoping to conduct a more extensive draw down of the lake, 7-8 feet this year, in an effort to control the invasive weeds and to re-build the town boat ramp at Sandy Beach.  Our permit for that draw down is contingent upon many factors, one of which pertains to periods of drought conditions.  Hopkinton has been designated to be in a drought advisory area.   Our permit stipulates that the more extensive draw down will not be allowed under those conditions or “immediately following” that designation.  We are hoping the recent rains will remove us from the drought advisory and are seeking a waiver of the stipulation, “immediately following drought conditions”, from the Conservation Commission.  We will know more and will relay that information as we receive it.  The normal draw down will take place as usual, it is only the more extensive draw down which is in question.  Please be aware of the draw down process and arrange for the removal of boats and docks accordingly.


Have a great autumn,


The Officers and Executive Board

Lake Maspenock Preservation Association

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Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that affects as many as three million Americans. It is a disease that most often is diagnosed in childhood, strikes suddenly and lasts a lifetime. Each year alone, 15,000 children are diagnosed with the disease.


And each year millions nationwide, and thousands locally, join in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Walk to Cure Diabetes, an event designed to raise money for research to find a cure for this disease.


This year, the Cusanelli family of Hopkinton is among those who will once again be hitting the pavement in Boston. Their youngest son Robert was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes two years ago when he was 13.


Now a freshman at Hopkinton High School, Robert has not only helped the Freshman Hillers kick off their football season, but he is helping his family kick off their Walk to Cure Diabetes campaign.


Their team, “Cuz’s Crusaders” will be walking on Saturday October 2nd. The walk begins at the Hatch Shell in Boston and goes approximately 3 miles.


This year, “Cuz’s Crusaders” goal is to raise $5000. Anyone interested in making a donation can go to the Cusanelli website at and type in the team name “Cuz’s Crusaders; or by check made out to JDRF and mailed to Kathy Cusanelli 41 Granite St. Hopkinton.

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Lieutenant Governor Murray presents the 8th annual awards in memory of 9/11 hero; recognizes civilian bravery of Massachusetts residents who saved a life in car crash

BOSTON - Saturday, September 11, 2010 - As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's annual September 11th recognition of local heroes, Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray today presented four good Samaritans with the 8th Annual Madeline Amy Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery at a State House ceremony. 

Named for the 9/11 hero, the Sweeney Award honors individuals who demonstrate extraordinary bravery in an effort to save the life of another in danger. Peter Chenevert, Michael Genest, Jessica Genest and David Bianco - all residents of Uxbridge, Massachusetts - were recognized for saving a woman trapped in a burning SUV this past January.

"Madeline Amy Sweeney was selfless, and she was brave. These awards honor her legacy by recognizing individuals who put themselves on the line to help others in need," said Governor Deval Patrick. "I congratulate these four ordinary citizens for being at their best in a time of crisis and reminding all of us that Ms. Sweeney's spirit is alive and well in the Commonwealth today.”

"We honor these four courageous residents who risked their lives to help a person in a very dangerous situation," said Lieutenant Governor Murray. "As we remember Ms. Sweeney, we continue to recognize the selfless and brave acts by everyday residents of the Commonwealth."

On January 26, 2010, a SUV crashed on North Main Street in Uxbridge, trapping the single occupant in the vehicle as it caught fire. Peter Chenevert heard the accident and called 911 before rushing to the scene to help. The driver was unresponsive with her seat belt still on. As Chenevert used a fire extinguisher from his house to put out the flames, Michael and Jessica Genest and David Bianco were passing by. Bianco and Micheal Genest assisted by keeping the vehicle from turning over as Jessica cut the seat belt loose to pull the driver free. Uxbridge police officers who responded to the scene credit the assistance of these selfless individuals with playing a large part in saving the driver's life. 

The Madeline Amy Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery was created in the spirit of the heroism and bravery shown by Sweeney and so many other victims on September 11, 2001. Sweeney, known as Amy, was a flight attendant aboard American Airlines Flight 11, the plane that was hijacked on the morning of September 11th and crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Before the crash, Sweeney managed to convey critical information about the plane's five hijackers, including descriptions of four and their seat numbers, to ground services by telephone. An Acton resident, Sweeney left behind a husband and two children. 


"It takes a special type of person to risk their life to save another," said Public Safety Secretary Mary Beth Heffernan. "This recognition is a testament to our honorees and who they are." 

"There are extraordinary people living all around us, and the selfless actions of these four individuals are further evidence of that. Risking personal injury to themselves in order to save a complete stranger truly exemplifies what it means to be a local hero and a true neighbor," said Senator Richard T. Moore.


"With total disregard for their own personal safety, all of these heroes made a difference in someone's life. A true tragedy was averted by these quick thinking individuals," said Representative Jennifer Callahan.

"Peter, Michael, Jessica and David exemplify the word courage in its true meaning. All four individuals are special and will be honored in the heroic spirit of Madeline Amy Sweeney," said Representative Paul Kujawski.

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Fruit Street Soccer Fields Get a Workout

September 11, 2010 — It was a long time coming, but the HYSA opened their field up to play, and today several teams took advantage of it at the same time. The field, actually two fields large enough to accommodate varsity football too, can be broken up to hosts multiple games at the same time.

Favors Mike Stopa for Congress

Editor -

I am writing to appeal to Republican primary voters in the Massachusetts 3rd Congressional District to vote for Mike Stopa on Tuesday, September 14. 

I have paid close attention to this race for several months.  Mike is a smart conservative who will help bring back core American free market principles to the US House of Representatives.  He's also very strong on specific policy issues -- think of a New England version of Wisconsin's Paul Ryan -- and is proposing a 10% cut of the federal workforce to reduce the burden of government and help get our fiscal house back in order.

Please remember to vote for Mike Stopa this coming Tuesday, September 14.

Jeff Crum
12 Joseph Road
Hopkinton, MA

September 11, 2010

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Ethics Commission’s Enforcement Division Alleges that

State Auditor A. Joseph DeNucci Violated the Conflict of Interest Law

 Hired his first cousin at the State Auditor’s Office


September 10, 2010 — The Enforcement Division of the State Ethics Commission (“Commission”) today issued an Order to Show Cause (“OTSC”) alleging that State Auditor A. Joseph DeNucci (“DeNucci”) violated G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, by directing that subordinates hire his cousin for a position at the State Auditor’s Office (“SAO”).


According to the OTSC, in January 2008, DeNucci suggested to his first cousin, Gaetano Spezzano (“Spezzano”), that Spezzano work for the SAO.  Spezzano was 75 years old and unemployed at the time.  Spezzano completed the first page of a two-page employment application, but did not complete the second page which requested information about previous employment.  The OTSC alleges that DeNucci directed subordinates to interview Spezzano, and a deputy auditor then recommended Spezzano for a fraud examiner position with the SAO’s Bureau of Special Investigations (“BSI”).  On March 24, 2008 DeNucci, by letter, offered a fraud examiner position to Spezzano.  Spezzano requested, and was approved, to work at the BSI’s Brockton office, as it was nearest to his home.  The OTSC alleges that, at the time Spezzano was offered the position, there was no vacant fraud examiner position at the BSI, Spezzano did not have the skills or knowledge required of a fraud examiner and no other candidates were considered for the position for which Spezzano was hired.  Spezzano worked in the position until going out on sick leave in December 2009.  His employment was terminated in April 2010 after he exhausted sick leave and sick leave bank time.


Section 23(b)(2) of the conflict of interest law prohibits a state employee from, knowingly, or with reason to know, using or attempting to use his official position to secure for himself or others unwarranted privileges or exemptions which are of substantial value and which are not properly available to similarly situated individuals.  According to the OTSC, DeNucci violated section 23(b)(2) by directing his staff to interview Spezzano, and by offering the job to Spezzano, his first cousin.


Section 23(b)(3) prohibits a state employee from, knowingly, or with reason to know, acting in a manner which would cause a reasonable person, having knowledge of the relevant circumstances, to conclude that any person can improperly influence or unduly enjoy his favor in the performance of his official duties, or that he is likely to act or fail to act as a result of kinship, rank, position or undue influence of any party or person.  The section further provides that it shall be unreasonable to so conclude if such officer or employee has disclosed in writing to his appointing authority or, if no appointing authority exists, discloses in a manner which is public in nature, the facts which would otherwise lead to such a conclusion.  According to the OTSC, by hiring his cousin at the SAO without filing a written public disclosure to dispel the appearance of impropriety, DeNucci also violated section 23(b)(3). Photo from Auditor's website.

Jared Vogel Visits Elmwood for American Heart Association

Mouse-over image to see 60" waist

September 10, 2010 — Jared Vogel, spokesperson for Subway, visited Elmwood School today with members of the American Heart Association to talk about fitness and the Jump Rope for Heart program.  Mouse-over this image to see the 60" waist pants he wore when he was over 400 lbs.  Contributed content,

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 More Than 8,000 Participants Expected to Participate in Sunday’s

Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk


Boston, Mass. – September 10, 2010 - This Sunday, September 12, more than 8,000 walkers will participate in The Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, which allows participants to follow the course of the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon to honor friends, family, co-workers, and patients facing all forms of cancer. 2009 File Photo.


Over the past 22 years, the Walk has contributed more than $66 million to support cancer research and care at Dana-Farber. Walkers choose from one of four route options designed for everyone from the marathon enthusiast to the youngest walker. There is also a virtual walker option for those who can't make it to the event.


To help celebrate the event, the Boston Athletic Association, organizer of the Boston Marathon since the inaugural race in 1887, has refurbished its Boston Marathon Centennial Monument on Copley Square Park, where the Walk will finish. When participants finish, they will be inspired when they see the names of 114 years of Boston Marathon finishers engraved in granite from the open, masters and wheelchair divisions. The monument was constructed and placed in 1996 as part of the 100th Boston Marathon, which was the world’s largest marathon at that time and included nearly 40,000 entrants. While the names of certain divisions are permanently engraved in stone, the monument is meant to be a tribute to anyone who has ever completed the 26.2-mile route from Hopkinton through the middle cities and towns of Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, and Brookline before reaching the finish line in Boston.


"The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest and most prestigious annual marathon, and we are pleased that many more thousands are able to experience this historic course while raising important funds during the process," said Guy Morse, Executive Director of the Boston Athletic Association for the last 25 years. "When they reach the finish line, they’ll be treated to a gleaming tribute to all those who have experienced the same feeling." HopNews File Photo.


Morse, who himself overcame cancer two years ago and was treated at Dana-Farber, will be participating in the Walk on Sunday, joining many Dana-Farber patients and their families from the Institute in the Longwood medical area to the finish in Back Bay.


Participants will be welcomed at the finish line by a familiar voice: Tom Grilk, Voice of the Boston Marathon. Grilk’s signature sound has been a fixture on Boylston Street on Patriots’ Day each April for decades. Participants in the Walk also receive the thrill at the conclusion of their trek when they realize it is this same voice which is synonymous with the world’s premier road racing event and which has "made the call" of so many of the world’s top marathoners for so many years. Since 2003, Grilk has served as President of the Boston Athletic Association.


The text of the Boston Marathon Centennial Monument features a quote from Tennyson’s "Ulysses" which the B.A.A. underscores twice each year: in the Spring when the Boston Marathon is run and in the Fall on the day of the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. It reads:


"One equal temper of heroic hearts,

Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."


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Woburn Police Seeks Witnesses to Pedestrian Hit and Run


SeptemberThe Woburn Police Department is asking that anybody who witnessed, or has information regarding, a serious hit and run accident that seriously injured a pedestrian, or information on events that preceded the crash, please contact the Woburn Police Department.  The crash occurred in the vicinity of 24 Main Street in Woburn on Wednesday morning, September 8, 2010, at approximately 6:00 a.m.


The crash resulted in the serious injury of a 75 year old female from the town of Winchester after she was struck by an unknown vehicle. The vehicle involved in this crash was not at the scene upon the arrival of responding officers.


Anybody who witnessed the crash, or observed any unusual activity in the area of Cranes Court, Cross Street or Main Street on the morning of Wednesday September 8, 2010 is asked to contact Officer Richard Jolly of the Wobrun Police at 781-933-1212 Ext. 121.


The facts and circumstances of this crash remain under investigation by the Woburn Police Department with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section.

Library Expansion Effort Focused on Selecting the Best Site to Maximize Grant Opportunity


by Muriel Kramer

September 10, 2010 — The newly formed Permanent Building Committee (PBC) met to discuss the expansion options for the Hopkinton Public Library; architect Stewart Roberts of Johnson Roberts Associates began the meeting outlining the four options—a new building on Claflin Place, a renovation effort at the Center School location, a new building located behind the Center School, or a renovation and expansion at the current Church Street location including the neighboring property.


The PBC and Town entities are working to meet the January 27, 2011 grant application deadline set by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). The grant could amount to up to 50% of reimbursable expenses for the expansion effort being paid by the State leaving the town to appropriate 25% and the Library to raise 25%. The first step in the formal grant application process is to file a letter of intent to apply; that letter is due to the MBLC by October 5th. The PBC will next meet on September 23rd to vote on the preferred option and present their recommendations to the Board of Selectmen on September 28th. In the meantime the PBC voted to recommend that the Town Manager open negotiations with Johnson Roberts Associates to prepare the Schematic Design.


All of the options presented have advantages and disadvantages. A new building at Claflin Place would remove the Library from downtown which is considered less desirable; additionally, the town would have to purchase the property as well as additional property to provide necessary access to the landlocked parcel. The estimated cost for the Claflin Place option is $9.7 million. The advantages include that new construction is likely to be less costly than a renovation effort particularly one that includes moving the library to a temporary location during renovation.


Renovating the existing Center School is estimated to cost $11.6 million; that option requires that the school be decommissioned and the additions including the gymnasium would be removed. The new library would include three floors which is considered less desirable from a staffing and operational perspective. The second option for the Center School site involves keeping the Center School intact and building a stand-alone library building in the back portion of the lot with a large parking lot between the two buildings. That option is estimated to cost $9 Million.


The final option is to renovate and expand at the current Library site as well as onto the adjacent property; that site is considered less desirable largely because adequate parking is not available. Additionally the adjacent property is privately held and not yet owned by the Town. That effort is estimated to cost $10.2 million. The property at 9 Church Street has been mentioned as the most likely direction to expand. That property is owned by a for-profit corporation, Nine Church Street Corporation, Inc., whose officers are also Trustees of the Hopkinton Public Library: President Linda Kimball, Treasurer Sarah Duckett, and Secretary Len Holden. That is not part of the Library transfer to the town, but some have said it could be if the Library expands on that land. The price tag for that property is unknown. (The above paragraph modified by Editor.)


Discussions at the PBC meeting and feedback from Johnson Roberts Associates favor the option to build a new building behind the Center School.


Resident Ken Weismantel summed up some of the challenges in planning to use the Center School site including that the taxpayers will have to vote to support building a new school at Fruit Street and vote to support building the new library at virtually the same time. “I don’t think the taxpayers will support a whole chain of projects in one year, two years or three years. There also needs to be a plan to use the old library building and a capital plan that people can support.”

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Trapped Driver Rescued

September 9, 2010 — Above, Fire Chief Ken Clark looks south on Cedar Street as more equipment pulls up to the scene of a vehicle that crashed off of the side of the road, trapping the driver inside this afternoon.

     Arriving safety officials asked for the "Jaws of Life" extrication tool, but it was deemed unnecessary after firefighters dropped some brush and small trees.

     "The only tool we used was a chainsaw," said Fire Lt. Patrick Gross, who was on scene.

     The male driver of the vehicle was taken to UMass medical by Hopkinton ambulance after his speedy extrication.

     Lt. Gross said the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.


A raw video of the scene is below:



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Paul A. Carter, 72


Paul A. Carter, 72, of Hopkinton, passed away at home on Wednesday, September 8, 2010. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Bruce and Theresa (MacNamara) Carter. He was the husband to Harriett A. (Hansen) Carter. Paul was a member of the VFW and the Natick Elks. He was an instructor at Americor in Chicopee and was a brick layer for many years. He had also been an active member of the Local 51 that is now part of the local 3.

Besides his wife of Hopkinton, he is survived by his daughters, Cheryl Becker and her husband James of Maryland, Paula Sweeney and her husband Michael of CT., Elizabeth Carter of Marston Mills, MA. and Michele Carter of Harwich, MA. He also leaves behind 5 grandchildren, Lisa, Jason, Amy, Jeremy, Keleigh as well as 2 great-grandchildren, D�Andre and Dante. He is predeceased by his daughter Lisa Carter who passed away in 1968.

Visitation will take place on Saturday, September 11 from 5-8 pm at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. A burial will take place in Evergreen Cemetery in Hopkinton at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made to the Animal Rescue League, 10 Chandler St. Boston, MA. 02116 or

Herr Gets Endorsement of MetroWest and Milford Daily News


In an email to supporters, constituents and the press, Hopkinton resident and former Selectman Brian Herr announced the support of two printed newspaper publications for his candidacy. In a telephone conversation with HopNews this afternoon, Mr. Herr said that the newspapers had seen his work on the Board of Selectmen in Hopkinton and recognized his ability to bring about consensus. 


"This morning I was honored to receive the endorsement of the MetroWest Daily News and the Milford Daily News.  Here is what they had to say:"


The largest cast of candidates is in the 3rd Congressional District, where five Republicans are vying for the chance to square off against Rep. Jim McGovern in November.

The candidates share conservative positions on federal spending, opposition to health care reform and other Obama administration initiatives. Their efforts to stand out from the crowd, and to win the affections of Tea Party enthusiasts, have not always helped. Two of them - Bob Chipman, a Plainville mortgage broker and Bob Delle, a public defender from Westborough - have repeated the fiction that President Obama is a Muslim. Marty Lamb, a Holliston real estate attorney, has used gimmicks - notably his "Congressional barf bag" - to attract attention. Michael Stopa, a Harvard physicist specializing in nanotechnology, brings an interesting resume - none of it involving public service - to the table, but his casual attitude toward global climate change is disappointing.

Experience as a selectman in a small town doesn't necessarily qualify anyone for the United States Congress, but Brian Herr's 10 years in local government set him apart in this crowded field. As an experienced public servant, Herr understands that solving problems isn't about ideological purity or public grandstanding. He knows that success, whether in Hopkinton Town Hall or the halls of Congress, depends on being able to work constructively and respectfully with people you sometimes disagree with - something many in Washington seem to have forgotten.

After 20 years in the private sector, Herr understands that small business drives the economy. On most policy issues, he is as conservative as his opponents. But he doesn't consider government the enemy; it is an essential partner to the private sector in education, infrastructure and economic development. BRIAN HERR bills himself as a "reasonable, respectful, responsible Republican," and we offer him our endorsement.

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Jim McGovern Announces Candidacy


September 9, 2010 — US Congressman Jim McGovern, Massachusetts 3rd District, although completing the official obligations of a candidate months ago, has announced his candidacy for reelection officially just yesterday in this web-only video above.

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 Crime: Regional/State

Two Flee MSP Gang Unit in Brockton

Hudson Package not a Bomb


September 8, 2010 — Two men are under arrest after they failed to stop for Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit troopers in Brockton, fled into West Bridgewater and Bridgewater, and crashed their motor vehicle. The incident began at approximately 9:35 pm when an MSP Gang Unit trooper tried to stop the suspect vehicle on Route 28 southbound in Brockton for a motor vehicle violation. The car refused to stop and led MSP troopers on a brief pursuit, which lasted an estimated 3 minutes before MSP command and control terminated the pursuit at the intersection of Route 28 and Route 106. MSP units ceased their pursuit, and the suspect vehicle continued heading south on 28. Subsequent to that, the suspect vehicle was picked up by local West Bridgewater and Bridgewater Police units. MSP units were no longer involved at this point. The suspect vehicle continued to flee from Route 28 onto Center Street. At the intersection where Center Street merges with Route 104, the suspect vehicle crashed into the parking lot of the Bridgewater police station. The damage is believed to be minor. The two suspects will be turned over to MSP to be booked on motor vehicle charges; an ongoing investigation is expected to lead to other charges as well. They are expected to be booked at the Brockton police station. We will update further during tomorrow’s day shift.



In other news, the Massachusetts State Police bomb squad and MSP Troop C patrols responded to Hudson tonight after a suspicious item – a suitcase wrapped in tape – was observed in a Stop & Shop driveway. The bomb squad determined that the item was not an explosive device.

Evan Nicholas Girardi, 20


HOPKINTON - Evan Nicholas Girardi, 20, passed away unexpectedly on September 6, 2010. Born in Mission Hills, California, he was the beloved son of Michael Daniel Girardi and Barbara (Rollinson) Girardi of Hopkinton.

Evan was a 2007 graduate of Hopkinton High School and a senior at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, studying Business with a concentration in Marketing. He held past summer internships at EMC Corporation in Hopkinton.

Besides his parents, Evan is survived by his sisters Paige, studying at DePaul University - Chicago, and Maddie and Elle of Hopkinton High School, grandparents Ann Marie (Astrosky) Girardi of Harwich and Bruce and Susan (Pastore) Rollinson of Naples, Florida, uncles and aunts William and Jill Rollinson of Saratoga, California, Thomas and Cheryl Girardi of Randolph, New Jersey, and Scott and Mary Louise Davis of Hopkinton, and eight cousins.

Calling hours will be held at St. John the Evangelist Church Parish Center Hall, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton, on Friday, September 10 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church on Saturday, September 11 at 10:00 a.m. A collation will follow in the Parish Center Hall. Burial will be private.

Donations may be made to Children’s Hospital Boston – Cardiology Department 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115, in the name of Evan Girardi or to the “Evan Girardi Scholarship Fund” c/o Bank of America, 77 West Main Street, Hopkinton MA 01748. Flowers may delivered to the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church St., Hopkinton.



I Am Lost


My name is Oliver.  I went out Tom-catting about twelve days ago, but then lost my way home, and you were kind enough to take me in. But I know my Wood Street family, and especially Karen, misses me very much. I may be in your home in the Patriot's Blvd  area.


I want to go home. Please call Karen at 508-649-1909 so I may be reunited with her and the rest of my loving family.

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