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The Launch

September 23, 2010 — Alan Kett of Hopkinton shares his love of hawks with a shot of this Cooper's hawk launching off of a fencepost.

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Friday, September 17th
4 - 7 PM 
77 West Main Street
A New Arrivals Wine Tasting

This week we will sample some great wines that have appeared in the store over the summer.  There's a pair from Australia (an unoaked Chardonnay and a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc), another unoaked Chardonnay from New Zealand, a pair that sport the famous Black Dog of the Vineyard Haven's Black Dog Tavern (a Chardonnay and a Cabernet Sauvignon), and a Spanish Sangria adorned with a tattoo design from Ed Hardy.  Today's wines, in no particular order are:

The 2006 Cully Chardonnay from Marlborough, New Zealand.  This is a delicious unoaked wine displaying the classic characters of Marlborough Chardonnay, i.e., lifted aromas of ripe stone fruit and citrus that lead to rich flavors of peaches and baked custard.  It is a soft textured wine with fine acidity. 

The 2008 Mad Bay Unwooded Chardonnay from South Western Australia.  This wine is almost all Chardonnay with just a slight bit of Sauvignon Blanc to round out the more full-flavored Chardonnay.  The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks without the influence of oak to allow the complex fruit flavors to express themselves on the palate.  The wine is pale straw with green tints.  The nose exhibits a wonderful aromatic drive bursting with fruity esters.  It is further complexed by the combination of the riper white peach and melon aromas with the finer grapefruit and citrus characters.  The palate like the nose is also complex with many layers of fruit flavors and a clean fine structure.  Again the riper fruit characters balance well with the leaner more elegant citrus flavors.  The finish is generous and long with a clean acid thrust.  Thanks to a special purchase, this wine is just 3 for $28, or $111.96 per case.

The 2008 Mad Bay Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Cabernet Franc Blend from Western Australia.  This traditional blend of three classic grape varieties is designed to produce a wine with a complete palate profile.  Cabernet Sauvignon is the structurally strongest variety with good flavor in the early and late part of the taste spectrum backed up by fine tannin.  Merlot has less flavor persistence but has wonderful mid palate fleshiness giving a sweet fruit centre to the wine.  Cabernet Franc is highly aromatic providing a very attractive addition to the bouquet as well as contributing to the flavor early in the palate profile.  The wine is a brilliant dark cherry red of great density.  The nose displays aromatic berry fruits typical of the Cabernet family of grape varieties with blackberry, mulberry, and chocolaty characters.  The palate is rich and ripe with sweet berry fruits and well balanced acid and oak.  The oak and tannin are seamless components in the wine which displays a soft and generous finish with ripe powdery tannins. Thanks to a special purchase, this wine is just 3 for $28, or $111.96 per case.

The 2008 Black Dog Chardonnay and 2007 Black Dog Cabernet Sauvignon are actually produced in California by Reed Renaudin of the X Winery.  Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate says "The most obvious question with respect to X Winery and proprietor Reed Renaudin is how can these wines be this good at these prices?  Everyone is looking for good values today, and here are some e(X)ceptional bargains."  The Chardonnay is from California's North Coast and is bursting with tropical fruit flavors of pineapple and a touch of vanilla.  The oak influence offers a touch of butterscotch on the finish.  And, the Cabernet Sauvignon, also from California's North Coast, is velvety and smooth.  It is a nice easy drinking wine with good weight and a smooth finish, a true crowd pleaser.  Both of these wines sell for $15.99 per bottle, or $153.50 per case.

     We hope you will be able to join Kathleen and the whole Hopkinton Wine crew this and every Friday, from 4 - 7 to see what you think for yourself!  And, remember, the wines we open today will be available all weekend for tasting, so stop by anytime

EMC Commended for Its Carbon Disclosure

HOPKINTON, Mass., Sept 23, 2010 - EMC Corporation /quotes/comstock/13*!emc/quotes/nls/emc (EMC 20.86, +0.10, +0.48%) , the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, announced today it has been commended for the fourth consecutive year by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) for its thorough and transparent climate change disclosure. The Carbon Disclosure Project represents 534 institutional investors with $64 trillion in assets under management.

"We are honored to be recognized again by the CDP for our disclosure and the ongoing contributions our employees around the globe have made toward this initiative," said Kathrin Winkler, EMC's Chief Sustainability Officer. "We continually strive to make decisions and operate our business in a sustainable way by not only measuring and reducing our carbon footprint, but exploring how our industry-leading technologies can further enable an information-rich, low-carbon economy." Contributed photo of EMC India.


The CDP's "Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index," a key component of CDP's annual S&P 500 Report, highlights the constituent companies within the S&P 500 Index that have displayed the most professional approach to corporate governance in respect of climate change disclosure practices. Companies are scored on their climate change disclosure, and high scores indicate good internal data management and understanding of climate change related issues affecting the company.


The index, compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on behalf of CDP provides an evaluation tool for institutional investors. In 2010, it comprises 53 constituents of the S&P 500 Index based on analysis of the responses to CDP's 2010 questionnaire which focused on greenhouse gas emissions, emissions reduction targets and risks and opportunities associated with climate change.


"The Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index recognizes companies that demonstrate good internal data management practices for understanding greenhouse gas emissions, including energy use," said Paul Dickinson, Chief Executive of the Carbon Disclosure Project. "EMC and the other companies on this index have also demonstrated clear consideration of how climate change is and will impact their business. As companies' understanding of climate change issues grows, they are better placed to take positive action to manage and mitigate its risks."


As a leading global technology company, EMC has aggressively driven sustainability initiatives to improve energy efficiency in its products and throughout the company; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; further education in the community and inclusion in the company; and help organizations around the globe preserve their information heritage. For more in-depth information on EMC's sustainability initiatives, please view the company's Sustainability Report.

The S&P 500 Report including names of companies featured in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index can be found at Contributed content.

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Got Drugs?



Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal Saturday, September 25, 2010.


On September 25, 2010, D.E.A. (Drug Enforcement Agency) will coordinate a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies, including the Hopkinton Police Department, to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances

from our nation’s medicine cabinets.


Collection activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. at The Hopkinton Police Department Headquarters and sites established throughout the country. The National Take-Back Day provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction. These drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal use and an unacceptable risk to public health and safety.


This one-day effort is intended to bring national focus to the issue of increasing pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse.

· The program is anonymous.

· Prescription and over the counter solid dosage medications, i.e. tablets and capsules accepted.

· Liquids will not be accepted

· Intra-venous solutions, injectables, and needles will not be accepted.

· Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this


Bring your expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to the Hopkinton Police Department Headquarters at 74 Street in Hopkinton, MA from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. An officer will be present to maintain

security of all items until they can be delivered to the D.E.A. for destruction. For further information about national Take-Back Day initiative including other collection sites please visit the D.E.A. website at


School Bus Rear-ends Another in Concord

September 22, 2010 — Massachusetts State Police Units are on scene of a two-vehicle crash on Route 126 at Route 2 eastbound in Concord. Both vehicles are school buses; one bus rear-ended the other at approximately 2:20 p.m. One teenager who was a passenger on one of the buses was evaluated for an apparent laceration. Both buses were transporting students from the Concord public school system. Traffic is flowing but is slowing down due to the curiosity factor.


UPDATE: The scene of the bus crash was cleared at 3:10 p.m. The driver of one bus, a 63-year-old Maynard man, and a 13-year-old Concord boy, were transported to Emerson Hospital in Concord with minor injuries. The driver who was transported was operating the bus that was stopped. The teenager was a passenger in the bus that rear-ended the stopped bus. The bus that was stopped was carrying 11 students. The bus that hit it was carrying five students. The investigation is ongoing as to whether any citations are warranted. No further updates are expected today.

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Got Drugs?


 Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal Saturday, September 25, 2010.


(Milford, MA.) The DEA is coordinating a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets. The Milford Police Department is involved in collecting medications. The Milford Police Station is one of the collection sites from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The National Take-Back Day provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction. These drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal use and an unacceptable risk to public health and safety.


This one-day effort is intended to bring national focus to the issue of increasing pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse.

  • The program is anonymous.

  • Prescription and over the counter solid dosage medications, i.e. tablets and capsules accepted.

  • Intra-venous solutions, injectables, and needles will not be accepted.

  • Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not part of this initiative.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to an error in transposition, the poster noting Mr. Leal's literary event had the wrong date. The correct date is above.

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Voter Registration Notice

Town Clerk

18 Main Street


Hopkinton residents wishing

to vote at the November 2, 2010

State Election must register by October 13, 2010.

Voter Registration Notice

Town Clerk – Office Hours

Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri.

8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

Tues. 8:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Office Hours October 13th

8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Please contact Town Clerk for Absentee Ballots.

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No Rocking Chairs for These Seniors

— Just Rockin' and Rollin'!

by Nancy L. Drawe



September 22, 2010 — Let’s go to the HOP!   That’s what everyone was talking about last week at the Senior Center--the first annual Sock Hop that was held on Friday night at the center.  I say “first annual” because it was such a big hit that there will definitely be one next year!   The festivities started out with a musical group called “The Reminisants,” and six women willing to volunteer their time to form a Sock Hop Committee (Ronnie Bilodeau, Donna McGuire, Charlotte Marquedant, Tracy Relle, Gail Tonelli and me, Punky Drawe).   Ronnie had seen The Reminisants perform many times and thought it would be a good idea to bring them to the senior center.  So, with a partial grant from the Hopkinton Cultural Council and the Sock Hop Committee putting it all together and lots of help from others, a fun 50’s-60’s evening was planned!   Photo by Nancy Drawe, L to R Judi Allessio, Liz Edwards, Ann Click and Barbara Beale.


 A date was set, flyers printed and posted around town, tickets printed out and sold, refreshments and decorations decided upon, and the outfits for the “Sock Hop Ladies” were discussed.  We decided that we would each wear jeans, white sneakers, white button down shirts and chiffon scarves around our necks.  Not to mention cool hairdo’s!  Perfect 50’s attire!  The Sock Hop Ladies were rockin’!   We had a blast doing the promo for the show, too! 


 We decorated the Great Room the day of the Hop and did the set up of food, etc.    The guests started arriving around 6:30 and handed their tickets over to volunteers Nellie and Marissa Gross and Kerri Tonelli, who were each wearing poodle skirts.  By 7 pm, the senior center Great Room was packed!  We had over 100 people rockin’ and rollin’ to the awesome music of The Reminisants.  It was amazing to see the different age groups in the room—it wasn’t just for seniors, anyone could attend, and not just from Hopkinton either!  


It was a blast!  I’m going to tell you EVERYTHING about the Sock Hop because it was that much fun!   People were doing all kinds of dances…how about The Stroll, remember that?   Not to mention The Macarena and The Polka.  There was even a twist contest with two winners:  Kerri Tonelli and Devin Gross.   The girls hula hooped to the theme from “Hawaii Five-O” and were as good as professionals! How about when the Reminisants played “Oh, Donna,” and the two Donna’s danced together—Donna McGuire and Donna Deneen.  That was awesome!   Ralph Edwards came dressed as Roy Orbison, complete with black wig!  He said, “Gotta love “Pretty Woman!”   Wow, did you know that the Senior Center Staff can take over the dance floor?  Nothing held Cindy, Sally, Judi and Mary back; they were rockin’ and rollin’ at the Hop!  We missed Marlene and Ellen, but I’m sure they’ll be there next year!  Then there was Ann Click and her sister Liz Edwards!  They can certainly do the Twist!  You should have seen the two of them; they were each wearing cool poodle earrings!  And that Doris Carver?  She was wearing her poodle skirt and dancing to just about every song, ending with the Polka!  Ellie Ularich, another one of The Reminisants “groupies” didn’t stop dancing all night!   I even got to dance with my father, who was wearing his music note suspenders!  


There wasn’t one moment when the dance floor wasn’t full!   And if you want to know how the “Sock Hop Ladies” were doing?   Let me tell you, we RULE!   We make a great team and will definitely be back next year!  It was a night full of fun and dancing; people will be talking about it for a long time!  Cheers to everyone who made the Hopkinton Senior Center First Annual Sock Hop such a great success! 


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


Hopkinton Little League
2011 Spring Season
Baseball & Softball Tryouts
Friday September 24th - Carrigan Park
5:30 – 6:45   10U Softball
7:00 - 8:30   12U Softball
Saturday September 25th - EMC Park
9:00 – 10:45             8s and 9s Baseball
11:00 – 12:45  10s, 11s and 12s Baseball
1:00 – 2:45               8s and 9s Baseball
3:00 - 5:00    10s, 11s and 12s Baseball

Sunday September 26th - Carrigan Park
11:00 - 12:45   10U & 12U Softball

Sunday September 26th - EMC Park
1:00 – 2:45               8s and 9s Baseball
3:00 - 5:00    10s, 11s and 12s Baseball

In order for players to "move up" a league, attendance is mandatory
Player Baseball Age is Determined by Age on April 30, 2011
Player Softball Age is Determined by Age on December 31, 2010
Players must only attend one tryout session (approximately 20 minutes)
4 Tryout stations are used - Hitting, Pitching, Infield & Outfield
All evaluations are done by outside evaluators not affiliated with HLL
Trying out does NOT mean you are registered
Online Registration for the 2011 Season Opens September 13th and Closes December 31st

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FY 2010 Roadway Resurfacing On Budget, Ahead of Schedule

The Department of Public Works (DPW) is pleased to announce completion of the Town’s FY2010 Roadway Resurfacing Program on budget and ahead of schedule. The program included approximately $800,000 of rehabilitation work on 46 roadways within the town, marking an increased level of roadway maintenance efforts from previous years. This program included approximately:

  1. 28,000 square yards of roadway rebuilding and paving on Robbern Road, Ash Street, Frankland Road, Pond Street, Fruit Street, and the Hopkins School Loop Road.

  2. 13 miles of crack-sealing on 32 roadways.

  3. 29,000 square yards of chip-sealing work on Clinton Street, East Street, and Saddle Hill Road.

  4. 3,600 square yards of milling and paving efforts on two separate areas of Main Street.

  5. 6,000 square yards of various pavement rehabilitation on four other roadways.

The DPW appreciates the town’s commitment to funding roadway improvements. Anyone with any questions on this project is encouraged to contact the Hopkinton DPW at (508) 497-9740.

I want to commend Brendan O’Regan, Mike Mansir and the Highway Department team for a job well done.


Norman Khumalo, Town Manager


Hopkinton Man Indicted on Explosives Charges.


           FRAMINGHAM- September 21, 2010 — A Hopkinton man has been indicted on charges that he was in possession of explosive devices, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.

             Michael Fitzgerald, 35 (file photo), of Hopkinton, was indicted by a Middlesex Grand Jury on charges of possession of an infernal machine, placing/possessing explosives (2 counts), wanton destruction of property over $250, and attempting to burn a motor vehicle. (HopNews video, right)

             He will be arraigned on October 6 in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn at 9 am.   

             According to authorities, on July 10, at approximately 8:40 am, Hopkinton police responded to 55 Downey Street for a report of a suspicious device resting against a motor home. Upon arrival, police discovered a device that had burned and caused damage to the home. Hopkinton police requested assistance from the Hopkinton Fire Department and the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad. Additional assistance was requested from the Milford and Ashland Fire Departments.

             Police and fire officials evacuated residences in the area and the Bomb Squad investigated the device and rendered it safe.

             Following the investigation on Downey Street, the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad responded to the Hopkinton Police Department for an additional suspicious device. At approximately 12:45 am that morning, the defendant was placed in protective custody. While being placed in protective custody, the defendant dropped what appeared to be a suspicious device, similar to the one found on Downey Street. The Bomb Squad rendered the second device safe.

            Fitzgerald was arrested at approximately 3:07 pm on July 10 in Hopkinton.

Following the arrest of the defendant, police executed a search at his home. A third device was located outside and appropriate steps were taken to render the device safe.

             The defendant was arraigned on July 12 in Framingham District Court where Judge Paul Yee held the defendant on $25,000 cash bail with the condition that he refrains from the use of alcohol, subject to random drug and alcohol screenings, no possession of weapons or incendiary devices and must stay away from residences on Downey Street.

             These charges are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

            The investigation was conducted by Hopkinton Police Department in coordination with the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad, and the Hopkinton Fire Department.  Additional assistance was provided by the Milford Fire Department and Ashland Fire Department.

            The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Joe Gentile. The victim witness advocate is Kristen D’Agnelli.

St. Paul’s 275th Anniversary Celebration and Fair

This Saturday, September 25

All are welcome


HOPKINTON, MASS — St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Hopkinton will be marking its 275th Anniversary with a special celebration and fair on Saturday, September 25. The festivities will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will include children’s games and activities, a bake sale and white elephant table, raffles, sales of memorabilia, a barbecue, and a historical presentation on the history of St. Paul’s Church and the Hopkinton Community, given by Chuck Joseph. The activities will conclude with an historic evening prayer service at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) in Hopkinton.


Tickets for the barbecue are $5 per person or $15 per family – other activities are free. All raffle basket proceeds will be donated to Project Just Because. "St. Paul’s has been a been supporter of Project Just Because for many years, and we feel this Fair is just one more way we can help this wonderful organization and give back to our community,” said Pam Litchfield, organizer of the celebration, “We are asking attendees to help keep local families warm this winter by donating a warm blanket, hat, gloves or mittens. In return they will receive a free raffle basket ticket . Also, local electronics company SEI/Aaron’s has generously agreed to donate a TV to raffle. The TV will be a 32" LCD, 720P, HD built in with multiple inputs & a retail value of $599.99. The Celebration Committee is truly excited by how well things are coming together. We look forward to sharing our festivities with the entire Hopkinton community." For more information contact Pam Litchfield at  


“We are very excited about celebrating this important milestone with the community,” said Rev. Michael Billingsley, rector of St. Paul’s. “We are planning a lot of activities for both children and adults, and hope it will be a day of fun and fellowship for all who attend.”

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The Gardening Group is having a plant sale this week during regular hours at the Hopkinton Senior Center. Houseplants, mums and other seasonal décor will be available at bargain prices. While you are there, stop in the Thrift Shop for children’s Halloween costumes and fall decorations.   Hours are Mon. – Fri.  8:30 a.m.- 4p.m.; Fri. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Police News UP-TO-DATE

September 20, 2010

Click above for full report



10:57 am A caller on Wilson Street reported an individual photographing the tanks...


4:10 am A Pinecrest Road caller reported a coyote howling...


1:22 pm A resident on Hayden Rowe called to complain of a loud band playing in a garage....


2:08 pm A teacher reported a group of high school students smoking something...


5:16 pm A South Mill Street caller reported a suspicious vehicle in her neighborhood, noting the operator looked “creepy...”

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Farewell, Jerry

September 20, 2010 — Former Hopkinton Chief of Police Jerry Bowker is carried from St. John the Evangelist Church through a police honor guard  following his funeral today. Mr. Bowker will be buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Stoughton.

      Facing the photo, the pallbearers on left from front are Chief of Police Richard Flannery, Officer Patrick O'Brien and Hopkinton Fire Chief Ken Clark. On the opposite side, from the front, are Chief Bowker's nephews, David Murray, Henry “Butch” Bowker, J. Michael Bowker.

      Hopkinton Police Dispatch asked for a minute of radio silence at about 1:20 this afternoon in Chief Bowker's memory.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for by Robert Falcione © 2010 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from September 13, 2010 - September 20, 2010



Price Date Seller
29 Connolly Hill Road Augustine Amgadzia, Adrianna C Amegadzia $1,200,000 Sept 17, 2010 Connelly LLC
7 Wedgewood Drive Xie Huijun, Wei Xiaoyan $790,000 Sept 17, 2010 John T Anderson, Laura P Anderson
16 Tammer Lane Anthony M Sci, Sarah R Sci $680,000 Sept 16, 2010 John R Letcher, Michele T Letcher
203 West Main Street Andrew R Davis 255,000 Sept 16, 2010  Maxine E Adams, Gladys S Wright Est.
Last Week        
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


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One Mouse, Rare — Extra Fur

To see the hawk's catch in a close-up, mouse-over the image

September 18, 2010 — The magnificent hawk above glided speedily through the thick forest inside Hopkinton State Park today to snag its prey, which he brought with him onto the tree branch above. To see the feast in a rare photo — not necessarily for the squeamish — "mouse" - over the image above.


More Cowbell

September 18, 2010 — Kathryn Curry's bells are always a hit at PoyArts, as Tommy and Kate Nation proved this afternoon. Ms. Curry teaches the youngsters how to paint their own bells.

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Art Mimics Art

September 18, 2010 — Artist Bill Robinson, working from a photo, pauses to admire his painting at Polyarts on Saturday. Mr. Robinson also teaches classes at the Hopkinton Senior Center.

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Open House at Sparks Art Studio

Saturday, September 18, 2010


34 Main Street, Upstairs

Stop by and say hello to Robin Batchelder



 Hot Acoustics

Performing 8:00 pm - Midnight

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Cornell's, 229 Hayden Rowe, Hopkinton 508-435-6191

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PolyArts Festival is Today,

September 27


Rain or Shine — and it looks like the latter — scores of artists will be on the Hopkinton Town Common today selling their handmade, homemade, and otherwise-mage crafts between 10: 00 am and 4:00 pm

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Celebrating our 90th Anniversary



Come and Join Us


9:30 a.m., Monday, September 20, 2010


FCCH, 146 E. Main Street


Speakers: Librarian Rownak P. Hussain and Jane Schwager of Serenity House

(Evening Group will start in October)

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High school Booster store -- open this Saturday and next




High School juniors (left to right) Mae McAvoy, Adam DeVeuve, Charles McCool, Justin Diercks and Cam Armstrong model some of the many exciting new Hiller items available at the school Booster store -- including the popular "Be Positive (B+) T-shirts benefitting the Tom Weaver Be Positive (B+) Memorial fund.  New Under Armour jackets and shirts also have arrived!  The store will be open special hours this Saturday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (during Poly Arts), and again next Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- for your back-to-school shopping needs!  Regular hours are week days during lunch.  Be sure to stop by.  All proceeds benefit Hopkinton athletics.

Elm Street Sewer and Streetscape Project Tests to Begin


The Department of Public Works is pleased to announce commencement of the preliminary design of the Elm Street Sewer and Streetscape Project. Test pit excavations will begin within the next few days. The design will be completed and bidding will take place by April 2011. Construction will begin in June 2011. The sewer portion of the project will be completed by August 2011. All attempts will be made to complete the street and sidewalk work during this time frame including initial paving rehabilitation to improve the condition of this roadway. Final paving is scheduled for the end of June 2012.


This schedule will allow for one contractor to perform this entire project, ensuring that the roadway is only disturbed for the least amount of time and cost efficiencies. Further, this schedule allows for the project to occur between June and August 2011, a period when the Elmwood School is not in session.


Anyone with questions or concerns on this project is encouraged to contact the Hopkinton DPW at (508) 497-9740. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.


Norman Khumalo,,

Town Manager

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Hopkinton Natives Search for Gold

Dan Macmillan, Nik Chisolm, members of the five-piece band Overshine, work to bring their sound across the country


by Robert Falcione

September 17, 2010 — Hopkinton residents and natives, Dan Macmillan and Nik Chisholm can count nearly 20 years of friendship and musical collaboration; from their first band called Circle Band, a trip to Oakland in the early Nineties and a get together with Dave Matthews, the band Apartment 3 — named for their space while in Oakland — and a whole lot in between. Now, joined by area residents Chris Bell, Tim McGrath and Rick Bostick, they have formed the five-piece Overshine, and hope to bring what can be described as a  wall of vocals to the entire country with their latest CD.

         The band members, most of whom sing as well as play an instrument, have put together a mix of harmonic melodies throughout their new CD that is reminiscent of popular bands of the Eighties, and what those bands might have sounded like if they had brought it up a notch.  Asked his influences, Dan says, "We sound like your favorite three bands with some Beatles mixed in."

          Their new CD, Armed With Only the Light, will be the subject of a release party at the Middle East Upstairs, 472-480 Mass Ave in Cambridge on Saturday, November 13, 2010 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. For those who cannot make it — or just can't wait — the entire CD is available for purchase on their website for hard copy or download. Or give a listen on a Boston radio station near you, soon.

          Above is an entire song, "Down Fall Down," provided by the band just for HopNews readers. It too has vocal chords in the melodies, and a youthful Kerouac-esque theme about life, love, and the pursuit of California. Preview this song if you like on your laptop computer, but do it justice with a set of headphones or attached speakers now or at a later time so that the full range of the music — and that includes some ear-catching double digit frequencies — can be heard.

          And like the prospectors of the Nineteenth Century who swarmed to California to follow a dream, Overshine, too, is seeking gleaming, yellow gold, but of a different, hard-driving, penetrating, musical kind.

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School Committee Votes to Hire Search Firm for Phelan's Replacement

To seek input from town boards on Fruit Street School

by Heather Kelly

September 17, 2010 — At Thursday night’s School Committee meeting, Superintendent John Phelan announced that Hopkinton is eligible for $315,000 in grant money through the federal Education Jobs Grant Program.  The money must be spent by September of 2012, and is meant to save and/or create jobs in the field of education.  In practice the program allows for  a broad array of possible uses for the money, which must be expended on “compensation and benefits and other expenses, such as support services.”


The goal of tonight’s discussion of the grant money, said Phelan, was to begin the conversation on how best to spend the funds.  Phelan shared that when queried, the district’s administration personnel rallied around getting more technology support back into the buildings.  Other uses suggested at tonight’s meeting included solving parity issues at the schools, bringing foreign language instruction back to earlier grades, and hiring short-term help to deal with transportation issues that are sure to crop up at the beginning of next school year.  “What is our philosophy on how to spend it?” mused Committee member Troy Mick. In the end, Phelan suggested that the Committee consult the strategic plan in order to guide their decisions.  Grant applications may be submitted beginning on October 15.


In anticipation of Phelan’s retirement, the Committee discussed whether to hire a search firm to assist in the process of finding a replacement.  Director of Human Resources Kim Pulnik shared the feedback she received from other school districts on their recent personnel searches. After a quick discussion, the Committee unanimously voted to engage the services of a search firm.  “They can cast a wider net,” said Pulnik, adding, “This is the most important bit of recruiting we’ll do.”


Plans are underway to meet with other town boards and departments regarding the proposed new elementary school at the Fruit Street property.  “We want to bring all of these boards up to speed and see if they have any concerns in this schematic design phase,” said Phelan.  The desire is to seek input and discuss concerns now.  “In the absence of information, there is misinformation,” added Phelan.


The Committee considered revisions to the policy on Administering Medications to Students as part of its ongoing review of all school policies.  In response to a recent law, the policy is changing to include the possibility of students self-administering their medication under the supervision of school nurses.  Phelan recommended that legal counsel review the new policy over concern for what the district’s liability might be if a student was supposed to self-administer medicine and failed to do so.  All policies are available for viewing on the Committee’s web page


The Committee formally recognized Hopkinton’s National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists.  Elise Lecrone, Christopher Daniels, Stephanie Hadley, Paige Phelan, and Matthew Szczepankiewicz all received certificates of their achievements.


Hopkinton residents Michael and Leslie Skrzypczak donated a Yamaha keyboard to the Middle School Music Department.


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Francis X. (Jerry) Bowker, 87


HOPKINTON - Francis X. (Jerry) Bowker, 87, died suddenly at his home on September 14, 2010. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sarah (Riordan) Bowker. Born in Hopkinton, he was the son of the late Clifton and Gertrude (Ryan) Bowker.

Jerry was a staff sergeant and interpreter in World War II and was a member of the Army intelligence group, the Alsos Mission, which branched off from the Manhattan Project to investigate and seize German nuclear resources and personnel. He served as chief of police in Hopkinton for 31 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters Julie Wei and her husband Ho-Ping of Oregon, Jacqueline Bowker of Taunton and Kelley Bowker of South Boston. He also leaves his brother Richard Bowker and his wife Constance and his sister Jean Murray and her husband Joseph, all of Hopkinton. In addition, he leaves many nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Monday, September 20 at 10:00 a.m. from the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church
Street. Burial with military honors will take place at 12:45 p.m. in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Central Street, Stoughton. Calling hours at the funeral home are Sunday, September 19 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472 or Framingham Heart Study, 73 Mount Wayte Ave., Framingham, MA 01702.

8:12 am UPDATE:

All Lanes reopened

7:20 am - Rollover on Pike Eastbound in Grafton to Affect Commute

State Police advise alternate routes


September 16, 2010 — Trooper from the State Police Barracks in Weston are on scene at a one car rollover on Route 90 eastbound at the 97.5 mile-marker in Grafton.


The vehicle is on its hood and the occupants are still in the vehicle.  Their full injury status is unknown at this time however, according to personnel at the scene, their injuries are not expected to be life threatening.


The left lane is currently closed and the middle lane will be also closed once additional emergency equipment arrives on scene.


This crash is expected to have significant impact on the morning commute.


Commuters should seek alternative routes of travel as the lanes closures will be in effect for at least one hour or possibly longer.

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Remembers Jerry Bowker


There will be many tributes to Jerry Bowker in the days ahead. I only want to say that I was proud and honored to know Jerry and to work with him on various public events in Hopkinton, while he was Chief of Police. He helped keep the original Marathon Committee on an even keel.


Fare well, good friend.


Rob White

98 Washburn St

Caribou, ME

Positively Hopkinton

Great news from Hopkinton High School

 Semifinalists Named in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program


September 15, 2010 — Today, the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program were announced by officials of National Merit Corporation (NMSC).  These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,400 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $36 million, that will be offered next spring.  To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.  About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.


Hopkinton High School is pleased to announce the following students as National Merit Semifinalists.  They are Christopher Daniels, Stephanie Hadley, Elise LeCrone, Paige Phelan, and Matthew Szczepankiewicz.

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Zoning Advisory Committee

Public Forum

Town Hall, Room 211, 7:30 pm

September 20, 2010

The Zoning Advisory Committee will hold a public forum on Monday, September 20, 2010 at 7:15 PM in Room 211 of the Town Hall, at which time it would like to hear ideas that Town Boards, Committees, organizations or the general public have with respect to desired changes to the Zoning Bylaw and/or the Zoning Map. Zoning bylaws generally regulate the use of land, buildings and structures. This is an opportunity to propose changes to the land use of specific areas in Hopkinton, and other ideas with respect to land use regulation. The Committee invites you to the hearing to present your ideas and suggestions.


It is recommended that a written summary of the idea or proposal be emailed ( or sent to Elaine Lazarus, Director of Land Use, Planning and Permitting, at Town Hall prior to September 17, especially if you cannot attend the forum. For more information, please email or call Elaine Lazarus at 508-497-9755.


Former Police Chief Passes

Francis X "Jerry" Bowker, 87


September 15, 2010 — Former Hopkinton Chief of Police Francis X "Jerry" Bowker passed away yesterday at Milford Hospital at 87 years old. (Video excerpt, right, from dedication of Hopkinton Police Station in 2004.)


John Cahill, who attended Hopkinton High School at the same time said, “He was a couple of years older than I, but when we would hang out and raise hell, he would never get in trouble. He never drank.


“He was a great football player and a great fighter — the kind of person you wanted on your side if you got into a jam.


“He was a hell of a good citizen,” Mr. Cahill said.


Raymond Gendreau, who knew Mr. Bowker from the Veterans' Celebration committee said Mr. Bowker was instrumental in helping him determine the location of remains from the cemetery on East Main Street, determining if one person in particular was a member of the Mexican Army.


Beginning in 1979, Chief Bowker hired the current Chief of Police, Richard Flannery, as a dispatcher, then a part-time, and eventually a full-time Patrolman. Chief Flannery said today, "He was one of the most even-keeled people I have ever known. He never used a curse word.


"I have a lot of memories on how he did his job, his dignity, and how he treated people. He was unassuming, but had a presence about him.


"Take a man like him, and all he accomplished in his life, and I don't think anyone would have a bad word to say about him.


"I will miss him," said Chief Flannery today.


Mr. Bowker often spoke freely about his involvement in the Army during World War II with the predecessor to modern United States intelligence services, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS).


He worked in France in Operation ALSOS to secure materials in the possession of the Germans that were related to their atomic projects, such as heavy water. In addition, Mr. Bowker has said he captured an entire column of German soldiers without a shot being fired, because toward the end of the war, the Germans did not want to be captured by the Russians.


The arrangements, which are incomplete at this time, have been entrusted to Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home.


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