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Seven Selectmen

October 12, 2010 — Former members of the short-lived Board of Public Works, center of photo from left, Former Selectmen Ron Clark and Eric Sonnett, and Planning Board member Ken Weismantel, spoke to current Selectmen, from left, John Mosher, Todd Cestari and Ben Palleiko about their time on the Board, what they accomplished, and their hopes for the future.

       One hope expressed by the group was the formation of a new Fruit Street Committee. The original one, chaired by Ron Clark, was dissolved by a vote of the other former Selectmen at the meeting, from far right, Muriel Kramer and Mary Pratt.

       "There are more former Selectmen here than current Selectmen," said Mr. Sonnett at the opening of his dialogue. The Board was without Chairman RJ Dourney and Selectman Michelle Gates.

       Mrs. Kramer, reporting for HopNews, will have a story later.

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It's Official

On Monday at noon, as interested parties helped out and looked on, Parks and Recreation Chairman Ken Driscoll and Hopkinton Youth Soccer Association President Brian Keefe cut the ribbon opening the artificial turf portion of the Fruit Street Athletic Fields, a joint effort of the town and that organization.

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Silent Auction Saturday

October 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Senior Center


   The Friends of the Hopkinton Senior Citizens will host a family-friendly Silent Auction on Saturday, October 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Senior Center. The event will feature entertainment by “Comic Relief”, snacks and a children’s table with lots of inexpensive toys for kids to bid on.

   Some of the items being offered include beautiful gift baskets, gift certificates from area restaurants and businesses, a foursome of golf at the Hopkinton Country Club, a Bose radio, a Kurig coffeemaker with pods, a decorative birdhouse, a Seal-a-meal  system, a Showtime rotisserie, a roaster oven with buffet server, a shot glass chess set, and much more.

   There will also be a raffle (tickets $25 or 5/$100) of a week (sleeps six) at the Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont.   The cost for the day is  $5 with a family cap of $10. Proceeds will help defray the cost of Senior Center programs not covered by the Town budget.

“Quabbin Reservoir: 

A History and Explorers Guide.”


November 16  Hopkinton Garden Club and Hopkinton Public Library presents speaker Michael Tougias.  Talk is “Quabbin Reservoir:  A History and Explorers Guide.”   7pm at the Library.  Free

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Dyer, Josephine J (Salupo)


Dyer, Josephine J (Salupo) Of Waltham died Oct 12, 2010. Loving wife of the late Paul W Dyer. Devoted mother of Owen B Dyer of Quincy, Paul M Dyer of Waltham, Rachel D Leal and her husband Gregory of Hopkinton. Loving Grandmother of Joshua and Jeffrey Leal of Hopkinton. Sister of Rose Pitts of Newton, and the late Anna Mary Capizzi of Newton.


Josephine was born in Sicily and worked for many years at Raytheon's world corporate headquarters in Waltham Mass where she specialized in printed circuit boards. Josephine also enjoyed sketching and was a was a volunteer for Waltham's little league and placed in many target pistol competitions. Josephine is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours are on Thursday 4 to 7 PM at Nardone funeral home, 373 Main St Watertown Ma. A funeral mass will be held Friday at Sacred Heart Church on River St. Waltham Ma. at 10 AM.

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Head of State Police, Colonel Marian McGovern Struck by Alleged 5-time OUI Driver


SHREWSBURY - October 12, 2010 — State Police Colonel Marian McGovern was rear-ended by an accused drunk driver at 11:45 a.m. Monday on Route 20 in Shrewsbury. Colonel McGovern was in her cruiser, an unmarked Ford Explorer (MSP Cruiser #1), stopped at a red light on Rt 20 eastbound at Grafton Street, when struck.

Colonel McGovern got out of the cruiser and approached the driver who hit her, a DONNA SCLAMO, 51, of Worcester, who was driving a Ford 500 sedan. She inquired if the woman was injured. She was not. Colonel McGovern then determined that SCLAMO was under the influence. The Colonel called for a cruiser to respond.


The woman was placed under arrest for OUI 5th offense, operating after license suspension, and failure to take care in stopping. She was transported to the Millbury State Police barracks for booking and processing. She was bailed from the barracks for $1,00 and will be arraigned in the Westborough District Court.

Colonel McGovern is grateful that Ms. Sclamo was not seriously injured today. The Colonel is glad that if Ms. Sclamo was going to hit anyone, that she hit Cruiser 1, so that no private citizens were hurt and so the Massachusetts State Police could get a drunk driver off the road before she killed herself or someone else. The Colonel and the State Police hope Ms. Sclamo is able to get whatever help she needs, but also adamantly believe that she must be held accountable before the law and punished appropriately and strictly. The Colonel reminds all Massachusetts citizens of the grave threat posed by drinking and driving.

Above courtesy of State Police. HopNews file photo.


Yvette Ho Madany, Author of


Hopkinton Senior Center

Mon. Oct. 25th at 10:30 am


Hopkinton author, Yvette Ho Madany, will discuss her book “Shanghai Walk” and her childhood in Shanghai. Her family was among the many sent away to be “reformed” during the Chinese cultural revolution when intellectuals were considered bad examples and were sent to work in factories and fields. Hers is a fascinating story that will lead you to a better understanding of Chinese history and culture. Don’t miss this! See the entire Senior Newsletter anytime by choosing the link near the top of the page.   Seniors 

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Police News UP-TO-DATE

October 11, 2010

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10:10 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer assisted with removing a mouse...


2:01 am Officer Peter Booth responded to a report of two youths skateboarding at the Senior Center...


2:27 pm A father from Jordan Road reported that his son had been approached...


5:18 pm A 911 caller from Pond Street reported a man without a shirt on walking around her back yard...


3:43 pm A 911 caller from Summit Way reported a man trespassing on his property...

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HPD/Chamber Golf Tournament

Above, from left, Chief Thomas Irvin, Retired, Officer Aaron O'Neil. Officer Jacob Campbell, Officer/Dispatcher, Lou Gonzalez, Officer Michael Hamilton, Retired (rear), Officer Peter Booth, Don Booth, Officer Patrick O'Brien.


October 11, 2010 — Some past and present members of the Hopkinton Police Department pose for a photo during the recent HPD/Hopkinton Chamber Golf Tournament.

Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 26th at 7:00 at the

Golden Pond Assisted Living Facility

50 West Main Street in the downstairs meeting room.

Colella's Anniversary Week Celebration Closes

Above, a screenshot from Colella's website

by Robert Falcione

October 11, 2010 — Colella's Supermarket ended a ten-day 65th anniversary celebration this past weekend that brought crowds of shoppers to the store on a daily basis. They also had their website redone; a screenshot of it is above.

     As always, Colella's website updates their luncheon specials daily, and has a link to their weekly specials, ready to view or download.

     Colella's has added 16 new employees, bringing their total to 72 employees. To see President Dale Danahy introduce many of the longtime employees, choose to view Part II of their 65th Anniversary Video, below.


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495 Rollover

October 10, 2010 — This rollover accident on Route 495 southbound in which the driver said he had been ejected from the vehicle, resulted in his being strapped down for a trip to the hospital, although he was found walking about when emergency personnel arrived.

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Wheelock College men's soccer team has recognized  Junior Ben Lewis of Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

In his first year with Wheelock, Lewis has started three of the four games in which he has appeared for the second-year varsity program.



Stix for a Cure

L-R:  Tam Mills, Andrea Gendron, Skye Wilde, Emma McWilliams, Nicole Wigglesworth, Katie Pelgrin, Liz Keefe and Tiana DiMare.  Missing from photo - Sarah Kennedy.


Hopkinton Field Hockey players participated in the Stix for a Cure Tournament in late August in Medway.  The girls went undefeated with a record of 4-0 at this field hockey event designed to raise breast cancer awareness.  They chose to play as Team B+ in memory of their friend Tommy Weaver who succumbed to a brain tumor this past spring. 

 Photo by Gary McWilliams.

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16 (Hundred) Tons, and What Do You Get?

Hopkinton Scouting for Food Success!

November 6, Drop off bags • November 13, pick up food


Once again, Hopkinton’s Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts will be helping their neighbors on Saturday, Nov. 6 and 13, through the town-wide Scouting for Food campaign.  Your donations of non-perishable grocery items will go to the Project Just Because Food Pantry to help local residents in need.


Scouts will be dropping off the Scouting for Food bags on Saturday, Nov. 6.  Residents are asked to place their donated items in the bags near their mailboxes by 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13.   Frequently needed items include canned meat and meals, breakfast foods for children, canned fruit, juice bottles and boxes, school snack items, paper products such as toilet paper, laundry detergent, toiletries such as shampoo and deodorant, and toothpaste and brushes.   Scouts will collect the bags between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


The Scouts of the Knox Trail Council – which represents Hopkinton and 20 other communities –will mark the 22nd Anniversary of the Scouting for Food, Good Turn for America.  Over 4,000 scouts and leaders will be out collecting food for local food pantries in the Metro West area. Scouts hope to surpass the  94 tons of food that was collected in 2009 and collect 100 tons this year, in honor of 100 years of Scouting.


Food Pantry Directors throughout the Metro West have said that they depend on the Food collected each year by Scouts, Parents, and Leaders in the annual Scouting for Food Drive.


The Scouts and Scouters of the Knox Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America have collected over 1,600 tons of food in the past 20 years.  For additional information on the 2010 Scouting for Food Drive, a National Good Turn For America, please go to the Knox Trail Council Website –


A special thank you goes to Price Chopper Supermarkets for donating the Scouting for Food Bags that will be used in the 2010 food drive.  The United Way of Tri County are sponsors of the 2010 Scouting for Food Drive.


Please support the 2010 Scouting for Food drive in November by putting your filled bags out for a Scout to Collect!

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One More Step Toward Scotland

Drama Club holds another fundraiser

October 10, 2010 — Above, a few Hopkinton High School Drama Club members and friends remain at the Common Saturday afternoon following a town-wide scavenger hunt that involved 100 young people in a fundraiser to enable 30 kids to visit the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh Scotland at $6,000 per student.


October 9, 2010 — The gazebo at Ice House Pond on the opposite shore from the camera is in focus as are the plants in the foreground and the red leaves in the top right on a tree 20 feet from the near shore. This is made possible by using a small aperture, f32.


October 9, 2010 — This little garden on Pond Street is nicely framed by the Catawba (catalpa) tree and its drooping leaves, the stone wall in the foreground and the bench and hanging leaves on the right.

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Where's the Snow?

October 9, 2010 — Wes Denering, on his way to a 20 mile run today on his roller-skis, is getting in shape for Cross-country skiing on Pond Street today.

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River of Cotton

October 9, 2010  — John Daley sets his camera at f/20 with ISO 200 and a 15 second exposure to turn the water into a cottony texture, this morning at daybreak at the stone arch bridge over the Sudbury River in Aiken's Park on the Hopkinton/Southborough town line.


Hiller Cheer

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Newbury Man Charged with Setting Own Home on Fire


Newbury, MA October 8, 2010 — At 3:15 p.m. a Newbury police officer spotted the suspect in the overnight Newbury arson, LAWRENCE CHIAPPINI, 43, in a wooded area. The active search for the suspect by numerous Newbury and State Police officers resumed. At 4:25 p.m., a Massachusetts State Police K-9 trooper and his dog located CHIAPPINI in the woods. The suspect attempted to struggle but was subdued by a canine officerand placed into custody. He has been transported to Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport for evaluation.


He is charged with setting his home on fire around midnight. Once released from the hospital he will most likely be booked by the Newbury Police Department and held pending arraignment next week.

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            “We are pleased to learn that Bank of America will halt foreclosures in Massachusetts. Last week we had called on them to do so, given the recent reports and affirmations that major lenders engaged in ‘robo-signing’ thousands of foreclosure documents per month, putting homeowners at risk for losing their homes and possibly unfairly displacing others. It is important that we determine the impact of their actions. We also requested that certain lenders cease foreclosures in Massachusetts until we can verify that the information filed in affidavits is true and accurate.  We hope that these other lenders will follow suit in an attempt to quickly resolve this problem.” ~ Release from Martha Coakley

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Holliston 42, Hopkinton 7

October 8, 2010 — Mike Decina keeps this one and heads for the sidelines after running for several yards with less than 5 seconds left in the first half during an away game against Holliston Friday night. Holliston was up 35-7 at the half. The last half saw Holliston putting another 7 points on the scoreboard, and Hopkinton none.

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School Committee Meeting Votes Additional Computer Tech Position

Bullying Policy Draft • Road Through Well Zone on Fruit Street

by Heather Kelley

October 8, 2010 — Dr. Mary Colombo, Assistant Superintendent, presented the district’s 2010 MCAS performance data at tonight’s School Committee meeting. The schools in the district all performed at “High” and “Very High” levels, and schools as a whole met required AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) levels. Colombo noted that the 4th grade scores, as well as scores for special education subgroups, need improvement, and analysis is underway to implement necessary steps to bring these scores up to meet expectations. However, Colombo also offered insight into other ways of looking at the results. A new metric, Student Growth Percentile, introduced the ability to look at an individual student’s progress over time. Using SGP it was clear that within the special education subgroup, students were making significant progress and personal growth; AYP did not show this growth, but rather only looked at the one data point of the current test score. Similarly, when 4th grade results are compared across the state, the trend shows that many districts also have lower 4th grade scores as compared to the results of other grades. “The Grade 4 test is acknowledged to be a more difficult test than other grade levels,” said Colombo. The slide presentation on MCAS results will be available on the district website.

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John Phelan, shared the results of a meeting of school and town administrators that took place at the site of the proposed new school on Fruit Street. Representatives from AECOM, which acquired Earth Tech, the consulting and engineering firm that has been working on the project, were at the site and verified that a new school as situated in the plans would not interfere with ground water discharge. The architects and landscape engineers who are developing the school plans are now working on a shared access road into the property, instead of having a separate entrance for the school. Existing plans called for a spine road just for the municipal portion of the site. “MEPA encouraged the town to change the location of the spine road because right now, the spine road is traveling through a well zone, and a flood zone,” said Phelan.

At a meeting of administrators and staff from the three elementary schools, teachers weighed in with their expertise on the utilization of space at the proposed new school. Minor changes were made, including trading some administrative space for expanded square footage in special education rooms. Connecting doors between classrooms were added, but air conditioning and carpeting were not. Phelan reminded the Committee that the MSBA determined that Center School was one of the top 45 schools in the state that were in need of the greatest improvement, and that the feasibility study concluded that renovating Center School would be more costly than building a new facility.


In response to the new Massachusetts Bullying Prevention Law that went into effect on May 3, 2010, the School Committee considered a first draft of Hopkinton’s Bullying Prevention Policy. Assistant Superintendent Colombo said that the Massachusetts Association of School Committees’ draft policy was used as a foundation for the document, and that other portions were taken directly from the recent legislation. Committee member Troy Mick questioned why bullying was defined as “repeated” behavior, and Colombo answered that the word “repeated” is actually used in the new law. Member Jean Bertschmann was quick to note that a first incident should still be reported, and would still get addressed, but that the behavior “may not rise to the level of bullying the first time.” Colombo suggested that documentation of all incidents would help to determine if a pattern of bullying existed.


Superintendent Phelan submitted one position he considered critical for the district, that could be funded through the Education Jobs Grant: an additional computer technician. “We simply can’t keep up with the workload,” he said. At the same time, he recommended that the Committee wait until the new Director of Finance, Ralph Dumas, could consult with them, as the outcome of Ballot Question 3 (the proposal to reduce the state sales tax to 3%) this November 2nd could have significant financial impact. However, member Nancy Burdick posited that if teachers didn’t have access to their computers or the technology in their classrooms for lack of the services of a technician, then that translated to students not being able to access the educational program of the schools. Member Mick moved that the Committee utilize the Education Jobs Grant to add a technician, and the motion passed unanimously. Phelan quoted a 3-4 week turnaround time to get a technician hired and on the job.


As of October 1st, student enrollment in the town’s public schools stood at 3,454 students, down slightly from last year’s 3,462 students. However, the projections from both NESDEC (New England School Development Council) and the MSBA (Massachusetts School Building Authority) called for deeper reductions in enrollment, which according to Phelan marks the second year that estimates did not match reality. MSBA and NESDEC projections were 41 and 46 students shy of actual numbers, respectively. These projections become paramount when considering the construction of a new school, and the Elementary School Building Committee is working closely with the MSBA to ensure that a new Fruit Street school will meet the current and future needs of the town. “The enrollment has always been a big point of discussion with them [the MSBA],” said Phelan.

Friday, October 8th 4 - 7 PM 
Wine Values from California, Chile & Spain


This week we will sample some great, inexpensive wines from around the world.  There's the new vintage of three old favorites from California, the Grayson Cellars Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc, and a Spanish wine that is soon to be named to the Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Value Wines list.  So, stop by this afternoon and share some wine with the Hopkinton Wine crew. ~ Hopkinton Wine & Spirits

Look, Up In the Sky...

October 7, 2010 — This seagull cuts a strong diagonal line in the photo as it flies over the photographer at the Hopkinton Reservoir today to see if he has a handout.


...It's a Plane

October 7, 2010 — This plane that roared over Carbone's today took a turn into a cloud following this photo.

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Dates corrected*  

Two Anniversaries in One

Marine Corps Marathon - 35 Years

Battle of Marathon - 2,500 Years

October 7, 2010 — The Marine Corps Marathon is expected to send representatives to Hopkinton on October 20th and 21st.  *There is a welcome dinner on the evening of October 20th.  The Flame receiving ceremony will be held on October 21st at 10am at the police station.


The flame was lighted in Marathon, Greece and brought to Hopkinton, where it has resided in front of the police station to commemorate the sister city relationship between the two municipalities. The flame is representative of the Battle of Marathon, which legend has an outnumbered Athenian force defeating, through sheer guile, an overwhelming Persian invading force.


Congressman Jim McGovern has introduced a Resolution to commemorate the events:

Now, therefore, be it

1 Resolved, That the House of Representatives joins

2 with the Greek Embassy in Washington, DC, the people

3 of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, the people of Marathon,

4 Greece, and the hundreds of thousands of runners partici-

5 pating in marathons throughout the Unites States, in cele-

6 brating the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon,

7 Greece, one of the most significant battles in human his-


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Project File No. 603793


A Design Public Hearing will be held by MassDOT - Highway Division to discuss the proposed Route 85 (River Street) over Sudbury River bridge project located in the Towns of Hopkinton and Southborough, MA.

Hopkinton Town Hall

Room 215, Selectmen’s Conference Room

Hopkinton, MA 01748

Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 7:00 PM

PURPOSE: The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Route 85 bridge project. All views and comments made at the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.


PROPOSAL: The proposed project consists of the replacement of the Route 85 (River Street) bridge over the Sudbury River, which connects Hopkinton & Southborough. The existing single span reinforced T-Beam structure will be replaced with a single span prefabricated beam structure with new abutments located behind the existing. The proposed bridge and roadway approaches will have a 36-foot curb-to-curb width. The cross section will consist of two 12-foot travel lanes and 4-8 foot shoulders with a new 6-foot sidewalk on the west side. The horizontal and vertical alignments will remain essentially the same. The superstructure design will incorporate provisions for identified future utilities. The existing traffic will be maintained by the use of staged construction methods.


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File photo © 2005 HopNews.

May 17, 2005 — Sharon Begley writes down data as Edward Ternosky submerges to take measurements under the bridge on Route 85 which traverses the Sudbury River separating Hopkinton and Southborough. They inspected the bridge footing, exposure and undermining to report to the state and federal authorities to see if there is a need for repair.

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