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AND Catering?



Bill's Pizza has slashed pricing on large orders. For those large families who have traditionally purchased separate meals for individual family members, or families or businesses who have done the same for special gatherings, Bill's Pizza has now combined those meals into an easy-to-afford catering menu.


And for a limited time, Bill's is offering 10% off of orders of $150.00 or more, as well as a free appetizer tray for orders over $300.


But in the meantime, before that large gathering, take advantage of their regular restaurant menu and eat in or call for pickup.


Bill's has specials Monday through Wednesday - check out their coupons below.

Friends of the Hopkinton Senior Citizen’s

4th annual


Sat., Nov. 6

9am – 2 pm

Beautiful jewelry, quilted and knitted goods, holiday décor and Christmas ornaments and much more lovingly handcrafted by your neighbors . Bake Sale. Lunch available 11:30 – 1 p.m. for $4.  

Hopkinton Senior Center

(508) 497-9730

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Noreen M. Deletti, 40



HOPKINTON - Noreen M. Deletti, 40, died unexpectedly October 24, 2010. Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, are incomplete at this time.


COME SEE THE CORNERSTONE DIFFERENCE, where NO child waits to learn!

Sunday, November 7,

from 1-4 p.m.

Cornerstone Academy

5 Oak Ave

Northborough, MA 01536


We invite you to attend Cornerstone Academy’s annual Open House. We celebrate the unique gifts our K-6 students bring to our school and individualize our academic program to meet each student’s needs. View the impressive work the students produce! Meet the faculty who create stimulating, engaging classroom environments. We’ve made several technological advances that are positively impacting our daily lessons and we are eager to share the results! We welcome the opportunity to show you our school and answer your questions. Entertainment for the children will be provided at 2:00.  (508) 351-9976.

Tri-Valley League Champs

Hopkinton 6 - Westwood 0

Seniors l-r:  Joanna Schell, Andrea Gendron, Skye Wilde, Sarah Kennedy, Liz Keefe, Ashley Gorham, Nicole Wigglesworth, Katie Pelgrin and goalie Tianna DiMare.

It was an exciting evening as the Hopkinton Varsity Field Hockey team beat Westwood 6-0 last night under the lights.  It was senior night and all nine of the seniors were honored with signs, a song and a walk of fame.  Seniors Skye Wilde, Joanna Schell and Nicole Wigglesworth scored along with sophomores Julie Younis and Lauren Ballantyne.  Junior Tam Mills had a great night with both a goal and an assist.  Senior Liz Keefe had two assists with seniors Andrea Gendron and Wigglesworth each earning an assist. Senior Katie Pelgrin exhibited phenomenal stick work while Sarah Kennedy played a great defensive game.  Senior Ashley Gorham, sideline by an injury, cheered her team to victory.  Last but not least, Senior Goalie Tianna DiMare got a shutout.  Congratulations to all the seniors.


With this win, the team captured the TVL title for the fourth year in a row.  On Wednesday, the girls take on Holliston at 3:30 on Field 10.  This game will be a Play 4 the Cure game to raise money for breast cancer programs.  Come cheer on the girls as they play their last regular season game.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for by Robert Falcione © 2010 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from October 16, 2010 - October 25, 2010



Price Date Seller
3 Kerry Lane Brian P Harrahy, Elizabeth A Harrahy $330,000 Oct 22, 2010 Lisa Marie Haddad
3 Washington Lane Krish Kumar, Bhavani Khumar $690,000 Oct 22, 2010 Nicole E Decoteau, Andreas WK Graham
11 Sanctuary Lane Judy Wong-Kmiec, Peter A Kmiec $387,273 Oct 21, 2010 Weston Development Group
Last Week        
280 Ash Street Andrew P Sharon, Pamela J Sharon $667,000 Oct 15, 2010 SW Holmes LLC
1 Snowey Owl Road Scott P Howe $625,000 Oct 15, 2010 Paul E Kulinski, Maureen F Kalinski
2 Bullmoose Run Roshan K John, Jesha R Robson $520,000 Oct 15, 2010 Deborah L Young
31 Nazneen Circle Unit A Mina Cherubim, neama Abdel Malak $186,900 Oct 14, 2010

Ahmed Mirajuddin TR,

Peppercorn Village Realty Trust,

4 Glen Road Yi Yi Zu, Yunhui Li $690,000 Oct 12, 2010 Jay Willadsen, Kristy Willadsen
19 Trevor Lane Unit 14, G John T Anderson Laura P Anderson $482, 500 Oct 12, 2010 Maillet & Son LLC
211 Winter Street Paul A Petracca Tr, STL Realty Tr $95, 086 Oct 8, 2010

Saleem Nasrullah

2004 Revocable Trust,

 Sallem Nasrullah Trust

39 Nazneen Circle John Nickerson $186,900 Oct 6, 2010

Ahmed Mirajuddin TR,

Peppercorn Village Realty Trust,


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Calling All Hopkinton Veterans

Veteran’s Day Dinner November 11, 2010


The ninth annual Veteran’s Day Dinner, co-sponsored by the Veteran’s Celebration Committee and Council on Aging, will be held on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at the Hopkinton Senior Center. The dinner is free for all Hopkinton Veterans. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. It’s a wonderful way to spend the evening: conversing with fellow veteran’s, enjoying a nice meal and watching the awesome slide show presentation with photos taken of each of the veterans during their enlistment.


Please call the Senior Center (508-497-9730) to RSVP, for additional information, or to request free transportation to and from the Senior Center.

Non-scary Halloween Party

Hopkinton Parks and Recreation will be hosting the annual non-scary Halloween Party at the Center School Gym on Thursday October 28, 2010, 6-7:30.  There will be games, prizes and trick or treating.  This is a Free Event for pre-school to first graders.  Wear your costume.

Outstanding Girls Cross Country Freshmen

By Kellie Lodge
October 25, 2010 — The 2010 girls cross country team started off on a positive foot with its two new members, freshmen Emily Katz and Mary Kate Cavanaugh, making a major impact.  Just a few weeks into the season these two freshman proved they are willing to work hard to get in the top seven positions of the varsity cross country team.  There have not been two freshmen on the varsity team since 2007.


“Most freshmen come into the season without real past training, without much summer training, thus once we get six to seven weeks with them there can be dramatic improvement,” stated girls cross country Coach Brian Hall.


Both Emily Katz and Mary Kate Cavanaugh have made huge improvements in each race.  They work hard to prepare for each meet, and their improving times show that they are not going to give up.


In their first meet of the season, the Hillers defeated Norton with a score of 46-17.  After racing her first high school race, Mary Kate Cavanaugh said, “I was excited to start high school cross country, but a bit nervous about how things would turn out.”  Emily Katz, the other freshman on the team, said that she felt “really, really nervous because I was worried that I wouldn’t do good or wouldn’t be able to finish for some reason.  I was a little excited to see what it was like to run in a high school meet.”


This past summer, the team held captains practices once to twice a week for all of July and August.  ”I’m extremely happy with the upperclassmen for preparing this group,” said Coach Brian Hall.  The girls cross country team was ranked 19th, but after the Ocean State Invitational on September 25, 2010, they placed 2nd overall as a team.  The team then team moved up to 6th in the state just one week later.


The Hopkinton Varsity Cross Country team is made up of the top seven athletes in the program, and each of the seven runners has the potential to step up at any time.  Emily Katz ran 10th for the team one week but finished 6th the following week, improving tremendously.  ”I’ve just been trying my hardest in practice, and making sure to stretch before and after running, and to ice anything that might hurt or feel sore” said Emily Katz.  After leaving their safe groups, these two freshman are challenging the upperclassmen for varsity positions.  This competition within the 2010 girls cross country team is creating greater fear in their opponents.


The freshmen’s records improving by over a minute in just one week is a great example of “the potential this team has if we can stay healthy” stated Coach Brian Hall.  With only one more dual meet and the Tri-Valley League meet and states only three weeks away, Mary Kate Cavanaugh stated she is “working on increasing my speed/pace by trying to keep up with the faster girls on the team.”  Only the top seven runners continue on to race at the State meet on November 13th at Franklin Park.  There are about five runners currently competing for the last two varsity spots for the state meet.

“Hopefully we’ll live up to our 6th ranked state status, but if not I know this team has applied itself and done what it could.  A coach can’t ask for more than that,” said Coach Brian Hall.

(Reprinted with permission of Hopkinton High School press. HHSPress < - link always above.)

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Taking Care of (Musical) Business in the Big Apple


October 25, 2010 — During the summer of 2010, Hopkinton's native band, Take Care, traveled to New York City to record a demo for their upcoming second album, which is available for free download on their website, As a result of this recording, Take Care is fielding contract offers and gaining media attention. The demo was recently featured under "Best New Releases" alongside some of the biggest names in independent music on one of the most popular independent music blogs on the internet, Indie Rock Cafe. The article can be found here.

        Take Care is continuing work on their second album and playing shows in the New England area. ~ Contributed content

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 Pumpkin Prom

October 25, 2010 — The 14th Annual Pumpkin Prom Hopkinton Lions Club/HHS Leos Club took place Sunday with Hopkinton girls grades K-5th  and their Dads at the Middle School Brown Gym.

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103 Years Later

Mouse-over image to see rocket come back to Earth

October 25, 2010 — More than ten decades after Worcester Polytechnic Institute student Robert H. Goddard launched his first rocket, these Hopkinton Cub Scouts Pack 4 show a similar thirst for the sky. Nearly two decades his initial firing, Mr. Goddard launched a liquid fueled rocket in a field in Auburn, Mass., earning him a place in history with the likes of the Wright Brothers, whose crude airplane was the first to fly.

      The Cub Scouts each built a rocket, watched it fly, and learned a lesson about space. Learn more about  Hopkinton Cub Scouting:,, or

Police News UP-TO-DATE

October 25, 2010

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9:25 pm A Nicholas Road caller reported kids running around the neighborhood, making noise, hiding in the woods, and ringing doorbells...


4:52 pm Officers Aaron O’Neil and Matthew McNeil served a restraining order on Marshall Avenue...


9:10 am A caller reported a van-style school bus driving aggressively...


5:22 pm Officer Aaron O’Neil responded to a C Street residence...

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Number One

Congratulations to the Hopkinton Varsity Cheerleaders for the 1st Place win this past weekend at the Panther Invitational at Marlboro High School.  In addition to winning the division they were also named the tournament Grand Champions, receiving the highest score of the entire tournament which was comprised of over 20 teams.  The team competes next at the BVT Invitational, Sunday, November 7th at Blackstone Valley Technical High School at 1:00 p.m.

Hopkinton 3, Bellingham 1

October 25, 2010 — This past Friday the Hopkinton Girls Varsity Team prevailed in an action packed game against Bellingham. Senior Liz Keefe scored the first goal of the game off a shot from Nicole Wigglesworth. Junior Tam Mills scored the next two goals to put the Hillers on top. Katie Pelgrin earned an assist and Sarah Kennedy played great defense. This win puts the team’s record at 11-3-2, 9-1-2 (TVL).

Senior Night – Monday, October 25th

Tonight, the Hillers take on Westwood at 6:30 under the lights on Field 3. Come and support the girls as they battle to extend their winning record and celebrate senior night.
            Play 4 the Cure – Wednesday, October 27th

Come watch Hopkinton Varsity Field Hockey vs. Holliston this Wednesday at 3:30 on Field 10. The Junior Varsity Team will take to the field at 5:00 p.m. These games will be played as part of the Play 4 the Cure Foundation. This is a field hockey specific program that raises money for the American Cancer Society as well as the National Susan G. Komen Foundation. The teams have come up with a challenge that for each goal scored by Hopkinton, parents will increase their donation by $10. Parents of the lucky players who score will increase their donations by $25. Come watch what will hopefully be a high scoring game. Don’t forget to wear pink to support your Play for Pink Hopkinton Team. ~ Linda CLancy

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    The Unveiling   The original HopNews video of Dustin Neece unveiling his Marine Corps Memorial painting last week contained an ambient and incidental background song that was playing during the unveiling. YouTube called it a copyright violation, so rather than trying to find reason among the noise in the multi-billion dollar giant, HopNews removed it and dubbed another song in place of it. Unfortunately, the thunderous applause is lost, but the visuals are there.

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Autumnal Glow

October 24, 2010 — It appears as though the trees surrounding this fiery tree, which is backlit by the sun, are catching on fire as a result of their proximity to it's heat.

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Colorful Sounds

October 24, 2010 — Lira Cady of Lancaster warms up prior to Sunday afternoon's concert by the MetroWest Symphony Orchestra. Her harp's colorful strings give the musician a visual reference for notes on the musical scale.

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Black and Blues

October 24, 2010 — Most of the tree trunk, branches and leaves are black to the human eye, without variation in tone, but the blue colors are gradients from top to bottom with distinct differences to the human eye.

It's the Great Pumpkin

October 24, 2010 — Enter Stage Left Theater gave eight performances of their annual It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown at Weston Nurseries over the weekend. Stay tuned for their:

RED CARPET EVENT November 5, 2010, 7:00 - Midnight

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Hillers Tops in Tourney

Left to right: Kelsey Baker, Taylor Hammond, Coach King, Coach Bliss(Holding the TVL Tourney Trophy), Jace McCarron, Sean Carnes


October 24, 2010 — Members of the Hiller Varsity Golf Team competed in the Tri Valley League Tourney held at Glen Ellen on Friday. Each of the ten teams from the Tri-Valley were allowed to bring four athletes, who played 18 holes of golf. The conditions were very tough, as the temps hovered int he mid 40's, and the wind was howling over 20 mph! The final score is determined from the three lowest scores from any team. In the end, Hopkinton came out on top with a low score of 237. Medfield (League Champions) was 238, and Medway was 241. The Hillers finished the season at 10-7-1, in fifth place in the very tough TVL, which makes this match victory even more memorable. Senior Taylor Hammond had the lowest score of the day, earning medalist honors, with a 75. Placing 3rd was Junior Jace McCarron. Rounding out the squad was senior Kelsey Baker, and Junior Sean Carnes who both shot an 85. The State golf finals are next Tuesday at Pocasset Country Club, where Jace McCarron will be playing as an individual.

Milford Regional Black Tie Event

October 30, 2010 at

Imperial Chevrolet

Route 16, Mendon


Milford, MA – Within a week of Mélange sponsorship packets being mailed, Milford Regional received more than $45,000 in 2010 Mélange sponsorships and the number is growing daily. Mr. and Mrs. John D. Gannett and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Gannett led with the first sponsorship gifts. Following with additional support for Milford Regional have been: Milford Federal Savings and Loan Association, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Unibank, Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallee and Lougee, LLP, Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation and Guerriere and Halnon.


We are thrilled with this initial support,” said Francis M. Saba, CEO of Milford Regional Medical Center. “This year’s Mélange will benefit the Medical Center’s nationally accredited Breast Center. Receiving care at an accredited breast center ensures that a patient will have access to comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services, a multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options, information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options, and, most importantly, quality breast care close to home.”


This year we are transforming a Mendon Chevrolet dealership into a 1920’s Speakeasy,” said Elaine Osgood, CEO of Atlas Travel International who has served as chair of the Mélange committee since the event’s inception six years ago. “We are grateful to Kevin Meehan of Imperial Cars for offering his new Chevrolet dealership as the venue for our 2010 Mélange Prohibition Ball. We will transform the showroom, as well as the service bays, into an ‘undercover’ lounge and supper club for the night. There will be incredible food, great jazz and dance music by Horns in House and a live auction with auctioneer Paul Zekos calling for bids on new items that have never been seen at Mélange. Guests will also be joined by flappers, g-men and a few other surprises.”


A special feature of this year’s event is the New England premier of Bootlegger 21 Vodka of Prohibition Distillery in New York.

John Walsh, president of Prohibition Distillery, has been very generous in sponsoring our signature drink this year,” said Osgood. “He launched his company more than a year ago with an announcement at New York City’s famed speakeasy, the 21 Club. Since then, his new boutique distillery has been in the New York Times and on CNBC. Bootlegger 21 has only been sold in New York and we were thrilled to find him for a perfect tie-in to our theme and to introduce New England to this brand for the first time.”


Bootlegger 21 Vodka will be served alongside beer and wine that has been gifted each year by George Joannides of Liquor World in Milford, Medway and Franklin.


Mélange is our annual black tie fundraiser,” said Milford Regional President Edward J. Kelly. “We are so grateful to the community for supporting this event as an entertaining way to support Milford Regional. Every year we’ve done something different…international cooking at Clarke, four pink-themed clubs at Consigli Construction, a night in France at the Warren Conference Center in Ashland, the Golden Age of Hollywood and then a Venetian Masquerade Ball at Milford Town Hall. Our 1920s speakeasy will be another great night and we hope to bring our Mélange total over $1 million dollars this year.”


For more information on becoming involved through sponsorship, purchasing tickets or donating an auction item, please call Sheba Pai at 508-422-2034 or visit and visit “Events” under “Supporting MRMC” on the home page.

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Tomb Sweet Tomb

October 23, 2010 — Some of the characters along the trail at 25 Winter Street are not quite dead yet. The scariness begins all over again at 5:30 pm tonight.

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Cub Scout Holiday Wreath Sales

Hopkinton Cub Scouts are taking orders for holiday wreaths and kissing balls from now until Friday, November 8. Wreaths are $12 for a 22” finished wreath with a 6-loop red bow and $16 for an 32” finished wreath with an 8-loop red bow. Pack 97 is also selling 15" decorated kissing balls for $25.  Wreaths will be delivered starting Thanksgiving week. If you are buying a wreath this year, please consider buying one from a Cub Scout in your neighborhood. If you don’t have a scout in your neighborhood or don’t know how to find them, please contact one of the three Hopkinton Cub Scout packs and we will be happy to send a scout your way! 

Pack 97 - - Melissa Brown 508-625-1538

Pack 4 - - Jane Wojcik 508-435-9425

Pack 26 – -  Fran DeYoung  508-625-1604

Bank Robbery Suspects Caught Same Day


WEST ROXBURY, MA -October 22, 2010 — The State Police-FBI Bank Robbery Task Force today responded to an attempted bank robbery in Woburn and a bank robbery in Reading. Troopers were able to develop a description of a vehicle wanted in connection with these crimes. At 7:45 p.m. state troopers in patrol units from the Milton Barracks located the vehicle in the vicinity of Grove Street in West Roxbury. After a search by troopers and a State Police K-9 team, two suspects were located and placed under arrest. They will be turned over to the Reading Police Department for criminal processing. The investigation is ongoing.

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Scouting for the Best Pumpkin

Hopkinton Cub Scout Pack 97's October meeting and Annual Pumpkin Carving contest was a "monster" success. Jesse Chambers, Nate Krozy and  Reese Griffiths are pictured with their winning pumpkins.  During the month of October, Cub Scouts are learning about Responsibility, including how to be responsible winners and losers, responsibility to their community through community service, and responsibility at home and school.  More Information on Hopkinton Cub Scouts can be found at, and

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Ashland Police Arrest Two for CVS Armed Robbery


October 22, 2010 — The Ashland Police Department has made an arrest in connection with last weekend’s armed robbery of the CVS Pharmacy at 47 Pond Street, Ashland.


The arrests were the result of a man-power intensive investigation by Ashland Police Detectives which lasted several days and involved various police agencies in the area. Through the investigation, information received specifically from the Framingham Police Department and citizens ultimately led to the arrest of the suspects.


After conducting surveillance on the suspect, Ashland Detectives acquired probable cause to apply for a search warrant. At approximately 6:30 AM this morning, Ashland and Framingham Detectives, along with the Framingham Police Department S.W.A.T. Team, and Ashland Police K-9, served a search warrant at 35 Phelps Road, Framingham.


As a result of the search warrant, two arrests were made and several pieces of evidence were recovered, including the alleged weapon used in the robbery. Several hundred Morphine and Oxycodone tablets taken in the CVS robbery were also recovered in nearby woods by the Ashland Police K-9.

Arrested and charged were:

1. Celorier, Jason 32 years old of 35 Phelps Road, Framingham.

Charges: 1. Armed Robbery While Masked, 2. Intimidate to Steal from Depository 3. Larceny of Controlled Substance from an Authorized Dispenser, 4. Larceny over $250 5. Assault with a Dangerous Weapon 5. Conspiracy to Commit a Crime, 6. Disorderly Conduct


2. Hargrett, Eric 33 years old, of 75 Phelps Road, Framingham.

1. Conspiracy to Commit a Crime, 2. Receiving Stolen Property 3. Accessory Before the Fact 4. Accessory After the Fact.


It is believed that Mr. Hargrett was the driver of the get-away car. Both suspects are expected to be arraigned later today at Framingham District Court.


Search for New Superintendent of Schools Begins Today

Committee reaffirms K-5 districting

by Heather Kelley

October 22, 2010 — Thursday evening the School Committee reaffirmed its commitment to a districted school system for Hopkinton. “There is a written rationale,” said Superintendent Jack Phelan. As part of the bid for a 40-50% reimbursement for the school building project by the state, Hopkinton had to present this written rationale and defend its educational philosophy to the Massachusetts School Building Authority. In addition, Phelan added, the MSBA itself agreed that “a K-5 building is the educationally sound way to go.”


While reviewing the capital improvement forecast for the school system, Phelan noted that $5 million has been budgeted for future renovations to Elmwood and Hopkins schools in order to put the schools on a par with the proposed new Fruit Street school.

Member Troy Mick succinctly summarized the School Committee’s views on districting, Center School, and the proposed Fruit Street school:

“Number 1) Center is not viable in the short term…; number 2) Of all options… the least expensive… is building a new school; number 3) K-5 neighborhood schools is the best educational plan for all our students.”

Hopkinton’s new Bullying Prevention Policy is one step closer to being approved. In accordance with recent Massachusetts legislation, Hopkinton has written a policy that outlines how the district will prevent and intervene in bullying. It states that “no student will be subjected to harassment, intimidation, bullying, or cyber-bullying.” The policy defines bullying as “repeated use… of a written, verbal, or electronic expression, or physical gesture” that “causes physical or emotional harm…, creates a hostile environment..., or disrupts the education process,” and requires the reporting of any bullying behavior, such that a paper trail can be built and appropriate intervention may be sought. A Bullying Report Form is now available on the website of each school, and should be used by students, parents, and school employees to report any instances of bullying behavior. The draft of the Policy is posted for public review and comment on the School Committee website.


The RFP for a search firm to assist in the hiring of a new superintendent for Hopkinton’s schools opens tomorrow morning. Bids will be accepted until November 5, and finalist interviews are expected to be conducted on November 10. As previously reported, Superintendent Phelan will be retiring at the end of the current school year.

Member Nancy Burdick remarked on materials from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees that listed the 2008 state average cost for special education students. In district, the cost was $18,170, while sending students out-of-district cost an average of $61,800. Superintendent Phelan wholeheartedly agreed, recalling a recent presentation where he highlighted an estimated savings of $5 million for Hopkinton by keeping as many special education students as possible here in district. “It’s better for the kids to be with their peers, independent of the money,” added Phelan.

The High School track is in need of repair and resurfacing. The cost is estimated to be $200,000 and is currently included in the budget for FY 2013. “It’s a matter of student safety,” said Superintendent Phelan. Troy Mick suggested that completing the repairs sooner rather than later would perhaps be more cost-effective.


Superintendent Phelan and the School Committee gratefully acknowledged a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Vipul Minocha. After attending back to school nights and hearing about the use and need for technology in the schools, the Minochas gave $4,000 to be split between Elmwood and Hopkins for technology improvements.

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BOSTON – October 22, 2010 — Today, Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett and Attorney General Martha Coakley announced the indictment of 31 individuals connected to a highly organized and violent criminal enterprise that operated throughout eastern Massachusetts.  The Essex District Attorney’s Office initiated the investigation with the State Police Special Services Section.  The Attorney General’s Office assisted the Essex District Attorney’s office in the subsequent grand jury investigation which resulted in the indictments.

           What started late last year as an investigation into a local bookmaker and loan shark, Joseph Giallanella (aka Jason Peters), age 62, of North Andover, ballooned into a sweeping organized crime investigation across eastern Massachusetts.  “Over time, it was evident that a network of individuals was engaged in criminal activity in multiple jurisdictions.  For this reason, we sought the assistance of the Office of the Attorney General,” District Attorney Blodgett said. “This criminal enterprise went well beyond the original gaming and loan sharking we were targeting.  These individuals not only perpetrated threats of violence and vicious attacks in order to collect gaming debts but also engaged in extensive drug trafficking.  Bringing these individuals to justice has been a long and pain-staking process which I am confident will continue through to successful prosecutions and convictions.”

“Today’s indictments are the culmination of a nearly year-long investigation that involved both traditional and state-of-the-art investigative techniques and uncovered a wide variety of criminal activity perpetrated by this organization,” AG Coakley said. “Portions of this particular organization operated for decades, and the collaboration between our office, Essex District Attorney Blodgett’s office, and the Massachusetts State Police was imperative in amassing the evidence necessary to dismantle this criminal enterprise.” 

              Added Colonel Marian J. McGovern, superintendent of the State Police: “This case is testimony to two things. First, there are still organized criminal enterprises in this state that engage in activities such as bookmaking and extortion. But it is also important to note that these defendants are alleged to have committed extremely violent acts as well. Violence and organized crime have always gone hand-in-hand. The Massachusetts State Police is committed to working with our partners in the Attorney General’s Office and District Attorney’s Office to bring these defendants to justice.”

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October 21, 2010 — Bridgett Walker is made up like Rapunzel, her hair hanging down, but is nowhere near her tower. Instead, she is enjoying all of the things 5 year-olds enjoy at the Moms' Club's Halloween Party at Weston nurseries on Thursday afternoon.

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Painted Clouds

October 21, 2010 — Although it looks like someone did a really poor job painting these clouds into the scene with a brush tool in an imaging or photo computer program, they are indeed as the camera captured them; lumpy, droopy and unique.

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The Moon and Thou

October 21, 2010 — The wild flowers, pastel gradient sky and full Moon in the distance were perfect ingredients for a vampire's backdrop at Weston Nurseries during the Moms' Club's Halloween party Thursday afternoon, as 8 year-old Elizabeth Mosher poses for the camera.

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Mission Accomplished

October 21, 2010 — Hopkinton Special Police Officer Art Pyne holds the lantern cover while Hopkinton Athletic Association President Michael Neece transfers the Marathon Flame from its mount in front of the :Police Headquarters to the base of the portable lantern, which will carry the flame to the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC.

Marine Painting Unveiled

Honor the Spirit

Above, from left, veterans John Cahill, Bob LaVoie and Paul Phipps and artist Dustin Neece.

NOTE: Mixed lighting throws off color.


October 20, 2010 — Dustin Neece unveiled his commissioned painting, called Honor the Spirit by some people, at the First Congregational Church this evening in front of 200 guests who gathered for a feed catered by Ciao Time Catering and Restaurant, and hosted by the namesake Committee affiliated with the Hopkinton Athletic Association.

       The painting commemorates the service of seven Marines who were Hopkinton natives, or married Hopkinton women, and who all returned from the battle of Iwo Jima alive, a statistical phenomenon. The painting will be brought to the Marine Corps Marathon, and then on to the Marine Corps Museum. Representatives of the Marine Corps Marathon will also grab a light from the Marathon Flame at the Police Headquarters at 10:00 am on Thursday and bring it to the Marine Corps Marathon as well.

       The flame was originally lit at the Soldiers Mound in Marathon, Greece, a sister city to Hopkinton, where the inspiration for the first modern marathon was born from the legend of the Battle of Marathon, where a greatly outnumbered Greek force defeated an overwhelming Persian force with the use of battlefield cunning and superior tactics. The battle is credited by many for having saved the new democracy in Greece, the world's first, and preserving that form of government for today. The US Marine Corps, also endeared with the thought of preserving democracy, has joined Hopkinton, Massachusetts and Marathon, Greece in displaying the flame that was lit on those grounds, commemorating the battle.

       Dustin Neece is a 26 year-old Hopkinton High School graduate who, after receiving recognition in the scholastic art awards as a high school artist, got his degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, and went on to study internationally.

        Prior to composing the work, and during its execution, Dustin met with the veterans above to understand what it was like to be in their shoes and accurately portray the experience. He also used grandchildren of Mr. Phipps and Mr. LaVoie, Michael Phipps and Conrad LaVoie, as models; and used realistic props for scale.

        The painting, rich in artistic metaphors, surprised many in the audience who thought the painting would be of the seven veterans being honored this evening, instead of the single soldier looking upward. A helmet in the foreground is laid atop a pool of blood, perhaps representing those who did not survive the battle, and the lone soldier, those who did. The glow in the background, were it not a battlefield, could have been a warming sunrise.  

        The painting itself is presumably a composite of all the men from Hopkinton; but the solitude of the soldier, without another human in view, could represent the very personal nature of the experience.

        Please look for a video Thursday of Dustin Neece talking about the process.


Below, a detail from the painting.


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