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Matt Lauer Clip from Interview with George Bush


It's a Plush Toy

November 3, 2010 — When informed of the ban on dogs on the Common during the Halloween parade last week, this observer said about her canine, "It's a plush toy."

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The President Speaks 

The President's press conference was carried here  LIVE earlier today.

Keep Your Eyes on the Road

November 3, 2010 — This dog is keeping his eyes on the road, but luckily, his paws are not upon the wheel, Monday on Main Street.

Black Sheep

November 3, 2010 — Farm duck or albino mallard, this white duck draws the eye wherever the group goes.

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Gordon B. Simpson, 82

Gordon B. Simpson, 82, of Holliston, passed away Friday, October 29, 2010 at the Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham. Born in Scotland, he was the son of the late Andrew and Jane (Barnes) Simpson. He was the husband of Allison (Robertson) Simpson of Holliston.

Gordon was an Army Veteran of the Korean War and was a member of the Masons at Mt. Hollis Lodge in Holliston.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his 2 sons, Tom Simpson and his wife Jane of Millis, Andy Simpson and his wife Susan Stone of Hopkinton; 2 daughters, Peggy Jane Simpson of Canajoharie, NY, and Shirley Buckman and her husband Ken also of Canajoharie. He also leaves behind 2 grandchildren, Danny and Michael Simpson of Millis.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 from 5-8p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St. A funeral home service will take place in the funeral home on Thursday at 12:00p.m. Burial will follow at Lake Grove Cemetery in Holliston. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 11454 Alexandria, VA 22312 or

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Officer and Suspect Identified In Last Night’s Police-Involved Shooting - UPDATE


SOMERVILLE- November 3, 2010 - A man sought for arrest by Somerville Police and The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives at 6 Gibbens Street is alleged to have shot a Somerville Police Officer, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone and Somerville Police Chief Michael Cabral informed the public today.


The man, who is alleged to have shot the officer, was struck by return fire and transported to the Somerville Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He has been identified as Matthew Krister, 21, of Somerville.  The officer, who has been identified as Officer Mario Oliveira, was transported to the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he remains in stable condition.  The police-involved shooting will be investigated by the DA’s office, per protocol. 


The circumstances of the shooting incident remain under investigation.  The investigation remains active and ongoing. 

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McGovern Wins 3rd Congressional District 

November 3, 2010 — Jim McGovern's victory speech on YouTube (22 views at 1:23 am).

Patrick Victory Speech Video Here (11 views at 1:45 am)

Top American Marathoner Ryan Hall Kicks Off John Hancock’s 2011 Boston Marathon Employee Training Program

Holds record time for American

Boston, MA (November 2, 2010)
– Elite marathoner Ryan Hall, who last year ran the fastest time on the Boston course ever by an American, kicked off the first training meeting for John Hancock’s Boston Marathon employee runners.  

Since 2007, John Hancock and Manulife employees have taken on the challenge of training together for the Boston Marathon and raising funds in support of the Company’s philanthropic missions.  For the fifth consecutive year, John Hancock employees will raise funds for select Boston non-profits that make a difference in the lives of young people. Canadian Manulife employees will raise money for Habitat for Humanity Canada.

Hall spoke to employees about preparing for the Marathon and the importance of giving back to the community. Last year Hall, with his wife Sara, launched The Hall Steps Foundation, which works through the running community to end structural causes of global poverty, including supporting clean water and safe shelter initiatives.

“We are so pleased to kick off our 2011 Marathon efforts with Ryan,” said Rob Friedman, Assistant Vice President, John Hancock Sponsorship and Event Marketing. “While he remains committed to running at an amazing level, he also is equally passionate about taking steps to make the world a better place – and engaging people to join him.”  

The John Hancock Boston Marathon Fundraising Program is part of the Company's $11.2 million of total support in 2010 to Boston area non-profits.  The Company also donates 10,000 hours of community support through its employee volunteer programs each year. HopNews file photo

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for by Robert Falcione © 2010 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from October 26, 2010 - November 1, 2010



Price Date Seller
2 Harrington Way Stuart Hanna Kristina Hanna $420,000 Nov 1, 2010 Richard J Cella, Kara Cella, Kara M Bauer
23 Chestnut Street Frederick Mayer, Denise Mayer $270,200 Nov 1, 2010 Kevin E Flaherty, et al
14 Fruit Sreet Matthew L Peterson, Amy Peterson $619,000 Oct 29, 2010 Robin J Harwood
16 Knoll Road Mark Christenson, et. al. $275,000.00 Oct 29, 2010 Chandra Shekar Vemuri, Madhaui V Venuri
28 Pinecrest Village Lindsay Ucci $239,900.00 Oct 29, 2010 Auximar Harshman, Marcello Demello
112 Ash Street Ryan J Davenport, KatherineA Davenport $893,750.00 Oct 29, 2010 Susan O'Connor, Matthew O'Connor, Matthew J O'Connor

213 Ash Street

Bharath Thirunavukkarasu Minakshee Vundamati


Oct 28, 2010

Noel J Cusack, Susan Elizabeth Cusack

199 Hayden Rowe Street

David Carrier, kara Bauer


Oct 28, 2010

ZKaren AH Higgins

16 Nazneen Circle

Paluri Vinod, Thacker Samta


Oct 28, 2010

Ahmed Mirajuddin TR, Peppercorn Village Realty Trust,

8 Apple Tree Hill Road

Louise L. Flaherty


Oct 28, 2010

James N Donahue,Sara C Donahue, Sara C Crawford

Last Week        
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


Police News UP-TO-DATE


November 1, 2010

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5:26 am Officer Jacob Campbell investigated a report by Boston Taxi that two females had jumped out of the taxi..


7:54 pm A caller from Blueberry Lane reported that a youth with a real chainsaw threatened to beat...


6:26 pm A Rice Street resident reported she’s being harassed by a person on Facebook...


5:49 am Lieutenant Charles Wallace and Officers Jacob Campbell and Linda Higgins assisted the FBI...

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Friends of the Library Book Sale

Saturday November 20, 10-4

Special  Preview for Friends Members 9-10

Renew Membership or sign up at the Door.

Sale includes over 250 movie posters.

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Winter Parking Ban


The DPW wishes to remind all Hopkinton residents of By-Laws pertaining to the parking of motor vehicles during the winter months.


Traffic Rules and Orders, Town of Hopkinton, Article lV, Section 8 “It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle, other than for an emergency, to park said vehicle on any street between the hours of 1:00am to 6:00am from November 15 through April 1.


Article X, Section 1 By-Laws Town of Hopkinton

The Highway Manager, for the purpose of removing or plowing snow, or removing the ice from any way shall be authorized to remove or cause to be removed to some convenient place, including in such term a public garage, any vehicle interfering with such work. The owner of any vehicle so removed shall be liable for the cost of such removal, and for the storage charges, if any, resulting therefrom. The Highway Manager, whenever any vehicle is so removed, shall notify the Police Department and said Department shall render all necessary assistance to the Highway Manager in enforcing this by-law.


Article 3

No person shall pile, push, throw, shovel, plow or by any other method or means cause snow to be deposited or placed on any public roadway or sidewalk of the Town so as to impede, obstruct or interrupt or otherwise adversely affect the unrestricted flow of traffic or the safe travel of any pedestrian on such roadway or sidewalk. The foregoing sentence shall not apply to any person in the employ of the Town, or in the employ of an independent contractor, which has been hired by the Town for the purpose of snow removal. Whoever violates this section shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding twenty-five dollars for each such violation. Each instance of such conduct shall constitute a separate violation of this By-Law.


The DPW would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

Mike Mansir, Highway Manager

Vehicle Glass Etching Program 

Hopkinton Police to Hold Event

November 6, 2010 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

DPW Garage on Fruit Street

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Hopkinton Girls Youth Lacrosse Registration Begins

Spring 2011 Hopkinton Girls Youth Lacrosse Registration Begins.  Grades 3-8. To register go to . Deadline 11/15.

Letter From the Officers and Executive Board – Lake Maspenock Preservation Association:


      As you may know from previous communications we were hoping to do an extended draw down of the lake this year.  Due to the dry conditions we experienced this summer the State declared that our area is in a drought advisory.  This advisory was recently expanded to other areas of the state and extended in areas of the state already under the advisory, including Hopkinton.  One of the conditions of the permit allowing us to conduct the extended draw down indicates that if the town is in a drought advisory the extended draw down will not be allowed.  We were hoping that we would be removed from the drought advisory and that we would be allowed to proceed.

      Unfortunately, the advisory was extended forcing us to delay the extended draw down until next year, weather conditions permitting.  We will be conducting only the normal draw down of the lake this year, with one exception.  The Town of Hopedale has requested an emergency interruption of our draw down so that they can complete repairs to a dam in their town.  The Hopkinton Conservation Commission has approved this interruption.     

      The delay is expected to begin Monday, November 1st, and last approximately one week.  The dam will be open the minimal amount during that time which should maintain the lake at a constant level unless large amounts of rain are received which could cause the lake level to rise.  Once the work is completed in Hopedale the dam will be opened to allow the draw down to achieve the normal 4-5 foot reduction for the winter.  Spring refill will be conducted as has been implemented in the past, commencing upon ice out or by approximately March 1st.   We hope this information is helpful and we will continue to provide updates as necessary.

"Someday, I Will Be On HopNews!"

October 31, 2010 — We can't be sure what this gypsy saw in her crystal Ball, but she is Leah Raczynski, a young actress holding court at the Drama Club's Fantasy Fun event at the High School.

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Philip J. Paradis, 49


Philip J. Paradis, 49, died unexpectedly at home on October 29, 2010. He was the father of Daniel Paradis of Sutton. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Alverie and Rita (Heaton) Paradis.

Philip was a 1983 graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He was employed by St. Cobain Company of Worcester for 20 years. He was an avid fishermen, hunter and golfer and most of all enjoyed spending time with family.

Besides his son, he leaves his former wife, Kathleen (Day) Paradis of Sutton, his sisters Leona and her husband Harry Montville of Bellingham, Helene and her husband Frank Mayti of Franklin, Jean and her husband Al Tatro of Milford; and his brothers George and his wife Janet of Oakham, William and his wife Rita of Ayer, Andrew and his wife Lisa of Hudson and Joseph and his wife Laurie of Hopkinton. In addition, he leaves many nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held November 5, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. from the Callanan-CroninCallanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street. A memorial funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at St. John's Cemetery. Memorial calling hours at the funeral home will be Thursday, November from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.


Edna Ruth Titus, 93


Edna Ruth Titus, 93, of Hopkinton, passed away at her home on Saturday, October 30, 2010. Born in Centreville, Nova Scotia she was the daughter of the late Elnora and Ira Graham. She was wife of Irving H. Titus of Hopkinton.

A devoted mother; she influenced the lives of many children through her love and care. Besides her husband, she is survived by 5 children, Douglas Wright, Donald Wright and his wife Marilyn, Donna Lowell and her husband Charles, Deborah Peddle and her husband Paul, and Darlene Montville; a sister, Floretta Moore of Canada. She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren, Diane, Denise, Carlene, Douglas, Laurie, Daniel, Dayna, Donna, Eric, Kari-Rose, Kelsey, and Brandon, as well as 22 great grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by 10 siblings and a grandchild, Charles E. Lowell who passed in 1987.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 from 11am-12pm at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. ; followed by a service in the funeral home at 12:30. Burial will follow the services at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Hopkinton.

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Hopkinton 21, Bellingham 0

October 29, 2010 — Above, Alex Hulme takes the elevator to grab this pass, while Mike Decina, below, keeps that one and goes around the right end during the game Friday night against Bellingham. Alex got hit hard, which brought medical personnel onto the field. He walked to the sideline without assistance.

Skater's Waltz

October 29, 2010 —Shaun Palmer and his Bellingham counterpart are by happenstance in a nearly synchronous move toward the ball Friday evening at home in the end zone.

Time of the Season

October 29, 2010 — Above, Myrna McCarthy shows grandson Thomas McCarthy, 3, a bouquet of yellow leaves while awaiting the procession of kindergarten students from Center School onto the Common this afternoon, below.

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Hopkinton Police Traffic Advisory

 Use caution on Halloween


The Hopkinton Police Departments requests that all motor vehicle operators caution on Sunday October 31 during the afternoon and evening hours when children will be out trick or treating.


Please remember that children may be distracted going door to door or have limited vision due to their Halloween costumes. We urge all vehicle drivers to use extra caution during these hours. We also request parents accompany their children and to use flashlights or have reflective clothing on their costumes.


Please make this a safe and fun night for all.


Richard A. Flannery

Chief of Police


Funding for the Commonwealth’s Criminal Justice System Should Reflect Our Public Safety Priorities: Fixing a Broken System


by Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone

October 29, 2010 — The Massachusetts criminal justice system handles approximately 300,000 prosecutions annually. The District Attorneys prosecute the vast majority of those cases.


The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is the entity created by the Legislature 30 years ago to represent defendants found to be indigent based on an incomplete system of review.  CPCS manages its criminal responsibilities by maintaining a full-time staff of 200 attorneys who handle 10% of the CPCS criminal caseload, and outsourcing the remaining 90% of cases to private attorneys known as bar advocates.


Over the past 8 years, CPCS’s budget for its criminal caseload grew from $51 million to $168.45 million, or an increase of 230%.  In contrast, the DA’s budget  over the same time period grew just $14 million, or just 16%.  While the District Attorneys prosecute close to 300,000 criminal cases on a total budget of $92 million CPCS provides indigent defense services in approximately 200,000 cases, but with a budget of over $168 million.


Additionally, throughout the state’s economic crisis, the District Attorneys, the Courts, prevention programs and most other public safety and law enforcement related line items in the state budget have been cut, but the criminal defense portion of CPCS’ budget has grown by 38%. Each year, CPCS overspends its budget by many millions of dollars; in the Spring of 2010, the legislature authorized and voted an additional $33 million to CPCS because of budget overruns. At the same time, the District Attorneys struggled to stay within their budgets by laying off staff, imposing furloughs, and not receiving any additional budget funding.


The average Assistant District Attorney handles an average of over 400 cases each year coupled with several investigations and unfunded mandates like intervention and prevention programs.  The average CPCS criminal staff attorney handles approximately 100.  The District Attorneys spend an average of $307 per case to prosecute criminals, while CPCS spends an average of $842 per case to defend them.


The present system of defending criminals depends on a broken business model.  The present system lacks meaningful controls or incentives to control costs.  By reallocating existing fixed resources dedicated to public prosecution and public defense based upon actual caseloads and corresponding responsibilities, we can fix this system without new taxpayer dollars.  It is time that we fix the present system which overwhelmingly exhibits a budgetary prioritization of defending criminals over the defending of victims of crime in Massachusetts

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White House Live

The President spoke yesterday about the recent terrorist threats. HopNews presented it here, live.

The television stations cut out after the President's address, although the briefing room remained live for another 25 minutes or so. HopNews had the entire presentation here. To see what the President of the United States is doing at any time, choose the button at the top of the page, as always: White House .



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SEC Charges Massachusetts-Based Forex Traders and Their Firm With Fraud

Hopkinton man arrested*


Washington, D.C., Oct. 28, 2010 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged two foreign currency traders and their Boston-based company with operating a fraudulent scheme in which they sent investors misleading account statements while stealing their funds and incurring major trading losses.


The SEC alleges that Craig Karlis of Hopkinton, Mass., and Ahmet Devrim Akyil formerly of Hingham, Mass., fraudulently raised approximately $40 million from approximately 750 investors in a purported foreign currency (Forex) trading venture through their firm Boston Trading and Research LLC (BTR). Investors were falsely promised that BTR had a system in place to limit trading losses. BTR also falsely claimed to investors that "we do not profit unless you do" while in reality Karlis and Akyil were illegally diverting investor money for their own personal use as well as to fund BTR's operations and pay expenses for other companies with which they were associated.


"The bait was the promise by Akyil and Karlis to limit investor risk, and the switch was the theft and unauthorized trading that cost investors 90 percent of the invested funds," said Robert Khuzami, Director of the SEC's Division of Enforcement. "If you don't deliver what you promise and violate the securities laws, we will hold you accountable."

David Bergers, Director of the SEC's Boston Regional Office, added, "Akyil and Karlis secretly enriched themselves while many of the defrauded investors lost their retirement savings and financial security."


According to the SEC's complaint filed in federal court in Boston, for a minimum investment of $10,000, investors could deposit money with the BTR program. BTR used a website, sales representatives and live presentations by Karlis and Akyil to solicit funds from investors around the world. Investors provided Akyil with a limited power of attorney that granted him the right to direct the trading of their funds in the Forex market.


The SEC alleges that BTR's misrepresentations to investors included the following:

  • Investors would have 100 percent transparency about what was going on in their accounts through daily and monthly account statements and 24-hour access to real-time information about the trading Akyil was doing on their behalf.

  • Investors, through draw-down agreements, could lose no more than an agreed-upon percentage (typically 30 percent) of their investment.

  • The BTR trading system included an automatic stop-loss program that would curtail losses once they reached a certain percentage.

  • BTR and its principals would be paid from profits only.

The SEC alleges that BTR, through Akyil and with Karlis's knowledge, traded funds differently from what was disclosed in daily account statements to investors. The balance and equity positions that BTR provided investors on their account statements did not show that their funds had been diminished through BTR's use of investor money for undisclosed purposes. Meanwhile, Akyil and Karlis depleted the investment pool through misappropriation and trading losses far past the stop loss limits promised to investors. BTR collapsed in September 2008 and ultimately distributed the remaining funds to investors, which amounted to approximately 10 percent of their account balances.


The SEC's complaint charges Akyil, Karlis, and BTR with violating the antifraud and registration provisions of the federal securities laws, and seeks civil injunctions, the return of ill-gotten gains, and financial penalties.

Separately, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts today unsealed an indictment charging Akyil and Karlis with criminal violations based on the same misconduct. The SEC also acknowledges the assistance of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.


Eric A. Forni, Kevin B. Currid, and Patrick J. Noone of the SEC's Boston Regional Office conducted the SEC's investigation. The SEC's litigation will be led by Rachel Hershfang and Michael Foster. The SEC's investigation is continuing.

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~ Press release from SEC

* According to the Hopkinton Police Department, Craig A. Karlis, 50, of Thayer Heights Road was arrested at his home without incident yesterday, October 28, 2010 at 5:45 am by several FBI agents and Hopkinton Police officers. He was booked at the Hopkinton Police Headquarters and turned over to the FBI. He stands accused of defrauding 1,000 clients of $30 million.

Rollover at Pike/495


At 9:41 a.m., State Police Troopers from several barracks and Troopers working area details responded to a tractor-trailer rollover on the ramp from Rt 90 (exit 11A) to Rt 495 north in Westborough.

The ramp traffic is getting by, however it is moving very slowly and is expected to cause significant delays. 


The operator was uninjured and Mass Highway is sending crews and equipment to assist with traffic control.  The ramp may be shut-down at a later time to safely remove the vehicle.


State Troopers from the State Police Commercial Motor-Vehicle Enforcement Section and the State Police Collision Analysis Section are on scene to investigate the crash.

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Nothing But Pumpkin

October 28, 2010 — Even the horizon is made up of pumpkins at Pratt's Pumpkin Patch on North Street.

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It Was This Big!

October 28, 2010 — No, this male mallard was not showing the measure of the fish that got away, but simply flapping his wings dry after bathing in North Pond this afternoon.

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Llama, Llama, Ding Dong...

October 28, 2010 — Rather than give away the location of this alpaca and cause a stampede, let's just say he lives with sheep.

Trooper Talks New Dad Through Highway Delivery; Baby Girl Born on Route 2


Last night at 9:11 p.m., Trooper John Ciszek received a call at the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Concord from a man stating that his wife was giving birth in their car on Route 2 in Acton. The couple, who are from Westford, were enroute to the hospital when it became evident that their new arrival was not going to wait until they got there. The father pulled into the breakdown lane and called 911 on his cell phone and was patched through to the Concord Barracks. Trooper Ciszek dispatched two cruisers and an ambulance to the scene. Remaining on the phone with the expectant father, Trooper Ciszek gave him instructions in how to deliver the baby.  Aided by Trooper Ciszek, the father helped his wife deliver a baby girl prior to the troopers arriving on–scene.


Troopers Larry Anthony and Michel Alker arrived on-scene at 9:16 p.m. and checked on the condition of the baby and the new parents. Mother and baby were transported to Emerson Hospital by Acton Fire in good condition. The family has declined interviews, as well as the release of their names and release of the 911 recording.



Travel lanes on Route 93 northbound, north of Dascomb Road in Andover, may be intermittently closed later this morning, but traffic is currently getting by. A tanker truck carrying gasoline had a brake fire at 4:10 a.m. that spread to part of the undercarriage. The fire was extinguished but the nearly 12,000-gallon cargo may have to be off-loaded. When that happens, we will be closing travel lanes. State Police Troop A and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section remain on scene.


State Police are investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash that occurred shortly before midnight last night on Route 125 in Andover. The vehicle went off the road; its lone occupant was transported by ambulance to an area hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. We are investigating excessive speed as a probable factor in the crash. A release will be issued with more information later today.


State Police Troop C and the State Police Collision Reconstruction and Analysis Section are assisting Westborough Police in investigating a multi-vehicle crash on Route 9 eastbound, in the area of the BJ’s Warehouse there. Among the vehicles involved were a tractor-trailer combination and a Westborough Police cruiser. The cruiser sustained significant damage; the officer is being evaluated for injuries.

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Hopkinton TVL League Champions in Cross Country with a season of 8 – 0.


With a resounding 21-36 victory over Westwood on Wednesday the Hopkinton girls cross country team is once again TVL Champions!


Back Row: Coach Brian Hall, Becca Govoni, Kaylee Harrison, Kim Bolick, Kellie Lodge, Devin Dourney, Emily Mitsock, Haley Anderson, Megan Kelley, Rachel Graubart

Front Row: Catie Maruska, Courtney Urlage, Emily Katz, Mary Kate Cavanaugh, Livy Harvey, Mikala Korbey, Sam Lee, Sarah Randall and Rebecca Thomas.    Not pictured: Katie Kelley. ~Contributed by Dorothy Maruska.

State Trooper in Rollover


METHUEN - October 27, 2010 — Preliminary investigation indicates that the trooper involved in this morning’s cruiser crash at 11:20 a.m. on Route 495 southbound, just north of Route 213, in Haverhill, rolled over after swerving to avoid a basketball backboard that swung out of the back of a pickup truck in front of him on Route 495 south in Methuen. The driver of the pickup was cited for not securing his load. After swerving to the right to avoid being hit by the backboard, the momentum of the trooper’s 2007 unmarked Ford Expedition carried it through the breakdown lane into a soft grassy area, where it rolled over and came to rest along a wood line at the side of the road. Trooper John McGrath, assigned to the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, was transported to Lawrence General Hospital for minor injuries and has since been released.


Preliminary investigation indicates that moments before the 11:10 a.m. crash, Trooper McGrath noticed the pickup truck, on 495 south in Methuen north of the ramp to Route 213, carrying numerous pieces of debris in its bed, including a portable basketball net and backboard. The net and backboard appeared to the trooper to be unsecured. As Trooper McGrath pulled behind the truck to investigate further, the net became unsecured and flipped over, causing the backboard to come out of the truck, almost striking the trooper’s Expedition and causing him to swerve.


State Police cited the driver of the 1997 Ford pickup, ERNEST PENACHIO of Haverhill, with having an unsecured load. The cruiser was towed from the scene.

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Noreen M. Deletti, 40


NORWOOD/HOPKINTON - Noreen M. Deletti, 40, of Norwood died unexpectedly October 24, 2010. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of Albert E. Deletti and his partner Karyn McKenzie of Hopkinton and Diane L. Raftery and her partner John Pasciuti of Framingham. She was the fiance of Anthony Scarcella of Dedham.

Noreen lived her life to the fullest. She enjoyed motorcycles, dirt bikes, gardening and almost anything outdoors. She took her love of gardening to the next level and taught herself how to create stunning flower arrangements. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her friends and family.

In addition to her parents and fiance, she is survived by her daughter Tanisha M. Deletti of Norwood, her brother John A. Deletti and his wife Shannon of Framingham and her grandmothers Barbara M. Raftery of Grafton, NH and Sophie Deletti of Hopkinton. In addition, she leaves her nephews Cole and Drew and her aunts and uncles Donna Raftery-Harris, Debra Snow, Alene Smith, William Deletti and Jeanette Murphy. She is predeceased by her grandfathers Wilbur M. Raftery and Stephen Deletti Sr., and her uncle Stephen Deletti, Jr.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, October 30 at 10:00 a.m. in the
Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton. Burial will follow at Clinton Street Cemetery, Hopkinton. Calling hours at the funeral home will be Friday, October 29 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 35 Concord Street, Framingham, MA 01704.

Difficult Budget Process Begins: Structural Deficit Big and Getting Bigger

Projects to add to property tax bill


by Muriel Kramer

October 27, 2010 — The upcoming budget season is about to be in full swing, and the bottom line is that the imbedded structural deficit in Hopkinton’s operational budget is not getting any better. Even with Hopkinton’s current debt obligations being reduced over the next five years, the structural deficit is projected to be ever widening. Selectman Ben Palleiko pointed out that “the structural deficit is getting worse going forward even as debt is coming off; the gap is increasing even as debt is reduced.” Currently the projected budget deficit for FY12 is $1,920,842.


Hopkinton’s Finance Director, Heidi Kriger, briefed the Board of Selectmen, the School Committee and the Appropriation Committee representative on the financial forecast for the next five years as well as specifics for the near term in FY12. Basic assumptions for the forecast assume a reduction in State Aid of 5% for FY12, new growth remaining steady at $550,000 to $600,000 going forward, a level overlay surplus at $100,000 as well as bringing the tax levy up to the allowable limits in 5 years. For the last two years, Hopkinton residents have not been taxed at the maximum levy limit the law allows; the budget process for this upcoming budget cycle and the five year forecast assume gradually increasing the actual tax levy to the allowable maximum over the next five years.


Palleiko asked about the assumption that taxes would be raised to reach the maximum levy over the next five years; “I don’t think this should be built in as an assumption because it disguises the structural deficit.”


Joe Karner from Appropriation Committee also questioned the assumption that the levy would be brought up the maximum allowed by law over the next few years. “How did that strategy evolve?”


Kriger responded that they had looked at various options and this looked to be the best approach. She also acknowledged that it was probable that the assumptions would change in the ensuing months.


School Committee Chairman, Rebecca Robak, acknowledging the tight budgets of the last two years, commented, “We’ve done our best to keep spending down. There has been some pain and decline in services. We are beginning to suffer because we have had to be so fiscally conservative these last two years.”


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Holiday Shopping Soiree Fundraiser to Help Fund Breast Cancer Research


Select vendor tables still available


October 27, 2010 — Trina Macchi & Leslie Mann of Hallmark Sotheby's International Realty are co-chairing a holiday shopping soiree fundraiser on behalf of the ArtbeCAUSE Breast Cancer Foundation, which supports some of today's most innovative researchers looking to eradicate breast cancer.


To be held 6:30-9:30pm on Thursday, November 18, 2010, the event will be an evening of fashion, fun, spirits, and more. Visitors can tour one of Hopkinton’s most admired historic estate homes, 52 Hayden Rowe in Hopkinton, an Italianate Victorian home, which is currently on the market; enjoy delicious wines; peruse the latest fashions, jewelry, and home décor—and enter to win fabulous door prizes and raffle items, including a pendant and earrings from Tiffany & Co and a Wave radio from Bose Corporation.


Participating vendors include: French Lessons Boutique in Wellesley, the Nagi Collection of Jewelry, Complements Art Gallery, Becky Oh! Custom Handbags, Double Dipped Chocolates, and more. A handful of tables are still available for those looking to sell their wares.


Tickets: Make a $35.00 tax deductible donation at HERE and you'll be added to our guest list.


Please contact Leslie Mann at or 508.904.4967 to sign up as a vendor or order tickets for the event.


For more information about 52 Hayden Rowe, please contact Trina Macchi at or 508.509.4236.

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Party Line Consequences

To the Editor:


Do we insist upon accountability when negligence and irresponsibility occur? What about numerous atrocious and outrageous events without complete, even partial, corrective solutions? Aren't too many let off with little consequence? Are root causes of problems dealt with? Is spending of monies appropriate, conscientious and efficient? Are our educational institutions effective and cost effective?

With so many jobs needed and foreclosures occurring, are the millions spent on political campaigns justified - especially when they're designed to tear down opponents with unethical distortions? Do you vote for those doing so? Perhaps we enjoy the entertainment. When you see whole bodies of one political party vs. the other in opposition, do they respectively represent their entire constituency? Are independent views really exercised in a given party - especially for highly important matters affecting us all? Is our government truthful and efficient? Many in Congress sincerely do attempt to be.

Do Americans raise their voices on subjects only affecting themselves personally, while they are indifferent when considering the majority of others? Do we seek unbiased reporting and honestly consider differing views for complete evaluation? Consider the war and casualties. How many of us have family members directly involved? What about catastrophes, losses, environment disasters? Who/what really may be at fault - and reliable to undertake actions to assist, locally, nationally and worldwide?

Many questions with few meaningful solutions! Does it ever occur we have faced these same scenarios for many generations and problems exacerbate?

I've conscientiously voted for decades, but now angry and tired (though ready to assist; not giving up). Maybe you'll awake and burden yourselves this coming election and every following two years thereafter to vote wisely. Remember the consequences of voting along party line!

David Adelman
183 Pond Street


October 27, 2010

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