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Hopkinton Public Library & Hopkinton Garden Club present

Quabbin: A History and Explorers Guide

a narrated slide presentation by Michael Tougias

Tuesday, Nov. 16

7:00 p.m.

Hopkinton Library

Award winning author Michael Tougias' wonderfully informative program features stories of the "lost towns" in the flooding of the Quabbin Reservoir, the construction of the reservoir and how it works today.


Tougias will take the audience on a natural history tour of the Quabbin and present suggestions for day trips to this beautiful and special area.


Mr. Tougias will have books available for sale and signing.

Light snacks will be served. [File photo]

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Social Host Law Presentation

    Monday, November 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Hopkinton High School Athletic Center


On Monday November 15 at 7 p.m. in the high school athletic center there will be a presentation by the law firm Campbell, Campbell, Edwards and Conroy on the Social Host law entitled "It's All About You." Although this presentation is mandatory for all athletes planning to play winter sports, and their parents, it is open to all High School parents and students.


I have heard their presentation before and it is very informative. I highly recommend it not only for parents but also for students. It clearly illustrates the legal consequences of allowing those under 21 to possess alcohol. The information they present is something every parent and student should understand

~ Jane Roche 

The beFREE! Project is a program of the Hopkinton Youth Commission

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A situation similar to the story to the left was discussed on the HopNews discussion page earlier today , but the scenario being discussed was what might happen if the homeowner is armed and protects himself with deadly force against a home invader. WBZ-TV allows embedding of their video. Enjoy.

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A Massachusetts state trooper (above left) holds a bag containing tens of thousands of dollars found in a Jeep with two suspected drug dealers Saturday. In the other photo, a brick of suspected cocaine sits in a makeshift compartment that troopers’ found cut into the dashboard.


WORCESTER - November 8, 2010 — About a dozen air fresheners of different kinds placed throughout a Jeep Cherokee was the first thing that raised a state trooper’s suspicions, followed, in short order, by the vague and hesitant answers the driver and passenger gave and the marred chrome trim around the passenger side airbag compartment.


The trooper’s suspicions during the car stop Saturday on Route 290 in Worcester were well-founded, as a Massachusetts State Police dog soon alerted to an odor of drugs in the area of the airbag compartment. When troopers opened that part of the dashboard, they found an aftermarket compartment built into the area where the airbag should have been. Inside that “hide” was a large block of a white powdered substance, estimated to be approximately a half-kilogram of cocaine, 20 smaller baggies containing powdery white rocks, and another baggie holding clumps of white powder. Alongside the suspected cocaine was a black trash bag that held what turned out to be $32,810 in cash. A separate bundle of cash in the front of the car totaled $751.


State Police charged the Jeep’s driver, JOEL M. ALICEA, 28, of Lawrence, and passenger, ALEJANDRO NUNEZ PEREZ, 28, of Methuen, with trafficking in cocaine, possession of a Class B narcotic with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws.


The sequence of events leading to the arrests began at 4:15 p.m. Saturday when Massachusetts State Trooper Dana Oliver saw the Jeep traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Interstate 290. Trooper Oliver clocked the sport utility vehicle for approximately a quarter-mile at 65 miles per hour, 15 miles per hour greater than the posted speed limit. The trooper stopped the Jeep just after Exit 17.


When Trooper Oliver walked up to the Jeep, he was met by an overwhelming odor of chemical air fresheners. Upon questioning, the two men inside seemed hesitant or unable to say who owned the Jeep until looking at the registration, and then were vague about from where they were coming. ALICEA told Trooper Oliver they had gone to Springfield to buy diapers and other small items for his daughter; when questioned why the men went from Lawrence to Springfield just to buy diapers, ALICEA’s response was to show the trooper a photo of the little girl on his cell phone.


Ultimately, Trooper Oliver counted 12 different air fresheners in the Jeep, including scented trees hanging on mirrors, clip-on fresheners on the vents, and pieces of urinal deodorant pucks under every seat.


While speaking with PEREZ, the passenger, Trooper Oliver noticed marks and scratches on the chrome trim on the part of the dashboard where the passenger-side airbag is usually contained, raising the trooper’s suspicion that the airbag compartment had been opened recently.


By this time, State Trooper Matthew Moran responded to assist, as did State Police K-9 Section Trooper Raymond Jones and his partner, Dakar. Trooper Jones deployed Dakar, who is trained to detect the odor of narcotics. She alerted to the passenger-side airbag area. Trooper Jones then worked Dakar through the rest of the Jeep, but she returned again to the airbag area as a point of interest.


The troopers also observed plastic shavings and tool marks on screws in the dashboard. Using a pry tool and a flashlight, troopers were able to see cut sheet metal inside the dash where the airbag should have been. At that point, troopers pried open the airbag area and found the hide containing the contraband.


Troopers gave ALICEA and PEREZ their Miranda warnings and transported them to the State Police Barracks in Holden to be booked. A court clerk ordered them each held on $100,000 cash bail pending their arraignments in the Worcester District Court, which was expected to happen today.

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Police News UP-TO-DATE

November 8, 2010

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1:12 pm Officer Philip Powers reported an individual at school in possession of marijuana...


9:44 am Officer Stephen Buckley investigated vandalism to the Fruit Street Property...


2:47 pm A mother from Clinton Street reported her 11 year old daughter missing...


6:22 pm A pumpkin on fire on Fruit Street...

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for by Robert Falcione © 2010 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from November 1, 2010 - November 8, 2010



Price Date Seller
This Week        
4 Castle Hill Road Byronn Memmelaar, Marylou Memmelaar $385,000.00 Nov 5, 2010 Richard L Mansfield, Marylou Mansfield
26 Falcon Ridge Road Sara K Minor Trust $618,000.00 Nov 3, 2010 Marjorie L Stevens, James K Stevens
Last Week        
2 Harrington Way Stuart Hanna Kristina Hanna $420,000.00 Nov 1, 2010 Richard J Cella, Kara Cella, Kara M Bauer
23 Chestnut Street Frederick Mayer, Denise Mayer $270,200.00 Nov 1, 2010 Kevin E Flaherty, et al
14 Fruit Sreet Matthew L Peterson, Amy Peterson $619,000.00 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

Week Before        
3 Kerry Lane Brian P Harrahy, Elizabeth A Harrahy $330,000.00 Oct 22, 2010 Lisa Marie Haddad
3 Washington Lane Krish Kumar, Bhavani Khumar $690,000.00 Oct 22, 2010 Nicole E Decoteau, Andreas WK Graham
11 Sanctuary Lane Judy Wong-Kmiec, Peter A Kmiec $387,273.00 Oct 21, 2010 Weston Development Group


hopkinton Earns $15,529 IN Insurance premium Credits through miia rewards program

(November 8, 2010) – The Town of Hopkinton has received $15,529 back on its workers compensation and property casualty insurance costs. Committed to keeping the community safer and fiscally stronger, the town earned the credits through participation in loss prevention and risk management activities that are part of incentive programs offered by the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA), the town’s insurance provider.


Hopkinton earned incremental insurance credits through proactive and voluntary participation in training activities over the course of the year. It implemented loss control measures that reduce the risk of accidents and property damage as well as administrative procedures and training programs that promote effective management and operations. MIIA offers these no cost training and educational courses as a membership benefit to help members reduce their risks and insurance premiums.


“As a non-profit, member-driven organization, MIIA works with municipalities as partners to develop innovative programs that help them save resources without sacrificing coverage,” said MIIA Executive Vice President Stanley Corcoran. “We congratulate our participating members who have taken these actions to mitigate risks, lower their insurance costs and reduce the impact on taxpayers.”


About MIIA

In fiscal year 2010, more than 2,000 municipal employees participated in over 61 MIIA-sponsored seminars and workshops offered in 26 locations throughout the state. Massachusetts cities and towns efforts yielded more than $2 million of premium credit collectively to the membership, for an eight-year total of $12 million.


The Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA) is the non-profit insurance arm of the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA). As a member-based organization, MIIA’s only focus is to provide excellent service and quality risk management solutions to Massachusetts municipalities and related public entities. Municipal insurance its only business,  MIIA insures nearly 400 cities, towns, and other public entities in Massachusetts. For more information, visit and

Out With the Old

November 8, 2010 — These well-worn plastic figures were sitting with the rubbish on West Main Street toward Upton this morning.

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Oreo, Phone Home

I am Oreo, a 12 year-old pretty girl who has hardly ever been outside of my Fenton Street home in my life. But last weekend, I saw an opportunity to investigate the outside world and dashed out of the door.

And although I appreciate you taking me in and feeding me, I don't know where I am; and that is why I just stare at the door when you open it. Please call my family at 508-435-9951 so they can bring me home. And thank you for taking care of me in the meantime.

...And So Little Time

November 7, 2010 — Hopkinton Wine & Spirits held a Grand Wine Tasting on Saturday that featured more than 100 combined types of wine and other beverages for tasting as well as the IQUE Barbeque team, which set up in the parking lot. 

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Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month


       American Legion Post 202 will be holding a Veterans Day ceremony on Thursday November 11th , at 11:00 AM , in the Hopkinton Town Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend, and, as in past years, participants will include students from Hopkinton.

       Along with recognizing all  veterans, the names of our local veterans who have passed away during the last year will be read. Also, this year's guest speaker is the former Center School principal, Tom Argir, aka the "Flag Day Patriot".

        All across this nation communities like ours will be observing Veterans Day at the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, or if you can't remember all that , it is the day after the Marine Corps Birthday.   ~   Mike Whalen

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By the Board of Health through Century Health Systems

These clinics are for Hopkinton individuals 18 years of age and older


Clinics will be held on Tuesday November 9, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. @ the Senior Center Wednesday November 17, 2010 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. @ the Senior Center The Senior Center is located at 28 Mayhew Street, Hopkinton, MA


As the Board of Health has a limited amount of vaccine please pre-register for either clinic by completing the form available at the Senior Center. The Board of Health has inactive influenza vaccine, or the flu shot which is given by injection into the muscle. The Board of Health does not have the “high dose” inactive influenza vaccine which is available for people 65 years of age and older. Individuals who want the “high dose” vaccine should contact their primary care physician. Additionally, be advised that about half of the vaccine that will be used at the clinic is free of mercury.


Influenza can occur at any time but most influenza occurs from November through May. In recent seasons, most infections have occurred in January and February. Adults and older children need one dose of influenza vaccine each year.

Should you become ill with the flu please be considerate of others. Stay home if you have a fever, cough or sore throat. Clean you hands often during the day, especially after coughing or sneezing. Always cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve and discard used tissue in the waste basket.


Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any other questions call Hopkinton Board of Health at (508) 497-9725.

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ESL Red Carpet Event 

November 6, 2010 — Enter Stage Left Theater held their Red Carpet extravaganza Friday evening in Westborough at the DoubleTree Hotel and the HopNews camera captured some of it in HD Video.

Paul A. "Buzzy" Buswell, 60

Westborough- Paul A. "Buzzy" Buswell, 60, of Westborough and formerly of Hopkinton, passed away Thursday, November 4, 2010. Born in Marlborough, he was the son of the late Henry and Noella (Doyle) Buswell.

Paul served in the Navy from 1969-1973 on the USS Northhampton and the USS Puget Sound. He was a volunteer for over 30 years for the Boston Marathon; helping in many ways, including painting the starting line. Paul was involved with the CB Club and was an active member in the Woodville Baptist Church. He had previously worked for Corrugated Paper in Westborough, Zymark Corp in Hopkinton, and Sodexo/EMC in both their Franklin and Hopkinton locations.

He is survived by his sister, Arline Boisse of Sun City, AZ., a brother, Henry W. Buswell of Westborough, and several nieces and nephews. Besides his family, he leaves many good friends and his church family.

There will be no visitation. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November, 9, 2010 at 10:00a.m. in the First Congregational Church of  Hopkinton. Burial with military honors will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery in Westborough. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Woodville Baptist Church, 249 Wood Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748. Arrangements are under the care of
Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

A Very Important Person

November 5, 2010 — Monday and Tuesday of this past week, Sunshine Preschool had their regularly scheduled Very Important Person Days. Children may invite one very important adult to come to school and participate in daily preschool activities. Jack Peppard, above, invited his mother, Eileen McGann.

Hopkinton 1, Hingham 0

November 5, 2010 — Nicole Wigglesworth takes it up the field, making her own lane as she goes against Hingham this afternoon at the 9/11 Field in Southborough in the first round of the MIAA Tournament. Photo is a still  capture from a HopNews HD Video.

What's Up?

November 5, 2010 — According to Town Manager Norman Khumalo, these workers are installing a new roof compliments of the insurance company.

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A Musical Experience from the Great American Song Book and Beyond


Jesse Fontaine in Concert at the Singh Performance Center


With a strong, soulful tenor voice and the dynamic energy of a born performer, Jesse Fontaine is able to captivate his audience for an evening filled with excitement.  Fontaine performs at various festivals and concert halls for a wide range of audience members. After attending one of Fontaine’s concerts; State Senator Richard T. Moore (D) stated that he “never expected to see or hear such an outstanding event.”


The concert is to be held at the Historical “Old Mill” at the Alternatives Singh Performance Center located at 50 Douglas Rd, Whitinsville MA on Saturday November 20, 2010 at 7:00pm.  Tickets are available for $15.00 in advance and at the door the evening of the performance (pending availability.) Tickets can be purchased in advance at the office of Milford Catholic Elementary School (11 E. Main St. Milford) and The Music Nook (164 Main St. Milford.) A Portion of the proceeds of the event will benefit the Milford Catholic Elementary Schools Music Program and UNICEF – for children's rights, their survival, development and protection.  For further information on the artist visit


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Finalists From Hopkinton


Gaby Weilding and Jennifer Stevens were finalist at Gillette Stadium this past weekend for the New England Patriots PP&K Team Championship. 


The NFL PUNT, PASS & KICK (PPK) program is a national skills competition for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 15 to compete separately against their peers. Established in 1961, the PPK program is the oldest NFL Youth Football program. With more than three million boys and girls from around the country taking part in PPK competitions every year from July through January, it is one of the world's largest youth sports participation programs.


Both girls were in the top four in all of New England which included Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Connecticut. 

Jennifer finished in 2nd place (girls 12-13yrs).  Gaby finished in 1st place (girls 8-9yrs) and will now qualify for the National Finals Competition in January. ~ Contributed content

Hillers Girls Varsity Soccer, made it into the state tournament. Their first round match is this Sunday, November 7th at 5:00pm AT Medfield High School against Medfield.  They are the #15 seed and Medfield is the #2.

School Committee Wants Special Town Meeting for New Fruit Street School

Wants to take advantage of low construction costs


by Heather Kelley

November 5, 2010 — The School Committee, at the recommendation of the MSBA (Massachusetts School Building Authority), is considering requesting a March Special Town Meeting. The purpose would be to determine whether the town supported building the proposed new Fruit Street school. According to Superintendent Jack Phelan, holding the Meeting would cost almost $6,000. However, the MSBA and the School Committee are convinced that yet more money will be saved by starting the building process earlier, should the vote prove favorable. Construction costs are relatively low right now, said Phelan, and other towns’ school building projects won’t begin until the normal starting time later in the year.

Getting started sooner puts Hopkinton in an advantageous position to retain the best firms at the best costs for the project. These two factors, in addition to moving the building process along towards its expected opening date of September 2013, are guiding the decision for a Special Town Meeting. All of this is on top of MSBA requirements that a town vote to fund a project within 120 days of the MSBA approving it; Hopkinton’s approval hearing with the MSBA is scheduled for late January.

Member Nancy Burdick reported that a recent press tour of Center School had enabled the School Committee to share with the local press the reasons why the MSBA had concluded that the school was obsolete. During the feasibility study, the MSBA determined that renovating Center School would cost in excess of $5 million more than building an entirely new school, and yet would still not remediate numerous problems, including the contorted parent pick up and bus dismissal procedures at the school, due to the narrowness of the property.

Switching the town to neighborhood K-5 schools, a move wholeheartedly endorsed by the MSBA, according to Phelan, will also enable further cost savings. At the top of the list is the reduction in the number of buses needed to bring students to and from school. Currently, Center School has more than 24 buses entering and exiting the property twice per day. A Fruit Street School would require around 8. In addition, whereas Hopkinton currently has 3 bus runs per day (one for the High School and Middle School, one for Elmwood, and one for Center and Hopkins Schools), the Elementary School Building Committee anticipates being able to reduce that to 2 bus runs per day. In addition to the monetary savings, students and parents could also stand to gain some sleep (currently, the High School/Middle school buses begin their rounds at 6:40 am).

In other business, Superintendent Phelan explained that the Elmwood School boiler replacement is scheduled to be completed by November 15th. The retired boiler was removed in early October, and the school has been using its secondary boiler in the interim.


Phelan further noted in his update to the School Committee that the student enrollment forecast from NESDEC has been delayed. Some factors, including a revised date for when Legacy Farms might come online (which is expected to bring more students into the school district), had not been accounted for, and will be included in the numbers when the forecast is finalized.

Member Jean Bertschmann raised the issue of substitute teachers. “We have a deep pool of substitutes available,” said Bertschmann, and she questioned how they were ranked and hired by the district. Superintendent Phelan agreed to procure the list of desired qualifications and the hiring procedures and provide them to the Committee.


Saturday, November 6th

Clean Up Begins at 9:00AM

 Pizza from 11:30-12:30

Sandy Beach Parking Lot


The LMPA will provide coffee, donuts, water, soda, pizza and trash bags.

 Please do not bring the following restricted items to the parking lot dumpster because they will not be accepted: Air conditioners, refrigerators, TV’s, computers, monitors and tires

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The Hopkinton High School Drama Ensemble presents:

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Friday, November 12 at 7:30pm; Saturday, November 13 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm and

Sunday, November 14 at 2:00pm

Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium


The Hopkinton High School Drama Ensemble will perform Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat the popular musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice at the Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium November 12th, 13th and 14th.


This popular, family-friendly musical retells the biblical story of “the coat of many colors” featuring favored son, Joseph, and his eleven jealous brothers. The talented cast of high school students plus a young children’s chorus brings the story to life through a constant array of energetic songs, humor and dancing.

Tickets are $ 10 each; $8 for students and senior citizens

The show will be performed at the Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium on Friday, November 12 at 7:30pm; Saturday, November 13 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm and Sunday, November 14 at 2:00pm.

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 State Crime

MSP VFAS Helps Nab Murder Suspects in West Springfield


WEST SPRINGFIELD - November 4, 2010 — The Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (VFAS), the United States Marshals Task Force, and New York Police Department detectives this morning took two suspects in a Manhattan murder into custody in West Springfield. Troopers from the State Police VFAS West Team, Marshals and Detectives from NYPD’s 30th Precinct located and arrested ROHAN HUTCHINSON, 34, and KEOSHA KOWLESSAR, 29, at 22 Fairview Avenue in West Springfield. HUTCHINSON was found hiding underneath clothing in a bedroom closet.


The two suspects are charged as fugitives from justice and will face rendition to New York, where they are wanted for the fatal stabbing of a man during an alleged drug deal in Manhattan on October 21. The victim died from a stab wound to the neck. The suspects fled from the scene. NYPD’s investigation led to the West Springfield area in recent days, and the Massachusetts State Police VFAS and US Marshals joined the investigation. The suspects were booked at the West Springfield Police Department and will be held pending rendition. (Please note: KEOSHA KOWLESSAR is a female.) No further information is available at this time. For more information on the underlying homicide, please contact NYPD.


State Police K-9 Sniffs Out $1.7 million Cash in Bedford

HANSCOM FIELD, BEDFORD - November 4, 2010 — Massachusetts State Police K-9 “Axel” sits with the fruits of his labor from a recent car stop. On the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 28, as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation, K-9 Section Sgt. Charles Kane followed a rented motor vehicle to Hanscom Field in Bedford, where he stopped the car. Two occupants of the vehicle consented to a search, and Sgt. Kane discovered two large suitcases in the car. The suitcases were placed on the ground outside the car, and Axel was deployed on a sniff. Axel positively alerted to the odor of narcotics on both suitcases, giving troopers probable cause to open the cases. Inside, they located $1.7 million in United States currency. When asked about the money, the occupants of the car referred inquiries to an attorney. The currency was seized and the occupants were released with a receipt. The investigation is ongoing. No further specifics are being released at this time.  State Police Photo

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Paul A. Buswell, 60


Paul A. Buswell, 60, of Hopkinton, passed away Thursday, November 4, 2010. Arrangments are incomplete at this time and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

Robert Rollins Adams, 86

Robert Rollins Adams, 86, died Monday, 1 Nov 2010. A long-time resident of Needham, Ma and more recently Walpole, Ma (New Pond Village). Father to
Stephanie Adams, Charlotte Adams Forbes and George Adams. Loving husband to Berta George Adams.

Robert a graduate of Roxbury Latin School (1943), served in Italy during WW II, receiving a purple heart and is a graduate of Hamilton College (1949). Upon graduation, Robert had a variety of careers including regional salesman for Raleigh Bicycles (all mid-western states) and purchasing agent for Raytheon before taking over the family flooring business (R.T. Adams Flooring Company, established 1916). Bob was well-known for his dry sense of humor, skill at the bridge and pool tables, his bass and piano playing and his love of the ocean and boats. His passion for boating spanned his entire life, from when in his 70's he crewed aboard a 2 masted-schooner from Key West to Maine to his youth where he shipwrecked with his grandfather off Chatham, Ma.

A Service will be held on Saturday, 11:00am at the First Congregational Church of Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America

 State News


Justice Roderick L. Ireland Nominated as Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

BOSTON – November 4, 2010 – Governor Deval Patrick today announced the nomination of Senior Associate Justice Roderick L. Ireland to serve as Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Justice Ireland, a highly regarded Associate Justice of the SJC and former Appeals Court and Juvenile Court judge, is slated to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall. If confirmed, Justice Ireland will be the first African American and person of color to serve as Chief Justice of the SJC.

“Justice Ireland is one of Massachusetts’ wisest and most experienced jurists and there is no one better suited to lead the Court and the judicial branch at this unique moment in our history,” said Governor Patrick. “I am convinced Justice Ireland will move the Supreme Judicial Court forward in the same proud tradition as his predecessor Chief Justice Marshall.”

Justice Ireland has served the Commonwealth as a member of the judiciary for over three decades, beginning with his 1977 appointment to the Boston Juvenile Court. After thirteen years on the Juvenile Court, he became an Associate Justice of the Appeals Court in 1990. In 1997, Governor William F. Weld nominated him to the Supreme Judicial Court, where he became the first African American to serve that distinguished court in its more than 300 year history.  

Justice Ireland’s extensive legal career prior to joining the bench includes experience as a legal services staff attorney in New York City, a staff attorney for the Harvard Center for Law and Education, an attorney and Executive Director of the Roxbury Defenders Committee, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance, and Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Appeal on Motor Vehicle Liability Policies and Bonds. He has taught courses in law and criminal justice for over 30 years, and has been recognized by many organizations for his judicial excellence and service. Justice Ireland is a graduate of Lincoln University (BA, 1966), Columbia Law School (JD, 1969), Harvard University Law School (LLM, 1975), and Northeastern University: Law, Policy and Society Program (PhD, 1998). He is a Springfield native and currently resides in Milton.

Justice Ireland is Governor Patrick’s third nomination to the state’s highest court, following his 2007 nomination of Justice Margot G. Botsford and his 2008 nomination of Justice Ralph D. Gants.

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Selectmen Vote Sewer Betterments for Phase VI and Discuss the Financial Forecast

by Muriel Kramer

November 4, 2010 — Affected property owners in Phase VI will soon receive their bills for 100% of the betterment for the Milford connection now that the project is essentially complete; according to Ray Miyares, Town Counsel, wastewater could be flowing to Milford as early as next week. Those same property owners, along with the rest of Phase VI, will also receive their estimated 50% betterment for the Fruit Street Wastewater Treatment Plant project; that plant is set to come on line in August of 2011.


The betterment bills are set to be mailed November 15th. The properties that can be serviced by Milford will share the $1.45 million dollar cost left after grants totaling $2.5 million and Lonza’s $100K contribution. EMC’s share of those costs will be just over $800K. Property owners will be able to pay the full betterment within 30 days or pay over 20 years with a 5% interest rate. Those same properties along with the rest of Phase VI properties will then share in the cost of the Fruit Street Project $10,577,082; just under $5 Million of that is EMC’s share of the cost. The bills going out later this month will be addressing 50% of the total. Some businesses have not yet been bettered the original 50% betterment, so they will be assessed the full 50% at this time; others will pay the 50% betterment less what they have already paid. Those betterments will carry a 4% interest rate if paid over time.


Selectman Michelle Gates asked about properties that will be able to utilize either Milford or Fruit Street, “Are we charging them twice?”


Miyares answered that the value of the property is enhanced (or bettered) by the available services. Even if they don’t use the service, presumably the properties won’t access Milford and Fruit Street capacity at the same time, they are able too, so they will be charged betterments for both improvements (the Milford connection and the Fruit Street Plant).


Selectman Ben Palleiko asked whether this approach was standard practice, and Miyares said that while it was a little unusual to have two different projects being undertaken at the same time; bettering the properties for the improvements is standard.


Gates followed up with a question about the properties in question being more expensive or “prime” properties; “What incentives do businesses have to stay?”


Chairman RJ Dourney answered, “There is always someplace cheaper; hopefully, there are other reasons to stay here.”


The 4th Annual Powder Puff Football Game
The Class of 2011 vs The Class of 2012
Tuesday November 23rd 7pm
Tickets are $5
Hopkinton HS Football Field
Parent Volunteers Needed!
Class of 2013 Parents –Doghouse workers
Class of 2014 Parents – Ticket sellers
We are seeking food and drink donations to sell at the doghouse!!!
Contact: Diane Welch
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Come watch the Girls Varsity Field Hockey team take on Hingham in the first round of the MIAA Tournament.  The game will be played at 2:30 on Friday, November 5th on Field 3.  ~ Linda.   Photo by GARY MCWILLIAMS

Hopkinton's Caliper Life Sciences and Sony DADC

Collaborate to Develop Plastic Microfluidic Solutions


Caliper and Sony DADC Establish Strategic Relationship to Advance Microfluidics in Life Sciences and Molecular Diagnostics Markets


HOPKINTON, Mass., November 3, 2010 -- Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALP), a leading provider of tools and services for drug discovery and life sciences research, today announced a collaboration with Sony DADC Austria AG for the co-development and manufacture of plastic consumables for Caliper’s next generation microfluidics products. The agreement combines Sony DADC’s premier Blu-ray Disc™ manufacturing technology and manufacturing capacity with Caliper’s extensive microfluidics expertise and patent portfolio to develop enabling solutions for life science researchers and for diagnostic applications.


Caliper Life Sciences and Sony DADC have co-developed consumables for the LabChip® XT System, Caliper’s automated nucleic acid fractionation instrument for next generation sequencing applications. The LabChip XT removes a key bottleneck in sequencing workflows by replacing tedious gel isolation and purification steps used in size selection. The plastic chips manufactured by Sony DADC allow Caliper to offer a cost-effective and disposable consumable that eliminates cross-contamination potential, which is of key concern for genomics researchers.


“The exacting requirements for fragment size control in Next Gen Sequencing are best addressed with Caliper’s patented microfluidics technology, while the scale of the opportunity created an opportunity for outsourced manufacturing and the transition to plastic chip format,” said Kevin Hrusovsky, President and CEO of Caliper Life Sciences (File photo). “We selected Sony DADC, the world’s largest producer of super high quality Blu-ray discs, because of their outstanding quality and large volume manufacturing credentials.”


“Sony DADC is pleased to partner with Caliper Life Sciences to co-develop breakthrough microfluidic technologies based on our high volume plastic consumable manufacturing capabilities,” said Dieter Daum, President and CEO of Sony DADC. “We are committed to the life sciences and IVD industry and look forward to a continued development relationship with Caliper, its licensees and other leading life sciences and IVD companies.”

$900,000 Settlement Agreement in Favor of Town of Hopkinton

Corporate officers held personally liable for Hearthstone


November 3, 2010 — The Town of Hopkinton is pleased to announce that it has secured a $900,000 settlement in a long-standing dispute with the developer of the Hearthstone subdivision off Ash Street.


This settlement is a tremendous victory for Hopkinton. It shows that the Town takes enforcement of its ordinances and regulations seriously,” said RJ Dourney, Chair of the Board of Selectmen.


On March 24, 2007, after a jury trial, the Middlesex Superior Court entered judgment in favor of the Town of Hopkinton and against Gilford Construction, Inc. in the amount of $749,942.71. The Town’s claims had arisen from Gilford’s failure to complete and repair the Hearthstone subdivision. Gilford appealed, and on March 26, 2009 the Massachusetts Appeals Court affirmed the judgment. On May 28, 2009, the Superior Court entered an amended judgment, awarding the Town post-judgment interest in the amount of $194,288.23, for a total award of $966,129.53.

Gilford failed to pay the judgment. The Town then conducted post-judgment discovery and determined that a viable claim could be made against Gilford’s president and others on a “piercing the corporate veil” theory, whereby the officers of a corporation may be held liable for the corporation’s debts.

On November 4, 2009, the Town filed suit against Gilford's president [JOHN P. BELLANTONI ] and others, asserting that the defendants were liable for Gilford’s debt. The Town secured comprehensive pre-judgment security, including attachments on the defendants' properties and an order restricting the defendants from transferring their assets except to pay for bona fide personal living expenses.

The Town subsequently discovered bank records suggesting the defendants had violated the Court's order concerning pre-judgment security. The Town, therefore, filed a complaint for civil contempt. A contempt trial was held on August 6, 2010, and the issue was taken under advisement by the Court. While the contempt action was pending the parties settled for $900,000.


Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the defendants must make an upfront payment of $240,000, with $200,000 to be paid on or before June 30, 2011, $200,000 paid on or before September 30, 2011, and $260,000 paid on or before December 31, 2011. To secure the payments, the Town maintains attachments on the defendants’ properties. Additionally, the parties have filed an agreement for judgment in the amount of $1,250,000, which will be enforced in the event of a breach of the settlement agreement.


The Town of Hopkinton was represented by Kurt B. Fliegauf, a partner at Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP in Boston. Mr. Fliegauf is a resident of the Town.


Norman Khumalo, Town Manager

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Coming Soon: New Crosswalk Light

November 4, 2010 — Bell Traffic Signals, the company that constructed the traffic signals at Grove/Main/Cedar Street intersection, is installing traffic signals at the crosswalk at Church and Main Streets. Public outcry, publicity on HopNews and initiatives by Anne Mattina, formerly of the Downtown Revitalization Committee, brought attention to the dangers in crossing Main Street at this location. Town Meeting allocated $15,000 at the May, 2010 meeting. The signals should be ready to use in two weeks, said one of the workers.

All-Women Destination

Two new businesses at One Claflin Place


November 3, 2010 — Fifteen years at the same location, 1 Claflin Place, and a run of success in the jewelry business, has led to a yearning to turn yet another hobby into yet another success. Renee Marino, known for a decade and a half as Hopkinton Jewelers, is hanging up the eyepiece loop, and instead, focusing on burning up the calories for some of those same clients. She lost over 25 pounds on her own petite frame by following her own program, thirty years after being the first female football player for Framingham North High School.

       "When I opened my jewelry business, I lost my focus on fitness," Ms. Marino said.

       "But two years ago I lost the extra weight and got back to a physically healthy and balanced state.

       "I want Hopkinton people to know how much I appreciate all of the business they have given me — and from the surrounding towns too," she said recently, while showing off her new FDA-approved machine that maps a persons metabolism.

        She said that she has already been establishing the new business with several clients who have lost between 16-20 pounds each. Renee's new venture is called Metabolism & Nutritional Analysis LLC, and is located a few feet away from her current location at 1 Claflin Place, behind Century 21, adjacent to Ann-Michele's Uptown Hair Design, which has been owned by female entrepreneur and mother, Ann-Michele Dragsbaek, for decades, providing work for at least three other women at all times.

       They are in a building that will soon be occupied 100% by women entrepreneurs.

       A new business by former Enter Stage Left personality, Jodi Palmieri, Let's Sing! Dance! Act!, will be occupying the entire top floor of the building. She signed her lease today, rolled up her sleeves and began painting this afternoon.

       Ms. Palmieri said that she has a great and affordable lease, and will pass the good fortune along to her students in the way of affordable and flexible tuition. Her classes will begin in December.

       "It's  a great location to be in Downtown Hopkinton and to be able to offer classes to kids who have multiple talents," she said today in a phone interview. The classes will be in 12 week intervals.

       "I want dance to be affordable to everyone. We'll have adult classes, too. I want to start a hip-hop group.

       "I am looking for kids to form a funky free-style; I am looking for kids who want to form a crew," she said.

       Last but not least is Annette Nealon, who began Threads, a women's clothing boutique, in February of this year. An interview about the location and the new clothing store was conducted last March by Andrew Sweeney in the video to the left.

       The building was filled with women this afternoon, who were very excited — pretty much giddy — over the idea of an all-women location. But when Renee Marino vacates her space just before Christmas, who will take it over? We'll see!

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