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Rolling Wedge

November 19, 2010 — Friends, from left, Connor Pelletier, Matt Baer, Ian Murphy and Mike Somadelis display balancing techniques while longboarding at Hopkinton State Park.

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Primarily Potters

November 19, 2010 — Primarily Potters are showing their wares at the CAA Building on Hayden Rowe Street in Hopkinton. They will return on Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday Noon - 3:00 p.m.

Alien Expose Ch. I

Coverup at Colella's

Mouse-over image to see reason for cover-up

November 19, 2010 — Colella's Market's expansion included new HVAC units that were installed on top of the roof. Critics said it appeared like a spaceship had landed on the roof. They said that on the HopNews discussion page, Town Talk. Colella's promised to build a structure around it after meetings with the Planning Board. On Halloween, a photo was taken of a creature on the roof that resembled an alien and HopNews shared it with readers. And now, coincidentally, following the appearance of the alien creature, carpenters have covered up the unit that many said resembled a spaceship. Is it an Area 51-like action to hide an alien, or a legitimate structure to hide objectionable mechanical devices? Discuss on Town Talk. But first, mouse-over the image to see the alien.

Fundraiser Breakfast to Benefit HHS Drama Ensemble

Cornell's 46th Annual

Pre-game Turkey Day Breakfast $6.00

Thanksgiving morning beginning at 7:00 am

229 Hayden Rowe Street


The entire amount collected will be going to the Drama Ensemble to help them reach the American High School Theater festival, part of the world-renown Fringe Festival in Edinborough, Scotland on August, 2011.


Said, Cathy McLaughlin, Co-fundraising Chair, "We appreciate the support of Rob Cornell and his staff; we hope the ensemble, their families, friends and neighbors as well as those who have come every Thanksgiving for decades, will show their support by stopping by."

Girls Soccer Team

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Xerox Appoints Hopkinton Resident Anthony Sci


BOSTON, Nov. 18, 2010 – Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) has appointed Anthony Sci Region Vice President and General Manager for New England.


Sci and his team are responsible for delivering business results through the sales and service of Xerox’s complete portfolio of offerings – including office multifunction solutions, production printing systems, and managed print services – throughout Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.  As General Manager for the New England Region, Sci has responsibility for sales, technical service, professional services, and managed services operations.


Sci most recently served as the Region Business Manager for Xerox in New Jersey, where his team grew revenue, profit and market share.  Prior to that role, he was Manager of Sales Operations for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Before joining Xerox, Sci spent more than 20 years in the industry, including supporting Global Imaging Systems, a Xerox Company.


Sci holds a Bachelor’s Degree in management from St. John’s University. He resides in Hopkinton, MA with his wife Sarah and three daughters.

School Committee

Enrollment 41 Students than More Than Forecast, 1.3% Difference

316 Students Being Educated Elsewhere

Super wants March Special Town Meeting for New Fruit Street School

by Heather Kelley

November 19, 2010 — At last night’s School Committee meeting, Superintendent Dr. John Phelan shared the hot-off-the-press school enrollment update from NESDEC (New England School Development Council). Hopkinton public schools are educating 3,454 students this year. Last year’s forecast from NESDEC had called for 3408 students, while the MSBA (Massachusetts School Building Authority) had called for 3413. These forecasts are meant to help districts plan and budget for future populations in their schools. The forecasts are based on measurable statistics such as birth rates, but are bedeviled by things such as the economy, housing starts, and real estate turnover. This year, 109 Hopkinton youths are attending charter and vocational schools, are in special education placements out-of-district, or are being homeschooled. An additional 207 students are attending private and parochial schools.


NESDEC has also won the contract to conduct the search for a new Superintendent for the school district. Superintendent Phelan announced his decision to retire his position earlier this year. In a small instance of serendipity, the School Committee judged NESDEC’s proposal to be the best out of the four firms that came for interviews, and their bid was also the least expensive, coming in just shy of $18,000.


The Committee discussed the implications of the budget message from the Board of Selectmen, which calls for level funding of the FY12 budget at FY11 levels. “That is going to be challenging,” said Superintendent Phelan. “Eighty percent of our operating budget is salaries and other fixed costs,” Phelan said, and reminded the Committee that the largest employee group deferred their contractual salary step increases for one year. The piper will have to be paid this year with those salary increases. Phelan candidly said that the schools will not be able to provide the same level of services this year on last year’s budget spending levels.


According to Superintendent Phelan, “budget season is in full swing.” Members Nancy Burdick and Troy Mick voiced their desire to not ask for any additional capital expenditures at this year’s Town Meeting, given the financial climate and the large request already on the table for the new elementary school building. However, Member Jean Bertschmann astutely pointed out that, “we need to know what we’re rejecting before we reject it.” Superintendent Phelan agreed that it would be a good exercise to list out maintenance and other needs, and make decisions as to how long the work could be deferred, slotting the work into future budget year requests. Mick inquired as to the condition of the Elmwood School roof; Phelan responded that the roof has been limping along, since the thought has been to incorporate the replacement of it and the windows into a larger, future, Elmwood School renovation project with potential state reimbursement of part of the cost. Otherwise, the project would be 100% on the town’s dime.


Mick also noted that residents had been asking him why the Committee was requesting a Special Town Meeting to consider the proposed new elementary school building. Superintendent Phelan shed light on this issue. “We’re not setting timelines and milestones on our own,” he said. According to Phelan, the MSBA has been pushing the project along from the beginning. Originally, he said, the MSBA had requested that Hopkinton make its final presentation in November. But Phelan and the Elementary School Building Committee successfully argued for an extension, until January, in order to get the best value out of the architects and to execute proper due diligence on the project as a whole. However, this compromise with the MSBA also included an agreement to hold a Special Town Meeting in March. The MSBA, Phelan said, is aware of the advantages to be gained by going to bid on a project before the typical July 1 timeframe, effectively getting an early start ahead of other towns. Hopkinton stands to benefit in no small way, he said, by seeking and obtaining approval of the project in March. In addition, it allows for the project to be completed in time for a September 2013 opening; waiting until May’s regular Town Meeting would jeopardize the completion of the project in time for the first day of school.

The Committee considered a new policy on School Attendance. According to Massachusetts General Law regarding truancy and attendance, it is a crime for a parent to not send their child to school. If seven days in a six month period are missed, “the supervisor of attendance may file a criminal complaint in court against the responsible parent/guardian.” The policy provides for the hiring of an attendance officer.


The Committee agreed with the Superintendent that they desire some kind of formal feedback on the work of substitute teachers. While all agreed that time did not permit formal evaluations, Superintendent Phelan suggested a simple form that teachers could submit to the office upon their return to school, giving a quick evaluation of the work of the substitute. Phelan also suggested that feedback from the students in the classroom would be highly valuable.


The High School Student Council has donated $15,000 to the High School for the purchase of lap tops. Information on how the students raised such an impressive sum was unavailable.

Alan Keller, Principal of the Middle School, appeared before the School Committee to request approval of the annual spring 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C. After explaining to the Committee that the trip would be “an opportunity for our students to enrich their lives,” and assuring the Committee that there would be a 10:1 student to chaperone ratio, security in the hotels, and a nurse on staff, the Committee unanimously approved the trip. The cost is estimated to be $609 per student, and financial aid is available for those who can demonstrate need per School Committee policy.


November 18, 2010 — ArtBecause founder Ellie Anbinder is flanked by Hallmark-Sotheby's agents Trina Macchi on her left and Leslile Mann-Doyle on her right at 52 Hayden Rowe Street Thursday evening for a fundraising soiree for Art beCAUSE Breast Cancer Foundation. The Italianate mansion, packed with beautiful women, was turned into a retail gallery of a dozen vendors from which a portion of the proceeds are to be donated to the cause.

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Court of Honor

November 18, 2010 — Hopkinton Scouts from Troop 4 held a court of honor last night at Elmwood School. Above, Robert Lahaie shares his accomplishments with the entire gathering of over 100 people.

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Traffic Stop

November 18, 2010 — Sgt. Michael Sutton conducts an inventory of this vehicle's contents as Officer Matthew McNeil and a passenger from the vehicle look on while awaiting the tow truck. The driver was taken into custody at about 5:25 pm.

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Cub Scout Holiday Wreath Sale

Purchase a Holiday Wreath and Help Support

Hopkinton Cub Scout Pack 4

Colella’s Market

Saturday, November 20th 2:00 to 5:00 pm

Sunday, November 21st 11:00 to 5:00 pm

(While supplies last)

12” with a 6-loop red velvet bow: $12 18” with an 8-loop red velvet bow: $16


Turkey Drive

November 18, 2010 — Middle School and High School students at Colella's wrap up the 2010 Turkey Drive, organized by Drew Johnson, third from left.

Hopkinton High School Drama Club


Star for the Day Theater Camp”

Saturday, Dec. 4th 10am-3pm for 1st -5th graders


November 16, 2010 --- The Hopkinton High School Drama Department, looking to raise funds for its upcoming trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is offering “Star for the Day Theater Camp” for children in grades 1-5. The camp will take place on Saturday, December 4th from 10am-3pm at the Hopkinton High School auditorium and art wing. Under the direction of HHS drama department head, Valerine von Rosenvinge and the ensemble of high school drama students, children will explore theater and experience the high school stage. Children will partake in a variety of theater disciplines including acting, singing, dancing and set/costume design.


This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to tackle their holiday to-do list while their children are engaged in a unique one-day activity. A healthy snack will be provided, Children should bring a bag lunch and dress for some mess!

Cost for the day is $25 in advance (before November 27th) and $35 after. Space is limited. For more information email with star in the subject line

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Governor Deval Patrick SAYS MASS is stronger with jobs creation


BOSTON –Thursday, November 18, 2010 – Governor Deval Patrick issued the following statement regarding the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development’s report showing the Massachusetts economy added 10,000 jobs last month, and the statewide unemployment rate dropped from 8.4 percent to 8.1 percent, well below the 9.6 percent national average. This is the steepest two-month consecutive drop in the unemployment rate since 1976.

“Today, we have more promising economic news. Since September, the unemployment rate has experienced its steepest decline in more than 30 years and just last month we added 10,000 jobs. Job creation has been priority number one since day one and that strategy is propelling Massachusetts out of this recession faster and stronger than other states. Putting people to work will remain at the top of my agenda because, despite these positive developments, we have more to do. I will not rest until everyone who is looking for a job can find one.” File photo

Hopkinton Prof. Wins Austrian Cultural Forum New York’s 2010 Translation Prize

WORCESTER, Mass.—Nov. 18, 2010—Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Professor of German David Dollenmayer is the winner of the Austrian Cultural Forum New York’s (ACFNY) 2010 Translation Prize for his translation-in-progress of Michael Köhlmeier’s Idyll With Drowning Dog (Idylle mit ertrinkendem Hund), first published in 2008. Renowned critic Daniela Strigl from Vienna will present Dollenmayer with the award at a Dec. 6 ACFNY ceremony in New York City. Köhlmeier is a major Austrian writer whose works have never been translated into English.

This is Professor Dollenmayer’s second translation award in two years. In 2008, he was honored by the German cultural organization Goethe-Institut with the prestigious annual Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize for his German-to-English translation of the poet Moses Rosenkranz’ Childhood: An Autobiographical Fragment (Kindheit. Fragment einer Autobiographie). He has also translated works as varied as Dearest Georg by Elias Canetti (2010), Crossing the Hudson by Peter Stephan Jungk (2009), and House of Childhood by Anna Mitgutsch (2006).

In collaboration with the Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation and Words Without Borders, the ACFNY Translation Prize supports translations of contemporary Austrian fiction, poetry, and drama which have not previously appeared in English, with a € 3,000 grant. The award will be disbursed upon the formal acceptance of the manuscript by a publishing house, which must occur within a three years. The trophy for the winner is sponsored by SWAROVSKI GEMS™.

A Hopkinton, Mass., resident, Dollenmayer’s primary research interests are the translation of contemporary German authors’ works; and 18th, 19th, and 20th century German literature and culture. “I think my work is typical of the kinds of things being done by my other colleagues in WPI’s Humanities and Arts Department,” he says. “My experience has always been that WPI students approach the humanities and arts with the same openness, curiosity, and enthusiasm they display in their science and engineering courses and in their research projects.”

Professor Dollenmayer is the author of The Berlin Novels of Alfred Döblin (University of California Press, 1988) and co-author with Thomas Hansen of Neue Horizonte: A First Course in German Language and Culture (Houghton Mifflin, 7th edition, 2008). He has also published translations of works by Bertolt Brecht (Flüchtlingsgespräche), Perikles Monioudis (Im Äther), and Michael Kleeberg (Der König von Korsika).

Dollenmayer earned his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University, and began teaching at WPI in 1988. Contributed content

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Car vs. Bull - Both Killed


LANCASTER - November 18, 2010 — Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Leominster responded to a crash in Lancaster last night that involved a car striking a bull that wandered into the road.  The man driving the car was killed in the crash.


Trooper Timothy Doyle located the crash while patrolling Route 190. Steven Hamilton, 22, of Lunenburg was operating a 1997 Mitsubishi sedan on the northbound side of Route 190, near Exit 7, in Lancaster. Preliminary investigation indicates that the car hit a bull that was in the roadway, then veered off the road into the median strip. The vehicle sustained extensive damage.


Hamilton was pronounced deceased at the scene.   


The bull was fatally injured. Three other cows that had also wandered onto the road were captured.


The facts and circumstances of the crash, including where the cows came from and how they escaped, remain under investigation by Troop C of the Massachusetts State Police, with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Lunenburg Police Department and Leominster Police and Fire Departments.


During the rescue response and crash investigation and cleanup, Route 190 northbound was closed for approximately one hour.

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Malden Man Arraigned On Charges Of Attempting To Kill Girlfriend By Poisoning And Strangling


WOBURN-  November 17, 2010 — A Malden man has been arraigned on charges in connection to allegedly poisoning and strangling his girlfriend, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public yesterday.

             Wilbert Gabriel, 35, of Malden, was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court on charges of assault to murder, attempted murder (2 counts), and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (2 counts). Middlesex Superior Court Clerk Magistrate Michael Sullivan held the defendant on $50,000 cash bail with the conditions that he has no contact with the victim or any witnesses.

             His next court date is December 9 for a pretrial conference.

             According to authorities, on July 25th, a neighbor called 911 after he heard a woman screaming for help from the apartment building located at 68 Washington Street in MaldenMalden police and Cataldo Ambulance arrived to find the defendant lying on the floor vomiting blood in the hallway outside the victim’s apartment.  The female victim, 30, was found in her apartment suffering injuries resulting from the defendant’s attempts to poison and strangle her to death.  The defendant and the victim were transported to Massachusetts General Hospital for medical treatment. 

Further investigation determined the defendant allegedly strangled the victim with a ligature, bit her on the face and back, and poured a toxic substance into her mouth after she had told him their relationship was over. It is alleged that the defendant then swallowed the same toxic substance. Both the victim and defendant were treated for life-threatening burn injuries.

  The defendant was arrested and arraigned on August 11th at Massachusetts General Hospital by Malden District Court Judge Lee Johnson and ordered held without bail pending a 58A dangerousness hearing.  He was indicted by a Middlesex Grand Jury on September 23.

Friends of the Hopkinton Seniors


Fri., Nov. 19   4-8

Sat., Nov. 20   9-2

Hopkinton Senior Center

Holiday décor and ornaments for inside and out, beautiful costume & silver jewelry, books, Thrift Shop open for gifts and stocking stuffers.


The annual holiday dinner for our seniors living at the Hopkinton Housing Authority is fast approaching.  Due to lack of funds, we ask for small gifts or gift certificates from our local community to be given to our residents at the dinner party. If any business or individual would like to donate a gift or gift certificate, please contact Linda Donahue, Executive Director, of the Hopkinton Housing Authority at 508-435-6022 or you may drop off a gift at 100 Davis Road.  Thank you."


As always, if you have any questions, please contact me by return email or call me at 508-435-5542.



Senior Moments


by Nancy L. Drawe


November 17, 2010 — My Thanksgiving tradition—re-running the column I wrote about Thanksgiving dinner at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club.  For those of you who may remember it, I hope you enjoy it all over again.   For those of you who have never read it, I hope you enjoy it for the first time.  


Gobble! Gobble!  It’s that time of year again; the time when people of all races and religions get together to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family alike.  It’s a wonderful time of year, when the air is brisk and there’s that possibility of snow falling.  It’s a holiday that seems to come too quickly though; right smack in the middle of Halloween and Christmas.  When I was a kid, once Halloween was over, the excitement of Thanksgiving took precedent over the long forgotten sack full of candy shoved in the cabinet.  It was the sight of that big huge turkey sitting in the middle of the table, watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV, getting all dressed up to go over Grandma’s house after dinner for homemade pies and playing with all the cousins.  My favorite part of the day was cracking walnuts with my father and brother while my mother got the turkey ready in the kitchen.  I don’t even think we ate many of the nuts; it was just the fun of the ‘crackin!’   Nowadays, Christmas seems to overpower the Thanksgiving holiday.  I’m not whining too much about it, but there’s a time for that holiday after Thanksgiving.  Not before Halloween when the shelves in all the stores are displaying Christmas trees and commercials on TV are already crying out, “Buy this, buy that!”  What happened to all the wonderful Thanksgiving decorations that people used to scotch tape to their windows?  How about the song, “Over the River and Through the Woods?” Just the other day, I turned on my favorite radio station in the car only to hear Christmas music—and that is going to be continuous 24 hours a day for the next month and a half.  I’m not saying that Thanksgiving is a forgotten holiday, because it’s certainly not—it’s one of the biggest family holidays of all.  It’s just that it needs more time to itself before Christmas comes rushing in.  That’s okay though, all is well; A Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving will be on ABC on Thanksgiving night at 8 pm.


I didn’t get a chance to ask the seniors what their favorite part of Thanksgiving is, but I’m pretty sure that I would have gotten a lot of the same responses such as “the smell of turkey cooking in the oven,” “watching football games,” “cranberry sauce,” “stuffing and gravy,” “pumpkin pies,” “taking a nap after dinner,” “turkey sandwiches later that night,” and of course, one of the most important--“spending the time with my family and friends.”


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Hopkinton Elders Need Help Shoveling and Cleaning Cars


by Donna McGuire

We often tell ourselves we’d love to do something worthwhile for others, if only we knew what it was or if only we knew there was a need. Well, there’s an opportunity to help right here in Hopkinton during the winter months.


For some of our senior citizens living at the Hopkinton Housing Authority (subsidized housing for the elderly located on Davis Road, behind the Police Station), these are especially tough months. Many elderly residents have cars and rely on them to get out and about and wish to keep their cars on the road for as long as is safely possible. The parking at the Housing Authority is ample enough, it’s just that the parking spots are not covered. So, when a snowstorm is over and the road and walkways have been cleared, residents are required to clean off their vehicle and move it to a designated spot on the Housing Authority grounds so the parking areas can be plowed. Many of these residents do not have family in the area on whom they can call to perform this very exhausting task, especially if they’re in their 70’s or 80’s. It would be wonderful if we could have a name (family or individual) and tele number to give to each resident who needs assistance with cleaning off their vehicle to call upon to see if someone can come to give them a hand with this task. For a younger person, this might take 15 minutes to half an hour, depending on the size of the storm. For an elderly person, it might take 45 minutes or longer if they need to stop frequently for rests.


So, here’s your opportunity, fellow Hopkinton residents. Please contact me if you’d like to be one of the volunteers who can “do a good deed” right here in town this winter by helping an elderly resident at the Hopkinton Housing Authority in this manner. Believe me, they will be most appreciative. (And, a belated THANK YOU to last year’s volunteers!) We will coordinate this effort and assign volunteers to a particular elder in need. Consider this the gift that keeps on giving! ~ Hopkinton Housing Authority Board of Commissioners


Contact: Donna McGuire at 508-435-5542 or

If you cannot commit to an individual resident, perhaps you can help by driving to the HHA after a snowstorm to help clean off cars or shovel behind a vehicle so elderly residents can move their cars. Thank you!



FDA Warning Letters issued to four makers of caffeinated alcoholic beverages
These beverages present a public health concern


November 17, 2010 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today warned four companies that the caffeine added to their malt alcoholic beverages is an “unsafe food additive” and said that further action, including seizure of their products, is possible under federal law.


The companies receiving Warning Letters and their products are:

• Charge Beverages Corp.: Core High Gravity HG, Core High Gravity HG Orange, and Lemon Lime Core Spiked
• New Century Brewing Co., LLC: Moonshot
• Phusion Projects, LLC (doing business as Drink Four Brewing Co.): Four Loko
• United Brands Company Inc.: Joose and Max


FDA’s action follows a scientific review by the Agency.  FDA examined the published peer-reviewed literature on the co-consumption of caffeine and alcohol, consulted with experts in the fields of toxicology, neuropharmacology, emergency medicine, and epidemiology, and reviewed information provided by product manufacturers.  FDA also performed its own independent laboratory analysis of these products.


“FDA does not find support for the claim that the addition of caffeine to these  alcoholic beverages is ‘generally recognized as safe,’ which is the legal standard,” said Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Principal Deputy Commissioner.  “To the contrary, there is evidence that the combinations of caffeine and alcohol in these products pose a public health concern.”


Experts have raised concerns that caffeine can mask some of the sensory cues individuals might normally rely on to determine their level of intoxication.  The FDA said peer-reviewed studies suggest that the consumption of beverages containing added caffeine and alcohol is associated with risky behaviors that may lead to hazardous and life-threatening situations.


The agency said the products named in the Warning Letters are being marketed in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FFDCA). Each Warning Letter requests that the recipient inform the FDA in writing within 15 days of the specific steps that will be taken to remedy the violation and prevent its recurrence. If a company does not believe its products are in violation of the FFDCA, it may present its reasoning and any supporting information as well. 


If the FDA believes that the violation continues to exist, the agency may pursue an enforcement action that could include seizure of the products or an injunction to prevent the firm from continuing to produce the product until the violation has been corrected.

FDA’s action today follows a November 2009 request to manufacturers to provide information on the safety of adding caffeine to their products.

FDA is aware that on November 16, Phusion Projects, LLC, the maker of Four Loko, announced its intention to remove caffeine and other stimulants from its drinks.  FDA views this announcement as a positive step. FDA has not yet heard officially from the company about this announcement, including how quickly it will remove present product from circulation and how quickly it will reformulate its product.  FDA intends to work with Phusion Projects, LLC and the other manufacturers to assure their products meet safety standards. ~FDA Press Release




            BOSTON – Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley issued the following statement today regarding actions taken by the FDA and other federal agencies against certain Alcoholic Energy Drink manufacturers:

“Following the FDA’s year-long review, today’s actions by the FDA, FTC and Alcohol Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau represents a significant and necessary step forward in seeking to remove  these dangerous Alcoholic Energy Drinks from the market. We have been concerned about aggressive youth-targeted marketing, especially given reports that people as young as 13 years old are gaining access to and consuming these drinks.  By trading on the popularity of non-alcoholic energy drinks, AEDs attract young people who wrongly believe that the caffeine will offset the intoxicating effects of the alcohol.  We are continuing to investigate the marketing of these dangerous products, and I applaud today’s actions that reject the manufacturers’ unfounded claims that these products are safe.” ~ AGO press release

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Hopkinton Crash Victim Extricated by Firefighters


November 17, 2010 — A single-car crash occurred at 1:38 p.m. on Route 495 north in Hopkinton, two miles south of the Mass Pike. Preliminary investigation suggests that a 2010 Ford Focus driven by a 46-year-old Grafton man went off the road and crashed. The man, whose name we are not releasing tonight, was trapped in the vehicle and was extricated by Hopkinton firefighters. He was transported by ambulance to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester. The investigation into what caused the man to drive off the roadway is ongoing. The right and middle travel lanes were closed for a short time to accommodate EMS and firefighters.

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New Crosswalk Warning Light at Main and Church

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Visibility - Town Hall Makeover

November 16 — This wide-angle photo shows a 90 degree angle from the Town Manager's door to the Selectmen's office, which is now visible to the public. However, people interested in knocking on the Town Manager's door are directed by an arrow to go through the Selectmen's office first.

      According to Town Manager Norman Khumalo, the roof is being repaired through insurance. The leaky roof caused chronic leaks and mold, all the way to the basement and through the walls, and those repairs are also covered by insurance.

      In addition, the Verizon gift account, supplemented by a Town Meeting money transfer, is paying for a nearly complete fiber optic network upgrade.

      The second and third floor renovations were funded through savings in FY '10 from reorganizing Town Hall. according to Mr. Khumalo. He said the last piece to hopefully begin soon is the replacement of windows in Town Hall and re-pointing of brick on the outside of the building, compliments of a $300,000 Town Meeting vote.

       The third floor makeover exposed some brick behind the walls, which Mr. Khumalo and others decided should stay exposed. To see the thrid floor, a work in progress, mouse-over the image above.



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Crosswalk Lights to be Ready This Afternoon

November 16, 2010 — Bell Traffic Signals Company expects to complete the installation of a crosswalk light at the main and Church Street intersection today. When pushed, the yellow light will activate to warn drivers that a pedestrian wishes to cross. Drivers are not obligated to stop unless the pedestrian is in the crosswalk. The visual above can present a certain irony to the reader.

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Time for the Annual Turkey Drive

Now in its 12th year, the annual Turkey Drive hopes to provide needy families with a turkey and some trimmings for the upcoming Thanksgiving Day holiday. The drive supports both the Salvation Army in Framingham and Project Just Because here in Hopkinton. Last year 164 turkeys, canned goods, money & gift cards were donated. This year the organizers, led by Drew Johnson, HHS 2014, hope to collect 200 turkeys and some trimmings for needy families.

More and more families are in need as the holiday approaches; please help if you can. Turkeys, food, and/or cash donations will be accepted at several locations over the next 3 days.


Tuesday, Nov 16th:

7-7:30 @ the Middle school

8-8:30 @ Elmwood

2-3:30 @ Middle School

2:30-4 @Elmwood

3-4 @ Hopkins

2:30-5 @ Colellas


Wednesday, Nov 17th:

7-7:30 @ Middle School

8-8:30 @ Elmwood

12:15-1 @ Elmwood

1-2 @ Hopkins

2-3:30 @ Middle School

2:30-5@ Colellas


Thursday, Nov 18th:

7-7:30 @ Middle School

8-8:30 @ Elmwood

2-3:30 @ Middle School

2:30-4 @ Elmwood

2:30-5 @ Colellas

3-4 @ Hopkins


This has become an important family tradition for us, and I hope you will consider making it a tradition for your family as well.

Happy Thanksgiving! ~ Muriel Kramer

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Happy Birthday, Gram

November 16, 2010 — The family of Pat "Gram" Irvine threw a bash for her birthday — has it really been 85 years? — at Luciano's in Wrentahm  recently. Mrs. Irvine, a lifelong Hopkinton resident, is familiar to many people as a cashier at the Golden Spoon.

Legacy Farms Seeks to Break Ground on Roadway in 45 Days

~Steven Zieff, Project Manager

Planning Board Site Walk, open to the public, Dec 1 & Dec 4 at 9:00 am

November 15, 2010 — Above, Steven Zieff, Project Manager for Legacy Farms speaks to the Planning Board Monday evening about the main road in the southern section of the project, Legacy Farms Road South. Combined with the northern section, the plan has been approved for 940 residences in total between that section and the Northern Section.

       "We are initiating the process of a definitive subdivision plan, which will allow us to begin the roadway on the south side," Mr. Zieff said this evening.

        "A few neighbors had some righteous concerns this evening," he said regarding the residents who showed up for the Public Hearing in Room 211 tonight to voice opinions.

         Mr. Zieff said he hopes the wastewater disposal, storm water and well water approvals are in place in forty-five days so the roadway construction can begin. (Roadway, below, colored in blue by HopNews).




Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for by Robert Falcione © 2010 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from November 5, 2010 - November 15, 2010



Price Date Seller
This Week        
41 Saddle Hill Road Vincent J Vargas, Julie Reed $595,000 Nov 12, 2010 Brendan L Doyle, Serena M Doyle
5 Honeysuckle Circle Samuel L Martin, Danika B Martin $635,000 Nov 12, 2010 Pablo Navarro, Nelly Robles
57 Pleasant Street James David, Patricia David $171,000 Nov 12, 2010 Patricia Gately, Linda M Sullivan
4 Gibbon Road Erik M Beebe, Carolyn B Beebe $592,500 Nov 12, 2010 David W Ranney, Kelly M Ranney
Last 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


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Urging Fiscal Prudence

Dear Editor:
The words “want” and “need” are used interchangeably when referring to owning or acquiring certain things, which can then be misperceived as having similar meanings, if not the same meaning.   We need to clear up this misperception.
A “need” is something that is necessary in order to survive.  Without this, a person may be unable to function in society or even fail to live.  Generally speaking, needs are objective, meaning that they are met through tangible measures, such as food and shelter. 
Conversely, a “want” is a desire for something, and these are different from person to person.  Not everyone will “want” the same thing in life, and these wants can change during a person’s lifetime as well.
But where the problem lies is when a desire for something is so great, a person may not see this as anything but a “need”, therefore pushing this into the same important category as food and shelter. 
We need to ask ourselves one important question: “Have we survived without this”?  If we can truly answer yes, then what we are seeking is a “want” and right now, this town cannot afford “wants”.
A new library is a wonderful idea, but let’s face it; we are just starting to come out of a recession, we are dealing with job losses, flat home sales, and some are struggling just to buy groceries, and yes, that is a need.  The Town of Hopkinton cannot afford everything on its wish list at one time.  Let’s decide what a real “need” is for now, and then focus on the other things we would like to have, the “wants”, for future planning.  We do that with our own personal budgets, why should this be any different? 


I understand there has been much effort in the research for the grant funding of the proposed library project, and I appreciate that effort, but for now, we need to be financially and socially responsible.  A new library at this time is a frivolous want.  Yes, the grant application may have to be resubmitted in a few years, but many towns have taken this step and funding is still available (actually the amount of funds available has actually increased per the Mass Board of Library Commissioners website, where the library grant application information is found).  There is no guarantee that the grant award would be the 50% spoken about (if at all), and we are not absolutely sure we would be awarded that 50%, anyway.  As stated in the grant funding literature, the funds are awarded on a sliding scale from 35% to 60% with an average of 50%, and that is an uncertainty we as a community cannot afford at this time.  If everyone recalls, there was an inordinate amount of time and effort spent trying to convince the residents that the town would receive up to $1M in Green Community grant monies, but we received only $137,000+/-.  That’s a big difference.  The same result could happen with the proposed library project and if that happens, who pays for the difference?
Additionally, the "need" for a new school at this time is something the town truly needs to reconsider.  It would be great to have a new school, but we as a town have got to live in a real world. This, too has to be tabled for a time when our funds are a little more manageable and realistic. If either of these projects is meant to be, then it'll happen when it's fiscally right to happen.
Additionally, please keep in mind that if all of these projects come to vote – the school project, the library project and the DPW project, we may lose out on each and every one of them by asking for too much.  As we are keenly aware, more “no” votes instead of “yes” votes will prevent anything from happening.  I urge Hopkinton to please choose ONE project for now.  We need to be fiscally prudent for each other as a community and plan responsibly for our future.
Deb Holbrook
6 Rice Street

Hopkinton, MA

November 15, 2010

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