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Updated: March 18, 2013 02:52:34 PM

It Blinks - For Now!

Please bear with us as we redesign and add new features, while maintaining the same low cost to HopNews sponsors and the free nature of HopNews content to readers. One change that may need further explanation is the Hopkinton News Calendar, the link is behind the button to the left of the title of this frame, and to the right of the masthead above, where it will remain for now. The button now blinks to get the readers' attention to the new location. Previously, the calendar went through several changes, the last of which was to display it in a frame that displayed within a cell here on the front. The calendar was scrollable up and down so the reader could see more than just the day's events. Another feature we presented in an enclosed frame was crime from around the county and state. Both of those features been have altered because they did not stay within their frames in the mobile devices that readers often use, but instead displayed fully, causing slower downloads.


HopNews will go back to putting interesting criminal stories into the body of the front page as was done in the past. And the calendar will be redesigned as the entire site gets a makeover around the first of the year. It will ooze with more fun stuff.


But for now, in order to bring attention to the sole location of the Hopkinton Calendar link, we have made it blink. We spend a lot of time keeping it up-to-date, so keep on sending those calendar items, and we'll keep putting them up.

State Police Arrest Drunk Driver Who Struck Four Vehicles


MILTON - November 26, 2010 - When Massachusetts State Police troopers took RONY S. SANTOS-CRUZ into custody this morning on Route 93, he had left four damaged cars in his wake and four Heineken bottle caps on the seat of his Buick. Four is also the number of drivers’ licenses – three of them revoked – bearing SANTOS-CRUZ’s photo and variations of his name that State Police identified.


Trooper Joseph McLaughlin arrested SANTOS-CRUZ, 24, of Quincy after State Police received several calls from motorists about a hit-and-run driver on the northbound side of Route 93 just after 5 a.m. Trooper McLaughlin located SANTOS-CRUZ stopped in one of the travel lanes south of Exit 11 in Milton. Two other motorists, who said their cars had been struck by SANTOS-CRUZ’s car, were also pulled over in the right lane. SANTOS-CRUZ’s blue 1999 Buick had a Rhode Island license plate and heavy driver’s side damage, including a missing front tire and a worn down rim.


Trooper McLaughlin observed SANTOS-CRUZ swaying from side to side, noticed his eyes were glassy and bloodshot, and smelled alcohol on his breath. The suspect’s speech was slurred. He said the Buick belonged to his girlfriend. When the trooper asked him where he was coming from, SANTOS-CRUZ replied “home,” and when asked where was going, he also replied “home.”


Several field sobriety tests later, SANTOS-CRUZ’s actual destination was the State Police Barracks in South Boston. Prior to leaving the scene, Trooper McLaughlin observed four beer bottle caps on the drivers’ seat of the suspect’s car. In the meantime, two other hit-and-run victims whose cars were allegedly struck by SANTOS-CRUZ reported incidents to police. The four motorists were struck between Attleboro and Milton.


During the booking process, troopers discovered that SANTOS-CRUZ has three other Massachusetts drivers’ licenses, all of which have photos him and his date of birth, with minor variations of his name. All three other licenses had been revoked. Trooper McLaughlin notified the State Police Compliance Unit, which works with the Registry of Motor Vehicles, for further investigation. Trooper McLaughlin filed an immediate threat license suspension request with the Registry.


State Police charged SANTOS-CRUZ with operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating after revocation, marked lanes violation and four counts of leaving the scene of an accident that caused property damage. His arraignment is expected in Quincy District Court.


Camera Shy

November 26, 2010 — The approaching snapping of twigs underfoot drew the attention of gaggles of Canada geese Thanksgiving afternoon on Hopkinton Reservoir. As the photographer got closer, the more frightened of the geese fled the water, and the birch tree on the opposite shore mocked their fear with exaggerated mimicry.

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No Turkey Here

November 26, 2010 — The photographer scoured the town for a free range turkey on Thanksgiving, but instead found this tufted titmouse among several others on East Street.

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Open Door

November 26, 2010 — Two Hopkinton Police Officers, including Officer Stephen Buckley, responded to a passerby's call of an open door at a Main Street business. The police checked and secured the store.

Hopkinton 41, Ashland 14

November 25, 2010 — Hopkinton put one more win on their side of the column with today's defeat of rival Ashland in a Thanksgiving Day tradition.

     Below, Barrett Hanlon snags one in the end zone.

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Shop!




November 24, 2010 — Above, Monya Lulek checks out some of the decorations at the Garden Center at Weston Nurseries, her mother's place of work, this afternoon. Weston Nurseries has distributed their Holiday Shopping Guide to the faithful, and will be accessible from their button ad on HopNews for the season.

     The nursery Garden Center has been transformed into a holiday decoration center, and the outdoor area already has a good selection of Christmas trees with hundreds of other already en route.

     Weston Nurseries keeps up with tradition by having Santa pose for photos on December 4, 5, 11, 12 from 10-11:30 am and 1-3:00 pm.

    The fire out front will be at just the right temperature for those toasted marshmallows and hot mulled cider on the weekends.

     Bring the kids!


Cornell's News


• 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 in 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."

REUNION NIGHT: On Thanksgiving Eve, Cornell's is the place where Hopkinton alumni meet to share old times and catch up.

FREE PIZZA SUNDAYS: Mary Costa says stop on by 229 Hayden Rowe Street for a couple of slices of pizza, on the house!

Seniors Win Spirited Game, 42-30

November 24, 2010 — The Hopkinton High School Seniors won last night's Annual Powder Puff football game against the Juniors, 42 -30.  Click on the thumbnails to see the teams pose post-game. Above, Steph Hadley carries it around the corner.


 Selectmen Meeting

Legacy Farms Seeks Modification to Agreement with Town

FD appoints new Lieutenant


by Muriel Kramer

November 24, 2010 — The Board of Selectmen formally recognized newly appointed Fire Lieutenant Scott Jurasek; Fire Chief Ken Clark recounted that Lt. Jurasek had begun his career with the Fire Department in January 2003, attending and excelling at the Massachusetts Fire Academy in May of that year. According to Chief Clark, Lt. Jurasek “has made his way up through the ranks and works hard.” On hand to celebrate Lt. Jurasek’s achievement were his wife Liz and daughters Kate and Emily as well as much of the Hopkinton Fire Department. Joe Jurasek, a career firefighter from Salem, was on hand to formally pin on his brother Scott’s new rank.


The owners of Bill’s Pizza, Christos and Maria Siarkos, were before the Board to request an update to their liquor license to accommodate the changes made to the premises in the recent remodeling project; the license will also allow alcoholic beverages on the patio. The patio is accessible only from inside the building and offers staff in the restaurant great visibility to ensure adequate control over the area intended to prevent problems with underage drinking onsite. Police Chief Rick Flannery supported the application agreeing that the owners have taken adequate steps to prevent underage drinkers from gaining access to alcoholic beverages served at the restaurant. The Board approved application.


Budget Update: Hopkinton Town Manager Norman Khumalo presented an update on the budget process reinforcing that he has made it clear to the Department Heads that the FY 12 budget process will be fiscally responsible and that it will continue to be important to identify efficiencies, cost containment initiatives and revenue enhancements. The Department Heads have been directed to level fund all FY 12 expenses at FY 11 levels, identify all incremental contractual labor costs and to identify all mission critical and strategic initiatives.


Budget worksheets asking for detailed expense information from all departments to include travel expenses and facility maintenance costs have been distributed; that input is due back to the Town Manager December 30th with the Board of Selectmen expecting to have a work session on the budget process soon thereafter.


Legacy Farms Update: Developer Roy MacDowell has requested modifications to the Host Community Agreement (HCA); the proposal includes increasing the percentage of one-bedroom units, decreasing the percentage of two-bedroom units and eliminating altogether the three-bedroom units in the rental component of the proposed development. Community Opportunities Group was asked to address several questions including the social & economic impact, fiscal impact, housing policy and trade-offs.


From their report to the Selectmen, “…the Town should assume an average revenue deficit of -$29,000 per year, in current dollars, and plan accordingly.” Nevertheless, they recommend amending the agreement to allow the revised project component to go forward. “A site with activity underway sends an optimistic message to prospective investors and development partners. It suggests opportunity and helps to decrease concerns about risk. By contrast, a permitted site with no activity suggests problems and could make it far more difficult for Roy MacDowell to attract high-quality developers to Legacy Farms.” COG recommends approval with several conditions to protect the Town’s interests; the Board will address the proposed modifications to the HCA at their next meeting.


Update on the proposed new Elementary School at Fruit Street: The Board met last week to tour Center School with the School Committee and the Elementary School Building Committee; the tour and discussions led to the Selectmen individually to generate a list of questions they hope to discuss further at an upcoming work session tentatively planned for November 30th. Questions include “If the town continues with the neighborhood school proposal, are there renovations that will be necessary to other buildings? If so, please explain what they are, if they are mandatory (deemed by which governing body), how much time we have to comply and estimated cost.”; “With this design, are we projected to make it through the increase in students anticipated from Legacy Farms without any further additions to this or other school buildings?”; and “Since 2008 has Center School been in threat of losing its accreditation? If so, what exactly were the findings?”


Proposed new Economic Development Committee: Mr. Khumalo outlined some direction for the soon to be newly reformed and reformatted Economic Development Committee. The committee should focus on working with the existing businesses in town and what Hopkinton can do to support them. The responsibilities would include developing marketing initiatives targeting existing businesses, conducting outreach to existing businesses to identify needs and ensure growth as well as retention as well as identifying companies that might want to relocate and establish themselves here in Hopkinton. The largest question remaining is governance over the new committee. The Board is considering using the Chamber of Commerce and the business stakeholders in town to populate the new committee and re-energize its focus. The Selectmen support the direction the effort to reform the committee is heading. John Mosher commented, “I like the non-town committee process to afford greater flexibility and confidentiality, but we have to be careful to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.” The Board will discuss this further at a future meeting to finalize the structure after Mr. Khumalo consults with the Town Attorney.

Organization Gets Second Wind

November 23, 2010 — Several volunteers, led by newly elected President Di Collins, have breathed new life into the marketing efforts of the Hopkinton Education Foundation; efforts they hope will end confusion over who they are and what they do.

      Their public face got a facelift with the retirement of the "granite" columns that have been their trademark for years, in favor of a bold, new and colorful logo by Hopkinton designer, Jenny Hart. The design impresses the viewer with a tree that has a strong trunk, representing the strength of a foundation in education.

      Weighted near the center of the tree, and surrounded by educational representations, is a light bulb that the group says represents the innovation that the Hopkinton Education Foundation advances, as seen in their new slogan at the base.

        The words in the logo show a diminished "Hopkinton" to bring forward the rest of the group's name to promote the "Education" part.

         What have they done so far? A lot!     

     Since their beginnings in 1992, the educational gifts to the schools have grown from the then impressive nearly $11,000 to almost $84,000 in educational grants to Hopkinton schools and teachers' classrooms in 2010.  

     This year, to highlight one effort, they have put $9,656 into transforming the Middle School Library into a "Twenty-first Century Learning center," according to Mrs. Collins.

      Earlier this year, HopNews Video covered the use of SmartBoards at Elmwood School, awarded through a grant by the foundation, that allow interaction and instant answering as well as internet access. See the video to the left. How does the foundation raise the funds to enable these gifts?

        A "golf ball drop" from a hot air balloon is held once a year at one of the athletic fields. This year's take was just shy of $7,000. But the Annual Winter Gala (See video from last year's, left) is the Mother of all Fundraisers for the HEF.

      This year's Gala — $90 per person — will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at the Lakeview Pavilion in Foxborough, MA. Learn more here. But marking next year's calendar will not do anyone any good unless a person first has tickets, because the tickets will sell out within hours of going on sale. So, mark this date:

        HEF Winter Gala "Oh, The Heights We Can Grow" ticket sales on Saturday, December 4, 2010 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am @ Hopkinton High School Lobby.

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Wednesday, November 24th
3 - 8 PM 
Thanksgiving-Friendly Wines

This week's tasting will be on Wednesday - just in time for last minute Thanksgiving preparations.  We will sample more wines that could easily find a spot at your Thanksgiving dinner table. 

Matching wine with roast turkey is easy; the wine-matching challenge comes with the wide array of traditional side dishes.  Any single wine confronts a very tough task, indeed, when asked to harmonize with everything from subtle turkey breast to rich stuffing to acidic cranberries to sweet, candied yams.  Successful wines are those with exceptional fruit character; wines that are lively and uncomplicated.  With that in mind, this month we will sample wines that could easily find a place at the Thanksgiving feast.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010 - 5 to 7 p.m

Community Covenant Church

2 W. Elm St., Hopkinton, MA.

(Corner of South St. & West Main Street. Directions: Rt. 495, exit 21B, turn right at the light)

Real people, real animals, the real message of Christmas. Outdoors. Hot chocolate, coffee, and goodies inside. (File photo)

Free. Donations welcomed for missions & youth.

Eagles Making a Comeback?

November 23, 2010 — This bald eagle was photographed at Lake Maspenock, where others have also sighted them. Thanks to Phil Pichel for sharing.

State Police Offer Holiday Driving Safety Tips


The Massachusetts State Police are urging motorists to be safe on the roads of the Commonwealth this holiday season. 


The following holiday driving safety tips are recommended for safe travel:  

§         Plan on needing extra time to get to your final destination.

§         Make sure all vehicle occupants wear their safety belt.

§         Leave the proper amount of space between your car and the car in front of you. (One car length for every ten miles per hour).

§         Adjust your speed to road, weather and traffic conditions.

§         Plan regularly scheduled breaks when traveling long distances.

§         Have your car serviced before undertaking a lengthy trip.

§         Be prepared should your car become disabled.  Have the proper emergency equipment with you.  For example: spare tire, lug wrench, jack, flashlight, road flares or other illuminating devices, warm clothing as temperatures can dip well below freezing at this time of year.  A cell phone is also invaluable in emergencies.  You can reach the police and in turn all other emergency services in Massachusetts by dialing 911 on your cell phone.

§         Don’t drink and drive.  If you plan on celebrating with alcohol, plan on staying over or plan on having a designated driver. 

HopNews facebook Fan Recruitment Drive


We encourage those who are not our facebook fans to sign up to become one. The last time HopNews had a recruitment drive, earlier this year, one lucky fan won a $100 gift certificate to the Marathon Restaurant at North Pond (See video). Austin printed the fan list, cut each fan listing individually, put them in a basket, and with the help of Michael Tobins from the Marathon Restaurant, drew the name of a HopNews facebook fan, Lois Hemmelgarn.


Being a fan means getting important news immediately. It doesn't mean that we do it every day, like the banner says. That was wishful thinking. In fact, we have had only five updates since July of this year: 50% off at the jewelers, a drowning, the President live on HopNews, robbers on the run, as well as content that yours truly thought was compelling or special. The same news is available on the front of HopNews, but some people get facebook alerts from their mobile devices.


So, if you are not signed up, please do so now to get into the pool of possible winners of the equivalent of a $100 gift certificate from one of our sponsors. The current 437 fans will also go into the basket for the drawing that we will conduct when the fan base reaches 700. Spread the word.


North Korea Bombs Disputed Island, South Korea Reacts - ABC News 

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From the Radical Middle...

Don't Touch My Junk!

— Or my titanium elbow

by Robert Falcione

November 23, 2010 — If I were to fly, and I may do that again someday — maybe! — then I would, without hesitation, submit to the total body scan that is being so generously offered by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at better airports across the country.

      Many people have expressed outrage on the television sets and other electronic media, that they have been  groped by TSA agents after refusing a full body x-ray scan; or after setting off red flags due to a physical accessory or deformity; then being forced to submit to the scan as a condition of being allowed to board the graceful flying machine that awaits them. Some people, who have not experienced the influence of a foreign power over US media in their lifetimes  — hold that thought — are calling for a boycott of the scanner and insisting on a physical search in order to slow down the airplane boarding procedures. This they claim is a protest borne of a higher moral sensitivity. Pishaw! They're just looking for attention, intentionally trying to mess things up, or too young to understand the consequences.

      To refuse the body scanner in order to slow down the airport security, especially during the holiday travel as some have suggested, would border on infantile behavior — or behavior expected of the enemy.

      And if the scanner reveals something that needs to be scrutinized, like a bagful of bile, or a titanium elbow, then people should act like grownups and submit to a body search. Who doesn't remember the failed attempt by one of the enemy that was uncovered when plastic explosives packed into the human robot's undergarments partially ignited on the airplane? What about the guy who was stopped by passengers from successfully lighting his shoes with a match, shoes that were packed with explosives? Security needs to see, or feel, if there is any plastique in your Jockeys, Bostonians, Gucci, Prada or covered body parts. They have to be thorough, because human bombs look like normal people, like you and me.

       The enemy has vowed to bring this nation down; and they are attempting to do so in unconventional and cunning ways.

       No, their Ingenuity can't build beautiful and graceful airplanes or incredible buildings; it can only make devices that attack modernity itself and destroy the physical and intellectual inventions that the best of the Western world has created.

       They have put bombs in shoes and underwear, and boarded flights to kill themselves and their fellow passengers.

       They are told that if they blow themselves up and take down those around them, the Creator has a special place for them. He doesn't. He (or She) does not reward murder OR suicide. I am pretty sure about that. In fact, I am pretty sure — although a few people would argue with this — that He doesn't take sides in sporting events, either. Furthermore, I am convinced by empirical evidence that He doesn't help people with instant lottery tickets.

        But as with any crime — and it is a crime to mess with airport security —a thoughtful person needs to ask, "Cui bono?" Who benefits?

        The enemies of our nation will benefit the most from a relaxation of our airport and transportation security, which many misguided people are tacitly encouraging.

         I also have a gripe with the TSA and the media.

        They need to stop giving out the parameters of the bodily searches, like at what age a person is exempt from a physical search. That is sheer stupidity. Our enemies will start loading up their kids with C-4 as a result of that foolish revelation. It would be in the best interest of the traveling public if the TSA amended that rule immediately (Note to TSA: Stop publicizing your procedures and limits. I get nauseous when I hear you do that. Security organizations are supposed to have secrets. Keep a few to yourself. Katie Couric doesn't need to know. Tell her I said so. Oh, and stop the close-ups of the genital areas that show where agents do not touch. More nausea.).

        My theory about foreign enemy influence? Again, they are the ones to benefit the most. It wasn't the Red Cross that made sure there was an ample supply of heroin in Vietnam when American troops were there, and I doubt they are involved in this protest, either.

        So, I would recommend to anyone who wants to help move the security process along, to take the full body scan. And if the agent wants you to drop your draws and touch your toes, do it. Don't worry about him enjoying it. If he enjoyed it, to borrow from Lenny Bruce, they wouldn't let him work there.

        As I said earlier, I may fly again, but the more I think about it, the more I doubt that I will.

        And it has nothing to do with the thought of being x-rayed, or groped, or having my titanium elbow inspected.

        It has to do with my comfort zone, which is very near to the ground.

        And of course, the lack of a drive-thru.

Suspect Believed to be Among the Dead

LYNNFIELD - November 24, 2010 — Numerous State Police units and Lynnfield Police are on scene of a triple-fatal incident on Ledge Road in Lynnfield. PLEASE NOTE that there is not an active search ongoing for a suspect. We were mobilizing for what would have been a significant manhunt for a shooting suspect involving our Air Wing, K9 troopers and ground units, but at this point the evidence suggests that the suspect is not at large. Evidence suggests the suspect is among the deceased. State troopers assigned to the Essex County District Attorney's Office are on scene and will lead the homicide investigation from this point on. All information about the details of the homicides will come from the DA's office, ~ State Police

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for by Robert Falcione © 2010 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from November 15, 2010 - November 22, 2010



Price Date Seller
This Week        
67 Front Street Paul R Pilotte, Emily H Pilotte $734,000 Nov 19, 2010 Andkra LLC
44 Connelly Hill Road Steven W Burns, Marcie A Burns $974,900 Nov 18, 2010 Connelly LLC
17 Trevor Lane #13 Bldg 3 Carol A Macura $465,000 Nov 16, 2010 Maillet & Son LLC
0 Lumber Street* NESI Realty LLC $750,000 Nov 16, 2010 Fletcher Granite Company LLC
2 Greenwood Road He Ping, Tran Duong $675,000 Nov 16, 2010 Martin T Hanley, Dale M Hanley
*Tony and Ann Marie Ramos of Smithfield, R.I., as NESI Realty LLC, have purchased the bankrupt Fletcher Granite Company on Lumber Street near the Milford Town Line.
Last 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



Daniel Patrick Hanlon, 47


Daniel Patrick Hanlon, 47, of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, passed away unexpectedly on November 20, 2010. Born in Merrillville, Indiana on February 27, 1963, Dan was the beloved son of the late Nancy and Lawrence Hanlon. Dan is survived by his wife, Maggie, their son Barrett, and their daughters Morgan and Jenna. He is the brother of Therese Handley (Marty), the late Kathy Smolen (Larry), Larry (Liz), Matt (Lisa) and Stephanie Santa (Mike) and many nieces and nephews.

Dan was a devoted and loving husband and father. He was passionate about spending time with his family. Among many things, he enjoyed basketball, movies, music, and travel. He was dedicated to his faith, family, and career. Dan was known for his humor, kind heart, and positive attitude.

Dan was the president of ING's Investor Channel based in Windsor Locks, CT. Prior to joining ING, Dan was employed by Fidelity Investments for 21 years. He held a Bachelors Degree from Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana.

A visitation service will be held at St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton, Massachusetts on Friday, November 26th from 3:00 to 7:00pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated in Saint John's Church on Saturday, November 27th at 10am. A reception will follow. Arrangements are from the
Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, an education trust fund has been established for Dan's children. Memorial contributions may be sent to: Hanlon Family Education Trust C/O Middlesex Savings Bank 10 Main St., Hopkinton, MA 01748.

Police News UP-TO-DATE

November Nov 22, 2010

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7:06 pm An Apple Tree Hill resident reported being kicked out of her apartment...


9:21 pm A Smith Road caller reported that a man rang her doorbell, requested to use the bathroom...


7:55 pm A caller from Wood Street reported his ex-girlfriend had come back to the house and is out of control...


10:38 am A Lakeshore Drive caller reported men fishing, drinking in public...

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Hopkinton High School is hosting

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
Contact: Diane Welch

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MLK Day of Giving Back

 January 17, 2011 from 9:00am to noon

Hopkinton Middle School


As we prepare for Thanksgiving, we take pride in the spirit of community that is so much a part of the fabric of Hopkinton.   We see it every year during events like the Horribles’ Parade, Michael’s Run and the Relay for Life.  We can also see that same spirit at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Giving Back.

Planning is underway for the fourth annual celebration of Dr. King’s legacy, scheduled for January 17, 2011 from 9:00am to noon at the Hopkinton Middle School.  Sarah Varadian founder of the Wee Care organization will be the featured speaker . Varadian, a native of Norwood MA, started this project to raise money to provide access to education for girls in Afghanistan.  She received the 2007 William R. Sims Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy  and her message is sure to inspire.  


The event, sponsored by the town’s Youth Commission, is run by a dedicated group of volunteers.  There are always opportunities for more people to become involved; if you are interested, or need information, please contact .    Find us on Facebook at “MLK Day of Giving Back, Hopkinton MA”  - Anne Mattina

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Phyllis Blasotto Holmes, 79

Phyllis Blasotto Holmes, 79, of Framingham and formerly of Holliston, passed away Saturday, November 20, 2010 at the Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Phillip and Mildred Grady. She was the wife of the late Frank A. Blasotto who passed away in 1959 and the late Leslie Paul Holmes.

Phyllis was a retired housekeeper who worked at the Metrowest Medical Center. She was a member of the Framingham Brady Bunch.

She is survived by her son Dennis Blasotto and his wife Diane of Needham, her daughters; Cheryl Jones and her husband Eric of Upton, Renee Matter of Hopkinton, Paula Holmes Philbrick of Framingham and a son in law Geoffrey Matter. She also leaves behind 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She is predeceased by a son David Blasotto who passed away in 2008 and her
brothers Jimmy and Walter.

Visitation will be held on Friday, November 26, 2010 from 4-7p.m. at the
Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St.
A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 9am at St. Mary's Church of Holliston. Burial will follow in St. Stephen's Cemetery in Framingham. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Assoc. 460 Totten Pond Rd. Ste. 400, Waltham, MA, 02451 or

Daniel Hanlon, 47


Hopkinton- Daniel Hanlon, 47, of Hopkinton, died November 20, 2010 at Milford Regional Medical Center. He was the husband to Maggie Hanlon of Hopkinton. Arrangements are incomplete and from the Chesmore Funeral Home, but the visitation is as follows: Friday, November 26, 2010 from 3-7pm at the St. John the Evangelist Church Hall in Hopkinton. A 10:00a.m. funeral mass will be celebrated at St. John the Evangelist on Saturday.

State Police Investigate Fatal Crash in Worcester


November 21, 2010 — Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Holden responded to a crash in Worcester last night that involved a motorcycle striking a guardrail.  The driver of the motorcycle was killed.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Paul  Weinschenk indicates that the man was on a 2010 Harley Davidson was traveling on the ramp from Route 190 southbound to Route 290 westbound when he lost control of the bike, striking the guardrail.  James McLeod, 53, of Grafton was transported to U Mass Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased


The facts and circumstances of the crash 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 Worcester Police and Fire Departments and Massachusetts Department of Transportation Highway Division. .


During the rescue response and crash investigation and cleanup, the Route 190 ramp was closed for approximately two hours.

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Alien Expose Ch. II

The Moon, Treetop Decoration, or Alien Fruit?

Mouse-over image to see alien fruit

November 20, 2010 — As we saw earlier (Scroll down for Alien Expose Ch. I), Colella's Market has indeed put a fence around their rooftop HVAC unit where an alien was sighted on Halloween. Although the fence was suggested by the Planning Board, its construction, shortly after the sighting of the alien creature sitting on it, is sure to draw suspicion. Then late this afternoon the photographer was exiting his vehicle when it appeared the moon was lined up as if it were disguising itself as a treetop decoration. Does it have something to do with the alien trapped behind the fence? Is it summoning another ship, a rescue vehicle? We all know what the Moon looks like, but only a few have seen it close up. Is this another Roswell-like cover up? Mouse-over this image to see the glowing object close up, and if it looks like a melon missing the stem that connects it to the vine, and that it could be easily quartered to share on a Thanksgiving table, then the only possible answer is, "Yes, it has been alien fruit all along!" Bon appétit, aliens!


Cub Scout Holiday Wreath Sale

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Hopkinton Cub Scout Pack 4

Colella’s Market

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

Buying? Selling? Call one of our experts. 

Things are starting to Move!!!


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