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Inventive Headdress

December 5, 2010 — Thomas Edison Likely never envisioned Pattie's use of his invention when he developed it and changed the world. She is in the spirit at Hopkinton Card and Gift on Saturday during Hopkinton Drug's Annual Holiday Open House, which continues today.

...In With the New

December 5, 2010 — Teresa Boyce is temporarily removing her sign from its Grove Street location so the Boy Scouts can put up theirs to promote their sales Christmas Trees.

Romeo & Juliet

Hopkinton Middle School

Saturday, December 5, 2010

7:00 pm

The Hopkinton Middle School Drama Club performed Romeo and Juliet at the Middle School Friday evening. They will present an encore performance on Saturday. See a clip from Friday's performance, below (YouTube still processing video).




... This just in ... Booster store open Saturday ... Cold Wave ...


The high school store is jammed packed with new youth sweatshirts, T-shirts, sweatpants and more --  as well as adult -- enough to outfit the entire family!  Best of all credit cards are also now accepted.  Shop the high school Boosters store -- Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Get your holiday shopping all at once.  Proceeds benefit Hopkinton athletics.


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Fruit Street Elementary School Still on Track for Special Town Meeting in March

• Committee awaits ESBC decision on added cost

• AP test scores improve over long term

by Heather Kelley

December 3, 2010 — At Thursday night’s School Committee meeting, Superintendent Jack Phelan announced that the MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation awarded a $59,500 grant to the Middle School. Principal Alan Keller had applied for the grant to “support a comprehensive approach toward reducing bullying” at the Middle School. Surrounding towns, including Holliston and Hudson, also received grants for similar programs.

The Committee voted to draft 3 or 4 articles to the Annual Town Meeting. One definite article on the table will be to replace the audio-visual equipment in the Middle School auditorium. Member Troy Mick pointed out that the auditorium brings in a revenue stream. Another article will be to update the Middle School wiring in order to install phones in classrooms for safety purposes. The third article will be the school’s budget. Superintendent Phelan and Director of Finance Ralph Dumas will investigate the necessity of a fourth article, to replace a truck. Costs and benefits, members Mick and others agreed, needed to be weighed, in terms of putting more money into repairing and maintaining the truck, versus whether it would be more cost effective to replace the truck altogether.


Superintendent Phelan announced that the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) had opened the door for new Statements of Interest, whereby school districts begin the process of asking for money for school building projects. The Committee engaged in a lengthy discussion on whether or not to apply for money for renovations to Elmwood School. The majority felt that now was not the time to be asking for more money for projects. But the minority, including Member Nancy Burdick, made arguments for looking at the big picture of the delivery of elementary education in town. Member Troy Mick agreed with both sides, bringing up issues of school building parity when pointing out the logic in Burdick’s point of view. “The capital needs of a building don’t disappear just because you decide to do a project,” added Phelan. “I would suggest that we get in line [for the money],” concluded Burdick. In the end, the Committee decided to defer getting in line until a later time.

Hopkinton’s deadline for its final presentation of the Fruit Street School project to the MSBA has been pushed out to February 9th. Despite this later date, Superintendent Phelan said that the MSBA is still requiring the school district to stand by its agreement with the MSBA to request a Special Town Meeting in March to seek approval of the project. Member Mick added that he saw two very good reasons for the March meeting: 1) this will allow the project to be completed in time to start the September 2013 school year in the new school; and 2) this will allow Hopkinton to obtain more favorable construction bid costs. Superintendent Phelan agreed, noting that missing the start of school would result in an empty new school building for the remainder of the 2013-2014 school year. This would lead to the additional costs of security and heating for an empty building.

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A HopNews Presentation:

Household Tips 

This edition by Licensed Plumber Peter Zereski:

• Winterizing outdoor faucet, or the need not to!

December 2, 2010 — Plumber Peter Zereski, well known for his fine workmanship in Connelly Hills Estates, offers a tips on how to avoid outdoor spigots from freezing. One is old school and the other is new school. Check out the Hi-def video above and learn something.

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Monday, December 6, 2010

6:00PM – 7:00PM

7:00PM – Sixth Grade Concert

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The Gift of Tree

December 2, 2010 — Scouts Matt Dickason and Nick Bograd pose with the tree on the Common donated by the Scouts of Troop 1 after helping with its installation.

Safari Fun Day - Hosted by STOP

Hopkinton High School's Students Taking On Poverty (STOP) club will be hosting a Safari Fun Day for kids on December 18th from 10am-2pm in the high school cafeteria. It is for kids 4 to 11 years old and their parents, but all ages are welcome. There is a $10 entrance fee per child. There will be a bake sale, raffles, face painting, hair braiding, arts and crafts and a safari scavenger hunt.


STOP is currently working with the Microloan Foundation to make small loans to groups of women in Malawi. These women use the money to start small businesses and pay the group back with the profits they make. This way, the money creates a sustainability loop, as STOP will loan out the money again to a different group of women. It also encourages the economy of the towns and villages the women are in and provides food and goods to the people in the towns.

Gordon Joseph Barkyoumb, 86

Hopkinton — Gordon Joseph Barkyoumb, 86, of Hopkinton formerly of Vermont, passed away Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at his home in Hopkinton. Born in Vermont he was the son of the late Clara and Edward Barkyoumb. He was the husband of Ramona Barkyoumb of Hopkinton.

His love of family was evident. He treasured the family gatherings. A jokester at heart- he loved to make others laugh and his love of life was contagious. Gordon was a music lover. Frequently referred to as the "Vermont Fiddler" and winning numerous contests — he brought people together with his music. As a former farmer, his love of the land stayed with him as he enjoyed his tractor and his garden. His love of animals never left him- he always had the best trained dogs and of course loved his cats. He loved his Red Sox and remained a loyal fan throughout the years. How lucky he was to see them win another World Series!

Besides his wife of 66 years, Gordon is survived by his children; Alan Barkyoumb and his wife Judy of Fairfax VT, Eileen McGarry of St . Albans VT, and Diane (Barkyoumb)Tappan and husband Douglas of Hopkinton MA.; and a sister in law, Joyce Barkyoumb of Fairfax, VT. Affectionately known as "Pepe," he also leaves behind his grandchildren; Tammy Barkyoumb Retalic and her husband David of Framingham, MA , Lori Barkyoumb of Georgia, VT and Shawn Barkyoumb of Swanton VT,(children of Alan) Eric Burkett (wife
Lisa Burkett) (child of Eileen McGarry), John and Evan Tappan of Hopkinton, MA (children of Diane and Douglas Tappan) and his Great Grandchildren. Tyler and Brendan Retalic (children of David and Tammy Retalic). He is predeceased by nine brothers and sisters.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 1:00 pm in St. John the Evangelist Church in Hopkinton. Arrangements are under the care of the
Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. A celebration of his life will occur in the Spring of 2011. In Lieu of flowers: donations may be sent to: Friends of the Seniors 28 Mayhew St., Hopkinton, MA 01748 or to a Charity of Choice.


Recycling Holiday Accommodation - Temporary Change


Due to Christmas falling on Saturday December 25 and New Years Day falling on Saturday January 1st the Recycling Center will closed those days but will be open on Sunday December 26th and Sunday January 2nd regular hours.


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Hopkinton Chamber Orchestra at Hopkinton Public Library 

December 1, 2010 — The Hopkinton Chamber Orchestra performed for a group of the faithful at Hopkinton Public Library Wednesday evening, and HopNews offers pieces of a couple of songs in the high definition video, above. It can be watched repeatedly. This video can be viewed in full screen mode at its highest definition without losing clarity. The acquisition of the most powerful Intel processor-equipped machine has made possible precise audio-visual relationship editing, which has been difficult at best since the advent of HD video.

Time of the Season

December 12, 2010 — The Learning Center of Hopkinton wisely moved their lighting ceremony to Tuesday to avoid today's rain. The expansive display, of which a small part is shown above, can be seen at 59 Wood Street for the rest of the holiday season.

Packing Them In

December 1, 2010 — Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker flew all the way from Maryland to appear as a speaker for longtime associate Dennis Katz of Hopkinton Drug and his Free Lecture Series. This wide-angle lens, as wide as it is, only shows part of the large audience at the series' new venue, the Hopkinton Senior Center. Dr. Shoemaker's subject of this evening's lecture was treatment options for chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and more.

Menorah Lighting

December 1, 2010 — Jewish families from Hopkinton and the area began the celebration of Chanukah with the lighting of the electronic Menorah on Hopkinton Common this evening, and the singing of songs. The Menorah has eight lights, which are lit one at a time during the eight-day holiday. The light in the center above the others, is the Shamash, which represents the light from which the others are lit.


On Thursday, December 9th, 2010 from 9:00am – 10:00pm Barnes & Noble, Route 9 (Shopper’s World), Framingham will be hosting a book fair to support The Hopkinton High School Drama Ensemble’s upcoming trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The same day, California Pizza Kitchen at the Natick Collection will donate 20% of dine-in or take-out meals (when purchased with special coupon) to the group.

To receive the California Pizza Kitchen coupon so the proceeds of your lunch or dinner that day at will be donated to the group visit

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Statement Of The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office Regarding Fatal Self-Inflicted Shooting In Wilmington


The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, and the Wilmington Police Department are actively investigating a fatal self-inflicted shooting that took place today in Wilmington.


According to authorities, at approximate 7:20 am, police responded to 18 Oakdale Road for a 911 hang up call with indications of a domestic disturbance.  While responding, an additional 911 call was received from a neighbor who reported hearing shots fired.  Upon arrival, police located the residents of the home, who had fled the residence and were uninjured.  Upon further investigation, it was determined that the estranged son of the residents, who had been residing in the home with them in the recent past, had discharged a firearm aimed in the vicinity of where his parents were located inside the home after a dispute between them. The suspect’s parents were able to flee the residence before the barricaded himself inside the home.


Following a three hour attempt to communicate with the suspect, with no response, officers from the NEMLEC SWAT Unit entered the residence and located the suspect in the basement evidencing an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The suspect was declared dead at the scene. He has been identified as Scott Fama, 42, of Wilmington.


No lethal shots were fired by police authorities during the response.


            The circumstances surrounding the incident remain under investigation.

From the Calendar:


5:30 pm - Menorah Lighting Hopkinton Common

6:30 pm - Hopkinton Chamber Orchestra "Sounds of the Season" Hopkinton Public Library. Light refreshments.

7:00 pm - Free Lecture Series, Hopkinton Senior Center Ritchie Shoemaker, MD - Biotoxin Specialist Bio Topic

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ESL’s Holiday Concert December 12

HOPKINTON, MA (December 1, 2010) – Enter Stage Left’s adult chorus, the Treble Makers; as well as Tone Deft, ESL’s high school/college a cappella troupe; and Tone Deft Jr., ESL’s middle school troupe; will present a Holiday Concert titled Celebrate the Season in Song on December 12 at 3:00 p.m. at the United Parish of Upton, One Central Square, Upton. Tickets are $10.00 for general admission. Refreshments will be served.

Enter Stage Left Theater, Inc. is a non-profit performing arts center in Hopkinton offering theater education, training and performances for students of all ages. For more information call 508-435-2114 or visit




Sunday, December 19th the 13th Annual Holiday Concert given by the Southeaster Middlesex Community Concert Band will be held at St. John’s Church at 3 P.M. The concert is free; however a voluntary donation of toiletries or laundry detergent is requested for the Project Just Because Food Pantry. File photo.

NORAD is ready to track Santa’s flight

TRACK SANTA This button will appear above until Santa finishes his route.

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — December 1, 2010 - For the 55th consecutive year, the men and women of the North American Aerospace Defense Command are getting ready to track Santa! The NORAD Tracks Santa website,, went live today and features holiday games and activities that change daily. The website is available in seven languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and Chinese. On Dec. 24, the website will stream videos, captured by NORAD “Santa Cams,” from cities along Santa’s journey.


This year, children are able to track Santa through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and TroopTube. To follow us on these Santa-tracking tools, type in “@noradsanta” into the search engine to start your tracking. 


Also, beginning at 12:00 a.m. MST on Dec. 24, visitors to the website can watch Santa as he prepares his sleigh, checks his list, and goes through all of his preparations to ensure he has a successful journey.


As soon as Santa takes off from the North Pole, children can also track him with up-to-the-minute updates on Google Maps and Google Earth through the NORAD Tracks Santa website. 


Santa trackers will begin answering phones and replying to email at 2:00 a.m. MST (4:00 a.m. EST) on December 24 and will continue until 3:00 a.m. MST (5:00 a.m. EST) December 25. Children of all ages can then call the NTS toll-free number 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) or send an email to  


The NORAD Tracks Santa program began in 1955 after a phone call was made to the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The call was from a local youngster who dialed a misprinted telephone number in a local newspaper advertisement. The commander on duty who answered the phone that night gave the youngster the information requested – the whereabouts of Santa. This began the tradition of tracking Santa, a tradition that was carried on by NORAD when it was formed in 1958.


The NORAD Tracks Santa program has grown immensely since first presented on the Internet in 1998. The website receives millions of unique visitors from hundreds of countries and territories around the world. In addition, a live Operations Center is occupied for 25 hours with more than 1,200 volunteers each year who receive hundreds of thousands of phone calls and emails from families around the world.

Selectmen Hear DPW, Fruit Street School Scenarios

DPW must vacate current Fruit Street facility

by Robert Falcione

November 30, 2010 — Town Engineer David Daltorio and Director of Public Works Brendan O'Regan brought the Board of Selectmen, absent two members, up to speed on the town-owned Fruit Street property and the proposal by the School Department to place a new elementary school on the site, following a review by their consultant on the project.

        The School Department provided a plan (A low quality copy-machine copy was provided attendees, below) that shows the location of the proposed new elementary school, as well as the access road off of Fruit Street.

         The road would go past the current soccer field, north of the Little League filed, and to the new school.

         Selectman Ben Palleiko (photo, bottom, left) called the road plan a "terrible plan." He pointed out to Town Manager Norman Khumalo (photo, left), "But the town owns it,"

         Mr. Khumalo, brushing aside any difference between town and school-owned land said, "The issue is how do we move forward?"

        Selectman Michele Gates (photo, right) expressed concern that there could be an issue surrounding the land that was purchased with CPC (Community Preservation Commission) money, parts of which are designated for, and restricted as, either passive or active recreation. Mr. Khumalo said he would look into it.

         Mr. Khumalo also said, in answer to another question from Mrs. Gates, that the Selectmen would eventually be asked to endorse the individual plans for the Fruit Street parcels; senior housing, affordable housing, single family homes and duplexes, and townhouses when they come to pass. Each time one of the individual parcels gets to the conceptual design stage, there would need to be a Notice of Project Change filed with MEPA (Mass Environmental Policy Act), who approved the final Environmental Impact Report for the conceptual parcels and uses.

         Mr. Palleiko asked if the School Department could just pave over the DPW facility on their own, as the plan indicates.

         Mr. Khumalo explained that it is a phase issue, and that the DPW facility, the entire complex with offices and garages, needs to vacate the property at some point regardless of any action by the Schools. According to the Master Plan, he said, the DPW office must be moved, because it lies within a Zone I of a well. [Note: Zone I is a radius of 400 feet from the well in all directions].

         And the DPW garage itself must be vacated eventually, too, said Mr. O'Regan following the meeting, because its type of use is not allowed in the Water Resources Protection Overlay District, under which nearly the entire Fruit Street Property lies.

         When pressed, Mr. Khumalo hinted that a complaint of a violation could cause the immediate vacating of the facility long before the target date [2013].      

          Mr. O'Regan explained that the 20-25 vehicles, large and small, that are housed inside the large metal building at the DPW facility were kept outdoors before that property was purchased from Pyne Sand and Gravel. "They could go to temporary storage," he said.

          Selectman John Mosher (photo, right) urged, "Some conversation with the school committee is necessary as soon as possible."

          Mr. Palleiko said, "This can't be submitted without a final conversation with the School Committee.

          "This can't 'just happen'," he concluded.


White text on plan below added by HopNews for clarity.

New Postmasters Installed

November 30, 2010 — Newly installed postmasters for the Elmwood School's Wee Deliver mail program from left, Timothy Fargiano and Jack Nowlin, pose with Hopkinton Postmaster Carl A Zagame following their installation today in the school library. The Wee Deliver program assigns postmasters, carriers and sorters to get mail to and from not only addresses within the school, but letters dropped at locations to be delivered into the school.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for by Robert Falcione © 2010 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from November 22, 2010 - November 30, 2010



Price Date Seller
25 patriots Blvd #11D Gupta Abhisek $335,000 Nov 29, 2010 Stagecoach Heights Realty
27 Tammar Lane Timothy J Titcomb, Nanacy A Titcomb $580,000 Nov 23, 2020 Joiy Holder
Last 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.


White Metal Day Schedule Change

      White Metal Day for the month of December will be held on Saturday December 18th, 2010 from 7am-2pm at the DPW garage located at 83 Wood St instead of Saturday December 25, 2010 due to Christmas falling on that Day.

       Normal White Metal Day schedule is the last Saturday of every month 7am-2pm.

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Selectmen's Meeting Agenda November 30, 2010



The Board will review the future of the DPW garage in relation to the proposed elementary school project.


a. Police Union Contract




Starts today: Shotgun Deer Season: Nov. 29 - Dec 11, 2010


White-tailed deer are managed in Massachusetts as a valuable natural resource. As such, MassWildlife sets deer density goals below human tolerance limits. If deer densities exceed human tolerance, people tend to label deer as pests. This attitude is contrary to MassWildlife's mission of wildlife conservation. Our experience has demonstrated that it is possible to maintain a healthy deer population that can be enjoyed by all citizens of the Commonwealth. MassWildlife manages the population using regulated hunting during three distinct hunting seasons. Since deer population growth rates can exceed 30% annually, hunters provide a unique service in helping us achieve our population density goals. By proactively limiting deer densities, we avoid the consequences of over-population. While MassWildlife maintains deer densities between 10 and 30 per square mile, we know of cases where deer populations in other states exceed 100 per square mile. This causes excessive property damage, road collisions and Lyme disease. It is more effective to maintain optimal deer densities, than to reduce over-populated deer populations.

Deer management goals can be maintained statewide, even in high developed, suburban areas. Where firearms are prohibited by local ordinances, hunters can effectively manage deer with archery equipment. MassWildlife recently increased the archery season to 36 days for this reason. Additionally, hunters can continue to use archery equipment throughout the muzzleloader season.

It is important that landowners and hunters cooperate to safely and effectively manage the Commonwealth's deer resource within desired population density goals. If done correctly, we can all enjoy the benefits of a healthy statewide deer population.

Reprinted from Mass WildLife website after receiving email regarding 3 Hopkinton teens surprised in the woods today by hunters.

State Police Arrest 75 Impaired Drivers over Holiday Weekend


State troopers patrolling Massachusetts roadways arrested 75 impaired drivers during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Drunk drivers constituted the vast majority of arrests, while drugged drivers made up the balance.


From Thursday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 28, Massachusetts State Police arrested 71 drivers for operating under the influence of liquor. Troopers arrested four other drivers for operating under the influence of narcotics.


Of the 75 OUI arrests, 18 were made at a pair of sobriety checkpoints. Friday night, state troopers manning a checkpoint on Gallivan Boulevard in Dorchester arrested nine impaired drivers. One night later, state troopers and local police arrested nine more impaired drivers at a checkpoint on Route 1 in Peabody.


Overall, uniformed State Police troopers made 171 total arrests from Thursday to Sunday.


State Police responded to five OUI-related crashes over the long weekend – one each on Route 1 in Saugus, Route 1 in Attleboro, Route 286 in Salisbury, Route 95 in Canton, Route 286 in Salisbury and Route 93 in Milton. None of the crashes caused fatal injuries.


In addition to the checkpoints, State Police rolled 13 additional patrols from late Wednesday night through early Thursday morning. An additional eight extra patrols planned for the same times were diverted from highway patrol duties to the western Massachusetts town of Conway to assist in the search for a missing boy. The boy was found safe in the woods Thursday morning.


Over the same Thursday through Sunday Thanksgiving holiday period in 2009, State Police arrested 76 impaired drivers. Those were among 166 total arrests on those four days last year.

On Assignment

November 29, 2010 — As the sun fell low in the sky at Hopkinton State Park this afternoon, Alexis Stefano modeled for friend and fellow HHS student Saranga Arora, who has her camera loaded with black and white film, as she is shooting for a photography class at school. The photographer blurred the background post-production.


Police News UP-TO-DATE

November Nov 29, 2010

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6:43 am A Leons Way resident reported a possible forced entry in progress...


10:07 pm An Apple Tree Hill resident reported receiving a strange text message...


9:10 am A caller reported larceny of copper on Ash Street...


9:48 am A Hayden Rowe Street business called to report a breaking and entering...

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December 4 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. Thecamp 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 or visit  for a registration form.

Pursuant to gubernatorial protocol:


Please be advised that Governor Patrick has ordered that the United States flag and the Commonwealth flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings immediately and until further notice, in honor of Middlesex County Sheriff James V. DiPaola, who died November 26, 2010.


This gubernatorial order applies to:


1.      The main or administration building of each public institution of the Commonwealth, e.g., town and city halls

2.      Other state-owned or state-controlled buildings

3.      All state military installations

Support the Class of 2011 With an Ad For the Marathoner Yearbook


Q. What School Activity is supported solely by donations and sales, presents all of the students in their best light, and is eagerly awaited each Spring?


A. The Marathoner Yearbook!


Businesses who would like to help out with the next edition of Hopkinton High School's Senior Yearbook may download the advertising form HERE. The yearbook staff and other school student volunteers are eager to help design an ad for a business that does not have the time or capabilities.

Parents, students, family members and friends can also place an ad. The form is HERE.

For more information, please contact: Colleen Gianino at


Turkey Bowl 2010

November 28, 2010 — This group of Hopkinton alumni ledd by Craig Sagar, front, right, won their fourth straight Turkey Bowl championship this year. In 2005, they brought the Hiller football team through an undefeated season and a Tri-Valley Championship.

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Chimney Fire

November 27, 2010 — Bright holiday lights were trumped by lights from public safety vehicles, a police cruiser and several fire department vehicles, in the Ravenwood neighborhood Saturday evening. Ashland sent a ladder truck, often called the tower, to assist with a chimney fire on Pendulum Pass just before 9:00 pm. The fire had already been smothered by arriving Hopkinton firefighters, who robbed it of oxygen by shutting the damper at the flue. Photo by Ken Osowski.


Give the Gift of Skating this holiday season! Sign up your child now for youth ice skating or hockey lessons with the Hopkinton Demons youth hockey program. The program focuses on teaching strong skating skills to children 4 years old or older. The 9-week program will give your child the skills needed to become a confident skater and the ability to enjoy hockey, figure skating and/or recreational skating.  The cost is $150 for the 9-week session, plus a $35 registration fee (no fee for children under 6). Lessons are conducted at New England Sports Center in Marlborough. Please email with questions.  The winter session begins January 9th. Register now at

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Wells Maine Police Investigating Apparent Suicide of Middlesex Sheriff James V. DiPaola


The following is the full statement of the Wells, Maine Police Department in the matter of James V. DiPaola's death.


The Wells, Maine Police Department is currently investigating the apparent suicide of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Sheriff James DiPaola.


The Wells Police received a report at 12:28 p.m. of male subject not breathing at Lafayette Resorts, 393 Mile Rd., Wells [Maine]. The subject was discovered when the subject had failed to vacate his room by checkout time, and cleaning staff found the dead bolt lock engaged. The manager opened the door with a pass key and observed a male subject lying on the bed.


The responding officers found a male subject lying on the bed with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. The subject was identified by his official identification as Sheriff James V. DiPaola, 57, of 181 Kimball St., Malden, MA.


Wells Police are being assisted by Maine State Police Detective Division.

The firearm believed to be involved was found in the room, and the subject did leave a multiple page note.

HopNews file photo

Sheriff DiPaola Was Under Investigation

November 27, 2010 — A story in the Boston Globe was the spark that lit the firestorm of outrage over Sheriff James DiPaola's admitted plan to collect his salary from his newly reelected position, as well as a retirement check from the state. It was move a that no one has claimed was illegal, but had many people calling it a loophole, one that Governor Deval Patrick said said in response, must be closed. The Boston Globe pressure was credited by him for his announcing his retirement. Others have filed complaints with the Attorney General's office.


During a FOX 25 Video Investigative Report that followed what they billed as  months of investigation, one alleged former employee claimed that Sheriff DiPaola ran the department like organized crime, with a subordinate asking for donations for the sheriff during a dinner for employees after the sheriff left the table. He claimed the sheriff called home for rides home after he had been drinking and pocketed campaign cash, rather than reporting it as required by law. FOX 25 video from Monday, November 22 report is below:

Cornell's Pub Burglarized - Suspect Arrested Within Hours (Update)


November 27, 2010 — Following the discovery of an illegal entry from the roof, cut communications wires and a missing safe at Cornell's Pub on Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton Police began an investigation just after 9:00 am yesterday that led to the arrest of a suspect less than seven hours later.


Owner Rob Cornell, a former police officer himself, praised the speed with which the Hopkinton Police cracked the case.


A suspect, Steven F Moschini, 31, Clinton Street, was arrested and charged with 2 counts of B&E in the Nighttime for Felony, Malicious Destruction of Property over $250, Larceny Over $250 and Intimidating a Witness.


Hopkinton PD Press Release for Incident 2010-11307

Break & Entry Cornell Restaurant


On Friday 26 November 2010 at approximately 09:10 AM, Hopkinton Police responded to the Cornell Restaurant/Pub for a reported past breaking and entry. It was determined that the suspect had gained entry to the restaurant by means of the roof. The telephone lines and electric meter had been disabled by the suspect. A safe containing the restaurant receipts had been stolen.


The investigation led by Hopkinton police officers and detectives culminated in the arrest of Steven Moschini, 31, of Clinton Street, Hopkinton, Mass. on the following charges:

  1. 2 counts of breaking and Entry in the nighttime to commit a felony

  2. Destruction of Property Over $250

  3. Larceny over $250

  4. Witness Intimidation

Property taken from the restaurant was recovered. Moschini is being held on $20,000 cash bail. He is currently being held at Hopkinton Police and will be arraigned at the Framingham District Court on Monday 29 November 2010.


Assisting Hopkinton Police was Hopkinton Fire Department and Holliston Police.


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