Since 2003 Hopkinton Online PressTM

24 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748 508-435-5534

 Page 1   Page 2   Archives

Click for Hopkinton, Massachusetts Forecast

Updated: March 18, 2013 02:52:30 PM



  "The News Starts Here!"

HopNews: Over 5 million pages read

Updated: March 18, 2013 02:52:30 PM

 Community   Seniors   Police   Letters   HPTA Source White House Registry State House DCR MBTA MWRTA

HHSPressSchoolsTownArchivesDeaths DictionaryGoogleGoogle MapsMBTA 457CNNFOXCBSAOL GamesFree DailyFree Radio TRACK SANTA

Click for Hopkinton, Massachusetts Forecast The weather is always available behind the Wunderground button above.

Please enjoy a reprise of a Clayton Willoughby performance about the weather.


Selectmen's Meeting

Library Project Commended

Selectmen and Legacy Farms agree to agree by Christmas


by Muriel Kramer

December 15, 2010 — Dale Danahy spoke at last night’s meeting to inquire into recent changes that included disbanding the ADA (Americans with Disabilities) Committee without notifying members of the committee; “I found out by overhearing a conversation in the supermarket.” Ms. Danahy followed up by visiting Town Hall and finding out the committee she served on longer existed, and that their responsibilities had indeed been transferred to the Permanent Building Committee (PBC). She then received an email from the Town Manager’s Office later that day informing her of the changes and thanking her for her service. Mr. Khumalo responded that they had in fact attempted to reach the committee through the then Chairman several times not receiving any responses. Ms. Danahy then asked, “Is anyone from the town at large representing the interests of the disabled community in town?” Agreeing that advocating for the disabled community was a priority and hoping to explore how this change happened without most of the committee members knowing about it, Mr. Dourney asked to meet with both Danahy and Khumalo (File photos) in the next week.


Kim Brennan also took the opportunity to speak about her concerns about the initiatives on the horizon from the School Department including the new school at Fruit Street and the plan to district students at the elementary level into three separate k-5 facilities. Ms. Brennan advocated for the Board and the School Committee to more completely share the rational for these changes with the community; the community at large should understand the pros and cons. From Ms. Brennan’s recent letter to Board members, “There were clearly many options that were evaluated in this study (the feasibility study regarding Center School). I think taxpayers would appreciate having the opportunity to review and discuss the rationale behind some of the options that were evaluated.” She concluded her comments and her previous letter similarly, “Whether my children are in a brand new school or an older school that is a piece of our Town’s history, I believe they will succeed not because of the age of the school or the technology in it, but because of the people and teachers they are surrounded by and learn from. I hope that we will set a good example to our children with how we choose to proceed in this important decision.” Ms. Brennan encouraged others with concerns to step forward now and participate in the process leading up to an anticipated Special Town Meeting in March to decide whether to fund a new elementary school at Fruit Street.


Vickie and Jody Lary were on hand to present gifts to the YMCA and the Youth Commission from proceeds raised at a recent fundraiser held in loving memory of their son Tyler who died suddenly five years ago at 14 years old. Their hope is take this difficult loss and turn it into something positive for others focusing on the concept that good physical health leads to good mental health. The “Run Around Hopkinton Marathon Relay Event” held October 3rd generated over $8,000; some of that money is to be used by the YMCA for camp scholarships, some by the Youth Commission in town and some for the skateboard park in town. The Larys hope to make this an annual event in memory of their son and to support organizations that promote healthy activities for young people. The Larys are especially grateful to Hopkinton Police Officer Phil Powers who was instrumental in making this year’s event such a success; “He has been there every step of the way helping organize and work through the red tape; we couldn’t have done this without him.”


Selectman Ben Palleiko gave a detailed update on the Library project. “They have done a lot of work and should be commended.” Palleiko mentioned progress that has been made on transferring ownership of the library and the adjacent property on Church St. to the Town; while there are still issues to be resolved, that transition should be finalized in the next few months. Palleiko highlighted the investment the Trustees have made on the expansion effort having spent over $110, 000 to pursue the expansion and design without coming to the Town for money. The schematic designs for the expansion at its current location are being finalized and an independent cost estimate is also underway to support the grant application. All efforts are aiming at a Special Town meeting in the Fall 2011 to seek funding.


 Senior Moments

One Party Down, More to Come

Police Chief Richard Flannery, his wife Clarissa and their children, Ailin and Mollaigh, chat with seniors Barbara Meisner  (L) and Sheila Babcock.  (R)


Nancy Drawe (Punky)


T’is the season to be jolly, merry, festive, holly, and just plain ol’ happy!    There’s been plenty to be jolly about at the Senior Center this past week.   The center is all decked out in preparation for the holiday, looking pretty special for this Christmas season.


This year, the much awaited Hopkinton Police Association’s annual Christmas Party for Hopkinton’s senior citizens was held at the Senior Center on Saturday, December 11.  Despite the cold weather, the center was packed!  The association started this tradition eight years ago and it has become one of the senior’s favorite events.   This party was sort of an off shoot from the Fishing Derby, starting many years ago.  There happened to be some extra money left over from the derby donations, so Lemon decided it would be great to do something nice for the seniors in town.  His idea was to host a Christmas party, so enlisted the help of off-duty police officers and their families—wives and children of all ages, to help make the night a great success.   Officers Pat O’Brien and Phil Powers are now the organizers of this special night and they did a tremendous job! There’s always a wonderful turkey dinner put on by John Tomasz from TJ’s and lots of great prizes donated by many of the businesses in town.  This year the seniors enjoyed the donations from New View Landscaping and Stonework, Golden Spoon, Weston Nurseries, Barbara Cerutti and Colella’s, to name a few.  There was even a raffle from the Friends of the Seniors, with afghans made by the knitting group and a grand prize, which was a Bose stereo system.  All the officers, their wives and children, served the meal to close to 200 people “a la family style”—everyone was lending a helping hand!  Former police chief Tom Irvin and his wife were also there helping!  The great room was filled with a sea of red and white; everyone was in such a festive mood with their jingle bell earrings and necklaces, Santa hats and Christmas clothing galore.  Pat O’Brien said, “The seniors look forward to this; it’s a time where they can have fun, feel comfortable and relaxed.”   A wonderful time was had by all.   Many, many thanks go out to the Hopkinton Police Department for hosting this wonderful Christmas party every year; they do such an AWESOME job!


Wait, we’re not finished with the holiday parties yet.  On December 22 at 1:00, come join everyone  at the center for a bit of Christmas Cheer.   You’ll have a great time singing along to Christmas songs by the center’s own Senior Center Chorus as well as more holiday songs with musician John Guido.  Light refreshments will be served at this really nice Christmas get together. Please call the center to sign up. 


A reminder—the center will be closed during the week of Christmas from Thursday, December 23 at 2:00 pm and will reopen again on Monday, January 3, 2011.  During this time, the staff will be able to catch up with office work, the volunteers will get a little vacation and it’s the chance for the place to get a good cleaning. 


Next week you’ll get to read my column about special Christmas memories.

Buying? Selling? Call one of our experts. 

Things are starting to Move!!!


  H   O   M   E   S         H   O   M   E   S        H   O   M   E   S         H   O   M   E   S

Latest Library Plan Unveiled

Desire to expand in place in Downtown

Mouse-over image to see overhead view

Photos of conceptual plans by Johnson Roberts Associates Architects

by Robert Falcione

December 14, 2010 — Members of Zoning Advisory Committee, Planning Board, Permanent Building Committee, Design Review, Historical District Commission and Public Library were on hand at the Fire Station Meeting Room for the unveiling of the latest conceptual plan for the Hopkinton Public Library's expansion. The first choice of the Library proponents was to build behind Center School, which the School Department would like to abandon. However, when everyone turned their cards over, the School Department refused to sign off on the plan, explaining that they would likely use Center School as a temporary school while others are built and renovated.

       The design encompasses much of the original building's exterior design, which is made of the Library building and the former St. Paul's Church, but moves the main entrance from Main Street to the new building on the Church Street side and lowers the first floor 3.5 feet. There will be stairways and elevators to the basement and second floors.

        According to speakers this evening, Zoning Enforcement Officer Charles Kadlik has said there is enough parking in the proposed plan on site and on the street for the intended uses proposed.

        Ken Weismantel, Chairman of ZAC, proposed diagonal parking on Main Street and a one-way on Church Street.

        According to Planning Board Chairman Joe Markey, the zoning map that shows part of the library in the business district and part in the residential district could be incorrect.

         Mr. Weismantel said his ZAC group will study the zoning documents and make proposals if changes need approval at Town Meeting.

        The plan at this time is still in the conceptual stage, but was originally priced at $10 million, which is more than the totally new Center School site proposal had been priced at.

         This story uploaded during the meeting and revised at its close.


Superintendent Search Process Underway

Parents and Community Invited to Participate

Dr. John Phelan is retiring after 11 years of service to the Hopkinton School District. The Hopkinton School Committee has engaged the services of the New England School Development Council (NESDEC) to assist them in the search process for a new Superintendent of Schools.
An integral part of the process involves parent and community participation and input. NESDEC will facilitate two community-wide focus groups to gather input about the attributes, experience, and knowledge that the new Superintendent should possess, as well as to identify the immediate tasks and challenges which the new Superintendent should address.
Focus group sessions are designed to last approximately 60 - 90 minutes.  Parents and community members are invited to attend a focus group session on either:

  • Wednesday, 1/5/11 in the High School Cafeteria from 7:00 - 9:00 pm

    • snow date Wednesday, 1/19/11, same time and location; or

  • Monday, 1/10/11 at the Hopkinton Senior Center from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    • snow date Monday, 1/24/11, same time and location.

To better accommodate all schedules, both a morning and an evening session have been scheduled. The Hopkinton School Committee and NESDEC strongly urge parents and community members to participate.

 Veterinarians Get Naked for Calendar

Margo Roman Leads effort to raise scholarship money

December 13, 2010 — Dr. Margo Roman, DMV,  of M.A.S.H. Animal Services of Hopkinton has led the way in the production of a "Calendar Girls" type of black and white calendar presentation for 2011 that features naked vets and their favorite pets. Incidentally, the nakedness is strongly inferred, but never revealed, as in the photo on the cover, above.

      Dr. Roman switched her practice several years ago from the strict administering of drugs to one of integrated medicine for animals. The calendar is made up of vets who practice different specialties, and honors the 250-year anniversary of veterinary medicine.

      The video below features a live clothed Dr. Roman as well as some of the calendar's pages where the models wear nothing but their skin. The places to get the calendar are mentioned and listed in the video below.



Police News UP-TO-DATE

November December 13, 2010

Click above for full report


10:14 am Sergeant Joseph Bennett and Officers Patrick O’Brien and John Moran investigated the report of a man in the women’s rest room with a camera at a South Street location...


7:00 am A caller reported a motor vehicle accident on Pond Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded once he was finished assisting with another accident. En route, Officer Buckley himself became stuck on the icy roads...


6:21 am A caller reported her son stuck in the road on the hill coming down West Main Street...


9:18 pm A walk-in to the station reported that a man was lying on the side of Main Street..


9:12 am All hands were on deck for a report of natural gas odor at Center School...

Remember to Click on any ad to see more.


"Together, we CAN do it!" 

HS Boosters Sports Fundraiser

7:00 pm February 12, 2011

Hopkinton Country Club



A "Hiller Pride" banner on display at a recent alumni football game represents the positive impact of high school sports on kids and adults alike.  


This Valentine's Day weekend while Pitchers and Catchers report to Ft. Myers for the opening of spring training, Hopkinton Hiller Boosters can report to Hopkinton Country Club for a casual night of dancing, sports-themed foods and even "big" games on TV. It's all to help the Boosters hit another homerun for Hopkinton athletics facilities. The Boosters Club is kicking off a fundraising campaign to make improvements to athletics fields 2 and 5 and need the support of the community.

So, solve the "what are we going to do" Valentine's weekend question, take the safe drive to the gorgeous Hopkinton Country Club, and help improve our sports facilities for our athletes and fans. The cost is $165 per couple, with a tax-deductible $100 donation going directly to projects from your ticket purchase (receipts will be available).

Contact Joy Donohue, c/o Hopkinton High School Athletic Boosters at  or at (508) 435-1278 for more information.  Sign up/donation forms also will be available at the high school Boosters store or through the web site, .

Hopkinton resident William Oldach earns All-ISL honorable mention for Rivers football



WESTON, MA – This week Hopkinton resident William Oldach, a junior at The Rivers School, was awarded an Independent School League all-league honorable mention for football. This fall he helped lead Rivers to an undefeated regular season (8-0) and its first-ever ISL championship.

Trooper Struck on Detail in Woburn


Decembe 13, 2010A Massachusetts state trooper has been taken to Lahey Clinic with potential minor injuries, and a Tewskbury man has been transported to Massachusetts General Hospital with what are believed to be minor injuries, after the 21-year-old civilian allegedly drove into a road construction setup where the trooper was working a detail. The trooper was in his cruiser when it was struck by the other man's car at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Route 93 southbound in Woburn.


The trooper's 2008 Crown Victoria marked cruiser and the Tewksbury man's 2005 Lincoln LS sedan both incurred significant damage in the crash. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. Two lanes of the highway remain closed to accommodate the ongoing investigation.


Police are not releasing the name of either victim at this time.


Massachusetts State Police to Flood Roads with Extra Patrols

  Two More Sobriety Checkpoints Planned for This Week


Massachusetts State Police will deploy saturation patrols – extra patrols flooding a specific geographic area – and two more sobriety checkpoints on separate nights this week. The extra deployments will supplement regular patrols that State Police roll around the clock on three daily shifts.


Targeted enforcement operations are deployed on many nights throughout the year; nonetheless, the upcoming operations come on the heels of a tragic weekend on Massachusetts roads. State Police responded to numerous crashes that caused fatal or serious injuries with different suspected contributing factors, including impairment, failure to wear a seatbelt, and wrong-way operation.


“Any single fatality on our roads is one too many, but the fact that we responded to several fatalities this weekend is profoundly sad,” said Colonel Marian J. McGovern, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police (File photo). “Our thoughts are with the families who lost loved ones, and our determination to interdict impaired, aggressive and reckless drivers is unwavering.”


On the night of Thursday, Dec. 16, State Police will roll approximately 15 additional patrols in the greater Worcester area, located within Troop C. The patrols will be on alert for impaired, aggressive and distracted drivers. The next night, Friday, Dec. 17, State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Suffolk County in Troop H. On Saturday, Dec. 18, the sobriety checkpoint will be held in Essex County in Troop A.


The saturation patrols and the checkpoints run from the late night into the early morning of the next day. The extra patrols and checkpoints are funded by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grants administered through the state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.


In all, NHTSA grants will fund a total of 328 State Police saturation patrols during an upcoming three-week “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest” enforcement campaign. The extra patrols on the road during that campaign, which will run from Dec. 16 through Jan. 2, will target impaired and reckless drivers.


So far this year, Massachusetts State Police have made 4,314 arrests for operating under the influence. That number includes arrests made at sobriety checkpoints and by saturation patrols, as well as arrests made by regular patrols out of the barracks.


The State Police deployed two sobriety checkpoints this past weekend. On the night of Friday, Dec. 10 into the next morning, state troopers, with the assistance of local police, arrested 14 impaired drivers at a checkpoint in Lowell. Troopers also made one other misdemeanor arrest and cited 96 drivers for various motor vehicle infractions. The following night, Dec. 11, into the next morning, state troopers and local police arrested seven impaired drivers at a checkpoint in North Attleboro. Police charged four other people with misdemeanor offenses and wrote 68 motor vehicle citations.


State Police have deployed 81 sobriety checkpoints thus far this year, and 10 additional saturation patrol events.


This past weekend, State Police field troopers and specialty units responded to numerous serious crashes, including fatal crashes in Walpole, Longmeadow, Fall River, Revere, Millis and Andover.


The Andover crash killed Cynthia Ray, 30, of Bradford, who was struck yesterday afternoon by an impaired driver as she was walking to her car outside the State Police Barracks on Route 125. State Police assigned to the Andover Barracks apprehended ROBERT BRYANT, 50, of Bradford, and charged him with motor vehicle homicide, operating under the influence of liquor, and related charges.


In Millis, the State Police Underwater Recovery Team was called yesterday afternoon to the Charles River, where a submerged pickup truck was found near the Dover Road bridge. State Police divers recovered the body of the driver. Evidence suggests he had driven into the river several hours earlier.


On Saturday, troopers responded to Route 91 in Longmeadow, where a northbound driver entered the highway’s southbound side. The resulting two-car head-on crash killed the 29-year-old Connecticut woman who was going the wrong way and the 63-year-old Springfield man who was driving the car she hit. Also Saturday, a 20-year-old Wilmington woman was killed on Route 95 in Walpole when she lost control of her car, rolled over, and was ejected. Evidence suggests she was not wearing a seatbelt. Another rollover ejection on Saturday, this one on Route 24 in Fall River, killed a 16-year-old Westport boy. Witnesses to that crash told State Police the road was icy, but the definitive cause of that crash remains the subject of an ongoing investigation, as do the cause of the Walpole crash and the reason why the Longmeadow driver entered the wrong side of the highway.


Another crash with an ejection occurred Saturday on Route 24 in Brockton. The driver, an adult woman, was seriously injured, as were two children in the car. Also Saturday, the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section responded to a crash that took the life of a pedestrian on Route 60 in Revere, and a crash that caused serious injuries to a teenaged pedestrian in East Longmeadow.


Colonel McGovern warned motorists not to drive after drinking. “The holiday season provides numerous opportunities to consume alcohol,” she said. “We urge motorists not to get behind a wheel if they have been drinking. Be forewarned that we will be out in enhanced numbers looking for any signs of impairment or erratic operation.”


Colonel McGovern also urged drivers and passengers alike to wear seatbelts, and reminded operators that any behaviors that can cause a distraction, including texting, put the offending driver and surrounding motorists in danger.


“The act of driving should not be a secondary activity to other things you want to do in the car,” she said.

Buying? Selling? Call one of our experts. 

Things are starting to Move!!!


  H   O   M   E   S         H   O   M   E   S        H   O   M   E   S         H   O   M   E   S


No Elvis at This Blue Christmas


People needing understanding, comfort and fellowship in this holiday season, people feeling a bit "blue" because of an unhappy event in their lives, are invited to a service at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 61 Wood Street, Hopkinton on December 19 at 6:00 pm.


Leaders at St. Paul's acknowledge that some Christmas's are blue for many people and want to provide a place of understanding and solace for those who are not in the usually festive spirit of the season.


The reflective service, which will take place in the sanctuary of the church, will involve readings, music, candle lighting, and at times, silence.

File photo © Robert Falcione


Bradford Woman Killed by Drunk Driver Outside Andover State Police Barracks


December 13, 2010 — A 30-year-old Bradford woman, Cynthia Ray, who was struck by an impaired driver outside the State Police Barracks in Andover at 3:05 pm yesterday has passed away from her injuries at Massachusetts General Hospital. Charges against ROBERT BRYANT, 50, of Bradford, the driver whom State Police allege was drunk when he struck the woman as she walked to her car after visiting the barracks, will be upgraded to motor vehicle homicide.


BRYANT has not posted the $50,000 cash bail set by a bail clerk following his arrest, while the victim was still alive. As of right now, State Police are seeking to have that bail amended in light of the new circumstances of the victim's death and the upgraded charges. BRADFORD, who tried to flee the scene in his pickup truck and was arrested about 150 yards down the road by Trooper Edward Troy, will be arraigned today in the Lawrence District Court.

Editor's HopNews Video Picks from 2010

Features, News, Events and shameless plugs from 2010

Mouse-over an image to view its title

Buying? Selling? Call one of our experts. 

Things are starting to Move!!!


  H   O   M   E   S         H   O   M   E   S        H   O   M   E   S         H   O   M   E   S

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for by Robert Falcione © 2010 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from November 30, 2010 - December 12, 2010



Price Date Seller
151 Hayden Rowe Street Water Fresh Farm LLC $520,000 Dec 9, 2010 Phillip J Todaro, Donna Todaro
11 Elm Street Michael John Ricitelli $225,000 Dec 6, 2010 Jennifer L Miller, Jennifer L Georgelis
Oakhurst Road (parcel) Jacob W Jackson $230,000 Dec 6, 2010 Marjorie Spencer Nominee Trust. Holly A Campbell, Tr.
37 Pinecrest Veillage Yiqun Hu $188,000 Dec 1, 2010 Christopher Wickson, Andrea M Wickson
19 Nanzeen Cir Unit A#4 Donfrancis Eddakkalathur $422,500 Dec 1, 2010

Ahmed Mirajuddin TR,

Peppercorn Village Realty Trust,

29 Nanzeen Cir Unit c#5 Xapkat Rozy, Mubarek Abliz $186,900 Dec 1, 2010

Ahmed Mirajuddin TR,

Peppercorn Village Realty Trust

Last Week        
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


MLK Day of Service


    Back by popular demand – the MLK Day of Giving Back Blood Drive!  This year’s drive is sponsored by the beFree Project and the American Red Cross, and will be held January 17th from 10 am to 3pm in the Doyle Gym of the Middle School.  The goal is 90 pints - up from the 68 collected last year - more staff and time slots will be available!

    Donors aged sixteen years old are welcome but must have a parental permission slip.  All donors will receive a free pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee.  To make an appointment, go to, or call Anne Schneider at 508-272-3190.


Fatal Crash in Walpole

     At 3:18 Saturday morning troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Foxboro responded to a two-car fatal crash in Walpole.

     Preliminary investigation by Trooper Jason Morse indicates that a 2004 Toyota Camry, operated by Ashley Valente, 20, of Wilmington, was traveling on Route 95 northbound when it struck the rear of a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica also traveling northbound. The Toyota then went out of control, traveled off the roadway, rolled over and struck a tree. Valente, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene.

     A passenger, Kayla Tolentino, 20, of Boston, was injured in the crash and transported to hospital by the Norwood Fire Department.

     The Chrysler was being operated by Russell Agrusa, 57, of Westwood, who was not injured.  A passenger, Paula Agrusa, 53, of Westwood, was also not injured.

     The facts and circumstances of the crash remain under investigation by Troop H 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 Norwood Fire Departments and Massachusetts Department of Transportation Highway Division.

Double Fatal Crash on Route 91 Longmeadow

      Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Springfield responded to a two-car crash in Longmeadow at 5:13 Saturday morning that resulted in the deaths of both drivers. 

       Preliminary investigation by Trooper Daniel Kelly indicates that a 2008 Hyundai Elantra, operated by Bridget Morawski, 29, of Enfield, Conn., was traveling the wrong way on Route 91, going north on the southbound side. The Hyundai collided with a 2006 Cadillac operated by a 63-year-old Springfield man. Both operators were pronounced deceased at the scene.  

       The facts and circumstances of the crash, including how the Elantra got onto the wrong side of the highway, remain under investigation by Troop B 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 Longmeadow Police and Fire Departments and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Highway Division.

       During the rescue response and crash investigation and cleanup, Route 91 was closed for approximately four hours.

       No further information is available at this time. Please do not call the barracks directly.

16-year-old Westport Boy Ejected, Dies

     Saturday morning at 8:40 troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Middleboro responded to a single-car crash in Fall River in which the driver was ejected and killed. 

      Preliminary investigation by Trooper Timothy Hunt indicates that a 1982 AMC Jeep Wrangler was traveling on Route 24 northbound when the operator lost control of the vehicle, which rolled over. The driver, a 16-year-old Westport boy, was ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene. At the time of the crash, the roadway was icy.    

      The facts and circumstances of the crash remain under investigation by Troop D 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 Fall River Police and Fire Departments and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Highway Division.


* Although one of the ejected operators is said not to have been wearing a seatbelt, that issue is not addressed above in the death of the other ejected driver. Law enforcement officials have often stated that a person wearing a seatbelt cannot get ejected. Oftentimes, ejected drivers and passengers are run over by the vehicle they are ejected from, or run over by drivers behind them, something that is left out of most accounts of these violent tragedies. Seat belts are smart, life-saving devices — and required by law. ~ Editor

Remember to Click on any ad to see more.


On Your Mark...

December 12, 2010 — Anna MacDonald is not really trying to hide the 16 pound steel ball she is about to throw at Saturday's track event, but shows great form and determination even from this angle.

Bird City

December 11, 2010 — Hopkinton Reservoir was teeming with water fowl this afternoon as scores of birds — Canada geese, mallards, gulls and mergansers — were abound. The shot above, with the merganser in the foreground,  and featuring other fowl at the water's edge in the background, is a composite. The late hour in the day, the movement of the birds, the distance from the camera, the length of the telephoto lens, and the variable focal distances of the two subjects made it impossible to get both subject matters in focus in one image, even at 1600 ISO. The merganser was one of a group of three that dove under the water nearly non-stop for about ten seconds at a time.


Fly... High... Free... Bird, (yeah)

December 11, 2010 — A seagull is not usually the first choice in the imagination of songwriters, but their ancient beauty is remarkable nonetheless. This creature flew from the opposite shore to see if the photographer was offering any food today at Hopkinton Reservoir. The photographer would not feed the wildlife there, and especially not with park supervisor Richard Trubiano 100' away.

Senior Feast by the Police

December 11, 2010 — The Hopkinton Police Patrolmen's Association and friends volunteered to feed 160 senior citizens at the Hopkinton Senior Center this afternoon as part of their yearly get together. Above, Police Chaplain Fr. Paul Clifford of St. John the Evangelist Church opens the ceremonies. To his right, respectively are Patrolman Pat O'Brien and Patrolman Phil Powers.

Buying? Selling? Call one of our experts. 

Things are starting to Move!!!


  H   O   M   E   S         H   O   M   E   S        H   O   M   E   S         H   O   M   E   S

Early Birds

December 12, 2010 — Ben Lewis, center, his brother Dan, right, and a friend hit the ice at Ice House Pond on Friday afternoon for the first freeze of the season. The title is a bit misleading, as Ben, a former HHS goalie, skates all year long.

Cornerstone Academy Troops Program

December 11, 2010 — The spirit of giving is alive and well at Northborough's Cornerstone Academy this holiday season! Students have been collecting items to send to our troops overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. The program was coordinated by Cornerstone parent Don LaCoy and Eddie Bombard of the Vincent F. Picard American Legion Post 234 of Northborough. Socks, peanut butter, magazines and more are piled high in the school’s lobby awaiting shipment! Office Depot, Wal-Mart and Stop and Shop all contributed donations to the program. The students have put together 25 boxes, complete with letters of thanks and appreciation to our servicemen and servicewomen with hopes of their arrival during the holiday season. This effort is one of many in which Cornerstone Academy students participate to help their community.

To Photographic Images Class of 2011

Senior Portrait Clients

    Get our thank you gift to you this holiday season: All of your finished, retouched portraits for your use electronically on facebook, are now on our brand new PhotoImages facebook page.

    Go there to download and upload to your page. If you see your friends there, please tell them. Become a fan and get updates and specials!

    And if you "Like" the page, you can post comments.

Santa at Weston Nurseries, Saturday and Sunday




Left, Abby Tarka, 4.5 years-old, opens her heart to Santa at Weston Nurseries last  Sunday afternoon, where they offer free photos to all who share the moment.


Hopkinton's Dick Brault*, the Legion Post 202 Chaplain and a Marine Corps veteran is special friends with Santa and has been able to get him to come to Hopkinton for several years.

     Santa will be there 10:00 to 11:30 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm. December 11th and 12th.


*The friend of Santa was misidentified previously.

Remember to Click on any ad to see more.


Zen Bungalow Hosts Business Lunch

December 10, 2010 — Financial expert Janice Bogasky gestures during her "elevator speech" to a dozen fellow business people who also introduced themselves in the same way. She is flanked by Al Morel and Anne Pouch, both web designers.

       The meeting was held at Jack Speranza's Zen Bungalow. His space is above 15 Main Street, where he has set up a shared space for professionals who do not need a 24/7 office, but would like a place away from home, and a place to network and meet clients.

        Thomas Lanen of Thomas Boston, a marketing firm, was the keynote speaker who told stories of his marketing successes and the marketing successes of others to a captive audience at the bungalow this afternoon.




Board of Health Proposes Changes in Private Well Regulations


December 10, 2010 — The Hopkinton Board of Health has written a document, after several revisions, that proposes to the public changes in their regulations of wells. The document can be read here in full.

Buying? Selling? Call one of our experts. 

Things are starting to Move!!!


  H   O   M   E   S         H   O   M   E   S        H   O   M   E   S         H   O   M   E   S

Pretend Cop Helps Cause Accident


by Robert Falcione

December 9, 2010 — When the different stories were put together following this accident, it appeared that a well-meaning driver, who was stopped in traffic heading west on Main Street, motioned to a driver leaving Meserve Street (Next Gen Day Care) to go in front of her to turn left and head east, because the line of sight there is zero, and everyone needs a helping hand at that ridiculous intersection. Everyone heading west on Main Street turns into a self-appointed traffic deputy to rescue people coming out of Meserve Street, who would otherwise languish in their vehicles for several hours without the self-sworn cop.

     In the meantime, a two-car accident had just occurred on West Main heading east up the hill, and an officer was directing traffic through that intersection a hundred feet away. He advanced a vehicle toward the east.


    The trusting driver at Meserve Street had crossed through the gap in the stopped lane of traffic over the hash marks intended for that purpose, entered the travel lane to turn left and head east, but collided with the vehicle that had been advanced by the real traffic officer.

     A few minutes prior to that, another driver on Main Street heading toward the west decided to be a traffic cop from behind her wheel at the Pleasant Street intersection and stopped to let those vehicles enter Main Street, causing this photographer to have to wait for the driver's good deed to play out before advancing toward the accident scene. It happened in a similar fashion a few days ago. I don't get it.

     As I drove slowly down a main road, the driver in front of me stopped randomly to let people on a side street enter the main road. Really! I don't know her, and she doesn't know me, or the endless line of cars that she decided to befriend, ever so fleetingly, for a split second each. They entered her I-love-you-better-than-the-guy-behind-me zone. It is right next to the I'm-going-to-do-this-because-I-am-nicer-than-everyone-else-on-the-road zone.

     Of course, I became very unhappy to be scorned by the driver in front of me; she choosing total strangers over me, who had been driving behind her for hundreds of feet. Feeling rejected and unworthy, and as the last car entered the main road in front of her, I expressed my pain by utilizing the warning device that came as standard equipment with my vehicle.


      She gestured to me in a way that made me think, "Ah, yes, you think I am number one, too!" We both felt better.

      I suppose if there were a moral to this story it would be:

      "Don't direct traffic from the front seat of your vehicle."

      And, leave your zone at home.

Friday, December 10th
4 - 7 PM 
Wine Values

The Class of 2013 is sponsoring a Giving Tree this holiday season at Hopkinton High School

Movie Night: Friday December 17th  8pm showing of Grown Ups.

The Giving Tree is located in the front foyer of the high school. Anyone is welcomed to take an ornament and buy the item listed on that ornament. Unwrapped gifts may be dropped off at the tree or with Ms. Diane Welch at the High School Auditorium. All donations will be going to Project Just Because.

Pictured: Class of 2013 officers Connor Zanini, President Tyler Mikulis, Treasurer, Aidan Connolly, Vice President, Karissa Collins, Secretary

The Class of 2013 is also sponsoring a Movie Night: Friday December 17th  8pm showing of Grown Ups.  Admission is a minimum of 2 canned goods to benefit Project Just Because.

Caliper Life Sciences of Hopkinton to Acquire

Cambridge Research & Instrumentation

- Adds Proprietary Multiplexed In Vivo and Tissue Imaging Technology to Caliper’s Leading Portfolio of Drug Discovery, Imaging and Diagnostics Solutions -


HOPKINTON, Mass. & WOBURN, Mass, December 9, 2010 -- Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: CALP), a leading provider of products and services for drug discovery research, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Cambridge Research & Instrumentation, Inc. (CRi) for approximately $20.0 million, including net debt. CRi’s patented preclinical and tissue-based multiplexed analysis systems will expand Caliper’s life sciences tools portfolio, particularly as it bridges into clinical research, pathology and clinical market applications. Under the agreement, in exchange for all of CRi’s outstanding equity securities, Caliper will issue common stock valued at approximately $10.5 million, pay cash of approximately $7.5 million, and assume CRi indebtedness of approximately $2.0 million. CRi’s revenues are expected to be approximately $12.0 million in 2010 and the technology should deliver a 20%+ growth rate upon reconfiguration and integration into Caliper’s portfolio and operations. Ultimately, Caliper’s entry into the emerging digital and multiplexed pathology market segment has the potential to deliver a substantially greater growth profile.


"CRi’s advanced platforms add an important new dimension of capability to our suite of next-generation life science tools,

 and positions Caliper to further address biomarker discovery and companion diagnostics solutions for personalized medicine development programs," said Kevin Hrusovsky (File photo, left), President and CEO of Caliper Life Sciences. "This acquisition extends the reach of Caliper's proprietary offerings along the in vitro to in vivo bridge by filling the gap in tissue analysis platforms. Similar to the approach we used in our successful commercialization of other disruptive technologies such as microfluidic LabChips and whole animal optical imaging systems, we see an opportunity to leverage CRi’s advanced multiplex technology towards unmet needs in a rapidly changing market, in this case the billion-dollar tissue imaging and digital pathology clinical research market. With CRi’s technologies in our toolkit, we will be able to offer a more comprehensive suite of tools and services to address the important emerging trend toward personalized medicine." (See video of Mr. Hrusovsky.)


Caliper will host a conference call to discuss the transaction tomorrow, Friday, December 10, at 9:00 am EST. To participate in the call, please dial 866.788.0540 five to ten minutes prior to the call and use the participant passcode of 36383597. International callers can access the call by dialing 857.350.1678 and using the same passcode.


A live webcast of the call can be accessed at  or on the Caliper website at  in the Events section of the Investor Relations page .


Webcast and telephone replays of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the completion of the call. To access a recording of the proceeding from December 10 to December 17, dial 888.286.8010 and use the participant passcode of 70910616. International callers can access the playback by dialing 617.801.6888 and using the same participant passcode.


Letter to the Editor:

Encouraging More Transparency in Process; More Dialogue about Fruit Street School,

Center School, and Redistricting

Dear Editor,

I am writing in response to the recent letter, “Why Retiring the Center School is the Best Option”.  I have been a resident in Hopkinton for over 25 years and am a graduate of HHS.  I currently have children enrolled at Center and Hopkins and third child who will enter Kindergarten in 2012.  It is very likely that if the final approval for full design and construction of the new school is approved in March at the Special Town meeting, two of my children would reap the benefits of a brand new school.  The reason for this letter is to seek clarification and ask that more detailed information be shared with taxpayers before voting on such an important issue (specifically the decision to fund a new school AND the plan to redistrict if the new school is approved).


After reviewing the minutes of the Hopkinton Elementary School Building Committee meetings it is apparent that a tremendous amount of time and energy has been put into the recommendation to build a new school on Fruit Street.  I appreciate the effort that each member has made and do not take their participation for granted.  This letter serves to ask for more sound rationale with regards to this proposal.  As I read through the two page summary there were many things that did not sit well with me, given the scope of the project and the impact that this change would have on the taxpayers of Hopkinton. 


After reading the letter, my first thought was that in May of 2008, voters only authorized the funds to conduct the feasibility study (not build a new school).  I was never under the impression that the vote I cast in support of funding a study would now be used to persuade citizens that one option from this study must now be acted on.  There were clearly many options that were evaluated in this study.  I think taxpayers would appreciate having the opportunity to review and discuss the rationale behind some of the options that were evaluated.  For example, the matrix of options that is referenced in the May 10, 2010 minutes may be useful to examine the options that were presented (C-1, C-2, E-4, H-1, H-2, H-3, H-4 are options that are referred to, but details are not available).  It seems that with so many different options, a better approach to generating consensus around this issue may have been to share the two or three most viable options and the pros and cons to each of these options.  By only presenting one option, it appears as though not much is up for discussion.  I do realize that garnering support around such a monumental Town issue is a tremendous task, but to have things narrowed down so significantly does not seem to give citizens much of an option on how they wish to spend their tax dollars, nor does it allow them the opportunity to see the findings that were used to bring us to this point.


As I read further in this letter, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) standards that are referenced made me wonder how many schools there are in the Commonwealth that meet MSBA standards or fall under those standards.  This excerpt from the letter illustrates how the MSBA standards are represented, “The library is also grossly undersized at 816 square feet versus the MSBA standard for an elementary school of 3100 square feet”.  This led me to believe that the MSBA standards are those that a town should be looking to achieve in their school buildings in order to have a competitive and successful educational program.  I contacted the MSBA myself to learn a bit more about the MSBA and how important their standards are to the success of our schools. 


For those who are not aware, a brief history on the MSBA, as stated on their website; (PLEASE READ FU LL LETTER by Kim Brennan)

Remember to Click on any ad to see more.



All content on this site and linked pages within this domain and affiliate domains are ©2009 Hopkinton News and may not reproduced in any form without written permission. Learn more.