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UPDATE: Santa has delivered all of his presents.


Help Find Santa

It appears that Santa might have gotten a false start this evening.

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Please enjoy this reprise of the cartoon above by Hopkinton artist Ashley TM Jackson.

Deer Stolen from Memorial Area at TLC

"Nothing Can Dim My Spirit! ~ Trish Miller

$100 Reward*

Above, three deer figures photographed on December 12, 2010, following the tree lighting at TLC on Wood Street are now missing.

December 23, 2010 — "I have experienced a terrible loss this week," said The Learning Center of Hopkinton owner Trish Miller today.  "Three deer were stolen from Janie Wyman's memorial area this past weekend.

        "That area was dedicated to a very special person who was a great teacher, administrator and a friend. I hope whoever took them is ashamed. The kids are very upset. They said 'Santa won't give them anything'," as they met with Santa this afternoon.

        "Nothing can dim my spirit," said the usually ebullient Trish Miller. [NOTE: As always, double-click any word for its meaning].

*Leading to identity of thief/thieves.

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Out in Force

December 23, 2010 — Today was a busy day for Hopkinton Police as they made traffic stops and performed other duties non-stop all over town. Above, Officer David Shane chastises a motorist for an alleged moving violation.

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Starry, Starry Gazebo

December 23, 2010 — In what might look like a double-exposure at first glance, this flash photograph of the Veterans Memorial Gazebo during a light snow last evening, lends a space-like quality to the image.

Weather the  Story

Road conditions the sequel

December 23, 2010 — A storm passing through the area yesterday created deceptively slippery conditions that caused many outcomes like the one above, early this morning on Lumber Street.


Norton 45, Hopkinton 21

December 23, 2010 — Hopkinton wresters fell to Norton last night 45-21.

The Mellowtones

Holiday Songs at the Hopkinton Senior Center


December 23, 2010 — Featuring senior citizens from Hopkinton and surrounding towns, the Mellowtones pulled out holiday favorites, one after another, from their bag of musical tricks yesterday at the Hopkinton Senior  Center. And like frosting on a cake, Janis McIntyre's fudge, created from her late mother Sadie Drapeau's recipe, was heavenly. Above is a few minutes of the performance that brought familiar, classic holiday music to a very appreciative audience. You may want to listen more than once. This HopNews HD video at 1080p, as with most HopNews HD videos, can be viewed in full screen with no loss of quality.

Board of Selectmen Amends Host Community Agreement with Legacy Farms

"The document has given us clarity" — Roy MacDowell, Jr.

Legacy hopes for occupants by summer, 2012

by Muriel Kramer

December 22, 2010 — The Board of Selectmen unanimously agreed to amend the Host Community Agreement with Legacy Farms at a meeting tonight. The amendment allows for changes to the rental component of the development as requested by Roy MacDowell for Legacy Farms. According to Town Counsel Ray Miyares, the amendment secures the fundamental characteristics of the project, mitigates for adverse impacts, contains off-setting benefits for the Town and guards against unexpected changes in the future.

Reviewing the changes before the selectmen voted, Miyares outlined that the parties have agreed that there will be a new housing matrix; the new matrix assigns value to each unit within the development rather than to the larger development components. Only the types of housing units that are detailed in the matrix will be allowed, and the new agreement more specifically controls the number of bedrooms. Roy MacDowell added, “What Ray [Miyares] and Judi [Barrett] have done with the matrix is masterful; we won’t have to come back time and again. The document has given us clarity.”

The amendment also contains a provision whereby Legacy Farms has agreed to make a negotiated payment to offset negative revenue impacts once the rental component is built and occupied if in fact other more revenue positive components have not come on-line in time to help offset those costs; the overriding focus of the agreement is to ensure that the development at Legacy Farms is always revenue positive for Hopkinton no matter how the component pieces are phased in and constructed.

Additionally, the agreement addresses the concern that there will no longer be affordable three-bedroom rental units in the project— an identified priority needs area for housing in Hopkinton; Legacy Farms has agreed to make a onetime contribution to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund of $47,000 to mitigate for that adjustment. Further, it has been decided that a previously negotiated intersection improvement project at Main, West Main and Wood Streets is no longer desirable. The effort was estimated to cost $5,000; rather than make the change at the intersection, Legacy Farms will now instead contribute the $5,000 towards funding future pedestrian improvements in town.

The new amendment also addresses the fact that Legacy Farms has not yet filed a formal notice to proceed as detailed in the OSMUD zoning passed by Town Meeting and thereby waive its development rights under the underlying zoning which would allow for conventional housing development. Once the amendment to the Host Community Agreement is signed the developer will have 180 days to file formal notice or file for site plan approval with the Planning Board; filing with the Planning Board would extend that deadline through the period until the Planning Board acts on the filing and the appeals period then expires.

The Board and Legacy Farms representatives stayed after the meeting tonight to make final corrections to the document and sign it before leaving Town Hall.

If all goes well, MacDowell hopes to have shovels in the ground by late summer 2011 and new residents occupying rental units by late summer 2012. (File photo from left Ray Miyares, Roy MacDowell )

Yoga, Healthy It Is

December 22, 2010 — Yoga Instructor Mary Green demonstrates an exercise for the 60 or so students in Middle School Gym today, one of two groups of students who elected to take the class, one group from Mrs. Santos' class and one from Ms. Pinto's.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

6:00 PM

Grace United Methodist Church

61 Wood Street, Hopkinton


Jennifer Chickering is a US2 Missionary currently serving in a two year assignment at the Cookson Hills Center, Cookson

Hills, Oklahoma. Come and hear her story: where she works, how she serves, whose lives she touches, and what she

has discovered about Christianity and herself in the process.

This event is free and includes a potluck supper. The public is welcome to attend. Please bring some food to share.

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NEW! Hopkinton Public Schools Drug and Alcohol Tip Line
  < Now in Row Near Top

      The Hopkinton Public Schools would like to inform all parents, guardians and students about the availability of a new Tip Line that will help the schools and police to address drug and underage alcohol use. This Tip Line is monitored 24 hours a day by the School Resource Officer. All calls go directly to him.

      The line does not provide Caller ID information but the caller’s phone number will appear and be deleted. Calls will be kept in strict confidence, but callers may leave their names if they request further discussion with the School Resource Officer, Phil Powers (File photo).

 This Tip Line does not replace 911 and is not intended for medical or life threatening emergencies.

 For more information, please contact Officer Phil Powers at 508-497-9820  X 1004 or email

Hopkinton 67, Holliston 46

December 21, 2010 —This Barrett Hanlon goes under and around the Holliston defender at Hopkinton Tuesday night.


Senior Moments

A Few of My Favorite Things


by Nancy Drawe

December 12, 2010 — Jingle Bells, Joy to the World, Silent Night and Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly!  During this Christmas season, the Senior Center itself is all decked out in preparation for the holiday. Winter greeneries drape the mantel over the fireplace, candy canes fill the dish on the front desk, a beautiful poinsettia sits on the table in the lobby and there’s even a brightly decorated tree sitting in front of the window.   Make sure you check out the Thrift Shop, it’s filled with all kinds of Christmas items for sale (at half price now) that will make great gifts.   Everyone at the Center in such a festive mood; there’s jingle bell earrings and necklaces, Santa hats and Christmas clothing galore.   How wonderful it is to believe in the magic of Christmas!


Just the other day, I was thinking of all the fun Christmas’ I had when I was a kid and thought, “How nice it would be to hear other peoples favorite holiday memories.”  What a better place to go than the senior center!  Some of the people there have 25-30 more years of Christmas memories than I do!   I would like to share the responses I got from got my question, “Do you have a favorite holiday memory?”  


When Joan Dwyer and her twin sister were about four years old, they each got a hand made doll cradle for Christmas.  Joan said it was the best gift she ever got!  


Doris Carver’s best memory was when her first son Philip was about three years old, he wasn’t afraid of Santa like the other kids were.  When Philip first saw Santa Claus in person, he was so excited that he ran up and hugged him!


Betty Davis got a Shirley Temple doll when she was six years old.  “It was the best present ever, I was so proud of that doll!” said Betty.


“I was 20 yrs old and in the Marines in 1945 at Christmastime,” said WWII veteran John Cahill.  “When we dropped the atomic bomb on Japan, I was so happy that I didn’t have to go in and invade, all I had to do was occupation duty then.   That’s my favorite Christmas memory.”


TT Rollover in Hopkinton

December 21, 2010 — Massachusetts State Police remain on-scene of a tractor-trailer rollover on the ramp between Route 495 southbound to Route 90 in Hopkinton. The 2007 Freightliner tractor owned by Western Express Inc. of Nashville, Tenn., is off to the side of the roadway; the ramp is fully open and the plan is to keep it open throughout the evening commute. Following the rush hour, we anticipate closing a lane to upright the vehicle. The driver, Archie Moore, 38, of Philadelphia was transported to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester with possible minor injuries. The trailer is loaded with 46,000 pounds of bottled water. Preliminary investigation indicates the driver was traveling at a speed greater than reasonable and will likely be cited for that violation. No further information is available at this time.

Planning Board Appoints Finley Perry to Design Review Board

December 20, 2010 — Builder Finley Perry was appointed as an alternate member of the Design Review Board, which is made up of seven members: two alternate members, Chairman of the Planning Board or its designee, a person trained in the or experienced in fine arts or landscape design, one person doing business in town, or a citizen at large, one person qualified by training or experience in the art of design professionals, and one member of the Historic District Commission or designee of the Planning Board.

        Mr. Perry is the former Chairman of the Land Use Study Committee that was instrumental in posturing the town to not exercising its Chapter 61A option to purchase the 920 acres of former Weston Nurseries land that had received tax breaks for years under that statute.


Police News UP-TO-DATE

November December 20, 2010

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1:00 am Officer Jacob Campbell spoke with two individuals ice skating off of West Main Street...


7:25 am Several calls came in about a deer stuck on the ice at the State Park...


9:53 pm Officer Peter Booth checked on a vehicle on Parkwood Drive and issued 3 narcotics violations.


8:24 am Officer David Shane took a report from a Hayden Rowe Street resident who came into the station to report

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State Police and FBI Nab Alleged Bank Robber Before the Robbery


December 20, 2010 — Massachusetts State Police troopers and FBI agents assigned to the Bank Robbery/Violent Crimes Task Force and local police this morning arrested a Wakefield man who allegedly was planning to rob the Cambridge Trust Bank. A State Trooper and a Somerville police detective tackled the suspect and took him into custody after a brief struggle as he walked up to the bank shortly before 11 a.m. GOWELL had been under surveillance for several days after troopers, agents and officers developed information about him.


The suspect is identified as PAUL GOWELL, 53, of Wakefield. He was booked at the Cambridge Police Department on a charge of attempted bank robbery. At the time of GOWELL’s arrest, he was wearing a baseball cap, hoodie and gloves. Troopers, agents and officers who had him under surveillance this morning had watched him change into those clothes after he parked behind the bank on a side street. After changing his clothes, GOWELL walked toward the bank. As he got outside the bank’s main entrance, he put on a mask covering his face, and was immediately tacked by the trooper and detective. Police found a small trash bag in a pouch on his hoodie.


The Bank Robbery Task Force is investigating whether GOWELL is connected to several other bank robberies that occurred in nearby towns. That investigation is active.

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Hopkinton High School offers Adult Chinese Course


Hopkinton, MA – December 20, 2010 — Hopkinton High School will be offering a unique opportunity to learn one of society’s critical languages through a 10 week adult Chinese course beginning in January. This course will be taught by Jiling Pan, a Chinese exchange teacher working at Hopkinton High School, and will focus on understanding and speaking basic Chinese words and phrases that would be helpful when traveling in China or building foundational knowledge of the Chinese language for future study. Photo reprinted from HHSPress story.


The course will be held on Monday evenings from 7pm – 9pm at Hopkinton High School. It will start on Monday, January 10th and continue through the end of March. The fee for the course is $65 and includes a textbook and CD’s that the participants can use to practice on their own. The course is open to all residents of Hopkinton and teachers in the Hopkinton Public Schools.


If you are interested in participating, please email Leslie Moothart in the high school main office at or call her at 508-497-9820. If you have any questions about the course, please contact the high school principal Alyson Geary at


About the instructor: Jiling Pan is participating in the Teachers of Critical Languages Program under the direction of the American Councils for Education. She was chosen as one of 15 exchange teachers from China for this program out of hundreds of applicants. Ms. Pan is from Pingxiang, China and graduated from Jiangxi Normal University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Currently she teaches English at Pingxiang High School (3,000 students and 297 teachers), a key school in Jiangxi Province. Ms. Pan is married with one daughter, and her hobbies are reading and listening to music. Her goals for participating in the Teachers of Critical Languages Program are to pass on friendship, peace and knowledge; to pass on China’s outstanding cultural traditions; and to deepen mutual understanding between peoples of both countries. You can read more about the Teachers of Critical Languages program at   Photo by Kayla Sullivan


If you would like more information about this topic, or would like to schedule an interview with teacher Jiling Pan or principal Alyson Geary, please contact Alyson Geary, at 508.497.9820.

Happy Birthday, Teacher Mrs. Cornell; and a Great Performance by Jesse Fontaine 

December 20, 2010 — The first part of the video was dozens of amateurs singing Happy Birthday at Cornell's Pub to Mary Cornell, who reached a milestone (39?) birthday There were no professionals involved in singing that song. But then piano teacher and crooner Jesse Fontaine, accompanied by guitarist Mike Finneron, sang and played favorites of all times to the friends, family and patrons of Mary and Rob Cornell.


Large Quantity of Donations Stolen From Toys for Tots Storage Container


December 19, 2010 — Massachusetts State Police and Burlington Police are investigating the theft early yesterday morning of a large quantity of toys from a storage container holding donations to the Toys for Tots program. The toys were stored in a POD container at a Burlington facility and were awaiting sorting and distribution to charities that serve families in need.


Evidence suggests the toys were stolen between 2:30-6 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18. The stolen toys were in a POD holding donations from a nearby community. Police found signs of forced enry into the locked POD, with evidence suggesting that a tool or other implement was used. A Toys for Tots program coordinator, who discovered the theft, estimates that approximately 1,500 toys, with a total value of about $15,000, were taken. Preliminary investigation suggests the suspect or suspects sorted through the toys in the POD and only took toys roughly valued at $15-$30 each and for children ages 8 and up.


A second POD, containing toys collected from donors by the State Police, showed signs of an attempted but unsuccessful burglary. The PODs were stored outside a warehouse facility in a well-lit lot. Both  PODS have been secured and will be processed for potential physical evidence by State and Burlington Police.


This holiday season marked the 26th year in which the Massachusetts State Police have assisted the United States Marine Corps in collecting toys in the state. The donated toys and cash donations are distributed to area non-profits and churches who provide them to needy families whose children might otherwise not have holiday gifts.

"This is not just a crime against the PODs company or the Massachusetts State Police or the United States Marine Corps or even the administrators of this wonderful program who have worked so hard to collect these toys," said Colonel Marian J. McGovern, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police. "More importantly, this is a despicable crime against the generous people who donated these toys and against the hundreds of children in need who would have received these gifts and who now will not. The State Police and the Burlington Police will do everything we can to find who did this and try to recover these toys."  File photo.


The Toys for Tots program donation period technically concluded Friday, Dec. 17. Program organizers say because of the time it takes to collect, sort and distribute toys to area charities, and for the charities to then distribute them to families, even new donations in the coming week to replace the stolen toys may not make it to families by Christmas. Still, donations would be gratefully accepted and may be brought to any State Police Barracks. Monetary donations in the form of checks made payable to Toys for Tots may also be dropped off.


Anyone with any information about the theft or who has suspicions about a sudden presence of a large quantity of toys is asked is asked to contact Burlington Police Department at (781) 270-1914 or Massachusetts State Police at (508) 820-2121.

Ye Olde Gazebo

December 19, 2010 — Hat to the back, woolen cap, shirts outside the pants and hoodies are all evidence that this faux sepia-toned image is modern. It was photographed today.

Milestone at Cornell's

December 19, 2010 — Mary Cornell walked into a packed Cornell's Pub this afternoon to the refrain of "Happy Birthday" from relatives, friends and patrons. When asked, "How old are you now?" Mrs. Cornell, a teacher, replied that she just turned 39.  Above, she laughs with a friend.

Carol D. Spengler, 70

HOPKINTON - Carol D. Spengler, 70, died December 18, 2010 after a six year courageous battle with Breast cancer. She was the wife of David S. Spengler, to whom she was married for 36 years.  Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Lois (Hollely) Dodson. 


She graduated as valedictorian of the Hopkinton High School class of 1958. She was also a 1962 graduate of Barnard College, as a religion major. She also studied the organ in New York City with Seth Bingham at Julliard.  She worked as a music teacher in the Hopkinton Public School system where she directed many high school musical productions.  She also taught at Fay School, where she was head of the lower school.  She was a founding member of the Hopkinton Chamber Orchestra and served as organist at both the Hopkinton Congregational and St. Paul's Episcopal Churches. She was involved with the Healing Garden in Harvard, MA for Breast Cancer survivors.


In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter Christine Graham Taylor of Hopkinton and her brothers Peter Dodson and his wife Deborah Tabor of Wellesley, and Bruce Dodson and his wife Nancy of CT.  She also leaves many nieces and nephews.


A Eucharistic service will be held Thursday, December 23, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 61 Wood St, Hopkinton.  Burial will follow at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton.  Calling hours are Wednesday, December 22, 2010 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church St.

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Donations may be made to Dana Farber C.S., 10 Brookline Place, Brookline, MA 02445 or St. Paul's Organ Fund, 61 Wood Street, Hopkinton, MA  01748.


Enter Stage Left Theater Auditions!

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Directed by Paul Champlin

Monday, December 27 and Monday, January 3
7:00 p.m. - by appointment if you cannot make either audition

Appointments must occur between the two audition dates


Performances March 25, 26, April 1, 2
Rehearsals will take place Monday and Thursday evenings,

some Fridays - Roles for 4 women and 13 men
$50 participation fee for those cast


St. John the Evangelist Volunteer Appreciation Night 2005 



Hear and see Mary Scarlata-Rowe, Carol Cheney and Bernadette Keane sing like angels

in this reprise of a fun and funny performance by three very talented performers.

 And kudos to the fantastic drummer and keyboard player who are off-camera.

December 18, 2010 — Mary Scarlata-Rowe, Carol Cheney and Bernadette Keane sing like angels during this reprise of a 2005 St. John's Appreciation Night that was thrown for volunteers. The video/audio sync got a little corrupted during the original rendering process, but be assured, these angels are signing live.

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Walking... After Daylight

December 18, 2010 — Hopkinton Common, which is overseen by the Parks and Recreation Department, has a new set of lights along the interior walkways. The colorful horizontal streaks and the ghostly vehicle were intentionally created by the photographer who waited for vehicles to pass the focal plane while the camera's shutter was open for a long fifth of a second. 

Carol (Dodson) Spengler, 70

HOPKINTON - Carol (Dodson) Spengler, 70, died Saturday, December 18, 2010 in Boston.  Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home (, are incomplete at this time. 

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December 18, 2010 — John Daley not only got a great Christmas tree behind Colella's this afternoon, but a great shot of this hawk at the perimeter of the parking lot.

Made for Speed

December 18, 2010 — Evan Tetreault gets this Christmas tree secure for a customer at Angel's Garden Center today. Although this tree is pointing in the right direction for minimum drag, unlike this evergreen, a deciduous tree's leaves need protection when transporting over 35 mph.


Cat Wants to go Home


I am a pretty female indoor cat who was at the Golden Pond area Wednesday night when someone took me with them because I was cold. I am in their home now, and they have tried to reunite me with my regular home.



Please call Robert at 508-435-5534 and he will tell you where I am.

Draft School Dept. Budget Increase of $871,885

by Heather Kelley

December 17, 2010 — At Thursday night’s meeting of the School Committee, Superintendent Jack Phelan presented a preliminary FY12 budget to the members.  A significant challenge to this year’s budget, Phelan said, was making up a $700,00 hole left by outside sources of funding received last year but not available this year.  While attempting to fill that hole with cuts totaling $580,688 in expenses (including $368,103 from special education, $92,227 from building and grounds, and $55,298 from the central office), it was not enough to level the gap left from, among other things, $421,333 in increased contractual obligations.  Of special interest to parents of rising Kindergartners is the need to make up $134,267 due to less revenue from the Full Day Kindergarten program.  Due to lack of sufficient classroom space at Center School because of increased student enrollments, the school department is projecting to only be able to offer 2 classrooms of full-day Kindergarten in FY12, down from 4 this year.  All told, there is an increase of $720,479 in payroll increases, and $151,406 in expense increases, resulting in a draft budget that weighs in at $33,189,883 (up $871,885, or 2.7%, from FY 11).  This budget, Phelan said, maintains reasonable class sizes, maintains special education services, and introduces no new fees.  The slide presentation of the budget will be available on the school website on Friday, Phelan said.


Committee Member Jean Bertschmann presented a draft schedule of forums, office hours, and tours for the residents in town to attend to learn more about the proposed new elementary school.  Bertschmann noted that she tried to have one opportunity available each week, starting in January.  The schedule will be available in January on the School Committee website.  “We want people to have informed trust,” said Phelan.  The thick binder containing the Feasibility Study will be made available; another reporter noted that a CD containing the Study is available at Action Copy for $5.  Phelan suggested purchasing several copies of the CD and having them available at the library for interested readers.  “The whole educational program plan is in there,” Phelan said.


The preliminary budget for the Fruit Street school has come in at $37.9 million.  “That number represents the number for final design and construction of the school,” noted Phelan.  Unlike the old process, where the final dollar amount came out in separate chunks of the design and then the construction, this new procedure can seem more expensive as compared to projects done under the old system, said Bertschmann.  Owner’s Project Manager Brian Main commented that since schematic designs were completed first, the budget was more likely to be accurate.


The School Committee voted to request to retain Main as the Owner’s Project Manager for the duration of the school building project.  Normally, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) would expect Hopkinton to hire a firm to fill this position, which serves as a liaison with the architects and the construction firm, and generally oversees the project.  However, Member Troy Mick gave three compelling reasons for keeping Main in the role.  First, he said, “Brian has very unique knowledge of this town and this project.”  Mick added that Main has “a proven track record and history,” and he has the further advantage of “the ability to start soon.”  Committee Chair Rebecca Robak recited a list of town projects with which Brian has been involved, including the High School and the Police Station.  Even with hiring one full time and one part time assistant to manage the work load, Members Robak and Bertschmann both pointed out that retaining Main in the position would cost $650,000 instead of paying a firm an estimated $1 million.  The  MSBA will need to approve this decision.


The Committee also voted to use Construction Management at Risk as the project delivery method.  In this model, a Construction Management at Risk firm is hired to direct the project, with the Owner’s Project Manager serving as the liaison and the owner’s representative.  Main said that using this model offers a “guaranteed maximum price” for the project.  If project costs run over budget, the financial risk is borne by the hired firm.  However, any cost savings will be passed on to the town. While this model does come with an initially higher price tag, the Committee believes that the benefits outweigh this, and that the additional cost can potentially be made back.  The MSBA offers an additional percentage point reimbursement when towns use this model.  Additionally, according to Main, industry-wide it is thought that this model enables projects to “get a better quality contractor.”  Member Mick reiterated this point, additionally noting that better firms have been known to not bid on projects not using the Construction Management at Risk model.  The Elementary School Building Committee had also voted to support using this model.


Former Shirley Town Administrator Indicted On Wiretap Violations

Accused of placing device above stall in women's bathroom in Shirley Town Hall


            SHIRLEY– The former Town Administrator for the Town of Shirley has been indicted on charges of wiretap violations, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.

             Kyle Keady, 46, of Shirley was indicted by a Middlesex Grand Jury on charges of breaking and entering (4 counts), larceny under $250, illegal recording, illegal possession of an interception device (7 counts), wiretap violations (5 counts), and video recording a person in a state of nudity (10 counts).

             An arraignment date has not yet been set.  

             According to authorities, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office was informed of possible illegal recording/wiretap violations committed by the defendant at the Shirley Town Hall. On June 14, at approximately 4:35 pm, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office executed a search warrant at the Shirley Town Hall, specifically at the defendant’s office.

            The investigation revealed that the defendant was illegally recording conversations and taking illegal photographs of other town employees by using recording devices that included video cameras and a baby monitor. These devices were hidden in pens and a plant in various offices and rooms in Town Hall. Authorities also discovered that the defendant had taken a pen that contained a video camera and hid it in the ceiling directly above a bathroom stall in the women’s bathroom in Town Hall.

            The defendant was arrested at his home on the evening of June 14. He was arraigned the following day in Ayer District Court where Judge Peter Kilmartin ordered the defendant to be held on $2500 cash bail with the condition that he stays away from Town Hall and has no contact with victims or witnesses.

            These charges are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

            The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Doug Nagengast.  The Victim Witness Advocate assigned to the case is Katie Keefe.

Former TSA Employee Arraigned On Child Pornography Charges


LOWELL – A former TSA employee has been arraigned on child pornography charges, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.

 Andrew Cheever, 33, of Lowell, was arraigned today in Lowell District Court on the charge of possession of child pornography (2 counts). Judge James Barretto held the defendant on $15,000 cash bail with the conditions that he has no contact with children under the age of 18, no employment or volunteer work with children under the age of 18, and does not use the computer and/or internet.

 His next court date is January 13, 2011 for a pretrial conference.

 According to authorities, on October 8, Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force conducted an investigation into the use of file-sharing programs for the possession and distribution of child pornographic images and videos.  During the investigation, investigators observed a computer on the network which was sharing suspected child pornography files. Investigators were able to connect to the host computer and view multiple files of child pornography that were being made available to share.

 On October 15, a search warrant was executed at the defendant’s home, where the suspected computer was registered.  As a result of the search warrant, multiple computers, hard drives and multiple pieces of external digital media were confiscated from the defendant’s home. An onsite preview of the computer and two external hard drives confirmed that the defendant was storing over ten thousand child pornographic videos and images in multiple folders.  

The defendant was arrested at his home and transported to the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Andover where he was booked and held pending his arraignment today.

            These charges are allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

            The Assistant District Attorney is Gina Kwon.



Friday, December 17th
4 - 7 PM 
"Gifts & Parties" Wine Tasting

 From HHSPress

Economic Woes Impact College Decisions

By Kellie Lodge
Now more then ever, high school seniors preparing for college are giving more thought to the high cost of tuition.  This new found focus on cost is due primarily to the poor economy, which is expected to continue for the next few years.  As a result, students’ decisions about college and their future goals have become more complicated


The number of applications to state schools have increased tremendously over the past couple of years.  There are many reasons students apply to state schools, but one reason is cost.  Kristen Boissonneault, a senior at Hopkinton High School, said, “I’m applying to a state school as a back up in case the other schools financial packages aren’t as promising.”  Students are trying to save money on tuition costs, and since it costs less to go to an in-state school it makes state colleges and universities more appealing.  Travel also becomes an issue due to the high cost of traveling to and from school for holidays when selecting a school far from home.


The volume of applications have caused many state schools to be able to be more competitive in selecting students. The standards and reputations of some state and community colleges have not yet caught up with the level of rigor and competitiveness of the admission processes at private schools.  The legislature and governor have committed to improving the quality and support of the Massachusetts higher education system.  Framingham State or Worcester State, for example, tend to be viewed as easier colleges to get into, but this has dramatically changed due to the economy and the increase in number of applications.


In the College Hopes and Worries Survey by Princeton Review, nine out of ten respondents said that financial aid will be necessary in order to attend college.  Even though Hopkinton is considered to be a more affluent community, “The attendance at our recent Financial Aid Night was way up; we ran out of handouts,” stated Ms. Greco, the guidance director at Hopkinton High School.


Even with the increase in applicants for financial aid, schools try to keep college as affordable as possible. Colleges with large endowments are using them to keep their accepted students from having to borrow exorbitant amounts over their four years attending the college.


According to the College Hopes and Worries survey, 67% of students claimed that the economy has affected their decision about applying to or attending college.  ”I think that parents and students are having realistic conversations now about the cost of attendance and how much debt to reasonably account for undergraduate study,” said Ms. Greco.  The final decision of where they will attend college is often also determined by comparing the aid packages that students receive from the college they have applied to.  Also, students are pursuing scholarships available to them more seriously than before.


Although Hopkinton High students are not receiving more academic or athletic scholarships, the competition for them has increased.  State colleges and community colleges are easier to handle financially, and well worth it to those who may struggle through the hardships due to the economy.  Ms. Greco believes, “Where there is a will, there is a way.”

     Reprinted with permission from Hopkinton High School Press. Button always near top of page.HHSPress

Rollover in Needham — Unbelted Driver Ejected, Dies


December 15, 2010 — Today at 4:05 p.m., troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Framingham responded to a single-vehicle rollover on Route 128 southbound, south of exit 19 in Needham. The unbelted driver was ejected and suffered fatal injuries.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Robert Farraro indicates that a 1997 Ford Explorer was traveling southbound in the far left lane when the vehicle veered to the right and struck the guardrail adjacent to the breakdown lane. The vehicle then rolled over, ejecting the driver.


The driver, Matthew M. Cox, 33, of Westwood was transported to Beth Israel Glover Hospital in Needham, where he was pronounced deceased.


The investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the crash is being conducted by Troop H of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.


State Police were also assisted at the scene by the Needham Fire Department and the Highway Division of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.


During the crash investigation, two lanes were allowed south on Route 128 and the remaining traffic was diverted off at Highland Avenue and allowed back on at Great Plain Avenue. The scene took approximately three hours to clear.

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As a Lead State, Massachusetts to Receive Over $600,000 Plus Restitution for Affected Consumers


BOSTON – Attorney General Martha Coakley (File photo) and the Attorneys General of 48 other states have reached a settlement with DirecTV, Inc. resolving allegations that the satellite television provider engaged in unfair and deceptive marketing and advertising practices.  DirecTV has agreed to pay the states a total of $13.25 million.  DirecTV also agreed to pay restitution to consumers and to alter its business practices in the future to ensure that consumers have clear disclosures of all material terms of their contracts. Of the $13.25 million payment to the states, Massachusetts, one of the eight states leading the multistate investigation, will receive $605,000. 


“When choosing a telecommunications provider, consumers should be able to trust that the company is providing all pertinent information upfront,” said AG Coakley. “This settlement requires that DirecTV’s marketing provides consumers with all of the necessary information so that consumers can make informed choices.”


Over 800 customers have complained to the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office since 2007 of various unfair practices by the satellite provider, including that DirecTV: did not clearly disclose limitations on getting a certain price; enrolled consumers in additional contracts or contract terms without clearly disclosing the terms to the consumer, on occasions such as at the time of replacing defective equipment, and then charged early cancellation fees when the consumer discontinued service; did not clearly disclose to consumers that they would automatically renew a seasonal sports package; and promised “cash back” to consumers as part of a promotion but then actually provided bill credits to the consumer.   AG Coakley noted these allegations in a complaint filed in Massachusetts Superior Court today, and also alleged that DirecTV had run advertisements which failed to clearly and conspicuously disclose terms of its offers.


As the Attorney General’s Office has received consumer complaints it has brought them to the attention of DirecTV, which has represented that it has taken steps in the great majority of cases to rectify the problem.


Under the terms of today’s settlement,  DIRECTV is required to modify its business practices. In addition to clearly disclosing all material terms to consumers, DirecTV will be required to replace leased equipment that is defective at no cost except shipping costs, clearly disclose when a consumer is entering into a contract, clearly notify consumers before a consumer is obligated to pay for a seasonal sports package, and clearly notify consumers that they will be charged a cancellation or equipment fee at least 10 days before charging the fee.  In addition, DirecTV may not require consumers to enter into an additional contract when simply replacing defective equipment; and may not represent that a consumer will get cash back if the consumer will actually get a bill credit.


DirecTV customers in Massachusetts who have complaints may be eligible for restitution as part of this settlement if:


·     The complaint reflects conduct that occurred after January 1, 2007, related to issues addressed in the settlement, and if the customer has previously filed a complaint with DirecTV or with the Attorney General which has yet to be resolved. OR if the consumer files a complaint with DirecTV or the Attorney General’s Office no later than May 16, 2011. 


For information on filing a complaint against DirecTV with the Attorney General’s Office, consumers can visit the Attorney General’s website at or call AG Coakley’s Consumer Complaint Hotline at (617) 727-8400


Consumers can send claims for restitution directly to DirecTV by calling 1-800-DIRECTV, or visiting the DirecTV website, at .


Joining Massachusetts in today’s settlement are; the Attorneys General of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and the District of Columbia


The case was handled for Massachusetts by Assistant Attorney General David W. Monahan, Deputy Chief of Attorney General Coakley’s Consumer Protection Division.

Wendell V. Rice "Windy", 92


Wendell V. Rice "Windy", 92, of Spring Hill, Florida passed away Sunday, December 12, 2010 at home peacefully. He was born in Hopkinton, Massachusetts where he grew up and moved to Florida in 1987. He spent summers and fall at "The Camp" in Warwick, Ma. He was the husband of the late Muriel Rice.

He was raised in the Baptist Faith. Wendell was a United States Army WWII veteran. He was a welder and a plumber and worked for several companies in Massachusetts. He was a member of Woodville Rod and Gun Club, The Elks
in Orange, Massachusetts and Brooksville, Florida and Post 172 American Legion in Orange, Massachusetts. Wendell had a love for the outdoors and hunting.

He is survived by his son, Dale Rice of Orange, MA; four grandchildren, Jason Rice of Petersham, MA, Robert Rice of NY, NY, Jennifer and Marcus Harden of Orange,MA and Daniel Bickford-Rice of Rutland,Vermont; one great grandson, Remington Harden of Orange,MA; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 from 4- 7 pm at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. A service will take place in the funeral home on Wednesday at 10:00a.m.
followed by burial in the Evergreen Cemetery in Woodville.


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