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 State Police Confirm Evidence in 1995 Cold-Case - Seek to Solve Double-Murder with Public's Help *


(Framingham Headquarters) January 20, 2011 - Massachusetts State Police and New Britain, Conn., Police today announced that DNA tests confirm that two unidentified homicide victims, found days apart more than 15 years ago, are biologically related, and are probably a mother and daughter. Police appealed to the public for help in identifying the two victims.


The younger victim, believed to have been 17-20 years old, was found Sept. 28, 1995, wrapped in two sleeping bags, behind a shopping plaza in New Britain. Eight days later, on Oct. 6, 1995, the second, older victim, believed to have been in her 30s or 40s, was found at the entrance to the Tolland State Forest in Tolland, Mass. Both victims had suffered gunshot wounds to their heads and both deaths were ruled homicides.


Subsequent investigation by Massachusetts State Police detectives determined that a jersey worn by the elder victim had sold in one of three stores in New York state's Capital Region. Further investigation of a tax stamp on a cigarette pack in the victim's possession linked the cigarette pack to the same region, which encompasses greater Albany. Furthermore, forensic isotope testing of the victims' hair produced a list of geographic regions where they possibly had lived or spent time; one of those regions was upstate New York.


Initial DNA testing allowed for the possibility that the victims were related. Advanced DNA testing, including analysis of both nuclear and mitochondrial DNA, ultimately confirmed that the victims were biologically related.


The Tolland victim was in her 30s or 40s, 5'2" to 5'5" tall, and weighing approximately 120-130 lbs. She wore prescription glasses with maroon or red frames. This victim also had partial upper and lower dentures. At the time of her death, she was wearing size 7 1/2 dark-colored Passport shoes, size 8 P Bill Blass jeans, and a Trends brand pullover sweatshirt with a distinctive red and black pattern in color blocks over a yellow or tan primary color. The victim was also wearing four rings, a gold-colored Sergio Valente wristwatch and drop pendant earrings.


Anyone with information about the homicides or the victims is urged to contact the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit for Hampden County at 413-747-4810 or the Massachusetts State Police Russell Barracks at 413-862-3312. Particularly, any family who may have lost contact with two relatives who may have been in upstate New York, Massachusetts, or Connecticut 15 years ago are urged to call.

*Check back later for artists' renderings of victims

MLK Day 2011 Revisited 

See a short video of Monday's MLK Day events, above. (The YouTube upload corrupted the audio/video sync, as the reader will see).







The School Committee is conducting a public information forum to provide information regarding the Elementary School Building Project, facilitate tours of Center School, and answer questions from the public.


Monday, January 31, 2011, 7:00 pm,

Center School Cafeteria

MSP Investigates Discovery of Body in Revere

January 19, 2011 - Massachusetts State Police units are currently on-scene of a body discovered partially buried in snow behind the South Bath House on Revere Beach Boulevard. The body was discovered by a passerby at approximately 8:30 a.m. Troopers from the State Police Barracks in Revere have secured the area and are awaiting arrival of the State Police Crime Scene Services Section and the State Police Detective Unit for Suffolk County. No further information is available at this time regarding gender or approximate age of the body.

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Milford Police Arrest Milford Man for Armed Robbery of Pizza Delivery Man


(Milford, MA.) January 19, 2011 - Milford Police arrested Frank H. Lopez Jr. age 20 of 20 Colonial Road, Apt #10 in Milford for Armed Robbery while being masked. On Tuesday January 18, 2011 at 6:41 pm police responded to call that a Domino’s Pizza Delivery man was robbed and assaulted on Vine Street by a male subject described possibly of Hispanic descent and a stocky built. He was also reported to have a black firearm and was wearing dark clothing including a hoodie with a ski mask. The victim reported to police that the suspect demanded money from him and pointed a gun at him. The victim and suspect got into a scuffle and the suspect hit the victim across the face with the gun causing injuries to the victim who then ran away from the scene. The victim was treated for his injuries by medical personnel.


Milford Police Detectives investigated throughout the night and arrested the suspect and have charged him for the robbery. He is charged with the following crimes:

  1. Assault and Battery

  2. Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (Handgun)

  3. Robbery, Armed and Masked

  4. Possession of a Firearm

  5. Carrying a Firearm without FID

The suspect was held overnight on bail and set for arraignment in Milford District Court for Wednesday morning 01/19/2011.

Press Release, MPD.

A Way of Giving Back

A group of runners from the Hopkinton HS Track team went into Boston to run with a group that supports the homeless.  Back on My Feet promotes self-sufficiency by engaging homeless populations in running.  The boys brought in donations of cold weather running gear and cash.  New running sneakers were also donated by PR Running and the Hopkinton HS Freshman Boys Basketball team.  We were warmly welcomed as a community of runners and participated in a short training run down Boylston St. with about a dozen other participants.

      Student participants:  Brendan Driscoll, Nick Giordano, Tim Bolick, Evan Rosen, Josh Batte, Kyle Driscoll

      Chaperones:  Margaret Driscoll, Paul Bolick

The Ice Fishing Derby sponsored by the Woodville Rod & Gun Club has been postponed to February 26, 2011.

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Lowell City Employee Indicted For Allegedly Illegally Taking Ownership Of 87 Year-Old Neighbor’s Home


            LOWELL– A Lowell building inspector has been indicted on charges of larceny and obtaining a signature under false pretenses for allegedly misleading an 87 year-old neighbor into signing her residential property to him, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.


            David St. Hilaire, 53, of Lowell, was indicted by a Middlesex Grand Jury on charges of Larceny Over $250 From an Elderly Person and Obtaining a Signature by False Pretenses.


            An arraignment date has not yet been set.


            “This defendant is alleged to have illegally coerced a vulnerable elderly victim into signing her sole major financial asset over to him while she was recovering from surgery and on medication,” District Attorney Leone said. “We allege that this defendant deliberately took advantage of an innocent and debilitated victim. The fact that he was employed as a city official at the time is troubling. The elderly are the most deserving population and our office is dedicated to ensuring that they are protected.”


            According to authorities, the victim and the defendant were neighbors. On prior occasions, the defendant had made efforts to purchase the victim’s home, but was those efforts were unsuccessful. The victim, an elderly widow with no children, had written a will intending to leave her inheritance to a friend who had taken care of her for many years.  Following the friend’s death, the victim signed another will leaving her home and other property to her friend’s daughter, who had taken over her mother’s role of caring for the victim.  


            In July, 2010, the victim entered a nursing home for rehabilitation following surgery to treat a broken hip.  The defendant visited the victim in the nursing home several times. On July 26, 2010 it is alleged that the defendant arrived at the nursing home with one of his co-workers as a witness, as well as a notary public.  The defendant approached the victim, who had been asleep and medicated with narcotic painkillers.  When she opened her eyes, he handed her a paper and pen and pointed to an area for her to sign.  After she signed, it is alleged that the defendant had the signature notarized immediately in the hallway of the nursing home.  It subsequently came to the attention of her medical proxy that the victim had signed a “Quitclaim deed” for her home.


            The terms of that deed granted her home to the defendant in exchange for two mortgage agreements of approximately $50,000 and $42,000 to be paid over 15 years.  However, the mortgage agreement, which was drafted by the defendant, stated that the agreement would be discharged either upon final payment or upon the death of the mortgagee.  The day after the agreement was signed, the defendant mailed the victim two checks for approximately $775 to the victim’s home address, though the victim was still being treated at the nursing home.  The checks were never deposited.  On July 31, 2010, the victim slipped into a coma, and on August 12, 2010, less than three weeks after the agreement was signed, the victim passed away.  Based on the terms of the agreement the defendant had drafted, the mortgages were discharged following the victim’s death, and St. Hilaire claimed ownership of the property without having paid a dollar.

Weston Nurseries Expands to Chelmsford

Hopkinton, MA–Weston Nurseries, Inc., announced that they will be opening a second Garden Center in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, this coming spring. They will open officially on March 1st, 2011, followed by a grand opening event on April 16th.


Located at 160 Pine Hill Road, the facility includes 7,000 square feet of indoor shopping space offering a full selection of lawn and garden products, decorative gifts, and indoor plants; 2.5 acres of outdoor shopping space and parking offering a full selection of high quality trees, shrubs, perennials and edible plants; and a 5000 square foot state-of-the-art greenhouse for growing and selling premium seasonal plants.


Says Peter Mezitt, President, “We feel this site gives us the perfect opportunity to expand. We will offer homeowners and trade professionals in the greater Chelmsford area the same services our Hopkinton customers have grown to expect: outstanding plants, personalized sales help, landscape design and installation services, order delivery, bulk delivery of mulch and soils, and the best horticultural advice available.”


For eighty-eight years, first in Weston and then in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, Weston Nurseries has been known for exceptional plants, including their own introductions of azaleas and rhododendrons. Weston Nurseries combines premium plants with professional design advice, sound horticultural information, and reliable service to help customers beautify their landscapes, enhance their lifestyles, and increase the value of their homes. Visit their website at for more information on their plants, products, and services.

Gigantic Snowflakes

January 18, 2011 — Like ash falling from a distant fire, these huge snowflakes floated to the ground for several minutes this afternoon.


Brendan O’Regan Resigns as Director of Hopkinton Public Works*




Last week Brendan O’Regan submitted and I have accepted his resignation from his position as Director of Public Works effective February 9, 2011. Mr. O’Regan has accepted a new position in the private sector closer to his home and family.  In the short and productive period he has been with the town, Mr. O’Regan ably oversaw the completion of the Fruit Street Force Main project and several public works regulations. The Town greatly benefited from the intellectual rigor and attention to detail he brought to the work of the public works department. I will miss Brendan’s candor, love for the “DPW team” and smile. I wish him the best as he returns to the private sector.

   Norman Khumalo, Town Manager

     *Editor: HopNews readers first learned of this on Town Talk last week.


All lanes of the Mass Turnpike have been closed westbound at the 82.6 mile marker, in Charlton, for a jack-knifed Tractor-Trailer.


No information is available yet regarding injuries and resources are currently enroute to remove the vehicle from the roadway.


Commuters and travelers can expect significant delays and are encouraged to seek alternative routes of travel .

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Can't Find My Way Home

Route 85 / Lincoln Street area


Apparently, going out of doors during a blizzard (How was I to know? It was the first one I'd ever seen.) is not a good idea.


It was a ridiculous move on my part, as I don't even like going out in warm weather.


Well, as you could guess, I experienced my first white-out, too, and you took me in when I ended up at your home scratching at your door and meowing. But my cat sense is taking over now, and while I appreciate your neighborly hospitality, and all of the great table scraps, I know my family misses me to the point of distraction. They are crying now, and need me home. Please call 508-435-8776 and let them know Kempo wants to come home.

Oh, The Heights We Can Grow” Gala

Saturday February 5, 2011, 6:00 p.m.,

Lake View Pavilion, Foxboro, Mass.


January 18, 2011 – The Hopkinton Education Foundation plans to dazzle guests at its major fundraising event on Saturday February 5, 2011 with top comedy, auctions and grant showcases.


This year’s event, themed “Oh, The Heights We Can Grow,” will kick off with Last Comic Standing comedian Gary Gulman (Photo), who has appeared on HBO and The Tonight Show.


Throughout the night, gala guests will have a chance to win an array of prizes such as Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots and Bruins tickets; get-aways to Disney, Phoenix, Cape Cod and Maine; unique experiences like a celebrity golf outing, a Foxwoods casino night and an I-Que backyard barbeque; and much more. Guests will be able to test their skill at Black Jack, Texas Hold ‘Em, Craps and Roulette. A gourmet dinner, and an education grant showcase by Hopkinton teacher Beth St. George, will also be part of the night.


This annual event raises awareness and funds for the Hopkinton Education Foundation's mission of advancing innovation in Hopkinton schools.


Gala sponsors include Hallmark Sotheby’s International Realty, Hopkinton Wine & Spirits, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Lexus of Northborough, and Sunnyside Gardens. Corporate sponsors include EMC Corporation, Middlesex Savings Bank, Phipps Insurance, Ryan Financial, The Richmond Group, and Hopkinton Wine & Spirits. For ticket information contact Jodi Furlong, 508.435.4225,


About the Hopkinton Education Foundation

The Education Foundation provides funding, ideas, professional development and other resources to educators so they can promote innovation that motivates students to become lifelong learners. It accomplishes this by partnering with Hopkinton Public School staff in their efforts to obtain and implement ideas that encourage excellence through creative learning. It also partners with businesses, individuals, and other organizations for funding that will promote awareness of the Education Foundation’s mission, vision, goals, and successes.

Democrats to Host School Q&A


The Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee invites all Hopkinton residents to meet with Rebecca Robak, School Committee Chairwoman, and Richard deMont, School Committee member on Saturday Janaury 29, 2011 at 10:00 am to discuss the new school project.  There will be a presentation and time for questions and answers.   The meeting will take place at the Hopkinton Fire Station (rear entrance, upstairs). 


The first hour of the meeting will be open to the public for discussion of the school project.  Please come and bring a friend!  The second hour will be the monthly HDTC business meeting.  All registered Democrats are invited to stay for that segment.


Please contact Dick Duggan (508-435-4007 or with any questions.

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Hopkinton 100, Natick 85

January 17, 2011 — Hopkinton swimmer, Paul Lagasse.

Hillers Finish Well at Div 3 State


by Adam Gately

January 17, 2011 — This past Saturday Hopkinton's boys and girls track teams attended the Massachusetts Division 3 State Relay Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. As a State level meet relay meet, top athletes in Division 3 competed in teams of four for a running event and teams of three for a field event. Both of Hopkinton's teams did fantastically well, as the boys team came in 6th place overall and the girls team came in 2nd place, just 1.5 points away from first.


Hopkinton track fielded over 75 athletes, both boys and girls. Key performances on the guy's side came in both running and field events. The boys 4x200 team, made up by Josh Hacunda, Andrew Johnson, Peter Bransfield, and Jake Whittles, came in third place (1:35.25), just half a second away from winning the event. Hopkinton was also able to come 5th in the Sprint Medley, which consists of an 800 meter leg, a 400 meter leg, and two 200 meter legs. Running the medley for Hopkinton were Mike Ronan, Zach Hutchinson, Andrew Johnson, and Ryan Slack with a time of 3:48.08. The boys 4x400 team of Bransfield, Hutchinson, Ronan, and Whittles came in second with a time of 3:34.22. Tying for fourth place was the boys high-jump team of juniors Jeff Corkum, Jack Ryan, and Ryan Webster, collectively jumping over 16' 10".


The girls team also had some incredible performances on the track and off. Key performances for the girls team included the athletes participating in the 50 yard hurdle relay, 1600 meter sprint medley, 4x800 meter relay, the distance medley (made up of 1200, 400, 800, and 1600 meter legs), 4x400 meter relay, high jump relay, long jump relay, and shot put relay teams. Already owning the meet record in their event, the girls 50 yard shuttle relay, made up of Stephanie Hadley, Mirelle Raza, Kaelynn Maloney, and Emily Jarvis, came in first place with a time of 31.91 seconds. The 1600 sprint medley team of Stephanie Hadley, Jordyn Labriola, Jenny Curley, and Tam Mills also came in first plae with a time of 4:21.32. Our 4x800 team of Haley Anderson, Kim Bolick, Leah Holmes, and Tam Mills was able to take home 6th place with a time of 10:04.97. The Hiller's distance medley team (Haley Anderson, Kellie Lodge, Melissa Lodge, and Jenn Lynds) finished in second place with a time of 12:45.79. Finishing second in the high-jump relay were juniors Jenn Lynds, Hannah Krueger, and Marissa Mahoney who together jumped over 14 feet. Placing 6th in the long-jump relay was the girls team of Liz Brown, Meghan Beidleman, and Hannah Krueger, who togeth jumped over 40 feet. Last but certainly not least is the girls shot put team of Traci Arnold, Katrina Parsons, and Jackie Chirco with collective distance of 41' 11.25".


Congratulations to all Hiller athletes who competed in the meet. Complete results for the entire meet can be found on the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association website,

Police News UP-TO-DATE

January 17, 2011

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12:30 am Mass Highway reported kids playing on snow banks at 495 ramps...

7:30 pm Sgt. Michael Sutton moved along an individual who was illegally taking up a handicap spot...

9:00 am Detective Timothy Brennan investigated an incident of child...

11:11 am Caller heard basement door shut, and then hid in a closet...  


Women Power for MLK

January 17, 2011 — The majority of committee members for the MLK Day of Giving Back pose while the event unfolds around them. Linda Katz, black shirt, will be featured narrator in a video to be processed later today.

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"I Have a Dream"


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Town Hall Sentinels

January 16, 2011 — These birds kept lookout on top of Town Hall for a turn, until moving to the library, an then to another building, all in unison this afternoon.

Hopkinton 2, Ashland 6

January 16, 2011 — Number 12 looks to plant one in Ashland's goal last night at Loring Arena in Framingham.

Hopkinton 102, Medfield 79

January 15, 2011 — Juliana Tordella is captured in the middle of a dive full of grace and form against Medfield this week.

Eugene P. Zawatski, 63

HOPKINTON - Eugene P. Zawatski, 63, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at his home.  He was the husband of Patricia (Daley) Zawatski, to whom he was married for 40 years.  Born in Boston, he was the son of of the late Eugene and Eleanor (Donovan) Zawatski. 

He was a 1965 graduate of Braintree High School and a 1970 graduate of Boston State College.  After college he went on to pitch for the New York Mets organization.  He was active in youth baseball, having coached Babe Ruth teams over the years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters Kerri Caplea and her husband Anthony of Holliston, and Amy Magazzu and her husband Peter of Milford; and his son Thomas Zawatski and his fiance Heather Schiloski of Raleigh, NC.  He also leaves his brother Stephen Zawatski and his wife Janet of Milton, his sister Maryellen Zawatski of Rockland, five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held January 18, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. from the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street (  A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street.  Burial will follow at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton.  Calling hours at the funeral home are Monday, January 17, 2011 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Donations may be made to The American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Road #400, Waltham, MA  02451, or The Home for Little Wanderers, 271 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA  02115.


Chloe Leona Hemmelgarn (19)

Chloe Leona Hemmelgarn (19) peacefully passed away on January 2, 2011 in Tucson, AZ after a courageous three-year battle with Rhabdomyosarcoma.  Chloe was born on September 7th 1991 in Ohio.  In her short life she was fortunate to have lived in Ohio, Canada, New York, Massachusetts, Hong Kong and Arizona. Being a student at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Chloe loved the sunshine and mountains and considered it her home.

Chloe is survived by her parents Terry and Lois Hemmelgarn, her brother Jack (16), and her twin sisters Emma and Rachael (9).  The family currently resides in Bentleyville, Ohio.  Chloe is also survived by her maternal grandmother Leona Knapke, paternal grandparents Lowell and Carolyn Hemmelgarn, paternal great grandmother Luella Franck as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends that all adored and loved her immensely.  A brother Nick and her maternal grandfather Louis Knapke preceded her in death.


One of Chloe’s passions was experiencing new cultures and she was able to fulfill that by living and traveling extensively both domestically and internationally with her family.  She loved expressing her individuality, which was shown through her tattoos, piercings, and vibrant hair colors. The lives of many people were touch by her zest for life, her strength, beautiful smile and spontaneous laughter.


In her many journal entries on the Caring Bridge website, Chloe wished to share the “good, the bad, the ugly, and unedited” story of her journey with cancer.  Here is an example of Chloe’s words which depicts the grace, dignity, and strength she showed in her life:


”After hearing this news (cancer recurrence) I'm sure you are wondering how I am handling it.  I am actually handling it a lot better than I thought I would if I were to be put in this situation.  I have come to the conclusion that this is just something I have to accept.  My goal from now on is to have the most fun and experience the most things I can every day.  I have learned how to make the best out of unfortunate situations.  I do not feel angry and I do not feel scared. I cannot exactly describe how I feel.  In a way I feel a sort of peace and acceptance with my circumstances and am prepared to do what needs to be done.  Although I do feel sadness I also feel strength.  In a way I feel even stronger than I did before and intend to use this to my advantage.  As we all know life is not fair.  But as I have said before the most fulfilling lives are not the longest ones, they are the ones that experience the most.”


A gathering of close to 90 immediate family members was held at her parent’s home in Ohio to celebrate her life. At Chloe’s request her remains will be dispersed in the places she loved. Condolenscences can be emailed to her family at Donations can be made to the Sarcoma Foundation of America, 9884 Main Street, Damascus, MD 20872 ( ) or CaringBridge, Donation Processing Center, PO Box 6032, Albert Lea, MN 56007-6632 (   ) in her memory.

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Crashes in Pru Tunnel, on Route 495


Heavy duty wreckers are on scene of the crash between two tractor-trailers in the Prudential Tunnel, on Route 90 westbound, as personnel work to unhinge the tractors and clear the scene. The crash caused no injuries. Please note that we have updated the time of the crash to 1:22 p.m. One westbound lane is open. Traffic is backed up into the Ted Williams Tunnel. Traffic from the Williams, Route 93 and Frontage Road is being diverted at this time.


On Route 495 southbound at Route 140 (Exit 17) in Franklin, troopers continue to investigating a crash involving a tractor-trailer and a car with personal injury. The crash occurred at 1:45 p.m. Preliminary investigation indicates that a 19-year-old woman was driving a Mitsubishi Montero from the Route 140 ramp onto 495 southbound in Franklin when she struck a snow bank to the right of the road, causing her sport utility vehicle to rollover. The SUV rolled onto its roof in the roadway in the path of a Budweiser tractor-trailer that was traveling behind the SUV. The TT then struck the driver’s side of the SUV as it lay on its roof. The SUV’s driver has suffered serious injuries and, after being extricated, was transported to the Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. The truck is jackknifed, with no injuries to the driver. One lane of traffic is open. There may be significant traffic congestion resulting from this crash; motorists are urged to seek alternate routes.

Cosmo Earns Instructor Pilot “Wings” at the Air Force Academy and Becomes the 2nd Youngest Instructor in the Air Force.

Cadet 3rd Class Matt Cosmo of Hopkinton commenced his flying career this past July and was one of only 70 cadets chosen from the U.S. Air Force Academy’s summer Basic Soaring Program (Glider/Sailplane flight training program) to train this fall for an Advanced Instructor Pilot (IP) slot. This intense and time consuming program required a commitment of over 20 hours per week in addition to his required six academic courses. Matt recently completed this program and was awarded his first set of pilot’s “wings” to become the second youngest IP in the entire Air Force (by one day). He will now undertake leadership responsibilities as a certified instructor to other cadets during his remaining 2 ½ years at the Academy.


Cosmo trained on the TG-10B Merlin sailplane (LET L 23 Super Blanik), a two seat military -adapted metal glider that is used to introduce all Air Force Academy cadets to flight (see accompanying photo). Maneuvers flown in the TG-10B include aerotow, stall recoveries, slow flight, steep turns, and rectangular traffic patterns. Matt will be a cadet instructor in the 94th Flying Training Squadron ("94 FTS") within the 306th Flying Training Group of the Nineteenth Air Force, the operations of which are based at the Academy airfield. Today, the 94 FTS trains nearly 500 USAFA and AFROTC cadets in a fleet of 12 TG-10Bs each year. Cadets typically fly 10-15 sorties in the TG-10B, with the average student soloing on the 12th sortie. The 94 FTS corps of officer instructor pilots and attached first and second class (senior and junior) cadet Advanced IPs provide instruction.


In addition to earning his wings this past semester, Matt was also recognized on the Dean's List for academic excellence for the recently completed Fall semester at the Academy in Colorado Springs. Recognition on the Dean’s List requires a grade point average of at least a 3.0, an honor that Cosmo has received in each of his first three semesters. A member of the sophomore Class of 2013 and the "Animalistic Sky Raiders" of Squadron 37, Cosmo's performance to date has earned an overall class rank in the top 20% of his class. The son of Larry and Mariann Cosmo and a June 2009 graduate of Hopkinton High School, Cosmo is pursuing a mechanical engineering degree and hopes to serve his country as a pilot upon graduation from the Academy.

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MLK Day of Giving Back 

January 17, 2011

Hopkinton Middle School

9 AM  - Noon
Sponsored by the Hopkinton Youth Commission


9:00 Light Breakfast- Coffee, hot chocolate, bagels, muffins and donuts.

 9:30 Kick off program -Short program featuring award winning speaker Sarah Varadian, entertainment and powerful video clips.

 10-12:00 Community service projects - Led by middle/high school groups, and community groups.  Making fleece blankets, preparing cancer care kits, making friendship bracelets for homeless kids and writing letters to soldiers, are just a few examples.


In addition:        

  • Hopkinton Library storytime/craft hour for kids 3-8 yrs old, run by teens- call the library to sign up.  10:30am 

  • Blood Drive at the Middle School 10am-3pm.  Slots still available.  Please email for an appointment  

  • Hoops of Hope fundraiser for children orphaned by Aids/HIV.

  • Donations: Please bring some of the following items on the 17th:

    • For soldiers: batteries, toiletries, magazines, non-melting snacks 

    • For cancer patients: sensitive skin lotion, reading books, activity books (Sudoku, etc), new small stuffed animals 

    • Yarn to knit hats for the homeless 

    • Children's books: new or gently used 

    • Canned Food for PJB: check expiration date 

    • Old cell phones and eye glasses 

    • Old towels, blankets, sheets for animal shelters 

Everyone is invited - you do not need to be part of a group to participate. Come join us for an amazing day of volunteering with your classmates, neighbors and friends. Although this day is geared toward middle school and older youth and adults, families are welcome.  Adult supervision is requested for youth 6th grade and younger. Seniors citizens warmly welcomed. Looking forward to seeing you on this important day!

Hiller Track Update

As Hopkinton track moves into the New Year, both teams have enjoyed great success, as both the boys and girls teams continued their streak of undefeated meets. The first meet of the New Year took place at the Athletic Center last Wednesday, January 5. Both teams competed in a dual meet against the Bellingham track team. Key performances on the girls team included Emily Jarvis in the hurdles (7.9), Jessica Scott in the 50 yard dash (6.5), Jordyn Labriola in the 300 meter (46.7), Tamara Mills in the 600 (1:46.2), Melissa Lodge in the 1000 (3:52.2) and Haley Anderson in the two-mile (12:34.8). These performances helped the girls team extended their undefeated streak to over 70 meets in a row. The boys team also won the meet due to key performances by both under- and upper-classmen, including Ryan Webster in the hurdles (7.1), Alex Hulme in the 50 yard dash (5.9), Nick Marchessault in the 300 (41.2), Tim Bolick in the 1000 (2:56.3), Brendan Driscoll in the mile (5:06.9), Kevin Windheuser in the two-mile (11:28.9), and school-record-holder Jeffrey Corkum in the high jump (5’ 10”). The boys team has suffered an unfortunate loss, losing junior Joey McNulty to a broken ankle. McNulty is now a junior at Hopkinton Highschool, and has personally never been beaten in the 50 yard dash at a league meet.

The second meet of the New Year was held in Boston at the Reggie Lewis Center. Both boys and girls teams sent many freshman and sophomores to compete at the Red Auerbach Freshman & Sophomore State Championships last Saturday, January 8. Nearly 100 schools were in attendance, yet many Hopkinton competitors were able to place in their respective events. Top performances for the girls included Melissa Lodge taking second in the mile (5:30.88), Jordyn Labriola taking 4th in the 600 (1:44.31), Leah Holmes taking 3rd in the 100 (3:18.98), and Jackie Chirco taking 4th in the shot put (29’ 8.75”). Freshman and sophomore boys also competed well, as Pat Levenson placed 5th in the two mile (10:37.74), Ryan Slack placed 3rd in the 300 (38.71), Corey Branch placed 6th in the 600 (1:32.73), Nick Giordano took 7th in the 1000 (2:52.85), Jake Lehman placed 9th in the shot put (37’ 3”), the boys 200 meter relay team of Ryan Slack, Jon Hacunda, Andrew Welzel, and Mitch Campbell took 2nd (1:42.86) and taking first in the mile was sophomore Timmy Bolick, qualifying for states with a time of 4:41.13.

Eugene P. Zawatski, 63

HOPKINTON - Eugene P. Zawatski, 63, died unexpectedly January 12, 2011 at home.  Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, are incomplete at this time.

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Look Through Any Window

January 13, 2011 — This hardy bird enjoys a year-round stay in Hopkinton, its coat reflective of the season.

Hopkinton 71, Westwood 52

January 13, 2011 — This Hiller is about to catch a pass at home on Tuesday against Westwood.

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Bridge Over the River Whitehall

January 12, 2011 — This bridge provides a picturesque scene over Whitehall Brook this afternoon during the storm.



January 12, 2011 — Conservation area, Berry Acres, across from Ice House Pond, is covered by virgin snow even late in the afternoon as the storm that had been forecast to end early continued toward the afternoon.

Stating the obvious

Shop Owner

January 12, 2011 — Denise Griben, owner of Ciao Time Catering on Main Street, demonstrates one of the joys of shop ownership, shoveling waist-high snow.

Early Morning Light

January 12, 2010 — Limited visibility and low-hanging branches greeted the walker this morning on Hayward Street as a street light provided artificial morning light in this photo by Holden Mills.

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Massachusetts State Police Advisory: Storm Operations


State Police barracks throughout the state are still responding to numerous spinouts, stuck or disabled vehicles, and vehicles off the road. No serious injuries reported at this time. Some of the troopers held over from the midnight shift are now being released. At the height of our manpower, we estimate we had close to 400 patrols statewide (regular day shift patrols plus extra patrols from held over personnel and specialty units assigned to barracks patrols for today.) Residents should stay off the roads if at all possible because conditions are dangerous. If residents have to drive, they are urged to go slow and call 911 on a cell phone if in distress. If disabled, stay with motor vehicle if safe to do so until help arrives.


Northeastern Massachusetts: Blizzard conditions continuing. Concord and Medford barracks responding to several spinouts. Road conditions on Route 128 extremely poor. Midnight shift personnel released at 9 a.m.


Metropolitan Boston and Metrowest: Heavy snow with high accumulation throughout region, with multiple reports of downed tree limbs. Traffic is light. Troopers responding to numerous spinouts and skidding accidents.  No road closures at this time.


Southeastern Massachusetts: Snow and moderate traffic in northernmost part of this region (Norwell, Hingham, Scituate etc.) with power outages and downed trees and power lines in parts of Bristol and Plymouth Counties. Troopers still responding to several spinouts. Remainder of the mainland region experiencing rain or rain-snow mix, with light to moderate traffic. Route 6 in Barnstable had experienced some flooding which has been alleviated. No precipitation currently on the islands. Midnight shift personnel released at 9:30.


Central Massachusetts: No major crashes or road closures at this time. Several cars have gone off the road. Heavy snow, limited visibility and strong winds throughout region. Roads passable but snow-covered despite constant treatment by plows and sanders. Midnight shift personnel released at 8 a.m.


Western Massachusetts: Traffic, disabled vehicles and spinouts continue to occur with frequency. Intersection of Routes 8 and 20 in Becket has been reopened. Route 141 is still closed in Easthampton (mountain section). Heavy snow, moderate winds and fair visibility. Troopers currently responding to about 8 spinouts. Midnight shift personnel still being held over.


Massachusetts Turnpike: Troopers responding to several stuck and disabled motor vehicles and spinouts. Low visibility, traffic increasing, snow falling too fast for plows to keep up with. Midnight shift personnel being held over into day shift and day shift being called in early. Speed limit at 40 mph from NY State line to Boston – but actual possible speeds 20-30 mph. Restrictions remain in place on hazardous material transports and tandems.


Logan Airport: Airport open. All flights in and out delayed indefinitely. Heavy snow accumulating on roadways, and winds remain strong. Midnight shift held over into day shift.



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