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Bus Rooted

February 1, 2011 — This bus is firmly rooted in the pavement today on South Street as a heavy duty wrecker backs up to winch it free. There were several accidents around Hopkinton today involving school buses and other vehicles causing roads to be closed, including Hidden Brick and Route 85.

Elizabeth C. Clancy, 89


HOPKINTON/FRAMINGHAM - Elizabeth C. Clancy, 89, died Monday, January 31, 2011 in Framingham.  She was the widow of the late Dr. George F. Clancy, who died on July 9, 1996.  Born in Pawtucket, RI, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Lillian (Houston) Pelkey.

She was a graduate of Pawtucket High School and St. Joseph's Nursing School in Providence.  She served in the Army Nurse Corp. during World War II. She and her husband settled in Worcester, MA where he was a physician for 37 years and raised their five children.  After Dr. Clancy’s retirement, they moved to Hopkinton to be closer to some of their family and watch their grandchildren grow up.  She was an avid reader and New England sports fan.  Her final years were spent at Carmel Terrace Assisted Living Home where she enjoyed her family, friends and activities.  She not only knew everyone’s name, but always had a kind word to say to them as well. 

She is survived by her sons George F. Clancy Jr. of Littleton, CO and Attorney Michael P. Clancy and his wife Tracy of Turners Falls, and her daughters Patricia Monahan and her husband Martin of Troy, NY, Dr. Jane Clancy of South Natick and Anne Nealon and her husband Thomas of Hopkinton.  She also l
eaves her brothers Arthur Pelkey of Hartford, CT and John Pelkey of Pineville, NC.  Lastly, she leaves her twelve grandchildren Matthew C. Nealon, Patrick S. Nealon, Callie H. Nealon, Andrew H. Nealon, Jack C. Nealon, and Mary Catherine W. Nealon; Stephen F. Monahan and Conor T. Monahan; Andrew G. Clancy and Jeffrey Clancy; and Porter E. Clancy, and Emma L. Clancy.

A memorial funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Holy Family Chapel at St. Patrick's Manor, 863 Central St., Framingham.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church St., Hopkinton (

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Respite Center, 112 Main St., Hopkinton, MA  01748.




Police News UP-TO-DATE


January 31, 2011


5:12 pm A woman called to complain that an unattended 10 year-old jumped into the front seat...


3:01 am Nearly two hours after reports of a woman screaming on Church Street, and search by State Police Canine unit...


10:00 am Environmental Police requested backup...


1:53 am Chestnut Street resident reports two men banging on door,

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for by Robert Falcione © 2011 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from January 25, 2011 to January 31, 2011



Price Date Seller
19 Old Farm Road Scott F Millard, Denise E Millard $822,500.00 January 26, 2010 Neil J McNamara, Joanne G McNamara
2 Parker Point Road Mary L Anderson, Matthew F Lopresti $422,000 January 25, 2011 Makepar Corp.
Last Week        
Scarlata Road Thomas Perna Custom Homes LLC $120,000 January 25, 2011 David A Emerson, Est of Alberta E Emerson
14 Nazneen Circle Lot 12 Danny Chew, Catalina Chew $515,000 January 25, 2011 Ahmed Mirajuddin, Trustee of Peppercorn Village Realty Trust
1 Washington Lane Sergey Krymgold, Patricia Krymgold 655,900 January 14, 2011 Shari A Matheson, Benjamin D Matheson
4 Whitehall Lane Lawrence E McManus, Mary C McManus $354,000 January 14, 2011 Marion M Christi, Peter D Christi
Week Before        
85 West Main Street Monica Morgan, William Morgan 775,000.00 January 10, 2011  Michelle Fillingim, Thomas Fillingim



Yes, Newsreaders, There IS Good News


by Elizabeth Eidlitz

January 30, 2011 - The media saturates us with depressingly bad news:  not just the daily casualties of a distant war, but horrors on the domestic landscape as well: a teenager set on fire over a bicycle incident, a child kept in a closet, hit and run drunk drivers, mothers murdering their kids, the horrific tragedy in Tucson, celebrity scandals, and bullied students committing suicide.


The press knows how shocking front-page stories and scare headlines get our attention and that the sensational sells. But why are mitigating positive stories-- ones that reassure, amuse, inspire, and empower us as they open our hearts --usually relegated to back pages?


When, typically, 9/10ths of TV channel news and daily newspaper headlines imply that the world is going to hell, it’s easy to miss the AP story of an Alaskan dentist who gave an injured bald eagle a prosthetic beak. He used temporary crown material meant for people, poster putty, and a yellow highlighter to tint the patches. The bird center says the eagle, whom they’ve dubbed Cyrano, is doing just fine but won't be able to return to the wild. He needs to have his fish chopped up for him.


What about the endearing kindness of two grandchildren who deserved 15 minutes of fame for offering their free needle-threading service to the Hopkinton Senior Center?


How come the press repeatedly calculated and recalculated the 2,976 deaths from terrorist attacks on 9/11, though 7 times more people survived? Where were the stories of how 21,000 humans lived by holding onto, helping, and leading each other out of darkness? 


If you want your spirits uplifted by renewed trust in genuine unadulterated love, witness a YouTube video that shows the reunion of a lion named Christian and the two men who raised him and then released him into the wild nearly 40 years ago; the video is above.


Caption Not Necessary

Toy Soldiers

January 29, 2011 — These cast figures at the Hopkinton Senior Center never expected to be chest-high in snow when they decided to stand sentinel by the flagpole.


Hopkinton 72, Holliston 71

January 28, 2011 — The Hiller boys are celebrating a close victory over Holliston after Will Relle tapped in a missed foul shot to move one point ahead for the final score. Photo by Vicki Francis.

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Holliston 46, Hopkinton 41

January 28, 2011 — Katie Sousa goes up for two Friday night at home against Holliston.






Two for One




Here is a photo of us coming in first place (out of seven teams) in the 2- Dog race, sponsored by the Connecticut Valley Siberian Husky Club, last Sunday at the Pachaug State Forest in Voluntown, Connecticut. ~ Andrew Crawley, Hopkinton

Hopkinton High School Drama Ensemble to perform a

Musical Revue of Broadway Show Tunes

Saturday, January 29, 4:00pm HHS Auditorium


The HHS Drama Ensemble, continuing its efforts to raise funds for its upcoming trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, is kicking off the New Year with a musical revue of popular show tunes on Saturday, January 29th at 4pm at the HHS Auditorium.


A group of 10 high school students, along with a children’s chorus, will perform a variety of songs from the popular Broadway musical Wicked as well as selections from Hairspray, Bye Bye Birdie, Rent and My Fair Lady. This event is sponsored by Enter Stage Left Theater.


This Musical Revue is a great opportunity for families to sample the excitement of Broadway musicals here in Hopkinton. Admission is $8 for students/seniors and $10 general. For more information please visit:




The School Committee will begin conducting office hours for the purpose of meeting with community members to listen to their opinions and suggestions and to answer their questions regarding the FY12 budget, Superintendent Search process, Elementary School Building Project, or other topics of interest.

  • February  3, 2011 6:30 pm Hopkinton Middle School Library

  • February  4, 2011 7:30 am Hopkinton High School Coffee Hour

  • February  8, 2011 9:30 am Colella's Red Barn Cafe

  • February 17, 2011 6:30 pm Hopkinton Middle School Library

Lean, Too

January 27, 2011 — The roof on the far end of the DPW "pole barn" building was pulled down this afternoon following its imminent collapse due to the weight of the snow and the apparent makeshift construction. The lean-to type of structure has been used to provide protection from the direct elements for DPW equipment and accessories, such as plow blades.

       Town Engineer, Dave Daltorio said in a prepared statement, "...the roof to one of the DPW garage buildings on Wood Street collapsed this afternoon.

       "There were no injuries and because of the due diligence and combined efforts of DPW, Building Inspector, Police and Fire minimal collateral damage to town or staff property occurred other than to the building itself.

       "The town’s insurance company has been informed and is scheduled to inspect the damages on Monday 1/31."


Trash and recycling pick up is on the regular schedule today, Thursday January 27, 2011, regardless of the snow.

• Two More Candidates Take Out papers. Choose the ELECTION 2011 to find out who.

• School Committee’s public hearing on the proposed FY12 budget will be held this evening in the

Middle School Library.



  In Belligerent Rant, Predicts Local Comedians Will Help Him


January 27, 2011 — Massachusetts State Police this morning arrested a drunken Somerville cab driver – who was extremely belligerent and claimed two prominent local comedians would get him out of trouble – after finding him stuck in a snow bank, the taxi’s engine running, on Soldiers Field Road in the height of the storm.


Trooper Paul Conneely responded to the 5:20 a.m. report of a stuck car on Soldiers Field Road near Leo Birmingham Parkway, in the midst of the Nor’easter, to find the driver behind the wheel of the Green Cab taxi, his head bobbing up and down, his eyes drooping shut and then opening up suddenly when he snapped his head up. The trooper observed that the driver had bloodshot, glassy eyes. The cab driver refused to speak or answer questions, let alone identify himself. Troopers would later identify the driver as TYLER A. BRYAN, 25, of East Somerville after checking with the cab company.


Trooper Conneely smelled alcohol on the driver, and along with a Boston police officer who also responded, had to hold BRYAN up once they got him out of the cab. The trooper told him he was under arrest, and then had to slide the defendant along the side of his cruiser to get him into the car’s open back door.


Once inside the State Police cruiser BRYAN began to curse and make belligerent and nonsensical statements. He swore at the trooper, and said, initially, that he had been walking, not driving, and then claimed falsely that he had been in the passenger seat of the cab, not the driver’s seat.


BRYAN cursed during the entire ride to the Brighton State Police Barracks, and once inside became more belligerent. Told again that he was under arrest, he said he was not and was going home. He then said several times that he had been driving a snowmobile or that he had crashed into a snowmobile.


BRYAN refused to cooperate with the booking process. He insisted that he was not under arrest, and then said repeatedly that Lenny Clark and Denis Leary were going to get him out of trouble and take care of him. BRYAN also slurred the word “LLLLEEEEENNNNNYYYYY” – taking about 15 seconds to drag the name out each time – over and over.


Troopers had to hold BRYAN up at points during the booking process, as he insisted, all the while, that he was not under arrest. At one point, BRYAN put his fingers in his ears and stated, in a sing-song voice, that he could not hear the trooper who was booking him.


During the entire process, BRYAN refused to give his name. A trooper called the Green Cab company in Somerville to ask who was supposed to be driving the taxi. The company gave them BRYAN’s name. Troopers then confirmed their defendant’s identity through a Registry of Motor Vehicles database.


BRYAN is charged with operating under the influence of liquor and refusing to identify himself. He is expected to be arraigned today in the Brighton Division of the Boston Municipal District Court.


Thursday, January 27, 2011 School cancelled due to weather conditions.

All after school and evening events are also cancelled.

RJ Dourney Not Running for Re-election


RJ Dourney announced today he would not be running for re-election to the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen here in Hopkinton.   His current term will end May 16th, 2011.


CEO of Hearthstone Associates, the New England franchisee for Cosi, Dourney sighted the demands of his growing business and his commitment to family and the Catholic Church for his decision.  Dourney said that, “our Cosi restaurant business continues to grow and I remain extremely focused on the success of Hearthstone Associates.  Add to this the blessing of an active family, including three teen age daughters and my commitment to the Catholic Church and my available time has become limited.”


In addition to serving as the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Dourney serves on the Finance Committee for the Inner City Scholarship Foundation, the Board of Directors of Frisch’s Restaurants and is an active member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Hopkinton.


“I have enjoyed serving Hopkinton since we moved to town in 2000 and look forward to staying close to the process”, Dourney added.


Dourney had previously served Hopkinton on the Planning Board, the Zoning Advisory Committee as well as in a number of liaison capacities.


Editor's Note: The above press release was issued from the office of RJ Dourney and further distributed by the Office of the Town Manager. HopNews file photo.

On Track With the Hillers


by Adam Gately

January 26, 2011 — As the season nears a close with just one more meet to go, both boys and girls Hiller track teams remain undefeated with wins against the Norton and Westwood track teams this week. Following a scoring incident at the Reggie Lewis Center that took a State title away from the girl's track team, the Hillers were able to rebound and come away with strong victories on Wednesday against Norton and Saturday against Westwood.


Norton and Westwood are two of the most difficult hurdles the Hillers must overcome in their hunt for the TVL title, along with Holliston and Medfield who consistently produce strong teams across the board. With this in mind, it is all the more impressive that both Hiller track teams have remained undefeated this season.


Contributing to the girls' 52-34 win against Westwood last Saturday were Emily Jarvis in the Hurdles, Jessica Scott in the 50-yard dash, Jenn Lynds in the high-jump, Jackie Chirco in the shot-put, Kellie Lodge in the two mile, and Tam Mills in the mile. But perhaps the most impressive performance of the day came from senior captain Kim Bolick, who set the new facility record in the thousand meter with a time of 3:08.70.


The boys turned in fantastic performances throughout the meet last Saturday in their decisive 67 to 19 victory over Westwood's boys track team, which boasts one of the strongest distance groups in eastern Massachusetts. Notable performances on the boys' side included Jack Ryan, who took first place in his first-ever hurdles race, Jake Whittles in the dash, captain Zach Hutchinson in the 600 meter, captain Peter Bransfield in the 300 meter, captain Mike Ronan in the 1000 meter, Tim Bolick in the mile, captain Clint Atkinson in the shot-put, and Jeff Corkum in the high jump.


Both boys and girls teams are 7-0 on the season, and are preparing for their last meet of the season which is to be held this Wednesday, January 26th, at 3:30 in the Hopkinton Athletic Center. Both teams will be facing what will most likely turn out to be their toughest competition of the season in the form of an undefeated Medfield team. Good luck Hiller track athletes.


Richard McSheehan, 35


Richard McSheehan, 35, of Hopkinton, Monday, January 24, 2011 after his long battle with Brain Cancer. He leaves behind his beloved Fiancée, Beth Woods, and her daughter Caylee, whom he considered his own.

He was born in Rochester, NH to Henry & Anita (Begin) McSheehan, where he lived until he graduated from NH College with a degree in Culinary Arts. Later he moved to MA, where he spent the rest of his all too short life working as an Assistant Bakery Manager for Shaw's Supermarkets. Richard enjoyed cooking, sports, animals, and spending time with his friends and family.

He is also survived by his twin brother Robert and his wife Judith (McBride), his grandparents Roland & Mary (Foster) Begin, as well as three nephews and several aunts and uncles.

Richard was very proud to be chosen by Anthony Shepard to be his Godfather. He also leaves behind Beth's family, which he considered his own, William and Rosemarie Woods, Jennifer Shepard and Dina Raneri, Michele and Joe Smalley, Kelley Woods, and all of their children.

Visitation will be held Saturday, January 29,2011 from 11am-12pm at the
Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. A 12:30pm funeral home service will take place following visitation.

A memorial service will be held in Rochester, NH at the cemetery in the spring. Richard's last wishes were in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to
Dana Farber Brain Cancer Research . He also requested that the color Grey be worn to the service to symbolize the fight for brain cancer.

 Selectmen's Meeting


New DPW Director Appointed


by Muriel Kramer

January 26, 2011 — At its January 25th meeting, the Board of Selectman unanimously voted to appoint John Westerling (HopNews photo) as the new Director of Public Works; he will start on February 14, 2011. From the Town Manager’s press release, “John has over 24 years of experience in the field of public works, most recently working as the DPW Director at the Town of West Boylston. John is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Worcester County Highway Association. John is also serving on the Board of Directors for the American Public Works Association’s New England chapter and is a co-chair on the Annual Snow and Ice Removal Conference. John holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from UMASS Amherst, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration at Clark University.” Westerling replaces outgoing Director Brendan O’Regan.


Students from the BeFree coalition, a group dedicated to keeping Hopkinton’s young people from using illegal substances, presented an article for consideration at Annual Town Meeting. The article is intended to supplement current law which prohibits minors from buying tobacco products; this by-law would allow police officers to confiscate tobacco products from minors found using or possessing them. HHS student Stephanie Hadley emphasized during the presentation that the new by-law is intended to educate and inform more than punish minors in possession of tobacco products. While there are fines, classes and community service options written into the by-law for infractions, the intent is to educate young people and keep them from experimenting with harmful tobacco products at very young ages.


HHS student Mitch Saeger made the point that the bi-annual risk assessment survey done at the High School and Middle School supports the need to address this issue for minors. “This is a preventable issue.”


Todd Cestari fully committed his support to this initiative. “I don’t see how an adult knowing the dangers of smoking cannot support this.” The Board and Town Manager encouraged the group to continue working with the Board of Health and the Town Manager to fine tune the proposed by-law for consideration by Town Meeting. Concerns revolved around enforcement, the penalty structure including the fines and any cost impact to the town.


Tim Kilduff, Director of Hopkinton’s Chamber of Commerce, and Bob McGuire, President of the Chamber, presented a four phased approach to encourage economic development. The first phase is to recruit skilled volunteers with experience in marketing, advertising and public relations; the second phase is to identify and interview outside resources like state legislators while also conducting a needs analysis with existing companies. The third phase will be dedicated to recruiting a sales team and present a communications strategy. The fourth phase is to create Hopkinton’s economic profile and description, then deliver marketing materials. McGuire and Kilduff are targeting a May delivery date for the marketing materials.


Elaine Lazarus, Director of Land Use Planning, gave an overview and update from the re-organization effort initiated about a year ago. “Customer service is our top priority.” The one stop shopping approach is an improved situation according to Lazarus. Customers come to one location, and the reorganization has ensured that employees now have a wider skill set and improved supervision. The ongoing challenge is storage of years’ worth of records, but the initiative now is to keep electronic records and also allow for electronic filing for permits.


The Elementary School building project continues on schedule with the School Department expecting to hear from the Massachusetts School Building authority (MSBA) after its meeting on February 9th. The Special Town Meeting is scheduled for March 14, 2011 and the Special Town election for March 28, 201; the selectmen will vote to open the warrant and set the finalized schedule for STM at their next meeting February 1st. The most recent rate for re-imbursement the State is prepared to commit to is 43.70%. Voters are also reminded to check out the School Department’s web page to find out more; additionally, there is an informational forum scheduled for January 31st at Center School beginning at 7PM.


The selectmen also voted to accept the gift of the library and formally execute the deed finalizing that gift, and they voted to execute a Purchase & Sale agreement for the property at 9 Church Street currently owned by the Library Trustees.


The Deed for the library contains a provision that there will be an elected Board of Trustees consisting of five (5) members; until the annual town election in May, the current trustees will continue to serve as trustees by appointment. The property at 9 Church Street was to have been acquired similarly by gift, but there is an outstanding loan, so it will have to be a purchase of not more than $50,000. The P&S has to be contingent on a successful vote at ATM to support the purchase rather than gift as originally voted. The P&S also contains a provision whereby it is in effect until 12/01/2015 allowing for the possibility that the grant does not materialize this year but may in the future. The vote to support the library expansion product is expected to be taken at ATM in May 2011.


Also on the agenda was a discussion addressing the proposed Registered Sex Offender By-law. Police Chief Rick Flannery introduced the measure modeling the proposed by-law on what has been done in nearby cities and towns—Southborough, Marlborough and Ashland. The proposed by-law as currently written restricts where registered sex offenders can live, not where they work. For his part, Chairman Dourney encouraged the proponents of the by-law to be aggressive. “Everything we can do to make Hopkinton a difficult place to live for registered sex offenders should be done.”

Selectman Ben Palleiko encouraged the proponents to ensure that the proposed by-law met Hopkinton’s needs, recognizing that the draft by-law was largely taken from those written for other towns; do “whatever it takes to ensure we are not doing it in a half-baked fashion.”


Chief Flannery noted that the similar by-laws in the other towns have not been legally challenged.

In old business, Dourney re-addressed the dismantling of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Committee; at a previous meeting former member Dale Danahy had expressed her dismay that the committee had been eliminated without members on the committee knowing about it and worried that the disabled community might not be well represented without a similar committee in place. Dourney met with former members and acknowledged last night that communication and process had both been faulty in the decision to eliminate the committee. The selectmen will address restructuring and reinstating an ADA Committee at their next meeting.

Hopkinton 77, Norton 71

January 25, 2011 — Above, senior captain, Wesley Ericksen, takes it to the basket.


Snow Where to Go

January 25, 2011 — With about 80% of the snow dump on Cedar Street covered, Highway Director Mike Mansir hired a machine large enough to reach the top of the mounds, above, and make room for more.


Bomb Threat at Brockton Court UPDATE: All Clear


A Massachusetts State Police bomb squad unit, including a bomb-sniffing K-9, is responding to the Brockton District Court on Main Street in response to a bomb threat phoned in at approximately 3:40 p.m. A preliminary search by court personnel revealed no suspicious packages or devices, but the State Police bomb squad K-9 unit will do a more comprehensive search.

Nay to Tobacco Bylaw


This bylaw is totally ridiculous, what’s next, will the Board of Health be monitoring what my kids eat?  Will they be confiscating Doritos and Coke from children walking down Main Street?  Where are we headed with such thinking?  Children are raised by their parents, good or bad, not through town bylaws.  It’s time for government to let citizens make their own decisions and be responsible for their own actions.  I’ll raise my children, not the town of Hopkinton.


Steve Furlong

218 Pond Street

January 25, 2011


John K. Westerling to be Appointed Hopkinton DPW Director This Evening


West Boylston Department Public Works Director,  John K. Westerling, will be appointed to the open DPW Director position in Hopkinton this evening, according to a story in the Worcester Telegram today.

Richard McSheehan, 35

Richard McSheehan, 35, of Hopkinton, passed away Monday, January 24, 2011 at the Rose Monahan Hospice Home in Worcester. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for by Robert Falcione © 2011 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from January 10, 2011 to January 25, 2011



Price Date Seller
Scarlata Road Thomas Perna Custom Homes LLC $120,000 January 25, 2011 David A Emerson, Est of Alberta E Emerson
14 Nazneen Circle Lot 12 Danny Chew, Catalina Chew $515,000 January 25, 2011 Ahmed Mirajuddin, Trustee of Peppercorn Village Realty Trust
1 Washington Lane Sergey Krymgold, Patricia Krymgold 655,900 January 14, 2011 Shari A Matheson, Benjamin D Matheson
4 Whitehall Lane Lawrence E McManus, Mary C McManus $354,000 January 14, 2011 Marion M Christi, Peter D Christi
Last Week        
85 West Main Street Monica Morgan, William Morgan 775,000.00 January 10, 2011  Michelle Fillingim, Thomas Fillingim




Police News UP-TO-DATE


January 25, 2011

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4:35 pm Sgt. Michael Sutton agreed with a caller that the southern side of Lumber Street is nearly impassable...


8:08 pm Sgt Scott vanRaalten and Officer William Burchard dealt with an operator on East Main Street whose license plate was covered with snow...


10:04 am Several officers investigated a report of a man who said a truck he purchased was just taken by the seller, who was using it to plow on South Street...


3:45 pm Person reports being clipped by a school bus...



Selectmen to Hear Bylaw Change Proposal

If passed, Board of Health would confiscate tobacco from kids


by Robert Falcione

January 25, 2011 — This evening the Board of Selectmen will see a PowerPoint presentation by members of the beFREE! coalition, who propose to  impose a bylaw upon the youth of the town that would "...prohibit the possession and use of tobacco products (in any form) in a public place by a person under the age of eighteen."

     Following the lead of two other Bay State towns, Ipswich and West Bridgewater, the group took up the frustrating task of seeking to keep tobacco from the hands — and lungs — of their peers, when there is no existing law that does that. Minors under 18 may not purchase or sell tobacco products, but their possession and use is not prohibited. This law would change that and place the power of enforcement into the hands of, according to the proposal, the Board of Health or their agents. The proposal brings up many unanswered questions.

     What happens if a child refuses to comply and calls a parent? What if the parent doesn't recognize the authority of the lay person? Does the BOH agent then call in the police? Does court get involved?

     What about a child from out of town? Does he need to show a health agent his ID to prove his age? What if he has parental permission? Fine the parents? How does an agent know if a child is 17 or 18?

      Would it go on a child's record?

      The group will make a presentation this evening. The ensuing Q&A or discussion could be spirited.

      One of the slides that will be presented is below.


      In addition, the Selectmen will appoint a new Director of Public Works, which follows the resignation of Brendan O'Regan. The Town has not made his identity public, but several people have suggested that Hopkinton native, Water/Sewer Director Eric Carty would be ideal for the position.

Former MBTA Bus Driver Arraigned On OUI Charges


            SOMERVILLE- A former MBTA bus driver has been arraigned on charges in connection with allegedly operating a MBTA bus while under the influence of alcohol, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.

             John McCarthy, 61, of Somerville, was arraigned today in Somerville District Court on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor, and illegal possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. Somerville District Court Judge Maurice Flynn ordered the defendant to be released on personal recognizance with the condition that he does not drive without a valid driver’s license.

             His next court is February 28 for a pretrial conference.

             According to authorities, on January 21, at approximately 5:36 pm, Somerville police responded to the intersection of McGrath Highway, Somerville Avenue, and Medford Street for reports of a MBTA bus that had struck a car. The defendant is alleged to have struck a vehicle that had been stopped at a red light at the intersection of Medford Street and McGrath Highway. Upon arrival, police located the defendant who was sitting in the driver’s seat of the bus. Authorities alleged that upon entering the bus, the officers observed the defendant’s eyes to be glassy and glazed over, with an odor of alcohol emanating from his breath and clothing. It is alleged that the defendant had difficultly putting the bus into park and shutting off the engine. Authorities also alleged that when the defendant got out of his seat to exit the bus, he stumbled and had difficulty maintaining his balance.  

             A responding officer conducted a field sobriety test on the defendant. Following the test, coupled with the observations by the officers, the defendant was placed under arrest. An open bottle of liquor was allegedly found in the defendant’s coat pocket.

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

             The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Ceara Mahoney.

Marion M. Bobeck, 79


HOPKINTON - Marion M. Bobeck, 79, died Saturday, January 22, 2011 in Holliston. She was the wife of Dr. Charles F. Bobeck, to whom she was married for 59 years. Born in Clinton, MA, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Isabella (Davidson) Lockhart. She was a 1948 graduate of Clinton High School and worked as a dental assistant in her husband's dental practice in Hopkinton.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughters, Heidi Bobeck of Worcester and Heather Munroe and husband Adam of Milford. She also leaves four grandchildren. She is pre-deceased by her brothers Gordon and William.

The funeral will be held Friday, January 28 in the First Parish Church of Bolton, 673 Main St., Bolton. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Woodlawn St., Clinton. Calling hours at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church St,.

Hopkinton (, are Thursday, January 27 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Donations may be made to the National Kidney Fund Serving New England, 85 Astor Ave., Suite 2, Norwood, MA 02062, or Milford Regional Healthcare, 14 Prospect St., Milford, MA 01757.


Senior Citizen Newsletter, The Hilltopper, is Back Online

Gardens, exercise, diet, books, tea with preschoolers, Valentine's Day, Water Aerobics, Home Modification; the list goes on for the active senior citizen who wants to connect with others and stay healthy and active at the same time. Check out the Seniors link, always above and refreshed monthly, and learn about those activities — and much more! No ID required!


Lightly Used Items Wanted


Big Brother Big Sister Foundation needs your help! Please donate your lightly used clothing, small household items, jeans, books, and shoes. The Foundation will be picking up donations door to door in Hopkinton on Wednesday February 2nd.


They also offer electronics recycling for a minimal fee and car donations. To schedule a free at home pick up please call 1.800.483.5503 or schedule online at


Your donations help support the children involved in your local Big Brother Big Sister mentoring organization. Donations are tax-deductible. Thank you for your support!



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    School Committee Lists Their Reasons for Districting Schools

  • Fewer educational transitions, which are difficult for all students and particularly for students with special needs;

  • Improved staff ability to provide interventions for students needing support services given its familiarity with students over a longer period of time;

  • Increased student familiarity with their classmates given the smaller number of students in each grade and more opportunities for cross-grade mentoring;

  • Stronger relationships between parents and the school since students will remain in a school for a longer period of time;

  • Elementary-aged siblings follow the same school schedule and ride the same bus, which reduces parents’ time before and after school;

  • Increased accountability for Principals and staff since students will remain in one school for six years;

  • Easier to schedule time for teacher training, planning, and vertical curriculum and assessment discussions across all schools; and

  • Opportunity to revisit school start times at the Middle and High School.

  • NOTE: The above has been selected from a press release from the School Committee, which is pitching the closing of Center School and the building of a new elementary school at Fruit Street, as well as establishing three districts.

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Where Did it Go?

January 23, 2011 — Around 12:01 this morning, DPW crews pounced on the Downtown of Hopkinton with several vehicles that made large piles from small ones and then hauled them away while the townspeople slept.


Jeff Klepper: Great Jewish Stories of Rock & Roll

Saturday, February 12, 2011 7:30 pm

Congregation B’nai Shalom

117 East Main St., Westborough, MA


WESTBOROUGH — The Music and Adult Education Committees of Congregation B’nai Shalom will sponsor a concert featuring Cantor, Composer and Comedian, Jeff Klepper on Saturday, February 12, 2011. A Havdallah service begins the evening at 7:30 pm and the concert follows immediately. Jeff Klepper has a unique perspective on the role of Jews in rock. Using rare video footage, Jeff scratches beneath the surface in search of the great Jewish stories of rock & roll. For baby boomers, it’s a nostalgia fest. For college kids and teens, it’s an education, a veritable “Shul of Rock.”

Karen Rothman, Chair of the Music Committee says, “Cantor Klepper has been hailed as a pioneer, one of a handful of people responsible for literally changing the sound of American synagogue music. His influence is reflected not only in the hundreds of musicians who regularly teach and perform his songs, but in the thousands of people who sing them!”


Jeff has a local connection having attended Clark University from 1971-73. However after deciding to make Jewish music his full time career, he transferred to the School of Sacred Music in New York, and graduated from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1980.


The temple is located at 117 East Main Street, Westborough and is wheelchair accessible. Tickets are available online at or at the temple office. For more information please call the temple at 508-366-7191.


Anxiety Levels High at HHS as First Semester Comes to a Close


By Kellie Lodge
As the first semester at Hopkinton High School winds down, students, freshmen in particular, are becoming anxious about their mid-term exams.  Mid-term exams usually consist of topics covered throughout the semester and count for ten percent of students’ final grades.


Being inexperienced with the mid-term exam format, many freshmen are nervous and stressed over studying for their exams.  Elle Girardi, a freshman at Hopkinton High School, stated, “I’m really nervous; I do not know what to expect and I am unsure about the teachers’ standards.”


During the week of January 18th to the 21st, student will take two exams each day. Since exams are all within the same week, it can be hard to balance the amount of studying required for each test.  ”I’m planning on reviewing one subject every night this week and then study for a few hours every day on the weekend.  Although, it depends on how much teachers review in my classes,” said Katherine Taggart, a freshman at Hopkinton High School.


The level of difficulty of exams varies with each student.  Katherine said, “I think history is going to be my hardest final because my teacher said it is only one question and I do not know how it is possible to take one whole semester of learning and sum it up into one question.”


Mrs. Fairbanks, a geometry teacher at Hopkinton High School, stated, “I have freshman and sophomores in the same class.  The sophomores do seem less stressed because they know what it is all about and they do not think it counts for much.  The freshman do not know what to expect.”  This past Thursday, Unite mentors discussed the topic of mid-term exams with their assigned freshmen groups during advisory period.


Second semester beings on Monday, January 24th, and serves as a fresh start for all HHS students.


Reprinted with permission from Hopkinton High School Press. Kellie Lodge is a student reporter.


State Police Investigating Fatal Crash in Waltham;

Seek Public's Help in Locating Driver, Neil Connolly, 44, of Allston


UPDATE: Neil Connolly, 44, of Boston, the driver involved in yesterday's fatal crash in Waltham who was being sought for questioning, came to the State Police Barracks in Concord a short time ago. Connolly is being interviewed and the investigation into the crash is ongoing. Please note that Connolly is not charged with any offenses at this point, but charges are possible depending on the evidence gathered in the investigation. We will update media outlets if and when charges are sought.

January 22, 2011 —Today at 3:00 p.m., troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Concord responded to a three-vehicle crash on Route 128 southbound in Waltham that killed one driver and caused serious injuries to another. The remaining driver, whose roll-over began the chain of events that led to the fatality, left the emergency room where he was brought and is being sought by State Police for questioning.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Chester Adams indicates a 2006 Lexus IS 250 operated by Neil Connolly, 44, of Allston was heading southbound on Route 128 when he swerved for an unknown reason, causing his vehicle to roll over. When the Lexus rolled, it struck a 2008 Subaru Legacy being operated by Faye Goldberg-Scheff, 53, of Lincoln. The impact pushed her vehicle toward the center median, where it was struck by a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee operated by Raymond Birch, 49, of Kingston, N.H.

Scheff was transported to Newton-Wellesley Hospital where she was pronounced deceased. Birch was taken by medical helicopter to Brigham and Woman’s Hospital with serious injuries. Connolly was transported by ambulance to Beth Israel Hospital, where he fled the emergency room prior to being treated. He is wanted for questioning and is actively being pursued at this time.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Neil Connolly, 44, of Allston is urged to contact the State Police Barracks in Concord at 978-369-4100.

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See a little of last year's performance by Hot Acoustics, below.


New Year, New Menus, More Dinner Options!

Ciao Time has a new restaurant menu available for in house or take out meals.

We offer daily blackboard specials starting this week with:

Wednesday Night all u can eat Roast Beef Dinner $10.99 with a house salad

Coming soon...Tuesday Italian Pasta Night – meatballs, lasagna, eggplant parm, and stuffed shells served with house salad, combo 3 pieces of your choice $9.99

Friday Night Kids eat for $3.99 with a cookie (kids menu)

We have daily fresh baked goods.  Whoopie pies, cookies, cakes, and much more.  Call ahead to order one of our famous birthday cakes

Also working with Hopkinton Drug Store for the healthy life style meal plan.  All prepared for you to come in and pick up and less than 350 calories!

We cook all the things you love but don’t have time to cook.

Everything is cooked fresh daily and cooked to order.

Don't forget....Every Sunday - Breakfast Buffet 8 am- Noon!

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Teen Coffeehouse
Saturday, Jan. 22nd
7:00 - 10:30 pm
First Congregational Church of Hopkinton
$3 Admission


The beFREE! Project and First Congregational Church of Hopkinton are co-sponsoring this alternative social event for High School Students.  This chaperoned event will feature 15 musical performances by local teens!

The beFREE! Project is a drug and alcohol prevention coalition that provides alternative social activities for teens.  We also sponsor parent coffees that provide information and strategies for preventing youth substance abuse. If you would like to become involved in the coalition or host or attend a parent coffee, contact Jane Roche or Sue Hadley at


February 7th ‐ What is Bullying and How Does It Affect Children?

March 14th ‐ Protecting Children from Cyber-bullying


7:00 - 9:00 at Hopkinton High School

Snow Dates: February 28 and March 28


January 21, 2011 School cancelled due to weather conditions. All after school and evening events are also cancelled.

One of 400 State Police Cruisers on Highways is Rear-ended


January 21, 2011 — At 9:10 a.m. a State Police cruiser that was stationary at a crash scene on the westbound side of the Massachusetts Turnpike, about ½ mile west of Interchange 19 in Brighton, was rear-ended by another vehicle. The trooper suffered non-life threatening injuries and has been transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. We are not identifying the trooper at this time. A second ambulance is en route to evaluate the driver who struck the cruiser, who is reporting pain. The investigation is ongoing as to whether charges are warranted. The prior crash to which the trooper had responded at the time he was hit was a minor crash at the same location between a 1994 Peterbilt tractor trailer out of Bainbridge, New York and a 1995 Acura Integra driven by a Framingham man. There were no injuries in that prior crash.


I would like to remind the town residents who are coming into the DPW yard on Wood Street to pick up resident sand to use caution when entering and exiting the property. Over the last few years we have noticed an increase in the number of residents taking advantage of this service. People are driving too fast while entering & exiting our facility and there have been several close calls between our equipment and residents vehicles.


During winter operations we have many trucks delivering sand, salt and supplies to us as well as our own equipment going in and out of our facility to load sand, salt & liquid deicer on our trucks.


It would be extremely helpful if residents could enter and exit the property by using our second entrance located at the west side of the building (the side closest to Westborough). Please drive slowly, be aware of what is going on around you, and try to stay clear of the DPW trucks & equipment that are moving around in the parking lot.


The building that we store our sand and salt in is for employees only. Residents should not park in front of or be inside this building. Again we have had many near accidents with our equipment and vehicles because people pull right up behind the loader while it is working inside the building and we have nearly backed over vehicles and residents walking around.


Please remember that this service is meant for residents to come down with a couple of their own 5 gallon bucks to fill with sand to be able to sand their walkways, not to fill up the back of a pick up truck.


We are happy to provide this service, however safety and operational efficiency are our first priorities. Thank you for your understanding & cooperation in this matter.


Mike Mansir, Highway Manager

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Elementary School Principals Present Budget Concerns

by Heather Kelley

January 21, 2011 - Last night, the School Committee met and heard preliminary budget presentations for Center, Hopkins, and Elmwood Schools. First to present was Ilene Silver, principal of Elmwood School. Mrs. Silver had two main areas of concern, which were the number of students per third grade classroom next year (23+), and the continued limited office personnel (not having a second, part-time secretary, and not having a full-time assistant principal). Superintendent Dr. Jack Phelan commented that these positions were eliminated in the recent past during a budget crisis. Member Troy Mick asked Silver which position would best help student learning, if it could be reinstated – an additional third grade teacher, or one of the office personnel. Silver responded that the teacher would have the most hands-on time with students, but she explained that lack of office staff can lead to safety issues: the lone secretary in the office must deal with phones, people buzzing to gain entrance to the school, students in need of help, and teachers in need of support, she said. In addition, sharing the assistant principal with Hopkins School means that Silver must shoulder more administrative work, and also respond to classroom disciplinary issues.

Next to present was Greg Martineau, the principal of Hopkins School. Saying that he was choosing his words carefully, he said that the preliminary budget maintained a strong foundation for students. When queried, he admitted that there were many programs that he would have liked to see added, to enrich and enhance student learning; he also stated his concern about class sizes in grade four, slated to be 25 students per classroom. The Superintendent chimed in his agreement with this concern, saying, “Twenty-five is too high.”

Jennifer Parson, principal of Center School, had a different predicament, namely deciding how many classrooms of full day Kindergarten should be offered next year. At the end of her presentation time slot, and with the approval of the School Committee, Parson decided to proceed with a plan for three sections of full day Kindergarten, with up to 22 students in each classroom. The six half-day sections of Kindergarten would then, based on the current enrollment of 161 incoming Kindergartners, have 17 students each, allowing for the absorption of 24 new enrollments between now and the start of the 2011-2012 school year. To cover the possibility of higher-than-expected enrollments, a back-up plan would be in place to hire an additional half-day Kindergarten teacher, and utilize the teacher lunch room as a classroom, a move that had to be made this year.

The lottery to determine which families will have a full-day slot for their incoming Kindergartners is scheduled to take place just prior to the School Committee meeting on February 3, 2011, said Parson.

All three principals had positive reviews for the math tutors in residence in their buildings this year thanks to the School Committee’s initiative last budget cycle. Member Troy Mick mused whether this year, the Committee ought to offer reading tutors to the schools. The response from the principals was positive, with consensus being that more help was needed to remediate students in all three schools in reading.

In other business, the Committee gratefully accepted the gift of a virtual server and three years of technical support from EMC Corporation. The Committee approved an overnight trip to Boston by the Model UN students at the high school, and an 11-day trip to China by High School principal Alyson Geary. NESDEC continues the work on the Superintendent search, and the Committee appointed a Superintendent Search Screening Subcommittee. Finally, the Committee continued its outreach efforts in their communication campaign for the proposed new elementary school on Fruit Street. The community forum, twice postponed due to snow, has been rescheduled for January 31, 2011 at 7 pm at Center School. Member Troy Mick suggested, and others concurred, that questions frequently asked at the office hours and information forums should be added to the Hopkinton Elementary School Building Project web page FAQ located on the School Committee web page. In addition, Mick suggested going over answers to the most salient questions at a future televised School Committee meeting, in order to gain the widest audience possible.


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