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February 7, 2011


8:22 pm Officer William Burchard responded to "snow rage" on DiCarlo Road between a plow operator...


1:21 pm a Nazneen Circle caller reported a man has exposed himself...


5:50 pm A Lincoln Street woman's call over being assaulted resulted...


6:47 pm A 911 caller reported his car hit by chunks of ice...


Philip John Portser, 55

Philip John Portser, 55 of Hopkinton, MA, passed away on February 2, 2011 with his wife of 25 years, Vickie by his side. He was born January 27, 1956 in New York, NY the son of John and Janet (MacKinnon) Portser. He is survived by his wife Vickie; his mother Mrs. Janet Portser of Yarmouthport, MA; his sister Mary Portser-Root and brother-in-law Christopher Root of Venice, CA, and Mr. & Mrs. Alistair MacKinnon and five cousins of England. He attended St. Bernard's School in NY; Choate Rosemary; Boston University and graduated from the University of Colorado. He was the owner of PRE, Inc. a commercial real estate company specializing in storage and modular home facilities.

Philip was an adventurous spirit, traveled the world and was interested in and respected different cultures. An avid reader, skier, photographer, sailor, he loved animals and the beauty of nature both mountains and sea. Philip had a quiet kindness, a man with a witty sense of humor, deep intelligence, a love of life and good friends. He will be missed by those who were fortunate to know him and share his life.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. Donations in his memory may be made to Doctors Without Borders, an organization in which he strongly believed. Doctors Without Borders;
( or #888-392-0392)









March 13 Sunday 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Harlem Wizards – Hopkinton High School Athletic Center

The Wizards are coming back to Hopkinton! Enjoy Tricks, Hoops and Alley-Oops with the whole family. Cheer on your favorite teachers and town officials as they go up against the Harlem Wizards! File photo by Paul Dietz.



Medfield 6, Hopkinton 3

Massachusetts State Police, Brockton Police, FBI Arrest Two Gun Dealers, Seize Five Weapons


Brockton - February 5, 2011 - As a result of an investigation into gun trafficking in Brockton,  Massachusetts state troopers, Brockton police officers and FBI agents last night arrested two men suspected of selling guns to drug dealers and gang members in that city. Troopers, agents and officers recovered five guns -- four semi-automatic handguns and a revolver -- after conducting a felony stop of the pickup truck the two suspected gun dealers were in on North Montello Street in Brockton.


Arrested were JAMES JOHNSON, 33, of Concord, N.H., and JAMES HENESSEY, 40, of Weymouth. They were booked on weapons charges last night at the Brockton police station and will be arraigned next week in Brockton District Court.


When the arrest team swarmed the Mazda pickup truck the suspects were in, JOHNSON was carrying a loaded .45 caliber handgun, tucked into his waistband in the small of his back. The other weapons were found in the vehicle. Troopers, officers and agents took the men into custody after stopping the pickup in the lot of the Taco Bell on North Montello Street in Brockton.


The arrests were the result of an investigation during which gang investigators developed intelligence that JOHNSON and HENESSEY were providing guns to Brockton drug dealers and gang members.


The arrests were made by Massachusetts State Police Troopers assigned to the Gang Unit, Troop D Community Action Team and Special Tactical Operations Team, in conjunction with members of the Brockton Police gang unit and the FBI.

Where's Waldo?

February 5, 2011 — Waldo couldn't make it for this one, but a mallard couple, spooked by the photographer's presence seconds earlier a hundred feet downriver, flew upstream and ducked under the dry-laid stone arch bridge in the pristine snow at Aiken's Park this afternoon.

Hopkinton 60, Millis 51

February 5, 2011 — Jake Doucette plays some great "D" in the stratosphere Friday night against Millis.


Hopkinton 73, Medfield 63

February 5, 2011 — Barrett Hanlon scoring 2 of his game high 24 points against Medfield.  17 of which came in the 4th quarter where Hopkinton scored 33 points to regain the lead and defeat Medfield Thursday night.


February 5, 2011 — This fisherman returns to his warming hut today on Hopkinton Reservoir as two friends off camera race to check their flags and retrieve fish.


Philip Portser, 55

Hopkinton- Philip Portser, 55, of Hopkinton, passed away, Tuesday, February 1, 2011. He was the husband of Vickie (Welch) Portser of Hopkinton. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.


Robert Francis Bagley, 42

Dracut- Robert Francis Bagley, 42, of Dracut and formerly of Hopkinton, passed away Thursday, February 3, 2011. Born in Framingham, he was the son of Patricia (Ciccarelli) Bagley of Framingham, and the late Thomas M. Bagley.

He worked 20 years in the medical biotech manufacturing field for both Boston Scientific and Wyeth Pfizer. He was an avid Red Sox fan

Besides his mother, he is survived by his daughter Ashley Bagley and her mother Martha Casey, both of Hopkinton. He also leaves behind 4 brothers, Brian of Whitinsville, Gary of Uxbridge, Thomas of Upton, Scott of Douglas, as well as 2 sisters, Kathy Tripp of Hopkinton and Susan Bagleyof Whitinsville. He was also the beloved uncle of Cherie and Rebecca Tripp, Andrew, Katie and Deanna Bagley

Visitation will take place on Thursday, February 10, 2011 from 5-8p.m. at the
Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. A memorial mass will be held on Friday, February 11th at St. John the Evangelist Church of Hopkinton at 10:00a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer�s Assoc. 311 Arsenal St. Watertown, MA 02472 or OR to Leukemia Foundation, 9 Erie Dr. Natick, MA 01760 or

Fatal Crash onto Route 28 Ramp


February 5, 2011 — At 12:50 a.m. today troopers assigned to the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Medford responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash on the ramp from Route 28 southbound to Route 93 southbound in Somerville. Troopers arrived on scene to find a young adult male operator inside the vehicle. The driver was later pronounced deceased as a result of his injuries.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Leonard Wilmoth indicates that Christopher J. Ward, 19, of Woburn, was operating a 1997 Ford Taurus sedan on Route 93 southbound when he lost control. Evidence indicates that the car veered off the elevated roadway, crossed over the guardrail and plummeted approximately 30-40 feet onto the ramp leading up to Route 93 from Route 28 below. Mr. Ward was extricated from the car with serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.


The investigation by State Police further indicates that another vehicle, a 1995 Nissan Frontier pickup truck, made contact with the Taurus either as it hit the ground or immediately after that. The pickup then fled the scene. State Police put out an alert asking law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the Frontier. About one hour after the crash, the man who was driving the Frontier returned to the scene in another vehicle. After subsequent investigation, that driver, LAWRENCE J. CAPRIOTTI JR., 31, of Somerville, was charged with the leaving the scene of a crash causing personal injury and leaving the scene of a crash causing property damage. CAPRIOTTI is not charged with any offenses related to the actual cause of the Taurus's crash.


The facts and circumstances of the crash, including what caused the Taurus to go off the elevated roadway, remain under investigation by Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police, with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. Troopers were also assisted by the Somerville Fire Department and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's Highway Division.


To accommodate the rescue response and crash investigation, the ramp from Route 28 southbound to Route 93 southbound was closed for approximately 2 1/2 hours.

Snow, Snow, Everywhere

To: Hopkinton Residents,


The Hopkinton Highway Department would like to thank the residents for their support & understanding as we all continue through this very difficult and event-filled winter season.


We would like to take this opportunity to inform our residents of how the DPW is proceeding with all of the winter operations tasks we have before us. All of us here at the DPW are committed to making public safety our highest priority. I have spoken with Police Chief Rick Flannery and Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director Ken Clark about all of the tasks we still need to accomplish. We are all in agreement that for public safety reasons the following operational items, in order of priority, is how we need to continue to move forward this winter.


All of the following items have been on going over the last 3 weeks in between the concurring snow storms. The primary issue is that with all of the snow and the lack of a natural melting process we have to keep repeating all of these operational items. The operational items are prioritized in the following order;

  1. Plowing and sanding of roads & sidewalks.

  2. Widening of narrow roadways with our loaders & larger trucks.

  3. Remove dangerously high snow banks at street intersections.

  4. Snow removal from pre-identified areas in the center of town and parking lots that fall under the responsibility of the DPW.

  5. Vehicle & Equipment repairs

  6. Mailbox repairs.

Please call our Administrative office at 508-497-9740 with any needs you may have and we will prioritize each request and respond as quickly as possible. We are currently unable to make mailbox repairs due to the high priority public safety issues we must address first. For those citizens whose mailbox has been damaged, we have not yet made repairs, and you are currently unable to receive your mail, I would recommend that you make a temporary repair yourself or make arrangements with the post office so that you can pick up your mail until the DPW can resume making repairs.


Again, thank you for your continued support and cooperation!

Mike Mansir, Highway Manager

Brendan O’Regan, DPW Director

Rick Flannery, Police Chief

Ken Clark, Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director


Favors New K-5 School on Fruit Street

To the Editor,

I am writing in favor of the proposed new K-5 school on Fruit Street. I was a member of the HPS Strategic Plan Committee in 2009 along with a representative sample of Hopkinton residents, ranging in age from High School students to Senior Citizens. At that time we participated in focus groups and we discussed the pros and cons of moving to the K-5 educational model. The outcome was making the switch to K-5 neighborhood schools a priority goal in the HPS strategic plan. Hopkinton has patiently followed the MSBA procedures these last couple of years and it is finally our turn to receive reimbursement from the state for a new building. Now is our chance to replace the aging Center School and achieve our town's long-standing goal of making the move to K-5 elementary schools.

The K-5 educational model will benefit all the students in our town, not just the children assigned to the newest school. In addition to reducing the number of difficult transitions, longer grade span schools will give school staff a longer period of time to get to know students and will improve their ability to offer more timely interventions. Families will be able to build stronger relationships with the school since all of their children will attend the same elementary school and their children will remain at that same school for six years. Siblings will actually be able to ride the bus together and be on the same schedule. Having served on the Elmwood School Council, I can also see how this would allow more continuity in each School Council's school improvement efforts over time. Even Middle School and High School students will benefit from the new K-5 model, because reducing to a two-tiered bus transportation system, will likely allow the district to make Middle and High School start times later in the morning.

If this opportunity passes us by, we may never receive MSBA reimbursement funds to replace Center School. Please stay informed about the new school and join me in voting yes at the March Special Town Meeting and Ballot Vote!

Cindy Bernardo, right in photo
5 Susan Dr

February 5, 2011

NOTE: Mrs. Bernardo is the HPTA President and a member of the "The Ballot Question Committee for Hopkinton's New Elementary School."


Favors New K-5 School on Fruit Street

To the Editor,

I am writing to express support for the proposed new K-5 elementary school on Fruit Street and for three elementary school districts. I think many excellent arguments have been made as to why now is the right time to go forward with this project financially due to low construction costs and the high reimbursement rate from the state. However, I know many residents are nervous about the concept of districted schools since this is something that has never before been done here. While it is completely natural to be nervous about the unknown, we should recognize that the decision to move to districted elementary schools has not been taken lightly by our elected and appointed officials. It has been done through a long, thoughtful and open process over the last several years.

Many years ago when the number of students in a given grade in Hopkinton was only 50-100, it made sense for them all to attend the same school and it was possible for them to all get to know each other. But now, with 200-300 students per grade level, they will never get to know all the students in their grade. Instead, each year when we get our class lists, at most we know only a third of the children in their classes. They start over again each year, have to make new friends and on top of that they change buildings every two years. They have to get to know the layout of a new building, the new principal, nurse, music and art teachers. While our teachers and staff do an excellent job with the short grade-span schools we have, these frequent transitions do not benefit our children.

Although no district lines have been drawn yet, as a downtown resident it will be highly unlikely that my children will attend the new Fruit Street school. I live less than one mile from both Elmwood and Hopkins. This year I have children in all three elementary schools, and in visiting the schools the differences are shockingly apparent. Center School is in terrible condition, while in comparison Elmwood and Hopkins both have spacious classrooms, lovely large libraries and none of the severe heating problems that Center School has. I would be thrilled if all three of my children were together at either Elmwood or Hopkins School. The thought of being able to attend a Meeting of the Eagles to see all three children makes me smile.

I urge all residents to attend a School Committee forum to get the answers to all the questions you have. By watching any of the School Committee meetings on TV, you already know that it is a very thoughtful group and that they take all our questions and concerns very seriously. I have confidence that when districting takes place it will be done equitably, fairly and for the benefit of our town.

Amy Ritterbusch, left in photo
54 Grove Street

February 5, 2011

NOTE: Mrs. Ritterbusch is the HPTA Communications Chair and a member of the "The Ballot Question Committee for Hopkinton's New Elementary School."

February 4, 2011 — The kids of Wyman Lane are waiting for the bus on crazy hair, crazy hat, crazy snow day.


Wee Deliver

Wee Deliver ceremony with Elmwood School Principal Ilene Silver, Hopkinton’s Postmaster and the newly installed Elmwood postmasters, Jack Breslin and Hannah Ianelli. Photo by Todd Chambers.

Democrats Caucus

February 12th - 10:00am

 Hopkinton Fire Station

Hopkinton Democrats are called to caucus on Saturday, February 12th at the Hopkinton Fire Station on Main St. (rear entrance, upstairs).  In accordance with state party rules, the caucus will begin VERY promptly at 10AM.  


The purpose of the caucus is to elect 8 delegates and 3 alternate delegates to the Massachusetts Democratic State Convention on June 4th in Lowell.


All registered Democrats in Hopkinton are invited to vote, run for delegate or alternate, or just to socialize with fellow Dems!


In addition, on the same day and same place at 9AM the Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee will hold its February Meeting. All registered Democrats are welcome to attend that meeting as well.  PROMPTLY at 10AM we will switch over to caucus business.


For any questions please contact Dick Duggan ( or 508-435-4007).

Snowy Rooftops

February 4, 2011 — Colella's President Dale Danahy gets some help shoveling snow from the roof of Colella's, as people all over Hopkinton and the area have been doing.


Barn Roof Collapses

Horses not in danger

February 4, 2011 — The roof of a barn on Fruit Street collapsed today onto the first floor, which Deputy Fire Chief Steven Slaman called "solid and intact."

      Two horses, he said, were kept in the walk-out basement level and were unhurt and unshaken.

      According to Deputy Slaman, the building is condemned for the time being, but that, "A lot of the structure is pretty sound," and that things could change.


From Top to Bottom

February 4, 2011 — The weight of icicles and snow can buckle and collapse roofs, as happened to the barn on the other side of this home today. Formation of icicles on an older roof, one without water and ice shield, can cause the formation of ice-dams that cause a backup of melting water that can find its way under shingles and flashing. The water can then travel across construction materials and invade the interior of a home without warning, ruining plaster ceilings and walls as well as insulation.

The Light of Day

February 4, 2011 — This photo of the double-garage collapse on Winter Street makes more sense in the daylight, as opposed to the photo taken at night Wednesday.

Hopkinton 73, Medfield 63

February 4, 2011 — Jake Doucette shortens the distance between him and the basket last night at home against Medfield.

Medfield 60, Hopkinton 58

February 4, 2011 — Alee Leteria goes for two in a close game against Medfield last night at home.

Ryan Hall Inspires Hancock Employees

BOSTON, Feb. 3 -- With roughly 10 weeks to go until the Boston Marathon, elite marathoner Ryan Hall was in town today to inspire John Hancock employees training for the race with a pep talk, stretching and short run.

Since 2007, John Hancock and Manulife employees have taken on the challenge of training together for the Boston Marathon and raising funds in support of the Company’s philanthropic missions.  For the fifth consecutive year, John Hancock employees will raise funds for select Boston non-profits that make a difference in the lives of young people. Non-profits selected this year are the Ron Burton Training Village, South Boston Neighborhood House, Artists for Humanity and Teen Empowerment.  Canadian Manulife employees will raise money for Habitat for Humanity Canada.

The John Hancock Boston Marathon Fundraising Program was part of the Company's $11.2 million of total support in 2010 to Boston area non-profits.  The Company also donates 10,000 hours of community support through its employee volunteer programs each year.
HopNews file photo.


Massachusetts State Troopers Respond to Car Off Overpass in West Boylston


Massachusetts State Troopers assigned to the Holden Barracks this morning responded to a serious crash on Route 190 northbound in West Boylston. At 8:44 a.m., Trooper Matthew West was assisting a motorist who had spun out on the icy road when he heard and saw another car lose control as it approached the site of the original crash.


The out-of-control car, a 2002 Jaguar S Type, narrowly missed Trooper West’s cruiser and launched off the bridge overpass, traveling at least 30 feet and landing on the snow-covered embankment below. Trooper West ran down from Route 190 to administer medical aid to the driver, a 33-year-old Worcester man. The man, who was ambulatory, was transported to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester with injuries not believed to be life-threatening. As Trooper West worked on the victim at the bottom of the embankment, several other vehicles spun out on Route 190 above them because they were going at speeds greater than reasonable for the wintry conditions. Trooper Andrew Daige stood in the roadway and gestured to oncoming vehicles to slow down.



Registration Nights are Monday, February 28th and Wednesday March 2nd. Both nights are at Ashland Middle School cafeteria from 6pm-8pm. Please download the Registration Form. Fees for the 2011 season is $250.00, which includes a $50.00 refundable deposit when the equipment is returned.


For more information and to download registration forms, please visit

Hopkinton High School Drama Ensemble hosts a

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser generously sponsored by

The Golden Spoon

Wednesday, February 9

4:00 ~ 8:00 p.m.

$9 general, $6 children under 12 and senior citizens

Enjoy a delicious all inclusive dinner of spaghetti, salad, roll, dessert and beverage! Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance from a drama ensemble member. Visit our website for more information on this event and the group’s upcoming trip to represent Hopkinton.

Arrest on Maple Street

February 2, 2011 — Hopkinton police placed a person under arrest after finding an outstanding warrant on the driver.

Garage Collapses on Winter Street

February 2, 2011 — Building Inspector Charles Kadlik speaks with a homeowner whose two-car garage on Winter street collapsed this evening. In the upper right of the photo the interior of the building faces the camera, and the fallen roof is below.


Plow vs. Plow

February 2, 2011 — "It sounds like an assault is about to take place," said Hopkinton Dispatch to responding officers after receiving a call regarding a problem between a plow driver and a resident. Above, two plow drivers gather while Officer William Burchard arrives to investigate.


SUNDAY TAPS VIGIL February 6, 2011

Hopkinton to join thousands of communities across America


Please join the Hopkinton Veteran’s Celebration Committee on SUNDAY, February 6 as we join thousands of communities across America for a remembrance ceremony at the Hopkinton Senior Center at 28 Mayhew Street in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. The Committee is hosting a “Sunday Taps Vigil” starting at 7:00 p.m.

Building Collapses

No injuries

February 2, 2011 — "Everybody's fine. No one was in there," said Weston Nurseries President Peter Mezitt of the collapse today of a 40 year-old utility building behind the main offices atop the hill on Phipps Street. The building has been used to store and maintain plants, but was earmarked for eventual demolition, he said. A worker was clearing snow by machine nearby and returned to that location to find the building having fallen without a sound.

       "The building is made of wooden trusses and nails. We didn't expect it to collapse because it has a slanted roof.

       "Most of the plants will survive; we just need to get the temperature-sensitive plants into another storage," he said.


Hopkinton 95, Franklin 85

Swimming and Diving Teammates cheer on a Hiller in recent meet against Franklin

February 2, 2011 — The Varsity Swimming and Diving Team competed in its last meet of the season on Monday night, defeating Franklin 95-85. The team finished 7-1 for the season, and won the TVL title for the second year in a row. The Hillers will competes this weekend in the TVL Conference meet at Wheaton College. Contributed content. Photo by John Daley.


Senior Center Review of 2010

Wheelchair volleyball, horseshoes, and more!


by Nancy Drawe

February 2, 2011 — Oh, what a year!  2010 was the year of many exciting activities and events that happened at the Hopkinton Senior Center.   In case you’ve forgotten them, I’m here to remind you and give you a little recap of just some of the highlights from January through December, 2010.  


    JANUARY--- Happy New Year!  On Friday, January 22, the center hosted a BEACH DAY.  It was a nice way to break up the January doldrums with fun games like chair volleyball and horseshoes and a nice summer menu of hamburgers and hot dogs were served for lunch in the Great Room.  A new state senator was elected on  Tuesday, January 19.  Scott Brown captured the U.S. Senate seat held by Edward M. Kennedy for nearly a half century
    FEBRUARY—The members of the Holliston Senior Center Band came to our center; they certainly have a large following!  Everyone danced and sang along to their music. 

    MARCH---On Wednesday, March 17 at 11:30, the annual corned beef and cabbage dinner was catered by TJ’s.  After dinner, everyone enjoyed an afternoon of music and dancing by musician John Guido,    Set clocks ahead for SPRING!  The Health Fair was this month--FREE Vision, Blood Pressure and Blood Glucose, Cholesterol, Hearing and Bone Density screenings were available, plus a program that provided a wealth of information about options for seniors and their families regarding health care and ways to stay safe in their own homes. 

The Senior Center Art Show was held during the Health Fair.  All the students in the Painting, Pottery and Quilting classes displayed their beautiful works of art on this day. 


 UPDATE: TT unit removed and traffic flowing normally

February 2, 2011 — A tractor-trailer rollover on the Turnpike occurred just after 8 a.m., the second one in as many hours; the first was in Charlton. This unit was travelling eastbound when it rolled a half-mile prior to Interchange 10 in Auburn. The trailer has detached from the tractor and the trailer has ruptured. The trailer and its contents are across the two left lanes eastbound and the left lane westbound. The TT is expected to be there for a while. Cruisers are on scene. Two lanes going into the interchange are closed, with only the right lane getting through. The truck’s fuel tank has ruptured. Troopers are on scene with Mass. DOT and the Millbury Fire Department. A heavy-duty wrecker is en route.

Phyllis Johnson Bishop, 87


Phyllis Johnson Bishop, 87, died peacefully on January 29, 2011. Born in Dover, Delaware she was the elder daughter of the late Mildred Griffith Johnson and Benjamin Johnson. She is survived by her long time companion and best friend, Edmund F. Leger, Sr. She is also survived by her daughter Brooks Bishop Gernerd and her son-in-law Frederick H. Gernerd of Dover, MA; her son Gordon Griffith Bishop of Holliston, MA; her daughter-in-law Deborah O. Bishop of Moorefield, WV; and her granddaughters Elisabeth Brooks Gernerd, Edinburgh, Scotland and Victoria Bishop Jonese, Moorefield, WV. She was predeceased by her husband Leicester Brooks Bishop, her youngest son Leicester Brooks Bishop, Jr. and sister, Yvonne J. Vinton.

A resident of Holliston and Hopkinton for many years, she was active in town affairs and belonged to the Holliston and Hopkinton Historical Societies, Holliston and Hopkinton Garden Clubs and the Friendly Aid Society in Holliston. She worked for Pacon Corporation and Prime Computer. An avid gardener and friend to many, she always cherished her home state of Delaware. She will be truly missed.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Phyllis's memory may be sent to The Alzheimer's Association of Massachusetts, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472. Arrangements are under the care of
Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, MA.

 Selectmen's Meeting

Special Town Meeting for New School Discussed

ADA Oversight Committee Reestablished

by Muriel Kramer

February 1, 2011 — The Board of Selectman met tonight in part to discuss the re-creation of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Oversight Committee, a committee originally charged to address bringing town buildings into compliance with ADA requirements. Over the last several years the town has voted to support improvements in phases to address accessibility issues as brought forward by the committee.


The committee was disbanded in November 2010 by the Board of Selectmen after communication and process broke down according to Chairman RJ Dourney; at the time the Selectmen were under the misconception that the ADA Oversight Committee was not meeting regularly and that the group’s charge could be better assigned to the Permanent Building Committee (PBC).


At this meeting the Selectmen focused on how to ensure that the needs of the disabled community are considered and addressed. Town Manager Norman Khumalo addressed the topic asserting that the Town is committed to providing a culture of support for the disabled and that it is important to ensure universal accessibility not just accessibility to facilities but to all institutions of town government. Khumalo requested the Board re-instate the ADA Oversight Committee to essentially serve in an ombudsman role to ensure the Town’s ability to receive, respond and act on requests that are brought forward by disabled members of the community efficiently, effectively and fairly.


The Board of Selectmen voted to rescind their earlier vote and then voted to re-instate the committee. Newly reinstated members, Dale Danahy, Mike Dimascio, Nancy Alvarez Burdick and Kate Buckley suggested the Board of Selectmen resume having a selectman liaison to the committee; RJ Dourney volunteered to serve in that capacity. Other suggestions included expanding the committee to include a member of the disabled public and addressing the new charge the committee might assume going forward to better serve the disabled community in Hopkinton. The newly re-instated committee was tasked to return to the Board of Selectmen to address the proposed new structure, membership and charter for the ADA Oversight Committee by May 15, 2011.


The Board also addressed the timeline for Special Town Meeting (STM) and Special Town Election (STE) in March to accommodate the School Department’s initiative to fund a new elementary school for Fruit Street. STM is scheduled for Monday March 21, 2011. STE is scheduled one week later for Monday March 28, 2011. By statute the deadline to register to vote for STM is March 11; the deadline to register to vote at the ballot is sooner, March 8, 2011. All interested residents that want to participate in both STM and election that are not yet registered to vote in Hopkinton, need to register with the Town Clerk on or before March 8th.


The vote to hold STM and election is contingent upon a favorable vote from the MSBA on February 9, 2011 to provide state funds in support of the new elementary school project. If the state votes favorably on the project, the warrant will open February 15th and close March 2nd. The most recent figures available from the School Department put the total cost of the project at $38 million with the town’s share estimated at $23.5 million.

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Two's Company

February 1, 2011 — This mallard couple found some open water this week at the little pond at Lake Whitehall on Pond Street.



February 1, 2011 — The Gazebo at Golden Pond, traditionally known as Ice House Pond, as well as its surroundings are inundated with the season's bounty of snow in this photo taken today.


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