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February 14, 2011


7:35 pm A North Mill Street caller complained that the snow banks on his property are too high exiting his driveway, making it unsafe...


3:20 pm A caller complained that a dog was left in a vehicle...


6:10 pm A Frankland Road caller reported that a man walking in the middle of the road who appeared to have urinated on himself...


12:30 am Heavy equipment scraping ice in a South Street parking lot...

Happy St. Valentine's Day

February 14, 2011 — A snow artist carved this huge heart for a favorite someone in his yard at the corner of two streets; the shovel is a makeshift arrow.  The yard is blurred and the location kept secret in case the person has yet to see it.


Ready to Relay?


The Relay for Life Kickoff is scheduled for Wednesday, 2/16 in the High School Cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. The committee is looking for student volunteers and chaperones.   Last year, Hopkinton raised just under $175,000, and nearly 1500 community members came together for this American Cancer Society fundraising event.  Please attend the Kickoff for information on Hopkinton's Relay, and learn how to get involved.


HopNews HD Video feature on last year's relay.



Hopkinton Resident Receives Prestigious award

Wayne R. Davies, Esq., CFP was awarded the FIVE STAR Wealth ManagerSM distinction for 2011.

Nominated by high net-worth individuals and financial services industry professionals for the second year in a row, Mr. Davies is among just 3% of wealth managers in the Boston area to be honored with this award this year.
Mr. Davies appeared in the February 2011 issue of Boston Magazine.
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Intruder Alert

February 2, 2011 — This possum found its way into the bird feeder of Michael Skrzypczak this afternoon and got shot with a camera. This usually nocturnal animal is North America's only marsupial, which carries its newborns in a pouch like a kangaroo. Sometimes, when a nocturnal animal such as a possum or a raccoon is out during the day, it is because they are ill. People are advised to stay away from them. Photo by Michael Skrzypczak.

Pack 97 Pinewood Derby 2011

February 12, 2011 — Michael Greystone receives a trophy for First Place in his category Saturday afternoon during Pack 97 2011 Pinewood Derby. See a demonstration, a race, and a narrative by Aidan Busconi in HD, below. 


Picture in a Picture

February 12, 2011 — These friends had their moment in the middle of Hopkinton Reservoir memorialized by a friend, left, while the HopNews photographer captured all of them in an image, unbeknownst to them until now.

February 12, 2011 — Hopkinton High's basketball team overtook the Westwood Wolverines in the closing minutes of Westwood's Senior Night Friday, 68-62. Composite photos by Vicki Francis.

Circa 1957

February 12, 2011 — The Braves had some renown players who have not changed in over 50 years. Those who know them will immediately recognize Paul Sheahan on the far left and Porky Tyler to his left. Know any others? Let us know and we'll add their names here. Photo compliments of Pete Marso.



On the Stump

February 11, 2011 — Supporters of perennial candidate for president, Lyndon LaRouche, set up shop on Cedar Street in front of the Post Office, an altered photo of the President as Hitler as the centerpiece while they exercise their freedoms, ironically it appears, on Federal land.




National Merit Finalists




Hopkinton High School is proud to announce the 5 student finalists in The National Merit Scholarship Program.  All finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2011.


Pictured: Paige Phelan, Elise LeCrone, Matt Szczepankiewicz, Stephanie Hadley, and Chris Daniels


The Originals

February 11, 2011 — Pete Marso and Dick Straight were motivated to share photos of the Red Sox Little League circa 1954. We are told there is at least one future Hopkinton Selectman on the team above.

Back Row Left to Right:                Bob Lewis,,Manager , John Carlberg,, Asst. Mgr.  

Row 2 Left to Right:     Dick Straight, Peter Grass,, Winnie Wylie,, Dickie Gooding,, Freddie Harris,, Skippy Carlberg,, Mike Murphy,, Donnie Fairbanks.

Row 1 Left to Right:     Cy Cassidy,, Jimmie Kurzontkowski,, Albi Harris,, Joey Annunziata,, Unknown,,Tommy Grass,, Jeff Furber.                                                          

Bottom Front: Bat Boy,  Paul Annunziata

Hopkinton 74, Bellingham 54

February 11, 2011 — Above, team high scorer Tim Dufficy had 23 points with 7 3-pointers. Photo by Vicki Francis.



Taxis, Trucks and Small Business Vehicles Facing Drastic Increase in Insurance Premiums


            BOSTON – February 10, 2011 — In a letter to the Division of Insurance, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office asked the state agency to reject Progressive Insurance’s planned 23.5% rate increase for commercial auto insurance. 

          In the letter, the Attorney General’s Office stressed that Progressive’s proposed rates were excessive and unfair to Massachusetts businesses and that the information Progressive used to support its rate hike was inconsistent with its proposal.  The letter notes that the company’s request contradicted its actual claims history, as well as Massachusetts’ overall claims history.  The projections are unsupported, and Progressive has refused to provide the Attorney General’s Office key data or answer questions about its calculations.

          Progressive had initially filed seeking an even higher rate hike, a 26.6% increase.  The company reduced this to 23.5% after the Attorney General raised concerns and asked to see the supporting data.   As noted in the Attorney General’s letter, this increase is still unjustified.

          “High commercial auto rates can cause significant harm to small businesses,” said Attorney General Coakley. “We believe Progressive’s proposed increase is unjustified and an unfair rate hike on small businesses across Massachusetts.

           Commercial auto insurance is required for all businesses that operate vehicles in Massachusetts, including taxis, trucks, and service vans.  Last year, Progressive sold approximately $22 million worth of commercial auto insurance in Massachusetts. Progressive, which entered the Massachusetts automobile insurance market in 2007 currently holds 3% of the market for commercial auto policies in Massachusetts.                        

If the Commissioner approves the rate hike, Progressive’s new rates will become effective on March 24th.  This would be Progressive’s fifth commercial rate increase in three and a half years. 

Murder Investigation Leads to Carver Arrest


February 10, 2011 — An investigation into a homicide yesterday in Readfield, Maine today led Maine State Police investigators to a home at 12 Williams Drive in Carver, Mass. Maine investigators requested assistance from the Massachusetts State Police Special Tactical Operations Team (STOP Team), the tactical entry unit, to execute an arrest warrant at that address for DAVID B. SILVA JR., 32, a suspect in the homicide.


This morning the STOP Team deployed at that address and surrounded the house. At the same time, the Massachusetts State Police Crisis Negotiation Unit made contact with SILVA by telephone. Crisis negotiators were able to persuade SILVA to exit the house peacefully, and he was taken into custody by the STOP Team in the home’s driveway shortly before 2:30 p.m.


SILVA was taken to the State Police Barracks in Middleboro, where he is being questioned by Maine State Police detectives. He will be brought to Wareham District Court, most likely tomorrow, to be arraigned as a fugitive from justice. He will face extradition to Maine to answer to charges related to the Readfield homicide, including murder and arson.

Bring your Valentine to Ciao Time for Breakfast Sunday 8 am – 12 noon

28 Main Street

Full Buffet and Kids Menu Available!

Monday Night, avoid the crowds and bring home dinner


Specials for Monday:

Veal Parmesan or Picatta

Chicken Marsala

Shrimp Fettuccini Alfredo


We have a full restaurant menu including appetizers, entrees and salads.

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Gone, But Not Forgotten

February 9, 2011 — HopNews reader Bob Richards memorialized this mill at North Mill Pond with this watercolor he painted in 1979. The mill, believed to be listing, was knocked over yesterday to prevent the possibility of it crashing onto the street.

Below is a photo taken by Mr. Richards in 1979 when the mill was in better shape.



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.

Hillers Remain Undefeated at TVL Meet

Senior Track Team Members

Girls l-r:  Devin Dourney, Kelli Lodge, Stephanie Hadley, Kim Bolick, Andrea Gendron and Haley Anderson (missing - Jenny Curly)

Boys l-r: Brendon Driscoll, Chris Daniels, Kevin Franke, Zach Hutchinson, Jake Whittles, Peter Bransfield and Mike Ronan (missing - Clint Atkinson and Johnny Farina)


by Adam Gately

February 9, 2011 — This past Sunday both the boys and girls Hiller track teams competed at the TVL meet at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. For what is now the fourth year in a row the Hillers have taken home the TVL trophy, which means that the seniors on the girls team have gone through their entire high school careers without losing a single track meet. The same would have been said for the guys team if not for the last meet of this year's season, in which Medfield (the only other undefeated team up to that point) was able to edge the Hillers out of first place in one of the closest meets of the year.


Both teams were able to clinch victories in the mile and 4x400 relay races, but a majority of the points won by the Hillers came from athletes who placed 6th or better in their events, as over 20 Hillers were able to score points without winning their events. Outstanding performances from the guys team included captain Zach Hutchinson with 2nd in the 600, captain Peter Bransfield (second) and teammates Josh Hacunda (fourth) and Jake Whittles (sixth) in the 300, captain Mike Ronan with fourth in the 1000, juniors Jack Ryan (fourth) and Alex Hulme (sixth) in the highjump, Nick Giordano 5th in the mile, captain Clint Atkinson 2nd in the shotput, and Pat Levenson sixth in the two mile. For the girls, points were brought home by Tam Mills, who scored second in the 1000 and set a new school record (3:00.73), Melissa Lodge second and captain Kim Bolick third in the mile, Haley Anderson third and Leah Holmes fourth in the 1000, Jessica Scott third in the dash, captain Jenn Lynds third in the high jump, Jackie Chirco second and Katrina Parsons third in the shotput, captain Steph Hadley 6th in the 300, Jordyn Labriola 4th in the 600, and Mary Kate Cavanaugh sixth in the two mile.


First place winners included Emily Jarvis in the hurdles, Jeff Corkum in the high jump (6' 4"), Tim Bolick in the mile (4:38.68), Kellie Lodge in the mile (5:27.03) and two mile (11:44.57), and the girls and boys 4x400 relays. Alex Hulme took first in the longjump (an unscored event) with a jump of 19' 9".

The season is now over for a majority of Hopkinton track athletes, and only a select group of runners who have qualified for the state tournament continue to practice.


February 9, 2011 — Boston television stations set up at the police station and the Common this afternoon to provide backdrops for their upcoming news programs dealing with the kidnapping of a Hopkinton woman and the arrest of the suspect, Phillip A . Depasquale, in Barnstable.


Hopkinton 56, Medway 47

February 9, 2011 — Jason Dlugolecki jumps up for two last night at Medway.

Hopkinton Kidnap Suspect Captured by State Police


February 9, 2011 — Last night at 9:35 p.m., a stolen 1998 Nissan Altima fled the scene after striking a Barnstable Police Department cruiser and headed west on Route 6 in Barnstable.


Massachusetts State Police Trooper Randall Carlson observed this vehicle near exit 6 in Barnstable. The operator refused to stop and Trooper Carlson pursued the vehicle. The operator of the Nissan attempted to take the exit 4 off-ramp in Sandwich, but failed to negotiate the ramp.  The car  traveled across the grassy infield, crossed over the westbound on-ramp from exit four and crashed into a tree.


The driver was taken into custody and turned over to Barnstable Police Department. The operator has been identified as 39-year-old Phillip A. Depasquale. He is the same person who was added to the Ten Most Wanted List today by the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section for a kidnapping in the Town of Hopkinton and left the victim in an abandoned vehicle in Oxford last January. Depasquale will be arraigned today in Barnstable District Court and eventually will be  returned to Worcester County to answer the charges there. - Mass State Police

Senior Moments


Paper Hearts and Silver Glitter


Nancy L. Drawe



  Garden club member Cheryl Perreault with Carol Mecagni

Wow, they did it again!   I’m talking about the members of the Hopkinton Garden Club hosting yet another project at the Senior Center.   This past week, the craft room tables were covered with glitter, paper hearts, mosaic pieces, markers, special “love” sayings, small ceramic pots and miniature rose plants.    All donated by the club so that the seniors could make special “Valentine Pots of Love!”    The senior center is no strange place to members Cheryl Perreault, Kate Heyd, Joan Luciano and Leslie Skrzypczak, because they’ve hosted MANY garden/art projects at the center.  Not only are these woman very artistic and creative, but they are always so friendly and happy to be able to host these projects for the seniors.   Their ideas are always wonderful and truly appreciated!


I saw the sample of next month’s project--cactus pincushions.  These little potted stuffed cacti are really cute and will be fun to make!   Remember, these classes are FREE and materials are supplied by the Garden Club. 


Besides the monthly projects, the members also make very special floral arrangements for the tables at the Veteran’s Breakfast held on the first Friday of the month at the center.  Cheers to all the members of the Hopkinton Garden Club!


Don’t forget to come to the center on Valentine’s Day—Monday, February 14, for the annual Valentine’s Day party!   It’s always such a fun time, filled with “love in the air” and lots of goodies!  This year, there will be entertainment by comedian/singer Ann Marie King, who will perform her one woman show, “Unexpected Songs.”  You won’t want to miss it, so call the center and sign up! 


That’s it for now, so if you have any comments or suggestions, you can email me:  Until next time, have a great week! 



The School Committee is conducting a public information forum to provide information regarding the Elementary School Building Project, answer questions, and receive comments from the public.

Friday, February 11, 2011, 9:30 am

Hopkinton Senior Center

Snow Date:  Friday, February 18, 2011, 9:30 am , Hopkinton Senior Center


State Police Hunt for Suspect in Hopkinton Kidnapping

UPDATE: According to a story in the Worcester Telegram, the suspect was captured in Barnstable after crashing into a police cruiser. He will appear in court there tomorrow


February 8, 2011 — The Massachusetts State Police today added to its Most Wanted Persons list a suspect who kidnapped a woman with disabilities, forced her to withdraw money from an ATM, and then tied her up and left her overnight in an abandoned recreational vehicle during a severe snowstorm.

The Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section is hunting for PHILLIP A. DePASQUALE, 39. DePASQUALE is accused of kidnapping the 27-year-old woman on January 26 from her home in HOPKINTON.


After forcing her to withdraw cash from her account at an ATM, he brought her to an abandoned RV, tied her up, and left her in the abandoned trailer overnight while a snowstorm raged outside. The victim was later able to free herself and was seen walking down a nearby street by a man clearing snow, who called police. Subsequent investigation identified DePASQUALE as her attacker.


A warrant charging DePASQUALE with kidnapping and related charges was issued out of Dudley District Court. DePASQUALE is considered very dangerous and may be armed with a firearm.


DePASQUALE is a white male, described as 5’10”, 170 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. He has several tattoos: the names “Sarah” and “Tony” on his arms and an “In Memory Of” banner on his left arm. He has used the aliases Anthony P. DePasquale, Phillip A. Wilson, Tony Wilson, and Mike Desrosiers.


DePASQUALE’s wanted poster accompanies this release. It can also be viewed on the Massachusetts State Police web site at the following address (see Most Wanted Persons list under Hot Topics on right-hand side of page:


Anyone with information about DePASQUALE or his whereabouts is urged to call the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section at 1-800-KAPTURE (1-800-527-8873) or the Massachusetts State Police Communications Section at (508) 820-2121. Members of the public should not approach him on their own.

Anthony J. Vento, 83


HOPKINTON - Anthony J. Vento, 83, died Monday, February 7, 2011 , in Woonsocket , RI . Born in Boston , he was the son of the late Anthony and Catherine (Brazzo) Vento.  He was a Naval World War II veteran.
He is survived by his daughter, Linda MacLaughlin and her husband, Glenn of Chelmsford and his sons John and his wife, Pamela of Fitzwilliam, NH, Anthony and his wife, Debra of Upton and Nicholas of Cumberland, RI.  He also leaves his sisters Catherine Fornaro, Anna Grawl and Mary Lima, all of MA.  In addition, he leaves 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.  He is predeceased by his wife, Barbara (Patch), his son, Joseph and his brothers Joseph, Nicholas, and John.
The funeral will be held Friday, February 11, 2011 , at noon from the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street ( 
A funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church at 1:00 p.m.   Burial with military honors will follow in  Mt. Auburn Cemetery , Hopkinton. Calling hours at the funeral home are Thursday, February 10 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 311Arsenal St. , Watertown, MA   02472 .

Undefeated Swim Team Wins Tri-Valley League Championship

Photo of Swim Team following last weekend’s TVL Championship meet.
This team was undefeated in the TVL during the regular season, and won this Championship Conference Meet by 200 points.  Members of the team will compete in the Sectional Championships this weekend,  and the State Championships the following week.




Dick MacDonald Announces Candidacy for Selectman 

See interview with Republican MacDonald in HopNews HD


Valentines for the Troops

Members of the Crafty Cats and Woodville Trailbusters 4-H clubs joined together to host a card making activity at the Middlesex County Horsebowl Competition. Members, family, and friends all helped to create unique and personalized Valentine’s Day cards for our troops. These special cards will be given to the soldiers from the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Natick, MA.


Old Mill Leveled

February 8, 2011 — Fearing for the safety of the public, passersby notified authorities that the antique mill on North Mill Street appeared to be leaning toward the street, rather than away from it as usual. Town officials got in touch with its owners, Laborer's Training Center, who then leveled it. The area is very dangerous, and people should stay away.

Two Reading Home Invasion Suspects in Custody

READING, MA—Today 21-year old Quinlan Junta turned himself in at the Reading Police station. Quinlan was wanted in connection with an armed home invasion that occurred yesterday afternoon at the Reading Commons housing development. The Reading Police already arrested one suspect, 20-year old Jason Molle of Stoneham, in connection with the same crime.


During yesterday's home invasion a 19-year old victim was assaulted with a black handgun, beaten, and robbed of a substantial amount of money. The victim notified police immediately after the incident occurred, giving a good description of the suspects' vehicle.

Reading officers stopped and arrested Jason Molle within minutes of the crime being reported. Molle was uncooperative with police, denying all involvement in the crime.


However, a search of his vehicle revealed evidence of the crime as well as marijuana and painkillers. Molle's vehicle is currently impounded by police.

Molle's arrest was made on Summer Avenue, less than two miles from the scene of the crime and less than one half of a mile from the second suspect's house. The second suspect, identified by the victim Quinlan Junta, was not with Molle at the time of his arrest.


Believing that Junta and the handgun could be inside his house, the Reading Police Department applied for warrants. Reading officers were stationed outside the house, located at 81 Hancock Street, for several hours while the necessary paperwork was filed.

Woburn District Court issued both a search warrant and an arrest warrant. The arrest warrant listed the following four charges against Quinlan Junta: Home Invasion, Armed Robbery, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, and Conspiracy to Commit a Crime. The search warrant was conducted in the early morning hours.


Several items of interest were seized by police, but neither Junta nor the handgun were found. Junta was accompanied by his attorney when he turned himself in today. He was booked by Sergeant Mark O'Brien and transported to Woburn District Court for arraignment. It should be noted that the Reading Police Department does not believe this crime to be a random act because Junta and the victim knew one another.



Two more candidates take out papers today:


School Committee (2) 3



Richard deMont - D (I)



Selectmen 3


Dick MacDonald - R


New Selectman Candidate

February 8, 2011 — Republican Richard "Dick" MacDonald took out nomination papers today at the Town Clerk's office for the upcoming vacant seat on the Board of Selectmen.

     In a press release distributed by Hopkinton Republican Town Committee Chair Ken Weismantel, Mr. MacDonald writes of his move to Hopkinton in 1994, his wife and two sons, and the experience he has had as a coach, advisor to Hopkinton Country Club, volunteerism with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, membership in the Hopkinton Sportsmen's Association and his pilot's license.

      He likes being close to Boston, but enjoys the country lifestyle and the character of Hopkinton. A video interview with Mr. MacDonald is forthcoming.

Feasibility Study Flawed and Biased

Dear Editor,

I am writing to voice my opinion against the current K-5 School plan on Fruit Street.  I do think we need a new school, however, I believe that the way the School Committee is going about forcing the town of Hopkinton into districting will do more harm than good. 


Currently our children get to start and finish their elementary education experience together and get to know each other from kindergarten through their senior year of High school.  This is a positive aspect of how we do it here in Hopkinton.  As far as the transition to a new school, Hopkinton does an excellent job preparing our students prior to and upon entry into the new school.  Why do we want to put our kids through one major change by merging them together in the 6th grade where they have a great deal more going on in their lives physically and behaviorally?


The proposed school is going to cost the tax payers of Hopkinton $38 million before the MSBA grant for construction of the new school is given to us.  What is hidden in the feasibility study is that the Elmwood School is going to require $12 million, and Hopkins School is going to require $2 million worth of renovations to gain parity between the new school and them to provide an equal educational environment.  This $14 million has not been appropriated, and will require another override in addition to the override we are going to be asked to approve for the new school.  By building a K-1 replacement school we eliminate the need to ask the taxpayers for even more money, and maybe reduce the overall cost for the new school.  This savings by not having to do additional construction outside of the scope of the new school greatly exceeds any savings gained by districting


As a Government space planner I can with a high degree of confidence state that the current feasibility study is flawed and heavily biased.  The study has 13 alternatives and none of them included a K-1 school option.  We need to explore a Plan B option, and I have reached out to the School Committee, and Board of Selectmen expressing this.  Any potential setback would be reduced if the School Committee began working on a Plan B option now.  If they acted now, a viable Plan B could be completed and presented at the upcoming Special Town Meeting as an alternative to the current districting option.


The School Committee is going to try and scare us by telling us that it is now or never on these funds.  They are wrong; it is just a minor set back.  By voting against the upcoming question it allows us to plan according to the will of the people of Hopkinton.  We can then prepare a schematic design study for a K-1 school and resubmit it to the MSBA.  Given the condition of Center School, we should have no problem getting back in the ring and competing for funds again for the school we want.  Since most of the planning and background data has been done the cost of the revised study will be minimal.  We may be set back up to a year, but it provides the town the opportunity to voice its opinion on our future structure of our schools at the upcoming special town meeting, and our annual town meeting. 


Our current K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12 model works, and will continue to work.  If our current way of doing things doesn’t work, then why were we ranked 24th in the Commonwealth by Boston Magazine in 2010?  I urge the citizens of Hopkinton to save the date on your calendar for Monday March 21st for the Special Town Meeting and voice your opinion. 


Glen Layton

22 Duffield Road

February 8, 2010

New Resident Favors New School


I am new to Hopkinton. My husband Mike and I moved to town this past July with our 3 year old son. We are among the many young families that are attracted to the town of Hopkinton for many reasons. The most important to me as a parent is the stellar school system that has been built here.


In my quest to become involved in the town and specifically involve myself with other parents of school age children I attended a meeting at The Center School. My attendance at that meeting prompted me to write this letter. I should mention my son was diagnosed as being hearing impaired 10 months ago. This forces me to look at things from varying perspectives on a day to day basis to ensure he is learning and experiencing his life to the fullest.


Over the coming weeks you may read many letters of individuals in our town that are in support or against the proposed Fruit Street School. I can certainly understand the ambivalence some may have especially those that do not have children attending school. I do also think it is important to consider that at one point or another in most of our lives wherever we may have grown up and attended school someone’s tax dollars supported each of us.


Our children have to change buildings every two years. It would seem as though once they get comfortable with their building and teachers they are shuffled along and have to reacquaint themselves all over again. They have to get to know the layout of a new building which in and of itself can be very stressful for a child as well as make new friends all over again. We have a very unique opportunity to change this.


We have been granted a high level of reimbursement on this project from the state to help defray some of the costs.


We have excellent teachers that make the Hopkinton School System something that each of us can be proud of. I can only imagine what they can accomplish with our children if given all the tools they so desperately need.


I toured the Center Street School and tried to experience it from my son’s perspective. It saddened me. We can do better for our kids and have been given the opportunity to do so. I urge you to ask questions and learn as much as you can about the upcoming vote and to please take the time to come out and help make a change for the better in the way our children experience their education.


As a town we are going to have to address the Center School at some point because it will simply not sustain itself for the long haul. I believe strongly that we need to take advantage of the opportunity we are being offered with funding from the state and make the changes that are required so that we can remain educationally competitive.


In an effort to insure that all concerned members of our town can have access to information on this project as well as ask any questions they have I am hosting a coffee at my home on February 28 at 10:30 am with a member of the school committee in attendance. If you have the availability and can attend I welcome you. Please email me at to rsvp.



Erica Kelly

3 Stagecoach Way

February 8, 2011


EMC to Hold Strategic Forum for Institutional Investors




HOPKINTON, Mass., Feb. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- EMC Corporation will hold its 2011 Strategic Forum for Institutional Investors tomorrow, February 8, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.


EMC will webcast the morning executive keynotes including: Joe Tucci,EMC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; Paul Maritz, Chief Executive Officer, VMware Inc.; Pat Gelsinger (Photo, right), EMC President and Chief Operating Officer, Information Infrastructure Products; David Goulden, EMC Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.


The live video webcast will be available at  

The webcast replay of the event will be available at within 24 hours following the event.


 Hopkinton Business Minute: 

Wood Partners to Build 240 Apartment Units at Legacy Farms


Legacy Farms LLC has brought a developer on board to build, market and manage 240 apartment units in East Hopkinton. Listen to the principals of Wood Partners speak to HopNews readers before their introduction to the Planning Board this evening in the HD video above.

     Legacy Farms Project manager Steven Zieff also appeared before the Planning Board to continue his application for a subdivision plan that includes a new road and changes to East Main Street. The approvals need to be in place before Wood Partners break ground for their apartment complex, according to Director of the New England Division, Rick Dickason. Mr. Dickason said they would like to do so by June of this year.

NOTE: This HopNews HD Video can be viewed in full HD at full-screen.


Hiller's Cleaners Presents to Planning Board

February 7, 2011 — Hiller's Cleaners, represented by engineer Dave Marquedant and attorney Doug Resnick, presented a site plan review this evening to the Planning Board for construction of a new building, complete with parking spaces in front of the building as well as in the rear of the building, on the site of the former Hitchings Hardware. The construction will follow demolition of the current building. The Historical Commission has the authority to order a six-month demolition delay on any structure 75 years-old or more, but they passed on this one due to the lack of redeeming structural qualities. The new building, pictured above, will have a similar look, and will actual feature some artifacts from the current one.

       Owner George Vrahliotis will be ordering new equipment to be more environmentally friendly and promises to install lighting that is shielded from spillover, except that Colella's would like a little spillover to help light a darkened area in the rear.

       Planning Board member Deb Thomas said, "If Dale wants more light she should put in more light." Ms. Thomas alluded to the oft repeated commandment of the Planning Board that light from one property shall not spill onto another.

       The group also discussed driveways, parking, storm water and signage.

       The Public Hearing was continued until February 28, 2011 at 8:30 pm.



Planning Board Member to Run For Board of Selectmen Seat


February 7, 2011 — Planning Board member Richard "Dick" MacDonald, enjoying his first term on the Planning Board, plans to make it official and take nomination papers out tomorrow as a Republican candidate for a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen. The seat is currently held by Republican RJ Dourney, who has decided not to seek re-election.

         Hopkinton Republican Town Committee Chairman Ken Weismantel is planning a media event for tomorrow at 1:00 pm at the Town Clerk's office with a photo opportunity, candidate availability and a press release.

         Confronted with his impending candidacy prior to the Planning meeting this evening, Mr. MacDonald, who prefers his nickname, said, "It's a tough time and we need to get people to get involved.

         "I have a good sense in how to make ends meet, and I believe there's a lot of support out there for my candidacy."

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for by Robert Falcione © 2011 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from January 31, 2011 to February 7, 2011



Price Date Seller
1 Wild Road, 3 Wild Road Daniel Aho $60,000 February 7, 2011 Harold W Holskey
25 Maple Street Patrick J Keary $241,000 February 4, 2011 James K Hoyt
13 Main Street Inhabitants of the Town of Hopkinton $1.00 February 1, 2011 Hopkinton Public Library
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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.
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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



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