Breakfast at Subway?
Forget Mickey D or The King!
March 24, 2011 — Anu shows off a breakfast sandwich a customer ordered at Subway on Cedar Street before wrapping it up for sale. Although the breakfast sandwiches are available all day, the store is open for business at 7:00 am, and with a few seats added to the space, Mickey D's and The King can't compete.
"The kids call me The Subway Lady," she says.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - ESL Sold Out This Weekend!!
March 24, 2011 — The patients and staff of the "Oregon mental institution" listen to a baseball game as Nurse Ratched and her assistant are busy at their station during this dress rehearsal this evening for an Enter Stage Left Theater presentation of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at HCAM studio. The play is sold out for this weekend. There are seats available for next weekend, and the theater may add a show next Thursday.
98 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, MA
Friday April 8 • 3 – 7pm
Saturday April 9 • 11am – 4pm
Sunday April 10 • 12 – 3pm
Also featuring religious and autism awareness items.
Lovely gifts for Communion, Graduation, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day.
Sales benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance.
FREE • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Westborough State Hospital Reuse Commission to Hold
Public Hearing in Westborough
The Westborough State Hospital Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing next week to discuss reuse scenarios for the Westborough State Hospital Site and to hear feedback from residents.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Westborough Forbes Municipal Building, Suite 23
45 West Main Street
More information about the proposals presented at the most recent meeting of the Commission is available on the web at http://www.town.westborough.ma.us/public_documents/index
7:00 p.m. State Hospital Reuse Presentation by JLL and Sasaki Re:
· Summary of Market Analyses
· Reuse Concept Scenarios
· Fiscal/Economic Impacts of Reuse Scenarios
· Next steps and date of next meeting
A Song Called "Hopkinton"
Marathon champion Phil McCarthy is heading to the Boston Marathon for the fourth time this year, and has written an ode to Hopkinton that he made available to the Boston Athletic Association, the group that puts on the Boston Marathon. His letter to them, in part, is below. The link to the song is at the end:
To the BAA:
My name is Phil
McCarthy, and I am a runner from
I am also a
musician, and I have written and recorded a song
about the Boston Marathon, or more specifically,
about getting to the start of the marathon in
Hopkinton, hence the title "Hopkinton". The
Boston Marathon, of course, is unique in its
history and traditions and its athletic
standards. As you know, many, many runners work
very hard for years to try to meet the Boston
Marathon's qualifying standards, and simply
getting to the start line is a life-changing
accomplishment in its own right, regardless of
how well they actually run the race. In my own
case, I ran marathons for five years before
I invite you to listen to the song HERE
Angel Fund Soon to Top $1 Million
8th Race to cure ALS to be held June 18, 2011 at Hopkinton High School
Above, Rick Kennedy, President of the Angel Fund who lost two family members to ALS, speaks with the Hermann's at an event in the UMASS Medical School to thank supporters of ALS research.
WORCESTER - March 23, 2011 — Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease; no matter what a person calls the dreaded degenerative disease, it doesn't change how it attacks the ability of a victim's brain to control muscle movement, as they remain fully cognizant of their plight. The disease becomes fatal when a person loses lung function. But not everyone is accepting it without a fight.
Dr. Robert Brown is spearheading researchers at the Cecil B. Day Laboratory at UMASS Medical Center in Worcester, where those who have contributed to research in one way or another were taken on a tour of several labs early this evening.
So far, the group has identified six genes that mutate as a result of the disease. They are conducting drug trials using mice as subjects, and expect to move to their larger cousins before long to facilitate intricate medical procedures needed to inject the chemical compounds.
In identifying the genes, as well as observing changes in some physiologies, the group has moved one step closer to diagnosing the disease before any symptoms occur.
The researchers hope their work, which is making progress in drug trials, will lead to an eventual drug approval from the FDA; but some this evening said that could be years away. The Angel Fund is the premier non-profit that funds the lab, and the Sharon Timlin Memorial 5k Race donates every dollar it receives to the fund, which is nearing one million dollars in contributions.
The race, now in its eighth year, will be held on June 18, 2011 behind Hopkinton High School (A clip of last year's race, including some cameos by celebrities like Senator Scott Brown, can be seen here in HopNews HD Video.).
Dr. Robert Brown does an excellent job explaining, in layman's terms in the video below, what it is they do. Be among the first to see this new video from the Angel Fund's website:
Now a Four-Way Race
March 23, 2011 — Beth Malloy, Hopkinton mother, scout leader and substitute teacher in the Hopkinton school district, has jumped into the race for School Committee by taking out nomination papers today, making it a four-way race thus far. She is unenrolled.
Mrs. Malloy joins Glen Layton, a Republican and also a newcomer to Hopkinton politics, in addition to incumbents Republican Nancy Alvarez-Burdick and Democrat Richard deMont, all vying for two open seats.
State Police Seeking
JAVON PERRY (a.k.a.
JAVON GREER) is wanted for his role in the robbery
of the Central Bank located at
State troopers and FBI
agents are investigating PERRY’s possible link to a
series of six bank robberies. The robberies, which
may have been committed by multiple suspects acting
together, occurred at banks in Lynnfield,
PERRY is a black male who is 5’10” tall with a medium build. Photos of PERRY, including one taken from a bank surveillance camera.
A reward is being offered for information leading to the suspect’s arrest. Anyone with information regarding the robberies is asked to call the Massachusetts State Police at 508-820-2121.
Public Safety Advisory
Hopkinton Police would like to warn residents and motorists of the scheduled Marathon Training Run on Saturday 26 March 2011. Runners will be training for the Boston Marathon by running the Marathon course.
Motorists using Main Street and East Main Street, Route 135, during the morning hours may encounter runners. We ask all motorists to use caution this day.
The Board of Selectmen has authorized the police department to obstruct Ash St, Park St. and Marathon Way as needed for this event. Police officers will be present to assist both runners and motorists as needed.
Lt. Charles Wallace
5th Grade Girls Rec
After starting the season 0-4, the girls put together an incredible winning streak which culminated with a big victory in the championship game on March 12. Congratulations!
Players are: Back Row (L
to R): Breena Winshman, Maddie Hildreth, Regan
Keavany, Sami Hersh, Jess Mellor, Don Keavany
Kingston Motor Vehicle Stop Results in Large Seizure of Drugs
23, 2011 — Yesterday at approximately 4:35 p.m.,
Massachusetts State Police Troopers Kevin Hebert and
Kevin Kaupp stopped a 2001 Chevrolet Corvette on
Route 3 southbound, south of Exit 10, in
During the motor vehicle
stop troopers discover a bag containing
approximately 4,200 Oxycontin pills. Upon the
discovery, ALBERICO assaulted the troopers and after
a brief struggle he was placed under arrest and
ALBERICO will be arraigned tomorrow at Plymouth District Court on charges of assault and battery on a police officer and possession of Class B substance with intent to distribute.
The approximate street value of the pills is over $125,000.
Both troopers are assigned to the Norwell Barracks. Neither trooper was injured during ALBERICO’s attempt to avoid arrest.
Selectmen Send $62,994,263.31 Budget to Appropriations Committee
by Muriel Kramer
March 23, 2011 — Congratulations to new Eagle Scout Dan Quigley and his parents. Dan is a member of Troop 1 in Hopkinton and recently received his Eagle Award for his work at Baypath Humane Society in Hopkinton. Dan’s project was to secure an eroding section of the back property and make it more accessible for families to use to meet potential new pets. Noting severe weather damage to an existing fenced in area, Dan and his helpers dug a deep trench to address run-off that was causing erosion and installed outdoor stairs in the area. Asked by Selectman Chairman RJ Dourney to make a pitch for Scouting, Dan answered that Scouting offered “endless positive experiences” ; according to Dan scouting is a whole development activity where there are opportunities to be out in nature, build physical fitness and friendships as well as practice leadership skills.
Congratulations to newly promoted Fire Department Lieutenant Gary Daugherty Jr. Fire Chief Ken Clark began by thanking the Board and Town Manager for their continued support of the department particularly during the process to select and promote a new lieutenant. “There were a lot of good candidates,” according to Chief Clark, who credited Daugherty’s experience both as a firefighter and in the military in part for his selection from a field of qualified candidates. Ex-Fire Chief Gary Daugherty Sr. was on hand to proudly pin on his son’s new rank. Gary Daugherty Sr. now serves as Framingham’s Fire Chief.
Also on hand tonight to kick off marathon season in earnest were Dorothy Ferriter-Wallace, Chairman of the Hopkinton Marathon Committee, and Tom Grilk, Executive Director of the Boston Athletic Association (BAA). This year there will be 27,000 runners and three start times. Ferriter-Wallace noted that there is a huge and well established volunteer base. ”This year the BAA had to turn down 2000 volunteers; we are fortunate to have volunteers that return year after year to help manage the Marathon start in Hopkinton." Also, on this coming weekend there will be a large influx of charity runners doing their last big training run, so residents were asked to be aware of runners out on the street.
Grilk finished by thanking Hopkinton. “There are a lot of places worldwide to start a marathon, but there is no place in the world that is a better, no place with greater renown and distinction than here in Hopkinton. It is a privilege to start our marathon here.”
The Board also took action to vote affirmatively to send the FY 2012 budget as it was presented last night to the Appropriation Committee for their review in preparation for Annual Town Meeting (ATM) May 2nd beginning at 7PM. Ongoing discussion items included money budgeted to include $15,000 in the budget to upgrade the phone system for Town Hall and the DPW; Khumalo cited high maintenance costs on the existing system now at the end of its projected life cycle. The new system was projected to pay back the lease costs in 4 years. Selectman Ben Palleiko questioned the payback terms suggesting the numbers presented indicated a quicker return on investment than four years. The discussion then clarified that the first year expense was $20,000 with $5,000 coming from Water and Sewer Enterprise funds and the three year total expense would be $50,000. The program was further clarified to be a lease to own contract.
Selectman Mosher expressed frustration with the lack of clarity in the proposal so late in the budget process. “This should be a simple proposal including what it costs and what are the benefits. I’m frustrated. I want to support this.”
For his part Dourney reinforced the idea of creating a template for future proposals to include necessary data and considerations concisely on one page. “We need clear data to consider.”
Chairman of the Appropriation Committee, Ron Eldridge spoke up and complimented the Board for their process reinforcing the need to continue inserting discipline into the budget process evaluating costs and tracking results. “Has anybody considered buying [rather than leasing] the system?” The ensuing discussion highlighted that the total cost to buy was substantially less than to lease. The selectman agreed that their collective inclination would be to buy versus lease with the new information on cost differentials.
Also included in the budget is $50,000 for emergency repairs to Town hall. Town Hall has well known issues particularly with flooding in the lower level. Another change is removing the Tree Warden and transitioning those responsibilities to the DPW. Additionally, $125,000 is earmarked to be put into stabilization. The bottom line is a budget of $62,994,263.31 for FY 12. The Appropriation Committee will meet to discuss the budget on every Monday and Wednesday night from now until ATM. The Selectmen plan to hold a meeting following ATM and before the election to do a “budget process post-mortem”.
Additional budget notes from last week’s Appropriation Committee meeting: the budget will rely on $450,000 of the existing excess tax levy capacity, the Superintendent of Schools is on board with a $200,000 reduction, and $140,000 is targeted to be put into stabilization. The storm water line item $150,000 will hopefully be addressed from money left in the snow & ice account. $250,000 from the excess capacity is earmarked for repairs to collapsing culverts at West Main and South Streets.
Selectman Todd Cestari highlighted his concern with raising taxes unnecessarily. “While I agree we need to bolster stabilization, we are raising taxes to put money in an account we don’t have a use for now.” At the outset of the budget process the selectmen agreed to raise taxes 2 ˝ percent as allowed by law and raise taxes additionally up to 50% of the available levy limit from previous years when taxes were not raised the full 2 ˝ %.
Thank You to Student Volunteers
To the Editor:
On behalf of the HPTA I would like to send out a huge thank you to the wonderful student volunteers who helped with the babysitting during Monday’s Special Town Meeting. Students from the National Honor Society, the Hopkinton Leo’s Club, CommuniTeen, St. John’s and elsewhere helped take care of almost 50 children throughout the evening.
Thank you to the volunteer organizers, nail painters, toddler walkers, infant rockers, movie guys, allergy police, gimp master, duck-duck goose players – you all know who you are. Every one of them was patient, kind, creative, fun – simply amazing. Parents, you should be very proud of your children, as I was proud to have them with me. I am not exaggerating when I say I could not have offered this service without them.
I also want to thank Gretchen Stephan from Art on Wheels, who helped keep the children inspired, happy and busy with a mural project. I can’t wait to see the finished project.
Thank you, thank you!
Beth D’Alleva, HPTA Secretary
Shawn Carl, Liz Clark, Jacqueline Disch, Ben Faletro, Lila Gilbreath, Sara Hargrave, Casey Holt, Jamie Horrigan, Emma Johnson, Alee Leteria, Marissa Mahoney, Andrew Marceau, Erin Marceau, Jake Mokler, Shannon Moffat, Stephanie Moffat, Brittany O’Loughlin, Megan Schmit, Erica Stefano, Andrew Stella, Nick West, Kyle Wolfe, Jeremy Woodward, Zachary Woodward, Qiuwei Yang.
Fourth Grade students from Hopkins Elementary participated in the Region 7 Destination Imagination tournament, held in Douglas on March 19th. This elementary team placed second in their challenge "unidentified moving object", the object of which was to create an 8 minute sales promotion, incorporating the movement objects off of a 6 foot tower, into a 6 foot pool, and vice versa. Pictured from left to right: Gaby Weilding, Sara Dunn, Katy Holly, Aren Arakelian, Tim Lane, Haley Bernardo and Patrick Webb.
A BELATED Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!
Patrick’s Day arrived at the
The corned beef came from TJ’s, and the Senior Center cooks and volunteers finished preparing and serving the rest of the meal—baked ham, over 50 lbs each of potatoes and carrots, rolls, and dozens of cabbages! This Irish feast fed about 130 people and believe me, nobody went home hungry. Thanks to everyone who volunteered for this great special event; they did an AWESOME job!
While people were enjoying their desserts including frosted cupcakes made and decorated by June Mackin, they were entertained by a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day show. John Guido was back again, playing all kinds of Irish songs on his keyboard, as well as many requests such as “Old Time Rock and Roll.” The dance floor was open and boy, did people take advantage of it!
As I looked around, I
noticed how many people were smiling and truly enjoying this special
day-- the moment was right then, right there--in the great room at the
How has your spring
season been so far? Even though the first day was snowy and cold, don’t
worry, it won’t be long before you can put those winter jackets and hats
away. I can tell, because all my daffodils, tulips and hyacinths are
coming up now. Before I know it, that section of the garden will be
filled with all kinds of color because this year, I have many more bulbs
than last year. I hope you also have flowers around your yard that
you’ll be able to enjoy. I saw lots of green coming up at the
That’s it for now, so if you have any comments or suggestions, you can email me: Punkala@aol.com. Until next time, have a great week!
Hopkinton High School Robotics Team Invited to Attend World Championship – Request for Sponsorship
As a result of winning the regional contest in New Hampshire a week ago, the Hopkinton High School Robotics Team has been invited, for the first time, to attend the world championship held April 27-30, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri!
This is a great opportunity to showcase the talents of the Hopkinton High students and is an honor for the local community. In order to make their dream come true, the team is asking for corporate and individual sponsorships to meet $5,000. A verbal commitment is appreciated as soon as possible, as the deadline for the team to register is this Friday, March 25. Please email your commitment to: Sterling Worrell at SWorrell@hopkinton.k12.ma.us.
All donations are tax-deductible. Please make your check out to “Hopkinton High School,” put “robotics” in the memo line, and mail it to Hopkinton High School, c/o Mr. Sterling Worrell, Robotics Club Adviser, 90 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748. Help the team and support the local community. Thank you for your generosity.
New Fruit St. School Appropriation Defeated at Special Town Meeting 517-418
Election still on for next week to fund 2˝ debt exclusion for school -
School Committee has a placeholder on the May Town Meeting Warrant in case ballot question passes
Leader of group, Republican Glen Layton, emerges as a School Committee candidate
March 21, 2011 — Hopkinton voters, 935 in all, showed up to hear arguments for and against a new $38 million school on Fruit Street that would have replaced the aging Center School, and which included a new educational model for Hopkinton creating three districts. Proponents have said that having students in a school for longer grade spans empowers the teachers to become more familiar with them.
Those in favor of the new school appropriation argued that the economy favored building at this time because construction costs were at an all-time low and the Massachusetts School Building Authority would reimburse $14 million [about 37% of the total cost]. Those against the proposal also used the economy, but instead said the town and its residents could not afford it.
The proponents showed slides of a classroom at Center School, saying that the children had to wear mittens and gloves in some cases. However, in the slide, one child had a jacket on. They showed a handful students in a hallway getting special instruction, rather than in a classroom, and blamed a lack of space for forcing that decision.
After hearing over and over that the building was in disrepair, one resident asked why it had not been taken care of. Superintendent Dr. John Phelan said that $9 million had been spent on repairs on Center School in the last decade; but he returned to the microphone after a sidebar with an Appropriations Committee member and said that it was actually $900,000.
The proponents of the new school hammered away at perceived deficiencies at Center School, and agreed that a new school at Fruit Street was the most cost-effective solution to the need to replace or renovate Center.
A total renovation of Center School has been estimated at about $18 million — something the Fruit Street proponents called a "band-aid" — and a renovation and robust expansion would be around $41 million. But it was more than just being cost-effective. With the new school came districting, converting all three elementary schools to be K-5, and districts created in town based on geography; and that fueled the opposition.
"That is outside of the four corners of the Article," said Town Moderator Dr. Bruce Karlin to one voter at the microphone who mentioned districting. Although he quelled that speaker, another spoke up and said it most certainly was within the four corners, because that was the type of school being voted on. After that, speakers continued to refer to districting, which had been the theme of the opposition during the campaign.
After a couple hours of impassioned pleas on both sides of the argument, resident Cheryl McIntire motioned to "move the question," which ends debate until that motion is voted on. The motion passed by voice unanimously, sending residents standing in line at the microphones back to their seats for a vote on the motion to fund the school.
After defeating that motion 517-418 — a 2/3 majority would have been necessary to pass — the moderator asked people to stay for the next question, which was to transfer town-owned Fruit Street property to the school department. It was necessary to put the school onto the desired parcel of land.
Rather than risk defeat, School Committee Chair Rebecca Robak withdrew the Article.
According to Ms. Robak in a conversation on Sunday, the School Committee has placeholders for these Articles to be heard at the Annual Town Meeting in May, giving them another bite at the apple if the funding passes at the ballot on March 28, 2011.
Before the room emptied, resident Glen Layton, who was the leader of the opposition, gathered signatures for his nomination papers as a candidate for the School Committee. Mr. Layton is a Republican.
Other announced candidates at this time are incumbents Nancy Alvarez-Burdick, a Republican, and Richard deMont, a Democrat. There are two seats up for grabs.
Sights from Special Town meeting 2011
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Women's Club Phonebook Design Contest
The Hopkinton Women’s Club is sponsoring a town wide contest. We are looking for a creative photo for the cover of the Hopkinton Phone Directory and artwork for note cards. If you are an aspiring photographer or even an accomplished one, please enter our contest.
For the telephone directory the photo should be color, must have sufficient resolution for high quality printing, minimum size of 250 DPI @size 5.5 x 8.5 or may be larger with the same proportions. This must be vertical in orientation and have a “Hopkinton” theme. Traditional or digital photos are acceptable and they can be realistic or artfully enhanced. If you are submitting a computer created photo, you will need to submit a print for judging purposes. There will be a gift of $50 for photo that is chosen for the 2012 Phone Directory.
For note cards, you may submit a black and white photo or a pen and ink drawing which can be vertical or horizontal in orientation, proportions as above.
The Hopkinton Women’s Club members at their June meeting will judge the photos and select the winner. Deadline for entries is June 1, 2011. Entry forms are available at the Hopkinton Library, the High School Art Department, and by emailing Jane Anderson at Janemema@verizon.net . Any questions please call Jane Anderson at 508-544-8246. Good luck!!
March 21, 2011
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March 20, 2011 — These two birds have their landing gear down as they coast to the water's surface after a short flight at Firehouse Pond today in Woodville.
Hopkinton Democrats are called to Caucus!
Registered Democrats in Hopkinton will caucus on Friday, April 8th at the Fire Station on Main St. at 7:30. (Please use the rear entrance. The conference room is on the 2nd floor.)
The caucus will be for the purpose of nominating candidates for town offices in the local elections on May 16th. If you are a registered Democrat and are interested in town government, please stop by and help us choose our candidates ... or toss your hat in the ring to run for office yourself and help direct our local government.
In addition to the caucus, the Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee will be meeting at 6:30. All registered Dems are welcome to attend that meeting as well.
If you have any questions about the meeting, the caucus, or running for office, please contact Muriel Kramer at 508-435-0477 or Dick Duggan at 508-435-4007 (or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Close to You
March 20, 2011 — Some call this a Perigee Moon, some a Worm Moon. But all agree it appears larger than most full Moons, because, some claim, it is the closest to Earth it has been since 1993.
March 20, 2011 — Hot Acoustics cooks up some hot tunes as the dance floor gets packed at the Police Association's Annual Dinner Dance Saturday at the Portuguese Club in Milford. NOTE: The musicians are colored from stage lighting.
Seeking Its Own Level
March 19, 2011 — One fifteenth of a second is a shutter speed most people can hand-hold to achieve this angel-hair effect on moving water, as above, in this photo taken of the Sudbury River running under the dry-laid keystone arch bridge Saturday at Aikens Park on the Southborough line.
March 19, 2011 — This photo taken at Lake Whitehall today has a palette rich in various shades of blue, both in the sky and atop the water, colors that would warm the heart of 20th Century illustrator Maxfield Parrish.
Stoking the Fire
March 19, 2011 — Town Moderator Dr. Bruce Karlin stokes the brush fire in his yard today, but he won't have to fan any flames at the Special Town Meeting on Monday when it comes time to discuss the vote for or against a new school.
You Say Yes, and I Say No... The Beatles, "Hello Goodbye"
March 19, 2011 — The intersection of Main, Grove and Cedar Streets was busy on the last Saturday before the Special Town Meeting on Monday with people whose minds are apparently already made up.
Daddy's Little Girl
March 19, 2011 — Eight year-old Siena Harrigan enjoys helping Dad, Brian, pedal up the hills on Pond Street today on their way to see the town's Fruit Street property.
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