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—Hopkinton resident William Oldach – a junior at The Rivers School in Weston – was named to the honor roll in recognition of his excellent academic performance during the winter of 2010-11.


Selectmen, Schools Postpone Forum to Accommodate Library Forum 4/13/11


    Owing to the scheduling conflict between the Hopkinton Public Library’s forum and the Board of Selectmen’s and School Committee’s forum both scheduled on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, the Board of Selectmen is postponing its public forum to discuss the elementary school project until the week after spring break. The Board of Selectmen would like to ensure that residents have an opportunity to fully participate in the Hopkinton Public Library Forum.

     Scroll down for details on Library forum.


Voters to Review Preliminary Library Plans at Annual Town Meeting

At Hopkinton’s Annual Town Meeting on May 2, residents will vote on the preliminary design for an expanded Hopkinton Public Library. The two-story, 22,000-square-foot building and onsite parking will occupy the current Main Street site and the adjacent site at 9 Church Street. For the first time, the library will be completely accessible to people with disabilities and a LEED-certified silver level green building. It will also include a 110-seat program room available for community use during non-library hours.

To qualify for a state grant that could fund up to 50% of the new library’s estimated $10 million construction costs, the town must approve the design. The remaining costs will be funded by the town and private fundraising. MBLC will award the grants in July 2011. If Hopkinton receives a grant, voters must approve library funding by January 2012. Construction would begin in 2013.

Last expanded in 1967, the current library is considered undersized for Hopkinton’s 15,000 population. Since June 2010, Hopkinton’s Permanent Building Committee (PBC) has been working with Johnson and Roberts architects to design the new building. The current design includes a 25-seat children’s room with activity space, a young adult room with computer and study space, a 12-seat conference room, a technology classroom and space throughout the building for up to 38 computers.

“We used community input to guide the design process,” said John Ferrari, chairman of the PBC. “And the work done to date has been fully funded by the library trustees at no cost to the town.”

“This building will provide the town with a 21st century library that meets our current and future needs,” said Library Director Rownak Hussain. “With its flexible, open layout and increased space, I think the new library will be an even more important information hub and meeting place for the community.”

To learn more about library expansion plans, go to: Contributed content.


EDITOR'S NOTE: The Library's website appears to have financial information related to a past, abandoned expansion plan. Given a $10 million cost stated by the proponents of the plan as well as "up to 50% reimbursement" a total of $5 million or more needs to be split by private donations and taxpayers, whose share has been stated to be $3 million. The cost to the taxpayers of the preliminary design is no more than a Town Meeting approval, according to Susan Marshall, Adult Librarian.

Hopkinton Wine & Spirits Friday, April 8th
4 - 7 PM
More Highly-Rated Wines

UPDATE from owner Clelland Johnson:

This week we will sample some more highly-rated wines.  Most of these are from Australia, but there are entries from South Africa and Germany, as well.  We'll start out with a pair of Sauvignon Blancs, one from Australia and one from South Africa, then, we'll sample some Australian reds, a Grenache, a Grenache-Syrah-Mouvedre blend, and a Shiraz-Viognier blend, and finally, we will try a German Riesling.

First, we will sample the 2005 Neil Ellis Sauvignon Blanc from the Groenkloof region of South Africa.  This wine is 100% Sauvignon Blanc with fresh, fragrant lime zest scents and flavors.  It's deliciously balanced and refreshing with clams on the half shell or roast Chatham cod.  Wine & Spirits magazine awarded this wine 90 points and said "This sauvignon is a lithe beauty."  This wine sells for $19.99 per bottle, or $191.90 per case.

Next, we will taste another Sauvignon Blanc, this one from the Adelaide Hills of South Australia.  The 2005 Pike & Joyce Sauvignon Blanc is lean and peppery, with peach and melon notes beneath the herbal flavors.  The Wine Spectator rates this wine 88 points and it sells for $22.99 per bottle, or $220.70 per case.

Then, we will taste the 2006 Slipstream Grenache from the McLaren Vale in South Australia.  This wine is sourced from a 70 year old vineyard and aged for 16 months in neutral French oak. It is dark ruby-colored and has an expressive bouquet of kirsch, garrigue, seaweed, and a hint of iodine.  It is medium to full-bodied, smooth-textured, and seamless with potential longevity of 8-10 years. The Wine Advocate awarded this wine 91 points and said "It is an excellent value."  Slipstream Grenache sells for $24.99 per bottle, or $239.90 per case.

And many more...

To receive weekly wine tasting updates, and much more, please visit our interactive website. And don't forget to stop by on Friday!

Music Association Raffle

The Hopkinton Music Association is selling tickets for their annual calendar raffle to raise money for the Hopkinton Public Schools music programs. Children from grades 4 through 12 that are currently in chorus, band, strings or other music programs will be selling tickets for this raffle. For $5 per ticket, you get 31 chances to win a prize. A different prize offered each day. If you would like to purchase a ticket, they can be printed from the music association website and can be found under Support HMA.



Maspenock Filling Has Begun


The spring re-filling of the lake has begun. It was a little later than usual this year because ice-out was later. The water department has indicated that the rate of re-fill is approximately 1” per day. This rate will fluctuate depending on the amount of precipitation we receive. We all eagerly await the coming warm months and all the outdoor lake activities that go with the summer. See you on the lake,

The officers and executive board members, Lake Maspenock Preservation Association


Paving work will be commencing to complete the Fruit Street Force Main Project this spring which will again require the temporary detour of Fruit Street from Wood Street to Saddle Hill Road. It is anticipated the detour will be in effect starting April 11th with an anticipated completion date of April 22nd. No work will be allowed on Marathon Day. Message Boards will be set up starting the week of March 28th at Wood Street and Saddle Hill Road for notification.

Access will be allowed for emergency vehicles, school buses and local traffic only. Any questions please feel free to contact David Daltorio, P.E. in the Engineering/Facilities Office, 508-497-9738.

BRENT M. CAMERON, 44, of New London, N.H., is charged with two counts of possession of a firearm without a license (MGL Chapter 269 Sect. 10-a).



April 6, 2011 — At 0743 hours Trooper Joseph Stanford was dispatched to at TSA security checkpoint in Terminal E at Logan International Airport, where he was advised that an x-ray machine detected two images that looked like handguns in a carry-on bag. Trooper James Savage, who also responded, searched the bag and observed two handguns. The guns were determined to be antique .22 caliber Derringer pistols. The owner of the bag and guns, BRENT M. CAMERON, told Troopers that he had purchased the guns at an auction last week and claimed not to have known they were in the bag. The man was further asked if he had a license to carry, and stated that he did not have a license and did not need one in New Hampshire. Troopers then placed CAMERON under arrest, advised him of his rights, and transported him to the State Police Barracks at the airport, where he was booked and processed. He will be arraigned in the East Boston Division of the Boston Municipal Court. There was no ammunition found with the guns.


Learn to fish over spring break! 

Wednesday, April 20

9:00 a.m.  – 1:00 p.m.


Join us for this free program, especially for kids who love to get outdoors.  Come to Hopkinton State Park for free instruction on how to bait, cast and fish with staff from the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the MassWildlife Angler Education Program.  All equipment is provided on this day, and fishing licenses are not required.  Program will be held at the reservoir near the boat rental.  Parking is free for that day.  Pre-registration not required.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 617-828-1728 for more information.


Listening Squad

Samaritans Visit Hopkinton

April 6, 2011 — "Bullying and suicide go hand in hand," said Kelley Cunningham, Manager of Community Education and Outreach for Samaritans, Inc. during a presentation at Hopkinton High School this evening. The Samaritans are a suicide prevention organization.

      Ms. Cunningham brought two volunteers with her, Samariteens, who were introduced by their first names only, the way they make themselves known to distressed callers. The trio had much to say.

      Ninety percent of all callers are not suicidal. Struggling with grades, isolation, changes in weight and trouble with parents, as well as festering anger can all be signs of looming depression.

      The staff at Samaritans offers no advice to individuals, but feel that listening is the best approach to an individual bothered by depression, a move, bullying or struggling with sexuality.

      Ninety percent of all suicides are from mental illness, said Ms. Cunningham, and a factor leading up to it is cessation of medication by the subject when things get well. Then they have a problem finding their grounding from there. She advised to look for a change in eating patterns.

      "Depression is a chemical imbalance, but it is treatable," she said.

      She mentioned that bullying is a vicious circle that may cause a victim to then become a bully themselves.

      The staff goes through a six week training that teaches them not to give advice to callers who often just want to vent, and who sometimes call regularly. Rather than tell a teen to let the guidance counselor know they are being bullied, the staff asks questions to allow the caller to think critically about his next move. "Have you told your guidance counselor, your mother.." would be a typical response.

       The primary goal of the staff is to bring the anxiety level down before the caller gets off of the phone. If a caller says they are suicidal, the staff member asks if the person has the means and their timeframe. One teen speaker this evening said that it took her 90 minutes of talking before a suicidal caller who was imminent agreed to medical help. The Samaritans value privacy and take no initiatives with callers.

        Samaritans can be reached in confidence at 1-800-252-TEEN. Their website is .

Governor Deval Patrick meets with members of Israel’s Knesset participating in the Ruderman Fellows program

BOSTON – Wednesday, April 6, 2011 – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today welcomed members of Israel’s Knesset to the State House as part of the Ruderman Fellows program, which seeks to engage Israeli political leaders with U.S.-based scholars, government officials and business leaders.

The Ruderman Family Foundation, together with Brandeis University, developed the program designed to strengthen the bonds of understanding and appreciation between Israeli leaders and the American Jewish community.  

Governor Patrick today met with the following members of the Knesset:

  • MK Daniel Ben-Simon

  • MK Eitan Cabel

  • MK Avi Dichter

  • MK Tzipi Hotovely

  • MK Karmel Shama

  • MK Ronit Tirosh 

In March, Governor Patrick traveled to Israel and was acknowledged on the floor of the Knesset as part of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy Partnership Mission 2011. Governor Patrick and his delegation of business leaders and state officials traveled to Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem for a series of forums and company visits to encourage business expansion, job growth and collaboration between Israel and Massachusetts.


On April 5, Governor Patrick discussed the Commonwealth’s growing presence in the global market at Brandeis University's Global Trade Summit.

(Photo Credit: Matt Bennett/Governor's Office.)


Subway Specials

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• FREE Medium Coffee With Breakfast Every Day

• Buy 2 Footlong, get 3rd FREE* Saturday and Sunday all day.

• HS Students and Senior Citizens Footlong $1 off Monday - Friday

Hours: 7:00 am - 9:30 pm Mon-Fri; Sat, Sun - 9:30 am- 8:30 pm

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April 13, 2011


The Board of Selectmen in conjunction with the School Committee will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at the Hopkinton Senior Center’s main meeting room at 7PM. The Boards will provide the community a forum to voice opinions and share ideas on how to best move forward with the Center School. Comments or suggestions can be submitted in advance to If you have any questions, please call the Selectmen’s Office at 508-497-9700.

Two Information Sessions Highlight Details of Hopkinton Library Expansion Plan

April 13, April 16

Hopkinton’s Permanent Building Committee (PBC) is hosting two information sessions for residents to learn more about plans to expand the Hopkinton Public Library.


The first session takes place on Wednesday, April 13, at 7 p.m., in the HCAM studio at 77 Main Street, lower level. The PBC and representatives from Johnson and Roberts architects will present the preliminary design for the 22,000-square-foot expansion project, talk about the planning process and timeline, and answer questions. This session will be broadcast live on HCAM.


On Saturday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to noon, the PBC will host another session at the Hopkinton Public Library. While adults are learning more about the library building project, children can join Mrs. K for storytime, make their own books and take them home.


Voters will be asked to approve the preliminary design at the Annual Town Meeting, which begins on Monday, May 2. A yes vote will qualify Hopkinton for a state grant that could fund up to 50% of library construction costs. The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners will announce grant recipients in July 2011.



Mark of the "Z"

April 5, 2011 — This unidentified runner sprinting across the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam is on top of a visual representation of the letter Z formed by convergence of the lines outlining the dam and the bathhouse.


April 5, 2011 — Sinuous, serpentine, supple shapes snake down the sides of the spillway at Hopkinton Reservoir.



[Milford, MA] – On April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Milford Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the police station at 250 Main Street Milford, MA. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 242,000 pounds—121 tons—of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners.


This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.


Four days after last fall’s event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA has begun drafting regulations to implement the Act, a process that can take as long as 24 months. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like Milford Police and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

"The Purple Pink Polka-Dotted Giraffes" Relay for Life team

Yard sale to raise money for the American Cancer Society


16 Ash Street


Saturday, April 9th from 9:00-1:00


Rain date for the same location and times on Sunday, April 10th.



Caliper Announces New Oncology Research Collaboration

- Partners with Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives to Develop Improved Methods for the Discovery of Cancer Drugs -


HOPKINTON, Mass., April 5, 2011 -- Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALP), a leading provider of tools and services for drug discovery and life-sciences research, today announced that its Caliper Discovery Alliances and Services (CDAS) unit has formed a research collaboration with Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems.


The health care system’s Center for Translational Research (CTR), which is part of CHI’s Institute for Research and Innovation, will work with Caliper to develop improved methods for evaluating and predicting the efficacy of new cancer drugs. Under this program, CTR will provide fresh human tumor samples to CDAS for CDAS to perform biomarker and standard-of-care drug resistance/sensitivity studies on these samples. CDAS will grow the CTR samples under various experimental conditions, including traditional two-dimensional cell culture, three-dimensional (3-D) in vitro culture, and in vivo culture in mice, and the CTR will supply key treatment history and diagnostic data for these tumor sources.


Wood Partners to Begin First of 240 Apartment Units in Fall 2011

Legacy Farms Road South to Start This Month

April 4, 2011 — The Planning Board and Conservation Commission met jointly this evening to host presentations by Wood Partners LLC in a Public Hearing that outgoing Planning Chair Joe Markey referred to as historic. The company is planning 240 apartment units on the southern side of Main Street as part of Legacy Farms plan for 940 dwelling units on former Weston Nurseries land.

       The entire number of units, according to Wood Partners VP of Development Adelaide Grady, will count toward the town's inventory of affordable homes, which will bring the town closer to being able to deny the kind of comprehensive permits [40b] that skirt the town's bylaws.*

       The projection above shows one view of units designed to avoid monotony with features that are varied and New England oriented.

       Below is an overhead view of the entire site, featuring a central clubhouse, 402 parking spaces and external garages. Following the meeting, Ms. Grady said their design helps build a sense of community, with the clubhouse, and by bringing people out to their spaces or to their garages, as opposed to some designs that incorporate protruding garages that shadow the front doors.

        Some issues brought up this evening centered around lighting, trash removal and wetlands buffers; the boards and the applicants were amenable to solutions.

        Steven Zieff, Project manager for Legacy Farms said that they would begin the main road this month and be done 5 months later.

        Ms. Grady said her team would begin to build in September of this year.

        It is all contingent on final approvals from both boards they met with this evening.

*Only 60 units will actually be "affordable" but all will count towards the inventory.


NOTE: Thanks for those who stuck with our webcast of the meetings tonight, as we tested our limitations. Tonight there was limited bandwidth available in Town Hall, which caused the stream to be interrupted several times. But we'll seek a solution for the next time.




Permission Granted


April 4, 2011 — Patrick Reimonn received the okay from the Conservation Commission Monday night for his Eagle Scout project to build a footbridge on a trail on Lake Whitehall State Park land at Snake Hill on Winter Street.


       He plans to assemble a team of fellow Boy Scouts  — demonstrating leadership is a part of every Eagle project — and will receive assistance from State Park Supervisor, Richard Trubiano, and has been in touch with the Friends of Whitehall, a conservation group. He plans to need 200-300 man-hours for the project that he will begin this summer.

April 6 - Depression and Suicide: Safeguarding Youth, Preventing Tragedies and Building Resiliency." 


The Hopkinton High School counseling department will present a parent program entitled "Depression and Suicide: Safeguarding Youth, Preventing Tragedies and Building Resiliency."  The featured speakers for the program will be Kelley Cunningham and Kim Kates from Samaritans Inc, a national organization aimed at preventing suicide.  The program will be held on Wednesday, April 6th at 7pm in the high school auditorium.  All interested parents, students and community members are invited to attend. 

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Lee Greco, HHS Counseling Department Coordinator at 508-497-9820 ext 1138.


Voter Registration Notice

Town Clerk, 18 Main Street, 508-497-9710,  New Hopkinton residents wishing to vote at the May 2, 2011 Annual Town Meeting and the May 16, 2011  Annual Town Election must register by April 12, 2011


Town Clerk – Office Hours: Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri. 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Tues. 8:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Office Hours April 12th 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Please contact the Town Clerk for Absentee Ballots.


Beth Malloy Withdraws from School Committee Race 

Dear Ms. Click,


   After much discussion and consideration I find it necessary to withdraw my nomination papers for School Committee.  My family and I have experienced some unforeseen, urgent issues arise suddenly in our extended family. This will require more of my immediate attention and time.  Due to this, I feel it would be in the best interest of my family and my community that I withdraw my name from the election for School Committee. 

     I apologize to the community and my supporters for this sudden exit; however, I know I must do what is right for my family.  I stay committed to our schools and our town.  I truly hope that when time allows, I will be able to step into a more active role.


Thank you,

Beth A. Malloy



April 4, 2011


  7:38 pm Sgt Michael Sutton and Officer Aaron O'Neil searched 495 for reported victims of a shooting on the side of the roadway...


7:23 pm A suspicious person in an orange hoodie was reported to be walking around vehicles at 25 Hayward Street...


12:40 pm A 911 caller reporting someone just tried to break into her house. He pried the door and when he met her at the door he fled to a maroon SUV...


11:15 am A Cross Street resident complained of finding arrows in her yard...

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Milford Regional Implants New Pacemaker That Allows MRI Access

April 4, 2011 — Milford Regional Medical Center is the second hospital statewide to implant a new cardiac pacemaker that allows patients to have magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests. This revolutionary pacing system, which was developed by Medtronics, received FDA approval for MRI use in 2011.

A pacemaker is a small device that’s placed in the chest or abdomen to help control abnormal heart rhythms. Prior to this breakthrough technology, patients that had a pacemaker could not undergo an MRI. The radiofrequency and static fields emitted by the powerful magnet could affect the pacing systems operation causing tissue damage, unintended cardiac stimulation and pacemaker malfunction. More than 200,000 patients annually in the United States have to forego an MRI scan because they have a pacemaker. The largest demographic impacted by this diagnostic limitation are those age 65 and older who comprise 86% of those with a pacing system. This group is twice as likely to need an MRI due to increased musculoskeletal and neurological problems. Because MRI is considered the gold standard diagnostic tool for neurologists, oncologists and orthopedic surgeons, it is estimated that 50 – 75% of pacemaker patients will have a medical need for an MRI over the lifetime of their device.

“Pacemakers are essential to the health and well being of many cardiac patients,” states cardiologist William Shine, MD. “With the introduction of this new, cutting-edge technology in pacemakers, patients can now benefit from MRI’s as well. This is a significant advancement in the overall care of our cardiac patients.”


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts


Compiled  for by Robert Falcione © 2011 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from March 26, 2011 to April 4, 2011



Price Date Seller
3 Hopkins Road Irene L Gilbreath $67,375 April 4, 2011 Glenn P Galbreath
 Lilac Court John M Gavula, Jenna G Gavula $263,000 April 1, 2011 David D Dickerson
21 Huckleberry Road James P Donahue $702,500 April 1, 2011 Michael G Randall, Ann E Randall
306 Hayden Rowe Street

Kannan Prasanna,  Ramaswamy Priya Kunsheri

$410,000 March 31, 2011 Christopher Martel, Cynthia Martell
7 Tammer Lane Yang Yong, Wu Xiaorong $675,650 March 31, 2011 William S Chace, Lida M Chace
203 Fruit Street Ayesha R Sheikh, Rizwan A Sheikh $487,500 March 30, 2011 Jennifer A Violette
50 Hayden Rowe Street Douglas, Karen, Ryan and Eric DeWolfe $159,000 March 29, 2011 USA Housing Urban Development
2 Leman Lane 2B Cynthia Centeio $262,500 March 28, 2011 Eric Palson, Kasi Walker, Kari Palson
Last Week
23 Tammer Lane Paul Silva, William Shaw $675,000 Mar 18, 2011 Patricia R Lawrence, Alexander Bender
13 Lilac Court Dean J Russell, Penny S Russell $260,000 Mar 16, 2011 Mary E Tyrell Irrevocable Trust, David E Tyrell Trust
45 Nazneen Circle Pooja Gaurav Goswamy, Gaurav Goswany $430,000 Mar 14, 2011 Ahmed Mirajuddin, Trustee of Peppercorn Village Realty Trust
183 Saddle Hill Road Robert J Firnstein $172,000 Mar 114, 2011 Elaine L Firnstein
Week Before Last        
89-91 Main Street Brady Otey $267,000 Mar 9, 2011 Steven F Moschini, Lauren M Moschini
80 Wood Street Eric A Berger $295,000 Mar 4, 2011 Sherry Wester






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