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Massachusetts Construction Career Day (MassCCD)

May 4 and 5, 2011


The Construction Industry is facing a crisis within its workforce. The average age of a construction worker in the United States is now 45 years old. As these baby boomers move toward retirement, they are finding fewer and fewer younger workers to whom they can pass on their time-tested skills. Unless more young people begin to enter the construction field, there is the potential that some skills may be lost forever. File photo, right.


The two-day Massachusetts Construction Career Day Events works to prevent that crisis from happening. The event is designed to expose high school students to the opportunities available in the construction field and to give them a taste of the skills they will need to enter the profession and also a taste of the skills that they will learn while in the profession.


9:00am - Wednesday - May 4, 2011

Six Hundred (600) students from western Massachusetts schools will arrive at the New England Laborers’ Training Academy in Hopkinton, MA.

8:30am - Thursday - May 5, 2011

Six Hundred (600) students from eastern Massachusetts schools will arrive at the New England Laborers’ Training Academy in Hopkinton, MA.


Each day, the students will leave their buses and discover that - whether their interests lie in math, carpentry, mechanics or science - the construction profession offers challenging and rewarding careers with high-paying jobs. At the event, students will:

  • Talk with industry professionals and share their experiences

  • Learn about opportunities in apprenticeship programs

  • Discuss continuing formal education with Universities and Colleges

  • Complete engineering and construction challenge events

  • Operate backhoes, excavators, jackhammers, pavers, rollers, and other equipment

  • Participate in concrete finishing, welding, cutting, burning, and electrical work

  • Build a tool box or lay a brick wall

  • Complete a survey loop

  • Climb a tree

During all hands-on activities students are (at all times) coached and mentored by qualified and experienced operators.


Exhibitors at MassCCD include construction and related companies, vendors, equipment dealers, labor unions, apprentice programs, colleges, engineers, and others. The exhibitors donate their time, equipment, and in some cases operators, but beyond that there is no cost to exhibit. Exhibitors have found the event to be a great way to work with state government and industry partners to attract a future work force. More information can be found at


AG Coakley Secures $9 Million in Settlement with CVS

BOSTON – CVS Pharmacy Inc. (CVS) has agreed to pay $9 million to the Commonwealth after an investigation revealed the company had overcharged the Massachusetts Medicaid Program (MassHealth) for prescription drugs, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office announced today.

“The Massachusetts Medicaid Program provides critical health care services to thousands of Massachusetts residents,” said AG Coakley. “Our office is focused on rooting out waste and abuse and recovering money on behalf of taxpayers to ensure that companies are not overcharging the Commonwealth for prescription drug costs.”

The settlement is the result of a whistleblower lawsuit filed in federal court in Wisconsin on behalf of the United States, Massachusetts and nine other states.  AG Coakley’s Medicaid Fraud Division undertook an extensive investigation which focused on allegations that CVS failed to follow MassHealth’s pharmacy “third-party liability” regulations 130 CMR 450.317.  These regulations require, for any MassHealth recipients who also have an insurance plan that provides prescription drug coverage, that pharmacies bill MassHealth no more than the amount the recipient would have been obligated to pay had the insurance claims been submitted solely to the third-party insurer.  CVS is a MassHealth provider. 

The settlement agreement also requires CVS to comply with an amended Corporate Integrity Agreement with the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Department of Health and Human Services intended to prevent a recurrence of its conduct. 

MassHealth provides funds for health care goods and services for eligible low-income individuals, including elder citizens, children and people with disabilities.

Since 2007, Attorney General Coakley’s Office has recovered more than $205.2 million on behalf of the Commonwealth’s Medicaid program. 

The case was handled by Assistant Attorneys General Nancy Maroney and Steven Hoffman with the assistance of Investigator Anthony Megathlin, all of Attorney General Coakley’s Medicaid Fraud Division, and with the assistance of the MassHealth Provider Compliance Unit.

Celebrity Cast-off

April 19, 2011 — Mikayla Cappetta 8 yrs old of Hopkinton MA got this water bottle after Geoffrey Mutai dropped it at the Natick 15K checkpoint.  She was excited to hear that he ended up winning the race and setting a record!  She was wearing her "Kenyan shirt" received at Elmwood School in Hopkinton on Thursday when the Kenyan runners visited her school.


Griffin's Friends, 100+ Strong

April 18, 2011 — From their Website: "Griffin’s Friends is a group of volunteers dedicated to providing support to children with cancer.  Founded in 1994 in Springfield, Massachusetts, Griffin’s Friends is named for Griffin D. Kelleher, who passed away at 14 months of age after a courageous battle with cancer.  His legacy is this special group which supports, in a unique way, children in treatment for cancer and their families.


"Griffin’s Friends established the “Griffin’s Friends Children’s Cancer Fund” at Baystate Health Foundation, Inc., which is funded by donations from fund-raising activities organized by Griffin’s Friends volunteers."

Enjoy some more sights from today's Marathon. Click on a thumbnail to enlarge.

Susan Anderson, 57

Susan Anderson, 57, of Hopkinton, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2011 at the Brigham and Women�s Hospital in Boston. Born in Michigan, she was the
daughter of the late Kim and Caroline (Womack) Hill. She was the wife of Christopher Anderson of Hopkinton.

A 20 year Hopkinton resident, Susan formerly worked at Ford Motors and had been a teacher and technology coordinator in the Hopkinton School system
for 15 years.

Besides her husband of 32 years, she leaves behind her children, Christopher Anderson and his wife Jacqueline, Mark Anderson and Brian Anderson, and her brother, Kim E. Hill of NY, NY.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 from 5-8p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. A funeral service will take place on Thursday, April 21st at 11:00a.m. at Pilgrim Church, 15 Common St. Southborough. Burial will take place in Charlestown, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 495 Old Connecticut Path Ste 220 Framingham, MA 01701

They're Off! (Photo scrolls)

Course Record Set by Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya 2 hours 3 minutes and 2 seconds


It Started Here

April 18, 2011 — A cool tailwind that chilled spectators in Hopkinton at the start of the 115th Boston Marathon bode well for

Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya, top right in center of photo warming up on the course minutes before the starter's pistol was fired by Walter Brown. In  the left of composite photo is the fastest American running, Ryan Hall, who finished fourth, being interviewed by former Hopkinton resident and WBZ-TV sports anchor, Steve Burton.

          HopNews offered a three-camera perspective live webcast of Main Street as well as interviews with local celebrities and others during the hours and minutes leading up to the race, and all three waves. Thank you to the nearly 90 local viewers who stayed with us during the webcast, a record number for this newly added feature of HopNews.


Kenyan, Caroline Kilel Wins Women's Boston

April 18, 2011 — Kenyan Caroline Kilel, far left, above, takes her first stride on the way to winning the Women's Division of the 115th Boston Marathon 26 miles, 385 yards later with a time of 2 hours 22 minutes and 36 seconds, edging the American, Michigan native Desiree Davila.


April 17, 2011 — Julian Bianchi, 6.5 years-old, runs up Main Street to show off his pass for him and an adult to VIP seating at the Start of the Boston marathon Monday, a prize he won from Dorothy Ferriter-Wallace of the Marathon Committee, who donated it for pack 97 in appreciation for their cleaning up the Downtown.


Exciting Egg-Sighting

April 17, 2011 — The third in an ongoing series of photos in the lives of this Canada goose couple at Ice House Pond shows that the island in the middle of the pond where she has made her nest is swamped from recent rains. It has subsided, above, in the last 24 hours, but that isn't a guarantee that she has been able to keep her eggs warm enough to keep them alive. One egg can be seen against the front of her breast, as she turns her neck to tend to the nest or another egg. She just settled in after a swim around the pond, and her mate stands guard, never getting so close as to give away the location of the nest. The photographer hopes to see goslings hatched from that island. Photos one and two are below. More will follow.

In Memoriam

April 17, 2011 — Painter of the Start Line of the Boston Marathon, Jacques LeDuc, painted his 29th Start Line without his longtime helpers, and fellow Marathon Committee members, Paul "Buzzy" Buswell and Dr. Charles "Doc" Bobeck, who both died since the last Boston Marathon in 2010, and are commemorated in the rendering above. One of Mr. LeDuc's daughters suggested that the "S" stood for "Simonne" as in Marie Simonne LeDuc, his mother, who was also conspicuously absent as a result of her death last June.

"Shooting" Runner

April 17, 2011 — Detective Timothy Brennan, in uniform today, continues a long-standing tradition of stopping traffic for visitors on Marathon weekend and taking photos of them, or for them.

Boston Marathon Race Day Schedule

9:00 a.m. Mobility Impaired Participants Start
9:17 a.m. Push-Rim Wheelchair Division Start
9:22 a.m. Handcycle Participants Start
9:32 a.m. Elite Women’s Start
10:00 a.m. Elite Men’s Start & Wave One
10:20 a.m Wave Two
10:40 a.m. Wave Three
5:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony
Fairmont Copley Plaza, Grand Ballroom

  1. Thumbnail <---- Enjoy some HD sights and sounds from last year's Boston Marathon put together by Andrew Sweeney for HopNews



14th Annual 2010 Fishing Derby

• Saturday May 14 Rain or shine •

  • 9am – 12 noon •

 Hopkinton Sportsman’s Club, 95 Lumber Street

• Free to all children  • Free T-Shirt to first all children who register

 • Pre-registration can be made by calling the station (508)497-3401

 • Pond will be stocked with trout • Some bait will be provided

 • Prizes will be awarded throughout the day with a trophy presentation shortly after 12 noon.

FREE FOOD FOR ALL! Hot dogs, hamburgers, donuts, coffee, soda, water, juice, chips & snacks.


Any questions call Officer Phil Powers –For donations, Send to:

Hopkinton Police Association

Attn: Officer Phil Powers

74 Main Street

Hopkinton, MA 01748

This event cannot be successful without some assistance from our residents and businesses. To help offset the cost of this fun-filled day, we are asking for contributions. Any assistance you can provide will be greatly appreciated.


“West Side Story”


The Hopkinton Middle School Drama Club will present the musical “West Side Story” at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1 at the Hopkinton Middle School auditorium, 88 Hayden Rowe St. 


Considered to be the finest musical ever produced, “West Side Story” tells the story of star-crossed couple Tony and Maria,  members of rival New York City gangs.  Set in New York City in the mid-1950s, the musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The musical is an updated version of Shakespeare’s tragedy “Romeo & Juliet,” which the Middle School drama students presented last December.


Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors and will be available in advance at the Middle School office or at the door.    School supplies for Hopkinton-based charity Project Just Because will be collected at the door during each performance. Photo by Jodie Rosenzwieg


Heavy Traffic on Lake Whitehall

April 16, 2011 — Scores of boats took to Lake Whitehall during the Woodville Rod and Gun Club's Trout Derby on Saturday. Robin Harwood won first prize for largest fish, but by the time it was announced, the beauty was well on its way to the frying pan.

"Getting the Lead Out"

April 16, 2011 — Woodville Rod and Gun Club member Jackie Pratt explains The Great Sinker Swap, and the reasons for it, to an interested member. The club is hosting a lead to non-lead swap to help rid the waters of lead sinkers, which can harm fish and people, as well as other animals in the food chain.

     According to literature distributed by Ms. Pratt, lead sinkers, weights and jigs weighing less than one pound will be banned in all inland water on January 1, 2012. Those interested in the free exchange may contact her at .

Library Expansion Presentation

April 6, 2011 — Members of the Permanent Building Committee once again presented their vision of an expanded Hopkinton Library to interested attendees this morning. On face value, it appears that few attended, but the photographer was told by an attendee that people were coming and going; and the adjacent room was busy with people. Please note that a wide angle lens on a camera captures more space, but also makes a room look cavernous that might not be.

      People, one or more abutters and others who are opposed to the expansion, as well as some who favor it, are discussing their views on Town Talk.

      Please feel free to do the same.

Depth of Field

April 16, 2011 — The diminishing perspective and off-page vanishing point of this scene, despite the subject matter on the Common, inspired the photographer to demonstrate photographic depth-of-field, the way objects are in or out of focus ahead of and past the focal point.  In the scene above, a large aperture, f2.8, on a zoom lens was used. The zoom has a natural tendency to throw the background out of focus somewhat, but the intentional use of the technique caused an extremely shallow depth-of-field, which means that not much past the focused subject is in focus.

       Mouse-over the image to see what a small aperture, f22, on the same camera and lens will do. A small aperture (larger numerical value) allows for the greatest depth-of-field, bringing distant objects into better focus. The photos above were not altered post-capture, except for size. The focus demonstration was done solely with the camera's aperture and shutter speed. photos.


Three Men Arraigned In Connection With Decades-Old Unsolved Homicide

All Face Charges For The 1969 Killing Of Then 15-Year Old John McCabe


WOBURN– Three men have been charged and arraigned in connection with the previously unsolved and decades-old homicide of John Joseph McCabe, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.

 Arrest warrants were issued last night for Edward Alan Brown, 59, of Londonberry, NH, Walter Shelley, 60, of Tewksbury, and Michael Ferreira, 57, of Salem, NH.  Shelley is charged with murder.  Brown is charged with manslaughter.  Because Ferreira was a juvenile at the time of the incident, he will be charged in juvenile court on the murder charge and will face an adult complaint on a perjury charge for lying to the Grand Jury.  Ferreira first faces a fugitive from justice warrant in New Hampshire prior to facing the Massachusetts charges. 

             Brown and Shelley were arraigned in Lowell District Court before Judge Harvey.  Shelley was ordered held on $500,000 cash bail.  Brown was released on personal recognizance.  Their next court date is May 26 for a pre-trial conference.

             Ferreira was arraigned in Exeter District Court in New Hampshire on the fugitive from justice warrant and was ordered held on $500,000 cash bail.  He faces a rendition hearing in Salem District Court on Monday, April 18 at 9am.  He will be arraigned on the juvenile murder complaint upon his rendition to Massachusetts.

            According to authorities, at approximately 9:45am on September 27, 1969, Lowell Police responded to a vacant field off Maple Street in Lowell for reports of the discovery of a male victim, obviously deceased. 

The victim, identified as 15 year-old John Joseph McCabe, of Tewksbury, was bound with rope, with his eyes and mouth taped shut.

Authorities launched an immediate investigation into the circumstances of the killing.  It was determined that McCabe disappeared after leaving a dance at the Knights of Columbus in Tewksbury and was reported missing by his parents hours later when he did not return home.

            Due to recent evidentiary developments, coupled with a 41 year investigation, the three defendants were charged.  It is alleged that Shelley, Ferreira and Brown were all involved in abducting the victim, holding him in a car against his will on September 27, 1969, where they assaulted him, and subsequently bound and gagged him in such a way that it led to his death.   

             It is alleged that Shelley drove the car to the vacant field on Maple Street in Lowell and that the defendants left the victim in the field, where he died alone. 

             The cause of death was determined to be asphyxia due to strangulation. 

             These charges are allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.  The investigation is ongoing.


On Tuesday, April 12, 2011, the Hopkinton Garden Club and the Marathon Quilt Guild partnered together to bring a wonderful program to the community.  Robin Murphy joined the two groups at the First Congregational Church to present her 'Quilts in Bloom' program.  More than sixty members of the surrounding community were in attendance.  Ms. Murphy is both an expert quilter and acclaimed floral designer.  The program combined both skills - starting with a quilted piece as inspiration for building a fresh floral arrangement.  Ms. Murphy began with a description of history and creation of each quilt as she used the design and color to inspire a unique floral arrangement, which she created as she spoke.  She also provided detailed instruction regarding the flowers and foliage in her arrangement, as well as design tips and techniques.  Several lucky attendees were able to go home with the beautiful arrangements. 

This program was supported in part by a grant from the Hopkinton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


EMC Annual Respite Center Party

April 16, 2011 — Sharon Lisnow and Mary McQueeney of the Respite Center took a moment from preparations for their party to pose for a moment with  Anthony Festa prior to the arrival of hundreds of guests. Each year they get together to thank their guests and clients, and to accept contributions from EMC, Natick Firefighters and others who pledge to run the BAA Boston Marathon on behalf of the Center and gather sponsors.


Runners Festival

April 16, 2011 — Gail Dobinski gives a complimentary neck massage to a patron of the Runners Festival at Hopkinton Drug this afternoon.


Welcome, World

April 16, 2011 — An apparent runner of the 100th Boston Marathon poses with his daughter for the must-get shot for tourists this time of year. Click on a thumbnail below for more pre-Marathon photos.

Middle School Hockey Champs


April 16, 2011 — Congratulations to the Hopkinton Middle School Hockey team on their second straight divisional championship! The team posted a 3-1 victory over King Philip at the Foxboro Sports Center. The Hillers rattled off nine straight win to finish out the season.

      The team was coached by Leo Squatrito and Eric Carty. Lynn McCluskey served as the team Manager. The Hillers were lead by 8th graders #42 Brandon Carty, #40 Tim Greizer, # 31 TJ Fujiyoshi, # 32 Brendan O’Leary, #43 Nick Pomeroy and #25 Dominic Yannino.

      The 6th and 7th graders were, #8 Spencer Coveney, # 9 Kara Finnerty, #13 Will Lindon, # 15 Tim Bloomer, #26 Trevor MacDonald, # 56 Jake LeBlanc, #63 Alex Kosheff, #64 Nick Temple, # 65 Kyle Schlicke, #66 Noah Keates, #82 Vaughn Wahlberg, #85 Josh Sokol, # 59 Tim McGrath, # 58 Zach Rogers, #5 Michael Fajardo, #10 Dan Plumb, # 11 Kyle Canty, #16 Andrew Estella, # 33 Jack Vaccari, #38 Mark McCluskey, # 41 Nick Poillucci, #47 Trevor Ballantyne, #55 Freeman Alfano, # 72 Will Pickens, # 88 Nick Carrazza, # 89 Everett Rolph. Photo by Dave Fajardo


Demons Squirt 2’s Win Hockey Championship

April 16, 2011 — The Demons Youth Hockey Squirt 2 team, led by Coach Dave Downey, won their league championship last Wednesday night with a 4-0 victory over the Franklin Flyers at North Star Youth Forum in Westborough.

       The Demons finished their regular season in 3rd place out of the 13 team Squirt 2 Upper Division playing in the North Star Youth League. The Demons program is made up of boys and girls from Holliston, Hopkinton and Ashland.

       In a double elimination tournament, they started off with a 4-3 overtime loss. They then rattled off 6 consecutive victories including the final two games against the #2 team in the division, Assabet, and ultimately beating the #1 ranked team, Franklin, in the final game. The 6 wins included 5 shutouts by goalie Jay Frandina of Hopkinton.

       Hopkinton residents Cameron Allen, Caraline Carrazza, Liam Farrell, Matthew Fliegauf, Jay Frandina, , Thomas Lincoln, William Pawela, Jacob Silliman and Daniel Proudman were part of the championship season, along with assistant coaches David Frandina, Ted Allen, and Mark Pawela.

        The team also includes Holliston residents James Crews, Chris Foster, James Franco, Grace Roberto, Robbie Saponaro, Elizabeth Crews (assistant coach) and Northbridge resident Bryce Downey.

        Congratulations on a great season! For more information on Demons Youth Hockey, go to:

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Hopkinton vs. Bellingham

April 15, 2011 — Michelle Cooprider is ready to spring toward home for a run against Bellingham today.



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