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Waxing and Waning

April 27, 2011 — It is rare to have both the magnolia flowers and the PJM Rhododendrons at the corner of Frankland Road and East Main Street in perfect bloom at the same time. Usually, the magnolias are waning as the PJM's come into full bloom. The PJM is named for Weston Nurseries founder Peter J Mezitt by his son, Ed, who hybridized a rhododendron and an azalea to create a fully covered shrub.


From Wellesley

April 28, 2011 — One person shouted "Wellesley" after being asked where they were from while passing by.



April 27, 2011 — Savannah Betancourt, 3, gets a big sniff of the flowers on this shrub at Weston Nurseries today.

Selectmen Chairman RJ Dourney Promises Neighborhood Group

a Fast Track for West Main/School Street Intersection

Selectmen blast Historic District Commission

- Discuss asking member resignations and/or not reappointing members

by Robert Falcione

April 26, 2011 — School Street resident Errol Dickey (above, gesturing) said he was surprised to learn that another neighbor had also started a grass-roots effort to investigate ways to empower their neighbors to approach authorities and begin to study the intersection at West Main and School Streets where several accidents have taken place since the last study in 2004.

        Article 29 of the May 2, 2011 Town Meeting warrant requests funding for a study of the intersection, as well as the authority to seek funding for the actual work on that intersection. Funding for roads is typically sought after from the State. Conversations in past years have mentioned traffic lights at the intersection as a needed improvement. The Selectmen later voted to support the Article.

        Selectmen Chairman RJ Dourney promised his support for the Article and got a promise from DPW Director John Westerling to bring this matter to a Special Town Meeting in the fall to seek funding, even without Chapter 90 money [state highway aid] if necessary.

        "It is conceivable this [approval and funding] could be remedied in six months," Mr. Dourney said.


Historical District Commission [HDC] Discussion

         Complaining largely about the process, the four Selectmen present at this evening's meeting took turns lambasting the Historic District Commission for their decision to go public with their unanimous vote to not support Town meeting Article 49: Amend Zoning Map: Library Parcels and Article 53: Library Project Preliminary Design. The Selectmen also complained that the Permanent Building Committee and Library Trustees were not invited to the HDC meeting where the vote was taken. Chairman of the Historical District Commission, Michael Gerardi, has said the members of the Commission had already seen the presentations by the PBC before their meeting vote.

          The Commission, made up of six [there are seven positions, one vacant] appointed volunteers, cited "inappropriate scale and character" of the proposed expanded library, and stated in the letter to Selectmen that they also sent to the press, "the streetscape of the Town Common area and the entire Historic District will be negatively impacted by the intrusion of the proposed structure." The HDC had another six bullet points in opposition to the Articles, while asking Selectmen and residents to vote with them.

          RJ Dourney said he saw the action as a "threat that they would interfere [with the process]."

          "I think that committee [HDC] should understand how disappointed we are." 

          A few minutes later in the discussion, Mr. Dourney said, "The Board [of Selectmen] is within its rights to ask a committee member to resign."

          Selectman John Mosher said he did not like hearing about the letter to the Selectmen on HopNews first, saying that the process the HDC used was not conducive to constructive dialogue.

          Selectman Michele Gates, offering a face-saving measure for the HDC, suggested that the vote they made at a meeting where their agenda had not been posted in advance might not be a valid vote. She also suggested that the HDC has the authority to eventually shoot down the Library Project if and when the plans go before them. Mr. Dourney said the HDC did not have authority over zoning issues.

           "In context," Mrs. Gates said, "the [Hopkinton] Gourmet wanted to change their landscaping, but they [HDC] wouldn't allow it."

          According to Town manager Norman Khumalo, following a discussion yesterday with him, Mr. Dourney and Mr. Girardi, the HDC scheduled a meeting for tomorrow evening, April 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm at Town Hall in the lower level. The Library Board of Trustees and the Permanent Building Committee have scheduled a joint meeting with them.

         The Selectmen also voted to support or not support the Town Meeting Articles this evening.  Following that session, Selectman Ben Palleiko brought up the subject of the HDC again, asking Mr. Khumalo what measures could be taken, and suggesting a letter of censure.

          Mr. Dourney said he was not letting the matter slide, and that they would discuss it at their next meeting.


Dimensional Requirements Comparison


Residence A

Downtown Business

Street setback 40 feet 5 feet
Side setback 10 feet 0 ft. adjacent to non-residential uses; 10 ft. adjacent to residential uses
Rear setback 20 feet 20 ft. adjacent to non-residential uses; 30 ft. adjacent to residential uses
Max. lot coverage by buildings 35% 60%
Library parking requirement (Place of Assembly) 1 space for every 2 seats plus 1 for each employee on the largest shift ½ X (1 space for every 2 seats plus 1 for each employee on the largest shift)


          The Downtown Historic District extends from Center School to Hopkinton Gourmet on the southern side of Main Street and also encompasses the first few homes on Hayden Rowe Street. The property at 9 Church Street and owned by Trustees will be demolished for the expansion. It is not in the District. The chart above, supplied by Director of Planning Elaine Lazarus, shows a comparison of Residence A and Downtown Business zones. It is part of a presentation she plans to give at Town Meeting next week in support of the zoning change that will allow the library — and this is one of the greatest complaints of the HDC — to cover 60% of the lot with their building, as opposed to the 35% coverage now allowed.

          An entity in the Downtown Historic District wishing to make changes to their building must get the approval of the HDC, most commonly in the form of a Certificate of Appropriateness.

Relay For Life: The Spirit of Spring
By Evan Katz

With spring in full bloom, the biggest event of the season fast approaches – Relay For Life. Relay For Life is an annual fundraiser, collecting money to be donated to the American Cancer Society. Unlike most fundraisers, however, Relay is a community-wide event, and participants walk all night around the Hopkinton High School track, symbolizing the struggle of a cancer patient, always moving towards the coming dawn of a new day.
                Though the May 20th event is less than a month away, the 90+ teams that have signed up are wasting no time in finding creative ways to raise money. Whether by door-to-door fundraising, bake sales, or car washes, teams of both students and adults are working to make this year’s Relay an even bigger success. Katrina Parsons, a Hopkinton High junior, has organized a fundraiser at the Milford Friendly’s restaurant.  On May 10th, from 5-8 pm, anyone bringing a Relay For Life coupon will have 20% of their bill donated towards Relay. Of course, this is just one of the many ways that teams across town are helping to raise money for this important cause.
                While many teams are already signed up for the event, there’s still plenty of time to get involved. By joining an existing team or creating a new one, Relay For Life encourages everyone to participate in this life-changing event. As a new addition this year, the Relay Committee will be permitting “midnight teams”, or teams that are allowed to leave at midnight instead of staying for the entire event. However, walking the track for the whole night is highly encouraged, and always is an unforgettable experience. For more information on the Hopkinton Relay For Life, visit

Kids Raise Money

Dear Hop News:


Thank you for your help in getting the word out about our fundraiser "Dollars for Doyle" for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society that we ran last Friday.  We were able to raise $350 in profits that will be sent directly to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on behalf of our friend, Doyle, who has been battling leukemia.  We had a lot of fun and it was a lot of hard work but for a very good cause.  Thank you to everyone who stopped by and for all of your generous donations!!  We are VERY appreciative.


Elisabeth Kistner, Jess Sci, Maeve Cross and Meghan Herlihey

6th graders at Hopkinton Middle School

Hopkinton Housing Authority

100 Davis Road

Hopkinton, MA 01748




The Hopkinton Housing Authority is now accepting applications for its elderly housing units. Eligibility Requirements are:


Age: 60 years old or under 60 disabled.


Income Limits: One Person: $45,100.00 or less; Two Persons $51,550.00 or less

Please contact Linda Donahue (508) 435-6022 for questions and to request an application between the hours of 9:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. – Monday through Thursday.

Favors Library Plan


I am a former Hopkinton Public Library trustee, and am also a resident of Church Street, a street which will be affected tremendously by the expansion of the library. I am writing to say that in spite of the traffic it will bring to my street,  I whole-heartedly support the expansion of the library as proposed. This plan will blend the lovely historic aspect  of the old library with the new state of the art features which a library in the 21st century demands. Space-wise it just makes sense to go around the corner to expand, and keep the library in the center of town. I am willing to put up  with the extra time it will take me to get to and from my home, if I can be proud of the modern library which will meet the needs of our citizens for years to come. Much time and planning has gone into this plan, and I feel that it should go ahead as proposed.



Dorry O’Neill

29 Church St.


April 26, 2011


Milford Regional Offers Faster Recovery with

New Cardiac Catheterization Procedure


April 26, 2011 — Milford Regional Medical Center now offers transradial artery catheterization-- the very latest in coronary diagnostics that provides greater patient comfort and quicker recovery. Recognized as the gold standard against which all other coronary diagnostic tests are measured, over 30 cardiac catheterizations are performed each month by highly experienced cardiologists and their team in the Medical Center’s state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab.

Cardiac catheterization (cath) is a procedure that provides the clearest look at the arteries that supply the heart muscle. It is used to evaluate the pumping ability of the heart, the functioning of heart valves, and to measure pressures within the heart. It helps diagnose the location and severity of blockages, narrowing of the arteries, coronary artery disease, defective heart valves, congenital heart defects and disease of the heart muscle.  Traditionally, cardiac catheterization involved guiding a thin, hollow, flexible tube (called a catheter) through the femoral artery in the groin to the heart. Contrast dye would then be injected to provide a means of viewing the arteries with X ray. The newer transradial artery cath inserts the catheter into the

radial artery in the wrist (located below the thumb) rather than the femoral artery.

The difference between the two catheterization procedures is the size of the arteries accessed and their respective catheters; the femoral being much larger. While both procedures provide the same diagnostic capabilities on the condition of the heart, the radial artery cath offers patients much greater comfort and far less down time. Because the radial artery is easier to localize and compress, it takes less time for the injection site to heal afterwards and bleeding complications are minimized. Following femoral artery catheterizations, patients are required to lay flat on their backs with minimal movement between four to six hours to prevent bleeding and allow the site to completely close. Once these patients are discharged to home, they still face restrictions for one week, including limited bending and lifting.

Though complication rates are low for either procedure, cardiologist William Shine, MD, says a radial artery cath has significantly less risks associated with it. “Because the radial artery is much smaller than the femoral artery, bleeding is much easier to stop when it occurs,” he explains.

Following a radial artery cath, patients have complete mobility and can go home in as little as two to three hours! During recovery, they can sit up in bed, take a walk, use the restroom and even eat a meal. To seal the injection site, a simple compression device is placed over the wrist and released slowly. Discharge instructions call for few limitations, such as not hyper-extending the wrist for 48 hours.

“We are very excited to be able to offer radial cardiac catheterizations to our patients,” states Elizabeth Prior, RN, cardiac catheterization lab supervisor, “Their recovery time is much quicker and much more comfortable. Our patients have been very pleased with their experiences.” Contributed content.



Supports Historic District Commission

Dear Editor,

I am writing to support the decision the Historic District Commission (HDC) made in their meeting on April 21st regarding their recommendation to not support the current library expansion scheme. As the former Chairman of the Historic District Commission, I can empathize with their dilemma between “supporting a good cause” and exercising their HDC responsibilities but I applaud their courage and wisdom.


As an architect by trade and an abutter by choice, my personal opinion is both informed and subjective. The massive library addition proposed by the Permanent Building Committee (PBC) would overwhelm the existing residential neighborhood and dwarf the existing library structure. The HDC is charged with maintaining and enhancing the character of the district. They have the authority and responsibility to determine if any proposed structure is in keeping with this preexisting distinctive character. Make no mistake; I support the library remaining in the district, as I believe, does the HDC. What we are all saying is that the addition should be ‘fit for purpose’ and appropriate in scale. To my mind, neither the function nor the form of the PBC’s proposed edifice has been satisfactorily demonstrated. The rush to submit a grant application to a state program that has continually provided funds since 1992 is baffling.


Let’s stand back and let the townspeople assess what the Hopkinton Library’s mission for this century should be. We know the PBC wants to increase it’s size fourfold, to be a meeting place for over 100 people and invest in a significant expansion in book stacks but since our tax money will be required to fund the construction and operations, do the townspeople agree with this mission? What the library should be is beyond this writer’s knowledge, although in speaking with a former librarian of Harvard University, perhaps the mission of a town library should be the central repository of all things local, archiving data important to the history and legacy of the town? Irrespective of what we envision, what we all know is that digital domains now provide access to a wealth of information we once sought in printed form.


The existing Hopkinton Public Library is a complex of engaging, intimate spaces where one can go and seek knowledge and support on an individual and small group basis. The PBC is assuming that additional town funds will be allocated to a library mission that includes large group meetings in a significantly expanded facility. If you agree with this Committee’s viewpoint then come to town meeting and vote for the zoning change and the funding for completion of the current design. But if you, like this writer, believe that we need more information then support the HDC’s position so we can start the discussion.


Michael Roughan AIA

6 Hayden Rowe Street

April 26, 2011

Tails of Cotton

April 26, 2011 — Allison Pagliocca's Saturday was not lost when the rain dampened the Park and Recreation Department's Easter Egg Hunt. Her family, as well as about 75 others, made their way to Hopkinton Drug to spend some quality time with the Easter Bunny.

Carwash Against Cancer

Fundraiser for Relay for Life

Saturday, April 30th 10:00am to 1:00pm

14 Cedar Street, Hopkinton (Route 85)

Price: $8 per car; there will also be soda and water for $1 each, and baked goods for 50¢.\


King of the Rock

April 25, 2011 — The roving HopNews Video Camera captured this sight this morning at Fiske Millpond in Upton, downstream from Lake Maspenock. It is a screen capture from a moving video.

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign...

April 25, 2011 — Scott Aghababian, one of two Republican candidates for School Committee, was the first out of the gate last week with his political signs. The sign is on Main Street on Joe Strazzulla's property. Mr. Strazzulla, a fellow Republican, is a former Selectman.

Support for Nancy Burdick

Dear Editor:

I am supporting Nancy Burdick for School Committee because of experience in the education field and her demonstration to creative inclusive environment for our children.


During this academic year, Nancy worked with several families guiding us through resolution to several critical Special Education issues. Nancy was quick to identify several consistent themes of concern amongst parent and guided the families in working in collaborative manner to communicate with the school administration. In addition, Nancy followed through with both the parents and the school administration.


In tumultuous financial times such as these it is especially important to have strong leadership. Nancy Burdick has the experience, intellect, passion and leadership to help Hopkinton Public Schools navigate the difficulties we face. Nancy has and will continue to help our school system define the right priorities and make the necessary changes to help our children get the most they can within the resource constraints we are grappling with.


This is why I am supporting Nancy for School Committee on May 16th at the polls.



Eileen Locke

7 Connelly Hill Road

April 25, 2011





April 27, 2011


The Board of Selectmen in conjunction with the School Committee will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, April 27, 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 elementary school building project. Comments or suggestions can be submitted in advance to If you have any questions, please call the Selectmen’s Office at 508-497-9700. 


Also, please note that the Hopkinton Women's Club has cancelled Candidates Night originally scheduled on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.



April 25, 2011



3:45 am A Davis Road resident had too many towels on his rack...


7:52 am An elderly woman out walking knew who she was, but not where she was...


10:40 pm A Trevor Lane resident complained that his neighbor in the next condo was being loud; he can see her drinking wine...


3:48 am Units responding to a report of gunshots behind a residence discovered...


Annual Event Cancelled

Annual Meet the Candidates Night

Meet the Candidates Night, sponsored by the Hopkinton Women’s Club, will be held on Wednesday, April 27th at 7 PM


From: Hopkinton Women's Club
Date: 25 Apr 2011
Time: 09:11:12 -0700
Remote Name:


Due to conflict of town meetings, the Hopkinton Women's Club has decided to cancel the "Meet the Candidates Night" this year. We look forward to next year, Wed Apr 25th 2012, to continue our tradition.


Arrest Log Up-to-Date:

What follows is HopNews' prose presentation of the arrest log from the last week that has been supplied by the Hopkinton Police Department. The incident log will follow this afternoon.


The information is being presented now on this page as a result of clamoring for information by HopNews readers wondering why we have yet to carry the "news" about the rape of a teen boy by a Hopkinton resident. The MetroWest Daily News carried a story by their court reporter. HopNews does not have a court reporter, and the Hopkinton Police is not giving out any information other than what is below. The crime stories we do report are as a result of the police agency involved making the crime public through a personal presentation or press release. Other than that, HopNews takes the arrest and incident logs that we receive once a week and turn the columns and rows into prose that people can read fluidly. For those who must read the sordid details, the MWDN story is here. We will make public any information the DA's Office puts out.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts


Compiled  for by Robert Falcione © 2011 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from April 11, 2011 to April 24, 2011



Price Date Seller
28 Apple Tree Hill Road E James L Golden III $147,500 April 22, 2011 Fannie Mae
Wilson Street Aho Daniel Trust, Fiske Hill Realty Trust $60,000 April 21, 2011 Jon Rosenfeld, Patricia Rosenfeld
4 Donna Pass Kenneth J LaGelnne, Patricia J LaGlenne $620,000 April 15, 2011 Neil H Shaffer, Nanci A Shaffer
21 Forest Lane UNIT 19 W/PS 21A & 21B Xiao Minglong, Kang Yanli $320,000 April 14, 2011 Atrthur A Massicott, Kacqueline K Massicott
Last Week        
40 Sanctuary Lane Dorothy A Hunt Trust, Hunt-Sanctuary Fam Trust $270,000 April 8, 2011 Irina Veron, Galina Yasnova
7 Sanctuary Lane #17 Anna M Ferrari $446,798.37 April 7, 2011 Weston Development Group
20 Huckleberry Road Louis J Delonte, Margaret T Delonte $717,500 April 6, 2011 George Batejan, Carol A Batejan
45 Chamberlain Street William A Muench, Roberta T Meunch $269,900 April 5, 2011 Mark B Segars, Sally Ann L Segars, Sally Ann K Stukels
Week Before Last        
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



April 24, 2011 — The Roving HopNews camera caught the Loch Ness Monster Rock on the Southborough/Marlborough line this afternoon. It was inspiration enough to see if Crocodile Rock is still at Lake Maspenock, near the dam. It is (below).

Chicken Dance

April 24, 2011 — The rooster above started scratching the ground, an apparent warning gesture toward the photographer on Fruit Street today.

No Burning Desire

April 24, 2011 — A rare sight indeed, when the company running the gas distribution on Wilson  Street uses both stacks to burn off impurities, like it did this past week in this scene visible from the Hopkinton Reservoir.

Raindrops Keep Falling on My... Lodge!

April 24, 2011 — It appears the young beavers spotted in Woodville have been busy building a lodge, or perhaps a second home, for themselves at an undisclosed location. The thumbnail to the left enlarges to page-size. It is a distant shot, also taken yesterday, of one of the beavers associated with the structure above.




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