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Plant Sale - Community Covenant Church Hopkinton is holding a Plant Sale Saturday May 21, 8-12,  Rain or shine.  Mostly perennials, some annuals, dahlias and glads.  Low prices.  Free coffee and donuts.  2 W. Elm St. Hopkinton.  495 Exit 21B.

State Police Investigating Fatal Crash in Wrentham


May 6, 2011 — Today at 1 p.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Foxboro responded to reports of a single-vehicle crash on Route 495 northbound, just south of exit 15 in Wrentham. The crash resulted in one fatality and one serious injury.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Matthew Guarino indicates that a 2005 Toyota Camry, operated by Michael J. Bird, 78, of Milford, was traveling north on route 495 in the middle travel lane when the vehicle left the roadway and entered  the center median, where it became lodged between several trees. Troopers on scene performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Bird and provided first aid to a passenger, 78-year-old Thomas Russell of Milford. Both parties were trapped in the vehicle and had to be freed by mechanical means by the Wrentham Fire Department. Troopers continued with CPR as the victim was carried out of the woods to an awaiting ambulance. Bird was transported to Sturdy Hospital in Attleboro where he was pronounced deceased. Russell was transported to Milford Hospital.


The facts and circumstances of the crash remain under investigation by Troop H of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. Troopers were assisted at the scene by Wrentham Fire Department and the Department of Transportation Highway Division.


Milford Regional Receives Award on Quality Care and Patient Satisfaction

May 6, 2011 — Milford Regional Medical Center (Milford Regional) received a healthcare achievement award for quality/patient care and patient satisfaction from Amerinet, a leading healthcare group purchasing organization. Amerinet grants these honors yearly in recognition of member excellence for commitment to the reduction of healthcare costs and improvements in the quality of patient care delivery.


The Healthcare Achievement Awards offer an opportunity for Amerinet to underscore acute and non-acute care member facilities that met the highest standard of excellence addressing a value-of-care mission. “These awards recognize and celebrate members who are innovators, collaborators and leaders,” said Todd Ebert, Amerinet president and CEO. “These nominees truly excelled at meeting the challenges of the healthcare industry delivering high-quality, cost-effective patient care.”


Milford Regional was recognized for redesigning how the Medical Center provides care for patients needing additional intravenous therapy. Rather than have patients return to the emergency department for this care, they now receive their IV therapy in a more convenient outpatient location. The response from both patients and staff to this new process has been extremely positive.

“Our multi-disciplinary team did a great job in developing a more patient friendly process for those requiring additional IV therapy treatments,” states Edward J. Kelly, president of Milford Regional. “This effort exemplifies the emphasis our staff places on providing quality, compassionate care. They are to be commended.”


Robert J. Pyne 77


Franklin—Robert J. Pyne 77, a Franklin resident since 1965, died Wednesday May 4, 2011 at Norwood Hospital. He was the husband of the late Evelyn M. (Mooney) Pyne who died in 2007.

Born in Hopkinton, April 18, 1934 a son of the late William F. and Helen (McGrail) Pyne he was raised and educated in Hopkinton, and was a graduate of Hopkinton High School, where he was also the class president. He was a retired truck driver for the former P.I.E. Trucking Company.
He served in the United States Army following the end of the Korean conflict. He attained the rank of SP/4, and was honorably discharged in December 1958.

He was a member of Brockton Local #653 Teamsters Union, and was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church.

He is survived by his daughter; Patricia A. McDermott of East Bridgewater, a brother William F. Pyne of Dennis, a sister Janet Stewart of Hopkinton, a granddaughter, a great grandson, and nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Mass Monday May 9th, at 12 Noon in St. Mary’s Church 1 Church Sq. Franklin. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours at the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home 33 Cottage St. FRANKLIN, , are Monday from 10-11:30AM.

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- More than 40 Customers Including Pfizer, BMS, EMD Serono, Novartis, NIH, Broad Institute, Harvard University to Present on Sequencing, Drug Discovery, Biologics and Vaccine Development, In Vivo Imaging and Pre-Clinical Tissue Imaging -


HOPKINTON, Mass., May 5, 2011 -- Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALP), a leading provider of tools and services for drug discovery and life sciences research for personalized medicine, will be hosting its Caliper Owners Group (COG 2011) meeting on May 17th and 18th. This annual event brings together global thought-leaders in research, drug discovery, and diagnostics to discuss the technologies and discoveries that are transforming the detection and treatment of disease, and making personalized medicine a reality.


"COG 2011 will be a landmark event for Caliper," said Kevin Hrusovsky, President and CEO of Caliper Life Sciences. "The presentations and groundbreaking research that will be shared at this event will highlight how Caliper technologies are increasingly impacting the development of therapeutics and diagnostics that will revolutionize medicine and enable personalized healthcare."


Caliper CEO and Hopkinton resident Kevin Hrusovsky spoke to HopNews last year following the 2010 event. Cancer cures in the next decade? Individual human genome sequencing for under $500 in the near future? Please check it out above in HD video and see some highlights from last year's remarkable event and discover what is being discovered in Hopkinton.

To view the complete agenda or register to attend, please visit Caliper’s website at: 


"Women who don’t make the news, but make the difference"

Two Hopkinton Women among 100 to be Honored at State House Celebration May 18


BOSTON - May 5, 2011 - The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women proudly announces its 100 Unsung Heroines of 2011.  These women, chosen from hundreds of nominations this year, come from cities and towns across the Commonwealth and each will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to their organizations and communities in a ceremony on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 from 1-4 p.m., in the Great Hall at the State House in Boston.

      The Unsung Heroines are women who don’t make the news, but make the difference.  They are the women who use their time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and towns. They are mentors, volunteers and innovators who do what needs to be done without expectations of recognition or gratitude. These women are the glue that keeps a community together and every community has them.   

      The ceremony will include a program emceed by NewsCenter 5’s Liz Brunner acknowledging each of the 2011 Unsung Heroines followed by a group photograph on the Grand Staircase and a Just Desserts reception.

         Two Hopkinton women made the cut: Margi Wiggin, left, and Geri Holland.

         For more information please visit

Ballantyne Scores 100th Career Goal and Hillers Defeat Medway 14-8


By Ryan McLean
The Hillers varsity boys lacrosse game on Tuesday, May 3rd was one for the history books, as they not only beat Medway 14-8, but senior attackman Will Ballantyne scored his 100th career goal for the team.


Ballantyne finished the game with a hat trick of three goals as well as two assists. Upon scoring his 100th goal, there was a overwhelming round of applause and a cheer of his name by his family and friends in the stands.  “I’m really proud, it is great to have the support of family and a friends as well as my team; we did a great job today,” stated Ballantyne when asked about his 100th goal.


The game was close at the end of the first half; the Hillers held onto a 6-5 lead after Medway scored with just one second left.


Coming out of the half, the Hillers scored 7 straight goals, 3 of which were scored by junior Phil Pichel.  Pichel scored 5 goals overall, senior Matt Manzella scored 3, senior Trevor Flaxman scored 2, and junior Jonathan Lee scored 1.


After the game, Assisstant Coach Paul Flaxman stated, “Medway came out fighting hard, but in the second half we really raised our level of energy and possessed the ball more effectively.”


Reprinted with permission from Hopkinton High School Press HHSPress


 All Day Kickball at Cornell's Fields Saturday

Still time to join


Hello Fellow Kickballers!  Are you interested in reliving your elementary school glory days of an oldie but goodie?  It is not too late to enter a team for the First Annual Co-ed Adult Kickball Tournament at Cornell's Fields this Saturday May 7th.  The Tournament is a single elimination  and costs $200 to enter a team  All proceeds will benefit the Hopkinton Public Schools.


Games will be 45 minutes or 5 innings and will be scheduled throughout the day.  Your team only needs to be present during your game.  Games begin at 8:45 am and go until the championship game at 5:00 pm.  There are 8 teams signed up consisting of 10 to 12 adults,  so if you want to be a part of the fun please email me at and I can sign up your team.


If you are not up for the challenge but want to come and support the schools  please bring the family and stop by Cornell's field on Saturday and watch some of the best kickball talent in Hopkinton compete for the coveted trophy and bragging rights.   There will be raffle tickets sold the day of the event and you do not need to be present to win. 


Panera Bread in Milford, MA has donated bagels for the morning players and spectators and Snappy Dogs of Hopkinton will be there offering refreshments. 


There will be a team comprised of teachers from Center school competing at 10:45 am that day so come and cheer them on.   They are sponsored by Hiller's Cleaner and Scotts Landscaping of Hopkinton. 

Thank you to Rob Cornell who donated the fields and the pizza for our wrap - up party.   I hope to see you there!


Stealth Bird

May 5, 2011 — This cormorant, part of a growing population of the diving bird, flies just above the water's surface today at Hopkinton State Park.

200th career goal

Brooke Rudden #5 and coach Jodi Dolan celebrate her 200th career goal.  Photo by Kathy MacDonald




Hopkinton’s Sustainable Green Committee is sponsoring the 3rd annual Spring Green Up day on


Saturday, May 7, 2011


Sandy Beach Parking Lot


Last years Greenup event included a dozen local organizations and over 100 residents,  collected more than 3 tons of trash

 Please join the LMPA in cleaning up the beach area, the area surrounding your home and our neighborhood streets


Coffee and donuts will be available at 9:00am at the beach parking lot

We will order pizza around 11:30am


The LMPA will also provide trash bags


The Hunter

May 5, 2011 — This young cat, likely a resident of Winter Street, prowled the Whitehall Dam this afternoon seeking prey. The blurred background gives the appearance of a painted backdrop.



Planning Board to Host Regional Discussion - Invites Boards, Public


Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED), is partnering with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC), the MetroWest Regional Collaborative (MWRC), the 495/MetroWest Partnership (the Partnership), and Mass Audubon to engage the region in the preparation of a comprehensive land use and development plan for the 495/MetroWest region.


A key component of this plan will be identifying priority development and preservation areas and significant transportation and infrastructure investments in your community and for the region. The plan will be prepared in collaboration with regional and local participants and engage to form the framework for public decision-making in land use regulation and infrastructure investment within the region over the next twenty years.

For more information visit


The Hopkinton Planning Board has invited the Conservation Commission, Historical Commission, Open Space Preservation Commission, Board of Health, Downtown Revitalization Committee, Public Works Director, Board of Selectmen, Town Manager, Sustainable Green Committee, Parks & Recreation Commission, Chamber of Commerce, and the Hopkinton Area Land Trust to take part in the discussion, which will take place May 9, 2011
Town Hall, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748


Participate and Share your input—

What are the impacts of growth and preservation in the I-495 region?

Where should development be directed in your community?

What land is a priority for protection?

Where is there a need for transportation and other infrastructure improvements?



Hiller Store Open Saturday, May 7

Stop by the Hiller Boosters store at Hopkinton High School during special
spring hours, Saturday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are new
sweatshirts and T-shirts and plenty of sizes for all. All sales benefit
Hopkinton athletics.


Don't be Afraid of the Envelopes

by Claudia Vanderpool
My heart literally aches this time of year.
A stranger will sit behind a desk at a college, near and far away.
In his hands, will be a box that my son has put together.  
He will read an essay that was written from my son’s heart.
He will watch a 2 min short film that my son wrote and edited using his creativity.
He will scan over academic records from a school system my son has grown up in.
He will count the alms my son has given to the community.
This stranger will then walk over to a cabinet, and retrieve an envelope.
A big envelope will say, “I like your box.  You can come to my college.”
A small envelope will say, “No thank you.”
Dear HHS seniors,
I hope you remember that your life cannot be contained in a box.
Hemingway, Thoreau, Hawthorne… could not possibly pen your beautiful life in a single essay.
Frank Capra, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese… could not portray the essence of you in a 2 min short film. 
Will this stranger walk the hallways of Hopkinton High School, and interview your friends?
Will he call your family and ask a collection of precious memories?
Does he know the storms you’ve traveled in and how strong you stand today?
Does he know how much joy you give by simply being yourself?
This stranger sends envelopes in the mail; envelopes that can be burned and discarded.
This stranger is not the voice of your future.
This stranger is not speaking on behalf of your desired career
This stranger is not the authority on creativity and all that’s beautiful
This stranger rummages through "boxes" and sends envelopes.
The world needs your eyes, your heart, your creativity, your voice.
Don't be afraid of the envelopes.  You will find your way.  The path will open up in front of you.
 (Dedicated to all HS seniors)

Reprinted from 2010

Support for Nancy Burdick for School Committee


       We are writing to express our support of Nancy Burdick for School Committee.  We feel very fortunate that Hopkinton has had Nancy’s dedication, leadership and exceptional talents to serve our town so diligently and passionately over the past 8+ years. Nancy has clearly demonstrated her commitment and strong support for our schools and town as HPTA President, Board Member and most recently 6 years on the School Committee sustaining educational excellence for Hopkinton students during times of extreme financial budgetary constraints.  With her leadership, we have been able to maintain educational excellence through creative thinking, collaboration and consensus building.  We will continue to need this type of meaningful leadership as we move forward with many educational decisions facing our town.  Nancy brings a unique strength in her ability to listen, endeavor to be thoughtful, flexible and importantly, collaborative.  We encourage you to consider your support for Nancy Burdick for School Committee for continued educational excellence for Hopkinton.  We also graciously thank her for both past years of service and her continued commitment to serving our strong community purposefully and effectively.


John & Selina Paolucci

53 Greenwood Road

May 5, 2011





In Swansea, MA on Sunday, April 10th, students from schools across Massachusetts were honored for placing at the state level of the National Reflections Program competition.  Eleven Hopkinton students placed at the state level and received awards for arts excellence and achievement through the National PTA Reflections Program.*  Of Hopkinton's 11 state winners (12 entries), 5 students placed first in their categories:  Helen Goa, Melanie Cole, Jesse Chambers, Zachary Ritterbusch and Mirabella Paolucci (2 entries).  


These five, First Place State Winners move onto the National Level of competition.  It's the first year Hopkinton has had this many students competing at the National, final level of competition.  It's a wonderful achievement for these students!  We are very proud of all our State Winners and excited for our students competing at Nationals.  The National results should be available by the end of May.  We wish them the best of luck during this competition.

Reflections is a national, arts-based program that encourages students to express their creativity across a theme and through a variety of venues.  This years' theme was "Together We Can."  The program competition begins at the local level with winners moving onto state and then the final, national level.


Center School State Winners

Visual Arts:  Primary Division

1st Place: Melanie Cole*


Literature:  Primary Division

3rd Place: Sean Walker


Music: Primary Division

3rd Place:  Bridget Walker 


Elmwood School State Winners 

Literature:  Primary Division

1st Place: Mirabella Paolucci*

2nd Place:  Vivek Dattar


Visual Arts: Primary Division

Honorable Mention: Jack Brady


Photography:  Primary Division

1st Place: Mirabella Paolucci*


Film: Primary Division

1st Place:  Jesse Chambers*


Hopkins School State Winner 

Film: Intermediate Division

1st Place:  Zachary Ritterbusch*


Middle School State Winner 

Visual Arts: Middle Division

3rd Place:  Sean Kelly


High School State Winners 

Visual Arts: Sr. Division

First Place: Helen Goa*


Literature: Sr. Division

 3rd Place:  Evan Katz


German POW Camps in USA

400,000 Germans were imprisoned in the United States during WW II. Fourteen of the 600 camps, were they were kept, were in Massachusetts. A museum, within a large bus, will be at the Hopkinton town common from 11-5am on Friday May 13. Admission is fee to all. This event is being co-sponsored by the Hopkinton’s Library, Historical Society and the Veterans Celebration Committee. This military history is being presented as part of Hopkinton’s celebration of May as Veteran’s Appreciation Month. For additional information contact Susan Marshall at 508.497.9777 or


Favoring Elected Town Clerk



Question 1 at Annual Town Election proposes to amend the Charter so that the position of Town Clerk will no longer be elected but appointed or selected.

I think this question deserves a little thought before casting our votes one way or the other.


The main argument driving this change is that the position of Town Clerk has become complicated over the years and that we need someone who can ‘hit the ground running’.  This argument is not without merit.  The Town Clerk has many important responsibilities, including maintaining official records and documents of the town (deeds, mortgages, liens, maps and other instruments concerning land title).  The Town Clerk also registers voters, conducts elections and town census, is responsible for the absentee ballot process, training poll workers, reporting anomalies at the polls and issuing the final results of a vote.  Town Clerk is also responsible for maintaining meeting minutes of the various town Boards and Commissions and more.


But because this position has become complex, is that a good enough reason to make the Town Clerk position appointed?  In my opinion people who are elected are accountable to the people who elected them, and people who are appointed are accountable to those who appointed them.  An incident occurred right here in Hopkinton recently when a Board of Selectmen member was disappointed with the recommendations of an ‘appointed’ Commission and threatened them with removal (presumably to appoint people who would vote the way the BOS member wanted).  This kind of behavior has no place in a democratic form of government.


An inexperienced Town Clerk would, of course, need some time to get up to speed as would a newly elected member to the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board or any other board. I’m not sure taking another position out of the hands of the people for the sake of qualification is the right way to go.  If the Town Clerk position becomes appointed, the Town Clerk would be appointed by the Town Manager who is also appointed.  I think an elected Town Clerk is necessary to ensure that clerks are independent of other boards.  This vote may seem insignificant, but when you think about it, the only freedom we have is to govern ourselves through the election process.


Chris Dietz

44 Alexander Road

May 4, 2011


Sprucing Up

May 4, 2011 — Dave Kamishlian tends to the tulips and the painting this past week at Hopkinton Gulf on the corner of Cedar and Main Streets.

        "The tulips came up really great this year," said owner Jerry Lazzaro.

Support for Nancy Burdick



I support Nancy Burdick for re-election to the School Committee.


I served the final four years of my twelve-year tenure on the School Committee with Nancy.  She is smart, thoughtful, and determined to provide the best for our children to the extent that the community can afford.


Nancy is a very attentive listener and values communication and collaboration very highly.  Her leadership style is to develop consensus before taking action. 


Nancy is very mindful that the money spent on government services including public education comes from hard-working taxpayers.  She continually questions spending priorities and investment choices. 


During a period of difficult financial challenges, Nancy has played a key role in keeping our schools strong while demonstrating spending discipline.  Her two years as Chairman of the School Committee featured annual property tax increases below the 2 ½% limit allowed by law.


Nancy has the knowledge, the experience, and the skills to continue to make a significant difference for our community.


Please join me in voting for Nancy Burdick for School Committee.



Phil Totino

17 Whalen Road

May 4, 2011

Relay for Life Team Fundraiser


Relay for Life team, Amazing Grace, is hosting a fundraiser at Friendly's in Milford next Tuesday night, May 10th, from 5-8pm.  20% of the bill will be donated to the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life IF and only if they show this coupon that night. The link to that coupon is  ~ Karissa Collins (Amazing Grace Captain)

Yard Sale

Saturday May 14, 9am – 2pm

240 Hayden Rowe Street

100% proceeds go towards Bode’s Bunch, a triathlon team made up of  family and friends of Bode Lussier who has Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes, and are participating in the Cohasett Triathlon on June 26th .  All proceeds go directly to the JDRF.  Bode and his friends will be having sugar free bake sale and lemon-aide sale for the JDRF along with the garage sale.


Flight of Cormorants

May 4, 2011 — This flight of cormorants enjoys frequent gatherings on Lake Maspenock on top of what the photographer has dubbed "elephant rock." Flight is a collective noun used to designate groups of this type of water bird, much like gaggle is used to describe a group of geese. more of those collective nouns can be seen here. Cormorants are diving birds that spend so much time underwater that they need to hold their wings in the air to dry them out before they fly, as two are doing in the photo above taken this morning. Oftentimes, when they take off they need to run on top of the water to get up to speed with their waterlogged wings.  Photographed with video camera.


New Library Design Passes Town Meeting with Flying Colors


May 3, 2011 — Despite pleas from neighbors as well as direct abutters to the Hopkinton Public Library that the library's expansion plan was too large, Town Meeting showed no mercy this evening and delivered a one-two punch by not only approving the robust expansion, but also the zoning change that allows the library the breadth of size they seek; and both with only a voice vote.

        Abutter Mike Roughan said the proponents are claiming that the library has no rear lot line, but as a corner lot has two side lot lines, that allows for a building closer to his rear lot line. When Planning Board Chair Joe Markey repeated that claim at the microphone, Mr. Roughan said from his seat, "That's debatable," after which he was rebuked by Town Moderator Dr. Bruce Karlin.

        A pitch in favor of the expansion by architect Stewart Roberts included a three dimensional conceptual video walk-through of the spacious site that promised "something for everyone." Architect and Permanent Building Committee (PBC) member Scott Richardson has said the completed project is designed to last until 100 years from now.

        Opponents complained that the building design is too large. Many asked how and when in the process it can be scaled down.

        Ash Street resident Scott Brown said that from what he heard regarding changing the design, "If it passes tonight, it is not up to the people of Hopkinton." He was referring to the oft-repeated claim by the proponents that the design was modeled after what the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners thought was appropriate. The proponents have said the MBLC could pay up to 50% of the cost.

       PBC member, attorney John Ferrari said of the grant-driven process, "The people of Hopkinton will decide [final design]. But we can't be certain it will be approved by the state," meaning that the MBLC has standards for the size of a community and what an appropriate library size would be for it, and if the proponents of a smaller design should prevail, then the state might not award any funds.

       Center School abutter John Pavlov reminded Mr. Roberts that he said, when originally choosing a site behind Center School for the library's expansion, that the site they are now promoting did not have enough parking. The site will have 21 parking spaces on site to serve the new library's traditional needs, as well as the two meeting rooms that will total over 130 seats. The original plan behind Center School showed 196 parking spaces for a slightly larger library.

       Tonight's vote is a message to the MBLC, according to proponents, that the town wants to move forward with the design, but does not commit the town to any funding. There is a round of grant awards due out this summer.

       The video presentation is below. It can also be viewed full-screen.


        Town Meeting also approved a ban on tobacco products in public for those under 18 years old.

        Planning Board member John Coutinho speaking as a citizen said, "This amounts to a Draconian search and seizure."

        But the gathering agreed with former Selectman Muriel Kramer, who said, "If we stop one child from initiating a lifetime of tobacco use, it will be well worth it." The law gives police authority to confiscate tobacco products from those under 18 and start a dialogue with the parents.

        Youth Commission Chair Jane Roche allayed the fears of some who worried that 18 year-olds would be unduly questioned by police, saying that the intent was to target younger children.

         The Center for the Arts got a huge boost with a promise of $250,000 from CPC funds and another matching promise of $250,000 from Hopkinton Community Endowment to go toward making the Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA) building a Mecca for performing and visual arts. The Cultural Arts Alliance and Enter Stage Left (ESL) Theater formed the group together to create the new entity. It is all contingent upon the group negotiating a satisfactory lease for the town-owned property.




Hopkinton High School’s Annual Art Exhibit: You’re Invited



by Kayla Sullivan

May 3, 2011 — The Hopkinton High School Art Department is pleased to invite the community to attend the Annual Art Exhibit, showcasing artwork produced by many of the over 600 students in the High School art program.  The opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 5, from 6:30 to 7:30 in the HS Atrium.


A diverse collection will be on view, ranging from Scholastic Art Award winning pieces, to marvelous works by first year students.  Students will exhibit art produced by hands in the studio, and art produced on the computer in the lab.  They will show photography, both digital and darkroom, and stylish design from Graphic Design and Fashion/Textiles.  Ceramics and sculpture are particular favorites, as is the accomplished work of our AP Studio Art students.


The 2011 Hop-Art catalog will be distributed during the reception.  Images of student artwork featured in this year’s catalog were chosen by a guest juror, Beth Balliro, Assistant Professor of Art and Education at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design.  She describes the artwork as evidence that “The Hopkinton community understands the implications of a strong art program, and has invested in its young artists and their finesse, their ability to invent, to interpret, to envision, and to understand and claim their vision.  This is a profound accomplishment for the entire community to celebrate.”


Please join us on Thursday as we celebrate the accomplishments of our young artists. Photograph by senior Lila Gilbreath

Post Published: 01 May 2011
Author: Kayla Sullivan
Found in section: Arts and Entertainment

Reprinted with permission from HHS Press HHSPress

Margaret W. Dewar, 81


HOPKINTON - Margaret W. Dewar, 81, died Saturday, April 30, 2011 in Natick after a brief illness.  She was the husband of Douglas C. Dewar, to whom she was married for 53 years.  Born in Henniker, NH, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Frances (Gould) Wood.


She was a graduate of Henniker High School, class of 1947 and was employed for 20 years as a supervisor for Wausau Insurance. 


In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son Bruce of Marlborough, James and his wife Jill of Holliston, and Robert and his wife Martha of Placentia, CA. She also leaves her grandchildren Angela, Jennifer, Michael, Jacob and Matthew.  In addition, she leaves her brothers Raymond Wood of Tucscon, AZ and George Wood of Derry, NH, and her sisters Grace McInnis of Bennington, NH and Mary Rafesky of Framingham.


A graveside funeral service will be held Friday, May 6 at 1:15 p.m in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton ( 


Donations may be made to the Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street, Hopkinton, MA  01748.




May 2, 2011


5:16 pm A caller reported his grandson was assaulted earlier in the day at his residence...


9:18 pm Officers Gregg DeBoer, Matthew McNeil, and Aaron O’Neil responded to a report of ATVs “tearing it up” on Fruit and North Streets...


9:06 am A caller reported he was assaulted inside the State Park after advising a dog owner of the park leash law...


3:09 pm Several calls came in for a deer with a broken leg...


May 3, 2011 — Well, the Canada geese couple we've been documenting photographically, and speculating about nervously over the last several weeks, has finally hatched their glowing, golden brood today. Here are six goslings flanked by their parents, who returned to the nest shortly after showing off their young with a short swim. At the nest, mother goose tended to another one that had not yet left, and then snuggled into the nest, as if to incubate more for hatching. There is a large turtle population in Ice House Pond, so the family may move on soon. Snapping turtles have been known to enjoy the taste of goose feet. And the pond is downstream from the 200+ acre Terry property, which holds many of its acres as wetlands, the breeding grounds of all sorts of creatures.

      The photos leading up to today are below, the leftmost taken just yesterday. None are as spectacular as the one above. Click on any thumbnail to enlarge.





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