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The Fifth Annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of
Hopkinton Set for May 20 – May 21, 2011
Hundreds of community members to walk through the night to fight cancer

The fifth annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Hopkinton. Some 1,100 walkers from the Hopkinton community are expecting to raise nearly $180,000 to help the Society save lives and create a world with more birthdays by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against cancer.


The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. Relays are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. File photo.

6:00 p.m., Friday, May 20 – 7:00 a.m., Saturday, May 21

Hopkinton High School, 90 Hayden Rowe Street in Hopkinton

 In 2011, more than 90 events planned across Massachusetts are expected to raise more than $11 million to help the American Cancer Society save lives and create a world with more birthdays. Last year, more than 3 million people nationwide participated in Relay For Life and more than 600,000 cancer survivors were celebrated. Relay raised $387 million at 5,146 sites throughout the United States and took place in 1,000 communities around the world evolving into a worldwide movement to end cancer. The Society can be reached day or night for up-to-the-minute cancer information at its toll-free information line, 1-800-227-2345, or its Web site,

Friday, May 20:
6:00 p.m. -
Opening Ceremony
6:10 p.m. -
Cancer Survivors’ Lap – more than 60 cancer survivors will walk the first lap to kick-off the event
6:20 p.m. -
Cancer Survivors’ Reception
9:00 p.m. -
Luminaria Ceremony - lighting of 1,500 candles to honor survivors and loved ones lost

Saturday, May 21:
6:30 a.m. -
Closing Ceremony

Hopkinton Police Department Launches Special Statewide High-Visibility Click It or Ticket Enforcement Blitz

Massachusetts is Getting Tough on All Drivers and Passengers in an Effort to

Boost Seat Belt Use and Save Lives

Hopkinton, MA May 19, 2011 — As part of a nationwide effort to save lives, the Hopkinton Police Department, in partnership with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s (EOPSS) Highway Safety Division (HSD), the State Police and nearly 190 other local departments, is launching a high-visibility seat belt enforcement blitz called Click It or Ticket. The message is simple: Massachusetts drivers and passengers should always wear their seat belts or be ready to face the consequences.

     This special crackdown, beginning May 23 and running through June 5, marks the first seat belt enforcement mobilization across the state this year, designed to increase seat belt use and decrease motor vehicle fatalities and injuries. Over 180 police departments and the State Police have adopted zero tolerance policies for seat belt violations, signaling the increasing importance of the issue.

     “Too many people still have the reckless attitude that a crash will never happen to them,” said Chief Richard Flannery “Unfortunately these tragedies can and do happen every day, and the best way to protect yourself is by wearing a seat belt.”

     According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), based on known usage, 52 percent of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in motor vehicle crashes in Massachusetts during 2009 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash, three percent higher than the national average.

     “A lot of people shrug off the statistics because they see themselves as good drivers,” said Chief Flannery “but they forget that they can get hurt because of other reckless drivers. Your best defense is to buckle up.”

      That’s why the Hopkinton Police Department applied for a federal grant from EOPSS/HSD along with their national, statewide and local partners to conduct this special Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization. Funded by EOPSS/HSD through a federal grant, stepped-up law enforcement activities will

be conducted in late May and early June. So remember, if you are pulled over for violating traffic laws, law enforcement will be checking to make sure drivers and passengers are wearing their seat belts. No more excuses. Click It or Ticket.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts


Compiled  for by Robert Falcione © 2011 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from May 5, 2011 to May 17, 2011



Price Date Seller

6 Church Street

17 Main Street

Thomas V Carey Realty Trust, Main and Church Realty Trust $675,000 May 17, 2011 John J Burns Trust, national Realty Trust
86 South Mill Street Paul V Remsen 684,950 May 13, 2011 South Mill Street LLC
1 Longwood Drive Doris T Venditti $541,500 May 12, 2011 Beverly J Grayson
15 Walker Street Ashoke D Ghosh, Erica T Ghosh 590,000 May 12, 2011 Michael J Connell, Elizabeth E Connell
Last Week        
28 Nazneen Circle
$521,000 May 5, 2011

Ahmed Mirajuddin TR,

Peppercorn Village Realty Trust

215 hayden Rowe Street William Perkins, John Perkins $375,000 May 4, 2011 Deutsche Bank National Trust
Week Before Last        
63 Main Street 63 Main Street Real Estates LLC $310,000 May 2, 2011 Donald A Hitchings
2 Erika Drive Susan, Shawn, Pauline, Ray Collins $570,000 April 28, 2011 Julie R Dewaele
9 West Elm Street Evan E Gallagher $362,500 April 28, 2011 Susan Collins, Shawn Collins
302 West Main Street Carter Brennan Property Group LLC $125,000 April 28, 2011 Judith C Brogioli, Charles M Brogioli
91 Grove Street JMFE Properties LLC $350,000 April 25, 2011 JBCD Properties LLC



Not New Hampshire

May 18, 2011 — This scene with a sailboat and distant shore — note swimmer bottom right — could be mistaken for one a little more northern than Hopkinton; but it is Hopkinton Reservoir last week, when the deciduous trees bloomed new and green. The camera was at the dam, thousands of feet away

1st on Vault, 1st on Uneven Bars



Ashley Kaiser of Hopkinton competed in the Massachusetts Prep Optional Advanced State Meet on Sunday May 15, 2011 in Boxborough. 


There were 55 gymnasts in her session and she finished 1st on Vault, 1st on Uneven Bars, 7th on Floor and 1st place All Around in her age group.  Ashley is a sophomore at Hopkinton High School and she trains at the Mass. Gymnastics Center in Westborough.


Free Range

May 18, 2011 — The roving HopNews camera captured this hen turkey in Westborough, and Debra Crawford sent the one of a tom fanning his feathers in St. John's Cemetery.

Board of Selectmen Reorganizes

May 17, 2011 — The Board of Selectmen reorganized this evening following yesterday's election, voting unanimously for Todd Cestari as Chairman and Ben Palleiko Vice-Chairman.

        Among other things, the Board accepted resignations from two committee members, considered street names, parade requests, heard technology proposals and listened to the Town manager's report.


Hopkinton Company Holds Court For Scientists and Investors

Caliper Life Sciences, a leader of new medical research technologies

May 17, 2011 — Caliper Life Sciences played host to over 400 scientists, investors, doctors and other pharmaceutical and medical professionals on Tuesday on the first of two days of education, inquiry and inspiration in the field of thought that disease can be diagnosed through genetic markers long before symptoms manifest themselves.

        The viewpoint expressed by speakers today was that a new mindset of continuous care rather than reactive treatment was more beneficial for the patient as well as more cost effective in the long run, beliefs that are supported by pharmaceutical companies and academia. The mapping of the human genome and the study of the effects of genes on family history facilitate the identifying of personal biomarkers that can predict disease pre-symptomatically and establish treatment for preventative cures.

         Caliper is involved strongly in helping shorten the time between drug trials and marketing, which makes the process more economically feasible, one for the criteria for success of a drug.

         Above, Caliper Life Sciences CEO Kevin Hrusovsky, a Hopkinton resident, plays the part of Ron Turcotte, the jockey who rode Secretariat into the record books as the fastest thoroughbred in history. He said that after Secretariat's death, they discovered a heart that was 2.5 times the size of other horses, and said that those in the room had equally large hearts to do what they do every day in racing for cures to diseases. He also compared Secretariat's foe to cancer, something they could also beat.

          Below is an exclusive interview with Caliper CEO Kevin Hrusovsky and with Dennis Ausiello, MD as well as clips from keynote speeches.



Hardy Souls

May 17, 2011 — Candidates and others paused for a photo yesterday during the election that should have been warmer.


Downtown Revitalization

May 17, 2011 — Colella's is adding to their recent investment in an expansion by stripping and repaving their parking areas.

New Practice

May 17, 2011 — Town Clerk Ann Click, who by the way kept her position as an elected one due to the failure of a charter change at the ballot, began a new practice of swearing in available candidates following the election yesterday.


Drive for Life Awards to Honor the Everyday Heroes of Law Enforcement
Hopkinton Cop Among Award Winners Who Made Over 2,000 Arrests in 2010

(Boston, MA) May 17, 2011 -Tomorrow morning, May 18th, at 9AM MADD Massachusetts will honor thirty-two Massachusetts State Troopers, forty-two local police officers, and several local police departments for their commitment to enforcing drunk driving laws and keeping our roads safe at their annual Drive for Life law enforcement recognition breakfast at at the Springhill Suites Devens Common Center  (31 Andrews Parkway, Devens,MA). Hopkinton Police Officer Peter Booth is among those being honored.
The featured guest speaker for this year's breakfast is Ron Bersani. Ron is the grandfather of Melanie Powell for whom the landmark 2005 "Melanie's Law" was named after and was the driving force behind the legislation. Ron continues to be a strong advocate for improving our OUI laws in Massachusetts.
Annually there are roughly 16,000 OUI arrests in Massachusetts every year, averaging out to nearly 44 drunk driving arrests per day.
"Keeping our roads safe is dangerous and thankless work," said David DeIuliis, MADD interim state executive director. "We consider the men and women of law enforcement everyday heroes and Drive for Life is MADD's way of saying thank you for their commitment to enforcing our impaired driving laws."

"While we've made progress over the last few years, drunk driving remains a very serious problem in Massachusetts," said DeIuliis. "MADD will continue to support initiatives to save lives, including the passage of
Senate Bill 1746 which would require ignition interlock devices (IIDs) for first offenders in Massachusetts."

According to the Registry of Motor Vehicles, there are over 4,000 repeat drunk driving offenders with ignition interlock devices installed in their cars. Of the over 1600 repeat offenders who have completed the interlock program, only 27 have re-offended, which is a less than 2% recidivism rate.

Interlocks are proven to be up to 90 percent effective, yet it is estimated that only one in eight convicted drunk drivers each year currently get the device, and most of those are repeat offenders.  Sixty-five percent of the public support mandatory interlocks for first time offenders, and 85 percent of the public support mandatory interlocks for repeat offenders. 

Tuesday's event will begin promptly at 9:00am, with breakfast being served at 9:10 am and the speaking program to begin at 9:35am. For directions to Devens Common Center go to

Hopkinton Student Appointed to Naval Academy


(WORCESTER, MA)-U.S. Representative Jim McGovern announced today that 8 students from the 3rd Congressional District of Massachusetts have received appointments to U.S. Service Academies.  McGovern will honor the appointees, their families, and last year’s academy appointees during a reception on Friday at 6:00 pm at his District Office in Worcester.


“I was extremely honored to nominate these young men and women, and couldn’t be more proud of their commitment and dedication to our country,” said McGovern.  “The service academies are among the most physically and mentally challenging opportunities available for high school graduates, but I believe that these eight individuals represent the best of Massachusetts, and will emerge as outstanding leaders.”


Each year, Representative McGovern nominates deserving high school graduates from the 3rd Congressional District of Massachusetts for consideration for appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York; the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland; the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York.  The competitive selection process is based on scholastic achievement, extracurricular involvement, leadership traits, motivation, and aptitude for military service.


Thomas Goodell of Hopkinton, a student at the Advanced Math and Science Academy, has been appointed to the Naval Academy. Thomas is an honors student and accomplished athlete, achieving awards and recognition in regional state, and national gymnastic competitions.  In addition to his participation to in many humanitarian and extracurricular activities, he has achieved high academic marks.  Tom is also part of the first graduating class from AMSA.

Please help the MetroWest YMCA and the North East Region in our efforts to help cancer survivors by casting your vote daily.


When you click on the link below you will be prompted to Vote Now. Next you will give your name and e-mail address and click on cast your vote and you are done!


Our region is competing against other regions of the country for start-up funding and the opportunity to deliver the LIVESTRONG® program for cancer survivors at our YMCA’s. The public will determine which two regions receive funding by voting online at LIVESTRONG’s Community Impact Project website.  The regions receiving the most online votes will be awarded funds, materials and training to fight back against cancer in their community.


LIVESTRONG® is a physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals.  At the Y, we work to give all people the support, knowledge and resources to meet their health and well-being goals.  With your help we are planning to provide this program to our community.  Please feel free to forward this e-mail onto your network of friends.

 Vote using this link!



May 17, 2011


3:10 pm Ashland, Hopkinton and State Police responded to Dogwood Drive in the State Park for a report of a male and female having sex in a vehicle...


1:39 am A Parker Point resident reported an attempted illegal entry into the front door of her home...


3:49 pm A Hayden Rowe Street caller complained that a person described as a black male was going through her dumpster on her property...


1:25 am A Connelly Hill homeowner at home alone with her children heard a door open and shut. One of her children reported it appeared as if someone was recently sleeping on the futon in their basement...


9: 47 pm A group of teens [playing ding-dong-ditch] on Tammer Lane...


3:44 pm Responding to two calls complaining of gunshots on the town-owned Fruit Street property,...

Dorothy A. Emmons, 87

Dorothy A. Emmons, 87, of Hopkinton, passed away, Saturday, May 14, 2011. Born in Fall River, MA., she was the daughter of the late Robert and Cecelia (Ruxton) Aitken. She was the wife of the late Edwin Justin Emmons III.

A 50 year resident of Hopkinton, Dorothy worked at Axton Cross, retiring after 35 years.

She is survived by her daughter, Gail DiCiaccio and her husband Tony and 2 grandchildren, Michelle and Robert DiCiaccio. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her siblings, Bill, Al, and Robert Aitken.

Visitation will take place on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 from 4-7p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St.
A service will follow visitation at the funeral home. Burial will take place in the family lot at Oak Grove
Cemetery in Fall River, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to North Shore Baptist Church, 706 Lowell St. Peabody, MA.


Herr, Burdick and Aghababian Landslide

Official numbers for all of the races are available in results video, recorded LIVE!, top left.

For Selectman (One seat): Brian Herr, 1,042 - Frank D'Urso, 548

School Committee (Two seats): Nancy Burdick, 1,125 - Scott Aghababian, 1,060, Richard DeMont, 748

Question #1 defeated 1042  - 635. Town Clerk's Position remains in the hands of voters.

Click to see the result totals as well as breakdown by precinct --->> ELECTION 2011

Got Your Back

May 16, 2011 — Although it could appear at first glance that this bird is facing the camera, on the shore of Hopkinton Reservoir, it is actually looking over its shoulder at the camera. Oftentimes, on a clear day like this, the photographer's reflection can be seen in an animal's eye, or in a drop of water.


Sheriff Deputies Come Up Empty-handed in Search of HHS With Dogs for Contraband


May 16, 2011 — After giving fair warning in March to the Hopkinton High School student body during a school assembly, Principal Alyson Geary kept her promise and had drug-sniffing dogs from three sheriff's departments comb the common areas of the school at around 8:45 this morning.

       To the students' credit, the dogs found nothing during their 30 minute search of the hallways, cafeteria, bathrooms, auditorium and parking lot.

       However, Principal Geary did warn in a letter to parents that future searches could be expanded to include unoccupied classrooms. The letter sent today follows:


Dear Parents,

This morning, contraband seeking dogs did a sweep of the Hopkinton High School building and parking lots looking for illegal substances. Ten K-9 units, representing Middlesex, Essex and Plymouth counties, were involved. The search was restricted to common areas of the school such as the hallways, cafeteria, bathrooms, auditorium and the school parking lots. Students were held in their classrooms and teaching continued during the approximately 30 minutes while the search was taking place.


The dogs did not interact with any students during the search. As a result of the search, the dogs did not discover any contraband material. However, this search was restricted to common areas and parking lots only. Future searches may also include classrooms without students present. The officers who participated in today’s search reported that they have conducted approximately 100 searches in surrounding area schools this year.


On February 11th 2011, Hopkinton High School conducted a school-wide assembly to alert students that we would be using dogs to search for illegal substances in the school. This sweep is a part of our on-going efforts to keep our school safe and drug free. If you have any questions or concerns about this search, please don’t hesitate to contact my office.



Alyson Geary Principal

The Ones That Got Away

May 16, 2011 — Rachel Leal shares a photo of the youngsters at Pratt Pond for the Woodville Rod and Gun Club's fishing derby on Saturday. They are undoubtedly showing off the sizes of the ones the threw back.


May 15, 2011 — These Canada geese, flying nearly synchronously (Double-click any word on this page for its meaning), landed in their pond at the Hopkinton Sportsmen's Club to see what all of the people were doing there. If they could read, they would have known there was a fishing derby going on. In addition to providing an occasion to use a fun word, the geese are demonstrating the artistic rule of thirds as well as compositional balance as they fly past the camera lens.


Candidates' Corner

May 15, 2011 — The intersection of Grove and Main Streets, dubbed Candidates Corner by the photographer, is the place to find candidates during the election season. All candidates for the two contested seats are represented above.



May 15, 2011 — These two male mallard ducks stayed still long enough, and allowed the photographer to get close enough, for him to think they were decoys, Saturday at Lake Whitehall.

Dorothy A. Emmons, 87 - Arrangements Incomplete


Dorothy A. Emmons, 87, of Hopkinton passed away Saturday, May 14, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are under the direction of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

Premiere HopNews Studio Webcast

May 14, 2011 — Had a great conversation with Hopkinton native Alex Stevens this afternoon in our first live webcast from inside the studio.

      Alex, visiting his home town for a while, is one of three sons of Adeline Stevens and the late Rob Stevens, a friend of this writer.

      Alex is a great ham and mugs it up for the camera, while I play the foil. Thanks to those who logged on, especially Alex's family, and thanks to John Spiegel for winning the pizza from Bill's. To watch a recording of the webcast, click here.

      Lessons learned: The last few days have provided opportunities for learning the capabilities and the limits of this new technology we've put in the HopNews toolkit. We used the computer's microphone for the audio capture in this premiere video, but that fell a bit short, and so we've already got the right audio input tested and ready to go for the next time.

      And the next time is coming up on election day. HopNews plans to webcast some of the candidates at noon on Monday and then bring the results live from the Middle School after the polls close at 8:00 pm. We hope to speak to people at the Middle School while awaiting the results. Check HopNews out at those times, please.


Stealing the Show

May 14, 2011 — This Canada goose, one of two circling the pond at Hopkinton Sportsmen's Club during the Hopkinton Police Association fishing derby this morning, made a intrusive splashdown into what was likely its fairly private domain before today. Thumbnail below left, Elisabeth Kristner shows off her bounty, and right, Emerson Caty sports some artistic face decorations.

Happy Trails

May 14, 2011 — Krystle Pratt leads Colby, with Ellie Poitras in the saddle, to a lesson on trail riding.

State Police Sergeant Douglas Weddleton Being Added to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. This Weekend


May 14, 2011 — The name of Massachusetts State Police Sergeant Douglas A. Weddleton, who last year gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., this weekend. A series of events, including a Candlelight Vigil to be held tonight and a Wreath Laying on Sunday, will solemnly commemorate the addition of the names of Sergeant Weddleton and 315 other officers killed in the line of duty.


Sergeant Weddleton’s End-of-Watch came in the early morning hours of June 18, 2010, as he worked a detail protecting a road construction crew on Route 95 in Mansfield. Sergeant Weddleton had pulled over one drunk driver who was trying to drive through the set-up, and was out of his cruiser, when another impaired driver struck and killed him. At the time of his death, Sergeant Weddleton was assigned to the State Police Barracks in Foxboro. Prior to that, he had served for many years in the Department’s Ballistics Unit.


Attending the ceremonies are Weddleton family members (Photo), State Police colleagues and members of the State Police Command Staff, including Colonel Marian J. McGovern, superintendent of Department; Lieutenant Colonel Stephen G. Matthews, deputy superintendent of Department; and Lieutenant Colonel Timothy P. Alben, commander of the Field Services Division. Also participating are the State Police Drill and Ceremonial Unit and the State Police Pipes and Drums.


Sergeant Weddleton was the 31st member of the Massachusetts State Police killed in the line of duty. The first line of duty death occurred in 1909.


This year marks the second consecutive year in which a member of the Massachusetts State Police has been added to the Memorial. Last May, the name of Captain Richard J. Cashin was added. Captain Cashin died in January 2009 when his cruiser crashed while he was traveling on Route 1 in Saugus in search of an erratic driver.


The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Dedicated on October 15, 1991, the Memorial honors federal, state and local law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and protection of our nation and its people. ~ Contributed content


Boston Red Sox Tickets Raffle


The Class of 2013 is raffling off 4 tickets to the Boston Red Sox game on Saturday, July 23rd at 7pm.  The seats are in section 94, near right field.  Tickets can be purchased at the High School - 1 ticket for $5 or 5 tickets for $20 through any of the class officers (Connor Zanini, Aidan Connelly, Karissa Collins, or Tyler Mikulis), Ms. Welch, or Ms. Roberts.  If you have any questions, please contact Diane Welch -


Get Your New "Be Positive (B+)" Shirt -- This Saturday at Boosters Store

The Hopkinton Athletics Boosters store, located at the high school, will once again be open this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for your shopping convenience. Come in today to get the all-new "Be Positive (B+)" T-shirt which benefits the Tom Weaver Memorial scholarship fund. The popular shirts are now available in a range of bright new colors and sizes and sell quickly. Get yours today. The store also is open every weekday from 10:40 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (during high school lunch block) as well as special spring hours, the next two Saturdays, May 14 and May 21 only.



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