School Committee Splits Interim Superintendent Vote
Hires Steven Hiersche
by Muriel Kramer
July 19, 2012 — The School Committee voted last night to hire Steven Hiersche as interim superintendent for the coming year pending successful contract negotiations; the vote was 3 in favor and 2 opposed. At its last meeting the Committee had decided to move 1 finalist forward in the process, Steven Hiersche, and has since conducted extensive reference checks.
Rebecca Robak began the discussion by citing the favorable references received. She added, “I think he has a lot of favorable experience regarding our goals.” In particular she highlighted his experience with contract negotiations, with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) process and with the new supervision and assessment standard that is to be implemented this year in Hopkinton.
Scott Aghababian, School Committee Vice-Chair, agreed that no issues came up on the references. “I just don’t feel a great connection from a vision standpoint. But we’re looking for someone to help us carry the ball for the next year.”
Jon Graziano spoke specifically to having concerns. “He has a lot of the experience we are looking for. The need for long term vision is muted by the one year circumstance we are facing.” He then spoke to concerns that the process as designed might have limited the pool of candidates. “I wonder if it’s the process that kept us from getting the candidate I envisioned. While he may be the best candidate of who we have in front of us, he might not be the best candidate. I remain unconvinced we have the right candidate.”
Jean Bertschmann spoke in Hiersche’s favor. She focused on Hiersche’s experience and skill with the budget process and his ability to build strong relationships with colleagues working in Town Hall. According to Bertschmann, Hiersche has experience and has been successful working in towns, Watertown and Framingham as examples, where the environment has been politically divisive and difficult.
Nancy Alvarez Burdick, School Committee Chairman, indicated that she was unsettled by the discussion so far and stated, “I’m not sure he’s the right person for our community right now.” She continued, “The thing that sticks out in my mind is while there is consistent mention of communication [in the references], it’s not consistently positive.” She added that she also had read that he had come into towns at politically charged or divided times but had noted no miraculous transformation for those towns. She continued by mentioning that there were other processes that could be followed to find candidates.
Robak spoke to the process, “I would be very uncomfortable moving forward with a process that’s less public and transparent. We have a good candidate with good references. This is an interim position, and we need someone quickly. Maybe this isn’t the perfect person given where we are today…but he is qualified.”
Robak made the motion to offer the position to Hiersche, and it was seconded by Bertschmann; Aghababian was the third vote in favor, with Alvarez Burdick and Graziano voting no.
Hopkinton Resident Peter McAree Named CEO of HeartWare
Framingham, MA and Sydney, Australia, July 9, 2012 – HeartWare International, Inc. (Nasdaq: HTWR; ASX: HIN), a leading innovator of less invasive, miniaturized circulatory support technologies that are revolutionizing the treatment of advanced heart failure, today announced the appointment of Peter F. McAree as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, effective immediately. Mr. McAree most recently was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Caliper Life Sciences, Inc., prior to the company’s acquisition by PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE: PKI) in November, 2011.
“Peter brings to HeartWare extensive strategic leadership experience in life sciences, helping to direct numerous acquisitions during his tenure at Caliper, expand the Company’s product portfolio and oversee Caliper’s financial operations during its rapid growth and ascent toward profitability,” said Doug Godshall, President and Chief Executive Officer of HeartWare. “As we seek to commercialize the HeartWare® Ventricular Assist System as a bridge to heart transplant in the United States, we are confident that Peter will play an integral role in helping lead HeartWare through our next stage of commercial and organizational growth.”
Mr. McAree has more than 25 years of financial management and public accounting experience. Mr. McAree served as Chief Financial Officer of Zymark prior to the company’s merger with Caliper in 2003. During his eight years with Caliper, Mr. McAree served as Vice President of Finance and Treasurer before being promoted to CFO in 2008. Having also served in financial leadership positions in other industries, Mr. McAree began his career with Arthur Andersen LLP, Boston, where he held various positions over nearly a decade, most recently as Senior Manager, Enterprise Group in 1995. McAree is a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts. File photo.
All About the
July 18, 2012 — A tree caught fire on Route 495 South after being struck by lightning, and other strikes were reported around town (below, on Hearthstone). Power went out for some residents and some traffic lights were affected. Wind and heavy rains were blamed for downed wires and branches and the sky opened up during a passing thunderstorm this afternoon (above).
The Town of Hopkinton Department of Public Works
Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
Saturday, August 4, 2012
8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
At the Highway Garage, 83 Wood Street
Click on graphic to see list of Guidelines
Updated Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
9:22 pm A message was delivered to a resident of Summer Street on behalf of the Taunton Police Department.
8:43 pm A School Street resident reported that her 1year old calico cat was missing. The Animal Control Officer was notified.
7:36 pm A motorist reported a piece of wood in the roadway on West Main Street.
7:07 pm An officer spoke with a land lord and tenant who were having a verbal dispute on Wood Street.
6:58 pm A Yale Road resident spoke with an officer regarding threats was referred to the Ashland Police Department.
6:08 pm A 911 caller from Fruit Street reported a domestic disturbance and the victim was at the police station.
4:30 pm Two officers responded to a two car motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Hayden Rowe Street.
12:46 pm An officer checked a motor vehicle on Main Street.
12:20 pm An officer responded to a two car motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Main Street.
9:40 am An officer assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.
9:33 am An officer checked a motor vehicle on Glen Road.
8:18 am A caller from East Street reported larceny that took place yesterday. An officer responded and took a report.
7:28 am The DPW was assisted with putting up a message board on Hayden Rowe Street.
1:34 am An officer checked a motor vehicle that was behind the school on Hayden Rowe Street.
1:32 am An officer checked a motor vehicle parked on Hayden Rowe Street.
12:41 am An officer checked a motor vehicle on West Main Street.
Williamsport Little League Team Update
Hopkinton's Williamsport Team is one of 16 teams still competing for the Mass. State Championship! Come cheer them on in the Eastern Mass Finals this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday! See www.hopkintonlittleleague.com for the latest updates.
Wed. 5:30 Lyons Field, 2215 Comm. Ave, Newton
Thur. 6PM Gillis Park, 124 Fulton St, Medford
Fri. 6PM Gillis Park, 124 Fulton St, Medford
Enter Stage Left’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. July 27
HOPKINTON, MA (July 16, 2012) --
Enter Stage Left Theater will be presenting
Alice in Wonderland Jr.,
featuring summer workshop participants from grades 1 to
8, at the Hopkinton Middle School on Friday, July 27 at
2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 or $5 for HCA
Stage Door members, and seniors, and are available at
the door or at
Updated Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
11:46 pm An officer checked a parked motor vehicle on Parkwood Drive.
11:02 pm A caller from Cole Drive reported a possible person with a flashlight near his residence. An officer checked the area with a negative find.
10:46 pm Officer William Burchard checked a motor vehicle that was parked in the travel lane on Main Street and subsequently arrested a 39 year old male from Grafton and charged him with Obstructing Traffic and OUI Liquor.
8:52 pm An officer assisted a disable motor vehicle on Cedar Street.
8:23 pm An officer issued a complaint application to a person on Main Street.
5:52 pm A motor vehicle operator was issued a parking warning on Hayden Rowe Street.
5:10 pm The Upton Police Department received a complaint that two Mustangs that were racing each other on Route 495 got off at Exit 21B. Officer William Burchard located them at a residence on Winter Street, but the operators denied racing.
5:00 pm An officer stood by while a tractor trailer was unloading equipment on Hayden Rowe Street.
4:29 pm A walk-in from Knoll Road spoke with an officer regarding fraud.
9:35 am A construction crew reported that they found a kitten in a dumpster on South Street. An officer assisted with trying to find a shelter that would take the cat in.
7:04 am A resident of Pike Street reported that there was a kitten on her property and it was chasing her car as she was trying to leave. The Animal Control Officer was notified.
Heather's Ride 2012
July 16, 2012 — Heathers Ride in Meredith NH. Although not everyone is in the picture, there were approximately 150 people and 90 bikes. We raised over $12,000 that will be donated to the Heather Siebert Patient Support Fund at Boston Children's Hospital, and also funds The Heather Siebert Memorial Scholarship. The $500.00 Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior from Hopkinton High School.
We rode 120 miles through the White Mountains and over the Kangamangus Highway, returned to the Laconia Harley Davidson Shop for lunch and live music. It was great day. ~ Carl Harris
Immediate Sprinkler Ban in Hopkinton - Other
This is Eric Carty, Water Manager, with an important water supply advisory for municipal water system users. Due to the extended dry conditions we have encountered this winter, spring and now summer, rapidly decreasing groundwater levels, coupled with the dramatic rise in water consumption, and due to state imposed restrictions in the towns water management act, we must enact mandatory outside water use resections for all lawn sprinklers. Please turn off all lawn sprinkler systems immediately and we ask that you minimize all other unnecessary use. Other outdoor use including hand held watering of flowers, shrubs and gardens is currently still permitted before 9AM and after 5PM. It is imperative that everyone adhere to these restrictions, to help maintain adequate water supplies for daily essential needs, to meet firefighting capabilities and to help avoid further outdoor restrictions.
Any Any person violating this By-law shall receive a written warning for the first offense. For the second offense, any person violating this By-law shall be liable to the Town in the amount of $100.00, which shall inure to the Town for such uses as the DPW Director may direct. For any violations beyond the second offense, water service may be suspended. Fines shall be recovered by inclusion as a charge on the next scheduled water bill.
Monica E. Morgan, 61
Monica E. Morgan, 61,
of Hopkinton, died peacefully surrounded by her
loved ones after a brief illness, on Sunday July 15,
2012 at the Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham.
Born in Needham, she was the daughter of the late
Annelies (Kuster) and John Vincent Mulherin.
Raymond J. Fair, 94
Raymond J. Fair, 94, died Friday. July 13, 2012 at home. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Raymond J. Fair Sr. and Helen Durant. He was a U.S. Army WWII veteran and was employed by Fenway of Ashland, MA for many years. He was a member of the American Legion, Post 202 of Hopkinton, VFW of Ashland and a lifetime member of the Maspenock Rod & Gun Club of Milford.
He is survived by his sons Raymond J. Fair and his wife Brenda of Hopkinton and Edward L. Fair of West Boylston, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He also leaves his sisters Helen Cady of Hopkinton and Virginia Bamforth of Tittusville, FL and his brother Joseph Fair of Oceanside, CA. He is predeceased by his wives Helen McAvoy of Milford and Mabel Morrissey of Franklin.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, July 19 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Hopkinton. Calling hours at the funeral home are Wedneday, July 18 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Donations may be made to the Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748.
Hopkinton Trails Club event. Sunday, July 22, 1PM:
Rail bed walk.
July 16, 2012 — Karen Halzel, a.k.a. Big Bird, a well known area mixologist, began her first day with a double-shift, today at Cornell's Irish Pub, which is under new ownership.
Updated Monday, July 16, 2012
Sunday July 15, 2012
8:05 pm 911 call for Domestic Assault...
7:43 pm Complaint of loud music...
7:14 pm Wild Road resident complaining of youth racing...
4:45 pm Service Station manager reported youths behind the bank...
12:14 pm The owner of a puppy that ran away ...
11:12 am A teen on Cedar Street...
10: 17 am A pond street resident reports her greyhound has run...
READ IT ALL HERE...
Works Both Ways
July 16, 2012 — Anyone approaching a shore can notice fish flee as a result of the fish being able to see above the surface. Here, the tables are turned as the sunlight illuminates beneath the water in just the right way at Ice House Pond.
Roadwork is now scheduled to begin on Tuesday July 17th on the following streets.
Hayden Rowe St- From Chestnut St to College St. Tuesday & Wednesday.
Grove St – From Main St to just past Leonard St. Thursday & Friday.
Walcott St – From A St to C St. Thursday or Friday.
These sections of road will be milled so the roads will have a “grooved” surface until the asphalt is applied so please slow and use caution.
During the week of July 23rd these roads will have crews working adjusting manholes, catchbasins, watergates and gas gates. Some curb repair will also happen during this week. As soon as all of this work is completed the contractor will apply the riding course of asphalt.
Work hours on Hayden Rowe St and Grove St will be 9am–3pm. Walcott St will be approximately 7am-4pm.
Sincerely, Mike Mansir, Highway Manager
UPDATE: POND STREET IS
ADVISORY: Pond Street Closed Near Peg's Way — Neighborhood Without Power
— Morning Commute Uncertain
July 16, 2012 — The neighborhood of Pond Street was without power this evening and early morning after a fallen tree broke two telephone poles near Peg's Way. The neighborhood was dark upon approach from School Street to the damaged poles. NSTAR expects to be working through the wee hours to repair the damage and restore power. HopNews will have an updated advisory around 7:00 am here and on Twitter and facebook.
A Dad Tree
July 15, 2012 — Larry Sullivan is playing jungle gym for son, Mason, as his 4 and a half year-old twin sister, Ivy, wonders what part she will have in all of the fun, during the music this evening while the band Nightwork, below, led the festivities.
July 15, 2012 — The rope is still at its apogee as the rope-swinger falls to the water , and friends look on from a green boat at the shore. However, neither a couple paddling nearby in a canoe, nor a Canada goose seem to care about the aerial acrobatics.
Down by the River
July 1, 2012 — This dilapidated decorative bridge over Whitehall Brook adds scale to what has become barely a trickle this weekend.
Hopkinton Little League – District 11 Champions
Hopkinton LL Williamsport District 11 Champions Photo
Laying in front: Marc Saklad, holding banner on left: Griffin Zack, to his left behind banner: Nick Lancaster, holding banner on right: Jake Leblanc, standing behind him: Dawson McMillan, Back row: Coach Scott Mcintire, Scott Babigian, Anthony Farina, Brett Mcintire, Ben Fargiano, Ryan Wolfe, Brian Gaughan, Zack Sisitsky, Connor Hebert, Coach Ray Leblanc and Coach Ed McMillan
by Mike Scire, President HLL
Thursday, July 12, 2012
In an amazing come from behind win on Thursday night being down by 4 in the top of the 6th, Hopkinton beat favored Westwood in a shootout that went into extra innings with the winner advancing to the District 11 Championship on Friday. After giving up a grand slam on a game that was tied 2-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth, Hopkinton overcame the impossible. With one out, they put up 4 runs in the top of the 6th and then one in the top of the 7th to win their Pool Championship. Hopkinton was heading to the District Championship for the first time since 2007. No team in Hopkinton Little League history has ever won the District Title. The District Championship game was being played this evening in Norwood, Mass.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Some may argue that playing a championship game on Friday, July 13th is nothing short of bad luck. Some may also argue that one of your starting pitchers being hit by a fast ball the night before and breaking his shoulder bone added to that superstition. Hopkinton was heading straight into the District 11 championship game facing Canton, another top seed team. Different night, different team, same story. With Canton up 5-1 going into the top of the 6th with one out (sound familiar), the odds were stacked against Hopkinton. The chances to come from behind being down by 4 with one out in the top of the 6th two nights in a row were next to impossible. Vegas wouldn't touch those odds. Slowly, Hopkinton chipped away. 5-2. 5-3. 5-4. 5-5. 6-5. 7-5. YES. They beat the odds and put up 6 runs in the top of the sixth. With one out in the bottom of the 6th, Canton smashed a long home run to deep right center bridging the gap to 1, but Hopkinton never let up. They played flawless defense the rest of the game to get two more outs and became for the first time ever "MASSACHUSETTS DISTRICT 11 CHAMPIONS".
Congratulations to Ray Leblanc and Hopkinton Little League's Williamsport Team. Please check the Hopkinton Little League Website for further information about the Eastern Mass Championship games.
Off to Heather's Ride
July 14, 2012 — Participants in Heather's Ride take off from Hopkinton Fire Station toward Laconia, New Hampshire. Heather Siebert was a Hopkinton High School graduate who died in 2009 after suffering for ten years from an illness that doctors could not diagnose. Her step-father Carl Harris is a Lieutenant on the Hopkinton Fire Department. Heather's father Tom Siebert has a few words on the video below before the bikes take off. Hear him and see them:
July 14, 2012 — Officer Peter Booth noted the registration of a vehicle belonged to an individual who had outstanding warrants and placed the individual in custody on West Main Street yesterday. On the right is Officer Linda Higgins.
July 14, 2012 — Firefighters only had to go to the adjoining parking lot to assist and elderly woman who had fallen yesterday afternoon.
Frederick B. Darney, 74
B. Darney, 74, of Hopkinton, died
peacefully on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at the summer
home in South Yarmouth. Born in Milford, he was the
son of the late Imelda (Turcotte) and Charles Darney.
He was the husband of Sandra E. (Demerjian) Darney
First Amendment Rights
July 13, 2012 — Above, supporters of perennial candidate for president, Lyndon LaRouche, one who covered her face with her hand when she saw the camera, and one standing behind her, speak with Hopkinton patrolman Patrick O'Brien regarding damage to one of their signs that shows the President of the United States Barack Obama with a Hitler moustache. One sign called for the impeachment of President Obama, another to remove Obama, and another to stop Obama. An individual ran over and damaged the sign laying in the foreground, prompting the call to police.
Congressman Barney Frank, faced with an individual holding a photo of President Obama similarly defaced with a Hitler moustache at a health care seminar said, "...it is a tribute to the First Amendment that this kind of vile, contemptible nonsense is so freely propagated."
An individual approached the photographer in Colella's to inform him about the protesters being on Post Office property after the photo had been taken, and said she thought their techniques influence more people to turn away from their cause than toward it.
July 13, 2012 — This frog at the Weston Nurseries water feature behind the Garden Center is perfect enough, and was still enough, for visitors to believe it is a manufactured, artificial frog upon first sight. However, to dispel any notions of the kind, the frog swam over very close to the photographer, proving it was indeed alive and well. It was close enough for the photographer to reach out and capture, proving also, its low place on the food chain.
Prologue to Another
July 12, 2012 — These rolls of hay, once an abundant sight, are a rare sight indeed in this part of Massachusetts these days. Someone will make good use of them, harvested at the Amato property that straddles Upton and Hopkinton.
The Big Green On the
July 12, 2012 — A respectable group of families turned out on the Hopkinton Common for the movie "The Big Green" this evening, presented by Parks and Recereation.
July 12, 2012 — Ryan Bohlin gave two thumbs up on the lemonade made by budding businessmen Joe Harrison, holding money, and Chris Hadley, holding sign, today on Hayden Rowe Street.