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Hopkinton Community Summer Band

August 1, 2011 — Below, please enjoy a couple of performances by the Hopkinton Community Summer Band on the Hopkinton Common Sunday. As well as listening to outstanding performances, see Selectman Michelle Gates give a surprise gift to the band, and hear Director Steve Yavarow offer tips to budding musicians. (The video is still being processed at 12:01 am}

In the Summertime...


Laurette M. (Lecours) Danahy, 89


HOPKINTON – Laurette M. (Lecours) Danahy, 89, died peacefully July 30, 2011 at St. Patrick’s Manor, surrounded by family. Born in Boston, she was the only child of the late Romeo and Gertrude (DeAngelis) Lecours.  She was raised in Winthrop, graduating from Winthrop High School in 1939, attending Portia School of Law and graduating from Simmons College in 1943.


 Laurette was the devoted wife of William P. Danahy, who died in 2002 at their home in Hopkinton, after 58 years of marriage. She was a loving mother to five children.


 She was a gracious, caring and dignified lady.  She was prayerful in her life and always had a kind word for others. Laurette lived by the principle ‘treat others as you want to be treated” and she was thankful for every thoughtful gesture sent her way. She will be deeply missed.  


 Mrs. Danahy dedicated 31 years to serving the children of Hopkinton.  She was passionate about innovation in the classroom and her commitment to life-long learning.  For six years, she was Director of  Happy Hours Kindergarten set in the family home. In 1963, she transitioned into her long career within the Hopkinton elementary schools as a second grade teacher in Center School and fourth grade in Elmwood School.   When she retired in 1987, she was chosen as Grand Marshall of the traditional New England Horribles Parade, which celebrated her enthusiasm for teaching children, as well as her commitment to serving the town of Hopkinton.


 Laurette was the co-founder of the Hopkinton Adult Education Program and remained the Director for 17 years.  She was an active participant in the Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee, member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the Ladies Altar Guild of St. John the Evangelist Church and Friends of the Library.  Laurette also played a part in the beginning of the Hopkinton Poly-Arts Festival 37 years ago. 


  A gifted pianist and artist, Laurette captured her enjoyment of the wonders of nature in her watercolors and oil paintings.   She loved the ocean, beaches and vacationing on Cape Cod. She often shared early childhood memories of traveling each summer with her father to connect with her French heritage in Montreal.


Laurette’s greatest joy was her family. She is survived by daughter Lorraine and husband David Andersen of Kennett Square PA; son William J. Danahy of Framingham; son Richard Danahy and wife Libby of Bristol NH; daughter Marianne and husband Geno Barrows of Ashland and daughter Terese McElhaney of Hopkinton.


She leaves her beloved seven grandchildren: Kristen and husband Nels Olson of Annapolis MD; Dr. Ethan Danahy of Medford; Amy and husband Peter George of Auburn; David Andersen Jr. of Washington DC; Scott McElhaney of Hopkinton; Eliza de Carvalho of Framingham and Patrick Danahy and his mother Ilza Danahy of Framingham.


She also leaves eight wondrous great-grandchildren: Lars, Byrne, Finley, Sophia, Emelia, Tyler, Haley and Alyssa.  She leaves behind devoted nieces, nephews and their families, who gave her loving kindnesses throughout her years.


The funeral will be held Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street (  ). A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are Tuesday, August 2 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Donations in her name may be made to Sant Bani School, 19 Ashram Rd, Sanborton NH 03269 or St Patrick’s Manor, 863 Central St, Framingham MA 01702. 


High Ground

July 31, 2011 — This chipmunk off of Hill Street basks in the glow of reflected light from a setting sun, as he takes the high ground. However, it appears a couple of stowaways are hitching a ride on his back.

Beaver Dam, But no Darn Beaver

July 31, 2011 — The builders of this engineering marvel on North Mill Pond are difficult to spot at work, but their results are unmistakable, as seen here with a zoom lens from atop the human-built dam under the surface of North Mill Street. A lone turtle bathes in sunlight as dragonflies fly in grid patterns just above the water's surface.



From the Calendar:

Concerts on the Common Tonight, July 31, 2011

5:00 pm Hopkinton Summer Concert Band

Massachusetts State Police Deploy Troopers to New Hampshire to Aid in Search


Today, At the request of New Hampshire State Police, Massachusetts State Police deployed Troopers attached to the S.E.R.T. (Special Emergency Response Team), Fleet Section and their assets from Massachusetts State Police General Headquarters to New Hampshire to assist in the search in New Hampshire for missing 11-year-old, Celina Cass.


Lieutenant Robert Leverone is the S.E.R.T. Commander and Sergeant Michael Chavis is supervising Fleet equipment assignments.


A mobile command center, ATV’s and a SUS-V (a tracked multi-terrain amphibious vehicle) are some of the assets Troopers will use to assist.

Anyone with information regarding Celina Cass is asked to call the New Hampshire State Police. ABC story below.

Rock and Roll

July 30, 2011 — Fifteen year-old Jonathan Cassidy operates his Rock Crawler over a 24" vertical rise, which is in some places at a 45 degree angle, at College Rock today.


July 30, 2011 — This dragonfly and his cousins were as curious about the photographer as he was about them today at Blood's Pond.



July 30, 2011 — Josh Sweeney truly is Spiderman, but that name has been taken already, so we'll call him Spiderguy. Here, he climbs the width of College Rock today without ropes or a net, because he climbs laterally, not vertically.


Only Real Men Wear Pink

July 30, 2011 — Above, Bob O'Connell from the Commercial Yard at Weston Nurseries moves some plants with pink flowers for display, as he sports his pink hat and pink shirt, all a part of the first "Pink Day" at Weston Nurseries, a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness. Below, customers are greeted with a pink display at the main entrance to the Garden Center area.



Seussical, Jr - One More Show

Saturday, July 30th @ 2pm & 7pm

Hopkinton Middle School

Tickets Here

A cast of dozens thrilled the crowd today during the matinee at the Hopkinton Middle School. There is one more show to go.

Candidate for United States Senate Visits Hopkinton on Statewide Trek

"He [Speaker Boehner] is endangering the future of our economic strength..." Rep. Tom Conroy

by Robert Falcione

July 29, 2011 — Massachusetts State Representative Tom Conroy (D), who began his campaign for the US Senate seat now held by Republican Scott Brown, breezed through Hopkinton as the clock struck noon today as part of his 600-mile pan-Massachusetts walk, and stopped for a bite at Bill's Pizza with some workers and supporters. Photo is HD video-grabshot.

        This reporter caught up with Mr. Conroy in front of the HopNews office and asked if he would speak to readers. And that he did, without pulling any punches and with frank answers to the current concerns of voters.

         Rep. Conroy accused House Speaker John Boehner, saying, "He's endangering the future of our economic strength and health. He is playing chicken with the American public and our economy; and that's not right and has got to change."   Rep. Conroy is joined by about four other candidates for the Democrats' nod.

         To see and hear more of Rep. Conroy's interview with HopNews, choose the video below.


Michael J. Drinkwater 30


FRANKLIN - Michael J. Drinkwater 30, of Bellingham, passed away Tuesday July 26, 2011 at Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, shortly after his arrival. He was the fiance of Jill A. Brunelle, whom he was to marry in 2012. Born June 28, 1981, in Framingham, a son of Donna M. (McKinnon) Drinkwater-Therrien and her husband George of Bellingham, and Darrell J. Drinkwater and his wife Paula of Kennebunk, Maine, he had resided in Bellingham recently and was a former longtime resident of Franklin. He was raised and educated in Franklin, and was a 2000 graduate of Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School, where he participated in the culinary arts program. He was working as a chef at Zio Paolos restaurant in Hopkinton and Bellingham. A sports fan at heart, he enjoyed all the New England sports teams, snowboarding, golfing, spending time with his family and cooking. He also liked traveling to Maine and Florida.


In addition to his fiance and parents, he is survived by 2 sisters; Kerri A. Drinkwater of Boston, & Kristi M. Fritz and her husband Kevin of Franklin, 2 stepbrothers; Sean M. Therrien and his wife Kristin of Hopedale & Kelly P. Donohue of Marshfield. Also surviving is a nephew Nathan Michael Fritz, and a step grandmother Anne Marie Nickinello of Lexington. He is the nephew of Robert W. Drinkwater of Amherst, David A. Drinkwater of Linwood, Paula R. White of Marlborough, CT, Patrick L. McKinnon of Bellingham, Susan ME Tabone of Batavia, NY, Nancy C. Isaacson of Ashland, Katherine A. Fisher of Milford, Deborah A. McKinnon of Holliston, and Linda H. Gardner of Bellingham. He was the grandson of the late John & Catherine McKinnon and Ralph & Marvel Mills & the nephew of the late Glenn Drinkwater, Edward J. McKinnon, Steven McKinnon and John A. McKinnon. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Saturday July 30th, at 9:15AM from the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home 33 Cottage St. FRANKLIN, with a Funeral Mass in St. Marys Church, 1 Church Sq. at 10AM. Interment will follow at St. Marys Cemetery. Calling hours are Friday July 29th, from 4-8PM at the funeral home.

Fun Flicks

July 28, 2011 — Matthew Chang from Fun Flicks makes the complimentary popcorn at the Thursday evening Movie on the Common while the crowd arrives.




July 28, 2011 — Professional children's entertainer Cheryl Melody of Hopkinton captivated children and their parents today at Hopkinton Public Library with a musical performance that infused age-appropriate learning with fun songs, an interactive Q&A and group play. Capture from HD Video.


Snappy Dogs is on a Roll 


Snappy Dogs, the Hot Dog cart plus, located on Grove Street on Colella's property will be 2 years-old in a couple of weeks. Tuesday, Chronicle, Channel 5's television magazine is expected to arrive at around noon and do a piece on them. They talk about that and why they did it in the video below, with dialogue largely inspired by Town Talk, the HopNews discussion page. Be sure to check out the outtakes at the end, which are pretty funny.




Candidate for Senate to Appear at

Bill's Pizza

Friday, July 29, 2011

Noon - 12:45 pm

On Your Mark...

July 27, 2011 — Workers for Scott's Landscaping fill and level an area to prepare it for new planting earlier today around "The Starter" bronze statue of George V. Brown by Hopkinton Sculptor, Michael Alfano.

Towering Presence

July 27, 2011 —A crane looms large over the Downtown today, assisting in the placement of roof trusses for the new Hillers Cleaners being built next to Colella's.

 Positively Hopkinton


Hopkinton Life Sciences Companies Make Their Marks


Caliper Life Sciences Announces CE IVD Mark for LabChip® Dx for Clinical Patient Sample Testing

- Innovative Microfluidics Technology is now Available for Clinical In Vitro Diagnostic Use in Europe -


Hopkinton, MA July 27, 2011 -- Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALP) announced today that its new, innovative LabChip® Dx instrument has achieved CE IVD registration in Europe. The LabChip Dx, a novel instrument based on Caliper’s robust LabChip microfluidics technology, will now be marketed and sold in Europe with the CE IVD Mark under the European Directive on In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices. The LabChip Dx was developed in collaboration with Seegene, Inc., with whom Caliper announced a strategic partnership earlier this year.


“Under the CE IVD Mark, the LabChip Dx instrument is available for use with clinical patient samples in Europe, and we expect it will bring significant benefit to European clinical diagnostic laboratories by improving overall lab economics and reducing manual labor requirements,” said Kevin Hrusovsky (File photo), President and CEO of Caliper Life Sciences. “The CE IVD Mark makes the LabChip Dx more attractive for European diagnostic labs and completes an important regulatory step for running tests from the Seeplex menu of diagnostic assays from Seegene.”


“The LabChip Dx, launched in February of this year, has seen excellent market uptake,” continued Mr. Hrusovsky. “To date, we have received orders for forty units from markets around the world. We believe the robustness and reliability of the LabChip Dx, as well as Caliper’s service excellence, have proven to be attractive to our partners and customers.”


The LabChip Dx system features diagnostic identification, scoring and reporting software. It is based on the same microfluidics technology that has become the standard electrophoretic separation platform in research, enabling high throughput, multiplexed, cost effective sample processing for discovery and validation of molecular and companion diagnostics. The platform can analyze large numbers of multiplex samples using minimal sample volume,

provides automatic pipetting, and avoids the need to further purify or dilute diagnostic PCR products. The cost effective approach of Caliper’s robust microfluidics platform explains its high rate of adoption among research laboratories around the world.


VelQuest SmartLab EM Improves Efficiency, Cuts Errors in Aseptic Process Monitoring

HOPKINTON, Mass., July 27, 2011 -- VelQuest Corporation, world leader in lab execution systems for the pharmaceutical industry, today introduced a new paperless microbiological environmental monitoring system for manufacturers in life science industries. SmartLab EM™ was developed in collaboration with quality control personnel at top pharmaceutical companies who were seeking a new paperless microbiological and environmental monitoring management system to reduce errors and risk for batch rejection in aseptic processing facilities.

      FDA Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) regulations require manufacturers to include microbiological and environmental monitoring data with product batch release documentation. Paper based management, collection, and reporting of this data is difficult. Errors can put the manufacturer at risk for compliance deviations, delayed product release, and batch rejection.

      "SmartLab EM enables microbiology quality control groups to efficiently manage all aspects of a microbiological monitoring plan," said Gene Tetreault, Senior Vice President of Engineering at VelQuest. "SmartLab EM manages site plans, sampling schedules, work prioritization, resource assignments, bar code labeling and scanning, sample tracking, and trending reports...everything you need for a compliant environmental monitoring program in a lean manufacturing operation." To learn more, please visit SmartLab EM Microbiological Monitoring System. ~ Contributed Content

Two Out of Three Ain't Bad

July 27, 2011 — The Hopkinton 9 Year old Tondorf Team completed their summer season by defeating host team Medway in the best 2 of 3 series, capturing the 2011 Tondorf Championship.
       This group of hardworking 9 year old boys represented their town with pride and played exceptional team baseball enroute to an overall record of 12-2.
        Front row (L-R) Drew Rancatore, Luke Fairbanks, Robby Bernardin, Steven Maffiore, Bat boy Michael Ambrosone, Jack Wehle. Middle Row (L-R) Tommy Ambrosone, Ian Cann, Jack Breslin, Chris Canal, Kyle Stukel, Matthew Epstein. Top Row (L-R)Coach Bob Canal, Coach Keith Maffiore, Head Coach Larry Epstein, Coach Dave Rancatore. Missing from photo: Ned Dean. ~ Contributed.




Cheryl Melody will give a concert tomorrow (Thursday July 28) at 10:30 am @ the Hopkinton Library!



Precarious Crossing

July 26, 2011 — This bridge over Whitehall Brook on Fruit Street is apparently for decorative purposes, but is reminiscent of an earlier, more innocent time in Hopkinton; an age of bare feet, frayed denim overalls, straw hats, and fishing poles made of broomsticks.



Good Samaritans Lead Rescue Efforts of Occupants Trapped in Vehicle in Auburn


July 26, 2011 — Today at 8:22 a.m., Troopers from the State Police Barracks in Holden responded to reports of a two-vehicle motor vehicle crash on Route 290 eastbound near the Auburn-Worcester line. State Police received reports that one of the involved vehicles had driven off the road and rolled over into a marsh.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Daniel A. Riopel indicates that DAVID W. CONERLY, 46, of Holland, was operating a 1997 Lexus LS400 when he changed lanes and struck the rear of a 1998 Subaru Forester being operated by Cheyanne E. Wilson, 18, of Webster.  After the impact, the Subaru lost control, went approximately 50 feet off the roadway, and rolled over into a marsh area adjacent to the highway.


Several witnesses and concerned citizens stopped to help the crash victims. Three men entered the swamp while a fourth provided tools in an effort to free the trapped occupants. State Police Lieutenant David Keefe arrived on scene shortly thereafter and he too entered the swamp and joined the rescue effort. 


Ms. Wilson, the Subaru’s operator, was removed from the car. Her male passenger, Christopher Cote, 20, of Worcester, had to reposition himself in the vehicle as the front end was submerged.  He was removed by the rescuers and both occupants were transported to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center-Lakeside for treatment of minor injuries.


State Police are citing CONERLY for a marked lanes violation based on witness statements that he changed lanes and struck the Subaru. ~ Contributed


Few Words Necessary

Community Supported Agriculture

July 26, 2011 — Laura Davis of Long Life Farm picks some greens in the space she uses toward her goal of Community Supported Agriculture, whereby several families join in the effort and reap the benefits weekly during the growing season. Ms. Davis offers her organic harvest at Weston Nurseries Farmers market every Friday, Noon-6:00 pm. See a video of Ms. Davis here.

HELP WANTED: School Committee reporter; journalism background preferred. Person needed to take over the role of presenting in an orderly fashion a condensed written version of what goes on at School Committee meetings. Readers do not want to sit through, live or televised, three hours of discussion in order to know what goes on; and for years they have relied upon HopNews for factual and informative reports.

      To help continue the tradition of honest and factual reporting, please email your resume to Robert:


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