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}
Laurette M. (Lecours) Danahy, 89
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
http://www.callanancronin.com ). 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.
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.
But no Darn Beaver
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:
on the Common Tonight, July 31, 2011
Hopkinton Summer Concert Band
Massachusetts State Police Deploy Troopers to New
Hampshire to Aid in Search
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.
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.
2011 — This dragonfly and his cousins were as curious about the
photographer as he was about them today at Blood's Pond.
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,
Men Wear Pink
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
A cast of
dozens thrilled the crowd today during the matinee at the Hopkinton
Middle School. There is one more show to go.
for United States Senate Visits Hopkinton on Statewide Trek
"He [Speaker Boehner] is
endangering the future of our economic strength..." Rep. Tom Conroy
July 29, 2011 — Massachusetts State Representative Tom Conroy (D), who
began his campaign for the US Senate seat now held by Republican Scott
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
Michael J. Drinkwater
- 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.
2011 — Matthew Chang from Fun Flicks makes the complimentary popcorn at
the Thursday evening Movie on the Common while the crowd arrives.
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
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
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.
2011 —A crane looms large over the Downtown today, assisting in the
placement of roof trusses for the new Hillers Cleaners being built next
Sciences Companies Make Their Marks
Caliper Life Sciences
Announces CE IVD Mark for LabChip
Clinical Patient Sample Testing
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
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,
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
July 27, 2011 --
VelQuest Corporation, world leader in lab execution
systems for the pharmaceutical industry, today
introduced a new
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
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
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
SmartLab EM Microbiological
~ 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
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
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
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
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.
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