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Hopkinton Youth Co-Authors Fantasy Novel, First in Series 

August 5, 2011 — Hopkinton resident Silas Jackson teamed up with boyhood friend Julian Traas to kick out the first in a planned series, Legends of Que 'thoth, of stories set in a fantasy world of warriors and priests. To learn more about their this new self-published work, Ligeia/Bryndt, check out the interview above. Cover art by brother Ashley Jackson.



Getaway Cove

August 5, 2011 — These Canada geese enjoy their secluded cove on Lake Whitehall, as do another two dozen mallard ducks that coexist peacefully with them, just off-camera.





Governor Deval Patrick Says to Youth, "It gets better."




(BOSTON) – August 5, 2011 - Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), and Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) held a reception yesterday at the State House to welcome internationally known businessman and dignitary Spyros Mercouris during his visit to Boston from Greece.


“Spyros Mercouris is a truly inspirational man who rose from political strife and oppression to create personal prosperity that he has in turn used to promote democracy and Greek culture throughout the world,” said Tarr.  “He leads us by example to know and understand the virtues of the spirit of Greece and those who prize freedom.  Truly it is an honor to welcome him to the State House.”


“Through his various programs and initiatives, Spyros Mercouris has worked for years to show the critical role his country played in the advancement of western civilization and the development of democracy,” said Spilka. ““From his early years as an activist to his current work promoting cultural and historical exhibits, Mr. Mercouris has dedicated his life to being an ambassador for democracy and I was honored to have been able to recognize his work at the State House.”


Mercouris, who is the honorary president of the European Commission’s Capitals of Culture program, used this visit to discuss the work he has done to educate and promote the history of Greece through the use of art, music, and cultural exhibits. His latest exhibit, “Democracy and the Battle of the Marathon,” uses paintings, sculptures, and artifacts to show the impact the Battle of the Marathon played in the development of the Democratic form of government.


"It was an honor to welcome Mr. Mercouris to the State House. His commitment to sharing the history of democracy and the tremendous impact the Battle of Marathon continues to have on our society is inspirational," Dykema said.  

Spyros Mercouris was born in Athens, Greece in 1926 and studied law at the University of Athens. He was also an active in the Resistance during the German and Italian occupation and an active member of “Democratic Defense,” a resistance organization during the colonels’ junta in Greece. Executive Director of the Hopkinton Athletic Association and Hopkinton resident, Tim Kilduff accompanied Mr. Mercouris during his visit to Boston. ~ Contributed content


Four Car Accident on 495 North

South Street backed up to Milford

495 backed up to Franklin (5:20 pm - Should be clear by 6:00 pm)

August 4, 2011 — Traffic was backed up for miles, as four lanes were squeezed into one at around 4:30 pm this afternoon. As of this writing, safety officials are still on scene and investigating. Traffic is backed up to Franklin on Route 495 N and to Milford on South Street. Injuries are unknown at this time.



Tigger vs the Fungus

August 4, 2011 — Three year-old Tigger agreed to walk next to this vegan's delight in the photographer's backyard, in order to provide scale.


Barn Collapse

August 4, 2011 — This collapsing building can be seen clearly from "Little" Hayden Rowe Street.


Friday, August 5th

4 - 7 PM
New BBQ Wines Tasting

This week we will sample several wines that are new arrivals and that work nicely with barbecued anything.  Our first two wines are Spanish, a Tempranillo-Cabernet Sauvignon blend and an old vines Garnacha.  The others are from Australia, a Cabernet Sauvignon and a reserve Shiraz.

First, we will sample the 2007 El Molinet from Valencia, Spain.  This wine is produced by a wine cooperative, La Viña Cooperative.  The 2007 El Molinet is a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for six months in seasoned oak before bottling without filtration.  Purple-colored, the wine has an expressive perfume of cedar, tobacco, mineral, and blackberry.  Smooth-textured and layered, this ripe, spicy wine has a forward personality and a lengthy finish.  This vintage of this wine has garnered a huge amount of press, including Wine Advocate - 90 points and the International Wine Cellar - 90 points.  This excellent grilling wine sells for just $15.99 per bottle, or $153.50 per case. To learn more, visit the Hopkinton Wine and Spirits website.


Superintendent of Schools Outreach

Dr. Jonathan Landman, new Superintendent of the Hopkinton Public Schools, invites parents, students and community members to a community forum at the Hopkins School library on August 25th, from noon to 2:00 p.m.


This forum will be the fourth in a series of listening sessions which will continue into the fall. This is a chance to share your hopes for the future of the school system, your ideas about how the system can improve, and to help set the agenda for years to come.


All are welcome; RSVPs are helpful but not required. Please RSVP to Jeannine Gilmore, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, at , or at 508 417 9360.


Earl is Now a Found Dog!!


After seeing the notice of a lost beagle on HopNews, folks at the Respite Center who came in contact with Earl called his owner and reunited them, creating another real-life happy ending. Congratulations to all!




Middlesex Savings Bank Announces Hopkinton Graduate Among 2011 Scholarship Winners

Charitable Foundation Awards $34,000 to Area Graduates


HOPKINTON, MASSACHUSETTS, August 4, 2011 - Dana M. Neshe, president of the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation, today announced that Sarah Miller of Hopkinton has been awarded a 2011 Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation Scholarship. A graduate of Hopkinton High School, Miller will receive $1,000 to support her studies at Loyola University.


The foundation’s award to Ms Miller was one of 28 scholarship grants in the amount of $1,000 to deserving students from public and vocational schools in the MetroWest area, continuing a tradition that began nine years ago. Recipients are chosen based on academic merit, community service, financial need, and personal and academic improvement. Over a quarter-million dollars has been distributed to date through the program.


Since 2006, The Foundation has also awarded the A. James Lavoie Scholarship. This $5,000 award is named in honor of Mr. Lavoie, former president of Middlesex Bank, who was deeply committed to the support of education. The 2011 Lavoie Scholarship winner is Melanie Josselyn of Natick, a graduate of Joseph P. Keefe Technical High School in Framingham.




August 3, 2011 — This handsome fellow didn't mind the photographer watching him eat (Aren't those legs hanging out of his mouth?) by the Lake Whitehall Gatehouse this afternoon. He wolfed down one bug, flew up quickly, grabbed another faster than the human eye can comprehend, and then set down in the same place to devour it, too. The more dragonflies in an area, the fewer bugs there are that bother humans.


ESL’s Glass Menagerie Nominated for Six Theater Awards


Hopkinton, Mass (August 3, 2011) – Enter Stage Left Theater is proud to announce that its October, 2010 production of The Glass Menagerie has received six nominations for the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theater Distinguished Achievement and Special Honors (DASH) awards.

The nominations are as follows:

  • Best Ensemble:  ESL's The Glass Menagerie

  • Best Production of a Play:  The Glass Menagerie

  • Best Actress:  Nancy Murphy Gilarde

  • Best Actor:  Michael Barrata

  • Best Director:  Paul Champlin

  • Best Costumes:  Dawn Anderson

The winners will be announced at EMACT's gala on August 27.

The Glass Menagerie was one of only six that were selected out of 69 shows for the ‘Best Production of a Play’ nomination, which is quite an impressive achievement!” said Kelly Grill, executive director of ESL. “We are very proud of the outstanding work of this show’s cast and crew.”

Photo by Rich Gazoorian


Lost Dog (Now found)

Earl is a 25 pound Beagle who ran away from our home on Pleasant Street around noon today. He loves people.  

He has a microchip for identification but is not wearing a collar with his license on it.  Instead, he is wearing a thin black collar with skull and bones on it.  We're thinking he is in the downtown area or woods behind schools.

We can be reached at 435-6377 or 508-269-1786.  



ESL’s Urinetown

7:30 pm - Hopedale High School

August 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20

HOPKINTON, MA (August 3, 2011) – Enter Stage Left Theater will be presenting its Summer Stock musical, Urinetown, at the Hopedale High School on August 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17 for general admission; and $13 for students, seniors and stage door members; and are available at . Hopedale High School is located at 25 Adin Street, Hopedale.


“This is a musical comedy that pokes fun at other musicals as well as capitalism, bureaucracy, and the legal system,” said Kelly Grill, executive director at ESL. “Director Michael Geary has done a terrific job with a very talented cast and the result is a very funny show.”


Grill added that the production is made possible by a grant from the Mass Cultural Council. “This grant not only allowed us to continue to grow our Summer Stock program with the goal of providing a strong learning opportunity for high school and college age students who are serious about theater arts, but it also allowed us to bring in Emmy-award-winning set designer Ted Talanian to design the set with Michael and to teach a seminar about set design for the entire cast,” she stated.


 Senior Moments

Senior Center Friends Day

Nancy L. Drawe



August 3, 2011 — “You’ve Got A Friend,” was once again the theme of last Friday’s annual “Bring a Friend Day” at the Hopkinton Senior Center—their fifth year!   Since the first four years of this event were such a huge success, the seniors were once again invited to bring their “little friends” to the center for another fun afternoon.  The friends could be grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors, etc. It was cute watching everyone give their grandchildren tours of the place; they all got to see where Grandma and Grandpa come for their own fun time!  One of the nice things was to actually meet some of the grandchildren that we hear about so often and to see the “returns” who came back for their fifth year in a row, as well as lots of new little faces. 


Previously, the Friends of the Seniors had set up “Game Stations,” where the kids could play such games as Bean Bag Toss, Fishing, Chair Volleyball, etc., but this year, they opted for something a little bit different.  This year, they set up “Craft Stations” with lots of stickers, markers, glitter and foam sticky shapes that the kids could use to decorate notepads, bracelets, etc.   The glue was flying everywhere, but the kids had a blast!  The center now has a ping pong table, so that was a big hit also.  Photo: Lucy D'Urso decorating cards as her dad, Frank, looks on. 


Lunch time was pretty quiet since everyone was eating hamburgers and hot dogs grilled right in the kitchen.  It was way too hot outside this year to have people standing over a grill, but it didn’t matter, the kids enjoyed eating in the main dining room just as much!    The meal was free for all the kids and only $4.00 per adult. Dessert was yummy ice cream and watermelon!   It was too funny, there were lots of little ketchup and watermelon covered faces running around—very cute!    


A display table was set up with little prizes that included stuffed animals, books and assorted small toys.   Each child got to pick something from the “Prize Table” before they left.  That was so exciting for them, looking over everything and deciding which one to pick.  Everyone left the center that afternoon with their special prizes and a happy smile, already looking forward to next year for “Bring a Friend Day 6!”  A sign of a pretty successful day, don’t you think?

Cheers to everyone who made “Bring a Friend Day 5,” such a wonderful time for everyone! 


Don’t forget--the annual cookout at the Laborers Training Center hosted by State Representative Carolyn Dykema will be held on Wednesday, August 17 from 12-2 pm.  Believe me, you won’t want to miss this one; it’s always the cookout of the year!  Everyone has such a good time being entertained with music by a DJ, nice little raffle prizes and especially the great food—hot off the grill.   Carolyn, along with her friends and family do a wonderful job hosting this annual event!   Transportation is available, so when you sign up at the senior center, let them know if you will need a ride.  


Birthday lunch!  Second Thursday of the month—this month the date is the 11th, so if your birthday is in August, call the center to sign up and your lunch will be free that day!  Can’t you just taste that delicious birthday cake too? 


That’s it for now, so if you have any comments or suggestions, you can email me:  Until next time, have a great week! 



August 2, 2011 — Much like a windsock at an airport or heliport, this flame burning off impurities at the LNG facility on Wilson Street shows the unquestionable direction of the wind in this photo taken from the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam today. The facility, for which this is standard operating procedure, has two burners, this being the larger. Following some thunder in the  early evening today, at least one caller, who could see the flame from his vehicle driving on East Main Street, mistakenly reported a possible lightning strike and subsequent fire. That is a common error.

Summer Getaway

August 2, 2011 — A lone sunbather appears to be on an isolated island in a faraway land, but is actually at Hopkinton Reservoir today.


Everyone Loves a Crowd

August 2, 2011 — Snappy Dogs, after "mustarding up" some publicity, had a full lot today, as Channel 5 sent a videographer to gather footage for a story and Teresa's and Lisa's customers and friends showed up to support them.


State Police to Charge 4 Juveniles in Highway Rock-Throwing Incident


(Worcester, MA.) August 2, 2011 - On Saturday July 31, 2011 at 6:30 p.m., the State Police Barracks in Holden began to receive reports that several individual were throwing objects at moving vehicles on the Kelly Square on-ramp to Route 290 eastbound in Worcester.  Several Troopers as well as officers from the Worcester Police Department responded to the area.


Trooper Andrew Daige from the Holden Barracks arrived at the scene and interviewed several victims whose vehicles had received damage from rocks that the suspects had been throwing.  In all, Trooper Daige located approximately 60 golf-ball sized rocks and approximately 10 more rocks the size of softballs that had been thrown at vehicles on the ramp entering Route 290 eastbound.  Several vehicles, which had remained to report their damage, had smashed windshields while several others had damage to the hoods, roofs, and sides of their vehicles. 


One of the victims chased the suspects and with the assistance of Worcester Police Officers, was able to locate and identify four juvenile suspects.  Trooper Davidson Lamarre interviewed the male juveniles and they admitted to having thrown the rocks at traffic.


Follow-up investigation by Trooper Daige identified several more victims for a total of twelve vehicles having sustained damage from the rocks thrown by these juveniles.  Trooper Daige also conducted follow-up interviews with the offenders and has determined the charges appropriate for this matter.  The charges against the four juveniles, all between the ages of 9 and 11, will be forthcoming later today.


Second Suspect Arrested in Sunday Night's Milford Knife Attack


(Milford, MA.) August 2, 2011 - A second suspect has been arrested in connection with a knife attack on Sunday night July 31, 2011 approximately 9:27 pm at the Valero Gas Station located at 124 East Main Street. Milford Police Detectives Carlos Sousa and Antonio Carneiro arrested Welton De Oliveira Godoy age 20 of 18 Taylor Street Milford, MA after their investigation. The suspect was charged after being interviewed at Police Headquarters early Tuesday morning August 2, 2011 for the following criminal violations:

  1. Armed Assault to Murder, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Assault with Intent to Murder, Assault to Commit a Felony, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon.

Detectives learned that the altercation was the result of a debt that the victim owed Godoy who was trying to collect. Godoy also admitted to changing his appearance by cutting his hair and shaving his beard after the incident on Sunday night knowing the police were searching for him. The Bail Commissioner set bail at $25,000.00 for the suspect who was held overnight in lockup and scheduled for arraignment.


On Sunday night shortly after police received the report of the knife attack police apprehended Pablo Amaral age 25 of 19 Taylor Street Milford, MA and charged him with the following criminal violations related to the knife attack:

  1. Assault to Murder, Assault with a dangerous weapon, Assault with intent to murder, Assault to commit a felony, Assault and Battery with dangerous weapon

The police investigation learned that on Sunday night three individuals had driven to the Valero Gas Station in a pickup truck and the two suspects had engaged the victim leading to the confrontation. The two suspects have swung knives at the suspect and threatened to kill him. The victim evaded them by running into the bathroom where he called police. The victim only received a minor injury with a small cut on one of his fingers. A third subject has been identified and questioned and he was not charged with any crimes.



Hopkinton 14U Summer Softball

The Hopkinton 14U Summer Softball team came in 2nd place this past weekend, losing a close one in the last inning to an undefeated Franklin team. The team was lead by an outstanding pitching performance by Danielle Mellor and a bench that would not give up. The girls played a great game!

Back Row: Coach Sean O'Beirne, Jenna Bogan, Danielle Mellor, Julia Thissell, Delaney O'Beirne, Torii Harvey and Head Coach Dean Bogan

Front Row: Haley McGrath, Lindsay Whittles, Maille Bennett and Maddie Abbott. Missing from the picture: Coaches: Jim Adams and Jeff Walsh

Players: Holly Adams, Elise Carlson, Courtney Hassan, Emma Lacascia, Amanda Pickens and Alison Walsh ~ Contributed content.

Dodging a Bullet

August 2, 2011 — The severe weather predicted for late Monday afternoon did not materialize in Hopkinton. Above, the landmark silo at the former Terry Farm, the future Center for the Arts, frames the clouds at the edge of the storm early Monday evening.



August 2, 2011 — The Hopkinton Garden Club's signature style is all over this planter on the Common, just one of the many beautiful plantings they maintain on a daily basis in the Downtown, as well as Colella's and the "Welcome" area on West Main Street.


Faster Than a Speeding Locomotive

August 2, 2011 — Director/Conductor Steve Yavarow's baton is a blur as he conducts the Hopkinton Community Summer Band at the Common on Sunday. The band rehearses for six weeks during spring and summer, and then comes to life for one performance on the Common each summer.


HELP! at Hopkinton Concert on the Common Sunday, August 7

HOPKINTON, MA – For those who crave cool summertime musical fun, now there’s HELP! New England’s premier Beatles tribute band HELP! is coming to Hopkinton on Sunday, August 7, as part of the free summer concert series. The show starts at 5 PM and runs until 7:30 on the Hopkinton Common. And yes, we would like you to dance!


What makes babies bounce and clap to "Yellow Submarine?" or "Twist & Shout?" Whatever it is, that same magic revs up their older siblings and their parents and grandparents too. The whole family grooves to the great sounds of the Beatles. (Video, left, from 2009 performance. No there is no lip-synching; they are singing live!).


Some things just keep getting better, like the Beatles’ hits – and HELP!, the region’s longest-running and best (at least, according to their mums) Beatles tribute band. For more than 20 years, HELP! has been delighting all ages at nightspots, festivals, and town concerts throughout New England and beyond.

HELP!’s lineup includes Mike Rolla of Maynard on bass and Marc Hertzberg of Sudbury on keyboards and guitar. Chris Hylander of Waltham on drums, and Mark Poulin of Amesbury on guitar round out the quartet.


Each musician performs songs associated with one of the Fab Four, including some intriguing and seldom-heard archival and novelty material for a glimpse into the history of Britain’s most famous band. Sets change regularly, dipping into the huge Beatles catalog and even some of the later, solo music.

HELP! plays it all live (without recordings), for a faithful reproduction that captures the sound and the enthusiasm – and those amazing harmonies – that rocked the 1960s. Through a unique combination of authentic vintage equipment and modern electronics, HELP! brings to life many hits the Beatles themselves performed only in the studio.


The fans, from toddlers to grandparents, as they dance, sing along, sway and shout, are as much a part of the scene as the guys on stage. HELP! really loves this music and this audience – and it shows. ~ From HELP!

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts


Compiled  for by Robert Falcione © 2011 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from June 22, 2011 to August 1, 2011






8 Commonwealth Ave

Mark W Mercier


August 1, 2011

Southgate LLC

333 Wood Street

Richard C Shenker


July 29, 2011

William B Brown, Karen A Murphy

11 DiCarlo Road

Matthew D Petrie, Jill M Petrie


July 29, 2011

William R Baldiga, Nancy R Baldiga

16 Knoll Road

Ashlay Moraski


July 29, 2011

Mark Christenson, Victoria Christenson

15 Norcross Road

Ronald H Ng, Katherine M Ng


July 29, 2011

Suzanne R Hayes, Kenneth A Hayes, Jr

15 Fenton Street

BRFN Investments, LLC


July 29, 2011

Jane Crook Brisson, William C Brisson

13 Wildlife Drive

David M Diana, Julie M Conlin


July 29, 2011

Ruth M Gorman, Michael A Gorman

81 Front Street

Kelly Avery, Donn Avery


July 28, 2011

Dennis F Knapp, Patrice M Knapp

2 College Street

Mary Jo Ondrechen, Amy E Groves


July 28, 2011

Matthew D Petrie, Jill M Petrie

4 Hill Street

Yang Yang, Nathan J Brown


July 28, 2011

Craig M Gibson, Jennifer Y Gibson

44 Pinecrest Village

Paul G Kohler


July 28, 2011

Kelly A Michaud (Avery)

15 John Matthew Road

John Salvadore, Janice Salvadore


July 28, 2011

Philip F Pietrafetta, Elaine M Pietrafetta

 9 Hillcrest Drive

Makepar Corp


July 27, 2011

Deutsche Bank National Trust

Last Week





5 Leman Lane Unit A 1

Alice Reilly


July 22, 2011

Richard E Lindstrom, Karen E Upton Est

7 Hazel Road

Denzil G Vaughn, Keesha Vaughn


July 22, 2011

Adam W Couture, Susan Couture

22 Nazneen Circle

Malik Sayed


July 22, 2011

Ahmed Mirajuddin TR,

Peppercorn Village Realty Trust








 - August 1, 2011


4:43 pm Units responding to Gibbon Road spoke with a person who said he was threatened and "charged" ...


11:41 am Officers David Shane and Gregg DeBoer caught up with a group of 20-30 motorcycles...


1:38 am A caller reported a male slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle...


1:05 pm Officer Thomas Griffin assisted Ashland EMS with a snakebite victim...


10:20 am An Eastview Road business owner reported receiving a threatening message from an employee...

 Seniors News


The latest edition of "The Hilltopper" Newsletter for Hopkinton's Senior Citizens is linked above.

Below are a couple of excerpts from it.
Choose the link to see the rest.



Come enjoy the summer with our State Representative Carolyn Dykema! With food fresh off the grill, a DJ, and a raffle, it’s sure to be a great time. August 17th from 12 to 2pm at the Hopkinton Laborers Training Center. Please contact the Senior Center to sign up and let us know if you need transportation.



Thursday, August 11, at 10 AM

How long has it been since you scrutinized your IRA account? This workshop will answer questions about your IRA investments while focusing on common mistakes such as failing to name a beneficiary and spousal continuation mistakes. The workshop will be conducted by David Mastroianni.


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.

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