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Selectmen Host Brainstorming Session

Center School Project Pondered


by Muriel Kramer

August 17, 2011 — The Board of Selectmen voted to support a request to fund new staging as requested by Enter Stage Left (ESL), a local community theater group, through the use of monies from the Marathon Fund. The Marathon Fund Committee (MFC) had voted long ago to fund the requested staging for ESL, but the Board of Selectmen has been reluctant to finalize action on the request unless the resource is directly owned by the Town. The Board voted to approve the request with Parks and Recreation owning the staging, but ESL storing and controlling it.


The Marathon Fund Committee had recommended approving the grant to ESL directly; they had written into their approval that the resource would be owned and maintained by ESL including a provision that the staging then be turned over to the town should ESL disband or leave. Historically the Marathon Fund Committee is charged with disbursing funds remaining from the Boston Athletic Association’s (BAA) gift to the town after marathon expenses are addressed. Each year the BAA gives Hopkinton a sum of money to cover expenses associated with the race. The Marathon Fund Committee is then charged with disbursing the extra money traditionally funding scholarships to high achieving student athletes graduating that year as well as to organizations that intend the money to benefit Hopkinton and/or Hopkinton residents under the broad umbrella of contributing to the health and wellness of Hopkinton residents.


In the past grant monies have been used for scholarships, band jackets, team uniforms, sports equipment, batting cages and materials for the skateboard park as examples; requests are considered on a first come first served basis, require three independent bids and are typically granted for non-recurring expenses.


Selectman Ben Palleiko offered, “I am happy to support this, but it has to be owned by the town.”


Selectman Michelle Gates spoke to granting the request as voted by the Marathon Fund Committee. “The Marathon Fund Committee has made a decision based on past practices, and I think we should support their decision.” Making the point that the Selectmen have discussed addressing modifications to the role or guidelines for the MFC, but have not accomplished that yet she asserted, “I think we should support the Marathon Fund Committee.”


In the draft of the new document addressing the charge of the MFC going forward scholarships to graduating seniors appear last on the list of priorities; ahead of those in order of recommended priority are town expenses associated with the Marathon, acquisition of town assets or renovation of Town assets, operational costs of athletic or recreational activities, and then grants to community programs that provide clear and direct benefit to the Town’s objectives.


The Selectmen hosted an “All-hands” meeting with attendees from town departments as well as boards and committees to brainstorm solutions and target goals in five major subject areas—preserve fiscal health, resolve Center School needs, develop an asset management plan, strengthen civic engagement/enhance communication, and develop a plan for employee training, wellness and professional development. The attendees were divided into several groups, who shared their opinions with the larger group at the end of the collaborative.


Kicking off the session, Chairman Todd Cestari, opened with, “We are all here because we care about the town of Hopkinton and we want to advance it, make it better than it is today.”


Marc Wey, a professional facilitator, helped the groups summarize the priority goals for each subject area at the end of the discussions. Fiscal Health of the Town: develop a long range plan and broaden the business tax base; Center School: prioritize getting the facts out and feedback in as well as conduct a needs assessment that addresses the building and the educational needs of the students; Asset Management: long range planning and maintenance management to preserve assets; Civic Engagement: utilize technology, increase involvement for Town Meetings and identify the key issues for residents; Employee Training: training for volunteers on boards and committees as well as professional development. Wrapping up the session, Wey emphasized that the biggest challenge was to maintain the energy level in addressing these key issues, and pointed out that as always the biggest obstacle will be the resistance to change.


Addressing Center School, many groups acknowledged the complexity of the problem. One table offered that a clear explanation was needed, another table jumped in with specifics to address immediately the known HVAC, electrical and plumbing concerns, and one group asserted the need to utilize available SBA money to renovate the building perhaps eliminating 2 vacation weeks during the year to allow for more time in the summer to do the work. Group 4 suggested investigating options and gaining consensus with residents before moving forward, the next group wanted to insure all the facts were on the table, that a needs assessment was conducted and a detailed cost benefit analysis accomplished; the last group wanted more accurate and comprehensive information and had questions about the status of the State grant.


While summarizing the priority goals for Center School, Wey asked the audience to estimate how many out of every ten residents fully understood the facts regarding the Center School project; the group offered the opinion that 1 to maybe 3 of every 10 residents fully understood the issue. One attendee, Dorothy Maruska, offered “Everybody thought they understood the facts; people just knew different facts.”


In ending the meeting last night, the Selectmen discussed the Town Manager’s goals for the upcoming year agreeing to prioritize civic engagement, strengthening the management/leadership team and creating a comprehensive financial policy document.



The Still Water

August 16, 2011 — The view from Cedar Street after the sun went past the horizon was remarkable today; and the water was still enough to flip the image upside-down. Photo taken with a Motorola Droid from Advantage Wireless, as was the one below.



Yellow is Special

August 16, 2011 — The driver of the borrowed van thanked the photographer for letting him know that the yellow hash marks designate the area for disembarking of passengers from handicap vans and other vehicles. Even people with handicap privileges are not supposed to park there.


Awkward in Flight

August 14, 2011 — This cormorant, a diving bird photographed today on Hopkinton Reservoir, struggles to get his water-logged body and wings above the water's surface to begin his "walk-on-water" that he needs to do to gain momentum for flight. Below, five frames later, the bird is aloft, leaving behind his fading trademark footprints on top of the surface of the water.

       Although the Main (lower) Beach at Hopkinton State Park is closed due to a high bacteria count, the upper beach is guarded and swimmable, and the park is full of watchable wildlife, like this bird photographed today and the deer photographed yesterday.

       NEW! To see the very last step before flight, mouse-over the image.



Selectmen to Hold Charrette at Senior Center This Evening

Police Officer Resigns - Cites Benefit Lost in Contract

Hired by Town of Maynard Police Department


August 16, 2011 — Selectmen will decide this evening whether or not to grant a requested leave of absence to former police officer Peter Booth. Officer Booth resigned effective August 7, 2011 to begin employment with the Town of Maynard, where he resides, the very next day.

     Officer Booth cites monetary reasons for his move — as well as more educational opportunity, specifically the Quinn Bill — that he believes is available in Maynard.

     The Quinn Bill is an incentive for police officers to achieve educational degrees in criminal justice, and as a result, earn a greater pay rate. In negotiations with the town, the Quinn Bill was apparently on the table, but was reinstated for police employees who were eligible before a certain date, but not for new hires after a certain date. Click on the thumbnail on the left to read Mr. Booth's letter.

      Town Manager Norman Khumalo stated, in answer to a question about the Quinn Bill in general, that it was repealed.

      Tonight, the Selectmen have planned an "All Hands" meeting, inviting all department heads and committee chairs to attend. They plan a brain-storming session, breaking the gathering into groups of five or so members, and holding a charrette (double-click any word on Page One for its instant definition), where each group brainstorms and writes their solutions down to share with the larger group at the conclusion.

       The School Committee, which likes to do things as a group, has scheduled a public meeting also, as has the Appointing (appropriations) Committee.

       Selectman Chair Todd Cestari has presented a framework to follow for the meeting that begins at 7:00 pm at the Senior Center:


We have identified the following five broad goalsfor FY ’12:

o Preserve fiscal health

o Resolve Center School needs

o Develop asset management plan

o Strengthen civic engagement/enhance communication with the community

o Develop a plan for employee training, wellness and professional development




Short Flight

August 16, 2011 — This black bird photographed yesterday is not prepared for a long flight, as its legs are dangling, ready to grab a perch. The background is blurred as the photographer panned with the movement of the bird.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts


Compiled  for by Robert Falcione © 2011 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from August 9, 2011 to August 15, 2011






3 Schofield Road

Mary Carman, Michael Ferguson


August 15, 2011

US Bank Trust

Last Week


2 Paul Revere Path A-3

Kanvasri Jonnalagadda


August 8, 2011

Stagecoach Hghts LLC

6 Alexander Road

Jeffrey Navin


August 8, 2011

Francis L Morgan, Anne S Morgan

197 Hayden Rowe Street

Adam Silun, Lisa Silun


August 8, 2011

Mary Jo Ondrechen, Amy E Groves

222 Lumber Street

Aaron Augspurg, Casey Augspurg


August 5, 2011

Michael Colachico, Catherine Colachico

206 Hayden Rowe Street

Philip Varghese, Nisha Sara Matthew


August 5, 2011

John Whittle, Catheryne Whittle

18 Carriage Hill Road

Patrick G Maiella, Keeley A Matella


August 5, 2011

Karen L Golitko

6 Ray Street

Dale T Danahy, Nicholas J Danahy


August 5, 2011

First Congregational Church of Hopkinton MA

AKA 112 Lumber Stret

Zhou Chai Fang, Lu Jin Wu


August 4, 2011

JC Builders, Inc

19 Overlook Road

Jerry Gomez, Marie Elaina Gomez


August 3, 2011

Jomakey, Inc

19 Overlook Road

Jomakey, Inc


August 3, 2011

Jose H Bravo, Llorente Luz Marina

30 Wedgewood Drive

Michael P Kelly, Clodagh Odaly


August 2, 2011

Tracy Wells, James Wells Jr

15 Doyle Lane Unit 30C

Avnish Puri


August 1, 2011

John F Cooney






 - August 15, 2011


10:01 pm A caller reported a possible underage drinking party on Jamie Lane...


6:19 pm A caller reported her husband is in a struggle with their suicidal daughter who has a knife...


6:40 pm Motorcycles reportedly racing on Winter Street were...


8:09 pm A man reported to be kneeling in the roadway on Downey Street...


Crosswalk Has Warning Lights

ThumbnailAugust 15, 2011 — HopNews readers have suggested we encourage people who cross at the crosswalk at Main and Church Street to activate the warning lights. So, please activate the warning lights by using the button on either pole so drivers might be more inclined to be aware of your crossing the street. HopNews covered the final installation of the lights in a Positively Hopkinton video last November. Choose the icon to see it.



Paint by Numbers

August 15, 2011 — Above, this grab-shot from an HD video of the scene looks much like a painting, as the lens focused more on some foreground elements than the subject matter, throwing the yearling into "soft" focus, with the pouring rain adding to the surrealism of the scene. It's mother's tail can be seen on the right in this photo taken this morning.


Keegan Bradley, HHS Class of '04, Wins PGA Championship

Read about it here






7 1/2 years old is STILL Missing

PLEASE CALL if found (508) 769-9264

He might come if you say “Wanta go see Grandpa”

Or if you say… “Little Guy, want some yummies” (cracker or whatever).

If you’re able to get him onto your finger or a stick,

Go into a car/or indoors & call us  (508) 769-9264




Gerard J. Cotter, 76


Gerard J. Cotter, 76, of Hopkinton, passed away Friday, August 12, 2011 at the Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Edward and Mary (Sheehan) Cotter.

A Marine Corp Veteran, Gerard was a member of AA for over 40 years and had worked as a counselor in the field of addiction. He was avid lover of golf, life and people.

He is survived by his children, Angela Palmer of Hopkinton, Thomas Cotter of Natick, Elisa and Leah Hirsch-Cotter of New York; 2 siblings, Jimmy Cotter and Irene Polito and 4 grandchildren. He is predeceased by 2 children, Jerry and Greg Cotter and 3 siblings, Mary, Thomas and Edward.

Memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2011 from 2-4p.m. at the
Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.



Next Stop, Willoughby - Clayton, That Is!


For those who feel cheated again by the weather and really miss the usual Sunday performance on the Common, please enjoy a reprise of a 2010 performance by that enigmatic Hopkinton performer, Clayton Willoughby, who invited HopNews into his 1950's room for some special songs. So, to enjoy one of them, pop a couple of pieces of Chicklet gum into your mouth, crack open a glass bottle of Coca Cola, and press play.


Sunday Concert Cancelled


Today's (August 14, 2011) Concert on the Common has just been cancelled (3:35 pm) by the band due to wet and dreary weather and the likelihood of rain. See you next week!


P.S. Those who have singed up to the HopNews facebook and/or Twitter pages also got alerted that way. Please sign up to receive alerts in those ways.


Joyce D. Hunt, 85

Joyce D. Hunt, formerly of Hopkinton and FL. passed away peacefully in her home on Tuesday, August 9, 2011. Beloved wife of 65 years to John Hunt, Joyce was 85 years of age.


She was born and raised in Hopkinton and was the daughter of the late Dora and Cornelius Mieras. A graduate of Hopkinton High School and then Kathryn Gibbs in Boston, Joyce worked as a secretary at Perini Corporation in Framingham. She left her job to raise a family and later worked as a waitress at Carbone's Restaurant in Hopkinton. Joyce retired to Florida with her husband John where they lived for 25 years before returning to this area to live with their daughter, Cheryl in Ashland.


Joyce was first, a loving wife and mother. She was extremely talented at sewing, knitting, cross stitch, painting and crafts. Joyce was an avid bridge player who never said 'no' to a game of cards of any kind. Besides her husband, John, Joyce will be dearly missed by her four children, Cheryl Hunt, Stephen Hunt, Karen McCaw, and Ellen Hunt; two sons-in-law, Steven McCaw and Jack Fitzgerald; one daughter-in-law, Maria Farese, 6 grand children, Nicole Stewart, Adam Hunt, Jamie Laperle, Justin Hunt, Maia Laperle, and Kate McCaw; 4 great grand children, Boden, Aidan, Keenan, and Grayson; as well as many nieces and nephews.


A memorial service is planned at the First Congregational Church, 146 East Main Street, Hopkinton on Wednesday at 11:00. Anyone wishing to do so may make a donation in Joyce's name to Metrowest Home Care and Hospice, 85 Lincoln St., Framingham, MA



Horrific Collapse of Structure at Indiana State Fair 

Amateur video captures it live


Keegan Bradley, Hopkinton High School Alumnus in Top Form on PGA Championship Tour


August 14, 2011 — From tying for the lead Friday, to dropping down to a close third yesterday, HHS alumni Keegan Bradley is still in top form in the current PGA Tour Golf Championship.

        Ron Borges wrote an excellent feature on Bradley in yesterday's Boston Herald.



 Positively Hopkinton  

Taps Vigil at Wilson Street Cemetery

"And Now to Recognize our Bugle Boy, Who Obviously Has Become a Man." Mike Whalen, AL Post 202


August 14, 2011 — Last Sunday, a "Taps Vigil" was held at Wilson Street Cemetery officiated by American Legion Post 202 Commander Michael Whalen. In addition to the usual noting of events, and especially of a military nature falling on that day in history, Mr. Whalen gave kudos and awards to longtime bugler, Michael McCann, who is going away to study at McGill University and will be unavailable to participate in this monthly event or at military funerals.

         HopNews promised an HD video of the event, which has now been processed and is presented below.




Dancing in the Streets


The American Travelling Morrice was originally composed of men from Binghamton, NY and Boston, but over the years has grown to include dancers from across the nation, as well as one or two “odds and sods” from England. While many of these men dance regularly with teams in their hometowns, they come together for one week each year to form the Travelling Morrice. Since 1976, the men have toured throughout New England, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania and California, with performances at such settings as The Baseball Hall of Fame, Newport Folk Festival, Old Montreal, and The White House. In 2006, the Travelling Morrice returned to its roots, dancing in the Cotswolds of England. We dance the Morris because we enjoy it, and we find that people enjoy watching it. The Morris shares strongly in the world of the village green, the marketplace and the pub: it is a welcome return to a forthright time of simplicity and sanity. We like to think that the dance echoes the turning of the seasons; that it celebrates the bittersweet cycle of life and love. In the old days, it was often said that the Morris brought great good luck and prosperity to the communities in which it was danced. We hope that we have brought this to you. ~ The group


Sunday, August 21

11:00 - Shrewsbury Town Common (Intersection of Church and Main St.), Shrewsbury

12:30 - Clinton Central Park, Clinton

2:30 - Sovereign Bank, Clinton

4:00 - Captains Lounge, Leominster

Thursday, August 25

11:30 - Sudbury Town Hall, Sudbury

1:00 - Hopkinton State Park by the Beach House, Hopkinton

3:30 - Cornells Pub, Hopkinton

5:30 - Marlborough Library, Marlborough



Gerard J. Cotter, 76

Gerard J. Cotter, 76, of Hopkinton, passed away Friday, August 12, 2011 at the Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.


Fast Work by Police Result in the Arrest of Three People in Ashland

Above, Hopkinton Detective Timothy Brennan in the South Street, Ashland area where a house break occurred this afternoon, carrying a Bushmaster M-4 Semiautomatic weapon working with the canine detail that picked up another scent after the arrest of three individuals.


August 8, 2011 — At 1:31 pm this afternoon, Ashland Police received notification of a burglar alarm activation at a residence on South Street in that town, and upon arriving, found an open door and broken glass. Holliston and Hopkinton Police responded to assist, because the area is near where the three towns meet.

        A Hopkinton Officer led Ashland Officer Allena Downey to the location of a suspicious Nissan with two males and a female. Officer Downey initiated a motor vehicle stop of the vehicle and the three occupants were subsequently arrested. According to one source, there was nothing taken in this break, but property recently stolen from Medway was in the vehicle, which was also allegedly stolen.


         Twenty-seven year-old Carolina Barrios, Prospect Heights, Milford was charged with

                 B&E of a Building in the Daytime for Felony

                 Three counts of Receiving Stolen Property over $250

                 Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle

                 Use of a Motor Vehicle in a Felony/Larceny

                 Larceny of a Motor Vehicle

         Nineteen year-old Kelvin Huertas, Freeland Street, Worcester was charged with:

                 B&E of a Building in the Daytime for Felony

                 Three counts of Receiving Stolen property Over $250  

         Seventeen Year-old Eric Rivera Bethany Road, Framingham was charged with:

                  Burglary/Breaking Entering

                  Three counts of Receiving Stolen Property

                  Malicious Destruction of Property over $250.


Below, a Middlesex Sherriff deputy works with his canine to track suspects in the incident above.




Use Caution on Frankland Road

August 12, 2011 — Jennifer Graham, a HopNews reader from Frankland Road who is a neighbor of the turkey referenced above, cautions that a turkey with two little ones has gone blind over the last few weeks from an apparent disease, and has been "adopted" by another turkey with good sight. Please go slowly, the reader begs.


Selfish Squirrel

August 12, 2011 — This squirrel at the YMCA on East Street scurried up the nearest tree upon seeing the photographer and assuming that he, like the squirrel, has a penchant for the sweet and tender meat of the ripened pig nut.


Fatal Crash on Route 495 in Southborough

Backhoe falls off trailer


August 12, 2011 — At 1:15 p.m. today, Troopers assigned to the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Millbury responded to a crash on Route 495 southbound, south of Simarano Drive (Exit 23C), in Southborough, that resulted in one fatality and serious injuries to three people. 


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Craig Brabham indicates that a 2010 Freightliner truck towing a 2007 Case backhoe on a trailer, was travelling south on Route 495 when the backhoe rolled off of the trailer and landed on top of a 2000 Toyota Sienna operated by Yingzi Wang, 42, of Westford. The Toyota and the backhoe travelled down an embankment approximately 20 feet and came to final rest with the backhoe on top of the Toyota. The four occupants of the Toyota were trapped inside.


Xjaoyun Jiang, of Westford, who was a backseat passenger in the Toyota, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The most specific information that family members can provide is that she was in her 70’s.  The operator of the Toyota was transported by medical helicopter to UMass Medical Center. Two children, a 10-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, who were also passengers in the Toyota, were transported by ambulance to UMass Medical Center.  The operator of the truck, Jeffrey Fisher, 49, of Coventry, Rhode Island, was not injured.  The truck is owned by National Grid.


The crash remains under investigation by Troop C of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Southborough and Westborough Fire Departments and the Department of Transportation’s Highway Division.


The two right travel lanes and the breakdown lane were closed for approximately 6 hours and traffic was delayed for approximately 3 ½ miles. All lanes were opened at 8:00 p.m.




Mass Remembers—Voices of Hope Brings Choruses from across the Commonwealth to Join in Song to Mark the Solemn Occasion

Worcester, Massachusetts August 12, 2011 — Professional, community and children’s choruses from across the Commonwealth will gather together with members offire, police, military, and members of the community to honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and to pay tribute to the thousands of men and women who continue to serve our country overseas.

The tenth anniversary commemoration will take place on Sunday, September11 at 2 P.M. at Institute Park, off Salisbury Street, in Worcester, Massachusetts.


The goal is to raise 1,000 voices in song for the tribute and memorial. Participating choruses include the Assabet Valley Master Singers, Blackstone Valley Community Chorus, Master Singers of Worcester, Nashoba Valley Chorale, Salisbury Singers, Sounds of Stow, Worcester Chorus in addition

to choral students from Clark University, College of the Holy Cross,Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and the Worcester Public Schools. Participating church choirs include All Saints Church, Worcester; Epworth Methodist Church, Worcester; Wesley Methodist Church, Worcester; Shrewsbury Congregational Church; First Unitarian Church, Worcester; Unitarian Church, Framingham; and Unitarian Church, Concord.


Additional space is available for interested singers. Singers can e-mail  for more information.


“Through the solace and transformation of music sung collectively, we will demonstrate the power of community and renew our dedication to a nation that is committed to freedom and justice for all,” said Erin Williams, Executive Director, Worcester Cultural Coalition, and one of the lead organizers for the event.


Other participants include: the Massachusetts State Police, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Department of Veterans’ Services, Massachusetts 9/11 Fund, Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, National Guard, Worcester Fire Department, Worcester Police Department, Town of Holden Police Department, Massachusetts Veterans Inc., Worcester Interfaith Alliance, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester Cultural Coalition, and Friends of Institute Park.


Several local officials are also expected to be on hand including Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray, U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern, Massachusetts State Police Colonel Marian McGovern, State Representative James O’Day, State Representative Kimberly Ferguson, Worcester City Manager Michael O’Brien, Worcester Mayor Joseph C. O’Brien, Holden Town Manager Nancy Galkowski, and Auburn Town Manager Julie Jacobson, as well as elected officials from the Towns of Hopkinton (Selectmen Michelle Gates and Brian Herr), Randolph and Easthampton. No official speaking program is planned; however, all 221 names of the victims from Massachusetts will be read as part of the ceremony.


The choral program will begin with “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place” from Brahms’ “German Requiem,” “In Remembrance” from Eleanor Daley’s “Requiem,” and “Alleluia” by Randall Thompson. Michelle Graveline, music director of the Salisbury Singers, and Malcolm Halliday, artistic director of the Master Singers of Worcester, will conduct.


Then, John Delorey, director of choral music at WPI, will conduct singers in a rendition of “Ubi caritas” by Paul Halley. Students from the Worcester Public Schools will perform “American Tears” by Teresa Jennings, and the event will conclude with all singers and the audience being invited to sing “America the Beautiful.”


Area sanctuaries will be open to the public for reflection following the event: Epworth United Methodist Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, and First Baptist Church. More information can be found at , including directions to Institute Park and parking information.



Moon Over Hopkinton

August 11, 2011 — The sun at just the right angle of reflectance accentuates the craters of this full Moon, casting shadows over the edges, and lighting what appears to be a large strike near the bottom of the image. Photo was taken with a Canon 20D APS-chip digital body and 30 year-old Canon 100-300L lens. And necessary sharpening in Adobe Photoshop.




Hello From Across the Pond


August 11, 2011 — These Drama Club members are giving a smile to HopNews readers from the Fringe Festival in Scotland, especially in answer to a spoilsport on Town Talk. They are reading HopNews, so say hello if you like on our discussion page.



After 5:00 pm, 6" Sub, Chips, Drink $5.00


According to Public Health Administrator, Ed Wirtanen:


Sandy Beach has tested OKAY.

It is now open for swimming.





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