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Easier to Read

by Robert Falcione

September 13, 2011 — For those among the 17,000 unique visitors in the last week who chose to read a HopNews page tens of thousands of times*, the changes above may take a minute getting used to, but we trust they will be easier to use and become more of an asset in short order.

      Mouse-over each of the new icons to see what it is linked to, if it is not immediately clear. "W" is weather, and the twitter and facebook icons are instantly recognizable to most humans from four years-old on up. Most of the others are pretty clear, too.

      The twitter, facebook and HopNews/Youtube icons were quite large before today's inspirational redesign. So, be informed that although the top of the page is tidier, no content was deleted.

        The theme for all of those icons is that they link to a HopNews content page or a Hopkinton-centric page, like Schools or Town. And they revolve around the central theme of the Hopkinton Calendar and Town Talk, both interactive features.

       The other "buttons" on the row below that are outside resources, and HopNews will be expanding those to offer more links for those who have made HopNews their homepage. We have a promise from Matthew that he will make us a drop-down menu for the remaining items.

        Readers are encouraged to drop an email with suggestions on what would be of interest to them. But it is good to note that although HopNews has had a fairly conventional look that hasn't changed much since this writer typed in every character of code at the inception of HopNews 2003 (whew!), there are two main reasons that it will not be undergoing any really drastic changes. But first a preface.

        The new web convention (that HopNews does not use) has every page of a website contain the same framework using CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). The next new page of the site that a webmaster might design under that convention automatically generates the template that makes the header and the footer of the page, as well as design elements, like boxes inside the body of the page that contain ads or secondary content, repeat on the new page. And so new content may begin on the main page of a website, but most now continue it on another page, giving the story a space/page of its own. That approach certainly has its benefits, but also its cons. We have designed pages for others using CSS, so it is not foreign to us. It is just not for us.

         Two features of HopNews that get the most consistently positive reviews are the photos (and their size), and the fact that our advertisers, the people who make it possible, are in front of readers every day.

          But CSS and the new convention does not lend itself to the way HopNews presents those two aforementioned pieces of valuable content. So, we keep our basic framework.

          The one thing we may change is the way our discussion page displays posts. More than one person has been less than pleased with its design.

           Send your suggestions to Editor@HopNews.com .

           And thanks for reading.

* Town Talk visits are never counted as visits to HopNews.com, because the page is hosted at HopNews.tv .


On a Clear Day

September 13, 2011 — On a recent very clear day, Mount Wachusett provides a striking horizon as seen from Glen Road with a telephoto lens. Its communications and fire tower are visible at the summit. A location on Glen Road is said to be the highest point in Hopkinton.





The 6th Annual Hopkinton Tennis Tournament will take place Sept. 16-18 at Hopkinton High School tennis courts. The tournament is open to all Hopkinton residents 18 years and older of all levels. Come meet other tennis players in town and compete in a fun, friendly atmosphere! Prizes and trophies will be awarded.  Match play in beginner, intermediate and advanced play. (advanced play is USTA 4.0 rating and above) Mixed doubles categories are open to one resident and one out-of-town guest partner.

The cost is $15.00 per person per event entered. Please register at www.activityreg.com. Deadline to register is WED., SEPT. 14 AT NOON.



Hopkinton Basketball Association Youth Travel Team Tryouts

September 25th , 2011 and October 2nd, 2011

Please visit www.hopkintonbasketball.org for more information and to register for tryouts



Christian’s Hot Jamaican Chili Pepper Crusaders

(l-r) Ben Wheeler, Jack Brennan, Jack Riley, & Ethan Kramer.  Not pictured Julianna Kramer & Rebeka Pohl.


Six young Hopkinton students are walking the Jimmy Fund Walk next weekend to raise money to fund cancer research; they will do the ½ marathon distance of 13 miles.  Their inspiration is Christian Wheeler age 4, one of this year’s Jimmy Fund Heroes; he is currently battling leukemia. All the funds raised through their efforts will fund cancer research of all kinds through the Jimmy Fund; every donation is tax deductible.

Team members are Ben Wheeler age 10 (Christian’s oldest brother), Jack Brennan age 10, Jack Riley age 10, Ethan Kramer age 10, Julianna Kramer age 12, Rebeka Pohl age 12, as well as parents Yvonne Riley, Kim Brennan and Muriel Kramer.

Christian’s Hot Jamaican Chili Pepper Crusaders will be out this weekend collecting donations before Friday night’s home football game as well as Saturday outside of Colella’s Supermarket during the day. Donations of any size are very greatly appreciated.

To donate online, Google-search the Jimmy Fund Walk, then search for the team and select a walker to support. To support by check, make the check out to The Jimmy Fund and mail to Kramer, 39 North St, Hopkinton, MA 01748.

Jimmy Fund walkers have until November 1st to raise their funds.


Fun for all ages!

Friday, Sept. 16

7-11 p.m.


At the Hopkinton Senior Center

Featuring “The Reminiscents”

Music and dancing from the 50’s & 60’s

Tickets $12 on sale at the Senior Center or at the door



Milford Regional’s 22nd Annual Golf Classic Raises Record $295,000


Milford Regional’s 22nd Annual Golf Classic held on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 was a record breaking tournament raising $295,000! Proceeds from this year’s event, which include $52,000 from the WMRC Radiothon, will directly benefit Adolescent Health Services at Milford Regional and the Oliva Patient Comfort Fund for cancer care. The Medical Center owes this success to the tremendous generosity of the community- sponsors, supporters and volunteers. Milford Regional would like to extend gratitude to the sponsors for their generous support.

“Milford Regional’s Golf Classic has been a tradition in this community for 22 years. This was not the first time ever we have had to reschedule the tournament; it was also a record breaking year in terms of funds raised. I continue to be both impressed and grateful that the community continues to support the Medical Center in such a significant and meaningful way,” said Martin Richman, executive director, Milford Regional Healthcare Foundation.

For information on how to participate in the Golf Classic 2012, please call 508-422-2034 or visit www.milfordregional.org/golf.


Photo: Beaming co-chairs of Milford Regional’s 2011 Golf Classic Committee, Steve Frohbieter and John Peters III.    Contributed content.





THE WESTBORO GALLERY “Artfull Hands” by Hopkinton artist/potter Carol Mecagni and Katia Pechonis.   September 18-November 6, 2011.  Opening reception: 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, September 18th, at the gallery, 8 W. Main St., Westboro.   Meet the artists at the opening and Wed. Oct 5, 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 22, 11 -2 p.m. Gallery open Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12- 3p.m. www.westborogallery.com. Tel.: (508) 870-0110. Wheelchair accessible, parking at the door.  

Jack's Abby Brewing Beer Tasting

Cornell's Pub

7:00 pm Wednesday, September 14, 2011

229 Hayden Rowe Street



 - September 12, 2011


9:06 am An Eastview Road construction job was shut down...


1:18 am A Grove Street mother/daughter argument ended...


8:56 pm A Winter Street father called to report his daughter having been beaten by her boyfriend...


7:33 pm A Wilson Street caller reported a suspicious plane circling their facility...


5:40 pm A caller reported several fishermen harassing him...


11:42 pm After responding to a call for several people sitting in the roadway on Wood Street...


6:13 pm A Walcott Street caller reported a highly intoxicated worker...


4:29 pm After returning from a weekend away, a family returned to find that someone had broken into their home and defecated...


Hopkinton Drug Kicks Off 2nd Annual Free Lecture Series

7:00 pm Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hopkinton Senior Center

Above, Dennis Katz, Terry Anthony and Michael Macione look over some instrumentation in Hopkinton Drug's compounding room.

September 12, 2011 — Hopkinton Drug begins another season of Free Lectures on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. All of this year's lectures will be held at the Senior Center.

       "Everyone is invited," said Director of Marketing Michael Macione. "It is geared for the general public, although some speakers are suited for doctors too," he said.

        "Hopkinton Drug is a hometown community pharmacy," he said.

        President Dennis Katz said, "This year's lineup was built around the feedback from last year's events.

        "We are pleased to have this outreach — all the speakers are volunteers — at the Senior Center.

        "Tuesday's speaker has a special ability in building a rapport with the members of the audience," Mr. Katz said.

        In a world of corporate pharmacies, Hopkinton Drug is one of the few independent pharmacies in the area, and the only independent pharmacy left in Hopkinton. It is also one of the few compounding facilities in New England, said Project manager Terry Anthony.

        Hopkinton Drug will soon be expanding their compounding and adding another clean room where drugs are manufactured in a sterile environment, she added.

        It may be a hometown pharmacy, but its products are shipped nationwide.       



9/11 Remembered Ten Years Later


      On Sunday, American Legion Post 202 of Hopkinton held a remembrance of the attacks on America that occurred on September 11, 2011. People recited the Pledge of Allegiance, heard Post Adjutant Michael Whalen preface a speech by former Selectman Eric Sonnett, Post Commander, listened to the "Star Spangled Banner" as Susie and Sarah Whalen raised the flag from half-staff after listening to Mr. Sonnett's impassioned speech.

       Mr. Sonnett's address is the keynote of the event, and so it is presented below in its entirety. Just under 20 minutes, it is the longest video HopNews has uploaded to YouTube, but is is so absorbing, it can also be said that it goes by faster than most. Please enjoy it, below:




Did the Deer Have Any Doe?

September 12, 2011 — From left, Mike Newton and Brendan Chamberlain cross Church Street with an archery target made to look like the real thing early this evening, after practicing in preparation for the hunting season.



Hopkinton 2, Holliston 0

September 12, 2011 — Tamara Mills takes it downfield today in a win against Holliston.  



Girls Cross Country vs. Norton

September 12, 2011 — The girls Cross Country team met Norton today on their home turf, Hopkinton State park.


All Hopkinton registered Democrats are invited to the September meeting of the Democratic Town Committee.


Special Guests:

  • Carolyn Dykema - Hopkinton's voice in the Mass. House of Representatives - Carolyn will discuss with us the ramifications to Hopkinton of the Casino Bill

  • Elaine Almquist - Chair, Young Democrats of Massachusetts.

The meeting will be on Wednesday 9/21 at 7:30pm at the Fire Station, 73 Main st, Rear Entrance, Upstairs.  Please park behind the office building next door, 77 Main St.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for HopNews.com by Robert Falcione © 2011 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from September 5 to September 12, 2011






  No transactions at this time on 9/12/2011.      
 Last Week        
4 Kimball Road John Anthony Hamilton $632,000 Septemb er 1, 2011 Sherwood D Silliman, Nancy LP Silliman
14 Carriage Hill Road Mark L Hayman, Hope C Hayman $840,000 September 1, 2011 Leigh E Dry, David W Dry
14 Weybridge Lane Kevin Wallace Jr, Amanda Aulenback $225,000 August 30, 2011 William Rufo, Heather Hannon
  Week Before        
78 North Mill Street Matthew Kasberg, Loriann Kasberg $396,000 August 24, 2011 Kenneth H McKracken, Beth A McKracken
67 Wedgewood drive Georga M Balerna, Julie A Balerna $865,000 August 23, 2011 Mark Shirman, Sandra Sullivan



Missing Individual Located

September 12, 2011 — An individual who willingly broke off and trotted away from an escorted group walk around the facility at Golden Pond, also known as Ice House Pond, this morning triggered a coordinated response from Hopkinton Fire Department, which checked the water, shore and trails around the facility, and Hopkinton Police, who cordoned off the area and requested the assistance of tracking dogs and the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing.

       The 64 year-old man was spotted in a yard on Elm Street by a patrolman, and eventually returned to the place his family feels is safest for him following a once-over by Hopkinton Ambulance personnel.


Hopkinton 34, Newton South 0

September 12, 2011 — Mike Decina leads the Hopkinton Hillers to a 34-0 victory over Newton South in Saturday's season opener. photo by John Cardillo.


Hiller Cheer

September 12, 2011 — Hiller cheerleaders pose for a group photo following Saturday's game. Phot by John Cardillo.



9/11 Remembered

September 11, 2011 — American Legion Post Commander Eric Sonnett points in the direction of the home of the family of a victim of Flight 11 as he speaks to the people gathered at the Hopkinton Common in remembrance of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

       Mr. Sonnett, who was a Selectman on that fateful day, remembered life before and after the attack, and gave special credit to Hopkinton Police. Please click on a thumbnail to enlarge. (Video to come).

Below, Chief of Police Rick Flannery speaks with son, Ailin, while daughter Mollie appears to wipe away a tear prior to the ceremony.



Visitors from South of the Border

September 11, 2011 — Maricela V, Sofia Rizzo and Mayola Guitron, visiting from Mexico, joined Hopkinton residents in attending the 9/11 tribute on the Hopkinton Common this evening, and allowed a little fun posing by the photographer.




September 11, 2011 — Woodville Rod and Gun Club had about 350 members and guests take part in their 84th Annual Chicken Barbecue today. Above, a participant makes several small orange targets out of one larger one. In addition to shooting firearms and eating chicken, archery and horseshoes were a close second.



Sliding Through the Past

September 11, 2011 — Chuck Joseph (standing) brought Hopkinton Historical Society members down memory lane on Sunday with a slideshow of Hopkinton's past at the society's headquarters on Hayden Rowe Street, the former Grange building. On the screen during the taking of this photo is the Claflin House at the corner of Park Street and Hayden Rowe Street.

      Descendant Sandy (Claflin) Altamura is the blond seated in the weighted center of the photo above.


Girls Cross Country

September 11, 2011 — The Girls Cross Country Team poses for a photo after capturing second place in an invitational meet today in Boston's Franklin Park.  The relay team of senior Natalie Mazur, freshman Shelby Aarden, and sophomore MaryKate Cavanaugh ran a terrific race and beat out some strong eastern Massachusetts competition.  Coach Brian Hall was very pleased with the girl's first outing of the season. 

     On Monday, the girls and boys cross country teams kick-off their TVL seasons at Hopkinton State Park against Norton High School.



 Tenth Remembrance of the 9-11 Attack on America

6:00 pm, September 11, 2011, Hopkinton Town Common

Veterans Memorial Gazebo

Speaker, American Legion Post 202 Commander Eric Sonnett

Daron Arakelian (a ninth grade student) wrote the following as part of his Zine project in Mrs. Grady’s 8th grade English class in June 2011.  He had to write a research paper about a topic that was important to him. The following explains in Daron’s own words why he picked this topic.


Perspective of a Soldier's Son


The most tragic day that will always be ingrained into my memory is the morning of 9/11. I was 4 at the time of the attacks and was at my daycare. The reason this event is so tragic is not because I lost a loved one, thankfully none of my relatives in New York were harmed, but because my father was in the military and George W. Bush had declared war on terror. My father has seen many tours of duty to the Middle East, the longest one lasting 8 months. Whenever my dad leaves to go overseas it feels like a part of me is missing. He tries to call as often as he could, but usually ended up calling once or twice a week. Whenever my dad leaves for war, I always have a nag in the back of my mind that he won’t come home this time. Thankfully, God has smiled upon the Arakelian family he always returns in one piece.


Daron’s Zine on 9/11 and Operation Enduring Freedom


       The war in Afghanistan, commonly known as Operation Enduring Freedom was launched after the September 11th attacks in 2001 on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a crash landing in Shanksville, Pennsylvania (wheeler 17-22). The man who orchestrated these attacks was known by the name of Osama bin Laden, who came to terror after the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 (guidetorussia.com). The war is costing America billions each month and has met heavy criticism by the world and the country (washingtonpost.com). Even with the heavy costs, the war serves a purpose of liberating Afghanistan from the Taliban and turning the thirty third poorest country in the world into a more stable country than what is so commonly associated with the Middle East (www.cia.gov).

        On a clear, sunny morning New York City was bustling with workers getting to their jobs, no one thought anything bad was going to happen, but they were quite wrong. The day is going on as normal, but at 8
:45 A.M. Flight 11, which was a Boeing 767, smashes into the North Tower. The plane had over 20,000 gallons of jet fuel in it, which started a roaring fire, weakening the steels fire-proofing and ultimately causing the tower to collapse at 10:28 A.M. Another Boeing 767 plane crashed into the South Tower at 903, this was Flight 175, carrying a good deal of jet fuel, about as much as Flight 11. Both towers had finally collapsed at 10:28 A.M. The Pentagon was struck by Flight 77 at 9:43,but the building only suffered minimal damage, and very few were killed at the Pentagon compared to the Twin Towers. 9/11 was the cause of over 3,000 innocent civilians killed, and many more children, husbands and wives left without a loved one in their life. The man responsible for these attacks had a deep rooted hatred of America which goes all the way back to the Reagan and Clinton administrations. (Wheeler 17-22)




Ten Years After

World Trade Center Attack Revisited on Tenth Anniversary


by Robert Falcione

September 11, 2011 — “The World Trade Center just collapsed,” said my youngest sister from the other end of the telephone. Her husband worked there, so I had a sense of personal dread that I didn't hear in her nonetheless urgent message.


“It fell into the ocean?” I asked. The World Trade Center in Boston on the waterfront — in fact, over the water on a pier, I believe — was a familiar place to me. That summer, I was embedded for days with a Hopkinton company as they transformed their flagship business. And that part of town — the trade center, the Moakley Courthouse, and Boston Harbor — were the itinerary on three respective days as the company courted investors and technical writers.


“No, the one in New York,” she replied as I looked around me at the photographers' convention in Sturbridge that I attended annually and realized that other people on their phones had the same shocked look. Some people who had come from New York had apparently already packed their bags, having been privy to the news minutes earlier. I sought the nearest television. It was an event that people of my generation can compare to knowing exactly where they were when John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and where they were when the lights went out all over New England and New York. The generation before had their moments: when Pearl harbor was attacked; when the war ended.


There it was on the television in the lounge of the Sturbridge Host Hotel, over and over again, the images of the planes hitting the towers, and then of the buildings collapsing. Then reports of the Pentagon being struck, and of a downed flight in Pennsylvania. The photographers' organization did not advise us of the attack immediately, assuming that they could end up with an empty house. I can't recall if I stayed.


One of my cousin Jerry's three daughters worked in one of the towers, but had the day off, because of renovations to her company's offices. His wife is a Hopkinton native. Other people with Hopkinton connections weren't as fortunate.


Darren Bohan, whose fellow-musician brother, Gary, worked across Main Street from my office for years, was working on the 102nd floor of 2 World Trade Center that day in a space where he spoke of something terrible that had happened there before. He is one of the more than 3,000 people who lost their lives that day. In 1995, my now late brother Charles, a transplanted New Yorker, took me through the space where that terrible event occurred, the first attempt to bring down the Twin Towers with a bomb in 1993. It gave me a sense of the enormity of the tragedy that television lacks the ability to convey.


Hopkinton resident Christopher Zarba, Jr., who would have turned 48 years-old four days later, was a passenger on Flight 11; but a madman flew his graceful flying machine into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York at over 400 miles per hour. He left behind a four year-old son and a wife.


His wife, Sheila Zarba-Campbell, who has since remarried, recently wrote a belated thank you letter about two weeks ago to Hopkinton residents through HopNews, extending appreciation for the warm support that people expressed following her loss (click on this paragraph to read it). She will instead be at Ground Zero on Sunday, when Hopkinton veterans will lead a commemoration of the attack at 6:00 pm at the Veterans Memorial Gazebo, which faces her home across the town common.


Hopkinton resident Ted English (recent Herald story) became a hero to the employees at TJX Corp, where he was CEO at the time. TJX, which owns TJ Max and other companies, sent seven female employees of the women's apparel purchasing department to New York. They also took Flight 11. The Herald story does a fine job relating the warmth and caring he expressed to his employees as he broke the news. His humane and caring actions following the tragedy are also legend.


Comedian David Letterman, a few days after the event, spoke for a lot people when he said he wondered if we would ever laugh again.


This writer penned an opinion in 2003 called, "A Time to Imagine" about 17 months after the attack, inspired by people protesting our invasion of Iraq; and if sarcasm is at all laughable, well, then I guess there was humor in it. But things have changed in America since that dark and evil day.


There hasn't been a joint session of Congress since then when I haven't worried that they might be attacked while I watch. Ditto with the Boston Marathon and the World Series.


The images of that day are too horrific to forget easily: graceful airplanes flown into majestic buildings by religious fanatics, killing thousands in the process; people screaming, others jumping out of buildings, still more running for cover; buildings that took years to build, reduced to rubble in seconds.


On September 11, 2001, ten years ago, a group of barbaric people declared war on infidels, and America in particular, as well as on modernity itself, and attacked our peace, our property, our prosperity  and our way of life. That war continues today, but on their soils. Our government is doing its best to keep it off of ours.


Let's hope they continue to succeed.


*Photo of USS JFK and Twin Towers from the collection of Robert Hole.


The Second Half

September 10, 2011 — This is the other half of the two-vehicle collision that occurred on West Main Street Thursday morning that tied up traffic during rush hour and sent them instead into the School street/ West Elm Street neighborhood, clogging up those roads.




Gas Line Struck

September 10, 2011 — Officer Stephen Buckley and Fire Lt. William Miller listen to an individual yesterday after responding to a West Main Street location for the report of a contractor damaging a gas line during excavation, despite its location being properly marked by Dig Safe®.



Who You Gonna Call?

September 9, 2011 — This worker at the High School on Friday Evening looks more like a Ghostbuster than a dust-buster, as he moves his equipment from one room to the next.


Girls Varsity Volleyball vs. Medfield

September 9, 2011 — This Hiller girl executes a great save against Medfield this evening in a hard fought match.


Hopkinton 1, Medfield 0

September 9, 2011 — The Hiller boys held Medfield at bay at the Fruit Street fields today.



Medfield 4, Hopkinton 2

September 9, 2011 — The girls did not fare as well as the boys today, falling to Medfield, 4-2.



Please enjoy Editor's and Readers' favorite recent HopNews Videos below.

And please remember, they and hundreds more are always available by clicking the HopNews/YouTube icon, always above.


Flag at Half-Mast

•         Governor Patrick has ordered that the United States flag and the Commonwealth flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings and town halls  from sunrise until sunset on Friday, September 9, 2011, in honor of Petty Officer Kreon Rado of Wakefield, Massachusetts who died in Virginia on August 31, 2011.

•         The Governor has also ordered the flag to be flown similarly on September 11, 2011, to honor those who lost their lives in the attack on America ten years ago. He also requests that bells toll at 1:00 pm.

•         Hopkinton Public Library plans to ring their bell at 8:45 am on Sunday, September 11, 2011, ten years after the Flight 11 hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center

Massachusetts Not on List of Terror Targets - State Police


September 9, 2011 — Massachusetts State Police Colonel Marian J. McGovern today received information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding intelligence about a potential terrorist plot to conduct an attack on or about September 11. The threat information focuses on Washington, D.C., and New York City, and contains no known nexus to Massachusetts and the rest of New England. The State Police have received a classified briefing from the FBI and will continue to receive relevant intelligence through our Fusion Center in order to monitor intelligence developments and their impact, if any, on Massachusetts. State Police will remain vigilant and on alert for anything that appears out of the ordinary, and are prepared to respond to and investigate any reports of suspicious activity.




Golden Glow

September 8, 2011 — It looks like these golden arborvitae at Weston Nurseries can give off their own sunlight, even on a dreary day.


Selectmen Move to Help Greyhound Friends, make Several Appointments

Following is a continuation of Tuesday's Selectmen's meeting:

by Muriel Kramer

September 8, 2011 — During Public Comments at the Board of Selectmen's September 6, 2011 meeting, resident Cecilia DelGaudio, brought forward a detailed and specific request that the Board put on a future agenda that Hopkinton investigate and pursue participating in the Secure Communities Program, a program overseen by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In making her pitch, DelGaudio noted recent criminal activity in nearby communities as well as the recent tragic death in Milford of Matthew Denice killed by Nicolas Guaman allegedly he was while driving drunk. Guaman is an illegal immigrant who who had faced criminal charges in the past, but had not faced deportation or prosecution.


According to the ICE webpage, the Secure Communities is leading ICE's effort to modernize and transform the criminal alien enforcement model through technology, integration, and information sharing. Projects sponsored, funded, monitored or reported on by Secure Communities cross all operational lines of

ICE. The Secure Communities initiative seeks to improve public safety by implementing a comprehensive, integrated approach to identify and remove criminal aliens from the United States. At Selectman Brian Herr’s request the Board agreed to put this topic on an upcoming agenda.


Residents are reminded that Sunday is the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attack on the United States; there will be a remembrance ceremony on Hopkinton Town Common at 6PM, Sunday September 11th.


Hopkinton HR Director, Maryrose DeGroot, also wants to get the word out to all Hopkinton retirees. The Annual Retiree breakfast will be held Friday September 9th from 9 to 11 AM at the Senior Center. There will be representatives from Tufts and Medicare to answer questions on both the new healthcare plan as well as Medicare and retirement benefits specifically.


Good news for Boards and committees, the Board was able to appoint many new volunteers to help govern Hopkinton. Mark Kosa was appointed to the Youth Commission, Robert Hamilton to the Cable Advisory Committee, Michael Roughan to the Historical Commission, Robin Fay to the Historical District Commission, and John Graziano to the Appropriation Committee. For interested residents, current openings on Boards and Committees can be found on the Town website.


The Board also took action to untie the knot that has suspended the work of the Greyhound Friends that came about when the State visited to inspect the facility, counted the dogs and included visiting dogs that are licensed elsewhere. The State issued a Cease and Desist order because the number at the time totaled more than 22, the current license number. The limit of 22 dogs was put in place before the new state-of the-art facility was constructed. The new facility with capacity for up to 50 dogs according to William Proctor, Town Animal Control Officer, has the approval of the Board of Appeals, the Planning Board, the Building Inspector, and the Board of Health.


The Board was initially reluctant to weigh in on a matter not directly under their purview; however, Proctor made the point the State won’t overrule the Cease & Desist Order until the Town takes action, so waiting for any response from the State which is due in five days won’t solve the problem. Louise Coleman made the point that visiting dogs are licensed in the towns where they reside and should not be counted in the total. Ultimately the Board voted to take action is support of expanding the number of dogs allowed on site, agreeing that visiting dogs not be included in the head count and instructing the Town manager and Animal Control Officer to resolve the State’s concerns, so the facility can continue its operations.


The Board also took action to authorize the Town Manager and Town Counsel to develop and execute a lease agreement with the Hopkinton Community Endowment (HCE) working in partnership with Hopkinton Center for the Arts to utilize the funds available from the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) funds and the HCE as well as raise the necessary additional funds to turn the old Terry Barn into a Center for the Arts. The funds already dedicated from the CPC and HCE will be used for construction costs. All operational costs will continue to be paid for through programming fees.

President Obama's Speech, Was Here Live at 7:00 pm, Thursday, September 8, 2011,



Hopkinton Company Purchased for $600 Million

Jobs expected to be added

Caliper CEO Kevin Hrusovsky Speaks to HopNews today, above.


September 8, 2011 — PerkinElmer and Caliper Life Sciences announced today that PerkinElmer has agreed to purchase Hopkinton-based Caliper Life Sciences for Approximately $600 Million.


In a press release today, Robert F. Friel, chairman and chief executive officer, PerkinElmer, said, "The acquisition of Caliper Life Sciences brings innovative molecular imaging and detection technologies to our portfolio, complementing our world-leading offerings in life science, diagnostics, environmental and food markets."


Friel added, "The R&D, application expertise, and intellectual property of the combined organization will provide our customers with enhanced knowledge and services and a strong pipeline of innovation. Additionally, the proven leadership and talent of the Caliper team will be a strong addition to our organization."


Kevin Hrusovsky, chief executive officer, Caliper Life Sciences, and Hopkinton resident noted, "We are delighted to become part of PerkinElmer. For 10 years, Caliper has partnered with strategic customers to develop a compelling suite of discovery technologies for broad life science applications."


Hrusovsky added, "I am excited by both PerkinElmer's ability to leverage its global reach for the delivery of solutions and the opportunity to accelerate the development of important advances that make a difference in improving human and environmental health. I am confident this is the correct strategic direction at this time for Caliper customers, shareholders and employees, and we are looking forward to becoming part of one of the leading companies in our industry."


Hrusovsky is anticipated to join the PerkinElmer senior leadership team following the close of the transaction.




Future Engineers

September 8, 2011 — While other boys build with blocks in the background, and some girls keep busy with similar activities in an adjacent room, 11 year-old Chris Rowell begins the assembly of a toy airplane by checking the pieces and understanding the instructions at The Learning Center of Hopkinton this afternoon. TLC is located in a sprawling ranch house to give the children a homey feel.



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