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Callie Want a Cracker?

(UPDATE: Bird is back with family)

September 28, 2011 — This talkative parrot from Knoll Road named Callie was stubborn about coming down from his new perch Downtown behind Ann-Michele's this afternoon. HopNews received an eflyer with the bird's photo on it asking for help in locating it, and at the same time, a phone call from Annette Nealon of Threads that the bird was in a tree in the rear. As of this writing, the bird has migrated to the roof of the building, and the owner has left to retrieve its cage.


One Good Turn...

September 28, 2011 —The Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center has always shown their support for the Boston Bruins with posters and good wishes hanging from the front porch of their Main Street home. Today they scored as the Bruins CFO and Hopkinton resident Jim Bednarek reciprocated by bringing the Stanley Cup to them. Clients, workers and guests posed for photos with the cup and enjoyed an outdoor barbeque in their spacious back yard.




Members of Team TimberGlen at finish of run/kayak/bike triathlon: Rich Litchfield, Will Andrews, Cathy Howe, Scott Howe. The group took part in the Blackstone Greenway Challenge on September 24, 2011. The event, sponsored by Unibank, seeks to promote the historic Blackstone Valley, where the Blackstone River spawned the growth of water-power based industry and towns along its banks. In the 1820s, the Blackstone Canal was built to bring goods from Worcester, Massachusetts to Providence, Rhode island, and then to the sea. Less than a generation later, the birth of railroads rendered canals obsolete.



Encourages Use of Cash with Local Merchants

To the Editor:

One of the things I like about Hopkinton is the small-town atmosphere, with many independent businesses and few chain stores. For me, the convenience of local stores like Colella's and Hopkinton Drug more than makes up for any advantages that bigger, corporate stores might offer.

Most of our local stores accept credit and debit cards. With each charge the merchant pays an average of 2% to the bank. That's a lot of money! That's money which, if the merchants kept it, would help them prosper in our town.

As consumers, many of us can contribute to the success of our local merchants by simply paying cash. (Of course, this option is less convenient and, for some, just not feasible.)

I have begun to carry enough cash for my purchases from independent merchants in the area. This is money that stays in the community. I encourage others to join me, for a more vital local economy.

Kate Gasser
28 South Mill St.
Hopkinton, MA 01748

September 27, 2011



(BOSTON) – The Senate began debating the bill to expand gaming in the Commonwealth and during today’s session, two of Senator Karen Spilka’s (D-Ashland) amendments aimed at strengthening safeguards and providing additional protections for surrounding communities were adopted.


 “I have filed these amendments to make sure the needs of surrounding communities are better addressed and understood so we can have the best possible outcome for our towns, our residents, and the Commonwealth as a whole,” said Spilka. “And as the debate continues, I will continue to fight to protect and support my district’s residents, communities, neighborhoods, and local businesses.”


The first amendment adopted makes clear that the initial studies an applicant is required to provide to the Gaming Commission would not be deemed to prevent the need for corresponding studies and reports prepared for host or surrounding communities. Host and surrounding communities will be significantly impacted and this amendment ensures that a municipality has the ability to receive additional studies on these impacts from the Commission or gaming applicant that they need to fairly negotiate agreements.


The second amendment adopted authorizes the Commission to provide for reasonable costs of negotiating agreements between municipalities and applicants – the Commission may require applicants to pay these costs. Since the negotiation process can be burdensome, complex, and expensive for host and surrounding communities, this will give them the tools they need to ensure effective and fair representation.


Spilka has already fought hard to include protections for communities that find themselves impacted by another community’s choice to host a gambling facility in the current version of the bill. After hearing from and discussing this issue with many of her constituents and local officials, Spilka submitted amendments to strengthen these community safeguards and ensure that surrounding communities and the public are involved in the entire process.


Highlights of Additional Amendments filed by Senator Spilka:


·         Changing the definition of “surrounding communities” to ensure fairness to all impacted communities and to give them a seat at the table during the process;


·         Giving surrounding communities and substantially impacted communities the ability to vote – not just host communities;


·         Ensuring public sentiment is taken into consideration by requiring the Gaming Commission to consider the public support or opposition in the host and surrounding communities;


·         Increasing surrounding community involvement in the long term mitigation process by allowing each Local Community Mitigation Advisory Committee to appoint one member to the Subcommittee on Community Mitigation – which currently only has representatives from the host communities;


 “Working on my constituents’ behalf to further strengthen our communities is the reason I get up in the morning and their priorities come first,” said Spilka. “These amendments were submitted with the needs and concerns of my constituents foremost in my mind.”


The Senate will resume debate Tuesday, September 27th in the afternoon.



3 Car Crash

September 27, 2011 — Office Stephen Buckley speaks with people who were involved in a three-car crash on West Main Street this afternoon.





A Little Dab'll Do Ya


September 27, 2011 — Hopkinton native, artist Dustin Neece, looks at his subject image — the Lake Whitehall Dam Gatehouse is in the upper left portion of the scene — as he dabs a dab of paint onto his canvas in Woodville this afternoon. Mr. Neece expects to be finished with the painting in late October. Photo taken with a Motorola Droid from Advantage Wireless.




Opening Reception for On The Edge exhibit

Friday, September 30th, 6:30 - 8:30

Hopkinton Center for the Arts

98 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton, MA

 Juried by Jane Young of Chase Young Gallery in Boston, this show features photographs, paintings, prints, sculptures and encaustic art by 36 local artists.



Lingering Summer

September 26, 2011 — Jennifer Juliano enjoys a last look at Hopkinton Reservoir as she finishes her sunbathing for the day, and the setting sun continues to drench her in its rays



September 26, 2011 — No words necessary


Tug of Dog

September 26, 2011 — Both dogs are pulling toward the center, but only one is making an impact, as her master is pulling hard in the opposite direction at Hopkinton State Park today.


Banning Class Colors - Agree or Not?

September 26, 2011 — Following much discussion in the community and on the HopNews Town Talk discussion page, Hopkinton High School Principal Alyson Geary sent an email to parents explaining her decision to do away with the practice of each of the classes wearing a different color at the annual pep rally. The issue hit Fox News.

     Freshman traditionally wore white, which got them "tagged" by upperclassmen who marked them with their own color. Ms. Geary explains her decision was based on last year, when two students hid in fear.

     She also banned the seniors' entrance into the Athletic Center in a mosh-pit type of physical engagement where a student was "seriously" injured last year.

      This poll question only concerns the colors.


Poll Results

The results of a half-day poll are below, with a participation of 457 readers. The participation is on the high side due to it being such a hot-button topic with a lot of posts on Town Talk proving that point. Nearly 68% of the voters are against the decision to ban class colors, 25% favoring the decision and nearly 7% with no opinion.


 - September 26, 2011


11:49 pm A caller from Parker Point Road reported that people were at her door...


1:10 am Officer John Moran stopped a vehicle on Grove Street and subsequently arrested a 26 year old male...


10:26 pm A caller from Main Street reported that his girlfriend was out of control and was in the bathroom threatening to hurt herself...


10:22 pm A resident reported a very large out of control drinking party...


12:01 am 911 hang up call from Wedgewood Drive.  Officer Linda Higgins responded and subsequently arrested a 37 year old male...




Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

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

New Transactions from September 15 to September 22, 2011






1 Scarlata Road Jill Bibb $539,900 September 22, 2011 Thomas Perina Custom Homes LLC
11 Mount Auburn Street Nagabhushnam C Vankineni, Nandu Koneru $495,000 September 21, 2011 Pamela Zorn Adams, Scott D Adams
6 Donna Pass Robert J Kisiel, Heidi S Kisiel $585,000 September 20, 2011 Paul D Asselin, Cheryl R Asselin
Last Week        
10 Deer Run Road Douglas W Curren, Christine A Curren $548,000 September 15, 2011 Andrew M Howard, Jessica L Howard
15 Prestwick Drive David Brian Davies, Heidi L Davies $607,000 September 14, 2011 David J McIntosh, Jacqueline G McIntosh
9 Curtis Road Julio Jimenez $280,000 September 12, 2011 Carol A Hurley, John R Hurley
 Time Before        
4 Kimball Road John Anthony Hamilton $632,000 September 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




Hopkinton Drug Donates $6,000 to Mass Animal Coalition

Establishes fund for animals

Above, Hopkinton Drug President Dennis Katz presents a $6000.00 check to the President of the Mass. Animal Coalition, Sarah Luick.

September 25, 2011 — The Massachusetts Animal Coalition Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Hopkinton Drug has established the Hopkinton Drug Fund for the Massachusetts Animal Coalition. With every prescription a veterinarian writes, that is filled at Hopkinton Drug, money will be set aside in this special fund.  At every MAC annual meeting, Hopkinton Drug will present a check for the amount collected throughout the year.  Hopkinton Drug has entrusted the MAC board to determine needy organizations and projects, throughout the state, to receive these funds.  This is a very generous gift and we are so grateful for the support Hopkinton Drug has shown for MAC and Massachusetts animals. Check out the website to learn about founder Ann Lindsay and the important work they do helping shelters, rescues and distressed animals.

Hopkinton drug specializes in compounding for humans and animals nationwide! Hopkinton Drug is also a community pharmacy in Hopkinton, Massachusetts offering traditional pharmacy services as well as durable medical equipment.  They also offer a wide selection of supplements, homeopathics & herbals as well as a complete lactation center.



September 25, 2011 — One officer pulled up on Main Street to provide backup for the first at a motor vehicle stop on Saturday night.




20th Year at 24 Main Street for Photographic Images

by Robert Falcione

September 4, 2011 — It is hard to believe that this is the 20th year that Photographic Images will be serving the Hopkinton community from the same location. It was 1989 that I officially started full time from my then Hayward Street, Hopkinton home — at least that's what the yellowing sales tax Vendor Registration says. It was a different time. Put in perspective, for me, it was more than a third of a lifetime ago. Some of my current adult clients had yet to be born. I moved the operation to 24 Main Street in September of 1992, where it remains today.

       Aside from Photographic Images, whose main activity was wedding photography and video — hundreds of them — some clients may remember a brisk disc jockey business, Bobby Holly Productions, working out of the same space. We had two DJ kits and needed to send out yet another person on some weekend nights. Sometimes, a bride to be hired us to do all three tasks. Those were some fabulous times, when we were all younger, stronger and sillier. Then, like the hula hoop and Frisbee,  karaoke burst upon the scene. Wow, what a gas. But it's flame dimmed relatively quickly, compared to our other offerings.

        Opening the studio at 24 Main Street brought other responsibilities. Although my first camera came when I was 11 years-old, and the horizon, as well as a compositional grid, became embedded like a template in my head, I needed to continue to study and improve my craft and my art, doing so with some great photographers.

        The late Herb Talerman, then Vice-President of Wedding Sales for Bacharach Studios in Watertown was my greatest influence for wedding photography, making the camera the equivalent of a musician's instrument, teaching people how to judge distance instantly, and how to focus and adjust aperture and shutter speed in the dark without looking at the camera. The studio's namesake, Fabian Bachrach, gained popular renown as the photographer of President John F. Kennedy's famous official portrait, sitting on his desk with the flag in the background. That photograph did not go unnoticed by me, and so choosing to study with Herb was no mistake. His craft was superb.

         Frank Cricchio, Helen Boursier and John Hartman are but a few portrait photographers with whom I studied.

         I had the good fortune to hear my idol Arnold Newman, known as the father of environmental portraiture, relate moments of his illustrious career.

         He was photographing Otto Frank, father of the famous Jewish teen, Anne Frank, who wrote a diary while she hid in an attic from Nazi killers. A bell tolled.

         "This is the same bell Anne wrote about in her diary," Arnold quoted Frank as saying, as he broke down in tears from the memory.

         Mr. Newman's famous magazine cover of Igor Stravinsky seated at a grand piano was a true inspiration; the metaphor of a grand piano top in the shape of a musical flat was not lost on me, even as a youngster.

        In the years leading up to the studio opening, I did some stringing with the Milford Daily News and had the good fortune to learn from Martha Woolverton, their chief photographer, who had a knack for putting some of the best newspaper photographs in  the area on the front page of that paper. To further satisfy my craving to share my feature and candid photography, I contributed to the Hopkinton Crier, when it was owned by John Harvey, and to the Hopkinton Independent up until 2003 at which time HopNews arrived in my head like a baby in a reed raft, and is now the primary way I share feature and news photos. And for a few years prior to that, digital imaging, and eventually digital photography, became a mainstay between these four walls. It changed everything. But it isn't as if anything became easier. It just became different.

        Being able to remove every stray hair, extract the yellow from teeth, and put baby's head from one image into another image of the entire family meant that the studio had total control over quality, but  we would spend more time on all of our portraits. Digital has also brought the photographer together with the client immediately following the shoot, so he/she can benefit from the photographer's eye in choosing the best image to reproduce.

        Is the nose pointing in the right direction to shorten or lengthen it? Yes, that is the best smile, but do you see how your eyes "pop" in  this other shot with the smaller smile? Some clothing and lighting can thin a person, or in the case of a skinny person, add weight. The list goes on.

        As Photographic Images has remained at 24 Main Street for this the 20th year, its neighbors also celebrate longevity. Lovely lady has been there over 45 years and Country Plus is into her 27th year.

        For my part, which I think is a universal business theme, we all have our clients to thank, and the town in general, for being so supportive and so friendly.

        Vive la Hopkinton!!


Strapped In

September 24, 2011 — These workmen hitch a ride up the communications tower at Lumber Street Auto with all of their t's crossed and i's dotted, wearing hard hats and safety harnesses in case the crane that is lifting them jerks to a stop or start.



Priscilla H. Cafarelli, 92


HOPKINTON - Priscilla H. Cafarelli, 92, died Thursday, September 22, 2011 in Worcester.  She was the widow of Louis Cafarelli, who died in August 1961.  Born in Richford, VT, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Matilda (Mayo ) Busker.  She is predeceased by her sons Louis and Charles.


She was the longtime Hopkinton resident before moving to Michigan and Worcester.  She was an accomplished seamstress and also enjoyed knitting, crocheting and baking. 


She is survived by 12 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 


The funeral will be held Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 9:45 a.m. from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street (http://www.callanancronin.com).  A funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street, at 10:00 a.m.  Burial will follow in the Parish Cemetery.  A calling hour will be held before the funeral from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. at the funeral home.


Donations may be made to St. John's Parish, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton, MA  01748.




Hopkinton 34, Medway 28

Decina, A One Man Show for Hillers!

Story below


Above, quarterback Mike Decina with a keeper on the way to a 34-28 victory over Medway at home.


by Lou Ottaviani

September 23, 2011 — Typically when it rains during a football game, it can play havoc for both teams on the field.  Mother Nature was determined to pester both teams with a constant downpour of “on and off” showers throughout the Hopkinton Hillers / Medway Mustangs contest last evening at David Hughes Field in Hopkinton.  Typically when inclement weather occurs, the outcome for most games results in a low scoring event, but don’t tell that to either the Hillers or the Mustangs, as both teams combined for a total of 62 points.

The way the game was playing out, it didn’t take long for the fans to figure out that whichever team ended up possessing control of the ball on the last series would be the victors, and it stood true last night.  Most fans know that when rain and football mix, it’s not a good sign for things to happen on the offensive side.  However, for the defensive side, the players are chomping at the bit because this is where the “game changing plays” take place.  There is one exception with this thought process though, nobody told Hopkinton or Medway that this is what was supposed to happen, especially under these conditions.

Both offenses from each team must not have received their memo because the game turned out to be an entertaining  Mike Decina (Hopkinton) and Ryan Bukis (Medway) offensive one-man show.  And entertain us, they did!  For Decina, the fleet footed Hiller quarterback with an arm to match his speed, combined for a total of 316 of Hopkinton’s 333 total offensive yards (rushing for 164 yards on 30 carries, and passing for 152 yards completing 9 of 19 passes).  Oh, did I mention that he also scored 32 of Hopkinton’s 34 points on the night (5 TDs and 1 PAT rush).  Medway’s Bukis, a bruising running back muscled his way to earn 107 yards rushing on 11 carries and scored 21 of the Mustang’s 28 points, while rushing for 3 TDs, himself.

True to statistics when playing in foul weather conditions, defensive teams make things happen.  Despite the high scoring under the rainy weather, the Hiller defense proved to be a deciding factor in their team’s impressive 34 – 28 victory, having three of their plays turn into three scores for their offensive unit.  This was demonstrated on several occasions throughout the night, starting with Medway’s first drive, when Hopkinton’s James Goncalves intercepted a Pat Sheehan pass on the Hopkinton 22-yard line which set up the Hillers first score of the game just three plays later. Barrett Hanlon added the extra PAT kick to give the Hillers a 7-0 lead.

Hopkinton’s Jack Lampert made a nice interception on Sheehan which stopped a Medway drive with 1:59 left in the half, which put the Hillers in position to score just five plays later as time ran out to the half, giving Hopkinton a 20 – 14 halftime lead going into the locker room. 

In the second half, it was the Mustangs deciding to sway the momentum their way, scoring on their first two drives and taking the lead for the first time in the game, 28 – 20.  Hopkinton responded on their second drive, getting good field position on the Medway 35.  A quick 12 yard run by Ryan Bohlin, capped by a 35 yard completion from Decina to Barrett Hanlon brought the ball to the Hiller 15 yard line and three plays later Hopkinton tied the game 28 – 28 with Decina scoring both the touchdown and rushing for the PAT points, with 3:50 left in the third quarter. 

On the Mustang’s next possession, starting at their own 22 yard line, Medway was moving the ball controlling the next four plus minutes.  However, Hiller defensive linebacker, Adam O’Neill broke through Medway’s offensive line on a fourth down pass attempt and came up with a big sack bringing down Pat Sheehan.  Medway’s defense forced Hopkinton to three plays and a punt and take over possession in good field possession, at the Hiller 45 yard line with just over four minutes in the game.  Once again, the Hopkinton defense stepped it up when junior Keaton Britt pounced on a Medway fumble to set up Hopkinton’s final score.  For Britt this was his second fumble recovery in the game.    Hopkinton’s offense took advantage by driving 73 yards on 7 plays for the go-ahead score 34 – 28.  The PAT pass was incomplete.

With just 2:14 left in the game, Medway was looking to rely on the big pass play and tried three long pass plays which were all incomplete.  On fourth down, Mustang quarterback Pat Sheehan gave it one last try to complete a pass for a first down, but Hopkinton’s defense had other things on their mind.  Hopkinton’s Mark Lockert and Jake Lehman saw to it that no pass was going to be made as both defensive linemen sacked the Mustang quarterback to give their Hiller offense the ball with 1:38 left in the game.  Hopkinton’s Decina took several knees to let the time run out and grab a well earned victory.

Conversely, it was Medway’s defense that caused some key turnovers for the Hiller offense as well.  In the first quarter, Eric Steffens intercepted a Decina pass and later in the second quarter, recovered a Hopkinton fumble in the backfield and rumbled 21 yards to the Hopkinton 2 yard line.  On the ensuing rush, Bukis scored to tie the game, 14 – 14. 

With the win, the Hillers move to 3 – 0 (1 – 0, TVL) and will face up with non-league opponent Weston High School next Friday (9/30) at home.  Be sure to put this 7 PM match up on your calendar.  In their first three games of the season, this high performing Hiller offensive squad has scored 100 points (34, 32, and 34).  Keep it going Hillers!!!  




A Snapshot of Hiller Football, September 23, 2011 

September 23, 2011 — Check out a couple of minutes of condensed Hiller football action by photographer Robert Falcione.


 Class Colors Debate Hits Fox News


September 23, 2011 — From the halls of Hopkinton High School to the discussion pages of HopNews, and the blogs of Boston, the controversy over the wearing of class colors at the Hopkinton High School pep rally has hit Boston television, as seen on FoxBoston, below.

      Principal Alyson Geary sent a letter to parents explaining her decision, in short, was to protect students from injury and bullying, which has caused much dissention. HopNews will have a poll on Monday. In the meantime, the topic has generated much discussion on Town Talk. Join in if you wish, but please read the letter first.


Hopkinton High School bans class colors at pep rally: MyFoxBOSTON.com



 Roving HopNews Camera

Wild Turkeys Fighting Fiercely 

September 23, 2011 — The roving HopNews camera caught a turkey fight in progress in Southborough today. Not for the squeamish.



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