Thank you Hopkinton supporters!
You helped Team
Welch raise over $3700.00 in our
8th Step Out/Walk
to Fight Diabetes
In memory of my Dad, Chet Welch • With much appreciation ~Diane Welch
Thanks to: Cindy Grilli, Stacey Place, Colleen Gianino, Nancy
Shaughnessy, Nancy Clark Nadine Hoagland, Andy Longoria, Evan Bishop, Jo
Ann Thompson, Lee Greco, Dee King, Catherine McCahill, Kim Puig,
Kathleen Reale,Serena Doyle, Aaron O’Neil, Kathy Hutchinson, Emily
Cournoyer, Trish Kozub, Kathy Carl, Michelle Litavis, Kel Kelly, Ray
&Colleen Charleston, Kim Eagan, Lynn Bono, Scott vanRaalten
HOPKINTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES OCTOBER/NOVEMBER OFFICE HOURS
will be one School Committee member present at these meetings
As part of its 2011-2012 Communications Plan, the Hopkinton School
Committee will hold office hours to provide residents with an
opportunity to attend and ask questions or give feedback regarding
current school-related issues.
Dates, times, and locations are as follows:
Tuesday, October 11; 10am – 11 am; Hopkinton Public Library
Tuesday, October 18; 10 am – 11 am; Hopkinton Public Library
Thursday, October 20; 6 pm – 7 pm; Middle School Library
Thursday, November 3; 6 pm – 7 pm; Middle School Library
Thursday, November 17; 6 pm – 7 pm; Middle School Library
Tuesday, November 22; 10 am – 11 am; Hopkinton Public Library
Selectmen's Meeting Cancelled
for Tonight - Moved to Next Tuesday
2011 — It may take only two to tango, but it takes three out of the
five-member Board of Selectmen to have a quorum and conduct business.
The board had that three-member quorum — two members are out of town on
business — until today, when one became ill.
has been rescheduled with the
same agenda for
next Tuesday, October 11, 2011.
A Happy Ending
October 4, 2011 — Hopkinton Sculptor
Michael Alfano's Peace Offering sculpture bench
is in resin at a number of locations, including a sculpture park in
Leonia NJ and the Arts Center in Clifton NJ, as well as in the homes
and gardens of private collectors, including the Buhl Collection in
Manhattan. It's been on display at a number of other locations
including Lenox MA, Wellfleet and Hyannis MA, Mooresville, NC, and Merida
in the Yucatan in Mexico; but now, it has been cast in bronze.
acquired the resin version a few years ago for their Clipper Rail
Trail/Harborwalk, where it was very popular. But last winter, a snow
plow hit it. The town wanted to replace it and they went with the
bronze version. So they now have the first bronze casting of it, so
an unfortunate accident turned out to have a happy ending.
Here is what
Mr. Alfano's web site says about the meaning of the sculpture:
"Peace Offering is
a full-size bench suitable for outdoor or indoor use. While the dove
conveys the hope for peace, its tail transforms into a hawk,
representing hostility. The dove's wings become open hands, which
might be ours, in an asking, a weighing, or an offering pose. Or
they might belong to a larger force that welcomes two people to sit
down and discuss their differences. This sculpture represents some
of the many aspects of attaining peace. It is a expression of
Michael's Soka Gakkai Buddhist practice, with the intention of
contributing to peace and culture."
October 3, 2011 — Mike Gibbs shares this photo he took from the Upton
side of Lake Maspenock of the very appropriate symbol of a nation with
the world's finest, toughest Air Force.
Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts
New Transactions from
September 22 to October 3, 2011
6 Gibbon Road
Sean Morrisey, Michelle Morrisey
September 30, 2011
David W Chace, Ellen Sullivan-Chace
34 Nazneen Circle
Pradeep K Vallandas
September 29, 2011
Peppercorn Village Realty Trust
Old Town Road
Robert R Fontaine, Sharon J Fontaine
September 28, 2011
Town of Hopkinton
210 Hayden Rowe Street
Renjith Padmanabhan, Saumya Balraj
September 27, 2011
Earl S Titlebaum Tr. et al
1 Holt Street
Bruce J MacDonald, Brigid D MacDonald
September 27, 2011
Mary E Terry, Robert H Bartlett, James D Bartlett
1 Scarlata Road
September 22, 2011
Thomas Perina Custom Homes LLC
11 Mount Auburn Street
Nagabhushnam C Vankineni, Nandu Koneru
September 21, 2011
Pamela Zorn Adams, Scott D Adams
6 Donna Pass
Robert J Kisiel, Heidi S Kisiel
September 20, 2011
Paul D Asselin, Cheryl R Asselin
10 Deer Run Road
Douglas W Curren, Christine A Curren
September 15, 2011
Andrew M Howard, Jessica L Howard
15 Prestwick Drive
David Brian Davies, Heidi L Davies
September 14, 2011
David J McIntosh, Jacqueline G McIntosh
9 Curtis Road
September 12, 2011
Carol A Hurley, John R Hurley
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First annual 5K walk to support Equine
Partners! Rain or shine. Sunday, October 9, 2011 on the Milford
Upper Charles Trail.
Event registration is at Fino Field in Milford from 7:15AM - 8:00Am,
with thank-you festivities being held at Louisa Lake during the walk.
All participants will receive a t-shirt.
Early Bird Registration (on or by Sept. 20th) - $25/person.
Regular Registration (after Sept. 20th) - $30/person
Kids 10 & Under - $5/person
Troopers Make 22 OUI
Arrests at Weekend Sobriety Checkpoints
Massachusetts State Police conducted three sobriety checkpoint
mobilizations over the weekend, resulting in numerous arrests, criminal
summonses, and motor vehicle citations.
On the night of Friday, September 30, and
into early the next morning, Troop A of the State Police conducted a
checkpoint on Route 28 in Lawrence. Troopers and
local police arrested nine motorists for operating under the influence,
made four additional arrests, issued criminal summonses to three
motorists, and wrote 108 citations for motor vehicle citations.
That same night, Troop B of the State Police
set up a sobriety checkpoint on State Street in
Police arrested five impaired drivers, made three additional arrests,
issued criminal summonses to seven other people, and wrote 54 motor
vehicle violation citations.
On the night of Saturday, Oct. 1 into the
early morning hours of Sunday, State Police Troop H conducted a
checkpoint on Memorial Drive in
Troopers arrested eight drivers for operating under the influence, made
three additional arrests, and wrote 44 citations for motor vehicle
Lake Whitehall Fall
Volunteers are needed for the fall clean-up
of Lake Whitehall and its nearby trails. Please join the Friends of
Whitehall on Saturday Oct. 15th 2011 from 9am until noon.
FOW will supply gloves, trash bags and water. Boats, kayaks and canoes
are also welcome to help us clean the shoreline.
Meet at the boat landing on Wood St.
(Whitehall State Park). This is a semi-annual event sponsored by the
Friends of Whitehall. For more information call President Steve Warren
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Gustino Neri 86
died Monday October 3, 2011 at his home. Born in Lowell, he was the son
of the late Giuseppe and Maria (Kossidi) Neri.
He was a member of Local 4 -
IUOE, and a heavy equipment operator. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was
a member of the Columbus Club of Framingham. He was well known for his
gardening skills and his famous tomatoes.
He is survived by his nieces
and nephews Joseph and Diane Neri with whom he made his home, and their
children Jennifer, Valerie, Joseph and Elizabeth. James and Susan Neri
of Warren. Brenda and John Sulfaro of Northbridge and their children
Debra, Christina, Karen and John. Mary Munger of Charlton and her
children Christopher and George. Barbara and Andrew Talvy of Ashland and
their children Andrew and Holly. Patricia and James Bendirk of Hopkinton
and their children Nicholas, Caitlin and Patrick. Philip Neri of
Framingham and his sister-in-law Lena Neri of Medway and her daughter
The funeral will be held at
the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church St. at 2 PM, Wednesday
October 5. A calling hour will be held from 1 to 2 pm prior to the
Hospice, 85 Lincoln St., Framingham, MA 017025.
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October 3, 2011
7:57 am A tractor trailer unit
became stuck in a swamp on West Elm Street...
5:24 pm A caller reported a
possible domestic disturbance on Susan Drive with screaming and a call
3:45 pm Officer William Burchard
investigated a trailer full of siding reported to have left a home under
5:10 pm A female driver complained
of being stared down by youths on Ash Street..
8:41 pm A Barbara Road resident
reported her husband hit her following an argument...
7:45 pm A woman called to complain
that a police car flashed its lights at her and the driver gave her a
2011 — This (Cooper's?) hawk found a spot atop the Town Hall chimney to
his liking this afternoon in the middle of what could have been a study
of diagonal lines. He repeatedly peered into the flue, as if eye-balling
some prey. A tip of the HopNews hat to Peter Thalmann for alerting the
photographer of the hawk.
Off to Kenya
bartender substitutes for fellow employee
October 3, 2011 — Cornell's bartender Mary Costa is off on another of
her famous month-long photo safaris of Kenya on behalf of American
Friends of Kenya.
Ms. Costa will return to the good ole USA in another three weeks with —
if the past is prologue — gigabytes of photos of the native animals she
will have taken with her own camera.
In the meantime please enjoy one of
favorite videos taken at Kruger National Park, and seen by over 63
million YouTube viewers. It is a battle between lions, water buffaloes
and a croc, all over a baby buffalo. The dramatic struggle of life and
death takes twist after twist until the viewer has to ask "who is the
actual king of the jungle?"
And while Mary is off gathering more photos, your safari to Cornell's
will find Erin now working seven days a week.
2011 — Although we are unsure of the type* of this very friendly water
fowl, it is apparent his wavy hairdo was inspired by the King of Rock
Roll. The headline is a euphemism for the
back of a teen boy's hairdo of the Fifties named for the other end of a
duck. * Thanks to "Woodville" on Town Talk for identifying this as
a muscovy duck.
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Run Around Hopkinton Relay
And the winners are... James Cassady, Chris Gooley, Steve Levandosky, Helen
Dinan, Jonathan Meltzer, Julie Levandosky
October 2, 2011 — A group of Hopkinton High School sophomores walked in
the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Walk to Cure Diabetes
in Boston on Saturday October 1. "Cuz's Crusaders" have so far this year
raised over $2000 towards finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
Richard K. "Kevin" Stewart, 49
Hopkinton- Richard K. "Kevin" Stewart, 49,
of Hopkinton, MA, formerly of Salem, OR, passed away on Saturday,
October 1, 2011 at the Rose Monahan Hospice House in Worcester, MA.
after a brave battle with brain cancer.
An avid fisherman and Red Sox fan, Kevin lived in Japan for two years
and maintained friendships around the world. After working for many
years in the import / export field, Kevin founded Health Tech Export
Associates in 2004. He grew his business into a successful enterprise,
connecting US and European human and veterinary health product companies
with interested customers in Japan. Most importantly, Kevin was a
beloved and devoted father, husband, son, brother, neighbor and friend
who touched many lives.
Kevin is survived by his children, Isla, Aidan and Carlin Stewart and
his wife, Maria (Baute) Stewart, of Hopkinton, MA, his parents, Richard
and Dorothy Stewart of Escondido, CA, his sister, Paula (Stewart) Brust
and her husband Kirk of Escondido, CA and six nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 from 4-8 p.m. at
Chesmore Funeral Home
of Holliston, 854 Washington Street. A funeral service will take place
on Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 10 a.m. at the First Congregational
Church of Holliston, 725 Washington Street. Burial will follow in Lake
Grove Cemetery in Holliston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made
of R. Kevin Stewart to either Caring Bridge at
www.caringbridge.org or to the National Brain Tumor Society at
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William Patrick Smith, 30
Douglas - William Patrick
Smith, 30, of Douglas and formerly of Hopkinton, passed away
Thursday, September 29, 2011 at home. Born in Natick, he was the son of
Arlene Frances (Deletti) Smith of Marlborough and the late James John
Smith. William was brilliant, kind, and generous and will be very sorely
missed. He loved computers and ham radio and was licensed as KE1GF.
He is survived by a sister, Rebecca Anne Smith of Worcester, a brother,
Scott Cabana of Andover; his aunts and uncles Albert, Jeanette, Edward,
and William; and his cousins John, Andrea, Danielle, Edward, Dane, and
Garrett. Besides his father, he is predeceased by his grandparents
William, Mary, Stephen, and Sophie; an uncle, Stephen; and a cousin,
Noreen. William also leaves behind his beloved cat, Linus.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 from 5-8 p.m. at
Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St.
A 10:00 a.m. funeral Mass will take place on Thursday at St. John the
Evangelist Church of Hopkinton. Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn
Cemetery in Hopkinton. Flowers are gratefully accepted or donations may
be made to the Genesis Club, 274 Lincoln St. Worcester, MA 01605.
James R. Hopkins, 73, of Hopkinton,
passed away Monday, September 26, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete at
this time and are under the care of the
Chesmore Funeral Home
Anyone Seen the Beaver?"
2011 — This beaver activity at Ice House Pond is so recent, the shavings
have yet to be covered by falling leaves. The stream exiting the pond on
the north is surrounded on its sides by the remnants of a beaver dam
someone apparently dismantled.
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Patrick Smith, 30
William Patrick Smith, 30,
of Douglas and formerly of Hopkinton, passed away Thursday, September
29, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are under the
care of the
Chesmore Funeral Home
Ryan’s 4th Quarter Pick, Key to Hiller Victory
Hopkinton 21, Weston 14
Photo, #44 James Gonclaves and #69 Evans Woodward putting the brakes on Weston
quarterback Jarett Rowe this evening.
October 1 2011 — With the score
tied 14-14 going into the start of fourth quarter in last night’s
thriller game between Hopkinton and Weston, Hopkinton
fans had to ask themselves “were the Hillers going to get a chance
to get possession of the ball?” during this exciting non-league
football matchup during the second half action.
After all, Weston controlled approximately 86%
of the possession of play with their opening drive to start the
second half. This drive fueled and contributed to the Wildcats
confidence, having tied the game. Weston’s scoring drive consisted
of 90 yards on 18 plays eating up an incredible 9:24 off the third
quarter clock when quarterback Jarett Rowe (10/25, 153 yards) hit
open receiver Richard Webb across the middle for a 6-yard
completion. Hopkinton’s only crack at possession during the entire
third quarter was a meek series (1:36) where the Hillers went three
and out, forcing a punt to end the third quarter and
giving Weston control of the ball once again to the start the fourth
This is where things began to get tense and the
drama of game really got exciting. Once again, it looked as though
Weston was starting
to take over where they left off in their previous series. With the
ball on the Wildcats own 18, Weston was controlling the real estate
and eating up a good 4:33 on the clock. However, with the ball on
the Hiller 31, a key pivotal moment for the Hillers came into play
for this game. Rowe stepped back to pass and Hopkinton’s defensive
back, Jack Ryan picked off the pass with 6:17 left in the game with
Hiller possession on Hopkinton’s own 31 yard line. It was Ryan’s
interception that set the Hillers up for what was to happen next,
and that was to get the ball into Hiller quarterback, Mike Decina’s
Decina quickly shined and demonstrated his
leadership and composure under pressure. Faced with 69-yards to pay
dirt, Decina started his 8-play drive by connecting with junior wide
receiver Shaun Palmer on the first play from scrimmage, connecting
for 24-yards to bring the ball to the Weston’s 43. A Hiller holding
penalty nullified a Decina gain, but brought the ball to the
Wildcats 30-yard line. A four yard pickup by Alex Hulme, gave the
Hillers possession at the 26. Decina carried the next four plays,
capping off with a one yard plunge to give the Hillers their final
score and go up 21-14 with 1:41 left in the game.
Pressed for time, the Wildcats came right out
passing. Rowe’s desperate attempts failed on all four passes,
turning the ball over to the Hillers with 1:05 remaining in the
game. Decina took two knees to let the clock run down and preserve
victory number four for the Hillers.
Summarizing the first half action, it was
Weston who scored first with Jarett Rowe diving in from the 2-yard
line with 1:33 left in the first quarter, giving Weston a 7-0 lead.
Hopkinton bounced back, scoring twice in the second quarter with
Decina hitting Alex Hulme in stride on a 20-yard completion for
Hopkinton’s first score 1:39 into the quarter. Barrett Hanlon
kicked the PAT to tie the score at 7-7.
The Hillers forced Weston to three and out with
a punt on their next drive. Hopkinton gained good field position on
the Wildcats 33 yard line and 6-plays later Decina scored from the
5-yard line, with Hanlon making the extra point kick to give the
Hopkinton a 14-7 lead going into the half.
Hopkinton (4-0) will play Dover/Sherborn next,
this coming Thursday, 7PM at Hopkinton.
Video Snapshot of Hillers Football, September 30,
See players, cheerleaders, the band.
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Hopkinton 3, Weston 1
September 30, 2011 — Tess Chandler goes for a slam.
3, Westwood 1
September 30, 2011 —
Jack Hilger takes control against Westwood today.
30, 2011 — This yearling was photographed today in Hopkinton State Park,
where watchable wildlife can sometimes be seen on the sides of the road,
as above, as well as in the forests.
30, 2011 — These young Canada geese just might have returned to the
place of their birth today, a place that is recognizable in the photo by
inference, to most people who know Ice House Pond on West Main Street.
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CAA On the Edge
ArtExhibition Sept. 30 – Oct. 28
HOPKINTON, MA (September 29,
2011) --- On the Edge, an artexhibition juried by Jane
Young of Chase Young Gallery in Boston and featuring photographs,
painting89IOs, prints, sculptures and encaustic art by 35 local artists,
will take place September 30 – October 28 at the Hopkinton Center for
the Arts at 98 Hayden Rowe, Hopkinton. The show is sponsored by the
Cultural Arts Alliance and exhibit hours at the CAA Gallery are Monday,
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and on
weekends from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to
artists to interpret what ‘On the
Edge’ meant to them and have been awestruck by the results,” said
Kris Waldman, director of the CAA.
“There are a many unusual and moving pieces in this show and a lot of
creative energy here, which makes for a very memorable exhibition.”
September 29, 2011 — Hopkinton Junior Girl Scout Troop 72961 toured WCVB
Channel 5 Studio today and enjoyed watching the Noon broadcast live in
the studio with Susan Wornick. Above is a photo of the girls in the
troop, along with Susan and some of their older brothers. From left,
Cecily McNamara, Katelyn Sylvester, Emily Whelan, Topher Sylvester,
Grace Dustin, Susan Wornick, Owen McNamara, Patrick Dustin, and Alexa
Benack. The Tour was a prize from the HPTA Silent Auction last Spring.
Clayton Willoughby and the
Our favorite wandering
minstrel, Clayton Willoughby, has joined another musician, and will add
a drummer next, to form The Claytones. Check it out below in the video
self-taped by The Claytones .
Paul Raffaele “Nunzi” Annunziata, 63
Paul Raffaele “Nunzi” Annunziata, 63,
of Holliston, passed away after a valiant battle with cancer. He was the
son of the late Dr. Joseph F. and Rita
(O’Callaghan) Annunziata of Hopkinton, MA and the brother of the late
Attorney Joseph F. Annunziata, Jr. of Framingham.
Born in Framingham, Paul grew up in Hopkinton, graduating from Hopkinton
High School after attending St. Mary’s Grammar School in Milford and St.
Sebastian’s Country Day School in Newton. He attended Franklin Institute
of Technology (Automotive) in Boston. He graduated from National
Technical Schools in Los Angeles, CA with an Associate in Science Degree
in Automotive Technology and Diesel Engines. Paul was also a graduate of
Jim Russell’s International Race Drivers School in Norfolk, England. He
served honorably in the US Army as a Sergeant in the 110th MP Company in
During the 70’s, Paul was the proprietor of Annunziata Dyno-Tune Up in
Framingham. He later worked for the General Motors Assembly Plant in
Framingham as an Inspection Supervisor and Reliability Engineer where he
was known as “Super Nunzi”. For the past seven years he worked for the
Automotive Auction Facility “Adesa Boston” in Framingham as an Inspector
and Yard Driver.
Paul enjoyed all kinds of motor sports and loved all types and
categories of automobiles- Ferrari being his favorite.
Paul is survived by a nephew, Joseph F. Annunziata III of Framingham,
and two nieces: Angela Annunziata Thompson of Framingham and Lucia
Annunziata Jorgensen of Mexico. He is also survived by Uncle Frank and
Aunt Regina Annunziata of Milford, CT; Aunt Amy Scolaro of Bronx, NY and
Aunt Phyllis Salkind of Naples, FL. He also leaves many cousins in the
Annunziata and O’Callaghan families in addition to many wonderful
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. John’s Church in Hopkinton on Monday,
October 3rd at 10 AM. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, October 2nd
from 3-5 PM at the Matarese Funeral Home, 325 Main Street, Ashland, MA (
www.mataresefuneral.com ). In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be sent to Victory Junction Gang, 4500 Adam’s Way,
Randleman, NC 27317.
Stanley Cup Visits Respite Center
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Results of the Sixth Annual Hopkinton Tennis Tournament Sept. 16-18
Men's Intermediate Singles:
Ezat Parnia def. Dan Staring 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
Medi Servat def. Chris Tocco 6-4, 6-2
Jason Karlin def. Dex Siglin 7-5, 6-0
Dan Marques def. Ezat Parnia 6-3, 6-1
Medi Servat def. Jason Karlin 6-3, 6-1
FINALS:Dan Marques def. Medi Servat 6-2, 6-0
Men's Intermediate Doubles: Greg Calkins/Dan Staring def. Mark Ehrenzeller/Dex Siglin 6-1, 4-6,
Jack Speranza/Ezat Parnia def. Bob Snyder/Steve Rathmill 6-3, 6-0
Chris Tocco/Medi Servat def. Dave Beck/Brett Johnson 6-1, 6-3
Alan Phillips/Bob Mahoney def. Tocco/Servat 6-1, 6-1
Speranza/Parnia def. Calkins/Staring 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
FINALS: Phillips/Mahoney def. Parnia/Speranza 6-1,6-4
Men's Advanced Singles Round Robin:
Tim Titcomb def. Treavor Weeden 6-1,6-1
Tim Titcomb def. Rick Jacobs 6-0, 6-0
Tim Titcomb def. Brad Nagel 6-2, 6-4
Rick Jacobs def. Treavor Weeden 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Brad Nagel def. Treavor Weeden 6-0, 6-1
Winner: Tim Titcomb
Men's Advanced Doubles Round Robin:
Ted York/Brad Nagel def. Hal Whitehouse/Jay Stevens 6-1, 6-2
Ted York/Brad Nagel def. Eric Jonassen/Will Jonassen 6-3,5-7, 6-2,
Hal Whitehouse/Jay Stevens def. Eric Jonassen/Will Jonassen 6-4, 6-3
Tim Titcomb, the men's
advanced singles winner
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FAMILY WALKS FOR A CURE
1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that affects as many as three
million Americans. It is a disease that most often is diagnosed in
children and young adults, strikes suddenly and lasts a lifetime. To
stay alive, people with Type 1 Diabetes must test their blood sugar by
pricking their finger six or more times a day, and, take multiple
insulin injections daily. Each year alone, 15,000 children - and 15,000
adults are diagnosed with the disease.
And each year millions nationwide, and
thousands locally join in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
Walk to Cure Diabetes, an event designed to raise money for research to
find a cure for this disease.
This year, the Cusanelli family of Hopkinton is among those who will
once again be hitting the pavement in Boston. Their youngest son Robert
was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes three years ago when he was 13 years
a sophomore at Hopkinton High School, and his friends have formed a team
“Cuz’s Crusaders” and have taken part in the walk for the past three
“Cuz’s Crusaders” has raised almost $15,000 in that time, and are hoping
to raise more this year. “Cuz’s Crusaders” will join thousands more on
Saturday October 1st
at the walk which begins at the Hatch Shell in Boston and goes
approximately 3 miles.
Anyone interested in making a donation can go to the Cusanelli website
or donate by check made out to JDRF
and mailed to Kathy Cusanelli 41 Granite St. Hopkinton 01748.
Ashland Man Charged With Plotting
Pentagon And U.S. Capitol And Attempting To Provide
Material Support To Foreign Terrorist Organization
Public Was Not in Danger
from Explosive Devices Which Were Controlled by
Undercover FBI Employees
- September 28, 2011 — A 26-year-old Ashland man was
arrested and charged today in connection with his plot
to damage or destroy the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol,
using large remote controlled aircraft filled with C-4
plastic explosives. Rezwan Ferdaus, a U.S. citizen, was
also charged with attempting to provide material support
and resources to a foreign terrorist organization,
specifically to al Qaeda, in order to carry out attacks
on U.S. soldiers stationed overseas.
“Our top priority is to
protect our nation from terrorism and national security
threats. The conduct alleged today shows that Mr.
Ferdaus had long planned to commit violent acts against
our country, including attacks on the Pentagon and our
nation’s Capitol. Thanks to the diligence of the FBI and
our many other law enforcement partners, that plan was
thwarted,” said U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz. “I want
the public to understand that Mr. Ferdaus’ conduct, as
alleged in the complaint, is not reflective of a
particular culture, community or religion,” she added.
“In addition to protecting our citizens from the threats
and violence alleged today, we also have an obligation
to protect members of every community, race and religion
against violence and other unlawful conduct.”
The public was never in
danger from the explosive devices, which were controlled
by undercover FBI employees (UCs). The defendant was
closely monitored as his alleged plot developed and the
UCs were in frequent contact with him.
Richard DesLauriers, Special
Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Division said,
“Today’s arrest was the culmination of an investigation
forged through strong relationships among various
Massachusetts law enforcement agencies to detect, deter,
and prevent terrorism. Each of the more than 30 federal,
state, and local agencies on the FBI’s Joint Terrorism
Task Force (JTTF) worked together to protect the
community from this threat. In this particular
investigation, the Worcester, Ashland and Framingham
Police Departments and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives, played particularly critical
roles. The communities of Worcester, Ashland and
Framingham should be proud of the unwavering commitment
and professionalism the agencies demonstrated in
ensuring that their towns and region were safe from
harm. The Massachusetts State Police and the
Commonwealth Fusion Center also contributed
significantly to this investigation.”
“The FBI used an undercover
operation to conduct this investigation. Undercover
operations are used to combat all types of crimes and
criminals, including in the counter-terrorism arena.”