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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






Black Bunny Found on B Street



If it is your missing bunny, email dagilman@comcast.net





There 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


October 4, 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.


The meeting 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.


Newburyport 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.



Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

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

New Transactions from September 22 to October 3, 2011






6 Gibbon Road Sean Morrisey, Michelle Morrisey $586,000 September 30, 2011 David W Chace, Ellen Sullivan-Chace
34 Nazneen Circle Pradeep K Vallandas $522,000 September 29, 2011

Ahmed Mirajuddin TR,

Peppercorn Village Realty Trust

Old Town Road Robert R Fontaine, Sharon J Fontaine $2,500 September 28, 2011 Town of Hopkinton
210 Hayden Rowe Street Renjith Padmanabhan, Saumya Balraj $460,000 September 27, 2011 Earl S Titlebaum Tr. et al
1 Holt Street Bruce J MacDonald, Brigid D MacDonald $210,000 September 27, 2011 Mary E Terry, Robert H Bartlett, James D Bartlett
Last Week        
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
Week Before        
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



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. SEE WEBSITE
Regular Registration (after Sept. 20th) - $30/person
Kids 10 & Under - $5/person




Troopers Make 22 OUI Arrests at Weekend Sobriety Checkpoints


The 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 Springfield. 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 Cambridge. Troopers arrested eight drivers for operating under the influence, made three additional arrests, and wrote 44 citations for motor vehicle violations.



Lake Whitehall Fall Clean-Up


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 at 508-435-6150.



Gustino Neri 86


Hopkinton - 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 Mary.


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 service.


Donations: Metrowest Hospice, 85 Lincoln St., Framingham, MA 017025.



Police News UP-TO-DATE <---- CLICK FOR FULL REPORT  - 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 for help...


3:45 pm Officer William Burchard investigated a trailer full of siding reported to have left a home under construction...


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 dirty look...


Precarious Perch

October 3, 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

Cornell's 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 ThumbnailMary's 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.



Duck's Tail?

October 2, 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 and 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.





Run Around Hopkinton Relay


And the winners are...
James Cassady, Chris Gooley, Steve Levandosky, Helen Dinan, Jonathan Meltzer, Julie Levandosky





$2,000 and Counting


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 the
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 in memory of R. Kevin Stewart to either Caring Bridge at www.caringbridge.org or to the National Brain Tumor Society at www.braintumor.org



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 the
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

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 of Hopkinton.


"Ward, Has Anyone Seen the Beaver?"

October 1, 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.


William 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 of Hopkinton.




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.

by  Lou Ottaviani

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 quarter. 

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 hand. 

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, 2011 

See players, cheerleaders, the band.



Hopkinton 3, Weston  1

 September 30, 2011 — Tess Chandler goes for a slam.



Hopkinton 3, Westwood 1

 September 30, 2011 — Jack Hilger takes control against Westwood today.




September 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.




Return to the Scene

September 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.



CAA On the Edge Art Exhibition Sept. 30 – Oct. 28


HOPKINTON, MA (September 29, 2011) --- On the Edge, an art exhibition 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 the public.


We asked 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.”


Visit to Channel 5

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 Claytones


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 Korea.

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 friends.

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 



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, 6-4
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

Women's Intermediate Doubles:
Winner:Heidi Gennerman/Sarah Keeley def. Diana Lindon/Michelle Stevens 6-4,6-4

Intermediate Mixed Doubles Round Robin:
Joanne Mahoney/Alan Phillips def. Nancy Baron/Bob Mahoney 6-2, 6-4
Sarah Keeley/Bob Snyder def. Nancy Baron/Bob Mahoney 6-1, 1-6, 7-5
Joanne Mahoney/Alan Phillips def. Sarah Keeley/Bob Snyder 6-1, 6-2
Winner: Mahoney/Phillips

Photo: Tim Titcomb, the men's advanced singles winner




Type 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 old.

       Robert, 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 years.

       “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 at http://www2.jdrf.org/goto/kathycusanelli or donate by check made out to JDRF and mailed to Kathy Cusanelli 41 Granite St. Hopkinton 01748.




Ashland Man Charged With Plotting Attack On
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


BOSTON - 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.”




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