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Passing Through

October 14, 2011 — State Police cruisers came ahead and behind this large piece of machinery turning right onto Cedar Street and cordoned off the intersection to let it pass without incident. Although HopNews did not speak with anyone, it can be reasonably assumed that the machine was not traveling to Southborough under the Route 85 railroad bridge. It's only logical destination was the NStar plant run by Air Products on Wilson Street, where reside untold millions of gallons of liquefied natural gas in three enormous above-ground tanks.



Philosophy Survey


The School Committee is revising the Hopkinton Public Schools' policy entitled "Philosophy." This policy is outdated and will be revised in a way that is reflective of what the staff, parents, and community value and believe should guide district decisions.


To efficiently gather staff, parent, and community perspectives to incorporate into the policy revision, a survey has been created that will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey will remain open until Friday, October 21st. It can be accessed at this URL: https://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22DCQW87LY8


I hope you will take the opportunity to contribute your perspectives to the development of this policy.  After the first policy draft has been reviewed by the School Committee at its November 3rd meeting, the draft will be available on the district website for comment.



Mary Colombo

Assistant Superintendent




And the Winners Are...

Boston Breaker's girls u-10 purple division winners  Morgan Allen, Madeline Strickland, Carlin Stewart and Delaney Mick.







Positively Hopkinton

What Makes a Great Dry Cleaner? 

See the video below for the answer


Hopkinton vs. Bellingham

October 13, 2011 — Boys and girls both won* against Bellingham yesterday on home turf. *Correction



October 12, 2011 — New awnings went up at 97 Main Street today, the former site of Hillers Cleaners, a business which the property owner Vinnie Ferrelli sold to George Vrahliotis ten years ago. The awning's lettering reads "Champs Cleaners" at the space recently vacated by Hillers.

       Mr. Vrahliotis gave notice, purchased the former Hitchings Hardware at 63 Main Street, which he demolished, and then rebuilt a new Hillers Cleaners at that new location.

       Appearing before the planning Board last July for permission to make minor changes to his building, knowing Mr. Vrahliotis was vacating, Mr. Ferrelli was asked by a board member about his plans for business at the soon-to-be-vacant location. He answered that if he could not find a tenant right away, he would open his own dry cleaning business at that location and name it "Champs," in honor of his father, who began the business that he eventually ran and sold.

      The day had grown old by the time the lettering went up, so the facts remain elusive until Thursday.



With potentially heavy rains expected tonight and tomorrow morning, the Massachusetts State Police remind motorists of the following basic safe driving tips.


  • Be mindful that wet roads require increased stopping time. Motorists are advised to drive at speeds appropriate to the weather conditions, slower than they would drive on dry roads, and to keep greater distance than normal between their cars and the cars in front of them.

  • In heavy rains, water tends to pool in the left lanes of highways. Motorists are reminded that: 1.) the left lane of multi-lane highways is a passing lane, not a high-speed travel lane, and thus sustained travel in the left lane is prohibited; and 2.) pooled water in the left lane can be a hazard to vehicles driving at high speeds.

  • Motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded sections of road. Standing water can be deeper than it appears, and cars can easily become stranded.

  • Motorists are remind to always drive at a speed reasonable for the weather and road conditions, to wear seatbelts, and to avoid distractions such as playing with the radio, using electronic devices, or wearing headphones.

  • Anyone who gets in trouble on the roads is reminded to call 911 on a cell phone to immediately be connected to a State Police Communications Section.

The State Police appreciate the motoring public’s adherence to safe driving practices.


Mosquito Collection in Hopkinton Tests Positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus


October 12, 2011 — The Mass. Dept. of Public Health (MDPH) confirmed that a collection of mosquitoes from a CMMCP surveillance site in the North Street area of town has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Weather conditions are not favorable for any spraying as has been done in recent weeks; personal protection is the best line of defense for residents until we have a good hard frost.


“This is confirmation that the EEE virus is present in this area of town, and residents must do everything possible to avoid mosquito bites” said CMMCP Executive Director, Timothy Deschamps. “EEE is a serious virus, and residents must do everything possible to avoid exposure to mosquitoes. You can help reduce mosquito populations around your home and neighborhood by emptying any containers that collects water. Please use repellents according to label directions if you must be outside in areas with mosquitoes”.


Personal protection measures have an important role to play in monitoring for EEE and protecting yourself and your loved ones.


Avoid Mosquito BitesBe Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours – The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. Otherwise, take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing. Mosquitoes can be active during daylight hours when the temperatures are cool.


Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.


Apply Insect Repellent When You Go Outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.


Mosquito-Proof Your HomeDrain Standing Water – Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.


Install or Repair Screens – Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.


More information is available at: www.mass.gov/dph/wnv. Information about WNV and EEE is also available by calling the DPH recorded information line at 1-866-MASS-WNV (1-866-627-7968), or the DPH Epidemiology Program at 617-983-6800.


For more information please call CMMCP at (508) 393-3055 or log on to our website at www.cmmcp.org.



Selectmen's Meeting


Pension Fund only 47% Funded

• Selectmen Urge Rink Survey Participation

• EMC to bear nearly half of sewer cost


by Muriel Kramer

October 12, 2011 — Selectman Ben Palleiko reported to the Board that he and Town Manager Norman Khumalo attended the Middlesex Retirement Annual Meeting, and the key take away points indicate there is a “very, very deep hole”; Palleiko reported that overall the pension fund is only 47% funded. Palleiko added that the auditor had made the point that this situation is unprecedented in their experience. Palleiko added that the town will eventually have to make extra payments over time to build the fund back up; some towns are already making incremental payments to correct for the situation. The pension fund is money that is invested over time for the purposes of meeting the cost of post-employment benefits of retirees. While Hopkinton’s gap is not as large as the overall group’s, the situation presents a “big problem” according to Palleiko. It will be discussed in greater detail at a future meeting.

Ken Driscoll from Parks and Recreation updated the Board on the progress being made to put an ice hockey arena on property set aside in the Legacy Farms project for municipal uses specifically for recreational purposes. According to Driscoll the necessary agreement to coordinate the public/private venture is days away from being ready for review by the Selectmen. The agreement is trying to balance the benefits to the town and help the Demons organization have the confidence to go forward with fundraising. Driscoll mentioned the need to get feedback from residents, and to that end Parks and Recreation has an online survey that residents are urged to complete and return. Click the link to take the survey http://www.sa-surveys.com/survey/374622/2ee1/. Selectman John Mosher emphasized the importance of the survey and urged Parks and Recreation to be very proactive about getting the survey out to residents, so there is a meaningful return on data.

For his part, Selectman Brian Herr commented that speed is of the essence to insure the ability to capitalize on the opportunity to have an ice hockey rink built at no cost to the town. “The community weighed in on Legacy Farms ad nauseam for several years.” This project is right in line with what the community supported according to Herr. “We don’t want to slow this down.”

For his part, Selectman Chairman Todd Cestari offered, “This is a big project.” Regardless of past discussions “we need to allow town’s people to weigh in on that.” He also used this as an example of the necessity for an improved process for getting community feedback. “The time has come for a more defined process to get community input.”

Capital Improvement Committee Chairman Jim Gosselin presented a brief update on their process and the dollar number the committee is looking at right now for FY 13. Currently projects in line for consideration this year total approximately $30 million. Capital Improvements tracks a schedule of capital investments and maintenance for the next ten years and makes recommendations for Town Meeting on all money articles over a certain threshold. As part of their decision making process, the committee does a debt impact analysis for each project to determine what the town can reasonably afford to take on for debt.

The Board also took action to resolve a long standing concern of St. John’s Catholic Church. By practice Town DPW trucks as well as EL Harvey trash trucks have utilized a private roadway into the Mount Auburn Cemetery to access the property as well as a town dumping area behind the cemetery. Over time the road has sustained damage, but Khumalo’s position was that “we believe we do not have the authority to use public funds to repair a private driveway.”

Representing St. John’s, parishioner Ken Weismantel maintained that the entranceway had always been heavily used by the town, and the damage was likely caused by an EL Harvey garbage truck that got stuck last winter. He added that, “Father Paul is disappointed it’s taking the town so long to repair damage caused by the town’s trucks.”

DPW Director John Westerling reported that given the construction of the roadway, age of the pavement and lack of gravel under the pavement, “I can’t definitively say it was the town’s use causing damage on the road.”

Discussion highlighted that the town could and now was accessing the property behind the cemetery without using the access drive in question and the cost of the repair totaled about $5,000. Town Attorney Ray Miyares summarized for the Board. While it is a private way, the trucks have been using it lawfully. That being said the vehicles are large and have the potential to cause damage, and there has been a claim asserting that it was the town’s vehicles that caused the damage. The town could negotiate an agreement with the Archdiocese to repair the road, release the claim and “while we’re at it agree how to use the road in the future.”

The Board also took action to finalize betterments for the Phase VI sewer project that will cover the costs of the wastewater treatment plant on Fruit Street servicing properties across town primarily on South Street. Voters at Town meeting in 2009 authorized appropriating $10.9 million, and the project was completed for $900,000 less than that. Just about a year ago, the Board voted to adjust betterments and assess property owners a 50% betterment; the vote tonight would credit property owners for that betterment and assign the final betterment. Property owners can then decide to pay the betterment in full or spread it over 20 years as part of their tax bill.

Selectman Herr mentioned that the list of property owners was essentially a who’s who of important tax payers in town and asked, “Have all these folks been contacted and made aware we’d be discussing this this evening?”

Miyares answered that there is no requirement to do so and asserted “all property owners are aware of this.”

Herr then asked whether we had heard from any property owners with any disagreements.

Khumalo reminded the Board that there had been one abatement granted to a property owner that owns a property the juts into Hopkinton on one corner, but the property allows no access to Hopkinton’s sewer system; the betterments for both the Milford project and the Phase VI sewer project were adjusted after discovering this and removing him from both betterment lists. Additionally, Khumalo added, “We have ongoing conversations with EMC representatives. I believe we have not seen the end of those conversations.” According to a listing of properties distributed at last night’s meeting, EMC will bear nearly 48% of the total project costs for Phase VI with their betterments; EMC’s betterments total $4,784,370.28 of the total project costs of $10,026,222.00. Additionally, these numbers do not reflect betterments already assessed for the Milford connection. The board voted to finalize the betterments last night and thereby set a deadline to resolve any issues with concerned property owners including EMC. Once the betterments are issued there is a formal deadline set by law for filing for abatements.

In its closing business, the Board addressed the FY 13 budget process; per the Charter, the Board of Selectmen must issue a budget message to departments by Nov 1st each year. With only one more Board meeting before that deadline, Board members expressed some concern. Palleiko made the point, “If we have a budget message due in twenty days, we needed to start this conversation a couple of meetings ago. I hate to kick off the budget process with our first action being to put off our first deadline.”

Mr. Khumalo asserted that the budget message needs to focus on revenues and that the forecasting model used to predict revenues needs to be strengthened. For his part, Cestari offered, “I would like to make every effort to get the budget message out by the date mandated by the Charter.” Further, he added, addressing Khumalo’s proposed approach focusing on revenue predictions, “We’re not ready to say here’s a bucket of money, now tell us where we should spend it.” Mr. Khumalo will have a draft message for the Board to consider next week at its meeting, and the Board hopes to finalize the message at its November 1st meeting.






Please be advised that Town of Hopkinton Recycling Center located on Route 135 at Hopkinton/Westborough Town Line will be open on Sunday afternoons this Fall beginning October 16, 2011 for six (6) consecutive weeks for Leaf and Brush Disposal and Fall Cleanup.


Additional dates and times are as follows:


Sunday October 16, 2011; 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM

Sunday October 23, 2011; 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM

Sunday October 30, 2011; 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM

Sunday November 6, 2011; 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM

Sunday November 13, 2011; 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM

Sunday November 20, 2011; 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM


These Sunday hours are in addition to the regular Recycling Center hours - Saturdays 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM.

Please note that the Town’s Green Recycling Bins ($7.00 each) and Compost Bins ($30.00 each) will be available for purchase on these dates as well as every Saturday.


John K. Westerling, Director, Hopkinton Department of Public Works,Telephone (508) 497-9740




Senior Moments

Retirement Planning

November 5, 2011

Hopkinton Senior Center

Nancy L. Drawe



October 12, 2011 — If you haven’t already retired, but are thinking about it in the near future, you must have a LOT of questions you’re asking yourself.  For instance, “Will I be able to live off my retirement income?”  “What about my medical insurance?  How much will Medicare cost me?”  “Will I still have to pay taxes?”  “What kinds of benefits are offered to seniors?”   These questions are very important to the “baby boomers” and actually may weigh heavily on your decision whether or not to retire at this time.   Sometimes the worries that would-be retirees have are so intense that they often feel the need to put retirement on hold.


The Hopkinton Senior Center is hoping to put your mind at ease!   On Saturday, November 5, the center will be hosting a “Retirement Planning Seminar” from 9 am until 1 pm.  The topics and guest speakers scheduled at this seminar will answer many of the questions you may have about your upcoming retirement.   Here is the lineup of the morning agenda:


At 8:30 am, join us for coffee and muffins before the seminar starts.  


9 am   Janice Bogasky from Baystate Financial Services (Photo)will be discussing, “Strategies Not to Outlive Your Income”


10 am  Lou Peralta, the center’s own S.H.I.N.E. Counselor will talk about

“Negotiating the Medicare Maze”


11 am   Kathleen Nealon, Elder Law Attorney, Nealon & Nealon 

“Estate Planning for Baby Boomers”


12 noon   Liz Sher, Assessor’s Office; Candy Matthew, AARP Tax Preparer; Marlene  Troupes, Senior Center Outreach Dept.; Mary McLeod, Moderator

Tax Rebates & Other Benefits for Seniors”


All these topics are very important for the planning of your retirement, and the presenters are all professionals in their field and are highly qualified to help you with the many questions you may have.  I sincerely suggest you set this time aside on November 5 to attend this seminar….it’s your future they’ll be talking about! 


That’s it for now, so if you have any comments or suggestions, you can email me:  Punkala@aol.com.  Until next time, have a great week! 


Hopkinton Community Spelling Bee

Friday, November 4th from 6-8 PM at the Hopkins School Cafeteria


The Buzz is back in Hopkinton! The HPTA and Hopkinton Education Foundation are co-sponsoring this event to raise funds to support Hopkinton schools, and instead of being about stress, stress, stress, it’s about fun, fun, fun!


The Hopkinton Community Spelling Bee takes place on Friday, November 4th from 6-8 PM at the Hopkins School Cafeteria. Teams will be made up of Middle School aged kids through adults competing for a trophy and bragging rights! Local businesses, schools and various organizations field teams. Because spelling is done by team consensus, there is no pressure on any individual to spell a word correctly. File Photo, right.


The event has already gained support from many local businesses including perennial sponsor Star Realty, the “Honey Bee” sponsor, and Middlesex Savings Bank, who has joined this year as a “Worker Bee” sponsor.


The 4th Annual Hopkinton Spelling Bee has something for everyone. The organizing committee is bringing back the non-competitive, pressure-free “Mini-Bee” for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. During intermission, participating students will be asked to spell words appropriate to their grade level in the comfort of their own seats. Pre-registration is not required and there is no charge to participate in the Mini-Bee. ALL students will receive a prize for participating.


This is a great family friendly, fun-filled community event for all ages! Refreshments (pizza, drinks, Cold Stone Creamery ice cream, and snacks) will be available for sale. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children and seniors. Come support the Hopkinton Schools by forming a team of your own or by cheering on the spellers! For more information: www.Hopkintonspellingbee.info .





(BOSTON) – October 11, 2011 — Today, in the fifth day of debating the bill to expand gaming in the Commonwealth, the Senate adopted three of Senator Karen Spilka’s (D-Ashland) amendments aimed at strengthening safeguards and providing additional protections for surrounding communities.


 “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. “Ultimately, these amendments ensure that every community and every resident has the opportunity to have a voice, a seat at the table and the ability to actively participate in the entire process.”


The first amendment requires the Gaming Commission to consider relative support or opposition to each gaming applicant from the public in the host and surrounding communities when awarding a license. 


The second amendment increases 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. Surrounding communities deserve to have a voice on the Subcommittee which has the ability to make decision on how to spend Community Mitigation funding and this amendment ensures that these communities have a seat at the table.


The third amendment requires the applicant to provide information about their proposal to the public and give members of the host and surrounding communities the opportunity for oral or written comment. The comments received must be submitted with their application to the Gaming Commission to ensure a fair and comprehensive analysis and an opportunity for all those impacted to be heard.


Some of the amendments filed by Senator Spilka were already adopted in previous sessions. Highlights include:


·         An amendment that clarifies 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 to ensure each municipality has the ability to receive impact studies needed to fairly negotiate agreements;


·         An amendment which gives the Commission authorization 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, giving 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.


 “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. “As the debate continues, I will continue to fight to protect and support my district’s residents, communities, neighborhoods, and local businesses.”


The debate is scheduled to resume on Thursday, October 13th at 1:00 p.m.





ESL’s Arsenic and Old Lace October 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29


HOPKINTON, MA (October 11, 2011) – Enter Stage Left Theater will be presenting the comedy farce Arsenic and Old Lace at the HCAM-TV studio on October 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17 for general admission and $13 for students, seniors and stage door members, and are available at www.enterstagelefttheater.org . The HCAM-TV studio is located at 77 Main Street, Hopkinton.


Arsenic and Old Lace is a dark comedy in which a drama critic discovers his maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs. “We've modeled this production in the style and tradition of the 1930s screwball comedy, complete with fast-paced action, witty one-liners, outrageous circumstances and sexual politics,” said director Paul Champlin. “The play features a very talented cast of actors from Hopkinton, Holliston, Hopedale, Milford, Northbridge, and Blackstone. It promises to be a very entertaining and fun show.” Photo by Rich Gazoorian.




"Comedy Night"

Woodville Rod and Gun Club

Saturday, November 5 @ 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are only $20.00 and includes a meal and the show.

For more info visit the club on Rte 135 in Hopkinton or call 508-435-4148.


School Department Press Release:


Assistant Superintendent Finalists Announced

Staff, Parents, and Community Invited to Public Forum to Meet Finalists

Hopkinton, MA - 10/11/2011 - The finalists for the position of Assistant Superintendent have been selected:

  • Dr. Mary Ann DeMello, current Assistant Superintendent for Weymouth Public Schools in Weymouth, MA

  • Mr. Robert Berlo, current Director of Secondary Education for Hopkinton Public Schools

An integral part of the process involves staff, parent, and community input. The Superintendent, Dr. Jonathan Landman, invites interested staff, parents, and community members to a public forum to meet the finalists, and to ask any questions they may have.
Each finalist will be available for approximately 30 minutes.  Parents and community members are invited to attend this forum:

Wednesday, October 19th, in the High School Auditorium at 7:00 PM

We strongly urge parents and community members to participate.



Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

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

New Transactions from October 3 to October 11, 2011






41 East Main Street Christopher R Marsh, Allison H Scrivens $357,500 October 7, 2011 Paul M Silva, William Stanley Shaw
60 Walcott Valley Drive #49 Maryanne Chambers $122,500 October 7, 2011 Marion Barreira
21 Nazneen Circle BLDG 4 UNIT B Mari Sousa Jr $186,900 October 4, 2011

Ahmed Mirajuddin TR,

Peppercorn Village Realty Trust

Last Week        
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
Week Before        
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



Police News UP-TO-DATE <---- CLICK FOR FULL REPORT  - October 10, 2011

8:23 pm Following a report from Massachusetts State Police that youths were throwing fireworks off of the Fruit Street Bridge...


7:13 pm A Front Street caller reported suspicious noises in the woods...


5:57 pm A Gibbon Road father called to report that his son just kicked his daughter in the head...


7:19 am A Gibbon Road resident reported her son took her vehicle without her permission...


3:35 pm A Ridge Road resident brought a suspicious letter that his daughter received. Postal Police...




Beside the Still Water

Mouse-over to see real image

October 10, 2011 — Water is seldom still enough to flip a photo and not know one is a reflection. Mouse-over the image to see the west end of Hopkinton Reservoir as the camera saw it this afternoon.


Save the Date! HCA Red Carpet Event November 12


HOPKINTON, MA (October 10, 2011) – The Hopkinton Center for the Arts will be holding its second annual Red Carpet Event on Saturday, November 12 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight at the Indian Meadows Country Club in Westboro. This elegant, Hollywood-themed evening will include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, Silent Auction items, a beautiful art exhibit and sale, and live music by Hot Acoustics and ESL choral groups Tone Deft, The Treblemakers, the Revere Quartet, and some other musical surprise guests.


Tickets are $75 per person and are available now via www.hopartscenter.org. Proceeds will benefit the Hopkinton Center for the Arts and its goal to build a multi-media arts facility. According to Sandy Lucchesi, chairperson for the past Party in the Kitchens, "The Hopkinton Community Endowment's event hosted this past January was an opportunity to announce its revised mission to support a Hopkinton Center for the Arts.  Less than a year later, we have made great strides. Now working with CAA and ESL toward the realization of the Center for the Arts, our main event this Fall will be The Red Carpet. We certainly hope that all those who have attended the Party in the Kitchens will join us again this year for something new. Our goal is to raise funds and excitement for the new Center for the Arts.  This is your big chance to shine...... on The Red Carpet." Last year’s Red Carpet event sold out, so those interested are encouraged to purchase tickets soon. File grabshot photo from HopNews video.


Red Carpet Treatment

Guests attending the event will be treated like celebrities and receive “red carpet treatment.” “Everyone who attended last year had a great time dancing, visiting with friends, and enjoying delicious food,” said Kelly Grill, executive director of HCA. “This is a great way for people to get out on a cold and dark November evening and have fun while supporting the arts in their community.”


Star-Worthy Silent Auction Items

Silent auction items include a Magnum P.I. script signed by Tom Selleck, a weekend for two at Quechee Lakes Resort in Vermont, four tickets to Disney World, tickets to a Red Sox-Yankee game, golf clubs, piano lessons, theater tickets and gift certificates to local restaurants and salons. More items are being added daily.


About HCA

The mission of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts is to provide a multi-media arts facility that will allow a collaboration of individuals and organizations to create and present quality visual and performing arts, arts education and events. For more information visit www.hopartscenter.org .



Freeze Frame

October 10, 2011 — The water over the  falls downstream from the Lake Whitehall Dam is flowing faster than ordinarily at this time of year. A 1/4000th of a second shutter speed freezes spray from the raging falls at Firehouse Pond. The gatehouse on Highland Street can be seen in the upper left corner of the photo.



Eight Year-Old Operates Electric-Powered Boat

October 10, 2011 — Gasoline-powered motorboats are not allowed on Hopkinton Reservoir, so eight year-old Ryan Potenzone brought his radio-controlled electric-powered model boat that can run for 15 minutes on a charge.








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