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Michael's Run 2011

October 22, 2011 — The starter's pistol signaled the start of the 14th Annual Michael's Run, a 5k run/walk, at Hopkinton Common at noon today. Scores of runners took part in the event to remember the life and premature death of Michael Lisnow, the namesake of the Respite Center, and to raise funds for the Center. Above, 17 year-old Patrick Levenson, and below, 12 year-old Molly Hawkins cross as champions in their respective categories.


Haunted Hay Ride

October 22, 2011

25 Winter Street

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Woodville TrailBusters 4H Club held the first night of their Haunted Trail Ride last night. Tonight's ride begins at 5:30 pm at 25 Winter Street.


Hopkinton’s Run Falls Short, Panthers Prevail 20-0 Ending Hillers
6-Game Win Streak

By:  Lou Ottaviani

October 22, 2011 — It’s football season and as we enter the seventh game of the season, it’s only natural to have some setbacks, nicks and bruises. For the Hillers, the timing of these unfortunate events couldn’t have come at a worse time. 

Hopkinton had been riding on a high note of a 6 consecutive winning streak and were facing their number one rival, the Holliston Panthers.  For many of the Hopkinton seniors, the Hillers were looking at an opportunity they’ve been waiting for all season, and that was to face the defending Division III Super Bowl Champion Holliston Panthers at David Hughes Stadium last evening before a respectable size crowd.  However, remember me mentioning that it’s typical to have some setbacks by the time one reaches the seventh game of the season.  Well, unfortunately for the Hillers, they were the recipients of such misfortune. 

Prior to going into last night’s matchup, Hopkinton had received some bad news.  Mike Decina, their starting senior star quarterback would be lost from the starting lineup for the next 3 to 4 weeks due to mononucleosis.  This was a devastating blow for a team that had been on a roll winning six consecutive games and having an opportunity to show the defending Division III champs what they were going to be up against.

True, with seven games into the season, the Hillers were definitely starting to show signs of fatigue, wear and tear.  The competitiveness of the TVL season has taken its toll on the Hillers.  And despite all that, Hopkinton has still continued to battle through the challenges they face, show the pride, commitment and heart that this team is made of.  The heartache doesn’t end with Decina being out.  Other key players banged up include junior running back Ryan Bohlin (whom they lost due to injuries sustained during the first half), along with, senior linebacker Adam O’Neil who played banged up from injuries sustained during last week’s game against Norton. 

With Hopkinton’s star quarterback out, junior back-up, Hank Rudden was given the nod to start his second career varsity game.  In those two starts, his first against Medway last year when Decina went down and last night it was baptism under fire getting his second opportunity against, of all teams, the Holliston Panthers.  Both his starts ironically have been against two outstanding teams.  With that said, Rudden played with courage and poise for someone asked to take on this huge task.  Rudden demonstrated poise and composure and didn’t appear to be flustered at any time during the game. 

For Hopkinton, there was no doubt that they were coming into this game as the underdogs.  However, the strategy for the Hillers would have to be to control their running game, keep the ball on the ground and control time off the clock and possession.  Holliston, on the other hand, was fresh and hungry.  This fast, well coached and well disciplined team had other things on their mind and came out with other intentions. 




Holliston 20, Hopkinton 0

October 21, 2011 — All eyes are on Barrett Hanlon as he breaks a Holliston tackle Friday night at home. The Panthers broke the Hiller's winning streak and maintained their own unbeaten record as Hopkinton did its best without its star quarterback, Mike Decina, who was sidelined with mono.






All's Well That Ends Well

October 21, 2011 — The controversy of tagging underclassmen at past pep rallies, and the wearing of class colors was a non-issue today at Hopkinton High School's pep rally. Choose a thumbnail below to see a larger photo. All photos taken by student Hannah Coleman, Class of 2012.

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The "Are You Kidding?" Department

October 21, 2011 — More on this later when we've heard back from the P&R Chairman. The sign had a bag over it awaiting a hearing by the Historical District Commission, which must approve signs on the Common, but was removed temporarily for the photo.

    Signs denying access to dogs were one time at all four ends of the Common and warned of a $10 fine for canine infractions.


On the Move

October 21, 2011 — Legacy Farms South, which will house 240 apartments and 274 individual homes in configurations of single family, duplexes, simplexes and condos, is moving forward with infrastructure and expects a formal groundbreaking in the middle of November. Then they will work on the water line, the waste water treatment facility, road and other site work.


 School Committee Meeting


MCAS Disparity Points to Areas of Math and Science Needing Attention


October 21, 2011 — Tim Kilduff President of the Hopkinton Athletic Association (HAA) was on hand at the School Committee meeting to highlight the success of the joint project largely negotiated by past School Committee member Dave Stoldt that provided the town with new stadium seating at the football field. Stoldt was the principle negotiator of an agreement that saw the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) and HAA combine to donate $350,000 over ten years to pay for the new seating that will hopefully be filled to capacity tonight for the Hiller’s Homecoming game against Holliston. The BAA pledged $25,000 per year for ten years, and the HAA pledged $10,000 per year for ten years to make the new stadium seating possible at the David M. Hughes Stadium. Be there tonight for the big game!

Dr. Christopher Kennedy Principal at Center School was also on hand to highlight a program initiated this year at Center that had about 350 very special adults visiting in the school for one week in September; first graders this year hosted their grandparents for lunch and recess. The program was a tremendous success with youngsters and grandparents thrilled at the opportunity to share this experience. Dr. Kennedy also reported that the Center School gym floor repair is under way; the entire floor is being replaced rather than just a portion but for the same cost to the Town.

Jean Bertschmann updated the meeting on the implementation of the new communications plan. The School Committee is holding regular office hours which some members of the community have already taken advantage of, and everyone is encouraged to do so. Additionally there is a new option for email communication on Listserve that the public is urged to take advantage of. The School Committee will also host workshops in early November addressing the needs at Center School. Projected for Wednesday November 2nd, one session at 10AM-12N at the Fire Station, another from 7-9PM in the High School Cafeteria, and a third for Saturday November 5th from 2-4PM in the High School Cafeteria; members are urged to attend whichever session is most convenient. The workshops will include a short presentation detailing the strengths and challenges at Center including the existing conditions, educational constraints and educational objectives. The majority of the workshop will be small group discussions intended to specifically generate feedback in several areas including cost, location, traffic considerations, and grade configurations. The School Committee is also hoping for feedback on external factors including other town projects, future uses for Center School, parity at Elmwood and Hopkins, as well as needed renovations at Elmwood. The date for the upcoming meeting with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), the Board of Selectmen and the State Representatives has not yet been finalized; that meeting is intended to explore any possibility of preserving the grant award for the new school at Fruit Street that failed to get necessary voter support last March.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mary Columbo gave an overview of this year’s MCAS results which saw the most recent 10th grade class score extraordinarily well, but that result was not seen across the board. By one measure, the Composite Performance Index (CPI) for English language arts (ELA), all grades scored well with the grade 10 at 99.7% and grade 4 at the lowest with 90.6%. The CPI for math ranged from a high at grade 10 of 98.7% to lows for grade 4 and 7 respectfully of 88.4% and 85.1%. The CPI for science also showed a marked disparity, grade 10 at 99.5% and grade 8 at 82.3%. Looking ahead the results highlight areas that need increased attention. Dr. Columbo spoke to the need to evaluate the math curriculum which was last evaluated six years ago. “The current elementary math curriculum does not align well at all with the Massachusetts Common curriculum,” according to Columbo. Additionally she commented that work is needed to study the science standards to determine where the standards are not being adequately taught or for which they do not have adequate materials.

The Committee also addressed the budget process that kicks off next week with the Board of Selectmen crafting their budget message to all Town Departments. All preliminary budget requests are due to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) by December 30th. The School Committee will hold a Public Hearing in January preparing to vote and submit the final budget request in February 2012. The Town manager will submit a comprehensive budget including operational and capital budgets to a joint meeting of the Board of Selectmen, School Committee and Appropriation Committee on February 21, 2012 in preparation for Annual Town Meeting (ATM) May 7, 2012.

Dr. Landman briefly summarized the budget outlook as detailed by the Town Manager which projects flat revenues and State Aid going forward; additionally, the Town Manager aims to minimize the use of the existing excess tax levy capacity. While acknowledging the stark preliminary budget message from the Town Manager, Dr. Landman said, “However, my assumption is that the effort to minimize the tax impact won’t compromise the quality of education.”

School Committee member Rebecca Robak expressed her concerns heading into the budget season. She made the point that the department had been level funded for many years which has resulted in cutbacks in extraordinary maintenance. “We are hearing from the community that they want us to do a better job.” The School Department is projecting a bump in the budget for extraordinary maintenance.

The School Committee also addressed two new policies that are being developed, one to address head injuries and the other to address electronic record retention. The head injury policy establishes a committee comprised of a school administrator, school nurse, school or team doctor, the Athletic Director, a certified athletic trainer, a guidance counselor and a teacher; that committee will review and update the head injury policy every two years. The policy needs to include the responsibilities of all parties, records maintenance, and the training requirements for students, parents & coaches. Also the policy must address how to identify a head injury or suspected concussion, how to report the injury, parental notification procedures and clearance requirements for the student to resume play.


Should Marijuana Possession for Personal Use Be Legalized?


    In 2008, a HopNews poll, asked readers the question to the left. Since then, marijuana possession of one ounce or less has been decriminalized, but not legalized, a sort of legal Limbo.

      Some would say that the business of illicit marijuana sales as well as harder drug use, crack, pills and heroin, has burgeoned, and that legalization, control and taxation would separate marijuana from the dangerous drugs and add to the government's revenue.

      New national polls show more support for legalization than ever. Please vote once in the poll to the right, and we will compare results afterward.

Hopkinton Poll Results vs. National Poll

      In a recent national Gallup poll, 31% of people 65 and older say marijuana should be legalized. According to the poll, 62% among those aged 18-29 years support legalizing pot. The overall average is 50% for all adults favoring legalization and 46% opposed in the Gallup Poll, which was a scientific poll conducted by telephone of 1,005 people. The Gallup Poll also shows a timeline of how support has grown over the years.

     The answers in the HopNews poll are 66% favoring legalization, and 31% not in favor of it. This poll is unscientific and was conducted on the internet without any accompanying demographic delineations.

      The answers in the HopNews poll coincide with trends in some subgroups in the Gallup Poll, such as 69% of liberals and 62% of people between 18 and 29 favoring legalization. It makes sense for HopNews to have a higher (pun not intended) favorable number, because internet users would be younger than the Gallup demographics, the participants are in Massachusetts, a liberal state, and teens were not excluded from the HopNews survey.

       Anecdotally, many people favor legalization to get the drug out of the hands of criminals and into a regulatory and revenue-producing stream.

       Someday, it will likely be available behind the counter at the drug store, supermarket or package store. ~ Robert



Amber Grain

October 20, 2011 — Hay bales and silt fences, large machines and crushed stone, all among the fields of amber grain on Clinton Street at the site of the Legacy Farms Southeast Village, reported to be under agreement last July with Pulte Homes to develop single family homes. Wood Partners has been permitted to build 240 apartments in the Southwest Village portion of the site across East Main Street from Peach Street.




Foggy Bottom

October 20, 2011 — Reasonably still water on Lake Maspenock late morning makes it difficult to determine the waterline on the rock dubbed Pout Rock by locals, and fog obscures the shore of Woody Island in the far background.



Slick Road

October 20, 2011 — Public safety officials blamed a slippery surface, wet from rain and covered with leaves, as the reason a teen driver spun out and hit a tree on Ash Street this afternoon.


Hopkinton High School Drama Ensemble presents:


November 3 at 4pm, November 4 & 5 at 7:30pm

Sunday, November 6 at 2pm

Tickets $10 for adults - $8 for Senior and Students - Available at the door or ahead of time at the HHS office.

The Hopkinton High School Drama Ensemble’s latest theatrical project is mounting the musical Working , based on Pulitzer Prize winning author Studs Terkel’s collection of interviews with working Americans.

Just 2 weeks after returning from their successful Festival Fringe performances in Edinburgh, Scotland, students were auditioning to be a part of the fall production. Working is a musical tribute to the American laborer, underlining the contributions of the unsung men and women who make our country a better place. Written in the mid-seventies, Working features the music of a number of composers, including Stephen Schwartz, James Taylor, and Mary Rodgers. During a time of high unemployment it is often the “invisible” workers who are hit the hardest – the waitress, the steelworker, the cleaning woman or the stone mason. This is a way of acknowledging the laborer’s contribution.

The HHS Drama Ensemble is dedicating this show to the custodial staff at the high school; the dedicated individuals who set up the events, clean up the messes, and keep the high school clean and welcoming. Please join us, November 3-6, for a formal thank-you to a group of people who are well deserving of praise through song and dance. It is a wonderful show.


Water Works

October 20, 2011 — Officer Aaron O'Neil makes sure the area is safe for workers to take test borings in preparation for the replacement of the water main on Main Street Downtown.



HHS Red Cross Club is collecting items for Care Packages Until Nov 22

Items needed: Socks (preferably tan or black) • Toothpaste • Stuffed animals • Deodorant • CDs  • Yarn for knitting • Books • Personal Letters


Hopkinton High School Red Cross Club is currently collecting supplies for our troops overseas.  We have collection bins located at the front desk of the high school and are seeking broader support from the town to complete our drive. We have received support from students, teachers, and corporations to collect and ship these goods.  We are seeking donations of books, socks (tan or black), stuffed animals (to give to the kids overseas), deodorant and other toiletries.  However, we will accept any non-perishable item that may be of use to our soldiers.  Collection bins will also be set up at the Hopkinton Senior Center and the Hopkinton Public Library.




Meeting about the West Main Street/School Street Intersection


The Hopkinton Department of Public Works will conduct a Public Informational Meeting to discuss the engineering review of the intersection of School and West Main Streets. The meeting will be held at the Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street, Hopkinton, MA on October 25, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. The design engineer, WorldTech Engineering, will discuss existing conditions and preliminary design recommendations. Interested parties are invited to come to gather information and join in the discussion. Final design recommendations will reflect the public’s comments where appropriate.

Please contact the Department of Public Works at 508-497-9740 with any questions.


Friday, October 21st

4 - 7 PM
Great Wine Values


This week, we will taste some more wines that are highly-rated, or really great values, or both.  We will start with a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and an unoaked California Chardonnay.  Then, we will taste a very light Tuscan Sangiovese, a pair of Cru Beaujolais wines, and finally, an Australian Cabernet Sauvignon. 

First, we will try the newest vintage of a consistently highly-rated wine, the 2010 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand.  This wine is pale green in color with a bouquet of citrus and tropical fruits backed by characteristic herbaceous notes for which Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is famous.  It is an exuberant wine brimming with flavors of pineapple and stone fruit with a hint of herbaceousness.  The finish is fresh and zesty.   Consumer Reports magazine awarded this wine 90 points and it sells for $23.99 per bottle, or $230.30 per case.

Next, we will taste the unoaked 2009 Kendall Jackson Avant Chardonnay from California.  Avant Chardonnay offers a bright, modern style that delivers a crisp, refreshing expression of this exceptional grape.  Vibrant, bright fruit flavors abound - citrus, green apple, and fresh pear.  This wine sells for $18.99 per bottle, or $182.30 per case.

Then, we will sample the 2008 Castello Vicchiomaggio Rosso Pesce Vino da Tavola from Tuscany.  This 100% Sangiovese is easy to enjoy, soft and smooth with hints of ripe cherry, typical of the Sangiovese grape of Tuscany.  It is a very versatile wine, and can accompany a variety of dishes.  It can also be served chilled in the summer.  This value wine sells for $9.33 per bottle, of $111.96 per case.

Next, we will sample a pair of Cru Beaujolais, the highest classification of wines from the Beaujolais region.  In fact, these producers are prohibited from producing mass-market Beaujolais Nouveau.  Having said that, both of these wines, along with Beaujolais Nouveau are made using the Gammay grape.  The first of these is the 2009 Henry Fessy Juliénas.  The Wine Spectator awarded this wine 90 points and said it is "a lovely Juliénas, with a silky texture displaying ripe, aromatic flavors of griotte and blackberry fruit, and layers of cream, anise, mocha, and smoke. There's fine balance to this elegant red, with a lingering, smoke-tinged finish."  This delightful red sells for $19.99 per bottle, or $191.90 per case.

The other Cru Beaujolais is the 2009 Henry Fessy Moulin-ŕ-Vent.  Again, the Wine Spectator awarded this wine 90 points and said it is "a lovely, dark, and smoky red, displaying brambly blackberry, ripe plum, and crčme de cassis fruit flavors.  It is lush and velvety, with fine balance and dusty tannins on the dark chocolate-tinged finish.  This wine also sells for $19.99 per bottle, or $191.90 per case.

Finally, we will taste the 2009 Hardy's Stamp Cabernet Sauvignon from Southeastern Australia.  On the nose, plum and blackcurrant aromas with hints of mint and tobacco complement the bright palate of ripe berries and blackcurrant.  Underlying vanillin and herbal notes along with hints of licorice are combined with toasty oak adding to the complexity.  This medium-bodied Cabernet has well-balanced tannins and a bright persistent finish.  This crowd-pleaser sells for just $9.33 per bottle, or $111.96 per case.

We hope you will be able to join Kathleen and the whole Hopkinton Wine crew this Friday from 4 - 7 to see what you think for yourself!  And, remember, the wines we open Friday will be available all weekend for tasting, so stop by anytime.

Senate Hopefuls Woo Hopkinton Democrats

October 20, 2011 — Above standing, Tom Conroy, a Democrat running for the Senate seat once held by Ted Kennedy, and now held by Scott Brown, was among three candidates who stopped by the Hopkinton Fire Station last night to make their pitches to Hopkinton Democrats for next year's election. 

      Of the six* declared candidates on the Democrat's side, conspicuous by her absence was Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren, who is said to be President Obama's favorite and the leader in polls; even against Republican Scott Brown in some. *Numbers changed at request of Dick Duggan.


Author Dr. Aubrey Milunsky at Free Lecture Series

October 19, 2011 — Aubrey Milunsky, MD is a Professor of Human Genetics, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Pathology, and the Director of the Center for Human Genetics, at Boston University School of Medicine, He spoke to a rapt gathering at the Senior Center this evening on behalf of Hopkinton Drug and their Free Lecture Series.

     Dr. Milunsky has appeared on "60 Minutes" television program, excerpt below, and has authored a book available from Oxford University Press, Your Genes, Your Health, that he signed copies of this evening.

      His forte is in explaining that some genetic disorders can be physically manifested in different ways from the same mutation. Family history and ethnic origin are key to understanding medical conditions.

      The next lecture in Hopkinton Drug's series is at 7:00 pm on November 3, 2011 at the Hopkinton Senior Center as John Zarrella DMD - Dentist, reviews comprehensive dental care relating to overall health including, chronic headaches, migraines and chronic neck aches. Learn how to keep your gums and teeth healthy for life.









Arsenic and Old Lace

October 21, 22, 27, 28, 29; 7:30 p.m.
at HCAM-TV Studios, 77 Main St., Lower Level, Hopkinton, MA
Purchase Tickets


Budget Discussions Begin

Police Administrative Assistant Retiring


by Muriel Kramer

October 19, 2011 — At last evening's Selectmen's meeting, Police Chief Rick Flannery announced his Department’s participation in National Drug Take Back Day Saturday October 29 at the Police Station from 10AM to 2PM. This is an opportunity for anyone to bring unwanted or expired prescription or over the counter medications to the Police Station for proper disposal. This is a “no questions asked” event and is intended to keep medications from being misused or abused and/or out of the ground water supply because of improper disposal. The Department cannot take sharps or liquids, but all others will be accepted and disposed of properly. Chief Flannery spoke to the success of the program which has taken in 309 tons of unwanted meds.


Chairman Todd Cestari commented on the progress of the Casino Gambling Bill that has been passed by the House and Senate and is now in reconciliation. Cestari urged all interested residents to let their leaders on Beacon Hill know how they feel about this legislation and continue to follow the issue closely.


Town Clerk Ann Click informed the Board on State Bill H1972 that would combine the March Presidential Primary with the September State Primary allowing Americans overseas, including service personnel, to receive absent ballots to insure voter privacy. The Board did not vote on a position, but did agree in principle with the premise of the bill to make voting easier and more cost efficient especially for military personnel overseas. Selectman Brian Herr made the additional point that putting more time between primaries and elections could benefit those candidates seeking to replace incumbents. “My view is that late primaries clearly benefit incumbents. If you want to affect change in government, a longer period between the primary and election is beneficial to those trying to affect that change.” He continued that while he supported this legislation, he wasn’t sure it was within his Board’s purview to weigh in on the legislation.


The Town Manager Norman Khumalo and Interim Finance Director Suzanne Marchand presented the Board with a preliminary financial overview to kick off budget discussions; the Board will work next meeting to craft a budget message to all Town Departments in order to meet the Nov 1st deadline set by the Charter. Both Khumalo and Marchand reminded the Board and the public that this was a work in progress and very preliminary in nature meant for discussion purposes only.


The assumptions currently built into the model assume flat State Aid, flat free cash and nearly flat or minimal increases in licenses and fees. The water and sewer enterprise funds are assumed (underlined per Khumalo) to operate at full cost recovery. Additional assumptions include a flat operating budget that absorbs salary increases. The budget as proposed also includes capital projects being included in accordance with the Capital Improvements Committee forecast. Khumalo emphasized that the “Goal is to minimize the tax impact and to protect the town’s excess levy capacity which is acting as a soft reserve.” He also mentioned a comment from a recent Gallup Poll “32% of citizens report that their recently depressed spending will become the new normal for consumer spending.”


He concluded his initial overview by saying, “The town has been well managed by wise town Boards and talented staff and is in a sound financial position.”


The Board also took up discussion and support of the Town Manager’s FY 12 goals. They include 1) completing a Town Financial Policy Document 2) developing a process for better and consistent citizen engagement, and 3) continuing to build an effective leadership team in Town Hall. The Financial Policy Document will include details on the budget process, debt management policy, reserve fund policy, capital investment policy, fees, salaries and post employment benefits. Selectman John Mosher asked about specifically including a capital asset management plan, but was assured that that was one of Town Engineer Dave D’Altorio’s goals for the upcoming year. Mosher made the point that “I want it to be a long term strategy not just something to address immediate maintenance needs.”


The Selectmen agreed that building a strong leadership team should be the priority goal for the upcoming year.


The Selectmen also voted to lift the hiring freeze to allow HR to post positions for two call firefighters and a new administrative assistant for the Police Department. Marilyn Palmer is retiring after thirty five years of dedicated and commendable service. Chief Flannery noted that she has served through four chiefs, “And I’m glad she stuck around long enough to break this one in!”






Covenant Church Yard Sale 10/29

                Saturday, October 29th, Community Covenant Church, Hopkinton MA, will host a community yard sale.   The event will be held rain or shine, from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM, on the grounds of the church, located at the corner of West Main and West Elm Streets.  Anyone who would like to sell items may rent a table for $20.00. Please call the church at 508.435.3723 or visit their web site at www.comcovhop.org for more information.



October 18, 2011 — This hawk was photographed on Route 85 this afternoon forty feet away from the camera. Following this shot, the bird of prey swooped over the photographer's head so fast that all the photographer could do was duck.



Children Unknowingly in Vehicle Towed From Scene on Sunday

MSP Determined Trooper Acted Appropriately


October 18, 2011 — On Sunday at 7:30 a.m., a trooper from the State Police Barracks in Foxboro was dispatched to a report of a disabled motor vehicle on Route 95 southbound, near Exit 3, in Attleboro. A tow truck was also dispatched. The trooper, who had to travel to the scene from Route 495, arrived on scene to find the tow truck had already arrived and hooked the 1998 Mercedes-Benz sedan onto is flatbed.


The tow truck operator told the trooper that when he arrived on scene, he found the car in park, with its motor running, in the left lane of the interstate. The operator was asleep behind the wheel with a bottle of Corona Light between his legs. The tow operator said he had to bang on the car window several times to rouse the driver, who then got out of the vehicle. When the trooper arrived and began speaking to the driver, he observed that the driver had slurred speech, red and glassy eyes, and the odor of alcohol on his breath.


Because of their precarious location – in the left lane of an interstate, just over the crest of a hill and thus out of view of oncoming traffic, the trooper determined that it was too dangerous to administer field sobriety tests to the driver. He and the tow operator also determined that their location was so precarious that they needed to remove themselves and their vehicles from that location as soon as possible.


The tow driver left with the Mercedes on his flatbed to head to Sterry Street tow yard, his place of employment. The trooper placed the driver – who was identified as FREDLY M. MISERE, 30, of Pawtucket, R.I. – into his cruiser and began heading to the tow yard as well. The trooper’s plan was to conduct the field sobriety tests and the inventory of the card in the safety of the tow yard, rather than in the dangerous position of the left lane of a major highway, blocked from view of oncoming motorists by the crest of a hill.


During the ride to the tow yard, MISERE expressed to the trooper concern for his children. When the trooper asked MISERE where his kids were, MISERE said they were staying a friend in Boston, but he could not remember the alleged friend’s name.  When they got to the tow yard, the tow driver told the trooper that he had unhooked the vehicle from the flatbed, put it on the ground, and located two children. The children appeared fine, and were sent to Sturdy Hospital for evaluation. The state Department of Children and Families was notified. We also located the children’s mother, who lives in Rhode Island, was notified and told to respond to the hospital as well.


Troopers determined that the vehicle’s R.I. registration was suspended, and that MISERE’s Massachusetts license was suspended for a previous OUI charge. MISERE was charged with:

  1. OUI liquor, 2nd offense;

  2. Child endangerment while operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor (2 counts);

  3. Negligent operation of a motor vehicle;

  4. Operation after suspension for OUI;

  5. Operating an unregistered motor vehicle;

  6. Failure to take care while stopping.

The trooper acted completely appropriately in deciding to remove the disabled car from the highway, and to do the field sobriety tests at the tow yard, because of the extreme danger of their location, in the left lane of a busy interstate, on the wrong side of the crest of a hill. The position put the tow driver, the suspect, the trooper, and the children – who were in the car, albeit unnoticed at that time – in danger of being struck by an oncoming motorist. The fact that the car had darkly tinted windows was certainly another factor; had they not been tinted, the tow driver would have noticed the children in the car.

~ Mass State Police Press Release




Scouts will deliver about 6,000 bags around town on Saturday, Oct. 29, which they would like filled.

On Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. Hopkinton’s Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts will collect bags of non-perishable items for the Project Just Because Food Pantry through the town-wide Scouting for Food campaign.


Bags will be collected between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Please put any donations by your mailbox before 10 a.m. Those who miss the pickup can bring donations to the pantry at Project Just Because, 86 South St., during normal business hours.

Especially needed this year are non-perishable grocery items such as canned meat and meals; breakfast foods for children such as pancake mix and and cereal; juice boxes and bottles; healthy snacks for school; “lite” canned fruit; basic toiletry items such as shampoo, soap, deodorant and toilet paper; and laundry detergent.


Please do not donate items whose expiration dates are sooner than January of 2012. Scouts will be checking expiration dates, and by law must throw away expired items.


Hopkinton’s corporate sponsors this year include Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home; Frank J. McGuire, CPA, Re/MAX Executive Realty, Main Street Service Center, Carbone’s Restaurant, E.L. Harvey, Egan Electric Corp., Razor’s Edge Barber Shop, Colella’s Market, Paul M. Phipps Insurance Agency, DC Electric, Weston Nurseries, Hopkinton Dental Associates, Attorney Thomas F. O’Hare and Village Print.


Please support the 2011 Scouting for Food drive in November by putting your filled bags out for a Scout to collect. Cash donations are also welcomed. Make checks payable to “Project Just Because Food Pantry” and mail it to Project Just Because, 86 South Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748. Online donations can be made at http://projectjustbecause.org/donate. Tax receipts will be provided if requested.


If you know of someone who needs assistance, call Project Just Because at 508-435-6511.



Press Release from the School Committee:





The School Committee will be a hosting a conversation with the community regarding planning for our elementary schools. To maximize attendance and participation, three dates will be offered and the format and topics will be the same at each event. Attending one of these meetings will empower residents to participate in developing the next proposal to address the challenges that exist across our school facilities. Please make time to join us at one of these three important events:


Wednesday, November 2, 10 am – 12 pm; Hopkinton Fire Station

Wednesday, November 2, 7 pm – 9 pm; High School Cafeteria

Saturday, November 5, 2 pm – 4 pm; High School Athletic Cafeteria

There will be a short recap of the process to date as well as background information provided. The majority of the meeting will be spent in small group discussion focused on evaluation of potential building projects and solutions.


Data collected from these conversations will be shared with the community, and will also be used in the development a community wide survey regarding our elementary schools. The survey will be designed for all Hopkinton voters to participate in.



The Boosters store just got in some new shipments that are perfect for Homecoming week.  Check out the Hiller Nation Nike shirt for $18 and the $15 orange shorts for senior spirit day.  There's also a great sale section.  Store hours are Wed 10:45-12:15 and 1:30 - 3 p.m., Thursday and Friday 10:45 - 12:15.  Big game vs. Holliston is Friday night in Hopkinton!  Get ready!








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