Hopkinton Center for the Arts Closer to Goal
Anonymous donor will match next $100,000
Above, the Garabedians and Delbridges, early visionaries for the
CAA, enjoy each other's company this evening.
November 12, 2011 — The Hopkinton Center for the Arts, a merging
of the CAA (Cultural Arts Alliance) and ESL Theater, held a
fundraising bash this evening at Indian Meadows Country Club in
Westborough, complete with a silent auction, food, music and
A donor who wishes to remain anonymous,
said board member Sandy Lucchesi, has pledged to match the next
$100,000 in donations to come in before the end of the year. The
group is developing a visual and performing arts center for the
community, with education in the arts an ongoing endeavor. To
learn more and donate,
here. Below, Hot Acoustics provided the
3, Hopkinton 2
November 12, 2011 — Marlboro
defeated Hopkinton in the MIAA Central Division 2 Finals 3 to 2.
It was an exciting hard hitting matchup. Above, #3 Tess
Chandler and #13 Hannah Krueger. T
EXTENDED LAKE MASPENOCK DRAW DOWN
The draw down has taken place, since
mid- September, at a steady rate and will continue until
December when it should reach the target reduction of 7-8 feet.
Some of the progress has been off-set by the frequent large rain
storms but it is hoped that we will be able to reach our target.
The current reduction is at about 45”, which is close to our
normal draw down level. The success of the draw down, on
invasive weed reduction, hinges on the weather when we reach
full reduction. It is necessary to have cold temperatures,
to freeze the weed roots, and no snow, which acts as an
insulator preventing the frost from penetrating deep enough
below the surface. Re-fill of the lake to normal winter
draw down levels will begin by mid-January. Spring re-fill
will begin as normal, which is ice-out or around March 1st.
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300th Anniversary Logo Contest
The 300th Anniversary Celebration
Committee is launching a contest to find a logo for the
commemoration of the town's founding on December 13, 1715. All
Hopkinton residents, current and past, are invited to submit a
logo to be used for purposes of outreach throughout the planning
stages and during the celebration activities. The Committee's
theme "Celebrating our Past, Embracing Today and Inspiring our
Future" may be incorporated into the design. Entrants may submit
in either the "professional" or "amateur" categories and all
submissions are due by December 13, 2011. Judging will be
done by a panel of community members, Cash prizes in the amounts
of $300.00 for the winner and $200.00 for the top finalist in
each category will be awarded. For complete instructions and
rules, please visit:
HILLER FOOTBALL, KEEPING IT IN THE
FAMILY - Beat Westwood 42-13!
One for the record books
By: Lou Ottaviani
November 12, 2011 — Having
missed the past three games, nursing mono, Hopkinton senior
quarterback Mike Decina got the OK to play last night’s road
Westwood. Decina was hungry to get back into action and was
loaded for bear! Armed with six bullets in his
chamber, the talented QB came out firing. The young
gun slinger set a new Hopkinton High School single game
record by throwing 6 touchdown passes, surpassing Steve
Muscatello and Jeff Kenney’s previous record of 5 touchdowns
thrown in one game.
It was all family business
between cousins Mike Decina and Alex Hulme. Decina
connected six times with Hulme for a total of 164 yards, of
which, 4 (11, 12, 51 and 55 yards) went for TDs. Hulme
also was entered into the Hiller record book, joining Heath
Walker as holder of the single game touchdown reception
leader, with 4 on the evening.
Decina can thank the services of
his offensive line (especially the right side: center Jake
Lehman, right guard Jon Schofield and tackle Connor Farrell)
which allowed him to have such a stellar performance,
completing 18 of his 23 passes for a total of 296 yards.
With each pass completion, one could see the growing
confidence Decina had with each roll out and completion to
his right. Decina had the necessary protection
and time that he needed all night.
“Mike certainly made up for the
three games he was out on,” said Coach Jim Girard. I
thought that our offensive line played exceptionally well
with our pass protection, especially Connor Farrell.
One thing that I’ve always told our offensive line is that,
if we can give Mike the proper time, then we could be
successful as a team this year. I also thought that
our defense played well despite Westwood’s first drive where
they scored on us and their second
touchdown (which went for 40 yards).
The Hillers wasted little time
getting on the board, scoring on their first possession,
just 4:21 into the game when Decina connected with his
cousin Alex on an 11-yard touchdown pass. The PAT pass
failed, giving Hopkinton a quick 6-0 lead.
Westwood answered right back on
the ensuing 15 play, 82-yard drive when Wolverine running
back Brandon Rodenbush scored while Mike Keane kicked the
extra point with 4 seconds left to the first quarter, giving
Westwood a short lived 7-6 lead. Action in the second
quarter was going back and forth for both teams and on
Hopkinton’s third drive of the second quarter, Decina hit
Barrett Hanlon (8 receptions, 81-yards) to put the Hillers
back in the lead with 1:35 left to the quarter.
Hopkinton opted to go for the 2-point conversion.
Decina’s pass intended for Jason Dlugolecki was deflected by
a Wolverine defensive back. However, reacting quickly,
Hanlon was nearby to snag the ball before it hit the ground
to make the score, 14-7, a lead they would never have to
look back on.
What was to happen next, was
probably the “game changer” for the Hillers on the evening.
Hopkinton’s coaching staff called an onside kick.
Hiller kicker Dlugolecki placed a perfect onside kick while
teammate James Gonclaves landed on the ball to give the
Hillers possession at the Westwood 48, just seconds after
their recent Hanlon score.
Decina’s first play from
scrimmage was a pass incompletion. Determined, Decina
came back for two consecutive pass completions to his family
member, Hulme. The first was a huge 36-yard completion
bringing the ball to the 12-yard line. On the next
play, Decina hits Hulme for a 12-yard score. Decina
rushes in for the PAT score to give Hopkinton a
comfortable 22-7 halftime lead.
Coming out into the second half,
Hopkinton stops the Wolverines on their opening kick-off
drive by forcing Westwood to punt after their first three
plays. With the ball on the 20-yard line, Decina
rushes for 10-yards on two plays and completes his next five
passes (3 to Hanlon and 2 to Hulme). The big play on
this drive was a 51-yard touchdown pass from Decina to
Hulme. In catching the pass, Hulme leaped up in
between two Westwood defenders and there was an immediately
collision where Hulme was sandwiched and hit directly in his
chest after being sandwiched. In watching the
collision, one could see that Hulme took a vicious hit in
the ribs but had the presence of mind to continue to run
(when most receivers would have just fallen down after the
hit. Hulme, running on pure adrenaline, managed to
keep his balance and evade two more would be tacklers as he
scampered another 20 plus yards to the end zone for the
score. Hulme, having the wind knocked out of him from
the previous hit, Hulme collapsed in the end zone and laid
there for a couple of minutes needing to recoup and regain
his breath. Hopkinton’s PAT kick attempt failed, giving the
Hillers a 28-7 lead.
November 11, 2011 — Above, Alex Hulme — to borrow a line from
Star Trek — goes where no one has gone before to catch this
Mike Decina pass at Westwood this evening. Below, Hiller Cheer
showed off their stuff in frigid temps tonight as the football
team chalked up points in their column. See above the report
from Lou Ottaviani, accompanied by more photos and stats.
November 11, 2011 — Judy Coffey of Country Plus at 20 Main
Street shows off the cover of "A Primitive Place" magazine
during her open house this evening. The nationally distributed
magazine featured Mrs. Coffey's home on the front cover, as well
as an interview with her inside.
Flag-Folding an Art
November 11, 2011 — The Wolf Cubs -
Den 4 of Cub Scouts - Pack 4 learned all about their flag at
last nights Den meeting in honor of
They learned what each fold of the flag means as well as how to
fold it. Earlier in the year our Den wrote to our
congressmen and requested that a flag be flown for our Den over
Washington DC on September 17th
Day) in honor of our
Veterans - Past, Present, and Future. The flag was flown
on that day then mailed to us along with a certificate and this
flag is what the boys used while learning how to fold it. ~
Veterans Day Celebration at Town Hall
Celebrating the Eleventh hour of the Eleventh Day of the
Eleventh month on the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the
Eleventh Month of the Eleventh Year
Above, Navy veteran Alicia Shambo saluting the flag prior to her
reading of a poem she wrote, a tribute to a fallen Afghanistan
November 11, 2011 — Hopkinton veterans from American Legion post
202 and others were respectful in their respectable
turnout for the Veterans Day Celebration, the date of which was
not left unspoken this morning. The day was originally called
Armistice Day, in remembrance of a treaty signed on at 11:00 am
on November 11, 1918, referred to in history books as the
"eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" to end
the war to end all war, later known as World War I.
Post Chaplain and US Marine veteran Richard
Brault gave the invocation, but not before he chocked back tears
relating a phone call he received earlier today about his
brother, Korean War Veteran Commander Dennis Brault following a
surgery that went awry.
Colella's President Dale Danahy, as well as
Selectmen Chair Todd Cestari for the Town of Hopkinton, signed a
Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve, pledging to
guarantee a return to their prior position, any member of those
organizations who is called to active duty.
Mr. Brault is below with, from left, Jack Walker and Fahad
Khwaja, who would be invited to stand before the gathering again
later to read
"In Flanders Fields," which is read at each Veterans Day in
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Hopkinton 3, Canton 0
Hopkinton Volleyball defeated
Canton tonight 3 to 0 in the MIAA Division 2 Central Semi-Final.
They will go against Marlboro this Saturday, the 12th, at
2:30pm at Hudson for the Central Division 2 Finals. Above,
Hannah Krueger sets up for a slam..
10, 2011 — The Hopkinton Reservoir looked a little like a scene
from the White Mountains today, but without the Old Man in the
Mountain. However, the highest point in the stand of pines on
the right looks a little like Tinkerbelle. The link to Hopkinton
weather, left, is always above.
Raindrops Keep Fallin'...
November 10, 2011 — A little deluge this didn't stop the Boys
Cross Country team from getting in their practice this
Massachusetts Veterans Throughout the Year
by Timothy P.
10, 2011 — Massachusetts leads the nation in providing services
for veterans and military families thanks to the strong
commitment of our taxpayers, policy makers and advocates.
During the month of November, more attention may be given to
honoring our brave military servicemen and women; however, as
citizens of this Commonwealth and this country, we have an
obligation to support our veterans throughout the year.
It is critical
that veterans receive re-employment and training opportunities
as part of the range of services we provide when they transition
home. With 385,000 veterans currently residing in
Massachusetts and an influx of veterans expected to return home
from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Governor Patrick and I
have asked the business community to consider hiring veterans
for open positions and educating employers about the value of
hiring a veteran. Unfortunately, we see unemployment among
veterans disproportionately higher than the civilian population
and not enough companies are aware of available tax credits to
hire veterans. Yet, veterans have bravely served our
country and are proven to be reliable, diligent, and always
ready to get the job done.
November, major trade associations such as the Massachusetts
Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, Associated
Industries of Massachusetts, Smaller Business Association of New
England, and the Massachusetts Business Roundtable joined the
Patrick-Murray Administration to encourage their members to hire
veterans, and we look forward to working with more members of
the business community throughout the year. Companies need
to be informed of the financial benefits for hiring veterans
such as the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit and two federal
tax credit provisions approved by the Senate leading into
Veterans Day, that were also included in President Obama’s
American Jobs Act.
As part of our
Administration’s plan to support the re-employment and training
of veterans in Massachusetts, Governor Patrick and I will also:
Propose up to $2.86 million in funding in the Fiscal Year 2013
budget, including $500,000 in funding for the Massachusetts
Manufacturing Extension Partnership to train and employ veterans
who qualify for state benefits.
Support the collaboration of military, state, and community
resources to establish a Military Child Educational Awareness
Program, an expansion of the Massachusetts National Guard’s
successful pilot program for military children in the
Massachusetts school system.
Create a Student Veterans sub-committee of the Governor’s
Advisory Council on Veterans’ Services.
Create a Veterans’ Re-Employment and Training sub-committee of
the Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans’ Services.
With more military servicemen and women expected to return home,
there will be an increased need for services and we need to do
our part to ensure veterans are aware of these services.
In addition to financial benefits for hiring veterans, there is
a range of available resources such as health and human
services, housing, and education. All 351 cities and towns
are required to have a Veteran Service Office working in the
municipality to inform the community of these services, and the
Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services (www.mass.gov/veterans)
is also an available resource. By working together, we can
raise awareness of available resources and benefits
Massachusetts veterans and their families have earned.
Murray is Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth.
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Clinton Street Sends 42 Year-old Male Worker to UMass Trauma
November 11, 2011 — An accident on Clinton
Street at the construction site being worked by Russo Brothers
involving an individual worker and a machine sent the individual
to the Level One UMass Worcester trauma center this afternoon.
They are laying a water line for the Legacy Farms project.
According to Fire Chief Ken Clark, the crew was
patching a trench around 2:30 pm today that they had filled in
when the accident occurred. The victim was conscious when he was
transported, the chief said.
Chief Clark was unsure which piece of equipment — a
Bobcat and a Caterpillar track machine were mentioned by
responders — was involved.
A State Police Reconstruction team arrived to
investigate the industrial accident as did OSHA. The further
condition of the patient is unavailable at this time. UPDATE: in an email received at
9:34 pm, spokesperson for Russo Bros Construction, Elissa Russo
wrote, "The gentleman who was
involved in the accident is being treated at UMASS Medical at
this time. He is in stable condition."
Uncovering Adolescent Behaviors
November 30th, 7pm
Hopkinton High School Auditorium
Wednesday, November 30th at 7pm, Hopkinton High School will host
a special presentation
to release the data received the 2010-2011 Metro-West Adolescent
Health Survey. This survey was administered to both middle
and high school students last fall and we have recently received
and analyzed the results. Topics such as substance abuse,
mental health, physical activity, nutrition, bullying,
cyber-bullying and sexual behavior are all addressed in the
survey. The purpose of the presentation is to share what
the data is telling us about our students’ habits, behaviors and
decision-making. This data will be instrumental in
determining changes in curriculum and school programs, securing
funding for health and wellness related initiatives and
informing us whether our current programs and interventions are
having an impact.
The presentation is
a collaboration between the Hopkinton Public Schools and the
Hopkinton Youth Services Department. Jean Vazza (Hopkinton
Youth Services) and Danielle Petrucci (Wellness Coordinator for
Hopkinton Public Schools) will be the presenters for this event.
We strongly encourage all parents and interested community
members to attend. We are certain that the information
shared will be of benefit to you and your child.
Responds to D'Urso
To the Editor:
Dear Mr. D'Urso -
Thank you very much for your e-mail, and for your suggestions
regarding modular classrooms. This is something that we
will be looking at more closely moving forward, and is
commensurate with feedback that we have received at our
community workshops and in other venues.
As you may be aware, we are in the process of developing a
survey to distribute to the community to help clarify what the
consensus criteria are for moving forward on this issue, and I
hope you will take the opportunity to complete the survey and
share your feedback. Please feel free to encourage your
friends and neighbors to participate as well. We are
hoping to get broad participation from the entire community.
Thank you very much for continuing to be engaged in the process,
and for taking the time to share your suggestion.
Chair, School Committee
November 10, 2011
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"New England Song"
Hopkinton Middle School auditorium
88 Hayden Rowe Street
7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3
Hopkinton Middle School Drama Club will present "New England
Song" at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3, at
the Hopkinton Middle School auditorium, 88 Hayden Rowe St.
New England Song is a
celebration of New England nature, thought, and heritage,
featuring major works of three New England authors: Ralph
Waldo Emerson's essay "Nature," which founded the ideals of
American Transcendentalism; Louisa May Alcott's beloved
portrayal of New England life in her novel Little Women,
and Henry David Thoreau's masterpiece of natural
idealism, Walden. It is three shows in one, with one
common theme, and has been a unique and moving experience
not only for the students involved, but--we hope! -- for the
There is a cast of 100
students and a crew of nearly 40, making this (just barely)
the largest student production ever at the school.
Tickets will be $8 students/seniors and $10 adults, but with
a donation to the Project Just Because New Toy/New Book
program, there will be a $2 discount per ticket per
donation. Tickets may be purchased in the HMS Main Office in
advance or at the door.
Hopkinton 2, Bishop Feehan 0
November 9,. 2011 — The Boys
Soccer team defeated Bishop Feehan tonight 2 to 0 in the MIAA
South Division 2 Quarter Finals. They will go against Canton
this Friday at 2pm at Bridgewater-Raynham High School for the
South Semi-Finals. Above, goalkeeper Greg Rodeck making a save
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November 9, 2011 — Following this photo, this muskrat
skedaddled, after its partner gave a warning splash on the other
side of Little Pond in Woodville this afternoon.
Waiting for the Snow
November 9, 2011 — Framed by trees in the foreground, this
familiar scene to Lake Whitehall aficionados, the peninsula at
the southern end of the lake is drenched by the late afternoon
sun, which adds to the abundant orange glow on the oak trees.
The trees will stubbornly hold on to their leaves until the
weight of the next season's ice and snow pull them down, as the
canoe on the right gives mute testimony to a season past.
Progressing on Hopkinton Square
November 9, 2011 — The sun may have been setting this afternoon,
but the work kept going. Above, a crane joins pre-fabricated
pieces of a wall, while several other machines do site work and
a large one peers out of a below-grade excavation.
FOX25 HEADS TO WESTWOOD FOR “HIGH SCHOOL FRIDAY”
School at Westwood High School
will take its “High School Friday” broadcast on the road to
Westwood, Massachusetts to preview the November 11th
match-up between the Hopkinton Hillers and the Westwood
Wolverines. FOX25 Sports Anchor Kristine Leahy and Chief
Meteorologist Kevin Lemanowicz will broadcast live from the
Wolverines’ field before the game during FOX25 News at 6:00 p.m.
Friday” coverage includes:
previews and player and coach interviews live from the field
on FOX25 News at 6:00 p.m.
highlights on FOX25 News at 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
photo galleries following each Friday night match-up at
school we travel to next for “High School Friday” coverage.
attending, playing, coaching, or you’re part of the band,
cheerleading or drill team, FOX25 has the excitement of high
school football covered with “High School Friday” segments on
FOX25 News at 6:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. and on
myfoxboston.com. Coverage wraps up Monday night at
10:00 p.m. as FOX25 unveils the “Play of the Week” from the
Hillers/Wolverines match up. ~News release.
Modular Classrooms at Center
To the Editor:
Jean & members of our School Committee:
Thanks for making the effort
to gather opinions about our elementary school buildings in
Hopkinton. I agree that it is very important to include as
many people's views as possible, but I cannot shake the
feeling that you are not
to opinions that vary from your own. Accurate or not, you
give the impression that you want to build a new school and
include some level of districting. As someone who has been
involved in this issue, that really bothers me.
understand the need to clarify with the state about the 14
million, and I understand that there are maybe three or four
scenarios that people could choose from. The ORIGINAL issue
is that the FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN "pilot" program needs more
classrooms. The fastest and most affordable response is to
properly repair and maintain the Center School Building and
add MODERN Permanent Modular classrooms behind Center
School. These units can add four additional classrooms at a
fraction of the cost of an entire new building.
Please consider this idea, Thanks, your neighbor,
173 Saddle Hill Road
November 9, 2011
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Scams Against the Elderly
MA.) A Milford resident reported suspicious activity last night
when her elderly mother received a knock on her door last night
around 8:30 pm in an elderly complex. The elderly women opened
the door and saw a man and a woman at her door. The couple
offered the women a free rug cleaning, handed her a business
card and asked her to come in and look at the rug. Wisely the
woman declined and the man grabbed the business card and left.
Based on the facts given in this incident it is highly likely
the couple were involved in some type of scam against the
Scams like these involve a pair
of people working together to gain the trust of elderly persons
so that they can gain access inside the homes of potential
victims. Once inside scam artists working in groups will try to
keep the homeowner(s) busy while a second or even third thief
looks through the home for valuables to steal. The professional
thieves are limited to only their imaginations on what type of
service or products they are offering. If it sounds too good to
be true then it probably is so if you come across any similar
situation and you feel something is not right then you should
contact the police immediately to investigate. DON’T BECOME A
Raids Hopkinton Business
Above, Hopkinton Police Chief Richard Flannery introduces
himself to Treasury Department Special Agents.
November 9, 2011 — IRS agents, members of the Criminal
Investigation Division, cordoned off Hopkinton Gas this morning
with their unmarked vehicles, but would not speak to reporters,
instead referring them to Public Information Officer Jessica
Crocker. The station is owned by Sam Younes, who purchased it at
auction for $257,500 on June 24, 2010. The station offers
bare-bones full serve generic gas at discount prices, but offers
no repairs or incidental services, like air for tires. Mr.
Younes also owns a BP station in Upton and a station in
The agents, wearing badges, flak jackets and
either cargo pants or denims, kept their handguns holstered as
some went into the office of the building, and others stood
Ms. Crocker said, "IRS agents in the Criminal
Investigation Division were there in conjunction with their work
duties. Beyond that, I cannot make any further comment. We have
strict disclosure rules."
One agent inside the small office at the corner of
Grove and Main Streets called to an apparent supervisor and
said, "We got it open," without elaborating.
A witness said the agents took a CD.
The agents left shortly thereafter and the station
opened for business, selling their full serve at the same price
as the self-serve Gulf across the street, which they usually
beat by .03 per gallon.