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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 dancing.
       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, check here.
        Below, Hot Acoustics provided the dancing music.



Marlborough 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





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. ~From LMPA


Hopkinton's 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:  http://hopkinton300th.wordpress.com/


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 game against 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. 



Hopkinton 42, Westwood 13

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.

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Very Primitive

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 Veterans Day.  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 (Constitution 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. ~ Den 4.



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 veteran.
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 Hopkinton.


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..




Valley of the Fog

November 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 afternoon.



Hiring and Supporting Massachusetts Veterans Throughout the Year 

by Timothy P. Murray
November 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.  

In early 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.   

Timothy P. Murray is Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth.



Accident on Clinton Street Sends 42 Year-old Male Worker to UMass Trauma Center

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

On 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. 


School Committee 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.

Jean Bertschmann
Chair, School Committee
November 10, 2011


"New England Song"
Hopkinton Middle School auditorium
88 Hayden Rowe Street
7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3

The 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 audience. 

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 for Hopkinton.



Muskrat Love

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.


Work 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.




Hopkinton High School at Westwood High School 

FOX25 News 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. 

“High School Friday” coverage includes:   

  • Team previews and player and coach interviews live from the field on FOX25 News at 6:00 p.m.

  • Game highlights on FOX25 News at 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.

  • Upload your game night photos and videos at myfoxboston.com.

  • Browse our photo galleries following each Friday night match-up at myfoxboston.com.

  • Choose the school we travel to next for “High School Friday” coverage. Vote at myfoxboston.com

Whether you’re 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.


Resident Suggests 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 open 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.

I 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,
Frank D'Urso
173 Saddle Hill Road

November 9, 2011


Scams Against the Elderly 

(Milford, 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 elderly woman. 

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 VICTIM.




IRS 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 Uxbridge.
      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 guard outside.
     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.




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