November 25, 2011 — Ashley Halpern tags one of the thousand
Christmas trees that were just put out for display at Weston
Nurseries. According to owner Peter Mezitt, Weston sells only
Fraser firs because they hold more moisture and keep their
needles longer, and, he said, they are as fragrant as balsams.
Besides the thousand cut trees, Weston has a garden center
filled with color- and style-coordinated decorations for art
trees, as well as wreaths, garland, decorative chairs and
hundreds of other holiday and year-round other items. Weston
will remain open all year-round.
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Football – Special Day, Memories for a Lifetime -
Hillers Extend Bragging Rights, win 48-20 over Ashland!
By: Lou Ottaviani
November 25, 2011
— High school football in Massachusetts is a special time of
year, in that, it is one of the only regions in the country
where high school teams get to play football on Thanksgiving
morning and after the game, the players head off to celebrate
their turkey dinner with their family, friends and relatives.
Hopefully they get to eat turkey and not crow! For the Hopkinton
Hillers, this year they got to enjoy the savoring taste of
turkey and all the fillings.
Hopkinton and Ashland, this Thanksgiving tradition has been
going on since 1923. Today’s match-up marked the 88th
meeting between these two neighboring town rivals, with
Hopkinton presently holding the bragging rights. Since its
inception, there have been various shifts of dominance, with the
20’s being controlled by Hopkinton, and the 30’s by Ashland. In
1940, the only year that this tradition wasn’t held, but that
decade saw both teams split. During the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s
Ashland increased their dominance over Hopkinton, holding a
31-21-5 record which carried the bragging rights that came along
with these wins. However, for the next three decades (80’s, 90’s
and 2000’s), Hopkinton’s winningest Coach David Hughes, turned
the tide by tying and ultimately surpassing the Clockers,
leaving the recent coaching staff in good standing. The new
staff have continued to follow suit, winning the past three
years, bringing the overall wins to Hopkinton at 46 wins to
Ashland’s 37 along with 5 ties.
Today marked a
special time for the seniors on the team. For many of them, this
was probably the last time that they would be suiting up to play
game. There may be some continuing to play in college, but for
most, that may not be the case. So for the Hillers to come out
victorious (48-20), this was an occasion that will be remembered
for years to come. The camaraderie, friendships and life lessons
learned playing this game will forever be etched in their minds.
This is a special tradition near and dear to most high school
football seniors. They may not be able to tell someone what
happened in game two of that particular season, but you can bet
on it that they will be able to tell you what the score was on
their traditional Thanksgiving Day football game was, even if it
is 40 years down the road! That is how special this game is.
“This game is all
about and for our seniors,” said Coach Jim Girard. “We had a
great season with a great group of guys who were very coachable
and worked extremely hard. This team has a great perspective as
a whole, especially the seniors. 10-1, we had an outstanding
year with an outstanding group.”
today’s game, Mike Decina had 2,932 career passing yards, 164
yards shy of standout Hiller quarterback Brian Doyle (2004-2006)
who held the school record with 3,096 career passing yards.
Decina also came into today’s game with 15 TD passes for the
season, 3 shy of another school record held by another star
quarterback, A.J. Doyle (18 TD passes in 2002).
Decina was 5-yards from breaking the career passing yards
connecting on 13 of 20 passes for 159 yards, scoring on two
rushing touchdowns, passing for a TD and a PAT extra point.
During his first series of the second half, Decina completed on
all of his 6 passes, the first which went for 5-yards and his
second completion which also went for 5-yards to break the
school record. Doyle went on to complete 7 of 7 passes to up his
game passing to 20 for 27 for 278-yards, adding two more TD
passes to tie the school record of 18 TD passes to tie A.J.
rushed 8 times for a total of 135-yards, while rushing for 2-TD
scores. Alex Hulme and Jason Dlugolecki were at the end of
Decina’s three touchdown passes, with Hulme picking up two of
them and giving him another opportunity this year to get into
the record books, along with his cousin, Decina. Hulme’s second
TD catch gave him 11 TD receptions on the season to join legend
Hiller, Heath Walker (who set the record in 1990).
Highlights of the
game included: Hopkinton scoring on their opening drive. It
didn’t take long, just 1:25 into the game, With the ball on the
20, Decina marched his team 80-yards on 5 plays, connecting with
Hulme on his first two passes for 34-yards and capping the score
with a 46-yard run for Hopkinton’s first score. Barrett Hanlon
connected on the PAT kick to give the Hillers a quick 7-0 lead.
little time on the ensuing kick off. Hopkinton’s Jason
Dlugolecki kicked off to the end-zone, giving the Clockers the
ball on the 20 for their first drive of the game. Ashland’s
quarterback, Bo Prozinski surprised everyone at David M. Hughes
Stadium on the first play from scrimmage by connecting on an
80-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Joe Byrnes, who got past the
Hopkinton secondary, to catch a perfect pass in stride down the
left side line untouched to the end-zone. Nayro Duque kicked the
PAT good to tie the score, 7-7.
rebounded taking the following kickoff at their own 49-yard
line. Decina came out passing, connecting on 5 of his next 7
passes bringing the ball to the Clocker 4-yard line, which he
rushed in for the Hillers score to put Hopkinton up 13-7.
Above, Alex Hulme dives for a touchdown.
Click on a thumbnail below to enlarge.
November 24, 2011 — Hopkinton takes Ashland
48-20 in their traditional Turkey Day matchup.
Check back for super story coverage of the
game by Lou Ottaviani.
November 24, 2011 — One vehicle, off-camera to the left, could
not drive away due to damage from having hit the curb, but the
Acura could, after being rear-ended by the banged-up Dodge
behind it. The Dodge's air bags were activated, making it
impossible to move, even if the vehicle was able to be driven.
Empirical evidence points to the drivers of one or more of these
vehicles being blinded by an unusually bright sun as they
travelled toward the west.
calls a serviceman's wife on Thanksgiving.
Thank the troops here in an
interactive program from the White House and the USO.
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Please enjoy a reprise of
this HopNews HD video that is appropriate for today's holiday:
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More for the Road...
November 23, 2011 — If things continue on their intended paths,
former police officer Rob Cornell's 27 years at the helm of the
business started by his father, Ed, will end with the transfer
to a new owner, of the business, the building, and the land that
surrounds it. If things continue as they are, this evening will
have been his last Thanksgiving Eve at 229 Hayden Rowe Street,
and tomorrow his last Thanksgiving Day pre-game breakfast as
At the beginning, Rob and his
father, and countless helpers, removed stone after stone from
the rear of the property that now includes full size softball
and soccer fields. A national Whiffle-ball championship has been
held there annually; and rugby and women's football have joined
the traditional sports, whose players might enjoy a hot dog,
burger, or a pint in the pub after a hard-fought battle on the
Early on, Rob, with the help of
brother Dick, brought a pub-style menu to the location that now
includes, among other items, chicken-breast club, finger food,
and black Angus fresh-beef burgers.
Over the years, Rob added dart
teams, softball teams (show me someone who can throw a ball
farther than Rob Cornell), karaoke while it lasted, and for an
extended period of time, this writer brought live rock and roll
music to a packed house every Sunday night.
Cornell's has contributed to
the community in ways that have had little fanfare, like the
benefit events held on the softball field and the Thanksgiving
breakfast held Thanksgiving morning that will benefit the
Hopkinton Drama Club with a donation of the entire proceeds.
This evening, arguably the
busiest bar night of the year in Massachusetts, drew a packed
house of twenty-somethings returning home from college, or their
home away from home, for the holiday weekend. Meeting at
Cornell's from afar has become a strong tradition for Hopkinton
High School graduates (of age, of course).
Let's hope the tradition
transcends ownership, as does its success in other areas.
Some call it the luck of
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EDITOR'S NOTE: There has not been a good response to our
previous, abbreviated announcement. Please help out these folks
if you see fit. Perhaps you can even help prevent a heart attack
Looking to do a Good Deed?
Elders Need Help Shoveling and Cleaning Cars
often tell ourselves we’d love to do something worthwhile for
others, if only we knew what it was or if only we knew there was
a need. Well, there’s an opportunity to help right here in
Hopkinton during the winter months.
For some of our senior citizens
living at the Hopkinton Housing Authority (subsidized housing
for the elderly located on Davis Road, behind the Police
Station), these are especially tough months. Many elderly
residents have cars and rely on them to get out and about and
wish to keep their cars on the road for as long as is safely
possible. The parking at the Housing Authority is ample enough,
it’s just that the parking spots are not covered. So, when a
snowstorm is over and the road and walkways have been cleared,
residents are required to clean off their vehicle and move it to
a designated spot on the Housing Authority grounds so the
parking areas can be plowed. Many of these residents do not have
family in the area on whom they can call to perform this very
exhausting task, especially if they’re in their 70’s or 80’s. It
would be wonderful if we could have a name (family or
individual) and tele number to give to each resident who needs
assistance with cleaning off their vehicle to call upon to see
if someone can come to give them a hand with this task. For a
younger person, this might take 15 minutes to half an hour,
depending on the size of the storm. For an elderly person, it
might take 45 minutes or longer if they need to stop frequently
So, here’s your
opportunity, fellow Hopkinton residents. Please contact me if
you’d like to be one of the volunteers who can “do a good deed”
right here in town this winter by helping an elderly resident at
the Hopkinton Housing Authority in this manner. Believe me, they
will be most appreciative.(And, a belated THANK YOU to
last year’s volunteers!) We will coordinate this effort and
assign volunteers to a particular elder in need. Consider this
the gift that keeps on giving! ~ Hopkinton Housing
Authhority Board of Commissioners
If you cannot commit to an
individual resident, perhaps you can help by driving to the HHA
after a snowstorm to help clean off cars or shovel behind a
vehicle so elderly residents can move their cars. Thank you!
HOPKINTON POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE — NOVEMBER 23, 2011
Police Seek Armed Home Invaders
Wednesday November 23, 2011 the Hopkinton Police Department
responded to a reported armed home invasion at a residence in
the north part of town near the Southborough border. The
incident took place in the early morning hours.
residents were awoken by intruders whose identities were
disguised by masks and hooded sweatshirts. The residents were
not hurt during the event.
suspects were reportedly armed with handguns and long guns.
incident is being investigated by the Hopkinton Police and State
with information is requested to contact the Hopkinton Police at
508-497-3401 or the Hopkinton Police Anonymous Crime Tip
Hot-Line at 508-497-9785.
Hopkinton Wine &
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
7 PM More
Great Thanksgiving Wines
"This week's tasting will be on Wednesday
- just in time for last minute Thanksgiving
preparations. We will sample more wines
that could easily find a spot at your
Thanksgiving dinner table. These wines
will compliment the traditional Thanksgiving
dinner and they're inexpensive, so you can get
several and let your guests try different
combinations with their meals. For whites,
we will taste a couple of sparkling whites and a
couple of Rieslings. For reds, we will
taste a pair of Pinot Noirs, a couple of Spanish
Tempranillos, and two Zinfandels." Choose
the icon above to visit Hopkinton Wine & Spirits
website and learn more.
Left, Kathy Kearns and Gail Tonelli showing some of the items
for sale at the Senior Center's Christmas Sale.
Christmas arrived a bit early at the SeniorCenter this year! Friday,
November 18 was the first day of the much awaited annual
Christmas Sale! All year long, donations come in that
include many, many, MANY Christmas items. Everything is
sorted into categories and is stored away until it’s time to
“bring it out!” Volunteers spend the whole week before the
sale getting the Great Room ready—emptying boxes, pricing
everything, and filling the tables with all sorts of wonderful
items. There’s just about everything you would need for
the holidays including Christmas trees, serving dishes,
platters, all kinds of ornaments, gift wrap, movies, books, kids
toys, etc. No matter how many times a person would walk
around the tables, they would find something they didn’t see
before and “grab it up!” There was something
for just about everyone! Santa Claus even made
an appearance, thanks to Scotty Mackin! The tables
quickly emptied of all the festive decorations and
ornaments—people were so happy to find their treasures at such
inexpensive prices. The bake sale was a great
hit, too! All kinds of goodies were brought in by the
numerous volunteers! Later in the afternoon, the
Brownies arrived full force! Troop 72974 led by Shannon
Hedstrom and Lynn McCloskey and Troop 72975 led by Lee Burns and
Melissa Altman came all dressed in their Santa hats to sing
Christmas songs to the seniors. They were awesome! Kudos
to everyone who made this sale such a wonderful success!
Cheryl Perrault asked me to include
this in my column; it’s an invitation to the Garden Club’s free
“Seasonal Terrarium” workshop at the
year, the Garden Club hosts a “winter/holiday” floral event and
believe me when I say this--it’s always amazing!!
I’m only sorry that I won’t be able to attend myself this year.
I’m sure it’ll be another fun day with the Garden Club members!
On Monday, November 28th from 10:00-11:00 am, the Hopkinton
Garden Club will offer a free workshop to assemble "The Beauty
of Winter" seasonal terrariums. This activity will
consist of planting a wild winter plant in a small open jar
terrarium. Participants will then be able to decorate
the jars with miniature snowflakes and other beautiful winter
decorative items to help celebrate what is beautiful about the
winter season. Large snowflakes will be available for
writing small inspirational messages for the season, or for
gift-giving which can be attached to the terrarium.
A few words of presentation will also be offered about the
fascinating findings of water crystal/ snowflake study so that
we might feel a bit more positive about the coming beauty of the
winter season and the power of being positive in daily life!
This workshop will be limited to a maximum of 20 participants.
If you are interested in contributing ideas or helping on the
day of this activity, please call Cheryl Perreault, 435-8638.
Stay tuned for lots of activities
planned for the month of December!
Governor Patrick Signs Expanded Gaming
– Tuesday, November 22, 2011 – Governor Deval Patrick
(HopNews file photo)
today signed H. 3807, "An Act Establishing Expanded Gaming in
the Commonwealth," legislation that will advance job creation
and economic development in the Commonwealth by creating the
potential for thousands of jobs in the construction, tourism,
hospitality, leisure and convention sectors.
“The final chapter in the long debate on expanded
gaming has come to a close. I congratulate Senate President
Murray, Speaker DeLeo and members of the legislature for sending
me a bill that will put people to work and strengthen the
Massachusetts economy. I have always believed that if done
right, expanded gaming can create jobs, generate new revenue and
spur economic growth in every region of the Commonwealth,” said
Governor Patrick. “Because of initiatives like this one,
Massachusetts continues to lead the nation out of this
“Our Administration and colleagues in the state
legislature have stayed at the table over the years to develop a
sound solution for introducing expanded gaming in
Massachusetts,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. “As we
move forward, we will continue our due diligence especially as
we consider the need for enhanced social and behavioral services
as well as opportunities for job creation and economic
development in regions across the Commonwealth.”
The legislation signed by the Governor allows for
up to three destination resort casinos in geographically-diverse
locations, along with one slots facility, competitively awarded
statewide. The legislation includes many of the principles
Governor Patrick has advocated for throughout the lengthy public
debate on expanding gaming, including transparent and
competitive bidding of licenses, maximizing long-term value to
the Commonwealth, expanding economic development benefits across
all regions of the state, protecting host communities and nearby
regions, addressing all social impacts and costs
and ensuring rigorous public safety, regulatory and enforcement
mechanisms will be the best in the country.
The legislation creates a five-member
Massachusetts Gaming Commission, an independent body responsible
for implementing and overseeing the gaming licensing process
with the utmost integrity. The chair of the Commission will be
appointed by the Governor, and the Attorney General and
Treasurer will each appoint one member. The remaining two
members will be appointed by two out of the three appointing
authorities. The Commission must be bipartisan, with no more
than three members representing the same political party. The
Commission must be appointed within 120 days.
The three potential resort casinos will be
located in three geographically-distinct areas, with up to one
facility in Region A (Suffolk, Middlesex, Essex, Norfolk and
Worcester counties), up to one facility in Region B (Hampshire,
Hampden, Franklin and Berkshire counties) and up to one facility
in Region C (Bristol, Plymouth, Nantucket, Dukes and Barnstable
counties). The licensing fee for each casino will be at least
$85 million and capital investment, including a hotel facility,
must be at least $500 million. The Commonwealth will receive 25
percent of gross gaming revenues from each casino.
Weston Nurseries to be open year-round
November 22, 2011 — Weston Nurseries' principal Karen Mezitt
adorns these decorative light posts with garland and holly; and
perhaps even a little mistletoe preparing for the holiday
shoppers who will arrive en masse on Friday, when the nursery
moves the hundreds of Christmas trees from the rear of the
property (photo, below) to the Garden Center Sales area.
"We've consolidated," said husband Peter
today. "We are moving the corporate offices from the hill to the
Garden Center," he said. Mr. Mezitt also revealed that starting
through this season, the Garden Center will be open year-round.
November 22, 2011 — Water Fresh Farm Marketplace on Hayden Rowe
Street is checking off their list of things to do and planning
for a December opening, according to manager Donna Todaro.
their website-in progress, fresh-roasted coffee, Upton Tea
and freshly baked goods are but a few of the items that will
grace their 16,000 square foot market. The owners have been in
business for over a decade as American Hydroponics, growing and
selling pesticide-free tomatoes and other crops.
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ESL Presents A Christmas Carol on Dec.
2, 3, 4, 9 10
HOPKINTON, MA (November 22, 2011) -- Enter Stage Left Theater
will be presenting the Charles Dickens’ favorite A Christmas
Carol on December 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 7:00 p.m.; and on
December 4 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hopkinton Historical Society
building at 168 Hayden Rowe, Hopkinton. Tickets are $12 for
adults, $10 for students and seniors, and are available via
This production includes local children, teens and adults; and
caroling will be provided by The Treblemakers, ESL’s adult
chorus, before the shows. The Hopkinton Historical Society will
also be selling refreshments, so this production will support
two local charitable organizations.
“One of the things that ESL wants to do is develop working
relationships with other organizations in town,” said Dawn
Anderson, director. “So it is a great pleasure to be able to
collaborate with the Hopkinton Historical Society on this
family-oriented holiday classic.”
State Police Investigate One of Their Own
November 22, 2011 — The Department of State Police will hold a
hearing today to determine the duty status of Captain Thomas
McCarthy, 47, who was arrested late Saturday night after
refusing to stop for Saugus Police. Saugus officers had first encountered
McCarthy when they responded to an alarm sounding at a local
home. Upon arrival they observed the woman who lives at the home
in the garage, and McCarthy, who was off-duty, sitting in his
unmarked cruiser. McCarthy then drove away. A few minutes later,
a Saugus officer saw the same vehicle
commit a marked lanes violation on Central Street, near the intersection
with Main Street.
The Saugus officer activated his lights and stopped the
black Ford Crown Victoria.
officer approached the Crown Victoria and observed that it was
driven by the same man who had driven away from the home where
the alarm had been sounding. The officer asked the operator to
shut off the ignition and exit the vehicle, at which point the
driver – later identified as McCarthy – refused to do so and
drove away. The Saugus officer, eventually joined by two other
Saugus cruisers, all with blue lights activated, followed
McCarthy onto the Main Street overpass and down onto Route 1
southbound. McCarthy ultimately pulled over in the parking lot
outside the SearsAutomotiveCenter at the Square One Mall.
officers placed McCarthy under arrest for failure to stop for
police and failure to stay right of center. He was transported
to the Saugus Police station to be booked. State Police
immediately dispatched a Troop A patrol supervisor to the site
of the arrest to take possession of the cruiser and McCarthy’s
firearm, which was in the cruiser. A State Police commander also
responded to the Saugus police station that night and
immediately placed McCarthy on administrative leave pending his
duty status hearing. That commander, upon speaking to McCarthy,
observed in him signs of intoxication.
Today’s duty status hearing will determine whether McCarthy will
be suspended – which is expected – and what the conditions of
that suspension will be.
Additionally, the State Police Internal Affairs Section has
begun an internal investigation into McCarthy’s conduct to
determine what transgressions of departmental policies, rules,
and regulations occurred. The question of whether he was
intoxicated, as well as his use of a cruiser while off-duty and
other alleged transgressions, will be part of that
investigation. Internal Affairs will also monitor the criminal
proceedings against McCarthy in EssexCounty. McCarthy is being arraigned
this morning in Lynn District Court.
allegations, if proven to be true, are serious breach of the
conduct and behavior expected of a MassachusettsState trooper and do not represent
the ideals and values of the vast majority of department
Prior to being placed on leave, McCarthy was the evening shift
commander for Troop C, which covers Central Massachusetts.
At a duty status hearing today at General Headquarters, which
was attended by Thomas McCarthy’s counsel, but not by him, a
duty panel suspended him without pay indefinitely. ~
Channel 7 Video.
November 21, 2011 — Hopkinton artist Dustin Neece applies his
signature today to his completed oil painting of Firehouse Pond
on the "S" turn in Woodville where the water from Lake Whitehall
falls into what becomes Whitehall Brook. HopNews has had a short
chronicle of the two-month long work of art that began when the
once-brilliant leaves provided a seasonal palette from which to
choose color. In this photo, the canvas blocks a brilliant
sun in the western sky that is splashing light onto the falls in
pretty much the area behind the painted falls, as the lines on
the canvas extend visually onto the photo. Mr. Neece is offering
this 40"x29" painting for $7,000.