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Weather Shifts Gears

January 13, 2012 — A foggy, temperate morning gave way to blustery winds and cold temperatures later in the day. Two telephone poles came down on Curtis Road for no apparent reason. Earlier in the day, as fog was lifting from the Veterans Gazebo, the cupola of center school was still barely visible. Check the weather with the blue button anytime.


Honk! Jr, Tonight, Saturday and Sunday

Matthew Fliegauf, as Ugly, and Grace McLaughlin as Ida, his mother, rehearse for Enter Stage Left’s production of Honk! Jr, which will take place 7:00 p.m. on January 13 and 14 and at 2:00 p.m. on January 15 at the Hopkinton Middle School. For tickets and more information go to www.enterstagelefttheater.org.




Boston Harbor Islands author to Speak at Library


Noted local author Christopher Klein, who penned Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands: A Guide to the City’s Hidden Shores, will offer insight into “the real Shutter Islands” when he discusses the book at the Hopkinton Public Library on January 25th at 7 pm. The event is open to the public.


While many people got a glimpse of the Boston Harbor Islands in last year’s blockbuster movie “Shutter Island”, a fictitious island in Boston Harbor, most don’t realize that the true stories of the 34 Boston Harbor Islands are even stranger than fiction.  Visitors are invited to sit back and relax as Christopher Klein shares the colorful history and natural beauty of one of our best-kept local secrets: the Boston Harbor Islands national park area. Hear tales of ghosts, shipwrecks, prisoners of war, and Revolutionary War battles that took place here.


The second edition of Klein’s Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands is an indispensable guide to any explorer who wants to uncover some of the best-kept secrets in the Northeast.  Part history, part travel guide, the book is an irresistible invitation to explore the harbor islands.


Christopher Klein is also author of The Die-Hard Sports Fan’s Guide to Boston, and has had articles featured in The Boston Globe, New England Travel, National Geographic Traveler, American Heritage, and on ESPN.com.


Milford Regional Offers New Lung Cancer Screening Test

Milford Regional Medical Center is offering a new CT (CAT) scan test to screen for lung cancer. Recent studies have shown that screening smokers and ex-smokers with a chest CT scan increases the survival rate for lung cancer by 20%. Individuals with a smoking history of 30 or more years are eligible for the scan. Other criterion includes your age as well as your smoking, medical and family history.

A CT scan is an imaging exam that uses x-rays guided by a computer to take detailed images of a part of the body. You are briefly exposed to radiation during the CT scan but doctors believe that the CT scan gives enough needed information to outweigh the risk. You will be exposed to less than ¼ of the radiation of a standard CT scan of the chest. “Lung cancer screening and follow-up with an expert team may provide the greatest advance in lung cancer survival in decades,” says pulmonologist Frederick J. Curley, MD. “Milford Regional has the expertise to start this now.”

Those interested in having the lung cancer screening CT should talk to their doctor. Scheduling an appointment at Milford Regional’s diagnostic imaging department requires a physician’s order. Currently, insurance does not cover the cost of this test.

For more Information on the lung cancer screening test, go to Milford Regional’s Web site at www.milfordregional.org/lungscreening.




Hopkinton Marathon Committee Encourages Locals to Apply to B.A.A. for Volunteer Positions


Hopkinton, MA--While the B.A.A. Boston Marathon is still months away, the time to sign up to volunteer is now. Volunteer registration is currently open and will close on February 10. The Boston Marathon takes place on Patriots’ Day, which falls on April 16 this year.


“For all those residents who have expressed an interest in volunteering for the Boston Marathon now is the time to register,” said Dorothy Ferriter-Wallace, Chairwoman of the Hopkinton Marathon Committee. “It All Starts Here and this is an opportunity to get involved to support the start of the most prestigious marathon in the world. We encourage you register now so you can participate in the 2012 Boston Marathon.”


The B.A.A. relies on the help of 8,000 volunteers to help the Boston Marathon run smoothly. Last year, 10,000 people applied for the 8,000 spots. Marc Davis, B.A.A. Communications Manager said, “We assign returning volunteers first; next preference is given to new running clubs, and then finally individual applicants.”


While not all applicants will be accepted, members of the Hopkinton Marathon Committee agree that knowing Hopkinton well is a benefit for working at some positions like the information booth. Other volunteer opportunities within Hopkinton include maintaining security, distributing food or water, parking cars, directing runners to important sites like the Athletes’ Village and starting line. A team of volunteers gathers discarded clothing for donation to Big Brother Big Sister. The Hopkinton Marathon Committee works with the B.A.A. to help coordinate the volunteers in Hopkinton and many members of the HMC serve as captains of different volunteer teams.


Volunteers receive an official Boston Marathon adidas volunteer jacket, a commemorative Boston Marathon pin and other benefits.


To register and to see a full list and description of available jobs please log on to www.baa.org and click on volunteer, then Boston Marathon. Contributed Content.



Selectmen Vote to Accept Grants

$170k for Ashland and Hopkinton Fire Department consolidation study

January 12, 2012 — The Board of Selectmen voted to apply for two Community Innovation Challenge Grants this evening at a meeting called specifically for that purpose, because the application deadlines occur before the next scheduled regular meeting.

        The first grant, for $15,000, is for an electronic food service inspection program for the towns of Hopkinton, Ashland and Medway Boards of Health. The board voted unanimously, with four members present, in favor of the application.

        The second application is for $170,000 to do a study of combining the services of the fire departments of Hopkinton and Ashland.

         Town Manager Norman Khumalo said the genesis of this was in 2008 to combine two smaller departments into one larger department. Specifics of the consolidation — would there be one chief, one station, two collective bargaining agreements? — went undetermined, and will be addressed as a result of the study, according to Mr. Khumalo. During discussions over the Host Community Agreement with Legacy Farms there was movement to build an additional station in East Hopkinton.

          "How do we protect our folks and keep them whole?" asked Selectman Michele Gates rhetorically, referring to members of the Fire Department. Mrs. Gates went on to say that she did not think the consolidation was in the best interests of the community.

          Some wondered if services would be reduced, and Selectman Brian Herr had concerns that it involved taxpayer dollars.

          "I could only support it if it improves services," said Selectman John Mosher. "It's worth investigating."

          Fire Chief Ken Clark assured the gathering that there have been no formal discussions to reduce services as a result of any consolidation that might take place as a result of the study.

          Selectman Chair Todd Cestari, seeking to dispel any notion that the Hopkinton station may close, asked that question.

          Chief Clark said, "We have not talked about it."

          Finally, Mrs. Gates said that although she is a supporter of collaborative efforts, this exceeds the limit.

          She was the lone dissenter in a 3-1 vote.




Time is Running Out to Register for ESL’s Winter Classes

HOPKINTON, MA (January 12, 2012) – If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to reduce the amount of time you or your children spend sitting in front of the TV or X-Box, here’s your chance to meet that goal. Enter Stage Left’s winter classes include new classes in dance and film as well as the regular offerings of acting, musical theater, and voice classes. The classes are for age groups ranging from pre-kindergarten up to adulthood. However, time is running out --the winter classes begin the week of January 23, 2012 and classes are filling up quickly. To register or for more information please visit http://enterstagelefttheater.org/classesmain.html


“We have gotten some very positive reaction to our new curriculum, which includes classes in hip hop dance, film making workshops, and our new Rising Star classes which will end with live public performances,” said Kelly Grill, executive director of ESL. “The weather this winter hasn’t been very conducive for winter sports, but our classes give parents and children another reason to get out of the house and be active.”


Enter Stage Left Theater, Inc. is a non-profit, performing arts center in Hopkinton offering theater education, training and performances for students of all ages. Both Enter Stage Left and the Cultural Arts Alliance are part of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, whose mission is to provide a multi-media arts facility that will allow a collaboration of individuals and organizations to create and present quality visual and performing arts, arts education and events.




Picture Perfect

January 12, 2012 — Above, Mass State Police share a photo of Troopers exercising some of their horses at the State Police Mounted Unit’s stables in Acton during today's first snow storm of the season.



January 12, 2012 — This prehistoric-looking great blue heron, perhaps gray due to the season, flies very close to the camera, which it noticed at the last moment on North Pond yesterday.



Hopkinton Democrats are CALLED TO CAUCUS

      Iowa isn't the only place with caucuses!  Local political caucuses are a little appreciated but very important part of the Massachusetts electoral process.  Saturday 2/11 will be the first chance for registered Democrats in Hopkinton to support the US Senate candidate of their choice.

      The caucus will elect delegates to the Massachusetts Democratic State Convention.  Those delegates will, in turn, vote at the convention to endorse, and possibly nominate, a US Senate candidate.  The candidates currently in the race are:

  • Marisa DeFranco

  • Jim King

  • Elizabeth Warren

      You can support the Senate candidate of your choice either by voting for potential convention delegates who support your candidate or by running to be a delegate yourself.

       In order to vote or to become a delegate you must:

  1. Have been a registered Democrat residing in Hopkinton since 12/31/11.

  2. Be at the caucus at 10AM sharp on 2/11!

       The caucus will be at the Hopkinton Fire Station, 73 West Main St. at 10am on Saturday 2/11.  Please park behind the office building at 77 West Main and enter the Fire Station through the rear entrance.  The caucus will be upstairs.  There is an elevator and the room is handicap accessible.

        In addition to the voting, there will likely be one or more of the candidates for the US House of Representatives on hand to chat with attendees. Please contact Dick Duggan with any questions at 508-435-4007 or dduggan47@gmail.com


Democrats to Meet

The Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee will be holding its January meeting on Wednesday 1/18 at the Hopkinton Fire Station, 73 West Main St, at 7:30 pm.  

All registered Democrats in Hopkinton are welcome and encouraged to attend this first meeting of the presidential election year! Please park behind 77 W. Main and enter the Fire Station via the read door.  The meeting room is upstairs and there is an elevator. Questions?  Contact Dick Duggan at 508-435-4007 or dduggan47@gmail.com .Please join us.  We'll have fun!



Chorus Performs at State House

Above,  the Chorus, Director Brodie (front row, far right) and Rep. Carolyn Dykema (front row, center).

January 12, 2012 — Representative Carolyn C. Dykema was pleased to host the Hopkinton High School Chorus for a Concert at the State House on January 9th. Directed by Isaac Brody, the Chorus performed a selection of pieces.  Contributed content.


State Representative Carolyn Dykema represents the towns of Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway (pct. 1), Southborough (pct. 2 & 3) and Westborough (pct. 2).



 State Crime

Most Wanted Captured in Dorchester

January 12, 2012 — Top Ten Most Wanted Probation violator RUBENSON CHERILUS, 27, was captured at approximatley 6 a.m. by Massachusetts State Police and Boston Police inside a home on Brinsley Street in Dorchester. Cherilus allegedly tossed a gun out of his window as Troopers from the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section and Boston Police fugitive unit officers hit his apartment. That weapon has been confiscated.


Cherilus is being sought by three different courts. Cherilus is wanted for possession of firearms and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon by South Boston District Court. Middlesex Superior, Suffolk Superior and Somerville District Court are looking for him for two counts of possession to distribute Class B drugs, indecent exposure, and failure to stop for police. Cherilus’ previous last known address was in Somerville.






On Sunday evening from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. the Hopkinton Public Library and the Hopkinton Youth Commission will host a community song-circle to help kick-off Hopkinton's "Martin Luther King-Day of Giving Back." This event is a  free concert of music for the community, all ages welcome. The performance line-up will consist of 10 local and Boston-area singer-songwriters who will perform two songs each on topics related to peace, love, justice etc. to help pay tribute to Martin Luther King. The MLK song circle will take place at Hopkinton Public Library located at 13 Main Street inn Hopkinton. The entrance for this event will be by back door entrance of the Library.  The public is welcome to take a seat, join the circle ... just to listen or to bring a song or poem of same theme to share at the end of the concert when there will be a call for community contributions.  For more information call Cheryl Perreault at 508-435-8638


Swimming and Diving Moves to 4-0.

January 12, 2012 — The Hiller Swimming and Diving Team beat a strong Medfield team last night at Keefe Tech pool, earning a 104-79 win, and sole possession of first place in the TVL.  Double winners for the Hillers were Paul Lagasse in the 50 and 100 freestyle, and twin brother John Lagasse in the 200 IM and 100 Breaststroke.  SIngle winners were Kevin Lagasse in the 200 freestyle, Freshmen Renee Salois in the diving, and brothers Tom Reimonn (backstroke) and Patrick Reimonn (500 freestyle).  Strong performances were turned in by Madeline Lipkin, Corinne Daley, Jamie Horrigan, Alex Carbone, John Nadeau, Andrew Madigan,Jeff Wagner, Julianna Tordella and Brianna Gallo. NOTE: Swimming is next week's "Sport of the Week."



Veteran sports writer Lou Ottaviani will be featuring one Hiller sport in a "Sport of the Week" column for HopNews in extended coverage over and above our usual photographic coverage of Hiller sports. Mr. Ottaviani's reports are written not only for the sports-knowledgeable, but for those who enjoy a good read and a good story.

Ashland Hockey Slips One By Hopkinton, Pulls Out Last Minute 3-2 Victory

By: Lou Ottaviani

January 12, 2012 — It wasn’t a pretty game, but there certainly were moments of excitement for both teams who were evenly matched going into last night’s hockey game at Navin Arena.  Coming into the game, Ashland (1-5-1) was just one win above Hopkinton in the standings, and for Hopkinton (0-5) the Hillers had all intentions and anticipation of getting their first “W” of the season against their neighboring rivals. 

This year’s TVL powerhouse, Medfield, leads all teams with an impressive undefeated 7-0 record, placing them all by themselves at the top of the heap. Then there is a cluster of four teams (Medway, Bellingham, Dover/Sherborn and Westwood) with three to four wins each, followed by three teams (Holliston, Ashland and Hopkinton) holding down the bottom tier.    

This year’s standings can be a bit misleading.  For example, from Hopkinton’s perspective, especially if you look at some of the stats (going into last night’s game) on goals allowed.  As I noted previously, Medfield stands alone and leads the league, in both, goals scored as a team (39) and goals allowed (4).  Interestingly, when you look at Hopkinton’s goals allowed (22), they are tied for fourth in the TVL with only Medway (15 allowed) and Westwood (20) ahead of them.  This says a lot about the performance that Hopkinton is getting from senior goalie Billy Elder and his defensive crew consisting of brother’s Mike and Matt Decina, Connor Engstrom, Brendan O’Leary and Brendan Anderson this season. 

Conversely, the Hillers have only produced a total of 6 goals (prior to last night’s game).  My point, Hopkinton’s current record (0-6) isn’t really a good indicator as to why they are where they are in the TVL standings.   Should their offensive production suddenly kick into gear, come the second half, they could definitely experience and have a much better record come the end of their season. 

With that said, the Hillers actually seemed to have both their offense and defense in synch for the first two periods last night.  The first period of play showed to be a fairly balanced attack from both teams, with the Clockers taking 13 shots on net to the Hillers 10.  This action continued back and forth until Hopkinton broke the ice with Eric Guilmette notching his fourth goal of the season at the 9:51 mark in the first period.  The goal was set up and assisted by teammate Ian Murphy  (photo, above) on a faceoff move in front of the Ashland net.  Guilmette retrieved the puck and slipped it passed Ashland goalie Ryan Rocheford’s right side into the corner of the net, giving the Hillers a 1-0 lead.

The Clockers responded back to tie the score 1-1, in the second period when J.T. Pittman fed Jamie Stife with 7 minutes left in the period.  The Hillers jumped right back to take a 2-1 lead, 2:54 later, thanks to an Ian Murphy goal.  Hopkinton was able to take that lead into the locker room at the end of the period.  The goal was set up nicely by Eric Guilmette and Jordan Carroll. 

Up to this point (end of the second period), this game had all the signs to indicate that Hopkinton may potentially come away with their first points of the season.  Unfortunately, nobody told that to Ashland.

Things happened to change, come the final period.  The Clockers came out with aggressive play, taking control and possession of the puck.  Ashland actually outshot Hopkinton in the game 43 to 22.  The third period saw the Clockers shooting 15 shots on net, to the Hillers 3.  With the score 2-1 and what looked like a tiring Hopkinton team, things were quickly dissolving right in front of the Hillers.  Ashland started to take advantage of Hopkinton’s fatigue.  Typically with fatigue comes lack of focus and discipline.  The Hillers were starting to fall into this pattern.  Hopkinton also sent four players to the penalty box during the final period alone (six for the entire game), which didn’t help their cause.   Ashland had four penalties on the night.

It was just a matter of time.  That time came at the 9:51 mark.  Nolan Roth tied the game with an assist from Spencer Wilson.  This was perhaps the turning point in the game.  This goal happened so quickly that it looked as though the pass across to Roth, who was in front of the net, may have deflected off of a defender’s skate and slipped past Hopkinton goalie as he was moving with the play.  It’s unfortunate, but this appeared to be a fluke score and crazy things happen in this game of hockey. 

With Ashland out shooting Hopkinton, one could feel the pendulum moving.  Ashland continued to keep the pressure and puck in the Hopkinton zone, most of the third period.  Ashland’s Andrew Abraham, snuck (what turned out to be) their final go ahead goal into the net to give the Clockers a 3-2 lead with one minute left in the game.  Assists were credited to Curran Merrill and Chris Curtis.  The Hillers pulled their goalie to take advantage of an extra skater on the ice during the last minute of play, but it wasn’t enough as time ran out. 

Despite their loss, Hopkinton goalie, Billy Elder had a very impressive performance with 40 save on the night.

Despite Hopkinton’s record and tough loss, first year Coach Chris MacPherson has seen some positive things come from his squad.  “Our kids put forth a strong effort tonight,” said MacPherson.  “I thought both teams played hard.  There were some tough breaks that could’ve gone either way.  We just have to try and figure it out.  I have to say that we’re definitely a better team now than we were a month ago and better than we were two weeks ago.  These kids are constantly improving and things are going to turn around for sure.  We’ll continue to stay positive and move forward.  Things will only get better for us.” 

Hopkinton will face Medfield this Saturday January 14th at Navin Arena for a 7PM start. 

NOTE: Swimming is next week's "Sport of the Week."



Ashland 3, Hopkinton 2

January 12, 2011 — Above, Dan Johnson plays keep-away with an Ashland skater as he brings the puck down the ice at Navin Arena Wednesday evening.




Low Profile

January 11, 2012 — Seldom does a great blue heron fly directly toward a human, and it can be presumed the bird did not see the photographer for most of its flight across Lake Maspenock, but when it did, it turned fully to its left for a close up profile shot (to be shared on another day). In the photo above, the bird's wings form a strong diagonal, a near 45 degree angle, and a very low profile.




Alice (Robinson) Slack Palmer, 89


Alice (Robinson) Slack Palmer, 89, of Hopkinton, born Mar 1, 1922, passed Jan 9, 2012 from natural causes. She was the wife of William Charles Palmer II, and is survived by four sons, William Palmer III, Tracy Palmer with wife Deborah, Edward Palmer with wife Angela, Christopher Palmer and Joyce Pimental and two daughters, Katherine Thompson with husband Wayne, Roxanne Lareau with husband Michel, and twelve grandchildren, Heather, Erin, Jason, Gabriel, Ellen, Melissa, Beckey, Adam, Brian, Jenna, Christopher and Spencer, and thirteen great grand children, as well as siblings Cornelius (Neil), Tracy, Katherine and Ellen (deceased).

An expert florist who graduated with a degree from Stockbridge School of Horticulture in 1944 - U-Mass Amherst. She grew up in Charlmont, Massachusetts (Berkshires) the daughter of Tracy B. Slack of Thetford, VT, a land Surveyor for the state of Massachusetts and her mother Nelle (Swanburg) Slack of Cape Sable, Nova Scotia who was a Boston Simmons College Graduate. Alice and her siblings skied to school from her rural home in the Berkshires and hid her ski's in the snow for the return trip (uphill both ways I believe she might say). Alice was an accomplished organist-choir director at Hopkinton Congregationalist and was an Upton United Parish Choir member for many years with her daughter Roxanne and granddaughter Heather. She was a key "HALT" activist (Hopkinton Against Land Takeover) in stopping the takeover of neighborhoods in Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, and Natick for the construction of a massive supersonic airport in the 1970's. Alice also led the drive to repair and install a copper and tile roof on the Hopkinton Library. She also was a Hopkinton cemetery commissioner, worked part time as a "Mothers Helper," "Fuller Brush," and as a security guard at Prime Computer. Most importantly she was a homemaker with six children.


She began her career as a florist at Carbone's Floral shop in Boston, where she met William Palmer II, who was contracted to perform electrical work. William asked her for her number and she said "It's in the book." He didn't give up and they were married shortly after. Alice had a great sense of humor and she used to dance around the kitchen and once proclaimed that "your daddy may not rock and roll but your momma does dance." She helped renovate a factory building in Ashland into a home with William and assisted him when he purchased and ran a blacksmith shop in Framingham. Over the years she helped him physically build their home with the help of her five oldest children. Alice spent her time assisting William in all aspects of running his machine and tool shop while encouraging her children in the arts, music, horticulture, needlecraft, and performing magic and illusion. After her husband died, she traveled the United States, Canada and to Europe and saw the Passion Play. Alice died in her own home surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She will be missed and loved forever.

Services to be held January 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM at United Parish Church in Upton, 1 Church St. where she was a long standing member. Arrangements
under the care of
Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.


Milford Regional’s Patient Advisory Council Needs New Members

January 11, 2012 — Milford Regional Medical Center is seeking community members from their 19 town service area to serve on the hospital’s Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). Now in its third year of operation, the PFAC is dedicated to promoting a partnership between the patients, families, and working professionals affiliated with the Medical Center to promote and foster patient-centered care.

The PFAC at Milford Regional, which meets monthly, includes staff from the Medical Center’s administration and departments, and former patients or those who have had family members receive care at the hospital. Community members must reside within Milford Regional’s service area which comprises the following towns: Milford, Hopedale, Mendon, Blackstone, Medway, Uxbridge, Northbridge, Whitinsville, Bellingham, Franklin, Douglas, Grafton, Upton, Hopkinton, Holliston, Millis, Medfield, Wrentham and Millville.

Members commit to a two year term and have the opportunity to participate on various committees, task forces and advisory boards. Several seats are now open. "Our purpose is to participate in the operations of Milford Regional by meeting with senior administrative and medical staff and to give our individual comments and perspectives as former patients and family members," states John Cook, current PFAC chairman and resident of Milford.

Those interested in becoming a member of Milford Regional’s Patient Family Advisory Council must complete and submit an application form by Wednesday, February 29, 2012. For more information on the PFAC at Milford Regional and/or to obtain an application, go to the Medical Center’s Web site at www.milfordregional.org and click on “About Us,” or contact Kim Munto by phone at (508) 422-2202 or email at kmunto@milreg.org .



 State Crime

State Police Arrest Springfield Man for 7th OUI


Suspect was Driving with a License Suspended for OUI;  Nearly Crashed Into Cruiser


January 11, 2012 — Trooper Robert Church, assigned to the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Springfield, was patrolling Route 391 southbound at 1:20 a.m. today in a fully marked cruiser when he was he was nearly struck by a passing pick up truck. After estimating the truck’s speed to be 85mph in a 55mph zone, Trooper Church stopped the truck in the breakdown lane. The trooper observed the operator, JOHN MAHER, 54, of Springfield, to have bloodshot, glassy eyes, slurred speech, and a heavy odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. MAHER made statements relative to having consumed beer earlier in Holyoke. MAHER was also observed to be moving very slowly.


MAHER was unsteady on his feet and nearly fell over when he stepped out of his truck. Trooper Church had to hold MAHER up several times as the suspect was unable to maintain his balance. After administration of field sobriety tests, Trooper Church took MAHER into custody for operating under the influence of liquor.


During the booking process at the Springfield Barracks, a query of MAHER’s driving history through the Registry of Motor Vehicles revealed that MAHER’s license to operator had been suspended for eight years in 2006 at the time of his sixth OUI conviction. MAHER was booked and charged with the following offenses:


1. OUI liquor, 7th offense;

2. Operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license, subsequent offense;

3. Reckless operation of a motor vehicle;

4. Operating a motor vehicle with a license revoked for OUI;

5. Operating a motor vehicle with a license revoked as a habitual traffic offender;

6. Speeding;

7. Marked lanes violation; and

8. Failure to wear a seatbelt.


MAHER was held on $20,000 bail at the barracks and is expected to be arraigned in Chicopee District Court this morning.


Jewish Chorus to Perform at Westborough Congregation

Sunday, February 12, 7:00 pm, Westborough, MA.  Shir Joy, a brand new Jewish Chorus in the MetroWest area led by Jonathan Rappaport, is giving its first full concert at Congregation B’nai Shalom.  The music will include Jewish folk songs to Renaissance Jewish music plus rounds and four-part harmonies — sung in English, Hebrew, Ladino, and Yiddish. Shir Joy is funded through a generous grant from Jewish Federation of Central MA. Our members come from more than 15 towns in the Central MA area. Tickets at the door: $5. Bnai Shalom is at 117 E. Main Street in Westborough, MA.



Hopkinton 57, Medway 49

January 11, 2012 — Barrett Hanlon rises above it all going for two points last night against Medway at the Athletic Center.




What Will You Be Doing on Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

Events for all to participate in are the Peace Song Circle on MLK evening Sunday, January 15, from 6 - 8 Pm at the Hopkinton Public Library with singers from the community singing songs of peace to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. All are welcome to attend.

There will also be cancer care packages being put together at the St Paul's Church/Grace Methodist Church on Wood Street from 10:30 to 2 PM, and collections of toiletries at St John's Church from 10:30 to Noon to go to Project Just Because to help needy families in town.

Boy Scouts will be helping out painting at FCCH and also transporting collected items to PJB at 11:45 and 2 PM on MLK Day.

There will also be a Freshman Boys Basketball game against the Respite Center Special Olympics players at the Hopkinton Middle School Brown gym at 11 AM.

Finally, Hopkinton Seniors are invited to the Hopkinton Senior Housing Main Building for activities hosted by Hopkinton Girl Scouts from 12:30 to 3:30.



Moon Shadow

January 10, 2012 — Cat Stevens had something else in mind when he sang about the title above in his song of the same name. This Moon over Hopkinton appears to have a shadow across it, but it is actually a cloud between the camera and the Moon creating the illusion. The craters near the top of the Moon are especially visible as a result of the angle of the sunlight casting shadows on the unlit side of the ancient impact craters.


Packed House at Hopkinton Drug Free Lecture

January 10, 2012 — Even endocrinologist Dr. Kenneth Blanchard assisted in setting extra chairs after the Senior Center filled past expected capacity and attendees waited in line at the door to be welcomed by Hopkinton Drug Marketing Director Michael Macione.

      According to his bio, the popular Doctor is a "graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cornell University Medical College. He is a renowned board certified Endocrinologist and author. He specializes in the treatment of thyroid disease and diabetes. If you are experiencing depression, fatigue, headaches, memory lapses, weight gain, constipation, cold intolerance, slowed reflexes, hair loss or menstrual abnormalities, these are some of the vague, sometimes debilitating symptoms that, in varying combinations, plague more than 13 million patients with hypothyroidism. Unfortunately, many patients with hypothyroidism go for months to years, from doctor to doctor, from test to tests without being properly diagnosed. This is because the TSH blood test, considered the gold standard for diagnosis, is simply not an accurate indicator of hypothyroidism. Perhaps more perplexing, millions who are properly diagnosed find themselves undergoing often ineffective treatments for their disorder. Dr. Blanchard practice is in Newton MA."

       Dr. Blanchard promised people this evening that because he understands the private nature of the disease's symptoms, depression, fatigue, headaches and weight gain, he would take written questions from people in attendance.

        The drug store's next free lecture will be at 7:00 pm on January 26, 2012 by Dr. Sarika Arora on gastrointestinal health.


Geography Bee

January 10, 2012 — These eager students awaited the start of the Middle School Geography Bee on Monday in the Lecture Hall. HopNews awaits the results of the contest.

        The entire school participated in the preliminary rounds, and one student from each team was chosen for the final round: 3 sixth graders, 2 seventh graders and 3 eighth graders.

        Above, From left to right: 6th graders: T.J. Carey (Second Place), Jack Dionne, Emily Taylor (First Place Winner), 7th graders: Michael Karlis, Tim Simoes, 8th graders:  Jack Hamlin, Geoff Holler and Jonathan Pentani, 3rd place Winner.



Alice Palmer, 89


Hopkinton- Alice Palmer, 89, of Hopkinton, passed away Monday, January 9, 2012 at her home surrounded by family. She was the wife of the late William C. Palmer Jr. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.


John Francis Haggerty, 97

John Francis Haggerty of Hopkinton, where he has lived since 1947, died peacefully on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at the Kathleen Daniel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Framingham. He was 97. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Thomas and Catherine (Spillane) Haggerty, and was raised in Framingham. A 1932 graduate of Framingham High School, he went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1936, and his Masters in Chemistry in 1938 from Boston College. John worked as a chemist and manager for General Electric in Ashland for over 35 years, and during World War II, worked on government munitions projects.


An avid reader, especially about history, he also enjoyed gardening and feeding the hummingbirds that returned to his home every year. He was also a former member of the Knights of Columbus in Ashland, the G.E., Elfun Society, and was very active in Hopkinton, serving on the Planning Board, Finance Committee, Historical Society, and was a Library Trustee. Devoted husband of 51 years to Virginia A. (Kenney) Haggerty, whom passed in 1998, he was the father of John G. Haggerty of New Haven, CT, and Mark G. Haggerty of Malden. Brother of Catherine and Margaret Haggerty, both of Osterville, MA, and the late Thomas, Edward, Philip and Mary Haggerty, and Helen Noonan. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 10am at St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton, followed by burial with his wife in St. Johns Cemetery. Visiting hours at the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton, will be on Tuesday afternoon from 4-7 pm. Relatives and friends kindly invited.



David Wisnewski, 27


David Wisnewski, 27, of Upton, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2012 at Umass Medical Center in Worcester after a short illness. Born in Framingham, he was the son of Chester Wisnewski of Upton and the late Christine (Leal) Wisnewski.

A loving, compassionate and generous person, David enjoyed fishing as well as spending time with close family and friends.

Besides his father, he is survived by his twin brother, Paul Wisnewski of Upton, his grandmother, Alice Leal of Hopkinton, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services with the family will be private. Burial, also private, will take place at Lake View Cemetery in Upton. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.



Trooper Rescues Suicidal Man on Mass Ave Bridge

January 10, 2012 — At approximately 11:50 a.m. a man called 911 on his cell phone and reached the State Police Communications Center at General Headquarters. The man spoke primarily Spanish and some broken English, and indicated he wanted to kill himself. State Police dispatchers determined his location and forwarded the call to the Boston Barracks at Leverett Circle. Trooper Jason Lambert, who was on the desk, the kept the caller on the line while patrols rushed to his suspected location on the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge.


Moments later, Trooper Brian Simpkins saw a Hispanic man talking on a cell phone on the Mass. Avenue Bridge. Figuring it was the man who was threatening suicide, Trooper Simpkins approached him. When the man saw the trooper coming to him, he went to the railing and began putting his leg over the railing. Trooper Simpkins rushed to him, grabbed him, and pulled him back over. Troopers called EMS, which transported the man to Cambridge City Hospital for observation.




Boys Freshman Basketball Team is having as part of Hopkinton's Day of Giving back for Martin Luther King Day on Mon. 1/16, the 4th annual exhibition basketball game vs. Hopkinton Special Olympics at 11 AM in the Brown Gym at Hopkinton Middle School.



Two Chances to Meet With The 300th Anniversary Celebration Committee

Please join us! The 300th Anniversary Celebration Committee is hosting meetings with representatives from town organizations & civic groups to provide information about opportunities to become involved in the celebration.  Plan to attend the most convenient meeting for your schedule - either Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7:00pm at the Senior Center or Saturday, January 21 at 10:30 am in the Middle School cafeteria. We will also be revealing the winner of our logo contest at the Jan. 18 meeting. Please contact us at: hop300th@gmail if you would like to attend. The more participation, the better the celebration!
Snow date: January 28, 10:30am at the MS cafeteria   Visit our website at:



Sex Offender Registry Info Updated on Police News Page

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