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Integrative Medicine

January 26, 2012 — Dr. Sarika Arora finished off this round of Hopkinton Drug's successful Free Lecture Series with an informative talk on food sensitivities at the Hopkinton Senior Center.
        High on the list of "Dirty Dozen" that are chock full of pesticides are peaches, apples, grapes and bell peppers. Dr. Arora suggests those and the others on the list should be organic. Among the "Clean 15" are onions mangos, bananas sweet corn and asparagus. She says that those do not have to be organic.
        Her practice is at the Rothfeld Center in Arlington, and she is available for new patients.


Blue Man

January 26, 2012 — Not sure if he is part of a group, but this fanciful blue man in front of Steven Doherty's Gallery G, a converted greenhouse at Angel's Garden Center, expresses the exuberance that its creator, Michael Alfano, reserves for his artwork.




If a Tree Falls...

January 26, 2012 — If it could, this sheep on Lumber Street would look like the cat that just ate the canary, as it has apparently eaten the bark and small branches off of this tree that fell into its pen.



Hanging Garden

January 26, 2012 — This is not an archived file photo from the summer of 2011, but a photo taken Thursday inside a Weston Nurseries greenhouse in Hopkinton, which is now open year round.



Boston Selected for Navy Week 2012  

Boston Navy Week, June 29 – July 6, is one of 15 selected cities where America’s Navy will “come home” in 2012, giving area residents an opportunity tomeet Sailors and learn about the Navy’s capabilities and relevance to national security.  

Boston Navy Week will commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and The Star Spangled Banner with U.S. Navy ship visits, and special events recognizing America’s Navy for keeping the sea free for more than 200 years.  

The U.S. Navy conducts Navy Weeks across the country to show Americans the return they receive for their substantial investment in America’s Navy.  During a Navy Week, the Navy conducts a variety of outreach events (approx. 75+) in a metropolitan area, sharing the Navy story with as many people as possible.   

The Navy plans to include the following elements in Boston Navy Week 2012: 

- “Blue Angels,” The Navy Flight Demonstration Team

- “Leap Frogs,” The Navy Parachute Team

- Visiting U.S. Navy Ships

- USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world

- Navy Band musical performances

- Admirals and other senior Navy leaders, who will engage with local corporate, civic, government and education leaders

- Navy simulator and other interactive displays

- Visits to area schools

- Community service projects and events with local sports franchises

- Visits with local veterans

Other cities hosting a Navy Week in 2012 are: Phoenix; New Orleans; Nashville, Tenn.; Spokane, Wash.; Baltimore; Sacramento, Calif.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; Milwaukee; Chicago; Toledo, Ohio; Cleveland; Detroit; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Houston.  Courtesy United States Navy.


High School Robotics Team Qualifies for State Championship

January 26, 2012 — The high school robotics team competed in the North Andover First Robotics Qualifier Tournament on January 14th at North Andover High School. The team used a sophisticated lifting mechanism and good match tactics to finish 5th overall out of twenty teams.

The team won the tournament's Connect Award for it's work promoting robotics at the lower grade levels. The combination of winning this award and finishing 5th overall qualified the team for the highly competitive Massachusetts State First Robotics Championship in early March (final date/location TBA).

The team also traveled to Milton High School in December for an official ten team First Robotics Scrimmage where they recorded the high score for the day.

Picture- Members of the HHS team prepare the robot (#4392) for a match.

Article and photo by HHS Robotics Team


Bancroft Students to Represent New England at Nationals in DC Area February 18 – 22

WORCESTER, MA (January 26, 2012) –— Bancroft’s Middle School won the Future City regional competition held at Northeastern University on January 22 against dozens of qualifying middle school teams from throughout the region. More than 35,000 students from 1,300 middle schools have participated nationwide. The winning team from each qualifying regional competition receives an all expenses paid trip to the Future City National Finals in Arlington, VA, February 18-22, 2012.  

After spending many weeks preparing for the competition as part of their MS Future City Club, Bancroft eighth graders Jacqueline Barnes of Hopkinton, MA, Aurea De Souza of South Grafton, MA, Sarah Kotin of Shrewsbury, MA, and Kathryn Price of Holden, MA submitted their project and newly named City – “Peraditi.” The theme this year for all 35,000 participants nationwide was Fuel Your Future. It asks students to choose one energy source and design a way to generate electric power for their city that does not deplete natural resources and has a limited impact on the environment. In Peraditi solar panels and wind towers have an important presence, but their plan calls for humans to produce energy needs in local gyms. Treadmill use is a requirement for all citizens, with tax rebates for high performance and waivers for the elderly or physically challenged. 

“I’m so impressed by the team’s independence, creativity, and hard work with this project,” said Roger Jones, Head of the Middle School. “While they received some guidance from Grade 8 English teacher Sarah Williams, they were on their own through much of this project.” 

Teams are judged by a panel of engineering professionals on their presentation, virtual city design, physical model, research essay and city narrative. Student teams plan and design virtual cities with SimCity 4 software (donated each by Electronic Arts), build physical models with recycled materials and a budget of just $100, research and write a solution to an engineering problem, write a narrative describing their city, and present their ideas before a panel of judges.  

Jacqueline Barnes spent so much time working outside the classroom on her project with teammates that she never expected to win the competition with their unique energy-building concept. “We were just shocked! The idea for our treadmills came out after some brainstorming with my team. We thought about how hamsters can run on a wheel to produce energy then why couldn’t humans run on treadmills? Then we learned that in fact there are some gyms in Australia and Hong Kong where the treadmill is used to power the facility. Why not a city?” 

Bancroft instructor and club advisor Sarah Williams, proposed bringing Future City to the School only last year. “I’ve seen the energy and excitement first hand at other middle schools and thought Bancroft students would excel with an engineering challenge like this one. I’m very proud of the girls’ creative solutions that landed them top in New England.”



Election 2012
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 Sport of the Week  

Hiller Grapplers Show They Can Compete With Elite Top TVL Team,
Despite Tough Loss To Neighboring Panthers, 39-24

By:  Lou Ottaviani

January 26, 2012 — It’s been an up and down season for the Hiller grapplers due to some unfortunate and untimely injuries on this wrestling team.  Despite their setback, Hopkinton is still staying competitive.  “At this point, I’d like to obviously be a lot healthier as a team,” says Coach Tim Nelson.  “But with respect to our team’s situation, our performance and schedule I’m proud of the way the team is doing.  They’re hanging tough with some of the better teams in the state and beating the teams that they should.  Our injuries certainly haven’t helped us.”

Nelson is referring to five key contributors in their respective weight classes:  Scott Nixon, a sophomore (113 lbs.), who has been out due to a rotator cuff injury sustained earlier in the season; Tyler DeWolfe, a senior captain (132 lbs.), who has been out all season with a shoulder injury which he sustained during football season. “This has been a big blow for us,” said Nelson. “Tyler would have been a huge factor for us had he been healthy.”  Another senior captain, Tucker Mayo (160 lbs.) has been out with a shoulder injury as well, but should be ready, hopefully, come time for post season action.  Callan Berry, a sophomore (182 lbs.) suffered a concussion in a previous match and will be forced to sit out a week (MIAA rules) for this week’s competition and senior (220 lbs.) John Schofield has also been sidelined battling a lingering back injury sustained during football season.  He is being re-evaluated to see if and when he will be able to return.  “John is a very strong wrestler and a key wrestler filling one of our upper weight class spots,” says Nelson. 

On a positive note, this year’s squad has produced the largest numbers since Nelson has been coaching at Hopkinton.  “We have a young team mostly comprised of freshmen and sophomores which bodes well for our future,” said Nelson. 

Typically when a team encounters obstacles, it presents opportunities for others to step up and perhaps even catch the eye of the coach.  For Nelson this has been the case.  Wrestlers acknowledged for their effort include:  Nick Ferris (a 126 pound sophomore), brothers Nolan (145 lbs., sophomore) and Nick Cornu (132 lbs., senior), senior captain Jesse Shea (152 lbs.), Collin Shea (106 lbs., freshman) and senior Tim O’Malley (285 lbs.).   

“Nick (Ferris) is starting to come into his own and is starting to peak,” said Nelson.  “This is good for him as we start to get ready for the upcoming post season. Both Nolan and Nick (Cornu) have been consistent all year and have a great shot at qualifying for the state tournament this year.  Jesse has been our most elite wrestler at this point.  He looks to contend for a sectional title and place in the state tournament.  Collin (Shea) has been an up and coming wrestler and shows promise for the future.  Tim (O’Malley) has a great shot at placing or even winning at the sectional tournament for us.” 

Last night saw Hopkinton (7-7) put up a good match to second place Holliston (13-30, despite not having the services of five key starters from their lineup, due to injuries.  Despite the final outcome, losing 39-24, the Hillers made a gallant effort. 




Milford Regional Announces $40 million Expansion

January 25, 2012 — Milford Regional Medical Center announced plans for a $40 million building expansion at its annual meeting held on Monday, January 23. The new two-story, 60,000 square foot structure will be located on the east side of the hospital along Route 16. It will house a new emergency department, intensive care unit and additional patient rooms.
            According to Francis M. Saba, Milford Regional CEO (file photo), patient demand and the need to accommodate the very latest medical equipment are the driving forces behind this expansion. “Our emergency department (ED) is significantly undersized to meet the needs of the community,” he states. Milford Regional had 55,213 ED patient visits in 2011. The new emergency department will double the size of its current footprint and include additional diagnostic imaging services.
          Saba also notes that the 10 rooms now inside the ICU, built in the 1960’s, are no longer large enough to accommodate present-day medical equipment. To address this challenge as well as growing demand for intensive care, the new ICU will house 16 spacious rooms.
          The expansion will also include 24 new medical/surgical rooms with telemetry for cardiac monitoring. Saba explains the new patient rooms will not increase the overall number of hospital beds, but will allow the Medical Center to convert multi-patient rooms to private without reducing capacity.
          The building project must first receive both local and state approvals before moving forward. Financing and fundraising efforts will also factor into the expansion’s final plans. Saba estimates an approximate two-and-a-half-year timeframe before groundbreaking.




THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012, 7:30 P.M.


Please join members of your local Boards of Selectmen as we meet with legislative leaders to discuss the recently passed Gaming Legislation. The discussion will outline the legislation and the options for surrounding communities impacted by the new law.

The agenda will consist of the following:


Joseph P. Marsden, Chair, Holliston Board of Selectmen

Senator Karen Spilka
Representative Carolyn Dykema




Skateboard Club Wins Marathon Number - Needs Runner

The Skateboard Club won an invitational number to the Boston Marathon by applying to the Selectmen. They are looking for someone to run for them. The money earned will go to additions and repairs to the Hank Fredette Skateboard Park at EMC Park. 

If you would like to run in the Boston Marathon, the kids would truly appreciate it. Apply before January 31, 2012 by calling School Resource Officer Philip Powers at 508-497-9820, X1004.



17 Year-old Hopkinton Teen Crash Victim Airlifted to UMass
Hopkinton Police Department Press Release

On Wednesday January 25, 2012, at approximately 6:14 AM, Hopkinton Police received a report of a single car crash in the area of 59 West Elm Street. Upon arrival officers observed the vehicle, a 2000 Honda, had collided with a tree on the driver’s side. The operator and lone occupant of the vehicle, a 17 year old male Hopkinton resident, was initially found unconscious in the vehicle and believed to have suffered head trauma. 

The operator was provided medical care by Hopkinton Fire Paramedics and was transported to UMass Medical Center in Worcester via helicopter for further treatment of his injuries.  

The crash investigation is being conducted by Hopkinton Police and the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section.


Hopkinton Public Library Foundation Seeks Two Boston Marathon Runners
Mother-Daughter Tea a Huge Success

Want to help raise funds to expand and improve Hopkinton Public Library? Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, is seeking two individuals to run the world celebrated Boston Marathon in April 2012. On January 24, 2012, the town of Hopkinton awarded two numbers to Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, Inc., in the town’s first-ever marathon number lottery offered to non-profit fundraising efforts. If you are interested in running for the Foundation, or would like more information, please contact info@hopkintonpubliclibrary.org, or contact Laura Barry at (508) 435-0087.

Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, Inc. held its first fundraiser to benefit Hopkinton Public Library on Sunday, January 22, 2012. The Mother Daughter Princess Tea, which attracted 250 participants and raised approximately $6,000, was a huge success!

Hopkinton Public Library Foundation would like to thank the Friends of the Hopkinton Public Library and Hallmark Sotheby's International Realty for sponsorship of the Mother Daughter Tea, and the many local individuals and businesses that donated generously. The Foundation also wishes to thank all of the mothers and daughters who attended, and the numerous volunteers who planned and ran the event.

Founded in September 2011, Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, Inc., is spearheading efforts to raise private funds for the expansion and state-of-the-art renovation of Hopkinton Public Library. The Hopkinton Public Library Foundation is led by a Board of Directors comprised of eight Hopkinton volunteers. Directors are Scott Richardson, John Ferrari, Laura Barry, Ron Eldridge, Katie Davenport, Amy Montalto, Joe Markey and Lindsay McDermott. In addition to the Directors, the Foundation already has recruited the assistance of countless volunteers. If you are interested in learning more about Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, or would like to volunteer, please contact the Foundation at


M. Eileen Frieh 

M. Eileen Frieh, 74, a native of Hopkinton, Mass.,and currently of Cincinnati, passed Jan. 24, 2012. Beloved wife of 52 years of Philip Frieh. Loving mother of Sharon (Bill) Rudd, Annie (Bob) Ridener, C.Tigg (Matt) Baker and the late Mary Eileen Frieh. Loving grandmother of Megan Rudd. Devoted sister of Judith (Bernie) Loell, Evelyn (Tom) Mullen and the late Bill Crohan. Visitation will be Friday from 2 pm until time of service at 3:30 PM at the Hay Funeral Home and Cremation Ctr. 7312 Beechmont Ave. 45230. Guest book at www.hayfuneralhome.com




HELP! I am lost. 

My name is Emmy Lou, and I am a small, silver miniature schnauzer. I really appreciate your kindness in giving me shelter, but my home is with the Jackson family, and they miss me terribly (I miss them, too). Thank you for the treats, introducing me to your lovely cats, and feeding me the leftover cooked hamburger. Actually, I prefer raw meat, but I will eat most anything you put in front of me (We needn't go into detail.).

I am wearing an orange collar with Hopkinton tags. I wandered from my Clinton St./East St. area of East Hopkinton around 1230 pm Saturday, January 21st. If you see me, please contact Robert, who will get you in touch with my very sad family. 508-435-5534.


Senate President Appoints Senator Spilka to Leadership Position 

BOSTON – Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) today added a second woman to the Senate’s top posts after a full Democratic caucus approved a reconfigured Murray leadership team. 

Senator Jack Hart (D-Boston) moves up into the role of Assistant Majority Leader. Senator Harriette Chandler (D-Worcester) also moves up, taking the position of Majority Whip. And the newest member of the leadership team, Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), takes over as Assistant Majority Whip. 

“It is an honor to be appointed by Senate President Murray to serve as Assistant Majority Whip,” Spilka said. “I look forward to taking on this new role in supporting the Senate’s agenda and remain steadfast in my commitment to being a responsible steward of the taxpayers and an advocate for working families across the Commonwealth. I am eager to work with my colleagues on continuing our efforts to bring about necessary reform, promote job growth and economic development, and support the important services and programs our most vulnerable citizens depend on.” 

“All three senators have demonstrated the commitment and ability to lead in this body and deliver on important issues for the Commonwealth,” Murray said. “They each have the respect and support of their colleagues, and I am proud to have them on my leadership team.” 

The changes were made possible by the departure last year of the former senator from the Second Suffolk and Middlesex District, Steven Tolman, who served as Assistant Majority Leader under Murray. 

The Senate President’s entire leadership team is now set as follows: 

·         Senator Fred Berry (D-Peabody) remains as Majority Leader;

·         Senator Stanley Rosenberg (D-Amherst) remains as President Pro Tempore;

·         Senator Hart moves up from Majority Whip to Assistant Majority Leader;

·         Senator Chandler moves up from Assistant Majority Whip to Majority Whip; and

·         Senator Spilka moves into the role of Assistant Majority Whip after three years as Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development. 

The moves result in several changes in committee chairmanships. With Spilka going into leadership, Senator Gale Candaras (D-Wilbraham) takes over as Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development. 

In two other moves, Senator James Timilty (D-Walpole) joins the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, replacing Spilka; and Senator Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport) becomes a member of the Joint Committee on Revenue, also replacing Spilka.

~ Contributed content.




Representative Visits Hopkinton Seniors 

Senior Moments
Nancy L. Drawe

What could be a better way to start off a nice warm January morning at the Senior Center than with a continental breakfast and a chat with State Representative Carolyn Dykema?   

Carolyn was at the senior center on Tuesday, January 24, to speak to Hopkinton residents in a nice casual atmosphere, held right in the dining room over coffee and muffins.  Her key topics were Economic Development and Job Creation, 2013 Budget, Healthcare and Transportation.   

I didn’t know this, but MA is number FIVE in job creations, up from number forty seven last year!  There are statewide initiatives for businesses, which may increase the amount of jobs offered.  Health insurance rate caps, unemployment insurance rate caps, sales tax holidays just to name a few.   

As far as health care, MA has almost 98% of it’s population covered and THAT is the highest in the nation right now.   Our state dropped from number one to number nine in the nation for the cost of healthcare.  

Carolyn spent a lot of time chatting with the residents, answering questions and talking about the state budget for the year ahead.   

“Things are heading in the right direction,” said Carolyn.   Now, that’s a GOOD thing!   

Any resident who would like to speak with Representative Dykema should contact her office at (617) 722-2210 or email her aide at leah.robins@mahouse.gov to set up a personal appointment.  

That’s it for now, so if you have any comments or suggestions, you can email me:  Punkala@aol.com.  Until next time, have a great week! 



BAA Numbers Drawn

January 24, 2012 — The Selectmen, flush with 17 BAA Marathon invitational numbers to draw in a lottery, invited Hopkinton Marathon Committee Chair, Dorothy Ferriter-Wallace, to draw the winning names this evening. Thirteen organizations bid for the numbers, so the Selectmen gave each applicant a number, and then drew four more from the entire group. Many organizations expect each charitable runner to get $4,000 pledged for their run. Some on his team, according to Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge runner Selectman Brian Herr, collect $8,000 on average in donations.

      Below, Hopkinton Library Foundation members react to receiving the first draw.



January 24, 2012

11:32 pm A caller reports banging noises in the former liquor store... 

2:43 am Attendant called regarding two women reporting that they were robbed by a... 

5:21 pm  An individual reported that a business on West Main Street has its door open... 

11:26 pm Caller reports multiple vehicles stopped and stuck on the West Main Street...



 State News

Railroad Torpedoes Discovered in Chester, Mass 

January 24, 2012 — Today, at 11:20 a.m. Trooper Mark Rodgers, assigned to the Russell Barracks, was observing traffic when he was approached by a concerned citizen who claims to have found what he believed to be several sticks of old dynamite on his property in Chester. Trooper Rodgers requested the citizen taken him back to his property and followed him to a garage in Chester. Trooper Rodgers was shown a burlap bag that containing 50-75 smaller sticks of explosives that he had never seen before. Trooper Rodgers requested the assistance of the State Fire Marshalls Office and the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad. As a precaution, Chester Fire Department and Hilltown Ambulance were called and placed on standby. Trooper Michael Mazza from the Fire Marshals Office and Trooper Jeremy Cotton from the Bomb Squad responded to the address and found the explosives to be railroad “Torpedoes”.  

The so-called “Torpedoes” are small explosive devices that were used as signal devices and considered obsolete. They were placed onto train tracks and were set off by a train running over them to warn railroad workers of an oncoming train. The “Torpedoes” were placed in an explosive-safe container and transported to a safe location to be disposed of. Trooper Rodgers explained that while the Town of Chester is a railroad hub and rich in railroad history; this is not a common occurrence.



Join us for a one-hour, interactive presentation for
parents of college-bound high school students.

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

7 – 8pm

Hopkinton Middle School Library 

Linda Katz, OTR/L of Right Fit College Coaching in Hopkinton will help you and your child get on the right track as you navigate the college planning process. Linda specializes in helping students with learning differences; this presentation will be helpful to parents of all students in grades 9, 10 and 11.



Allison (Allie) Patricia Lundy, 10

Allison (Allie) Patricia Lundy, 10 of Hopkinton, MA was born into eternal life at Children's Hospital in Boston on the evening of Friday, January 20, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Boston, MA she was the beloved daughter of Daniel and Maureen (Malensek) Lundy of Hopkinton, MA. Allie was a fifth grader at the Hopkins School. She loved her family and friends dearly and kept very active with skiing, gymnastics, piano, chorus, Girl Scouts and golf. She loved her dog Tessie, Taylor Swift, American Girl dolls and the color pink. Besides her parents, she is survived by her siblings Ryan Daniel and Katherine Marie Lundy of Hopkinton, her paternal grandparents Edward and Janice Lundy of Liverpool, NY and her maternal grandparents Richard and Patricia Malensek of Brookfield, WI, her aunts and uncles Michael (Joanne) Lundy, of Canandaigua, NY, Sharon (Lawrence) LaBella of Auburn, NY, Mark (Jill) Lundy of Asbury, NJ, Kathleen (Christopher) Stafford of Marblehead, MA, Margaret (Doug) Riemer of Brookfield, WI, Katherine (Anthony) Kuzba of Whitefish Bay, WI, and Richard Malensek of San Diego, CA. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, January 27th at 10:00am in St. John the Evangelist Parish 20 Church St. in Hopkinton followed by private burial. Calling hours will be held Thursday from 4:00-7:00 PM in the St. John the Evangelist Parish Center. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Pediatric Brain Tumor Research, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445 www.mataresefuneral.com

Allison (Allie) Patricia Lundy, 10 of Hopkinton, MA was born into eternal life at Children's Hospital in Boston on the evening of Friday, January 20, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Boston, MA she was the beloved daughter of Daniel and Maureen (Malensek) Lundy of Hopkinton, MA. Allie was a fifth grader at the Hopkins School. She loved her family and friends dearly and kept very active with skiing, gymnastics, piano, chorus, Girl Scouts and golf. She loved her dog Tessie, Taylor Swift, American Girl dolls and the color pink. Besides her parents, she is survived by her siblings Ryan Daniel and Katherine Marie Lundy of Hopkinton, her paternal grandparents Edward and Janice Lundy of Liverpool, NY and her maternal grandparents Richard and Patricia Malensek of Brookfield, WI, her aunts and uncles Michael (Joanne) Lundy, of Canandaigua, NY, Sharon (Lawrence) LaBella of Auburn, NY, Mark (Jill) Lundy of Asbury, NJ, Kathleen (Christopher) Stafford of Marblehead, MA, Margaret (Doug) Riemer of Brookfield, WI, Katherine (Anthony) Kuzba of Whitefish Bay, WI, and Richard Malensek of San Diego, CA. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, January 27th at 10:00am in St. John the Evangelist Parish 20 Church St. in Hopkinton followed by private burial. Calling hours will be held Thursday from 4:00-7:00 PM in the St. John the Evangelist Parish Center. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Pediatric Brain Tumor Research, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445 http://www.mataresefuneral.com/


Overflow Crowd Supports Ice Arena
Parks and Recreation Commission moves hockey arena idea forward

January 23, 2012 — The Parks and Recreation Commission held a public hearing this evening and heard from supporters of an ice arena on Legacy Farms property who favor using the 19-acre parcel for that purpose. In a 4-1 vote at 10:45 pm, long after most everyone had left, the commission voted to send the idea along to the Selectmen for the next step in the process. 

The parcel was designated in the Host Community Agreement with Legacy Farms for recreational use, specifically soccer, and may need to be amended for the ice arena. In a community survey conducted by the Parks and Recreation Commission last year, most responders voted for a community pool with a hockey arena a close second. However, no one has offered to build the pool, but the Demons Hockey has offered, in a draft agreement with the town, to invest about $7 million toward completion of the proposed, enclosed arena. 

After tonight's vote, Selectman Brian Herr, a longtime advocate of the arena, said there would be room for other uses, such as a meeting room, ice time for non-hockey skating as well as parking for other events. The conceptual drawing (Please click on thumbnail to enlarge) shows other recreational uses like volleyball, tennis and basketball, as well as an amphitheater. 

The puck is now on the Selectmen's ice.





January 23, 2012 — Mangia Neapolitan Pizza co-owner Michael DeRubeis (hand on table) got his plan approved this evening by the Planning Board, but is not confident about opening for Super Bowl Sunday as planned, after hitting a few bumps in the road. Although a busy pizza shop was located in that building years ago, there was no grease trap to keep cooking grease from entering the sewer system. Mr. DeRubeis had a 1,500 gallon trap installed today, a move that took up time that could have been used toward an earlier opening. The franchise boasts a whole wheat pizza crust, and delivery or pick up. The Main Street Hopkinton store will be the seventh in the Mangia! group, and it will be opening soon.
        The Planning Board also discussed the possibility of the town exercising its right of first refusal and purchasing the 204-acre Terry property. The property has come under agreement between the Terry family owners and Paul Mastroianni, who would like to develop it, for $3 million.
         The obvious possible need would be for the school department, inasmuch as the land borders school land on the eastern side. However, Director of Land Use and Planning Elaine Lazarus said that there is a Conservation Restriction on the land that would need to be crossed to reach the land under discussion. Ms. Lazarus said that to remove the restriction would first take a Town Meeting vote, and then and act of the legislature.
         Another access would be from Lumber Street or Chamberlain Street, but there was little support for those ideas.
        Although the board did not vote either to support or not support the town exercising its right, there was clearly no support for doing so.



Hopkinton Police Charge Two Millis Teens with Kidnapping

January 23, 2012 —Hopkinton Police charged two teens from Millis early Sunday morning with kidnapping two girls after the alleged victims were brought to the suspects' location in Millis for identification. 

According to the arresting officer's report, two girls from Marlborough were at a party in Worcester when they were separated from their ride. Knowing most of the partygoers there, they felt safe accepting a ride from people who they did not know, but who promised to bring them to Marlborough, even though the BMW had 5 passengers already. 

When the girls felt that the driver passed their exit, they became scared and repeatedly asked to be let out, but the driver refused, according to Officer Peter Booth. 

Instead, the driver, according to Officer Booth, said he would bring them to his home in Millis and drive them home in the morning. 

The group stopped at Cumberland Farms on West Main Street in Hopkinton so the girls could use the rest room. One girl said she had lost her phone in the vehicle, and when they exited the rest room, a passenger said he found it. Instead, he took the phone from the other girl, jumped into the car and took off, but not before the girls got their license plate number. Medway Police found the suspect vehicle with five occupants at the McDonald's in Medway and waited for Hopkinton Police to bring the girls there for identification. 

At 5:40 am Sunday, Officer John Moran arrested Aaron Ariel Hunter, 19, of Adams Street in Millis and charged him with Assault with a dangerous weapon, Unarmed Robbery, two counts of Kidnapping, Larceny from a person, Larceny Under $250, Reckless Operation of a motor Vehicle and Use of a Motor Vehicle in a Felony/Larceny. 

Also arrested was Dante Jasper Curry, 17, of Island Road in Millis. He was charged with Assault with a dangerous weapon, Unarmed Robbery, two counts of Kidnapping, Larceny from a person, and Use of a Motor Vehicle in a Felony/Larceny.


Donald F. Kerr, 84

Upton – Donald F. Kerr, 84, of Upton died Sat. Jan. 21, 2012 in the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. He was the husband of Miriam L. (Colwell) Carpenter Kerr and the late Anne E. (Lockey) Kerr who died in 2002.

Mr. Kerr was the Owner and President of Kerr Steel Detailers, Inc. of Upton for 30 years prior to his retirement in 2002. Mr. Kerr established his company in 1972.

Mr. Kerr was born in Milford, May 5, 1927, the son of the late J. Roy and Gertrude A. (Welch) Kerr and had been a resident of Milford prior to moving to Upton in the early 1970’s. He attended Milford High School and graduated from Admiral Billard Academy in New London, CT. Mr. Kerr attended Purdue University and the University of Maine before graduating from Northeastern University in Boston.

Mr. Kerr served in World War II as a Staff Sergeant with the F.M.F. First Marine Brigade in the Pacific Theatre.

Mr. Kerr was a member of the First Congregational Church of Milford, a life member of the Maspenock Rod & Gun Club of Milford and a member of the National Rifle Association. He was a member of the Marshall-Leland, American Legion Post # 173 of Upton and the Past President of the former Peppercorn Hill Association in Upton.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Kerr is survived by one son, Thomas R. and his wife Karen Kerr of Norfolk, three daughters, Nancy E. Bassett and her significant other, Bob Reed both of Upton and Catherine W. Kerr and her husband Ted Hatch both of Winthrop, ME. and Joyce E. Realini and her husband Tom Krzan both of Harrisville, RI; four grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by two brothers, Robert Kerr and Charles F. Kerr and two sisters, Hazel MacCabe and Margery Oleskie.

Funeral services will be held Thurs. Jan. 26, 2012 at 2 PM in the Faith Community Church of Hopkinton, 146 East Main St. (Rt. 135), Hopkinton, MA 01748.

Burial with Full Military Honors will be held in the spring at Maplewood Cemetery, Upton.

Visiting hours for Mr. Kerr will be Wed. Jan. 25, 2012 from 4-7 PM in the BUMA-SARGEANT FUNERAL HOME, 42 Congress St., Milford, 01757.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mr. Kerr’s memory may be made to either the Milford Humane Society, P.O. Box 171, Medway, MA 02053 or to the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra, 54 Claflin St., Milford, MA 01757.



Alice M. Paradis, 81 

Hopkinton - Alice M. Paradis, 81, of Hopkinton, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2012. Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Alice (Joyce) and Edward Ellis. She was the wife of Henry V. Paradis of Hopkinton.

Alice was a Sunday School teacher and was a member of the Women's Club and active with the Bible study at St. John's Church, the Boston Marathon and Polyarts. She enjoyed vacationing in Ogunquit, Maine.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Karen Martin and her husband David of Marlborough; a brother, Edward Ellis and his wife Karen of Acton. She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Sean Martin of Ashland, Kami Guthrie and her husband Bryan of Northborough, and a great grandchild, Lila. She is predeceased by a great grandchild, Connor Kilrain, and her siblings, Jack, Joe and Mary.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 25th from 4-7p.m. at the
Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St.
A funeral mass will take place at St. John's Church on Thursday at 10:00a.m. with burial following in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to The Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center, 112 Main St. Hopkinton, MA. 01748.


Elizabeth Barbara Boelsen, 90 

Hopkinton- Elizabeth Barbara Boelsen, 90,of Hopkinton, passed away January 21, 2012. Born in Yonkers, NY., she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth and William Tintera. She was the wife of the late John Boelsen Sr.

A longtime Hopkinton resident, Elizabeth was the last of eight siblings. She leaves behind 6 children, Michael C. Boelsen of Hopkinton, John J. Boelsen III of Hopkinton, Elizabeth Ross of Ashland, Grace Bowker of Webster, Barbara Boelsen of Hopkinton, and Margaret Warner of North Carolina; 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 from 5:30-7:30p.m. at the
Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. A funeral mass will take place on Wednesday at 9:00a.m. at St. Cecilia�s Church in Ashland. Burial will follow at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY.






The Hopkinton School Committee will be holding its annual Public Hearings on School Choice and the School District Budget at 7 pm on Thursday, January 26, 2012 in the Middle School Library. Residents are encouraged to attend and share their opinions with the School Committee prior to votes being taken on both issues. The Superintendent’s Proposed FY13 Budget can be reviewed on the district website at: http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/newweb2/schoolcommittee/budget/12_13/FY13SuptPreliminaryBudget.pdf. Anyone who is unable to attend the meeting on the 26th is invited to contact the School Committee prior to the meeting to share their opinions. Contact information is available on the district website.


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