February 12, 2012 — The Hopkinton
Swimming and Diving Girl's Team had an incredible meet Saturday
morning, by placing 10th out of 44 teams at the South/Central
Sectionals at MIT. That was the highest finishing local
team. Sophomore Carly Adams (photo) placed 3rd in the
breaststroke, bettering her previous best time by almost two
seconds!! Freshmen Renee Salois had a great meet on
the diving board, and ended up 7th place. Last year's only
point getter for the entire team, Senior Juliana Tordella placed
17th, and Sophomore Ashley Windheuser placed 19th.
Freshmen Brianna Gallo had a
tremendous meet, by moving up ten spots in the 100 freestyle,
dropping over two seconds, qualifying for the State
Championships, and placing 12th with her best time. Other
individual swims that had best times, were Junior Jackie
Schofield and Freshmen Bridget Coffey's breaststroke.
The relays are really where the
team shined. The 200 Medley Relay of Brianna Gallo,
Bridget Coffey, Carly Adams and freshman Nikki Anenberg placed
7th, and the 400 free relay of Brianna, Nikki, Senior Madeline
Lipkin and Carly placed 10th, with the 2nd fastest 400 free
relay in school history. The 200 Free Relay with Bridget,
Freshman Emily Lewkowicz, Jackie and Nikki dropped a second off
their best time.
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Tops 5 Teams and on to the Nationals
February 12, 2012 — Hopkinton High
School Cheerleaders showed their strength and spirit by taking
the TVL league crown besting five other teams Saturday afternoon
at Medway High School. ANOTHER victory on the road to the
nationals in Florida at the end of March. Congratulations to
Hopkinton High Cheerleaders.
6:00 p.m. -
Woodville Rod &
Gun Club • 252 Wood Street, Hopkinton
Appetizers and Cash Bar • Contributions to the Dessert Table are
an adult-only function for LMPA members.
feel free to bring non-members who would like to join the LMPA!!
Membership renewal is available as well. 50/50 Raffle
Blue and Gold
A magician entertains Cub Scouts and siblings
at Pack 26's annual Blue & Gold dinner.
February 11, 2012 — Angel's Garden Center Principal Steven
Doherty turned one of the greenhouses into Gallery G, an art
gallery show and sale this evening, hosting such Hopkinton
notables as sculptor Michael Alfano and photographer Rich
Gazoorian. The models above were photographed by Mr. Doherty and
are wearing wigs of leaves, combining three of his vocations —
hairstyling, gardening and photography — into one.
Lions and Tigers and Bears!
February 11, 2012 — Woodville Rod and Gun Club member Tom Pratt
dishes out some venison meatballs in one of two buffet serving
lines this evening for the club's game feed. Although lions and
tigers were not on the menu, bear tacos were, as well as
pheasant stir fry, wild boar porketta, venison shepherd's pie
and buffalo meatloaf. The official count was 157 mostly male
diners who were seated together like sardines, which were
not on the menu.
February 11, 2012 — Weston Nurseries President Peter Mezitt
arrives at the Hopkinton Country Club and shows Hopkinton
Boosters volunteer Joy Donahue his donation of a raffle prize, a
vase of a beautiful dozen red roses.
February 11, 2012 — These year-round residents, a mallard duck
couple, nest at the beginning of West Elm Street, formerly known
to the natives as "Little South Street," and keep company with a
couple of dozen Canada geese as well as several of their own
kind. Photo taken at dusk today.
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Not Get the Memo
February 11, 2012 — This Spring Street resident photographed
this afternoon did not hear the warm weather forecast, and
apparently missed last week's football matchup.
February 11, 2012 — All eyes are on the four Pinewood Derby cars
racing toward the finish line today as Pack 97 took their turn
at the event at St. John the Evangelist Parish Center. The cars
are going so fast that they are a blur.
February 11, 2012 — Barrett Hanlon takes the elevator for two
points against Medway last night.
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February 11, 2012
— Victoria Munger sets up a play against Medway last night.
Robert “Sully” Sullivan, 83
Robert “Sully” Sullivan, 83,
of Hopkinton passed away Friday, Feb. 10th at the Metrowest
Medical Center in Framingham. Born in Natick, he was the son of
the late Daniel and Margaret (Fitzgerald) Sullivan and husband
of Barbara (Beswick) Sullivan. They were married for 60 years.
Mr. Sullivan worked for Monnick Supply Hardware in the Paint
Dept. for many years and later worked for Data General. A
resident of Hopkinton for 55 years, Bob was active with the
Hopkinton and Ashland Lions Clubs and was a member of the VFW
Post 2331 in Ashland. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed spending
time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, especially
summer camping with family and friends. Mr. Sullivan served his
country honorably in the Army.
In addition to
his wife, he is survived by three children: Judy MacKinnon and
her husband Dale of Natick; Paula Whitham and her husband David
of Upton; and Daniel Sullivan and his wife Wendy of Hopedale;
five grandchildren; Keri Spriggs, Ryan MacKinnon, Scott Whitham,
and Kyle and Cassy Sullivan; two great-grandchildren; Alexis and
Kaylee Spriggs; and one brother, Richard Sullivan and his wife
Marilyn of Natick.
A Funeral Mass
will be celebrated Wednesday, Feb. 15th at 10:00am in St. John
the Evangelist Parish, 20 Church St. in Hopkinton with burial to
follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Hopkinton. Calling hours will
be held Tuesday from 4:00-8:00 PM in the Matarese Funeral Home,
325 Main St. in Ashland. In lieu of flowers donations may be
made to Mass Lions Eye Research, C/O PDG William T. Murphy, PO
Box 6050, New Bedford MA 02742-6050 or the Learning Center for
the Deaf, 848 Central Street, Framingham, MA 01701 or
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA
Gallery Show and Art Sale
Angel's Garden Center
(Enter School Street Side)
Saturday, February 11, 2012
- 10:00 pm
TEENS AND HEALTHY BODY
IMAGE: A HOPKINTON YOUTH SERVICES PROGRAM FEBRUARY 27th
On Monday, February 27th, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Jean
Vazza of Hopkinton Youth Services will facilitate a
community-minded discussion on "Adolescence and Healthy Body
Image" at the Hopkinton Public Library. Topics of focus include
concerns related to teen dieting, eating disorders, signs of
depression, mood swings, drug/alcohol use, addiction and sleep
problems. Discussion will emphasize ways of promoting healthy
life practices in eating, sleeping, exercise and wellness in the
teen years and participants will be encouraged to contribute
their concerns and suggestions. This program is free and open to
the public. Advance registration is required by simply
contacting Jean at
or 508.497.9820 ext. 1520. Please mention name, number
attending and contact info (email or phone). The Hopkinton
Public Library is located at 13 Main Street in Hopkinton.
SAVE THE DATE
The Second Annual HPTA's Adult Coed Kickball
Tournament is coming Saturday, April 28th to
If you played in this great event
last year you know how much fun it was!!!
Start talking to your friends,
bookclubs, neighbors etc. to build your winning team.
Teams are made up of 5 men and 5
women and there is a $200 entry fee. All proceeds go
directly to Hopkinton Public Schools.
Please contact Shannon Hedstrom at
email@example.com to answer any questions and
to register your team. Online registration will be
open March 25th.
New this year:
* High School Seniors can form a
team to play
* Babysitting provided by the Leo
Club for Players Children during your game time
* Individual players can sign up for
a cost of $20 a player and will be placed on a team.
Face Your Giants as David Did
Christian Book Club-
"Focus on giants—you stumble. Focus on God—your
giants tumble." Join us on March 6 at 7PM in
room 237 at Faith Community Church, 146 East Main St., Hopkinton
as we facilitate a discussion on Facing Your Giants by
Max Lucado. Lucado has
modern readers slaying their own giants (such as bills you can’t
pay, people you can’t please, habits you can’t break, etc.)
using principles gleaned from David's life in the Bible. He goes
beyond the storytelling to offer readers concrete actions to
help slay their giants. His casual style appeals to the most
reluctant readers, yet his spiritual depth will challenge and
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Charles Trail Committee
The Board of Selectmen voted at its
February 7, 2012 meeting to seek candidates for membership on
the Upper Charles Trail Committee.
Police Association Seeks Marathon Waiver Applicants
The Hopkinton Police Association is
looking for two individuals willing to run the Boston Marathon
while raising money for the Hopkinton Police Association. The
waivers are available to the first two individuals willing to
raise at least $3000.00. The waivers allow the individual to run
in the Marathon without the required qualifying times and give
access to all the pre and post marathon events. The
proceeds from the waivers will allow the Hopkinton Police
Association to continue giving back to the community in the form
of charitable donations to worthy causes, scholarships and
police interactions with the community outside of the usual
These waivers are being offered on a
first come first serve basis. The first two individuals to
commit to the minimum $3,000.00 goal will be awarded the
Friday, February 10th
4 - 7 PM
next several weeks, we will be tasting, and in some cases
re-tasting, some highly-rated value wines. This week,
we will taste a Pinot Gris from Oregon, a German Riesling, a
red blend from Spain, a red blend from the Côtes du Ventoux,
and an Australian Cabernet Sauvignon. To learn more, or to
sign up for the newsletter, visit
Hopkinton Wine and Spirits website.
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Ramp in Marlborough
February 9, 2012
— The ramp from Route 290 eastbound to 495 westbound was closed
after this morning’s tractor-trailer rollover in Marlborough.
The driver was
extricated by firefighters and was not injured. The trailer was
hauling food, which has been condemned by the local board of
health. The ramp was during the cleanup and investigation.
the State Police Barracks in Leominster and the
State Police Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Section
arrived on scene on-scene.
In the photo on
the right, Troopers Peter Johnson and Dan Fitzgerald inspect the
In the photo
above left, heavy duty wreckers, used to upright the truck, are
seen on the ramp from a distance, beneath a sign warning of a
tight curve in the road. Photos are courtesy of Massachusetts
Students Named to President’s List At Southern New Hampshire
Manchester, N.H. (February 9, 2012)-- Hopkinton
residents Erika Carlson, Sport Management, and Rachel
Dobinski, Communication/Digital, students, from Hopkinton,
Massachusetts have been named to the Dean’s List for the fall
2011 semester at Southern New Hampshire University in
Manchester. To be eligible for this honor, a student must
compile an academic grade point average of 3.5 – 4.0.
HANCOCK FINANCIAL ANNOUNCES 2012 BOSTON MARATHON
INTERNATIONAL ELITE FIELD
34 Elite Athletes From Around The World
Invited For 116th
Running On April 16
2012 Marks 27th
Year Of John Hancock’s Landmark Sponsorship
Of Boston Marathon And 150th
Anniversary Of Founding Of Company
MA, February 9, 2012—In its 27th
year as principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon, John Hancock
Financial today announced the elite field for the 116th
running of the Boston Marathon on April 16. A complete field
champions Geoffrey Mutai (HopNews file photos) and Caroline
Kilel will defend their titles, but will be challenged by the
fastest men’s and women’s fields ever assembled for the Boston
Marathon. With 31 contenders setting their personal best time in
the past two years, including eight men under 2:07 and ten women
under 2:24, the race will prove highly competitive.
Last year, Mutai
ran an unmatched 2:03:02 World Best on Boston’s certified
course, without the aid of pacesetters, and then followed that
accomplishment with a course record win in New York City. Mutai
is now the fastest marathoner in history, and the only man to
ever set course records at Boston and New York in the same year.
February 9, 2012 — These mute swans have developed very long
necks over the eons, apparently to reach deeper than other birds
who feed off of lake vegetation. To see what they do, mouse-over
the image above. The photo was taken this morning at Lake
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MARKET TO MOUTHFULS”
Make and eat a healthy salad lunch
Tuesday, February 21, at 12:30
Barbara Gold, Dietitian, Chef/
Baypath Elder Services
ways to make healthy, low cost, nutritious meals. Cost $5
HOPKINTON SENIOR CENTER
Winter Wonderland February Vacation Workshop
MA (February 8, 2012) – Wondering what to do with your little
ones during the February vacation week? Enroll them in the
Hopkinton Center for the Arts Winter Wonderland Workshop. This
performance workshop will feature crafts, singing, dancing, and
acting and will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on February 21,
22 and 23. It is designed for children in first to fifth grades.
More information is available at
Wonderland Workshop is a great outlet for children who want to
express their creative sides in a safe and fun environment,”
said Kelly Grill, executive director of HCA. “While it may not
look like winter outside we can create a winter wonderland
Black History Month
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George Alfred McDonough, 71
George Alfred McDonough, 71, of Hopkinton, passed
away Tuesday, February 7, 2012. Born in Boston, he was the son
of the late Florence (Murray) and Walter McDonough. He was the
husband of the late Rita (Campbell) McDonough.
He is survived by 3 daughters, Ann McDonough of Hopkinton,
Elizabeth Kent and her husband William Kent Jr. of Manhasset, N
Y., Lorraine McDonough and her husband Brian McGarry of Portola
Valley, CA; 3 siblings, Geraldine Canning of Maine, Edward
McDonough of Pembroke, MA., Thomas McDonough of Nevada; 4
grandchildren, Matthew McGarry, Griffin McGarry, Reilly Kopp,
and Jennifer Kent. He is predeceased by 3 siblings, Eileen
Turner, Walter McDonough, and Roberta Joyce.
Visitation will take place on Friday, February 10, 2012 from
5-8p.m. at the
Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. A service in the
funeral home will be held on Saturday at 11:00a.m. Donations in
his memory may be made to American Cancer Society, 30 Speen
St.Framingham, MA 01701 or
DEBORAH THOMAS ANNOUNCES RUN FOR
HOPKINTON BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Thomas, a member of the Planning Board, announced today that she
is seeking a position on the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen.
“I am running for the Board of
Selectmen because Hopkinton is facing critical challenges and
opportunities that must be addressed. The revitalization
of our downtown and replacement of Center School are the key
issues that challenge us today and have divided us as a
“Many of us were drawn to Hopkinton
because of its great schools, rural/small town charm and
reasonable taxes. How we handle the issues presently
before us is key to our quality of life and Hopkinton’s
financial future. I have worked for over twenty years in the
financial world and will utilize my financial leadership skills
and high energy to improve the quality of education and
Deb and her husband Kevin have lived
in Hopkinton since 2000 and have two daughters, Caitlin and
Ashley, who attend Hopkins and Elmwood School respectively.
Deb is very active in the Hopkinton community. She
currently serves on the Planning Board and volunteers for many
school related projects. In addition, she recently joined
the board of the Hopkinton Running Club, and has been a Girl
Scout Troop leader for a number of years. Deb is also an
avid golfer, skier and runner who has run the Boston Marathon
numerous times as well as the Reach the Beach Relay with her
fellow Hopkinton runners. Deb is registered to run her 10th
marathon this fall in New York.
Deb graduated from Bentley
University with a BS in Accountancy. Her professional
career includes working at PricewaterhouseCoopers for over
twenty years as a CPA and Business Development Executive. She
presently works part time at PwC in a financial operations role
and full time as a Mom. Deb has also worked in the private
sector as Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for a
company with revenue in excess of a billion dollars.
“I would be honored to be your voice
on the Board of Selectmen. I am asking for your support and your
vote at the May election.”
NOTE: Mrs. Thomas was at the Town
Clerk's office today to take out nomination papers and consented
to a short interview, which is below.
Republican Candidate for Selectmen, Deborah Thomas
Above, Town Clerk Ann Click explains the nomination papers
procedure to Deborah Thomas.
February 8, 2012 — Planning Board member Deborah Thomas will be
calling it quits from that board if voters approve of her
candidacy for Selectman this Spring. Mrs. Thomas is the second
candidate to pull nomination papers; Selectman chair Todd
Cestari formally announced his candidacy as an unenrolled voter
yesterday. Check back later for a statement from Mrs. Thomas, as
well as a short video interview.
Committee Fabricates Meeting
Over the past year, Hopkinton’s Downtown
Initiative Steering Committee has worked with BETA Group to
design what they believe is a new and improved downtown.
Among the group’s plans is a proposal to eliminate many on
street parking spots in order to create bicycle lanes.
These parking spots are crucial to downtown and I vehemently
oppose their removal.
I have lived downtown for my entire life and I
have personally seen the many uses of these parking spots.
Customers of downtown businesses are just one group of people
that use this parking. For example, many employees of
local businesses park on Main Street and some people park
downtown and then take walks around town.
I would like to call one particular statement
made by the DISC committee to the attention of your readers.
At a meeting several weeks ago, a DISC committee member told the
committee and others in attendance that he had met with my
family to discuss possible mitigation of loss of parking in
front of our home and my father’s business. He went on to
state that whomever he spoke with was not interested in building
a shared parking lot with neighboring businesses. I would
like to clear the record on this. As of this writing, NO
member of the DISC committee and NO town representatives have
EVER met with any members of my household to discuss the loss of
on street parking. No such conversation ever occurred.
So I ask my fellow residents to stay informed and stay
skeptical. If the DISC is willing to invent an entire
meeting, what else are they willing to invent in order to push
their personal agendas?
67 Main Street
February 8, 2012
State Police Seek Witnesses to Jan. 30 Crash on Route 290 in Shrewsbury
Massachusetts State Police are seeking witnesses to, or anyone
else with information about, a motor vehicle crash that occurred
on the evening of Monday, Jan. 30 on Route 290 in Shrewsbury.
The crash occurred at 7:36 p.m.
on Route 290 westbound, just before Exit 23, in Shrewsbury.
Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2000 Subaru Legacy
that was being operated by a 49-year-old Shrewsbury man went out
of control and made contact with a 2005 Acura TSX being operated
by a 40-year-old man from Holden. Both vehicles ultimately went
off the road to the left, with the Acura coming to rest against
a rock ledge and the Subaru coming to rest a short distance
ahead of the other car, on the shoulder.
Both drivers were wearing
seatbelts. The operator of the Acura was transported to the
University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center in Worcester by
ambulance with serious injuries.
Troopers assigned to the Holden
Barracks are investigating to determine why the Subaru went out
of control and whether any other vehicles were involved. Anyone
who saw the crash, or the sequence of events leading up to it,
is urged to contact Trooper Bray at the State Police Barracks in
Holden at (508) 829-8410. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.
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Cestari Makes a Formal Announcement of His Bid For Reelection
8, 2012 —
with great pleasure that I announce my candidacy for re-election
to the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen in the upcoming May
election. Three years ago I was humbled by the support of voters
on Election Day. I was duly appreciative of the support by my
fellow Selectmen, in voting me Vice Chairman, then Chairman, in
the past two consecutive years of my first term as Selectman.
election, I have tried to uphold the values that are shared by
our great majority and are in the best interest of the families,
students, elderly, businesses, and single residents of
Hopkinton. I am proud of the many accomplishments we have made
in Hopkinton during my tenure, including improvements to the
town’s fiscal health, investments in the education of our young,
consolidation of resources to conserve assets, increased
resources to support town infrastructure and public safety, and
in our concerted efforts to create a climate conducive to the
creation and retention of business in Hopkinton.
important strides however, three years since my election the
nation remains financially unstable. I continue to witness close
struggling with lost jobs, lower paying jobs and higher costs of
living. I consider it my civic duty to continue to contribute to
my community, and to help my friends and fellow residents by
doing what I know best: Serve as a member of the Hopkinton Board
I thank you, the
voters of Hopkinton, for your support in the last election and
over the past three years of my first term as Selectman. I
respectfully again, ask for your vote, as I seek another term in
the May 21st election.
Attorney Doug Resnick, standing, represented, far right Colm
Scanlon and wife Ellen, who are purchasing Cornell's Pub from
Rob and Mary Cornell, to their right.
February 7, 2012 — Selectmen approved a transfer of the
alcoholic beverage license for Cornell's Pub to Colm Scanlon
this evening. The Scanlon's will be paying a total of $600,000
for the property and the business with $400,000 down, and
$200,000 in a first mortgage held by Rob Cornell.
The Scanlons will not be making any major changes to the place
for a while, something the Selectmen were concerned about. In
addition, their application for entertainment license approval
caused concern for at least one Selectmen, who asked if they are
planning live entertainment. Mr. Resnick explained that the
entertainment license was for the television, radio and jukebox.
If a business with a liquor license wants live entertainment, it
must file a separate application.
Hopkinton Youth Commission member Dorothy Maruska stopped by to
speak with Selectmen about issues with Hopkinton youth, and
began by remarking that, "Hopkinton has a lot of privileged kids
trying risky things."
"We are trying to make parents understand the Social Host Law."
She said that it is important that parents start at an early age
to provide role models for their children and always abstaining
from drinking alcohol when driving from a gathering. Mrs.
Maruska also said that according to a recent survey, Hopkinton
youth used marijuana more frequently than their peers in
surrounding towns. She announced a Youth Commission
youth-oriented comedy event for February 15, 2012 at 7:00 pm in
the Hopkinton High School Auditorium.
Selectmen gave their blessing to ongoing negotiations between
the Town Manager, Demons Hockey and Legacy Farms LLC for the
proposed hockey arena and associated sports at the 19 acre
parcel given for the recreational use of the town by Legacy
Farms as part of the
Host Community Agreement. Click on left thumbnail to enlarge
recently submitted schematic of hockey arena.
Among other agenda items, Selectmen voted to sign a 20 year
lease at $1 per year between the town and the Hopkinton Center
for the Arts and the Hopkinton Community Endowment for use of
the former Terry Farm, recently known as the CAA Building, at 98
Hayden Rowe Street.
Selectmen also heard about budget requests from the town
departments that would increase taxes by 3.5%. However, Chairman
Todd Cestari calculated that the numbers he was hearing would
increase taxes by 7% or 8%. The budget process is in the