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Swimming and Diving Girl's Team Makes its mark 

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. 

Contributed content. Photo by Carl Adams.


Hiller Cheer 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.





Saturday, February 25th, 2012

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 pm

Woodville Rod & Gun Club • 252 Wood Street, Hopkinton 

Hearty Appetizers and Cash Bar • Contributions to the Dessert Table are welcome.

This is an adult-only function for LMPA members.

Please 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 Dinner

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.




Early Valentine

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.


Winter Residents

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.



Did 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.


Speed Racers

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.


Hopkinton 64, Medway 56

February 11, 2012 — Barrett Hanlon takes the elevator for two points against Medway last night.



Hopkinton 52, Medway 44

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 02284-9168




Gallery Show and Art Sale

Gallery G

at Angel's Garden Center (Enter School Street Side)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

5 pm - 10:00 pm



 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
jvazza@hopkinton.org  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. 




The Second Annual HPTA's Adult Coed Kickball Tournament is coming Saturday, April 28th to Cornell's fields. 

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 shannonhedstrom@verizon.net 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 amaze.



Upper 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. Learn the purpose of the committee, how to qualify, and who to contact by choosing this link.




Hopkinton 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 uniformed policing.

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 waivers. 


Wine Tasting

Friday, February 10th

4 - 7 PM

Highly-Rated Value Wines

For the 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.



Rollover on 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. 

 Troopers from 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 overturned trailer.  

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 State Police.



Hopkinton Students Named to President’s List At Southern New Hampshire University

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.




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 150
th Anniversary Of Founding Of Company

BOSTON, 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 list follows. 

Reigning 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. 

Top contenders challenging Mutai include last year’s third place finisher and 2010 New York City champion Gebre Gebremariam, 2010 Boston champion Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot, 2011 Amsterdam and Rotterdam winner Wilson Chebet, and 2011 Chicago second and third place finishers Wesley Korir and Bernard Kipyego. Photos © 2011 HopNews.com.





Silent, But...

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 Maspenock.




Make and eat a healthy salad lunch

Tuesday, February 21, at 12:30 P.M.

Barbara Gold, Dietitian, Chef/ Baypath Elder Services

Discover new ways to make healthy, low cost, nutritious meals. Cost $5


28 Mayhew Street

Hopkinton, MA 01748


HCA Offers Winter Wonderland February Vacation Workshop

HOPKINTON, 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 http://www.hopartscenter.org/


“The Winter 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 inside!”




Black History Month Celebrated



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
Chesmore 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


Press Release


Deb 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 community.”   

“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 community services.” 

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.



DISC Committee Fabricates Meeting

Dear Editor: 

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? 

Sandra Ward
67 Main Street

February 8, 2012


Press Release

State Police Seek Witnesses to Jan. 30 Crash on Route 290 in Shrewsbury

The 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.



Press Release

Selectman Todd Cestari Makes a Formal Announcement of His Bid For Reelection

February 8, 2012 — It is 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.

Since my 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. 

Despite these important strides however, three years since my election the nation remains financially unstable. I continue to witness close friends and

neighbors 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 of Selectmen.

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. 

~Selectman Chair, Todd Cestari




Selectmen Approve Cornell's License Transfer, Hockey Rink Negotiations
3.5% tax increase eyed

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 beginning phase.



Join us to KICK OFF the Relay season!
Wednesday, February 15
 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Hopkinton High School Cafeteria
90 Hayden Rowe Street
Trivia contest with prizes & live entertainment!
All are welcome.
Contact us with questions:
Connor Zanini and Jenn Lynds


For Middle and High School Students and Parents



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