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Themselves Responded to 137 Crashes Throughout Mass Last Night
March 1, 2012 — Local police
departments were kept busy as a result of last night's storm
causing rapid freezing on the roadways. In addition ot local
incidents, there were 137 crashes and nearly as many spin-outs
on roads patrolled by the Massachusetts State Police. They are
listed by Troop/area below:
A Troop (North Shore): 24 Crashes and 17 Spin-outs
(Western Mass): 28 Crashes and 9 Spin-outs
(Central Mass): 22 Crashes and 27 Spin-outs
D Troop (Cape,
South Eastern Mass and Islands):
10 Crashes and 14 Spin-outs
E Troop (Mass
Turnpike): 31 Crashes and 13 Spin-outs
(Boston Area): 22 Crashes and 5 Spin-outs
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Hopkinton Historic District Commission Approves Hoyt Statue
Above, a graphical representation of the statue and where it
will go, created by GRL Architects.
February 29, 2012 — The Hopkinton Historic District Commission
[HHDC] approved the application for a Certificate of
Appropriateness from proponents of a statue of Rick and Dick
Hoyt to be placed on Center School property. It is part of the
Historic District that also includes the Common and the
structures from 3 Main Street and most of that side of the
Boston Marathon sponsor John Hancock has commissioned Texas
sculptor Michael Tabor to produce the work in bronze. School
Committee Chair Jean Bertschmann presented the case for the
sculpture this evening, offering letters of support from
neighbors of Center School as well as the Board of Selectmen.
Promoter of the work, 26.2 Foundation (Formerly HAA) Director
Timothy Kilduff was also on hand to help move the process
Commission Members liked the work, citing its can-do message for
children as well as it being located at Center School being the
appropriate place for display.
Some criticisms of the work included an idea that the granite
base of the sculpture was too thick, that the wheel was too
large and solid, rather than spoked, and that a different
location on the actual course might help the piece appear to be
more full of motion.
Nonetheless, the HHDC approved the statue as presented, and
voted to waive the holding of a public hearing, which would
require notification of abutters with a 10-day period to respond
February 29, 2012 — This vehicle ran off of the road on Cedar
Street on the flats at the same time another vehicle went off of
the road on the other side of town.
Hopkinton 46, Walpole 30
February 29, 2012 — Hiller girls defeated
Walpole tonight 46 to 30 at the Hopkinton Athletic Center.
Above, Alee Leteria turns the corner.
Stating the Obvious
February 29, 2012 — Nothing more, just stating
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February 29, 2012 — Enzo stands in silhouette at the Hopkinton
Reservoir Dam yesterday, ready to spring, with one leg behind
the other. Photo by Eric DeCollibus.
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World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine
Faith Community Church’s Students Will Band Together to Fight
Hunger, Save Lives
Nearly 8,000 Children Die Each Day Because of Hunger - Another
Child Dies Every 10 Seconds
MA – Wars and natural disasters dominate the world’s daily
headlines, but behind the scenes and far from the spotlight,
hunger and preventable diseases claim the lives of 24,000 of
the world’s children every day. More than 1 billion people go
hungry every day. More than 6 billion live on the planet. One in
six will go hungry tonight. But world hunger is 100 percent
preventable, and teens from Faith Community Church of
Hopkinton are ready to help.
On March 2-3,
they will be joining the efforts of hundreds of thousands of
young people all over the nation who will set aside the usual
“stuff” that fills their daily lives. Instead, they will do
World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine seeking to “OVERCOME HUNGER” – the
theme for this year. By going without food, they get a taste of
what the world’s poorest children and families face every day.
Prior to the event weekend, students raise funds with the
knowledge that every $30 they raise can help feed and care for a
child for a month. (To make a donation and to help them reach
their group goal of $9000, go to
Groups are also
encouraged to perform hands-on service projects during the
weekend in order to make a difference in their own communities.
As part of this year’s Famine, students will work to support
Project Just Because and the Michael Carter Lisnow Respite
Center in Hopkinton to help meet the needs of people in the
Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to
working with children, families, and their communities worldwide
to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty
and injustice. World
Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race,
ethnicity, or gender. For more
for Theft from Checked Baggage.
29, 2012 — A joint investigation by Massachusetts State Police
and the Massachusetts Port Authority resulted in the arrests
yesterday of two baggage handlers at Logan International Airport
for theft and receiving stolen property.
Troop F of the
State Police was contacted by Massport officials several weeks
ago concerning complaints of thefts from checked luggage in
Terminal E. State Police and Massport launched a month-long
investigation and identified two people who had stolen high
dollar items including cash, cameras, tobacco and electronics
worth thousands of dollars from checked luggage.
confronted LASHAWN FONTENOT, 25, of Lynn and JOSHUA WRIGHT, 25,
of Mattapan, employees of a baggage handling company that was
cooperative in the investigation. After presenting both men with
evidence of their involvements into the thefts they were taken
into custody without incident in the baggage area.
At the time of
the arrest WRIGHT was found to have in his possession items
recently stolen from a passenger’s luggage. Stolen items were
also later recovered from the residences of both men.
The two men were
arraigned in East Boston District Court today charged with
numerous counts of larceny over $250 and receiving stolen
property over $250. Their airport access was revoked by
Massport. State Police and Massport are working to return
valuables to passengers.
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Runners to Help HCA Reach the Finish Line in Fundraising
MA (February 29, 2012) --- The Hopkinton Center for the Arts
(HCA) and the Hopkinton Community Endowment (HCE) recently
selected Bill York and Vijay Raghavan to be their runners in the
Boston Marathon on April 16, and wear the numbers granted to
HCA and HCE through the town
manager’s office. The athletes will raise funds for
the HCA as they run
the 26.2 -mile course from Hopkinton to Boston. Both men work at
Mathworks and often run together.
“We are delighted
to have these athletes running on our behalf in the Boston
Marathon,” said Kelly Grill, president of the Hopkinton Center
for the Arts. “We are hoping their fundraising efforts will take
us to the finish line in our quest to raise money for our new
arts center. We have already raised over $700,000 so are well on
our way to making our dreams come true.” Anyone interested in
donating can do so at
“I’ve been running for about 10 years and ran my first
Boston Marathon in 2005,” said York, of Hopedale, Mass. “In 2006
I met Kelly Grill, and I starting running for Enter Stage Left
Theater. I jumped at the chance to do this for the Hopkinton
Center for the Arts this year. Local theater is very important
to me and my children, and we love the productions we see in
Hopkinton and look forward to many more.”
Brookline, Mass said he didn’t start running until his late 30s,
and so thought a marathon was unattainable for him. However,
when he learned that marathon runners can raise funds for good
causes, he was inspired to try. “I ran marathons in Chicago,
Cape Cod and Mount Desert Island, and it felt great to reach the
finish line as it meant I helped to make the world a better
place,” Raghavan explained. “I believe, as Mother Theresa said,
art prevents starvation of the mind. Running the Boston Marathon
for the Hopkinton Center for the Arts will help bring the arts
closer to many who would otherwise stay hungry in their minds.”
More Than Just a "Senior Moment"
Nancy L. Drawe
2012 — This may be the most significant column I have ever
written because it is on a subject that has hit very close to
home in my personal life. I’m talking about a horrible
disease called Alzheimer’s. The simplest definition of
Alzheimer’s is “a
type of dementia that attacks the brain and causes problems with
memory, thinking and behavior. It is
not a normal part of aging, but happens to older people.
The disease gets worse as it develops - it is a progressive
disease. There is no current cure for Alzheimer's, although
there are ways of slowing down its advance and helping patients
with some of the symptoms. Alzheimer's is also a terminal
disease - it is incurable and causes death.”
things start happening with a family member such as a parent,
you have a passing moment where you know something just isn’t
right. Certain things might begin to happen; such as they
forget how to use the television remote. You think,
“That’s okay, a lot of older people can’t use those things, no
big deal. They misplace something, but who doesn’t?
Then their words don’t come out right, there’s lots of rambling,
sentences that don’t make any sense. Having to be reminded
what day it is. But hey, we all forget that, don’t we?
As time goes on, you may suspect the beginning stages of
Alzheimer’s. Then you start looking up all the websites on
Alzheimer’s/dementia and can relate to most of the signs (there
are ten warning signs and seven stages), but still, you think…
this is not happening. I guess that is what you would call
denial. Things start to get worse—they might not
remember what they did that morning, what they had for meals,
who certain people are, places that used to be familiar, etc.
It can be very stressful for the caretakers and honestly,
sometimes sucks the life right out of you. It’s not easy
to deal with and patience wears thin. You still don’t want
to accept that it’s happening. THEN…this might
occur: a parent doesn’t recognize you as their child and
asks you who your own parents are, that’s when you finally
realize…yes, it’s true.
One place you
can turn to for help is the senior center. The staff at
the center couldn’t be more helpful and understanding.
Sally Almy, Assistant Director, got right on the task
of planning to have a professional come in to speak and educate
our family about this serious disease. She was able
to contact and then schedule a workshop with Judith Chaloux from
Beacon Hospice in Framingham, on Monday, March 12 at 10:30
am. The subject of her workshop is, “GRIEF AND THE
ALZHEIMER’S CARETAKER.” Judith said that the moment a
person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, there is recognition of
loss and the grief process begins, especially for the
caretakers. She will be able to help with the
recognition of grief, coping skills and support. Judith
said that a key point from the Alzheimer’s Association is, “The
most important thing to know is you can’t do this alone.”
I urge you to
try to attend this workshop. Even though you may not need
the information now, maybe there will be a time in the future
when you will, and this workshop just might help you be a little
bit more prepared. Please call the center at 508-497-9730
to sign up.
That’s it for
now, so if you have any comments or suggestions, you can email
Until next time, have a great week!
defeated Scituate in the first round of the MIAA State
Tournament this evening, 59 to 39. Above, Rolly Muench sets up
a shot. Tomorrow night at 7pm at Hopkinton High School, the HHS
Girls face Walpole in their first round of the tournament.
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Selectmen Vote to Support Hoyt
Statue at Center School
February 28, 2012
— Public relations specialist Timothy Kilduff, founder of the
Hopkinton Athletic Association and a longtime supporter of all
things related to the Boston Marathon, and especially father-son
team Dick and Rick Hoyt, appeared before the Board of Selectmen
this evening with School Committee Chair Jean Bertschman to
pitch the placement of a statue of the two marathoners on Center
School property. Mr. Kilduff made it clear at the beginning that
he was there to ask for support, and not to pressure, as some
might mistakenly believe.
Mr. Kilduff did
not make the design available for the Selectmen's perusal,
saying that it would be presented to the Historic District
Commission tomorrow, and that he wanted to respect the process
[and have them see it first]. Mr. Kilduff said after the meeting
that there would be a maquette available for display at the
Wednesday meeting. Despite the lack of specific visual
references to the commissioned work of art, Mrs. Bertschman,
pointing to the poster (left) on the wall behind the Town
Manager's desk, said about the life-sized work, 'It will look
Palleiko, acting as Chairman, asked why there needed to be
support for a process of the Hopkinton Historical District
Commission that, he thought, had strict guidelines.
Mr. Kilduff said
it was the same process as what happened with the George V Brown
statue, "The Starter." That was sculpted by renown Hopkinton
Artist Michael Alfano.
process, and in answer to what some called "lackluster" support
from the Hopkinton Historical District Commission, someone
campaigned hard for its approval, an effort that saw a member of
nearly every town board, department or committee write letters
of support or attend the final meeting of the Commission that
eventually approved the statue. Member Claire Wright remarked at
that 2009 meeting that she felt pressured, a sentiment that was
apparently answered in advance this evening.
absence of the maquette tonight, the one that the HHDC will see
tomorrow evening, Selectmen voted three in favor, with one
abstention, to approve supporting the effort. Chairman Todd
Cestari was not present for this part of the meeting, and so did
Rick, who was
born with spastic Cerebral Palsy, asked his father, Dick, at a
young age to push him in his wheelchair at a race to support a
paralyzed individual. Dick had spurned the advice of doctors to
institutionalize his son, but instead did his best to find
inclusion for Rick in all walks of life. This year's Boston
Marathon will be the 30th for Team Hoyt.
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Students from Hopkinton Contribute to St. John's Victories
the "Super 8" has been the goal all season long for the St.
John's High School hockey team. St. John's, fueled by
Hopkinton residents Hunter Burdick, Ryan Burg and Chris
Coveney, Connor Maloney and Kyle Moss, have worked hard and
completed a very successful regular season. As a result of
their commitment and achievement, they have earned more time
on the ice to achieve their goal of post-season "Super 8"
The Division IA State Hockey Tournament at first
consists of ten MIAA ice hockey teams considered to be
the strongest ice hockey teams in the state. On
Saturday, February 26th, the ten teams were selected by
the Tournament Seeding Committee and St. John's of
Shrewsbury was selected as the #9 seed.
The Division IA Tournament, which is power seeded,
consists of a Wild Card Preliminary Round and a
Two‐bracket Round Robin, a Semi‐Final Crossover and a
Final game. Each of the teams selected is eligible to
participate only in the Division IA Tournament with the
exception of seeds 7,8, 9 (St. John's), and 10. A IA
Wild Card Preliminary Round is played by these remaining
four (4) teams. The winners of the two games in the 1A
Wild Card Preliminary Round are then placed in the
7th and 8th Seed for First Round play in the "Super 8"
Tournament. The losers of the Wild Card Preliminary
Round return to their appropriate tournaments and seeded
at the top of their appropriate tournament.
The IA Wild Card Preliminary Round was played last night
at Merrimack College with St. John's (15-4-3) paired
against Needham (16-4-1). St. John's won the game
beating Needham 5-4. The
St. John's Pioneers (16-4-3), winners of six straight,
advance to the Super 8 Tournament for the first time
since 2002. As the the No. 8 seed in Bracket 1, they
will meet No. 1 Malden Catholic (15-1-4) at Merrimack
College in North Andover, Mass. on Sunday, March 4th; #4
Hingham on March 6th; and #5 B.C. High on March 11th. Contributed content. Photo of Hunter Burdick.
February 28, 2012 — In a testament to the First Amendment,
supporters of Lyndon LaRouche occupied space on the sidewalk in
front of the Hopkinton Post Office, shouted out to people 20
feet away requesting support for impeaching the president,
displayed a photo of the president of the United States with a
Hitler moustache, as well as photos of each of the Republican
candidates for president wearing Bozo the Clown noses and hair.
Although they expressed themselves freely for their own
purposes, the female said, "I'm not talking to reporters," when
asked under what authority they could set up camp on the
A curious Veterinarian Margo Roman was there and said, "It is
fine to have a picture of Obama, but not with a Hitler
Another onlooker called the photos "inciting," and said, "Take a
picture, please. My husband doesn't believe they are doing
When asked why they weren't allowed to express themselves, the
male laughed and said, "We have an official press person. We
don't want him to be out of a job."
Letter from New
Candidate for School Committee
28, 2012 — My name is Jon Graziano, and I am running for School
Committee. My wife, Erin, and I moved to Hopkinton two years
ago. As the parents of three young children (ages 6, 4 and 1),
one of the primary reasons we were attracted to the town was the
school system, and our experience so far has validated that
decision. Over the past year I have been the Appropriations
Committee liaison to the School Committee. This role has enabled
me to see and appreciate not only the reasons why our schools
perform so well compared to other school districts, but also the
unprecedented challenges our town faces to maintain our high
standards in tight financial times.
plan addresses our goals to enable Hopkinton to continue to be a
leader in 21st-century learning, but those goals,
along with unfunded state mandates to move to a common core
curriculum, create additional financial pressure.
need repairs in order to maintain a quality learning
environment. While the most obvious need is a permanent solution
to Center School, the 2013 school budget reflects that many of
our other buildings also need immediate attention.
At the moment,
the most significant challenge facing the School Committee is to
craft a fiscally responsible budget that keeps Hopkinton’s
schools at the level we have all come to expect without
unreasonable increases to taxes or student fees.
I am a graduate
of Boston College with 10 years of professional business
experience including management, financial planning, process
improvement and innovation. I believe that my experience,
coupled with my passion to keep Hopkinton’s schools strong, will
help me bring new ideas and new solutions to the School
continue to hire and retain talented, dedicated teachers and
administrators. The citizens of Hopkinton have a passion for the
schools as well as for the town overall. It’s a great place to
live and to raise a family. I would consider it a privilege to
serve on the School Committee and help ensure that our children
continue to receive the type of education that makes our schools
the envy of other towns. I respectfully request your support and
your vote at the town election on May 21st.
Elmwood Principal Retiring
February 28, 2012 — Longtime Elmwood School Principal Ilene
Silver will be retiring at the end of this school year,
according to an email from Superintendent John Landman sent over
the school department's listserv yesterday.
Mrs. Silver's decade and a half of service has seen the
institution of the Wee Deliver program to promote reading and
elite runner cultural exchange as well as the Education
Foundation Art Contest,
Elmwood Bell Ringers, the Meeting of the Eagles, and a
partnership with organizations to bring
In his email, Dr. Landman wrote, "I congratulate Mrs. Silver on
her long and distinguished career here. Like many of you, I look
forward to recognizing and celebrating her contributions to the
Hopkinton community in the months ahead."
The search for Mrs. Sliver's replacement is on the fast track,
scheduled for announcement on April 12, 2012, following a
lengthy search, interview and site visit process. File photo.
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from February 20, 2012 to February 27, 2012
February 21, 2012
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February 16, 2012
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February 15, 2012
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State Police Arrest Driver for
Kidnapping on Interstate 93 in South Boston
27, 2012 — Yesterday at approximately 5:25 p.m., Massachusetts
State Police General Headquarters answered a cellular 911 call
from a 34 year-old Lawrence woman stating that she had been
kidnapped by the father of her child. The call was immediately
transferred to the State Police barracks in South Boston, where
Trooper Jim Gordon, the desk officer, obtained vital information
from the emotional caller: that the vehicle she was in was a
blue Audi that was traveling on Route 93 in the Quincy area. The
line then went dead. Trooper Gordon dispatched cruisers to Route
93 to be on the lookout for the vehicle, while Dispatcher Jack
McDonough broadcast the limited information available over
regional radio channels.
Dispatcher Rick Teevens contacted the cell phone provider in an
attempt to gather more information.
Trooper Joseph Gray, having heard the description of the suspect
vehicle, was monitoring traffic on Route 93 northbound in Quincy
when he observed a vehicle fitting the general description.
Trooper Gray initiated a stop of the vehicle north of Columbia
Road and quickly determined this to be the wanted vehicle, a
2000 Audi S4.
The victim and
suspect were separated and questioned by troopers. Upon
confirmation of the victim's story, the operator of the vehicle,
Kenneth Tozier Jr., 24, of Methuen, was placed under arrest and
charged with kidnapping. He is currently being held at the South
Boston Barracks on $100,000 cash bail and is scheduled to be
arraigned in Dorchester District Court in the morning.
The child that
the suspect and victim have in common was not in the vehicle at
the time of the incident.
February 26, 2012 — The sky over Lake Whitehall at sunset one
day last week reflected the type of transition between the two
primary colors displayed above that would be seen in a
photographic or artistic program. The view is from the Whitehall
February 26, 2012 — Tina MacConnell shares a laugh with Stu and
Nancy Glassman at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club during the
Preservation Association's winter social.
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February 26, 2012 — Officer Aaron O'Neil issued a citation for
speeding to an individual who pulled into Colella's parking lot
Saturday night after Officer O'Neil activated his blue lights.
HopNews Video grabshot.
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Grade 5 Girls’
Travel Basketball Team
Grade 5 Girls’ Travel basketball
team that played in a basketball tournament over February
vacation in Mansfield. The girls won the tournament beating
Franklin in the championship game. The girls played hard
and got to play a lot of basketball over the vacation break.
On the bottom row, from left to
right is Maddy Marcou, Emma Mann, Gaby Weilding, Nicole
On the top row, from left to right
is coach Mike McNamara, Tess Harvey, Danielle Sullivan, Jenna
Willwerth, Cecily McNamara, coach Dan Sullivan.
Missing from the photo are Emma
Turner and Haley Bernardo.
February 25, 2012 — These Canada geese hunkered down at Lake
Whitehall Dam today, while the wind-whipped water boiled
February 25, 2012 — Twenty-six year-old Bobby Hutton does a
side-saddle wheelie in the Sandy Beach parking lot today while a
couple of pre-teen boys looked on, and snow fell quickly.
"Always wear a helmet," he turned and said to them.
February 25, 2012 — Lake Maspenock shows the effects of a fast
moving sleet squall this afternoon, as a wall of wind and
precipitation blanketed the area. Above, exposed rocks due to
the lowering of the lake can be seen a quarter mile from the
February 25, 2012 — The only suspect in this telephone pole
break on School Street today is high winds.
"They just break sometimes with no help," said one police
Little Help From Friends
September 25, 2012 — Officer Thomas Griffin observes the NStar
worker shut off power to a line that was downed on South Mill
Street from a tree limb being toppled by high winds. A neighbor
stands at the ready on the right with a chain saw.
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February 25, 2012 — Old Glory and the Union Jack on the
Hopkinton Gourmet are taking a beating in the gusty winds today.
Observe that the flag of the United States is mounted higher
than the one of Great Britain, which is the protocol when flying
the flag of a foreign country — longtime ally or not — adjacent
to the US flag.
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September 25, 2012 — Intentional or not, the arms of the bucket
truck line up almost perfectly with the lines of the roof at the
renovated home of Lakeside Tree on West Main Street today.
Hiller Cheerleaders Win Invitational
2012 — Last night, at the Shepherd Hill Cheerleading
Invitational, the Hopkinton Cheerleaders continued their winning
ways by beating their division two rivals with a first place
finish and also winning Grand Prize trophy for highest score in
the competition. They bested 17 other talented schools to take
home that honor. They also won a third award for best tumbling
in the competition. Nationals here we come! Photo by John
SOLICITING FUNDS IN MILFORD WILL NOT BENEFIT THE MILFORD POLICE
25, 2012 — D.A.R.E. Massachusetts has informed the Milford
Police Department that they will be soliciting donations from
residents and businesses in the Town of Milford.
D.A.R.E. Massachusetts is not affiliated in
any way with the Milford Police Department.
The Milford Police Department and the Milford
community will not benefit in any way from donations made to
Chief of Police
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