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Selectmen Receptive to Lights at School and West Main Street Intersection
$530,000 Article for Town Meeting expected

March 6, 2012 — Representatives from the Engineering firm WorldTech, gave and abbreviated presentation to Selectmen this evening at the request of Town Manager Norman Khumalo, of plans to install lights at the intersection of West Main and School Streets where, according to one World Tech representative, twenty-four crashes were reported in the five-year study period. One half of the crashes were at a right-angle, which are often caused by impatient drivers, one representative said.
        In addition to making the School Street/West Main Street intersection safer with lights, the queue for the lights at South Street will shorten significantly after the designation of the right hand eastbound lane approaching South Street as a 495-only lane. Currently, it is a right-turn only onto South Street.
        Financing for the $530K project from the state could take years in the pipeline, if and when it gets approved, but town funding would not require Mass DOT approval and could be completed 6-8 months after groundbreaking, according to WorldTech.
        Town Manager Norman Khumalo is expected to prepare an Article for the funding for consideration at this year's Town Meeting.
        Following the presentation by WorldTech, DPW Director John Westerling presented his pavement management plan. More on that later.
       Near the beginning of the meeting, Selectmen acknowledged the retirements of longtime employees Marilyn palmer (HPD 34 years), Robert Wright (DPW 24 years), Anthony Mastroianni (Veterans Agent 29 years), William Mackin (Senior Center 5 years).




A Tribute For Mike Bieri
March 31st 2012

Celebration of the life of our friend Mike Bieri
March 31st 2012
Woodville R&G Club 252 Wood Street
Hopkinton Ma 01748
7PM - 12AM
$50.00 @ the door (CASH BAR)
Live Band / Dancing / Appetizers / Raffles
Stated Mission: “The Michael Bieri Foundation”

Family and friends of Mike are committed to keeping his spirit in our lives. The Michael Bieri Foundation has been created to assist his daughter Kaitlyn in supporting her life-long educational experiences.

Saturday March 31st will be an opportunity to celebrate the life of a great man and support what mattered to him most, his family. If you can’t attend but would like to make a donation please make checks payable to:
“The Michael Bieri Foundation”
Northern Bank & Trust
303 Main Street
Woburn MA 01801




Rush Limbaugh, Does Punishment Fit the Crime? 

Rush Limbaugh, an ultra-conservative talk show guru, called female law  student Sandra Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute" for her positions on contraception and health coverage, or the lack of it. Limbaugh even suggested taping her in the act in exchange for government sponsored health care coverage of her contraceptives. 

Since then, after media coverage and the hemorrhaging of advertisers from his radio show, said by most to be the most popular show in America,  Limabaugh has apologized, which some have said was an insincere attempt to stop advertisers from leaving. He apologized for a "wrong choice of words." Some say it is simply misogyny and a double-standard at work on his part. 

What degree of punishment, if any, is just? Please vote once--->>



The HopNews poll below was active for about 12 hours and had 349 participants. It was introduced with the column on the left.

The poll was rather simple, and did not have all of the variations possible, but did have some major breakdowns that were enough for people to consider.

In conclusion, 42% felt Limbaugh was just playing politics, but 56% wanted him to have some sort of absence from the airwaves to hold him accountable.


In Flight

March 6, 2012 — This American bald eagle in flight photographed at lake Maspenock this afternoon (If a reader has a more close up photo, please email it) looks like a delivery service mascot, as it looks back under its wing at the photographer.



It's Not About the Hike

March 5, 2012 — Author Nancy Sporborg and hiking partner Pat Piper shared their hiking experiences with patrons of Hopkinton Public Library this evening in a presentation where they related periods of healing, growth, friendship and self-discovery intertwined with their hiking of 190 mountains since 2006 Read more here.



Hopkinton Music Association

The HMA is holding their annual calendar raffle -There will be a prize a day given away for the entire month of April!! All proceeds will go directly to the music programs at the Hopkinton Schools. 

Prizes include a Bose Radio, 2 – Kindle Touch, Family Swim Club Membership for Metrowest YMCA, Gift cards, Cash, Show Tickets, and much more! 

Tickets are $5 each. Please purchase tickets between now and March 28th from students in the Hopkinton Music Programs, at the Music Concerts to be held during the month of March or email Gloria DePatie at depatie@comcast.net to purchase a ticket.





Dorothy May Messom 

Dorothy May Messom, formerly of Hopkinton, MA passed away peacefully on March 5th, 2012, one day after her 86th birthday. Loving Mother to the late Samuel Click, devoted mother-in-law to Ann Click, beloved grandmother to David Click and his fiancée Kirstin Walsh, Kelley Petralia and her husband Matt, and Tom Click and his wife Shelley, and proud great-grandmother to Ryan Click, Michael Click, Camden Petralia, Lucy Petralia, and Amelia May Petralia. 

Dotty spent her career at Olsen Medical in Ashland. After retiring she spent many years on Davis Road in Hopkinton living next to her late sisters Bea and Gladys, where she enjoyed gardening, knitting, and being with her many friends and growing family. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the loving staff, nurses and friends of Timothy Daniels House in Holliston, where Dotty was attentively cared for over the past three years. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 7th at 11:30am in the Chapel of the Matarese Funeral Home, 325 Main St. in Ashland with calling hours held Wednesday from 10:00-11:30am prior to the service. The family asks that any donations be kindly made to the Framingham Heart Study, 73 Mt. Wayte Ave. Framingham, MA 01702.


Police News UP-TO-DATE  March 5, 2012

Dial 911 in the Event of an Emergency Only
Hopkinton Police Business Line: 508-497-3401
Hopkinton Fire Business Line: 508-497-2323

11:18 am A Hayden Rowe Street caller reports his car and his wife's car were egged...
8:20 am
A North Street caller reports that they may have had a breaking and entering attempt...

4:29 pm
A caller reports that her daughter was scratched by a dog on the property of a Main Street business...
3:25 pm
A caller reports a smoking car...

8:54 am
An East Street business called to report several bags of trash were dumped...



Around the Block

March 5, 2012 — Members of the track team took advantage of the mild temperatures and lack of precipitation to get in some outdoor exercise.




Press Release from Hopkinton Republican Town Committee

Presidential Primary Tuesday  

Please vote in the Republican Primary. Polls are open on Tuesday, March 6th at 7 am to 8pm for the Presidential Primary (at the Middle School Gym).   

After you cast your vote for our next president, please vote for the Hopkinton Republican Town Committee members.  The purpose of the Hopkinton Republican Town Committee is to support Republican candidates running for office. For our town elections, the HRTC recruits candidates and holds a caucus to place candidates on the town election ballot.   Hopkinton has more candidates and choices at town elections, and has a higher voter turnout because the two parties are active in recruiting candidates. 

If you are interested in serving Hopkinton as an elected official, please contact me or any of your neighbors on the Hopkinton Republican Town Committee.  



Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for HopNews.com by Austin Falcione © 2012 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from February 27, 2012 to March 5, 2012






73 Front Street Lot 13 First County Builders LLC $200,000 February 29, 2012 Braim Farm LLC
2 Pond Street Thomas J Cotter, Andrea M Cotter $705,000 February 29, 2012 Richard P Barbieri
Last Week        
14 Pike Street Sandra Jane Auen $390,000 February 21, 2012 Jeanette Allen
Week Before        
3 Sanctuary Lane Unit 19 Lois P Robbins $355,000 February 16, 2012 Weston Development Group
43 Oakhurst Road Dawn Smith-Maloney $380,000 February 15, 2012 Keith Blaize Favre, Tracy Turner Favre




All's Well...

March 5, 2012 — Hopkinton Fire Department got the alarm for smoke in an EMC building around midnight this morning and brought plenty of manpower, including the Chief and Deputy Chief to the scene. They left the scene about 45 minutes later with all under control.


Run A Principal Out Of Town
HMS Principal Allen Keller to run Boston Marathon on behalf of schools

Hopkinton/Boston, March 4, 2012. The Hopkinton Education Foundation today announced, the “Run a Principal Out of Town” (RAPOOT) fundraising program. This program, the first of its kind, is a collaborative fundraising effort supporting education, community, health and athletics. The Hopkinton Education Foundation and the Hopkinton Public Schools are coming together with the support of the 26.2 Foundation to sponsor Hopkinton Middle School principal, Alan Keller, to run the 116th Boston Marathon on April 16, 2012. The Hopkinton Education Foundation will use the funds raised from this program for grants that promote innovation, increase students’ success in the classroom and motivate students to become lifelong learners.  

“What could be better than to Run a Principal Out of Town?” quipped Jonathan Landman, Superintendent of Hopkinton Schools. “But seriously: what a positive, imaginative way for students, parents and the entire community to support our schools. The historic Boston Marathon, taking place right here in our own backyard, is a great vehicle to support the Hopkinton Public Schools and to promote health and fitness. Students, parents, the community and staff can come together to cheer for Mr. Keller, who is truly going the distance on behalf of the students!” 

As part of RAPOOT, the Hopkinton Education Foundation, in conjunction with Hopkinton schools, will launch several programs involving health and fitness and education. The Hopkinton Education Foundation will work closely with the schools, local businesses and sponsors to make these programs a success while at the same time supporting Mr. Keller and raising funds for Hopkinton public schools.  

“The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon, ranked as one of the world's best-known road racing events and something the community looks forward to every year,“ said Di Collins, President of the Hopkinton Education Foundation. “Since Hopkinton is known as the starting point for the Boston Marathon, this fundraising program really hits home. Thanks to the support of the 26.2 Foundation, we are confident this program will raise significant funds for our schools while at the same time promoting the importance of community involvement, education, health and athletics.”  

“The 26.2 Foundation is happy to be involved in the Run a Principal Out of Town program, since Hopkinton has become synonymous with the Boston Marathon and one of our missions is to promote and support the sport of marathoning,” said Michael R. Neece, President of the 26.2 Foundation. “Also, the 26.2 Foundation is committed to promoting education, fitness and health and this program is doing just that by involving the whole community in Mr. Keller’s commitment to run the Boston Marathon.”  

Contributions to the Run a Principal Out of Town fundraising program can be made online by visiting www.indiegogo.com/Run-a-Principal-Out-of-Town

For more information on the Hopkinton Education Foundation: http://www.hopkintoneducationfoundation.org/ Contributed content



March 4, 2012 — A reader posted the first three lines of this sign on Town Talk after having a good laugh for themselves.


Geri Holland New Assistant Town Clerk 

March 4, 2012 — Geri Holland, a longtime member of the executive offices of Hopkinton town government has accepted the position of Assistant Town Clerk, according to a press release signed by Human Resources Director,  Maryrose DeGroot. 

Mrs. Holland will be working with Town Clerk Ann Click. The position of Town Clerk is an elected position, but the position of Assistant Town Clerk is a hired one. 

The press release reads as follows:

Geri has been a highly valued member of the Executive Secretary/Town Manager/Board of Selectmen's Office since 1996 and has made numerous meritorious contributions to the office. Although the Town Clerk's office works closely with all town departments, I will miss Geri's daily camaraderie. 

Geri is working with Maryrose and I on her transition plan and should be reporting to the Town Clerk's Office shortly. The position of  Operations Assistant to the Town Manager is currently being evaluated. I will update you all on the status of that position as it develops.

Please join me in congratulating Geri on her exciting, new journey.  She will bring her intellectual force, splendid reputation of integrity, warm-hearted humanity, exceptional customer service and organizational skills - and  most importantly her unceasing service and devotion to Hopkinton -  to the Town Clerk's Office.

Geri and Ann will make a wonderful team. We can all look forward to a brilliant future and increased success for the Town Clerk office team.






March 4, 2012 — These beavers looked like a clump of marsh grass from a distance today, that is until they moved. One is in the center of the hitherto unidentified pond, and the other (inset) is on the same pond around the side of a familiar building, which is inferred by a very small part of its construction. Beavers, which are rodents, appear have become ubiquitous in Hopkinton, and in most cases, cause problems when they construct their dams and their lodges in populated areas.



Out for a Walk

March 4, 2012 — The snowperson above on Glen Road appears to out for a walk with its pet, whereas its Winter Street counterpart below shows his true love for a sport.




March 4, 2012 — A reader was hoping that this photo from her collection could accompany the announcement of the next DISC meeting. However, it is just as well to show the presumed irony of the photographer of this photo of the demolition of a listing building damaged by the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 and the sign in the foreground.


Abigail Adams "Speaks" at Hopkinton Historical Society

March 4, 2012 — Linda Myer entertained guests of the Hopkinton Historical Society this afternoon by taking on the persona of Abigail Adams, the wife of President John Adams. The society offered this program free of charge.


Mother and Child Reunion

March 4, 2012 — An American bald eagle and its offspring provide the foreground as other wildlife floats by in the background on Lake Maspenock today.




Hopkinton High school Drama Ensemble proudly presents...

William Shakespeare's
Much Ado About Nothing

 March 8, 9 and 10
Hopkinton High school

The Hopkinton High School Drama Ensemble’s latest theatrical project is mounting William Shakespeare's comedy, Much Ado About Nothing.  The cast includes 40 students, featuring the work of Mehr Kaur as Beatrice, Kate Brush as Hero, Alex Kirshy as Benedick, Aiden Connelly as Claudio, and Liam Horsman as Don Pedro.  We are setting the play at an Italian Villa in Tuscany in the mid 1980's.  For more information go to Much Ado About Nothing sub-page. 

Performance dates and times
Thursday March 8 at 4 PM
Friday and Saturday March 9 & 10 at 7:30

More info at https://sites.google.com/a/hopkinton.k12.ma.us/hhsdramaensemble/ or
contact Valerie Von Rosenvinge at




March 9 & 10
Woodville Rod & Gun Club

Wood Street (Rte. 135), Hopkinton
New Sketches, plus new video shorts and a couple of past favorites 

ESL pokes fun at some of the local scuttlebutt, politics, pop culture and more. All is meant to be just funny and silly for an adult night of fun! 

Purchase Tickets

File photo, right



Reported Car Fire

March 2, 2012 — Officer Linda Higgins speaks with the driver of a vehicle, as well as another individual, in front of Town Hall today, while awaiting the Fire Department to arrive in response to a report that the Buick was on fire. Firefighters discovered no coolant in the system.



School Committee Looking for Volunteers for Elementary School Working Group 

At its March 1, 2012 meeting, the School Committee voted to create a Criteria Working Group (‘CWG’) to draft potential criteria against which future Elementary School Building Project options will be measured. 

The CWG will be officially appointed by the School Committee as an ad-hoc committee. The CWG will be led by the Assistant Superintendent and will report directly to the School Committee. No School Committee members will participate in the work group. All interested citizens are encouraged to apply. 

Based upon a review of important school district and community documents, as well as personal experience and background, the CWG will work together to brainstorm criteria to be used by the School Committee, HESBC, and MSBA to evaluate options for addressing the constraints of the Center and Elmwood Schools developed through the next Feasibility Study. Applications for membership will be accepted by the School Committee beginning on Monday, March 5, 2012 and conclude on Monday, March 12, 2012. Interested residents can download the application HERE or pick up a printed copy of the application at the Senior Center or Library. Completed applications can be sent via US mail to Dr. Mary Ann DeMello, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, 89 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748; or via email to Sharon Williams at swilliams@hopkinton.k12.ma.us . 

In addition to community members, the CWG will be comprised of representatives of the organizations listed below. Identified organizations will nominate their own representative. If an organization is unable to select a representative, or chooses not to do so, that organization’s ‘slot’ will be open to an additional community member:

  1. Assistant Superintendent – Chair

  2. Elementary School Principal

  3. HTA – one representative

  4. District Safety Committee – one representative

  5. SPEAC – one representative

  6. HPTA and HEF can designate one person who can represent both organizations

  7. Educate Hopkinton – one representative

  8. Ballot Question Committee – one representative

  9. Council on Aging – one representative

10. Realtor or Real Estate Agent – one representative

11. Chamber of Commerce – one representative

12. Sustainable Green Committee – one representative

13. Community members – minimum of three

Applications should indicate interest and availability for frequent meetings between March 15 and June 7, 2012. Successful applicants will be Hopkinton residents or HPS staff and have demonstrated:

ability to collaborate with others;

excellent listening and communications skills;

problem-solving and creative abilities; and

outstanding research skills.

Interviews will be conducted by the Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mary Ann DeMello, as well as Mrs.Nancy Burdick and Mr. Scott Aghababian from the School Committee on March 13 and March 14, 2012. The final membership will be recommended to, and appointed by, the School Committee at its March 15, 2012 meeting. The first meeting of the CWG will take place on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 7:00 pm.A final report of all brainstormed criteria with a consensus opinion regarding the viability of each suggestion will be submitted to the School Committee. The criteria will be weighed alongside feedback offered by HPS staff, other town departments, and feedback from a community forum. The School Committee will have the responsibility for generating the final list of Criteria for Evaluation of Alternatives for the Feasibility Study.


A Message From Highway Manager 

As we approach the start of our roadway resurfacing season I would like to thank the residents of Hopkinton for their continued support of our Pavement Management Program. We had a very successful 2011 season and hope to continue that in 2012 as funding allows. Each street that is on this year’s list has been inspected and evaluated to determine which treatment method is best based on its current condition. This will help ensure that we are maximizing the use of our Chapter 90 money and Pavement Management funds in the most effective way. 

Every year our goal is to begin Pavement Management work as soon as school ends in June and finish in September when school begins. Due to the inevitable weather related issues, mechanical breakdowns & scheduling conflicts it is difficult to hold to a strict time schedule. We will post updated construction dates as we move forward with each project. 

Under the Town of Hopkinton’s Road Opening Permit Policy, No permit will be granted for a period of 5 years on newly paved streets except in the case of an emergency. If your street is on this year’s list and you are considering having any utility work done to your home that would require the road to be cut I would recommend contacting the appropriate utility company and schedule the work to be done before June 11th, 2012. This will ensure that you get the work you need done before we begin resurfacing that street. 

Please visit our web page www.hopkinton.org/highway/index.htm and click on 2012 Tentative Roadwork Schedule to view a complete list of planned Pavement Management work. You will notice that the date column is blank. This will be updated as we get closer to construction season; however an estimated timeframe would be June 18th – Sept 1st.  

Once work begins on each project please expect delays and plan accordingly. The DPW appreciates your patience and cooperation during this 2012 construction season. 

Sincerely, Mike Mansir, Highway Manager




Marathon Waivers Will Not Last Long

The Hopkinton Lions Club is looking for two individuals willing to run the Boston Marathon while raising money for the Hopkinton Lions. The waivers are available to the first two individuals willing to raise at least $2000.00. The waivers allow the individual to run in the Marathon without the required qualifying times.  The proceeds from the waivers will be earmarked for local charitable events, free vision testing for the poor, as well as international eye research. These waivers are being offered on a first come first serve basis. The first two individuals to commit to the minimum $2,000.00 goal will be awarded the waivers.  Interested parties should contact Brian Thomas at 508-435-6388 or via email at bthomas@phippsinsurance.com.



Prom Request

March 2, 2012 — Connor Zanini had some help from the mother of Kerri McBride, who told her daughter to look out the window at the beautiful snowfall. There, she saw instead Connor standing with a bouquet of roses and his request sprayed in red on the snow-covered lawn. Good job!

NOTE: Got an unusual way of asking YOUR date to the prom? Send to: Editor@HopNews.com




My Very First Igloo !

March 2, 2012 — Don't worry, Joey Fonesca and son Josh placed boards across the top of the walls of this igloo they built yesterday to keep it from caving in.


Get Important HopNews Tweets 

by Robert Falcione

March 2, 2012Shortly before 4:30 pm yesterday, we got word of the serious accident on East Main Street and heard the police officer inquire if the ambulance was rolling, as expected. It was.

        But to hear the officer ask for assurance was to know that he saw an urgent need, that the situation demanded an elevated level of response. One occupant was trapped, and the Jaws of Life, a powerful hydraulic tool, was needed, one officer said.

       There was another very tragic time a few short years ago that we heard a similar urgency from the first officer on scene. That accident resulted in two deaths.

        The HopNews office is centrally located, and so the photographer is sometimes on the scene before the firefighters. However, we have slowed down response in many cases to let the scene develop. But yesterday was different.

       It was on East Main Street several years ago that someone lost their life on that stretch. In another incident, this writer was hit head-on on Wood Street in 1995 by a driver who lacked skill. The driver went to slow down and her brakes locked on ice, and rather than pumping them to regain control, she kept her foot floored. sending her barreling into my lane at 35-40 mph. I am pretty sure I had come to a stop by then. But anyone in an accident knows that they happen faster than a person can think — otherwise, they wouldn't occur. The vibrating feeling in my hands from the crash finally went away after more than a year.

       "Your response time is slowing down," said one officer, tongue-in-cheek, upon my arrival at a scene a couple of years ago.

       Last June, I heard a call about a black bear (thumbnail, right) at the bird feeder behind the residence of a Spring Street family.

       "Took you a while to get there," said one police officer the next day.

       Actually, I was on Spring Street when the call came in, and drove past the house — windows up and doors locked — several times before cruisers arrived there. In the meantime, I circled the geography and found a great shot of a doe (thumbnail), about a half mile away as the crow flies — that is if indeed crows ever flew in a straight line.

       I never did get a shot of the bear (the homeowner contributed the one above) — one officer reported it crossing Spring Street the next day — even though I returned to that area faithfully every day for longer than I care to admit. Back to yesterday's accident.

         Due to the deteriorating road conditions and the "greasy" condition of East Main Street yesterday afternoon, this photographer decided to have one less vehicle in the mix. The DPW sander was actually bogged down, stuck in the traffic, trying to get to the scene from Frankland Road.

         Instead, readers who visited HopNews were kept informed of the situation, and Twitter followers got a "Tweet" warning them of the driving conditions and of the situation on East Main Street — and the fact that an additional accident occurred moments later near Hopkinton Lumber.

         So, for those who would like to be informed of these types of important incidents — bad crashes, manhunts or loose animals — and areas to avoid, please click on the Twitter icon and sign up for urgent messages. And for those reluctant to do so because they are already electronically overwhelmed, at least look at the HopNews Twitter site and give it a chance. It shows how seldom we use the feature, but how important it can be in informing people instantly of these types of occurrences.



Interested Parents of Teens (and of teens-to-be)
beFREE!  Parent Coffee on Preventing Youth Substance Abuse
Monday March 12 from 9:30 - 11:30
Hopkinton Library.  

Over 200 parents have attended a coffee and their feedback has been very positive. The focus of the coffees are fourfold:

     - Share  data on drug and alcohol use in Hopkinton
     - Discuss impacts of drug and alcohol use on the teen brain
     - Present research based parenting strategies that are effective in preventing teen substance abuse
     - Discuss how parents can work together to address this problem

We need a minimum of 10 participants to hold the coffee. If you are interested in attending the March 12 coffee please send an email to befreeproject@gmail.com  .If you are interested but can't make this coffee, please send an email indicating whether mornings or evenings work best for you.  We all need to work together to keep our kids safe!


Low Visibility

March 1, 2012 — Hopkinton Reservoir was wind-whipped and in fog today, as snow fell and temperatures dropped, and a few vehicles crashed.



Seating... Finally!

March 1, 2012 — The focus at Water Fresh Farm Marketplace today was on the new tables and chairs following approval by the Selectmen of the store's common victualer's license. The wood which makes up the tables is Parawood, from which latex is extracted; and then the wood can be used for furniture. After hearing customer after customer suggest seating, principals Donna Todaro and Jeff Barton acted on their requests. They said customers can now enjoy a bowl of Uncle Mike's Famous Tomato Bisque, a hot Panini, or fresh roasted coffee before leaving the shop.






The Annual Student Government Breakfast is Friday, March 23, from 7:25 - 8:30 AM in the Hopkinton HS Cafeteria.  Town Officials are reminded that they should RSVP to the Selectmen's office if able to attend.  508-497-9700.




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