11:00 am, April 7, 2012
The Easter Bunny makes his annual visit to Hopkinton on
Saturday, April 7, 2012 for the Park and Recreation's Annual
Easter Egg Hunt. The event, which is sponsored by Hopkinton Drug
Store, will be held at 11:00 AM on the Town Common. The
Easter Egg Hunt is for Hopkinton pre-school to 2nd
Please bring your own basket or bag to collect the candy and
"Special Prize Eggs". We ask parents not to pick up
eggs prior to the start of the event.
There is no registration or fee for this event and we will try
to give candy to all children that attend.
Please note that the Easter Bunny will appear on the common,
weather permitting, and that parents are welcome to take
pictures with the bunny.
information please call Parks and Recreation at 497-9750 between
10 AM and 1 PM on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.
If there is
inclement weather, children can greet the Bunny and receive a
treat at Hopkinton Drug Store.
Outstanding, All Around
March 12, 2012 — The Hopkinton
Middle School 7th grade Destination Imagination team
won the Regional DI competition in Douglas this weekend for the
challenge “Solar Stage” yesterday and was awarded a Renaissance
award for outstanding design, engineering, and performance.
The team consists of five girls (L-R) - Erin Webb, Riley
Strickland, Emma Griffiths, Team Manager Linda Holly, Heather
Holly, and Elise Kiszla. The team moves on to represent
Hopkinton in the DI State Championships at Worcester Polytech at
the end of the month on March 31st.
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Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts
from March 5, 2012 to March 12, 2012
259 Wood Street
March 6, 2012
Sharon B Lisnow
73 Front Street Lot 13
First County Builders LLC
February 29, 2012
Braim Farm LLC
2 Pond Street
Thomas J Cotter, Andrea M Cotter
February 29, 2012
Richard P Barbieri
14 Pike Street
Sandra Jane Auen
February 21, 2012
Driver Who Fled Earlier
Today Taken into Custody
March 11, 2012 —
An individual who allegedly fled a State Police Motor Vehicle
stop at around 12:30 pm today, triggering a manhunt by State and
Hopkinton Police, which involved several officers, a canine
unit, and a chopper from the Massachusetts State Police Air
Wing, was taken into custody this evening at 7:33 pm.
Officer Matthew McNeil and Sgt. Michael Sutton placed 31
year-old Kevin Gonzalez of North Quincy Street in Brockton into
custody following several reports from neighbors who had been
made aware of the manhunt earlier in the day.
Described as an individual in jeans, covered in mud and looking
disheveled with curly hair, he was reported by a resident to be
at the corner of Pond and West Elm Streets. A foot pursuit
ensued after he was spotted by police, and he
captured in the vicinity shortly afterward.
According to dispatcher Evan Brooks, the warrants on Mr.
Gonzalez were for motor vehicle violations, but admitted the
State Police may add more charges after today's incident (read
stories below). Photo from afternoon manhunt.
Readers who follow HopNews on Twitter were alerted to the status
of the situation as it unfolded, as well as the subsequent
arrest. To be informed of this type of breaking news, please
follow HopNews on Twitter. We use it sparingly!
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Health and Wellness Fair
March 11, 2012 — Enjoy a couple of minutes of clips from
Saturday's health and Wellness Fair, above.
Relay For Life of Hopkinton
First Team Captains Meeting!
March 14th at 6:30 PM
Hopkinton High School AUDITORIUM
Committee Meeting to follow at 7:30
Hosted by Co-Chairs Jenn Lynds and Connor Zanini
reminder that teams should sign up online A.S.A.P to ensure
priority when picking a campsite location at Bank Night!**
at Middle School Lecture Hall Instead of Usual Venue
On Monday at 7:45 the
Planning Board is meeting at the Lecture Room of
the Middle School to have a public
hearing on Legacy Farms Private Waste Water
Treatment Facility Site Plan Review. Note the
location was changed from our normal venue as
more people are expected at the hearing.
March 11, 2012 — Downtown resident Matthew Westbury and friend,
Ally Wright, enjoy the spring-like weather on the Hopkinton
Common today, the first day of daylight savings time.
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March 11, 2012 — These turkey vultures, and others with them,
cruised over the fire in Westborough today (below), apparently
curious about the odor of smoke, like their human counterparts,
who also gathered to watch.
March 11, 2012 — Hopkinton Firefighters, assisting Westborough,
don their breathing apparatus prior to entering this multi-unit
Homestead Drive in Westborough, where a fire that began in a
shrub, according to a bystander, rose up the side of the
building and entered the interior, scorching three apartments.
While the firefighters were suiting up — the first alarm was
sounded about 4:00 pm — the fire was moving through the walls,
although the outside of the building in the photo above doesn't
reveal that. Hopkinton firefighters cleared the scene at about
5:10 pm. Sign up for our Twitter to receive important updates
and news as it happens.
11, 2012 — This low-flying Massachusetts State Police helicopter
spent about two hours in the air assisting in the manhunt of a
subject who fled a traffic stop on West Elm Street from a
State Police marked cruiser. The individual, who is known to
police, left his wallet with identifying information, as well as
a female passenger and a child, in the vehicle. He was allegedly
without a license, and had outstanding warrants for his arrest.
The hunt for the individual went on from about 12:30 pm -3:30
pm, when, because of the failure to locate him with infrared
cameras on the ground and in the air, as well as a tracking dog
(thumbnail), it was assumed he had left in an "escape" vehicle
that he called, or that had been following him. HopNews Twitter
followers were alerted of the manhunt as it happened.
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Manhunt in Hopkinton
March 11, 2012
There is a manhunt by Hopkinton and Mass State Police going on
at this time (2:19 pm). An individual fled a State Police
traffic stop on
Elm Street and left a female and a child in the vehicle.
The individual is known to police, because he left his wallet
behind. At this time, 2:24 pm, the manhunt continues. The white
male has lost a shoe. Twitter followers have already been
informed. Sign up for alerts to be informed as it happens. More
on this later.
You Checked Out the Hopkinton Interactive Calendar Today?*
Sunday March 11 2012
Berry Acres Trail Walk. 1 pm. Starts @ The Ice House
Pond parking lot on West Main Street.
Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Junior class Post Prom
Party. 4- 8 pm @ The Golden Spoon. $8 a ticket.
Cut-A-Thon @ Ann-Micheles to benefit Hopkinton Senior
Center 9 am - 1:00 pm
HPTA Event: Sharks hockey game – Sunday, March 11th
Hopkinton Interactive Calendar is a great way for
non-profits and advertisers to get the word out on their
special events. Many, if not most of the listings have
been added by the organizations themselves. To gain
access for your organization to reach readers who read
up to 7,000 HopNews pages every weekday, write to
Alzheimer’s Workshop at the Senior Center on Monday at 10:30 am.
If someone you know has been showing early signs or has been
diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you may not want to miss this
program. I hope to see you there! ~ Punky
March 10, 2012 — Mariana McCarthy, 4, gets a ride from her
father, Adam, as they speak with Officer Stephen Buckley about
bicycle safety during the Wellness Fair at the high school.
HopNews will present an HD video later today.
March 10, 2012 — Mary Scarlata-Rowe plays a snack hawker at the
ESL Live! performance last night at the Woodville Rod & Gun
Club. The group will perform again this evening.
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Encore Performance Saturday, March 10, 2012, 8 pm, Woodville Rod
2012 — Above, after an introduction, a cast of actors
get their performances rated by a referee in a skit that
joins drama and a sport in an unlikely, but very funny,
combination. ESL Live will present their last
performance Saturday, March 10 at 8 pm @ The Woodville
Rod & Gun Club. $17 general admission; $13 students,
seniors and stage door members. Viewers under 17 must be
accompanied by an adult 21 or older.
"Much Ado About Nothing"
Saturday, March 10, 2012
March 9, 2012 —
Hopkinton High School Drama Ensemble will present it's last
performance of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing"
7:30 pm @ The Hopkinton High School Auditorium on Saturday,
March 10. Above, a Scene from tonight's performance.
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March 9, 2012 — These mergansers, diving ducks, on Lake
Maspenock this afternoon demonstrate their typical behavior by
running their water-logged bodies on top of the water first to
gain momentum for flight.
WMRC will broadcast the
Hopkinton-Stoughton game Saturday night at about 7:45 from
U-Mass Boston. The game will be on the air and on their website:
Wellness Fair to Highlight Hopkinton’s Participation in First
Lady Michelle Obama’s “Chefs Move to Schools” Program and Launch
Student Recipe Contest
Chefs Andy Husbands and Chris Hart to Partner With Hopkinton
School District Food Service to Bring New Dishes and Healthy
Nutrition Messages to Hopkinton Students
MA --( March 5, 2012) - On March 10, Chefs Andy Husbands
and Chris Hart will be doing what they do best, preparing two
new menu items in a very unusual setting --- not in a
restaurant, but in the kitchen of the Hopkinton High School
cafeteria. The chefs have agreed to partner with the
Hopkinton School District to bring their culinary creativity to
the school lunch program as part of the “Chefs Move to School”
program, founded in May 2010 as an integral part of First Lady
Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative. Their demo, at 12
pm in the HHS cafeteria, will kick-off a year-long partnership.
The premise of the Chefs Move to School program is that chefs
have a unique ability to deliver healthy nutrition messages in a
fun and appealing way. The program pairs chefs with
schools in their communities with the mission of collaboratively
educating kids about food and proper nutrition to help improve
the way children interact with food, from the cafeteria to the
classroom. The chefs will act as consultants to the Food
Service Director, and as celebrity judges of a student recipe
Hopkinton Public School Food Service Committee comprised of Food
Service Director Sherry Toscano, and members of the HPTA and
School Councils brought the program to the attention of local
chef Chris Hart, who lives with his wife Jenny and two children,
Ethan and Jaimie, in Hopkinton. Chris reached out to Andy
Husbands, his co-author of the BBQ cookbook
Wicked Good Barbecue.
Husbands,the award-winning chef/owner of Tremont 647,
has been enticing patrons with his adventurous American cuisine
at his South End neighborhood restaurant and bar for well over a
decade. A James Beard “Best Chef” semi-finalist, Andy competed
in the sixth season of Fox Television Network’s Hells Kitchen
with Gordon Ramsay. When he’s not in the kitchen or working with
his favorite charities, Andy is on the BBQ trail with his
award-winning team, iQUE
. His first cookbook, The Fearless Chef, is currently in
its second printing.
winner of the Jack Daniel Invitational World Championship in
2009 has dominated the competition BBQ circuit for the past 10
years with his team, iQUE. The team was the first group of
northerners in barbeque history to win a championship. In 2010
Chris cooked an elaborate tasting menu at the James Beard House
in NYC. In 2011 he competed in the Food Network's inaugural
season of Best in Smoke.
The student recipe contest will be open to students in grades 2
– 8 at Elmwood, Hopkins and Hopkinton Middle School. Two
winning recipes will be selected from each grade. Winning
recipes may be featured in the school cafeterias. Student
chefs may win the opportunity to work with Hopkinton’s Chefs
Move to School celebrity chefs in their cafeteria. Contest
details will be available at
Here We Come
My sister Marianne and I
are headed back up to Camp Sunshine in Casco ME on April 10th.
This will be our third visit as volunteers to this amazing camp.
Camp Sunshine provides a much needed get away for children with
life threatening illnesses and their families. Our friend from
New York City will be returning as well. Marianne and I fallen
in love with the NYC Sickle Cell Anemia families we have worked
and played with on our prior trips. In Camp Sunshine’s recent
newsletter they have asked for
They need all types, sizes and
colors. If anyone would consider doing a bead drive in your
neighborhood, scouting groups, or through friends it would truly
be appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at 190 Lumber
Street in the bin marked Camp Sunshine before 4/10/12. If you
would like a pickup, please contact me at
Drop off a note with your name and address and Camp Sunshine
will send along a thank you note.
Thoreau and the Two Revolutions
Monday, April 16, 2012
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Come Celebrate Patriot’s Day at Walden Pond!
Learn from one of Concord’s native sons,
Henry David Thoreau, about the two revolutions of Concord:
the Revolution of 1775 and the literary revolution of the 19th
century. Local historian Richard Smith will portray Henry
David Thoreau at the Thoreau house replica. This is a
program for visitors of all ages.
The program is free, but there is a $5
No pets allowed.
Sponsored by the Thoreau Society’sFriends of Walden Pond
and the Massachusetts Department of
Conservation and Recreation. Pre-registration is not
required. For more information call park staff at (978)
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
- Present research based parenting strategies that are
effective in preventing teen substance abuse
- Discuss how parents can work together to address this
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
email@example.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!
Baypath Humane Society Reopens - for Adoptions Only for Now
March 8, 2012 — According to Baypath Humane Society Acting
Manager, Liz Jefferis, the no-kill shelter received the green
light to reopen from the Department of Agriculture yesterday.
The shelter had been closed after dogs were brought across state
lines into Massachusetts against regulations. Five of the dogs
contracted canine distemper and were put down by then-Manager
Sue Bennison, who had taken them to her home, where she had a
sick dog, instead of to the shelter and quarantine. Ms. Bennison
was not at the shelter today, but Ms. Jefferis did not specify
the reasons for her absence or if she would return.
The shelter is not taking on new animals,
but is open for the adoption of the remaining 12 canine
residents, while a renovation of the facility is done. They will
take new animals when that is complete.
Ms. Jefferis said the shelter will reach
out to the community with a low-cost vaccine clinic for rabies
and distemper; and perhaps
chips, for people who would not otherwise afford it.
The dog pictured above, Bowser, is a
purebred pug. Although there are a couple of people who have
applied to adopt him, the process is not complete. To see Bowser
and hear Liz Jefferis talk affectionately about him, check out
the HD video below:
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7PM * HS Auditorium
Parents, MS & HS Students invited to
learn about the
TRUE physical, legal and social
Chief Trial Counsel, Middlesex District Attorney's
Nicholas Levine, Hopkinton HS Alum
Our health survey data shows that marijuana
use by Hopkinton youth has increased dramatically over the
last several years. This presentation will help you
impact of marijuana on the teen brain
legal ramifications of marijuana use
the toll marijuana use
can take on a young person's life
Please come and bring your high school and middle school
important to know what is happening in our children's lives.
Help us spread the word about this important presentation!
beFREE! Project is a
program of the Hopkinton Youth Commission
Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray Gets Tour, Welcomes STEM
at Caliper Life Sciences in Hopkinton
March 8, 2012 — During today's tour of the Hopkinton facility,
Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray listens as Rick Ekstrom,
Caliper/Perkin Elmer Sr. Director of Operations describes the
in vivo methods that the company uses to do drug trials on
lab mice. Lab mice no longer need to be killed, one a day, to
see the effects of a proposed drug on the growth of cells inside
of a body. Caliper technology facilitates tracking the effects
with fluorescence on a daily basis, as opposed to
Before the tour, parent company
PerkinElmer Director of Global Technical Support, Jeffrey B.
Killian said the purpose of their science is the betterment of
personal health and environment safety.
On the environmental side, lots of
products are sourced, he said, from different countries with
standards that need scrutiny. PerkinElmer and Caliper produce
instruments that test things like air, food supply, water, toys
and paint to be sure they are compatible with the standards of
the consumer countries.
As for personal health, he said they
strive to be able to characterize diseases and create custom
made tools — to come up with tests to detect and support cures
and prevention of disease.
Finally, he said, they strive to give
tools to researchers to develop drugs to target individual
Since the acquisition of Caliper by
PerkinElmer, Mr. Killian said, 50 jobs have come to Hopkinton
Caliper CEO Kevin Hrusovsky announced
the acquisition in an
with HopNews last September
Following the tour of Building 2, Lt.
Governor Murray opened up a meeting of the Governor's Science
Technology, Engineering, and Math [STEM] Advisory Council.
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Ann-Michele's Cut-a-Thon Benefit
1 Claflin Common
Sunday, March 11, 2012
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
$15 haircuts • $10 mini-Manicure
ALL Proceeds benefit Hopkinton Senior Center
Call for appointment 508-435-9422 or walk in
Friday, March 9 at 10:30
Hopkinton Senior Center
Hopkinton resident Ed Harrow recently discovered and restored a
treasure trove of short, silent films made by his father in
the 1930s and 40s, Subjects range from romantic comedy to
documentaries on sports and New England landmarks. All ages
are welcome to this free presentation.
END IS IN
SIGHT FOR RECRUITS
March 7, 2012 – With two days
to go until they are sworn-in as Massachusetts State Troopers,
208 trainees go for a morning run today at the StatePoliceAcademy in New Braintree. The
trainees have gone through 21 weeks of academics, physical
training, defensive tactics, firearms training, and scenario
training. The latter consisted of 75 simulated incidents
designed to reflect the situations troopers may find themselves
in once on the job, including a rampaging shooter inside a
building to minor car crashes and everything in between. On
Friday, March 9, they will graduate and be sworn-in in a
ceremony at the DCUCenter in Worcester.
They will begin a three-month
break-in period early next week, during which each new trooper
will be assigned to a field training officer on road patrols.
This the first new class of State Police recruits to join the
ranks in more than five years. It is an extremely important
class to the department, which is currently down some 500
troopers, through normal attrition, since that last prior class
graduated. Opening exercises and ceremonial drills begin at 10
a.m. Please note that the pinning of badges will be during this
period as well. The speaking program, which includes Governor
Patrick, Lt. Governor Murray, Public Safety Secretary Heffernan,
and Colonel McGovern, begins at noon. Photo, content courtesy
Mass State Police
Hopkinton Historical Society 2 p.m. on Sunday March
168 Hayden Rowe Street • Hopkinton, MA 01748
Welcome to the Graveyard!
souls buried in Hopkinton’s nine cemeteries couldn't escape
death but each has found a piece of
Their lives will be remembered forever through their
gravestones. Each stone tells the story of a life - and a time.
treasure trove of
history right in your backyard," said Brenda Sullivan, a member
of the Gravestone Girls. "There are 200 or 300 years of history
buried under every cemetery. I consider it my job to get people
out into the cemeteries."
Ms. Sullivan will be the guest speaker at 2 p.m. on Sunday March
18 at a free program of the Hopkinton Library and will be held
at the Hopkinton Historical Society at 168 Hayden Rowe Street.
She will present
a slide show and lecture on gravestone art and its symbolism and
discuss the history of local cemeteries and the importance of
preserving them. Their business promotes cemetery awareness and
teaches gravestone history in an effort to connect audience to
the towns they live in and to the ancestors who created them.
Part of her talk looks at the symbols on early graves, and what
they represent. Some of these images may seem
modern eyes, but imagery such as a skull with wings tells a
story of the times.
Program is free
and refreshments will be served after the program. No RSVP
necessary. For additional information call Ray at 508-435-9865.
Acres Trail Walk
Sunday, March 11,
The town is currently considering exercising its right to
purchase this land for use by town entities (new school? solar
farm? open space?).
We'll take a tour
of this paths in this interesting area and get an idea of what
it contains (including an historic cellar hole). The walk will
start from the Ice House Pond parking lot on West Main Street.
Expect a walk of 1.5-2 hours and varying trail conditions (small
hills, some wet areas, etc.).
~ Trails Club. File Photo
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Hopkinton Junior class
Post Prom Party
4 -8 pm
$8 a ticket
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on the Prize
March 7, 2012 — Thanks to former and still-sometimes Hopkinton
resident and generous HopNews reader and contributor Steve
Spiegel, for sending this photo from his current location in
Washington state. It was taken on the
Nooksack River in Deming, WA.
March 7, 2012 — This piece of machinery on a sunken flatbed
truck had the protection of the State Police as it turned the
corner from Cedar Street to Main Street today on the way to
South Street. It is unknown where it started its journey, but it
certainly did not go under the railroad bridge on Route 85 in
Southborough. it may have travelled from Howe Street over the
railroad bridge there, which was built wide enough to fit two
M-1 tanks side by side.
Hopkinton 58, Wellesley 56
The HHS Boys defeated Wellesley
tonight 58 to 56 in an exciting hard-fought matchup. Their next
MIAA State Tournament game is Saturday, March 10th at
UMass-Boston against Stoughton for the South Division 2 Finals.
The HHS Girls go against Natick tomorrow night, March 7th at
6pm at Massasoit-Brockton HS. Above, Tim Moberg goes for two.