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Easter Bunny
Hopkinton Common
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 grade children.

       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.

For more 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.




Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

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

New Transactions from March 5, 2012 to March 12, 2012






259 Wood Street Mary McQueeney $180,000 March 6, 2012 Sharon B Lisnow
Last Week        
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
Week Before        
14 Pike Street Sandra Jane Auen $390,000 February 21, 2012 Jeanette Allen


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 was 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!



 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

 **A reminder that teams should sign up online A.S.A.P to ensure priority when picking a campsite location at Bank Night!**



Monday Meeting 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.   




Spring Forward

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.





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.


Traveling Fire

March 11, 2012 — Hopkinton Firefighters, assisting Westborough, don their breathing apparatus prior to entering this multi-unit building at 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.


Low Flight Pattern

March 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 driving 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.



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 West 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.




Have 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 Worcester

*The 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 Editor@HopNews.com



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


Free Ride

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.




Popcorn, Peanuts...

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.




ESL Live!
Encore Performance Saturday, March 10, 2012, 8 pm, Woodville Rod & Gun

March 9, 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"
Encore performance
Saturday, March 10, 2012
7:30 pm
HHS Auditorium

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.




Aquatic Runway

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: http://wmrcdailynews.com/


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 

HOPKINTON, 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 contest.

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 http://www.iquebarbecue.com . His first cookbook, The Fearless Chef, is currently in its second printing. http://www.tremont647.com 

Chris Hart, 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 www.hptaonline.com

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Camp Sunshine, 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 BEADS! 

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 mbdc4eva@comcast.net. Drop off a note with your name and address and Camp Sunshine will send along a thank you note. 

Other needed donations for drop off are listed on their website. http://www.campsunshine.org/support_us/wish_list/index.php
Beth Malloy



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 parking fee.
No pets allowed.

Sponsored by the Thoreau Society’s Friends of Walden Pond  
and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Pre-registration is not required. For more information call park staff at (978) 369-3254







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!


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 memory 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:





Monday, March 19 * 7PM * HS Auditorium
Parents, MS & HS Students invited to learn about the TRUE  physical, legal and social consequences from:


* Dr. Stephanie Bodor,  Main Street Pediatrics

* Michael Fabbri, Chief Trial Counsel, Middlesex District Attorney's Office

* 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 understand:   

  • the impact of marijuana on the teen brain

  • the 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 children!  It is 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 Meeting
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 vivisection or euthanization.
        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 cures.
        Since the acquisition of Caliper by PerkinElmer, Mr. Killian said, 50 jobs have come to Hopkinton from Waltham.
        Caliper CEO Kevin Hrusovsky announced the acquisition in an interview with HopNews last
September 8, 2011.
        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.




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.





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 State Police Academy 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 DCU Center 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 18

168 Hayden Rowe Street • Hopkinton, MA 01748

Welcome to the Graveyard!

The souls buried in Hopkinton’s nine cemeteries couldn't escape death but each has found a piece of immortality. Their lives will be remembered forever through their gravestones. Each stone tells the story of a life - and a time.

"There's a
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
ghoulish to 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.




Berry Acres Trail Walk 

Sunday, March 11, 1PM: Berry-Terry trails walk. 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




Spaghetti Dinner
   to benefit
Hopkinton Junior class
Post Prom Party
 Sunday 3/11
    4 -8 pm
Golden Spoon
  $8 a ticket



Eye 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.



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