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Highest Award

March 16, 2012 — Twelve Cub Scouts from Pack 97 after having earned their Arrow of Light, the highest award that can be received in Cub Scouting. Pack 97's Blue & Gold ceremony was held last night where the boys earned this award. An archer was present and shot a symbolic arrow for each boy. Later, Boy Scouts from Troops 1 & 4 awarded the 12 graduating scouts neckerchiefs to wear as they continue their journey in scouting. All 12 boys from Pack 97 will be joining one of the Boy Scout troops in Hopkinton.


Broken Down?

March 16, 2012 — This pickup came to the attention of the photographer, who stopped to turn left into Bill's Pizza to reverse direction and then park on Main Street in front of the HopNews office. As the photographer came to a stop in traffic to wait to turn left while oncoming traffic passed, vehicles behind him, which would ordinarily drive past on the right, were forced to wait also, because the pickup truck is partially blocking the lane of travel. It is also blocking the crosswalk, as well as the exit from Church Street, and is in a no parking area.
       The photographer took the photo after doing the turn-around, stopping to ask the driver if he was broken down, and then driving to the parking space, parking and exiting his vehicle to shoot. The driver said he was not broken down, but was waiting for someone, and did not move until the photographer started shooting. In the photo above, the truck is stopped, and was for the entire time.
       Right? Wrong? There have been numerous complaints about the safety of this intersection before this photo was shown. Discuss it all you like on Town Talk.




Greg (O')Brady will perform at

Cornell's Pub
229 Hayden Rowe Street
Saturday Evening, March 17, 2012

For those wearin' the green, Cornell's will be serving corned beef and cabbage (with boiled potatoes, turnips and carrots) for lunch and dinner (starting at 1:00 pm) on Saturday day.



The 9th Annual Sharon Timlin 5k Race to Cure ALS

Road Race, Walk, & Family Fun Day

Register Today!
Less than 12 weeks to go

The Sharon Timlin Memorial Event
will be held rain or shine on
SUNDAY JUNE 10, 2012 at 8:30 am

Honored Guest: Mike Timlin, retired MLB Pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. Enjoy the 5K race, kids races, food, kids games, raffles/slient auction, live music and much more. All proceeds benefit the Angel Fund supporting ALS Research. For more information visit our website

Our event includes:

  • 5k Run/Walk at 8:30 am, professional net timing, limited to 1800 participants

  • Kids 1-Mile Race for ages 7-10, professional net timing, limited to 200 participants

  • Family fun day with dunk tank, games, face painting, live music, food, raffles, and silent auction

  • Going Green initiative continues with recycling and composting, bamboo t-shirts, bike valet, and shoe/sneaker recycling. Please visit the Going Green page on our website for more details.

Register Now!
Click here to register for the 5k or the Kids 1-Mile race. Mail in registration forms are available also. Click here. 

For every runner that registers for either the 5k or the Kids 1 mile, every additional $25 donation in your name will be entered into this year's Technology Package give away. There will be three winners selected on race day. 1st prize is an iPad2, 2nd prize is an iPhone4s, and 3rd prize is an iPod. Register today and make your donation to be entered into our drawing. Click here 

Note: The HPTA Mini-Marathon will be held on May 5. Visit the HPTA website in the coming weeks for more info about that event.  

Special Opportunity 
2012 Boston Marathon Numbers Available

If your 2012 goal is to run the world famous Boston Marathon, we can help! Thanks to the 26.2 Foundation/Hopkinton Athletic Association (HAA) we have two marathon numbers available to fundraisers willing to raise $3,000.  First come, first serve so if you are interested, please email Stephanie Whelan at 

The Many Faces of ALS
One of the main goals of this event is to raise awareness of ALS and to honor those that have been affected by this terrible disease. If you know someone that has been stricken with ALS and would like to honor them as part of our Faces of ALS program, please contact Dawn Mercier at run4als@gmail.com.                   

Angel Fundraising Challenge
Is this the year you will join in the excitement and help us raise money to find a cure for ALS?  Visit our fundraising site or contact Dawn Mercier at run4als@gmail.com 

Calling All Volunteers
This event would not be possible without the help of volunteers. Please consider volunteering your time at the event. You can help even if you plan to run/walk in the event. Contact Colleen Allen at run4als@gmail.com

Event Sponsorships
We would like to thank Main Street Pediatrics, Security Fence and the Schulte Family for once again generously sponsoring the event. We have other corporate sponsorship opportunities available.  Please contact Michelle Weilding at run4als@gmail.com for more information.  

Save the date and register now!


Rural Feel

March 15, 2012 — This great blue heron stands on a seasonal island where Canada geese nested last year and had a brood, and where a beaver couple has constructed a small lodge of sorts on Ice House Pond this year.



Got a Dream? 

March 15, 2012 — Spring is always a good time for renewal, to regain a sense of vibrancy, not only of activity and rebirth, but of color and intensity, following a visually dull season of browns and grays and whites. 

Architect Jeanette Thomson has rolled a new website and a new ad for the season of renewal, as she and her staff begin to gear up for a recharged economy and a busy construction season. 

Whether it is the renewal of an existing home, an addition of a kitchen, two car garage and mud room, or totally new construction, Thomson Architects, Inc. has over 20 years of satisfied clients in the residential and small commercial property categories.

For a glimpse of what a dream can look like, or if you already have your own dream, check out the Thomson Architects, Inc. website by choosing to click on the button ad now or at anytime, and giving them a call at 508-435-2294.





Hopkinton Center for the Arts
98 Hayden Rowe Street

Arts in Bloom Exhibition

Entries Due March 21st

Juried by Arthur Dion of Gallery NAGA, Boston.

Cash prizes awarded to 6 artists!
April 6 - 27, 2012


 Click here for more info


Jeanne M. Sulfaro, 90 

HOPKINTON - Jeanne M. Sulfaro, 90, died Wednesday March 14, 2012 in Framingham.  She was the wife of the late Frank J. Sulfaro, who died in April 1995.  Born in Wakefield, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Antonia (Dellegatto) Sulfaro.  She was a 1941 graduate of Hopkinton High School.

She is survived by her sons John and wife Brenda of Linwood, Richard and wife Sandra of Hopkinton, and her daughter Donna DeMeo and husband John of Kingston, NH.  She also leaves 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Monday, March 19 at 9:00 a.m. from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church.  Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.  Calling hours at the funeral home are Sunday, March 18 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.




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


Hopkinton Middle School Presents “Oliver!” 

The Hopkinton Middle School Drama Club will present the musical “Oliver!” on April, 27, 28 and 29 in the Hopkinton Middle School auditorium, 88 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton. 

Based on the Charles Dickens classic “Oliver Twist,” the musical depicts the adventures of the orphaned Oliver -- including his hardships in the workhouse, his adventures with a band of youthful pickpockets led by Fagin, and his change of fortune when a long-lost relative finds him.  “Oliver!,” which first hit the stage in 1960 in London, includes many well-loved songs, among them “Food, Glorious Food,” “Consider Yourself,” “As Long as He Needs Me,” and “I’d Do Anything.” 

Showtimes are at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 29.  Admission price is TBA.  Advance tickets will be available soon at the Middle School office, or at the door.






The Hopkinton Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, March 26th in the Town Hall Lower Level, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA at 7PM to discuss the Sandy Beach Improvements Plan. The Town Hall is handicap accessible.


Pru Tunnel to be Shut Down Overnight Sunday-Monday to Accommodate Permanent Power Restoration

The Massachusetts State Police have been notified that as part of NStar’s process of restoring power in the Prudential Tunnel on the Massachusetts Turnpike, work crews must disconnect the generator currently providing power to the lights and ventilation system, then re-splice the wires to the power grid. We have been notified that there will be a complete loss of ventilation and lighting during the switchover period because both systems – the current temporary one and the permanent one – cannot run simultaneously. Thus for safety reasons, State Police will shut down the Turnpike in both directions at the tunnel location. The switchover is currently scheduled for overnight Sunday into Monday, beginning at midnight with targeted completion time no later than 5 a.m. We will notify the public of any change in the schedule.



The National Honors Society of HHS

Invites Senior Citizens to please join us on

Tuesday, April 10th

From 2:30- 4:45

In the Hopkinton High School Cafeteria

For tea, treats, and socializing!



Traffic Advisory

March 14, 2012 — The Prudential ramp will be closed to accommodate two generators, which will supply electricity to Prudential Tunnel and other establishments in the area. This will now effectively shut down exit #22 completely as the Copley ramp was closed at 1:15 p.m. this date. The Prudential ramp will be shutdown for approximately 2 days.  




On Monday, March 26th, 7:00-8:00 pm Jean Vazza of Hopkinton Youth Services will facilitate a community-minded discussion on "Teens and Mental Health Awareness" at the Hopkinton Public Library.  Topics of focus for this small, group-style discussion include awareness of mental health, signs, frequency and identification of mental health disorders, how to discuss mental health issues with teens, the importance of reducing stigma and community resources. Participants are invited to contribute their perspectives and suggestions. 

This program is free and open to the public.  Advance registration is required by simply contacting Jean at jvazza@hopkinton.org or 508-497-9820 ext. 1520.  Please mention name, number attending and contact information info (email or phone).  The Hopkinton Public Library is located at 13 Main Street in Hopkinton.


Sign of the Times?

March 14, 2012 — It appears this home on Wood Street is for sale by the owner, or at least by an unconventional seller.




Destination, Your Imagination

March 14, 2012 — Bill's Pizza, as well as the Hopkinton Common, are two of the most popular destinations on early release day for the Middle School.


A Question in Styrofoam

March 14, 2012 — "Anna, Prom? -LB" reads the question made with Styrofoam cups in front of the school complex this afternoon. It appears that Anna said yes to Lincoln.




Perfectly Legal

March 14, 2012 — A neighbor concerned with the legality or/and safety of a controlled burning of brush behind Wood Street homes at a home site undergoing a lot of construction called the Fire Department.




Three's Company

March 13, 2012 — Five month-old Andrew and three year-old August enjoy mom, Lauren Brock, carting them down the length of Downtown this afternoon.


Free Bird

March 13, 2012 — This great blue heron cuts a strong diagonal across Ice House Pond this afternoon, returning from a short hiatus.



Callum Bushe and Benjamin Madany, seniors at the Hopkinton High School, are published authors. Their science fair project paper, “Solar Storage Blinds,” was included in a newly released book, Award Winning Science Fair Projects Vol. 2, by Sam Levine.


HHS Softball spring clinic

When: Saturday, March 24
th and Sunday, March 25th
Where: Hopkinton High School Athletic Center

*8U and 10U –> 3-4pm on Saturday, 10:30-11:45am on Sunday
*12U and 14U –> 4-5pm on Saturday, 11:45am-1pm on Sunday

Cost: $45 for both sessions

Registration deadline is Monday, March 19
Contact Jeff Kearney at jkearney@hopkinton.k12.ma.us

* Medical Release Forms can be downloaded off the Hopkinton Little League Website:



All Clear

March 13, 2012 — The residents apparently doused the stove fire on Mayhew Street prior to the arrival of Hopkinton firefighters. One firefighter was observed exiting the first floor with a scorched frying pan in hand.








Michelle Gates Joins Selectmen's Race

March 12, 2012 — Selectman Michelle Gates has taken out nomination papers for reelection to the Hopkinton Board of Selectman. Mrs. Gates is a Republican. 

Mrs. Gates becomes one of three people who have taken out papers for the two available seats on that board. She and Todd Cestari are up for reelection, and Planning Board member Deborah Thomas, also a Republican, has taken out nomination papers, too. Mr. Cestari is unenrolled. 

Submitting completed Nomination Papers is one way to get on the ballot. Another way to get on the ballot is to be elected at a party's caucus. 

Ms. Gates has for a number of years served in a volunteer or elected capacity on a number of boards and committees, including as the manager of the Sunday Concerts on the Common, first as a member of Parks and Recreation Commission  for several years, and then as a volunteer after becoming Selectman.

HopNews awaits a press release from Mrs. Gates. Check the now-updated Election page Election 2012 to see other candidates.




Hopkinton Team Wins Division

March 13, 2012 — The 5th Grade Hopkinton Metrowest League D3S travel basketball team won the championship on Sunday. The game was at Mass Premier Courts in Foxboro and the opponent was Sudbury. Contributed content.

Front row (L-R): Brett Daley, Michael Poovakad, Cory Bannon, Mitch Marcou, Micheal Roche, Brett Crochiere.
Back Row (L-R): Assistant Coach Bryan Kelly, Will Huebner, Ben McKenzie, Kyle Stukel, Brendon Kelly, Head Coach Brent McKenzie


A Little Help From Friends

March 12, 2012 — Hopkinton Fire Lieutenant William  Miller (43) looks back at his men while leading them to assist Westborough in fighting the fire that damaged three apartment buildings yesterday.




Special Olympics vs. Hopkinton Police
Noon, March 17, 2012
Middle School Brown Gym

This St. Patrick's Day, the Hopkinton Police will attempt their first win against the Hopkinton Special Olympics Basketball Team after several years of trying. Join the fun and support the teams.




Invade Iran?

     Some presidential candidates are calling for military action against Iran to destroy its nuclear capability, which Iran claims is peaceful, but some say is for weapons. President Obama says that military action is premature, but is on the table, while economic sanctions take hold.

       Pundits are arguing that Israel may talk tough about attacking Iran on their own, but that they would suffer a "rain of rockets" from Hezbollah and other anti-Israeli factions that lie in wait across their borders. In addition, Israel could not repel a military attack from Iran by itself, and any action by it would drag its ally the United States into a war, some say.

       Meir Dagan, former chief of the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad, appeared on CBS and said that the Iranian regime was "rational," and that a military strike would not be a good idea at this time. He said that Iran's willingness to negotiate amounts to a "bazaar" mentality, and that they are positioning themselves for greater oil profits.

       Please vote once in this simplistic HopNews poll---->>>>>>>



After reading the column on the left, HopNews readers said "no" to the drumbeats of war with Iran, at least for now, in the poll conducted during today's daylight. 14 % said they want war now, 31 % said "never" to war with Iran, and 55% want to wait for more evidence or urgency.

The first two questions indicate that readers who took part in the poll, 69% of them, would support going to war with Iran if the right conditions existed.


Trails Club Hikes Berry Acres/Terry Property

March 12, 2012 — On Sunday, the Hopkinton Trails club featured the Terry land for a club hike. The 204-acre parcel, with its vast wetlands, is under agreement for $3 million with local entrepreneur Paul Mastroianni, who owns 77 West Main Street, and has upgraded that property since purchasing it. The town has the right of first refusal to purchase the land, because it has enjoyed a tax benefit due to its agricultural designation. However, only the Sustainable Green Committee has expressed an interest in the land, for a possible solar energy farm. One company has been speaking with a Hayden Rowe Street property owner for consideration, too.



Science Fair at Elmwood

March 12, 2012 — Li Sutherland stands proudly in front of her science project at Elmwood School, where she was among her 234 second grade classmates, as well as parents of the students, last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the cafeteria. Contributed photo.


Police News UP-TO-DATE  March 12, 2012

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

8:00 pm  A caller from Nicholas Road reports hearing someone screaming...
 am A caller reported a man slumped over in his vehicle possibly sleeping, partially blocking roadway...

6:56 pm
Walk-in to the station reports several youths hanging out in a parking lot and acting strangely...
12:03 pm
 Call for suspicious party going business to business, possibly door to door...
1:18 am
Officers John Moran and Jacob Campbell arrested a juvenile...
9:36 am
A caller from Forest Lane reports a suspicious motor vehicle parked in several areas...





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