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Celebrating 4 Decades of Women Running Boston Seminar

Friday, April 13 at 7PM

Hopkinton High School Auditorium, 90 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, MA

Cost: $5 donation. Tickets: Available on-line at http://fastandfabulous.eventbrite.com/


HOPKINTON, MA (March 23, 2012) --- The Boston Athletic Association (BAA), the 26.2 Foundation and Hopkinton’s 300th Anniversary Celebration Committee are sponsoring an event to recognize and celebrate the 40th anniversary of women running the Boston Marathon on Friday, April 13, 7PM, at the Hopkinton High School Auditorium, 90 Hayden Rowe, Hopkinton, MA.


The host for the event is WBZ Anchor Lisa Hughes who will lead the discussion with several members of the Boston Marathon 1972 women’s team. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with some of the pioneers of the Boston Marathon who led the way for the first official run by women in 1972.


“I am really looking forward to the upcoming events at Boston,” said Val Rogosheske, who ran officially in 1972.


Sara Mae Berman, who ran unofficially in 1969, 1970 and 1971, as well as officially in 1972, had this to say about the challenges faced by women runners during that time, “We are so far from those days when women running, or doing any sport where you could be seen visibly sweating, were treated as curiosities. Today's young women, who find fulfillment in sports, tend to take Title 9 for granted.”


The charge for admission is a $5 donation to benefit Dreamfar High School Marathon and tickets can be purchased on-line at http://fastandfabulous.eventbrite.com/


Seating is limited to 200, so early reservations are recommended. Reception and dessert to follow. Tickets: Available on-line at http://fastandfabulous.eventbrite.com/



Unicorn Sighting

April 8, 2012 — The office of the Boston Athletic Association at 1 Ash Street is having fun inching up its mascot, the unicorn, a little each day until the big race on Patriot's Day. According to legend, the unicorn was selected by the BAA 10 years before the first Boston Marathon, and three decades before the United States sent soldiers to France to fight in World War I. Those soldiers are personified by the Doughboy monument at Cookies Corner, the triangle next to the Start line.


Wind Beneath...

April 7, 2012 — Robins often allow people to get close enough for a good photo before they flit to the next object of their attention.




Seeing Red

April 8, 2012 — Photographed today, this is likely the same cardinal photographed at dusk on Saturday on Walcott Street; but today, the sky was brighter, and the lens was longer.


Familiar Surroundings

April 8, 2012 — These turkeys on Clinton Street could be the very chicks photographed on the same trail 4 years ago with their parents.




Another Family on the Way

April 8, 2012 — This female Canada goose is nesting on the island in the middle of Ice House Pond today on top of a beaver half-lodge. It is the high point on the island that was swamped by rains last season, causing some readers, as well as a photographer, to wonder if the eggs could be brought to term after possibly being under water. They were brought to term, and hatched at least a half-dozen bright yellow, fluffy goslings. HopNews will attempt to follow this year's family, too. Last year, they only stayed a day after hatching.

      This goose can be identified as a female, because of her behavior. She sits in the nest as the male draws the attention of interlopers, and keeps his distance from the nest, so as to not give away the female's location. He may eventually trade places with her when she needs to stretch her wings and bathe.




Happy Easter from the
Tonelli Family



Lullaby of Birdland

April 7, 2012 — This male cardinal behind the HopNews office sang loudly this evening at dusk, attracting the photographer as well as a bystander, who said his call sounded like a car alarm. The inverse may be true. Hear it here.


Spinning Wheel, Got to Go 'Round

April 7, 2012 — Like a well-designed Italian automobile, Hopkinton sculptor Michael Alfano's Running Wheel evokes motion, even while at a stop. But it does not have to stay at a standstill. The faux bronze resin and stainless steel piece can be spun by its admirers so that all 26 legs, one for each mile of a world-class marathon, move in a circular motion. Mr. Alfano, who was dressing up the piece after this photo was taken today in front of Hopkinton Library, said that it is available for purchase in bronze. Check out his website.



Easter Pastels

April 7, 2012 — This tot on the Veterans Memorial Gazebo is enchanted by the helium-filled balloons garnishing its railings today during the Annual Egg Hunt and visit by the Easter Bunny sponsored by Hopkinton Drug and the parks and the Parks and Recreation Department. Click on a thumbnail to enlarge.





Arts in Bloom

April 7, 2012 — The annual juried art show at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, 98 Hayden Rowe Street, Arts in Bloom, is blossoming right now with arrangements of flowers from Hopkinton Garden Club members complementing the winning pieces with color and texture. The show will continue until April 26, 2012, Monday through Friday 2-6:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 1-4:00 pm.


Daily Police Reports Are Back: Those who remember the beginnings of HopNews may recall the daily Police Log and Arrest updates that later became weekly updates. Well, the daily ones are back, Tuesday through Friday; and Monday will be the catch up day from the weekend. Enjoy.

Arrests - Most Recent First

Up-to-date Friday, April 6, 2012

Saturday, March 24, 2012

1:08 am Officer Stephen Buckley placed Karen Ann McDermott, 47, of Blueberry Lane in custody on a warrant.

Police Log - Most Recent First Up-to-date Friday, April 6, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

11:58 pm Officer John Moran responded to Jamie Lane for a report of suspicious activity by teens exiting a vehicle. Officer Moran discovered the interior light on in a vehicle that the owner believed someone had been in, but he found nothing taken.

8:28 pm Officer William Burchard caught up with a vehicle in its driveway that had been reported to be operating erratically, and so did not any observe improper behavior.

7:45 pm Sgt. Michael Sutton placed cones to make safe an area on Alprilla Farm Road where construction workers left large pipes in the roadway.

6:55 pm A Pond Street resident put out a fire they were burning before firefighters arrived to answer the complaint of a fire.

5:16 pm The complaint of an erratic operator on Fiske Mill Road in Upton was forwarded to Upton PD.

12:02 pm A Huckleberry Road resident reported an incident of identity theft.

11:56 am An individual spoke with Sgt. Joseph Bennett regarding threats at work.

7:04 am Officer Stephen Buckley reported on a two-vehicle collision on Ash Street that did not involve injury.

3:01 am Officers John Moran and Jacob Campbell spoke with an individual pushing a bicycle on Main Street they checked a half hour earlier who said he was walking from Northbridge to Framingham. He had left an expired turkey and the bicycle as donations at the church.

1:48 am Officer John Moran checked on a vehicle parked off of the road on Elm Street.






In an email press release through Hopkinton Republican Town Committee Chair Ken Weismantel, Republican Selectman candidate Deb Thomas has officially withdrawn from the race for a seat on the Board Selectmen. Mr. Weismantel cites other commitments as her reason.


This ends any doubt of her possibly withdrawing that began following the entry of Republican Michelle Gates into the race for reelection to her seat as an incumbent, and heated up this week after it became clear that Mrs. Thomas did not turn in her nomination papers.


What had been a three-way race for two seats for a while might have discouraged others from joining in and challenging Mrs. Gates, Mrs. Thomas, and unenrolled Todd Cestari, who is also running for reelection to the board. However, the race is now between two people who could be challenged by a Democrat voted at their caucus, a Republican voted at their caucus, or by someone who wages a sticker campaign.




Long Lines

April 6, 2012 — A three-car motor vehicle accident about a mile north of Route 495 Exit 21 backed up traffic for miles this afternoon. The scene was cleared quickly and the ambulance left without patients.



Egg Hunt and Easter Bunny Saturday, April 7, 2012
Hopkinton Common - 11:00 am

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. (File photo, above.)


School Committee to Hold Off on Three Articles Until Fall STM

by Muriel Kramer

April 6, 2012 — The School Committee last night accepted gifts from the Hopkinton Boosters that included a new solar powered baseball score board, safety fencing along field 5 and new wind screens for the tennis courts. Mike Farrell, President of Hopkinton Boosters, was on hand with Athletic Director Eric Karjel to present to the committee. Farrell credited an enthusiastic group of volunteers that help make donations of this kind possible. “The Boosters Board puts in a lot of hours to raise the money to do these kinds of things. We try to spread it out over all sports. Beyond the Board there are a lot of volunteers that help make this happen.”


School Committee Chair, Jean Bertschmann, commented that the donations over the years have really made a big difference providing for things we couldn’t otherwise fund. “This is a tremendous benefit to us.” For his part Karjel noted that the support from the Boosters was notable because the support is spread across all sports, men and women’s teams, and inclusive of equipment and maintenance; thereby, strengthening the entire program not any individual sports.


Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jonathan Landman announced that a new Elementary School Principal has been hired to replace Elmwood School Principal Ilene Silver who is retiring after this year. “I am delighted to announce that I have offered, and Dave Ljungberg has accepted the position of Principal of the Elmwood Elementary School. We have the privilege of knowing Mr. Ljungberg well. In the past two years, in his role as Assistant Principal at the Hopkins and Elmwood Schools, Mr. Ljungberg has won the admiration and appreciation of Hopkinton faculty, parents, administrators and students through his soft-spoken, thoughtful, and caring leadership… Mr. Ljungberg has a deep appreciation for the strengths of the Elmwood School, and some great ideas about how to support continued excellence and growth in the years ahead.”


Assistant Superintendent of Schools Dr Mary Ann DeMello provided an update for the Elementary School Building Criteria Working Group (CWG) that she will chair; this group is tasked with developing the criteria that will be used for the future project or projects to address the needs at Center and Elmwood Schools. Members of the committee are: DeMello, Greg Martineau (Elementary School Principal), Pamela Pendelton (Teacher), Ken Clark (District Safety), Erika Maurer (SPEAC), Tara Sanda (Educate Hopkinton), Ben Chirco (Ballot Question Committee), Pat Baratta (Council on Aging), Trina Macchi (Realtor), Tom Nealon (Chamber of Commerce), Laura Connolly (Sustainable Green Comm.), Frank Sivo (community member), Gregory Denon (community member), Ron Foisy (community member), and Kim Brennan (community member). 


All of the meetings of the CWG are open to the public and are bound by the Open Meeting Law.  Future meetings are scheduled for 4/24, 5/1, & 5/14 (if necessary additional meetings may be held on 5/22 & 5/29).  All meetings will run from 6:30-8 pm in the MS Library. The group will present its findings to the School Committee on June 7th.


The School Committee also discussed the Town’s new draft Finance Policy that had not been formally shared with the School Committee but rather discovered on the Town’s website by member Nancy Alvarez Burdick. The latest draft revision (revision 4) is dated September 27, 2011. Dr. Landman indicated that the policy was being drafted in part to help strengthen the Town’s bond rating. Landman indicated areas of possible concern including the apparent lack of flexibility and areas within the policy that needed clarification specifically concerning the School Department. School Committee member Troy Mick reacted strongly noting that the fact that the School Committee hadn’t been directly included in the process is unacceptable. The policy was first drafted in 2010. “We need to send this to counsel for legal review.” He also indicated frustration in not discussing the policy and developing a strategy before Landman and Director of Finance for the Schools Ralph Dumas met with Town Manager Norman Khumalo to provide feedback on the policy. “It would have been good to have a collective strategy before meeting to provide feedback…This needs to be on a future agenda.”


Bertschmann also expressed frustration. “Globally, I’m very concerned with the process; I feel like we are already six months behind. We need to take time to carefully review it…My concern is that we’re well into a process we didn’t even know was underway.” This will be addressed further at the Committee’s meeting April 26th.

Looking ahead to Annual Town Meeting and Annual Town Election, the Committee agreed to hold off on three articles that will necessitate ballot action at the request of the Board of Selectmen. The Board suggested holding off on the Elmwood School roof, the Center School windows and the Elementary School feasibility study until a Special Town Meeting in the fall which would be scheduled to utilize the national election for ballot questions. The Committee noted that waiting would not negatively impact the schedule for repairs; the roof and the windows could not be done this summer anyway due to the timeline involved in the procurement process. Additionally, not all the building study data is finalized that the town is hoping to use to frame a comprehensive approach for the future; that data will or should be completely available to support a fall Special Town Meeting.




Meet the Library's Invitational Runners

For the first time in its 117 year history, four local runners are running the Boston Marathon to raise money to support the immediate and future needs of Hopkinton Public Library. Peggy Shaw and Paul Newman will run the 2012 Boston Marathon on April 16 to raise money to support Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, Inc.’s mission of expanding and improving Hopkinton Public Library. Sundar Sivaraman and John Ralston are running the 2012 Boston Marathon in support of the Friends of Hopkinton Library.

     Come meet the Library’s runners during HAA’s Marathon Exhibit at Hopkinton Public Library during the weekend of April 14th-15th. The Exhibit will be open on Saturday, April 14, between the hours of 10AM – 4PM, and Sunday April 15, from 12 noon – 4PM.

     Both the Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library provide financial support to enhance, but not replace the library’s budget. Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, Inc. was formed in 2011 to raise private funds to address long-term library needs, including the proposed expansion and state-of the-art renovation of the library.

The Friends of the Library is a non-profit, membership organization that generously supports the immediate needs of the library, such as purchasing new shelving in adult and children’s areas, museum passes, a multi-media system and sponsorship of various programs. The Friends of the Library conducts fundraising through book sales and its annual apple crisp sale at PolyArts.

All contributions to the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, Inc. and Friends of the Hopkinton Library are tax-deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

To read more about Paul Newman and Peggy Shaw, and contribute to the mission of Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, Inc., please visit: http://hopkintonpubliclibraryfoundation.org/. Donations for either Peggy or Paul can also be mailed to: Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 16, Woodville, MA 01784.

To read more about Sundar Sivaraman and John Ralston or support the mission of the Friends of the Library, please visit http://hopkintonlibraryfriends.org/. Donations may also be mailed to: Friends of Hopkinton Public Library, 13 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748.



Shred-Up then Green-Up!

Hopkinton’s very own Sustainable Green Committee has announced its annual town-wide “Spring Green-Up Day”; now complete with a “Shred Day”! Both events are scheduled for Saturday April 28th and will begin at 9am at the Town Common.


Harvey’s will park a large shredding truck at the Center School from 9am-2pm for town residents to drop off paper for shredding.

(Please, no books or magazines. Remove all metal from hanging file folders and spiral bound notebooks. Staples and paper clips do not need to be removed.)


Town Residents are encouraged to join us on the Town Common from 9am-12pm for the 4th annual “Spring Green-Up Day”! Grab a pair of gloves and a garbage bag (which will be provided), and help keep the town looking beautiful as we move into the spring season. Head to an area of your own choosing to help with the effort, or journey to the common where clean-up crews will be organized for identified illegal dumping areas in town. Please let us know where you plan to go so that we do not duplicate efforts. Let’s make 2012 our best year yet! For more information, please visit our website at www.hopgreen.com.


Chief Flannery of the Hopkinton Police Department has announced that the “National Drug Take-Back Day” will also occur on Saturday April 28th. Please bring all relevant products to the police station so they can be properly disposed of. More information regarding the take-back initiative is available at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.


What great ways to come together as a sustainable community. We look forward to seeing everyone out-and-about Saturday April 28th!


Questions or Comments? Please contact the police station at (508) 497-3401 for “National Drug Take-Back Day” or Caroline McManus at caroline.mcmanus1@gmail.com for “Green-Up Day” and “Shred Day”.



Join With a Kickball Team



The National Champions have been crowned for Basketball but who is the BEST KICKBALL team in Hopkinton??? - Could it be yours????


Don't miss out on this year's HPTA's Second Annual Adult Coed Kickball Tournament on Saturday April 28th at Cornell's fields. Register your team today at http://www.hptaonline.com/  


$200 to enter a team that is made up of 5 men and 5 women. Email shannonhedstrom@verizon.net with questions. All proceeds to benefit Hopkinton Public Schools




 BAA Offers CPR Instructional Video - Tedy Bruschi Narrates:

The Boston Athletic Association, Red Cross and American Heart Association have put together an instructional video to teach "hands only" CPR. The Boston Marathon has over 27,000 runners race its 26.2 mile course, and being able to keep blood flowing for an individual who has suffered cardiac arrest until professional help arrives could save a life. Be entertained and learn to save a life in the video below.


Marathon Weekend

The Downtown Revitalization Committee has organized entertainment on the Common for the two days leading up to Hopkinton's signature foot race. The itinerary is below. And don't worry, the acts will be performing under a very large tent, which will have the ability to deploy canvas sides in the event of rain.

Saturday, April 14, 2012:
12:00 – 2:00: High school performers, including Olivia and Michael Spector, Haley Batchelder, Colin Shea, and Charlotte Berking;
 2:00 – 3:00 Amanda Maffei;
 3:00 – 4:00 Barbara Kessler;
 4:00 – 6:00 Steve Spector’s band Hot Acoustics.


Sunday, April 15, 2012:
10:00 – 10:30 Liane Blynn of ABT Training: Clinic;
10:30 – 11:00 Dr. Jason Mavor: Clinic
11:00 – 12:00 High school performers, including Emilia Antonaides, Shae Feather
12:00 – 12:30 Aidan Connolly’s Band;
12:30 – 1:30 Global Music Circle, including Junko Ogawa, Ellen Schmidt, Carolyn Waters, and Debora Rocha;
1:30 – 2:30 Shayne Holland’s band SHB; and
2:30 – 4:00 Kyle Joseph’s band Take Care.


Room to Move

April 5, 2012 — Owners and managers have a little get together at the Water Fresh Farms Marketplace spacious upstairs meeting room, which is available to private parties.



The Legacy Farm construction project on Front St. will be starting again on Monday 09 April 2012. The first section of road to be worked on will be from Hopkins Rd. to Alprilla Farm Rd. Front St. will be detoured from Hopkins Rd. to Alprilla Farm Rd. The hours of construction will be from 7A to 5 P daily. Detour signs will be in place to assist motorists. Police officers will also be on duty. This section of road construction is expected to take 3 weeks. Please allow ample time in order to detour this area if needed.




High and Dry

April 5, 2012 — Utility workers in more than one bucket worked in harmony today on West Main Street as they apparently upgrade services for new construction.




Brick to be Repointed

April 5, 2012 — Contractor Campbell Construction is scheduled to start putting up scaffolding today/tomorrow at Town Hall. While they are putting the scaffolding up the side entrance should be utilized as an emergency exit only (a couple days at the most). We'll be directing pedestrian traffic from the parking lot to use the basement entrance (front entrance also but not preferred due to vehicular traffic) during this time. Once the scaffolding is up, the side entrance can be used but to maximize safety we'll still be asking folks to use the back entrance mainly. Much safer to direct as many folks away from that entrance for a the 4-6 week period the scaffolding will be up.


There existing entrance to the parking lot will remain open and there will be no impact foot traffic for night meetings at town hall.

For those department heads outside of Town Hall please forward this to your staff.


Marlborough Resident Victim of Fatal Crash on Route 290 in Boylston

April 5, 2012 — At 1:55 a.m. today, a state trooper assigned to the Holden Barracks reported that his cruiser became disabled after he struck debris in the roadway on Route 290 eastbound, prior to Exit 24, in Boylston. While investigating the source of the debris, Trooper Mathew Moran observed a gray 2006 Toyota Matrix that had previously gone into the wooded median. Trooper Moran observed a lone male occupant in the car who had suffered fatal injuries.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the victim’s vehicle veered out of the travel lane and struck the beginning of a segment of guardrail, causing the end of the guardrail to impact the vehicle.

The victim is identified as James S. Ricciuti, 48, of Marlborough.

The facts and circumstances of the crash, including what caused Mr. Ricciuti to drive off the road and the exact time of the crash, remain under investigation by Troop C of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the Worcester County State Police Detective Unit. Troopers were also assisted on-scene by the Boylston Fire Department and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Highway Department.



Artwork to be Donated at Vets' Breakfast


The Womens Club is sponsoring/donating the 9:00 am Vets Breakfast on Friday, April 6, 2012. Yvette Madany will attend, and donate to the Vets some artwork of the late Bob McGraw (File photo).

Bob left us 11 July 2008. He was a prominent local artist. He can be seen in the Vets Photo Gallery in a 1943 pic with his Boeing Stearman PT-17. During WWII he was with the Eleventh (Army) Air Force at Elmendorf Field near Anchorage, Alaska. About 2000 miles to the west, (and 250 miles from the Siberian coastline) the Japanese occupied Attu and Kiska Islands in the Aleutians -- the only campaign fought on USA soil. The battle was 11 - 30 May 1943.


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