2012 — Swoops the Eagle, the mascot of Elmwood School, stopped by the
David Hughes Stadium Saturday to give his mute well-wishes to the
students running in the HPTA Mini-marathon.
Well over 200
runners turned out Saturday for the annual HPTA Mini Marathon, featuring
races and activities for all ages. Swoops, the Elmwood Eagle mascot,
stopped by to cheer on the preschool runners, and Liane Blyn from
Athletic Based Training (ABT) in Milford/Holliston was on hand to
organize some agility-based activities for the young athletes.
There were a number
of exciting races on the day. In the kindergarten boys race (one-eighth
of a mile), Jack Galanek was first in 41 seconds. The kindergarten girls
race was won by Kate Finnegan in 46 seconds.
In the Grade 1 boys
race (quarter-mile), Evan Mirazimi finished first in 1:30, followed by
Declan Mick. Sinead Herr won the Grade 1 girls race in 1:33, followed by
Shelby Jones and Maura Souza.
Riley Finnegan won
the Grade 2 boys race (quarter-mile) in 1:27, followed by Matthew Zettek
and Matthew Coffman. Caitlin Dempsey was the winner over the Grade 2
girls race in 1:27, followed by Lexie Trendel and Samantha Galanek.
The third grade race
was a half-mile. For the boys, Aidan Walsh was first in 3:03, followed
by Cameron Mulvaney and Tristan Sampedro. For the girls, Elizabeth
Mosher (3:15) edged out Olivia Jones and Mirabella Paolucci.
In a half-mile Grade
4 boys race, Robby Bernardin (2:59) outkicked Steven Maffiore in an
thrilling finish, with Jack Rodgers finishing third. On the girls side,
winner Angeline Grabmeier (3:05) was one second faster than Schuyler
Gooley, with Alexis Hasbrouck finishing third.
The Grade 5 race was
three-quarters of a mile, and Justin Normandeau blazed home 4:39. Rahul
Krishnan was second, followed Chris North. Ally Holmes ran to a win in
the girls race in 6:25.
The race for
combined grades 6-12 was one mile, and both the boys and girls races
were won by seventh-graders: Matthew Paolucci (6:48) and Olivia Spar
Joe Markey won the
adult race with a sub-6 minute mile. ~ Contributed content
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CHELMSFORD - Scott R. Whalen,
age 45, a longtime resident of Chelmsford, formerly of Hopkinton,
devoted father, husband, and son, passed away on Friday, May 4, 2012 at
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center from injuries sustained in an
automobile accident. He was the beloved husband of Lynn (Walker) Whalen to whom he has been married for 18 years, and
loving father of Kylie, Lilie, and Caroline Whalen.
He was born
in Framingham on July 29, 1966, and was the son of Richard G. Whalen of
Natick and Linda Lee (Berry) Soby of Dennis.
Scott was raised
and educated in Hopkinton and was a 1984 graduate of Hopkinton
Junior-Senior High School. He earned his Bachelor Degree from the
University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1988. For the last 12 years has
been employed as Vice President of Advertising for the Boston Herald
newspaper. Scott was an avid sports enthusiast, although his greatest
joy in life was being a Dad to his three loving daughters. Scott enjoyed
coaching his girls on their sports teams and spending summer vacations
on Martha’s Vineyard with his family.
In addition to his loving
wife, daughters, and parents, Scott is survived by his step-mother, Mary
Burke Whalen of Natick; his step-father, John Soby of Dennis; his
step-sister Geralyn Rodrigues and her husband Taylor of Newport, RI,
mother-in-law and father-in-law George and May Walker of Billerica, and
brother-in-law Patrick Walker and his wife Carmen of Huntingtown, MD.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday from 3 to 8 PM at the BLAKE
FUNERAL HOME, 24 Worthen St., CHELMSFORD. A Mass of Christian Burial
will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11 o’clock at St. Irene Parish, 181
East Street, Carlisle. PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Interment in Pine Ridge
Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Scott’s
name to the Whalen Girls Family Trust c/o Bank of America, 2 Summer St.,
Chelmsford, MA 01824. Funeral Director Paul A. Hardy, Jr. For online
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May 5, 2012 — Keegan Crowe
breaks away from the pack at the HPTA Mini-Marathon at the Dave Hughes
Stadium to win his division, 5 Year-old Boys Not in Kindergarten, this
Wonderland of Youth
May 5, 2012 — Alice (Cassidy
Lowell) and the Mad Hatter (Kyle Gazoorian) enjoyed their live, roving
performance at the Center for the Arts on Saturday. Above, they take a
break to be framed by the iconic grist-stone in the performance area,
like the four glued corners of an antique photo album. The center held
its Spring Arts Festival today and featured flat and 3-D art as well as
He Ain't Heavy...
May 5, 2012 — Billy Baker, 5,
gets a well-deserved ride from Dad, Charles, after running in the HPTA
Mini-marathon on Saturday.
Every Little Bit Counts
May 5, 2012 — Girls lacrosse
team members did a little fundraising of their own on Saturday, as JC
Parmenter donated their property for a car-washing station.
Jumping the Gun
May 5, 2012 — The Democrats
had the monopoly on the Grove/Cedar/Main Street intersection today,
holding signs for two candidates.
Board of Selectmen and School Committee to
Hear Permanent Building Committee’s Presentation on Studies of Existing
Conditions in Town and School Buildings
The Board of Selectmen and the School Committee are
committed to developing a prioritized plan to address Town and School
building needs over time. The two elected bodies have funded parallel
studies of existing conditions in all Town and School buildings. The
study of school buildings was conducted by Habeeb and Associates
Architects, and the study of town buildings was conducted by Gorman
Richardson Lewis Architects. These completed studies have now been
reviewed by the Permanent Building Committee.
On Tuesday May 15th, at a Joint Meeting of the Board of
Selectmen and School Committee, the Permanent Building Committee will
present an overview of the findings of these two studies. The School
Committee and Board of Selectmen will ask questions about the study
findings, and there will be an opportunity for members of the public to
ask questions as well. The time and location of this presentation has
not yet been finalized, but Town and School leaders encourage interested
citizens to reserve the date in their calendars. When final details are
available, they will be publicized.
Following this initial presentation on the existing conditions in our
buildings, the two boards will schedule a Joint Working Session with the
goal of prioritizing facilities projects. When the date, time and
location of that Working Session is determined, that information will be
publicized as well.
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Selectmen to Recommend
PerkinElmer TIF, EMC Parking, at Town Meeting
May 4, 2012 — Selectmen voted
to recommend that Town Meeting approve a TIF (Tax Increment Financing)
Agreement with PerkinElmer in exchange for that company adding
225 jobs, and up to 75,000 square feet in two expanded buildings.
The company will enjoy a tax break of 90% the first 3 years, 50% the
next 5 years, and 30% the final 5 years of the 13-year agreement. The
agreement will save the company about $100,000 over the term of the
agreement, but will also add $100,000 to the town's coffers in
additional tax revenue from the $13 million expansion. If Town
Meeting passes the Article 58, the Selectmen will execute the documents
and it will go before the Mass Office of Business Development for
The EMC zoning change got a tentative green light from Selectmen
this evening after fine-tuning language to ensure that 14 acres of an
111-acre parcel the company would like to rezone for use for a
parking lot will not undergo any substantial further changes, if
approved next week, unless it goes before another Town Meeting in the
future and passes a 2/3 vote. Future ancillary use changes, they agreed,
could be settled through votes by Selectmen and the Planning Board.
Town Counsel Ray Miyares and an attorney for EMC were hammering out
details following this evening's meeting, and expect to present the
finished documents to the Selectmen for signing at 6:00 pm Monday prior
to Town Meeting.
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Hopkins School Talent Show
May 4, 2012 — Hopkins
students performed in honor of Allison Lundy this evening, packing a
standing-room-only crowd into Hopkinton High School. The HPTA sponsored
the fundraiser for the Jimmy Fund, the Dana-Farber Pediatric Brain
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School Street Resident Urges
Support for Intersection Improvement
Editor: Please share this
letter I wrote to the Appropriations Committee.
Thank you for allowing me to speak
briefly tonight on behalf of the initiative to fund and install a
traffic light at the intersection of West Main and School Street.
Because you have granted us 10 minutes at the beginning of a full
Committee agenda, I am reading this to respect the Committees time
constraints and I will also leave a copy of it with each of you upon
Since 2008 we have been
communicating with various departments in the town to get some forward
momentum for a traffic light or other intersection improvements to make
this incredibly dangerous and infamous intersection much safer.
We have witnessed more
near-accidents than we can count and a few serious ones that happened
right in front of us while we were waiting, and there are numerous
neighbors that spoke at last years’ Town Meeting and will speak again in
May this year, that can echo these concerns. I also have excerpts from
some of the many emails from our neighbors, expressing a few horror
stories to underscore the need for this safety improvement.
May 4, 2012 — The
checkerboard motif and stylized fonts on the side of their mobile food
wagon drew a lot of attention to Yummies Drive Up, located at Angel's
Garden Center today. The window-on-wheels plans to be at Angel's every
Friday 3-7:00 pm, and at Stanley Woolen Mills in Uxbridge on Saturdays.
The cart features crab from Maryland and Maine, lobster, turkey, salads,
pastrami and more. Above, customer Donna Desjardins and employee Brenda
Charbonneau pose for the camera.
May 4, 2012 — In keeping with
the traditions of its species, this bird fled from the approaching
photographer earlier this week on Hopkinton Town Common, but in doing so
provided a spectacular photo.
May 5, 2012 — These goslings,
who are still at Ice House Pond — there are still a total of six —
grazed this afternoon under the watchful eyes of their parents. An hour
earlier, the geese and their young were at the gazebo, and a resident of
the facility was feeding them bread. As this photo was taken, the
resident was again walking around the pond, and as he passed this group,
the parents started moving toward him, recognizing who he was apart from
other people who were there, and hoping for a handout.
Increase 3.4% Over Last Year - 55 Fewer Students Projected
4, 2012 — State of the Schools:
The Hopkinton School Committee highlighted some of the district’s
accomplishments and goals at the recently held forum on The State of the
Schools. School Committee Chairman Jean Bertschmann commented, “It is an
excellent opportunity to highlight the achievements of our students and
the strengths of our district, and to thank the community for continuing
to provide tremendous support for the schools. There were
excellent questions posed, and I hope that the answers were
comprehensive. Anyone with further questions should contact the
School Committee directly - we appreciate the opportunity to hear
directly from the community.” (File photo, above).
proposed School budget for FY13 is $34,085,238 which represents a 3.4%
increase over last year; the projected enrollment for next year is 3,390
students less than this year). Existing fees remain in place with two
increases; athletic fees will be $150 per sport (previously $125) and
full day kindergarten tuition will be $4,000 (previously $3,700). There
will be a new Student Activity fee for all students at the Middle School
and High School of $25 and a new fee charged to daycare providers of
$100 per child that is transported by bus to or from a daycare.
budget as proposed supports several Strategic Plan
initiatives—maintaining reasonable class sizes, curricular improvements,
full day kindergarten expansion, technology initiatives and
interventions for students. Residents are encouraged to participate at
Annual Town Meeting on May 7th beginning at 7PM in the Middle
school Auditorium. In addition to Article 8, the school
operational budget, Article 20 (pay as you go) includes: strobe
light alarm for loud spaces (band room, cafeteria, gym) for $39,000,
rack and body truck for $48,000, and technology improvements jointly
with the Town for $300,000. Article 24 (Ballot question #3) is
for repair of the High School running track for $278,500, Article 35
(Ballot question 6) is to repair the loop Road for $96,025 and
Article 38 (Ballot question #8) is for a tractor/mower for $64,000.
The election is May 21st.
the School Districts many accomplishments, being named by Newsweek as
the #2 high school in Massachusetts and #90 in the nation was noted as
well as the exceptionally high MCAS results last year. 100% of the
sophomores passed, and except for Charter schools ranked #1 in the State
for on the Science, #2 in Language Arts and #3 in Mathematics.
Jackie Potenzone (file photo) highlighted her concern with rising costs
and fees; “I have to pay the bus fees because I live within 2 miles of
all the schools and I have to work.” Contending that the fees including
the proposed laptop initiative costs add up to an additional $1,000 per
year, Potenzone said “It costs me $1,000 a year on top of my property
tax bill. I wholeheartedly support the schools, but I don’t support
another fee put on the residents.”
Responding to her concerns, School Superintendent Dr. Jonathan
Landman commented that the ideal approach would be funding the programs
without imposing any fees. “The reality is that that is not possible
now.” Speaking to the 1-1 laptop initiative proposed for next year’s
freshmen class, he asserted that this is a program that will not go
forward unless we are sure all students will have access to a laptop;
the success of the program is determined by parent participation.
in the last word on fees, Potenzone finished with, “I am the face of the
new economy, and I am struggling. People are struggling. These fees are
the School Committee Meeting: Residents are reminded that the School
is hosting a Relay for Life Event beginning at 6PM on Friday May 12th;
currently there are 83 teams that have raised $120,000 to fight cancer.
It is not too late to sign up and help the student organizers reach
their goal of 95 teams. The public is welcome for the 6PM opening
ceremonies which includes a Survivors’ Lap as well as the deeply moving
Luminaria Ceremony at 9PM when those that have died or are still
valiantly fighting are remembered with candles lighting the walker’s
path around the track.
Ekwall was on hand to discuss the work being done on the elementary math
program to align the curriculum with the State Common Core for
mathematics. Beginning with next year’s freshman class, there are
significant changes in the math curriculum representing a commitment to
a significant increase in rigor and depth in the math curriculum. The
work continues in order to align the elementary program with the State’s
Common Core to prepare them for Middle School and High School math.
stated that “as of the 2013-14 school year, the standards have to be
fully implemented.” Additionally the current resource, Every Day Math
does not align well with the new Common Core standards and will likely
need to be replaced soon. The work at hand is to identify where the gaps
are in the curriculum and the available resources; next steps include
working to address the gaps and researching new curriculum tools.
Assistant superintendent Dr. Mary Ann DeMello added, “For the
next several years this will continue to be a moving target.” The
curriculum will be evolving and require a lot of changes in the
District. This work represents “a big learning curve for everyone.”
laptop initiative faces some procurement hurdles; according to the
Inspector General, the town cannot move forward implementing a sole
source procurement plan which may change the costs and the timing for
the initiative planned for next year. Information is still being
gathered and a competitive bid package has been advertised. There is a
parent information night currently scheduled for May 24th
specifically for parents of children currently in grades 6-8.
Christopher Piantedosi Turned
himself in this afternoon
Requesting Public’s Assistance In Locating Burlington Homicide Suspect
Arrest warrant issued this
morning for Christopher Piantedosi
Authorities have issued a BOLO (“Be on the look out”) for a man
wanted in connection with last
homicide in Burlington, Middlesex District Attorney
Gerry Leone and Burlington Police Chief Michael Kent informed the public
An arrest warrant
was issued early this morning for Christopher Piantedosi, 39, of
for one count of murder. Authorities are requesting assistance at this
time from the public in locating the suspect. He is expected to be
driving a brown, four-door Honda Civic with Massachusetts license plate 581MC8. The
public is urged not to approach the suspect if they see him, who may be
armed and dangerous, but rather are urged to contact your local police
station with any information.
authorities, at approximately 6:45pm, Burlington Police responded to
23 Forbes Avenue
for a report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers located a female
victim, evidencing obvious stab wounds. The victim, identified as Kristen Pulisciano, 38, a resident of 23 Forbes Avenue,
was pronounced dead at the scene.
and the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District
Attorney's Office launched an immediate investigation into the
circumstances of the stabbing. While the stabbing is not believed to
have been at random, the investigation remains active and ongoing by
Burlington PD and the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the
Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.
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Police Incident Log -
Most Recent First
Updated Friday, May 4, 2012
8:17 pm Officer
William Burchard assisted with a disabled vehicle on East Main Street.
5:56 pm A caller from
Serenity House on Wilson Street said a man was irate and yelling,
scaring the staff. Three units caught up with him on Cedar Street. He
told a different version of events.
4:16pm A Fenton Street
caller reported a male and female who knew her name were asking strange
questions. They were gone upon arrival in the area of Officer Booth.
3:30 pm There was no
damage to vehicles involved in a minor accident in front of Center
School. The bus involved continued on its route.
2:34 pm Caller
complained about a few dogs she has seen running loose in the School
11:58 am An individual
called to report a suspicious male cutting branches at Mayhew Court, but
he turned out to be a worker for the site management company.
9:58 am Officer Shane
determined that an incident reported on Clinton Street actually occurred
in Ashland. Ashland PD responded and spoke with the individual involved.
8:45 pm A vehicle that
witnesses said caused a multi-car collision on South Street fled toward
Milford. Milford PD was notified and the surrounding area of parking
lots was checked.
5:40 am The operator
of a disabled vehicle on West Main Street has made her own arrangements.
12:37 am Officer John
Moran checked on a motor vehicle parking at the J Lot of the school
complex. He observed that the J Lot sign was missing.
There are two open seats on
the School Committee and four candidates running for them.
HopNews has solicited brief
statements from them.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE CANDIDATES' STATEMENTS
Jean Bertschmann -Unenrolled
Frank Sivo- Republican - Not Incumbent
Graziano - Unenrolled - Not Incumbent
Frank D'Urso - Democrat - Not Incumbent
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May 3, 2012 — Leah Revkin,
from the SMART (Save Money And Retire Tomorrow) plan speaks with
Assistant Town Clerk Geri Holland today during a benefits fair in Town
Hall oragnized by Director of Human Resources Maryrose DeGroot. Various
health and benefits organizations were on hand to answer questions from
a stream of town employees who took advantage of the resources today.
Several news outlets today have inquired about updates on the
investigation into the disappearance of Caleigh Harrison, age 2
years/9months, from Long Beach
in Rockport two weeks ago today.
several sought comment in response to statements made by Caleigh's
father on last night's Nancy Grace television.
Massachusetts State Police thoroughly investigated the
possibility that Caleigh was abducted. As we previously stated, we found
no evidence to support the abduction theory. That does not mean that we
can say with 100 percent certainty that foul play did not occur, but
rather, only that we have found no evidence of it, including no evidence
of a mysterious man on the beach. That said, we will of course continue
to follow leads as they develop. Even the tiniest shred of information
will be thoroughly followed up, and we urge the public to continue to
contact Rockport Police at (978) 546-1212 with any information, however
insignificant it may seem.
The thoughts of
the Massachusetts State Police and the Rockport Police Department remain
with Caleigh's family, and we remain dedicated to finding answers about
what happened to their dear little girl.
In regard to statements made by Caleigh's sister, please note
that I will not discuss the content of investigative interviews.
Please click on the thumbnail above to view the Missing Child
Poster created by the State Police Fusion Center and added to the
Massachusetts Missing Persons Clearinghouse. According to State Police
Spokesman David Procopio, it has also sent it to law enforcement
agencies around the country through a law enforcement alert network, and
entered Caleigh into the National Center for Missing and Exploited
Children site, the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC), and
the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NAMUS).
PressRelease from MSP.
|Selectmen to Meet on
The Hopkinton Board
of Selectmen will meet in Town Hall on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 6:00 pm
1. Review Perkin Elmer TIF and
2. Review Restrictive Covenant and MOA for EMC South Street
Police Incident Log -
Most Recent First
Updated Thursday, May 3, 2012
10:38 pm Officer
Peter Booth issued a warning
to an operator on Ash Street.
5:39 pm Officer Booth
assisted a motorist who had run out of gas on South Street.
6:27 am While on a
traffic enforcement assignment, Officer Jacob Campbell received a report
from a passing motorist of a roll-over accident on Route 495. Officer
Campbell found Mass State Police on the scene.
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