10, 2012 — This bird overlooking the commotion on the Hopkinton
Reservoir Dam today is spreading his wings to get lift in a very
brisk wind so his weight does not bend the thin branch. He could
pass for a gargoyle in an urban setting.
10, 2012 — The HHS Athletic Boosters Club has done a great job
making sure that baseball fans will no longer have to turn to
the person next to them and ask the score, by donating a
scoreboard to the cause. Above, Mike Morris controls the crane
while Paul Canning of Stadium Electric guides the nameplate home
with a tagline today at the athletic fields. After this photo,
the crew installed a solar array to be sure that the gift will
keep on giving.
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Studies Abroad: an HCA Photography Exhibit by Lindsey Payson,
May 11 – June 1
Town Meeting 2012
Clelland Johnson making his case at Town meeting.
May 10, 2012 — Annual Town Meeting 2012 ended Wednesday evening
by approving a TIF (Tax Increment Finacing) agreement with
PerkinElmer, which recently acquired Caliper Life Sciences and
would like to sink $13 million into an expansion on Parkwood
promise to create or move up to 225 additional jobs to its two
proposed new buildings. In addition to the those benefits,
PerkinElmer's expansion will bring in an additional $900,000 to
the town's coffers. Perkin Elmer will benefit with a $900,000
property tax savings over the $13 year term. Photo, right,
Caliper executive Bruce Bal listens to the discussion.
The meeting passed the first two
described as "housekeeping," and an increase in fines for teens
in possession of alcohol and pot, but hit the first snag on
creating a bylaw governing second hand dealers sponsored by
Chief of Police, Rick Flannery.
Chief Flannery asked that
second hand dealers would need to get the identities of people
buying their merchandise and keep records of all transactions.
He said it would be helpful in tracking stolen merchandise.
(photo, left), owner of Vintage Books on Hayden Rowe Street
argued against the bylaw, even though her book business would
have been exempt, saying, "This would be an enormous invasion of
Dr. John Duffy, who
received a Citizen's Award from Town Moderator Dr. Bruce Karlin
the evening before, cautioned that it is "overregulation."
The Article failed
Article 45, changes
to zoning regulations, one of which mandates a developer to
install sidewalks "where feasible," passed muster with the
gathering. Planning Articles 46, 47 and 48 defined medical care,
health, and retirement communities. The meeting members passed
them as well as adding retail and restaurant uses to the
industrial zoning area to accommodate the needs of employees in
Article 51, to
change zoning at 91 Grove Street, known for years as Kenney's
Gas Station, from residential to industrial made
sense to the body of voters, who passed the Article unanimously.
Article 52, which
defined off-street parking, did not generate any opposition and
Article 53 gave
businesses with Level 1 and 2 Bio-Hazard an easier time through
the permitting processes, ordered a Special Permit process for
Bio-Hazard Level 3, and outright banned Level 4.
The Article passed
with a 2/3 majority.
Article 54, to
rezone land for EMC parking, was considered on Monday evening
and no action was taken. The company would like to revisit it at
the fall Special Town Meeting.
approved Article 55 to accept several streets as town roads.
Article 56 was to
approve acquisition of the property at the inside of the
intersection at Wood and West Main Streets. It was to be removed
as a part of a redesign of the intersection. However, given the
tone of the Town Meeting on associated articles, the Selectmen
asked that no action be taken.
The most lopsided
vote of the evening shot down Chuck Joseph's Article 57 that
Meeting's blessing for a petition to the state legislature to
add a package store license, over and above what the town
qualifies for. It was targeted specifically for his location on
South Street at the Hopkinton Square plaza he is developing with
partner Peter Markarian. He said he has had individuals seeking
space for a package store in one of his storefronts.
Joseph explained that the ABCC (Alcoholic Beverages Control
Commission) grants licenses on population counts as designated
in the federal census. Hopkinton's last federal census in 2010
was just shy of the 15,000 threshold that would have triggered
another license automatically for Hopkinton.
that Town Counsel explained this procedure to him, and that the
license would be specific to his location, something the
legislature likes, because otherwise, people would be out
selling them to the highest bidder.
President of the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce, Jack Speranza
(photo, above, right) said the chamber was in favor.
individual who said he owned a package store in Natick, said he
was not looking for that location. He added that he thought the
town was not well served in that type of business, which drew a
few guttural sounds form one side of the room, where Colella's
owner Dale Danahy and Hopkinton Wine and Spirits owner Clelland
Johnson, as well as their supporters, were seated. More than one
person spoke in favor of protecting existing businesses.
"It is a
matter of fairness," said Andy Boyce (file photo, left). "It is
a death by a thousand deaths. Specifically Colella's," he said,
alluding to the anticipated opening of Price Chopper at the
plaza where the license would have been granted.
better be careful or we could have some empty space Downtown,"
Article went down in flames, 53 in favor, 101 against.
last Article was 58, discussed above.
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Shopping at Senior Center
Nancy L. Drawe
Step right up
everybody, and get ready for the greatest sale of the weekend!
It’s for one day only, so don’t miss your big chance. That’s
right people, I’m talking about the TRIPLE sale at the Hopkinton Senior Center on Saturday, May 12 from 9-1.
There will be Books, Plants AND Thrift Shop items; almost like a
one stop shopping center! Here’s a good idea---you can buy
plants for your garden and while you’re waiting for them to
grow, you can read some of the books you bought, and then, when
your flowers are ready to pick, you can put them in the pretty
vase you bought at the thrift shop. Clever idea, huh?
you really won’t want to miss this big sale. It’s perfect for
all of you who work during the week and can’t make it to the
center to check out the bargains in the thrift shop. More things
are arriving each day, so by Saturday, there’ll be a great
selection of items and a nice variety of plants. There’s always
a wonderful choice of books, both hardcover and paperback, as
well as children’s books, cd’s and videos. Most people never
walk out empty handed from any of these special sales. Remember,
all your purchases help defray the cost of the nutrition and
transportation programs, so bring your friends and have a great
If you have
signed up for the Southboro Rod and Gun Club’s Annual Senior
Dinner, you can go shopping at the sale first, then you’ll be
able to relax and enjoy a nice dinner later on that evening!
That’s it for
now, so if you have any comments or suggestions, you can email
Punkala@aol.com. Until next
time, have a great week!
Police Arrest and
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012
9:46 pm A Teresa Road teen called 911 to report his parents
assaulting him. Officer William Burchard made an arrest for
Domestic Assault and Battery.
8:17 pm Following a report of an erratic operator on Main
Street observed on Police Dept Camera passing the station,
Officer Peter Booth caught up with the vehicle on West Main
Street and arrested the operator for OUI.
2:20 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer investigated an attempted
breaking and entering into the concession stand at EMC Park.
7:25 am Officer Gregg DeBoer checked for an erratic operator
on Hayden Rowe Street.
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Town Meeting Takes
Another Bite Out of Warrant
To reconvene at 7:00 pm Wednesday at Middle School
9, 2012 — Town Meeting spent another four hours practicing its
generous ways Tuesday evening, ending at 11:00 pm after voting
to spend $1.3 million on Article 40 for the purchase of Elmwood
Farm on Ash Street. The 80 acre home and farm was most recently
made famous by the late Bill and Rose Abbott, who ran Food for
the Needy, which supplied Worcester and other area food banks
for several years. But the vote had to be earned.
Resident Jim Ciriello had the
$935,800 town's assessment, taxable value, of the land on hand
when moderator Dr. Bruce Karlin asked if anyone knew. The entire
deal for the land totals $1.8 million, mitigated by the sale of
the house and 10 acres for $425,000, as well as a grant from the
Bafflin Foundation for $75,000, engineered by the Trust for
Michael Umina, calling himself a
friend of the Abbott's, said the land was worthless, because no
one could build on it. Another Town Meeting member said the town
had consistently shot down any ideas of developing the land due
to conservation issues.
But Hopkinton Historical Commission
member Claire Wright read a poem that she said was written by a
former resident of the house in the 1700s that describes the
land as it remains today.
The gathering voted to fund the
purchase, and to take 10 years to pay for it with Community
Town Meeting also voted to purchase
20 acres behind, and including, 192 Hayden Rowe Street for
$400,000 to be used for
passive or active recreation. Part of the parcel is a few
hundred feet of the former railroad bed, which used to meet up
in Milford, where that town has constructed a bike path. There
is a movement in Hopkinton to do the same thing. When the
railroad abandoned their rail line, they offered the land to
abutters. One such abutter is Elizabeth Wycoff, who owns a wide
swath from Granite Street, and nearly to the Milford line.
However, other people have established their homes across the
path of the former railroad bed, which could present problems.
The town has already acquired the rail bed from Hopkinton Lumber
to the school complex, which some see as a good start.
School Street resident Errol
Dickey (photo, holding paper) had his lobbying efforts rewarded
when the body voted to fund a traffic light and improvements at
the School and West Main Street intersection for $540,000. In
the presentation previously given to the town, the engineer for
proposal included a change in striping and lane designation on
West Main Street at South Street that would alleviate most of
the jams at that light for miles back. However, no one brought
that up this evening, and it is unclear if that part was
Parks and Recreation
Chair Ken Driscoll pitched improvements to Sandy Beach that
totaled $332,000. It got voted in.
The Article that generated the
most discussion was Article 39 to ask the legislature for
permission to appropriate funds to bury utilities in the
Downtown. Subsequent motions on the Warrant Article had been
written to be voted following the aforementioned vote, but many
thought the subsequent votes needed to be taken first. Resident
Tom Terry asked if the other pieces could be voted first, saying
that it appeared the group was more interested in the "meat and
potatoes" rather than the dessert. Downtown Initiative Steering
Committee (DISC) Chair Tom Nealon gave the presentation.
A subsequent part of the
Article asked for $580,000 for a study of the cost and plans to
implement the project. As if the cost for the study wasn't
enough to turn voters away, the ultimate price tag for
consideration at some future date was said to be $8 million.
Although the Article had its
esteemed promoters, it also had its detractors.
"Eight million is just
outrageous," said Maryjo LaFreniere (at mic), who resides in the
"There are a number of
questions you can get answers for before spending $580,000, said
"I will not support this," she
Not only was the syntax and
placement of the language and motions difficult for the body of
citizens, the town's officials discussed its meaning at length
before resolving what it meant.
The Article went down in
flames, 103 against, 85 for. The Appropriations Committee said
they want to bring it before Special Town meeting in the fall.
Town Meeting continues
Wednesday at 7:00 pm.
Support for Jean Bertschmann for School
I am supporting Jean Bertschmann for School Committee because of
her proven commitment to excellence in the Hopkinton Schools.
I have worked
with Jean in multiple capacities over the past 10 years
including serving under her leadership on the Superintendent
Steering Committee, co-chairing school fundraising events, and
collaborating when our tenures of president of the HPTA and
Education Foundation overlapped. I have been impressed with her
knowledge of the schools, ability to build consensus, and
efficiency in managing tasks.
challenges of the current economy and facilities decisions
ahead, it is crucial that we continue to explore creative
options to maintain excellence in our schools and plan for the
future. Jean brings experience, dedication, and innovative
thinking to the table. I have watched her listen to our
community’s needs and work tirelessly to research solutions and
create action steps to move taxpayer priorities forward.
I am grateful
that Jean is willing to dedicate three more years to work on
behalf of our schools and our children. I look forward to
casting my vote for Jean Bertschmann for School Committee on May
2 Clydesdale Lane
May 8, 2012
Hopkinton’s bCalm Power Yoga Now a Baptiste Inspired Studio
8, 2012 (HOPKINTON, MA) -- Lesley Reilly, owner of Hopkinton’s
bCalm Power Yoga, announced today that her studio has been
designated as a Baptiste Inspired studio. A select group of
approximately 30 yoga studios in the United States have earned
affiliate studio status. Baptiste Affiliated studios are leaders
in their communities and have an ongoing relationship with the
Baptiste Power Yoga Institute to maintain the quality, standards
and effectiveness of the Baptiste Yoga practices and principles.
bCalm Power Yoga
offers classes and programs based on the Baptiste yoga style,
which emphasizes accessibility to everyone regardless of fitness
level, age or experience. Since opening in 2011, bCalm has
offered the Baptiste 40-Day personal revolution transformational
program, 200 hr teacher training certification programs and
dozens of community-involvement programs.
“We realize that
our success is a result of building a strong community within
the studio and embracing the communities where we live,” Reilly
explained. “We are honored to receive this distinction in the
has been instrumental in transforming the face of modern yoga
through a unique interpretation of “power yoga.” The combination
of his cutting edge ideas, intense program designs, rigorous
yoga practice and skill in leading groups catapulted Baptiste
Yoga into mainstream American culture. Baptiste founded his
first two yoga studios in 1998 in Cambridge and Brookline, MA
and today there are just 30 affiliate studios nationwide.
reprise) As a designated Baptiste Inspired studio, bCalm Power
Yoga will have access to cutting edge programs, special guests,
discounts and training. Currently the studio is enrolling
students for their fall 40 day Personal Revolution, 200 hr Yoga
Alliance Teacher Training Certification program and an on going
teacher mentorship program.
bCalm Power Yoga
owner Lesley Reilly is one of only 100 Baptiste Certified
instructors in the world. She has dedicated her career to
sharing that passion with her own students. Her rigorous
training has earned her certification as an E-RYT., C.Y.T.,
Baptiste Certified instructor; as well as a R.Y.T., Registered
Yoga Alliance Teacher. Lesley completed “The Art of Alignment
and Assisting,” “Anatomy of Bones” and is a trained and
certified Baptiste Power Yoga Institute Assistant.
ZACH at The Learning Center of Hopkinton
May 8, 2012 — May
7th thru May 11th is our second annual walk for TEAM ZACH
ATTACK.....We are walking to FIGHT TO CURE CYSTIC FIBROSIS!!!
Last Year we donated $4,017.00 to research!!! You can help our
friend Zach and thousands of others to fight this life
threatening genetic disease. Thank you so much for all your help
Why help Team
Find out here.
Center of Hopkinton
Sale, Silent Auction and Bake Sale
Saturday, May 19th
Community Covenant Church
2 West Elm St., Hopkinton, MA
Exit 21 B off of route 495
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Plant sale includes inexpensively priced Perennials,
seedlings, some native woodland plants, vegetables and
The silent auction will include gift cards from
local merchants, hand crafted items, jewelry and much more!
Many baked items including Swedish rye bread
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Updated Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
9:49 pm A Huckleberry Road
homeowner called with concerns that someone parked a vehicle in
front of her home and then walked down the street. She then
reported that several youth entered the vehicle and it took off.
It was upon arrival of Officer McNeil.
8:10 pm A walk-in was concerned that a man was walking on
the side of Route 495. Pedestrians are not allowed on that
highway. Mass SP was notified.
7:20 pm A resident walked in to report an ongoing problem
with the violation of a town bylaw that prohibits construction
work on Sunday. Officer Linda Higgins observed no construction
when she arrived on scene.
7:03 pm Caller from Elm Street wanted it noted in the
log that a telemarketing company picking up a check at her door
gave her a hard time.
6:52 pm A caller reported a large bag of tools as well as a
toolbox was left at the Bank of America. Sgt. John Porter
checked the report, but the items were GOA.
6:54 am Caller reported she hit a large bird on Cedar
Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and reported that the
wild turkey was now deceased.
4:37 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil met with an individual who
reported credit card fraud.
4:07 pm An East Main Street resident reported the theft of
his cell phone.
5:18 pm A 911 caller reported a fallen wire that is sparking
on School Street. Sgt John Porter assisted at the scene. The
Fire Department responded and NSTAR was called to respond.
3:37 pm Upton Police reported an erratic operator, who
eluded observation by Hopkinton Police.
HopNews Hiller Sport of the Week
Boys LAX 9-3 Victory, Takes Advantage Of Vulnerable
By: Lou Ottaviani
May 8, 2012 — The playing conditions
the Hopkinton Hiller (8-6) boy’s lacrosse team and visiting
Ashland Clockers (5-7) couldn’t be more perfect under the
sunny blue skies in Hopkinton yesterday afternoon.
Unfortunately for Ashland, things were not as perfect for
them as they had to play minus the services of six key
players. Typically, these two neighboring rivals have some
very competitive matches. However, that would not be the
case for these two teams yesterday.
Hopkinton was able to take advantage of the Clockers
handicap, especially where one of those suspended players
happened to be Ashland’s leading scorer. It takes a lot for
other Ashland teammates to step up their game when
situations like this come about - and for those players that
did, I salute them. They did an admirable job and should be
recognized for their efforts. Those missing the game need to
reflect upon the consequences that arose from their actions.
Highlights on the day for the Clockers came from Dillon
Martin, who happened to score all three Ashland goals, along
with, Tim Ryan who actually played a good game at goalie,
considering the circumstances.
“Despite our loss today, I like the direction our program is
going in,” said first year head Coach Dan Norton. “Hopkinton
is a very well coached and disciplined team. I personally
believe that our match up today demonstrated top
performances from two of the best goalies in the TVL. I wish
Hopkinton the best of luck in their playoff push. Hopefully,
they can make some noise.”
The Hillers set the tone early in the game by scoring three
goals in the first quarter, behind the efforts of Lincoln
Brown, Kyle Clark (photo) and Phil Pichel. They also added
three more in the second quarter thanks to Jarod Sables,
Andrew Johnson and Jonathan Lee giving the Hillers a 6-2
lead going into the half.
The Hillers picked up another goal in the third quarter from
Brian Doyle. Ashland’s Martin answered back with his third
goal of the game, leaving the score at 7-3 going into the
Hopkinton scored two more times in the fourth, one from
Brendan Roche who found the back of the net, making it 8-3
and later with Johnson notched his second goal on the day to
make it 9-3.
Hopkinton’s assists on the day were credited to Lee (2),
Evan Kutz and Brown. “It was an unfortunate situation for
Ashland today,” said Hopkinton Coach Justin O’Leary.
“Despite (Ashland) losing some key players, I give credit to
those players who stepped up for the team. We did the things
we had to do to win the game and there is always room for
improvement and at the end of the day, a win is a win.”
Hopkinton has five games remaining in their season schedule
and will be hoping to extend their current three game
winning streak further today as they take on Dover-Sherborn,
along with Walpole (a non-league match-up), this coming
Saturday. Next week, the Hillers will face Medfield and
Holliston and for their season finale, the Hillers will meet
up against Westwood.
“Between now and the end of our season, we will have our
work cut out for us,” said O’Leary in his quest for playoff
action. “We have a couple of players out with injuries.
Hopefully they will mend quickly and be back in the lineup
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24 Down, 34 To Go
Town Meeting adjourns until Tuesday at 7:00 pm
7, 2012 — Town Moderator Dr. Bruce Karlin set a positive tone at
the beginning of this evening on the first day of Town Meeting
2012, by saying, "You'll be amazed at the technology you voted
for last year." Dr. Karlin was referring to a multi-media
presentation with a stage-sized projector screen, as well as a
new sound system governed by an active sound board in the rear
of the Hopkinton Middle School that was all purchased with funds
appropriated at a prior Town Meeting. The full text of each
article, as well as its accompanying motion, were presented in a
live Power Point presentation; with amendments to motions added
to the projected documents as they were typed.
That money-well-spent that the meeting
members could see first hand certainly didn't hurt Chris
McClure, IT Director for the Town, and Kathy Dooley, IT Director
for the School Department, when they laid out a collaborative
effort they had developed to upgrade and share resources. Mr.
McClure explained that the consolidated efforts had already
eliminated several servers and moved devices "into the cloud."
He also said they plan to upgrade wi-fi at the Middle School, as
well as replace old computers used for administrative purposes.
This Article for $300,000, part of a larger spending Article,
needed a 2/3 majority. It passed. It had been separated from the
greater Article 20 that totaled $703,520 on a motion by Frank
D'Urso, who wanted to hear about it in more detail.
The rest of the Article passed, too.
The meeting voted $75,000 for two new police cruisers. $125,000
for a new tractor,
$65,000 for a new DPW dump truck, as well as $48,000 for a new
dump truck for school grounds. One of the items, an emergency
strobe emergency notification system for $39,000, generated some
After noting that during a
lockdown drill, some loud areas of
school, such as the cafeteria and the band rooms could not hear
the alarms, the school developed the idea for the
centrally-activated, simultaneous strobes. After some discussion
about its merits, one of which included benefits for deaf
students, that item passed, too.
In the first motion of the
evening, Dr. Karlin nominated fellow Democrat, Muriel Kramer
(photo, left), a former Selectman, to be Deputy Moderator.
In response to the vote on her
position, Dr. Karlin remarked, "Muriel, that's the first vote
you've won unanimously."
An early motion came from John
Coutinho, who moved that Article 54 be heard after Article 1.
Article 54 was sponsored by EMC, which would like to rezone 14
acres of an 111 acre lakefront parcel from agricultural to
industrial to accommodate a parking area near a residential
neighborhood at Lake Maspenock. The sponsor, represented by Paul
Fitzgerald (photo, above right) requested to have no action
taken on it, and without prejudice, so that EMC could return
with it at the fall Town Meeting.
The meeting was receptive of most
Articles, like the $30,354,762 Town Budget and the $34,085,238
School Department Budget, the appropriation of $170,000 to make
repairs of drainage problems on Hayward Street that have caused
damage to a home at 118 Hayward, and even yet another round of
repairs for drainage problems at Town Hall for $100,000. But the
last Article discussed, $50,000 for a study of the parking lot
behind Bill's Pizza and Restaurant, Article 23, proved to be the
As it stands, most of the land behind
Bill's Pizza is owned by them. The majority of the parking
spaces are behind their building and owned by them. Under the
current written agreement between the Town of Hopkinton and
Bill's Pizza, people doing business at Town Hall are allowed to
park in that lot. In exchange for that, the Town of Hopkinton
plows and sands the lot. It is not a municipal lot, nor is it
public parking. But the Town wants to lease it, according to Ken
Driscoll, a member of the Downtown Initiative Steering Committee
[DISC], which is pushing its vision for the Downtown.
Mr. Driscoll pitched the lot and the
$50,000 for a study, but the wording of the Article made people
wonder if it was intentionally misleading. It stated in the
motion to appropriate "...$50,000 for the design, engineering,
reconstruction, and repair of the parking lot..." People
asked if that really included reconstruction.
Proponents admitted that it was
really only for the design and engineering. Mr. Driscoll offered
to remove the part about reconstruction and repair. "We weren't
trying to be misleading," Mr. Driscoll said.
Ann Mattina expressed concerns that
the town does not own the property. Town Counsel Ray Miyares
answered that the parties were willing to sign a 30 year lease.
Someone else said it would be a 99 year lease.
"Why doesn't the Town spend money
purchasing the eyesore in the middle of town," asked Charlie
Lowell, alluding to the only vacant lot Downtown.
It soon became clear that the main
purpose of many people promoting the agreement was to provide
parking so the Library can qualify for a grant that is said to
be on hold for them in a future round of funding. The $4 million
they would like to receive from the state would need to be
matched by public and private funds.
Mr. Khumalo said that the Town needs
to control 20 spaces in a long-term agreement for the Library to
qualify for the grant. But not everyone had the library in mind.
Peter LaGoy of the Downtown
Revitalization Committee suggested that a good reason for the
town to acquire the spaces behind Bill's Pizza and Restaurant
is so another restaurant can go Downtown.
The Article, which needed a 2/3
majority to pass, was shot down with 80 no, 74 yes.
Town Meeting resumes at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at Hopkinton Middle School.
Support for Jean Bertschmann for School
I am writing to express my support for Jean Bertschmann for
School Committee because I believe her experience and
qualifications make her an outstanding candidate for this
position. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work
closely with Jean in the HPTA where she served as president, on
the HHS School Council, and as the School Committee
representative on the beFREE! Coalition which I co-chair.
Jean has given
thousands of hours of volunteer time to this community.
Throughout all these efforts, Jean’s commitment has always been,
first and foremost, to building a quality education system for
our community. This work has not only involved countless hours
but also required responding to a constituency that has strong
and often divergent views. Jean can always be counted on to
respect everyone’s views, to actively listen to the divergent
views, and then to advocate for what she believes is right for
our school system and the community.
intelligence, insightfulness, and collaborative approach to
problem solving have made her a real asset to our community. We
are very lucky to have someone of Jean’s caliber be willing to
continue to donate so much of her time to this position. Please
join me in supporting Jean Bertschmann for re-election to the
69 West Elm Street
May 7, 2012
State Police Sgt. Richard J. Clemens,
Model for Rockwell Painting, Dies
Above right, State Senator James Timilty gives and award to Sgt.
Clemens at State Police headquarters in Framingham in 2008.
May 7, 2012 — In September 2008, the Massachusetts State Police
hosted a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the
publication, in the Saturday
Evening Post, of Norman Rockwell’s famous painting
“The Runaway,” for which retired State Police Staff Sergeant
Richard J. Clemens served as a model. In the iconic painting,
the state trooper based on Sgt. Clemens speaks to a young boy
who, as evidenced by the knapsack on the floor behind him, is
planning to run away from home.
Staff Sergeant Clemens passed away yesterday in
New York state, where he had lived in
Richard J. Clemens Jr. (full name, he was a ‘Jr.’) was a member
of the 37th Recruit Training Troop of the
Massachusetts State Police. He joined the Department on Oct. 23,
1953 and served until Jan. 4, 1975. His services will be
Thursday and Friday
His wake will be Thursday evening at St. Edwards the Confessor
in Clifton Park,
His funeral will be Friday morning at St. Edwards the Confessor
His burial will be Friday in the
National Cemetery in Schuylerville, NY.
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Sunday, May 6, 2012
9:12 pm Officer Philip
Powers spoke with a walk in regarding credit card fraud.
5:37 pm Officer Matthew
McNeil spoke with a person walking on West Main Street and gave
him a ride to his brothers house on Wood Street.
5:12 pm A caller from
Chestnut Street reported that a man was swearing and yelling
“I'm going to kill someone." Officer Linda Higgins spoke with
the individual who said that he was yelling because he hurt his
ankle while playing basketball.
2:20 pm Officer Patrick
O'Brien spoke with a person regarding a suspicious incident on
1:37 pm A cell phone
caller reported that a black pickup truck was operating
erratically on West Main Street towards Upton. Officer Stephen
Buckley checked for the vehicle up to the town line with
11:32 am A caller reported
that three youths were skateboarding down Cedar Street. Officer
Patrick O'Brien responded and spoke with the youths.
1:43 am Officer John Moran
placed a person under arrest on 495 for driving under the
1:35 am Officer John Moran
spoke with an individual, who was lost, on West Elm Street.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
10:42 pm The Ashland
Police Department reported that an erratic operator was heading
into Hopkinton on East Main Street. Officer William Burchard
checked the area with a negative find.
10:05 pm A female from
Blueberry Lane was transported to the hospital due to breathing
4:24 pm A resident
reported that the street sign (Emma Drive) was removed and
sitting on the side of the road. A message was left for the DPW
to re-install the sign.
3:13 pm Officer William
Burchard performed community policing on Hayden Rowe Street.
2:17 am Officer John Moran
arrested an individual on West Main Street for driving under the
12:24 am Officer Jacob
Campbell arrested an individual on West Main Street for driving
under the influence.
12:16 am Officer John
Moran checked and spoke with an operator on Hayward Street.
Friday, May 4, 2012
7:28 pm The Milford Police
Department reported that an erratic operator was heading towards
Hopkinton on South Street. Officer Peter Booth checked that area
with a negative find.
7:27 pm A caller reported
a possible domestic disturbance on Hayward Street. Officers
responded and advised that the male had left the area and the
female refused to give a name or anything.
6:19 pm Officer Matthew
McNeil stood by as a large hole was being patched up on Front
1:57 pm Officer David
Shane transported the operator of a disable motor vehicle to
6:17 am A caller reported
that a delivery truck was blocking one lane on East Main Street.
Officer John Moran responded and moved them along.
3:13 am The State Police
reported an erratic operator on West Main Street. Officer Linda
Higgins found the vehicle and the operator advised that he was
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EMC Bows Out of Town Meeting Article
Following several presentations before the Selectmen seeking a
blessing for a change of zoning for 14 acres of a 111 acre
lakefront parcel from agricultural to industrial, and after much
opposition from the neighborhood, EMC has written to Town
manager Norman Khumalo seeking removal of the Article from the
It may be too late for removal, but the company's request can
be met with a recommendation for no action. Mr. Norman Khumalo
said this afternoon that he did not know why EMC is making the
request. He said EMC and the Town had come to an agreement.
An email from the LMPA this afternoon asserts that the group
and EMC would like to continue to fine-tune the zoning agreement
and bring the Article back in the fall at the Special Town
I wanted to follow up with you on our discussion this morning
regarding Article #54 on Hopkinton's Annual Town Meeting Warrant
(Amend Zoning Map) stating EMC's request to rezone 14.2 acres of
property behind our current 176 South St. location.
At this time, EMC formally requests that you remove this Article
from the Town Meeting Warrant without prejudice, and EMC
respectfully requests to maintain and reserve all rights
associated with this Article and the opportunity to bring it
forward at a future Town Meeting.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
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According to the figures provided in April, there is $210,075 in
new taxes for one year only, and $2,288,000 in new borrowing on
The money must be voted affirmatively at Town meeting, and then
be voted at the ballot.
See the Ballot Questions
The Town has supplied a comprehensive
document listing and detailing the Articles to be voted on.
See Town Meeting Warrant Articles and Motions in Detail
Acceptance of Town Reports Page 5
Article 2: FY 2012 Supplemental Appropriations Page 5
Article 3: FY 2012 Budget Transfer Page 5
Article 4: Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years Page 6
Article 5: Amend FY 2012 Building Permit Revolving Fund Page 6
Article 6: Amend the Salary of an Elected Official Page 7
Article 7: FY 2013 Operating Budget Page 7
Article 8: FY 2013 Operating Budget – School Department Page 8
Article 9: FY 2013 Revolving Funds Page 8
Article 10: Chapter 90 Highway Funds Page 11
Article 11: Transfer to Capital Expense Stabilization Fund Page
Article 12: Transfer to General Stabilization Fund Page 12
Article 13: Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund
Article 14: Close Drainage Improvement Fund & Return Funds Page
Article 15: Cemetery Building Removal Page 13
Article 16: Acceptance As-Built Plans for Hearthstone Road and
Carriage Hill Road Page 13
Article 17: Fire Personal Protective Equipment Page 14
Article 18: Fire Generator Station 2 Page 14
Article 19: Property Tax Exemptions Page 15
Article 20: Pay-As-You-Go Capital Expenses Page 15
Article 21: Repair Drainage Improvements to Hayward Street Page
Article 22: Town Hall Basement Water Damage Page 17
Article 23: Parking Lot – Town Hall Page 17
Article 24: High School Track Renovation Page 17
Article 25: Lake Shore Drive Culvert Page 18
Article 26: ADAOC Phase VI Page 19
Article 27: Tender Truck Supplemental Appropriation Page 19
Article 28: Wood Street Pump Station Improvements Page 20
Article 29: Water Meter Upgrade to Radio Read Page 20
Article 30: Water Supply Study Page 21
Article 31: Water Vehicle Page 21
Article 32: Sewer Vehicle Page 21
Article 33: Sandy Beach Improvements Page 22
Article 34: Library – Replace Knob/Tube Electrical Page 22
Article 35: Loop Road Repair Page 23
Article 36: School and West Main Street Traffic Signal Page 23
Article 37: Pave Lumber Street Page 24
Article 38: Buildings & Grounds Equipment – Tractor-Mower Page
Article 39: Undergrounding Utilities On Main Street Page 25
Article 40: Community Preservation Recommendations Page 27
Article 41: Amendment to Alcoholic Beverage, Marihuana or Page
29 Tetrahydrocannabinol and Tobacco Bylaw
Article 42: Amendment to Wetlands Protection Bylaw Page 30
Article 43: Unregistered Motor Vehicles Bylaw Page 31
Article 44: Secondhand Dealers Bylaw Page 33
Article 45: Site Plan Review Bylaw Page 38
Article 46: Health Services Facility Page 43
Article 47: Medical Office Use Page 44
Article 48: Continuing Care Retirement Community Page 45
Article 49: Restaurants in Industrial B District Page 45
Article 50: Retail Uses Page 46
Article 51: Zoning District of 91 Grove Street Page 46
Article 52: Off-Street Parking Bylaw Page 47
Article 53: Life Sciences Page 47
Article 54: Amend Zoning Map Page 48
Article 55: Street Acceptances Page 49
Article 56: Acquisition of Property on West Main Street Page 49
Article 57: Package Licenses Page 50
Article 58: PerkinElmer TIF Page 51
Motion to Adjourn to Annual Town Election Page 52
May 6, 2012 - Lake Whitehall Dam near dusk
Opposes Town Meeting Article
57 for Liquor License
developer of the Price Chopper plaza, i.e. Hopkinton Square,
has convinced the Board of Selectmen to put a citizen's
petition on the warrant of next week's Town Meeting that
would grant a liquor license to CJPM Development LLC (the
this article for two very good reasons:
A fourth retail liquor license is unnecessary at this
population of Hopkinton at the last census was below the
threshold set by the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverage
Control Commission (ABCC) for an issuance of additional
retail license in Hopkinton.
addition, while the Star Package license will reopen,
Hopkinton has only had two active licenses for over a
year. Do we really need four licenses at this time?
approved, this new license will be a mere .63 miles from
the closest existing license; and, all four retail
licenses will be along a 2 mile stretch of Main and West
Main Streets west of the center of town resulting in
an overconcentration of liquor stores.
While a fourth license will be appropriate
when Legacy Farms comes online, it is unnecessary at this
time. And, when Legacy Farms does come online, the new
license will be better suited for placement on the east end
of Hopkinton, not in the west half of Hopkinton where all
the other licenses already are.
It is unfair to "earmark" the
recipient of the new license
interested in opening a new liquor store in Hopkinton
should be allowed to compete for the new license. It is
unfair and anti-competitive for the Town to "earmark" a
liquor license for a single entity (in this case the
developer of Price Chopper plaza) rather than opening up
the application process to competition from all
interested parties. Is this really the way to
encourage businesses to bring their people and money to
approved, this license will mean that the number of
licenses in Hopkinton will be "over and above" the
number of licenses that the town qualifies for by virtue
of its population.
In summary, it is unwise for the Town
to approve this unnecessary fourth liquor license and
it is an unfair exception to the rules
Please attend Town Meeting and Vote No on Article 57
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