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Watchful Sentinel

May 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.


New Baseball Scoreboard

May 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.



Studies Abroad: an HCA Photography Exhibit by Lindsey Payson, May 11 – June 1




Town Meeting 2012 Concludes
Above, Clelland Johnson making his case at Town meeting.

by Robert Falcione
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 Drive. They 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 Articles under consideration 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.
           Nancy Haines (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 privacy."
           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 to pass.
           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 that area.
           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 passed unanimously.
           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.
           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 sought Town 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.
             Mr. 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.
             He said 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.     
             An 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.
             "We better be careful or we could have some empty space Downtown,"
             The Article went down in flames, 53 in favor, 101 against.
             The last Article was 58, discussed above.




One-Stop Shopping at Senior Center
Senior Moments
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?  

I’m serious, 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 time shopping! 

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 me: Punkala@aol.com. Until next time, have a great week!





Police Arrest and Incident Log - Most Recent First
Updated Wednesday, May 9, 2012

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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.



Town Meeting Takes Another Bite Out of Warrant
To reconvene at 7:00 pm Wednesday at Middle School

by Robert Falcione
May 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 Public Land.
        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 Preservation funds.
        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 the 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 included.
          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 Downtown neighborhood.
         "There are a number of questions you can get answers for before spending $580,000, said Carol Deveuve.
         "I will not support this," she said.
         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 Committee

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.  

With the 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 21st. 

Kim Pucci
2 Clydesdale Lane
May 8, 2012



Hopkinton’s bCalm Power Yoga Now a Baptiste Inspired Studio 

May 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 yoga community.”  

Baron Baptiste 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. 

(<<---Video 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. 

For more information visit www.bCalmPowerYoga.com or www.baronbaptiste.com.


TEAM 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 and donations!!! 

Why help Team Zach? Find out here. 

The Learning Center of Hopkinton


Plant 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 annuals.
The silent auction will include gift cards from local merchants, hand crafted items, jewelry and much more!
Many baked items including Swedish rye bread





Police Incident Log - Most Recent First
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

Hopkinton Boys LAX 9-3 Victory, Takes Advantage Of Vulnerable Clockers!

By: Lou Ottaviani

May 8, 2012 — The playing conditions between 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 final quarter.

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 soon.”



24 Down, 34 To Go
Town Meeting adjourns until Tuesday at 7:00 pm

May 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 interesting discussion.
         After noting that during a lockdown drill, some loud areas of the 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 toughest.
        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 Committee

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.  

Jean’s 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 School Committee. 

Jane Roche
69 West Elm Street
May 7, 2012


Retired Mass 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 recent years.
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 Church in Clifton Park, NY. His funeral will be Friday morning at St. Edwards the Confessor Church.

     His burial will be Friday in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, NY.





Police Incident Log - Most Recent First
Updated Monday, May 7, 2012


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 Main Street.
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 negative results.
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 influence.
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 distress.
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 influence.
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 Street.
1:57 pm
Officer David Shane transported the operator of a disable motor vehicle to Jamie Lane.
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 just tired.




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EMC Bows Out of Town Meeting Article #54

    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 Warrant.
    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 Meeting.

Mr. Khumalo,
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.

Paul Fitzgerald
EMC Corporation





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Town Meeting
May 7, 2012
7:00 pm
Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium
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 ballot.
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 (Listed below)

Article 1: 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 12
Article 12: Transfer to General Stabilization Fund Page 12
Article 13: Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund Page 12
Article 14: Close Drainage Improvement Fund & Return Funds Page 13
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 16
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 System/Envelope Repairs
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 25
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


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Opposes Town Meeting Article 57 for Liquor License


Dear Editor:


The 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 plaza developer). 

I oppose this article for two very good reasons: 

A fourth retail liquor license is unnecessary at this time

  • The 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.

  • In 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?

  • If 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  

  • Parties 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 Hopkinton?

  • If 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

Clelland Johnson
Hopkinton Wine and Spirits
77 West Main Street
May 5, 2012



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