26, 2012 — Water Fresh Farm Marketplace turned some floor space
into a classroom today, with the master himself,
Dr. Merle Jensen, designer of the hydroponic
displays in the Land Exhibit at Epcot and consultant to Water
Fresh Farm since its inception, talking about hydroponic growing
to a captive audience. NOTE: Double-clicking on any word
on Page One will open the dictionary to that word and will
provide not only meaning and pronunciation, but a sound of the
word as well. Try "hydroponic". For one that a lot of people
mispronounce, try "angst" and listen to the pronunciation.
Summertime on Little Pond
26, 2012 — This family of Canada geese spent time eating and
swimming this afternoon on Little Pond at the Southern end of
Lake Whitehall. In fact almost all of their time is spent eating
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26, 2012 — Someone in the driving education of this young woman
apparently omitted the part about driving on the right side of
the road. The photographer advised her of the correct side to
drive and park on and assisted in her exit to the proper side of
the road. It might be good to note at this time, that when
exiting a one-way road, such as the Middlesex Bank lot, a person
should signal their intention with the appropriate directional
that is usually provided on the left side of the steering
column, and move to that side of the drive or road they wish to
May 26, 2012 —(5:50 pm) New poles are being put
up by Verizon following this morning's accidental tearing down
of wires and three poles, two of which landed flat onto Grove
No Need for
26, 2012 — This sign has appeared on a resident's lawn on West
Elm Street, which has become a speedy cut-through for people
going to route 495.
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Killed the Snake
26, 2012 — This snake in the water at the Hopkinton Reservoir
Dam spillway swam across its width to sniff the photographer
with its forked tongue. And then, sensing some primordial
impulse, swam away very quickly. The markings above and below
its "lips" look like large teeth, an illusion that may keep some
26, 2012 — Photographed with a long lens from about 100 feet
away, this clumped up critter that came out of the water after
swimming across its pond appears to be a beaver. HopNews no
longer identifies the location of these animals, because people
have trapped them following each photo.
UPDATED: May 26, 2012 — A tractor trailer
making a delivery to Colella's and driving through the side lot
caught a low-hanging wire and started the cascade that brought
down three telephone poles at 8:15 am. The Mass State Police
truck team spoke with the driver. Several homes and buildings on
Grove Street had the services ripped from the buildings, and the
power on Grove Street has been shut down. A transformer is
leaking fluid and Colella's is running on another power source.
Above, Officer Matthew McNeil places cones and looks at the
connections above the Main/Cedar intersection. Our Twitter
followers and those who "like" HopNews on facebook already
received a traffic advisory about this. Selectman Brian Herr, an
electrical supplies specialist, also arrived on scene to survey
the damage. Photo by Ed Thompson, News Director WMRC Radio
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The Historical Perspective of Nancy Clark
By Blair Guild
May 25, 2012
— Mrs. Nancy Clark has plans to retire
this year, completing her twenty year
employment period at Hopkinton High
School. During those twenty years she
has brought unforgettable teaching
skills, leadership, and overall
excellence to the high school.
loved history and teaching just seemed
to fit my personality,” said Mrs. Clark,
History teacher and Curriculum Team
Leader for History and Social Sciences
at Hopkinton High School.
started working at the high school, Mrs.
Clark has become a major part of the
history department, students’ lives, and
the HHS community. In addition to
teaching, she coaches Girls Varsity
Tennis and is the faculty advisor for
to retire. I’m looking forward to it but
I know I’ll miss school,” explained Mrs.
said that above all else, she will miss
has a great bunch of kids. I love
students and I love working with them,”
will not just miss her students, her
students will miss her as well. Many
have expressed that they will be sad to
see her officially retire.
is really special to a lot of students,”
said Maddie Oleson, a student of Mrs.
Clark’s AP United States History course.
“Most of her students have had her for
two years in a row now, so it will be
emotional to see her leave,” she added.
sentiment that Mrs. Clark will be missed
is felt by nearly everyone who came to
know her, including teachers. Garrett
Sawyer, a co-teacher of the AP US
History course, expressed how he will
miss Mrs. Clark very much once she has
helped me a lot as a teacher but also
plays a really important roll keeping
the history department together,”
explained Mr. Sawyer.
has made many plans for her retirement.
She plans to do more volunteer work,
read more often, travel to see her
family and grandchildren, and play more
tennis and golf. Most importantly
though, she says history will always
remain a part of her life.
“Contemporary United States History is
my favorite. I love anything from World
War Two and on. Partially because it’s
my life. I grew up during such a great
historical time,” explained Mrs. Clark.
says that she will be able to look back
at her years spent teaching with fond
memories, “One of my favorite memories
of teaching is just the general sense of
camaraderie between the AP US History
students. Every year they make t-shirts
and get excited about taking the AP
test, I’ll miss that”.
still cares about the future of the
history department, offering her words
of wisdom that “teachers try to
challenge their students and students
try to challenge themselves.”
replacement teacher has yet to be hired,
but the position is open. The new
teacher will have big shoes to fill
because Mrs. Clark has left such a
lasting impression on Hopkinton High
School. She will be dearly missed by the
staff and students of HHS during her
republished with permission from
HHSPress, always linked above.
Collision Sends One to Hospital
Creates Gridlock Downtown
UPDATE: The FD has
cleared the scene, the vehicles have been towed, and traffic is
moving much more quickly.
25, 2012 — (3:20 pm) A three-vehicle chain-reaction rear-end
collision occurred on Main Street just west of Pleasant Street
this afternoon, taking up an entire lane of traffic and causing
gridlock to form quickly on all of the arteries in Downtown. One
woman was transported to UMass Worcester by Hopkinton Ambulance.
Two vehicles were ordered towed from the scene. HopNews Facebook
fans and Twitter followers got this timely information as a
traffic alert to help readers avoid the jam moments after it
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jonathan Landman Resigns
Hopkinton School Committee and Dr. Jonathan Landman wish to
announce that the School Committee is in receipt of the
resignation of Dr. Landman as Superintendent of Schools,
effective June 30th. Dr. Landman is grateful to have had the
opportunity to work within this strong public school system with
wonderful staff, students and community leaders who share his
commitment to educational excellence, innovation, and the
well-being of young people.
Although he remains devoted to public service through
educational leadership, after much reflection and discussion
with family, friends and colleagues, he has come, respectfully,
to recognize that his style and strengths have not been a good
fit with the expectations and approach of the Hopkinton School
District. He has concluded that he can better serve public
education in a different setting.
The School Committee wishes to acknowledge Dr. Landman's
unquestionable dedication to student achievement, thank him for
his year of service and wish him success in his future
endeavors. Contributed content. HopNews file photo.
May 24, 2012
9:24 pm Officer
Matthew McNeil, responding to the report of neighbor stuck in a
smoking car, found instead that a vehicle had crashed into a
home on Pleasant Street, causing much damage to the front of the
home. NStar Gas, Art's Towing and the building inspector were
called to the scene. The operator, who declined the ambulance
services of the Hopkinton Fire Department, will receive a
Operating to Endanger.
9:06 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil reported on an accident on Wood
Street where there were no injuries.
9:03 pm A West Elm Street resident thought three youths
walking down the street was suspicious, but Officer O'Neil spoke
with them and learned they wee waiting for a friend to return
7:07 pm Three units responded to 911 calls that a vehicle
hit a house on West Main Street and kept going. The vehicvle was
found at the Mobil station and the driver was taken to the
hospital. 12:53 pm A College Street homeowner complained that
construction materials were dumped at the end of her driveway.
12:15 pm Hopkinton Police placed an individual into custody
who was then transported to Salem by that town's police.
11:15 pm Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with an individual in
a vehicle on Main Street.
11:03 am Units spoke with an individual on Hillcrest Drive.
10:57 am Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with the site manager
on West Main Street about a violation of the town's bylaw
forbidding construction work or machine delivery before 7:00 am.
7:59 am Officer Buckley notified the property owners on
South Street about a complaint that the town bylaw was violated.
7:22 am A caller reported being cut off entering West Main
Street from Route 495. Vehicle was GOA.
6:11 am A tree completely blocking B Street at Walcott was
removed by the Highway Department.
4:35 am Assisted Upton Police administer a Breathalyzer test
at the station.
1:13 am Checked a vehicle on Wood Street.
12:49 am Several vehicles on West Main Street were checked
and found secure.
12:06 am Responding units could not find gunshots being
fired as reported on Daniel Shays Road.
Accident Scene on Pleasant Street
Different Hopkinton Homes hit by Two Separate Vehicles Hours
Second accident, scroll below two photos
24, 2012 — Remarkably, a vehicle struck a home on West Main
Street around 7:30 pm, and later this evening at 9:24 pm, a
different, unrelated vehicle struck a different home, this time
on Pleasant Street (above) after driving across neighbors'
lawns. The vehicle above can be tracked across neighbor's lawns
(see video), including that of the father of the woman who owns
this home. It ripped up shrubs, the front door storm and outside
door assemblies, the steps and railing, as well as other minor
items before tearing the gas meter from the side of the house.
An apparent safety device, or firefighters, shut the gas off,
because there was no odor at all at the scene. NStar, the
Building Inspector and Art's Towing all arrived on scene to do
their jobs. Officer Matthew McNeil said the operator, who
refused medical treatment, will receive a summons for Operating
Neighbors, press and curiosity seekers gathered
at first in front of the house, and then at a short distance
after firefighters and police placed yellow tape around the
perimeter of the front and sides of the property, and colored
lights from public safety and tow vehicles made the scene look
Below, Hopkinton firefighters determine the
source of a fluid leak from the wrecked vehicle.
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First of Two Homes Struck Today Was on West Main Street
Above, debris stays in place for the time being while police and
firefighters tend to the drivers of the vehicles involved, one
of whom was transported (below) to the hospital by Hopkinton
accident 495 South (4:49 pm Thurs.) between Mass Pike and Exit
21 A, Hopkinton. Suggest other routes. UPDATE: Clear at 5:30 pm.
Facebook likes and Twitter followers already got this alert.
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Hi! Thanks to HopNews
the Grey Tabby has found her way home! :-). Thanks for your
help! ~ Alison
24, 2012 — The color of this hawk's tail makes a
misidentification of its type difficult. It was fleeing a group
of smaller birds this morning, which were likely protecting
their eggs or young, a favorite food of hawks, hundreds of feet
above the Woodville Rod and Gun Club.
D.A. Leone and Police Chief
Flannery To Unveil Hopkinton’s New Drug Collection Unit
New Drug Collection Unit Addresses the
Dangers of Unused Prescription Drugs by Offering Safe Disposal
– On Wednesday, May 30, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone
and Hopkinton Police Chief Richard Flannery will unveil
Hopkinton’s new drug collection unit, comprising one of the 29
units that the MDAO has funded to be installed at police
departments throughout Middlesex County.
The units provide
a free, safe method to dispose of unused or expired prescription
medication. The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office purchased
the units for the departments through drug forfeiture funds,
which can be used for the purpose of drug rehabilitation, drug
education and other anti-drug efforts.
The effort is
part of the District Attorney’s goal to address issues of
substance abuse among young people. An estimated 2.4 million
Americans misused prescription drugs for the first time within
the past year, and about a third of those users were age 12 to
17, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Heath, more
than 70 percent of people who abused prescription pain killers
got them from relatives or friends. The bins offer a safe
way to dispose of these drugs.
Every day, on
average, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the
first time, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The DEA also reports that 56 percent of teens say prescription
drugs are easier to get than illicit drugs. Two in five teens
believe that prescription drugs are safer than illegal drugs.
24, 2012 — Mike Whalen, American Legion Post Adjutant General
re-points bricks at the Woodville Honor Roll kiosk in front of
Woodville Baptist Church this morning. He credits Mike and Karen
Shepard for doing most of the restoration work on the kiosk.
Memorial Day Itinerary The restored Comey Chapel will be open for viewing on
Memorial Day. Hours: 9:00 - 9:45 before the veterans ceremony @
Evergreen & after the Memorial Day ceremonies, from 12 - 4 pm.
Most Recent First
Updated Thursday, May 24, 2012
May 23, 2012
10:46 pm Responding
units were unable to locate the individual dressed in black and
flailing his arms on Exchange Street.
10:03 pm Salem Police requested a check of a Blueberry Lane
residence for an individual with a Probable Cause to arrest.
8:00 pm A Hayden Rowe Street resident reported the
possibility of suspect vehicle from a past larceny returning the
the scene of the crime. Gone on arrival.
6:10 pm An accident without personal injury was investigated
on Cedar Street.
5:56 pm A Wyman Lane caller reported an erratic operator on
the wrong side of the road. It was gone on arrival.
5:48 pm A caller reports she was just run off of the road by
another vehicle, which could not be located. She was winched out
by Art's Towing.
3:48 pm A Hayden Rowe Street caller reports her car being
1:02 pm A resident reported someone dumping a metal backpack
on her lawn. Officer Stephen Buckley brought it to DPW for
11:21 am An individual reported two slashed tires on his van
10:34 am Highway removed a tree down on Lumber Street.
7:51 am Highway notified of a branch hanging over roadway on
West Main Street.
12:27 am Officer John Moran spoke with an individual who
pulled into a Hayward Street parking lot.
Epcot Designer to Speak at Water Fresh Farm
Saturday, May 26,
Dr. Merle Jensen, designer of the hydroponic
displays in the Land Exhibit at Epcot and consultant to Water
Fresh Farm since its inception, will be doing a talk at 11am on
Saturday, May 26th.
The subject of his talk will be Hydroponic
Growing, Past, Present, and Future, including projects that have
brought fresh vegetables to the food deserts of the world, the
new hydroponic greenhouse in the Antarctic and the work being
done in the lab geared toward growing on the moon.
On a more personal level, he’ll discuss how
consumers’ growing interest in locally grown produce has
resulted in the growth of small, family run hydroponic farms
that can operate and serve the communities in which they are
located. It is this High Tech/High Touch interest that led to
the establishment of Water Fresh Farm in Hopkinton, MA, where
consumers can step from the market “buying environment” directly
into the greenhouse “growing environment” and see how the
vegetables that they are eating are being grown.
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I Am Lost
Someone has taken me in on
Spring Street. I wandered away from my home, because I got
I was never good at
English, so I am not sure what my name is, but people have
called me Tigger for some reason. If you are not sure it is me
in the picture, let me give some clues. I enjoy being petted, go
crazy over a saucer of milk and love to torment mice. Sound
If you are my regular
family, please call Alison at XXX-XXX-XXXX and arrange to bring
me home. Thank you!
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FUN DAY and LMPA GENERAL MEETING
at Sandy Beach. Please come join the fun! Saturday,
June 9th, 2012, Rain Date: Sunday, June 10th
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. General Meeting and Executive
Board Elections. Lunch provided by LMPA Topics of Discussion: A recap of the last year, the Extended
Draw Down, repairing the boat ramp and the potential rezoning of
EMC property to Industrial
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m, - AnimalAdventures.net
Demonstration with Live Animals and Reptiles!!
LMPA Gear (sweatshirts, hats, towels, etc.) will be available
This event is free to all LMPA members and their families.
PLEASE COME PREPARED TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP!!!
One year renewal for $25.00, $45.00 for 2 years and $10.00 for
Seniors Please bring a chair or blanket.
If anyone is missing a 12 foot Jon Boat with Ohio numbers,
please let us know
GETTING READY FOR MEDICARE
Important seminar for people nearing 65
by Susan Flanagan of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of MA
Topics will include enrollment periods and penalty for not
enrolling on time, Original Medicare, HMOs, PPOs and
supplements, prescription drug coverage and more.
TUESDAY, MAY 29 at 9 A.M.
HOPKINTON SENIOR CENTER
Rsvp (508) 497-9730
Vehicles Off of the Road
23, 2012 — Two vehicles went off of the roadway heading north
this afternoon just before Route 495 Exit 21A. According to one
Mass State Trooper on scene, a vehicle in the center lane
attempted to change lanes into the right lane, where a vehicle
was already travelling. The resulting collision sent both
vehicles off of the roadway and into the wooded area on the
In the top photo, a woman is secured
to a transport stretcher for a trip to the hospital. On the wood
line on the far, upper right, a firefighter can be seen at the
open door of a vehicle where a patient sits awaiting transport.
The opposite point of view from two minutes earlier is below.
According to Hopkinton Fire Chief Ken Clark, neither patient had
Most Recent First
Updated Wednesday, May 23, 2012
May 22, 2012
9:37 pm A Chestnut Street caller reported a suspicious
vehicle in his driveway, but discovered a package from a
delivery company upon further investigation.
Several calls reported a vehicle off of the road and into a
ditch on West Main Street. Art's Towing assisted.
The property manager at Pinecrest Village reported that a
resident observed a female dump 5 bags of trash into the
dumpster without authorization. The license plate of the vehicle
led to the suspect, who promised to return and remove the trash
An individual stated he was calling from Woodland Road in
Ashland, but the e911 system displayed a Hopkinton address.
Ashland PD responded. Misinformation will be corrected.
Officer William Burchard assisted an individual who ran out of
gas on West Main Street.
Officer Burchard assisted the Fire Department responding to an
alarm on South Street.
8:14 am A
Granite Street resident reported a branch over the roadway. He
took care of it himself.
Officer John Moran checked on a vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.
Learn how to benefit from the sun
- May 30, 2012
The town of
Hopkinton has been awarded a Solar Grant by the Massachusetts
Clean Energy Center (CEC). Hopkinton’s Sustainable Green
Committee has scheduled an informational “Solar 101” event for
May 30th at the Senior Center meeting room from 7:00
to 9:00pm. The CEC will be there to explain in detail how the
Solarize program will work for town residents and business
owners. The event will consist of a brief presentation followed
by a Question & Answer session. Whether you are itching to
install solar, or have never given it a thought, come and see
what it is all about. The Solarize program allows residents and
business owners to choose how the systems are ultimately
purchased, so leave those ‘cost’ perceptions at home and venture
over to the Senior Center for an enlightening event. You
just might be able to reduce your energy bills for the next
22, 2012 — Selectmen's first order of business this evening was
to reorganize the leadership of the board following yesterday's
uncontested reelection of two incumbents, Michelle Gates and
Falling back on tradition in
nominating the two who are up next for reelection, Brian Herr
nominated Ben Palleiko as Chairman, and outgoing Chairman Todd
Cestari nominated John Mosher as Vice-Chairman. Two vendors were approved to
sell wine and offer samples at the Weston Nurseries Farmers'
Market this year after promising to
limit samples to one ounce per person. Wood Partners VP of Development
Adelaide Grady stopped by for approval from the Selectmen to
name the roadway off of Legacy Farms South into their approved
240-unit apartment project as Woodview Way. She got her approval
and told a reporter that they would like to begin their project
in July. Attorney Joseph Antonellis
requested approval of a transfer of the package store license at
Star package from Brian Bento to a corporation controlled by
William Tetlow. Mr. Tetlow was approved by the board previously,
but a later snafu by state governing boards put the license in
limbo, and so had to be reapplied for. In the meantime, Mr.
Tetlow had been in a "liquor-related" incident, and the board
asked him to return when his probation had been successfully
completed. He did so this evening.
Mr. Antonellis spoke of Mr.
Tetlow's "artistic desire to restore and rehabilitate the
building [at 70 Main Street]." He promised that Pam French would
be the manager.
Chairman Palleiko said, "This
is fairly disturbing," alluding to the alcohol violation. "I
hope this is the last challenge." The board voted unanimously in
favor of the license transfer. South Street Associates
left empty-handed after telling Selectmen that they wanted an
abatement of $50,546.34 of their $105,498.11 sewer betterment at
71 South Street, because they were treated unfairly, and because
the betterment has not improved their property.
Town Counsel Ray Miyares was on
hand, as was Principal Assessor Robert Bushway, who countered
the claims of unfair treatment by presenting comparable
Chairman Palleiko said,
"It is not that the assessment is too high, it is not the best
and highest use [of the property]."
The town had argued that
the property could be used for a three-story hotel, and
therefore was improved by a sewer going past, because the
existing Title V configuration would not handle that use.
The Selectmen denied the
abatement this evening, giving the applicants extra time to
appeal their decision. If they took no action instead, then the
applicant would have needed to wait until June 1, 2012 to apply
for relief through an appeals process.
22, 2012 — Candidate for State Representative Marty Lamb and an
entourage did a stand out at the Hopkinton Middle School
yesterday during some of the voting. The highest sign is of a
standard size, but the others are of a super-sized variety.
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This year we had a highly contested race for School Committee. I
think it a testament to our town that interest in our schools is
so high. Unfortunately, I was not able to garner enough support
to win either available seat.
That said, the amount of support I received was tremendous. So,
please indulge my need to offer a few thanks. First, I want to
thank my family for supporting me in this important process.
Eve, Dante, Heather, Olin, and Cameron, thank you for manning
the signs (with a smile) in front of Collela's along with all
the great campaign advice. Thank you to the dozens and dozens of
folks who were willing to host a garish red sign on their front
lawn. Thank you Ken Weismantel ("145 Ash St"), for the design of
the garish red sign. Thank you Ken, Eric, Phil and Kim for all
the campaign advice, and to the entire HRTC for its generous
support of my candidacy.
Thank you to other candidates for sacrificing their time to
discuss the key issues. Jean and Jon, I wish you Godspeed in
representing our entire community as you make critical decisions
on behalf of our children.
Last, but not least, I want to thank the voters for coming out
and casting a vote. Thank you for your vote; please stay engaged
between elections, educating our children is too important.
14 Stone Crossing Way
May 22, 20012
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Sport of the Week
Hiller Softball Coasts in 8-0 Victory
Over Westwood, TVL Title Becomes Interesting!
By: Lou Ottaviani
22, 2012 — The 2012 TVL softball championship will come down
to the final season game, as two teams (Hopkinton and
Bellingham) will be vying for that top spot. Hopkinton and
Bellingham are currently tied for first place with identical
14-1 records in the TVL division. And, with both teams
splitting their games against each other this season, a
Hopkinton win over Ashland tomorrow would secure, at
minimal, a tie with Bellingham for a share of the TVL crown
provided Bellingham defeats Holliston. A loss by Bellingham
to Holliston and a Hopkinton victory over Ashland would
secure Hopkinton with sole possession of the TVL title. A
Bellingham and Hopkinton loss, respectively, will still
allow these two teams to share the TVL title.
Yesterday’s Bellingham 6-4
victory over Norton and Hopkinton’s 8-0 disposal of Westwood
just makes the outcome of these top two TVL teams more
interesting and important with only one remaining season
game left to play.
Over the years, rivalries
between certain towns in the TVL, is what makes up these
healthy traditions and competitive play. When it comes to
records, rivalry teams could care less about that. It all
becomes a matter of bragging rights and pride for one’s
Take for example, Ashland and
Hopkinton. It doesn’t matter what sport is being played,
neither team likes losing to each other. And tomorrow will
different. The same goes for Holliston and Bellingham. All
four of these schools have established respectable softball
programs that have grown and developed over the past decade
and any team on a given day can find a way to win against
Both Hopkinton and Bellingham
will have the motivation to win because of what is at stake
for the TVL tiltle. Ashland and Holliston would like nothing
better than to be spoilers at the party, not to mention that
Ashland even has a chance to make the playoffs should they
come away with a victory over the Hillers. So there is a lot
at stake still, and it should be exciting to see what the
For Hopkinton, it’s been a very
nice ride this season behind the pitching performances of
senior Nicole Mellor and freshman Alissa Karjel. Coach Jeff
Kearney has done a nice job of platooning these hurlers by
alternating their starts all season.
Yesterday’s 1-hit performance by
Karjel showed that this young freshman had the poise to
battle, as she demonstrated it by hurling seven shutout
innings while keeping the composure of a veteran on the
mound. The freshman struck out five batters, while walking
three. The furthest a Wolverine base runner advanced
throughout the game was second base, and that only happened
once in the game.
The Hillers picked up their
first run in the bottom of the first when leadoff batter,
Jaclyn Foisy (2 for 4; 2 runs) took a 1-1 pitch to right
field for a single. Erica McBride laid down a sacrifice bunt
to put Foisy on second. Two consecutive passed balls brought
Foisy across the plate for the Hillers first run.
Hopkinton added two more runs in
the third, with hits by McBride (2 for 2; run) and Nicole
Mellor (1 for 2; 3 RBI; SAC). The Hillers took advantage of
a sloppy Westwood defense and picked up a run in the fifth
with Mellor knocking home Carolyn Monaghan with a sacrifice
fly to right and four more runs in the sixth, behind four
hits (Foisy, McBride, Lara Murray (2 for 3; run) and Kristen
Cooprider) and two costly Westwood errors.
“I thought that we got off to a
slow start but we picked things up in the third,” said Coach
Kearney. “Westwood has a strong pitcher (E.B. Messineo) and
are a well-coached team. We wore them down and got a great
pitching performance from Alissa. Our defense played well
and eventually we were able to put enough runs on the board
to control the game. I thought that Erica had a solid day at
The Hillers scattered 9 hits on
the day. Tomorrow’s game between Hopkinton and Ashland will
be at 6:30 PM at Ashland. “This should be a big game for
both teams,” said Kearney. “For us, we have the TVL
championship at hand and for Ashland a win would allow them
to qualify for the state tournament and for the healthy
rivalry there is between both teams.”
9:10 pm An individual
was arrested on a warrant on Walcott Street.
6:51 pm A walk-in reported identity theft.
6:15 pm Officer Thomas Griffin, while on a detail on South
Street, reported an individual speeding.
4:47 pm A caller witnessed a Tractor Trailer unit flee after
taking done some wires on West Elm Street. Responding units were
unable to locate. Verizon was notified.
4:30 pm Upton reported a DMV on West Main Street near School
Street that backed up traffic to the Mobil station. Art's Towing
responded to remove the vehicle.
4:22 pm Sgt. Michael Sutton checked a motor vehicle parked
at a Hayden Rowe Street location.
2:07 pm Department received several calls from people who
were contacted by telemarketers using the name of the Hopkinton
Fire Department fraudulently. Advised the callers. Fire Chief
will make a statement.
1:42 pm School Resource Officer Philip Powers reported a
senior prank. Someone parked a car on the tennis courts.
6:32 am Officer John Moran spoke with an individual on
Hayden Rowe Street.
12:49 am Sgt. Scott vanRaalten conducted a well being check
at a Hillcrest Drive residence on behalf of Ashland PD.
Greyhound Mix Missing
needs help getting the word out about Atlas, a greyhound mix who
got out of his fenced area and is on the loose. He's
skittish and we're worried he could get hurt if he's not
caught and brought back safely.
He was last seen this afternoon between 44 Saddle Hill Rd going
toward Proctor. If anyone has seen him, or can volunteer to help
look, please visit the Facebook page
or call Greyhound Friends at 508-435-5969. I'll see if there's
an after hours number as well.
It has come
to my attention today that a company or companies are
conducting telephone requests for funding to assist the
Hopkinton Fire Department. At this time the Hopkinton Fire
Department and Hopkinton Permanent Firefighters Local 3772
ARE NOT conducting any fund
raising efforts with outside entities. I apologize for any
inconvenience this may have caused for the residents of our
Fire Chief Ken Clark
Official Election Results
Above, School Committee winners Jon Graziano and Jean
Bertschmann are sworn in by Town Clerk Ann Click after the
official vote tally this evening. A total of 1,829 voters showed
up to cast their ballots.
Thanks to those who tuned in to the live webcast from the MS
Auditorium for having patience during our initial difficulties
in broadcasting. Nonetheless, HopNews readers got the results
about the candidates first, and heard from them first live on
Following are official results for the contested races for
School Committee and Board of Library Commissioners Unexpired
School Committee, 2 seats:
Jean Bertschmann 1,188
John Graziano 836
Frank Sivo 745
Frank D'Urso 591
Life Awards to Honor the Everyday Heroes of Law Enforcement
Peter Booth one of forty officers of local departments to
Award Winners Made Over 2,000 Drunk Driving Arrests in 2011
May 21, 2011 -On Wednesday
morning, May 23rd , at 9AM MADD
Massachusetts will honor twenty-one Massachusetts State
Troopers, over forty local police officers representing
twenty-nine police departments for their commitment to enforcing
drunk driving laws and keeping our roads safe at their annual
Drive for Life Law Enforcement recognition breakfast at
at the Springhill Suites Devens Common Center (31 Andrews
The featured guest speaker for this year's breakfast is Ron
Bersani. Ron is the grandfather of Melanie Powell for whom the
landmark 2005 "Melanie's Law" was named after and was the
driving force behind the legislation. Ron continues to be a
strong advocate for improving our OUI laws in Massachusetts.
Annually there are between16,000-17,000 OUI arrests in
Massachusetts every year, averaging out to nearly 44 drunk
driving arrests per day.
"Keeping our roads safe is dangerous and thankless work," said
David DeIuliis, MADD Program Manager. "We consider the men and
women of law enforcement everyday heroes and Drive for Life is
MADD's way of saying thank you for their commitment to enforcing
our impaired driving laws."
"While we've made progress over the last few years, drunk
driving remains a very serious problem in Massachusetts,"said
DeIuliis. "MADD will continue to support initiatives to save
lives, including the passage of
Senate Bill 1746 which would require ignition interlock
devices (IIDs) for first offenders in Massachusetts."
Interlocks are proven to be up to 90 percent effective, yet it
is estimated that only one in eight convicted drunk drivers each
year currently get the device, and most of those are repeat
offenders. Sixty-five percent of the public support mandatory
interlocks for first time offenders, and 85 percent of the
public support mandatory interlocks for repeat offenders.
Wednesday's event will begin promptly at 9:00am, with breakfast
being served at 9:10 am and the speaking program to begin at
9:30am. For directions to Devens Common Center
click here.Contributed content. HopNews file
photo taken today.