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Little Sister
June 15, 2012 — Nancy Dickey and granddaughter Emma Griffiths share some time on the Hopkinton Common with Mei Mei, a dog named so because, according to Emma's sister, it means "little sister" in Chinese.


Third Annual Heather's Ride July 14, 2012

July 14th marks the 3rd Annual Heather’s Ride at Laconia Harley Davidson. Come to RIDE, ROAST AND RAFFLE with the proceeds going to help chronically ill children and their families. Join us as we remember Heather’s giving spirit and help her to continue to make a difference for patients at Children’s Hospital.

Registration begins at 7:00 with kickstands up at 9:00 am. The guided ride will take us 113 miles through the White Mountain National Forest via the Kancamagus Highway returning to Laconia Harley Davidson for an old fashioned cookout while enjoying music by “The Field”.

Check out www.heathersride.webs.com for registration and event information. Hope to see you there!!


Downtown Vitalization
June 15, 2012 — Merylyn Mezitt, a high ranking member of the Hopkinton Garden Club, lends her expertise and her time to help keep the Downtown colorful and vibrant.


Golden Sneaker Award

June 15, 2012 — This is Ms. Bagley’s 3rd grade class at Elmwood School. They won the golden sneaker this year with a total number of miles run over 900 (more than 40 miles per kid). Two kids in the class (Tim and Tony holding the sneaker) both ran 100 or more miles each while seven others ran at least two marathons each (Lauren, Adrina, Patrick, Dylan, Katya, Julia and Devin). One child, Tim, even ran with a broken arm – what dedication!!!


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Thursday, July 14, 2012

11:14 pm Units checked Donna Pass after a resident's complaint of vehicles parked in the cul-de-sac, possibly to gather and party in the woods by the pump house.

5:56 pm The operator of a vehicle stopped on Cedar Street was suspended, but not the owner of the vehicle.

 2:31 pm A Fenton Street caller complained that FoxNews was on her property again. Officer David Shane reported that they were actually on the property of a neighbor.

1:22 pm A resident witnessed a woman in her 20's being very rough with two children in her care at EMC Park. She dragged them to her car and left, but not before the witness could get the license plate, which came back to a Bellingham resident, who will get a visit from the police in that town.

12:40 pm A Fenton Street caller requested that media. which was FoxNews, leave her property.

10:01 am A speeding vehicle  on Chestnut Street with a spoiler on the back was gone on the arrival of Officer Patrick O'Brien.

7:18 am A vehicle went off the road and into the woods on East Main Street. It was winched out.


Much Ado About Laptops

School Committee Approves High School Initiative

by Muriel Kramer

June 15, 2012 — The School Committee voted unanimously last night to go forward with the 1:1 laptop for next year’s incoming freshman class having passed the threshold of 80% of the respondents willing to lease or provide a device for their child to use. Residents on hand at the meeting in disagreement with the decision spoke largely to concerns with expense and planning for the implementation of the program.

In prepared remarks, resident Jonathan Clark (photo) details his frustration with the program as outlined. “The fact of the matter is that integrating technology as an always-connected requirement should be an option.  To note there was no true way to opt-out of this program.  Should we choose the technology path, I suggest we make the most of our investment.  We should measure our investment.  We should be prepared to react to necessary changes based on these measurements.  We should hold those accountable should our investment fail.  I want to see a plan that contains all of these elements in detail.  Anyone worth their paycheck should be able to produce an enterprise deployment plan.  To date there is none….Specifically the current initiative is lacking in details and strength.  You continue to waffle calling it a “pilot” some days and an "initiative" the next.  … It’s bloated in expectations and lofty “feel good” goals. The current plan does not provide critical features like true BYOD and textbooks.  It does not contain any specific metrics to measure, modify and create accountability.  It does not address real life social issues with deploying technology, social networks and real time access to adolescents.  It does not provide basic functionality that all users need - such as backups.  It is not based on any strategy that I can make sense of.”

Rebecca Robak School Committee member asked about professional development for teachers to be ready for implementation of the program. Alyson Geary, Principal at Hopkinton High School (photo), responded that there is an ongoing course that fifteen teachers are going through now. “Our proposal is to have all our teachers go through that.” Additionally, the Department has a new technology coordinator that has been hired to facilitate the implementation and support for the new program.

Jean Bertschmann, School Committee member, spoke in favor of approving the program. “Number 1, you are not obligated to do this.” She pointed out that students are already using Moodle, so this is a platform that teachers and students are familiar with. She continued that teachers at the Middle School and High School are already teaching this way. Bertschmann did ask about students being able to link to printers and scanners at home as well as applications like Facebook and iTunes.  REST OF STORY...


Love, Dragonfly Style

June 15, 2012 — It is difficult to tell who is who in this dragonfly mating wheel at Ice House Pond this morning. More about these amazing insects can be learned at National Geographic.


Press Release:

1-1 Laptop Initiative Approved by School Committee


Hopkinton High School is pleased to announce that the Hopkinton School Committee unanimously approved moving forward with the 1-1 laptop initiative for the 9th graders at the high school next year at their meeting on Thursday, June 14th.  83% of parents in the incoming 9th grade class committed to either lease a laptop from the school or bring in their own device, which surpassed the 80% goal which was set by the administration.  Students who are not leasing a laptop from the school or bringing their own device, will have access to a school owned laptop to use during the school day.  The class of 2016 will participate in the program throughout their 4 years of high school.  The participation of future classes in the program will depend on parent support and the results of the program in the upcoming year.  For more information about this please see the 1-1 Initiative Website, linked to the Hopkinton High School home page at: www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/high 


AAA Winners

Front row: John Mastrangelo, Andrew D’Alleva, Patrick Crantz, Jack Watson, Ronnie Shamus, Eric Davis, Patrick Breton, Reece Griffiths, Liam Maginnis, Francesco Duca

Coaches/back row: Mike Breton, Don Watson, Ron Shamus, Glenn Griffiths


The One That Got Away

June 15, 2012 — The photographer stepped out of Mangia Pizza and onto the crosswalk across Walcott Street to be surprised by the van above moving toward him with the driver looking in the opposite direction. A yell and a gesture toward the sign convinced the driver to back up and go in the other direction. The photos below were also taken by happenstance, causing us to wonder how many violations occur otherwise. One bronze-colored Taurus with the plate beginning with 115 came zipping out after these were taken, but the photographer's camera was not at the ready. Neighbors are complaining that the vehicles blatantly violate the Do Not Enter sign at A Street and head the wrong way to avoid the long wait at the light.


Majors Champs
Front row: Stephen Simoes, Jake LeBlanc
Middle row: Luke Anastasi, Dawson McMillan, Matthew Fliegauf, Maxwell Barnes
Third row: Evan Ryan, Brendan Coccio, Spencer Asselin, Will Pickens
Coaches/back row: Paul Asselin, Ed McMillan, Head Coach Ray LeBlanc, Chris Coccio


Check Back for School Committee Report

Please check back later for Muriel Kramer's School Committee report from last night's meeting.


Missing a Goose?

June 15, 2012 — If your domesticated goose is missing, try the corner of Walcott Street and Claflin before this goose's goose is cooked. It has been wandering around in the neighborhood all evening. It enjoys drinking water and eating stuff off of the ground.


Far Out!

June 15, 2012 — The Learning Center of Hopkinton held their graduation ceremonies with a cookout and party with staff, kids, and parents dressing in a Sixties theme. To see more of the beautiful people close up, click on a thumbnail to enlarge.
And then check out TLC's summer program.


Flags, Plus
June 15, 2012 — Judy Coffey of Country Plus celebrated Flag Day on Thursday with flags that might have been around since before the day was conceived.


Only a Few Spots Still Left

Rape Aggression Defense Systems Training

Training for Women ONLY



R.A.D. is an internationally taught realistic hands on self defense training class specifically designed for women (12-16 hours)

  • The program teaches and emphasizes awareness, avoidance and physical self defense with the tools we possess with us at all times (hands, feet, elbows, knees, head, etc…)

  • All sizes and physical capabilities are welcome (ages 14, 15 or 16; parental waiver will be needed – 13 and under is too young for this class)

  • The class is sponsored by the Hopkinton Police Department and free of charge

  • Manuals are provided as are water and light snacks

  • Casual exercise clothing and an aerobic type of sneaker preferred

  • To enroll or if you have questions simply email Detective Tim Brennan at tbrennan@hopkintonpd.org and leave your name, email address and phone number. If email is not available to you please call 508-497-3401 x303 and leave a (clear and slow) message with the same information. The first 30 women to enroll will be admitted (maximum number of students is 30). Confirmations will be done by email to the first 30 women. Please ensure you can make all 4 classes before enrolling.

WHEN and WHERE Monday June 18th 6p-9:30p

Wednesday June 20th 6p-9:30p

Monday June 25th 6p-9:30p

Wednesday June 27th 6p-9:30p

All classes will be at the Hopkinton Middle School Doyle (lower rear) Gym

All 4 nights are required from 6p-9:30p and all classes must be attended to go through simulation


INSTRUCTORS: Officer Linda Higgins

Detective Timothy J. Brennan


Milford Regional Awards Scholarships
June 14, 2012 — Milford Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recently awarded their annual scholarship of $1,000 each to Andrew Marceau, a graduate of Hopkinton High School and Brittany Hill, a graduate of Milford High School. To be considered for this award, candidates have been junior volunteers at Milford Regional and are required to write an essay about who influenced them most during their high school years as well as their career goals. In the photo above are members of the Auxiliary Scholarship Committee awarding the scholarships to Andrew and Brittany. From left to right: Darleen Nolette, Eileen Milaszewski, Andrew Marceau, Brittany Hill, Andra Stone, Janet Raneri, Helen Northrop and Janet Ellis.



Hopkinton Winners of Sharon Timlin Kid's Race

GIRLS age 7

1st place: Kayla Sawyer time: 6:58

2nd place: Kate Finnegan time: 7:24

BOYS age 7

1st place: Jack Green time: 7:14

GIRLS age 8

1st place: Tiffany Mikulis time: 6:48

2nd place: Lillian Buckley time: 6:53

BOYS age 8

1st place: Riley Finnegan time: 6:26

3rd place: Ryan Kalen time: 6:49

GIRLS age 9

1st place: Schuyler Gooley time: 6:13

2nd place: Lilian York time: 6:45

BOYS age 9

1st place: Cameron Mulvaney time: 6:07

3rd place: Tommy Bernardin time: 6:26

GIRLS age 10

1st place: Maggie Allen time: 6:07

3rd place: Allison Bird time: 6:24

BOYS age 10

1st place: Sean Walsh time: 5:49

2nd place: Robby Bernardin time: 5:54

Photo: Greg Martineau, Laura Dunderdale of Southborough, MA, Dawn Timlin, Maggie Allen (Hopkinton, MA), Allison Bird (Hopkinton, MA) and David Ljungberg.


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Wednesday, July 13, 2012

11:43 pm Checking on a toilet-papered vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street as well as some benched that were moved on the school property.


10:47 pm An individual walked into the station to complain of a harassment order she has on someone that was violated. Units responded to the 17 year-old's home on Hayden Rowe Street and arrested him.


8:15 pm Units assisted with an open door and an alarm on Cross Street in Ashland.


6:22 pm A New Hampshire caller said his ten year-old son in Hopkinton is being assaulted by his ex-wife's boyfriend. Units responded and arrested the 48 year-old man, charging him with Assault and Battery and Assault and Battery on a Child With Injury.


4:47 pm Assisted with a DMV on West Main Street.


4:46 pm Officer John Moran cited a driver after a one-car crash on East Main Street for Operating without a License.



June 13, 2012 —Three lifelong friends and Boy Scouts of Troop 4 Hopkinton received their official Eagle Scout Awards at a combined ceremony, on Sunday, June 10, 2012. The troop is very excited and proud to announce that (from left in photo) Andrew T. Dawson, Nathanial S. Langh, and John R. Barnes, were awarded this distinction in a Triple Eagle Scout Ceremony, at The Hayes Lodge, Hopkinton YMCA, on the afternoon of June 10, 2012.

These three young men, who go by Drew, Nate, and J.R. respectively, have progressed the 7 years through the ranks in Troop 4 together, gone on many notable trips, and helped each other with their Eagle Scout Leadership Service Projects. In addition to the service project, in which scout and volunteer time can total several hundred hours, they each had to earn 21 merit badges and serve as leaders in their troop.

The three also attended the once-in-a-lifetime trip to the National Scout Jamboree (NSJ), in the summer of 2010, at Fort A.P Hill, an active U.S. Army Base in rural Virginia. This was especially noteworthy, being the final time the NSJ was to be held at this location. The event also commemorated the 100 birthday of Boy Scouting in America.

Prior to their involvement in scouting, all three boys participated in the AASBD, or All-American Soap Box Derby, also called the "Gravity Grand Prix", in which young competitors construct, tune, and compete in downhill human-sized car races, free of any motors, and try to beat other drivers and the clock. All three boys participated in "rallies" all over New England states and further, and all three competed at the national championships, held every summer in Akron, Ohio, at the AASBD Headquarters.

All three boys have Eagle Scouts as fathers, wonderful supportive and multi-tasking mothers, and other Eagle Scouts in the family heritage, such as uncles, grandfathers, etc. The goal of The Eagle Scout Rank and its traditions, values, and character are alive and prospering in these families, and with these three Eagle Scout Award recipients.


A Happy Surviving Egg

June 16, 2012 — This afternoon, in the Hopkins School gym, winning teams from the fifth grade classes competed in a historic event. This was the 10th year of the competition at Hopkins. Each team assembled a contraption with everyday materials like cardboard, tape and bubble wrap. These contraptions (with an egg inside) are then released from a hydraulic lift in the gym. The goal is to have an “unscrambled” egg when the egg is removed from the packaging after hitting the ground.

The winning contraption with a very happy surviving egg is pictured above.

Team winners were Aidan Busconi, Natalie Calkins, Ally Holmes and Dan Sinacole.


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Tuesday, July 12, 2012

8:54 pm A walk-in complained an ex-employee of his Hayward Street business is harassing him through text messages.

8:11 pm Units responding to reports of recreational vehicles on the Center Trail came up empty handed.

7:43 pm A Roosevelt Lane resident complained of the theft of some jewelry.

4:19 pm A caller complained of youths skateboarding in a parking lot on Main Street. They were GOA.

1:48 pm A tractor trailer taking up the roadway on Front Street was GOA.

1:16 pm One car Motor vehicle accident that did not involve personal injury on East Main Street.

1:09 pm Officer Stephen Buckley stood by while Verizon workers, who had not hired a detail officer, finished up work on Lumber Street.

Photo of response to alleged domestic assault this afternoon. An arrest was made.


How Can a Person Fill Grocery Carts with Goods Worth $1585.47 in Four Minutes?
See Pam Thomas do it in the video below from this morning


And the Total  Is...
(Mouse-over image to see total)

June 13, 2012 — Pam Thomas, shown above with her husband, Brian, and her booty from today's Grocery Dash at Colella's Supermarket racked up a four-figure total on cash register after just four minutes of a well-planned shopping spree, courtesy of Hopkinton Lion's Club and Colella's. She was one of two winners of the drawings held last week. The other winner was Ellie Robinson. To see the total value of Mrs. Thomas's winnings, mouse-over the image above. Below, adrenaline pumping so fast that even high speed film cannot stop the motion of her hands as Mrs. Thomas loads another cart with goods. HopNews will have a video of Mrs. Thomas's entire run shortly after lunch.


Principal Feted

June 12, 2012 — The HPTA threw a party for outgoing Elmwood School Principal Ilene Silver (center), today in the school library. Mrs. Silver is retiring following the end of this school year.


HCA to Exhibit Artwork by Individuals with Memory Loss June 22 – July 22
Hopkinton, Ma (June 12, 2012) --- The photography and writings of seven older adults with memory loss will be on display at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, 98 Hayden Rowe in Hopkinton from June 22 – July 22. The Photovoice Project exhibit is done in conjunction with Compass at Hopkinton Memory Support Assisted Living, located within the Golden Pond Assisted Living facility in Hopkinton, and will begin with an Opening Reception on June 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the HCA. The Reception is free and the public is invited to attend and view the art work and meet the photographers.