July 1, 2012 — Hopkinton Reservoir was full of life on Saturday as the temps hit 90. Today, Sunday is supposed to be even hotter according to some.
Advice From Colella's
President Dale Danahy
(CAUTION: Hypnotic message!)
Kudos for Garden Club
June 29, 2012 — Hopkinton Garden Club Treasurer, left, Merylyn Mezitt and HGC President Constance Charters accept a recognition award from Ben Palleiko, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, on behalf of the entire board, who he said had talked about it and wanted to show appreciation for what they do. Mr. Palleiko recognized the club for their contributions in making the Downtown beautiful. They also beautify other areas, such as in front of Colella's and the "Welcome" sign across from Ice House Pond on West Main Street. Below is the Doughboy Monument that the club plants and maintains at Cookie's Corner, so named for Richard "Cookie" Kumlin, a Town of Hopkinton employee and veteran who took care of this area and other veteran's areas around town before his passing in 2004.
June 28, 2012 — Behind the bar at the newly re-opened Cornell's Irish Pub, with the emphasis on the word added in the middle, are Cornell's 25-year employee Bill Lindsey and newcomer Julie Keefe today, on their first day reopened after passing papers. Owners Ellen and Colm Scanlon have been brightening up the place and putting their own special touches on things since they took over last week.
Today's afternoon fare from the kitchen was the basic pizza, burgers, chicken fingers, hot dogs and wings, along with a full complement of soft and adult beverages. Next week will be even better.
"Next week, we'll have a full, expanded menu with salads, new sandwiches and soups," said Ellen Scanlon today. They will be employing a full-time chef, Jean-Pierre Trudeau, to cook and develop recipes.
"We will have consistency with the same daily specials recurring every week," she said. But she emphasized that this soft opening will be followed by a grand opening at another time, after more of the Scanlon's touches are put into place.
Mrs. Scanlon said they will be open seven days, and the kitchen will be fully stocked soon. There will be work continuing for a while, with cosmetic changes, like hardwood floors and windows that will be much lower than they are now.
"That will let more light in and make it more conducive to a family atmosphere.
"We want to be sure people know everyone is welcome."
The phone number is 508-435-6191.
What Makes a Great
Explains Health Care Act Following Supreme Court
Hopkinton Receives $156,792 Grant
The Town of Hopkinton is pleased to announce the Department of Energy Resources Green Communities Grant in the amount of $156,792 to fund the Town Hall and Elmwood School energy management systems. $71,539 will be applied to the Town Hall energy management system while $85,253 will be applied to the Elmwood School energy management system. This award follows the Commonwealth’s designation of Hopkinton as a Green Community and the Town’s subsequent successful implementation of the initial designation grant in 2010 in the amount of $137,502.
On behalf of the Town, I would like to express my most sincere gratitude to the Hopkinton Sustainable Green Committee, Dave Daltorio and Al Rogers for collaborating on this competitive grant application which the Green Communities Division deemed “viable and well developed”. Through their excellent efforts, Hopkinton continues to be a leader in clean energy.
Norman Khumalo, Town Manager
Updated Thursday, June 28, 2012
Tuesday, June 28, 2012
7:11 pm Officer Peter Booth stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 39 year old female from Hopkinton and charged her with Marked Lanes Violation, Registration Not in Possession and OUI Liquor.
6:26 pm A motorist reported that he had just hit a deer on School Street just over the Upton town line. The Upton Police Department was notified.
3:56 pm A caller reported a disable motor vehicle on 495. The State Police were notified.
1:19 pm An officer spoke with a tree crew on South Mill Street and shut them down for the day.
10:26 am An officer could not find a disable motor vehicle that was reported to be on Wood Street.
3:48 am Officer Linda Higgins checked Stone Crossing Way for suspicious activity.
2:19 am There were multiple 911 calls reporting someone ringing doorbells on Stone Crossing Way. An officer checked the area with a negative find.
1:41 am A 911 caller from Rice Street reported that her boyfriend had just hit her. Three officers responded and subsequently arrested a 30 year old male from Hopkinton and charged him with Assault and Battery.
1:26 am Officer John Moran gave directions to an operator on Whalen Road who was looking for Framingham.
12:53 am A 911 caller from Stone Crossing Way reported that someone kept ringing her doorbell. Two officers checked the area and spoke with the home owner.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
8:01 pm An officer responded to a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Fruit Street.
10:42 am Sgt. Joseph Bennett spoke with a walk-in from Lakeshore Drive reporting a stolen canoe.
12:52 am A walk-in reported a possible disable motor vehicle or accident on Wood Street. An officer located the vehicle and it was simply just parked there.
12:35 am An officer spoke with the operator of a vehicle who was towing another vehicle with a tow strap on West Main Street.
Liberty Mutual Pitches in at the Y
Liberty Mutual generously
donated $10,000 to the MetroWest YMCA to help
support financial assistance and YMCA programs.
Liberty Mutual has a long tradition of encouraging
its employees to give generously to broad-based
human services organizations. Their nationwide
charitable-giving program, “Give with Liberty” makes
it convenient and easy for employees to contribute
to social service charities of their choice.
A Good Year
Fred T. Hoskins, 62
HOPKINTON - Fred T. Hoskins, 62, died Wednesday June 27, 2012 at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband of Diane M. Hayward, to whom he was married for 25 years. Born in Manhattan, NY, he was the son of Fred Hoskins and the late Dorothy (McBurnie) Hoskins.
Fred received his bachelors degree in accounting from Adelphi University and his law degree from Suffolk University. He was employed by Northeastern University as Senior Director of Central Cooperative Education Services.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Daniel and Katherine of Hopkinton, his sisters Patricia Hoskins and Dianne Serka and her daughters Tonya and Melana, all of CA, his in-laws Jean and Francis "Skip" Hayward, and numerous relatives in the Aitken, Prescott and Sables families of Hopkinton.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, July 3 at 10:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street. Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery , Hopkinton. Calling hours are Monday, July 2 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street (htttp://http://www.callanancronin.com/).
Donations may be made to Dana Farber Contribution Services, 10 Brookline Place, Brookline, MA 02445.
Lewis Chapman Gillett Jr. age 75
Lewis Chapman Gillett Jr. age 75 departed this life on Sat. June 23, 2012, surrounded by family. Born in Ayer MA on November 29th 1936 to the late Martha Karner Gillett and Lewis C. Gillett II.
Lew graduated from Hopkinton High School in Massachusetts and enlisted in the Navy in 1955. After graduating from NAPS he received a fleet appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, graduating in 1960. He then served aboard the USS Essex as a Gunnery Officer. While anchored outside Karachi Pakistan his eldest daughter, Linda Anne, was born. Lew went to flight school in Pensacola Fl. His second daughter, Donna Marie, arrived the same day he made his first solo carrier landing. Lew received his Navy "Wings of Gold" on a Friday the 13, which has always been a lucky day for him. His next step was to serve as a flight instructor with VT-1 in Pensacola, at which time his son, Lewis Chapman "Kip" Gillett IV arrived. Following his flight instructor tour in Pensacola he was assigned duty with VA-86 as a single seat, single engine, jet attack pilot flying the A4 Skyhawk. Lew flew well over 50 missions over North Vietnam during his tour on the USS Independence on which he was a triple Centurion (over 300 carrier landings). His career with American Airlines began in 1968 while living in Bethel, CT with his wife Anne, where they enjoyed raising kids & Boxer dogs. Lew retired from American Airlines as a Captain after 27 years, he loved flying and travel and enjoyed opening the world to his family. Towards the end of his flight career Lew and Anne relocated to Lebanon, TN in 1988, These empty nesters found their true home in the heart of TN! Lew loved life on the farm; family, friends, animals, tractors, they all filled him with joy! He is survived by Anne, his wife & companion of 54 years. His children, Linda (David) Katz of Westford, MA; Donna (Kevin) Kraebel of Hong Kong and Lew (Lisa) Gillett of Longmont, CO. Lew was the oldest of five children, survived by siblings Jane Hinckley, Judy Keefe, Carol Verschure and Robert Gillett. Lew was a doting Grandfather
of seven Nick, Ben, Emma, Abby, Hannah, Drew & Daniel. He was a devoted husband and father and a loyal and trustworthy friend. He was loved by many and will be missed by all.
A celebration of his life, concluding with Military Honors will be held on Monday, July 2, 2012 at Sellars Funeral Home, 12:30-2:30. Interment will take place on a later date at a National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please send donations in Lew's memory to Homes for Our Troops: http://www.homesforourtroops.org .
Linda R. Karner, 54
HOPKINTON - Linda R. Karner, 54, died Tuesday June 26, 2012 at Metrowest Medical Center , Framingham after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the wife of Joseph Karner, to whom she was married for 31 years. Born in Boston , she was the daughter of Marilyn and the late Warren Bowyer of Holliston and the late Harold Frank. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and viewing and participating in all kinds of sports.
In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by her children Jessica and Thomas Karner of Hopkinton, her sister Cheryl Greene and husband Michael of Uxbridge, and her brother Clifford Bowyer of Bellingham .
A graveside service will be held Saturday, June 30 at 11:00 a.m. in Mt. Auburn Cemetery , Hopkinton. Calling hours are Friday, June 29 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street , Hopkinton.
Donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 1115 West Chestnut Street , Brockton , MA 02301 .
HPLF’s First Annual Touch-A-Truck Event Draws 150 Children
Hopkinton Public Library Foundation (HPLF) announces that its First Annual Touch-A-Truck was a huge success! The event, held on June 24, 2012, gathered 150 children as well as their parents and grandparents. Children had the chance to get up close to trucks, construction vehicles and machines, police and fire vehicles, and even a few hot rods. Dan Higgins, a local dad who came with his son, was the lucky winner of a brand new iPad!
Touch-A-Truck could not have been possible without the generous support of many local businesses, residents, and government agencies. HPLF wishes to thank all those who made the event a huge success by donating their time and vehicles: Norton & Haines Transportation, Weston Nurseries, Scott Septic, Inc., Scott's Landscaping, Inc. , McIntyre Loam, Inc., R & D Tree Service, American Climbers, NStar Gas, W.J. Deiana & Sons, Capobianco Trucking, Robert Bartlett, the Mann Family, Mike and Gregg Sheldon, Tim Grady, and Hopkinton Department of Public Works, Hopkinton Fire Department, and Hopkinton Police Department.
HPLF wishes to thank Colella’s Supermarket for hosting the event. As a special treat, Snappy Dogs donated a portion of its proceeds from the day. The Vineyard Church supplied face-painting and balloons; Hopkinton Pediatric Dentist provided dental kits for the kids; and Maple Farms Dairy offered samples of chocolate milk and lemonade.
HPLF also wishes to thank all the families who attended Touch-A-Truck and the numerous volunteers who planned and ran the event. Given its success, HPLF plans to make Touch-A-Truck, along with the Mother-Daughter Princess Tea in January, an annual event.
Touch-A-Truck raised over $1,500. All proceeds will help to fund the Hopkinton Public Library building project. In addition to the $4.5 million grant awarded to the Town of Hopkinton by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), funds raised by HPLF will defray the Town’s cost of restoring, renovating and expanding the library’s historic building. The MBLC expects to fund Hopkinton's $4.5 million grant as early as July 2014, as Hopkinton has moved up to #13 on the MBLC waiting list to receive library construction funds. For more information about HPLF’s mission, please visit the HPLF website at
The Friends of the Hopkinton Anniversary Celebrations, Inc.
Formerly: Hopkinton Civic Activities Club, Inc.
We are raising funds for the Town’s 300th Anniversary
Look for our Float in the Horrible’s Parade, July 4th
Bring a Buck for the Bucket
Bottle Drive 2nd Sat. Every Month – Colella’s Parking Lot ~ Ann Click, Town Clerk
June 27, 2012 — If you weren’t at the
It was a wonderful show and the audience really
Dance studio owner Laurene Aldorisio said
it takes a lot of volunteer time to get ready
for these shows that they do for local senior
centers, nursing homes, etc.
The dancers spend their weekends
practicing, teachers come in for hours and for
some of the holiday shows, parents bake a lot of
goodies to bring along.
Laurene said that one of their
philosophies is “Spreading joy of dance through
We were very happy they chose the
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!
What a Difference a
Town Talk posts point out poor Elm/Wood Street storm water runoff
June 26, 2012 —Below, an SUV splashes through storm water running across Wood Street from Elm Street on Monday. Mouse-over the image to see where the water was going. Someone posted on Town Talk that the new work has left one yard catching the storm water runoff. Mouse-over the image below to see.
Solar 201 will be Thursday at the Senior Center on Mayhew Street at 7:00 PM.
This is a reminder that the Solar 201 will be at the Senior Center at 28 Mayhew St, this Thursday the 28th starting at 7PM. The Mass CEC will give a shortened version of the 101 presentation. Now that the pricing tiers are fixed, the CEC's cost analysis is more detailed. Solar Flair will be introduced, giving a short presentation and there will be a Q&A session. Also, Admiral's Bank will give a presentation on their unique FHA backed Solar Loan program. The CEC and the Hopkinton Sustainable Green Committee do not endorse this program in any way - it is presented for informational purposes only as an alternative to a home equity loan or power purchase agreement.
As promised, here is a spreadsheet of the tiered pricing schedule with all the details for the price adders. Assuming your home is reasonably new and well built, most of them will not apply. If you have an exceptionally steep or tall roof or an old fuse box, some of these adders will kick in. Also some are optional for aesthetic, convenience or higher performance reasons. If you don't want to read your meter on a quarterly basis (how you get paid for SRECS's), you could choose the monitoring option to do it automatically. If the system is 10kW or greater (unlikely), monitoring is required.
When Solar Flair comes to do a full site assessment, they will be able to tell you which adders are mandatory and explain why.
Hope to see you all on Thursday - Andy Boyce, Solar Coach. Photo by Nancy Drawe.
Hopkinton 300th Anniversary
Commemorative Quilt Project
In honor and celebration of the 300th Anniversary of the town of Hopkinton, a commemorative quilt is being planned. The theme for the town anniversary celebration is “Celebrating our Past; Embracing our Present; Inspiring our Future.”
The 300th Anniversary Quilt Steering Committee is interested in input from the community regarding themes, images, and motifs for the commemorative quilt. Throughout the summer, forms will be available at the
· Hopkinton Public Library,
· Hopkinton Senior Center, and
· Colellas coffee shop
for residents to share their suggestions for the quilt. Forms will also be available at the 300th Anniversary Celebration Committee table at Polyarts.
Anyone interested in joining the 300th Anniversary Quilt Steering Committee should please contact Jean Bertschmann at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 508.435.5195
Summer at the Senior Center
BOCCE, CROQUET, HORSESHOES & more!
Have you ever played bocce? This traditional Italian game of lawn bowling (on a bocce court) is easy to learn and lots of fun. Bring your own group any time or meet up with Joel Wednesdays at 10:30 to give it a try. Equipment, score board and instructions are available inside..
Thursdays at 10:30 Richard challenges all comers to a friendly game of horseshoes on our new regulation court or bring the gang any time the Senior Center is open.
Many of us enjoyed playing croquet when we were young but most haven't played in years It can still be fun and doesn't require a lot of endurance. Grab a friend and give it a try.
If golf is your thing or even if you have never playd, join the friendly group that meets at the Senior Center Mondays at 8:45 for a round at the Berlin Country Club. You can sign up to be a regular or substitute.
Summer day trips include visits to Hampton and Scarborough beaches, the Newport Playhouse, Pawtucket Red Sox and more.
Check the "Hilltopper" newsletter or call (508) 497-9730 for more information...
HCA Sunset Jazz Series to Begin June 30
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
98 Hayden Rowe Street
HOPKINTON, MA (June 26, 2012) --- The Hopkinton Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that its Sunset Jazz Series will resume on June 30 and run through August 18 at the HCA Amphitheater at 98 Hayden Rowe Street. Each Saturday night (with the exception of August 4,) a different jazz group will play from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with rain dates on Sunday. Admission is free and all age groups are welcome. More information is available at www.caahop.org. The Sunset Jazz series is made possible in part by a grant from Hopkinton's Local Cultural Council.
The Sunset Jazz Series will kick off on June 30 with the MetroWest Jazz Project. Led by Hopkinton vibraphonist Tom Phelan, this group plays an exciting blend of post-bebop acoustic contemporary jazz. Their repertoire ranges from bebop and hard bop to Brazilian and Latin jazz.
FREE Activity Wednesday in Hopkinton
Hot Summer Nights Programs
Intended for kids entering 6th – 8th grade
Capture the Flag
It’s finally summer and it’s time to enjoy the beautiful summer air! Come on out and try to capture the other teams flags while avoiding being imprisoned. Pizza provided.
Wednesday, June 27, 3:00 – 5:00 includes PIZZA
Meet on the Town Common email HSN@hopkintonma.gov if you want to stop by
Updated Monday, June 26, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
10:52 pm Officer Booth requested additional units to assist him in backing up Mass State Police at Gulf Mart with four individuals. Two 17 year-olds were arrested and charged with drug offenses.
4:14 pm Several 911 calls for a serious MVA on the Cedar Street flats. An individual, who need to be extricated from the vehicle, was taken by ambulance to the hospital. The road was closed for a brief time, and HopNews Twitter followers were alerted immediately of the closing and subsequent opening. HopNews facebook friends were also alerted.
9:54 am Manhole cover on South Street roadway instead on hole. Nearby crews replaced it.
6:28 am One operator of a two car accident on West Main Street was injured and transported to Milford Hospital.
12:31 am Checked on a suspicious vehicle occupied and parked near a Downtown business. It was a town resident waiting for someone.
West Main Looking to Expand
• 200 affordable units
• Health facility - tennis, fitness, swim
• Retail • Restaurant • Offices
by Robert Falcione
June 25, 2012 — Paul Mastroianni, owner of the development at 77 West Main Street (Dynasty, Advantage Verizon Wireless, Hopkinton Wine and Spirits, Main Street Pediatrics, etc.) appeared before the Planning Board this evening to unveil conceptual plans for developing a part of the 204 acres, formerly known as the Terry Property, that he recently purchased for $3 million. The newly acquired parcel abuts the 77 West Main Street property.
Mr. Mastroianni would like to connect the current plaza with part of the new parcel by a common access driveway to a development with an approximately 60,000 square foot combination retail/office space with an additional retail/commercial building across the drive from that.
A boulevard off of Lumber Street would bisect the two buildings and lead to four 4-story buildings with 200 affordable apartment units, something that Chairman Ken Weismantel, and most of the board, was in favor of.
"If you look at 200 units, it will take care of our 40B requirements for the next 30 years," said Mr. Weismantel. A "40B" project refers to a state definition of affordable housing and a developer's right to skirt local zoning with a comprehensive permit from one board in a town that has not met the state's quota. This project, called a "friendly 40B" by Mr. Mastroianni, would satisfy the quota and put a stop to further "unfriendly" 40B developments.
Planning Board member Claire Wright, however, was not as easily persuaded.
"I don't feel comfortable the way the residential group is set up," she said. Mrs. Wright objected to the apartment residents needing to go through a commercial area to get home. She said she would rather the development look more residential than urban.
Part of the proposed project includes a tennis and fitness facility. One Planning Board member suggested special off-times for high school swimming and tennis.
The plan is currently conceptual with no buildings designed, and no permits applied for. Tonight's meeting was held for the developer to let the Planning Board know what he would like to accomplish and to get guidance from them.
Inasmuch as not all of the zoning is in compliance, Mr. Mastroianni will set up meetings with ZAC (Zoning Advisory Committee) to develop an OSMUD (Open Space Mixed Use Development) overlay similar to what Legacy Farms did in East Hopkinton.
NOTE: Drawing above is an excerpt from a larger map, which also shows "undeveloped" land to the east of this. This map show less than half of the 204 acre parcel.
Updated Monday, June 25, 2012
Sunday, June 24, 2012
10:11 pm An officer advised an operator in front of the Middle School to move along.
10:02 pm An officer spoke with two individuals on the Loop Road and sent them on their way.
9:43 pm An officer checked a motor vehicle on West Main Street.
8:46 pm An officer checked a motor vehicle on Ash Street.
8:39 pm An eight year old boy and his two younger sisters called 911 to report that their parents were not home on Hidden Brick Road. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and advised that their mother was in the back yard.
7:15 pm Their were several 911 calls regarding a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Grove Street. Two units responded and one individual was transported to the hospital.
6:22 pm One unit responded to a minor motor vehicle accident with no personal injuries on Chestnut Street.
6:18 pm There was a 911 call from a West Main Street store manager reporting shoplifting in progress. Two officers responded and subsequently an individual was arrested and charged with Shoplifting by Asportation, 3rd Offense and Receiving Stolen Property under $250.00.
6:05 pm A resident of Amherst Road reported hearing gunshots in the woods behind her house. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and advised that all was quiet.
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Guy Morse to Retire from B.A.A.
after 28 years of service with the organization.
– The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced
today that Guy L. Morse, III will retire from the
organization at the end of this year after 28 years of
service. He has served as the B.A.A.’s Race Director for
the Boston Marathon (1985-2000), Executive Director
(2000 - 2010) and Senior Director of External Affairs
(2010 – present).
"I believe now is the appropriate time to bring to a close this stage of my career, having served the B.A.A. in a number of roles and in various ways for almost three decades,” said Morse. “I confidently look back upon our accomplishments during my tenure as a leader in the running industry and the community knowing that we are among the most prestigious and stable sports organizations in the world. I have been delighted to contribute to the B.A.A. as we have moved towards a highly professional model, and I cannot be more pleased that the B.A.A. and its many events, especially the Boston Marathon, stand on solid ground. I am immensely proud of the work we did – particularly in the difficult 1980s and into the early 1990s – in having essentially rebuilt the organization.”
“The B.A.A. brand has never been stronger, and the Boston Marathon has never been more popular or experienced greater demand than it has in recent years,” said Joann E. Flaminio, B.A.A. President. “Guy’s expertise and leadership have played a key role in that, and the B.A.A. is grateful for his loyalty and commitment which encompasses an entire career.”
“One important facet of Guy’s legacy with the B.A.A. is his role in building and developing the staff and participating in the creation of the race organizing committees,” said Thomas S. Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director. “Guy is a consensus-builder by nature, and the work that he and those groups have done has resulted in programs and events which have strong value, positive impact and have advanced the B.A.A.’s mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle.”
As for the future, Morse will honor his commitment to the B.A.A. through the end of the year, then after some time off will review opportunities and areas of personal interest in the sports, entertainment and non-profit worlds. “I always have been motivated to lend my experience to organizations interested in development and progress through the proven management style and idea implementation we’ve employed at the B.A.A. My motivation continues, and I look forward to new opportunities.” Contributed content. HopNews file photo.
WATER FRESH FARM FAMILY SPECIALS
151 Hayden Rowe Street
Local is Miles Better!!! Come down to the Farm and support your local food producers. For each day during the week of June 25th, we’re knocking 15% off each of the local goods listed below…
June 25, 2012 — A strong thunderstorm charging through the area this morning brought an equally robust response from the Hopkinton Fire Department following the report of a lightning strike at a home on Frankland Road. Some electrical breakers were tripped, but there was no fire resulting from the strike. The electrical inspector was called to the scene.