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Eagle Scout

Above, Selectman Brian Herr, Eagle Scout Robert Gerald Lahaie, Selectmen Chair Ben Palleiko, Vice-Chair John Mosher, Selectman Todd Cestari.


September 18, 2012 — Newly designated Eagle Scout Robert Gerald Lahaie received a citation from Selectmen this evening for earning that award, the highest honor in the Boy Scouts of America organization. Robert earned his recognition for the work he did on behalf of the Respite Center, building and redoing picnic benches — and a shed — to accommodate the amount of people who use the backyard space at the center.

       The Selectmen discussed not only two liquor sales licenses, but one in which they had to determine if a church would be affected by the opening of a wine, malt liquor and cheese store. 

       The Vin Bin, which is located at the former central Marlborough Fire Station on Main Street in Marlborough, Mass, would like to open a second location at 22 South Street, in the second building at Hopkinton Square Plaza where Price Chopper is located. The store sells wine and malt liquor as well as cheese. The owners, Rick and Julie Lombardi, were on hand to pitch their concept to Selectmen this evening. But first, Selectmen had to fulfill statutory requirements and determine that the store would not be detrimental to the religious education or spiritual activities of the Community Covenant Church, which is located within a 500' radius of the location.

        Town Manager Norman Khumalo indicated that the church was informed of the law, and did not reply. The Selectmen granted the license.

        The Selectmen were asked to allow William Tetlow, pending owner of the Star package Store, to use the full liquor license he was granted as collateral for a loan from the SBA. Mr. Khumalo advised that it is not unusual to do so. The Selectmen granted that request, too. Mr. Tetlow said that he will be doing the entire property over.

         Bob Levenson of the Personnel Committee accompanied Debbie Hilton-Creek to the Board of Selectmen this evening while they congratulated her on being hired as the Town's new Human Resources Director and affirmed her appointment, below.

         The board also held a joint meeting with the School Committee, the Capital Improvements Committee and the Appropriations Committee to discuss the final report of the Permanent Building Committee, as well as items for the Special Town Meeting in the fall. 


Traffic Advisory 9/18/ 2012
8:39 pm There is a vehicle off of the road at this time on Fruit Street south of Colonade Drive. Will need to be winched out before tow. Alternate route may be in order. Driver transported to hospital. Our followers got alerts. This will be the only update.


Police Incident Log - Most Recent First

Incident Log

Monday, September 17, 2012

5:43 pm A worker at a Main Street gas station reported a hit and run motor vehicle accident.  Officer William Burchard responded and advised that it was a disabled motor vehicle not a hit and run accident.
2:36 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Gregg DeBoer regarding larceny.
11:38 am A telephone company was notified about low hanging wires on Church Street.
7:35 am There were multiple calls reporting a two car motor vehicle accident without personal injury on West Main Street.  Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and took a report.


Fresh Visions: Painting Now 
Final Week for Submissions!

Submissions are still being accepted for our juried fall show! This show will award cash prizes and is being juried by Zola Solamente, Director at the Arden Gallery in Boston.

This exhibit runs October 12th - November 9th. Submissions are due by midnight, September 24th. For additional information and submission specifications, please visit our website!
NOTE: Submissions may also be emailed as attachments to kris@hopartscenter.org. Please include Title, Year, Medium, Size and Price for each piece.

Questions? Call 508-435-9222. Need help photographing your artwork? Call 508-435-9222 to have your piece photographed for a fee.



Rodney F. Oehley, 60


WOONSOCKET – Rodney F. Oehley, 60, died suddenly Sunday September 16, 2012 at Milford Hospital.  Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Donald V. Oehley and Kathaleen (Burr) Oehley of Hopkinton.  He was the fiancé of Deborah Watson of Woonsocket.


He was a 1970 graduate of Hopkinton High School and was employed by Paramont Industries.  He was an umpire in the National Umpires Association of Babe Ruth Leagues.  His favorite pastime was watching his grandchildren in sports, gymnastics and dance.


In addition to his fiancé, he is survived by his children Roberta Nelson and husband Jeffrey of Hudson, Melissa Palermo and husband Alan of Bellingham and Jennifer Direnzo and husband Chester of Northbridge.  He also leaves his brothers Kendall and wife Dina of Uxbridge and Scott and wife Cori of Upton, and his sister Linda Gray and husband Jim of Greenfield, NH.  In addition, he leaves his grandchildren Zachary, James, Hannah, Joey, Emma, Benjamin, Rylie and Brady.


A memorial funeral service will be held Friday, September 21, 2012 at 1 p.m. in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 61 Wood Street, Hopkinton.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton – http://www.callanancronin.com/.


Donations may be made to Bellingham Pop Warner, P.O. Box 126, Bellingham, MA 02019.


Blood's Pond

September 17, 2012 — Above, a lone great blue heron stands above a gathering of Canada geese, of which another hundred were off-camera. Below, a group of Canada geese stands with individuals spaced with just the right visual balance and weight for a posed geese-portrait.


Police Incident Log - Most Recent First

4 New Arrests Here

Incident Log

Sunday, September 16, 2012

11:13 pm A Briarcliff Drive resident reported a ding dong ditch. Officer Linda Higgins checked the area with a negative find.

9:53 pm A caller reported that a person was yelling and screaming in the area of Cedar Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the area with a negative find.

8:38 pm A resident of Thayer Heights Road reported that a group of youths were yelling and screaming in the neighborhood. Sgt. John Porter responded but did not locate any youths.

7:49 pm A motorist reported that a shovel was in the roadway on Elm Street causing a hazard. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and advised that it was gone upon his arrival.

5:22 pm A caller reported an erratic operator who was unable to maintain in the lane on Wood Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer stopped the motor vehicle and subsequently arrested the operator for driving under the influence.

4:30 pm An off duty Detective reported a possible domestic disturbance inside a motor vehicle on Main Street. Sgt. John Porter located the motor vehicle and advised that it was only a verbal argument.

3:47 pm A resident reported that two political signs were taken from his property.

11:19 am An officer assisted a disabled motor vehicle.

10:34 am The Westborough Police Department reported a motor vehicle accident without personal injury. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and assisted.

9:52 am Officer John Moran stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 39 year old male from Hudson and charged him with No Inspection/Sticker and Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended.

8:47 am A resident reported equipment being operated on Legacy Farms in violation of town by-laws. Officer Patrick O'Brien spoke with a hydro-seeder operator who was done for the day.

4:38 am A caller reported that two people were having an argument inside a motor vehicle. An officer checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

4:08 am Officer Linda Higgins assisted the Southborough Police Department with suspicious people in front of a home on Moore Road.


Saturday, September 15, 2012

9:55 pm Officer Matthew McNeil stopped a motor vehicle on 495 and subsequently arrested a 28 year old male from Newburyport and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation, Speeding and OUI Liquor.

6:59 pm A Nazneen Circle resident reported that beer cans had kept being left on her porch.

5:07 pm A resident of Cubs Path reported that his vehicle was struck with a BB gun. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and took a report.

1:47 pm A 911 caller reported a loose dog on Main Street.

12:43 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien took a report of a past hit and run on Curtis Road.

9:33 am A caller reported that a horse ran across East Main Street with a saddle on its back but no rider. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and advised that he made contact with the owner and they were reunited.

2:07 am There were two callers reporting either gunshots or fireworks in the area of Amherst Road. Officer John Moran checked the area and spoke with residents who stated it was fireworks.

Friday, September 14, 2012

11:48 pm Officer John Moran stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 41 year old male from Hopkinton and charged him with Speeding in Violation of Special Regulation and OUI Liquor.

8:48 pm A 911 caller from Greenwood Road reported that her smoke alarms were going off. Officer William Burchard responded and assisted the Fire Department.

8:32 pm Officer William Burchard checked an occupied motor vehicle on Lakeshore Drive.

7:58 pm Officer Peter Booth checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Lumber Street.

2:43 pm Officer Thomas Griffin assisted the Fire Department with a car fire on 495.

1:32 pm A caller reported a disabled motor vehicle in a bad spot on West Main Street. Sgt. Joseph Bennett checked the area with a negative find.

9:20 am A caller reported that a construction vehicle was creating a line-of-sight issue for motorists on Alprilla Farm Road. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and had the company move it back from the intersection.

9:13 am Officer Thomas Griffin assisted with a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Main Street.

8:27 am A motorist reported that a motorcycle passed a school bus with flashing red lights on Granite Street. The license plate was obtained and Sgt. Joseph Bennett will follow up on the incident.

1:07 am Officer John Moran checked a parked motor vehicle on Hayward Street.




Military Transportation

September 17, 2012 — The Director of the band, Dr Timothy Anderson pointing to the incoming C5. Also in the picture is some of the band's "pit" crew, as well as one of the soloist who is standing in front of the mic at the opening UMASS game vs Indiana a week ago. Photo by Patricia Mahone.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts


Compiled  for HopNews.com by Robert Falcione © 2012 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from September 10, 2012 to September 16, 2012






14 Longwood Drive Steven J Anderson Sherie G Anderson $590,000 September 14, 2012 Carla E Mullen, John J Mullen
104 Saddle Hill Road Paulo S Mendes, Dulce C Pinto $705,000 September 13, 2012 Michael J Hurst, Alda S Hurst
22 Patriots Boulevard Unit 10D Dante Bonfatti $173,500 September 13, 2012 Stagecoach Hghts Realty LLC
Previous Transactions        
108 Ash Street Jeffrey A. Ahearn, Matthew R. Ahearn, Victor W.
Diune, Gina H. Diune
$470,000 September 7, 2012 Ildolyn Ahearn Trust
2 Walcott Street Benjamin M. Hehn, Alexandria C. Ellis $119,000 September 7, 2012 Ginette B. Hehn, Marie Simonine Leduc Est.
13 Thayer Heights Road Southgate LLC $307,500 September 6, 2012 Gail J. Belmore
41 Nazneen Circle Avishek Kumar, Manuranjana Kumar $427,500 September 6, 2012 Mirajuddin Ahmed, Peppercorn Village Realty Trust
126 Fruit Street Paul Alan Starbard $394,025 September 4, 2012 Denise L. Stickney, Frederick J. Rousseau Est.


Police Incident Log - Most Recent First

Incident Log

Thursday, September 13, 2012 (Updated 9/16/2012)

8:30 pm A Valleywood Road caller reports possible unregistered solicitors, but they could not be found.

7:28 pm A Church Street caller reported a group of youths setting off car alarms and smoking cigarettes  in front of the business, but they were gone upon arrival.

6:27 pm An individual in a vehicle that appeared disabled was actually on her phone on West Main Street was moved along.

6:26 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested an  individual on Main Street for operating after suspension.

6:15 pm Officer William Burchard transported an individual involved in a crash on Main Street to his residence.

6:04 pm Several calls from Lincoln Street for several mal solicitors, who wee advised they must register with the police department, according to town bylaw.

5:54 pm Kruger Road caller reporting her trash was not picked up.

4:46 pm An East Street property owner reported an unregistered solicitor would not leave his property and was swearing at him. Officer Matthew McNeil located one solicitor and let him know the score.

4:16 pm Officer William Burchard spoke with an unregistered solicitor on Mayhew Street, who promised to go to the police station to register.

3:57 pm A 911 caller from Hayden Rowe Street reported a hit and run motor vehicle. The plate was obtained from the vehicle. That owner will be contacted.

2:03 pm Multiple calls for wires down on C Street.

11:16 am Multiple calls for 10 wheeled dump truck off of the road and into the woods. DEP, Tree Warden Paul Gleason, Ted Towing called.

8:41 am Assisted tractor trailer unit to back out of Walcott Street.

6:42 am Multiple calls for West Main Street accident. Air bag deployed. No injuries.


Disappointed With Low Voter Turnout

Dear Editor:


As the date of the Presidential election becomes closer, it is important that we do not forget that we, as registered voters, have a duty to make our voices heard.  Otherwise, why bother register to vote?  This country cannot stand firmly on the votes of a few American citizens, and we as individuals should make a strong effort to contribute as best we can.  How better to contribute than by voting?


We are a nation strong on fundamental values, on ideals, and on principles.  All of these contribute to a nation we can be proud of.  But if we do not vote, it compromises and weakens what so many have fought and died for – our freedom.  And freedom is what makes our Country so great!


It’s easy to vote, and most companies and organizations are very willing to allow their employees to take time out of their day to cast their votes.  If you are going to be out of town, please ask the Town Clerk for an absentee ballot.  Many elderly residents have been provided absentee ballots as well. 


 I write this to all fellow Hopkinton residents because we had a dismal showing at the polls for the Primary, which was held Thursday, September 6th.  This was an important election as well, but of our 10,169 registered voters in Hopkinton, a mere 1,095 showed.  That’s less than 11%!  We can do better than this! 


 It was disheartening to see there was nothing on our town website to remind residents of this election.  There was no signage in the town hall, and the electronic sign in front of the fire department was not utilized (however it has been used for various other events and notifications that were of the non-emergency nature).  Westboro had their sign at the rotary, urging residents to vote - why not Hopkinton?  And since this was on an odd day for an election, (Thursday), it would've been easy for folks to simply forget.  It is vitally important that our town clerk’s office please make every effort to remind and educate our residents of these important events - and it does not matter if any office is uncontested or not.   The town clerk’s office is the official keeper of town vitals records, this is true, but it is also an elected position, and a job that was created by Hopkinton registered voters.  It is a position that should take these elections seriously. I also sent emails to all of our Selectmen, who are voted into their offices, and our Town Manager as well, but have heard nothing in response.



Deb Holbrook

6 Rice Street



Upset With Bus Department

  To the Editor:
    I would like to tell one Hopkinton family's
story about what it took to get a school bus pass this year.

     We had the extreme misfortune of submitting the request for our child’s bus pass late.

     We acknowledged our tardiness and paid the $50 late fee.

     At the start of school we had not received a bus pass. After three days of school a general phone message was sent from the transportation dept. stating that any student that did not have a bus pass would not be allowed on the bus and that it would take 2 – 3 weeks to process the passes. We both work full time and driving our child to and from school every day was not an option for us.

     On Monday, Sept. 10th, my wife called the transportation dept. and left a message about how this amount of time was unacceptable and wanted a call back.

     She received a call from Ralph Dumas, of the transportation dept., and they proceeded to get into a heated discussion about the problem. During the conversation my wife was told that calling and yelling at them would not get the bus pass out any sooner. I know this is open to interpretation but we perceived this as a threat. During the conversation she was told that there were 102 students that submitted their application late and that they started to process passes on Friday, Sept. 7th (third day of school) and that they had processed 5 passes out the 102 needed.

     When I heard about the conversation between my wife and Mr. Dumas I was upset and called his office. I was told that he was not available and that I could leave a message. When I told the person who answered the call my name she told me that my wife hadn’t told me the whole story and she knew this because “we were all listening on the speaker phone” to the conversation. Making it seem like they take pleasure in hearing the pain they cause in people’s lives.

     Mr. Dumas did take the call and told me that this situation was our fault for submitting the request late and that we would get the pass in the next 2 – 3 weeks.

     We took our plight to the school committee and the superintendant explaining the situation and the arrogance we encountered dealing with the transportation department.

     Dr. Hiersche recognized both problems and dealt with them and within 2 days all the bus passes were issued, not the 2 – 3 weeks claimed by Ralph Dumas.

     If it only took two days to process the bus passes then what was the motivation of the transportation department to delay this until after the start of school?

     Were they punishing us for being late? Isn’t that what the $50 fee was for? They ignored the fact that it is their job to issue the bus passes before the start of school.

     We have spoken to a number of other parents and all have similar stories about dealing with the transportation department and the lack of respect they have towards the parents of Hopkinton.

     Perhaps it is time we hold our town employees to a higher standard, one that would be acceptable and beneficial to the taxpayers of Hopkinton.


Douglas Mann
48 School Street
September 16, 2012


PolyArts 2012

September 15, 2012 — The weather was favorable to PolyArts this year on Hopkinton Common as scores of vendors put out their crafts and their fine art. As usual, there were lines at the Boy Scout tent for sausage and peppers, the Friends of the Library for their famous apple crisp, and the Historical Society for their special cotton candy. Above, Hopkinton potter Carol Mecagni laughs with a friend in the background behind her work, while her pieces are in sharp focus in the foreground for emphasis. TO SEE A SMALL GALLERY OF PHOTOS FROM TODAY, CHOOSE THIS LINK

We hope to have a video of sights and sounds from PolyArts ready by Monday.




Citizen Complaints

September 15, 2012 — Above, Officer Matthew McNeil administers field sobriety tests to an individual he witnessed crossing a solid line. The driver had been reported by cell phone to be driving erratically, and did so afterward in front of a police officer. The driver was cited for that and for driving without his glasses, as is required by the driver's license restriction.


Hopkinton Cub Scout Pack 4

is inviting any boy in grades 1-5 who is interested in scouting

to come to their kick off meeting of the school year.

Our special guest will be:

The Stupendous Mr. Magichead

Wednesday, Sept 19th at 6:30

Elmwood School

For more information on this night or

joining Cub Scout Pack 4:



Registration for the 2012-13 season of HBA travel basketball IS NOW OPEN.


Visit the HBA website (hopkintonbasketball.org) for more information and to access the registration link (a box on the bottom left of the homepage, headlined "HBA tryout registration"). Before registering, read the information regarding tryouts and the travel basketball season so you are fully aware of the commitment and cost associated with the program. 

All potential players must have their registration completed and then attend their age-group tryout in order to be considered for a team. Following is the tryout schedule:

Grade 4 boys: Sunday, Sept. 30, HHS Athletic Center, 5-7 p.m.

(Optional pre-tryout clinic will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27, at Hopkins from 5:30-6:45 p.m.)

Grade 4 girls: Sunday, Sept. 30, Doyle Gym, 5-7 p.m.

(Optional pre-tryout clinic will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27, at Doyle Gym from 5:30-6:45 p.m.)

Grade 5 boys: Sunday, Sept. 30, HHS Athletic Center, 7-9 p.m. 

(Optional pre-tryout clinic will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27, at Hopkins from 6:45-8 p.m.)

Grade 5 girls: Sunday, Sept. 30, Doyle Gym, 7-9 p.m.

(Optional pre-tryout clinic will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27, at Doyle Gym from 6:45-8 p.m.)

Grade 6 boys (two tryouts, players are expected to attend both): Sunday, Sept. 23, Brown Gym, 7-9 p.m.

and Sunday, Sept. 30, Brown Gym, 7-9 p.m. 

Grade 6 girls (two tryouts, players are expected to attend both): Sunday, Sept. 23, Brown Gym, 5-7 p.m.

and Sunday, Sept. 30, Brown Gym, 5-7 p.m.

Grade 7 boys: Sunday, Sept. 23, HHS Athletic Center, 5-7 p.m.

Grade 7 girls: Sunday, Sept. 23, Doyle Gym, 5-7 p.m. 

Grade 8 boys: Sunday, Sept. 23, HHS Athletic Center, 7-9 p.m.

Grade 8 girls: Sunday, Sept. 23, Doyle Gym, 7-9 p.m.


Tired Trucker Takes Two Many Lanes in Hopkinton


September 13, 2012 — Yesterday at 3:50 p.m., Lieutenant Steven Hennigan was travelling westbound on Route 90, Massachusetts Turnpike in the Framingham area when a tractor trailer truck drifted out of the center lane and nearly struck his unmarked State Police cruiser. Lieutenant Hennigan pulled forward of the truck and began closely observe the truck to ensure it was only a mistake by the operator. He observed the truck to drift several more times out of his lane, into other travel lanes and nearly strike several other vehicles. Lieutenant Hennigan pulled next to the truck and activated his emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle. After several minutes of no response from the truck, Lieutenant Hennigan called the E Trooper Dispatch, advised them of the situation and requested assistance.
The dispatcher informed Lieutenant Hennigan that numerous 911 calls had already been placed in regards to the truck’s erratic operation and that several patrols were already looking for the truck. The truck’s operation continued to worsen and was seen swerving into all three lanes of travel .The truck’s speed varied between 55 and 70 mph and also traveled into the breakdown lane. Two other cruisers arrived to assist Lieutenant Hennigan with stopping the truck and eventually got the erratic tractor trailer to stop in Hopkinton. The operator, MICHAEL FLEISCHHAUER, 41 of North Bergen, N.J., was removed from the truck and taken into custody. FLEISCHHAUER was observed to have slurred speech and was moving in a slow and unsteady manner.
Lieutenant Hennigan discovered that FLEISCHHAUER was not under the influence of liquor but was operating without enough rest. FLEISCHHAUER was charged with failing to stop for police, marked lanes violation and reckless operation. His bail was set at personal recognizance. He will appear today in Westborough District Court.
The Massachusetts State Police would like to remind the public that not getting enough rest and driving poses a danger equal to drinking alcohol and driving.


Get Your Hiller Gear at PolyArts Festival -- This Saturday

A Hopkinton High School Boosters "pop-up" store will join the fun at the
perennially-popular PolyArts Festival Saturday and feature some of the store's top selling items.

Come by and shop at your own convenience from 10

a.m. to 4 p.m. and also enter the raffle to win a beautiful Hiller gift basket -- only $5 a ticket. All proceeds benefit Hopkinton athletics.


Police Incident Log - Most Recent First

Incident Log

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 (Updated 9/13/2012)

3:13 am Officer Linda Higgins checked with a sleeping party in a vehicle on West Main Street. One of the people was taken into protective custody.

9:34 am Officer William Burchard assisted with traffic while a truck drove down Granite Street to deliver a modular home.

2:11 pm Department of Public Works requested a check of a report of illegal dumping on Clinton Street, before they pick it up. Determined to be paper bags containing yard waste.

6:39 pm Officer William Burchard responded to a complaint of a large traffic jam on Hayden Rowe Street. The driver was spoken to, and it was determined that he was attempting to deliver a modular home.

6:50 pm Upton Police Department requested assistance with a possible suicide.

7:30 pm Multiple callers reported a Swan in the roadway on West Main Street. Officer William Burchard assisted in getting the bird back in the water.

7:33 pm A resident of Meserve Street reports that her black lab ran away.

8:08 pm Officer Peter Booth checked with the operator of a motor vehicle on 495. Party was searching for a cell phone.

8:53 pm Officer Peter Booth checked on an unregistered solicitor from Verizon on Everett Circle. Individual was advised of town bylaw.

10:22 pm A motorist reports a male dressed in all black walking in the median on West Main Street. Officer Peter Booth checked and spoke with the individual.

10:31 pm Officer Peter Booth spoke with the operator of a disabled motor vehicle on the ramp to 495.


Off Road Truck

September 13, 2012 – Above Firefighter Santucci works on making the scene safe here on Ash Street this morning after a 10-wheel dump truck crashed off of the road taking several trees with it, injuring the driver and rupturing its fuel tank. The hose is going to a truck from Ted's Towing that is pumping the fuel tank of its diesel, and the orange bag is catching and containing the leaking fuel. A 46 year-old Hudson, New Hampshire man was transported by Advanced Life Support techniques by Hopkinton Ambulance. Ted's Towing will be managing the precariously perched vehicle first by using air bags made for that purpose, and then large tow trucks.



Police Incident Log - Most Recent First

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

6:58 pm Officer Peter Booth checked and spoke with workers on the roof of a Main Street business.

5:40 pm A caller reported that a small dog was running in and out of traffic on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer William Burchard checked the area with a negative find.

4:07 pm A caller reported that the wheel came off of a landscaping truck and hit another vehicle causing the air bag to deploy on Hayden Rowe Street. Two officers responded and assisted.

8:05 am A resident reported a suspicious motor vehicle on Alexander Road. The vehicle was gone before Officer David Shane could respond.


Hopkinton vs. Westwood

September 12, 2012 —  Number 428 was Hopkinton Cross Country's lead male runner at this point in the race this afternoon in a meet against Westwood. He and his Westwood counterpart were so far ahead of the pack that it looked like they had a head start.


Polyarts This Saturday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm Hopkinton Common

September 12, 2012 — Mother of twin boys Michelle Palmquist of Action Copy Plus applies a faux patina to some homemade sign boards she is preparing for special lettering. Her Lucky Girl tee shirts as well as her uplifting custom-designed signs, will be on sale in front of their Main Street store, which will soon be celebrating nine years of ownership. The Lucky Girl brand stemmed from her habit of finding four-leaf clovers.

        Snappy Dogs, next to Colella's, will be beginning their fourth year of dogs garnished with snappy sayings, homemade relishes and warm greetings. Teresa and Lisa can see you coming from a hundred feet away. They will be at their regular location on Saturday as will Action Copy Plus. Click on the icon to have your first belly laugh at their antics, as over 1,300 people already have. Or enjoy it all over again.

         September is a great month for beginnings. Photographic Images is having its 20th Anniversary this month, Country Plus its 27th Anniversary, Lovely Lady its (50th?) Anniversary too, and Colella's around 67 years. Phipps Insurance is 62 years-old next month. By the way, the first gallery for HopNews was in 2003 at the PolyArts that September, so HopNews is 9 years old, beginning its 10th year. Bill's Pizza is 20.5 years old,  and Hiller's Cleaners under George's ownership has been Downtown 11 years. Stop at the Sunoco for gas to get up the hill. Jerry has been there since the mid-Eighties

         Those are a few places to stop by on the way to the Common. Below is as map of what is going to be at the Common. To see it with a key of vendors, click on it to make it large.


Emerald Ash Borer Found in Massachusetts
"They will take out every Ash tree in the state." ~ Arborist


September 12, 2012 — The Department of Agricultural Resources has issued a press release, according to department spokesperson Reggie Zimmerman, announcing that the invasive Emerald Ash Borer has been found in Massachusetts. The closest it has been found prior to this announcement was in New York near the Mass border.
One tree expert said today that the species has the ability to kill every ash tree it comes across, if left unchecked.
One natural enemy of the beetle is the smokey-winged beetle bandit, photo left, a native species, according to the department's website, which feeds the beetle to its young. The wasp builds its nests in sandy compact soil that is found in places like baseball fields and parking lots. See a HopNews video here of a similar hornet or wasp digging its nest in hardpan at the boat launch on Maspenock on West Main Street a few years ago.
“The Emerald ash borer brings a very serious threat to our ash trees, and we are not taking its presence lightly,” said DCR Commissioner Ed Lambert. “We are taking swift action to address the infestation, and are working to mitigate any impact an infestation could bring.”
“Together with DCR, we are moving forward to develop and implement the best strategies to contain this invasive pest,” said DAR Commissioner Greg Watson (Left in photo, talking with Senator Spilka on Monday at WFFM).
The department is seeking volunteers to help locate and monitor these early warning insects so that appropriate steps can be taken when a beetle is found.
For more information, contact Jennifer Forman Orth at jennifer.forman-orth@state.ma.us or 617-626-1735.
 The entire press release is  linked here.