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FRAMINGHAM, MA. — The Board of Directors of the MetroWest YMCA has appointed Richard A. MacPherson as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, following the retirement of Jeanne McAllister in mid-September 2012. 

During his 28 years working for the YMCA, MacPherson has embraced the organization’s mission and worked enthusiastically to further its cause at the MetroWest YMCA as Operations Director and previously at the YMCA of Central Massachusetts.

A native of Brookline, MacPherson began his career with the YMCA in 1984 as a Program Director at the Beverly Regional YMCA in Beverly, MA. He became the Associate Executive Director at the YMCA of Central MA in Worcester in 1990, and advanced to the position of Central Branch Executive Director from 1995-2006. Some of his significant accomplishments in Worcester were the creation of a YMCA neighborhood park and the restoration of nearby abandoned housing through collaborations with local community development corporations and private developers. He also secured funding and developed collaborations to help create programs to address youth obesity issues and he developed a coalition for men’s health that helped educate the community about prostate cancer and provided free screenings to those in need. 

During his tenure as Operations Director at the MetroWest YMCA, MacPherson oversaw the growth of the association budget from $5.78 million to over $8.6 million in 2012 and a staff that has grown to over 250. MacPherson has been involved in facility renovation, expansion and construction projects that improved the Y’s ability to serve the community at the Framingham Branch and at the Family Outdoor Center in Hopkinton. He served as Project Manager for Activate America from 2006-2011, an initiative that advanced the Y’s focus on healthy living by concentrating on

capacity building to better serve health seekers. He spearheaded implementation of the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA® a key cause driven program for cancer survivors.

As an advocate for volunteerism and leadership education, MacPherson has been active with the Association of YMCA Professionals, whose mission is to advance the YMCA profession by helping to prepare its young leaders. He served as the local AYP Chapter IV president from 2006-2008, and represented the North East Region to the AYP National Board from 2009-2012. He is a 2007 Leadership MetroWest graduate. MacPherson serves on the Board of Directors of the Framingham Coalition for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. While in the Worcester area, MacPherson served on the Board of the Wachusett Area Rotary Club from 2001-2005 and was part of the delegation that represented Worcester in the All-America City Competition in 2000.

“We are very excited to have Rick as the President and CEO of the MetroWest YMCA” said Ron Foisy, Board Chair of the MetroWest YMCA (photo, left). “We have been very impressed with Rick’s vast knowledge of the Y and his high level of professionalism. After having conducted an extensive national search, we are confident that Rick’s innovative thinking and passion for our organization make him the ideal leader as we continue to advance the mission of the Y throughout the MetroWest area."

An avid runner and fitness enthusiast, MacPherson earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from University of Massachusetts Amherst. He and his wife, Celia, have three children – Thomas, Sean and Alison.


The Flight of the Greyhound

It started with a shelter shot of a greyhound on Facebook. She was just another dog in bad shape with very little hope of getting to safety.
But the stars aligned for the dog now known as Nova. A rescuer saw the plea from the volunteers for the Cabell-Wayne Animal Shelter in Huntington, WV. A photo was forwarded to Louise Coleman, founder of Greyhound Friends in Hopkinton, MA. It just so happened that Louise was at her computer, and she quickly replied "Go ahead and get her out." A foster was found, and a volunteer went to the shelter to get her. 
Nova was in an outdoor kennel on an extremely hot day, and was virtually cooking in the sun. Once released, she was rushed to the vet, where her condition was found to be even worse than imagined. If help did not arrive there when it did, the vet said she likely would have died within hours.
Nova was pulled out of the shelter on June 27th. She and other animals had been seized from their owners due to serious neglect. Other animals were found dead in the home. When volunteers first pulled Nova, she weighed 32 lbs., half of what she should have been. She also had low albumin, which caused the fluid to leak out of her vascular system into surrounding tissue, and several draining abscesses on her legs. Nova’s temperature also climbed to 106.6, which is nearly fatal. While she was suffering from the life-threatening fever, that area of West Virginia was hit by a violent storm that knocked out all power. Foster Heather Carver and other volunteers took turns holding the dog in a car with the air running, and packing her with ice.
After a rocky road to recovery, Nova was flown to her rescue on Sept. 13th.  Nova was flown to Worcester Regional Airport thanks to a wonderful organization called Pilots & Paws (and a generous pilot, Scott Messinger) and was transported to Greyhound Friends, in Hopkinton, MA. The flight was more than 1200 miles round trip and cost nearly $1,200.00.
After a two-day stay at Greyhound Friends, Nova settled into her new home with Kathy (photo) and Bob Mahoney of Wellesley, MA, ensuring a happy ending to her long journey from sickness to happiness and health. Photo by John Mottern.



Hopkinton Triangle

September 24, 2012 — Unlike the Bermuda Triangle, no ships have been lost at the intersection of Hayden Rowe Street and Teresa Road,. but accidents do seem to occur on this stretch with greater frequency than other areas. The driver swerved to avoid a collision with another vehicle and instead struck a tree. The driver's side air bag was deployed and the driver's side rear window of the supercab was shattered from something that was in the rear bed of the pickup and became airborne during the collision. The driver and the dog refused treatment by Hopkinton ambulance. While the driver of this smashed pickup truck waited for the tow truck to  mount his vehicle, a school bus van entered from Teresa Road and sideswiped the cruiser, top left.


Police Incident Log - Most Recent First

Updated Monday, September 24, 2012


Sunday, September 23, 2012

5:50 pm A caller reported that his son had a disabled motor vehicle on Lumber Street and while waiting for a tow (scroll down for photo, below) an individual in a Saturn with Colorado license plates, got out of his vehicle and pulled a knife out on his son. Three units responded to check the area. The Milford Police Department was notified and subsequently stopped a motor vehicle matching the description on Silver Hill Road in Milford.

5:19 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil checked and spoke with an elderly male who was walking on School Street.


Saturday, September 22, 2012

10:30 pm A caller reported that people were in the roadway playing games at a house party on Fenton Street. Officer Linda Higgins spoke with the home owner who was having a small get together.

9:59 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil checked a secured motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.

5:21 pm A resident reported that younger youths were riding four wheelers, without helmets, up and down the roadway on Deneen Road. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area with a negative find.

4:43 pm There were several calls regarding possible gunshots coming from the area of McHugh Lane. Officer Matthew McNeil located the two males who had proper FID permits.

1:12 pm Two officers responded to a disturbance on Rafferty Road.

12:53 pm Officer Stephen Buckley investigated suspicious activity on Main Street.

11:28 am A Cedar Street resident spoke with Officer Stephen Buckley regarding suspicious activity.

10:48 am A 911 caller reported that a dog was just hit on East Main Street. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and advised that the owner was on scene and brought the animal to a veterinarian.

10:30 am A walk-in reported that every time it rains he notices diesel fuel on Fruit Street , Cunningham Street and Wood Street up to the Westborough town line. An officer will check the amount of fuel in the roadway.

10:27 am A West Main Street resident reported that her dog, a small red lab, had slipped off its collar and ran off.

1:30 am A caller from East Main Street reported that his neighbor was having a party and stated that it appeared a fight had broken out. Two officer responded and advised that it was two individuals that were rough housing which got out of control. They were separated for the night.


Friday, September 21, 2012

9:14 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil checked and secured two vehicles that were parked at the undeveloped end of Connelly Hill Road.

7:27 pm A caller from Pleasant Street reported that he believed he had his backpack and some other items stolen from his vehicle while at work in Marlborough. The call was referred to the Marlborough Police Department.

6:10 pm A caller reported that a tree was leaning on wires on Wood Street. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area with a negative find.

5:57 pm A resident complained about a vehicle that was speeding up Walcott Street going the wrong way in a one-way zone. The license plate was obtained and Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the area for the vehicle with a negative find.

5:32 pm The State Police assisted with a disabled motor vehicle on 495.

5:24 pm Officer Matthew McNeil came upon and took a report of a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on West Main Street.

4:00 pm A caller reported that a wire was hanging down in a lawn on Downey Place. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and advised that it was a telephone wire and that the telephone company was notified.

2:08 pm Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with a male who was leaving hangers on mailboxes on Tiffany Trail. He was advised of town by-laws and was told he cannot knock on doors and speak with residents.

11:34 am Lieutenant Charles Wallace spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Falcon Ridge Drive. He stated that he works for the company that the vehicle was registered to and was just waiting for a resident to arrive for a scheduled appointment they had.

8:40 am A North Mill Street resident reported that her dog had been barking toward the woods behind her house all morning. This was very unusual activity for her dog and she was aware of the search for a person in that area last night. Two officers checked the area but did not find anything out of the ordinary.

7:10 am Officer Linda Higgins assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Main Street.

6:22 am Officer Linda Higgins assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.


Enter Stage Left Looking for Young Stars for Upcoming Shows

Auditions for USO Show, Music Man Jr., September 30 and October 9

HOPKINTON, MA (September 20, 2012) --- Enter Stage Left Theater is looking for younger performers for two shows it will be featuring this winter -- Music Man Jr. and A USO Christmas.


A USO Christmas Auditions September 30

A USO Christmas auditions for performers ages 6 – 13 will take place on Sunday, September 30 between 12 noon and 2:00 p.m. at Express Dance Studio, 40 Cape Road (Rte. 140) in Milford. Children should be ready to sing a verse from a Christmas song of their choice. Performances will be December 7 and 8 at the Hopkinton High School. Rehearsals will be held at Express Dance in Milford on Sunday afternoons.


Music Man Jr. Auditions October 9

Music Man Jr. auditions will take place Tuesday, October 9 at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, 98 Hayden Rowe, Hopkinton. Performers in grades 2nd – 3rd will be auditioning between 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. and will be asked to sing a short verse of any song. Actors in grades 4th- 8th will audition between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. by appointment and will be asked to sing a short verse from a Broadway musical and also read some scenes. To schedule an audition contact Sandee Buckley at sandeezmail312@yahoo.com. Music Man Jr. will be directed by Mary Scarlata Rowe and performances will take place January 11-13. Rehearsals will be held on Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and Monday evenings for the main cast, and will begin October 20.


There will also be a special “prologue” performance before the matinee of Music Man Jr. featuring a cast of children in Pre-K to 1st grade. Rehearsals will take place Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. beginning on November 13. No auditions required. To register, go to www.hopartscenter.org.


Audition Workshop October 3

Following the success of the fall audition workshop, Arlynn Poletta will once again be holding a workshop to help performers prepare for the Music Man Jr. audition. Actors in grades 2nd -3rd will have a workshop on Wednesday, October 3 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., and actors in grades 4th -8th will be from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. All workshops will be held at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts.


Annual Gift

Dennis Katz, President of Hopkinton Drug, left, and Marketing Director Michael Macione, right, present a $3,000 check to President of the Mass. Animal Coalition, Sarah Luick immediately prior to the group's annual meeting, while attendees applaud and cheer. Last year, Hopkinton Drug donated $6,000, a fund they had built up over the two prior years.

September 23, 2012 — Stand-alone pharmacy business Hopkinton Drug has made a commitment, this the third year, of putting a portion of sales from prescriptions from veterinarians toward a donation to the Massachusetts Animal Coalition [MAC], which, according to founder Anne Lindsay, held its 12th annual meeting today at the Agnes Varis Lecture Hall at Cummings School of Veterinarian Medicine Tufts University in North Grafton.

          The main purpose of the group, according to Ms. Lindsay, is to promote the managed population of animals. Dogs and cats, she explained, were being killed routinely in shelters 30 years ago. But now, spay and neuter programs, as well as no-kill shelters, help maintain the population. They also help maintain the spay/neuter license plate program. MAC has a website for more information.

           Hopkinton drug specializes in compounding for humans and animals nationwide! Hopkinton Drug is also a community pharmacy in Hopkinton, Massachusetts offering traditional pharmacy services as well as durable medical equipment. They also offer a wide selection of supplements, homeopathics & herbals as well as a complete lactation center.


Next Weekend


Accident, Threat

September 2, 2012 — After this vehicle broke down on Lumber Street Extension, a passerby allegedly threatened an individual by withdrawing a concealed knife. Milford and Hopkinton Police searched for the suspect.


The Gathering

September 23, 2012 — These Canada geese photographed at Blood's Pond last week appear to have some purpose to their non-random meeting.


Why Do Dogs Bark?

September 23, 2012 — This is a screenshot of a native American historian at a powwow in Upton in 2009.  She described why dogs bark, as well as the way stories are passed on in native American culture — orally, and not written. The video is featured in a link in a post by "Robert" in the "Quality Conversations" discussion page under the "Brown vs. Warren Debate" topic. In the photo above, the tribal leader is in the shade of her tent, but would be as white as the snow in the sunshine.


Yard Sale at Greyhound Friends to be held on Sept. 22nd
A yard sale at Greyhound Friends begins at 9 a.m. thus Saturday, Sept. 22nd and will continue throughout the day. Animal lovers can purchase early Christmas gifts such as new winter coats and handsome collars for their dogs, and warm sweatshirts and Greyhound Calendars for their dog-loving family & friends. Greyhound Friends is located at 167 Saddle Hill Road in Hopkinton. Please call 508-435-5969 or visitwww.greyhound.org for more information.
Photo by John Mottern



September 21, 2012


In the past two days the Hopkinton Police Department is investigating reports of four (4) homes having been broken into and having items stolen. All of these incidents appear to have occurred during daytime hours. None of the residences were occupied at the time of the incidents.


The items being stolen are cash and jewelry. Entry to the homes has been through either open windows or doors.


Many other towns have been experiencing similar incidents. Detectives from these agencies are working together to solve these crimes and apprehend the persons responsible.


Residents are strongly urged to lock their doors and windows. Activate burglar alarms if you have one.


Any suspicious person or vehicle that does not appear to belong needs to be reported to the Hopkinton Police Department.


Help the Hopkinton Police to keep you and your neighbors from being victimized.

  • • Always make sure you lock your doors and windows

  • • If you have an burglar alarm always activate it

  • • Report any suspicious persons or vehicles to the Hopkinton Police Department immediately by calling 911

The National Crime Prevention Council has an easy to use Home Security Checklist you can download to help assess your own home’s level of security you can access this form online at;



If you have any questions please call the Hopkinton Police Department at 508-497-3401.

HopNews.com facebook fans and Twitter followers got this alert additionally.


Police Incident Log - Most Recent First

Thursday, September 20, 2012

10:00 pm A resident of Jamie Lane reported a past breaking and entering. Officer William Burchard responded and took a report.

9:09 pm Officers came upon a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on East Main Street and believed it to be related to a previous incident. The operator stated that the passenger fled on foot. The Ashland and Holliston Police Departments assisted with the search for the passenger. Subsequently the operator and passenger were issued criminal applications for the previous incident.

8:50 pm A 911 caller from Pheasant Hill reported that he came home from a walk and saw several males run off of his property into a vehicle down the street. Two officers checked the area with a negative find on anything suspicious. The occupants of the vehicle involved will be summonsed for attempting to break into the vehicle and possession of burglarious tools.

8:00 pm A caller reported an erratic operator that just got off of 495. Officer Peter Booth responded and was able to catch up with the vehicle on Maple Avenue in Upton. The Upton Police Department was notified and responded.

7:53 pm A motorist reported that while driving on 495 some youths threw rocks at his vehicle. The State Police were notified and Officer William Burchard checked surrounding side streets for any suspicious activity with a negative find.

5:46 pm There were multiple 911 calls regarding a horse running loose with its saddle underneath it on East Main Street. Three officers responded and advised that the horse was back in its stable however the rider has not been located. The Fire Department assisted with the search for the rider who was eventually found and was transported to the hospital.

3:46 pm Several 911 callers reported a motor vehicle accident without personal injury involving a landscape truck and a school bus on Wood Street. Officers William Burchard and Peter Booth responded and took a report.

2:53 pm Officer Stephen Buckley checked a motor vehicle that was parked in the same spot for some time on Marshall Avenue.

1:46 pm A caller reported that while on a walk she noticed that a door to a Wood Street residence was kicked in. Two officers responded to take a report and the realtor was notified to secure the property.

10:47 am Officer Stephen Buckley installed a car seat on Main Street.

10:06 am A resident reported suspicious activity on Tammer Lane. Sgt. Joseph Bennett checked the area and found everything to be secure.

9:52 am A walk-in reported an on going issue with tenants. Officer Stephen Buckley met and spoke with both individuals involved.

9:26 am Sgt. Joseph Bennett checked an unattended motor vehicle on Pendulum Pass.

9:08 am Officer Thomas Griffin met and spoke with an individual on Ledgestone Drive regarding suspicious activity.

8:56 am A verbal warning was issued to the operator of a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.

8:46 am A caller reported that vehicles parked in the roadway on Fruit Street were creating a hazard for residents. Officer David Shane responded and spoke with the caller.

3:30 am Officer Linda Higgins checked a motor vehicle that was parked on West Main Street.


School Resources Officer Warnings on Internet Safety


Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,
Just a safety reminder as the school year starts, I want to encourage everyone to be vigilant with all types of social media (for example Facebook and Twitter). It is important to communicate with your child about what sites they are on and the potential issues that can arise. With more devices than ever
being used (ie. iPhones, iPads, laptops etc.) it is critical that we all work together to inform your children about the dangers of these sites and how to use them appropriately. If your child has a Facebook and/or Twitter account, I would strongly advise that you talk to them about logins and passwords so
you are able to monitor them. Below are some helpful sites and resources that Hopkinton Public School would like to share.


Tips from FBI Parents Guide to Internet Safety
Instruct your children:
· to never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they met online
· to never upload (post) pictures of themselves onto the Internet or online service to people they do not personally know
· to never give out identifying information such as their name, home address, school name, or telephone number
· to never download pictures from an unknown source (there is a good chance there could be sexually explicit images)
· to never respond to messages or bulletin board postings that are suggestive, obscene, belligerent, or harassing

· that whatever they are told online may or may not be true.*
*Adapted from A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/parent-guide


Additional resources on internet safety:
· Safe Teens: http://www.safeteens.com/
· Wired Safety: https://www.wiredsafety.org/
· ISafe: http://www.isafe.org/
· NetSmartz Workshop: http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents
Please feel free to contact me at the high school (powers@hopkinton.k12.ma.us  508-497-9820 ext.1004) or at the police station if you have questions or concerns.

Phil Powers
School Resource Officer
Hopkinton Police Dept.
Hopkinton Public Schools
Hopkinton, Ma. 01748
(508) 497-3401
(508) 497-9820 x1004



September 20, 2012 — Hopkinton Police came upon an apparent one-car motor vehicle accident on East Street at the entrance to the Y soccer fields. However, a smashed windshield on the passenger side revealed a missing occupant. The driver was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. The driver and occupant are suspects in breaking and enterings in Ashland and possibly Hopkinton. The Ashland Police are assisting with detective manpower and a K-9 dog, As we write (10:17 pm) the dog has come to an end in such a way that police believe the suspect was able to leave the area in an "escape vehicle," one that a suspect on the run calls for help in eluding the police; and so the search is being called off.

       Police were concerned not just because of possible criminal behavior, but for the well-being of the fleeing suspect inasmuch as his head shattered a window in the crash. Twitter followers and facebook fans got alerts. Like us and/or follow to get them.


Very Busy

September 20, 2012 — This bee is filling its pollen sacks from flowers planted by the Hopkinton Garden Club Downtown, while its yellow jacket counterparts were at Snappy Dogs slurping up as much sugary stuff as they could find on the lips of empty soda cans, as well as plates of homemade dill relish set out to distract them away from the food of customers.


Me and My Shadow

September 20, 2012 — This fish, which did not measure more than 4 inches from lips to tail, was among a few that moved toward shore and looked at the photographer this afternoon. As its shadow reveals, the sun was low in the sky, reflecting its light from right to left giving the camera a glimpse beneath the surface of lake Whitehall.


Loose Horse, Missing Rider on East Main Street

September 20, 2012 — What began as calls from drivers on East Main Street for a loose horse turned out to be a horse that had left its property with a rider, and returned without one. Emergency personnel were quick to respond, first the police who located the horse and helped reunite it with its keeper, and then, while Fire Department personnel rushed to the scene and activated greater resources for a search, the female rider was found just minutes later.

       After being evaluated by Hopkinton Ambulance personnel, she was brought to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

       Fire Department personnel reached by telephone later did confirm that it was the result of an accident involving a horse, but would not specify whether the rider fell or was thrown.


New Human Resources Director


It is with great pleasure that I inform you that Debbie Hilton-Creek has accepted the position of Human Resources Director and will begin her work for the Town of Hopkinton on Monday, September 24, 2012. She will be responsible for providing strategic guidance to staff and boards on all functional areas of human resources management.


The Town was fortunate to have many highly qualified candidates apply for the position. Debbie’s experience, knowledge, work ethic and personality put her at the top of a highly competitive field.


Debbie is an accomplished human resources executive, with over fourteen (14) years progressive human resources experience. She has worked in the human resources leadership role in a variety of companies including Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Inc, South Middlesex Opportunity Council Inc., Holiday Inn, and Home Health Inc. She brings with her an excellent track record of success applying best human resources practices to support the organization’s people, business goals and solutions.


Debbie holds a Master’s in Business Administration degree and Bachelor’s in Business Administration degree. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Human Resources Management Association.


Debbie is a United States armed forces Veteran, of which we are sincerely grateful.


I am excited to add Debbie to our team. Town Hall is looking forward to working with Debbie on several Human Resources related programs that will positively impact Town Hall’s experience and performance so as to benefit the Citizens of Hopkinton.

~ Norman Khumalo, Town Manager


Police Incident Log - Most Recent First

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
11:54 pm Officer Linda Higgins checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on West Main Street.

9:15 pm Officer Peter Booth assisted a disabled motor vehicle on South Street.
8:58 pm The Southborough Police Department reported an erratic operator on Cedar Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded but was canceled while in route.
6:05 pm Officer Peter Booth checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Spring Street.
4:00 pm A resident of Elm Street reported that a suspicious motor vehicle was parked in her driveway. Two officers responded and advised that it was a delivery vehicle and the operator was looking for a nearby address.
2:06 pm A walk-in from West Main Street spoke with Officer Thomas Griffin regarding larceny of his unemployment checks.
1:10 pm Detective Timothy Brennan checked and spoke with occupants of a vehicle that was parked in the back of a West Main Street business. They were working in town and were eating lunch.
1:12 pm A Parks and Recreation employee reported tire marks on the far end of the Fruit Street field. Officer David Shane responded and took a report.
11:23 am The Highway Supervisor reported that a branch fell onto power lines on Pond Street. The electrical company was notified.
9:57 am Officer Patrick O'Brien assisted the tree warden with removing a tree that was leaning on wires on Main Street.
9:09 am Officer Thomas Griffin checked on a tree that was leaning onto wires on Main Street. The tree warden was contacted and will make a decision on the tree.
12:53 am A caller reported a possible fire at a house on Hayden Rowe Street. Three units checked the area but did not find any fire.


HPTA – Fall Extracurricular Classes Registration Ends Soon – September 28, 2012

Enroll your child in our popular, affordable and convenient after-school extracurricular classes. Registration is available on a first-come first-served basis at all schools. Full price registration: 9/21-9/28. Visit www.hptaonline.com to view the EC Fall 2012 Catalog.


The Carnival is Coming Back to Town! – September 29, 2012

The HTPA will host a Fall Carnival and Family Fun Day on the Town Common. The proceeds from this fundraiser will directly benefit the HPTA in its mission to support the enrichment and betterment of the Hopkinton Schools through curriculum enrichment, parent education, communication, and teacher support.

Location: Town Common
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Rain date: 9/30


 Annual Halloween Costume Sale! – September 29, 2012
     While having fun at the carnival, make your way over to the Annual Costume Sale. If you have any gently used Halloween Costumes that you would like to donate for the Annual Halloween Costume Sale, donations can be dropped off in the marked bins at Center School, Elmwood School, the town library, and    Colella’s.

Location: Center School Cafeteria
Time: 10 am – 2 pm

Bottle & Can Drive – September 29, 2012
Please bring your recyclable bottles and cans to Collela’s to support the HTPA. We are collecting redeemable bottles and cans (glass, plastic, and metal) on the last Saturday of every month. Clean out your pantry and garage and support our schools at the same time! If you would like to sign-up to volunteer for a shift (this month or in the future) at the Bottle & Can Drive, please contact Karen Bograd.

Location: Colella’s Parking Lot
Date: September 29, 2012
Time: 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Interested in volunteering for a shift, email Karen Bograd at ktbograd@gmail.com


Elementary Student Directory Art Contest

HPTA needs artwork for this year’s directory! Have your child draw a color picture, depicting the HTPA’s theme – Teaming Up For Education.

When submitting your child’s artwork, please include your child’s name and grade.

Email drawing to Kelly Liptak at krliptak@aol.com or

Mail drawing to HPTA PO Box 608, Hopkinton, MA 01748

All drawings must be submitted by: October 5, 2012


Calling All Volunteers

Volunteer forms should have been submitted, but HPTA is always accepting forms throughout the school year. Volunteering is open to all qualified individuals interested in engaging in their child’s school environment or in helping to ensure the success of programs that support our schools. You do NOT need to be an HPTA member to volunteer, but you do need to complete and submit a CORI form to any of the schools. You can get and learn more about this form at your student’s school office.


Become A Proud Member of HPTA! – Annual Membership Sign Up

Your membership is extremely valuable to the HPTA. Not only does your membership dues help to support our programs, but by joining it shows that you support the HPTA in our effort to enhance our children’s educational experience. To become a proud member, visit www.hptaonline.com.

Stay Connected with HPTA!

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About the Hopkinton Parent Teacher Association

The Hopkinton PTA sponsors events, educational seminars, programs and fundraising initiatives that promote the educational well-being of the Hopkinton schools and its students. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and a chapter of the National PTA.

For more information, go to http://www.hptaonline.com/


Grammies and Grampies Visit "old" Friends

September 19, 2012 — Above are some of the 15 Grammies (and Grampies) who visited from Golden Pond, where these youngsters first enrolled in the Golden Goose Academy, which is now Building Blocks Academy, located not over the river and through the woods, but just around the corner.




A Timely Hike at Legacy Farms!

Hopkinton Trails Club walk: Legacy Farms North. Saturday, September 22, 1:00 PM. We’ll explore the paths and open space in this area to see how trails might fit in with future development plans for this property. Meet at the parking lot on Peach Street (between Frankland Road and East Main Street/Rt. 135).


Trickle Down Theory

September 19, 2012 — Please enjoy a reprise of a 2008 HopNews cartoon by Hopkinton artist Ashley Jackson. The concept is borrowed from MC Escher's "Waterfall."



Thunder the cat has been missing since
9/10/2012 H
e is black he lives on Ash Street

If u find him please email me at


Police Incident Log - Most Recent First

Incident Log

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

11:37 pm Officer Peter Booth removed a limb that was on Clinton Street.
8:00 pm Sgt. John Porter assisted the Highway Department with removing a large tree from the roadway on Lumber Street.
8:10 pm A caller reported a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Fruit Street.  Officer William Burchard responded and advised that the operator was transported to the hospital.
7:20 pm Officer Peter Booth removed a large branch from the roadway on Hayden Rowe Street.  The DPW were notified to remove it.
5:21 pm A caller reported that a large branch fell onto Cedar Street.  Officer William Burchard removed the limb from the roadway.
5:01 pm A resident of Wood Street spoke with Officer Aaron O'Neil regarding a past breaking and entering incident.
3:22 pm An East Main Street resident reported that she came home to find that someone had pried her door open with a crowbar.  Three units responded and took a report.
3:07 pm A caller reported that she found what appeared to be an injured dog on Fruit Street and left several messages with the Animal Control Officer but has not heard back from him.  He was contacted and will call her back.
1:56 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Cedar Street.
12:23 pm A resident of West Main Street reported that his house was broken into while he was gone.  Two officers responded and took a report.
8:49 am The Ashland Police Department reported an erratic operator on East Main Street.  Officer David Shane checked the area with a negative find.
6:43 am Officer Linda Higgins assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.
6:14 am A caller reported possible equipment being operated on East Main Street.  Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area and found no equipment being operator, it was just a fuel delivery.


What is the new Discussion Page, Quality Conversations All About?

by Robert Falcione

September 19, 2012 — The new Quality Conversations page and all of its posts are available for every visitor to read. Those who follow through with the easy membership instructions can also post a new topic, or reply to existing ones. The topics with the most recent posts go back to the top and turn the circular icon to a red color, if YOU have not read them yet. Yes, it let's individuals know which topics have new posts, and who the last person was who posted.
         Members can see what other members are online, and how many guests are on, too.

         Another benefit of membership — and as you can see, we are up to 111 members — is that members can actually message one another privately. And it truly is private, because I have no clue who is saying what to whom.

         Upon registration, a person must give the program their email address so that a confirmation can be sent. Early on in the process to leave the old Town Talk behind, a new member asked that his email not be made available. As a result of that consideration, we are not making any emails available to members or anyone else, but keeping them confidential.

          Upon registration, the user's IP address also goes into the confidential database. Some people have spoofed the board by signing up from a fake IP address as well as a temporary email address that stays active long enough for the person to get the program's verification email, but becomes inactive shortly thereafter. There are IPs known for spam, and if we see any of these bots signing on, they get deleted. In the process, others who spoof the process with an IP from Russia or Poland, etc., will also get their membership deleted and the IP address banned. So, we ask people to be forthright when they sign up, and do it with their real email and their real IP address. Otherwise, the kind of no-accountability that was the hallmark of the trolls on the other page could embolden them to join the new one. The big difference is that trolls will get the boot on the new page.

          Only two people who signed up as members have been deleted so far. It was because of the typical personal attacks or critiques of the page that were the signatures of some posters on the old page. One was a right-winger, the other was a school critic, but their subject matter had nothing to do with their deletion, and it never has.

          So, for those who would like to see what is on everyone's mind, choose the "Quality Conversations" icon near the top of the page. The page opens with screen name and password inputs, but those do not have to be filled out for a non-member to read. Just choose the link to read. And to join, choose that link.

           Members who would like to see if there are unread posts need to login.           





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