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Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut

October 11, 2012 — This chipmunk on Woodville Rod and Gun Club property didn't mind a little company this morning as he chowed down on  his surroundings. The rodent's eye is glowing as a result of the flash deciding to go off and reflecting back.


Mass Water Works Association honors Dykema for her leadership on water infrastructure

ACTON, MA— Massachusetts Water Works Association (MWWA) has selected state Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) to receive the 2012 Legislator of the Year award. The award is given annually to a legislator who has supported the water works community and contributed to protecting public health and providing a safe and sufficient supply of drinking water for the residents of Massachusetts. Representative Dykema is being honored for her leadership as House Chair of the Water Infrastructure Finance Commission. The Commission was charged with analyzing the Commonwealth’s water infrastructure funding needs and developing recommendations for financing these needs going forward. The Commission’s report was released in February and provides many approaches to addressing the challenges; the report can be read in its entirety at www.senatoreldridge.com/legislation/wifc .


A Little Help From Friends

The Friends of Whitehall will have their 8th annual Fall Clean-up on Sat. Oct.13th from 9 a.m. until noon. Please meet us at the boat landing at Whitehall State Park on Wood St. (rte.135) in Hopkinton. Our goal will be to pick up trash and debris from the trails, shoreline, and roadways around the lake. Bug spray, gloves, tools, trash bags and water will be provided. Refreshments will be provided.


The Friends of Whitehall is an organization which was started in 2005. Our main mission is to preserve, protect and improve the wonderful natural resource of Lake Whitehall and its surrounding area. If you would like to become a member, please contact us at: FOW, Box 216, Woodville, MA. 01784 or visit us at www.friendsofwhitehall.org . Also, join us on Facebook. We are a non-profit 501© (3) organization.

We hope you will join us on Saturday the 13th!



What's Good For the Goose...

October 10, 2012 — In a group of motorcyclists riding through Hopkinton last weekend on behalf of a friend with cancer was one passenger, right, who turned the tables on the photographer.


One of a Kind

October 10, 2012 — The roadway of West Main Street westbound has been changed significantly, raising the eyebrows of many readers. The plan for the plaza went before the Planning Board which approved the new design for the roadway about four years ago. The merge lane westbound, west of South Street, has been reduced from 500' to 350', a reduction of 150' to accommodate turning into the plaza. The Planning Board approved the reduction over the objections of one or more residents at the meetings.


Dykema and State Officials Tour Veterans Treatment Court

DEDHAM – On Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 a group of state legislators and officials visited the Norfolk County Veterans Treatment Court in Dedham to witness firsthand the court supervised program for defendants who have served in the United States Armed Forces. 

The Norfolk County Veterans Treatment Court is a successful, voluntary 12-24 month program intended to serve veterans who are struggling with addiction, mental health issues and or/co-concurring disorders.  The program involves ongoing judicial and probation supervision with input from a multidisciplinary team of professionals.   The Court promotes sobriety, recovery and stability through a collaboration with VA and community based treatment providers.  In addition, all participants are matched with a veteran peer mentor who will act as an advocate, mentor, and ally.

 "I was proud to join colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass the Valor Act this year, including a provision that I sponsored to strengthen support for veterans in our courts.  But we are just beginning to address the challenges of helping veterans recover from the hidden wounds of war,” said Representative Dykema.  “I’m pleased we had the chance to see some of the best practices in place in Norfolk County and to partner with Judge Mary Hogan Sullivan and her staff to examine how we can make this great program available to all our veterans, across the state.

Photo: Members of the Massachusetts Legislature who visited the Norfolk County Veterans Treatment Court from left to right:  Representative Linda Dean Campbell, Senator John Keenan, Senator Mike Rush, Representative Paul McMurtry, Representative Hank Naughton, Representative John Rogers, Representative Carolyn Dykema.


Karen Franks, 66

On October 8th, Karen Franks, 66, of Hopkinton went home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ after a ten year battle with breast cancer. She died at home peacefully surrounded by her loving family. Karen is survived by her husband Steve, her four children: John Franks with wife Julie, Erin Avery with husband Ken, Steve Franks with wife Keryn, Mike Franks, and Alyson Cavicchi Franks, and twelve grandchildren and others who called her "Gramma," her father John (Jack) Fritz of Sebring, Florida and her sister Sharon Batten and family of Boylston, MA. She is also survived by extended members of the family Carsten Loof of Germany, and Emin Rasulov and family of Azerbaijan and Hong Kong.

Karen's Christian faith led her to be a care giver and life encourager to many. Karen was a Stephen Minister and Stephen Leader as a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Holliston for many years. Karen provided life changing love and care for other women with cancer or other afflictions. God's love would shine through Karen's smile and loving touch. Karen became a member of Faith Community Church of Hopkinton, sharing her gift of caring with many people.

Karen spent over 10 happy years working at Hopkinton High School in the guidance office and as secretary to the principal, bringing comfort to many young people who needed understanding, direction and confidence in their life. Many remember her guidance and care, and now use the same with their own families. Karen always shared her talents and gifts with her many friends as well.

Friends remember her teaching them about gardening, which was Karen's great love of seeing things grow. Karen was also a supporter of animal shelters. She especially loved to support the New England Basset Hound Rescue Association after owning basset hounds for 30 years. Karen was a supporter of the Metrowest Humane Society and MSPCA, among others.

Karen worked as a marketing coordinator and website support liaison at her husband's company, TM Electronics, Inc. in Boylston for 10 years. Her skills in writing and artistic design were a major contribution to the success of the company. At work, her skill in caring shone through her pleasant smile and kind words for those she worked with.

Karen's love of the Earth was evidenced by her many gardens of perennials, roses, vegetables and flowers of a large variety. Her yard and gardens are a tribute to the power of the seeds that that God plants in the ground to grow to beauty, just as her care a tribute to the love God gave her to pass to the people she touched.

A memorial service is planned in the Chapel at Faith Community Church in Hopkinton on Saturday, October 13 at 3:00 PM. Pastor Robert Cloutier, longtime friend and spiritual guide will officiate the service. All friends and family are invited to celebrate Karen's journey to her new home in heaven. A time of fellowship and memories will be open to all at the church after the service.  Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be given to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute of Milford, MA., who provided many years of support and life extension to Karen. Her smile and doctrine of �life is good� encouraged many doctors, nurses and patients during her visits. Please send donations in Karen Franks' memory to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 2nd Floor, 20 Prospect St., Milford, MA 01757.



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Incident Log updated October 10, 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

11:41 pm Officer Jacob Campbell assisted a disabled motor vehicle that was in a bad spot on Pond Street.

10:44 pm A caller reported that there was a large dead raccoon in the roadway on East Main Street. A message was left for the DPW to remove it.

9:09 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on West Main Street. Sgt. Scott vanRaalten stopped the motor vehicle on 495 and issued a verbal warning to the operator for a marked lanes violation.

8:42 pm A Robbern Road resident reported that he found a yellow lab with a green collar. The Animal Control Officer was notified.

6:11 pm Officer Matthew McNeil took a report of credit card fraud on Weybridge Lane.

4:24 pm A motorist reported almost being run off the roadway by another vehicle going the wrong way in a one-way portion of Hayden Rowe Street. He also stated that a short time later he saw another vehicle going the wrong way and wanted the incident logged.

3:22 pm A walk-in reported illegal dumping on Lumber Street and that a suspect was obtained through paperwork left behind. Officer Matthew McNeil spoke with the suspect who removed the trash.

2:53 pm A caller reported that an erratic operator was speeding and passing several vehicles on East Main Street heading towards Ashland. The Ashland Police Department was notified.

1:25 pm Officer Stephen Buckley took a report of larceny of a ladder from a construction site on West Main Street.

1:23 pm Officer Stephen Buckley checked on a builder on West Main Street and requested an incident number due to the fact that he had a ladder stolen from the job site about a week ago.

12:42 pm A call was received from a crisis hot-line for a 13 year old female, from Brook Street, who took too much headache medicine. The caller thought the female was from Hopkinton but was actually from Holliston. The Holliston Police Department was notified and responded.

11:13 am A caller from Huckleberry Road reported that a suspicious white vehicle was in the area with a man walking around on his cell phone. She stated that when he saw her he left the area. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and spoke with the individual who works for dig safe.

8:18 am Five officers assisted the Fire Department with smoke that was inside of a building on Elm Street.

7:43 am Officer Patrick O'Brien checked and spoke with a tree crew on Front Street.

6:12 am A motorist flagged down Officer John Moran to report that there was some type of animal in the roadway on West Main Street. The area was checked to the town line with a negative find on any animal.

5:32 am Officer Philip Powers assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.

1:40 am Officer John Moran checked a motor vehicle on Parkwood Drive.


Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge Champions

Pictured left to right: Nick Simpson of Ashland, Sarah Simpson of Ashland, Jessica Bredin of Ashland,
Olivia Gladu of Hopkinton, Sydney McMullen of Ashland, John Kelly of Ashland.


Five boys and girls from Ashland and Hopkinton, ages 10-13, were named local champions of the 2012 Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge and have earned the right to compete at the regional level.  Bishop Rice Council #4822 sponsored the local competition at Stone Park, Ashland.  All youngsters ages 10-14 were eligible to participate.


In the 10-year-olds’ bracket, Olivia Gladu  was the girls’ champion and John Kelly was the boys’ champion.   The 11-year-old girls’ division was won by Sarah Simpson  In the 12-year-olds’ bracket, Sydney McMullen was the girls’ champion.  The 13-year-old boys’ division was won by Kevin Gruszka.  Each of these winners can compete in the regional competitions to be held on October 14th in Southborough with an eye toward moving on to the state and international levels.


HOPKINTON VARSITY AND JUNIOR VARSITY FIELD HOCKEY TEAMS invite all to come to their games in Hopkinton this Friday, October 12 when we will be Playing 4 the Cure vs. Medway High School. Varsity is at 3:30 with JV following directly after the conclusion of the Varsity game.

 Breast cancer affects one out of every eight women in the United States.  October is the height of the field hockey playing season in the United States! AND October is also the month when the National spotlight shines on breast cancer awareness.


Come and support us as we play for this worthy cause. Donations of any amount can be made to Play 4 The Cure and given to any field hockey player before, after, or on that day. Thanks for your support.


Attention Solar Shoppers

October 9, 2012 — Above is the Solarize sign being updated for 205 kW from 33 contracts signed as of Monday.  Hopkinton is only 45kW from tier 5. Gabrielle Boyce  adjusts the sign, while twin sister Madeline took the picture. Dad, Andy Boyce, is the Solar Coach (Solarizehopkinton@gmail.com), and Mom, Teresa, is one half of Snappy Dogs.


WANTED: More Clever Phrases

October 9, 2012 — Headstones, named as such because they resemble the headboard of a bed and that's the way a person is oriented in both cases, pop up on the Potenzone lawn on Wood Street as they have for several years. However, the family needs help with names and sayings for the other 16 headstones they are painting. Want to help out? Send your very clever and funny headstone epitath to editor@HopNews.com and we will forward it along to the Potenzone family.


Time of the Season

October 9, 2012 — The gazebo at Ice House Pond stands in stark contrast to the surrounding burst of color as the leaves have their last hurrah.


HCA Exhibit Fresh Visions: Painting Now Oct. 12 – Nov. 9


HOPKINTON, MA (October 9, 2012) --- The broad range of work that comprises contemporary painting will be displayed at the Fresh Visions: Painting Now juried exhibition at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, 98 Hayden Rowe in Hopkinton, from October 12 to November 9. The juror for the exhibition was Zola Solamente, director of Arden Gallery on Newbury Street in Boston, who has curated numerous exhibitions representing nationally and internationally recognized artists. A special reception with Solamente, open to the public, will be held on Friday, October 12 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 pm., and Sundays from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public.


It’s very exciting to see all these different styles of painting – including photo-realism, landscape, still life, portraiture, abstract, neo-expressionism -- in one show,” said Kris Waldman, artistic director of the HCA. “The artists in this show are very talented and their diverse works of art provide a fascinating perspective on how painting keeps changing and evolving.”




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Incident Log updated October 9, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

6:50 pm Officer Matthew McNeil spoke with a resident of Victory Lane who reported that his house and vehicle were egged last night.

2:21 pm A caller reported that a four wheeler was driving through the neighborhood on Deneen Road with several children, not wearing helmets, as passengers. Officer David Shane checked the area but was unable to locate the four wheeler.

12:53 pm A resident of Linden Street reported larceny of jewelry. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and took a report.

10:57 am A caller reported that two youths on bicycles were taking the valve stem caps off of vehicle's tires. She stated that she saw them take three off of her vehicle and at least one off of another. Officer David Shane located the youths and transported them back to the caller's residence.

10:34 am A pedestrian reported walking by a house on Whirty Circle and hearing what sounded like a fire alarm being sounded. Officer David Shane assisted the Fire Department and advised that there was no fire.

10:12 am A motorist reported that they hit a dog on Wood Street and then it ran into the woods. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and took a report.

7:21 am An employee from Saddle Hill Road reported vandalism. Officer David Shane responded and took a report.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts


Compiled  for HopNews.com by Eric Montville © 2012 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from October 1, 2012 to October 8, 2012






21 Elizabeth Road

Kathryn S Tighe, Matthew M Tighe


October 5, 2012

Michael G Doshier, Patricia J Doshier

24 Sanctuary Lane Unit 31

Robert W Callahan, Alice M Callahan


October 5, 2012

Weston Development Group

112 Hayden Rowe Street

Henry Siegal, nancy F Siegal


October 2, 2012

Richard P Barbieri

76 Hayden Rowe Street

Brian F Blanchard, Amber Peoppelman


October 2, 2012

Brian K Gassett Tr, Brian W Cheever, Summit
Realty Tr

Last Week

8 Bridgeton Way

Julie C. Hopkins


September 28, 2012

Joseph Litavis, Angela Litavis

11 Highcroft Way

Angela Litavis


September 28, 2012

David L. Goolgasian, Jr.

19 Jamie Lane

Daniel B. Osuch, Jaimee A. Demone


September 28, 2012

Douglas G. DeWolfe, Karen N. DeWolfe

20 Wood Street

Kase W. Jubboori, Kathryn H. Jubboori


September 28, 2012

Nancy J. Jorstad

31 Greenwood Road

Bradley K. Wilson, Yu Shan Chang-Wilson


September 27, 2012

David L. Goolgasian, Jr., Dianne E. Goolgasian

57 Fruit Street

Luis Martin


September 27, 2012

Paul R. Gedutis, Beverly J. Gedutis

23 Alexander Road

Fei Chen, Rui Zhi


September 27, 2012

Margaret M. White, Margaret M. Angel

14 Mayhew Street

Charles Kreiman


September 26, 2012

Sean Perry, Bridget Perry

Previous Transactions

20 Sanctuary Lane Unit 29

Harvey L. Katzen, Cynthia Katzen


September 24, 2012

Weston Development Group Inc.
Scott A. Alexander, Toni A. Alexander

10-12 Hayden Rowe Street

John M. Harper, Regina M. Harper


September 24, 2012

Michael B. McLaughlin, Laura J. McLaughlin

197 Wood Street

Jeffrey A. Lutz, Carolyn Corliss Lutz


September 20, 2012

Michael J. Toth, Roberta R. Toth

80 Hayden Rowe Street

Michael D. Sheridan, Karria S. Sheridan


September 19, 2012

Holmestead Properties Inc.

1 Wilson Street

Ashish Gautam, Swati Sharma


September 19, 2012

William Rodenhiser

30 Falcon Ridge Drive

Craig Martin, Jacqueline Martin


September 18, 2012

Michael D. Sheridan, Karria S. Sheridan

73 Front Street

Theodore J. Will, Suzanne Will


September 18, 2012

First Country Builders LLC

7 Thayer Heights Road

Lisa M. Bates, Laurie Melanson, Theresa


September 17, 2012

Bank of New York Mellon, CWABS, Inc.

33 Pleasant Street

George M. Dolan, Jodi A. Dolan


September 17, 2012

Stacey H. Yeoman


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Arrest Log

Friday, October 5, 2012

7:43 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested a 17 year old male from Hopkinton and charged him with OUI Drugs and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle after a caller reported him doing donuts in the EMC Park and was later caught up to at the High School.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

2:57 am Sgt. John Porter arrested Donald Scott Syphers, 57, of Stevens Road, Canaan, NH, on West Main Street for a Warrant.


Incident Log

Sunday, October 7, 2012

10:40 pm A caller from McHugh Lane reported that a vehicle pulled into his driveway and turned around several times with youths inside screaming and yelling. Officer William Burchard responded and spoke with the youths who had the wrong address.

10:38 pm Officer William Burchard assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Main Street.

9:42 pm Sgt. Michael Sutton responded to a second motor vehicle vs. deer accident on 495.

9:17 pm The State Police reported a motor vehicle vs. deer accident on 495. Officer William Burchard responded and assisted the vehicle.

7:58 pm A North Mill Street resident wished to have it logged that her Boston Terrier was missing and that she already contacted the Animal Control Officer.

7:03 pm A 911 caller from West Elm Street reported that a suspicious vehicle drove down her driveway and a passenger then got out. When the home owner opened her door the passenger bolted into the woods and the vehicle took off. Three officers and the Upton Police Department checked the area with a negative find.

6:26 pm A caller reported that there was a vehicle pulled over on DiCarlo Road and while walking by it the vehicle took off very fast. Officer William Burchard checked the area with a negative find on anything suspicious.

5:48 pm A caller reported that a large truck was parked in a lane on West Main Street and that the driver ran into the woods. Two officers checked the area but did not locate the vehicle.

1:27 pm Officer Philip Powers spoke with a caller from Main Street regarding larceny.

10:13 am Officer David Shane reported that a Greenwood Road resident's mailbox was vandalized.

9:59 am A resident of Greenwood Road reported that their mailbox was vandalized overnight. Officer David Shane responded and confirmed that the mailbox was damaged.

9:41 am A caller reported that the street sign at Greenwood Road and Wedgewood Drive was dug up, along with their mailbox. Officer David Shane confirmed the damage and left a message with the DPW.

12:58 am Officer Peter Booth checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on West Main Street.

12:56 am A motorist called to advise that their vehicle broke down in a West Main Street parking lot and they will remove in between 9:00 and 10:00 am.

12:42 am Officer Peter Booth reported that he saw a person wearing a yellow striped shirt running down West Main Street and when he passed by the individual took off into the woods. Two officers checked the area but could not locate the person.


Saturday, October 6, 2012

2:32 pm A motorist reported that there was a bunch of lumber/splinters in the roadway on 495 just north of the pike. The State Police were notified.

1:08 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien assisted a disabled motor vehicle.

10:05 am A caller reported that there was a large branch in the roadway on West Main Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and removed the branch.

1:13 am Officer Philip Powers checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Cedar Street.

12:39 am Officer Philip Powers checked a parked motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.


Friday, October 5, 2012

9:14 pm A caller complained about a barking dog on Smith Road. Officer William Burchard checked the area with a negative find.

9:11 pm Officer William Burchard checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Grove Street.

6:31 pm Sgt. Michael Sutton assisted a very minor motor vehicle accident on West Main Street.

6:16 pm A caller reported that cars were doing donuts at the EMC Park. Two officers responded and located the vehicle meeting the description at the High School. Subsequently, one operator was issued a criminal application and a 17 year old male from Hopkinton was arrested and charged with OUI Drugs and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

4:22 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil assisted with a two car motor vehicle accident without personal injury on East Main Street.

2:20 pm Officer Peter Booth responded to assist with a motor vehicle accident in Mendon.

8:52 am Officer Gregg DeBoer assisted with a minor motor vehicle accident on Main Street.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

7:53 pm The Southborough Police Department reported unwanted solicitors on Southville Road. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area to the town line with a negative find.

7:20 pm A caller reported an erratic operator on Spring Street. Sgt. Scott vanRaalten checked the area with a negative find. The Westborough Police Department was advised to look for the vehicle.

4:45 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on Elm Street. Two officers responded and spoke with the operator who stated that it was a newly purchased vehicle.

3:14 pm A caller reported that there was a deceased raccoon on the side of Frankland Road. The Animal Control Officer and DPW were both notified.

1:47 pm Officer Stephen Buckley checked a motor vehicle with no one around it on Winter Street.

11:15 am Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with the operator of a parked motor vehicle on Main Street who had an expired license. He was advised that he could not drive the vehicle until his license issue was resolved.

10:29 am Officer Patrick O'Brien spoke with an individual on Main Street regarding to a civil dispute.

8:21 am Sgt. Joseph Bennett assisted the Fire Department with a motor vehicle that was off the roadway on 495.

2:06 am Officer Linda Higgins checked an unoccupied motor vehicle in a Main Street parking lot.

2:01 am Sgt. John Porter arrested a 57 year old male from Canaan, NH on West Main Street for a Warrant


From HHSPress.org - Obama wins poll

Political Poll Results In
By Ben Card

Incumbent president Barack Obama is the clear winner of the Newspaper Club’s 2012 Political Survey, taking 58.9% of the votes and underlining a liberal trend among high school students, even those in Hopkinton.

Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts and the Republican challenger, trailed far behind President Obama, garnering only 27.4% of the vote to the president’s 58.9%. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson received 6.1% of the votes, while fill-in candidates, including Green Party nominee Jill Stein, took the remaining 7.6%. That Governor Romney finished over thirty points behind the president belies the close competition between the two candidates in the national forum, where every percentage point in the polls represents a hard-fought battle as the November 6th election approaches.

The survey was facilitated by the Newspaper Club and distributed at lunches on the 1st and 2nd of October. Almost 200 student responses, which reflected a fairly representative sample of all four grades, were recorded. It polled a number of topics not restricted to the presidential candidate.

When asked to rank their own interest in politics with a number from one to ten, freshmen averaged a 5.1 on the scale, denoting a marginally above-average interest. Interest rose with grade level to an average of 5.88 for sophomores and 5.98 for juniors, and then spiked to 7.20 for current seniors. The class of 2013 also logged over 60% of the school-wide votes for Libertarian Gary Johnson, while the juniors constituted a majority of voters for write-in candidates not among the three listed on the poll. Among the freshmen, Governor Romney received nearly 36% of the vote, the highest percentage out of any one grade.

Students responding to the question “Are your political views basically the same as those of your parents?” answered in the affirmative within one point of 62% for the freshman, sophomore, and senior classes, while juniors logged a 73.5% similarity—over ten points higher than the rest of the school.

The club will use these data to draw meaningful conclusions about political culture, trends, and awareness among HHS students in the coming weeks.

Reprinted with permission from HHSPress.org, Hopkinton High School's online newspaper.


Honoring Veterans

October 7, 2012 — Pack 97, in the shadow of the Doughboy Memorial, a monument dedicated to World War I veterans, joined Hopkinton veterans this evening for the playing of taps, a tradition on the first Sunday of each month in Hopkinton. This Sunday's ceremony was held at the Veterans' Memorial Gazebo on the Hopkinton Common. Above, Jack Brennan practices lowering the flag.


CORRECTION: In a report on last Thursday's School Committee meeting, a word in a quote attributed to Mr. Joseph Markey was incorrect. The correct word is "credibility," and that word has been inserted in place of the incorrect word. HopNews regrets this and anytime there is an inaccuracy in any form and encourages readers to drop an email, or if the level of need is more pressing, a phone call is welcome.

Doggie Delights

October 7, 2012 — Groomer Sue Heinonen treats Cloe to a blueberry facial, which has been on special at Healthy Paws Veterinary Center.  And yes, blueberries are one of the ingredients.


The Ghost and Kate Howard

October 7, 2012 — Kate Howard took a break from her tasks at Weston Nurseries to pose with a skeleton/ghost inside the garden center on Friday. The store has unique and eclectic Halloween displays inside and out.


Future Hillers – Don’t Miss Out On Hopkinton Gear in Youth Sizes

The kids will be happy about this one. For a limited time, The Hopkinton High School Boosters is offering Hiller sweatshirts, sweatpants and more in the full range of youth sizes -- such as those shown above graciously worn by future Hillers Dan, Andrew and Ryan D’Alleva. Get your gear today by filling out the special order form available on the web site, www.hopkintonboosters.com or through the school district’s E-Flyers list sent out through e-mail each week. Deadline has been extended through October 25 and all merchandise will arrive promptly before the holidays. Support Hopkinton athletics and get your children ready to stay warm and cozy – on and off the field -- in the cooler months. For more information, e-mail sarah.harvey@comcast.net. Also of special note: If you’re looking for some family fun, check out the undefeated Hopkinton High School varsity football game next weekend which has been rescheduled from Friday, October 12 to Saturday, October 13 at 1 p.m. Bring the family and enjoy the game.


Low - Ri -  Der

October 6, 2012 — A complaint from a reader brought the News 24 -mobile to the gravel part of Lumber Street, where the compacted surface has yielded to the weather. A Town Meeting article to pave this part of the street went down in flames this past spring. Although the vehicle appears to have flat front tires, it does not. It is sitting in a depression in the middle of the road.


Capsized Canoe - Good Samaritan Assists in Rescue

October 6, 2012 — A fifty-something man and a ten year-old boy, their relationship unknown at this time, were in a canoe that capsized on Hopkinton Reservoir and called for help. While help was on the way from fire and police from Ashland and Hopkinton, the man reached the shore with the help of a good Samaritan ( white tee shirt, above) but complained of chest pains. Above from left, firefighters James Gosselin and Matt Bailey take vitals and prepare the conscious man for transport to MetroWest Medical Center, while Officer David Shane places blankets around the cold and wet boy, and a fierce wind was blowing off of the choppy water.

            "He would be dead if he hadn't been wearing a life vest," said one police officer. 

           Although the incident itself, as well as the scene above are in Ashland,  the towns share jurisdiction of the reservoir once they hit the water; and because the park's main entrance is in Hopkinton, Hopkinton's public safety units usually respond to everything regardless of which side of the town line an incident occurs.



October 6, 2012 — Opposing state rep candidate Marty Lamb stands to the right of Carolyn Dykema, who stands to his left, both as a physical location and a political metaphor. But each candidate got a kick out of posing in a photo together as their campaign workers and volunteers held signs, waved to passersby, and engaged pedestrians in challenging political banter.


Hopkinton 37, Dover-Sherborn 18

Dover-Sherborn hosted Hopkinton Friday evening at their new field that was dedicated at halftime.


Rita M. Cassidy, 97

Rita M. Cassidy, 97, of Ashland, passed away Wednesday, October 3, 2012. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth (Brown) and George Daley. She was the wife of the late Gerald J. Cassidy Sr.

A former Hopkinton resident, Rita had worked for Fenwal in Ashland and then later worked for Sears in Framingham after retiring from Fenwal where she worked for over 20 year's as the executive secretary for the V P.

She is survived by her children, Gerald Cassidy Jr. and his wife Eileen of Bonita Springs, FL. and York, Maine, John Cassidy and his wife Susan of Michigan; and a sister, Helen Pancini of Framingham. She also leaves behind 5 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by a son, Jim Cassidy a sister, Katherine and her husband Joseph Stevens and 2 brother James and John Daley.

Visitation will be held on Friday, October 5, 2012 from 9-10 a.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. A Funeral Mass will follow in Saint John's Church in Hopkinton at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in the parish Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Rita's memory may be made to Carlyle House, Activity Department, 342 Winter St Framingham, MA 01702.


Tree Planting in Recognition of Dykema’s Environmental Leadership Award

State Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) was joined by local landscape professionals and the Holliston Rail Trail Committee earlier today to plant a tree in Holliston to recognize the 2012 Environmental Leadership Award she received from the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association, Inc. (MNLA) earlier this year.
“I’m very grateful to have received this award and to be able to add this tree to the growing park at the Rail Trail here in Holliston,” said Representative Dykema.  “MNLA member businesses are the backbone of our Commonwealth’s agriculture industry and they are the local businesses that drive our economy. Agriculture is part of our heritage here in Massachusetts and I’m proud of the work we’ve done together to promote the industry’s continued success.”
“We are pleased to honor Representative Carolyn Dykema for her strong leadership and commitment to addressing the range of complex environmental issues that affect residents and businesses throughout the Commonwealth,” said Rena Sumner, Executive Director of the MNLA.
Dykema worked with the landscape and agriculture community this legislative session to develop a bill to provide an agricultural investment tax credit for small agricultural businesses. She also spearheaded the successful effort to reinstate the Agriculture Innovation Center that will fund projects with a 100% match of private funding, creating new opportunities for farms to grow and improve here in the Commonwealth.  Dykema serves on the Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture and was co-chair of the Water Infrastructure Finance Commission.
The MNLA is a non-profit organization that represents nursery and landscape professionals in Massachusetts, a $3 billion dollar industry in the Commonwealth.  The MNLA Environmental Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have consistently provided informed leadership in dealing with complex environmental issues.

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Pay No Tax Next Weekend at Holliston Antiques

October 5, 2012 — Holliston Antiques owner Al Carboni said of his customers, mom Cindy, ten year-old Tyler and Camden, 7, above, both in and out of the looking glass, "They're all antique-ers."

        Mr. Carboni said that Holliston antiques, which in addition to a store full of fine antiques, sells and buys silver and US coins,  will be having a no-tax day next weekend. The vendors will be paying the tax, which will not be added to the price of the purchase. In the meantime, stop by 798 Washington Street in Downtown Holliston to pick out your purchase.



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