Trains and Boats and Planes and More...
anyone who'd be interested in watching my father's 8mm films
that he did in The Yukon and Alaska circa 1942, I'm showing them
at the Hopkinton Senior Center Tuesday, November 20,
2012 at 1PM.
Updated November 19, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
1:25 am Officer
Linda Higgins arrested Kyle D. Mackenzie, 27, of Ivy
Lane, Milford, on South Street and charged him with
Marked Lanes Violation and OUI Liquor.
1:26 am Sgt. John Porter arrested Paul J. Nelson, 57, of Woodside Road, Harvard, on East Main Street and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation and OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense.
Friday, November 16, 2012
12:54 am Sgt. John Porter arrested John M. Leteria, 21, of Jackson Street, Hopkinton, on Wood Street and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle and OUI Liquor.
Snippets from Incident Log
10:17 pm A 911 caller reported that a man was in the woods on Lumber Street and ran away when noticed...
8:23 pm There were multiple 911 calls for a possible chimney fire...
1:50 pm A walk-in reported a brush fire on 495...
1:12 pm A walk-in from Downey Street spoke with Officer Stephen Buckley regarding theft...
12:59 am Officer Linda Higgins stopped a motor vehicle on South Street and subsequently arrested a 27 year old male ...
8:35 pm A West Main Street store manager requested an officer for a stalking situation...
3:22 pm Gunshots in the area of...
Serving the Public
Governor Patrick serves a meal at Boston Rescue Mission’s annual Day of Thanks. (Photo by: Eric Haynes/Governor’s Office)
“As the holiday season draws near, it is important that we come together as a community to help those in need,” said Governor Patrick. “I am proud to join the Boston Rescue Mission in their efforts to ensure that no one goes hungry this Thanksgiving holiday.”
The Boston Rescue Mission has provided basic life necessities, programs and services to the poor and homeless since 1899, and has hosted the annual Day of Thanks event for the past 18 years. Along with serving hot meals on the annual Day of Thanks, the Mission also distributes turkeys with complete holiday food baskets to local families in need to enjoy at home. Through its food pantry, residential recovery, job training, overnight shelter and outreach program, the Boston Rescue Mission provides assistance to nearly 28,000 people a year. Last year, the Mission provided thousands of pounds of food and beverages during the event.
November 18, 2012 — Santa Claus, a good friend of Dick Brault, walks with Weston Nurseries' President Peter Mezitt to the 100 year-old hemlock tree at the one-mile mark of the Boston Marathon that he will light, we were told, magically, a few minutes later, where girl scouts would lead the group in song. Below, six year-old Leah O'Rourke and dad, Dan, exchange loving words while preparing to move to the ceremony amid the warm glow of decorative lights in front of the Garden Center.
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Ribbons of Gratitude
November 18, 2012 — Rev. Kathy MacDonald, who runs Alima's Purse, a charity based at Water Fresh Farm to help disadvantaged women in foreign lands, assembles a ribbon with a donor's name inside. These ribbons will be offered at the market to help Rev. MacDonald collect contributions for victims in Staten Island.
According to Water Fresh Farm owner Jeff Barton, Ribbons of Gratitude will run from Tuesday through New Year’s Day, inviting individuals and families to come to the farm and write what they are thankful for and tie it to a rope of light.
"People often struggle to find the true meaning of the
holidays," Mr. barton said, "and we believe this is such a
simple idea of helping people find that meaning, that often is missed.
As more and more people tie their ribbons of gratitude, a
strong visual of how much there is to be thankful for will
emerge! Donations of $1 will be requested to continue the
cycle of gratitude, this time for those in Staten Island who
are struggling to recover from Hurricane Sandy."
Everyone is welcome to attend the blessing.
$7 Million Twenty-Acre Purchase
to hold first 69 of 275 Planned Pulte Homes
November 18, 2012 — As reported by HopNews last week, Pulte Homes purchased approximately 20 acres of permitted land from Legacy Farms for just over $7 million, shown above in aquamarine. The company is in the process of preparing the site for building the first 69 of 275 homes, which will consist of condos townhomes, detached and attached, and 50 single family homes. These first 69 will be condos. According to Legacy Farms Project Director Steven Zieff, Pulte has the option to purchase another four available parcels to complete their plans.
The olive colored parcel was purchased from Legacy Farms for about the same money by Wood Partners, who are preparing their site for 240 apartments. The parcels south of East Main Street, shown above, according to Mr. Zieff, consist of 300 acres of which only 50 will be built upon, and the rest treated as restricted land governed by the homeowner's associations for their and the town residents' enjoyment.
Branch in Town
Offering a convenient drive-up window,
mobile banking, community banking and convenient hours of
operation, Webster First Federal Credit Union, opened up shop
at 22 South Street in Hopkinton and is gearing up for a grand
opening celebration on November 30, 2012.
institution that began in 1928, according to their website, now
boasts of being ranked in the top 2% of credit unions in the
difference between a credit union and a bank in a telephone
interview for a HopNews feature scoop one year ago, CEO and
President Michael Lussier said, "The fees are less, and we pay
more in interest."
added that although deposits are insured up to $250,000, a
depositor can have greater extended coverage.
deposit $2 million with us and have it be fully insured."
CrossFit is the Name, Resilience
is the Game
November 18, 2012 — "Battered, bruised, but not broken," is the motto on the shirts of people greeting guests at CrossFit Resilience, a newly opened training facility at 25 South Street.
"Resilience is one of the most underused words in the language," remarked Drew Carnase, owner of the business and personal trainer, during the gym's open house on Saturday.
"BOOM!!" Someone in the gym on the other side of the reception area wall just dropped a 250 lb barbell on the mat after pressing it, causing first -time visitors to wonder what made the sound.
"That isn't usual," said Mr. Carnase. "One-fifty is more like it, because our clients are just regular people."
Rock and roll music sets the pace, people moving to and fro, and on this day of the Grand Opening, a buffet with a menu fit for resilience; a "Paleo" menu created and coordinated with the Marathon Restaurant at North Pond. The group has also partnered a breakfast menu with the Golden Spoon Restaurant.
"What we are peddling is overall fitness. We do everything from weight lifting to cardio. Military people and first-responders love us. If you want to be healthy, you want to be here.
"Many people who have been sedentary come to us to get back on the right track. When they get here, they realize they are like anyone else here," he said.
To take advantage of a year-end special, call them at 508-625-2598.
Second Place in Division 4
Hopkinton High School Girls Cross Country Team came in Second
Place in the Division 4 Meet
Weston Nurseries Announces Tree
Sunday, November 18th, 2012 at 5:00pm
Above, Bob O'Connell is in the process of filling up the front sales area of the Weston Nurseries Garden Center with fresh-cut trees of all sizes.
HOPKINTON, MA – Weston Nurseries is
pleased to announce their upcoming tree lighting ceremony in
conjunction with a special event at the nursery entitled,
Hopkinton Holiday Tastings and More! Towering over Route 135
on the grounds of Weston Nurseries is a one hundred foot
Hemlock tree, one of the largest in Hopkinton and will be
lit immediately after the event by none other than Santa
himself! Weston Nurseries is extending an invitation for
residents to join in the festivities as we sing in the
season with this magnificent tree. To make the evening even
sweeter, cocoa and cookies will be provided by Water Fresh
Below, the interior of the Garden Center holds a wide assortment of stylized and coordinated trees and themes, as well as separate ornaments and decorations.
November 17, 2012 — Carol Mecagni and Mary Gilson, both residents of the Woodville section of Hopkinton, chat at the Hopkinton Historical Society's annual Pot luck Dinner last evening at St. John's Parish Center.
November 17, 2012 — Primarily Potters, a group of artisans in clay is having their annual three-day show and sale now at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, 98 Hayden Rowe Street in Hopkinton MA on November 16 (Above) and 17th from 10-5 and on Sunday, November 18 from 10-2.
November 17, 2012 — As a result of the changes made to the lights facing Grove and Cedar Streets at Main, a few seconds have been added to the wait of all drivers at the intersection, but it appears more vehicles are getting through with each change.
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November 17, 2012 — Louis Armstrong's "Wonderful World" would include a sky of Parrish Blue if he had seen this scene at Hopkinton Reservoir one day last week.
Middle School Space, Teacher, Inspire
by Muriel Kramer
November 16, 2012 — For many years Maryellen Grady, long time Middle School English teacher and now Assistant Principal, sat eating her lunch looking out over an unused courtyard. “It’s a beautiful space and it is never used. I just started thinking about all the wonderful ways we could use that space. Most people don’t even know it’s there.” The space is a large grass and treed area cut off from access after an addition to the building many years ago; it sits in the middle of the school property surrounded by the wings of the building; the only access currently is through a bathroom. What started with her vision is quickly building momentum and finding a way to becoming a reality. For this to happen without adding to already steep budget concerns, parents, students and others in town will need to find a way to help make this a reality with ingenuity as well as donations of time, materials and expertise.
The working theme for Maryellen’s vision that so many others already share is “The sky is the limit.” “I started by imagining students out there reading and writing poetry, conducting science experiments, measuring for math projects; the space is absolutely gorgeous especially in the spring when everything is in bloom.” Currently it is completely wasted space. The Hopkinton Sustainable Green Committee, Garden Club and others are already enthusiastic about the plans and want to help find ways to beautify and utilize the space. Some of the ideas already in play for the space are a movie screen against the back wall, a moveable stage for musical and dramatic productions, 3 outdoor classrooms, gardens for vegetables and indigenous plants, a miniature gazebo, koi pond, and more. Students would eventually have responsibilities to help maintain the space; vegetables could be donated to Project Just Because and flowers to the Respite House, local charities that support families in the community. Mrs. Grady’s enthusiasm and passion are contagious.
The Assistant Building Inspector has been by to offer his suggestions as the project takes shape. One parent whose kids have long since finished at the Middle School is already on board to donate the professional expertise and time to craft and donate the necessary stamped architectural drawings, saving the project an estimated $20,000; the HEF has already awarded the project an $8,000 grant. For others with ideas or offers of help, Mrs. Grady can be reached by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In other business at the School Committee Meeting, residents were reminded about the upcoming Special Town Meeting (STM) that is scheduled for November 26th at 7 PM in the Middle School Auditorium; Special Town Election will be held December 3rd from 7 AM to 8PM in the Middle School Gym. The articles under consideration include funding a new roof for Elmwood School for up to $1.1 million; the current roof is in its 24th year on a 20 year warranty and showing the strain. For more information before STM, residents are invited to tune into HCAM on November 19th at 7PM for “Know Your Vote” sponsored by Educate Hopkinton, attend an informational forum on Tuesday November 20th at 7PM in the Elmwood School Library and/or contact by phone or email any member of the School Committee.
NSDEC with input from the SC and members of the community has drafted the “successful candidate profile” for the upcoming search for Superintendent of Schools. The SC is looking for someone that can be a visionary with both broad vision and targeted focus, who is a skilled decision maker and problem solver, who has experience and ability in the area of municipal finance and the budget development process, someone with experience as an organizational and educational leader in a high performing district, who can skillfully lead a major facility’s study and construction project, and who is a superior communicator and community builder. The eleven member screening committee has been established and will begin screening candidates in November; they are expected to screen approximately 8-10 candidates identified by NSDEC and recommend 3 to 5 finalists for the SC to consider beginning in January 2013.
Members of the High School student cast were on hand at the meeting to share short selections from this weekend’s production of “Les Miserables”; show times Friday 7:30 PM, Saturday 7:30 PM and Sunday 2 PM. All performances are at the Middle School Auditorium.
Informational Meeting/Presentation and
Q & A Session on the Elmwood School Roof
There will be an informational public meeting regarding the Elmwood School roof on November 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM in the Elmwood School Library. There will be a short presentation followed by a question and answer session.
To learn more about the HPS visit our web site at www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us
Hopkinton High School Drama Club presents:Les Misérables
Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium
7:30 pm Friday, November 16, 2012
7:30 pm Saturday, November17, 2012
2:00 pm Sunday, November 17, 2012
Accompanied by Hopkinton High School Orchestra
Below, the premier performance at 4:00 pm on Thursday appeared before spellbound audience in a full auditorium.
General Admission $12, Students/Seniors $10
High School Happenings This Weekend
Lots happening at Hopkinton High School this weekend and there’s something for everyone:
-- First, the Hopkinton High School Drama Ensemble presents the school edition of Les Miserables, the musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel. Performances will be held at the Hopkinton Middle School auditorium on Thurs., Nov. 15 at 4 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 16 and Sat., Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sun., Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. According to director Valerie von Rosenvinge, “I am frequently moved to tears during rehearsals. Students, leads and ensemble alike, have committed themselves to a level of excellence often associated with college productions. I look forward to sharing their talent with the entire community.”
-- For sports fans, there’s the annual “Powder Puff Football Game” this Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in which the senior high school girls take on the junior girls in a traditional rivalry like none other – all under the lights at the Dave Hughes Stadium high school football field. Importantly, the concession stand also will be open with plenty to eat. All proceeds benefit the class activities.
--And for shoppers wary of mall traffic, come to the Hopkinton High School Boosters store which will be open all weekend during the Hopkinton Youth Basketball (HYBA) annual “Tap-Off Tournament.” Store hours are: Fri, Nov. 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sat., Nov. 17 and Sun., Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sales benefit Hopkinton athletics so shop early for the holidays.
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Rescue lost man from Valley View Road Mountain in Russell
Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., troopers from the
State Police Barracks in Russell responded to the area of Valley
View Road in Russell to search for a missing man.
NOTE: The Roving HopCam took a trip in 2008 to Woronoco, a village of Russell where yesterday's rescue took place, and videotaped some youngsters doing some daring things, like jumping into a whirlpool that was fed by a rushing mountain stream. Not many days afterward, a young man doing the same thing in the same place after a torrential rain was pulled under and drowned. In a whirlpool is a mixture of water and air that makes the mixture difficult to stay afloat. In addition to the dangers of a whirlpool, a particular type of algae or similar vegetation grows on rocks that are exposed to moisture from water spray, and to those who experience touching the algae, it is the most slippery substance on the planet.
November 15, 2012 — On Monday, this great blue heron just touched down and is folding its wings back after circling to find the best spot on the north side of the West Main Street causeway at North Pond on Monday near dusk. A high film speed equivalent brings out the colors; and soft shadows bear witness to a shaded sun.
Milford Police Press Release:
High Speed Chase Ends in Capture, Arrest of Hopkinton Man
Submitted by Ed Thompson, News Director WMRC 1490 AM Milford.
Updated November 14, 2012
November 14, 2012 (12:25pm) — Grove Street is shut down from Pleasant to Hayden Rowe due to a Hydraulic fluid leak. Above, Firefighter William Lukey lugs some absorbent material to begin containing the spill while awaiting the DPW's trucks filled with sand. The material is expected to be picked up before school gets out. Facebook fans and Twitter followers got alerts.
OUTLINES STATEWIDE GOAL OF 10,000 NEW
MULTI-FAMILY UNITS PER YEAR
– Tuesday, November 13, 2012 – Committed to
creating new housing that is vital to
maintaining Massachusetts’ young, well-educated
base of talent, Governor Patrick today outlined
initiatives designed to produce 10,000
multi-family units of housing per year, the
first production goal of this kind set by any
state in the country.
(Photo: Eric Haynes / Governor's Office)
PILE PICK UP NOTICE
would like to remind Hopkinton residents that are coming into
the DPW yard to pick up resident sand to use caution when
entering and exiting the property. Over the last few years we
have noticed an increase in the number of residents taking
advantage of this service and have noticed motorists driving too
fast while entering and exiting our facility. There have been
several close calls between our equipment and the vehicles of
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Hopkinton Elementary Principals Forum
Elementary Principals Forum - this Wednesday night (11/14) @
7pm, Hopkins Library.
District Attorney Investigates Fatal Police Shooting in
– The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office is conducting an
investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding a
fatal police-involved shooting that occurred Monday evening at
56 Meadow Brook Road in Marlborough.
Updated November 13, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
9:30 am Officer Stephen Buckley began an investigation of a breaking and entering on Hayden Rowe Street.
7:37 pm Assisted Mass State Police with erratic operator on Route 495.
6:11 pm Officer Peter Booth completed a Community Policing assignment on East Main Street.
5:48 pm A caller reported a road rage incident on Main Street during which a young female was yelling and screaming at them in their vehicle and showing them the sign of the middle finger.
5:07 pm A caller allegedly witnessed erratic operation on Route 495 from a vehicle that also dropped several cases of empty beer bottles. The driver got off at Exit 21 B and headed toward Upton.
4:11 pm A Wedgewood Drive homeowner witnessed several youths steal his pumpkins, smash them, and flee into the nearby woods.
3:43 pm Several drivers called for a hit deer on East Main Street, but one or more individuals put it into a pickup truck and took off with it.
12:43 pm A Hayden Rowe Street resident reported his vehicle was broken onto, but nothing was taken.
8:36 am Officer David Shane checked on a vehicle on Wedgewood Drive parked in a odd location.
9:39 am An AT&T employee reported the theft of copper at their cell tower on Mechanic Street.
8:30 am A motorist on Fruit Street called concerned that a broken branch could become dislodged and strike a passing vehicle, but Officer David Shane did not locate any such condition.
8:12 am Officer Stephen Buckley began an investigation into a breaking and entering on Hayden Rowe Street.
7:33 am A caller reported her car stolen from Mayhew Street. It was put into the national data base.
7:15 am A caller reported an abandoned backpack on Walcott Street.
6:09 am Officer Linda Higgins checked out a disabled dump truck and trailer on West Main Street and facilitated a tow.
POTTERS SHOW AND SALE
Looking for a one-stop shop for unique,
handmade holiday gifts?
Maynard School Employee Charged with Providing Marijuana, Alcohol to Students
November 12, 2012 — A Maynard High School teacher’s
aide was arrested today on charges related to providing
marijuana and alcohol to minors, Middlesex District Attorney
Gerry Leone informed the public today.
November 12, 2012 — This great blue heron was happy in the mud at North Pond until it was spooked by the camera and took off, giving the photographer enough great shots to fill a coffee table book. The wings cut a formidable diagonal in the photo, the strongest line in art.
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