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Proposed School Budget a 4.8% Increase

School budget exceeds the 2 ½ percent levy limit increase allowed by law — Town Manager

by Muriel Kramer

January 25, 2013 — The School Committee (SC) held its annual Public Hearing on the upcoming budget last night with only a few residents in attendance.  The issues that garnered the most attention from SC members and the public are the projected increase in class size at the 7th grade for next year and student fees.  The Hearing began with a brief presentation by the Interim Superintendent Dr. Steven Hiersche on the proposed budget for FY’14 which represents a 4.8% increase over last year. 

 

Hiersche began by stating that the SC is charged with presenting a fiscally responsible budget that addresses district needs and acknowledged that the proposed budget is not level funded as per the recommendation of the Selectmen.  The budget challenges as outlined include ongoing contract negotiations, anticipated transportation costs, additional staff needs and the new State mandated teacher supervision and evaluation guidelines.  In discussing payroll increases projected in the new budget, Finance Director Ralph Dumas (photo, left) made the point, “Clearly, payroll increases really drive the budget.”

 

Addressing the Middle School class sizes, Dr. Hiersche commented that Alan Keller and the staff at the MS were still working four scenarios to address the increase in class sizes with the goal of decreasing them in the most cost effective manner that works long term for future classes.  The budget impacts are not yet fully understood, and that detail will be finalized for next week’s SC meeting that will finalize the budget that the SC sends to the Selectmen for inclusion in the budget sent forward to the Appropriation Committee in preparation for Annual Town Meeting (ATM) May 6th.  In addressing detail on the new teacher supervision and evaluation guidelines, Hiersche commented, “We have reached the point of no choice in adding administrative staff to manage the state-mandated supervision and evaluation program.”  Included in the proposed budget is an increase of $271,000 for administration and expenses to address the new guidelines which includes two new assistant principals and software to manage the initiative.

 

In opening comments, SC member John Graziano addressed the initiative briefly.  “We want people to understand that as much as it is an unfunded mandate and a lot of work, the new state mandated supervision and evaluation program is a good thing.  There is real value there.”

 

Parent Amy Ritterbusch spoke first specifically addressing the class size concerns for the MS.  She presented a petition to the SC representing the concerns of many that the class sizes were a priority to address.  “I am very pleased to hear tonight that you were looking at various models to address the concerns of class size at the Middle School.”  She continued that while disappointed to not be able to hear more specifics about a specific solution or approach at this meeting, she looks forward to hearing more next week.

 

Resident Dana Hall also spoke largely addressing the real hit parents particularly of high school students take with fees from laptop costs, to bus and athletic fees.  “I just want to emphasize that the fee impact is quite substantial for high school students.” He suggested that the technology increases proposed for next year’s budget currently at $220,000 could be a place where reasonable cuts might be made.  Later in the meeting SC member Rebecca Robak concurred that this might be a place where reductions in increases for next year might be made.

 

Dumas presented some detail on the F1 Visa program and the revolving expense account for that program.  There are currently 15 students at the HS that pay tuition of $14,000 to study at Hopkinton HS this year.  “Up until this year only a small amount of funding has come out of that revolving account.”  He detailed that until this year the Mandarin Chinese teacher was paid for with grant money; now the account pays for that teacher, a portion of the salary for the World Language Coordinator, who will address the strategic initiative of improving the foreign language offerings in the future, and some additions in staffing that were made over the summer to address a big increase in student enrollment at the HS.  That account currently has a balance of $310,000.  Hiersche added a recommendation that the SC develop formal guidelines as to how that money is to be used in the future.

Graziano commented, “Based on contributing factors as I understand them, the percent increase doesn’t bother me.”

 

SC Vice Chairman Scott Aghababian detailed his position on budget direction.  “Reduce fees as discussed (previously set at 10% target to reduce), do something about class size (grade 7) and get the total increase reduced to 3%.  I could support that.”

 

Graziano and Robak agreed they could see targeting a 4% increase.  Graziano made the point, “Fiscally responsible also means driving education forward.”

 

For his part, Town Manager Norman Khumalo observed that the proposed increase in the school budget exceeds the 2 ½ percent levy limit increase allowed by law and does not address any of the needs of other town departments.  The SC meets next Thursday at 7:30 PM in the MS Library to finalize the budget they will send forward.  The discussion on the superintendent selection process will not take place at that meeting as originally planned but will be held the following week; the meeting date and time was not finalized at last night’s meeting.

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Education Secretary Visits YMCA

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Secretary of Education, Matt Malone, had his first early childhood site visit at the MetroWest YMCA’s Early Learning Center at the Framingham Branch, 280 Old Connecticut Path, Framingham. As part of his tour of the Center that is both licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Secretary Malone took the time to read a book to the focused and fascinated pre-kindergarten children.
                             
About the MetroWest YMCA: The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The MetroWest YMCA, with branches in Framingham and Hopkinton, serves more than 20,000 people annually with its programs, and has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

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Band of Brothers

January 24, 2013 — Chris Hadley, 13, gets ready to fire one to brother Greg at dusk today at Ice House Pond, where  skaters clear a respectable area of snow to reveal a glass finish on the surface.

 

A Great Valentine's Gift!
Casino Cocktail Party
Warren Conference Center, Ashland MA
March 9, 2013
8pm - Midnight
 

Join us for our first-ever Casino Cocktail Party!  We will be rolling the dice and dancing the night away...  all for a great cause - promoting educational innovation in the Hopkinton schools! 

  

Black Jack - Texas Hold 'Em - Craps - Roulette

  

DJ Dancing - Live Acoustic Music

  

Great Auction & Prizes - Real-Time Bidding

  

Passed Appetizers - Food Stations - Dessert!

  

Tickets at www.biddingforgood.com/HEFGALA

$90 each and include $1,000 in gaming chips

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Trails Club Hike

Sunday, January 27, 1:00 PM: Hopkinton State Park hike. We'll walk the Long Trail from the Aikens Trail to Aikens Road, with a side trip to an old mill site on the Sudbury River (file photo). The walk will begin at the Aikens Trail trailhead on the park's Main Road. From the park entrance, bear left onto Main Road and park at the barrier gate. Come dressed/prepared for the weather & ground conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Official Boston Marathon Numbers Available from...

 

 

 

We have 3 official numbers for the 2013 Boston Marathon. Just raise $2500 for the Hopkinton Senior center! Early registration is February 1 and we will pay your $300 fee. For more information contact Pat Kuehne at 508.864.9947 or Amy Beck at 508. 497.9730 x18

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Four-car Collision

January 23, 2013 — A four-car chain-reaction collision occurred on West Main Street this frigid afternoon as one car heading east  slowed down and the other  three reacted a little too late. Two officers kept the heavy, mostly westbound traffic moving while a third gathered information from the drivers involved. All drivers passed muster, and no injuries were reported.

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Hoyt Statue Maquette at Hopkinton Public Library

January 23, 2013 — John Hancock, sponsor of the Boston Marathon as well as the statue of father and son, Dick and Rick Hoyt, Team Hoyt, has loaned a maquette of the work, for display at the Hopkinton Public Library. For those wishing a close up view, stop by the main  room and soak it in before it gets sent to Center School for the enjoyment and education of the students there prior to the April 8, 2013 unveiling of the full-sized statue in front of the school. The statue is being created by Texas sculptor, Mike Tabor.

You can visit the library during the following hours:
Mondays: 1pm - 8 pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays: 10 am – 5 pm, Wednesdays & Friday: 10 am – 8 pm, and Saturdays: 10 am to 1 pm.

       Rick and Dick Hoyt will appear at Colella's Supermarket for a book signing on Saturday, January 26, 2013, between from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. 

 

Police Incident Log - Most Recent First

Updated Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Arrest Log

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

10:23 pm
 Officer Peter Booth arrested Matthew M. Provencal, 35, of Lyons Street, Putnam, CT, on Pine Island Road and charged him with OUI Liquor.


Incident Log

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

9:37 pm
 A resident of Pine Island Road reported that a vehicle crashed in their front lawn. Two officers responded and subsequently arrested a 35 year old male from Putnam, CT and charged him with OUI Liquor.

9:00 pm
 A worker for an electrical company reported that while he was inside a West Main Street business someone went looking through his truck and when he confronted him he took off on foot toward town. Officer Peter Booth located the individual and after telling a long story he was place into Protective Custody.
2:28 pm
 A walk-in from West Main Street spoke with Detective Timothy Brennan regarding an arson attempt on his vehicle.
2:07 pm
 A walk-in from Cedar Street reported damage to her mailbox. Sgt. Joseph Bennett responded and took a report.
9:04 am
 Officer Patrick O'Brien assisted the Fire Department with an accident without personal injury on Wood Street.
7:32 am
 A caller reported a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Wood Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and assisted the Fire Department.
12:26 am
 Sgt. Scott vanRaalten checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on West Main Street.

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Selectmen Vote $25,000 for NSTAR Study Related to Solar Farm on Fruit Street Land
But defer until further study, approving the actual site


January 22, 2013 — Selectmen hosted a presentation by the Sustainable Green Committee this evening, delivered by member John Keane,  who broke the committee's request into two parts:

      1.) $25,000 for an NSTAR study and other associated needs to determine feasibility and cost.

     2.) Approval by the Selectmen of the location (story below) on Fruit Street which  replaces the previously designated uses in the Master Plan of the property. The location would support a solar farm that its proponents are touting would save the town $500,000 annually in electricity costs.

         The Selectmen approved the former, but not the latter, citing the need for Town Counsel Ray Miyares (photo, above) to study the matter and render an opinion. Inasmuch as a major study was done and a committee established that carved out parcels for various uses in a Master Plan that was approved at Town Meeting,  Selectmen were wary to act without strong public vetting and an equally strong legal opinion.

          The energy savings are substantial, but all parties agreed they were ballpark estimates and that the actual value of the savings can't be known until the project goes out to bid.

           Although the Selectmen did not approve the location this evening, Selectmen Chair Ben Palleiko said the matter was not dead and that the group could come back after discussions with the Town Manager and guidance from Town Counsel.

          Senior Center Outreach Coordinator Marlene Troupes was on hand to offer her expertise on fuel assistance, citing figures that showed the bar for approval is low. She can be reached at the Senior Center at 508-497-9730.

          Senior Center staff Sally Almy and Judi Allessio bragged about the variety of activities available at the Senior Center.

           "The idea is to have something for everybody," said Mrs. Almy.

          Mrs. Allessio listed quilting and knitting, as well as six new computers staffed at times by volunteer helpers. There is Tai Chi, Dancercise and other exercise programs that all focus on muscle strengthening and balance.

           Selectman Vice-Chair John Mosher, apparently speaking from experience, said "good luck" on getting any time at the pool table.

           Chair of the 300th Anniversary Committee, Anne Mattina (photo), stopped by to update Selectmen on their progress and ideas, as well as  offer suggestions to reduce her committee from 15 members to 5. She would also like to give up her role as Chair in the spring, and focus on writing grant requests, her strength, she said. Ms. Mattina, who holds a doctorate, is an Associate Professor of Communications at Stonehill College. She believes the committee will need $300,000 in 2015, the anniversary year, and has a list of ways make that happen, from grants to corporate sponsorships to medallion sales.

            "There's money to be had, but we have to go after it," she said.

           The Chamber of Commerce was represented by their 20/20 group,  which the town assigned the task of working with businesses who want to site in Hopkinton They were personified this evening by "Interim Chamber President" Jack Speranza.

           Mr. Speranza said that if a business is in the biotech industry, Hopkinton looks attractive.

           Mr. Speranza said he was continuing to support establishing a  "marathon institute" in Hopkinton, and challenged Selectmen to define what Hopkinton will look like decades from now.

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 John A. "Jack" McKenzie, 75

 

FRAMINGHAM - John A. "Jack" McKenzie, 75, died Monday, January 21, 2013 in Worcester.  He was the husband of Ann (Hession) McKenzie, to whom he was married for 49 years.  Born in Waltham, he was the son of the late Alexander and Mary (O'Brien) McKenzie.  He was a 1956 graduate of Waltham High School and served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army.  He was employed as a master plumber and was a member of the Local 12 Plumbers and Gas Fitters Union.

A loving husband, father and grandfather, Jack was always there for his family.  He preferred babysitting his grandchildren to just about any other activity.

In addition to his wife, he leaves his daughters Ellen Thomas and her husband Eric of Hopkinton, Laura Zichella and her husband Raymond of Ashland, Susan Silva and her husband Daniel of Wrentham; and his son John McKenzie of Chicago.  He also leaves his grandchildren Ryan, McKenzie, Angela, Riley, Colleen, Evan and Miranda.  In addition, he leaves his sister Mary Gorman of Framingham and his brothers Bernard and his wife Ann Marie of Framingham, Paul and his wife Joan of Acton and Daniel and his wife Judith of Kingston.

The funeral will be held Friday, January 25 at 9:30 a.m. from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton.  Burial with military honors will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton.  Calling hours at the funeral home are Thursday, January 24, from 3:00 to 7:00 P.M.

Donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701-4688.

 

PRESS RELEASE:
Superintendent Search: School Committee Interviews & Community Forum Concluded
Discussion and Vote expected on January 31, 2013


Hopkinton, MA
1/22/2013

The Hopkinton School Committee has concluded its interviews with the three finalists for the position of Superintendent of Schools. Each finalist was interviewed by the School Committee following a visit to the district, which included a tour of each school and meetings with administrators, faculty, staff members, and parents. Citizens, staff, and local media were invited to observe each interview, and then met with the candidates at a Community Forum directly following each interview. They were then offered the opportunity to provide feedback on each of the finalists for the School Committee’s consideration.

With the conclusion of these events, the next step in the process is to conduct site visits for each finalist. A team from Hopkinton will complete a site visit in Easton (Cathy MacLeod), Wellesley (Andrew Keough) and Hopkinton (Steve Hiersche).  The purpose of the site visit is to collect additional information. The team will be looking to verify impressions, learn about each candidate's management style, and look for other descriptive characteristics that will make a "good match" for the school system, based on the ideal candidate profile developed by the community, parents and staff members. 

The site visits will be completed by January 25th. A rigorous reference and credential verification has been conducted in collaboration with our consultants at the New England School Development Council (NESDEC). Next, the School Committee will hold a meeting to discuss and vote on a selected candidate. The School Committee is targeting January 31, 2013 for its discussion and vote, as part of a posted Working Session meeting. The timeline driving the process is posted on the Superintendent Search page of the district website.

For more information, please visit the Superintendent Search Page on the Hopkinton Public School District website: www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us .

HopNews file photos

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Sustainable Green: $8-10 million Projected in Electricity Savings From Solar Farm Over 20 Years
To present plan to Selectmen tonight

Above is a rendering of another site for illustrative purposes

 

January 22, 2013 — The Hopkinton Sustainable Green Committee is expected to present a plan to Selectmen this evening to construct a solar farm on 23 acres of town-owned Fruit Street land (below), some of which was previously designated for affordable housing in the Fruit Street Master Plan.

 

The group wants to  enter a power purchase agreement with a company that will generate the power and sell it to the town at an expected 50% savings over 20 years with "no cash outlay required by the Town throughout the project.

 

Given the life-expectancy of the photo-voltaic cells, the winner of a bid would need to put enough money n escrow to pay for removal of the installation in 20 years.

 

Other benefits the group will tout are an improvement to the electrical infrastructure on the site, and the reduction of CO2 production by 2,500 tons/yr.

     

   

Fundraising for Best Buddies

 

by Brooke McMullen

This year I will be fundraising and training for the 2013 Boston Marathon in support of Best Buddies Massachusetts. Best Buddies is a non-profit organization that provides social and employment opportunities to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Massachusetts. Best Buddies allows special education students and regular education students opportunities to interact in a non-academic setting at middle school, high school and college chapters. My goal is to raise $6,000 by April 15th to support Best Buddies, and I'm well on my way but need your support to get me to the finish line.
My involvement with Best Buddies began in 2009, when I was a freshman student at Hopkinton High School. I became the Secretary for the Best Buddies chapter, and mentored for two students that have intellectual and developmental disabilities. My time with these girls was spent taking a rape defense course called RAD. I encouraged the students to be strong and gain empowerment through self defense. I have continued my passion for Best Buddies by joining the chapter at The University of New Hampshire.
I hope you’ll consider supporting my efforts to make Massachusetts more inclusive for people of all abilities, one stride at a time! Thank you so much for your support and encouragement.  

If you would like to make an online donation please visit www.teambestbuddiesboston.org  and select “Donate”, “Make a Gift” then select my name from the list. As an added bonus, you’ll be officially added to my support team with a complimentary tee shirt for all donations over $50. 

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Police Incident Log - Most Recent First

Updated Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Arrest Log

Sunday, January 20, 2013

2:25 am
 Sgt. Scott vanRaalten arrested Alexandra C. Trombley, 22, of Thayer Heights Road, Hopkinton, on West Main Street for a Warrant.


Saturday, January 19, 2013

1:40 pm
 Officer Patrick O'Brien arrested William Isaacson, 47, of Riverview Drive, Ashland, on Hayden Rowe Street for a Warrant and also charged him with No Inspection/Sticker and Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended.


Incident Log

Monday, January 21, 2013

5:52 pm
 Two officers responded to a lifeline call from Davis Road.

5:51 pm
 Officer Peter Booth spoke with an individual who got backed into by another vehicle in a Main Street parking lot.
3:03 pm
 Officer William Burchard spoke with a resident of Connelly Hill regarding illegal dumping.
2:51 pm
 A motorist was concerned about youths on the ice off of West Main Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and advised that there were adults with the youths.
2:27 pm
 Officer Patrick O'Brien reported damage to a mailbox and post on Elizabeth Road.
2:06 pm
 An Elizabeth Road resident reported overnight vandalism to their mailbox. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and took a report.
10:53 am
 A resident of Blueberry Lane reported overnight vandalism to their mailbox. Officer David Shane responded and took a report.
10:16 am
 Officer David Shane assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.
10:03 am
 A caller reported that a male was harassing two girls in front of a Main Street business. Officer David Shane checked the area with a negative find.
7:23 am
 A motorist reported a ladder in the roadway of Route 495. The State Police were notified and responded.
12:49 am
 Officer Jacob Campbell checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Wood Street.
12:02 am
 Sgt. Scott vanRaalten responded to a report of a hit deer on Cedar Street.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

10:55 pm
 A person reported witnessing someone get out of a Jeep on Glen Road and smash a mailbox. Officer Philip Powers checked the area and advised that the mailbox was just knocked over.
9:48 pm
 A caller reported that a vehicle just did "donuts" in a private parking lot on Church Street. Officer Philip Powers checked the area for the vehicle with a negative find.
7:57 pm
 A 911 caller reported that a vehicle was doing "donuts" in a private parking lot on Church Street. Sgt. John Porter checked the area with a negative find on the vehicle.
2:08 pm
 Officer Patrick O'Brien checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Cedar Street.
1:53 pm
 A caller reported that a large pine tree fell on Piazza Lane, taking some wires down with it. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and advised that an un-insulated wire was arcing and a tree was smoldering. The Fire Department and electrical company were notified.
1:34 pm
 A caller from inside the State Park reported that her 90lb dog had been injured and was unable to walk. She wanted to be able to drive her vehicle to the dogs location to pick him up. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded to unlock the gate.
12:47 pm
 There was a report of a tree that had fallen across the Loop Road, causing vehicles to drive the wrong way. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and advised that the tree was to large to be moved by hand. The DPW was notified and responded.
12:36 pm
 The Fire Department received a call that there was a tree down, on wires, across Old Farm Road. The electrical company was notified.
9:54 am
 A walk-in from Hayden Rowe Street reported that she thought her vehicle had been broken into overnight. Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with the resident and took a report.
2:00 am
 Sgt. Scott vanRaalten arrested a 22 year old female from Hopkinton, on West Main Street for a Warrant.
12:50 am
 A 911 caller from Pleasant Street reported a kitchen stove fire. Two officers responded and assisted the Fire Department.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

11:54 pm
 Officer Linda Higgins checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.
11:24 pm
 A resident of North Street reported that there was a possible intruder in the house. Three officers and the Westborough Police Department responded and did not find anything suspicious.
10:38 pm
 Sgt. John Porter advised that he gave a person a courtesy transport to the Southborough Train Station.
9:22 pm
 A 911 caller from North Street reported a past breaking and entering. Two officers responded and took a report.
9:17 pm
 A caller complained about the noise of power tools being used inside of a West Main Street business. Officer Gregg DeBoer spoke with the individuals who were finishing up for the night.
4:24 pm
 A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer stopped the vehicle and spoke with the operator.
2:20 pm
 A caller reported that ATV's were operating on the Fruit Street properties. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and spoke with the operator.
1:14 pm
 A resident of Appaloosa Circle reported a suspicious motor vehicle in the neighborhood. Officer Stephen Buckley checked the area with a negative find.
1:10 pm
 Officer Patrick O'Brien arrested a 47 year old male from Ashland, on Hayden Rowe Street for a Warrant and also charged him with No Inspection/Sticker and Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended.
11:03 am
 A Huckleberry Road resident reported overnight vandalism to her mailbox. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and took a report.

Friday, January 18, 2013

7:24 pm
 Officer Stephen Buckley assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Cedar Street.
5:18 pm
 A caller from West Main Street reported that several youths were on the ice where it might not be safe. Officer Stephen Buckley checked the area but did not locate any youths.
5:22 pm
 A caller reported a minor hit and run motor vehicle accident on Main Street. Two officers looked for the suspect's vehicle and the victim's vehicle with a negative find.
4:05 pm
 A motorist reported that a section of roadway on Frankland Road was very icy. Officer Matthew McNeil confirmed that the road was icy and notified the Highway Department to sand the area.
3:44 pm
 A 911 caller reported that a bicyclist was hit on Winter Street. Three Officers responded to assist the Fire Department and advised that the patient refused treatment and was transported back to his residence in Milford.
10:48 am
 Officer Stephen Buckley assisted the Fire Department with a box alarm at the Hopkinton Middle School.
10:38 am
 A caller reported black smoke at the end of Claflin Avenue. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and assisted the Fire Department.

 

A Day of Giving Back
See a couple of the events from yesterday, on HopNews HD Video:

 

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Hopkinton 70, Dover-Sherborn 41

January 22, 2013 — Senior guard Hank Rudden lays one up for two against Dover-Sherborn on Monday.

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The Woodville Rod and Gun Club has postponed the Adult Ice Fishing Derby to Saturday, February 23

 

 Bike Collection

 

Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Holliston will be hosting a bicycle collection pick up service in Holliston and  neighboring towns for  all residents and businesses for the month of January.

Do you have a older/newer road, mountain, bmx, adult or kids bikes? It does not matter the condition or if it may need fixing. Bikes to be reused and fixed. Many of these bikes will be going to Ghana Africa where they are very much need.  Please email J.wood36@yahoo.com or call 508-277-6728 to arrange for a  home pick up-free event

Also needing sewing machines

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day
A day of giving back




January 21, 2013 — Margie Wiggin, Chair of the Hopkinton Youth Commission, made sure everyone had their fill of a continental breakfast at the Middle School this morning before inviting them into the Auditorium for some inspiration for Hopkinton's version of a Day of Giving Back. Ms. Wiggin explained that when youth become involved in volunteer activities, they were less likely to engage in risky behavior.

 

The first of two speakers was Timothy Kilduff, founder of the Hopkinton Athletic Association, now the 20/20 Commission, as well as a principal of the Chamber of Commerce, and a champion of marathon-related activities in Hopkinton. He was instrumental in the commissioning of the George V. Brown statue on the Hopkinton Common, and the advancement of the sister city relationship between Hopkinton, Mass and Marathon Greece. Mr. Kilduff is the WBZ CBS4 color commentator for their Boston Marathon Men's Division race, riding backward to Boston ahead of the lead runners for slightly over 2 hours on race day for several years now.

 

Mr. Kilduff, known as a man of ideas, had some simple advice for those in attendance, especially children, this morning.

 

"When you have an idea, stop a moment and think about it. 

"Take some time and be quiet with the idea.

"Share the idea with others — bring other people into the process.

"Then you have to act," Mr. Kilduff concluded.

 

Mr. Kilduff had high praise for others in Hopkinton and promised the young people they will find joy in helping others.

 

"Your service projects are immense," he concluded.

 

Speaking next, Hopkinton graduate Colleen McBride, who had a dream of going to Kenya to see if the "Circle of Light" actually existed, said she found a circle of service instead. She said she is inspired by Martin Luther King's rhetorical question, "What are you doing for others?"

 

Ms. McBride became involved with an organization called Flying Kites and related some her favorite memories of travelling to Kenya and becoming involved with a group there. She enjoyed tucking in the children in her care and praying with them and telling stories at bedtime. She said that the simple life inspired her to share with others.

 

"When you set out to change the lives of others, our lives are changed in return."

 

Following the speakers (and the singing - watch the video to be uploaded tomorrow) people moved into the gym for several service projects.

 

Many other projects took place around town, too, according to the itinerary. Troop One scouts cleaned up the roads and perimeters at the schools. The Skateboarding Club made deliveries. Young Girl Scouts led activities at Senior Housing and older scouts collected items for Serenity House. High School peer leaders led a story and craft hour at the library, and the Leo Club was dispatched to the Respite Center to make lunch.

 

The Hopkinton High School Honor Society made lunch for seniors at the Senior Housing, and then made the area spiffy. The High School Student Council worked on historical projects, and the High School Red Cross was scheduled to feed the public safety departments, police and fire.

 

The SADD Club collected and delivered items to Project Just Because, and St. John's Confirmation class had a weekend of activities scheduled.

 

The Ignite Middle School group is planning service for the whole week, and at the end of the week, January 26, the Hopkinton Boys basketball will take on the formidable Hopkinton Special Olympics Athletes.

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

 

Compiled  for HopNews.com by Eric Montville © 2013 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from January 15, 2012 to January 21, 2013

Address

Buyer

Price

Date

Seller

29 South Mill Street Corbett Family Trust $208,000 January 17, 2013 Patrick O. Dobson
34 Overlook Road Carmax Auto Superstores Inc. $844,000 January 16, 2013 Mohammad Shamim
29 South Mill Street Charles Stahl, Nancy Stahl $340,500 January 15, 2013 Patrick O. Corbett, Corbett Family Trust
Ash Street Kenneth R. Weismantel, Margaret M. Weismantel $62,500 January 15, 2013 Alan Greenwald, Kenneth Crater, Abbott Realty
Trust
Ash Street Colin J. Stearman, Marilyn K. Stearman $62,500 January 15, 2013 Alan Greenwald, Kenneth Crater, Abbott Realty
Trust

Last Week

2 McGill Court, Unit 5, Bldg 22 Kathryn Edmiston $503,065 January 11, 2013 William A. Depietri, Lumber Street I Realty Trust
2 Lincoln Street Patrick Smith, Crystal Smith $329,000 January 10, 2013 Dorothy A. Mahoney
3 McGill Court, Unit 4, Bldg 21 Jean T. Chin $500,000 January 10, 2013 William A. Depietri, Lumber Street I Realty Trust
5 Patriots Boulevard, Unit 3D Colleen T. Lahan $173,500 January 8, 2013 Stagecoach Heights Realty LLC
35 Valleywood Road Sean G. Hayward, Kathleen F. Hayward $585,000 January 8, 2013 Leslie Russell-Fahn, Michael Fahn

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8 Ridge Road Chistopher W. Davis, Jessica L. Davis $575,00 January 4, 2013 Mark T. Rosky, Debra A. Rosky
19 Patriots Boulevard, Unit C, Bldg 9 Timary Feeley, Katie Stoico $301,990 January 2, 2013 Stagecoach Heights Realty LLC

   

 

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