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School Cancellation (today) Uses up Last Snow Day

Laptop Initiative meeting set for March 14

by Muriel Kramer

March 8, 2013 — During last night’s School Committee Meeting Dr. Hiersche worked to dispel rumors that there is talk about making up snow days during April vacation or on Saturdays; as of last night those conversations have not been initiated according to Hiersche. There are five snow days built into the calendar; today’s school cancellation is the fifth snow day this year (file photo).


The School Committee recognized Olivia Spar Grade 8 for her nomination and selection to Governor Patrick’s Project 351 that according to its overview "celebrates the power of young people as a force for positive change through service, leadership development, enrichment, and friendship. With a statewide community of peers, Ambassadors build skills and confidence, explore issues, embrace leadership, and motivate a lifetime of service." Olivia had the opportunity to work alongside Governor Patrick painting inspirational murals at the Amory Street Housing Development.


Hopkinton High School Assistant principal Ashoke Ghosh and Technology Director Kathy Dooley were on hand to address the 1-1 laptop program for upcoming freshman.  There will be a parent/student information night March 14th to introduce the program and answer questions.  Ghosh reported that approximately 97% of the current ninth graders have signed on with their own devices or leases despite earlier projections that suggested participation would be lower.  Looking forward to next year’s installment of the initiative, they are hoping to get out to bid and have machines purchased earlier than last year. Early (pre-bid) estimates put the payments for parents to lease at $323.69 per year plus a one-time $15 fee for imaging.  Parents and interested residents are urged to log onto the High School web page and explore the 1-1 blog.


The SC took no action last night in response to the Board of Selectman’s request to trim their budget request by $125,000.  SC member Rebecca Robak spoke to the request suggesting that in light of the request, the committee might have to re-think reducing the fees as planned by 20%.  She emphasized that the SC had forwarded what she felt was a responsible budget request, if the SC was to look at reducing the budget by the requested amount, “maybe we should look at reversing the idea on reducing fees.”


Speaking to the issue of fees, School Finance Director Ralph Dumas was clear that he needed to know for certain at this meeting, so that letters to parents could go out in a timely fashion.  There was a minor adjustment made for administrative ease, so the bus fee and parking fee will be reduced by just under 20% making the fee $190 rather than the projected $189.  He also spoke to leaving the harsh late fee and delay for enrollment in place to continue to “change the behavior” of parents paying after the deadline.  To that end the late bus program enrollment fee will remain $260, and parents will risk timely inclusion for their children if they miss the deadline to enroll and pay.


Summarizing for the majority of the SC, Jon Graziano said, “I really want to leave fees where we have them and address the BOS request separately.” The SC decided to keep the fee reductions in place for next year.


While they took no action regarding the BOS request for a reduction in their budget request, they agreed in principle with SC Vice Chairman Scott Aghababian that they wanted to work collaboratively with the BOS.  “We do want to work with them [BOS] and go to Town Meeting with a budget we can all agree to.”


The SC next meets on March 21 at 7:30 PM in the Middle School Library and will include action on the School Building Project Statements of Interest (SOI’s) for the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) process.



The Hopkinton Public Schools and Wellness Department invites you to the 11th Annual Wellness Fair. HPS has collaborated with professionals and vendors in a variety of areas to provide a fun and educational experience. All ages are encouraged to attend, as there will be activities for all! For more information on this event please see their website – http://hopwell2013.webs.com.


20-year-old Wayland Man Guilty for Murder of Ex-Girlfriend


WOBURN– A 20-year-old Wayland man has been found guilty for the 2011 murder of his ex-girlfriend, Lauren Astley, 18, also of Wayland, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.


Nathaniel Fujita was found guilty by a Middlesex Superior Court Jury of murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (2 counts), and assault and battery following a 3 week trial in Woburn Superior Court.


Middlesex Superior Court Judge Peter Lauriat sentenced the defendant this afternoon to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, and 9-10 years in prison on the assault and battery with a dangerous weapon charges, and 2 1/2 years in jail on the assault and battery charge, those sentences to all run concurrent.



           “Today, Nathaniel Fujita has been found guilty of brutally murdering Lauren Astley. While we are very grateful for the measure of justice delivered by the jury’s verdict, there remains an overwhelming feeling of sadness and emptiness amongst so many who are still working to process and recover from this unspeakably evil act,” District Attorney Leone said.   “Primary among the community who feel such profound loss, are Lauren's parents, who displayed such personal grace, strength and resilience despite the anguish and torment caused by the dark and evil acts of this defendant that robbed them of enjoying the light of their lives who was their only daughter. We will continue to work as hard as we can, in concert with our community partners, to ensure that young people know there are options and resources available to them when they are in need of help to prevent teen dating and relationship violence.   I commend the Wayland Police and Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office for their diligence and professionalism in investigating this case and for serving the community of Wayland so ably.”


According to authorities, on July 3, 2011, at approximately 11:00 p.m., Wayland Police were notified by the family of Lauren Astley that she was missing.   She had last been seen leaving work in Natick shortly before 7:00 p.m. that evening.  Authorities launched an immediate investigation into Lauren’s whereabouts.


On the morning of July 4, 2011, at approximately 7:30 a.m., a bicyclist passing by a marshy area off of Route 27 in Wayland observed a body.  That bicyclist immediately called 911 and Wayland Police and State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney's Office responded and located the body of Lauren Astley, evidencing an obvious wound to the neck. 


The death was determined to be suspicious and subsequently declared a homicide.  The cause of death was determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (ME) to be strangulation and incised wounds to the neck.  The ME also noted that the victim had multiple superficial wounds. 


After an investigation, it was determined that the defendant met with the victim at his home after she left work on July 3, 2011 and killed her, then drove over 5 miles and dumped her body in the marsh.  Pursuant to the execution of a search warrant at the defendant’s home, investigators found evidence of the crime, including the defendant’s blood-stained clothing and traces of blood in the kitchen and the garage. 


Hopkinton High School

If you purchase groceries on Friday, March 8th at Roche Brothers in Westborough, they will kick back 5% of the sale. Just hand your receipt over to a committee member at Roche Brothers at Bay State Commons in Westborough, and you have contributed to the Post Prom Event.
Contact: Colleen Allen at cballen5@verizon.net
Every Sunday during March 2013 dine at Skybokx 109 (lunch or dinner)
319 Speen Street in Natick

Whether your child is attending the prom on May 17, 2013 or you know someone going, our goal as a community is to keep all the kids safe after the prom by providing a fun, supervised event. This is a truly incredible celebration that requires a great deal of planning and funds to pull off. Dine at Skybokx 109 on Sundays in March, tell them you’re from Hopkinton and a percentage of sales will be donated to the Post Prom Event.
Contact : Beth Anne Carrier at bacarrier@verizon.net


Rep. Dykema: Nunes Needs to Address Community Concerns

In a letter earlier this week, Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) called on casino developer David Nunes to address significant public concerns about potential impacts of the proposed casino development in Milford.

"Since you first proposed a casino development in 2009, you have not sponsored a single public meeting presenting the substantive details of your casino proposal," Dykema writes in the letter. "The lack of dialogue, outreach and substantive information by you regarding your casino proposal is of great concern. If your proposal is indeed serious, you must engage with the local communities."
A copy of the letter is available here .

Hopkinton Cheerleading to State D2 Competition

Not doing anything Sunday morning (March 10th)... Then come and see the Hopkinton Cheerleaders compete for the State Division 2 Crown. It truly is a wonder to watch these girls compete. The timing involved in their routine, their athleticism and there sheer determination to succeed each time they get on the mat brings pride to their community and especially to the families. Competition starts 10:30 AM at Tantasqua Regional HS Fiskdale MA. (Fiskdale is slightly northwest of Sturbridge MA. Come and support this fantastic group of young women!!! Pass this info on!!! ~ John Cardillo




Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts


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

New Transactions from February 25, 2013 to March 6, 2013






26 Elizabeth Road Vaibhav S. Dabade, Swathi Subramanian $1,145,000 March 1, 2013 Bryan D. Eger, Catherine J. Eger
87 Ash Street Lynn Taylor, Lynn Taylor 2008 Family Trust $333,200 February 28, 2013 Dennis Sullivan, Kimberly Sullivan
13 Thayer Heights Road Paul Edward Lucy Jr., Karen M. Lucy $437,000 February 28, 2013 Southgate LLC
15 Weybridge Lane, Unit 26C Beth Shopnick $265,000 February 28, 2013 Scott Cellupico, Laura Cellupico
Last Week        
14 Cedar Street Virginia Pitcher $295,000 February 19, 2013 Christopher J. Cooney TR, Vista Realty Trust
Previous Transactions
13 Hidden Brick Road Mark R. Parker, Jamie P. Hughes $692,000 February 14, 2013 Peter R. Bartolik, Rosemary A. Bartolik
71 Front Street Elizabeth Siber, Andrew Siber $765,000 February 11, 2013 Massachusetts Residential Nominee Services LLC, National Residential Nominee Services Trust
71 Front Street Massachusetts Residential Nominee Services LLC, National Residential Nominee Services Trust $765,000 February 11, 2013 Henry E. Carroll, Lois S. Carroll


   Police Incident Log - Most Recent First  

Updated Wednesday, March 6, 2013


The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

2 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.

2 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicle.


Arrest Log

Monday, March 4, 2013

5:42 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested Richard Resh Contreras, 20, of Meadowland Drive, Hopkinton, on East Main Street and charged him with Person Under 21 Possession of Liquor and Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended.


Incident Log

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

3:52 pm A resident of Baker Lane requested an officer check on a carcass that her dog dragged out of the woods. Officer Peter Booth responded and stated that it appeared to be a deer or some other type of animal and he advised the Animal Control Officer of the situation.

7:57 am Sgt. Joseph Bennett spoke with a resident of East Main Street regarding a dumpster in the area being emptied at 3:40 am.

Monday, March 4, 2013

4:49 pm Officer Peter Booth stopped a motor vehicle on East Main Street and subsequently arrested a 20 year old male from Hopkinton and charged him with Person Under 21 Possession of Liquor and Operating a Motor Vehicle with License Suspended.

4:47 pm A caller from Wilson Street spoke with Officer William Burchard regarding a past resident making threats.

12:58 pm An East Main Street resident reported that her step daughter left the house an hour and a half ago and has not returned yet. Two officers responded and took a report.


Free Ba
seball Clinic !
On March 23rd Hopkinton Babe Ruth is offering a free Baseball Clinic at Metro West Sportcenter in Ashland. The clinic includes supervised use of the pitching machines, skills and drills on the indoor field. Instruction is provided by Hopkinton Hillers Head coach Jay Golden and the Varsity Baseball squad,
Players must be registered for the upcoming Hopkinton Babe Ruth season to attend the clinic. All abilities welcome!.
Register today!
TO REGISTER go to Hopkinton Parks and Rec Website or: http://www.activityreg.com/clientpage.wcs
For more details or if you have any questions, please visit: Hopkinton Babe Ruth Or call 508 497 9750.
NOTE to all players trying out for school teams: You can still play on a Babe Ruth team. All games are played in-town on the same fields the school teams play on.
American Sign Language for Babies

Sheryl White, the owner of Baby Kneads, is teaching a free Infant Sign Program at the Hopkinton Library on April 5 from 10:30-11:00.
It will be signs with stories, songs and nursery rhymes.  For ages birth to pre-school.  Signing reduces frustration and accelerates spoken language.


And the Winners Are...  

Coaches from left to right - Asssistant Coach John Sage - Head Coach Carrie Hurley White - Assistant Coach Kevin Murphy

top row - Paige Domski, Greta Field, Carly Stevens, Sarah Doyle, Cassie White, Olivia Jones

bottom row - LuLu Murphy, Jules Sage, Adrina Arakelian, Lily Rooney

The girl's won their division 4th Grade Metrowest Travel Basketball league.

~Contributed content


Selectmen Appoint 13-Member Elementary School Board
Approve $25,000 for study for Fruit Street solar facility

March 5, 2013 — Selectmen appointed thirteen people to the Elementary School Building Committee this evening, including four at-large community members; above from left, Rob Nickerson, Joe Markey, Mike Shepard and John Weaver. They join nine members of the School and Town Departments on the committee. They will be charged with advancing an elementary school building project and finding a solution "...to the operational and educational constraints of Center School that will supported by the voters of Hopkinton, as well as the MSBA [Massachusetts School Building Authority]," which reimburses, according to their formula, a certain percentage of building [not site development] costs. One of the committee's tasks will be to determine a recommendation for replacement or renovation of Center School.

       "This is all turning out good after that dark period the town went through," said Selectman Todd Cestari after hearing from the four community candidates, and alluding to the failure of the last proposal for a new, districted school on Fruit Street, and the bitterness that surrounded to votes.

        The MSBA requires, according to Selectmen, a new non-reimbursable feasibility study for Center School, at a cost to the town of up to $600,000. The previous feasibility study cost $400,000.

         Selectmen also discussed the budget in broad terms, looking to chop $125,000 from each the school and the town side. They will revisit the budget at the next meeting.

         In other action, the Selectmen authorized Town Manager Norman Khumalo to spend $25,000 for an impact study for the photovoltaic soar farm proposed fro Fruit Street.



BOSTON – Tuesday, March 5, 2013 – Governor Deval Patrick yesterday met with Dylan Hughes, a Quincy teenager who rescued his 103-year-old neighbor at the height of the massive winter storm in February, to present a citation officially recognizing his heroic act.

Governor Deval Patrick honors Dylan Hughes, a Quincy teenager who rescued his 103-year-old neighbor at the height of  the massive winter storm in February, to present a citation officially recognizing his heroic act. From left to right: House Majority Leader Ron Mariano, Representative Tackey Chan, Joseph Pereira, Governor Patrick, Dylan Hughes, Representative Bruce Ayers and Sally Hughes.
(Photo credit: Hawley Shea / Governor’s Office)

“I am deeply humbled by Dylan's courage and deeply encouraged by his example,” said Governor Patrick.

"Dylan sets a great example; we are all very proud of him," said Representative Bruce Ayers. 

"Dylan's thoughtful act of neighborliness not only saved a life, but also stands as a great testament to our young people and why I have such tremendous faith in our community's future," said Quincy Mayor Tom Koch. 

Known throughout his community for his thoughtfulness and compassion, the 16-year-old Thayer Academy honors student decided to check on his 103-year-old neighbor during the blizzard on Saturday, February 9, 2013 and discovered that she was shivering and had fallen on the floor of her home. Hughes immediately called for emergency assistance and helped shovel a pathway to his neighbor’s house before an ambulance brought the neighbor to Quincy Medical Center, where she fully recovered.


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Police Incident Log - Most Recent First  

   Updated Monday, March 4, 2013 11:pm


The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

  5 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.

10 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Check.

  0 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

  2 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

  0 Animal-related Call


March 3, 2013

11:48 pm Following reports of a domestic dispute or altercation taking place in front of the Korean Church on Main Street, Officer Jacob Campbell transported the male party to a friend's house, and Officer Linda Higgins transported the female to her home nearby.

4:23 pm Officers Gregg DeBoer and Matthew McNeil responded to the report of an injured deer on a homeowner's property on Hayden Rowe Street, and one of them put it down. The homeowner kept the deer.

12:47 pm An Ash Street homeowner called to report  that a squirrel has fallen down his chimney, and it can't get out. It ended  up in the fireplace. The Animal Control Officer was contacted.

8:43 am -  9:31 am A Curtis Road resident complained that a crew was working outside on Legacy Farms Road. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and discovered that although the workers were working inside, a generator was running outside, a violation of the town bylaw that bans outside construction activity on Sundays and holidays, and outside of other hours during the weekdays and Saturday. The men said they were quitting for the day, and so when Officer Griffin returned on a second complaint, he found that the men had shut the generator instead of leaving. The Curtis Road resident apparently was expecting more quiet on a Sunday morning than they got.

1:49 am A caller walking a dog in his backyard abutting the woods in the wee hours in the wee hours heard footsteps that responding officers believed was an animal.

March 2, 2013

10:46 pm A Hayden Rowe Street resident could not get her neighbor whose dog was outside and barking, to answer the phone. Instead, someone answered the door for Officer Gregg DeBoer and promised to bring the dog in.

12:31 am A Pond Street resident complained about a suspicious vehicle lingering with a person in it. It was a private investigator who had registered with the police.

11:52 am A Walcott Valley resident joined a host of other residents who called in recent days to complain about solicitors asking them to switch their cable service, but not offering any  brochures or written information. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and made sure the solicitors were properly registered according to the town bylaw requiring registration at the Police Station.

March 1,  2013

10:17 pm An individual walking her dog on Saddle Hill Road said she heard someone running in the woods.

4:12 pm A caller from C Street reported suspicious activity, which brought a patrolman and a detective to the area.

9:31 am A Davis Road reported an apartment break in and items missing.

Editor's Note: The above report contains some apparent commentary added during  the transposition from the police.



BOSTON – Monday, March 4, 2013 – Governor Deval Patrick today met with Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to the United States João Vale de Almeida, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States Michael Collins and Consul General of Ireland in Boston Michael Lonergan. Ireland currently holds the rotating EU Presidency. The meeting builds on the Patrick-Murray Administration’s commitment to cultivating and expanding the existing relationship between Massachusetts and the EU, its largest trade partner.

Governor Patrick meets with Ambassador of the European Union to the U.S. Joao Vale de Almeida, Ambassador of Ireland to the U.S. Michael Collins and Counsel General of Ireland to Boston Michael Lonergan in the Governor’s Office. (Photo credit: Eric Haynes / Governor’s Office)

“It’s a pleasure to welcome Ambassador Vale de Almeida, Ambassador Collins and Consul General Lonergan to Massachusetts,” said Governor Patrick. “Strengthening our ties with the European Union will allow the Commonwealth to compete in the 21st century global economy.”

Prior to becoming Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States in 2010, Ambassador Vale de Almeida served as the Director General for External Relations at the European Commission. He was also Head of Cabinet for European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, and before that held a senior position in the Directorate General for Education and Culture. Ambassador Vale de Almeida is originally from Portugal.

Prior to becoming Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States in 2007, Ambassador Collins served as second secretary general at the Department of the Taoiseach, or Irish prime minister. He was also Ireland’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Emirates, and then to the Czech Republic and Ukraine. Collins last visited Boston in February 2012 with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

The EU, which has the largest GDP in the world at $15.7 trillion, represents 34 percent of Massachusetts’ exports and 27 percent of imports. Supporters believe harmonized standards and regulations between the EU and the U.S. would have a significant effect on GDP growth for both markets.
~ Photo and content, Governor's Office


Murtha Cullina Attorney Kathleen Connolly Ciriello Elected MACC President


Boston, MA (March 4, 2013)… Kathleen Connolly Ciriello (Hopkinton, MA resident), counsel at Murtha Cullina LLP and resident in the firm’s Boston office, was recently elected President of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commission (MACC) for 2013-2014.


In this role, Ms. Connolly Ciriello will lead MACC in advocating for informed land management, development and community conservation by working with state agencies, legislators, developers, the courts, other environmental non-profits and the general public. She will also oversee MACC's promotion of advocacy for manageable, science-based laws and regulations relating to wetlands and other water resources, open space, and biological resources. She will continue her work educating and training the greater conservation and land trust communities and interested public.


“It is such a privilege to have been elected MACC President,” said Ms. Connolly Ciriello. “I look forward to representing MACC as the state proposes and implements new regulatory laws, and also look forward to carrying out MACC’s more than half a century year-old mission of providing conservation recourses.”


Ms. Connolly Ciriello has previously served as MACC Vice President.


Ms. Connolly Ciriello has a wide range of experience in land use permitting law and litigation, and an extensive background in land use and environmental law with an emphasis on zoning planning and conservation.  Ms. Connolly joined Murtha Cullina in 2008. She received her J.D., cum laude, from University of Connecticut Law School, and B.A., magna cum laude, from Boston College.


Young Team Does Well

Hopkinton Wrestling had a busy week last week competing in three post season tournaments in 7 days. The Hiller Wrestling squad competed in sectionals at Quabbin Regional High School. In that tournament they qualified six wrestlers for the Division 2 state tournament. Two Freshman, Lukas Kaminski (120) and Josh Sokol (Heavyweight), qualified for the state tournament for the Hillers by placing fourth and third respectively. Sophomore, Conrad Lavoie (220), also qualified for the state tournament by placing third at the Sectional Tournament. The Junior Tri-Captains all qualified for the state tournament as well. Nick Ferris(132), Callan Berry (195), and Nolan Cornu (152), all had spectacular days at the sectional Tournament. Ferris finished third place, Berry finished in second place, and Cornu won the sectional title. As a team the Hillers finished fifth. 


At the Division Two State Tournament Cornu shined. He was a state finalist as a junior in a very difficult weight class. He qualified for the All State tournament as well. The Hopkinton Wrestling Team was very young this year, and we are excited that no one will be leaving due to graduation, and we are looking forward to continued success next year! ~ Jessica Karner


Troopers Subdue Struggling Suspect in Car Stop, Find Drugs, Gun and Cash


On Saturday, March 2 at approximately 10:30 p.m., Massachusetts State Trooper Ryan Walczak stopped a Dodge Avenger for multiple motor vehicle infractions on the Massachusetts Turnpike in the town of Millbury. Trooper Walczak approached the car and spoke to the operator, who was described as hostile and uncooperative. The driver eventually handed over a Massachusetts driver’s license bearing a photograph that did not resemble the driver. The driver also handed Trooper Walczak a Hertz rental car agreement that was more than two weeks old and under a different name.


The trooper posed further questions to the operator, who gave answers inconsistent with information on the provided license, including his date of birth. The operator was asked to exit his car; a pat frisk yielded a pocket knife.


While troopers were searching the car, the driver suddenly ran out into the busy travel lane, trying to jump in front of moving cars. Trooper Deluca ran out into traffic and struggled to drag him back into the breakdown lane, nearly being struck by a tractor trailer in the process. Troopers Deluca and Walczak struggled with the driver, who tried to climb over a barrier on an overpass over Route 146 below. The suspect stated that he wanted to end his life and take some of the troopers with him. Trooper Walczak radioed for more assistance and responding troopers were finally able to get the operator into custody.


A search of the Avenger revealed a stolen, loaded .40 caliber handgun, an ounce of marijuana with evidence of drug distribution, and more than $2,000 cash.


During the booking process, troopers learned the driver’s true identity is BARRY JEAN-BAPTISTE, 26, of Malden. JEAN-BAPTISTE was booked and held on $20,000 bail. He is charged with the following offenses:

-Unlawful possession of a firearm without a permit;

-Possession of a high capacity firearm;

-Operating with a suspended license;

-Five counts of assault and battery on a police officer;

-Possession with intent to distribute a Class D substance (marijuana);

-Resisting arrest;

-Threats; and

-Numerous motor vehicle violations.




Hopkinton's Senior Center

Monday March 18 for St. Patrick's Day party.

Boiled Dinner is scheduled to be served at Noon with Glenshane's performance at 1pm. The cost is $8.00 per person.

Reservations must be made by Fri. March 13 - Call 508-497-9730
Together Jean and John Nesbitt form the duo, Glenshane. John, who grew up in County Derry, Northern Ireland listening to all the traditional musicians of the day, and Jean, a native New Englander, whose musical influences range from Broadway to Bach and rhythm and blues to folk have been performing together for 25 years. They met each other while on the road when John was a member of The Bards Irish Folk Group from Northern Ireland, and Jean was performing with The Faculty, a cover band. Their performance of songs from the U.S., Canada, and the British Isles runs the full gamut - from the most touching to the most rollicking renditions - and John's storytelling and Irish wit delight audiences. The duo's vocal harmonies are enhanced with their use of several instruments including guitar, bass, harmonica, penny whistle, and piano melodica. 

Over the years Glenshane has had the honor of opening for Tommy Makem as well as The Clancy Brothers. Jean and John - as Glenshane - were also the featured performers at a reception in Portland, ME for President Clinton in the mid-nineties.


The duo has appeared on various TV programs including On the Road with Charles Kuralt CBS, Prime Time NBC, and Evening Magazine NBC. Their recordings to date include The Giving Tree Angel, an international love song written to celebrate The Giving Tree exchange program between Rangeley, ME and Lac Megantic, Quebec; and Road to the Mountains, a collection of twelve songs (with three originals) available on CD and cassette.




The Hotshots

March 4, 2013 — The Hopkinton Hotshots lined up yesterday at the high school athletic center on their own turf to take on the Harlem Wizards in a fundraiser sponsored by the HPTA. Below, the Harlem Wizards, in light of the awesome power of their fearsome opponents, do some last-minute ball-handling practice before the game yesterday.


Directions to Symphony Hall

Hopkinton High School students Ryan Turano '15, Blair Guild -13 and Travis Murdock '14 performed at the 2013 Massachusetts All-State Concert on Saturday March 2 at Boston's Symphony Hall. Ryan and Travis performed with the All-State Band and Blair performed with the All-State Chorus.   More than 2000 students from across the Commonwealth auditioned for places in the All-State groups.  The students attended rehearsals over a three-day conference at the Seaport World Trade Center which culminated in the performance at Symphony Hall.


On the Money

March 4, 2013 — The granite base for the Hoyt statue slated for installation later this month, and for unveiling in April, was put in place and leveled today in front of Center School. The statue will pay tribute to Team Hoyt, a father and son duo that has raced in the Wheelchair division of the BAA Boston Marathon for decades.

    A maquette of the work is currently available for viewing at the Hopkinton Library for a limited time. 


Let’s Stop the Milford Casino NOW

Dear Editor,

I ask fellow Hopkinton residents to please join me in signing the citizen’s petition to Governor Patrick’s office, the MA Gaming Commission, and both congressional houses to stop the proposed construction of Crossroads Resorts near the intersection of Rtes. 85 and 16 by developer David Nunes.


Now that Foxborough denied the casino proposal from Las Vegas tycoon Steve Wynn and the owners of Foxwoods Casino have joined efforts with Mr. Nunes, the chances of us watching this huge commercial development being built (which will compete with our access to public water) has increased dramatically.


The grassroots efforts of the folks at Casino Free Milford may be our best hope to defeat the proposed casino development of 300,000 square feet, plus 300 hotels rooms and five restaurants. The additional traffic, congestion, and daily interruptions to all the citizens of Hopkinton and surrounding towns need to be stopped now. The petition still needs several hundred more signatures before it will be sent on to our state leaders.


Let’s help the voters of Milford make the right choice because once they support the concept, we will be forced into binding arbitration with the developers to settle on mitigation. The developer, Mr. Nunes, has been quoted* saying, “Those that follow this closely, as I have, realize Foxborough was going to be a tough sell,” he said. “When a community gets its back up, especially in New England, and says this is not what we want, you can pretty much take it to the bank.” Let’s help our Milford neighbors get their collective backs up now.


We can voice our concerns by attending the Milford Board of Selectmen’s meeting on March 18th, and calling our congressional representatives, Senator Karen Spilka and Representative Carolyn Dykema to confirm their opposition on our behalf. Please join me in signing the petition here http://casinofreemilford.com/.


David Hamacher

42 Walcott Valley Drive

March 4, 2013


*Boston.com on June 3, 2012 

Wizards Dazzle

March 3, 2013 — The Harlem Wizards brought their mixture of basketball athleticism and G-rated comedy to the Hopkinton High School Athletic Center this afternoon to the delight of a gym full of families and kids as they played against the Hopkinton Hot Shots. Choose an icon to see the photo larger.
Above, Swoop, a Harlem Wizard, speaks to a youngster he just seemingly plucked from the crowd and introduced as his son, to a roomful of laughter.
Below, Elmwood School Principal David Ljungberg sends one up for two points.


Surriage Comes to Life

March 3, 2013 — Libby Franck brought pre-Revolutionary Agnes Surriage, mistress of Sir Henry Frankland, back to life at the Hopkinton Historical Society's building on Hayden Rowe Street, the former Grange, this afternoon.