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SURPRISE DEADLINE - NOW, MAY 14, 2013, 9:15 PM
Thank you to all who participated.
(All letters received were displayed, with the exception of one we just opened without a home address.)
Check in tomorrow for a video from the candidates - and a HopNews Poll.
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Hopkinton Housing Authority
100 Davis Road Hopkinton
Street Water Main Replacement to
Begin After Memorial Day
Meeting with public slated for May 20, 4:00 pm at Town Hall
May 14, 2013 — Water Department employees were
out on Main Street today marking areas of concern
for the replacement of approximately 2,500 feet of
the 125 year-old water main between Pleasant Street
and Hayden Rowe that Town Meeting generously voted
to fund with nearly $1 million in the last two
Construction will take place from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm. Monday Through Friday.
Support for Ellen Scordino
I have been watching the School Committee race closely and was compelled to put pen to paper on a few issues for taxpayers to consider before they vote.
There have been whispers suggesting Ellen is too ‘busy’ to serve our town. Nonsense! We all know when something needs to be done, ask a busy person! Successful ‘busy’ people know how to prioritize, delegate and execute as appropriate. They know how to GET IT DONE.
My family is busy. Ann & I both work. We have 3 school-aged kids. We travel often and we have a very large extended family, requiring time and effort. We both have aging parents with health issues, requiring still more time. And yet, we get it all done.
And I note: nobody ever said I was too ‘busy’ to be a Selectman.
On the issue of qualifications: clearly, our country and towns need volunteers to work at their best. I commend Ellen’s opponent for her acts of volunteerism. Make no mistake, however: prior volunteerism does not qualify one as the best candidate. Volunteers, in general, are a tactical solution - not a strategic one.
Ellen, on the other hand, is a strategist, a negotiator, a collaborator, a leader – a qualified candidate – with all the skills we need in this next School Committee member.
Please join us and vote for Ellen Scordino on May 20; this is a critical race, it will be tight and we need your vote.
Todd A. Cestari
19 Elizabeth Road
May 14, 2013
Amy Ritterbusch Third Candidate Statement – School Committee Election 2013
My name is Amy Ritterbusch and I am running for School Committee. I have lived in Hopkinton for nine years, have three children in the Hopkinton schools and I am committed to keeping our schools strong. I am a dedicated volunteer with a proven track record of bringing fresh ideas to each volunteer role I’ve taken on in town. I have been actively participating in our town budget process for several years and I feel that now is the right time for me to step up and take on a larger role.
I am thrilled that the Center School Feasibility Study passed at Town Meeting. I am very happy to see the Elementary School Building Committee move forward in a direction that will be supported by the majority of voters, a non-districted PreK-1 solution to the challenges of the aging Center School. I have been impressed with their work to date and as a School Committee member will continue to support their efforts.
I have a long history of advocating for small class sizes and other school and town issues. I recently worked on a citizens’ petition to allow community groups to hang temporary banners over Main Street for upcoming events, which I am pleased to report passed at Town Meeting last week.
Over the years I have volunteered in a variety of capacities in Hopkinton including: HPTA, Hopkins School Council, HPS Strategic Planning Committee, Educate Hopkinton, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and MOMS Club. I’m an effective communicator and have introduced new and innovative forms of group communication to each organization for which I have volunteered. I will do the same for the School Committee. Having watched their process in recent years, I have many new ideas to improve communication between the School Committee and the public.
I cannot wait to get started and respectfully ask for your vote on Monday, May 20. For more information: http://amyforsc.amyritterbusch.com.
Ellen Scordino Third Candidate Statement – School Committee Election 2013
In Hopkinton, the School Committee is responsible for the strategic management of our school system – that includes defining how much taxpayer money is required to run our schools, and how to best spend that money to result in a “best in class district.” I can help do this. I will bring an independent voice and fresh perspective to these discussions.
I grew up with a keen understanding of the value of a dollar. I financed nearly 90% of my undergraduate education through scholarship, work programs, and loans. And, once I paid those loans off, I went to law school. I financed law school by working full-time as a chemist at a pharmaceutical company and attending the evening school at Fordham Law. I know the value of hard work. As a result, I have great respect for the hard-working families of Hopkinton and I will not take your tax dollars for granted.
In my profession, I budget for clients and cases, big and small. I look for ways to be creative and add value. I ask the same of the attorneys I manage. There is little opportunity to request more money or say, “Nah. We couldn’t get that done with what we had.” We always have to get it done and live within our clients’ means. To do this, we need to be able to prioritize, and manage up and down. We need to keep our eyes on progress and spend. I do this well.
Educating our town’s youth is important. Hopkinton residents know this. I know this. Our children need to have access to cutting edge technique, qualified instruction, outside opportunities, and up-to-date tools and facilities. The School Committee can make this happen while spending your tax dollars wisely.
If elected on May 20th, I will be committed to delivering an outstanding education in an economic, efficient and effective manner. Please visit www.ellensforhopkintonschools.org and vote Ellen Scordino on May 20.
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Thank you, readers, for all of your letters supporting Amy Ritterbusch and Ellen Scordino, unenrolled candidates for the one open seat for School Committee. Due to the overwhelming volume of letters, and the rapidly approaching election, we will be announcing a cut-off very soon. And inasmuch as the day is drawing near, from hereon in, no letters mentioning the other candidate, directly, by implication or tacit reference, will be accepted.
Coming Soon: All is not done with. Stay tuned for a poll suggested by a reader, as well as video messages from our two candidates.
Above, Ryan Bohlin, right, with
Head Football Coach, Jim Girard.
May 14, 2013 — On Monday May 13th, at Lombardo's Banquet Hall in Randolph, Ryan Bohlin was recognized by the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame: Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter.
The award is presented to selected individuals for outstanding football ability and performance, outstanding academic application and achievement, and outstanding school leadership and example.
Ryan was the Tri-Valley League's Defensive MVP this past season for the 9-2 Hillers. He will be continuing his football career at Tufts University in the Fall.
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Hopkinton 9, Holliston 0
May 14, 2013 — The Hillers shut out Holliston yesterday at home, as Ryan Sullivan, above, catches some air.
Hopkinton 4, Holliston 1
May 14, 2013 — Hopkinton Boys tennis were in charge of the courts at home yesterday against Holliston.
Barbara E. Lechner, 60
E. Lechner, 60, of Hopkinton, passed away peacefully surrounded by
family and friends on Friday, May 10, 2013 at Brigham and Women's
Hospital in Boston. Her passing followed a sudden and recent
diagnosis of widespread cancer. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, she was
the daughter of Dr. Edgar H. Lechner and the late Evelyn (Kroemer)
Support for Ellen Scordino
I am writing in support of Ellen Scordino for School Committee. Ellen will be the fresh, new voice we need on the School Committee. As the mother of 2 young children, Ellen will bring her passion for a strong education to our school system in a collaborative way that will renew trust in our School Committee.
Ellen brings no agenda to the School Committee, but she does bring unmatched experience as an attorney, along with the belief that a strong school system should benefit our students, and taxpayers alike. Please join me in voting for Ellen Scordino for School Committee on May 20.
39 Ash Street
May 13, 2013
Updated Monday, May 13, 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.
8 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.
1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.
1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.
1 Time the Police participated in Community
Relations or passenger safety.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
10:24 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested Michael Steven Boody, 32, of Route 2, Merrill, ME, on Elm Street for a Warrant.
Friday, May 10, 2013
11:11 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested Leah Faddoul, 27, of Kathryn Lane, Holliston, on West Main Street and charged her with OUI Drugs, Possession of Class A Substance and Possession of Class C Substance.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
11:32 pm A caller from Clinton Street reported that a suspicious motor vehicle pulled into a driveway for several minutes and then eventually went into the garage or behind the house. Officer Jacob Campbell responded and advised that there was no vehicles in the area.
10:55 pm An attendant at a West Main Street business reported that a vehicle had been occupied and parked there for the past two hours. Officer Robert Bielecki spoke with the operator who was just using the phone.
4:19 pm A 911 caller from Proctor Street reported that his nine year old son had just been bitten by a neighbor's dog and was now on his way to the hospital. Sgt. Michael Sutton responded and spoke with the dog owner.
7:49 am The Upton Police Department reported an erratic operator. Officer Thomas Griffin stopped the motor vehicle on Main Street and spoke with the operator.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
9:34 pm Officer Peter Booth stopped a motor vehicle on Elm Street and subsequently arrested a 32 year old male from Merrill, ME for a Warrant.
8:52 pm Two officers responded to Leman Lane to follow up on a 911 call. They stated that it was a domestic situation between mother and daughter from earlier in the day. A criminal application was issued for domestic Assault and Battery.
8:14 pm There were multiple calls regarding a man standing in the middle of Priscilla Road acting strangely and attempting to block traffic from passing by. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and escorted the individual to his residence for the night.
7:03 pm A walk-in from Wood Street reported that his mailbox was damaged by another vehicle overnight. Officer Peter Booth responded and took a report.
12:58 pm The Rod and Gun Club reported the theft of a money jar at their fishing derby on Fruit Street. Officer David Shane responded and took a report.
7:31 am A 911 caller reported a large amount of trash bags in the middle of West Main Street. Officer David Shane checked the area with a negative find.
Friday, May 10, 2013
10:55 pm A resident of Spring Street reported a loud motor vehicle or motorcycle next door. Detective Timothy Brennan spoke with the operators who shut down for the evening.
10:21 pm A 911 caller reported that an erratic operator stopped at a West Main Street gas station. Officer Peter Booth responded and subsequently arrested a 27 year old female from Holliston and charged her with OUI Drugs, Possession of Class A Substance and Possession of Class C Substance.
9:02 pm A Pond Street resident reported arriving home and finding the back door opened. Three officers checked the area and advised that it was the dog that probably opened the door.
7:37 pm A caller from Oak Street reported that about six or seven teens left their motor vehicle in front of his residence and then walked into the woods. Two officers located five youths and moved them along.
7:09 pm A resident of Gibbon Road reported a suspicious motor vehicle in the area. Officer Peter Booth located the vehicle and issued the operator a verbal warning for a rejection sticker.
5:55 pm There was a report of a suspicious motor vehicle in a Main Street parking lot. Officer Peter Booth checked the area with a negative find.
5:36 pm A walk-in from Cedar Street spoke with Officer Peter Booth regarding a restraining order violation.
3:22 pm The Southborough Police Department reported an erratic operator on Cedar Street. Detective Timothy Brennan checked the area with a negative find.
3:19 pm A Saddle Hill Road resident reported that their fourteen year old child did not return home after school. Officer Peter Booth responded and advised that the individual was located at a friends house.
3:10 pm A walk-in spoke with Detective Timothy Brennan regarding missing prescription medications.
2:07 pm Three officers responded to a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on West Main Street.
12:27 pm A resident of Hayden Rowe Street reported that there was a truck parked in the driveway of a vacant residence. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and issued a complaint application for larceny of scrap metal.
6:37 am A caller from Granite Street complained about loud construction trucks. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and gave verbal warnings for town by-law violations.
4:10 am A caller reported that he was assaulted while riding his bicycle on Wood Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to investigate.
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Support for Amy Ritterbusch
We are pleased to write to you with our wholehearted support for Amy Ritterbusch as the candidate of choice for School Committee. We feel that there are some very important aspects that set Amy apart from her opponent.
Amy has lived in town for a long time – she and her husband Tim have been residents here for nine years. Over that time, we have seen her serve again and again in volunteer positions for various town organizations: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the schools, the Parent Teacher Association. Most importantly, she has committed her time and taken on leadership positions such as troop leader and being in charge of communications for the PTA.
Amy is well spoken – at the meet the candidates night, we felt that she had up-to-date and up-to-speed knowledge that she was able to communicate effectively to voters. She has in-depth and current understanding of our town and what we need to move forward, both for the town in general, and the schools in particular.
Amy is dedicated – it came as no surprise to us when she announced she was going to run for School Committee. It was the obvious next step for someone who cares so much about the schools. We have been fortunate to receive her many emails while she sat in the audience attending school committee meetings; we were among the first to know of new developments and decisions because of her consistent attendance and her emails.
We hope you will join us in voting for Amy Ritterbusch on May 20th.
Steve Lanser & Heather Kelley
115 Spring Street
May 13, 2013
Peter and Susan Costanza Jr. of Hopkinton , MA and Michael A. Torosian, Sr. of Medway, MA are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Stephanie Louise Torosian to Theron Timothy Richardson, son of Sandra and Jaymen Singleton of Loris, South Carolina. The groom will graduate from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in December 2013 with a bachelor degree in Exercise Science. The future bride is a 2010 Graduate of Dean College and will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a bachelor degree in Health Promotion in August 2013. Wedding arrangements have not been finalized at this time .
Support for Ellen Scordino
To the Editor, Friends, & Neighbors,
We are fortunate to live in the Town of Hopkinton. It is a community rich with history, excellent schools, growing recreational areas, and intelligent and dedicated volunteers who work hard to improve what this town has to offer. As a community we are made up of veterans, parents, students, longtime residents, and newcomers; all who want the best for our growing Town. At times, change is needed and I think this is a time that voters in our community need to advocate for a positive change on our School Committee.
Ellen Scordino has the skills we need, coupled with a new perspective that I am confident will help our School Committee work in a way that is more efficient, more strategic, and much more fiscally responsible. She does not come to this election with a predetermined set of ideas that will keep things operating as they have been. She is a hard working professional who demonstrates a desire to listen to the community, look at the facts, engage in constructive and open dialogue, and act in a thoughtful and prudent manner.
If you do not know Ellen, I encourage you to reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org . I think you will be pleased with what you learn. Ellen has earned my vote and my confidence in her ability to help bring a more practical and prudent approach to our School Committee. Please join me in advocating for a positive change on May 20th by voting for Ellen Scordino.
151 Spring Street
May 13, 2013
May 13, 2013
Support for Ellen Scordino
Dear Citizens of Hopkinton,
There has been many a letter praising both Amy Ritterbusch and Ellen Scordino in area news sources; advocates for both individuals speaking to the future. Plotting a course to the future requires first knowing one’s current position.
I’d hoped to first have some facts
and dollar figures for funds expended over the past year
covering the departures of five
I believe the net severance salary expense for Dr Landman was $75,000 (He was rehired promptly, reducing the Town’s liability.). My question related to legal fees incurred in negotiating Dr Landman’s departure and severance package is the item requiring ‘some research’. The remaining questions, while described as “easy” remain unanswered as I write this letter. These questions are:
The unexplained departure of 5 top
administrators within the same year (Two departing
mid-year!) is a cause of great angst for many in
Hopkinton. Administration turmoil at
that level cannot but have a negative effect on the
education of Hopkinton’s students.
Electing the individual who was the campaign manager for
the previous Chair of our school committee would be to
continue the lineage that kept the early departure of Dr
Landman from the Citizens of Hopkinton. (While
we know neither details nor dates of the negotiations
that lead to his departure, it is perhaps telling that
the date of the earliest email released under a previous
FOIA request is
Please join me, and many Hopkinton Citizens, in voting in a new voice, a new perspective, and refreshing openness to our School Committee. I ask you to vote for Ellen Scordino.
Edwin E Harrow
8 Spring Lane
May 12, 2013
Property Found on Maspenock After Thaw
Listed below are a couple of items that recently floated up to someone's property. If either of these belong to you please contact us:
• A white Meg Rowboat which is now in the stack of row boats on Pine Island.
• After the ice broke up on the lake, someone's dock ramp floated into my area. It is in good shape and measures about 12 feet long and two feet wide. It is made of two 2 x 12 x 12's strapped together. If you have heard of anyone losing part of their dock, or of anyone needing a ramp, let them know where it can be found.
The LMPA E-Board
Dems to Meet
All Democrats in Hopkinton are welcome to join us for the May meeting of the Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee at 7:30 pm on Monday 5/20. This month's meeting will be held at Carbone's Restaurant.
Please email Dick Duggan (email@example.com) with any questions.
A Mothers Day Remembrance
by Robert Falcione
May 12, 2013 — My good fortune has been my birth in a country that my grandparents chose to live in, as well as a city, Boston, that brought good fortune to my parents by them having met there, while growing up in adjoining neighborhoods.
Over the years, the neighborhoods where they were brought up, where they met, changed demographically. I knew that some people were Italian, Irish, Jewish, Black or Puerto Rican, moving in or out at various times.
The Irish seemed to have already been accepted into society when I became self-aware. My mother’s father, who came from County Roscommon spoke with a brogue, I was told. I heard him use it at Fenway Park to shout things at Ted Williams, when Ted did not meet his expectations.
My father’s father came from Italy. His manner of speaking was unflatteringly referred to as “Broken English” by most people who cared to define his accent. The Italians have had even more to overcome than “Broken English.”
It is difficult for me to forget that a Cuban-American, Desi Arnez of I Love Lucy fame, was quoted in a TV Guide story as saying he enjoyed making every Italian-American look like a bum in the TV series The Untouchables, which he produced. He never explained why.
Let’s not forget The Godfather, a brilliant piece of writing by a truly great Italian-American storyteller Mario Puzo, who romanticized not only Italian-Americans, but an Italian criminal enterprise called La Cosa Nostra, as well. Every American, even in those Irish-enlightened times, wondered if the Italian next door was a made man. Some of them still do. But it didn’t end there.
Sometime in the recent past, the HBO television series The Sopranos dealt sympathetically with an Italian-American mob family and the boss’s difficulty balancing the needs of a criminal enterprise with the demands of a family. The series ended only six years ago, and is out in syndication to this day, making sure that every neighbor of an Italian-American still wonders what their mother and father wondered about their Italian neighbors a generation ago. African-Americans had it even worse, being portrayed in movies and television in servile or criminal roles for decades; but these things change one person at a time, and the African-Americans have had a rapid rise in my lifetime as a result of that one-person-at-a-time notion.
It was sixty-three years ago that my hand was raised over my head while holding my grandmother’s hand as she led me down Washington Street in Downtown Boston. She enjoyed shopping at Filene’s and Jordan Marsh, and even though I was only three years-old, I am pretty certain shopping is what brought us there on that day. But one thing was indelibly etched in my brain that day by my grandmother, who is most certainly in heaven today, if it exists. And if it didn’t exist when she passed on, they had to make it just for her, because she was a saint.
As we walked, I noticed a black man walking across the street. I made loud and animated gestures and sounds, much like Columbus must have when he came upon land. I had discovered the first black person I had ever seen, and wanted to share my discovery with my grandmother, much like Columbus must have wanted to share his discovery with his crew.
My grandmother, Rose, would have no part of the excitement. She whisked me into her arms and told me to shush. The individual, the object of my surprise, then crossed the street and walked past us, it seemed at the time, about three inches from my face, and looking very unhappy at being discovered.
When the individual was out of earshot, I asked Nana what it was all about.
She told me he was a man with a different color skin.
In my own three year-old way, I asked a follow up question along the lines of, “But isn’t there more?”
“No,” she answered. “He is a man with a different color skin. It is darker on the outside, but he is the same as us on the inside. And that’s all.”
On this Mother’s Day 2013, I would like to acknowledge my grandmother, Rose, for the lesson of a lifetime for me, and by extension, for helping pave the way for our town, state and country to have leaders with a different color of skin, none of whom were alive all those years ago when my grandmother made that heartfelt and solid contribution to society, one person at a time.
Robert E. "Bob" Lindsey, 68
Robert E. “Bob” Lindsey, 68, died peacefully surrounded
by his loving family on May 8, 2013 following a
determined and courageous battle from injuries sustained
in a motor vehicle accident on September 26, 2011.
He was born in
Bob is survived by his devoted and beloved wife
of 45 years, Sheila A. (Brown) Lindsey of Framingham
formerly of Holliston. Loving father of Scott G. Lindsey
Bob has been a resident of
He participated in the
Meals on Wheels Program for seniors both in Holliston
Bob touched many lives and left a lasting impression on all who knew him by his kindness and generosity. He faced the last year and half with dignity and a positive attitude to overcome the many challenges he endured from his accident.
Memorial visitations will be held on Tuesday, May
14, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the John C. Bryant
A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 11:00 am at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, his family strongly suggests
that donations in Bob’s memory may be sent to the
Wounded Warrior Project, PO BOX 758517,
For online condolences and directions please visit www.johncbryantfuneralhome.com .
May 11, 2013 — School Committee candidates Ellen Scordino and Amy Ritterbusch pretend to be engaged in a sword fight, for the camera's sake, during their standouts today in the Downtown. Photo by Droid.
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