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April 6, 2014 — These canoes that have just left shore on  Hopkinton Reservoir appear to be rowing toward the flame ahead of them. The flame is burning off impurities from the gas plant on Wilson Street. There is a smaller one below treetop level to the right, the smoke from which can barely be seen. One passerby said to the photographer that the smoke was polluting the air.

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Right of Passage


April 6, 2014 — People with and without dogs share the bridge over a robustly flowing spillway at Hopkinton State Park today.
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Remembrance

April 6, 2014 — Hopkinton Pastors gathered their flocks this afternoon on the Hopkinton Common in ecumenical prayer and memory of the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Some people had been at the Finish Line at the horrific moment.

      Pastor Rob Davis of the Vineyard Church of Hopkinton was across from the site of the second bomb explosion, and has previously spoken painfully of body parts landing near his feet.

     "God spared our lives," he said. 

      Timothy Kilduff, a leader of many Hopkinton institutions — Chamber of Commerce, 26.2 Foundation to name a couple, as well as an elected member of the Parks and Recreation Commission — was seated on the bleachers at the Finish Line in Boston yards from where the first bomb exploded. Seated with him was friend and associate Dimitri Kyriakides, whose father, Stylianos Kyrikides, won the 1946 Boston Marathon running for Greece, and who is featured with Pheidippides, the first runner in ancient Greece, on The Spirit of the Marathon bronze statue near the one-mile mark in Hopkinton.

      Mr. Kilduff spoke to the gathering and offered that he read a quote in a book at Bob Foster's home that said, "Trust Me and don't be afraid."

      "I hope now we can move beyond fear and celebrate a new beginning," he said.

     Mr. Kilduff has ridden backwards in the rear of a pickup truck from Hopkinton to Boston just ahead of the elite runners, offering color commentary and reporting on the lead male runners for WBZ-TV in Boston for years. He is also the force behind the proposed International Marathon Museum to be located in Hopkinton.

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High Water Mark

April 6, 2014 — Fred Paulette took a few casts from this spot at Hopkinton State Park today, after reading on the DCR website that the water was recently stocked with fish. Mr. Paulette is standing on one of the cement docks that is submerged due to the high water level.

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Hopkinton and Milford teens present ‘Stephen Schwartz Scrapbook’

Left to right are “Stephen Schwartz Scrapbook” cast members Megan Sheeran, Bella Komodromos, Paige Guarino, Courtney Forsmo, Mai Hartwich, Cassidy Lowell, Sophie Johnson, Kyran Schnur, Karin Tryggestad Berre, Tristan Clark, Catherine Cote, Taylor Karin, Jack McAuliffe and John Buday.

 

A cast of two dozen high school students from Hopkinton and Milford will present “Stephen Schwartz Scrapbook” in three shows April 10 through 12 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Milford, 23 Pine Street.

The teen acting company, directed by Mark DiCampo and Rachel MacKenzie of Enter Stage Left Theater, will perform songs written by Schwartz, a veteran theater and film composer who wrote Broadway hits such as Godspell, Wicked, Pippin and the Baker’s Wife. His film soundtracks include The Prince of Egypt, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and many more.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 10 through 12. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets in advance visit hopartscenter.org/scrapbook . Parking is available in the lot next to the church, on nearby municipal lots, and along Pine and Main streets in Milford. Contributed content.

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Lakeview Pavilion Burns Down

April 6, 2014 — The Lakeview Pavilion in Foxborough has burned down. From all accounts, it was to be the site of the 2014 Hopkinton Junior Prom. The function facility was a popular venue for proms and weddings, with room for disc jockeys or bands as well as an outdoor pavilion for weddings and lawn space for the wedding guests. It also featured indoor and outdoor spaces for photographs; a gazebo as well as marble benches and garden features in a flattering northern light type of setting.

HopNews awaits word from the office of Superintendent Cathy MacLeod on contingency plans for the prom.

Foxborough Patch reported some employees having seen the fire begin in a newly mulched area. Careless disposal

 of smoking materials is often determined to be the cause of such fires. A Hopkinton family's relatives lost their Whitinsville home (Click thumbnail to enlarge), one of six attached condos that burned, because someone threw a cigarette butt that landed in mulch under the porch.

Editor's Note: Whether it is seeing someone come out the wrong way from a one-way street onto a busy road, whiz through an occupied crosswalk, or seeing someone discard a lit cigarette carelessly, please do not remain silent. It could make a difference.

 



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9:00am - 1:00pm
Boston Marathon Cut-A-Thon @ Ann-Michele's, 1 Claflin Common. All money raised will support
Project Just Because. $15 Haircut (no blow dry), $10 Mini Mani.
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Soaring Heights

April 5, 2014 — On April 3rd Ryan Fontaine & Andrew Hayes both of Hopkinton's Troop 4 earned the rank of Eagle Scout at their Board of reviews.  The two boys are life long best friends and also been in scouting together for over 11 years so having them complete their individual projects and earn their Eagle at the same time is very special.  Their families with Troop 4 will host a joint Eagle Court of Honor at the end of May recognizing the boys' achievement.

 

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Ryan Fontaine, Emeritus Scout Master Tom Dawson & Andrew Hayes

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Doris M. Schofield, 89

 

Doris M. Schofield, 89, died Thursday April 3, 2014 at home.  She was the wife of the late Ernest R. Schofield, who died in June 1986.  She was born May 1, 1924, the daughter of the late Allen and Janet Tracy.

Doris enjoyed traveling and valued the many friendships she made along the way.  She was an avid swimmer.

She is survived by her children; Lee and Kenneth Tighe of Savannah, GA, Gail Schofield of Ashland, and Allen and Joanna Schofield of Hopkinton, her grandchildren; Jenna, Rachel, James, Jacob and Harry, and many nieces and nephews.

 A memorial service will be held Friday, April 11, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. in the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church St., Hopkinton.  Burial to follow at 12:00 p.m. in Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton.

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Police Incident Log - Updated April 4, 2014

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Incident Log

Thursday, April 3, 2014

9:08 pm A caller reported that an erratic operator was passing vehicles into oncoming traffic then drove off of the roadway on West Main Street. The vehicle then turned onto the ramp for Route 495 north. The State Police were notified.

2:22 pm Officer Stephen Buckley assisted with traffic on Grove Street while some utility poles were being worked on.

1:10 pm A West Main Street business reported receiving some counterfeit bills. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and wrote a report.

10:26 am The State Police reported a small brush fire on Route 495. The Fire Department was notified and responded.

10:22 am Officer Thomas Griffin assisted the Fire Department with a fire alarm activation on Mayhew Court.

5:35 am The Watertown Police Department reported finding a wallet in their parking lot but were unable to get in contact with the owner. An officer responded to the owner's residence and notified him to contact the Watertown Police Department.

 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

8:00 pm A 911 caller from Walcott Valley Drive reported that a pipe had burst in his house. The Fire Department responded to assist.

6:54 pm A caller from Westfield Road reported a possibly unregistered solicitor in the area. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked and spoke with the solicitor who was done for the night.

5:00 pm Officer Matthew McNeil checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Wedgewood Drive.

4:44 pm A caller reported seeing two youths smoking marijuana in a vehicle on Main Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area with a negative find.

4:19 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil reported coming upon an unoccupied disabled motor vehicle that was parked in a bad spot on East Main Street. The owner of the vehicle was contacted and requested that the vehicle be towed.

4:18 pm The owner of a Main Street business reported larceny of alcohol. Two officers checked the area for the vehicle with a negative find.

3:25 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer took a report of credit card fraud.

1:12 pm A 911 caller from Fruit Street reported finding a suspicious backpack with a box device inside of it on the property. Three officers responded to secure the area and advised that the Fire Department requested the State Police Bomb Squad unit to investigate. It was discovered that the item in the backpack was a remote control airplane. The owner was identified and advised to pick it up at the police station.

9:57 am Sgt. Scott vanRaalten assisted with a student meeting at the High School.

9:30 am A resident of Jamie Lane reported that an unknown motor vehicle had been parked in front of his residence for over an hour. Officer Stephen Buckley checked the area with a negative find.

5:52 am The Middlesex Deputy Sheriff requested assistance to serve a Warrant of Apprehension on Wood Street. Two officers responded and advised that the individual was in the Sheriff's custody.

 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

9:47 pm A Wood Street resident reported an ongoing barking dog complaint.

6:40 pm A resident of Eastview Road reported having a verbal argument with her adult son who was now out of control. Two officers responded and spoke with the involved individuals.

6:10 pm A motorist reported that there was a car seat in the roadway on Route 495. The State Police were notified and responded.

10:56 am A caller from Woodview Way reported that a vehicle was parked across the street with its doors open for the past hour. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and advised that the operator was located visiting a friend.

10:08 am A motorist reported that an erratic operator was all over the road and nearly hit a pedestrian on Main Street. Officer Thomas Griffin located the vehicle and spoke with the operator.

12:34 am Officer John Moran checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle who was sleeping in his vehicle on West Main Street.

12:21 am Officer John Moran checked a parked motor vehicle on South Street.

 

Monday, March 31, 2014

11:38 pm Sgt. John Porter checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Church Street.

9:15 pm Detective Timothy Brennan assisted an individual with a theft by a child incident on Joseph Road.

7:38 pm A 911 caller from Castle Hill Road reported a missing dog.

4:26 pm Sgt. Michael Sutton assisted the Fire Department with a fire alarm investigation on Ursla Drive

2:00 pm The Milford Police Department requested that an officer make contact with the owner of a vehicle to see who was in possession of it while it was involved in a shoplifting incident. Officer David Shane spoke with the owner who advised that no one should have been operating it.

11:58 am A caller reported a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on South Street. Officer David Shane responded and wrote a report.

11:54 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted a tractor trailer unit that was backing out of a South Street business.

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Library Transformed into Miniature Golf Course

April 4, 2014 — Try your hand at a round of mini-golf inside the Hopkinton Library!

Tickets: $5 per player at the door

Tee Times:
Friday, April 4 - 11am to 1pm (Toddler Time)
& 1pm to 8pm (Open Play for all ages)
Saturday, April 5 - 10am to 1pm (Open Play for all ages)


Sign up for tee times here: 
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OR drop in during course hours to play!

Course Location: Hopkinton Public Library, 13 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA
(Library will be open for normal business during these hours)

All funds benefit the Hopkinton Public Library renovation/expansion project!
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Candidate's Statement - Kelly Knight

 

The fall after I moved to Hopkinton in 2009 my daughter started first grade at Center School and my son was in pre-K.  I was new to town, and to having a child in public school, so my focus was on reading, homework, and getting settled in.  A year later, I began to really tune in to the issues facing our town and schools, and the one that caught my attention was the Fruit Street School proposal as a Center School replacement.

 

I was immediately impressed with how engaged the community of Hopkinton became around this proposal, and how when the majority of voters felt the initiative was not in Hopkinton’s best interest they sent a very strong message at the 2011 special All Town Meeting when they voted it down.  It was not one for the School Committee, the Board of Selectman, or a select few to resolve.  Instead, any Center School solution would require input and active engagement from the entire community in order to succeed, and this was understood by our town leaders and the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”):  Hopkinton needed to regroup.

 

As a result, the Elementary School Building Committee (“ESBC”) was formed in March of 2013 and in just twelve short months the ESBC has accomplished a great deal, including:

1)      Successfully submitted a Center School Statement of Interest – April, 2013

2)      Received Annual Town Meeting approval for a $600,000 Feasibility Study – May, 2013

3)      Invited into the Eligibility Period by the MSBA, during which a determination is made as to whether Hopkinton has the financial means as well as the community support to make this project a success – November, 2013

4)      Received MSBA approved to move into the Feasibility Phase – March, 2014

What will happen next is significant.  The ESBC will begin to work within the previously-approved Feasibility Study budget to interview Project Managers and building designers, and evaluate the potential building sites.  This should happen with continued community engagement and support from the School Committee.  Public meetings, social media, and active outreach programs are forthcoming and the community members engaged in 2010 and at the 2011 special All Town Meeting need to re-engage.  This is an exciting time and I look forward to being involved and finding support from the community at large as we move through the process of finalizing a solution. 

 

As a member of the school committee it is my intention to partner with the ESBC and examine its recommendations and process.  I will engage in open, honest, and transparent decision making in the hopes that the Center School solution project is a success for the whole town.

I respectfully request your support and your vote at the town election on Monday, May 19th.

 

Kelly Knight

1 Ledgestone Drive

April 4, 2014

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Kudos to Students • Desire to Inspire • AC NOT Supporting Full Day Kindergarten

by Muriel Kramer

April 4, 2014 — Hopkinton Principal Alan Keller had the opportunity to highlight the successes of some capable Hopkinton Middle School students at the School Committee last night. Himanshu Minocha is currently in eight grade and has developed an app available on iTunes called Soar Browser which emphasizes speed, privacy and preserving battery life.  According to Keller, Soar Browser debuted in September 2013 and has been downloaded over 6,000 times in 73 countries and is on its third release. Minocha is currently working on two more apps. Jason Liu also in eighth grade will represent Hopkinton in the National Geographic Geography Bee today in Worcester; the top 100 scorers on the qualifying exam given statewide compete in the final.  Two sixth grade students, Bailey Marlowe and Tim Fargiano, were also recognized as winners in Cambridge Science Festival’s Curiosity Challenge; they will attend an awards ceremony at MIT. Marlowe’s entry wondered how it was that the sun was able to move so slowly we can’t see it move, and Fargiano’s entry highlighted his desire to learn more about preventing concussions in football players and ways technology might be used to prevent the injury.

                Mr. Keller was also joined by Hopkinton’s own Boston Marathon Promoter Tim Kilduff to provide an update on the 26.2 Desire to Inspire project. The 26.2 Desire to Inspire project was first brought forward by Wellness teacher Deb Pinto, together with a small group of teachers they met weekly to create a curriculum to support the idea. This year students have been afforded the opportunity to hear from Rick and Dick Hoyt, will study the Battle of Marathon with BU Professor Loren Samons, will have the opportunity to participate in the Wreath Ceremony at the State House on the Thursday prior to the Marathon and will race in their very own 2.62 marathon challenge. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Cathy MacLeod recognized the extraordinary effort and commitment of  Keller and the MS teachers necessary to establish a program like this. This represents “a tremendous amount of additional work.”

                A new idea for educational travel was brought forward by two teachers at the Middle School; the trip was intended to take participating eighth grade students to Iceland over April vacation.  The tour titled Iceland:  Glaciers and Geysers would have been open to all eighth grade students and focuses on human impact on the environment, sustainability, conservation, global warming, geographic features, dynamic earth, and Northern European culture and history. Most School Committee members were unwilling to support the trip to be planned for next year simply because the intent to travel request missed the deadline set by their new process for planning student travel. School Committee member Scott Aghababian indicated a willingness to consider it despite the missed deadline. Speaking in support of the improvement in process to insure careful planning, but also indicating flexibility, “I’m not going to second guess the educators and administrators, that it [the trip] is well planned is enough for me to give it a green light.”

                School Committee member Ellen Scordino objected to the trip strongly especially for eight graders; “this is added pressure, socially, financially and educationally. There is no place for it in eighth grade.”

                An additional travel request from the High School was also tabled because the request missed the deadline; that would have been a trip to Argentina. School Committee Member Jean Bertschmann highlighted the benefit to parents and students if all travel opportunities are available to be considered at the same time. School Committee Member Jon Graziano agreed, “the deadline is intended to give families the full clarity of options.”

                The Appropriation Committee (AC) is holding its Public Hearing on the budget Wednesday April 16th in Town Hall at 6:30PM in preparation for Annual Town Meeting May 5th at 7PM in the Middle School Auditorium. The AC is not currently in support of the School Department’s initiative for tuition free Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) to be included in the budget for next year. Interested tax payers are invited to attend the AC Public Hearing and provide their input on the budget recommendations the AC is proposing.

                The Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC) got some great news last week when the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) invited Hopkinton into the feasibility phase. ESBC Co-Chair Mike Shepard and Finance Director Ralph Dumas have already submitted the Request for Services to select an Owner’s Project Manager (OPM) in advance of the April 9th deadline, and according to Graziano the ESBC is excited and prepared to tackle this next phase, “where we get to start on the meat of the work versus just the prep work.”

 

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Town Meeting Warrant Signed, Sealed, Delivered
View it in full from the link above or here

This year's Town Meeting warrant, the document that is the roadmap of Town Meeting action,  has been finalized and is available for scrutiny on the town's website, linked above next to the Election 2014 link.

 

Inside are the articles, among others, — minus the defining motions, which will  be finalized for Town Meeting — on sidewalk construction, library expansion/construction, traffic calming on Hayden Rowe Street, allowing wine tasting on town land, and a slew of changes to zoning, one in particular that would allow apartments in a commercial zone, an apparent nod to the "Crossroads" proposal off of Parkwood Drive and Elm Street.

 

In addition, there is one to designate Chamberlain Street from Angelo Drive to its dead end as scenic road, which may hinder or totally ban the removal of trees in order to someday widen the road, something that would likely be very helpful, if the property at the end, the former Terry Property now owned by Paul Mastroianni, were to be developed. The article appears to make that possibility difficult if not impossible.

 

 Anyone who wants to put in a Medical Marijuana Facility will have, if passed, a new sets of rules governing who and where the facility may be operated.

 

Some property on Hayden Rowe near Milford is on to be acquired for the purpose of connecting trails to Milford.

 

One 8-acre piece of property at 25 Ash Street that borders approximately 600' of Center School property has been under consideration for purchase or easement in discussions with the property owners for the better part of a year. It would allow a number of considerations for expansion of the capabilities of an elementary school — construction or renovation — as well as a bus route and parking, athletic fields and more.

 

There are many more articles to consider. Please choose the link near the top to inspect the entire document before Town Meeting.

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Building Blocks Academy Teaches Important Lessons

April 3, 2014 — Charges of the Building Blocks Academy created their own fire engines of the imagination today and learned lessons about the role that real firefighters play in our society, stories of courage and keeping children safe. The Building Blocks Academy hosts the Hopkinton firefighters, who come to teach the students about how to get out of a burning building safely.

 

The Project Just Because 2014 Marathon Team Is having a
Trivia Night Fundraiser!

Monday, April 14, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT) at PINZ

•There will be a raffle with Signed 2013 Red Sox Balls, Tickets to sporting events and more.

•The Blue Dog Grille will have its full menu available for purchase during the whole event so you can eat, drink or both to fuel your brain!

•$30 per person, teams of 2-6 people


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/project-just-because-trivia-night-tickets-11116721413

THE MARATHON TEAM:
Ann-Michele Dragsbaek - Kyle Kelley - Jeanne Vumbaca - Cheryl Kelley - Vanessa Brown

•To Benefit Project Just Because (PJB), an amazing Charity that needs our help.
•Based in Hopkinton, PJB supports needy families and individuals in the region and the state. In addition to running Hopkinton's food pantry, PJB has more than 15 year round programs that help the sick, elderly, students and families who have fallen on hard times by distributing more than $9 million in goods and services annually.

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April 3, 2014 — Above, Mass State Police Troopers deploy a robot to investigate a suspicious backpack at the Fruit Street Athletic Fields yesterday per the request of Fire Chief Ken Clark, which was reported in the piece below. However, during the copy and paste of parts of the story, the outcome got deleted in error.

       The backpack, which was very heavy, was found to contain a radio transmitter of the type used by hobbyists for their flying or driving scale vehicles. Inside the backpack was also the owner's contact information.
      The individual, who apparently left the backpack at the fields inadvertently, was called to pick it up at the police station.

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You are invited to the Hopkinton screening of the documentary film - Spirit of the Marathon II.

Friday, April 11, 2014 – 7:00 PM
Hopkinton High School Auditorium
90 Hayden Rowe, Hopkinton Massachusetts
Check Out the Official Trailer Below:

Seating is limited
Reservations are a must: To register by e-mail … khanley@hopkintonma.gov or 508.497.9750

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Hopkinton Wine and Spirits
Wine Tasting
4:00 - 7:00 pm
Friday, April 4, 2014


April 3, 2014 — Please stop by Hopkinton Wine and Spirits at 77 West Main Street on Friday to taste some new wines from Spain and Chile from 4 to 7 pm. And if you are the right person, while you are there, ask Ravi for an application for employment to fill some critical hours.

 

Snappy Shtick Plus Dogs

April 3, 2014 — A pent up demand for not only special hot dogs with homemade relishes and toppings, but the special treatment they get, brought people out for opening day at Snappy Dogs on Grove Street Tuesday. It is not uncommon for a second-time visitor to hear his or her name called out in a greeting by Teresa or Lisa as they approach the cart.

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Lost Dog

April 2, 2014 — This handsome fellow was found yesterday on Overlook Drive in Hopkinton. He is about 35 lbs and has all of the parts he was born with. He is significantly underweight. He is a sweet boy.  If he is yours, call Baypath Humane at 508-435-6938. If he is not yours, but want this white beagle to be yours, call Baypath and then get in line, because they love him over there.

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All's Well That Ends Well


April 2, 2014 — Above, State Troopers  from the Fire Marshall's Office responded to the scene of a suspicious package at the Fruit Street Athletic Fields and deployed a robot, as well as other special tactics and equipment, which they prefer to remain unpublished.

       Choose a thumbnail below to see a larger photo. Left thumbnail, Fire Chief Ken Clark photographs the package inside police lines set up to keep people away. Chief Clark saw a metal case inside the backpack, similar to one that carries a radio transmitter, and called for the special team of troopers.

       "It became 'suspicious' after I saw what was inside," said Chief Clark. Right, the robot moves toward the package.

      

 Below from left, Officer Stephen Buckley points out the suspicious package to arriving Hopkinton Chief of Police Edward Lee on his first day on the job, and Sgt. Scott vanRaalten.

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Walpole Author Pens Marathon Perspective

From a runner's point of view

Book signing April 11 at HHS

 

April 2, 2014  — From local author Paul Clerici comes “Boston Marathon History by the Mile” (The History Press), a 140-page book that in great detail covers the entire course of the grand race - all the miles, towns and cities, and the fun history and tales in between.

 

“I wanted to include as much as possible - history, stories, fun anecdotes, firsthand observations - everything I could think of for first-timers, veterans, spectators, and fans of the sport,” he said. “The book will also show you all the landmarks and sites, and every mile, town, city, and experience imaginable. It’s a celebration!”

 

The Walpole native has run the Boston Marathon 23 years in a row, from 1990 to 2012, and has interwoven all of that experience into the book. “There’s so much you can add from the viewpoint of a runner. Even with all the research, nothing beats having run Boston,” he said. “There’s so much excitement and energy that you get from running Boston, and I wanted to include that personal perspective along with all the fun tales and historical tidbits.”

 

Clerici has unearthed such chestnuts as true incidents of elite runners tripping over wayward dogs, falling over bicyclists, avoiding nearly being hit by a car, stumbling over loose rocks, and slamming into the hindquarters of a police horse, all of which occurred on the course at one time or another in the history of the Boston Marathon.

 

“And there’s more,” he said. “There have been instances where top wheelchair athletes caught their wheels on the tracks in Cleveland Circle; some elite runners jostling and yelling at each other during the race; and the time when a rope that held back the front of the race did not drop in time and caused some of the lead runners to fall down.”

 

Clerici also includes the many triumphs and successes as well. “Yes,” he said, “there are many of those, including terrific strategic races such as Bill Rodgers and Gelindo Bordin in different years making their moves on the Newton hills; Uta Pippig recovering to win the 100th race; and the great duel between Alberto Salazar and Dick Beardsley in 1982. There are so many.”

 

The book also features an array of never-before-published photos taken during the race, as well as some rarely seen vintage images. And for those who plan on running Boston this year or in the future, pay particular attention to the sage advice by renown running coach Bill Squires that are sprinkled throughout the book.

 

“He was very generous with his observations and advice,” Clerici said of the former Greater Boston Track Club coach, who coached such legends as Rodgers, Salazar, Beardsley, Greg Meyer, and wheelchair champion Bob Hall. “Each city and town on the course has its own chapter, and within each chapter are great nuggets of advice by Coach Squires on how to run each portion. It‘s great.”

 

The last chapter - Memorial - pays tribute to those lost and those who survived the 2013 bombings. “The outpouring of support was, and is, incredible,” he said. “Unbelievable!”

NOTE: Mr. Clerici will be signing the book as a guest at the "Spirit of the Marathon II" film screening at Hopkinton High School on April 11.

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New Hopkinton Chief of Police Sworn In


April 1, 2014 — Above, Chief Edward Lee gets his badge pinned on by his wife Cheri at tonight's meeting of the Board of Selectmen. Below, following his swearing in, the large group gathered in the Selectmen's meeting room, that overflowed into the hallway, as well as the balcony above, offers enthusiastic applause.

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