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In Memoriam

April 15, 2014 — Governor Deval Patrick ordered flags flown at half-staff today in memory of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing one year ago. Above, flags are at half-mast behind the Doughboy Monument in the triangle at Cookie's Corner next to the Start Line.

From the White House:

A moment of silence for Boston

Today, at 2:49 p.m. ET, President Obama will observe a moment of silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.

The President also released a statement this morning on the tragedy:

A year ago, tragedy struck at the 117th Boston Marathon. Four innocent people were killed that week, and hundreds more were wounded. Today, we remember Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, and Sean Collier. And we send our thoughts and prayers to those still struggling to recover.

We also know that the most vivid images from that day were not of smoke and chaos, but of compassion, kindness and strength: A man in a cowboy hat helping a wounded stranger out of harm's way; runners embracing loved ones, and each other; an EMT carrying a spectator to safety. Today, we recognize the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy. And we offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on -- perseverance, freedom and love.

Read the statement here, and if you like, join the President for a moment of silence at 2:49 p.m. ET today.


Two's Company

April 15, 2014 — The mallard duck in flight is avoiding the pestering by the mallard duck on the ground, which is ready to spring again and chase off this competitor for the attention of a female, who is flying above, hoping that one of them will eventually stop the fighting and pay attention to her.

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Dangerous Business

April 15, 2014 — This bucket truck laying cable yesterday is moving with an individual in the bucket, something that is frowned upon by most companies because of the exponential likelihood of an accident.



April 15, 2014 — Like trumpets announcing royalty, these tulips at Weston Nurseries herald a new season of rejuvenation for New England.


All in a  Day's Work

April 14, 2014 — A Hopkinton firefighter made quick work of a brush fire on West Elm Street this afternoon, even though winds gusted to 40 mph.



Any dogs six months or older that are owned or kept by Hopkinton residents must be licensed by April 1 or within 30 days upon moving to town. (Hopkinton By-law Chapter 62). Late fee amnesty is being offered for April, 2014.

Licenses may be obtained in person or by returning the mail-in form included with the annual street listing or available on the Town Clerk’s web site – www.hopkintonma.gov .
The animal control officer will begin issuing citations to all unlicensed dog owners May 1, 2014. At that time owners will be responsible for license fee, late fee and citation fee. William J. Proctor, Hopkinton Animal Control

Town Clerk Office Hours, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Fine Amnesty Week
April 14-19

In honor of National Library Week, return any overdue or found materials during this time and no fines will be charged!

Sorry, doesn't include past fines.


A Work of stArt

April 14, 2014 — Jacques LeDuc enlisted family and friends today for his 33rd painting of the Start Line of the BAA Boston Marathon, a labor of love.







Kudos From the Green




The Sustainable Green Committee would like to give a shout out to all the people in Hopkinton who helped clean up the town on Saturday - especially the Cub Scouts who cleaned up the school and the Girl Scouts who cleaned up Sandy Beach. Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of the Girl Scouts who went directly to the beach. We'd also like to thank Harvey's who so generously donated the dumpsters and Colella's who allowed us to hang our banner.

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Friends Give $5,000 to Benefit the

Renovation and Expansion of Hopkinton Public Library


Barbara Beale, Treasurer of the Friends of the Library, presents a $5,000 check to the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation’s Chairperson Laura Barry, towards the Library renovation & expansion project.  In recognition of their gift, the Staff Room in the new Library will be named for the Friends. 


Fundraising for the Library received a boost from the Friends of the Hopkinton Public Library just prior to the Library funding vote at the May 5 Town Meeting and the May 19 Town Election.  With the Friends’ gift of $5,000, the amount raised by 1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library is now $280,000.  In recognition of their gift, the Staff Room in the new Library will be named for the Friends. 


“The Friends of the Hopkinton Public Library are thrilled to make this gift and to recognize the library staff for the incredible service they provide to the Town given the condition of the antique library building,” says Friends President Beth Mezitt.  “The Friends look forward to the 2016 opening of a Hopkinton Public Library befitting our times, our Town and our population, and encourage others to support and give generously to the renovation and expansion of this essential community resource.” 


 “With the Friends’ generous gift, the Foundation has raised $280,000 in gifts and pledges since launching its 1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library challenge in October,” says Laura Barry, Chair of the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation.  “The Friends join over 140 individuals, families and local groups giving to this incredible community project – one which benefits every resident of Hopkinton, from infant to senior, as well as the Town as whole.”

Locate the Goiter

April 14, 2014 — The first reader to take a photo of this growth on a tree (cell phone photo is fastest way) and email it to Editor@HopNews.com wins $25.00.


A Yes Vote for the Library

To the Editor:


My name is June Harris. I live at 185 Saddle Hill Road in Hopkinton with my two sons, Nicholas Temple, age 15 and Hunter Temple, age 14. I have had the honor and pleasure to serve as a member of the Board of Library Trustees for the past two years. Essentially, what the Library Trustees do is work together to support the Director and her Staff. I have also been excited to be part of the process for a renovation and expansion of our existing library. In my two years of service to the library I have come to learn we have a fabulous Director who, along with her amazing staff, work tirelessly to bring the best publications, services and programs to our community. But I have also come to see they are working with limited and inadequate resources. Our current library leaves no space for a growing collection, no space for study, no space for public meetings or programs. There are seventeen steps to reach the children’s room on the second floor and it is totally inaccessible to the handicapped.


Moreover, the building infrastructure is in need of major, costly repair. Right now we as a Town have an incredible opportunity to build a state of the art facility which will serve our community for years and years to come. The Town of Hopkinton has been awarded a Library Construction grant of $4.5 million dollars from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. In order to receive this grant, we need to vote the remaining funds for the project. Some of you may have heard of 1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library. Did you know this campaign has raised $275,000 in private funds in just four months? This campaign is on fire and has a goal of raising one million dollars over the next four years. This private money will significantly reduce the amount our Town will need to raise in taxes for our new library. So, what is the Town’s part? The Town’s part to build a 21st Century library for our Town is estimated to be $95 for the average Hopkinton household (that is less than $8 per month) for the first year and decreasing each year over the life of the 20 year bond. This represents a small increase in our annual taxes in order to give our community the library it deserves. Please plan to attend the Annual Town Meeting on Monday, May 5, 2014 and vote “YES” to renovate and expand our library.


June Harris

185 Saddle Hill Road

April 13, 2014

A Yes Vote for the Library

To the Editor:

As a Hopkinton resident and parent, I’d like to ask you to vote in favor of the renovation and expansion of the Library at Town Meeting on May 5, and Town Election on May 19. While the Library is a true a gem for everyone in the community, and there are not enough words to praise its knowledgeable and wonderful staff—it needs help.

The renovation and expansion is necessary. It would allow for several much needed improvements, such as parking. Anyone who has navigated the current street parking (especially in winter) with children in tow knows it is not easy or safe.

The renovation and expansion will also provide much needed space. The Children’s Room makes the best of its tight quarters, but a “yes” vote would allow room for more children’s books, an actual space for story time, and a proper Young Adult section as well. Not to mention meeting space, study rooms and multi-use areas for people of all ages in the community.

Finally, the expansion and renovation would allow the Library to keep pace with current technology with more computers and technology classrooms.

The Library truly is the anchor of our community, but it needs our help. Please vote in favor of the renovation and expansion of the library at Town Meeting on May 5, and Town Election on May 19..

Kate Denon
254 Wood St.

April 13, 2014


You Plant Potatoes, You Get Potatoes

April 13, 2014 — The phrase has become part of the American lexicon, usually in a pejorative sense when speaking of a family's lineage, but it is, nonetheless, still very true about potatoes. Laura Davis, of Long Life Farm, a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) endeavor, planted 800 of the vegetables today. Ms. Davis said that the Farmers Market will open on the Hopkinton Common on June 15, 2014, and will have wine sampling if Article 25 passes at Town Meeting.

        Referring to the potatoes planted today and the onions planted last week, she said, "They'll need to grow a lot  in the next 60 days." 

        The Long Life Farm, which is also a pesticide-free growing environment, grows in several locations; above is one at the former Amato Farm on the Hopkinton/Upton town line, and another is on Winter Street near the sheep and cows.

       Above, husband Donald Sutherland, right, chats with Richard Amato, who owns the  land.


Positively Hopkinton

April 13, 2014 — Members of the Korean Presbyterian Church Downtown Hopkinton express their message of hope for runners who believe.
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Missing Link

April 13, 2014 — This beaver constructed dam off North Mill Street has obvious signs of human intervention, a gaping hole in its center. Beavers in this area, we are told, have been trapped time after time, following destruction and flooding caused by their handiwork. At first glance and from a distance, the figure in the left foreground appears to be a beaver, but a closer look reveals it to be the HopNess Monster.


They're Back

April 12, 2014 — A mallard couple in the foreground, a hooded merganser couple, the male visible in the upper left corner, and a pair of turtles on the rock near shore all share the bounty at Blood's Pond today, ending their annual seasonal absence.


Golden Eggs

April 12, 2014 — Hopkinton Police Officer Stephen Buckley practices his photography, taking a photo of the Godfroy family on the Hopkinton Common at the conclusion of the Easter egg hunt this morning.  Maddie, 7, found a golden egg, and so she won the Easter basket she is carrying. The event is sponsored by Hopkinton Drug and run by Parks and Recreation. Choose the thumbnails below to enlarge photos.


Directions to Symphony Hall

April 12, 2014 — Steve Yavarow and the High School Concert Band at their gold medal performance at Symphony Hall today at 3:00 pm.
      A student asks the teacher, "How do I get to symphony Hall?"
      "Practice," replied the teacher.



April 12, 2014 — A young model boat operator had as much fun as this husky that did not want to leave his remote control boat this afternoon at Hopkinton Reservoir. The spray is from the boat.


Spirits of the Marathon

April 12, 2014 — Brian Herr, left, is not only running for U.S. Senate this year, but he is also participating in his 25th Boston Marathon on behalf or the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge, which according to some accounts, has raised over $60 million in its 25 years.

        Above, Mr. Herr speaks with Producer/Director of Spirit of the Marathon II, prior to the scheduled Hopkinton screening of that movie in the Hopkinton High School Auditorium while the audience pours in. Check out the official trailer below:



Below, Paul Clerici, author of the book, Boston Marathon History by the Mile, chats with movie Director/Producer Jon Dunham prior to the movie's showing.

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Venue Moved

The screening of the movie "The Spirit of the Marathon II" has been moved to the Hopkinton Middle  School due to technical difficulties at the HS, 7:00 pm. Twitter and facebook followers got alerts.


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