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Arts center secures $550,000 in grants and gifts

Just $350,000 now needed to finish building project

The Hopkinton Center for the Arts is now $550,000 closer to fulfilling its vision of being a vibrant hub of community life.
Last Thursday, the HCA learned that it had been awarded a $450,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Hopkinton residents Kevin and Sandra Delbridge, longtime financial supporters of the HCA, also pledged an additional $100,000. (File photo from left Sandra Delbridge, Dora Garabedian, Thomas Garabedian, Kevin Delbridge).
The two grants will help the HCA complete its $1.9 million building project at 98 Hayden Rowe Street. With these recent gifts, the HCA now has $1.55 million towards the project and aims to raise the additional $350,000 by the end of the year.
The project includes renovating and expanding the 19th century dairy barn on the property into an arts complex that will house gallery, classroom and performance spaces. A new wing, located behind the historic barn, will include an entryway and atrium-style lobby, offices, a gallery, a kitchen, restrooms and a 200-seat theater. A farmer’s porch and healing garden are also planned.
“By helping to fund projects like this one, the Cultural Council and the Delbridges are reaffirming that centers like ours do so much to strengthen communities,” said HCE Executive Director Kelly Grill. “When a community has a cultural center, people want to live here and businesses want to locate here. Older residents whose children have graduated from the schools still have a place where they can feel connected to the town. Everybody benefits.”
In the MCC’s June 12 press release announcing the HCA gift and others totaling $14 million, Gov. Deval Patrick noted that supporting the arts helps communities.
“Investments in our creative economy stimulate growth and opportunity in every corner of the Commonwealth,” said Patrick. “Through this new round of funding, we are continuing to create a more vibrant place for our students to learn, our families to live and our businesses to grow.”
The HCA now has $1.55 million towards the $1.9 million needed for the project. The Hopkinton Community Endowment, which collects and channels private donations to capital projects that benefit the community, has contributed $500,000. Another $250,000 came from Community Preservation Act funding and $247,000 from the New England Center for Performing Arts. The HCA hopes to raise the rest of the money, $350,000, by the end of 2014 and complete the renovation in time for Hopkinton’s 300th anniversary in 2015.
Sandra Delbridge said that she hoped her family’s $100,000 gift would encourage everyone in town to contribute the remaining funding.
“Our work is not done,” Delbridge said. “Plenty of Hopkinton people have the means to contribute, and any donation – even the smallest ones – will help everyone in Hopkinton feel a part of it.”
To donate and help the HCA finish the new addition, visit hopartscenter.org . Donations are tax-deductible.
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Drama students plan June 22 pancake breakfast


 Hopkinton High School drama students are planning a pancake breakfast at Applebee’s in Milford to raise money for their summer, 2015 trip to the Fringe Festival in Scotland, where they will perform an original play for thousands of visitors.

The fundraising breakfast takes place at the Applebee’s at 91 Medway Road (Rte. 109, near the Rte. 495 interchange) in Milford on Sunday, June 22 from 8 to 10 a.m. Tickets are $10 and half will go to the students.

Close to three dozen students hope to travel to the prestigious festival next summer, and have committed to raise money to help offset the cost. Their goal is to raise $34,000. They are also planning raffles of Hopkinton jackets and other items, a fundraising night at Panera Bread in Milford, and many other events. More details will be forthcoming.

Tickets for the pancake breakfast will be available in advance from Cathy McCrorey at mccrorey@comcast.net , from drama students who hope to attend the Fringe Festival, or at the door on June 22.

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Dykema Adds Funding for Hopkinton’s Maspenock Dam to Environmental Bond Bill

Boston, MA— Bill H4138, An Act providing for the preservation and improvement of land, parks, and clean energy in the Commonwealth, passed in the House of Representatives. The bill provides for a program of improvement and preservation of the energy and environmental assets of the commonwealth.

“The passage of this bill represents a step forward in conservation efforts for the Commonwealth,” said Representative Carolyn Dykema. “The protection of our environment and natural resources is vital to the success of our communities both now and in the future.”

Included in this bill is the authorization of $1 million for repairs and improvements to the Lake Maspenock dam in Hopkinton. Additionally, Bill H4138 provides funding to many other environmental groups and causes, such as the Department of Fish and Game, the Department of Energy Resources, and the Department of Agricultural Resources.

A wide range of environmental priorities were also authorized with the passing of this bill, including the development of a climate change adaptation management plan and the creation of more environmentally positive spaces within communities through the tree planting greening project and the Parkland Acquisition and Renovation for Communities (PARC) grant program that has been used by communities in the district for recreation projects. Additional provisions in the bill authorize maintenance or improvements on systems already established, like the inland-flood control project, the repairing of DCR roads and trails, and the upkeep of local lakes and ponds.

“I am pleased with the provisions of the bill, particularly the support of the Lake Maspenock dam, yet there is still more to be done in terms of environmental protection. I will continue my efforts to improve water infrastructure and promote efficient solutions to environmental issues,” the Representative stated.

For more information on Bill H4138, visit https://malegislature.gov/Bills .


Record Breaking

Photo of Relay Team members left to right;  Taylor Velazquez, Isabelle Giordano, Lauren Hazzard, Shelby Aarden and Melissa Lodge

June 16, 2014 — Two relay teams from the Girls' Hopkinton High School Track Team traveled to Greensboro, NC to compete in the 2014 New Balance Outdoor Track National Championship Meet.   The Emerging Elite 4x800m team (Junior Shelby AardenFreshman Isabelle Giordano, Senior Melissa Lodge and Junior Lauren Hazzard) came in 3rd with a 9:28.58 finish, capturing a bronze medal.  The Emerging Elite Distance Medley team (Junior Lauren Hazzard, Freshman Taylor Velazquez, Senior Melissa Lodge, Junior Shelby Aarden) came in third with a school record breaking time of 12:10.38, gaining another bronze medal and ranking this Distance Medley Relay team #1 in Massachusetts.


Also competing in Nationals was Senior Jessica Scott.  Scott, the State Champion in the 100m, competed against the best in the country in the Championship 100m Dash and in the Championship Long Jump.


The results from the New Balance Outdoor Track National Championships can be found here.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2014 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from June 10, 2014 - June 16, 2014
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
14 Frostpane Lane unit 75 Ravi Athinarayanan, Pavithra Dorairaj $425,475 June 16, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
14 Doyle Lane unit 30B Erin G. Stomberg, Adam A. Stomberg $270,000 June 13, 2014 Denise A. Carroll
37 Pinecrest Village Kelli Anne McIntyre $205,000 June 13, 2014 Yiquin Hu
22 Teresa Road Yuanyuan Cui, Shunfu Hu $414,000 June 13, 2014 Harry E. Davis, Jr., Karen C. Davis
17 Ryegrass Circle unit 90 Costas Komodromos $516,720 June 12, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
195 Captain Eames Circle unit B John Kummailil $290,000 June 13, 2014 Erica J. Thrall, Jihad E. Ibrahim
196 Pond Street Hess Realty LLC $2,637,270 June 12, 2014 Specon IX LLC, Amerada Hess Facilities
Business Trust No. 1998-1
71 Roberts Road Nicholas M. DiGiovanni, Colleen A. DiGiovanni $315,000 June 12, 2014 Richard B. Warren, Nancy N. Kerr
330 Cedar Street 128 Property Solutions LLC $225,000 June 11, 2014 Linda B. McLatchie
202 Arrowhead Circle unit C Ilya I. Rubinshteyn, Marjola Roshi $275,000 June 10, 2014 Janyce L. Ward
331 Cedar Street Christopher Rae, Elizabeth Mandeville $346,000 June 10, 2014 David R. Olster, Linda C. Olster
379 Captain Eames Circle unit 38B David S. Abelow, Cheryl S. Abelow $286,000 June 10, 2014 Joseph E. Kozyra
247 Parkerville Road Hiep Q. Nguyen $399,900 June 12, 2014 Rudolph Selami
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Police Arrest/Incident Log - Updated June 16, 2014

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   Arrest Log

Saturday, May 14, 2014

8:18 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil arrested Raymond J. Fitch, 39, of Emerson Way, Hopkinton, on Emerson Way and charged him with Assault and Battery and Aggravated Assault and Battery.

Incident Log

Sunday, June 15, 2014

9:41 am A 911 caller from Church Street reported being stuck inside of an elevator. Officer David Shane responded to assist the Fire Department.

1:23 am Officer Aaron O'Neil checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on South Street.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

11:46 pm A caller complained about noise coming from a residence on Old Town Road. Two officers responded and spoke with a group who stated that they would be quiet the rest of the night.

9:52 pm A resident of Woody Island reported that a group of youths were gathering on Sandy Beach. Two officers responded and sent them on their way.

7:42 pm A 911 caller from Emerson Way reported a domestic disturbance in progress. Three officers responded and subsequently arrested a 39 year-old male from Hopkinton and charged him with Assault and Battery and Aggravated Assault and Battery.

3:44 pm A 911 caller reported that they believed the operator of a motor vehicle was under the influence of something and pulled into a West Main Street gas station. Three officers responded and spoke with the operator.

12:34 pm A motorist reported a disabled motorcycle on Route 495.

12:29 pm A resident of Whitman Lane reported overnight vandalism to their property. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and wrote a report.

7:21 am A motorist reported that a tree was down on Wedgewood Drive blocking the roadway. Officer Philip Powers responded and advised that he was able to move it to the side of the road.

2:19 am Officer Aaron O'Neil checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on West Main Street.

12:47 am Officer Stephen Buckley checked two vehicles that were parked on Lakeshore Drive.

12:43 am Officer Stephen Buckley checked a parked motor vehicle on South Street.


Friday, June 13, 2014

3:45 pm A caller reported a large, injured snapping turtle in the roadway on Wood Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and advised that a passing motorist assisted it into the woods.

2:18 pm There was a report of a trash truck dropping trash in the roadway on Wood Street. Officer William Burchard located the truck and advised that they had a crew responding to clean it up.

10:03 am A resident reported that a car was parked in front of a fire hydrant on Ash Street. Officer William Burchard responded and advised that the vehicles were leaving.

1:45 am Officer John Moran checked a motor vehicle that was parked on Saddle Hill Road.








This THURSDAY NIGHT (JUNE 19th) is the first MOVIE NIGHT ON THE COMMON of the summer. This weeks movie choice is THE CROODS. Please come to the common around sundown (8:00-8:30) to enjoy a beautiful night on the common.


Join Whole Foods for a Cooking Class at Community Harvest Project

Community Harvest Project to Host a Free Community Cooking Class with Dawn Bertelette of Whole Foods Market on Friday, June 20th

North Grafton, MA - On Friday, June 20th, 2014 from 5:30pm-7pm, Community Harvest Project will host a Community Cooking Class with Dawn Berthelette, Healthy Eating Specialist from Whole Foods Market, at their barn at 37 Wheeler Rd in North Grafton. It will be an evening of learning and cooking with seasonal produce.


Dawn is a graduate of The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is a Certified Holistic Health Coach. With over 6 years of experience in healthy eating education and menu planning for various diets and lifestyles, Dawn is a role model for healthy living and enjoy helping people to incorporate healthier, more sustainable habits into their daily lives.


"The best way to get more vegetables in your diet is by learning varied and delicious ways to cook them. Dawn is an incredibly creative chef and educator who never fails to interest even the pickiest eaters in something new" says Tori Buerschaper, Nutrition Education Coordinator and AmeriCorps VISTA at Community Harvest Project.  "Whole Foods has been an incredible partner in Community Harvest Project's quest to improve access to healthy food by distributing produce through Worcester County and educate about its many benefits."


The class is free and open to the public. All ages as welcome. Interested parties should contact tori@community-harvest.org  to RSVP. 

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St. Paul’s Friday Family Movie Night June 20


HOPKINTON, MASS. (June 16, 2014) – Looking for something to do this Friday night?  St. Paul’s Episcopal Church invites you to enjoy a movie with your child at Family Movie Night on June 20 at 7:00 p.m.   An animated feature film about a princess who uses her courage and archery skills to undo a curse will be shown in the Parish Hall, located at 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) in Hopkinton.  (St. Paul’s licensing agreement prohibits mentioning the movie’s title; however that information is available by calling St. Paul’s at 508-435-4536.)  The movie is suitable for children ages 4 -12 and pizza, popcorn, and drinks will be available (for a small fee) at 6:30 p.m.  All are welcome and there is no admission charge.  Feel free to bring blankets and pillows. 


St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s mission is to minister unconditionally to all in the name of Christ through shared worship, teaching, healing, and service.  For more information visit www.stpaulhopkinton.org or call 508-435-4536.


Farmers Market Begins

June 15, 2014 — The Hopkinton Farmers market kicked off their summer 2014 season today with a couple dozen vendors and a jazz ensemble. Hear from the majority of the vendors speaking to HopNews readers, and listen to the jazz group in the HD video below:



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Further Words Not Necessary

June 15, 2014 — Photographed yesterday at the shelter event at Water Fresh Farm Marketplace.
 Caution: Boys at Play

June 15, 2014 — Four year-olds Seth Leal, left and Gregory Hennessey engaged in some serious play at Building Blocks Academy on Friday.


Butterfly Kisses

June 14, 2014 — At Water Fresh Farm this morning, Liz Jefferis of Baypath Humane Society trades some mutual affection with Blossom, a refugee who is up for adoption. Baypath is 508-435-6938.

No Red Wings

June 14, 2014 — Unlike her male counterpart, this female red-wing blackbird carrying a seed in its beak, has neither a black color nor red wings. Photographed today on Clinton Street.



"Ashes" escaped out her carrier and ran through the woods across from Baypath Humane, at 5 Rafferty Road in Hopkinton. She was on her way into the shelter to go to a foster home! She is very sweet and hopefully a couple weeks away from delivering her kittens. If you see her, please give her some food so she will stick around and Call the Shelter! THANK YOU!!!  Facebook link and pic



Police Incident Log - Updated June 13, 2014

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   Arrest Log

Thursday, May 12, 2014

12:34 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien placed an individual into Protective Custody on Main Street.


1:09 am Officer John Moran arrested Samuel James Wallace, 24, of Grove Street, Milford, on South Street and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation and OUI Liquor.


Incident Log

Thursday, June 12, 2014

10:11 pm A caller reported that there were a lot of really loud vehicles down the street on Pheasant Hill Road. Three officers responded and spoke with all involved.

6:27 pm A caller reported a two car motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and assisted with paperwork.

3:29 pm A motorist reported that a vehicle appeared to be smoking on Pleasant Street. Sgt. Michael Sutton responded and advised that the vehicle lost a radiator line.

1:15 pm A detail officer reported a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street. The vehicle was gone upon Officer David Shane's arrival.

12:14 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien spoke with an individual on Main Street and subsequently placed the person into Protective Custody.

10:19 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted with community relations on Mayhew Street.

8:41 am A caller reported of a two car motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Hayden Rowe Street. Two officers responded and wrote a report.

8:28 am A Marshall Avenue resident reported hearing a loud explosion type sound that shook her house and vehicle. Officer Patrick O'Brien checked the area and spoke with a cable company employee who stated that a trash truck had blown its tire.

1:48 am Sgt. John Porter assisted the Milford Police Department with setting up a perimeter on East Main Street for a driver who fled from them.

12:26 am Officer John Moran stopped a motor vehicle on South Street and subsequently arrested a 24 year-old male from Milford and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation and OUI Liquor.

12:23 am Officer John Moran checked a parked motor vehicle on West Main Street.

12:22 am Officer John Moran checked a motor vehicle that was parked on West Main Street.


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

7:45 pm A resident of Blueberry Lane reported that a suspicious motor vehicle was parked in front of her house and then speed away when she backed out of her driveway.

5:31 pm A caller reported that a man was walking in the middle of the roadway on Winter Street. Sgt. Michael Sutton checked the area with a negative find.

4:47 pm A Priscilla Road resident reported that a basketball hoop was stolen from her driveway. Sgt. Joseph Bennett responded and wrote a report.

4:02 pm A 911 caller reported a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and wrote a report.

11:55 am A walk-in spoke with Officer Patrick O'Brien regarding a past shoplifting incident.

7:31 am The Fire Department reported that a trailer had lost some items on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and spoke with the operator who went back and picked the items up.

5:59 am Officer John Moran checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on West Main Street.

5:52 am The Fire Department was advised of a vehicle was was leaking fuel on Route 495.

1:16 am Sgt. Michael Sutton checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Wood Street.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

4:04 pm A caller from West Main Street reported losing a dog that she was watching. The reporting party then called back and stated that the dog had been located.

3:28 pm A 911 caller was concerned about her daughter threatening to harm herself because she had a mental illness and recently broke up with her boyfriend. Three officers located and spoke with the individual in a West Main Street businesses parking lot.

3:04 pm The State Police were notified about a dog that was running loose on the Mass Pike before Framingham.

2:03 pm Officer David Shane assisted the Fire Department with a CO activation on Sanctuary Lane.

12:56 pm A caller reported a suspicious motor vehicle parked on Rafferty Road. Officer David Shane responded and advised that they were employees of a telephone company testing the cell tower.

9:32 am A caller reported that a landscape truck was obstructing traffic on School Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and advised that the crew was packing up.

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Lose Your Glasses?

These glasses were found on the street
in front of 52 Glen Road

The owner can contact Bill Leary at 

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Fay Graduates 57








June 13, 2014 — The sun shone brightly on Fay's 57 ninth graders as faculty, staff, family, and friends gathered to celebrate the School’s 148th Commencement Exercises on June 7. Tyler Bui of Hopkinton (photo) was among the graduates and she plans on attended Worcester Academy in the fall. 


Other Hopkinton residents that were honored during end of the year events included Ethan Student (grade 8) and Joshua Fang (grade 7). Ethan received the Annie Leavitt Memorial Award for his achievements in science, and Joshua was recognized for being the Top Scholar in his grade. 


Building Blocks Academy

June 13, 2014 — Karate instructor Jared Joaquin sweeps the feet of four year-old Avery Quebec as she uses the defensive move she learned to avoid such a hit at Building Blocks Academy this morning.


Crettien Quartet to perform at Lilypad in Cambridge

The Philippe Crettien quartet featuring , Philippe Crettien, tenor saxophone, Patrick Mottaz, guitar, Bruno Raberg, bass and Mike Connors , drums will perform a the Lily Pad in Cambridge , MA, Saturday June 21, 8-10PM.


Trial Run

June 13, 2014 — Kathy Mazur and Lisa Strain conducted a trial run of their business, Swoon, at 5 Walcott Street yesterday, inviting friends through email. The space filled with well-heeled women who enjoyed looking over the home, clothing and jewelry accessories. Swoon will open officially on September 6, 2014.





Members of the Hopkinton School Committee will be available for an office hour on Monday, June 16th to provide residents with an opportunity to attend and ask questions or give feedback regarding current school-related issues. 


Monday, June 16, 2014

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Water Fresh Farm    

151 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton

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School Committee to Hold Forum on Common Core
Tuesday June 17, 2014 in the Middle School Library at 7PM

Photo by Muriel Kramer

by Muriel Kramer

June 13, 2014 — The School Committee met last night and re-organized following the election. Jon Graziano will serve as Chairman and Ellen Scordino as Vice-Chairman; two new members, Kelly Knight and Lori Nickerson, joined the Committee. Dr. Cathy MacLeod, Superintendent of Schools, congratulated the recent graduates and commented on how impressed she was with graduation, specifically “how smoothly it went and how special it felt.”  Three members of the senior class were on hand to present the gifts to the school from the class of 2014; they have donated $5,000 of the necessary $10,000 to commission a complimentary mural for the field house wall facing the one already in place. The mural in place uses pictures of students from 13.1 years in Hopkinton schools (grades pre-k to 12) to depict the men’s start in 2001; the new mural will use pictures from 13.1 years to depict the woman’s start in 2015. This year’s graduating seniors were the youngest students in the first mural and will be the oldest in this one, marking 26.2 consecutive years of student whose pictures will be used to create the murals. The class also donated $2,000 to the Jazmin Fund, a fund established to help defray medical expenses for a former classmate.


Finance Director Ralph Dumas introduced a new initiative for a before and after school program that will be offered for students at Center School and Hopkins School to be held at Hopkins. In response to a Request for Proposal (RFP) three companies submitted proposals that were considered, and the school department has recommended that Springboard Education of Lexington, MA be awarded a one year contract to provide before and afterschool care options for up to 75 students in the coming year. According to Dumas, Springboard Education offered the program that best aligned to Hopkinton’s educational goals, lower tuition and also the highest rental fee; the School Committee voted unanimously to award the contract to Springboard Education. Parents of children in Center and Hopkins can expect to hear more as the company kicks off its marketing program to attract students.


Dumas also provided an update on the progress of the Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC). The owner’s project manager (OPM) review team made up of Mike Shepard, John Weaver, Ralph Dumas, Cathy MacLeod and Dave Daltorio received 15 proposals and has selected five finalist firms to be considered. Interviews will be held at Town Hall in the mornings of June 23rd and 24th. The ESBC hopes to vote on a firm to serve as OPM at their meeting June 26th; their selection will then be forwarded to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) for their review and approval.


In response to growing concerns within the community to the new Massachusetts State Frameworks for education, the Common Core; the school department will hold a forum for parents Tuesday June 17, 2014 in the MS Library at 7PM. Local cable will tape the forum, so interested parents that may be unable to attend can benefit from the presentation. Also next week will be public forums on the new strategic plan initiative; interested residents are invited to attend Tuesday June 17 at 12:30 to 2 PM in the Fire Station Training room or Thursday June 19 at 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the MS Library.


The Draft Strategic Plan focuses on five theories of action – effective school leadership, aligned curriculum, effective instruction, student assessment and leadership/governance/communication. Within those categories the team has identified strategic objectives, and the work over the summer will include defining specific action steps and responsibilities. The Mission statement will stay the same, To Learn, Create and Achieve Together. The vision statement has been reworked and includes a commitment to “continuous learning, growth as individuals and global citizens as well as providing a safe and respectful environment for critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication.” The School Committee will be considering their vote in support of this new Strategic Plan focus after next week’s public forums and resultant community feedback.

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TLC Graduation Ceremonies
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Above, TLC The Learning Center of Hopkinton staff and teachers pose following the graduation and recognition ceremonies.

June 12, 2014 — TLC The Learning Center of Hopkinton held graduation ceremonies early this evening for the 13th year. Proud parents watched as their children proceeded into the schoolyard singing songs and dressed in western-themed clothing and hats. To see a high quality HD video of clips from the event and progress that can't be faked, please choose the video below:


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2014 Chopin Symposium:

Weekend of Recitals, Lectures, and More in Weston, MA

June 27-29, The Rivers School Conservatory


On June 27-29, The Rivers School Conservatory hosts the Chopin Symposium – a weekend of recitals, lectures, master classes, and round-table discussions focusing on the life and art of Polish composer Frederic Chopin. In its sixth year, the Symposium will also explore other composers from Chopin’s time and the cultural and artistic life of 19th-century Europe.


Inaugurating this year’s symposium on Friday, June 27th at 7:30 pm is the Boston debut of acclaimed Russian pianist Pavel Nersessian, professor at the Moscow Conservatory. 


A second concert scheduled for the evening of Saturday, June 28, features pianists Andrew Tyson, Ya-Fei Chuang, and Gila Goldstein. Three students from The Chopin Institute, a week-long course for advanced pianists held at The Rivers School Conservatory, will also perform on the program.


The closing concert on Sunday, June 29, is a reenactment of a performance held at Chopin’s own salon in Paris. Performers include soprano Barbara Quintiliani, cellist Mickey Katz, and pianists Gila Goldstein and Roberto Poli.


The weekend includes a series of insightful lectures and discussions with speakers David Dubal, Mike Lee, A. Ramon Rivera, and David Kasunic.


All concerts and events are held at The Rivers School Conservatory in Weston, MA. For tickets and more information, please visit www.riversschoolconservatory.org or call 781-235-6840.

Scam Warning

June 12, 2014 — Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian and Hopkinton Chief of Police Edward Lee visited the Hopkinton Senior Center this afternoon to warn seniors and other attendees of the scheduled presentation about scams that criminals are targeting the elderly with specifically.
     Both lawmen believe it is a more trusting generation that could fall victim to the newest scams. Unlike the Nigerian scams of the past in which an individual was promised millions, these new scams, according to Sheriff Koutoujian, use fear as a tool to enforce compliance.
      For instance, some people receive phone calls claiming the person has missed jury duty and must make a payment over the phone or face arrest. Others promise a way out of a credit problem. To see the lawmen speak to HopNews readers, and specifically "The Grandparent Scam," choose the HD video below.




The Heart

June 12, 2014 — Hopkinton resident John Collins shares another photo from his trip across the southwestern United Sates. Above is "The Heart" in Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona.

There It Is, GONE!
Mouse over the image to see what the space looks like after today's demolition

June 11, 2014 — In order to make way for parking for the 38-42 Main Street building Greg and Kathy Mazur are going to build, they acquired the property at 7 Walcott Street, which included an existing home that the Mazurs planned to demolish. The Historical Commission invoked a 6-month delay on the demolition because the home is over 75 years old, and the commission apparently decided there was some intrinsic value in it. The delay expired a couple of months ago, and demolition of the structure was completed today; some of it is still in dumpsters on the property. Mouse over the image to see what it looks like now.

         The overhead sketch of the building and parking area is below: 


Celebrating & Supporting Fathers – a Longtime YMCA Tradition

FRAMINGHAM, MA-  More than a century ago, Sonora Louis Smart Dodd aspired to create a holiday to honor fathers. Dodd, the daughter of a single father and Civil War veteran, was inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon and wondered why there was no holiday for fathers. After securing support from ministers in Spokane, Washington, her idea came to fruition with the first Father's Day celebration at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910.

 On Sunday, June 15th, the MetroWest YMCA joins the nation in celebrating Father’s Day and recognizing the impact fathers and adult male role models make in children’s lives. Nationally, one out of three children lives in a home without their biological father, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And, societal factors such as unemployment, work-life balance or a lack of resources can affect fathers’ ability to seek support in strengthening their parenting skills and more fully engaging in the lives of their children. A leading nonprofit in fostering positive youth development, the Y remains dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for fathers to further involve themselves in the well-being and development of their children.  

Studies show that children with close relationships with their fathers and other adult male role models have more self-confidence and exhibit less depression, perform better academically and engage in significantly less drug and alcohol use. 

“As a nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y believes that family bonds are a foundation of strong communities, and we work to help all families to learn, grow and thrive, said Richard A. MacPherson, President & CEO of the MetroWest YMCA. “Father’s Day reminds us why it’s important to provide fathers with the support they need to be the best parents and caregivers they can be.”


In honor of Father’s Day the MetroWest YMCA invites dads and other adult male role models to go for a swim, relax and enjoy family time at the Open House Weekend at both the Y’s Clearbrook Swim Club outdoor pool, located at 120 Parker Road, Framingham and the Y’s Family Outdoor Center at 45 East Street, Hopkinton on Saturday, June 14th and Sunday, June 15th from 12-5pm.

The MetroWest YMCA is also offering a variety of programs that foster understanding and companionship between children and their caregivers such as Family Camp on July 12th, and Geo Caching 101 on July 19th located at the Y’s Family Outdoor Center in Hopkinton, and Family Open Swim and Gym times, Family Fun Fitness classes, parent/child gymnastics, and more at the Y’s Framingham branch, 280 Old Connecticut Path, Framingham.

To learn more about programs and activities available at the MetroWest YMCA Framingham and Hopkinton locations, call 508-879-4420 or visit www.metrowestymca.org/ .

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Meet Hopkinton’s Chief Lee and Sheriff Koutoujian


Hear about scams and other concerns facing seniors and what you can do to protect yourself.


Thursday, June 12 at 1pm

Hopkinton Senior Center

28 Mayhew Street


Sign up by calling 508-497-9730.  Refreshments will be served



Field Family Fundraiser
June 21, 2014
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Woodville Rod & Gun
Dinner, live music, raffle, auction, more...

Join us at the Woodville Rod & Gun Club on Saturday, June 21st at a fundraiser to help support Dan Field’s battle with cancer. Dinner, cash bar, live music by Steve Spector and Friends, raffle prizes and silent auction, including Red Sox and Patriots tickets, golf packages and more. Tickets $30 per person, available at 


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