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This year our goal is provide meals for approximately 250 Local Families! Thanks for giving!!!!


16th Annual Turkey Drive

Please Help! Deliver donations to the following locations.  Students are there to help:


Monday, November 17th

7-7:30 am            Middle School

2-3:00 pm           Middle School

2:30-4 pm           Elmwood School

3-4:00 pm           Hopkins School

Tuesday, November 18th

7-7:30 am            Middle School

2-3:00 pm           Middle School

2:30-4 pm           Elmwood School

3-4:00 pm           Hopkins School

Wednesday, November 19th

7-7:30 am            Middle School

2-3:00 pm           Middle School

2:30-4 pm           Elmwood School

3-4:00 pm           Hopkins School


This is a Student Run Event

We’re asking for your help again as our goal this year is to collect 75 turkeys.  Students should not bring turkeys on the bus!  All donations go to The Salvation Army of Framingham.  Additional donations  that can be dropped off: Boxed desserts, Gravy, Pies, Potato Flakes, Cranberry Sauce, Stuffing and grocery store gift cards to purchase food.



Any questions please contact

Matt Johnson  mjohnson@hillers.org

Aidan Curry acurry@hillers.org

Jonathan Demarco jdemarco@hillers.org

Health and Fitness


Registration for SPRING 2015: Deadline – Nov. 15th!


HYS is offering winter programs

run by our NE Revolution Academy Coaches: Register now!


To register or learn more about any of our programs, please visit: www.hopkintonsoccer.org/


Proud Parents

November 11, 2014 — Sharon McCabe, left, and John McCabe watch proudly as son John Patrick McCabe speaks to selectmen last Thursday about how he achieved the rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts.


Photographer unknown
Personal Services 
Hopkinton Center for the Arts Shaping up

November 11, 2014 — The Hopkinton center for the Arts finally got some walls today for the room planned for the performance area, according to contractor Brian Gassett, complete with a stage area and stadium-type seating. In the space between it and the building to the right in the photo will be the lobby, where tickets will be sold, and there will be video, he said. The building on the right, the former barn, will house music art, dance and acting classes, said Mr. Gassett. When asked if the building out front, the former farmhouse would be demolished — rumors abound — he said it was not part of the plan, but that the building is in  bad shape.


Holiday Joggng

November 11, 2014 — From left, Courtney Galvani and 20 month-old daughter Addison, jog with Chrissie Sweeney along the Loop Road, free from the usually thick traffic of schools in session.

Family  Stuff

Police Incident Log - Updated November 11, 2014

Emergency, dial 911 • Non-emergency, PD dial 508-497-3401, FD dial 508-497-2323

No, those are not crop circles but damage inflicted onto the athletic field at Daniel Shays, as indicated below. The tires have made very distinctive impressions, which will reveal their manufacturer and model.

Monday, November 10, 2014

3:56 pm Lt. Charles Wallace assisted a State Trooper with a motor vehicle stop on West Main Street.

3:42 pm Officer Matthew McNeil fingerprinted an individual applying for a firearms license.

3:21 pm An individual into the station to report the discovery of a cell phone in a cemetery on Mayhew Street.

2:21 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien checked a Connecticut vehicle on Mayhew Street.

12:48 pm Detective Timothy Brennan visited Price Chopper following the loss of a wallet.

11:46 am A DPW worker discovered the soccer field on Daniel Shays, a victim of vandalism, ripped up by a vehicle's tires.

11:00 am Officer O'Brien reunited a golden retriever with its owner on South Mill Street.

9:39 am Officer O'Brien secured a hypodermic needle found by a woman who flagged him down while on patrol on Hayden Rowe Street.

3:46 am Officer McNeil spoke with an individual whose tire was slashed while at work at a West Main Street location.

Health and Fitness
Veterans Day


November 11, 2014 — Hopkinton American Legion Post 202 honored Hopkinton veterans, living and deceased, with a ceremony at Hopkinton Senior Center at 11:00 am today. Above far left, the McCabe brothers, all Boy Scouts, came forward to lead the Pledge of Allegiance to begin the ceremony.
         Veterans Day was once called Armistice Day to celebrate the armistice at 11:00 am on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1917, ending World War I, often referred to as, "The war to end all wars."


Car vs. Building

November 11, 2014 — The report of an accident at 77 West Main Street at 12:37 pm brought emergency personnel who were told that an elderly, disoriented man hopped the curb and struck the building. Above, a Hopkinton firefighter tends to the elderly male driver, who had difficulty lifting his feet walking to the stretcher for an ambulance ride to the hospital. His female passenger was also transported to the hospital; a firefighter tends to her, below, while awaiting a second ambulance. The car sported a veteran's plate, as well as a window sticker indicating membership in a paralyzed veterans group. The air bags did not deploy.
        The building inspector arrived shortly after the vehicle was removed by Ted's Towing. He gave the thumbs up for businesses to continue to remain open and serve customers, even though the building was dented.



Certificate? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Certificate

November 11, 2014 — Workmen prepare the site in front of Center School for a sidewalk that was approved for construction on Ash Street. The excavation is typical for a poured concrete walk, but Hopkinton Historic District Commission member Beth Kelly found no joy today as she watched the machines work on this holiday, from her driveway adjacent to the school property, "On my birthday!" she said. She said that principals involved in the construction met with the HHDC and discussed ways of moving forward, but they never applied for a Certificate of Appropriateness, a step necessary, said Mrs. Kelly, before construction can begin on properties in the Downtown Historic District. The district includes Center School, 1 and 5 Ash Street, 2, 6, and 8 Park Street, the Doughboy  monument, the Valentine cemetery and the Hopkinton Town Common, as well as properties from 1 Main Street to the Hopkinton Gourmet on that side of the street. On the northern side of the Street, only the Congregational Cemetery and the Town Hall are protected properties.

        Scanner remarks at 7:32 am indicate a project was shut down by police pending an investigation. A town official later said that the East Main Street road shaving project was shut down this morning. Later, Officer Patrick O'Brien explained that town infrastructure projects are exempt from the bylaw that prohibits construction on holidays and Sundays. The hours of operation allowed are Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 7:00 pm and Saturdays, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

        Mrs. Kelly said that the HHDC will be meeting on Thursday, and this morning has invited those involved, including DPW Director John Westerling, to the meeting.

        The HHDC has come under fire by the selectmen, who, during usually routine reappointments for positions on that commission earlier this year, apparently invited others to apply. Selectmen, without discussion and in what many believe was a planned move, voted to appoint the recruited applicants to the board, denying the chairman and a long time member, whose seats were up for reappointment, further participation. The reason that has been made clear by Selectman Ben Palleiko is the opposition to the size of the planned library expansion by members of the HHDC.

         During another reappointment a few weeks ago, under intense cross-examination by Mr. Palleiko, and an implied message that her commitment to the library expansion was a prerequisite for reappointment, member/Commission Secretary Claire Wright held steadfast to her belief that the library scale was too large for the area; but she said she and the board would work to make the issuance of a Certificate of Appropriateness a reality through collaboration among the parties involved. Mrs. Wright was reappointed.

          In other "Common" news, the missing three signs have been reinstalled on the Hopkinton Common, bringing to four the number of signs warning visitors that dogs are banned by law. Below, a long time resident walks his "pocket poodle" past the gazebo today after walking by the newly installed sign. There is now one at each sidewalk entrance. Dogs are banned from not only the Common, but from all Hopkinton Public School property.


  TODAY, November 11, 2014. From the Hopkinton Interactive Calendar.

Check the daily excerpts:

   11:00am The American Legion holds its Veterans Day Ceremony @ the Senior Center

5:30pm Annual Veterans' Dinner @ the Woodville Rod & Gun Club. Free for all Hopkinton Veterans. No sign-up necessary contact 508-497-9730

Personal Services 

Girls Soccer Update

Three Hopkinton Girls Varsity Soccer players were named as Tri-Valley League all-stars this season and one as an all-state all-star. Senior, Maddison Gierschick, was named to the league's first team and best overall league goal-keeper.

Maddison Gierschick, a standout student-athlete for the HIllers, was also named an Eastern Massachusetts first team all-star and an All-State all-star making her one of the most decorated soccer student-athlete's in program history. Maddison has committed to play collegiate soccer for Babson College in the fall of 2016.

Senior, Michaela Mikulis, was named to the league's second team and is a standout defender for the Hillers. Sophomore, Isabelle Giordano was named a league all-star honorable mention as a defender for the Hillers.

In addition, the Hiller Girls Varsity squad received the League sportsmanship award. This is the program's fourth consecutive sportsmanship award.

The Hiller's were a state tournament team this past season with a 7-7-4 record, good for a #15 seed. They lost in the first round of the tournament to the #2 seed Scituate. This is the Hillers' fourth trip to the state tournament under the leadership of Evren Gunduz in his five year tenure as head coach. Contributed Content. 

Family  Stuff

Intruder Alert

November 10, 2014 — These mute swans appear unperturbed by the presence of a great blue heron in their midst. The swans can be very aggressive birds when they believe their young, mate or territory is threatened. They were photographed today in the corner of Lake Maspenock on the northern side of West Main Street between it and West Elm Street, and are about 1,000 feet from the camera.
Health and Fitness

November 10, 2014 — Neighbors at Walcott Street asked Selectmen to install STOP signs on their street to slow traffic. Informing the drivers of the speed limit with a sign that is visible would be another good start. Furthermore, there is no speed limit sign going up the hill.


Donald H. Lehman, 88


Donald H. Lehman, 88, of Hopkinton, and formerly of Murrysville, PA passed away Friday, November 7, 2014 at home with his family. Born in Detroit, MI, he was the son of the late Elsa and Dallas Lehman. He was the husband of the late Eleanor (Marini) Lehman.

An Army Sergeant, Donald was an avid outdoors man and enjoyed hunting and fishing and had a passion for mathematics and electronics. He had formerly worked for 41 years as an electrical engineer for Bell Telephone of Pennsylvania and was a 50 year member of the Shriners.

He is survived by his son Donald E. and his wife Christina of Hopkinton, and their children, Jacob, Samuel, Caroline, and Grace; his son Eric and his wife Kimberly and their daughter, Jessica of Woodbridge, VA. He also leaves many beloved nieces and nephews.

Services will be private at the family plot in Pennsylvania. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2014 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from November 3, 2014 - November 10, 2014
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
18 Downey Place Kathryn L. Dulmaine $445,000 Nov. 7, 2014 Christine Meyers
216 Wood Street Sean P. Evers, Christine M. Bowes $267,000 Nov. 7, 2014 Mary C. Gilson
16 Stoney Brook Road g $781,500 Nov. 6, 2014 Craig B. Librett, Jennifer P. Librett
18 Grandview Drive unit 5 James Kao, Peishan Tsai $638,945 Nov. 5, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
27 Sanctuary Lane unit 7 Ralph Given, Cynthia Gard $156,500 Nov. 5, 2014 Paula J. Kelly
81 West Union Street 81 West Union Street LLC $1,050,000 Nov. 10, 2014 Richard P. Greene, Virginia I. Greene
55 Half Crown Circle, unit 83A Skybridge Realty LLC $282,100 Nov. 7, 2014 Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp
257 Trailside Way Lonny M. Hecker, Laurie S. Andreasen $218,000 Nov. 7, 2014 Inna Thibodeau, Inna Sud
135-137 Pleasant Street Laura Rossi $309,395 Nov. 7, 2014 John C. Dudley, Evergreen Realty Trust
47 Southville Road Daniel A. Daluise, Donna L. Daluise $255,000 Nov. 10, 2014 Barry R. McCarthy
50 Sears Road Cynthia J. Conigliaro $225,000 Nov. 7, 2014 Gregory A. Conigliaro
8 Stockwell lane Shikha Jaiswal, Sanjeev Jaiswal $720,000 Nov. 5, 2014 Jose M. Alea, Leah R. Alea
9 Prospect Street Eric D. Martyak, Jesusa S. Martyak $535,000 Nov. 10, 2014 Dorothy J. Vecchiolla, Richard P. Vecchiolla,
Scott Butler, Prospect Street Upton Development


Police Incident & Arrest Log - Updated November 10, 2014

Emergency, dial 911 • Non-emergency, PD dial 508-497-3401, FD dial 508-497-2323

NOTE: HopNews now summarizes the lesser calls.


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

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

9 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

4 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Sunday, November 9, 2014

10:25 pm Officer Arthur Schofield arrested Caleb Anthony Hester, 28, of Yale Road, Hopkinton, on South Street for three Warrants and also charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Marked Lanes Violation, Uninsured Motor Vehicle/Trailer and Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle.

Incident Log

Sunday, November 9, 2014

11:15 pm A Mayhew Street resident reported finding fliers that had a contact number on them that was soliciting personal identification information from callers.

10:25 pm There were multiple 911 calls reporting an erratic operator on South Street. Two officers responded and advised that the vehicle was involved in a motor vehicle accident without personal injury. Subsequently, the operator, a 28 year-old male from Hopkinton, was arrested for three Warrants and was also charged with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Marked Lanes Violation, Uninsured Motor Vehicle/Trailer and Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle.

7:52 pm A caller from Bowker Road reported that his and his neighbors mailboxes were vandalized overnight. Officer Matthew McNeil responded to view the damage and write a report.

6:14 pm Officer William Burchard assisted the Fire Department with a house lock out on Overlook Road.

5:14 pm A caller reported that a man was dumping leaves on the side of the roadway on Hayward Street. Officer William Burchard responded and advised that all was okay, he was being paid by the land owner to clean up.

3:00 pm A resident reported that there had been a motor vehicle parked in a bad spot at the corner of Mayhew Street and Main Street for the past two days causing a safety issue. Officer Arthur Schofield checked and spoke with the owner who was in the process of selling the vehicle.

1:18 pm A caller reported that two vehicles were driving on Cedar Street while continually stopping and starting. The caller also witness them throwing stuff out of the windows. Officer Stephen Buckley stopped and spoke with one of the operators who denied any involvement.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

9:14 pm A walk-in from Hayward Street reported finding an iPhone.

8:12 pm A walk-in reported finding a small purse on the ground. The owner was contacted and will pick it up.

7:46 pm A resident of Daniel Road reported that a vehicle was parked at the end of her driveway and then quickly turned its lights on and drove away when seen. Officer Arthur Schofield checked the area and advised that the vehicle was now parked in a driveway.

7:22 pm A 911 caller reported that she was approached in a threatening manner, while parked in her vehicle on Main Street, by an individual who was telling her to leave the area immediately. Officer Arthur Schofield responded and spoke with both involved parties.

2:35 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Stephen Buckley regarding a previous stolen check incident.

2:35 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer David Shane regarding an issue with a tenant.

2:19 pm A Westfield Road resident reported finding seven 1 gallon bottles that were filled with gun powder in the woods behind his house. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and confiscated the bottles.

11:24 am Officer David Shane issued violations to four vehicle that were parked illegally by the soccer fields on Fruit Street.

10:59 am A North Street resident reported that two trash cans were stolen sometime during the night. Officer David Shane responded and wrote a report.

10:17 am A caller reported that eight vehicles were parked facing the wrong direction and one vehicle was parked in a handicapped spot in front of Center School. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and spoke with the caller.

10:01 am The Upton Police Department reported an erratic operator on West Main Street heading onto Route 495 south. The State Police were notified.

8:47 am Officer Stephen Buckley advised that a motor vehicle had been parked on Main Street for two days now and that the owner of a business threatened to have it towed. The registered owner was contacted and stated that she was letting a friend, who lives on Main Street, use the vehicle.

8:19 am A caller reported loosing her credit card in a Main Street business' parking lot.

7:20 am Multiple callers reported a rollover motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Route 495. Officer David Shane responded to assist the Fire Department and State Police.

Friday, November 7, 2014

7:17 pm The Fire Department reported that an erratic operator was traveling into Hopkinton on Wood Street. Officer William Burchard stopped the motor vehicle and spoke with the operator.

4:37 pm A resident reported that a male was walking door to door on Lakeshore Drive. Officer Arthur Schofield spoke with the solicitor who registered last month.

9:35 am An Oakhurst Road resident reported that at 4:30 this morning someone rang her doorbell and knocked loudly on her door. By the time she got to the door no one was there and she saw a taller male, in a dark hoodie, walking away.

Personal Services 


Town Requests Bids for Legacy Farms North Road


Sealed bids for the construction of the Legacy Farms North subdivision road will be received by the Town of Hopkinton (the “Town”), Town Manager’s Office, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748, until 2:00 PM, prevailing time, on December 1, 2014, and at that place and time will be publicly opened and read aloud.

The scope of work consists of constructing a subdivision road 8,300 feet long, including water, sewer, drainage, and roadway infrastructure, and other miscellaneous appurtenant work.

Contract Documents including, but not limited to, Information for Bidders, Form of Bid, Form of Contract, Forms of Performance and Payment Bonds, Contract Specification, and Contract Drawings, may be examined on or after November 17, 2014 at the following locations:

Hopkinton Department of Public Works
66 Fruit Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
101 Walnut Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Contract Documents may be also be viewed and downloaded as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file by visiting the website www.accentblueprints.com , on or after November 17, 2014. Instructions on how to obtain a printed copy of the documents may be found at that same website.

Bid security for all bids shall be submitted with the bid in the form of a bid bond, cash, certified check, treasurer’s or cashier’s check, payable to the Town, is required in the amount of five percent (5%) of the Estimated Total Contract Price Bid, and no bidder may withdraw his bid for a period of sixty (60) days after the date of bid opening.

The attention of the bidder is called to the requirements of the minimum Prevailing Wage Rates to be paid under this Contract.

The selected contractor shall furnish a performance bond and a payment bond in an amount at least equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract price as stipulated in the bid specifications.

The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all bids, or to accept any bid deemed by them to be in the best interest of the Owner, and to limit the extent of the work to keep within the limits of available funds. The Contract award is subject to the availability of funds.

John K. Westerling, Director of Public Works, Hopkinton, MA 01748.

NOTE: Above is an illustration on file, but was not part of the press release above. The road under consideration, for the public's edification, is from Village Center to Rafferty Road.

Health and Fitness

Family  Stuff


Hopkinton beat Westborough on Saturday night 3-1 in an exciting Division II Central finals match at Hudson HS


 Westborough won the first set and then Hopkinton came back to win the next 3 sets that were all very close. With this win, Hopkinton moves on to the State Division II tournament. This is Hopkinton's first time ever to the State tournament. The semi-final match will be on Wed 11/12 at 7pm at CANTON HS against Notre Dame Academy of Hingham. NDA is the Div II South winners and have not lost a single match all season.

Please come cheer them on — Mr. VBall


Leave It To...

November 09, 2014 — This animal at Ice House Pond (Golden Pond), which appears to be a beaver, kept its tail a guarded secret, making the distinction between it and a muskrat difficult. The evidence of freshly cut greenery at the dam behind the gazebo indicates the presence of a beaver. Both the muskrat and the beaver have their eyes, nose and mouth in the same plane above the water, allowing them to breath with ease while swimming. The last beaver that became busy in that pond was trapped and euthanized. There appears to be a growing swamp in the woods across West Main Street from this, which is where the little critter swam to, via a culvert under the roadway, following this photo session. A resident of the new apartments at the Golden Pond Assisted Living facility was on an afternoon constitutional when she saw the beaver, too.

     "I always see something new on every walk," she said.




November 9, 2014 — A routine traffic stop for a moving violation or equipment violation can often lead to a more serious charge or arrest. The check  of a license plate can reveal an owner whose license has expired, or on whom a warrant  has been issued. People going on vacation are welcome to phone the Hopkinton Police and get on the house check list for daily inspections while away.

Personal Services 


How Many Lives?

November 9, 2014 — It isn't clear if the cat-o'-nine tails has as many lives as its namesake, but it is clear that they have gone to seed and are on the wane. Their location can be inferred by the reflection of the iconic Hopkinton landmark in the water behind them.

Health and Fitness
  Veterans Day Ceremony on Tuesday

The American Legion will hold its' Veterans Day ceremony on Tuesday , November 11th , at the Senior Center. This years' participants include Katie Schneider, Emilia Antoniadias, Mary Harrington, and Sarah Whalen. We begin at 11:00 AM, and invite all residents to attend this short ceremony acknowledging all Hopkinton Veterans past and present. Later that same day , all Hopkinton Veterans are welcome to attend the Veterans Day Dinner, sponsored by the Veterans Celebration Committee,  at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club. -doors open at 5:30 PM.

 Mike Whalen 508-435-2397, whalen.michael@comcast.net

Family  Stuff

Scouting for Food

November 8, 2014 — Daisy troop 66183. Helping collect food for "scouting for food". Second years Daisies. iPhone Photo by Dena Snyder.


TVL Champs for Third Year

by John Cardillo
November 8, 2014 — Another season has begun and the Hopkinton High Cheerleaders (HHC) have, as in the past, started out strong. On October 25th the HHC went to the Panther Invitational in Marlboro MA. Where they came in first place in division two. They were proud and happy to have strong start to the season, but there was a special twist to the particular competition. Head Marlboro coach, Adrienne DeGeorge, and The Varsity Marlboro Cheer team have “adopted” a young man, Dylan, who is battling brain cancer. Adrienne sent out a challenge to all 20 teams competing. What follows is a quote from an email Adrienne sent to Mellissa Zwang, Head Coach of HHC…

“For the past 3 years my varsity team and I have had the pleasure and honor of being a part of The Jimmy Fund Walk in Boston. One of my alumni and her family are a huge part of this event and I was lucky enough to be able to join them with my team in the fight to find a cure to this horrific disease. Three years ago we were lucky enough to meet Dylan who is one of the HEROS that we walk for, and with! Dylan is 6 years old and in 2011 was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He had 3 tumors with one that is inoperable. Even though Dylan is fighting the fight, he has also started his own service project called Cars for Kids with Cancer. He is collecting matchbox cars and trucks (they have to be newly packaged, not used and unwrapped) and takes them with him to his chemo treatments and every time he visit's Dana Farber. When he arrives he hands out a car or truck to each child that is a patient at Dana Farber to try and make their day a little bit better! Currently this amazing 6 year old boy has collected 4000 matchbox cars and trucks! My team and I fell in love with this little guy the minute we met him and I know you will to! I am adding a special competition between the teams this year in honor of Dylan! We are asking all teams to bring as many match box cars and trucks as you can. The team that brings the most cars/trucks will receive the 1st Panther Invitational Community Service award as well as custom bows in the Jimmy Fund colors for your team. We are also so lucky to say that Dylan with his family will be at our event and in the awards ceremony to receive all the cars and trucks and talk about his amazing project! The winning team will also take a picture with our hero! Please help me make this day amazing for this inspirational little boy!”

Coach Zwang and HHC got to work. The week prior to the Panther invitational they solicited donations to help pay for the cars and accepted donations of the Matchbox Cars directly. There were 20 teams at the competition and a total of 1800 Matchbox cars were collected… more than a third of those cars (680) were collected by Coach Zwang and HCC to give to Dylan. Although they won the competition that day… winning the 1st Panther Invitational Community Service Award was far more meaningful and gratifying. Congratulations to the Hopkinton Cheerleaders and Coach Zwang for all your hard work on, and off, the mat!!

On a similar note, on November 2nd the Hopkinton Hiller Cheerleaders traveled to Holliston High School for the Tri-Valley League Championship. They competed against, Ashland, Bellingham, Holliston, Medway, Norton and Westwood. This is also a qualifying event for The South Regional Championship to be held later this month. The Hopkinton Cheerleaders bested all the competition and became the Tri-Valley League Champions for the third year in a row and automatically qualified for the South Regionals. Congratulations HHC!!

Selectmen Approve New Stop Signs on Walcott, Connecting Streets




November 8, 2014 — Marlene Troupes, above, was one of two Walcott Street residents who testified before Selectmen at their Thursday meeting — the usual Tuesday meeting was postponed due to the election — to slow traffic down on that street by installing Stop signs at A and B Streets (Graphic). One resident claimed that people speed at 50 mph. Resident Tom Smith also asked for Selectmen to approve the change.

         Consensus among the neighbors was that people use the street in a dash to avoid the light and congestion at Main Street 

        Hopkinton Chief of Police Ed Lee, who visited the area to see for himself, also reviewed traffic recommendation standards set by the Federal Highway Administration.

          "The MUTCD [Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices] doesn't recommend doing it," he said. The chief said that STOP signs are not recommended measures to slow traffic down. STOP signs are used for intersection safety. But not everyone agreed.

          "I am passionate about this," said Town Manager Norman Khumalo regarding the installation of STOP signs. He cited Town Engineer Dave Daltorio as being in favor of his position. One selectman questioned Mr. Daltorio's qualifications as a traffic engineer, but Mr. Khumalo said that Mr. Daltorio, who reports directly to him, has credentials that cover it.

             Despite some opposition to them, and suggestions to look at other ways to slow traffic down, such as enforcement and bump-outs, selectmen voted, with Michelle Gates voting in the negative, to install STOP signs at A and B Streets. And although Chief Lee said that it would mean 2 STOP signs at each street, a communiqué the next day from the Town manager's office indicated that the Selectmen voted  to install 6 signs.


Health and Fitness
The Shortest Distance Between Any Two Points...
A shortened course?

    Arrows above indicate the former  and new surface of East Main Street at Frankland Road. 

November 8, 2014 — A photo presented on HopNews last week illustrates the former surface of East Main, which went up a hill, and then down the hill to avoid having to blast through granite when it was constructed long ago. But as part of the subdivision plan for Legacy Road, the surface of the roadway must be dropped by four feet in some areas to accommodate an improved line-of-sight for vehicles approaching the new intersection, which will at some point include full traffic signals.

        As a result of the construction near the one-mile mark of the BAA Boston Marathon, the distance on that part of the roadway, if the simple mathematical axiom The shortest distance between any two points is a straight line can be believed, then the race course just became shortened. But is it significant enough to make a difference in the 26.2 mile race?

         When reached by email a week ago, Race Director Dave McGillivray replied that the BAA is aware of the change and they will take a look at the roadway when it is complete and determine if new measurements need to be taken. The race course does need to be re-certified at regular intervals nonetheless.


Look Through any Window


November 8, 2014 — A rainy night and a street light that only works intermittently offered a reflection-free glimpse into the window of a closed Country Plus late yesterday afternoon as evergreen material began sprouting up throughout the store.

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