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Bocce Challenge

 

Join us as the Hopkinton Senior Center Bocce Team takes on the Hopkinton Police Department in the center's first Bocce Challenge match on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 4pm.

 

Bring a chair and come cheer your favorite team on! 

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Trooper Struck by Impaired Motorist on I-290 in Worcester

At approximately 8:10 pm tonight a state trooper was working a paid detail, and was inside his cruiser, on Route 290 in Worcester when the cruiser was struck from behind by an impaired motorist.

The cruiser, which was stationary in the left lane when it was struck, sustained heavy damage. The trooper, who did not have apparent serious injuries, was transported to the University of Massachusetts of Medical Center-Lake Avenue in Worcester for precautionary observation.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the cruiser was determined to be impaired and was placed under arrest for operating under the influence, subsequent offense. He is identified as ZACHARY DION, 25, of Fitchburg.

DION was booked at the Holden Barracks. He will be arraigned, perhaps as soon as tomorrow, at Worcester District Court.

The crash investigation and cleanup necessitated the closure of the left and middle lanes of Route 290 at the crash site and the Hope on-ramp.

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High Wire Act

September 15, 2014 — The diagonal wires are nowhere near the workers on top of Town Hall who are installing a new roof on the very, very tall building. The wires are in front of the HopNews office on Main Street, and the worker to the left is at the rear of Town Hall.

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       Police Arrest/Incident Log - Updated September 15, 2014
   Arrest Log

Friday, September 12, 2014

2:35 am Officer Jacob Campbell placed an individual into Protective Custody on School Street.


Incident Log

Sunday, September 14, 2014

7:21 pm A resident of Appaloosa Circle reported that a suspicious black Nissan turned around in her driveway and that two individuals were walking across the street talking on a cell phone. Two officers checked the area with a negative find on anything suspicious.

9:53 am The State Police requested assistance for a male and female who were fighting in the break down lane of Route 495. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded to assist.

8:19 am A 911 caller from Cole Drive reported that all the fire alarms in their house were going off but there was no smoke or fire anywhere. The Fire Department responded to investigate.

2:02 am Officer Linda Higgins checked a motor vehicle that was parked at the Fruit Street fields.

1:32 am Officer Linda Higgins removed a tree that fell down in the roadway on Wood Street.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

11:52 pm Officer John Moran checked a motor vehicle that was parked in the High School parking lot.

9:52 pm Officer Philip Powers assisted individuals who were on a tour on Wood Street.

7:33 pm A resident of Tiffany Trail reported a suspicious motor vehicle parked on the property. A message was left with the owner to move the vehicle.

3:05 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic operator was all over the road and was crossing the yellow line heading towards Westborough on Wood Street. The Westborough Police Department was notified.

2:56 pm A caller from Main Street reported that their vehicle's driver's side door and fender were keyed at some point overnight. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and wrote a report.

2:31 pm A resident reported that someone hit their vehicle while it was parked on Mayhew Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded to write a report. Photo of Engine 4 at Legacy Farms 9/15/2014 responding to gas odor and awaiting NSTAR.

12:52 pm A motorist reported an erratic and aggressive operator on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer David Shane checked the area with a negative find.

11:12 am An Alexander Road resident reported finding a yellow and a black lab in her yard without tags. The Animal Control Officer was notified.

2:40 am An Oak Street resident reported a possible breaking and entering in progress at her house. Two officers searched the area but did not find anything out of the ordinary.

12:29 am Officer Linda Higgins checked a motor vehicle that was parked at a Cedar Street business.

Friday, September 12, 2014

11:42 pm A caller reported that a vehicle was doing "donuts" on Oak Street and almost hit a mailbox. Officer Jacob Campbell checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

8:52 pm Two officers assisted a Davis Road resident with removing a mouse that was captured.

7:11 pm Two officers responded to a two car motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Cedar Street.

2:29 pm A second call was placed to the utility company to get the wires on Saddle Hill Road fixed.

10:31 am Officer Stephen Buckley removed a tarp from the roadway on West Main Street.

7:49 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.

3:46 am A resident of Hayward Street reported a large construction noise coming from near her house. Two officers checked the area and advised that it was most likely caused by a tractor trailer that was recently in the area.

2:02 am Officer Jacob Campbell checked a motor vehicle on School Street and subsequently placed an individual into Protective Custody.

12:17 am Officer Linda Higgins checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle that was parked on Hayden Rowe Street.

Health and Fitness
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com © 2014 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from September 9, 2014 - September 15, 2014
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
Address
Buyer
Price
Date
Seller
Hopkinton
8 Highcroft Way unit 8 John Totino $365,000 September 15, 2014 Gerald C. Lake, Catherine A. Lake
11 Jackson Street John D. Malone, Robin Q. Malone $855,000 September 15, 2014 James E. Plunkett, Donna M. Plunkett
39 Pleasant Street Marcelo P. Rodrigues $399,000 September 12, 2014 Michael H. Kinney
9 Leman Lane unit 4A Jason Andreola $268,000 September 12, 2014 David Goolgasian Jr.
59 West Elm Street Jesse O. Menning, Whitney A. Dunlap $580,500 September 11, 2014 Mohammad H. Raza, Maya Raza
Leonard Street Richard P. Barbieri $75,000 September 11, 2014 John McBride
41 Lakeshore Drive Mollie F. May $250,000 September 10, 2014 Tammy L. Stepien, Tammy L. Geurtsen
27 Teresa Road Edward Smith, Leah C. Smith $565,000 September 9, 2014 Christopher C. Anderson
27 Overlook Road David J. McAvoy, Cindy B. McAvoy $938,000 September 9, 2014 Eric D. Ho, Nancy Woo
Ashland
51 Half Crown Circle unit D Stephen Robitaille $366,000 September 15, 2014 Jeffrey Nauss
10 Blueberry Hill Lane Mark Arnold, Christy Arnold $525,000 September 12, 2014 Bryan R. Sunnquist, Lanette R. Sunnquist
117 America Boulevard unit B Connie Katsarikas $356,000 September 12, 2014 Sanjeev Kalyanaraman
166 Captain Eames Circle unit C Jonathan Mayer $268,000 September 12, 2014 Christopher Hoffman, Lisa Leon
Southborough
7 Thayer Lane Daniel R. Benoit, Nia Benoit $849,000 September 12, 2014 East Main Street LLC
9 Thayer Lane Simon Davis, Deborah N. Davis $905,734 September 10, 2014 East Main Street LLC
75 Southville Road Central Mass Remodeling LLC $100,500 September 9, 2014 Grace M. Carter
Upton
138 Mechanic Street Brian D. Basoli, Sarah A. Basoli $180,000 September 9, 2014 Blanche F. Grenier, Blanche F. Grenier Living Trust
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Welcome to Crack-X

Thanks to Hopkinton Resident David Mossman for bringing Crack-X to the attention of HopNews readers. See their webpage or the video below to see how they can help you.

Family  Stuff

The Alter Ego Band - A Couple of Clips from Polyarts
 
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OPEN HOUSE:

Hopkinton Senior Center

28 Mayhew Street

Hopkinton, MA

 Saturday, September 27

 9 am – 12 noon

 

·       “Legal Planning Now to avoid the Future Crisis” workshop – (Presentation at 10 am) Kathleen Nealon, Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorney

 

·       “What you should know about Medicare Open Enrollment” (Talk at 9 am, counselor available before and after for questions)

Alice Rotfort, S.H.I.N.E. counselor

 

·        Visit with representatives from Whitcomb House, Compass of Hopkinton, Cornerstone of Milford, Golden Pond, Hopkinton Senior Housing, Health Center Hopkinton and the MWRTA

 

·        Meet and ask questions of Liz Sher from the Hopkinton Assessor’s Office

 

·        Talk with one of our Outreach workers Check out our Thrift Shop and computer lab Have coffee and muffins Pool or Bocce

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Registration for the 2015 Boston Marathon reopens on Monday, September 15 to all time qualifiers

The B.A.A. will accept up to 8,000 additional qualifiers during the next phase of registration.

BOSTON - September 15, 2014 — Registration for the 2015 Boston Marathon will reopen on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. ET and will continue through Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

 

During this period, any eligible qualifier may submit an application for entry.  Entry is not first-come, first-served during this period.

 

The B.A.A. opened registration on September 8 and through the course of last week accepted entry submissions from qualifiers through a systematic process by which those who are among the fastest of all to have achieved the qualifying mark for their age and gender would be able to enter first. From September 8 through September 13, the B.A.A. received approximately 16,000 registration submissions. At the conclusion of the next phase of registration, the B.A.A. will accept up to 8,000 additional qualifiers.

 

Due to field size limitations, it is possible that not all qualifiers who submit an entry will be accepted. If more runners apply than can be accepted, then acceptance will be granted to the fastest qualifiers among the applicants. Those not accepted for entry due to field size limitations also will receive an email from the B.A.A. at the conclusion of the application period.

 

The field for the 2015 Boston Marathon will be comprised of more than 80% qualifiers, which is a percentage equal or greater to recent past years.  Part of the field is comprised annually of invitational entries, including allocations reserved for elite athletes, those running for charitable organizations, sponsors, and community participation.

 

The field size limit for the 2015 Boston Marathon is 30,000 official entrants.  The field size for the 2013 Boston Marathon was 27,000 official entrants. 

Working in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the eight cities and towns along the course, the B.A.A. increased the field size for the special 2014 Boston Marathon to 36,000 official entrants. Participants in the 2014 Boston Marathon fundraised more than $38.4 million to benefit local non-profit organizations, and the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau estimated the economic impact of the most recent event at $175.8 million.

 

To view the Boston Marathon’s qualifying standards and registration procedures, click here: http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/participant-information/qualifying/qualifying-standards.aspx.

To read additional details about the B.A.A.’s registration process for the 2015 Boston Marathon, please click here:http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/participant-information/qualifying/qualifying-procedure.aspx.

For athletes with disabilities, please see more specific information on registration for these programs and divisions here:http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/participant-information/qualifying/athletes-with-disabilities.aspx. — BAA press release, HopNews file photo

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Mandatory Hydrant Flow Tests
  

Please be advised that two required fire hydrant flow tests will be conducted on Tuesday, September 16th from approximately 10:30 PM to 11:30 PM. One will be on Main Street by Walcott and the other will be on Hayden Rowe near the High School. Due to the large volume of water that will be flowing, you may notice some discoloration during and after the test.  Please check your water before using it and you may need to run your cold water to help clear your lines.

— Eric Carty, Water Sewer Manager

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A Plea For Justice For Susan Taraskiewicz

from Mass State Police and mother of victim

 

September 14, 2014--The Suffolk County District Attorney and the Massachusetts State Police today are releasing a video interview (below) with the mother of a young woman who was brutally murdered 22 years ago this weekend. The video urges anyone with information about the homicide of Susan Taraskiewicz to share that information with State Police.

In the video, Marlene Taraskiewicz talks about her daughter's life, interests, and generous spirit, and notes that the murder prevented Susan from ever realizing her dreams and devastated their family. Mrs. Taraskiewicz, who has worked closely with police to seek information about the murder, pledges to continue working fervently to keep public attention on Susan's case.

Early on the morning of September 13, 1992, 27-year-old Susan Taraskiewicz took a break from her job at Northwest Airlines at Logan Airport to pick up sandwiches for her co-workers. She never returned to work, or to her family's home in Saugus. The next morning, Monday, September 14, 1992, Susan's body was found in the trunk of her car, which was parked outside an auto body shop on Route 1A in Revere. She had been murdered.

At the time of Susan's murder, a group of Northwest employees, not including Susan, were involved in a credit card theft ring. Susan, a ramp supervisor, also had been enduring persistent sexual harassment by her male co-workers.

The facts and circumstances of Susan's brutal killing, including whether it was connected to people involved in the credit card thefts and sexual harassment or to other individuals, remains under active investigation by the Suffolk County District Attorney, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Revere Police.

Investigators believe there are people who possess information that will allow them to arrest the person or persons who killed Susan. That information could be vital to finally obtaining justice for the Taraskiewicz family. Anyone with information, regardless of their current situation or circumstance, is urged to contact the State Police Detective Unit for Suffolk County at 617-727-8817. 

We hope those who view it share it with their own followers and friends. MSP Media Relations.

 

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Falling Victim to "Free Money"

Editor:

Hopkinton is falling victim to the guidelines imposed by state grant money.  Before any collaboration with the Hopkinton Historic District Commission and nearby neighbors, the library board of directors went after "free money" .  The state never asked about the impact that this proposed structure would have on the Historic District of Hopkinton.  It just imposed its vision of what Hopkinton should have for a library.The Hopkinton Historic District Commission has a legal and moral responsibility to "preserve and protect" the Historic District.  The size and scale of the proposed library are clearly not compatible with the other structures in the Historic District. 

 

Before any other steps are taken Hopkinton has already paid the price for "free money":  two valued members have been dismissed from the Commission and one outstanding, dedicated member has had to defend herself during a demeaning cross-examination.

 

Nobody knows at this point where all this is headed.  However, it is clear that state grant money may have unintended consequences that will not be beneficial to our town. "Free money" has already come to Hopkinton with a high price.

 

Beth Kelly, Hopkinton Historic Commission member

November 13, 2104

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Up in the Air


September 13, 2014 — Drew Donohue is head and shoulders above his Wayland counterpart in last night's home opener that Hopkinton won.

Family  Stuff

Like Mother...

September 13, 2014 — Lori McBride and daughter Colleen were spotted walking down the Main Street sidewalk during Polyarts after shopping locally and coming up with the same decorative signs.

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Thanks to Yanks

 

Thanks To Yanks, a local non-profit organization, hosted their 8th annual  9/11 Tribute Dinner to “remember, respect and revere” our military, veterans, first responders and their families.  This year’s event was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Milford with over 350 attendees. 

 

In attendance were veterans of all ages, military members currently serving, Gold Star and Blue Star families, and several dignitaries. 

 

Colors were presented by the Sons of the American Revolution, Col Henry Knox Color Guard.  The Worcester Civil Air Patrol Cadets conducted the POW/MIA table ceremony, and the Patriot Guard Riders stood at attention with their flag line, while the Rhode Island Highlanders Bag Pipers welcomed guests. 

 

The mission of Thanks To Yanks is to support our military, veterans and their families.  For more information about the organization and to register for their Family Fun Walk visit www.thankstoyanks.org   You can also “like” them on Face Book.

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The Artist and the Artwork


September 13, 2014 — Face-painting artist Cathy Howe turns Alice Conlin into a work of art at Polyarts today.
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Andrea Brass, Golden Pond resident at PolyArts

September 13, 2014 Andrea Brass, a resident of Golden Pond Assisted Living, prepared over 75 knitted items to sell at Polyarts, making everyone at her residence very proud of her. Photo by Jennifer Belesi.

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Hopkinton 35, Wayland 27


September 13, 2014 — Above, Quarterback Pat Ryan keeps one and drills down the Wayland defense for several yards in last night's season opener at home.

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Hoptoberfest is Back!  Tickets Go on Sale September 13th

 

September 12, 2014 — Join Hopkinton Public Library Foundation for its Second Annual Hoptoberfest, a fun tasting night to benefit the restoration, renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Public Library.  With the generosity of Platinum Sponsors Hallmark Sotheby’s International Realty and Phipps Insurance Agency, this year’s Hoptoberfest is Friday, October 24, from 7:30 to 10:30 P.M., in the Parish Center of St. John’s Church in Hopkinton. Taste numerous local microbrews, name brand beers and delicious food from local restaurants and caterers.  Live, traditional Oompah music will add to the festivities.  Additional specialty items available for purchase at the event include premium whiskeys and spirits in a souvenir glass and a wide variety of cigars from the Rolling Stogies 57-foot walk-in humidor.  New this year is a Home Brew contest.  If you would like to join the brewers showcasing their homemade beer, contact HPLF at events@hopkintonpubliclibraryfoundation.org  for more information.

Tickets are $60 per person or $100 per couple and may be purchased at www.HPLFinc.org, at the Library, or at the Polyarts Festival on Hopkinton Common.  Hoptoberfest is for adults aged 21 and over (please bring an I.D. to the event).  Last year, Hoptoberfest raised over $18,000 for the Library project, while 16 partygoers joined the “1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library” pledging an additional $16,000 at the event.  Last year’s tickets sold out weeks before the event; so get your tickets early!

To learn more about HPLF’s fall events, and the planned restoration, renovation and expansion of the Library, please visit www.HPLFinc.org.  Constructed in 1895, Hopkinton Public Library was last renovated and expanded in 1967 when it was joined with the adjacent Episcopal Church, bringing the Library to its current size of 5,783 square feet.  On July 14, 2011, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) approved Hopkinton’s plan for the renovation and expansion of the Library and awarded Hopkinton a $4.5 million Library Construction Grant.  At the May 2014 Town Meeting and Town Election, Hopkinton voters approved funding the $11.7 million Library project.  The MBLC funded Hopkinton’s $4.5 million grant in August 2014, and Hopkinton can expect to receive the first installment of its grant (about $900,000) in the fall of 2014.  Once completed, Hopkinton Public Library will provide a modern, accessible facility that meets the current and future needs of the community, while preserving and highlighting the architectural features of the beloved buildings.

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Playing For Shayne

 

Come join us for the “Playing For Shayne” event on Friday, September 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hopkinton High School Cafeteria!  It’s going to be a fun night featuring live music performed by Hopkinton students to honor the one year anniversary of keeping Shayne Desroches in our hearts and memory.  

 

There will be no charge for admission, but because of Shayne’s passion for shoes, we are holding a shoe drive at Hopkinton High School from Monday, September 15 until the time of the event.  Athletic, men’s, sports cleats, women’s, sports sandals and kid’s shoes are acceptable, but please, no boots of any kind.  All pairs must be banded or tied together and will be sent to people in need living in Africa through the organization "ReRun Shoes."  If you have any questions or are interested in contributing or helping out please contact us at nbonnell@hillers.org or hmurphy@hillers.org .

Volunteers:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kHz7ankOU9RNvog5g1BSOjl4E61U3P3zFtsOUx-Vg1w/edit?usp=sharing

Contributions:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1u9fh9YJPG6eFVkpQ43m6M9l3cO1DxFA2a_dopbvNczY/edit?usp=sharing

RSVP:

https://sites.google.com/a/hopkinton.k12.ma.us/playing-for-shayne/

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Dirty Divas

September 12, 2014 — The Hopkinton Women's softball league finished their season last night on Carrigan field under the lights.  The Red team (Dirty Divas) play the Pink Team and Red won 16-4.  It was a great season with 8 full teams contributing to the league roster.

Congrats to all and looking forward to playing again in 2015. - Contributed content.

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     Police Incident Log - Updated September 12, 2014
   Incident Log

Thursday, September 11, 2014

5:54 pm Multiple 911 callers reported a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on West Main Street. Four officers responded to assist.

4:37 pm A C Street resident reported that her large blue and yellow Macaw flew away. The Animal Control Officer was notified.

4:11 pm A caller reported an erratic operator on West Main Street. Two officers were able to catch up to the vehicle and spoke with the operator.

3:00 pm Detective Timothy Brennan spoke with two individuals on West Main Street and advised one of them of a no trespass order.

9:55 am Officer Stephen Buckley located a cable line and a telephone line that were hanging very low on Saddle Hill Road. Both utility companies were notified.

9:10 am Officer Stephen Buckley responded to a minor motor vehicle accident on West Main Street.

8:47 am Officer Stephen Buckley completed community relations on Ash Street.

8:42 am A motorist reported that a vehicle was speeding, tailgating and passing other vehicles in a "no passing" zone on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien located the vehicle and spoke with the operator who denied the actions.

7:48 am Two callers reported a rollover motor vehicle accident with personal injuries on West Main Street. Six officers responded to assist the Fire Department

7:00 am Officer Philip Powers observed a bus stop on Indian Brook Road.

6:41 am An officer assisted a disabled motor vehicle.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

7:35 pm Officer John Moran assisted the operator of a motor vehicle who was lost on West Main Street with directions.

7:29 pm A 911 caller from Claflin Place reported that a motorcycle had just driven on a trail behind his house. Officer John Moran checked the area with a negative find on the motorcycle.

6:12 pm Officer David Shane assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.

6:06 pm A resident reported that a dog was running loose in the roadway on Lincoln Street. Officer Philip Powers checked the area with a negative find. The Animal Control Officer was notified.

6:02 pm Officer David Shane spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Parkwood Drive.

4:47 pm A walk-in from Alexander Road reported that her dog was attacked and injured by another dog. The Animal Control Officer was contacted and handled the incident.

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Project Just Because in Hopkinton to benefit from Blue Cross Blue Shield
of Massachusetts fourth annual company-wide Service Day

Hopkinton project part of a larger effort which will touch 21 towns and cities through 45 projects

According to a press release from Blue Cross Blue Shield, on September 17, 2014 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts will hold its fourth annual companywide Service Day. One Community. One Blue. More than 3,200 employees will volunteer on one day at 45 different community sites across the state—including Project Just Because in Hopkinton at 86 South Street. Visit our dedicated web site.

Volunteers will help each organization with projects ranging from assembling food items for hunger relief, nature beautification and environmental cleanup, restoration of an urban orchard, preparing food for the homeless, enhancing educational spaces, and outdoor trail maintenance, among other activities.

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Resident Lectures Selectmen
Traffic Concerns Expressed by Another

 

September 11, 2014 — This evening during the Board of Selectmen's Public Forum, Hopkinton native Tom Terry admonished the four selectmen who were present at the August 12 meeting when Historic District Commission member Claire Wright was attempted to be forced to pledge allegiance to the new library project, before she would be reappointed to the commission for which she has a unique passion. Mrs. Wright serves on several town entities including the powerful Planning Board.

        This evening, Mr. Terry excluded Selectman Michelle Gates from his accusations, and spoke in a grandfatherly tone about the behavior of the selectmen who were present on August 12, but did not single anyone out. However, a review of the recording of the meeting shows a heavy-handedness by Selectman Ben Palleiko toward Mrs. Wright. Mr. Terry said the behavior needed to be "tempered." He said he heard descriptions like "overly scrutinized," "underhandedness," and "arrogant" to describe what people witnessed during that interview.

        On August 12, Mrs. Wright maintained her integrity and said that the Hopkinton Historical District Commission would work in a spirit of collaboration with all of the parties involved in the library project. She stated that the HHDC had never denied a project.

         Prior to the first appointment this evening, Chairman Todd Cestari suggested that the board revert to a previously used process for appointing new board and committee members; a ballot vote by each selectman so that the process of appointing board and committee members did not become a race to see which selectman would get their motion in first.

         After eliciting discussion from the members, Mr. Cestari decided that they would continue the current method, and discuss the change further, at another time.

          Jeff Doherty had a moment at the microphone also.

         Mr. Doherty, owner of Angel's Garden Center, complained of the sequence of the new light a the intersection of School and West Main streets, the effect it has on people waiting southbound on School Street, and that it has affected his business (coffee shop, garden center) detrimentally from that neighborhood. He mentioned that people on Elizabeth Road were affected, and he got no argument from Selectmen — two of them live there, as does former selectman Brian Herr.

             Selectman Chair Todd Cestari promised to leave a minute earlier to stop for coffee. 

Family  Stuff

From Barbaric to Civilized

     

September 11, 2014 — Above, Joan and John Archer look over their garden that has been 28 years in the making, from the second floor balcony of their Barbara Road home. Each has a flag flying signifying their native lands. In the background are trees felled by a microburst — the "barbaric side" — which they said was a similar state of their land before the garden, pool and bar (off camera) were built.

        The couple left their respective professions of art and engineering for a life of furniture building several years ago, forming a company called Furniture Fayre that thrived for 11 years out of the Bernat Mills in Uxbridge, an old textile mill converted into workshops and showrooms. That 400,000 square foot mill burned to the ground in July, 2007 in an uncontrollable conflagration that took the Archers' business as well as about 60 others. The Archers spoke to the HopNews camera following the fire, in front of Uxbridge Town Hall.

                 These days, they build furniture for themselves and their daughter, make investments in the stock market, and of course, work in their 28 year-old garden. 

      

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Trends in Substance Use Among Teens Parent Guidance Presentation

 Wednesday, October 1, 2014

7:00-8:30pm

 Hopkinton High School Auditorium

 Focus:     Grades: 4-9th Grade

Presenter:   Ms. Shannon Mountain-Ray, MSW, LICSW

                        Director of Social Work, Adolescent Substance Abuse Program, Boston Children’s Hospital

 

Funding Grant:     Hopkinton Country Club Charitable Foundation

 

    A presentation designed for parents of 4th-9th graders, this talk will provide basic information about the trends of substance use and abuse among teens, and will focus on what parents can do to keep their children from using. Involved parents are the first line of defense against substance use, yet many parents struggle with how to address these issues with their children. Through this presentation, parents will be given strategies on how to talk to their kids about alcohol and illicit substances, and how to handle potential use.

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Tea Time at Water Fresh Farm

We had a great time this morning for our inaugural Tea Time. Attendees were able to choose from five different teas (loose leaf from Upton Tea Imports) that we brewed and poured for them as well as a yummy assortment of treats.

As an added bonus, Frank from Upton Tea, pictured here, came and educated us all about the teas we were drinking.

Thanks to all of you who came as well as Frank for taking the time to join us. Keep on the lookout for our next tea...

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PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT
Town Hall Parking Lot Entrance Relocation

The Town Engineer would like to announce that the ongoing work for the Town Hall Roof Replacement Project will require the entrance to the parking lot behind Town Hall to be closed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (September 15th, 16th and 17th) from 7:30am – 4:30pm.

During this time the exit will be utilized as both the entrance and the exit. Uniformed traffic control will be present throughout the process and temporary signage will be installed. Town Hall Staff will not be utilizing the parking lot during this time in an effort to reduce traffic in/out of the lot and to minimize the number of vehicles utilizing the lot.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause as this necessary work is being completed.

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In Remembrance of 9/11

BOSTON – Thursday, September 11, 2014 - Governor Deval Patrick this morning participated in the annual State House Commemoration of the harrowing events that occurred on September 11, 2001. During the 9/11 Commemoration, Governor Patrick participated in the name reading ceremony for the 210 people who were killed on September 11, with strong ties to Massachusetts.

“Today we honor those we lost 13 years ago, the families who lost loved ones, and those who give their lives to protect us every day," said Governor Patrick.

This afternoon, Governor Patrick will join the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund for their 9/11 Service Project at the Mother’s Walk on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, as a part of ongoing remembrances of 9/11. Governor Patrick will work with volunteers to assemble care packages to support active duty service members and veterans. The event will include the preparation of 500 care packages for homeless veterans in Massachusetts, in addition to the 500 care packages for soldiers on duty overseas. As part of the care package project, participants will have the opportunity to write letters of support to our troops and the Fund will collect pledges to support local families who have lost service members in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Noble Eagle.

This evening, Governor Patrick will attend the seventh annual ceremony for the Massachusetts Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Ashburton Park of the State House. This annual commemoration pays tribute to all firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty in Massachusetts. During the ceremony, the names of 29 firefighters will be added to the Memorial this year.

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Representative Dykema Reflects on the 13th Anniversary of September 11th*  

BOSTON, MA - Thirteen years ago today, our nation was shocked by the attacks on the World Trade Center. We remember those who lost their lives that day and thank the firefighters, policemen, EMT’s and other emergency personnel who put their safety and lives on the line to protect the rest of our community.

Thinking back to the days following the attack it was a time of fear, but also of great strength and unity. As a nation and as a local community, we came together in support of our country and the ideals that make us all proud to call the United States our home.

Some took this commitment a step further by signing up to serve our country during that time of need. Today we remember the countless men and women who continue to serve, many of whom are overseas now protecting our freedoms. One need only look to our neighboring community of Northborough to recognize the magnitude of the sacrifices made. We hold in our memory and our prayers Specialist Brian K. Arsenault, who made the ultimate sacrifice last week while serving in Afghanistan, and all those who have lost their lives in defense of our country.

During this day of reflection, let us remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and honor their memory by supporting our troops fighting for our freedom today. Let us keep the victims of 9-11, their families, and our service men and women in our hearts and minds, today and every day.

*File photo previously contributed by the family of  Hopkinton resident Christopher R. Zarba, Jr., a husband and father, who lost his life on Flight 11.

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Parent Alert:

Dangers of a Popular Social Media App: Yik Yak

 

   September 10, 2014 — In an effort to keep teens safe, we wanted to make you aware of a recent trend in social media. Yik Yak is a social bulletin board displaying messages from people in a user’s area that can be voted “up” or “down” on the page.

    The anonymous social wall has been popular in Hopkinton Middle and High School. This app is free and easy to download. The app is location based and allows you to post whatever you want about whoever you want anonymously.  Its radius is limited to a 1.5 mile area, so it’s really a conversation by Hopkinton Teens about Hopkinton teens. As the School Resource Officer, I have monitored this site and found some positive, but mostly negative chats that are derogatory or may even be considered bullying.

     There are an infinite number of applications so we can never eliminate or block all of them. Please talk with your children about what apps they use and educate them about the dangers of social media. If you have questions, please contact:

 

Phil Powers                                                                                         Jean Vallera Vazza

School Resource Officer                                                                     Youth Services Coordinator

508-497-9820 x 1004                                                                          508-497-9781

ppowers@hopkinton.k12.ma.us                                 jvazza@hopkintonma.gov 

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   Lake Maspenock Level to be Drawn Down
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After a beautiful summer, it is now approaching the timethat the annual draw down of the lake begins. The timing of the draw down is mandated by a permit received from theHopkinton Conservation Commission and must begin no earlier than September 15thand no later than October 1st. The exact date can vary from year to year based upon the level of thelake coming out of the summer.  The exactdate that the draw down will commence has not been set, but please understandthat it may start as early as Monday, September 15th.   This year’s reduction in the level of thelake is anticipated to be 48-52 inches.  Please be aware of the draw down processand arrange for the removal of boats and docks accordingly. (HopNews  file photo)

 

Have a great autumn,

 

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