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Police Unity Tour


          The mission of the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund is to generate increased public support for the law enforcement profession by permanently recording and appropriately commemorating the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers; and to provide information that will help promote law enforcement safety.  National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement community.

          This year, three members of the Hopkinton Police Department; Officers Aaron O’Neil, William Burchard and Phil Powers will be participating in the Police Unity Tour (www.policeunitytour.com) to honor the 105 officers who died in the line of duty for 2013.  The primary purpose of this four day, three-hundred and twenty mile bicycle ride is to raise awareness of Police Officers who have died in the line of duty.  The secondary purpose is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum.  During our time in Washington D.C., we will be visiting and paying our respects to our fallen brother and sister officers.

          Each participant in the Police Unity Tour event, which begins in New Jersey and ends in Washington D.C., is responsible for raising approximately $2,000.00.  We are asking for your support in helping to defray some of the cost each participant is responsible for raising.  If you or your organization would like to make a tax-deductible (Police Unity Tour Tax ID #22-3530541) donation to support this honorable cause, please fill out the attached sponsor form.  Any charitable donation you or your organization can offer will help bring us one step further to representing the Town of Hopkinton and our Police Department at the Law Enforcement Candlelight Vigil during National Police Week 2013.



Before and After

April 17, 2014 — Dr. Binh Ngyuen, CCSP, of Cedar Chiropractic and Sports demonstrates a pneumatic compression device that is designed to relieve muscle aches and tenderness attributed to high levels of physical exertion. Whether practicing or funning for real, this treatment can put an athlete in the right frame of mind. And after the race, slip this suit on and watch the pain go away.

In addition, Dr. Binh equips athletes with kinesiology tape to help blood flow and offer structural support  for the muscles and skeleton.
Besides his regular hours, he will be open extended hours over the weekend for those who need his services: Until 5:00 pm on Saturday, and on Sunday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. And after the race, not only is the pneumatic therapy recommended, he also offers Graston technique and cold laser. To make an appointment, call 508-435-8182.


The Run Around

April 17, 2014 — Elmwood School students were joined by members of the Hopkinton High School Varsity cross country team and elite runners who were visiting from Kenya in a run around the island in the front of the school. They participated in a cultural exchange at the school, Scholars and Stars, sponsored by John Hancock Life Insurance. Much more coverage on the event later today.


Below, 2011 Boston Marathon champion Sharon Cherop is accompanied into the Elmwood School gathering by a Hopkinton High School Cross Country Team member this morning to a cheering crowd, and rock music. Check back later for much more.



Busy Skyway

April 17, 2014 — The skies over Hopkinton were busy today. Above a Massachusetts State Police Air Wing helicopter made several circles over Downtown Hopkinton this afternoon. At the same time, a young bird of prey, as revealed by its flawless wings, circled undoubtedly curious about the whirlybird, and earlier in the day, as if on cue, four large Red Cross helicopters flew over Elmwood School property.


The A Team

April 17, 2014 — The Hopkinton Respite Center's Mary McQueeney, Mike Mullins and Sharon Lisnow walk from the Elmwood gathering, Scholars and Stars, with the students and Elite Kenyan runners this morning, shortly before the latter ran two laps around the front island. Mike will be singing the National Anthem at the Fenway Park on May 1, 2014 prior to the Red Sox game.

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WESTON, MA – The following student from Hopkinton was named to the honor roll at The Rivers School in Weston in recognition of his excellent academic performance during the winter term of this year: Trevor A. Ballantyne, Grade 9.

About The Rivers School
The Rivers School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school in Weston, Mass. that serves students in grades 6 through 12. Rivers offers 35 honors and Advanced Placement courses, exceptional college counseling, an intensive study program for talented student musicians at The Rivers School Conservatory, award-winning music, co-curricular, and studio arts programs, and championship-caliber athletics as a member of the ISL. For more information, please visit www.rivers.org .


    Police Incident Log - Updated April 16, 2014

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  Incident Log

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

4:58 pm A 911 caller reported that she was broken down on Hopkinton Road in Upton. The Upton Police responded to assist.

4:42 pm A caller reported that a tree fell and was being held up by other trees on Lumber Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and left a message with the DPW.

4:07 pm A caller reported a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Ash Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded to write a report and transported one individual back to their residence.

1:08 pm Officer Stephen Buckley removed a branch from the roadway on South Street.

10:11 am Officer Stephen Buckley checked a parked motor vehicle on Saddle Hill Road.

10:05 am The Framingham Police Department requested that an officer attempt to make contact with a resident of Hayward Street regarding a hit and run that occurred in their town. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and spoke with a resident of the house who advised that the registered owner lived in Framingham.

Monday, April 14, 2014

5:46 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer checked and spoke with an individual on Main Street.

5:23 pm Officer Matthew McNeil advised that he came upon an intersection on Elm Street with a large amount of pea-stone dumped in the roadway. The DPW was notified and responded.

4:32 pm A North Mill Street resident reported that there had been a suspicious motor vehicle sitting in her driveway for approximately 15 minutes. Two officers responded and advised that they were registered solicitors.

4:11 pm A caller reported that there was a tree down on Huckleberry Road. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and notified the DPW to remove it.

3:47 pm There were multiple 911 calls reporting a power line down in the roadway on Ash Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded along with the Fire Department and notified the electric company.

3:12 pm A 911 caller from West Elm Street reported that there was a brush fire in her side yard. Two officers responded to assist the Fire Department.

2:52 pm A motorist reported a large tree limb in the roadway on East Main Street. Sgt. John Porter responded and checked the area with a negative find.

8:42 am Two officers responded to a two car motor vehicle accident with personal injury on South Street.

7:21 am A 911 caller reported that a tractor trailer unit was blocking traffic on East Main Street. Sgt. John Porter responded and advised that it was gone upon his arrival.

1:26 am Officer Jacob Campbell checked and spoke with an individual at a West Main Street gas station.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

5:05 pm A resident of School Street reported seeing a suspicious man in the woods. Officer William Burchard responded and checked the area with a negative find.

2:52 pm A Forest Lane resident reported finding a lost dog.

2:02 pm A caller reported that a suspicious individual was taking pictures of houses on A Street. Officer Stephen Buckley located the person who was just taking outdoor photos.

12:34 pm Officer Stephen Buckley assisted with installing a car seat on Main Street.

11:27 am A resident of Summer Street reported that there was a rabid skunk in her neighborhood. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and located the skunk inside of a trap. The Animal Control Officer was notified.

10:30 am A motorist reported low hanging wire mesh on West Main Street from the Route 495 bridge. Officer Thomas Griffin checked the area and advised that it was just red tape.

10:15 am Officer Stephen Buckley helped install a car seat on Main Street.

8:27 am A caller from Hayden Rowe Street reported finding a lost dog in his back yard. The dog was later re-united with its owner.

12:21 am Officer John Moran stopped a suspicious motor vehicle on Walcott Street and subsequently issued a verbal warning for tinted windows and possession of marijuana.

12:17 am A Chestnut Street resident reported loud music coming from a neighbor's house. Sgt. Michael Sutton responded and advised that the music was turned down again.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

10:38 pm A caller reported loud music coming from a party on Chestnut Street. Two officers responded and spoke with the home owner who turned the music down for the night.

10:28 pm A motorist reported hitting a pothole on Ash Street causing damage to her vehicle. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area but could locate any potholes.

8:35 pm Officer Philip Powers checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Wood Street.

8:18 pm Officer Philip Powers assisted the Fire Department with a possible illegal burn on Wood Street.

6:22 pm A caller from Main Street reported that a man was yelling and swearing at him. Officer Philip Powers checked the area with a negative find.

5:48 pm A caller was concerned about some dogs locked in a vehicle with the windows up on Cedar Street. The vehicle was determined to be in Ashland so the Ashland Police Department was notified and responded.

4:25 pm Officer Matthew McNeil responded to a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Main Street.

3:34 pm A passerby reported possible drinking in public at the EMC Park. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area with a negative find on anything suspicious.

2:14 pm A caller reported that a wire came down and was laying across Ash Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and the electrical company was notified.

1:30 pm Officer Stephen Buckley performed a community policing act on Hayden Rowe Street.

12:23 pm Officer David Shane assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.

10:30 am Officer Stephen Buckley performed a community policing act on Hayden Rowe Street.

7:07 am There was a report of a large tan dog standing in the middle of the roadway on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Stephen Buckley checked the area with a negative find.

7:05 am A South Mill Street resident reported that a flatbed truck was idling in front of his house. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and spoke with the operator.

2:01 am Officer John Moran checked a parked motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.

1:22 am Officer Stephen Buckley responded to Route 495 to assist the Milford Police Department with a cruiser that was struck by a hit and run.

1:18 am Officer John Moran spoke with two employees who were just getting out of work on Main Street.

Friday, April 11, 2014

10:33 pm Officer William Burchard checked on a disabled motor vehicle on East Main Street.

8:54 pm A resident of Wild Road reported an on-going issue of her feeling threatened by a neighbor's pit-bull. The Animal Control Officer was notified of the situation.

7:46 pm A caller from Main Street reported receiving a harassing and threatening text from a male party. Officer William Burchard contacted the male and instructed him to stop or a harassment order would be filed.

6:55 pm A walk-in reported finding a dog with no tags on at the EMC Park. The Animal Control Officer responded and took possession of the dog.

12:56 pm A Hayden Rowe Street resident reported that their mailbox was just hit by a vehicle heading towards Milford. Officer David Shane responded but was unable to locate the vehicle.

12:27 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Patrick O'Brien regarding larceny by check.

9:35 am The DPW reportedly hit a low hanging telephone wire at a residence on Hayward Street. The telephone company was notified to respond.

8:48 am Officer Thomas Griffin checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.

5:15 am A caller reported that the lights on West Main Street were not working properly. Officer Linda Higgins responded and advised that they appeared to be functioning properly.

12:51 am Courtesy calls were made on behalf of the Highway Division regarding vehicles parked in the way of line painting on various streets.

NPR Host Peter Sagal Guiding Blind Runner in Boston Marathon

BROOKLINE, MA – Peter Sagal, host of the National Public Radio game show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! since 1998, will be running the Boston Marathon again this year as the sighted guide for a blind runner. Sagal, a Harvard graduate, guided visually impaired runner William Greer in 2013’s Marathon, and wrote about their experience in an article in Runner’s World, where he is a regular columnist. This year Sagal will be guiding returning Visually Impaired Division top-3 finisher and paratriathlete Erich Manser.

For 15 years, Peter Sagal has hosted his popular NPR game show, which has become one of the most popular shows on public radio, heard by nearly three million listeners on 520 public radio stations nationwide, and heard by a million people every month via podcast. In 2008, when Wait Wait celebrated its 10th anniversary on the air, it was the recipient of a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting.

Sagal is the author of one book and numerous plays and screenplays. In his article for Runner's World last year, he wrote about his experience as a member of Team With A Vision, guiding Greer across the finish line just minutes before the first bombs went off.

The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) has fielded Team With A Vision in the Boston Marathon for 21 years, and the 118th running of this historical event features many world-class athletes who are proving that with the right support, people who are visually impaired can do anything they set their minds to. Runners, both sighted and visually impaired, run for the Team to raise funds and awareness, and inspire others with disabilities. The team is a member of the 2014 Boston Marathon John Hancock Non-Profit Program.

“Last year, I ran my favorite marathon ever, helping to guide William Greer through his first ever Boston Marathon,” Sagal said. “I’m thrilled this year to be coming back to run it again, this time as a guide to Erich Manser, an accomplished para-athlete. These guys do a lot more for me in terms of inspiration than I’ll ever do for them.”

Sagal’s running mate, Erich Manser, is something of a celebrity himself. In addition to his past Boston Marathon runs, Manser is a paratriathlete training for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games and a champion swimmer.

Erich is a ten-time marathoner (2014 Boston will be his 11th), a member of the 2012 U.S. Paralympics Emerging team for swimming 50-yard freestyle (that year he set a Pan-American record in the 1500-meter freestyle for S13 visually-impaired), and he still holds the 23-year-old Massachusetts YMCA record in the 50-yard freestyle. Manser also took first place in the 2011 Augusta 70.3 Ironman physically challenged division, and although he is currently recovering from knee surgery from a meniscus tear he acquired during Ironman training in 2013, completing a full Ironman race remains high on Erich's athletic priority list. Erich is also working with Team With A Vision as an Athlete Coordinator.

The 41-year-old Manser lives in Littleton, MA with his wife Lisa, daughters Ellie and Grace and Boarder Collie Charlie, who accompanies him on most of his training runs. More than competing, Erich enjoys the friendships and camaraderie of athletics, and the empowering potential of athletics for people with disabilities. His personal motto is, “You don't need eyesight to have vision.” Contributed content


Traffic Advisory
Fiske Mill Road in Upton is Flooded - 3-car MVA on West Main (4:48 pm)
April 16, 2014 — Fiske Mill Road in Upton is the continuation of School Street in Hopkinton, heading south. This afternoon, the pond was flooding and crossing the roadway. It was passable, but definitely not where you want to take your freshly washed vehicle, or one that has issues with wires getting wet.
-->>>>  At this time there is a 3-car motor vehicle accident on West Main Street at Price Chopper (4:48 pm). Clear at 5:20pm.


State Police Investigate Double Fatal Crash on Route 90, Framingham

April 16, 2014 — At 5:13 a.m. troopers from the State Police Barracks in Weston received several calls for a serious crash on Route 90 eastbound in Framingham. On arrival troopers found a tractor trailer had crashed into the side of a minivan. Both occupants of the minivan, a male and a female, were determined to be deceased on scene. The operator of the tractor trailer was transported for non, life-threatening injuries to Metro-West Medical Center.

Preliminary reports indicate that the van spun-out and was then struck by the tractor trailer. Troopers are looking at the possibility the crash was weather-related.

At this time we have no information on the occupants of the minivan.

The left and middle travel lanes were closed for close to five hours to allow for crash investigation, recovery of the victims and eventual clean up. All lanes are expected to reopen shortly. Traffic was impacted during the morning commute with traffic delays up to 18 miles on the eastbound side.

The facts and circumstance of the crash are under investigation by Troop E of the Massachusetts State Police with assistance State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Photo and the State Police Commercial Vehicle enforcement Unit. Troopers were assisted on scene by Framingham Fire Department and Mass Department of Transportation. ~ MSP

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It Started Here

April 16, 2014 — The Norden brothers, who each lost a leg in last year's marathon bombing, began a relay to Boston yesterday morning with family and friends taking part. Their journey began at the Start line in Hopkinton, and ended at the Finish line on Boylston Street. Above, they pose with members of the Hopkinton Police and sport Hopkinton Police Department caps given to them before their trek. Photo supplied by Hopkinton Police.


Swan Lake

April 16, 2014  — For the morning, at least, Lake Whitehall became Swan Lake for these neighbors of Tom Dawson, who caught the image from shore on Pond Street.


Eagles Receive Proclamations

April 16, 2014 — Three Eagle Boy Scouts received recognition from the Selectmen this evening for their projects in Hopkinton that enhanced use of the outdoors. Left, Joshua David Bernardo rebuilt a wooden bridge over a collapsed trail on Lake Whitehall State Park;  Nicholas Ferris built memorial benches at Hopkinton State Park; and Cameron Field rejuvenated the Zettek Overlook on Greenwood Road. Each project averaged a year's time.

Destination Imagination

April 15, 2014 — Destination Imagination teams, from Hopkins School, above with the Selectmen, and from Hopkinton Middle School, below, received proclamations this evening for achieving their State championships. They will travel to Knoxville, Tennessee in May and compete with 1,300 other teams from around the world.
       Adult leader of the Hopkins team was Cindy Bernardo who reported on her team's choice of community service as an endeavor, and how they created Helpful Heroes at Hopkins to assist senior citizens, and even paid for their transportation to the school.

         Leda Arakelian, leader of the Middle School team, below, explained their choice of community outreach, too, and what special significance it had for her family for the group to choose to support a teammate who was affected by 9/11, because her son is part of the team, and his father is a professional soldier who has been deployed overseas many times in the wake of the attack on America.


Tentative Roadwork Schedule


As we approach the start of our roadway resurfacing season I would like to thank the residents of Hopkinton for their continued support of our Pavement Management Program. We had a very successful 2013 season and hope to continue that in 2014 as funding allows. Each street that is on this year’s list has been inspected and evaluated to determine which treatment method is best based on its current condition. This will help ensure that we are maximizing the use of our Chapter 90 money in the most effective way.


Every year our goal is to begin Pavement Management work as soon as school ends in June and finish in September when school begins. Due to the inevitable weather related issues, mechanical breakdowns & scheduling conflicts it is difficult to hold to a strict time schedule. We will post updated construction dates as we move forward with each project.


Under the Town of Hopkinton’s Road Opening Permit Policy, No permit will be granted for a period of 5 years on newly paved streets except in the case of an emergency. If your street is on this year’s list and you are considering having any utility work done to your home that would require the road to be cut I would recommend contacting the appropriate utility company and schedule the work to be done before June 16th, 2014. This will ensure that you get the work you need done before we begin resurfacing that street.

Please visit our web page and click on 2014 Tentative Roadwork Schedule to view a complete list of planned Pavement Management work. You will notice that the date column is blank. This will be updated as we get closer to construction season; however an estimated time frame would be June 23rd – Sept 1st.


Once work begins on each project please expect delays and plan accordingly. The DPW appreciates your patience and cooperation during this 2014 construction season.



Mike Mansir, Highway Manager


In Memoriam

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

From the White House:

A moment of silence for Boston

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

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

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

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

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


Two's Company

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

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Dangerous Business

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



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


All in a  Day's Work

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



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

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

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


Fine Amnesty Week
April 14-19

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

Sorry, doesn't include past fines.


A Work of stArt

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







Kudos From the Green




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

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Friends Give $5,000 to Benefit the

Renovation and Expansion of Hopkinton Public Library


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


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


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


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

Locate the Goiter

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


A Yes Vote for the Library

To the Editor:


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


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


June Harris

185 Saddle Hill Road

April 13, 2014

A Yes Vote for the Library

To the Editor:

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

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

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

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

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

Kate Denon
254 Wood St.

April 13, 2014


You Plant Potatoes, You Get Potatoes

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

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

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

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


Positively Hopkinton

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

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


They're Back

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


Golden Eggs

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


Directions to Symphony Hall

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



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


Spirits of the Marathon

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

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



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

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Venue Moved

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


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