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Hopkinton residents to perform in symphony at St. Mark's in Southboro

The Metrowest Symphony Orchestra presents a “Roman Carnival” Sunday, March 13, 3:00 pm   St. Mark’s School Southborough, MA.

Program: Roman Carnival, Berlioz, Barber of Seville, Rossini,

Italian Symphony, Mendelssohn. Tickets are available at the door.

Tickets are $15, $6 for Seniors and children under 12.

Or contact Michelle Landes at 508 460-3802 for reservations.

     Performing in the Symphony are Hopkinton residents Janet Repucci and Dr. Bruce Karlin.

Visit for more info. Rehearsal photo by Holly Parmenter.

 From the "wire"


Hopkinton-based EMC’s Tucci named “Best Manager” by BusinessWeek

EMC President and CEO Joe Tucci is among the executives included in Business Week’s annual “Best Managers” listing. The January  2005 cover story singles out the top managers of 2004 and highlights their key accomplishments, including what EMC has done to make the itself “an indispensable ally for corporate customers.”

Read the article (PDF file)


File photo of Joe Tucci by Robert Falcione/Photographic Images.

Metro Saxophone Quartet to perform at

Tatnuck Bookseller in Worcester this Saturday

February 15 , 2005 — The Metro Saxophone quartet, featuring Hopkinton resident Bill Brisson, and Hopkinton teachers Steve Yavarow and Craig Hay, will be performing this Saturday, February 19 at Tatnuck Booksellers, Chandler Street in Worcester. The performance begins at 7:00pm and is free and open to all. These Hopkinton residents invite their friends and neighbors to get out of town for an evening to enjoy the restaurant, a good book and some great music. File photo Robert Falcione/Photographic Images.

She's back!

February 15, 2005 — Jenna Prairie has returned to Ann-Michele's Uptown Hair Design after a hiatus of five years. Ms. Prairie took the time off to be with her son during some critical growth years. He is now in school full time.

     "I really missed it and wanted to see my clients again," she said.

Photo by Robert Falcione/Photographic Images.

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$4500 cash, cocaine, shotgun seized in Milford raid

Read the press release from the Milford Police Department

 Report from the field

Photo by Ron DiMichele ©2005
New York City - February 13, 2005 — Hopnews reporter Ron DiMichele visited New York’s Central Park Saturday for the unfurling of “The Gates,” a $20 million dollar art project by husband and wife team Christo and Jeane-Claude, and saw fit to submit this image electronically. The Gates is composed of 7,500 saffron flags hanging from 16-foot high similarly colored arches and spans 23 miles of park walkways.

    “It created a kind of magical feeling in the park,” said Ron. “And it sure brought the people out.”
     The exhibit will continue for 16 days.

 Peter's Corner

The Hopkinton Hillers and the Ashland Clockers tied Saturday night at Loring Arena . The final score was 2-2. The Hopkinton goals were scored by Tom McIntyre and Matt Dolan. Once again Dan Merzel was outstanding in the nets for the Hillers. The Hillers record is now 3-9-2. and will be wrapping up the season next week. 14 seniors will be putting on the skates for the last time!! Good Luck Seniors!!

Hopkinton Poet, Cheryl Perreault,  to host open mic

Saturday Morning, February 26th, 10:30 a.m. at Cafe Espresso in Bellingham. Coffee, brunch foods and desserts available. 

Open mike - Poetry feature including q & a with the feature poet Susan Pittman, who is a poet, journalist and special education teacher.She also has worked as an editor for various educational organizations including Education for Social Responsibility. Her poetry covers topics of the everyday and the existential.

Café Espresso, 108 Mechanic Street, Bellingham, MA

For more information: (508) 435-8638 

Bottles and cans and cookies, too!

 Brownie Troop 3820 will hold a bottle and can drive on Saturday, February 19th, from 8am to 2pm behind the John Warren Masonic Lodge at 6 Main Street. The Brownies will have their famous Girl Scout Cookies on hand to sell as well. The girls look forward to the support of the community.

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Hopkinton Education Foundation

Gala a smashing success


February 12, 2005 — The HEF (Hopkinton Education Foundation) held its winter gala at the Sheraton Tara this evening, filling up the Grand Ballroom and adjacent rooms.

    The evening was highlighted by a live auction emceed by Hopkinton residents HEF Vice-president Kurt Cooprider, and CBS4 Sports Anchor Steve Burton. The auction netted thousands through the skillful prodding by the auctioneers. The event was sold out long ago.

     The HEF was started in 1992 and awarded $11,000 in grants the following year. This year's grant awards totaled over $54,000, the largest, $14,000, going to teachers Jim Chandless and Mike McFarland for equipment to establish a streaming radio station, WHPS, for the High School as part of a business class. Although the station is operating 5 days a week, the official opening is February 17, 2005.

      To see some familiar faces, choose the video camera icon. Windows Media Player has a "brightness" control. Try it in some of the low light scenes.

Complete contents of shop for sale
dewalt 10 " sliding compound mitre saw $400 (new)
craftsman 12" band saw  $100
craftsman 12" wood lathe $100

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Writer proposes linkage fees for developers

February 11, 2005

As you drive around this town and see the development that has taken place in all areas of town and land being cleared for on School and Wood Streets for 40B housing and now the Weston Nursery 615 acres, this town is well ahead of its projected growth curve as stated in the Master Plan.


What does this mean to all us? Higher real estate taxes. For every dollar collected for residential real estate it costs $1.30 to provide the services we the taxpayers have been subsidizing; this towns growth and the developers for to long. There ought to be some hefty linkage fees for buying into this town. It is now clear why Fruit Street was chosen as the sight for a septic treatment plant, we are going to subsidize more development.

 Karl Mighton

272 Wood St

Hopkinton MA 01748  See More LETTERS

St John's Volunteers get appreciated

February 12, 2005 — Last evening Father James Degnan of St. John the Evangelist took time out to thank the volunteers, those who teach, sing, usher or otherwise give their time to the church community, with a feast and entertainment. Those volunteers and their guests totaling 170 people were feted at the Parish Center with a special Friday Lent buffet consisting of shrimp scampi, pasta, stuffed shells and fish.

     The group was entertained from amongst themselves with music from the bobby socks era, the pre-Beatles period of rock and roll, with hits like One Fine Day, It's my Party, and It's In His Kiss. To see and hear a thoroughly enjoyable professional performance of those very songs, choose the video camera icon. (The video stream may lose sync at some point, but be assured this performance was all live.).

Girls Basketball over Bellingham

by Peter Marso

The Hopkinton High School Girls basketball team won their 13th game of the season as they trounced the Bellingham Blackhawks 57-24 in a tri-valley League basketball game played Friday night at the Athletic Center.

The Hillers were lead by Allie Berkey(13pts) and Kristen Baldiga(13pts). The Victory keeps the league race in view and most importantly the hillers heard that senior center Nikki Thalhiemer has been cleared to play and will be suited up for tuesday nights game. Nikki had the misfortune of a torn acl during pre-season camp and will bring added strength and rebounding to a team that is ready to make a run at another division 3 crown! The Hillers are peaking and will be a tough team once the tournament gets going. Thalheimer will be a big part of this as the Bliss Ladies will be running on all cilinders!!

New Postmaster sworn in

Gilda A. Franco's number is 01784

February 11, 2005 — Today will be a day remembered by Woodville, MA 01784 and Gilda A. Franco as the day she repeated the same words, according to USPS Massachusetts District Manager Mike Powers, that Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln spoke when they recited their oaths of office as Postmasters.

     Ms. Franco's installation today as Postmaster of Woodville was attended by dignitaries: Congressman James McGovern, Selectman Chairman Eric Sonnett and Selectman Mary Pratt attended. Hopkinton Postmaster Don Clark and his fellow Postmaster from Lincoln, Dennis Tarmey, were there to speak on Ms. Franco's behalf and support her selection to this honored and elite group.

     To see Ms. Franco take the oath, choose the video camera icon.

Photo, Gilda A. Franco with son, Matheus Franco holding Bible. ©2005 Robert Falcione


Uniquely Hopkinton

Ambient Energy Drives Hopkinton Researcher

Shirwin Pockwinse longest tenured employee at UMass Medical


by Ron DiMichele

February 11, 2005 — Sitting at her kitchen table one recent Sunday morning, Shirwin Pockwinse unleashes a surprised laugh and then answers the first question.

     She says, “Although I get about 6 weeks vacation, that’s not why I stay at UMASS."

     After thirty-five years at UMASS Medical School (UMMS), the benefits accrued, according to Pockwinse, go far beyond vacation time.

     “It’s the energy,” she says.  “It’s waking up and having that purpose of projects to work on and seeing them come to fruition.”  

     Pockwinse’s spirited comments, ready laugh, and intent gaze reflect a passion for her work that hasn’t waned since she joined UMMS in 1969.  Fresh out of the University of New Hampshire, Pockwinse accepted a position in the UMMS Department of Anatomy as a technician in electron microscopy.  At the time, the fledgling department and its 4 members were housed at Harvard Medical School while the facilities were being built in Worcester. READ FULL STORY AND PRINT

 Committee looks toward alternatives

“We figure we are losing four months;

this pushes the schedule to open to January ’08 or Fall ’08."

~ Dave Stoldt, School Committee Chairman and member FSDC

by Muriel Kramer 

February 10, 2005 — The Fruit Street Development Committee (FSDC) continues to work to address the issues identified by the Massachusetts Policy Act Office (MEPA) as needing more work in order to put together a Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR). File Photo, Ron Clark.

          After meeting yesterday with James Hunt, Director of MEPA, members of the FSDC and Dave Pickart from VHB, the consultant developing the EIR, came to tonight’s meeting prepared to discuss in better detail what is needed for the MEPA required SEIR. FULL STORY AND PRINT.

American Olympian Alan Culpepper, the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials Champion, to Run

February 10, 2005 - In its 20th year as the major sponsor of the Boston Marathon, John Hancock Financial Services today announced the return of defending champions to the 2005 Boston Marathon, Catherine Ndereba and Timothy Cherigat of Kenya and the entry of Olympian Alan Culpepper of Lafayette, Colorado, for the 109th running of the race. The event will be held on Monday, April 18, 2005. Excerpt of a HopNews photo by Robert Falcione ©2004 of Timothy Cherigat, bib #4, checking his watch an instant after the gun starting last year's race. FULL STORY, MORE PHOTOS, PRINT STORY

Developing story. More to follow:

615 Hopkinton Acres for sale

"The land is mostly owned by the family (Mezitt) and not the corporation (Weston Nurseries)" ~ Gary Furst, CEO Weston Nurseries

by Robert Falcione

February 10, 2005 — An offering, which has apparently been known among real estate circles but not publicized, came to light from a confidential source to HopNews today. The Mezitt family, which owns Weston Nurseries, is offering 5 parcels totaling 615 acres for sale, represented by Cushman & Wakefield, an agency with offices around the world. Bids are to be in by March 15, 2005. A representative of Cushman and Wakefield reached by telephone refused to comment for the record and asked not to be named.

     The map on the left, prepared by Beals and Thomas, a Southboro engineering firm and available on the web, may be seen in an enlarged version (See the Map) where the parcels and landmarks are clearly defined. We have colored an approximation of East Main Street in red and Wilson Street in green. The red X approximates the Garden Center location.

     According to Weston Nurseries CEO, Gary Furst, the land is owned by the Mezitt family, not the Corporation, Weston Nurseries.

      "The land is part of a long-term Master Plan. Roger and Merylyn (Mezitt) would like to retire appropriately after working so  long and hard," said Mr. Furst. "Beth and Wayne and Peter are looking to acquire Roger's stock to reinvest in the business," he said. Phone calls to both of the Mezitt brothers this afternoon have yet to be returned.

    Roger Mezitt and Wayne Mezitt are sons of the late Ed Mezitt, who developed the PJM Rhododendron, a world renown full-blooming cross between an azalea and a rhododendron, and named it for his father, Peter J. Mezitt, who moved the nursery from Weston after land-taking for the building of the Massachusetts Turnpike.

    Since the introduction of CEO Gary Furst, the company has moved from growing all of their stock on premises to shipping much of it in and selling it retail, taking advantage of their brand name, a name associated with quality nursery products throughout New England and beyond for decades.

    Most of the land has been used for farming and is likely under Chapter 61A,. Under this law, agricultural and horticultural land is taxed differently than residential; and when an owner sells, he must offer it to the municipality, which then has 120 days to make an offer in a "right of first refusal."

    The offering "Highlights" list some of the potential uses as "Large-Scale Residential development, Including Single-Family and Condominiums, Senior Housing and Rental Apartments."



  A Valentine's Day to remember

$3.00 turkey dinner for seniors

By Ann DiLeo  

February 10, 2005 — Valentine’s Day really has special meaning for Hopkinton seniors this year. There have been parties, lunches, dinners, and special treats all month to get us in the mood for Cupid’s day.

              Seniors were very fortunate to have a creative valentine-making afternoon at Davis Road community room last week; offered by Hope Hellberg, an eighth grader and her mentor, Mrs. Jean Rinker. Hope chose the project with seniors as part of her community service program as she works toward her Confirmation in May at North Grafton United Methodist Church.

               Lucky for us…. They brought hundreds of colored papers, fabrics, cutouts, designs, paste-ons, ribbons and bows. Senior outreach worker, Amy Wilson Kent, assisted them and brought even more crafties.  Many unique valentines were created from all those materials. Davis Road seniors have some of the most original valentines in town this year. FULL STORY AND PRINT PAGE

Charter Commission meets

Charter will be on ballot in 2006

by Robert Falcione

February 9, 2005 — The Charter Commission met this evening and discussed, among other things, elected vs. appointed officeholders. The current Town elected officeholders are: The Board of Selectmen, School Committee, Town Moderator, Board of Health, Town Clerk, Planning Board, Board of Assessors Cemetery Commissioners, Commissioners of the Trust Fund, Constables, Housing Authority, Parks & Recreation. According to state law governing charters, the first three groups, those underlined, must be elected.

     "The only group which has expressed a desire not to be elected are the Cemetery Commissioners," said member Nancy Clark. The group also discussed the current lack of a by-law prohibiting a person from holding two elected positions, as has been the case in Hopkinton in recent history.

     Town Treasurer, Maureen Dwinnell also held the position of Selectmen.

     "We discussed not having a person hold two chairmanships," said Vice-Chairman, Bill McRobert.

    In a press release from the Charter Commission, below,  it is made clear that the voters will get a chance to vote on it in 2006.


Hopkinton Charter Commission Expects to Complete Preliminary Charter This Spring

The Hopkinton Charter Commission expects to present a preliminary town charter to Hopkinton residents this spring. The nine-member board has been meeting regularly since June 2004 to determine what the charter should include. To date, members have interviewed town officials, contacted former charter commission members from other towns, met with the state expert on charters, examined charters from other communities, and obtained input from the town's financial team. File Photo Chairwoman Marie Eldridge.


Three's a Company

February 9, 2005 — HCAM-TV Channel 8 TV Producer Michael Torosian is flanked by camera operators Jay Crochiere and Lindsay Webster after a recent basketball game. Mr. Torosian directs and produces the shows, which also include Ron Eldridge and Chuck Joseph doing color commentary and play by play. The next production will be the Boy's game on February 18. The final televised game will be during February vacation on the 21st & 22nd

 A Message From...


The Hopkinton Women's Club would like to welcome Jennifer Oseth and Joyce Ingrassia, our newest members.  The next general meeting of The Hopkinton Women's Club is scheduled for Monday, February 14th, and will be hosted at Jane Lockwood's : 7 Wyman Lane, (508) 497-9388


Helpers for this meeting are Jean Brown, Patty McLean and Sarah Guida.  Because the Hopkinton Women's Club supports the Hopkinton Outreach Program, Project Just Because, and the Serenity House, Jeanne Quaranto, the Project Hope Chairwoman, together with Deb Fortin, invited a representative from each of these organizations to briefly speak to our group about the services they offer and how The Hopkinton Women's Club can best assist them.


Following this discussion, the Hopkinton Women's Club members will make up cookie bags with personalized Valentine's Day messages for Hopkinton's Seniors and the Serenity House.  Project Hope will be asking for donations of toiletries and business attire for Serenity House. READ MORE AND PRINT

 Past and Present 

Saw Mills a part of Hopkinton history and tradition

by Keith Rowe

by Keith Rowe

February 9, 2005 — If you have ever driven down scenic South Mill Street and happen to glance down the embankment that makes up the causeway and newly restored dam, you may have noticed some large rust colored figures amongst the trees.  These are the remains of the old North Mill at Bloods Pond (Above). Photo by Keith Rowe.  

     This Saw Mill was owned and operated by brothers Caleb and John back in the 1800's, and was one of a handful operating in town at that time.  Although this mill has long since been retired, the industry is still alive in town with two still in operation.  Smith's on Wilson St and Garner's on Fruit St both still turn trees into anything from firewood to building lumber.  According to the Hopkinton Historical Commission, this area of Bloods Pond is considered an "at risk" property.  


Opportunities Fair

February 9, 2005 — The Holliston and Hopkinton Schools joined forces last evening to offer an "Opportunities Fair" for students with disabilities at the High School Auditorium. In one room, a panel of students with disabilities who have continued their education was warmly received. In this photo, a representative of Mass Rehab explains how students can get support after graduation.

Reminder: FEB 9, 2005 DEADLINE:

A Funny Valentine's Day message from HCAM-TV

Click on the Picture of Station Manager Jim Cozzens to see a video invitation to take part in his Video Valentine's Day messages.

It is good to note while watching the video, that HCAM employs only one other person, Mike Torosian.

Note also that the Video Valentine form can be had by clicking here.

Reminder: Project Just Because

Valentine's Day Baskets of Love for children in need

Please Consider Donating An Item For This Program:

 Girls and Boys: New Underwear All Sizes, Warm Socks All Sizes, Warm Mittens & Gloves All Sizes, School Supplies Any, A New Book. Any Special Item Is Very Much Appreciated.

DROP-Off  Locations: St Paul’s Church, RTE 135 Hopkinton. Other locations listed on the website.


Hopkinton Rally falls short, 52-44


by Peter Marso

February 8, 2005 — The Hopkinton High School boys varsity basketball team's rally fell short as the Holliston panthers, with plenty of height, outran and pressed their way into a tri-valley league victory before a huge crowd from the two neighboring towns. The Hillers and Panthers split for the season as the Hillers were victorious in Holliston.

    The Hillers at times played very well as they came back from a 14 point deficit and actually rallied to close the gap at six with four minutes left to play. The Hillers used almost the entire team on way to what appeared to be a tremendous comeback, but the Panthers held on to win it.

February 8, 2005 — Water/Sewer Manager Eric Carty helps move traffic as Officer Phil Powers moves to assist the UPS truck in exiting with its replacement driver last week. The original driver, whose regular route is downtown, broke an ankle and will be out for a while.

Two Hopkinton girls to cheer at Pro-Bowl


by Michael Torosian 

February 7, 2005 - The Super Bowl has passed and our New England Patriots came out on top.
     The NFL's latest crop of all-stars have been revealed! Eighty-four of football's biggest and brightest will take to Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005, at 7:30 ET on ESPN to play in the 2005 NFL Pro Bowl. Quarterback Tom Brady and Peyton Manning lead a stellar AFC roster, while the NFC features greats like Donovan McNabb, Derrick Brooks and the Barber brothers (Tiki and Ronde).
     Among these greats will be two of Hopkinton’s own, Chelsey Lyman and Tia Mastrogianis. At the NECA cheer camp, that was held this past August, Chelsey and Tia were selected to perform in the NFL's Pro Bowl, at half time. Chelsey and Tia were members of the Hopkinton-Ashland Youth Football and Cheerleading, A Squad Cheer Team this past season. "We are very proud to have these girls to represent our program in a national event." said Vinny Hanrahan, President of HAYF.
     So tune in and watch a great game and keep your eyes peeled at halftime. "We will try to bring back pictures of the event when we return to Mass." says Cheerleader Coordinator Tami Mastrogianis. "It will be difficult since our personal photographer won’t be with us." File photo by Michael Torosian


Deer hit.

Dog hit.

Driving under x 3.

Walking dog on school property.


All this and more in an up to date Police News.