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.”
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
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.
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“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.
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!!
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
a poet, journalist and special education teacher.She also has worked
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,
For more information: (508)
and cans and cookies, too!
Brownie Troop 3820
will hold a bottle and can drive on Saturday, February 19th,
from8am 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
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'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,
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.
contents of shop for sale
dewalt 10 " sliding compound mitre saw $400 (new)
craftsman 12" band saw $100
craftsman 12" wood lathe $100
Much more... under
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
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.
272 Wood St
Hopkinton MA 01748
Volunteers get appreciated
February 12, 2005 — Last evening Father James Degnan of St. John the
Evangelist took time out to
the volunteers, those who teach, sing, usher or otherwise give their time
to the church community, with a feast and entertainment. Those volunteers
totaling 170 people were feted at the Parish Center with a special
Friday Lent buffet consisting of shrimp scampi, pasta, stuffed shells
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,
video camera icon. (The video stream may lose sync at some point,
but be assured this performance was all live.).
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
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
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.
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
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.”
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.
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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.
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HANCOCK FINANCIAL SERVICES ANNOUNCES RETURN OF DEFENDING CHAMPIONS American Olympian Alan
Culpepper, the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials Champion, to Run
"The land is mostly owned
by the family (Mezitt) and not the corporation (Weston Nurseries)" ~
Gary Furst, CEO Weston Nurseries
February 10, 2005 — An offering, which has apparently been known among
real estate circles but not
came to light from a confidential source to HopNews today. The Mezitt family,
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
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
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
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.
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be on ballot in 2006
February 9, 2005 — The Charter Commission met this evening and
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
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.
RELEASE FROM THE HOPKINTON CHARTER COMMISSION
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.
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
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.
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
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Past and Present
Saw Mills a part of
Hopkinton history and tradition
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.
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
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.
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.
St Paul’s Church, RTE 135 Hopkinton. Other
locations listed on the website.
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
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
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