Up-to-date Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts
Most recent first - May 21, 2007
Compiled by Eric Montville for HopNews.com
Yard Sale to Benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Saturday, June 2nd
9:00 am. - 2:00 p.m.
4 Hayden Rowe Street
Board of Selectmen Changes ~
“As we start anew, it’s important to share what Matt and I have
heard over the past weeks. It’s clear that the voters are
looking for a critical change on the board, and I’m looking for
a positive debate as we move forward,” he said.
Mrs. Kramer won unanimously, and Mary Pratt won the Vice-Chairman's position
Conflict of Interest:
Mrs. Kramer read aloud a May 21st letter from Land Use Study Committee (LUSC)
member Mavis O’Leary, who was appointed as a
Member-at-Large since March of 2005, representing the Curtis
Road/Linden Street Neighborhood to give input regarding the
concerns of the neighborhood.
Mr.Zettek abstained from voting because, ironically, he is a direct abutter to a parcel of Weston Nurseries. It is not known if he has received guidance from the Ethics Commission.
Mrs. Pratt then requested that Ms. Kramer get with the Clerk to
the Board of Selectmen, Geri Holland, after the meeting to make
sure the letter affirming the vote went right out to the
Acting on a letter written by Boy Scout Troop 1 Eagle Mentor,
Barbara Wilson, the new board issued a proclamation for Sean
Patrick Donahue in recognition of his completing all of the
requirements for the highest rank in Boy Scouting, Eagle Scout.
Since joining the scouts in 1995, the proclamation noted that
Sean has taken primarily honors and advanced placement classes
in his two years at Hopkinton High, plays the oboe in the
school’s band, as well as running on the winter track team, and
placing second in a school engineering competition.
Other proclamations were issued by the new board to High School Seniors, Maddie Aronson and Mary Racenis, Junior, Colleen Sullivan, and Sophomore Laura Cook-Brisson who were all selected to the Music Educators National Association All-Eastern Honors Concert Band. Additionally, Ms. Aronson won the Gold Medal award at the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) Festival.
NSTAR Offers $1.5 Million for
Conservation Restriction on Weston Nurseries Land
May 23, 2007 — NSTAR, which is the owner of property abutting the northern parcel of Weston Nurseries, has offered to purchase a conservation restriction from whoever purchases the property, and turn the conservation restriction over to the Town of Hopkinton. The letter went out Tuesday to Boulder Capital, TPL (Trust for Public Land), and Hopkinton LUSC (Land Use Study Committee), apparently making the same offer to all involved parties.
The figure is more conservative than the $3.5 million figure that had been touted by others as their likely contribution, a figure that some had said not to count on.
The 50 acre parcel includes the area of the proposed extension of Rafferty Road, something that the company has agreed to allow.
Although the document is a memorandum, and so not binding, the company offered to to sign an agreement within 60 days of the long anticipated transfer of the land.
A conservation restriction would limit activity on a piece of property, and presumably prohibit residences from being built there. This would give NSTAR, which has a natural gas transmission facility abutting the land, a buffer zone from its business, and hopefully limit complaints of its operations from future neighbors.
Town-wide Meeting on
Weston Nurseries on Wednesday, May 23:
Presentations by Boulder Capital and TPL-Taurus
(High School Gym @ 7:30 p.m.)
Planning Board (facilitators)
Rehearsals at ESL Studio, 30 Main Street
Diary of Anne Frank
May 23, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
Parts for 5 Men, 5 women
Script available for perusal
Rehearsals Monday and Wednesday nights plus added rehearsals during week
before show and at director's discretion (mutually scheduled)
consists of cold readings from the script
July 19, 20, 21, 28 and 29
Back to Africa
Hopkinton woman to help victims
Final Hopkinton Idol Show on May 31
Photo by Kathleen Culler
2007 – “And the Hopkinton Idol is…” On Thursday, May 31, the
winner of the first Hopkinton Idol competition will be
announced. Who will be the winner? To find out, tune into HCAM-TV
Channel 8 at 7:00 p.m. or come to the HCAM studios at 77 Main
Street in Hopkinton.
JUNE 9 Household Hazardous Waste Collection 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
@ the Highway garage, 83 Wood Street
Merzel back on top as Hillers knock off Holliston 5-1 in Tri-Valley league Baseball.
May 22, 2007 — The Hopkinton High-School Baseball team behind the 3 hit pitching of Adam Merzel won their eleventh game last night before a huge crowd in Holliston. Merzel (Emory bound) did not give up an earned run and walked only one batter; and at one time retired 11 straight panther batters.
He eventually retired 13 of the last 14 Panther batters. Adam had help as Mike Preite and sophomore Cooper hit tape measure homeruns en route to the victory. The Hillers will now try to improve on their overall record to get a good seed in next months state playoffs. Merzel who has been coming around battling an arm injury appears to be on his way back to a full recovery. He will join the Emory Baseball team in the fall. The Stickney Nine have been winning some great games of late and Mark has them playing heads up baseball. - Peter Marso
Wise Voters Will Prevail on Weston Nurseries
May 22, 2007 — The HopNews camera was at the entrance to the Middle School yesterday during the election. To see who was there, choose the video.
Water Quality Report Online
The Water Department has completed
the annual drinking water quality report. This consumer
confidence report is a requirement of the EPA and will be
distributed by July 1st for the previous calendar
year reporting period. The State of
Eric J. Carty
Manager, Hopkinton DPW,
www.hopkinton.org 508-497-9765 P 508-497-9767 F
NOTE: Both links below are updated and now work.
Voters Give Thumbs-down to Most Ballot Questions
May 22, 2007 —The voters, all 3,611 of them, voted for their favorite candidates and handed a defeat to 10 of 13 ballot questions at the polls yesterday.
Question #1, dismissed at Town Meeting, was for a Fire Department truck; but it passed on the ballot. It may be a moot point due to its Town Meeting status.
The $3.5 million athletic fields got shot down for the second year in a row, and reportedly by a greater a margin this year, even though the dollar amount was not detailed in the question. Town Meeting had passed the appropriation.
Question #4 was for the so-called Stadium at the High School that was supposed to be funded privately, but the town had to borrow the money ahead of time. It got defeated.
The boiler for Center School passed as did the repairs at the Middle School. See all of the numbers for the candidates and the ballot questions by choosing the links above.
Above, Brian Herr and wife Mary Murphy at the post-party at The Preserve.
May 22, 2007 — Republican Brian Herr was the top vote getter in the Selectmen's three-way race for two seats on the board.
Two's comfortable, three's a crowd
Above, Matt Zettek and wife, Cindy at the post-party at Eva and Charlie Beede's house.
May 22, 2007 — Democrat Matt Zettek came in second in the vote tally for Selectmen in a three-way race.
Ed Thompson News Tip
Anthony Troiano to be charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide
May 21, 2007 — According to Ed Thompson, News Director of WMRC- 1490 AM in Milford, Hopkinton Town Manager Anthony Troiano will be charged with motor vehicle homicide due to negligent operation, speeding, a marked lanes violation and failing to use care when passing, as a result of a two-car accident on May 15, 2007 in Bourne that took the life of 69 year-old, Lilija Berents of East Falmouth, who was pronounced deceased at the scene.
to Massachusetts State Police,
51-year-old Anthony J. Troiano
(Hopkinton Town Manager) of East Sandwich was operating a 2004
Hyundai sedan on
Mr. Troiano is still hospitalized in critical condition after hours-long surgery for a tear of the aorta. He also suffered a broken pelvis, orthopedic injuries as well as two collapsed lungs.
Joe Tucci Taps Into The "Virtuous Information Cycle"
for 7,000 EMC World 2007 Attendees
Predicts individuals will create 85% of World's information
Above, EMC Chairman, President and CEO Joe Tucci discusses the massive growth of digital information at EMC World in Orlando, Florida today—before 7,000 attendees.
Orlando, Fla - May 21, 2007 — A record gathering of more than 7,000 EMC customers, partners, technologists and members of the news media and analyst communities joined EMC today in Orlando for the annual EMC World conference. In his opening keynote address, Joe Tucci, EMC Chairman, President and CEO described how the world has crossed over into what he termed the "Virtuous Cycle of Information" in which the massive information scale-up across creators and consumers, combined with ubiquitous network bandwidth, information processing and storage capacity, has resulted in an information explosion of unprecedented proportion.
"We all share a passion for information in our lives; the self-perpetuating nature of information creation is now a constant," Tucci said. "We all want complete information access, no matter where we are or what time of day or night. As information grows, the virtuous cycle starts again – users become creators."
Tucci added, "By 2010, nearly three quarters of the world's digital information will be created by individuals, not corporations. About 85% of that information will live under the watch and care of large enterprises and their information infrastructures for managing availability, security, privacy and compliance. To make it happen, we're going to need the skills of everyone in this room."
"The fate of the world's great information treasures rests in the hands of professionals who rely on technology to do their jobs and the organizations that fuel those technology innovations," said Daniel S. Morrow, Chief Historian Emeritus, and founding Executive Director, Computerworld Smithsonian Awards and Computerworld Honors Programs. "It's inspiring to see how EMC's role in helping the world preserve and protect information has grown. Its dedication to the stewardship of the world's yet-to-be-digitized cultural treasures and its dedication to empower others engaged in that great work are core traits to be admired."
6:20 am A caller from Phipps Street reported that money, slips and checks were taken over the weekend...
10:55 pm A Jordan Road resident complained about a possible under age drinking party and about beer cans that were all over the neighborhood...
6:48 pm The State Police reported that they got a call for a road rage incident. One of the operators showed the other operator a firearm...
Rape Aggression Defense Systems Training
Training for Women ONLY
· R.A.D. is an Internationally taught realistic hands on self defense training class specifically designed for women (12-16 hours)
· The program teaches and emphasizes awareness, avoidance and physical self defense with the tools we possess with us at all times (hands, feet, elbows, knees, head, etc…)
· All ages, sizes and physical capabilities are welcome (under 16; parental waiver will be needed)
· The class is free of charge sponsored by the Hopkinton Police Department and the Hopkinton Police Association
· Manuals are provided as are water and light snacks
· Casual exercise clothing and an aerobic type of sneaker preferred
· To register and enroll in the class simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with you name, phone number, email and home address. The first 30 women to enroll will be signed up and notified by email (including location of course). Don’t hesitate; the class can fill up very quickly.
WHEN: 6:00 pm-9:30 pm on June 5th, 7th, 12th, and 14th (must attend all four classes to participate in simulation)
INSTRUCTORS: Officer Linda Higgins and Officer Timothy Brennan
The Gang's All Here
May 21, 2007 — Politicians and their supporters can be seen at the entrance to the Middle School in this composite photo that removed the driveway to fit them on the screen.
A Broad Brush
May 21, 2007 — Michael Hayes, a married father of school-aged children, makes his voting intentions known, with a one-of-a-kind sign at the entrance o the Middle School polling place this morning.
Seeds of the Next Election
May 21, 2007 — HOPE is the first out of the gate for the next election, campaigning at the exit of the Middle School today, promoting their choice of TPL/Taurus to partner with the town for Weston Nurseries, as opposed to Boulder Capital. Above is Liz Eidlitz handing out fliers.
The campaign for Weston Nurseries is heating up with a whirlwind series of presentations, one of which will be at the High School Athletic Center on Wednesday at 7:00 pm:
May 23: Presentations by Boulder
Capital and TPL-Taurus (High School Gym @ 7:30 p.m.)
Boulder Capital Rebuts Liisa Jackson
To the Editor:
We wish to
clarify the attached piece which is being distributed around
Hopkinton and Ms. Jackson’s letter to the editor:
"Playing For Jerry" Committee Thanks Supporters
Arts and the Garden: A Garden and Studio Tour of Hopkinton
Come and enjoy an art and garden filled day on June 9 from 10am-4pm with the Hopkinton Garden Club and Cultural Arts Alliance: "Arts and the Garden: A Garden and Studio Tour of Hopkinton". Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of, Seniors $15. Contact the CAA at 435-9222 or HGC at 435-5500 for your ticket purchase or go to the CAA at 98 Hayden Rowe. ~ Hopkinton Garden Club.
Francis George " Frank" Bush, 79, of Westborough, passed away at his home after a short illness on Saturday, May 12, surrounded by his beloved family. Frank was predeceased by his first wife of 47 years, Mary Bridgette (Walsh) Bush who passed away in 1999. ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE
Please Vote May 21, 2007, Middle School Gym
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Election 2007 Resources Below
The Three Selectman Candidates. Chose a photo to see a video
Planning Board Candidates — Chose a photo to see a video
Apologies To Mr. Wiley. On the day he was available, the camera did not color balance correctly.
Ballot Questions and their status at Annual Town Meeting
For some reason, the Official Ballot was printed before the Annual Town Meeting, resulting in the inclusion of many articles that were dismissed. It is unclear how things will proceed if those dismissed Articles get voted in.
2.) In addition, the Selectmen have prepared a spreadsheet showing the
3.) AND, See the LIST OF CANDIDATES
You are invited to see the election results LIVE!
HopNews Editor Robert Falcione joins HCAM-TV Comcast Channel 8, live from the Middle School Cafeteria on Monday, May 21, 2007 at 8:00 pm when the polls close. He will be speaking with candidates and others who are gathered there awaiting the results. Tune in, or if you have something to say, stop by!
NOTE: The video mistakenly refers to the High School instead of the Middle School.
Bush Administration Worst
~ Former President Jimmy Carter
President Carter has been quoted saying recently that the Bush Administration is the worst in history regarding foreign relations. We asked readers to agree or disagree, and the results are on the left after a few hours.
Marlborough Pedestrian Identified
On Thursday, May 17, 2005 at
approximately 2:00 p.m., troopers assigned to the State Police
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Eric Higgins indicated that an adult male had stopped his 2006 Toyota Sienna in the breakdown lane and was struck by a passing tractor-trailer unit. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene. The name of the victim was withheld pending positive identification.
The victim has now been identified by
the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) as 39 year-old
Geping Chen, of
The tractor-trailer, a 1999 Mack 600,
was operated by Thomas Moyen of
This crash remains under
investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision
Analysis and Reconstruction Section, State Police Crime Scene
Services Section, State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
Section, and State Police detectives in
Recognition of Valor
From left, newly promoted Sgt. John Porter, Sgt. Charles Wallace, and Patrolman Gregg DeBoer.
May 19, 2007 — Three members of the Hopkinton Police Department were awarded Medals of Valor in a private ceremony attended by family at Police Headquarters earlier this week.
There are no withholding taxes on the wages of sin — Mae West
Above, Jean Vickers and Steve Sullivan bring Mae West and W. C. Fields to life.
May 19, 2007 — Local theater group, Enter Stage Left Theater, entertained hundreds of their fans tonight and Friday evening at St. John's Parish Center, bringing back the USO entertainment shows of the 1940's.
Department of Music
Hopkinton High School
Spring “Pops” Concert
The Bands, Choruses,
Sunday, May 20, 2007
HS Athletic Center
Tickets are $5.00 and a $20.00 family maximum. Seniors are free.
Light refreshments are included in the ticket price.
Selectmen Provide Tax Impact Details for Ballot Questions
May 19, 2007 — What happens if I vote this way? How did Town Meeting vote? How much does it cost a homeowner? The Selectmen have made a chart of the ballot questions detailing how Town Meeting voted for them, and what they cost per $100,000 if they pass. Remember, figures that have been presented during the election have often been based on an average home value of $550,000, but the new chart is per $100,000 of assessed value instead. Click here to read it,
Many of the Articles were voted down at Town Meeting, but appear on the ballot anyway. If they pass it may mean another Special Town Meeting.
"There's not a whole lot of intent to race back to a Special Town Meeting to take the vote again," said Selectmen Chair Muriel Kramer today.
"The real focus [of the chart] is to let people know what motions were voted affirmatively at Town Meeting," she said.
Standing on the Corner
May 19, 2007 — On the last Saturday before the election, candidates and their supporters stand at the corner of Main and Grove with signs and waving hands. New content will appear below while the poll is active.
Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 8:00
A.M., members of the Massachusetts State Police
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, the Massachusetts
Department of Public Utilities and the Massachusetts Office of
the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration began the summer
operations of the Northeast Passenger Carrier Strike Force at
the Woods Hole Ferry Dock. The goal of this program is to
reduce motor coach crashes by detecting unsafe bus operations.
The task force members will be making surprise inspections at
popular tourist locations during the summer to insure that
buses, drivers and companies are operating safely. Additional
operations are scheduled for May 21st and 23rd
in the City of
No More Letters
HopNews is imposing its random deadline on political letters at this moment. The last letter was received yesterday, and none since.
We do this randomly and without notice to thwart any attempts to get the last, unanswerable word in.
Happy Election on Monday.
Please check out our Election 2007 button for ballot information.
School Committee Hears Weston Nurseries Competitors
"...there will be no need for new schools to be built under the Boulder plan" ~Boulder
by David Hamacher
19, 2007 — The first couple
of hours Thursday's meeting were taken up by presentations by
both Boulder Capital and TPL (Trust for Public Land)/ Taurus New
England that detailed how the Weston Nurseries land could/would
be developed and how each proposal would impact school
enrollments between now and 2020, as well as, the fiscal impact
on the town.
UPDATE 3:53 PM
Mass Pike Reopened Following Fatal Crash
May 19, 2007 — Today, at approximately 3:00 a.m. Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Weston responded to a two-vehicle crash on Route 90 East, west of Route 128 (interchange 14) in Weston that resulted in one fatality.
Preliminary investigation by Trooper
John S. Wosny indicates 22
year old Renee R. Woodbury of
This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. The Weston Fire Department and the Mass Pike Maintenance also assisted Troopers at the scene.
During the vehicle recovery and investigation the left and right lanes of Route 90 East were closed for approximately 2 ¾ hours.
Town Manager Condition improves
"Overnight, he had a rock-solid night" ~Muriel Kramer
Town workers offer their sick time
May 18, 2007 — At a 3:00 pm meeting today at which four of five Selectmen were present, Chair Muriel Kramer announced that Town Manager Anthony Troiano, who suffered serious injuries in a car accident in which a woman was killed following last Tuesday's selectmen's meeting, was improving. His wife had very encouraging news, she said.
"His wife [Lori] said, 'Overnight, he had a rock-solid night. The medical team is very encouraged'," Mrs. Kramer reported.
Mr. Troiano suffered from an aortic tear, extensive leg injuries, a broken pelvis and two collapsed lungs in the head on collision that took the life of the other driver.
"He is coming off the paralytic meds today," Mrs. Kramer said. Mr. Troiano, who was considered in critical condition when he was admitted, has been in a drug-induced coma to facilitate healing. He was removed from the coma for a short time yesterday to determine if his extremities could respond, and they did. But he was not considered in a well enough condition for the orthopedic operation at that time. That he was expected to be allowed to reach consciousness later today was a positive sign of healing.
Mrs. Kramer also reached out to the family of Lilija Berents, who was killed in the accident. State Police reported that she was not wearing her seat belt and was ejected after the impact.
Both Chair Kramer and Vice-chair Mary Pratt praised the staff at Town Hall for picking up the slack, and for specifically Town Manager's Executive Assistant Geri Holland for her professionalism, and other members of the staff.
But the main purpose of the meeting today was to discuss an interim solution to the absence of Mr. Troiano, who became Hopkinton's first Town Manager on January 1 of this year, fulfilling the requirements of the new Town Charter.
Some of the possibilities the Selectmen discussed were the Ashland Town manager's offer of help, the appointment of an interim manager from within Town Hall, or the hiring of an interim professional from the ranks of the Massachusetts Municipal Association.
The Selectmen decided to wait until after Monday's Town Election for a better idea of Mr. Troiano's short-term prognosis, and to let the newly elected members Board of Selectmen help make the longer-term decisions.
According to a Cape Cod newspaper, which is also online and covering the crash, Mr. Troiano was accused of stealing $25,000 in gate receipts from his position as Sandy Neck Ranger in Barnstable in 1996. Several Hopkinton people have made inquiries to HopNews after reading that account online, or after hearing rumors today and yesterday.
The charges against Mr. Troiano were not only dismissed by a judge, but the town had to pay him about three years of back pay, and reinstate him in his job, which he returned to for several more years. Hopkinton officials, as well as members of the media, HopNews in particular, were well aware of those incidents during his interviews for the position, but apparently did not consider it relevant.
"The Town of Hopkinton would not hire this level of position without a thorough background investigation," said Chief of Police Thomas Irvin after the meeting today, when asked to comment.
"The Board of Selectmen was informed of the results of that background investigation, and after reviewing the results, were comfortable making their appointment." The Selectmen's vote to appoint Mr. Troiano last year was unanimous.
According to a story in the Barnstable Patriot on October 1, 1998, the Town of Barnstable had to create a reserve account to pay Mr. Troiano back pay. According to another story in that paper, "Upon his acquittal, Troiano negotiated to come back to work and assume his former duties as chief ranger."
The very accessible Mr. Troiano has made friends quickly in Hopkinton, and Mrs. Kramer's announcement today bears testimony to that.
"The staff is also arraigning to bank sick time for Mr. Troiano," she said.
The Selectmen will next meet publicly on Tuesday, the day following the Town Election.
No More Rain
May 18, 2007 — Boston Marathon Race Director, and author, Dave McGillivray spoke at the post-Marathon party last night at Laborers Training Facility on East Street. People connected with the Marathon, including members of the BAA, HAA and the Marathon Committee, watched a slide show by photographer Rich Dimascio, had dinner from Jean's Catering, heard congratulations from Hopkinton Marathon Committee Chair, Dorothy Ferriter, and had a raffle conducted by professional announcer Jacques LeDuc, whose comic style had the room in stitches. The rain of this year's Marathon was a recurring theme.
Support For Matt Zettek
Matt Zettek brings the personal attributes and skills that are required in government and that are needed here in Hopkinton to help us move forward together: an even temperament well suited to government, a knack for finding common ground with people of all points of view, and experience in business and in state and local government. FULL LETTER
Rain or Shine
HUGE Yard & Bake Sale
hosted by the Hopkinton MOMS club
Saturday May 19th, 9am to 1 pm
on the lawn of the CAA (Hayden Rowe St)
tons of kids gear, clothing, household items, and much, much more
Proceeds will benefit the Hopkinton Police Department!
Hopkinton Police Assist Southborough
Train gets stopped
Southborough, MA May 18, 2007 — At around 10:45 last evening, Hopkinton Police were called to assist in a search for a missing 16 year-old Southborough girl, who police and family were concerned about. The Southborough Police Department contacted CSX to stop traffic on the train tracks that run through the MBTA Station near Fitzgerald's General Store near the Hopkinton town line, resulting in a westbound commuter train being held in Framingham while the search was conducted. The Fire Department assisted with an infrared camera to search the surrounding darkness.
In addition, a police sergeant and K9 dog from Westborough were called and assisted in the search.
The girl was eventually found and transported to UMass in Worcester.
~ Courtesy SouthboroughNews.com
Open Circle Discussions Prove Helpful
Parent, kids keep open lines of communication
by Elizabeth Eidlitz
May 18, 2007 — "Have a good time, dear," says the mother of a
16-year-old, going out on his first date.
Relay For Life has been postponed until May 25 & 26
Due to the inclement weather this weekend as well as a schedule conflict for indoor accommodations, the Relay has been postponed until next Friday May 25. The schedule will remain the same, except closing ceremonies will take place at 7 a.m. and ending at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
The committee struggled with this decision since next weekend is a holiday weekend, however safety of the participants is our number one concern.
We have all worked so hard on this event that we want your Relay experience to be the best possible.
If you or your team are unable to attend the event next weekend, our sincerest apologies. There will be a post-event wrap-up celebration at which you can come and help us celebrate the success of the event, pick up incentive prize certificates, and submit any additional donations. Please watch for an email with further details.
Thank you again for all of your hard work and dedication to the Relay and the fight against cancer. We hope to see you next Friday!
The Historical Society yard sale scheduled for this weekend
has been postponed 'til June 2 & 3
School Committee pitches Ballot Questions
May 18, 2007 — The School Committee wants to remind voters that there are two questions on the ballot that relate to the Hopkinton Public Schools.
Question #2 is about repairing the walls and roof of the Middle School. A YES will vote allow a debt exclusion for this amount; a NO vote would not allow it.
Last year, the town approved funding to repair the Middle School back gymnasium wall. In going through this process, we found that the other exterior walls of the original building built in 1954 were also in the process of breaking down. We also learned that it would be cheaper for the district, in the long run, to rebuild any walls and the roof as one project rather than separate projects. As shown in the presentation at town meeting, the roof, which has exceeded its lifespan, leaks in many locations and is causing damage to the interior of the school.
Question #4 – Because the town will be using private funding to pay for this amount, a vote is not required on this question.
Question #5 is money for the Center School boiler. A YES vote will allow a debt exclusion for this amount; a NO vote would not allow it.
The Center School boiler is original to the building and is 80 years old. There is no back-up system to this boiler and increasingly the school has experienced heating problems that have caused difficulty for staff and students. To correct these problems, the school district has also faced growing repair costs. The new boiler can be converted in the future from a steam system to a hot water system.
While we recognize that Center School will, at some point, be decommissioned as a school, it will not happen for at least four years. The boiler is an important aspect of a safe learning environment for our children.
Please mark for your attention these questions on the ballot and vote on May 21.
Please check out our Calendar every or any day to find out what is going on in Hopkinton. Eric Montville is the Calendar Editor who spends many hours a week updating this under-used resource.
Below are just two of many events happening this weekend. Please choose the title above to see more form this weekend, or choose the Calendar icon now or at any time to get up-to-date.
May 18, 19 "Relay For Life" of Hopkinton. It is an 18 hour event in which teams of 8 to 15 people walk around the track in order to celebrate survivors of cancer and to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. The event itself is on May 18 from 6 pm until May 19 at noon. There is food, beverages, and live entertainment throughout the night. Teams can be made up of family members, friends, clubmates, sports teammates, co-workers, or any group of people. If anyone has any questions they can contact Carly Boyce at email@example.com or Laura French at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a great opportunity for our community to unite together in order to celebrate the survivors of cancer and to raise funds to fight cancer.
May 18, 19 The Cultural Arts Alliance and Enter Stage Left are once again teaming up to bring a unique musical theatre experience to Hopkinton. On May 18 & May 19 at 7:00 pm, we will be turning back the clock to the 1940’s and presenting a Tribute to the USO Show. Bob Hope, The Andrew Sisters and Abbott & Costello are just a few of the stars that will grace the stage at St. John’s Parish Hall in Hopkinton. Choose this to learn all about it and then this to help with sponsorship.
Planning Board Candidates — Chose a photo to see a video
NOTE: The third candidate, Justin Wiley, declined the opportunity to appear.
Schools Up Against Tight
By David Hamacher
Support For the Fruit Street Athletic Fields
To the Editor:
HEF Awards Over $53,000 in Grants
May 16, 2007 – Hopkinton Education Foundation (HEF) has announced the awarding of five grants to schools throughout the school system. Since its inception in 1992, the HEF has promoted excellence in education in the Hopkinton Public Schools through the funding of innovative, academic grants for teachers and administrators.
Over $53,000 in grants were recently awarded, chosen from a field of 18 grant requests totaling over $212,000. The grants funded crossed a wide range of disciplines including math, literature, engineering and reading.
Ruth Ann Cote, president of the HEF Board of Directors stated, “Members of HEF, and the community in general, work tirelessly throughout the year to raise funds for these grants, and it is extremely rewarding to be able to award such worthy grants in such a wide range of fields of study. We also had the privilege of awarding the EMC Grant for Math & Science this year.”
The EMC Math & Science Award funded the program “Engineering is Elementary” submitted by 5th grade teachers Maribeth Tremblay and Jennifer Jordan. The grant’s goal is to encourage critical thinking skills and teamwork through engineering-based activities utilizing engineering kits from the Museum of Science.
Kim Pucci, head of the HEF grants committee commented, “Each year, the demand for resources is significant. This year the committee was faced again with the challenge of selecting those grants which most closely reflected the mission of the HEF from a group of very competitive grant proposals. We are confident that these grants will have a lasting, positive impact on many of Hopkinton’s students. “
To fund the school grants, the HEF has a direct mail appeal each fall to residents and to the local business community. Events such as the Thank-a-Teacher program, a puppet show, the signature Annual Gala, and a golf tournament co-sponsored with the Hopkinton Boosters Club, not only bring members of the community together, but also raise significant money. The HEF is very grateful of the support it received from this year’s corporate sponsors: Milford National Bank, Middlesex Savings Bank, EMC Corporation, Phipps Insurance, The Richmond Group, and UNICCO Service Company. The Board of Directors and Associate Directors meet each fall to set fundraising goals and decide on fundraising activities to meet those goals. File photo above.
To learn more about the Hopkinton Education Foundation, please visit www.HopkintonEdFoundation.org .
Students raise $4,000 to "Adopt" Polar Bear
by Nili Schnairsohn
May 17, 2007 — About 4 months ago all students in my class as well as Sue Green's class created a very exciting service learning project to adopt polar bears and help stop global warming. This project consisted of ten committees, which the students came up that were responsible for either providing awareness on the situation with polar bears and global warming, raising money to adopt polar bears, or both. They are incredible students and worked so hard that during our "polar bear week" in March we raised $1,130 in just four days right here at Hopkins. (Some of the money came from flat donations, which we were extremely excited about.)
We also held a walkathon on May 12th (organized by the walkathon committee), where each student was responsible for getting donations and walking or running 3 miles at the Hopkinton High School Track.
Our goal was to raise $2,550 total so that all students could adopt one polar bear and receive an adoption certificate, fun fact sheet, Several polar bear items for their computers and a stuffed animal polar bear, which is what they were most excited about. With Polar Bear Week and the walkathon combined we were able to raise close to $4,000. It's been a very excited project for all of use and both Sue Green and I are very proud of our students and we had an opportunity to really share that pride with them as well as their parents as over 100 of us attended the last board of selectmen meeting. Each student received a certificate of appreciation and each class received one as well. May 19th, 2007 was also named "Hopkinton Polar Bear Day."
When the letter committee wrote their letters to different government officials including Muriel Kramer here in town, having a polar bear day is what they asked for.
And they got it!
Nili Schnairsohn teaches science at Hopkins School
Support For the Fruit Street Athletic Fields
Support for Rebecca Robak
Support For the Fruit Street
Athletic Fields on May 21st
no doubt that Hopkinton needs additional athletic facilities
considering the population growth over the last 10-15 years. We
now have 2100 children playing youth soccer, 1450
baseball/softball, 220 lacrosse, and 420 football/cheerleading.
Support For Trust for Public Land
Selectmen Chair Speaks About Troiano Condition
May 17, 2007 — Chair of the Board of Selectmen Muriel Kramer, who has met with the family of Town Manager Anthony Troiano and visited his hospital, updates the town with her knowledge of his surgery and condition in the video above.
UPDATED 4:05 p.m.
Pedestrian Fatal in Marlborough closes two lanes of 495 North
May 17, 2007 — Today, at
approximately 2:00 p.m., troopers assigned to the State Police
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Eric Higgins indicates that an adult male had stopped his 2006 Toyota Sienna in the breakdown lane and was struck by a passing tractor-trailer unit. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene. The name of the victim is being withheld pending positive identification.
tractor-trailer, a 1999 Mack 600, was operated by Thomas Moyen
crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the
State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section,
State Police Crime Scene Services Section, State Police
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, and State Police
Letters to the Editor Deadline
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Milford Fire Displaces Family of Four
Project Just Because helps out
This photograph was taken by Milford Fire, Deputy Chief, William Touhey. The Milford Police and Fire work together as a team to investigate fires. They attend basic and advanced Fire Investigation training together at the Fire academy in Stow and work hand in hand.
May 17, 2007 — According to Milford Police Detective Craig Stanley, an early Tuesday morning residential fire displaced a family of four. The fire resulted in the total loss of their home at 4 Parkhurst Road and they were luck to have escaped uninjured. Project Just Because provided much needed assistance to the family, and especially to the young children
Compost Bin Sale: Hopkinton Recycling Committee will be selling Compost Bins on Hopkinton Town Common Saturday May 19, from 8 to 10 a.m. Compost bins available for $20 and kitchen pails $5 while supplies last. Composting is easy and saves our town money as it keeps food waste out of our trash. Simple instructions provided.
Shiny and bright
May 17, 2007 — Doris Carver marvels at the quality of workmanship of the marker for the grave of her husband, Harry, who served 25 years. More on this below.
Hopkinton Police Association institutes Memorial Markers Program
May 17, 2007 — Yesterday, the Hopkinton Police Association initiated a program to place memorial markers on the graves of deceased members of their department. They also gave kudos to Hopkinton resident and Phoenix Foundry owner Mitchell P. Toloczko, who surprised them when he turned their prospective $2,000 purchase into a personal donation of 28 beautifully crafted bronze markers from himself.
"It's a pleasure to do something like this," said Mr. Toloczko, who also provided Natick and Framingham with theirs. "It's my town," he said. "It makes me feel at home."
After a short ceremony at the Police Headquarters, Chief of Police Thomas Irvin and several officers visited the Mt. Auburn Cemetery, where they placed the first marker on the grave of former police officer Franny Adams, who died in 1991, and was the husband of Maxine Adams, who works in the office of the Town Clerk. His children, Jim and Debbie, were in attendance as well as former Chief of Police, William McRobert. Rev. Paul Clifford read a prayer at the graveside. The short video above details events.
The group then traveled to the Evergreen Cemetery in Woodville, where they placed 7 more markers.
The Three Selectman Candidates. Choose a photo and see a two-minute greeting from each candidate.
Main Street Work to Resume
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS,
WATER/SEWER DIVISION, 85 WOOD STREET
UPDATE 11:50 a.m.
Town Manager Seriously Injured - One Fatality
16, 2007 — Last night, at approximately 11:18 p.m. troopers
assigned to the State Police Barracks in Bourne responded to a
two-vehicle crash on
Preliminary investigation by Trooper
Dana Tobey indicates 51-year-old Anthony J. Troiano (Hopkinton
Town Manager) of East Sandwich was operating a 2004 Hyundai
This crash remains under
investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision
Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime
Scene Services Section. The Bourne Police Department and the
Bourne Fire Department and
During the vehicle recovery and
investigation both lanes of
No further information is available at this time.
Mr. Troiano suffered an aortic tear as well as orthopedic injuries, underwent successful surgery, and is in intensive care.
Photo, Mr. Troiano at last night's Selectmen's meeting announcing his appointment to a three-year term of Maureen Dwinnell as Treasurer/Collector, his first appointment as Town Manager. The crash apparently occurred while he was driving home from that meeting.
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