|Click here to make HopNews your default homepage! <---works with Internet Explorer.|
October 3, 2007 — Hopkinton Cross Country runner Drew Clark bounds off of the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam bridge as he leaves the competition behind during Wednesday's meet.
Hopkinton's Caliper Life Sciences Awarded National Institute of
The NIEHS focuses its research on the environment and its impact on human health and disease. Working with genetically modified mouse models, including transgenic and gene knockout, enables NIEHS to conduct research aimed at identifying and potentially preventing hazardous conditions and exposure in humans. Beginning immediately, Caliper will develop unique mouse models based on the needs of the research teams at the NIEHS.
The business was awarded to Caliper through a competitive bid process
and reflects the company’s expertise and proven ability to design and
produce genetic modifications in mice. Caliper has produced more than
9,000 unique mouse and rat models, some of which were previously
supplied to the NIEHS under the terms of a previous multi-year
HAA Donates $10,000 to MetroWest Symphony Orchestra
Above, file photo of MSO performing in Hopkinton.
October 3, 2007 — Today, Timothy Kilduff, President of the Hopkinton Athletic Association (HAA) informed the MetroWest Symphony Orchestra that the HAA is donating $10,000 towards the purchase of a Wenger Legacy Shell (Photo of sample, below).
In a letter to Rob Ocasio, President of the MSO, Mr. Kilduff wrote, "We appreciate the flexibility that the shell brings to the MetroWest Symphony as well as the fact that it will enhance the Symphony's already fine performances.
"The HAA funds are available in large part due to the leadership provided by our State Senator Karen Spilka as well as State Representative Paul Losscocco and was part of an economic infinitive passed by the legislature in 2006.
benefit is the fact that the Wenger Legacy Shell will be able to be
ultiized by the
The Wenger Legacy Shell promises to enhance the acoustical presentation of performances and bring a "concert hall" sound to the events shared by the MSO and the School District.
State Police Sergeant Richard Eubanks Receives Highway Safety Award.
October 3, 2007 — Today, at 12:30 p.m. at the Executive Office of Transportation, 10 Park Plaza, Suit 3170 in Boston members of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) and Martha Irwin presented Sergeant Richard Eubanks of the Massachusetts State Police with an Honorable Mention Martha Irwin Distinguished Service Award for Safety.
This award is presented every year to a member of a law enforcement agency, or an individual or organization whose primary function is directly associated with highway and traffic safety. Registrar Anne Collins nominated Sergeant Eubanks for this award because of his outstanding commitment to public safety and his participation in RMV traffic safety programs.
"During his 27 years with the State Police, Sgt. Eubanks has devoted countless hours to taking bad drivers off the road and forcing them to confront their reckless behavior in a reform program that has gained statewide and national attention," said Registrar Anne L. Collins. "He created the curriculum and continues to teach the course which is being credited for making our roadways safer."
This Photo taken by Trooper Sean Murphy depicts from left to right. Registrar Anne L. Collins, Martha Irwin, Sergeant Richard Eubanks and Colonel Mark F. Delaney
For the past seven years, Sergeant Eubanks has served as the coordinator of the State Courts Against Road Rage (SCARR) program. The SCARR program was developed to educate and reduce recidivism among drivers charged with serious motor vehicle violations. It is a program that combines the referral resources of the courts with the motor vehicle expertise of the Massachusetts State Police to promote driver and community education on the importance of safe and responsible driving. Sergeant Eubanks is the principal designer and instructor of the program.
Hopkinton's New Dam
August 3, 2007 — Lake Maspenock residents have been notified of the customary drawdown of the level of the lake, which precedes winter, and gives lakefront property owners a chance to prepare their shoreline for winter and the following spring. A lower level also provides for more room for the coming snow and rains.
The Milford Water Company has had control of the level of the dam for several years, but the former Draper Corporation of Hopedale, a maker of textile machines since the Nineteenth Century, had it for many years before, using the water to power turbines in its massive mill, and keeping meticulous records of the dam controls.
The entire schedule of dam events can be seen on the LMPA website. Visit the HopNews Community page for that and many more Hopkinton websites.
Thanks from The Hopkinton Board of Health and the Hopkinton Medical Reserve Corps (HMRC)
Double Dip for the
and Michael's Run
Bunco and Michael's Run
Have you signed up to race or volunteer at the 10th Annual
Michael’s 5k Run/Walk on October 6th? And have you also signed up for
the MOMS Club of Hopkinton’s BUNCO Night for Charity on October 12th?
If so, you are now eligible for a special “Double Dip” raffle to be
presented at BUNCO night! Both events are to raise money for the
For BUNCO information, please contact Christine Coffman at email@example.com or 508 497-9948. There are still a few seats available.
Women's Art Forum invites you to join them
Below is a timely announcement about our next Women's Art Forum guest
speaker, Julie Nardone of Ashland who will be giving a special
presentation on Thursday night at the CAA (7:00-9:00 pm) to be followed
by a "forum field trip" to Tennesse Barbeque's in Milford for a try at
Musical Program at HCAM-TV Gears up for Fall
October 3, 2007 —
"Studio Session Live" is a live program developed by HCAM- TV Access
Producer Bob Crownfield, and produced by volunteers. The first show was
recorded August 30, 2006, with new episodes taped twice a month. So far,
35 shows have been recorded.
Sauce Open for Coffee Tuesday Through Friday at 7:00 a.m.
Sauce on Main is now open for Coffee, Tea, and fresh continental type of breakfast pastries at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday through Friday. So stop by with your friends or morning work group for hot-out-of-the-oven treats.
& Brush Dropoff
Additional Fall Dates for Disposal of Brush, Leaves, and Grass Cuttings
at Hopkinton Recycling Center:
Remember to right-mouse click and print the coupon, which is valid after 4:00 pm every Wednesday and Thursday. No limit to coupons. To find more coupons, choose the button ad for Bill's Pizza.
In addition, click on Colella's button ad for luncheon specials that change EVERY day! Or see the choices that Cornell's, Sauce on Main, Prezo and Subway offer.
AUCTION TO BE HOSTED BY ST. JOHN'S
A social hour and art preview is planned for 7 p.m., followed by the art auction at 8 p.m. sharp. Approximately 160 pieces of art, including watercolors, oils, lithographs, and serigraphs will be on display and priced at 1/2 to 1/3 below gallery prices. The artwork will be presented, explained, and auctioned in a professional manner that will be appreciated by both gallery collectors and art novices.
Tickets are $10 per person. Refreshments will be served, and there will also be a silent auction. This will be a fun, social event that you won't want to miss. All are invited. For more information and tickets, please call St. John's parish office at 435-3313 x203.
Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Route 95 South in
3, 2007 — Yesterday at approximately 8:39 PM, Troopers assigned to the
State Police Barracks in
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Lawrence Kiely indicates that a
2006 Honda motorcycle operated by 54 year old
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. Weston Police, Weston Fire and
Yet Another Fruit Street Appeal!
Cedar Swamp Conservation Trust requests stay until completion of appeal of Groundwater Discharge Permit
Above, the rutty, muddy entrance to the Fruit Street property's Wastewater Plant near where the DEP would like to see a bridge built.
October 3, 2007 — President of Cedar Swamp Conservation Trust, John Craycroft (File photo) and the "Fruit Street 10 Citizens Group" have asked for an "Adjudicatory Hearing" and a "Stay of the Terms and Conditions of the Groundwater Discharge Permit Until Completion of the Appeal Process," according to a document filed with the Selectmen yesterday.
In a telephone conversation Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Craycroft said, "There is the issue of regulations protecting an Outstanding Resource Water from degradation.
"The problem is that the quality of the water they want to put in carries much greater levels of pollutants than the Whitehall Brook water currently has."
However, after Tuesday's Selectmen's meeting had ended, Vice-Chair Mary Pratt, argued against a previous HopNews report saying that if the plant were operational, it would likely be recharging Whitehall Brook. She stated that the discharge from the plant will not reach Whitehall Brook, a statement at odds with the appeal, and with her previous statements complaining that the discharge would not recharge Hopkinton's aquifer, but be carried away by the Brook.
Mr. Craycroft also said, "Our research shows that there is a minimum of 100,000 gallons per day capacity remaining with Hopkinton's contract with the Town of Westborough," refuting the need for added capacity.
In the documents filed, it was noted that the research was done on the dry months, where inflow and infiltration of groundwater into the sewer system would have no impact. However, the actual impact of the I & I may be bring Hopkinton's capacity over limit during the wet months, according to recent statements.
Selectmen Defer Fruit Street Discussion
October 3, 2007 — The Selectmen, operating without Matt Zettek and Mike Shepard, decided to defer discussion on Fruit Street matters until the next meeting. At the previous meeting, Board of Public Works member Dan McIntyre disclosed that he DPW would not be seeking to locate at the town-owned Fruit Street property, citing agreement with a recommendation from the Conservation Commission. That made it the third designated use that has been nixed, either by the stakeholder, or the voters.
The school department has decided not to locate a school there in the foreseeable future due to declining enrollments, and the voters have turned away athletic fields there two years in a row.
The Wastewater Treatment Facility is the only project moving forward, and has broad support from the business community, and the community at large, who believe it will draw business and reduce the residential tax burden.
During what may be the shortest Selectmen's meeting, 45 minutes, Town Manager Anthony Troiano presented a report that began with explaining the Town Meeting procedure for approving the Town of Westborough entry into Hopkinton to supply water to two homes on Wood Street. The water supply of two homes have allegedly been polluted by salt from the Mass Pike, which is picking up the tab.
Mr. Troiano updated the Board on his search for Requests for Proposals for a law firm or individual attorney to represent the town in legal matters. He said he had narrowed it down to three, but if the board wanted four, he could include another.
Mrs. Pratt insisted that current Town Counsel Richard DeAngelis and Special Counsel John Dennis be included on the list, saying that case law has been made by recent efforts of those attorneys.
Design Review sees Hopkinton village Center
Ron Roux, left, architect Richard Brousseau, right.
October 3, 2007 — Builder Ron Roux, developer of upscale communities such as Wedgewood and Westcott Drives, presented his plans for Hopkinton Village Center, a three story, 45,000 square foot complex of retail, offices and residences, to the Design Review Board Tuesday evening. After the meeting, member Claire Wright said that the board recommended that Mr. Roux change the roofline and tone down the lighting.
Tuesday, the Design Review Board was voted by Selectmen, meeting in another room, as Special Municipal Employees. The reason for the designation is so that those on the Board, whose membership makeup is statutory, can do business with the town, or appear before the town boards and committees representing clients. Two of the members of Design Review must be from the fine arts, landscape, design or landscape design professions.
The State Ethics Commission has made it clear that an entire board must be recipients of the special designation, and that it is up to each member to stay clear of ethics violations.
At the Selectmen's meeting next door, Selectman Brian Herr said, "It's the employee who's putting their neck on the line."
"With the DPW, it's two out of three," Vice Chair Mary Pratt said.
The Board of Public Works was designated as such recently, as two of their members do substantial work either in the town or with the town.
Russell Ellsworth Retires from the library Board of Trustees
Above, Russell Ellsworth receives an honor from Library Trustee Linda Kimball.
October 3, 2007 — Russell Ellsworth was feted Tuesday evening upon his retirement from the Hopkinton Library Board of Trustees after serving the last 12 years.
"Back in 1895 they put in a bylaw saying you could only serve three, four-year terms. It's the last of the term limits in Hopkinton," Mr. Ellsworth said jokingly, alluding to a promise of Republicans years ago to serve only one term.
"Thanks to the Selectmen's Office for all of the support over the years, and to Michael Shepard when he was building Inspector for all of the help he gave us with our issues," he said.
Selectmen Chair Muriel Kramer presented Mr. Ellsworth with an award on behalf of the Board (Video on YouTube).
Mr. Ellsworth's mother, the late Jeannette Ellsworth was the Librarian for several years.
And the Winner is...
October 2, 2007 — Builder Craig Meyer, who offered one of his houses at 4 Sylvan Way to charities that ran raffles for a 50-person party, looks on as Hopkinton Chief of Police Thomas Irvin draws the winning ticket. Mr. Meyer will cater the party, food and beverages for the lucky winner, Sheila Kester, of 6 Wyman Way in Hopkinton.
"Who is more credible than the Chief of Police?" said Mr. Meyer.
Mr. Kester answered the phone this afternoon and said that he bought the ticket for his wife by mailing it in to the Library Fund.
To see the actual drawing of the ticket, choose the video below