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Ramp it up

July 3, 2005 — Austin Falcione, 9, does a manual while demonstrating safe skateboarding at EMC Park. Helmet requirement is a rule which is enforced by the Hopkinton Police.

No rope-swing for you

July 3, 2005 — Almost one month ago, HopNews had a series of photos of young people jumping off of the rope-swing as a part of the Rural Feel photo essay presentation. Noted in the description of the photos was that it is a part of Americana that is fading. Well, there is further proof.

     Sgt. Michael Sutton has informed HopNews that after we ran the photo, several mothers called the Police Headquarters asking where the rope-swing is located, so they can take their kids there. He asked us to inform HopNews readers that the rope-swing is on Lake Whitehall, and that here is a no-swimming Conservation Restriction in place. In addition, there is an occasional problem with young people drinking there, as well as people trespassing on private property to get there or parking illegally.

       So for those who may venture to this location which we refuse to identify, you do so at risk.

Katie's Journal

Writer to embark on cross-country trip

July 3, 2005 — Katie Abbondanza, who has just joined HopNews, is embarking on a cross-country automobile trip with her boyfriend, Andy. Her first assignment will be to email her journal periodically to HopNews as she stops to put her experiences into words; and to send photos when possible. Above, Katie and Andy prepare to pose for a photograph on a railroad bridge over the Blackstone River, a metaphor for two intersecting modes of transportation that are part of a lost Americana.

 Present from the past

Congregational Church

July 2, 2005 — A postcard from the collection of Gail Clifford shows the old Congregational Church, which is said to have been on Cedar Street.

 Rural Feel

Sheep six

July 1, 2005 — These Hopkinton sheep don't have a shy bone in their body, as they run to any stranger who stops at the fence separating their Hopkinton property from the street. Being fed by humans has conditioned them so. Choose the button above to learn about HopNews Rural Character photo contest. Contest

Domestic incident

July 1, 2005 — Several police officers responded to a West Main Street address after the report of a 9-1-1 hang-up, which followed, "A woman hysterically screaming..." that someone was pushed down the stairs. It was also reported that the phone had been ripped from the wall. The police placed one person in custody and obtained a restraining order from a Superior Court Judge. The ambulance was waved off. Above, police officers and sergeants speak with the accused. The location has been digitally altered.

Wall's, walks, stairs, steps, shrubs and trees, all...

Ciao Time Delivers to your door!

Out of control

July 1, 2005 — The driver of this BMW, according to witnesses, came out onto Main Street from Pleasant Street, cut off a tractor trailer truck, and accelerated beyond his ability to maintain control and apparently slid sideways, tearing up this lawn.

     "It is lucky school was not in session when you came across that sidewalk," Officer Philip Powers said to the young man. "You don't deserve a Massachusetts driver's License."

  Rural Feel 

Pratt Farm

June 30, 2005 — This image has been colored as a sepia-toned photo, lending a rustic look to a photo taken today. However, even an untrained eye can see that the tractors are of a recent vintage. 

Step one toward a make-over for downtown Hopkinton

Grant pays for presentation

 

June 30, 2005 — Steven Cecil of the Cecil Group brought his DHCD (Department of Housing and Community Development) -funded study of downtown Hopkinton architecture, as well as a lesson on the development of American architecture, to the Downtown Revitalization Committee, interested residents, business owners, property owners and members of the Board of Appeals.

      Mr. Cecil presented photos of other downtown areas, starting with Great Barrington, which is a very busy walking space. He admitted that, while Great Barrington is flat, the hills of downtown Hopkinton make it different than any others. "They tried to locate downtowns on flat areas," he said, referring to the early builders.

     He illustrated out how most early American businesses grew out of people's homes, combining work and residence.

     He pointed out that later, during the street car era, corner lots became the most valuable for a downtown business, because the streetcar stopped at corners.

     But currently, he said, the corner properties may be considerably less valuable because parking is not allowed on corners.

     Mr. Cecil pointed out buildings in Hopkinton's downtown that could use major work, but was positive about most existing structures that could use some simple cosmetic changes.

     He recommended signage improvements as well as some exterior improvements, and promised a report on standards that could be suggested to people who have to go before the Design Review Board or other governmental body when they renovate or build.

      Tom Nealon, owner of a downtown property, said that he has held off on the renovations to his building, estimated in excess of $100,000, because the numbers do not justify it.

     Mr. Cecil promised to look into some sort of relief in the way of funding for improvements in the downtown. His report will be delivered to Scott Richardson's Downtown Revitalization Committee.

     The Downtown Revitalization  Committee plans to set up sub-groups to study burying utility lines, research storefront improvements, and reach out to property owners for discussions on improvements.

     In addition, it plans to coordinate with Parks and Recreation as well as the Women's Club to improve landscaping.

      Funding for streetscape improvements such as new planters, higher quality benches and trash receptacles are also very high on the list.

 

YOU ARE INVITED TO THE

FRUIT STREET PROPERTY

GRAND OPENING CEREMONY

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Date: Friday, July 8, 2005 Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location: Fruit Street Temporary Access Road

 

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Opening Ceremony Welcome

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Scouts/Youth Sports/Flag Ceremonies

Refreshments

Tours

For more information or to RSVP, please call the SELECTMEN’S OFFICE at 508-497-9700 or email: SELECTMEN@HOPKINTON.ORG

 Hopkinton Matters

Maryellen Grady, a giver of gifts

Teacher believes in presence of greatness in everyone

by Cheryl Perreault

June 30, 2005

 

1. Buy soft toilet paper.
2. Say please and thank you.
3. Honor people when they are living, keep the spirit of people who have passed by telling their stories.
4. Get outside everyday.
5. Wear great underwear.
6. Before you judge someone, think of where they are coming from.
7. Count your blessings.
8. Try every flavor of ice cream.
9. Love fiercely.
10. Always carry breath mints.

The above list is  a sample of the 5 pages of parting advice given by Maryellen Grady to her eighth grade students at Hopkinton Middle School last week.  This advice shows her continual sense of caring, and sense of humor as both teacher and person which is praised by many in Hopkinton. Hopkinton Middle School Principal, Dr. William Lynch says,  “Mrs. Grady has an excellent reputation with the students, her colleagues and the community.  I have personally observed her teach and she is excellent.” For Maryellen Grady shows not only a gift for teaching but a gift for living  which has undoubtedly influenced the way that she is able to relate to her students throughout the year.FULL STORY

 Rural Feel

Better to be safe

June 30, 2005 — Steve Zukowski practices safe bicycling at the Hopkinton State Park this morning as he wears a helmet and operates at a moderate speed. His familiar face and friendly demeanor are often seen behind the deli at Colella's supermarket.

Farmer's Market at Weston Nurseries

Save the home for home life. Get an office at Hopkinton Executive Suites.

Rural Character Photo Contest ~ Month of July

Win $100.00

$100.00 First Prize Rural Character

$50.00 Second Prize Rural Character

      Affiliate Photographic Images 24 Main Street, is sponsoring a Rural Character Photo Contest for the month of July. There will be a panel of three judges, to be announced. What best defines or exemplifies rural character? We'll know it when we see it.

     • Submit 8.25" wide landscape mode jpeg file at 72 dpi to RJF@PhotoImages.com . The height can be anything up to 7". Keep the original file, photo, or negative on hand. Those sending prints must send no smaller than 4x6, and must be landscape mode (Width must be greater than height).

      • The photo will be judged on its artistic merits, including compositional qualities, lighting, subject matter and content.

      • Traditional darkroom techniques applied digitally are acceptable, such as burning, dodging, blurring, color adjustments, vignette, etc. Composite photos made from more than one image will not be accepted; content moved within one photo is also unacceptable.

      • Color, black and white, or sepia tone are acceptable.

      • Submissions must be in by July 31, 2005. They must have been taken in June or July 2005.

    The winners will be featured, but all entries will be shown.

Charter Commission dotting i's and crossing t's

Expect finished version before public in September

 

by Chris Crawford

June 29, 2005 – The Charter Commission met tonight to review input from members of the Town’s Financial Team, including Executive Secretary Ted Kozak, Town Accountant Heidi Kriger, and Appropriations Chairman Stuart Cowart.

     Charter Commission Chairman Marie Eldridge reported on her meeting with two representatives of the state’s Department of Revenue (DOR). Chairman Eldridge and the Commission had asked the Board of Selectmen to ask the Department of Revenue to do a free evaluation of the town.

     Member and Selectman Mary Pratt wondered if their activities constituted an audit. FULL STORY

 Present from the past

A bygone Woodville

From the collection of Gail Clifford

Davison Welch print on sale

Portion to benefit scholarship fund

June 29, 2005 — Well known Hopkinton artist Davison Welch has available for display and purchase at Colella's Supermarket signed prints of the above image for $50.00. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Daniel F. Colella Scholarship Fund. Photo by Jen Shults.

Likes Dora Garabedian

Editor,

I would like to commend the well written article "Positively Hopkinton" about Dora Garabedian by Brian Carroll.  More importantly, congratulate Dora for the recognition so well deserved. SEE LETTERS.

Master Plan Committee mulls GIS

"...we are technologically behind the rest of Massachusetts?" Chair Muriel Kramer

Photo from left, Committee members RJ Dourney, Trish Perry, and Chair Muriel Kramer.

by Chris Crawford

June 28, 2005 – The Master Plan Committee met tonight to hear a presentation by Professor Jennifer Lundt of Wheaton College on GIS (Geographical Information System) and its applications in town planning.

     Professor Lundt described Massachusetts’ GIS as an important part of the implementation of the state’s Community Preservation Initiative, according to Lundt, a “state-initiated computer software to help towns plan.” The essential concept of GIS is that as a piece of software it displays data graphically in a fully digitized and layered town map. Data is entered and sorted as a spreadsheet, similar to the popular Microsoft Excel software. READ FULL STORY.

Father of 13 feted at Hopkinton Country Club

Scott Richardson honored with "Good Scout Award"

Above, Scott Richardson presented the Good Scout Award by his son, Paul, a Cub Scout.

Excerpt from Boy Scout pamphlet: The Good Scout Award is bestowed upon individuals who have demonstrated integrity and genuine concern for others in both their professional and personal lives.

by Robert Falcione

June 28, 2005 — The Knox Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America, honored one of their own this evening, bestowing the Good Scout Award to Scott Richardson, a local businessman, community volunteer, father of thirteen children and grandfather of two. He drew a laugh when he named all of them without a pause or stumble.

       He was introduced by Eagle Scout Brian Mazaika who emphasized Mr. Richardson's "spirit of helpfulness."

       Local realtor and Good Scout Committee member Chuck Joseph spoke about the Hopkinton community coming forward when needed, "But when I said this was for Scott Richardson, everyone jumped.

     "Scott is the cumulative effort of the good he has done," said Mr. Joseph.

     Tim Kilduff, winner of last year's award also paid tribute saying, "What makes him unique is his set of values. His family, sense of devotion, his beliefs, and the fact that he is able to practice these."

      Mr. Richardson was presented his award by son, Paul, who is a Cub Scout in Pack 97. Then Mr. Richardson, in  his characteristic manner, gave credit to other people.

    "I am overwhelmed and perplexed by this response and participation. There are a lot of other people in this town who do more.

     "Our kids give us (He and wife Martha) inspiration, pride, joy — and comic relief when it is needed," he said.

     Mr. Richardson was then awarded citations from the Board of Selectmen and from Senator Karen Spilka, who presented one on behalf of the Massachusetts Senate and one from the House, on behalf of Paul Loscocco.

     Eric Sonnett, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, said, "Scott is a giver. When I see Scott Richardson involved, I breath a sigh of relief and think, 'Oh, this is going to be a good project.'

     "Scott is the ultimate professional," he said.

     More than one person quipped — in light of having thirteen children, "Martha should be getting the award."

    The evening festivities began with the posting of colors by Cub Scouts Paul Richardson, Cameron Montgomery and Tim Montgomery from Pack 97 and Boy Scouts Brian Mazaika, Jonathan Taros and Sean Donahue of Troop 1 and Steve Dry and Alix Griben of Troop 4. The evening ended in a similar manner.

    According to toastmaster Tim Kilduff, the event collected $16,000 in ticket sales and sponsorships to go toward scouting needs.

CLICK ANY PHOTO TO SEE A MUCH LARGER VERSION

"You owe me big time," whispered Committee member Beth MacAlpine to Tim Kilduff, after being called to the front surprisingly to receive a bouquet (Last photo).

Rangers win nail-biter

Pictured:  Back row – Coach Mike Carbone, Coach Jennifer Fairbanks, Dillon Boretson, Chris Jenis, Grant Olson, Jonathan Shaffer, Coach John Gebler, Coach Ed Boretson, and Philip Gebler.

Front Row – Alex Antaki, Michael Boti, Matt Dry, Tim Bolick, Mackenzie Fairbanks, and Alex Carbone.

The AAA playoff series was an exciting road for the 10th place Rangers.  They faced off against the Dodgers last Thursday night at Egan field.  Both teams were well balanced with hits and pitching, making for a real nail bitter!  Tim Bolick, Mackenzie Fairbanks, and Jonathan Shaffer pitched a great game.  In the end, with great team effort, the Rangers won 17 – 14! 

Photo by Jen Fairbanks

10:31 pm A caller on Greenwood Drive reported that people were ringing her doorbell then running and hiding...

7:22 pm A caller reported a turkey in the middle of the road on Hayden Rowe Street...

6:21 pm A resident on West Main Street reported that his wallet was possibly stolen. SEE UPDATED POLICE NEWS

Hopkinton Dispatch Supervisor wins award

Dave Clemons Public Safety Telecommunicator of the Year

 

June 28, 2005 — Hopkinton Police Dispatch Supervisor, David Clemons has been selected to receive the Jeff Grossman Award in a ceremony to be held at the Police Headquarters at 11:00 am on July 20, 2005.

     As well as his primary title, Mr. Clemons is also Systems Manager, APCO Basic Telecommunicator Instructor, E9-1-1 and holds other positions within the department as well.

      According to the website established for the award, "The Jeff Grossman 9-1-1 Award was established by Jeff's colleagues in memory of a man who, without consideration for personal gain or recognition, devoted a significant part of his life to the challenge of improving public safety."

     A prize to go along with the award is  an all expense paid trip to the 2005 APCO (Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials) Convention in Denver, Colorado in August.

 Positively Hopkinton

 

Just the right ingredient

Dora Garabedian has ideas beyond belief

 

by Brian Carroll

June 28, 2005 – What do the HPTA, the CAA, and Baskets Beyond Belief all have in common?  Simply put, each organization has just the right amount of Dora Garabedian, a Hopkinton resident since 1988 who has been vigorously promoting culture in Hopkinton.

     Mrs. Garabedian has a history of passionate determination.  As a gifted musician at a young age — her skills include flute and piano — she joined orchestras and other music gatherings. 

     Throughout high school, Mrs. Garabedian was an active member of the school and marching bands.  However, her college nearly denied her application to be part of their marching band because of her gender.  But with determination and passive resistance, she won her right to take part and perform her passion. FULL STORY, LARGER PHOTO.

Cheryl Perreault's Poet's Corner

Poem by Travis Murdock, 9. Photo by Robert Falcione.

This poem was submitted by Elmwood School third grade teacher, Julia Paige who admitted being “blown away” by the words of this young poet. ~ Cheryl.

Charter Commission votes to recommend five-member

Board of Health and Board of Assessors

Board of Health Vice-Chair de Mont vows to fight Charter

 

June 27, 2005 — According to sources at last week's Charter Commission meeting, the group voted to increase the number of members of the Board of Health and the Board of Assessors from three members to five members each. The Commission has heard testimony in the past about the difficulty as it is in finding people to run for the existing offices.

      Richard de Mont, Vice Chair of the Board of Health, has said in a letter to HopNews that he will do "...whatever I can to defeat their mandate."

      Mr. de Mont sent a letter to the Commission last week in lieu of appearing. The letter adamantly opposed increasing the size of his Board. The letter can be read here.

File photo of Board of Health Vice-Chair Richard de Mont and Chair Nancy Peters.

Planning Board sends Ron Nation back to the drawing board

"We are dealing with people who want to circumvent the planning laws" Bill Moser

"It is total disregard for our planning process" Claire Wright

"It is a slap in the face to our Board" Sandy Altamura

Above, Fin Perry, Chairman of the Land Use Study Committee, updates the Planning Board on the activities of his committee, which is trying to position the town to be a player in the purchase of the 615 acres of Weston Nurseries property.

 

by Robert Falcione

June 27, 2005 — The Planning Board heard testimony from Dan Feeney, a Beals and Thomas engineer, who spoke on behalf of Ron Nation, whose Whitehall Estates, a Garden Style apartment plan, got voted down unanimously at last week's Planning Board hearing. He was back to present an OSLPD (Open Space Landscape Preservation Development) on the same property.

     Because the plan showed no home locations on the site, many members of the Planning Board questioned his reason for submitting it.

     "I do not understand this," said Board member Sandy Altamura.

     "We're fine with it being rejected," said Mr. Feeney. "With a plan with over ten acres, we had to get this rejected in order to go with a conventional plan," he said.

     Town Planner Elaine Lazarus told the Board," If you approve this concept plan, then they have to come back with an OSLPD."

     With an OSLPD, a builder must set aside open space which can never be developed, thus preserving trees, watershed and wildlife. According to Mrs. Lazarus, a builder cannot build a conventional development on a piece this large unless an OSLPD has been rejected.

     Some Board members made clear that they felt Mr. Nation was presenting the plan to get a rejection and move forward on a conventional subdivision.

      "I think we should approve it," said Board member Sandy Altamura. "Then they have to come back with an Open Space plan."

     "I believe the plan that was just denied was made in good faith, and now I feel we are playing games. You are submitting this to bypass the Open Space law.

     "It is a slap in the face to the Board," she said.

     Some Board members even questioned whether they should proceed to a vote without the information they had wanted, such as number of homes and their locations, in order to make a decision.

      "There is no attempt at deception," said Mr. Feeney to laughter in the room, made up largely of Friends of Whitehall, a group which successfully organized against the original plan for this land, Whitehall Estates. This hearing was continued to August 18.

      A formal Decision is expected soon from the Planning Board explaining their June 20 vote turning down the original Garden Style apartment plan. A draft has been developed and is circulating among members for their comments.

     The Board has 90 days in which to write the Decision. After that, Mr. Nation will have 20 days to appeal it to Land Court or Superior Court if he so chooses.      

 Present from the past

This postcard from the collection of Anne Marcy features the building still at 25 Main Street. The tower of St. John's Church can be seen in the distance at the far right facing the building. It appears to have the same physical characteristics as today. However, today there is a grove of trees between it and the house not shown in the right facing the photo. The mature trees which are there now make the building look smaller in comparison to yesteryear.

Planning Board to receive letter from FOW on Monday

June 26, 2005 — The Friends of Whitehall (FOW) — a group which successfully opposed a Ron Nation Garden Style apartment proposal on property in Woodville — in a letter dated June 27, 2005, opposes his newest proposal for that piece of land.

     It is unclear if the proposal they are opposing is the same one he submitted at the close of last Monday's public hearing which got shot down. We will have more on the story Monday.

     In the meantime, here is the letter from FOW to the Planning Board.

Coming Soon:

Rural Character photo contest ~ Win $100.00

Watch for details.

Swing and miss and you're out

June 26, 2005 — A dozen or more Wiffle Ball fields were set up this weekend at Cornell's Fields for two days of Wiffle Rock, a tournament of over 150 teams, ending with the first prize of $1,000.

      This is not your grandfather's baseball. A swing and a miss is an out. Two fouls is an out and six balls is a walk.

      On the field and pitching in this photo is Rob from Ashland, a member of the team Ramblin' Wreck, which won the tournament in 1996. Here, the batter must swing because it is an apparent strike.

   "They're a legend," whispered one observer to another, referring to Ramblin' Wreck.

   The trophy the winning team gets to keep for a year (HopNews has yet to receive a call with the winning team's name.) says on it, "The Undisputed World Championship Wiffleball Team."

Driving in circles

Above, patrons headed for the lower beach were sent on their way.

June 26, 2005 — Water, water everywhere and not a spot to park. Hopkinton State Park got filled to capacity today and was closed for a while, which tied up a few Hopkinton Police units to sort out the mess which would have occurred at the front gate without them. The state Park workers did not venture from the confines, but asked for the assistance of the Police. There were still places to park left, but not close enough for people who expected to carry a cooler, charcoal, and a two year old to the kids' beach on an oppressive hottest day of the year day.

Car meets car

June 26, 2005 — A Mazda Protégé owners' club, NEPOC, had a club meet today at the State Park. The members ogled over each other's accessories as some revved the engines and others cranked the tunes.

Pouring it on

June 26, 2005 — This Wiffle Ball tournament player had the right idea; but a very expensive way to keep cool this afternoon at Cornell Field on Hayden Rowe Street.

Can't live with 'em...

June 26, 2005 — This wild turkey continued to enchant photographers and neighbors alike as it walked up Grove Street for about 90 minutes this afternoon. It walked on the sidewalk for quite a distance, like a trained dog would. And as can be seen here, it stopped at the crosswalk inside the lines, and turned as if to cross. However, its inclination toward reckless behavior — it stepped into the street several times and stared at vehicles which stopped to stare at it — could earn it a trip in the Animal Control Officer's truck tomorrow.