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Enchanting monkey

July 25, 2005 — Celia Jenkins is enchanted with Cocoa, a monkey who is one half of the team with organ grinder Tony of Hurdy-Gurdy, monkey and me of Newtonville at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club Saturday during the Woodville celebration. Story below.


July 25, 2005 — Officers Aaron O'Neil (Left) and Philip Powers, as well as Officer Stephen Buckley and Ashland Police personnel responded to a call for help from Hopkinton State Park staff when one too few barbeque grills and one too many alcoholic beverages turned pending culinary challenges into tests of machismo. The people involved were required to leave the park, and many associated with them followed. The area of the park the incident occurred was in Ashland, but the main entrance to the park is in Hopkinton. It is standard operating procedure that Hopkinton be called due to the faster response time.

 Everybody had a good time

Everybody let their hair down

Beatles cover band HELP! draws record crowd

To hear and see some of the band and the audience at Hopkinton Town Common this evening, choose the player.

And choose an icon below for a larger picture.


Return of the natives

Descendents of founders flock to Woodville


by Joe Markey

July 24, 2005 — Descendants of the Wood family were honored guests at “Woodville: Then and Now,” a celebratory historical event sponsored by the Friends of Whitehall at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club yesterday.

Representing four branches of the Wood family, all the honored guests were descendants of John Wood, who on
March 31, 1705, married Elizabeth Buckminster in Framingham and later bought 300 acres in the White Hall area from her father, Colonel Joseph Buckminster of Muddy River (now Brookline).

Wood family descendents honored at the event Saturday
in Woodville included:

- Brandon Wood Caswell of Florida, and his daughter Wendy Houghton of Cape Cod.
- David Wood and his wife Kathi, daughter Haley and son Justin, from Long Island, NY.
- Judy Romano, her daughter Pamela and son Thomas of
Ashland, MA
- John Mayhew Wood, Jr., of South Dartmouth, MA, and
his family, including his sister Frances Hard and nephew John Hard from Connecticut, his daughter Emily of South Dartmouth, and his son Jonathan Mayhew Wood, granddaughter Margaret Louisa Wood and grandson Jonathan Mayhew Wood, Jr., from Upton.


Eric Sonnett, Chairman of the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen, presented a proclamation signed by all 5 members of the Board of Selectmen that reads, “The Board celebrates and recognizes those that share roots as members of the families that established Woodville four centuries ago.”

Mr. Sonnett addressed the nearly 100 people gathered, saying “What makes Woodville Woodville is the people.” He explained that the purpose of the proclamation is to “honor your day and recognize your historic district.” Observing the historic buildings in the area, Mr. Sonnett concluded, “it’s only right they should be preserved.”

Lined up on tables inside the hall were posters displaying the results of Wood family genealogical research completed by Gail Clifford of the Friends of Whitehall’s historical committee. Also on display were old maps of Woodville, numerous old photographs depicting the people and places of Woodville, copies of news articles on Woodville history, scanned images of Wood family diaries and record books, and other historical research papers and personal commentary about Woodville.

“When we moved here from Florida in 1996, we rented briefly in Woodville,” recalled Jonathan Wood of Upton, describing the coincidence that brought him back in touch with his family roots. “Our landlord ended up asking about our last name, Wood, and he explained that the house we were renting was originally owned by Colonel Wood. I knew my family history, so knew Colonel Wood was my ancestor, but I didn’t know until the landlord mentioned it that Colonel Wood had originally owned the house I was renting.”

For David Wood (Photo) of Long Island, this was a first visit to Woodville. “This is my first time here,” he said, explaining that until recently he didn’t know much more about his family history beyond the fact that his grandfather moved to New York from Woodville in the 1920s. “I had thought about taking a family vacation to New England and visiting Woodville before,” he explained. Previous searches had resulted in very little information, however. That changed, he said, one idle Friday night in April this year when a search for “Woodville” in Google’s search engine brought up numerous hits to Among the hits was a letter to the editor of from Brandon Wood Caswell of Florida. “I was blown away,” he said, describing his reaction to reading a letter from a distant relative whom he hadn’t known existed. He contacted Brandon Caswell by e-mail, and began exchanging stories and bits of family history.

Brandon Wood Caswell who grew up in Woodville in the 1920s and 1930s and now lives in Florida, said he was “amazed and impressed” by the amount of historic material exhibited and by the event itself. Gail Clifford presented Mr. Caswell with copies of recent appraisals of his father’s art work, which adorns the walls inside the Woodville Rod and Gun Club (Top photo). Mr. Caswell encouraged today’s residents of Woodville to “keep the momentum going. Keep the interest and excitement in your history and community. You deserve it.”

Third Anniversary of tragedy

July 25, 2005 — The family of toddlers Violet and Iris Carey keep a vigil this evening on the eve of the third anniversary of their deaths in an apparent natural gas explosion at 65 Main Street on July 24, 2002, which sent the three story apartment building off of its foundation and crashing back down onto the street, crushing them where they lay sleeping. Their story is told at

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Woodville Then and Now

Celebration on video


Choose the player on the left to view a video of today's festivities, including Cocoa the monkey.



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If it quacks like a duck...

July 23, 2005 — This water fowl is caught in the unusual pose of stretching and flapping its wings, apparently to dry them, at the Little Pond on Pond Street today, Woodville Day.

Dive right in

July 23, 2005 — Tinoir Neto (Blue) and Johnny Ferreira are about to break some serious water at Hopkinton State Park this afternoon, their third visit in as many days.

   "We are fortunate to get out of work at three," said one of the young men.

Hopkinton Police assist Milford in executing search warrant

18 pounds of marijuana seized


On Friday July 22, 2005 at approximately 3:08 p.m. Milford Police assisted by law enforcement officers from Hopkinton, Franklin, Mass State Police and the U.S. Postal Inspectors executed a search warrant at 4 Dynasty Drive Milford.  As a result of that search a package containing approximately 18 pounds of marijuana was seized after a controlled delivery was made.  The package of marijuana was shipped from Arizona and contained other substances to try and mask the odor of marijuana.  Arrested at the scene of the delivery was Timothy S. Francy age 23 of 147 Turner Road Holliston, MA.  He was charged with Possession of a Class D Substance (Marijuana) with intent to distribute and drug violation within1000 feet of a school.


Milford Police Detectives received the information from Law Enforcement Officials in Arizona and Detective Stanley obtained search warrants from the Milford District Court on Friday.


The suspect was later bailed on personal recognizance and scheduled for arraignment in Milford District Court on Monday July 25, 2005.

~ Lt. James FalveyDetective Commander

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Deer'll eat ivy too

July 22, 2005 — This small doe is enjoying a bit of ivy or barley in a field on Hayden Rowe Street at twilight today. But she turned her ears when the photographer approached, even though he was wearing sneakers. With ears like that she could likely hear him breathing. In the photo below, after seeing the photographer in full view for a solid minute, she finally got his scent and turned her tail up and toward the photographer and fled to the safety of the woods. Hunters say that they do this so that a predator concentrates on the white color. When they hit the woods, they drop their tails and blend in.

Looming large

July 22, 2005 — Hopkinton Fire Department Ambulance A-3 looms large over the scene on Route 495 this afternoon. Hopkinton Firefighters are bringing a patient to the ambulance.

Worker falls

July 22, 2005 — Right, Detective Scott Van Raalten secures the ambulance door while fellow Police Officers and Firefighters carry a patient to the ambulance. A Verizon worker reportedly fell 20 feet from a ladder to the pavement this afternoon in front of the Woodville Post Office.

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Butterfly kits

Photo by Beth Malloy

We sent away for 8 caterpillars and some butterfly food to a place called "Butterflies and Blueberries" in Rutland MA. From those eight and with some assistance via phone we were able to harvest, raise, and release 154 Painted Lady butterflies this summer. It was very cool. ~ Beth Malloy

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 Pratt's Pond

July 22, 2005 — Pratt's Pond, so named for its owners, is a natural pond used for horses years ago, but restored as a pond since. It's idyllic beauty is protected from having too many visitors by a ring of shiny-leaved ivy.

We are trouble shooting this page. Hope to have it back to normal soon. ~ Editor


July 22, 2005 — This dragonfly photographed at Whitehall Dam is one of the oldest creatures on Earth and apparently does better with twice the wings of most flying wonders. It eats insects, which it catches with its legs, and may eat them as it flies, sometimes at 60 mph, according the the World Book Online Reference Center.

Man overboard ~ on purpose

July 21, 2005 — These young people were having fun jumping off of the moving boat at North Pond late this afternoon. A casual observer would have thought at first that the boat was losing passengers by mistake.

 Video surveillance: Big Brother or Surrogate Parent?

In the illustration above by Hopkinton's Ashley TM Jackson, the video cameras have a blue light on them. And every person in the cartoon is either a victim or a criminal, except the outraged individual in the foreground.


by Robert Falcione

July 21, 2005 — At the Selectmen's meeting this past Tuesday,  Hopkinton Chief of Police Tom Irvin said that video surveillance could be one option to catch or deter the vandals at the town-owned Fruit Street property. The police have used cameras in the past to catch vandals or prevent crime. And since September 11, 2001, terrorism has become a heightened concern.

      The City of Chelsea is partnering with the federal government to install 27 surveillance cameras, according to a report in the Christian Science Monitor three weeks ago. They will be able to monitor all public places in the city, which is only a two-square mile area with a density of 18,000 people per square mile. This contrasts with Wellesley, which has 3500 people per square mile (Including student population) and Hopkinton with only 500 people per square mile in a 27.9 square mile area. Futurists like George Orwell used the advent of television for a visionary look at its possibilities in his dark novel, 1984, which dealt with constant surveillance and government propaganda.

     The ability of a camera to be where a police officer cannot always be is a resource that seems foolish not to use. Crimes like vandalism and crimes against people could be deterred in remote areas. On the other hand, privacy advocates may find that most of this is intrusive. Perhaps some police unions would oppose it like auto workers opposed robotics.

NOTE: Please take the poll in Talk City.

Star of the day

July 21, 2005 — Mathew Laflash was a Chief of the Day today at the Hopkinton Fire Station. Photo by Robert Santucci.

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EMC sees double digit growth, eight consecutive quarter


July 21, 2005 — EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), the world leader in information storage and management, today reported financial results for the second quarter of 2005, achieving double-digit, year-over-year revenue growth for the eighth consecutive quarter. EMC's second quarter growth was driven by its market-leading mid-tier storage systems, increasingly popular virtual infrastructure software from its VMware subsidiary, and an expanding services business.

Total consolidated revenue for EMC's second quarter was $2.34 billion, 19% higher than the $1.97 billion reported for the second quarter of 2004. Net income for the quarter was $293 million, 52% higher than the $193 million reported for the second quarter of 2004. Earnings per diluted share was $0.12, an increase from the $0.08 per diluted share reported for the year-ago quarter.

Joe Tucci (File photo), EMC's President and CEO, said, "We continued to execute in the second quarter, resulting in revenue growth that we believe was more than twice the rate of the market. EMC leads one of the fastest-growing segments of IT and it is clear we are gaining share. We're committed to strengthening and expanding our portfolio so we can meet even more of our customers' needs and open up new market opportunities."

"This was our eighth quarter in a row of double-digit revenue growth not only for the company, but also across our major geographies and business lines," continued Tucci. "Our sustained performance is a direct result of the tremendous market acceptance of EMC's Information Lifecycle Management solutions, which we build from our broad portfolio of proven, best-of-breed platforms, software, and services. With our expanded portfolio, we're able to help more customers, in more ways, manage the complexity of their IT environments, harness their information growth, and solve their toughest business challenges."  Contributed content ~ Photo by Robert Falcione

Laurie Ann Young, 56, died Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at the Beaumont Health Care Center in Westborough following an illness. SEE ARRANGEMENTS

Francis J. (Frannie) Kruger, 53, formerly of Hopkinton, passed away July 16, 2005 in Tampa, Fl.


NSTAR becomes white knight

Intimates interest in purchase of 166 acres of Weston Nurseries land as buffer to gas facility

11 other entities have replied to Hopkinton's Request for Interest ~ LUSC meeting


by Chris Crawford

July 20, 2005 – The community organization HOPE (Hopkintonians Organized to Preserve and Enhance) hosted a meeting between citizens and members of the Land Use Study Committee (LUSC) tonight at 7:00 at the First Congregational Church. HOPE and the LUSC held the meeting to inform about various aspects of the sale of 615 acres of Weston Nurseries land. The two leaders of HOPE, Liisa Jackson and Mavis O’Leary, are also members of the LUSC.

     Last Friday, the LUSC received a very large and very diverse selection of responses to their RFI (Request for Interest; See May 25th article), which solicited to parties who would likely be interested in use of the Weston Nurseries land. LUSC Member Brian Morrison stated, “We’re in the process of winnowing through those responses right now.”

     Liisa Jackson gave a short welcome, and then gave the stand to Brian Morrison to give an overview of the LUSC’s processing of the sale. Mr. Morrison listed the Committee’s accomplishments and policies, presented a map of the land, and described the benefits and costs to the private individual and the public that different uses will entail. He stated, “ What we need to answer is: How do we want to grow? How do we want this area to look in the future?” Final questions whose answer will affect the Town’s decision the most. FULL STORY             SEE MR. Morrison's presentation (PDF).


July 20, 2005 — The results of our unscientific poll are in the box on the left.


And although it is unscientific, it could reflect actual order of importance among the townspeople.


The overwhelming choice, "Open Space Forever" would involve a land purchase of an enormous order, which some people feel is unrealistic.


The community group HOPE is meeting this evening. Chris Crawford's report will follow.

Hopkinton Dispatch Supervisor receives prestigious award

Dave Clemons given Jeff Grossman 9-1-1 Telecommunicator of the Year Award

"He serves as the doorman to Hopkinton" ~ Eric Sonnett, Selectmen Chair


July 20, 2005 — Eleven year employee of the Hopkinton Police Department, Dispatch

Supervisor Dave Clemons was given the Jeff Grossman 9--1-1 Telecommunicator of the Year Award today in a ceremony at the Police Headquarters attended by family,  past recipients, Police and Fire personnel, and public safety officials from throughout the state. The award is presented annually to a public safety official ..."who displays the traits exemplified by Jeff during his life: that of unwavering commitment to public safety communications without seeking personal gain," according to the organization's web site.

    "Dave Clemons," said Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Eric Sonnett, "embodies the spirit of Hopkinton.

    "Dispatchers talk to more of our residents than any of the other town employees put together," he said.

Brian Main, Facilities Director, presented the gift of a cartoon he drew for Mr. Clemons. It presents the kind of cynical humor that people who are familiar with each other are comfortable with. Please choose the small photo icon to see it enlarged.


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Breakfast time

July 19, 2005 — This bird made several trips to feed its chicks this morning in the little house with an opening too small for birds of prey like vultures, hawks and jays to enter. It is in the middle of the marshy little pond off of Pond Street at the southern end of Lake Whitehall, known as Little Pond, according to Dave Adelman, who lives in the abutting property and put up the bird house this year. Both birds are the same bird, photographed a split second a part and brought together in this composite image.

No rest for the committed

July 19, 2005 — Kaitlyn Frasier tosses a pass to her teammate last night at the basketball courts at the Middle School during the Summer League games, which are played outdoors.

 Positively Hopkinton

Hopkinton man wins Golf Tournament

Paul Sheahan tops in EAGA

by Peter Marso

July 18, 2005 — Hopkinton's own Paul Sheahan won the prestigious 19th annual Eastern Regional Amputee Golf Championship held at the Dauphin Highland Golf Course in Harrisburg Pennsylvania.


Mr. Sheahan, a former three sport star athlete at Hopkinton High School and currently Assistant Golf Coach, shot an 87-86 along the way to win the Senior First Flight (55-65) crown. It was a 36 hole match made up of over 60 qualified golfers. Bob Buck, the founder and Executive Director, presented Paul with the winning Trophy. Congratulations to former Hiller and coach Paul Sheahan!


Mr. Sheahan said, "The veterans from Iraq played in a scramble before the tournament. It's a good organization for an amputee to have a release to play."

Bike patrol

July 18, 2005 — Officer Pat O'Brien patrols the area of the Girls' Summer League courts this evening as part of the Hopkinton Police Department's Community Policing grant. To learn more about the program choose this.