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8th Middlesex Notebook

Race for State Representative, 8th Middlesex District

August 3, 3008

Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus Endorses Carolyn Dykema for State Rep


Boston– The Political Action Committee of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus announced today that it is endorsing candidate Carolyn Dykema, of Holliston, for State Representative for the 8th Middlesex District.


“Carolyn Dykema has been an active and dedicated member of her community for many years. She is dedicated, enthusiastic, and possesses an understanding of the issues facing her district, which are critical in this election. She is, by far, the best choice for Representative in the 8th Middlesex District,” said Executive Director Sheila Capone-Wulsin. “We applaud her candidacy, and we look forward to working with her on our shared agenda for Massachusetts women and families. For more than 35 years, the MWPC has been advocating for equal pay, social justice, and reproductive rights. We are excited to have an ally in Carolyn Dykema.”


Carolyn Dykema lives in Holliston with her husband, Bill and three children. She has displayed a strong commitment to her community through her work as the Chairwoman for the Holliston Planning Board and on the Executive Board of the MetroWest Growth Management Committee.


"The MWPC has actively supported so many of Massachusetts' top female candidates,” said Dykema. “I am very pleased to have their endorsement and honored to be included in their network of exceptional women."

~Contributed content.

Massachusetts nursing Association Endorses Ed Mills



The state’s largest nursing union has endorsed Democratic candidate, Ed Mills of Hopkinton, for the open state representative seat in the Eighth Middlesex due to the retirement of Rep Paul Loscocco.

Ed meets with local Hopkinton MNA member, Beth Kern, in front of Hopkinton High School who is seen here congratulating Ed on receiving the MNA endorsement.

Beth Piknick, the president of the Massachusetts Nursing Association, announced the endorsement in a statement released this morning.

“ Ed Mills has shown a strong commitment to ensuring that the citizens of Massachusetts have access to, and receive safe and affordable healthcare which is of the utmost importance to the nurses of Massachusetts” said Piknick in the statement.


"Ed Mills understands the vital role that nurses play in today's health care system and he is committed to ensuring that legislation is passed to protect all patients in our hospitals by setting a safe limit on the number of patients a nurse can care for at one time," she said.

~Contributed content.


Dan Haley Criticizes Legislature - Glad It's Over


"At 1:30 am on a recent morning, the Legislature capped a session that has been marked by tax hikes, out-of-control spending and irresponsible borrowing, with a last-minute spending and borrowing binge worthy of the worst of the Dukakis years - when similar excesses of one-party government drove the State's bond rating into junk status.

"Despite a projected deficit of at least a billion dollars going into next year and a UMass report released just yesterday predicting slowing economic growth, the legislative super-majority raced through dozens of budget veto overrides, piling on another $56.5 million in spending that they know the budget cannot support.

"To top things off, in the dead of night the Legislature passed a raft of new regulations, guaranteed to increase the already crippling cost of doing business in the Commonwealth that is already driving more and more of our employers out of state. This move prompted the non-partisan Associated Industries of Massachusetts yesterday to issue a press release calling this legislative session 'the most anti-employer, anti-jobs session in recent memory,' and asking, 'Would the last employer in Massachusetts to close - please turn off the lights?' The best thing that can be said of the 185th session of the Massachusetts Legislature is that its formal sessions are finally over."

~Contributed content.

Carolyn Dykema and Ed Mills are Democrats who have to face each other in  the primary race in September. Dan Haley is as yet uncontested in the Republican race.

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David P. Blasotto, 55

David P. Blasotto, 55, formerly of Holliston, died Friday, August 1, 2008. Born in Framingham, he is the son of Phyllis (Grady) Holmes of Framingham and the late Frank A. Blasotto who passed away in 1959.

Besides his mother, he is survived by a brother, Dennis Blasotto and his wife Diane of Needham, 3 sisters, Cheryl Jones and her husband Eric of Upton, Renee Matter and Geoffrey of Hopkinton, Paula Holmes Philbrick of Framingham, 7 nieces and nephews, 4 great nieces and nephews as well as his aunts and uncles, Mike and Etta Blasotto of Wayland, and Joe and Anna Cornoni of Natick. He also leaves behind his dog Cigar.
Arrangements Complete

West Main and West Elm — One Hurt

August 2, 2008 — Public safety officials responded to a two vehicle crash at the intersection of West Main and West Elm Streets shortly before noon. One male patient, from the red van, was taken to the hospital.

A Hard Rain Gonna Fall

August 2, 2008 — Like the finest beads hanging across a mysterious garden opening, water droplets separate from one another as they fall from a planter at Weston Nurseries Garden Center as an employee tends to the thirsty plants.

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Wildlife Sanctuary

August 2, 2008 — This toad was one of the few critters holding still long enough for a photo on Friday at the Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary on East Street. There is a beaver pond — one group of visitors said they heard the beavers slap upon their approach — that cannot be reached without boots because of the wet surroundings, perhaps caused by beaver activity. Dogs, horses and other pets are not allowed.

New Cash Box

August 2, 2008 — While it is true that Pratt's Farm stand has a new cash box, the reason for it is not a reason for celebration. One or more people has stolen the old one, a cash box that Mary Pratt said attended the first farmer's market in Framingham.

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Robotics at the YMCA 

Above, Ed Harrow introduces the basics of his Robot Camp at the YMCA Hopkinton

Senate, House Reach Consensus on Comprehensive

Health Care Cost Containment Legislation


July 30, 2008 — The Senate and House on Thursday reached consensus on comprehensive legislation that will usher in the next phase of health care reform in Massachusetts with a package of new initiatives aimed at bringing down escalating health care costs and creating greater access to primary care.

The legislation promotes the modernization of the health care system to reduce waste and improve quality care, establishing the Commonwealth as a national leader in the statewide adoption of electronic medical records. Also included is a uniform billing provision initially introduced by Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), which has been estimatedby the Senate President to have the potential of saving the Commonwealth $1 billion over the next ten years.

"I am extremely proud to be a co-sponsor of this bill, which will save us hundreds of millions of dollars and ultimately lead to more residents receiving high quality health care at affordable rates," stated Spilka. "Currently, nearly a third of every health care dollar is spent on administrative costs. The uniform billing provision of this legislation will ensure less money is spent on processing paperwork, freeing up resources to dedicate to direct patient care." Full Story


GREEN GRASS, a short film which was filmed in Hopkinton last summer, has been accepted in to the Roxbury Film Festival and will be screening this Saturday, August 2nd at 2pm at:

Wentworth Institute of Technology
Annex Auditorium
550 Parker Road
Boston, MA

Several Hopkinton residents appear in the film as extras and several scenes were filmed in various Hopkinton locations.  Tickets are available at

More information about the film can be found at


Robots 101

August 1, 2008 — Matt Cronin, 12, listens intently as teacher, Ed Harrow of Hopkinton, discusses the robots that were being made at the week-long Robotics Camp at the Hopkinton branch of the MetroWest YMCA on Friday. Mr. Harrow will hold two more one-week camps. See a video of the event on our YouTube site.

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Marijuana Poll Results


    After 10 business hours of polling, the results remain about the same as they started, with a 2-1 majority in favor of decriminalizing the currently illegal weed, which has the drug THC  as the active drug ingredient.


Decriminalization of marijuana would likely mean that people would still not be able to transfer it to one another. In other words, distribution and cultivating would still be illegal. To allow it to be sold over the counter, or grown in a family garden, would take legalization.

Robert has some thoughts on this subject to share on his blog. On-topic posts are welcome.

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James Schumann Moore, 83

James Schumann Moore, 83, died July 30, 2008 at the University of Massachusetts Hospital in Worcester. Born in Lynn, MA, he was the son of the late James and Dorothy (Newcomb) Moore.

Mr. Moore had been a resident of Massachusetts for most of his life prior to retiring to Bradenton, Florida for ten years. He returned to Hopkinton two years ago.

He was retired from Honeywell Corporation, a veteran of the U. S. Air Force and served in both WWII and the Korean War, a member of the American Legion of Hopkinton, and AARP. Arrangements Complete.

Seafood Bake at Woodville R&G for August 2, 2008


Recycled Road - Spring Street Closed

July 31, 2008 — Spring Street was closed this morning while a machine chewed up the asphalt, and put it back on top of the road surface. According to Highway Dept. employee Russell Lukey, after grading the new surface, it will be an excellent base for new asphalt.

     The Highway Department Manager, Mike Mansir, in a posting from June, estimated the work to be done 10 days from the start.

Hopkinton Wins 13 Year-old Division

Hopkinton won the 2008 Northborough Tournament, 13 Year Old Division, by beating Marlboro, 12-2. En route to the championship game the Hillers upset an undefeated and top-seeded Leominster team, 6-4, in the semi-final round. Pictured above are: (kneeling from L-R) Ryan Hamilton, Hank Rudden, Andrew Welzel, Connor Hudson; (standing from L-R) Coach Ted Dlugolecki, Jason Dlugolecki, Craig Levergood, Tim Moberg, Roddy Towner, Sam Rodman, Coach Gary Haroian, Coach Fritz Rudden (missing from picture: Coach Don Lehman, Jake Haroian, Jake Lehman, Anthony Hutchins, Sean Dempsey, Aidan Kennedy). Contributed Content.

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Look at What I've Got!

July 30, 2008 — Henry Wailgum, 3 (Almost 4), shows off his remote control fish to Sandy Beach Gate Guard Kelly Sanborn, a High School student and Parks and Recreation Department employee, as his Mom lagged behind, carrying all of the beach stuff.

Faster, Mom

July 30, 2008 — Three year-old Taylor Simpson had some great fun as her mom pushed her and friend Hunter Robie, also 3, at  EMC Park today.

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Unfolding Drama

July 30, 2008 — One insect hovers and extends his proboscis, while another of the same type stands steadily on his legs and  sips nectar. The insect in the upper right, a different type, dived in and attacked on the shore of the Sandy Island parking area today.

Updated 6:30 p.m.

Code Amber Alert Canceled for 4 Massachusetts Children

The Massachusetts State Police canceled the Amber Alert for the four children after they were found safe at Union and Franklin Avenue in Brooklyn New York Wednesday evening where they had been spotted earlier in the day. Police arrested the suspect in Brooklyn and have charged him with murder. He was arrested around 6 p.m. while walking down the street by the Brooklyn Homicide Unit, police said. The children's mother and the four children were found a short time later in a Brooklyn apartment.

Four Children Abducted From Lynn Murder Scene

Amber Alert Issued


UPDATE: Vehicle Located in Connection with the AMBER Alert for Four Children Abducted in Lynn


At approximately 12:30 p.m. the white 1992 Buick Roadmaster sedan that was listed in connection with the AMBER Alert for Ryan Petitbois, Lyndsey Petitbois, Lauren Petitbois, Roddick Petitbois, and their mother Louna Eveillard, was located in the City of Lynn by members of the Lynn Police Department.  The vehicle was unoccupied when it was recovered and is currently being analyzed for evidence.  The AMBER Alert remains in effect, but the vehicle is being removed from the AMBER Alert in light of its recovery. 


July 30, 2008 — The Massachusetts State Police have issued an AMBER Alert for four children abducted from 99 High Rock Road in Lynn at approximately 1:00 a.m. this morning.  The four children, ranging in age from 11 months to 3 years, were abducted with their mother, 26-year-old Louna Eveillard, from a murder scene and are believed to be in danger.  Louna Eveillard and her four children are believed to be with the father of the children, 25-year-old Rodlyn Petitbois of Lynn, and may be traveling in a White 1992 Buick Roadmaster sedan bearing Massachusetts license plate 91EW79.  Petitbois is wanted for questioning in connection with the homicide of an adult female that occurred at that address. The homicide investigation is being conducted by the Essex County District Attorney’s Office and Lynn Police.


Rodlyn Petitbois is a black male, 25-years-old, with black hair worn in cornrows and/or dreadlocks. When last seen he had a beard.


Louna Eveillard is a black female, 26-years-old, with a slender build and short hair. She speaks broken English and is of Haitian descent. She also is believed to have a significant fresh injury to one of her hands and may be in need of medical attention or wearing a bandage around one of her hands.    


Children: Ryan Petitbois is a 3-year-old black male; Lyndsey Petitbois is a 2-year-old black female; Lauren Petitbois is a 22-month-old black female; Roddick Petitbois is a 11-month-old black male. 


The Massachusetts State Police urge anyone with information on the whereabouts of Rodlyn Petitbois, Louna Eveillard or their four children to call 911 immediately. Rodlyn Petitbois is potentially armed and is considered dangerous. State Police urge the public not to approach him if he is seen, but rather, to call police immediately with his location.


Questions about the homicide that occurred on High Rock Road should be directed to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office at (978) 745-6610.



Wednesday, July 30, 2008 — In spite of all of the dire predictions over the years, people bought their SUVs, heated pools, and kept their homes and offices heated at a more than comfortable level.

     But according to our latest poll, a large majority of people are feeling — and/or anticipating — the pinch from the recent higher energy costs, and are changing spending habits accordingly. In fact the rise in prices could be called a surge. What are some of the things people can do in the short term to fend off the energy monster? Well, a few people have offered suggestions on the discussion page, Town Talk, in the thread, "Reworking my personal budget."

      And in the long term, solar power, and specifically photo-voltaic, has had a recent resurgence of interest among locals, and makes sense to a lot of people. Photo-voltaic uses cells to convert sunlight to electricity. Are tax credits for homeowners available for its installation? Would the investment pay off without tax credits? Are there different types of solar power, and is one better than the other? More durable than the other? Are there other forms of energy that have the potential to pay for themselves in savings?       

       In the olden days of the last gas/fuel crunch, solar-thermal was the way to go. Water would be pumped to the roof and be heated by the sun. It would then be pumped to the basement, and the heat would be transferred to the home's hot water tank via a heat exchanger, being sure that the water from the roof never touched the domestic water in the pipes.

       HopNews broached the subject two years ago.


       Here is a story reprinted from 2006:

FREE Electricity


October 31, 2006 — Matt Arner and wife Mini Singh claim to be the first documented home in Hopkinton to have installed photovoltaic solar panels on their roof to cut down on their electricity costs. Unlike solar panels that carry sun-heated water to a storage unit in the basement for transfer to domestic hot water or heat, these actually convert sunlight into electricity that is used in the home when needed, according to Mr. Arner, that will provide 30% of their electricity and pay for itself in 5 years. When the production of electricity from the roof units is greater than the demand, it will return electricity through the meter and run it backwards.

     Mr. Arner says that much of his costs of the installation are mitigated by rebates — for instance with the Mass Technology Collaborative — and tax credits issued by the state and federal governments, as well as credits he can sell that are purchased by residents wanting "green" electricity.


Watch an interview with Mr. Arner from 2006 on our YouTube site:

Strike a Pose

July 30, 2008 — This reptile left the grass to stop long enough for a photo, and then slithered into the hollow log beside it, at the Old Town Beach last weekend.

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Ahoy, Ahoy, I Say!

July 30, 2008 — The windsurfer dumped his sail shortly after this photo was taken, in order to avoid the inevitable collision, on Hopkinton reservoir.


Boston Marathon Race Director celebrates 30 years of giving


Boston, Mass. – July 30, 2008 — On August 14th Dave McGillivray will be recognized for his historic solo cross-country run from Medford, Oregon to Medford, Massachusetts which benefited the Jimmy Fund. In 1978, the year of his run, McGillivray was among a select group of people who had accomplished such an extraordinary goal…it was the beginning of a 30-year relationship of combining fundraising and athletic events to benefit those in need. The Jimmy Fund will help celebrate this milestone as part of their WEEI/ NESN Radio-Telethon, by honoring McGillivray at the Red Sox pre-game ceremony that evening.


At age 23, McGillivray, now BAA Boston Marathon Race Director and President of DMSE Sports  Inc., began his cross country run in Medford Oregon and finished his final leg of his ‘78 run, just one week after his 24th birthday at Fenway Park. McGillivray ran several laps around the warning track in front of the sold out 32,000 crowd. He will commemorate the occasion by also running a lap inside Fenway on August 14th and be met at home plate by family and friends. During the day, prior to the on-field ceremony, McGillivray will spend the day celebrating another milestone, his 54th birthday during which he will run 54 miles. It’s an annual tradition which he has done every year since his 12th birthday on which he ran those first 12 miles.


“To be honored by the Jimmy Fund means a great deal to me,” says McGillivray. “The Jimmy Fund, and the late Ken Coleman, gave me a chance to accomplish something that even I didn’t know was possible until I actually took those final steps inside Fenway Park. To run across the country was my dream, and to couple that with raising awareness and money that might save the life of a child was a tremendous responsibility which I did not take lightly.”


A partial list of some of McGillivray’s Jimmy Fund related accomplishments in the past 30 years include:


1978: Run Across America (3,452 miles)

1980: Run up East Coast (1,520 miles)

1981: New England Run (1,522 miles)

1982: Martha’s Vineyard Swim (7 miles)

1983: 24-hour Swim (26.2 miles)

1986: 24-hour bike ride (385 miles)


McGillivray’s inspirational story The Last Pick, co-authored by Linda Glass Fechter, intimately recounts the mental and physical obstacles McGillivray faced along life’s road which led him to his 1978 run. His story has inspired countless people to reach their own goals. All proceeds to go directly to his foundation.


To learn more about the anniversary of this 3,452 mile run across the country and how you can donate to Dave’s 30th anniversary fundraising effort on behalf of the Jimmy Fund, please visit .

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Senator Spilka Approves Same Day Voter Registration
New legislation will allow registration on Election Day


(Boston, MA) – July 30, 2008 — The Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that will allow Massachusetts residents currently not registered to vote to register on the day of an election. 


“I feel strongly that we must do everything we can to ensure qualified voters have their voices heard on election day,” stated Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland).  “Particularly for working families, election day registration will make it easier for our citizens to fully participate in the democratic process—thereby improving the civic health of the Commonwealth and the country.”

In order for an individual to register on the day of an election, the resident would be obligated to do the following:


• Provide proof of identification;
• Fill out an eligible-voter form; and
• Take an oath detailing their qualifications as an eligible voter.


The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for further action.


Fine Dining

July 30, 2008 — This dragonfly on the banks of Hopkinton reservoir last weekend is seen devouring another winged creature with its mouth. They eat many bugs that bother humans.

Legion Ball Update


 Kelly Cook (7) of Hopkinton is introduced before Saturday night's game in Milford at Fino Field opening their Legion Sectional  playoff Tournament game against East Longmeadow. Greeting Kelly, also from Hopkinton, are #2 Dan Muscatello, Catcher Matt Collins,  #12 Mike Preite, and #16 Mark Sanborn. 

Also pictured are #3 Pete Farelli of Milford (2B), #9 Bryant Johnson of Milford (RF,P), and #21 Matt White of Bellingham (P). Not pictured from Hopkinton is Bryant Guilmette (P).


The Milford Legion Post 59 baseball team defeated East Springfield at Milford's Fino field on Saturday nite by a score of 5-0 behind Matt White's outstanding pitching and a strong Milford defense keyed by Hopkinton players Dan Muscatello at short, Mark Sanborn at first base, Mike Preite at third base, Kelly Cook in centerfield and catcher Matt Collins.


On Sunday, Milford swept the best of three series by a score of 3-2 at East Springfield behind a great seven inning performance from starting pitcher Bryant Guilmette, also from Hopkinton. Bryant kept the East Springfield team off balance all afternoon with a sharp fastball and good movement on his off speed pitches. The game and series ended just 10 minutes before a thunderstorm with heavy rain hit the field in Springfield. By then, the team was on their bus and moving back towards the Pike and their next opponent!


Milford moves on to a series starting at Tivnan Field in Worcester on Tuesday night against the Worcester team, East Side. The winner of that series will advance to the State tournament in Chicopee starting on August 5th. Contributed content.


Join the Hopkinton High School Alumni Network!



Hopkinton High School is starting an alumni association. To join the network, log onto  and enter your data. Or go to the high school web site and scroll down to the bottom of the middle section and click on the alumni link.


We are also having an meeting of those interested in helping us form the alumni association on Thursday, August 14 at 7:00 in the 2nd floor meeting room of the Fire Station. Everyone is welcome to join us. We need your ideas! For more information contact Jane Roche at or 435-3980.


Editor's note: HopNews has started an Alumni Notebook, where we feature the successes of HHS grads. Please send your nomination to .



Seafood Bake Cancelled!!

Correction: The date on the Woodville R&G sign was wrong.

The seafood bake is Saturday, August 2, 2008

Tickets need to be purchased by Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Infrastructure and Environmental Improvements on Tap for Hopkinton Schools

School Committee passes solar project 4-1

File photo, above.

by Jessica Aker
July 29, 2008- The Hopkinton School Committee met Monday afternoon for a summer working session. The Athletic Field Bleacher Project and the Borrego Solar Project were two main items of discussion out of the 19 agenda items. These two projects are important within the school system, because they concern changes in the infrastructure of school property. However, both projects were also discussed in detail in order to illuminate how they will affect the development of Hopkinton in the future.

An approval was required to continue the planning and execution of the Athletic Field Bleacher Project at Hopkinton High School. The Galvin Company had been hired to conduct an engineering survey of the grounds in order to access how many new seats will be added to the current bleacher system. These 300 seats will remain on the Hopkinton High School Field. In addition, 376 seats will be added.


The new bleachers will be placed at center field, and will be accessible by a lift as well as through the track surrounding the field. Originally, the plan called for around 900 seats. The plan does not cover the relocation or renovation of the scoreboard or the press box. The additions will be funded by the Hopkinton Athletic Association and Boston Athletic Association. Both organizations have committed to hundreds of thousands of dollars for the project. In addition, The Soil Exploration Corporation will conduct soil testing in the area. Since the construction of the bleachers will continue into the fall, Vice-Chair Phil Totino commented, "The view of the field will beimpacted. The new bleachers will be in a place people normally stand in to watch the games."

School Committee member Dave Stoldt responded, "It will be an inconvenience, but it will also be good to have people in the community see the progress of the project."

The Borrego Solar Project was also an item that required a vote of approval from the School Committee.


ESL's Rocky Horror Show

July 28, 2008 — This group of gender-bending, cross-dressing ESL performers held a "Dress" rehearsal of the Rocky Horror Show at the studio this evening.

They will perform this cult classic August 7, 8 and 9, at 8:00 p.m. at the 30 Main Street Studio. Tickets - $13.

ESL says, "No Toast or Water, Please!  Costumes Welcome." They also warn of adult themes and language.

Destination, Mystery!


Do you feel like you need to GETAWAY??? If so, we have the day for you!! Please join other women on Saturday, August 9th at 8:30am at the First Congregational Church of Hopkinton for coffee and pastries. At 9:00 am you will board a motor coach for a mystery location. This day will include a hot luncheon and lots of great memories and an exciting adventure. You will meet new friends and not have to make any decisions! Cost is $75 per person. If this is something you might be interested in, please contact Kathy Laflash @ for more info. All are welcome to attend.

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Police News UP-TO-DATE  <--click for more


Today, July 28, 2008


8:29 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil arrested Michael J. Keough, 47, of 15 Country Club Lane, Milford, on East Main Street and charged him with OUI Liquor, 3rd Offense...


11:20 pm A resident of Hayden Rowe Street reported that a 50 year old male has been walking in the neighborhood for the last few days, playing a harmonica and acting suspicious....


9:05 pm A caller reported that there was a gray van with two males inside at the middle school, trying to gain entry...


Four calls were made to Hopkinton Police before 3:00 a.m. on July 22, 2008 regarding criminal Breaking and Entering in the Oliver Lane, Wood Street area. Around that time, an 18 year-old and a 16 year-old juvenile were observed and arrested on Meserve Street, where more breaks would be discovered by automobile and home owners.


After the arrests, another thirteen complaints were registered by people who said their homes or vehicles had been entered illegally and item (s) taken. Those incidents are reported in detail in the log. Click the link at the top for more.

Women's Club Sneaker Drive


The Hopkinton Women's Club is sponsoring a new sneaker drive for Hopkinton Middle and High School students in need,  to benefit Project Just Because. While all new sneaker donations are greatly appreciated, there is a particular need for larger sizes; women's 7,8,9,10 and men's 8,9,10,11 and 12.


Not sure of the size? A gift certificate is also a great donation. The donations can be dropped off at Jackie & Company, 12 Wood Street, Hopkinton, from August 1st through September 20th.


Please help us ensure that all Hopkinton students can start the new school year on a "positive foot."

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for,  July 28, 2008






40 Granite Street Matthew R. Taylor & Lindsey E. Taylor $545,050 Jul. 24, 2008 Jon S. Marcus & Christina C. Marcus
43 Pinecrest Village, unit 43 Sarah E. Loranger $200,000 Jul. 24, 2008 Joseph D. Apruzzese & Amy Petit
Previous update:        
278 Pond Street Steven T. Kaye & Amy Cantin Kaye $687,750 Jul. 17, 2008 Brian K. Gassett & Brian W. Cheever, Trustees of Summit Realty Trust
6 Marshall Avenue Raman R. Tallamraju & Crystal Gardenia Gutierrez $355,000 Jul. 16, 2008 Richard N. Desrosiers

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Massachusetts State Police Issue AMBER Alert for 7-year-old Reigh Rockefeller


July 27, 2008 —The Massachusetts State Police and the Boston Police Department have issued an AMBER Alert for 7-year-old Reigh Rockefeller, who was last seen at 12:44 p.m. in the area of 3 Marlboro Street in Boston.  Reigh Rockefeller is believed to be in danger and may be with Clark Rockefeller.  Reigh and Clark Rockefeller may be traveling in a black Chevrolet Tahoe or GMC Yukon SUV with an unknown Massachusetts Red Sox license plate and numerous Red Sox stickers on the rear window. 


Reigh Rockefeller is a white female, 7-years-old, 4’ tall, 50 lbs., with blond hair and blue eyes.  She was last seen wearing a pink and white sun dress, red shoes, and dark sunglasses.


Clark Rockefeller is a white male in his fifties, approximately 5’6” tall, 170 lbs.  He was last seen wearing khaki pants and a blue Izod shirt.


The Massachusetts State Police urge anyone with information on the whereabouts of Reigh Rockefeller, Clark Rockefeller, or the vehicle they are traveling in to call (617)-343-4328 immediately. 


Amber Alert Canceled for 7 Year Old Massachusetts Girl

The State of Massachusetts canceled the Amber Alert Monday morning after it was determined the girl was taken to New York by her father who does not have custody. She was abducted Sunday by her father during a supervised visit. Boston police said they are working closely with local and state authorities in New York to continue the search.

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Dan Haley Holds Holliston Fundraiser

July 27, 2008 Holliston attorney and Republican candidate for State Representative from the 8th Middlesex District, Dan Haley, poses with his ever-present daughter, nine month-old Sylvie, as he and current Representative Paul Loscocco pause from their chat for a photo. See a video of Mr. Haley's speech on our YouTube site.

Tea at the Nursery

july 27, 2008 — The Gay Grace Teas Mobile Tea Room has made a habit of setting up on Sundays at the front of Weston Nurseries to sell tea sandwiches, teas, and scones. above, Maya Kachroo-Levine waits on a couple from the service window of the stamped copper-lined interior of the coach. At this business, we are told, the tea leaves are brewed, not read.

Lightning Striking Again...

July 27, 2008 — I appears lightning has struck again (The heading  is the title of a Lou Christy song), this time coming from an arcing wire that separated from a pole on Cedar Street during the late afternoon storm on Sunday. It is unknown if it was from a lightning strike.

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July 27, 2008 — This bumblebee was one of several animals getting what they could in a real hurry before Sunday's storm at Ice House Pond. Although purple loosestrife is considered an invasive plant, because it chokes out the other plants, it is a favorite for nectar gathering insects.

The Hopkinton 10 year old Tondorf team completed their summer season

by winning the Tondorf Championship in Medway

After finishing the regular season 9-0-1 and earning them number one seed in the playoffs, the Hillers faced off against Franklin in the first round on a sunny summer afternoon. Equipped with their trademark eye black, the Hillers shut out Franklin 9-0 behind outstanding pitching by Jake Doherty and Geoff Holler.


Next up for the Hopkinton in the semi-finals was a tough Bellingham team. The Hillers got up early with hits by Jack Vaccari and Cal Holland. The early lead was enough as Drew Simi and Matt Decina combined on the mound to hold the lead in route to a 6-3 Hopkinton win.

Hopkinton found themselves matched up against host Medway in a best of three Championship series. Gwil O’Rourke got the Hillers started with a double down the line as the lead off hitter and they never looked back in route to a 6-2 win. Sam Lehman ended any hopes for a late Medway rally by throwing out a runner at home plate while Will Yaggy closed the door on the mound as the Hillers took a 1-0 series lead.


Medway would not go quietly and game two turned out to be an epic 11 inning thriller. Medway took an early 2-0 lead, but the Hillers fought back to go ahead in the top of the 2nd 3-2. Medway squeezed a run over in the bottom of the 3rd to tie the game at 3. Both teams battled valiantly, making outstanding defensive plays. Catcher Petey Scholoski cut down no less than three Medway runners trying to steal while Matt Hand gutted out 7 2/3 innings of shutout pitching. It was not until the top of the 11th inning when Mike Messier hit a deep sacrifice fly scoring two runs to give Hopkinton the 5-3 win and the 2008 10yr old Tondorf Championship.


The Hillers were coached by Don Lehman and assisted by Rick Decina, Pete Schiloski, Tim Simi, and Ken Vaccari. Congratulations on a great season Hillers!

Double-Fatal Crash on Route 1 in Wrentham Update - Victims ID'd


July 26, 2008 — On Saturday, July 26, 2008, at approximately 6:56 p.m., troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Foxboro responded to a single vehicle crash on Route 1 South in Wrentham that resulted in two fatalities and one serious injury.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Christopher Booth indicates that 19-year-old Alexa Latteo of Mansfield was operating a 2007 Pontiac G5 on Route 1 South in the vicinity of Myrtle Street in Wrentham when she lost control of her vehicle, exited the road to the right and crashed head-on into a tree.  Latteo, who was not wearing a safety belt, suffered serious injuries in the crash and was declared deceased at the scene.  The front seat passenger, 20-year-old Debra Davis of Milton, was wearing a safety belt, but suffered serious injuries in the crash and was declared deceased at the scene.  The rear seat passenger, 20-year-old Nina Houlihan of Norton, was not wearing a safety belt, and was taken by medical helicopter to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston with serious injuries.  


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 Wrentham Fire Department, Wrentham Police Department, and MassHighway assisted troopers on scene. 

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Party Time

June 26, 2008 — Hopkinton Drug's Dennis Katz, flipping the burgers, held a party on Friday evening for employees, two of whom had birthdays, and one who is departing for other employment, and for friends and family.


Associate Music Director Wanted


July 25th, 2008 — The Metrowest Symphony Orchestra is looking for a few talented Maestros!

The MSO is seeking a new Associate Music Director for our 2008-2009 Season.


We need a talented individual to assist the MSO with its mission to provide musical and cultural enrichment to the musicians, community and schools of Hopkinton and the surrounding MetroWest region. The ideal candidate will assist the Music Director in advancing music education in the community. The candidate will also work with the Board of Directors, Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce and the Hopkinton School System to establish programs of enrichment for the Hopkinton Schools.


The candidate should be willing to help promote the orchestra as a vital artistic asset and a visible part of the MetroWest communities, including speaking to community organizations, cooperating with joint endeavors with other arts organizations and assisting in fundraising and ticket sales.


Auditions for Associate Music Director will take place in September.


Please submit your cover letter and resume to


The MSO is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, an agency that funds your local cultural council,

And by the generosity of many community individuals and businesses.

Metrowest Symphony Orchestra P.O. Box 260 Hopkinton, MA 01748 The MSO is a tax-exempt organization under §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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Like a Moth to a Flame

July 25, 2008 — The insect on the daisy above with the Halloween colors and Hawaiian markings appears to be a moth in butterfly clothing, today at Lake Whitehall Dam.

From Fruit to Art

July 25, 2008 — Artist Suna Erdamar shows off her paintings to a prospective patron today at Weston Nurseries' Friday afternoon Farmer's Market. There was plenty of farm stand veggies and fruit also. Photo by Ben lewis

The Ladder of Success

July 25, 2008 — This bird at the old Town Beach has defied identification by the photographer.

Q. Anyone know?

A. Susan Ranney believes it is a spotted sandpiper.

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ESL's Dress Rehearsal of High School Musical on our  YouTube site.

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Friday, July 25 - Star Party 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm "Into the Deep" @ Hopkinton State Park. We're taking a road trip and bringing out the BIG telescopes! We invite you to Hopkinton State Park and its dark skies to tour the nebulae and star clusters of the Milky Way, as well as neighboring galaxies. We'll also offer a constellation class so that you can learn how to spot the summer's best constellations and some of the telescope targets they contain. Sponsored by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Free admission. *Weather dependent* Call (617) 495-7461 to check for cancellation.


Friday, July 25 - ESL presents High School Musical 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm @ Hopkinton Middle School, tickets: $10 (ages 3 & under free


Saturday, July 26  ESL presents High School Musical 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm @ Hopkinton Middle School, tickets: $10 (ages 3 & under free)


Saturday, July 26 - Recycle with the Lions Club 9:00 am - 2:00 pm @ Colella's Supermarket


Sunday - July 27 5:00 - 7:00 pm Hopkinton Parks & Recreation presents Summer Concerts on the Common - Down on the 5, Rock & Blues

Two Accidents at Once

July 24, 2008 — This Mitsubishi sedan struck the pole in the left, rear background with its right front, after heading eastbound, from the opposite side of the pole and embedded the right front tire in the pole. It appears the car ended up with the side facing the direction it came from, blocking the lane.

      After hearing the sound of the crash, a father and son who live in the house across the street called 911, got dressed, and ran out with flashlight in hand, but not in time to stop an oncoming GMC pickup, which hit the car, apparently broadside, on the passenger side while the stranded driver was still in it.

      One woman at the scene said that the female driver of the car, who was taken to Milford hospital by Hopkinton Ambulance, had a gash across the entire top of her head. She was arguing with firefighters to let her walk home.

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Candidate Dan Haley Accuses Legislature of Failing to Protect Children

Opponents Reply


July 24, 2008 — Dan Haley, Republican candidate to represent the Eighth Middlesex District in the House of     Representatives, released the following statement:
"This Saturday, less than a week after the Legislature refused to enact tough mandatory minimum sentences for sexual predators who victimize children, a man right here in Holliston was arrested and charged with repeatedly raping an 11-year-old child. My heart breaks for the child and the family victimized by this horrific crime.

"As a father and a citizen, I am outraged and disgusted. As a candidate for the House of Representatives, I am more determined than ever to raise my voice against the lack of political courage and judgment evidenced by our Legislature's refusal to throw the book at child predators. The only way to guarantee that a predator will not repeatedly victimize children is to put that predator behind bars.

"The law currently awaiting Governor Patrick's signature is a step in the right direction, but make no mistake: it is a half measure at best. Massachusetts must finish the job by joining the vast majority of states that have enacted true versions of 'Jessica's Law,' including mandatory minimum sentencing for child predators."


When asked to respond to Mr. Haley's position, Democratic candidate Carolyn Dykema said this:

"My heart goes out to the family involved in this terrible crime. I have complete confidence that District Attorney Leone and his capable team will ensure that justice is served."


Democratic candidate Ed Mills had this to say:

"The Ed Mills for State Representative Campaign chooses not to respond to this difficult situation at this time. This is not a situation from which one should attempt to make political gain. We leave it in the capable hands of the Middlesex District Attorney's Office and the Holliston Police Department. We keep the family in our thoughts and we wish the best for them."

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High School Musical  

July 24, 2008 — ESL's High School Musical had a dress rehearsal today at the Middle School.  It begins Friday, July 25 & Saturday, July26 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm at the Hopkinton Middle School

General Admission Tickets:  $10 (ages 3 and under free)

All in the Technique

July 24, 2008 — A photo of a fisherman that may look like any other can be enhanced by using the technique of framing, which surrounds the subject and amplifies its presence.

The High Cost of Corn

July 24, 2008 — Martin Dickie, 11, and Dad, Garth, look over the corn at Pratt's farm. They balked at the high cost of corn, as it is everywhere, but ended up getting a half-dozen ears.

WOW! Over 2 million served!

When I started this, it began as a way to share my feature photography with more people. I needed a reason to go shoot, because as much as I enjoy photography, and as much as I know my level of work, it just doesn't do much good to have a pile of outstanding feature photos sitting in a cardboard box that someone gets to have or fight over when I pass to the next life (Which I hope is decades away).


In March of last year, the fourth year of HopNews, we awarded $500 to Hopkinton High School student, Greg Fraser, who guessed frighteningly close to the time when our Sitemeter, above, would reach one million visits . And now, a little more than a year later, the visits to HopNews have doubled. (It should be noted that Sitemeter only tracks about 80% of the actual visits, due to being cookie-based. But the number is stunning nonetheless.).


Thanks to the thousands of regular readers, as well as the thousands of visitors from around the world. And special thanks to our advertisers, who support the efforts to make this site the best it can be. And now, let's look for great things in the future. You ideas are appreciated. ~Robert

NEW BLOG on HopNews


I was inspired by a friend today to put a blog together. So I did! It is an hour old, so please understand it may need some tweaking, some redesign, or added content or features. Anyone can post a comment at this time, but I would encourage people to register with Google right away so that if the time comes that we need to make it a registered-only site, the serious and well-mannered people will not lose out. I believe you can make your email not show up in your posts, but it might be fun if you have a photo icon to represent you on the blog, if that is possible.

      There is a poll there now, so please vote at least. ~Robert

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This Weekend ~ Don't Miss It!  

High School Musical    

See ESL's Musical Theater Workshop bring this popular movie to life!
July 25 & 26 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm at the Hopkinton Middle School
General Admission Tickets:  $10
(ages 3 and under free)

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Hopkinton to join thousands of communities across America

Please join the Hopkinton Veteran’s Celebration Committee on Sunday, August 3, 2008 as we join thousands of communities across America for a remembrance ceremony at Mt. Auburn Cemetery/GAR Memorial in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. The Committee is hosting a “Sunday Taps Vigil” starting at 7:00 p.m. The ceremony will consist of a short tribute to American soldiers, veterans and their families and is expected to last 15 minutes. The ceremony will include the sounding of the 24 hauntingly beautiful notes of “Taps”.


“Taps” traditionally serves two important purposes. At military outposts around the world it is played in the evening to signal the time for quiet, rest and reflection after a day of duty. It is also mandated by the Department of Defense to be sounded live by a bugler, if possible, at the funeral of each and every American veteran as a final tribute to that individual veteran’s honorable time of service to his or her country. An average of over 1,600 American veterans are laid to rest each day.


Hopkinton has held this ceremony, on the first Sunday of each month, since it was initiated in March 2004 by the national non-profit organization Bugles Across America. Since the ceremony was first proposed, over 1,500 communities across America, as well as in Canada and several other countries, now participate. ~ Hopkinton Veterans' Celebration Committee

Weather was the Story On Wednesday Evening

July 23, 2008 — A fierce lightning storm Wednesday evening that subsided before midnight, but had the weatherman cautioning severe weather until 5:00 am Thursday, had emergency services scurrying all over Hopkinton for a solid hour.

     Above is the sky over the Wilson Street LNG facility, where apparently millions of gallons of Liquefied Natural Gas are stored in 3 large powder-blue storage tanks, the adjacent street is a no-park, no-stop, no-stand zone, and police refer to their frequent patrols of the secure area in code.

     At least one driver driving on East Main Street (The perspective from the camera, above) called in a "large fire" at the facility Wednesday evening. The facility did report to police that it "shut down" due to the storm. The bright spot in the photo is the flame from a discharge valve that releases gas into the atmosphere and burns it as it does. It has two such devices that can often be seen by patrons of the Hopkinton State Park, who call regularly report the controlled burn.

     Fire and Police departments were kept busy as a report for fire coming out of an outlet of one West Main Street home, and a report of an alarm at a nearby explosives storage facility. But that wasn't all.

     One home on North Street reported a teen being struck by lightning through a computer.

     Another person also reported being struck.

     Alarms at the Post Office went off due to the storm, after power was momentarily lost downtown.

     A pine tree was struck yesterday at the State Park, causing a split of the bark from nearly the entire length of the 70 foot tall tree, and burning most of the needles above the strike.

     A house on Ash Street was struck Wednesday evening, and smelled of smoke, below.

Not Again!

July 23, 2008 — Hopkinton Firefighters responded with two engines to a home on Ash Street that was reportedly struck by lightning. One public safety official on the scene said the house burned in the past, but did not say if it was from lightning.


Charlie Featherstone


August 23, 2008 - 12noon - 5:00 pm

Ashland Fish and Game

Ponderosa Road, Ashland


Tickets only $10.00 each


Proceeds to benefit Reagan and Tom Featherstone College Fund


Contributions will be accepted.

Please send to:

Charlie Featherstone Trust

Middlesex Savings

390 Union Street

Ashland, MA 01721

Tickets may be pre-purchased at the Hopkinton Town Hall Building Dept., 3rd Floor

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Fire on Westcott Drive

July 23, 2008 — "A small fire in the basement" was how the first responders described the situation as they asked for water to be brought in quickly. They knocked the fire down in just a few minutes, but stayed until joists were checked all of the way to the attic. One firefighters requested the thermal imaging camera, that can display differences in temperature on a display monitor. A wall with a fire behind it would be a different tone the the surrounding wall.

Car vs. Tree

July 23, 2008 — Officer Patrick O'Brien secures the scene of a car accident earlier today in which a young man crashed into a tree on Hayden Rowe Street, causing deployment of the airbags, and left the scene. His  mother pursued him, the family lives nearby, to Eastview, where firefighters treated him (Inset) and then brought him to the hospital.

Off-Duty Massachusetts State Police Trooper Killed in Motor Vehicle Accident


July 23, 2008 — The Massachusetts State Police regret to announce that Trooper Gregory K. Porter, while off-duty, was the driver in a single-car motor vehicle accident in the town of Hingham at 12:36 a.m. today. Trooper Porter was transported by emergency personnel to South Shore Hospital, where he was pronounced dead as a result of his injuries. He was 33.


Trooper Porter, driving his personal vehicle, a 2000 Hyundai Elantra, struck a tree at the intersection of Central and Emerald streets. He was the sole occupant of the vehicle. The accident remains under investigation by the Hingham Police Department, with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section.


Trooper Porter joined the State Police in 2002, and was assigned to the Norwell Barracks. Trooper Porter had been honored by State Police for his role in rescuing the victim of a motor vehicle accident in the town of Bourne on Feb. 7, 2006. On that day, Trooper Porter and several other officers, at risk to their own safety, extricated a driver from a vehicle that had driven off the road and burst into flames. Trooper Porter and the other officers worked amid flames and toxic smoke for several minutes in order to free the trapped woman, and were ultimately able to extricate her seconds before flames filled the driver’s compartment.


“There is a profound sadness among the troops today, as we deal with the tragic death of one of our own,” said Colonel Mark F. Delaney, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police. “During his brief career, Trooper Gregory Porter had distinguished himself with an award for saving lives. On behalf of the entire State Police department, I offer our deepest condolences for Trooper Porter and his family. He will be sorely missed.”


Trooper Porter is survived by his wife and two children, his parents, and three brothers. He was a Hingham resident.

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