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Somewhere over the rainbows...

August 27, 2005 — Ed Thompson, Hopkinton resident and News Director of WMRC Radio in Milford, sends us this photo he took in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, as the sun rose and the rain stopped, and rainbows sprouted from the water.

Fill the Boot!

August 27, 2005 — Pat Gross was one of several Firefighters who commandeering all four corners of the downtown intersection this morning in an effort called "Fill the Boot," which is a national fundraising drive to help muscular dystrophy research.

Editor: Thanks for running the picture of the Boot Drive. We were able to raise over $2200.00 for the MDA. Also the Firefighters Local Union 3772 would like to thank everyone for their generosity this morning. We hope to see everyone again same time next year. Thanks Again. Patrick Gross. 

Poetry gig makes a splash at Hopkinton State Park

1st Annual reading


Above, Polly Brown talks about water as she reads her poetry with ducks passing by in the background.


August 27, 2005 — Polly Brown was the featured reader at the First Annual Poetry Reading at Hopkinton State Park yesterday, as the afterglow of a setting sun lay upon the surroundings, and an easy breeze brought a welcome relief to the end of a late summer's day.

     Park Ranger, Jessica Whitman, who works at the Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park in Uxbridge, organized the event after seeing a poem of Polly Brown's on HopNews.

     The readers in order are, Jessica Whitman, Susan Donnelly, and Polly Brown. To see a streaming video clip, choose the controls on the player.

     Click here for video. 


August 27, 2005 — Dave Wilusz practices his Tae Kwon Do moves in assumed solitude on the dam  at the Hopkinton Reservoir.

"Dusting" can kill

New kick can kill without poison or drugs

"I have a hole in my heart and soul that can never be fixed" Father of victim


by Robert Falcione

August 25, 2005 — A concerned mother and reader emailed us a story about a family that learned a fatal lesson about  the dangers of inhaling household substances by children, in a fad that is purportedly called huffing, or dusting. It can cause a high by depriving the experimenter of oxygen, making them lightheaded.

      The following story is about a 15 year-old user of Dust Off from the Cleveland area who died on his first try at inhaling the substance. The product could have been any other, not just Dust Off, that uses a gas propellant which, when inhaled, displaces the oxygen in a person's lungs, and on some occasions, stays there because some are heavier than air. The propellant could also come out in liquid form, evaporating as it exits the straw, and freezing sensitive tissues in the airways of a human, causing them to swell and close. These substances actually boil when they come out in a liquid, and suck the heat from anything it hits.

      The email we received from our reader was started by a Foxboro Police Officer, who appeared to be the origin of the story itself. However, a call to the Foxboro Police Department this evening proved that assumption wrong, and the dispatcher, away of the tragedy, directed us to the Cleveland area of the country where the police officer lives. (Play video for Public Safety Announcement from Falcon Safety Products President and CEO Phil Lapin.).

      A simple Google search (Cleveland dust off death) verified the tragedy and led to other facts:

      We found this news report of the incident that happened in March of this year.

      Here is the warning label of the product.

      And following is the letter attributed to the 15 year-old's father, who is a police officer.


"First IM going to tell you a little about me and my family. My name is Jeff. I am a Police Officer for a city which is known nationwide for its crime rate. We have a lot of gangs and drugs. At one point we were # 2 in the nation in homicides per capita. I also have a police K-9 named Thor. He was certified in drugs and general duty. He retired at 3 years old because he was shot in the line of duty. He lives with us now and I still train with him because he likes it. I always liked the fact that there was no way to bring drugs into my house. Thor wouldn't allow it. He would tell on you. The reason I say this is so you understand that I know about drugs. I have taught in schools about drugs. My wife asks all our kids at least once a week if they used any drugs. Makes them promise they wont...." Read full letter

"The flame which burns twice as bright...

...burns half as long."

August 25, 2005 — Woodville

Back in the day...

August 25, 2005 — Jamie Griffin, owner of JAG Landscaping, puts finishing touches on a bed of mulch between 17 Main Street and 25 Main Street, the former St. John's Rectory. The owners of both buildings shared in the expense of removing the overgrown hedges that obstructed the egress and blocked the view of the buildings, and the businesses in the rear of 17 Main Street, like HopNews advertiser Hopkinton Massage.

      Mr. Griffin related that someone had lamented that he was cutting the trees down, because it was a piece of history. He observed that the trees weren't there thirty years ago, so he is bringing history back.

Editor's Note: This action has changed what some people refer to as a "viewscape." In this writer's humble opinion, it would be nice if the trees on the other side of 25 Main Street came down too, and opened up those two beautiful mansions for people to see as they travel through town in either direction (As it once was).

Special Olympics switches gears

August 25, 2005 — Hopkinton Special Olympics finished off their first season of softball with a final game against the Natick Hawks. Thanks to the sponsorship of the Hopkinton Little League, most of the athletes in Hopkinton got their first taste of America's favorite game. The team will now move into the soccer season, thanks to donations made by the Hopkinton Youth Soccer Association. If you would like to become involved in the Special Olympics, please contact Claudia Vanderpool at .

Photo: Ryan Smith (Hopkinton Special Olympic athlete)
Taken by: Claudia Vanderpool

Both sides now

August 24, 2005 — Today's clouds over the Hopkinton Reservoir are reminiscent of a Judy Collins song with a title the same as the heading above. The clouds were a painter's dream, coming just before the rainbow below.

Somewhere, over...

August 24, 2005 — Eric Carty, Water/Sewer Manager, once again gives us a beautiful rainbow to look at. Because of the mixed conditions — sun, clouds, rain, clear — the HopNews photographer looked, but was unsuccessful in finding it.

Picture worth a dozen words

This photo needs no caption.

Hopkinton Newcomers Social Club - Welcome Coffee


The Hopkinton Newcomers Social Club will be hosting its first Welcome Coffee on Monday, September 19th from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.  People who are new to town, have just joined Newcomers, or simply want to find out more about the club, then please attend. 


Several of the board members will be there to welcome people and answer questions.  There will be fresh brewed coffee, warm breakfast pastries, and casual conversation, while discovering everything Newcomers has planned for the Fall. 


Pam Waxlax, President of the Hopkinton P.T.A., will also be joining us and giving a short talk.  Please contact Heather Behal (508-544-1616 / ) for more information.


People interested in finding out more about Newcomers, but cannot attend the Welcome Coffee, are encouraged to visit the website at  or call Heather for more information. (Call for location of private home.)

Time of the season

August 23, 2005 — Looks like a couple of veteran players and familiar moves from the two young men  vying for the football. The white jerseys are getting a bit of attention and respect from their teammates this afternoon on the second day of football practice/tryouts.

Jump up, jump around

August 23, 2005 — The Cheerleading Squad had its day today practicing behind the Middle School, as these young women try their individual best.

St. Paul’s Golf Outing September 12 to Benefit Project Just Because

  August 23, 2005 – Looking for an opportunity to play a first-rate country club golf course while supporting a worthy cause?  Then plan to participate in St. Paul’s Second Annual Project Just Because Golf Classic at the Hopkinton Country Club on Monday, September 12. 


     The outing will begin with registration at 10:30 a.m., followed by a deli lunch at 11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.  The event will be capped off with a cocktail hour, awards dinner and silent auction.  A $25,000.00 prize will be given to anyone who scores a hole-in-one.


     The registration fee for this worthwhile event is $150 per person or $600 per foursome, and includes greens fees, golf cart, lunch, dinner, prizes, and use of the locker facilities.  Non-golfers and spouses can attend the dinner and awards presentation for only $50 per person.   

     Interested golfers and sponsors should contact Phil Robidoux at 508-625-1333 or visit St. Paul’s website at for more information.

Pete Torilli is back home again


by Peter Marso

August 23, 2005 — The veteran high school coach once again has joined his former mentor Dave Hughes to bring strong knowledge and valuable experience to the Hopkinton High School football program. Torilli is no stranger to the Dave Hughes program. After all, Peter was Dave's first offensive coordinator and is responsible for molding such great running backs as Paul Hill and Tim Doyle (Hope you didn't forget these two), '79, '80, '81.

     Paul was the state's highest scorer going into turkey day and Timmy played at the University of Maine (injury) The Hillers at this time were revitalizing a much needed program.  The team, after a mending first year, went 7-3 , 9-1, 9-1 and 8-2. How can we ever forget the Millis game were over 9,000 people saw Ernie Richards and Dave Hughes battle for a trip to the super bowl with Peter Torilli as the offensive coordinator. It just seems very fitting for Torilli be on the sidelines when Coach Hughes wins his historic 200th victory! 192 and counting!

      Dave's relationship with Torilli began when he taught and coached Peter at Watertown in the 70s. Then Torilli went on to play and study at Springfield College, the same school that Dave Hughes captained to an undefeated season 1967. Peter was there at Dave Hughes' first Hopkinton practice in '77 and I'm sure glad he will be their at his last. What a great fit! The way it was meant to be! Welcome Home Peter!

Upside down

August 23, 2005 — This bird seems okay with its orientation, yesterday on Whalen Road.

POLICE NEWS now updated


11:11 pm A resident of Clinton Street reported a party at the bird sanctuary with a bon fire...

10:03 pm Officer Matthew McNeil came across a rolling verbal domestic in a vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street...

4:38 pm A facility called to report an erratic, possibly intoxicated operator had just left their premises...

 Planning Board meeting


Terry offers  200 +/- acres to town for $8 Million

Chapter 61 land offering


Builder Chris Nation appointed to the Master Plan Committee



by Robert Falcione

August 22, 2005 — William and Mary Terry have delivered a notice of removal of approximately 200 acres of land from Chapter 61 status, a privilege granted for forestry use. A complex definition can be seen on the State website. Mr. Terry was the owner of Terry Oil, which was sold in the last few years to a company based out of state. His brother Tom Terry sold the land to the Town for construction of the new High School and Hopkins School.

     According to a memo from Town Planner Elaine Lazarus to the Planning Board, who took up the matter this evening, the land lies, "... off the end of Chamberlain Street, the end of Whalen Road, West Main Street an Lumber Street Land along Lumber Street and West Main Street is zoned Industrial, the remainder is zoned agricultural. The Town has the right of first refusal, and can match a purchase price of $8,000,000. According to the P&S, the buyer will propose a 'project,' but there is no indication of what it is." The buyer has been identified as Charles T. Sanderson III, but there is no other information available at this time.

     Part of the land is referred to in the Master Plan, according to Mrs. Lazarus' memo: "There has been significant development on Lumber Street in recent years, both residential and commercial, and additional development is proposed and possible. The rural character of the area is in jeopardy."

     The Planning Board voted that they are not interested at this price, but if the price were reduced, it could be revisited.

     One member of the Board said that the Town had expressed an interest in purchasing the land when it bought the school property, but William Terry was not interested at that time.

     In other business, which was not listed on the public agenda, the Board appointed builder and father of two, Chris Nation (Photo), 17 College Street, to the Master Plan Committee after receiving a letter from the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Ron Roux, in favor of his appointment.

     The Planning Board was mixed as to appointing a person to another board without input from that board's Chair. However, Planning Board member RJ Dourney, also a member of the Master Plan Committee, argued in favor of his appointment, noting that the Master Plan committee has not had a quorum the entire summer. The last meeting was conducted with only four members present, far short of a quorum.

    The Board voted that Chris Nation be appointed to the Master Plan Committee pending Chair Mark Abate's conversation with Muriel Kramer, Chair of the Master Plan Committee.

Heat wins today

August 22, 2005 — Stifling humidity and heat is the apparent reason for two ambulance calls in as many minutes this afternoon when one elderly woman was reported to have fallen and hit her head, and another fainted during an apparent outing to Hopkinton State Park from an assisted care facility.

Sports Nutrition Program

Hopkinton High School Athletic Center

Wednesday, August 31, 2005, 7:00 PM

Sports nutrition author
Tim Wierman  to speak

Presentation Topics Include:

Fuel For The Athlete, Pre-Exercise and Pre-Competition Meal Planning, Recovery Food, Refueling The Muscles, Fluid Replacements Tips For The Athlete, How To Lose and Gain Weight Safely & Effectively, Fast Food and Snack Facts, Plus much more.


Tim Wierman is President of Nutrition Education Services, Inc. Mr. Wierman holds a Masters Degree in Nutrition Education and is a member of the American Dietetic Association.  Tim is a nationally recognized speaker, published sports nutrition author, and active triathlete. He has been a guest speaker at more than 160 colleges and professional conferences including...  University of Arkansas, Assumption College, Bucknell University, University of Chicago, Clemson University, Colgate University, Duke University, Duquesne University, Fairfield University, Harvard University, University of Kansas, Middlebury College, Northeastern University, University of Notre Dame, Providence College, Southern Methodist University, Villanova University, University of Wisconsin, US Rowing Convention, National Soccer Coaches Association, National Field Hockey Coaches Association, Eastern States Swim Coaches Association  just to name a few...Tim has competed in more than 75 triathlons including, the 2001 Ironman USA. Co-sponsored by the HPTA and he Boosters Club.

John H. Dockstader, 86, passed away peacefully Friday, August 19, 2005, at Eliot Health Care Center in Natick with Libby, his wife of 63 years by his side. See arrangements
Discussion is back!!

Community Input Meeting: Community Farming in Hopkinton Wednesday August 31, 7:00-8:30 p.m. First Congregational Church, 146 East Main Street, Room See the August Calendar

End of the season





August 21, 2005 — Rosemary and Pat Lynch listen to the sounds of the Infractions at the last of the Concerts on the Common. Rosemary was responsible for managing the performances on the Common for many years until this year, when the Parks and Recreation Department took over.

   To see a "thank you" from Michele Gates, please choose the video player.

Passing the test

August 21, 2005 — Officer Gregg DeBoer is shown administering sobriety tests to a passenger who had been reported as saying he was going to drive the vehicle. It was also reported that he was drunk and there was a child in the car. In addition to Officer DeBoer, standing by is Patrolman Aaron O'Neil and Motorcycle Patrolman Matthew McNeil. Not shown is Sgt. Michael Sutton standing by in an unmarked cruiser. They determined there was no danger to the safety of the public as reported, because the man passed the battery of sobriety tests, which included the observations of several Police Officers.


August 20, 2005 — Above, these camera-shy wild turkeys high-tail it for the woods at the town-owned Fruit Street property today, moving too fast for a running photographer. The origin of the phrase "high-tail" is more readily apparent when photographing deer on this property, who stick their tails up, exposing a white fur,  signaling danger. The turkeys far outnumbered the humans using the property today. However, the turkeys didn't pay anything for it.

Below, the same turkeys, having reached safety, keep an "eagle-eye" on the photographer.

Carpenters needed

Breaking old ground

Below, a detail of a painting in the collection of Rose Leveille, purportedly of the old Train Depot..

August 20, 2005 — Michele Gates, former member of the Historical Commission, oversees the first day of excavation today of the new home for the Hopkinton Railroad Depot, which is being situated at the property by Ice House Pond. With her is Rob Pratt and her 12 year-old nephew, both donating their time.

     "We've been waiting three years for this," said Mrs. Gates. "It is an Eagle Scout project by Christopher Barry who lives on Clinton Street. Some of the funds are from the CPA and some form the Town," she said.

     "There will be two rooms," she said. "The Eagle Scouts will make benches for people to change skates or to just sit.

    "The other room will be for history and maps, like trail maps," she said.

    "We really need carpenters to donate some time."

On my honor

August 20, 2005 — Martha Farrell checks out the weight of a cantaloupe at Pratt's Farm Stand on Fruit Street, one of the few remaining in Hopkinton. The stand is unattended with a small change box for people to make their purchases on the honor system.

Life of Reilly

August 20, 2005 — Dan Reich, a student at Clark University, enjoys his summer job as the Boat Ramp Monitor at Lake Whitehall. He educates people about the dangers of spreading invasive plants from lake to lake.

POLICE NEWS now updated.


9:19 pm A caller reported possible gun shots near East Main Street...

6:22 pm A caller on Hayden Rowe Street reported a suspicious man sitting in a vehicle on Loop Road, who did not look like he belonged there...

9:26 am A Saddle Hill Road resident reported that she backed her car into the garage door and got stuck in the garage...

7:11 pm The Grafton Police Department reported two vehicles racing on 495...

    HCAM-TV/Mass. Medical Society television program

    is now reaching 1 million households via public access television



    “Physician Focus,” a co-production of Massachusetts Medical Society and Hopkinton Community Access and Media, features health information from physicians


            Waltham and Hopkinton, Mass. – August 19 – Physician Focus, the monthly health program co-produced by Hopkinton Community Access and Media and the Massachusetts Medical Society, is now reaching more than one million homes through the courtesy of public access station managers throughout the Commonwealth, according to an announcement by the show’s producers.  Photo of Dr. BruceKarlin, video screenshot ©2005 Robert Falcione

            First produced in September 2004, Physician Focus is a monthly, half-hour talk show featuring physician members from the statewide physicians organization and other expert health care providers. The show focuses on a single topic each month and is designed to provide useful information from physicians on a wide variety of topics in an easy-to-understand, patient-friendly, conversational format. It is produced specifically for public access stations in the state and distributed to them at no charge as a public service.

            Taped at HCAM-TV facilities, the show is produced by Hopkinton resident and Station Manager Jim Cozzens (Photo, at camera, left), Richard Gulla of the Medical Society’s communications staff, and show host and Hopkinton resident Bruce Karlin, M.D. Cozzens handles the technical end, and Karlin and Gulla, in concert Medical Society colleagues, handle the content and distribution. The show is directed by Mike Torosian, HCAM programming coordinator.  (To see a HopNews.TV pre-show clip of the first program, choose the video player.).

            Karlin, a practicing internist in Worcester and member of the Medical Society’s Communications Committee, said that “while a television program cannot and should not take the place of direct physician-to-patient contact, our principal aim is to let patients know that physicians are a rich, robust, and primary source of health information.”

            “A strength of the show comes from the nature of public access television, which allows us to examine a topic in depth,” Karlin said. “Understanding medical information requires more than sound bites, and public access television offers a wonderful venue for extended, focused, uninterrupted discussion.”

            “The growth of this program has been quick and very rewarding,” said Cozzens. “In less than a year, because of the willingness and courtesy of public access station managers across the Commonwealth, the program has gone from being broadcast to just a few thousand households to more than one million.”

            The producers say that as of September 1, 63 public access stations broadcasting to residents in 96 communities and nearly 1.1 million households will be receiving the program every month.

            “One of the most gratifying aspects of the effort,” said Gulla, “has been discovering that for some stations Physician Focus is the first regular health care show they have. So we’re pleased we’re adding value to local access programming with important health information on a consistent basis.” 

            Physician Focus has covered such topics as health literacy, end-of-life care, infectious disease, patient safety, diabetes, osteoporosis, polio, occupational medicine, public health and geriatric care. The producers welcome suggestions and feedback through its e-mail address, .

            The television program is one part of a multi-media public information campaign that first began with monthly print articles, and then progressed to a radio program with WJDA Radio in Quincy that broadcasts throughout the South Shore, and the use of the Medical Society’s website as well.  

            For more information on the Physician Focus television program, including show topics and communities receiving the program, visit

           The Massachusetts Medical Society, with more than 18,300 physicians and student members, is dedicated to educating and advocating for the patients and physicians of Massachusetts. The Society publishes The New England Journal of Medicine, one of the world’s leading medical journals; the Journal Watch family of professional newsletters covering 11 specialties; and AIDS Clinical Care. The Society is also a leader in continuing medical education for health care professionals throughout Massachusetts, conducting a variety of medical education programs for physicians and health care professionals. Founded in 1781, MMS is the oldest continuously operating medical society in the country. For more information, visit

            HCAM-TV (Hopkinton Community Access Media) was founded April 1, 2004 by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Hopkinton as a nonprofit corporation to manage local access to cable broadcast facilities. For information on volunteering, management and programming, visit

    Report content contributed by the Massachusetts Medical Society.

They came, they saw, they played

August 18, 2005 — This pitcher for Hopkinton 11-12 summer baseball league pitched in this last game yesterday at EMC Park, making pleasant memories for future adults.

Board of Selectmen seeks volunteers


The Board of Selectmen voted at their August 16th meeting to establish a Trails Committee, a seven- (7) member board, comprising of one member each from the School Committee and Planning Board and five (5) members at-large.

The Trails Committee's initial scope is to develop a town policy for trails throughout Hopkinton, and then report back to the Board of Selectmen with recommendations to implement a plan to establish concepts for trail usage.

For more information about the at-large positions, please call 508-497-9700, or you could submit a letter of interest to the Selectmen's Office at 18 Main Street or email .

 Present from the past

August 18, 2005 — This postcard of a Firemans' Muster from 1908 shows a tradition of the Fire and Police Departments leading Hopkinton's parades. Note that the building at 24 Main Street had not yet been built, but Caffe Italiano's building was. From the collection of Anne Mattina.

 Car show sponsored by Hopkinton transplant


Northbridge American Legion 1st Annual Charity Car Show

198 Church Ave Northbridge Ma. 01534

     Sunday August 21, 2005

  • All Cars will be on grass not pavement

  • Gates open at 8:30 Am

  • Registration 9 Am to Noon 

  • Judging noon to 2 PM

  • Awards and trophies 3 PM   

  • 50- 50 raffle

  • Raffle to be held at 300 PM

  • Fee $10.00 per show car $5.00 2nd car

  • General admission $1.00 over 12

  • Flea market tables available $10.00 vendors welcome

  • Food and drinks on site (see sponsors)

  • 40 Different Classes

  • 10 Extra trophy categories

  • Goody Bags First 200 Cars

  • Special Raffle for Car owners/Drivers

  • Special Giveaway for Car owner/Drivers

  • Classes listed below

If you wish to pre-register or to book a table please contact Dave D'Amico at

Chris Meyers shares this photo of her daughter Abby, which needs no explanation.

Voluntary water restriction in effect

Mandatory could follow if no rain


by Eric Carty, Water/Sewer Manager

August 17, 2005 — As the summer days continue to sizzle and our area has seen very little rain over the past 5 weeks, we have had many inquires into the state of our water supply.  Water demand has remained very high since the beginning of July. Temperatures have soared and the scorching sun is trying to coax our lawns into their natural dormant state for this time of year.  Unlike the past several summers, we have had very little rain over this time frame to help ease the demand and naturally water our lawns, flowers and gardens. In spite of this demand, we have been able to keep up with the high use, while still allowing our wells to rest for the recommend recovery times.


 As you may have recently read in the papers the Hopkinton reservoir, along with all of the other water bodies in town, have begun to drop due to the lack of rain. Although the water from the Ashland plant does not come directly from the reservoir, there are stipulations in Ashland’s and Hopkinton’s water withdrawal permits that call for different actions based on the reservoir water level height.  Currently Ashland has reached the first threshold level that has triggered certain water restrictions in their community. If the reservoir level continues to drop and hits the second trigger level between the months of June, July and August, Hopkinton will be mandated to enacted restrictions through the end of August as well.  The water level was approximately 10 inches above that level before Sunday’s storm.

    Currently we are in a voluntary odd/even water use restriction and we ask that you please continue to use water wisely.  We would like to remind residents that we still have some free water conservation kits for in the home.  We would also like to provide the following lawn watering tips.


Lawn Sprinkler Tips


·        1" of water will sustain a lawn for 1 1/2 to 2 weeks.

    If we have had or are going to have a good rainstorm,

    please shut off your sprinklers and let nature take care of

    the watering.

·        Water your lawn during the early morning hours to avoid the loss due to evaporation. Also, try to avoid using them on windy days, so that the water will not be carried away and evaporated by the wind.

·        Please make sure that your automatic sprinklers have a rain sensor.  We have seen numerous sprinklers that are running while it is raining out!

·        Please check the spray direction of your lawn sprinklers. Make sure that they are watering your lawn and not your driveway, street, or sidewalk.

·        Use grass seeds and plants that require minimal amounts of water.


Please continue to check the Hopnews, Hopkinton town web site and the numerous water supply status signs that we have around town for continued updates.


Sign locations


1.      Main St. @ Exxon

2.      West Main @ Wood St. West Bound

3.      Wood St. @ Westboro Line East Bound

4.      Pond & Spring Intersection

5.      South & West Main Intersection West Bound

6.      West Main @ Pleasant East Bound

7.      West Main @ School West Bound

8.      Ash @ Park South Bound

9.      Hayden Rowe @ Tennis Courts South Bound

10.  Hayden Rowe @ Chestnut North Bound

11.  East Main St. @ TJ’S West Bound

On the money

August 17, 2005 — Emily Trebate and Ryan Callahan are practicing their archery skills at the Metrowest YMCA in Hopkinton today.

No ID's required

Above, Representative Paul Loscocco, R-Holliston, at his Senior Picnic today.




Senior Picnic 2005

Representative Paul Loscocco held his Annual Senior Picnic for his districts at the Laborer's Training Camp in Hopkinton today, August 17, 2005.

To see a short video, choose the player controls on the left.

Annual Senior Picnic


On Wednesday, August 17, seniors will have another party to attend at the Laborers’ Training Center on East street from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. given by state Rep. Loscocco. This picnic is always fun with good food and entertainment. ~ Love, Annie

  Selectmen vote to create Trails Study Committee

Town offered $100,000 grant for study of Maspenock dam


by Niels Dragsbaek

          August 16, 2005 — The most salient item on the floor of tonight’s Board of Selectmen Meeting was the creation of the seven person Hopkinton Trails Study Committee.

The board voted unanimously to create the ad hoc committee which will consist of one member of the Planning Board, one member of the School Committee, and five members-at-large. The Committee’s charter, at the suggestion of Selectmen Chair Eric Sonnett, consists in developing an “official trail policy” for the town of Hopkinton, and subsequently reporting back to the Board of Selectmen at the appropriate time.

Presenting in favor of the Committee’s creation was Liisa Jackson (Photo), who came prepared to enumerate the Committee’s prospective goals, which HopNews are outlined below.  Public support for the Committee was strong and many residents were in attendance to voice their appreciation of existing trails and their hopes for continuations in the future.

The Selectmen acknowledged the public support for the project but recognized that trail creation is a complex and cumbersome process. "One of the reasons I put it on the agenda is that its going to be controversial," said Sonnett. "We have some folks who want trails, other folks who don't want a trail anywhere near their property.”

“I think that we have to start with baby steps,” emphasized Selectmen Mary Pratt, who went on to delineate the problems she has faced in the past with trail creation in Hopkinton. Possible concerns included trail sign destruction by abutters and various issues with crime incidence.

With a clear public interest in possible new trails and an obvious need for some organized and directed research on the matter, the Selectmen expressed very little doubt that the Committee was necessary.  With community involvement from organizations like the Eagle Scouts, the Selectmen appeared confident as a whole that the process would move forward organically, keeping in mind the concerns of the entire town.

Those who are interested in joining the Committee should contact the Selectmen’s office directly and obtain the requisite form.

Also on the agenda was the matter of accepting a $100,000 state grant to be given to Hopkinton “for a detailed investigation of North Pond Dam/Lake Maspenock Dam…to determine the extent of seismic testing necessary at said facility.”  The Board voted for Selectman Chairman Eric Sonnett to sign a contract.

   In addition, the board approved the construction of 4 new telephone poles on Hill Street and appointed 8 year Navy veteran Jim Mirabile to the Veteran’s Celebration Committee.


Story Hour registration begins in the Library's Children's Room on
Wednesday September 7th and will continue through the month. See the October Calendar

 Project Just Because Golf tournament

Seeks to top $5,000

The first annual Project Just Because Golf tournament was held last August, and because of participants playing golf, sponsoring, or donating items, last year’s event raised over $4,000.00 for the Project.


The group is now gearing up for the 2nd annual tournament, to be held on Monday, September 12, 2005, at the Hopkinton Country Club, in Hopkinton, Mass.

They would like people to help again this year to pass a fundraising goal of $5,000.00. To read how you can help or just participate, please read our September Calendar. Calendar

Cheryl Perreault's Poet's Corner


Danny Collins will be a 4th grade student this year at Hopkins School. ~ Cheryl Perreault



The Cultural Arts Alliance will be hosting a

RUG HOOKING SHOW and SALE featuring works

from the Marathon Rug Hookers.

 Sept. 15 - 18

 Meet the Artists Opening Reception on Sept. 15--- 6:30 - 8:30pm

Show also open Saturday and Sunday Sept. 17 and 18 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

This event is Free and open to the public. Details in the Calendar

Like a rock

August 16, 2005 — The multi-lingual Hugo Rocha, a former United Nations employee and news photographer, explained the root of his name from two languages as he and his daughter, Laura Nakazawa, enjoy his visit from Uruguay at the Hopkinton State Park today. They and the other people on the dam were all armed with cameras firing away at the picturesque surroundings. Here they bask in the soft afterglow of a setting sun.


POLICE NEWS now updated

6:06 pm A caller, who lived on Davis Road and now lives in Framingham, thinks that when he moved, someone from the Housing Authority may have stolen some of his items...

11:48 pm An East Main Street resident heard gun shots coming from Daniel Road...

12:16 am A caller of Parkwood Drive reported a suspicious man walking around in the area with his shirt on his head...

Pond for two

August 16, 2005 — These kivvers, also known as bluegills and sunfish, can be seen when the sun is toward the west and the sky does not reflect on the surface of the water in this little pond between the Lake Whitehall Dam and Highland Street. In May, the males made nests the size of plates by swimming endlessly in circles and pushing the sand to the edges with the resulting wake. The female then deposits her eggs in the nest, which he fertilizes and guards.

Good morning starshine

August 16, 2005 — The water lily above invites water to slide down its petals as well as insects to carry its pollen.

Liisa Jackson to spell out goals for Trails Committee to Selectmen Tuesday evening


1.) To complete the link of the Upper Charles River trail.  This is a 27 mile loop that runs through Milford, Holliston, Sherborn, Ashland, Framingham and Hopkinton on the old railroad bed.


2.) To protect and enhance the trails system through the Weston Nursery property.


3.) This committee will focus specifically on developing new trails, improving the existing trails and linking new and existing trails with open space in Hopkinton and with the State parks.


AUGUST 31 Community Input Meeting: Community Farming in Hopkinton Wednesday August 31, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

First Congregational Church, 146 East Main Street, Room TBA SEE Calendar for details

Storm wreaks havoc

August 14, 2005 — A fierce, fast moving thunderstorm tore through Massachusetts today, robbing drivers of visibility, turning streets into rivers, lightning striking telephone poles, three in Hopkinton alone. Much of Hopkinton was without power for part of the evening. A call to NStar got a recording listing about 18 towns with full or partial power outages.


August 14, 2005 — This Hopkinton dragonfly appears to be getting a bit of fiber in its diet

Picture Perfect

August 14, 2005 — Sometimes the frame wins the competition for attention over the picture inside. Lake Whitehall this weekend past.

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