Hiller Girls Basketball falls to Cardinal Spellman 68-42
by Peter Marso
March 6, 2005 — It's always tough for any team to have to close shop for the season, even tougher if your a high school senior! The Hiller girls ran into one of the best teams in the state as they took an early exit last night at the hands of the mighty Cardinals Spellman 68-42 in a sectional playoff game Saturday in Brocton.
The Hillers used a lot of physical play and a dominating full court press as it fell short as one would have to call it a great season and a great effort!
The Hillers played well but Cardinal Spellman had great shooters and a great all around team. The Hillers got 21 points from Kristen Baldiga, 6 points from Brooke Anderson and 5 from Kaitlyn Frazier. The Hillers had another great season and coach Dick Bliss must be so proud of his seniors who suited up for the very last time! Good job Hillers!!
Green acres type of living has its pitfalls
Seeds of Metrowest found in unlikely places
by Elizabeth Eidlitz
March 5, 2005 — “I envy easy living in the peace and quiet of
Metrowest,” says a Boston apartment dweller, who complains about
pollution, rush hour traffic, finding a parking space, waits for
elevators, and the crescendo of ambulance sirens.
School Department sees $2,184,822 increase in budget
School Committee Warrant Articles
asking for $3,669,000 at Town Meeting
Photo by Muriel Kramer ©2005
by Muriel Kramer
March 5, 2005 — The School Committee, School Department and Appropriations Committee met in a working session this morning to hammer out school budget details for FY 06. If Appropriation Committee Chairman Stuart Cowart is correct when he asserts that the taxpayer won’t fully understand the reality of the budget constraints until they actually feel the pain, this may be the year the discomfort sets in. “We have reduced costs as much as we can, and now we are faced with the crisis,” says Cowart.
The projected gap between expected revenues and expenses for FY 06 in the Town’s budget according to Appropriations now sits at roughly 1.7 million dollars; this figure does not yet include budgets from the Department of Public Works or Keefe Tech, snow removal final tallies or necessary salary adjustments. Towards the end of the working session specifically addressing the School’s portion of the budget, School Committee Chairman Dave Stoldt makes the point, “The Town’s budget won’t balance this year even if the school’s requested budget increase goes to zero.” READ FULL STORY
March 5, 2005 — A little bit of contrast manipulation has made this simple photo of Roshan Mahendrarajah and Eric Coldwell appear to be have been taken on the Moon. Nevertheless, the ice-fishing at Hopkinton State Park was as barren as that faraway satellite.
"We've been here two hours and not even a bite," said one of the men.
The horizon of the "surface of the Moon" is actually the opposite shoreline. ©2005 Robert Falcione.
March 5, 2005 — College Rock doesn't have many visitors this time of year, but when the snow melts and the leaves sprout, this popular Hopkinton vertical space will be literally crawling with rock climbers from climbing clubs all over the region. Photo by Ron DiMichele ©2005.
March 5, 2005 — The Wellness Fair, "Wellness Works Wonders," took place today at the Hopkinton High School, featured dozens of tables, from Greyhound Friends to the Hopkinton Police.
To see a clip from the fair, choose the video icon or the photo of Officer Tim Brennan and his wife Kim, a certified RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) Instructor, demonstrating defensive techniques.
Hiller Girls knock
off Carver 51-30
by Peter Marso
The Hillers now will have a bigger battle on their hands as they travel to Brocton to take on the mighty Cardinal Spellman at 4:00 Saturday (unofficial). The Hillers once again got big offense from Kristen Baldiga (17pts) and Allie Berkey(12pts).
The hillers played a great defense and used 10 players on way to the victory. The Hillers now must prepare for what one would think will be their big test of the tourney. Coach Bliss will figure a way to stop the mighty Catholics in what will be a positive barn burner. The Hillers are coming together and should to well the rest of the way. See you all Saturday!! Support the girls!!
Women's Art Forum
Photo: Ellen Schmidt played to the hearts of a standing-room-only group of women this evening at the Main Street Specialties Cafe.
Ellen Schmidt, musician, songwriter, grandmother of seven, is very active in the music community in and around Boston. She hosts monthly song-writing workshops and also is a host and co-host of four acoustic music open mics.
Ellen regularly performs in a wide array of musical venues both as solo-performer and with her Two For The Show partner, Jake Kensigner. Her musical talents include not only her vocals, but acoustic guitar, classical piano, violin and electric bass. She is an award-winning songwriter, and has made frequent appearances on folk music radio. Ellen has also recorded five CDs.~ The CAA
Stickney gets MVP
Jonathan broke three Hopkinton High School records this year: 45 yard dash, 5.0; 55 meter dash, 6.78; and the long jump, 21' 1/2".
Photo: Jonathan Stickney at awards banquet.
Present from the past
Ice House Pond
by Joe Markey
March 3, 2005 — With all of the cold weather and snow this winter, large
blocks of ice are probably the last thing most people would want
delivered to their home. Yet, not too long ago
home deliveries of ice were a common practice
in Hopkinton and in many other locations.
Pictured here is Peter MacGregor, who received an award for 32 years of scouting.
Mr. MacGregor and his wife, who died in 2001, were so are so widely known for their dedication to scouting that a camp is named for them.
Enter Stage Left and CAA
announce ticket availability
Performances of Musical Revue begin on April 8
March 3, 2005 — The Cultural Arts Alliance and Enter Stage Left Theater group are pleased to announce that tickets for this year’s collaborative musical revue, “HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD!” are now on sale. Show dates are April 8,9,10, 15 and 16th. All performances will be held in the Hopkinton High School Auditorium. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. for all shows EXCEPT the April 10th matinee which will be held at 2:00.
All seats will be reserved and tickets are $15 each. Tickets may be purchased by sending a check to the CAA at 98 Hayden Rowe St. Hopkinton, Ma. Please include the number of tickets you want and the date of the show. All mail order tickets must be postmarked by April4th. If you prefer to pay by credit card visit www.caahopkinton.org and click on tickets. Credit cards will ONLY be accepted for online orders and will be subject to a service fee. Credit card orders will be accepted until April 6th for shows on April 8,9, and 10 and until April 13th for April 15,16 shows.
Last year’s shows sold out so we suggest you buy your tickets early to be sure you get a great seat! Call 508 435-9222 with any questions! ~CAA. To get a video sneak peak at a ESL practice from this evening, with Paul Champlin leading the choreography, choose the video icon. This is just a practice. HopNews will carry a preview of a dress rehearsal when those occur.
New display of artist's work
Quilter Mary Walter has a hanging gallery of her work at Main Street Specialties for a thirty-day run in a program sponsored by the Cultural
Ken Weismantel Throws Hat into Ring
"I think there are a lot of challenges"
~ Ken Weismantel, candidate for Selectman
March 3, 2005 — Ken Weismantel, Chairman of the Cemetery Commission, has taken out papers today to run for a seat on the Board of Selectmen.
Mr. Weismantel has been a prominent and vocal participant at Town Meeting for over two decades.
He is the Chairman of the Republican Town Committee and has managed the successful campaign of the current four Republican Selectmen.
"I've always had an interest in serving the town," he said.
"My father was very involved in the town my wife and I grew up in, Waukegan, Illinois, and that's where I learned to give back to the community.
"My dad was on the School Board at the time I graduated. He gave me my diploma."
Mr. Weismantel spoke about issues facing the town.
"I think there are a lot of challenges; tight budget, serious infrastructure needs, and commercial revitalization to try to spread the taxes around.
"I feel a person with my experience could help the town.
"School overcrowding is a big issue and we need to build school facilities," he said.
Read Mr. Weismantel's Release to the press.
HAA has new fundraiser
Chris Meyers and Meg Speranza at Main Street Specialties
March 3, 2005 — Tim Kilduff, President of the HAA (Hopkinton Athletic Association) announced a new fund raising effort, the sale of license plate holders with a very special theme, to take advantage of Hopkinton's unique place as the Start of the Boston Marathon.
"What we need to do as a Community is to brand this stuff and create a fund for Hopkinton for the Marathon.
"We want to raise funds that stay here, and then look at some trails, some stuff with special Olympics, fitness for seniors and kids; and then look at other things related to the Community," Mr. Kilduff said.
The plate holders are $14.95 and are available at this time at Main Street Specialties, 15 Main Street.
HOPKINTON REPUBLICAN TOWN COMMITTEE MEETING AND CANDIDATE RECRUITMENT
The Hopkinton Republican Town Committee is meeting on Saturday, March 12, 2005 in the training room on the second floor of the Fire Station on Main Street. The meeting will start at 9 AM and is open to all Republican and unenrolled voters in Hopkinton.
The Hopkinton Republican Town Committee still has several open positions for the upcoming May Town election ballot. If you wish to run for town elected office, please contact Ken Weismantel, Chairman at 435-5725 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you are a registered Republican, you can become an Associate Member of our organization. Please come to our meeting or contact our Chairman for additional information about our activities.
March 2, 2005
Recent Tests Showed Coliform Bacteria in The Hopkinton Water System
· You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.
People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 (800) 426-4791.
Colella's Supermarket website now online
Luncheon Specials updated daily
Weekly ad now online
March 2, 2005 — Hopkinton's Colella's Supermarket officially went online this week with an updated web presence meant to enhance the relationship with their customers, bringing information and convenience to their web-wise patrons.
For quite a while, HopNews has had a button link (above) to the daily luncheon specials that Colella's offers at their Deli. Clicking on that icon, as so many have found out, brought a person to a HopNews-hosted page featuring the luncheon specials, saving them from having to ask for the entire menu on the phone. That link on HopNews now goes to the newly designed Colella's website where the daily specials are featured on the main page five times a week.
In addition, the updated Weekly Specials can be read; and printed if necessary to carry along while shopping.
Those working on South Street and new to the area, or people living in area towns will find a printable map with directions.
For people who thought catering was out of reach, check out Colella's prices.
There is a history link, a page with an application for a scholarship fund, as well as other community activities, such as the Guida Milk School Support program.
Why not use the plans for Hopkins School
on the proposed new Fruit Street school?
Dave Stoldt answers the question
March 2, 2005 — Over the years that we have looked at a new elementary school, a commonly asked question is, "Why not just use the Hopkins School design and save some money?" This has been asked by parents, residents, and even Building Committee appointees.
As I am known to do, I will answer a simple question with a less-than-simple answer.
Site conditions are never identical. Codes related to building, life safety, architectural access, and State educational standards change. Plus, there are many other elements that make each project distinct in its needs. For example, we have the proposed early childhood wing, different special purpose spaces, and design changes we have learned after several years use of Hopkins. FULL STORY
Judgment favors Town of Hopkinton
to the tune of $750,000
Majority of Motions for new trial and to throw out judgment in Porcaro matter denied
by Robert Falcione
March 2, 2005 — A series of motions to overturn the 2003 jury award to Peter Porcaro of almost $1.5 million went largely denied on Monday. He had sued the Town and two officials, Mary Harrington (File photo) and Richard Bowker, claiming violations of equal protection, due process and misrepresentation.
The breakdown of the award can be seen in the graphic on the left.
Apparently without reducing the amount of the award to Mr. Porcaro, Superior Court Judge Stephen E. Neel granted a partial judgment in favor of the Town of Hopkinton to the tune of $750,000. It appears the Town is off the hook for that verdict, but it appears the entire amount will have to be met by Mrs. Harrington, according to consultations with legal experts. The amount which would have been due from the Town with interest could have been $1.5 million.
That leaves the Town of Hopkinton with a $240,000 bill to Mr. Porcaro, plus interest for this lawsuit which was filed in 1996, which would likely be greater than the actual award at approximately $266,000 in interest to date.
It is unclear at this time if any of the defendants have any other motions before the court.
Once all post-verdict motions are complete, the defendants have the right to appeal the original verdict.
Here is the part of the Judge's order which pertains to Hopkinton:
"Defendant Town of Hopkinton's Motion for Judgment Notwithstanding the Verdict is ALLOWED IN PART, as follows: judgment shall enter in favor of defendant Town of Hopkinton as to the count for fraudulent misrepresentation; the motion is otherwise denied."
Selectmen have busy evening
Declare March as Youth Appreciation Month
Selectmen vote for Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
Hopkinton attracts major company ~ Barry Controls
Selectmen vote Town Meeting Articles
~ School Department wants Approx 3.5 million debt exclusion
and another $250K from Stabilization fund
by Robert Falcione
March 1, 2005 — The Board of Selectmen got their approval to join an Economic Target Area (ETA), which includes towns both west and north of Hopkinton, excluding Southboro. This designation allows the town to offer business incentives for those wishing to locate in Hopkinton.
As part of this designation, the Selectmen voted to put an Article (59) on the Town Warrant to approve Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for Barry Controls, which, according to its website, "is the leading supplier of aircraft vibration isolators and cabin noise reduction systems in the world."
The article specifies 82 South Street, which the company plans to lease, as the address for the new manufacturing plant.
"Hopefully, we can fill some of the space on South Street," said Selectman Ron Clark.
Lynn Tokarczyk (Photo) from Business Development Strategies, Inc. was on hand to explain the benefits of the ETA.
"A particular company which actually jump-started this process is waiting for this placeholder," said Ms. Tokarczyk, referring to the Article.
TIFs have been used in Milford for many years, attracting companies to develop in such places as Granite Park, an area which was considered more difficult to develop because of its land. A TIF exempts a business from paying personal or property taxes in full for a number of years. It is unclear what specifics have been discussed with this company, but the Selectmen have championed business development in Hopkinton and on South Street in particular. FULL STORY
Historical Society and CAA Plan House Tour
Groups looking for qualifying homes ~ meeting on March 16
March 1, 2005 — The Hopkinton Historical Society and the Cultural Arts Alliance is planning a tour of some of Hopkinton's and Woodville's historic houses on October 16, 2005. The committee is currently looking for homes that retain their original or early architectural details for inclusion in the tour. Houses may be any style, fancy or plain, built before 1920.
The purpose of the tour is to celebrate our heritage and to generate interest and support for the preservation of historic buildings in the area. By helping the public appreciate Hopkinton's historical assets and local history we hope to encourage other homeowners to preserve their buildings and strengthen our beautiful historic neighborhoods. FULL STORY.
This home on Frankland Road has signed up for the tour.
Ranks of Hopkinton Grass Roots Swell
Approximately 200 people attend to oppose Ron Nation development
Additional grassroots group forming
February 28, 2005 — Friends of Whitehall, a grassroots Woodville group whose catalyst is opposition to a proposed Ron Nation development on a peninsula on Lake Whitehall, swelled their ranks this evening, causing the already moved Planning Board meeting place to be moved once again, from the Middle School Lecture Hall to the Middle School Cafeteria.
The group was poised to present, at this public hearing, what they contend are problems with the development as it is planned. But the developer, through his attorney, asked for a continuance of the public hearing until all members of the Board could be present. Seven of the nine members were present. However, two Republican members were absent.
Chairman of the Planning Board John Coolidge brought up the scenario that this could push the sessions past the election, and two other members of the Board could be unseated. At that time the process would have to start all over, he said.
Both of those members are Democrats.
Mr. Coolidge said that the Board had asked for such a continuance in the past, so he didn't see a problem with setting any kind of precedent, and the Board voted to continue. However, he promised the gathering that this would be the only continuance he would support.
The attorney for Mr. Nation offered to the crowd that after the Planning Board left, the technical group could give a presentation to the people in attendance. But the crowd rejected it.
One man said of the continuance, which many saw as a stall, "We'll use the time to get even more organized!" The crowd then burst into applause. FULL STORY
Hopkinton Girls Defeat Franklin, Remain Undefeated
Hopkinton’s 5th grade girls travel basketball team finished their regular season undefeated (12-0) by cruising to a 27-18 victory over Franklin Sunday in a very physical game.
Hopkinton built a 14-4 half time lead with a strong defensive effort lead by Victoria Munger, Olivia Spector and Kaylee Harrison. The fast break led by Tamara Mills, Lindsey Doucette, Alison Onofrio and Bridget McCarthy helped Hopkinton take command of the game in the first half.
Row (left to right) Kaylee Harrison, Tamara Mills, Alison Onofrio,
Offensive efforts by Lauren Brown, Kaylee Harrison, Cameron Stoldt and Alison Onfrio helped stop Franklin’s full court press in the last three minutes of the game.
Hopkinton, which has already earned the top seed in the playoffs, travels to Foxboro next week.
Photo by Diane Corsi.
GAS LEAK on Hayden Rowe
February 28, 2005; 9:20 am — Hopkinton Firefighters and Police arrived on the scene and immediately cordoned off an area surrounding 19 Hayden Rowe Street after a worker doing demolition, in what turned out to be a communication problem, mistakenly cut a gas line. A workman had been told to remove all pipes.
Another worker, Gulf War veteran (1991) John Hinckley Jr., immediately ran to adjacent homes advising them to evacuate.
NStar arrived about 13 minutes after the original call and turned off the gas with a shut off inside the home.
A strong odor of natural gas permeated the air in the surrounding area.
Hopkinton Fire Lt. Ken Clark advised people to not pass the Fire truck while they awaited NStar. The Fire Department cleared shortly before 10:00 am.
Community organizer has world-wide reach
Hopkinton's Lee Staples, community organizer,
February 28, 2005 — When Lee Staples and his
wife, Louise, a first grade Center School teacher, moved to Woodville in
1977, he bought an abandoned house and rebuilt it, altering rooms,
adding front and back dormers, and landscaping
Hopkinton High School Athletic Director Eric Karjel
Academics and athletics go hand in hand with this AD
by Ron DiMichele
February 28, 2005 — Hopkinton High School Athletic Director Eric Karjel is exactly the teammate everyone wants. His sincere, down-to-earth manner doesn’t quite hide what must be a fierce competitive spirit. He seems modest, but with twenty-six varsity programs to oversee and a range of student-athletes stretching from seventh to twelfth grades, he’s got to be hardworking. And despite responsibilities which include program development, monitoring student eligibility, budgeting, coaching selections, contracting game officials, scheduling, and team transportation, the trim and sturdy 39-year old Karjel has the look of an athlete who stays in shape.
“I played basketball and baseball,” says Karjel from his office at Hopkinton High. “When I played in high school some of my teams weren’t so good, but I didn’t feel negative from that. It made me want to work harder.”
Eric Karjel grew up near Buffalo and graduated from the State University of New York - Buffalo. He earned a Masters Degree in School Administration from Cambridge College and began teaching in 1995. After serving as athletic director at King Phillip in Wrentham for a year, he accepted the full-time position in Hopkinton in July of 2004. Prior to King Phillip, Karjel taught social studies for three years at Canton High School (Canton, MA) where he also coached basketball. READ FULL STORY
February 27, 2005 — The Hopkinton Boy's Swim team competed in the Division II State Championships today, with some great results. Senior Captain Sean Terry (green shirt), sophomore Tim English, and Freshmen Chris Campbell and Zach Perez helped the Hillers with some strong swims. The four boys opened up the meet by placing 11th in the 200 Medley Relay. Zach earned a 17th place in the 200 I.M., and Sean knocked another second off his best time to place 6th in the 100 freestyle.
The four boys placed 14th in the 200 free relay, and then the meet got real exciting. Zach swam his best event, the 100 breast stroke in a personal best time of 1:;05.11, earning him a 14th place.
Sean was seeded first by 2 seconds, and had his best swim ever with a 59.78 not only good enough to be the State champion, but qualify him as an All-American. Photo by Bryan King.
PROJECT JUST BECAUSE BUNNY BASKET PROGRAM
Please consider donating an item to this ever-growing and very rewarding children’s program. Many of the baskets are made by local children, for local children in need. Items needed: Spring socks- Boys & Girls- any size; sweet treats; brushes/combs; Hair bands/barrettes; school supplies.
Drop Off Locations
Action Copy Hopkinton Public Library Town Hall Hiller’s Cleaners St. Paul’s Church
Jackie’s Salon-12 Wood Street www.projectjustbecause.org 508-435-6511
Celebrate Easter, March 27, 2005, at Grace Ministries. Grace is an outreach of the United Methodist Church. We will worship at 10:00am at the Hopkinton Middle School off HWY 85.
Everyone is welcome.
Childcare for infants to 3 years and Sunday School for pre-school through elementary age is available.
Easter Bunny Rain or Shine March 26, 2005
The Easter Bunny makes his annual visit to Hopkinton on Saturday, March 26th for the Park and Recreation's Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The event, which is sponsored by Hopkinton Drug Store, will be held at 11:00 AM on the Town Common. The Easter Egg Hunt is for Hopkinton pre-school to 2nd grade children. Please bring your own basket or bag to collect the candy and "Special Prize Eggs". We ask parents not to pick up eggs prior to the start of the event. There is no registration or fee for this event and we will try to give candy to all children that attend. Please note that the Easter Bunny will appear, weather permitting, and that parents are welcome to take pictures with him.
For more information please call Parks and Recreation at 497-9750 between 10 AM and 1 PM on Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's.
There will be no rain date.
Lindsay Dragin doing well
by Peter Marso
February 27, 2005 — Former Hopkinton High-School three sport stand out Lindsay Dragin ('03) (Photo here) is currently making an impact on the Sacred Heart University Lacrosse team at Fairfield Connecticut. The Division 1 New England University is thrilled to have Lindsay competing at a very high level. She is currently coming off a rough rookie year, as Lindsay was dealt with a diagnose of mononucleosis that left her pretty much at partial strength during her first season at the Connecticut college. It appears that Lindsay is healthy and should see action for the Pioneers of Sacred Heart University.
Lindsay was a three sport stand out for the Hillers playing soccer, basketball and was an all state stand out in Lacrosse. She is currently the only Massachusetts player on the school's roster, and one of the few tri-valley players competing at a division 1 level. The schools academics are at a very high standard and the team's long demanding road trips do not leave her with very much time . Despite all this she is also an honors student!
Congratulations to Lindsay, Hopkinton is very proud of her!!
She is the daughter of Steven and Kathy Dragin.
February 27, 2005 — The meaning of "fun in the sun" may be different to those who take full advantage of the winter season, like these young people on Lake Maspenock this afternoon.
Supporting Our Troops
By Michael Torosian
February 27, 2005 – Last week, Brownie Troop 3820 held their first bottle and can drive to help raise money to purchase and ship much needed items, which include tooth brushes, notebooks, soap, Ziploc bags, candy, gum and Girl Scout Cookies, to Servicemen and Women from Massachusetts, that are serving oversees in Iraq.
Troop mom, Kerry Creswell said, “This is the first of a couple of fundraisers that they would like to do. We want to do at least one more drive this summer.” Creswell explained, “Some of the girls are saving their own cans to add to the fund.”
The girls raised $160 and sold about 50 boxes of their world famous Girl Scout Cookies. Brenna Creswell, Maureen Crehan and Delaney O’Beirne, (left to right) of Troop 3820, who braved the elements on Saturday morning, would like to thank all who stopped by to show support. Photo by Maureen Camillucci.
Whitehall Appreciation Day
Over 150 people attend
Photo: Hypnotist, Dan Caldwell, who bills himself as Goof Off Fun, hypnotizes 18 of the guests of the event.
February 26, 2005 — 150 - 200 people attended the first Whitehall Appreciation Day at the Woodville Rod & Gun Club sponsored by the Friends of Whitehall ( FOW), a recently formed group with a mission statement declaring to be committed, "...to protecting and preserving the natural beauty of Whitehall Reservoir and its surrounding environment. FOW is opposed to development that will negatively impact or adversely distort the existing reservoir, its natural environment, adjacent land, or the character of our town."
Lake Whitehall is a man-made lake covering an ancient bog, popular with anglers and small sailboats, and largely located in the Woodville section of Hopkinton. Woodville is an area with period homes, regional pride and its own zip code. The recent installation of the Postmaster in that village was a well attended event which also occurred at the Rod & Gun with many of the same people present (Previous story.).
The catalyst for the organization of FOW is a sub-division proposed by Hopkinton developer Ron Nation called Whitehall Estates, a 37 unit condo-development. The project will need its own septic plant, which has been one of the most vocal objections by those opposing the plans. It will be located on a peninsula at the northern end of the Lake. The group organized a 100 + person attendance at the last Planning Board hearing and turned in a 300-signature petition signed by residents and other users of the Lake.
After a social hour, dinner and dessert, the group was entertained by Dan Candell, a hypnotist from Shrewsbury.
Then Brian Morrison, a resident of Woodville whose secluded land abuts the proposed development, offered a Power Point presentation of "...all of the places the project does not comply with the town by-laws.
"We have to let the politicians know that people do not agree with their plans for developing the town," he said.
In what must be a bitter irony, Mr. Morrison is also the Chairman of the Conservation Commission and will have to recuse himself if and when this development comes before his board.
Mr. Morrison will offer his presentation to the Planning Board in a meeting convening at the Middle School Lecture Hall on Monday, February 28, 2005, which starts at 7:30 pm. The Whitehall Estates Public Hearing is on the agenda for 8:15 pm. SEE MORE PHOTOS / PRINT
Girls Swim at States
February 26, 2005 — The Hiller Girl's Swim team competed in the Division
One All-State Championships on today at Harvard, and placed 9th out of
32 teams. Lead by Senior Captain Heather Love who placed in two events
(7th and 12th), and helped 2 relays place in the top ten, the Lady
Hillers had one of their stongest showings in school history. Freshman
Gabby Choi earned two fifth place finishes, and Senior Captain Kailee
O'Neil, Senior Lindsay Flieger, and Junior Danielle Campbell were part
of two relays placing 8th and 4th.
February 26, 2005; 1:15 pm — A tractor-trailer truck bearing Wal-Mart markings and carrying a load of dog food turned over on Route 495 North at the intersection with the Massachusetts Turnpike at about 1:15pm today.
"He seems okay," said Hopkinton Fire Lt. Bob Bartlett of the driver. "He's just a little shaken up."
There was a small diesel spill from the tank of the truck, which firefighters covered with Speedi-dri. Traffic was backed up for miles and the Mass Pike exit onto 495 North was closed.
Hopkinton Fire Department were the first responders along with Hopkinton and State Police. Ted's of Fayville towing company came to upright the truck with a special team equipped with airbags for that purpose.
Below, Hopkinton Firefighters work to disconnect the truck's batteries.
American throws down the gauntlet
"I can compete with the best in the world."
~ Alan Culpepper, Olympic runner
by Robert Falcione
February 25, 2005 — Olympic runner Alan Culpepper (Photo, right), an American from Texas, has seen fit to be a participant in this year's BAA Marathon, feeling that he can place in the top three.
He came to Hopkinton this morning to look over the course, and spoke to HopNews on camera, with the help of HAA (Hopkinton Athletic Association) President, Timothy Kilduff.
Bill Squires (Photo, left), who coached the last American winner in 1983, came with Mr. Culpepper to share his insights on the course and how to train for this marathon in particular.
CPC earmarks funds for Fruit Street athletic fields
Votes $250,000 of CPA money over ten-year period
SRO at the CPC meeting.
by Muriel Kramer
February 24, 2005 — Community Preservation Committee (CPC) Members voted tonight to commit $250,000 of Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds to the development of athletic fields at the Fruit Street property. The total cost to design and install the fields is estimated to be $2.8 million according to Al Rogers from Parks and Recreation. Rogers is also a member of the Fruit Street Development Committee (FSDC) and has been negotiating with the CPC to access funds from the CPA coffers to help pay for the athletic fields planned for the Fruit Street property.
The need for additional field space in Hopkinton is well established with many teams uncertain from one season to the next about available space. Currently Hopkinton Youth Lacrosse faces its spring season without field space for games largely due to a change in policy that prohibits other teams from using fields that are used for varsity sports at the High School. READ FULL STORY.
Swim Team Senior Captain Sean Terry steals the show
BACK ROW Zach Perez, Tim English, Chris Campbell, Sean Terry
FRONT ROW Gabby Choi, Kailee O'Neil, Heather Love, Lindsay Flieger,
February 24, 2005 — During this past vacation week, members of the High
School Swim Team have been competing in the post season. On Saturday,
February 19th, Senior Captain Heather love earned a 2nd and a 4th place,
while Freshman Gabby Choi earned a 4th and a 6th place. Relay members
Captain Kailee O'Neil, Senior Lindsay Fleiger, and Junior Danielle
Campbell helped the Hiller relays place 3rd and 7th. The lady Hiller
placed 9th out of 36 teams.
Master Plan and Civic Engagement Committee Reps Meet
Calling all Residents
"I keep hearing about how the children are our future, but they will be someone else's because they won't be able to afford to live here." ~ Pam Duffy
February 23, 2005 — This evening representatives of the Master Plan Committee (Rear, from left), Julie Burke and Pam Duffy met with representatives from the Civic Engagement Committee, Patricia Perry and Stephen Rathmill, to map strategy for getting the message of the Master Plan Committee to the public.
"We are in the planning stages to figure out how to get input and discuss how to get the people talking about the results of the survey and get recommendations," said Mrs. Perry, who is the Chair of the Committee and a member of the Master Plan Committee.
The Master Plan Committee is charged with developing a new Master Plan for Hopkinton. They developed an unscientific survey which was passed out at the town election last November asking voters to voice their concerns about the town and how they would remedy them. On the survey was a question asking those who wanted to participate further to answer in the affirmative and identify themselves.
One aim of the Civic Engagement Committee is to get people together for "clarification and enhancement" of what they meant by their survey answers. FULL STORY AND PRINT
Lock and slide
February 23, 2005 — 9:30 pm — The driver of this vehicle received a written complaint from Officer Gregg DeBoer for using speed greater than reasonable after skidding his car off of the road heading northbound on Wilson Street just past Krueger Road and leaving over 100' of skids marks on dry pavement. The passenger and driver reported that they did not suffer any injuries.
The Tri-Captains pose with their awards at the end of today's tournament.
Kaitlyn Frazer fires one to Brianna Quigley. Franklin won the tournament in this final game, 46-40.
by Peter Marso
February 22, 2005 — The Hopkinton High-School girls basketball team lost a tight contest last night 46-40 in the finals of the Hopkinton Invitational Tournament against the Franklin Panthers before a huge crowd at the Athletic Center. The Hillers used it as a tune up for next weeks south sectional tourney. The Hillers took the experienced Panthers all the way and actually closed the gap to two points with five minutes left to play.
The Hillers once again had a total team effort as they used pretty much the whole bench. The hillers were pressed and pursued a quick offense but could not quite catch up to the fine Franklin team. The Hillers will now wait and see who they will be paired off with next Friday when the seeds are set. Watch the Hillers go for the south sections next week!!
February 22, 2005 — In this eerie photo, top left, of a vehicle fire at Colella's lot early this evening, an unidentified masked Firefighter brings the nozzle around while Lt. Clark, behind him, helps pull the hose.
February 22, 2005 — The Hopkinton Fire Department worked quickly to put down this stubborn vehicle fire at about 5:40pm today in the parking lot of Colella's Market. People in the vicinity could hear multiple explosions, presumably from the truck's tires.
Like the Flash...
Like the Flash, this airborne Hopkinton girl is a blur, leaving everyone else looking like they are standing still.
February 21, 2005 — The Hopkinton Hiller girls blasted the Milford Hawks tonight in the semi-finals of the Hopkinton Invitational Tourney, 75-42. The Hillers will now play the Franklin Panthers at 6:45 in Tuesday's final. The Hillers took a very commanding lead on way to the victory. The Hillers got 14 points out of captain Allie Berkey and 12 points from sophomore Cassie Rudden. The Hillers will now try to win the trophy and get ready for the state tournament next week. The Hillers are running strong and should be in great shape in the sectionals.
Photo from left, clockwise: Michael Jones, Ben Brush, Adam Smith, Paul Marchand, Katie Frost.
February 21, 2005 — These dedicated students were hard at work this evening getting their robot ready for shipping to Riverbend State Park in New York City tomorrow for the First Robotics Competition, scheduled for March 24-26.
"New York is a regional competition," said Team Manager, Adam Smith. "There will be about 35 teams in New York and thousands competing nationally," he said.
"We have about 17 kids who participate, with 10 kids dedicated — they come every day.
"It's more like a family," he said.
Boys Basketball Hopkinton 57, Westwood 69 in make-up game
by Peter Marso
February 21, 2005 — The Hopkinton boys finished the hoop season with a great effort against the Westwood Wolverines Monday afternoon before an appreciative matinee crowd of fans at the field house. The future looks bright as the Hillers used all of their players and four seniors finished their careers on a good note. The Hillers are graduating Zac Bright, Matt Relle, Marc Lemarbre, and Tyler Huntley. These seniors all contributed immensely but the Wolves jumped off to a big lead and never fell behind. The Hopkinton J.V.s finished their season on a bright note 18-2 and the future looks good for the Hillers.
February 21, 2005 — Just like his human counterpart may have done 150 years ago, this statue of an appropriately attired unknown Civil War soldier respectfully stands sentinel over those who have fallen.
Photo © 2005 by Ron DiMichele.