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Unchain my hearty dog

September 1, 2005 — These four dogs needed a bit of unraveling after their caretaker exited from Middlesex Bank.



CAA Autumn Wine & Cheese Open House

September 11, 2005    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Come find out what the CAA has in store for 2005-2006 year!

Entertainment will be provided by the Zac Galen Trio, and CAA members will be displaying their art work.

Donna McKenna will be recounting the history of the Terry Farm. The CAA will also honor Kevin and Sandra Delbridge.

Happy Birthday

August 31, 2005 — Julia Markey is dwarfed by the background as she decided to investigate the walkway steps in front of 25 Main Street two days before her second birthday, today.

Help Protect Your Kids

 Massachusetts Freemasons


Child Identification Program – CHIP

Saturday September 17, 2005

 10:00am -2:00pm @John Warren Masonic Lodge, 6 Main Street.


It's FREE. It only takes minutes.

Each child will have a brief videotape interview, be fingerprinted by police personnel, and will have a tooth imprint made by professional dental personnel. All materials including the video are then given to the parents for safekeeping. No copies are kept on file.Please join us for this important event! ~ In cooperation with Commonwealth Community Dental Association, Hopkinton Police Department and Massachusetts Freemasons.

1999 Harley Davidson Fat Boy, Silver / Blue, 8000 miles, detachable HD windshield and HD back rest. Driving lights, Original Owner, always garaged, technician maintained. Meticulous condition. $11,500; E-mail  Or call EXT 53556 , 978-509-9328. See more Classified.

Hopkinton Police Association Golf Tournament
3rd Annual- October 3rd, 2005
204 Saddle Hill Road Hopkinton, MA 01748

Time: 10:00 AM Check-in 11 :00 AM

Shotgun Start
$135.00/ person (includes 18 holes of golf, cart, dinner and more)
MAXIMUM limit 144 Players (36 foursomes) -first come basis
Scramble format . Door Prizes Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin . Raffle Prizes Contests
Please register before September16, 2005
Please send registration forms and payment to:
The Hopkinton Police Association Golf Committee

74 Main Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748


 Third Hopkinton Community Endowment Telethon

Gearing up for Sunday October 2, 2005

Volunteers wanted ~ Live audience needed



Above, Rep. Paul Loscocco unexpectedly came from backstage and commandeered the hair clippers to shave Selectmen Len Holden's head in front of the live audience at last year's telethon. He had announced at a Selectmen's meeting that he would do it if his fundraising goal was met.


The Hopkinton Community Endowment will be holding its third annual fundraiser telethon on October 2, 2005 in an effort to outdo last year's bounty and reach toward the $1 million goal of its Board of Directors. The money is used to contribute to capital projects and other worthwhile school endeavors. Last year's Telethon featured performers form Hopkinton and others somehow connected to the involved Hopkinton residents.

     The phones were staffed by volunteers from the community, and in one long stretch, by the public safety departments, Fire and Police.

    Keep checking in with HopNews for times and ways to volunteer for this worthwhile cause.

Hopkinton Fitness Center to hold Open House

September 6, 2005 Tuesday 5:30pm-8pm  

September 7, 2005 Wednesday 5:30 - 8pm

September 8, 2005 Thursday 5:30pm-8pm  

September 9, 2005 Friday 4pm-6pm


     The fitness center will have an open house running from September 6th-9th. This is an opportunity for Hopkinton Residents to check out the fitness center for free.

     The fee for new members is $115 and for returning members it is $90. This fee will be collected after September 9th. The regular hours for community members only are as follows:     Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-8pm;  Friday 4pm-6pm

This is a great price for a great facility. You won’t find a deal like this anywhere else!

 Checks may be made payable to:  Hopkinton Athletic Department

Sent to:            Shalea Angelo

                        Strength and Conditioning Coach

                        Hopkinton High School

                        90 Hayden Rowe St.

                        Hopkinton, MA  01748

*Sign up forms are on the athletics home page.

If you have any questions please contact Shalea Angelo at (508) 497-9820 x1227 or

Cardio Equipment: 2 treadmills, 3 step mills, 2 stair steppers, 5 ellipticals, 3 bikes, 2 recumbent bikes, and 2 row machines

Weight Equipment: ~Machines include- leg extension, leg curl, multi-hip, back extension, and abdominal ~ A universal-cable row, lat pull down, triceps extension and cable pulls ~2 multi racks for bench and squat, 4 adjustable benches, one platform with Olympic weights, a glute/ham bench, 4-way neck , full dumbbell set 5-75lbs, and barbells from 20-110lbs

~Hopkinton Fitness Center

Community Input Meeting: Community Farming in Hopkinton

Wednesday August 31, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

First Congregational Church, 146 East Main Street, Room



A meeting to discuss possibilities for community-focused farming in Hopkinton will be held by Hopkinton residents Kerisa Fitzgerald and Susan Wallingford Ressler.  Both residents submitted Expressions of Interest to Hopkinton’s Land Use Study Committee proposing continued agricultural use of portions of the Weston Nurseries parcels that are for sale.

See complete Word document.

Jimmy Fund Walk

7:00 am September 18, 2005

Registration at 5:30 am at Center School

Marathon Start line

Photo from last year's start


Several Hopkinton Police Officers (full-time, Auxiliary, and Special Officers) will volunteer their time to see that the walkers are safe as they leave Hopkinton at 7:00 am for their trek into Boston.

Chief of Police Tom Irvin and his wife Judy will be doing the Patient walk from Dana-Farber to Copley Square as member of the Police Chiefs Team. Anyone interested in supporting the Jimmy Fund through the efforts of the Chiefs of Police can access the web site above and follow the links to the Police Chiefs Team or click here. Members of the Police Chiefs team are listed

POLICE NEWS up -to-date


11:45 pm Sgt. Charles Wallace and Officer Linda Higgins discovered several youths in the water at Sandy Beach...

2:20 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien spoke with people who, involved in a civil dispute over dogs, were ordered not to return to a South Mill Street address.

3:37 am Officers William Burchard and Linda Higgins could not find the motorists allegedly involved in an altercation in the breakdown lane of Route 495...


Polyarts Calls for Help



Polyarts needs you!  Have you ever wanted to be a part of Polyarts?  Please join our team for the day.  We need your help!  Volunteer for this family friendly festival - a Hopkinton tradition since 1974.  You only need to come to one meeting - Tuesday evening, September 6th (at the Senior Center, basement of Town Hall, Hopkinton) at 7:00 p.m. and you will have your choice of activities.  We really need your help! ~Marlene Troupes.

 Some Fruit Street plans not allowed by right

The Town is not exempt from the bylaws

Board of Appeals asks other departments to get involved


by Robert Falcione

August 29, 2005 — Selectman Muriel Kramer, apparently acting as a private citizen, has requested that ZEO (Zoning Enforcement Officer) Michael Shepard  review the Town's zoning regulations concerning each of the intended uses of the Fruit Street property. Mrs. Kramer specifically asked in her letter for a determination by the ZEO as to whether or not each use is permitted, and whether a special permit is needed. It is Mr. Shepard's determination that the entire parcel lies within the WRPOD (Water Resources Overlay Protection District), which requires a Special Permit for many uses, including the controversial wastewater treatment facility.

      Referring to the proposed DPW facility, Mr. Shepard writes, "Of all of the proposed uses, this is the most problematic, given the purpose of the WRPOD." He goes on to write that some of the uses of the DPW are "specifically prohibited."

     Although the proposed elementary school seems to be allowed, there are some complicating factors. Mr. Shepard writes, "A special permit will be required if the school intends to apply pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers for commercial purposes on non-residential properties." The proposed athletic fields appear to have the same caveat.

     He writes, "Schools enjoy great latitude in zoning." Later in that paragraph he claims that a special permit will be required if the construction "renders impervious more than 15% or 2,500 square feet of any lot, whichever is greater."

     The town wells are allowed, as is the over 55 and affordable housing, under most conditions.

      "Now that a citizen has stepped up and made an inquiry," says Board of Appeals Chairman Wayne Davies, "the Board of Appeals must get prepared for a possible Public Hearing of any appeal that may occur.

       "We believe that it is critical that the [Town's] boards and departments with an interest in the Fruit Street development fully participate in this process.

        "Should an appeal occur, we look forward to hearing all of the various opinions that will be received during the hearing process," he said.

        More on this story later. To review the available documents dated today, please visit the Board of Appeals web site.

Land Use Study Committee to hold Marathon meetings this week

7 respondents to Request for Interest to be interviewed


August 29, 2005 — The Land Use Study Committee, formed in the wake of the disclosure that the Mezitt brothers were selling 615 acres of former Weston Nurseries land, this week will be interviewing companies that have expressed an interest in purchasing the property.


Tuesday, August 30, 2005

1.      Pulte- Master planning the whole Weston Nursery area. 1:00 pm-2:30 pm.

2.      LNR-master planning the process with public involvement.  3:00 pm-4:30 pm.


Wednesday, August 30, 2005 

3.      Lincoln properties-master planning the area with public involvement. 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm.

4.      Karp/Green-Master planning.3:00 pm – 4:30 pm.


Thursday, September 1, 2005

5.      Eriksson-Age restricted housing with golf courses and assisted living/nursing home. 1:00 pm -2:00 pm.

6.      KSS Realty-Age restricted housing with golf courses and work force housing.2:15 pm – 3:15 pm.

7.      NSTAR-possibility buying 166 acres and turning it over to conservation restriction.3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. 

 A Present from the Past

August 28, 2005 — This detail of a postcard from 1907 is from the collection of Anne Mattina. It is captioned as a St. John's dinner party. A close look offers Townies some familiar family resemblances.

    There are no laughs, few smiles, from this group that was likely told, because of a slow shutter speed,  to keep perfectly still, something the hanging decorations were unable to do in an apparent wind.

  Congratulations to Amy Nauman of Oakhurst Road for correctly identifying the Great Golden Digger Wasp on August 13, 2005, and winning a $25.00 check from Hopkinton News, online only at!
Here are two links:

Choose thumbnail to enlarge.

Editor's Note: We did not have enough entries to conduct the Photo Contest and give away money as we had planned.

Joan Marie Wright passes

Joan Marie Wright, 67, of Hopkinton recently of Milford died Friday August 26, 2005. Born in Saxonville she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Mary Louise (Rosseau) Flannery. Visitation hours will be on Monday August 29, 2005 from 5 to 8 PM at the Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton. See SEE ARRANGEMENTS.

No all-terrain vehicles allowed

August 28, 2005 — Hopkinton State Park specifically excludes all-terrain vehicles, except if you are the Assistant Park Supervisor, like Richard Trubiano, pictured above.

      "We use if for trail maintenance, emergency work, and getting into difficult places," he said.

Almost does count

August 28, 2005 — A few more days with no rain and the Sudbury River, pictured here at Aikens Park on the Southboro line, should pretty much dry up, in contrast to the raging river it was in the springtime.

Snaking, snarling, traffic

August 28, 2005 — The disabled luxury automobile with a German name is not the reason for the traffic on Route 495 coming to a near standstill this afternoon. The first two lanes are waiting for traffic to move onto Exit 22, the Mass Pike, where the Hopkinton Ambulance took an automobile accident victim from the scene for medical care. This view from the Fruit Street bridge shows one impatient genius making his own lane in the far left over the grooved asphalt designed to discouraged such dangerous behavior.

Fruit Street non-vandalism

August 28, 2005 — The town-owned Fruit Street property was vandalized within days of its opening this year, causing an uproar within the community. The damage brought to our attention today was most likely caused by a lightning strike, according to Officer Gregg DeBoer, who patrols the area frequently.

    "It was up one day and down the next," he said.

    The property is the former Pyne Sand and Gravel operation, which was purchased by the town for a school, athletic fields and DPW facility. "Market rate over 55 housing" has been added since. The property is currently most suitable for off-road vehicles, one of the few banned uses.

Abundant apples?

Plentiful peaches?

Hopkinton's food pantry has a suggestion for those

extra zucchinis and tomatoes


"Basics," Hopkinton's food pantry, would be delighted to accept donations of fresh produce from your backyard gardens, if nature is giving you more zucchini's and tomatoes than you can use. 


Please bring your garden donations to the basement of Woodville Baptist Church, 249 Wood Street, (Rt. 135) on Tuesday morning, September 6th, between 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.   The fresh produce will be distributed that day to our clients. Unfortunately, this is the only day we can accept perishable items. 


Thank you to all in the community who can donate! ~ Food Pantry

One man's loss...

August 28, 2005 — At first glance, it appeared that the puff of smoke was from a 2-cycle engine weed-wacker being used to clear overgrowth at the cemetery on Clinton Street. However, the smoke was from a cigarette and the weed-wacker is actually a metal detector.

      "Some people don't like that I do this," said the man who refused to be identified, referring to his practicing his hobby in a cemetery. "I never go over the graves, only on the roads," he said.



9:15 pm Detective Scott Van Raalten, alongside Sgt. Michael Sutton and Officer Gregg DeBoer, placed two individuals into custody on Lumber Street for a narcotic violation...

12:38 am A resident of Priscilla Road reported someone with a flashlight walking around his house...

7:26 pm A mother reported her son was assaulted at a camp on East Street while a monitor watched...

August 27, 2005 — Alan Kett shares the view of his backyard and this American goldfinch, just before it touches down on the water dripper feeding the birdbath.

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