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Hopkinton Community Endowment Announces Program Highlights

For Community Telethon To Air LIVE On Cable Channel 8 

Sunday, October 2nd, 5 – 8 PM at High School Auditorium


Hopkinton, MA — September  13, 2005 — The Hopkinton Community Endowment, a non-profit, publicly supported corporation, will hold its third annual Community Telethon on Sunday, October 2nd, 2005 at the High School Auditorium.  Proceeds will be used to continue building a permanent fund to reduce residential tax increases created by large capital expenses.   This year, in addition to asking callers to match business donations, residents can sign up to become part of the Hopkinton 200 Club.  The 200 Club is for residents who would like to make a three year commitment to The Endowment at a level of $100, $250, or $500 each year.  

       “The structure of the fundraising is entirely different than a traditional fundraiser. Residents are making a matching donation that is actually tripled when you combine both the business sponsors’ gifts, and the 2 for 1 matching gift The Endowment receives from The Egan Family Foundation.  For every $100 that is raised during the event, the Endowment will add $300 to a permanent, fully invested fund on behalf of Hopkinton residents,” said Chuck Joseph, chairman of The Hopkinton Community Endowment and The Telethon’s Host.

      The Telethon will air live on Sunday, October 2nd, from 5 – 8 PM, and features a variety of local entertainment including: The Souled Out Super Band; Steve Yavarrow; Steve and Michael Spector, The Rockin’ Moms (Mary Scarlatta Rowe, Bernadette Keane and Carol Cheney); Caitlin Shea; The Middle School A capella group under the direction of Ashley Nelson; The Rivers School Jazz Ensemble directed by Philippe Crettien; and a performance by Enter Stage Left.

      “The Endowment is grateful to the many businesses, volunteers, and others who are coming out to help make this event a success,” said Kevin Shea, HCE President.  “I am very focused on people having fun before, during and after the event.  There is still time to sign up for both talent and other volunteer opportunities.  All you need to do is pick up the phone and add your name to the list.”


About The Hopkinton Community Endowment

       The Hopkinton Community Endowment, Inc. (HCE) is a non-profit, publicly supported corporation dedicated to reducing tax increases created by large capital projects in Hopkinton.  The Endowment provides the citizens of Hopkinton with a positive, proactive means of managing growth and maintaining financial stability.  The Endowment is non-political and only funds projects that have been approved by Hopkinton voters.  The Endowment is committed to prudent financial investment to guarantee a permanent and growing endowment for the Hopkinton community.  All donations are tax deductible, and are matched on a 2 –1 basis by The Egan Family Foundation.


How To Donate:

      Residents who do not receive a call from Telethon volunteers during the show can call in with their pledge to the numbers that will be displayed on screen during the show, or pledge LIVE on-line by logging onto www.hopkintonce.com.  Residents can also send their pledge to:  HCE, PO Box 421, Hopkinton, MA  01748, Telephone 508-435-3111, Email: hceinfo@aol.com.


For More Information or to Volunteer Call:

      Jennifer Markson, 508-435-3106, (jenmarkson@aol.com), Chuck Joseph, 508-435-5353, (chuckjoseph@remaxexec.com).  HCE, PO Box 421, Hopkinton, MA  01748, Telephone 508-435-3111, HCE Website is www.hopkintonce.com, Email: hceinfo@aol.com.

Hopkinton Poet Cheryl Perreault to host

Saturday Morning Poetry at the Café Espresso

September 17th , 10:30 a.m.-noon

The Café Espresso,108 Mechanic Street

Route 140 Bellingham, Ma.


     On Sept 17th, Susan Mahan of Weymouth, MA. and Walnut (Photo) of Lynn, MA. will be the guest feature poets at the Café Espresso in Bellingham, MA..  Following their feature, both will participate in a brief q & a session with the audience.

      Susan Mahan has two chapbooks of her poetry in print, has been published in numerous journals and anthologies and won Honorable Mention in the Pen Women’s Soul-Making Contest.    

      Walnut is a performance poet, human rights activist, playwright, rapper, teacher and advocate for promoting the positive development of teens. 

There will be a 30 minute open-mike reading preceding this feature. Photo by: Luke walker


POLICE NEWS up-to-date

4:00 pm A resident reporting the larceny of stone rocks marking the boundary of a property on Scarlata Road...

3:20 am Officers Linda Higgins and Matthew McNeil checked on the well being of a woman who was at the Rocky Woods block party that day...

12:21 am A Lakeshore Drive resident complained of his neighbor drinking and having a campfire...

Photo: The photographer was well into the crosswalk when this driver apparently decided to ignore him. However, Officer Buckley was doing "Crosswalk Enforcement" at the time and gave the driver a citation. The wide angle lens make the vehicle appear farther away than in reality.

HPTA has many thanks

Dear Editor,

    The HPTA and the Hopkinton Public School recently hosted a luncheon for all the new teachers entering the Hopkinton School system. Along with the great food donated by Hopkinton parents, each teacher received a gift bag containing items for their classrooms and items related to Hopkinton. SEE LETTERS


Woodville Rod and Gun.

October 15th, 8pm

Enter Stage Left Theater (ESL) will be entertaining the town on October 15th, 8pm at the Woodville Rod and Gun.  It is called ESL LIVE!  and follows a similar format to Saturday Night Live.  There will be comedy skits, musical performances and a news cast poking fun at local politics.  This is an adult evening.  There will be cheese and crackers, light snacks and a cash bar.  After the show the dance floor will be open until midnight!  Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by emailing esltheather@comcast.net or calling 508 331-0454. 

Preschool Info Night
Sponsored by the MOMS Club of Hopkinton www.momsclubhopkinton.org 

Tues Sept 20, 7:30 PM First Congregational Church of Hopkinton

     Learn from an Early Childhood Consultant how to evaluate programs and determine what's best for you and your child. The presenter will be Roxy Leeson from WarmLines Parent Resources. Roxy was a preschool director in Newton for 22 years. The presentation is general, not specific to any town. She will, however, research Kindergarten entry dates for Hopkinton and neighboring towns, because that affects when you might want your child to start preschool. She will also discuss what to consider if you child's birth date is near the cutoff. READ FULL STORY.

Garden Club Holiday Fundraiser


It is not too early to mark the date for the club’s annual Holiday Open Meeting fundraiser on Thursday, October 20, 2005, 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Hopkinton High School, 90 Hayden Rowe (Route 85).


Floral designer, Tony Tedesco, will create lavish holiday arrangements with his colorful style and creative use of plant material making this a must see presentation   Mr. Tedesco owns One Main Street Studio in Stow, and has designed sets and staging for many flower shows and events over his 30 years in the floral design industry. 


Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the door or in advance from club members. Ticket purchase includes refreshments and a chance to win a garden bench door prize donated by Weston Nurseries of Hopkinton. Raffle tables with items donated by area vendors and club members as well as a “Petite Boutique” highlighting the artistic creations of local women retailers will be part of the evening to begin your holiday shopping. For tickets or additional information, contact dmivester@verizon.net  or 508-435-4517.


P.S. The Hopkinton Garden Club will be selling mums, asters and fresh hydrangea stems at PolyArts, Saturday September 17th on the Town Common. In addition children of all ages can purchase and paint a pumpkin. The club promotes the advancement of gardening and horticulture throughout the community and fundraises to complete various community projects. Stop by our booth to help support our efforts.





Dinner Theater in Hopkinton

 October 1, 2005

7:00 pm

First Congregational Church


          Stella Devine is the aging star of the popular Ritz Theatre. As she prepares for a role in a new play written just for her, Ginger, an up and coming southern belle actress plots to steal her role. Acts Two Players presents “Divine Stella Devine,” on Friday, Sept 30 and Saturday, October 1 at 7:00 pm, First Congregational Church, 146 E. Main St., Hopkinton.

 Come, enjoy a fun evening of drama and have a great meal, all for only $15.00 per adult. Tickets available at the door but best seating available by purchasing in advance.  Choose from a fried chicken or ham dinner. Enjoy this fun, delightful comedy that's different than anything you've ever seen before!  Ticket sales begin Monday, Sept. 19. Come to the church office M – F, 9 am – 5 pm. For more information, call 508-435-5900.



September 12, 2005 — This box turtle was sunning itself until the camera showed up. It is hardly endangered, at least not in Blood's Pond, as there were another half-dozen sunning on the other side. EDITOR'S NOTE: Two readers, Susan Ranney and Ed Harrow, have separately corrected the cutline of this photo, proving that it is a painted, not a box turtle. Thanks. ;-) .


Hopkinton Home Rule Charter ready for prime time

Charter Commission to hold Public Hearings on September 28

7:00 pm - 10:pm Hopkinton High School Auditorium



1. Preliminary Report

2. Charter Table of Contents

3. Home Rule Charter (Preliminary)

Residents will soon have an opportunity to let the Hopkinton Charter commission know what they think about the proposed town charter. The Charter Commission is hosting public hearings on Wednesday, September 21, and Wednesday, September 28, from 7 to 10 p.m., in the Hopkinton High School Auditorium. HCAM-TV will broadcast the hearings. FULL STORY

Winging it

September 12, 2005 —The birds are cormorants, a bird that dives so often that its wings become waterlogged and need to dry in the sun before they fly, as the bird in the photo is doing today on the Hopkinton Reservoir. They are often seen standing in or near water with their wings outstretched like that. It continued to do it as the canoeists paddled by.  The photo was taken from the opposite shore, and downstream, several hundred feet away. Of the six birds, three are on a sand bar and three are in the water with only their necks above water, as their bodies are mostly below the surface, looking like mini-Loch Ness monsters.

 Uncommonly Hopkinton


Polyarts is in the eye of...


No storm predicted this year — last year's event was a washout


by Elizabeth Eidlitz

September 11, 2005 — A storm of such proportions that Dorothy would have said, “Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore,” washed out last year’s annual Polyarts.

Optimistically scheduled for September 17 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (admission free), this year’s annual Polyarts Festival on the Hopkinton Common, will offer nourishment for all the senses: apple crisp made by Friends of the library; music from performing artists; face painting for kids, beaded and silver jewelry, pottery mugs, fabric creations and an observation hive full of honeybees, the source of locally produced honey from Carriage Hill Apiary in Woodville, harvested by Dan Buentello, a full-time firefighter/EMT.

Among first time Polyarts exhibitors are two Hopkinton sculptors with home studios: Michael Alfano, until recently a children's weekend entertainer (Magic Alf the Clown, photo), who uses clay, hydro stone, resin and bronze to create fine art that is often figurative, surreal, and philosophical.

After college, he worked as a stock broker for about a year. “My girlfriend was killed by a drunk driver and that had me see life was too short to do something you don't love,” Alfano explains. “So I quit my job, went hiking across the US and decided to become a sculptor. When I returned, I took classes at the Art Student's League of New York.”

An old Swiss wood carver gave WIlliam Moser, a retired WPI Professor of Chemical Engineering, his start by teaching him wood sculpting when he lived abroad.  READ FULL STORY

Getting to know you

September 11, 2005 — Sam Gorman, 2, gets acquainted with Greta Field and her brother Dennis, 3, in the basin of the bronze water fountain, a natural toddler attraction, on the Common today during the concerts.

I can help

September 11, 2005 — Officer Luis Gonzalez assists a patron of this afternoon's Concert on the Common in crossing Hayden Rowe Street.

CAA Open House

September 11, 2005 — Kevin Delbridge gets a hug from Dora Garabedian as his wife Sandra looks on and the former Terry Barn looms large over the gathering. The Delbridge's were honorees at an Open House held by the CAA, which owns the barn and his collecting funds to restore it.

     Below, Dora Garabedian thanks the Delbridge's for being "patrons of the arts" and of the CAA in particular, as Debbie Phelan stands to her left, and the Delbridge's on her right.

Two solos, one couple

September 11, 2005 — Carol and Phillip Mecagni leave a wake as they go as a duo in their solo boats on Lake Whitehall this morning. Mrs. Mecagni is a potter who usually has a display at Polyarts each year. This year, Polyarts will be held on the Common on September 17.

350 meals for here — hold the fries

September 11, 2005 — This morning, L to R, Mike Collins, Rusty Hewins and Kray Small, members of the Woodville Rod and Gun Club, prepare the first of chickens for 350 dinners to be served at 3:00 pm today.

Fitting right in

September 11, 2005 — William Tetlow, owner of the building housing O'Toole's North Pond House, recently made improvements to that building and added another mini-mall next to it. Here, complete with a drive-through teller, is the future home of the Milford National Bank, as well as space for other tenants. Once completed, the building's antique colonial architecture make it appear as being firmly rooted in the history of the town.

Benefit concert Sunday September 11 Noon - 6:00 pm


       There will be a number of bands including Prues Blues and the Cocobanana band that are donating their time to raise funds for the Red Cross and the victims of Hurricane Katrina on the Hopkinton Common.

       Please come and listen to the Music and make a donation to help your fellow Americans during this difficult time.

Drinks will be available but please bring your own lunch and blanket or chairs.

We hope to see many of you there. ~ Michele Gates, Chairman of the Hopkinton Parks and Recreation Commission.

Ride Along

September 10, 2005 — Officer Stephen Buckley observes while Officer David Shane assists a female into the cruiser who he just placed under arrest for OUI Liquor. According to Officer Buckley, the woman refused to perform field sobriety tests. Two Hopkinton cruisers observed her erratic operation, which had been reported from a police officer who followed her from  Milford. HopNews has previously reported that some people can later pass a breath test and be freed.  Tonight HopNews' Editor Robert Falcione rode along in the cruiser of Stephen Buckley and videotaped the ride-along. That tape will likely be presented in two parts with accompanying commentary.

Get off of my cloud

September 10, 2005 — The photographer saw that from the trajectories of these two planes this afternoon, which were flying more closely than normal, their paths would eventually collide or cross. This is the closest the planes got. From the size of the planes, they do not appear to be at much different altitudes, a rare sight indeed. (The photo was rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise to fit the proper orientation of the page).

Rocky Woods rocks

September 10, 2005 — The Rocky Woods community showed their neighborhood spirit today by having a party for themselves. According to event organizer, Giselle LeBlanc, 40 families were taking part in this multi-aged Seventies-themed block party. Above, eleven year-old Josh LeBlanc displays the hair which won him a First Place ribbon for best costume.

Below, Nathaniel Loring leads the charge with his colorful vehicle.

Senior Center groundbreaking ceremony

September 10, 2005 — The long-awaited Senior Center got its official groundbreaking ceremony at 10:00 am this morning, a few short months after the actual beginning of construction, due to summer scheduling conflicts. Many of the principals are posing above with the obligatory "golden" spades.


Above, from left to right are individuals involved in the process: Scott Richardson, Architect, Dick Brault, (Senior Center Building) Committee, Rep. Paul Loscocco, Sarah Duckett, Committee Secretary, Eric Sonnett, Chairman Board of Selectmen, Fred White Committee Chairman, Jack Palitsch, Committee, Project Manager Brian Main, Senior Center Director Cindy Chesmore, Project Contractor (Name to follow).

      Below, the same group turns the ceremonial earth.

Below, Selectmen Chairman Eric Sonnett shares a laugh with Sarah Duckett, publisher of the Hopkinton Independent, who is the Secretary of the Senior Center Building Committee.

Overhead delivery

September 10, 2005 — It isn't that often that a jet airplane flying over Hopkinton is low enough to photograph like this. The "grain" in the image is because the camera was still set for 3200 ISO film speed from the football game last night.

To see a gallery from the first half of the game, choose the photo.


Hillers blow out

 Marhar Regional 42-20


Hughes wins 193rd career victory!!


by Peter Marso

September 9, 2005 — Hopkinton Hillers Football team knocked off the Marhar Regional Senators 42-20 in a payback victory which gave coach Dave Hughes his 193rd career victory. A year ago the team from Orange upset the Hillers 21-15 in a game that saw the Hillers give up a lead with four minutes to go, only to lose a heartbreaker. This game was different as the Hillers with the running and passing of Bryan Doyle and the speed of John Stickney, Paul Ostrander and a tough fullback in Anthony Tomas destroyed the boys from Western Mass.

     The Hillers were never really threatened as they used all players including the practice squad in what has to be a very satisfying victory for Coach Hughes. The Hillers will now prepare for their first meeting with Hockomock league representative Oliver Ames of Easton Mass. The game will start at 7:00 as the hillers prepare for another non league game against the boys from Easton. The milestone for coach Hughes is 200 wins which has a chance to be done this year. See you next Friday night!! TO SEE A GALLERY OF PHOTOS FROM THE FIRST HALF OF THE GAME, CLICK HERE.

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