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October 23, 2005 — This gaping washout at the Fruit Street property keeps appearing after each of the several rainstorms this season. The wide camera lens and low angle make it appear as if the car in the picture could be fully consumed by the valley. And although that is just an illusion, it really is large enough for most vehicles to get stuck in.

Photo tip

A slow shutter speed and a stationary camera will cause moving objects to blur. The photographer knew the cruiser would be passing, so he positioned himself. NEXT: A camera panning with a moving object to blur a background.


Back on the farm...

October 23, 2005 — The Moran's and the Brennan's get ready for a hayride around the property during Weston Nurseries' Family Fun Day.




Paul M. Phipps Citizen of the Year


Ceremony 5:30 - 8:00 pm

Thursday, October 27, 2005

 at the Hopkinton Country Club


Tickets available at Hopkinton branches of Middlesex Savings Bank, Strata Bank or by contacting Tim Kilduff at tkilduff@att.net.



Ground-breaking at Mile One marker, Boston Marathon course, Hopkinton, MA, for the statue, ‘Spirit of the Marathon.’   

Monday, October 24, at 11:00 am. 

 Weston Nurseries, Rt. 135, Hopkinton, MA (Mile One marker of Boston Marathon route).


‘Spirit’ is a gift from New Balance to the Hopkinton Athletic Association, honoring Greek marathoner Stylianos Kyriakides’ monumental 1946 Marathon win.  The ceremony will also mark the inception of the Hopkinton and Marathon, Greece twin-city relationship.


Photo of Robert Foster, center, in Marathon, Greece with the Vice Mayor, left, Zagaris Spyridoy and, right, Dimitri Kyriakides, son of Stylianos, during Mr. Foster's visit last year to discuss a sister city relationship between Hopkinton, Mass and Marathon, Greece. The new statue will be modeled after the one shown in Marathon, Greece.

A reading phenomenon

Keep atmosphere of Hopkinton Library



by Elizabeth Eidlitz

October 23, 2005


“Dear Joanne Rowling,” writes a British 12-year-old, “...Looking forward to lunchtimes, so I could read Harry’s world of magic, is great, so ...thank you for adding that touch of excitment in my day.... Please, Please, please, Please, PLEASE!!!!! Bring another one, keeping writing, my life depends on it,

               Yours Sincerely,

              Matthew LaCroix, Your No. 1 fan!”


Matthew's enthusiasm, printed on the dust jacket of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire (English edition), is shared by American counterparts, among them 80 Natick middle school muggles who attended last July’s Book Release Party for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, hosted by the Morse Institute Library in Natick.


Advance fliers and a lobby display of a jar of Bertie Botts Beans (more than a thousand estimates were entered) preceded pre-teen party events as spirit lifting as Wingardium Leviosa.


On the night of the book’s release, guests, costumed as Harry Potter characters, as was the library staff, arrived at 10:30 p.m. and were "sorted" into the four long tables of "houses" in the meeting hall. A magician dressed as a wizard, guessing games (e.g., who is the half-blood prince?), a Harry Potter Trivia contest and enjoyment of snacks, such as magic wands (chocolate dipped-pretzel rods with sprinkles) and ‘Half Blood Punch’ (red Hawaiian punch/gingerale,) filled the time until 12:01a.m. When the name of the first of 15 book raffle winners was drawn from a cauldron, and Professor McGonagall (Laurie Christie, Assistant Librarian, who along with fellow Assistant Librarian Karen Perkins, launched the wizardly innovative party), read aloud from the book. 


Raffle tickets for copies purchased by the Friends of the Library were free to all attendees. Prizes were awarded to the closest jellybean guesser, best costumes, the highest scoring 'house' in the Trivia Contest and point accumulations for teamwork and behavior.  The 3,937 beans, their purpose served, were divided among small plastic cauldrons, handed to every child leaving the party.  FULL STORY.


 Talk City posts by Jack Daniels

Reporter needed


October 23, 2005 — Our Talk City page (Button above), is a resource where people can vent, express an opinion, or ask a question. And although anyone can read the posts, only registered users can post or reply. As can be imagined, when we allowed anyone to post, it was a little too weird. You know, like maybe they are doing the actual typing but Jack Daniels or Captain Morgan is dictating the story. And those two can get a little feisty and combative at times. But some participants are simply consistently testy, accusatory, paranoid, and critical by their nature. Photo of Karl Mighton Trail which was dedicated yesterday.


Today, such a post accused this writer of not covering some events, implying that the Selectmen have to approve everything written here, as if they don't approve of the good deeds of their citizens. Here is what the reader posted, who I will call Reader X in this story (To know the real username, check out Talk City.):

     "Has this news outlet become a press service for only what the current regime of good old boys deems allowable?" he writes. I want to send this guy to his room without his apple crisp. I want to take away his Budweiser and his fishing pole. Bad Reader X! Following is my reply to his assertions, which can be inferred from my responses:


Dear Reader X,

It is apparent you are just trying to push my buttons. I was the only one to take a picture of the Karl Mighton Trail and trail head and promote it when it was announced. I walked the entire trail, took photos, and reported on the confusing turn-around. In fact before I read your letter today, I called a couple of your friends (Yes Mat [other reader], he actually has friends) to see if one of them had a photo of yesterday's dedication to send HopNews. On another occasion, I used the photo of the trail with a mention of its namesake for a Liisa Jackson promo for her Trails Committee.


Furthermore, I don't "stroll" down Main Street; and if I happen to stop to talk to one of the thousands of people I know, so be it. Besides, if you were at the trail head dedication, how did you know where I was? One of your minions? And if you were there, why not be a man and send a photo instead of whining like a little...?


By the way, you may notice I am at work today (Sunday), doing what I do every day without complaint. Lately, I have had to spend extra time defending HopNews and myself from people plagiarizing us, a concerted attack on my business, and outright theft of my intellectual property, something I didn't have in my time budget. And I would let this post go, but you can be such a horse's hindquarter at times that you deserve a reply.


And to say we don't cover events is absurd. You are busy with your ray gun when I am at the morning meetings at Town Hall. Just recently, HopNews was the first to report the Nation lawsuit, the Shepard meeting, and the Weston Nurseries bankruptcy. And then, while I continue to go to meetings in the evenings and work until sometimes 2:00 am, you are in the comfy warmth of your Woodville home conjuring up more intrigues and likely sticking pins into dolls fashioned after some of the Selectmen.


On February 10, 2005, we were the first with the story about the sale of the Weston property — by at least two days! HopNews is read by all of the local and regional reporters and/or editors at the Boston Globe, MetroWest, Crier and the Independent, a place I am surprised to find HopNews in just two years from our modest beginnings. Yes, we have been overwhelmed lately, but are targeted to get back on a power drive with some huge surprises.


Mat (Other reader), with all due respect, I know what you mean by "one man show," but HopNews does get a lot of contributions from its writers, associates and the general public. That's what makes it what it is. In fact, Eric Montville alone spends up to four hours a week on the Police News so we have it up to date for our readers twice a week in an easy-to-read format. To list any of the other contributors would be unfair to the ones I would undoubtedly forget to mention.


However, one of the most skilled positions keeps turning over due to people moving on, or up, or out — that of reporter. It is a difficult job, one that requires accuracy, speed, objectivity and skill.


Applications now being taken. Editor@HopNews.com

Hopkinton 35, Bellingham 14

Hillers lead league ~ Coach Hughes wins 198th

Above, Jon Stickney sees nothing but green on the second play of the first drive as he runs nearly the length of the filed, without a defender in sight, as his teammates wrestle with them off-camera, and he answers the score shown on the board behind him. Below, Paul Ostrander, running backwards, is about to snag the throw and carry it in to the end zone.

October 21, 2005 — The Hopkinton Hillers took over first place in the Tri-Valley with a 35-14 route over the Bellingham Blackhawks. That and a Medfield loss to Holliston has put the Hughes Men in solo position of first place.

     It was also Dave Hughes's 198th career victory. The Hillers, falling behind 7-0 in the first, got scores from John Stickney, Brian Doyle. And a pass from running back Craig Sager to Paul Ostrander all but iced the game!!

     The Hillers have four league games remaining on the schedule and have now have the lead in their own destiny as they clinch a playoff birth if they run the table. The Hillers with the running of Fullback Tom Hunt and a great defense (Jakado Hanna) are playing tremendous football. The Hillers will be home next Friday against the Dover-Sherborn Raiders. Kickoff is at 7:00  

Peter Marso special to Hopnews. 




Fall Fair

Fall Fair Saturday, October 22nd.

Pastor Bruce Johnson
Community Covenant Church
2 West Elm Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748




Police News now up-to-date

reported by Eric Montville

11:04 am A caller from Pheasant Hill Road reported that she had a cat in her ceiling overnight...

6:28 pm A resident from Claflin Street reported that she had something suspicious, possibly a weather balloon, land on her front lawn...

2:32 pm The bus officer reported that a Keefe Tech bus #9 students were throwing objects out of the bus on Wood Street...

Ticklish Tigger

October 21, 2005 — Doris Carver, President of the Tenant's Association gives Frankie Incutto a tickle in his mother Irene's arms at the Senior Housing Center at Brampton Circle this morning as the MOM's Club visited the seniors.

HopNews photo by Eric Montville.




Fall Fair

Fall Fair Saturday, October 22nd.

Pastor Bruce Johnson
Community Covenant Church
2 West Elm Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748



Model Jonelle Blanchard, from Noelle Hoyt's fashion show on Monday evening at the Hopkinton Country Club, struts her stuff to the delight of the women in the audience. To see a short video clip of the event, choose this.

Notice: Fire hydrant test may affect the down town area





P.O. BOX 171


Phone 508-497-9765

Fax 508-497-9767


As part of the Senior Center Project, a fire hydrant flow test will be conducted on Main St., Mayhew St, and Davis Road on Monday, October 24th just after 9:00am. Area streets adjacent to Main Street may also notice some discoloration. After the test is completed you many notice some discoloration in your water.  Please check your water before using it and you may need to let it run for a short period to clear your pipes after it has settled down.

Catherine M. McEnelly, 89, died October 15, 2005 at St. Patrick's Manor in Framingham, MA. She was the wife of the late George H. McEnelly who died in 1990. Born in Lynn, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Anne (McGovern) Knowlton. ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE

Zoning Enforcement Officer explains that his opinion is not an enforceable Determination

"We all agree there is no project on the table...

...none of my opinion has changed and I will go to court to defend it." Michael Shepard, ZEO


October 20, 2005 — In a meeting scheduled and conducted as a posted meeting this morning, although it was not required to be, Michael Shepard, Zoning Enforcement Officer, held court with four appellants to an opinion he wrote at the request of Muriel Kramer, who asked him to delineate the status of the uses of the Fruit Street land that the town purchased. The land is slated for municipal development for a DPW, elementary school, sewer treatment, athletic fields, and waste water discharge. The Fruit Street Development Committee, chaired by Selectman Ron Clark, also added "market rate senior housing" during the course of its more than two years of meetings of studying the land uses.

     Mr. Shepard's opinion, which he wrote over a three week period, defined his understanding of the zoning laws, which detailed few allowed uses for the Fruit Street property except by special permit. At least one of the proposed uses is specifically prohibited, according to Mr. Shepard's opinion.

     The School Committee, the Board of Selectmen, Board of Health, and Ken Weismantel all filed appeals of the opinion with the Board of Appeals. Today, Mr. Shepard told those appellants they should withdraw their appeals from the Board of Appeals "forthwith" and get their money back.

    "We all agree," Mr. Shepard said, looking at the appellants, who had apparently received advance notice of the outcome of the meeting, "if there is no project on the table, an opinion is just an opinion.

     "The response [To Mrs. Kramer] does not constitute an opinion [Determination] according to Mass General Laws. Until there is a permitted act," he said, "this is a non-binding opinion."

      His letter to the appellants dated today states, "The response after careful reflection does not, in my opinion, constitute nor was it intended to constitute an order."

       Mr. Shepard apologized for the "confusion and effort expended to this point," but each of the parties in turn told him that no apology was necessary. He did, however, state that his opinion has not changed and he will go to court to defend it.

       "Someone said my opinion 'lacked common sense,'" Mr. Shepard said, not identifying the speaker, but apparently referring to a statement made by Selectman Ron Clark to HopNews.

       When asked on September 28 why he felt the Board of Selectmen went forward with the appeal, Selectman Ron Clark said, "Because Attorney Faiman made a compelling case why the Zoning Officer was wrong:

      "Wrong based on by-laws. Wrong based on past procedure. And wrong based on common sense."

      "To hear that hurt deeply," Mr. Shepard said this morning. "If there's anyone in this room with common sense, it's me," he added.

      "The only one who helped me with the letter was my daughter," he said, making it apparent that someone had claimed otherwise, "who attended Wellesley College, and taught me how to footnote, a class I skipped at college," he said to laughter.

       "In the last there years I have broken all of my political ties and many personal ties because I cannot have people believing that I am treating one person differently than another.

      "Consistency and fairness are absolutely paramount to me. The Town is just another developer.

      "I have lived here all of my life," he said. "The only way I know how to work is to work long hours. What I have a deep feeling for is integrity," he said. Mr. Shepard's truck is usually the last vehicle to leave Main Street in the evening, and sometimes the early morning hours.

      "You set very high standards for all of us to follow," said Mrs. Peters, Chair of the Board of Health.

      "He's just an honest guy doing an honest job," said Muriel Kramer after the meeting.

       The meeting ended with applause.  


Note: The Board of Appeals web site has all of the pertinent documents.



Cut the Circus Act

Dissolve Fruit Street Committee


by Kevin Kohrt

October 20, 2005 —Ever since the Oct. 5 article “Zoning process becomes a 'circus'” (in a paper newspaper), and continuing through subsequent articles and broadcasts of Selectmen meetings, I’ve been stunned by the hot air and posturing coming from the Hopkinton officials reacting to the Zoning Determination (http://www.hopkinton.org/gov/appeals) written by Mike Shepard, Hopkinton’s well regarded Zoning Enforcement Officer. The Determination is very well written, very well referenced, and basically enumerates the permitting issues that may arise with some of the proposed uses at the Fruit Street property purchased by the town. When the ZBA decided to entertain appeals to the Determination before filing it as the official list of issues, the heated Selectmen rhetoric began.


"It's an enormous waste of time, energy and money" said Selectman Sonnet of the Determination and the appeal process.


"It's premature,” stated Selectman Clark “it’s unnecessary and is going to cost the taxpayers a lot of extra money.”


Well, gentlemen, I beg to differ. To me it seems like it would have been a logical first step to take. In his role as chairman of the Fruit Street Development Committee (FSDC), Mr. Clark should have thought of doing this simple check with the town’s Zoning Officer before spending somewhere in the neighborhood of $100,000 of tax-payer money for consultants to write a proposal for the state that has serious permitting issues. For example, the proposed DPW facility is supposed to store road salt and diesel fuel when "none of these uses are listed as allowed"; and the facility’s truck maintenance and repair stations "are specifically prohibited" according to Shepard’s research. And this could not have been a surprise. To even get to the property you have to pass a sign  on Fruit Street reading “Caution minimum salt use”. FULL STORY

Editor's Note: Soundoff is a feature available to readers who want to elaborate more than a letter to the Editor. Photo of Kevin Kohrt at Town Meeting.

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At the Library




Wed., Oct. 26, 2005


From 3:00 to 4:30 PM

 Please Register

in the Children’s Room

or Call 497-9779

Saturday October 29th, 9:00-2:00, Multi Family Yard Sale
Household items,toys, baby clothes, furniture
All proceeds to benefit Gianna Pandelfino Foundation
Rain or Shine, 39 Chestnut St. Hopkinton

The Hopkinton High School Athletic Center is now open from 6am-7am

for walkers and runners to use free of charge Monday Friday.
~Shalea Angelo, M.S., Strength & Conditioning Coach, Hopkinton High School.



The Haunted House is Back!!!!


The CAA's Haunted house will really scare your socks off! Come take a walk through our creepy house-IF YOU DARE. On Friday October 28 and Saturday October 29 from 6pm - 9 pm the old farmhouse at 98 Hayden Rowe will be crawling with ghosts, ghouls and a few zombies.


A non-scary Trick or Treat through the house will be on Saturday October 29 from 2:30 - 4:00pm. This is the perfect opportunity to have you little ones dress up in their costumes and have some Halloween fun. ~CAA 



Ron Nation appeals Town of Hopkinton to Land Court

Nation, Shepards, call Decision by Planning Board a de facto denial


by Robert Falcione

October 19, 2005 — A complaint (Docket #314547) filed against the Town of Hopkinton Planning Board and the Town of Hopkinton on behalf of Ron Nation, Trustee of the Wood Street Realty Trust, Robert C. Shepard and Elizabeth J. Shepard, seeks to overturn a Decision by the Planning Board, alleging that their Decision is a de facto denial of the permit. The Decision was an approval with conditions.

     In its opening paragraph, the complaint asserts that the "...applicant for a special permit pursuant to the OSLPD [Open Space Landscape Preservation  Development] Bylaw challenges the imposition by the Hopkinton Planning Board of conditions on an approval that effectively denies the special permit." In plain English, it appears the Plaintiff is claiming these deviations from the strict interpretation of the law are outside of the Board's jurisdiction.

         "This is arbitrary and capricious and beyond the statutory authority of the local planning board," the letter states.

         In addition, the complaint's second claim is that the procedure for applying for an Open Space plan conflicts with existing state law.

         Mr. Nation, Trustee of Wood Street Realty Trust, his entity for developing the project, has been before the Planning Board since last year, and got rejected on his first plan, a Decision against. A new plan was brought before the board, which then asked the engineer to come back with more information. A third plan was submitted and approved with conditions, which the complaint alleges is actually a de facto denial

        The complaint alleges that the Planning Board actually redesigned the proposal radically, and accuses the board of acting, in several instances, in an arbitrary and capricious manner.

        The Planning Board, as common practice, looks at each project before it and imposes conditions as they see fit, many outside of any statutory basis, and according to the individual preferences of its members.

         Mr. Nation owns the antique brick colonial house built by the Rice Brothers on Wood Street that serves as the entrance to the proposed projects. The rest of the land, according to the complaint, is under agreement. Such agreements are usually based on certain contingencies being met, such as approval for a permit to build.

         Photo of Ron (Standing) and son, Chris, during the first proposed plan last year at the edge of the property, showing a view of Lake Whitehall behind them.       



A book and video sale is being held at the Hopkinton Senior Center, 18 Main St., lower level, Town Hall Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 - 3:00.  There is a large variety.  Prices range from 25 cents to a dollar.

Books shown are for illustration purposes only.

Weston Nurseries files for Bankruptcy

Chapter 11 reorganization petition could be withdrawn

by Robert Falcione

October 18, 2005 — In a letter released to the Selectmen at 4:00 pm today, CEO of Weston Nurseries, Gary Furst,  announced that the business filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last Friday, a move that would halt any creditors from moving to seize assets or place liens on property, personal or real, should the situation arise. The petition was filed on the last day allowed under the old laws, which were more favorable to a petitioner than the new bankruptcy laws.

    The letter mentions a stockholder dispute over a lease issue, but goes no deeper than to declare that negotiations with "the shareholder" continue. The principal owners of the business, brothers Wayne and Roger Mezitt, have had disputes over the nursery and the land in recent years, leaving the "shareholder" identity presumably to be Roger Mezitt, who has yet to return a phone call to his residence this evening. Roger Mezitt retired over two years ago, which leads to the inference that he has nothing to do with the day to day operations of the nursery.

    The Mezitt brothers are offering 615 acres of former nursery land for sale, and the Town of Hopkinton has appointed a committee to study how to protect its interests on this land which has been under 61A privileges, a statute that allows agricultural land to be taxed at a lower rate, but in return, gives the town right of first refusal on a legitimate offer to purchase that land. In press releases, the nursery has consistently made public Wayne Mezitt's desire to sell the land and reinvest the proceeds in the nursery, but has also claimed that brother Roger wants to sell his share to enjoy his retirement, a claim he has denied. Reading between the lines of the letter, it appears possible that the filing is doubling as a parachute and a negotiating tactic.

     Many companies thrive after a Chapter 11 filing, and in this case, the filing appears to be a formality to posture the company to keep options open. If the the lease negotiations fail, so infers the letter, the nursery may not get the usual line of credit it needs to maintain operations during the winter months, its off-season. For the time being its creditors will be notified of the filing, but may not take actions to collect what is owed. If Weston Nurseries moves forward with the action, a judge could then absolve the nursery from paying some or all of its debt, giving it a clean bill to operate anew. It is a way to reorganize.

    Mr. Furst's letter proposes that the sale of the 615 acres will "move forward more easily" as a result of the filing. Wayne Mezitt has stated publicly in the recent past that he believes the sale will proceed by the end of the year, leading to speculation that there is at least one serious buyer in negotiations.

    The letter has stressed that the nursery will continue its operations, and in the event of a agreement regarding the lease, that it will withdraw its Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition. To read the letter in full, click here.


Top: Photo of signature display of spring tulips on Weston Nurseries property facing east toward East Main Street.

Bottom photo of bumblebee at PJM rhododendron, a hybrid plant developed by Ed Mezitt, father to Wayne and Roger, and named for his father, Peter J. Mezitt, founder of the nursery.


October 18, 2005 — John Hinckley, Jr. pointed out this rainbow to the photographer, overlooking 77 West Main Street this afternoon.

You bet your life

October 18, 2005 — "Look! The seagull has a cigar in its mouth!" said a bystander in front of the Dynasty, perhaps being reminded of Groucho Marx. A closer look with a long lens reveals what appears to be a chicken wing bone, but without duck sauce.

Swan Lake?

October 18, 2005 — Each Spring the swans will appear for a short time and then leave and again. In the fall they return for another short visit before leaving for the winter.~ Eric Carty. 

Father Mike to help St. Paul's transition to a new Rector

Sees great opportunities for Parish in Hopkinton


Photo, Father Michael Billingsley at St. Paul's Episcopal Church


By Jennifer Prentiss


October 18, 2005 — Starting this month St. Paul's Episcopal Church has a new priest-in-residence, Reverend Mike Billingsley, or as prefers to be called, Father Mike.  His position will be to help the church "get it's feet under it" in preparation to find a new Rector.


The past Rector left last spring to be with his family, and visiting priests and laypeople have maintained the ministry over the summer.  Appointed by the bishop, Father Mike plans to balance the budget and increase attendance at St. Paul's in order to prepare the congregation for the search for a new permanent Rector. 


"St. Paul's has been through some hard times," said Father Mike, citing declining numbers and dwindling finances.  "But the members of the church have been wonderful and held St. Paul's together."


"I see the American dream as having a small church that serves as a family, a support system for it's members," said Father Mike.  He hopes to show the congregation that being a family sized church (defined as having less than 150 members) is a benefit, that they will be able to minister differently than a larger church.


Following a 20 year career in the Coast Guard, Father Mike was ordained in 1992 and has served in two churches in Georgia, St. Catherine's in Marietta and St. Teresa's in Acworth, where he was the founding vicar.


"Hopkinton is growing faster than any town in the state," he said. "This provides a great opportunity for the growth of this church."


There will be a Welcome Brunch for Father Mike and his wife Judy after the 10:00 a.m. service on Sunday, November 6, at the St. Paul's Parish Hall.  All are invited.


"St. Paul's is a place where all are welcome," said Father Mike.

Catherine M. McEnelly, 89, died October 15, 2005 at St. Patrick's Manor in Framingham, MA.

She was the wife of the late George H. McEnelly who died in 1990. Born in Lynn, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Anne (McGovern) Knowlton. ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE.

POLICE NEWS up to date


6:08 pm A caller reported that a pickup truck went through the red light at the center of town and almost hit her...

3:51 pm A caller from Pendulum Pass reported that her eight year old son had not returned home from his bike ride and has been gone for approximately a hour...

2:14 pm The bus company reported that a youth, wearing all black, on Pleasant Street just threw a rock at one of their buses...  

$5200 given to PJB!!!

Above, Project Just Because founder Cheryl Lambert Walsh holds a gift bag containing a check for $5200, just given to her from the net proceeds of the benefit fashion show held by Noelle Hoyt, right, last night. Kathleen Buckley, left, was a principal sponsor of the event, donating $2500 toward the event. Below, as they posed for photos, Mrs. Hoyt gave Mrs. Walsh the total amount of her gift, which in return, Mrs. Walsh gave her a warm embrace.

   "I'm not going to cry" said Mrs. Walsh. "There's been too much of that," she said, jokingly referring to a Board of Appeals meeting she attended and cried following.

   Mrs. Walsh's goal is to provide necessities for people who are in need, and to do so in a dignified manner.

   Pointing to beautifully designed and decorated baskets filled with toiletries, she said, "Know what's in the bottom?" referring to the portion of the basket below the lip. "Toilet paper," she said.

Ground-breaking at Mile One marker, Boston Marathon course, Hopkinton, MA, for the statue, ‘Spirit of the Marathon.’   

Monday, October 24, at 11:00 am. 

 Weston Nurseries, Rt. 135, Hopkinton, MA (Mile One marker of Boston Marathon route).


‘Spirit’ is a gift from New Balance to the Hopkinton Athletic Association, honoring Greek marathoner Stylianos Kyriakides’ monumental 1946 Marathon win.  The ceremony will also mark the inception of the Hopkinton and Marathon, Greece twin-city relationship.


  “It is 1946. World War II is over. As the rest of Europe struggles to rebuild itself, Greece - which had bitterly resisted Nazi occupation - is ripped apart by civil war. Thousands are dead or dying of starvation. In the face of such epic disaster, one Greek athlete takes valiant action.

This is the true story of Stylianos Kyriakides, champion Greek runner who, against all odds, entered the 1946 Boston Marathon, a race he had lost eight years before. Now Kyriakides ran not just to win, but to wake the world to the plight of his people.

Drawing on interviews and unprecedented access to family photos and papers, the authors vividly chronicle the real-life drama of Kyriakides: a runner who raced not for gold or glory, but for the betterment of his people and the survival of his homeland.”


 -- from Running with Pheidippides, by Nick Tsiotos and Andy Dabilis


‘Spirit of the Marathon,” created by award-winning sculptor Mico Kaufman, of Tewksbury, MA and replicating its sister statue in Marathon, Greece, will honor Kyriakides’ famed achievement.


Photo of Robert Foster, center, in Marathon, Greece with the Vice Mayor, left, Zagaris Spyridoy and, right, Dimitri Kyriakides, son of Stylianos, during Mr. Foster's visit last year to discuss a sister city relationship between Hopkinton, Mass and Marathon Greece.

Flaunt it and they will come

October 17, 2005 — Noelle Hoyt presented her Boutique Noelle clothing collection to an enthusiastic sold out group of nearly all women at the Hopkinton Country Club this evening. Many local women played the role of model this evening, showing off the latest fashions and strutting their stuff to a dance beat as the crowd hooted and screamed their delight. Ms. Hoyt is donating the net proceeds to Project Just Because (See above).

     The benefit was a sold out event, bringing in about 250 people to the Hopkinton Country Club.

Annual Scouting for Food Drive



Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts of Hopkinton To Sponsor Annual “Scouting for Food Drive” on November 5th and 12th


October 17, 2005 – The Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts of Hopkinton will be sponsoring their annual “Scouting for Food Drive” on Saturdays, November 5th and 12th, 2005 to collect needed food items for the Hopkinton Food Pantry to help our local residents in need.  Since the first “Scouting for Food Drive” a few years ago, the number of families who rely on the food pantry in Hopkinton has dramatically risen from 4 to 60 families with even more families requiring assistance during the winter months.  Your assistance is needed now more than ever!


On Saturday, November 5th, Scouts will distribute collection bags at area residences that detail the types of food desired.  Residents are asked to fill the bags and put them out for collection the following Saturday, November 12th, for collection by the Scouts.


“Scouting for Food” is part of the Boy Scouts of America’s “Good Turn” program.  This year, the Metro West-based Knox Trail Council of which Hopkinton is a part, has a council-wide goal of collecting 80 tons of food items.


If you know anyone in our community in need of assistance, please contact the Council on Aging:  Mary McLeod at 508-435-3656 or Marlene Troupes at 508-435-8758. File photo ©2005 Beth Malloy.

Size doesn't matter

October 27, 2005 — Alan Kett sends this rare photo of a gull chasing a red-tailed hawk. It is unclear if the hawk has captured something of the gull's, or if it is just luring the gull way from her nest.

South Street building evacuated

Above, Police Officer Patrick O'Brien discusses the situation with Fire Chief Gary Daugherty.


October 17, 2005 — The high vacancy rate in this building at 45 South Street kept the evacuation down to a handful of people today after a FedEx tractor trailer allegedly backed into a gas meter and ruptured the integrity of the assembly, sending gas pouring out into the atmosphere and threatening the interior of the building. The one-story building, which hosts Muzak and one other business and covers around 2 acres, had only about 4 cars in the parking area. It is unclear whether or not the driver left the scene knowing he had done property damage. The police launched an immediate investigation.

Breakin' up is easy to do

October 16, 2005 — The Hopkinton Fire Department held an open  house today and offered demonstrations like this one of the "Jaws of Life," which is used to extract people from wrecked vehicles when the doors get jammed shut and the person inside is immobilized.

Wave hello

October 16, 2005 — The sun was good enough to show itself for most of the day today. The driving winds today made this shoreline at the Hopkinton Reservoir look a bit like ocean surf, as the sun hung low in the sky.

Rare act

October 17, 2005 — These two Enter Stage Left players were acting as a spotted turtle and a spotted salamander, rare species which have evoked political battles in Hopkinton in recent years. ESL played to a packed SRO crowd at the Woodville Rod & Gun Club on Saturday night. TO SEE A GALLERY OF PHOTOS, CLICK HERE.

This old house


October 16, 2005 — Barbara Dobson, a member of the Hopkinton Historical Society, guides people in parts of the Samuel Crook's House, a Victorian on Hayden Rowe Street that was opened to the public as part of a Hopkinton Historical House Tour today. It was built in the latter half of the Nineteenth Century. Ironically, Mrs. Dobson's home is 100 years or more older than this one. To see a streaming video, click the icon.

Water runneth over

October 16, 2005 — The overflow at the Hopkinton Reservoir did its job today as water flowed faster than following a spring thaw. as the rivers and lakes swelled from several days of rainfall.

Great Frankland's Ghost!

October 16, 2005 — The Selectmen's Meeting  Room, a theater for this afternoon, overflowed to the upstairs balcony as Libby Franck became, as she was introduced by Debbie Phelan, the "ghost of Lady Agnes Frankland," a controversial Hopkinton socialite.

Up a lazy river...

October 16, 2005 — The keystone arch bridge over the Sudbury River provides some scale for the raging river below it, a river that was a mere trickle a few weeks ago. The photo was shot from the Hopkinton side with a slow shutter speed, blurring the motion of the water into an angel's hair effect.

ESL Sells Out !

Above, Steve is definitely not the Pampered Chef during the "Commercial break" this evening.

October 15, 2005 — ESL (Enter Stage Left) Theater, Hopkinton's own theater group, which is associated with the CAA (Cultural Arts Alliance), put on a Saturday Night Live type of variety show this evening to a sold out, standing room only crowd at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club, complete with a Don Pardo sound-alike, Ed McCarron, who also provided the music for the evening with his quartet.

      The show was taped by HCAM-TV, which hopes to put together a (Late-night) broadcast of the irreverent and ribald R-rated fun-filled skits which were greeted with thunderous applause.

Below, Kelley Grill and Keith Rowe play their parts as newscasters poking fun at the heart of local politics to a knowing and appreciative crowd. TO SEE A GALLERY OF PHOTOS, CLICK HERE.

Follow the sun

October 15, 2005 — The sun teased residents today as it peaked out from behind clouds just before it set, as captured by reader John Ritz from the eastern shore of Lake Whitehall on Winter Street.

Over the river and through the mill to Laborer's Training we go

October 15, 2005 — Stewart Cowart, standing in his North Mill Street driveway, lends scale to the surroundings as North Mill Pond overflows up against the old mill, over the hill and down the street.

     "It is going to Laborer's," he said, referring to Laborer's Training Center.

     The road has been closed since yesterday.

Rainy day activities

October 15, 2005 — Hopkinton Wine and Spirits owner Clelland Johnson with employee Tracy Logan pause for a moment after greeting over 200 people for the shop's Second Annual Open House celebration of food and wine tasting.

   "I think it was one of those days people just wanted to get out of the house," Mr. Johnson said.

Brooks into rivers

October 15, 2005 — This ordinarily bubbling two foot-wide brook at Hayward Street across from Sandy Island parking area has turned into a raging river from the recent rain. It closed the road and undermined the culvert on Fourth Road and nearly closed Hayward Street by Sandy Beach. Sandbags were placed around the sewer pumping station, presumably to keep the water, which was raging across the road, from fouling up the sewage. Photo sent in by reader Steven Goldstein.


Go to your mark...

October 15, 2005 — Mary McQueeney brings runner 233 to the start line moments before the start of the 8th Annual Michael's Run / 5K Run.

Get set...

October 15, 2005 — Officer Thomas Griffin and Sgt. Richard Flannery prepare to help keep the runner safe and orderly for the start.

They're off!!

October 15, 2005 —The 8th Annual Michael's Run / 5K Run ~ Walk got underway at noon to the sound of an air horn. More Later.

Flood waters everywhere

October 15, 2005 — The Sudbury River, looking at the Hopkinton side, is becoming one with the railroad tracks and the swamp across from them today.

Fall Fair Postponed

The rain on Saturday, October 15th, has pushed our Fall Fair to next Saturday, October 22nd. More info to follow.
Pastor Bruce Johnson
Community Covenant Church
2 West Elm Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748

Newcomers Annual Family Fall Festival Postponed

The Hopkinton Newcomers Social Club will be holding its Annual Family Fall Festival on Sunday, October 30th at the EMC Playground from 2:00 - 3:30 PM.  This is a free event for both members and non-members.  Donations are welcome.  The children will enjoy crafts, trick-or-treating, refreshments, a costume parade and a special performance by children's entertainer, "Mike the Music Man".  Arrive on time so you won't miss a moment of the fun.  This event will not be held if it is raining.  Please RSVP to Kelly Ianelli at 508-497-9557 or dkianelli@verizon.net .


Southboro asks for mutual aid

October 15, 2005 — The tropical type of rain that poured from the sky this evening and morning undoubtedly was the cause of many accidents as storm water drains were over capacity and the streets became rivers, turning cars into metal boats for periods of time. Above, Hopkinton responded shortly after midnight to Southboro's call for mutual aid after Southboro Police arrived at the scene of this accident just over the town line and found an empty vehicle. Police from both towns searched for the driver and ended up with a suspect in custody shortly afterward. The pole, broken and leaning precariously, is carrying much more than an ordinary telephone pole, just opposite the entrance to the Southboro T train station. Southboro needed help, it was overheard at the scene, because they were working on a fatality in another area of town. Further details are unavailable.

Close call

October 14, 2005 — Shortly after 11:00 pm this evening, during a torrent of driven rain, the driver of this ivory SUV apparently misjudged his actions and ended up sideswiping the van shown on the left and nearly crashing through the building at Cornell's on Hayden Rowe Street, resting about an inch away after traveling the entire width of the parking area. One patron said that if the van had not been there, he definitely would have come through. The driver's door was apparently open during the crash, as it is bent back and up against the van

      The driver was taken to Milford Hospital by Hopkinton Fire Department Ambulance accompanied by Police Officer Linda Higgins.

Hillers mean business in tri-valley league as Medway falls 27-0


Peter Marso special to HopNews.

October 14, 2005 — In what could have been called a football donnybrook, the Hopkinton Hillers proved to the Tri-Valley League that they are a team not to mess with as they punished the Mustangs of Medway 27-0 in a game that had two unbeaten teams going head to head.

      The Hillers, with the running of senior John Stickney and the busting fullback Tom Hunt, all but wrote "we will be there in the end!"

     Coach Dave Hughes won his 197th career victory and the Hillers played their entire squad on the way to the victory. The Hillers will now be in the thick of the Tri-Valley League and Super Bowl playoff hunt. The team will travel to Bellingham next Friday night.  





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Milford, MA

October 14, 2005 —  Milford Police arrested Michael A. Lebrecque age 49 of 56 North Bow Street Milford at his home yesterday evening for an attempted armed robbery reported  3:28 p.m. at the Main Street Market located 315 Main Street.  The victim and a witness reported to police that the suspect brandished a knife and demanded money but fled before seizing any money.  Police were provided with the suspect’s description and a vehicle used to get away including a license plate number.  The vehicle was located shortly after by Officer Poissant and the police officers involved in the investigation learned the identity of the alleged perpetrator and later went to his residence located at 56 North Bow Street and arrested him.  He was transported to the police station, questioned and subsequently booked on the following charges:


(1)     Attempting to commit an armed robbery

(2)     Armed Assault with intent to commit an armed robbery


The suspect was held on high cash bail and brought to the Milford District Court for arraignment on Friday October 14, 2005.


The success of the investigation and fast apprehension of the suspect was due to the many police officers working together as a team.  The officers included patrolmen and supervisors from both 8-4 and 4-12 shifts assisted by Detective Craig Stanley.

(Sgt. Rizoli, Sgt. Heron, Officers Poissant, Shuras, A. Bacchiocchi, doCurral, Gresian, Araujo, Mastroianni and Detective Craig Stanley). ~ From the Milford Police Department




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