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Deirdre, Hopkinton's good witch ~ Part I

Do what you will, and harm none ~ Witch's Creed

by Robert Falcione

October 30, 2005 — Can an ordinary person don a cape, grab a broom, sheath a dagger, and meet like-minded people in the middle of the dark woods? There's one in Hopkinton, one of six she herself is aware of.

      Deirdre is a bona fide witch, from her broomstick to her hooded cape, who is celebrating this holiday her people call Samhain, also known to the non-Pagan world as Halloween.

      "My name has no significance except that my favorite Celtic poem is Deidre of the Sorrows," she said.

      "The witch was the wise person of the village," she explained. "Witchcraft is paganism, a pre-Christian way of believing.

     Deirdre said she needed to conceal her identity in light of recent events in a nearby city banning Halloween, apparently uncomfortable with the idea.

     She left her home for the photograph above grabbing a broom, and wearing a cape with a purple lining. "This is not for flying," she laughed. "It is for clearing the Circle," she later explained.

     "Purple is my color. While I get dressed, I get energized. It is a way of clearing the mind."

     "We don't believe in having dominion over the earth. We are a part of it," she said. "I am here for a very short time. The oak tree out front was here before I was and will be here when I am gone." She related some ritualistic behavior.

     "The thing about costumes and darkness is because the ancients harvested not only food, but seed." The circle plays a large part in the belief system of what some call a religion, but Deirdre fell short of calling it that. The circle is a feminine symbol.

     "The circle is never-ending," she said. She brought out a circular carved piece of perhaps epoxy with all of the holidays depicted in story form.

     "Samhain is a multiple holiday," she said. "It is a celebration of the last harvest and of the new year. Not only is it the last harvest, but it is when the Dark Lord takes the seed for planting."

      "The ancient Pagans would stay up all night and celebrate the year. It is a natural agrarian way of celebrating life," she said. 

    "The Dark Lord would come forward and take the seed until Beltane, or May Day. The Maypole is a fertility symbol, a phallus," she said. "Witchcraft is a celebration of the old and the new. Everything is either female or male."

    The Witch's broom, she explained, is used to clear the Circle, which is symbolic of feminine sexuality. "Picture what it looks like, sweeping from the middle," she said.

    Then the men come with their daggers, which are a male symbol, she explained. Part II to follow.
























Photo of Middle School student Hannah Krueger

by Kathleen Culler.

October 30, 2005 — Olivia Kirshy, 4 1/2, and mom, Clorinda, work together to create Ghostcraft at the Hopkinton Public Library children's Room last week.

Coming Monday: Deirdre, Hopkinton's good witch

October 30, 2005 — Above, Deirdre, a witch who resides in Hopkinton, is pictured here in Hopkinton at the State Park near the old Hopkinton Town Beach. She agreed to an interview with HopNews which will be shared with readers on Halloween.

Tenth Annual Toys For Tots Halloween Open House


Bring your child in costume with a toy for underprivileged children and get a keepsake portrait.

Invite a friend with children, too.

Toy must be new and not gift wrapped*.

Toy guns or other weapons are not allowed.


October 31, 2005 10am - 5:30pm.

Official Sponsor

Photographic Images

24 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA

Props donated by Angel's Garden Center

Antique wheelbarrow provided by Chop Plourde

An official drop-off location until Dec 17, 2005

*Coloring books and comic books are not considered toys in this toy drive.

FREE PALLETS! Come and get them and they are yours! Perfect for raising stuff off your wet cellars, stacking firewood, burning at campfires. No need to call or knock, just come and get them… first come, first serve!

WHERE: Checker’s – 8 Cedar Street (across from the Post Office). They are all stacked out back on the right side of the parking lot.

The Winning $200.00 entry

     For a few weeks, HopNews had a contest called, "Why I like Hopkinton." The wining prize of $200.00 was awarded by a panel of three judges, who voted blindly, with no names on the entries. Going into the judging, no one had any preconceived ideas about criteria. After all, how can you predetermine something that is entirely subjective and has yet to be created? We did ask people to keep it 50 words or less.

     The winning writer described views, scenes, buildings and wildlife, and how that made her feel. Two of three judges saw a lot of the town in her 50-word piece.

     The winning entry, by Barbara Rolinski, follows:


I like Hopkinton for its landscape of hilly roads, mountain views, and reflecting waters. I like the feel of Main Street with the stone library facade, white church, and greenery in the common. When I see deer grazing or turkeys wandering I think to myself, "I'm so lucky to live here." ~ Barbara Rolinski.




For a few days, The Editor's emails to Mrs. Rolinski went unanswered, while she read HopNews wondering if she was the one we were having trouble contacting.


Finally, sorting thorough her junk mail folder (Harrumph!), Mrs. Rolinski came upon our series of emails to her and called to confirm her identity.


When asked what she was going to do with the money, she replied, "Buy tires."


A very practical use of the winnings.


Mrs. Rolinski's had descriptive content and excellent cadence.



A Second Place Prize, $25.00 Gift Certificate to Bill's Pizza was created because the judges liked Josh Laurence's entry so much (He is in eighth grade). Josh Laurence's also had excellent cadence and a really innocence spirit:

Why I like Hopkinton...


Everyone knows that my goal is to become a townie.  I want to walk into the local coffee shop and know everyone there. Then I want to go to the counter and hear, "Hey Josh, the regular?"

And I'll go, "Yup, the usual," and they'll know what I mean.

                                                                                                                                                                             Josh Laurence

All in all, most of the entries were near or on the top of the judges' lists. The greatest difficulty making the choices was because so many were so good. We'll do  similar contest soon.


Fashion fight

October 29, 2005 — Hopkinton Police were asked to provide assistance at the American Legion in Ashland where a large fight was reportedly taking place during a Halloween party. Framingham Police Gang Unit also responded.

     "It started because one guy was wearing the same costume as another," said Ashland Police Sgt. Roy Testa.

     HopNews is branching into the surrounding towns. To learn how you can have the Ashland franchise of a new umbrella organization at no cost, call Editor, Robert Falcione, 508-435-5534.

October 29, 2005 — This plant at Lake Whitehall is ready to send its seeds airborne with its silky wings today.

Where there's smoke, sometimes there's no fire

October 29, 2005 — Hopkinton Fire Department responded to Westboro's request for mutual aid this evening at the rest area of the Mass Pike westbound, for what was reported as a structure fire.

     According to a State Police Trooper inside the building, employees smelled smoke and called. But an investigation found nothing. The power was off, according to the Trooper because of a problem with a line on the Upton Road, but the facility was going to switch to onsite generators and stay open.

     HopNews is branching into the surrounding towns. To learn how you can have the Westboro franchise of a new umbrella organization at little or no cost, call Editor, Robert Falcione, 508-435-5534.

Haunted House

October 29, 2005 — These scary people in the photo below, as well as the head on the dinner table above revealed by a knife-wielding crazy person in a mask, spooked quite a few visitors this evening to the CAA Annual Haunted House. Some said the turnout was low because of the inclement weather.

Recycled history

October 29, 2005 — The old train depot, circa 1870, that was once located at the railroad crossing by Hopkinton Lumber, has been placed on a foundation by Ice House Pond and is being restored and refurbished (The roof was a total loss) by the Hopkinton Historical Commission. The plan is to have the Scouts sell cocoa during the days when the pond is used for skating, and have a place for people to change to skates without sitting in the snow.

October 29, 2005 — Jeff Doherty entertains a couple of young shoppers, Christina Burri, 3, and her brother, Conner, 6, today at Angel's Garden Center.

Off to Switzerland

Above from left, Camille Kulig, Danielle Gendron, Maureen Regan. Katharine Brine is not pictured.

October 29, 2005 — These Girl Scouts, three members of the four-girl Troop 2245, sold tickets at Main Street Specialties today for a night of giving at Solomon Pond Mall for Sunday, November 20, 2005. They are raising funds to attend a Girl Scout facility in Switzerland called Our Chalet and meet Girl Scouts from all over the world.


October 29, 2005 — Family entertainer David Polansky took requests from the kids in the audience today and brought smiles to their faces at the High School Auditorium.

October 29, 2005  — Olivia Kent takes a brush to the face of Ray Drawe this afternoon at the Housing Authority center on Davis Road. Although her face painting is no charge, she accepts donations to give to the Hopkinton Special Olympics.


Hopkinton romps Dover-Sherborn 28-0

October 28, 2005 — The Hopkinton Hillers, led by two goals by Jon Stickney of 80 and 60 yards runs, took Dover-Sherborn to school this evening at the Hopkinton High School Varsity Football Field in a romp that ended 28-0. Paul Ostrander and Thomas Hunt also scored for the green in what was Coach Dave Hughes 199th win.

     Next Friday, the Hillers will do their best to topple Westwood at home and hand Coach Hughes his 200th win!

Below, Ted Bitensky, owner of Hopkinton Gourmet, sits in For Peter Marso doing the play-by-play of tonight's football game. The woman in the photo is not identified as of this writing.


Rainbow feel

October 28,2005 — The colors may be a little dull this season, but a little adjustment of the color saturation in the computer, as with the photo above, can turn the dull into brilliant.


St. John the Evangelist Parish to try new approach for youth

Father Ken Cannon, Assistant Pastor of St. John the Evangelist, stands in the Parish Center of the church, where he hopes the empty seats behind him will be filled on Thursday, November 3rd, at 7:00 p.m. for a pivotal meeting about the Youth Ministry.

By Jennifer Prentiss
October 28, 2005 - In the past, the youth ministry at St. John's was run by a youth minister. This was typical of the archdiocese, and due to the high turnover rate of youth leaders the youth programs seem to come and go. The last youth minister at St. John's left a year and a half ago and since then, besides their religious education programs, there have been no activities for youth.

"This is something that has been missed at St. John's," said Father Ken Cannon, Assistant Pastor.

St. John's is starting a new program that has been developed by the Office of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of Boston, called Sparking Youth Ministry. In this approach, Church leaders hope to empower the parents and other church members to offer their service to the youth in their parish. In this way, the congregation can make available their talents to the youth without necessarily committing to a weekly or monthly allotment of time. This program has been successful in the past in communities such as Middleton, Randolph, Hudson and Marlborough.

"Using this method, we can tap in to the gifts of the parish," said Father Cannon.

"The purpose of this program would be so that the youth in Hopkinton would have a safe environment in which to have fun and develop constructive friendships, to build up their faith and to express it through service to the community," said Father Cannon. "This would also assist in their growth and maturation into adulthood."

The hope is that this program will bring the community together by engaging the adults and the youth in the church in cooperation with the public.

On November 3rd, at 7:00 p.m. at the Parish Center there will be a meeting with John Bettinelli of the Office of Youth Ministry. During this meeting Mr. Bettinelli will describe the new program and form groups of interested parishioners to address specific questions, such as what has happened in the past in St. John's youth ministry, what are the gifts of the parish, what is happening in youth ministry today and what are the wants of their teens and parents today? After this assessment has been evaluated, a new plan for the youth ministry would be made.

"The members of the parish would serve as youth ministers, and I would serve as the coordinator," said Father Cannon. "Eventually we will appoint a new youth minister, who will coordinate from that point on."

"Youth ministry is not the sole responsibility of the youth minister or pastor, but of the entire parish," said Father Cannon. "We all have a stake in its success and the responsibility to make it happen."

October 28, 2005 — These two people brought the color to the downtown as they walk the entire east hill of Main Street with these seasonally colored balloons.

POLICE NEWS now up-to-date



1:26 am A caller reported that an erratic operator was traveling west on Main Street. The caller then reporter the operator traveling on the wrong side of the road...


9:21 am A caller reported that while walking her dog on Pond Street this morning, two dogs from a house came after her dog...


11:21 am A caller from Center School reported that a fox just ran out of the woods with something in it's mouth...



And the winner...

      Our "What I like About Hopkinton" contest has been judged and the winner of the $200.00 prize has been chosen. That winner will be announced after we get a return phone call or email so we can verify the person's identity.

       What the panel of judges hadn't foreseen is that they would like another entry so much that they would create a Second Prize, a $25.00 gift certificate to Bill's Pizza. The winner of that prize is Josh Laurence, an eighth grade student. Here is his winning entry:

Why I like Hopkinton...


Everyone knows that my goal is to become a townie.  I want to walk into the local coffee shop and know everyone there. Then I want to go to the counter and hear, "Hey Josh, the regular?"

And I'll go "Yup, the usual," and they'll know what I mean.

                                                                                                                                                                             Josh Laurence

Officer Matthew McNeil places handcuffs on the driver after giving sobriety tests, while Officer William Burchard  observes.

October 28, 2005, Approx. 1:20 am — A cell caller reported a vehicle being driven erratically near the Doughboy Monument at Cookie's Corner. Moments later, the vehicle drove past the HopNews office traveling west in the eastbound lane. The vehicle then proceeded past the Police Headquarters and took out a hydrant before crashing into an adjacent phone pole at Summer Street and Main. The male passenger was taken to the hospital by Hopkinton Ambulance. The driver was taken to the Police Station.

Paul Phipps, Citizen of the Year, feted at Hopkinton Country Club

Founder of Little League, Chamber of Commerce


October 27, 2005 — The who's who of Hopkinton business, people from the community, the Boston Marathon, politicians, friends, business associates, Old Hopkinton, and the family of Paul Phipps gathered this evening to form one very large extended family at the Hopkinton Country club to bestow the Citizen of the Year Award upon him this evening.

      The room was filled with associates from more than one generation who detailed story after story about the qualities of a man who is responsible for much of the community organization in Hopkinton.

      "I hear talk about people being attracted to Hopkinton because of the 'rural character' of Hopkinton," said Jim Pyne, a member of the first Little League team, which was formed by Mr. Phipps.

    "But it's Paul Phipps and the people like him who attract people to Hopkinton, because they made it what it is," he said.

    Fr. Jim Degnan,  Pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church, called Mr. Phipps "loyal" and said that Mr. Phipps has been his chief supporter since moving to Hopkinton 26 years ago.

    Fr. Jim, who has been a golfing partner with Mr. Phipps, paraphrased a famous quote saying, "With every great man there's a great woman," referring to Ruth Phipps, who received roses from the chamber at the beginning of this evening's event.

    Playing on the demographic makeup of the audience, former Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Dick Gooding, said, "I see Townies. It isn't a four-letter word." Mr. Gooding's family moved to Hopkinton when he was four years old, which is a disqualification, according to unwritten Hopkinton Townie rules, for ever becoming a Townie.

     Wayne Mezitt, owner of Weston Nurseries, continued the light-hearted theme.

    "We moved here in 1949. I guess we're newcomers," he said. He related how he insured his first car with Mr. Phipps, whose son, Paul, would later tell the story about how his dad bought the insurance company when it only had seven accounts.

    Mr. Mezitt closed his part by saying, "Now we live on Phipps Street, and we're beginning to feel like old timers."

    Son Rob Phipps likened his father's life to the Forest Gump story; playing football, joining the Marines, and so on.

    Pounding home the "Townie" theme, Mr. Phipps spoke of his father working at moving "300 lb chunks of ice from Ice House Pond, not 'Golden Pond,'" referring to the only name newcomers know to associate with the area on West Main Street where there was an old ice house.

    Rob Phipps detailed the random events that brought his father successfully through life. One of the starkest was the decision his father made not to go to the Coconut Grove nightclub with his sweetheart following the 1942 BC/Holy Cross game that preceded the fire at that club that took hundreds of lives and changed Massachusetts Fire regulations forever.

    Among the things Mr. Phipps credited his father's success for were "...a deep faith grown from a strong relationship with his mother, education with the Jesuits, and an unwavering loyalty from his chosen partner in life, my mother."

     Rob Phipps announced the creation of the Paul M. Phipps  Charitable Foundation, details to be announced.

    One of the gifts bestowed this evening upon Mr. Phipps, a good friend of life-long marathoner Johnny Kelley, was a beautifully embroidered Boston Marathon jacket presented to him by Guy Morse, Director of the BAA.

     "There are only three of these in the world," said Mr. Morse.

     Next was Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Eric Sonnett, to present a proclamation form his Board.

     "There is only one of these in the world," he said to a roomful of laughter from the standing-room-only crowd. The Proclamation declared November 2 as Paul Phipps Day. 


Shame on the scofflaws


I just read your article regarding handicap parking violators. Please do not hang up your "man of steel outfit", this is a issue that troubles me, similar to those who do not stop for a pedestrian making a feeble attempt to cross the street. Have we become so busy, so important in our everyday lives that we can't obey the most basic of laws to make the lives of someone less fortunate a bit easier by taking their parking space?


I too, have been witness to this act of uncaring by people that could easily walk a few more steps to get their much needed custom coffee or are too busy gabbing on the phone to stop for a cross walk occupant. Give me a break, get a life, it's these very people that, if in the the shoes of the needed, they would be furious if they could not take advantage of such a simple benefit.


Just the other day I had the privilege of seeing a police cruiser pull into the road in the center of town so as to stop traffic for a Davis Road resident to allow him to cross. Ironically, the driver who came to a screeching halt was on a cell phone; maybe he was making a 911 call to the police station! Maybe its time we take a more aggressive approach to this continuing problem. I think taking someone's picture who is clearly not handicap is a great start. If common courtesy is not enough, shame might be.



Carl D. Harris

October 27, 2005

More Letters

Here Come the Raiders !

by George Cassista

October 27, 2005 — With several returning veteran players from last year, and a slew of younger talent drafted up from the E division, the 2005 Hopkinton/Ashland Raiders will try and upset the Mashpee Jr. Falcons in the first round of the 2005 Hockomock Tournament, Sunday, November 6th.

The D2 Raiders consist of a rugged bunch of 9,10, and 11 yr olds that play with a determination and toughness not often seen at this particular age group. Playing with depleted personnel, 4 players injured in preseason, they went not scored upon to start the season at 2-0, relying on a smothering defense that allowed only 38 points in 8 games. They would march on to win a play-off birth with a season ending record of 5-3 (of which 4 winning games were shut outs).

The offense which stumbled at times with turnovers and blown assignments tightened up and finished the regular season against the 6-2 Foxboro Warriors in dramatic fashion (20-6). With the post season at stake, a group of 4th and 5th graders went on the road and played like men in what can only be remembered as "the mud bowl."
The Raiders offense would complete the season earning 115 points against would be contenders, all their losses (6-0, 13-12,13-6) were "sit on the edge of your seat" "nail biters" with the Raiders just inches and sometimes only seconds away from coming back to tie or win the game. Vince Lombardi has a quote that rings true with this team (who's record is quite deceiving and very much a threat in this tournament):
"We never really LOST a game,...we just ran out of time".


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. 


David Polanski Family Concert   October 29- 1:00 pm at the Hopkinton High School

David Polansky is a local family entertainer who is a favorite of children and grandparents. His shows are filled with singing, dancing and humor. Polansky is well known for his award winning animal songs. This is one event you can bring the entire family to.

tickets are $6.00 per person with a $24.00 per family max. Combination tickets to the show and the Haunted House are also available for $10 a person or $40.00 per family max.

The judges have chosen

Additional prize added

October 26, 2005 — A panel of judges has chosen the $200.00 prize winner of the "Why I Like Hopkinton" contest.

      Many of the entries where so good that the judges took quite a while deciding on the winner. In fact, another prize was added because another of the entries was so well liked. They will be announced sometime tomorrow, Thursday.

ONE WEEK at Smuggler's Beach

One week at the Ocean Club at Smugglers Beach, S. Yarmouth MA. Friday 11/4/05 thru Friday 11/11/05.  right on Nantucket Sound.  sleeps 4, in room Jacuzzi and gas fire place.  Indoor pool, right off route 28.  See Classified

Crash landing in Hopkinton

October 26, 2005 — This little guy (a dark-eyed junco or snowbird) knocked himself senseless against our kitchen slider door. He sat quietly stunned on the deck for an hour-and-a-half and I kept an eye on him (and on the neighbor’s cat) to make sure he came to no harm. After a while, he shook himself off and flew off into a nearby tree. ~ Alan Kett

Note: Thanks to HopNews reader, photographer and birder Alan Kett, for another great photo. 

HopNews photo by Alan Kett.

Trains, trains, and trains

October 26, 2005 — Sarah Wilme, 3, is enchanted with mom Kathy's reading of a book detailing the adventures of Thomas the Train in the Library's newly redecorated Children's Room.

 From the Radical Middle...


I'm sorry you parked in the handicap spot

Handicap champion quitting superhero role

by Robert Falcione

October 26, 2005 — Aside from the photos I share with HopNews readers, one of the most popular HopNews features, people tell me, is the "Look who's parking in the handicap spot" feature. After a recent experience, I promised myself not to put myself in jeopardy by saying anything to anyone parked in the spot, and risk that they just might misrepresent the facts to other interested parties.

      During the recent experience, the woman stuck her middle finger at me, got out of her vehicle, and charged toward me wagging her finger in my face — a different finger from the first — claiming it was illegal to photograph her.

     She and I had a dialogue about why I was photographing her vehicle and why I thought she should move it. She explained that she felt it was okay to be there because she was just talking to someone. Then she went to the police claiming to believe I was "acting weird" and taking her photograph for no reason. She denied parking in the spot. Good thing I had my camera to prove otherwise. I guess she sort of turned herself in without knowing it.

     It was such an unnerving experience, being reminded that there are people ready to bear false witness — it used to be a Commandment —  that I decided not to do it again. But I couldn't help myself. I engaged another person recently.

    Walking the crosswalk from Main Street Specialties to Bill's Pizza, I saw the SUV pull into the spot for disabled people, a 30 something man hop out with papers in his hand, and walk to the back of the vehicle, where I was finishing my crossing. FULL STORY


Wanted, part time position as administrative assistant. 

Customer service oriented, people friendly, excellent telephone skills.  Computer savvy...  See Help Wanted in Classified.


FALMOUTH:  2 DEEDED  TIMESHARE WEEKS FOR SALE. (WEEK 30 AND WEEK 10) ONLY$17,995.for both! With the ocean at the front door and Great Bay at the back, Inn Resorts - See Real Estate in Classified

Fridge, Stove and Dishwasher For Sale

Almond/bisque colored appliances. All three are in excellent shape. You won't find a better deal. The fridge measures 28" height, 24 3/4" depth, and 64 1/2" height. See pictures and more in Classified.

Holiday Craft Fair
Brampton Circle, 100 Davis Road
Saturday, October 29th  10:00 a.m til 3:00 p.m.
     hand made crafts    white elephant table     baked goods    face painting    refreshments
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

You've seen My Fair Lady and Inherit the Wind. And now,




 DEC. 1 @4 PM

DEC. 2 @ 7:30 PM

DEC. 3 @ 2:00 & 7:30 PM



On December 1, 2, & 3 the High School Drama Department will be presenting the musical “Smile” at the Middle School Auditorium.  “Smile” is a musical from the mid-eighties, written by Howard Ashman (Little Shop of Horrors) with music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Although very well received by audiences on Broadway, it closed after 48 performances due to artistic differences with the producers.  It is currently enjoying resurgence in popularity, particularly in high schools.


“Smile” revolves around The 1986 California Young American Miss pageant and features song and dance numbers by a large ensemble of female contestants, making it a hit with theater groups populated by young women.  Featured contestants include Katie Frost, Caitlin Kelly, Jenna Payne, Caitlin Shea, and Tierney Nolan.  Also featured in leading roles are Maggie Sloan, playing the pageant coordinator, Brenda Freelander and Christian Miller playing her husband, Bob. Ronnie Flynn and Matt Gelman have supporting roles.  Twenty-six additional students round out the cast with a tech crew of 10 currently working hard to put together the set.  As was the case last year, high school students will be playing in the orchestra pit, under the direction of Steve Yavarow, so it will truly be an all-school production. 


The musical deals with the veneer so often admired and the flaws that lie beneath; hidden truths that we, as a society, are all too quick to ignore.  How far will someone go to win?  What is the ultimate cost of looking the other way?   As Howard Ashman put it in his preface to the play “A good production of SMILE ought to be fast, tuneful fun . . . that carries a concealed weapon.”


Please note that there is some language that might be considered inappropriate for young children.


Tickets are $8 for students and seniors, $10 for adults

Performance times:       Dec. 1 @ 4 pm

                                    Dec. 2 @ 7:30 pm

                                    Dec. 3 @ 2:00 and 7:30 pm

November 3 6-8 p.m. Fiber Arts Boutique at the Cultural Arts Alliance

The Cultural Arts Alliance is hosting a Fiber Arts Boutique at the farmhouse at 98 Hayden Rowe Street.  Come by for a "Meet the Artists" wine reception and sale tonight from 6-8 p.m.. Weavers, knitters, quilters, rug hookers and fiber artists come together to sell their one-of-a-kind creations.  There will be clothing, pocketbooks, wall-hangings, jewelry, scarves and many fiber arts to choose for yourself or as gifts. For more dates visit www.caahopkinton.org See Calendar for details Calendar

Photographic Images Tenth Annual Halloween Open House toy drive.

Tenth Annual Toys For Tots Halloween Open House.

Bring your child in costume with a toy for underprivileged children and get a keepsake portrait.

Invite a friend with children, too.

Toy must be new and not gift wrapped*.

Toy guns or other weapons are not allowed.

October 31, 2005 10am-5:30pm.

24 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA

*Coloring books and comic books are not considered toys in this toy drive.

Harvey's before Planning Board

"It will 100 times better than it is now." ~ Jim Harvey, referring to old landfill cap.

October 25, 2005 — E.L Harvey & Sons principal Jim Harvey went before the Planning Board last night for a Site Plan Review to discuss the aesthetics of his company's expansion of its recycling business into Hopkinton on 40 acres, some of it on top of a former landfill formerly used by the Town of Hopkinton.

      "It will 100 times better than it is now," he said to the Planning Board and the group gathered in the Auditorium of the High School for the Public Hearing, referring to old landfill cap.

    He assured the Board that no hazardous waste, no asbestos or putrescent materials will be taken in.

    One concern the opponents of the expansion have set their chips down on is the location of a fueling island in the confines of the property.

     "The WRPOD (Water Resources Protection Overlay District) is shown on the plan," he said. "The maintenance garage and refueling is outside of that area."

      Mr. Harvey also explained to the Board that the water and sewer services will be provided by the Town of Westboro.    

      There will be two more sessions for the Harvey's before the Planning Board. 

Wrong way. Go back.

October 25, 2005 — Officer Stephen Buckley directs traffic at the scene of a head on collision in front of Angel's Garden Center that sent five people, at least three of them children, to the hospital this afternoon, mostly as a precaution. It is apparent the van was struck by the white vehicle which moved into its lane going in the opposite direction at the height of today's driving rainstorm.

October 25, 2005 — Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Eric Sonnett, was one of the speakers yesterday at the dedication of the statue, Spirit of the Marathon, by Mico Kaufman at Weston Nurseries. The statue is being commissioned and donated to the HAA by running shoe company New Balance. Mr. Sonnett gave a history of the Marathon, detailing how the first runner was actually running to warn of a Persian invasion, and dropped dead upon finishing, 2,000 years ago.

    "But with New Balance running shoes..." Mr. Sonnett said to an eruption of laughter.

Chesmore Birth

Holliston- Andrea & Keefe Chesmore announce the birth their son, Gregory Michael Chesmore on October 16, 2005 at 12:20p.m. Born at Milford Regional Hospital, he weighed 6ls, 7oz. and was 19" long.

Maternal Grandparents are Ron and Adele Vozzella of Franklin, Paternal Grandparents are Bob and Cindy Chesmore of Hopkinton. Great-Grandmother Marie Mussi of Franklin.

POLICE NEWS up-to-date


6:44 pm A high school female called and requested an officer to her house.  The female had made arrangements with the school guidance counselor to exchange clothes with another female student at the school tomorrow...

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NEW and EXCITING PROGRAM For  6th, 7th and 8th  graders

Early release days  2005 - 2006: a fun place to go with friends after school!!!


DATES:       Friday, October 28, 2005; January 11, 2006; March 1, 2006; April 28, 2006

TIME:         11 a.m. – 2  p.m.

WHERE:     Oct. 28  at First Congregational Church  (subsequent sites to be decided)

Fee:            $10.00  -  includes 2 slices of Pizza and a drink


What’s there to do?

  Gym:  basketball, indoor soccer • Game rooms:   ping pong, pool table and foos ball • Café:  bring extra money for tasty treats • Crafts:  jewelry-making, beading • Computer lab • Movie hall Drama workshop  • Music room with sound system for "jamming." BRING YOUR INSTRUMENTS .  The church has a drum set.  


BUS TRANSPORTATION:    Will be provided, at no additional cost, from the Middle School to the church at 10:45 a.m..  Parents must arrange for students to be picked up at the church at 2:00 p.m..  There are no late busses on Early Release Days.


To register  for the fun!:                                         

Register yourself and friends either on-line, through Hopkinton Parks and Recreation at: www.activityreg.com, or by picking up a registration form at the Parks and Rec. Office in Town Hall.


PARENTS:  Plenty of supervision provided by volunteers who are CORI certified.  

Questions?  For Scholarship information, or to volunteer for 10/28 and future Early Release Day events, please contact Kim Hesse, Hopkinton Youth Commission, via email: hessek@aol.com


Program sponsored by:  Hopkinton Parks and Recreation  

Politics in Hopkinton

Dear Editor,

I am writing this letter to share some thoughts that have come from my recent involvement with politics in Hopkinton. In February of 2005, the Weston Nurseries property was put on the market. Like most residents, I became quickly concerned about how Hopkinton would be affected from the sale of 600+acres of land.  Rather than sit back and watch the outcome, I became involved and was fortunate enough to be chosen as a member of the Land Use Study Committee.  Well, Needless to say that over the past 9 months, I have gotten a crash course in politics. READ FULL LETTER

An Abutter’s Perspective:

 Dear Editor:

In reading KSS Realty’s Application for a Special Permit to Build Garden-Style Apartments to be known as “Maspenock Woods” the developer declares that there are a minimal number of abutters.  Existing and additional screening, if necessary, will minimize the impact on abutters.  Below are the concerns unique to the abutters that I do not think are minimized by planting a few extra trees or shrubs. READ FULL LETTER

Stone laid for Spirit of the Marathon

Milestone at Mile Marker


Above, Peter Mezitt of Weston Nurseries, sculptor Mico Kaufman, Kathy Shepard of New Balance and State Senator Karen Spilka at the site where the statue, Spirit of the Marathon will be erected. They are holding a photo of the statue, Spirit of the Marathon, a duplicate of which will be placed on Weston Nurseries property alongside East Main Street, Route 135.


October 24, 2005 — Sculptor Mico Kaufman came to Hopkinton to watch the — as Peter Mezitt called it — "native Hopkinton granite" stone placed on Weston Nurseries property alongside Route 135 in plain view of the Garden Center main office, and surrounded by an enormous false cedar and intricate landscapes, which will will serve as a resting point for the 12' high Spirit of the Marathon bronze statue. It is the second one commissioned by New Balance from Tewksbury sculptor Mico Kaufman; the first is in Marathon, Greece, a town which is developing a "Twin City" relationship with Hopkinton, Massachusetts. 

      The statue depicts the winner of the 1946 BAA Marathon, Greek marathoner Stylianos Kyriakides and his mentor, Spiridon Louis, and is said to be a gift from New Balance to the Hopkinton Athletic Association.

      The President of the HAA, Tim Kilduff (Photo, left), was the Master of Ceremonies at the morning meeting and presentation. Kilduff, who is also known for riding on a truck backwards to Boston on Patriots Day to do the "color" reporting for Channel 4 Boston, shares the inception of the idea with Board of Appeals member Robert Foster, who visited Marathon Greece in January and met with city officials there to begin exploration of the Twin City relationship.

      "It was done so quickly because private money was involved," said State Senator Karen Spilka.

     The statue is slated to be unveiled in April, before the 110th running of the Marathon, and during the 100th Anniversary of New Balance.

      During a speech indoors before the ceremony, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Eric Sonnett, spoke in vague terms of the plans for a Marathon Museum in the vicinity of the site.

    "Springfield has the basketball one, we can have one for the Marathon," he said.


Photo, below: Dignitaries, members of the Mezitt family, Weston Nurseries employees, representatives of New Balance, the Hopkinton Running Club, the Chamber of Commerce and others watch as the foundation stone is laid to rest in front of Weston Nurseries property.

October 24, 2005 — Police Officer Stephen Buckley listens to a question as the Senior Center members took part in a tour of the Police Headquarters today. HopNews photo by Jack McInerney.

A Chaperone’s Eye View of Nature’s Classroom

Frogs and snails and shark's intestines

by Brian Le Suer


Having just returned from a week of chaperoning Nature’s Classroom, I want to let other parents in on what went on while it’s fresh upon my mind. First and foremost, I can’t imagine a better experience for our sixth graders. The children are afforded an opportunity to explore a rich educational program of science, math, social studies and writing in a setting that provides them with a degree of independence and freedom while assuring their safety and well-being.


The children are literally outdoors in nature’s hands all week (we were blessed with pleasant weather). They are provided with a perfect balance of varied instruction and free time to release their energy. Courses range from animal dissection (turtles, frogs, snakes and sharks) to boat building, geo-dome construction, yoga, newspaper writing and much more. The Nature’s Classroom teachers are energetic, engaging and well-informed.


The social aspects of the camp experience will stay with the children well beyond their memory of a shark’s intestine. From the moment they arrive, there are instilled with a code of behavior that places respect and caring for each other in the highest regard. They’re encouraged to practice good deeds, to value each other and to make healthy choices. More than one of the children in my cabin told me that they had made new friends during the week.


The role of the chaperone is challenging but full of rewards. Not only did I enjoy the company of other parents, teachers and school administrators during our breaks, but I got an opportunity to understand the children socially in a way that I have not as a coach or school volunteer. It was amazing to see how a cabin of children, some who might not have known or “liked” each other, could gel into a (rather large) family by the end of a week. We had only a few minor misunderstandings in a cabin of 22 boys and saw more kindness and supportive behavior than I had expected.


One afternoon, a boy from my cabin ran out of his class yelling “Mr. Le Suer,  Mr. Le Suer, you have to come and see the rat that we dissected.” Out of breath from running, he proudly pointed out each organ and spilled out much of what he had just learned. It made my day.


I think I can speak for all of my peers in saying that our days were made over and over as we played a small part in what will stay with our children for years to come. The Nature’s Classroom experience is a rare opportunity in which our town should be very proud to promote and participate.

"New Navy" collects $2,000

Front row from left:  Meredith Clark, Michelle Cooprider, Nicole Willett, Jenny Curley, and Sarah Kennedy.  Standing, Kendall Burton, Elizabeth Keefe, Nicole Wigglesworth, Nicole Anagnostaras, Kelli Lodge, Stephanie Hadley, Kim Bolick and Emily Mitsock.


October 23, 2005 —  For the third year in a row, Nicole Willett has brought a growing group of her friends together for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk for A Cure.  This is a 5K Walk beginning at the Esplanade beside the Charles River in Boston.  The girls, all 7th Graders in Hopkinton, collectively raised over $2,000.

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