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November 7, 2005 — Carol, foreground, and Bernadette, brought some friends to HopNews' sponsored Acoustic Cafe at Cornell's last night, delighting people with their easy listening favorites and originals.

Notice: Fire hydrant test may affect the down town area

As part of the Senior Center Project, a fire hydrant flow test will be conducted on Main St. Tuesday November 8th  ,  just after 9:00am.  This test may affect other adjacent streets in the area. 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. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to give us a call. We thank you for your cooperation. Eric J. Carty Water/Sewer Manager





On November 15, 2005 at 7:30 PM in the Selectmen's Hearing Room, Town Hall, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA., there will be a public hearing to determine the percentage of local tax levy to be borne by each class of real and personal property, in accordance with Ch. 369, Acts of 1982. Oral and written comments from the public will be accepted at the hearing.


Parking Ban Upcoming

The DPW wishes to remind all Hopkinton residents of By-Laws pertaining to the parking of motor vehicles during the winter months. Traffic Rules and Orders, Town of Hopkinton, Article lV, Section 8 “It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle, other than for an emergency, to park said vehicle on any street between the hours of 1:00am to 6:00am from November 15 through April 1.


Article X, Section 1 By-Laws Town of Hopkinton

The Highway Manager, for the purpose of removing or plowing snow, or removing the ice from any way shall be authorized to remove or cause to be removed to some convenient place, including in such term a public garage, any vehicle interfering with such work. The owner of any vehicle so removed shall be liable for the cost of such removal, and for the storage charges, if any, resulting therefrom. The Highway Manager, whenever any vehicle is so removed, shall notify the Police Department and said Department shall render all necessary assistance to the Highway Manager in enforcing this by-law.


Article 3

No person shall pile, push, throw, shovel, plow or by any other method or means cause snow to be deposited or placed on any public roadway or sidewalk of the Town so as to impede, obstruct or interrupt or otherwise adversely affect the unrestricted flow of traffic or the safe travel of any pedestrian on such roadway or sidewalk. The foregoing sentence shall not apply to any person in the employ of the Town, or in the employ of an independent contractor, which has been hired by the Town for the purpose of snow removal. Whoever violates this section shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding twenty-five dollars for each such violation. Each instance of such conduct shall constitute a separate violation of this By-Law.


The DPW would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.


Skipping bird

November 7, 2005 — This cormorant on Lake Maspenock this morning slapped its feet across the water in regular intervals before landing, like a child's skipping stone, in a futile attempt to flee the camera and avoid being photographed. Little did it know that it had already been captured for posterity (below) as it fanned its wings to dry among a flock of seagulls on the elephantine rock near the West Main Street causeway. In the photo below, the cormorant is not caught folding its wings. It is actually holding them out to dry in the sun, because unlike a duck, it spends much of its time diving under the water and becomes water-logged.

Police News

7:28 am A resident was concerned about a delivery driver who had been driving erratically for some time now.  Today, he drove over the curb on Oakhurst Road and came near children that were waiting for the bus.  The caller wanted an officer to stand nearby tomorrow...

12:35 pm A caller from Hayden Rowe reported hearing a woman scream for help and was unable to see a vehicle...

3:35 pm A caller reported that her son just got off the school bus on Jordan Road and was chased home by a pit bull...


The Hopkinton Historical Society Annual Harvest Dinner

Friday, November 18, 2005 

 St. John’s Parish Hall on Church Street in Hopkinton


Christmas Yard Sale and Raffles for prizes. 

Doors open at 5:30 PM.  

The potluck buffet dinner at 6:00 PM.

Cash Bar featuring Beer, Wine and Soft Drinks.

 Tickets are: Adults: $12.00, Seniors: $7.00 and Children Age 5 to 10: $7.00. 

There is no charge for children under 5.


Come and enjoy an evening of good food and help the Hopkinton Historical Society raise money for the restoration of our building on Hayden Rowe Street. ~ Hopkinton Historical Society

The Cultural Arts Alliance invites you to an interesting and informative presentation on


Thursday, November 17   7:30 pm

The First Congregational Church, 146 Main St.  Hopkinton


Above, artwork by Hopkinton artists Geri Holland and Robert McGraw for illustrative purposes only.


In this presentation, we will examine the relationship between art and Alzheimer’s disease, and show how art has the ability to revive and utilize emotional memories.  Dr. Zeisel will discuss ways in which the artistic experience, both creating and viewing art, can be used to foster a “sense of self” among participants. Much of the discussion will revolve around the use of modern art as therapy for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Specific works by masters such as Matisse, Picasso, and Van Gogh will be discussed. Please call 508-435-9222 for reserved seating ~ The CAA.

 Senior Moments

Where has the year gone?

Holidays are upon  us ~ Chinese lunch on Monday

By Ann DiLeo

               The holiday season is here…Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s… Most seniors look forward to family celebrations.  The Davis Road Community Room and the Senior Center are usually quiet during the holidays. So try to make plans not to be alone.

               During November seniors have several choices at the Senior Center and Davis Road. A Chinese lunch on Monday, Nov. 7, at noon, Davis Road will start the holiday season. Then on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. a spaghetti supper at the Senior Center, presented by the Lions Club, offers a fun evening with a delicious meal and a few surprises. The Brampton Circle Club will sponsor a dinner Saturday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. at a cost of $3.50 a person in the Davis Community Room, to help seniors stay in a festive mood.

               However, none of the seasonal galas can alter the urgent worries about the changes in prescription medications. Seniors have received booklets, advertisements, letters and totally ridiculous mail. We’ve been to seminars, private consultations, and group meetings. But we still have no idea about PRICES and payments!!! Even with all the joys of the holiday season most seniors have this major issue on their minds.

               At this time of year I always feel like the Beatles old saying, "I believe in Yesterday." And I’ve talked to many elders who feel the same way…Where are the days that once were mine; When I owned the world and all the sunshine; Even the rains and snows were mine… But today the pine cones are falling down; I am startled to see them on the ground; I collect a few for my autumn basket, With a tearful eye... A year has passed, Without fanfare, Without a sigh, And where am I? Waiting, and collecting pinecones for my autumn basket, If I could understand this moment, I could understand life; yet all I’ve learned is, I believe in Yesterday….

               Have a happy, happy, holiday time and bless your families and friends.

Love, Annie

Hopkinton rocks!


November 6, 2005 — George Paré, who plays a blacksmith at Plimoth Plantation, is rappelling in the left photo, and rock climbing in the right. Chris Andraassen, an exchange student from Norway, holds the rope on solid ground at College Rock today.

No motorized vehicles allowed

November 6, 2005 — Rick Shahdad, above, drove all the way from Connecticut to participate in this new hobby of rock climbing at College Rock today. Undoubtedly, whoever created the No Motorized Vehicles signs did not envision this hobby or the New England Rock Climbing Crawlers.

    "There are very few of us. We'd like to see more people involved," he said, mentioning the group's website.

    "And we are environmentally friendly," said another, explaining that the vehicles are electrically powered.

    Photo below, members are all over the top of College Rock this afternoon with their motorized vehicles. The vehicles are capable, depending upon the height of the obstruction, of scaling a 90 degree vertical rise.



Happy trails

November 6, 2005 — Members of the newly formed Hopkinton Trails Club set out on their inaugural hike this morning at 10:00 a.m. at College Rock Park.

     Organizer and neighbor Jim Schroeder said, "The club is to give people a chance to meet like-minded people."

     However, leader Donato Salvucci, newly appointed to the Hopkinton Trails Committee said, "We want to let the builders know we want trails around [their developments]."

     Many of the participants today are either members of the Friends of Whitehall or of H.O.P.E.


Go southwest, young goose

November 5, 2005 — These Canada geese — reader Ed Harrow previously corrected the Editor when he used a slightly different moniker — are flying in the same path as the glaciers, keeping the setting sun to their right.

Fishin' and hopin'

November 5, 2005 — These pairs of fisherman are the only inhabitants on the water at the Hopkinton Reservoir today.

Say cheese!

November 5, 2005 — The Cheung family looks a little like a group of tourists at Hopkinton State Park today as a Good Samaritan takes a photo of their family. They are actually from Southboro.

Parking no game

November 5, 2005 — Hopkinton Police Officer Stephen Buckley puts a ticket under the wiper blade of a scofflaw at the Middle School parking lot. The parking facilities were stretched thin, as there was a play and a major football game going on simultaneously. Several cars parked right next to "No Parking" signs and partially blocked the emergency exit.

Gallery of Hillers vs Westwood now online

November 5, 2005 — There's no springboard in sight but Paul Ostrander goes airborne just the same to deny this Westwood reception, and instead  gain possession for Hopkinton. It was an outstanding performance all around for Hopkinton as the Hillers delivered Coach Hughes his 200th win. The stands and sidelines were packed with relatives and friends of the team members and cheerleaders as well as former players who, after the clock reached zero, joined Coach Hughes on the field to deliver their congratulations. To see a gallery of photos, choose this, or the photo.

 The Cheerleading Team, photo below, put on a grand halftime show, proving that they too are leaders and winners at their craft.

Coach Dave Hughes wins 200th game!

Hillers rout Westwood 21-0

Above, Coach Dave Hughes accepts the game ball from Captain Craig Sager as Andrew Tarca (#2) and Jonathan Stickney look on.


November 4, 2005 — Coach Dave Hughes made his 200th win tonight at the Hopkinton High School Varsity Athletic Field as his boys paid Westwood back for last year's defeat with a 21-0 victory.

HopNews will have a photo gallery of this evening's game on Saturday.


Its been 27 years and 200 victories for coach Dave Hughes as the Hiller coach recorded just that as the Hillers routed Westwood 21-0 to continue leading the Tri-Valley league and preparing for a league title and playoff birth against Medfield next Friday night. It was all academic as John Stickney scored three touchdowns and the Hiller defense put on a great show to allow them  to come to within one game of a playoff birth. 


The Hillers are pumped and determined to give coach Hughes a great season with playoff implications. It was a wonderful night with many alumni, friends. former Hiller players students and residents in attendance. The Hillers administration presented Hughes with a game ball with the 200th victory signature. It was a great moment in Hiller sports. The Hillers will take on Medfield for the roses on  next Friday night. Be There!!!! ~Peter Marso

Resident makes SEIR report available electronically


November 4, 2005 — Resident Kevin Kohrt, a longtime critic of processes surrounding the Fruit Street Development, has found the ways to get a copy of the Fruit Street Supplemental Single Environmental Report not to his liking. Copies from the Selectmen or the Library tally up to $62.00 a set. So, Mr. Kohrt has taken matters into his own hands and scanned the entire document and made it available for people to read, download, and comment on.

     He has included a link to his version of the report in his Letter to the Editor below:


To the Editor:


The Fruit Street SSEIR (Supplemental Single Environmental Impact Report) is a document that lays out a road map for what I estimate to be $50-$100 million in construction proposed for this $6.4 million piece of land. I think that is worth a look.


Apparently, many people agree. Mr. Sonnet has commented that the SSEIR seemed to be the "most popular book in town" based upon the many requests they received for copies. But the Selectmen are only providing free access to a copy in the library or in Selectmen's office during business hours. You can't take it home or write in it unless you pay $62 for your own copy. When Ms. Kramer asked if they could get it on line in order to save people money, the reply was, "no". FULL LETTER.

Letterboxing is not a pugilistic hobby

November 4, 2005 — The hobby of letterboxing has nothing to do with pugilism, but much to do with solving riddles and following clues. All over the country, people are hiding these boxes and giving clues similar to a scavenger hunt. More can be learned at www.letterboxing.org . In the photo above, the participant, who does not want to be readily identified, finds the box under a rock after following clues. Here are some of the clues to this letterbox:


This four mile stretch of road is located in a rural area that is frequently used as a jogging trail for local workers and a walking trail for local residents. It offers a spectacular autumn display. From Route 495, take Exit 21B. At the first light, look for a sign that tells you to go "SOUTH".

For more clues, serious hunters please visit the website.


Inside the letterbox, which was placed the day after the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001, was a note form the person placing it in which she spoke of the world being a different place, that day in September 4 years ago. There were pages in the small journal stamped from other visitors, each stamp being specially made. One was a wolf, another some trees. There was also a small doll, a barrette, business cards and other trinkets. I am not certain if my companions took anything, but I am certain that a HopNews business card is now inside the box. Today's hunter spoke of the addiction that this activity can create. Beware!


Sign, sign, everywhere a sign...

November 4, 2005 — The sidewalk curb at Main and Cedar Streets got what DPW Director J.T. Gaucher called a "repair" today. When asked, he fell short of calling it ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant.

However, Norm Bergeron, looking over the cement form and resembling the famous Kilroy pose from WWII, is preparing forms at the Hopkinton Drug for a new ramp that will be ADA compliant.

    "It will be 1,000% compliant," said General Contractor, Dick Pockwinse.

Notice: Fire hydrant test may affect the down town area


As part of the Senior Center Project, a fire hydrant flow test will be conducted on Main St. Tuesday November 8th  ,  just after 9:00am.  This test may affect other adjacent streets in the area. 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.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to give us a call. We thank you for your cooperation.

Eric J. Carty

Water/Sewer Manager

Schools raise $15,735 for Katrina victims

Superintendent Jack Phelan and School Committee member Nancy Burdick share a laugh at the beginning of this evening's meeting.


November 3, 2005 — Superintendent Jack Phelan gave recognition to the school system's children this evening for raising a total of 15,735.38 for the victims of Katrina. The breakdown was as follows:

Center School $3,092.59

Elmwood School $3,658.40

Hopkins School $3976.95

Middle School $1,500

High School $4100

     The School Committee viewed a presentation from a representative from RFWalsh this evening who detailed the new Construction Manager at Risk (CM at Risk) type of building method that is under consideration in building the new elementary school on Fruit Street. Under the conventional method, three separate phases of construction were involved in constructing a school: Design - bid - build. A school department hires an architect to to design a building, which then goes out to bid, and then gets built.

     Under the new option, the CM at Risk is hired by the building authority during the design phase. Then the CM provides planning and other necessary services during the design phase, and when the design nears completion, according to the state's website, the CM and the awarding authority negotiate a guaranteed maximum price, and the CM plays the role of the General Contractor.

      More to follow.  





November 13th


(Doors open at 5:00pm)HHS Gymnasium



Student Admission: $10  Advance  $15 Door

 General Admission: $12 Advance  $15 Door

*Senior Citizens are entitled to student rate.

Contact Becky Nation for tickets at

508-497-0798 or nationr@comcast.net

Come and Cheer on Our Own



Jack Phelan, Superintendent of Schools

Eric Karjel Athletic Director

Keith Verra MS Guidance Counselor and MS Soccer, Basketball, and Baseball Coach
Mike Greco HS Teacher Asst. and MS Basketball Coach
Jim Chandless HS Teacher and JV Boys Basketball Coach
Jay Golden HS Teacher, Football Asst., Freshman Basketball, and JV Baseball Coach
Evan Bishop HS Guidance Counselor and Varsity Football Asst.
Gail Wilkins Hopkins 4th Grade Teacher
Deanna Law Hopkins 5th Grade Teacher
Claudia Vanderpool  MS Special Ed Teaching Assistant and Special Olympics Coordinator


Thank you to the

Hopkinton Basketball Association for their support

of this event and the donation of the team uniforms.

Hopkinton resident in for the long term  in Burundi

by Anna Mecagni

November 3, 2005 —Well, the old adage —  Time to spare, go by air! —  came true for me two weeks ago, on my way to Makamba, in the far south of Burundi, close to the Tanzania border.  The logistics coordinator reserved a place for me and my co-worker, Dieudonne, for the humanitarian flight run by the World Food Program (WFP). 


Now, 'reservations' and 'flights' are relaxed terms here.  The 'reservations' involved calling up WFP and putting our name on a print-out list.  The 'flight' involved a small plane which delivers aid and humanitarian workers all over Burundi.  When we arrived at the Bujumbura International Airport, we just showed our IRC badges, walked through the unmanned security area and then proceeded to walk ourselves across the burning hot runway to reach the 16-seater plane.  The South African pilots were smoking cigarettes in the shade of the hanger when we arrived.  We all shook hands and boarded the plane together: two pilots and three passengers.  Once settled, one of the pilots turned around in his seat and proceeded to give the safety speech, which went something like this: "Fasten your safety belts, as the flight may be, um, a little bumpy.  There is a sick bag in front of you.  If you have a deposit to make, it is your property.  Please make sure that you collect all of your pieces of property before departing the aircraft."  FULL STORY

Art Show

Kate Gasser is the featured artist this month in a rotating gallery displayed at Main Street Specialties this month. She was there this evening at the start of the monthly Women's Art Forum. The group there and then went to the CAA Barn house and heard Geri Holland lecture on the function of the brain in art.

Men at work

November 3, 2005 — According to Project Manager, Brian Main, the Hopkinton Senior Center construction, although bothered by the recent bounty of rain, is 33% complete and back on track. He said the short term goal is to get the building enclosed, and then begin installing interior systems.

Home away from home


Thank you so much for providing the website HopNews.com.  I recently was told about this site and now I can keep up with the news of the town that my family called home for many years.  Please keep up your excellent work.


Diane Arcudi Burke

10749 Rushing Road

El Paso, Texas

More Letters

William F. Meisen, 97, died November 2, 2005 at St. Patrick's Manor in Framingham. Born in Hopkinton, he was the son of the late Joseph F. and Catherine (Simon) Meisenheimer. His wife, Bertha O. (Lauze) Meisen died November 2, 2002.


Charter Anniversary coincides with Hopkinton Charter debate

Muriel Kramer visits State House


by Muriel Kramer

November 3, 2005 — The Nation’s first Charter is celebrating an anniversary this year; this is the 375th anniversary of the Great and General Court of Massachusetts—the Legislature.  The Charter that formed this lasting system of government “provoked disagreement and at times unrest,” claimed Representative Michael Rush.  Rush was speaking at a ceremony kicking off a year of celebration in honor of the 375th anniversary of the Charter held at the State House.

The original Charter, first brought to Massachusetts in a trunk aboard ship with Governor John Winthrop in 1630, has stood the test of time and indeed served as the model for The United States Constitution as well as constitutions in other states. 

John O’Brien, from the State House Tours Divisions, speaking as Governor John Winthrop at the celebration, delivered an abbreviated re-enactment of “A Model of Christian Charity.”  In that historical sermon Winthrop emphasized four goals in good government.  In short, we must work to seek a due form of civil government.  The end must be to serve the greater good.  The conduct of business should conform to the goals of our work and the end result we desire.  Finally, we must be bound by our consciences and civil service.  In his sermon, Winthrop emphasized the idea that those in government must bear one another’s burdens, work justly and humbly, labor and suffer together as we build our community. FULL STORY.


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 SATURDAY, November 5th, 8:30 – 12:30

From Chestnut Street, Turn on Smith, then left on Kimball • Kids toys, clothing, sports equipment, bikes, VHS tapes

TV, Microwaves, Furnishings. Lots of great stuff!

Thursday November 3rd, 7:00pm. Watch a special edition of the Coach's Corner, hosted by Chuck Joseph with special guest, Coach Dave Hughes of the Hopkinton Hillers, only on HCAM-TV, Channel 8.

 Peter's Corner

Coach Dave Hughes looking for 200th win on Friday.

by Peter MArso

November 2, 2005 — It was 1977 and the Hillers under rookie head coach Dave Hughes were in the making of winning their first game. Paul Hill took a punt return for 40 yards to ice the game as the hillers Dave Hughes won his first varsity game 23-7 at the hands of the Bellingham Blackhawks.


It was an autumn Saturday as games were always played on Saturday afternoon in the old days. The team was captained by Herb Fuller and Shaun Kelly ! The Hillers had been beat twice in two close games by Marian and powerful Westwood 14-7. It was also the start of something great as the coach in place was about to begin an incredible journey of success in the art of high-school football.


The wins kept coming four 9-1 seasons and won 11-0 season all totaling up to 199 wins for coach Dave Hughes over a 28 year span of Hiller football. Coach Hughes will be attempting to reach the 200 win milestone against the Westwood Wolverines this Friday night in what will be a very big moment in his historic journey! The Hillers will be ready to give Coach Hughes his greatest victory and put him in the pedestal of the greatest winning coaches in high-school football. The kid from Hayden Rowe will rise amongst the greats. Its been a great run for Hiller Football!

Star Spangled Banner


Hayley Dimascio, Kylie Baker and Kelly Dunn sang the opening Star Spangled Banner at the opening of this evening's event. (Names not necessarily in order). Teacher Ramsey Kordi participated but is not pictured.


November 2, 2005 — Halloween banners and decorations still hung in the Woodville Rod and gun club this evening as the Hopkinton Veteran's celebrated the 4th annual Veteran's Day Dinner co-sponsored by the Council on Aging and the Veteran's Celebration Committee.

    Paul Phipps was given a proclamation by Eric Sonnett from his Board of Selectmen proclaiming today Paul Phipps Day (Previous Story). State Representative Paul Loscocco was on hand to present one from his body, and State Senator Karen Spilka was scheduled to do the same for hers. Last week, Mr. Phipps was awarded "Citizen of the Year" by the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce.

      Hopkinton Seniors and outreach acted as staff this evening, including Cindy Chesmore, Sady Drapeau, Janice McIntyre, Ruth Yeslow, Jean Warden, Ginny Mahar, Irene Salducci, Joyce Plucker, and Fran Seriac.

       The veteran's Celebration Committee consists of Evan Brooks, Tony Ellam, Glen :Layton, Pat Lynch, Jim Mirable, Jim Rose and Marge Wright.    Photo of flag on wall.


No comment, no driver in car, and no disability.

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts of Hopkinton

 Annual “Scouting for Food Drive” on November 5th and 12th




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. Video PSA provided by HCAM-TV.

Selectmen broadside Board of Appeals

"I don't know how they could ever be involved again after this action." Selectman Ron Clark

Former Fire Chief adds opinion on choice of attorney


November 2, 2005 — Selectman Ron Clark and Chairman Eric Sonnett railed against the Board of Appeals last evening at the Board of Selectmen's meeting over a letter from the Board of Appeals, "signed by all members," to MEPA (Massachusetts Environmental Protection Agency) over the Fruit Street SEIR (Single Environmental Impact Report) submitted to them.  

    Comments surrounding the letter was the second blast at the Board of Appeals last night. 

    The first was from former Fire Chief Richard Macmillan, who wrote to the Selectmen complaining about the attorney, John Fernandes (File photo, right), hired by the Board of Appeals to consult with it over the scheduled Public Hearing resulting from the letter written by ZEO (Zoning Enforcement Officer) Michael Shepard. The letter by Mr. Shepard was an answer to an inquiry by Muriel Kramer asking about zoning issues surrounding some of the proposed uses of the town's Fruit Street property. In his letter, Mr. Shepard detailed few, if any, uses by right. The Board of Selectmen, The School Department, the Board of Health and Ken Weismantel appealed the letter from Mr. Shepard, which claimed that it was itself subject to appeal.

     Former Chief Macmillan complained that attorney Fernandez was the attorney for the plaintiff in a lawsuit against The Town of Hopkinton, himself, and "other individuals."  He said,  in his letter, that the Town prevailed, "...through the Supreme Judicial Court, predominantly because of the excellent work of Town Counsel Larry Faiman."

      He then objected to tax money being used to contract attorney Fernandes.

     Chairman Sonnett added, "This is why we use Town Counsel (File photo, left) and institutional history." The Board of Appeals had hired the attorney as a consultant, without prior approval by the Selectmen. The position of the Selectmen in these cases has been that Town Counsel will suggest any outside attorneys. The appeals of the Shepard letter have been withdrawn and would be considered moot, due to Mr. Shepard later saying that his opinion letter is not an action needing appeal, because there is no specific project before him.

     The second issue was still over Fruit Street. Selectman Ron Clark objected to a letter, with attachments, sent to the MEPA from the Board of Appeals.

      "They sent two or three letters they thought were pertinent," said Mr. Clark. "But not including Faiman's letter and correspondence from the Board of Selectmen...I don't know how they could ever be involved again in this type of action."

     "For whatever reason, the Board of Appeals is interjecting itself. Mr. Davies lectures the MEPA on the EIR law.

     "He points out the special permits. He says there may be a need for special permits."

     Mr. Clark said that the Board of Appeals biased itself. "As offering up an opinion as their comment, they prejudiced themselves.

     "So if it [Fruit Street project] ever comes before the Board of Appeals, we'd [The Selectmen] have to appoint a temporary 5 member board," said Selectman Clark, who also happens to be the Chairman of the Fruit Street Development Committee. 

     Chairman Sonnett (File photo above, right) asked Executive Secretary Ted Kozak to "...ask Larry Faiman from the context does it prejudice the Board of Appeals; and its implications in the ongoing Fruit Street project?"

      "We were just trying to add the missing information to the State," said Board of Appeals Chairman Wayne Davies (File photo, left), who is an attorney, in a telephone interview this afternoon. Additionally, he has emailed a statement to HopNews this afternoon. We have included it in our Letters department.

   He says, quoting the state, that the original SEIR did not “adequately and properly comply” with the state laws and regulations.

  "In October 2005," Mr. Davies writes, "the Fruit Street Committee submitted a Supplemental EIR to the state.  This Supplemental EIR may not have taken into account Mr. Shepard’s views or fully addressed the local permitting issues."

    "The Board merely provided the state with additional information consisting of the views of the Zoning Enforcement Officer for the Town of Hopkinton." 

And the sign says...

November 2, 2005 — The photographer did not confront the absent driver, but could not resist the temptation of the photograph. There was no sticker on the car, nor was there a special plate — there exists photos of front and rear for the Doubting Thomas's.

Win $25.00 Gift Certificate for Cornell's

November 1, 2005 — Simple rule: Be the first one after 10:00 am on Wednesday, November 2, 2005 to email from this link only, the name of the street where this scene is located and win a $25.00 Gift Certificate to Cornell's, where the scallops are sugary sweet, the pastrami is like candy, and the burgers are the biggest.


 Selectmen's Meeting

DOR recommends Town Manager position for

 Hopkinton's Town Charter

"It is hard to fathom a $50 million operation that does not have a Chief Executive."

 ~ Joseph Markarian, DOR (Department of Revenue)

Chairman of the Charter Commission, Marie Eldridge, speaks to the Selectmen as Joseph Markarian and Lydia Hill from the DOR listen.


by Robert Falcione

November 1, 2005 — Representatives from the DOR just completed what Chairman Selectman Eric Sonnett called, "...an exhaustive four months with our people." They gave Hopkinton high marks, but left no room for misunderstanding that they feel the town would benefit greatly from a Town Manager, which is Article 4 of the Charter Commission preliminary draft document, which must be completed and turned into the State by November 17, 2005. It will be brought to the voters next May. The voters must be mailed copies of the Commission's report no later than two weeks before the May election, where the townspeople will vote yes or no for a Town Charter as proposed by the Charter Commission.

    "Hopkinton functions well at high levels and at Department Head levels," said DOR representative Joseph Markarian.

    "Would you repeat that?" asked Chairman Sonnett jokingly.

    "You guys are doing  a great job," said Mr. Markarian.

    "The town does a good job anticipating problems and generating ideas to deal with them," he said.

    The Charter Commission has rethought its suggestion to possibly propose a Finance Director, and instead , it seems after advice from the DOR, to incorporate the position into the Town Accountant's responsibilities. Mr. Markarian recommended against the Charter Commission proposing to create a separate position.

    The Finance Director position had been one of two points of contention among critics of the work of the Commission, and that one appears to be resolved.

    The only other remaining point of contention is the recall provision Article 3-1 (f), which provides for the recall of elected officers. The majority of Selectmen have come out against it, causing some pundits to speculate a tough political battle if the provision stays throughout the process.

    "The vote was 6-3 [to include the recall provision]," said Charter Commission Chairperson Marie Eldridge upon leaving the meeting this evening.

    "There is a strong feeling with this Commission that this is right," she said.

    In other business, the Selectmen proclaimed tomorrow as Paul M. Phipps Day, and presented Mr. Phipps, the founder of the namesake insurance agency,  with a copy of the proclamation this evening. State Senator Karen Spilka and Representative Paul Loscocco also had proclamations from their legislative bodies.

    The 84 year-old Mr. Phipps recounted days gone by in Hopkinton, where he was born in a house, and grew in his formative years before attending college and then fighting for his country.

    "There were trolleys in the 1930's. Colella's was a car barn," he said.

    "To say the town was a one-horse town is not an insult," he said. "The Highway Department had one horse."


Below, Selectman Ron Clark, Selectman mary Pratt, Chairman Eric Sonnett, Paul Phipps, Senator Karen Spilka, Representative, Paul Loscocco, Selectman Len Holden, Selectman Muriel Kramer.



POLICE NEWS up-to-date


9:35 pm A caller reported that his neighbor had his vehicle idling all night and had his flood lights set up in the driveway pointed right into his house...

9:26 am A cell phone caller reported that an elderly man was walking up ramp one towards 495...

12:07 am There was a report of an erratic operator that just went thru a red light at Grove/Hayden Rowe Street...

Read more in POLICE NEWS

Fixing a hole

November 1, 2005 — Mike Hayward is operating the levers of this machine behind Hopkinton Drug to prepare for the construction of a new handicap ramp. Hopkinton resident Dick Pockwinse is the General Contractor for the store's upgrade, which included the recent Hallmark renovation.

So many toys, so little time

November 1, 2005 — Photographic Images, 24 Main Street, held its 10th Annual Halloween Open House Toys for Tots toy drive on Monday. The bounty was plentiful, as people brought their children in costume with a toy for this worthwhile program, and got a complimentary keepsake portrait.

       Photographic Images, Hopkinton Police Headquarters, and Hopkinton Drug are official Toys for Tots drop-off locations this season.

Dress rehearsal

November 1, 2005 — Above is this afternoon's Dress Rehearsal for I Never Saw Another Butterfly, which will be presented by the Hopkinton Middle School Drama Club, Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, 2005 at 7:00 pm in the Middle School Auditorium. Tickets are $4 for students and seniors, $7 for adults, and may be purchased at the Middle School Office or at the door.

Better bee careful

November 1, 2005 — The date says it all.

"Is it me?" asks the photographer.


Thank you


30,000 visits a record month

2.8 million hits in 12 months*


by Robert Falcione

October 31, 2005 —The graph on the left is provided by SiteMeter.com, a paid service, as is the counter at the bottom of this page. The graph shows over 25,000 visits, but having used server logs, we know that this counter represents about 80% of the actual visits; therefore 25,000 = 30,000. We know that browsers which do not allow cookies do not get counted. But what is a visit? And what is the  meaning of a hit?

    A visit is when a person looks at HopNews and browses its pages; a person can visit 20 pages, but it is still one visit. It is a very honest way of explaining the reach of a website and its worth to an advertiser.

    We try to have enough stories to rotate all of the advertisers every day so that each advertiser gets their name in front of HopNews readers every day. That translates into nearly 10,000 times in 10 days! In addition, readers know how many times they have shared a story or two with one or more persons looking over their shoulder. If past is prologue, a newspaper assumes readership of 2.5 times the circulation. A reasonable comparison can be made with electronic media.

      But what is a hitFULL STORY


Enter Stage Left



Sunday, November 20th 2-4 PM

Hopkinton Country Club

Tickets $20 Adults $10 Students

5 and under free


Families helping Families

 A Musical Review featuring

The Sisters of Mount St. Helatious

The Cast of The Bard Is Back (ESL children’s show). Other surprise guests.

 HopNews file photo by Robert Falcione.

Join us for an afternoon of fun as we raise funds for heating assistance this winter. Proceeds will be donated to The St. Vincent DePaul Society who in turn will reach out to Hopkinton residents in extreme need through the Council on Aging. All donations are tax deductible. Items from local businesses and donated gifts will be raffled. Raffle tickets will be available at the performance. Light refreshments will be served. ~ESL
Tickets available at the Library, Main St. Specialties, Jackie and Co. Hair Salon and by calling Mary at 508-904-4084.

Hopkinton Trails Club

premiere event



     The Hopkinton Trails Club will be hosting a walk along a trail at College Rock Park this  Sunday, November 6, 2005 beginning at 10:00AM.  The public is invited to enjoy this community resource and should meet at the Trailhead parking area located on College Street about 2/10 of a mile from Rt. 85 near the Milford Town line.  This walk on a trail managed by the Town of Hopkinton Conservation Commission will be the initial event organized by the Club with plans  underway for additional walks and trail enhancement projects.

     The Hopkinton Trails Club is a volunteer group of area residents dedicated to enjoying and  enhancing the existing trails in Town while promoting the creation of new trails and improved trail linkage in the area.  The group in its early stages as it has held its first two meetings in the past month and encourages residents to get involved in enjoying these resources and participating in future Club efforts.  For more information about the group or the November 6th walk, contact Liisa  Jackson at Tel. # 508 625-1141. HopNews file photo by Ron DiMichele.


Bugles Across America



7:00 Pm Sunday, November 6, 2005 at the Hopkinton Town Common.This solemn ceremony, in which hundreds of towns are supposed to  participate, is Sponsored by the Hopkinton Veterans Committee and organized by Evan Brooks, who also works for the Hopkinton Police Department.


File photo of Michael McCann blowing taps.



4th annual Veteran's Day Dinner

Woodville Rod & Gun Club 5:30 pm Wednesday, November 2, 2005

The 4th annual Veteran's Day Dinner co-sponsored by the Council on Aging and the Veteran's Celebration Committee will be held at the Woodville Rod & Gun Club on Wednesday, November 2, 2005.  The doors will open at 5:30 pm, with the dinner starting at 6:00 pm.  The dinner is free to all Hopkinton veterans.  Last year we had over 95 attendees, this year we hope to have more.  Please call the Senior Center at 508-497-9730 to RSVP.  The Woodville Rod & Gun Club is located at 229 Wood Street, Woodville. 

File photo: Veterans at Memorial Day.

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