Planning Board to Ask Selectmen to Remove Contentious Article from Warrant
Joe Markey not running for reelection
March 14, 2011 — After hearing from the business community and from the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce in particular this evening, the Planning Board voted to ask Selectmen to remove an Article from the Town Meeting warrant. The proposed Article, originally recommended by the Zoning Advisory Committee — three members of ZAC said this evening they were embarrassed they had voted in favor of it — would have taken the site plan review appeal process away from the Board of Appeals and forced aggrieved residents and businesspeople to sue in Superior Court or Land Court if they disagreed with a decision by the Planning Board. The business community, which had a dozen or more people in attendance tonight, has been united in its opposition to this proposed Article, and this evening it was considered, with other zoning Articles, in a Public Hearing with the Planning Board.
Planning Board Chairman Joe Markey (photo/video capture) — who by the way confirmed this evening his 5 year term is up and he will not be running again — said the purpose of the Planning Board's recent effort is to streamline the process of applicants coming before the town boards.
Board of Appeals Vice-Chairman Tom Garabedian was on hand to propose that the Board of Appeals and the Planning Board have a concurrent process for their two jurisdictions. After the meeting, Mr. Garabedian explained that as it stands, an applicant has to hire his experts twice, sometimes a year apart, before both boards are done with an applicant on a single project.
The board voted to speak favorably on Town Meeting floor in May on zoning Articles to remove a prohibition in the bylaws on increasing non-conforming structures by 25%, to adopt a bylaw allowing Commercial Solar Photovoltaic installations, to alter the Water Resources Overlay Protection District to include Echo Lake in Hopkinton, a water supply for the town of Milford, to soften setback requirements in the Rural Business zone, and to add definitions to the Open Space Mixed Use Development Overlay District. The board specifically wanted to define that a simplex dwelling is a condo that is not attached to another condo, but is distinguished from a single family home, because it is less than 25' from the nearest other simplex dwelling.
Lastly, the board cannot remove the petition to rezone a Hayward Street property, but inasmuch as the proponent has asked that it be withdrawn, the board will recommend no action at Town Meeting.
High School Room A110
All are welcome!
7:00 - 7:15 Drug Free Community Grant
7:15 - 7:30 Tobacco By Law
7:30 - 7:40 Youth Activities Update
7:40 - 8:30 Ideas for a Spring Initiative
We always meet the 3rd Tuesday of the month except for April where the date conflicts with April vacation. So the future dates are:
Tuesday April 26, Tuesday May 17, Tuesday June TBD
Regards, Jane Roche & Sue Hadley, beFREE! Project Coordinators
beFREE! is a program of the Hopkinton Youth Commission
HOPKINTON GARDEN CLUB SCHOLARSHIP
The Hopkinton Garden Club has 2011 Scholarship Applications available to applicants maintaining legal residence in Hopkinton, Massachusetts for at least one year. Scholarships are available for students and adults interested in the fields of Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Design, Forestry, Conservation, Environmental Sciences and related fields. Applications may be obtained from the Hopkinton High School Guidance Department, the Joseph Keefe Technical School Guidance Office, the Hopkinton Garden Club website (http://www.hopkintongardenclub.org/ under “Files, Form, or Labels”) or by calling 508-435-2143. The application deadline date for a college scholarship is April 15, 2010. Applications for other horticulture classes throughout the year and disbursed depending on funds available.
March 14, 2011
10:21 pm A Trevor Lane caller reported
seeing a person wearing a ski mask walking near
9:52 pm A 911 caller from Ash Street reported that a person was just in her back yard with a flashlight...
9:12 pm A 911 caller from Ash Street reported seeing a suspicious person run into the woods when they arrived home...
6:24 pm A caller reported her rear window was shattered by a projectile on Route 495...
Hopkinton High School Counseling Department presents
SAFEGUARDING YOUTH, PREVENTING TRAGEDIES AND BUILDING RESILIENCY
Guest Speakers : Kelley Cunningham and Kim Kates Of Samaritans, Inc.
Wednesday, April 6
All parents and members of the community are welcome.
U.S. REP. JIM MCGOVERN ANNOUCES ‘BACK TO WORK’ EMPLOYMENT FORUMS; MARCH 23rd in MARLBOROUGH
Congressman Jim McGovern announced today “Back to Work with Congressman Jim McGovern,” a series of jobs and employment focused forums around the 3rd Congressional District of Massachusetts designed to give unemployed and underemployed constituents the resources they need to get back into the workforce.
“I am completely focused – from both a policy level and a constituent services level – on giving people the tools they need to get back to work and giving businesses the resources they need to create jobs,” said McGovern. “Jobs and job creation should clearly be our top priority for Democrats in Congress.”
The workshop in Marlborough on March 23rd at 1:00 at Memorial Hall will feature speakers, mentors, workshops and information tables from various agencies, including Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development, Regional Employment Board, and Employment and Training Resources. Breakout sessions and tables are scheduled to focus on resume building, social networking, mature job seekers, job search tips, unemployment benefits, and more.
“To get the economy back on track we need to get people back to work. We’re lucky to have such a strong group of resources in the 3rd Congressional District to job hunters with that process.”
Scheduled speakers and presenters for Marlborough include:
Jennifer James - Undersecretary Department of Workforce Development
Sylvia L. Beville - Executive Director, Metro South/West Regional Employment Board, Inc.
Ellie Ros - Director, Employment and Training Resources
Joan Cirillo – Executive Director, Operation A.B.L.E
Do You Know the Way to San Jose?
Ask the River Rats
March 14, 2011 — Sixth grade student at Hopkinton Middle School Zack Rogers, a goalie wearing number 1, is a member of the Neponset Valley River Rats, who won the state hockey championship this past weekend (held in Tyngsboro) for the 99 Pee Wee Division (all the players were born in the year 1999). The win earned them the right to represent Massachusetts in the USA Hockey national championship to be held in San Jose, CA from March 30th through April 3rd.
The Neponset Valley River Rats play out of the Foxboro Sports Center and players come from Medfield, Franklin, Walpole, and other surrounding towns.
ELRAM AT TEMPLE BETH TORAH ON MARCH 27
HOLLISTON, Mass. (March, 2011) -- The Israel Action Committee and the Sisterhood of Temple Beth Torah invites the surrounding communities to a special lecture given by Dr. Tamar Elram on Sunday, March 27 at 7pm. This free event is sponsored by Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) and will be held at Temple Beth Torah, 2162 Washington Street, Holliston.
Dr. Tamar Elram, of Hadassah Medical Center and the Meuhedet Health Fund, will speak about her work with an Israeli voluntary medical delegation to Haiti earthquake victims in 2010 as well as her humanitarian work and volunteer projects that have taken her to Australia, New Zealand and Kenya.
The Israeli medical delegation arrived in Haiti ten days after the disaster and was involved in building a small hospital in a camp of 80,000 inhabitants, as well as travelling out of town to medically aid people with less accessibility to medical treatment.
Dr. Elram has served as an emissary for Zionist seminars in Australia and New Zealand through the Jewish Agency and worked in the Jewish community in Nairobi, Kenya through "Project Areivim" which aims to strengthen Jewish communities around the world. She and and her husband were in charge of the social and religious aspects of the community during the time they spent in Kenya. For the last few years, Dr. Elram has worked with women's empowerment treks in Israel called Desert Queen.
Dr. Elram is a certified obstetrician and gynecologist who trained at Hebrew University and at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem. She currently works in Hadassah’s delivery room.
This event is open to the public. Q&A will follow the lecture. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please visit http://www.bethtorah.org/ or email TBT Israel Action Committee Chair Wayne Domeier at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Conveniently located on Rte. 16 in Holliston near the Milford line, Temple Beth Torah is a conservative synagogue attracting members from Holliston, Ashland, Sherborn, Milford, Medway, Millis, Hopkinton, Hopedale, Franklin and other nearby communities.
Boys BBall 2011
March 13, 2011 — The boys basketball team poses after their victory on Saturday.
Girls BBall 2011
March 13, 2011 — The Hiller girls show off their hard-won trophy after their victory on Saturday.
Massachusetts State Police Advisory: Explosion in Middleton
Massachusetts State Police Troop A patrol units are assisting with an explosion at Bostik Chemical Plant, a manufacturer of plastics and adhesives in Middleton. Middleton Fire is on scene. Rt. 62 and Russell St. in Middleton are currently closed.
Events Listed in New Interactive Calendar:
Silent Auction @ Community Covenant Church 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Harlem Wizards – Hopkinton High School Athletic Center
Hopkinton Historical Society Presentation - Indentured Servants 2:00 pm @ Ashland Historical Society's building
What is Bullying and how does it affect children? 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm @ Hopkinton High School
Heirloom Harvest CSA 7:00 pm @ Hopkinton Public Library
Daughters of God 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm @ Grace UMC, 61 Wood Street
Our new Hopkinton Calendar presentation is interactive for the groups who want to post on it, leaving HopNews more time to take world-class photos, cover events, answer posts on Town Talk, pontificate about things, and more...
So, if your non-profit is in the habit of sending event listings to HopNews, please continue to do so; we will afford you space whenever possible. And at the same time, you will receive an email invitation to post your own events on our new interactive calendar. If you do not receive it, please let us know.
Trooper Struck by Alleged OUI Operator
March 13, 2011 — At 4:50 a.m. today a Massachusetts State Trooper was injured when, while he was outside his cruiser on a motor vehicle stop on Route 93 in Quincy, a third vehicle hit the cruiser and pushed it into him. The driver of the third vehicle has been arrested for operating under the influence, operating to endanger and a marked lanes violation. The trooper has been transported by ambulance to Boston Medical Center with leg injuries. The crash occurred on the northbound side of Route 93, south of Exit 9 in Quincy.
UPDATE: The driver arrested by State Police for hitting a cruiser, and
causing it to strike the trooper as he was outside the cruiser on a
traffic stop, is:
Hopkinton 69, King Philip 60
March 13, 2011 — Wesley Erickson makes a move last night against King Philip at the MIAA Division 2 South Section Finals.
Hopkinton 52, Scituate 50
March 13, 2011 — Alee Leteria gets ready to jump at the MIAA Division 2 South Section Finals last night. The next game for the girls is March 14th. The next game for the boys is March 15th. Both games are at 6pm at the TD Garden against the North Champions.
Bred for Vikings
March 12, 2011 — According to Valerie Page of Equine Partners on East main Street in Hopkinton, Glitfaxi, above, is an Icelandic horse, a type that was once bred for the Vikings. She says that in Iceland, the horses roam with a lot of free land. But on East Main Street, her horses are used for therapeutic riding and horsemanship for developmentally and physically challenged children and adults, as well as others.
March 12, 2011 — This rafter of turkeys became camera-shy today on East Main Street after seeing the News24 vehicle park on the roadside about 100 feet away.
You Put Your Left Foot In...
March 12, 2011 — Beth Graubart listens as Ralph Ferraro explains the results of a foot scan to an attendee of the Health and Wellness Fair at Hopkinton High School on Saturday at Hopkinton Drug's display and demonstration area in the cafeteria.
March 11, 2011 — Outdoor Recreation Director of the Hopkinton YMCA holds 16 month-old Alden while he enjoys cookies and takes in the crowd at Saturday's Heath and Wellness Fair.
State Police Arrest Man
for Bomb Hoax at
March 11, 2011 — Today
at approximately 4:25 p.m., NICHOLAS CAUCHY, 51, of
CAUCHY stated, "Go ahead I have explosives and if you ask me all this homeland security and the TSA is (expletive)." The attendant contacted her supervisors, who in turn contacted Troop F of the Massachusetts State Police.
Within seconds, troopers armed with MP5 machine guns, as well as members of the State Police Troop F bomb squad and K-9 Section arrived on scene. A perimeter was established, traffic was detoured, and the scene was neutralized by K-9 troopers and dogs and bomb squad troopers working together.
Upon initial inspection, the pickup truck contained compressed tanks, pipes, construction equipment and plumbing supplies. CAUCHY was arrested without incident and his vehicle towed. A male passenger, whose name is not being released, was not charged.
CAUCHY will be arraigned next week in the East Boston Division of the Boston Municipal Court on charges of making a false bomb threat and disorderly conduct.
In the photo above, Massachusetts State Troopers question CAUCHY (in yellow) after removing him from the truck.
Piles in the Mist
March 11, 2011 — A foggy mist developed all over Hopkinton today as the cold earth evaporated into the warm air, signaling a transition of the seasons. Sunday morning is the time to set the clocks ahead one hour.
A Candidate for Planning Board
Brian Karp, Republican candidate for Planning Board, speaks to HopNews readers after pulling papers.
Representative Dykema to Hold Office Hours
Boston— Representative Carolyn Dykema will be holding office hours this month throughout the 8th Middlesex District. Any resident who would like to speak with Representative Dykema and is unable to attend office hours should contact her office at (617) 722-2210 or email her aide at email@example.com to set up a personal appointment.
Volunteers Needed for Milford Regional Hospice Program
March 11, 2011 — The VNA and Hospice of Greater Milford, a department of Milford Regional Medical Center, has openings for compassionate volunteers willing to share their time and talents in the hospice program, which has been in effect since October of 2009.
The hospice program is dedicated to helping people with a terminal illness in comfort and dignity, surrounded by their loved ones. A vital part of the program is the commitment of volunteers who serve in a variety of roles. For the patient, a volunteer can provide minimal hands-on care such as hand massage, light housekeeping, or provide companionship, reminiscence time, reading, active listening, and emotional support. For the loved ones or caregivers, the visiting volunteer allows brief periods of relief or respite. Another critical volunteer role is helping with the clerical and administrative tasks necessary to run a wide-ranging compassionate program.
Volunteer applicants will be screened and then participate in a thorough orientation and training program with ongoing support and team meetings. People interested in this opportunity are encouraged to contact either Jennifer Fumia or Nancy Durkin at 508-473-0862 to discuss their application.
The VNA and Hospice of Greater Milford has been providing home health services to the town of Milford and 18 surrounding communities since 1918.
State and Worcester Police Capture Bank Robbery Suspect
March 11, 2011 — A Massachusetts State Trooper and Worcester Police
officers this morning tackled a bank robbery suspect in the parking lot
of a Burger King on Park Avenue in
James Joseph Dumas, 76
Joseph Dumas, 76, of
Hopkinton, passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at the Metrowest Medical
Center in Framingham. Born in Everett, he was the son of the late George
and Mary (Maddox) Dumas Leontie. He was the beloved husband of Rita (Matinzi)
Dumas of Hopkinton.
Wally, June, Ward and...
March 10, 2011 — Only the beaver is missing from this photo taken two days ago at North Mill that appears to show a bit of beaver activity; the beginnings of a dam and young trees cut at beaver-mouth height.
Town Manager’s Office
Town Committee/Board Vacancies*
*** HOPKINTON AFFORDABLE HOUSING TRUST FUND BOARD
The Board of Selectmen voted at its February 15, 2011 meeting to seek candidates for membership on the Hopkinton Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board, in accordance with the Hopkinton General Bylaw, Ch. V, Article VII sec. 5: 27-28.
The Board of Trustees shall consist of five (5) trustees and shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen and shall include one (1) member of the Board of Selectmen. The members of the Board of Trustees are designated as public agents for the purposes of the constitution of the Commonwealth. The initial terms of the trustees shall be staggered as one (1) or two (2) year terms. All terms thereafter shall be for two (2) years.
The purpose of the Hopkinton Affordable Housing Trust is to provide for the creation and preservation of affordable housing in Hopkinton for the benefit of low-and moderate-income households. More information regarding the Powers and Duties of the Hopkinton Affordable Housing Trust is available on the Town’s website at www.hopkinton.org, to the Town Clerk’s Office and then under Hopkinton Bylaws. For more information regarding this Hopkinton Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board, please contact Elaine Lazarus, Director of Land Use, Planning and Permitting Department, at 508-497-9755 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit letters of interest to the Selectmen’s
Office, Town Hall, 18 Main Street, or to Geri Holland at
by Noon on March 23, 2011.
*For more information about the other positions listed, please email email@example.com
WMRC will broadcast the girls and boys championship basketball games on Saturday.
The first game is the girls at 6 o'clock from U-Mass Boston, Hopkinton against Situate.
At 8 o'clock the boys play King Phillip; both games will be on the air at WMRC-1490 AM or streaming online at www.wmrcdailynews.com
The play by play announcer is Matt Romeling.
Six Hopkinton Teens Facing Charges in Newton
March 9, 2011 — Piecing together reports from news (Newton Patch) and other sources, this story unfolds:
A BB gun was allegedly discharged from a moving vehicle on Route 495, breaking the window of another in which a girl was driving. The shooter and the victim were said to be known to one another.
The victim called the State Police, who contacted Newton Police, who were told the teens could be heading to the ball game in Newton.
Six teenagers from Hopkinton on their way to the basketball game in Newton on Monday were exiting a vehicle at Newton South when Newton Police approached and found alcohol and a BB gun in the vehicle.
According to the Newton Patch, the teens from Hopkinton facing charges, including possession of a dangerous weapon on school grounds and underage possession of alcohol, are two 17-year olds, three 18-year olds and a 14-year old.
A MYFOX Boston story headline about the incident says that the six were arrested, but does not repeat that in the story.
Gregory F. Corbett, 56
Gregory F. Corbett,
56, of 206 Wallum Lake Rd., died suddenly Tues. March 8, 2011
after being stricken ill. He is survived by his wife of 26 years,
Theresa A. (Barton) Corbett; his daughter and co-captain, Haylie A.
Corbett of Douglas; his mother, Diane D. (Hill) Farrell of Douglas; and
many cousins, nephews, nieces. He was predeceased by his sister,
Victoria Corbett. Born in Natick on Jan. 2, 1955 he was son of the late
Frederick Corbett and lived in Douglas 24 years.
Three More Candidates Step Up
March 9, 2011 — Republicans Brian Eberlin and Ken Driscoll have taken out nomination papers for the office of Parks and Recreation. A release today from the Hopkinton Town Committee stated:
Ken Driscoll and Brian Eberlin announced today that they are running for another term on the Parks and Recreation Commission in the May Hopkinton town elections. Ken Driscoll currently serves as Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission. Brian Eberlin served on the Commission from 2003 to 2009.
“I am running again to finish some of the good that we have started and it would be a privilege to continue to serve the residents of Hopkinton and particularly the youth of our community” stated Mr. Driscoll. Mr. Eberlin added that “We would like to use our experience to expand on this good work of the Commission. In these tight budget times we need to efficiently maintain our parks and fields and provide quality programs at affordable prices.”
Ken Driscoll mentioned a couple of the key highlights of his current term where he most recently worked with Hopkinton Soccer on the completion of the new turf fields at Fruit Street and the enhancements at the Town Common with the latest addition of the historic lights.
With little fanfare and no public notice, Republican Leda Arakelian took out papers for a seat on the Board of Library Trustees.
Man In Custody, Charged With
Homicide In Connection With Body Found In
March 9, 2011 - A Malden man has turned
himself in and has been charged with homicide in connection with a
suspicious death in
Michael Losee, 41, of
“This appears to be a tragic
incident of domestic violence, committed by the spouse of the victim,”
District Attorney Leone said. “We are continuing to investigate the
circumstances of this troubling homicide and are deeply saddened by what
appears to be yet another domestic violence homicide in
approximately 10:30am this morning,
Malden Police and State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office began an immediate investigation into the circumstances of the death. Upon further investigation, it was revealed that the defendant and victim were spouses. It is alleged that the defendant fatally stabbed the victim in their residence.
It is further alleged that the defendant
subsequently telephoned a friend in
Malden Police and State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office are continuing to conduct an investigation into the circumstances of the stabbing.
An autopsy will be conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (ME).
These charges are allegations and the defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty.
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Selectmen Stamp Approval for Fruit Street School
Michelle Gates lone dissenter
Balanced budget means tapping into last year's untapped allowable levy
by Muriel Kramer
March 9, 2011 — With Special Town Meeting fast approaching, the subject of the proposed new elementary school at Fruit Street continues to inspire lively debate. Residents on both sides of the issue spoke last night during public comment, and the Selectmen late in the meeting formally voted to support and endorse the project. Todd Cestari made the motion in support of the project and then spoke to his support; while not entirely comfortable with districting, he reflected that it was not his decision to make. “Do we need a new school? Anybody who has seen it [Center School] recently knows we do. I support this effort.”
Ben Palleiko also voted in support of the project citing the long, careful study of the project and alternatives. He asserted that there is no alternative that meets the needs of School Department better, and he further supports districting as an opportunity to have even better success educationally. “I wish it was not as expensive. There is no alternative that would be better, and there are no benefits to delaying. I support this article.” John Moser voted in support as well acknowledging having wrestled long and hard with the issue. Recognizing the need for the new school and the difficult fiscal pressures facing the voters as challenges, he nevertheless voted to support the project given that there is not another viable option on the table and acknowledging that delays will be costly.
Casting the lone no vote, Michelle Gates, agreed that there was a need for a new school either through construction or repair at Center, but both the tax impact and the plan to district the elementary schools kept her from voting to support the project as proposed. Recognizing Hopkinton’s small town appeal, Ms. Gates spoke strongly in favor of protecting the one town concept and avoiding districting the elementary school children. “We are facing historic tax increases…and I am not in favor of segregated school districts. We are unique, and I’d like to keep it that way. I have to say no.”
For his part Chairman RJ Dourney spoke enthusiastically in favor of the project. “It’s no secret that I am pro-schools. As a business man, I recognize that my property values go up when we have excellent education.” Continuing he asserted that he is however a fiscal conservative and recognizes that the economy is pressuring everybody. “We need to work our tails off to minimize the impact to the taxpayer. Our commitment to protecting the taxpayer has to continue.”
Resident Jen Kelly spoke in favor of the project looking at the MSBA reimbursement opportunity as essentially a 44% coupon. “We don’t have to consider all the other numbers; we should use our 44% coupon today instead of absorbing the total cost.” She also favors districting. “I don’t understand where all the distrust is coming from. We elect our School Committee. We send our kids to school every day. They (educators) unanimously support districting.”
Resident Esther Driscoll also spoke in favor of the project citing the significant costs that could be incurred with delay. Referencing the high school project in Wayland that failed to get the necessary votes the first time around, Driscoll reported that the project increased in cost more than $13 million dollars by the time it was successfully voted four years later. “We have waited ten years for the new school and for districting. We have a chance to move forward.” She concluded by suggesting that those in opposition to this project are perhaps parents that aren’t as involved with the schools as others.
Teacher Favors Fruit Street School and Districts
As a former Hopkinton elementary school teacher, I am in favor of the Fruit Street School project.
I believe strongly in the power of modeling as a teaching tool. When I first started teaching at Elmwood, the building was shared by second, third and fourth grades. One of the fourth grade teachers and I teamed up to create reading buddies. Each month, her students would visit our classroom with a book they selected to read to their 2nd grade buddy. The fourth graders worked on their reading in a safe environment while the second graders were empowered to strengthen their reading skills to be just like their 4th grade buddy. Every time the buddies visited, I got goosebumps. It was so amazing to see the 4th graders mentor their 2nd grade friend.
The curriculum for each grade depends upon lessons taught previous to the current year. With only 2 grade levels in each building, it is hard for a teacher to see where students are coming from or where they are going. Teachers can be more effective when they are not teaching their lessons in isolation, but instead being exposed to lessons of previous and future years through staff meetings and informal interactions.
I am also excited for the collaboration possibilities a k-5 model will afford teachers. Lessons and units can be better linked across the grade levels and incorporated into whole school events. More resources will also be available for teachers and their varying levels of students.
In the current model, a great deal of educational time is lost to transitions. Each time a child moves to a new school, September is spent acclimating students to the new building. It takes the teacher time to get to know the students’ learning abilities. In a neighborhood school, these transitions are minimized. Each time the students move on to a new grade in that school, their confidence builds. They are familiar with the teachers having seen them in the halls, at school meetings, recess and through "buddy" programs. The teachers are also familiar with them. This familiarity is more beneficial to the student’s education than knowing the names of all 250+ students in their grade level.
Administrators and educations will create parity among the neighborhood schools. The curriculum will be the same. The textbooks and resources used will be equitable. Each student will have access to the same technology tools. Each school will have equitable educational and community building programs such as school meeting, Wee Deliver and Hopkinton Educational Foundation programs. All of these are the benefits I would like to see every student realize in the neighborhood school model.
13 Valentine Road
March 8, 2011
Hopkinton 50, Bishop Feehan 43
March 8, 2011 — HHS girls beat Bishop Feehan tonight in the MIAA State Tournament. Their next game is March 12th at 6pm at UMass Boston against Scituate for the South Division 2 Championship. Above, #33 Lindsey Doucette defies gravity heading for the net.
Looking for Spring
March 8, 2011 — A little bit of color from this skunk cabbage worked its way into the atmosphere today in the wetlands on North Mill Street.
State Police, Brockton,
New Bedford Officers Capture Murder Suspect in
Man Wanted for 2007
8, 2011Today at 11 a.m., troopers assigned to the Massachusetts State
Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, working with local
officers, descended on
The warrant charges BREWER with the 2007
shooting homicide of a
The state troopers were accompanied by
detectives from the
Rod and Gun Club Scholarship
The Woodville Rod and Gun Club in Hopkinton is offering a $500 scholarship to a senior in the area who shows an interest in environmental education and is pursuing a degree in wildlife habitat, forestry and fisheries management, etc at an accredited college or university. Please have them go to our website at www.woodvillerodandgun.com for an application form. The deadline for applying is May1, 2011. Thank you. David Laquidara/scholarship committee.
Districts Will Not Be Equal
I, as many of you, have been attending meetings and reading articles regarding the proposed new school, proposed districting, and the potential reuse of Center School.
I have lived in Hopkinton for over 10 years. I have three children. Two of them have gone through all the schools and are now in high school and one is in second grade at Elmwood. My wife is a teacher in another community.
I enjoy living in this this community. It is a community
rich with generous people who are involved in various activates ranging
form athletics, political, social, or volunteer. I have a great deal of
respect for the residents who volunteer their time to make decisions for
our great community.
I have met many people over the years that I consider my
friends. Although, not as many as my children which is evidenced every
time they walk into Collella’s; they know more people than me.
I asked my son, who is a junior, the other day, if he knew a certain freshman. His response to me was “Dad, I know everyone in the high school”. I then asked my daughter, who is a sophomore, the same question, she responded in the same manner. Isn’t this what we want? Don’t we want our children to know as many other children as possible? These relationships and friendships will last a lifetime.
I appreciate the education and extra curricular activities this school district has provided for my children. I have never felt that either have been compromised. My children’s interests span from the arts to athletics. All three of my children are thriving in this school district.
The School Committee has presented to the town and the state Plan A, a new school on Fruit Street. What about Plan B? Plan B would involve renovating Center School and an addition. There is the same potential for funding Plan B as there is for Plan A. The School Committee could apply for funding with the MSBA to recondition Center School. We would then know if the project would be funded and at what level. Why not fund a Center School project if it were half the cost of a new building?
Single family homes are the primary source of school age children. The number of single family home permits in Hopkinton in 2010 was 29 compared to 62 in 2001. The future of school enrollment over all for 2011-2012 is projected to be down 20 students. Yes, Legacy farms will bring students in, but they have changed their plans to reduce the number of 3 and 2 bedroom units to have more 2 and 1 bedroom units. This is less attractive to families. I understand the need to plan for the future, but Legacy has not yet started construction and is still at least two years away from its first occupant. The future of new construction is purely speculation.
If we do build a new school, we should consider an architect who has completed drawings for a similar school in another community and use those plans for our school. Let’s keep in mind that in hard time’s business need to think of ways to run leaner. What was a great idea a few years ago may not be true for today.
I, as well as other town members am surprised to hear that there is consideration for a plan to district the town. The School Committee says that this was decided years ago. Although I do not attended School Committee meetings, I do read the local papers, and have not seen or heard of this before.
I have built many homes in a community (whose population
is double that of Hopkinton) in which the schools are districted. The
first question asked from the homebuyer or realtor I am working with is,
“what school district is it in”? Consumers want to buy in the better
school district. Isn’t that why most of us chose to live in Hopkinton,
for the schools?
I am unaware of any district lines or where they will fall. If there is districting, there will be changes in property values around town. Properties near the new school will increase in value as compared to other areas. This may be a windfall for some, but what about homeowners on fixed incomes? Is this really what we want for Hopkinton? I am not stating this because I am concerned that I will not enjoy the benefit of the new school. I own land very close to Fruit Street.
If a new school is built on Fruit Street, will the road be widened? Will there be sidewalks? Is funding provided for these? Will the emergency personnel that exist be adequate to service Fruit Street? Will the Woodville fire department need to be upgraded? What about Parity? How will all the schools be upgraded to be considered equal? Where is that funding? What are the town wide implications? Please ask yourself these questions and get the right answers before you vote.
I have as much vested in this community as anyone. I am here to stay and am looking forward to my second grader having the same exceptional experience as have his older siblings.
147 Lumber Street
March 8, 2011
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