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Healthy Body and Mind a Necessity at Body Restoration

Doing what you love is best business philosophy

 

by Jennifer Prentiss

December 15, 2005 — When Christine St. Andre-Griffin graduated from the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in 2003 and started Body Restoration at the age of 24, she didn't know what to expect.  She just wanted to do what she loved, which was to take care of people.   That business philosophy has made her a huge success.

 

After four months of working on her own, she expanded her small office and included other therapists.  In the past two years her business has exploded, and now she has 2 treatment rooms, 9 massage therapists, 2 Reiki practitioners and 1 reflexologist working with her.  All of these therapists are highly educated and are members of the American Massage Therapy Association.

 

"I wanted to offer as much as I possibly could to the community,"  Christine remarked.  Body Restoration offers pregnancy massage, Swedish massage, deep tissue work and hot stone massage.  They treat everyone from children to the elderly.

FULL STORY

Toys Needed

3 drop off locations in Hopkinton:

Photographic Images, 24 main Street

Hopkinton Police Department, 74 Main Street

Hopkinton Drug, 52 Main Street

This program is ending soon. Please drop your toys off today!!

We wish you a ...

Rachel Gervig from Mrs. Porter's class visits with Senior citizen, Ruth Ziglear, after giving her a gift.

December 15, 2005 — Mrs. Porter's 5th Grade class, this the 30th such class,  entertained the senior citizens at Brampton Circle this morning with traditional holiday music, and a cynical comedic song like, "Five months of credit cards payments" to the tune of "Five gold rings."

    Mrs. Porter asked the children in her class to buy a present for a senior citizen instead of one for her.

Need Used Lacrosse Equipment:  8-year-old son is starting to play lacrosse for the first time.  Prefer to buy gently used equipment at a reasonable price.  Need all the gear (probably size small) including helmet, shoulder pads, arm pads, gloves, stick.  Clean out some space in your garage and help us out at the same time.  Call Kevin at 508-435-6318 or email hopkinton@mail.com.  More Classified Ads.

Don't Fence me in

December 15, 2005 — Looking more like a prairie dog than a Massachusetts squirrel this morning, this rodent displays his climbing and standing ability all at once, while blending in very well with the  color, texture and height of the fence he is on.

 

King of the Road

December 15, 2005 — The local wild turkeys, including this one photographed this morning, are becoming more emboldened, passing through residential neighborhoods, and in some cases stopping traffic as they cross the streets.

  Positively Hopkinton

Barbara Kessler

"The Kitchen Tapes"

 

 

Please kickback and enjoy this reprise of a performance by Hopkinton's Barbara Kessler recorded earlier in the year exclusively for HopNews readers. Choose the play button to begin the fun. And check her website.

 

If the video player refuses to cooperate, choose this link to play.

Going, going, going... 

Limited number of tickets left for HEF Winter Gala 

 

     Tickets for the Hopkinton Education Foundation Winter Gala are going fast. There is a limited amount of tables left, and the committee will accommodate as many people as possible, but on a first- come, first-serve basis.

     To purchase one of these $80 tickets, contact Gina Dwyer at 508-497-3951. Or email Gina Dwyer ginadwyer@comcast.net  . 

More information on this year’s HEF Winter Gala may be found at www.HopkintonEdFoundation.org/Gala2006.

To see a video from last year's event, click on the picture.

 Kohrt Repohrt

 

ZAC provides Town Meeting preview

WRPOD change considered

 

by Kevin Kohrt

 

Landscapers, cell towers

December 14, 2005 — The Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC) met Tuesday night to sort through some of the issues related to the town’s Zoning bylaw (Ch. 210) which may be candidates for Town Meeting (the sole purpose for ZAC’s existence. The process began back on October 5 when the Planning Board held a public “Zoning Forum” to solicit zoning proposals. In November they formed ZAC with representation from Planning Board (3 members), Con Com (1), ZBA (1), Chamber of Commerce (2), Board of Health (1), and a pair of “citizen at large” volunteers. This was its second scheduled meeting, but they already had a hard time putting a quorum together.

 

Mike Shepard, the Zoning Enforcement Officer (ZOE) was on hand to discuss three proposals, complete with anecdotes illustrating how some things work well in town, and what happens when they don’t.

 

There was a great deal of discussion of Mr. Shepard’s first topic regarding Zoning changes aimed at landscaping companies in town--many of which he suggested grew from the neighbor kid mowing lawns ten years ago, but “now they have dump trucks and ten employees instead of one.” FULL STORY

Republican doesn't feel alone anymore

EDITOR,

I WAS READING THE POLL THAT HOPNEWS POSTED ON ITS WEBSITE ABOUT DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN …I WAS A BIT SURPRISED AT THE RESULTS. I MUST SAY, MANY TIMES, I FEEL I AM THE ONLY REPUBLICAN IN TOWN,  NOW I KNOW THERE ARE PLENTY OF US, CONFIRMED BY THE POLL, HOWEVER IT WAS A BIT SURPRISING.                                                                                

 

I WILL NOT GET INTO  TOWN POLITICS,  MANY OF MY VERY GOOD FRIENDS ARE DEMOCRATS, HOWEVER JUST A QUICK NOTE ON THE NATIONAL FRONT. FULL LETTER

Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce

Annual Holiday Party

 Reserve your tickets … today!

 Wednesday, December 21, 2005

 Hopkinton Country Club

204 Saddle Hill Road, Hopkinton

 6:30 p.m.

 Bountiful Buffet, Cash Bar

Raffles & Prizes

 Tickets are available at Middlesex Savings Bank and Strata Bank for $50.00/person or by E-mailing :  mbartsch@meyerhomes.net

 

December 13, 2005 — A setting sun cast its waning daylight on the steeple of the Korean Presbyterian Church this afternoon as well as on the full moon, 250,000 miles away.

Students donate wreath

Students from left, Andrea Casey, Grant Pearson, and Brett Whiting. From left, Selectmen Chairman Eric Sonnett, Evergreen Staff members Joann Canterbury and Ricardo Cano, Executive Secretary Ted Kozak, Executive Assistant Geri Holland.

 

December 13, 2005 — Students form the Evergreen Center in Milford, a residential facility for special needs students, made a wreath as an in-class project, and delivered it to the Selectmen for display on the Town Hall. After the photo, Executive Secretary Ted Kozak mounted it to the right of the front entrance.

Police News up-to-date

 

11:49 pm A caller reported a hit deer on Hayden Rowe Street...

9:35 pm A caller reported that a motor vehicle parked on the Fruit Street overpass was suspected of shooting a pellet gun at oncoming traffic below on 495...

3:59 pm A caller from Brian Lane reported that hunter in the woods behind her house had shot a deer...

4:38 pm The Milford Police Department called and stated that they received a call for a disturbance at a business in their town.  Upon their arrival it was learned that a woman was trying to flee from her boyfriend who assaulted her and her small baby in Hopkinton... 

Recycling Center and

Curbside Trash and Recycling Collection Holiday Schedule

 

 Hopkinton Recycling Center Holiday Hours will be 7:30 AM to Noon on December 24th. Curbside Trash and Recycling Collection will be delayed one day the week of December 26th in observance of the Christmas Holiday.

J.T. Gaucher, P.E., Director, Department of Public Works

3 drop off locations in Hopkinton:

 

Photographic Images

24 main Street

 

Hopkinton Police Department

74 Main Street

 

Hopkinton Drug

52 Main Street

 

    Cherylann Lambert Walsh (far right) and four of her angel volunteers. These five SUV's holding approximately 1000 gifts are posed just before being delivered to both Metrowest Hospital campuses (Framingham & Natick) and Milford Hospital, as gifts to their patients.  The gifts are for those who will be in the hospital over Christmas in the pediatric, maternity, adult care and special units within the medical centers. 

    Special thanks to the Hopkinton National Honor Society and the drive they did in the schools to help with gifts for this program.  There are still about 70 unsponsored children and individuals in our community for this holiday season & anyone who would like to sponsor a holiday wish list can go to the website at www.projectjustbecause.org / 508-435-6511. Photo by Darlene Hayes.

LIFT PUBLIC Transit System offers Free Bus Rides on December 21

 

The Town of Framingham will be offering free rides on all LIFT Transit buses on Wednesday, December 21 as part of a promotion to encourage rider-ship throughout MetroWest during the holiday season.  LIFT buses will be serving the MetroWest area free of charge in an effort to ease holiday travel to area malls and other retail outlets.  The LIFT Public Transit System provides bus service to Ashland, Framingham, Hopkinton, Holliston, Marlborough, Milford, Natick, and Southborough.  LIFT buses run on regular weekday schedules with some Saturday service available on LIFT buses 2 and 3.  LIFT bus schedules and routes are available online and at most LIFT Bus shelters.  Bus schedules are also available at area senior centers, town halls and public libraries, as well as the Marlborough, MetroWest, and Milford Chambers of Commerce, S.M.O.C, and Solomon Pond Mall.  For more information about the LIFT Public Transit System call 508-620-4823 or 1-800-649-6096, or log on to www.framinghamma.gov.

The Lions Club is recycling!

 

     Say ‘Good bye to the Holiday Season’ and to your recyclable bottles and cans on December 31st! The Hopkinton Lions Club can help you remove the party cans and bottles you have collected in your  garage or cellar. The Lions Club’s monthly recycling of bottles and cans, on the last Saturday of every month, takes place at Colella’s Market on Main Street – 9 am to 2 pm.

     The Lions Club would like to thank you for your support in their fundraising efforts over the whole year and wish you a Happy New Year!

Maspenock Woods approved by Planning Board

"Are you clear we don't have a project unless you approve the waivers?"

~ John Sawyer, KSS Realty

 

by Robert Falcione

December 12, 2005 — The Planning Board this evening approved a concept plan presented by KSS Realty to develop 31 Garden Style apartments on a property with frontage on West Elm Street.

     Traffic expert Bob Michaud (Photo, white shirt) presented a plan in favor of waivers to reduce the roadway of the development to 20' width and the radius from a recommended 150' to 50' "to encourage slower speeds,"  repeating a widely held belief in planning circles that narrower roads slow traffic.

      Regarding the change form a preferred roadway plan, project spokesman, John Sawyer, said that the original plan is "125' from an alleged vernal pool."

     "We think Mr. Morrison is wrong," he said in an apparent reference to an opinion offered by Conservation Commission Chairman Brian Morrison, that a vernal pool exists on one part of the property. If that is true, it denies a preferred access that would have quelled the concerns of many of the neighbors regarding the limited visibility of the currently planned entrance at the crest of a hill, across from a day-care facility.

    "I have a day-care facility and I have three buses and I have to cross the street. I feel this is going to make it more dangerous," said Sandra McGrath of 6 West Elm Street.

     Mr. Sawyer brought up landscaping that would be done, something that would be decided at a later stage in the process.

     Addressing an alleged claim by Mr. Sawyer that his project would be shielded from view, but that people don't  go out or look up in the winter, Dino Vumbaca of 17 West Elm Street said, "It's unfair to say we don't go out in the winter time." He mentioned that he goes outside all of the time with his small children and asked that the project come "with landscaping so we can't see the development." FULL STORY

  

Hopkinton Library Story Time

Registration Begins: Tuesday, January 3, 2006

 Story Time Begins: Monday, February 6, 2006

Register In PersonAt the Children’s Room

Phone registrations will be accepted Beginning Wed., January 11, 2006

 Call 508-497-9779 for further information or to register

Cub Scouts holiday party

December 12, 2005 — Patrick Barnes gets his face painted by Tiana Dimare, left, and Jennifer Langh at the Cub Scouts holiday party at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club, which donated the use of their facility.

     Donating their time to prepare and cook food for over 176 people were members Skip Lukey, Frenchy Remilllard, Greg Leal Dave Laquidara and Todd Goodell.

 

FOUR ARRESTED FOR THEFTS FROM CLARK CORPORATION.

 

(Milford, MA.)  Milford Police Detectives assisted by patrol officers arrest four men suspected in the thefts of expensive kitchen appliances on Sunday December 11, 2005 after being stopped approximately 10:30 a.m. on Fortune Blvd.  Detectives had the suspects, which included an employee of Clark Corporation, under surveillance and subsequently stopped a vehicle they observed loading equipment at the loading dock Sunday morning. 

Detectives working the case include Sgt. Ken Kingkade, Craig Stanley, Dustin Testa, and Richard Belanger.  They were assisted by Patrol Officers Joeseph Shuras, David Villani and Russell Poissant during the stop and arrests.

Those arrested are:

Frank Ippolito, age 42 of 206 Prospect Street Norwood, MA charged in 2 incidents of thefts on December 4 and December 11, 2005 for 3 counts of larceny over $250, and 4 counts of conspiracy.

Thomas William Bombard, age 44 of B16 Algonguin Hts Plymouth, MA  2 counts Larceny over $250, 2 counts Conspiracy

Noel Serrano, age 29 of 111 Leyden St. Brockton, MA 2 counts Larceny over $250, 2 counts conspiracy

 William Medeiros, age 30 of 69 Peterson Ave. Brockton, MA, Larceny over $250, Conspiracy (2 counts)

~ From the desk of Lt. James Falvey, Detective Commander

2006 Calendar Item

Jan 24, 25  6pm to 8pm Hopkinton Ashland Youth Football & Cheerleading Association, Inc. 2006 Season Registration Nights, at Ashland High School Cafeteria, 87 West Union Street, Ashland. For more information and registration forms, visit out website www.raiderfootball.org.

Email your group's events to Editor@HopNews.com.

Tree disposal

Neither snow, nor...

December 11, 2005 — The Hopkinton Trails Club undertook their planned hike of the Duck Pond Trail inside the Hopkinton State Park this morning, with about a baker's dozen starting from Rafferty Road and crossing Cedar Street to hike all the way through State Park land to Saddle Hill Road. This is the third hike for the recently formed group. Above, Liisa and Randy get Celia ready for the imminent start while having a few easy words with Matt Zettek.

Snowboard, boots

 

Boys Forum snowboard, size 133 used one season $100.00; Van snowboard boots size 6 like new

$30.00; Ride boots size 9 worn once $60.00. Call Tom 508-435-5717 or email maryc@worldband.net
435-5717.

Hopkinton resident arrested for assault on pregnant woman, six month-old baby

Woman fled into Stop & Shop in Milford

 

December 10, 2005 — According to Hopkinton Police, Angel Luis Cosme, 20, of 188 Hayden Rowe Street #4, was arrested this evening and charged with Aggravated Assault and Battery on a pregnant woman, a felony, as well as Assault and Battery, 2 counts, and Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child under 14.

      The crimes are alleged to have occurred in Hopkinton. However, this evening while in Milford, according to police, the victim, his girlfriend, was able to break away to go into Super Stop & Shop in Milford, where she dialed 911.

     Milford Police arrested Mr. Cosme after questioning the victim, who also took out a restraining order, and held him for Hopkinton Detective John Porter, who is conducting an ongoing investigation. More charges may follow.

December 10, 2005 — Members of the Community Covenant Church conducted a "Live Nativity" this evening, which included not only living people, but living, moving animals.

 

220 seniors have dinner ~

 Hopkinton Police pick up the check

December 10, 2005 — The Hopkinton Police Association in conjunction with the Hopkinton Auxiliary Police fed about 220 senior citizens this evening at the First Congregational Church at their 6th Annual Senior's Holiday Dinner. Officer Thomas Lemon awarded door prizes and gift certificates during the dinner, which was cooked by TJ Spirits and served by the police and their families and other volunteers. Officer Lemon, the principal organizer, also conducts the fishing derby in the Spring.

For more photos from the dinner, choose the thumbnails below.

                                     

 

 

 

                                 

Police News up-to-date

10:23 pm Officer David Shane arrested John J. Lobach Jr., 54, of 18 Cunningham Street, Hopkinton, on Spring Street for Operating a Motor Vehicle with License Suspended for OUI, OUI Liquor, 4th Offense, and was held on a $10,000 cash bail...

 

12:04 am A female walked into the station reporting that she was possibly being followed...

 

2:39 pm The DPW requested an officer on Cedar Street because one of the plows clipped a car and the operator of the  car refused to get out of the car...

 

11:53 am A caller reported that two to three youths were throwing snowballs at passing cars on Ash Street...

 

11:24 pm A caller from Hayward Street reported that a suspicious male walked from the woods, dressed in all black...   

World Travel Photo Show

December 10, 2005 — Jeanine Vitlale adjusts the position of one of her photographs being displayed at the Cultural Arts Alliance building on Hayden Rowe Street. The show features several local photographs with photos from around the world, and will continue Sunday, December 11 at 2-4:00pm.

Disappearing snow

December 9, 2005 — It's no magic act here, just a lot of hard work as the DPW cleared the remnants of today's storm this evening at 10:00 pm..

     "Take your time and do a really nice job," said Supervisor Phil Schiloski to his crew.

 

December 9, 2005 — On lucky young man walked away from this rollover unassisted, after catching the guard rail and flipping at a fairly low speed, according to an officer on the scene. Hopkinton Police were the first responders to this accident in Upton.

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Concerned resident

Dear editor,

For the last 2 years living in this town I have heard nothing but conflict and disagreement from our Board of Selectmen.  These are the group of town-elected officials that have to make serious decisions that impact the future of Hopkinton?  I think I am not alone in saying that it’s time to work together and be reasonable in considering the needs of the town and what’s best for the town. FULL LETTER

Rural Character

Steaming to nowhere

December 9, 2005 — This steamroller, a name that carried through even past the advent of the gas engine, sits idly on the Highway Barn property on Wood Street. According to former Highway Surveyor, Robert Bartlett, it was converted from steam to gas around 1948.

   "I rode on that on Church Street after it been converted," he said.

Rural Character

 

Winter wonderland

December 9, 2005 — This winter-lover is fluffing his feathers to keep warm while scrounging around for seed near the height of today's storm.

During

December 9, 2005 — No activity on the Common this morning as the snow fell heavily.

Before

December 9, 2005 — All's quite on the eastern side of Hopkinton as the holiday decorations on the Common stand sentinel to the coming storm. Click for Hopkinton, Massachusetts Forecast

 

December 8, 2005 — Firefighters didn't have far to go as they answered a call across the street, and put out a smoldering fire in the rear of the building.

Story could have been reported without names
 

Editor:
In response to your not running the article of the 95 year old woman who froze to death, I need to give you my opinion. The article could have been written without an exact address and without names, to satisfy the curiosity to the public of why police were in the area. People don't know if there was a robbery , murder or an unfortunate death.

 

In my neighborhood there were helicopters, police and dogs running all around last summer, looking for a man pulled over on the Mass Pike. The guy had drugs and took off into the woods. People have a right to know and get the children in the house and lock the doors. FULL LETTER

Davison Welch prints to benefit Scholarship fund

 

 

Well known Hopkinton artist Davison Welch is offering his prints of Fenway Park for sale at Colella's Market and will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Daniel F. Colella Scholarship Fund, so named after the founder of the namesake supermarket.

 

 There is a demo hanging in the back of the store for customers to view.  The prints are available signed, yet unframed to the public for $50.00.

 

 Kohrt Repohrt

Selectmen to consider removal of ConCom Chairman

"... may constitute a basis for his removal from the Conservation Commission."

Eric Sonnett, Chairman of Board of Selectmen

 

“This is a kangaroo court,” ~ Brian Morrison, Chairman, Conservation Commission
 

by Kevin Kohrt

 

December 7, 2005 — In response to a complaint filed an hour before their November 15 meeting, the Board of Selectmen instructed the Conservation Commission to initiate an investigation. The complaint involved the Commission’s own Chairman, Brian Morrison, and the work he contracted for on Piazza Lane--a private way used by Mr. Morrison's and his neighbor who filed the complaint, Mr. Bob Shepard, as a way to their respective homes.

 

At this past Tuesday’s Selectmen’s meeting, Bob Murphy, Vice-chairman of the  Conservation Commission, gave a progress report related on the Piazza Lane issue. FULL STORY

Little Pupper Pampers Pets

Hamsters and birdies and dogs, oh yes!

By Jennifer Prentiss

December 2, 2005 - Eight years ago Mary Ellison fell in love with her brother's dog, a Wheaten Terrier named Harry. She cared for the dog when he brother went out of town, and little by little other people asked her to take care of their pets as well. A slow transition between working at a doctor's office and owning a pet sitting company happened over several years, and since January of 2004, Mary has been working full time as a pet sitter with her company, The Little Pupper.

 

"I have developed a great clientele," said Mary, mostly by word of mouth and personal references. She is also a member of Pet Sitters International and is part of their pet sitter locator service.

 

Mary cares for almost any type of animal, from dogs and cats to hamsters and birds. She has had some limited experience with horses, but is able and willing to take those on as well. She will exercise animals or house sit and care for pets while the owners are out of town for any period of time. FULL STORY

 

 Kohrt Repohrt

 

School Committee Committed to Driving Fruit Street Process

"To be honest, strategically, we have been a little bit quiet." David Stoldt, Chairman
 

by Kevin Kohrt

 

Last week the school committee received an overview of the meeting hosted by the Regional Director and the Fruit Street Project Analyst from the MEPA (Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office) office, and attended by at least nine representatives from Hopkinton invited by the Selectmen.  The meeting was arranged and attended by Representative Paul Loscocco, and also attended by Senator Karen Spilka. An additional report from the Selectmen who attended is expected their meeting tonight, but a preview as well as a school-centric perspective can be seen in the School Committee discussion.

 

"It was very clear that there is a path that can be pursued with the state that would very likely bring an approved SSEIR (Supplemental Single Environmental Impact Report)," reported School Committee Chairman David Stoldt (File Photo), who had attended the MEPA meeting. He also identified what appears to have been the critical misunderstanding for many about the MEPA approval process and the role of alternative site design plans which were cited as insufficient both times the state declined to approve the Fruit Street Master Plan SSEIR. "It is very clear that the request for an additional alternative doesn't preclude the town's ability to  proceed with its preferred alternative if an SSEIR is approved, and that was an important understanding that I think we all had to get." Or, clarified Mr. Stoldt, "The state does not pick your alternative, and say 'okay, that is what we're approving and not approving this'; the state approves your submittal." Full Story.

Selectman Pratt appears before her Board

Files complaint with Ethics Commission

Kevin Kohrt

December 7, 2005 — "What can we do for you this evening Mrs. Pratt?" asked Chairman Eric Sonnet as Mary Pratt took the seat reserved for public comment at last night's Board of Selectmen meeting.

"Well, it's what you could have done for me, Mr. Sonnet," replied Mrs. Pratt. "I am extremely grieved to be here tonight," she continued, "but I just feel that the buck stops here and something has to be done about it."

She then described how, following the negative determination of the Fruit Street SSEIR by the the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA), Paul Loscocco and Karen Spilka worked to set up a meeting with the EOEA to "work out ways to go forward to finalize a plan to receive MEPA's stamp of approval," as she described it (later confirmed by Eric Sonnet's report on the meeting).

"Paul Loscocco had told both Mrs Kramer and myself, previously, that we would be aware of such a meeting," claimed Mrs. Pratt. "Such a notice came via email to the Board of Selectmen's office to [Executive Secretary] Ted and [Executive Assistant] Geri, addressed to Eric Sonnet, regarding the date and time of such meeting and was received the afternoon before Thanksgiving."

Mrs. Pratt then quoted the email notice as saying of the meeting, "Please have the Board of Selectmen and Fruit Street Committee determine which members will be in attendance." FULL STORY.

Put teamwork into action

Dear Editor, 

 

I had a chance to watch HCAM-8 this week and view the typical shenanigans and personal attacks during the most recent Board of Selectmen meeting. Everyone has there share of complaints, and while it certainly is entertaining to watch as each party accuses the next of one transgression or another, and then watch all the counter attacks unfold, it really doesn’t forward the town’s business.  

 

So, I thought I would offer a few suggestions on how time could be more productively spent at the next meeting.  Here are a few thoughts for a more productive use of our time and town resources that these meeting represent: FULL LETTER

Selectmen vote to consider removal  of ConCom Chairman

 

by Robert Falcione

December 6, 2005 — This evening the Selectmen, led by Chairman Eric Sonnett, voted to hold a hearing to consider the removal of the Chairman of the Conservation Commission, Brian Morrison, who did some work to a private gravel way he lives on, Piazza Lane, without applying for permits.

   Mr. Morrison spoke in defense of his actions at the November 15 Selectmen's meeting, after the Selectmen read a letter of complaint from his neighbor, Robert Shepard, with whom he shares the road that some say is ten feet from shore in places.

   Judging from Mr. Morrison's explanation, and a subsequent conversation Mr. Sonnett had with DPW Director JT Gaucher, it appeared to Mr. Sonnett that Mr. Morrison may have received preferential treatment.

    Upon further investigation by Mr. Sonnett, he said that there were too many inconsistencies that needed to be looked at more closely.  

     This evening, Mr. Sonnett told Robert Murphy, the Vice-chair of the Conservation Commission that he visited the site in a downpour and saw water streaming over the road and washing soil into Lake Whitehall.

     Yesterday, Mr. Morrison filed a Request for Determination, which would bring the matter before his commission for some sort of action. That brought to a halt a scheduled discussion of the matter until a formal hearing can take place. Mr. Murphy hopes to have that completed in January. 

     The Board voted 3-2 to hold that hearing in January after the Conservation Commission completes theirs.

Clouds from both sides

December 6, 2005 — These clouds in this rare scene over the Hopkinton Reservoir today offer the imagination a smorgasbord of possibilities. Is it a bride's headpiece and veil? A hole in the vault of the heavens? The Almighty with a message? Or simply a halo searching for a worthy person?

 

Police News now updated

2:54 am A caller from West Main Street reported hearing the screech of tires and a possible hit deer...

8:15 am A caller from Whirty Circle reported that a hunter was behind her property hunting too close to a dwelling...

1:33 pm A caller from Hearthstone Road reported that a suspicious vehicle was parked in front of her house for over an hour...

   

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Limited number of tickets left for HEF Winter Gala 

 

     Tickets for the Hopkinton Education Foundation Winter Gala (Story, video) are going fast. There is a limited amount of tables left, and the committee will accommodate as many people as possible, but on a first- come, first-serve basis.

     To purchase tickets, contact Gina Dwyer at 508-497-3951. Or email Gina Dwyer ginadwyer@comcast.net  .  More information on this year’s HEF Winter Gala may be found at www.HopkintonEdFoundation.org/Gala2006.

NOTE: The following letter to Tyler Reed regarding the content of a story in the MDN was sent to HopNews. Our printing of it here is simply facilitating the writer, who wishes to get his message out quickly, as many of our readers do. No conclusions should be made of HopNews' position on its content, nor is it intended to take a position on Mr. Reed's story.

Reader disturbed

Editor:

 

Mr. Reed --

 

Upon opening my business establishment earlier this morning, I was a bit disturbed to read a front page headline that strongly suggests the Hopkinton Conservation Commission is engaged in an "ethics inquiry" with respect to our Chairman.

 

As I have neither met nor communicated with you in any fashion, it seems your paper has arrived at these conclusions based on the limited public statements I have made during the Commission's past two meetings at which Mr. Morrison's work on Piazza Lane was discussed.

 

In order to assure there are no further public misrepresentations as to the status of this matter, I would like to clarify a number of issues suggested by your article: READ FULL LETTER

 Senior Moments

Busy month for senior citizens

By Ann Di Leo

 

              Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, and a glorious New Year. Make resolutions to be happy; have fun; spend time with family and friends; travel a little; and enjoy 2006.

              Seniors will be celebrating the holidays with parties, parties, parties…Starting with a concert performed by the Hopkinton High School band and chorus on Wednesday evening, Dec. 7, at 7:00pm in the Middle School Auditorium. Holiday music and desserts are being offered. And senior and veterans are admitted FREE. Sign up for transportation at Davis Road’s community room.

             One of the nicest yearly parties is the one given by the Hopkinton Police with a terrific dinner at the Congregational Church on route 135. This year their Christmas party is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10, starting at 4 p.m.

             The Brampton Road Club will have its annual meeting Monday, Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. Voting for officers is scheduled along with some Christmas cheer desserts served afterwards.

            You can make a craft gift of your own at the Senior Center Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. Margaret Harding is the teacher. Materials are supplied. Call the Senior Center to register. Have some fun and create a gift for someone.

            Be back from crafting to greet Cub Scout Pack 4 at 3:30 for their Senior Christmas Party in the community room.

            One of my favorite parties is offered by Mrs. Porter’s junior high school class, this year on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. The students come to the Davis community room to share goodies, songs, gifts, and stories. They are truly delightful.

            The Hopkinton Housing Board will offer a party after their meeting, Monday evening Dec. 21 at 6 p.m.

            Perhaps the best luncheon of all will be held Friday, Dec. 23 at the Senior Center at noon, when the Senior Chorus will sing Christmas carols for us. I’ve listened to them rehearse in the community room and always enjoy what they sing. Hopkinton needs to hear more of them.

            All these good times, plus family get-togethers, should keep seniors occupied during the holiday season. To top it off a Chinese buffet party to greet the New Year will be held at the Rose Garden in Southborough at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 28. The cost for that luncheon is $7.50. A sign up sheet is in the community room.

            Have a wonderful holiday, stay warm, and smile for 2006…

Love, Annie

ConCom Chairman files for determination

Commission meets with Wayne Davies regarding attorney consultants

"We will not be subject to the control of the Board of Selectmen" ~ Wayne Davies

Chairman Morrison discussed

 

December 5, 2005 — A scheduled session for the Conservation Commission to discuss an activity of its Chairman, Brian Morrison, was declared "moot" by acting Chairman Robert Murphy this evening, because,  "Brian Morrison has filed a determination for applicability," he said.

    Mr. Morrison came under fire from a neighbor, Robert Shepard, who has an agreement with builder Ron Nation to sell his land which lies in the heart of a peninsula in Woodville, of which Brian Morrison owns the near perimeter surrounding Shepard's land. They are involved in litigation; Brian Morrison has sued to appeal the Decision of the Planning Board, which gave Mr. Nation the right to build homes.

    At issue is Mr. Morrison's admitted filling in of depressions on a private dirt access road, Piazza Lane, with gravel of sorts, which became public in a letter from an abutter, Mr. Shepard, to the Selectmen. Mr. Shepard claims the work needed a permit but none was taken out. Mr. Morrison's claimed that the road always been worked on by the town without any filing. Mr. Shepard disagreed. The road is a private road, owned mostly by the DCR, that comes as close as ten feet to Lake Whitehall, according to unchallenged statements, and serves as an access to both Shepard's and Morrison's properties, with Mr. Morrison claiming the "only deeded access."

    A meeting was held one week ago to discuss the matter, and was continued until this evening.

    In the interim, a conference call was made with the DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) and some members of the Commission.

    Although the DEP, according to the Commission members, did not feel any harm had been done the the resource area, Mr. Morrison filed a Request for Determination.

    "Our sense was that this Commission wants a Request for Determination filed," Said Jonathan White, Mr. Morrison's attorney.

     "This is to determine if the Wetlands acts apply here," he said.

     Commission member Jack Speranza expressed a desire to meet in executive session with the other members to discuss Mr. Morrison's role in the Commission.

     The Commission will send a letter reporting their activities on the matter to the Selectmen, who are scheduled to discuss this at Tuesday's meeting. 

 

New by-law suggested by Wayne Davies  

 

     Chairman of the Board of Appeals, Wayne Davies, met with the Commission this evening to present an argument against the claim of the majority of the a Board of Selectmen that permitting agencies must report to them when hiring an attorney as a consultant.

    Mr. Davies gave a presentation similar to one he gave to interested permitting agencies about a month ago, when members from each agency appeared, but only a majority in the case of the Board of Health, which had been stymied in its attempts to hire attorneys as consultants during the Harvey hearings.

    More recently, the Board of Appeals was told it needed to use Town Counsel to hire an attorney, when the Town Counsel was about to represent the Selectmen in an Appeal they  filed over a letter by Director of Municipal Inspections, Michael Shepard.

   The reasoning behind Mr. Davies' thrust is that the agencies are "Unbiased decision makers making decisions without undue influence."

   "We are subject to the town's by-laws," said Mr. Davies, "Not the policies of the Board of Selectmen.

   "We will not be subject to the control of the Board of Selectmen,"  he said.

   Mr. Davies proposed a by-law at the next Town Meeting to clarify the roles.

   The Conservation Commission voted unanimously to approach the Selectmen with the other permitting agencies to discuss the issue, perhaps in a non-traditional meeting.

Not a drill

December 5, 2005 — The Town Hall was evacuated this afternoon as an odor of gas was prevalent in the Senior Center for the second time in a week.

 Cheryl Perreault's Poet's Corner

By Olivia Dietz. Olivia is 10 years old. She is a 5th grade student at Hopkins Elementary School.  Her teacher Maribeth Tremblay included this poem as part of a Social Studies project. ~ Cheryl Perreault.

 

Editor's Note: This poem was sent to HopNews as a Thanksgiving submission, but we have found space for it now. HopNews presents it now as the literary art of a fifth grade student.

   

 Rural Character

What street are these sheep on?

December 4, 2005 — These sheep are on Pond Street of course, where they always are, unless they escape their pen for a short jaunt.

 Rural Character

Golden Rule...of the road

Drive unto others

December 4, 2005 — This sign at the intersection of Spring and Pond Streets "Drive Slowly like it's your neighborhood" relating a Golden Rule type of philosophy, asks people to ponder how they would act if they lived there. Many of Hopkinton's Streets have been designated as Scenic Roads, including these two; and as such it is difficult for people to legally cut trees and move stone walls. But the narrowness that preserves their beauty has made them dangerous to the constant flow of speeding rush hour traffic which now uses them, as well as Fruit Street, as thoroughfares to other parts of town, the highway, and other towns. To read about which of the town's roads are designated as scenic, click here.

 Time to re-think the Fruit Street project.

Editor:

It is time to re-think the Fruit Street project.  The Fruit Street Development Committee has failed twice to get state approval on the SEIR submission.

 

The chairman of the committee blames the neighbors but clearly he is wrong.  It's the sewer treatment plant and DPW next to the wells!!!  FULL LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Kathryn P. Tebeau, 96, died Saturday, December 3, 2005 in Franklin. Born in Hopkinton, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Boler) Moran.  She was a 1927 graduate of Hopkinton High School and a former member of the Mass. Catholic Women's Guild.  She was a homemaker and wife of the late George L. Tebeau, who died in 1980.

Arrangements complete.

 Rural Character

Winter sport

December 4, 2005 — Igor Oklander from Ashland found the fishing slow at the Hopkinton Reservoir this afternoon. He said he was not at the best spot, because he was being "lazy" and apparently did not want to walk further down the trail.

   "I caught a pickerel," he said. "I'll use it for soup."

   There were three more people fishing inside the park, and another six parked looking at the lake in a preserve that covers 1450 acres.

    About ten people using 1450 acres.

    145 acres per person.

 Rural Character

Nouveau art

December 4, 2005 — The gazebo got its first covering of snow today since being decorated. The electronic "painting" of the gazebo was done with this photograph taken today. A filter available in Adobe Photoshop® made the transition from photo to painting available with the push of a button. Many other programs that do not cost the hundreds that Photoshop does, are available to do similar things for under $100.00. Adobe Photoshop Elements® is presumably one of them.

Saturday, a busy day

December 3, 2005 — Above, the tree lighting on the Hopkinton Common was the end of a chilly and windy experience for hundreds of families who braved the cold to see Santa (And Mrs.) Claus, hear and join the Girl Scouts  in caroling, and to view for the first time, a crèche representing the Nativity.

Santa on the Common being photographed with some young believers.

Above, the Girl Scouts led the singing on the Gazebo during a gusty deep-freeze this afternoon more seasonally fitting for January.

 

Below, a crèche with a Nativity scene was seen for the first time this afternoon by most of the people attending the tree-lighting festivities. It was purchased by an effort spearheaded by the Doyle family. Details.

Library events brought 86 people

Above, Linda Havel, a storyteller from Framingham, tells of the magic of her whittled stick.

Below, Cheryl Perreault spins a new tale of A Christmas Carole for the enchanted audience of parents and children who participated in the ending.

Ashley Nelson, Hopkinton Middle School Music teacher sang some holiday chestnuts to round off a festive afternoon at the Library today.

Potters' Boutique

December 3, 2005 — John Coolidge and Anne Richards peruse the wares at the CAA building during a Potters' Boutique today.

60% of tickets for HEF Gala sold in one hour

Gina Dwyer and Laurie Courter tend to a sale at the High School this morning as the HEF (Hopkinton Education Foundation) kicked off its ticket sales.

   According to the women, people were in line at 8:00 am, and by 9:00 am 60% of the Gala's $80 seats were sold.

    The Gala takes place at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel on Saturday, February 11, 2006. The festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will feature music by Radiance, a live auction with special celebrity hosts and numerous raffle prizes.   To purchase tickets after the initial sales, contact Gina Dwyer at 508-497-3951.  More information on this year’s HEF Winter Gala may be found at www.HopkintonEdFoundation.org/Gala2006. Or email Gina Dwyer ginadwyer@comcast.net  TO SEE A VIDEO CLIP FROM LAST YEAR, CLICK HERE OR ON THE PHOTO OF STEVE BURTON AND KURT COOPRIDER.

 
 
 
 
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