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Update: Four people are reported to be killed in the western part of the state as a result of the storm. Here is a link to some damage in Springfield. WBZ Live Coverage - Springfield 22News Report below:
Storm Thunders Through Hopkinton
June 1, 2011 (9:35 pm) — People in Colella's and at eateries around town told tales of tornadoes touching down in other areas of the state in late afternoon, but the intensity of today's storm was not apparent in Hopkinton until around 8:00 pm this evening, when it appeared lightning strikes started a transformer fire in Woodville, knocked out some power in the Downtown, and caused concern at the gas storage facility on Wilson Street, with one officer reporting a strong gas odor. And even as fierce as the storm was in Hopkinton, it was nothing more than the tail end of a killer storm that spawned tornadoes in Monson, Brimfield and Springfield, taking the lives of four people, and bringing out Governor Deval Patrick with a state of emergency and 1,000 National Guard troops.
The roving HopCam entertained a few viewers with a shot through the door of the Main Street office for about 35 minutes with the main part of the storm passing in a southerly direction; and the sky opening up with a thunderous roar, buckets of rain and a lively light show.
Some of the strikes could be heard coming from the opposite direction as close as 1,000' north of the studio location, closer to Wilson Street.
The photo on the left is a grab-shot looking south from a video at around 9:00 pm.
(10:00 pm) All is calm.
Video of sky lighting up can be seen here. Caution: Could be considered boring.
6/1/2011: SEVERE TORNADO WARNING IN HOPKINTON UNTIL 8:00 PM
- FIRE CHIEF KEN CLARK
UPDATE FROM MSP AT 6:45 p.m.
time the following communities have reported a tornado touching down.
Tornado Sightings in State
More From Selectmen's Meeting
by Muriel Kramer
June 1, 2011 — The Board authorized the DPW Director and Town Manager to negotiate a new solid waste contract with EL Harvey and Sons, a local business currently holding the contract for Hopkinton. The existing contract had an option for a one year extension, but the Town Manager opted to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) resulting in significant savings over the next five years. The Town Manager reported that the town would save over $760,000 over the five year contract period. When pressed by Selectman Brian Herr for details on when or if the specific line item for solid waste disposal in the FY12 budget could be adjusted, Mr. Khumalo said “No. We were bold; we budgeted expecting a savings.” The Board voted unanimously to authorize the DPW Director and Town Manager to enter into negotiations and finalize the new five year contract.
The ADA Committee members were on hand to update the Board specifically on committee make-up and charge; member Mike DiMascio reported that in 1993 when the Americans with Disabilities Act took effect, Hopkinton should have done a complete survey of all town facilities and assessed what needed to be accomplished to be compliant providing accessibility to all residents in all facilities. Two studies have been done for the schools, town buildings and town recreational facilities; technically the town then had three years to address the findings. While that did not happen, the committee has spent the last six years bring chunks of the needed work to Town Meeting; this process has been successful in getting the necessary monies appropriated to address the issues a little at a time and progressively provide accessibility to all residents. The Committee members agreed that it would be helpful to prepare a detailed report on what has been accomplished and what work is still outstanding.
Still needed is a study for all sidewalks and parking lots in town. Additionally the town should identify a person to serve as ombudsman; according to DiMascio, any organization that employs more than 50 people should have an employee designated that can serve as the point of contact for residents to register complaints and issues as they arise.
Senator Karen Spilka and Representative Carolyn Dykema were also on hand to update the Board on matters from the State level. The House and Senate recently finished their budget processes, and the outlook is good for Chapter 70 State Aid remaining constant for the year. There will be a hearing held at Framingham State University on redistricting for all those interested in testifying on the issue. The hearing is scheduled to be held on June 18, 2011 from 10AM to 2PM; it is open to the public. In other news the local Veteran’s Agent is retiring after nearly forty years, the State is interested in regionalizing these services. Additionally, several selectmen asked about the status of casino gambling and re-iterated opposition to the idea. Palleiko asserted that if the state was going to make “the really horrible” decision to allow casinos, the burdens and the benefits have to be balanced across towns. Senator Spilka agreed that consideration needs to be given to towns surrounding potential casino sites and that the casinos if allowed need to be spread across the state; Spilka worked hard to assure such protections were built into the last round of the legislation that ultimately failed and is dedicated to working to maintain those protections in any future legislation.
Town Clerk Ann Click presented the board with the re-precincting results after the most recent census. The good news is that there is very little change to the precincts and map; once the state finalizes the precincts any affected homeowners would be notified. There remain four precincts in town and one polling location.
2011 Planned Roadwork
As we approach the start of our roadway resurfacing season I would like to thank the residents of Hopkinton for their continued support of our Pavement Management Program. We have another busy year planned with many streets on the list receiving several different types of treatments. Each road that is on this year’s list has been inspected and evaluated to determine which treatment method is best for each individual street. This will help ensure that we are maximizing the use of our Chapter 90 money and Pavement Management funds in the most effective way.
Every year our goal is to begin the Pavement Management Plan work as soon as school is out for the summer at the end of June and finish by the time school starts up again in September. Due to the inevitable weather related issues that happen throughout the season, mechanical breakdowns and the number of different contractors we must coordinate work with it is difficult to hold to a strict schedule. We will post updated construction dates for each project as we move forward to try and keep everyone informed of any changes that may occur during construction.
Please visit the town’s web page for a list of streets on the 2011 Pavement Management Plan. Go to www.hopkinton.org, click on town departments, then Department of Public Works, then Highway Department. The list is under construction projects.
Please expect delays and plan accordingly. The DPW appreciates your patience and cooperation during this 2011 construction season.
Sincerely, Mike Mansir, Hopkinton Highway Manager
Statement of Colonel Marian J. McGovern on the Passing of Trooper Ellen Engelhardt
It is with profound sadness that we mourn the loss of Trooper Ellen Engelhardt, who was not just a valued colleague but also a dear friend who dedicated her career to protecting the citizens of our state. Since suffering the tragic injuries inflicted upon her in the line of duty by a drunk driver, Trooper Engelhardt has been an inspiration to every member of this Department for the courage, grace and dignity with which she lived. Trooper Engelhardt loved the Massachusetts State Police, and the job loved her back. Our thoughts are with her daughter Lora and the rest of her family and loved ones. We will remain mindful every day – as we continue to confront the dangers posed to our Troopers by impaired drivers – of the full measure of sacrifice that she made in service to the public.
-Colonel Marian J. McGovern
WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE (THURS. JUNE 9 @ 1) at Hopkinton Senior Center
Take a visual walk around Hopkinton’s downtown with former resident Paul Annunziata and Susan Marshall, Adult Services Librarian from the Public Library, and see and hear about Hopkinton in the 50s and 60s. Paul will talk about the people and places he remembers from growing up here while photos of the era are superimposed onto the present day film. The group will be filmed discussing their own memories for the library archives. Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 9, at 1 PM. Please sign up at the front desk.
Selectmen Vote on "Failure to Elect"
HRTC Chair Weismantel offers new option
by Muriel Kramer
June 1, 2011 — The Board of Selectmen voted to post two openings for the Board of Library Trustees following the Town Clerk’s declaration of a failure to elect two seats on the Board after the tie between candidates Leda Arakelian and June Harris at the May Annual Town Election; both candidates received 1013 votes, only bested by candidate Marie Eldridge with 1108 votes. Eldridge was elected to a three year term; Michael McNamara with 937 votes was elected to a two year term and write-in candidate John Belger with 136 votes was elected to the one year term. The top two vote getters were to receive the three year seats, the third and fourth highest vote getters were to receivet the two year seats, and the fifth highest vote getter was to receive the 1 year seat.
According to Town Counsel Ray Miyares, the Massachusetts Elections Division gave the Town Clerk only two viable options to consider after that tie between Arakelian and Harris, declaring a failure to elect for two seats or for all four seats other than Eldridge’s. Town Clerk Ann Click opted to declare a failure to elect for two seats (one three year term and one two year term) thereby allowing the Board of Library Trustees to function with three members while the appointment process plays out for the remaining two seats.
Clarifying the Board of Selectmen’s role in the aftermath, Selectman Ben Palleiko (photo) stated, “This is not our decision to make” with regards to the election outcome. “The Town Clerk makes this decision.” This Board then needs to address moving forward. “Clearly this is a sub-optimal position, but this is where we are.”
Selectwoman Michelle Gates (photo) and Ken Weismantel, Chairman of the Hopkinton Republican Town Committee, argued firmly that declaring a failure to elect two of the highest vote getters, both republican candidates, was an affront to the will of the voters, to the candidates and to the process itself. For her part Gates argued that she had far too much respect for the will of the voters to participate in appointing these positions. In the end she abstained from the vote to post the positions.
Given his opportunity to speak Weismantel said, “The Town Clerk’s decision is unfair. 1,013 votes, including my votes for each, need to be represented.” He then went on to outline a plan whereby one of the candidates might voluntarily withdraw leaving the possibility that at least one of the candidates would get the seat by election. “That’s half a loaf, but sometimes we have to take half a loaf.”
According to Mr. Miyares, because the second three year term was to go to the candidate with the second highest vote count, the tie left two candidates “elected” to the same seat, and there is no provision for selecting one candidate over another in this scenario. He also added that Elections Division does not hear appeals. He did acknowledge, however, that he had not asked this specific question, and that he was willing to do so. The Board voted to advertise the openings and instructed Mr. Miyares to investigate the option presented by Weismantel.
Given that Town Clerk made her decision that the election resulted in a failure to elect for the second three year term and the first two year term, if the Selectman and Board of Library Trustees do not appoint people to those spots, they will remain empty until the next election.
Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Todd Cestari acknowledged the competing concerns. “I do believe the will of the people should be adhered to. We don’t want to cross the State Elections Board, and there is work on the horizon for the library project. We need to balance these concerns.”
The appointments are open to all interested residents, and those receiving the appointments will have to then run again in next May’s election to win the remainder of the term. The appointments are scheduled to be decided at the June 14th BOS meeting.
Congratulations also go to Geri Holland and Margie Wiggin, recipient of the annual unsung heroine award given by the State.
Additionally Town Engineer Dave Daltorio and Police Officer Peter Booth were recognized for significant professional accomplishments and awards.
Up for discussion at the next Board meeting are water & sewer rates as well as an update on the community hockey rink project.
Hopkinton 17, Martha's Vineyard 7
Before the first round South Sectional tournament game against 15th seed Martha's Vineyard, the Hopkinton Hillers Girls lacrosse team (#2 seed in Division 2 South) was able to honor seniors Karly Biggs, Meredith Clark, Andrea Gendron, Hannah Gibney and Brooke Rudden for their contributions to the lacrosse program over the last four years. All five seniors started for the Hillers and led the way to a half time score of 14-4. Senior captain attacker Hannah Gibney and Junior midfielder Tam Mills led all scores with 4 goals and 1 assist each. Sophomore Midlfielder Tess Chandler had 3 goals and 3 assists and Senior captain attacker Brooke Rudden had 3 goals and 2 assists. Sophomores Jackie Chirco and Lexi Torosian shared time in goal and totaled 8 saves on the game. The final score was 17-7, which allows the Hillers to advance to the quarter finals, to take place on Thursday, June 2nd on field 3 at 3:45 against the winner of Bishop Stag and Hull. After the game, the team held a senior celebration dinner with the players and guests from Hopkinton and Martha's Vineyard. ~ Contributed content
Pen Pals meet and Greet
Nancy L. Drawe
How about a full
course meal? Or maybe just pizza and ice cream? Well, that’s what the
first graders from
beginning of the year, the twenty or so children choose their “fake” pen
pal names and then parent volunteers come in to help them write their
first letter. The letters are then sent to the
Mr. B said, “At the beginning of the year the children need lots of help and by the end of the year they need very little. The parent volunteers love to see how much progress the children make with their letter writing during the year.” It’s so funny, I’ve read quite a few of the letters some of the kids have sent to their pen pals and I always get a big kick out of what they say. Many of them ask their pen pals such questions as, “Do you have a pet?” “Do you like to roller blade?” “What soccer team are you on?” “How old are you?” “Do you play baseball?” Some of them give information such as how many brothers or sisters they have, the name of their dog, their favorite food and what they like best about school. Most of the kids will draw a picture and include that as well
Once the seniors get their first letter, they also choose a “fake” name and write back by a date specified by Donna and Joyce. Each month, the kids wait excitedly for their letters to arrive. Mr. B said, “The children love when the seniors write about when they were young.”
As far as choosing pen pal “fake” names, I think it pretty much depends on what’s popular that year. There’s been years when the kids have chosen baseball player names such as Yaz, Rodriguez, and Manny. One year a boy had chosen Johnny D. (for Damon), but when Damon left for the Yankees, he changed his name to just Johnny. There’s usually a “fairy or princess” theme involved also. There’s ALWAYS Star Wars characters, too! Speaking of “Full Course Meal,” that seemed to be the theme this year. We had names like “Steak,” “Sonic Boy,” (Of course, maybe that’s a super hero, but in my mind, I’m thinking FOOD and Sonic Burgers!) and for dessert, we had a little girl named “Cupcake,” and another one named, “Syrup.”
EVENT is at the end of the school year when both Pen Pal parties get to
meet each other in person when the
I had a chance to speak to a few of the kids and seniors about what the best part of the Pen Pal program was. Some kids like writing the letters, some like the singing part, and some like drawing pictures, pizza, soda and ice cream, but hands down, the most popular response was “Meeting our Pen Pal!” The seniors enjoy reading all the great stories and learning about their pen pal’s life. Mr. B said his favorite part of the program is “watching the children interact with their pen pals.”
The next favorite part
is the musical show! The kids sing four or five songs they practice
with the help of retired Hopkinton music
teacher Barbara Porter. The kids love to perform and are all “stars!”
Previously, Jen Parson, principal of
I give special thanks to everyone who makes this program a success: Donna Deneen and Joyce Plucker for coordinating everything, the first grade students and seniors for keeping up with their delightful letters, the parent volunteers for helping the kids out and to the Senior Center for hosting the Pen Pal Pizza Party each year. Special thanks go out to Mark Boisvert for creating this tremendous project and continuing with it year after year. He has certainly done one fantastic job!
That’s it for now, so if you have any comments or suggestions, you can email me: Punkala@aol.com. Until next time, have a great week!
May 31, 2011 — These two young ladies and their steeds rode today, bathed in the soft light of dusk on Howe Street off of a trail of Hopkinton State Park.
Elder Tea at Middle School
May 31, 2011 — The Middle School Conference Room is the spot for one homeroom and their honorees to gather for their presentations during an Elder Tea before heading to the cafeteria to group with the other homerooms in a joint ceremony.
More From Memorial Day 2011
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May 31, 2011 — This personal trainer, her group's name is perhaps a play on a Timberlake song, leads her entourage up and down the roads at Hopkinton State park today in the cool of the late afdternoon.
70 Main Street Bought at Auction by Mortgagee
May 31, 2011 — The building at 70 Main Street in Hopkinton was up for auction today at noon, and ended up in the hands of Beara Capital, which holds a mortgage on the property for $480,000. It appeared that only one bid was placed outside of that owner, and that the owner actually upped his highest bid of $300,000 to $325,000 at the end.
An attorney representing the "mortgagee" said the mortgagee would be willing to assign its rights "...if any, in the borrower's pledge of the liquor license that runs with this property." However, in a call to the Board of Selectmen's office prior to the auction, this reporter was told that only the owner of the license could sell it.
A truncated version of the auction — the entire reading of the document was edited — is in the video above.
Help Save Man at Detail Site in
May 31, 2011 — Today at 11 a.m., Trooper Thomas Loughran of the
State Police Medford Barracks and Trooper Geoffrey Stokes of the State
Police Revere Barracks were working a paid detail on Route 28 at the
Assembly Square Mall in
The Troopers both responded immediately with
medical bags and initiated cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the victim,
The detail site was for work being done preparation for the “Fast14” Route 93 bridge replacement project, which is scheduled to begin this weekend.
Saturday, June 11, 4 p.m
Barn Jam 2011: Rock for Scotland: Saturday, June 11, 4 p.m., at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, 98 Hayden Rowe St. This outdoor music event will feature area teen bands and performers at a Barn Jam on the lawn. This is the final fundraiser for the HHS Drama Ensemble's upcoming trip to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Rain date is Sunday, June 12. $5 for students, $10 for adults. Bring blankets to sit on! Visit www.hhsdramaensemble.com for more information.
Hopkinton Education Foundation Names Finalists For Annual Grant Awards
This year’s award recipients are:
Jennifer Parson, Center School Principal, who received $10,560 for the “Review…Refine…Read!” grant, which will offer professional development for teachers regarding literacy assessments, and give Center School faculty reading development strategies to help their students reach the next level of reading.
Jennifer Parson, Center School Principal and Merideth Eckwall, Director of Elementary Education, who received $11,149 for the “Shared Learning-An Exploration of iPads in Education” grant. This grant gives kindergarten and first grade students access to technology and curriculum-related materials. Teachers will use the iPads to explore educational applications that will focus on higher-order thinking, inquiry, multi-media interactivity, developmental appropriateness and relevance to curriculum. It will also give them the opportunity to teach students in smaller groups.
Lauren Mack, Elmwood School Teacher, who received $13,403 for the “iPads, E-Books, and Apps, Oh My!” grant, which will let second and third grade students use iPad technology for guided reading, individualized learning and to explore other subject areas.
Heather Smith, Hopkins School Teacher, who received $7,911 for the “iTouch Every Learner” grant, which allows for the integration of iPod Touch technology into the daily lessons of a fifth grade classroom. Each student in Smith’s class will receive an iPod Touch with applications customized for individual student learning.
Linda Brooks, Middle School Teacher who received $8,085 for the EMC Mathematics and Science grant, ”One Touch Interactive Science, ” which will fund digital microscopes and related technology tools to create an interactive learning environment for all Middle School science students.
Due to EMC’s generous annual support, this is the sixth year the Hopkinton Foundation has been able to provide a math and science grant.
Noreen Sloan, Middle School Teacher, who received $5,115 for the “Scholastic Reading Inventory” grant, which funds software and professional development to pilot a computer-based reading assessment program for all sixth grade students.
Alan Keller, Middle School Principal, who received $13,650 for the Stephen Gray Memorial Grant, “Establishing the Work of Professional Learning Communities: How Do We Respond When Students Don’t Learn.” This grant supports in-house training of Middle School staff to help them improve the process of student learning and better understand the individual needs of all students in a proactive, timely manner.
Debra Pinto, Middle School Teacher, who received $7,946 for the “Active For Life” grant, which will help enhance the district-wide wellness curriculum and improve student understanding of health and fitness.
Charlotte Shire, High School teacher, who received $1,195 for the “SimBio Virtual Lab Software” grant, which will fund innovative science software that challenges students to think critically as they are led through simulations of real experiments. The software will be piloted in AP Environmental Science and AP Biology classes.
“I am delighted with the range of projects that the Hopkinton Education Foundation has funded!” Assistant Superintendent Mary Colombo said. “Each project will impact student learning in one way or another and so many advance our emphasis on the thoughtful integration of technology into instruction. I’ll be eager next year to see each of these projects being implemented in the schools. Thank you, and all the HEF board members, for your hard work and ongoing, meaningful support of the district’s efforts to ‘learn, create, and achieve together.’”
“We congratulate all of the grant recipients for their hard work and great ideas,” says Education Foundation Treasurer and Grants Committee member Clelland Johnson. “We are proud to be the catalyst for innovation that moves the Hopkinton Schools forward and are excited to see how these innovations will impact learning in the classroom.”
The Hopkinton Education Foundation will host a reception to honor the grant recipients on Monday, June 13.
Golden Spoon Expands Dinner Hours
Celebrate with a half-price coupon
May 30, 2011 — Golden Spoon owner Bill Morgan has a knack for timing — just as the weather has broken to draw patrons to his ice-cream window, he has expanded his dining room hours to feed diners on an additional five evenings a week, Monday - Saturday until 9:00 pm. Their breakfast hours remain 5:00 am - 2:00 pm and lunch from 10:30 am - 2:00 pm.
Customers of "The Spoon" have enjoyed value, quality and taste every Friday evening with favorites like a hot turkey dinner, prime rib, a succulent half roasted chicken, ribs and a full menu of seafood favorites. But now a seasonal menu will include fine salads, such as fresh grilled salmon, spinach and berry, grilled chicken cobb salad, as well as the traditional favorites like Caesar and chef.
Diners can now start with crab cakes, rings, chowder, calamari, potato skins, crab cake or Buffalo wings. And most entrees come with a choice of two sides, such as broccoli salad, Delmonico potatoes, pasta — Angel hair, ziti or spaghetti — mac and cheese, cole slaw, fries, rings; the list goes on.
While their new menu is being designed, take a look at the existing Menu , or stop by with a coupon for the next few days and see the newest menu for yourself, while enjoying an entree for 1/2 price on Monday Tuesday or Wednesday.
Right Mouse-click on Coupon and Choose to "Print Picture"
The Mobile HopCam broadcasted from outside "The Spoon" last night: