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Anachronistic sporting

January 3, 2006 — This couple was spotted on Weston Nurseries property cross-country skiing at the height of today's storm.

Where there's smoke, there's the Fire Department

January 3, 2006 — Hopkinton Fire Department responded with several pieces of equipment today to the Laborer's Training Center on East Street, the Pavilion area, for smoke in the building. The occupants were evacuated while the department cleared up the problem.



9 people placed in custody since New Year's Eve


1:44 am A walk in reported that a vehicle was driving sideways on Main Street...

12:56 pm A resident from Third Road reported that all four tires on their vehicle had been slashed...

11:12 pm A caller from Downey Place requested to speak with an officer regarding her life being threatened...   Read full stories


Beloved, well known Dr. Donald E. Love dies


HOPKINTON - Donald Eugene Love, 80, a beloved physician who practiced medicine in Framingham for 50 years, died at his home Monday, January 2, 2006 after a two-year struggle with cancer.


Born in Riverdale, CA in 1925, he lost both parents by the time he was 16. He enlisted in the Navy the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, then Harvard Medical School. He trained with one of the fathers of cardiology, Dr. Samuel Levine, at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. Subsequently, Dr. Love became one of the first researchers with the Framingham Heart Study, the source of much of our knowledge of heart disease. He and his first wife, Dorothy Ann Winchell, moved to Hopkinton after falling in love with a farmhouse on Lake Whitehall. There they raised eight children. Dorothy died in February 1994. ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE

A trained eye

January 3, 2005 — This classic snowy scene, stagecoach on the bottom left, grist mill, railroad trestle and raging river, are all in Hopkinton, at the miniature train display behind the Weston Nurseries Garden Center.

Dr. Donald E. Love, 80, a pioneer in the use of the electrocardiogram in heart disease detection, died Monday, January 2, 2006 at his home.  Funeral arrangements, under the direction of the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, are incomplete at this time.

New Year's Resolutions 2006

Quitting smoking top priority for many


January 2, 2006 — The first resolution I am going to make is to stop showing that old, younger portrait of myself (Soon, very soon) and have a new one done, much like the landscaper's lawn that needs cutting. Hmm, what else could I resolve to do or not to do?

      I could to try to be less curmudgeonly, but from the feedback I get from my friends and acquaintances, that dog'll never hunt.

      When people call on the phone and try to scam me, walk in my office and try to scam me, or just scam me when I am not looking, I could try not to go into a fit of rage.

      Wow, this is getting difficult.

      Exercise program.

      Heck, exercise is only one operation away. Okay, I'll get to that soon.

      Can't quit drinking. Yep, you guessed it; already done that.

      Stop writing silly unscientific polls? As if.

      Stop sitting in front a computer all day? Right.

      Quit smoking? Already did that. And the way it happened was from visiting the man who many know as "The Russian." He claims not to be a hypnotist, but a psychic healer (Don't be scared). His method has worked for thousands of people, and for many I know.

      Quitting smoking is perhaps the most popular New Year's Resolution of all, because it is such an evil and nasty thing. Of course the smokers never get a smoker's cough.

      "Oh it's not from smoking, I just have bronchitis," they will claim. Gee, ever wonder where the "bronchitis" comes from? FULL STORY

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

Friday, January 6, 2006 DEADLINE!

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

 Wednesday, January 11, 2006

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

First Congregational Church of Hopkinton

 $10.00  -  includes 2 slices of Pizza and a drink

What’s there to do?

            Gym:  basketball, indoor soccer . Game rooms:   ping pong, pool table and foosball                                 

            Café:  bring extra money for snacks  


Computer lab                                                                                  

            Movie hall

            Music room with sound system for "jamming" ;   BRING YOUR INSTRUMENTS.  Sound system and drum set provided.


Students must take the bus at 10:45 a.m. from the Middle School to the church, at no additional cost.  

Parents must arrange for students to be picked up at the church at 2:00 p.m. 

 There are no late busses on Early Release Days.

To register  for the fun!:  MAXIMUM: 150 youths. Register on-line, at: www.activityreg.com, or pick up a registration form at Parks and Rec. in Town Hall

REGISTRATION  DEADLINEReceived by the Parks and Recreation Office No Later Than Friday, January 6, 2006, 1:00 p.m.  If you register online, be sure to print a registration receipt at the time you register – this will be your only confirmation.

PARENTS:  Plenty of supervision provided by volunteers who are CORI certified. Questions?  For Scholarship information, or to volunteer for 1/11/06 and future Early Release Day events, please contact Kim Hesse, Hopkinton Youth Commission, via email: hessek@aol.com  Program sponsored by:  Hopkinton Parks and Recreation.

Project Just Because, Inc.

Wishes To Thank Everyone For Making So Many Wishes Come True This Holiday Season! Due To The Outpouring Support We Were Able To Help All  1200 The Families That Came To Us This Holiday Program! We Wish Each Of You A Very Happy New Year And Thank You For All Your  Continued  Support.


Cherylann Lambert Walsh, Founder & President

Project Just Because, Inc.

Man held on $10,000 cash bail

Charged with Assault and Battery on a Police officer

January 1, 2006 — The call from the Holliston Police Department came shortly after 11:00 pm this evening to be on the lookout for a man driving a Cavalier who was wanted for Domestic Assault in their town for which they said there was probable cause to arrest.

      Not much more than 30 seconds after getting the radio call from Dispatcher Lou Gonzalez, Officer Greg DeBoer spotted the vehicle and lit up his blue lights, pulling the car over on the causeway. Officer DeBoer, with a labored breath over the radio, then asked for another car to assist.

      As a result of the stop, according to Mr. Gonzalez, Brian Stephen Sanger, 33, of 83 Border Street, Whitinsville, was placed in custody and immediately charged with offenses related to the arrest; Assault and Battery on a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest, and is being held on $10,000 cash bail.

A little help from Dad

January 1, 2006 — Scott Richardson helps son, Paul, 8, lace his shoes at Ice House Pond this afternoon.

    "No one skates anymore, they just play hockey," said Mr. Richardson.

Slip slidin' away

January 1, 2006 — Daniel Moreno, 5, reluctantly lets Dad, Alejandro, push him down the mountain at EMC Park this afternoon.


Is digital news here to stay?

Digital photography already firmly rooted

Opinion poll above

by Robert Falcione

January 1, 2006 — A few short years ago at a seminar entitled "Digital Photography," the late photographer's guru Dean Collins said, "In five years, 'Photography' will be the name of this seminar and 'Film Photography' will be the name of the other one," he said, explaining that there was no turning back from the imminent revolution. The same type of movement is in progress in the newsprint media, which is losing readers to the digital realm. But first, what has been happening in the photography arena?

      A few years ago digital cameras were developed by some of the leading film manufacturers such as Kodak, which was the first, followed by Fuji. Kodak teamed up with the likes of traditional 35mm camera makers Nikon, the high-end leader, and Canon, the known innovator to produce some of the first digital cameras. Those cameras cost in the tens of thousands of dollars, and appealed to high volume photographers, who worked in mall-aisle booths and product-catalogue photography.

     Then, the news industry then became forever changed when Nikon leap-frogged Canon and came out with a photojournalist's digital camera that got into the hands of just about every news photographer in the country in about two years.

     But Canon recently brought the digital era to the small portrait photography studio by making cameras that rival or surpass the quality and resolution of traditional medium format film and made them affordable for the mom and pop businesses. And in doing so, the control of the final image, from retouching to removing braces, has gotten back into the hands of the photography studio, reverting to an art form that was prevalent until 50 years ago with black and white photography, but became lost with the advent color photography. At that time, the studio, which had until then developed its own film, retouched its own negatives, and printed and painted its own prints, had to relinquish that control to the color labs that popped up for those purposes. The color chemistry needed too much printing volume, more than a studio could put out, to become anywhere near cost-effective.

      During those years, from around 1940 to 1980, consumers shot with Kodak Brownies, 126 format, and other consumer means. The serious amateur or budding professional used a Nikon.

    The last recent photography fad or phenomenon only took place around 25-30 years ago, when a 35mm camera craze developed, spawning camera stores and camera departments everywhere, from Newtonville Camera to Lechmere.

     And now, as amateur photography lab drop-off services and small mini-labs shutter their doors or narrow their counter space or footprint, the results of the digital photographic revolution on the consumer have become evident. People have become contented with viewing their photos, the majority now taken digitally, on their computer screen, or as printed on their home printer, as a new photography craze develops and digital camera departments grow in stores like Best Buy, a store that never carried film cameras.

     The crazes come and go, but digital photography is here to stay. And what of the digital news revolution?

     On December 15, 2005, Lisa Kocian wrote a story about HopNews, the internet news trend,  and yours truly, for The Boston Globe. Mrs. Kocian defines the internet news trend as Citizen Journalism, and puts together a very enjoyable feature on how and why this is occurring. And although Mrs. Kocian calls it a "niche," it appears the trend is more broad, more  far reaching, and very permanent, and all because of the internet, the most influential invention — or series of inventions — in hundreds of years.

     People have communicated with one another, as most living things seem to, for recorded history, from cave drawings to the quill pen, from the the Gutenberg press to the internet.

     The Gutenberg press, with its innovative movable type, enabled the mass producing of books for the first time in the Western world. The Gutenberg Bible, published in 1452, is recorded as the first such book printed in large volume. The internet is on that very same level of extraordinary degree that Gutenberg's press was, or perhaps even greater, as the citizens of the world connect to each other through electronic means, both stationary and portable.

      And just as Kodak was one of the first to develop digital photographic technology that would later replace film, many news organizations became the first to develop or acquire the internet sites that are drawing readers away from their conventional print publications. They are also attracting additional and new advertising revenue sources.

     The Boston Globe and the New York Times each have extensive news sites that are online and offer most, if not all, of the content that their printed versions do. However the Globe shows few photos, and very small, if at all, and New York Times ads take up 50% of the prime pixels.

     And while HopNews, an organization covering a small town, is a niche in itself, few people would argue that the overall trend will not continue to swing toward more and more people getting their news and information electronically.

     The only unknown is how much ink, like film, will be replaced by pixels?    

Missing Holliston woman's body found in Ware

No foul play suspected


January 1, 2006 —HopNews ran a story on December 22, 2005 from Holliston Net News of a missing Holliston person as a  public service message. The hope was that any added exposure would lead to her discovery, hopefully alive. But today, the Boston Globe, in an AP story, reported the discovery of the body of 63 year-old Zelean Robinson in Ware, Massachusetts.

     There was no apparent foul play, according to the story, which can be read here.



Look back at HopNews.tv video

January 1, 2006 — Through January 2, 2006, HopNews will be offering past video presentations from 2004 and 2005 for our readers' entertainment. Please enjoy these:


Polyarts 2005 Part 2 :Part 1 was presented yesterday. This is a look at this yearly event that brings people to Hopkinton from all over, at the second most visited event in town, following the Marathon. Many of the artists are interviewed by HopNews reporters.


Marathon — Day Before Former HopNews Sports Reporter Ron DiMichele meets visitors from "away" who converge on Hopkinton for the Running of the 2005 Marathon.


Marathon Day 2005 This video has the most people and the most celebrities; former Presidential candidate John Kerry, a Sopranos star, Izzy - a Tonight Show producer, Hopkinton people, and of course the Start of each race.


Illustration ©2004 Ashley T. M. jackson

Public Servant

December 31, 2005 — Selectman Len Holden gives new meaning to the term "public servant" as he ladles  some soup for Greg O'Neil, who made it first to the finish at Cornell's after a group 5k run with Hopkinton Running Club members. Mr. O'Neil is the husband of Karen O'Neil, a member of the Hopkinton Running Club, of which nearly 20 members ran today.

     Mr. Holden is also the Vice-president of the Hopkinton Athletic Association, and was assisted today by HAA President Timothy Kilduff.


December 31, 2005 — Hopkinton Running Club members check their watches at the start of a 5K run today with chicken soup at Cornell's, compliments of the HAA and Main Street Specialties, as the prize for each runner.

A fire, a gull, and thee

December 31, 2005 — These two young men ice-fishing are very aware of the scavenger above, who wants to share in whatever bounty there may be, at the Hopkinton Reservoir this afternoon.

Take a number

December 31, 2005 — The birds had to wait in line at the feeder today, much like the red-billed female cardinal on the left, as their internal weather alerts predicted cold and snow, pushing them to carb-load.

All alone am I

December 31, 2005 — This bird was found squawking all alone in the wild off of Cedar Street today. The first to email two links proving the type of bird gets a $25.00 check from HopNews. Email

Senior Center on schedule

December 31, 2005 — Who else would be working on New Year's Eve but the owner of the company? Barry Posterro of Kenbar, Inc. works hard to get as much electrical work done as he can today inside the new Senior Center, which Project Manager Brian Main said is on schedule. The building has its roof, sides, and windows in place, protecting the interior work from the elements and allowing it to continue during the winter months.






Look back at HopNews.tv video

December 30, 2005 — Through January 2, 2006, HopNews will be offering past video presentations from 2004 and 2005 for our readers' entertainment. Please enjoy these for a start:


My Fair Lady


Polyarts 2005 Part I


Woodville Day



Illustration ©2004 Ashley T. M. jackson

Stay sober ~ and buckle up

December 30, 2005 — Officer Timothy Brennan speaks with an operator who he observed cross the yellow line. A cell phone caller had alerted police to the erratic operation of the vehicle, but Officer Brennan observed it for himself before stopping the driver, who had apparently let  herself get too tired.   

      "No alcohol involved here," he said.

      This weekend, the Hopkinton Police are stepping up their visibility to keep Hopkinton safe from drunk drivers, according to Sgt. Michael Sutton.

    In addition, this evening Sgt. Wallace was added to number of police on the street, performing the Click-It-or-Ticket program, funded with a grant from the State. People are stopped for the usual reasons, speeding, equipment violations, marked lanes, but special emphasis is put on wearing seatbelts with education of the driver and passengers as the key.  

December 31, 2005 — The menorah is finally lit. Previous stories below.

Martha Starr: Principal By Day

~Artist Whenever Else Possible


The Women's Art Forum

Thursday, January 5th, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Main Street Specialties Café

Main Street, Hopkinton


     The Hopkinton Cultural Arts Alliance is delighted to announce that Hopkinton Public School's own Martha Starr will be speaking at the next Women's Art Forum on Thursday, January 5th.  Martha, principal of Hopkins Elementary School, will speak about her artistic endeavors in both painting and music and how she is able to balance and integrate her work with her art.  

     The CAA extends this invitation to all women of Hopkinton and surrounding communities. Seating is limited so please call for reservations: (508) 435-9222.


5:45 pm A cell phone caller reported an erratic operator on West Main Street.  The caller stated that the operator was stopping and accelerating and making sudden jerks of the wheel.  The vehicle turned off onto 495 South.  Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area with a negative find.


4:26 pm A caller from Winter Street reported that they returned from vacation and noticed that a deer had tried to jump their fence, got stuck and is now deceased.  Officer Aaron O'Neil assisted with removing the animal and it was placed in a safe location.


4:14 pm A caller reported seeing a couple arguing in the road on Cedar Street Extension.  Officers Thomas Lemon and Aaron O'Neil checked the entire area with a negative find. READ MORE IN POLICE NEWS

Menorah mystery solved


by Robert Falcione

December 30, 2005 — A reader asked why the Menorah on the Common was not lit, and was not in its usual place.

     The permit for the placement of the Menorah was taken out earlier in the month by Barry Gold, but calls to him have gone unanswered.

     Director of Parks and Recreation Mike Preite took a look at the situation this morning and found a tripped breaker on the circuit that hosts the Menorah and the Nativity crèche.

     After resetting the breaker, this writer attempted to screw in the lights that have been gone unlit, but found the light socket apparently filled with water, which would be a good reason the breaker tripped in the first place.

    The power cable has been unplugged from the wall to avoid someone getting electrocuted before the situation is mitigated.

    A reader has expressed an interest in taking over the duties and getting the Menorah lit.

Foggy day

December 28, 2005 — The warm rain today caused a bit of evaporation to occur off of the snowy woods and iced-over water. Here, the State Park is virtually empty, even of ducks and seagulls.

ESL LIVE! is back.  Calendar

Saturday January 21, 2006  8:00 pm
Woodville Rod and Gun Rt 135 Hopkinton
General admission $15
Reserve tickets by emailing esltheater@comcast.net
We sold out last time so send us an email now!
See you there for lots of laughs!

Above, Kelly Grill and Keith Rowe doing the local news at the premier ESL Live performance earlier this year.

A great adult night of comedy and music! This show follows the format of Saturday night live with comedy skits, a live band and musical guests. A cash bar is open all night and light refreshments will be served. Save time afterward because we open up the dance floor for dancing! We received so much positive feedback the last time we ran this show we decided to do it again! If you are looking for a fun night out with your friends ~ this is it! ~ ESL

Feast for a beast

December 28, 2005 — The muskrats are becoming quite a colony of diners as they gather greens from the bottom and spread out a dining table on Firehouse Pond every day.



 St. John’s annual Appreciation Dinner

 for all volunteers will be held on Friday, January 27th at the Parish Center.

Cocktail hour begins and 6:30P.M. and dinner will be served at 7:15P.M.  Entertainment will follow dinner. Calendar


Calendar item:

Jan 7, 14, 21 Boy Scout Troop 4 of Hopkinton will be providing a Christmas tree pickup/recycling service for the residents of Hopkinton. The troop will pick up trees, for a fee of $5 ($10 for trees over 8 feet), on January 7th, 14th and 21st. If you would like your tree picked up, send an email to troop4xmastrees@comcast.net , or call (508)293-6396, with your name, address, the date for pickup and the tree height. Trees should be put curbside by 9AM along with payment in an envelope attached to the tree (plastic baggies work best), either as cash or a check payable to  "Troop 4 - BSA". Please send a note or leave a message by the preceding Thursday for a Saturday pickup, and please no plastic  bags around the tree. Thank you for your support of Troop 4 and Scouting in Hopkinton.


Weston Nurseries land sale offering

by Robert Falcione

December 28, 2005 — Looking back at 2005, the announcement of the offering for sale of 615 acres of former Weston Nurseries land was the biggest story of the year in Hopkinton by a long shot, and HopNews had it first on February 10.

      It isn't that we reported something first, we do that all of the time, because HopNews is electronic news.

      However, in this case, HopNews actually broke the story that grew from a tip from a source — and the established media had to play catch up. A lot has happened in the intervening eleven months, making this week the actual eleventh hour, with the promise of a sale before the new year.

      The town formed a Land Use Study Committee to see how the town could influence the developmentthe land, most of which is under Chapter 61A, that allows the town the right of first refusal after a bona fide offer is given the seller, as a quid pro quo for the tax breaks given the farmland.

     However, at the Selectmen's last quarterly meeting, Land Use Study Committee Chairman Finley Perry, after giving a comprehensive presentation on the possibilities for developing the land, mentioned that Weston Nurseries is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which may remove it from the state jurisdiction of Chapter 61A and throw it into federal Bankruptcy Court.

     It is unclear why that would affect the sale of the property, which is owned by other entities, such a Mezitt Agricultural. The nursery had declared less than $500,000 in assets, surely not the parcels up for sale.

     But if the sale is somehow connected to the bankruptcy as it has been suggested, then it will likely have to wait until 2006, because the promises of an offer to purchase would likely not be allowed by the court, which is set to meet with the creditors at 10:00 am on January 3, 2006 at the Worcester U.S. Trustee Office, 446 Main Street, 1st Floor, Worcester.

    Pulte Homes has been a frontrunner since the Land Use Study Committee sent out an Request For Interest and interviewed over a dozen respondents. At that time, they presented a concept plan that included more land than was offered. They have also been mentioned, second hand, as a favorite of Weston Nurseries.

     On June 6 of this year, Weston Nurseries unveiled plans for the future, which included CEO Gary Furst stepping down before the new year.

     "The plan is for Peter to become President as I give up my CEO. And that will  be before the end of the year," said Mr. Furst at that June meeting.

     The development of the former Weston Nurseries farmland will likely be a top story for years to come.

If a tree dies...

December 28, 2005 — Roosevelt Farms, a subdivision named for the farm that once graced the landscape, is becoming a battleground for the preservation of trees lining Colonnade Drive, a town-owned piece of land that once served as the entrance to the farm and is a gateway to the neighborhood.

      According to resident Tom Smart, the homeowners' association voted to remove 14 trees.

     "An arborist told them that 3 of the trees are dead and another 11 are in a state of dying. But Town Planner, Elaine Lazarus, said that they were in that state when the subdivision was approved. If they remove any trees, according to the agreement, they have to replace them. But there is no plan to replace them," Mr. Smart said.

     Through Mr. Smart's diligence in speaking with several of the town agencies, he has discovered that the trees are within 100' of a wetland, and any removal has to be approved by the Conservation Commission. In addition, he said, the Planning Board gets the plan — and to top it off, the road is a town road, he said.

     There are apparently dead trees on that road, but Mr. Smart hasn't fought their removal. He is simply concerned that they will not be replaced. Roosevelt Farms wants to weigh in? Send a Letter to the Editor Letters.

December 27, 2005 — A reader writes to ask why the Menorah is not in a prominent place on the Hopkinton Town Common. We ask why it is not lit on the third day of Hanukah. The Nativity crèche facing Route 135 is also no longer lit. Email HopNews with any answers. Email


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



Watch their website for more info.

ESL (Enter Stage Left Theater) wants you to  audition for their Spring musical:


February 7th, 7pm at Hopkinton High School

Performances will be the 1st and hopefully 2nd weekend in May with rehearsals to be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

There will be parts for Adults and Children 12 years and up.

Please come with a prepared song and be ready to read from the script.

We are excited to be collaborating once again with the CAA.  We hope to see you there!

This is a really fun show!!  ~ ESL

POLICE NEWS up-to-date

2:48 am Officer William Burchard checked on a vehicle on West Elm Street that was parked with a missing bumper and a destroyed tire...

1:28 am A 911 caller reported that a suspicious tow vehicle was possibly trying to repossess a vehicle on Blueberry Lane...

1:23 pm There was a report of a rollover on 495.  The caller reported that a 20 year old male was entrapped beneath the vehicle.  Detective John Porter and Officers Thomas Griffin and Philip Powers responded along with the Fire Department, ambulance and State Police... 

Read the full stories.

 Cheryl Perreault's Poet's Corner

Jennifer is eight years-old and attends third grade at Elmwood Elementary School.  Her teacher, Paula Tangredi asked the students in Jennifer’s class to write haiku poems about nature in the winter season. ~ Cheryl

Editor's Note: One writer's definition and history of the Japanese haiku poem can be found here.

Fatal Crash in Hopkinton

20 year-old Milford man dies

Above State Police Sgt. Dan Griffin walking near the path the vehicle took in leaving the roadway.


December 26, 2005 — According to Massachusetts State Police, today at about 1:15 p.m. State Police from the Grafton Barracks responded to a one vehicle fatal crash Route 495 North, just past the Hopkiton Exit 21A ramp in Hopkinton.

      The preliminary investigation by Trooper Mark Taccini indicates that a 2005 Chevrolet Impala, operated by Jesus Alicea, age 19 of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, was traveling in the center lane of Route 495 North in Hopkinton. Mr. Alicea attempted to move into the left lane but failed to see another vehicle in that lane. He turned back to the center lane but over steered the vehicle and lost control. He spun off the right side of the roadway causing the vehicle to overturn.

      Mr. Alicea sustained minor injuries and was transported to Milford Hospital.  The front seat passenger Roberto Colon, age 19 of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, sustained minor injuries and was transported to Milford Hospital.  The rear seat passenger, William Rosado, age 20 of Milford, Massachusetts, was ejected from the vehicle and sustained fatal injuries. Mr. Rosado was pronounced deceased at UMass Hospital in Worcester. None of the occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

       The right and center travel lanes of Route 495 North were closed for approximately 2 hours.

       While still at the scene of the accident, Trooper Taccini told HopNews that witnesses had come forward and confirmed some of the details provided by the operator of the vehicle, however the investigation is not complete.

       Hopkinton Police Department, Hopkinton Fire Department, State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section assisted troopers at the scene.  This crash remains under investigation and no further information is available. Details provided by the Massachusetts State Police.

December 26, 2005 — Hopkinton Police Officer Philip Powers and Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Dan Griffin discuss the details of the crash. A tree in the foreground can be seen uprooted by the impact. At least two other 5"-6" trees were broken off before the vehicle broke a last tree that lies on top of the overturned vehicle. Sgt. Griffin observed that the vehicle likely rolled more than once before coming to rest. According to Hopkinton Fire Lt. William Lukey, the patient who sustained the fatal injuries was under the overturned vehicle, which was leaning against a tree. The jaws of life were not needed, because the vehicle was not on the patient, but over him. The other two occupants, the driver and another passenger, did not need hospitalization.

The Impala rests after being up righted by Art's Towing of Milford. Firefighter Robert Clark had to remove, with a chainsaw, a tree that was lying on top of the overturned vehicle before it could be moved.

 Best of 2005



Why can't we be like Wellesley?


NOTE: This column originally ran on May 22, 2005, but has but updated slightly and is presented now as a readers' favorite from 2005.

by Robert Falcione

     Just because. That's why! Now stop crying.

     Why can't we be like Wellesley? Let me count the ways.

     First of all, there's no room near the Hopkinton Public Library for a duck pond. Okay? Not okay? Alrighty then, how's this: There's no room anywhere downtown Hopkinton for a duck pond like there is in Wellesley. However, there is a duck pond at the Golden Pond, or as it is known to Townies, Ice House Pond. I suggest the goose, duck, great blue heron, and cormorant watchers go there instead of driving all the way to Wellesley. But instead of the free duck pond in Wellesley, pony up some greenbacks and check out the Southwick Zoo in Mendon, two towns away, where the kids can walk in the deer enclosure and feed them if they're lucky. Or go to the Hopkinton State Park, where hiking, fishing and photography are encouraged and practiced on a regular basis.

     Wellesley has also almost twice the population of Hopkinton, so there are more people to support the downtown, therefore more stores. Consider an additional 3,000 young women who pay almost $30,000 annually to attend Wellesley College, adding to the existing base of consumers — which is known in the business community as the Carriage Trade. By the way, Wellesley College is world renown, and occupies almost as much acreage as the Weston Nurseries land that is up for sale. Want to be like Wellesley? Start with duck pond and a college. Wait a moment, I almost forgot about Babson's. FULL STORY

 Best of 2005

Reprise of St. John's Appreciation Night

Bigger and better version

December 26, 2005 — Looking back at 2005, one HopNews.tv video that repeatedly comes to mind is one at St. John's Appreciation Night at the Parish Center. The church offers dinner and entertainment to its volunteers, but some of the volunteers decided to volunteer yet again and entertain the gathering. Click on the photo, or here, to see part of the performance by Mary Scarlata-Rowe, Carol Cheney and Bernadette Keane in a larger format than previously, in a newly engineered video..

NOTE: This is a large video, which means a large file for high speed users only.

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