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Democrats party

January21, 2006 — U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern, who is up for re-election this fall, checks out a winning raffle ticket with Gerry Leone, who is running for Middlesex county District Attorney, a position now held by Martha Coakley, who is expected to run for Attorney General Tom Reilly's seat, if he runs for Governor. Neither politician is supporting the other in the primary, however that could change in the general election. Today's gathering at Carbone's was put on by the Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee, which saw fit to honor Senior Citizen Democrats with awards.

Poets know it

January 21, 2006 — Self-styled spoken word artist Cheryl Perreault took her poetry open mic to the CAA building this morning, to an overflow audience. Above, Iyawata reads her poetry while Hibiscus does an interpretive dance.

Youth Summit draws many to the tables

Above, Facilitator Kelly Asherman speaks to the concerns her group compiled during today's Youth Summit. Behind her are Civic Engagement Committee member Steven Rathmill and Patricia Perry. Photo, below left, Ryan Foisy, 13, listens to Timothy Brennan, High School Resource Officer and Youth Commission member, during the round table brainstorming.

by Robert Falcione

January 21, 2006 — "It's all about the youth," said one participant, stating the obvious at this morning's Youth Summit held at the First Congregational Church. The event was sponsored by the Youth Commission, planned by members Nadine Stewart and Margie Wiggins, and facilitated by Civic Engagement Committee members Steven Rathmill and Trish Perry.

      The large group of educators, civic leaders and youth advocates broke up into groups of up to 8 at a table to brainstorm ways to engage the youth of Hopkinton in preventing risky behavior, and fostering growth.

   One victory of the Youth Commission has been to offer a place for kids to go on early release day. The last two dates were taken up by activities at the First Congregational Church, today's venue.

   "The tragedy in Algonquin," said featured speaker Rene Cammarata, referring to the loss of two teens in a Southboro crash, of which autopsy results alleges the driver had been drinking, "shows that a good family isn't enough. And they are a good family," she added. There has been heightened concern in Hopkinton after the release of a survey about risky behavior.

    "We've got to nurture the positive," she said

     And to parents, she said, "We've got to keep the lines of communication open."

    The other featured speaker, Hopkinton native Jeff Mayer, opened by saying, "I'm just an average Joe who grew up in Hopkinton." Mr. Mayer, now 33 years-old, said that his path has led to his current status as a Framingham State College student, and a member of that school's football team. He credited the support of his teachers and coaches for his being able to have graduated high school.

    The Youth Commission will study the data compiled today by all of the volunteer participants and report to the town.

Child Passenger Safety Seat Installation Checkpoint


Today, from 10:00am to 1:00pm, the Governor’s Highway Safety Bureau, the Massachusetts State Police Traffic Programs Section and Lee Volvo of Wellesley will be hosting a Child Passenger Safety Seat Installation Checkpoint at the Lee Volvo Dealership on Route 9 eastbound on the Wellesley/Natick line.


There will be approximately 20 installers including: State Police personnel (two of whom will be members of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section); local police; local firefighters; and local nurses. 


Along with installing child safety seats, the technicians will be educating parents/caretakers on a variety of important subjects such as: proper child safety seat installation techniques; best practices for child safety seat placement within a vehicle; and the importance of safety belt use for vehicle occupants of all ages.  ~ From the Massachusetts State Police

  Girls and Boys B-Ball victorious ~ Girls remain unbeaten

 by Peter Marso

January 21, 2006 — Hiller girls remain unbeaten as Medway falls 48-31 in Tri-Valley Game last night. Hiller boys trounce Medway on the road as well in High School action last night.  The Bliss ladies made it a perfect slate 9-0 as they buried a young Medway team to remain perfect.     

       Kaitlyn Fraser lead all scorers as she netted 17 points. The Hillers were with out the services of Kate Baldiga as she is nursing a sprained ankle suffered in a game last Tuesday. The hillers are off to their best start in modern history as they have all ready beaten tri-valley champ Westwood. The Hillers get to put another nail in the coffin as they play Westwood at home on Tuesday evening in what should be a great league battle.  

      The boys on the other hand creamed a fighting Medway team last night in Medway. The final was 66-43 as they used all available players in the match. They are making their move as they also play Westwood at home on Tuesday evening and they also are playoff bound as we start the second half of the campaign. Congratulations to both Hopkinton teams.  

 Positively Hopkinton

Saturday Morning poetry at the Cultural Arts Center

Beginning January 21st 2006, 10:30 a.m.- noon

CAA building, 98 Hayden Row, Hopkinton

With poets, Polly Brown and Susan Donnelly

Feature and open mic hosted by Cheryl Perreault


      On Saturday, January 21st, Hopkinton resident and poet, Polly Brown and Cambridge poet, Susan Donnelly will share their words of poetry at the Cultural Arts Alliance Center in Hopkinton.  Polly Brown’s poetry has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies and she also has a published book of her poetry titled Blue Stone Heron. She received the Worcester County Poetry Prize in 1986.

       Polly has taught workshops to youth on writing poetry and also works as a teacher at the Touchstone Community School in Upton. She resides with her husband in Hopkinton and is about to expect her first grandchild. To see a video from last summer of a poetry reading at Hopkinton State Park featuring Polly Brown choose this , the photo of her or the video icon.

       Susan Donnelly is the author of two books of poetry which include Transit and Eve Names the Animals which won the Samuel French Morse Prize from Northeastern University.  Susan also has three chapbooks of poetry, has been published in numerous magazines, textbooks and anthologies and her poetry has been recorded and set to music on the CD One Side of the River  which was performed at the Lincoln Center.  She teaches poetry in Cambridge and is the founding member of the 25 year-old Boston poets’ workshop called “Every other Thursday.”  

       An open mic will precede the feature where songs, stories and poems (originals and favorites by others) are welcome. For advance sign-up or more information call (508) 435-8638 or see www.caahopkinton.org.


Above, Michael Hamilton gets a congratulation from former Center School Principal, Tom Argir.

January 20, 2006 — Retired Police Officer Michael Hamilton was in the limelight this evening as 200 well-wishers feted him at the Radisson Hotel in Milford. Fellow Hopkinton Patrolmen and Officers, policemen from Framingham, Sherborn, Milford, Westboro, and Ashland, as well as family members and friends, were there to share the evening with a man who was toasted, speaker after speaker, for his compassion and work ethic. Mr. Hamilton received citations from the Board of Selectmen and the state legislature, as well as commemorative gifts from his association, his union, and Chief Irvin.

January 20, 2005 — This photo from yesterday is of left-over damage from Wednesday's freak wind storm.

January 20, 2006 — Bob Lobel, Channel 4 Sports Anchor shares a laugh with Dick Hoyt at last evening's reception for Dick and his son Rick. Movie and story below.


Milford Police to hold Citizens Police Academy


(Milford, MA.)  The Milford Police Department will begin to accept applications for its upcoming Citizens Police Academy scheduled to begin Wednesday February 22, 2006.  The class will meet once a week for 11 times on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Milford Police Department’s Training Room.  The classes will be taught by members of the Milford Police Department to provide citizens an opportunity to learn more about the Police Department, daily operations and the criminal justice system.  Past Citizen Police Academies have been very popular and have successfully established a better relationship between members of the Police Department and the community.  Classes provide interactive instruction in many of the basic police tasks.  In addition participants will tour the police station, the jail and given an opportunity to participate in cruiser ride-a-longs with officers on patrol upon successful graduation.  A graduation ceremony will conclude the end of 11 weeks classroom instruction on Wednesday May 3, 2006.

      Citizens who are interested should fill out an application at the Police Station or contact:

      Training Coordinator Sgt. James Heron at (508) 473-1113 Ext. 624 (heron@milfordpolice.org)

      Academy Director Lt. James Falvey at (508) 634-2362 Ext. 649 (jfalvey@milfordpolice.org)

Youth Summit

Saturday, January 20, 2006

First Congregational Church

8:00 networking; 8:30-noon, summit

Trails Club Walk


The Hopkinton Trails Club will be hosting a walk along Lake Whitehall on Sunday, January 29, 2006 beginning at 10:00AM.  The public is invited to enjoy this community resource and should meet at the boat ramp parking area on Wood Street (Rte. 135) in Woodville.  If conditions are right, there will be a Lake Whitehall Ice Walk that will include visiting the islands and if the ice isn’t safe, trails around the lake will be explored.  This family friendly event is being led by residents John Ritz and Joe Gorski with a short walk of approximately forty five minutes and a longer walk of about an hour and a half.  Appropriate footwear and attire are recommended.

     The Hopkinton Trails Club is a volunteer group of area residents dedicated to enjoying and enhancing the existing trails in Town while promoting the creation of new trails and improved trail linkage in the area.  The group in its early stages with monthly meetings each second Tuesday evening of the month at 7:00PM in the Conference Room at the Hopkins School with the next meeting scheduled for February 7, 2006.   

     Residents are encouraged to get involved in enjoying trails as community resources and participating in future Club efforts.  For more information about the January 29th walk or about the Hopkinton Trails Club, contact Liisa Jackson at Tel. # 508 625-1141. Photo ©2006 Robert Falcione

Hoyts receive $87,000 from donations

"Dick Hoyt might be the greatest athlete..." Bob Lobel

(30 minute Video)


by Robert Falcione

January 19, 2006 — Dick Hoyt and son Rick were feted this evening at Hopkinton High School with a showing of their inspirational video, an interview with Bob Lobel, and presentations from the town and the state. Dick will push his paralyzed son, Rick, over the finish line of the Boston Marathon for the twenty-fifth time this April, despite recent knee surgery.

       The very visible favorites of Marathon fans, and especially Hopkinton fans, were presented with a mock check for $85,000 this evening, an amount that emcee, HAA President Tim Kilduff, said was actually $87,000, due to more donations pouring in today, after the check had already been printed.

       The fundraising began with a story by writer Cathy Flynn of the Metrowest Daily News, who was brought up to the stage this evening for a special recognition. The Hoyts needed a new van, she wrote, but they got much more.

       "We're in awe of being in the presence of the kind of strength you show." said interviewer Bob Lobel, Channel 4 spots anchor, who appeared as a friend, and an apparently huge fan. Mr. Lobel was also in a Kent State fraternity that accepted Mr. Kilduff — after four votes, he said to laughter — and referred to their decades-long friendship.

        Hopkinton Running Club members Kathleen Karpe and Laura McKenzie were credited for bringing the Hoyts to Hopkinton last year at an event at Weston Nurseries. They presented the Hoyts with a notebook full of letters testifying to the inspiration each writer found in the Hoyts' story.

      One donor sent a check for $50,000 while praising the Hoyts; "They've really been an inspiration to me," read Mr. Kilduff from the letter, fighting back emotion. A Milford woman and her daughter donated a van their husband/father used for just three weeks before he passed away.

      Rick Hoyt, using a computer to speak, ended the evening by thanking everyone and saying, "See you in three months!"

      To see a 30 minute video of the private event held for the people who donated to the Hoyts' fundraising, featuring a HopNews interview with Bob Lobel, please choose this.      

  Brian Morrison fights back


"There are a number of developers and certain prominent town officials who would like nothing better than to cause Morrison to be removed from office."

~ Jonathan White, attorney for Brian Morrison


January 19, 2006 — Jonathan White, attorney for embattled Conservation Commission Chairman, Brian Morrison, has sent a Letter to the Editor defending his client against what he may see as a popular perception of events surrounding his client's plight.

     Mr. Morrison's RDA ( Request for Determination Applicability) hearing is next Monday, at which time enforcement action may be taken on his regrading and filling of Piazza Lane a private way on State land that serves as access to his home and the home of Robert Shepard, who he has named in a lawsuit appealing a Decision of the Planning Board that granted a development project to Ron Nation who has a purchase and sale with Mr. Shepard.

The letter is unprecedented in its length, but will be put up nonetheless. Read it Here.

Poll Results

A plurality of responders, 39%, believe not wearing seat belts in a vehicle should be a primary traffic offense, and not the secondary offense it is now.

     33% chose keeping the current law, and 28% opted for the choice to abolish the law. The third choice is not being considered by the legislature, it was simply a polling question.

      However, the people wanting to keep the current law, and the people wanting to abolish the law add up to a majority against making it a primary offense.

     Once again, this poll is for entertainment purposes only. However, it would be interesting to compare it to a scientific poll of the general population.

Pick a number, help a charity

Above, members of Team Hopkinton 2005.

January 19, 2006 — The Hopkinton Athletic Association (HAA) has a number of invitational numbers available for runners who are interested in running the Boston Marathon. These numbers are provided by the Boston Athletic Association to nonprofit organizations that in turn allocate them to runners who agree to raise money to support their charitable programs.
     The program gives people who otherwise might not be able to qualify for the Boston Marathon an opportunity to participate in the race and, at the same time, raise money for a worthy cause. The runners must raise a minimum of $2,200 and are provided benefits including training and coaching from experienced marathoners, access to training runs offered by the Hopkinton Running Club, an indoor location to relax and warm-up on the morning of the Marathon, a "Team Hopkinton" singlet, and an opportunity to meet with elite, Kenyan runners when they visit Elmwood School several days prior to the race.
     The HAA promotes health and fitness initiatives through innovative, multi-generational programs.  Past beneficiaries include the town's Special Olympics Track Program, youth sports leagues, and the Hopkinton Education Foundation.  Future initiatives under consideration include establishing fitness programs for senior citizens and children. 

    One recent initiative by the HAA established a fund to help pay for a much needed specially equipped van for Dick and Rick Hoyt, the father-son racing team who are preparing to run the Boston Marathon for the 25th time. Interested parties should contact Stephanie Whelan at stephaniewhelan@verizon.net as soon as possible. 

Interesting events this evening, Thursday, January 19, 2006

1.) Community Preservation Committee @ 7:00 pm Town Hall Room 216. The Committee is looking for input from people to present projects or ideas for CPA funds. Previous story.

2.) Hoyts are presented with check at the High School. Attendance is by invitation.

3.) School Committee will be discussing the preliminary budget and the new elementary school, among other items, in the Middle School Library at 7:30 p.m.

Friday evening, two choices below.


Officer Michael Hamilton's

Retirement Party

Friday January 20, 2006


7:00 - 8:00 pm Reception

8:00 pm Dinner

9:00 pm - Midnight Entertainment


Milford Radisson Hotel

Beaver Street Milford

Only $40 per person

Call to reserve a seat and save the date


Ask for Marilyn Palmer or Pat O'Brien


January 19, 2006 — Blood's Pond looks more like a photo from the arctic, as the shrinking water level creates a turbulent scene.



January 19, 2006 — (Milford, MA.)  Milford Police Detectives assisted by Massachusetts State Police Detectives and Milford Patrol Officers conducted an undercover sting in the Route 495 area Wednesday night and subsequently arrested five male subjects for soliciting sex for a fee. (MGL c. 272  s. 53A)  Each was released on bail and scheduled for arraignment in Milford District Court on Thursday January 19, 2006. Michael A. Mathur age 43 of 38 Northern Spy Road Franklin, MA; Donald S. Theoharides age 46 of 177 Whitebirch St. Leicester, MA; Brian D. Somers age 39 of 599 Washington St. Franklin, MA; William C. Haney age 44 of 16 Green St. Methuen, MA; Donald H. Cobin age 45 of 60 Hope Ave. Waltham, MA. ~ From the desk of Lt. James Falvey, Milford Police Department.

Jim Cozzens, Station Manager of HCAM-TV, Hopkinton's Community television station, is once again looking for people to send their loved ones a "Video Valentine."

To find out how to do that, take a look at the video below, and be sure to let it play until the end. We are rerunning last year's video because about two-thirds of HopNews readers haven't seen it, because our readership has nearly tripled in the last year (Thanks!).



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