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Friends of Whitehall continue visibility

Above, Jeff Furber. Inset, "Spotted Turtle" drawn on the mural behind Mr. Furber by a mischievous Davidson Welch when he revitalized the mural last summer. Some circles blame the discovery of the endangered spotted turtle for scuttling a world-class country club planned for an area on Fruit Street, which the town subsequently purchased.

March 23, 2005 — Friends of Whitehall, an environmental group dedicated to the preservation of Lake Whitehall and inspired to action by the possible development of a peninsula in that village of Hopkinton, continues to move toward opposing that Ron Nation development, as evidenced by their meeting this evening.

    Ron Nation is a builder most well known for his quality single-family neighborhoods, like Ravenwood. However, this project, Whitehall Estates, involves garden style homes, or condos, on a previously undeveloped parcel of land and at a denser rate than is customary for the neighborhood, for a total of 37 units. FULL STORY.

Like a symphony

Photo, Elizabeth Morgan gets loaded with another pile of spaghetti meals in the kitchen of the Golden Spoon Restaurant.

March 23, 2005 — Owners of the Golden Spoon, Monica and Bill Morgan, donated their time this evening — and their restaurant — to feed up to 350 diners a spaghetti feast, from salad to dessert, to benefit the Hopkinton High School Band's trip to Montreal. Their daughter Elizabeth plays trombone in the band. After the cost of the food, the band gets all of the money from the event. The Morgan's also kicked in the drinks.

     According to owner Bill Morgan, they cooked 60 pounds of spaghetti, 600 meatballs, and 50 pounds of salad.

March 23, 2005 — James McKenna makes it look easy as he cleans a trough in the roof of the Library. He found a bird's nest and other debris — and a hole which was causing the leak which prompted the call to his roofing company. In this case a picture isn't worth a thousand words because the bottom of the ladder is actually about thirty feet away and at the same angle as the roof.

High School Leo Club and HPTA team up for a month-long Book Drive


     The Hopkinton High School Leo Club, a student branch of the Lions Club, and the Hopkinton Parent Teacher Association (HPTA) have teamed up for a month long Book Drive. All donations will be delivered to Hands Across the Water (HATW), a public charity which promotes both local conservation and reuse of books as well as international literacy and education.

     If you are interested in making a donation to this book drive, simply deliver your new or used English language books, videos, CDs and DVDs and to any of the designated “Book Drive” boxes at any of the Hopkinton Schools.   Donations may include any of the following: all reading level books, magazines, videos, cassette tapes, and DVDs. If you have questions regarding this effort, please contact Nancy Burdick (HPTA) at

Teacher's alto horn missing from storage closet

Dear Editor,

            After I returned from February vacation, I went to the Middle School band storage closet to pick up one of my instruments, an alto horn. When I picked up the case, all that was left were the mouthpieces. The instrument is missing. READ FULL LETTER AND MORE

SPEAC Invites Members to General Session Meeting March 29


Hopkinton’s Special Education Advisory Council (SPEAC) invites members to attend a General Session meeting being held at the Middle School Lecture Hall at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29.    The planning meeting will give people the opportunity to talk in an informal setting and discuss ideas for future meetings and speakers.  Strategies for improving communication between parents and Special Education personnel will also be addressed.    SPEAC is looking for members to participate in many aspects of future programs, and the meeting will give members a chance to learn about opportunities for their involvement in the coming year. Learn more about SPEAC.

MILE 1 Celebration with the Hoyts


March 23, 2005 — Marathon wheelchair favorites, Dick and Rick Hoyt (Above), always get a cheer from the crowd at the start of the Boston Marathon as soon as they hit the pavement. But this year, Hopkintonians and other fans will be able to get more than a fleeting glimpse of this father and son racing team. 

      The Hopkinton Athletic Association (HAA) in collaboration with the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a very special evening to kick-off Marathon Week with extraordinary guests Dick and Rick Hoyt.  The Massachusetts father-and-son team is known worldwide for competing together in marathons and triathlons. The event will be hosted at Weston Nurseries, on April 9th at 6:30 P.M. The Mile 1 celebration will include more than 200 guests from the MetroWest area.

       All proceeds raised at this charitable event will help fund Hopkinton athletic, recreational and health related programs. The HAA collaborates with international, national and local fitness professionals, organizations, and local schools to create program for kids, families and seniors to encourage overall fitness and health.

      Tickets are $55 per person and can be purchased/ordered through the following means:

Action Copy Plus, Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 508-497-8918 or Lise Baker at 508-435-5128 or by completing the form below and returning it to the HAA, PO Box 820, Hopkinton, MA 01748. HopNews file photo © 2004.

2nd Annual Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K Road Race

New Community Event Calendar item: The Hopkinton Running Club is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K Road Race to Cure ALS on Saturday, June 18th beginning at 9AM (Registration at 7:30AM) at Hopkinton High School. Join us for a fun-filled, family-friendly morning featuring a 5K race, a fitness run/walk, kids' races and events, and a post-race party including a DJ and lots of food. Proceeds from the race will go to the Angel Fund, an independent, non-profit charity benefiting ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) research at Massachusetts General Hospital.  ALS, known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, is a progressive and ultimately fatal disease that attacks the nerve cells resulting in debilitating paralysis as the muscles of the body waste away.  Victims of the disease gradually lose their ability to control their muscles, to communicate, and eventually to breathe.   The cause of ALS is unknown and there is no known cure, however, research underway is promising.  This race is in honor of Sharon Timlin, who died of ALS in 2002.  She was the mother of Mike Timlin, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox.  Entry Fee is $17 when registered by June 11th and $20 on the day of the race. For additional information and to register online, please go to  or call (508) 625-1660. ~ The Running Club HopNews file photo ©2004.

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Welcome to Sportstown

March 22, 2005 — A collaboration between the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen and the Hopkinton Athletic Association has resulted in the unveiling of the design above, by artist Geri Holland, of a new sign celebrating the athletic victories of Hopkinton High School teams.

     The permanent home for the sign is a site on West Main Street near Interstate Route 495. The sign, now under fabrication, is slated to be on display at the Hopkinton Common on Patriot's Day, the day of the BAA Marathon, for that one day celebration.

    There is room on the sign for many more future accomplishments, and presumably more teams.

    There is also room for donations. Those wishing to help, please make checks payable the HAA, PO Box 820, Hopkinton, MA 01748 or contact Selectman Paul Nelson at 508-497-9211 for more information.

Lack of broader inclusion disappointing


Thank you for the factual reporting on the recent events of the Land Use Planning Committee appointments. It is unfortunate that the Selectman chose not to increase the ratio of the residents to other appointed Town officials nor to consider changing the meeting times so that more abutting and other interested citizens could attend and participate. FULL LETTER AND MORE

Youth Appreciation Month

Photo, front from left: Nicole Cooprider, who is involved with church, volunteer, youth groups, drama, music and athletic endeavors. Sean Terry, who qualified in swim competition as an All-American, for his personal best at the State Championships. Dalia Auerhahn, for all her volunteer work and her dedication to her field hockey team as captain. Rear: Debbie Krans, School Adjustment Counselor. Valerie Ludorf, nominated for her academic excellence even when ice-skating in national competitions. She is said to be a good leader who works well wioth others and is helpful to both adults and peers.   School Resource Officer, Jay Porter.

March 22, 2005 — In observance of Youth Appreciation Month, these young people, shown above with their mentors, have been singled out for their academic and personal achievements and chosen by their mentors for special recognition.

Hopkinton approved for $6.76 million in financing

Money earmarked for wastewater disposal and water supply

BOSTON – March 22, 2005 — The Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA) has announced that the Town of Hopkinton has been granted approval for financing for two projects, totaling $6,760,000, designed to increase capacities for water treatment and water supply.  The State Revolving Funds provide low-interest loans to municipalities to assist in the completion of environmental projects, the interest rate for these loans being just 2%.

            Under the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, Hopkinton has been allotted $5,450,000 for effluent disposal beds for wastewater.  This project is vital to ensuring the continued sanitary treatment and disposal of wastewater from Hopkinton by significantly expanding treatment capacity.

            Under the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, Hopkinton has been allotted $1,310,000 for new well construction.  This project will bolster Hopkinton’s water supply and provide the operational flexibility to meet Hopkinton’s long term water supply needs.

            Senator Karen Spilka (Photo) commented, “Planning ahead is critical when dealing with environmental issues, especially something as vital as the water supply.  I commend the Town of Hopkinton for effectively anticipating the town’s needs in the years ahead and diligently working to meet those needs.  The low-interest loans coming from the state will prove very helpful to town administrators working to achieve their water treatment and supply goals.”

            Representative Paul Loscocco (Photo, right) added, “These funds from the state will significantly help the town meet its growing water needs without further increasing the tax burden on homeowners.  Hopkinton has shown great foresight in planning to preserve and protect its precious water resources as it continues to grow and thrive as a community."

            Selectman Ron Clark (Left) who is Chairman of the Fruit Street Development Committee, which is planning the siting of treatment facilities and water wells on a 257 acre parcel the town purchased, gave a lot of credit to the firm which studies Hopkinton's water resources.

          "It's something Earthtech helped us apply for," he said.

          "The low-rate interest will be a big help to finance it when it gets to that point," Mr. Clark said, referring to the development of the Fruit Street property.


Four-Time Boston Marathon Champion Leads Banner Day Festivities

BOSTON, MA -- March 21, 2005 -- Today, four-time winner of both the Boston and New York City Marathons, Bill Rodgers climbed aboard a cherry picker to unveil the 109th Boston Marathon banners. The event, which traditionally welcomes spring and unofficially kicks off the marathon season, took place at the Boston Marathon finish line in Copley Square. The Boston Marathon is the oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the most prestigious road racing events in the world. John Hancock is celebrating the 20th year of its landmark sponsorship of the race this year.

"This event really helps to jumpstart the Boston Marathon festivities," Bill Rodgers said. "Helping to raise the banners creates a significant buzz throughout the city that the race is just around the corner. Despite all the snow we had this winter, the Boston community is counting down the days until Marathon Monday."

John Hancock provides hundreds of banners, which will be hung throughout the city in the coming days to celebrate the race and the achievements of the athletes. The colorfully designed banners will add a welcomed sign of spring to the streets of Boston.

A Massachusetts local, Rodgers has raced competitively in the top echelon of his sport for more than a quarter century. The two American records he set at Boston in 1975 (2:09:55) and 1979 (2:09:27) remain among the fastest times ever run. In the history of the race only Rodgers and two other men, Clarence DeMar and Gerard Cote, have been crowned champion four or more times. Ranked the number one marathon runner in the world by Track & Field News three times during his career, Rodgers won Boston in 1975 and then was a three-peat winner from 1978-80. Photo by John Hancock's John Pickett.

   Police News

Far Left, Arrest for Receiving -$250, Operating Unregistered and more.

     Left, Hopkinton Emergency personnel wasted no time responding to the report of a motorcycle accident on East Main Street. Patient refused treatment.

 Police News now updated.

Woodville is special

Dear Editor,
One of the side projects in which the Friends of Whitehall are engaged is to compile a History of Woodville, and specifically Lake Whitehall.  We are particularly spurred on in this project by a member of the Town Planning Board who, at the presentation of the proposed Woodville Historic District, remarked that he didn't know what Woodville was and why it was so special. SEE LETTERS for full letter and more.



March 22, 2005 — Is your head spinning just thinking about the changes retirement will bring? Are you confused about Medicare, Medicare supplements, circuit breaker tax rebate, health care proxy or Homestead Act? As the child of an aging parent, are you worried about the needs of your frail elder or are you concerned about your own changing needs as you get older? Do you know where to turn for help in accessing services in times of need?

      The Hopkinton Senior Center will be providing an all day seminar to help working people sort out the myriad of information and programs available to seniors on Saturday, April 30, at the Senior Center located at the lower level of Town Hall. Save the date. Registration is free.

     The morning session will be geared especially for those nearing retirement ages. Information will include an overview of Medicare benefits and gaps, supplementary Medicare insurance and prescription Drug options, elder law essentials, real estate tax saving programs and COA programs and services.

     Children and friends of declining elders are especially invited to attend the afternoon session that will focus on issues facing fragile elders. Speakers will include a rheumatologist and psychiatrist, outreach workers and representatives from alternative living options.

    Tom O'Hare, an attorney specializing in health care issues will be available to notarize health care proxies for participants. Schedule of events.   ~ Cindy Chesmore, Director of Senior Services.

Photo Cindy Chesmore and musician John Giudo at Senior Center St. Patrick's Day dinner.

911 is now enhanced to E911

Above, Dave Clemons, Dispatch Supervisor who also carries the titles of APCO Communications Specialist, Webmaster and Systems Manager, demonstrates the new E911 console at Hopkinton Police Headquarters.

March 21, 2005 — According to Hopkinton Police Department Dispatch Supervisor and Communications Specialist, Dave Clemons, Hopkinton is one of three towns in the state with the new system, which has a GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) driven capability.

     "If someone calls 911 we will get the same information we have been (Name, address, phone). But the Important Location Window will pull up an area on a map.

    "If it's a call from the house, we'll continue as we have. But if a call comes in from outside from a cell phone, the system will tell us within 100 meters, and specify the location," Mr. Clemons said.

     Mr. Clemons agreed that today Charles Stuart, who in 1989 killed his pregnant wife and blamed an non-existent black man in a nationally broadcast 911 call, would not get away with lying about his location as he did then. Stuart identified an innocent man, and eventually jumped off the Tobin Bridge in Boston as police closed in on him for the heinous crime.

    "If someone were locked in the truck of a moving car, we could actually refresh the system and see it move," Mr. Clemons said.

    As is often the case with a 911 call which comes in to the police station, a caller will protect the abuser when the officer gets to the home, saying that it was only a verbal argument.

    "Now, if an officer goes to a domestic abuse call and the caller says everything is okay, with E911 we can transmit the actual phone call to the officer on the scene," Mr. Clemons said.

     The system is slated to be operational on Tuesday, March 22.

Former Hopkinton Teacher

Joseph “Joe” Morrissey, 52, of Hopkinton, passed away, Sunday, March 20th, at Milford-Whitinsville Hospital. See ARRANGEMENTS

Spring flight

by Cheryl Burgoyne Perreault


White on white

this bird

with painted tips

of black on wings

to balance dark from light

or rest from flight

flaps fans of sleepy feathers

as it glides


over hard ice-white of water.

How far to go,

until it finds

the reassurance

of  little bits of green

poking out below.

Earth’s promise

that spring is waiting

to wave its salutation skyward.


March 20, 2005 — This coastal scavenger was likely in search of some open inland water; after all, it is the first day of spring according to most calendars. The only open water he found in Hopkinton Reservoir was in the holes the ice fishermen made.

Poet Cheryl Burgoyne Perreault has added her inspiration.





The Hopkinton Republican Town Committee will hold a caucus to select candidates for the May 2005 Town elections on Thursday, April 7, 2005 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM in the Second Floor Planning Board Hearing Room ( #211) in Town  Hall on Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748. The Republican Caucus is open to all Hopkinton registered Republicans and un-enrolled voters.   The following positions are available: Board of Selectmen-  3 year term, Moderator-  1 year term, Board of Assessors-  3 year term, Board of Health- 3 year term, Cemetery Commission-  3 year term, Cemetery Commission- 1 year term, (expires 2006), Commissioner of Trust Fund-  3 year term , Housing Authority- 5 year term, Parks and Recreation Commission-  3 year term ( 2 positions), Planning Board-  5 year term ( 2 positions), School Committee-- 3 year term ( 2 positions)

     For further information or to be placed on the Republican caucus ballot, contact Len Holden, Secretary, at 508 435-3326 prior to April 5, 8 PM. You must be a registered Republican to be placed on our caucus ballot. ~ Republican Town committee

Way to go, police!


I was overjoyed on Friday when I saw one of our finest writing out a ticket for a truck parked in the handicap spot in front of the Town Hall.  Way to go Hopkinton Police Department!!!!!

Annie Marcy         More Letters

Hiller Baseball Hosts Little League Coaches


by Michael Torosian

March 20, 2005 – Over 50 Hopkinton Little League Baseball and Softball coaches came to attend a clinic put on by Varsity Baseball Coach, Steve Simoes last weekend. Every year, for as long as most could remember, the Hopkinton High School Baseball program hosts a clinic to help give guidance, insight and some tips to Little League coaches. Simoes, with assistance from his assistant coaches and varsity players, delivered a well prepared lecture and fascinating demonstrations that kept the coaches jotting notes and asking questions all night.

      Simoes started off the evening with the motto of the 2004 State Champions, “Attitude and Effort”. He continued to preach to the audience that it is essential to prepare student-athletes to meet their individual academic and athletic goals, while teaching the concept of group and community responsibility. Coach Simoes enters the 2005 season as Head Coach of the Hiller for the 13th time, but as the first time as defending, TVL, South Sectional and Division 2 State Champion.

     The Hopkinton Little League would like to thank Coach Simoes and The Hiller Baseball program for their continued support over the years. Photo by Michael Torosian ©2005

 Peter's Corner

Giusti is A-OK

by Peter Marso

March 19, 2005 — In case your wondering how former Hopkinton Hiller two sport athlete Matt Giusti is doing. Go no further! The Hiller pitching ace and quarterback is on his way to Stonehill College in Easton Mass.

     If you followed the Hiller baseball drive to the state title last year you would remember that Matt pitched one of the greatest games in Hopkinton Hiller history! The 3-1 victory over a tough Lincoln-Sudbury team in the state semifinals enabling the hillers to advance to the state finals and win the state title .

     Matt is in the process of completing a year of prep school at the Williston-Northhampton school in Western Massachussetts, where he excelled at quarterback for Coach Conroy, who also tutored Assumptions Matt Anderson (former Hiller).

     Matt had an outstanding season as he passed for 1384 yards ! Rushing for 6 touchdowns and gaining 122 yards. He also played defense were he intercepted two passes and one fumble recovery. Matt will be towing the rubber for coach Pat Boen's Stonehill nine. The Hiller alumnus will most likely make a big impact at the college pitching level. His gridiron days may not be over as he may go out for football in the fall. Good luck Matt! The Hillers are proud of you!

NOTE: SPORTS SPORTS and ELECTION 2005 Election 2005 above.

Paul Abajian, 88 of Framingham died Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at the Carlyle House Nursing Home of Framingham. SEE ARRANGEMENTS.

Sammy's Day

March 19, 2005 — The wearin' o' the green was given a second life this evening at the Woodville Rod and Gun in honor of beloved Hopkinton resident Sam Click, as his friends and family got together to celebrate his life and promote a scholarship fund in his name with a corned beef and cabbage feed catered by TJ's of Ashland. Mr. Click's children have started the Sam Click Memorial Foundation in his memory, and awarded their first scholarships this year. The party continues until 11:00 pm.

The award is open to any resident of Hopkinton who is a high school senior and plans to attend University of Massachusetts, any campus. For more information, contact Stu Glassman 508-435-5655 or Dave Click 508-655-2816.

The Middle School played host to Destination Imagination, where hundreds of students put on their thinking caps to create imaginative solutions to problems posed to them. The program is a nationwide competition. Photo above is the closing ceremonies in the Middle School gymnasium where all of the students marched into in a processional. 

March 19, 2005 — The tail lights are running lights. There was no one in this truck as I photographed it, because the driver had walked away to get a sandwich, even after I pointed out the sign to him and cautioned that if it remained I would get my camera.

   "Go get your camera," he said to me, after some choice words were exchanged.

   So I did.

Daffodil Days

Above, seated from left: Andrea Stratton, Spencer Gusha. Standing from left: Abby Levy, Sarah Krawie, Mike Roti and parent Rhonda Levy.

March 19, 2005 — The Middle School students above were one of several groups who manned business locations throughout Hopkinton during Daffodil Days, a program to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

 Positively Hopkinton

Hopkinton college student embarks on new adventure


Justin Wright to manage painting business


March 19, 2005 — Hopkinton native Justin Wright, a full time student at UMass Amherst and a recognizable face from Hopkinton Drug and Brigham's, is trying his hand in an internship with College Painters this summer.

      Justin has recently emerged from a regimen of training in the field of running a business, which is his minor course of studies, and is in the middle of intensive training in the craft of painting homes.

    As part of his duties, he has the task of hiring all of his painters under his command and visiting the Hopkinton home sites to provide interested homeowners with free estimates.

     For an estimate, or to learn more about his guarantee, call Justin Wright at 508-667-8967.

Destination reached

Photo of third grade team from Elmwood School: From left: Rachel MacLean, Olivia Harvey, Hannah Elliott, Nick Cassasa, Scott Barter, Emily Katz.

March 19, 2005 — Destination Imagination, according to parent Mary-Beth Elliott, " a program that uses the kids ingenuity to develop their own imagination skills. It is turning trash into treasures," she said. The competition taking place at the Middle School today featured over 60 teams from towns from the region who have to come up with original solutions to tasks in several categories. Hopkinton competes with teams for the second grade through high school. At this competition, the judges will decide who goes on to the State championship.

Grassroots group schedules meeting


March 19, 2005 — A Community Meeting concerning the proposed sale of more than 600 acres of Weston Nurseries property in Hopkinton and Ashland will take place on Thursday evening, March 31, 2005.  The meeting will begin at 7:00PM and will be held at the First Congregational Church in room#225

located on Rte. 135 near the Hopkinton / Ashland border (146 E. Main Street, Hopkinton). 

     This will be the third meeting organized recently by a group of residents and neighbors concerned by news reports of the proposed sale of Weston Nurseries property.  Issues that will be discussed include what is being sold and when, what have our town officials done so far, will the quality of life and property values be diminished and why it is important to get involved now. The meeting is open to the public, will be held in room#225 and is accessible.  Contact Mavis O’Leary (Tel. # 508 435-3602) or Liisa Jackson (Tel. # 508 625-1141) for more information.

      The two women form the newly formed group, HOPE (Hopkintonians Organized to Preserve and Enhance), has sent letters to the Board of Selectmen asking them to appoint an equal number of Hopkinton residents and board or committee members. Currently the eleven member board has two at-large members. The other nine members are either developers or members of town boards or committees, and HOPE would like more residents appointed and the appointment deadline extended.

      They have also asked in a letter that the Selectmen direct the Land Use Committee to schedule their meetings at a time when residents, in their words, "...can conveniently participate (unfortunately, its upcoming 7:30 a.m. meeting does not meet this criteria)."

Photo: Liisa Jackson (and Celia) and Mavis O'Leary enter Town Hall to be sworn in as members of the Land Use Study Committee on Thursday.


Above, front row from left: Leigh Daniels, John Danis, Matt Younis, Michael Vanderpool, Jackie Levine, Lauren Blake, Kelsey Levangie, CJ Younis. Midddle row: Richie Kane, Oliver Clough, Tamra Mills, Christa Gramenelles, Malcolm Cheney. Rear: Matt Mills, Kristen Baldiga, Luke Frasier, TJ Dlugolecki, Dan Hoskins, Michael Wyzga, Adam Merzell.

March 19, 2005 — March has been proclaimed Youth Appreciation Month by the Board of Selectmen in concert with efforts by the Youth Commission, teachers, and other mentors. The group of young people above are partners who play alongside Special Olympics athletes every week and have been singled out for special recognition.

     According to Teacher Claudia Vanderpool, "They are incredibly dedicated; so much so that they often forego their own games."

Hopkinton boxer competes in boxing show

Photo by Ron DiMichele ©2005

March 19, 2005 — Hopkinton's Doug Glazier, left, competed in an amateur boxing show Friday night sponsored by the Massachusetts State Police Boxing Team. Doug, who boxes in the Masters Division (age 35 and over), is pictured congratulating Sgt. Dale Kiley of the State Police Academy, who he won a split-decision over. "I just love the sport," said Doug after the bout. "It's the most exhilarating thing you could ever do. It's a test of your courage, your skills, your heart. It's really a blast." The bouts were held at West Brookfield High School and benefited diverse charities throughout Massachusetts. ~ Ron DiMichele. HopNews' Ron DiMichele also writes for

Fundraiser for Serenity House    


Press Release from Beth Jacobs:

Please join The Hopkinton Women's Club with The Pampered Chef as they host a Fund-raiser event on Monday, March 28th for Serenity House!  Serenity House is a traditional recovery home in Hopkinton that provides rehabilitative services for 35 women including 4 pregnant and postpartum who are recovering from alcohol and drug addiction.  The length of stay is six months with an extension of up to one year for mothers and newborns.  Any woman who is over the age of eighteen years of age with a desire for living a drug free lifestyle is a candidate.  Serenity House is committed to providing services with full attention to a person's dignity and believe that all women should have access to treatment regardless of ethnicity, physical handicap or sexual preferences.


Nancy Peters to run for re-election to Board of Health

"I think I have a contribution to make."

~Nancy Peters

by Robert Falcione

March 18, 2005 — Incumbent Nancy Peters, a Democrat, took out nomination papers from the Town Clerk's office yesterday minutes after Muriel Kramer took hers out for Selectman.

     She and fellow Democrat Muriel Kramer exited the front door of Town Hall within minutes of each other to find Republican Selectman Ron Clark speaking with a HopNews reporter.

     In display of democracy at its core, Mr. Clark signed Mrs. Kramer's and Mrs. Peters' nomination papers, and they signed Ken Weismantel's, for which Mr. Clark was collecting signatures. Mr. Weismantel, a Republican, is also running for Selectman.

     "I really feel the Board of Health is a very important board," she said. "It would be easy to walk away, but I think I have a contribution to make.

     "I have experience, skills, and education that goes with the job," she said. "I worked in an OR, and an ER as a Registered Nurse; and before I retired, I was a Certified Occupational Health nurse and ran the Health and Safety department for a large company.

     "I was responsible for insuring that the employees were adequately protected and to help them become educated on protecting themselves," she said.

     "I have been on the other side of the table for 26 years," she said, referring to the permitting process.

     "I had to get air and water permits in many countries," she said. "The company I worked for was international in scope."

Car stolen in Hopkinton recovered in Ashland

Two OUI arrests.

One Abuse prevention order arrest.

All this and more in an up-to-date

Police News

Easter Egg Hunt cancelled

The Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Common scheduled for Sat., March 26th has been cancelled.  Weather and ground conditions on the Common have forced the Parks and Recreation Department to cancel this event.

~ Parks and Recreation Dept.

School Committee looks for $1.6 million


$600,000 override looming

 by Muriel Kramer

March 17, 2005 — The budget is tight, has been and will still be tight for the foreseeable future, and next year the reality is going to affect the kids in the classrooms according to School Committee members and the School Department.  The cumulative effects of tight budgets year after year are now forcing cuts in services for the first time, including a possible increase in class sizes at various levels according to School Committee.

            Meeting in a working session after the regular School Committee meeting, members of the School Committee and Administrators worked to find ways to trim $500,000 to $600,000 out of their proposed budget for FY 06.  This is in response to the request by the Appropriations Committee to address the identified $1,679,000 shortfall (1,879,000 if the sewer shortfall is included) projected for next year’s Town budget.        The Appropriations Committee is suggesting that the Town address the projected shortfall by asking the schools to cut 1/3 of the total overrun amount from their budget, then asking the Town to cover 1/3 from the stabilization fund, and seeking an override for the remaining 1/3.  That translates to approximately $600,000 out of the school’s proposed budget, $600,000 from the stabilization account which currently stands at roughly $2,000,000, and then $600,000 from an override that will need voter approval at Town Meeting and a favorable vote at the election. FULL STORY, MORE PICS.  Photos by Muriel Kramer.

Milford Police conduct undercover prostitution sting

On Thursday March 17, 2005 Milford Police Detectives conducted an undercover sting involving prostitution.  As a result of the sting three males and one female were arrested by Milford Police and charged for SEXUAL CONDUCT FOR A FEE M.G.L. Chapter 272 Section 53A.  The arrests took place between 5:07 p.m. and 10:53 p.m. on Fortune Boulevard and in the area of the Rt. 109 Shopping Plazas.  The four arrested all reside outside the town of Milford and were booked, released on bail and scheduled for arraignment in the Milford District Court on Friday March 18, 2005.  Detective Dustin Testa the lead investigator was assisted by several detectives and officers.

 The persons arrested are:

  1. Robert J. Miller 3rd, age 38 of 629 Washington Street in Holliston, MA

  2. Robert Cota, age 56 of 21 Cinnamon Dr. in Johnston, RI

  3. Patrick C. McKeever age 43 of 142 South Main St. in Uxbridge, MA

  4. Lareina H. Hurley, alias Lareina Barrows age 24 of 1446 Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester, MA

 The Milford Police Department expresses its sincere appreciation to local businesses that cooperated with members from the detective division.  Milford Police Department has worked together in partnership with several local businesses and groups.  This is another example of Community Policing where a very important segment of the community helped the police perform their duties to detect and apprehend persons suspected of criminal wrongdoing.

Press Release from the desk of Lt. James Falvey, Detective Commander.

St. Patrick's Day, Hopkinton style

March 17, 2005 — Above, Cathy and Jackie ham it up while Greg Brady plays a mix of Irish and traditional American music after unplugging and joining the patrons at Cornell's for the traditional St. Patrick's Day celebration.

Below, Mike Hastings, a music instructor at the Cultural Arts Alliance, plays his original and cover music to an after-dinner crowd at the Rose Garden in Upton on St. Patrick's Day.



(Milford, MA.)  On Thursday March 17, 2005 at approximately 12:45 p.m. a 16 year old female juvenile student from Milford High School was arrested by Milford School Resource Officer Paul Parisi after an investigation into a fire at the high school.  Milford Fire Department responded at approximately 9:30 a.m. and contained the fire inside the girls bathroom located in the upper C wing.  Damage was limited to the paper towel and trash receptacle in the girls bathroom.  Milford Fire Department contacted the Milford Police Department to investigate the incident who determined who was responsible for the fire.

     The girl was arrested, booked and released to her mother and scheduled to be arraigned in Milford District Court at a later date.

     Charges alleged against the student include: Burning Building Contents and Disturbing a School Assembly. ~ Press Release from the desk of Lt. James Falvey, Detective Commander.

To All Hopkinton Residents


Dear Resident: 

    The Board of Selectmen, on behalf of the Hopkinton Police Department, wishes to inform all residents that parking motor vehicles on all public ways on Marathon Day, Monday, April 18, 2005, is prohibited in the Town from 6:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., unless vehicles have a permit issued by the Police Department.  This prohibition will only be enforced on public ways critical to supporting the start of the race. 

     Also, the Police Department will post parking restrictions, as may be needed, to facilitate setting up for the race, from 7:00 a.m., on the Friday before the race, through 6:00 a.m., on the morning of the race.

     On Boston Marathon Day, Monday, April 18, 2005, all roads in Hopkinton are closed to traffic from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

 Sincerely yours,  Geri Holland, Executive Assistant, Selectmen’s Office, 508-497-9700

Saturday Morning Poetry at the Café Espresso

With host Hopkinton's own Cheryl Perreault

March 19th 2005, 10:30 a.m.

Café Espresso

108 Mechanic St.

Bellingham, MA.

Admission free

On March 19th, Saturday Morning at the Café Espresso will feature award winning poet Suzanne Owens of Littleton, MA. Owens, also a playwright, professor of English and former actress, is the author of Theater Poems, Actresses: Famous, Funky and Forgotten, and The Daughters of Discordia (poems about women criminals in history).  FULL STORY, PICS

March is Youth Appreciation Month

March 17, 2005 — In celebration of the recently proclaimed Youth Appreciation Month, the Youth Commission, teachers, counselors and other mentors, have nominated several young people for special recognition for their special acts or accomplishments or goals that do not necessarily fit into a standard category. CLICK HERE to see who these young people are and why they are getting special recognition.

It's Official!

Muriel Kramer takes out papers


March 17, 2005 — Muriel Kramer, mother of six and pharmacy Technician at Hopkinton Drug, has taken out papers to run for a three year term as Selectman. Mrs. Kramer is a Democrat.

   She is currently co-Chair of the Master plan Update Committee with Planning Board member Pam Duffy, who is running, as well as fellow Democrat Sandy Altamura, to retain their seats on the Planning Board. One other person, Republican businessman RJ Dourney, has taken out papers for the Planning Board. Cemetery Commissioner Ken Weismantel is the only other serious candidate for Selectman.

     Board of Health Vice-Chair Richard deMont has taken out nomination papers for the Board of  Selectmen, but previously stated he would drop out if Mrs. Kramer ran. Mr. deMont was unavailable for comment this afternoon.

     Mrs. Kramer, a Hopkinton resident for over thirteen years, ran a close election for Selectman last year, but has been uncommitted about this year's race until now.

     "I hope to bring a new voice of reason to the current Board of Selectmen," she states in a press release. "I think a lot of residents feel disenfranchised by the current board; I am committed to being an effective legislator for all residents in Hopkinton, putting the needs and interests of the town in sharp focus." To read the entire press release from her office, click here.

Hopkinton 5th Grade Girls Upset Franklin’s Division 1 Champions


In a battle of Metrowest Leagues Champions, Division 1 Franklin champions (14-1) faced off with Division 3 Hopkinton champions (16-0) in an exciting 1st round game in the Ashland Tournament.  Franklin’s superior height and execution help them race out to a 25-8 halftime lead, dominating Hopkinton on the boards and with their outside shooting  hitting 3 point shots.  All Hopkinton could do was watch and tip their hats to a superior team.

      But games are not won in just one half of basketball.  There are two halves for a reason. The Hopkinton team found that out very quickly as they raced out of the 2nd half with a 19 to 2 spurt to tie the game 27-27 with 6 minutes left in the game.  From there the excitement began.  Each team traded baskets, until 1 minute left in the game when Hopkinton was able to take a four point lead 37-33 and hold on to a 37-35 come from behind victory over Franklin.

     Hopkinton was lead by Olivia Spector who had 10 points 7 steals and Victoria Munger with 8 points and 8 rebounds.  The come-from-behind victory would not have been possible without the all around play of Lindsay Doucette with 4 points and Jenna Corsi with 6 points.   Libbey Campbell led in rebounding (10). The defensive effort was lead by Bridget McCarthy, Kaylee Harrison, Lauren Brown and Anna MacDonald.  Hopkinton now 17-0 takes on Holliston Saturday evening.

 Happy St. Patrick's Day


 Present from the Past

Irish immigrants in Hopkinton

Many worked in boot factories

by Joe Markey

March 17, 2005 — “Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day,” so the saying goes. However, there was a time in Hopkinton’s history when hardly anyone was Irish. According to one report, “the first traces of an Irish person living or visiting Hopkinton is on a death certificate dated 1828, which reads, ‘A foreigner from Ireland.’” Even by 1846, only 22 Irish people reportedly lived in Hopkinton.


Photo of St. Malachi from A Brief History of Hopkinton.

The number of town residents from Ireland increased dramatically, however, throughout the remainder of the 1800s. Irish immigrants in Boston numbered 37,000 by 1847, making up a third of Boston’s total population. More and more of these Irish immigrants made their way to Hopkinton over time, where a booming boot and shoe manufacturing industry demanded more and more labor, and the Irish quickly filled the jobs. In fact, Hopkinton’s population more than doubled from 1840 to 1860, when it reached 4,340 residents. FULL STORY.

 Positively Hopkinton

Where eagles dare

March 16, 2005 — Mike Albertian, a senior at Hopkinton High School, is pictured at Hanscom Air Force Base, where he flies out of, in front of the plane he took up today on his first day of IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) training. Mike got his pilot's license at 17 after making flying his childhood goal.

    Next year he is looking at Bridgewater State to continue his aviation studies to work toward his goal of flying for a major company.


Cornell's Annual St. Patrick's Day Party

Boiled dinner at noon.

7pm, Greg Brady performs

Click on the video camera icon image and see a personal invitation

•     The Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee will hold a meeting Wednesday March 16 at the Fire Station at 7:30pm, to prepare for the upcoming Town Elections. Please contact Chairman Edward Mills for more information: 508-435-5864.


2nd Annual Fundraiser to benefit the Sam Click Memorial Scholarship foundation

 March 19th at the Woodville Ron and Gun Club

Dinner 5-7, Disc Jockey 8-11

March 16, 2005 —  The idea behind the Memorial Foundation is to establish a scholarship to a senior high school student and Hopkinton resident who has plans to attend the University of Massachusetts, any campus.

The foundation is awarding the scholarships to the winners this month (2nd Semester ).

      A Hopkinton High School graduate, Mr. Click was a teacher and the owner of a landscape business in Hopkinton. His popularity as a well known town resident encouraged people, including his three children, Tom, Kelley and David, to start this Foundation to honor and foster the good will which surrounded his life.

     There will be a full dinner, a DJ and dancing, and the best raffle prizes a fundraiser can offer, according to sources. Last years event was very successful, leading to the awards being given this year. Tickets are available at the door or call Stu Glassman, 508-435-5655 or Tom Click, 508-655-2816.


Catherine Ndereba, Timothy Cherigat Head Field of 31 Athletes for 109th Running

BOSTON, MA - March 16, 2005 - In its 20th year as principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon, John Hancock announced its elite team of 31 marathon runners from 13 countries today, including three-time winner and Olympic silver medalist Catherine Ndereba, and Timothy Cherigat, the men's defending champion. The race is set for Monday, April 18, 2005.

Five women who finished in the top ten at the 2004 Olympic marathon and five national record holders will highlight the women's field. Ndereba, the reigning world champion and secon
d fastest woman in the world, will seek to defend her Boston title and make history as the first four-time woman champion. She faces strong competition from 2004 runner-up Elfenesh Alemu of Ethiopia who finished fourth at the Olympics, national record holder Olivera Jevtic of Serbia and Montenegro who finished sixth, 2003 Boston champion and national record holder Svetlana Zakharova of Russia who finished ninth and 2004 Tokyo champion Bruna Genovese of Italy who finished tenth. FULL STORY

 Selectmen's meeting


Chairman Sonnett loses vote on Town Meeting Article

A night of intrigue on the Ides of March

Photo from left: Dave McGillivray, Race Director of the Boston Marathon, MaryJo LaFreniere, member Hopkinton Marathon Committee, and Dottie Ferriter, Chair of the Marathon Committee.

by Robert Falcione

March 15, 2005 — The Selectmen welcomed Guy Morse, President of the Boston Athletic Association, which runs the Boston Marathon, and others (See photo) for updates and parade permit requests surrounding the 109th running the BAA Marathon on April 18, 2005. He said that the town would be due $65,000 from the BAA this year.

      Race Director, Dave McGillivray, who was recently selected for inclusion in the Running USA Hall of Champions, told of a poignant moment at a race in Florida in January. A man and a woman next to him from different parts of the country said that their reasons for running was to qualify for the Boston Marathon, and the little town where it starts. He remarked at how people are thinking about the race months in advance.

     Mr. McGillivray, who directs the race each year, also jumps in at the end and runs it with fellow marathoner Jacques LeDuc, who is the painter of the starting line and the color announcer at the Start line on the day of the race.

     The hot button issue of the evening and the reason for a large resident turnout was an article authored by Eric Sonnett, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen. Mr. Sonnett said that he wanted to bring before Town Meeting an Article to see if the Open Space Preservation Committee should still be funded in light of the creation of the Community Preservation Act, in which the State matches the 2% the town puts aside for open space, recreation and other needs. FULL STORY AND MORE

Claire Wright takes out papers for Cemetery Commission


March 15, 2005 — Claire Wright, a member of the Planning Board and both the Historical District Commission and Historical Commission, has added Cemetery Commission to her wish list.

     Mrs. Wright has taken out papers for that office and listed Republican as her party designation.

     HopNews will offer her take on this as soon as we get her phone number.

File photo: Claire Wright helping fellow Republicans clean behind Town Hall and Bill's Pizza last year.

American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days find local volunteers

Fundraiser on Saturday, March 19


In an effort to encourage community service, one of three sixth grade Middle School teachers' groups and students, the Mason team, will be participating in the Daffodil Days Program to support fundraising for the American Cancer Society.  The money raised will be used to provide hope for the future, progress toward a cure, and answers to cancer questions and concerns.  The fundraiser will be held on Saturday, March 19, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm at Colella's Supermarket, Hopkinton Drug, and the Mobil Gas Station/Dunkin Donuts.