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CAR MEET Sunday, April 23rd at the Hopkinton State Park 

     The organizers of this Car Meet emphasize that it is a casual event where people from all car forums come together to enjoy an afternoon talking about each other's cars and what each person has done; and also a nice day to BBQ and relax. 

     "We are a very mature crowd and want to erase the Fast and the Furious image that people have of us," said organizer, Wilson Kwong. 

     The group would also like to show off their cars to people in Hopkinton who may have an interest in these cars or the web forums that are associated with them, such as acurazine.com.

     People happening upon the event last year were enjoyed the meet, which was an unexpected show. Some of the vehicles sport roll bars and cages and dash mounted video.

    Although the group of cars are associated with a fast movie image, their passage through the park at last year's meet was at speeds slower than most beachgoers. Time is TBA.

Former Hopkintonian writes from Florida

Dear Editor


       I just had to write to let you know what a wonderful web site you have for The Town of Hopkinton.  My brother Ralph Edwards Jr. came to Florida on a business trip and we were able to visit for a day.  He showed me the HopNews website, and from then on, I have been a frequent visitor.  I actually saw a picture of my parents, Ralph & Pat Edwards on your site showing my dad giving my mom a balloon for Valentines.  What a delight that was to see.  I then of course passed that on to my 5 siblings FULL LETTER and more.

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Magic with Peter Boie

Saturday March 4, 2006   

11:00 am Hopkinton High School

Please join us for an award winning slight of hand magic show with Peter Boie!

Peter’s high energy music and magical artistry is perfect for the entire family.

Tickets are $5.00 per person - $20.00 max per family.  For tickets call 508-435-9222

or e-mail tickets at www.caahopkinton.org .

Health and Fitness Fair

Saturday, March 4, 2006 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Hopkinton High School

Children’s activities and games!
Health/Fitness Information
Blood Pressure checks
Protecting your skin from sun damage
and much, much more!!
There’s something for everyone!
Sponsored by Hopkinton Public Schools Wellness Department with support from
the HPTA, Hopkinton Chiropractic and Body & Beyond Massage Therapy.

 State Police News  


Two Subjects Arrested in Maine on Bank Robbery Charges


On Friday, March 3, 2006 the Maine State Police arrested two subjects as a result of an ongoing investigation by Massachusetts law enforcement relating to three armed robberies in Massachusetts. Both subjects are being held at the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton, Maine.


Massachusetts State Police Lt. Al Zani, assigned to the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force

contacted the  Maine State Police earlier this morning  regarding arrest warrants he had secured for two subjects wanted in Massachusetts.


Subject Thomas I. Hickey 36-years of age and Meghan Steeves 22-years of age from South Hamilton, MA were wanted in Massachusetts on warrants charging them with Armed Robbery and Conspiracy for a robbery that occurred on February 25, 2006 at the Sovereign Bank, 437 Rutherford Avenue, Charlestown, MA.


Subject Hickey was additionally charged with 2 counts of Armed Robbery for robberies which occurred on February 12, 2006 at the Dunkin Donuts, 99 Cambridge Street, Charlestown and April 25, 2005 at the Citizens Bank, 5 Austin Street, Charlestown, MA. 


These arrests were a result of a cooperative effort between the State Police and members of the Boston Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Bank Robbery Task Force, members from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Hamilton Police Department, the Maine State Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Hopkinton gals advance in State Tournament with 44-37 win over tri-valley league rival Medfield.

by Peter Marso


March 3, 2006 — The Bliss ladies once again knocked of a very good Medfield team in a preliminary State Sectional game played at the Athletic Center before a huge crowd who saw the Hillers come from behind in a see-saw battle with the Tri-Valley League Warriors.


The Hillers used very few players and got a big three out of Liz Tuite to make it 37-28 in the early going of the 2nd half. The Hillers held a 23-17 lead at intermission, but the blue kept chipping away. Captain Kaitlyn Fraser put the hillers up 45-39 with a two and Brooke Anderson sunk a free throw to make it 46-39.


It was a great effort from the Hillers as they advance to the quarter finals Saturday (time to be determined) against a team to be known tonight. The girls are playing super basketball and will be tough to bring down as the march madness continues! Good luck and great effort!


Right, No Strings Attached: Liz Tuite does  a Peter Pan impersonation, flying over the top to get the ball back for Hopkinton at the Athletic Center. NOTE: Liz was incorrectly identified before.


Police News



7:34 am While observing traffic with radar an Erika Drive, a resident advised Officer William Burchard of a yellow Volkswagen speeding...

12:02 pm A man reported that his car was hit on Davis Road and the driver left the scene...

5:23 pm A cell phone caller was concerned about youths on the ice on West Main Street...

Hometown Hardware

Inventory changes, but the humor remains the same at Hitchings

by Robert Falcione


March 2, 2006 — The inventory may change, the codes requirements may change, but for Hopkinton residents who have been to Hitchings Hardware, the wry humor of owner Don Hitchings remains the same since he bought the business in 1961.



     "My health is bad, the economy is bad and politics is a mess. But other than that...," answers owner Don Hitchings to the question,  "How are you?"

     "This store goes back a long way. We have a scale dated 1867, so I guess it was here before that. And no one knows because the records were lost in the fire in Town Hall.

     "It was owned by the Claflin family for three or four generations. I am only the third owner," he said as people came in looking small items. Longtime employee Ray Murphy greeted the customers and gave them a list of choices for their needs.

     To one woman who needed license plate screws, he said, "Well, is the area the screws go into square or round?" She didn't know.

     "Are you sure a screw can go in there, or has the grommet fallen out, and you need a new one?" She ended up leaving the store with more than one solution in hand.

     Don Hitchings is proud of his wartime service with the United States Marines, seeing his first combat in Okinawa, Japan. He served as an airplane mechanic, and with a mix of humility and pride he says, "They give you a medal for everything. But my squadron holds the record for the most enemy aircraft shot down. 126 planes."

     "After the war, I had a taxi business in Hopkinton for twelve years.

     "But I got tired of the round-the-clock rat race, and bought the hardware store, which had been run down."


Hopkinton - The funeral for Kenneth W. Cameron was held Wednesday  March 1. 2006 from the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church St. A Eucharistic service was celebrated by Rev. Robert C. Walters at Trinity Episcopal Church, Milford. The lectors were granddaughter Tara Lawrence and son Jeffrey Cameron. The organist was Elizabeth  Pekkala. The bearers were Thomas Connelly, Richard Di Michele, John Lawrence, Curtis Singmaster, Richard Trehan and Paul Vassallo. Burial followed at St. John's Cemetery, Hopkinton. Rev. Walters read ommittal prayers and a U.S. Naval Honor Guard presented son Jeffrey with the American flag.

      I Saw Neil Entwistle ~Part II

A small town reporter's personal experience with a media frenzy

by Robert Falcione

(Read previous Part I)


Part II:

    There was a police officer directing traffic on the Police Headquarters property, and satellite trucks lined the drive, a scene that is not customary. The television news reporters and anchors were there in the upstairs conference room, standing between the dozen or so broadcast cameras pointed at the empty podium. The District Attorney’s Director of Communications looked around to see if all of the major players had arrived, so he could feel comfortable in moving forward.

     “Is Channel 7 here? The Herald?” he asked.

     “Hopkinton News is here,” I said, provoking a roomful of laughter. Little did they or I know that before long, most of the people in the room would soon be checking out HopNews.com.

     The conference room of the Police Station, which was opened in the summer of 2004, was more than adequate to accommodate the present group. The station had been built with fifty years of future expansion in mind. It has a modern dispatch system with a duplicate station for busy times, like for the yearly Boston Marathon, or the upcoming, but unexpected, media siege over a double-murder. It has Sergeant’s rooms, interrogation rooms, a lieutenant’s room for when one is added, a booking room, and even a weight room so that officers stay fit and able to perform their duties as well as possible. It also has several jails cell for unwilling overnight or weekend guests.

     The headquarters has a secure evidence room where it can be presumed guns and other evidence are stored; and even a secure garage, where Neil Entwistle’s car would eventually be placed, after being found parked at Logan International Airport with the keys in it; and on that keychain, the keys to the house where the alleged murder weapon would be found.

     Middlesex County District Attorney Martha Coakley walked up to the podium and began the news conference, after introducing Chief of Police Thomas Irvin and State Police Detective Lieutenant James Connolly. READ STORY

Marathon Fund Scholarships

3 boys and 3 girls will be chosen


     Application forms for the Hopkinton Marathon Fund scholarships are available as of March 6, 2006 at the Board of Selectman’s office. A total of six $1,000.00 scholarships will be awarded. Scholarship applicants must be a graduating high school senior residing in the town of Hopkinton, who is planning to go on to college, and who has earned at least one varsity letter.

     The applicant must have also demonstrated a willingness to give his/her best effort in academics and extra-curricular activities. These scholarships will be awarded to three(3) boys and three(3) girls. Application forms must be returned to the selectman’s office by April 14, 2006.

Greg Brady at Cornell's on St. Patrick's Day

Greg Brady, a drummer turned singer, turned guitarist, turned keyboard player, will be the featured performer at the St. Patrick's Day celebration at Cornell's Pub on Hayden Rowe Street, where corned beef and cabbage, along with other boiled delights, will be the featured meal for the entire day, or until it runs out.

     Mr. Brady, who has been performing at Cornell's for over twenty years, received his ritual confirmation call from owner Rob Cornell a week ago.

   "Rob, I am going to play there forever," he said.


Left, Mr. Brady serenades patrons at the end of the evening last year.


Hiller Boys Basketball advances in State Tournament by trouncing Wareham 69-49

by Peter Marso


March 1, 2006 — They will play Saturday against the winner of the Bishop Stang Archbishop Williams game which is being played tonight! The Hillers using a full court press early and taking a 36-22 lead at intermission out played the Gateman of Wareham to move on in this year's state tournament.

     The Hillers cleaned the bench and even pulled its starters early to all but eliminate the Gateman. The Hillers look to Saturday's match 1:00 and will be forced to take the 495 south high way to either one of the victors field house. The Keane Men (TVL champs) are making a great run at a trip to the state finals.

     The team is healthy and executed real well to sink the boys from the Cape. Everybody contributed and the excitement of a state title run is very satisfying. The Hillers pulled ahead almost from the start as they built up big leads on way to the win. The Hopkinton girls 19-1 will battle with Medfield Thursday night as they will represent the TVL as the league champs. This game will get underway at 7:00 at the athletic Center. The Bliss Ladies are seeded 2nd and should show very well in their state playoffs as well. Good luck to both teams as its been a great season for them.

In Memory of Cookie Kumlin


Two years ago, Hopkinton lost a true icon, the beloved Cookie Kumlin, who worked for the Highway Department for years, and as a foreman for many. Following is the article we had on that day, and at the end is a link to a video of the dedication of Cookies Corner, the triangle at the Start of the Marathon that houses the Doughboy Monument, and now a memorial plaque for him that was dedicated in November, 2004.


March 4, 2004 — Richard "Cookie" Kumlin passed away this morning after having had surgery a few weeks ago.

     Mr. Kumlin was known for his quick wit and resolute dedication to the Town of Hopkinton, and his longtime position with the Highway Department.

     "I've known Cookie Kumlin for 50 years," said Dick Gooding, former Chairman of the board of Selectmen.

     "He was the spirit of Old Hopkinton, a spirit which will be sorely missed.

     "Both of my kids worked for him when they were in high school, and are saddened by his passing. They spoke well of the work ethic they learned from him," said Mr. Gooding today. File photo ©1996 Robert Falcione — Cookie Kumlin in 1996 prior to the 100th Boston Marathon.

     "I met Cookie when I had just turned 14 and I was working at Brown and Smith's. He'd come in the end of the counter and start pounding his fist on the counter," said Maureen Dwinnell, Treasurer/Collector, remembering Mr. Kumlin's acerbic facade.

     "I remember when I first got on the Board of Selectmen, he got me to talk to Tennessee Gas about restoring the Doughboy Monument. They paid for it," said Mrs. Dwinnell.

     Michael Shepard, Director of Municipal Services said, "Cookie was the same person he was when I was in high school. He was the only gentleman left who knew everything in town."

Video of Cookies Corner dedication. Feel free to download it for personal use.

 State Police News

State Police Investigate Fatal Truck Crash Rte 3 Duxbury Update


On Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at about 2:08 p.m., State Police from the Norwell Barracks responded to a rollover crash involving a 1998 Mack 600 truck on Route 3 South, between exit 12 and 11, in Duxbury. 


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Scott Kearns and Trooper Kevin Nichols indicates that 35 year-old Daniel E. Reddington of Plymouth was traveling on Route 3 South in a 10-wheeled boom truck when a portion of that truck struck the North Street overpass.  This initial collision caused extensive damage to the truck and resulted in the truck rolling over in the roadway.  As a result, he sustained fatal injuries and was declared deceased at the scene.


The cause of this crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section (CARS) and the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section.  The State Police Crime Scene Services Section, Duxbury Police, Duxbury Fire and EMS, Pembroke Police, Hanover Police, Marshfield Police, Plymouth Police and the Massachusetts Highway Department assisted at the scene. 


Rte 3 South was closed from the time of the crash and traffic was diverted off at exit 12 (Rte 139) and then back on at exit 11.  As of 7:30 p.m., Route 3 South remains closed.  The North Street overpass was closed while Mass Highway assessed the structural integrity of the bridge. 

 Cheryl Perreault's Poet's Corner

National  Land

(An excerpt of poem in Honor of St. Patrick’s Day)

By Catie Kelley


Our famine was started on that death day,

And starvation had yet to come,

We asked our angels and questioned God,

From where had this sickness come?


Along the road we marched,

Past the graves and church,

And past those British manors,

With Dukes upon their perch.


Just keep on walking along the path,

To the sea and docks,

Where children cry and seamen work,

And birds fly with their flocks.


The ocean cursed about the boats,

And rocked them to and fro,

For when the tide moves about,

The water is the foe.


Above the deck flew the wind,

Against the billowy sails,

But down below, moans were heard,

And grievous were the wails.


Many lost count of the days,

And many had lost their lives,,

But some folk held on,

Making the hope thrive…..


And yet Lady Liberty appeared one day,

In front of our national land,

For this is the tale of the Irish folk,

That landed on American sand. 


Note: Catie Kelley is a 10 year-old student who attends fifth grade at Hopkins Elementary School.  When asked what had inspired this poem about the history of Irish immigrants, she gave tribute to her family’s Irish heritage stating,  “ I always love listening to stories about Ireland and my ancestor's journey here.”  Catie will be reading two of her poems at Barnes and Noble on March 19th along with fellow fifth grader Sasha Yatchenko who will sing two of her original songs. Both of these talented Hopkinton students will be opening for the open mic and poetry feature of Irish songs and poems with Harvard scholar Kate Chadbourne.  ~Cheryl

 I Saw Neil Entwistle

A small town reporter's personal experience with a media frenzy

by Robert Falcione

Part 1

Monday, January 23, 2006 in Hopkinton, started out like most other days: A coffee at home, so strong that a second cup would be not only unnecessary, but over the top, very edgy. A tea at Main Street Specialties would have to do.

     The town was showered with sunlight that morning, as the traffic whirred by and people stopped at the bank and the library. The kids were at school when the news came, and people were going about their everyday business.

    Vehicles poured off of the highway, Interstate Route 495, a roadway with soft, sweeping curves that appear to have been designed for the then-presumed future of 100 mph-plus travel speeds, even though the posted limit is 65 mph. As it is, many parts of the roadway already see 80 mph-plus speeds as commonplace.

     Many of those moving in the river of steel, and exiting Route 495 into Hopkinton, are on their way to EMC, a Hopkinton born company with world-wide headquarters in its native town, and abundant room for growth. EMC and companies like it attract highly educated, technologically oriented people to the area, spurring real estate sales, and with them, traffic and sprawl. Companies like that may be the reason that the man the entire world was about to know moved here.

      The design of the roadway certainly would have accommodated the movement of troops from the forts and bases at either end, a fallback position in support of a defense against a possible invasion of the port of Boston, an event that thankfully never happened. MORE STORY

Selectmen's Meeting

Scouting Eagle


by Kevin Kohrt


February 28, 2006 — Congratulations were in order for Tyler David Wilson (Above, with Selectmen), who has completed all the requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout and will be honored on April 8 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. The selectmen voted to send a letter of recommendation to be read at the ceremony.


Late Bird Gets the Worm


    Appointments to three town committees were made as well. In each case only candidates who had submitted applications during the month of February that were appointed.

    For the Community Preservation Committee, Henry Kunicki beat out Jeff Furber.

    For the ZBA, Peter Ficarri, III, beat out Bill McCarthy, Jr.

    And for two slots on the Conservation Commission, Michael Carmody and Craig Nation, whose applications were both stamped, February 28, the same day as the meeting,  beat out three other challengers.


Calendar bits


     Selectwoman Muriel Kramer brought up two other events coming up during the liaison reports.

     On March 30 the Appropriations Committee will hold a public forum at the Congregational Church in order to discuss the serious budget issues facing the town. She also noted that there is a budget excursive available on paper at the library and soon to be available on the Appropriations Committee web site: http://www.hopkinton.org/gov/appropriations/index.htm

     Ms. Kramer added that there is also a Public Hearing on March 13 to review the Town Meeting articles sponsored by the Planning Board. These are the articles that generally come through ZAC (the Zoning Advisory Council) and can be found on the Planning Board web site: http://www.hopkinton.org/gov/planning/articles2006.html.

     Mr. Clark then pointed out to Ms. Kramer that, "as liaison for the Planning Board, they did not request that be read out." Nonetheless, Chairman Eric Sonnett would have likely brought it up on the subsequent article where the Planning Board requested time from Town Counsel to review the Town Meeting articles. The Selectmen will not be meeting again until after the Planning Board hearing.


Under the Radar


     Out of the Town Meeting articles presented by the School Committee and the DPW, the most important one was for the funding to repair the outer gym wall at the middle school. A crack that was first noticed 10 years ago has grown to to the point where the whole area is cordoned off for safety.

     The least clear article was from DPW, reading: "To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,950,000 under the SRF funding program."

     JT Gaucher from DPW explained this was a State Revolving Fund program and was meant "for dirty water projects." The purpose, he stated, was "to complete phase 6 of sewer in town."

     "That?" said Selectwoman Mary Pratt later, "that is for sewer on Fruit Street."

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Hopkinton Newcomers Social Club Welcome Tea

March 8, Welcome Tea, 9:30-11:30 AM

         The Hopkinton Newcomers Social Club would  like to invite all of our new members as well as anyone thinking of joining Newcomers, to a morning tea on Wednesday, March 8th.  Join us anytime between 9:30 and 11:30 and enjoy some tea and breakfast in a casual atmosphere. This is a great way to meet others who are new to Hopkinton, learn more about our community, and find out about all the great activities Newcomers has planned!  So, if you are new to town, the Hopkinton Newcomers Social Club, or would simply like to find out more, then please join us!

     If you have young children, bring them along!  There will be space to play and a babysitter on hand.  And, please feel free to bring a friend or neighbor to our Welcome Tea.

      For directions, please contact Heather at 508-544-1616 or hbbehal@comcast.net .  Also, check out our website at www.hopkintonnewcomers.org .

NOTE: Thanks to everyone who sent in email for the bird identification. Everyone got it right; it is a Tufted Titmouse. However, Jean Brooks of Priscilla Road was the first to get it right, and within the rules, so she gets a Hopkinton News check for $25.00.

 State Police News  

Troopers Arrest Two on Rte 495 in Andover in Connection with Billerica Robbery


    Today, at about 11:45 a.m., State Police Troopers working a paid detail on Route 3 North near the Billerica/Chelmsford line received a broadcast regarding a reported unarmed robbery at the Getty Gas Station on Boston Road in Billerica.  Approximately ten minutes later, one of the Troopers working the paid detail, Trooper John Barrett, observed the suspect vehicle passing his location.  Trooper Barrett followed the 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass in his unmarked State Police cruiser requesting and awaiting back up. Ultimately, with the assistance of other State Police officers and members of the Andover Police Department, Trooper Barrett was able to stop the vehicle on Route 495 North in Andover and arrest its occupants. 

     The operator of the Oldsmobile, Justin S. Erickson, age 27, of Lawrence, was arrested for Unarmed Robbery.

     The passenger in the Oldsmobile, Charles M. Shay, age 52, of Billerica, was arrested for Unarmed Robbery.

     Both Erickson and Shay were transported to the State Police Barracks in Andover for booking.  Both were then turned over to the Billerica Police Department.

Sunshine Preschool looks to expand

Planning Board hearing brings abutters

February 27, 2006 — "Could Sunshine operate year round?" asked Christine Martin (At table), owner of Sunshine Preschool at a Planning Board hearing this evening, where about 18 abutters attended to express their opposition.

      "Can we have the right to use our property whenever we may?" she asked.

      Two more times Ms. Martin would say she just wanted her rights.

     "We've had no actions against us. We've been there for three years," Ms. Martin said.

      Neighbors and abutters, one after another, complained of traffic, noise, safety, and a basic quality of neighborhood issues.

      The traffic has been horrible," said Planning Board member Sandy Altamura, "but the neighborhood has sucked it in. But they want their holidays and weekends.

       "I don't feel good about this," she said.

       "What swayed me during the [Original] hearing was what I saw as a heartfelt desire to keep the neighborhood the way it was — the neighbors have rights too," said member Claire Wright.

       In answer to complaints about the added traffic and ensuing safety issues for neighborhood kids riding bikes, Ms. Martin said that kids shouldn't be on the streets without supervision.

       "Kids skate, ride bikes, skateboard. You just can't watch a twelve year-old all of the time," said Mrs. Wright.

       "I feel like this is a broken trust to me. It is a whole new kettle of soup and I'm not happy," she said.     

       Although Ms. Martin had proposed that she only wanted to be open one additional week, she said that she wanted the blanket authority of opening all summer so that she would not have to continue bothering the Planning Board every time she needed an additional week.

       The neighbors replied that the one week would eventually turn into more.

       "I feel we're being betrayed," said abutter Patrick Norton. "The neighborhood spent over $50,000 in legal fees [For original siting], and I feel this is a bait and switch."

         Town Planner Elaine Lazarus said that a school is a permitted use anywhere, according to State law, the Dover Amendment. She also detailed the limited conditions that the Planning Board can impose.

        But members John Coolidge and Claire Wright agreed that Condition 13 of the original site plan was a combination of the contentious court case the neighbors and Sunshine had when they originally opened, and negotiations with the Planning Board at that time.

       The hearing has been continued to a March 13.      


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A Fun BUNCO Night Out for Charity!


On April 7, the MOMS Club of Hopkinton is hosting a ladies’ BUNCO Night Out for a great cause – the Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center.  Since its founding 9 years ago, the center has grown from 1 program serving 4 families to 8 programs serving 140 families!  Please join us in supporting this extraordinary community resource.  The event will begin at 7:30 pm on April 7 at the Hopkinton Country Club.  We have a fun evening planned:  BUNCO (no experience necessary), a brief live auction, raffles and prizes, appetizers and desserts, and lots of socializing!  Tickets are $25 and space is limited; payment in advance is recommended and appreciated.  Please send a check for $25 (payable to the MOMS Club of Hopkinton) to Christine Coffman at 21 North Street, Hopkinton MA 01748.  Please call 508 497-9948 or email bunco@momsclubhopkinton.org with any questions. 


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2:40 pm A caller notified police about some youths on the ice on West Main Street playing with a mannequin that was easily mistaken for a human being...

12:02 pm The Fire Department reported a roll over accident on Route 495...

6:58 pm Police received a report of suspicious activity on Donna Pass...


February 27, 2006 — Firefighters responded to the report of a garage on fire on Hayden Rowe Street. Police Officer Patrick O'Brien was first on the scene and reported that the homeowner had put the fire down. The Firefighters at the scene then inspected the embers and ventilated the area.

Public Forum on Development Options For the Weston Nurseries Property

Tuesday, March 7, 2006 7:00-9:00PM

 The Elmwood School Cafeteria

14 Elm Street, Hopkinton Ma

Who should attend?

Residents of Ashland, Hopkinton and Southborough who are interested in the future development of the Weston Nurseries property.

What topics will be covered?

• There will be an open public forum for comments, questions and concerns.

This will be an opportunity for all citizens to voice their visions for the future of this important site.

Other topics include:

•The scope of the planning grant and the regional context of the property

•Overview of fiscal analysis studies.

•Maps of the environmental features of the site and discussion of areas worthy of protection.

•Review of community goals and concerns.

This meeting is sponsored by a committee composed of representatives from Ashland, Hopkinton, Southborough and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. For more information, please call Joan Blaustein@ (617) 451-2770 Extension 2023 or e-mail jblaustein@mapc.org

This public forum is funded by a Smart Growth Technical Assistance Grant from the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.

Above: TJ Dlugolecki represented Hopkinton High School and won the 20th annual Daily News 3-point Shootout competition held on February 18th, beating out 26 other shooters from the greater MetroWest area. It was the first time that Hopkinton fielded a winner in the shootout since 1988. Dlugolecki was supported by teammates: Jeff Branz, Matt Gorman, Craig Sager, Eric Ostrander, Steve Taylor, Matt Ellam, and Shane Lavoie.

February 26, 2006 — Fluffing and puffing help this bird keep warm.

Statistics tell a tale

It's all in the numbers

February 27, 2006 — HopNews received a press release from School Committee Chairman David Stoldt that came from the Massachusetts Department of Education, with an apparent commentary from the School Committee.

        When asked what he made of the numbers, this is how Mr. Stoldt replied:

       "People have moved to Hopkinton assuming that something special was going on with respect to the schools.  Property values over the last ten years have reflected the great strides we have made in our community values -- the schools, the youth sports, proximity to jobs, and the wonderful community.  Over the last three years we have undermined that 'assumption' by cutting the school budget everywhere except where people can see it.  That is, we have tried not to affect the classroom and the kids.  It cannot continue.  If Hopkinton would only fund education at the state average it would do wonders, but is that where we want to be?  Average?  We lag the other Metrowest and high achieving school districts.  We should aim higher."

      Note: Here is the press release

February 26, 2006 — This ice fisherman's bait must have gone for a swim of its own, snagging a bit of the lake's bottom.

Warming or cooking?

February 26, 2006 — "How did you find us?" asked one fisherman, as the photographer approached. Many of these men are the ones who have fished all winter at Hopkinton State Park by Cedar Street, and who people have called police to report, "There are people on the ice!" Yes, they are. They are ice fishing.

      Similar complaints are made at the beginning of hunting season. "There are people shooting in the woods!" They are hunting.

   "Where are the marshmallows?" the photographer asked, knowing full well the rules regarding fires on State Park land. Ice fisherman may not have a fire for the sole purpose of keeping warm. Only a cooking fire is allowed. This apparently passes as a cooking fire due to the two well-done hot dogs on the grate.

February 26, 2006 — No amount of brown coloring or sepia tone will fool an observer into thinking this is anything but a recent photo, as the clothing betrays the era. Kion Aarden clears snow from the ice as his children play in the background at Ice House Pond, or as newcomers know it, Golden Pond, on West Main Street today.

February 26, 2006 — Like the interrogated suspect, this bird is seeing its reflection in the sliding glass door, while the photographer fires away. The first person to send two links with pictures and name of this bird gets a $25 check from HopNews. Send from this link only!

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One persons trash...


by Elizabeth Eidlitz

 February 26, 2006 — eBay bids, Want Advertiser listings, cars parked at the Grafton flea Market, yard sale and thrift shop mavens all testify to the adage that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.


Scavengers who consider the ultimate bargain a free one, raid dumpsites and walk trash day roadsides hoping to Eagle eye a salvageable fish tank or busted lawn chair. 


Now The Freecycle NetworkTM, an online marketplace of free items, offers the best of both worlds, with an added bonus for the environment.


The organization was set up in Arizona in May 2003 to promote waste reduction in downtown Tucson and to help save desert landscape from being taken over by landfills.


Since then, this free cycle of giving and receiving     has spread to more than 50 countries where it not only reduces waste, saves precious resources and eases the burden on landfills, but enables members to benefit from the strength of a larger community as well.


Nearly 3,000 Metrowest residents have joined this electronic forum, which is open to individuals and non-profits in all communities.   FULL STORY

Calm before the snow

February 25, 2006 — The view from the Lake Whitehall boat ramp yesterday did not reveal any hint of an upcoming storm, as the low sun spread its warm afternoon light on the land.

Where is my appetite?

February 25, 2006 — Terese adds a little tee-shirt humor to her status as a senior citizen last night at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club's Pasta Night, holding her plate for bit of the rotini pasta with marinara sauce.

February 25, 2006 — Dave Laquidara spoons out some macaroni and cheese for some eager customers at Pasta Night last night. Mr. Laquidara is also the maker of the sign in the background, and the signs on the Woodville Rod and Gun's bulletin board that announces upcoming events.

Missing motor?

February 24, 2006 — The motor from this Mitsubishi is not really missing. Art's Towing of Milford felt it would be best to take each part of the car separately, because when they got to the scene of the accident, the parts were not attached, as is customary. According to police, car parts were all over Route 495. This one-car accident on Route 495 southbound just before exit 21B brought traffic to a crawl and a stop in some places (Below). The driver extricated himself. It is not known at this time if any charges were filed by the State Police, who were first on the scene.

Cover your stuff

February 24, 2006 — This vehicle parked on EMC property while its driver was in O'Toole's on South Street, was one of three that fell victim to a smash-and-grab thief who made off with a laptop from each vehicle. The thief has hit this area several times, an area that has been plagued with vehicle break-ins for decades. The drivers left the computers in plain view to someone passing with a flashlight.

February 24, 2006 — Jon Spiegel cuts a wake at last Saturday's swim meet. His specialty is fast and short swims.

HOPKINTON - Kenneth W. Cameron, 85, of Miami Beach, FL and formerly of Hopkinton and Osterville, died February 23. Born in Spry Harbour, Nova Scotia, he was the son of the late Albert and Violet (Hanes) Cameron.

Ken moved to Milford in 1925 and graduated from Milford High School in 1939. After graduation he became an apprentice toolmaker at Draper Corporation in Hopedale. He served in the Navy in World War II as a Chief Boatswain's Mate aboard a Landing Ship Tank (LST) in Europe. He landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE

From left, Nicole Driscoll and Kristen Baldiga and Brooke Anderson, members of the girls basketball tournament team posing with their awards.

Poll Results

Our poll results show that most people want a one-day holiday, but according to a person-on-the-street interviews with communications grad Kyle Wagoner, most people don't do anything special to celebrate or to honor any presidents.

What does President Bush do?

What do regular folks do? Check out Kyle's video to find out.

Police News up-to-date


9:23 pm  A concerned motorist on West Main Street reported several youths on the ice at Golden Pond...

10:49 pm A Cedar Street resident called to report a piece of garbage being thrown at his vehicle...

4:56 pm A Kimball Road resident called to report a squirrel in his basement that he would like removed...

Read the full stories in Police News.

The Nottingham Evening Post online sent reporter, James Smith, to Hopkinton earlier this week.

Here is one of his stories. Here is another one of his stories.

FEB 28 Cooking for a Cause at Kitchen Divine of Westboro, 6-8PM
With well renowned Executive Chef Jay Murray of the award winning Grill 23 of Boston. Class is $35 and includes heavy appetizers. All proceeds from this event to benefit PJB. Thank you to Kitchen Divine who is donating their wonderful location, food and the talent of Jay Murray. There is limited space so call to hold a space for this event 508-435-6533



GRAFTON — Helping Our Children Achieve (H.O.C.A.) is a monthly support group for families of special needs children.  The next meeting will be held Wednesday, March 1st at 10 a.m.  in the home of Mary Romaniec, 36 Cortland Way in Grafton.

     The goal of the new support group is to provide families of special needs children informational resources on therapy options, counseling, education concerns, dietary and biomedical approaches.  This is not a school district sponsored group.    Participants are able to discuss common concerns, specific needs and gather information on various treatments, therapies and other related issues.  There is no charge for any meeting. 

      We will be hosting guest speakers every month to come share their knowledge on various treatments and therapies that benefit our children.  Our speaker for this meeting will be Lisa Knox, owner of Rayann Physical Therapy, on the benefits of cranial sacrial therapy.  Our speaker for the month of April will be Mary Romaniec, a special education advocate, on the proper ways to negotiate a child's IEP.

      All physical and mental health disorders will be welcome and discussed.  If you have relevant information to share with the group or are a medical professional, therapist or work in a profession dealing with special needs families contact Mary Romaniec at 508/839-9599. 

Ice follies

February 22, 2006 — What could be imagined as a giant lagoon is actually a group of some ice configurations on the Sudbury River, made large with a zoom lens.

Please save this date!  Tuesday, March 14, 2006!

     The Hopkinton Women’s Club is hosting a Spring Fashion Show fundraiser with all proceeds donated to Friends of the Hopkinton Seniors in support of the new Senior Center! 

     The Fashion Show will be held at the Hopkinton Country Club, Tuesday, March 14th, 2006 beginning at  7:00 p.m.  The event will feature fashions from Lyn Evans for Potpourri Designs, Westborough and hair and makeup by Richard Francis Salons, Ashland.  Admission price of $25 includes hors d’oeuvres and desserts with a cash bar available.  Seating is limited to 150.  Please call Jane Lockwood, President of the Hopkinton Women's Club for tickets 508.497.9388. 

Here are the 10 local Hopkinton women selected to model:

    Marie Boyle, Talia Cheek, Cindy Chesmore, Kathleen Dustin, Kathie Faletra, Cathy Flynn-Buday, Michelle Litavis,

    Sandy Mauro, Karen McDermott, Pam McPherson.

Concept Plan above by Gorman Richardson Architects.


ARTS IN BLOOM- Juried Art Show Sponsored by TJX



Our annual Juried Art Show has blossomed into something bigger and better. - Arts In Bloom!

We are calling for entries of watercolors, oils/acrylics, mixed media (we will not accept three dimensional work or photography). The exhibit will be held this year from May 3rdthrough the 7th.  Drop off for paintings is scheduled for April 21st -23rd.For further information please call the CAA at (508) 435-9222 or visit www.caahopkinton.org

Winning Girls Basketball Tournament Team.

Kudos to Hopkinton girls

by Peter Marso

February 21, 2006 — Hopkinton Girls win Hopkinton Tourney in come from behind victory in what has to be the greatest Hopkinton Basketball season ever 19-1. I have been the official timer for 28 years and can not remember a better record. Congratulations to the team and best of luck in the state tournament whose pairings will be announced on Friday.

     The final score was 51-47 and the Hillers came from behind to beat the gals from Franklin. Kristen Baldiga took home the M.V.P. and Nicole Driscoll made the all star team. The Hillers fell behind midway in the 2nd half but managed to keep cool and pull the game out. Congratulations to the Bliss ladies and the seniors who have been so loyal to the program. In the consolation game, Milford defeated Marian High to take home the hardware. The Hillers are on fire and will be tough in next week's state playoffs. Good Luck and congratulations to Hopkinton's greatest record ever!!!

Magic with Peter Boie

Saturday March 4, 2006   

11:00 am Hopkinton High School

Please join us for an award winning slight of hand magic show with Peter Boie!

Peter’s high energy music and magical artistry is perfect for the entire family.

Tickets are $5.00 per person - $20.00 max per family.  For tickets call 508-435-9222

or e-mail tickets at www.caahopkinton.org .

 State Police News  

State Police Arrest Two on Drug and Weapon Charges in Middleboro


      Yesterday, at about 3:35 p.m., an undercover Bristol County Deputy Sheriff requested State Police assistance in stopping a 2005 Nissan on Route 495 North in Middleboro. The Deputy Sheriff had developed information that the Nissan’s passenger, Richard W. Bembery, age 30, of Boston, was wanted on warrants in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. When troopers from the State Police Barracks in Middleboro stopped the Nissan on Route 495 North in the area of the Taunton River, Bembery fled on foot; the operator of the Nissan, Shannon Savoy, age 26, of Taunton, was placed into custody and transported to the State Police barracks in Middleboro for booking. 

      The State Police immediately began a search of the area for Bembery with the assistance of the State Police Canine Unit, the Middleboro Police Department, the Lakeville Police Department, the Taunton Police Department and the Raynham Police Department. At about 4:25 p.m., Trooper Joseph Baker and a Canine Unit located Bembery partially submerged in the river as he clung to brush along the bank.  The passenger was so cold and fatigued that he was unable to pull himself from the river.  Trooper Baker, who is also a member of the State Police Dive Team, donned his dry-suit, entered the water and recovered the subject from the water.  The subject was taken into custody and transported to the State Police barracks Middleboro for booking.  During the investigation of this incident, State Police recovered: $155,000 in cash; over 200 grams of a substance believed to be cocaine; and a .22 caliber handgun.

      Bembery was charged with: Conspiracy to Violate Drug Law; Trafficking in Cocaine over 200 grams; Possession of Ammunition without an Firearms Identification Card; Possessing a Firearm with a Defaced Serial Number; Carrying a Firearm without a License; Being a Fugitive from Justice.

      Savoy was charged with: Conspiracy to Violate Drug Law; Trafficking in Cocaine over 200 grams; Possession of Ammunition without an Firearms Identification Card; Possessing a Firearm with a Defaced Serial Number; and Carrying a Firearm without a License.

      Both Bembery and Savoy are being held at the State Police Barracks in Middleboro pending arraignment in Wareham District Court.




Honor our Veterans 

     The Hopkinton Veterans Celebration Committee will be holding our next Bugles Across America Taps Vigil Sunday March 5th at the Gazebo on the Hopkinton Common at 7pm


-Evan Brooks, Hopkinton Veterans Celebration Committee


Dave Stoldt running for School Committee


February 21, 2006 — Today, School Committee Chairman Dave Stoldt ended speculation that he may run for Selectman by taking out nomination papers to run for another term on the School Committee.

    "The town has under-funded the schools for three years straight. It is a train wreck waiting to happen," he said, and listed other reasons for running.

     "I'd like to see the new school built.

     He spoke of the need to get the football stadium up to par.

     "The bleachers and other facilities are undersized for a school this large," he said. "I have begun some initiatives.

     "Another term would enable me to be involved in teacher negotiations and administration negotiations for the fourth time. It would be a longevity they are unaccustomed to," he said.


Editor's Note: Several other people have taken out papers today and recently. See them here, and keep up to date throughout the election period with the following button that will be displayed above throughout the process. E2006  


Above, Jeff Stevens


by Bryan King
This weekend marked the end of the season for the Varsity Swimming and diving team as eight swimmers competed in the Sectional finals held at Northeastern University. On Saturday, four members of the Boy's team represented Hopkinton well. Junior Tim English and Sophomore Chris Campbell had been to this meet last year, and knew what to expect. Chris was
Hopkinton's only individual swimmer, competing in the 100 Butterfly; an event he holds the school record in. These two swimmers joined newcomers this year, Junior Jeff Stevens and Senior Jon Spiegel, competing in three relays. The foursome broke their existing school record in the 400 free relay by three seconds at the end of the meet to cap off a very successful
       On Sunday it was the girl's turn. Senior Captain Danielle Campbell along with Junior Captains Betsy Roughan and Tori Angel teamed up with Junior Italian exchange student Francesca Trianni to help the ladies earn an 11th place in the 200 Free Relay, giving the team the only points of the weekend in this very competitive meet. Danielle earned the highest individual place
in the 100 Breaststroke, just one away from scoring points.
    The team wishes Danielle and Jon their best as graduation is coming in a few months, and thanks Francesca for spending time with the team this season.

Poll results

     With nearly 200 people responding to the question, "Should a homework study group among teens be considered cheating?" An overwhelming 93% said no, in the most lopsided poll result ever.

      The question was inspired because one student said his teacher told him that study groups are the equivalent of cheating. Most readers disagreed by an overwhelming majority. One reader, claiming to be a Hopkinton High School teacher on the Discussion Page, put the issue in perspective:

Hiller Teacher:     "Study groups should be encouraged so long as the participants in the group are involved in the process by asking questions and explaining how to arrive at the agreed upon answer. The purpose of a study group should be for the sake of learning and not for the sake of getting homework completed for the "check mark" or the numerical homework grade in the teacher's record of assignments."

Kim Hill, 88, of Hopkinton and formerly Rochester, MI died Saturday, February 18, 2006. Born in Chicago, IL., He was the son of the late Nathan Hill, and Mary (Warmbier) Hill. He is also pre-deceased by his wife Caroline (Womack) Hill who passed away in 1993. He lived in Rochester, MI until his retirement 10 years ago. ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE

Women’s Art Forum

Thursday, March 2nd,   7-9 pm

Main Street Specialties Café

Main St., Hopkinton


St. Patrick’s Day Special:

An evening of songs, harp and words with Kate Chadbourne


Kate is a scholar, teacher, poet and musician whose strong interest in myth and folklore has shaped her life and work.  She holds a Ph.D. in Celtic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University and has lived and studied in Northern Ireland, Wales and Ireland.  Presently Kate teaches courses in Irish Language and Folklore, Storytelling and Celtic Literature at Harvard.  Kate’s artistic life serves as mirror and inspiration to her scholarly life and many of the same themes and passions animate both. She composes songs for voice, piano, flute, whistle and harp and has 4 CD recordings.


Kate will share an evening of songs and stories of original and Irish composition and also talk about the importance of listening to the creative voice within.

Importing our exports

 Dear Editor:

COAL is being imported from South Africa to fuel electric power plants at Johnson City, NY (near Binghamton; and north of Pennsylvania - a practical resource for high-quality hard anthracite coal). The SA coal is transported by rail from Providence to Worcester, down to Groton & New London, then again to north of Albany before heading west to Johnson City. Ingenious, isn't it?
APPLES, yes apples, are being imported from China of all places. [Perhaps we initially exported them.] READ FULL LETTER

 State Police News  


State Police Respond to Fatal Pedestrian Crash on Route 128 North in Lexington



February 21, 2006 — Last night at about 6:55 p.m., State Police personnel responded to a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on Route 128 North, south of Route 2A, in Lexington.


The preliminary investigation by Trooper Christopher Murray indicates the following:  78 year-old Volodia Galstian of Belmont was traveling in a Volvo on the southbound side of Route 128 in Lexington when he pulled over so that he could cross the roadway on foot and ask for directions at the service area on the northbound side of Route 128.  He reached the service area before attempting to return to his Volvo.  He was subsequently struck twice while crossing back over the northbound side of Route 128 in an attempt to return to the Volvo he had been driving.  As a result, he sustained fatal injuries and was declared deceased at the scene.


The first vehicle that struck Volodia Galstian was a GMC being driven by 47 year-old Clarence J. Nunnally of Springfield, Massachusetts.  The second vehicle that struck Volodia Galstian was a Geo being driven by 26 year-old Anthony N. Cardona of Scarborough, Maine.  Clarence Nunnally and Anthony Cardona were traveling north in their vehicles when the crash occurred and neither of them was injured.


The State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, the Massachusetts Highway Department, the Lexington Police Department and the Lexington Fire Department assisted at the scene.  Part of the roadway was closed from the time of the crash until about 9:05 p.m.   


The cause of the crash remains under investigation. 

Hopkinton Girls 57, Marian, 34

by Peter Marso



February 20, 2006 — Hopkinton Girls beat Marian 57-34 in the Hopkinton Invitational at the Athletic Center Monday night. The Hillers played a tough defense on the way to the victory. The Bliss ladies will play Franklin Tuesday night in the finals. The Hillers will be preparing for the state tournament they are 18-1 and will draw a top seed .

     The girls used a full court press and Marian couldn't quite match up. In The other semi-final Franklin beat Milford in which a much improved Milford played up to them before Franklin took over and won the game. The Finals will be at 7:30 and the consolation will be at 6:00. There will be an awards ceremony following the game. The Hillers are a very excellent team and will do some damage in next weeks tourney. It was also senior night for Kristen Baldiga, Elizabeth Blaylock, Erika Wheeler, Liz Tuite and Captain Kaitlyn Frazer as the girls presented flowers to their parents.



People on the ice! Goose stuck in the ice!

February 20, 2006 — This Canada goose is apparently stuck in the ice, as people in the background play hockey, unconcerned. People have become alarmed and pulled over on West Main Street in an attempt to rescue it. It appears to be a decoy.

POLICE NEWS now up-to-date

12:12 am A caller reported a pack of coyotes that would not go away. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area and found that the animals were actually deer...

5:05 pm Police investigated a suspicious man entering a bank on Main Street...

9:45 pm A caller reported a suspicious man in the parking lot of their business on West Main Street...

Northbridge - Robert "Bob" Davis, 73, died February18, 2006 at Milford Hospital. Born in Lake Village, Arkansas, he was the son of the late Lymond and Millie (Basse) Davis. Mr. Davis had been a farmer, enjoyed old cars and music from the 1950’s.
     He is survived by his brothers, Lymond Davis, Jr. of Chicago, Ill, Frank and Raymond Davis of South Bend, Indiana; sisters, Juanita Jennings and Odell Thompson of South Bend, Indiana and Ardell Redding of Sadus, Michigan; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
     The funeral will be held Thursday, February 23 at 11:00 a.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton, www.chesmorefuneralhome.com  Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Hopkinton.
A calling hour will be held from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. prior to the funeral service.

Joseph J. Colella Foundation

The Joseph J. Colella Foundation is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for grants.  The foundation was created in 1999 by Joseph Colella to benefit the community of Hopkinton were he has been a resident all his life.  In the past many non-profit organizations have received money for much needed projects.  Anyone wishing to apply can mail their application to Vascen Bogigian 204 Winter Street Hopkinton, MA 01748 by March 10, 2006.

All Invited to St. Paul’s Ash Wednesday Services March 1


St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will mark the beginning of the Lenten Season with two special Ash Wednesday services on March 1.  At 12:00 noon there will be Imposition of Ashes and at 7:30 p.m. there will be Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist.  There will also be Holy Eucharist services at 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday during Lent.  All are welcome to attend these services during this period of self-examination and self-discovery.

     St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) in Hopkinton.  The mission of the church is to minister unconditionally to all in the name of Christ through shared worship, teaching, healing, and service.  For more information call 508-435-4536 or visit www.stpaulhopkinton.org.

SPEAC Hosts DORE Center Information Night on March 14


February 20, 2006 –  Hopkinton’s Special Education Advisory Council (SPEAC) will be hosting an informational meeting regarding  the DORE Achievement Center on Tuesday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hopkinton Middle School Lecture Hall.  Representatives from the Needham DORE Achievement Center will discuss the Center’s unique approach in treating children ages 7 and up who have learning difficulties due to dyslexia, dyspraxia,  or ADHD.    All interested parents are welcome to this free event. 

      DORE attributes most learning difficulties to Cerebella Developmental Delay, a condition where connectors linking the thinking brain (cerebrum) to the cerebellum are not fully developed.  DORE uses an exercise program to stimulate the cerebellum to create new neural pathways and speed up the processing of information.  As a result, learning, language, emotion, and motor skills are all improved.  More information is available at www.dorecenters.com.

      Based in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, SPEAC is made up of parents and guardians working to ensure all children with special needs are educated effectively.  SPEAC believes in the worth and importance of each child’s education and strives to continually enhance the quality of Hopkinton’s special education programs.  In addition to hosting workshops and education roundtables, SPEAC also annually awards scholarships to graduating students who have benefited from special education or related services and are pursuing higher education.  For more information or to become a member, contact Karen Weiskerger at 508-497-3959 or visit the SPEAC Web page listed under Support Organizations on the Hopkinton School District web site www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/.

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