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I Saw Neil Entwistle

~ Part V, Conclusion~ Return of the non-native

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

by Robert Falcione

(Read previous Part I)

(Read previous Part II)

(Read previous Part III)

(Read previous Part IV)


Part V


      People responded to his arrest in a person-on-the-street HopNews video, and the media started camping out in the driveway of Hopkinton Police Headquarters, awaiting his return.

      “Looks like they're getting some ideas from you,” joked one police officer, referring to the scoop we got of the detective’s car.

      People with cameras and microphones went up and down hills, from store to store downtown, looking for peoples' reactions.

      How do you feel now that he's arrested? Did you ever meet him ? Rachel? Ever see them?

      "Closure" was a word repeated by more than one person. No, I never met them, and never saw them, people would repeat to the world-wide media, who tried in vain to find one person in Hopkinton who had anything personal at all to say about the Entwistle's. There would be nothing.

      But all of the major players would continue to send reporters, and the town continued its pace; a blizzard — a massive search for a 911 caller involving all available personnel, a helicopter, and a thermal imaging camera — and three resignations of officials, would occur in the short interim between Entwistle’s arrest and his return to Hopkinton. FULL CONCLUSION.

Light at the end of the trail

See more photography by Robert Falcione

March 12, 2006 — This fire road on the town-owned Fruit Street property conveys a majesty of its own.

Muskrat lunch

March 12, 2006 — This muskrat has his hands full of some greens today where the water and ice meet at the pond in Woodville that some people call Firehouse Pond, because a Firehouse was located on the existing foundation, back in the day. However, Woodville native Annie Marcy has another name for it.

     "We always called it Little Lake. I don't know where this other name came from," she said. "We called Lake Whitehall Big Lake."

March 12, 2006 — The Moon, which is waxing toward a full moon, which will occur Tuesday, is seen here over Lake Whitehall early yesterday evening, shortly before the Hopkinton Trails Club began their group hike and marshmallow roast.

 Hillers lose game but win Hearts!!

Ladies bow out to tough Oliver-Ames 62-37

by Peter Marso

March 12, 2006 —It was an incredible year for the Hiller gals as they just couldn't take down the mighty team from Easton, Oliver Ames, probably the best team in New England. The site was U Mass Boston one game away from the Fleet Center.

     The Hillers incredible run ran out of gas, but the love for the team and the accomplishment will not, because it arguably was Hopkinton's greatest team. This club won the Tri-valley Title, something never accomplished before, and went deep into the states only losing to an outstanding team!

     The Hillers have great memories and certainly will be known as a very special team. Congratulations to the Captains Baldiga and Fraser as they played their last varsity game. They kept the team together. Liz Tuite's three pointers will never go unnoticed and the guts of the entire team. The Hillers played tough but the cards fell shot to a great team. Who will win it all!  

     The Bliss ladies probably were the nicest young ladies ever to put on the green and white. They were a class act, unselfish to every extent. The season may be over but the memories will go on for ever as they make their way thru the game of life. I have followed 28 teams (official timer) townie and Alumni. I never enjoyed a team like this one! They are special and will always be remembered for their class act, kindness and the ability to achieve what one thought they couldn't! 21-2.

     Thanks for the memories girls. A very special team. Thanks Dick Bliss and the 06 Hillers. The banquet is March 20th you most likely can still get a ticket.!!

File photo by Nancy Baldiga

Heartbreak Hill Striders

March 11, 2006 — Members of the Heartbreak Hill Striders take a run down East Main Street, which the  low sun has turned into a gigantic UPC code, last weekend.

Spoon River Anthology

March11, 2006 — A scene from last evening's performance by the Hopkinton High School Drama Club of Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River. The final performance will be this evening at 7:30 p.m.


March into St. Patrick's Day

By Ann DiLeo 


              Erin go brach… March and it soon will be St. Patrick’s Day. One of my favorite holidays. So it must be in Hopkinton, because so many senior events are scheduled to pay tribute to St. Patrick.

               Seniors started the festivities with a corned beef and cabbage dinner in the Davis Road  community room, March 9, offered by the Brampton Circle Club. And some fun afterward with a Chinese Auction.

               George Gross, club president, has invited all the new residents at Davis Road to join Brampton Circle Club and attend our events. And Davis Road has many any new people this year. In my area there are at least ten new neighbors.

                 Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all our new tenants. They can join other seniors at a grand party at the Senior Center, Friday, March 17, at noon. The price is $6.50. Call for reservations. Rides will be available.

               The new prescription plan in Massachusetts seems to be going fairly well. Most seniors have some kind of medical company to work with. Still it seems to be costing more. Some medicines are not covered by any plan. And it is still a grueling process to check them all and to change plans that can only be done at certain times. Amy Wilson Kent at the Senior Center is our wisest contact on prescription plan advice.  Seniors may call her for an appointment.

               Seniors have also been alerted by the Hopkinton Police Department about a telephone scam. The scam involves a phone call to one’s home asking questions about your credit cards and bank accounts. The callers always want account and card numbers and act very official. Never give this information to anyone over the phone.

               Well now, the weather is sunny, it’s 72 degrees and I am wearing shorts and sitting by the pool. My son, Tim, just called to tell me that he is shivering in 20 degree days and it doesn’t get any better. What can I say…I am on vacation in Florida…. Ta ta….And may the wind be always at your back!!!!

Love, Annie

Singer/songwriter and Brazilian vocalist Deborah Rocha coming to Hopkinton for Carpenter Poets and Women of the Arts

     Deborah Rocha, a multi-talented musician who sings Brazilian vocals, plays guitar and also performs her own songs will be sharing her unique style of music on two upcoming events involving the arts in Hopkinton.

      She will be performing a few of her songs at the CAA Saturday Morning Poetry venue Saturday, March 18th at 10:30 a.m. as opening for the poetry feature on Carpentry and Poetry with Bill Thibodeau and Joe Bergin of Boston. These independent carpenters work in Boston by day and gather at an Irish Pub every Thursday night to share their poetry with other carpenter poets and artists known as “The Carpenters Council.”   For fun, Deborah has offered to look for songs with carpenter and “wood themes” in an effort to pay tribute to the feature poets!

      Deborah Rocha has played at area coffeehouses & restaurants, at Sculler's and Ryle's Jazz Clubs, for the Marblehead Arts Festival, Arlington's 'Tunes on the Green', and Boston's First Night 2005.  She currently leads the ENTRE AMIGOS consortium, a large group of friends devoted to the study and performance of the various genres of Brazilian music. 

     Deborah Rocha is an extraordinary musician who has only begun to share her music and beautiful vocals in mid-life.  Her music that has been waiting to be released all these years is  powerful, mesmerizing and not to be missed!   

We have a winner!


The bridge was built for snowmobiles.

It is located on the Fruit Street property.

Starting from the parking lot off Fruit Street, go diagonally across the pit/field.

At the entrance to the path that leads to the back pit this is a small path on your right.

The bridge is down that small path.

The view is from the opposite side of the stream from the field. ~Lee Wright

Lee Wright wins $25.00 for correctly identifying the location of this photo from yesterday.

Hiller Girls in Finals knock off Quincy 52-37!!  

by Peter Marso

March 10, 2006 — The Bliss Ladies are on a roll and have now gone as far as they can as they pounded Quincy last night in a semi-final game (south sectionals) . The Hillers 22-1 will now get their talked about battle with Oliver-Ames of Easton 22-1 for the right to represent the South in next weeks all state semis against the winner of the North. The Hillers will play Saturday night at 6:00 at UMass (Boston). The Hillers are for real in their first year in Division2. They have already proven that they belong!


A great team effort; unselfishness has been their greatest asset. The team used al players on way to the final. Coach Bliss has been there before and will hopefully continue to guide these young High-Schoolers to the promised land.


Dick Bliss has brought two teams to the State Championship. This is a very special team with unbelievable desire and pride. This alone has been a great recipe of 22-1. The gals will have a great task in front of them, and the fun is being there, and they will give it a great effort as they have all year long! Great Job Girls !! You have so much to be proud of!!!

 Present from the Past

No parking problem here

March 10, 2006 — Whenever this photo was taken, there were undoubtedly fewer cars on the road, and vertical parking was allowed (Note the lack of marked spaces). Later in the life of downtown, and for many years, diagonal parking was allowed, something that the Downtown Revitalization Committee has proposed for today's vibrant downtown.

    Featured in the left of the photo is currently Maria's Caffe Italiano, where an Edison company, and what appears to be a fruit market, are open for business. Behind that is the building that now houses Stoveworks and Action Copy Plus. The building only has two floors now. It is unclear what happened, but other photos from the 1938 hurricane show debris in the street, which likely means the photo pre-dates 1938 (Anyone know the car's make and year?).

    On the right side of the photo shows a Telephone company sign and a barber pole where the HopNews office is located at Photographic Images. It too has three floors, but floor plans show the current building as having only one.

Hopkinton Science Fair Winners

March 9, 2006 — These Hopkinton high School Science Fair winners, from left, First Place Keith Love, Second Place Julie Sung, and Third Place Marty Racenis, will be among a group of Hopkinton High School students participating in the Regional Science Fair at Worcester Polytechnic Institute tomorrow. Other participants are: Danielle Bond, Allison Philbrook, Courtney Onofrio and Deanna Payson, Janine Stafford and Tierney Nolan, Bethany Goodrich,
Paul Menlibai, Megan Prall, Andy Jesanis, Jing Jing Cheng.



Hopkinton - George H. Wright, 68, died Wednesday, March 8, 2006 at the MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham.


He was the husband of Ellen (O'Connell) Wright. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Leonard S. and Anna (Putnam) Wright. Mr. Wright was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and had served at the Hickam Air Base in Hawaii.


He was a life long resident of Hopkinton and had served the Town of Hopkinton on traffic, cable and personnel committees. 


 Peter's Corner

Hopkinton to play Quincy tonight

     Hiller Girls will play the biggest game of the season tonight when they travel to Brockton High School tonight at 6:00 p.m. to take on Quincy(15-7) in a South Sectional Semi Final with the winner playing either Oliver-Ames or Walpole depending on their action also playing tonight.

    The Hillers coming of the best season ever 21-2 will have to wait and see if all league point guard Driscoll will be healthy as she is battling the flu (103 temp). Captains Baldiga and Fraser are upbeat as the confidence of the team has grown. The only comparison is that Quincy defeated Holliston 52-39 in a quarterfinal round.

    The Hillers will put on the pressure that they are very capable of doing, and hit the twos and this should be enough to bring them to the championship game on Saturday.

    Good luck to the Hiller ladies as they continue their outstanding season.

March 9, 2006 — Where is this scene? Be the first to email HopNews with the answer and win $25.00. Email


POLICE NEWS up-to-date



8:36 am Police received a call from a woman in Texas who was concerned because she had not been able to contact her father on Davis Road for several days...

1:55 am A caller on Kruger Road reported that his ex-girlfriend and and unknown male, both intoxicated, had broken into his home and stolen his prescription medication...

12:38 am Officer David Shane, while off duty, reported a female walking down Main Street towards town who was possibly intoxicated...

I Saw Neil Entwistle

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

~Part IV ~ Entwistle gets arrested

by Robert Falcione

(Read previous Part I)

(Read previous Part II)

(Read previous Part III)

Part IV


     As I got into my vehicle, I watched with surprise as the Channel 7 truck went right past the Police Station and continued up the hill, undoubtedly on its way to Cubs Path to have that inevitable backdrop for the upcoming newscast.

     Well, I was out of the office with my camera anyway, and it was around the right time, so I planted myself in the driveway of the Police Station once again, and struck pay dirt before long. I was the only media person there.

     The detectives pulled in and drove right past my vehicle while I fired away into their darkened sedan on that overcast and late afternoon (4:40 pm). HopNews was the only media outlet to get the photo.

    The detectives could be seen inside the station. They spent around 5 minutes there, but left without making themselves available to answer questions, before getting into their personal vehicles and going to their families.

     The photograph was a world-wide exclusive, I was told. They had given the media the slip at the airport.

     The next day, while enjoying some soup at Main Street Specialties, I saw a Channel 7 news anchor and a cameraman come in and get in line to order food. I had met the photographer, Rudy, before, and had a long conversation with him at the crime scene; and although I knew the other man was a news anchor, I didn’t know his name.

      “Hey guys, anything new in the case,” I asked them as they had their backs to me. READ FULL CHAPTER 4

March 8, 2006 — Senior Hockey Team members await the dinner bell at last week's hockey banquet.

Passed-over Con-Com candidate takes out nomination papers for Selectman

March 8, 2006 — Yesterday, Charles Miller of 185 Pond Street, an unenrolled* voter, took out Nomination Papers as a candidate for one of two positions for the office of Selectman. Incumbents Republican Eric Sonnett and Democrat Mary Pratt have also taken papers out. Other ways a candidate can get on the ballot other than gathering 50 signatures on Nomination Papers is to be voted by their party's primary, or caucus.

     Mr. Miller, a graduate of Boston University and a computer science professional, was interviewed at the last Selectmen's meeting, volunteering to serve on the Conservation Commission, citing his experience as a member of Hull, Massachusetts' Beach Management Committee.

     Mr. Miller could not be reached by telephone today.

*An unenrolled voter is one who has not designated a political party when registering to vote.

 Appropriations Committee seeks participants 

Budget Forum

First Congregational Church

March 30, 2006

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 

Above, Keefe Tech Superintendent Peter Dewar, right, disacusses his budget with the Appropriations Committee. Each year, the Technical School's budget is submitted to Town Meeting. Last year's figure was $301,000 for Hopkinton's share. 23 students from Hopkinton are attending Keefe Tech this year.

    "Keefe Tech has done an outstanding job of managing their budgets," said Appropriations committee member Rick Odell.


March 8, 2006  — The Appropriations Committee has stepped up their meeting schedule as the countdown begins to Town Meeting, where they will give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down to various items.

    Stephen Rathmill of the Civic Engagement Committee, which will help organize and manage a Budget Forum on March 30 at the Congregational Church, appeared this evening to assist in the logistics of the forum: Who will be involved, who will facilitate, and what size groups will be formed.

    They plan to have roundtable discussions observed by a facilitator at each table, who will moderate that particular discussion group. The Committee members themselves may be moderators at some tables.

    The beginning of the evening will be educational, then the roundtables, and then a larger discussion setting.

    The Committee has had about 50 responses so far to its mock budget exercise, with some of them singing up for the forum.   

    The idea, the Committee says, is that everyone attending will have read the informational articles on their website and then participate in the mock interactive budget exercise to be better informed at the forum.

     See a previous HopNews story or go right to the Appropriations web page

March 8, 2006 — This robin was found scouring the ground at the town's Fruit street property this afternoon.

Go for the Goal!

23rd Annual Silent Auction
Saturday, March 25
7:00 p.m.
Glen Ellen Country Club, Millis


Advance tickets: $10 • At the Door: $15
Advance tickets available at Action Copy Plus

Also on sale at Colella’s on March 17, from 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Donations are accepted right up until gavel time! Your donation of an item or service will help the HPTA continue to support the Hopkinton Public Schools.

     To make a donation or to volunteer for a brief shift during the Auction, please contact Shari Murphy, sraomcmurphy@comcast.net , 508.625.1460.     Directions to the Auction Photo from 2005, Theresa Boyce, Sandi Beauregard, Sandra Charteris.



From: Hoptonian
Category: Category 1
Date: 08 Mar 2006
Time: 13:13:22 -0700
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We spend a lot of time on this site talking about what is wrong with Hopkinton... well John Golden was something that was right about Hopkinton. Here is a resident that poured his heart into this town doing whatever he could to make it a better place. He was a great father, raised three wonderful children, had a real successful marriage to his wife, a busy career, and yet still had time to give back to his community. I want to thank Mr. Golden for helping make this town a place where people want to live and being one of those neighbors that you're proud to be next to. Thank you for all that you have done for Little League Baseball and the Hopkinton Education Fund.


Arrangements not Complete


Hopkinton - George H. Wright, 68, died Wednesday, March 8, 2006 at the MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham.

He was the husband of Ellen (O'Connell) Wright.  Funeral arrangements, under the direction of the Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, are incomplete at this time.

Hopkinton - John J. Golden Jr., 58 died at home Tuesday, March 7, 2006. Born in New York City, he was the son of the late John J. Golden, Sr., and Rosanna (Feit) Golden of Culpeper, Virginia.

     John graduated from Red Bank Catholic H.S., Red Bank, New Jersey in 1965 and Concord College in West Virginia in 1969. He was employed with AT&T for 29 years, most recently serving as the Branch Manager for Global Markets East in Boston. John was also a founding partner of and telecommunications consultant with Charlesview Management Group. ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE

Hopkinton Public Library Presents


 The Art of Pastel

Wednesday, March 15, 6:00 - 8:00pm


Main Reference Room with Gregory John Maichack

A hands on workshop and demonstration for learning the basics of painting with pastels.

All supplies provided, but please bring a simple photo or image.

Hands-on class size is limited to 20, but more are welcome to observe.

Pre-registration by: March 14 (508) 497- 9777

Hopkinton Public Library,

13 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA

(508) 497-9777

 Kohrt Repohrt


MAPC & LUSC take first steps towards a Weston Master Plan

"But the only people who really benefit are the developers and the Mezitts" ~ Matt Zettek

by Kevin Kohrt


March 8, 2006 — The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), hosted by the Land Use Study Committee (LUSC) at Elmwood Cafeteria, held a public forum on development options for the Weston Nurseries property on Tuesday night. The meeting was attended by over 50 people from Hopkinton and surrounding towns. Many are already active in their town: aside from the LUSC, attendance included Hopkinton members of the Board of Selectmen, Appropriations Committee, Open Space Committee, Board of Health, Planning Board, Cemetery Commission, and Woodville Historical Commission.

     Community groups such as HOPE, Friends of Whitehall, HALT, and the Sudbury Valley Trustees were also represented. Also there were: a member of the Ashland Board of Selectmen; chairmen from both the Open Space Committee and Planning Board in Ashland; and Roger Mezitt, who is one of the brothers selling the Weston Nurseries property. The balance was mostly interested Hopkinton residents. Photo, Marc Racicot, Manager of Government Services, MAPC. FULL REPORT

Hiker finds carcasses on Town-owned recreation land


     What's up with the dead animals down on the town's Fruit Street property?

     Beaver, deer, cows hind quarters, calves; Canada geese with the meat ripped off their breasts?  Sounds like a dumping ground. 

     What kind of  dipsticks( insert you own description), kills cows and calves, slaughters a family of beaver, breaks the necks of geese and takes the breast meat? How did they get in there, hot air balloon? 

     Don't we have gates on the property? Hmmm, just a thought.

Jeff Furber

232 Wood Street

March 7, 2006

The price is right!

FREE! Take one case or take them ALL! What we have is 38 cases (1,000 cups per case) of 4 ounce hot/cold cups. They are made of paper and have logos on them.  PLEASE take as many of these 40,000 cups away as you wish! We will even deliver locally to get them off of our hands! Great for big families, arts & crafts, day care facilities, teachers, making frozen treats and any other ideas that fit your fancy!!!

Call Checker’s 508-435-4333. Ask for Mary - extension 16.


     The Hopkinton Trails Club will be hosting a moonlit walk along Lake Whitehall this Saturday evening, March 11, 2006 beginning at 7:00PM (Change of time).  The public is invited to enjoy this community resource and should meet at 184 Pond Street.  There is parking in the driveway although car pooling is recommended.

      Participants will be able to choose between going on a shorter forty five minute hike or a longer hike of about an hour and a half but modifications may be made based on terrain conditions, weather and participant interest.  Sturdy winter boots with good tread, a walking stick or ski pole, a flashlight or head lamp, and a water bottle are recommended. 

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

March 14, 2006.   

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

Hopkinton Potter in exhibition

The Westboro Gallery

8 West Main St., just off of the rotary

March 12 through May 21


March 7, 2006 — “Fire and Water,” a joint exhibition of pottery by Carol Mecagni and watercolors by Robin Fleming, will be the new featured show at The Westboro Gallery March 12 through May 21. An opening reception will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, March 12, at the gallery, situated just off the rotary at 8 West Main St.
    Whether in clay or on paper, the works of both exhibitors present a shared love of nature. Each enjoys hiking and the great outdoors and, while the potter always carries a watercolor set wherever she travels, the watercolorist’s passion is working with her hands to turn her garden into a living sculpture.
    Carol Mecagni’s inspiration for this exhibit stems from nature in winter when plant life is contained or growing inside closed forms. Plant forms, potted floral motifs, textures from tree bark or the bands of muted color in an overcast landscape can be seen. These ideas are transposed onto pots by using various techniques such as scrafffito, stamping, or Japanese brushwork drawn into and onto the clay. Pots are fired in the kiln up to four times to achieve the result she seeks.
     “I love the process of making art in the medium of clay,” she says.
    “It gives me the freedom to make a three-dimensional ‘canvas’ of any size and shape and then decorate on that surface as I feel inspired. I also love the solitude I find working with my hands in the studio and discovering another layer of myself.”
HopNews photo ©2004.

Plaster disaster

Above, Firefighter Robert Clark, left, and Fire Lt. Robert Bartlett take a breather.


March 7, 2006 — According to Lt. Robert Bartlett, plasterers working at 85 Main Street did not properly ventilate the building, which became filled with dust from their work, setting off smoke alarms. As a result,  Firefighters evacuated people and dust from the building at about 9:55 a.m. this morning.

 Positively Hopkinton

Student receives award for "Outstanding Performance"

Above. front, Nicholas Gammal; rear, Chief of Police Thomas Irvin, Fire Chief Gary Daugherty, Dispatch Supervisor Meaghan DeRaad, Anna Marie Gammal.

March 7, 2006 — Second-grader Nicholas Gammal, 7˝, got the surprise of his life today when the Chief of Police, Thomas Irvin, and the Fire Chief, Gary Daugherty, and Dispatch Supervisor Meaghan DeRaad showed up in his classroom today at 8:45 a.m. with his Mom, Anna Marie, right, to present him with an award for dialing 911 when his mother was ill.

    "I was very sick at 3:00 am," said mother Anna Marie Gammal, "and I started yelling to Nicholas and he answered.

    "I said call for help, meaning to call his grandparents, but he called 9-1-1," she said, because her husband was away on business.

    "He was saying, 'Don't close your eyes, Mommy. Don't close your eyes'," recalled Mrs. Gammal proudly.

    "He knew what to do, and tried not to wake up his little brother," she said. He had some good training at home.

    "We had talked to him about what to do in an emergency, and about strangers. And he learned a the school, too," she said.

     Mrs. Gammal said that Nicholas had developed a rescue game to play in the neighborhood last summer.

     In addition to an award given by the Chief of Police, Nicholas also received hats from both the Police and Fire Chiefs.

Fruit Street SSEIR gets approved

"This is excellent news for the town" ~ Ron Clark


March 6, 2006 — The third time is a charm for the Fruit Street Development Committee, and especially its Chairman Ron Clark, who has championed this Fruit Street property for over three years.

     Secretary of the EOEA (Executive Office of Environmental Affairs) determined that the second SSEIR (Supplemental Single Environmental Impact Report) "adequately and properly complies with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act [MEPA]."

     The second SSEIR is the third submission of a plan to the State for approval of a Master Plan for the Town's Fruit Street property. The first was basically shot down; and the second got approval for some uses, but this approval seems to say that the FSDC covered all of the bases in its submission and gives the green light for the individual projects to move forward with their processes.

     "I think this is excellent news for the town," said Ron Clark. "It reflects over three years of hard work by nine members of the Fruit Street Development Committee to get the Master plan approved by the State.

     "It says the State has approved all of the uses at the master Plan level. So any stakeholder, whether it is Parks and Recreation, or the School Committee, will now move forward to the NPC (Notice of Project Change) level.

     "Now that MEPA  has approved all of the uses, I am hopeful all of the appointed and elected officials will support the development plans of the various stakeholders," said Mr. Clark

     Selectman Muriel Kramer, who has often questioned the appropriateness of some projects said, "I think it is good news for the Town. The individual proponents can move ahead with their projects.

     "This latest iteration has some legitimate alternatives so the voters can form decisions on the individual project components," said Mrs. Kramer.

NOTE: The entire letter from the Secretary can be read here.

Email fallout continues

"...members of the Board of Appeals have been repeatedly offended by the derogatory public statements that have been attributed to you in the Press over the past several years."

~ Board of Appeals Chairman Wayne Davies to Selectman Ron Clark


March 6, 2006 — Advice by Town Counsel Larry Faiman (Left), who has recently tendered his resignation, and guidelines from the Secretary of States Office, have opened a Pandora's Box of emails between town officials when they ruled that those emails are public records and must be turned over to whomever wants them. The requests are tempered by the charges the Selectmen demand: $42.60/hr. for the Executive Secretary and $17.62 for a secretary to fill requests.

     Conservation Commission member Jack Speranza wanted, and received, dozens of pages of emails sent by his Commission's former Chairman, Brian Morrison, after Mr. Morrison had filed a complaint against Speranza for violation of the Open Meeting Law by emailing to a majority of the Commission. Mr. Speranza filed an Ethics Commission complaint against Mr. Morrison in the waning days of Mr. Morrison's Chairmanship, from which he resigned under pressure from accusations.

     Mr. Morrison requested and received hundreds of emails from three Selectmen, Eric Sonnett, Len Holden and Ron Clark (Left), many of which are duplicate threads, he has said.

     Land Use Study Committee member Liisa Jackson made the most damning of those emails public in a letter to HopNews listed here on the Political Letters page. In addition, she forwarded 76 pages of emails in this pdf file.

     Mr. Morrison has, through his attorney Jonathan White, recently filed a complaint with the Secretary of State's Office claiming that the emails he has received are not the full record. In his complaint, Mr. White writes, "Eric Sonnett has not properly responded to the request for communications and correspondence."

     In a telephone interview last evening, Mr. Sonnett countered, saying, "I turned over 1223 emails to Ted [Kozak]; anything I had in a folder marked 'Selectmen'.

     "Ted went through 1223 emails to look for anything to do with Morrison," he said.
     In addition, the Cedar Swamp Conservation Trust, an opponent of the E. L. Harvey expansion, has requested emails form the Board of Selectmen dating back to 2003 that contain references to the Harvey expansion. Mr. Kozak said today that he is currently working on that after receiving a check from the CSCT.

     Selectman Clark has apparently made the most emails available, but has also come under the most fire from critics for the style and content of those emails.

     In the emails made available by Mrs. Jackson in her Letter to the Editor, she complains that Chairman Sonnett and Selectmen Clark are interfering with other independent boards.

     In a letter made available today, Board of Appeals Chairman Wayne Davies makes the same argument as he refers to a newspaper article:

     "But more importantly, this article appears to suggest that these e-mails reflect a purposeful and concerted effort to interfere with the administration and operation of the Board of Appeals, an independent regulatory board of the town," Mr. Davies writes.

     In a recent front page newspaper article, Mr. Clark allegedly refers to Mr. Davies with an uncomplimentary nickname.

     In an email dated March 3, 2006, last Friday, Mr. Clark wrote to Mr. Davies:

     "Hi Wayne, Would you be willing to meet and have a cup of coffee next week? I'd like to try and clear the air and establish a better working relationship on town business."

     In his letter dated today, Mr. Davies writes in reply, and on Board of Appeals stationery, "...you have recently been quoted as denouncing the Board of Appeals as a 'circus' and stating that the Zoning Enforcement Officer lacked 'common sense'.  Such disrespectful comments do not foster meaningful “working relationships” among professionals." Zoning Enforcement Officer Michael Shepard recently handed in his resignation.

    Mr. Davies also wrote, "...members of the Board of Appeals have been repeatedly offended by the derogatory public statements that have been attributed to you in the Press over the past several years."

     In response to Mr. Clark's offer to meet, Mr. Davies wrote, "Therefore, all of the members of the Board of Appeals should hear what you have to say regarding town business and your asserted intentions to establish a better working relationship.  In response to your request, I have therefore set aside time on the Agenda of the Board of Appeals to hear your comments.   The Board of Appeals will accommodate you on Wednesday, March 22, 2006, at 7:20 PM." The entire letter may be read here.

    Mr. Clark said today in a telephone interview, in response to Mr. Davies' reply to his entreaty, "Let no good deed go unpunished in this town."

     When asked if he would be accepting the invitation to appear before the entire Board of Appeals, Mr. Clark said, "I reached out on a personal and confidential level, and that is the way I think this issue should be resolved."

Surf's up?

March 6, 2006 — A seagull flying over what appears to be  surf breaking on a sandy beach is actually the edge of ice next to open water today on the Hopkinton Reservoir.

Hopkinton - Irene A. (Lawrence) Coyle, 86, formerly of Hopkinton, died March 2, 2006 at  Renaissance Manor of Westfield.  She was the wife of James J. Coyle, Jr., who died in 2003.  They were married for 60 years.Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late John and Ethel (Secord) Lawrence.

     She is survived by her children, Patricia Fountain of Milford, James Coyle of Lincoln, RI, John Coyle of Easthampton and Dennis Coyle of NY; a brother, Raymond Lawrence of Framingham; 7 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

     The funeral was held on Monday, March 06, 2006 from the Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton with a mass of Christian burial celebrated by the Rev. James Degnan at St. John the Evangelist Church, Hopkinton. 


5 arrested in Milford 


March 6, 2006 —    During the morning of March 4, 2006, Milford Police Investigators served a search warrant (0666SW347) at 59 Bancroft Ave, apartment #2, second floor as ordered by the court.  The search warrant had been issued to search for and seize stolen property that had been the focus of a Milford Police Investigation.  Upon announced entry into the home, investigators found 5 male individuals in the apartment. These subjects were identified as David Martin (08/14/1980), Adam Glasier (03/28/1985), Manuel Peniche (01/08/1969),  Donald Carboni (03/22/1966), William Hodges (12/30/1980).

     An amount of marijuana was observed in plain view to investigators.   Investigators arrested the 5 individuals, secured the apartment and immediately sought and received a second search warrant targeting illegal narcotics.

     As a result quantities of heroin, cocaine along with related implementation were seized by police.  As a result of this investigation the following charges have been brought.

      William Hodges- possession of class D substance (marijuana),  Manuel Peniche- possession of a class D substance (marijuana),  Donald Carboni- possession of a class D substance (marijuana),  David Martin-possession of a class D substance (marijuana), possession of a class B substance (cocaine) 2 counts and Adam Glasier-possession of a class D substance (marijuana), possession of a class A substance (heroin),  receiving stolen property under $250, forgery (2counts) and possession of hypodermic needle and syringe (10 counts).

       Detective Craig Stanley and Detective Rick Belanger investigated.

POLICE NEWS up-to-date


10:51 am Auxiliary Police Sgt. requested assistance with an erratic operator East Main Street, who he said over the scanner, almost hit him (Photo). Officer Stephen Buckley responded and...


7:10 am Police arrested a homeless man for operating with a suspended license...


2:44 pm Ashland police requested the Hopkinton police to contact a Cedar Street resident concerning a drive off from an Ashland gas station.


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.

British reader sees a difference in two legal systems

Dear Editor,


I have just read part 3 of .... 'I Saw Neil Entwistle' and have to congratulate you on the presentation of all 3 parts.

Of course, over here in the UK we take a different perspective to crime, as opposed to the USA. Over here, everyone is .... 'presumed innocent, until proven guilty', whereas in your country it seems that Neil Entwistle is 'hung, drawn and quartered' long before his trial begins. .... READ FULL LETTER

I Saw Neil Entwistle

~Part III ~ Secret sources

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

by Robert Falcione

(Read previous Part I)

(Read previous Part II)

Part III

      That day, the day of the first press conference, January 23, 2006, the visits to HopNews.com more than doubled. The crime had grabbed the attention of the British media, and as we would soon learn, people from around the globe. Their Google searches would lead them to the Hopkinton News, the official name for HopNews.com.

       The next day brought news of the autopsy that revealed Rachel had also been shot in the head, and that was determined to be her cause of death.

      The District Attorney’s Office said, “In addition, police have been in contact with Mr. Entwistle, who is out of the country. "

      The pulse of the town of Hopkinton, although quickened by the murders, kept close to normal: A drama continued at the Conservation Commission, Main Street Specialties announced its intention to sell its business, and American Mebrahtom Keflezaighi visited Hopkinton and talked about his chances of winning the Boston Marathon, which starts in Hopkinton each Patriot’s Day.

      The following day, January 25, the BBC called for an interview with me. My Interview with BBC was not a shining moment. It would be the first of many, four with the BBC alone, each one improving as the questions repeated, giving me more time to represent myself and my town the best way I could.

     The pace quickened as the British press found their way to Hopkinton and people I knew confided things in me that I had never expected.

      A reporter and photographer from the The Sun of London were on Cubs Path one day , along with just a couple of other media people. I took the reporter’s photo (Left). The story about Neil Entwistle was also a local story about a coming media frenzy, as it unfolded.

      The Sun, a British tabloid, would later claim that a friend of the Entwistle’s said that Neil called and asked his father-in-law if it was true his family was dead. It would be found to be an inaccurate statement at best, and I knew why. Talking heads would speculate that  if he said that, then he must setting up for the insanity defense. REST OF PART III

Crying "Wolf?" — or a real need for an override?


March 5, 2006 — The Appropriations Committee, apparently after putting in much work into the effort, has developed an educational tool and a mock budget exercise that are available on the Town's Website for residents to participate in. The mock budget is an interactive exercise designed to change the total as a person enters figures, and asks a person to make cuts where they feel cuts can be made.

     The educational section begins with an admission of the "wolf fixation," as follows:    


Residents of the town of Hopkinton over the past few years could be forgiven for believing that their town officials have a wolf fixation.  Each of the past several winters has brought forth predictions of impending fiscal doom, the result of an inexorably growing imbalance between town revenues and expenses.  Yet, by the time of each May election, a casual observer might believe that the wolf at the door has disappeared, leaving behind only those who were crying of its approach.  Somehow the gap is closed and, by all appearances, the town continues to function just fine.  To anyone familiar with the workings of government in particular, or bureaucracy in general, this could well appear to be the typical evolution of an inherently messy but appropriately functioning budget process.


     The town departments have submitted budgets to the Appropriations Committee, and according to the figures they present on their their website, the School Department submitted a preliminary budget of $31,168,815, which includes an increase of $3,132,126, or 11.2%. The Police Department budget is $2,124, 842, which includes a 10.3% increase.

     According to these figures on the Appropriations Committee website, the School Department's increase alone is greater than the entire Police Department's Budget. The School Department makes up greater than 54% of the town's budget, and according to the informational exercise, it makes up over 75% of discretionary expenditures excluding debt, benefits, and enterprise funds.

     The Appropriations Committee is looking for residents to get involved in the process, by asking the residents to become educated. They talk about the Stabilization Fund, which started out at $4 million, being close to depleted:


That may sound perilously close to alarmist; however, it also presents us with a unique opportunity.  For all its growth and change over the recent past, Hopkinton is still a town whose final mold has not been set.  High tax, lower tax; more growth, less growth; more open and residential, more dense and commercial; more focused on schools or not; in these and numerous other ways we as residents still can decide what we want our town to become.  Whether you plan to stay here for three years or three generations, how involved you get, what you vote for and who you elect all have an outsize impact because of the many different paths we can still take.  You will find few other places where you as an individual can shape the future as you can here.


They essentially conclude during the introduction that there are the following possibilities the town will have choose from:

1.      Cut services or change operations to match available funding;

2.      Support and enhance services by providing additional funding through periodic overrides or by creating new revenue sources; or

3.      Allow services to erode over time and address them only when they become obviously problematic?


         To read the material and to take the mock budget exercise online, or to print and mail the exercise, set some serious time aside, and then visit the Appropriation Committee's website.

 Who's running for Hopkinton's elected positions?

   Joseph Markey, an Ash Street resident who has been active in the Hopkinton Democratic Party, has taken out nomination papers for a seat on the Planning Board. He has been in the high tech field for 16 years with experience in marketing, strategic planning and environmental policy.

     Mr. Markey is also the Hopkinton Campaign Coordinator for Hopkinton resident Gerry Leone, who is running for Middlesex County District Attorney, an office now held by Martha Coakley, who is expected to run for Massachusetts Attorney General, a seat now held by Tom Reilly, who is running for Governor, a position now held by Mitt Romney, who is running for President, a position which is now held by George Bush, who is...

  NOTE: To see the status of declared candidates at any time, check out the E2006 button on the top of the page.

Vernal Pool Big Night

Watch HopNews for first rainy "Big Night"


Have you ever been driving around town on a rainy spring night and seen a bunch of frogs or salamanders crossing the road?  Did you wonder why they were all out on that particular night?  Come find out what it’s all about at our First Big Night Celebration.   The Hopkinton School District and School Committee, in conjunction with the Conservation Commission is holding a Big Night celebration on the loop road behind Hopkins School, to watch the migration of frogs and salamanders to the vernal pools on the site.    Photo by Keith Love.


Big Night occurs during the first warm rainy night in the spring, usually in March.  The amphibians that have spent the winter buried under the forest floor emerge and move to the vernal pools, where they mate.  They remain in their vernal pool for a few weeks and then make their way back up to the woods where they spend the summer.   Because so many species wake up at nearly the same time and migrate to the vernal pool, it is a spectacular event to witness.


There are vernal pools near the loop road behind the school complex on Hayden Rowe. It is our objective to document the Big Night migrations that occur there. The purpose of the Big Night event is two-fold.  First it is to check the migration paths of the frogs and salamanders.  When the loop road was built in the wetlands, culverts were placed under the road for the amphibians to use to cross on their migration. We need to see if that is occurring.


Second, we would like to educate people about vernal pools and the spring migration.  Besides the loop road, there are many other roads in Hopkinton that are crossed by the frogs and salamanders.   We would like to make people aware that if they see these amphibians crossing the roads at night, they can be sure there is a vernal pool nearby.  Go ahead, if its safe to stop, and help the critters cross the road. 


So bring your rain gear, preferably light colored so you can be seen in the dark, umbrellas and flashlights and join us on Big Night.  When will it be?  We won’t know until the actual day.  It depends on when we start getting spring weather and the ground thaws.    But if there’s a forecast for rain, check the following websites www.HopNews.com  , http://www.hopkinton.org/ , or the school website, www.Hopkinton.k12.ma.us .  We’ll post the night it is happening, and when people are gathering.  (The Police Department will be closing the loop road and will help people with parking and entering and exiting the area).   Come join us for a fun and educational night! ~ School Committee

Home Wanted

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  Teacher's house burns ~ fund set up

Hopkinton Middle School teacher Ron Gautreau, his wife Robin, and their three children have been displaced from their Blackstone home by a fire. A fund has been set up to assist them. Those wishing to contribute, please do so through the Middlesex Savings Bank.

Health and Fitness Fair draws hundreds

March 4, 2006 — The Health and Fitness Fair, sponsored by Hopkinton Public Schools Wellness Department with support from the HPTA, Hopkinton Chiropractic and Body & Beyond Massage Therapy, drew hundreds of participants who stopped by for a massage demonstration, some health food, or a lesson in nutrition, among the scores of exhibits.

Above, Dr. Corey Brunner, of Hopkinton Chiropractic, massages a member of the public, while the Fire Department's demonstration dummy looks in need of help in the adjacent exhibit. 

Here today, gone tomorrow

March 5, 2005 — Magician Peter Boie works his magic with a willing participant at the High School Auditorium.

Hopkinton 52, Feehan 47

by Peter Marso


Hiller girls eliminate Bishop Feehan to advance to South Sectional Semi-Finals! The Hillers ran into a tough scrappy physical South League Champions from Attleboro but managed to rise to the top as they came back from an eight point downer to put themselves into the sectional semis.


Playing in front of a huge home crowd seniors Kristen Baldiga, Kaitlyn Fraser, Elizabeth Blaylock, Erika Wheeler and Liz Tuite all said goodbye to the Athletic Center as they played their last home game and advanced the Bliss Ladies to the round were only the best have survived.


The Hillers playing tough defense managed to scrap and fight their way into what has to say was the most physical game I have seen in years. The Hillers trailing 35-30 at intermission managed to pick up the slack and gut it out to bring home the victory. Liz Tuites 3 pointer with 6 minutes to go gave the girls their first cushion as they took 37-30 lead. Sophomore Coco Ellis stole a pass with contributed with a Fraser lay up gave the Hillers even more comfort. Captains Kristen Baldiga and Kaitlyn Fraser played outstanding in the offensive maneuvers. Junior Brooke Anderson contributed with tremendous rebounds. The Shamrocks played hard and probably are the best team the Hillers have played. The team awaits for their next opponent and are now ready to go to the next level!1 Good job girls!!! Photo by Nancy Baldiga

Big Night Coming Up

Watch HopNews for first rainy "Big Night"


The School Committee, Conservation Commission and Scouts are hosting a "Big Night" celebration this spring.  Big Night is the first warm rainy night, usually in March, when frogs and salamanders leave their winter hiding places and migrate to vernal pools to mate. 


There are vernal pools behind Hopkins, and they are planning on closing the loop road  and doing some observation and education on the migration that night.  


The problem in planning this is no one knows when "Big Night" will be, until the actual day.

So keep checking out HopNews for that night! 

Photo of Salamander by Keith Love

Dog and boy make new world


“Hey you, would you like to meet my new dog?” I looked over at Shane. Did he just say that??? I couldn’t believe my ears and my heart skipped a beat. It was the first day of what we had coined “Mouse Training.”


Shane and I, along with Shane’s new service dog, Mouse, were at a CVS in a Worcester mall. Thankfully the clerk immediately jumped into her role and said, “Why yes, I would.” Shane very confidently went on to introduce his new dog. I was filled with joy, mixed with relief, and whole lot of hope. Had we done it again? Had our instincts guided us down the right path, again? I could not wait to call Ray and share this small triumph. Day 1 of “Mouse Training” and already things looked promising. 

At three years of age Shane was diagnosed with Autism.  Autism is a neurological disability that typically involves delays and impairment in social skills, language, and behavior. Receiving this diagnosis was devastating, to say the least.  The world of autism was new to us and very frightening, we had a lot to learn.  So our journey began … FULL STORY

  Need a dog? Need a greyhound

Thinking of a pet? Not all dogs fit with all families.

Greyhound Friends want to make sure your needs and the dog's special characteristics come together without a conflict.

To see Director Louise Coleman introduce Saul, choose the video icon. A Windows Media Player will open and play the video.


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