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ARTS in BLOOM

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Hopkinton welcomes your participation in our Arts In Bloom Juried Art Show.

This year the Hopkinton Garden Club will be providing beautiful- one of a kind- arrangements to complement the approximately 70 works on exhibit.

 

Eligibility - Artists are invited to submit up to three works. Entries must have been completed within the last two years and have not been entered in any previous CAA Show.

 

Categories -  Watercolor ~ Oils/Acrylics ~ Mixed Media (pastel, ink, mixed monotype, graphics, two or more different media) We will not accept three dimensional work or photography.

 

Requirements - All work must be original and created by a living artist , 18 years or older. Please bring your work exhibit-ready, framed, hard-wired and ready for hanging. All work must be accompanied by a completed entry slip and agent/artist must present artist receipt to pick up work. Work may not exceed 38 inches in any dimension including frame.

Fees -  Artist fee for submitting up to three pieces of work:    Members $15.00       Non-members $25.00

Awards - Best in Show $400.00   ~  First Place/ Category   $250.00   ~  Honorable mention/ Category $100.00       Viewer’s Choice $100.00 

Registration and Drop Off  of  Works -  Fri., April 21, 2006  4- 7pm   or  April 22, 2006  9 - 11 am

at the CAA-98 Hayden Rowe Street Hopkinton, MA 

You can contact  the CAA at 508-435-9222 or visit our website at www.caahopkinton.org .

    Arts is Bloom is sponsored by TJX

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. 

Planning Board is a Race!

Two days left to take out nomination papers!

Democrat Kevin Kohrt takes out nomination papers.

Joins Incumbent Claire Wright and Joe Markey.

 

March 22, 2006 — Winter Street resident, Democrat Kevin Kohrt, has taken out nomination papers for Planning Board, joining incumbent Republican Claire Wright and Democrat Joe Marley for one of 2 seats for a 5 year term.

     Mr. Kohrt has been an active citizen participant at many town boards and meetings, and has been a proponent of Woodville issues, planning and conservation.

     This makes the Selectman's race and the Planning Board the only two major offices being contested this year.

     "I think the town is stalled and doesn't know where it is going. It can't make its mind up over Weston Nurseries, and is tearing itself apart over Fruit Street.

     "I'd like to see the Master Plan pull together and implemented," he said during an interview today.

     Mr. Kohrt has turned his attendance at the meetings into work as a reporter for HopNews for a few months now.

Right, Mr. Kohrt at Town Meeting 2005.

Touchstone Community School

 

Touchstone Community School at 54 Leland Street in Grafton, will hold an Admissions Information session on Wednesday April 5, from 9 to 11 a.m.


Touchstone Community School is accredited by the Association of Independent Schools in New England and serves children 4-14 years old.


To find out more about the school, check us out on the web at www.touchstoneschool.com.

 

If you have questions or would like to sign up for this session, call  508-839-0038.

State Trooper in struggle for his weapon

Man wanted by US Marshals allegedly goes for Trooper's gun

 

On Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at about 08:45 hours, State Trooper Michael Cherven Jr. assigned to the South Boston Barracks stopped a 1995 Cadillac Deville for Speeding on Route 93 Southbound, South of Granite Avenue of Milton.

 

Trooper Cherven had requested the male passenger to exit the vehicle to have further conversation with him.  The male passenger exited the vehicle and provided a false name to the Trooper.  When Trooper Cherven confronted the suspect with the false name he provided, the suspect then ran across Rte 93 into the HOV lane.  Trooper Cherven then pursued the suspect across the highway at which time the passenger became involved in an altercation with him.  Trooper Cherven called for assistance on his radio and responding officers from the State Police South Boston Barracks, State Police Milton Barracks, the Milton Police and the Boston Police Department began sending additional assistance to the scene.  During the altercation the suspect attempted to obtain the Trooper Cherven’s firearm several times.

 

The male passenger was arrested and transported to the State Police South Boston Barracks. A subsequent search of the subject revealed approx. 60 grams of Class B Cocaine hidden on his person. Trooper Cherven was transported to Quincy City Hospital, treated for minor injuries and released.  The female operator was identified as Jamie Welch, 21-years of age from Boston, MA and was arrested for Disorderly Conduct.  

 

The male passenger was identified as Anthony Nelson, 25 years of age from Boston.  Subject Nelson is being charged with charged with Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon to wit a Shot Foot, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct, Attempted Theft of a Firearm, Possession of Class B Cocaine, Possession of Class B with intent to Distribute and Trafficking in Class B Cocaine.  Subject Nelson is also wanted by the U.S. Marshal’s Office for Parole Violations and will be turned over to the Federal Marshal’s on Wednesday, March 22, 2006.

Channel 7 Video report.

 Hopkinton students attend Youth Leadership Conference

"Doin' the Right Thing" takes aim at bullying

 

WESTON –March 22, 2006 —  Yesterday, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc. (MPY) hosted a Middlesex Youth Leadership Conference for middle school students.  The conference, called “Doin’ the Right Thing!,” was presented by Deana’s Fund. 

            “Numerous studies have shown that a key element in the successful development of youth is a safe and secure learning environment,” said District Attorney Martha Coakley.  “We are increasingly aware that this environment can best be achieved when school administrators, staff, and students work together to develop bullying programs for their school communities.  This conferences provides students with an opportunity to brainstorm and create strategic plans to tackle the ever-growing issue of bullying.”

            The conference taught students how to define bullying and gender harassment, develop empathy and identification with the target, reach out to friends and classmates who are victims of bullying and harassment, recognize abuse by girl bullies, and know when and how to seek help from caring adults.

           The “Doin' the Right Thing!” program is a performance for students, created to reflect episodes of real-life bullying and harassment in their school and community.  In the performance, students are shown the verbal, non-verbal, and physical behavior involved in bullying situations, and they observe positive role modeling when the main character decides to take a stand and do the right thing.  The interactive half-hour after-show discussion features the three actors who help students process and reinforce the educational points in the play. 

Deana’s Fund is an innovative, arts-based organization that develops and produces educational theatre and other programs for diverse audiences to promote healthy relationships among peers, partners and families, and to strengthen communities.  For more information, please visit www.deanasfund.org

Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc. (MPY) is a non-profit organization established in 1988 by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and ten school districts to foster communication on school-related legal issues relating to substance abuse and violence.  Through Project Alliance, MPY’s primary initiative, the non-profit provides prevention and intervention resources, as well as training and programming to Middlesex school districts and communities using a combination of educational outreach, technical support, and community-based strategy development to address a variety of youth health and safety issues.  MPY now includes over 60 member school districts.  For more information on Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc. and Project Alliance, please visit www.projectalliance.org.

March 21, 2006 — Cathy Flynn-Buday displayed her runway style with poise and elegance last Tuesday to an enthusiastic crowd at the Women's Club Spring Fashion Show held at the Hopkinton Country Club. Her husband Bob escorted her for her formal presentation. Eleven women took part in the modeling for the show that drew about 150 people.

Go for the Goal!
HPTA

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

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.

SEE SOME OF THE ITEMS BEING AUCTIONED        READ ALL ABOUT IT ~> HPTA Press Release

 

Photo courtesy of Kathleen Culler of quilt for auction.

 

NEW

The HPTA would like to invite you and your children to the all new Children's Gallery Preview!

Come and see the popular Children's Gallery baskets between 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on 3/25, during the Auction set-up process.  There will also be a child-friendly video playing on the 42" flat screen HDTV that will be raffled off later that evening.  Raffle tickets will be available for purchase during the Preview.  You do not need to be present to win any raffle.

For a more detailed look at the Auction items, please visit our website via the following link:  www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us - click on 'HPTA Silent Auction Web Site'.

Glen Ellen Country Club is located on Goulding Street in Millis, MA.  From Holliston Center (Rt. 16) take Central Street to Norfolk Street.  Turn right on Norfolk Street and follow for 1.5 miles to Goulding Street.  Turn left onto Goulding.  Glen Ellen is approximately one mile down the road, on the left.

We hope to see you there! ~ HPTA

FUNDRAISER

Come One, Come All to the 2nd Annual

Faculty Variety Show

Friday, March 24th at 7:00 pm
Middle School Auditorium
Tickets: $3 at the door – Proceeds will be donated to the Gautreau Family Fire Relief Fund

Golden Shovel Academy

March 21, 2006 — The youngest of the parishioners also helped out with the groundbreaking for their expansion at the Community Covenant Church on South and West Elm Streets on Sunday.

Marathon Poster Deadline extended

The Marathon Poster Committee is extending the deadline for the Poster Contest.  Posters will be accepted up until March 30, 2006.  The Committee is very excited about the Marathon and the special events surrounding the contest this year.  Posters will be displayed throughout the week before the event and the winners will be awarded the prizes at the Selectmen's meeting on April 11. Events where the posters will be displayed include a "Spirit of the Marathon Reception" on Sat. April 1, a luncheon to mark the placing of the statue of Stylianos Kyriakides at the 1 mile mark of the Marathon at Weston Nurseries.  Also, they will again be on the Common Marathon weekend and there are plans for an exhibit at Main Street Specialties for entrants and their families. 

 

We especially appreciate the help that the school department including all art teachers and administrative staff have given to support this contest.  

March 20, 2006 — Smoldering embers, apparently from a First Road brush burning, rose up again and covered an entire hillside around 10:00 pm tonight, drawing out the Hopkinton Fire Department to put it down.

March 20, 2006 — Above, Kristen Baldiga and Kaitlyn Fraser at the Girls Basketball Banquet and Awards Ceremony this evening, where the Varsity girls, whose 22-2 record is the First Tri-Valley Champions in the History of Basketball, were treated to dinner, an awards ceremony, and a slideshow by Nancy Baldiga. They also were finalists in the South Sectionals this year.

March 20, 2007 — Fire and police responded to Saddle Hill Road for a brush fire started by a fallen guy wire that apparently shorted out.

Knock, knock...

March 20, 2006 — "Gail and I were wandering out in the wilds of Lake Whitehall and saw this pileated woodpecker hammering away on this tree." ~ Jeff Furber.

Editor's Note: Gary Moorehead is the nephew of Hopkintonian, Dick Gooding, and was an original contributor to HopNews in 2003, when he started his endeavors in Afghanistan. His photography is excellent and his story heartwarming. HopNews is privileged to receive this human story from halfway around the world. Choose the link above to read the full account.

VFAS (Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section) Most Wanted arrested in Florida

Accused of Ashland Armed Robbery in 2002

 

One of the Massachusetts State Police Most Wanted Fugitives was captured this morning in Bunnell, Florida working for a Temp Agency.  The State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, working in conjunction with the Bunnell Police Department, arrested MICHAEL A. FAIR, 49 years of age, without incident, using the name Bryan D. Willey, working at the Able Body Labor Employment Temp Agency, 700 South State Street, Bunnell, Florida.

 

Michael FAIR was wanted for the September 2, 2002 Armed Robbery using a handgun of a Brooks Pharmacy in Ashland, Massachusetts. FAIR has been on the Massachusetts Most Wanted list since September 2002.  The State Police Most Wanted website warns, "FAIR is a known drug user with a violent criminal history to include a Murder conviction in Colorado."

 

On Friday, March 17, 2006, contact was initiated with the Bunnell Police Department with regards to their agency having previous contact with FAIR using “aka” Bryan Willey.  The  Bunnell Police Department had knowledge of Willy and also his place of employment. This morning at approx. 05:20 a.m. the Bunnell Police Department set up surveillance at Able Body Labor Employment and observed FAIR as he exited a vehicle. FAIR produced a driver’s license in the name of Bryan Willey but was quickly identified  by the distinctive tattoo of a “parrot” on the back of his right shoulder. FAIR is being held at the Flaggler County Sheriff’s Office in Bunnell, Florida without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow (3-21-06) on Fugitive from Justice charges: for the Armed Robbery warrant issued from the Middlesex Superior Court. 

POLICE NEWS up-to-date

5:00 pm A resident on Walcott Street reported a suspicious man around a property that had just been sold...

 

7:40 pm Police received a call about a suspicious vehicle on Mayhew Street that had been there since the morning. An earlier report had stated that the vehicle had parked in front of a home on Mayhew Street and two males got out and urinated by the side of the road...

 

9:10 pm A caller on Ridge Road reported several suspicious cars parked in the area...

State Police turn Failure to use a

Directional Signal into Marijuana bust

 

On Sunday, March 19, 2006, at about 3:00 p.m. State Police from the Athol Barracks arrested four males on Route 2 in Orange.

 

Trooper Brian Bonia stopped a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier for Failing to Use a Directional Signal and Defective Equipment.  During interaction with the Operator identified as Sean McGrath,  Tpr. Bonia observed a very strong odor of Marijuana inside the vehicle.  Further investigation revealed approx. 3 pounds of green leafy matter believed to be Marijuana located inside the vehicle.  Tprs. Brian Frechette, James Huchowski and Kevin Haley assisted in the arrest and investigation.

 

The suspects were arrested, transported to the Athol Barracks and identified as:

 

Sean McGrath,     21-years of age, 75 St. Alphonsus Street, Boston, MA

Joshua McGrath, 19-years of age, 369 Petersham Road, New Salem, MA 

Kyle Sykes,           22 years of age, 290 Corey Road,  Brighton, MA.

Matthew Hansen, 18-yeas of age,  60 Daniel Shays Highway, Orange, MA

 

All four subjects were charged with Possession of Class D Marijuana and Possession of Class D Marijuana with Intent to Distribute.  All four subjects  will be arraigned this morning in Orange District Court.  The investigation into this matter is ongoing and preliminary information revealed these narcotics were earmarked for distribution at two Massachusetts college campuses.

“A Day in Hopkinton” Hopkinton Women’s Club

Photography Contest

 

The Hopkinton Women’s Club is sponsoring a town wide contest.  We are looking for a creative photo for the cover of the Hopkinton 2007 Community Register and Telephone Directory.  If you are an aspiring photographer or even an accomplished one, please enter our contest.

 

Submissions must meet the following criteria:

 

       1.    “A Day in Hopkinton” Theme

       2.    Black and white or color photo 5x8  (may be larger with same proportions)

       3.    Must be vertical in orientation

 

Traditional or digital photos are acceptable and they can be realistic or artfully enhanced.  If you are submitting a computer created photo, you will also need to submit a print for judging purposes.  The winning photo will not be returned.

 

There will be an award of $50 for photo that is chosen for the 2007 Phone Directory.  The Hopkinton Women’s Club members will select the winning photo at their May meeting.

 

Deadline for entries is April 30, 2006.

 

Entry forms are available at the Hopkinton Library, the High School Art Department, Hopkinton Women’ s Club web site (www.hopkintonwc.com), or by e-mailing Kathy Yankee at ryankee@comcast.net.  Any questions please call Kathy Yankee at 508-435-6471 or Pam McPherson at 508-435-3596.  Good luck!!

Hopkinton - Timothy J. Sullivan, 92, died Friday, March 17, 2006 at Metrowest Medical Center. Born in Boston, he was the son of  the late Jeremiah and Margaret (O'Connor) Sullivan who immigrated from Ireland. He was a 1931 graduate of Roxbury Memorial High School. He was employed by Thompson's Market and James Sugden's Electric Company, both of Boston and Dennison Manufacturing. He was also a lieutenant on the Cushing Hospital Fire Department during WW II, and spent 25 years on the Hopkinton Police Department. ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE

Three Hopkinton women awarded 2006 Unsung Heroines

by MA Commission on the Status of Women

 

Here are the nominators' comments for the awardees:

     Cherylann Lambert Walsh
Cherylann Lambert Walsh has been quoted by a local Hopkinton town selectman as Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Toothy Fairy all wrapped into a polite, loving, amazing woman in this community.  In 1998 Cherylann started Project Just Because leaving the business environment and focus on her growing family (now has 4 young children).  She started this grassroots charity from her home meeting needs of those in Hopkinton and surrounding MetroWest communities.  She is known in all the local schools, hospitals and churches as the angel who can get the need met.  Seven years later grown from her home to twelve homes to now that Project Just Because in 2005 started leasing a building and hosting community service programs.  Cherylann has helped thousands.  This Christmas 2005 she will help over 1000 individuals get gifts and warm winter clothing.  A hospital gift is delivered to every patient at both MetroWest and Milford Hospitals, gave out over 450 filled backpacks to children this past fall for back to school, and did a keep a family warm that included handing out over 1000 pieces of warm outer wear.  She meets basic needs all year round.  Cherylann gives with a loving caring heart with dignity and confidentiality.

     Sharon Lisnow and Mary McQueeney
Sharon and Mary fit every category in the above list.  They have dreamed, planned, organized, developed and raised all the funding for one of the most innovative, effective and caring programs for individuals with special needs in the entire country, not just the State.  The Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center serves not only individuals with special needs from birth to the elder years, the Center and its dedicated staff also serve the families of each of these clients.  They provide respite, education, job training, and unending emotional support for more than 200 families in the MetroWest area.  They have combined public and private funding sources, recruited a large and varied corps of volunteers and have never let any obstacle dampen their love, their enthusiasm or their good sense.  I believe their example sets the standard for social service and for good business practices in a number of fields.  The Center has consistently received the highest marks from the Department of Mental Retardation.  While known in the Hopkinton community and the State Department of Mental Retardation, the selfless work of Sharon and Mary deserves wider recognition.  I say this not only because they deserve the honor, but because what they have created can be a model for other communities and States.  Many days I am sure they must feel discouraged and depressed, but they persevere and in a time of budget cuts and hard economic times for many of their families they continue to provide the energy, love and hope.

H.O.P.E. Community Meeting: On Weston Nurseries Land Sale
Wednesday March 29th at 7pm at the Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium

This meeting is intended as an informational exchange to :
 

• Discuss potential cost, traffic and density impacts from the Weston Nurseries land sale if it is allowed to develop as zoned.
• Learn about Cost of Community Services, and why development as 355 single family homes would wind up costing you more in taxes.
• Get your opinion: should the town exercise its Ch 61a rights?


Did you know that the Weston Nurseries property is 920 acres and represents almost 5% of the entire town of Hopkinton?
 

Presently, 615 acres of land are for sale, of which 582 acres are in Hopkinton and 33 acres are in Ashland.The land has been used primarily for horticultural purposes since the 1950’s.

READ FULL LETTER FROM H.O.P.E.

Linda Gorham was the first to identify the above birds from a photo taken moments prior to this one, and won $25.00 from HopNews. Below are the links she provided as proof that they are the Common Merganser.

http://www.enature.com/flashcard/show_flash_card.asp?recordNumber=BD0421
http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/Infocenter/i1290id.html

Babysitter wanted

Looking for responsible High School  or college student as a summer babysitter for 2 children, ages  9 and 12. Hours would be from 8:30 – 12:30, 20 hours a week guaranteed. Person has to be able to drive to local camps or activities.   Please contact Kim at 508 435 2627. Must have drivers license and references. 

 Kim Doherty joekimdoherty@comcast.net     More Classified Ads

 REMINDER

Town of Hopkinton

Financial Forum

Postponed

New Time is TBA

March 30, 2006

 Sponsored by Hopkinton Appropriation Committee

Facilitated by Hopkinton Civic Engagement Committee

 

Hopkinton is at a financial crossroads! Join us to discuss the financial issues and the choices that we face.

 March 30, 2006 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. The First Congregational Church in Hopkinton

 

 

Register by March 24 to attend Contact Geri Holland at Town Hall 508-497-9700 geri@hopkinton.org

NOTE: Become informed ahead of time by participating in the

Appropriations Committee exercise on the Appropriations web page.

Photo left, Stuart Cowart.

"STATE OF THE TOWN"

 Tuesday March 28, 2006 - 8 AM

First Congregational Church

146 East Main Street, Hopkinton

 PRESENTERS:

Eric Sonnett, Chairman, Hopkinton Board of Selectmen

Stuart Cowart, Chairman , Hopkinton Appropriations Committee

Jack Phelan, Superintendent, Hopkinton Public Schools

 RSVP ... please Mbartsch@meyerhomes.net or Tkilduff@att.net

or by phone at 508/435-0949

     The Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you for coffee and conversation. Three community leaders who will play significant roles in the economic future of Hopkinton will present their views on the "STATE OF THE TOWN".

       According to the Hopkinton Appropriations Committee, " ... we are at a critically important juncture in our town's development. We face a severe, recurring budget shortfall - but we also have an opportunity to shape our town by deciding what is important"

      This briefing is the "kick-off" to what promises to be an important and challenging couple of months for Hopkinton. The discussion will provide an opportunity to get a head start on preparing for Town Meeting starting on May 1st and the town wide elections on May 15th.

      In addition to the presentations there will be time for questions. 

 REMINDER

MARATHON LEGEND BILL RODGERS TO UNVEIL 2006 BOSTON MARATHON BANNERS
 

Bill Rodgers, four-time winner of both the Boston and New York City Marathons, will climb aboard a cherry picker to unveil the banners for the 110th Boston Marathon on Monday, March 20, 2006 at 11 a.m. Ranked the number one marathon runner in the world by Track & Field News three times during his career, Rodgers won Boston in 1975 and then was a three-peat winner from 1978-80.

The event is traditionally held on the first day of spring and it unofficially kicks off the beginning of marathon activities, taking place at the Boston Marathon finish line in Copley Square.

Hopkinton - Helen C. (Parker) Gassett, 79, died at her home Saturday, March 18, 2006. She was the wife of the John E. Gassett who died in 1987.
 

Born in Natick, she was the daughter of the late George and Alice (Maynard) Parker.

 

A resident of Hopkinton for 47 years, she was formerly of Natick.  Mrs. Gassett had been the supervisor of the cafeteria at Center School in Hopkinton for 17 years.  She had enjoyed knitting, crocheting, cooking, baking and going to flea markets.  Her greatest joy was in helping others. ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE

99 years and counting

March 19, 2006 — The Community Covenant Church, 99 years-old according to testimony by one parishioner, broke ground today for an expansion of its building. Pastor Bruce Johnson is in the center wearing no hat. The church's parent organization has many churches in the Midwest and West, according to parishioners. The shovel Pastor Bruce is holding was is the same one used to break ground for the original church 30 years ago.

Darkened Water Cafe

 

Above, Dave Johnson performing this evening in the sanctuary of the Woodville Baptist Church.

 

March 18, 2006 — The Darkened Water Cafe made a splash with a few new people this evening at the Woodville Baptist Church, including performer Dave Johnson playing folk guitar and singing in the modern surf type of music in the style of the very popular Jack Johnson.

    Hannah McBride, a founder of the event, started the show to rave reviews.

    The mixed age group gathering is run by the teenagers, and managed by Sarah Docherty and Tim High, but chaperoned by church leaders and adults.

    To see some of the fun, choose the video icon on the right. ------->

   

Below from left, Leah Kohl and Hannah McBride.

Michele Gates, a woman for all reasons

"Juggling ... In the hands of Michelle Gates of Hopkinton, it becomes an art form."

 

by Elizabeth Eidlitz

 

March 18, 2006 — Multitasking, a managerial concept of the corporate world, assumes that the few can be made to do the work of many. Yet carrying on several duties at once can reduce productivity, rather than increase it.

Juggling, which involves keeping several objects in motion at the same time, is a more effective skill. In the hands of Michelle Gates of Hopkinton, it becomes an art form. Though she doesn’t toss balls, rings, knives, clubs, or torches in the air, she juggles an unusual combination of interests.

Like many, Gates (Below, pink shirt as Hopkinton Historical Society President) manages a household and holds a fulltime job. The wife of a civil engineer, the mother of a 14-year-old daughter, and a fulltime bookkeeper for a Needham leasing company, she still finds time to sew, knit, hike, and collect Hall teapots.

More remarkably, Gates is also Chairman of Hopkinton Parks and Recreation, President of the Historical Society, a member of the Boston Marathon commission, and the Republican Town committee.
 

When she’s not helping with political campaign signs and phone calls, organizing summer concerts on the common, looking for funds for new playing fields, planning programs, writing the Historical society’s newsletter, scanning file photos and documents for their website, scheduling vendors on the common for marathon weekend, implementing a demolition delay bylaw, making her daughter a Queen Guinevere Halloween costume, or working on restoring the Main Street Train depot, she's shooting a gun in a firearm safety training class at the Hopkinton Sportsmen’s Association, cueing up songs as a disc jockey, or performing weddings as a Justice of the Peace. FULL STORY

Writer explains articles

Dear Editor:

 

I am happy to provide an explanation of the two proposed amendments to the Town’s Zoning Bylaw known as “Interim Planning Overlay Districts” and the  “East Hopkinton Interim Planning Overlay District”.

 

Before doing so, however, I feel I must take issue, respectfully, with the recent suggestion by the Chairman of the Town’s Land Use Study Committee, Fin Perry, that it may be a conflict of interest for residents of East Hopkinton to be in support of these two amendments.  I take issue on this point with Chairman Perry, whom I like and respect greatly, for two reasons.  First, as one of the would-be developers of Weston Nurseries said to me not long ago:  “[w]hat are you worried about? There will be million-dollar-plus homes built all around you, and your property values can only go up as a result”, it would be in my best interest – as well as in others’ in East Hopkinton – not to support these amendments.  Second, supporting zoning amendments that would restrict my rights – as well as every other property owner in East Hopkinton -- to build a new home in East Hopkinton seems likewise not to be in my best interest.  It is, however, in East Hopkinton’s best interest and in the town’s as a whole. READ FULL LETTER.

Hopkinton - Helen C.(Parker) Gassett, 79, died Saturday, March 18, 2006 at her home.  She was the wife of the late John E. Gassett who died in 1987.  Arrangements, under the direction of the Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton, are incomplete.

Look What’s Happening at the Hopkinton Public Library

 

By Tracy Favre

 

     There is a lot happening lately at the Hopkinton Public Library. With increasingly positive feedback, the library staff has been working hard to create interesting and exciting programs for patrons of the library.

     On March 1, the Children’s Room celebrated the birthday of famed children’s author Dr. Seuss with an interactive story-time and craft activity in the main reference room.  Children’s Librarian, Virginia Potenza, known affectionately to all as Miss Dinny, read stories to the group while sporting a Cat in the Hat hat and led the group of nearly 40 parents and young children in creating their own version of “The Hat”. The atmosphere was festive and everyone had a great time. Raffle winners went home with the balloons.

     On February 21, the Children’s Room announced the winner of the “Guess the number of Snowflakes” Contest.  Participants were asked to guess the number of snowflakes in a jar located on the Children’s Room Circulation Desk. 157 people entered their guess; the actual number of snow flakes in the jar was 591.  The 3-way tie winners received a $10 gift certificate to Borders Book Store. Shown below, left to right:  Karen Golitko, Jim Keenan, instructor Greg Maichack, Janet Sheehan, Sarah Sheehan.

     On Wednesday evening, March 15, it was the adults turn to try something new. The library hosted “The Art of Pastel” class, featuring Massachusetts artist Gregory John Maichack.  Participants had a hands-on opportunity to learn from the artist while practicing various techniques with pastels.  The group size was perfect for one-on-one instruction and everyone proudly displayed their efforts at the end of the workshop.

     Also on Wednesday, Assistant Librarian Kathleen Keenan spent a fun hour and a half with Hopkinton Cub Scout Pack 4.  The Cub Scout Pack came armed with questions they had to answer as part of the requirements for a Bear Badge the group was working on.  “The group must complete several achievements to earn their Bear Badge.  This achievement was titled, The Past is Exciting and Important,” said Den Leader, Marie Melnick.  She along with co-Den Leader, Kim Joyce assisted the boys in completing their assignments.  “The boys were really amazed with the main reference room of the library.  Most of them had only been in the Children’s Room in the past so this was a real treat for them.”

     “All the boys were very attentive, thinking and asking lots of questions,” said Mrs. Keenan.  “They had originally planned to stay for forty-five minutes, but everyone was having such a great time, they stayed much longer.  Eventually, the troop leaders had to call to call it quits as they were out of time.”  Mrs. Keenan encourages other community groups to contact the library about scheduling a visit.  “Many community groups don’t know that we welcome the opportunity to schedule a visit or workshop with their groups.  Just give us some notice and tell us what you’re interested in and we’ll help you put a program together.”

 Photos by Library Staff

Upcoming Events

The Hopkinton Public Library has several other fun events planned for the upcoming weeks.

 

National Library Week, April 3 - 7

April 3 through April 7 is National Library Week and the Hopkinton Public Library will be conducting an Open House all week long.  Come visit the library to meet the staff, learn about the library’s services and enjoy light refreshments. Exhibits will change each day to highlight materials of interest to one part of the community (schedule below) but anyone can drop in any day during the week. 

March 17, 2006 — Cedar Streets is a good bet for people looking to see hawks circling.

 

 

 

    March 17, 2006 — Looks like everyone has some green on, but their protests at the intersection of Cedar and Main Streets this afternoon had nothing to do with St. Patrick's Day.

 

   To see and hear the messages these teenagers are giving, choose the video icon on the left.

    

 

David J. “Butch “ Mullins died Saturday March 11 2006 at 6:10 in the morning at the age or 69 in Naples Florida.

     Butch was born in Natick MA November 18, 1936 to John and Edna Mullins. Raised in Hopkinton since 1939, Butch graduated from Hopkinton High school in 1954. After joining the US Army butch quickly rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant in only a few Months.

      Butch left the Military after a 2 year stint and returned to Hopkinton to raise a family of 8 children with his first wife Patricia Dee. SEE FULL ARRANGEMENTS

Diving practice

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TJ Dlugolecki makes a diving play during the students vs. teachers volleyball game in the Athletic Center this afternoon.

March 17, 2006 — The Annual Hopkinton High School Intramural Program finished up three weeks of intense but fun competition. For the past eight years, starting the Monday after February vacation, and going for three weeks, students and Faculty participate in volleyball and floor hockey. Because of winter and spring sports, these three weeks are the only time to run the program, and it has become one of the most anticipated events each year. On the volleyball court, there were 20 teams who went through the prelims, including playing on the half day a few weeks ago(meaning students came back at 2:00 on a half day to play!!). For the hockey, there were 18 teams who played many days until 6:00. Between the two, there were almost 350 participants.

The finals in the volleyball was decided today, as the student team called Showtime, narrowly beat out the teacher team called The Reigning Champs. For floor hockey, it was the Yankees(an all teacher team) beating out the Ragin' Hormones 2-1.~ Bryan King

Follow the green trail

March 17, 2006 — Una Pluck, left, and Kayla Champagne check out a leprechaun they discovered at the MetroWest YMCA in Hopkinton during their leprechaun hunt. The girls attend Early Childhood Development at the Y.

    "We still have openings," said Executive Director, John Barclay.

  Peter's Corner

  Where are they now?

A look at former Hiller athletes

by Peter Marso

 

Ken Lysik named captain of the Pace University Lacrosse team.     Ken Lysik Hopkinton High-School Alumni ( Captain of Football and Lacrosse '02 ) has been named captain of the Pace University Lacrosse team. The 6'0 200 lb Attackman will captain the Settlers of Pace University this spring. The Senior who lead the State in scoring in High School will also be graduating in May. Kenny was very instrumental in both Football and  Lacrosse as he was state honors in both. He has had a great career in the varsity sport at Pace. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Lysik of Parker Point Road in Woodville.

 

Lindsay Dragin is once again playing for the D1 Sacred Heart University Lacrosse team. She has been playing since her days a Hopkinton High-School days when she played for Coach Jody Dolin. She graduated in '03 also a member of the Hillers Basketball and Soccer teams. She is being used as a middie for the Fairfield School. She is the daughter of Stephen and Kathy Dragin of Colella Farm Road in Hopkinton. Lindsay is one of a few playing D1 sports in the area. A great competitor and student! 

Nicholas Tapper, Former Hiller Baseball Captain '03, has been playing first base and Designated Hitter for the Clark University Baseball team. The team just completed its southern swing (Florida) and posted a record of 5-6. Nick has been playing for Clark since his freshman year. He is an offensive threat and got his share of hits during the southern trip. He is the brother of Eric Tapper who played first base  for Holy Cross College and also captain the Hillers and also was a starting quarterback. He is the son of Jim and Helen Tapper of Hopkinton.

 

Keith Simard, former Hopkinton High School Football and Baseball Captain ( '02) a pitcher on the Holy Cross Baseball Team has been struggling with arm problems since his freshman year ( surgery ) was inserted into the designated hitters role in their game against Yale last week in Bradenton Florida, The Hiller alum delivered with a double and a single while knocking in a run in the crusaders 7-6 loss to the lions. Simard who has been pitching since his Hiller days for the Worcester school has been used but due to these injuries has been used sparingly. He will receive his degree in May. Good job Keith!!

 

Brian Rhone former Hiller graduate is the starting 3b for the Union College Dutchman. He is in his junior year after a year of Prep School. (Loomis Chaffee) The former Hiller played for Coach Steve Simoes and has been a contributing factor for the Union Dutchman. He is the son of Kevin and Ellen Marie Rhone of Elizabeth Road Hopkinton.

 

Ryan Call has been named Captain of the St. Anslem's baseball team. The Former Hiller outfielder has been patrolling the outfield for Coach J.P. Pyne's Hawks. An outstanding former Hiller he has contributed tremendously for the New Hampshire School. As we remember his brother Tyler captained Southern Connecticut and also was a Hiller standout.  He is the son of Tim and Raquel Call formerly of Greenwood St. Hopkinton.

 

Erika Steele an 04 graduate of Hopkinton High-School has been a vital part of the Ithaca College Bombers Basketball team. The former Hiller had a very contributing year for Coach Dan Raymond's team. As you remember she played for Dick Bliss and was part of our state Championship team in '01 a team that clinch at the Fleet Center. She is the daughter of David and Laura Steele of Stagecoach Road in Hopkinton. Good job Erika were all proud of you! 

Future Hopkinton residents to help foot the bill for Fruit Street School

 

SENATE, No. 2070
By Ms. Spilka, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate No. 2070) of Karen E. Spilka and Paul J.P. Loscocco (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize certain terms for borrowing by the town of Hopkinton for construction of school buildings to meet growing enrollment. Education. {Local approval received.}
 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
In the Year Two Thousand and Five.
 

AN ACT AUTHORIZING CERTAIN TERMS FOR BORROWING BY THE TOWN OF HOPKINTON FOR CONSTRUCTION OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS TO MEET GROWING ENROLLMENT
 


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1.
Notwithstanding the provisions of chapters 44 and 70B of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the maturities of bonds issued by the town of Hopkinton for design, development, construction, and equipping of the proposed new Fruit Street elementary school and early childhood center buildings and any proposed improvements, equipment and furnishings, and repair and renovation of the Elmwood elementary school either shall be arranged so that the annual combined payments of principal and interest payable in each year, commencing with the first year in which a principal payment is required, shall be as nearly equal as practicable in the opinion of the town treasurer, or shall be arranged in accordance with a schedule providing for a more rapid amortization of principal. The first payment of principal shall not be later than the eighth year following the date of the bonds. The last payment of principal shall not be later than thirty years from the date of the bonds. Project costs to be financed by the issue of the bonds, and of any bond anticipation notes issued for the project, may include interest incurred on the bond anticipation notes and on the bonds for a period up to 1 year after the estimated completion of the school projects, as determined by the town treasurer. The stated purpose of such provisions shall be to minimize the aggregate tax impact on current residents and to allow future residents to pay a more appropriate portion of the debt service commensurate with future use. This act shall have no effect on the town of Hopkinton’s status or eligibility for funds under chapter 70B of the General Laws.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

School Committee positive about the future

"We will be reminding people to keep eyes and ears open, and show up at Town Meeting and the ballot box, and support what they moved here for." Chairman Dave Stoldt

 

 

3 of top 5 Science Fair winners from Hopkinton

Move to new administration building in April

Schools to ask for override

 

by Robert Falcione

 

March 16, 2006 — The School Committee had plenty to brag about tonight as they announced that 3 of the top 5 awards at the Science Fair held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute were given to Hopkinton students. In the photo is Julie Sung, who won First Place. The photo is of her with her project at Hopkinton High School Science Fair where she had won the Second Place.

    Dr. Paul Dietz stood up during the public input section of the meeting to ask if the Press Packet that the school Committee sends to the press and other interested parties, could be made pubic prior to he meeting, so that people could follow along. The Press Packet contains an agenda of the meeting and many pertinent details of the subject matter before the Committee at the given upcoming meeting.

     "I wouldn't want people calling me about things I haven't seen yet," said member Phil Totino

     Chairman Dave Stoldt said, "Jeanine (Gilmore) has asked about putting the packet up anyway, for us."

     Superintendent of Schools, Dr Jack Phelan said, "The bigger point is that the information is provided to the School Committee so you can be prepared or the meeting. And not people sharing that with the public; and we are getting calls."

     Dr. Kevin Lyons had a, "Good news story." Dr. Lyons detailed the results of the recent professional days and cited an improvement in the level of satisfaction among the teachers and administrators.

    Without detailing  the concept in depth, "Understanding by Design," Dr. Lyons related how the professional days have become a district-wide process, involving more than one school in some disciplines.

    "'Understanding by design,' for some elementary teachers this was the first time they were exposed to how lessons were designed," said Dr. Lyons.

     Chairman Dave Stoldt asked why art teachers went to MIT for Professional Development Day.

     "They have an excellent art department," answered Dr. Lyons. FULL REPORT

Commentary

Poll Results

by Robert Falcione

 

     The text that accompanied this 24-hour poll was without question an argument in favor of DNA-printing. The technology exists, and it makes sense.

     There will be those opposing it on "individual rights" grounds. And as someone who bet, yes money, that Barry Goldwater would win in 1964, this writer understands those politics very well.

     However, as our society becomes larger, and the number of people who could be identified through these means grows, it would seem an inevitable result of a future legislative process.

    Although the top vote getter to the question,   "Should everybody's DNA be on file?" was negative, that is not the end of the analysis.

    Almost as many people answered in the affirmative.

    But surprisingly, a total of  64% of the people responding voted for someone to have their DNA tested.

    What would Barry Goldwater do?

March 16, 2006 — The goalie takes a dive and covers the puck during this boys intramural floor hockey tournament today at the Athletic Center.

 

 

Community Covenant Church

2 Elm St. in Hopkinton will hold an official groundbreaking for their building expansion project on Sunday, March 19 at noon.  For more information, please contact Pastor Bruce Johnson at (508) 435-3723.

Up, up and away!

March 16, 2006 — These birds, as quick as they are, apparently need to walk across the water to get their flight started, just like cormorants. However, their type is elusive to this writer.

    The bottom photo shows the birds in flight, as the camera pans top follow them and the background blurs.

    Email two links that show these birds and their type and win $25.00 —  from this email link only. Email.

    NOTE: Some people have been first in other contests, but did not follow instructions.

Solid Oak Dining table

Excellent condition

62" with 2-12" inserts

6 chairs (2 captains chairs) medium oak stain. I can deliver it to you if you live locally!

$650.00 or best offer dicorsi6@comcast.net  See More Classified.

WOODVILLE EVENT CANCELED

There'll be the wearin' o' the green on St. Patrick's Day at Cornell's as well as a boiled dinner for $6.75 starting at noon and until 9:00pm or it runs out. In addition, enjoy the customary music by Greg Brady all evening — at 229 Hayden Rowe (Rte 85).

Above, in 2004: Greg Brady returns to Cornell's in another episode of his avowed lifetime goal of playing every St. Patrick's Day at Cornell's.

March 16, 2006 — Susan Spiegel before and after at the Women's Club Fashion Show Tuesday evening at the Hopkinton Country Club to benefit the new Senior Center. Mrs. Spiegel's makeover was compliments of Richard Francis Salon in Ashland and her clothing Potpourri Designs of Westboro.

New POLICE NEWS entries below, or see the FULL, UPDATED POLICE NEWS

Women's Club Fashion Show

The Hopkinton Women's Club held a charity fundraiser Fashion Show at the Hopkinton Country Club to benefit the new Senior Center's need for furniture.

To view a portion of the event on video, choose the thumbnail on the left. (Using Windows Media player allows for adjustments in contrast and brightness that this may need.

 

Hopkinton poet Cheryl Perreault to host open Mic

PLUS Sasha Yatchenko and Catie Kelley both of Hopkinton AND Featured Poet Kate Chadbourne

Sunday, March 19th, 2006, From 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, Barnes and Nobles, Bellingham

Deborah Rocha coming to Hopkinton for Carpenter Poets

     Deborah Rocha 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!

The Darkened Water Cafe
 Saturday, March 18th, 6:30-9pm
Live, Local Music! Great Coffee, Espresso,
Cappuccino, Smoothies, Food and more!
Located at: 294 Wood Street (Woodville Baptist Church - they're nice enough to let us use their building), Hopkinton, MA 01748
 
Artist of the Evening: Hannah McBride
 
Hannah is one of our college friends who actually helped start the Darkened Water Cafe. This Saturday she'll be releasing some of her new music with us.

 PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT TO ALL RESIDENTS

 

     The Board of Selectmen, on behalf of the Hopkinton Police Department, wishes to inform all residents that parking motor vehicles on all public ways on Marathon Day, Monday, April 17, 2006 is prohibited in the Town from 6:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., unless vehicles have a permit issued by the Police Department.  This prohibition will only be enforced on public ways critical to supporting the start of the race.

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

      On Boston Marathon Day, Monday, April 17, 2006, all roads in Hopkinton are closed to traffic from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. From: Geri Holland, Executive Assistant, Selectmen's Office, 508-497-9700, geri@hopkinton.org

Schools Ask for Override

Additional $2 million to be requested

 

March 15, 2006 — During the past two months the Appropriation Committee has published a series of budget articles that highlight an increasing problem for our community: there is a widening gap between available revenues and the budget needs of the town’s departments. To illustrate the problem, the Appropriation Committee has estimated that it has $1.1 million in discretionary revenues that it can allocate to all town departments for FY 07.  To meet just the school department’s budget request for FY 07 would require $2.8 million.

 

The Appropriation Committee’s task is to balance the operational budget based on the priorities of the citizens and its elected officials. It has asked for the community’s input and has left it to the various advocacy groups to explain their needs. As one such body, the School Committee has adopted a proposed FY 07 budget in the amount of $30,882,215. To bridge the gap between the $862,755 the Appropriation Committee has allocated to the school district and the funding needed to maintain services, we will be asking the community for an additional $1,982,751 through an override and/or the use of Stabilization Funds.

 

Between now and town meeting, the School Committee will further explain to the community how the proposed budget is needed to meet contractual obligations and state mandates, to restore funding that has been deferred for the past three years, and to address the goals of our strategic plan. We will also share with the community the specific reductions that we will make to the budget in the event an override does not pass.

 

At the end of the day, we will once again ask for your attention, participation, and/or support. If you are willing to help us communicate our needs to the community, please contact Lyn Branscomb or Nancy Burdick. Their contact information is available on the school district website atwww.hopkinton.k12.ma.us.

 

For those of you who have not read the Appropriation Committee’s budget articles, they are extremely informative and can be found at http://www.hopkinton.org/. While on the town’s website, please participate in the Appropriation Committee’s mock budget exercise and share your thoughts on where the town should prioritize its spending. In addition, please note the Appropriation Committee is hosting a community forum at 7:00 PM on March 30th at the First Congregational Church.

 Sincerely, John E. Phelan Jr., Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

 

 

 

BOOK, VIDEO AND TAPE SALE

The Senior Center, located in the lower level of the Town Hall, has a huge assortment of books, videos, books on tape and CD's for sale.  We have hundreds of romance novels which we are selling at $5.00 for a hundred.  Videos are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00, books are .25 each or 5 for $1.00.  Stop in between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

EnterStageLeft

Little Actors Theatre Class  For Children Ages 3-5

April 22nd – June 10th  9:30 –10:15am

$75

1st Congregational Church Hopkinton, MA,  Room 105

To register email or call esltheater@comcast.net 508 435-2021

Hopkinton man named partner

 

 

March 15, 2006 -- The law firm of Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP is pleased to announce that Kurt B. Fliegauf has become a partner of the firm that currently has 29 attorneys.

 

     KURT B. FLIEGAUF is a 1990 graduate of Kenyon College and a 1993 graduate of Suffolk University Law School. Mr. Fliegauf  practices in the area of civil litigation with a concentration in commercial, employment, and construction law.  He also has experience in the areas of professional malpractice litigation, civil rights litigation, and municipal law.  Mr. Fliegauf resides in Hopkinton with his wife and two children.

MARATHON LEGEND BILL RODGERS TO UNVEIL 2006 BOSTON MARATHON BANNERS

March 15, 2006 — Bill Rodgers, four-time winner of both the Boston and New York City Marathons, will climb aboard a cherry picker to unveil the banners for the 110th Boston Marathon on Monday, March 20, 2006 at 11 a.m. Ranked the number one marathon runner in the world by Track & Field News three times during his career, Rodgers won Boston in 1975 and then was a three-peat winner from 1978-80.

The event is traditionally held on the first day of spring and it unofficially kicks off the beginning of marathon activities, taking place at the Boston Marathon finish line in Copley Square.

John Hancock Financial Services is celebrating the 21st year of its sponsorship of the race. Every year the Company provides hundreds of banners, which will be hung throughout the city in the coming days, to celebrate the race and the achievements of the athletes. This year's Boston Marathon is scheduled for Monday, April 17, 2006.

Hats off to the Women's Club

Above, a runway model tosses her hat into the delighted crowd.

March 14, 2006 — The Hopkinton Women's Club held a fundraiser  Spring Fashion Show this evening at the Hopkinton Country Club to benefit the Senior Center.

    "The Women's Club is the first organization to donate furniture to the new Senior Center," said Sally Almy.

    More on this event on Wednesday.

March 14, 2006 — Helen Morin, the new strings teacher at the Hopkins School takes the microphone at this evening's Spring Concert. Photo by Paul Dietz.

Senator Spilka,

    On behalf of the Hopkinton School Committee, thank you for your effort on this important legislation.  When it comes time to fund our new elementary school, SB2070 will provide an opportunity to manage the school debt strategically, offering near-term tax relief for the citizens of Hopkinton and having future beneficiaries pay a more appropriate share of the debt. 

    In fast growth communities such as ours, where the demands of new public infrastructure often occur over a very short period (for example, here in Hopkinton we have built two schools, athletic fields, a senior center, a police station, and a fire station, all within a few years -- with a new school on the way...) current residents typically foot the greatest share of the repayment.  Having some tools to better shape the impact on our taxes is wonderful!

    Please let us know whatever we can do to support your efforts to move the bill through Ways and Means, and successfully through the whole Senate and House.  Thank you in advance to you and Paul for your continuing work on behalf of Hopkinton.

 

Respectfully,

Dave Stoldt, Chairman, Hopkinton School Committee

Dear Folks,
 

Just want all of you to know – GOOD NEWS!  The Hopkinton School Finance Bill, Senate 2070 *(See text of bill below)  was reported out by the Education Committee FAVORABLY today!

This bill was voted on by Town Meeting and filed in May 05 and heard by the Education Committee on Jan 11th.  I sit on the Education Committee and today was its last Executive Session to report out bills for this legislative session.

It will now go to the Senate Ways & Means, where I will push for it to get to the floor for a positive vote.
Then it will go to the House for a vote -- Paul Loscocco and I will work closely to get this through.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Paul or me.
Thanks,
Senator Karen Spilka

 

Hopkinton - Francis "Buzz" W. Cady, 87, died March 13, 2006 at the MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham.
He was the husband of Helen (Fair) Cady, they had been married for 63 years.
Born in South Boston, he was the son of the late Daniel J. and Mary (Flaherty) Cady.  He was a lifelong resident of Hopkinton. Arrangements complete

 


Hopkinton - Linda M. (Castiglioni) Kolen, 58, died unexpectedly at her home March 12, 2006.
Born in New Haven, Ct, she was the daughter of the late Armand and Helen (Rafferty) Castiglioni.
Educated in Connecticut she was a graduate of Laurelton Hall and Sacred Heart University. Arrangements complete

Selectman differs with Chairman

Dear Editor,

 

At last night’s public hearing with the Planning Board, there was not enough time to completely or adequately address the many issues attendees had with the proposed changes.  In particular the Water Resource Protection Overlay District (WRPOD) discussion was short changed by the tight schedule; many issues were left to be addressed at a later date [March 27 at 8:45 PM].  Read Full Letter

Be on the lookout!

March 14, 2006 — This tire track photographed on the access road was made by one of the same vehicles that trashed Reed Park, according to Kevin Kohrt, who has taken several photos of the damage and put them on soccer's website to help in catching the vandals who tore up the field. According to Mr. Kohrt, two vehicles were involved.

Destroyed!

March 14, 2006 — Above is the N.L. McIntire Field at Reed Park, off of Parker Point Road in the Woodville section of Hopkinton that was destroyed by vandals who, according to police sources, were driving over the road vehicles, as opposed to recreational off-road vehicles. Witnesses said a Nissan Pathfinder and a green Chevy Blazer were seen the evening before.

     "They should be covered in mud," said a neighbor.

     The entire field past the above entranceway was torn up by spinning tires, which shows up as brown in the photo above. According to a source, the chain was cut with a bolt-cutter.

Fatal Crash on Route 495 in Berlin last night

 

On Monday, March 13, 2006, at about 11:25 p.m., State Police responded to a crash involving two tractor-trailer units on Route 495 North, about one mile south of Exit 26, in Berlin. 

 

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Daniel Purtell indicates that a 2005 Volvo Tractor was operating in the right travel lane of Route 495 North when it was struck from the rear by a 2006 International Tractor.  The male operator of the Volvo, Innocent Yudo, age 59, of Chicago, IL, was transported with minor injuries to Marlborough Hospital.  The male operator of the International, John Gelinas, age 45, of Saco, Maine, was transported with fatal injuries to Marlborough Hospital. 

 

The crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section.  The State Police Crime Scene Services Section, the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, the Berlin Police Department, Berlin EMS, the Marlborough Police Department, Marlborough EMS, the Hudson Police Department and Hudson EMS assisted troopers at the scene.

Planning Board hears TM Article arguments

Downtown, Landscaping, WRPOD Articles heard

by Robert Falcione

March 14, 2006 — Scott Richardson, Chairman of the Downtown Revitalization Committee, presented the first of Zoning Articles before the Planning Board last night that call for changes in the way the downtown is zoned.

      "We proposed these amendments to take advantage of development in the downtown area to make it easier to develop and increase density," he said. The first section of Article A proposes to change the existing 40% of a lot coverage by a building to 60% coverage.

     Joe Strazzula, landlord of 85 Main Street, the converted old high school, said, "I own a couple of commercial pieces of property. There is a real need for adapting zoning to make an increase in density.

    "The space available [Currently single family homes] is not suitable for...converting older homes.

    "The lots are ill-conceived, old and awkward," he said.

      This writer countered that there is plenty of office space available at Hopkinton Executive Suites on Hayden Rowe and that an increase in density is not desirable without a parking and traffic solution.

     Anne Mattina of Claflin Street  responded to the part of the Article that proposes to allow "0" distance between commercial properties and 10' between a commercial and a residential property in the downtown business district.

     "Buildings that have zero distance between neighbors — I am not hearing specifics, so I cannot support this," she said.

     Another proposed Article would allow a parking facility as a primary use. Currently, parking is allowed as accessory use.

     Outgoing Director of Municipal Inspections, Michael Shepard, crafted an Article to allow landscape businesses by Special Permit in a residential district, where he said about 25 exist now.

     "Nobody mows their own lawns anymore. Landscaping has become a big growth industry," Mr. Shepard said. "The kid who started with a lawnmower and a pickup now employs 25 people.

     "We can't shut them down. We have to provide a place for them to go."

     Mr. Shepard explained that a Special Permit would allow neighbors to have a say in the process.   

     "Can you eliminate this entirely from residential neighborhoods?" asked Bob Winner of Elm Street.

     The Article likely to draw the most opposition on Town Meeting floor is a change in the WRPOD (Water Resources Overlay Protection District) map, presented by Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Eric Sonnett.

     "Our current WRPOD is inadequate in protecting the town's water supply," Mr. Sonnett said. "Secondly, it is illegal."  

    Mr. Sonnett explained the definitions of zones.

    "Zone 1 is a 400' radius around a well-head. Zone Two is the area in which during a 180 day period water could reach the well-head with the well pumping 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And Zone Three is all the area where the topography; a drop of water could at some time end up in a well-head." (Photo: Selectman candidate Charles Miller chatting after the meeting.)

    Mr. Sonnett explained that the new map enlarges protection of the town's water resources.

    To make his case of the current map being illegal, he cited a case in Pepperell that ended up in court, and used a letter from outgoing Town Counsel Larry Faiman to buttress his position.

    However some were not convinced.

    Andre Griben of Winter Street said that Mr. Faiman said, "It doesn't quite apply."

    "The purpose of the by-law is to protect the aquifer and the new by-law cuts through the aquifer," said Carole Deveuve, a Chamberlain Street resident.

     She went on to say that water resources were being taken out of the protection under the new map.

     Jeff Furber of Wood Street presented a petition with 200 signatures asking that the district remain the way it is.

     Board of Appeals Chairman Wayne Davies, an attorney, said his Board had no position on the map or the changes, but refuted Mr. Sonnett's claim that the current WRPOD is illegal.

     "Zoning by-laws passed at Town Meeting and accepted by the State are presumed to be valid," he said.

     "It is not appropriate to take one town's by-law and apply it to another town.

     "For Mr. Sonnett to say the by-law is not valid is simply wrong," Mr. Davies said. "The by-laws deserve the presumption of validity."    

March 13, 2006 — Daisy the dog gets attention at the Respite House from Jen Gilman and Michael Mullins. Looking on in the blue sweater is Bev Wilcox.

The Lions Club is Recycling March 25th

 

     March 25th The Hopkinton Lions Club will be on the job, collecting recyclable bottles and cans at Colella’s Market on Main Street. Drop-off is between 9 am and 2 pm. Have you seen the huge truck the Lions Club members try to fill each month? Your bottles and cans go a long way in helping them with their on-going projects for the needy in Massachusetts and around the world.

   

Hopkinton- The funeral for John J. Golden was held Saturday March 11, 2006 from the Callanan-Cronin F.H., 34 Church St. A funeral Mass was celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church by Rev. James F. Degnan, pastor. Pall placement was by Sandra Golden, wife; sons Jay and Jeffrey and daughter Erin Smith. The organist was Richard Romitti and the soloist was Anne Eldridge.

     The first reading was by son-in-law Matthew Smith. Second reading was by Michael Golden, brother. Prayers of the Faithful were led by Anthony Sicuso. Presentation of the Gifts and Words of Remembrance were by John’s children Jay, Jeffrey and Erin Smith. Bearers were David Clark, Nicholas De Luca, Brian, Patrick and Melissa Golden and Philip Sicuso. Burial took place at Mt. Auburn Cemetery where Rev. Degnan read committal prayers.

New zoning articles to give town a breather

Requires Interim Planning permit for construction of new building (s)

 

March 13, 2006 — LUSC (Land Use Study Committee) member Liisa Jackson has taken it upon herself to propose two new Articles for Town Meeting consideration. They will be heard at a hearing during the April 10 meeting of the Planning Board.

   One Article deals with East Hopkinton and calls for the establishment of East Hopkinton Interim Planning Overlay District.

Here are the stated purposes:

1. Implement interim planning and design standards to protect the existing
character of East Hopkinton;
2. Manage future development for the use and benefit of the inhabitants of
East Hopkinton and the Town at large;
3. Preserve and enhance economic viability of commercial areas;
4. Preserve and enhance existing open space areas;
5. Preserve and enhance existing neighborhood appearances;
6. Adjust certain density controls to protect established residential areas; and
7. Provide guidance as to appropriate relationships of scale and continuity in
character between established districts and new development.

    The proposal would require an Interim Planning Permit, even for allowed uses.

    Ms. Jackson said, "It gives the town the time to Master Plan the property effectively.

    "Once this is put out to the public, then it becomes effective," she said, explaining that all proposals after that point would be subject to the new rules.

    Another Article is also proposed for the entire town.

    LUSC Chairman, Finley Perry (Photo), said his "...Committee is moving forward to so a Master Plan of East Hopkinton."

    Regarding the two proposals, Mr. Perry said, "They've not been presented to the LUSC, so I have no comment ."

   East Hopkinton is largely made up of Weston Nurseries, of which 615 acres are being offered for sale. 

   But this proposal, which becomes effective as soon as it is presented publicly by Town Planner Elaine Lazarus, may smoke out any potential buyers of the Weston land into signing a Purchase and Sale Agreement and submitting plans sooner than later.

    The land is mostly agriculturally zoned, which is also suitable for single family homes, but a Master Planning scenario would likely include business uses.

     The Articles were drafted by William McCarthy, an attorney whose practice includes real estate and environmental law, land use and development, zoning and permitting, and regulatory matters. Mr. McCarthy recently got passed over for a spot on the zoning Board of Appeals in favor of  salesman Peter Ficcari, III.

    

Mr. McCarthy said, "These 'temporary' zoning amendments would permit control over development during the two- to three-years that master planning will take.  Without them, a developer can build hundreds of 'mcmansions' -- exactly what town officials say they don't want -- and the master plan will have been a waste of time and taxpayers' money.  Under the circumstances, I think the town would be derelict of its duty not to adopt such measures."

 

McCarthy, a land use/zoning attorney and former city planner, said he helped draft the amendments after learning last week that the Land Use Study Committee had decided to do a master plan.  While he acknowledged that the final wording needs to be tweaked, he said the Attorney General's Office (which must approve all zoning amendments) already has given tentative approval of them.  

From the Office of the District Attorney: Entwistle hearing rescheduled.

The March 15th probable cause hearing in Framingham District Court for Neil Entwistle has been continued to April 18, 2005 in Framingham District Court.

 

Hopkinton - Francis "Buzz" Cady, 87, died Monday, March 13, 2006 at the MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham.
He was the husband of Helen (Fair) Cady. Arrangements, under the direction of the Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton, are incomplete.

 


 

Hopkinton - Linda M.(Castiglioni) Kolen, 58, died unexpectedly at home Sunday, March 12, 2006.
She was the sister of Cindy Chesmore with whom she made her home.  Arrangements, under the direction of the Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton are incomplete at this time.
 



Hopkinton - Jeremiah "Jerry" P. Grady, Jr., 78, died March 11, 2006 at his home in Tarpon Springs, FL following a long illness. He was the husband of  Carol (Brown) Grady. Born in Hartford, CT, he was the son of the late Jeremiah and Marjorie (Cossack).  Mr. Grady had been a long time resident of Hopkinton and Holliston and currently resided in Rockland, Maine and Tarpon Springs, Florida. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, operations engineer, 11th  Airborne Division, member of  the D.A.V. in Milford, MA and the American Legion and V. F. W. in Holliston.
Mr. Grady was construction engineer and had worked many years for Perini Corporation and then for more than 30 years for Richard White Sons.  He was a 61 year member of Local # 4 International Union of Operating Engineers.  He had been a member of AA and celebrated 21 years of sobriety. ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE

Neil Entwistle indictment imminent?

       This is the last communication from the office of Martha Coakley:

     "As far as the next court date, it will more likely be in Cambridge Superior Court as the case must be indicted soon."

       If that statement remains true, then Neil Entwistle must be indicted Monday or Tuesday to avoid a show cause hearing.

 

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