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March 30, 2006 — Above, mourners in line to pay respects to Andrea and Joshua Goncalves today.

495 brush fire

March 30, 2006 — Hopkinton and Westboro Fire Departments put down this rapidly spreading, wind-whipped brush fire, above, on Route 495 today. Below, LT. Steve Slaman soaks an area of fire he just put down, as the year's first rainbow appears.

Fecal Coliform

by Mary Greendale
(Reprinted from Holliston Net News)
HOLLISTON

March 30, 2006 — A small number of irresponsible animal owners seems to be using the Holliston High School grounds and the playing fields there and down at Patoma and Stoddard Parks to let dogs run free, defecate, and leave the mess for kids to play in. YUCK! We legitimately get rattled at the thought of our kids getting sick from minimal traces of feces that could get into the water, what about landing on it as they dive for a fly ball or fall from a tackle.
 

(File photo for illustrative purposes).
And if the health issue isn't upsetting enough, SOME people are letting dogs run inside the fenced area of Kamitian Field - this would be the artificial turf that cost taxpayers $500,000 plus to install. This field has a fabric layer two inches down - a perfect shelf for feces to sit on. I can't think this is good for the fabric or plastic monofilament grass - I know what it does to my lawn - and it's gotta do that and more to the man-made materials.

Surprisingly, some people have been rude when challenged about having animals in areas they don't belong or about not cleaning up after them. The Parks Department allows dogs on leashes in the picnic areas and wooded areas of Patoma and Stoddard during the winter, but the animals are to be leashed and the poop must be scooped and removed. They even provide plastic bags for people's convenience. The dogs are NOT allowed on the fields, but people ignore that little rule.

HEADS UP! The leash and scooper laws are going to be enforced vigorously on the town fields and school grounds and fines will be imposed by the Animal Control Officers, Police, and Special Police. And if someone fails to pay a fine, that will be recorded as a default warning, which will "pop up" if the violator is pulled over for a speeding ticket or other violation.

This subject may make for some jokes but really, think about it. It's not like the "old days" when a random dog might hit a patch where a random game might be played by a bunch of kids. These are targets of opportunity where people deliberately go to walk their dogs, and then we deliberately assemble groups of kids to play there. Plus we spend a lot of money to maintain those fields. Now we're going to spend town funds to install additional signage and enforce existing laws, thus costing us more money and stretching limited staff even further?

Puhleeeezzz! Mind your dogs' pees and poos!

Editor's Note: We are reprinting this story about conditions in Holliston, because it has universal significance, especially in light of problems at Elmwood School last year, and wanton disregard for the rules at the Town Common, and lack of consideration by many dog owners at Hopkinton State Park, as evidenced by what they leave behind.

 REMINDER

Town of Hopkinton

Rescheduled Financial Forum

The Financial Forum has been rescheduled to Wednesday, April 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The First Congregational Church in Hopkinton. This event is sponsored by the Hopkinton Appropriation Committee and facilitated by the Hopkinton Voices for Vision Civic Engagement Committee. Please join the groups to discuss the town's financial issues and the choices that we face. Please register by contacting the Selectmen's Office at 508-497-9700 or by email: geri@hopkinton.org.

 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.

 April 12, 2006 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. The First Congregational Church in Hopkinton

Letter writer claims misrepresentation by Chairman of Board of Selectmen

 

Editor,

     Eric Sonnett dazzled his audience at Monday's Planning Board meeting by continually offering misleading, contradictory, and factually incorrect statements to support his proposal. 

     He was there to solicit the Planning Board's endorsement of a new map showing revised borders for Hopkinton's Water Resource Protection Overlay District (WRPOD) http://www.hopkinton.org/gov/planning/HopkintonWellsWPOD.pdf

      The proposed redistricting adds a huge new region (from Hopkinton State Park to downtown to 495) in order to protect Ashland's wells, but drastically shrinks protection for the aquifer at Fruit Street from which Hopkinton gets most of its drinking water. In fact, the new border cuts right through the middle of the Fruit Street aquifer. FULL LETTER.

 

Editor's Note: The opinion of Mr. Kohrt, a former reporter for HopNews, is solely his. HopNews neither endorses nor opposes any candidates or positions.

Flat tire the cause?

March 29, 2006 — An eyewitness to this crash on Route 495, yellow shirt, said that in his rear view mirror, he saw the vehicle swerve sharply as if it blew a tire, and then rolled four times before ripping up a large piece of guardrail and ending up as seen. The roadway and shoulder were strewn with laundry and other personal possessions, but Milford Firefighters said the female driver's injuries did not appear serious. Hopkinton Fire and Police and the State Police also responded. The inset shows the left front tire off of the rim. And although that is what the witness assumed, that type of damage can also be caused by impact. The sun roof was high in the trees.

Hoyts feted for 25th Marathon

VIDEO

Above, from left, Rep George Peterson, Jim Harvey, Tim Kilduff, Dick Hoyt, Mike Camara, Bob Lobel. Foreground Rick Hoyte.

 

March 29, 2006 — The Massachusetts Chapter of the national Solid Wastes Management Association sponsored a $100 per plate dinner fundraiser this evening at the Double Tree Inn to honor Dick Hoyt and his son, Rick, for their upcoming 25th Boston Marathon. The proceeds of the evening will go to benefit Easter Seals and the Rick Hoyt Trust Fund. Their friend, Sportscaster Bob Lobel, called Rick the "Greatest athlete I have ever covered," as he has done many times before.

    To see a short video of the group above, click here.

Hopkinton High School intruder arrested

 

The Hopkinton Police Department after an investigation of the facts of the incident at Hopkinton High School on March 24, 2006, in which a male subject entered the school with a baseball bat and chain and caused damage to a library window, applied for and received an arrest warrant for the subject Christopher Stevens, age 19, of Hopkinton.

 

Mr. Stevens was arrested on the warrant after being release from the hospital on Wednesday March 29, 2006. He was transported to the Framingham District Court for arraignment on the following charges:

 

  1. Assault by means of a dangerous weapon ( baseball bat )

  2. Trespassing

  3. Destruction of property  ( large double paned window )

  4. Receiving stolen property - $250 or less  ( baseball bat )

  5. Carrying dangerous weapon on school grounds ( baseball bat & chain )

  6. Carrying a dangerous weapon ( baseball bat )

  7. Carrying a dangerous weapon  ( chain )

  8. Disturbing a school (See video)

 

State Police Looking for Rape Suspect

 

WANTED FOR RAPE

 

The picture is a composite of a suspect wanted for rape of a female that occurred on March 28, 2006 at about 11 p.m. in the breakdown lane of Route 24 North, north of Route 106, in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

 

The suspect is described as a black male with medium skin tone, 5’9 to 5’10” tall, weighing approximately 220 lbs, with a muscular build.  He is believed to be in his early to mid 30’s. 

 

He has a tattoo of an angel (cherub) with a date on the left side of his neck. 

 

He had a goatee (open at chin) at the time of the incident. 

 

At the time of the incident, he was wearing a square earring in his right ear, a long silver chain with a cross around his neck and a woman’s ring on his right pinky finger.  He was also wearing a white t-shirt, baggy blue jeans (faded in front), black zippered hooded sweatshirt, black Red Sox baseball hat with a black “B” outlined in white on it and tan / brown construction boots with tan tags.

 

The suspect may have been driving a black 4 door sedan with headlights in the shape of cat’s eyes at the time of the incident.

 Anyone with information regarding this suspect or incident is urged to please contact the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Middleboro at (508) 923-4120.

ST. PAUL’S SCHEDULE OF HOLY WEEK SERVICES

 

            HOPKINTON, MASS. (March 28, 2006) -- St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) will be holding the following services during Holy Week.  All are welcome to attend. 

Palm Sunday, April 9 10:00 a.m.      Holy Eucharist, Liturgy of the Palms and Reading of the Passion Gospel

Monday, April 10  7:30 p.m.    Holy Eucharist

Tuesday, April 11 7:30 p.m.    Holy Eucharist

Wednesday, April 12 7:30 p.m.   Holy Eucharist

Maundy Thursday, April 13 6:30 p.m. Agape Feast 7:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Foot Washing, Stripping of the Altar

Good Friday, April 14 12:00 noon  and  7:30 p.m.Prayers, Stations of the Cross 7:30 p.m. Prayers, Stations of the Cross

Easter Sunday, April 16  10:00 a.m.  Choral Eucharist

 

 

Bugles Across America

Taps Vigil

Sunday April 2nd at 7pm

front of Mt. Auburn Cemetery. 

 

 

Child Seat Positioning

 
Safest Seating Positions in Vehicles

 

The rear center position is considered the safest seating location in a vehicle due to the distance from any crash impact.   However, it is extremely important that children are away from the frontal air bag system, and should sit in a rear seating position.   If a child is no longer in a car seat and is using the adult seatbelt (with a booster seat until 4’9” tall) they need to be in a seating position with a lap and shoulder belt.  Positions with a lap belt only will not adequately restrain any passenger and can result in serious head, neck, internal and spinal cord injuries.

 

The major concern regarding children in the front passenger seat is the air bag system.   Anyone seated in front of an airbag should be positioned as far away from the airbag as possible.   Therefore a child in the front seat should no longer be using a booster seat (4’9”or taller), and the seat should be moved as far back   as possible.  Additionally the child needs to sit properly in the seat and not lean forward into the potential path of an airbag deployment.  Based on the physical and emotional maturity needed to safely sit in the front seat the recommended age is twelve years or older.  However, the rear seating positions are still considered the safest.

Hopkinton Police Officer Stephen Buckley has made the above information available from the State's website. Click here to visit.

Fourteenth annual Against The Tide one-mile swim, two-mile kayaking and three-mile fitness walk, benefiting the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, will be held again at Hopkinton State Park on June 24.  This fun and inspirational program brings together swimmers, kayakers and walkers of all ages and abilities who would like to join MBCC in eradicating the breast cancer epidemic. 

Participants must raise a minimum of $150 in contributions to benefit the MBCC. Visit www.mbcc.org/swim  to register or call 1-800-649-MBCC. For information call 617-376-MBCC or visit www.mbcc.org . Donations may be sent to Against the Tide c/o MBCC, 1419 Hancock Street, Suite 202, Quincy, MA 02169. File photo, Jacqueline Elwell, 2004 winner

Hopkinton Charter gets Selectmen's blessing

New life for West Main and South Street area

Main and Grove intersection to get makeover

New police officer approved

 

March 28, 2006  — Chairman of the Charter Commission, Marie Eldridge, went before Selectmen this evening and came away with their support for her Commission's 17 months of work in drafting the document and sending it to the state. The document may be read here. Each household with one or more registered voters will receive a copy in the mail around two weeks before the election.

    "Town Meeting will not change," said Mrs. Eldridge, who said preserving Town Meeting had been the most common demand made by people who signed the petition putting the question on the ballot to establish the Commission. 

    Mrs. Eldridge identified the three major areas of interest as Town Manager, Finance Director and a Recall Petition.

    She said that the Town Manager is an expansion of the current position of Executive Secretary. A five member Search Committee will seek qualified applicants, and a majority vote of the Board of Selectmen will appoint him. The Town Manager will serve for three years and will have authority to appoint and remove some Department heads.

    Although the Town Charter would take effect immediately upon being approved, the Finance Director will not be hired until 2007, to give the Town Manager time to adjust to the new responsibilities.

    The Recall Petition has been the most widely contested provision of the Charter. This evening Mrs. Eldridge attested to the difficulty of getting 10% of the registered voters to sign an affidavit.

    The Charter will next go before the voters for approval at the Town Election on May 15, 2006.

  The Selectmen appointed a new Police Officer this evening, heeding the recommendation of Chief of Police Thomas Irvin. The new Police Officer, Jacob Campbell (Photo, right), went through a process that started with testing, screening, interviews, and preliminary and in depth background checks. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Criminal Justice and has completed the Lowell Police Academy.

     Chief Irvin asked that the appointment of Mr. Campbell be made on April 24, 2006, his birthday.

     The Main/Grove/Cedar Street intersection will soon get a makeover to cut down on wait times by changing the signal light and painting some lines.

     The four spaces on Main Street next to the drugstore that have been left unpainted for a year, will become a right turn lane only. The lane adjacent will become a left turn or straight only. The changes should be made before the Marathon.

     In addition, the firm that did the study and made the recommendations, the Maguire Group, has made recommendations for the intersection at West Main and School Street, an intersection that Selectmen Chairman Eric Sonnett called "the worst intersection in town," this evening.

     Local developer (77 Main Street) and businessman Peter Markarian appeared before the Selectmen this evening to present Town Meeting Articles. His plans, along with abutting landowners who agree, call for the rezoning of a block of land that extends from South Street to the defunct Gibson Grille. Mr. Markarian said the plan had the approval of Finley Perry's Economic Development group.

     A rezoning to business use — some of the land is restricted to industrial — would open up the area for retail development and spark a renewed interest in South Street as a commercially viable area. Another zoning article would be needed to accommodate an increase in height restrictions that would allow a fine hotel or shopping area on other parts South Street, a move that could substantially add to the town's tax revenue.

     Mr. Markarian's Article will be voted on at Town Meeting.

Sign of Spring

March 28, 2006 — To some, robins and peepers are signs of a springtime renewal, but for others, the sounds of hammers and saws, or the smell of freshly turned soil or wafting hot asphalt are welcome signs. Above, the driveway of 25 Main Street today.

FINANCIAL FORUM POSTPONED NEW TIME IS TBA

The March 30th Financial Forum is being re-scheduled. The Selectmen's office will send out an announcement once a date for the Forum is finalized. Also, please watch for the new date and time on HopNews, the Town's website, and the Town's cable station. If you have any comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you. Regards, Geri Holland (geri@hopkinton.org).

HPTA Silent Auction totals over $50,000

March 28, 2006 — According to HPTA sources, the Silent Auction that took place on Saturday evening in Millis brought in over $50,000. This is only preliminary; the grand total will be made available soon.

Leaders discuss "State of Town"

 

"Beginning to the Political Season" ~ Chuck Joseph

 

by Kevin Kohrt

March 28, 2006 — The Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce kicked off what Master of Ceremonies Chuck Joseph (File photo, foreground) described as "the beginning to the political season here in Hopkinton" with a "State of the Town" event at the Congregational Church on Tuesday morning.

 

The event started with Marie Eldridge, Chairman of the Charter Commission, who was allowed, according top Chuck Joseph, a brief “commercial” to plug the Town Charter. She highlighted that the most common misconception people have about the Charter is that it will be debated at Town Meeting, when, in fact, it will not. The Charter will be approved by voters on the town ballot, so she encouraged people to read up on it ahead of time at: http://www.hopkinton.org/gov/charter/

 

Then came the three main presenters, billed as "community leaders who will play significant roles in the economic future of Hopkinton." These included Eric Sonnett, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, running for reelection this year; Stuart Cowart, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, and Dr. Jack Phelan, Superintendent of schools. Mr. Phelan and Mr. Sonnett are also on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. FULL STORY.

Neil Entwistle indicted for murder

by Grand Jury this morning

 

Statement from Middlesex County District Attorney

 

March 28, 2006

CAMBRIDGE – Neil Entwistle, age 27, formerly of Hopkinton, was indicted today in connection with the January 2006 deaths of his wife, Rachel Entwistle, age 27, and their 9-month-old daughter, Lillian, in their Hopkinton home.  Entwistle is charged with murder (2 counts), illegal possession of a firearm, and illegal possession of ammunition.

 

            On the evening of Saturday, January 21, 2006, friends of the Entwistle family arrived at the 6 Cubs Path residence in Hopkinton for an informal social gathering.  Upon arrival at the home, the friends found the home locked, and it did not appear that anyone was there.  At the same time, Rachel Entwistle’s mother had grown concerned after not having been able to reach her daughter all day.  She contacted the Hopkinton Police Department and reported that she had not been able to contact her daughter by telephone, and that friends of her daughter had called her upon arriving at the Entwistle home to find no one was apparently home. FULL STATEMENT

 

Editor Robert Falcione has written a five-chapter multi media story about  his experience during the media frenzy that surrounded the discovery of the murders of Rachel and Lillian Entwistle.

 

Audio tape of 911 call of fatal crash on Frankland Road.

This audio has been edited, first by Hopkinton Police, and then by HopNews.

Writer claims misinformation campaign by officials

Dear Editor,

Once again the juggernaut of half-truths and misinformation has rolled over the majority of the Planning Board, resulting in the Planning Board's endorsement of the new map of the revised Water Resources Protection Overlay District by Earth Tech,  This revision includes much new area which covers aquifers feeding the Hopkinton Reservoir, but carves out a portion of the Fruit Street aquifer area that, conveniently enough, leaves unprotected that section where certain town officials want to put a sewage treatment plant. FULL LETTER.

March 27, 2006 — A memorial is growing on Frankland Road in memory of Andrea and Joshua Goncalves at the site of the car crash that took their lives.

      Someone drew in the sand, "Josh & Andrea. We will miss you."

Goncalves Arrangements Complete

 

Hopkinton- Joshua D. Goncalves, 10, of Hopkinton, died Sunday, March 26, along with his sister, Andrea D. Goncalves 17, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Born in Framingham, he was the son of Marcus V. and Carla (Davalos) Goncalves of Hopkinton...

Hopkinton- Andrea D. Goncalves, 17, of Hopkinton, died Sunday, March 26, along with her brother, Joshua D. Goncalves 10, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Born in Malden she was the daughter of Marcus V. and Carla (Davalos) Goncalves of Hopkinton....

Early morning chase results in arrest, seizure of handgun

READ up-to-date POLICE NEWS

Monday, March 27, 2006

2:23 am A Framingham man was arrested after a lengthy chase involving Ashland, Westborough and Grafton police that began on East Street and continued into the town of Ashland. Two occupants exited the vehicle with officers in foot pursuit. Officer Matthew McNeil placed Kareem Jamal Taylor age 24, of 10 Main Street Apt.105 Framingham in custody. He was arrested after bailing out of the vehicle he was being pursued in by police and escaping on foot.

     Sgt. Joseph Bennett located a handgun on the pursuit path. Mr. Taylor was charged with Receiving Stolen Property over $250, two counts of Possession of a Firearm Without an FID Card, Unlicensed Possession of a Firearm, Speeding, No Inspection Sticker, Operating with a Revoked License as a Habitual Traffic Offender, OUI Liquor, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Drinking Alcohol from Open Container in Motor Vehicle, Failure to Stop for Police and Possession of a Firearm Under the Influence. File photo, Officer matthew McNeil.

Awaiting results

March 27, 2006 — HopNews awaits the results of the HPTA Silent Auction that happened on Saturday. Above, center, is a beaming Cheryl Nation, who outbid all others, to the tune of hundreds of dollars, for a dinner prepared by Rick Litavis. Seated to her left is daughter in law Rebecca Nation and Tracey Sherman.

   TO SEE A VIDEO FROM THAT EVENING, CHOOSE THIS.

Worcester woman chooses local Scholarship Fund

 

March 27, 2006 — While searching the internet for a charity to run for, Amada Wolf, an Athletic Trainer at Holy Cross College, came upon the Respite Center of Hopkinton. Mary McQueeney of the Respite Center directed her to Colella's Market, which has the Daniel E. Colella Scholarship Fund set up.

      "I chose that charity, because my uncle is handicapped and the place they use is under-funded.

    "I have already raised my goal of $2,500, so I am looking to reach $3,000," she said.

    Dale Danahy of Colella's Market said that she has given Ms. Wolf some advice.

    "We discussed the morning and what to eat and where to park.

    "She'll start at the Respite Center," said Mrs. Danahy.

    "I have never run the Marathon, but I have run my whole life," said Ms. Wolf.

Horse falls ~ can't get up

From the desk of Ed Thompson, News Director of WMRC 1490-AM

 

March 27, 2006 — Hopkinton Firefighters, with assistance from Art's Towing Service of Milford, today rescued a horse at a farm on Frankland Road after it fell over and was unable to get off the ground. 

      "A horse has fallen and can't get up," was the call over the scanner.

      The large animal was lying on the ground when firefighters arrived and they strapped a harness around the animals mid-section and after 45 minutes of careful maneuvering were able to life the horse to its feet. 

      The animal's head and neck were given extra support as the lifting process began, once on its feet the aging horse stood up and quickly walked around the corral.  Firefighters took their time and  were very cautious not to injure the animal as they prepared to lift it off the ground which they managed to do successfully. 

Family loses two children in violent car crash

Siblings Andrea Goncalves, 17, and Joshua, 10

Above, spontaneous memorial set up by fellow students of Andrea Goncalves at the High School.

 

March 27, 2006 — The Goncalves family of Ash Street in Hopkinton lost a 17 year-old daughter and a 10 year-old son to a single car crash on Frankland Road yesterday afternoon in which police say speed may have played a role. According to a statement read by Superintendent of Schools John Phelan, Andrea Gonclaves was a well-liked student at the High School who participated on the swimming and tennis teams, was a mentor for incoming 9trh grade students, a peer leader, and an excellent student.

       Her brother, Joshua, who attended the Hopkins Elementary School, had a great sense of humor, was a good friend to everyone, loved all sports and was an excellent student. His teachers said that his big smile always lit  up the room.

       A counseling team was in place and prepared for students this morning after the incident on Friday when a young man, purportedly a former student, walked into the school with a bat and chain, and ended up being coaxed and then forcibly removed from the peak of the roof of the school, which is a four-story height.

       Police Chief Thomas Irvin, after a question from a reporter, made it clear this afternoon that the boy weighed enough to ride in the front seat of the vehicle. The weight restriction for children is believed to be 65 lbs. In addition, the Chief made it clear that Andrea had been driving sufficient time to have a passenger riding with her. JOL, Junior Operators License, drivers are restricted to six months experience before being allowed to have a passenger.

       When asked by a reporter to link this event to a need to raise the driving age, Chief Irvin said, "I hesitate to use this tragedy as a stump to preach to people. We're all still reeling..." he said.

       Both schools will remain open today and this evening to counsel students.

       SEE A VIDEO OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE THIS AFTERNOON.

       SEE INITIAL CRASH STORY BELOW.

Fatal crash on Frankland Road

17 year-old HHS student and 10 year-old Hopkins School student killed

 

VIDEO of Press Conference

 

March 26, 2006 — The driver of a 2001 Saab, a 17 year-old Hopkinton High School student, and her 10 year-old brother died this afternoon when the car they were riding in struck a tree on Frankland Road.

      The 911 call from a cell caller about a vehicle off the road — the caller didn't know if anyone was in it — understated the tragic and violent nature of the crash and the need for an urgent response.

      Hopkinton Police Officer David Shane was first on the scene and was emphatic about sending the ambulance and rescue unit right away.

      Hopkinton Firefighters, aided by Hopkinton Police, worked feverishly to extricate the two children who were trapped after hitting a tree that ended  up halfway through the middle of the vehicle. Firefighters worked using the Jaws of Life and  other tools, while gasoline leaked from the vehicle and the car teetered on a large rock. As the photo below shows, one side of the car was removed.

      A LifeFlight helicopter with a doctor on board used the Liberty Mutual "skid pad" as a landing zone and flew the driver to UMass Medical, where she was pronounced dead. Her brother was pronounced dead at the scene.

      We have disguised the type and plate of the vehicle pending notification of family members.

      We are also withholding the names of the victims to give the School Resource Officer and the School Crisis Teams time to prepare their students for the impact this tragedy will have on their friends and fellow students.

      The police believe that speed may have been a factor.

Women's Club thanks sponsors

Letter to the Editor

On behalf of the Hopkinton Women’s Club, many thanks to the businesses who were the ad sponsors who either paid or gave us discounts or services in support of the fashion show held March 14th!  All proceeds will be donated to Friends of the Hopkinton Seniors in support of the new Senior Center which is scheduled to open in late summer or early fall!  FULL LETTER

Humans to migrate on Big Night, too

Amphibian crossing becoming in vogue

by Elizabeth Eidlitz


 March 26, 2006 — To some, “Big Night” suggests a 1996 Stanley Tucci film, to others, a Super bowl game or gala New Year’s Eve Ball in Washington DC. But for yellow spotted salamanders and wood frogs who party in vernal pools, “Big Night” connotes a rainy warm spring evening when amphibians, in an explosion of activity, migrate to their breeding sites, seasonally wet habitats without predator fish. Answering nature's call in a mass exodus, they seek out their natal pool for reproduction from 1/4 mile away in forested uplands.

Because many suburban areas of Massachusetts are criss-crossed with roads close to wetlands, some Metrowest residents are blissfully unaware that on their way home to dinner they might be squashing hundreds of animals on ancient nocturnal journeys through urban sprawl and too much traffic.

On “Big Night,” however, human migration into raw nights comes to the rescue: vernal pool enthusiasts hand carry seven-inch glossy black salamanders with neon yellow spots across roads. Last spring, when Concord Country Club hosted a Saturday night event for 100 people, local vernal pool monitors ensured that salamanders had safe passage over the driveway. More than 40 children and adults, groups from Eastern Mountain Sports and Framingham Conservation Commission aided dozens of spotted salamanders on the entrance road to Garden in the Woods. During the first hour of big night in Marion, total pandemonium, Mike Maurer crossed 82 spotted salamanders and a comparable number of wood frogs... the males were already hitching rides on prospective mates.

READ FULL STORY

SUPPORT  GROUP FOR FAMILIES OF SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN

 


     Helping Our Children Achieve (H.O.C.A.) is a monthly support group for families of special needs children.  The next meeting will be held Wednesday, April 5th at 10 a.m.  in the home of Mary Romaniec, 36 Cortland Way in Grafton.

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

     We will be hosting guest speakers every month to come share their knowledge on various treatments and therapies that benefit our children.  Our speaker for this meeting will be Eileen Antelek, Ed.D., Assistant Director of Education Directions. She is a licensed school psychologist and will be discussing the various types of neuro/psycho-educational evaluations used for testing and placement of special needs children.   Mary Romaniec, a special education advocate, will also be discussing  the proper ways to negotiate a child's IEP.

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

Outstanding Keefe Tech Business Students Travel to Orlando, Florida to Participate in the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference

 

March 26, 2006 — Top students from Joseph P. Keefe Technical School will be attending the Business Professionals of America 2006 National Leadership Conference, “Make Your Mark,” in Orlando, Florida, May 10-14.  Keefe Tech chapter members, Jennifer Ardon, Lindsey Finks, Matt Lesbirel, Charlie Poole, Luis Oliveira, Alden Richter, and Rafaella Sampaio will join over 5,000 other conference delegates from across the nation to participate in national-level business skill competitions, workshops, general sessions, and the national officer candidate campaigns and elections. Besides having the opportunity to excel, they’ll experience central Florida as they visit exciting sites.

“The conference will be the culmination of a school year’s worth of business workforce education and training which members of the local chapter of Business Professionals of America at Joseph P. Keefe Technical School have received,” said chapter advisors, Don Conaghan and Margaret Ellis, who teach Information Technology and Business Technology. The students will be competing in Interview Skills, Network Design Team, Presentation Management Individual, Basic Office Systems and Procedures, Digital Media Production, Administrative Support Research Project and Information Technology Concepts.

Business Professionals of America is a national organization for high school, college, and middle school students preparing for careers in business and information technology occupations. The organization’s activities and programs complement classroom instruction by giving students practical experience through application of the skills learned at school. Business Professionals of America acts as a cohesive agent in the nationwide networking of education and business and industry, and is contributing to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills.

March 26, 2006 — The entrance to last night's Go For the Goal, HPTA Silent Auction. Video to follow.

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Go for the Goal...

March 25, 2006 — Hopkinton Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John Phelan, is incredulous as he reads the name of School Committee Chairman Dave Stoldt, who he picked out of the jar as a winner for one of the major raffle prizes at the HPTA Silent Auction this evening. More, and a video on Sunday. Pam Waxlax and auctioneer Dave Campbell are looking on.

Pictured above: Front Row: Ryan Hamilton, Danny Bressler, Jason Dlugolecki. Second Row: Jake Hamilton, Tim Dufficy, Jake Haroian, Tyler Fink, Jack Yaggy, Tim Moberg, Barrett Hanlon. Coaches: Jeff Dufficy, Ted Dlugolecki, Gary Haroian, Dan Hanlon.

 

The Hopkinton boys 6th grade travel team recently completed a very successful basketball season, making it to the Division 1 championship game held at Mass Premier Courts in Mansfield on March 19, 2006. The boys finished the regular season with a record of 11-1 and earned a bye in the first round of the playoffs. Hopkinton proceeded to defeat Wellesley and Ashland in the next two playoff rounds. In the semi-final game, they beat a very talented Milton team by two points in a thriller. In the championship game, Hopkinton lost to Easton, resulting in a second place finish among 6th Grade Boys' Divisions 1 and 2 teams competing in the Metrowest Youth Basketball League. Congratulations, boys!

Hopkinton Middle School

raises $2,400 for teacher

 

March 24, 2006 — The faculty of the Hopkinton Middle School put their collective talents together this evening for the Second Annual Faculty Variety Show, which this year benefits the Gautreau Family Relief Fund. Mr. Gautreau is a teacher at the school, a husband, and father of three boys, whose family's home was destroyed by fire.

 

Middle School teachers entertained the gathering of students and their families with skits and music, ending with a grand finale of Beatles music, inviting the attendees to dance.

 

To see a video of some clips of the event, choose this.

 

People wishing to donate, please make checks payable to Gautreau Family Fire Relief, care of Middlesex Savings Bank, 10 Main St., Hopkinton, MA 01748.

Press conference

March 25, 2006 — Hopkinton School Superintendent Dr. John Phelan and Chief of Police Thomas Irvin held a press conference in front of Hopkinton High School in regards to the former student who intruded and ended up in custody. Here is a video of most of the press conference.

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Hopkinton Police diffuse dangerous situation

Officer Phil Powers grabs teen from roof

of Hopkinton High School (See video)

March 24, 2006 — Shortly before dismissal at Hopkinton High School this afternoon, Hopkinton Police responded to a 911 call from office staff that a male had entered the front door carrying a baseball bat and a chain. All available police responded to the school; and then another 911 call came, this time from the School Library. Officer Stephen Buckley was the first to come into contact with the subject in the school library, and reported that the he was smashing the library window glass, after which time he said the subject climbed out onto the roof.

      The subject was on the peak of the building facing the front of the building, which is three stories in the rear, but turned to face police toward the rear, who had set up on the roof below. The standoff took no more than 15 minutes before Officer Phil Powers grabbed him.

     According to Chief of Police Thomas Irvin, who spoke to reporters in front of the High School at a press conference, Officer Powers used attending to the teen's wounds as a way to get him close and grab hold of him.

     He was carried down by the Fire Department in a basket made for that purpose, and taken by Fire Department ambulance to Leonard Morse for evaluation.

     Students had been evacuated from the school and many waited for the drama to end before leaving. The nearby Hopkins School was locked down, their students having to wait for the High School to clear.

     Superintendent Dr. John Phelan identified the teen as former student, 19 year-old Christopher Stevens. He said that when an incident like this occurs, there is a protocol to follow, and that everything went as it should have. This is a video of the grab. Press conference to follow.

Reader favors democracy

Editor,

     In the past few years I have become disturbed by the negative atmosphere, which is becoming more and more prevalent in Hopkinton.  I love this town and I am 5th and 6th generation from both of my parents.  There is a lot to be positive about in this community but most of what I read and hear is negative, petty, self-absorbed and sometimes downright slanderous.

     I think most of us would agree that those on town boards including the selectmen really put in a lot of time and effort, and on this they should be commended.  However, lately it seems that some have put more effort into censure, obstructive pressure, and accusations aimed at anyone who disagrees with their agenda. SEE FULL LETTER

Writer claims 70% against the war

Editor,

'Unfocused?"  "Less than expected?"  Can't you get a NEW way to put down  the millions of us (and growing) protestors of this immoral war, this illegal occupation of Iraq? 70% say the war is wrong, why can't you admit it yourself?  Why can't any of you follow up your inane questions of Cheney/Rumsfeld/Bush with "No one has ASKED you to step down?  How about 70% of the American people who say you led us into war dishonestly?"

 

'Unfocused" is the defaming way of describing the COUNTLESS reasons we the people have for gathering to petition the government for redress of grievances, a right more and more denied us.

And, just by the way: SEE FULL LETTER

Political Notebook

Last day to take out Nomination Papers is March 24, 2006

To see the election calendar, a list of offices available and candidates who have taken out papers thus far, choose the  E2006  button above.

 

Friday, March 24th starting at 8:00 p.m.
The Red Door Coffee House

Feature Performer Cheryl Perreault accompanied by guitarist Steve Rapson and percussionist/mandolin Steve Sanford at The Red Door Coffee House Open Mic  at Performing Arts Center of MetroWest (above The Danforth Art Museum)140 Pearl Street,  Framingham MA  01702. Phone 508-875-5554  web http://www.pacmetrowest.org

tickets $8 General Admission.

3 new ads for bicycles in the Classified section. Ads

Two's company

March 23, 2006 — The return of the geese to open water is a sure sign that humankind will soon follow (After the birth of a few goslings). These Canada Geese at Hopkinton State Park are not camera shy. On the contrary, for some reason, they are attracted to the sound of crinkling cellophane, the sound made by Doritos bags. J

EnterStageLeft

2006 Summer Theatre Program

2 Sessions

For Children Ages 7and up

St. John’s Parish,

20 Church Street, Hopkinton

esltheater@comcast.net

FULL BROCHURE

H.O.P.E. Meeting on March 29

     A Community Meeting concerning the proposed sale of more than 600 acres of Weston Nurseries property in Hopkinton and Ashland will take place on Wednesday evening, March 29, 2006.  The public is invited to attend with the meeting beginning at 7:00PM at the Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium located at 88 Hayden Rowe.

     This event is being sponsored by Hopkintonians Organized to Preserve and Enhance (HOPE), a group of area residents organized around quality of life issues in the greater Weston Nurseries area.  The 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 developed as currently zoned, and to get your opinion about whether the Town should exercise its Chapter 61A rights and purchase the land.  The wide array of on site natural resources and the cost of community services based on different development scenarios will be discussed.  Information about what steps the Town has taken since the land was put up for sale more than a year ago and about articles being proposed for the May Town Meeting will also be available.

    The meeting is open to the public and area residents are encouraged to attend.  Contact Kathy Whalen at 508 435-7832.

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Board of Appeals hears about new zoning proposals

Discusses Clark emails

"It is shocking that a Selectman would expose the Town to damages and litigation” ~ Wayne Davies, Chairman

 

by Kevin Kohrt

March 23, 2006 — Last night, the Board of Appeals (BOA) had Selectmen Ron Clark (Photo) on the agenda for their meeting, but his appearance was marked “cancelled”.

      “He indicated an intent to make comments,” explained BOA Chairman Wayne Davies, but chose not to attend the meeting.

      At issue were numerous public record emails sent by Mr. Clark and reported by news organizations. Contained in the emails were “derogatory comments” directed toward Board members, which Mr. Davies indicated had been addressed by personal telephone calls to individual board members from Mr. Clark.

     Although Mr. Davies indicated that the insults contained in the emails were “not worth the time” to address in a BOA meeting, he did indicate that he was still “alarmed by the concerted and purposeful attempt by Mr. Clark to influence the permitting process.”

    In one email Mr. Clark reportedly requested of several BOA officials that they “out vote Davies.” Mr. Davies expressed a desire to speak with Mr. Clark about “soliciting votes of members of a permitting body.”

    “It is shocking that a Selectman would expose the Town to damages and litigation,” proclaimed Mr. Davies, citing recent cases as examples.

     Bill McCarthy (Photo) came before the BOA to answer questions on their role in a new Interim Planning Overlay District (IPOD) which he had drafted as a pair of zoning articles for Town Meeting working with a community group called H.O.P.E., as well as the Town’s Planning Director and the Attorney General’s office.

     The first article defines the concept of an IPOD as a new type of zoning designation in the Town’s bylaws. The second article establishes such a zone for East Hopkinton, described as “pretty much from route 85 to the Ashland line.”

     Mr. McCarthy described an IPOD as a tool that “gives the Town time to plan for a sensible future of the community.” Specifically, it is designed to provide the Land Use Study Committee (LUSC) the two to three years it needs to complete a detailed Master Plan for the region.

     The protection provided by the IPOD being requested for East Hopkinton comes in the form of an extra permit that the Overlay requires of any new construction. The BOA would be the body to grant the permits.

     Board member Vascen J. Bogigian had a number of concerns. “What I see happening is that we’re trying to change the rules,” was the one voiced most forcefully, arguing that it was not fair to those who had lived with one set of rules, only to see them change when it came time to sell their property for development.

     Mr. McCarthy acknowledged the concern, and even commented that “they are entitled to fair market value.” But the other side of the coin, he added, was that after the owner sells, “what is the Town going to be living with.”

     Board member Thomas J. Garabedian proposed that the merits of the articles not be debated at least until the scheduled public hearing on April 24, to which all agreed.

     Board member Robert W. Foster raised the concern of a flood of applications to be processed by the BOA. And Mr. Garabedian was concerned about the guidelines the BOA was supposed to use to grant such permits.

     Mr. McCarthy said that the same guidelines they currently use would suffice. He also noted that the IPOD only effected new construction projects, not home additions and the like.

     He also noted that temporary zoning such as this is actually used all over the country, and that the articles have been vetted by various Town entities in order to “make the articles harmonize with existing Hopkinton Zoning Bylaws.

Charles Miller bows out of Selectman's race

"He's [Mike Shepard] where I'd like to be in 20 years" ~ Charles Miller

March 23, 2006 — Upon hearing of Michael Shepard's entry, Hopkinton newcomer and political novice, Charles Miller, dropped from the race for Selectman.

      "I'd be a distraction," said Mr. Miller. "He's where I'd like to be 20 years from now," he said, referring to Mr. Shepard.

      "I'd like to direct the energies I had put together for myself toward Mr. Shepard.

      "He's the right man," he said.

      "I hope to leave things better than I found them.

      "What I experienced with the ConCom stunk," he said. Mr. Miller was bypassed for a seat on that commission.

      Mr. Miller's departure from the race leaves Republican Eric Sonnett, Democrat Mary Pratt, both incumbents, and unenrolled Mike Shepard running for Selectman.

Mike Shepard jumps into Selectmen's race

"The Hopkinton I grew up in...everyone had respect for one another"

March 23, 2006 — In a long awaited decision, Michael Shepard, outgoing Director of Municipal Inspections, took out Nomination Papers for Selectman today as an unenrolled voter, which simply means that he is neither a Republican or Democrat, nor a member of any other political party.

     "He's had so many messages," said his wife, Karen. "People stop him in the street asking him to run."

      "I'd like to see some leadership in the town.

    "I'd like to see some direction from the Board of Selectmen," he said when asked his purpose.

    "I'd like to see some respect for the town's citizen's," he said referring to the Board of Selectmen, "and a modicum of respect for other Board members."

     "The Hopkinton I grew up in...we'll never get it back, but everyone had respect for one another.

      "The people in leadership had respect for each other."

       In a prepared statement, Mr. Shepard stated, "I look forward to the opportunity to provide independent leadership on this important board.

      "There is a clear need for more accountability and civility in how our Town government works and I look forward to bringing my experience and common sense approach to the Board. The Town is at a crossroads and we need a fresh approach to move Hopkinton forward. I look forward to the campaign and the opportunity to serve on the Board of Selectmen."

       Mr. Shepard has lived in Hopkinton for 47 years having previously served as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. He has also worked as teacher and has run his own construction company. He is the father of five children, and a grandfather.  

      Mr. Shepard joins incumbent Selectman Republican Eric Sonnett and incumbent Selectman Democrat Mary Pratt and unenrolled newcomer, Charles Miller in the race for two seats.   

Hopkinton - The funeral for Timothy J. Sullivan took place Wednesday March 22, 2006 from the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church St. A funeral Mass was con-celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church by Rev. James Degnan and Rev. James Darcy. Pall placement was by Janice Robinson, daughter. The first reading was by granddaughter Jennifer Sullivan and the second reading was by granddaughter Kelly Rodrigues.

     The organist was Margaret Angellini. Soloist was Frank Zarba. Presentation of the Gifts were by grandchildren Jessica Saporetti and Richard Sullivan. Rev. Degnan sang "How Great Thou Art."  Words of Remberance were by grandchildren Jennifer and Richard Sullivan and Jessica Saporetti, and daughter Janice Robinson.

     The Hopkinton Police Department was represented by Chief Thomas Irvin, Sergeant Richard Flannery and Officers Timothy Brennan, Gregory DeBoer and Thomas Griffin. 

     Burial followed the Mass at Evergreen Cemetery where Reverend Degnan read committal prayers.

A six pack of Alpo to go!

March 22, 2006 — This dog and its apparent sibling didn't stay  close enough to their master for the photographer to get off a shot to show the scale of this canine. It appears that if it stood up, it would be about 6' from back paw to nose. The dog, about the size of a Great Dane, was identified as an Irish Wolf Hound by a dog aficionado at Hopkinton State Park today.

Charter Commission discusses communications plan

March 22, 2006 — The Charter Commission this met evening to discuss a communications plan to reach the citizens of Hopkinton in a number of ways such as the Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Selectmen, the Department heads, letters to residents, HCAM-TV and the print and electronic media.

     As part of their reach, the Commission put the final stamp on a FAQ document they have been developing to educate the voters, who will ultimately make the choice at the polls this May to approve or not approve of a Town Charter for Hopkinton.

     "It is about how to educate the public so they can make an intelligent choice at the ballot box," Mrs. Eldridge said.

     She said the Commission wanted "As much fact and as little rumor or hearsay as possible."

     HopNews will have those FAQs hopefully tomorrow.

Maybe next year

March 22, 2006 — A labor of love for a lot of people, this man removes siding as an apparent part of the restoration of the old Hopkinton Train Depot at Ice House Pond on West Main Street today. When it is complete, it will serve as a warming house for ice skating on the pond, and a place for scouts to sell hot chocolate. He is John McGrath, the father of Michele Gates, Chairman of the Historical Commission. He is the general contractor donating his time.

Board of Appeals thanks  Michael Shepard

March 22, 2006 — The Board of Appeals ended this evening's meeting with a motion thanking the outgoing Director of Municipal Inspections, Michael Shepard, who attends meetings and advises the Board on his position on regulations and on specific applications in front of them.

   "To extend the deep gratitude and thanks of the Board of Appeals to Michael W. Shepard, Director of Municipal Inspections and Zoning Enforcement Officer for his consistent and dedicated service to the Board of Appeals and the people of Hopkinton, and to extend most heartfelt and warm wishes for his continued success in his new position with the Town of  Brookline and in all of his future endeavors." 

Welcome to America

Above, Hopkins School Principal Martha Starr plays the part of the Mayor of New York while her students participate.

March 22, 2006 Hopkins School celebrated its Second Annual Immigration Day today. This event gives fourth grade students a chance to become "immigrants" for the day to learn where people from America came from, how they got here, and how they became citizens of the United States.  The program is organized by Martha Starr, principal of Hopkins School, along with Hopkins teachers and many volunteers. 

     The event ended with a Neil Diamond song.

This poll is parked here for now.

Override or not?

     The Selectmen have the following item on their agenda for 8:30 pm Tuesday: Proposition 2˝ Override & Debt Exclusion Ballot Questions.

     There have been suggestions to split the override into more than one question, one for schools, one for public safety.

     A debt exclusion would spread the debt over a period of years and would retire after it is paid. A Prop 2 1/2 override increase stays.

     The poll on the right is simplified for an override or not, and how much.

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