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  Republicans choose their candidates


April 7, 2006 — This evening Hopkinton Republicans met in Room 211 of Town Hall and held their annual caucus to elect a group of individual candidates to run for their chosen offices in the Town Election on May 15.


Board of Appeals member Tom Garabedian was the only write-in candidate, winning the spot on the ballot for Commissioner of Trust funds.


To see a message from Hopkinton Republican Town Committee Chairman Ken Weismantel about the outcome of the caucus, please choose the video player controls.


To see an updated list of all of the candidates who will appear on the ballot, choose the E2006 button on top.

The Hopkinton Trails Club ( http://www.hopkintontrailsclub.com  ) is hosting a pair of walks in the Cameron Woods area on Sunday, April 9, starting at 1PM.  Meet at the corner of Winter Street and Sylvan Way. Park along Sylvan Way, not on Winter Street. Two hikes are planned, one lasting about 45 minutes and one taking 1.5 to 2 hours. For more info, contact John Ritz (508-435-0908, hikeritz@comcast.net )

Art Instructors Sue Pelletier and Chris Van are offering 9 days of art instruction in the Middle School Art Room, 3 hours per each session, for grades 1-6 in June and July. To learn more, see their flyer.

Hopkinton Police Dispatchers,

DPW join in the criticism


"...to say that the Police/Fire & DPW did not present their case is an insult.." Luis Gonzalez


April 7, 2006 — The Hopkinton Police Dispatchers Union, as as well as two representatives from the Hopkinton DPW Union, today joined their Police brethren, who criticized yesterday, the actions of the majority of the Board of Selectmen, which voted to not put a requested override on the ballot and give the voters a chance to vote on a $315,000-plus override for the Police, Fire and DPW.

     The entire letter can be read here.


Left, file photo of Luis Gonzalez directing traffic at Hayden Rowe and Main.

From the office of Martha Coakley



            CAMBRIDGE – Neil Entwistle, age 27, formerly of Hopkinton, will be arraigned in Superior Court on Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 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.


            The Hopkinton Police Department responded to the residence to complete a well-being check.  When they entered the home, no one appeared to be present.  Police looked into the bedroom, and called out to see if anyone was there.  They received no response, and there was no immediately detectable sign of any suspicious activity or injury.  The bed was in disarray with several layers of thick bedding and pillows; however it only appeared to police that the bed had not been made that day.  Police then cleared the scene.  Hopkinton Police proceeded to check with local hospitals to see if any members of the Entwistle family had been treated by them.  In addition, a bulletin was issued for the family’s BMW. 


April 7, 2006 — Shortly after 11:30 pm last night, Hopkinton Police and Fire responded to a request for backup from Ashland to help quell a fight in progress that spilled from a bar and into the street. Above, police look at a victim's wounds while the Fire Department pulls up. A witness told police that about eight men ganged up on the victim.

Right turn only

Goodbye parking spaces

April 7, 2006 — While most of the town slept, DPW worker Paul McLaughlin helped direct traffic while Markings, Inc., a contractor for the town, painted lines as designated by a company hired to design them. Four spaces, the lines of which were not repainted last year, have been totally removed to accommodate this right-turn only lane on Main Street alongside Hopkinton Drug.


Editor's Commentary: IMHO, this lane should be a combination straight and right turn lane, and the lane to the left should be a left-turn only. It could work the way shown if there were a delay on the eastbound oncoming traffic light. People going straight will be forced to use the right lane because of the difficulty vehicles have turning left against traffic. We'll see.

POLICE NEWS up-to-date


1:35pm Officer Stephen Buckley checked on a person walking in the middle of the road on Cedar Street...

11:32 am Police received a call from New Jersey regarding fraud on Forest Lane...

8:22 am A caller on Elm Street reported a man in the field with a dog watching the children... 

  Democrats elect slate of candidates


April 6, 2006 — The Hopkinton Democrats held a caucus and elected a slate of candidates this evening for the Town of Hopkinton election on May 15.


To see a video of Hopkinton Democratic Party Chairman Ed Mills speaking after the caucus, choose the video player.


To see an updated list of candidates, choose the E2006 icon on the top of the page.


The Hopkinton Republican Town Committee will hold a caucus tomorrow, Friday, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Second Floor Planning Board Hearing Room  (#211) in the Town Hall on Main Street. Republican and unenrolled voters can vote in the caucus anytime from 5 PM to 7PM. HopNews will update the E2006 list after those results are in.

Brownies' Letterboxing has nothing to do with pugilism

April 6, 2006 — Brownie Troop 3819 went Letterboxing today, a hobby that involves more people every day. The group followed clues left on the Letterboxing web site that led them to the park, a trial, a tree, another trail, and then the tree where the waterproof box was found hidden. Their task was to stamp a pad that was inside the box with their special insignia, and leave a message. Below are thumbnails of their adventure that turn into full-sized photos.

Two's company

April 6, 2006 — Two mallards in flight over Hopkinton Reservoir today.

Goncalves family thanks town

Expressing Our Gratitude


 We, the Goncalves’ family, would like to express our gratitude to the entire Hopkinton community, for the outpouring of love and support during the passing of our dear children Andrea and Joshua on March 26, 2006.  In particular, we thank the Hopkinton Police and Fire Department, for their dedicated support and care; the administrators, teachers and students of Hopkinton High and Hopkins, for educating and loving our children (especially for the memorials); all parents, friends and neighbors, including the PTA group, for their unconditional love, support and reception offered after the funeral service; the Boston Church of Christ and the First Congregation Church, for their immense support and love; and the Chesmore Funeral Home, for carrying us all the way in such a difficult time.


The Broken Chain

We knew little that morning that God was going to call your name.  In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.  It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone; for part of us went with you, the day God called you home.  You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide; and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.  Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same; but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again. (Author unknown)


We will forever love you Andrea and Josh

School override to cost $309 per average household

Town financial departments brainstorm to arrive at figure


April 6, 2006 — Attached is a spreadsheet prepared today with the assistance of the Principal Assessor, Treasurer Collector, and Town Accountant.


This spreadsheet details the estimated tax increase effect on an average residential property should the $1,680,000 override be voted.


The anticipated average valuation increase for residential properties for fiscal year 2007 is 7%.


For clarification, the basic tax rate with no override is arrived at by dividing the estimated fiscal year 2007 tax levy of $37,491,635 by the fiscal year 2007 estimated total town valuation of $3,097,951,500, then dividing this by 1000.


The override effect tax rate is arrived at by adding to the basic tax rate .33 per million of override, or .56.


The average estimated tax increase due to the override is $309, the difference between the basic tax increase of $252 and the total tax increase of $561, should the override pass.


I hope the balance of the spreadsheet is self explanatory and is helpful.


John H. Duffy

Board of Assessors

Police Union hackles raised over Selectmen's decision

Sends letter asking for reconsideration of override

"We are proud to serve this community." ~Tom Griffin


April 6, 2006 — The Hopkinton Police Union has delivered a letter to Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Eric Sonnet challenging the decision Tuesday evening of the majority of the Board not to put the requested $315,000-plus override for  Police, Fire and DPW on the May 15 ballot for the voters to decide. Mr. Sonnett called it the "Town" override.

      At the Selectmen's meeting Tuesday evening, Chairman Sonnett said, "The Fire Department? That doesn't light me up," referring to their request for additional funds for a training officer. The Police Department had asked for the override to go on the ballot for additional money to fund a cruiser, a Lieutenant, and a half-time Communications person. (File photo, Officer Tom Griffin).

     "I don't see the urgency," said Mr. Sonnett of the Police Department's request.

     The DPW had asked for the override for additional funds for park benches and sidewalk repair.

     "Can the town services survive without? Yes," he said, answering his own question.

     Part of the strategy some of the Board had discussed was to make the School Department override more politically palatable to the voters, by giving them less money to vote for.

     "It is is our right to make it higher, lower, but we need to think through the strategy," said Selectman Ron Clark.

     "They are trying to balance getting this [The school override] passed with the town's...I fear if we put too much in front of the voters, they may reject it," he said.

      To the HPTA members in the audience, Mr. Clark said, "You have to organize. You have to get a Political Action Committee. You have to not bring cookies. Bring voters."

     "I know the call rates have gone up," said Selectman Muriel Kramer (File photo) of the calls to the fire and police. "I favor putting it before the voters as well," she said, agreeing with Selectman Mary Pratt.

       Mrs. Pratt said, "People from other towns remark at how well the incident at the High School was handled with no tragedy." She was referring to the intrusion into the High School of a former student, who had to be grabbed off of the peak of the roof of the school by police (Officer Phil Powers) before he hurt himself any further. (See video)

       Although Selectman Len Holden said, "Those departments are as important as the schools," he voted with the other two Selectmen, Ron Clark and Eric Sonnett, to not include the "Town" override on the ballot.

       The letter from the Hopkinton Police Union was signed by its President Thomas Griffin and can be read here in its entirety. They are asking the Selectmen to reconsider their 3-2 vote against putting the override on the ballot, and to put in on the ballot for the voters to decide.

TCAN Players Presents

 The Foreigner

at The Center for Arts in Natick

April 7,8,9

For tickets call 508-647-0097




Hopkinton resident remains as only announced candidate for Middlesex County District Attorney


Today Hopkinton resident Gerry Leone became only candidate in a now uncontested race for Middlesex County D.A.. as Senator Jarrett Barrios announced to his supporters this morning his decision to back out of the race, and run for senate again instead.


Two other Democrats, Representatives Peter J. Koutoujian of Newton and Michael E. Festa of Melrose, had already previously decided to drop out.

Joe Markey, the Leone campaign's coordinator in Hopkinton, commented, "Hopkinton should be very proud to have Gerry Leone as a resident. Gerry has been the most qualified candidate from the start, with experience prosecuting complex cases at the county, state and federal levels, and standing up for those without a voice."


Spirit of Sylvan Way

April 5, 2006 — From left, Tom and Michelle Murdock with Janice and Bill Bogasky, enjoy a moment at the reception for the Spirit of the Marathon at a Craig Meyer home on Sylvan Way last Saturday. Previous Story, Video, below.

Nic at Night


The Kids Choir of First Congregational Church is presenting Nic at Night, the story of Nicodemus, on Saturday, April 8 at 7 pm and Sunday, April 9 at 3 pm at the church. 50 children will present this lively, funny musical to the community through song, choreography and drama. Don't miss it! Bring the whole family. Admission is a food item (or items) for our local food pantries. A reception for the audience follows each presentation.

Rita Knox, First Congregational Church, 146 E. Main St., Hopkinton, MA 01748, 508-435-5900, Rita@fcch.org

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Selectmen vote to put School Department override on ballot

Fire , Police, DPW overrides get shot down

Debt exclusions voted onto ballot


by Robert Falcione


April 4, 2006 — This evening the Selectmen voted to place on the May 15 ballot a debt exclusion for athletic fields to the tune of $2.6 million. The crumbling wall at the Middle School and the deterioration of the walls of the recently built Fire Station also got the nod for putting the question before the voters, as did a new brush truck and equipment for the DPW. 

      The biggest nut to crack was the School Department override, which came in at $1,683,119.

       "For the past three years," explained School Department  member Phil Totino, "we have been under funded.

       "There was a vision set on what kind of school system we want," he said.

        He said they figured, "...a 7-9% increase yearly to stay on track with that strategic plan."

       Mr. Totino said that the goal of the School Committee was not to be the best.

       "It is a plan to keep us in the top 10% in the Commonwealth. We've fallen behind," he said.

         Mr. Totino expressed the need for the schools to update computers and increase teacher training. He said that the override was necessary if people want to keep small class sizes and professional development. He said that if people do not want that level of service, that they would have to down size their plan.

    Board of Selectmen Chairman Eric Sonnett noted that the override request was $300,000 less than he had heard from Superintendent Jack Phelan when he last heard him speak.

     "That's right," said Mr. Totino. "We've tightened our belts, plus we've had a relatively mild winter so we can roll those unspent funds over. In the coming weeks, things could change," he said. FULL STORY     

Runners arrive at one-mile mark

April 4, 2006 — The Mico Kaufman statue, Spirit of the Marathon, arrived today and is being prepared for its permanent home on Weston Nurseries property near the Garden Center on Route 135, East Main Street. The granite base needs to be drilled to accept the screwed studs seen hanging from the bottom, above, as the statue rests on wooden railroad ties.

Reclusive fowl

April 4, 2006 — This strange looking and apparently reclusive water fowl did his best to put some distance between himself and the photographer. This was the best shot available, about 200' away, through the brush, as he retreated into the tall marsh grass off of South Mill Street today.

NOTE: Thanks to Matt Zettek for identifying this bird as a Hooded Merganser, and to Alan Kett for doing the same, plus sending a link: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/birdhouse/bios/sp_accts/home

Hopkinton Girl

goes for the Gold

Book clubs wanted


April 4, 2006 —  Sarah Levy, a 17 year-old Hopkinton High School Senior, has recently begun working on her Gold Award Project. The Gold Award is the highest level of award in girl scouting and requires a minimum of sixty-eight hours of community service on a specific project which the girl scout has created, that fulfills a need in the community.


          Sarah’s project is a book swap for the town’s many book clubs. The home base for this book swap will be inside the CAA building on Hayden Rowe. She will collect donated books and then organize and catalog all of them, as well as add a page to the Cultural Arts Alliance web site that will contain reviews of the books available.


         She will then build a bookshelf and whatever other storage units she may need to organize the donated books. Sarah is hoping to set up a meeting with representatives from all of the book clubs in town to talk about donations and people who would be willing to write reviews of some of the donated books. If you are interested in attending, learning more about this meeting, or simply donating books, please contact Sarah at: slevy2788@hotmail.com .

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The vision and the override

School Committee makes plea for override


Submitted by the School Committee

David Stoldt, chair

Rebecca Robak, vice chair

Phil Totino

Lyn Branscomb

Nancy Burdick



Start with an override; the one that failed in 1989.  That failure led to classes with 31 kids.  It caused over 115 students to opt for school choice, choosing Holliston, costing Hopkinton hundreds of thousands of dollars. File Photo.


Move to the vision.  It started with that 1989 failure.  Residents were motivated to change Hopkinton’s school system from below average to commendable. 


It took over ten years to get close to the vision.  Slowly, class sizes decreased.  Teacher training improved.  EMC gave a push with a large donation of technology.  Administrators began taking a hard look at curriculum and raising the standards to be more competitive with other school systems.


Back to an override.  This one in 2003.  It too, failed.  The town put aside the vision in lean times believing we would get it back.  Each year since then, we've had to lose sight of the vision -- little by little.


Back to the vision and the override.  The School Committee believes that now is the time to get back on track with the vision; to not lose track of what we've gained since 1989 and the small erosions since 2003. FULL STORY

$120 Million in Chapter 90 Road Funds Release
Hopkinton gets $365,853


BOSTON - $120 Million in Chapter 90 funds was released last week by the state for the Commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns to upgrade local roads and bridges.  Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland) announced that the seven towns in the 2nd Middlesex & Norfolk district, Ashland, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, and Natick, will receive over $3.5 million of the Chapter 90 allotment.

      Chapter 90 funding is allotted based on a formula factoring in the number of miles of local roadway, the population, and the employment rate in a given community.  The funding is reimbursed to each municipality on approved transportation projects as they progress.  For the second year in a row, the funding was released early to facilitate local project planning immediately prior to the upcoming spring construction season.

      Senator Spilka commented, “Functional and safe roads and bridges are a critical component for a healthy community.  For our workforce commuting to work, our students riding to school, and all of our citizens driving around the district and the state, we must ensure reliable roadways on which to drive.  I am pleased that state government can assist our municipalities in this way, promoting public safety and economic development.” 
     Hopkinton's share of the pie is $365,853.       

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Hopkinton Public Library Hosts Children’s Concert


On Thursday, April 20, at 1:30 PM, the Hopkinton Public Library and the Friends of the Library   will host an innovative children’s concert entitled “Peace Begins With Me – We’re Bully Free!” by Performing Arts Educator, Cheryl Melody.  This lively concert will feature interactive storytelling and original music and is designed to encourage, inspire and empower children to live with respect for others.  Suitable for children Pre-school through Grade 5, the concert is a fun way for children to learn about non-violent conflict resolution and bully-free environments, all while having a great time singing and laughing.


The concert will be held in the Main Reference Room of the Library and will last approximately one hour.  Come join the festivities and help children learn some valuable life lessons.


Other Upcoming Events:

Mark your calendars for Hopkinton Public Library’s upcoming Wildflower Presentation, May 31.  Watch here for details coming soon.


Saturday, April 15th 10:30 a.m.

Saturday Morning Poetry at the Cultural Arts Center

With host Cheryl Perreault

Featuring “Poets of the People”

bg Thurston and Doug Holder

The Cultural Arts Center

98 Hayden Rowe, Hopkinton, MA

Free admission/pass the hat for feature

Open mic for poems, stories and songs

For information: Cheryl Perreault (508) 435-8638


APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH!  And April 15th-17th is the biggest weekend in the year for Hopkinton residents as the town prepares to welcome over 20,000 runners from all over the world for the start of the Boston Marathon that takes place on April 17th. In honor of this double cause for celebration, on April 15th we will be having a special feature with poets bg Thurston of Stow and Doug Holder of Somerville at the Cultural Arts Center in Hopkinton. Both are gifted poets as well as prominent leaders in their activism in mentoring, teaching, encouraging and hosting events for other poets from novice to seasoned levels.


Come and join the celebration of the Boston Marathon and of poetry and the honoring of these special poets and activists (in the name of poetry and more) Doug Holder and bg Thurston on April 15th!

The CAA also offers a café area  where coffee, tea and  VERY DELICIOUS assorted pastries are available for a slight fee.

For advance open-mic sign-up or more information call (508) 435-8638 or  cherylperl43@hotmail.com.