24 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748  508.435.5534  06/16/2006 10:10:05 PM Editor@HopNews.com    

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Hopkinton House to share. Wooded area near lake. House has Air Conditioning, Washer/Drier, Fireplace, Porch, Cable, Internet. $650 month. 617- 549-1978. See more Classified

Home for Sale                                                                 Asking Price: $687,500.00

52 Ash Street                                                                  Approximately 2900 square feet

Hopkinton, MA                                                                Convenient Location

 Tel. 508-497-2522



52 Ash Street, Hopkinton, Massachusetts


Walking distance from downtown Hopkinton, schools, athletic fields and the town playground, this home is loaded with upgrades.  Two year old gourmet kitchen, granite countertops, stainless appliances, open work area. 3 recently remodeled bathrooms, completely painted interior and more.  This 9 - room colonial, with 3 baths, 4 bedrooms, family room, study, dining room, great room with fireplace and built-in bar, and a partially finished basement has a fenced in backyard, patio, deck and screened porch. Town water and town septic. Recent home inspection by seller.  Lot is approximately 30,000 sq feet.

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Teachers support override


Hopkinton has excellent schools, but now they need your help. Hopkinton’s teachers are urging residents to vote “yes” for the override on Monday to help protect our schools. The teachers and parents of Hopkinton appreciate that Town Meeting members have voted to approve the school budget, but that budget will only be possible as approved if the override is approved on Monday.

This community gets a good value for its dollar. Hopkinton spends less per pupil than the state average, yet our students do very well. For example, despite our relatively low spending levels, FULL LETTER


Vice-Chairman Board of Health endorses Eric Sonnett


Dear Editor:

    This year, the Town has 3 well-known and respected candidates running for Selectmen - but only one offers a demonstrated track record of achievement in addressing the challenges faced by our Town.  Eric Sonnett's efforts and leadership with the DPW and Selectmen has enabled Hopkinton to tackle important initiatives such as improving our Town infrastructure - particularly our water and sewerage systems.  This has enabled and encouraged industrial and commercial development reducing the tax burden on residential taxpayers. FULL LETTER

Police News up-to-date


9:42 pm A caller reported that there was a vehicle in the woods on Blueberry Lane...

7:32 pm A youth was walking on the Police Department walk way with his private parts exposed.  The incident was caught on the surveillance camera...

1:51 pm A cell phone caller reported that a vehicle was overturned on Cedar Street Extension...   

Votes for Mary Pratt & Mike Shepard



     I received a letter at my Hopkinton home, from the “Committee to Elect Eric Sonnett”.  Multiple times Mr. Sonnett, refers to “My” plan to do…The referenced plans were developed over the years by various committees, town boards, forums and consultants.  I take offense that Mr. Sonnett refers to these plans as his plans.

     I also take offense that Mr. Sonnett has appointed people to positions in the Town of Hopkinton that are obviously far less qualified than other candidates. FULL LETTER

Votes for Favorites

Dear Editor,
     I am writing this letter in support of several of the candidates that we have running in this year’s election. First and foremost I want to say I feel privileged to live in a town that has so many dedicated and honest people that as willing volunteer on our town’s government. It takes more time than you can imagine and you get some hard knocks along the way, but there is a great amount of appreciation that goes along with it as well.
      Mary Pratt and Mike Shepard running for Selectman, both of these individuals know this town inside and out and are doing this for the sole purpose of giving their time and expertise back to the community they love. FULL LETTER.

Garden Club Plant Sale may 20

by Beth Jacob

   The Hopkinton Garden Club would like to welcome Leslie Skrzypezak, new member!  The April General Meeting for the Hopkinton Garden Club was held at the home of Deb Coleman on April 25th.  Following the business meeting, the culinary delights of Paul Split, Cooking with Herbs, was the evening’s program.  The members enjoyed tomato/pesto/mozzarella bruchetts for a hor’deuvre, hand sliced Italian bread served with molded herb butter, garden fresh three leaf salad with spicy herb and lemon vinaigrette, and al dente farfalle with Paul Split’s famous garden fresh sauce served with shredded parmesan cheese.  Maureen Bumiller was the winner of the evening’s raffle prize that was donated by Paul Split.  You can see other offerings of Chef Split at www.paulsplit.com.

     On Saturday, May 20th, the Garden Club will hold their final fundraiser of the year.  Members, along with the community always look forward to the Annual Plant Sale Fundraiser that will be held on the common from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  Heavy rain date is Sunday, May 21st from 10:00 a.m. – noon.  As part of membership, each Hopkinton Garden Club member donates at least 5 plants and this helps insure that we have a variety of plants for the fundraiser.  You will find the popular hostas and other shade tolerant plants.

     The Annual Meeting is set for Tuesday, May 23rd, at the home of Deni Ridgway, 44 Wedgewood in Highland Park.  The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m., following the social that begins at 6:30 p.m. 

The evening will include election of officers, voting the Garden Club’s operating budget for 2007-2007, membership renewals, and committee signups.  Members have fun and bring a “pocketbook” floral display.  For those members who were up to a challenge, please bring your Challenge Plant, Justicia Carnea ‘Radiant’, for judging!  The annual meeting is a time to share gardening stories and to thank the members who coordinate and run the Garden Club.  New members are always welcome. ~ Beth Jacobs

Library updates


“You’ve Got Mail” from the Library! 

       Now you can get an e-mail notification from Hopkinton Public Library when materials are ready for you to pick up. For many of us, e-mail has become a part of our daily lives and the Library has been developing the capability of exchanging e-mails with library patrons. However, we will be happy to call you if you do not have e-mail or prefer not to receive it. This new service will offer convenience to library patrons, while at the same time saving library staff time processing and making phone calls everyday. 

     You can help the library implement this capability that benefits all of us. We request that you verify your e-mail address at the circulation desk when you visit us next time to pick up your materials. ~ Rownak Hussain

Wildflower Seminar Hosted By Library, Wednesday, May 31

     Morrie Gasser, a resident of Hopkinton, has spent over ten years compiling a catalog of the wildflowers of our area.  Now library patrons will benefit from his experience with his Wildflower Presentation, being held Wednesday, May 31 in the Main Reference Room of the Library.  Mr. Gasser’s discussion will include such topics as how to become familiar with local wildflowers, where to find them, identification hints and what you can find outside right now.  Be sure to mark your calendars.

Children’s Summer Reading Program Kicks Off At the Library

     Make the time to register your children for Hopkinton Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.  The program runs from July 12 through August 18, with special events and projects for the kids during the entire program.  Musical performances, craft projects and reading incentives will all feature the theme of “What’s Buzzin’ @ Your Library?”.   A Buggapaluzza celebration will mark the end of the program.  Registration packets can be picked up in the Children’s Room of the library during the month of June. 

Introducing the Candidates*


Planning Board

* Please choose an icon to hear a candidate speak in a three minute HopNews presentation. *NOTE: New equipment and conditions have thrown us a bit of a production curve.; A shadow has been cast from the on-camera light, making it appear that the men have hair below their ears. They do not. The icon of Mr. Shepard has been altered to properly illustrate the real image without the unwanted shadow.

Disagrees with letter writer

Dear Editor,


In Kathleen and Patrick Whalen’s letter posted on HopNews on Tuesday May 9, 2006 they decry the increase in their property taxes, yet ridicule and factually misstate Town Meeting’s actions that will improve our commercial tax base and lessen our residential property tax burden.


They state their concern with “a certain business coming into town who does not have to pay taxes for 20 years”.  This statement is factually incorrect and misleading to the townspeople. FULL LETTER


Immigration:  Let’s avoid xenophobic policies


By Bill Newell


May 10, 2006 — Ignorance plus fear equals hate, and xenophobic rhetoric fuels the fires of mistrust.  The key to developing a realistic immigration policy is education.  Immigration policy initiatives based on economic fact would advance the well-being of all Americans.    


Immigrants in general:

     It is a common misconception that immigrants take jobs away from native-born Americans.  In 1989, the U.S. Department of Labor reviewed nearly 100 studies on the relationship between immigration and unemployment and concluded that "neither U.S. workers nor most minority workers appear adversely affected by immigration."

     Immigrants produce jobs in several ways: 1) They expand the demand for goods and services through their own consumption; 2) They bring savings with them that contribute to overall investment and productivity; 3) They are more highly entrepreneurial than native-born Americans and create jobs through the businesses they startup; 4) They fill gaps in the low and high ends of the labor markets producing subsidiary jobs for American workers; 5) Low-wage immigrants may enable threatened American businesses to survive competition from low-wage businesses abroad; and 6) They contribute to increased economic efficiencies through economies of scale.  FULL STORY

 Selectmen's Meeting

Scouts Honored,

Earth Tech WWTF Design Approved


by Peter Bergeron

May 09, 2006- Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting began by honoring the hard work of girl scouts from troop # 2245 who have earned their silver badges, the highest award for their level of scouting. Scouts Katharine Brine, Danielle Gendron, Camille Kulig, and Maureen Regan were recognized for their contributions to Hopkinton’s new trails guide. The girls used GPS devices to create routes which will greet hikers with Hopkinton's best “flora and faun,” the scouts spray painted trees and will notate trails with markers. The girls will receive their Silver badges Monday, May 15.

        An agreement for Earth Tech to complete the design work for the proposed wastewater treatment facility on Fruit Street was presented to the Board of Selectmen by Earth Tech representative, Thomas Pareece. FULL STORY

Above, Danielle Gendron and Maureen Regan receiving their citations from the selectmen at last nights meeting.  Missing from the photo are Katharine Brine and Camille Kulig the other members of Troop 2245.



To see a video of some of Sunday's Mini-Marathon, choose this.



Right, young man adjusts his laurel wreath after coming in first in his division.

International Media still on the story

May 9, 2006 — Quentin Rayner has been in Massachusetts for a few days now, and yesterday visited the office of HopNews.com, officially listed as the Hopkinton News, wanting to speak with people familiar with the Entwistle case, as he prepares for the trial and the aftermath.


Who is he and where is he from? Hear the answer in his own words by choosing the video icon.

The Precocious Killdeer

Baby killdeer always come out running. They hatch with their eyes open, and as soon as their downy feathers dry, they start scurrying about, following their parents and searching the ground for something to eat. Newly-hatched killdeer can't fly, and they need their killdeer parents for protection and guidance, but they are a lot closer to independence than most baby birds.

~ www.Birdwatching.com 


Jean Brooks wins $25 for being the first to identify the Killdeer, a bird that can co-exist with humans and nest in a depression on an island in an asphalt parking area. The speckled eggs are sometimes indistinguishable from the surrounding gravel.

 Relay for Life

May 8, 2006 — Jon Burke listens to a pitch by Natalie Springsteen who was soliciting donations for the Relay For Life, an event to benefit the American Cancer Society as well as cancer patients, in front of the Lovely Lady Salon on Main Street Monday, while the salon cut hair for a $10 contribution. The Relay will be held at the Ashland Middle School On June 10 and June 11, 2006. To learn more, cal Natalie at 508-735-9303

Down side up

May 8, 2006 — Officer Phil Powers assesses the operation as Officer David Shane, in cruiser, keeps the curiosity seekers at bay, while a representative of Art's Towing of Milford performs the delicate act of up righting this overturned van. The operator said a tractor trailer didn't give him enough room to pass, on Cedar Street Extension this afternoon. The pole that was hit became broken, and the operator of the van was taken to the hospital.

 A vote for John Pavlov


     John Pavlov is a candidate for the Parks and Recreation Commission.  I wholeheartedly support John’s candidacy because I know he will be a tireless and effective advocate for all Hopkinton citizens.

     I have had the pleasure of working with John Pavlov on the Hopkinton Youth Soccer (HYSA) board for the past several years.  I have been extremely impressed with his fresh ideas and his efforts to constantly improve the program for the children, coaches and parents.  His focus on what is best for these “constituents”, FULL LETTER


A vote for Eric Sonnett


    I'm glad that there's one person running for Selectman who has the vision and leadership ability to manage growth in a fiscally responsible manner.  His name is Eric Sonnett.

    My wife and I moved to Hopkinton in June of 1995; I think there were two traffic lights in town, one downtown and one at Main and Wood Streets.  I think there are eight traffic lights in town now.

    There are many other signs that Hopkinton is growing: two new schools, FULL LETTER


Votes for Mary Pratt & Mike Shepard

Dear Editor,

     As one of the few remaining life-long residents of Hopkinton, I’m urging ALL residents to please make your voices heard by voting on May 15 for Mary Pratt and Mike Shepard.  I’ve watched these candidates fully invest themselves in the town of Hopkinton, with no ulterior motives or self-serving purposes as evidenced by other candidates.  We should be proud to support them!

     Mary’s many, many years of dedication, tenacity, and SINCERE CARING for the town FULL LETTER


A vote for John Pavlov


      I'm writing to ask the town people to please support and vote for John Pavlov to a position on the Parks and Recreation Commission in the town election. I have known John and his family since they moved into town 10 years ago and have found him able to completely apply himself to a project (e.g. the renovation of his Victorian house at 15 Ash Street – yellow house to the right of Center School) and a dedicated member of the community.  John is a bright, easy-going and cooperative individual who will be an asset to the Parks & Rec Commission.FULL LETTER

Police Association accepting donations from businesses and residents

Fishing Derby this Saturday!

The Hopkinton Police Association is soliciting donations from Hopkinton businesses and residents to help with the costs of their Fishing Derby, which is being held at the Hopkinton Sportsmen's Club on Saturday, May 13, 2006.

Free to all those 15 years of age and younger
Free T-shirt to first 200 children to register
Pre-registration can be made by calling the station - 508-497-3401
Pond will be stocked with trout
Bait will be provided.
Prizes will be awarded throughout the day with a trophy presentation shortly after 1 :00 PM.

To learn more and print a donation form, click here.

Polls are over

May 9, 2006 — What was supposed to be an experiment to prove a hypothesis turned into something altogether different. The intention was to show that there would be an easy-to-define core of opposition to anything at the corner of Main and South Streets from the people who live on that side of town and drive through the intersection every day.

      So the first poll was to see how many people would support a legal Sea Foods at that site. An overwhelming number, 274 participants, did support Legal Sea Foods, but 51 did not. Aha! The 51 must be the core opposition and would certainly show up the same no matter what was there. Bad assumption. Check out the Red Lobster responses.

      A majority of participants cast a negative against Red Lobster, and not just the assumed core. Why?

     It can be safely said that Legal has built a strong brand, known for fine quality, freshness, cleanliness and service that people are willing to pay a little more for. The strong approval rating is likely a result of that branding and word of mouth advertising.

     What can be assumed about Red Lobster resulting from the poll numbers?

     The poll is unscientific and subject to outside manipulation. However, it would be interesting to see what the industry polls might produce.

Car wash fundraiser a success


by Michael Torosian


May 9, 2006 - The Hopkinton High School Lady Hillers Varsity Lacrosse Team held their annual Fundraising Car Wash Sunday to help defray costs of the team’s trip to Martha’s Vineyard on May 20th for their annual match. “We are looking forward to playing them this year” says Coach Jody Dolan. The girl’s lacrosse team has played them 3 times before with out a win, “I think we can beat them this year” Dolan continues.

     This isn’t the only fundraiser that the lacrosse team takes on. This winter, they turned to Trish Jacob’s to volunteer their time to help with the Hopkinton Youth Basketball’s Tap Off tournament, which in turn, gave a nice donation to the team. Last month, the ladies got up early to park cars on Marathon Day at J. C. Parmenter’s shop on Hayden Rowe, where they held their successful car wash. Coach Dolan said that the car wash put them over the top. Not only will they pay for the team’s trip to the Vineyard, but the will now have enough money to fund their end of season banquet.

     The Girls Lacrosse team is currently in 2nd place with an 8-2 record, 5-1 in the Tri Valley League, and will face off against Holliston tomorrow. Coach Dolan wants to remind everyone of a huge game coming up on Tuesday Night, May 16th at Home against first place Westwood, under the lights. “Girls Lacrosse has been in the Tri Valley League for 6 years,” says Coach Dolan. “Westwood has been the TVL Champs every year.” Coach Dolan would like everyone to come out to the game Tuesday night and show your support and Hiller Pride.

 Photo:Stephanie Torosian and Jamie Dolan suds up one of the team’s supporters at Sunday’s Lacrosse Car Wash Fundraiser.

Doesn't like taxes, endorses many candidates


     We moved to Hopkinton in 1992 when housing and taxes were still affordable.   There was still lots of open space!   We could walk down our street, to Hopkinton State Park and still see woods, with trails.  Hopkinton still has some of the rural quality it had 14 years ago but will completely lose it if we don't preserve permanent open space. It's still has the wonderful quality where you can drive down your street, stopping to talk to your neighbor on her horse, who  then decides to put his head in your car window and nuzzle you. FULL LETTER

Chairman Board of Health endorses Mary Pratt

Dear Editor,


    I am writing to endorse Mary Pratt for Selectman.

   As Chairman of the Board of Health, I have had a front seat view of Mary's work.  She regularly participates in numerous regional planning meetings and state committees focused on protecting our health and well-being. 

   After working closely with Mary on Board of Health and Open Space Committee issues, here’s what I’ve learned about Mary: FULL LETTER

Attention Parents and Student Poets of Hopkinton: 

On June 10th the Cultural Arts Alliance and the Hopkinton Public Library will be hosting an All Student Poetry Reading that will take place at the Hopkinton Public Library.  Poets for this year’s event are now being recruited.  All students in grades k-12 who are interested in being considered as participants should submit 1-2 poems with name, age and grade to Cheryl Perreault at ljp006@comcast.net or call (508) 435-8638 for further information.

Special Olympic Athletes play Hopkinton Police

Tie score

Above, Luis Gonzalez and Mike Mullins.

Choose a thumbnail below to enlarge photo of Special Olympic Athletes and Hopkinton Police.

All photos ©2006 Margaret Powers

Above, Brian Doyle pitching.

by Peter Marso

May 8, 2006 — The Hopkinton Baseball Team behind Brian Doyle's 3 hitter got back on the winning ways with a 7-2 victory over the Raiders of Dover- Sherborn. Paul Ostrander collected three hits and Brian Doyle got two as the Hillers got great defense to preserve the win for Doyle. Doyle did not give up any earned runs and fanned seven.

     The Hillers have a big week coming up as they travel to Westwood to play a make up game on Tuesday. The team is now 9-3 and only trail Bellingham by one game in the standings.

     The Hopkinton Girls behind star pitcher (2 no-hitters) Kellie McIntyre also beat the Raiders 7-3 as once again Hall of Famer McIntyre limited the team to three hits as the girls were never headed in the victory in Dover-Sherborn on Monday afternoon. The Girls will also be in Westwood on Tuesday afternoon.  Photo by Anne Pouch

The one that didn't get away

May 8, 2006 — Dave Briere went downtown to show off his catch to a friend when the HopNews roving camera  caught the memorable fish for posterity. The salmon weighed 7 lbs and was 26.5 inches long. To offer a proper scale, Mr. Briere is about 6'2".

POLICE NEWS up-to-date

Operator gets charged with 5th OUI Liquor



7:45 pm A caller from Lumber Street reported that someone was behind her house cutting tree's down...

1:47 pm A caller reported that a mid 90's Ford Bronco side swiped a tree on Hayward Street and kept going...

10:34 am A resident from Cubs Path reported a disturbing message that was left on her cell phone...


What part of "No" don't you understand?

May 8, 2006 — Self-explanatory photo, much like the sign.

Vote for Mary Pratt and Mike Shepard from Democratic leader



I am writing to ask your support for Mary Pratt and Mike Shepard for this town election. As a member of the Democratic Town Committee of Hopkinton, I am NOT supposed to publicly endorse a candidate outside our party. However, in this election, it is imperative that we restore balance to our elected boards and think beyond partisan politics locally.


It continues to amaze me how Mary Pratt has the energy to attend as many local and state meetings as she does, to fight for the citizens and fairness in Hopkinton. She has always CARED for the best interest of Hopkinton. FULL LETTER

A vote for Eric Sonnett for Selectman from Former Selectman

Dear Editor,


Let me start by saying I refuse to engage in the regrettable practice some have chosen of badmouthing their fellow townspeople.  I am writing as I have a somewhat unique perspective on things, having served on the Board of Selectman and before that for several years on the Planning Board.  Instead would like to offer a forward thinking, yet critical way of engaging in the decision making process of who to vote for in May.


This is an important election, and will set the course for at least the next decade.  FULL LETTER


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The REAL Brown and Smith's

Above, from slide, circa 1947-'51, downtown Hopkinton. Building referred to in the following story is on far right, where the Exxon is located now. Doyle's Star Package Store is on the far left.


by John Mullins

May 7, 2006 — Bill Smith's recent death started me thinking about old days at what some of us considered the "real" Brown & Smith - the Paper Store at the bottom of the hill. It was in a building located at the corner of Cedar and Main where the Exxon station is now. The east half of the first floor was occupied by the Post Office -the Postmaster was Tom Brown - and the other half by the Paper Store. Joe Gassett and his family lived upstairs and I think they owned the building. I don't remember whether Tom Brown and Bill bought the Paper Store before they bought Wayne Hughes' store at the top of the hill, or they got them at the same time, or what. I think the Paper Store had been run by Chuck Hunt's father (Jack?) but I don't know if he owned it.
     I worked there during high school from 1949 to 1952. The others in the store at that time were Bill's brother John, who ran the place, Margaret Casey, Virginia Hayward, Aubrey Doyle, Anne Kenney, Pete (now "Skip") Hayward and I'm sure a couple more whose names escape me at the moment. Francis Moriarity and Paul Danahy had worked there before and filled in from time to time. I was 15 when I started but John explained that if you had passed your 15th birthday you were technically 16 so the child labor laws were no problem. I think that was a special interpretation and only applied to me and Joe Kenney up the street at Murphy's Drug Store. Newspapers, magazines, cigarettes, cigars, penny candy, bread, 10 cent ice cream cones, 10 cent coffee, an occasional 25 cent frappe, lots of 5 cent cokes, and that was about it. FULL STORY


May 7, 2006 — These horses and their riders have the right of way, not only on Fruit Street, but on all of the ways of the Commonwealth.

Sick kids win with Coach’s Gift

Hopkinton parent's is first gift outside of Needham


by Elizabeth Eidlitz.

May 7, 2006 — What do Velcro, Toll House cookies, Band-Aids, Frisbees, luggage with built-in wheels, and teabags, Post-Its and Popsicles have in common? 

   All of them are basically simple inventions; the last, in fact, is credited to an 11-year-old who left his drink outside on the porch overnight with the stir stick in it.
    Like the establishment of A Coach’s Gift Charitable Foundation by two Needham dads, all of them are such wonderful ideas, they prompt us to say, "I wish I’d thought of that."
    Steven Sharaf, a Needham attorney, and Steve Schernecker, controller and part owner of a multi-unit residential property maintenance company, both coach their sons’ Little League baseball team and enjoy the volunteer commitment. Though aware of an end-of-season tradition -- thanking the coach for time and devotion with a parentally funded, tangible present, such as gift certificates to restaurants or sport related retailers -- the coaches offered an alternative expression of appreciation: They proposed that whatever funds were collected for their gift be donated to The Children’s Hospital in Boston instead. FULL STORY

#7 is #1

May 7, 2006 — The winner of the Adult Mile at the Mini-Marathon held at the High School today enjoys his laurel wreath and a conversation about his win.

Pouring it on

May 7, 2006 — This young man just about doubled his speed as the Finish Line came into view, taking first place in the Student Mile" at the Mini-Marathon held at the High School track on Sunday.

57th Massachusetts State Science Fair

Above: Andy Jesanis, Bethany Goodrich, Paul Menlibai, Keith Love, Marty Racenis, Danielle Bond, Julie Sung, Courtney Onofrio, Allison Philbrook, Megan Prall, and Deanna Payson.


On May 5th and 6th, Hopkinton High School sent 11 students to the 57th Massachusetts State Science Fair held at MIT where a total of 363 students from throughout the state had their projects on display. Congratulations to this group for their hard work in this tough competition.


2nd awards: Keith Love, Marty Racenis

3rd awards: Andy Jesanis, Bethany Goodrich

4th awards: Julie Sung, Danielle Bond,  Megan Prall

Keefe Tech Reunion

Joseph P Keefe Class of 1981 is planning a 25th reunion on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006 at the American Legion in Northbridge Ma,01534. For information and to update contact information or e-mail Dave D'Amico at d4stooges@aol.com, or Sandy McElhenny at fireandrain_2002@yahoo.com. Please visit our web site www.kt1981.cityslide.com 


A vote for Mary Pratt


            When we moved to Massachusetts in 1991 with a kindergartner, we had to decide on a town where education was going to be supported.  After touring the schools and a phone conversation with a representative from the HPTA, we chose Hopkinton.  In spite of the prior year’s school choice desertion of Hopkinton schools, we heard a real commitment to turn that around.  We heard a pledge to continue to support the schools so that they would stand above the others and our students would not leave again. FULL LETTER

They paved paradise

May 6, 2006 — This bird has found an oasis in a desert of asphalt, today. Be the first to email two links identifying it by name and with photos of it and win $25. From this email link only: Email

Photo finish

May 6, 2006 — There's no need for an instant replay on this throw, showing the runner squarely safe, today, as Hopkinton hosted St. John's and lost by over a dozen runs.

by Peter Marso

The Hopkinton High-School Baseball Team fell to the Eagles Of St. Johns Prep Saturday afternoon in Hopkinton. Mike Preite hit a long home run but the locals, after being nipped by the Clockers on Friday, battled through every inning but miscues proved to be the difference. Coach Stickney had a chance to get everybody playing time and actually brought and pitched two players from our Junior Varsity Squad. The Hillers are still with out Andrew Tarca (injury) who will definitely make a difference. The team gets back on Tri-Valley League soil on Monday. They are currently only one game behind Bellingham in league play.

Hopkinton resident William Newell, President of Atlantic Capital Management, Inc. gets a first hand economic perspective and an opportunity to meet Alan Greenspan.



Hopkinton resident William Newell recently met Alan Greenspan at an investment advisors conference.  Bill and Alan share a background in economics and are both libertarians.  Libertarians are neither liberal nor conservative.  In fact, unlike liberals or conservatives, Libertarians advocate a high degree of personal and economic liberty. For example, Libertarians agree with conservatives about freedom in economic matters, so are in favor of lowering taxes, slashing bureaucratic regulation of business, and charitable rather than government welfare. On the other hand, Libertarians agree with liberals on personal tolerance, so are in favor of social tolerance; people’s right to choose their own personal habits and lifestyles.  Bill is a resident of Hopkinton and registered as unenrolled. ~ Contributed.

Above, from last night's performance.

May 6, 2006 —Bye Bye Birdie Continues tonight at the High School Auditorium. 8:00 pm.

YMCA Hopkinton Tour

This family is finishing up with a tour of the sprawling YMCA Facility in East Hopkinton, as they climb a hill towards the registration center.

"This is far exceeds my expectations," said dad.


Click on the icon to visit the YMCA website, or click here to read the Day Camp Brochure.

May 6, 2006 — The YMCA in Hopkinton held tours of its 116 acre facility today for families who want to use the YMCA Day Camp for their children.


State Police Respond to Crash on Route 495 South in Bellingham


     Yesterday at 6:55 p.m. State Police personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Route 495 South, south of Route 126 in Bellingham.

     The preliminary investigation by Trooper Mark Burke indicates the following:  A 2002 Kenworth Tractor-Trailer operated by, 42 year-old Joseph Porter, of Pembroke was traveling in the right travel lane of Route 495 South when he was struck from behind by a male operating a 1990 Kawasaki. The collision caused the operator of the Kawasaki to be thrown from the motorcycle. He sustained serious injuries and was Life Flight to UMass Hospital in Worcester. Joseph Porter was not injured in the collision.

      The identity of the male operator of the motorcycle has not been confirmed.

      Bellingham Fire Department, Franklin Fire Department, Franklin Police Department, State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, State Police Crime Scene Service, State Police Commercial Vehicles Enforcement Unit, and Mass Highway, assisted troopers at the scene.

     The cause of this crash remains under investigation however speed is believed to be a factor. No further information is available at this time.

The Cultural Arts Alliance Arts in Bloom Juried Art Show Awards
Best in Show: Time by Mary Dewey, left
    First Place : Call by Kat O'Connor
    Honorable Mention: Golden Fleece #5 By Carolyn Letvin
    First Place:  Midnight Geraniums by Suzanne Bucceri
    Honorable Mention: Carolina in the Woods by Bob Jorgenson
Mixed Media
first Place: Rugged Mountain by Norman Law
Honorable Mention: Mystique by Esme Y.C. Disch

Proud of Town Meeting



I would like to commend the citizens of Hopkinton for their participation in Town Meeting.  I was fortunate to be able to attend all four nights, and was impressed by the number of people committed to investing their time in the democratic process of Town Meeting, not just a narrow special interest. FULL LETTER.

Ball clubs fall

by Peter Marso

The Hopkinton High School Baseball Team was upset 4-2 by The Ashland Clockers in a Tri-Valley League game played Friday night in Ashland. The Hillers sent sophomore Adam Merzel to the mound who actually pitched a good game but the Hiller bats were pretty much silenced as the Clockers took home the victory. It was the Clockers first victory over the Hillers in a long time. The Hillers are still in the thick of it as they have only lost three games this year. The Hillers will host the Eagles of St. John's Prep in a game to be played at Hopkinton on Saturday at 3:00 pm The hillers upset the prep last month in Danvers. The Hillers were with out the services of Andrew Tarca who has a sprained wrist but will try to get back in the lineup next week.


The Hopkinton Softball team got a great pitching performance out of Kellie Macintyre but the bats were silenced in a Tri-Valley league game played last night in Ashland under the lights. Once again it was a tough loss for the girls as they seem to be in every game and have been very competitive in their games this year. The Clockers picked up a couple of runs midway thru as it turned out to be enough for the win. The Hillers played tough defense on way to qualify for the state tournament.  

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 “Click here” for entire list of Hurricane Relief Silent auction items! List will be updated as donations are coming in daily. Check out www.fcch.org.


Silent Auction will be held at the First Congregational Church of Hopkinton on Saturday, May 20 from 6 – 9 pm. Spend an evening enjoying hors d’euvres, desserts and entertainment while supporting 17 teens and 8 adults as they travel to New Orleans in July to help rebuild New Orleans. Tickets on sale for $10 at the church office, 146 E. Main St., Hopkinton.


A vote for Eric Sonnett



Citizens who want to keep the Hopkinton Public Schools strong and their taxes in check should vote to re-elect Eric Sonnett to the Board of Selectmen.  While some make a show of their support for the schools, Eric forcefully champions initiatives that support the schools, and he consistently votes for school budgets and building projects.


Eric voted for the high school.  Eric has taken a leadership role to get a new elementary school built to lower class sizes and provide room to absorb new students.  Eric has voted for robust school budgets year in and year out.  FULL LETTER


Town Meeting continues spending spree

Buys Maspenock Dam for $1

Whitehall land for $2.75 million



Peter Bergeron

May 5, 2006-The fourth night of town meeting began with much business still on the agenda. Chuck Joseph of Chuck Joseph and Peter Markarian Development introduced Article 36 which would rezone 8 acres of land on South Street and West Main Street near 495 from rural business to business. Joseph called this article a “vital component to the development of a business district.” The parcel of land discussed currently supports the Ryder truck facility and generates $22,000 in tax revenue for the town. Joseph argued that with the rezoning the parcel could generate upwards of $150,000 in tax revenue.

            Mark Abate of the Town Planning Board cited the planning board’s 7 to 2 acceptance of the article calling the land “currently underutilized.” Community member Sandy Altamura who was initially in support of the article because of the increased tax revenue felt she was “concerned with West Main Street turning into a strip mall.”

           Resident Craig Campbell was also opposed to the article citing Wednesday night’s passage of Article 31 which allows for building closer to the street. Campbell also indicated fears of future owners of the property who may overdevelop. HopNews Editor and Hopkinton resident Robert Falcione spoke in support of the article, saying that the “town needs these businesses for revenue.” He suggested the entire South Street be rezoned with an overlay for business uses, and noted that Wal-Mart brought in $225,000 [tax revenue] in Bellingham with the adjacent plaza bringing in around the same. FULL STORY


Household Hazardous Waste Collection


               June 3, 2006 9am –1pm 

Highway Garage, 83 Wood Street, for Hopkinton Residents




BYE BYE BIRDIE TONIGHT - See a short video of their dress rehearsal on their website.

Town Meeting Day 4

Town Buys Maspenock Dam ~ Shepard Property

May 5, 2006 — Above,  Town Meeting at 11:45 pm last night was barely a quorum. One attendee counted this group as one over quorum, and then a dozen people left, but it is unclear the outcome. Peter Bergeron's report is due early today.

Eden visited

May 5, 2006 — This duck (?) was so perturbed that a photographer entered its sunning space that it fled; photo taken yesterday near the Whitehall Dam in the cove near the Woodville land that was voted to acquire last evening at Town Meeting.


POLICE NEWS up-to-date


6:41 pm A caller from Hayden Rowe Street reported that she was the victim of a very minor hit and run...

4:36 pm A caller from Main Street stated that a neighborhood dog attempted to attack her and her dog...

5:02 pm A caller from Wedgewood Drive reported suspicious motor vehicles on an undeveloped road...

Note from the HPTA: Due to the unexpected length of Town Meeting, the HPTA will not be able to offer babysitting services after Wednesday evening's meeting. We did not expect the meeting to run for so many nights, and cannot provide adequate supervision for any additional nights. FULL LETTER of thanks

Peter A. MacDonald, 43 of Upton died Monday May 1st at Milford Hospital.  He was the son of Gertrude (Doane) and Leo McAlice and the late J. Gerard MacDonald.  He is husband to Kara (Westcott) MacDonald of Hopkinton.  The couple resided in Hopkinton for 4 years before moving to Upton.  ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE


Town Meeting votes Athletic fields, Densification of Downtown

by Peter Bergeron

May 03, 2006 — The past three evenings have seen sufficient discussion over a myriad of contentious topics and although this is customary for town meeting, Moderator, Dr. Bruce Karlin addressed the community that discussion be “ardent but civil.” Under these guidelines, Wednesday’s town meeting commenced with John Coolidge of the CPC, Community Preservation Committee introducing Article 17 which is to see if the town will accept the report by the CPC on raising funds for the development of new athletic fields on the 257 acre Fruit St. property.

      Al Rogers of the Parks and Recreation Committee along gave a presentation on the proposed athletic fields which are to be created with synthetic fields which have better drainage and can be utilized for 9 months as opposed to natural turf’s 7 months as well as not having the need to rest the soil as natural fields would necessitate. With the 18 and under crowd at around 33% of the population in Hopkinton, the CPC and Parks and Recreation committee recommend the facilitation of a little league baseball field, 2 square multi-purpose fields (lacrosse, football, and soccer) a parking area with the capacity for 210 cars and a basketball court. The total cost for the project for the synthetic fields will be 3.5 million. Article 17 was passed with a clear majority which allowed Article 18, the vote to appropriate the funds for the athletic fields to be voted on which also passed with a clear 2/3 vote. The vote last evening only brings the vote for athletic field funding up for the May 15th election. FULL STORY.


May 3, 2006 — The cast of Bye Bye Birdie filled the High School Auditorium with rich and brilliant song this evening as they held a dress rehearsal for their play, Bye Bye Birdie, Which starts Friday.

Art Show at CAA

May 3, 2006 — Esme Y. C Disch poses near her artwork on display with a floral arrangement designed by Garden Club members Pam McPherson and Jean Vickers at the CAA. The building was packed with artists and art lovers in a show that continues through Sunday.

Presented by the CAA in conjunction with the Hopkinton Garden Club

May 3-7, 2006


Artists Reception May 3, 2006 6:30 p.m.

Juried Art Show Artist reception is
tonight, May 3 at the CAA from 6:30-8:30. There is some great art and if
people want to stop in on Sat. or Sunday from 12-4 it is available for
viewing and purchasing. There will also be a kids craft area on Sat.
where kids can make Mothers Day Cards. ~ CAA

Senior Citizen

MAY 2006 Newsletter


by Cindy Chesmore 



Blood Pressure Clinic, 2nd Wednesday 11:00 – noon

Lunch at noon 2nd Wednesday - $1.50

Lunches, Tuesdays and Thursdays noon $2.00

Breakfast, Wednesdays 9:00 - 10:00 $1.50

Art Class, Wednesdays 10:30 free

Craft class, second Wednesdays 12:30  free

Exercise classes, Mondays at 9:30 $2.00   May Newsletter now online: Senior News

A vote for Shepard and Pratt

To the editor:

“Honest politician” has almost become an oxymoron, a combination of incongruous and contradictory terms. “Dirty politics” has become the norm, suggesting dishonest, slimy, and negative tactics, globally and locally.

Eric Sonnett, Chairman of the Board of Selectman, has been charged with “unprofessional misrepresentation…by continually offering misleading, contradictory, and factually incorrect statements” to support his redistricting proposal at a Planning Board meeting. (Kevin Khort, hopnews: Letter to the Editor, March 30). FULL LETTER

Hopkinton Harvest Program


Grow wonderful fresh vegetables this summer and have some fun!  Weston Nurseries is presenting the Hopkinton Harvest Program to encourage vegetable gardening for your pleasure and your health.


The Hopkinton Harvest Program consists of:

 • The option of using your Hopkinton home garden or one of six Weston Nurseries Community Garden plots at a rental price of $10 for the season


• Free seminars on May 20 and May 27 with expert advice and demonstrations on growing vegetables, presented by Weston Nurseries horticulturists.


 • Use of a table at the Farmers’ Market at Weston Nurseries for selling excess vegetables or for your child to have a summer “business”


 • Advance notice of contests and events at the Farmers’ Market during the summer


 Visit the Weston Nurseries website at www.westonnurseries.com for more details.

Agree or disagree, have a say in Talk City


"The 'Vigilante' comment by Roger Mezitt can be understood given the amount of money his family has just spent on fighting the effects of a citizen's initiative.  However, it unfairly demonizes the proponents of that measure and is the type of ad hominem comment that the Moderator has warned against. Are funny ones allowed?"


Town votes $800,000 to settle lawsuit

New Water Resources Map accepted


May 2, 2006  — Despite not mentioning Peter Porcaro by name, but the inference was clear, Town Meeting voted to agree to "raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or otherwise provide a sum or sums of money to pay a judgment or other obligation arising out of a legal proceeding against the town," and attached a sum of $800,000 to the motion, which, according to Selectmen Chairman Eric Sonnett, will not be executed until the settlement is final.

       "We are still engaged in some negotiations, so I want to limit discussion," said Town Counsel Larry Faiman at the beginning of the discussion.

        Peter Porcaro had sued the Town of Hopkinton and its then Building Inspector Richard Bowker and Board of Appeals member Mary Harrington claiming that they had violated his right to build homes. A jury agreed and awarded Mr. Porcaro $1.533 million. The interest has been accruing for years as this matter has been appealed, and most recently, heard by a special mediator. (Photo, Liisa Jackson, who withdrew her Articles).

        Mr. Faiman said that the parties have arrived at a final figure of $2.55 million. 

       Two insurance companies agreed to pay $875,000 each, with the Town paying the $800,000. An additional $70,000 was voted without comment for legal fees on a previous Article.

       When asked what would happen if Town Meeting voted it down, Mr. Faiman said that there would be no final agreement, and the  final figure with interest would be $4.1  -  4.5 million. The vote was overwhelming in favor.

       Liisa Jackson withdrew her two Articles that would have established first, the right of the Town to create Interim Planning Overlay Districts, and then the other to do just that in East Hopkinton. The intent was to somehow allow the time to master plan the area of East Hopkinton, and especially Weston Nurseries, where between 600 - 900 acres are up for sale by various entities of the Mezitt family.

       The threat of that happening is undoubtedly the reason Weston Nurseries Agricultural, and Roger Mezitt personally (Photo), have just filed Preliminary Subdivision Plans, an action that freezes the zoning on those properties for eight years, given that they get approved.

      A new map for the WRPOD (Water Resource Protection Overlay District) was approved after a lengthy discussion over an amendment by Carol Deveuve that introduced a third map, encompassing the new map and the old map, that included the area to be the location of the Waste Water Treatment Plant on Fruit Street. If passed, some believe the Waste Water plant would have needed a special permit, which was a topic of controversy last summer.

     The meeting was punctuated when one speaker asked Town Moderator Dr. Bruce Karlin if he had a legal background.

     "I take offense to your implied concerns about me," he said.

     The man began to speak again.

     "Pull that away from the mic," he said. Hopkinton Police are on duty at every Town Meeting to protect the public and ensure order.

      Town Meeting reconvenes Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

Eric Sonnett forward thinking

Dear Editor:


My husband and I moved to Hopkinton over 10 years ago so that our future children would be able to attend the excellent schools available here.  Now we have 3 children and 2 of them are already in the school system.  Over time, along with the town population growing, so is the need for bigger and improved schools.  In my opinion, the best way to fund this growth is to have a booming economy with new businesses moving in and existing businesses flourishing. FULL LETTER.




As an HHS history teacher and town resident, I encourage citizens to VOTE YES on the override.  Without the override, class sizes will significantly increase and programs will be eliminated. 


Let me share with you some specific information concerning the high school that exemplifies the situation.  The History Department requested 1.2 additional teachers for FY2007 to cover increased enrollment, maintain adequate class sizes, and meet student demand for academic electives. FULL LETTER

Popular Hopkinton Resident passes


Andrew T. Welzel, 49, of Hopkinton died Monday May 1st, 2006 at the Mass General Hospital in Boston. Born in Framingham, he is the son of Gloria (Bonazzoli) and Henry Welzel of Freeport, Maine. In 1992 he was married to Maureen A. (Cafarelli) Welzel of Hopkinton. A lifelong resident of Hopkinton, Andrew was a graduate of Salem State and Boston University. ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE


Cancer Awareness Walk raises $20,000


On Sunday, April 30, the 1ST ANNUAL Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Walk for Andy, Luke, and Liz was held.  On a gloriously sunny day, floods of people came to Hopkinton State Park in support of PanCAN and Andy Welzel, Luke Kimball, and Liz Hatch. Every aspect of the day exceeded everyone’s expectations with nearly 1,000 Walkers and over $20,000 in funds raised! The Hopkinton Running Club, the GAC Running Club (two clubs in which Andy Welzel was a member) and friends of “Andy, Luke and Liz” responded like a whirlwind when asked to help out with the event. From the get-go, everyone worked at full steam and pleaded to do more work and take more responsibility.  FULL LETTER

Time to plant the flowers

May 2, 2006 — Volunteer Mike Boti, left, plants some flowers at the Davis Road home of Barbara King with help from Special Olympics Athlete Ryan Pepitite.


—>>>>I just want to say how impressed I was with the Special Olympics athletes and volunteers yesterday at Hopkinton Housing. They did such an awesome job! Many of them told me they had never planted before today yet I must say I saw quite a few green thumbs out there. :) They were all so kind and respectful and hard working. The senior and disabled recipients were so grateful and enjoyed visiting with everyone. When asked how they would like the pansies planted, many of the recipients simply said plant them however (where ever) you wish. Your crew did such a nice job balancing the flowers in the space allotted. The gardens look so nice. After everyone left I went back around to make sure all flowers were watered and I just had to smile...you can always tell a plant that's been handled with care...they seemed to be smiling too! Please thank everyone for braving this unusually cool May Day weather. And on behalf of the seniors and other recipients, again, THANK YOU!
Sincerely, Amy Wilson Kent, Volunteer Coordinator/Hopkinton Senior Center

Girls and boys ball teams walk away with wins

by Peter Marso


May 2, 2006 — BOYS — The Hopkinton Baseball nine pulled off an incredible come from behind victory to nose out the Medway Mustangs 8-7 in what has to be a great come never say die baseball game played at the Hopkinton Athletic Field yesterday. The Stickney men trailed 6-0 in the fourth inning but Brian Doyle came in for Starter Steve Knox and practically shut the door and the Hiller bats became very live as they scored two in the seventh to win the game. Big Hits by Paul Ostrander and pinch hitter Mark Sanborn allowed the Hillers to win the ball game. The game winner came from a base hit down the right field line by Sophomore Catcher Matt Collins to give the Hillers the victory. The Hillers will be traveling to Westwood on Wednesday to take on the Westwood Wolverines. The pitcher will most likely be sophomore Adam Merzel. The team is posting a 7-2 record to date. 


GIRLS — Junior Kellie McIntyre thru her 2nd career No Hitter as she struck out 13 on way to the gem. Kellie had excellent control en route to the key win! The Hiller softball has been getting excellent pitching and defense. The bats are waiting to explode. The Hillers are still in contention for a state birth and have lost a lot of close games. The Team has been growing and is fairly young. however the future looks bright. Congratulations to Kellie who made the softball Hall of Fame with her 2nd No Hitter.



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Town Meeting DAY ONE ~

WWTF passes for Fruit Street


by Peter Bergeron

May 01, 2006 — The Annual Town Meeting got underway at 7:00pm with Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Eric Sonnett making the motion to adjourn at 11:00pm, which was unanimously approved. The business of the evening was mainly focused on the voting of Article 12 which was to determine if the town would raise funds to build a waste water treatment facility on the Fruit Street property acquired in 2002.

            Before the members of the community could vote on the articles, various groups in town presented issues germane to their specific organization. Member of the board of Trustees for the Hopkinton Library, Linda Kimball announced the opening of a spot on the board. The library was also represented by Library director, Rownak Hussain, who spoke about the library’s lack of funding. Mrs. Hussain presented a chart which portrayed the average spent on public libraries by states. Hopkinton spends 0.64% of its budget while the average suburban town with the same population (10-15k) spends 1.37% with the state average being 1.31%.

            John Coolidge of the Open Space commission presented the Commission’s new trail guide, which covers much of Hopkinton’s many hiking and recreational trails. The full-color trail guide which opens like a map can be purchased in the Planning Board room of the town hall for $10.

Appropriations Committee

Stuart Cowart of the Appropriations Committee (Photo) gave the budget report for fiscal year 2007. Cowart explained how Hopkinton can expect $1.6 million in new revenue per year while other sources of funds tend to fluctuate. Revenues are up for the year to $2.2 million, however insurance benefits and utilities are up by 1.3 million and contractual mandates (public servant wages, insurance) have gone up by $1.4 million. The fiscal year 2006 budget which began July 1st 2005 maintained a budget of $52,174,000. The Appropriations Committee submitted a balanced budget for FY07 of $54,332,000 which is up 4.2% from last year. With the advent of the budget override the Appropriations Committee developed a second, balanced budget with the $1.9 million override included. FULL STORY.


POLICE NEWS up-to-date


7:16 am A caller from Huckleberry Road reported that apparently a side door wash shot with a BB gun...

6:28 pm A caller from Lakeshore Drive reported that a full size army tank and several other small vehicles were operating in the road and then went into the woods...

8:38 pm A caller from Church Street reported that she was just bitten by a neighbor's dog...


Town Meeting starts tonight

Special TOWN MEETING Articles

Ann-Michel's Angels participate in Cut-A-Thon

May 8, 2006

9:00 am - 4 pm

$10.00 haircuts all day ~ No appointments

May 1, 2006 — Ann-Michele's Uptown Hair Design is participating in the Annual Statewide Cut-A-Thon by offering a walk-in only $10.00 haircut, 100% of the proceeds of which benefit the Silent Spring Institute and the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition.

Girls on a rock

April 30, 2006 — Left, Cleid Teixeira gets playful with her friend Leninya Olievera as they prepare to pose for photos. They were with their friend, Warlly Fabio (Not Shown) who was taking photos of the young women at the Hopkinton Reservoir.


April 30, 2006 — This Main Street resident is doing his best to help beautify the downtown, perched in a window box on the sidewalk.

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