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Massachusetts State Trooper dies in crash

 

Today, at about 4:45 a.m., State Trooper Paul F. Barry, a 6-year veteran of the Massachusetts State Police, was involved in a motor vehicle crash on Route 495 North, south of Exit 15, in Wrentham. 

 

The crash involved the marked State Police cruiser that Trooper Barry was operating and an unoccupied GMC dump body truck that was parked stationary in the breakdown lane.  Trooper Barry was transported by ambulance to Milford Regional Medical Center for his injuries.  He was subsequently declared deceased.

 

“On behalf of the men and women of the Massachusetts State Police, I extend our deepest sympathies to Trooper Barry’s family,” stated Colonel Mark Delaney.  Trooper Barry was assigned to the State Police Fleet Section.   

 

The preliminary investigation indicates the following:  The truck involved in the crash was an unoccupied white 1995 GMC dual axle, six-wheel, dump body truck that was parked stationary in the breakdown lane on Route 495 North, south of Exit 15, in Wrentham prior to the crash.  Trooper Barry was traveling north on Route 495 near the area where the truck was parked in the breakdown lane when his cruiser drifted into the breakdown lane and made contact with the truck.  Both vehicles came to final rest in the roadway.  

 

The State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section and the Massachusetts Highway Department assisted State Police personnel at the scene.

Photo by Mark Ide.

Both sides now

June15, 2006 — The shapes in these clouds, like the art that mimics them, can be seen in many different ways, like the Joni Mitchell song. But the type of clouds above usually portend stormy weather somewhere in its path.

June 14, 2006 A tree fell on its own this evening and pulled a power line with it on the Woodville Rod and Gun property. A nearby resident also noticed his cable wire had fallen above the road to the height of a Ford 250, but Officer Matthew McNeil was quick to act in making a repair.

The sounds of summer

June 14, 2006 — The driving rain has turned the Hopkinton Reservoir's surface into a speckled mosaic today as the Canada geese go honking about their lives and the LNG facility on Wilson Street spouts an exhale of excess gas, making the sound of a gas stove going on, but a few million times louder.

New Police Chief

June 14, 2006 — Chief of the Day, third grader Chris Holt, 9, gets a hand boarding the Department's boat from Chief of Police Thomas Irvin. Chris had a tour of the entire station, escorted by his family and Chief Irvin.

Flag Day

June 14, 2006 — The Doughboy stood sentinel with his flag at Cookie's Corner today while additional flags adorned the town in honor of Flag Day.

Please Join Us To Honor Attorney Larry Faiman for his thirty years of

dedicated service as Town Counsel to Town Boards/Committees for the Town of Hopkinton

Hopkinton Country Club (HCC)

204 Saddle Hill Road

Thursday, June 22, 2006

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

$25.00 per person (cash only please)

Please submit payment by June 21 to Selectmen’s Office

For more info contact: Geri@hopkinton.org Hors d’oeuvres, Cash bar

 Selectmen's Meeting

Funding for East Hopkinton Master Plan Sought

Town has right to match offer for Weston Nurseries


by Kevin Kohrt

June 14, 2006 — Some time after 11:00 p.m. last night, nearly two hours after being scheduled, Finley Perry (File photo), Chairman of the Land Use Study Committee (LUSC) finally got his chance to go before the Selectmen to ask for $15,000 to hire Sasaki Associates to master plan East Hopkinton, a figure that was over and above the $200,000 approved at Town Meeting for the master planning process of that section of town. 


The LUSC committee had narrowed a field of five companies that had replied to their RFP (Request for Proposals)  down to three. These three were interviewed by both the LUSC and the Planning Board (which is responsible for the final Master Plan) at a public hearing a few weeks ago. Before opening the bids, it was established that while all three finalists were "technically competent," according to Perry, the majority of LUSC and Planning Board members preferred Sasaki. FULL STORY

Hopkinton Community Summer Band

The Hopkinton Community Summer Band is getting ready for it's second season. The first rehearsal is next Tuesday (6/20) at 7:00 at the high school. If folks want to sign up, the registration form is available at the HMA's website:
http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/high/departments/music/index.html (File photo)

Keep me hanging on

June 14, 2006 — This creature, much like a character in a Bram Stoker novel, leaves no shadow below him. However, it appears that on the center petal, the sunlight is coming from the opposite side, making sense of the phenomenon. The bug's thorax has markings that appear to be he features of a face, something that could scare a predator approaching from behind.

Sales master

Katrina Parsons, a member of the 6th grade Chorus was the top seller of the Hopkinton Music Associations' calendar raffle. She was presented her prize, a $100 check, by Laurie Docknevich, Hopkinton Music Association, and was joined by her chorus instructor, Ashley Nelson. 

New look

Above, from left, Instructor Tim Tracey, Instructor Bob Malkasian, Chris Callery, Tim Carney, rear, Senior Instructor Vinnie Scungio.

June 14, 2006 — These folks from Laborer's Training Facility have been installing this new-styled bench, as well as matching waste baskets, all over the downtown as part of the Downtown Revitalization Committee's work to improve the downtown area. According to DPW Director JT Gaucher, the DPW couldn't get to the work until July, so the Laborer's donated their time.

 Positively Hopkinton

The Cultural Arts Alliance Proudly Presents:

The 3rd Annual TALENT SHOWCASE!
Friday June 16th 7:00 pm
High School Auditorium
Special Performances by

Steve Spector, Amanda Maffei, Barbara Kessler, Emcee: Steve Sullivan
Tickets: $8 Adults, $5 Students/Seniors CAA Members

 Video excerpts from 2005.

Featuring: The 6th grade “Shop Around Girls,” Emily Crain (vocalist ), Erik Fleigauf, Taylor Forsmo (gymnastic dance routine), Daniel Harris, Anthony and Lisa Huntington, Noah Keates, Olivia Kent and Sarah Moorehead, Cameron Linares on electic guitar, Maeve and Wayne McDonnell, Emily McDowell, Elizabeth Michel, Jesse Michel (hoola hoop returns to Hopkinton!), Megan Murphy, Hopkins Djembe drummers, Patrick Reimonn, Thomas Reimonn, Alyssa Surrette vocalist, Sasha Yatchenko, Noreen Sloan (Irish Ballad), Brendan Sloan, Cheryl Melody (spiritual song and piano ), MetroWest Jazz Project. Video excerpts from 2005.

Window of opportunity

June 13, 2006 — This great blue heron at Pratt's Pond allowed the photographer to photograph him through a window in the leaves. And although cars speeding by on Fruit Street didn't phase him, the sight of the photographer on foot caused him to flee.

Beautiful day in the neighborhood

June 13, 2006 — State Park Interpreter Jennefer Marker explains bird food to Cameron Gallant, 5, and his sister Meadow, 3, who stopped by to learn about special food that birds eat.

 

Hopkinton Boosters and Hopkinton Education Foundation Team Up for 13th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

 

Proceeds of the Tournament Will Directly Benefit the Hopkinton Public Schools

 

Hopkinton, Mass., June 13, 2006 – The Hopkinton Boosters and Hopkinton Education Foundation are pleased to team up again for the 13th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, which will be held on Monday, June 26 at the Hopkinton Country Club.  The event will kick off with a 7:00 a.m. shot gun start and all proceeds will benefit with Hopkinton Public Schools.

 

The application fee is $135 and includes green fees, a golf cart and barbeque lunch at the Hopkinton Country Club.  To submit an application or receive more information, please visit the Hopkinton Education Foundation Web site, www.HopkintonEdFoundation.org.

 

Additional festivities include prize awards for a hole-in-one and other contests and a traditional cash raffle with prizes.  For more information, please contact Ted Allen of the HEF at trallen@comcast.net.

Dangerous crosswalks

Dear Editor, 

     I thought of you this morning - while valiantly attempting to get through the crosswalk in front of EMC Park.  With my 3 year old daughter accompanying me in her stroller, I watched as cars zoomed by, barely batting an eye at us as we stood  fully into the crosswalk. 

     After living on Hayden Rowe Street for over 8 years, I can safely say that I have now seen it all.  Early morning drivers: The women in sweats drinking their coffee and  rushing to or from Hopkins School, the men in business suits... FULL LETTER

Frog - Leg

June 13, 2006 — This frog at Ice House Pond apparently has just had dinner, as there is no mistake that the leg of a critter that has met  a recent misfortune is sticking out of its mouth.

Smoke show

June 13, 2006 — Today at the boat landing at Lake Whitehall.

Barbara “Jean” McIntyre, 78, died unexpectedly June 12, 2006 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester.

     She was the husband of the late Francis J. McIntyre who died in 1990.

     Born in Milford, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Mildred (Downs) Wright.

     A lifelong resident of Hopkinton, Mrs. McIntyre was a graduate of Hopkinton High School, class of 1946.  A graduate of Framingham School of Nursing she had worked Holliston Manor Nursing Home, formerly Fair Oaks Nursing Home, and Cushing Hospital where she had retired from.  ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE

Thomas Moorman died April 2, 2006 in Florida.  He was the husband of Janet (Bouteiller) Moorman.  Memorial services, under the direction of the Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton, are incomplete at this time.

REMINDER:

Hopkinton Youth Soccer – Open Registration now through June 15. Register on-line at www.hopkintonsoccer.org. Recreational soccer programs for kindergarten through High School. For more information, see our website or call 435-5523.

Home for sale

16 Stoney Brook Road, Hopkinton, 4Br, 3.5 Bath, Est. 4400 sf, MLS# 70395236, Offered at: $985,000.00

Garage/moving Sale

7 Prestwick Drive, Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18, 8am to 1 pm; beds, furniture, many household items, many in great condition.

Upload your Totally Free Classified

Framingham.com soon to join Totally Free Classified.

Your item will have a few more thousand pairs of eyeballs looking!

Photos from Away

 

Above, Photo looking down at Checkpoint Charlie from the House on the Wall.  I just happened to see this view looking out the window.  Many people who remembered the Checkpoint were posing with the soldiers.  Last saw the checkpoint in 1966.  By the way, photos were not allowed in the "House" museum, but I honestly didn't see the sign until much later. 

Choose a thumbnail to enlarge.

Right, Organ Grinder at Brandenburg Gate (former east zone at Berlin's Unter den Linden).

 Left, The "trashmen" on display in front of the Cologne Cathedral.  I understood they left that evening for New York City.... ~ Fred Betz

 

EDITOR'S NOTE: Fred Betz shares some photos from his trip to Germany in a new feature, Photos from Away. Please send an email with photos from your trip. Editor@HopNews.com

HOPKINTON STATE PARK UPCOMING PROGRAMS

All programs are free and open to the public with park admission.  An adult must accompany children.  Reasonable accommodations available upon request. Please bring water, sunscreen, and insect repellant.  For more information or to register call (508) 435-4303

Tuesday         HAVE A PARTY FOR THE BIRDS

June 13th        2:00-3:00 PM, Meet at the main beach bathhouse

What birds live near your house and around Hopkinton State Park?  Would you like to invite them over for a party with a yummy desert?  Join us on Tuesday June 13th as we learn about the special birds that call this area home and make a unique bird feeder treat for them to eat.  This fun hour will be filled with games, build-a-birdfeeder activity and a story about some interesting birds found in Central Massachusetts.  Great for ages 3-12, but all ages welcome. 

 

Wednesday    HIKING AND EXPLORING YOUR STATE PARKS!

June 14th        11:00-12:00 PM, Meet at Hopkinton Park Headquarters

Explore the trails of Hopkinton, Ashland and Whitehall State Parks with your friends and neighbors!  Join us for a leisurely hike and learn more about your state parks’ history and natural resources. Hikes of various lengths will be available throughout the summer.  Themed hikes are a highlight of this program: tracking, bird-watching, forest ecology and historical interpretation are just a few of those being offered.  Join us on Wednesday June 14th, when we will enjoy Duck Pond Trail at Hopkinton State Park.  All ages welcome.

Thursday       WOMEN IN THE OUTDOORS!

June 15th        1:00-3:00 pm, Meet at the boathouse

Are you a woman who has always wanted to fish?  How about feeling comfortable building a campfire?  Come join us in a fun, supportive environment geared towards assisting you in feeling empowered in the outdoors.  This program includes activities such as outdoor cooking, gardening for wildlife, orienteering and many others.  Held the first Thursday of every month during the summer, beginning on June 14th.   Women ages 14 and up, but all ages welcome. 

Friday            POND ADVENTURE

June 16th        2:00-3:30 pm, Meet at the Dogwood Drive Picnic Area

What is a macro-invertebrate?  Why is it important to you?  On Friday June 16th, this program will introduce you to the sights and sounds of the amazing world of frogs, toads, salamanders, and those funny things which are called invertebrates.  This fun hour will be filled with games, pond exploration and a story about silly looking creatures living just below the pond’s surface.  Great for ages 5 and up, but all ages welcome.

Monday         ART IN THE PARK

June 19th        2:00-3:00 pm, Meet at the main beach area

Explore nature through art! The outdoors provides many resources to be creative.  Learn to express your artistic side using local natural discoveries. Various activities will be held throughout the summer such as pet rocks, nature collages, mud painting and flower pressing.  These fun hours will be filled with games, activities and a story about cool things that live in the Hopkinton woods.  Come prepared on Monday June 19th to have some fun and be creative. (Please wear clothes to do crafts in.)  Great for ages 5-12, but all ages welcome. 

Programs are sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Hopkinton State Park is located on 71 Cedar Street in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.  Take Rte. 85 north from Hopkinton Center; the park’s main entrance will be on your right.  Parking fee is $5.00 per vehicle or $35.00 for a Mass Parks Pass.

REMINDER:2nd Public Forum on Development Options

For the Weston Nurseries Property

Thursday, June 15, 2006, 7:00 –9:30PM

First Congregational Church of Hopkinton

Chapel Reception Room

146 East Main Street, Hopkinton

Who should attend?

Residents of Ashland, Hopkinton and Southborough who are interested in the future development of the   Weston Nurseries property.

 

What topics will be covered?

Three development alternatives will be presented:

Possible buildout under existing zoning.

Open space preservation supported by development.

Smart Growth Development.

 

The impacts of these alternatives will be reviewed:

Fiscal impacts

Water and transportation

Housing and economic development

Open space and wildlife

 

There will be an open public forum for comments, questions and concerns. 

What is your reaction to the mix of uses?

How do you feel about the potential impacts?

What do you think needs further analysis during the E. Hopkinton Master Plan process?

                       

This meeting is sponsored by a committee composed of representatives from Ashland, Hopkinton, Southborough and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.  For more information, please call Joan Blaustein @ (617) 451-2770 Extension 2023 or e-mail jblaustein@mapc.org

Walt Disney Imagineer, Mk Haley, to give a presentation about business, engineering, and career development

Above, Hopkinton High School Robotics Team.

Get Connected! - A hands-on workshop that will have participants actively engaging in sessions that teach the brainstorming process to allow them to tackle any challenge in the future, from design to engineering, business to social, with a toolkit of resources at their disposal, including activities to continue the development process long after the workshop. Creativity is the explosion of concepts that come from a really well developed brainstorming process, productivity is being able to make the connections between each concept and implementing them. After we learn how to make these connections in the brainstorming process, we will move on to a very specific application of connections, and how to get the most out of them when we explore personal and professional presentation skills and how your connections will help you to thrive in the job market, and elsewhere. For attendees who would like to touch base before the presentation, please email Mk Haley at Mk.Haley@Disney.com with any questions you may have. I am happy to do resume and portfolio reviews, or provide career guidance ahead of the session if anybody likes.

POLICE NEWS up-to-date

 

5:33 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien assisted the Fire Department with a report of an outside odor of natural gas at an East Main Street residence...

 

8:43 am Officers Patrick O'Brien and Philip Powers responded to a report of a car that ran off the road and struck a tree on Morse Lane...

 

11:46 am The Fire Chief found open doors at a South Mill Street residence and requested the Police Department's assistance...

Hopkinton Little League summer Sizzler Tournament

June 11, 2006 — From left, Tom Fitzgerald, Mike Torosian, Lisa Yaggy and Tim Simi enjoy Cornell's new outdoor patio area as they meet to discuss plans for the upcoming Hopkinton Little League summer Sizzler Tournament season.

 

Fr. James Degnan says goodbye for now

June 11, 2006 — Fr. James Degnan, Fr. Jim to his flock, celebrated his last Mass at 10:00 am this morning to standing room only at St. John the Evangelist Church. Last year Fr. Jim celebrated his 75th birthday and his Golden Jubilee, 50 years as a priest. Fr. Jim has been at St. John's since 1979. He will return this summer for a tribute in his honor. In a letter to his parishioners, he asked them to pray for him as he will pray for them. Recent surgery moved up his retirement from being a Pastor.

Fireman's Sunday

June 11, 2006 — Firefighter's marched this morning to the Firefighter's Monument on Mayhew Street to pay respects to fallen and former firefighters.

     Lt. Stephen Slaman read the Fireman's Prayer and Chief Gary Daugherty read a telling and emotional passage by an unknown author detailing a Fireman's experiences and thoughts.

Above, Lt. Robert Bartlett salutes after placing a wreath at the Firefighters' Memorial today.

           

See more photos by choosing a thumbnail.

 

Editor's Note: Unfortunately, upon arriving at their monument, the Firefighters discovered a disrespectful act of vandalism. Someone had severely torn up the grass in front of the monument with a vehicle.

Freeze frame

June 11, 2006 — A fast shutter speed and a zoom lens brings this stop action of the waterfall at the overflow of the Hopkinton Reservoir up close. The fanciful abstract shapes made by the cascade and resulting splash create layers of dimension.

Taking the high ground

June 11, 2006 — From left, Officers Gregg DeBoer and Stephen Buckley check the likely hiding place of a fox that was reported by a cell caller to be darting in and out of traffic near the Common. But true to its reputation, the wily critter out-foxed its pursuers.

CAA/Library All-Student Poetry reading

Above, center, Catie Kelley receives applause for the poem she just finished reading. The next young poet to read was Maryann Hussain, seated at left in green.

 

June 10, 2006 — All of the Hopkinton Schools were represented today, as well as some other schools, at the poetry event at the Hopkinton Public Library that was sponsored by them and the CAA.

A trip to the ocean

June 10, 2006 — This is the overflow at the Hopkinton Reservoir today as a torrent rose the level and the overflow cascaded the excess water toward the Sudbury River.

Yard Sale at First Congregational Church extended to next Saturday, June 17

June 10, 2006 — This teenaged church member does a ballet move for the camera at the First Congregational Church "Yard" sale today, which was held in the large underground garage due to the rainy weather.

Look, over the water, its a bird...

 

June 10, 2006 — This bird and its scattered flock zigzagged along the shore and shallow waters today during the rainstorm at the Hopkinton Reservoir, while raindrops left concentric circles and the wind heaved the water. The birds are about the size of bats, and enjoy turning 90° to the water and banking like a fighter jet (Or is it the other way around?).

The look of love

June 10, 2006 — Sabine DeMartino, 3, and Dad Bill, sit on the steps and await the next round of poetry reading at the Library today.

Recount fails to alter outcome

Override stands ~ Results are 8 votes apart

 

 

 

 

June 10, 2006 — The recount of Ballot question #4 today at the Senior Center in the basement of Town Hall resulted in the same outcome as the Election. The question for the override for the schools and the town stands as passing. But unlike the slim margin of victory at the polls that brought sighs of relief from its proponents, 11 votes, this count brought it even closer, to an 8-vote margin. The final tally was:

Yes: 2,229

No: 2221

Blank 57

Total 4507

7th Grade concert

Thanks to Paul Dietz for sharing his photo of the 7th Grade Concert, above and below.

Recount begins ~ Day starts with snafu

June 10, 2006 — The recount finally got under way around 9:30 am after a count of the individual 4,506 ballots from the May 15 Town Election in which the vote for an override for the School and Town budgets passed by 11 votes. The person who initiated the recount petition, Tom Smith, is on the right in the powder blue shirt. Outgoing Town Counsel Larry Faiman is in the center of the photo observing the conduct of the people at the tables, and Officer Phil Powers is standing by at the request of Town Clerk Ann Click.

     The morning began with someone noticing that the tally sheets, numbered 1-50, one person of each team marks the results of each ballot and then notes the totals, was missing the number "32." More news later today.

Senior Citizen News

by Cindy Chesmore

Summer Outings

 

June 14 Newport Playhouse

June 21 Picnic and boat ride on Lake Whitehall, Hopkinton Leave at 10:00; bring your lunch

June 28 Hampton Beach, N.H. Leave at 10:00; bring or buy lunch; bus $10

July 5 Solomon Pond Mall (this may be changed if a rain date is needed for an outdoor activity. In that case, a mall trip  

          will be substituted )Leave at 10:00; bus $2

July 12 Rockport, MA Leave at 10:00; bring or buy lunch; bus $2 READ FULL CALENDAR

Library Hosts Student Poetry Reading

On Saturday, June 10, at 10:00 a.m., the Hopkinton Public Library will host a Student Poetry Reading program sponsored by the Cultural Arts Alliance.  Cheryl Perreault, who is coordinating the project for the CAA, says the program is a celebration of student poetry and is intended to kick-off the start of summer.  She anticipates there will be over 25 poets from 2nd grade through high school from Hopkinton and other Metrowest schools, with poetry showcasing some of Hopkinton school’s special poetry projects.   Highlights of the event will include Pam Pendleton with her 5th grade West African style drumming group sharing poetry and percussion, and special guest Ellen Schmidt whose mother was Norma Farber, the well known author of children’s poetry. High school and middle school students will want to come and hear special guest, Walnut of Lynn who will share a few of his musical hip-hop style poems and talk briefly about his workshops on writing poetry with teenagers.

 

High School age barbeque sponsored by St. John's

St. John the Evangelist Parish’s youth ministry is sponsoring a High School barbeque at Hopkinton State Park on Wednesday, June 21st, from 12-4PM. This will be an end of the school year celebration with lots of fun and food. We will gather in the church parking lot at 11:30AM. Please register and pick up permission slips at the parish office. An offering of $10 is being asked to cover expenses. Contact Fr. Ken at 435-3313 x205 if you have any questions.

The congregation of First Congregational Church has done spring clean-up and donated many treasures for a HUGE garage sale on Saturday, June 10. Read more in Totally Free Classified.

Springwood yard rain date, Sunday, June 11, in effect. Read all about it in Totally Free Classified.

Hopkinton Girl Scout Registration ~ New Troops Forming Now! For Fall 2006
 

     Girls entering Kindergarten and all grades above. (Adult leader registration also.) Kindergarteners: Daisy Girl Scout, 1st - 3rd Graders: Brownie Girl Scout.
     Girl Scouts provides each girl with the opportunities to develop self esteem, self-reliance, leadership, and teamwork skills in a fun and safe environment. It provides the girls with a feeling of belonging, a forum of learning values and decision-making, and respect for others. Sign-up and become a Girl Scout!

     Parents -Adult volunteers are needed to lead, assist, and help with Troops. No experience necessary. It is a truly rewarding experience. Adult participation is essential to the forming of troops.
When: Wed. June 14, 10:30am-12:30pm Where: Hopkinton Public Library
OR

When: Tuesday June 13, 5:30-7:30pm Where: Bills Pizza ~ 14 Main Street

Annual Membership Fee of $10.00 (Cash or Check)

File photo of Girls Scouts at Selectmen's Meeting Room

 Kohrt Repohrt

Kudos and changes at School Committee meeting

 

by Kevin Kohrt

June 9, 2006 — Superintendent Dr. John Phelan led off last night's meeting with some recognition for some of the hard-working Hiller sports teams this spring. He noted that girls lacrosse and tennis both made it to the Division II South Sectional semifinals. Also that both the boys & girls track won a Tri-Valley league title. In addition, the girls track team won a Division III title after moving up from Division IV last year.

Also recognized was girls track coach Mike Scanlon who, according to Dr. Phelan, "ends his 23 year coaching career with 21 Tri-Valley league championships 15 divisional crowns, 8 all-state titles, 6 all state and 3 individual champions. He's been a three time Globe Coach of the Year, and he's also been enshrined into the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Hall of Fame. He'll be missed as a teacher and as a coach." (Photo, Mike Scanlon receiving accolades from peers at HS graduation)
Most of the remaining meeting was devoted to several reports which should be made available to the public very soon.

Wellness Coordinator Jill Leach presented a Wellness Policy draft that focused on food habits, physical activity, and meals in schools. It was a very detailed report from a 19 member committee that seemed to impress many committee members and reportedly addressed many parent's concerns. There was still some feedback to incorporate for the next committee meeting, though. A final draft of the new policy should be available for public review over the summer and will be voted on at the first school committee meeting next fall. FULL STORY

POLICE NEWS updated

 

7:09 pm A caller on Yale Road reported that her neighbor hit her dog with a rock and proceeded to strike it several times with a stick...

 

4:31 pm A caller reported seeing two teenage males with a hand gun in the woods near Spring Lane.  They tucked the gun in their pants...

 

11:25 am A walk in reported going to an address on Walcott Street to deliver a meal and could see the resident lying down inside the house...

Whitehall land purchase under scrutiny

READ THE PURCHASE AND SALE AGREEMENT HERE

Many people, including some town officials, have questions regarding the purchase of the Lake Whitehall land that abuts Brian Morrison's land. STORY TO FOLLOW.

"We have a working fire"

June 8, 2006 — A South Mill street potter, who was heating wax to coat the bottoms of her creations, was alarmed to hear the pot procedure go awry with unfamiliar sounds and found it ablaze when entering the room.

     "You were here really quickly," she said to police Chief Thomas Irvin. "But it seemed like forever," she added.

    Although there was little visible damage to the exterior, there was smoke pouring out of every window and crack.

Lewis and Clark all over again

All Lewis and Clark HopNews photos by Julie Brennan.

Hopkins School students in Mrs. Logan's class, above, performed a musical called Lewis and Clark this morning directed by Mrs. Grae Rollins. Above, they pose before the show. To view more photos, choose a thumbnail below.

     

Above, from left, cast performing, Connor  Sullivan, Kristen Cooprider and Marina Vaet, scene from show.

STATE POLICE OFFICER RESCUES WOMAN

 

June 8, 2006 — This morning at approximately 8:30 A.M. a trooper assigned to the State Police Marine Unit and Dive team rescued a woman floating in the Charles River in Boston.

    Trooper Robert Malloy was out by the State Police Marine Unit docks, preparing water craft for duty, when he observed a woman floating in the mouth of the Charles River between Beverly Street and the North Washington Street Bridge.  The woman was barely visible from the dock and appeared to be suffering from hypothermia. Trooper Malloy retrieved a Type IV PFD (personal floatation device) known also as a “Life Ring” and tossed it to the woman.  She was able to hold onto it as Trooper Malloy pulled her to safety.  Boston EMS was called immediately and the 44-year-old woman was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment of hypothermia and back pains.

July 8th is Farmer Independence Day!

 Dear Massachusetts Farmer:

      You probably already know about NAIS (National Animal Identification System) instituted by the USDA. This Federal program breezed through Washington without much notice, but it will be felt heavily by those of us who own animals, or locally grown food.  Now it is up to each state to implement it.

        Massachusetts has already begun compiling its “voluntary” list of Farm Premises ID’s. FULL LETTER

A heartfelt thanks to the emergency services and neighbors

To The Editor:

I would like to take the opportunity to thank Officers Stephen Buckley, Jacob Campbell, Aaron O'Neil, Matthew McNeil, Michael Hamilton, Detective Scott Van Raalten, and the members of the Hopkinton Fire Department EMT Service, as well as anyone I may have inadvertently left off this list for their professionalism and support in helping me after I was injured in a car accident on School Street, June 1, 2006. FULL LETTER

June 7, 2006 — This van plows through a puddle on Cedar Street, as happened all over town all day, due to the inability of the roadway drainage to keep up with the onslaught of rain during the day.

 Commentary

Goodbye, Arnold Newman

by Robert Falcione

June 7, 2006 — World renown "environmental portrait" photographer Arnold Newman died at 88 years-old yesterday in a New York hospital. "Environment portrait" is a phrase he rejected to describe his work, but it stuck nonetheless. His use of on-site background elements in his compositions is undoubtedly why he earned that distinction.

     A 1946 portrait he took of Igor Stravinsky, a well known composer and pianist, that was featured on the cover of a magazine that I saw years later, was one of my inspirations to learn photography. The portrait was of Igor Stravinsky seated at a grand piano, in the far left bottom of the photo,  with his left arm leaning on the top, and the cover of the piano raised as it would be during a concert. It can be seen among this small collection of Mr. Newman's work.

     The cover of the piano, which overtook the composition, was an apparent metaphor for the notation of a musical flat, something that was not lost on me in 1958 when I first saw the magazine cover at eleven years-old and became captivated by the intellect behind it.

     Mr. Newman grew in prominence and traveled around the country and the world practicing his art, photographing such well known figures as Pablo Picasso, Marilyn Monroe, Georgia O'Keeffe and Isaac Asimov. He spoke and exhibited his work at a gathering of photographers I attended sometime near the start of this millennium. Of the experiences he related on a very personal level, a couple of them stood out. FULL STORY

June 7, 2006 — This gosling at the Whitehall Dam area enjoys its incessant snacking on all things green this past weekend.

Photo Gallery of graduation for those who missed it.

June 6, 2006 — Some of the players in All School String Ensemble at the 8th Grade Concert this evening, the last one of the year for the Ensemble. Photo by Paul Dietz

HOPKINTON STATE PARK UPCOMING PROGRAMS

All programs are free and open to the public with park admission.  An adult must accompany children.  Reasonable accommodations available upon request. Please bring water, sunscreen, and insect repellant.  For more information or to register call (508) 435-4303.

Wednesday   

HIKING AND EXPLORING YOUR STATE PARKS!

June 7th          11:00-12:00 PM, Meet at the boathouse

Explore the trails of Hopkinton, Ashland and Whitehall State Parks with your friends and neighbors!  Join us for a leisurely hike and learn more about your state parks’ history and natural resources. Hikes of various lengths will be available throughout the summer.  Themed hikes are a highlight of this program: tracking, bird-watching, forest ecology and historical interpretation are just a few of those being offered.  The first hike will be June 7th, when we will enjoy Arborvitae, Vista and Foxtrot Trails at Hopkinton State Park.  All ages welcome.

Wednesday   

NATURE GAMES

June 7th          3:00-4:00 pm, Meet at the main beach bathhouse

Want to have some fun?  Want to learn about the outdoors?  Spend an hour making friends and learning about how things we do every day affect the natural world around us.  This fun, active program will be held frequently throughout the summer.  Great for ages 8-12, but all ages welcome.

Thursday      

WILDERNESS SURVIVAL

June 8th          10:00-12:00 pm, Meet at the boathouse

If you were stranded in the middle of the wilderness, could you survive?  Come learn ways to survive different climates, conditions and environments in this jam packed program. Walk away from this program feeling confident in your ability to win the million dollars on ‘Survivor’!  Topics covered include orienteering, shelter building, safety in the outdoors, ‘MacGyver’ ideas, and much more.  Held the second Thursday in June and July, starting on June 8th. Ages 13 and above welcome.  

     Programs are sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

     Hopkinton State Park is located on 71 Cedar Street in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.  Take Rte. 85 north from   

     Hopkinton Center; the park’s main entrance will be on your right.  Parking fee is $5

Updated POLICE NEWS

 

10:36 pm A 911 cell phone caller reported several youths in a vehicle shining a laser pointer, and blinding her while driving.  Officer Gregg DeBoer caught up with the vehicle and stopped it...

 

4:58 pm A caller reported a group with old military vehicles firing blanks from large guns on Hayward Street...

 

12:10 pm An electrician working on Main Street received a call on his cell phone and heard a male threatening a female with bodily harm...

Boys and girls Tennis make quarterfinals

    

     The Hopkinton Boys Tennis team has moved on to the quarterfinals of the Div. 2 South Sectionals. After beating the 12th seeded Chatham last Thursday, the 21st seeded Hillers beat the 5th seeded Bourne 3-2 yesterday. Hopkinton will now travel to Old Rochester (4th seed) today. The Hillers are made up of: Seniors Andrew Faden, Doug Nelson, Harry Pappas, Steven Taylor, Craig Sager and Matt West. Junior Alex Dwyer. Sophomores Nick Bono, Kevin Li, Martin Gallagher, Miguel Londono, Robert Ng, Tyler Wilson. Freshmen Sam Riga and Mark Masucci.
     The Hopkinton Girls Tennis team (12th seed) will play in their Div. 2 South quarterfinal match today against Canton (4 seed) at 12 noon down in Canton. The Hillers won an awesome match last Sunday by beating the 4th seeded Old Rochester 3-2. ~ Diane Welch

Photo, Andrew Faden, #3 singles

HOPKINTON RESIDENT NIELS DRAGSBAEK GRADUATES FROM BOSTON COLLEGE CHESTNUT HILL, MA (May 22, 2006) -- Niels Dragsbaek, son of Villy and Geralyn Dragsbaek of Hopkinton, graduated magna cum laude, Bachelor of Arts with honors in economics at the 130th Commencement of Boston College on May 22. Approximately 3,000 graduates received degrees. The Rev. William P. Leahy, SJ, 25th president of Boston College, presented the degrees to the graduates.

       Niels is a graduate of Hopkinton High School. At Boston College, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious academic honor society, and Omicron Delta Epsilon, the economics honor society; Niels earned dean's list status every semester at Boston College, and spent his junior year abroad at the London School of Economics, earning a "First."

Hiller baseball plays last game

by Peter Marso

June 6, 2006 —The Hopkinton High-School Baseball team fought hard but it wasn't enough as the Duxbury Dragons came from behind to eliminate the Hillers in a south sectional quarterfinal game played at Duxbury on Monday, 7-2. The Hillers sent Junior Southpaw Brian Doyle to the hill as he limited the Dragons to no runs going into the 5th. Doyle was outstanding as he had Duxbury off balance the whole way. The Dragons scored as a few mishaps in the field set the pace for the boys from the south shore. Mark Sanborn hit a two run blast to put the Hillers in the lead. The Hillers defense fell down as the home team scored and capitalized on the misfortunes.

The Hillers had a great year as rookie head coach Mark Stickney lead and guided them to a second place finish in the tri-valley league along with a victory over Pembroke. The seniors playing in their last game Andrew Tarca, Steve Knox and second basemen Dugan all will be missed as they head to another chapter in their young lives. The future looks bright as the team has many returning lettermen all with great experience. Connor Berry will be missed as he played a tremendous left field and got many key hits. The team headed back from Duxbury knowing they had given it their very best shot. They are a team that Coach Stickney is very proud of and he will always remember his very first team !!

Operating Under

Above, Officer Linda Higgins places the operator of a Jeep into Officer Gregg DeBoer's cruiser. Officer DeBoer pulled the driver over for a violation, gave sobriety tests to her, and subsequently charged her with OUI Liquor. Recently appointed Officer Jacob Campbell is right, Officer Matt McNeil is in the rear, and Officer DeBoer is in the dark near the rear of the Jeep.

 Planning Board Meeting

Hopkinton Drug approved for renovation

Mary Harrington resigns under fire

Above from left, Hopkinton Drug's Dennis Katz and Terry Anthony with General Contractor Dick Pockwinse.

 

by Robert Falcione

Hopkinton Drug

June 5, 2006 — Hopkinton Drug got approved this evening for an exterior facelift, including the addition of windows, roof-line design elements, and new cedar siding. The interior has undergone a year-long improvement plan including a new compounding room, new rugs, lighting and ceiling tiles throughout the Hallmark and drugstore sections. The plan also includes a nearly finished exterior handicap access as well as new pavement and additional lighting.

     The Planning Board was very emphatic in its approval of the plan, and had but a few suggestions that the proponents agreed to. Mr. Katz hopes to complete the work by the Fall.

 

Mary Harrington

     Planning Board Chairman Mark Abate brought forth an agenda item placed by him at the request of  people who he was contacted by, and by two members of the Planning Board, to ask Mary Harrington to step down from the Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC).

     Mrs. Harrington, a former Selectman, Planning Board member, Clerk of the Board of Appeals, Youth Commission member, and member of Master Plan Committee, has been in the service of the Town of Hopkinton for 36 years and is well known in town government circles for someone who "does her homework." Planning Board member Scott Aghababian lambasted his Chairman.

    "This is ridiculous. Someone approached you and have taken control of this Board and ZAC."

    Planning Board Member Evan Ballantyne mentioned the $800,000 the town voted at Town  Meeting to settle a lawsuit won against Mrs. Harrington by Peter Porcaro and his wife, but was contrite after the meeting.

    Member Claire Wright said, "I don't like the idea that there are groups out there trying to control the agenda of Boards. It's insidious.

    "It would be a huge loss not to have Mary on that Board," she said.

    "My love has been Zoning and Planning," said Mrs. Harrington, who boasts the eight generation of Harrington's in Hopkinton in her grandchildren.

     "I don't appreciate the fact that I received a phone call two hours before my grandchildren's graduation," said Mrs. Harrington, who came prepared with a typed letter of resignation from ZAC. She said she will also step down from the Affordable Housing Commission, of which she is Chairman, after the upcoming housing lottery

     Most members of the Planning Board expressed outrage with the manner of how the discussion had been brought before the Board and individually asked Mrs. Harrington to reconsider her resignation, as did this writer. But she refused.

     "I am going to spend the rest of my time on this Earth with my family," she said.

HAWKFEST takes over Hopkins School

Above, Principal Martha Starr with student Jared Sables, left, and Tyler Bergantino.

All Hawkfest HopNews photos by Julie Brennan.

 

June 5, 2006 — Hopkins School's 4th and 5th Grade students and their families engaged in their annual Hawk Fest today on the fields of the Hopkins School. the school's mascot, a hawk, is an acronym for Hopkins Acts With Kindness.

See more Hawkfest photos by Julie Brennan below. CHOOSE A THUMBNAIL FOR A LARGER PHOTO.

         

 

Hopkinton Youth Soccer – Open Registration now through June 15. Register on-line at www.hopkintonsoccer.org. Recreational soccer programs for kindergarten through High School. For more information, see our website or call 435-5523.

The congregation of First Congregational Church has done spring clean-up and donated many treasures for a HUGE garage sale on Saturday, June 10. Additionally, there is a pancake breakfast, car wash, plant sale and bake sale. We begin at 7 am and go until 2 pm. All proceeds go to help our teens go to Costa Rica this summer. They will be working on a building project and a food pantry project. See you Saturday! UPLOAD YOUR TOTALLY FREE CLASSIFIED! CHOOSE THE ICON.

2nd Public Forum on Development Options

For the Weston Nurseries Property

Thursday, June 15, 2006, 7:00 –9:30PM

First Congregational Church of Hopkinton

Chapel Reception Room

146 East Main Street, Hopkinton

 

Who should attend?

Residents of Ashland, Hopkinton and Southborough who are interested in the future development of the   Weston Nurseries property.

 

What topics will be covered?

Three development alternatives will be presented:

Possible buildout under existing zoning.

Open space preservation supported by development.

Smart Growth Development.

 

The impacts of these alternatives will be reviewed:

Fiscal impacts

Water and transportation

Housing and economic development

Open space and wildlife

 

There will be an open public forum for comments, questions and concerns. 

What is your reaction to the mix of uses?

How do you feel about the potential impacts?

What do you think needs further analysis during the E. Hopkinton Master Plan process?

                       

This meeting is sponsored by a committee composed of representatives from Ashland, Hopkinton, Southborough and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.  For more information, please call Joan Blaustein @ (617) 451-2770 Extension 2023 or e-mail jblaustein@mapc.org

Neighborhood Yard Sale next Saturday

Looking for furniture, rugs, or small appliances to furnish that college apartment? Twin beds for the extra bedroom? Books for your library? Sporting equipment? Are your kids nuts for Rescue Heroes or American Girl dolls? You'll find it all when 10+ families in Springwood Estates, Hopkinton, have their multi-family yard sale on June 10, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Choose the icon to learn more much more about the yard sale and to upload your Totally Free Classified ad.

Fr. James Degnan to retire

Last Mass on June 11

 

June 4, 2006 — Fr. James Degnan, who first came to Hopkinton in 1979 and settled in at the former rectory at the mansion at 25 Main Street, has announced his upcoming retirement from leading the St. John the Evangelist parish on December 31, 2006.

      Over the years, he has overseen the construction of the Parish Center, as well as the move to a new rectory on Church Street, a modest one-story ranch house, in a move to save energy costs.

     Fr. Degnan passed two milestones last year; his fiftieth, or Golden, Anniversary as a priest, and his 75th birthday.

    In a letter mailed to parishioners and others at the end of May, Fr. Jim, as he calls himself, cited declining energies of mind and body as a reason for leaving his pastoral duties. Last year he underwent surgery and believes more may be needed soon.

    "You have been my family and St. John's has been my home for a third of my life. It will not be an easy separation for either of us," he writes.

     Fr. Jim is known for his affinity for golfing and for having a strong singing voice, which he has never been bashful to share at Mass or other gatherings (Choose Video icon — Sorry, but synchronization in video is a bit off).

     It has been conveyed to HopNews today from several sources today that Fr. Jim will conduct his last Mass on Sunday, June 11, 2006 at 10:00 am.    

Group makes choice for East Hopkinton Master Plan

Sasaki gets nod

June 4, 2006 — The Land Use Study Committee, which was established last year after the announcement of the sale of 615 acres of Weston Nurseries' property, met last Wednesday with Planning Board members to discuss their take on the recent presentations and bids for the East Hopkinton Master Plan that was approved at this year's Town Meeting, to the tune of $200,000.

     Sasaki was the company that got the most votes out of three companies that answered a Request For Proposal for the plan. The other companies included ICON and Community Opportunies Group, a company that has done work for the Committee in the past.

     Many in the group felt that Sasaki had given the best presentation, and with a team of professionals who appeared to have worked together.

     Sasaki's bid came in at $15,000 more than the approved funding for the Master Plan, but the group decided to find the extra money through other government sources, because they felt the value Sasaki delivered was unique. 

      It is uncertain what will happen if Weston Nurseries is sold in the meantime. Conventional wisdom would dictate that the buyer would then develop their own Master Plan for that one-third of the property under consideration. Weston Nurseries principals, brothers Wayne and Roger Mezitt, have each presented preliminary development plans for the entire 966 acres under their combined control, equaling the one-third. 

      The full Planning Board is expected to formally vote on the matter Monday evening.

Intensity!

 

 

 

     Above, the half back carrying the ball displays a style seen thousands of times, but she is a woman, as are all of her teammates, part of the New England Intensity, an all-women football team that belongs to  Women's Professional Football League.

    To see a few frames of their practice at Cornell's this afternoon, as well as a fisherman juggling a fish, and a train of geese in the pouring rain while a train whistle sounds in the background, choose the icon.

Public Information night for StageCoach Heights

affordable housing lottery Wednesday, June 7, 2006 at 6:00 pm at Town Hall

The Hopkinton Housing Partnership Committee/Housing Committee and Stagecoach Heights Realty, announce  applications for affordable housing at “Stagecoach Heights”.  Town employees and residents who would be first time homeowners may be eligible and are urged to apply. Read about eligibility here on Town's web site.

 

 

 "If you see Dick Schofield on Sunday, June 4, 2006, wish him a happy 70th birthday!" 

Next Generation Children's Centers opened up its doors to the Hopkinton community to see a performance by The Pumpernickel Puppets. Fun was had by all!! Children shown are: Brayden Snyder and Isabella Thurber, along with John McDonough of the Pumpernickel Puppets

State Police Respond to Damaged Bridge on Route 128 South Dedham 

 Route 128 South and the right lane of Route 1 North remain closed, and will remain closed until sometime on Sunday.

 

Today at 6:30 a.m., State Police from the Framingham Barracks responded to Route 128 South in Dedham to investigate a truck hauling an excavator striking the Route 1 overpass causing serious structural damage.

 

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Paul Brancato indicated the following:  Lawrence V. Mawn, age 59, of Braintree, was operating a 2000 Kenworth Tractor towing a flatbed loaded with an excavator that was traveling in the right travel lane of Route 95 south in Dedham. As the vehicle traveled under the Route 1 over pass the boom of the excavator struck a supporting I beam which caused it to tear off from the bridge. Debris from the separation of the I beam resulted in damage to three other vehicles, a 1996 Mitsubishi being operated by Emerson Philippeaux, age 20, of Waltham, a 1999 Chevrolet 3500 Truck operated by Michael Garvin, age 50, of Boston, and a 2005 Volvo Tractor Trailer operated by Dwight McNeill, age 42, of Lumberton North Carolina.  None of the occupants of these vehicles suffered any injuries.

     Lawrence Mawn left the scene after causing the damage to the bridge. He was later located by the Canton Police Department on Ledgewood Drive in Canton. He has been charged with 1.Leaving the scene of a property damage accident, 2. Operating a motor vehicle so as to endanger, 3. Operating a vehicle over height.

     The damage to the bridge caused the State Police to close Route 128 North and South at Route 1,     and Route 1 North and South crossing over Route 128.  These roadways remained closed for approximately two hours while Mass Highway examined the bridge.  At 8:30 a.m. Route 128 North and Route 1 South was reopened to traffic.

     Route 128 South and the right lane of Route 1 North remain closed, and will remain closed until sometime on Sunday.

     This incident remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section. Troopers at the scene were assisted by Dedham Police Department, Westwood Police Department and Canton Police Department, and Mass Highway.

 Monday rain date for Hopkinton baseball 

 

The Hopkinton High-School Baseball team will have to wait till Monday (4:00) in Duxbury to play their South Sectional Tournament game . The Hillers advanced as they bested Pembroke 10-1 Thursday behind the steady pitching of Andrew Tarca. The game was Hopkinton's from the start as the Hillers built up seven run lead early. The Hillers are rested as they will put their best foot forward as they try to advance to the semi Finals of the section. The Hillers have not named a starting pitcher but it appears that the staff is well rested and the bats are booming. Steve Knox pitched one inning of perfect baseball on Thursday. Good Luck to the Hillers on Sunday!! ~ Peter Marso

Delegate to Convention likes Patrick

Dear Editor,

I will be one of the many delegates to the Democratic State Convention this weekend, representing the Democrats of Hopkinton. At our caucus in February, I pledged support to Deval Patrick, and I intend on honoring that pledge.

 

I believe leadership in New England can be a very difficult task. To be a leader, it assumes that you have people ready to follow. New England promotes independent thought, and a healthy respect for the ideal of questioning authority,FULL LETTER

Hopkinton Public Library Book Sale Postponed to June 10

 

Book and Plant Sale

The Friends of the Hopkinton Public Library will sponsor a book and plant sale on Saturday, June10 from 9:00am to 1:00pm.  Come by the library and get some great deals on plants and books all while helping a good cause.

 

Library Hosts Student Poetry Reading

On Saturday, June 10, at 10:00 a.m., the Hopkinton Public Library will host a Student Poetry Reading program sponsored by the Cultural Arts Alliance.  Cheryl Perreault, who is coordinating the project for the CAA, says the program is a celebration of student poetry and is intended to kick-off the start of summer.  She anticipates there will be over 25 poets from 2nd grade through high school from Hopkinton and other Metrowest schools, with poetry showcasing some of Hopkinton school’s special poetry projects.   Other highlights of the event will include Pam Pendleton with her 5th grade West African style drumming group sharing poetry and percussion, and special guest Ellen Schmidt whose mother was Norma Farber, the well known author of children’s poetry. High school and middle school students will want to come and hear special guest, Walnut of Lynn who will share a few of his musical hip-hop style poems and talk briefly about his workshops on writing poetry with teenagers.

 

Summer Hours Begin June 10

Saturday, June 10 will be the last Saturday the library will be open as summer hours begin.  The library will re-open on Saturdays beginning September 9. ~ Tracy Favre

 

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Photo Gallery of graduation (Allow 30 seconds for pics to download)

Above, School Committee Chair delivers a diploma to a graduate during this evening's graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2006.

To see an entire gallery of photos, the majority by Steven Spiegel, Choose this.

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Storm whips through area

June 2, 2006 — A fast moving and fierce storm ripped through the area early yesterday evening, canceling events, downing power lines and disrupting traffic. Fruit Street, above, was blocked by a tree that fell upon power lines, causing a delay for hours until NStar was able to affect a repair.

Hit and run

June 1, 2006 — At 10:45 this evening a female caller, the driver of a limo (Background, right), described as sounding hysterical, phoned Hopkinton Police from a cell phone to say a truck struck her vehicle and the driver fled on foot. Several other calls were received by police from other individuals.   

     The registration of the truck, which got stuck on a wall and was abandoned, came back to a Winter Street address. Police arrived there within five minutes, resulting in the subsequent arrest of a person at that address.

     The female driver of the limo was taken to Milford Hospital by Hopkinton Ambulance.

A gathering of 2006

June 1, 2006 — This group of friends, all Hopkinton High School seniors who will be graduating Friday, June 2, gathered at Bill's Pizza after attending the awards ceremony this evening.

Enter Stage Left finds home on Main Street

Friends bring 24 year-long ambition to fruition

VIDEO Clip

Above, left Mary Scarlata-Rowe, Paul Champlin and Kelly Grill do their best reverse Abbey Road impression as they cross Walcott Street to their new home at 30 Main Street (Building on left).

 

June 1, 2006 — Enter Stage Left Theater Workshop got their keys today to 30 Main Street, located next to the Stove Works, and across Walcott Street from Maria's Caffe Italiano.

     The trio was emphatic that this is an equal partnership, as they explained their commonly held vision.

    The three leaders, Mary Scarlata-Rowe, Paul Champlin, and Kelly (Wescott) Grill began this journey together at Hopkinton High School when they performed in 1982.

     When asked the purpose, Mrs. Mrs. Scarlata-Rowe said, "To provide education in the performing arts; a community home for the arts."

     "This gives us a home base to grow from. We used to keep moving. Now we can grow our membership," said Mrs. Grill.

     The group is not short on experience or education. Mrs. Scarlata-Rowe, who boasts ten years teaching, first performed at six years-old in a reenactment of Paul Revere, and says she never wanted to leave the stage. She is also trained in voice cabaret, and acting.

     Mr. Champlin, who had his directorial debut in second grade has expertise in musical theater and straight theater; and a lot of singing and cabaret, "Which is one of my loves now," he said.

     "I've been a mental health counselor for the last 20 years, which has added to experiences that complement each other," he said.

      Mrs. Grill studied who studied theater arts in college, has since worked as an actress, in live theater, and television production in California.

      The group will be offering lessons in theater arts to all ages of children and adults.

     They are best known for its musicals and its collaboration with the Cultural Arts Alliance. Their newest endeavor, ESL Live is an SNL type of performance, complete with music, comedy skits, and the local "news."

     To see a clip form a live performance of Hooray for Hollywood, and original musical, choose this video link.

     And to learn more, see the schedule of performances, or sign up for lessons, visit their website.    

Police News up-to-date

11:57 am A caller reported a suspected rabid fox in the Hayden Rowe Street and Church Street area...

7:20 pm A caller reported a road rage incident between himself and a white male on a motorcycle with a white female passenger that occurred on main Street...

7:30 pm A passerby reported that a rubber raft with four young people in it appeared to be floating, possibly stranded in the water at the State Park...

4:40 am A neighbor reported a vehicle fire following an explosion on East Street at the YMCA facility. Unknown person or persons set a truck on fire. The Police and Fire Department investigated and found possible evidence on three different roads nearby...

  

 From the Radical Middle...

The man from the left, the woman in pink

Gender-based or color-based distinction?

 

 by Robert Falcione

June 1, 2006      A Letter to the Editor by a respected reader pointed out that the writer of Tuesday's piece on the Selectmen's meeting (Yours truly) identified the women in the photograph by the colors of the clothes they were wearing, pink and powder blue, but did not do so for the men, exposing a subtle trend in journalism.

     The letter writer suggested that I could have also written, "Selectman Holden was wearing a handsome olive green suit, Selectman Shepard seems to be wearing a woodsy tan colored suit, and the other gentlemen are wearing navy blue, midnight black and so on -  sounds rather silly don't you think?"

     May I submit in my own defense that first of all, Navy often looks like black to me, unless brightly lit, so my trying to use those colors as descriptive comments would have been out of the question.  At least I know green from blue, something my dad could never brag about.

     In addition, at 1:30 am, "pink" is easier to say than "second from the left," which is actually first from the left, it being agreed that the one on the left cannot be counted as one unless there is more than one to the right. And I am still uncertain as to the proper convention, which may actually be different among various cultures and points of view.

     The color combination in the photo is one that no photographer worth his mega pixels would ever allow in a formal portrait design, because the bright colors and the dark colors do not do well together. The eye goes to the minority color, or the brightest color, depending upon the entire makeup of the portrait. It is said that the lighter colors come forward. And I might add that I doubt the visual phenomenon is gender-based.

      But most importantly is the role HopNews is playing in setting these trends. I hadn't written my gender-based cut-line (Caption) when 12 hours later the letter writer finds a trend being set. Wow, we are fast. As James Bone of the London Times  said, "HopNews is the future of news." But I am moved to be cautious in other areas and am compiling a list of improper descriptive terms.

 FULL STORY

No Fear

May 31, 2006 — This turkey vulture over the Hopkinton Reservoir today was one of around a half-dozen who had no fear of people, and in fact seem emboldened to circle some people with small dogs. The giant birds, which seem as common as squirrels, were absent from the skies in the 1950's, when the pesticide DDT caused their eggshells to be so soft that the chicks did not hatch healthily.

Subtle trend in journalism

To the Editor:

      I commend you on your complete, timely and neutral coverage on all matters that happen within Town Hall in the town of Hopkinton. I find it amusing, however, that you must identify Mrs. Kramer and Mrs. Pratt by the color of clothing during a recent picture posted on your website. I believe Mrs. Kramer was described as wearing a "powder blue" outfit and Mrs. Pratt was in a "pink" outfit. Why stop there? Selectman Holden was wearing a handsome olive green suit, Selectman Shepard seems to be wearing a woodsy tan colored suit, and the other gentlemen are wearing navy blue, midnight black and so on - sounds rather silly don't you think? FULL LETTER

May 31, 2006 — All eyes were riveted on Firefighter Santucci as he shows this group from Playhouse Pre-school the Stokes Stretcher. He also showed of the Jaws of Life, a hydraulic device used to free trapped motorists from accident scenes. As he pulled out a large cutting machine, one youngster commented that it looked like a lobster claw.

Trusting arms

May 31, 2006 — Playhouse Pre-school student Charlie Nealon, 3, sits in the arms of teacher Betsy Krueger as they watch the Fire Department explain their equipment during a demonstration today in the parking lot on Wood Street.

 

Our next Bugles Across America "Taps Vigil" will be held on June 4th at 7pm at the Clinton St. Cemetery. 

Please join us in honoring our troops.

~Evan Brooks

Original tree hugger

At this time of year gray treefrogs (Hyla versicolor) are often heard trilling on warm, damp nights near wetlands where they gather to breed. Attached is a photo of one taken recently near Pond Street by Keith Love, a Hopkinton High School freshman. (Note the round toepads that enable it to cling to all sorts of surfaces.)

Honeymoon is over

Selectmen's meeting gets contentious

Above, Eric Sonnett, center, in a familiar pose, was on the receiving end this evening as he was presented an award for his service to the town from the Board of Selectmen, including Mary Pratt, pink, and Michael Shepard, far right, who each garnered more votes than Mr. Sonnett in the three-way race for Selectmen at the May 15 election. Len Holden is far left, and Ron Clark next to him. Chairman Muriel Kramer is in powder blue.

 

May 30, 2006 — Former Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Eric Sonnett appeared before the Board this evening to accept an award for his six-plus years of service to the town, an award he felt especially grateful for, saying that he can't remember that happening before.

     "The town boards; it's the most rewarding experience," he said. "Everyone in the room is a volunteer — it is the single most rewarding thing you can do," he said

     He was praised or thanked by each of the current Selectmen, and then exchanged handshakes or hugs with each of them.

 

Dangerous situation

      Fire Chief Gary Daugherty, Chief of Police Thomas Irvin, and Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John Phelan were on hand to receive proclamations for their emergency response planning in making the town and the children safe during the recent Liquefied Natural Gas tanker rollover that closed the Mass Pike for over a half a day.

      "We really do have multi-agency cooperation and planning," said Chief Daugherty.

      Dr. Phelan announced the departure of Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kevin Lyons, who has taken a new position as the Superintendent of Schools in Newburyport. FULL STORY

VIERA, Fla. -- Leslie Walter Sables, 69, of Viera, Fla., for the past 15 years, formerly of Lincoln, R.I., and Hopkinton, died unexpectedly Saturday, May 27, 2006.
     He was the husband of Dolores R. (Bois) Sables for 50 years. ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE.

Two recently added features

   

    For those who haven't noticed, we have upgraded the Discussion Page to a new look which has gotten nothing but favorable reviews. Let us know what you think!

    The Totally Free Classified page has also been upgraded so that people can now upload their own ads, remove them, and edit them too. And soon, we will have the capability to link to ads from the region, the state, and the country. Upload your yard sale information, or some stuff from your yard sale.

     And of course the top of the page has been changed to make what we believe to be our most popular pages more easily accessible, with new icons to point the way.

     Some of these changes were made from reader feedback, which we always appreciate. Thanks for your support. ~Editor

Praise for the Soldier

Dear Editor,

            On Memorial Day 2006 we are honoring our soldiers and the sacrifices they have made throughout history defending our American way of life, I think the poem of Robert Province is appropriate: FULL LETTER

 
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