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Another $8,000 for Easter Seals

Above, Kirk Johslin from Easter Seals, Karen O'Neil from Staples, athlete Dick Hoyte, Bob Dobinski from Corporate Communications.

June 29, 2006 — At a luncheon this past Wednesday, Karen O'Neil from Staples presented a $5,000 check to Easter Seals, adding to a $3,000 purchase of a poster signed by Rick and Dick Hoyt that hung along the streets of Hopkinton on Patriot's Day.

Medical Reserve Corps started in Hopkinton

Above, Fire Chief Gary Daugherty and Public Health Administrator Tom Ryder

 

June 29, 2006 — Kevin Harmon, a coordinator for the newly formed Region 4A of the MRC (Medical Reserve Corps) gave a presentation to nearly three dozen residents at the High School this evening. The MRC has been funded with a grant from the Center for Disease Control, and consists of citizen volunteers, most of whom have a medical or public health specialty, and will train and prepare to assist in a local emergency, from a viral outbreak to a hurricane. Non-medical residents are also welcome to volunteer and will receive training in other areas.

     Mr. Harmon said that after he returned from helping in the Gulf Coast after the recent disasters, the first thing he did was to prepare a 72 hour kit which should carry all the essentials that will be unavailable in the event of a loss of utilities.

    The MRC website offers a wealth of information about the organization.

    For more local information, email Mr. Ryder at tomr@hopkinton.org or phone him at the Board of Health 508-497-9725.    

STATE POLICE SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS

 

Colonel Mark Delaney announced that “Sobriety Checkpoints” will be implemented by the Massachusetts State Police on Secondary State Highways. The purpose is to further educate the motoring public and strengthen the public’s awareness to the need of detecting and removing those motorists who operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from our roadways. They will be operated during varied hours, the selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary, safety will be assured, and any inconveniences to motorists will be minimized with advance notice to reduce fear and anxiety.

CORRECTION: In a story about dropping student enrollment due to  lower census figures, this writer wrote that the discussion took place at the School Committee meeting after the cameras were shut off  and the reporters had gone home. That was incorrect. The "workshop" meetings, although public, are not televised, nor do reporters ordinarily attend.

Roy Vorce, 36, a 1987 Graduate of Hopkinton High School died unexpectedly Saturday, June 24, 2006 at his home in Tucson, Arizona.   Roy moved from Hopkinton to Tucson 14 years ago to build a life with his wife, Tammy Mitchell and her family all of Tucson.  Roy loved being in Tucson, but called Hopkinton “his home”.  He was a carpenter and was attending College to be in computer drafting. 

He took great pride and joy in his three dogs, Luke, Kayla and Nala whom he treated as if they were his children.

 Arrangements Complete.

POLICE NEWS UP-TO-DATE

 

11:37 pm Sgt. Michael Sutton, and Officers William Burchard and Aaron O'Neil responded to a 911 call for a motor vehicle accident on Lumber Street where a party was unconscious...

 

1:28 pm Officer Thomas Lemon reported a possible hit and run on Cordaville Road....

 

11:50 pm A caller reported a suspicious vehicle parked outside her house on Rocky Woods Road....

State Police C.A.R.E. About July 4th Traffic Safety

Department employs B.A.T. Mobile


 

June 29, 2006 — In an effort to reduce the number of crashes on New England roadways during the upcoming July 4th Holiday Weekend, the Massachusetts State Police hosted a media event on Thursday June 29, 2006 at State Police Headquarters in Framingham, highlighting the department’s participation in Operation C.A.R.E. Operation C.A.R.E. is a Combined Accident Reduction Effort between seven State Police Agencies comprised of all six New England states and the state of New York.

     C.A.R.E. enters its 29th year of operation in 2006. This makes it one of the longest running traffic safety initiatives in our nation's history. Operation C.A.R.E. was formed to deter the three key causes of highway fatalities: speeding, impaired operation and failure to use occupant restraints.
     The vision that initiated the Operation C.A.R.E. program was born in the minds of Sergeant Gary Ernst of the Michigan State Police and First Sergeant Gene Neff of the Indiana State Police. Operation C.A.R.E. was formed as a multi-jurisdictional program of patrol, enforcement, and planning activities committed to the goal of accident reduction. Little did they know that their simple plan for interstate cooperation would lead all the way out here in the east and to the program we have today. Photo,
Colonel Mark F. Delaney addressing the media in Framingham today.
      The first Operation C.A.R.E. weekend was the July 4th holiday weekend in 1977. Today all 50 states,
American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands, and the Provinces of Ontario and Quebec are actively involved in C.A.R.E., making it an international traffic safety program.

     In 2005, there were 4 fatalities as a result of motor vehicle crashes on Massachusetts roadways.

     Colonel Mark F. Delaney was on hand to discuss what the Massachusetts State Police will be doing to reduce traffic crashes through the holiday period. “No matter where you travel in the Commonwealth, State and local police will be out in force looking for impaired drivers, aggressive drivers and those who aren’t buckled up”, said Colonel Delaney. Standing next to representatives of all six New England states and New York, he went on to say, “that commitment is shared by State Police throughout the northeast”.

     Thanks to funding provided by the Governor’s Highway Safety Bureau, the Massachusetts State Police and more than 270 local police departments will have additional dedicated patrols who will be focusing on these dangerous driving behaviors through participation in saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints. Additionally, tomorrow the State Police will operate another iteration of Operation Zero Tolerance. This Department initiated program puts together extra enforcement teams made up of State Police officers not normally assigned patrol functions. These enforcement teams will add about 50 Troopers to existing patrols during a critical point in the holiday travel period. “Operation Zero Tolerance shows how deeply committed we are to making the roadways of the Commonwealth safer for holiday travelers”, said Colonel Delaney.

     In addition to enforcement activities, the Governor’s Highway Safety Bureau has funded anti-drunk-driving radio ads that will run throughout the holiday period.

     During the media event, members of the media were invited to participate in discussions and demonstrations on traffic safety measures and safe driving practices. The State Police Traffic Programs Section conducted demonstrations utilizing the “Convincer,” a roll over simulator which demonstrates the effects of not wearing a safety belt when involved in a motor vehicle rollover. Members of the media were also given a tour of the B.A.T. (Breath Alcohol Testing) Mobile. The 40-foot-long B.A.T. mobile can travel to sobriety checkpoints anywhere in the Commonwealth and provide lighting, video taping and a place to process the impaired driver on site; in short, it is a mobile police station.  The new tool was funded through a $378,000 Governor’s Highway Safety Bureau grant along with $80,000 in State Police funds.  State and local police will hold joint sobriety checkpoints using the B.A.T. mobile primarily during “You Drink & Drive. You Lose.” mobilizations around the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends.

<----- Poll results

 

     The apparent reason billboards are not (To our knowledge) allowed in Hopkinton and other towns is because of their disruption of the view.

    To have a billboard that moves from parking spot to parking spot with seems to be an explicit attempt to advertise with a billboard without having to apply for signage. Are these currently regulated by the sign bylaws. Probably not. Those apply to business real estate. Can they be regulated by a by-law? Perhaps.

     It could be worth the effort to learn more, if this phenomenon proliferates. A clear majority of readers participating in the poll did not like the idea.

June 28, 2006 — A mallard duck and her brood of at least 8 young paddle off into the sunset today at Whitehall.

12U Marlins win the Championship in a nail-biting finish

On Wednesday, June 21st the 12U Marlins took the field against the 12U Athletics for an exciting, nail-biting, championship game. At the end of the 1st inning the Marlins were up 3-1, only to lose that lead in the 2nd inning as the Athletics were ahead 4-3. The next two innings resulted in a 1 run lead by the Marlins. The final score - - Marlins 11 and the Athletics 9.
     Both teams (players, coaches, and parents alike) are to be commended for their great plays and more importantly for their "championship" attitudes.
     An interesting note - all the championship games in the first round ended in only a 1 run difference. Proof that all the teams were pretty evenly matched lending to an interesting season for all (despite all the rain outs!!)
    Picture - team with their trophies in the front left to right: Eliza Carroll, Shay Forsmo, Kerri McBride, Taylor Dourney, Kaylin Albanese
In rear standing left to right; Asst. Coach - Bill Riordan, Megan Wright, Megan Brown, Lara Murray, Nicole Anagnostaras, Sara Riordan, Belle Teesdale, Nicole Mellor, Head Coach - Mike Carroll

A seagull doing his best Groucho Marx impression at the Hopkinton Reservoir today.

Yard Sale on Saturday

Mostly furniture, lamps and accessories plus Washer and Electric Dryer. Saturday (7/1/2006) no earlier than 8 am. Bring truck!! 154 Clinton Street (South on Clinton from 135 past YMCA turnoff) Hopkinton.

Hopkinton Medical Reserve Corps

        Informational Meeting on

Thursday June 29th from 7-8 pm

            at the High School

 

Please come join us to learn how to protect our community in the event of a Crisis, we need all type of volunteers to form Hopkinton’s Medical Reserve Corps to have a better prepared community.

For more Information Contact Hopkinton Board of Health # 508-497-9725 or go to the National web page:

http://www.medicalreservecorps.gov

 

First concert on the common Sunday, July 9th at 5:00.  Parks and Recreation welcomes The Barnstormers.

 

The Barnstormers, have been together for a little over a year.  They are a cover band with 2 full set drummers and a wide range of influences from Rock & Roll, Blues and Southern Rock stemming from the 1920s to the present. The band plays music for all ages to dance or just kick back and enjoy. ~ Michele

 

Finding buried treasure by satellite

Consumer use of military technology

by Elizabeth Eidlitz
June 28, 2006 — Notes in bottles, scavenger hunts, scenic hikes and Hansel and Gretel’s bread crumb trails have been updated by cutting-edge technology into a sophisticated outdoor sport: Geocaching.
    This four-season activity involves searching for some 255,056 active caches currently placed in 220 countries worldwide.
    A typical cache is a watertight plastic box or metal ammo container, containing a log book (with pen or pencil) and trinkets -- unusual coins, small toys, ornamental buttons, stickers, Post-its, Matchbox cars, costume jewelry, marbles, even CDs or books. Occasionally, it includes a higher value item, reserved for the "first to find" (FTF), or Travel Bugs, objects moved from cache to cache, whose journey may be logged online.
    Cache sizes range from "microcaches," too small to hold more than a tiny paper log, to five-gallon buckets or larger containers, filled with treasures.
    How do you play a game made possible only six years ago when the government first allowed civilian access to GPS satellite data? READ FULL STORY

One in custody

June 28, 2006 — A driver who stopped at the scene of a vehicle that had crashed and was off of the road, alleges the driver said he did not have an accident. The man was given a sobriety test and was charged with OUI Liquor. Above, Officer Aaron O'Neil places handcuffs on teh man, while Officer William Burchard observes.

 Selectmen's Meeting

Sewer rates, Water rates and fees go up

Litigation with Verizon

Soapbox Derby coming to town

June 27, 2006 — The Selectmen voted this evening to raise user rates by 10% for the sewer and 13% for the water, as well as an increase of $1,000 to hookup to the system. The new hookup fee will be $4,250. These rate hikes were needed to bring the water/sewer enterprise fund into the black, rather than to borrow from the general fund as it has every year.

     John Palmer of the Board of Assessors was on hand to report that Hopkinton is one of 200 or so cities and towns that Verizon is challenging the personal property tax valuations. According to Mr. Palmer, the assessments cover 3 years and total $26.6 million. The total tax is unclear, but the abatements potentially add up to $332,000.

      The Soap Box Derby may be coming to Hopkinton if Hopkinton resident Bob Barnes has his way. Mr. Barnes' initial request was for an entire weekend in August, but Police Chief Thomas Irvin said that Mr. Barnes' request to close Grove Street for an entire weekend could not be acted on that quickly, because of the preparations that would be necessary to pull that off.

      Mr. Barnes also said that EMC would allow the use of a building's lot, but he wants it in a street. 

Below, Mr. Barnes' son, who won some honors in 2004 for his Soap Box Derby achievements

Dick Hoyt at Framingham country Club

From left, NSWMA officers Steve Changaris and Mike Camara, Pam Jernberg from EL Harvey, Dick Hoyt, and Kirk Johslin from the Easter Seals

June 27, 2006 — Jim Harvey of EL Harvey & Sons hosted Dick Hoyt of the famous father-son Marathon wheelchair racing duo, Team Hoyt, as well as corporate, media and other supporters today at the Framingham Country club. The waste haulers industry has raised $360,000 for Easter Seals, the largest donation by an industry to that organization.

Eric Sonnett honored

Above, from left, Selectmen Len Holden and Ron Clark with former Chairman Eric Sonnett.

June 27, 2006 — Former Selectman Eric Sonnett was the guest at an Appreciation Breakfast in his name put on  by fifty of his closest friends at Maria's Caffe Italiano this morning. Speaker after speaker paid tribute to his hard work, dedication, skill and contributions to the town of Hopkinton. Leaders from politics and business praised Mr. Sonnett and spoke confidently that he would continue to serve in some capacity.

Hankie and wig society

June 26, 2006 — ESL Theater at 30 Main Street was jam packed with budding thespians on Saturday during their workshop open house. Above, recent high school graduate, Caitlin Shea, fans herself after learning that she received a $500 scholarship from ESL. Left, Paul Champlin is beside himself with surprise (Although he taped the check to the poster board), Mary Scarlata-Rowe is reduced to a tearful quiver, and on the far right, the overjoyed Kelly Grill gets ready to catch Caitlin in the event she loses her legs from the excitement. Of course, they are all acting (It's what they do).

Cleared for takeoff

June 26, 2006 — A robin will allow a fairly close invasion of its personal space, as this one did on the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam during a rainstorm over the weekend as it takes off and retracts its landing gear. Is this a snapshot or a carefully planned and cropped photograph? Can you identify any artistic elements? If so, how many and what are they? Email to: Editor@HopNews.com

More photos from the Timlin 5k race and family fun day.

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Why at the "Y"

Staff and prospective attendees take a moment at the archery range Saturday.

June 26, 2006 — The Hopkinton branch of the Metrowest YMCA on East Street held its Open House between the raindrops this past Saturday. Director John Barclay said that the turnout was better than expected.

Against the Tide

June 26, 2006 — Hopkinton Fire Department Lt. Ken Clark was the captain of this ship last weekend, helping secure the buoys that demarked the course for the Against the Tide event at the Hopkinton Reservoir.

POLICE NEWS UP-TO-DATE

 

11:59 am A passing motorist reported a fox acting suspiciously on the Loop Road near the High School...

 

11:07 pm A caller reported a man with a box in his hand running across the road and into the woods on Hayden Rowe Street...

 

2:29 pm A caller reported that a pit bull attacked his dog while he was walking it on Briarcliff Drive... 

 

Photo of fox taken in Charlesview by Kailee O'Neil. It had just gone shopping nearby and is returning with some squirrel to feed its young.

NOTE: The fox is not a nocturnal animal, so it is normal behavior for it to be out in the daytime as it hunts fior food for its young cubs that are born in the springtime.

Wifflestock?

June 25, 2006 — These boys found the mud while their parents were distracted by playing in the Annual Wiffle Rock Tournament at Cornell field, making their activities look more like Woodstock.

Drivers' quandary

June 25, 2006 — The drivers heading northbound on Route 495 toward the scene of the accident below, were beset by confusion in this unusual scene as four emergency vehicles came  upon them from two sides. Nonetheless, somehow they all headed toward the middle of the roadway and made room for both sides.

Two sent to the hospital

June 25, 2006 — A crash in the high-speed lane of Route 495 North near the Mass Pike interchange late this afternoon sent at least two people to the hospital.

(Some) Red Sox come to Hopkinton

June 25, 2006 — Curt Schilling signs an autograph for Hopkinton Red Sox fan Alex Danahy at the High School athletic Center today while Alex's mom, Dale, looks on, beaming.

Sharon Timlin Memorial 5k Road Race to cure ALS

June 25, 2006 — Slowly pacing after crossing the finish line, Keiron Tumbleton (1), a member of the race's sponsor, Hopkinton Running Club,  came in far ahead of second place winner Tom Clark, behind him. This is his second consecutive year winning. The race was started in memory of Sharon Timiln, mother of Red Sox Player, Mike Timlin, who was on hand during and after the race with some of his teammates to sign autographs. Mrs. Timlin died of ALS.

Now you see it...

Alf the Clown, also known as Michael Alfano the world-renown sculptor, entertained young and old at the Family Fun part of the 5k race.

Star Power

Above, Steve Burton, Tim Kilduff, Ginny Burton, Steve's wife.

June 25, 2006 — CBS 4 Sportscaster Steve Burton, left,  gave of his celebrity and special abilities in taking over the microphone and announcing the winners of the 5 K race in the Athletic Center of the High School today. In the center is Tim Kilduff, President of the HAA (Hopkinton Athletic Association), which has a close relationship with the Hopkinton Running Club.

Bus ahoy

June25, 2006 — This family, or two, apparently likes the idea of staying together, one day last week at Hopkinton State Park, where Barry Gold runs Outdoor Recreation, providing guests with all sorts of floating devices.

The Macmillans

Above from left , Bill Macmillan and his wife, Ursula, and his brother, Dan at the microphones..

June 25, 2006 — Hopkinton native Dan Macmillan, who was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and is undergoing treatment, organized a fundraiser at Connery's Inn in Framingham on Saturday to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Nearly the entire two rooms were made up of Hopkinton natives, and of them, most were Macmillan's or married to one. Bill said, introducing the group, "We're the Macmillan's!" Then his wife Ursula added to the declaration:

     "And so are you, and you..." she said pointing at people in the audience.

     Local singer/songwriter Kevin Griffin also performed and donated the proceeds from the sales of his CD's to the cause, as well as several corporate benefactors.

     Dan believes the group raised close to $4,000 between ticket sales and gifts.

     To see a short video of last night's music, click here.

Standing sentinel

June 25, 2006 — Cookie's Corner took on another dimension in the foggy mist last night as the Doughboy Monument cast a piercing shadow upward. The Doughboy is the name given World War I foot soldiers who went to Europe to fight in the trenches. Some had just arrived in America as immigrants.

Athletic Mecca?

June 25, 2006 — These bicycle racers two weeks ago were part of an unpublicized  triathlon that started in Hopkinton. More and more athletic events are using Hopkinton as their hub. HAA President Tim Kilduff is pushing to have the region, with Hopkinton at its core, a center of athletic commerce. This coming Tuesday evening the Selectmen will entertain a presentation to have a Soap Box Derby in Hopkinton. 

June 24, 2006 — Performer Caitlin Shea receives a $500 scholarship check from Enter Stage Left Theater principals, Paul Champlin, Mary Scarlata-Rowe, and Kelly Grill, as they all ham it up in their new quarters at 30 Main Street.

Two years in a row!

June 24, 2006 — 2006 High School graduate Emily Sutliff of West Roxbury, above,  has won the Against the Tide competitive swim race at Hopkinton State Park for the second year in a row. She plans to attend Northeastern University in the fall and swim for their team. Below, she gets checked in by a team member while her proud parents look on. Learn more about this event, which is held by the Massachusetts Breast Cancer coalition, here: www.mbcc.org/swim 

Elementary School may not be needed at Fruit Street

Data shows enrollment projections down ~ School Committee to study data further

 

by Robert Falcione

June 23, 2006 — An agenda item not appearing in the School Committee press packet received by HopNews earlier in the day yesterday was perhaps the most controversial of the evening: the possibility that recent enrollment projections preclude the need for a new school on the town-owned Fruit Street property. The committee also discussed this item a few weeks ago during a "workshop" session which is a public meeting that is not televised.

     However, in a telephone interview this evening, the new School Committee Chairman, Rebecca Robak, confirmed that the School Committee is taking a hard look at the very real possibility that the new elementary school planned to be built at Fruit Street may not be needed — at least not immediately.

     "We're not sure," she said when asked if the news was true. "We have received some enrollment data figures from NESDC (New England School Development Council) and we have to see if the data is accurate. They are respected by the School Building Authority.

    "We have used them for the past several years and they have been  right on target and surprisingly accurate. The census showed a lower birth rate," she said.

     Keeping the possibility open, Ms. Robak said, "But Center School is an older school; and Weston Nurseries is not included [In the projections].

    "We think our town services area strained. We are at a good size for what we are.

    "We would rather not see large homes," she said, referring to the planning of Weston Nurseries land that is up for auction.

    "Center School might not support the programs we plan to offer," she said.

    If a Fruit Street School is built, the School Committee plan has been to draw school districts, making three schools Grades 1-5.

    "The School Committee made that decision before I was on it," she said.

    One of the possibilities bothering parents is that with the creation of districts will be the creation of a socio-economic divide among the children.

     "I don't know if we'll run into that," said Ms. Robak. "There are pockets of differences throughout Hopkinton. I don't think there's a rich side of town — and we'll be conscious of that when drawing the districts."

     The School Committee had voted some time ago to hire an OPM (Owner's Project Manager) to oversee the building of the Fruit Street School, but the recent data calls into question the very need; and the company projected to manage the project needs to know soon.

   "We want to make sure there's a school to be built before we hire a manger," she said.

    The School Committee will take up the issue again on July 6.

 ENTER STAGE LEFT THEATER'S OPEN HOUSE IS THIS WEEKEND!!            Saturday June 24th Between 1 and 4pm at 30 Main Street. Paul, Mary and Kelly will be available to answer any questions and to take registrations for classes.

 

ESL Theater announces scholarship:

      We are pleased to announce our scholarship winner for 2006 is ....  Caitlin Shea!

      Caitlin has been involved with ESL Theater for the last three years and wrote a beautiful essay about her experience.  We thought we would share it with you!  If you see her be sure to congratulate her!  Caitlin will be attending Catholic University in the Fall majoring in the arts. 

      We wish we could grant scholarships to all who apply!  Please keep in mind that this scholarship is not just for high school seniors .  Everyone who is pursuing higher education is eligible.  You can apply each year!  With the expansion of our education program and our new space we also strive to expand our scholarship program!

      Photo, right, of Caitlin Shea singing at graduation 2006.

 

An essay by Caitlin Shea

A white, dilapidated barn stands slanted against the New England weathered sky of my small town behind our Cultural Arts Alliance building, a renovated building of the same seventeenth century era.  When members of the CAA wanted to renovate the crumbling barn into a theater available to the citizens of the town, I immediately asked where I could sign up.  Since that date I have participated in two shows run and written by our community theater members, raising funds for this dream and contributing a hundred hours of my time per show for the cause.  I am now participating in their production of "Bye Bye Birdie" in a lead role.  I fell with ease into the sense of community and selflessness that each production carried in its soul.  Working with people of all ages towards this goal, I find no burden, just joy as we gather more funds each performance.  The hours of labor and love I put in to this project, among many other cast and crew members has demonstrated to me that I can use my passions to help make a difference.  This addition of a performance space will benefit the town of Hopkinton immensely, giving musicians, thespians, and speakers a place to share their talents. 

Enter Stage Left has given me various opportunities and joys.  I have relished the ability to spend more time with my family as well as cultivate my love for performing.  Thank you!

Youth Ministry

Father Ken with some of the youth enjoying St. John's Youth Ministry Barbecue on Wednesday at Hopkinton State Park.

Community Covenant

 

    Please feel free to stop by the Community Covenant

Church (2 W. Elm St.) on Friday, June 23 from 6-8 pm.  If not raining, the church yard will be converted to "Bethlehem Village", a replication of Bible times, as part of the summer educational program for children and families.  If it is raining, it will be held inside!

     Also, on Sat. 6/24 from 9 -2, the youth group will hold a Rummage sale and, weather permitting, a car wash to raise funds for their summer travel to a youth event in Tennessee.

Photo of new addition progress.

  StageCoach Heights

 

REMINDER

 June 28, 2006 at 5:00 pm is the deadline.

 

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.

 

 

School Committee gives Dr. Phelan raise ~ 3 year contract

Elects Officers

By Julie Brennan

 

June 23, 2006—Last night’s School Committee meeting began with the unanimous election of a new Chair and Vice Chair.  The committee elected Rebecca Robak to be their new Chairperson, and Phil Totino for Vice Chair.  Both elections were unanimous (Left, HopNews photo by Julie Brennan).

 

The committee then moved on to recognize Dr. Kevin Lyons for over five years of service to the School Committee.  He was presented with a plaque in recognition of his excellence, and was offered a fond farewell from fellow committee members as he attended his last meeting before taking on a position in Newburyport.  Chief of Police, Thomas Irvin, also presented Dr. Lyons with a certificate of thanks for service to the community as a whole.

 

Several school administrators were also recognized in light of their retirement, including High School Principle, Dorothy Gould, who is also taking a position in Newburyport.

 

HPTA Chair Pam Waxlax presented the committee with the HPTA Annual Report, proudly stating that the group had 425 members this past year.  Much of their budget funded new enrichment programs for all schools, and after school extra curricular programs in the elementary schools.  They plan on adding more programs next year, including an extra curricular Chinese language program in the High School and Middle School.

 

After the HPTA report, Dr. Kevin Lyons updated the committee on the progress of hiring new staff in the schools.  He reported that the delay due to the override caused them to lose a few prospective teachers and staff members, but overall he felt that the process would be finished earlier than years past.  There were fifty vacancies this year—far fewer than in the past few years—and as of right now thirty-two of them are filled, including three Assistant Principle positions.  Out of the eighteen left, ten of the vacancies are at the High School, mostly in the special education department.  The loss of faculty this year was due mostly to the usual causes:  retirements, resignations, and non-renewal of contracts. (File photo, Dr. John Phelan)  FULL STORY

Senator Spilka earmarks $250,000 for Hopkinton Athletic Association (HAA)

Pushes for Regional Transit Authority

 

June 22, 2006 — Senator Karen Spilka is thrilled to announce that the economic stimulus conference report included $250,000 for the Hopkinton Athletic Association for facilitation, promotion and coordination of trade and tourism activities in connection with the international 'Running for the Human Race' project.

    President of the HAA, Timothy Kilduff (File photo), said, "This is a quantum leap forward. This catapults us to a much different position.

     "We could have a half-marathon. Fred Tressler and I believe we can get 5,000 people the first year, because of an affinity for the course. It is beyond Hopkinton's borders, but Hopkinton will remain the center of an athletically centered region," Mr. Kilduff said.

     Senator Spilka is excited to note that, included in the economic stimulus conference report, is legislative language allowing towns in the MetroWest region the same right enjoyed by other towns throughout the Commonwealth to create and/or join a Regional Transit Authority (RTA) of their choosing.  The MetroWest region of the state is the largest region without its own RTA, and it has severely limited each town’s options in making their public transportation plans as self-determinant and cost-efficient as possible.  This language, which is identical to language in legislation she proposed that was reported favorably by the Joint Committee on Transportation, should pave the way to the establishment of a MetroWest RTA that towns can choose to join at their individual behests. FULL STORY

Larry Faiman honored

30 years as Town counsel

Above, from left, Former Selectmen Dick Gooding, John Hinckley, Dr. John Duffy, Penny Manchester, Selectman Lenny Holden, Town Counsel Larry Faiman, Executive Secretary Ted Kozak, former Selectman Mary Harrington, Selectmen Ron Clark, Muriel Kramer and Mary Pratt.

June 22, 2006 — Larry Faiman was feted at the Hopkinton Country Club by members and former members of the Board of Selectmen,  members and former members of town boards as well as family and friends, as he faces his last week as Town Counsel for the Town of Hopkinton.

      Former Selectman Dr. John Duffy took credit for recommending Mr. Faiman thirty years ago

      "I think it's turned out pretty well," he said to approving laughter.

     Speaker after speaker, all of whom had been counseled by Mr. Faiman in an official capacity, paid tribute to his integrity, commitment and skill.

     The Selectmen voted on Tuesday to retain the services of Mr. Richard DeAngelis, Mr. Faiman's law practice partner as Town Counsel.      

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Above, Selectman Ron Clark congratulates Larry Faiman after after giving a testimonial. Mouse-over thumbnails above photo to see photos enlarged.

Sugar, sugar

June 22, 2006 — Sue Cataldo has answered the plea to share photos from feeders by sending this close p of a hummingbird. The beautiful birds and swift birds are attracted to a sugary water mix, which is in this special feeder made specifically for hummingbirds.

From one attic to another

June 22, 2006 — June Schofield lets a woman haggle with her a St. John's Rummage Sale today. The sale goes on through Saturday in the Parish Center.

Slow and steady

June 22, 2006 — These folks got this van through the intersection and to the pumps in no time once Officer David Shane stopped traffic for them. Is the transmission really in reverse?

 ENTER STAGE LEFT THEATER'S OPEN HOUSE IS THIS WEEKEND!!            Saturday June 24th Between 1 and 4pm at 30 Main Street. Paul, Mary and Kelly will be available to answer any questions and to take registrations for classes.

Police News UP-TO-DATE

 

by Julie Brennan

Left, a tree on Nicholas Road split by lightning.

Right, Officer Aaron O'Neil checks out the rear of a pickup truck where a motorcycle is being transported early this morning. The driver was arrested on Main Street for Registration Not in Possession, Speeding, and Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License...

 

1:37 pm A person at the State Park called to report a man exposing himself to passing boaters.

11:43 pm A male party requested an officer to come to his residence on Huckleberry Road because his girlfriend was breaking things...

10:53 pm A suspicious tall, thin male was seen in the rear lot of Golden Pond.  He ran into a wooded area.  The man was described as having dark, curly hair and wearing a Polo shirt.

 

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State Ethics Commission:

Selectmen Michael Shepard must step down during Fruit Street discussions

Opinion requested by Mr. Shepard

 

June 21, 2006 — The State Ethics Commission, through its Staff Counsel Lauren Duca, has issued an informal opinion at the request of Selectman Michael Shepard, who was concerned that his daughter's home was in close proximity of the Town's Fruit Street property, and asked for the commission's advice on the matter of his voting or participating in matters regarding Fruit Street while serving on the Board of Selectmen.

      Ms. Duca concluded that Mr. Shepard's daughter was sufficiently close to the property — at 75' she is within the 300' benchmark — and that he should avoid participating, because her property values could be affected by his votes, either negatively or positively.

     Ms. Duca writes, "Accordingly, as a Selectman, you may not participate in any matters involving the Fruit Street Property unless you are able to clearly demonstrate that there is no financial interest.

     "In order to avoid participating, we recommend that you step down from the Board of Selectmen table when any particular matters relating to the development of Fruit Street Property come before it. You should also make a verbal statement for inclusion in the meeting minutes that you are abstaining from participation. Although the safest course to avoid participating is to leave the room, you may remain in the room during a public meeting'" wrote Ms. Duca.

     The State Ethics Commission communications are considered confidential, unless the subject of the inquiry makes it public, in which case the Commission could make the full text of the document public. Mr. Shepard made the document available to HopNews.

     Mr. Shepard is entitled to a formal opinion from the Commission if he wishes.

Franchise Power ~ Subway roars into town

June 21, 2006 — Mike and Hina Patel, who have owned their Country Farms store on Cedar Street for three years, have branched out to include a nationally franchised Subway sandwich shop within the confines of their convenience store. As it is with all new food businesses in Hopkinton, the curiosity seekers came in droves. However, this time it looks like it's exactly what the younger generation has been looking for: fast, familiar and proven tastes. And although there are no seats in the building, the youngsters who stopped in by the dozens (Above) on the last day of Middle School, put their wrappers down on every accessible surface outside of the building.

    Subway Supervisor Barbara Ocnos, who lives in Southboro and owns two franchises herself, said she will be stopping by "pretty much every day for the next couple of weeks.

    "But Subway will be in a couple of times a month to ensure quality, cleanliness and food safety," she said.

     Mr. Patel will continue to run the convenience store, while Mrs. Patel will run the Subway with five employees.

    "People need good service, cigarettes, groceries, soda, ice cream. It's nice — easy and out," he said.

     Tracy Buckley was shepherded away from Papa Gino's in Framingham, where she was a shift supervisor, to manage the Subway. She was asked why she made the moved.

     "I like to serve quality food. Everything is served fresh every day, and it is fat-free," she said.

     "Soon we will have a take-out menu," said Mr. Patel, beaming at the instant success of his investment. "It will be a special number. People are already calling," he said.

      While the Patel's broke away for 60 seconds for a photograph, above, four more customers had lined up inside to place their orders.

      "They like my business," he said. "The store is clean; it is all redone." He was asked where he would like to be in five years.

      "I am not thinking. I just keep running. Maybe my 14 year-old daughter will have it [Subway]. She has started to work already.

      "We help our children out," he concluded.

      Subway is serving food 10:00 am - 10:00 pm.

495 rollover

Above, two workers from Art's Towing of Milford, one with a chainsaw in hand, discuss how to proceed with removing the car that careened up an embankment and  into the woods and getting it onto a flatbed.

June 21, 2006 — Massachusetts State Police asked Hopkinton Firefighters to respond to a rollover accident on Route 495 involving one vehicle and one person, a young female, who was taken to Milford Hospital at the Advanced Life Support level. One public safety official on the scene stated that the woman's injuries did not appear life-threatening. The vehicle traveled so far into the woods that it could not be seen from the street.

 
 
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