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August 10, 2006 —
Hopkinton Fire Chief Gary Daugherty grabs some materials from one of the
fire trucks this afternoon at the fire on Downey Street that erupted
after a lightning strike.
August 10, 2006 —
Left, Special Olympics athlete, Chris Bryant, covers home plate, and in
another frame, Scott Mackin winds up to fire one across home plate
during the winning season finale on Monday.
House husband is no "Mr. Mom"
“He’s changed diapers, and defrosted
my breast milk." ~ Mom
"The kids help in the kitchen, brush
the dog’s teeth..." ~ Dad
by Elizabeth Eidlitz
10, 2006 — The 1983 Michael Keaton movie “Mr. Mom,” portraying Stay
-At- Home -Dad Jack Butler as a bumbling do-nothing father who
drinks beer in the morning, who can't iron or maneuver a
wobbly-wheeled shopping cart through the supermarket, is outdated.
An arrangement where the father stays home while the mother works
was unusual 25 years ago; in recent years, however,
Stay-at-Home-Dads are becoming more common and accepted. Based on
U.S. Census Bureau 2005 data
www.rebeldad.com ,143,000 male parents are occupied in this
Unlike Jack Butler, Thomas F. Kalinowski of Uxbridge is the
voluntary, competent primary caregiver of his children Sarah, 12;
Julia, 10, and Jonathan, 7. Though some fathers, laid off or between
jobs, are forced to take care of kids, Kalinowski chooses to be home
and considers it his profession, though it’s demanding work with
In 1991, Kalinowski was marketing for Conrail in Philadelphia when
his wife , Susan, a medical student at Hahnemann School of Medicine,
was accepted for a residency at U. Mass Medical. The couple moved to
Uxbridge and Kalinowski accepted an offer of three years of home
progress (5:30 pm)
August 10, 2006 —
Lightning from a fast moving freak storm struck this Downey street home
at about 4:45 pm. Above, Lt. Ken Clark, left, and brother, Firefighter
Robert Clark, battle a blaze pouring through the roof of this home as
Firefighters from Ashland and Milford responded to requests for mutual
It appears that at least of the HopNews readers who chose to participate
in the poll, a majority would turn in an unemployment insurance cheat.
The HopNews demographic is likely above average wealth,
college educated, and single family home. What would happen if this poll
were targeted in a less affluent neighborhood? Interesting to think of
POLICE NEWS UP-TO-DATE TODAY
August 10, 2006
5:27 pm A
caller reported a suspicious and possibly intoxicated individual roaming
around their Hayden Rowe Street residence...
1:01 pm Sgt. Joseph Bennett spoke
with the State Police in Bourne with regards to a domestic assault that
was reported to his department...
12:12 am Officer William Burchard
checked on a motor vehicle with three occupants parked on Rafferty Road.
Sgt. Charles Wallace responded as back-up...
Read the full
Walk a mile
in my shoes...
August 10, 2006 —
Henry Contreras has spent two days walking with a co-worker from the
rotary in Westboro to Main Street in Hopkinton picking up trash along
both sides of the multi-mile roadside in the employ of E. L. Harvey &
Sons, whose trucks use the road all day long. Above, a car comes into
view at the rise on Wood Street while a truck passes by on the 495
bridge in the background.
Special Olympics ends season with a win!
August 9, 2006 —
Monday night, Hopkinton Special Olympics softball team defeated
Natick in the final softball game of the summer.
For some, this season marked the first time for playing the game of
softball; for others it was the continuation of a year-long
training in a
variety of sports. Coach Alec Levine can be seen most Monday
evenings on the field, court and diamond with
this group of
amazing athletes. Hopkinton's Special Olympics program to date has
about 40 athletes and just as many volunteers on its roster
at even given time.
To learn more about the
program, contact Claudia Vanderpool at (508) 435-0104 or
Hopkinton Firefighters knock on Southboro Ambulance door at the Landing
Zone in Southboro where the patient was transported by Life Flight
helicopter to UMass Worcester
Video of last night's rescue now available.
on the left shows a rescue worker straddling the patient who is laying
down, feet toward the camera.
Choose the picture to see
the video. If the download/video gets interrupted, it is because the
server is too busy, and may be freed up later.
One of Massachusetts’s and America’s
“MOST WANTED” Persons Arrested in Louisiana
Tuesday, August 8, 2006, the Massachusetts State Police Violent
Fugitive Apprehension Section (VFAS) acted on a tip received from
the America’s Most Wanted
television program regarding a wanted person. The Massachusetts
State Police subsequently worked in conjunction with the United
States Marshals Service in Boston and provided newly developed
information to the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Task
Force in New Orleans regarding the whereabouts of Marlon Morris, age
30, formerly of Framingham.
Marlon Morris was listed on the State
Police’s Most Wanted Persons
List. He was also
profiled on the Americas Most
Wanted television program. In 2002, Marlon Morris was
arrested and charged with 5 counts of Rape of a Child w/ Force and 4
counts of Indecent Assault & Battery on a Child under 14. While on
trial in Middlesex Superior Court and out on $5,000 bail Marlon
Morris fled while the jury was deliberating. When the jury
returned, finding Morris guilty in 7 of the 9 counts, he was already
a fugitive. As a result, a warrant was issued out of Middlesex
Superior Court for his arrest.
Today at about 6:30 a.m. (Central
Daylight), six members of the United States Marshals Service
Fugitive Task Force based in New Orleans conducted a surveillance of
the 700 Block area of Franklin Street in Gretna, Louisiana. At about
7:30 a.m., Marlon Morris was observed as he exited his apartment and
approached the vehicle of a coworker. Marlon Morris was then
arrested without incident. Upon his arrest, a New York State
driver’s license bearing the alias identity that Marlon Morris had
assumed was located on his person. He was asked to furnish his real
identity and he revealed that he was in fact the Marlon Morris
wanted in Massachusetts. Preliminary information has revealed that
Marlon Morris had been living in the New Orleans area since January
of 2006 and was working as a laborer in the construction field.
Marlon Morris is scheduled to be
arraigned tomorrow as a fugitive from justice at the Magistrate’s
Court in Jefferson Parish. He is currently being held in the
Jefferson Parish Jail in Louisiana. For further information you may
check the following website address
www.mass.gov/msp and click on the “Wanted Persons” icon listed
on the bottom right side of the screen.
Man falls from
Above, rescue personnel place the victim on a board for transport to the
August 8, 2006 —
Shortly before midnight, Hopkinton Fire and Police were asked to give
aid to Southboro for a man who had fallen from a westbound train. The
man was located a few hundred feet westbound of the Southboro T station.
There was confusion by passengers over whether he had jumped off because
he missed his stop, or that he tried to board the moving train because
he was late arriving to the station.
was taken by Life Flight helicopter to UMass Worcester, said to be
Board of Selectmen Spars Over Town Manager Selection
“Most Important Issue of the Year” ~ Selectman Ron Clark
August 8, 2006 — Progress towards selecting
a Town Manager became contentious at Tuesday's Board of Selectmen
meeting. At issue were timing of the selection process, salary for the
position, and the process of finding applicants. Members also argued
over whether attendance at the July 25 Selection Committee meeting by
Chair Muriel Kramer, Vice Chair Mary Pratt, and Selectman Michael
Shepard was legal and appropriate under Open Meeting law.
At that meeting Mrs. Kramer had adjourned the meeting with her, Mrs.
Pratt, and Len Holden voting so, after having adjourned an Executive
Session in the Selectmen's office across the hall. Mr. Holden then left
However, after the adjournment, Mr. Shepard walked into the Selection
Committee meeting, making a quorum once again. Mrs. Kramer apologized
for the mix up this evening
Selectman Ronald Clark was
critical of the process thus far, complaining that the Selection
Committee was proceeding too slowly, that requests for an advertising
budget and a hiring consultant were unnecessary, and that attendance by
Kramer and Pratt at Screening Committee meetings was “de facto putting
[them] on the committee by constantly being there”. Pratt conceded that
her attendance at one Selection Committee meeting was handled
“inelegantly” and stated that “I won't do it that way again”, but
maintained that the meetings were appropriate, and that while there
they “did no business” and “took no
votes”. She pointed out that as liaison she needs to know the thinking
of the committee, that other board members were also welcome to attend,
and that she has only been to two of the five meetings thus far.
Selection Committee members Fred
Hoskins and Michael Neece reported their aim to present three to five
qualified candidates for Town Manager to the Board by November 15th,
but stated that they are unable to guarantee an absolute deadline. They
also asked the Board for a salary range of $110,000 to $130,000 to
present to applicants. Clark replied that “the entire screening
committee should either commit [to the November 15th
deadline] or resign” and asked for “a matrix” of qualifications on which
to base offered salary. The entire board agreed that the November 15th
deadline should be firm, but some members added that they would rather
see the deadline missed than have to start the whole selection process
over from scratch if a qualified applicant is not appointed in time.
Hoskins and Neece also suggested
hiring a consultant with experience in finding applicants for Town
Manager. Clark said he had confidence the committee could handle the
task without a consultant. Neece replied that “the amount of
confidence” Clark has shown in the committee thus far is
All present agreed the issues
were critical, with Selectmen Ronald Clark and Michael Shepard both
calling appointment of a Town Manager “the most important issue” the
Selectmen face this year. Discussions will continue at an August 16th
joint meeting of the Selection committee and the Board.
Also on the evening's agenda
were an update on the town's new election tabulators, appointment of
members to various committees, and discussion of Board of Health
negotiations with the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority over salt damage
to two local household's water supply. The planned Whitehall land
purchase update was discussed in executive session, but tabled for the
In for a
August 8, 2006 — This great blue heron has its
flaps down and landing gear extended — see legs stretched horizontally
just above copyright notice — as it glides to a landing on the island,
right, at Ice House Pond, aka Golden Pond, yesterday morning.
HOPKINTON TOWN CLERK
August 30th is
the last day to register in order to vote in the Sept. 19th
August 30th Hours 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Absentee Ballots Are Available; Contact the Town Clerk’s Office or
on the Town Clerk's website.
Hopkinton Summer Slammers has room for a
few more players
summer league, Hopkinton Summer Slammers for boys 7-9 years old, has
room for a few more players. Anyone interested may contact Maura
This group is sponsored through the Hopkinton Little league and
plays on Sundays from 9:00 to 11:00 at both Carrigan fields.
Colonel Mark F. Delaney, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State
Police, 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.
The State Police will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint in
Berkshire County, Friday, August 11, into Saturday, August 12.
POLICE NEWS UP-TO-DATE Today,
August 7, 2006
Two arrests for OUI and...
Sgt. Michael Sutton and Officers Gregg DeBoer and Jacob Campbell
assisted the Westborough Police Department in looking for a male subject
who attempted to gain access into a house on route 135...
7:37 pm There was a 911 call for a
six year old female that had fallen off her horse and had some head
injuries on South Mill Street...
5:30 pm The Marlboro Police
Department called and stated that a woman had fallen off a horse on East
Main Street and had possible broken ribs and shoulder injuries...
Read full stories.
Reader praises veterans
While doing yard work yesterday
evening (8/6/2006) I found my self listening to a Bugle that was
playing Taps in the Cemetery on Granite Street. It sounded so
beautiful I had to walk over and see what was happening.
State Police Search for
Missing Swimmer at Quabbin, Discover Body
On Sunday August 6, 2006 at 7:55 p.m. the State Police Shelburne
Falls Communication Section received a call regarding a missing
person at the Quabbin Reservoir. Troopers from the State Police
Athol Barracks responded to Gate 35 on the New Salem side of the
reservoir, and located a subject who stated one of his friends went
into the water and had not surfaced.
On Monday at approximately 12:10 a.m. divers located a male victim
in the Quabbin Reservoir.
The victim was
pronounced deceased at the scene. He has been identified as Scott W.
Bever, age 22, of Fitchburg. File photo.
This case remains under investigation by the Hampshire County
District Attorney’s Office.
Troopers at the scene were assisted by New Salem Fire Department,
Petersham Fire Department, Orange Fire Department, Department of
Recreation and Conservation, State Police Underwater Recovery Unit,
State Police Air Wing, State Police K-9, State Police Belchertown,
Hampshire County State Police Detective Unit.
Above, ofCourse instructor Teri Banerjee demonstrating
some advanced internet browsing techniques to Pam Campagna (right) of
August 7, 2006 —
ofCourse Consulting held an Open House last week to introduce its broad
range of services to the community.
August 7, 2006 —
Glen Layton salutes during the Pledge of Allegiance, as do his fellow
veterans, at the cemetery on Granite Street last night. The veterans
hold a monthly Taps Vigil, organized by Evan Brooks. Mr. Brooks read the
prayer above during the gathering.
Still no $300 winner!!
postcard to the left was sent to thousands of Hopkinton homes, but in
black and white.
new readers was our goal, and our web stats have proven the campaign to
of the campaign was to give away $300 to the first qualified person to
call to say they have received the postcard in color, and not black and
white. As of this writing, no one has called to say they received one of
the eight color postcards we mixed in. Post Office tells us they have
sent all of the cards.
us give away $300 by asking your neighbors if they received the color
postcard. Ask a co-worker or a friend, a fellow parishioner or team
member: Did you get a color postcard from HopNews? PLease Help us give
Public Forum to Meet the HHS Principal
August 9, 2006 ~ High School Library
6:30 PM - Mr. John E. McCarthy
7:30 PM - Mr. Michael T. Cournoyer
If you can attend this forum,
please RSVP to Ms. Sharon Williams at (508) 417-9380 or
email@example.com. All participants at the forum will be
asked to complete a feedback form.
August 6, 2006 —
Stephen Campbell and son, Teddy, enjoy the activities on the Common on
Sundays, which is in their front yard.
"Teddy likes to
dance to the music," said Mr. Campbell.
August 6, 2006 — Chris Duffy
chases the ball thrown by his Dad, Bill, while enjoying the music on the
Common on Sunday.
August 6, 2006 —
Selectmen Chair Muriel Kramer applies some insect repellent to son,
Ethan, 5, prior to the start of Saturday evening's Drive-in Movie behind
the Doyle Gym. Mrs. Kramer pointed out that this activity was being done
away from people who might object to the chemicals.
1911 Model T
August 7, 2006 —
Marcia and Don Rising from Stow, visited with Steve Cook Sunday as Mr.
Cook played host at his Hopkinton home to a vehicle association for
people with vehicles circa 1914 and older.
Day for Father Jim Degnan
September 17, 2006
St. John the Evangelist Church will be hosting an appreciation day for
its former shepherd of 26 years, Father James Degnan, who retired
earlier this season.
Fr. Jim will celebrate Mass in the Church at noon on Sunday, September
17, followed by a reception in the Parish Center from 1:00 pm to 2:00
pm, where refreshments will be provided.
Fr. Jim will be the Guest of Honor at an Appreciation Dinner at Pleasant
Valley Country Club in Sutton, with a Social Hour at 3:00 p.m. and
Dinner at 4:00 pm. Tickets may be purchased for $40 by calling Louise
Donahue, 508-435-6077 or John Palmer, 508-435-4955 or 508-435-3313, Ext.
207. Or, see Parish Secretary Dorothy Meeske M-F, 9 am - 4 pm.
New Fruit Street
August 6, 2006 — Adam Fitzpatrick, 11, white
shirt, and friend Christopher Parent, 12, couldn't wait for the snow as
they put the Town owned Fruit Street property to good use today.
denies HopNews request for information
citizen" Ron Clark also denied, files complaint with Assistant DA
Above, returning kayakers in the center of
the photo play second fiddle to the Moon and the sky as the Sun set last
week, but lit the sky over the Whitehall land, inland left, that the
town voted to purchase at Town Meeting this year.
2006 — Selectman Ron Clark, making it clear he was acting as a
private citizen, called OSPC (Open Space Preservation Committee)
Chairman John Coolidge, "...a man of integrity and honesty" as he asked
Assistant District Attorney Loretta Lillios for her help in resolving
Mr. Coolidge's refusal to provide documents pertaining to the purchase
of the Whitehall property owned by Ron Nation.
Mr. Clark's complaint was centered around recent requests for a copy of
a written agreement to extend the closing date past July 31 that Mr.
Coolidge told the Board of Selectmen existed. OSPC member Jeff Doherty
has since said the agreement was under negotiation, but would not
involve the Town putting up any money.
Mr. Clark also asked for a copy of an agreement referred to in the Power
Point presentation made at Town Meeting. Mr. Doherty has told HopNews
previously that abutter Brian Morrison, who opposed Ron Nation's plans
to develop the land, has promised not to build in return for Ron
Nation shelving his plans for developing the land and instead selling it
to the Town. File photo, left, John Coolidge, Ron Clark.
In addition, Mr. Clark requested minutes from the CPC (Community
Preservation Committee) meeting when the vote was taken to purchase the
property as well as the minutes from the voting session as well as
copies of all the appraisals.
Mr. Coolidge, answering Mr. Clark's request for documents regarding a
"priority list" Mr. Coolidge has referred to, wrote that he would
provide his personal copies, "...and will bill you accordingly for my
time to do so."
Crash Route 195 Dartmouth fatal for motorcyclist
On Saturday August 5, 2006 at 9:00 p.m. Troopers from the Dartmouth
Barracks investigated a two vehicle crash on Route 195 West, east of
Faunce Road in Dartmouth.
Preliminary Investigation by Trooper Walter Baiardi indicates the
following: A 2005 Suzuki GSX operated by Scott J. Zychowicz, age 37,
of New Bedford, traveling on Route 195 West attempted to change
lanes, he struck the left side of a 2002 Dodge Neon being operated
by Melinda Caven, age 21, of New Bedford. Zychowicz lost control of
the motorcycle and struck the guardrail. He sustained fatal injuries
and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Caven sustained no
This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the
State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section, State Police
Crime Scene Services Section and the State Police Bristol County
Dartmouth Fire Department and Mass Highway assisted troopers at the
During the investigation the 2 right lanes of Route 195 west were
closed for approximately 3 hours.
Walk in at the
August 5, 2006 —
The Parks and Recreation Department hosted a successful "Drive-in" movie
behind the Doyle Gym, attended by all ages, shortly after dusk.
August 5, 2006 — These two
sailors took their time on North Pond at dusk today.
The Middle School Gym is
getting the long awaited repair this summer, and should be ready by the
start of school.
In with the
August 6, 2006 —
The landscaping continued today at the new Hopkinton Senior Center,
which is expected to open in October.
with the old
Above, Jack McInerney and Marge Wright.
August 6, 2006 —
The existing Senior Center, which has been nothing more than the
basement of Town Hall, held its final "yard sale" before their planned
move into the new center.
without the fiction
August 4, 2006 —
Hopkinton State Park played host to the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for
Astrophysics and others who brought telescopes for an astronomy-fest for
a group of 75 or so spectators exploring the summer skies that featured
a partial Moon and Jupiter with a couple of its own moons. Above, a
group gathers around a telescope as a slow shutter speeds captures
motion and a vehicle's headlights illuminates the edge of the people.
August 4, 2006 — A
visitor at Hopkinton State Park this evening collaborated with the
photographer and made a star with a laser pointer, a very appropriate
figure to see during an astronomy exhibit.
Above, Jennefer Marker,
Interpretive Ranger (Massachusetts Department of Conservation)
Hopkinton, Ashland and Whitehall State Parks, teaches some youngsters
about turtles, leading to the release a a young turtle this afternoon.
Photo by William Duffy.
Mary C. Ward, 96,
of Hopkinton died Wednesday, August 2, 2006. Born in Roxbury, she was
the daughter of the late Catherine (Garry) and James Purvis. She was the
wife of the late John Ward who passed away in 1983.
A longtime Hopkinton resident, she had lived in many places the last
several years including, Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia where she
was cared for by her daughters. She was a member of the St. John the
Evangelist Church of Hopkinton, the Hibernians and the Catholic Women’s
Next Generation Children’s Centers
In partnership with
The Molly Bish Foundation
Is offering a FREE Child ID Program
Saturday, August 5th
10:00 AM — 1:00 PM
2 Wood Street in Hopkinton
Your child will
receive a safety booklet with their photograph & fingerprints along with
important safety information for parents!
Come and enjoy
snacks, games, prizes and FUN at this important event for all children!
Enter the Drawingfor a Toys R Us Gift Card!
NGCC Hopkinton is conveniently located at the junction
of 135 (South Main Street) and Wood Street 1.5 miles from 495.
POLICE NEWS UP-TO-DATE
~ August 3, 2006
• 4 kids taken
into custody at rope swing...
Suspicious man living in unoccupied
• Caller on a
cell phone reported that a man threatened him with a machete at the
traffic light in Southborough near the train station...
August 3, 2006 — The Hopkinton 8 year old baseball team completed an
undefeated summer season by going 10-0 and winning the Ashland Sparkler
Tournament. The tournament included 8 year old teams from Ashland,
Blackstone, Holliston, Southboro, and Westboro and was played during the
month of July.
While playing through hot summer days - which
included a double header - the Hillers displayed strong pitching,
excellent defense, and timely hitting while finishing the regular season
without a loss. After earning a bye in the first round, the Hillers
defeated Westboro 12-2 in the semi-finals.
New England’s weather again changed, and rain
forced what was to be a best 2 out of 3 final against Ashland into a one
game winner-take-all championship. Hopkinton rose to the occasion and
continued their strong play in the final game, winning 10-1 verses a
very good Ashland team.
Head Coach Rick Decina, assisted by Don
Lehman, Tim Simi, and Ken Vaccari led a team of hardworking players who
used teamwork and showed sportsmanship throughout the tournament. The
players on the team were Matt Decina, Jake Doherty, Matt Hand, Calvin
Holland, Alex Kosheff, Jonathan Kwateng, Sam Lehman, Gwil O’Rourke,
Peter Schiloski, Andrew Simi, Jack Vaccari, and Will Yaggy.
August 3, 2006 —
If you went to school here, your classmates would like to have you join
them on Saturday, September 16, 2006, at Woodville Rod and Gun Club for
cocktails beginning at 5:00 pm and until 6:00 pm with a buffet to
follow. Beverages will be available until 11:00 pm. For more information
or to purchase tickets, call Mary Harrington at 508-435-3850.
FREE = 25¢ ??
August 3, 2006 —
Richie Contreras, left, and Mike Torosian Jr. do a twist on the youthful
idea of a lemonade stand with two of their friends who are off-camera.
"We're doing it for school supplies," said one.
"Come get a sweaty hug," said another to a passerby.
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August 3, 2006 —
Jamie Griffin of JAG Landscaping looks more like a character from
Ghost Busters as he trims the sidewalk by 25 Main Street in
YARD SALE AT OLD SENIOR CENTER SATURDAY
Everything must go!!
The Friends of Seniors will be holding the final yard sale out of
the old Senior Center in the basement of the Town Hall on Saturday,
August 5 from 9:00 – 3:00.
There is an exceptional amount of good quality items for this sale,
so don’t miss out. EVERYTHING MUST GO! From 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. it’s
fill a bag for $2.00.
The new Senior Center, which will be opening to the public
approximately the beginning of October, will have a store. This is
an exciting endeavor for us. Yard sales at the new Center will not
have to be held as frequently as in the old. Lack of space made
frequent sales necessary.
We are asking that
donations of yard sale type of items only be brought to the new
Center when yard sales are announced, however we will be welcoming
donations for the store on a continuing basis. Our sales are
necessary to keep our transportation system operating. The yearly
cost is approximately $27,000 and with the exception of a couple of
thousand for gas from the Town budget we must depend on donations
Hopkinton residents, businesses and organizations have been a
lifeline for our program and we are so fortunate to be in a caring
and supportive town. Thank you. ~ Cindy Chesmore
Photo and digital Imaging by
Robert Falcione/Photographic Images
August 3, 2006 — This
windsurfer uprights his wind sail board after a fall at Lake Whitehall
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As we investigate the actual tree in
question, we rest this story here until we get more info.
by Robert Falcione
November 1, 2017 -- On July 27 of this year,
the Planning Board held a hearing to determine if a tree on Ash
Street in the Town's right-of-way should come down to make way
for a small parking area and access to the former Abbott Farm
land now owned by the Town. The Tree Warden, Paul Gleason,
was absent from this particular meeting, but did submit a letter
in favor of removing the tree, due to the presence of fungi.
"That would make it unstable and
dangerous in the near future," Mr. Gleason wrote regarding the
effect of the fungi.
response to the letter, one attendee
called it, "... a bunch of bunk."
Another, claiming expertise, said he " challenged the Tree
Warden" on the presence of fungi.
Mr. Gleason did attend
the following meeting, armed with not only his expert opinion
and testimony, but the written opinion of another expert who
examined the photographic evidence and came to the same
conclusion. The detractors were absent from that meeting.
Mr. Gleason passed
away suddenly on August 28 of this year.
The tree he
condemned broke at the base and came crashing down two days ago
(Above), on October 30, 2017, during a very strong
wind storm, in what an insurance company might call an act of God.
But those who knew
him and loved him, believe that somehow, from his just and
righteous place in the afterlife, with no malice aforethought,
it was actually an act of Paul.