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September 11, 2006 — Library Director Rownak Hussain turned the Hopkinton Library into a memorial today and hosted a reception following the ecumenical service on the Common to commemorate the victims of the attack of September 11, 2001. Colella's Market donated the food.

Last Hurrah

September 11, 2006 — This dragonfly may be seeing its last season this fall, as dragonflies usually last  a few months at best. It apparently has some miles on it, as one wing has substantial damage.

September 11, 2006 — This chipmunk practices his art of scurrying about at the State Park today.

9/11 Remembrance

September 11, 2006; 10:03 am— Fr. Michael Billingsley, left, was joined by Pastor Leigh Dry, Fir Chief Gary Daugherty, Police Chief Thomas Irvin, Selectman Chair Muriel Kramer holding son, Ethen, Selectman Mary Pratt and Selectman's Executive Secretary, Ted Kozak in an ecumenical service remembering the victims of September 11, 2001 at the Common this morning. The ceremony ended at 10:28:31 as the horn at the Fire Department sounded, the same time the North Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed.

Moment of Silence

September 11, 2006; 9:03:13 am — As part of the Town of Hopkinton's 9/11 remembrance, the fire bell was tolled this morning prior to a moment of silence in front of the Main Street Firehouse, as Firefighters, Police and others stood with them.

New Firefighter

September 11, 2006 — On his very first day on the job, newly hired Firefighter Tim Healy, left, is shown being introduced to Selectmen Chairman Muriel Kramer and Patrolman Phil Powers by Fire Chief Gary Daugherty.

Town of Hopkinton

Monday 9/11/2006  Remembrance Schedule of  9/11/2001

8:46:40 a.m.       Flt. 11 crashes into the north tower - Gathered personnel observe a moment of silence at H.F.D. HQ - ring fire bells

9:03:13 a.m.       Flt. 175 crashes into the south tower - blow Fire horn at HFD HQ

9:37:46 a.m.       Flt. 77 crashes into the Pentagon - blow Fire horn at HFD HQ

9:59:04 a.m.       South tower collapses - blow Fire horn at HFD HQ

10:00 a.m.          Town Common: Ecumenical Service held by the Town’s clergy  with ringing of bells at the Hopkinton Public Library. Everyone is invited to the Public Library after the service.

10:03 a.m.           Flt 93 crashes southeast of Pittsburgh PA - blow Fire horn at HFD HQ

10:28:31 a.m.      North tower collapses - blow Fire horn at HFD HQ

Movie of Tower Collapse: Caution, for mature viewers.

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The 32nd Polyarts Festival will be held Saturday, September 30th, 10 am-4 pm, rain or shine, on the Hopkinton Town Common (Exit 21A off Rt. 495). Admission is free. This annual juried show and sales features over 75 artists and crafters from the community and across New England. There will also be performing artists throughout the day, a food court and an active children's area.

Sea breeze

September 10, 2006 — The waters of Lake Whitehall were a bit choppy today as the weather turned a little crisp and the wind came from the North. The view is from Pond Street.

Albanian Picnic

September 10, 2006 — Flora Busconi of Hopkinton was one of the managers of the food table at the Albanian Orthodox Church of Natick's Annual Picnic today at the Laborer's Training Center on East Street. Mrs. Busconi said that the food table made over $1,100 selling specialties like baklava and spinach pie.

High and mighty

September 10, 2006 — Paul "Ned" Niedzialkoski attaches the grommet on the flag to a clip on the rope while James Remillard steadies the flag pole prior to raising, at the Woodville Rod & Gun Club's 79 th Annual Chicken Barbeque today.

"Imagine me and you..."

September 10, 2006 — These two turtles are certainly Happy Together on a favorite rock in Little Pond today.

The man with the cam

September 10, 2006 — Michael Torosian is manning the HCAM-TV camera and broadcast controls in this photo taken at the recent School Committee meeting. Besides working at HCAM, Mr. Torosian also organizes several sports, works another job full time, and is a volunteer Fire Fighter. Whew!

Women's arts Forum

September 10, 2006 — Michele Bredice Craemer was the featured guest and speaker at the Women's Arts Forum at the CAA Building on Hayden Rowe Street last Thursday. Ms. Craemer is a self-published author of children's books, as well as motivational speaker. The Women's Arts Forum is held the first Thursday of every month and features a different speaker each week. The forum is organized by Cheryl Perreault and Geri Holland. Those wishing to participate should email sandra@caahopkinton.org .

The Green Team

September 10, 2006 We could not hear above the din of the traffic downtown the other day, but it appears we have some soccer players and perhaps some cheerleaders. Nonetheless they were enjoying the fine weather last week.

Hopkinton Little League Tryouts for the 2007 Softball & Baseball season

will be held Friday 9/15 - Sun 9/17. Check www.hopkintonlittleleague.com  for tryout schedule.

HCE Telethon needs volunteers


September 9, 2006 — The Hopkinton Community Endowment Telethon, the event that  raises money to offset capital projects and will benefit every resident of Hopkinton, will hold its Annual Telethon on October 15, 2006 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.


     People volunteering are not obligated to the entire time, but may volunteer for a time slot to suit their availability. The program will include musical and comedy acts with feature stories about the town and sponsors throughout the show, which will be broadcast on HCAM, access television for Hopkinton  on Channel 8,

     To volunteer for this worthy effort, contact Chuck Joseph at 508 435 5353 or chuck@REMAXEXEC.com

MetroWest YMCA Open House

Above, Adam Cooper, 3, who was at the YMCA with his parents taking a tour of the facility this morning.

September 9, 2006 — The MetroWest YMCA of Hopkinton held an Open House on Saturday Sept. 9th. They offered tours of their NAEYC Accredited Early Childhood Center, Challenge Course, Basketball, Tennis and Volleyball courts, winterized Lodge and the rest of the 116 acre facility at 45 East Street in Hopkinton. For people who missed the Open House, call  (508) 435-9345 or visit www.metrowestymca.org  and click on Hopkinton.

Senior Center Move

September 9, 2006 — The Hopkinton High School Wrestling Team provided the muscle and Caliper Life Sciences donated the furniture that made today's move into the new Senior Center.

History for sale

September 9, 2006 — The Hopkinton Historical Society held its Annual Yard Sale today at the home of Merylyn and Roger Mezitt.


Colella’s 2nd Flea Market/Yard Sale/Craft Fair EXTRAVAGANZA !!!


When:  Columbus Day, Monday October 9th 8am-2pm

(setup 7am)


Where:  Colella’s Parking Lot 61 Main Street Hopkinton


Spaces Available: 10'x14' for a $5 donation

(to benefit the Daniel E. Colella Scholarship Fund

 Double or Triple spaces available $10/$15


Contact: jenny@colellas.com   -or- call 435-3311 9am-3pm ask for Jenny in the office

Hopkinton over King Phillip 24, 0

by Peter Marso

September 8, 2006 — The Hopkinton Hiller Football Team went into their opening game with King Phillip Regional this evening as so-called underdogs — but don't ever under estimate a Dave Hughes team, final score 24-0 Hopkinton. The Hillers, with an explosive passing attack, along with the speed of Brian Doyle, over powered the boys from the tough, favored Hockomock League, in a game that will send a message to the Tri-Valley League that the Hillers are in for the long haul and will be tough to bring down!

      The Hillers, with the great passing combination of Doyle to Paul Ostrander and the great play from Doyle to Kevin Cassata, shows that there are many weapons to deal with. Doyle had runs of 78 and 60 yards and a touchdown pass from Doyle to Mark Sanborn. Sanborn also kicked a 15 yard field goal with plenty of room to spare. The Hiller defense made up of Will Morningstar, Anthony Tomasz and Cory Thalheimer, and many other contributors, are tough to deal with. The Hillers will travel to Oliver Ames High-School in Easton next Friday night and I really like our chances!  

Photos by Ben Lewis

September 8, 2006 — Half-time entertainment was provided by the talented Hillers Varsity Cheerleading squad.

September 8, 2006 — The Hillers chalk up another 6 points on their way to a resounding defeat of King Phillip.

Fireworks in September

September 8, 2006 — District Fire Warden Scott Barrett explained procedure to State Fire employee Seth Sullivan for the upcoming fireworks to be held on the dam at Hopkinton State Park on September 16 as part of the Ashland Day celebration.

Dick Cheney visits Boston

Above, file photo of Vice Presidential motorcade during his last visit for a fund raiser at Dick Egan's Hopkinton home in 2003. Interestingly, two identical Cadillac sedans are in the lead, while a Ford Aerostar is sandwiched in the middle between the war wagons, perhaps the safest spot in the motorcade.


September 8, 2006 — Vice President Dick Cheney visited Boston today to speak at a fundraiser honoring Hopkinton resident and former Ambassador to Ireland, Richard Egan. Depending upon the news source, Mr. Cheney is either the most hated man in America, or the best Republican on the planet.

Iron Ranger Apparel

September 8, 2006 — Theresa Gorman-Kahler of Mendon works on her labor of love at Hopkinton State Park today, painting an Iron Ranger, one of many donation collection boxes, that greet people using Massachusetts State Parks, which are run by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Ms. Gorman-Kahler is donating her time in return for a notation of her website in her signature on each piece.

2nd Annual Hopkinton Tennis Tournament

 Oct.13-15 and Oct. 20-22 Players MUST be available to compete both weekends.

Hopkinton High School Tennis Courts

Match play in beginner, intermediate and advanced play for Hopkinton residents 18 and older

 COST: $15 per person per event

 FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO REGISTER:  Go to www.activityreg.com

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You Drink & Drive. You Lose. 2006 Labor Day Mobilization Results

The Massachusetts State Police, the Executive Office of Public Safety's Governor's Highway Safety Bureau, and more than 270 local police departments conducted a You Drink & Drive. You Lose. Mobilization involving extra traffic enforcement focused on apprehending impaired drivers between August 18 and September 4, 2006.
Preliminary results from the Labor Day weekend (Friday at 6 pm to 11:59 pm on Monday) portion of this mobilization include:

  • There were two motor vehicle-related fatalities on Massachusetts roadways during the holiday period. One involved a pedestrian in Dorchester struck by a passenger vehicle, the other caused by a multi-vehicle crash in Yarmouth apparently caused by a driver who suffered from an emergency medical condition. There were five people killed on Massachusetts roadways during Labor Day weekend in 2005.

  • The Massachusetts State Police made 60 OUI arrests, 12 involving repeat offenders, during the holiday period.  Sixteen of these 60 OUI arrests were generated by the State Police during two joint state and local police sobriety checkpoints, one in Lowell and one in New Bedford. Both checkpoints involved the State Police's new Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Mobile. The New Bedford checkpoint also generated a yet to be determined number of additional OUI arrests processed by the New Bedford Police Department. A full accounting of the OUI arrests made during this You Drink & Drive. You Lose. Mobilization by state and local police won't be available for several weeks.

Hopkinton Garden Club Holiday Open Meeting Fundraiser


The Hopkinton Garden Club will be holding its annual Holiday Open Meeting fundraiser on Thursday, October 26, 6 to 9:30 P.M. in the auditorium at Hopkinton High School, 90 Hayden Rowe (Route 85).  Doors will open at 6:00 P.M. and the program will begin at 6:50 P.M.

     Local resident and Interior Designer Sandra Delbridge will be this year’s featured speaker.  This is the second time she will present her creative ideas to the public.  The program is entitled “When Green is Green”.  Using her out of the box thinking Sandra will create arrangements exploring the use and many shades of green that are available to the consumer.  This idea became evident as she has worked with different greens from her own garden and added other elements of green to develop the various themes she is after.  The kitchen arrangement is sure to be a visual treat to all of those who attend.  Other arrangements may include the use of holiday ornaments, fruits and vegetables, with a few surprises that she won’t let out of the box yet.

     Bring a friend and join us for a fun filled evening.  Tickets are $10 per person or for a group of ten people $80.00.  They can be purchased from Hopkinton Garden Club members, by calling Kathy Yankee at 508-435-6471 or Pam McPherson at 508-435-3596, or at the door on the evening of the program if still available.  Tickets also include delicious refreshments, a chance to win a fabulous door prize and dazzling raffle tables!  ~ Garden Club

School District Kicks Off New Year

Budget timeline affected by new Town Charter

NESDEC Report online ~ Private kindergarten cited as one reason for  declining enrollments



by David Hamacher

September 8, 2006 — The School Committee discussed and voted on several key items last evening at their meeting in the Middle School Library.

     School Superintendent, Dr. Phelan reported that planned custodial items for all schools had been completed over the summer, and students were excited to be back. He went on to report only a minimum of normal transportation issues had come up during the first two days of school and indicated that some bus routes and timing issues will be worked out as needed. Dr. Phelan indicated that the total school population on opening day was 3,356 students in grades K-12. This represents a decrease of 120 students from the latest enrollment projections (just completed in June 2006) which was calculated by the New England School Development Council (NESDC) based in Marlborough, MA. Read the full NESDEC report here.

     He indicated that 45 new staff members were hired for this year including the 16.8 positions that were budgeted, along with five new administrators. Three positions are yet to be filled by qualified applicants including a Literacy Specialist, Speech and Language teacher, and Human Resources Director.  He added that during this hiring season all applications for all positions were applied for through the web site utilizing the paperless recruiting process recently put into place. Of the small amount of hard copy resumes received, the applicants were redirected to use the paperless process. The superintendent completed his report by announcing that both a boys and girls soccer team, each with 17 players, had been added this year.


Prayer and Remembrance     

On September 11, at 10 AM, a service of prayer and remembrance will be held on the Hopkinton Common.  The service is nondenominational, and will be led by local clergy.  At 10:05, the bell in the library will ring to remind us of the collapse of the South Tower of the World Trade Center.  At 10:28 the bell will ring again as we remember the collapse of the North Tower.  Please come to remember the fallen heroes of 9/11, to comfort those who mourn them, and to be comforted. 


If there are any questions about the service, please contact Rev. Leigh Dry, 508-625-1189.

Town of Hopkinton

Monday 9/11/2006

Remembrance Schedule of  9/11/2001



8:46:40 a.m.       Flt. 11 crashes into the north tower - Gathered personnel observe a moment of silence at H.F.D. HQ - ring fire bells

9:03:13 a.m.       Flt. 175 crashes into the south tower - blow Fire horn at HFD HQ

9:37:46 a.m.       Flt. 77 crashes into the Pentagon - blow Fire horn at HFD HQ

9:59:04 a.m.       South tower collapses - blow Fire horn at HFD HQ

10:00 a.m.          Town Common: Ecumenical Service held by the Town’s clergy  with ringing of bells at the Hopkinton Public Library. Everyone is invited to the Public Library after the service.

10:03 a.m.           Flt 93 crashes southeast of Pittsburgh PA - blow Fire horn at HFD HQ

10:28:31 a.m.      North tower collapses - blow Fire horn at HFD HQ

Movie of Tower Collapse: Caution, for mature viewers.

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Police News up-to-date


Dog and owner removed from school property...


Two reports of gunshots on Longwood Road...


Three people holding a Porta-potty...

Whole lot of love

September 7, 2006 — This Weston Nurseries Garden Center worker, Annie Smith, gives special attention to these new arrivals ready for display.

Fast work

September 7, 2006 3:30 pm — Fire and Police personnel secure the scene and prepare a patient for transport to Milford Hospital after a two-car collision near 1 West Main Street.

Horticultural camera

September 7, 2006 — The drops of dew from this plant this morning act like a camera lens in capturing the light from the opposite side — the greenery, the sky, and the buildings (Look closely) — and inverting and reversing the light, just as a camera lens does.

The eyes have it!

September 7, 2006 — These two students waiting to disembark for their first school day at Center School yesterday appear to share exactly the same curiosity.

Grade A grade

September 7, 2006 — General Contractor Dick Pockwinse, left, looks over the work of Bevilaqua Paving as they roll the finished layer of pavement at the Hopkinton Drug, part of what owner Dennis Katz has called a $750,000 renovation, which started in the interior of the building, and will end soon with the entire exterior getting a new look. The pitch of the lot has been changed to the current design, where all of the marbles will roll toward one drain, between the Hallmark and Brigham's dors.

Follow the leader

September 7, 2006 — Center School Principal Jen Parson points to the yellow line which all of her new charges had to follow yesterday on their first day of school.

Hopkinton Public Library Introduces Email Notification Program


Hopkinton Public Library has recently started an email notification program for our patrons.  With this program, patrons will receive email notification when reserved books have arrived and when books are over due.  Information can be provided at the circulation desk of the library.  Patrons are encouraged to provide their up-to-date information including their full name, address, phone and email.  Send your e-mail information to illhk@CWMARS.org.


Hopkinton Public Library is committed to continued high levels of customer service and will evaluate how best to serve its patrons with any change in operating hours.  The Library will be open on Saturdays from 10:00am to 1:00pm beginning Saturday, September 16.

Info in this piece updated on 9//08/06 900 pm.

EMC and Working Mother Magazine Host Annual Multicultural Town Hall Meeting

Event Draws More Than 150 Professionals From Across New England to Promote Trust and Diversity in the Workplace


September 7, 2006 — EMC Corporation, the world leader in information management and storage, along with Working Mother Media, today hosted Working Mother magazine's third annual New England Multicultural Town Hall meeting. More than 150 women executives gathered at EMC's headquarters in Hopkinton to attend the Commonwealth's largest annual event focused on promoting trust and diversity in today's multicultural workplace.

       Jack Mollen, EMC's Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Advisory Board Member for Working Mother magazine, said, "Success in today's global economy requires corporate environments that foster trust, diversity and inclusion for both employees and employers. Promoting such a culture in the workplace is a serious commitment for EMC. We are pleased to support initiatives such as Working Mother magazine's Town Hall meetings, which bring together business leaders dedicated to the advancement of diversity in the workplace."

      Mollen joined Carol Evans, Working Mother Media's founder and CEO, to kick off the meeting. Distinguished speakers and panelists also included female executives from Sovereign Bank; The New England Patriots; WCVB-TV; DePuy Spine, a Johnson & Johnson Company; and ElectroChem, Inc.

      Evans said, "We have come a long way in promoting the development of workplaces in which women and people with various cultural backgrounds can flourish. With more than 3,000 executives attending our Town Hall meetings and our national conference in the past year, we know that people are making strides in workplaces across the country. We are pleased to receive ongoing support for these programs and thank EMC for sponsoring and hosting our New England Town Hall event two years in a row."

       Working Mother magazine's New England Multicultural Town Hall meeting is part of an initiative launched by Working Mother Media in 2001. It focuses on providing a forum for professionals to discuss diversity in the workplace. The Town Hall meetings are one-day events held in cities across the country. Professionals come together to network and attend breakout sessions in which they can explore issues of racial and ethnic identity and discuss how to develop corporate cultures in which multicultural employees can be successful.

September 6, 2006 — Sgt. Charles Wallace and Officer Gregg DeBoer investigated a three-car accident on West Main Street on Monday in which a pregnant woman, due to give birth on October 11, was taken to MetroWest Framingham.

Come be part of the show!


     Just like Drew Carey~ Enter Stage Left is having some crazy fun where the games are made up and the points don't matter!

      We will be at the studio every other Friday night this year! 

     Join us for lots of laughs this Friday the 8th at 8:00 pm  at 30 Main Street Hopkinton. You might play improv games, sing a hoe down song or dance a jig like a Rhino in a tutu.  If you don't want to get up there just come by and watch your friends and neighbors play!!  You're sure to have a laugh or two. Cost $5. ~ESL

See a highly acclaimed  singer live at HCAM-TV, 77 Main Street Tickets free

Studio Session Live is pleased to announce the second show in the new HCAM-TV series, and that Liz Carlisle will be the Guest Artist on Studio Session Live on Wednesday, 9/13, in Hopkinton, at HCAM-TV. Audience seating is at 6:30.

Tickets are free, but required, and availability is limited. Tickets available on HCAM.tv. More information at www.StudioSessionLive.com and http://lizcarlisle.com .


About Liz:

September 6, 2006 — Brains, talent, and beauty. What critics have noticed in Carlisle's writing and stage presence is a powerful ability to erase the boundaries between country, pop, and acoustic music, red state and blue state.  The Boston Globe calls Five Star Day "A collection of original songs that cull the twang and heart of country music, the soul-searching of folk, and the lift of pop."  Northeast Performer wrote that "country might not be the word for Carlisle's sound; perhaps a more fitting term might be cross-country, as Carlisle brings her sound across the continent and back again."  And Country Standard Time offered the following praise: "Whether writing about the "silver blue sky" of her native land ("Montana"), potentially life-changing decisions that appear out of the blue ("Don't Think Too Hard") or growing up in "Flyover Country" ("9/8 Central"), Carlisle's writing is crisp and insightful beyond her years and totally absent the narcissism and introspection that so often afflicts the modern singer-songwriter crowd." photo: by Liz Linder

     All the while, the public school graduate from Missoula, Montana's Hellgate High School maintained an outstanding academic record at Harvard University, where she graduated Summa cum Laude this past June, after delivering the undergraduate commencement address.  She was one of just 24 members of her class elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior, and she was awarded The David McCord Prize in the arts from Quincy House.  Her senior thesis in ethnomusicology, a study of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, was nominated for a Hoopes Prize, Harvard's highest honor for undergraduate scholarship.  In addition, Carlisle was nominated for the campus-wide Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts and the Women's Leadership Award.

     "For me, being a Harvard student and a country singer-songwriter makes perfect sense," Carlisle says.  "The things I have learned on the road and from the people I meet through music have definitely enriched my scholarship.  And the things I have learned at Harvard, both in and out of the classroom, have made me a better songwriter and a better person." Contributed.

First Day at Center School

September 6, 2006 — Busload after shiny new busload of kindergarten students pulled up to the line at the Center School. Some of the new students cried, some obeyed and looked around in wonder, and others made the best of it, like the tightrope walker above.

What awaits?

September  6, 2006 — These kindergarten students at Center School have a look of wonder in their eyes waiting to be told to disembark the bus at Center School.

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