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8:33 pm Detective Scott Van Raalten, as well as Officers Thomas Lemon and Gregg DeBoer, assisted the Fire Department in the water rescue...


9:03 pm Upton Police received permission from Hopkinton to stop an erratic operator they followed into Hopkinton...


7:36 pm Officer Matthew McNeil assisted Ashland who reported a possible hit and run...



Read the full reports

Above, page 35 of a 63 page document.

September 20, 2006 — Members of the Land Use Study Committee, headed by Finley Perry, and members of the Planning Board, gathered Monday in the Town Hall to see a presentation by Sasaki, the firm that was chosen to create a Master Plan for East Hopkinton. The company presented an analysis of the existing conditions and heard feedback from those in attendance. The company plans to put together some scenarios for development and zoning of that area of town to present to a town-wide group of residents. The entire 63 page document can be viewed here. (18 MB file).

Rescue on Whitehall

September 20, 2006 — Left foreground, Firefighter Lukey and Fire Lt. Slaman were the first to reach the stranded boat on Lake Whitehall shortly before 9:00 pm tonight, and tow it in, after a call relayed by the owner's wife in Framingham sent them searching. Behind the civilian boat are Detective Scott Van Raalten and Officer Gregg DeBoer who also put in to aid in the rescue. The boat's owner said that the engine just stopped.

Crazy Horse

September 20, 2006 — Nancy Drawe shares another of her vacation photos, this one from Crazy Horse National Monument in South Dakota.

Another Studio Session Live to be recorded on Wednesday, September 27 at HCAM-TV

Live audience wanted!

Wednesday, 27th is the first double program night at Studio Session Live, Produced by Producer Bob Crownfield for HCAM-TV. HCAM-TV will record both programs for broadcast in October.  Both shows will take place in the HCAM-TV studios at 77 Main Street in Hopkinton. Come join us for two great concerts. The tickets are free, but are required, and seating is limited to 40 guests. Its like a concert in your own living room. For more information, check StudioSessionLive.com, and for tickets go to HCAM-TV. Guest artists will be Chip Quinn@ 6:30, and Grace Morrison @ 8:30 seating times.

Hopkinton Republican Town Committee chooses officers

Chairman - Ken Weismantel; Vice Chairman - Brian Herr; Treasurer - Paul Nelson; Secretary - Jim Stauss

David L. Bilodeau, 67, died September 19 suddenly while vacationing in Maine.


Born in Waltham, he was the son of the late Ernest and Elizabeth (Ferguson) Bilodeau.  He was a local drummer in many groups for over 30 years. He was also involved in Boy Scouts and the 7-Hills Foundation and was a U.S. Army Veteran.  He was the owner and president of Bilodeau Construction. ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE

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PolyArts Festival Rain or Shine


September 30, 2006  ~  10:00 am to 4:00 pm

      On Saturday, September 30th, the Hopkinton Town Common will be filled with independent craftspeople displaying their handwork once again, in the midst of live music and sample performances from local performing artists. The 32nd annual Polyarts Festival is going to be held on Saturday, September 30th from 10 AM to 4 PM on the town's lovely common. Admission is free to all and food is available throughout the day as well, to satisfy appetites.
   The show features over 75 juried craftspeople from throughout New England. Expect to see paintings, prints, jewelry, textiles, rugs, clothing, handbags, glasswork, silver work and all types of handiwork suited for all.
     Polyarts began in 1974 as a demonstration of various arts and crafts to showcase the talents of the local community. It has since grown to a juried arts show with the works of craftspeople from all over New England, with performing artists and community groups participating throughout the day. There are lots of activities for the younger set, so bring them along as well.
     Music features "Loose ends", a 7 piece bluegrass band featuring fiddle, mandolin, banjo and upright bass and a performance by "Enter Stage Left Theater." Come one, come all! ~ Polyarts

Hopkinton Running Club competes

September 19, 2006 — 12 members of the Hopkinton Running Club recently completed a 200+ mile, continuous "24-hour" relay race called "Reach the Beach".  Approximately 290 teams from across the US compete in this grueling but incredible adventure which starts in Bretton Woods,  NH, and finishes at Hampton Beach, NH. 

       Our team name was "Slammer Jammers" and we began our adventure on Friday, September 15 at approximately 11:00 a.m. and finished on Saturday at approximately 4:45 pm.  Proud to report we finished a little better than half of all participating teams! ~ The Hopkinton Running Club

Deval Patrick wins Democratic Nomination


At 11:00 pm this evening, September 19, Channel 7 has reported the following percentages for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Massachusetts, which are compared next to the HopNews poll, the Democratic results only, from yesterday:


                      Channel 7         HopNews Poll

Deval Patrick      48%                       45%

Chris Gabrieli      28%                       37%

Tom Reilly          23%                       19%


Editor's Note: At one point yesterday, we noted that it appeared someone was mischievously adding numbers to Gabrieli in the HopNews opinion poll, because his numbers went up disproportionately in a short amount of time. The results seem to affirm that suspicion. It doesn't take a technical genius to mess with the poll, just someone who has an undeveloped sense of integrity.

Town Planner Elaine Lazarus dispels erroneous reports


I have read with interest several news reports indicating that the purchase of the Whitehall land purchase from Ron Nation was not published in the Central Register.  For your information, it was published in the June 14, 2006 edition.  Today I obtained a copy in case anyone would like to see it.  It is available in the Planning Department at Town Hall.


Elaine Lazarus

Planning Director

"Fire has been put down"

September 19, 2006 — A call around 4:45 pm today from an out of breath Pleasant Street teenage girl led the Fire Department to a burning mattress at the edge of the woods in the cemetery off of Mt. Auburn Street, giving them time to put the fire out before it spread.



September 18, 2006 –  Creatures of all species – including four-legged friends or feathered fowl --  are invited to receive a special blessing at St. Paul’s 15th Annual Blessing of the Animals on October 1. 

       All dogs, cats, and others of God’s creatures – and their human friends – are invited to a special 10:00 a.m. ceremony being held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 61 Wood Street (Rte 135) in Hopkinton.   The Blessing of the Animals is being done in observance of the feast day of St. Francis, a man known for his love of nature and all of God’s creatures, and will take place during the 10:00 a.m. service  of Holy Eucharist.  All are welcome to attend.

      “This has become a very popular event at St. Paul’s and I’m pleased to be able to reach out to our animal friends and their humans in this manner,” said Father Mike Billingsley of St. Paul’s.  “We often receive quite a varied mix of animals but they are all well loved, and usually, well behaved.” 

WORCESTER - Lillian S. Pratt, 95, died September 18, 2006 at her home. Born in Hopkinton, she was the daughter of the late Frank and  Anna (Gildo) Prikaki.

       A 1929 graduate of Hopkinton High School, Lillian worked at New England Manufacturing, taught at Mansfield Academy and eventually  owned her own beauty shop in Boylston. ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE.

ConCom questions legality of Whitehall Purchase details

ConCom Vice-Chair sends letter to CPC


Editor's Note: Jack Speranza, an attorney who is the Vice-Chair of the Conservation Commission  and who is also the ConCom member serving on the CPC (Community Preservation Commission), has sent a letter to the CPC on behalf of the Conservation Commission and copied to interested parties, supporting the purchase of the Whitehall land, but questioning its legality. The letter follows:


Members of the CPC --


The Conservation Commission held a regularly scheduled meeting last night [September 18, 2006].  During the course of the evening, the current situation with the Whitehall purchase was discussed.  As a Commission, we support the proposal to purchase the Whitehall property.  As a Commission, we believe a compelling argument can be made to justify the expenditure of the most recent agreement to purchase this land for the $2.685 million price quoted in the press.  As a Commission, however, we have serious concerns about whether the CPC can legally contribute the amount of funds recommended by the Committee following its April vote, and as approved at Town Meeting in May.  File photo from Town Meeting. FULL STORY  The Editor's note has been altered to represent Mr. Speranza's title on the CPC.

Tasty barbeque

September 19, 2006 — The brown sheep appears to enjoy, at first glance, charcoal from a recent fire, but a closer examination reveals a bit of green peeking out from among the charred remains, at their home in Woodville.

The A Team

September 19, 2006 — Hopkinton resident Gerry Leone, right, unopposed Democratic candidate for District Attorney, says hello to fellow Hopkinton resident and colleague, State Police Lt. Kevin Horton, in the driveway of the Middle School this morning as each man arrived there to vote.

     "He catches them, and I prosecute them," Mr. Leone said.

     Lt. Horton heads the Massachusetts State Police VFAS (Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section) unit.

     When asked if the Big Dig catastrophe, the collapse of a cement ceiling tile leading to a fatality, could lead to criminal charges, Mr. Leone said, "Possibly. There are a couple of different theories that make criminal charges possible. Will the evidence support a criminal standard?" he asked rhetorically.

     "The Attorney General will make a decision," he said.

     "Martha gets it," he said, referring to Martha Coakley, who is running for Attorney General.

Seen the Hopkinton Discussion Page Recently?


Re: Good value From: A Democrat Date: 19 Sep 2006 Time: 07:32:58 -0700 Remote Name:


Between 2000-2004 Southboro etc. may have grown faster than Hopkinton, but that's because Hopkinton grew so explosively in the 90s and way faster than surrounding towns and it's growth had blessedly slowed. By 2000, Hopkinton was already well into grappling with the growth from the 90s. Southboro is also at traditionally more affluent town than Hopkinton (used to be anyway) and its school system was always better (though once Hopkinton started spending money, that balance changed somewhat)...Read the full post on the Discussion Page.

 There are substantive discussions going on in our Discussion Page on a regular basis. True, there will always be a Bozo on the page who needs to be ignored, but join in the real chat and add your opinion to the growing voices.

Botanical Gardens

September 19, 2006 — Donna McKenna shares this photo taken at Tower Hill Botanical Gardens in Boylston by Zachery Teplansky, 10, the grandson of her coworker.

Results of Poll for Governor's Race


September 18, 2006 — The HopNews poll for the Republican and Democratic primaries to be held tomorrow appears to reflect, if not the actual ratios, then the respective positions that other, larger polls are reporting, with Deval Patrick far in the lead.


And of course Kerry Healey is an unopposed Republican. HopNews expects its readers to reflect the mainstream in an opinion poll such as this, and we expect the outcome to be very much like the numbers on the left at the end of the day on Tuesday.


But it will be interesting to see if Kerry Healey's ratio of Republicans to Democrats will be the same at the voting booth as in the HopNews poll. She got less than half of the votes the Democrats cast.



10:30 am A caller reported that a teenager was walking down School Street in the middle of the road...


6:21 am A caller reported that a red car parked near a dumpster on West Main Street was smoking...


5:18 pm A caller reported that two youths were trying to remove a street sign on Wood Street...


4:07 pm A 911 caller reported two possible hitch hikers thumbing for a ride on Main Street...

Varsity Soccer

HopNews photo by Ben Lewis

September 18, 2006 — Katie Fusaro drives one into Ashland territory with grace, form, and strength this afternoon during the Girl's Varsity Soccer game.

JV Football

HopNews photo by Ben Lewis

September 18, 2006 — This Junior Varsity runner turns the corner with three Oliver Ames players in tow today.

Land of Thousand Cameras

September 18, 2006 — A close up look at this configuration could move the viewer to see air bubbling to the surface in an underwater scene. However, it is dewdrops suspended on a spider web, with each drop itself a tiny camera, inverting and flipping the light from the other side. Taken this morning on Pond Street.

Construction project

September 18, 2006 — Auxiliary Police Officer Luis Gonzalez looks about a quarter mile to the east to coordinate with Officer Michael Hamilton at the other end of the straightaway, and ease the flow of traffic around the workmen — and apparent supervisors — laying down a silt fence and hay bales, measures that mitigate soil, salt and silt infiltration into wetlands. It is all part of a water main project that some say could last into December. Press Release form Eric Carty below:


DPW Traffic Advisory


Please be advised that construction to replace the water main on West Main Street will begin on Tuesday, September 19th.  Work will commence in the Wood and West Main St intersection during the hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please be aware that there may be delays during those hours. As the work progresses, crews will be working on West Main heading in a Westerly direction toward the Ice House pond to connect to the new 12” water main that was installed during the Mass Highway reconstruction. During construction it may be necessary to detour the West bound traffic down Wood Street to Elm Street for certain portions of the work. Updates will be provided through the local media and posted on www.hopkinton.org and www.hopnews.com. Detail officers will be on site throughout the project to help with the traffic flow.


Boy Scouts at PolyArts September 30, 2006


Attention 6th and 7th grade boys: Have you ever wondered what being a Boy Scouts is all about? Our local Boy Scouts from Troop 1 and Troop 4 will be at the PolyArts on September 30 to answer your questions. Stop by our information tent on the town common to find out what scouting has to offer. Learn a scout skill or two. Find out the top 10 reasons why boys love scouting. Scouting is for boys ages 11- 18. If you are entering the 6th or 7th grade, this would be a great time to check us out. Both scouts and adults committee members will be available to answer your questions.

If you can't make it, but would like information, call Dave Dry (508-625-1699) or Pat Donahue (508-435-4719). File photo, Eagle Scout Steven Dry with Scout Leader Andre Griben.



CAA Classes to start



Children and adult studio classes are set to begin this week and a gallery show is scheduled at the end of September. The CAA (Cultural Arts Alliance) offers both day and evening classes in drama, music and art. For a full listing of semester and one-day classes, you can visit their website at  www.caahopkinton.org .


A volunteer crew of painters arrived early Sunday morning to give the interior walls of the Cultural Arts Alliance building vibrant new splashes of color. Photo left, Cheryl Perreault glazes the wall in the front hallway.

Stedgie Prep Reunion

September 17, 2006 — Mary Harrington pauses in the doorway of the Woodville Rod and Gun Club on Saturday as graduates of  the old Hopkinton High School located at 85 Main Street enjoy their meals. Mrs. Harrington, who proudly boasts many generations of Hopkinton natives, mustered over 150 people for the gathering she organized.


Many Views, One Common Goal…Quality Education


Funds raised by the HPTA support enrichment programs, teacher appreciation, professional development, extra-curricular activities, technology and so much more.


This 2006/2007 school year, in an effort to simplify everyone’s lives, we will be having only two major fundraising times.  In the fall, we will be running our Fall Purchase Program and in the spring we will have our 24th annual Silent Auction.

We will continue to promote our family fun events throughout the year which will include the Harlem Wizards, the Sock Hop, Mini-Marathon and many more.  These events are perfect for you and your kids to get out and have some fun together.


Your fundraising contributions this year will allow us to continue our wonderful tradition of funding some of your children’s favorite programs.


Participate in the HPTA Fall Fundraiser and help support your school!

 Fall Fundraiser starting Sept 15th  - Sept29th


HPTA is delighted to be partnering with Innisbrook Wraps this year to offer an exceptional selection of high quality gift wrap and great accessories, magazine gift cards, gourmet foods, chocolates, and more. 

      Funds raised by the HPTA support enrichment programs, teacher appreciation, professional development, extra-curricular activities, technology and so much more.

      Your participation in this important fundraiser will bring the HPTA closer to reaching its goal.  Use the Fall Fundraiser to buy gifts you’ll use throughout the year for kids, teachers, friends and relatives.Orders will arrive November 15th

      All Participants will be eligible for prize drawings which will include an IPOD Nano, $ 100.00 American Express Gift card and many more mystery prizes donated by local Hopkinton businesses who continue to support our schools. ~ HPTA

Vacation time

September 17, 2006 — Nancy "Punky" Drawe shares this photo of the Badlands of South Dakota that she took while traveling.

Toys at the party

September 17, 2006 — Firefighter Piorkowski brought his tools and toys to the block party in Rocky Woods on Saturday. The youngsters are waiting in line to try on Firefighting clothing.

Piggy Pile

September 17, 2006 — Looks like a Piggy Pile during a recent outdoor lunch at the Middle School.

Hillers lose to Oliver Ames in a non-league tilt 27-7


September 17, 2006 — The Hillers, in preparation for their defense of the Tri Valley League football championship, lost to a very good Easton team Saturday afternoon in a game played before a good crowd with plenty of energy! The Hillers made a few mistakes and fell behind in the opening quarter, as Oliver Ames scored on drives of 15, 31 and 6 yards to take the lead 7-0. The Hillers were forced to punt early as the offense couldn't quite get it together. The bright point came when Brian Doyle hooked up with Kevin Cassata on a 44 yard pass play to put the Hillers on the board. More importantly the Hillers open up with the Medfield Warriors on Thursday night at 7:00 pm in what should be a great opening night in the Tri Valley League !

~ Peter Marso

 Whitehall Purchase a done deal

Ron Nation signs agreement

Closing on October 16, 2006


September 17, 2006 —  According to Open Space Preservation Committee (OSPC) member Jeff Doherty, Ron Nation signed an agreement with the Town of Hopkinton for $2.685 million to sell a piece of land approximately 22 acres on the interior of a peninsula (Photo, left). The only abutter besides the Town is former Conservation Commission Chairman Brian Morrison, whose home is on the western side.

       "I found out from Town Counsel," said Mr. Doherty today. "It was for the $2.685 million," he said.

       When asked about the statements made by attorneys for the town in a Selectmen's open meeting that immediately followed a closed session — the attorneys advised the Selectman not to discuss litigation — he said, "The town always wanted to protect themselves; and both sides build contingencies."

      The OSPC has applied for a so-called self-help grant from the State, which has fixed October 1, 2006 as the date to disclose the amounts of the grants, and which towns will receive them. The OSPC chose to apply for the grant that allows only for passive recreation.

      "It is being put into passive recreation with a Conservation Restriction," he said.

       Mr. Doherty previously stated that as a contingency to the sale, there was an agreement that Mr. Morrison would sign to not build on his eastern most land upon the completion of the purchase by the town of Mr. Nation's land. The following is an excerpt from a July 12, 2006 HopNews report:


     In addition to the elusive extension agreement, Mr. Clark also wants to see the agreement for the other side of the peninsula, which Brian Morrison also owns multiple acres. He was referring to a graphic on the Power Point presentation given by Mr. Doherty titled "Agreement with OSLP" appearing on the map on the eastern most part of the land owned by Brian Morrison. Mr. Doherty explained that in this evening's telephone interview.

    "That was a request by the seller [Ron Nation]," he said.

     Mr. Nation (Photo) was asked to "Do the right thing" and sell the land to the town and abandon his plans for a nine home subdivision.

     According to Mr. Doherty, in order for the purchase to go through, Mr. Nation demanded that Mr. Morrison not develop his land either as a part of the Purchase and Sale.

     "Why should he be penalized," said Mr. Doherty of the seller. According to Mr. Doherty, Brian Morrison is going to agree to not develop that land upon finalization of the sale between the Town and Mr. Nation.

     Today, when asked about Mr. Morrison's end of the deal, Mr. Doherty said, "Brian has not signed his end of the agreement. I think Brian is rethinking his position," he said.

      According to Mr. Doherty, October 16, 2006 is designated as the day of the passing of papers.

A Day for Ashland

September 16, 2006 — Ashland residents held an annual day of festivities, appropriately called Ashland Day, today, that ended with a brilliant display of fireworks at Hopkinton State Park atop the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam this evening. People gathered at the Main Beach (Left), that was filled, as well as the Dam and Upper Beach areas, for the display that brought sighs of wonder from the gathered crowd. State Fire Wardens as well as State Park personnel and Ashland Police and Fire were on hand to provide a safe environment. As could be expected, people were not allowed on the Dam or the approaches, or the shore line near the side of the Dam where the explosives were set up.

No 1938 Hurricane here

September 16, 2006 — Most people above were members of the Class of 1938 at the old Hopkinton High School located at 85 Main Street. They gathered at the Woodville Rod and Gun for a reunion of all of the graduates of that long since closed school.

Town Elders

September 16, 2006 — Two well respected Hopkinton elders, former Chief of Police Jerry Bowker, Class of '41, left, and farmer Joe Pratt, Class of '38, shared some time at their reunion this evening.

Rocky party

September 16, 2006 — Firefighter Piorkowski, above, and Firefighter Fran Clark, brought an engine to the annual block party in the Rocky Woods neighborhood. Above Firefighter Piorkowski watches some of the kids as they try to fill his shoes and gear.

You going to a fire?

September 16, 2006 — This young recruit, and his reflection, perhaps enjoy a moment of imaginary wind in the hair, fire bells, horns and sirens, as he mugs for the photographer at the Rocky Woods neighborhood party today.

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