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 TYNGSBORO – Today, October 5, 2006, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc. (MPY) hosted the 11th Annual School Safety Summit.  The Summit featured the presentation of the second annual “Citizenship in Action Award,” as well as sessions on juvenile diversion, firesetters intervention, search and seizure, domestic violence, and gang-involved youth.  The theme for this year’s summit was “Creating Community Connections for Safe and Inclusive Schools.”

             “A key element in the successful development of youth is a safe and secure learning environment,” said District Attorney Martha Coakley.  “We are increasingly aware that this environment can best be achieved when school administrators and staff work together with law enforcement and social services, combining resources and knowledge to create a complete foundation for students.  This Summit provides a unique setting where professionals in these fields can come to the table and work collaboratively to create safe and healthy schools.”

 This year marks the 11th anniversary of the School Safety Summit.  The Summit was first established as the Community Based Justice (CBJ) Summit, to provide legal updates for individuals involved with the CBJ Program, which helps to maintain public safety and deter high-risk and violent youth by steering them in a more positive, productive direction.  Over time, the focus of the Summit shifted to law enforcement as well as prevention, education, and early intervention.  Today, the School Safety Summit provides training for schools and law enforcement to intervene with youth at an earlier age, discussing topics such as violence, substance abuse, truancy, and emergency management, among others.

             During the Summit, the Middlesex District Attorney's Office and MPY presented their second annual “Citizenship in Action Award.”  The award is presented to one individual who lives or works in Middlesex and who has made a difference towards making Middlesex communities safer and healthier.  This year’s recipient of the “Citizenship in Action Award” was Officer John “Jackie” Mills, a D.A.R.E. officer with the Woburn Police Department.  In his role as D.A.R.E. officer, Mills educates children on the dangers of drugs and alcohol.  Mills also established a D.A.R.E. drop-in center to keep children off of the streets.

How much wood...

October 5, 2006 — This woodchuck ran in front of the photographer's vehicle and then paused for a photo in the driveway of an East Street resident.

Good deed for today

October 5, 2006 — Samantha Stevens is part of a crew from Intel recruited by Aaron Whitesel of the United Way of Tri-County to help with some painting and staining at the MetroWest YMCA on East Street today.

Police News Up-To-date today, October 5, 2006

9:21 am A woman called to say she struck and killed a cat on Ash Street and left the body on the doorstep of a business there...


5:28 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer and Sgt. Michael Sutton investigated the report from Westborough Police of a tent set up on an embankment near the Mass Pike...


4:24 pm Officer Thomas Lemon and Det. Scott Van Raalten responded to a complaint that an intoxicated male entered a West Main Street business...

Summer revisited

October 4, 2006 — This beautiful creature was in the company of many more of its kind today, all over Angel's Garden Center on West Main Street.

ZAC reopens discussion on controversial Water Resources Protection

"Fruit Street was chosen to protect our Municipal water.

Maspenock is contaminated — we can't get water there." ~ Carol Deveuve


October 4, 2006 — The Zoning Advisory Commission (ZAC) heard from several people this evening, and agreed to reopen discussion of a controversial delineation of what was a new Water Resources Protection Overlay District that got passed at Town Meeting in May. The map that defined the areas of protection and was championed and presented by former Selectman Eric Sonnett, was contested on the floor of Town Meeting by another map presented by Carol Deveuve, who stated, as she did this evening, that the new map removed protection from a future potential drinking well site on the Town-owned Fruit Street  property.

      When asked on the Town Meeting floor before the vote, if the existing map would preclude the building of a waster water treatment plant at the proposed site, Selectman Eric Sonnett said, "No."

     "There is a question of whether Whitehall Brook should be in the zone," said Kevin Kohrt, an activist resident who is expected to ask the Planning Board to appoint him to ZAC. Whitehall Brook has been referred to as the area that effluent from a treatment plant will flow to, and in turn, flow to the Sudbury River, away from Hopkinton's drinking water, according to Earth Tech, a firm that presented scientific evidence in support of the map at Town Meeting. Another firm presented opposing evidence also.

     "This is our nest egg," Mr. Kohrt said, referring to the potential drinking water resource. "The State says if you are going to put a wastewater treatment plant there, you have to re-look at it." Mr. Kohrt was referring to the final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report for Town-owned Fruit Street land that approved of uses for that land. A wastewater treatment plant is planned for an area in the Fruit Street property that is near a potential drinking water well that is outside of he protection. But before Town Meeting in May and the acceptance of the new map, according to its opponents, the well been inside of the protected area.

       "I want the protections put back the way they were," was how Mrs. Deveuve summed it up.

       "DEP assumes the minimum," explained Hyrdrogeologist William Beyer from the firm Faye Spofford and Thorndike, in regards to the standards the DEP requires for protecting water resources.

    "You [the Town] can define your aquifer protection as you wish," he said. "You can extend your protection into the future," he added, referring to the protection of not just existing wells, but well sites under consideration. There is one such protected site near Alprilla Farm Road. Mr. Beyer also agreed that the Town can include more area than scientifically defined.

     ZAC will meet again in November to discuss this matter and hear evidence from experts.

Downtown Patrol

October 4, 2006 — Officer Thomas Griffin on patrol on Main Street today. The Police Department was especially active today with sticker, seatbelt and crosswalk enforcement.

On your mark...

October 4, 2006 — The two Soap Box Derby racers above are a split second into their race as the starter releases them on Saturday. Their journey across the finish line will be recorded electronically.

Water sports

October 4, 2006 — The dog gives scale to his owner's model boat, that could easily be mistaken for a full sized one if it had been photographed alone.



October 10, 2006

 Pursuant to 207 C.M.R. 3.03(4) and 207 CMR 2.02(1), the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Hopkinton, will conduct a public hearing on October 10, 2006 at 7:30 P.M. in the Hopkinton Town Hall – Board of Selectmen’s Room located at 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, Massachusetts, to assess the qualifications of Verizon New England, Inc. with regard to its application for a cable television license in the Town of Hopkinton, and to accept public comment on a proposed cable television license.  Any relevant applications, reports, statements, licenses, documents and amendments to be considered at the hearing that constitute public records under state law are available for public inspection during regular business hours.  The documents are available for reproduction at a reasonable fee at the Town Clerk’s Office in the Hopkinton Town Hall (1st Floor).





The Women's art forum will be held at the CAA Thursday Oct. 5 from 7 - 9 pm. Two local quilters are speaking and a large crowd is expected.



Studio Session Live

welcomes Katrin Roush and Chris O’Brien Wednesday,

10/4/06 at the HCAM–TV 8 Studios
77 Main street in Hopkinton.
Tickets are free, but required and limited

Reserve them at HCAM.tv

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 File photo

The Friends of Whitehall would like to invite the public to attend

Wednesday, October 4th at 7:15pm

Golden Pond Assisted Living Facility

Wednesday Oct 4th at 7:15pm in  the activities room, Golden Pond Assisted Living Facility.  Gabrielle Stebbins , Instream Flow Technical Assistant will speak to the Friends of Lake Whitehall and members of the Hopkinton High School Environmental Club about the RIFLS program (river instream flow stewards) and the Riverways Program, which is under the auspices of the Fish and Wildlife Division.

       Come see this crazy bunch of characters!

 ELS Live!

Friday October 13th

and Saturday October 14th,  8pm

at the Woodville Rod and Gun.


Advance ticket price $15.  $20 at the door. 

No taking of Reservations!

     Tickets are on sale now and going fast for ESL LIVE!

      This is an adult only show.  It follows the format of Saturday Night Live with comedy skits, a live band, musical guests and mock commercials.  After the show the dance floor opens up until midnight!   They sold out last year so get your tickets early!

     For more information on how to purchase tickets call 508 435-2114 or email esltheater@comcast.net

Visit Friends of Whitehal Website Choose this to send Ken an email

 Hopkinton Women's Club reaches out


People who would like to be part of one of the most philanthropic organizations in Hopkinton, participate in ongoing projects, collaborate to explore new opportunities, and make new friends; meetings are generally held the second Monday of the month.  Social Hour is 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., meeting is 10-11 a.m., and program 11-12 p.m.    Welcome to the new members of The Hopkinton Women’s Club!  The next meeting, scheduled for October 16th, will be held at the Cultural Arts Alliance on Hayden Rowe Street and will feature our guest speaker Attorney Kathleen Nealon who will discuss legal issues pertaining to the aging population. 


Women's Club Directory ~ Fundraiser

     At Polyarts, the Women’s Club sponsored a booth and sold note cards, pictures, and mailed out the new telephone directory!  The directory is sponsored by the Hopkinton Women’s Club and you will receive your copy in the mail.  Additional copies of last year’s book and the new book for your car or office are on sale for $5 per copy.  The Hopkinton Women’s Club is in the middle of a fundraiser with The Pampered Chef® Kitchen Tools to stock the new kitchen for the new Hopkinton Senior Center with their wish list of tools!  Many orders were taken at Polyarts, and you can place your order at the Women’s Club booth at Colella's parking lot on October 9th, at the Open House at the Senior Center on October 14th, by calling Beth Jacobs at (508) 435-2665 or go online to www.pamperedchef.biz/theonlinecatalog view the catalog and place your order directly under the Hopkinton Senior Center’s Show!   


Membership drive

    Looking ahead, the November 13th meeting will be an evening program locally here in Hopkinton and will focus on attracting women interested in learning more about the Women’s Club and membership.  Time and place to be determined.  On December 11th, our meeting will be a social, meeting and gift collection for residents and children in need and will be held at the home of Pam McPherson, 72 Old Elm Way, beginning at 9:30 a.m.   For further information, please call Renee Martin, Hopkinton Women’s Club Membership Chairperson at (508) 435-1271 rjmar13@aol.com or Jeanne Quaranto at (508) 435-2433  jeanneq@qualitymedeval.com. ~ Contributed content


On three Wednesday afternoons from 2:30 to 4:30 come to the Library Children's Room for craft making.




These crafts are appropriate for ages 3 and older with an adult friend staying to help younger children. Registration is not necessary. Come in any time between 2:30 and 4:30. Crafts take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Please call the Children's Room at 497-9779 with any questions.

Robert F. Connelly, 84, died Tuesday, October 3, 2006 in Milford. Born in Hopkinton, he was the son of the late Thomas and Jane (Farrell) Connelly. He was a self-employed dairy farmer and owner of Connelly's Red Barn Appliance Outlet in Hopkinton.

    He is survived by his daughters Margaret Paolini and her husband Robert of Hopkinton, Louise Mondi of Franklin and Mary Jane Connelly of Conn., his sister Dede Grant of Hopkinton, and his grandchildren Matthew, Stephanie and Amanda Paolini and Alison and Max Mondi; and many nieces and nephews.

Police Golf Tournament

October 3, 2006 — Above, DPW Foreman, Phil Schiloski, Patrolman Matthew McNeil, Detective Scott Van Raalten, and Patrolman Patrick O'Brien pause for a pose at the Hopkinton Police Local 254 Golf Tournament yesterday. Photo by Patrolman Tom Griffin.




October 3, 2006 — For Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October), the Middlesex District Attorney's Office has launched a second annual awareness campaign, including outreach to hospital emergency rooms and other services for victims of domestic violence.


            “Statistics citing the instances of domestic violence in the Commonwealth and nationwide continue to be alarming,” said District Attorney Martha Coakley (File photo).  “It is my hope that through a coordinated effort with employers, emergency room staff, and law enforcement, we are able to raise awareness and educate victims on how to get help at moments when they seek medical attention because of abuse.” 5,198 Abuse Prevention Orders were filed in 2005 in Middlesex Court alone. Informational Brochure.


            Like in 2005, the Middlesex District Attorney's Office encourages victims of domestic violence to call the Massachusetts statewide domestic violence hotline.  877-785-2020.


October 3, 2006 — These folks from the Lions Club offered their "art of cooking" at Polyarts on the Common on Saturday with the apparent purpose of keeping the flames going under those burgers.

Trick or Trick!

October 3, 2006 — These monsters, ghouls, bogeymen and demonic hellhounds stopped by the HopNews office yesterday for an afternoon scare while enjoying their holiday from monster school.

Innisbrook  extended

But Time is running out!


 October 3, 2006 — These lucky Elmwood students won raffle prizes for submitting an order to the HPTA Innisbrook Fall Purchase Program. They, along with all other students who submit an order by Thursday, October 5th at 1 PM, are eligible for the drawing of the grand prizes: I POD Nano &  $ 100.00 Amex Gift Card

     Winners will be announced during Friday Morning announcements in school. Don't delay, help support the HPTA in its efforts to continue to bring the enrichment programs your children enjoy to the schools.


Help Support Our School!

While supporting a great cause, OUR STUDENTS!

Baby Boy delivered on Route 3 in Hanover with help of State Police



October 3, 2006 — Today, at approximately 4:13 a.m. State Police Dispatch in Middleboro received a 911 call from Christopher Tetler advising he and his wife, Kristen Tetler, were traveling on Route 3 northbound attempting to get to the South Shore hospital in Weymouth. He indicated his wife was pregnant and her water had just broken.

      Christopher Tetler was instructed to pull his 2001 Honda CRV to the side of the road and await an ambulance. Troopers from the Norwell Barracks and the Hanover Fire Department ambulance were dispatched to their location on Route 3 northbound, in the area of exit 13, Hanover.

      A short time later Troopers Matthew Croteau, Stephen Gabriel and Mark Hogan arrived on scene. At approximately 4:25 a.m. a baby boy was delivered in the vehicle by the troopers. The Hanover Fire Department arrived and transported the mother and baby boy to the South Shore hospital. The father and another 2-year-old boy, who was traveling in the vehicle, were escorted to South Shore Hospital.

EEE test results are Negative for Hopkinton 5 year-old


October 2, 2006 — According to Public Health Administrator, Tom Ryder, Children's Hospital called to say that a Hopkinton five year-old who has reportedly been in intensive care has tested negative for EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis), a cause of meningitis, or inflammation of he brain.

     Mr. Ryder was not contacted by the Department of Health regarding the girl's disease, and so is unsure of its communicability, because further information was unavailable at the close of business at Town Hall.

     "If it is communicable," said Mr. Ryder, "it would be reportable and we would do a follow up with the patient and family to see where they've been."

     HopNews will report any further developments. Previous report.

Last Chance Little League Tryouts

Friday October 20th from 5pm to 8pm at Carrigan park for both Softball and Baseball players. Visit www.hopkintonlittleleague.com for information. Contact donaldelehman@aol.com with questions.

Hopkinton Trails Club, Meeting and event

Club meeting Thursday, October 5, 7pm.  Golden Pond, 50 Main St, Lower level.  Meetings are open to everyone.  We will be discussing upcoming hiking and maintenance events and town wide trail related issues.


Hike at Reservoir Run, Hopkinton State ParkSaturday, October 14, 2006, 1pm.  Meet at access road on Rafferty Road near corner with Rt 85 (Cedar St).

Hopkinton Wine and Spirits 3rd Anniversary Open House

Open House & Grand Tasting Saturday, October 14, 1 – 6 PM


Want to taste over 50 great wines? Join your friends at Hopkinton Wine & Spirits at the wine event of the year! Open House & Grand Tasting Saturday, October 14, 1 – 6 PM. Enhance your wine knowledge with some of the region’s leading wine experts. Don’t miss this opportunity to taste wines from around the world.

77 West Main Street (at Lumber Street). 508-435-1292


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.



 October 18th is the last day to register to vote for the November 7th State Election October 18th Hours 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.Absentee Ballots Are Available. Contact the Town Clerk’s Office or Download applications on Town Clerk’s website http://www.hopkinton.org

Police News up-to-date

today, October 2, 2006


8:00 pm A caller from Hayden Rowe Street reported that someone was trying to break into a vehicle...


5:39 pm A caller reported a minor motor vehicle hit and run at a West Main Street gas station...


7:55 am A caller reported that a tire rolled down Pleasant Street and across Main Street...

William R. Sullivan, 70, died at home September 30, 2006 after a long illness.  Born in Boston, he was the son of the late William E. and Mary (Ridge) Sullivan.  He was a U.S. Naval veteran serving on the USS. Leary as a Fire Controlman 3rd Class.  He was employed as a graphic artist for TASC before his retirement. ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE

Jean C. Eberlin, 83,  went home to be with the Lord on Friday, September 29, 2006 while residing at the Beaumont Nursing Home in Northbridge. She was the wife of the late Donald H. Eberlin whom she was married to for 45 years.ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE

It's All About the Roses

October 2, 2006 — Mrs. Alfreda White receives roses and flowers from Tom Nealon of the Senior Center Building Committee last week during the ribbon cutting, for her great efforts on behalf of the Committee. The Center's staff has put the welcome mat out for people 60 and over for entry to the building, starting October 2..

30 Years Old

October 1, 2006 — According to owner Christine Martin, Sunshine Preschool is celebrating 30 years of being in Hopkinton, with over 120 kids enrolled consistently, for almost every year. Some of Friday's charges pose in front of the sign that was donated by last year's graduating class and recently installed. One parent, who has remained anonymous, contributed enough to insist that the sign be made of granite, according to Mrs. Martin.

   "It was in return for our contributions to Hopkinton," Mrs. Martin said.  


State Police busy in Sturbridge area this weekend.


 Missing Juvenile in Wales

      On Friday, September 29, 2006, at about 4:30 p.m., the Wales Police Department contacted the State Police for assistance in locating a 16-year-old male who had been missing since about 3:50 p.m. in a wooded area of the Norcross Conservation Area. 

     State Police deployed C Troop patrols, the State Police Canine Unit and the State Police Airwing to assist the Wales Police Department, the Wales Fire Department and local civilian search and rescue volunteers with the search for the boy who had become separated from his father and uncle while taking a walk in the Conservation Area. (File photo)


       At about 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning, Chief Carl Ekenbarger, Chief of the Wales Fire Department, was assisting with the deployment of State Police personnel on Route 19 along the Connecticut border and observed the boy walking along Route 19 just north of the Connecticut line, approximately 2 miles south of where the boy had been separated from his family.  Chief Ekenbarger transported the boy back to the Command Post where the boy was examined by Wales EMS.  The boy had no visible signs of injuries but was transported as a precautionary measure to an area hospital for further evaluation. Due to the boy’s age, his name will not be released.


 CPC gives Whitehall land sale green light

Min-HopNews Video of meeting on left ~ Click twice on play button


October 1, 2006 — The Community Preservation Commission last Thursday gave the green light for the purchase of the 20 or so acres of Whitehall land from builder Ron Nation, which is supposed to take place between October 2, and October 16 with the passing of papers.

     The video to the left offers snippets from the meeting. Unfortunately, audio problems has kept much of the controversy off of the movie, but much the meeting's time was made up of people who were speaking against spending the amount of $2.685 million, the amount that the seller's appraiser came up with for both the seller and the town.

     "I can see it [Lake Whitehall] from the second story of my home...Not many people in this room can see they can see Lake Whitehall from their home... The issue here is wasteful spending," said Selectman Ron Clark before the vote.

     Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Muriel Kramer, was the lone voice not sitting at the table who attended the meeting to speak in favor of the deal.    

Fire's Out

October 1, 2006 — Hopkinton Fire Department responded to a home in the Overlook Drive area for a pan of oil that burned down to the floor.

The Color of Fire

October 1, 2006 — The members of Pack 97 were told to place their packets into the fire, each group by rank, and to see the "magic colors" that resulted. Some of those colors can be seen above, escaping the fire.

Special privilege

October 1, 2006 — This person apparently had a very special privilege Saturday when the streets where especially crowded, forcing children to walk around the vehicle to cross the street, cutting down on the line of sight of the crosswalk that oncoming drivers had, while her own children only had to walk a few feet to the front door of the restaurant in safety, and not worry about people who did things like this. 

Boys Cross Country Invitational meet

Photo by David Sheehan

October 1, 2006 —  Connor Sheridan, the top finisher for Hopkinton, above, en route to his 4th place finish in Saturday's MSTCA (Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association) Boys Cross Country Invitational meet. Sheridan completed the 5k course at Franklin Park in Boston in a time of 16:27. This Division II Invitational race drew 290 competitors from over 40 Massachusetts high schools.
      The Hopkinton Team earned 5th place in the team standings with excellent efforts from Drew Clark (10th - 16:58) Pat Olson, Alex Picozza, Ryan Harrison, Tim English and Jon Mariano. Hopkinton boys and girls cross country teams next face TVL rival Westwood on Wednesday October 4th.

Daddy's Little Girl

September 30, 2006 — Paige Hughes, 11 months, get a dance from her dad, Jerry Hughes, during the music on the Common at Polyarts. He will surely remember his first dances with her when they dance again on her wedding day, many years from now.

Fab Four

September 30, 2006 — These youngsters decided to make their own music today Downtown while Polyarts was in full swing.

Jean C. Eberlin, 83, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2006 at the Beaumont Nursing Home. She was the wife of the late Donald H. Eberlin who died in 1992.
     Arrangements are under the direction of the Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton and are incomplete at this time.

Brian J. Walsh, 53, died unexpectedly September 24, 2006 while vacationing in Italy. Born in Boston, he was the son of Francis T. and Mary Lou (McGrail) Walsh of Florida.
     He was a 1973 graduate of Needham High School and a 1981 graduate of San Diego State University. He was employed for over 20 years by Taylor Freezer of New England and was a member of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association. He was an avid golfer and a beloved friend to many. ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE

World renown Soap Box Derby in Hopkinton

September 30, 2006 — This young racer is directed to brake at the end of the Soap Box Derby this morning on Church Street.

"I love painting"

September 30, 2006 This painter of glass at Polyarts this morning summed up her passion by saying, I love painting," to the photographer, and her work shows it.

Polyarts off to a great start

September 30, 2006 — Above, Jim Troupes is an early customer of caricature artist Mark Seagrave of Northbridge this morning before the official opening.

Hopkinton 27, Norton, 33

Photo by Ben Lewis

The Hiller D pushes back this run by Norton .

by Peter Marso

The Hopkinton High School Football Team lost in what one could say was a real dandy heartbreaker last night in Hopkinton. The Hillers had their chances but a gutsy Norton Lancer team just wouldn't go down. It was the first overtime game in the history of Hopkinton Football at home!

     The Hillers tied the game in regulation 27-27 as the great catching of Paul Ostrander kept the Hillers in the game throughout the night. The kick went wide as Mark Sanborn's effort went wide to the right. The field goal that could have clinched it was blocked as the Lancers just refused to go down! It was a great football game but it was also a critical loss as it put the Hillers at 0-2 in the league race. The hillers were denied a big victory that just wasn't meant to be!! It was a great night of football and a most memorable game!! 

Pack 97 starts season

September 29, 2006 — Hopkinton Cub Scout Pack 97 and a couple hundred of their closest friends and family members got together early this evening at the Split Rock section of Hopkinton State Park for their first ceremony of the year. It involved fire lighting, magical colors, glowing necklaces, displaying of the colors, and smores.

'Round and 'round

September 29, 2006 — Victor Paluzzi, 8, gets a ride from the human amusement ride, Dad, Nick Paluzzi, before the start of Hopkinton Cub Scout Pack 97 this evening after the sun went down, but before the sky turned dark.

Raiders Roll

Above: Bottom Row(LtoR) : Luke Cuneo, Danny Bressler, Bo Prozinski. 2nd Row(LtoR): Matt Cuneo, Tyler DeWolfe, Colin Daly, Andrew  Kwateng, Jack Lampert, Nick Marchessault, Geoff Grady, Coach Tim Tracey. 3rd Row(LtoR) : Coach Don Lehman, Ryan Johnson, Jake Lehman, Devin Phelan, Cameron Bryan, Erik Strout, Jordan Jacobs. Top Row (LtoR): Anthony Racicot, Charlie Clements, Andrew Donohue,  Sean Woodworth, Coach Jamie Merloni, Mark Senecal, Tyler Caputo, Ryan Caputo, Coach Steve Prozinski . Missing : Sam Pekham and Shaun Palmer. Photo by Geoff Grady


September 23, 2006, Foxborough, MA - The Hopkinton-Ashland Pop Warner C2 football team extended their winning streak to 3 games (all shutouts) with a convincing victory over the Foxboro Warriors.   The talented offensive backfield and receiving crew dominated their opponent by mixing a ground and aerial attack behind a strong and hardworking offensive line.  As impressive as the offense was in piling up 32 points, the defense was relentless and did not even allow a first down until late in the final quarter.    The Raiders’ kickoff, receiving, and extra point squads were outstanding despite a driving rain.  The coaches were very pleased with the effort the boys gave, and that with each week they were playing more and more as a team.

HPTA Parent Programs Presents an

Internet Safety Program

Wednesday, October 11

 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Middle School Auditorium

for parents and students (middle school age and older) in conjunction with

the Middlesex District Attorney’s office. 


Between email, instant messaging, and chat rooms, how can educators and parents teach children to stay safe online? This workshop is designed to build awareness about the opportunities and dangers that are unique to the Internet. Participants will learn about the crimes that are most frequently perpetrated against juveniles, criminal law and how it can protect us, and how to involve parents in safeguarding their children.  This event is the innovative and successful in-service training program provided by Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc. (MPY), in collaboration with the Middlesex District Attorney's Office. 

For more information, email jdriscoll734@comcast.net .

Hopkinton Child Being Testing for EEE ~ Results on Monday

Thousands of tests a year — only 6 or 7 ever confirmed

EEE is not contagious among humans

~ Tom Ryder, Public Health Administrator


by Robert Falcione

September 29, 2006 — In a textbook case of "Let no good deed go unpunished," one Hopkinton woman's email has apparently reached many more people than she intended, spreading personal details of a family's hardship, and reaching people who don't understand EEE. The Lake Maspenock area resident sent an email to a group of friends and neighbors to solicit donations for a family whose five year-old daughter is in a Boston hospital, and is being tested for EEE today. She hopes to help collect gas cards and other consumables to offset the father's absence from work while attending to the needs of the other three children.

      According to the Town of Hopkinton Public Health Administrator, Tom Ryder (File photo), EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) is a mosquito-borne virus that originates with birds and is not contagious from human to human. In fact, a Mass Department of Public Health Fact Sheet on the disease available on the DPH website states this:

     The virus that causes EEE is spread only by mosquitoes.  People and horses with EEE do not spread the disease.

      Many neighbors have become unduly upset because they do not know the nature of the disease and worry about contact their child might have had.

        Board of Health employee Judi Murphy advised ways to stay safe. "Spraying and covering up — and not being out from dusk to dawn."

       Mr. Ryder agreed. "Use Deet, cover up, and stay indoors when possible," he said.

       In a press release sent out over a week ago, the DPH advised:

      Remove any standing water near your home to reduce mosquito-breeding habitats. Standing water can be found in a variety of places surrounding homes. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty unused flowerpots and wading pools. Change water in birdbaths frequently.

       People wishing to help can email Darlene.   

NOTE: We are not disclosing the child's name or location to maintain the family's privacy. 

DPW Traffic Advisory


Please be advised that starting Monday, October 2, 2006 and until further notice the following detour will be in effect.


Traffic heading West bound on Main Street to West Main, will be detoured down Wood Street to Elm Street and around back out to West Main.  West Main Street will be open to East bound traffic only between Lumber and Main Street. Wood Street will be open in both directions.



DOG (Best buddy) LOST  FOUND




(h) 508.544.1333

(c) 323.459.4853


OOPS!! POLICE NEWS Just got uploaded. We thank Pondhopper for pointing out our error.  :-)

CPC approves purchase of Whitehall land

Video to come Friday...

September 28, 2006 — The CPC (Community Preservation Committee) voted to approve purchase of the Whitehall land from Ron Nation for $2.65 million, in a a 6-3 vote that was considered a foregone conclusion by many of its critics.

      Resident Gary Haroian said to Chairman John Coolidge, "You are destroying your credibility by what you are doing here. It seems you got legal opinions that met your objective."

      David Hamacher objected to what he called four errors in the latest appraisal, calling into question the legality of the deal.

      Selectman Ron Clark objected to the methodology of the latest appraisal that was 600,000 higher than the nearest of four appraisals that the Committee has gotten.

       Vascen Bogigian objected that the committee should not be using an appraisal that was not only from the seller, but much higher than the other three.

       Before the vote, Selectman and Open Space Committee member Mary Pratt said that she would like "...the clarification Jack asked for." Mr. Speranza had asked for a provision in the motion — which was essentially the same motion read at Town Meeting — for an opinion in writing from Town Counsel that it was okay to buy the land for the highest of four appraisals, something Mr. Coolidge said he had verbally from Town Counsel Richard D'Angelis.

      After the vote, former Selectman Eric Sonnett said, "This is the first time in my experience where the Town counsel's opinion is hearsay, and not in writing. This is a disgrace."

      The closing on the land, the actual passing of papers, is supposed to take place between October 2 and October 16, barring any complications. A grant that was applied for is supposed to be made public after the 1st of October. The grant application was for $500,000, but member Jeff Doherty has previously stated that the grant could be for as little as $10.


Today, September 28, 2006


3:32 am A caller reported waking up to the noise of breaking glass...


1:00 pm  A caller reported that between 10:30 and 11:00 pm the previous night, a male running up and down Front Street yelling, "destroy everything..."


11:43 pm A caller reported that a suspicious man was walking dressed in all black...

Kerry Healey on the stump in Hopkinton


Photo by Ben Lewis

September 28, 2006 — Lt. Governor Kerry Healey, Republican candidate for Governor,  came to Hopkinton to give a political speech at the Next Generation Day Children's Center, pushing in favor of MCAS and in favor of merit increases for teachers, something she said the teachers' union opposes, as does their choice for Governor, Deval Patrick. Hopkinton's prominent Republicans, Richard Egan, Eric Sonnett and Ken Weismantel among many others, were on hand to support their choice for Governor. Click here to see some VIDEO excerpts from Lt. Governor Healey's presentation, as well as presentations by Hopkinton Republicans Jim Stauss and Christina Coffey.

High Profile

September 28, 2006 — Members of the American Legion stood together to dedicate a memorial at the Senior Center to Angelo Colella, who was instrumental in building the organization.

     "Angelo had dreams," said Paul Phipps. "And one was that the vets in Hopkinton would band together."

One speaker said that Mr. Phipps furnished the lobby, as long as it would be in Fred White's memory.

Senior Center Ribbon Cutting

Above, Members of the Senior Center Building Committee cutting the ribbon this morning, from left: Tom Nealon, Dick Brault, Fred White, Jack Palitsch, Sarah Duckett, Cindy Chesmore. Sally Almy was off-camera.

September 28, 2006 — "When the citizens of Hopkinton will themselves to positive change, great things will happen," said Building committee member, Tom Nealon, just prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony this morning at the new Senior Center.

Look, up in the sky...

September 28, 2006 — "Pipeline Patrol" are the words emblazoned on the bottoms of the wings of this Cessna owned by the gas company, which is a frequent traveler, as it was yesterday (Above), in the skies of Hopkinton. Its apparent duty is to fly over the Tennessee Gas right of ways. 


Taps Vigil


Our next Bugles Across America "Taps Vigil" Ceremony will be Sunday Oct. 1st at 7pm on the Common.  Please come and honor our Troops!

 Thank You, Hopkinton Veterans Celebration Committee


Hopkinton : Sports Hub

Dear Editor,

I am looking forward to seeing the Soapbox Derby coming to town this Saturday. It marks what I feel is a natural progression of sporting events in town.

Running events have always been at the core. Everyone has heard of  the Boston Marathon as perhaps the oldest and most widely recognized event. Most have heard of the more recent Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K to Cure ALS, which is gaining popularity (but is still dominated by Hopkintonians!)

But did you know ... READ FULL LETTER

Senior Center Ribbon Cutting Thursday at 10:00 a.m.

Above, Russell Ellsworth with Doris Carver standing in the Function Room of the Hopkinton Senior Center. The Library/Game Room is room named for Mr. Ellsworth's  mother, Jeannette, who was a Librarian for many years and a Council on Aging Chairperson. The empty room is expected to be filled with seniors for the Hopkinton Police Senior Dinner, which has been held elsewhere due to the Senior Center being in the basement of the Town Hall until now. It usually draws 200 people.

September 27, 2006 — The Senior Center held an Open House this evening for donors, complete with "finger food" and soft drinks. The Ellsworth family, Phipps Insurance, and Caliper Life Sciences headed the list of Major Donors. Thursday at 10:00 a.m. will be the ribbon cutting for the Center and for the Angelo Colella Memorial.

A Worthy Destination

September 27, 2006 — Donors, volunteers, guests and senior services workers mixed this evening at the Donor's Reception.

Live and let live

September 27, 2006 — This butterfly and bumblebee appear to be practicing the politics of entente today at the Hopkinton Reservoir.

Weston Nurseries Auction Postponed

September 27, 2006 — A total of 352.5 acres of Weston Nurseries land was to go on the auction block today in three separate sales, but got postponed until November 9, beginning at 10:00 am. More details can be learned at the auctioneer's website, www.Pesco.com.

      Above, Merylyn Mezitt, wife of Weston Nurseries principal, Roger Mezitt. Center, Craig Nation and brother Chris, of the Nation family of builders. Craig Nation is a member of the Conservation Commission, and his brother Chris is on the Master plan Committee.

Well Known Citizen

September 27, 2006 — George Payson, a familiar face around town, relaxes with a familiar newspaper, after having no luck fishing with lures at Hopkinton State Park today.

Pedestrian safety

September 27, 2006 — Moving violation? The vehicle across the street heading westerly is already at a stop for the pedestrian.

HYSA is looking for volunteers to help out during Hopkinton Youth Soccer Night at the Revolution.  Please contact Maura Stanley at maurastanley@comcast.net or by phone at 508-981-0089.  There will be a meeting at O'Toole's North Pond House on Thursday, September 28, @ 8:00PM.

Selectmen Chairman Flexes Muscles

"Don't make me have you removed" ~ Chairman Muriel Kramer to Selectman Ron Clark

September 26, 2006 — What started out as a discussion of past minutes of the Board of Selectmen this evening in the Middle School Lecture Hall turned into the threat of the use of ultimate authority. Selectman Ron Clark was questioning the accuracy of minutes of the Board.

       "The tape [Videotape of prior meeting] clearly shows Town Counsel D'Angelis said CPC should vote on which appraisal to use," he said. Mr. Clark was referring to the appraisals for the purchase of the 20+ acres of Whitehall land from developer Ron Nation that the town is scheduled to close on October 16, 2006 for $2.685 million. Two appraisals came in at $2 million and $2.050 million respectively, after which the town offered Mr. Nation the higher figure. Mr. Nation refused the offer and turned in an appraisal he paid for at $2.685 million, for which he counter offered. All of this happened after the Town Meeting had already agreed in May to purchase the land for $2.75 million.

      The majority of the Selectmen then decided to support the purchase of the property for the higher figure and get the same appraiser, because the town cannot purchase land for more than its appraised value.

     "I have sent two emails to Mr. Coolidge [John Coolidge is the CPC, Chair of the Community Preservation Commission] asking when CPC would vote and he has not responded — it is all part of this very difficult process," he said.

     "I prefer you take this to the CPC on Thursday," Mrs. Kramer said.

     "Could I ask you why we continue to keep this shrouded in secrecy?" Mr. Clark asked.

     "You have a personal interest," Mrs. Kramer said. FULL STORY

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