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Lucky people

November 2, 2006 — Officer Gregg DeBoer looks over a vehicle that failed to negotiate a turn on Wilson Street heading north, and north of Kruger Road, that carried a driver and a passenger who said they were uninjured. A neighbor called after hearing the screeching of tires followed by the impact that involved a large tree. Another neighbor came out after the cruisers arrived and said he heard nothing but felt what he thought was a tremor inside his home. The vehicle appears to be a total loss.

 Peter's Corner

 

Friends and teammates

 

by Peter Marso

November 2, 2006 — Cara Maresca (Left) and Whitney Mullen have been High School friends and teammates on the Hiller field Hockey team for the past few years. Cara is this year’s tri-captain and Whitney is this year’s left Forward on a team that just knocked off Hockomock powerhouse, Foxboro, 1-0 to advance to this years South Quarterfinal round in this year’s state tournament.

     The seniors have very many similarities as they are both members of the National Honor Society along with being two years starters for Coach Joan Bannon’s Hillers.

      Cara is this years Tri-Captain planning on majoring in English and communication and may even play college ball at the next level. She is also a member of this year’s tennis team.

      Whitney, on the other hand, has demonstrated her skills as a center Forward along with participating on this year's track team. She would like to attend Boston College as a Business Major.

      The girls’ field Hockey Team is enjoying a great season and these two have contributed tremendously along with many others supporting a 10-3-6 record in the league and winning their first tournament game.

      The Hillers will play Friday at 2:30 as they advance against powerful Dedham of the Bay-State League. The Hiller seniors are looking forward to college but cherish their time spent at Hopkinton High-School. The memories will last a life time as they look back at a great experience.

     Cara is the daughter of Bob and Donna Maresca of Blueberry Lane and the sister of younger brother Michael. Whitney is the daughter John and Carla Mullen of Longwood. She is also the older sister of Jessica and Chelsea.

     The girls have brought a lot of great contributions to the green and white of Hopkinton!! We wish them the best! 

“Super” Raiders Keep Rolling

 

Sunday, October 29, 2006 - When quarterback Luke Cuneo took the final snap and dropped to one knee to end the game, the score was Hopkinton—Ashland 13; Wareham 7.  The final ledger did not account for the courage and never-say-die mentality displayed by the boys representing the 9-13 year old Raider football team from Hopkinton—Ashland.  Although they are children in the eyes of most grown ups, these boys and their dedicated coaches have come together to put on an inspiring showcase of team football that is impressive to any age group.  This team was assembled upon the gridirons of Ashland and Hopkinton in the dog days of late summer.  I watched the coaches work the boys hard but also let them have a lot of fun as well.  Since getting whipped 28-0 in their first contest, the team has won nine straight, at one point not allowing a single score for 17 consecutive quarters. 

 

On Sunday at high noon, despite getting behind early to the much bigger Wareham squad in the second round of the playoffs, the team never quit.   Although gusts measuring 25 mph disrupted the game and knocked over my coffee, Hopkinton—Ashland opened up a precise passing attack to take control of the contest.  The defense was amazing, shutting down their opponents completely after that early scoring drive.  The Raiders’ special teams were a differentiator by booming several punts, scoring a critical extra point, and recovering a non-intentional onside kick which miraculously came to screeching halt inches from the sideline deep in Wareham territory.  In the picture above, quarterback Bo Prozinski is shown a split-second after releasing a TD toss to Matt Cuneo while the offensive line and backfield led by Andrew Kwateng (right) provide textbook pass protection. 

 

It is refreshing to see these kids playing this man’s sport with respect, dedication, and sportsmanship.  All teams playing on Sundays do not behave like this team does.  The parents of the players also play important roles to ensure that games are organized and are conducted fairly.  In the background, (see below the football) Mr. Senecal, Mr. Bressler, and Mr. Lampert participate in the field crew team by manning the chains and down marker.   The Raiders will clash with an undefeated Stoughton team in the C2 Super Bowl on Sunday, November 5, 11AM at Westwood High.  GO RAIDERS!  ~Geoff Grady

POLICE NEWS up-to date

Today, November 2, 2006

 

9:58 am Officer David Shane spoke with an employee of an Avenue E company who complained again, and had on several previous occasions, of a suspicious man who parks in their lot...

 

9:58 am Officer David Shane spoken employee of an Avenue E company who complained again, and had on several previous occasions, of a suspicious man who parks in their lot...

 

10:22 pm Officer Matthew McNeil stood by on Wood Street after receiving several calls of a fatally injured deer near the Woodville Post Office...

Town of Hopkinton

FY2007 PROPERTY VALUATIONS

 

READ THEM ONLINE HERE

 

In accordance with guidelines established by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, the Board of Assessors has completed a triennial reassessment program for all properties within the Town.  The resulting values are those upon which the actual Fiscal Year 2007 tax bills will be based.  The law in Massachusetts requires that all property be assessed at its fair cash value - what a willing buyer would pay a willing seller.

 

The rationale for full value assessment is equity.  Two houses of equal market value in a community should be assigned equal assessments.

 

The Commissioner of Revenue determines triennially whether assessed values in the town represent full and fair cash value for each class of real and personal property. To do this, the Assessors first needed to establish new valuations for January 1, 2006.

 

In anticipation of final certification by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, the Assessors are implementing a program of public disclosure intended to provide taxpayers an opportunity to inquire about proposed new assessments.

                                                                                            

The Assessors will hold public disclosure from November 3rd to November 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

The proposed new values will be available for review on the Town website at http://www.hopkinton.org/gov/assessor/2007.htm.  Property owners may also visit the Assessors Office in Town Hall to view their proposed assessments, or call 508-497-9720 to answer questions regarding their valuation.

 

Board of Assessors

Hopkinton

Oldies but Goodies...

November 1, 2006 — This gem, a 1959 Ford Edsel, was spotted in front of Town Hall this morning. The Edsel series, which was produced in diminishing quantities from 1958-1960, was considered a design and sales flop in terms of the standards of that time; many people thought the grille looked like an open fish mouth. In addition, a recession hit the country the year the Edsel rolled off the assembly line for the first time, further sealing its fate. The owners of the 6,000-plus remaining vehicles are very loyal and determined to perpetuate their cars.     

Senator Spilka Named Member of Department of Corrections Advisory Council

 

November 1, 2006 – Senator Karen E. Spilka is pleased to announce that she has accepted an appointment to the Department of Corrections Advisory Council.  The Advisory Council was established by an Executive Order to support and monitor implementation of the recommendations of the Governor’s Commission on Corrections Reform.  This “Blue Ribbon” Commission issued a report in June 2004 consisting of 18 major recommendations. 

 

Senator Spilka is thrilled to have been chosen by Senate President Travaglini to represent the Senate on this important Council and is looking forward to working with the Department of Corrections to implement the recommendations of the Corrections Reform Commission.  The Commission’s initiatives should improve the success of the Commonwealth’s correction work with inmate populations, increase the professionalism the DOC staff and, most importantly protect the taxpayers of Massachusetts. 

 

The Department of Corrections Advisory Council consists of 17 members, 11 of whom are appointed by the Governor.  Currently 6 of the administrations 11 appointments are left unfilled.

 

Spilka commented, “Though it is clear that the DOC is doing a great deal in terms of innovation, there are structural and programmatic improvements that still need to be made in order to reach our objectives for the inmate and post-release populations.  I am ready to get to work and I call upon the Romney-Healey Administration to fill the remaining seats and enable the council to do the actual business it was created to do.” FULL STORY

POLL RESULTS

 

     The results of the poll are remarkable, if at all legitimate. If they are, it means Deval Patrick and Democrats are in trouble.

     However, the number of participants is fairly normal for one of our polls, so it could be argued that the anti-Patrick group also weighed in. Remember, it is just for entertainment!

        Hiller Field Hockey State Hopefuls

 

 

November 1, 2006 — First year varsity field hockey coach, Joan Bannon, made all the right moves today as the Hillers took their first step toward the State Championship.

        Freshman Keelin Bannon scored the only goal of the game in the second overtime, as the Hillers beat Foxboro to move into the second round. After the two teams tied earlier this season, this play-off game seemed to be more of the same, with neither one showing much offense. However, Coach Bannon made some key substitutions in the overtime which kept fresh legs on the field. This helped Hopkinton to dominate the play, and led to the game winning goal.

        The Hillers finished the regular season at 9-3-6, which has made them a13th seed in this year's state tournament. Up next is the number 4 seed ,Dedham, a team that has beaten the Hillers earlier in the season. The girls will travel there on Friday, and try for a different outcome.

~ Mike Whalen (File photo)

New Stones

November 1, 2006 — The Veteran's Memorial on the Common at dusk earlier this week. The outer stones were installed recently and will be dedicated in a ceremony at 11:00 am on November 11.

Kudos to Attorney and Director

Mr. Editor-

 

I would like the residents of Hopkinton to know that, today, the Town was awarded $260,000 in the trial of Town of Hopkinton Planning Board v Gifford Construction Inc.  The purpose of this litigation, which began last week and concluded today, was to reimburse the Town for funds we expended beyond the bond amount for repairs to the roadway and other areas.  These repairs were necessitated by the poor work done by Gifford Construction during the early development of this neighborhood. FULL LETTER

10 th Annual Toys for Tots Open House Toy Drive

Thank you Angel's, Flora Busconi, Chip Plourde

 

November 1, 2006 — Despite the change of day from the traditional Halloween to the day before, all kinds of princesses — like Cassandra Rizzo to the left — superheroes and monsters came to Photographic Images to donate toys to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program — which distributes the toys to needy children — and have their complimentary keepsake portrait taken in a special set designed for that day.

       Photographic Images appreciates the efforts of Angel's Garden Center, West main Street, for donating the use of most of the materials we use for the set every year, as well as Chip Plourde of Upton, who has donated the antique wheelbarrow for several years. And finally, thanks to Hopkinton resident Flora Busconi, who has donated her time, candy and cookies for the event every year that we have had it.

     Photographic Images will continue to be an official Toys for Tots drop-off center until December 15. ~ Robert Falcione

Eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month

November 1, 2006 — American Legion member Bob Chesmore prepares the monuments on the Common for a dedication ceremony, at 11:00 am on November 11, Veterans' Day, of the addition monuments to more recent hostilities where American troops have served. Mr. Chesmore has been credited with the initiative to acquire and place the stones.

     Veterans day was formerly known as Armistice Day, the end of hostilities of World War One, the "War to end all wars."

Message from Newcomers

Hopkinton Newcomers Social Club Weekend Welcome Event

The Hopkinton Newcomers Social Club (HNSC) Hospitality Committee sponsors events geared just for those new to Hopkinton. If you’ve just moved to town, join us to learn about the community, get acquainted with club members, get information about upcoming events, and discover all the activities Hopkinton Newcomers has to offer. If you’ve lived in Hopkinton for years and want to try something new, we welcome you too!

All prospective members and families are invited to attend. No need for a babysitter—all children welcome. Child care will be provided.

Event:     Free Weekend Welcome Event ~ Sponsored by: HNSC Hospitality Committee

Date:      Sunday, November 5th ~ Time: 2 to 4 pm  ~ Host:      Susan Brownworth, 7 Honeysuckle Circle

Time:      2 to 4 pm RSVP:    to Sheila Farrell, Hospitality Chairperson sasfarrell@hotmail.com  or 508-544-9847

Enjoy a fall afternoon sipping apple cider and meeting new friends. It’s a great way to meet others new to Hopkinton, find out more about the community, and learn about all the activities Newcomers has to offer. Refreshments provided.

Know someone new to town? Bring a friend.

For more information about HNSC, request a free newsletter that describes all upcoming Newcomers events (info@hopkintonnewcomers.org), or visit our club website at www.hopkintonnewcomers.org.

Electricity for Free

Broadband Video

October 31, 2006 — Matt Arner and wife Mini Singh claim to be the first documented home in Hopkinton to have installed photovoltaic solar panels on their roof to cut down on their electricity costs. Unlike solar panels that carry sun-heated water to a storage unit in the basement for transfer to domestic hot water or heat, these actually convert sunlight into electricity that is used in the home when needed, according to Mr. Arner, that will provide 30% of their electricity and pay for itself in 5 years. When the production of electricity from the roof units is greater than the demand, it will return electricity through the meter and run it backwards.

     Mr. Arner says that much of his costs of the installation are mitigated by rebates — for instance with the Mass Technology Collaborative — and tax credits issued by the state and federal governments, as well as credits he can sell that are purchased by residents wanting "green" electricity. Click here to see a short Broadband video interview shot today

China Trip

October 31, 2006 — Steve Spiegel, recently returned from China,  shares a photo from his trip to the Great Wall. 

Lady Hillers Volleyball 3-1 over Bellingham

Above, Corinne Flieger skies to spike the ball last night in Bellingham.

October 31, 2006 — The Lady Hillers Volleyball team took Bellingham to school last night  at Bellingham 3-1 in the last game of regular season play. The team ended the season with a 13-7 record and have qualified for the State Tournament.

Planning Board approves Maspenock Woods

by Robert Falcione

Maspenock Woods

October 30, 2006 — This evening the Planning Board approved a 31-unit condo development off of Elm Street after a deadlock, and an inferred warning that a 40B development would be built if the board did not reconsider its vote.

      The Board initially voted in a 4-4 tie to deny that the KSS Realty plan was safe for vehicles and pedestrians; which would be the first step of a denial of the entire plan.

      Member Evan Ballantyne argued for a denial of the plan, complaining that the entrance to the site should have been built at another location.

     At previous meetings, some members of the Board had expressed  hope that KSS could move the entrance to a second, more preferred location, suggesting the applicant meet with ConComm and get approval from them to build the roadway in a wetlands buffer zone, and near a vernal pool that has been identified, according to the applicant, by the town's scientist, Ellen Chagnon.  (Photo: Darin Samaraweera, left, and Doug Resnick).

     However, Attorney Doug Resnick said that after informal talks with ConComm, in which the ConComm under then Chairman Brian Morrison told them they would disapprove, the developer decided not to proceed in that direction.

    The Board then voted in a 4-4 tie to deny the approval, apparently stalemating the process.

    "You have five minutes to do something," said Town Planner Elaine Lazarus to the Board. 

     Attorney Doug Resnick then spoke forcefully.

    "I don't think I have to draw you a picture of where we're going with this — and it won't be a re-application — okay! I am so disappointed I can barely express myself," he said.

     After some back and forth about the disputed entrance, Planning Board member RJ Dourney asked of Mr. Resnick.

     "Can we take that your client will come to the town with a 40B? Your client nodded his head [Yes]," he said looking at one of the principals. "Don't even answer," he said.

      A 40B development allows a developer to bypass local zoning and apply for a Comprehensive Permit that allows, according to pundits, a much denser development than local zoning allows. Many of the KSS presentations during the year-plus long process included the underlying implication that if their plan is not approved, a 40B would be built.

      The Board voted to reconsider its denial vote, and then voted to approve the development plan, 6-2. Member RJ Dourney was one of two who changed his position.

     "That was brilliant," said an exuberant KSS Realty Partners Principal Darin Samaraweera to Hopkinton Attorney Doug Resnick, whom he embraced, after the approval. "Finally," he said to a reporter.

      After the meeting, John Mosher, an abutter said, "Something will be built there better than what might have been," referring to the threat of a 40B development.

     The developer's latest plan calls for not  only a "sliver" widening of the road, but bringing the height down six inches in some areas in order to increase line of sight, therefore increasing its safety.

 

Erickson Retirement Communities

     Attorney Doug Resnick introduced the Planning Board to the buyers of the $12 million, 204 acre William Terry property that extends from Lumber to Chamberlain Street and is zoned both agricultural and industrial. The town has expressed  no interest in purchasing the property that has been under Chapter 61b forestry designation, that allows the town first refusal rights to match a bona-fide offer to purchase a piece of property that has had that special tax designation.

      Erickson Retirement Communities has not presented formal plans, but would like to develop an extended care facility on the site.

       "You understand you want to put this next to the Gun Club?" said Planning Board member Jamie Goncalves to laughter.

       When pressed for a unit count, Mr. Resnick mentioned one similar facility. "1,350-ish," he said. "750 in Hingham."

 

Boy Scouts

On November 4th, 2006, the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts of Hopkinton will be collecting food for the Hopkinton Food Pantry to help our local residents in need. Since the first Scouting for Food drive a few years ago, the number of families who rely on the food pantry in Hopkinton has dramatically risen to over 60 families with even more families requiring assistance during the winter months. Your assistance is needed now more than ever!

Please place your donated items, in plastic bags, near your mailbox by

10:00AM on Saturday, November 4th.

Frequently needed items:

canned meat (spam, hash) canned meals (beef stew) jam/jelly canned fruit (esp. “lite”) juice and juice boxes school snack items paper products (toilet paper, tissues, paper towels) cleaning products laundry detergent toiletries (shampoo, bar soap) tooth paste and brushes pet food Scouts will be collecting donations in your neighborhood on Saturday November 4th between 10:00AM and 2:00PM.

If you would like to drop off your donations, you may do so on Saturday, November 4th at the Middle School or Colella’s Market collection points between 10:00AM and 2:00PM. For missed pickups on the day of the drive, please call 508-435-4773 (after 4PM). If you are aware of anyone in our community in need of assistance, please contact the Council on Aging, Mary McLeod at 508-435-3656 or Marlene Troupes at 508-435-8758

TO LEARN MORE AND TO LEARN MORE WAYS TO HELP, CLICK HERE

 

POLICE NEWS UP-TO-DATE

Today, October 30, 2006

 

7:30 am Officer Timothy Brennan requested the Animal Control Officers for a bat that was on the third floor in the High School...

 

1:56 pm A caller reported that there was obscene graffiti spray painted on a large rock at Greenwood Road...

 

7:14 pm A caller from Pond Street reported that a group of youths just rang his doorbell and ran away...

 

7:22 pm Sgt. Joseph E. Bennett reported that his is off with an alcohol violation at the High School...

The Board of Health & Lions Club FLU CLINIC & SENIOR HEALTH FAIR scheduled for November 8, 2006 at the Senior Center has been POSTPONED Vaccination clinics for flu and pneumonia shots will be rescheduled for early December. Residents may continue to register for Pneumonia shots by calling the Board of Health, 497-9725 or email  judim@hopkinton.org

Pan-Mass

October 29, 2006 — Hopkinton Town Accountant Heidi Kriger raised $7,500 to benefit the Pan-Mass Challenge, a 2 day, 200 mile bike-a-thon that raises money for the Dana-Farber Institute, doubling her previous record. The organization will announce the exact amount that they raised as a group in a celebration at The Conference Center at Harvard Medical School on November 2, at 6:30 p.m.

   Ms. Kriger rode in previous years inspired by a friend whose relative had cancer, but this year's race came immediately following her own treatment.

 

 

Darth Vader is a Pumpkin Head

 

Daron Arakelian of Pack 97 arrived in hand with his pumpkin carved as Darth Vader for the 149th Annual Pack 97 Pumpkin-Carving Contest held at the Pack Meeting on Thursday, October 26th

 

    Daron, whose Dad just returned from Afghanistan and went directly to Maryland for the next six months, got help from the Jacobs family in carving his pumpkin. ~ Photo by Beth Jacobs.

GO TEAMS!!

October 29, 2006 — These members of the Class of 2008 posed for a friend as they got ready for the school-wide athletic pep rally on Friday. Photo by colleen McBride.

Put on your best...

October 29, 2006 — Looks like Tinkerbelle and Tinkerbeau showed up together for the Woodville Rod and Gun Adult Halloween Party. There is no smoking allowed inside. The cigar is a prop.

Go Team!!!

October 29, 2006 — The Class of 2008 really made themselves heard at the High School pep rally on Friday. If prizes were given out for loudest...

From the Totally Free Classified:

Nanny/Mandarin Instructor

I am looking for a part-time Mandarin speaking nanny for my family. We are in need of help with the children around the house and since we are relocating from Hong Kong, I would like to continue the children’s Mandarin instruction. Schedule could be flexible. Duties would mainly revolve around the twin five year olds’ daily activities and exposing them to the Mandarin language on a regular basis. Must have own transportation. Great opportunity for a local high school or college student. Contact: hemmelgarnl@aol.com  if you are interested.

Coffee House in Hopkinton

BROADBAND VIDEO

October 29, 2006 — ESL Theater Workshop held a "Coffeehouse" style of performance at their recently opened space at 30 Main Street Saturday night featuring Hopkinton resident renown singer/songwriter Barbara Kessler.

 To see a Broadband video of Ms. Kessler performing last evening, choose this.

Leaves under glass

October 29, 2006 — A long zoom lens and fast shutter speed combine to make these whirling leaves look like butterflies under glass in someone's collection (Do people still do that?).

High Tide

October 29, 2006 — This is no Pacific atoll at high tide, but Hopkinton Reservoir during this morning's blustery wind storm.

Elvis in the House?

October 29, 2006 — Elvis and his Missus stopped by the Woodville Rod and Gun Club on Saturday to kick it out to some excellent country music.

Halloween Party

October 29, 2006 — Erica Bailey paints the face of Samantha Prescott at the Special Olympics Halloween Party at the Middle School Cafeteria.       CHOOSE THE THUMBNAILS TO SEE MORE PHOTOS

Make a Difference Day

Above, Hopkinton Police Officer Stephen Buckley, who coordinated al of the Town related activities with Rick Mansfield, who worked on the behalf of the First Congregational Church during the Safety Fair at the church today.

CHOOSE THE THUMBNAILS SEE MORE PHOTOS

 Women’s Art Forum

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

 The Cultural Arts Alliance Center, 98 Hayden Rowe, Hopkinton, MA.

  Special Guest: Singer-songwriter  Elizabeth Mandrioli

“Finding your voice in mid-life”

  

At age 33, Elizabeth left her career in the travel industry to study music and she never looked back. She studied opera, voice and acoustic guitar, then started writing songs.  Her debut CD , Sweet Star Shine is a collection of her original songs written for friends and family, including children’s songs. Since then she has released two other CDS, House Kats and Never Far From Home, co-hosts two music open mikes and performs both as a solo musician as well as part of the duo Two Cat Folk.  Did we mention she likes cats? PLEASE RSVP to the CAA (508) 435-9222 A  3-5 dollar donation is requested to help with administrative expenses. The CAA extends this invitation to all women of Hopkinton and surrounding communities.

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Hopkinton Special Olympics is hosting a Halloween Party TONIGHT, Saturday, from 6-9pm at the Hopkinton Middle School
 
Free admission

Games, facepainting, storytelling, DJ and dancing, lots of food and fun!!
(Non-scary) Costumes are optional.

A HUGE thank you to the Hopkinton Police and Fire departments for their support in this event!!

Claudia Vanderpool, Hopkinton Special Olympics Program Director
www.hopkintonspecialolympics.org

 

          Flag retirement ceremony at Garner Bros. cancelled

Hopkinton 21, Bellingham 28

Hopkinton defender John Sables and a teammate escort a Bellingham offensive player to the sidelines at the High School Athletic Field this evening.   Photo by David Sheehan.

by Peter Marso

October 27, 2008 — The Hopkinton Hillers lost another tough one this time to the Bellingham Blackhawks 28-21 in a game played Friday at Chick Welch Field . The Hillers used a razzle-dazzle approach as Bryan Doyle threw for almost 300 yards (a record) to Paul Ostrander. Mike Cassata, Mark Sanborn and Kevin Cassata played well but it wasn't enough as the Hawks hung tough to drop the locals, Bellingham's offensive running backs were too much as Hopkinton came close, but a miscue forced the game to get out of reach.

     The Hillers will take to the road next week as they travel to Dover for a 7:00 p.m. tilt.

Halloween fun

October 27, 2006 — Elsa Gomes, 6, left, and Nell Pluck, have a donut-eating race at the Metrowest YMCA on East Street this evening during their non-scary Halloween.

October 27, 2006 — Mr. Bryan King, a Hopkinton High School teacher gets ready to hand the mic off at the Pep Rally this afternoon. He is facing the sophomores.

An old Scottish saying

October 27, 2006 — People heading south on South Street are sure to see this gleaming bird on O'Toole's, facing north. Bill Tetlow, the owner of the complex that houses O'Toole's, Milford National and Dunkin' Donuts said it took him three weeks to carve the image from wood with chisels, and then gild it.

     "It's an old Scottish saying 'Live and let live'," he said adding, "It's an ornament of American heritage."

October 27, 2006 — Julie Sung gets ready for a volleyball return at the Athletic Center today in a match up with Holliston.

--> It was Senior Night, so we thanked the seniors and their parents for their contributions to the program over the past years. The seniors are:
Julie Sung - setter
Lindsey Thalheimer - outside hitter, Skipper McManus - right side hitter, Kate Doremus - setter, right side hitter, Corinne Flieger - outside hitter, Jessica Berke - manager,Danielle Bond - defensive specialist, Morgan Hegger, captain - setter, Bethany Goodrich, captain - middle hitter
     Hopkinton won the match, 3-1. The first game was won by Holliston 25-22, but Hopkinton took the next three games by scores of 25-23, 25-21 and 25-23.
     In the match, Bethany Goodrich had 12 kills and 2 blocks. Corinne Flieger added 15 kills and 1 block. Morgan Hegger had 23 assists, Julie Sung added 11 more assists. Lindsey Thalheimer had 3 kills, Kate Doremus 5 kills. Danielle Bond played excellent defense with 16 digs.

Time of the Season

October 27, 2008 — Owen Bradley, 11, feigns helping Jeff Doherty of Angel's Garden Center in lifting the pumpkin he won by guessing the closest to its weight of 116 pounds. Owen guessed 115.

     Owen said that he didn't know what he was going to do with it, but his mother, Tammy, did.

     "We're going to have a big pumpkin pie," she said.  

Go Hillers!

October 27, 2006 — Senior Brian Accorsini rallies his fellow Hopkinton High School seniors during their pep rally this afternoon at the Athletic Center, while classmates look on.

Never grow up...

October 27, 2006 — Ally Graeber, 4, is stunning in her role as Tinkerbelle, but she is also playing good sister as she writes not only her name, but  her sister's name also on the paper pumpkins at the Brampton Circle Community Center, while visiting with the MOMS Club of Hopkinton.

      "We come here to visit the seniors," said Becky Hackensson, of the MOMS Club. "They say they don't get a lot of kids, so this brightens their day."

Cape Visitors: Sagamore Bridge now reopened    

October 27, 2006 Today , at about 10:55 a.m., there was a three car crash on the Sagamore Bridge in Bourne.

     As a result of the crash, the Sagamore Bridge was completely closed in both directions. Additionally, Route 3 South was closed at exit 2, Route 6 West was closed at exit 2, and there was no access to the bridge from Scenic Highway.

     As of 12:10 p.m., the Sagamore Bridge and all access roadways have been completely reopened.

 
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