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Dorothy R. (McKinstry) Watkins, 81, of Hopkinton, formerly of Southborough, died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, surrounded by her family.
    She was the wife of Warren "Bud" Watkins, who died in 1996.
    Born in Natick, she was the daughter of the late Preston and Mildred (Pond) McKinstry, and the stepdaughter of the late Ruth (Davis) McKinstry. ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE

Investment Strategy: Time in the Market or Market Timing?


By Bill Newell


November 8, 2006 — When returns don't meet expectations or markets turn downward, some investors feel the urge to become more active by trying to identify the best times to be in or out of the market. True, many portfolio managers and other professional investors often try to predict the optimal time to buy and sell. But that same strategy can easily backfire for individual investors, potentially leaving them with lower long-term returns than would have been realized if they had held on to investments through thick and thin. In other words, time in the market - not market timing - may be a long-term investor's best ally.


What Is Market Timing? Market timing is an investing strategy in which the investor tries to identify the best times to be in the market and when to get out. Market timing is often utilized by professional investors, day traders and portfolio managers who rely on sophisticated economic forecasts and market analysis to attempt to reap the greatest rewards for their clients or shareholders. Proponents of market timing say that successfully forecasting the ebbs and flows of the market can result in higher returns than other strategies.


Market Timing Has Its Risks.  FULL STORY


Hopkinton Public Library


Aboriginal Dreamtime – November 18th at 11 a.m.


We are pleased to announce a program for the entire family. Please join us on November 18 at 11 a.m. in the Library for a journey into the world of Aboriginal Australia. Through storytelling, music, dance and poetry you will learn about Aboriginal legends and the culture of the Aborigine.



Jim Troupes
Land Surveyor


31 Walcott Street, Hopkinton, MA
office 508 435 6592 cell 508 989 8531


• Property Line Surveying • Topographic Surveying • Planimetric Surveying

• Utility & Land Court Surveying • Land Research Services

Hopkinton Historical Society

Harvest Supper and Silent Auction

Date: Friday, November 17, 2006

Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Place: St. John's Hall, 20 Church Street

Price: $12 for adults, $6 for children (5-10)


All proceeds to benefit the Hopkinton Historical Society, a local non-profit organization. Dinner includes ham, chicken, beans, salad, and homemade pies and desserts. Along with dinner, you may bid on silent auction items and services donated by local businesses. Please join us to celebrate the glories of the autumn season and socialize with friends and neighbors! Tickets are available at the door. For more information, call (508) 435-0074.

Win a ticket to the Harvest Supper

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     Be the first to identify the old business on the right in the photo above and win a ticket to the Historical Society Harvest Supper (See left).


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Deval Patrick wins Hopkinton


The unofficial results for the Governor's race from the Hopkinton Town Clerk with 6,020 people voting are as follows:


All four precincts

Deval Patrick 2768

Kerry Healey 2718


Question #1 to create a new class of wine license loses in Hopkinton:

Yes = 2,701

No  = 3,051


Question #2 to allow candidates to run on more than one political party is defeated:

Yes = 1,944

No  = 3,472


Question #3 to allow day care providers to bargain with the state collectively, loses:

Yes = 2,269

No  = 3,148

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Thoughts? Discuss here:


See comprehensive election coverage and statewide results on 4 http://cbs4boston.com/

The poll that counts

November 7, 2006 — Resident Hibiscus Rose chats with Machine Inspector George Gross during the voting this afternoon.


On Wednesday,  November 6 at 7:00 pm. Lisa Lawrence and  Fenwick and The Macmillans will perform at HCAM-TV 8, at 77 Main Street, in Hopkinton, MA. Free Tickets are available, but limited. These will be the eighth and ninth concerts in the new television series.

Lisa Lawrence


Hailing from Hartford, Connecticut, singer-acoustic guitarist Lisa Lawrence displays quite a vocal range on her new album Enjoy the Ride. Sporting a voice that has an amazing elastic quality, Lawrence is capable of hitting soaring falsettos and bellowing lows and incorporates the two with flawless execution. Fueled from song to song by Lisa’s acoustic strumming, , she does employ the talents of Mike Ringland on bass, Johnny Chang on drums, Tim Mayock on guitar, Tom Weedon on keys and Joe Smith on guitar to add dimension and girth to her compositions. Check out Lisa’s vocal workouts on tracks “I Won’t Go Away,” “Seven O’s,” and the beautifully performed “Benediction.”

Tickets available only for Lisa Lawrence. The Macmillans (9 pm)are at capacity.

Wake up and smell the poetry

Celebrating poetry and music at HCAM TV Studio 77 Main Street, Hopkinton MA.

Saturday, November 18th 10:30 am-12:30

Featuring the poetry of Dan Lewis and Jim Beschta; Special music by Steve Rapson

Open mic to follow, free admission

Coffee donated by Sauce on Main: Café and Caterers

Dan Lewis earns his living as a technical writer in Worcester, MA, and lives his earning reading and writing poetry. His work has appeared in Diner, Beloit Poetry Journal, Café Review, Southern New Hampshire University Journal, The Worcester Review, and others.

Jim Beschta of Barre, MA has a published collection of his poetry titled Cutting the Cemetery Lawn. He is also co-author of the book Bone Cages. Jim has been a recipient of the Worcester County Poetry Contest Award as well as the Promethean Lamp Poetry Award. Although presently retired, Jim had received several “Teacher of the Year” Awards while teaching at Quabbin Regional High School. He is a former football and wrestling coach and also claims to have once wrestled a bear.


Steve Rapson of Boston, MA. is a singer-songwriter performs in the Boston area. He has produced 9 cds of his original songs and guitar music. Steve is a master guitarist and often mentors/teaches others on guitar and also accompanies other musicians. He also works as a producer and performance coach and is author of the book The Art of the Solo-performer

The Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce "2006 Citizen of the Year"

Michael Scanlon, Educator and Coach.


November 14, 2006

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

High School Cafeteria

$20.00 per person



To make a reservation please send a check payable to Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce (for $20.00 per person) to: Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 55 Hopkinton, MA 01748.

 Check-in 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Dinner - Catered by Caffe Italiano 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Program 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

 Event Co-sponsors Hopkinton Athletic Association & Hopkinton School Department.

 Questions?  Call the Chamber of Commerce 508-435-0949 or Email Tim Kilduff (tkilduff@att.net) or Nancy Dourney DOURNEYMA@comcast.net

Veterans' Day Dinner


Thursday, November 9, 2006

Woodville Rod & Gun Club

Doors open at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:00 pm


The 5th annual Veteran's Day Dinner co-sponsored by the Council on Aging and the Hopkinton Veteran's Celebration Committee will be held at the Woodville Rod & Gun Club on Thursday, November 9th, 2006.  The doors will open at 5:30 pm, with the dinner starting at 6:00 pm.  The dinner is free to all Hopkinton veterans.      

      Last year we had over 95 attendees, this year we hope to have more.  Veterans only, please call the Senior Center at 508-497-9730 to RSVP.  The Woodville Rod & Gun Club is located at 252 Wood Street, Woodville. File photo.


The Hopkinton Veteran's Celebration Committee will also be holding our next Bugles Across America "Taps Vigil" on the Hopkinton Common, November 5th at 7pm.  Please join us in honoring our Veterans! 

Thank you -Hopkinton Veterans Celebration Committee

Harlem Wizards return

November 12th


5:30pm (Doors open at 4:30pm) HHS Gymnasium




File photo by Paul Dietz

C2 Raiders Win Super Bowl Championship


Members of the winning C2 Raiders Hopkinton-Ashland Pop Warner football team are:  (back row, left to right) Sean Woodworth, Erik Strout, Charlie Clements, Jake Lehman, Shaun Palmer, Ryan Caputo, Jack Lampert, Tyler Caputo and Joe Tosti; (middle row) assistant coach Don Lehman, Luke Cuneo, Matt Cuneo, Nick Marchessault, Mark Senecal, Cameron Bryan, Danny Bressler, Colin Daly, Jordan Jacobs, Anthony Racicot, Ryan Johnson, assistant coaches Steve Prozinski and Jamie Merloni; (front row) Devin Phelan, Andrew Kwateng, Tyler DeWolfe, Andrew Donohue, Geoff Grady, Bo Prozinski, Sam Peckham and head coach Tim Tracy. 


November 7, 2006 —  In a spectacular championship football setting, the Hopkinton-Ashland Raiders (10-1) captured the Hockomock League Pop Warner Super Bowl Championship last Sunday by defeating Stoughton 12-7 at Westwood High School. 

       Both teams played with gritty determination up to the final whistle as this Super Bowl lived up to all of its pre-game hype.  Led by an aggressive defense and explosive offense, the Raiders overwhelmed the previously unbeaten Stoughton team.

       A first-half touchdown run of 65 yards and a second-half breakaway run of 45 yards gave the Raiders a 12-0 advantage with a Stoughton touchdown in the last minute of the game accounting for the 12-7 final score. 

       The Raider defense was relentless throughout as it caused several turnovers and prevented Stoughton’s offense from establishing any momentum. 

       The Hockomock Pop Warner Youth Football League is made up of players from more than 30 cities and towns in southeastern Massachusetts.  The Hopkinton-Ashland Pop Warner program enables approximately 350 boys and girls to participate either as players or cheerleaders. 

       “The C2 Raiders should be proud of their accomplishment as this is our first championship at the C level and only the third Super Bowl title for the Raiders program since our inception” says league president Vin Hanrahan.

       The Raiders now begin their march towards a Massachusetts State Pop Warner title and a possible opportunity to travel to Disney World in Orlando, Florida to play in the Pop Warner National Finals. Their next game will be played on Sunday, November 19th against the Eastern Mass C team champs.  Please check the Raider web site for the time and location www.raiderfootball.org.  Come cheer on the Raiders! ~Edited by Joy Donohue

November 7, 2006 — Jason Cardillo, left, and Tyler Fink,playing HYS against Needham at Needham Middle School on Saturday. Hopkinton won 2-1. Photos by Michael Maloney

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"Tony" Troiano Makes Hopkinton Town Manager cut

Burlington Assistant Town Administrator selected for new position


by Robert Falcione

November 6, 2006 — The Town of Hopkinton hit a three-run homer today, as the 20+ acre Whitehall property passed papers and into the hands of the town, the Conservation Commission approved the Notice of Intent for the town's H2 drinking water well on the Fruit Street property, and the Selectmen unanimously agreed on their selection for Town Manager.

       Anthony J. Troiano, currently the Assistant Town Administrator for Burlington, Mass, will be invited to enter contract negotiations for the Charter-created position of Hopkinton's first Town Manager, after a unanimous vote by the Board of Selectmen this evening. But the vote wasn't arrived at without controversy. (Photo from Town of Burlington website.)

       During this evening's discussions, Selectman Vice-chair Mary Pratt argued for Ted Kozak to be placed as one of the finalists, something the others said they would not agree to because it violated the protocol of the Charter and the process that the Town Manager Search Committee followed. Mr. Kozak is the Executive Secretary to the Board of Selectmen.

       "He's been a faithful servant to the Town," said Mrs. Pratt.

       "I think that Ted has served us right — has done what he's been told to do. I don't think that all of the candidates put together have al that longevity," Mrs. Pratt said of Mr. Kozak, who has served the town for 17 years.

       Mr. Troiano also has, according to his resume, "Seventeen years experience in the public sector senior level administrative management."

        Despite Mrs. Pratt's argument for Mr. Kozak, she failed to make a motion to that effect, something that Mr. Kozak's two other supporters, Selectmen Len Holden and Ron Clark, were unable to do, having already been on the losing end of a similar motion at a previous meeting.

        "I can't say anything bad about Ted, but I can't get past the process," said Selectman Mike Shepard. "When members of the town voted for the Charter, keeping the same people wasn't what they expected." Mr. Kozak was not chosen as one of the four finalists by the Search Committee.

        However, the Selectmen mulled ways that Mr. Kozak could possibly assist in the transition, and even discussed an interim position. In any case, Mr. Kozak will receive 12  month's pay after his contract runs out at the end of June, 2007.

        "The process was set by the charter, and we can't jump start the process because we all love Ted," Mr. Shepard said.

        From the beginning of the meetings with the Town Manager Search Committee, the Selectmen were cautioned by them to treat each candidate exactly the same, even asking each one the same questions, so as to avoid even the appearances of discrimination. FULL STORY

Fruit Street well passes ConCom

November 6, 2006 — DPW Director JT Gaucher brought representatives from Earth Tech, who designed the plans for the H2 drinking water well on the Fruit Street property to the Conservation Commission this evening and walked away with an approval of their Notice of Intent, which was the last hurdle in the process before the town. Now, the State must give authorization for the project to go out to bid.

Whitehall Papers Passed


9:30 am signing


November 6, 2006 — Jeff Doherty (On right, file photo) put his John Hancock on the papers this morning that sealed the Whitehall land purchase, calling it a bittersweet event after a long process, "...and we can't bet on it until the deed is actually recorded at the Registry (of Deeds) this afternoon." He called it bittersweet, because a grant application for  up to $500,000 was rejected by the State.

     Chairman of the Community Preservation Committee John Coolidge said, "The town has a gorgeous piece of property it will have forever. It will tie into the state property. Thanks to Jeff and all of the work he's done."

      Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Muriel Kramer, said, "Getting the papers passed is a relief to all of us on the Board. It is a great resource going into the future. How the town capitalizes on it is the next step in the process."



Today, November 5, 2006


5:54 pm A 911 caller reported that a vehicle was operating on Summer Street without headlights on...


10:11 am Officer Philip Powers was informed by a motorist of a distraught female teenager...


6:50 pm A caller reported a very slow operator on West Main Street.  Officers Stephen Buckley and Matthew McNeil responded and subsequently a 28 year old male from Framingham was arrested... 


Wel-don Windows*

by Weldon Interiors

7 Greenwood Road
Hopkinton MA

Phone: 508-523-4988


• Window Treatments

• Real Estate Staging

• Holiday Decorating

• Interior Design

• Gift Certificates

*During the Holiday season, 5% of all sales will be donated to the Hopkinton Education Foundation.

Trash Fashion Show

November 5, 2006 — The Cultural Arts Alliance put on a Trash Fashion Show at the High School Cafeteria today, where youngster after youngster paraded a unique idea for reusing materials that would eventually be thrown away.

Click on thumbnail below to see a larger photo

Taps Vigil

Above teen-aged bugler Michael Mccann, Jr. plays Taps.

November 5, 2006 — A small group of Hopkinton Veterans gathered at the Common this evening at 7:00 pm to remember American veterans with a few words and the playing of Taps.

Sports swap

November 5, 2006 — Hopkinton High School student Ryan Harrison had a very successful "Sports Swap" today in the Middle School Cafeteria. For the previous week, his fellow students brought in unused sporting equipment, which Ryan then classified and arranged on tables with designating signs for each grouping. Students attending paid $5 to get in, and $5 for each item or pair — as in boots — making an item. He is donating the money collected to the food pantry.

The Princess Plays

November 5, 2006 — Only the Middle School auditorium could have fit an audience that appeared to watch the Princess Plays, a series of three plays, put on by the Middle School Drama Club.


November 5, 2006 — Some of the local politicians were on the four corners downtown on Saturday pitching for their respective choices. See what they had to say: Broadband Video.



November 5, 2006 — Corinne Flieger does an acrobatic stretch at the Tournament in Canton on Friday night.

Photo by Melanie Goodrich


November 6, 2006 — In first round play of the Division 2 Central Tournament, the ninth-seeded Hopkinton Hillers girls’ volleyball team defeated eighth-seeded Canton Bulldogs at the Canton High School. The final scores were 25-15, 25-19, 22-25, 25-23. Hopkinton came out with strong start with a run of serves by Morgan Hegger to put Canton in an early hole. Hopkinton led the entire game and Canton was surprised by the strong hitting out of the middle by Bethany Goodrich.

      In the second game, the surprise factor was over and Canton adapted. Long exciting rallies ensued with great plays, especially by the front row blocking of Sarah Smith and the backrow passing of libero Danielle Bond.

      Hopkinton pulled out a win in the second game after exchanging leads several times. Heading into the third game, it was do or die time for Canton with 2 losses in a best 3 out of 5 match. They turned it up a notch to edge out Hopkinton in the third game. Canton continued their momentum into the fourth game at one point climbing to a huge lead of 17-8. The Hillers then came on strong with Corinne Flieger's amazing "bam" spike and tough serving by Devon Roche and Julie Sung. The match ended with cheers when Canton was caught off guard by a weakside spike by Kate Doremus.

       The Lady Hillers move on to play top-seeded Westborough on Monday night at 7pm at the Westborough High School. Fans, friends, and residents are encouraged to come out and cheer them on in a match that will surely be exciting.

Catch the Buzz!  Spelling Bee in the works...

     The HPTA and Hopkinton Education Foundation (HEF) are working together to host a Spelling Bee for the 07/08 school
year.  This will be the first time the two organizations have teamed together on a fundraising project.  All proceeds will go to the Hopkinton Schools.  The Spelling Bee will be a fun family event.  Teams, sponsored by and comprised of local groups, will compete against each other for bragging rights and a grand prize.  All spelling will be done by consensus – no solo spelling required!  There will be additional fun challenges and surprises for younger children.
     Since the early 1990's, Hopkinton has been fortunate to have both organizations to help enrich the educational experience of our children.  While the two organizations have somewhat different missions and activities, they share the common goal of enhancing education in Hopkinton.  Through their efforts, an average of $200,000 and countless volunteer hours are annually provided for our schools. 

      Centralized in 1993, the HPTA operates on a town-wide basis, with individual boards representing each school in the district.  They provide volunteers, enrichment programs, extracurricular programs, scholarships, professional development and more for the schools.  For further information, please visit the HPTA website at http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/hpta/index.asp .

      The HEF funds academic grants submitted by teachers and administrators, which provide enhancements to the curriculum. Since its inception in 1992, the HEF has funded more than 240 educational grants. Recent examples of grants given include a Virtual Library system which will benefit all Hopkinton Public schools and Math-on-the-Go, a tutoring program for Elmwood School students.  For further information, please visit the HEF website at http://www.hopkintonedfoundation.org.

Both organizations provide unique and invaluable support to the school system.  They are proud to be working together to offer a fun, educational event that will raise money for the schools.
     Volunteers from both organizations are needed to begin coordinating this new project.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact HEF President, Ruth Ann Cote, cotemail@comcast.net, 435-7943, or HPTA President, Jean Bertschmann, jeanber65@hotmail.com, 435-5195.

One for Two

November 5, 2006 — Recent Hopkinton resident Dan Wood and son Thomas, 3 1/2, find pleasure in Lake Whitehall and its surroundings, yesterday near dusk.

Catch me if You Can

November 5, 2006 — Freshman Cam Fairbanks is ahead of a pack of runners at the MSTCA Coaches Invitational in Wrentham on Saturday. Photo by David Sheehan.

2nd Place, and on to the Regionals

November 5, 2006 — Front (L-R): Allison Cameron, Karissa Collins, Ashley Haworth, Nicole DeMore Middle (L-R): Kelli Filippone, Alison McNay, Laura Melanson, Taylor Tognacci, Sophie Cramer, Stepahnie Navarro, Brianna Stratton, Hillary Waite Back (L-R): Amy Romanello, Michaela Forbes, Jen Boothby, Olivia Caputo, Shannon Motyka, Mary Kate Shanahan, Ashley Siden
     The Hopkinton Ashland Pop Warner A Squad  Cheerleaders placed second in the morning session Large Midget Novice Division Hockomock Cheerleading Championships Competition at the Ryan Center at the University of Rhode Island on Saturday, November 4th. The girls are from Hopkinton and Ashland and are in 6th,  7th and 8th grades. They will compete again at the New England Regionals on Saturday, November 25th at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI.

The Princess Plays

November 4, 2006 — The Hopkinton Middle School Drama Club performed the second of two evenings of The Princess Plays tonight to a packed Middle School Auditorium. There were over 100 roles in the three plays that made up the evening.

Marvelous night for a moonwalk

November 4, 2006 — A congenial group of more than 25 people, members of the Hopkinton Trails Club, their friends and interested parties — including canines — pushed off at the Whitehall Boat Ramp this evening shortly after 7:30 pm for their choice of a short or a long walk in the moonlight on the trails along the shores of Lake Whitehall.

Hue's there

November 4, 2006 — The soft and painterly blues, yellows and grays of the sky near sunset, contrast sharply with the deep reds and greens of the earth in fall, lit by the warm light rays from the setting sun, as seen at Lake Whitehall from Pond Street today.

Pop Warner cheerleaders take Second Place

November 4, 2006 — The Pop-Warner Hopkinton-Ashland cheerleaders took Second Place at a competition at URI tonight. Above, they returned to the Middle School greeted by boisterous parents.

Scene seen at Tennis Courts by Middle School

Scouting for Food


November 4, 2006 — The Girl; Scouts and Boy Scouts have spent the last two weekends Scouting for Food. Last weekend they placed plastic bags on doors and mailposts, and picked them up today. In addition, scouts posted themselves at Colella's. Hear them in their own words.

Florence Riedle, 86, of Hopkinton, died Friday, November 3rd, 2006 at the Kathleen Daniel Nursing Home of Framingham. Born in Mount Hebron, Canada, she was the daughter of the late Oscar and Jane (Robson) Riedle.
     A Hopkinton resident since 1927, she was a graduate of the Hopkinton High School Class of 1938, she then attended Framingham Union of Nursing School and graduated in 1942. ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE

 Veterans to be Honored


    Veterans Day honors all men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Originally known as Armistice Day to remember the end of World War I, it has survived a name change and a Monday Holiday designation.

      On Saturday, November 11, on the Hopkinton Common at 11:00 am, the American Legion Post 202 will recognize  Hopkinton  veterans as well as veterans everywhere, and especially those who died this past year.

      Veterans Day is not an occasion to glorify or celebrate war, but to honor the sacrifices made by others for our freedoms. Supporting our troops, past and present, is not a political statement, but it is patriotic, and our children will continue this tradition if we show them the way.

      There will always be conflicts and wars, and the need for servicemen and women will always be with us. We can show future veterans that they will always be supported by their hometown. Also, today's children need even more guidance from their parents because good role models are harder to find. Remember Ted Williams, he joined the Marines in two different wars during his prime baseball years. And  the King, Elvis Presley, entered the Army at the peak of his career. Now consider the current Red Sox leftfielder or singer Justin Timberlake and their influence on our younger generation.

      It is not enough just to protect our children, we also have to teach them about the world ,and how fortunate they are to live in a place like Hopkinton. Hopefully, our wars will continue to be waged in far away places like Iraq and Afghanistan, and we have the veterans to thank for that. We can all show our gratitude and educate our children by attending the Veterans Day ceremony on Saturday. ~ Mike Whalen

Hopkinton 31, Dover-Sherborn 12


by Peter Marso

November 4, 2006 — The Hopkinton Hillers got back on the winning track with a 31-12 win over the Raiders of Dover-Sherborn in a Tri-Valley League game played Friday in Dover. The Hillers fell behind early, but managed to get touchdowns from Anthony Tomasz, Kelly Cook and a pair from Brian Doyle. Mark Sanborn also added a field Goal.

     The Hillers have regrouped after losing a couple of heartbreaking losses! The defense was anchored by Junior Will Morningstar and Kyle Rudden. Paul Ostrander as usual made quite a few outstanding catches as he was also favoring a sore foot from a previous injury.

     The Hillers will now prepare for an upset against Westwood and then the Turkey Day Classic in Ashland Thanksgiving morning. Marcus Hayes, the grandson of former Hiller Coach Ed Hayes, has played well on special teams. 

Warrant signed for Whitehall Purchase

November 3, 2006 — A Warrant was signed by the Selectmen this evening for the purchase of the 20+ acres of Whitehall property from Ron Nation for $2,685,000. The amount of the Warrant authorizing the purchase was $2,693,410, which includes closing costs such as insurance and other incidental fees, according to Executive Secretary, Ted Kozak.

     Selectmen Chair Muriel Kramer, Co-chair Mary Pratt, and Selectmen Mike Shepard and Len Holden voted in the affirmative to approve. Selectman Ron Clark did not attend. The final step appears to be the passing of papers.


Two Sisters in Princess Plays


Abby Levy and Olivia Kent are rivals—and sisters—in The Princess Plays, which opens on Friday, November 3 and again on November 4 at 7:00 pm in the Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium. Tickets, available at the Middle School Office or at the door,  are $5 for students and seniors, and $7 for adults. Photo by Kathleen Culler

Yard Sale at the Golden Spoon on Saturday, November 4th from 8am to 2pm, (Rain Date Sunday, Nov. 5th). Everything from appliances to many Unused Items.



Additional Fall Hours on Sunday Mornings at Recycling Center: The Recycling Center on the Hopkinton/Westborough Town Line (E. L. Harvey & Sons) will be open this Fall for leaves, grass, and brush disposal on the following

Sunday, October 22 from 8:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Sunday, October 29 from 8:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Sunday, November 5 from 8:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Sunday, November 12 from 8:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Sunday, November 19 from 8:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Hopkinton School Enrollment decreases further

Schools Ready to Launch Revised Website

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mary Colombo presents plan for improved curriculum



By David Hamacher


November 3, 2006 — Director of Technology, Mr. Greg Martineau (Above), presented a website update to the school committee last night that featured basically a complete redevelopment of the entire site. As discussed during the August 29th school committee meeting, the goals of updating the site were to: 1) Provide a common them that utilizes Hopkinton colors and symbols; 2) Reorganize information to create a more intuitive user experience; 3) Add enhancements like searching capabilities and advanced calendar functions; 4) Create a structure that provides for a variety of formats such as audio and video so podcasts can be delivered through the site, which is nearing its final iteration.

            During his presentation, Mr. Martineau stated, “My goal is to go live by November 10th.” He showed examples of the enhanced calendar functionality, site search tool, and listserv access which will allow anyone access to automatic updates when they register. The reorganized navigational menus and improved web browser capability all preceded his demonstration of using podcasts. Mr. Martineau then asked the committee for feedback from the committee. Ms. Burdick replied, “I had the chance to preview the changes and I thought that the faculty area was very, very well done.”

            Dave Stoldt added,” You don’t get tools like these without a lot of extra work. While most of us are accustomed to using tools like these in our work and recreationally, it’s an enhancement to have these on our site.”

            Mr. Martineau concluded by stating, “I’d like to get public feedback before we go live on November 10th. Parents, teachers, and community members can preview the revised site by going to http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/index2.php. Positive feedback, notices of broken links, and critical information can be directed to Mr. Martineau through e-mail at gmartineau@hopkinton.k12.ma.us

            Superintendent Dr. Phelan delivered the October 1 enrollment figures that showed a further decrease in the actual amount of students enrolled throughout the district to 3,420 pointing out,” These figures are lower by 56 students than the NESDC projections delivered to us in June, 2006.” By comparison there were 3,437 students enrolled last year, and 3,422 students the year before. Dr. Phelan then announced that there are currently 81 Hopkinton students current enrolled in Charter and Vocational schools and 214 students enrolled in private schools, “that we know of,” he said and then explained that it’s always difficult to get other schools to report back to our district every enrollment. FULL REPORT

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