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17 years

November 15, 2006 — Above, Executive Secretary, Ted Kozak taking notes at last night's Selectmen's meeting in the absence of Administrative Assistant Geri Holland. While he wrote, Chairman Muriel Kramer praised him for his 17 years of service to the Town of Hopkinton. Mr. Kozak's position has been replaced by that of a Charter-created Town Manager, who Selectman want to be on board at the beginning of the year.

Where's the third floor?

November 15, 2006 — Barbara Rolinski won a ticket to the Hopkinton Historical Society 20th Annual Harvest Supper this Friday at St. John's Parish Center for being the first to correctly identify the business on the right in the old photo on the left as The Great Atlantic & pacific Tea Company, commonly known as the A&P, a supermarket brand that has been absent from the area for years.  In the old photo on the left from the collection of the Penny family, the building at 30 Main Street has a third floor. It also appears there is building debris in the roadway. and judging from the 30's vintage of the vehicle headlamp assembly on the bottom left, this could be in the aftermath of the Hurricane of 1938.

     The photo on the right shows the building as it is today with only two stories, and Maria's Caffe Italiano on the right.

Waning gibbous

November 15, 2006 — This is a waning gibbous Moon as it appeared from Main Street the day before Veterans Day

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Selectmen vote for Special Town Meeting

Looking to fund new Town Manager position

and Ted Kozak's exit package

by Robert Falcione

 

Town manger Discussion

November 14, 2006 — The Selectmen basked in the glow of their successes during the hiring of a new Town manager this evening, as they explained the process to the townspeople on television. The candidate interviews and subsequent Selectmen's discussion meetings have been held publicly, and lightly attended, but not televised.

      Chairman Muriel Kramer explained that the Charter established the time-line for the hiring for the position.

     There were some difficult discussions because Ted Kozak was not included on the list of finalists, Mrs. Kramer said. Mr. Kozak is the town's Executive Secretary and has performed many duties of a Town Manager during the 17 years he has served Hopkinton, and will receive a year's pay as part of his contract upon his termination on June 30, 2007. But he was not chosen by the Town Manager Search Committee as one of the four finalists.

     The winning candidate, Anthony Troiano, is currently the Assistant Town Administrator in Burlington, and is in final negotiations for the position; "Nothing that can't be worked out," confided one Selectman.

     "The Board decided to engage professional staff to call their counterparts in the towns of the two finalists," said Mrs. Kramer. She explained that the Chief of Police, the School Superintendent, and the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee all called their peers in those towns asking them to weigh in on the candidates.

     "The Police Department gave us a favorable report, and we are on track with contract negotiations with Mr. Troiano," said Mrs. Kramer.

      "Every person sitting here," said Mrs. Kramer, referring to her fellow Selectmen, "has put their hearts and souls into the process, and I am proud to be a part of the process. We have voted unanimously."

     "This part of my tenure as Selectman — all of us has had enormous mutual respect for each other," said Selectman Michael Shepard of the meetings that were not televised. Those meetings were not punctuated by the usual adversarial discourse that citizens see at the regular, televised meetings.

     "He [Troiano] is qualified and a very good fit," said Mrs. Kramer, adding that it is important to keep what works and only make changes that are necessary in the town. Then Mrs. Kramer said it time to move onto the problem-solving portion of the discussion: The Town manager's position has yet to be funded.FULL REPORT

Toll Poll Results

 

      HopNews readers, by a substantial majority, have said no to tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike. Only 26% said not to abolish the tolls, with 66% standing firmly in abolishing much of the system that extends to the New York border.

     Toward the end of the HopNews poll, CBS4 TV reported that the Inspector General's Office said that tolls would likely increase East of Route 128 if the proposal passes — and that the Teamsters and Steelworkers Unions said they would fight the reduction.      

Déjà Football

 

Three-generation connection for the Hayes family

 

by Peter Marso

November 14, 2006 — The Hopkinton High School Football program has never had more of an ironic twist that has presented its self than this year's football team has!

      Dave Hughes, the Hillers chief mentor for the last 29 years, was coached by the legendary Ed Hayes during the early 60's. Hayes went on to Coach Watertown and brought Dave Hughes (Springfield College) as his top assistant.

     Hughes left Watertown after 9 seasons and then became the head coach at Hopkinton. Hughes first team ironically enough had a great lineman named Mark Hayes who in turn is the father of seniors Marcus and Dylan Hayes who are currently playing for Dave Hughes' Hillers.

     Ed Hayes was a great coach and  "tough as nails." He wasn't afraid to turn up the volume at many Hiller practices. He was intimidating and earned total respect from his peers and players. Dave Hughes learned a lot from Hayes as he now has coached Mark, and sons Marcus and Dylan. There will be a trophy presented at the end of The Thanksgiving game the prestigious Ed Hayes Award. This will also be given by Ed Hayes' son Chris, who also played for Dave Hughes. 

      A great Hopkinton tradition continues.

Is the book So Far from the Bamboo Grove too explicit for your child? Do you think it appropriate for a 6th grader or 7th grader, or High School aged? Please join the Discussion.

 

Get HEF Gala Tickets

 

Ticket sales for the 14th Annual Hopkinton Education Foundation (HEF) Winter Gala will go on sale on Saturday, December 2, 2006, from 8 a.m. -11 a.m. in the Hopkinton High School lobby. Tickets are $80 per person.  Individual seats, small groups, or tables of 10 and 12 may be purchased.

     The HEF Winter Gala will be held at The Sheraton Framingham Hotel on Saturday, February 3, 2007. The festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m and will feature music by Search Party, a live auction with special celebrity hosts, numerous raffle prizes, Texas Hold ‘Em and BlackJack. To purchase tickets after the initial sales, contact Libby Skiba at (508) 497-9465 or libskiba@yahoo.com  (File photo)

More information on this year’s HEF Winter Gala may be found at www.HopkintonEdFoundation.org/Gala2007.

 

 

The Hopkinton Chamber Orchestra will perform baroque music and seasonal favorites at the Holiday Open House at Hopkinton Public Library Wednesday November 29 from 7 - 8:30 PM.

 

Refreshments will be served; children are welcome.

Mary Josephine (Dumas) Leontie, 95, of Hopkinton, died Sunday, November 12, 2006 at the Avery Manor in Needham, MA. Born in Everett, MA., she was the daughter of the late Victoria (DeYoung) and James Maddox. She was the wife of the late George Dumas who passed away in 1954 and the late Peter Leontie who passed away in 1995. ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE

Cross Country girls finish second


by Peter LaGoy

 November 13, 2006 — The boy and girls cross country teams competed in the Eastern Massachusetts Division III Cross Country Championships in Franklin Park on Saturday.  The girls ran first and the team came home with hardware, as they finished second to Bishop Feehan of Attleboro, beating two teams, Oliver Ames and Wellesley, that were ranked higher in the most recent coach's poll.  Nicole Driscoll (9th place in 19:46 for the 5K or 3.1 mile course) and Erica Normandeau (14th place in 20:09) both received individual metals, with Mary Bumiller (16th place in 20:12) finishing just out of the money.  Lauren Lodge (21st place in 20:25) and Lauren Schultz ( 31st in 20:59) rounded out the scoring for the girls.  Alice LaGoy ( 43rd in 21:20) and Courtney Testa ( 46th in 21:30) also ran.   The second place finish qualifies the girls for the Division 2 (small schools) State championship at Northfield this coming Saturday, where they hope to improve considerably on last year's 13th place finish. File photo by David Sheehan
     The boy's team didn't fare as well, finished 8th and missing the top 5 placing necessary to make the state championships.   Conner Sheridan led the Hiller boys, finishing in 6th place in 16:59 over the 5K course.  Drew Clark followed in 13th place in 17:16.  Both runners qualified as individuals for the state championships and also earned individual metals by finishing in the top 15 at the eastern Mass. Championships.   Rounding out the scoring for the Hillers were Pat Olson (36th place in 17:45), Alex Picozza (40th place in 17:49), and Ryan Harrison (122nd in 19:12).  Tim English (19:45) and Jon Mariano (19:58) also ran.

Primarily Potters Show & Sale
Dec 1 - 2, 2006
Contact: Carol Mecagni, c_mecagni@hotmail.com


The Primarily Potters, a group of nine potters invite you to a show and sale of their work on December 1 and 2 from 9 am to 5 pm at the Hopkinton Cultural Arts Alliance, 98 Hayden Rowe Street in Hopkinton, Mass. Admission is free. There are platters and bowls, mugs and pitchers, berry bowls, coasters, piggy banks, holiday ornaments and so much more in all prices and techniques. This is a great opportunity to buy original, one of a kind, pottery directly from local craftsman. For information, please call the CAA at 508 435 9222 or email c_mecagni@hotmail.com.
 

Gear Swap Successful

Editor,
I'd like to thank all of the people who contributed and attended the Sports Gear Swap held on November 5th. Four hundred and thirty seven dollars was raised and donated to the Basics Food Pantry. Many families were really pleased with the gear they got and almost everybody asked me if I would run it again next year. Based on the support and feedback I got, if I can count on the same thing next year I would be happy to run it again. So save up your outgrown sports gear and look for a notice about the next swap!
Ryan Harrison, 5 Briarcliff, November 13, 2006

 

Special Needs Child? See Our December 6 Calendar

 

POLICE NEWS Up-to-Date

Today, November 13, 2006

 

3:05 am A caller reported that several youths threw beer bottles at his vehicle as he passed by Eastview Road and Hayden Rowe Street...

 

4:43 pm A caller from Eastview Road reported that her outlet for her washing machine was just glowing orange...

 

3:32 pm A caller stated that a blue Toyota occupied by five people was shooting paintballs out of the window as they drove away from a West Main Street gas station...

 

8:41 am The Framingham State Police reported a larceny in progress on South Street...

Parking Ban effective starting Wednesday

    

     The DPW wishes to remind all Hopkinton residents of By-Laws pertaining to the parking of motor vehicles during the winter months.

     Traffic Rules and Orders, Town of Hopkinton, Article lV, Section 8 “It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle, other than for an emergency, to park said vehicle on any street between the hours of 1:00am to 6:00am from November 15 through April 1.

      Article X, Section 1 By-Laws Town of Hopkinton

The Highway Manager, for the purpose of removing or plowing snow, or removing the ice from any way shall be authorized to remove or cause to be removed to some convenient place, including in such term a public garage, any vehicle interfering with such work. The owner of any vehicle so removed shall be liable for the cost of such removal, and for the storage charges, if any, resulting therefrom. The Highway Manager, whenever any vehicle is so removed, shall notify the Police Department and said Department shall render all necessary assistance to the Highway Manager in enforcing this by-law.

      Article 3

No person shall pile, push, throw, shovel, plow or by any other method or means cause snow to be deposited or placed on any public roadway or sidewalk of the Town so as to impede, obstruct or interrupt or otherwise adversely affect the unrestricted flow of traffic or the safe travel of any pedestrian on such roadway or sidewalk. The foregoing sentence shall not apply to any person in the employ of the Town, or in the employ of an independent contractor, which has been hired by the Town for the purpose of snow removal. Whoever violates this section shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding twenty-five dollars for each such violation. Each instance of such conduct shall constitute a separate violation of this By-Law.

      The DPW would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

~ Mike Mansir, Hopkinton Highway Manager

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HPTA Nets over $8,000 from Hoop Show

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November 12, 2006 — The HPTA exceeded expectations this evening as they presented the Harlem Wizards vs. the Hopkinton Magic in the High School Athletic Center at 5:30pm. According to one HPTA source, the net, including beverage and snack sales, including 1,042 ticket sales, and after paying the Wizards, were $8,500.

     The basketball show is both athletic and gymnastic, as the Wizards play tricks with the basketball and bound with their athletic prowess. The show is more than basketball as the Wizards chide the audience and engage some of the kids in banter. The next large fundraiser for the HPTA is the Silent Auction.

Please email. Editor@HopNews.com

November 13, 2006 — Athletic Director Eric Karjel does his his best to wrest the ball from this Wizard.

Top of the tower

November 12, 2006 — Emilio Terral and Max Vumbaca, with flag, exalt in their conquest of the 25' high tower they helped build with a dozen other Boy Scouts from Troop 4 on Friday. Scroll down for large photo.

Girls Cheerleading South Championships at Taunton High School

November 12, 2006 — The Hiller Cheerleading Squad went to Taunton today and showed great form, as seen above, to compete in the South Championships. Anyone know the standings? Please email. Editor@HopNews.com

the Perfect Dress

 

The Hopkinton Parent/Teacher Association (HPTA) and the Holliston High School Parents Group (HHSPG) announce the premiere of The Perfect Dress.  The two groups will be selling current, stylish, gently used dresses and accessories appropriate for all Middle and High School dances and proms, as well as weddings, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, recitals, or any other formal or semi-formal occasion at the Hopkinton High School on January 27, 2007, 10am – 2pm.  The snow date is February 3, 2007 in the same location.  Dresses will be sold at a reasonable price - $20 - $30, as well as accessories like shoes, bags, and jewelry.   There will be multiple raffle drawings for prizes like make-up, jewelry, limo service, photography packages, manicures, flowers, etc.  Vendors will also be available and offering make-up, jewelry, and accessories.

The groups would like you to donate your slightly used dresses for the occasion and has convenient drop-off times available.

READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE and in our Calendar

Got Burgers?

Cornell's Pub

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Hopkinton, MA

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       Stop by Cornell's anytime and enjoy the largest, juiciest, tastiest cheeseburger in Hopkinton — if not the entire eastern seaboard — made from the finest beef, flame-grilled to your exact specifications, then nestled in a bed of Boston lettuce and smothered by the works in a freshly baked bun accompanied by a generous portion of meaty French fries.

Deaths of veterans since last Veterans Day

Angelo L. Colella 91 D.11-17-05 (File photo)

Steven B. Chase 60 D 9-12-06

Dr. Donald E. Love 80 D 1-2-06

Walter F. Burke 85 D.9-13-06

Willis J. Chapman 86 D. 1-23-06

William R. Sullivan 70 D 9-30-06

John W. Rousseau 85 D. 1-28-06

David L. Bilodeau 67 D.9-24-06

Emile L. Dumais 86 D 2-9-06

Florence I Reidle 86 D.11-3-06

Kim Hill 88 D. 2-18-06

William H Preston 86 D 11-1-06

Kenneth W. Cameron 85 D. 2-23-06

George H. Wright 68 D. 3-8-06

Jeremiah Grady 78 D. 3-11-06

Francis W. Cady 87 D. 3-13-06

David J. Mullins 69 D.3-11-06

William F. Askin 90 D. 8-19-06

William E. Cousineau 78 D .8-21-06

Donald R. Simpson 81 D.8-23-06

Foggy Road

November 12, 2006 — Maple Ave presented a good example of a scene that was repeated all over town this morning, with visibility that gave the phrase "thick as pea soup" visible validation.

Veteran's Day Ceremony

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Above, Michael Mccann, Jr., who has been called "Our official bugler" by members of American Legion Post 202,  plays taps during the Veterans Day ceremony on Hopkinton Common this morning while veterans stood at attention and saluted.

 

Members of American Legion Post 202, Veterans, their families and other interested citizens, including military vehicle collectors,  gathered on Marathon Way, which as closed off to traffic, to honor American veterans, and especially those who have fallen.

 

Below, Suzy Whalen reads "In Flanders Field" while her proud father, Michael, looks on today at the Common     

Hopkinton 12, Westwood, 7

November 10, 2006 — The Hopkinton High-School Football team upset the Westwood Wolverines 12-7 Friday night in a game played at the new Westwood High School complex. 

      The Hiller's first touchdown came on a spectacular pass from Brian Doyle to Mark Ostrander this made the score 7-6 as the extra points went wide to the right. The game was mostly defense as neither team was able to put the game away. The Hillers en route to the winning score as Paul Ostrander made a tremendous catch on a ricocheted bounce off of another defender. The tremendous receiver then scatted 30 yards to put the Hillers knocking on the door. Anthony Tomasz ran the winning score in as he scored the go ahead touchdown.

     The extra points failed and the Hillers took a 12-7 lead. Westwood gave it another shot as they fought their way to the 35. But again, Anthony Tomasz picked up a fumble to all but secure the win. The Hillers ran out the clock and the upset was in the bag.

     The Hillers will conclude the season on turkey day when they take on the Ashland Clockers. The bad luck bears finally got what they deserve. Good Job Hillers. ~ Peter Marso

Gone, but not Forgotten

November 10, 2006 — This graveyard on Wilson Street, in this windblown scene today, often called the Irish Cemetery, or the Paupers' Cemetery, is not forgotten by the American Legion, who place flags on the graves of the veterans. Veteran Mike Whalen explained that it was for the original Catholic Church located on Cedar Street, St. Malachi's, that was made of wood and burned down.

     "It was the Irish immigrants and people who did not have money, and sometimes they piled stones and sometimes wooden crosses," he said.Mr. Whalen said that the cemetery is owned by the Archdiocese of Boston.

      Only the front of the cemetery has cut grass, and trees perhaps 75 to 100 years old, have overgrown the rear of the cemetery. Many of the grave markers, among the stone and granite markers, are simple fieldstones, stuck into the ground vertically, as well as one wooden cross, apparently placed by a modern well-doer.

      The marker on the right in the shape of a badge, is over the grave of a Civil War soldier who fell at Gettysburg 3 months before his 20th birthday.

Dinner Bell

November 10, 2006 — Like Pavlov's dog, this sheep on Pond Street turns to look toward a braking car, hoping it means another meal from a stranger.

Rest in P--p

November 10, 2006 — A reasonable person could assume that a Church Street resident had enough — of you-know-what! However, he has found a humorous way to express his frustrations.

Gas Free

November 10, 2006 — These folks are enjoying fishing, something that they went to Lake Whitehall for, but at this time they had no choice, because they discovered an inaccurate gas gauge after the boat ran out of gas. Here they await a friendly rescue after a cell phone call and make the most of their time.

Veterans Day Program          

November 11, 2006

11:00 AM  on the town common   

 
                     PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
 
                     INVOCATION.........Dick Brault
 
                     WELCOME...............Mike Whalen
 
                     REMEMBRANCE OF  FALLEN HOPKINTON VETERANS......Dick Brault
 
                     DEDICATION OF NEW STONE MONUMENTS............Muriel Kramer
 
                     READING OF "In Flanders Field"...............Suzy Whalen
 
                     PLAYING OF TAPS................Michael McCann
 
                     CLOSING....
 
                                     Coffee will be served and military vehicles will be on display

Veterans

November 9, 2006 — Veterans, from left, Rev. Mike Billingsley of St. Paul's Church and Tom Ellam share a laugh at the Veteran's Dinner at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club this evening.

Vets Dinner

November 9, 2006 — Above, Post Chaplain Dick Brault reads, leading the group of nearly 80 veterans in prayer this evening at the American Legion Post 202 Annual Veterans Dinner.

To see more photos from the Veterans' Dinner, choose a thumbnail below to enlarge.

 

Thumbnails above, from left: #1 and #2, members of the High School Chorus. #3, Veteran Mike Whalen. #4 WWII veterans Roy Stratton and Paul Phipps being acknowledged. #5 WWII veterans John Cahill and former Chief of Police Jerry Bowker. #6 Selectman and veteran Mike Shepard.

Attendees:

Student Government:  Carly O’Shaughnessy, Victoria Mangano

Council on Aging: Cindy Chesmore (Director), Sally Almy (Assistant Director), Judi Allessio (Office Manager), George Robinson (Bus Driver), Irene Salvucci, Jean Warden, Ruth Zigler, Doris Carver, Sadie Drapeau, Janice McIntyre, Joyce Plucker, Veronica Billadeau

Veteran’s Celebration Committee:  Cindy Chesmore (Founder of event) Glen Layton, Tom Ellam, Jim Mirable, Judi Murphy, JoAnn Morgan, Evan Brooks, Dale Danahy

Veteran Turn Out:  72 Veterans.  (Army – 24, Navy – 21, Marines – 14, Air Force – 10, Coast Guard – 3)

Hopkinton Veteran’s Dinner, by Glen Layton

On Thursday, November 9th the Veteran’s Celebration Committee along with the Council on Aging hosted the 5th Annual Hopkinton Veteran’s Dinner.  The dinner was held at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club which donated the hall for the evening’s event.  The group was assisted by Victoria Mangano, and Carly O’Shaughnessy who are 11th Grade Student Government students that have been attending the Veteran’s Celebration Committee meetings as part of a school project.  Thomas Ellam, a Vietnam Veteran serving in the Army, was the Master of Ceremonies. 

            Around 72 Veteran’s attended the free dinner which was catered by TJ’s.  There were veterans from all eras ranging from World War II to the present serving in peacetime and in war.  All services were represented at the evening’s dinner.  This evening featured a ceremony conducted by JoAnn Morgan remembering those service members who could not be with us. 

            The Hopkinton Chorus directed by Ramsey Kurdi serenaded the veterans with the Star Spangled Banner and several other patriotic songs.  The chorus was made up of Colleen McBride, Hayley Dimascio, Kylie Baker, Mike Umina, Crystal Chiavarini, and Deanna Payson.  During many of the songs the veterans participated in the singing. 

            This dinner continues to be a success and the Veteran’s Celebration Committee and the Council on Aging are looking forward to planning next year’s dinner.  We would like to thank the Woodville Rod and Gun Club, and Sunnyside Gardens for donating their services in order to make this night a successful event.  Also, we would like to invite those veterans who did not attend this year to come to next year’s dinner.

Downtown Glow

November 9, 2006 — This snapshot of a spot in the downtown reflects the glow of a warm, autumn, setting sun earlier in the week.

Flag Football Winning Group

Above, the Middle School Faculty and their supporters after winning the Flag Football Tournament on Wednesday!  (winners in bold) ~ Contributed photo.

Game 1                      Middle School vs Hopkins/Elementary     4-1

Game 2                      High School 1 vs High School 2               4-1

Game 3                      Hopkins/Elementary vs High School 1     6-3

Great fun, many laughs and a lot of ice bags!!! ~ Diane Welch

POLICE NEWS Up-to-Date

Today, November 9, 2006

 

10:07 am Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with a Granite Street woman whose daughter yelled at an old man in a yellow raincoat...

 

5:54 pm A caller reported two men who picked a fight with him while they were trying to sell stereo equipment...

 

3:33 pm A misunderstanding appears to have happened on Eastview Road when a solicitor entered the home of a woman...

 

3:18 pm Officer Thomas Lemon spoke with a man in his 50's who was seen wandering around the day care center on Wood Street...

Orders are in!

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 Hopkinton Exxon loses appeal of Cease and Desist

"Mr. Shepard came to me and said he had to shut you down" Wayne Davies to Jerry Lazzaro 

"I was told by Mr. Shepard that you told him to shut me down." Jerry Lazzaro to Wayne Davies

Plans Emergency Restraining Order and Continued Sales of Propane

 

by Robert Falcione

November 8, 2006 — The Board of Appeals continued a hearing this evening on a request by Jerry Lazzaro (Photo, gray sweatshirt) of Hopkinton Exxon to overturn or  freeze a July 14, 2006  Cease and Desist order by the Zoning Enforcement Officer to stop the sale of propane at its Main Street business, while people move to amend the town's by-laws. They turned him down unanimously.

     The Board cited a provision in the Special Permit of the Exxon that specifically prohibits the sale of propane at that location. In spite of that 1971 prohibition, the Board of Selectmen 11 years ago issued a license to the Exxon for that very purpose. In addition, it is unclear why the Board would have excluded something that was not an allowed use in the first place.

    Attorney Tom Nealon, representing Mr. Lazarro, explained that he could find no supporting case law in the two months the Board gave him to find grounds to delay the Cease and Desist. He dropped a court appeal of the Board's ruling to deny the Exxon a change in its Special Permit last August, in favor of tonight's administrative appeal.

     "In my research, I didn't find such a case or statute," he said.

     "I maintain the Board has the power to rule a stay.

     "Is propane a primary or elevated accessory use to a gas station?" Mr. Nealon asked rhetorically.

    "I have a letter from Arrow Gas — these folks supply 37 installations throughout the area — and 33% of those are gas stations," he said.

      Mr. Nealon then referred to a chapter and verse, "Which allows you to overturn or stay an order of the Zoning Enforcement Officer."

     Board of Appeals member Wayne Davies said, "The applicants had the opportunity to provide materials to support the argument. The only issue is that 'how does this affect the Special Permit?'"

    Mr. Davies pointed out that a review and reopening of the Special Permit issued in 1971 could bring an unwanted result.

    "If you change the permit, now you would be asking for a prohibited use," he said.

    The conundrum is that the current permit that denies the sale of propane and diesel, if reopened and reapplied, would specifically allow the sale of propane under the new law, but deny the use of the land as a gasoline filling station, a use prohibited under the newly voted Water Resources Protection Overlay District enacted at May, 2006 Town Meeting. FULL REPORT

 

 
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