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The two chiefs

May 13, 2005 — Hopkinton Fire Chief Gary Daugherty gave his position over today to Chief of the Day  Alex Terry, 7, son of Kirsten and Dan Terry. Alex was awarded the position from the Chief who offered it as an auction item at the HPTA Road Trip Silent Auction this year. He offered to take Alex anywhere in the station and teach him what ever he wanted to know.

Two more days

May 13, 2005 — HopNews camera caught Ken Weismantel on the stump this afternoon, talking with the Chairman of his campaign committee Don Bartlett, with only two full days left between now and election day, Monday.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

9:36 pm A caller from A Street reported that some lights and the TV were on in her house that were not on when she left..

5:44 pm A caller from Teresa Road reported that a suspicious white van was traveling back and forth on his road...

9:46 pm A call came in from the Westborough Police Department of a possible intruder at a Daniel Shays Road resident...


Above, Officer Tom Griffin writes a citation for a traffic offense while conducting traffic enforcement at the crosswalk by Bill's Pizza and Main Street Specialties. He and School Resource Officer David Shane were on hand downtown to protect the school age community who gather there for early release day from school.

Hopkinton at the Crossroads: After Town Meeting What Happens Next?



May 25th, 7-9:30pm at the Congregational Church of Hopkinton.

Participate in a community-wide Forum to help the Master Plan Committee establish guidelines for land use planning over the next five years.  Can Hopkinton have it all?  Superior schools and keep taxes down?  Maintain its rural character and increase commercial tax base?  Minimize residential growth, maximize open space and continue all town services?

Revitalize downtown, have less traffic congestion and make it pedestrian friendly?

Specific goals of this Forum include:

  • Sharing results of more than 1700 Surveys completed at the polls in 11/04.

  • Exploring together the contradictions and trade-offs within the data. 

  • Identifying and prioritizing key guidelines to be used by the Master Plan Committee in revising the Town’s 1999 Master Plan.

Come and share in an interactive dialog to help our town make decisions about serious issues facing all of us.  Wednesday, May 25th, 7-9:30pm at the Congregational Church of Hopkinton.  People planning top attend are requested to sign up for event planning purposes, although all citizens are welcome.    Call Elaine Lazarus 508-497-9755. HopNews illustration. Back to story.

   If your candidate is not getting any support on these pages, it is because you are not writing. Write it and we will share it. We have refused no one.

Ashland - Lena E. Donessoni, 84, died May 10, 2005 at St. Patrick's Manor in Framingham. She was the wife of the late Frank Donessoni.  SEE ARRANGEMENTS.

Hillers take another step toward title

by Peter Marso

May 12, 2005 — The Hopkinton Hiller baseball nine won a very big game with Bellingham 9-4 Thursday in what might be the game of the Tri-Valley League's undisputed first place finish. The Hillers 13-1 in league play are now one game ahead of Ashland and two games in front of Bellingham. The Hillers fell behind 2-0 early but managed to pick it up and pour it on.

     The Hillers got a 3-hitter out of Andrew Tarca and got great offense out of Brian Williams, Tom MacIntyre and Connor Berry. Ryan Schiloski had a great game defensively and saved many would be base hits. The Hillers got a good relief appearance out of Adam Merzel. The hillers return to T.V.L. wars next week and certainly are in a good position to repeat as league champ and a shot at another state title. Photo by Tim Wright ©2005.

Show your colors

May 12, 2005 — These tulips were photographed in the most well known tulip locale in town. Below, Peter Mezitt, Weston Nurseries' Vice President of Sales and Marketing and fourth generation nurseryman, takes a moment to tend to the tulips at the eastern end of the Garden Center area.

Writer supports Democrats only

To the Editor:

As election day nears, I write in support of several of the candidates for town office in Hopkinton:  Muriel Kramer for the Board of Selectmen; Sandy Altamura and Pam Duffy for the Planning Board; Nancy Peters for the Board of Health. FULL LETTER


May 12, 2005 — Nobody took any salamanders from anywhere and put them on another property. Really, it didn't happen. This type of rumor usually begins because of a careless statement by someone whose intentions we do not know.

     First of all, the presence of an adult salamander in a body of water, according to a scientist we asked this afternoon, does not constitute that body of water being designated as a vernal pool.   

    In fact, if we extrapolate the definition, several salamanders would not make a vernal pool either. Why protect a vernal pool?

    A vernal pool is a shallow standing body of water, which occurs seasonally, with several species in it. The pools do not support fish, and therefore provide a protected breeding ground for the release and fertilization of certain reptile species. The eggs and larvae of those threatened or endangered reptile species could not survive in moving water where fish live, because they are to fish what Wendy's is to humans.

    We know from recent history that human intrusion or carelessness can affect a species. Where were the hawks in the 1950's? Where were the wild turkeys, the coyote? What will happen to the deer with the onslaught of human sprawl and asphalt surfaces?

    The species that seems to do well in all circumstances is the rumormonger amongus, which thrives best during a political season.

    In fact, one well known Hopkinton volunteer we all know calls it "The Silly Season."

    I agree. ~Editor

To read a previous column by Elizabeth Eidlitz about salamanders, choose this.

Writer pushes passion and dedication


With May 16th less than a week away, hopefully voters are thinking for whom they wish to cast their ballots.  Two individuals who have not had a lot of press or visibility, but certainly well worth our consideration are Brendan Doyle and Mike Cournoyer.  Both are running for the Hopkinton Parks and Recreation Commission's available two seats.  READ FULL LETTER.

DEAR READERS: We announced a cut-off of Sunday, May 15, 2005 at noon as the deadline for political letters to the Editor. Be forewarned, however, that Sunday is not the prime day for readership, and those wanting to get their message out to the largest number of eyeballs should do so soon. Please vote on Monday, May 16, 2005.

   If your candidate is not getting any support on these pages, it is because you are not writing. Write it and we will share it.

Tip of the Hat!

A tip of the HopNews Fedora to reader/contributor Michael Torosian who showed us the beta site, which we have added as "Google Maps" to the menu bar above. Type in any address and see an amazing illustration materialize. Try typing 24 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748 into the search bar (Or type your address). An overhead illustrated view of the downtown will appear with a "pin" on 24 Main.

1.) Zoom in and see all of the surrounding street names appear.

2.) Left-click the image with the mouse pointer and it turns into four way pointer allowing the user to drag the screen in any direction.

 Supports incumbent Planning Board members

I am writing this letter to ask the townspeople's support for re-electing Planning Board members Sandy Altamura and Pam Duffy. It's been 10 years since I've moved back to the town I grew up in, and I've known and interacted with Pam and Sandy during that time. I tremendously appreciate the time that people invest when they volunteer for town positions. READ FULL LETTER

"START YOU READING'' Program at the Library


On Friday May 13 at 1:30 PM children are invited to the Hopkinton Public Library Reading Room. Listen to stories and visit with Scooby Doo. Bring your cameras! This program is sponsored by Fidelity Investments and the U Fund. Please call the Children's Room at 497-9779 to save your seat.

MacIntyre blanks Panthers 7-0

by Peter Marso

May 11, 2005 — Senior Tom MacIntyre limited the Holliston Panthers to a nifty three hits as the Hillers remained in sole possession of first place in the Tri-Valley game. The Hillers received a fine contribution from all the starters en route to winning and setting up for crucial game with the Blackhawks on Thursday. Macintyre limited the panthers through every inning and was never really threatened. He did an outstanding job in having total command of the game. The hillers appear to be the team to beat as the hitting has been there; and the bull pen made up of Steve Knox (winning pitcher vs Norton) Adam Merzel and Brian Doyle  are always ready to come in and put out the fire and most importantly saving arms. The Hillers are in great shape and will send the hopes of Andrew Tarca to the mound in a key Tri-Valley game against the Blackhawks. The game is slated for 3:30 in Hopkinton. A Hopkinton win will give the team a two game lead heading into the stretch. Nice job hillers!! Photo by Tim Wright ©2005

Charter Commission keeps elected boards at same number

Commission keeping Board of Health as elected

Votes to change only the Cemetery Commissioners to appointed position



by Robert Falcione

May 11, 2005 — The Charter Commission (File photo) this evening, absent two members, voted to keep the number of  the members of elected boards and commissions at the same level, after hearing testimony from Selectmen this evening, and from members of some of those boards during the commission's hearings. There had been speculation among some people that there could be a move afoot to make the Board of Health an appointed, rather than elected position, in light of the displeasure the Board of Selectmen had expressed over the deliberations by the Board of Health during the Harvey hearings.

    This conjecture was fueled further by the rancorous exchanges between some members of the Board of Health and the Board of Selectmen, some of which continue today by email. The Commission also considered raising all of the 3 member elected positions to 5 members. They discussed the difficulty the town already has in attracting candidates to fill the current positions.

     "I can't believe the Republican party didn't come  up with someone to run against her," said Charter Commission member Beth Herlihy, referring to Board of Health Chair Nancy Peters, a Democrat who is running unopposed. "So we really have to think before changing it to 5," she said. They voted to keep the Board of Health at 3 members, as well as all other elected positions at their current levels.

     A couple of major changes the Commission has been studying is the creation of a Town Manager position, which would eliminate the Executive Secretary position; and the creation of a Finance Officer.

     The only position the Commission voted to change from elected to appointed is the Cemetery Commission. According to Chair  Marie Eldridge, Cemetery Commission Chairman Ken Weismantel suggested the the position be changed.

      The Board of Selectmen also held a posted meeting with the Charter Commission this evening making their voice clear that they were not in favor of the Commission's consideration of having a recall petition available to the voters.

     The next meeting of the Charter Commission is May 25, 2005 at 6:00 pm in the Fire Station Meeting Room.

Historical Notes: The Charter Commission was voted in, as well as its members, at the Town Election one year ago. One year ago HopNews boasted over 10,000 visits in April, 2004. HopNews now boasts over 24,000 visits in April, 2005.

Town of Hopkinton

Board of Appeals

Town Hall

18 Main Street 3rd Floor

Hopkinton, MA 01748

Wayne R. Davies, Chairman          

Robert  W. Foster, Vice Chairman    

Thomas J. garabedian, Clerk     

  May 11, 2005



Writer likes tradition of handshake


I would like to thank Muriel Kramer for running for the Selectmen's office position. Muriel is a  tireless worker, as we all can attest to her having six children. She will bring this same hard working approach to the position of Selectman. SEE LETTERS

Hopkinton resident, UMass Medical Student receives $10,000 Scholar Award

from Massachusetts Medical Society


May 12 – Hopkinton resident and University of Massachusetts medical student Aarti Sekhar has been selected as a  2005 Massachusetts Medical Society Scholar, one of only eight Massachusetts medical school students to receive the prestigious presented annually based on academic record, community involvement, and financial need. A $10,000 grant accompanies the award.   
    The award was presented at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Medical Society, the statewide organization physicians, medical residents and students, on May 12 at Boston’s Seaport Hotel. 
   A fourth-year student at UMass Medical School, Ms. Sekhar is a 2000 magna cum laude graduate of Brown University with a B.S. in neuroscience. She was valedictorian in her high  Aarti Sekhar school class at North Attleboro High School, where she was tri-season captain for the track team. FULLSTORY

The past as a present

May 11, 2005 — This morning Library Director Rownak Hussain was presented this restored antique picture of Hopkinton by Marge Spencer, from the Friends of the Library, who paid for the work. It illustrates the many factories that made Hopkinton a renown boot manufacturing center in the Nineteenth Century. The buildings that housed those factories are said to have all burned down. The picture will be on display in the Main Library for all to see.


May 11, 2005 — Joe Barra, flanked by his father Joe on his right, and his grandmother, Maria Gennardo on his left, showed his respect for them by inviting them to his "Elder Tea" at the Hopkinton Middle School this morning, in the last of a series of those events. He also invited  his Aunt Loretta, who is not shown in the photo.

Hopkinton native to perform at Paradise Rock Club

May 20, 2005, 11:00pm

Dan MacMillan and Two Finger Split


May 11, 2005 — Well known local  guitarist/songwriter, and fifth generation Hopkinton native Dan MacMillan, will be appearing on Friday, May 20, 2005 at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston (969 Commonwealth Avenue next to Aganis Arena - MAP.).

     MacMillan is well known in the Framingham area and on the eastern seaboard for his CDs and touring gigs with Apartment Three, a band he and some friends formed in Oakland, while Dave Matthews was making his mark there, and brought back home.

   This new band, Two  Finger Split, has a year of experience playing together, locally at the Corner Pub in Ashland, and at the Depot in Holliston.

 To hear an excerpt from, Broken, choose this.   

 Selectmen's meeting

VOTE, VOTE, VOTE is the theme

Students win art awards

Departments make their pitches

Above, Selectmen and sponsors appear with student winners of the Marathon Poster Contest in the Selectmen's Hearing Room after being awarded their prizes. The HAA, CAA, BAA, and Hopkinton Marathon Committee worked with Century 21 Westward Homes, who sponsored the project.


May 10, 2005 — Selectman Paul Nelson, who was sitting at his last Board of Selectmen's meeting tonight after declining to run again, received a gift from the rest of the Board, a mounted clock.

    "We don't need an override for this," said Chairman Eric Sonnett, the consummate politician, to laughter, alluding to one of the ballot questions for the May 16 Town Election. "We all kicked in for this," he said (Photo from left, Eric Sonnett, Len Holden, Paul Nelson).

     Mr. Nelson has cited increased job responsibility as his reason for not seeking another term. On Monday, May 16, 2005, Hopkinton voters will choose his replacement, either fellow Republican Ken Weismantel or Democrat Muriel Kramer.

    The Selectmen, as well as many speakers this evening, agreed that a high voter turn out is a highly sought goal. Appropriations Committee Chairman, Stuart Cowart, was  on hand to explain his committee's study of the town's budget, and what happens if the ballot override question fails.

     "We will call upon all of the major departments, and the Board of Selectmen, and make the tough choices and prioritize what the town can do without," he said.

      "Then call another Town Meeting and tell the town what we are left with," he said.

      Dave Stoldt, Chairman of the School Committee, listed the breakdown of the school's debt exclusion, Question #2 on the ballot for May 16.

      "$1.6 million is for the new school plans. $1 million will fund the new Early Childhood Center, and $400,00 is for Elmwood," he said. The amount cannot be put on the ballot, because the final figure is not known

     Selectman Len Holden asked Mr. Stoldt what his 76 % portion of the ballot override consisted of.

     "Bodies. It equates to 9 or 10 salaried positions, but it doesn't mean that's the stuff we'll cut," Mr. Stoldt said.

     "If this override passes, it will position us well for next year," he said. An override is an increase in taxes that carries year to year and adds to the tax revenue for the town. A debt exclusion is a borrowing measure that may be spread over a decade or two and adds less per year to taxes.  

    Al Rogers from Parks and Recreation, the most prolific speaker at Town Meeting this year, stopped by to pitch his $180,000 for plans for the Fruit Street Athletic Fields, which had been whittled down by Town Meeting from his original requests, which would have totaled close to $3 million, after multiple and exhausting pitches on the floor of that assembly.

    Deborah Brug, who was before the Board of Selectmen for reappointment to the Historical District Commission got a disappointment this evening after a grilling by the Board over her views and on on why a project took so long to get approved last year.

    She blamed the applicant with some serious words, and said she wanted to move past that issue.

    The exchange became adversarial, and ended with a vote, 3-2, to not approve her reappointment.

    Most speakers, including Chairman Sonnett, urged greater participation at the polls.

    "Ashland had less than 1,000 voters at their election. We'd like to see about 4,500," he said.

    It's important the school design gets done," said Selectman Mary Pratt.

(Photo, Eric Sonnett shows the TV camera Jennifer Manning's winning artwork as she beams with pride. As a kindergarten student, Jennifer was the youngest winner.)

    Editor's Note:

THE ELECTION IS MONDAY MAY 16, 2005.  Let's try for a record turnout!

Updated Police News

Monday, May 9, 2005

10:49 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil investigated screams coming from across the street of a Downey Street home...

6:19 pm A mother reported that her son was just hit and put into a headlock...

Sunday, May 8, 2005

5:21 pm An employee at a Lumber Street business called to report that a male came in acting suspiciously and left without purchasing anything...

12:56 pm A caller from Hayden Rowe Street reported that something was possibly thrown or shot through the vehicle window...


Planning Board gives OK to condo concept plan

Development planned off Cedar Street Extension



Above, photo of small area of concept plan showing the neighborhood, with the development's land in the light colors. Cedar Street Extension can be seen in the foreground and Lincoln Street being joined by the project in the middle of the pictorial.


by Robert Falcione

May 9, 2005 — Builder Jose Martin took his experts before the Planning Board again this evening to discuss his latest concept plan for 18-20 townhouses in a proposed condo community called Sudbury River Townhouses.

     Barbara Henise, President of a group representing her neighborhood, Highland Park Associates expressed concerns about the added traffic and the speed of the cars already using Cedar Street Extension as some sort of shortcut. She had some problems with some assertions made by the developer. 

     "I find it hard to believe kids aren't going to be in there," she said. I can't believe there are going to be .5 kids and everyone's going to walk to the train station," she said.

      Vice Chair, Jamie Goncalves had reservations. "The traffic plan is important at this stage. There are too many questions not to have one.

      "We need to discuss the density of condos in that part of town," he said.

      "This board or any board cannot tell a property owner what to do with his property," said member Claire Wright. "No board can tell property owner what type of project to put on their property," she said.

      Resident Eric Byers was also concerned with traffic.

      "I have two daughters, ages 3 and 5. The oldest has to walk down Cedar Street Extension to get the bus." He also expressed concern about the developments septic, because his water well is the closest to the development, and asked the engineers the distance.

      "122 feet," a voice in the room said. The law which governs septic, Title 5, a purview of the Board of Health, stipulates 100 feet as the minimum distance from a septic to a well.

      The development as proposed will also have an entrance/exit on Lincoln Street for the project as well as the one on Cedar Street Extension.

      After much discussion of details and a public hearing with audience and abutter input, member Brian Herr said, "It seems to me we muddy the water between the concept plan and the definitive plan. We need to get back to the bylaws," he said.

      Member Scott Aghababian seemed to concur as he offered a motion to grant approval of the conceptual plan with many conditions, including a no-salt area, erosion control plan and clearly defined open space. The motion carried 7-2.  

      The builder will now come back to the board with a more definitive plan for approval and scrutiny.     

Keep your eye on the dog

May 9, 2005 — Alan Kett had free reign photographing this red-tailed hawk while strolling in the park, because the hawk was distracted by watching Alan's wife, Ann Hendricks, throw the ball for their 20lb. sheltie. Perhaps it was fixated more on the sheltie.

Boys have a 17 run inning!

by Peter Marso

May 9, 2005 — In a hitter's dual the Hillers baseball team scored 17runs in the 2nd inning en route to a 23-9 blowout of the Norton Lancers in a game played at Norton Monday afternoon. The Hillers, behind a 5 hit game from Brian Williams and 4 hit game from Tom Macintyre and Danny Wright, totally dominated the baseball game. The Hillers will meet the Holliston Panthers on Wednesday in what good determine how many games the Hillers will be ahead going into the stretch run in a battle for the Tri-Valley League crown. The team out-hit and actually may have broken a record for runs scored in an inning! 17! That's quite a feat.

Girls bow, 3-1

The Hiller softball team ran into a tough luck Monday as they bowed to the lancers of Norton in a close exciting Tri-Valley League game in Norton. The Hillers played great defense but the bats just did not come alive as they had hoped they would. It was a close game that could have gone either way. The Hillers will host Holliston Wednesday in a tough tri-valley league game. The state tourney is a big possibility for the Hillers.

There ba-a-a-ck

May 9, 2005 — The barn swallows, double-crested cormorants and black flies are back at the Hopkinton state Park, as well as the humans, such as Helmut Lelke flying his unpowered glider, and Ann Hendricks and Alan Kett walking across the dam as they watch for birds. The park opened fully today for the first time since last year's snow, allowing access to all areas.

EMC Delivers Content Addressed Storage for Midsize Enterprises


Smaller, Full-Function EMC Centera Provides Cost-Effective Fixed Content Archiving

May 9, 2005 — EMC Corporation, the world leader in information storage and management, today expanded the EMC Centera family of content addressed storage (CAS) systems to address the growing fixed content archiving needs of midsize enterprises. As an extension of EMC's Making Storage Simple approach, the lower-capacity and lower-cost EMC Centera four-node configuration delivers the same advanced content and self management features available in all Centera configurations. A more attractive entry point and capacity scaled to the needs of these mid-size businesses makes the benefits of Centera available to more enterprises around the world.

The Centera four-node configuration is made possible through enhancements in Centera's currently shipping operating environment software. This enhancement, along with the new capability to rack-mount the four-node configuration in EMC or other industry-standard racks, makes this configuration ideally suited for midsize organizations that need to reduce costs and share space with existing server/storage solutions without using additional floor space.

They will be back asking for more


Once again the taxpayers of Hopkinton are inundated with the doom & gloom scenarios coming from our school committee and politicians.  Once again we are being asked to raise our property taxes to fund our schools.  As a parent of both high school and middle school students, I of course wish my children to have the best education possible.  I am sure that every parent in Hopkinton feels the same way. However, there is a limit to what working people can afford to pay to get that education.  I don't think anyone understands the cumulative effect of all of the fees and expenses parents are burdened with in this town. SEE LETTERS

Writer urges vote for Muriel Kramer


I’m writing this letter to urge the residents of Hopkinton to vote for Muriel Kramer on May 16.  I first met Muriel soon after the birth of my daughter.  She offered helpful and comforting advice to a new mother treading unfamiliar waters.  This sage advice is extremely valued and I am forever grateful to Muriel.  For this, and for many other reasons, I’m voting for Muriel Kramer. SEE LETTERS

Wants "Yes" on questions 1 & 2


Hopkinton was one of the fastest growing communities in MA from 1990 to 2000 with 45% growth versus 4.8% for Middlesex County and 5.4% for the state as a whole.  We continue to grow at a strong pace.  This has required new schools and other public buildings, as well as the hiring of additional personnel.  The spending needs outstrip our revenue growth.  State funding formulas do not keep pace with our growth, nor do they yield sufficient funds overall.  We pay a huge number in MA income taxes, but get a small number back in state aid. SEE LETTERS

Wayne Mezitt  wins acclaim

Named among 50 Most Influential Gardeners


May 8, 2005 — He has held many of the most prestigious offices and titles in horticulture. Now, Wayne Mezitt is being recognized for his overall impact in gardening.


The president of Weston Nurseries — one of the largest and oldest garden center and growing operations in the nation — has been selected as one of the 50 Most Influential Gardeners in the Northeast.


To commemorate its Special Collector’s 10th anniversary 50th edition that is due on newsstands on May 9, the gardening magazine known as People, Places & Plants published the first-ever list of its kind to honor regional gardeners. Including people from the six New England states and New York, the poll is broken into five categories: Hobby, Professional, Non-Profit, Business and Education. According to the magazine, which was launched in Maine in 1995, the nomination process took more than a year and considered thousands of individuals. Fifteen individuals from Massachusetts were ultimately selected, including Mezitt who is past president of the American Nursery & Landscape Association and New England Nursery Association. FULL STORY

Bike Patrol

May 8, 2005 — Officer Stephen Buckley watches traffic and is poised to go after scofflaws as he conducts "traffic enforcement" at the exit to the Middlesex Bank parking lot on Friday, stopping people who attempt to enter the one-way, people parking in handicap spots, and crosswalk violators. The low profile of the bicycle patrolman — only a small patch is visible from the front — allows him to observe behaviors that are commonly hidden.

   To learn more about the "community policing" aspect of the Bicycle Patrol, visit this link at the Hopkinton Police Department's website.    

The election, opinions, favorites — deadline!

May 8, 2005 — The town election is a week away, on May 16, 2005. HopNews does not take a stand on candidates for local elections, although many wish we would. We will leave that up to the political leaders and readers, but will continue to facilitate members of the community who want to engage others in discourse, or simply want their voice heard or added.

    There will be a deadline for political Letters to the Editor, and it will occur on Sunday, May 15, 2005 at noon. Even at that, it can be assumed that some people try to get in a last shot that the target has no time to respond to. If we get one of those letters, we will do one of two things at our discretion:

    First, give the other person a chance to respond. Secondly, choose whether to run it.

    So, let's hear about your candidate with a letter to the editor.

    Remember, "blank" wins when no one cares.

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US Congressman Jim McGovern endorses Muriel Kramer

"She understands the challenges Hopkinton faces" ~ Jim McGovern

by Robert Falcione

May 7, 2005 — Mother of six, Democrat Muriel Kramer, candidate for the open seat on the Board of Selectmen, got the blessing of the district's United States Congressman, Hon. Rep. James McGovern, at a "coffee" at Weston Nurseries' Wildflowers Building, a greenhouse near the Garden Center converted to a display area and meeting place.

     Rep. McGovern spoke with HopNews before the public portion of the event and was asked if he was planning to endorse Muriel Kramer this evening.

     "Absolutely," he said. "She is incredible. She understands the challenges the people of Hopkinton face. She is someone who will be truthful and honest in that office. I can't think of anyone better to be in public office.

     "Muriel is a very special person," he said. "This community will be very lucky to have her as their Selectman, he said.

      In response to the fact that they are fellow Democrats, he said, "I came here because I think she is the best person for the job."

      Matt Zetteck, son of Ann and Charles Zetteck, the former Hopkinton Town Moderator, said that he has known Muriel since their days together at Worcester Academy.

      "The coach of the Indiana Pacers graduated with us and Jim McGovern graduated a couple of years ahead of us," he said.

      Women's Club member, Jean Vickers, introduced herself to the gathering by saying, "Some of you may know me as the woman who almost got thrown out of Town Meeting the other night."

     Mrs. Vickers introduced Rep. McGovern as someone she has known for a number of years and that she had been cynical about politicians until she started following his career.

     Rep. McGovern told the gathering, "I am tired of people who get elected out of habit and not out of conviction. These local elections matter the most," he said.

     "There is nobody better than Muriel," he said. "Nobody."

     "She (Kramer) is a woman of great integrity and character — she brings qualities that are very, very welcome," he said.

     Mrs. Kramer said, "The school system is something we can be proud of." She spoke of how her interest grew in serving in town government after she attended meetings and reported on it extensively in the press.

       "My family started my pattern of community service.

      "Randy (Husband) and I went to college together and served at Hanscomb Air Force Base together," she said. She listed groups she had been involved in such as PTA and scouts.

      "We have to grow our commercial base," she said, repeating a popular theme.

      "We need to define the development we like and target that type.

      "We need to be pro-active," she said.

      During the Q&A, Selectwoman, fellow Democrat Mary Pratt said she wanted people to know that Muriel supports all of the questions on the ballot, "Because people are saying otherwise," she said.

      Mrs. Kramer's Republican opponent for Selectman is Ken Weismantel The election is May 16, 2005.

      HopNews hopes to have streaming video position statements from all of the Selectmen and Planning Board candidates by Monday.

Focus on Health

Hopkinton's HCAM-TV show reaches 800,000

By Elizabeth Eidlitz

May 7, 2005 — What sources can you trust for health information? 20 second TV sound bites--the man telling strangers in the elevator that he’s lowered his cholesterol? The woman practicing Tai Chi, relieved of osteoarthritic symptoms? Drug company declarations? Cereal box claims? Internet research?

You could die of old age sorting through 483,000,000 online leads to health information or 8,270,000 results for cancer treatments.

“News stories, because of time and space constraints of the media, may not have all the details, context, or perspective you might need,” says Alan C. Woodward, M.D., Chief of Emergency Services at Emerson Hospital in Concord and President of the Massachusetts Medical Society. Cautioning against total reliance on commercial advertising by drug and health care companies whose content is manufacturer-controlled, he advises: “Your first source should be your physician.”

“The dumbest doctor in the state knows more information in his field that the smartest reporter writing about it,” says Dr. Bruce Karlin (Photo) of Hopkinton, a Worcester internist, and moderator for PHYSICIAN FOCUS, a monthly, half-hour program partnered by The Massachusetts Medical Society and manager Jim Cozzens of Hopkinton Community Access Media (HCAM-TV) . READ FULL STORY.


The Hopkinton Hillers spanked the Medway Mustangs in boys varsity lacrosse Friday evening by the lopsided score of 14-2.


With the victory, Hopkinton’s record climbs to 10-3 (7-2 TVL). Medway falls to 3-10. The game took place at the Hopkinton Athletic Fields.

~Ron DiMichele

Photo by Ron DiMichele.

Hopkinton baseball 12 Medfield 1

by Peter Marso

May 6, 2005 The Hopkinton High School Baseball defeated the Medfield Warriors yesterday 12-1 to continue a share of first place in the Tri-Valley League. It was the pitching of Tom Macintyre and the hitting of Danny Wright which sewed up the victory. The Hillers once again moved up to a quick 4-0 lead, then coasted to the win. Macintyre did not give up an earned run and was in command all of the way. The Hillers will play St. Johns Prep on Saturday at 3:00. This will be a true test as the Johnnies are a very good Division 1 baseball team. It will be Andrew Tarca on the mound for the locals.

Police News updated

12:54 pm There was a report of a lift bus operating erratic on Lumber Street and was last seen turning on Haven Street...

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

8:44 pm There was a 911 call from Lumber Street that was transferred by the State Police.  A woman was locked in her bathroom with her children and she had an intruder in the house...

6:44 pm There was a report of illegal parking at EMC park.  Officer Gregg DeBoer cited five vehicle for parking illegally... Learn more in an updated Police News.


May 6, 2005 — From left, Project Just Because founder, Cherylann Lambert-Walsh, State Representative Paul Loscocco, and State Senator Karen Spilka showing off proclamations form the Massachusetts House and Senate awarded to Mrs. Lambert-Walsh. The charity held a fundraiser at the First Congregational Church to raise money to acquire a house for rent or purchase to serve the clients of the charity.

Talent show in June

May 6, 2005 — Abbie Levy, left, and Annie Speranza at the piano, auditioned this evening for the CAA Talent Show on June 17 at the High School. See June Calendar for more details.

Art contest

May 6, 2005 — This painting by Janice Roach Bogasky hangs on the wall of the CAA building on Hayden Rowe Street as well as dozens of other works of art which were offered as entries for the Women's Club and CAA art contests. The display will continue Saturday, May 7, 2005, 2-4pm at the CAA Building.

Mod squad

May 6, 2005 — Officer Stephen Buckley conducted Traffic Enforcement from the driveway of the Middlesex Bank, which is a one way onto Main Street. As he stood there in his unassuming clothing — there is only a small sewn-on patch on the front of the Bicycle Patrolman's uniform — he looked like any other young man on a mountain bike. This low profile posture allowed him to see behavior that people would not usually perform in front of a policeman. Within in one minute of our arrival, Officer Buckley waved away a pickup truck that was about to enter the wrong way.

     And less than a minute later (Above), he went to speak with a woman with car full of kids who pulled into the handicap parking spot (Arrow toward sign) in front of the library.

May 6, 2005 — Popular Hopkinton native Tom Brown was laid to rest today after a funeral at St. John's Church.  Here, Hopkinton veterans line up and salute as his casket is brought into the church. Previous story.

Susan Ranney of 106 Pond Street was the first to convince us that the bird is a double-crested cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus. Everyone else but one person guessed cormorant, and a couple of others even guessed the exact type. The person who guessed wrong was Ron D. He said it was the HopNews Monster.

What kind of bird is it? Win $25 gift certificate to Colella's!

May 6, 2005 — The headline is not a rhetorical question. Answer correctly and win a $25.00 gift certificate to Colella's to use like cash in that market. Exactly what kind of bird is it that we photographed yesterday at the Hopkinton State Park and have pictured above?

Observations: We are not sure if the feather behind the eye is mark of distinction, or a leftover from molting. Yes, it appears to be some type of duck or relative to the duck. Most of the bird's body is below the water's surface while it floats. It stayed on the surface for a very short period each time it surfaced, and spent most if its time diving.

     Be the first to convince us of its identity with an email containing a link or two to some defining reference materials from a reputable source and win the $25.00 gift certificate. .

NOTE: Bernadette Markey won the $25.00 gift certificate to Cornell's for correctly identifying the non-fruit bearing pear trees.

Many kudos to Town Meeting

To The Editor,


On behalf of myself and many of my friends and neighbors, I’d like to publicly thank all of the officials, committee members, volunteers and citizens who participated in this year’s Town Meeting.  There was a pervasive sense of cooperation, shared goals and values, and goodwill at these meetings that was heartwarming.  The conduct of the participants made me proud to be a resident of Hopkinton. READ FULL LETTER.

Not all things must pass

May 5, 2005 — Bill Doucette, left, and Matt Lorenc entertained patrons at the High School's art exhibit this evening with songs like Across the Universe, which — although sounding like a George Harrison composition with its chanting salutation to God, "Jai guru deva om" — is formally credited to fellow Beatles Lennon/McCartney.

       The ripples from the successful musical revolution the Beatles led can be felt strongly today, and witnessed in the universal and lasting appeal that their detractors denied them forty years ago.

      Art entries on display

      On Friday, May 6 from 5-7pm and on Saturday, May 7 from 2-4pm, Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA) will host a display of entries from two local art competitions. Nineteen award-winning posters by students in grades K-12 for The Marathon Poster Contest will join entries from the town-wide Hopkinton Telephone Directory cover design competition. The Marathon Poster Contest celebrated Hopkinton's ties to the Boston Marathon with the theme, "It all Starts Here." The poster contest was sponsored by Century 21, Westward Homes, in conjunction with the Hopkinton Athletic Association (HAA), the CAA, the Hopkinton Marathon Committee and the Boston Athletic Association (BAA).

      Hopkinton Women's Club collaborated with the CAA for the Telephone Directory contest, which features artwork of the Terry Barn behind the CAA building on Hayden Rowe Street. Artwork of any barn in Hopkinton was also submitted for use on Women's Club note cards and a CAA calendar.

Wednesday, May 11 at 10:00 AM there will be a presentation on New England wild flowers at the Hopkinton Senior Center, Town Hall, 18 Main Street.  This program is open to all age groups, so please plan on enjoying this with us. ~ Cindy Chesmore.

Student Art Exhibit at High School

Above, Junior Dylan Campbell shows off the letter "H" in his Surreal Alphabet work of art as he is surrounded by a lifetime supply of the same, looming behind him.

May 5, 2005 — The High School Art department had an art exhibit & video and animation reception this evening. The show in the lobby of the High School will continue until May 13.

Spring forward

May 5, 2005 — Rebecca Studemire, with 2 year-old Samuel and Trish Kelleher with her 9 month-old, Jack, prepare for a cooling stroll around the water at the Hopkinton State Park today to introduce Jack to his first spring.

2005 Hopkinton High School Art Exhibit and Video & Animation Festival

Reception Thursday, May 5, 2005 5:30 pm -7:30 pm

Exhibit on display May 5 - May 13, 2005


YMCA Camp Tour Day

Saturday, May 7, 2005


45 East Street

(East Main to Clinton St. to East St. )




Project Just Because Silent Auction

     Friday May 6, 2005, 5:30 -8:00 P.M.

First Congregational Church

46 East Main Street

Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

All Donations are Tax Deductible.

Former Patriot Steve Nelson will be on hand to sign autographs


COMMUNITY CALENDAR EVENT: MAY 14 8th Annual Fishing Derby (rain date is May 21st) 8am for children under 10 years of age. 9am to 1pm open for all kids. Location: Hopkinton Sportsman's Club. 95 Lumber St. Hopkinton, MA 01748.

School Department big winners at Town Meeting

"Chicken coop" bylaw fails

Dumpster police fail

Sign bylaw shot down

by Robert Falcione

May 4, 2005 — Chairman of the School Committee Dave Stoldt (Photo) gave a convincing presentation in favor of school plans, school repairs, and technology updates this evening to a room full of voters willing to take these requests to the ballot box. Among them, plans for a new school at Fruit Street, facilities updates, and new technology acquisition. Debt exclusions totaling around $4.7 for the plans and the Senior Center, which passed last night (Tuesday), will be on the May 16, ballot.

     Hopkinton's farmers and horse lovers were on hand to vote against a two-fold article dealing with animals. The first part, referred to as "The chicken coop bylaw" by Board of Appeals Chairman Wayne Davies, would have increased the rear setback requirements for farm animal enclosures. 

     Mike Shepard, Director of Municipal Inspections said, "I have 27 acres. I've got sheep and dogs on my property, but my neighbor probably doesn't know it. I'd like to graze my sheep on the Common, but that's not going to happen," he said, alluding to a previous statement he made about neighbors living in harmony.

    The second part of the article, a citizen's petition brought before the Planning Board, which voted to recommend against, had unified horse owners and brought them to Town Meeting to defeat it. The Petitioner, Katherine Wilme, did not did not come forward to defend her position.

     Three full pages of zoning signage bylaws were shot down after speaker upon speaker objected to the concepts, or found flaws in the language. One paragraph was interpreted to mean that if Colella's neon sign, a grandfathered sign known by generations of Hopkintonians, was damaged and needed repair or replacement of more than 35% of its original cost, then the sign would not be able to be replaced as a neon sign.

    In a perplexing turn of events, a general bylaw proposed by the Planning Board to require and enforce dumpsters to be fenced in, and a fine of $300 a day for non-compliance, was voted against unanimously — not one vote in favor, even from the proponents.

     Article 39, which was withdrawn from consideration, was a placeholder for purchase of land under agreement by Ron Nation who is petitioning to build garden style apartments on land adjacent to Reed Park. Winter Street resident Paul August (Photo) asked if there had been any negotiations.

    Jeff Dougherty, a member of the Open Space Preservation Committee that drafted the article said, "We have had constant negotiations which have come to a standstill."

    HopNews coverage of Town Meeting ended at 11:00 pm Wednesday May 5, 2005 while several articles were left to consider. It is presumed they were completed.   

Council on Aging likes outcome


The Hopkinton Council on Aging and staff want to thank everyone who attended the Town Meeting for the outstanding support to further fund the building of the new senior center.

That vote was not just a win for us, it was the most heart-warming boost to the senior citizens of Hopkinton and to those of us who have the privilege to serve them.

We must not sit back just yet.  The election on May 16 looms ahead. READ FULL LETTER

Cleanup successful


We were informed by Harvey Recycler's  that our Lake Whitehall Clean Up netted 1800lbs of various types of junk, not including soda and beer cans that were recycled .  A thank you basket was sent to the Harvey's with our appreciation.  
Jeff Furber   
232 Wood St.
Woodville, Ma. 01784

Senior Moments

Spring has sprung


by Annie DiLeo

 May 4, 2005 — In the Merry. Merry. Month of May…I was taken by surprise, by a very nice day!!!

               The weather may not be cooperating, but it is spring and time to say ‘thank you’ to all the people who have come to Davis Road during the winter to make our days a little brighter. We have been fortunate enough to have church groups, school children, clubs, Cub Scouts, and individuals, come calling for parties, crafts, lunches, and help with chores. We love your visits, Thank You, Thank You, and come again sometime….. READ FULL STORY

Kramer to host coffee at Weston Nurseries

With special guest Congressman Jim McGovern 


May 4, 2005 — Muriel Kramer, candidate for Selectman in Hopkinton, with special guest Congressman Jim McGovern, will meet voters at a “Meet the Candidate” event at Weston Nurseries on Saturday evening May 7 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm in the Wildflowers Building.


Hopkinton faces opportunities, hard choices and change.  This event presents a chance to discuss those opportunities with Candidate Kramer and McGovern.


Kramer has hosted several such coffees to introduce herself to voters and give an opportunity and a forum for questions and answers on her stance on the issues and her past participation in town issues.


Kramer ran in the 2004 election against two incumbents.  She was just 75 votes shy of unseating these candidates.  Through this event, Kramer hopes to show her dedication to Hopkinton and her understanding of the issues Hopkinton faces.


Voters can learn more about Kramer on her website,

Some of the above content has been contributed.

Likes Historic District, Senior Center


I want to thank the citizens of Hopkinton and Woodville for last night's vote to make a portion of Woodville an Historic District. I have long said that history is part of our lives and we should preserve what we can of what is past so generations to come understand where they came from. READ FULL LETTER.

Town Meeting is cruel to be kind

Passes watered down fields Article

Senior Center passes

Woodville Historic District passes

by Robert Falcione

May 3, 2005 — Town Meeting finished about half of its business in the first two of three expected days tonight by passing a Woodville Historic District with more than a 2/3 majority. Chair of the Hopkinton Historical District Commission Michaelyn Holmes (Photo) broke up the room with a reference to the late hour of the previous evening's meeting.

     "Mr. Moderator, you kept me up late last night," she said.

     Not missing a beat, Moderator Dr. Bruce Karlin said, "Don't tell Evelyn."

     The Commission's proponents identified specific pieces of property as they drew the line of the district to reach 350 feet from the road. The residents of the village of Woodville were out in force as the discussion was apparently in favor of the formation of the district.

      Even Jack Speranza, owner of Main Street Specialties who said, "I have the dubious distinction of having sued the Historic Commission one year ago," agreed that it would be a good thing "If done right."

      A money Article to fund another $1.7 million for a Senior Center passed against the recommendations of the Appropriations Committee, which offered a motion to dismiss the Article. The Chairman, Stuart Cowart said, "The committee is concerned with encumbrances," referring to a restriction that denies all uses but a senior center for the property.

      Cindy Chesmore of the Council on Aging said that the restriction was in there to protect the seniors against the town taking it away from them for a different purpose in the future.

     "I said, 'This is a dump.'" remarked Selectman Chairman Eric Sonnett recalling his first visit to the Senior Center in the basement of the Town Hall.

      Attorney Tom Nealon (Photo), speaking in a deliberate, measured, Kennedy-like cadence, gave a presentation in favor of the project, which ended with a plea to reject the motion to dismiss.

     Speaker after speaker took to the microphone and gave impassioned pleas preaching to a choir which had been ready to vote long before the last speaker left the microphone to give the floor to Lil Holden who asked to  "Move the question."

     The Fruit Street Development Committee and the Parks and Recreation Commission suffered a huge hit the last two evenings as their efforts to build fields at the Fruit Street property got shot down and a carrot, design plans for $180,000, was offered in place of the original Article which was to ask for $2.55 million for construction of the fields. Another Article, which also lost, had sought an additional $250,000 over a ten-year period.

      Al Rogers, Chairman of Parks and Recreation, was the most prolific speaker of the two evenings as this and related Articles were discussed for the majority of the time spent. He and other speakers offered analyses of field use, climate, and grass type to prove their points, which got this watered down Article passed for design plans only.

     Town Meeting will reconvene on Wednesday, May 4, 2005 at 7:00 pm.  

Police Chase:

Tuesday, May 3, 2005

3:19 am A West Main Street gas station reported a gas run off of $20.00.  The vehicle was a blue pickup truck with New Hampshire license plates.  Officer Aaron O’Neil had the vehicle heading towards Westborough then towards Upton, both Police Departments were notified...

Man Hitting cars:

Sunday, May 1, 2005

11:18 am Officers Thomas Griffin and Thomas Lemon responded to a report of a man hitting cars and yelling at passing vehicles on Grove Street...

3:32 am A caller from Wilson Street reported that were two youths passed out in his house.  He had thrown them out and they were intoxicated...

Read the full story: Police News now updated.

Arrangements complete for Tom Brown

Thomas J. Brown, 90, died May 3 at his home in Yarmouth, ME. He was the husband of Rosalie I. Baker-Brown. Born in Hopkinton, he was the son of the late George V. and Elizabeth (Gallagher) Brown. He was the last surviving child of well-known sportsman and president of Boston Garden-Arena Corp., George V. Brown. He was the brother of former Celtics owner and founder, Walter Brown. SEE ARRANGEMENTS

Come join in
The Marathon Post Party
to Celebrate the successful running of the
109th BAA Boston Marathon

Hosted by The Hopkinton Marathon Committee
Thursday, May 19, 2005
N.E. Laborer’s Training Center
37 East Street, Hopkinton
Tickets...$20.00 per person
Please make checks payable to: Jean’s Catering
Send to: Dottie Ferriter 5 Pinecrest Village, Hopkinton MA 01748

Contacts: Dottie: 508.435.0254 Judi Murphy: 508.958.7693 Anne Marcy: 508.435.0244
RSVP by May 15, 2005.

Writer was not heard 

Dear Editor,

If you were at Town Meeting last night, you are aware that during a debate on a question to build athletic fields, I expressed frustration that residents who had not been heard, were not being given the opportunity to speak at the microphone. READ FULL LETTER.

Hopkinton icon passes

Former President of the Boston Athletic Association

"No matter where the Marathon starts, it all started here with the Brown family."

~ Mary Pratt, Selectman


by Robert Falcione

May 3, 2005 — Hopkinton native Tom Brown, who stepped down from his three-year reign as President of the BAA (Boston Athletic Association) in 1985, passed away this morning at 90 years old. Mr. Brown had resisted commercialization of the then amateur race, which he was a junior member of in 1920 when his father was the athletic director of the organization. He was also the former Postmaster of Hopkinton. Photo courtesy of the Hopkinton Public Library.

    "He was responsible for much of the Marathon activity that makes Hopkinton what it is," said Dick Gooding, former Chairman of the Board of Selectmen.

    "He became the reluctant President of the BAA, and stabilized the organization," said Tim Kilduff, President of the Hopkinton Athletic Association who served on the BAA with Mr. Brown. "He was the consummate gentleman — he never held a grudge," he said.

      "I watched him play ball with St. John's after the war," said Aubrey Doyle, Sr. former Hopkinton High School Athletic Director. "Every town had baseball teams then. He was a really good ball player — and he was on the undefeated football team of 1931. He was a good guy," said Mr. Doyle. Photo courtesy Aubrey Doyle.

       Dot Ferriter, Chair of the Hopkinton Marathon Committee knew him well.

      "The town of Hopkinton has lost a true legend, Tom Brown who was the Hopkinton Postmaster for years and was President of the Boston Athletic Association.

     "He was a US Navy veteran and one of the Hopkinton Stone Throwers football team. He will always be remembered for his contributions to athletics. He loved the town of Hopkinton. His father started the Boston Marathon and his brother Walter Brown owned the Celtics and the Boston Bruins.

     "Tom's father brought Sonya Heini over from Europe to start the Ice Capades. When I spoke with Tom's wife Rosalie this morning she said Tom told her he wanted to go home to Hopkinton. He is the last of a legendary family born and raised in Hopkinton who have contributed to the community and in particular to the sports community," Ms. Ferriter said

      Long-time friend Paul Phipps was saddened by the loss.

     "He was a natural athlete. He played in the Cape Cod League as a left-handed batter. He was a good candidate for professional baseball, but didn't have the urge," he said.

     "He was in the Navy and when we passed through Pearl Harbor, we would rendezvous with Tom," Mr. Phipps said. "The Post Office is dedicated to him," he added.

     "Rosalie has been a gem for him," he said.
     "He was the best man at my wedding," said Selectman Mary Pratt. "He was Joe's best friend. He is the last of the Brown brothers. His brother Walter owned the Celtics and the Bruins," she said.

    "When there was no money, he took it out of his own pocket. They are legendary people who had vision," said Mrs. Pratt.

     "No ,matter where the Marathon starts, it all started here with the Brown family," she said.

     From our best information, the service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday at St. John's Church following calling hours to be announced. Funeral arrangements being handled by Callanan Funeral Home. A catered reception will follow in the Parish Center of St. John's Church.
     The Hopkinton Marathon Committee will honor Tom Brown at their Marathon Post Party on May 19th. Will will post the official arrangements when they are available.

Fruit Street athletic fields take a hit at Town Meeting

Appropriations Committee recommends against Fruit Street articles

by Robert Falcione

May 2, 2005 — Town Meeting ended with an attempt to reconsider a previous article that the voters had earlier defeated. Moderator Dr. Bruce Karlin was disinclined to act on such a motion and made that clear.

     Several Articles having to do with the development of the Fruit Street property, purchased by the town in 2002 and slated for a number of municipal purposes, were recommended for dismissal by the Appropriations Committee. Selectman Ron Clark, long a proponent of the site, and Parks and Recreation Chairman Al Rogers, made the arguments for passage of the Articles, as did several residents.

    However, the nays had it, the majority spoke against them, and the recommendation of the Appropriations Committee to dismiss Article 14 passed. The Article would have funded $250,000 over a ten year period from Community Preservation Act funds, which appear to be on hand, toward the purposes of Fruit Street development.

     As the evening grew long and the extended debate on Article 14 took its toll on people — many left — Article 15, with nearly identical language,  failed to dismiss. But being an appropriation, and this case $2.55 million, it would need a 2/3 majority to pass. The next step, due to the failure of dismissal, would have been to propose the Article as written.

     But Mr. Rogers, perhaps facing a total failure, offered an amended article for $180,000 for the design of the fields and asked that Article 15 be amended.

    John Coolidge, Chairman of the Community Preservation Commission, suggesting reconsidering the previous vote, which Dr. Karlin was loathe to do. Article 15 will be considered again tomorrow as the first order of business.

     The meeting was adjourned until immediately following Tuesday's Special Town Meeting.

Note: We will have a more in depth report from Andrea Eaton on Tuesday.

Donald J. MacDonald, 86, died Monday, May 2, 2005 at Blair House in Milford. Born in Inverness, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, he was the son of the late Daniel and Margaret (Glynn) MacDonald. SEE ARRANGEMENTS

Hopkinton 8-0 in Tri-Valley League


by Peter Marso

May 2, 2005 — The Hopkinton High School Baseball team remained unbeaten in the Tri-Valley League by knocking off previously unbeaten Ashland 11-1 in a game played for first place in Hopkinton on Monday. The Hillers got a strong 4-hitter from Andrew Tarca, who also belted a 3-run homer in the third inning.

The Hillers are on a roll and are going to be difficult to bring down as they are a perfect 8-0 in the league. The Hillers are playing great baseball and are looking to duplicate last year's feat and are in a great position for another chance at a Tri-Valley League crown. Dan Merzel made the play of the game when he got a fly ball and threw out a Clocker runner at first base. Adam Merzel pitched a scoreless inning for the winners. Hopkinton hosts Dover on Wednesday at 4:30 as the 2nd half starts up. Photo by Tim Wright © 2005

Hopkinton softball 1, Ashland 4

The Hopkinton girls softball team lost a tough 4-1 decision to the Ashland Clockers Monday before a good crowd in Hopkinton. The loss was tough as the girls could not quite get the big hit when needed. The Clockers are a senior team and the Hillers are a young team gaining great experience that will pay big dividends in the year to come. The Hillers are  playing great defense, but have had problems scoring runs. The game marks the end of the first half as the girls have showed promise with such a young team. the girls will host Dover on Wednesday at 4:30 in which should be a great show for the girls as they won their first game with Dover earlier in the year. ~Peter Marso

EMC and HP Agree to Settle all Outstanding Intellectual Property Litigation

EMC nets $325 Million from HP

Monday, May 2, 2005 - EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) and HP (NYSE: HPQ)(NASDAQ: HPQ) today announced that they have agreed to amicably dismiss all claims and counterclaims with no findings or admissions of liability in a settlement of a longstanding patent dispute involving patent infringement allegations between the two companies. HP and EMC have been in patent litigation against each other since 2001.

As part of this settlement agreement, HP will pay a net $325 million balancing payment to EMC, which can be satisfied through the purchase for resale or internal use of complementary EMC products, such as the VMware product line, over the next five years. EMC and HP also have signed a five-year patent cross-license agreement. ~ Contributed content.

Hopkinton Steps up!

May 2, 2005 — Hopkinton came out in force today, a day when most beauty and barber shops are closed. The Second Annual Cut-a-Thon to benefit breast cancer awareness netted over $400 at the Lovely Lady Salon (Above) and over $700 at Ann-Michele's Uptown Hair Design (Below) as both shops gave $10 haircuts with the proceeds donated. Ann-Michele's also raffled a gift basket and sold anti-cancer bracelets. 

Get the picture?

May 2, 2005 — The driver of his landscape truck was using both hands to eat a sandwich and yelled that he was waiting for someone who was getting a sandwich when he saw the camera. Yes, the sign does say reserved parking, but there is no picture of a sandwich on the sign, rather it is the international symbol for handicap. In addition, the driver apparently thought the driveway was his to block too. He moved after a few photos were taken.

     Yes, we got a photo of the entire truck, but at this time our policy dictates this type of presentation.