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Selectmen take no action on Whitehall Recreation change

Brian Morrison cites "...extensive liability issues" if town changes conservation restriction



by Robert Falcione

February 14, 2007 — By a 4-1 vote last night, Hopkinton Land Surveyor Jim Troupes got the majority of the Board of Selectmen to agree to endorse the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.

    Mr. Troupes talked about his time on Earth and said, "I've seen a lot of cloud formations, and the ones I see now are different." He likened the Earth's atmosphere as being the depth of a coat of varnish in comparison to the Earth’s size.

    Selectman Ron Clark, apparently prepared on the issue, objected that the Kyoto Protocol that the mayors were endorsing had the United States at reducing emissions to 7% below 1990 levels by 2012.

    "How many cars did the town have in 1991," he asked rhetorically. By Mr. Clark's estimate, the number of town-owned vehicles has more than tripled, making the target of 7% less than 17 years ago seem unreasonable.

    Mr. Clark claimed referred to a Wall Street Journal story that claimed that the cutting of forests in Indonesia to grow bio-diesel products is actually creating more pollution than if it weren’t done, because the cut timber is disposed of by burning.

    Selectmen Mike Shepard said he'd be proud if the Selectmen signed.

    Selectman Len Holden spoke in favor of endorsing the measure, a break from the practice of voting as a block with Mr. Clark on most issues for several years now. Mr. Holden is up for re-election this year, although he has yet to announce if he is running. Mr. Clark is also up for re-election, but he has said repeatedly that he is not running.

     Vice-Chair Mary Pratt told Mr. Troupes repeatedly how proud she was that he brought this issue up.

      Hopkinton Athletic Association President Timothy Kilduff (Photo) announced the 15th Anniversary of the Kenyan Marathon runners' Adopt-a-Marathoner program, which is sponsored by John Hancock, during which the elite Kenyan BAA Marathon runners receive an exalted welcome at Elmwood School and exchange cultural ideas with the students.

      The Selectmen agreed that on this special occasion they would name that day John Hancock Day. Mr. Kilduff recommended that the CEO's of John Hancock and its parent company co-host a community breakfast in recognition of their contributions to Elmwood School and the BAA Marathon. The room turned to laughter when, upon seeing a photographer become animated and photographing Mr. Kilduff from all sides, Mr. Clark said, "I see you've brought your own photographer."

      The Selectmen discussed Town Meeting Articles, two of which were brought up by Selectman Ron Clark. The first was to have the Whitehall property that Town Meeting purchased last May be changed from passive recreation to active recreation. He recommended that the Board invite the parks and Recreation in to discuss the issue and that he would defer to that conversation, saying that he and that department had the same idea.

      However, former Conservation Chairman Brian Morrison (Top photo, center), who is the only substantial private property owner who abuts the land under discussion, and on two sides, was allowed to speak over an objection by Mr. Clark that the discussion was not going forward until the later date.

      “People have been waiting all night to speak," said Chair Muriel Kramer.

      "There was a lengthy litigation with the Planning Board and we withdrew," Mr. Morrison said.

       After Builder Ron Nation was given a green light for the construction of 9 homes on the property under discussion, he filed suit saying that the approval was a de facto denial, because he had applied for 11 homes.

       Mr. Morrison also appealed the Decision of the Planning Board but withdrew the suit upon completion of the purchase of the land by the town. Mr. Morrison was also on the Committee that negotiated to purchase the land bordering his.   

       “I would advise the town there are some extensive liability issues.”

       “Who is ‘we’?” asked Mr. Clark.

       “That would be me as a private citizen,” said Mr. Morrison.

Hopkinton 64, Holliston 52

February 13, 2007 — Mark Sanborn reaches high for this rebound a the Athletic Center this evening as the hillers took on Holliston.

Anthony “Tony” Petracca, 72, of Upton, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Monday, February 12, 2007 after a long and courageous battle with Leukemia. Born in Milford, he was the son of the late Anthony and Marie (DeLuzio) Petracca. He was the husband of Nancy Petracca of Upton.

A resident of Upton for the past 34 years, he was a former resident of Hopkinton and Milford. He graduated Hopkinton High School in 1953, spent 2 years in the Army. He was a journeyman and master in plumbing and heating. He was an avid fisherman in both fresh and saltwater. ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE

Conversation with World War II Veterans


HopNews took the camera to Jack McInerney's WW II dialogue at the Senior Center with Hopkinton Veteran's of that war. Above is a short conversation.

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Happy Chinese New Year

February 13, 2007 — Colleen Ottomano hangs some Chinese firecrackers during HPTA Chinese Extracurricular Class in the Life Skills room today after regular classes. The Chinese New Year, the Year of the Pig, begins Sunday.








Senior Center Valentine's Day Dance


until Wednesday, February 15, 2007


Due to expected storm



     The MetroWest YMCA Hopkinton will be holding a Vacation Club for children in grades 1-6 during the February School Vacation Week, February 20-23.  The program runs from 8:30am to 6:00pm with the option of morning care starting at 7:00am.  Vacation Club Participants will take part in a variety of sports, games, challenge activities and crafts, along with a field trip.  
    Activities during the week will include floor hockey, dodge ball, sledding, swimming, snow forts, crazy crafts, and much more.  This is a week your child won't want to miss!  Those interested can register for individual days or for the week.  For more information or to register for this program, please contact Roberta Sinclair at 508-435-9345 or
rsinclair@metrowestymca.org.  The last day to register for this program is Thursday February 15th, so don't miss out!  (Please note there is no program on Monday February 19th in recognition of Presidents' Day.)

Throwing good money after bad

Dear Editor:


HopNews reported that last month’s Quarterly Meeting revealed that EarthTech managed to misquote the cost of the Fruit Street sewer plant by $3.2M, and increased their estimate by 70 percent to $7.8M. EarthTech did the same thing in Hudson last year, where they sold the town one number which they then doubled when it came time for construction.


"We don't use that company anymore," said Paul Blazar, Hudson's Executive Assistant (8/15/06 MW Daily News). I hope our new Board of Selectmen will be equally savvy about who they choose to keep contracts with from here on out.


A certain selectman, though, does not appear to be the guardian of town finances that he so often claims. The selectman who has taken every opportunity to question funding for any project or activity he does not like, is apparently willing to push ahead with EarthTech and ask the town to pony up more cash to, again, clean up the disaster of a project he is running. You know, the one that took three tries and thousands of dollars just to get the Single Environmental Impact Report into a barely acceptable state for MEPA? FULL LETTER

"Hopkinton Village Center" takes another step

February 13, 2007 — Scott Richardson, principal of Gorman Richardson Architects, who is also Chairman of the Downtown Revitalization Committee, brought conceptual plans his company designed, and reported by HopNews last Wednesday, to the Planning Board last night for the Board's introduction to the proposed Main Street building.

      Developer Ron Roux of Hallmark Homes gave the presentation for the proposed 42,000 gross square foot building that will be a mixed-use purpose, with retail on the first floor, offices on the second floor, and 9 or 10 residential condominiums on the third floor. The  basement will house a 30 space parking garage; there will be another 83 spaces outdoors on the surrounding lot.

      "A restaurant would change that," said Mr. Richardson, alluding to the need for more spaces for food service. Click on thumbnail for overhead view.

      Mr. Roux said that the current owners of the land, Charles Marsland and Peter Thalman, who conduct their business, Power Line Modeling, at the two buildings facing Main Street, 25 and 35, will continue to do so. Mr. Roux was unsure of the final structure of the ownership of the land that encompasses the two front buildings and the proposed one.

      Mr. Roux said that there is no frontage requirement in the business district in Hopkinton, but that the state requires 20 feet; so the frontage will be gotten by taking frontage from the two existing buildings.

      "We will have retail storefronts on both sides. We believe the market is for small storefronts," Mr. Roux explained, and said there could be up to 14 storefronts.

      "It will be a combination of brick and stucco to introduce a lot of variety, like something that's been added to over time," he said.


     "We are going to articulate the storefronts quite a bit, said Mr. Richardson, in answer to Board member Sandy Altamura's question about the relief on the facade.

       "On the roof will be a green area. In Boston if you look up, there are more trees on the roof than on the streets," Mr. Roux said.

       Mrs. Altamura also asked about an inner corridor for store access, but Mr. Roux and Mr. Richardson said that would not be part of the plan.

       "We didn't want to create a mall environment," said Mr. Roux, who said he envisioned a small boutique, women's clothes, men's clothes, a spa, and a fitness center as likely clients.

       "We are trying to do offsetting requirements," said Mr. Roux, explaining that a fine restaurant's clientele would use the space at a different time.

       "I don't think we can offset zoning," said Mrs. Altamura, alluding to the need for a certain number of parking spaces that would be necessary in total, regardless of the time of day.

       "What we have done is in zoning," said Mr. Roux,  who is a member of the Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC). "We want to make sure we meet the zoning."

        Board members suggested that Mr. Roux use the property he owns on Grove Street as an exit, but he said it faced Colella's exit and would not be feasible.

        Board member Claire Wright expressed reservations about the building being seen from the Historic District, and also lobbied for neighbors whose residential backyard borders the land.

         "Claire, it's zoned business," said Planning Board Vice-Chair, RJ Dourney, also a member of ZAC, countering the suggestion.

         "I know, but if there is green benefiting no one, perhaps it could be swapped," she said, pointing to a green area on the plan that could provide a shield for the residence.

         Chairman Mark Abate ended the presentation by saying, "Downtown Revitalization is all about the chicken and the egg. You got the chicken.


Article revised and corrected 2/13/07 10:08 am

First Congregational Church of Hopkinton to Donate

Over 5,000 Pounds of Goods to Local Charities


 February 12, 2007 – First Congregational Church of Hopkinton (FCCH) is embarking on a six-week project to collect and distribute over 5,000 pounds of goods and materials to food pantries and other ministries in Hopkinton and the Metrowest area. Each Sunday, from February 18 to March 25, volunteers will weigh, box and deliver the donations to the respective organizations within 36 hours.

      "We're hoping to bring in far more than 5,000 pounds,” comments Dr. Michael Laurence, Senior Pastor of FCCH. “We're motivated by the story of Jesus feeding 5,000 people with nothing more than two fish and five loaves of bread. Imagine what God can do through 600 people!"

       Each week, FCCH will support a different ministry. The specific needs of each organization will be posted on FCCH’s web site (www.fcch.org) and listed in the church bulletin, one week in advance.

       Donations from the community would be well received and will be accepted on Sundays only, from February 18 to March 25, between the hours of 8:30am and 12:30pm.

WANTED: Cancer Survivors

This Is For You!


The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life is being held in Hopkinton on May 18th, 2007 at 6:00 P.M. at the Hopkinton High School Track. We are seeking Survivors and their Caregivers to join in on the first lap of the Relay. Survivors will be honored and we will also recognize the significant role that loved ones, friends, and health care professionals play in the lives of cancer survivors. We acknowledge that they too feel the effects of the cancer experience in many similar ways and may also think of themselves as survivors. Then come inside for the Survivor & Caregiver Reception.  Celebrate the fact that cancer survivors in our own community are living life to the fullest! Please contact Connie Masucci by email at CLM919@aol.com, or Susan Thornton at sfeeneythornton@aol.com . Or call 508-435-8206, or 508-435-8568. See you there!

Police News UP-TO-DATE

Today, February 12, 2007


7:46 pm A walk in reported that it appeared that a vehicle was trying to get on the ice from the boat ramp on Wood Street...


9:06 pm A caller from A Street requested an officer after hearing a strange noise in her house.  Officer Gregg DeBoer and Matthew...


4:04 pm A caller from Lumber Street reported that she just witnessed a domestic assault and battery.  The male suspect fled the scene in a Jeep...


February 12, 2007 — Tina Nobilini prepares for her next customer at the Lovely Lady Salon at 22 Main street today, while Nancy Macmillan preps a customer behind her. The two women are hosting a Cut-A-Thon for the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition and the Silent Spring Institute, and donating all poroceeds.


February 12, 2007 — These Hopkinton High School friends paused for a pose at the High School foyer during the Valentine's Day Dance that netted between $4,000 - 5,000 for the Best Buddies program.

Recycle with the Lions


Wanted: Recyclable bottles and cans.      Date: February 24th.


     The Lions Club will be collecting recyclable bottles and cans at Colella’s Supermarket on Main Street between 9 am and 2 pm. The Lions will also be collecting outdated/unused cell phones for the Hopkinton Senior Center during their recycling hours. All proceeds are used to help others.

 It's the Law! *


Who can be Guilty of Perjury?

by Demian David Tebaldi, Esq.

Email your questions to: dtebaldi@tebaldiesq.com

February 12, 2007



Dear ITL: A man goes to court and testifies with the intent to mislead, but the jury disregarded the man’s testimony and did not take it into account for the jury verdict.  Is the man guilty of perjury? ~ E.T.


Dear E.T.: The short answer is “No.”  The long answer is “Yes,” with a “but…”  Let us have a look at the Massachusetts General Law that deals with perjury.  It is found in Chapter 268, Section 1, and is titled, appropriately enough, Perjury.  “Whoever, being lawfully required to depose the truth in a judicial proceeding … willfully swears or affirms falsely in a matter material to the issue or point in question … shall be guilty of perjury.”


At first glance, it would appear that simply lying under oath, or, as you put it, “testifying with the intent to mislead” the finder of fact on a material issue, is sufficient to establish guilt on the part of the defendant.   Until 2006, this was in fact the case, and a defendant could be jailed or fined (or both) for speaking falsely, even if he or she, under cross examination, recants the false statement or admits to having lied under oath. 


Editor's Note: Mr. Tebaldi is answering questions from real people. To be one of them, Email your questions to: dtebaldi@tebaldiesq.com

Brain Bee

Hope Hellberg (not pictured), Julie Sung and Allison Philbrook represented Hopkinton High School at the Central Mass Regional Brain Bee the weekend of February 4th at UMass Medical School. The Brain Bee consists of an hour long written exam followed by a live Q & A competition that tests the neuroscience knowledge of high school students. Allison was one of the top ten finalists and Julie won second place.

Warm Glow

February 11, 2007 — The setting sun cast a warm glow on this seagull, one of a large colony, over the Hopkinton Reservoir today.

New Exercise Class for Seniors in Milford


Now already in session, new Ageless Mobility classes are conducted Tuesday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 at the Body Shop Gym, located at 47 Sumner Street in Milford, MA.


Ageless Mobility is an easy-to-learn, follow-along, low-impact, instantly-effective movement program involving a scientific blend of dynamic mobility combined with simple flowing yoga. Ageless Mobility gives you pain-free quality of life, and the ability to move gracefully, effortlessly and play without the dreaded "day after pain." Ageless Mobility is a program from the Circular Strength Training® System, a scientific “3 winged” system of “prehab now so you don’t have to rehab later.”


This program is designed in a genetically-programmed sequence of lubricating each joint, one after another, until the entire body becomes fully flushed with nutrition. Once each joint is well oiled and ready to move, then soft, flowing yoga movements, easily learned, release the body of chains of tension. This specific process helps prevent daily aches and pains while helping abate the onset of shoulder bursitis, elbow tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck and lower back disc herniation, hip, knee and ankle strain. The simple breathing exercises manage stress at a biochemical level while increasing core strength and helping gastrointestinal health.  FULL DETAILS

PawSox the cat brought tears home



I just wanted to let you know that at 7:30pm last night, our missing 2 yr old male cat, PawSox, was outside our back door crying his head off to be let in the house!  The lights were out but there he was! We let him in, and he was not cold or wet; a little dirty and has lost about 5 pounds it looks like.  I guess he was not eaten by coyotes after all!  He either was trapped in someone's garage for a week while they were gone, or thanks to you, someone had taken him and realized that he belonged to someone and released him.  Either way, he knew the way home and we are grateful to have him home again!  My 2 nieces were in tears to have their pet home as they thought they would never see him again. FULL LETTER

February 11, 2008 — Kevin Young, Kelly Rodeck and Ayssa DiPietro were having a great time at last night's dance.

Charity Dance at

High School


February 10, 2006 — Freshman through Senior, the entire High School showed up for a charity to benefit Best Buddies International, a group that supports bringing Special Ed students and regular ed students together for events such as apple picking, Bruins games and Celtics games. Buddies with Special Needs are matched with peer Buddies for those events.

     Tonight's proceeds — between $4,000 - $5,000 — according to President of the Best Buddies Club, Jenny Chang, will benefit the Best Buddies International, which will organize a bicycle race ending in Hyannis Port with a party at the Kennedy compound. The cost to race is $1,700. Above, left, Megan Prall, President of the Leo Club and Jenny Chang, President of Best Buddies.    

Hopkinton 5, Dover-Sherborn 3

February 10, 2007 — Ben Lewis was on the other side of the camera tonight, above, as he knocks away another shot on goal, one of 37 made by the opposing team as Hopkinton skated to a 5-3 win.

Dearly Beloved...

February 10, 2007 — ESL Theater brought their act to the Nipmuc Rod and Gun Club tonight after a scheduling conflict with the Woodville Rod and Gun, their usual venue. Nonetheless, their Hopkinton fans filled the house for fun filled skits, like the irreverent one above with Paul Champlin as the Bishop, making good use of a plant hanger, with members of the choir to his left.

At theYMCA

February 10, 2007 — Ryan Kaufman, 13 months, and his Mom have a little playful fun during the Open House at the MetroWest YMCA in Hopkinton this morning.

Hiller girls trounce Norton 60-16

by Peter Marso

The Hiller Girls trounced the Lancers of Norton Friday night in a game that was just a TVL mismatch as the final was 60-16. Norton has had their troubles over the years but the Bliss ladies just could do no wrong as they played the whole bench during the fiasco. The Hillers are gearing up for this years state tourney as they will once again be well represented as they are a team made up of veterans and should play very well the rest of the year. The Hillers have a big game coming up with Bellingham and this should determine the runner-up spot in the league race.  Everybody contributed and everybody played which gives great experience to the program.

February 10, 2007 — Paul Allison takes a run around the Athletic Center during this morning's track meet at the High School.

One, two, three, four...

From left to right, Mr. Meehan, Mr. Gunduz, Mr. Kearney, and on drums Hopkinton HS grad Bryan Vanderpool (Performers ID'd by Discussion page reader - thanks!). These are the new lovable mop-tops of rock and roll, who performed at the Middle School Faculty Talent Show last night. Scroll down for video.

ESL Youth Talent Showcase 

February 9, 2007 — ESL Theater Workshop kicked off their Youth Showcase series this evening with Sinai Tabak, a 15 year-old from Milford. Enjoy talent? Give it a listen. VIDEO WILL BE AVAILABLE Shortly.

Hopkinton Middle School Faculty Talent Show 

February 9, 2007 — Check out the new Fab Four by watching the video of one of the songs shot at the Hopkinton Middle School this evening.

Scholarship Fund 53 years-old

Dear Hopkinton Residents:


For the 53rd year, the Hopkinton Scholarship Fund will be awarding scholarships to graduating high school seniors in Hopkinton.  The Scholarship Committee and Hopkinton Women’s Club are working together to prepare and review the scholarship application forms.  The scholarships are available to all Hopkinton graduating seniors who have completed and submitted their applications for review.   READ FULL LETTER



     The MetroWest YMCA Hopkinton will be holding a Vacation Club for children in grades 1-6 during the February School Vacation Week, February 20-23.  The program runs from 8:30am to 6:00pm with the option of morning care starting at 7:00am.  Vacation Club Participants will take part in a variety of sports, games, challenge activities and crafts, along with a field trip.  
    Activities during the week will include floor hockey, dodge ball, sledding, swimming, snow forts, crazy crafts, and much more.  This is a week your child won't want to miss!  Those interested can register for individual days or for the week.  For more information or to register for this program, please contact Roberta Sinclair at 508-435-9345 or
rsinclair@metrowestymca.org.  The last day to register for this program is Thursday February 15th, so don't miss out!  (Please note there is no program on Monday February 19th in recognition of Presidents' Day.)

Women's Club Fashion Show

Hopkinton Country Club

April 10, 2007, 7:00 pm

Lynn Evans for Potpourri Designs and Richard Francis Salons are once again joining The Hopkinton Women’s Club in hosting a Spring Fashion Show fundraiser with all proceeds donated to Friends of the Hopkinton Seniors Citizens in support of the new Senior Center.  The Spring Fashion Show will be held at the Hopkinton Country Club, Tuesday, April 10th, 2007 beginning at 7:00 p.m.  If you are interested in modeling or know someone who would like to model for the event, please call Jane Lockwood at 508-497-9388.  You can also send an email to hopkintonwc@verizon.net.  New this year, we are having a contest to choose the recipient of a hair/makeup/outfit makeover.  Please submit your entry of someone who you feel is deserving of a makeover to hopkintonwc@verizon.net by February 26th! File photo of 2006 Show.


February 9, 2007 — LifeFlight helicopter landed at Cornell's Field (Left)and  brought the male driver of this vehicle, a South Mill Street resident, to UMass at 11:55 pm after he was extricated from the vehicle that had wires on it from the pole that was snapped into three pieces from the impact (above). Public Safety officials had to wait for NStar to arrive to shut off the power to much of the Hayden Rowe Street area where the crash occurred before extricating the driver. The man was said to be in stable condition.



     According to the poll results, there were not many people opposed to the plans presented at the Downtown Revitalization Committee earlier in the week and presented on HopNews.

     Given the high number of participants, there are about 100 extra votes for the time period, likely in the yes column, as a result of someone voting 100 times, or from an email list of like-minded people who chimed in.

      Even it the extra votes were to be deducted, there are still twice as many people who said, "Bring it on."

Bad stretch

February 8, 2007 — One person was taken to the hospital by Hopkinton Ambulance after 7:00 pm this evening following a two-vehicle accident, between the car above and a van (Already moved away) in front of the Gulf Mart, a stretch of road that the Police Department has identified as one of the most dangerous in town.

Who signed the Fruit Street Appeal?

February 8, 2007 — On February 5, HopNews broke the story about an appeal of the Fruit Street WWTP (Link above). Readers have asked us to identify those who have signed the appeal, and we had a list on the same day, but it was not complete. The complete the list is below. Don't believe it?

 Click here to see the actual the signatures, directly from the Commonwealth.


David Goldman, 20 Fruit St

Nancy Goldman 20 Fruit St

Richard Sulfaro, 132 Fruit St

Sandy Sulfaro 132 Fruit St

Brian Sulfaro 132 Fruit St

Pauline Westcott, 134 Fruit St

Jack Westcott 134 Fruit St


Lynne Markinac, 151 Fruit St

Thomas Markinac 151 Fruit St

Richard Bushman, 165 Fruit St

Eleanor Bushman 165 Fruit St

Stephen Warren, 23 Parker Point Rd.

Kevin Kohrt, 35 Winter St.


Julia Linnell, 5 Reservoir Rd

Liisa Jackson, 8 Cross St

Jennifer Lund, 15 College St

James Schroeder 15 College St

Kathleen Whalen, 7 Cross St

Patrick Whalen 7 Cross St

Christopher Small, 5 Reservoir


John Craycroft, 9 Grindstone Ct. Westborough

Constance Craycroft  9 Grindstone Ct. Westborough

Paul Graham, 46 Piccadilly  Westborough

Susan Graham  46 Piccadilly  Westborough

Brian Morrison 22 Piazza Lane


Mary Krattenmaker, 32 Huckleberry  

Lea Frandina, 23 Huckleberry

Roseanne Andrew, 23 Huckleberry

Patricia Weiner 28 Huckleberry

Ann Randall, 24 Huckleberry

Carolyn Clements, 19 Huckleberry

Mark Rivard, 30 Huckleberry

Roxanna Van Wagenen, 31 Huckleberry

Jennifer Breslin, 41 Huckleberry

Youth Showcase

ESL Theater's First Youth Showcase Features Sinai Tabak

30 Main Street

Friday Feb. 9th Tickets $10


     This is a once-a-month series that features youth artists.  Our premiere performer is Sinai Tabak, classic and pop rock musician.
Sinai is a 15 year-old Sophomore in Milford High School. He has been playing the piano for eight years, and has since become a piano teacher, solo performer, experienced accompanist, and song writer. His first five years of piano were focused on classical music, but for the past three years, Sinai's attention has shifted to Classic Rock, particularly Elton John and Billy Joel. Although he continues to study classical technique, Sinai has mounted an impressive repertoire of hundreds of popular 70's hits.  He also writes his own music, and has taken a piano-teaching course from a professor at UNH.  ~ ESL

East Hopkinton Master Plan Presentations

Above, one of many slides form first presentation.

The Civic Engagement Committee in partnership with the Planning Board will be hosting three more public information and input sessions to further explore the East Hopkinton Master Planning Process.


These programs are designed for information sharing from Sasaki Associates as well as an opportunity to hear and share ideas from other stakeholders.  The two hour forum will consist of a power point presentation, an update of the project to date and a question and answer period.


The forums will be held:            Tuesday, February 20th from 7 – 9 PM upstairs at the Fire

                                                Station Conference Room.


                                                Thursday, March 8th from 7 – 9 PM at the Woodville

                                                Baptist Church.


                                                Thursday, March 15th from 7 – 9 PM downstairs at the

                                                Golden Pond Nursing Facility.


The forums are open to the public.  All residents of Hopkinton are encouraged to attend these valuable sessions.  To register or for more information please contact:  Elaine Lazarus, Town Planner @ 508-497-9755.


February 7, 2007 — Helen Deiana, left, and Eleanor Mae Thompson were featured at the Senior Center today upon their retirement from the Council on Aging. Each received a plaque from Cindy Chesmore.

Scout Roundup

Conquer hills, help turtles, and save your back

Recumbent bicycle a rare treat

by Elizabeth Eidlitz


February 7, 2007 — Though I’m not in the habit of stalking strange men, one Sunday  morning as I drove through Ashland’s quarry, a potential column rollercoastered past me. I turned the car around to follow a man in repose maneuvering a recumbent   bicycle.

 For years, the cyclist, self-employed Lee Cohen of Holliston, who  sells promotional items to major Boston area corporations  (www.lindonpromo.com), rode a 23-year old English Road Bike called a  Holdsworth for exercise and pleasure. But after major neck surgery in 2004, he could no longer ride it comfortably for any length of time.  He tried several modifications in order to ride in a more upright position, but these measures didn't help.

 “My wife," says Cohen, "who doesn't ride, but knows how much I enjoy  it, talked me in to splurging on a  $1000 recumbent, a lot for
a guy who was riding a 23-year old ‘antique’.

 “At Belmont Wheelworks, one of the only recumbent shops in the
Boston  area, though recumbents have been around since the 19th century, Dover resident and recumbent guru Scott Chamberlain, put me on one and gave  me a quick lesson on starting, the hardest adjustment “.

 Cohen fell in love with the recumbent for many reasons.” I can conquer the Metrowest hills that I thought would be such a challenge.  I see beautiful scenery and wildlife that you'd miss in a car.  I often save turtles trying to cross the street. You can even look up to the sky on a recumbent!

 “I love the fluidity of riding. You don't get the jarring sensation that goes with running, or the sore butt, saddle sores, stiff neck,  aching shoulders or numb hands that afflict the conventional bicycle rider.  You sit on a wide cushioned seat in far greater comfort,  toning and strengthening the abdomen, and there are none of the infertility risks, especially for younger riders. FULL STORY

Art lessons

February 7, 2007 — William Robinson, whose work is above, teaches an art class at the Hopkinton Senior Center every Tuesday from 9:30 am - noon. To learn more about the Senior Center happenings, choose the Senior News button above.

Not looking

February 7, 2007 — The male driver of the white Ford Contour was struck from behind by a woman in a van with a 5 year-old (In front of ambulance), as he stopped for a pedestrian crossing outside of the crosswalk. He was taken to the hospital by Hopkinton Ambulance for possible neck injuries. A person who spoke with the driver of the vehicle that hit him said that the driver admitted she wasn't paying attention.

MILFORD - Laura Frances Nardini, 14, of Milford, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007, at Children's Hospital in Boston after a courageous fight with a rare cardiac illness. She was the daughter of Eugene and Carol (McDonough) Nardini.

     A lifelong resident of Milford, Laura was a freshman at Milford High School and a Pop Warner cheerleader. Her passion was dance - studying ballet, tap and jazz with the Georgia Deane Studio of Mendon. She had been dancing since age 3 and participated in the Annual Greater Milford Ballet Association's production of the Nutcracker for the last six years. ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE.

From the Discussion Page:

Missing Cat is HOME    

     Our cat came home last night at 7:30. He just appeared at the door and started crying to come in. I don't know who was happier, him to see us, or us to see him. He has lost quite a few pounds but seems fine considering it has been 8 days since we have last seen him. If someone did take him in and cared for him we would like to say thank you.

    Thank you to Robert for posting our story on HopNews. And finally thank you to all who posted with your thoughts and prayers. They were greatly appreciated.

     I wish cats could talk, I bet he has a great story to tell. ~ Grateful Family

Bold new building proposed for Downtown

Photo of conceptual plan designed by Gorman-Richardson Architects shown to the DRC last night is a side view. The end view, which will be facing Main Street, is less than half of the width. (Camera has slightly distorted horizon and vertical lines)


February 7, 2007 — Developer Ron Roux, who is known for high-end, fine quality homes, brought a concept plan before the Downtown Revitalization Committee last night that involves high-end retail, along with office space and residential, all condo concepts, that will be located behind the two mansions Downtown at 25 and 35 Main Street in a currently under-utilized breadth of land.

      Mr. Roux painted a vision of rooftop gardens and an underground garage with retail shops on the ground floor that would serve the residents and office users as well as the community at large.

     "What we are trying to do with Downtown Hopkinton is create to create more of a gathering place. What built Downtown Hopkinton was the Industrial Revolution. This is a return to the village," Mr. Roux said. Mr. Roux has designed a new Downtown for Upton.

    Mr. Roux is on the agenda for the Planning Board next Monday to discuss his plans for the Downtown.

Below, conceptual overhead plan by Gorman-Richardson Architects. Main Street is on the right (Right angles are skewed by camera angle).

A New Bill's Pizza Proposed

February 7, 2007 — The Downtown Revitalization Committee also looked over a conceptual plan by Gorman-Richardson for Bill's Pizza that would involve demolition of the current building, and a new two-story building in the rear. This plan, as well as the Ron Roux plan are in the conceptual stage and will go before one or more Boards before approval.

Hopkinton 62, Medfield 56

Cassandra Rudden goes airborne for two last night during Hopkinton's win against Medfield as all eyes are on her.

Coach Bliss wins 300th

Above, Chuck Joseph announces 300th win by Coach Dick Bliss (Left, green sweater).

February 7, 2007 — Hopkinton Basketball Coach Dick Bliss won his historic 300th victory Tuesday night as the Hillers beat the Warriors of Medfield 62-56 in a game marked with history. The victory means a lot to the Hiller Basketball program especially to Peter Marso who has seen at least 200 Bliss victories. I have been the official timer the past 30 years and was hired by Dick Bliss (then A.D.) taking the job from the legendary Frank Moriarty.

     I remember quite a few Bliss victories. He turned a struggling program and making it into a State Champion twice. Dick coached both the boys and girls on way to his historic 300th win.

     The victory over Cohassett and Kevin Edwards ( double overtime) at Brockton sticks out big in this official timer's memory. 

     The first time we qualified for the states with a big overtime victory against Harwich at Plymouth. The girls' two dashes to the Mass state title and ending up playing at the Fleet Center. The number of times I stopped the game so Dick could present the ball to the newest member of the 1000th point club. All these memories were part of Dick's 300 victories and many more that would take forever to discuss. Its been a great journey for the man from Westboro who has had so much influence on the young people of Hopkinton.

     Congratulations to Dick a job well done. I will never forget all the games that contributed along the way to his historic membership to the 300 Club. Thanks Dick ! I loved all of them - Peter Marso

Selectmen Ruminate over Fruit Street Conservation Restriction

February 6, 2007 — The Selectmen held an untelevised meeting this evening to discuss the Conservation Restriction (CR) for the Fruit Street property. A Conservation Restriction limits the uses of a property designated as such.

      Also at the meeting were JT Gaucher, Director of Public Works, John Daniels of Earth Tech, Christa from Sudbury Valley Trust (SVT), who are one of the designees to hold the CR, and some members of the Open Space Preservation Commission. The other group proposed to hold the CR is HALT, a land conservation group based in Hopkinton. Selectman Ron Clark spoke in opposition to that group, led by David Goldman.

     "The name says it all," he said alluding to the apparent halt development that the acronym alludes to.

     "Mr. Goldman is one of the signers of the appeal," said Mr. Clark, referring to the appeal of the Fruit Street Waste Water Treatment Facility's ConCom approval (Read the six-page document here.). It was signed by 34 people, including 11 Fruit Street residents and 8 Huckleberry  Road residents.

     Also at the hearing was JT Gaucher, Director of Public Works, John Daniels of Earth Tech, Christa from Sudbury Valley Trust (SVT), who are one of the designees to hold the CR, and some members of the Open Space Preservation Commission.

     John Coolidge, Chairman of the OSPC, showed the gathering the printed motion to amend a 2006 Town Meeting Article that designated the Open Space Preservation Commission and the Selectmen as the grantors of all documents, and even designated them as the two entities that spend the money. Others in the room disputed that claim.

     One problem some members of the group had was that the Conservation Restriction, which limits uses for specified land, encompasses part of the land for the Water Department.

     "Someday, there may be a need for a Water Treatment Facility there," said DPW Advisory Committee member Eric Sonnett.

     Mr. Daniels of Earth Tech told Board Chair Muriel Kramer and the group that there were adequate restrictions from the DEP regarding the Water Department property, but some Water Department needs may not be allowed if a CR is placed on the property. Mr. Daniels explained that the CR was defined by another firm that did not identify the land scientifically, but that the surveying has been done and now the meets and bounds of the property have been properly identified. Currently, part if the WWTF is in the CR.

     Another issue of concern was that the amount of property identified, in the MEPA submission, 145 acres, was in error. According to Mr. Clark, it should have been 98 acres, but an error in passing information between engineering firms led to the discrepancy.

     Mr. Clark was not in favor of the OSPC having any control of the process.

     Mrs. Kramer said, "I find it ridiculous for people discussing open space to exclude the Open Space Committee."

     Mr. Clark answered, "People in the Open Space Committee have been adversarial [To the Fruit Street Development process]."

     Given some language changes and promises to correct figures at Town Meeting, Town Counsel Richard D'Angelis said he could have a Certificate of Title possibly by next week. Then the next step in the WWTF can move forward.

     "The CR is encroaching on the Treatment Plant," said Mr. Sonnett after the meeting, countering those who claim the WWTF is encroaching on the CR.

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