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Planning Board mulls Articles for Town Meeting

Agrees with Board of Appeals Chairman to discuss streamlined permitting

by Robert Falcione

February 27, 2007 — Last night the Planning Board held a Public Hearing regarding the Town Meeting Articles being considered for submission this year.

     Chairman of the Board of Appeals Thomas Garabedian appeared on behalf of his Board to discover the reasoning behind the Planning Board's proposal to take over some of the approval of permits for uses from the Board from Appeals. Mr. Garabedian and the Planning Board agreed to keep things as they are, but to meet to fast track the permitting process in fiscal year 2008.

    One Article separates the Downtown and the rest of the business-zoned properties to apply zoning for the unique purposes of each. For instance, the newly created regular Business District will require a 40' rear setback, but the Downtown District will be only 20' setback from adjacent business property, but 30' if a property is used for a residence.

    The Board spent a substantial amount of time on a paragraph that would change the way onsite parking is configured in both Districts. Currently, parking between the street and a building is not allowed, but the proposed change would allow it by Special Permit only.

     Town Planner Elaine Lazarus, in a memo to the Board, explained that the original purpose "...was to ensure the Downtown remained pedestrian-oriented as redevelopment occurred - there was a concern that over time it would become commercial strip development with parking lots lining Main Street. This is still a concern." Ms .Lazarus wrote that a Special Permit would give the Board flexibility to grant that change in the case of a deep lot.

     Some people argued that the change could turn Hopkinton Downtown into a less pedestrian friendly environment, as in Ashland on Route 135 near Brooks and CVS.

     Planning Board member Joe Markey, seeing the objections, said, "This could be something that derails the package [group of Planning Board Articles] at Town Meeting."

     "If we don't make it easier for developers, we'll have a vacant lot forever," said ZAC Chairman and Selectman candidate Brian Herr, referring to the vacant lot Downtown owned by John Burns.

     The Board left the question open for further discussion.

    A plan to increase building height on South Street presented by Scott Richardson met with opposition. Member Jaime Goncalves argued that increasing the office space available would tax the already stressed intersection and roadway. Member Scott Aghababian said he can already see the city on the hill, referring to massive EMC structures that form the western skyline from the Glen Road area. [Area above tree line in white are possible views of buildings from the Oakhurst Road area.]

     This writer, a Hopkinton resident, suggested that converting more zoning to retail on the South Street area would add to the commercial tax revenue and help relieve the residential property tax burden. A retail use is nearly mutually exclusive to office use, each occurring at different times of the day.  

     Mr. Richardson suggested that structures built under those new guidelines be offset down from the crest of the hill that lies between South Street and Hayward Street.

Police News UP-TO-DATE February 26, 2007

 

6:05 pm A caller reported that four males in their mid twenties failed to clean up after a large picnic...

 

2:09 pm A business manager of the school called and stated that he witnessed a man dumping building material at the Middle School dumpster...

 

3:46 am Sgt. Joseph E. Bennett and Officers William Burchard and Jacob Campbell responded along with the Ambulance and the Fire Department to a report of a motor vehicle roll over crash...

 

10:50 pm The Ashland Police Department reported that a stolen vehicle from their town was heading toward Hopkinton...

Town Notified of Weston Nurseries Purchase and Sale

Official Notification starts 120-day window

This article amended 3:52 p.m.

February 26, 2007 — The Town of Hopkinton has been officially notified  of the Purchase and Sale Agreement between Hopkinton Farms LLC, a company formed by Boulder Capital for this purpose — and members of the Mezitt family and Weston Nurseries — for the sale and conversion of use of 705 acres of land that has been taxed under Chapter 61A of the Massachusetts General Laws. This statute allows the a Town the right of first refusal to purchase property that has been afforded agricultural tax status, and grants the Town 120 days to match a bona fide offer that has been rendered in the form of a purchase and sale agreement. In this case, the Town has been notified of a conversion of use from agricultural to non-agricultural, language that also triggers the statute.

      This should give the Town 120 days to respond to match the offer of $23,680,381" pursuant to a stock sale" or around  $30,353,057 "through the receipt of a quickclaim deed."

      The Selectmen have placed a Warrant for the Town  Meeting in May for the purchase of this land, something that was intended as a placeholder while the issue continues to be debated among interested parties.

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Hopkinton - Richard Gorham Nickerson “Nick”, 79, of Bellingham and formerly of Hopkinton died Sunday, February 25, 2007 at Sunbridge Care and Rehabilitation in Milford. Born in Harwich, MA., he was the son of the late Ephrim Gorham and Elizabeth (Wardell) Nickerson and husband to Barbara Nickerson
     A veteran of the army, he was a former resident of Hopkinton and a resident of Bellingham for the past few years. He had retired from the Borden Chemical Company in 1986 after a long and fruitful career in polymer chemistry. ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE

Jean Gough to Perform at ESL Coffeehouse March 3

 February  26, 2007 —  Jean Gough will showcase her talent as a versatile and knowledgeable singer who easily transitions between classical and jazz idioms at the Enter Stage Left Coffeehouse on March 3.  She will be accompanied by Hopkinton-resident Tom Phelan on vibes and Mike Caruso on bass.  The show will be held at 8:00 p.m. at ESL’s intimate studio setting at 30 Main Street in Hopkinton.  Tickets are $15.00 per person.  For more information call 508-435-2114 or visit www.enterstagelefttheater.com.

CANCELLATION!!

SPEAC Community Fun Event and Coffee in March Cancelled  

 

HOPKINTON, MASS. (February 26, 2007) –  Hopkinton’s Special Education Advisory Council (SPEAC) regrets to announce that due to scheduling conflicts, the Collaborative Community Fun Event originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 20, and the Coffee for March 22 have been cancelled.   The next SPEAC event will be the Opportunity Fair on April 2 at the Ashland High School

State Police Take a Punch for the Melha Shriners 

 

The Massachusetts State Police will be hosting a charity boxing exhibition of Friday March 30, 2007, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Sturbridge Host Hotel, 366 Main Street (Route 20) Sturbridge, MA. All proceeds for the event will benefit the Melha Shriners Temple in Springfield, MA. Tickets are $15.00 general admission, $25.00 ringside and children under 12 are free. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

 

Expected participants include representatives from the Massachusetts State Police, the Bermuda Police Department and The Denver Police Department.

Discoloration in Water?

The Water Department worked all day Sunday repairing a water main break on Cedar Street.  Residents and business in the down town area may notice some discoloration in the water.  Please check your water before using it.  If you do experience some color in the water, please let run to clear your pipe. Eric J. Carty, Water-Sewer Manager, Hopkinton DPW, 85 Wood St. PO BOX 171 Hopkinton, MA 01748 508-497-9765 P 508-497-9767 F

New ArrestsUpdated today, Monday, February 26, 2007

State Police Cruiser Struck in Hopkinton

February 25, 2007 — A State Police cruiser sits atop a flatbed tow truck after reportedly being struck by an other vehicle on Route 495 North in Hopkinton while on a traffic stop late this evening. A thick coating of sand can be seen on the northbound ramp, which one Trooper described as icy. The ramp was closed while the State Police reconstruction team assessed the cause of the accident. No injuries were reported.

The Hills are Alive

February 25, 2007 — A thrilled Maddey Strickland, 4, was one of dozens of people, young and old, sliding down the hills at the Hopkinton Reservoir today.

HPTA 24th ANNUAL SILENT AUCTION

 Silent Auction • Live Auction • Raffles

$1.7 million so far, and still counting

 

      On Saturday, March 24, 2007, the HPTA will host its 24th Annual Silent Auction (File photo).  The event will be held at Glen Ellen Country Club in Millis, and the doors open at 7:00 p.m.  There will also be both a silent and a live auction, as well as dozens of raffles.  This year’s theme is ‘One COMMON Goal...Quality Education’, and the HPTA is proud to be working with many other community groups to present HUNDREDS of items for bidding.  Just as the town joins together each year to celebrate the Marathon, so many town groups have joined with the HPTA to support our common goal of a quality education for all of our children.  The HPTA originated this Silent Auction almost 25 years ago, and continues to rely on it as its major fundraiser.  Please come and help support our schools.

     This year’s Silent Auction team has solicited a dazzling array of fabulous items up for bid. The Committee, chaired by Shari Murphy and supported by a group of dedicated volunteers, has been very busy ensuring that the Auction will be another rewarding experience for patrons.  Items include:  weekend getaways to Vermont, New Hampshire, and the Cape; tickets to sports games; dinner prepared by a personal chef; golf outings, ski tickets; sports memorabilia; i-pods; electronics; jewelry; wine; and much more.  The annual favorite Children’s Gallery raffle baskets are back again featuring a wide array of themes – science; backyard fun; arts and crafts; beach; reading; game night; and many more.  Other raffles include a quilt signed by the entire first grade; a t-shirt quilt made from official Marathon t-shirts donated by the HAA; Police Chief, Fire Chief, or Principal for a day; and the Ice Cream Stroll with your favorite kindergarten teacher.  COMPLETE STORY

Richard G. Nickerson, 79

Richard G. Nickerson, 79, of Bellingham and formerly of Hopkinton, died Sunday - February 25, 2007 at Sunbridge Care of Milford. He was the husband of Barbara Harper-Nickerson of Bellingham. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are under the direction of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

New ArrestsUpdated today, Sunday, February 25, 2007

Above, Officer Gregg DeBoer, left and Detective Scott Van Raalten at a traffic stop on Route 495 Saturday evening.

The Macmillans at ESL Coffee House 

February 24, 2007 — Hopkinton natives The Macmillans, Dan, Fenwick, and his wife Ursula perform above in Part I of their gig at ESL Coffee house this evening, after a quick interview with David Sheehan.

Tri-Valley League 2007 All Star Game

February 24, 2007 — Junior Nicole Driscoll sets up to pass to center during tonight's all-star game. Hopkinton, Bellingham, Dover-Sherborn, Holliston, and Medfield played under Coach Mark Nickerson.

State Police Activate the AMBER Alert System for a Successful Recovery of an

Endangered Child in Winchester

 

On the evening of Friday, February 23, 2007, the Massachusetts State Police received information from the Winchester Police Department regarding a missing child.  The initial information from the Winchester Police indicated that a 17 month-old male child from Winchester was late in being returned to his parents while in the custody of 36 year-old baby-sitter Jody Asaro of Winchester.  The initial report was made to the Winchester Police Department at approximately 7:00 p.m. by the child's parents, Emily and James Thomas.

 

The Winchester Police launched an immediate investigation notifying their patrols of the incident and put out a description of Asaro and the vehicle she was believed to be driving.  They also notified area city and town police departments as well as the State Police.  Through their investigation, Winchester Police received additional information; however significant time had passed with no communication from Jody Asaro or indication of her location.  The State Police were then contacted regarding a possible activation of the AMBER Alert System.

 

Trooper Nicole Morrell, the State Police AMBER Alert Coordinator, and other officers designated to investigate AMBER Alert requests responded immediately.  After a complete briefing of all facets of the investigation it was determined that the threshold criteria for an AMBER Alert Activation was present.  At approximately 11:20 p.m. the AMBER Alert System was activated and all media outlets were notified.

In addition to the activation of the AMBER Alert System, the Winchester Police Department continued to update area police departments as well as the State Police on the situation.  The State Police moved several patrols into the area to assist in locating the missing child and his caretaker.

Trooper Steven Buccheri of the Medford State Police barracks had been the evening shift desk officer.  He had spoken with the mother, Emily Thomas several times during the evening and assured her that the police were aware of the situation and were actively looking for her child.  At the end of his shift, Trooper Buccheri was proceeding home when he heard cruisers being dispatched to the Stoneham-Winchester area because of recently developed information that Jody Asaro may be in that area.  He immediately changed direction and returned several miles to the area to assist in the search.  At approximately 11:45, while traveling on the Lynn Fells Parkway, Trooper Buccheri observed Jody Asaro's vehicle pass him traveling in the opposite direction. Trooper Buccheri made a u-turn, requested backup activating his blue lights in an effort to stop the vehicle.  The operator immediately pulled her vehicle to the side of the road and stopped.  Trooper Bucche ri approached the vehicle and had conversation with the operator who was identified herself as Jody Asaro.  Also located in the vehicle were the missing 17 month-old male child and a second child, who was identified as Jody Asaro's 18 month-old son.

 

Asaro was transported to the Winchester Police Department for questioning.  As a cautionary measure, the two children were transported by ambulance to the Winchester Hospital for a medical evaluation.

 

The investigation by the Winchester Police Department is ongoing at this time.  In addition to the Winchester Police and the State Police, the Boston Office of the FBI also provided important assistance with this investigation.

Dinnertime

February 24, 2007 — This resident of Lakeshore Drive enjoys a bite of an acorn, as it does every day, all day.

Woodville Rod and Gun Club Derby

Above from left, Mike Garvey, Bob Telley, Scot Charette, Devin Howard, Bev Goos, John Dunbar.

February 24, 2007 — These folks had all the right gear for snagging a big one at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club Ice Fishing Derby today. However, no one had any fish to show the photographer at this time (11:30 a.m.).

After the party

February 24, 2007 — Jeannette Potter and Joe Marquedant appear to be loading up for a party, but are actually loading the truck to the left with empty bottles and cans at the Lions Club bottle and can drive in an area donated by Colella's in their parking lot.

Hopkinton Garden Club presents

 

Wild Edible Plants

a program by

 

John Root

March 27, 6:30 pm

First Congregational Church in Hopkinton

 

The Hopkinton Garden Club presents John Root and his program on Wild Edible Plants.  Public Invited.  Please RSVP 508-435-5500.

Feeding With 5000

 

Week 1: 2,303 lbs of goods were collected on Sunday, Feb 18 for Walking in Light Ministry!

 

     Beginning Sunday, February 18 through Sunday, March 25, goods and materials will be collected for food pantries and other ministries in Hopkinton and the Metrowest area. The community is welcome to join with First Congregational Church in bringing food and other items in to the church on Sunday mornings 8 am - 10:45 am. A different organization will be focused on each week, with specific items requested to meet their needs.  Volunteers will weigh, box and deliver the donations to the respective organizations within 36 hours.

     The collection for Sunday, February 25 will go to the Hopkinton Food Pantry. Suggested needed items are: household cleaning products such as laundry detergent, dish soap, glass & counter cleaners, toilet cleaners and feminine products; paper products such as paper towels, plates and cups; and non-perishable food items.

Democratization of entertainment

 

     Above is Terra Naomi, a 19 year-old New Yorker transplanted to LA, who is a great example of the democratization of entertainment. She has had over 1.2 million views of her video above on YouTube, the 2 year-old phenomenon that was purchased by Goggle for $1.65 billion last year. She plays her original composition on guitar and sings like an angel, apparently sitting on front of her computer, perhaps at home, in this new and exciting exhibition of creative talent.

     Got talent? Want to share it first with HopNews readers, and then the world? Email your idea or plan to Editor@HopNews.com .

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In the News

 

Mirror Image

February 23, 2007 — Maria Gross shares this photo of a young wild turkey perhaps admiring herself in the reflection of a neighbor's storm door.

David Edson takes out papers for Board of Health

 

    Incumbent Board of Health member Republican David Edson is the most recent person to take out nomination papers for public office.

     Mr. Edson is the only person to have taken out papers for the single three-year term on the Board of Health.

     To see other open positions, who's running, and the election calendar, Click Here.

 Positively Hopkinton

Hopkinton resident receives Doctorate

 

      Hopkinton resident and father of three, Matthew DeWaele, has recently completed a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Simmons College in Boston.

      Dr. DeWaele, the former owner of Waltham Physical Therapy Associates, has been in the business of physical therapy for 30 years.  

      In addition to being the Director of Business Development for Rehab/Orthopedics for AmeriCare, Dr. DeWaele is also currently involved in clinical outcomes research with area health systems.

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Photo From Away

February 23, 2007 — Loyal reader Andre Griben sends a photo from his family's trip to the Grand Canyon. "Just sharing the western winter with you," he writes.

Turkey trot? Fox Trot?

February 23, 2007 There is a fox with glowing eyes barely visible in the inset, arrow pointing to it, reflecting the camera flash very brightly, like a Star Wars creature, in front of the Town Hall driveway last night. The turkey was causing a commotion with passing traffic on Hayden Rowe Street on the day before.

1 million visits due in about less than three weeks.

     The HopNews site meter is moving toward 1 million visits. Not to beat a dead horse because we've said this before, but we surpassed the actual 1 million visits some time ago. The Site Meter, from a third-party vendor, dropped an entire week of visits in November due to a glitch, and only records about 80% of the actual visits anyway.

    Nonetheless,  last year we asked people to guess when the meter would reach the 1 million mark, and that the winner would receive a check for $500.00.

    The meter has less than 30,000 visits to go to 1 million, and when it does, the person who guessed closest will win the prize.    

     Thanks for reading.

Ice Fishing Derby Tomorrow, February 24

 

The Woodville Rod and Gun Club will be holding it's second Ice Fishing Derby of the season Saturday February 24th.

The derby will be held on Lake Whitehall from 7:00 am until 1:00 pm. Breakfast will be served from 6:00 am until 9:00 am. More details and an entry form are available at www.woodvillerodandgun.com

Thinking of reaching up to over 2,400 HopNews visitors per day? Save money and call before Monday's rate change. 435-5534

 

TAX SEASON TIME TO SUPPORT TROOPS & MILITARY FAMILIES

February 22, 2007 — As Massachusetts Reservists and National Guardsmen/women are called to active duty, often their families are left with many financial hardships.  Last year marked the debut of the Massachusetts Military Family Relief Fund check-off which was established to provide needs-based assistance to families who are experiencing economic adversity due to activation or extended military commitment. 

     As sponsors of the legislation to create this tax check-off, Senator Pam Resor and Senator Karen Spilka (File photo) were pleased to  have seen this legislation passed with the omnibus “Welcome Home Bill.”  This will be the second year that the fund will have a voluntary donation check-off box on the annual Massachusetts Resident Income Tax Forms. 

“With the approaching tax filing date, it is important for taxpayers to be aware that you can donate directly to the Massachusetts Military Family Relief Fund on the 2006 Mass. Income Tax forms,” said Senator Resor. “By using the tax check-off box, taxpayers can easily donate to this fund and know that the money will be used to directly help military families in need here in the Commonwealth.”

     "This is such a great way for the people of Massachusetts to directly support our troops," states Sen. Spilka. "I hope this fund will continue to grow as more and more people become aware that it exists." ENTIRE STORY

Hopkinton Special Olympics vs. Hopkinton Police Department

March 11 at Hopkinton Middle School from 1-4pm

Green vs Blue Basketball Game

 

     For the first time ever, two great teams from the same town, meet in the center of the court at Hopkinton Middle School.  This will truly be basketball action at it's greatest!   Mark your calendars, tell your family and come to one of the most priceless events you've been to in a long time. 

      There will be a Pizza Party immediately following the game in the HMS cafeteria. Pizza will be provided by the Hopkinton Police Department. Salads/side dishes will be provided by the Hopkinton Pride Team. Desserts will be provided by the Hopkinton Spirit Team

      Please RSVP at hopkintonspecialolympics@gmail.com  so we can order enough food. Volunteers are also needed for set-up and break down.  Thank you!

Woodville Rod & Gun Club will be hosting a benefit in

Memory of Laura Nardini

Saturday, March 24, 2007 •  4:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Roast Beef Dinner (5:00-8:00) $25.00 Donation
Tickets on sale at Woodville Rod & Gun Club, 252 Wood St., Hopkinton, MA
508-435-4148 for more details

 

Gene Nardini has been a long time member of the Woodville Rod & Gun and the members are sponsoring a dinner for Gene and his family. On November 21, Laura Nardini, 14, was taken to Children's Hospital for what turned out to be a cardiac issue. Laura was put on a heart and lung machine to give her heart a rest and to give them time to diagnose what was going on. A biopsy revealed what they suspected-- that a virus had attacked her heart, and while they had seen things like this before, they had never seen anything so aggressive. Laura lost her courageous fight on Saturday, February 3.

      There will be entertainment, raffles, and more. All proceeds from this benefit will be donated to the Nardini Family Fund.
         Gift Certificates or any items that we could use for the raffle would be greatly appreciated. Please make checks payable to: Nardini Family Fund. Your support is greatly appreciated at this time of need.

Reader questions Duval Patrick's motives

 

Editor:

 

One of Duval Patrick's aids stated to the Boston Herald on Feb. 22, 2006 that he can only recall Diane Patrick at two of the events that Duval was present this year, one to promote early education initiatives in the State House and a second to appear at a reading event for children in Springfield.

 

Do you think this a busy enough schedule to have a $72K per year Chief of Staff for his wife's scheduling?  Everyone has schedules to keep without needing a Chief of staff to keep schedules for them.  ENTIRE LETTER

 Article from School Committee

 

Revenue - (Expenses + Growth) = Structural Deficit

2.5% Yearly increase not enough

 

by Hopkinton School Committee

 

February 22, 2007 — “Built-in structural deficit” is how one person described both the school and the town budgets.  It’s an apt turn of phrase.  It means that the revenue side of the town budget, which consists of a 2.5% annual increase in tax revenue plus new growth and increased state aid, will never be enough when compared to the expense side, which is comprised of annual inflation and cost of living increases.

 

Regarding revenues, the Appropriation Committee, in an article published last year stated that “Under the most optimistic scenario, we can hope for perhaps 3.5 - 4 percent “natural” growth in revenues each year.”  As for expenses, while inflation in the overall economy remains low, increases in the components that impact town government the most (salaries, benefits – particularly health insurance premiums – and energy) are high.  The net shortfall in revenues versus expenses is running in the $1.5 – 2 million range each year.  This equates to 3-4% annually.  Last year’s series of articles written by the Appropriation Committee provide considerable background and detail pertaining to this situation.

 

The bottom line is that the structure of the municipal financial system in Massachusetts creates a situation where, as a town and a school system, we can never afford to keep what we had last year unless extraordinary events occur.

 

Over the past several years, several extraordinary events did occur that yielded much larger revenue increases than would normally take place.  These include major expansion of EMC Corporation on South Street resulting in a windfall of building permit fees and higher property taxes, passage of a state law allowing municipalities to collect real estate taxes on new construction up to 18 months earlier than before, financing for the new high school construction project that produced significant investment income on borrowing, and favorable changes in state aid formulas.  Even with these one-time events, we have had Proposition 2 ½ tax overrides of $900,000 in 2003, $600,000 in 2005, and $1,933,119 in 2006 in order to provide the levels of services that the community desires. ENTIRE ARTICLE

Conversations with WW II Veterans Part 2 

February 21, 2007 — Today's feature veteran is John Cahill, who says he never left Hopkinton until he went to serve his country.

This video uploaded at 8:50 pm. May take a while to process and become available. In the meantime, see new discussion page.

State Police Investigate Fatal Crash on Route 195 West in Rehoboth- Seek Possible Eye-witness

 

February 21, 2007 — Today, at approximately 8:15a.m, troopers assigned to the State Police barracks in North Dartmouth responded to a single vehicle crash on Route 195 west, in the vicinity of the Mason Street overpass in Rehoboth that resulted in one fatality.  

 

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Timothy Hunt indicates the 2006 Honda sedan was traveling on Route 195 west in the left lane when it went out of control, veered onto the median, and hit two trees.  The operator, 37-year old Gina M. Almeida of Fall River, MA was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was wearing her safety-belt at the time.

 

It is possible another vehicle may have been involved in this crash. The State Police are looking for information regarding this vehicle. Anyone with information which may assist in the investigation should call the North Dartmouth barracks at 508-993-8373.

 

The two left lanes were closed from 8:15 until 11:55 a.m. during the investigation and recovery of the vehicle.

 

This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Detective Unit in Bristol County, State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. Massachusetts Highway Department, Rehoboth Fire Department and Swansea Fire Department also assisted troopers at the scene.

THE MACMILLAN'S with Special Guest, NIK CHISHOLM
This Saturday, February 24th at 6:00 & 8:00PM
Enter Stage Left Theater Workshop, Inc.
30 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA

     The Macmillans and special guest, Nik Chisholm, return to Hopkinton for 2 performances of their original acoustic music at ESL theater's Saturday Night Coffeehouse Series.
     Please call the ESL box office @ 508-435-2114 for seating availability as both shows are expected to sell out.

Crazy Hair Day at Library

February 21, 2007 — Rebecca Wood, 5 1/2, gets a little welcome help form her mom while making a hand puppet at the Hopkinton Public Library today.

Teddy Bear Picnic

February 21, 2007 —  Ben Faneuff tries hard to stay within the lines coloring today at the Teddy Bear Picnic at the First Congregational Church of Hopkinton while dozens of moms and kids stay active in the background.

Moving Day

February 21, 2007 — Tina Tedstone watches as half of her home gets backed into its Pleasant Street site today. Tomorrow, her husband Brendan's brother, Luke and Luke's wife Jennifer will have their home deliver onto the same site.

State Police Dive Team Recovers 2nd Crewmember from Sunken Vessel in Nantucket Sound 

 

February 21, 2007 — Today, at approximately 7:45 a.m., members of the State Police Underwater Recovery Unit recovered another crewmember from the sunken New Bedford fishing vessel (Lady of Grace).

 

Today at approximately 5:00 a.m., 3 members of the Massachusetts State Police Marine Unit, 6 members of the Massachusetts State Police Dive Team, and 1 commercial diver departed from the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Woods Hole. Recovery efforts began at approximately 7:00 a.m., using surface air divers and S.C.U.B.A. divers off a 65’ commercial work vessel (The Andy Lynn). At approximately 7:45 a.m. one crewmember was located in one of the bunkrooms of the sunken vessel that was located in approximately 50 feet of water and approximately 12 miles off shore in the Nantucket Sound. That crewmember was recovered from the vessel, returned to the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Woods Hole on a Massachusetts State Police patrol vessel and will be transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Boston. The identity of the located crewmember has not been determined at this time.

 

This recovery effort was able to search 95% of the sunken vessel. The only area that divers did not search was the vessel’s engine room, due to a hazardous debris field that presented an unmanageable level of danger to the divers. Although two crewmembers are still unaccounted for, no future recovery operations are expected because of the unmanageable risk to divers.

East Hopkinton Master Plan

February 20, 2007 — Planning Board members Joe Markey, foreground, and Jaime Goncalves, left, brought a reworked presentation of the East Hopkinton Master Plan by Sasaki Associates to a gathering of interested residents. See the entire PowerPoint presentation here.

Checked out Town Talk (Hopkinton Discussion Page) lately?

Here's a sample from "The Show"

Re: Just a thought re: Police News

 

From: The Show
Date: 19 Feb 2007
Time: 07:09:23 -0700
Remote Name: 63.118.29.3

 

The Hopkinton PD does a great job watching the roads. I'm not much of a drinker, but know that I'd never hit the road with a few in me. They have a rep of being a hard town to not get caught in. Tom Irvin and his boys are doing a great service out there and should be put in the back of your mind when you hit a few of the local watering holes. Chr*st, I myself got pulled over WALKING home from the Dynasty last year, but I was so slick, Rockin' Bob was too late to get me on film. Even with the fuzzed out face, there are VERY FEW people in the Metrowest area that would not have been able to identify me. To the Hopkinton Marines, the 40 year old carpenter, The knitter, the miserable bartender and the woman allergic to air, I hope you are all happy that I took a shot at myself on this one. I didn't throw anyone under the bus this week-----YET. Let the responses come at your own risk.....

Geri Holland & Sue Pelletier

Works on Exhibit

The Cultural Arts Alliance

98 Hayden Rowe Street • Hopkinton

February 28 - March 23, 2007

Opening Reception - February 28 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Hopkinton 37, Franklin 42

February 20, 2007 — Brooke Anderson watches as her shot goes into the basket. Hopkinton girls took an early lead as the scoreboard shows, but bowed to Franklin at tonight's invitational tournament.

ESL Hosts The Three Little Pigs and Other Stories Puppet Shows March 6

February 20, 2007 – Enter Stage Left Theater Workshop Inc. is pleased to announce the return of Deborah Costine and the Gerwick Puppets at two performances of the puppet show The Three Little Pigs and Other Stories on Tuesday, March 6.  The first performance will be held at 10:00 a.m. and the second at 1:30 p.m.  Both performances are geared to preschool and kindergarten children and will be held at the ESL studio at 30 Main Street in Hopkinton.  Admission to each is $3 per person, $10 maximum per family. 

 

The puppet shows feature hand puppets and a whimsical stage that looks like a castle.  Deborah Costine of the popular Gerwick Puppets presented Cinderella, a Woodland Fairy Princess at ESL in November.  She has performed professionally throughout New England since 1975 at popular venues such as the Peabody Essex Museum, the Mark Twain Museum, and Boston First Night.  She also performs monthly at the Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline, and at numerous schools and libraries.

 

“Deborah Costine thrilled our young and adult audiences in November and we are delighted to have her return, “said Kelly Grill, a co-founder of ESL.   “She brings a rich imagination and artistry to her performances that charm and enchant everyone in attendance.”    For more information call 508-435-2114.

Lions Club Scholarships

 

     Hopkinton Lions Club scholarship applications for Hopkinton students graduating in 2007, are now available at school guidance offices. Five $1,000 grants are given annually. Four scholarships are awarded to Hopkinton High School senior class members and one to a Hopkinton resident graduating from Keefe Tech in Framingham. Award recipients will be selected based on financial need, commitment to community service, or intention to pursue a service-related profession. Application deadline is April 4, 2007.

EMC Opens Russian Software Development Center

 

St. Petersburg Facility Part of a Planned $100 Million Russian Investment; EMC Expected to More than Double Russia Employee-Base by End of 2007

 

February 20, 2007 — EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today unveiled plans to build a state-of-the-art software development center in St. Petersburg, Russia. EMC also announced plans to invest $100 million in Russia over the next four years, underscoring EMC's deepened commitment to the rapidly growing Russian marketplace.

    Sanjay Mirchandani, Senior Vice President, Emerging Markets & International Development for EMC, said, "Russia is an important and rapidly growing market for EMC as businesses and government organizations here aggressively invest in new and innovative uses of information infrastructure technology. The country also has some of the world's most talented software engineers and mathematicians, and we look forward to attracting these individuals to EMC and incorporating their contributions into cutting-edge products being deployed by our customers around the world." ~ EMC Press Release

David Stoldt throws hat into ring for Selectman

"Some people are underrepresented"

February 20, 2007 — Longtime School Committee member and former Chairman, Democrat David Stoldt, serving his seventh year in that capacity, has taken out papers for one of two open positions on the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen for the Annual Town Election on May 21.

      Mr. Stoldt follows Republican Brian Herr, becoming the second person to take out papers for one of the two open positions. Republicans Ron Clark and Len Holden have each chosen not to run this year, after serving for this the seventh year.     

     "I love Hopkinton, and I want what is best for the greater good," Mr. Stoldt said in a telephone interview today, adding that he felt there are two good candidates in the race, "And that's a good thing."

      Reflecting on his time on the School Committee, Mr. Stoldt said, "It's a team effort. we've gotten buildings built, elevated the discussion about strategic planning, and the budget and what it really costs to get the quality of schools we've asked for in Hopkinton.

     "I've done four labor negotiations, worked with Appropriations, and worked on the Fruit Street Development Committee and the Land Use Study Committee for the schools," he said.

     "What happens in the next 3 to 6 years will greatly effect Hopkinton for the next 50 years, he said.

      Regarding the land purchase at Weston Nurseries, Mr. Stoldt said, "I want to help in making good decisions. I plan on talking to a lot of people and doing fact-finding." Mr. Stoldt said he would be talking to people, listening, and then making decisions.

      "There are people in town who go to work every day, bring the kids to sports, and that's the extent of their involvement, because they don't have the time.

      "These people are underrepresented," he said.

Beautiful Hopkinton no more?

Dear Editor and Hopkinton Residents,

 

For the last two years I have been involved in the Weston Nurseries land sale process serving as a member of the Land Use Study Committee, and co-founder of Hopkinton Organized to Preserve and Enhance (HOPE).

 

The potential impact of 742 acres of land that could be developed is HUGE, and if it is not managed wisely can have an enormous impact on our traffic, schools, public services and rural character.

 

The Town of Hopkinton is at the cross roads.  As a community, we have a crucial decision to make shortly about how we want the town to evolve.  COMPLETE LETTER

 It's the Law! *

 

Not the same old song

 

by Demian David Tebaldi, Esq.

Email your questions to: dtebaldi@tebaldiesq.com

February 19, 2007

 

Dear ITL: I was thinking of doing a podcast of this town. There was one problem I briefly had with the theme. Am I allowed to use copyright songs for my intro and closings? Is it illegal, and if it is what would be the chance of the RIAA finding out? ~ The Official Hopkinton High School Blogger

 

Dear Blogger: Whether you would be allowed to use copyrighted songs for your intro and closing would depend entirely on the holder of those particular copyrights.  Generally speaking, when a song or any other artistic work is created, it is automatically copyrighted the moment it is transformed into a tangible medium.  Thus, a song being created in a composer’s head is not copyrighted, but the minute it is placed onto paper, tape, or any other physical media, it is.  If you were to publish (in your case, “broadcast”) even a three-second snippet of a work protected by copyright without the permission of the creator, you could face the possibility of jail time and fines of up to ten years and/or $500,000.00, respectively.  In response to your second question, the answer is, technically, “Yes, it is illegal.”

 

However, a license to reproduce and publish the works of another may be obtained, and more information may be found on this subject at any one of the websites for those organizations which deal with the registration of musical works.  The RIAA (Record Industry Association of America) is just one such organization.  It may be that the registration of the particular songs you are contemplating using for your podcast took place through BMI, ASCAP or SESAC, and you would have to contact the appropriate registry directly to inquire as to the process and fees associated with the licensing of those songs. COMPLETE STORY

 
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