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Ken Weismantel Announces for Planning Board

March 7, 2007 — Republican Ken Weismantel (Above) announced his candidacy and took out papers for one of two five-years terms on the Planning Board today, the only person to do so, and the  only person to announce so far. Planning Board members Scott Aghababian and Jaime Goncalves' terms are up, but neither has signaled an intention to run for another five years.

      At Town Hall today, Mr., Weismantel said, "There are a lot of key projects before the planning Board for the Town — the old Terry property and Weston Nurseries. What the Town decides to do with these properties, and how they are developed, will have a big impact."

     "I worry about the revenue for the Town — growing the residential and not the commercial at the same rate.

    "We have to find a way to fix that," he said.

    In a prepared statement, Mr. Weismantel suggests zoning changes to increase the commercial tax base of the community.

    "How we plan for the continued development of Hopkinton is the key for our financial future."

    Mr. Weismantel has served as Water and Sewer Commissioner, as a Cemetery Commissioner, the DPW Study Committee and the Municipal Facilities Needs Committee. Mr. Weismantel, who was a candidate for Selectmen in 2005, is most well-known for his outspoken and frequent contributions at Town Meeting, so frequent that most returning participants could likely remember his address, something that must be spoken at each introduction to the microphone.

     According to Mr. Weismantel's prepared statement, he "graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Industrial Administration. He then went on to serve four years of active duty as a US Air Force Officer.

The Importance of Being Earnest

March 7, 2007  — The Hopkinton High School Drama Department present The Importance of Being Earnest starting at 4:00pm on Thursday, March 8. The performance will also be held on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm at the High School. Above, students working on the set last Saturday.

Dave McGillvray book signing



On Thursday, March 22, 2007, many Hopkinton community groups will come together to participate in a new event sponsored by the Hopkinton Public Library.  The Library will be sponsoring a presentation and book signing by Dave McGillvray (Photo, blue jacket), author of ‘The Last Pick’, and Race Director of the Boston Marathon.  The event will be held at the Hopkinton High School Auditorium.  Current and historical Marathon paraphernalia will be on display at the event.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m.


At age 23, Mr. McGillvray ran 3,452 miles across the United States to raise money for cancer research.  He has completed 115 marathons, including the Boston Marathon.  He will give a motivational presentation, and will be available afterward for questions and a book signing. FULL STORY


Middle School Teacher to wear special Marathon number


     Exciting News! SPEAC has a Boston Marathon number and Middle School Science teacher Sally-Ann Segars has volunteered to proudly to wear the number in the Boston Marathon - An event we are calling "Segars Strides for SPEAC!" Sally-Ann will help SPEAC raise awareness for the world of special education and donations for SPEAC.

     All donations will be put towards the Navigator Scholarship Fund, books for school libraries and parent/teacher programs and speakers. Please join Sally-Ann and the rest of the Segar’s Striders for the SPEAC team by cheering them on throughout the marathon and helping them with donations for SPEAC. All donations can be made out to SPEAC and sent to Kate Buckley at 10 North Mill Road, Hopkinton, MA 01748.

Special Olympics Massachusetts State Tournament

March 7, 2007 —The Spirit and the Pride, both Hopkinton Special Olympics teams, participated in the Massachusetts State Tournament this past weekend. Both teams played very competitively against other Special Olympics teams, with the Spirit placing fourth and the Pride taking home the gold in their respective age categories. Most importantly all the participating athletes and unified partners had a lot of fun. Pictured above are both teams, along with their coaches, Alec Levine, Claudia Vanderpool and Dan Hoskins.  ~ Kathy Dlugolecki

Town Considers Purchase of Weston Nurseries Land

Board of Selectmen invites Trust for Public Land to join in Process

TPL proposes 51% Town ownership

March 6, 2007 — The Board of Selectmen, following a morning session with the Land Use Study Committee (LUSC), during which that committee voted unanimously to ask the Selectmen to support the introduction of the non-profit Trust for Public Land (TPL) into the Weston Nurseries land sale process, met this evening to consider that option. And with a unanimous vote, the Selectmen agreed to do so.

     The Town of Hopkinton has the right of first refusal under Chapter 61A agricultural tax status to match a bona fide offer to purchase property that changes use or ownership from agricultural. 700-plus acres of land owned by Weston Nurseries, Mezitt Agricultural, and members of the Mezitt family, fall under that category.

    The Town was officially notified  on February 26, 2007 of the inches-thick Purchase and Sale Agreement between those entities and developer/lender Boulder Capital, and has until Friday, March 9, 2007 to object to the Bankruptcy Court to the form of notice, if it is so inclined. It is believed that the 120-day for the Town to exercise its rights begins on that day, barring any objections.

     Tonight's motion to embrace TPL included a commitment to engage in a public information campaign prior to a Special Town Meeting that the Selectmen will call to consider purchasing all or some of the property.

      "They work in a partnership with the community," said Selectman Chair Muriel Kramer this evening, referring to TPL.

       The Selectmen agreed to use LUSC as a reporting and working group, which is included the motion defining the elements of the process TPL will now engage in.

       "Build consensus around a vision for the property that identifies those portions that should be conserved as open space," read one line in the document. Mrs. Kramer said that 50% of the land must be kept as open space in perpetuity. And in answer to a question from Selectman Ron Clark, Mrs. Kramer said that ball fields and golf facilities would be considered to be open space.

     "Identify, with advice and input from the LUSC and others, a developer partner," reads another line.

     "Determine a funding structure to cover the cost of any property that is to go into Town ownership," reads another.

      TPL also promises to do title and environmental reports to help with the Town's decision.

     Tonight's invitation does not stop Boulder Capital from moving forward with its presentation to the Town, which is tentatively scheduled for March 20, according Boulder representative, Steven Zieff, interviewed after the meeting.

     "This doesn't change anything for us," Mr. Zieff said after the meeting. Part of TPL's approach is to often partner with a developer.

     "We would be open to talking with TPL," he said. "But if we purchase, we would be paying the rollback taxes," he said, "which are in the seven-figures," he continued, posturing for his purchase. [NOTE: Check this space Wednesday for an update from Town Treasurer on more exact figure]

     "It's got to work for us and the Town," he said.

     Mr. Zieff refused to get specific when asked by reporters about the retail component of Boulder's development plan for the land, admitting nonetheless that "There will be a retail proponent.

      "When we come out of the box, we won't equivocate," he said.      

Hopkinton Matters 3.6.07

March 6, 2007 — Wellness Teacher Diane Welch talks with David Sheehan at the HopNews studio about the Family Fun Day - Health & Fitness Fair 10:00 am - 2:00 pm @ Hopkinton High School on Saturday, March 10. David also mentions other HopNews Calendar items that matter. Theme song by Hopkinton resident Michael Nolette.



written by Russ Greve


March 6, 2007 — Last month a few Hopkinton veterans of WWII gathered with some interested observers at the Senior Center to share some of their memories of World War II service. Here are some of their stories:   


John Cahill


He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943 at age 17and went from Hopkinton to Boston in John Thayer’s truck. From there he went to Washington, DC and South Carolina. He said it was the first time he had seen separate drinking fountains and toilets for black people and white people. He was asked what he wanted to do and replied Para Marine (paratrooper), Raider or demolition man.  Since the Para Marines and Raiders were being phased out he was assigned to demolition. Above are Officers on the beach below Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima after the U.S. invasion; from the collection of Paul Phipps (See arrow). LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RAISING OF THE FLAG.

 See HopNews Video of some of the conversations on HopNews YouTube Page.

He landed on Iwo Jima and at first thought it wouldn’t be so bad since they got ashore easily in Amtracs (amphibious tracked vehicles). His narrative jumped ahead 25 days when he and three buddies were told to go to a rear area to take a shower to get the dried blood off (it drew flies). They were stopped by MP’s because they had no pass.  John went in back of a rock and forged four passes. Only two of them survived the battle. He spoke of an Apache sergeant, Basil Me Hawk who died when he took a round to the stomach. Men were dying to the left and right of him. COMPLETE NARRATIVE

A Little to the Left, Please

March 6, 2007 — This fox scratching itself, photographed by Cathy Dietz, apparently prefers the proximity of humans to the vast undeveloped land (Shhh, don't tell anyone!) behind its Prestwick Way neighborhood. It spent the entire day yesterday in the Dietz's yard.

Rider's-eye View

March 5, 2007 — Macho-the-Horse pauses for a moment while Liisa Jackson takes a photo facing east inside Weston Nurseries' property.

State and Local Police Apprehend Subject in Marshfield


Today, at about 10:20 a.m., on Route 3 North in Kingston, Trooper Keith Ledin observed a vehicle that was the subject of a LoJack activation.  The vehicle was confirmed to have been reported stolen.  Requesting and awaiting back-up, Trooper Ledin followed the vehicle as it exited Route 3 onto Route 139 East in Marshfield. When troopers attempted to stop the vehicle on Route 139 in Marshfield, the operator initially failed to stop but shortly thereafter stopped on his own at 612 Plain Street (Route 139), exited the vehicle and fled on foot.   Within about 15 minutes, State Police with the assistance of the Marshfield Police apprehended the subject.  The subject, Christopher P. Pina, age 24, of Brookline, was transported to the State Police Barracks in Norwell for booking and held pending arraignment in Plymouth District Court on the following charges:

·                    Receiving Stolen Property

·                  Operating Motor Vehicle with Suspended License and

·                   Failure to Stop for Police

Troopers were assisted by the State Police Canine Unit and the Marshfield Police Department Canine Unit. 

Police News UP-TO-DATE

Today, March 5, 2007


1:58 pm A caller from Pleasant Street reported that there had been a fox laying in his backyard all day and was unsure if it was sick.  Officer Thomas Griffin responded and the animal ran off upon his arrival.


1:06 pm A resident reported that a deer was buried in a snow bank on Lumber Street.  The Animal Control Officer was advised and will contact the DPW.


11:26 am A caller from Pegs Way wished to see an officer regarding a possible bb hole that penetrated through an interior home window.  Officer Thomas Griffin checked and spoke with the resident.


11:08 am Officer Thomas Griffin stopped a motor vehicle on Wood Street and issued a civil citation for minors in a motor vehicle with no seat belts and for failure to yield for an emergency vehicle.

It's a Race!

Matthew Zettek is third Selectman Candidate to Announce


Above, Matthew Zettek signing papers at the Town Clerk's Office, his father Charles by his side. His mother, wife and son were there also, off camera.

March 5, 2007 — Hopkinton native and Democrat, Matthew Zettek, son of Anne and Charles Zettek, has announced his candidacy for one of two seats for a three year term on the Board of Selectmen. Previously, Republican Brian Herr and Democrat David Stoldt have announced their candidacies.

     In a prepared statement, Mr. Zettek said, "While the challenges we face as a Town have changed over the years, the need to conduct Town business with civility and respect should not."

     When asked what difference he would make while at the Town Hall today, Mr. Zettek said, "My background growing up in the town and my professional experience working with towns and cities and my previous public service should give me the insight I need."

      "We need a more civil Board [of Selectmen]; respect is the common denominator," he said.    

     His mother, Anne Zettek was also at the Town Hall today and said, "He grew up with two people who were active in the Town." Mrs. Zettek was a School Committee member for 12 years and a PTA mom; and his father Charles was a member of the Planning Board for many years, a Conservation Commission member, and the Town Moderator for 12 years.

      According to his prepared statement, Mr. Zettek, a graduate of Hobart College, has studied Leadership in Contemporary Democracy as a Raoul Wallenberg Scholar in Jerusalem in the 1980's and gained experience working for a Massachusetts State Representative while becoming involved in the Framingham and MetroWest area.

Introduction to the Senior Center

March 5, 2007 — Hopkinton Town Manager took a tour of the Senior Center today and got to meet quite a few people. Above, Town Manager Anthony Troiano speaks with Jack Palitsch and Irene Salvucci.

Two more candidates, both incumbents

Ed Mills, Chairman of the Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee has taken out papers for another 3 year term on the Board of Assessors, and fellow Democrat Lynn Fournier has taken out papers to ask people to return her to the Cemetery Commission for another three years. For an update on candidates and available offices, see our Election 2007.

Town Talk (Discussion Page) can be funny ~ See below


10 Other Reasons Not To Buy WN


From: Crash
Date: 03 Mar 2007
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10. PJM Rhododendrons may soon be on the endangered species list. 9. The flare stacks from the gas plant will melt the windmills. 8. Roy McDowell and the Mezitts probably work better by themselves. 7. The Selectmen will want to move the "Go Kart" track from Whitehall to Mahars Meadow. 6. Letting pretend-developers play with my money defies my common sense. 5. East Hopkinton may be part of the "axis of evil". 4. We can't afford to keep taking land off the tax rolls. 3. Someone will discover that all the surveys said to "maintain open space" is because there was no option for free ice cream and apple pie. 2. We haven't finished ruining the rest of the town yet. 1. Spotted turtles don't like horse manure.


Battle of the Bands Video 2007!!


Check out snippets from Saturday's HHS Battle of the Bands, above.

Camera: David Sheehan Editing: David Sheehan

 Article II from School Committee


Fewer students in lower grades

Larger class sizes


"No one said that the town would not need an override this year to maintain the level of services. "


by Hopkinton School Committee


March 5, 2007 — Cuts in staff, cuts in services, and increases in fees proposed by the School Committee for next year’s budget are prompting residents to ask questions like “What’s happening to our school system?”  “Why is the School Committee cutting staff next year?”  “Is this the start of a downward trend?”


Right now, the proposed FY08 budget includes fee increases that add $264,000 to school revenues.  It also cuts 18.5 full-time equivalent positions (administrative, teaching, and support).


In last week’s article, the School Committee described how the municipal financial system in Massachusetts creates a structural deficit – a situation where, as a town and a school system, we can never afford to maintain what we had the previous year unless something extraordinary occurs to increase revenues.  The article listed examples of how the town’s revenues had been boosted in recent years by one-time events. 


No such events are expected next year, so the town is in a bind to balance its budget for FY08.


A year ago, when the town voted $1.9M Proposition 2 ½ override to fund the town and school operating budget, the expectation was that the town would not ask for an override this year.  No one said that the town would not need an override this year to maintain the level of services.  The belief was that it would not be prudent to request an override a year after a relatively large override had been approved. COMPLETE ARTICLE

East Hopkinton Presentation

March 8

 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Woodville Baptist Church


     Sasaki Associates' third presentation of scenarios for the development of East Hopkinton. If you attended the last one, come and see if they incorporated your feedback into this new version of the plan.

     Sick of seeing the same faces in the news at these meetings? Then be a new face and have your voice heard.

     Hopkinton Democrats to hold caucus

The Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee will hold a Caucus , Saturday, April 7 at 10 am - 12 noon at the Hopkinton Fire Station (upstairs conference room, rear entrance).  The purpose of the caucus is to select candidates for the town election in May.

     Any registered Democrat from Hopkinton is invited to participate in this caucus. For more information, call Ed Mills (508-435-5864) or Dick Duggan (508-435-4007), chairman and corresponding secretary respectively of the Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee.

New ArrestsUpdated Saturday, March 3, 2007

Moon over Hopkinton

March 3, 2007 — This was the sight from Main Street this evening as the shadow of the Earth crossed the Moon in a total lunar eclipse, something that only happens when the Moon is full. The black portion is the umbra, or center of the shadow. The penumbra, the edge of the shadow, covers the rest of the Moon. MOUSE OVER THE IMAGE AND SEE A NEGATIVE IMAGE.

Battle of the Bands

March 3, 2007 — Above, James Regan, the drummer for Dream Catchers, one of ten bands competing in the Battle of the Bands this evening at Hopkinton High School, gives his best.

Destination Imagination next Saturday

On Saturday, March 10, Hopkinton Middle School will be the host site for the MADI South Metro Regional Destination Imagination tournament. DI is a creative problem solving program for children of all ages. Sixty teams from surrounding towns will be taking part in this celebration of fun, teamwork, and creativity.

Here is the schedule for the day (In Excel): Book1   Book 2

Note: The IC (Instant Challenge) and Studio portions of the program do not allow for access to the public.

~ Claudia Totino, MADI Regional Director - 7 - South Metro 

On the Catwalk

March 3, 2007 — Owen O'Neil stands on the catwalk today, high above the stage at the High School Auditorium, during a rehearsal of The Importance of Being Ernest, which begins on March 8.

North Mill Revisited

March 3, 2007 — A little added contrast gives the dreary winter colors some life in this photo of the North Mill Dam today.

Mother and Child Reunion

March 3, 2007 — Erin Geshwiler and her son, Connor enjoyed the music at ESL Theater today during the Musikgarten classes, structured to give the parent or caregiver an opportunity to play with their baby in a musical setting, experiencing music and movement activities designed to delight the child and awaken his or her curiosity about music.


The Original HHS Blogger has started a podcast, above, which readers can listen to here.

    Hopkinton High Hockey All Stars-Tri Valley

Left to Right: PJ Burnham, Jake Krilovich, TJ Elder, Coach Paul Hogan, back row Mike Curtin, next to Hogan Brian Doyle, CJ Younis

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

March 2, 2007 — Dressed up as Cat in the Hat.Childrens' Librarian Denise Kofron gave a presentation of a Dr. Seuss story today at the Hopkinton Public Library, dressed up as Cat in the Hat, while the children listened intently. After making crafts, the children were treated to a birthday cake for his birthday. Learn more about Dr. Seuss and other birthdays every day by choosing our Free Daily icon at the top Free Daily.

7 vehicles damaged

March 2, 2007 — The weather got the best of West Main Street today at 5:50 p.m. as seven cars got damaged going into potholes on both sides of the street. Sgt. Charles Wallace put down flares while the Highway Department was en route to put out cautionary barrels.


March 2, 2007 — The sign surely says MO7S, but the brain turns it into SLOW immediately, as seen on Ash Street tonight.

Center School Evacuated for third time in two weeks


Safety Officials respond immediately


by Robert Falcione

March 2, 2007 — The Center School classrooms were evacuated today, and the children moved to a safe area of the building after the odor of natural gas was smelled for the third time in about two weeks.

     On each occasion, the odor was smelled after the lighting of a gas stove burner in the kitchen.

     It has been reported on the School Department's web site, and a letter sent home to parents (See link to letter highlighted in yellow on the front page).Schools

     The cause of the odor is believed to be a faulty ventilation fan that is not dispersing the odor of natural gas that is common when a gas stove burner starts. The School Department and the Fire and Police responded immediately and made used precautionary measures to insure the safety of the students and others.

File Photo

New Information Changes Aid Formula

No premium for Special Ed

Surpluses in Activities Accounts Means Lower Ticket prices


By David Hamacher


March 2, 2007 — School Committee Chairwoman, Rebecca Robak reported, “not so good news, and worse news regarding the current next year’s (FY ’08) budget. Governor Patrick released his version of next year’s budget which calls for a small increase of Chapter 70 funding for schools showing a net increase of approximately $71,000. The increase town-wide preliminarily projects to be about $136,000, according to rough estimates of several variables. In a recent meeting, the Appropriations Committee strongly indicated that the schools probably have to come in at less than 1% increase.  More calculations have to be made in order to honor the new regulations of the town Charter as well as the other moving pieces of the budget process. A meeting between the Board of Selectmen and the Appropriations Committee should add new insight to the school budget at their March 15th meeting, and there will be at least one more public hearing before heading to the Annual Town Meeting.

            Member Phil Totino said, “It doesn’t make any sense for us to try to make changes and then have to make additional changes before our budget can be accepted. So, I’m in favor of waiting for the new information and then dealing with those issues then.” Rough calculations show that the schools could be looking at further cuts of just over $200,000 dollars.

            Superintendent John Phelan’s office has put forth five articles on the warrant of the town meeting to address further needs. In addition to the FY’08 budget which is now pegged at $31,230,877; they are looking for $243,000 for the needed new boiler at Center School. For planned upgrades to the High School athletic fields, they are looking to forge an alliance partnership with both the Hopkinton Athletic Association, and Boston Athletic Association, who have pledged hundreds of thousands of dollars toward the upgrade funding of the proposed stadium. The preliminary costs come in at $450,000, with most of those funds being offset by fundraising through private sources. Three remaining exterior walls at the Middle School are planned to be repaired next year as well as the roof being replaced and it’s projected that this bill will be an additional $2,950,000.


March 2, 2007 — John Tomlinson is enthralled by Childrens' Librarian Denise Kofron's presentation of a Dr. Seuss story today at the Hopkinton Public Library, as she was dressed up as Cat in the Hat.

State Police Investigate Fatal Tractor-Trailer Crash on Route 495 North in Boxborough


March 2, 2007 — Today, at approximately 6:40 a.m., troopers assigned to the State Police barracks in Concord responded to a crash involving a tandem tractor-trailer unit and a passenger vehicle on Route 495 North, north of Exit 28 in Boxborough resulting in one fatality.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Anthony DeLuca indicates that the tractor-trailer went out of control for an unknown reason, struck two passenger cars, and then rolled over down an embankment and into the woods. The male driver of the tractor-trailer was pronounced deceased at the scene. The other drivers were not injured.


All lanes of Route 495 North were closed until approximately 8:20 a.m. when the left lane was opened.  The entire roadway is expected to be open by 9:30 a.m. The tractor-trailer will be left at the scene until Saturday morning when the recovery process will be resumed.  


This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, and the State Police Detective Unit of Middlesex County. The Massachusetts Highway Department, Boxborough Fire Department and EMS, and Littleton Fire Department and EMS assisted at the scene.

Hopkinton 64, Wellesley 52

March 1, 2007 — Cassandra Rudden rises to the occasion as Hopkinton won over Wellesley this evening at the Athletic Center in tournament play.

A Little Help from Friends

March 1, 2007 — Stephen Zukowski, who is most well-known a worker in Colella's Deli was surprised by his co-workers, who pitched in and got him a new bicycle when his old one, his only mode of transportation, was destroyed in the fire at his Main Street apartment a few weeks ago.

    "Someone came out of the other room and yelled, get out of the house. I was lucky to wake up, and had enough time to get some clothes on," he said.

    "My Manager, Rod, told me to get something out of the walk-in, and then I saw the bike, and they asked me how I liked my new bike," he said.

     Mr. Zukowski said that Mary McQueeney and Sharon Lisnow of the Respite Center also gave him one, but he declined because he had already received the first one.

     Mr. Zukowski will soon be seen riding his knew bicycle to work, as soon as the snow melts, he said.    


What is going on with the town's senior citizens? Find our anytime by checking out their calendar.

Mary Harrington was the first to guess our mystery birthday boy: Wayne Davies, BOA member.

West Brookfield, MA -  Genevieve (Sobolewski) Krans, 92, died Wednesday, February 28th, 2007 at Quaboag on the Common in West Brookfield, MA.

     She leaves one son, William & his wife, Jeannette, of Brookfield MA, (formally of Sturbridge), a sister-in-law, Bertha Sobolewski of New Britain, CT., 7 Grandchildren, Joseph Krans and his wife Sue, of Brookfield, Thomas and his wife Cindy, of Dudley, Karen Cooprider and her husband Curt, of Hopkinton, MA, Donna Leland of Worcester, Debby Arienti and her husband Chris, of Hopkinton, MA, ARRANGEMENTS



WANTED: TV audience


The Town Clerk is holding an informative session on Raffle Permits to be taped for the local cable station.Any person interested in participating as a member of the audience please contact the Town Clerk, Ann Click at 508-497-9710 or annc@hopkinton.org.  

File photo.


Family Fun Day

Health and Fitness Fair

Hopkinton High School

Saturday, March 10, 2007

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Hopkinton Public Schools Wellness Department


• Children’s activities and games!

• Health/Fitness Information

• Cholesterol/Blood Pressure checks
• Protecting your skin from sun damage
• Nutrition
• Relaxation

and much, much more!!

 There’s something for everyone!

Meet “Twister” from the Worcester Tornadoes Baseball Team



     Application forms for the Hopkinton Marathon Fund Scholarships are now available at the Board of Selectmen’s Office at the Town Hall and in the Guidance Office at Hopkinton High School. A total of four $ 1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

     Scholarship applicants must be a graduating high school senior residing in the town of Hopkinton, who is planning to go to a two or four year college or university; and who has earned at least one varsity letter. The applicant must have also demonstrated a willingness to give his/her best effort in academics and extra-curricular activities. These scholarships will be awarded to two boys and two girls. Application forms must be returned to the Selectmen’s Office at the Town Hall no later than April 13, 2007.

MSO Orchestral Master’s Concert


The Metrowest Symphony Orchestra presents its Orchestral Master’s Concert on Saturday, March 10, 2007, 7:30 PM, in Turenne Auditorium, at The Civic League, 214 Concord St, in Framingham. The program will include Dvorak’s Symphony #8, Barber’s Violin Concerto performed by Benjamin Thacher, and Gardner Read’s Nocturnes sung by D’Anna Fortunato, mezzo soprano.  Tickets are $15 for adults/$6 for children and seniors, and may be purchased at the door, or reserved by calling (508) 453-4734.   Join the MSO for an evening of beautiful classical music composed by the Masters! This concert is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, an agency that funds your local cultural council, and by the generosity of many contributors in our community.

Contributed content. D'Anna Fortunato Photo by Susan Wilson.

Project Just Because Children's Spring Program

Sign - up March 1st Through March 20th


     Phone number 508-435-6511 or E-mail us www.projectjustbecause.org. Children's Spring Packages Available to all Children in need Newborn Through Teens. Our Location 45 South Street Unit G.  Pick -up's will be by appointment only to protect privacy of our neighbors March 26th Through April 4th.

       If you would like to help a local child in need with this program or any program year round call or click on our web site for more information.

 We are a resource to help our community if you know of a family that may need us anytime of year  Please contact us at the above information:

     Any families or children wanting to do community service  at our community service  center  on site or off site  contact  our  Community  Service  Coordinator all year long at communityservicepjb@comcast.net  ~ Cheryl Walsh


March 1, 2007 — For the second time in two weeks, Center School was evacuated, this time to the Common, following the odor of natural gas from the kitchen. The entire school was emptied in about two minutes, shortly after which the Fire Department gave the all-clear and the children returned.

Guess who turned 53 today?Free Daily


     Besides being the anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials, and the date that John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps, Ron Howard was born 53 years ago today. And as luck would have it, so did a prominent Hopkinton resident, pictured on the left.

     Guess correctly who it is and win a $25 gift certificate from Cornell's. Editor@HopNews.com

Nice article about Weston Nurseries land sale by Lisa Kocian, Globe West.

Veteran's Benefits Forum
Monday, March 12
2:00 p.m.
Hopkinton Senior Center


Nan Maley of Homewatch CareGivers will present "VA Aid and Attendance Pension" to inform veterans and surviving spouses about a pension available to limited income veterans who need homecare services.

     Veteran's Agent Tony Mastroianni will be on hand to discuss other benefits and answer questions.
      Bring your questions. Share your experiences.



Bugles Across America

Taps Vigil

Sunday March 4th

Hopkinton Town Common

 at the Gazebo at 7pm.




February 28, 2007 — Mark Sanborn reaches into the atmosphere to acquaint the ball with the basket in a game Hopkinton won 64-52 over Bishop Stang tonight in round 1 of the Division Three Tournament.

Passport Applications Available at the Town Clerk's Office
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Late Hours for passport applications: Tuesday 8:30 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Application Forms and advice available

$5 off

Passport photos available at Photographic Images

And now, take $5 off of each person

 ~ no limit to family size ~ $5 off each person

Please call first, 508-435-5534 and then take your photos with you

Have the best and pay less, too!

Get Forms or learn more about passports

Selectmen's Meeting


"Mr. Clark defamed the character of Mr. Goldman" ~ Selectman Vice-Chair, Mary Pratt

"I really don't appreciate your ambush tactics tonight" ~ Selectman Ron Clark to Chair Muriel Kramer


by Robert Falcione

February 27, 2007 —  At Tuesday evening's Selectmen's meeting, Executive Assistant Geri Holland (photo, right) was apparently surprised by an award from the Massachusetts Municipal Association for her 98.6% success rate of collecting parking ticket charges.  Mrs. Holland doubles as the Parking Clerk.

   Suzie Johnson of Century 21 Commonwealth announced the company's sponsorship of an art contest open to all students in Hopkinton and Ashland from K-Grade 12. Entry form available here.

      Next, Mary Pratt stepped off of the Board to lambaste Selectman Ron Clark over remarks he allegedly made on February 6, 2007 about David Goldman of H.A.L.T. (Hopkinton Area Land Trust - icon above) surrounding the suggestion that H.A.L.T. hold the CR (Conservation Restriction) for the town-owned Fruit Street property. Mrs. Pratt is prohibited from staying on the Board and discussing the Town's Fruit Street property, because she is an abutter. Here is an excerpt of the HopNews report of that meeting, which is currently on Page 3:


     "The name says it all," he [Ron Clark] 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.


     "If Mr. Clark has something to say to me, I think he should do it to my face," said Mr. Goldman (Photo, left). "I was 3,000 miles away," he added later.

    "I think a CR should be held by a third party. Mr. Goldman is a direct abutter to Fruit Street," replied Mr. Clark.

    "He has been an adversary and has written a letter against the approval.

    "He has been one of 33 people who signed an appeal of the WWTF," said Mr. Clark.

    Chair Muriel Kramer said Mr. Clark's remarks "...were not professional" and asked that a letter from Mr. Goldman detailing his grievances be read into the minutes.

     "I really don't appreciate your ambush tactics tonight," said Mr. Clark to Chair Muriel Kramer, adding that he knew nothing of the upcoming discussion. He said he stood by his statements.  

What goes up, must come down


Story amended 2/28/07 11:35 am

Left, Terry Barn circa 1990, and right, today.

February 27, 2007 — The CAA Barn Restoration project is underway with supports in place to raise the barn and silo to accommodate repairs.

      "It's going up, and then we have to back to Town Meeting to get money to put it down.

      "We're halfway there. Anyone driving by will see a lot of work going on," he said.

     According to Mr. Herr, "Town appropriated $100,000 at the Annual TM in 2004 for the barn restoration……the CAA has raised approximately $30,000 to be used to make the space suitable for their needs once the structural and code work is completed."

      Mr. Herr suggested that people can donate directly to the CAA, and that people will need to vote the money at Town Meeting.


Registration for Hopkinton Babe Ruth is now taking place for boys 13 years old or older.  Please visit our website for details and on-line registration at  www.hopkintonbaberuth.com .




The poll below left was a 10 hour poll ending at 4:00 p.m. today shows. It demonstrates that a majority of people responding to the poll do not want the Town to purchase Weston Nurseries. The poll below right, taken December 6, 2006, also shows a majority of respondents voting against the purchase. The poll questions were not analogous, which accounts for the discrepancies in percentages.



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