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Roll Over

March 13, 2007 5:10 pm — This rollover occurred shortly after 5:00 pm this evening. A witness at the scene said he saw the car traveling in the opposite way, westbound, one moment, and the next moment, it was rolling over over for no apparent reason, striking the telephone pole about 12 feet from the base. Note the pole and streetlight hanging, and the bottom section severed and lying on the ground.

     The teen-aged driver was examined in the ambulance and then she was transported to the hospital for what were described as non-life threatening injuries.

Candidates' Night ~ April 30

     Please mark your calendar for Monday, April 30th, beginning at 7:00 p.m.  The Hopkinton Women’s Club is sponsoring the 21st Annual Candidates Night at the HCAM television studio (508.435.7887) in the lower level of 77 Main Street, Hopkinton.    There are a total of nineteen positions open for the 2007 Town Election.   This is your opportunity to hear the candidates express their qualifications, interests and goals for our town, as well as to ask the candidates questions. 

     As a reminder, the last day to register to vote for Town Meeting and Town Election is Tuesday,  

April 17, 2007.  The Annual Town Meeting is scheduled for Monday May 7, 2007  and the Annual Town Election is scheduled for Monday May 21, 2007.

Recent Real Estate Transaction for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Most recent first

Compiled by Eric Montville for HopNews.com

Address Buyer Price Date Seller

6 & 8 Pleasant Street

David F. Ruberti & Barbara D. Pulaski

$1.00

Mar. 13, 2007

David F. Ruberti

211 Ash Street

Robert R. Erbafina

$45,000

Mar.   8, 2007

Tracy E. O'Connor et al

180 Hayden Rowe Street

Jeffrey A. Bessette & Jeanne M. Tyler

$384,500

Mar.   8, 2007

Elizabeth Delgado Rodriguez

272 West Main Street

Matthew Thompson & et al

$601,000

Mar.   8, 2007

Alan M. Gulachenski et al

32 Sanctuary Lane

Weston Development Group, Inc.

$100

Mar.   6, 2007

Sanctuary Lane

32 Sanctuary Lane

Sigifredo Jara

$156,500

Mar.   6, 2007

Weston Development Group, Inc.

18 Greenwood Road

Maria S. Ambrosone

$100

Mar.   5, 2007

Mark C. Ambrosone et al

57 Walcott Valley Drive, Unit 41

Valery Frimer

$100

Mar.   2, 2007

Valery Frimer & Yevgeniya Frimer

57 Walcott Valley Drive, Unit 41

Valery Frimer & Yevgeniya Frimer

$100

Mar.   2, 2007

Valery Frimer

284 Hayden Rowe Street

Maurice Cymerman

$397,000

Mar.   2, 2007

Jeffrey G. Merzel & et al

See List back to February 1,  2007

Orange Champs

Hopkinton parks and recreation 6th grade boys "Orangemen team" won the championship this past Saturday. Coach Muench and Coach Hennigan led the team through an undefeated season.

Fatal Crash, Fire, on Mass Pike West in Hopkinton

 

 

March 13, 2007 — Last night at approximately 11:19 p.m. troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Weston responded to a two-vehicle crash on Route 90 West at mile-marker 105.8 in Hopkinton (near the Westborough town line) that resulted in one fatality.

 

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Jonathan Brown indicates 44-year-old Tyronne Gadsen of Charlotte, NC was operating a 1999 Peterbilt Semi-Tractor (Car-Carrier) on Route 90 West when the Peterbilt was struck in the rear by another Semi-Tractor (Cargo-Unit). The Semi-Tractor (Cargo-Unit) caught fire and became fully engulfed with the operator still inside. That operator was unable to exit the Semi-Tractor (Cargo-Unit), sustained fatal injures as a result of the crash and subsequent fire and was declared deceased at the scene. Gadsen was uninjured in the crash. Due to the extensive damage caused by the fire the identity of the operator and the year make and model of the Semi-Tractor (Cargo-Unit) has not yet been determined.

 

This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, the State Police Detective Unit – Middlesex County and State Police assigned to the State Fire Marshall’s Office. The Westborough Fire Department and Mass Turnpike Maintenance assisted troopers at the scene. 

 

During the investigation and vehicle recovery all lanes of Route 90 West were closed for approximately 3 hours. Westbound traffic was diverted off Route 90 West at Route 495 (exit 11A).

Steve Cooper, Channel 7 7 News has the video report.  

Fire Horn sounded at 11:54 pm Monday for a "multiple tractor-trailer fire, in Hopkinton westbound on Pike"

NEW! Read Recent Hopkinton Real Estate Transactions in this space on Tuesday

Planning Board likes Hopkinton Square

Exxon clears another hurdle

 

by Robert Falcione

March 12, 2007 — Developers Chuck Joseph and Peter Markarian brought their concept of a retail/office center called Hopkinton Square before a receptive Planning Board this evening. The plans, illustrated by Gorman-Richardson Architects and presented by principal Scott Richardson, show three retail buildings; one that would measure 100'x300' (Above); and two others, 13,500 ft2and 8,000ft2 at the corner of West Main and South Streets.

    The structure would be of, "Traditional architecture using brick with retail and give the effect of a streetscape with the building facade modulating, a tower element on each end, and sloped roofs," said Mr. Richardson.

     The main retail building has "not quite" a second floor space that would be used to carry heating and cooling elements, but would not be usable floor space, according to the men.

     "X amount of space equals X amount of parking space," explained Mr. Richardson.

     "If a restaurant goes in, do you have enough spaces? asked Planning Board member Jaime Goncalves. A restaurant requires a certain number of parking spaces.

      "Not quite, but we're close," answered Mr. Richardson.

      Member Claire Wright recommended that the one story building be made into two stories.

      "We are trying to introduce what makes sense for the community," said Mr. Markarian.

      Mrs. Wright also asked what the drive through windows on one of the plans "belies."

      "Putting in a drive-thru encourages more traffic ," Mrs. Wright said.

      "It would be chaotic," added member Sandy Altamura. Drive-thru's are allowed as  accessory uses, but not for food or beverages.

      The developers asked the board to understand that their plan is preliminary, but that it did define the square footage, which they may want to swap from one building to another, depending upon what tenants they sign on.

      The Planning Board members agreed with Mr. Markarian that they looked favorably upon the project.

      The Hopkinton Exxon also got some good news as Attorney Thomas Nealon laid out the case before them.  

      The Exxon had been denied, in the most recent action by the Board of Appeals, the right to sell propane, because it was specifically denied in their Special Permit. However, a groundswell of grass roots support and a unanimous vote at the Special Town Meeting in December 2006 put a new bylaw on the books that allows that use.

      The General Law that prohibits an applicant from appearing before the Board of Appeals within two years of a negative finding can be bypassed when there has been "specific and material changes" to the conditions under which the negative finding was made.

      The change in the town's zoning by-law was enough to get a unanimous vote from the board.

      The Board of Appeals is next in line to hear the Exxon's plea.

A St. Patrick's Day Tradition:

Cornell's Pub

229 Hayden Rowe Street (rte 85)

Hopkinton

March 17, 2007

Corned Beef and Cabbage all day cooked with passion by Frank Torento

Greg Brady entertains at 7:00 p.m. until ?

H.A.L.T. Conservation/Environmental Scholarship ~ Forms due 3/30/07

 

Hopkinton Area Land Trust (HALT) is pleased to offer a scholarship to a graduating high school senior who is interested in conservation and/or the environmental sciences.  Applicants must be residents of Hopkinton who are attending Hopkinton High School, Keefe Tech, St. Mark's, Marion High School, or Norfolk County Agricultural High School.  Application forms may be obtained from the Guidance Office of your school. Completed forms must be returned to HALT by March 30, 2007.  Click Here for the Scholarship Application Form.

Hopkinton Community Education Program

 

T’ai Chi for Beginners; Om Pilates (Yoga & Pilates); HeartSaver Pediatric First Aid & CPR; Introduction to Ceramics; and much more (Open brochure)... then open registration form.

Police News UP-TO-DATE

Today, March 12, 2007

 

3:49 pm A caller from Clinton Street reported that a suspicious vehicle pulled into their driveway, spoke with their child, and then drove off...

 

2:35 pm A caller from Hill Street reported that a Husky and a heavy set Black Lab came into her yard and attacked her sheep...

 

3:04 pm A caller from Wilson Street reported that a delivery truck was leaving their property, when it slipped on ice, and then got hung up on an embankment...

1,000,000 visits to HopNews!!!

Someone has won $500.00

 

March 12, 2007 — Last September, we decided to give away $500 as a way of saying thank you to a reader. Whoever guessed the closest to when our visit counter would reach 1,000,000 would receive $500. Not the exact time, but the closest.

     A Hopkinton resident has guessed noon today as the closest of when our Visit Counter would reach 1,000,000 visits, which happened at 1:24 p.m. today. The reader was only 84 minutes apart! HopNews needs to convene a panel to decide if all of the rules were complied with. Then, HopNews readers will be informed with a video of the winner.

     Thanks for reading, and thanks to the dozens of people who sent an email with their guess.

Driver of disabled vehicle struck and killed on 495 in Bellingham

 

March 12, 2007 — Yesterday, at about 4:10 p.m., State Police from the Millbury Barracks responded to a crash on Route 495 North, north of Exit 18, in Bellingham.

 

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Paul Weinschenk indicates that a Honda Civic became disabled in the acceleration lane of Route 495 North, north of Exit 18, in Bellingham.  The female operator of the Honda, Anita A. Daly, age 74, of Sutton, exited her vehicle and walked into the right travel lane.  She was then struck by a Ford F150 which caused her to be knocked into the left travel lane, where she was struck by a Nissan and then by a 2002 Chevrolet K1500.  The operator the Ford, Donald Roach, age 76,  of Barrington, RI, the operator of the Nissan, Adam LaPointe, age 28, of Worcester, and the operator of the Chevrolet, Jacob N. Dushane, age 29 of Feeding Hills, were uninjured in the crash.  The female pedestrian was transported to Milford Hospital where she was later pronounced deceased. 

 

The crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section.  The State Police Crime Scene Services Section, Bellingham EMS and the Massachusetts Highway Department assisted troopers at the scene.

 

The left travel lane and the middle travel lane of Route 495 North were shut for about 4 ½ hours.

Hopkinton Special Olympics vs. Hopkinton Police

March 11, 2007 — Detective Scott Van Raalten, of the Hopkinton Police team, is apparently having a tough time keeping up with this member of the Hopkinton Special Olympics basketball team today at the Middle School gym.

PULL!

March 11, 2007 — Fran Sowa from Westboro, a member of the Woodville Rod and Gun Club hits his mark as the shotgun shell is still in the air, and the trap is in pieces. The Gun Club has Trap shooting every Sunday afternoon.

Soft-Tennis Ball

March 11, 2007 — Ron Foisy watches as his daughter, Jaclyn, follows through on a catch she made from his throw on the otherwise empty tennis courts this afternoon. Barbara Foisy was practicing playing catch on the adjacent court, throwing to son, Ryan.

      "We're not going to get in trouble using the Tennis Courts for baseball, are we?" she said with a smile, apparently knowing the photographer's reputation for exposing such rule-breaking.

Practice Makes Perfect

March 11, 2007 — Above, Westborough Police Sgt. Peter Goodney takes his K-9 dog, Xsara, on a quick training exercise to keep her in shape.  Sgt. Goodney left the dog in the vehicle as he laid down a track, his own scent, simply by walking in a random way though a wooded area. He left the dog's toy at the end of the trail.

     "If I get a friend to come along, we put the [padded] sleeve on and she gets to bite him," he said, explaining one type of practice.

    "But most tracks are friendly because we're looking for kids," he said.

    The dog tracks by smelling skin cells that fall off of a person, and then differentiating them from others that have fallen also. Xsara finds crushed leaves a helpful tool also.

    "Towns as far away as Boylston, Grafton, Northborough, Southborough, Shrewsbury and Upton have called," Sgt. Goodney said. Xsara was originally acquired for narcotics, and still plays a role in those investigations.

     Above, inset, Zsara emerges from the woods with her prize, pulling her handler as she does.

New Arrests(4) Updated Sunday, March 11, 2007

Amber Alert canceled

An Amber Alert issued for the kidnapped and missing baby from Lubbock Texas has been canceled. The baby has been recovered and a woman charged. Read the news here, or check out the HopNews website, www.NewsCity.us , for news anywhere in the nation, and at anytime.

Things are looking up

March 10, 2007 — Amanda Maffei warms up before her opening at Enter Stage Left Theater, in the unfinished space next door. The group has acquired the space next door to them, the former Stove Works, and will be expanding into it soon. Some of Ms. Maffei's performance will be featured on HopNews Video early in the week.

That's a surprise!

March 10, 2007 — Paul Cyr, pictured with wife Irene, was surprised with a standing room only retirement party by his fellow DPW workers and friends at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club tonight. Mr. Cyr worked for the DPW for 15 years, and is most proud of his two tours, 28 months, in Vietnam.

Did you miss Bubble Mania? Health and Fitness Fair?

 

March 10, 2007 — David Sheahan and Ben Lewis took the HopNews video camera to the High School and found a lot of interesting things going on, such as Bubble Mania with Casey Carle, who put on a show just for HopNews readers. Check out their video above!

Massachusetts State Police K-9 Unit

March 10, 2007 — A Massachusetts State Police Canine squad set up at the Family Fun Day and Fitness Fair at the High School today and put on demonstrations. To see some of their work, choose the video above.

Donations Needed for “Playing for Jerry” Auction

Auction to Benefit Paralyzed Tennis Coach Jerry Higgins

 

March 10, 2007 –  Donations are being welcomed for an auction being held to benefit Holliston resident Gerald “Jerry” Higgins, a popular tennis coach in Shrewsbury and Hopkinton, who became paralyzed last Christmas as a result of a spinal abscess.   The “Playing for Jerry” Benefit will be held on May 6, 2007 at the Westboro Tennis & Swim Club and will include a live auction hosted by “Matty in the Morning” Matt Siegel of KISS 108, as well as a silent auction.    Current auction items include a scholarship to the Nike Tennis Camp at Amherst College, KISS 108 Concert Tickets, a Patriots helmet, and packages to resorts in Boston and New Hampshire.  However, more items and services are needed. (HopNews file photo).

      “For over 30 years Jerry contributed his time, energy and enthusiasm to many tennis organizations for both juniors and adults,” said Ellen Dorian, co-chair of the “Playing for Jerry” Committee.  “It’s time for us to give back.  Our goal is to help Jerry and his family deal with the adjustments and financial burdens they face during this difficult time, and give them the funds necessary to make Jerry’s life as comfortable and productive as possible.”  Dorian added that funds will be used for medical equipment such as a wheelchair, handicapped van, home healthcare not covered by insurance, and accommodations to the Higgins’ home to improve his quality of life.  Total costs for year one are estimated at over $320,000, according to the NTAF Spinal Cord Injury Program.

     Individuals or companies interested in making a tax-deductible donation are asked to contact Cindy Mina at 508-842-6474 or at cjminhim@aol.com .   Services, items, vacation packages are all welcome, and donations do not have to be sports-related.   Monetary donations are also welcome.

     For more information about “Playing for Jerry” please contact Ellen Dorian at 508-460-4153 or visit http://www.dorianfamily.com/jerry.htm .

The Fairy Princess

March 10, 2007 — These girls are enchanted watching Tanglewood Productions' marionette performance of The Fairy Princess at the First Congregational Church of Hopkinton.

Setting Limits:  Where do I begin? 

Thurs, March 29, 7:30 pm, $15

Golden Pond Assisted Living Facility

 

Are you frustrated by your child’s behavior?  Wish you could spend more time having fun with your child and less time telling him or her “no?” 

 

Successful discipline at home and at school depends on the skill of setting limits.  Limits help children to feel safe, secure and loved.  Learn how to set clear, appropriate limits that work for you and your children.  The workshop will be presented by Roxy Leeson (who also did the preschool workshop), an expert in child development with over 20 years of professional experience, and the mother of two. 

 

For planning purposes, we greatly appreciate advance registration.  The cost for the workshop is $15.  Please send your check for $15 payable to the MOMS Club of Hopkinton to Christine Coffman, 21 North St, Hopkinton MA 01748 by March 26.  RSVPs after March 26 will be accepted.

 

The workshop will be held at the Golden Pond Assisted Living Center at 50 West Main Street in Hopkinton (phone: 508-435-1250).  The workshop will begin promptly at 7:30pm, so we ask that you arrive early to get settled.  Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of Golden Pond.

 

Any questions, please contact Christine Coffman at cddcoffman@comcast.net or 508 497-9948.

Master Plan

March 10, 2006 — Members of the Planning Board met with interested residents at the Woodville Baptist Church to present the East Hopkinton Master Plan designed by Sasaki Associates.

HBO to premiere documentary called “ADDICTION” on March 15th at 9:00pm
90-minute documentary available to all digital cable subscribers

 

March 9, 2007 – The “be FREE!” Project, Hopkinton Prevention Coalition, and Hopkinton Youth Commission would like to remind the Hopkinton community that on Thursday, March 15th at 9pm, HBO is premiering a documentary called “ADDICTION.” This documentary will be open to all cable subscribers during this preview weekend, even if you don’t have HBO.
HBO has partnered with prevention and treatment organizations in an effort to address the serious problems of drug and alcohol abuse. One in four Americans has a family member who is struggling with addiction.  In 2005, there were 23.2 million Americans who needed treatment for their illicit drug or alcohol abuse problems, yet only about 10% received the treatment they needed.
ADDICTION brings together leading thinkers and organizations that are at the threshold of new treatments.  Current advances in brain imaging science make it possible to see inside the brain of an addicted person, pinpoint the parts of the brain affected by addiction, and see how the addict’s brain differs, ushering in a great many advances in medical treatment.  In fact, treatments for addiction are now as effective as treatments for other chronic relapsing diseases such as diabetes, hypertension or asthma.
For more information on this nationwide, groundbreaking project, please go to www.addictionaction.org
Locally, the “be FREE!” Project and the Hopkinton Prevention Coalition are both committed to a town free from youth alcohol and drug abuse. We raise awareness about the problem, educate to prevent and delay early use, support connection to resources for those in need of assistance, and promote a healthy safe environment in Hopkinton.

For more information about what Hopkinton is doing about substance abuse and addiction in our community, go to: www.befreeproject.com  or call Renée Cammarata 508.497.9820 x1520.

Practice makes perfect

March 9, 2007 — Hopkinton Webelo Scouts from Den 10, Pack 26 took lessons from leader Phyllis Barra  on the proper raising, lowering and treatment of the American Flag at around 4:45 p.m. today at Town Hall.

 

Posting From Town Talk (Discussion Page)

 

10 Best Reasons to Buy Weston Nurseries

From: Crash
Date: 09 Mar 2007
Time: 04:24:09 -0700
Remote Name: 151.203.81.99
Comments

10. Bonus reward points on a $25M credit card purchase will be fantastic. 9. We can build a new school there and have it already landscaped. 8. It will prevent us from wasting $25M on frivolities like education, infrastructure repair,and public safety. 7. Wellesley and Weston will be so jealous of us. 6. Free yews for everyone and we might get a discount on organic Christmas trees. 5. The town can certainly use a 700 acre yuppie playground. 4. We might find the secret 10 acres of winter hardy marijuana. 3. The TPL needs a good place to watch the marathon. 2. A "world class golf course developer" can help the town and design something around the original town poor farm, which may have to be revived. 1. We get to form another committee; Weston Alliance Serving Town Extravagance.

Hopkinton Square ~ Corner of West Main and South Streets

Above plan above scrolls left to right, etc.

March 9, 2007 — Chuck Joseph and Peter Markarian are expected to appear before the Planning Board on Monday to discuss a conceptual plan for the land they had rezoned at the corner of South and West Main Streets at last year's Town Meeting. The plan is oriented with north pointing down, with West Main in the foreground and South on the left. Although the plan shows a retail building of about 33,000 square feet and a three story office building of 45,000 square feet, the partners would like to have flexibility to alter the plans to suit tenants. They are expected to present a revised plan at Monday's meeting.

 Cheryl Perreault's Poet's Corner

Jack is a 9 year-old student who attends third grade at Elmwood Elementary School in Hopkinton.  His teacher, Paula Tangredi asked Jack’s class to think about their images of winter season and then write a poem in haiku form.  Although spring is on everyone’s mind after this erratic weather of winter, Jack’s images in his haiku poem remain true to nature so far for this month of March. ~ Cheryl

 

David Stoldt passes milestone

 

   

     On Wednesday, David Stoldt, School Committee member and Democratic candidate for Selectmen, turned in his signed nomination papers to Town Clerk Ann Click for one of two seats on the Board of Selectman, for which there are now three candidates.

    Fellow Democrat Matt Zettek announced earlier this week, for the position, as had Zoning Advisory Committee Chair, Republican Brian Herr.

     In an email, Mr. Stoldt was asked if he had any athletic achievements to share, like one of the other candidates did.

     "I had knee surgery two years ago...the only thing I can run these days is for Selectman!" he replied.

     Keep informed about the election with our election update page.

State Police Investigate Fatal Crash on Route 93 South in Andover

UPDATE

 

Yesterday, at approximately 9:15 p.m., troopers assigned to the State Police barracks in Andover responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash on Route 93 South, 1/4 mile north of Route 495 in Andover involving a wrong-way operator.

 

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Sean Kelley, indicates that 37 year-old Jose Dejesus Rivera of Nashua, NH, was operating a 1993 Cadillac sedan in the second travel lane of Route 93 South in Andover when he was struck head-on by 40 year-old Pamela Duggan of Bedford, MA, operating a 2004 Ford Explorer traveling northbound in the southbound lanes on Route 93 South.  Both vehicles caught on fire as a result of the crash.  Dejesus Rivera was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash.  Duggan was taken to Mass. General Hospital by MedFlight Helicopter with serious injuries. 

 

The crash is under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section.  State Police Crime Scene Services Section, Essex County District Attorney’s Office, Andover Fire Department, Andover Police Department and Masshighways assisted at the crash scene.

 

All lanes of Route 93 South were shutdown for over 2 ½ hours during the crash investigation.  Traffic was diverted around the crash scene to alternate routes off of Route 93 South onto River Road and Route 213.

Destination Imagination regional tournament

Saturday, 3-10-07 at the HMS.

The Destination Imagination regional tournament is Saturday, 3-10-07 at the HMS.  Hopkinton has 11 teams, ranging from 2rd grade to 10th grade, presenting their creative solutions in 5 different types of challenges.  The schedule of the day can be found at www.madikids.org.  Click on "need more info about your tournament", go to region 7, click on "tournament schedule: part A" and "tournament schedule: part B".  You are able to watch the presentations at the "present" time, not the "IC RM" time.

Please come and enjoy some of the original solutions the students from Hopkinton have created.

~ Margie Sellman

Hopkinton DI coordinator

This is the sound of a two year-old with whooping cough, coughing and struggling for breath.

Older children and adults may not have as severe symptoms. Read fact sheet in previous story.

Dreading the first question about the birds and the bees?

 First Congregational Church of Hopkinton (FCCH) is hosting a seminar on Sunday, March 25th from 2 pm to 3:30 pm titled “Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Talking to Your Child About Intimacy”. The presentation will provide parents of children aged three to twelve, valuable information on how to easily talk to their children about sex.

READ ALL ABOUT THE SEMINAR HERE.

Town of Hopkinton enhances Emergency and Outreach Communications

with Connect-CTY

 

Implementation of Communication Service Part of Town’s Emergency Preparedness and Communication Planning

Test phone call on Thursday, March 15, 2007

 

March 8, 2007- The Town of Hopkinton announced today that it has selected the Connect-CTY service from The NTI Group, Inc. (NTI) to provide town administrators, through a single phone call, the ability to schedule, send and track personalized voice messages to thousands of residents, businesses, and local officials in just minutes. Hopkinton’s town administrators and emergency personnel can use the Connect-CTY service to periodically and personally communicate with residents to share timely, pressing information, such as unforeseen events or emergencies.

 

The Connect-CTY communication service allows officials across all town departments to send an unlimited number of messages without a costly investment in additional hardware. This maximizes Hopkinton’s tax dollars and ensures that a town official can access the system immediately and without administrative delay. With online reports that are continuously provided immediately upon availability, town administrators can also track how many households, businesses or individuals received each message.

 

“Providing a safe environment is an important part of maintaining quality of life for Hopkinton’s community," said Anthony Troiano, Town Manager (File photo, right). “With the Connect-CTY service, we will have the ability to reach all residents with vital information in just minutes if an event takes place that could compromise safety."

 

Town administrators can target messages to an unlimited number of custom contact groups. These groups could help mobilize emergency response teams or notify key department heads by sending messages to only the specified personnel. Users can also utilize a map on the Connect-CTY system’s interface to target messages to specified communities.

 

 “The implementation of the Connect-CTY system is an important step forward for emergency preparedness and communication in the Town of Hopkinton,” said Thomas Irvin, Hopkinton Police Chief. “I urge everyone to familiarize themselves with this service, and to register telephones that are not traditional landlines.”

 

Primary residential and business landlines in Hopkinton will automatically be included in the system. Anyone who wants to add a cell phone number, e-mail address or private landline to the system should go to the Connect-CTY portal on the Town of Hopkinton web page, www.hopkinton.org , and enter their information directly, or call Police Dispatcher Christina Rybiki’s voice mail at (508) 435-2123 x311 and leave their information.

 

“The best way to keep residents safe is through communication, and the Connect-CTY service makes it easy,” said Robin D. Richards, Chairman and CEO of NTI. “With the Connect-CTY service, administrators have a powerful tool for mass communication without having to purchase new computers, software and telephone lines.”

 

Hopkinton will be conducting its first test-call on Thursday, March 15, 2007 in order to ensure all residents who would like to be included in the system are given a chance to correct their phone numbers. If residents do not receive the call, they should contact Connect-CTY through the portal on the town’s web page or call Dispatcher Rybiki’s voice mail at (508)435-2123 x311 to have their contact information updated.

 

Funding for the system is a cooperative effort between the Board of Selectmen, the Fire Department, the Police Department and a U.S. Department of Justice grant. ~ Thomas R. Irvin, Chief of Police.

 Reminder

Tanglewood Marionettes production of “The Fairy Circus”

First Congregational Church of Hopkinton

146 East Main Street, Hopkinton

Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. and again at 1:00 p.m.

 

     The Hopkinton Education Foundation (HEF)* proudly presents the Tanglewood Marionettes production of “The Fairy Circus” on Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. and again at 1:00 p.m., at the First Congregational Church. Advance tickets are $8.00 per person and $10.00 at the door.  Children under two may come free of charge. To purchase tickets in advance, please contact Karen Webb at karen.webb@comcast.net

     In addition to the performances, a raffle with family-friendly prizes, including Red Sox tickets, will be sold during the performances.  Raffle tickets cost $10 for 3 tickets.  The proceeds from the event will help raise money for the Hopkinton Education Foundation’s grant program.  For more information about the HEF and the Tanglewood Marionette performances, please visit www.hopkintonedfoundation.org.  

     The Tanglewood Marionettes are a showcase for turn-of-the-century-style trick puppetry, featuring over twenty beautifully hand-crafted marionettes, who dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, and fly through the air with the greatest of ease.

* Founded in 1992, The Hopkinton Education Foundation is a volunteer, non-profit corporation dedicated to providing grants to teachers that support the goals and curriculum of the Hopkinton public schools.  Through fundraising events, and the generous donations of the Hopkinton community and local area businesses, the HEF continues to foster high-quality programs affecting all grade levels and all educational disciplines.  To date, the HEF has funded more than 245 educational grants totaling more than $676,000. 

 Reminder

 

 

Amanda Maffei to Perform

at ESL Coffeehouse

March 10, 2007

8:00 pm

 

30 Main Street

 

 

Enter Stage Left Theater Workshop, Inc. will be featuring Amanda Maffei as part of its coffeehouse series on Saturday, March 10 at 8:00 p.m.  Amanda’s  rich and heart-full voice has earned her performances in concerts with Tracy Chapman, Jake Armerding, and Pete Seeger.  She also plays accompaniment on the piano, guitar and other intermittent instrumental invocations.  The show will be held at ESL’s intimate studio setting at 30 Main Street in Hopkinton.  Tickets are $15.00 per person.

 

 

Enjoy a sample of Amanda Maffei's work, previously featured on www.HopNews.tv or on http://www.youtube.com/HopNews

(Links now work properly)

 

Gig Cancelled

Steve Spector & Friends

Hopkinton Country Club

Saturday, March 10, 2007

$35 per person Seating at 7:30 p.m.
 

According to band leader Steve Spector, due to a death in a band member's family, and illness of one of the band members, the March 10 performance of Emerald City at the Hopkinton Country Club will not be  held.

For information on a postponement or refund, please call 508 435-9222.

2007 Champions

Hopkinton 6th Grade Travel Team recently became the 2007 Champions of the South Central Mass Youth Basketball League, 6th grade Boys Division. 

Whooping Cough case confirmed at High School

 

March 8, 2007 — Hopkinton High School Nurse, Adria Pavletic, sent a letter home with students on Tuesday informing parents that there has been a confirmed case of pertussis (Whooping cough) at the High School. Pertussis is a bacterial infection that can only be diagnosed be taking a swab at the back of the nose and a blood sample, according to a fact sheet attached to the letter. Read both here.

      According to the fact sheet, the disease, which is part of the immunization program, can be fatal for infants, but is less severe in teens and adults.

      The School Department has notified those who may have been in close contact with the patient.

Girl Scout Troop Delivers Cookies for Deployed Troops

 

March 8, 2007 — Yesterday, Girl Scouts, Patriots’ Trail Council Troops 3789 and 2995 delivered over 700 boxes of Girl Scouts Cookies to Hanscom Air Force Base.  The cookies will be sent to Hanscom personnel deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

                        These troops, as well as Troops 2225 and 222 and various individual scouts from Hopkinton, have been selling Girl Scout cookies since January 5th. Friends, family and local residents bought and donated the cookies the girls are sending to the troops.  In addition to the cookies, various community book groups donated used paperback books and Cub Scout Pack 26 donated books, CDs, DVDs, candy and more snack items to the donation. This is the second year that Troop 3789 has participated in this initiative and the plan is for more Hopkinton scout troops to offer this cookie sales opportunity next year.

New ArrestsOne arrest, updated today, March 8, 2007

HPTA 24th Annual Silent Auction

7:00 p.m.
Glen Ellen Country Club, Millis, MA
Featuring the

VIP Marathon 2007 Raffle Package

Donated by

Hopkinton Athletic Association
Boston Athletic Association
Hopkinton Marathon Committee

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Brian Herr clears first hurdle

 

 

Brian Herr, Republican candidate for Selectman, was the first candidate for elective office this May to turn in his papers, doing so Monday. There are two other candidates for one of two open seats for Selectman; David Stoldt and Matthew Zettek. Selectman Ron Clark and Selectman Len Holden have announced they will not run.

 

Mr. Herr, who enjoys running the Boston Marathon, says between the campaigning and his running — he is doing 18 miles a day — it will be a busy Spring!

Does the deer have any doe?

March 7, 2007 — These two deer, presumably a doe and her fawn, crossed in front of the photographer's vehicle today on Wilson Street near Serenity House, but the photographer could not get a shot off until they were a few feet into the woods (Note to self: Get dash-mounted video camera). The photographer assumed that the deer are looking at him in this picture, until he got out and saw several more waiting to cross in the same way; and these were waiting for them to cross. And of course to answer the popular pun by The Three Stooges, yes, the deer has doe — tree bucks. Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck!

Chimney Fire on Wood Street

March 7, 2007 — Neighbors called in a fire when they saw flames shooting from a chimney on Wood Street around 6:00 pm this evening. The Fire Department made quick work of knocking it down; and Ashland sent a ladder truck in case.

Dr. Bruce Karlin takes out papers for three-year term as Town Moderator

Town Moderator, Democrat Dr. Bruce Karlin, has taken out papers to run for a new three-year term, a change from the previous one-year term made possible by the new Town Charter.

Dr. Karlin, an incumbent, was a member of the Charter Commission that studied changes and recommended the Charter to the Town.

 
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