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A Day for Daisies

March 26, 2007 — Troop 2962 Daisies, all in kindergarten, met with the Town Manager this afternoon and received recognition for their community service and dedication to the Town. They in turn, and as part of their merit recognition, gave flowers to the Selectmen; green petals for recycling and rose colored for making the world a better place.

Milford Police warn of con artists

Banks across Mass find fraudulent checks for fake Lottery Prize Money


(Milford, MA.)  March 26, 2007 — A Milford citizen recently reported to police that they received a telephone call from a female voice telling them that they won a prize for a few thousand dollars and that a courier would deliver the check but they would have to pay the courier with a check in the amount of $500.00 for certain fees.  The citizen observed the caller ID both times they received the calls.  A call was placed to that number but was answered by a digital voice asking for a PIN number.  The location of the telephone is unknown and most likely in some foreign nation.  Fortunately the Milford resident recognized something was wrong and contacted police, however there have already been victims reported around the country including New England where several banks have reported receiving several Cashiers Checks found to be counterfeit involving lottery prize money.  This type of scam is known as Advance Fee Schemes and occurs when the victim pays money to someone in anticipation of receiving something of greater value, such as a loan, contract, investment, or gift, and then receives little or nothing in return.


The variety of advance fee schemes is limited to the imagination of the con artists who offer them such as counterfeit lottery scams.  We are received information from some banks in Massachusetts and New England that they have received several cashiers checks found to be counterfeit all involving some type of phony lottery winnings from a variety of sources that people believe is legitimate.


Some Tips to Avoid Advanced Fee Schemes (Source: FBI website)


  • If the offer of an “opportunity” appears too good to be true, it probably is.  Follow common business practice.  For example, legitimate business is rarely conducted in cash on a street corner.

  • Know who you are dealing with.  If you have not heard of a person or company that you intend to do business with, learn more about them.  Depending on the amount of money that you intend to spend, you may want to visit the business location, check with the better business Bureau, or consult with your bank, an attorney, or the police.

  • Make sure you fully understand any business agreement that you enter into.  If the terms are complex, have them reviewed by a competent attorney.

  • Be wary of businesses that operate out of post office boxes or mail drops and do not have a direct telephone line, who are never “in” when you call, but always return your call later.

  • Be wary of business deals that require you to sign nondisclosure or noncircumvention agreements that are designed to prevent you from independently verifying the bona fides of the people with whom you intend to do business.  Con artists often use noncircumvention agreements to threaten their victims with civil suit if they report their losses to law enforcement.

   ~Courtesy Milford Police Department

Police News UP-TO-DATE  Today, March 26, 2007


12:10 pm A cell phone caller reported a road rage incident on Wood Street...


2:01 pm A caller from Wood Street reported that a small yellow dog was terrorizing her and her children...


8:10 pm Detective Scott Van Raalten checked and spoke with a male in a West Main Street parking lot.  He advised him, over a language barrier, of the proper location to relieve himself.

Real Estate Transfers for Hopkinton for Past Week

Most recent first

Compiled by Eric Montville for HopNews.com

One new sale this week

Address Buyer Price Date Seller
268 Pond Street Stephen Anderson & Sherie Anderson $520,000 Mar. 22, 2007 Ronald D. Wolfe & Susan J. Wolfe

See List back to February 1,  2007

Project Just Because takes over fundraising for fire victims


Family displaced ~ No injuries


March 26, 2007 — A fast moving fire that destroyed workshops and two apartments, and displaced a family, including two children, spared people and animals from injury or loss of life.

      Project Just Because has taken over fundraising efforts for the mother and her two children.

     "They were wonderful," said Barbara Dobson (Photo), owner of the properties and grandmother to the students, one who attends Center School and one who attends Hopkinton Middle School.

     "We have so much food," she said. "There's no room in the fridge!"

    People wishing to donate should contact Project Just Because, according to President Cherylann Lambert-Walsh, to fill a number of needs. They are at 45 South Street, Suite G, Hopkinton. A phone call ahead to 508-435-6511 would be appropriate 9am-4pm daily to coordinate the best time to visit.

     Among the needs, according to Ms. Walsh, are gift cards for food, housewares, and clothing. All three lost bicycles in the fire. The girl wears size 7-8 and the boy size 18, with a 32-33 waist equivalent (However, he prefers to pick out his own clothes).

     "We want to make it a little easier for people to give," said Ms. Walsh.

     Money is at the top of the list of needs for the family. Checks may be made to Caroline Melito and dropped off at Project Just Because.

Hopkinton Historic Preservation Trust

Group looks to raise funds


March 26, 2007 — On February 13, the Town’s Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the creation of the Hopkinton Historic Preservation Trust.  Creation of this trust fund was recommended by members of the Hopkinton Historical Commission, who saw a need to provide a system for accepting private donations for historical purposes.  Donations contributed to this trust fund can be used for the protection, preservation, purchase, or maintenance of historic buildings and structures.  Funds will be managed by the Commissioners of Trust Funds, an existing 3-member town board, and the periodic expenditure of funds will be authorized by the 7-member Hopkinton Historical Commission.

      A small number of donations have already been collected to seed the trust fund, but the Historical Commission hopes to create further publicity for the Trust and raise additional funds in the future. 

     “Creation of the trust will provide an alternate funding source for the long-term maintenance and restoration needs for historic structures in Town”, says Historic Commission Chair, Michaelyn Holmes (File photo). 

      “Historic structures make up an important part of the landscape in Hopkinton, and there are periodic and recurring needs for maintenance and restoration work”. 

      One important responsibility of the Historical Commission (Chapter 49, Section 8D of General Law) is to make recommendations to the Selectmen and the Town to accept gifts, contributions, and bequests from individuals, foundations, and government bodies.  Another responsibility is to make recommendations on the use and maintenance of historical properties owned by the Town.  Creation of the Trust will provide a mechanism by which donations can be dedicated for historical purposes and they can be accepted, managed, and put to good use.

      This is the sixth trust fund to be created by the Town to manage funds donated or bequeathed for specific long-term purposes and managed by the Commissioners of Trust Funds.  The five existing trusts hold funds for school scholarships, town beautification and trees, cemetery maintenance, and support of the library. 

      If you would like to make a donation, please make checks payable to the Hopkinton Historic Preservation Trust, and address donations to the Town Clerk.  Questions about the Trust can be directed to Michaelyn Holmes, Chair of the Hopkinton Historical Commission, at (508) 435-4279.

~ William Shaw, Chairman, Hopkinton Historical Society

New Schedule for the start of the 2007 Boston Marathon:


Earlier start could mean record times


Division                                                                             Start Time

Mobility Impaired Division (approximately 10 athletes)     9:00 a.m.

Wheelchair Division (approximately 50 athletes):            9:25 a.m.

Elite Women (approximately 80 athletes):                       9:35 a.m.

Wave One (approximately 10,000 athletes):                10:00 a.m.

Wave Two (approximately 13,500 athletes):                    10:30 a.m.


Below is a road closure and re-opening schedule for the towns along the Boston Marathon course (all times are approximate):



Hopkinton                            7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Ashland                              7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Framingham                        8:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Natick                                 8:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Wellesley                            8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Newton                               9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Brookline                             9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Boston                                Variable – 6:00 p.m.



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HRTC to hold Caucus for Candidates for 2007 Town Election


April 13, 2007 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM


The Hopkinton Republican Town Committee will hold a caucus to select candidates for the May 2007 Town elections on Friday , April 13, 2007 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Second Floor Planning Board Hearing Room ( #211) in Town  Hall on Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748. The Republican Caucus is open to all Hopkinton registered Republicans and unenrolled voters.

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It's a Bird, (It's a Plane)

March 25, 2007 — Dan Murphy took advantage of the warm weather on Sunday and did some flying at Hopkinton State Park.

Andrew Francis Regan, 82, formerly of Framingham and East Sandwich,  died Friday, March 23, 2007 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Bedford after a long illness.

He had been married for more than 50 years to the late Lorraine (Resteghini) Regan, who died in 2000.

Born in Northfield, Vermont on July 23, 1924, son of the late John and Helena (Wall) Regan, Mr. Regan was raised in Framingham and  graduated from Framingham High School in 1942. ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETE

Group raises nearly $10,000

March 25, 2007 — Members of the Woodville Rod and Gun Club held a fundraiser last night for the family of Laura Nardini. Laura, who died awaiting a heart transplant, necessary due a to a virus that attacked her heart last Thanksgiving, was the 14 year-old daughter of Gun Club members. Around 100 businesses donated goods goods, services and money for raffles. In all, raffles, ticket sales and donations brought in nearly $10,000 that will go to the family of Laura Nardini.

Hundreds turn out for HPTA Silent Auction

March 24, 2007 — Above, Peg and Ken Weismantel, who is a candidate for the Planning Board, place a bid on an item at the HPTA Silent Auction Saturday night at the Glen Ellen Country Club in Millis. 

To see a larger photo, please choose a thumbnail below.

The Aftermath ~ Mouse-over image to see the fire

March 25, 2007 — Above, part of the Dobson property the day after the fire. To see what this looked like while ablaze, mouse-over the photo (You must allow "active content.").

Patricia A. McNamara, 74, of 50 Edgemere Blvd., Shrewsbury, died Friday March 23, 2007 at the Millbury Health Care Center after an illness.
     Her husband of 29 years, William F. McNamara died in 1984.
     Mrs. McNamara was active in the Shrewsbury community for many years as a Town Meeting member, softball player & most importantly a Mother. After raising her 11 children she worked for the Commonwealth of Mass at the Glavin Regional Center and for the Department of Fisheries & Wildlife.
     She was a member of St. Mary's Church in Shrewsbury, Division #36 Ancient Order of Hibernians Aux. and was an associate member of the Vincent Picard Post American Legion, in Northborough, where she enjoyed socializing and playing Pitch.



Advise parents to monitor children closely



Yesterday, March 23, 2007 State Police detectives, with Norton Police, arrested an on-line predator who had been targeted in an internet sting operation initiated by the Stafford County, Virginia Sheriff's Department.


John J. Ready, age 60, of Norton, MA was arrested by State Police and Norton Police detectives at his apartment on Barrows Street in Norton after a lengthy investigation and sting operation which was begun in December of 2006 by detectives with the Stafford County Virginia Sheriff's Department. Ready made contact with a detective who portrayed himself as a 13 year old boy on the internet. Ready was then introduced to another "13 year old friend"  who was in fact, a 2nd detective. The two detectives received from Ready, on line, pictures and movies  of other children engaged in sexual acts with other children and adults. John Ready then introduced, on line, a friend, Gene Raymond Morrill, from New Ipswich, New Hampshire, who was also arrested in New Hampshire by the Stafford County detectives.


Stafford County detectives came to Massachusetts with warrants  to assist in the arrest of Ready, who is well known in the town of Norton.Ready has been involved with Norton’s Boy Scouts, and search and rescue teams for the town of Norton’s Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).. Ready will be charged in Massachusetts with Possession and Dissemination of Child Pornography. He will also be charged in Virginia pending his extradition with multiple charges relating to the distribution of child pornography and solicitation of a juvenile. Ready will be arraigned Monday at Attleboro District Court.


State Police and Norton Police detectives request the assistance of anyone having any knowledge which would be relevant to this investigation. They also advise that parents closely monitor their children's access to the internet and immediately report to law enforcement if their children are ever approached inappropriately on the internet. 


Please contact State Police detectives from Bristol County at 508-993-2016, and Norton Police detectives at 508-285-3309.

Shh... (Silent Auction)

March 24, 2007 — Nick Laloier, 7, looks over a bounty of items to catch the eyes of children at the Children's Preview at the Silent Auction this afternoon at Glen Ellen Country Club. The doors open again at 7:00 pm this evening. Photo by Ben Lewis.

New Merchants' group to form

Meeting on April 2, 2007 at 7:00 pm

Room 211 Town Hall


March 24, 2007 — Anne Mattina, the new Chair of the Downtown Revitalization Committee (DRC), has invited merchants and business owners to join the DRC at a meeting on April 2, 2007 to discuss forming such a group. What has been originally dubbed as a Downtown group, Ms. Mattina has agreed to extend the invitation to merchants and business people throughout the community.

     In a letter to Downtown merchants, Ms. Mattina wrote, "After the success of our inaugural Holiday Stroll, many business owners expressed a desire to from an association to further promote Downtown as a destination for shopping, dining and other services."

     "This is to fill a void in the business community," said Ms. Mattina in a telephone interview today.

   Ms. Mattina may be reached by email at profafm@yahoo.com

Silent Auction on




The HPTA is putting the finishing touches on the 24th Annual Silent Auction.  The event will be held at Glen Ellen Country Club in Millis, MA on Saturday, March 24.  Doors open at 7 pm.


Join Auctioneer Chuck Nowlin, disc jockey from WZLX, as he leads bidders through the Live Auction portion of the evening.  A special Live Auction item will be offered to benefit the Andrea and Joshua Memorial Scholarship Fund, created to honor Andrea and Joshua Goncalves who passed away in a car accident on March 26, 2006.  There will be multiple trips up for bid – a week in Antigua; two different weekends in Vermont; and a girls weekend at the Cape.  Rounding out the Auction are fabulous items such as a golf outing at Pleasant Valley; dinner in your home, prepared by local chef Rick Litavis; the ever-elusive Wii; and four tickets to see The Police at Fenway in July. READ MORE

Town Manager needs bail money

Pitch for Muscular Dystrophy Summer Camp

     I’m going behind bars _ help me get out!

      A warrant has been issued for my arrest! As one of the area’s “Most Wanted,” I’m going to be “locked  up” on April 4, 2007 at 1:00 pm at Stone’s Public House in Ashland to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

      The only way I can et out is by raising $1,300 to help send two children to MDA Summer Camp.

You can contribute to my bail by donating to MDA via check or credit card. Stop by, call 508-497-9700, or email anthony.troiano@hopkinton.org


 Candidate Recruitment on agenda

     The Hopkinton Republican Town Committee is meeting on Saturday,  March 24, 2007 in the training room on the second floor of the Fire Station on Main Street. The meeting will start at 9 AM and is open to all Republican and unenrolled voters in Hopkinton. The focus of the meeting will be candidate recruitment and candidate support for the upcoming May Town election.

      The Hopkinton Republican Town Committee still has several open positions for the upcoming May Town election ballot.  If you wish to run for town elected office, please contact Ken Weismantel, Chairman at 435-5725 or ken@weismantel.com for more information.  

     If you are a registered Republican, you can become an Associate Member of our organization.  Please come to our meeting or contact our Chairman for additional information about our activities. Click here to visit my Participant Page.

Residential Fire!


March 23, 2007 — Above is a video from the fire on South Mill Street today. Progress of the fire is apparent as it spread through the building and firefighters fought to get water to the flames. The property with antique colonial buildings is in one of the most idyllic parts of Hopkinton, home to horses and other animals. It is bordered on one side by a steam from Blood's Pond, and a beaver pond in the rear, which is home to many species of wildlife not seen elsewhere in Hopkinton. Fire companies from Southborough, Milford and Ashland were called to assist.

Residential Fire!

March 23, 2007 (3:15 pm) — Firefighters are still putting down this fire on South Mill Street at the home of Barbara and David Dobson. The building ablaze in the photo above is a workshop and secondary residence to the main house which is adjacent, but detached. The people as well as the animals got out safely and no one was hurt.

       Firefighters from surrounding towns were called in. Above a ladder from Ashland elevates firefighters above the roofline.

Voices for Vision II

 Visioning East Hopkinton

A Community-Wide Forum 

Saturday, March 31, 2007, 8 am-noon

Elmwood School Cafeteria

 Hosted by the Planning Board and Land Use Study Committee — Jointly facilitated by Sasaki Associates, Inc. and Hopkinton’s Voices for Vision Civic Engagement Committee.

This will be an opportunity to learn about planning options for East Hopkinton, including Weston Nurseries; discuss, ask questions and explore cost/benefit impacts of the scenarios on our community; give input about our ideal vision; make recommendations to the Planning Board.

     To sign up or for more information, contact Elaine Lazarus, Planning Director 508-497-9755 or elainel@hopkinton.org

    For more information, go to: www.hopkinton.org/gov/LandUseStudy A full copy of the presentation is available at the Hopkinton Public Library

Carol DeVeuve Announces for Planning Board

March 23, 2007 — Unenrolled candidate Carol DeVeuve has taken out papers today for one of two 5-year spots on the Planning Board. Mrs. DeVeuve, an accountant and mother of two, is a member of the former Master Plan Committee, and the Treasurer and fundraiser for the HPTA.

     "I've been involved in Town government on the periphery, and now its time to make the next step.

     "It's a great group of people on the Planning Board and I look forward to joining them — and Elaine [Lazarus, Town Planner] is wonderful," she said.

     "I just want to do a good job for the town."

     Mrs. DeVeuve is the second candidate in the field. Republican Ken Weismantel completed gathering signatures and tuned his papers in yesterday.

Richard E. "Tony" Brunetta, 57, of Portsmouth, N.H., died Wednesday, March 14, 2007, at home. He was the husband of Linda Brunetta of Portsmouth, N.H. Born in Hopkinton, he was the son of Elizabeth (Bagley) Brunetta of Hopkinton and the late Baldassare Brunetta.

     Mr. Brunetta was a graduate of Hopkinton High School and attended Newman Prep in Boston. He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Hopkinton. He served in the U.S. Air Force, retiring with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant.

     Besides his wife and mother, he leaves a son, Anthony "Toni" Brunetta of Portsmouth, N.H.  Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by J. Verne Wood Funeral Home - Buckminster Chapel.


State Police Join Crackdown on Aggressive/Distracted Driving and Promote Road Respect


To help reduce aggressive and distracted driving, the Massachusetts State Police will join more than 210 local police departments participating in the 2007 Road Respect Mobilization which runs from March 23rd through April 8th.  This mobilization is sponsored by the Governor’s Highway Safety Bureau (GHSB), a program of the Executive Office of Public Safety, and coordinates $475,000 in extra traffic enforcement with $110,000 in public information efforts. 


In 2006, state and local police in Massachusetts issued approximately 533,300 violations related to aggressive and distracted driving.  There has been a 7.4% decrease in the number of such violations issued as compared to in 2003, the year before the Road Respect initiative began.


Massachusetts law enforcement recommends the following 10 tips to reduce aggressive and distracted driving:

·       Obey posted speed limits.  Allow extra travel time for traffic and bad weather.

·       Always signal your intentions when turning or changing lanes.

·       Come to a full stop at red lights and stop signs.  Never run yellow lights.

·       Let other drivers pass and merge as necessary.

·       On multi-lane highways, use the left lane for passing only. 

·       Avoid distracted driving, especially if using a cell phone.

·       Refrain from unnecessary use of your horn.

·       Pay attention to the special needs of those who drive trucks and buses, ride motorcycles and bicycles, along with pedestrians.

·       Wear your safety belt. It’s your best defense against an aggressive or distracted driver.

If you encounter an aggressive or distracted driver:

·       Control your emotions to avoid escalating the situation.

·       Avoid eye contact and obscene gestures.

·       If a serious incident occurs, contact the nearest police agency.  If using a cell phone, pull over at a safe location and dial 911.


Make Massachusetts roadways safer to use by showing other drivers some Road Respect.


Running the Marathon? Hosting?

This meal's for you!


Golden Pond Assisted Living, located at 50 West Main Street, Hopkinton is pleased to invite all those running this year’s Boston Marathon as well as Marathon Host Families to a complimentary Pasta Dinner.  Please join us Sunday, April 15 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Kindly RSVP by Thursday, April 12 to #508-435-1250.  Stop by and load up on those carbs on us!!

Fleet Foot Run

Initiative to place 26 gigantic feet along the Marathon route

Sculptor Michael Alfano displaying maquette of his sculpture.

March 23, 2007 — Last night, architect Deb Brug and sculptor Michael Alfano announced the kick-off of an initiative to place 26, 5'x5' feet along the BAA Marathon route from Hopkinton to Boston. Mr. Alfano created the sculpture reminiscent of Hermes, the Greek messenger god, and the Roman god, Mercury. Different artists, picked by a jury, will be selected to decorate the feet. The initiative is similar to one in Boston last year that saw cows all over the city decorated, each by a different artist. To see them in their own words, check out the video below.


The Last Pick

March 22, 2007 — Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray spoke to a gathering of runners, fans and interested residents at the Hopkinton High School, where the HPTA, Garden Club, Marathon Quilters, Woman’s Club, and Friends of the Library had tables.  Artwork by local talents Nancy Bailey and Mike Alfano will be on display. Mr. McGillivray signed copies of his book, The Last Pick.

     Mr. McGillivray showed a slideshow of his first run across the country, which ended at Fenway Park, before giving a motivational speech to the assembled. To see an interview with Mr. McGillivray by HAA President Tim Kilduff, choose the video below.


Poll Results

The poll on the right was taken  in January of this year, and the one on the left was completed today.

It is very difficult to compare the two polls, because the questions are not the same. However, about 23% of the January participants and 24% of today's participants said, in one way or another, they do not believe in Global Warming. That is the only real constant in the two polls.

Money Articles to be voted at Town Meeting ~ Revised list

Click link above to get back to list of Money Articles that has been revised for a more accurate presentation

H. Catherine Sullivan, 93, died Tuesday, March 20, 2007 in Framingham. She was the wife of the late Timothy Sullivan, who died in March 2006.  Born in Hopkinton, she was the daughter of the late Dennis J. and Mary F. (Daley) Danahy.  She was a 1932 graduate of Hopkinton High School and a 1934 graduate of the Shepherd Gill School of Nursing, Boston. She trained at Emerson Hospital. She was employed at Cushing Hospital and as a private-duty nurse in the Boston area for many years.  She also worked at Telechron as the company nurse and as a secretary for the Hopkinton Police Department.  She was a member of the Massachusetts Catholic Women's Guild.


An Inconvenient Truth 

March 21, 2007 — Hopkinton resident Jim Troupes has dropped off a copy of Al Gore's  movie, An Inconvenient Truth (Trailer above), which lays out an argument to prove that increased carbon dioxide emissions have contributed to Global Warming, a phenomenon that Mr. Gore claims is supported by scientists without dissent within the scientific community. He envisions more super storms like Katrina and a rise in sea levels that some people have predicted for 30 years. To watch the movie, call the studio, take the DVD, and then pass it along, compliments of Mr. Troupes. Opposite viewpoint.

Dan McIntyre takes papers out


Un-enrolled voter and member of the DPW Advisor Board Daniel McIntyre (File photo), has taken out nomination papers for one of three seats on the Board of Public Works.


He joins James Pyne, also a member of the Advisory Board, as one of two people having taken out papers for that new position.

For an update anytime, check our election 2007 button:

Money Articles to be voted at Town Meeting

Debt Exclusion Articles:
1. Rescue truck ($680,000): Fire Chief (Article 38)
2. Middle School's renovations ($2,950,000): School Committee (Article 42)
3. Fruit Street Fields ($3.5M): P&R (Article 33)
4. High School bleachers( $450,000):S chool Committee ( Article 44)
5. Center School Boiler ($243,000): School Committee (Article 41)

6. School Buildings and grounds to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Article 43)

Capital Exclusions Articles:
1. Dam ($90,000): DPW (Article 13)
2. Drainage ($25,000): DPW (Article 15)
3. Truck ($180,000): DPW (Article 16)
4. Truck ($150,000): DPW (Article 17)
5. Sidewalk ($90,000) : DPW (Article 23)
6. Cemetery ($25,000): DPW (Article 24)
7. EMC Park ($115,000): P&R (Article 34)
8. Gazebo ($60,000): P&R (Article 35)

Sewer Betterment Phase VI Users: SRF Funding Program ($3,649,226): DPW (Article 19)
Ambulance Gift Account:
1. Ambulance ($180,000) Fire Chief (Article 37)
Water Enterprise Retained Earnings Fund:
1. Drainage Improvement to Fruit Street ($135,000): DPW (Article 14)
Sewer Enterprise Retained Earnings Fund:

2. Truck ($45,000): DPW (Article 18)

Water too cold?

March 21, 2007 — This great blue heron's calendar may have told it spring, but nonetheless it stayed out of the icy water in Woodville today, seen here standing on the corner of the foundation of the old firehouse on Wood Street. It flew off after the photographer left the confines of his vehicle, and landed at the other end of the pond, again, standing on a log, not in the water.

The Hood

March 21, 2007 — These hooded mergansers were one of two mated pairs on Firehouse Pond, as some call it, in Woodville today. Sightings of this type of reclusive duck are rare.

State Police Traffic Advisory – Route 95 South Exit 10 Off-Ramp to Coney Street Walpole Shut



The off-ramp (Exit 10) from Route 95 South to Coney Street in Walpole will be shut down until at least 6:00 p.m. this evening.   A tractor-trailer unit became disabled on the ramp.  The tractor-trailer unit’s load is will be transferred onto another tractor-trailer unit.  The ramp will remain shut until the transfer is complete.

The Women's Art Forum Presents Of Palette and Pen:

Painter & Poet - Judith Ferrara

Thursday, April 5th, 2007


Artist's Reception 6:00 pm-7:00 pm, Presentation 7:00 pm-9:00 pm @ CAA building

In 1998, writer Judith Ferrara ( www.paletteandpen.com ) returned to practicing painting after nearly four decades of being obsessed by art. In her presentation, Judith will describe the directions in which her decision has taken her. She will also read her poetry, as well as show examples of reciprocal paintings and poems that form her manuscript, Reciprocity. Judith’s paintings will be on display from April 3rd-10th. The CAA extends this invitation to all women of Hopkinton and surrounding communities. A 3-5 dollar donation is requested to help with administrative expenses. PLEASE RSVP to the CAA at 508-435-9222 or info@ www.caahopkinton.org for adequate seating.

 St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Welcomes All to Easter Celebration


St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) invites its friends and neighbors to join in a celebration of the miracle of Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday, April 8.  A Choral Eucharist, featuring the musicians and singers of St. Paul’s, will be held at 10:30 a.m.   Childcare will be available for ages 2-4. The mission of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is to minister unconditionally to all in the name of Christ through shared worship, teaching, healing, and service.  For more information on the Easter Service or Holy Week Services call the church office at 508-435-4536 or visit www.stpaulhopkinton.org.

Opportunity Fair for Students with Disabilities April 2

Students with disabilities and their parents are invited to explore what their futures might hold after high school graduation at the Opportunity Fair being held at the Ashland High School on Monday, April 2 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.  As in the past, representatives from universities, colleges, schools and agencies throughout New England will be available to share information about their programs.  Presentations will include:

5:00 p.m. What I Wished I had Known- Student forum for students by students.

5:30 p.m. Celebrate Yourself! Self-Determination and Successful Students --This presentation shows students how to know their learning styles, recognize their talents, and teach others how they learn.

6:30 p.m.  Bridges to College Success: Helping Students with Disabilities Prepare for College -- Director of Student Services for a local college will discuss issues to consider before applying to college.

7:30 p.mFinancial Planning for the Future-Preparing to Care for Your Student with a Disability.

Catherine (Danahy) Sullivan, 93, died Tuesday, March 20 at the Metrowest Medical Center, Framingham. Funeral arrangements, by the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, are incomplete at this time.

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