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Excerpt from HALT March 2007 Newsletter



 by Betty Fitzpatrick


Back in the 1950’s, wildlife was abundant on Saddle Hill Road.  Of all the birds and animals born in the spring, my favorites were baby ducklings - wonderful tiny balls of fluff following in line behind mama duck.  The wild mother duck is extremely protective.  If you happen to come across them and she sees you, you will never see them again.  She picks her family up and moves on.


The best place to find waterfowl was at the far end of the well named Duck Pond on Saddle Hill Road.  The front end, near the road, was open and cleared to allow fishermen access to large mouth bass and horned pout.  Traveling in from the fishing area, it became more over grown with alders, blueberry bushes and scrub pines.  There at the very end of the pond, is where the wild birds had their babies.  There were Egrets, Herons, Canada Geese, and many varieties of ducks, including the elusive and very beautiful Wood Duck.


Since I had no children at the time, I was freer to track birds and animals.  One spring morning, I left my husband snuggled in the bed, and started down Saddle Hill Road with my flashlight.  READ ENTIRE STORY HERE and then click on the HALT button to see the trail maps of Hopkinton and the scholarship application form.

Tote that barge

April 3, 2007 — Barry Gold of Outdoor Recreation of Hopkinton, standing on platform, directs an employee to pull the floating platform from shore, where it has been beached since last fall. The dock was towed to the Boathouse, where weekend sailors and landlubbers alike will soon be lining up for a chance to rent a boat and brave the waters of the Hopkinton Reservoir.

Resident Suggests Town Purchase of Weston Nurseries

To the Editor:

Dear Hopkinton Residents,


I want to remind you that our town has only until June to make a very important decision which will affect each and every resident of Hopkinton now and for generations to come.


On Saturday, March 31st, I participated in a dynamic, final presentation by Sasaki Associates, a team of land planners who have been engaged by the town to develop a Master Plan for East Hopkinton. The consensus of the eighty or more participants is that the Town of Hopkinton needs to control the Weston Nurseries land sale process.


We lose the right to really control the process if we don’t vote at a Special Town Meeting in June, to either work with Trust for Public Land or to purchase the property outright from Weston Nurseries. Trust for Public Land is working in conjunction with the town to craft a purchase agreement that is amicable to Weston Nurseries, the Town of Hopkinton and a developer. The goal is to preserve at least 51% of the property as conservation land, to set aside land for future municipal needs and to sell small, designated parcels to a developer to offset the cost of the purchase. ENTIRE LETTER

 Downtown Proponents Meet

Want businesses to respond to Hopkinton promotion


by Robert Falcione

April 3, 2007 — Anne Mattina, Chair of the Downtown Revitalization Committee, led the discussion this evening with fellow committee members and three downtown business owners who answered her invitation to form a Downtown business group.

     Ms. Mattina organized the successful Downtown Stroll during the last holiday season and suggested a similar event over the weekend prior to the running of the Marathon. She said she was motivated by the business owners she spoke with during that event, who wanted more representation.

    Mary Scarlata-Rowe, a principal of Enter Stage Left Theater at 30 Main Street, said that her group will be having program registration, promoting Hopkinton Idol, as well as an open house for the expected tourists and runners who visit Hopkinton on the weekend leading to the Boston Marathon.

      Nancy Haines will keep her Vintage Books, on the corner of Hayden Rowe Street and Chestnut Street, open for the Saturday and Sunday before the race. She also suggested an event similar to Ashland Day.

     This writer, owner of Photographic Images, will offer collectible postcards from the 100th running in 1996.

     The group discussed other ways to bring more vitality to the Downtown.

     Ms. Scarlarta-Rowe suggested that her group could do a "Shakespeare in the Park" on the Town Common, an idea that met with sounds of approval from the group.

     Member Scott Richardson promised that he would invite the major players in Downtown retail to form a focus group to discuss ways to bring more foot traffic to the area.

     Other suggestions included a business pavilion exhibition that would include any Hopkinton business people who wanted to show the public their work.

     Ms. Mattina showed a draft of a pamphlet she put together to promote Downtown businesses that will be given out to visitors on the weekend prior to the Marathon.

     To learn more or to become involved, please email Anne Mattina profafm@yahoo.com .

The "Res" runneth over

April 2, 2007 — The Hopkinton Reservoir cannot hold all of the water that passes through it in the springtime, as in this photo taken Sunday, so this overflow channels it to the Sudbury River, where it begins a long trip to the Atlantic Ocean.

UPDATE: Roads now open

Traffic Advisory


Due to a traffic crash, the following roadways are closed for an extended period of time:

  • Exit 26 (Storrow Drive) on Route 93 South;

  • Rutherford Avenue to Route 93 South in Charlestown.

Real Estate Transfers for Hopkinton for Past Week

Most recent first

Compiled by Eric Montville for HopNews.com

Two new this week

Address Buyer Price Date Seller
35 Chestnut Street Paul J. Reilly, Jr. & Hana Reilly $419,000 Apr.  2, 2007 Toni M. Carlson
12 Pinecrest Village Toni M. Carlson $265,000 Apr.  2, 2007 Claire V. Corbin

See Full List back to February 1,  2007

Police News UP-TO-DATE  Today, April 2, 2007


3:20 am A resident called in regards to a possible fight on Hayden Rowe Street...


11:52 pm A caller reported that a vehicle was all over the road and then turned onto Mount Auburn Street.  Officer William Burchard stopped the vehicle as it turned into a tree...


5:00 pm A caller from Oak Street reported that she wanted the Animal Control Officer to remove a deer leg from her property.  The Animal Control Officer was contacted and advised that the removal is the homeowners responsibility...


4:20 am The State Police reported that they received a call from a female on Hayden Rowe Street regarding her wanting someone to leave the house.  The State Police then called back and reported that they just received a call from a male who stated that the female had a knife and was putting threats to herself and him.

"Arts in the Gardens"

Garden Club/CAA Garden Tour tickets now on sale

April 2, 2007 — A joint event by the Garden Club and the CAA called Arts in the Gardens will be held on June 9, 2007. This fundraiser features a visit to 6 private gardens and three private art studios as well as the CAA, which will hold an open studio and display the garden that the Club installed last year. Enjoy the sounds of music and poetry that will fill the gardens all day from 10 am to 4 pm, as well as complementary artwork by live artists. The 10 locations are in Hopkinton and will be announced to ticket holders. For tickets contact the CAA at 508-435-9222. Photo of Ruth Gorman's garden.

Relay For Life LogoHopkinton Family Joins ACS Relay for Life
• Relay on May 18th

• Dance on May 12

April 2, 2007 — The Honey Hill Gang — consisting of members of the Penney/McIntyre family and friends, of Hopkinton — have entered a team in Hopkinton’s first “Relay for Life” to benefit the American Cancer Society. The event will be held from 6 PM on Friday, May 18 through Saturday, May 19 at the Hopkinton High School Track.

     Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship — and remember those lost — and raise money for research and programs of the American Cancer Society. During the event, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times.

      During this event, we honor survivors during the Survivors Lap and we remember those we lost to cancer during the Luminaria Ceremony. We also celebrate life, friendship, family, and a chance to work together toward a cancer-free future.
     Luminarias in memory of loved ones lost to cancer may also be purchased at Lovely Lady Salon at a cost of $10 per Luminaria. The Luminaria Ceremony will be held at 9 PM on May 18 at the Hopkinton High School Track in Hopkinton, MA. The Honey Hill Gang welcomes contributions of any amount as well as raffle prizes for the dance from individuals and businesses. Contact Karen Schiloski at 508.435.1236 to arrange for pick-up of contributions or raffle prizes. The Gang also welcomes supporters and visitors at their Relay for Life campsite at the Hopkinton track during the event. The Honey Hill Gang campsite — “The Entertainer” — will feature music, sing-alongs and cameo appearances by stage, screen and  music “legends.”
     Please help us help the American Cancer Society through the Hopkinton Relay for Life,” said Schiloski. Donations may also be made online at: http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=216906 Once you get to the Hopkinton Relay for Life home page, click on “>>more” under “Team Rank” and then click on the Honey Hill Gang. Related Story


     Continued Schiloski, “We’ll be holding a dance on Saturday, May12th, from 8 PM—Midnight at the Woodville Rod & Gun Club on Wood Street (Route 135) in the Woodville section of Hopkinton. Tickets are $10 per person, and all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. We need members from Hopkinton and surrounding towns to be there for dancing to the sounds of popular local band, Waynestock.” Tickets for the dance may be purchased at Lovely Lady Salon on Main Street in Hopkinton or may be reserved for at-door pickup by calling Donna McKenna at 508.435.5560 or Laura Connolly at 508.435.4471.

Brown Sugar

April 2, 2007 — Hopkinton Den 1, Pack 1 Tiger Cub  visited the Natick Organic Farm this past Saturday to learn about the history of how maple syrup is harvested.  They are standing in front of the sugar shack.

Mother and child

April 2, 2007 — This sheep and her lamb snuggle in the all purpose hay Sunday on Pond Street


April 1, 2007 —  The Hopkinton Middle School 7th Grade Band Conductor takes a bow between pieces at the MICCA competition at the Middle School Saturday.

      According to a participant at MICCA, "The the eight grade chorus got a gold at MICCA and They did amazing! They will be performing at the BSO on April 21st. Their director is Ashley Nelson."

      According to another reader, "The HHS Concert band got gold!"

     Another reader writes, "My group is the Hopkinton High School Concert Band, which is in transition to becoming a select group. Our conductor/teacher is Mr. Yavarow We performed at the high school on Friday (the 30th) at 5. We'll be performing again on april 29th at mechanics hall. We would have done symphony hall but a school trip that a vast majority of the band members are going on would interfere. Congrats to the other groups that got gold!"

Governor Patrick to speak to Leadership MetroWest


    Leadership MetroWest invites you to attend its 2nd Annual Community Leadership Forum on civic engagement “Engaging Conversations”, with featured speaker Governor Deval Patrick

     This forum will be held on Thursday, April 12th from 7:00 to 10:15am at the Sheraton Framingham. Besides what promises to be an inspiring address by the Governor, the morning will include a tribute to the late Rep. Debby Blumer and also, a unique civic engagement activity facilitated by Jay Vogt from “Peoplesworth.”

     This event begins with a networking breakfast for you and other community leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Please join us for this special Leadership MetroWest event. If you would like to attend, please email info@leadershipmetrowest.org, or call 508-872-6161 to request an invitation. All registrations, together with the fee of $30.00, must be received BEFORE the event, as we expect a sellout.

Some Leadership MetroWest Hopkinton alumni include: Executive Assistant, Geri Holland, School Committee Member Lyn Branscomb, Former Executive Secretary Ted Kozak, Former Selectmen Eric Sonnett, and Police Chief, Tom Irvin. FILE PHOTO.

A Walk to Remember Andy Welzel

 2nd Annual Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Walk


It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since our gathering last April at Hopkinton State Park. This year, in memory of Andy, a group of us will participate in the Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) as “Team Loonacy” and ride 200 miles to raise money to cure pancreatic and other deadly cancers.  We know Andy would have approved of our lofty goal; he probably would have run it along side us!

 Join us for a 3-Mile Trail or Paved Road Walk or Run

Sunday, April 29th ~ 10:00 AM Hopkinton State Park - Split Rock Site, Route 85, Hopkinton, MA

A post-walk gathering will follow. Bring your family, friends, (dogs), a blanket, picnic lunch, etc. for a day to remember Andy and support Team Loonacy. We are asking for your support to help us reach Team Loonacy’s fundraising goal of $20,000.  We will gladly accept donations at the State Park, or you can contribute online by visiting www.runhopkinton.org.  Donations can be made in Andy Welzel’s memory. ~ Laura and Kathleen


3-Mile Trail Walk or 3 Mile Paved Road Walk.   A suggested donation of $10 per walker/runner. Cash or checks accepted. Checks should be made payable to PMC. All donations are tax-deductible. For more information, contact Kathleen Karpe at karpes@comcast.net or Laura McKenzie at laurabmckenzie@yahoo.com.

       Directions to Hopkinton State Park, Route I-495 (north or south) to Exit 21A (West Main Street, Hopkinton), Travel on West Main Street to 3rd traffic light located in downtown Hopkinton.  Turn left, traveling north on Route 85 approximately 2 miles to Hopkinton State Park entrance on the right. File Photos.

WANTED: Good Samaritan(s)

Fire victims need short term housing


Caroline Malito, Leigh Ainsworth, and two children displaced by fire are looking for short term Hopkinton housing. This short term housing will be needed until Occupancy of  the fire damaged apartment is permitted. Call Project Just Because at 508-435-6511 or e-mail us at calsmith@erols.com  If you can help this very special family in need. (Contributed Photo)

Cherylann Lambert Walsh, Project Just Because, Inc., 508-435-6511 calsmith@erols.com http://www.projectjustbecause.org

Democrats to Meet


    The April meeting of the Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee will be held on Wednesday 4/18 at 7:30pm at the Hopkinton Fire Station (rear entrance, upstairs). All Hopkinton registered Democrats are welcome.  -  Dick Duggan , Corresponding Secretary, Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee

Moon Through the Pines

April 1, 2007 — The full Moon shone brightly over Lake Whitehall Saturday night.

Slow Ride

April 1, 2007 — Klara Wasiak, 3 1/2, enjoys a ride from her dad, Radek, at the Hopkinton State Park Saturday during the warm spell.

Hopkinton wins

March 31, 2007 — According to a reader who sent in this photo, the Ashland Tournament ended up with two Hopkinton teams facing each other, so, the reader wrote, Hopkinton wins! Both teams are together above.

Back Row (L to R) Diana Disch, Katherine Taggart, Molly Riordan, Courtney Urlage, Autumn Kramer, Meghan Hynes, Brennan Lavoie, Elle Girardi, Lisa Bohlin Middle Row (L to R) Gina Doyle, Abbey Johnson, Jesse Wise, Jenna Yaggy, Emily Viehl, Diana Disch Front Row (L to R) Jenny Hadley, Olivia Canestrari, Morgan Hanlon, Alex Radel, Katie O'Loughlin, Heather Clark, Shannon Donovan. Front Jane Hart. Contributed photo.

Loose Lips Sink Ships

March 31, 2007 — The judges (above) for the 2007 Marathon Art Poster contest made their choices today for 21 student artworks, but are keeping the winning picks under wraps until a grand announcement on Monday. $2,450  in prize money will be awarded to students ranging  from kindergarten to 12th grade from Hopkinton and Ashland. In addition, Dairy Queen of Ashland is giving a free ice cream to all entrants, and one student from Ashland and one student from Hopkinton will receive an iPod Nano 2 GB MP3 player. The contest is being sponsored by Century 21 Commonwealth, HAA, BAA, CAA, the Hopkinton Marathon Committee and the Youth Commission. The posters will be displayed in local businesses on Marathon weekend. Photo by Timothy Kilduff.

Voices For Vision II

March 31, 2007 — The Land Use Study Committee and the Planning Board hosted a presentation by Sasaki Associates which has been studying the impacts of development in East Hopkinton, and devising a Master Plan accordingly. Above facing; speaking, Liisa Jackson of the Land Use Study Committee and Fred Merrill of Sasaki. Photo by Ben Lewis.


Hopkinton High School students, Colleen Sullivan, (Subject removed), Marty Racenis and Laura Brisson, performed with the Massachusetts All-State Symphonic Band at the Boston Symphony Hall on March 24, 2007. Contributed photo.

2,500 Excise Tax Payments Overdue

$284,000 unpaid


March 31, 2007 — Town Treasurer/Collector Maureen Dwinnell said yesterday that out of $1.6 million in Excise Tax committed for payment, 2,500 bills totaling $284,000 remain uncollected.

     "I have never in 18 years as Treasurer sent that many demands on the first commitment. $700,000 remains uncollected in the first three quarters," she said. "I gave them a few days — until the 13th — and then on the 14th they go to the State Deputy Collector, and then they start incurring fees from the state and they get marked at the Registry," she explained. Mrs. Dwinnell also addressed the impact that pending money Articles could make on property taxes.

     Mrs. Dwinnell said that if all of money Articles passed at Town Meeting, with the exception of the purchase of Weston Nurseries, there would be an impact of $615 per $550,000 average home value that would be reduced to $471 the next year, Fiscal Year 2009. However, if Weston Nurseries is added to the mix, it would cost the average $550,000 home $753 more in taxes the first year and  $1,009 the following year.

     "I have never seen so many foreclosures," Mrs. Dwinnell said. "People should be homesteading. People can protect their equity up to $500,000 with the Homestead Act.

     "It bothers me that we're so far out and people are having a hard time," she said.    

March 31, 2007 Police and firefighters responded to a Proctor Street residence after the resident, according to police, fell asleep with a lit cigarette, catching a footstool on fire and filling the house with smoke. Firefighters put out the footstool that had been removed by the resident and evacuated the smoke that had quickly filled the home.

Whitehall Update



March 31, 2007 — An initiative by Parks and Recreation and others to change from passive to active recreation, the use of the 20 or so acres of Woodville land near Lake Whitehall that was voted to purchase at last year's Town Meeting, resulted in the formation of Article 36 of the 2007 Town Warrant.

    The most recent version of the Article available from the Town Manager's Office also seeks to place the land under the jurisdiction of the Parks and Recreation Commission, rather than the Open Space Preservation Commission,  and to allow them to apply for whatever federal, state or private grants, aid or loans that might be available.

     In a memo last week replying to a query from Town Manager Anthony Troiano, Town Counsel Richard DeAngelis listed procedures for the switch, a move that has been opposed by the Open Space Preservation Commission, the body  that recommended buying the land adjacent to one of its former members, Brian Morrison.

    The process begins with the Board or Officer having control of the land to declare that the land is no longer needed for its stated purpose. John Coolidge is the Chairman of that group and has stated opposition to the entire parcel being changed.

    It appears that a 2/3 majority of Town Meeting would be necessary to change control and purpose of use. In addition, a legislative act may be necessary for the transfer.

   According to Executive Assistant Geri Holland, the Article is undergoing revisions.

Three new candidates take out papers: Don Creswell, Jr., Robert E. Scott, and Justin Wiley. What is each running for? Check out our Election 2007 page and see.

Ann Marie Pearson, 60, died Thursday March 29, 2007 in Boston after a courageous battle with cancer.  Born in Milford, she was the daughter of the late Francis Moschini and Florence (Shaver) Moschini of Hopkinton.


She was a 1965 graduate of Hopkinton High School and was employed for 25 years as a nurse at Metrowest Medical Center, Framingham. She also served as a Eucharistic minister at St. John the Evangelist Church of Hopkinton.


 Positively Hopkinton


Bravery is in the Eyes of the Beholder

Programs uplift people

by Elizabeth Eidlitz


March 30, 2007 — By dumping sewage illegally, axing 37 trees at the high school, creating domestic disturbances or receiving citations for OUI, some Hopkinton residents make news. Many others make positive contributions to our community, yet some of those, like Claudia Vanderpool of Wood Street prefer not to be featured as individuals, but as spokespersons for Mother Teresa’s belief in the importance doing small things with great love.

A special ed teaching assistant at the Hopkinton Middle School, who noticed that once the skill and competition reached a certain level on town and school teams, some kids were left behind without a team to call their own, Vanderpool got involved in the Special Olympics in 1999.

Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics is an international organization which provides children and adults with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. 

“I coached for the Natick program initially, but wanted to start a program here in my own town. In 2002 the Hopkinton Youth Soccer Association sponsored our first team. We started with a dozen kids,” the Hopkinton program director notes. “Today we have about 40 athletes and an equal number of volunteers (partners.) Right now we offer competitive soccer and basketball, and play recreational softball, bowling and floor hockey.

“For each competitive sport we enter a regional tournament where our team is assessed in skill level, so that we are placed properly in the appropriate division for the state games.” COMPLETE STORY

 Positively Hopkinton


Hopkinton Woman running for Charity

  "Life is a Marathon" ~ Kathyrn L. Curry


March 30, 2007 — Kathryn L. Curry, who ran her first marathon in 1998, and whose father was a marathoner, is doing a double-header for charity this year.


     First, Ms. Curry will be running the BAA Marathon on April 16 to benefit the  Daniel E. Colella Scholarship Fund. Motivated by her own personal struggles and triumphs as college student, Ms. Curry hopes to raise $2,500 for high school seniors, "...to  ensure that others with financial issues may have the same opportunities I was granted.  I believe life is a marathon and an education is a wonderful way to start the journey," she said.


      Ms. Curry, who started running in high school, ran a marathon and a half at Disney on January 6th of this year after taking a break to have a couple of kids. She doesn't expect to break any records, but just wants to support the scholarship fund any way she can. Those wishing to contribute can email kcurry@cremedelacurry.com


      The second effort by this Renaissance Woman, who shows her photography and painting at PolyArts, is the donation of profits from the sale of specially painted cowbells with Hopkinton and marathon themes, which she will be selling at Colella's today, as well as several other days. To learn more and to see more of the cowbell themes, choose the thumbnail to the left and enlarge the image. She will be at Colella's between 3:00pm and 6:30 pm.

Amber Alert Canceled for 2 Washington Children

Learn more
The Washington State Police and the State of Montana canceled the Amber Alert after the children were
recovered safe and the suspect taken into custody in Denver on Thursday afternoon. ~ CodeAmber.org

   The Washington State Amber Alert above from Code Amber displays a "Cancelled Alert" message, which when clicked on gives the preceding information. Want to know more about this or any story from across the nation? Choose our NewsCity.us link and then navigate to the state and city you wish. It is a free HopNews feature.

Dodgeball, the game

March 29, 2007 — About two hundred of Middle School students turned out to play Dodgeball after school today in an activity sponsored by the Hopkinton High School Youth Commission Club, made up of Hopkinton High School students, and guided by faculty advisor Robert Williams.





Auditions will be held April 7th, 10am at HCAM studio, 77 Main Street Hopkinton.  To reserve your spot in line send an email to esltheater@comcast.net.


For contest rules click here

Hopkinton Student Tops in Science


The Worcester Regional Science and Engineering Fair was held at WPI on March 9. Over 120 projects were displayed by students from 14 area schools. The top 42 projects received awards and will go on to compete at the Massachusetts State Fair at MIT in early May. Hopkinton students have consistently been one of the top scoring schools at the Regional Fair. Each school is permitted to send 12 projects to the regional competition. This year, 10 of the 12 Hopkinton projects received awards with the top award also going to one of our students. Archana Vamanrao received the highest score at the competition which has earned her a place at the International Science Fair in New Mexico in May where she will be competing again with students from around the world. Arch’s project investigated the potential role of turmeric as an antioxidant in food.


Other winners and their project titles were:


Bryan Bromley and Kevin Li: A Study Between Shadow Contrast and Pressure: “The Pedo-Box”: 4th award

Jessie Karner: The Effect of Cell Phones on Reaction Time: 4th award

Sarah Smith: the Effects of High Frequency Radiation on Penicillin: 4th award

Valerie Ludorf:: From Surface Water to Drinking Water: 3rd award

Nicole Cooprider: Hit me Baby One More Time: 3rd award

Lauren Lodge: The Golden Ratio and our Perception of Beauty: 3rd award

Lauren Blake: The Effect of V. Cyanococcus on E. coli K12: 3rd award

Gabby Choi and Heather Freeman: The Evolution of Video Games and its Physiological Effects: 3rd award

Zach Perez: Durability of Swimsuit Fabrics in Pool Water: 3rd award

Archana Vamanrao: Antioxidant properties of C. longer: A Study and Comparison: 1st award

~ Valerie Lechtanski Science Project Coordinator, Hopkinton High. Photos by Mr. Worrell

Suspect arrested after manhunt — Charged with firing at  Trooper


March 29, 2007 — Yesterday, at about 10:50 p.m., while on Blue Hill River Road in Milton, Trooper Michael Hardman observed a 2007 Chrysler Pacifica which was wanted in connection with an incident in Boston earlier that day.  When Trooper Hardman attempted to stop the vehicle, the vehicle failed to stop.  Trooper Hardman followed the vehicle.  While on Unquity Road in Milton, Trooper Hardman observed the operator of the Chrysler fire a weapon at his cruiser.  The vehicle continued to fail to stop and Trooper Hartman continued to follow the vehicle into Quincy and onto Route 3A southbound. The vehicle became disabled when it travel over a tire deflation device deployed by police at about 11:20 p.m. on Route 3A in Cohasset.  The operator, who is believed to be the lone occupant of the vehicle, fled on foot when the vehicle became disabled. 


State and local police initiated an extensive search of the area.  The State Police mobilized its Airwing Unit, K-9 Unit, STOP Team and numerous patrols to help with the search.  At about 1:45 a.m., a 2001 Lincoln LS was observed attempting to leave the search area.  Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle but the vehicle failed to stop.  Troopers followed the vehicle into Hull where it collided with police cruisers and became disabled on Nantasket Street.  Neither the operator nor any police personnel were injured. 


The operator, Rico Perry, age 19 of Boston, was taken into custody and transported to the State Police Barracks in Norwell where he was booked on the following charges: Failure to Stop for a Police Officer; Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle; Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle; Failure to Stay within Marked Lanes; Failure to Identify Himself; Larceny of a Motor Vehicle; Resisting Arrest; Assault with a Dangerous (2 counts); Failure to Stop/Yield; and a Warrant. 


Perry is due to be arraigned in Quincy District Court this morning where he will also face the following charges which Trooper Hardman will be charging him with from the Milton Barracks:  Armed Assault with Intent to Murder; Possession of a Firearm; Possession of a Firearm within 500 feet of a Dwelling; Failure to Stop for Police; Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle; Use of a Motor Vehicle during a felony; Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle; Speeding; Failure to Stop/Yield. File photo


100's of Bidders = $40,000+

The HPTA held its 24th Annual Silent Auction on Saturday, March 24 at Glen Ellen Country Club in Millis.  The event was attended by hundreds of bidders, who helped to raise over $40,000 for the Hopkinton Schools.

The HPTA would like to thank Auctioneer Chuck Nowlin, disc jockey from WZLX, who led bidders through the Live Auction portion of the evening.  A special Live Auction item was 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.

The HPTA is also grateful to the Hopkinton Athletic Association, Boston Athletic Association, Hopkinton Marathon Committee, Able Limo, and Hopkinton Schools for the incredible ‘It All Starts Here’ raffle package.  The winning ticket was pulled by Dave McGillvray, Race Director of the Marathon.

Special thanks go to Hopnews for the excellent coverage and photography they provided for the Silent Auction.

The HPTA is particularly pleased to thank the following friends who helped to underwrite the costs of the Auction: Paul M. Phipps Insurance Agency, Inc.; Hopkinton Drug, Inc.; ReMax Executive Realty; E.L. Harvey and Sons, Inc.; The Milford National; Ryan Financial Advisors, Inc.; MicroNet Associates; Scott Septic, Inc.; and Joyce Plumbing and Heating.

~ Jean Bertschmann, HPTA President

One Degree of Separation

Technology intervenes in phone tree


by Elizabeth Eidlitz


Once upon a time—and a rather good time it was, before answering  machines, cell phones and email —the telephone company, warmly  personified as Ma Bell, encouraged us to “reach out and touch someone.”
Though technology may have improved our 21st century lives with online banking and website information, it increasingly consigns us to  anonymity by depriving us of individual attention, customization, and  personal contact with human beings. In many cases it wastes our time in the process.
The telephone rings while you’re cooking supper: the peas boil over while the voice of a stranger on tape greets you with fraudulent intimacy. After being called by your first name, you are offered a reduced mortgage rate on the house which you own free and clear.
Emails fly in from cyberspace: some, sent to those who hold doctorate degrees, detail financial aid for a college education; others, received by 75 year-old widows, promote Viagra.
A sign on the entrance to a department store reads, “Have a nice day.” A wish for no one in particular from no one in particular.
The telephone operator who puts you on hold assures you with anonymous canned concern, “Your call is important to us.”
How do they know?
One-size-fits-all telephone scripts instruct those who answer business phone calls to thank the customer for calling their place of work.
But isn’t it ridiculous that the person available for tech support offered 24/7 by my Internet provider has to say, “thank you for  calling Comcast”? Who else would I call for such service? Stop and Shop? CVS? McDonalds?
Why can’t the technician respond to my appreciation of his services by at least minimally tailoring his approach to an individual: “glad to have been able to help”?
Though I have no intention of blowing up an airplane, I don’t expect security to recognize terrorists and non-terrorists intuitively. I understand why we should all be required to remove our coats, take off our shoes, and put laptops in a plastic tray. COMPLETE STORY

Team Hoyt Sits This One out


March 28, 2007 — Dave McGillivray, Race Director for the Boston Marathon, stopped by the Selectmen's meeting on Tuesday to get the nod from the Selectmen to run his race from Hopkinton. April 16, 2007 will be the 111th running of the BAA Marathon.

    But he told of some unfortunate news: Rick Hoyt would be undergoing surgery on Wednesday, and the recovery period would be too long for he and his dad to be able to run the race.

    Dick Hoyt has pushed his son Rick to the finish line in Boston 25 times in a special wheelchair.

     "They are as recognizable as the Citgo sign..." said Sportscaster Bob Lobel at an event in Hopkinton last year. "Dick Hoyt has to be one of the greatest athletes we've ever laid eyes on."

    To download a HopNews.tv Video of the reception in honor of the Hoyts from last year, right mouse click here and "save as..."

Just Another Stone in the Wall

March 28, 2007 — His backhoe arm frames 25 Main Street as DPW worker Jamie Stewart prepares a cap stone for replacing onto its stone base yesterday.

HHS Grad gets Scientific Kudos


March 28, 2007 — While a student at HHS, Jennifer Tate spent a summer (2002) working at Natick Soldier Systems Center as a science and engineering intern. While there, she worked with one of the research teams (led by Dr. William Porter) on their current project.  Jen did routine preps and oxidation stability tests by a moderately complicated front-face fluorescence method.

     “She summed up her findings in an excellent fifteen page report” according to Dr. Porter.  The paper was published in the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (Vol. 83, page 697-705, August 2006) and included Jen’s name with the other researchers. A link to the paper is:  http://www.springerlink.com/content/u127746572307075/

     Jen is currently enrolled at Dartmouth College where she is also working as a TA for the Biomedical Engineering class.

~ Valerie Lechtanski, Science Project Coordinator, Hopkinton High

American Cancer Society Seeks Volunteers, Relay For Life Teams of Hopkinton

March 28, 2007 The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers and teams for the first-ever Relay For Life of Hopkinton. Organizers are holding a meeting at 6:30 on April 12 at Hopkinton High School’s Library to share with residents the importance of Relay For Life in saving lives from cancer.

Relay For Life is a fun-filled, overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the nation to celebrate survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones, and raise money for the fight against cancer.

“Relay For Life is an awareness raiser about the progress against cancer as much as it is a fundraiser,” said Leslie Barron, Local Relayer in Hopkinton. “Individuals who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting event as a volunteer or participant have made a commitment to fight back against this disease and let the community know that you can beat cancer.”

Teams of eight to 15 members will gather with tents and sleeping bags to join with more than 4,000 communities nationwide that sponsor Relays. Relay For Life brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, churches...people from all walks of life. Teams seek sponsorship prior to the Relay, all with the goal of eliminating cancer. If you are interested in signing up a team, email laura.french@cancer.org

Volunteers are needed to organize and recruit teams, seek community support, coordinate logistics, find refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment, and lend their support in any way.

For more information on cancer, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or visit www.cancer.org.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.  

“Open your Hearts”

Please join us for an evening of dining & dancing at our Annual Fundraising Gala
Friday, May 4th, 2007
7:00 – 11:00 pm
Doubletree Hotel Westborough
Tax Deductible Ticket Donation: $65 per person
RSVP by April 20th

Purchase tickets online at www.projectjustbecause.org -Make A Donation link or mail a check payable to Project Just Because, Inc. c/o jsmoran, special event planning 671 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052 Ph: 508-359-7778.
In lieu of attending, please consider making a tax deductible donation Auctions ~ Raffles ~ Door Prizes Mission Statement: Our Project is dedicated to helping as many men, women and children we can – providing dignity and love from the heart in a caring environment. It is our goal to help families by being a resource with items that families need while creating an element of hope for a brighter tomorrow. It is also our goal to educate families that want to help people but don’t know how. Our team can help
generous families help others.
Your generosity will help support the following ongoing programs:
♥ Feed a Hungry Child Program ♥ Career Center Program ♥ Back to School Supply Program ♥ Via Friend Program
♥ Educational Programs ♥ Basket of Love Program ♥ Sponsorship Program (Year Round) ♥ Domestic Abuse Unit Program
♥ Senior Program ♥ Keep a Family & Child Warm Program Creating hope in our communities for a brighter tomorrow!

Deadline for PolyArts Artist Registration is April 10, 2007

33rd Annual Hopkinton PolyArts Festival

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

Hopkinton Town Common

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

To join the more than 75 artists and craftspeople for the 33rd Annual celebration of the arts, please visit the PolyArts website to get an application.

The festival showcases many Hopkinton artists and craftspeople as well as others from the area. Community groups also provide food and set up shop for a day to promote the Scouts and other groups in town.

The scholarship this year is $2,000, double that of last year, and will be awarded to a student studying fine or applied arts.

Dr. Peter Cokkinias- Music Director in collaboration with the Hopkinton Athletic Association proudly presents

“The Boston Marathon Pops Concert”

Saturday, April 7, 2007 7:30PM
Hopkinton High School Auditorium
90 Hayden Rowe Street
Hopkinton, MA

Kick-off the 111th Boston Marathon season with a musical celebration featuring some of the most renown and recognizable motivational classics including:

“Fanfare for the Common Man” by Copland ♦ “Jupiter from the Planets” by Holst. Music from “Harry Potter” ♦ “Chariots of Fire” ♦ “Man of La Mancha” “Pirates of Penzance” ♦ “Superman” and a special selection by Antonin Dvorak. A guest celebrity “conductor” will also make an appearance to lead the symphony in a rousing march. Coffee and Desert Reception to Follow
Tickets may be purchased at Action Copy – Hopkinton, online, at the door, or reserved by calling (508) 453-4734
$15 Adult, $6 Students and Senior Citizens. Open to the Public Wheel Chair Accessible
For more information, please visit www.metrowestsymphony.org or e-mail president@metrowestsymphony.org .

Town employs creative financing

•School Dept. Supports Town Manager's Budget

•Maspenock Dam Certification comes through

by Robert Falcione

March 28, 2007 — Last night Selectmen met with School Committee Chair Rebecca Robak, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Phelan, Town Manager Tony Troiano, and Town Accountant Heidi Kriger to discuss details of a plan to move budget items totaling over $900,000 into the fiscal year under consideration.

     "We are talking about having this conversation in two years," said Chair Muriel Kramer. Ms. Kriger said the accounting change would show a shortfall in two years, because it affects recurring costs.

     "We don't know what will happen two years from now," countered Selectman Ron Clark, arguing that "Harvey's" could be up and running.

     "We support Tony and what he has suggested, said Ms. Robak.

     "Tony is proposing sharing potential new revenue," said Dr. Phelan, referring to the budget plan that Mr. Troiano suggested.

      "We are proportionately in it together," said Mrs. Kramer. The "Town" side of the budget and the "School' side of the budget have made proportionate cuts.

    "We went to Appropriations [Committee]," said Dr. Phelan. We realize it is additional revenue. This would help during a very difficult budget year."

    Ms. Robak said, "The cuts and the increases in fees will still happen."

The Dam

     Mr. Troiano told the group that he received Title Certification for the Lake Maspenock Dam today, and an opinion that the City of Woonsocket abrogated its rights to the water when they transfered the dam to the Milford Water Company. This removes one stumbling block toward the finalization of the purchase of the dam by the Town, which voted to authorize Selectmen to do so at last year's Town Meeting.

New candidates

     Democrat Kevin Kohrt, photo, has taken out papers for the Board of Public Works, one of three positions open for that new Board.


     James D. F. Collins, a Democrat, has taken out papers for one of three positions for Constable.


     Three other candidates have returned completed nomination papers to Town Clerk Ann Click. To see the up-to-date list of candidates, choose the Election 2007 button above.

Candidate Brian Herr Introduces Himself

To the Editor,

Dear Residents:


Please allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Brian Herr and I am running for the Board of Selectmen (BoS) this year.  Since announcing my candidacy several weeks ago, numerous people have asked me the same 3 questions over and over again.  Please allow me a few moments to answer them as best I can here.


“Are you crazy?”  Well, I don’t think so, but then again, my kids say I am.  The general conversation around this question focuses on the state of affairs with the current board and their communications.  My personality and professional training recognizes the differing opinions of others and respects their right to share them in a public format.  Last year, while serving as Vice Chairman of the Planning Board, I presided over the public hearings for the Water Resources Protection Overlay District.  During several nights of hearings we had our share of participants let the emotions generated by the topic, albeit understandable, get the best of them.  My years in the construction industry taking the heat, while staying on topic in meetings, paid off.  We got through the hearings with all concerned having had an opportunity to share their views. READ ENTIRE LETTER

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Spring Scrubbing

March 27, 2007 — The worker displaying the painting ad on his sweatshirt about 45' above the ground, Gerson Lopes, is more apparent than the one working on the other side of the cupola, Farley Bianquini,  as seen through the window. This building at 25 Main Street is getting a new paint job, right down to the raw wood.

State Police Take a Punch for the Melha Shriners 


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


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

Pasta Dinners by Shawn O'Leary


Please join us at 15 Main Street beginning at 5:00 pm on Sunday April 15, as we celebrate the running of the Boston Marathon with a pasta dinner. In the spirit of the marathon, we will be offering a special menu with a variety of innovative as well as classic dishes , devoted to the king of “carbs.” Whether you’re carbo-loading for the race, or in the spirit of the race, make reservations today.

Marathon 2007 Time Changes

Hopkinton Police

Public Service Announcement


  1. Time Change:

    1. 9:00 AM:        Mobility Impaired start

    2. 9:25 AM:        Wheelchair and Handcycles start

    3. 9:35 AM:        Elite women start

    4. 10:00 AM:      First Wave Runner start (10,000)

    5. 10:30 AM:      Second Wave runner start  (13,000)

  1. Road Closures:

    1. All roads around the Town Common will be shut down at 07:00 AM

    2. All roads leading into Hopkinton will be shut down at 07:30 AM

    3. Anticipated road re-opening 12:00 PM (Noon)

    4. Route 495 Exit 21A North and South will be closed at 07:30

  1. Bus Shuttle Service:

    1. Shuttle service for runners and spectators will start at 06:00 AM from designated parking lots on South Street and the Hopkinton State Park.

    2. Registered Runners boarding buses on South Street will be transported from South Street to Hopkinton High School via Route 495 South to Route 85 North to the High School. THIS IS FOR REGISTERED RUNNERS ONLY.

    3. Spectators boarding buses on South Street will be transported to Main Street and Pleasant Street where they will exit the buses. IT IS SUGGESTED THAT ALL SPECTATORS USE THE BUSES AT HOPKINTON STATE PARK.

    4. Spectators and runners boarding buses at the Hopkinton State Park will be transported to the intersection of Cedar Street and A Street where they will exit the buses and walk to the High School. IT IS SUGGESTED THAT ALL SPECTATORS USE THE BUSES AT HOPKINTON STATE PARK.

    5. Shuttle service will continue from 06:00 AM until 12:00 AM (noon).

  1. Parking:

    1. There will be no on street parking allowed in or near the center of town on Marathon Monday

    2. Numerous roads in Hopkinton will be posted No Parking.

    3. Parking is allowed only in designated parking lots on South Street and at Hopkinton State Park. Parking is not allowed on South Street or Cedar Street.

    4. All violators will be TICKETED and TOWED. NO EXCEPTIONS.

  1. Residents:

    1. Please allow ample time to leave your residence to go about your daily business if necessary. Once the roads have closed you will not be allowed to return until the roads re-open.

    2. Please review the road closure times on our website www.hopkintonpd.org


  1. Businesses:

    1. Please advise your employees of the road closing times. Unless you have an authorized vehicle pass, you will not be able to reach your destination.

    2. Please review the road closure times on our website www.hopkintonpd.org.


  1. Runner Questions:

    1. Please visit the Boston Athletic Association website www. baa.org or call 617- 236-1652 or 508-435-6905

Civics Lesson

March 27, 2007 — Daisies from Troop 2962 got a lesson in government from Administrative Assistant Geri Holland as they visited the Selectmen's hearing room. They also met with Town Manager Tony Troiano, who presented them with certificates of achievement.

Dinner for Six

March 26, 2007 — Pack 97, Den 3 of Hopkinton worked on Achievement 8 Cooking and Eating.  They studied the Food Guide Pyramid, and helped fix one meal for their family in the kitchen of Beth Jacobs, Independent Consultant for The Pampered Chef®. 

Janet Kirby, 63, of Bellingham, formerly of Hopkinton died Sunday March 25, 2007. She is the wife of Jack Kirby of Bellingham. Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

Resident Suggests TPL over Boulder

Dear Editor:
     “We do not inherit this land from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”  ~Haida Indian saying
     When news broke last November that Weston Nurseries had signed an offer from Boulder Capital, Inc., I knew that I could no longer remain complacent about a real estate transaction that could so profoundly affect the quality of life in Hopkinton. I also realized that as a resident of Hopkinton, I had rights, along with all town residents, to decide the outcome of the impending sale of these lands. Timidly, I began attending the Land Use Study Committee Meetings throughout the later part of 2006, and into the New Year. With little experience in town government and the processes that govern change within a community, and even less savvy about town politics, I sat timidly on the sidelines, afraid to speak out publicly. It is at this juncture that I depart from the role of silent observer, to publicly proclaiming my opinions about the proposed development by Roy Mac Dowell of Boulder Capital, and the more prudent option of a partnership by the town with Trust for Public Lands. FULL LETTER

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