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On the Move

April 10, 2007 — The CAA Barn silo got moved from its original location to the opposite side, the south of the building, which should keep it nice and dry. The slanted verticals in the main image are due to lens convergence. Photo of the barn in the air courtesy of CAA.

Hopkinton Idol


April 10, 2007 — Hopkinton Idol, a new ESL presentation modeled after American Idol, will begin this Thursday on HCAM-TV. The viewing audience will be asked to email their votes. The video above is an invitation and a sneak peak at the contestants.

Save the date ~ Register

5k Sharon Timlin Road Race

9:00 am June 16, 2007

Hopkinton High School



Join the 4th Annual Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K Road Race to Cure ALS on Saturday, June 16, 2007 at 9am at Hopkinton High School.  Registration is now open!  Register online at www.sharontimlinrace.org.  Activities for the kids will include a 1 mile fun run!  Awards, t-shirts, raffle prizes, refreshments and more.  The race is sponsored by the Hopkinton Running Club.  All proceeds benefit the Angel Fund, a totally volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting ALS research.

Vacation Club at "Y"

     The MetroWest YMCA Hopkinton will be holding a Vacation Club for children in grades 1-6 during the April School Vacation Week, April 17th – 20th.  The program runs from 8:30am to 6:00pm with the option of morning care starting at 7:00am.  Vacation Club Participants will take part in a variety of sports, games, challenge activities and crafts, along with a field trip.  
     Activities during the week will include floor hockey, dodgeball, swimming, crazy crafts, and much more.  This is a week your child won’t want to miss!  Those interested can register for individual days or for the week.  For more information or to register for this program, please contact Roberta Sinclair at 508-435-9345 or rsinclair@metrowestymca.org.  The last day to register for this program is Thursday April 12th, so don’t miss out!  (Please note there is no program on Monday April 16th in recognition of Patriots Day.)

St. Paul’s Spring Rummage Sale April 28

Looking for some great deals on clothing, toys, and other miscellaneous items? Then come to St. Paul’s Spring Rummage Sale on Saturday, April 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You’re sure to find some great bargains on adult and children’s apparel and accessories, books, and other items for your household!

Anyone wishing to donate items to the Rummage Sale is welcome to drop off items (with the exception of computers, TVs or air conditioners) at the church between 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27. To schedule pickup of large items, call 508-435-4536 or 508-344-9127.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) in Hopkinton.


New ArrestsUPDATED TODAY, APRIL 10, 2007

Planning Board told of "Consensus"

April 10, 2007 — Fred Merrill of Sasaki Associates, hired to create an East Hopkinton Master Plan, presented a synopsis Monday evening to the Planning Board, of the results of the May 31, 2007 Voices for Vision II, during which the Planning Board and Land Use Study Committee hosted  a presentation and charrette to 100 or so interested residents.

    The attendees were split into groups led by facilitators who channeled the brainstorming and articulated the results to the larger group. Tonight's presentation was about what Mr. Merrill called a "consensus" that developed from that meeting.

     "People really want the town to become heavily involved," he said. "They want to protect water resources, preserve open space and create a revenue neutral or positive impact on the town.

     "One thing that surprised me was a lot of talk of the diverse range of housing options," he said.

     "People wanted this to be a model for progressive land use and zoning sustainability. I guess low impact development would be a better word," he said, defining that as being modern storm water management techniques and alternative energies. Modern storm water management practices allow groundwater to be absorbed into the ground where it falls, rather than to direct it elsewhere. Windmills have also been studied as one of the options for alternative energies on one part of Weston Nurseries.

      Although Sasaki's charge is to study all of East Hopkinton, Planning Board member Sandy Altamura seemed to speak for a lot of people when she said, "We have 750 acres we have to deal with right now," referring to the Weston Nurseries land that a Special Town Meeting in June will vote to purchase or or not to purchase. Weston Nurseries is about 1/3 of the study area.

      Board member Jaime Goncalves suggested an overlay zoning that would allow retail or commercial on the Nurseries property, but would also keep the underlying zoning intact.

      Sasaki team member Glenn Garber said, "One of the reasons people do overlays is because you don't have to confiscate the existing use. A town can achieve goals without wiping away the existing zoning."

      Board member Joe Markey said the focus group had, "A lot of consensus for retail, varied housing and open space." Mixed use of the property has been a recurring theme at many of these types of meetings.

      Mr. Merrill felt that there was a consensus to preserve open space, have diverse housing, lessen fiscal impacts and be concerned with traffic impacts.

      The town expects to end up with 51% open space if the Trust for Public Land becomes an assignee of the town's first refusal rights; or even if the town waives those rights and Boulder Capital purchases the property, they have promised the same amount of open space. Or, the town could purchase the land outright.

       That will all play out at the Special Town meeting in June.

With the Help of Friends

April 9, 2007 — The Hopkinton Fire Department responded to mutual aid in Westborough because of a fire at the E.L. Harvey facility, Transfer Station #3. No further details are available at this time.

Open to the public 7:00 pm, Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Live from HCAM Studios, 77 Main Street, lower level
Presentation by Dr. Phelan ~ Presentation by Rebecca Robak, School Committee Chair
Question and answer period

Hopkinton Middle School Drama Club
The Sound of Music

Friday, April 27th at 7 PM
Saturday, April 28th at 1 PM and 7 PM
Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students/seniors and may be purchased at the door or at the Middle School office.

Low Bridge - Really Low Bridge!

April 9, 2007 — The driver of the trailer (inset) wanted to go to Hopkinton, but the bridge is only 11' high and is clearly marked. The camera phone-photo (inset), taken by Bob Hogan of Hopkinton, shows the damaged trailer (See top) being pulled by a towing company on the Southboro side of the bridge. The larger photo was taken from the Hopkinton side. The town line is the center of the Sudbury River.

Police News UP-TO-DATE  Today, April 9, 2007


4:42 am A caller from East Main Street reported that his neighbor had his car running with load music and was using a leaf blower...


8:44 pm There was a report of a tan El Camino driving around Hillcrest Drive with a load exhaust...


10:06 pm While on patrol, Officer Aaron O'Neil came upon three males who took off running from him at a home under construction on Overlook Road... 


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Updated on April 9, 2007  by Eric Montville for HopNews.com

Address Buyer Price Date Seller
10 Hearthstone Road Landen C. Williams & Sarah S. Williams $100 Apr.  9, 2007 Landen C. Williams & Sarah S. Williams
18 Breakneck Hill Road Paul B. Merrild & Christine R. Merrild $630,000 Apr.  3, 2007 Ross D. Ginsberg & Nina F. Lempert
Lot 24 Kruger Road John Villa & Kathleen M. Morse $3,000 Apr.  2, 2007 Kevin T. Connolly & Christine T. Connolly

See Full List back to February 1,  2007

Hopkinton Students Raise Teen Awareness about World Hunger

April 9, 2007 – Twenty-three teens from First Congregational Church of Hopkinton’s Youth Group, decided to make a difference to “STARVE HUNGER!” The students committed to fast for 30 straight hours, from 8am on Friday, March 9th until 2pm on Saturday, March 10th, to experience hunger first hand, something rarely encountered in our affluent nation. Over 600,000 students from 21 countries will take part in the Famine this year, dates vary by location.

“After taking a Holocaust Reflection class in school I felt challenged to make a difference in combating modern day genocide and other world issues,” said Stephanie Laurence, one of the two Hopkinton students organizing the project. “My dad recommended doing the 30-Hour Famine and I was put in touch with Christina Tomasetti who has suggested this project a couple of months earlier.”

The students collected an astounding $5,860.75 in financial donations to be used by World Vision to help children around the world who suffer from hunger, poverty, and a lack of hope. This money is enough to feed over 16 children for a whole year. It can also provide agricultural and microeconomic development assistance to help families and villages grow their own food, or facilitate aid to refugee camps, as well as provide water, sanitation, nutrition, and heath assistance.

Open to the public 7:00 pm, Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Live from HCAM Studios, 77 Main Street, lower level
Presentation by Dr. Phelan ~ Presentation by Rebecca Robak, School Committee Chair
Question and answer period


Hopkinton Women’s Club Spring Fashion Show
April 10th, 2007 - Hopkinton Country Club

Lynn Evans for Potpourri Designs in Westborough, and Richard Francis Salons in Ashland, are once again joining The Hopkinton Women’s Club in hosting a Spring Fashion Show fundraiser with all proceeds donated to Friends of the Hopkinton Seniors Citizens in support of the new Senior Center.  The Spring Fashion Show will be held at the Hopkinton Country Club, Tuesday, April 10th, 2007 beginning at 7:00 p.m.  

     The 10 models selected for this year’s event are Cindy Bernardo, Karen Abrams, Julie McGuirl, Alicia Shambo, Ellen Wright, Carol Walsh, Mary Ellen Kelleher, Trina Macchi, Therese Collins, and Rebecca Robak!   New this year, a contest was held to choose the recipient of a hair/makeup/outfit makeover.  Entries were submitted of someone deserving of a makeover and the winner is Leda Arakelian!  Tickets are on sale now for $40.   Please call Jane Lockwood at 508-497-9388 or send an email request to hopkintonwc@verizon.netFile photo, Cathy Flynn at last year's event.

New ArrestsUPDATED TODAY, APRIL 9, 2007

Presenting...Hopkinton's New Orchestra

HAA, School Dept., Chamber  instrumental in move

Above, Conductor, Dr. Cokkinias has the orchestra rise prior to their performance last night at the High School Auditorium.


April 8, 2007 — At the close of last night's masterful performance, the gathering of music lovers at the High School Auditorium were treated to an announcement that the orchestra they had just enjoyed is now the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra of Hopkinton. President of the MSO, Robert Ocasio, said today that he would like to see the auditorium named the Hopkinton Center for the Performing Arts.

     "The contract, which is effective in July, was signed by the School Committee last Thursday, and will be signed by the Orchestra his week," said Mr. Ocasio.

      "Dr. Karlin and I started talking with Chamber [of Commerce] people about a Marathon Concert, and ended up spending over 600 hours on the project.     

      "They want us, we want to be there," he said.

      Coinciding with the move from Marlborough, where they have been for 27 years, will be the purchase of a compact, mobile and removable $26,000 "shell" at the auditorium, to project and reflect sound, much like the purpose of the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston on the banks of the Charles River. Part of the cost will be shared by the HAA (Hopkinton Athletic Association), the Turnpike Authority and John Hancock.

      Mr. Ocasio was quick to give credit to Dr. Phelan and the School Committee, former Selectman Eric Sonnett, Dr. Bruce Karlin, and HAA President Timothy Kilduff for being instrumental in making the move happen.

      "Your community is so supportive. It is so exciting," said Mr. Ocasio.     

Paul A. Thistle, 57, of Hopkinton, died unexpectedly Friday, April 6, 2007, in Shrewsbury, after being stricken ill.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and are under the direction of the John P. Rowe Funeral Home Inc., 57 Main St., Marlborough.

Art on Art

April 8, 2007 — Susie Johnson, organizer of the Marathon Poster contest, speaks with artist Dustin Neece, whose works were on display. The painted portrait on the mantle in the  background is not a Dutch masterpiece, but one of Mr. Neece's paintings on display at the joint CAA/HAA reception that featured Hopkinton artists. Builder Craig Meyer opened the doors of his model home on Sylvan Way to accommodate the guests who then attended the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra performance at the High School.

School Strategic Plan Revised as ‘Target for 2010’
“2/3rds of initiatives on track or in progress” ~ Phil Totino
Teen Sex Survey Completed

By David Hamacher
April 8, 2007 — At Thursday's School Committee meeting, School Superintendent, Dr. John Phelan introduced the presentation of the revised strategic plan by saying, “Because of the current fiscal situation, this mandated three year review of our ten year plan calls for no new thinking, no new initiatives to be considered.”

Started in 1999, the ten year plan called for updates and revisions to be made every three years so that proper adjustments could be made as needed. “When you look back at the first documented produced on February 1, 2000, and look at where we are today, it’s amazing the amount of changes that have been made since then,” Vice-Chair Phil Totino said. The plan was last updated in 2004.

“This document has been updated to show the current situation (current fiscal year) with comparisons to the original named “Vision of the Future” strategic plan. Because the original objective was to identify and complete school district goals by the year 2010, we’ve renamed the document as Target for 2010. And we’ve added a third column, ‘Status’ which indicates the current position for each named measurements,” Mr. Totino explained. “The three categories are On Track – to indicate that the target has been reached; In Progress to indicated that work is underway to reach target; and More $$ to indicated that significant additional investment will be required to reach the target.” FULL STORY

Top Ashland Cop

April 8, 2007 — Ashland Police Chief Scott Rohmer (grey shirt), who is in his 21st year with the department, speaks with officers during the manhunt and tracking of a robbery suspect last night. A K-9 team from Westborough, Sgt. Peter Goodney and his dog, tracked the suspect's trail into Holliston.

     Ashland Town Manager John Petrin appointed the Chief last October 26 at a special meeting of the Ashland Board of Selectmen saying, "Scott Rohmer is the right man at the right time for the Town of Ashland."

     According to Ashland Police, there have been no arrests as off his writing (Noon).

Back in Jazz Time

April 8, 2007 — MetaJazz, an ensemble of musicians playing jazz standards from the swing, bebop and Brazilian jazz eras, will perform at the Enter Stage Left Coffeehouse at 8:00 p.m. on April 14. MetaJazz is made up of Greg Erman on trumpet/flugelhorn, Reed Cournoyer on piano/vocals, and John Funkhouser on bass.

The ESL Coffeehouse Series takes place at Enter Stage Left Theater Workshop’s intimate studio setting at 30 Main Street in Hopkinton. Tickets are $15.00 per person.

Violations of New Water Restrictions Could Mean Loss of Water Service

May-September rules


April 8, 2007 — Failure to adhere to new restrictions on water use could lead to fines, and after two violations, loss of Town water service, according to an announcement by Town Water/Sewer Manager, Eric Carty.

     Lawn-watering is restricted to two days a week, and could be further limited by a reduction in the flow of some streams. To see the full details, click on the link above.

Metrowest Symphony Orchestra

April 8, 2007 — Dr. Bruce Karlin, Town Moderator, warms up prior to the performance of the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra at the High School Auditorium last evening.

All That Scat

April 8, 2007 — Kaoruko, a jazz vocalist from Tokyo, performed her special style of jazz and scat singing with two accompanists Saturday evening at the newly expanded, but still intimate,  Enter Stage Left Theater Coffee House.

Manhunt in Ashland!

April 7, 2007 — According to Ashland Chief of Police Scott Rohmer, a white male 40-50 years-old robbed the Brooks Pharmacy on Route 126 in Ashland this evening, showing a black revolver and demanding drugs. The suspect was described as 40-50 years-old, 5'9" wearing a black hat and being toothless. According to witnesses, he was described as being "scruffy" and wearing a shirt or jacket that said "Averex" on the back.

     Chief Rohmer said that a witness watched the man take off in a northeast direction on foot. It was there that Sgt. Peter Goodney of Westborough and his K-9 (File photo) picked  up the suspect's scent and followed it through the woods, looping around  into Holliston.

      The manhunt continues at this time, 11:29 pm.

Easter Egg Hunt on Common

April 7, 2007 — Hundreds of children swarmed all over the Common this morning after Parks and Recreation Director Mike Preite signaled "Go" over a bull horn. Above, Elizabeth Kane, 4, discovers a golden colored egg under the watchful hands of her Dad, Ted, while her 19 month-old sister catches  up.

Hopkinton Idol

April 7, 2007 — Olivia Harvey, above, was one of several performers auditioning for a spot on ESL's Hopkinton Idol competition at HCAM-TV studios today. The show is set to air live Thursdays beginning on April 12 at 7:00 pm on HCAM-TV.

State Trooper Saves Woman in Submerged Car


Today, at approximately 8:50  am, Trooper Vincent Noe, of the State Police Barracks in Milton, had stopped a vehicle for speeding on Route 24 North in Stoughton when he witnessed another vehicle change lanes carelessly, cutting off a Jeep Liberty in the center lane. 


The driver of the Liberty, 34 year old Heather Scibisz-Nicora of Bristol, RI, jerked her steering wheel to the right, to avoid a crash, but lost control of her vehicle, which spun, hit some gravel in the breakdown lane and flipped onto it's roof landing in a marsh in a gully to the right of the roadway. 


Trooper Noe hurried to the crashed car and found the car on it's roof with the passenger compartment completely submerged under marsh water.  He waded out to the car in waist-deep water, and was able to assist the driver, who had been wearing her seat belt and was conscious, to the back of the passenger compartment and then helped her out the rear door.  Trooper Noe assisted the victim to dry land where she was tended to by EMTs and then transported by ambulance to the Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton to be checked out further.


The right lane and break-down lane were closed for approximately 40 minutes while the recovery  took place.  The entire roadway was opened by 9:30 am. 


The State Police were assisted at the scene by the Stoughton and Avon Fire and EMS Department.

Trash Talk


by Janet Sheehan

     I got "bagged" yesterday.

     My children alerted me to the fact that a man was rifling through our trash bins, put out for collection that morning.  I approached the gentlemen to ask him, quite frankly, what in the world was he doing?

      "I'm the recycling monitor, ma'am."

      The what?  "Let me see your badge," was my reply. 

      Well, it certainly looked official. Town of Hopkinton logo and everything.  "Do you get paid for this?"

      "It's a part-time position, ma'am." 

      So he went on to explain that his job was to go through a resident's garbage, to make sure they weren't throwing out any recyclable items.  My recycling was sitting on the steps, not yet brought to the curbside.

      "I see a milk carton in there - that's recyclable."

      "No, it's not, it's a waxed item."

      "Well, you actually CAN recycle them, it just doesn't say it on the recycling information sheet."

      "Oh - but won't that smell and get moldy?"

      "Just rinse it out, ma'am."

      "It will still get sour, even rinsed, and in the summer, it will be worse!"

      It was clear I was not going to win this argument.  I joke to my husband whenever he throws a can or a bottle away that I'm going to get the Recycling Police after him…and now I know they truly exist!!!

      This is serious business, folks…he notified me that if I were to receive two citations from him (Citizen's Arrest! Citizen's Arrest!) that the town of Hopkinton would no longer collect my trash.  Oh dear.

      "Well, please be careful…there are a lot of poopy diapers in there."  I don't think he even had gloves on.

      Just wanted to make sure my fellow townspeople are warned!

CAA Barn Restoration Project

Above, interior of barn today; inset of barn 18 years ago, where it remains for now.

April 6, 2007 — The CAA Barn on Hayden Rowe Street is being supported by gigantic I-beams, while its restoration is going on. Today, a load of cement was due to be poured on a pad on the southern side of the barn, where the silo will be moved by crane next week.

      Brian Herr, Chairman of the Barn Restoration Committee, said the move will make the silo more visible to passersby.

      "Perhaps it could have a future use as a ticket sales office for a stage show in the barn," Mr. Herr said.

      The Committee is seeking $100,000 at Town Meeting "To put the barn down," Mr. Herr said.

Laborer's Donates Bleachers to Town

April 6, 2007 — The bleachers above, as well as two other sets,  have been purchased by New England laborer's Training Center, assembled by laborers at the center over a three-day period, and donated to the Hopkinton Marathon Committee for use at the Start Line of the BAA Marathon. After the race, the bleachers are earmarked for a year-round spot at the Middle School, according to Marathon Committee Chair Dorothy Ferriter and Laborer's Facility Manager Kenneth McNally.

     "I approached Laborer's 6 months ago and spoke with Administrator Jim Merloni. They refurbished the 'If All Starts Here' sign two years ago," said Ms. Ferriter. "They give the whole place to the Committee starting on the Friday before the Marathon."

     "The Town does a lot for us," said Mr. McNally."

     The bleachers, three sets of them, will be delivered to the Start on Friday before the race.

April 6, 2007 — This mated pair of mallard ducks found a puddle in Hopkinton State Park near the woods to dine at his afternoon.

Wake up and smell the poetry

with host Cheryl Perreault

Saturday, April 14th, 10:30 am-12:30

HCAM Studio, 77 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA


Featuring the poetry of Ifeanyi Menkiti (Photo) and Ji Hyang Sunim with special music by Deborah Rocha. Open mic for songs, poems and spoken word to follow. Free coffee and pastry donated by Sauce on Main.  See www.hcam.tv for seating/open mic reservations.

Hopkinton Public Library Unveils
New Service for Library Patrons

With the Library’s New Automated Museum Pass Management System, you can now reserve museum passes from any computer, anywhere! With this system, you will no longer need to call or stop by the Library to see what’s available. Museum passes can be reserved via the Library web site, 24/7. Patrons can view the availability of all the Library’s Museum Passes, read the specific guidelines of each pass and create an online reservation. Stop by the library to pick up the passes two days before the use date or on a Thursday for a Saturday use. Reminders to pick up passes will be sent via e-mails. Discounted passes include Children’s Museum in Boston, Discovery Museum, Museum of Science and Museum of Fine Arts. For a complete list go to www.hopkintonlibrary.org

Patrons can search in two ways: first, by choosing a museum from a list and then selecting a date, or by selecting a date and then choosing from a list of available passes for that day. Showing only dates that are valid for the specific pass, the software prevents scheduling passes on an unavailable day. Reservations are made using a valid Library Card number and a PIN. The new system tracks all requests and assigns passes on a first come – first serve basis.

This is a great service for Hopkinton residents. It gives freedom to view, select and make reservation without staff involvement, all from the convenience of your computer. This project has bee generously funded through the McGovern Trust Fund.

There will be two new passes this year. Please check our website for details.
Mass Audubon – Visit 43 Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries statewide and Southwick Zoo.

Alton L. Keith, 64, of Canton, died Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at Boston Medical Center after a brief illness.
      He was the husband of Marsha M. (Antonia) Keith for 37 years.
      Born in Framingham, he was raised in Hopkinton, where he graduated from Hopkinton High School.ARRANGEMENTS

Student and Teacher Champions Score Many Awards

Mr. Charles ‘Chip’ Collins Named Best Buddies Advisor of the Year Award Recipient

High School Concert Band and 8th Grade Chorus Win Gold Medals

 “We just win” ~ Lauren Blake, Science Fair Award Winner


By David Hamacher


April 6, 2007 — Among the many award winners recognized last night at the Hopkinton School Committee meeting, High School Special Educations Teacher, Charles ‘Chip’ Collins was named the Best Buddies High Schools’ Advisor of the Year for his outstanding service as a volunteer.

            “Best Buddies is designed to pair up students with intellectual disabilities with other high school students so they can be included in the social arena,” Mr. Collins explained. “The slogan for the organization is taken from an old African saying, ‘I See You,’” Mr. Collins said. “When Best Buddies greet each other, they say ‘I See You’ because it’s just like saying ‘I recognize you as a person’.”  File photo.

            “Mr. Collins has led the program for the past three years at the high school and is now starting a new chapter at the middle school,” Mr. Christopher Arienti who serves as the High School Director of Special Education. “He is truly a gem of a teacher, and an even better person. He should be recognized for receiving such an honor.”

            High School Principal, Mr. John McCarthy announced recently that Matt Surka has been named a Finalist in the 2007 National Merit Scholarship Program.

            Science Teacher, Ms. Valerie Lechtanski was introduced as the Hopkinton team champion for the Regional Science Fair held recently at the WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), where Hopkinton won a total of 10 out of a possible 42 awards. Of the 14 schools and 122 projects participating, five schools had no winners. Sophomore, Archana (Arch) Vananrao took home the top prize for her work studying the anti-oxidant qualities of four different spices that could be used to reduce disease in the future.


All candidates turn  in papers


Choose the Election 2007 icon to see who is in the running so far for public office. The list includes everyone who has turned in nomination papers that were due Monday. Nomination papers with 50 signatures of registered Hopkinton resident voters was required. The papers of one candidate for the Board of Public Works, Kevin Kohrt, had his papers rejected because they did not meet the criteria. Mr. Kohrt has another chance to be put on the ballot by a vote at his party's caucus, which will be held on April 7, 2007 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at Hopkinton Fire Department. At this time the party may choose candidates for other offices, or even elect candidates to oppose someone who has taken out papers. However, the caucus will likely endorse those already running on papers.

 Road work, closing to begin day after Marathon

Spring Street to close for summer ~ Residents must show license to pass

Please be advised that the installation of the new water main on West Main Street and Spring Street will begin on Tuesday, April 17th. Approximate hours of work will be from 7:30am to 3:30 pm on Spring Street, and from 9:00am to 4:00 pm on West Main Street.

Please note that Spring Street will be open to local traffic only and residents living in that area will need to show their license in order to pass. The main detour route will be via Winter Street, for all other traffic. Please check the town’s website at www.hopkinton.org  for maps and additional information throughout the project, or click here for detour route. For special notification we will be utilizing the town’s new connect city service to provide important messages via a phone call to your house.

For those people who live outside of town and using Spring Street for their commute, you will need to seek an alternate route during construction. The project is estimated to last through the summer.

Phone 508-497-9765, Fax 508-497-9767

New Arrests—  6 UPDATED April 5, 2007

Child Seat Positioning

Safest Seating Positions in Vehicles

The rear center position is considered the safest seating location in a vehicle due to the distance from any crash impact.   However, it is extremely important that children are away from the frontal air bag system, and should sit in a rear seating position.   If a child is no longer in a car seat and is using the adult seatbelt (with a booster seat until 4’9” tall) they need to be in a seating position with a lap and shoulder belt.  Positions with a lap belt only will not adequately restrain any passenger and can result in serious head, neck, internal and spinal cord injuries.


The major concern regarding children in the front passenger seat is the air bag system.   Anyone seated in front of an airbag should be positioned as far away from the airbag as possible.   Therefore a child in the front seat should no longer be using a booster seat (4’9”or taller), and the seat should be moved as far back   as possible.  Additionally the child needs to sit properly in the seat and not lean forward into the potential path of an airbag deployment.  Based on the physical and emotional maturity needed to safely sit in the front seat the recommended age is twelve years or older.  However, the rear seating positions are still considered the safest.

Hopkinton Police Officer Stephen Buckley has made the above information available from the State's website. Click here to visit.

Celebrate National Library Week at the Hopkinton Public Library, April 15-21
Amnesty for overdue materials

April 6, 2007 — It’s National Library Week - a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide - and the perfect time for our community to come together @ your library.

The Hopkinton Public Library is celebrating National Library Week by sponsoring special programs for the whole family. Check the HopNews (Top of page, right) Calendar for days and times.

“Everyday, libraries in big cities and small towns, colleges and universities, in schools and in businesses help transform their communities,” says Library Director, Rownak Hussain. “At our library, people come together to celebrate the holiday season, enjoy library programs, doing research with the assistance of a trained professional, job searching, getting help on homework or check e-mail. National Library Week is an opportunity to highlight the services Hopkinton Public Library provides to our community.”

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance each April sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country. File photo

National Library Week is “Amnesty Week” for Past Due Materials! National Library Week is the one week of the year when patrons get a free pass on library fines! All patrons with past due materials are encouraged to return materials, no questions asked, and fines will be waived. Materials must be returned in order to take advantage of this once a year opportunity.


Head on Fatal Crash on Route 2 in Phillipston


Today at approximately 3:10 p.m. troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Athol responded to a two vehicle crash on Route 2 in Phillipston between exits 18 and 19 that resulted in one fatality.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Michael Willhite, indicates that a 2006 Kia SUV traveling on Route 2 West, between exits 18 & 19 in Phillipston, crossed over into the eastbound lanes of Route 2 striking a 1990 Oldsmobile sedan head-on.  As a result of the crash, the operator of the Oldsmobile, 50 year-old Rhonda S. Morand of Athol sustained serious injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash.  A passenger in the Oldsmobile, sixty-six year-old Edward Peters of Fitchburg was transported by ambulance to Heywood Hospital in Gardner with minor injuries and the operator of the Kia, thirty-nine year-old Joanne Martin of Jaffrey, New Hampshire was transported to Athol Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. 


This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section.  The State Police Crime Scene Services Section, Phillipston Police & Fire Departments, Athol Police & Fire Departments and MassHighways assisted troopers at the scene. 


Route 2 East and West was closed for approximately 2 hours during the crash investigation.  Traffic was diverted onto Route 2A around the scene of the crash.


April 5, 2007 – Enter Stage Left Theater Workshop Inc. will once again be hosting two performances of the puppet show Cinderella, A Woodland Fairy Princess on Tuesday, April 10. The first performance will be held at 10:00 a.m. and the second at 1:30 p.m. Both performances are geared to preschool and kindergarten children and will be held at the ESL studio at 30 Main Street in Hopkinton. Admission to each show is $5.00 per person, with a maximum of $18 per family.

The 45-minute puppet shows, which feature hand puppets and a fanciful tree stage, will be presented by Deborah Costine of the popular Gerwick Puppets. She has performed professionally throughout New England since 1975 at popular venues such as the Peabody Essex Museum, the Mark Twain Museum, and Boston First Night. She also performs monthly at the Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline, and at numerous schools and libraries.

Seats Still Available!!

Metrowest YMCA at Hopkinton to offer Youth T-ball program this spring

Coaches Needed


The MetroWest YMCA at 45 East Street in Hopkinton will be offering a new youth T-Ball this spring. The program will begin the week of April 30th  and run until June 23rd and is open to boys and girls ages 4 – 7. Practices and games will be held at the YMCA facility in Hopkinton.  Games will be held on Saturday mornings with practices being held once a week, in the afternoon. Players need to provide their own gloves, all other equipment plus a team t-shirt will be provided.  The YMCA is looking for volunteer coaches to provide instruction and encouragement to the players. This is a non competitive, instructional program with the emphasis on fun and learning.  Registration information may be obtained by calling the YMCA in Hopkinton at 508-435-9345. A coaches meeting is scheduled for April 25th at 7:00pm at the YMCA in Hopkinton. Call the YMCA to volunteer.

Sheila Fayne Schofield LaBossiere Was born October 31, 1944 in Framingham, Massachusetts to Cecil and Gladys Horton Schofield. Sheila died April 1, 2007 at her home in Browns Point, Washington. Preceded in death by her parents, her sister Jeannette Piers and her brother Gerald Schofield, she is survived by her husband of 34 years, Gerard A. LaBossiere, sister Marjorie Madsen, Lonoke, Arkansas, nieces Diana Allen, Linda Abbott, Deborah Smith, nephews Jerry Schofield, Larry Piers, Bob Stone, and Michael Stone.FULL OBITUARY

Paul W. Dyer, 80 of Waltham, March 31, 2007. Beloved husband of Josephine (Salupo). Father of Owen B. Dyer of Quincy, Paul M. Dyer of Waltham and Rachel D. Leal and her husband Gregory of Hopkinton. Brother of George Dyer of Tewksbury. Also survived by 2 grandsons Joshua & Jeffery Leal & many nieces & nephews. FULL OBITUARY

Teamwork + Imagination + Creativity = Solutions


The citizens of Hopkinton have a reason to be proud. We have a fifth grade Destination ImagiNation team that ranked as one of the most creative in the state at the DI Massachusetts State Finals held March 31, 2007. The team members are: Mackenzie Britt, Aidan Cassidy, Christopher Sellman, Sean Winthrop, and Matt Wolf and students at Hopkins School. The volunteer team managers are Tracy Cassidy and Margie Sellman.

DI is the largest worldwide creative problem solving competition for teams in kindergarten through college. Those involved with DI discover that creative solutions come from teamwork, cooperation and risk taking. The fact that every person has unique qualities, interests, and strengths is celebrated in DI and is key to the most creative teams. In this year’s program this 5th grade team chose the “card-DI-ology” challenge. After five months of teambuilding, brainstorming, negotiating, planning, testing, revising, and practicing, the team presented a structure made from standard playing cards that was 7 ¾ inches tall, 3 inches square, and weighed 1/10 of a pound. The structure held over 200 pounds. They also created a play set in an imaginary jungle with an insect hill that exploded like a volcano. Instead of magma, insects made from playing cards shot out the top of the insect hill. They also wowed the judges with the scenery that was made to rotate from a day scene to a night scene as the play progressed. FULL STORY

First Congregational Church of Hopkinton Donates Over 6 Tons of
Goods & Materials to Local Charities

April 5, 2007 – At the conclusion of the 6 week ‘Feeding with 5,000’ campaign, First Congregational Church of Hopkinton (FCCH) collected and distributed 13,701 lbs (6.2 tons) of food and household items to local charities. The initial goal of 5,000 lbs was far exceeded by the generosity of the church family and the Hopkinton community.

“I'm just blown away by the congregation's response,” states Dr. Michael Laurence, Senior Pastor of FCCH. “Our church truly cares about making a difference in the lives of people. We wanted to help the people who needed it most and encourage the people who lead these organizations. I think we met both of those goals.”

Each week, over 2,000 lbs was collected and delivered within 36 hours to the following local charities: Walking in Light Ministry, Hopkinton Food Pantry, Project Just Because, Salvation Army, Holliston Food Pantry Shelf, Serenity House, South Middlesex Opportunity Council, The Bridge House, and New England Dream Center. (For more information on these ministries, please contact First Congregational Church of Hopkinton.)

“Thank you for the overwhelming amount of food and paper goods delivered to us,” said Sylvia Stickney, Volunteer Director of the Holliston Pantry Shelf. “You brought us items most needed, almost as if you read our weekly grocery list.” FULL STORY

Support the Hopkinton Little League! 

Buy a ticket to the $10K Draw, one of HLL's major fundraisers ...


      Buy your tickets now! Email 10kDraw@comcast.net or call Maura Stanley     508-981-0089
Serena Doyle     508-435-0145     Jill Merloni 508-435-3741

          Event will be held on Friday, May 4th  7pm-12:30am at the Milford Portuguese Club, Cost - $100 per ticket (each ticket admits 2), Do not have to attend event to win the $10k.

         Join us for a night out to benefit the HLL  and for the chance to win $10,000!
Tickets include ...
- chance to win $10K
- Buffet from Oliva's Market
- Beer & wine & soda through 10:30 pm
- DJ & Dancing
        If you are interested in donating a prize or sponsoring the event please email Maura Stanley at maurastanley@verizon.net.  File Photo.

Hopkinton Senior Women send comfort to Young AIDS Victims

Above, from left Jane Anderson, Rita Paradis, Margaret Dewar, Pat Wade, and seated, Evangeline Skelton .

April 5, 2007 — Eight women from Hopkinton and two of their counterparts from Upton have joined forces with women from all over the country knitting Teddy bears for the Mother Bear Project, which sends the snugly critters to children in African nations, largely those who have been affected by HIV/AIDS.  85 bears in all have been produced by the women.


Attention New Residents
April 17, 2007 is the
Last Date to Register to Vote

For the Annual Town Meeting
And the Annual Town Election

April 17th Office Hours: 8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.

To the Library...and beyond!

April 5, 2007 — Meg Parduhn took three of her favorite people — Taylor, 5, Max 4, and Ryan 18 months— to the Hopkinton Library yesterday to hear the story about the duck who ran a Marathon.

A duck runs the Marathon?


April 4, 2007 — Pellie Runs the Marathon is a children's book by Michele Craemer, who read it to children at the Library today. To see Michele and learn where she will be next, watch the short HopNewsCast video.

 REVISED 10:45 p.m.

Drive through the dye on 495?

It can be removed ~ Insurance info below


Yesterday, at approximately 10:15 p.m., troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Concord responded to Route 495 North in Littleton where they found liquid debris on the roadway resulting from containers dropped from a tractor-trailer.  This resulted in an extended road closure of Route 495 North. 


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Kevin Callahan indicates 39 year-old James Simonds of Springfield, Vermont was operating a 2005 Kenworth tractor pulling a trailer loaded with containers of liquid dye.  While operating North on Route 495 in Littleton, several containers fell off the trailer and covered approximately 1500 feet of roadway with the liquid.  Several vehicles also reported being covered by the liquid.   


Route 495 North in Littleton was opened today at approximately 7:15 a.m. and several vehicles that traveled through the spill have been cleaned at local carwashes. The dye has been easily removed with presoaking and a routine vehicle power-washing.


Mass Highway is actively attempting to remove all remnants of the dye form the roadway through the use of sanders and other equipment. Although the vehicles of motorists, who travel on Route 495 North in Littleton, may be exposed to the dye it can be removed relatively easily at any area carwash.”


The Motor Carrier’s insurance company Canal Insurance has initiated claim # 425907 for this event. Individuals whose vehicles were damaged are instructed to document the vehicle damage in some way (pictures, etc.) and then call Canal Insurance Claims @ 1-800-452-6911, referencing policy 479297.  (Note: On 4/14, the policy number will change to PIA00780201).  Claims will walk them through the process.

 REVISED 11:45 A.M.

Town Counsel invited to explain Whitehall

Groups at odds over Conservation Restriction

War of the letters


by Robert Falcione

April 4 , 2007 — The Selectmen have invited Town Counsel Richard DeAngelis to next Tuesday's meeting to give an opinion on exactly who is in charge of the recently purchased land on the interior of a Lake Whitehall peninsula, and how to go about changing the use of the land. A point of contention is the Conservation Restriction (CR), which is so limiting that it specifically prohibits not only tennis courts, but even the riding of bicycles on the land, as written in the draft of that document. The document also prohibits fishing, although the only water on the property is a vernal pool, a body that is officially designated as such because there are no fish in it.

     The land was voted for passive recreation, as an interjection into the open space Article's presentation during last year's Town Meeting, under the premise that it had to be passive in order to get the Self-Help grant that was available from the State. However, it was that grant — a grant that was not applied for until months later, and was declined — that limited the land to passive recreation only. There were other grants available , but it was only that one that was applied for. And because the grant was not awarded, there are people who would like to see some of the land open to other, more active, or robust uses. File photo

    Members of the Parks and Recreation Commission would like to expand an existing soccer field, one that gets vandalized frequently, to accommodate regulation games — and add lights — as well as an increase to the parking area and use of another entrance. There is an entrance to the land at Piazza Lane, and a fire road between two other residences.

   The Chairman of the Conservation Commission, Robert Murphy, has written a letter to the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA) saying that his Commission and others have not endorsed the CR.  

   John Coolidge then fired off a letter to the EOEA claiming that the Conservation Commission had in fact approved the CR, and supplied dates of a vote. However, that vote was before the purchase of the land was finalized, and before the grant was denied.

    Article 36 of the Town Warrant, sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Commission, seeks to give jurisdiction of the new park land to the Parks and Recreation Commission. Town Counsel will undoubtedly address that issue next Tuesday unless it is solved prior to the meeting.

     Mr. Coolidge writes, "Prior to the closing, a group of citizens filed suit in Middlesex Superior Court trying to stop the purchase. The judge dismissed the case. At the present time, this vocal minority is trying to change the jurisdiction of the land from the Open Space Preservation Committee to the Parks and Recreation Department so that athletic fields, tennis courts, parking lots and roadways may be constructed there." However, neither the Parks and Recreation Commission nor any of their members were parties to the lawsuit, as Mr. Coolidge claims.

   In his letter, Mr. Coolidge blames an angry minority, politics, and poor memory on the part of the Conservation Commission, for the current contentiousness.

   This article has been revised following the receipt of a letter from Town Planner, Elaine Lazarus, pointing out some statements that were incorrect. This does not mean that the Ms. Lazarus endorses the article in its current state.     REVISED 11:45 A.M.


7:00 pm, Wednesday, April 11, 2007, Live from HCAM Studios, 77 Main Street, lower level. Open to the public.

• Presentation by Dr. Phelan • Presentation by Rebecca Robak • School Committee Chair • Question and answer period

 Article III from School Committee


The 2007-2008 Final School Budget

The Good, The Bad, and The Future


by Hopkinton School Committee


April 3, 2007 — In our last article, we listed the budget cuts and fee increases that would be required to achieve the FY08 budget number that the School Committee proposed on February 1, 2007. In the past two months, a couple of developments have occurred to mitigate the impacts of the proposed budget.

Firstly, the Board of Selectmen voted to approve a change in the way that the town recognizes payments from the water and sewer enterprise funds for the costs of shared services. The change will make the money received from these funds available for use in town budgets two years earlier than before. For FY08, this will provide $493,472 more than would otherwise have been available.

Secondly, the School Committee has been able to lower budget line items for special education and supplies. During the past two months, many Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for next year have been developed. The costs associated with these plans have netted out lower than the conservative costs that the School Committee had built into its FY08 budget two months ago.

Regarding supplies, the administration has intensified its efforts to limit discretionary spending for the remainder of the school year. This will free up money to buy essentials such as new textbooks to accommodate increasing enrollment at the middle school and high school that were initially in the FY08 budget.

As a result, the School Committee has taken the following actions with respect to the FY08 budget:
Rescinded the reduction of a teacher at the high school. As a result, the number of teachers at the high school will stay the same as it is this year.
Rescinded the increase in athletic fees. The previous plan had been to increase the athletic fee from $125 per student per sport to $175.
Rescinded the imposition of a $50 per student fee for participation in clubs at the middle school and high school. There will be no charge for participation in clubs. FULL ARTICLE

Second Place in Tournament

The 5th grade boys travel team placed second in the Medfield Tournament this weekend.  Pictured above are Ken Clark, Andrew Taggart, George Thissell Jr., George Thissell Sr., Peter DeMarco, Russell Lowell, Eric O'Neill, Steven Kerr, Nick D'Aloia, Jonathan Hacunda, Kyle Clark and Brendan Wolfe.  Missing from the picture is Johnny Hamm. Contributed Photo

Kaoruko at ESL Coffeehouse April 7


April 1, 2007 — Kaoruko, a jazz vocalist from Tokyo who has studied vocal performance, jazz composition, style and scat skills at Berklee College of Music and with Hal Crook and Charlie Sorrento, will be singing at the Enter Stage Left Coffeehouse at 8:00 p.m. on April 7.  Kaoruko has also performed jazz standards in clubs such as Ryles, Les Zygomates, and Bullfinch’s.  


ESL Coffeehouse Series takes place at Enter Stage Left Theater Workshop’s intimate studio setting at 30 Main Street in Hopkinton.  Tickets are $15.00 per person. 


Enter Stage Left Theater Workshop, Inc. is a performing arts center in Hopkinton offering theater education, training and performances for students of all ages.    For more information call 508-435-2114 or visit www.enterstagelefttheater.com

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