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Honoring Tradition

April 17, 2007 — Foreground, Selectman Mike Shepard and State Senator Karen Spilka pay respects to the flag at Cookie's Corner during the National Anthem prior to the start of the Boston Marathon Men's race yesterday. The tragedy at Virginia Tech had already occurred, but the nation, and  certainly the group at the Marathon, was not aware of it.

     Today, President Bush has ordered flags at all public Buildings be flown at half-staff to honor the victims of the tragedy in Virginia. Message from the President

Students Leave Campus 

April 17, 2007 — Above is a video from this morning snagged from AOL.

Route 117 on your  morning Route? Detour in Lancaster


Due to flooding and the rising water level of the Nashua River the Lancaster Police Department has closed Route 117 in the North Village of Lancaster. Traffic is being detoured off Route 117 at Route 70 and Route 110. Both directions of Route 117 will be closed through the morning commute and travelers are asked to seek alternate routes.

Dam Runneth Over

April 17, 2007 — The rainstorm yesterday was overshadowed as a story by the Boston Marathon and the massacre at Virginia Tech. And although this photo of Maspenock Dam can't compare with the usual crashing waves of Winthrop during Nor'easters, the level was over-the-knee deep on the usually dry overflow, and the water rushed powerfully downstream.

April 17, 2007 — The gazebo at Ice House Pond looks more like a floating boat dock as the rising storm waters covers its stone base.

DA Leone Hosts School Safety Conference


More Than 230 Educators, Public Safety Professionals, and Community Leaders From 33Communities Attend Conference Focused On Keeping Children Safe In Our Schools


April 16, 2007 — Bringing together educators, first responders and public safety professionals, and community leaders from communities throughout the county last Thursday, Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone, Jr. and Middlesex Partnerships For Youth partnered to host an annual conference focused on providing schools with strategies to prevent instances of youth violence as well as effectively respond to a crisis if one does occur. HopNews file photo.

     The conference, entitled “Communication: The Essential Ingredient For Crisis Prevention, Preparation, Response, and Recovery,” featured numerous panel discussions and presentations focused on a return to the basics of school safety. A central theme was the need for improved communication and coordination between all parties to help prevent and respond to all hazards crises, including instances of youth violence.

      Leone addressed the group in introductory remarks and served as the moderator for each panel throughout the day long conference.

      “Each morning when parents send their children to school, they trust that we are doing all we can to not only educate their children, but keep them safe and make them feel safe,” District Attorney Leone said. “The key to all of this is communication – a continuum of communication between parents and young people, faculty and students, schools and parents, and amongst school systems, communities and law enforcement. We all must come together, stay together and work together to identify kids who may be at risk and intervene before violence occurs, as well as work to effectively diffuse and respond to a crisis if one does occur in our communities.” Editor's Note: This piece was written before today's tragedy in Virginia.

HopNews.com Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Updated on April 16, 2007  by Eric Montville

Address Buyer Price Date Seller
5 Knoll Road Bruce W. Arbour $1.00 Apr.  12, 2007 Susan Yas & Sonia M. Arbour
4 Daniel Road Christopher M. Moxham & Laura J. Moxham $620,000 Apr.  12, 2007 Roy E. Lurie & Mary E. Rettger
39 Greenwood Road John A. Daley & Debra A. Daley $990,000 Apr.  9, 2007 HH Investments I, LLC

See Full List back to February 1,  2007

2007 Boston Marathon from the Start


April 16, 2007 — See snippets from today's 2007 Marathon from the vantage point of the Starting line in Hopkinton. If video does not play, it is because YouTube is still processing it. Try again in a few minutes.

32 Virginia Tech Students Killed by Gunman

Deadliest School Attack in American History 

April 16, 2007 — 32 Virginia Tech students were killed by a lone gunman who was killed by police after his rampage. AOL Video embedded above. Other media links on row of buttons above as always.

It All Started Here

April 16, 2007 — Winner of the 2007 BAA Boston Marathon at 2:14:12, Robert Cheruiyot (Bib #1), is seen here at the Start line in Hopkinton checking his watch moments before the start of the race. Mr. Cheruiyot, who is part of the Kenyan team, and last year's winner, was nowhere near his and the course record of 2:07:14, in 2006. More photos and a video will follow.

10 Years

April 16, 2007 — The Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center held their tenth annual barbeque inside this year at the First Congregational Church due to the weather, but the generosity of their main sponsors was not dampened. EMC presented a pledge of $100,000 and Natick firefighters presented one for $52,500.

A Leap of Faith

Dear Editor:

The Cultural Arts Alliance celebrates its 10th birthday with the best present ever—it pulled a Mary Poppins! Perhaps you saw the silo at the arts center, taking a leap of faith, sailing high above the landscape to arrive at its new cement-based home on the south side of the barn. With the silo secure, the barn becomes more visible and the community can witness the progress on the barn foundation to address structural and safety issues. And importantly, these steps continue to save a piece of historical Hopkinton for all to enjoy. FULL LETTER

Boston Marathon 2007 at a Glance


Schedule for the start of the 2007 Boston Marathon:


Division                                         Start Time

Mobility Impaired Division:             9:00 a.m.

Wheelchair Division:                     9:25 a.m.

Elite Women:                                9:35 a.m.

Wave One:                                   10:00 a.m.

Wave Two :                                   10:30 a.m.


11:00 a.m. -  2:00 p.m.            Race Day Press Conference – Featuring top finishers. Fairmont Copley Plaza, Grand Ballroom


5:00 p.m.         Awards Ceremony – The Champions and top finishers receive their awards. Fairmont Copley Plaza, Grand Ballroom.



10:00 a.m.       Wrap-Up Media Conference


Weather Forecast:

The most up-to-date weather forecast calls for a predicted spring storm on Monday, including heavy rains (potentially 3-5 inches), with the start temperatures in the mid to upper 30’s. Wind will likely be East (in the face of the participants for most of the race) in the 15 to 20 mile per hour range, with gusts to 25 miles per hour. This will produce a wind chill index in the lower to mid 30’s.


USA Women’s Marathon Championships

The top American women, including Deena Kastor, Mary Akor, Zoila Gomez and Turena Johnson Lane, will be competing for the USA Women’s Marathon Championship title as part of the women’s elite field at the Boston Marathon. The women will be competing for overall Boston Marathon prize money, as well as a separate U.S.-only prize purse of $70,000. USATF will also award $10,500 of championship funds to the top five qualified athletes in the race. At least two women from the field will be selected to represent the United States at the IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan, on September 2.


Official Entrants

The official number of entrants for the running of the 111th Boston Marathon is 23,903, 14,369 of them are men and 9,534 are women. This year, 3,945 runners from 181 countries are competing in Boston.


Boston Marathon in Space

NASA Astronaut Sunita (Suni) Williams will run the Boston Marathon in space, onboard the International Space Station (ISS) at 10 a.m. EST on marathon Monday. Williams, a Needham, Mass. native, will be running the 26.2 mile distance harnessed to a specially designed treadmill. Williams qualified for the 2007 Boston Marathon when she ran a 3:29:57 marathon in Houston, TX in 2006. Williams will be supported on the actual course from Hopkinton to Boston by an Earth Support Unit, headed by her sister Dina Pandya, fellow Naval Academy alumnus Ronnie Harris, and NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg.


Tickets Still Available

Say "Cheese"

April 15, 2007 — Hopkinton Police Officer Linda Higgins took the tradition of stopping traffic for tourists to take photos one step further by taking the photo herself, yesterday at the Start line.

Closing up Shop

April 15, 2007 — School Committee member, and Democratic candidate for Selectman Dave Stoldt, takes down posters from the HAA display of Marathon Art Contest posters on the Common yesterday as the day ends. Mr. Stoldt was one of the volunteers manning the HAA table yesterday.

No Skiing Allowed

April 15, 2007 — Early Saturday evening this truck apparently lost a tie rod (Hanging under car) on the driver's side front steering assembly. Like the beginning skier's stopping maneuver, the snow-plow, the truck came to an immediate stop; it had to get towed. The family is visiting for the Boston Marathon while one of the members runs. Officer Tim Brennan secures the scene.

Democratic Party

April 15, 2007 — Selectman Mike Shepard, right, introduced Matthew Zettek, left, as a Democratic candidate for Selectman, emphasizing Mr. Zettek's family's involvement in public service in Hopkinton, and his hometown roots. Mr. Zettek recalled his world travels, and his government service in Framingham, comparing Hopkinton's new Charter with Framingham's similar experience while he served there.

      The Democratic party/fundraiser was held at the home of Eva and Charles Beede for the third year in a row.

      "You should use your home. It is something we can do for the community," Mrs. Beede said.

Jack-knifed in the Soft-shoulder

April 14, 2007 — This tractor-trailer truck from Michigan attempted to turn around at the State Park Headquarters driveway on Cedar Street, but his Landing gear got caught up on the road surface as the wheels, which are not intended for off-road use, slipped lower into the soft-shoulder. The road was totally blocked until a wrecker could pull the truck out.

Laborer's Training Facility

One of Hopkinton's best kept secrets 

April 14, 2007 — Nestled among many private acres of woods, the New England Laborers Training Center has been called one of Hopkinton's best kept secrets. What do they do and what do they do for the community? Laborer's Administrator Jim Merloni was at Cookie's Corner this morning to receive a citation from the Selectman who declared today "Jim Merloni Day." Mr. Merloni was also praised for Laborer's donation of three sets of bleachers to the Marathon Committee.

      Afterward, he came to the HopNews video0 camera to explain just what they do there.


April 14, 2007 — Board of Appeals member Henry Kunicki helped out at the Republican Party caucus Friday evening at Town Hall. Party member Jim Stauss, upper right, ran the caucus because Committee Chairman Ken Weismantel was a candidate. In front of Mr. Kunicki is a ceramic elephant that has been seen at all of the Republican caucus's. HopNews awaits the results.

Show and Spell

April 14, 2007 — Elite Kenyan marathon runners met with Elmwood students in their classrooms, shared cultural experiences and traded the meaning of words on Thursday.

Jim Merloni Day

Foreground, left, Jim Merloni; right, Selectman Chair Muriel Kramer.

April 14, 2007 — Hopkinton Selectmen presented Jim Merloni, Administrative manager of the New England Laborer's Training Center, with a certificate declaring today "Jim Merloni Day" in Hopkinton. A frank interview with Mr. Merloni will soon follow on HopNews Video.

  Cheryl Perreault's Poet’s Corner



Who Comes Here?


by Brigid Marquedant


I’m slate gray with curved horns

Living where the Kenyans plant their corns

Head of an ox

Tail of a horse

Have a mohawk on my back

Who am I?

I’m the wildebeest.



Brigid Marquedant is an 8 year-old student who attends the third grade at Elmwood Elementary School . Her teacher, Paula Tangredi asked Brigid’s class to research a Kenyan animal in anticipation of the Kenyan runners visit to Elmwood this past Thursday.  The children spent the past month working on these research reports.  When done with the reports, each child also wrote a poem about the animal they researched.  Brigid enjoyed the game of “who am I’ when writing a poem about the wildebeest.... an animal that has not of yet been spotted in Hopkinton. ~ Cheryl

Fashion Show a Hit


April 14, 2007 — Models Alicia Shambo, Cindy Bernardo, Karen Abrams, Carol Walsh, Ellen Wright, Rebecca Robak, Trina Macchi, Maryellen Kelleher, Therese Collins, Julie McGuirl, and Leda Arakelian, this year’s makeover model, rocked the catwalk at the 2007 Hopkinton Women’s Club Spring Fashion Show held at the Hopkinton Country Club on April 10th to a sell out crowd.  All models wore the spring fashions from Lynn Evans for Potpourri Designs in Westborough and hair and makeup by Richard Francis Salons of Ashland.  The raised over $5,000 to donate to the new Hopkinton Senior Center for 9 new computer systems for their administrative offices.  Photo by Beth Jacobs

Elite marathon runners from Kenya visit Elmwood School 

April 14, 2007 — Thursday marked the 15th year that elite Kenyan runners visited Elmwood School students for an introduction and cultural exchange. For a small glimpse of what few adults get to see, watch the video.

B.A.A. Supports U.S. Troops.
“Boston Marathon in Iraq” to be held on Saturday, April 14.

April 13, 2007 – For the third consecutive year, coalition forces will trade in their combat boots for running shoes to participate in the “Boston Marathon in Iraq” to be held at the Tallil Air Base on Saturday, April 14. Last year’s race attracted close to 600 runners who circled the base before sunrise to escape the heat. The race is organized by Army Cpt. Andrew Heymann and Cpt. Tom Tolman, a past Boston Marathon runner. The Boston Athletic Association – organizer of the Boston Marathon – along with several of its sponsors has provided official bib numbers, finisher’s medals, Patriots’ Day commemorative pins, official finisher’s certificates, olive wreaths for the winners, trophies for the top finishers, participant t-shirts, water bottles, and race program publications. Over the last three years, the Iraq/Boston Marathon has become a welcome diversion and morale boost for deployed soldiers stationed in Iraq.

Last year’s Boston Marathon in Iraq winner, Navy Ltd. Cmdr. Matt Simms, will run the 111th Boston Marathon from Hopkinton to Boston on Monday, April 16, and will be among the 23,800 official entrants. Since crossing the finish line first in 2:53:35 on Tallil Air Base last April, he has completed his one year mobilization in Iraq, and returned to his hometown of Langley, Washington. Simms is a veteran marathoner.

Two Heart Patients to Run Double Marathon



April 13, 2007 – Two heart patients, Bill Nawn of New Hampshire and Sean Luitjens of Vermont, will be running a double Boston Marathon. The purpose of their Heart2Heart Run is to increase awareness of heart disease risks and the need for early identification and treatment. The H2H Run also helps raise funds for continued cardiovascular research. Photo courtesy of Heart2Heart.

     Leaving at 5 A.M. from the Boston Finish Line, Nawn and Luitjens will complete the first 26.2 miles of their run to Hopkinton, prior to the official marathon. Following a brief rest, the two runners will take their official marathon positions for the return race back to Boston. 

     Each man will have completed 52.4 miles, for a combined total of 104.8 miles in one day. Click here to see the NECN Video.

State Police Arrest Shooting Suspect in Wilmington


Yesterday, at approximately 10:10 p.m., the female operator of a motor vehicle reported by cell phone that shots were fired at her vehicle on Mt. Vernon Street at South Broadway Street in Lawrence by the operator of a 1997 Blue Ford Explorer.  The caller then reported following the vehicle onto Route 495 South in Lawrence and later onto Route 93 South.  Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Andover responded to Route 93 South to look for the Ford.  Sergeant Dennis Bertulli observed the Ford on Route 93 South in Wilmington and attempted to stop the vehicle.  The vehicle failed to stop and Sergeant Bertulli followed the vehicle as it exited Route 93 at Exit 38 onto Route 129 West in Wilmington.  The Ford stopped on its own in a parking lot on Route 129 at West Street and the operator was arrested without incident.  During the investigation, State Police recovered a firearm.


The operator of the Ford, Rodney Harper, age 41, of Lawrence, was transported to the State Police Barracks in Andover where he was booked.  Harper was later taken to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Middleton pending arraignment in Lawrence District Court on the following charges:

  • Carrying a Firearm without a License

  • Carrying a Firearm with Ammunition

  • Attempted Murder

  • Failure to Stop for Police

  • Operating a Motor Vehicle After License Revocation




Un-enrolled Voters Welcome


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


The Republican Caucus is open to all Hopkinton registered Republicans and un-enrolled voters.  

The following positions are available:


Board of Selectmen- 3 year term ( 2 positions)

School Committee-- 3 year term

Planning Board- 5 year term ( 2 positions)

Board of Public Works- 3 year term (3 positions)

Board of Health- 3 year term

Cemetery Commission-  3 year term

Commissioner of Trust Fund-  3 year term

Housing Authority- 5 year term

Parks and Recreation Commission-  3 year term ( 2 positions)

Moderator-  3 year term

Board of Assessors-  3 year term

Town Clerk- 3 year term

Constables- 3 year term (3 positions)

Have a seat

April 13, 2007 — Workers from the New England Laborer's Training Center as well as the Hopkinton DPW get ready to move one of three bleachers donated to the Marathon Committee by Laborer's that will be used for the marathon and then transported to the upper field at the Middle School

On the Move

April 13, 2007 — Thanks to Pete Thalman for the photo tip of a dozen or so wild turkeys behind his 35 Main Street building. The camera-shy turkeys ran away from the camera, but never left that patch of woods.

     "I think they live there," said the photographer to an interested party.

     "Not for long," he replied, referring to the 42,000 square foot building planned for the site.

 Award Winning Hopkinton High School Band

April 12, 2007 — The Hopkinton High School Band, which earned a Gold at the MICCA competition, donned Kenyan tee shirts this morning and provided live music for the Kenyan's visit to Elmwood School. In the video above, they performed a song just for HopNews readers prior to the show. Please listen and enjoy.  On Friday, David Sheehan will be editing the video of the Kenyan's visit to Elmwood

Thank You!

Above, Mary McQueeny turns to speak to Sharon Lisnow. Kara Walters is to sharon's left.

April 12, 2007 — EMC Vice-Chairman Bill Teuber kicked off the 10th Anniversary of the Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center this evening with opening remarks that recognized BAA Marathon Wheelchair Division winner Ernst Van Dyk, who is a favorite visitor at the Respite Center. Basketball Star Kara Walters was the keynote speaker.

      "I almost couldn't make it due to a scheduling conflict," she said. "I was booked for the Imus Show, but something happened," she said to laughter. Ms. Walters, who recently gave birth, had a sister who was diagnosed with a brain tumor and became a client at the Respite Center. She fought tears during her opening remarks that were, she said, "From the heart."

       "We could all learn a thing or two from the Respite Center. What Sharon and Mary do for the community is priceless.

       "The outreach from Hopkinton — from EMC donating thousands, to the plumber donating his time — it all helps," she said.

        "Thank you to everyone. You should all feel good about the contributions you made," she said, verbalizing the theme of the evening.

        Sharon Lisnow thanked EMC, "Our biggest supporter," and called them, "The backbone of our success."

        She also heaped praise upon the Department of Retardation in Framingham and the Respite Center's  young staff.

        "This ten-year Anniversary is about you," she said to the gathering of invited guests, each who contributed in some way.

        "Thank you!"    

Senator Karen Spilka to Meet with Hopkinton Residents

Wednesday, April 25, 2007, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Bill's Pizza and Restaurant, 14 Main Street

      State Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) is holding an informal office hour for the residents of Hopkinton to discuss issues of importance to them.  All constituents are encouraged to stop by, have a slice of pizza, and meet the Senator in person, as well as raise any questions, concerns or ideas they may have.

     Any resident unable to attend should feel free to contact the Senator's
State House office at (617) 722-1640 at any time.



April 12, 2007 — Kenyan marathoner James Koskei receives a grand welcome into the Elmwood School community this morning.

The Kenyans are coming!! The Kenyans are coming!!

Elite runners share culture at Elmwood

Above, Rita Jeptoo, winner of 2006 Women's Open Division BAA Marathon dances her way into to the Elmwood School Gymnasium this morning during the Adopt-a-Marathoner Program.


April 12, 2007 — Who better to introduce the elite Kenyan marathon runners to a group of eager young Americans than a company whose namesake was one of the founding fathers, and whose signature alone coined a term that is part of the American lexicon: John Hancock. In fact, recognition of their contribution to Hopkinton was memorialized by declaring today "John Hancock Day" by the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen.

        Six-hundred or so screaming, cheering, ebullient Elmwood School students greeting the athletes as they danced down a runway through the crowd to the sounds of blaring American rock music,  slapping fives and beaming smiles back, and then taking their places at the head tables for the 15th year in a row.

        The reception was punctuated by a performance of the Kenyan and American National Anthems by the award-winning Hopkinton High School Band, and accompanied by well-practiced singing by the Elmwood students.

        Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John Phelan, said, "This annual event offers a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn about another culture and why it is important to develop a strong work ethic in sports and in school."  NOTE: A video report will follow.     

New ArrestsUPDATED, APRIL 11, 2007

Marathon on the Mind

April 11, 2007 — The Marathon may be 5 days away, but Jacque LeDuc, left, who does the race announcing until noon, has completed the painting of his own design of the starting line of the Boston Marathon, as he has every year for more than two decades. This event heralds the coming of other race traditions to Hopkinton prior to the Monday race, such as the construction of the grandstand, the erection of tents on the Common, and the arrival of hundreds of commodes.

      Mr. LeDuc, who runs the race to Boston with the second wave, chats with Race Director Dave McGillivray, right, who also runs to Boston after the race. Paul "Buzzy" Buzwell, background, assists Mr. LeDuc with the painting of the line every year.

Weather Alert - Monday's Boston Marathon

Wednesday, April 11, 2007, 5:00 pm — As the Boston Athletic Association continues to make preparations for Monday's Boston Marathon, we are monitoring the upcoming weather conditions forecast for this area.  Based on the National Weather Service's most recent report and in cooperation with the Executive Office of Public Safety (Commonwealth of Massachusetts) and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, together with the eight cities and towns along the 26.2-mile marathon route,  we are planning for likely heavy rain and windy conditions on race day.   However, all race day plans remain the same. The Boston Athletic Association advises participants in Monday's race to plan accordingly for their run, bringing with them gear and apparel to suit the conditions.  The B.A.A. will continue to update  its web site  -- www.bostonmarathon.org --  as necessary. Jack Fleming, Boston Athletic Association

New Police Chief...for a Day

April 11, 2007 — Hopkinton Police Dispatch Supervisor Meaghan DeRaad greets Chief for the Day, Olivia Gilman, 8, and her sister Julia 5, while Chief of Police Thomas Irvin looks on. Chief Irvin took Chief Gilman and her sister and Mom, Deb, on a tour of the station.

     "I have to give her an orientation," said Chief Irvin. "Olivia will be helping me at the starting line."

Please Help Jerry

      Donations are being welcomed for an auction being held to benefit Gerald “JerryHiggins, a popular tennis coach in Shrewsbury who became paralyzed last Christmas as a result of a spinal abscess.   The “Playing for Jerry” Benefit will be held on May 6, 2007 at the Westboro Tennis & Swim Club and will include a live auction hosted by “Matty in the Morning” Matt Siegel of KISS 108, as well as a silent auction. 

      Current auction items include a scholarship to the Nike Tennis Camp at Amherst College, KISS 108 Concert Tickets, a Patriots helmet, and packages to resorts in Boston and New Hampshire.  However, more items and services are needed. “For over 30 years Jerry contributed his time, energy and enthusiasm to many tennis organizations for both juniors and adults,” said Ellen Dorian, co-chair of the “Playing for Jerry” Committee.  “It’s time for us to give back.  Our goal is to help Jerry and his family deal with the adjustments and financial burdens they face during this difficult time, and give them the funds necessary to make Jerry’s life as comfortable and productive as possible.”  Dorian added that funds will be used for medical equipment such as a wheelchair, handicapped van, home healthcare not covered by insurance, and accommodations to the Higgins’ home to improve his quality of life.

      Total costs for year one are estimated at over $320,000, according to the NTAF Spinal Cord Injury Program. Individuals or companies interested in making a tax-deductible donation are asked to contact Cindy Mina at 508-842-6474 or at cjminhim@aol.com .   Services, items, vacation packages are all welcome, and donations do not have to be sports-related.   Monetary donations are also welcome. For more information about “Playing for Jerry” please contact Ellen Dorian at 508-460-4153 or visit http://www.dorianfamily.com/jerry.htm.

Town Manager "Arrested"

MDA Fundraiser ~ Call Now!

April 11, 2007 — Hopkinton Town Manager Tony Troiano was arrested minutes ago (1:10 pm) by Special Police Chief Don Creswell and taken to Ashland to be put behind bars until he can raise enough money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association to get out. To help "bail" him out, call him at 508-776-9399 and make a pledge. Checks are payable to MDA. Or call the Town Manager's Office at 508-497-9700.

Arbor Day Tree Planting

April 28, 2007 ~ 12 noon
At the Gazebo on the Hopkinton Town Common


Please join the Hopkinton Garden Club along with Hopkinton’s Selectmen, Seniors ,Elmwood School Students , Parks & Recreation And the Hopkinton Tree Warden celebrate Arbor Day as we dedicate a tree!
April 28, 2007 12 noon
At the Gazebo on the Hopkinton Town Common

Student Artists

April 11, 2007 — Winners of the Marathon Poster Contest received awards from the Selectmen last evening as they were invited to show their artwork to the cable television audience and pose for a photo. The contest was sponsored by Century 21 Commonwealth, the CAA, and the HAA, and involved students from the towns of Hopkinton and Ashland. Vice-President of Commonwealth, Richard Cass, center-rear of photo, said he would like to see the contest grow to include other towns along the route.


Town Counsel

      Town Counsel Richard DeAngelis was on the agenda to explain his take on the procedure necessary to change the use of the Lake Whitehall land the town purchased last year, from active to passive recreation. Article 36 of the Town Warrant seeks to do just that.

      The Parks and Recreation Commission sponsored Article asks for all 23 acres of the parcel to be converted from passive to active recreation; but some members have stated recently, as did Chair Al Rogers at this meeting, that they just need enough land for an extension to the existing soccer field, a parking area, and a two lane road into the existing Reed Park, where there is a tennis area and a soccer field. This would constitute a change of use.

      Mr. DeAngelis explained that the town board with jurisdiction over the property would need to declare to the Selectmen that it  no longer needed the land for the use originally intended. John Coolidge, Chairman of the Open Space Preservation Committee has laid claim to that jurisdiction, although Selectman Ron Clark made a case this evening for the Conservation Commission being the statutory keeper of that land.

      Town Manager Anthony Troiano said he spoke with Mr. Coolidge, who told him the Committee had voted to keep the entire parcel as passive recreation.

      Vice-Chair, Jeff Doherty said after the meeting that he could not remember such a vote.

      Mr. DeAngelis spelled out a series of legislative steps necessary for the change, but pointed out that the purposes stated at this meeting were not part of what he was told to write for the Article.

      Selectmen Chair Muriel Kramer advised Mr. Rogers that his group should get together with the OSPC and the Conservation Commission and work it out.

      Mr. Doherty promised that he could get a meeting held within the next two weeks.


Lake Maspenock Dam

      Peter Oram of the Lake Maspenock Preservation Association helped moved his group's agenda along by promising to get an appraisal for the dam the town wants to purchase from Milford Water Company for $1. Mr. DeAngelis explained that an appraisal is required even though the price is a token.

      Mrs. Kramer told Mr. DeAngelis that the Board wanted him to continue moving forward with the purchase and sale.

Suspect Charged with Attempted Murder of Trooper


April 10, 2007 — Today, at about 11:02 a.m., State Police arrested a Brockton man who fled in a stolen tow truck in Boston.


At about 10:45 a.m., while on a paid detail on Gallivan Blvd. in Dorchester, Trooper William McSweeney observed 22 year old Marcus Harris of 30 Oak St. Ext. in Brockton operating a 2002 International ramp tow truck which was recently reported stolen by Boston Police.  Trooper McSweeney followed the vehicle onto Hollingsworth Ave. where he activated his cruiser’s emergency lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle. Harris backed the tow truck into Trooper McSweeney’s cruiser and then continued to lead Trooper McSweeney on a pursuit that ended at Columbia Rd. and Ceylon St. after a successful deployment of tire deflation devices by Trooper Leroy Keyes.


During the pursuit, Harris was involved in three separate crashes.  Harris collided with 22 year old Zakiah Williams of Mattapan who was operating a 2000 Lexus at 555 Norfolk St. Williams was transported to Carney Hospital with minor injuries by Boston EMS.  Harris continued and then collided with 19 year old Darryl Simpson of Dorchester who was operating a 1997 Nissan Altima at 718 American Legion Highway.  Simpson was transported to Boston Medical Center by ambulance with minor injuries. Harris then collided with a 1988 Mercury Marquis causing it to strike a parked 1999 Ford Taurus.  The operator of the Mercury, Jonathan Hicks, was transported by ambulance to Faulkner Hospital with minor injuries. 


Harris was taken into custody at the scene and transported to the State Police Barracks in South Boston where he was booked on the following charges: 1) Two counts of assault with intent to murder, 2) Assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, 3) Assault by means of a dangerous weapon, 4) Three counts of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, 5) Larceny of a motor vehicle, 6) Receiving a stolen motor vehicle, 7) Failure to stop for  a police officer, 8) Leaving the scene of a property damage accident, 9) Operating to endanger, 10) Speeding, 11) Marked lanes violation and 12) Red light violation.


The suspect is due to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

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