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Gas Line Break

April 25, 2007 — Chief of Auxiliary Police, Donald Creswell, stands by at the scene of Spring Street construction, where a mechanical shovel digging a trench in the street ripped up a gas service line.

Democracy and Pizza

April 25, 2007 — State Senator Karen Spilka (Center) entertained office hours for Hopkinton Residents at Bill's Pizza today between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm. At the right is Director of Constituent Services, Pat Vinter. Hopkinton resident Stephen Spiegel was  one of several residents who came to speak with the Senator with personal requests. In the background is the Hopkinton Public Library.



Tickets: $1/each or 6 for $5

Cash/Check (American Cancer Society)

 Available at: Hopkinton Gourmet


Relay for Life Event May 18 – 19

Hopkinton High School Track


Donated by:  HPTA Relay for Life Team

All Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society


May 18, 19 "Relay For Life" of Hopkinton. It is an 18 hour event in which teams of 8 to 15 people walk around the track in order to celebrate survivors of cancer and to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. The event itself is on May 18 from 6 pm until May 19 at noon. There is food, beverages, and live entertainment throughout the night. There is an informational meeting on Thursday, February 8 at Hopkinton High School from 7-8:30 pm for anyone interested in creating a team. Teams can be made up of family members, friends, clubmates, sports teammates, co-workers, or any group of people. If anyone has any questions they can contact Carly Boyce at hopkinton.relayforlife@hotmail.com   or Laura French at laura.french@cancer.org.  This is a great opportunity for our community to unite together in order to celebrate the survivors of cancer and to raise funds to fight cancer.

Hopkinton Police 10th Annual

2007 Fishing Derby


Date: Saturday, May 12th (rain date is May 19th)

Time: 8:00 am to 9:00 am for children under 10 years of age

                 Fishing Derby 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Location: Hopkinton Sportsman's Club, 95 Lumber St., Hopkinton

Free to all those 15 years of age and younger

Free T-shirt to first 150 children to register

Pre-registration can be made by calling the station

Pond will be stocked with trout

Bait will be provided

Prizes will be awarded throughout the day with a trophy presentation shortly after 1:00 pm


Contributions now being welcomed

Click here to Learn More & Help Out

What goes down must come up

April 25, 2007 — The red truck fell off of the white tow truck, the same one up righting it, and rolled over, losing its load of scrap metals. The tow truck, fully loaded dump in tow, according to witnesses, was heading eastbound  passing a street sweeper on West Main Street when a truck came barreling over the hill in the same lane. The tow truck turned sharply to avoid a collision, and the red truck rolled over and lost its load.

Someone got number wrong

     In your article on last evening's Selectmen's meeting, you quoted Mr. Clark, who continues to misrepresent the facts.
    For the sake of accuracy, please note that it was not 'Morrison and two others' as Mr. Clark alleges... there were over 30 individuals that signed the appeal to DEP (only 10 are required, so we made no attempt to get more).
Brian Morrison

22 Piazza Lane

April 25, 2007

The Cultural Arts Alliance and Enter Stage Left are once again teaming up to bring a unique musical theatre experience to Hopkinton. On May 18 & May 19, 2007 we will be turning back the clock to the 1940’s and presenting a Tribute to the USO Show. Bob Hope, The Andrew Sisters and Abbott & Costello are just a few of the stars that will grace the stage at St. John’s Parish Hall in Hopkinton. ~ ESL & CAA

Choose this to learn all about it and then this to help with sponsorship.

Do you check the Calendar Daily?


April 25 Senator Karen Spilka to meet with Hopkinton Residents 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm @ Bill's Pizza. 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 25 The Hopkinton Youth Commission Club is providing parents of Hopkinton students the opportunity to discuss various topics that are crucial in today's society. These include but are not limited to, communication with one’s child, substance abuse, and respect. It is our hope that after attending "It Takes A Village” Open Circle, parents will feel more confident and comfortable talking with other parents, youth, and most importantly, their own children about issues in our town. It is also the goal of this group to begin with Open Circle as a “kick off” to other future events to come. Every parent who has a child attending middle school or high school is invited to attend and should find this to be a very unique and important opportunity to learn more about the issues and questions of parents and teens in our community. This event will take place from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Hopkinton High School Cafeteria. Parents are invited to arrive at 6:15. Light refreshments will be provided.  Please join us and make this event a great success!

Dam for a Dollar

Selectmen vote to purchase for $1

by Robert Falcione

April 24, 2007 — A unanimous Board of Selectmen voted this evening to give Chair Muriel Kramer authority to sign a purchase and sale for the Lake Maspenock Dam, as soon as a satisfactory title and title insurance is in hand. The process, which began at last year's Town Meeting, had become a joint effort between the Board of Selectmen's office and members of the Lake Maspenock Preservation Association, who had praise for each other this evening, after the vote that ended in applause.

       Mrs. Kramer said, "I know this has not been easy for all those involved." Speaking to the positive outcome, she said, "This is the best way government can work."

       "I am assured we are within a few days of getting all this together," said Selectman Mike Shepard.

       After the meeting, Association member Peter Oram had good words for all of the Selectmen, but reserved special praise for Vice-chair Mary Pratt, former Selectman Eric Sonnett and Selectman Mike Shepard, as well as the Dam Committee and the LMPA.


Sewer Construction Estimates

       DPW Director JT Gaucher reported the progress of the planning of the construction of the Fruit Street Waste Water Treatment Facility, which has grown to a total estimated cost of $9,376,295. Mr. Gaucher gave a timeline of permit applications and approvals, including a water quality certificate, which is still under review with the DEP, according to Mr. Gaucher.

        Selectman Ron Clark said, "The appeal by Brian Morison and two others, and the lawsuit in Superior Court by Brian Morrison has slowed down the process and has taken the attention of the DEP.

        "It is unfortunate that we are being delayed by the lawsuit. For instance, the Chapter 401 water quality certificate is one more step as a result of the residents' appeal," he said.

         Mr. Clark asked the board's blessing, absent Mary Pratt and Mike Shepard who step off for all Fruit Street discussions, for him to give the presentation for the Facility at Town Meeting.

         Mrs. Kramer agreed, saying she didn't want to interfere with Mr. Clark's Town Meeting "razzle dazzle." Mr. Clark has declined to run for Selectman again, and will be seated at the Selectman's table for the final time this spring.

         Mr. Sonnett, a member of the DPW Advisory Committee, said that the town's water consultant, Earth Tech, said a hearing would cost $3,000, and that his group had voted unanimously against it.

        Mrs. Kramer objected, saying Mr. Clark promised, "...that we would provide a hearing for the public."

        "Your accusation is completely false," said Mr. Clark.

        Mr. Sonnett was on hand to ask that the ConCom and the DPW, both named in Mr. Morrison's lawsuit, be defended by the same lawyer. The $5,000 previously voted was doubled to meet the request.

         It looks as though Town Meeting could be asked to add another $6 million for the Waste Water Treatment Facility and associated costs on top of last year's$3.5 million.    


Weston Nurseries

         Town Clerk Ann Click was on hand to help set the Special Town Meeting date to consider the purchase of Weston Nurseries.

          The substance of three questions that will be asked about the purchase is: Does the town want to purchase Weston Nurseries? Does the Town want to assign its rights to the Trust for Public Land? Does the town want to waive its 61a rights? If the town waives its rights, Boulder Capital is expected to purchase the land immediately.

           It is unclear that if one vote gets a yes, the others become moot. If so, then the order would matter.     

           Mr. Clark argued against the inclusion of question for the town to purchase the land outright because, he said, it hasn't been studied. Indeed, the Land Use Study Committee and Sasaki Associates, who have been developing a Master Plan for East Hopkinton, have looked at revenue-neutral or revenue-positive scenarios that are weighted with residential home building.

         On Monday, Roy MacDowell, Jr. of Boulder Capital (Foreground in photo, left) pitched some of his ideas to the Planning Board. One of his plans included about 60% open space on the 700+ acre parcel with a large residential component and a market center located at the site of the current Garden Center.

News Tip from Ed Thompson



Milford Man Indicted for Stealing Nearly $400,000


April 24, 2007 — Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. announced today that a suspended insurance broker will be arraigned on larceny charges in Worcester Superior Court on Friday.

     Michael J. Minnehan, 60, of 76 West St., Milford, was indicted last week by a Worcester County Grand Jury. He is charged with three counts of larceny over $250 by common scheme, victim 60 or older; two counts of larceny over $250 by common scheme; and four counts of impersonation of an insurance agent or broker.

     “The evidence presented to the grand jury showed a nine-year pattern of misappropriating money entrusted to Mr. Minnehan by clients,” Mr. Early said. “The total funds allegedly stolen in the scheme amount to about $400,000.”

     Mr. Minnehan was a licensed insurance agent/broker in the 1990's.  The indictments allege that, beginning in August of 1997 and until March of 2007, Mr. Minnehan stole money that had been entrusted to him by clients. According to the Massachusetts Division of Insurance, Minnehan agreed to a 10-year revocation of his agent's/broker's license, effective May 30, 2000.

     The indictments allege that since his suspension in 2000, through March of 2007, Mr. Minnehan continued to portray himself as a licensed insurance agent/broker, or as being engaged in the insurance business.  The indictments also allege that after his license was revoked, Mr. Minnehan continued to solicit money under the false pretense that he would invest the money in annuity accounts. The indictments allege that Minnehan instead diverted the money to his own bank accounts for his own use.

The case is being investigated by Milford Police Detective Craig Stanley and Michael Gray of the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney John A. O’Leary, Director of District Attorney Early’s Financial Crimes Unit.

     Mr. Minnehan, like all defendants in a criminal case, is presumed innocent until proven otherwise. ~ The office of Joseph D. Early Jr.


Red Hats Galore

April 24, 2007 — These ladies from Upton and other towns, call themselves the Capertown Belles, and hold their meetings in one of the old hat factories in Upton. They are part of the Red Hat Society.

Into the Fire

April 24, 2007 — A Holliston firefighter speaks with Chief Michael Cassidy and Deputy Chief Jim Moore while a truckload of firefighters enters the Holliston Town Forest and the smell of burning brush filled the air for miles around. According to Chief Cassidy, the brushfire was spotted by the Massachusetts Fire Tower system and triangulated to a spot, as evidenced by a map of the area, on the Holliston-Milford line near the border with Hopkinton.

Hillers bat around

April 24, 2007 — Senior captain Brian Doyle threw a 3-hit gem monde the lefty kept the Raiders of Dover-Sherborn at bay as the Stickney nine won their 4th straight game to at least tie for the league lead in the Tri-valley League race.

    The Hiller bats proved to much for the visiting Raiders. The Hillers built up a big lead early and batted around at least twice. The team has had many contributions from everybody including a tremendous offensive power from many contributors.

    The Hillers will have their first big test on Wednesday when they travel to Medfield to take on the Warriors. ~Peter Marso

A Call for Help

April 23, 2007 — Hopkinton Firefighter Patrick Gross arrives in Milford on Route 85 early this evening with a brush truck to get instructions on where to enter the woods. Dozens of firefighters with dozens of pieces of equipment from all of the surrounding towns showed up to contain an elusive and rapidly spreading brushfire in an area that borders three towns.

Shed vs. SUV

April 23, 2007 — Although it may look like a carport at first glance, it is a shed that has fallen onto an SUV on Ash Street. Hats off to an observant HopNews reader.

Police News UP-TO-DATE  Today, April 23, 2007


10:52 am A caller reported vandalism to the soccer fields on East Street...


10:01 pm A caller requested to meet with officers on Eastview Road regarding youths that were found drinking...


5:25 pm A caller reported that a group of six youths were skateboarding in a Main Street parking lot...


9:26 pm A caller reported suspicious activity on Piazza Lane...

Shrubs in Bloom

April 23, 2007 — Connie O'Toole from Clinton looks over the ornamental shrubs at the Weston Nurseries Garden Center this morning. Mrs. O'Toole's husband, also from Clinton, worked for two summers when the nursery was located in Weston.

Arts in Bloom

Friday and Saturday

The Hopkinton Garden Club and the Cultural Arts Association proudly present their Arts in Bloom show. Members of the Hopkinton Garden Club will interpret several juried pieces of artwork with wonderful floral arrangements. It is akin to Boston's Museum of Fine Arts Art in Bloom show, yet in a more intimate setting. The show is open to the public Friday and Saturday, April 27th and 28th  from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the CAA located on Hayden Rowe. Admission is free! Join us, and welcome in spring - it is finally here! For more information, contact the CAA at 435-9222. ~ The CAA

File photo by Sandra Livis.

HopNews.com Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Updated on April 23, 2007  by Eric Montville

Address Buyer Price Date Seller
3 Cole Drive, Unit 8 Manuel J. Constantine & Dolores R. Constantine $626,500 Apr.  19, 2007 William A. Depietri
6 Cross Street Michael D. Napoli & Mary E. Napoli $260,000 Apr.  18, 2007 Peter MacGregor
20 Erika Drive Kyle Kelley & Cheryl Kelley $570,000 Apr.  17, 2007 Ronald A. Deschene & Allison D. Deschene

See Full List back to February 1,  2007


New ArrestsUPDATED TODAY, APRIL 23, 2007

Marathon Poster Contest Artists' Reception

Saturday, April 28, 2007, 10:00 am to noon.

Ashland Community Center, Route 135, Ashland


A reception will be held for all the students that entered the Marathon Art Contest on next Sat., Apr. 28, 10am-12 noon at the Ashland Community Center. Posters will be displayed and a drawing will be held for all students who did not win a savings bond.  Prizes include 2 iPod Nano 2GB MP3 Players, as well as other prizes. 

Click above to see candidates' names and read Warrants.

Opening Day 2007

Above, Kate and Andrew Welzel receive a commemoration of the day from Pat Mahon in honor of their father, Andy, who was a popular coach until his untimely passing last year. The children each threw out the first pitch, thumbs below.

Choose a thumbnail below to see other photos of opening day.

Opening Day Excerpts 

April 22, 2007 — Above are some video excerpts from Little League Opening Day 2007.

Sunny Day

April 21, 2007 — Saturday was a great day for taking a ride on a motorcycle, but not a good day to be violating traffic laws downtown. Motorcycle Patrolman Thomas Griffin hands a citation to an alleged violator on Main Street.

Northbridge man in fatal crash on Route 146 in Millbury


April 21, 2007 — Today, at approximately 5:45 a.m. troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Millbury responded to a one-vehicle crash on Route 146 North at Route 122 in Millbury that resulted in one fatality.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper David M. Manning indicates 41-year-old Alfred F. Nigro of Northbridge was operating a 2002 Jeep Liberty on Route 146 North in the right travel lane when he lost control of the vehicle. The Jeep rolled over and came to rest on its driver’s side, facing south, on the right shoulder of the roadway and on top of a Jersey Barrier. Nigro was not wearing his seatbelt and at some time during the crash he was ejected through the sunroof of the vehicle. He sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was declared deceased at the scene. 


Although it appears speed may have been a factor, this crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. The Millbury Police Department, the Millbury Fire Department and Mass Highway assisted troopers at the scene.


During the vehicle recovery and investigation both lanes of Route 146 North were closed for approximately 2 ½ hours and traffic was diverted off and back onto Route 146 at the Route 122 ramps. The right lane of Route 146 remained closed for an additional ½ hour.

Where's the Beef?

April 21, 2007 — Not a good day for chickens, but a great day for chicken lovers at the Woodville Rod and Gun turkey shoot today.

Bombs Away

April 21, 2007 — Jack Brennan is about to hit the pool of balls at the the YMCA Earth Day celebration today as mom, Kim looks on.

The One That Didn't Get Away

April 21, 2007 — Mark Garner holds on to a catch while the angler gets ready to measure his fish under the eagle eye of judge Kim Clark.

Meeting of the Minds

Committees agree to Whitehall land swap idea

by Robert Falcione

April 21, 2007 — In a rare Friday evening meeting, the Open Space preservation Committee (OSPC), Parks and Recreation, as well as members of the Conservation Commission and the Board of Selectmen, held a round table, to Discuss Article 36 of the Town Meeting Warrant that seeks to transfer control of the town-owned Lake Whitehall land purchased last year, from the OSPC to Parks and Recreation.

     The land was purchased for open space preservation, but the Parks and Rec would like to use some of it to upgrade a field, perhaps build another, and increase parking. The recreational use would need to be changed as it stands, because a conservation restriction is being written that forbids "active" recreation, and specifically forbids tennis courts and bicycling.

     Town Counsel Richard DeAngelis explained at the last Selectmen's meeting he attended that the Article would likely not pass muster as written, because other steps needed to be taken first. And last night the Parks and Rec admitted that they did not need the entire parcel, even though the Article stated that.

     The tone of the meeting changed from adversarial to cooperative after Selectman Mike Shepard, who was quick to insist that he was appearing as a private citizen, offered the solution of a land swap. "Why can't we have our cake and eat it too?" he asked. The Parks and Recreation would trade some of their land for land from the OSPC that is easier to build fields on.

     Steve Radell of the Conservation Commission asked John Coolidge of the OSPC, "Short of a land swap or other mitigation, is it not available for recreation?"

      Mr. Coolidge replied, "Thanks to Maureen [Dwinnell], the entire thing was passive."

     Mr. Shepard also suggested forming a committee with representatives from Conservation, Parks and Recreation, and OSPC to meet and work toward the swap. The specific parcels of land have yet to be defined.

      To see a short video from the meeting, view the YouTube clip below.

Mike Shepard suggests solution


April 21, 2007 — Selectman Mike Shepard brought some sense to a process that had become  mired in suspicion this evening when he made a suggestion fro two government bodies to swap land at Lake Whitehall.

Top to Bottom

April 21, 2007 — As part of a total sprucing up, these overgrown hedges on each side of the building came down today at 25 Main Street. Their height, which reached the second floor, had detracted from the majesty of the structure.

Do you have a runner's BMW Jacket?


      A marathon runner from Texas shed her BMW jacket after the start in Hopkinton, and left it with a home owner sitting on her lawn. She did not leave her name with the homeowner, nor did she ask the homeowner hers. After finishing the race, she could not pinpoint the home where she left the jacket, and returned to Texas.

     If you are that person, please call HopNews at 508-435-5534, and we will reunite the jacket with the owner.


Hopkinton Trails Club Hike


April hike to "Hopkinton Springs" on Sunday April 22 at 1pm.  Meet at the Lake Whitehall boat launch on route 135.  The hike will take the group along the west side of the lake to the old Hopkinton springs site.  Our resident historian will provide interesting historical details about the area.  There will be a long hike and a short hike to accommodate as many folks as possible. A great way to spend a sunny spring afternoon!


~The Hopkinton Trails Club




     About 20% of the people who logged on during the few hours the poll was up took part in it.

     One of the arguments of the gun lobby is that if more people carried guns, there would be fewer incidents like the recent massacre at Virginia Tech. On the other hand, other people believe that without access, killers would not have the easy means with which to carry out their dreadful plans.

     Only 17% thought there should be more handguns. Half of the people believed in more control, and an even third believe it should stay the same.

Faith, Hope and Love

Sermon Series

April 20, 2007 — On Sunday, April 22, 2007, the First Congregational Congregational Church of Hopkinton is starting the first of a three-part series of sermons featuring a way out of despair, grief and loneliness. Choose the video above to see a message from Pastor Mike Lawrence.

NOTE: If your place of worship has a special message, please contact us. Editor@HopNews.com

Special Town Meeting June 11, 2007

Following is an excerpt of an article from the
Civic Engagement Committee:


A Special Town Meeting is scheduled for June 11, 2007 for the town to vote on articles related to this decision. Voters at the June 11 Special Town Meeting will have three choices:


  1. Assign our 61A purchase rights to a land conservation entity, TPL. The Trust for Public Land (TPL) would work in partnership with private developers to create a conservation development that achieves legally protected open space and development that is in line with town goals but that could be less intense than what might be envisioned by a developer acting without community and TPL participation. If Town Meeting votes to assign our rights to The Trust for Public Land, an appropriation would have to be approved of an amount that will be determined once TPL and developer contributions would be finalized. This would also necessitate a debt exclusion override vote at an election that would be scheduled for June 18, 2007.

  2. Buy the property ourselves. If Town Meeting votes in favor of the town purchasing the land then a special election would be held June 18 to validate an appropriation of borrowed funds through a debt exclusion override. 

  3. Waive our rights to purchase directly or in partnership with TPL.  If Town Meeting votes against the town purchasing the land, then Boulder Capital would at that point be free to move ahead with the purchase.









Join us for a night out to benefit the HLL  and for the chance to win $10,000!  7:00 pm - 12:30 am @ Milford Portuguese Club. Cost - $100 per ticket (each ticket admits 2), Do not have to attend event to win the $10k. 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. Or see you at the Dog House on Sunday!

The Selectmen's Office sent this letter to share with residents:

Hopkinton Idol Results as of April 19

April 19, 2007 — During the live presentation of Hopkinton Idol on HCAM-TV Channel 8 on Thursday, April 19, the following results of the public voting were announced.  Moving on to the next level of the competition are:

  • Dylan Bushe

  • Michelle Cohan

  • Olivia Harvey

  • Jessie Hibel

  • Elise LeCrone

  • Amber Manter

  • Cat Pappas

      •   Kate Phelan

  • Joanna Schell

  • Mary Kate Shannahan

  • Ashley Speckerman

  • Sasha Yatchenko


The next live broadcast of the competition will take place at HCAM studios (77 Main Street, Hopkinton) on Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m.  Hopkinton Idol can be watched in the HCAM studio (there will be a $5 admission charge) or on HCAM-TV, Channel 8.

Bomb Threats at Berkshire Community College

Campus Evacuated


April 19, 2007 — Today, at about 10:53 a.m., the State Police Barracks in Cheshire was advised of a report of a bomb threat message at Berkshire Community College’s (BCC) campus in Pittsfield.  State Police and the Pittsfield Fire Department immediately responded.  At about 11:30 a.m., after discussing the situation with emergency personnel, campus administration made the decision to evacuate all personnel from the campus. State Police, the Pittsfield Fire Department and campus security conducted a search of the 9 BCC campus buildings without locating any suspicious items.  Troopers assigned to the State Police Detective Unit / Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office, troopers assigned to the State Police Crime Scene Services Section and troopers assigned to the State Police Canine Unit assisted at the scene. 


At about 1:45 p.m., the State Police Barracks in Lee was advised of a report of a bomb threat at the Berkshire Community College South County Center in Great Barrington.  State Police responded immediately as did the Great Barrington Police Department.  By about 2:15 p.m. State Police and the Great Barrington Police had the 13,000 square-foot satellite campus of the Berkshire Community College evacuated.  The satellite campus houses 7 classrooms and 1 office.  State Police officers, the Great Barrington Fire Chief and a building superintendent conducted a search of the building without locating any suspicious items.  Troopers assigned to the State Police Detective Unit / Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office, troopers assigned to the State Fire Marshal’s Office and members of the Great Barrington Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Chief for a Day

April 19, 2007 — Joshua Bernardo, 71/2, enjoyed his role as Chief for a Day today, as Chief Gary Daugherty showed him around the Firehouse and got him acquainted with the equipment. Joshua's mom, Cindy, won the bid for the honor at the HPTA Silent Auction.


Saturday, April 21st, 10:30 am-12:30

Wake up and smell the poetry

with host Cheryl Perreault

HCAM Studio

Featuring poet activists/artists of life:

Ellen Schmidt, Ivan Massar and Dr. Ruth Harriet Jacobs

Open mic for songs, poems and spoken word to follow. All welcome, free admission

Coffee and pastry donated by Sauce on Main, HCAM Studio,  www.hcam.tv 77 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA

 Article IV from School Committee


School Committee wants to Facilitate Town Budget Process


"...the School Committee discussed the goals and objectives of developing a long-term budget model for the town..."

School Committee looks for partnership with other Boards



by the Hopkinton School Committee


April 19, 2007 — The structural deficit is the biggest challenge facing our town. Going forward, it will affect the level of town services and the quality of our schools.  If the problem is not addressed, the situation could spiral out of control and lead to continual service cuts or large overrides every year.


At a recent meeting, the School Committee realized that it has an obligation to facilitate a town-wide process to address the structural deficit since its budget represents the largest portion of the town’s budget.  The quality of our children’s education has the most to gain – or to lose – from changes in the town’s financial condition.  The FY08 school budget cuts and fee increases demonstrate how much we can lose.


With this in mind, the School Committee discussed the goals and objectives of developing a long-term budget model for the town as a tool to address the structural deficit.  The structural deficit exists because, in municipal finance, increases in expenses (due to inflation and cost of living increases) are larger than increases in revenue (arising primarily from a 2.5% annual increase in property tax revenue plus new growth and increased state aid). FULL ARTICLE

Nothing is Real

April 8, 2007 — The puppeteer from Pumpernickel Puppets cautioned the young audience at the Hopkinton Library today that the show they were about to see, The Story of Peter Rabbit, was not real.

River Rage

April 18, 2007 — The Sudbury River was swollen today by recent rains as its waters raged downhill on a trip to the ocean, as seen from the Hopkinton side, looking toward Southborough.

And they're off

April 18, 2007 — Selectman candidate Dave Stoldt is caught by the roving HopNews camera as he plants a political sign on the lawn of fellow Democrat Dr. Bruce Karlin, while Dr. Karlin's dog watches.

Metrowest Symphony Orchestra of Hopkinton  Family Concert

3:00 p.m. on May 6, 2007

 Hopkinton High School Auditorium


April 18th, 2007 — The Metrowest Symphony Orchestra of Hopkinton and Target’s Westborough Store have announced a partnership for its 2007 Family Concert,  “The Tone Poem.”  The concert will take place in Hopkinton High School's beautiful Auditorium, 3PM on Sunday, May 6th, 2007, 90 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, MA.   HopNews file photo.

     The afternoon will begin at 2:30 p.m. with an instrument “Petting Zoo.”  MSO musicians will be available in the lobby to display and demonstrate their instruments to the children.  Children of all ages will be able to learn about instruments of a Symphony Orchestra as well as try them out.

     The 3:00 pp.m. concert will feature thirteen-year-old pianist, Christopher Chan, winner of the MSO’s Young Artists Competition, sponsored by New England’s Steinway dealer, M. Steinert & Sons, Worcester, MA. The eighth grader from William Diamond Middle School, Lexington, MA will perform the first movement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor.

     The Tone Poem is a work or composition that tells a story which became popular in the Romantic Period (1825-1900.) The MSO will perform Strauss’s Don Juan, and Beethoven’s Symphony #6 “Pastoral," both of which are Tone Poems from the Romantic Period.

     Talented actors from Enter Stage Left will also be on hand to tell the stories of Beethoven, Strauss, and Grieg.  The whole family will enjoy this event!

     Tickets are $15 for Adults, $6 for Students, Children 12 and under are free.  Tickets may be purchased at the door or through our website at www.metrowestsymphony.org .   For further information or ticket reservations, please call (508) 453-4734, or email president@metrowestsymphony.org

     This concert is sponsored by Target and is also funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, an agency that funds your local cultural council and by the generosity of many donors in the community.
M. Steinert and Sons
with showrooms in Boston, Natick and Worcester, is the sponsor of the Young Artists Competition.

     “We are honored that Target has chosen to sponsor our Family Concert at Hopkinton High School” said MSO of Hopkinton President Rob Ocasio.  “Their investment in this concert is instrumental in making this performance possible. I even heard a rumor that the Target mascot, Spot, may make an appearance.”


10am - 1pm

Saturday April 21

MetroWest YMCA Hopkinton

   35 East Street

(East Main to Clinton to East)

The event is FREE and EVERYONE IS WELCOME!  PERFECT FOR KIDS AGES 2-8 Activities include: Arts and Crafts with Recycled Materials, Outdoor/Nature Education, Field games, Healthy snacks, Summer Camp Info and staff will be available.   Any questions or directions call 508-435-9345 or visit us online at www.metrowestymca.org


April 18, 2007 — In the foreground, Emily Graeber, 2, nestles in the arms of her dad, Michael, while they both enjoy vacation time together awaiting the start of the puppet show at the Hopkinton Library. Mr. Graeber is a science teacher at Hopkinton High School.

Please check out our Calendar Daily, top right of page ~ Below are just two of tomorrow's events. The asterisks indicate there is more information on the Corresponding Calendar page.

Vacation Week Programs 9:00 am - 5:00 pm @ YMCA Framingham*

National Library Week - Special Children's Program presenting Peter Rabbit by the Pumpernickel Puppets 11:00 am @ Public Library*

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Youth Commission Club Sponsors Parent/Child Communications Forum

6:30-8:00 pm on April 25, 2007

Hopkinton High School Cafeteria


On April 25th, The Hopkinton Youth Commission Club is providing parents of Hopkinton students the opportunity to discuss various topics that are crucial in today's society. These include but are not limited to, communication with one’s child, substance abuse, and respect. It is our hope that after attending "It Takes A Village” Open Circle, parents will feel more confident and comfortable talking with other parents, youth, and most importantly, their own children about issues in our town. It is also the goal of this group to begin with Open Circle as a “kick off” to other future events to come. 

     Every parent who has a child attending middle school or high school is invited to attend and should find this to be a very unique and important opportunity to learn more about the issues and questions of parents and teens in our community.

     This event will take place from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Hopkinton High School Cafeteria. Parents are invited to arrive at 6:15. Light refreshments will be provided.  Please join us and make this event a great success!


This message comes to you from Lauren MacIntosh and Christina Wigglesworth who are High School students and coordinators of the Hopkinton Youth Commission Club. The Open Circle program has been spearheaded by these two grade 11 high school students and the event will be facilitated by a number of other participating students as well.  The Club is assisted by school faculty advisors Jennifer Smith and Bob Williams.

Hopkinton MOMS club

HUGE Yard & Bake Sale

Saturday May 19th, 9am to 1 pm

CAA Lawn (Hayden Rowe St)

Kids gear, clothing, household items, and much more

Proceeds will benefit the Hopkinton Police Department


The Hopkinton MOMS club will be hosting it's first ever Yard and Bake Sale on Saturday May 19th on the lawn of the CAA. This is a community service project, as MOMS club members are donating household items and baked goods. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Hopkinton Police Department. We are hoping that this donation will help reinstate the car seat inspection service to the HPD. In recent years the HPD has discontinued it's free car seat inspection service due to lack of funding, and we would love to see this valuable program brought back to Hopkinton.

Hopkinton - HUGE multi-family yard sale in Wildwood Glen neighborhood. Sat. May 5 8am-12pm. Tons of kids stuff, toys, furniture, and house wares. Glen and Breakneck Hill Roads. Houses will be marked. Rain Date Sun May 6.

NOTE: Put your yard sale or vehicle or item in our Free Classified!

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Police News UP-TO-DATE  Today, April 17, 2007


6:14 am The Ashland Police Department reported that there was a can of paint rolling around on East Main Street...


10:59 pm A caller reported that she was stuck on the cape and her teenage daughter was home alone...


6:08 pm A caller from Saddle Hill Road reported that his daughter was doing homework on the second floor...


7:20 pm Detective Scott Van Raalten, Sgt. Joseph E. Bennett and Officer Matthew McNeil responded to a report of a domestic disturbance on Grove Street...  

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