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Please Help Jerry

      Donations are being welcomed for an auction being held to benefit Gerald “JerryHiggins, a popular tennis coach in Shrewsbury, Natick and Hopkinton, 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. File photo.

Come Out and Find the “Right Brain” Artist in you!

Women’s Art Forum presents


Thursday , May 3rd, 7:00-9:00 pm

CAA Center, 98 Main St. Hopkinton

Workshop with Geri Holland

“Introduction to the Foundation of Drawing

Capital exclusion? Debt exclusion? Override?


To hear the differences in the words of Treasurer Maureen Dwinnell, hit the play button twice and turn up the volume.

Hopkinton's own Steven Doherty will be at the opening reception for his one-of-a-kind photography exhibit on Thursday, May 3, 2007 at the Armenian Library and Museum of America


His amazing journey from the hallowed halls of Hopkinton High School to Stockbridge School of Agriculture to training in Landscape Maintenance and Arboriculture gave him an incredible base to use elements from Nature and his natural artistic ability to follow his passion in making people beautiful with things from our environment.

(Click on the thumbnail)

 Revised, 7:50 pm

Chamber of Commerce seeks zoning changes

Alternative is "massive increases in taxes..."


May 2, 2007 — Chamber of Commerce members Ron Roux of Hallmark Companies and Scott Richardson of Gorman Richardson were the main presenters in a bid to pitch zoning changes that stemmed from the work of their respective committees, Zoning Advisory and Downtown Revitalization, and are on the Town Meeting Warrant. All Planning Board Articles may be read here.

      Mr. Roux emphasized the proposed increase to 4 stories and 60' for some South Street parcels in the industrial area as a way to garner more revenue for the town, a theme throughout the morning's presentations.

     "We are at a critical point in this community. We are facing cuts in services — we are facing overrides on a regular basis," Mr. Roux said. Above, from left in photo, Ron Roux and Scott Richardson pay attention to Mrs. Dwinnell's presentation.

      He said that Hopkinton must be competitive, and to do so, the town needs to expand infrastructure like water, sewer and roads to attract more business.

      "If we don't expand the commercial base, it's either going to be massive increases in taxes, or cuts in services," Mr. Roux said.

      Town Treasurer/Collector Maureen Dwinnell projected a shortfall of almost $2 million in FY 2008 given a level services budget (See the entire Power Point presentation - ). (Need the PowerPoint viewer? Click here.).

     Mrs. Dwinnell, during an interview following the presentation, said the property taxes will increase by $209 for an average $550,000 home, even if none of the ballot questions pass.

     If the capital items pass, the same home would be paying another $133.50 on top of the first figure, a one time charge.

     If all debt exclusion  items pass, the same home would be paying a cumulative $734 with a declining debt after that, given no more increases.

View the ballot questions with the money amounts and duration of debt here

See a snippet from the meeting below.


Special Town Meeting June 11, 2007

Voters to decide involvement with Weston Nurseries

Illustration for HopNews by Hopkinton cartoonist, Ashley T.M. Jackson

by Robert Falcione

May 2, 2007 —The town will convene a special Town Meeting on June 11, 2007 to decide whether to assign its right of first refusal regarding the purchase of Weston Nurseries to the Trust For Public Land (TPL), a land conservation organization, purchase the land outright, or do nothing and let Boulder Capital, which has a purchase and sale agreement with Weston Nurseries, purchase it themselves.

     The Land Use Study Committee, which has been charged with finding the best route for the town, burned the candle at both ends on Tuesday, first with a 7:30 am meeting to hear presentations by both Taurus New England and Boulder Capital, and a 7:30 pm meeting to digest those presentations, and to hear an analysis from Badge Blackett of TPL, which has been invited by the town to study the feasibility of having its rights assigned to TPL and the partnership possibilities that arise from that.

     Boulder Capital, which is, among other things, a landscape design company, has been working with the Weston Nurseries principals for quite a while. But LUSC Chairman Finley Perry was quick to point out that Taurus New England has not.

     "I agree that Taurus is superior on paper," he said, referring to the matrixes that were handed out this evening that illustrated the various components of the conceptual plans. "I am concerned that Taurus has been working on this for a week."

      Mr. Perry expressed further concern that Taurus could learn more about the property between now and the Special Town Meeting and back out, throwing the land into foreclosure.

      All plans — Taurus had one and Boulder had four variations — had an open space component of no less than 65%.

      Member Eric Sonnett, who has been part of the group since its inception shortly after HopNews broke the story of the land sale on February 10, 2005, cautioned the group not to rely any grants. He also said that the affordable component of Boulder's plan, "gives the edge to Boulder."

     Other members expressed concerns about traffic, impacts on town services, affordable housing components, costs of sewer and water, and stewardship of the land.

     Mr. Perry asked for a consensus from the group to vote this evening on a chosen partner for TPL, either Taurus or Boulder. Although five members said they were not ready, there were firm lines being drawn that could be inferred from the questions that some asked, or the comments that some members made.

     It appears that five members are favoring Taurus, and five are favoring Boulder.

    The one member who appears truly undecided is Stewart Cowart, who is also Chairman of the Appropriations Committee.

     Roy MacDowell Jr., principal of Boulder Capital, was clearly displeased with Mr. Blackett's presentation.

     "That was a totally biased presentation," he said after the meeting.

      Selectman Mike Shepard, speaking for himself, said he would go with whomever the Committee chooses.

     Selectman Mary Pratt, also in the audience, said she would not vote for it. She wants the town to purchase the land. The Selectmen, according to people present this evening, will be voting on the choice that LUSC makes.

     The Committee is pegged to meet again Monday morning at 7:30 am at Town Hall and decide once and for all, which company they want TPL to partner with. 


Huge Sale

Friends of the library annual
book/plant sale

 9am to 1pm.

June 2

Hopkinton Public Library

Warren joins with EDR


May 1, 2007 – Warren Home Inspection Services, a leader in residential inspection services, has announced today that they, in conjunction with Environmental Data Resources, Inc. will offer the EDR Neighborhood Environmental Report™  to residential real estate markets in the Northeast. 


Beginning immediately, homebuyers and sellers along with their agents will have access to a Neighborhood Environmental Report, which provides important information on known and potential contamination that exists on or in the vicinity of a property.


“Warren Home Inspections is very excited to work with EDR to offer this valuable service to real estate professionals, home buyers and sellers” said Rory Warren, President of Warren Home Inspection Services.  “Quite often the reports provide the property a clean bill of health.  However, real estate professionals and home buyers are always better off uncovering any potentially serious issues up front as opposed to dealing with problems after a sale has been completed.”  To learn more, call 508-259-3248. ~Contributed content.



 During the week of May 14th (weather pending) a contractor working for the DPW will be doing “shim” work in preparation for a double chip surface on the following roads. This shim work will cure in place for about 1 month before the double chip surface is applied.


The sections of roads to be done are:

 East St – From Clinton St to North Mill St ~ North Mill St – Full length ~ South Mill St – From Front St to Ash St

Pine Tree Ln – Full length ~ Granite St – Full Length ~ Lumber St – From Granite St to Gravel portion of Lumber St

     One lane of traffic will be open at all times except for the small section of Lumber St that is only one lane wide to begin with.  Please seek alternate routes for Lumber St.

     A second notice will be posted when the double chip work will begin.

Respectfully, Mike Mansir, Hopkinton Highway Manager

UPDATE: Amber Alert cancelled - boy found safe

The Massachusetts Amber Alert that was activated for a 12 year-old Stoneham boy last evening has been cancelled. The boy was found and his mother arrested. According to televised reports, it was not the alert that led to his discovery, but information from his grandmother, with whom he lives.

Amber Alert, April 30, 10:45 pm

According to television news reports, a Massachusetts Amber Alert has been issued by Stoneham Police for 12 year-old Gary Michael Duff-Turcotte who is alleged to be with his mother, 37 year-old, 200 lb., blond haired, blue-eyed, Samantha Bedley who is believed to be driving a white 1998 Dodge Ram Pickup with the New Hampshire license plate TROUBL. The only reason reported for the alert is that the boy may need his medication. The highway alert system has been activated and asks people to call 911.

Greyhound Friends Hits Big Apple


On Thursday, April 26 2007, Greyhound Friends of Hopkinton, MA participated in "Walk Like an Egyptian," The Ancient Egyptian Regalia Parade, sponsored by Petco.  The event, which took place in New York City’s Central Park, featured retired greyhounds dressed in elegant, King Tut-style accessories parading alongside human models dressed in similar attire.   The event was designed to raise awareness for greyhound adoption.   


Once the favored dog of Egyptian nobility, it wasn’t until the 20th century that the greyhounds started to become a commodity for their racing skills.  The models with greyhounds were escorted around Cleopatra’s Needle in Central Park in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Above is Dos, a retired greyhound dressed as King Tut, who walked with model Charlotte Sims. Greyhound Friends, a small non-profit organization dedicated to saving racetrack greyhounds and placing them in responsible and loving homes, provided the retired racers for the parade in hopes of recruiting adoptive families for the many dogs waiting for a place to call home.  For more information on adoptable greyhounds, please visit www.greyhound.org

HopNews.com Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Updated on April 30, 2007  by Eric Montville

Address Buyer Price Date Seller
36 Cedar Street Gary Lumbra & Vincent Razzano $200,000 Apr.  30, 2007 Federal National Mortgage Association
15 Pinecrest Village James D. Underdah & Susan G. Underdah $260,000 Apr.  30, 2007 Randy Charland
40 Parker Point Road Gary French & Pamela French $215,000 Apr.  27, 2007 Federal National Mortgage Association
5 Kruger Road John Bush $220,000 Apr.  27, 2007 Kevin T. Connolly & Christine T. Connolly
30 Chestnut Street Jose F. Losada & Nancy Amanda Losada $455,000 Apr.  27, 2007 Neil H. Lawrence & Connie A. Lawrence
4 Ralph Road Brad K. Craig & Marva T. Craig $811,000 Apr.  27, 2007 Louis A. Hauske

See Full List back to February 1,  2007


Get acquainted with the questions that will be on the election ballot May 21.

Read the first three below and then click below that to read the entire ballot.

Question #1

Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so called, the amounts required to pay for the bond to be issued in order to purchase a new rescue truck for the Fire Department?

Vote: Yes or No



Question #2

Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond to be issued in order to provide for the plans, designs, cost estimates and bid documents as well as to provide for the acquisition of all materials, labor, equipment and services necessary or appropriate for the repair, maintenance, renovation and improvement of the Middle School exterior walls and roof?

Vote: Yes or No


Question #3

Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so- called, the amounts required to pay for the bond to be issued in order to provide for the construction and development of athletic fields, including related parking areas, buildings and all necessary or appropriate infrastructure on a portion of the property containing approximately 257 acres on Fruit Street which was acquired by the Town pursuant to the vote under Article 2 of the Special Town Meeting of October 21, 2002, including, without limitation, all materials,  equipment and services necessary or appropriate to accomplish the above purpose?

Vote: Yes or No



Minutes seem like hours

April 30, 2007 — Another photo of the Hayden Rowe Street fire on Friday afternoon. A firefighter stands while another is kneeling in a controlling position awaiting water pressure for his flat hose, moments after they arrived to find the structure fully involved. To see more, scroll down to that date.

Police News UP-TO-DATE  Today, April 30, 2007


7:16 am A resident of Priscilla Road reported that an older male was searching through her trash...


1:18 pm A past employee of a Wilson Street business reported that she had recently spoken with a guard and she felt that "something may be going on."


1:05 pm A caller, who was running a rummage sale on Wood Street, reported that an individual, who has caused some issues before, was on scene...

Brighton House Associates Appoints Marc Avila CTO

Hedge Fund Application Start Up Accelerates Infrastructure Growth


April 30, 2007 — Hopkinton-based Brighton House Associates, LLC, (BHA) the developer of SalesDesktm, the first Internet-based CRM application purpose-built for the hedge fund industry, has announced the appointment of Marc Avila as the company’s new Chief Technical Officer.


In his post as CTO, Avila is responsible for the continued development and evolution of the SaleDesk hedge fund CRM platform, including system design, technical support and management of BHA’s team of software developers. Avila is also charged with creating a deep technology development and support organization and with managing all outside technology vendor relationships.


“Marc has been fully involved in the SalesDesk development process since its earliest days and combines the necessary technical talent with great insight into what Brighton House is working to achieve on behalf of its clients,” said Daniel McDermott, Brighton House Associates Chief Executive Officer.  “With his rich background in Web application development and CRM software, we believe Marc is the ideal leader for our growing technology development team.”


Prior to his appointment as Brighton House Associates’ CTO, Avila was co-founder and CEO of 3 Media Web Solutions in Shrewsbury, Mass. Under Avila’s direction, 3 Media Web has developed, managed and hosted Web sites, B2B applications, internet marketing tools and database integration for clients in a range of industries nationwide since 2001. Previously, Avila held Web development positions at Ascential Software and Informix Software, as well as spearheaded Internet development projects for IBM.

Special Light

April 30, 2007 — Visitors to St. Paul's Rummage sale this weekend were distracted by a brilliant floral arrangement designed by church member Ernie Paolini, in the center of their spiritual garden, in memory of church member Jenny Ramsly, who was killed in an automobile accident in Ashland when she stopped to assist a disabled motorist.

Heart to Heart

April 29, 2007 — These mute swans enjoying a private cove on Lake Whitehall today didn't take long to form the familiar heart that has inspired countless porcelain figures.

Waxing and Waning

April 29, 2007 — This soon-to-wane magnolia blossom photographed today is part of a large grouping at the corner of Frankland Road and East Main Street. The short-lived blossoms of the magnolia and the bright yellow forsythia leaves are two of the first colors of spring. Behind the flower in the photo are the waxing flowers of the PJM rhododendron, so named for Peter J. Mezitt, founder of Weston Nurseries, by his son, Ed.


April 29, 2007 — These Hopkinton High School sophomores watched Friday's Grand March with an eye toward next year.

March in April

April 29, 2007 — The couple above was one of hundreds who participated in the ritual Grand March in the Hopkinton High School Athletic Center on Friday before the prom.


April 29, 2007 — Fire Department Chief Gary Daugherty moves about the fire scene as his men douse the flames and bring the fire under control Friday afternoon.

More than a Feeling

April 29, 2007 — The car on the left was turning left from Main Street onto Hayden Rowe Street. The driver of that vehicle, who hit her head and was examined by the ambulance above rushing to the scene, was given a citation. A driver turning left at an intersection must yield to oncoming traffic.

A Sign Coming True

April 29, 2007 — This sign at Hopkinton Reservoir will fulfill its own warning if the water gets any higher.

A Tree for the Future

April 28, 2007 — Selectmen Chair Muriel Kramer drops the first ceremonial spade of earth to plant the Kousa dogwood that was dedicated to the memories of Iris and Violet Carey in an Arbor Day ceremony on the Common today. Photo by Ben Lewis

Videos from around town on Saturday

Poster Contest Gallery

April 28, 2007 — The Marathon Poster Contest entries were on display at an artists' reception at the Ashland Community Center today. Above, Shan Bavanantham, son Harry Shannaugam who attended Elmwood School, and mother Tamil Selvi Shanmugam look over all of the works on display.

Lean on Me

April 28, 2007 — Sgt. Joseph Bennett makes sure that the tree up against Verizon wires doesn't land on any passersby early this evening on Cedar Street.

Henry T. Donovan, 88, died April 26, 2007 at his home.  Born in Somerville, he was the son of the late Timothy and Anna (McCullough) Donovan.  He was formerly employed as an iron worker for the Boston Local 7 and was a Navy veteran, serving in World War II. Arrangements complete


Mildred H. Navask, 85, died Thursday April 26, 2007 at Metrowest Medical Center, Framingham.  Born in Cambridge, she was the daughter of the late Owen W. and Mildred (Hayes) Murray.  She was employed for many years as an executive secretary for area real estate firms. Arrangements complete

After the Fire

April 27, 2007 — On Friday afternoon, Hopkinton resident Landlord Arthur Gillam looks over the aftermath of the fire at his rented home that destroyed his two-car garage as well as its contents.

The Aisles are Alive...

April 27, 2007 — The aisles were alive with the Middle School Drama Club interpretation of the Sound of Music this evening at the Middle School Auditorium. The group will present encore performances Saturday, April 28th at 1 PM and 7 PM.

Prelude to a Prom

April 27,2007 — Hundreds of well dressed High School juniors marched single-file into the Athletic Center this afternoon, boys on one side, girls on another, and met with their dates in the center to walk through a fancily decorated trellis and down the center this afternoon, as a preliminary warm  up to the evening's Junior Prom. Above, Junior Ben Carroll and his date Kelley West.

Dance and Tea

April 27, 2007 — Troop 2234 Girl Scout Daisies dance around a maypole while their proud mothers look on in the background.  After their ritual, the kindergartners served tea to the seniors at the Senior Center.

Hayden Rowe Street Fire injures one

Adjacent Home Spared by Fast Action

April 27, 2007 — A fire that started in a Hayden Rowe Street garage adjacent to a rented home injured a resident of that home, Jeff Holt, before Hopkinton firefighters arrived to quickly  put down the flames before it could spread throughout the entire home, which is joined by a breezeway. The home did receive smoke and water damage, and suffered the destruction of one wall by firefighters chasing the fire.

     A Jeep outside the garage was damaged by heat, a car inside the garage was destroyed, the overhead electrical service wires burned and fell to the ground, sparking and electrifying its surroundings, and one man was rushed to Milford hospital by Hopkinton Ambulance for treatment of burns and smoke inhalation.

    LifeFlight helicopter was called for service, but the cloud cover was too low, and the helicopters were grounded. Above, Firefighter Santucci and another firefighter, both wearing air packs, await the pressurization of their hose.

     Below, the scene approaching the fire when it was fully involved, from the Hopkins School entrance.

Henry T. Donovan, 88, died Thursday, April 26,2007 at his home.  Arrangements by the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home are incomplete at this time.

Mildred H. Navask, 85, died Thursday, April 26, 2007 in Framingham.  Arrangements by the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home are incomplete at this time.

State of the Town

Wednesday May 2, 2007 at 8 AM

 First Congregational Church - 146 East Main St. - Hopkinton


Hosted by NSTAR


This program should prove to be an informative lead up to Hopkinton’s Annual Town Meeting set to convene on

May 7, 2007 at 7 PM. If you are interested in the state of Hopkinton’s fiscal affairs you won’t want to miss this event.


You will leave with a clearer understanding of the town’s current fiscal situation as well as upcoming challenges and opportunities that will have an impact on our future. You will also hear how the expansion of our commercial tax base can help alleviate the current cycle of deficit budgeting.


Presenters will include:


Anthony Troiano       Hopkinton Town Manager

Maureen Dwinnell     Hopkinton Tax Collector/Treasurer

Ron Roux                    President, Hallmark Companies

Scott Richardson      Principal, Gorman Richardson Architects                           

Reserve your seat via e-mail to geri@hopkinton.org or tkilduff@att.net or by calling 508-435-0949

 Continental Breakfast Will Be Served

Presented by Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce

Art Mimics Art

April 27, 2007 — Hopkinton Garden Club member Andrea Graveline poses beside her floral creation, part of the Arts in Bloom effort, designed to complement the painting on the wall, which is part of the juried art show at the CAA.

Positive feedback

Dear Editor,

            Thanks so much for the link to the Mike McCann story.  It is very refreshing to hear about such a fine young man in the news these days.  Hats off to Mike and his parents.


  Brian Wilson

  45 Winter Street

  Hopkinton, MA 01748

April 27, 2007

Schools Outline Structural Deficit in Town-Wide Planning Model

“This is a good model to start us down the road” ~ Town Manager Tony Troiano
“No matter how you look at it, it’s still a 10-12 million dollar shortfall” ~ Dave Stoldt
“This is not a cumulative number, but a single year deficit” ~ Phil Totino

By David Hamacher
April 27, 2007 — Following up on his call  last night for the School Committee to get out in front of the fiscal situation facing Hopkinton, long-time committee member, Phil Totino, presented a comprehensive planning model that outlined how items impact the annual budgeting process for the town. When estimated assumptions based on how Hopkinton has historically budgeted are used in the planning model, it’s easy to realize a projected annual deficit of $21,000,000 in a worse-case scenario in ten years.

     “This is not a cumulative number, but a single year deficit”, Mr. Totino explained (Photo on left). “When we adjust some assumptions one way we can see a $31,000,000 deficit, and when we project more revenue based on future potential commercial taxes, the deficit can be reduced to $18,000,000.”
     Committee Member Mr. David Stoldt (Photo, on right) who has been credited for coining the phrase ‘structural deficit’ was quick to note, “I think we as a town need to make long-range plans and this model brings that need to light. When 2/3rd of the budget is labor and 1/3rd is tied to benefits, we don’t need to play with any of the assumptions. No matter how you look at it, it’s still a ten to twelve million dollar shortfall.”
     Board of Selectmen Chair, Ms. Muriel Kramer was in the audience and remarked, “When I look in this room tonight with the school committee and see people from the Appropriations Committee, Personnel Committee, and Planning Committee who are willing to work together, I see that we’re changing the way we’re working together. I’m intrigued by the ‘million dollar babies’ concept” FULL STORY



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.

Filling the Gaps

April 26, 2007 — The New England laborer's Training Center on East Street hosted Massachusetts Construction Career Days this week for over 1,000 high school students who expressed interest in the construction or architecture industries.

     According to Training Director Jamie Merloni III, the seminars are sponsored by the Department of Transportation, Mass Highway, Federal Highway Administration, AFL-CIO as well as representatives of the building trades and architectural and engineering Colleges.

     "We teach them the union way of the construction industry," Mr. Merloni said. "The industry comes together."

     Mr. Merloni explained the importance of bringing young people into the construction workforce.

     "The average age of the workforce is in the upper forties," said Mr. Merloni.

Chris Connors at ESL Coffeehouse

8:00 pm, April 28 ~ Tickets $15.00

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.


       Folk singer/songwriter Chris Connors’ music offers reflections on the complexities and joys of relationships, spirituality, loss and rebirth with unusual depth and wisdom.  With folk and spiritual roots, her songs have found enthusiastic audiences in both the folk and women’s music communities.  Chris has performed at coffeehouses and conferences both locally and nationally. Accompanying Chris on percussions will be Ken Porter.
     Also joining Chris is Mike Delaney, a very funny songwriter .  From his website
www.mikedelaney.org: "His humorous songs cover a wide range of topics from himself ('The Hunk' and 'Mando Tango') to the entire country ('If We Only had a Brain')."

Lions Club to Hold Open House

May 10th is the date for the next Lions Club ‘Membership Open House’. All Hopkinton residents are invited to the event at the First Congregational Church at 146 East Main Street from 7:30 to 9 pm. Learn more about
the Lions, a local service club, and how you can give back to our community

Choose here to learn more


A Walk to Remember Andy Welzel

 2nd Annual Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Walk

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

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


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


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

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



 Dear Citizens,

      Under the requirements of the town’s water management permit with the State, to limit nonessential outdoor use to protect stream flow, aquatic life and ensure sustainable drinking water, we are implementing a MANDATORY State of Water Supply Conservation from May 1st  through September 30th .  No non-essential watering is permitted accept that between the hours 5:00pm and 9:00am sprinklers may be used for lawn watering up to two days per week..  People residing in precinct one and two may water on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Precincts three and four may water on Wednesday and Fridays.  There shall be no lawn watering on Saturday, Sunday or Monday.  For a listing of precincts, please go to: http://www.hopkinton.org/gov/clerk/street.htm and the map at http://www.hopkinton.org/gov/dpw/water/precinct.htm

        For tips on minimizing water use out doors, please visit our web site @


      Penalties imposed under the Town of Hopkinton’s water use restriction by-law, Chapter 199 Article II, are as follows;

 First offense:       Warning

Second offense:    $100 fine

Third offense:        Subsequent $100 fine and/or Water service may be Suspended.

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DEP issues Statement of Technical Deficiency


April 26, 2007 — Yesterday, the Town's DPW received a Statement of Technical Deficiency from the Department of Environmental Protection that was, according to DPW Director JT Gaucher, a result of the Resident's Appeal of the ConCom Order of Conditions that allowed the disposal beds of the Fruit Street Waste Water Treatment Facility to be located in 4,127 ft. of Riverfront Area.

     According to John Craycroft, president of the Cedar Swamp Preservation Trust and one of the signers of the Appeal, people should have known better.

     "The Fruit Street Development Committee (FSDC) as a whole, the Chairman, and others, have been made aware of regulatory protections under state and federal law for special clarification of waters called Outstanding Resource Water."

     Mr. Craycroft said that it wasn't just his group, but  his and several others that made the FSDC aware of the guidelines.

      "The Committee [FSDC] pre-determined the location and tried to builds a scientific case around that location and ignored early directives from the state to look at alternate sites," said Mr. Craycroft.

      Indeed, the document received by the town yesterday states, "...the Department has determined that you have not provided sufficient information relative to an alternative analysis."

     "It is a typical response when they [DEP] are looking for additional information," said Mr. Gaucher, adding that it was in response to a Water Quality Certificate application, mandated by the Residents' Appeal.

      In addition to the location of the disposal beds, said Mr. Gaucher, was an issue with a stream crossing that the DEP would also like to see alternative location presented. The current proposals can be allowed if it can be proven that no other area outside of the sensitive ones is feasible.

     "Earth Tech will put together a response within a week," said Mr. Gaucher.

     The DEP has given the Town 30 days to respond to a request for additional information.


When Saturday June 2nd

Bus leaves from and returns to Enter Stage Left Theater at

 30 Main Street, Hopkinton.

Cost $150 per person

Includes: Cost of Bus, Ticket to Spamalot and dinner at Planet Hollywood!


Well it is happening!  This one day trip, organized by Keith Rowe, should be LOT'S of fun so if you would like to "get on the bus" send an email to esltheater@comcast.net and we will send you the registration information or call 508-435-2114.  Seating is limited so book your spot by May 1.

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Here is a link to a story that features Mike McCann, who participates in Hopkinton events that require the skills of the always scarce bugler.

Mike's dad is the IT professional for Town Hall. Veteran's Day file photo.

Q. How do you get to Mechanics Hall?

A. Practice (And earn Gold)


The Hopkinton High School Concert Band will be participating in the MICCA “Stars at Symphony” showcase event this Sunday at 4:00 PM at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. The concert is free and open to the public.


The Massachusetts Instrumental And Choral Conductors Association (MICCA), with the support of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, will hold its ninth annual "Stars at Symphony" gold medal showcase event at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.  Ensembles that earned a gold medal rating at the 2007 MICCA Concert and Choral Festivals were invited to perform at either Symphony Hall in Boston on April 21th, 2007, or at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on April 29th, 2007.   For more information co to  www.MICCAMusic.org. Contributed File photo


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Dam Power

April 25, 2007 — Cedar Street residents Teresa and Andy Boyce met with the Conservation Commission Monday evening and presented an informal proposal to use the Sudbury River, which abuts their property, for "microhydro turbine" power. According to Mr. Boyce, the wetlands were previously disturbed by a pig farm, the Cordaville Cotton and Woolen Company, and Whitney's Saw Mill.

       Mr. Boyce, who is an engineer, claims that 19% of the world's energy is from hydro, and that the energy source produces no carbon dioxide or harmful emissions. Mr. Boyce estimates the generator will produce enough electricity to be able to power 10 houses most of the year. This type of electricity generation as well as solar, can run an electrical meter backwards and result in a more than just a savings. The Boyce's also propose solar panels on a planned garage.

       Mr. Boyce asserts that there will be almost no disturbance if he is allowed to locate his turbine in the current gatehouse, pictured above. He said that the office of dam safety has determined that  the dam is not a risk because there is not enough energy stored by the dam to create a hazard downstream.

       Where the riverbanks lie on Hopkinton on one side, and Southborough on the other, the town line separating the two runs through the center of the river in most cases. But according to a map that was used as part of the presentation, most of the gatehouse, as well as the dam, is in Hopkinton.

       After the meeting, Mr. Boyce said that he believes riparian law gives him the right to use the river.     

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