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Powder Puff Football
November 11, 2007 — The Senior girls come out charging on Saturday night to challenge the Junior girls on the varsity football field.
Veterans Day Ceremony
November 11, 2007 — Chaplin Richard Brault of Hopkinton American Legion Post 202 rises from among his fellow veterans to give the invocation for Sunday's Veterans Day celebration at the Common.
Third Annual Senior Health and Wellness Fair to Feature
"Living with Diabetes" Panel Discussion
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Powder Puff Football
November 10, 2007 — Above, Senior Katie Fusaro takes it across the goal line after catching the pass; and a parent gives the TD sign from the spectators' area.
West Main Street Truck vs. Motorcycle
November 10, 2007 — A 67 year-old man on a Harley Davidson (Right) struck a vehicle (Red truck) that was turning across his lane and into the car-top boat landing on West main Street early this evening.
His wife, who was following on another motorcycle, said, "The truck just cut in front of him, and he had to dump it. He had nowhere to go."
The Hopkinton resident was taken to Milford Hospital.
PJB Food Pantry
November 10, 2007— Cheryl Lambert-Walsh looks over just some of the bounty today from the food drive that the Girl and Boy Scouts who canvassed the town brought in to the Project Just Because facility at 45 South Street today.
Scouting for Food
November 10, 2007 — These Girl Scouts were part of a town-wide effort to gather food for the food pantry today. Outside of Colella's above, from left, Jacquelyn Chirco, Sarah McCrory, Molly Abate, and Lexy Papadellis spent two hours collecting food in the brisk air.
Houston, We Have Lift-off
November 10, 2007 — Dan Hession, 13, catches some air and defies gravity downtown today, as his friends watch in the background.
Veterans Day in Hopkinton
Sunday November 11, 2007
Hopkinton Town Common (Town Hall in case of rain)
Hopkinton Veterans would like others to join them on the Common Sunday in a ceremony to honor fallen veterans and all who have served.
November 10, 2007 — The sons of Rosemary Lynch assist in carrying her casket into St. John's Church for a mass this morning as assembled fellow veteran's salute as she passes by, as she has done for so many others. Today's funeral for Mrs. Lynch, a Marine veteran, is on the Marine's birthday.
November 9, 2007 — Owen Silva, 5 months, gets a lift from family friend David Smith at the Historical Society's Harvest Supper held at St. John's Parish Center this evening. Besides an abundance of homemade specialties, the annual event featured a silent auction and a raffle, all to benefit the Society's former Grange Building on Hayden Rowe Street.
Hillers beat Westwood in double overtime 28-25 as Luke Warren scores winning touchdown!!
Above, Kelly Cook carries Westwood defender along.
November 9, 2007 — The Hopkinton Hillers beat Westwood in double overtime 28-25 in one of the most exciting games played in Hopkinton (probably history) Friday night . The game was anybody's until Warren scored in double overtime to give the Hughes men the victory. Mark Sanborn's game winning field was deflected with 4 seconds remaining to force overtime. The Hillers fought hard to take the victory and had the game wrapped up in overtime, when the wolves battled back to tie it. ~ Peter Marso
Ninth Annual Turkey Drive
For the ninth year in a row, we are organizing a turkey drive in the
Hopkinton school district to aid needy families in the Metro West area.
The Salvation Army in Framingham has informed us that there is a
pressing need for provisions during this Thanksgiving season.
Girls Play Football Saturday
Saturday, November 10
HHS first annual Powder Puff
Football Game 7:00 pm @ HHS Football field. Senior Girls vs. Junior
Accompanied by their classmate and teacher coaches! Special Half-time Show! Tickets $3.00 at gate or during all 3 lunches at school on Nov 1st & 2nd. Come support your school community! All proceeds will benefit the Junior & Senior Class Activities.
Board of Selectmen Letter to Residents
9, 2007 — The Board of Selectmen (BoS) and the Department of Public
Works (DPW) continues to make progress towards bidding and constructing
a Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) at the Town-owned Fruit Street
property. The WWTF has been approved by recent Town Meeting votes and
will be funded by the users in Phase VI per those votes. The facility is
currently designed to handle 100,000 gpd of sewer flow.
NOTE: File photo. Selectmen Mary Pratt and Mike Shepard do not vote or comment on Fruit Street matters officially.
CAA Holiday Boutique
November 9, 2007 — Angela Cunniff (left) discusses her artwork with a fellow artist at the CAA this evening. See the Hopkinton Happenings for complete schedule.
Grand Old Flag
November 9, 2007 — Hopkins School Principal Martha Starr sings You're a Grand Old Flag with her students at a whole-school assembly today in honor of American Veterans.
Driver Allegedly Flees Trooper, Discards Handgun, Crashes and Dies
9, 2007 —
troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Foxboro responded to a
single-vehicle crash on
Preliminary investigation by Lieutenant John
Stuart indicates that Trooper Kevin Collins attempted to stop a 1998
Ford Taurus that was traveling at an excessive speed on Route 95 South
in the area of
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 Massachusetts State Police K-9 Section, the Foxboro Fire Department, the Foxboro Police Department, and the Norfolk County State Police Detective Unit assisted troopers at the scene.
A Cappella Night with None of the Above and The Elements
will be hosting an a cappella night featuring None of the Above and The
Elements on November 10. None of the Above is a vocal ensemble whose
repertoire includes a mix of many genres, including early music and
popular jazz. The Elements is an all-vocal soul group featuring Motown
flavored music from the 60s and 70s as well as more recent soul tunes.
Both groups will perform at 8:00 p.m. at ESL’s intimate studio setting
at 30 Main Street in Hopkinton. Tickets are $10.00.
Veterans Dinner 2007
November 9, 2007 —Above, Selectmen Chairman Muriel Kramer addresses fellow veterans at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club, as a slideshow of veterans when they were young collected by Hank Allessio and made into a PowerPoint presentation by Jim Cozzens (View it here), plays in the background last night. Need the viewer? To get the PowerPoint Viewer, click here.
Mr. Allessio gave away prizes for whoever guessed the names of he most veterans. First prize was a gallon can of "chipped beef," a K-ration that soldiers learned to despise.
The dinner was conceived several years ago by senior Center Director Cindy Chesmore, and has grown into an annual event. TJ's catered the event, paid for by the town.
Hopkinton Police Cruisers Collide
November 9, 2007 — Hopkinton Police, after public speculation from passersby and others throughout the day, released information last evening regarding a motor vehicle crash that involved two police Officers operating separate cruisers at about 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7.
According to the informational release, Officer Gregg DeBoer operating Car 2, and officer William Burchard operating Car 10 were both traveling west on Wood Street.
Officer DeBoer stopped at the intersection of Wood Street waiting to turn left. Officer Burchard, distracted by the use of his computer, did not see that the other cruiser had stopped until it was too late, and collided with it, according to the release. No one was inured. One vehicle was towed, but the other was driven from the scene. Both will be out of service while being repaired. Sgt. Michael Sutton investigated, and Chief of Police Thomas Irvin has been advised.
The release concludes, "Officer Burchard will receive internal discipline for violating Department policy regarding use of the Mobile Data Computer. In addition, both officers have volunteered to attend on their own time Emergency Vehicle Driver Training conducted by the State Police at the Devens EVOC Training Facility in Ayer." Photo contributed by reader.
Troop 4 of Hopkinton Court of Honor
November 9, 2007 — Boy Scouts and leaders of Troop 4 of Hopkinton gathered at Elmwood School last night to award Merit Badges Rank Advancements and Special Awards on Scouts and Scout Leaders who have achieved additional skills and experience during the last year.
Hopkinton Students Receive Volunteer Award from
Pictured left to right are Dennis Cataldo, Luke Fraser, Carly Boyce, and Jim Miller.
Together, Luke and Carly signed on as Event Chairs to plan and coordinate the first ever Relay at Hopkinton High School. The Relay was goaled to reach $30,000, but when all was tallied the Relay For Life of Hopkinton raised more than $100,000. The amount of time and level of commitment and energy that Luke and Carly devoted to the Relay was incredible, especially considering both are full-time students with numerous other obligations. The volunteer recognition event honored nearly 20 American Cancer Society volunteers from the Greater Boston area. For cancer information anytime call toll free 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
Hopkinton Makes News in Greece
Zoning Advisory Committee Seeks Input on Legacy Farms
Next meeting on Tuesday, November 13
Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 7:00 PM in
Room 211 of the Town Hall to continue its detailed review of the Open
Space Mixed Use Development District (OSMUD) proposed by Boulder Capital
for the Legacy Farms development on the former Weston Nurseries land.
The topics for the November 13th meeting will be continued discussion of
the proposed uses to be allowed on the 728 acres, and in which general
area on the land each use would be allowed, the intensity of uses
(number of dwelling units and square footage of commercial space), and
affordable housing. An
electronic copy of the draft OSMUD available here and is also
available in hard copy at the Planning Department in Town Hall. Sections
210-116.4, 210-116.5 and 210-116.6 will be reviewed at the November 13
meeting and discussion will be focused on those sections. Written
comments are encouraged and can be emailed to
or sent to the Planning Department at 18 Main St., Hopkinton, MA 01748.
Fatal Crash on Route 93 in
Driver not wearing seatbelt, ejected, dies
Other driver charged with OUI, Motor Vehicle Homicide
8, 2007 — Today at approximately 1:00 a.m. troopers assigned to the
State Police Barracks in
Preliminary investigation by Trooper David
Burke indicates a 2001 Hyundai Tiburon hatchback operated by 23-year-old
Ryan M. Shaughnessy of Wrentham was traveling on Route 93 South in
Canton when it struck a 1994 Toyota
pickup operated by 71-year-old Alphonso Anderson of Brockton.
As a result of the crash, the
Upon release from
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
Laura Bullock at ESL
Coffeehouse on November 17
Folk singer Laura
Bullock will be performing at the ESL Coffeehouse on November 17.
Bullock’s songwriting reflects a longing
for redemption and a striving
for significance in the very normal moments of daily life. She will
perform at 8:00 p.m. at ESL’s intimate studio setting at 30 Main Street
in Hopkinton. Tickets are $10.00.
Enter Stage Left Theater, Inc. is a non-profit, performing arts center in Hopkinton offering theater education, training and performances for students of all ages. For more information call 508-435-2114 or visit www.enterstagelefttheater.com
World AIDS Day comes to Framingham
Veterans are the Real Stars
November 5, 2007 — Elmwood School Principal Ilene Silver proudly shows off the display that her students voluntarily created with stars they cut out. The stars carry the name of the relative, the branch of the military they served, and the war or military conflict they served in.
Middlesex County Justice/Crime
Twenty-Year-Old College Student Ordered
Held Without Bail In Connection With Stabbing Of Ex-Boyfriend
CAMBRIDGE – November 7, 2007 — Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today that a twenty-year-old college student was ordered held without bail following a dangerousness hearing in connection with an incident in which she is alleged to have stabbed her ex-boyfriend multiple times. The incident occurred on the campus of MIT University where the victim is a student.
Anna Tang, a student at Wellesley College, was arrested on October 23 and arraigned that afternoon in Cambridge District Court on charges of armed assault with intent to murder and home invasion. At her arraignment, Judge Sevelin Singleton ordered Tang held pending a 58A dangerousness hearing on October 30, which was continued further until today. At today’s hearing, it was stipulated that the defendant is a danger to the community and Judge George Sprague ordered Tang held without bail.
According to authorities, at approximately 6:28 a.m. on October 23, Cambridge Police responded to 500 Memorial Drive for a reported stabbing. The building is an MIT dorm building with multiple dorm rooms inside. Upon arrival at the scene, the victim was found in his room bleeding profusely from multiple stab wounds.
After speaking with the victim, Tang was established as a suspect when he indicated that she had attacked him and that she was his ex-girlfriend. Tang was later found in the same dorm building. Tang’s jacket was found covered with blood and a black folding “buck” knife was found in her backpack. She was immediately arrested and placed into custody by Cambridge Police.
Upon further investigation, it is alleged that the defendant entered into the victim’s dorm room while he was asleep. The victim indicated that he awoke in his bed to find the defendant on top of him and repeatedly stabbing him.
The victim was transported to a Boston hospital where has been treated and released for his injuries.
The next hearing is scheduled on December 3 for a pretrial conference in Cambridge District Court.
Milford Drug Bust
November 7, 2007 — Today a Milford man was arrested for Drug Trafficking and Drug Trafficking within 1000 feet of a school zone after Milford Police executed a search warrant at his home located at 32 North Bow Street Milford. Milford Police served the search warrant at 32 North Bow Street, second floor apartment Milford after Detective Dustin Testa obtained the search warrant from the Milford District Court. The search warrant was served by the following officers: Detectives Dustin Testa, Craig Stanley, Sgt. Ken Kingkade, Rick Belanger, Lt James Falvey along with patrol officers Joseph Shuras and Paul Parisi. Police seized approximately 14 grams of cocaine along with packaging material after searching the second floor apartment.
James Ferland age 45 of 32 North Bow Street Milford is charged with the
following criminal violations:
Yankees Fan Dons Sox Uniform
November 7, 2007 — Michael Giurlando, Assistant Principal of Elmwood School lost a bet with the secretaries at Elmwood School, who said the Sox would win. Apparently, Mr. Giurlando bet on the Yankees.
Mr. Giurlando said it presented an opportunity to talk to the students about sportsmanship.
"It's a good dose of humble pie," Mr. Goirlando said today. "Yankees fans are like that."
Red Sox Nation Quilts Too!
Some People enjoyed having a few beers and eating pizza on the couch while the Red Sox played their way to the World Series Trophy. Others made their way to a high-def TV at fine establishments. But not everyone bought into that behavior.
Flora Busconi, a Red Sox fan of many decades, spent her time crocheting a Red Sox afghan to donate to the Silent Auction in the Spring while watching the Red Sox this year. Mrs. Busconi's afghans are known in her circle to be second only to her spinach pies and baklava.
HEF Celebrates 15 Years
with "The Crystal Ball"
November 7, 2007 --The Hopkinton Education Foundation (HEF) has selected 3rd grade student, Danielle Hassan's (Photo) artwork as the design inspiration for their annual gala fundraiser, this year coined; "The Crystal Ball" in celebration of the organization's 15th Anniversary. "Celebrating 15 Years and Looking to the Future" is the theme of this year's dinner dance to be held at the Crowne Plaza in Natick on February 9,2008. Using a Hopkinton Elementary student's artwork on the printed Gala materials has become a tradition that lends itself well to the mission of HEF -fundraising to support academic grants for the Hopkinton Public Schools.
Winter Parking Regulations
DPW wishes to remind all Hopkinton residents of By-Laws pertaining to
the parking of motor vehicles during the winter months.
Town Manager Appoints Heidi Kriger Town Chief Financial Officer
Town Counsel Chosen ~ Fruit Street revisited, again
by Demian David Tebaldi
November 7, 2007
— Tuesday's Board of Selectmen’s Meeting began respectfully, with Chairman
Muriel Kramer requesting a moment of silence for recently departed
Hopkinton resident Rosemary Lynch, whose decades of volunteer service to
the community touched the lives of many. Selectman Mike Shepard asked
that viewers and those in attendance remember Ashland’s Bob Hill, also
recently deceased, and called for good wishes to be directed to
Hopkinton plumbing inspector Charlie Featherstone, who has taken ill.
In the letter, Mrs. Kramer made a case for the immediate establishment of a group of leaders to address the issue of wastewater capacity and suggested that over 100,000 gpd could be had immediately by tightening up the current system, which differs in capacity from 250,000 gpd on a dry day to 1,000,000 gallons on a rainy day. The difference, it is deduced, is from the infiltration of storm water into the sewer drains.
"The system has major leaks that need to be addressed. I & I [Input and Infiltration] solutions save users money," writes Mrs. Kramer. Mrs. Kramer, a former reporter, wrote positive adjectives for moving forward, which were taken as negatives by Mr. McIntyre for his past work. However, Mrs. Kramer, in her letter, quoted Mr. McIntyre and fellow DPW Board member Jim Pyne's own words to support her initiative.
Ms. Kramer said in
her letter, "The DPW Board needs support and money to address I & I.
They have agreed that it is a priority. Jim Pyne asserted at a recent
October meeting that addressing1 &1 was 'necessary whether we have a
WWTF on Fruit Street or not.' The DPW Board is in agreement that this is
a priority issue.
"Does Hopkinton have a capacity problem or an 1&1 problem? In July 2007, Dan McIntyre, while representing Hopkinton Square as a private consultant and not acting as DPW Chairman, responded to a direct question/concern about sewer capacity and asserted 'Hopkinton doesn't have a capacity problem, we have an I &l problem'," Mrs. Kramer wrote.
ZAC Continues Legacy Farms Zoning Uses Discussion
November 6, 2007 — The Zoning Advisory Committee bit off another piece of what Chairman Ken Weismantel has called "eating an elephant - one piece at a time" as the 14 member committee considered uses proposed by Boulder Capital for their Legacy Farms project on the former Weston Nurseries farmland. Boulder has proposed an OSMUD (Open Space Mixed Use Development district) that would be an overlay which would kick in when the use of the underlying (mostly agricultural) zoning changes.
The deliberations were stalled for nearly an hour as members struggled to understand the process of introducing a Master Plan and zoning changes to Town Meeting.
"If I don't understand it, there's a problem," said ZAC member Ron Roux, a builder of luxury homes who was instrumental in proposing much of the mixed use zoning changes over the last two years.
As a result of the discussion, there grew a consensus that the Planning Board would approve the Master Plan that Boulder is proposing, and the zoning changes would go before Town Meeting in May, 2007.
Chairman of the Board of Appeals, Tom Garabedian warned in a letter to ZAC that Town Counsel should weigh in on whether the approach was in conflict with prohibitions against spot zoning and contract zoning.
The Board discussed the uses proposed by Boulder in the Residential Subdistricts they are creating, which is one of four.
Some of the uses are already allowed, like single-family homes, multi-family residences and home occupations. But others, like a bed and breakfast, are not currently allowed in residential zoning, but would be, by a Special Permit, in the Legacy Farms development only. A bed and breakfast is currently limited to twelve rooms in the downtown business district.
Zoning Board of Appeals member Wayne Davies (Photo) suggested that the test for a special permit should be, "Is this use compatible with other uses?" A Special Permit triggers a Public Hearing at which abutters are invited to weigh in, and the Board is expected to consider their input.
ZAC also recommended approval of the establishment of commercial saddle horses or riding stables with a special permit.
"We've had discussions about walking and riding trails," said Principal Roy S. MacDowell, Jr. "The word 'commercial' is deceiving. Perhaps you want to take the word out," he said.
One of the features presented to the community from the conception of Boulder's presentations has been an extensive trail system for all kinds of uses.
The proponents painted a vision of recreational facilities, lodges, clubhouses and park and ride facilities throughout their community, as well as areas designated for open, commercial and retail space.
ZAC will consider at their next meeting, whether the uses discussed Tuesday evening for the proposed Residential Subdistricts will be allowed in the Commercial and Village Subdistricts.
Live Nativity December 8th
5:00 to 8:00 PM.
Community Covenant Church
The event will be held outside on the church's front lawn at the corner
of West Elm and West Main Streets from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. The event is
free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to benefit the
mission and youth programs at the church. In addition, hot chocolate and
light refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall.
Middlesex County Sobriety Checkpoint
Friday, November 16, 2007 into Saturday, November 17, 2007
Colonel Mark F. Delaney, Superintendent of
the Massachusetts State Police, announced that a “Sobriety Checkpoint”
will be implemented by the Massachusetts State Police on a
Hopkinton Icon Passes
Rosemary Lynch, a tireless volunteer
November 6, 2007 — Rosemary Lynch, known for decades for her volunteerism for various groups for the Town of Hopkinton and associated organizations, died this morning after a two year period of declining health.
Mrs. Lynch was respected not only for the work she did around town, but also for her military connection, having served in the US Marine Corps.
"She was a valuable member of the American Legion for 30 years," said Legion member Mike Whalen. "She was very active in the past," Mr. Whalen said.
One reader has sent a list of attributes and organizations that she knows Mrs. Lynch participated in:
Life-long resident of Hopkinton, Graduated from Hopkinton High School, Class of 1952, Entered the Marine Corps where she met her husband Patrick Lynch, Raised 6 sons, very involved with Cub Scouts, One of the organizers of Memorial Day and Veterans Day celebrations. Member - Hopkinton Post 59 - American Legion. Member - St. John's the Evangelist Church. Member - Milford Women's Auxiliary. Member - Hopkinton 250th anniversary celebration. Member - Hopkinton 275th. anniversary celebration. Member - Hopkinton Water Board. Member - Hopkinton Boosters Club. Member, emeritus, Hopkinton Marathon Committee. Correspondent for Worcester Telegram. Correspondent for Westborough Chronotype.
"She was a fixture for a long time in Hopkinton Government, Senior Center, Veterans and the Democratic Town Committee," said Treasurer/Collector, Maureen Dwinnell.
"Rosemary did so much for the town," said Patricia Hart. "She'll be missed so very much. She and Patrick were always together. You never saw one without the other," she said.
"She was a good person," said former Fire Chief Rick Macmillan. "She was very unselfish and giving to the Town," he said.
A celebration of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, the birthday of the US Marine Corps.
Rosemary Lynch, 73
Rosemary Lynch, 73,
of Hopkinton, died Tuesday, November 6, 2007. Born in Chelsea, she was
the daughter of the late George E. and Mary A. (McHatton) Briggs. She
was a lifelong Hopkinton resident, survived by her husband, Patrick.
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