Hopkinton and Holliston Receiving Massachusetts Recreational Trail Grants
(BOSTON) – July 26, 2011 — Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) and Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) announced today that two projects working to repair and maintain trails in the MetroWest region have been awarded grants under the Massachusetts Recreational Trails Program (File photo, Hopkinton trail ribbon-cutting).
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Massachusetts Recreational Trails Advisory Board, working in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration, approved grant requests for the Center Trail Stewardship Project in Hopkinton and the Holliston Section of the Upper Charles Rail Trail. These grants are awarded on a reimbursement basis to trail protection, construction, and stewardship projects across the Commonwealth.
“It is important that we invest in initiatives like the ones selected for this year’s Recreational Trails Grants,” said Senator Spilka. “Both of these projects increase access to open space in our communities and improve the overall quality of life for our residents.”
“This is a wonderful way for the towns of Hopkinton and Holliston to move ahead and provide access to outdoor recreation for the whole community,” said Representative Dykema. “It’s great to be able to assist our residents and communities through these grants.”
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The Center Trail Stewardship Project has been awarded $17,525 in order to repair erosion damage to the Hopkinton Center Trail and restore its natural hydrology. The project calls for installing erosion deterrents including drain pipes and gravel pave on portions of the trail bed. With this funding, the Hopkinton Area Land Trust will be able to make these repairs permanent and prevent future damage to the trail.
The grant program reimburses up to eighty percent of the total project costs, within the maximum amount of the award. In order to be eligible, at least twenty percent of the costs must be supported through other sources. The additional support may come from cash or in-kind contributions of materials, labor, and services. Later this week, the DCR will be sending grantees an official notice of approval, a copy of the contract, and a Notice to Proceed. Once these materials are received, the projects may begin working on their construction and repairs. ~ Contributed
Return of the Native
The 2011 Hopkinton Basketball Summer Skills Clinics for Girls was hosted by Hopkinton's very own, Varsity Coach Rita Atkinson. Rita invited Kara Wolters to join the participants. Having played for Coach Atkinson at Holliston High, Kara then played at UConn, in the WNBA and the won a gold metal at the Olympics in Sydney. Kara shared stories, demonstrated drills and gave each camper the chance to hold her Olympic Gold Metal!! It was a very exciting day!! ~ Contributed
The Hopkinton 11 year old baseball team were champions in their age division at the Tondorf Tournament, held in Medway. This is the third year in a row that they won their respective age divisions, making them "3-peat" champions. Sitting in the front: Bat-boy, Andrew Gaughan. First row kneeling (left to right): Marc Saklad, Scott Babigian, Dawson McMillan, Brett McIntire, Ryan Wolfe, Griffin Zack. 2nd row standing (left to right): Anthony Farina, Ben Fargiano, Zack Sisitsky, Brian Gaughan, Jake LeBlanc, Justin Blanchard. 3rd Row standing (left to right): Coaches Don Wolfe, Scott McIntire, Rich Sisitsky and Head Coach, Ray LeBlanc. ~ Contributed
An ESL Production
July 29th & 30th @ 2pm & 7pm
Hopkinton Middle School
July 26, 2011 — This water-skier is pulled by a boat with a roaring engine, while in the background two or three kids in a floatation device going in the opposite direction get towed by a jet ski on a very busy Lake Maspenock this past weekend.
July 26, 2011 — A model and her photographer found a beautiful spot at the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam this past weekend. The photographer brought his own light to fill in the shadows on her face caused by the subtractive lighting of the woods she is facing, thereby balancing her exposure with the background water and sky.
Hillers Property Owner May Reopen Another Dry Cleaners
July 25, 2011 — Owner of the property at the current location of Hiller's Cleaners at 97 Main Street, Vinnie Ferrelli (facing board), appeared before the Planning board this evening for approval for some improvements to his property as he prepares to rent the space being vacated by Hiller's Cleaners, a business he sold to George Vrahliotis ten years ago. Mr. Vrahliotis has purchased the former Hitchings hardware at 65 Main Street, demolished it, and is erecting a new building to house his Hiller's Cleaners.
The Planning Board approved Mr. Ferrelli's plans to add an awning and repair the ramp, and asked him to mark some of the spaces in his parking lot.
The Board read a letter from former Board of Appeals member Mary Harrington, who said that board in its Decision approving the original plans, ruled out parking in the front of the building, and demanded no-parking signs.
Director of Land Use and Planning Elaine Lazarus said that perhaps due to the age of the Decision, she could not find that stipulation, but did find one ruling out parking on the eastern side of the building at Pleasant Street.
"Do you have a tenant...?" asked Chairman Ken Weismantel, wondering who might replace Hillers Cleaners when they move.
"I may go back and reopen another cleaners," said Mr. Ferrelli.
Some members of the board chuckled.
Mr. Ferrelli's father, known as Champ, began Hiller's Cleaners and ran it for 25 years. Vinnie was involved for 21 years, managing it for the last 10 while his father enjoyed a semi-retirement.
"I'll call it 'Champ's' after my father," he said.
The President Addressed the Nation Live from the White House Here at 9:00 pm on Monday evening
“Fill a Backpack” Items Collected at St. Paul’s and Grace Methodist Church
HOPKINTON (July 25, 2011) -- In support of Project Just Because’s “Fill a Backpack” drive, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Grace United Methodist Church will be collecting items for the program at their shared facilities at 61 Wood Street in Hopkinton. Collection hours are Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. to noon; and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The “Fill a Backpack” drive is going on until August 21. Both churches invite other churches, groups, or individuals to join the Fill a Backpack Drive. Please contact the St. Paul’s Office at 508-435-4536 if you are interested in helping, or simply drop Fill a Backpack items off during collection times.
Project Just Because is trying to fill more than 2000 backpacks to supply children in need, so that they will have what they need to start the school year on a positive note. They are specifically looking for backpacks, one-subject notebooks, pencil cases, index cards, glue sticks, 3-ring binders, highlighters, calculators, scissors, book covers, rulers, lunch boxes, and pencil sharpeners. Gift cards for Wal-Mart or Target also are welcome.
“We are so appreciative of St Paul’s and Grace Methodist’s support when so many local children are in need of basic educational supplies, “ said CherylAnn Lambert Walsh, president of Project Just Because, Inc. “When a backpack is filled it will go directly into a child’s hands to help them start the school year with the items they need. We thank St. Paul’s, Grace Methodist, and the community for their continued support and making a direct difference in a child’s life.“
The Hopkinton 10U-A Softball Team participated in the Milford "July Jam" Softball Tournament this past weekend. They played 6 games over the course of 2 days, making it to the semi-finals, where they lost by one run in a nail biter to eventual tournament champions, the Franklin Tornadoes. The exhausted but happy group includes:
Front Row, L-R: Meghan Sullivan, Emily Whelan (holding Zoe), Lillian Morningstar, Kristina Weldon, Anna Heavey, Halley Keefe
Middle Row, L-R: Andrea Bogan, Natalie Calkins, Allison Leeret, Eliza Westbury, Bella Onsi
Back Row: L-R: Karl Morningstar, John Whelan, Ric Weldon
Missing: Elizabeth Liberta and Dennis Heavey.
- July 25, 2011
10:44 am Several 911 calls reported an injured woman and her bicycle lying in the roadway...
10:42 pm Units checked for a possible drunken individual behind a woman's home...
4:00 pm Officer David Shane and the Fire Department were unable to locate the source of a fire...
3:06 pm A patron of Hopkinton State Park alleged via ONSTAR that a State Park employee punched his vehicle...
4:56 am An individual reported to be sleeping on the side of the road...
10:22 pm Whoever was lighting off "commercial grade fireworks" ...
8:24 am Several people called regarding a person sleeping on the Common...
Felony Suspect Jumps to Death from
The suspect in the initial assault, who then later died after jumping
The assault occurred
at a different
25, 2011 — At 12:34 a.m. today Troop C of the Massachusetts State Police
was notified that Princeton Police were in pursuit of 2005 Jeep Liberty
that was connected to a reported felony assault with a dangerous weapon,
an object that the suspect wielded against a male victim. Princeton
Police were pursuing the vehicle southbound on Route 140 in
vehicle entered onto Route 190 southbound at Exit 5. The suspect
continued his refusal to stop as he fled down Route 190. Massachusetts
State Trooper Matthew Moran, who had joined the pursuit with
approximately the 8-mile marker on the highway, the Jeep began to slow
and pulled into the breakdown lane. The Jeep traveled for a short
distance in the breakdown lane and stopped at the beginning of the
The man has
been identified as a 64-year-old
July 24, 2011 — Twenty-one month-old Preston Wellington catches a ride from his dad, Allen, while watching the entertainment on the Common on Sunday.
96 Years and Counting
July 24, 2011 — Ninety-six year-old Helen Jarorzobski and her daughter-in-law Darlene Joyal applaud Mrs. Joyal's husband's band at the Sunday Concert on the Common this evening.
Round and Round and Up and Down...
July 24, 2011 — Reminisants Bandleader Mike Joyal instructs his new young students on doing the Twist while his band warms up to the event on the Hopkinton Common Sunday evening.
Ready, Camera Two
July 24, 2011 — HCAM employee Andy Ritz directs the production at the Hopkinton Common last night, choosing which scene his videographers give him to present as the "live" shot. He will also direct them to a scene, through the two-way headset, he sees unfolding.
July 24, 2011 — The water at Hopkinton Reservoir was awash with colorful kayaks on Sunday, as people did their best to stay cool.
July 24, 2011 — Officer Linda Higgins surveys the damage from a collision at EMC Park; one man remarked that he had never been involved in an accident before.
Male pit-bull type of dog found in Downtown area.
If it is yours, please call Bev Leary at 508-395-3507.
July 22, 2011 — This gull over Hopkinton Reservoir this afternoon betrays its youth with its flawless and new, feathery wings. Among all local birds, the gulls appear the least afraid of proximity to humans.
July 22, 2011 — To the casual observer, this photo of the fence on Main and Mayhew Streets may appear in a straight line from left to right. However, the center post in the photo is the center point of a right angle made flat through the use of a wide angle lens.
July 22, 2011 — Last evening, Town Manager Norman Khumalo told the Selectmen that the town had benefitted from a grant that paid for a new 12 seat van that can accommodate two wheelchairs, making the Town Meeting appropriation for it unnecessary. That van, pictured above, was delivered to the Senior Center today.
Town Manger Norman Khumalo said today in a press release, "On behalf of the Town, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Council on Aging, the MWRTA Board an its Administrator, Ed Carr, Brian Herr and RJ Dourney for their advocacy as the town’s representative at MWRTA; and Representative Dykema and Senator Spilka for their support to obtain this van."
July 22, 2011 — Well, they're not mobile anymore, but earlier this week pieces of these modular homes travelled down Main Street on their way to the Housing Authority's Mayhew Court to be assembled for "Income eligible recipients." The new project is located east of the Senior Center. An expanded parking lot is also being cleared on land adjacent to the driveway entrance.
Farms, Pulte Homes Under Agreement for Remainder of South Side
July 22, 2011 — According to Director of Municipal Planning Elaine Lazarus, Pulte Homes has the remainder of the residential portion of the south side of Legacy Farms (i.e. south of Rt. 135), circled in red above, under agreement. The portion of the Southwest Village not circled has been approved for 240 apartments to be developed by Wood Partners, which has used up the rental unit allocation for that section of Legacy Farms. Those units had an original target for completion of the first portion of the Fall, 2011. Pulte Homes built the homes in the Glen Road, Whirty Circle neighborhood. Their preliminary discussions with the town will begin this coming week, and will involve single family homes in all their variations, but no apartments.
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Selectmen Meet - Public Safety High on the List
July 21, 2011 — Selectmen met this evening and ratified contracts with unions for the Police, Fire, Police Dispatchers and DPW. They also discussed the job performances of Police Chief Rick Flannery and Fire Chief Ken Clark, and upgraded their reviews.
Following the meeting, the Town Manager's Office issued the following press release:
The Town of Hopkinton is pleased to announce that the Board of Selectmen voted tonight to ratify the contracts for the Police, Fire, Public Works and Dispatchers unions. The unions voted to ratify their contracts prior to the Board of Selectmen meeting tonight.
After many months of respectful, yet spirited negotiations, the Town reached a three-year agreement with the Police, Public Works, and Dispatcher unions, and a one-year agreement with the Fire Department.
The contracts with Police, DPW and Dispatchers retroactively go into effect on July 1, 2011 and end on June 30, 2014. The contract with the Fire Department will also retroactively go into effect on July 1, 2011 but end on June 30, 2012.
All four unions accepted a three-year deal on Health Insurance which allowed the Town to switch its Health Insurance carriers from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Fallon Health Plan to Tufts Health Plan, realizing significant savings and richer plan benefits for both the Town and its employees. The unions also agreed to a three-year schedule of plan design changes, which should save the taxpayers significant amounts of money on health insurance costs while still providing excellent and improved coverage for the employees and their families.
Key details of the contracts include:
In exchange for a reinstatement of the Quinn Bill, an increase in the "Private Detail" rate and an additional Personal Day, which will be revenue neutral to the Town, the Police department accepted;
• Bi-weekly payroll, and a cost saving FLSA plan which will cut overtime costs,
• A two-year base wage freeze with a 1% increase in FY14,
• A Performance Appraisal and Substance Abuse Testing and Treatment Program by the beginning of 2012,
• Streamlined hiring/ promotional process, restructured the arbitration process, and revamped overtime assignment policy.
DPW:In exchange for an increase in the standby pay for water and sewer of five (5) dollars over a three (3) year period, a step compensation plan based on meeting performance measures, and base wage increases of FY12-0%; FY13- 7/1/12-.5% , 1/1/13-.5% ; FY14- 7/1/13-.5%, 1/1/14-.5% the DPW accepted;
• Bi-weekly payroll,
• A cap on compensatory time accrual,
• Revamped sick time policy,
• Performance Appraisal and Substance Abuse Testing and Treatment Program by the beginning of 2012
• A "no-strike" clause,
• Streamlined the hiring and promotional process, restructured the grievance and arbitration process, and updated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) clause in their contract,
• Enforcement of the Safety Committee Policy and instituting an efficiency committee to improve business processes.
Dispatchers:In exchange for a night shift differential of $1.00 per hour beginning in FY13, and a step compensation plan based on meeting performance measures, and an increase in holiday time for the Dispatch Supervisor, the Dispatchers accepted;
• A two-year base wage freeze with an increase of 1.5% in FY14,
• Bi-weekly payroll,
• A streamlined hiring process, and an equitable and cost effective swap policy,
• Reduced the number of premium pay Holidays from 12 to 3,
• A revamped grievance procedure, and increased the advance notice period for the use of personal time.
Fire:The Fire Department accepted the change of health insurance carrier, the three (3) year health insurance plan and a wage freeze for FY12 in exchange for a one-year contract.
On behalf of the Town, I would like to thank the Unions for their respectful, conscientious, professional and intelligent discourse during the negotiations. In these times of unprecedented fiscal challenges, the Town is grateful to the Unions for keeping the short and long term financial interests of the Town in mind.
I would also like to thank the department heads from Police, Fire and DPW for all of their efforts and expertise during the process as well as the HR Director and Operations Assistant for their hard work throughout the negotiations.
Danger - High Voltage
July 21, 2011 — Hopkinton Fire Lt. Miller surveys the scene on School Street this afternoon where the larger part of a dead tree broke off, landed on the high voltage wires and created a dangerous condition. The road was closed until NStar arrived and assisted in the removal of the tree.
July 21, 2011 — This resident of Woodville was spared his scarf and boots by whoever sheared his coat of fur recently.
Expectant Moms and Moms of Infants and Toddlers...Talk & Play!
We are looking to form a weekly or bi-monthly group where moms can meet for adult conversation and relationship while watching their toddlers play together in a safe environment.
Our Sanctuary space can be wonderfully transformed during the week into a bright, sunny, and safe "sanctuary" of play for your young ones while you enjoy coffee and adult companionship at the same time. One of our young moms is looking forward to launch this gathering. Interested?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or
call Laurel at 774-270-0516.
School Department Press Release:
Dr. Christopher Kennedy Chosen as Center School Principal
July 21, 2011 — The Hopkinton Public Schools
are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Christopher Kennedy as
our next Principal for the Center School. Dr. Kennedy stood out in a
deep and highly competitive candidate pool, including a significant
number of sitting principals. Our next Center School Principal has
already proven himself an extraordinary school leader. He has deep
expertise in early childhood and literacy education. According to new
School Superintendent, Dr. Jonathan Landman, “Children, families, and
staff at the Center School are going to flourish under Dr. Kennedy’s
Dr. Kennedy began his career as a pre-kindergarten/kindergarten teacher in a Montessori School. He taught kindergarten and first grade to English learners in London for two years before returning to the U.S. to get a Master’s degree from Harvard in Reading, Language and Literacy. Dr. Kennedy next served as Reading Recovery Team Leader in Griswold CT., and provided literacy coaching to teachers there. Dr. Kennedy’s administrative experience includes an Assistant Principalship in an urban elementary school in Providence RI., a Principalship at an urban elementary school in Johnston RI, and, most recently, six years as Principal of Nayatt Elementary School in the suburban setting of Barrington, RI. In Barrington, he was named Rhode Island Principal of the Year in 2010, and a National Distinguished Principal. During his tenure in Barrington, Dr. Kennedy earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Johnson and Wales University.
Dr. Kennedy will be getting to work as soon as next week. Outgoing Center School Principal, Jennifer Parson, has graciously offered to spend time with Dr. Kennedy, to assist him in getting up to speed on all aspects of the Center School. We will also invite staff volunteers to serve on a transition team to support Dr. Kennedy during his first months on the job.
Dr. Landman predicts “a wonderful year at the Center School.”
REVISED 2011-2012 SCHOOL CALENDAR
The 2011-2012 school year calendar has been revised to correct a miscalculation in the counting of school days for August...All start days/holidays, etc. remain as they were originally...the two differences are: an additional day in August and one less day in June - school to end on June 14th instead of June 15th...
Please discard any previous version of this calendar...
Link below to the revised calendar:
"Best Kept Secret in Hopkinton"
July 21, 2011 — We hope that statement is no longer true, but it was the way Branch Executive Director John Barclay introduced his YMCA several years ago when he joined the HopNews community of sponsors. Since then, the Y has been a great source of feature photos and stories for HopNews.
In the video below, Mr. Barclay refers to "116 acres of family fun," which HopNews catches a few of. See the swimming pool, climbing wall, new rainy day recreation facility, and much more on rural East Street, nestled into the far corner of Hopkinton, a stone's throw from Ashland and Holliston.
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