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Clinton Street to Close From  November 10, 2011 to November 18,2011

Russo Bros Inc. would like to inform everyone in the Town of Hopkinton of the road closing at  Clinton St. from Rt. 135 to Front St..  Clinton St from Rt. 135 to Front St. will be closed from November 10, 2011 to November 18,2011. Fire and Medical will always have access in case of any emergencies. This road closing is necessary in order to get the work completed for Legacy Farms in a timely manner. The road closing was given extreme thought and careful planning on all parties involved including, the Police Department & Fire Department. We at Russo Bros Inc. understand the inconvenience this may cause and we sincerely apologize. I’ve attached the sketch for the detour which is to take place. Any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at the contact information listed below. Again, we appreciate your understanding at this time.


The Turkey Drive is On!! 

Dear Hopkinton School Community,

We are organizing the 13th annual Turkey Drive in Hopkinton to aid needy families in town and the Metrowest area. Donations will go to the Salvation Army in Framingham or Project Just Because here in Hopkinton. Over the last 12 years we have donated well over a thousand turkeys to families that otherwise might not be able to enjoy the holiday.

Please note that cash donations are also welcome and will be used to purchase grocery store gift certificates for the families served by the  Project Just Because food pantry; due to storage limitations the pantry is not able to accept turkeys but they provide store coupons and non-perishables to families in need right here at home.

Turkeys large or small can be donated at any of the following times and places. Note: students should not bring turkeys on the bus!

Tuesday 11/15/11
Hopkins 8 to 10 a.m. , Dining Hall kitchen
Middle School 7 to 7:30 a.m., entrance near Brown Gym

Wednesday 11/16
Elmwood 7:30 to 9 a.m., cafeteria (sign in at office)
2:30-4:30 p.m. cafeteria

Thursday 11/17/11
Middle School 7 to 7:30 a.m.
Elmwood 7:30 to 10 a.m. cafeteria

Please bring your donations to any of the designated drop-off locations. Many thanks for the School Department making freezer space available to us for the Turkey Drive. Thank you,

Kacey Kramer, HHS 13
Drew Johnson, HHS 14

Contact Kacey at
me.kramer@verizon.net or 508-435-0477 with any questions



Missing Ferret
Cross Street area

We lost our wonderful family pet Foo. She is a white ferret with a little grey on her tail, if you see her please catch her and call Liisa at 774-278-0059 or email http://email04.secureserver.net/webmail.php?login=1#. She is very friendly. Thank you very much! (Celia is not missing).



Sunday, November 13, 1PM:  Karl Mighton trail walk. We'll explore this beautiful HALT property in East Hopkinton. The walk begins at the East Street trailhead, between 2 and 4 East Street. Park along the street, map, below.


Elders Need Help Shoveling and Cleaning Cars

The Hopkinton Housing Authority would like to match volunteers with Hopkinton elders who need help shoveling snow.

If you cannot commit to an individual resident, perhaps you can help by driving to the HHA after a snowstorm to help clean off cars or shovel behind a vehicle so elderly residents can move their cars.

To help, Contact: Donna McGuire at 508-435-5542 or dmcguire44@verizon.net. Thank you!








Fading Glory

November 8, 2011 —  This mum has seen better days, but that doesn't matter to the bee, who has left her hive on this relatively warm day, and with her fur coat, is harvesting the last drops of sweetness from the flower's essence.


Veterans' Day Celebration      

Hopkinton's American Legion Post 202 will be holding a Veterans' Day ceremony on Friday November 11th , at 11:00 AM, in the town hall. Everyone  is welcome to attend, and, as in past years, participants will include students from Hopkinton.

       Along with recognizing all veterans, the names and short bios of our local veterans who have passed away during the last year will be read.

      All across this nation, communities like ours will be observing Veterans' day at the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, or, if you can't remember all that, it is the day after the Marine Corps Birthday.   ~Mike Whalen


Hopkinton 3, Plymouth North 0

Boys Soccer defeated Plymouth North 3 to 0 in the MIAA Division 2 South 1st Road Game.  Above, Ted Hilger maneuvers through a herd of Plymouth North defenders.



Hopkinton 3, Hudson 0

Girls Volleyball defeated Hudson in the MIAA Division 2 Central Quarter Finals 3 to 0.  Above, Holly Adams ends any thought of that Hudson player stuffing the ball..




Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for HopNews.com by Robert Falcione © 2011 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from October 31 to November 7, 2011






2 Deer Run Peter M Maurer, Amy E Maurer $550,000 November 7, 2011 Charles E Maurer
4 Mayhew Street Bridget A Hadley, Richard J Hadley Sr. $265,000 November 2, 2011 Steven Moschini, Lauren Moschini
13 Pike Street Peter Joy, Kerry Joy $499,900 November 1, 2011 Noel Bahri, Namdar Bahri
Last Week        
71 Clinton Street Michael L Hawes, Amy Hawes $1,000,000 October 31, 2011 Anton F Ehrhardt, Nancy L Erhardt
4 Teresa Road Kristy L Fitzgibbons $353,609 October 31, 2011 Citibank TR BAC Home Loans Servicing
91 Hayward Street Jonathan O Nilsen $329,000 October 28, 2011 Dorothy W Meeske
Clinton Street Alex T LLC $145,000 October 28, 2011 Christine I Cueroni
26 Pinecrest Village #26 John Golden $205,000 October 27, 2011 Brian D Cunningham, Laurie M Cuningham
2 Cider Mill Road/lane Bryan G Reilly, Collen S Reilly $645,250 October 25, 2011 Joseph H Aronson, Anne W Pouch
Week Before        
3 Forest Lane #2 Mary L Janczak $250,000 October 21, 2011 Prudential Relocation Inc
28 Glen Road DOCUMENT IS IN WORKFLOW $185,000 October 21, 2011 Richard P Barbieri
55 Ash Street Carrie Dunne Bishop, Matthew Healy $350,000 October 21, 2011 Timothy E Sheehan, Hope T Sheehan
135 East Main Street Vincent O Cappetta, Heather R Cappetta $320,000 October 20, 2011 Amalie V Simpson
24 Old Farm Road Peter Morse, Lauren Morse $875,000 October 20, 2011 Edward L Kane, Kristen F Kane
5 West Main Street Robin Loureiro $148,069 October 18, 2011 Wells Fargo Bank





The School Committee and Superintendent are pleased to report that more than 70 citizens participated in last week's three workshops regarding planning for our elementary schools.  The input collected at the workshops has been transcribed, and an analysis is underway. The raw data will be reviewed by the School Committee and Board of Selectmen, and will be shared with the MSBA. The School Committee would like to continue to gather feedback, and will report the results as quickly as possible to the workshop participants, as well as the community at large via local media and the school district website. 

Listening to and building upon individual opinions, concerns and ideas is the first and most important step in the process. During the workshops, following a short recap of the process to date as well as background information provided, the majority of the meeting time was spent in small group discussion focused on evaluation of potential facility projects and solutions. 

The 8 questions that all participants responded to were as follows:

  1. What is important to you about the location of a new or renovated elementary school?

  2. What is important to you about the cost of a new or renovated elementary school?

  3. What is important to you about the timeline for putting a solution to the challenges at Center School into place?

  4. What are your thoughts about avoiding or tolerating educational disruptions during construction?

  5. What should the School Committee consider in determining whether to renovate Center School or build a new school?

  6. What are your thoughts about neighborhood vs. town-wide schools?

  7. What are your thoughts about shorter vs. longer grade-spans?

  8. What information will you need to know in order to vote on a proposed solution?

For those citizens who were not able to attend one of the workshops but who want to share responses to these 8 questions, they can do so by emailing their responses to School Committee Chair, Jean Bertschmann, by Wednesday, November 9th at 5:00 p.m. to the following email address: 


Data collected from the workshops as well as any additional opinions, concerns and ideas shared via email will be shared with the community, and will also be used in the development a community wide survey regarding our elementary schools.  The survey will be designed for all Hopkinton voters to participate in and will be presented to the community in early December 2011.


Things Looking Up

November 7, 2011 — Hopkinton residents can look forward to yet another location for pizza in January, 2012. Mangia Neapolitan Pizzeria tacked their sign onto 32-34 Main Street today, joining Bill's Pizza, Dino's Pizza, Marathon Restaurant at North Pond, and Cornell's for a destination for those hot delights. Mangia distinguishes itself as having a unique recipe for a whole wheat crust that is thin, but firm enough to hand-hold.
        The move bodes well for the local economy as Price Chopper turned its first spade on West Main Street last week, Water Fresh Farm Marketplace on Hayden Rowe Street expects to open soon, and Wood Partners expects to break ground on the first of 240 apartments on East Main Street in the Spring of 2012.



Hopkinton Resident Named "Super Lawyer" 

BOSTON -- The law firm of Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP is pleased to announce that Hopkinton resident Kurt B. Fliegauf has been named to the New England Super Lawyers list as one of the top business litigation attorneys in New England. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the region are selected by Super Lawyers.  

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.


Caliper CEO Kevin Hrusovsky Presented Vision for Revolutionizing Medicine

HOPKINTON, Mass., November 7, 2011 -- Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALP), a leading provider of tools and services for life science companies, today announced that Kevin Hrusovsky, President and CEO of Caliper delivered a keynote address at the BioConference Live event, which was held on October 26, and participated in the Personalized Medicine Panel during the World Health Forum on October 27 held at Harvard Medical School.
        The keynote titled, “A Revolution in Personalized Medicine - from Concept to Reality,” highlighted the “sick” state of our current healthcare system, given the high cost of care and the lack of effective result for the patient. The keynote described what aspects of medical innovation are working and where excess treatment may actually be harmful to the patient.
        For example, on average only 25 percent of oncology therapeutic treatments are effective, and all patients are potentially harmed by the side effects of disease treatment. This forward looking presentation provided a view to the tools and techniques that will transform healthcare, focusing on innovative technologies in areas like genomic analysis, biomarkers, and imaging that will improve the ability to detect disease at earlier levels and determine the appropriate individualized treatments necessary to ensure the most beneficial patient outcome.
        Hrusovsky also described advancements in biotherapeutics, targeted small molecules, and regenerative medicine that will provide physicians with better treatment options for their patients.
        “Despite the trillions of dollars spent on medical research, a child born today has a shorter life expectancy than his or her parent,” said Kevin Hrusovsky, President and CEO of Caliper Life Sciences. “The practice of medicine today is reactionary and more appropriately described as ‘sick care’ instead of ‘health care.’ At Caliper, we are committed to developing and commercializing disruptive technologies that improve the quality and length of life for all humankind, creating a revolution in healthcare that enables individualized treatment in a way that is economically sustainable.”
         A replay of the BioConference Live keynote presentation is available at
File photo. Mr. Hrusovsky is a Hopkinton resident. Caliper is headquartered in Hopkinton.


Woodville Rod and Gun Club Offers Free Turkey Dinner 

Thanksgiving has long been a time of expressing thanks and to celebrate all the great things that make our lives rich. Past Woodville Rod and Gun President Dennis Smith started a tradition at our clubhouse in 2000. Knowing that not all our neighbors can be with their loved ones for a Thanksgiving dinner, and there are some who may be going through harder times than the rest of us, the club opens the doors Thanksgiving day for any and all to join us in celebration with a full Thanksgiving dinner! Traditional oven cooked or deep-fried turkey, with all the fixings, squash, potatoes, stuffing, gravy, pies, cookies, and more! (File photo). 

This dinner is offered at no charge. Donations of time, money, or food for the dinner come from club members, non-club members, and a few area organizations. This is our 12th year of hosting Thanksgiving, and it's neat to see all the turkeys in the kitchen. (pun intended)... Older residents who need transportation can contact the Senior Center to arrange a ride. 

We start serving at noontime, and yes, we'll have football on the club TV's! So don't spend the day alone, come on down with friends or meet new ones!

We hope you all have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy the upcoming Holiday season!

Lee Wright, President and the Members of Woodville Rod & Gun Club, 252 Wood Street, Woodville (Hopkinton), MA (508) 435-4148




Anxiety Seminar for Parents of Children and Teens

On Thursday, November 17, from 7-8:30PM in Room 213, Faith Community Church (146 East Main Road, Hopkinton, MA, 01748) will host a free panel on anxiety for parents of children and teens. Our goal is to inform parents about anxiety (what it is, how to recognize it, physiological effects of anxiety on children), methods for managing anxiety (how to parent an anxious teen or child, practical tools for making a difference, providing the right environment, etc.) and possible next steps for some parents.

The panel will consist of mental health professionals, a pediatrician, and a school adjustment counselor. Community friends and neighbors are welcome to attend.

Please register by going to www.fcch.org/still-waters-anxiety-seminar-for-parents.



Police News UP-TO-DATE <---- CLICK FOR FULL REPORT  - November 7, 2011 

10:27 pm A walk in reported an unattended beagle taking itself for a walk... 

12:59 pm Officer David Shane spoke with an individual firing a weapon... 

6:38 pm A woman reported a man cut her off and then yelled and swore at her... 

3:49 pm Sgt. Michael Sutton spoke with some kids playing outside inside a dumpster... 

4:17 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer took a report of a shoplifter...



What is Yoga?

November 6, 2011 — In answer to the question, bCalm Power Yoga owner Lesley Reilly said that her style is exercise and discipline, and not connected to a religion, as some mistakenly believe — although its ancients roots were, she said. Teacher Brian Lam was on hand today and demonstrated some incredible gravity-defying moves and positions just for HopNews readers.

      Get a sneak peak inside the Yoga studio and gravity-defying moves by a master in the HD video below.



"Run for the Hoses"

November 6, 2011 — Boston Athletic Association (BAA) member Jack Fultz, who started his winning 1976 trek from Hopkinton to Boston in record 100 degree heat, shares a laugh during last week's BAA reception that began their 125th year of existence. Some call that Boston Marathon a "Run for the Hoses" because spectators are said to have sprayed garden hoses at the runners in an effort to help cool them down.




Scouting for Food

November 6, 2011 — Saturday was the day for picking up food at the mailboxes of donors of the Scouting for Food program, but Peyton Gould and Emily Kimball, both 5 years-old, saved Colella's patrons a trip to the mailbox by collecting some of it at the front door of the supermarket.


Senior Night Girls Varsity Volleyball

     The girls volleyball team defeated Worcester North and now advances in tournament play  against Hudson High School, Monday night at 7:00 p.m. at Hopkinton High School.
     The seniors, left to right: Jaclyn Foisy,  Captain Anna Thornton, Hannah Krueger, Captain Katy Cook, Franchesca  Casasanta and Captain Anna MacDonald. Contributed photo.


Witnesses Finger Man Who Fled Foxboro Crash
Taunton man c
harged with 7th OUI

(FOXBORO) November 6, 2011 — Massachusetts State Troopers late Friday afternoon arrested a Taunton man and charged him with his seventh drunk driving offense after the man rear-ended another car on Route 495 in Foxboro and then tried to flee. 

Trooper Anthony Fabiano found HOWARD STOCKBRIDGE, 50, walking through a parking lot at 77 Green St. (Route 106) in Foxboro at 5:32 p.m. after a nearly 40 minute search by State Police. Trooper Fabiano detected an odor of alcohol coming from STOCKBRIDGE and observed that his eyes appeared glassy. When asked where he was coming from, STOCKBRIDGE stated “that gym” and pointed to a nearby fitness center. Trooper Fabiano placed STOCKBRIDGE into custody and took him to the State Police Barracks in Foxboro to be processed. 

Approximately 40 minutes earlier, State Police received calls reporting a rear-end crash on Route 495 northbound in Foxboro. One call was from the 30-year-old Rhode Island man whose 2011 Kia Sorrento had been struck by a pickup truck operated by a white male. After the crash the truck had fled, continuing northbound on the highway, the caller said. Witnesses provided the truck’s Massachusetts registration number. Troopers ran the plate, which

came back as registered to a Taunton woman. Troopers then searched a Registry of Motor Vehicles database and there located STOCKBRIDGE as residing at the same address as the registered owner. 

An eyewitness then called reporting that the truck that had fled the scene had become disabled on Route 495 northbound at the Route 106 Overpass. The witness reported that the driver, a white male, had run into the woods along Route 106. State Police cruisers rushed to the scene and troopers began an intensive search. Trooper William Langmead located the disabled Tacoma pickup with extensive front-end damage and radiator fluid streaming from under the hood. The trooper pulled up STOCKBRIDGE’s Registry of Motor Vehicles photo on his cruiser’s mobile data terminal and showed to the driver who had

been rear-ended. The crash victim positively identified STOCKBRIDGE as the man who had struck his car. 

Inside the truck, Trooper Langmead located four empty beer bottles on ice in a cooler on the passenger-side floor and a cold but empty beer bottle on the passenger seat. Three other troopers, meanwhile, were searching the woods and surrounding area. The search culminated with Trooper Fabiano finding STOCKBRIDGE walking through the parking lot. Trooper Fabiano advised him of his right and took him to the Foxboro barracks. At the barracks, troopers determined that the appropriate operating under the influence offense as OUI-7th offense, and also determined that STOCKBRIDGE’s was under a 10-year license revocation for a previous drunk driving conviction. Trooper Langmead again advised STOCKBRIDGE of his Miranda rights and charged him with the following:

Operating Under the Influence of Liquor, 7th Offense;

Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle;

Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Crash;

Operating after Revocation (for Prior OUI);

Possession of Alcohol in an Open Container While Driving; and

Following too Closely. 

STOCKBRIDGE had no apparent injuries and refused medical attention. Throughout the booking process troopers continued to observe that his eyes were glassy and they detected the odor of alcohol. 

A bail clerk set bail at $5,000. As of this morning, STOCKBRIDGE had not posted bail and was still being held at the Foxboro Barracks. STOCKBRIDGE is expected to be arraigned tomorrow in the Wrentham District Court.



Hopkinton 2, Coyle & Cassidy 0

HHS Girls Varsity Soccer defeated Coyle & Cassidy 2 to 0 in the MIAA Division 2 South Prelim. game today. Above, Meghan Beidleman maneuvers around a couple of defenders



The School Committee and Board of Selectmen will have a meeting with representatives from the MSBA, Senator Karen Spilka, and Representative Carolyn Dykema on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 11 am. The meeting will be held in room 511 at the State House in Boston. The meeting is open to the public.



"I Will Do My Best..."

November 5, 2011 — Girl Scout Troop 2216 visited the Town Hall this week.  Selectman Michelle Gates helped the girls earn their “Citizen Far and Near” Try-it by talking about laws and voting.  Town Manager Norman Khumalo and several other administrators also welcomed the girls.


TODAY: Please look at the Interactive Calendar (Always above) for very busy Saturday. And note well, car seat day at Fire Station as well Scouting for Food pickup.




Making a Point

November 5, 2011 — Resident and educator Ed Harrow appears to be dispersing negative energy with Tai Chi, but he is actually making a point at the Downtown Initiative Steering Committee meeting at the High School Cafeteria on Thursday. Another session is scheduled for today at 10 am - 12 noon, same location.



Hillers continue to win 8th game (27-7), with a complete team effort!

Above, Alex Hulme turns the corner on a Medfield defender.

By:  Lou Ottaviani
November 5, 2011 — Despite getting off to a slow start against Medfield, the Hopkinton Hiller football team finished strong in the second and fourth quarters.  The Hillers scored twice before the end of the first half and then again, two more times in the fourth quarter upping their season record to 8-1 with two games remaining. 

What makes this season interesting is that the Hopkinton, Holliston and Westwood each have identical records thus far.  Next week, the Hillers will meet up against Westwood and Holliston will face Westwood on Thanksgiving Day.  Things couldn’t be any better, in that, should Hopkinton win their next two games and Westwood could upset Holliston on Thanksgiving (which has happened several times between these two rivals over the past years) the Hillers could be looking at a playoff berth.  Unlikely?  I wouldn’t count it out.  Having covered a good number of TVL games over the years, I have learned one thing: one can throw out records when two rival team play each another and anything can happen.  So for Hopkinton, keep doing what you have been doing and play the way you have been playing. 


Fans who attended last night’s frigid contest against the Warriors got to see a well balanced offensive and defensive team effort, highlighted by the “Two Man Show” of Hanlon and Hulme.”  Photo, right, Barrett Hanlon.

“I thought that our team did a real nice job tonight,” said Coach Jim Girard.  “Our defense was outstanding.  Offensively, we started slow.  In the beginning of the game, the wind conditions were making it tough for us to throw the ball so we made adjustments and started to put the ball on the ground and let our two best running backs take over.”  

Now let’s fast forward to the “Hanlon and Hulme Show.”  Highlights included, Barrett Hanlon getting things started for the Hillers with 4:38 left to the half.  With the ball on the Hopkinton 20-yard line, Hanlon broke through on the left side of the line and sprinted 80-yards for the Hillers first score to give Hopkinton a 6-0 lead.  Just having completed the long run for the touchdown, Hanlon was obviously on an adrenaline high, excited and slightly winded which some might contribute to why his PAT kick was pushed wide to the left on his attempt of the evening. 

But that theory could easily be erroneous, because on Medfield’s next drive (ball on the Warrior 16-yard line), Hanlon picked off an Alex Opiela (Medfield’s quarterback) pass and brought it back to the 11-yard line which set up Hopkinton’s second touchdown.  But things got better for Hanlon, with about 1:30 left in the third quarter, Hanlon was back to receive a punt which he returned for 38-yards to the Medfield 25, setting the Hillers up for their third score, as well.   So to summarize his efforts, Hanlon gives Hopkinton their first score on an 80-yard TD run and sets up their second and third scores thanks to a key interception and a 38-yard punt return.  For Hanlon, the night even got better!  Despite missing his first PAT kick on the evening, he followed up by making his next three PAT attempts to give him 30 on the season so far, with two games left.  His final PAT kick earned him the number one spot as Hopkinton’s single season record holder for the most PAT kicks, breaking Mark Sanborn’s previous record of 29.  Congrats, Barrett!




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