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2013 Election Calendar
Town Election, May 20, 2013. See the 2013 Election Calendar, linked above.
A Fan for all Seasons

May 10, 2013 — This wild tom turkey spotted in Upton by the Roving HopNews camera shows off his tail feathers hoping to attract a mate. However, no other turkeys showed themselves.


Police Incident/Arrest Log

Updated Friday, May 10, 2013


The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

4 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.

1 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Check.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

4 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Monday, May 6, 2013

4:50 pm Officer Peter Booth placed an individual into Protective Custody on East Main Street.

Incident Log

Thursday, May 9, 2013

10:23 pm A 911 caller from Clinton Street reported hearing a woman scream “get away from me” and then left the area in a truck. Three officers responded and located the female who stated that she was in a minor argument with her boyfriend.

1:21 pm A walk-in from Blueberry Lane spoke with Officer Patrick O'Brien regarding a suspicious call which came from a rug company in Turkey who stated that she previously bought from them.

1:12 pm A walk-in from Jamie Lane spoke with Officer David Shane regarding credit card fraud.

9:53 am A walk-in reported that a dump truck was blocking part of the roadway on Grove Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and spoke with the operator.

7:55 am A Front Street resident reported that vehicles were turning around in her driveway due to the construction in the area. Sgt. Joseph Bennett spoke with her and advised her to park at the end of the driveway.

7:55 am A walk-in reported a dump truck on East Main Street with red and blue flashing lights in the rear. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.

5:08 am Several officers assisted other agencies with serving arrest warrants.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

9:07 pm A caller from West Main Street reported that several people were talking about obtaining drugs then a van pulled up and picked them up. Two officers responded and spoke with the individuals.

2:38 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Patrick O'Brien regarding identity theft.

11:16 am A resident of Hayden Rowe Street spoke with Sgt. Joseph Bennett regarding a possible harassment issue.

10:01 am A Main Street business employee reported that a customer was a victim of fraud. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded to take a report.

7:55 am A caller reported a two car motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Fruit Street. Three officers responded and advised that an operator was transported to the hospital.


Meet Candidate for School Committee
 Ellen Scordino at
Water Fresh Farm, on the Viewing Deck
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Informal and Kid-friendly


A Thank You to Town Meeting

Dear Editor,

We would like to thank Town Meeting for the confidence expressed in the unanimous vote on Article 17, funding a feasibility study to address the constraints at Center School.  


Our goal on the Elementary School Building Committee is to develop a solution that will be actively embraced by the community; achieving this will require your continued active involvement.  At our upcoming meetings we will focus on developing and publishing a timeline for community engagement, even while we await a formal project selection response from the MSBA.

Thanks to your involvement, your confidence expressed at Town Meeting, and to the partnership to date with the Board of Selectmen and School Committee, we find ourselves at a favorable new starting point as we look ahead to identify the best solution for Hopkinton’s youngest students.

Whether you have been able to get involved yet or not, we invite you to do so now: please stay informed, connect with us, send questions and feedback, and attend upcoming meetings. Here are some resources to help stay informed, find out about meetings, and contact us:

·        Website: http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/government/boards/esbc

·        Twitter: @HopkintonESBC

Joe Markey and Mike Shepard

Elementary School Building Committee


Today, Residents Beth and Rick Kelly wrote the following letter to Selectman Ben Palleiko, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Ken Driscoll, and Town Manager Norman Khumalo. Mrs. Kelly is a Vice-Chairman of the Hopkinton Historic District Commission. The banner they complain about (Click thumbnail to enlarge), erected by the Hopkinton Marathon Committee*, is at the start line. Another banner erected shortly after the bombings is still in front of the Veterans Memorial Gazebo. Agree or disagree with the Kellys? We asked people to vote in the poll on the right.----------->


Today a large banner was erected on the Doughboy triangle to announce the date of next year's Boston Marathon.  This is an inappropriate place to put this banner as the Doughboy triangle is a place that honors the veterans of Hopkinton.  While we are all sympathetic to the recent tragic events surrounding the Marathon we cannot allow the Hopkinton Historic District to become littered with signage. Please have this banner removed in respect to the veterans to whom this particular place is dedicated. 



Rick and Beth Kelly

5 Ash Street

May 9, 2013

*The owner of the sign was incorrectly stated, and has now been corrected.

In a half-day HopNews Poll, 328 people responded with interesting results. A slight majority disagreed with the Kelly's position on this matter.


Support for Amy Ritterbusch

Dear Editor,


I am writing in support of Amy Ritterbusch for School Committee.  Amy is an effective community activist whose work goes beyond the schools.  She proved this at Annual Town meeting when she gained approval for a citizen’s petition that created an approval process for banners over Main Street to promote events like Town Meeting.  Amy was praised by several people at Town Meeting because of how well she reached out to multiple town boards and committees to gain their support.  She is clearly in touch with the community beyond the “school crowd.”

This is not to say that Amy is not keenly aware of the needs of the school district.  She is a familiar face in the audience at School Committee and school events.  Several times in recent years, Amy has launched petitions or informational campaigns on school issues, providing valuable feedback to the School Committee on parents’ views on issues.  She will be able to jump in immediately and get to work on key issues. 

Amy is an involved community leader with great communication and outreach skills, who understands the issues in Town, who knows how to work her way around town government to make changes, and who will be able to use the relationships she has developed with all segments of our community to represent their interests and to gain their support.

I urge you to vote for Amy Ritterbusch for School Committee on May 20th.


Rebecca Robak

3 Riverbend Road

May 10, 2013

Pink Pint Night

May 10, 2013 — The Hopkinton public Library Foundation held a Ladies Night Out fundraiser on Thursday evening and sold out their 225 tickets to women eager to try some different beers, food and desserts, as well as bid on dozens of services and goods available for silent auction around the perimeter of the main room at St. John's Parish Center.



Auditions for ESL Show Chicago on May 23


HOPKINTON, MA (May 9, 2013) --- High school and college actors are invited to Enter Stage Left Theater’s auditions for the musical Chicago on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the HCA Farmhouse, 98 Hayden Rowe.  Auditions are by appointment and can be scheduled by emailing Sandee Buckley at sandeezmail312@yahoo.com.  Auditions will consist of acting, singing and dancing components and those auditioning are asked to bring a 32 bar cut of any musical theater song with a copy of the sheet music for the pianistRehearsals will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.; and performances will be August 9, 10, 16 & 17 at Hopedale High School.  A $300 contribution will be asked of those cast.  The show will be directed by    Michael Geary.  


Chicago has all the elements that make a musical fun --- great music, a wonderful script, and amazing dance scenes,” said Kelly Grill, executive director at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts.  “It’s a great choice for our Summer Stock production.”


Support for Amy Ritterbusch

Dear Editor,

Please join me and vote for Amy Ritterbush as a candidate for School Committee for the Town of Hopkinton on May 20, 2013.

I have known Amy for several years now and continue to be amazed by how much she dedicates herself in support to the betterment of education in this town and how she stays abreast on town topics. She spends countless hours attending meetings to educate herself and to help inform residents with an unbiased view point. Amy is committed, dedicated, and focused on ensuring that the children of Hopkinton receive the best education and that Hopkinton remains on top without placing undo financial burden on our town.

Communication is a strong skill that Amy holds true to her heart. In the past two years the residents of Hopkinton have complained about the lack of communication between the School Committee and the people of Hopkinton. Amy has taken the initiative in creating a website to inform the residents of Hopkinton of the budget process and the Town's financial needs. Amy's communication background would be a great benefit to this town by having her on the School Committee. She strives to keep communication flowing and advocates for solutions.

With the amount of challenges and tasks that the school committee faces, Amy would be instrumental. She is attuned to the topics at hand and would be ready to hit the ground running with new and innovative ideas, while being mindful of the fiscal responsibilities we taxpayers expect of our School Committee. Please join me in electing Amy Ritterbush on May 20th.

Shelly Carbonneau
19 Breakneck Hill Road

May 9, 2013





Mother’s Day is a special occasion to celebrate the women in our lives who take the time to care for us. Many women in Central Massachusetts take on the role of Fresh Air mom, as they open their hearts to New York City children through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program. This Mother’s Day, consider sharing the simple joys of summertime with a Fresh Air child.


Each summer, over 4,000 children visit volunteer host families in rural, suburban and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada.  Families find hosting so rewarding that more than 65 percent of all Fresh Air children are reinvited to visit the same host families year after year. Fresh Air children are given the opportunity to experience a world outside of New York City full of meadows to run in, streams to fish in and lakes to swim in.


“Hosting seemed like a simple gift to give a child. We take so many things we have for granted, like riding a bike or learning to swim. We thought if we could touch just one child’s life, that would be our gift to them,” says a Fresh Air host mother from New Hampshire.


The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. To learn more about hosting a Fresh Air child this summer, please contact Janet Foley at 1-508-801-4790 or The Fresh Air Fund at 1-800-367-0003. You can also visit The Fresh Air Fund online at www.freshair.org.


Support for Ellen Scordino



As her friends, many have asked us, who is Ellen Scordino?


Ellen is the friend you call in the middle of the night who always answers the phone.  She listens, and then will tell it to you straight, when others pay you lip service.  She’s the one you call because without question, she’s one of the smartest, most dedicated people you know.  Her ability to take your shoebox of problems, analyze them, sort them out, and offer viable solutions is a gift.  She is the first to raise her hand when friends need help, regardless of how well she knows them.  If you invite her, Ellen will come, and she will ring the doorbell with her elbows because her hands are always full.  She has a real relationship with her daughters.  She is dedicated to their education, to their life in this town, and to the future of Hopkinton.  Her parents are hard-working people who taught their daughter great values.  She does all this with laughter and grace, while supporting her family as a working mom, and excelling at her job.  Ellen swims in a sea of efficiency, where most of us just struggle to stay afloat.  We need Ellen.


Ellen gives 150% and her efforts breed success:  award-winning Boston attorney,  award-winning business woman, effective negotiator, team leader, client advocate, skilled scientist, fiscally responsible parent and taxpayer, transparent straight-shooter, respected volunteer, loving mother, and one heck of a great friend. 


As a community, we have an opportunity to elect one of the best and brightest and be the beneficiaries of her many talents.  Please join us in electing Ellen Scordino on May 20th.


Carolyn & Andy Fitzpatrick

14 Smith Road

May 9, 2013


Saturday, May 11, 10AM-4PM:
 Center Trail work party. Volunteers are needed to help with cleanup activities on the Center Trail. The plan is to focus on clearing drainage by removing last winter’s deposit of sticks, logs, and leaves so that the drainageway runs freely. Other activities may include clearing organic matter (leaves, debris) from the trail and brush clearing along the trail. Volunteers should enter from the Loop road, sign a town volunteer waiver, and then a drainage section will be assigned. Please bring gloves, rakes, water and shovels if you have them; there will be some extras. Hope to see you out there!


"All That Jazz"

Senior Center

May 10, 2013

1:00 pm


Dawn Anderson, director, Charmin Wall, Yvette Kite, Phyllis Proia and Liz Edwards practicing "All That Jazz"


Nancy L. Drawe



Hopkinton has talent!   We all know about the talent going on at the schools with the plays, musical performances, sports games, etc., the talent with the ESL actors, talent at the CAA and many other


However, did you know about the talent at the Senior Center?  It’s AMAZING!   There’s a group of women who for the past ten weeks have been working on a “theatrical sampler of live entertainment” under the direction of Dawn Anderson, a member of Hopkinton’s own theater, Enter Stage Left.


Liz Edwards, Yvette Kite, Phyllis Proia and Charmin Wall are the stars of this performance, which is so aptly titled, “SCENIORS, SOFT SHOE AND ALL THAT JAZZ.”    They have been rehearsing every week to get ready for a live show that will be held at the senior center this Friday, May 10 at 1 pm. 


This is a sampler of different types of formats that include drama, monologues, singing and dancing.  Just wait until you see them perform the musical number “ALL THAT JAZZ” from the Broadway show, “CHICAGO.” 


Dawn has been able to direct this program because of a grant from the Foundation for Metrowest, which provides the funding for cultural programs for teens and seniors.   ESL has utilized this grant for after school art and drama programs at the schools and for the seniors, this is their pilot program: Musical Theater. 


Liz said that it has been a lot of fun and it’s “life changing.”  Yvette’s comment was “awesome!”  Phyllis wants to do it again, “encore!” and Charmin said, “It is incredible what Dawn does with us in this short amount of time!”  Dawn said “It’s all about having fun” and she hopes to continue this program with more seniors, more shows!  One other talented person joining this performance is Amanda Maffei, also from ESL, who will be playing the piano. 


So, remember to be at the senior center on Friday, May 10 at 1 pm for this wonderful, free, performance!  This is something I guarantee you will not want to miss!   I can’t wait! 


That’s it for now, so if you have any comments or suggestions, you can email me at Punkala@aol.com.  Until next time, have a great week! 

"Run Boston Strong" by Amanda Maffei
Incredible studio version

Please give a listen so you will recognize it when you see it performed on TV,
because this song from Hopkinton people dedicated to Boston is destined for the world.
Enjoy it here in stereo with headphones or external speakers.
Amanda Maffei wrote the music and lyrics, Barbara Kessler mixed it in her studio,
and a large group of musicians joined Amanda, contributing voice, instruments and encouragement.
Robert Falcione added HopNews original videos and photos for this Hopkinton-centric
labor of love. And please share it on your facebook and other social media.
BTW, don't judge the song by its intro. The music builds and builds into a unique and powerful crescendo unto itself.
After the video begins, you may switch the quality to HD.
(260 views this morning to previous studio version)


James Patrick Gosselin, 62

James Patrick Gosselin, 62, of Hopkinton formerly of Melrose passed away Monday May 7th at his home surrounded by family. Born in Holyoke, he was the son of the late Joseph V. Gosselin and Frances (Cassidy) Gosselin. He was the husband of Patricia (Heaney) Gosselin for 37 years. James grew up in Holyoke and attended Holyoke Catholic High School Class of 1968 and Holyoke Community College before being drafted into the US Army. Jim served his country honorably with the 82 Engineering Battalion stationed in Bamberg, Germany during the Vietnam War. He later earned a BS in Accounting from UMass Amherst in 1975 and began a long career spanning 30 years with the US Treasury Dept. and later the US Dept. of Homeland Security as an Auditor retiring in 2007. A resident of Hopkinton for 25 years, Mr. Gosselin was actively involved with the town serving as Chairman of the Capital Improvement Committee and with St. John the Evangelist Religious Education. He was also involved with youth groups in Hopkinton including Youth Football, Cub Scouts, and Little League. He enjoyed golfing and sailing. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children; Martin Gosselin and his wife Jill of Rehoboth; Gregory Gosselin of Clinton; and Colin Gosselin of Milford; granddaughter; Abigail; brother; Joseph V. Gosselin, Jr. and his wife Diane of South Hadley; niece; Elizabeth Kouflie of South Hadley; nephews; Christopher Gosselin of Holyoke and Adam Gosselin of Jamaica Plain; and his mother in law, Barbara Heaney Perkins of York, ME. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday May 10th at 11:00am in St. John the Evangelist Parish, 20 Church St. in Hopkinton with burial to follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Hopkinton. Calling hours will be held Thursday from 4:00-7:00 PM in the Rand-Harper-Pickering Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St. in Westborough. In lieu of flowers gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of James to support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | Milford, 20 Prospect St. Milford, MA 01757 or Salmon VNA & Hospice, 37 Birch St. Milford, MA 01757


 Hoping for Silver Lining

To the Editor,

Town Meeting voted last night to approve a Municipal Parking lot, before hearing of the many questions and concerns of those left standing at the microphone. The article was presented as if the town had been taking advantage of the owners of the parking lot all these years, and "only" provided snow plowing, sanding and cleaning for shared use of the lot. Snow removal is not cheap as I am sure other owners of large lots in town would agree. The arrangement appears to have been mutually beneficial not one-sided. Now we are on the hook for "somewhere around $25,000 a year" for access to the space, notwithstanding the money it is going to cost to clean, re-pave and re-stripe. The coming expenses will be considerable.

Secondly, no part of the presentation last evening, is the additional outcome of using the lot to fulfill the state's requirement for library expansion parking. If this comes to fruition, and I sincerely hope that it does, it will be absolutely necessary to install an actual walk light at the intersection of Church & Main, something residents, myself included, have lobbied for for years. So maybe there is a silver lining in all of this.

Anne Mattina,

40 Eastview Road 

   May 8, 2013


Police Incident/Arrest Log

Updated Wednesday, May 8, 2013


The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

9 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.

12 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

3 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

5 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Monday, May 6, 2013

4:50 pm Officer Peter Booth placed an individual into Protective Custody on East Main Street.

Incident Log

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

8:34 pm There were multiple calls reporting a disturbance between people in several vehicles on Cross Street. Three officers responded and advised that the argument was due to glass and debris in the roadway.

5:19 pm A 911 caller from Jackson Street reported that her daughter and a friend saw a man, possibly wearing a black ski mask, run through their back yard. Two officers responded and advised that nothing was disturbed around the house.

4:57 pm A caller reported that several youths were drinking beer and yelling obscenities in a motor vehicle on West Main Street. Two officers responded and advised that a criminal application was issued to a passenger for possession of prescription drugs.

2:50 pm Officer Stephen Buckley responded to a motorcycle accident with personal injury on South Street.

11:07 am An East Street resident reported two suspicious males asking if she needed any landscaping done. Five officers checked the area with a negative find and the Holliston Police Department were notified.


Monday, May 6, 2013

3:43 pm A caller reported an erratic operator on East Main Street. Officer Peter Booth responded and subsequently placed an individual into Protective Custody.

10:48 am A caller reported that catch basin grates were stolen from South Street.


Sunday, May 5, 2013

7:23 pm A caller reported a suspicious male who was looking for something in the grass on West Main Street with no vehicle in sight. Sgt. Michael Sutton checked the area with a negative find.

11:54 am A resident of Mount Auburn Street reported that his mother stated that a man in his twenties knocked on the door and stated that he had a warrant for the arrest of the caller. Two officers responded and advised that the vehicle was gone upon their arrival.

6:57 am Officer Stephen Buckley reported graffiti on the entrance door to a Hayden Rowe Street building.


Saturday, May 4, 2013

10:35 am A West Main Street gas station reported an altercation in their parking lot between two customers. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded to take a report and the Upton Police Department was notified.

2:07 am The Milford Police Department reported a high speed vehicle heading into town on South Street. Officer Linda Higgins checked the area with a negative find.


Friday, May 3, 2013

8:07 pm A resident of Downey Street reported that her 15 year old daughter has run away possibly with an adult teen from town. Several officers responded and subsequently located the runaway teen and transported her to her residence.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton Massachusetts
Compiled for HopNews.com by Eric Montville © 2013 All Right Reserved
New Transactions from April 29, 2013 - May 8, 2013
Address Buyer Price Date Seller
4 Sadie Lane Clifford Lim, Jessica Lim $870,000 May 3, 2013 Scott D. Van Ummersen, Janice M. Van Ummersen
4 McDermott Lane Christopher J. Masters, Genevieve Masters $725,000 May 2, 2013 Richard P. Barbieri
24 Highcroft Way, Unit 24 Beverly Panagio $384,100 May 1, 2013 Philip A. Kuehne
14 Nazneen Circle Vishnuvardhan Vangapally $508,000 April 30, 2013 Catalina Chew, Danny Chew, Alexandra Silva
27 Old Farm Road Keith Getchell, Elizabeth Getchell $780,000 April 30, 2013 Richard Morse, Kathryn Traut
15 Alexander Road Christopher P. Dellelo, Lauren M. Dellelo $485,000 April 29, 2013 Lawrence E. Felton, Christine M. Bordonaro
93 Front Street Ryan Christopher Struzik, Emily Rose Struzik $325,000 April 29, 2013 Steven M. Molnar, Adel M. Molnar
16 Yale Road Bimala L. Lima, D. Florencio $250,000 April 29, 2013 Charlotte Sprague Natyniak, Ralph Sprague
Last Week
7 Joseph Road Tony H. Nguyen, Chris N. Fredericks $655,000 April 26, 2013 Robert G. Murphy, Cheryl L. Murphy
78 South Mill Street Jeremy M. Hartman, Lindsay Hartman $682,000 April 25, 2013 Constantine W. Velentzas, Danielle Velentzas
152 Spring Street Lindsee B. Falcone, Matthew R. Falcone $403,000 April 25, 2013 Elizabeth Nation
25 Briarcliff Drive John Sherffius, Stephanie Beth Sherffius $505,000 April 25, 2013 Caroline Almeda, Arnel Almeda
5 Courtney Circle Marisa Jones, Kevin V. Jones $620,000 April 24, 2013 Haoxyan Yan, Jianping Chao
68 Greenwood Road Andre W. Bouvier, Eileen M. Bouvier $779,000 April 22, 2013 Kel Kelly
Previous Week
12 Lilac Court, Unit 14D Joyce Dorazio, Ronald C. Dorazio $233,000 April 17, 2013 Harold R. Dixon, HRD Nominee Trust
4 Leman Lane, Unit 2D Samir P. Patel $225,000 April 16, 2013 Bonnie J. McClements, Bonnie J. Kelley,
Thomas McClements
2 Patriots Boulevard, Unit A Erik Wahlberg, Sun Yun Wahlberg $321,000 April 9, 2013 Stagecoach Heights Realty LLC
13 Old Farm Road Neil Pickard, Clare Pickard $765,000 April 9, 2013 Erik J. Wahlberg, Sun Yun Wahlberg



Gerard T. Leone, Jr., Joins Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Practice

Former Middlesex County District Attorney brings stellar credentials as a successful leader, prosecutor, and trial attorney


Nixon Peabody's Government Investigations & White Collar Defense practice is growing in prominence with the arrival of partner Gerard T. Leone, Jr., a Hopkinton, Mass resident. Gerry arrives at NP having just left his position as the Middlesex County (Mass.) District Attorney. He was formerly the First Assistant U.S. Attorney, and Chief of the Attorney General’s Criminal Bureau, in Massachusetts. Gerry brings more than 20 years of experience as a practitioner and leader in Massachusetts legal circles, while serving the communities throughout the entire state.


While DA, and at the USAO and AGO, Gerry personally handled as well as managed and supervised the prosecution and investigation of thousands of investigations and trials in cases ranging from homicide to organized crime and public corruption, to health care fraud, white collar, environmental, and cybercrime. He was the first Anti-Terrorism Coordinator in Massachusetts, post–September 11, 2001.


As Regional Counsel and Managing Director for Vance/Garda, Gerry managed risk as a consultant in several targeted service areas for a wide array of legal and business clients in the public sector and private industry, including law firms, educational institutions, health care organizations and hospitals, and high-net-worth individuals.


We are excited about the wealth of experience Gerry brings to our clients, and are proud to have him on our team.

Join us in welcoming Gerry to Nixon Peabody. Gerry can be reached at gleone@nixonpeabody.com.


Disappointed With Town Meeting Rush to Vote

Dear Editor:

After sitting through the last two nights of our long town meeting and listening to what each individual had to say I was incredibly disappointed that Article 62 was moved before allowing many interested/impacted residents to speak. However, more concerning to me is that we voted to approve a lease when we were not given the exact terms or cost of the lease. It is astounding that prior to asking this information the town voted to approve this article! How many people would lease a car, building, or simply anything without knowing the associated commitments, risks, and costs?


I sincerely hope that citizens will demand that a specific monetary figure and correct information (the parking lot was certainly part of DISC) be provided before approving additional money for the construction of the to be expanded parking lot on the land we now lease. I have absolutely no background in engineering but based on the slope, drainage issues, and other concerns it is apparent that the construction costs will be much greater than the $130,000 that has been granted at town meeting. In future meetings I am also hopeful that none of my fellow citizens would move an article simply to prevent others from addressing their concerns:  it is not only rude but in this case it impeded the discussion and discovery of important information.


Thank you,   

Lissa Walls

11 Walcott Street

May 8, 2013


Support for Ellen Scordino

Dear Editor,


It has been 6 years since either of us has had a child in the Hopkinton school system, and yet we are actively working to elect Ellen Scordino to the School Committee.


Ellen is a breath of fresh air – She is the mother of two young girls, a community and business volunteer with a long history of giving back, and a partner in the law firm, Fish & Richardson. In 2012 Ellen received the prestigious Boston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award.


Ellen brings a logical and thoughtful approach to problem solving, professional leadership and the ability to think and strategize at a high level, and at the same time she brings a level of pragmatism and realism, fiscal restraint and positive energy.


This year Hopkinton has the opportunity to elect someone different from the current committee – she will enhance their skills and profiles and offer something that is not just more of the same.


On Ellen’s website she says:

“I am proud of the history of our town and the status of our schools in the country. I want to partner with those focused on the betterment of the Hopkinton school system going forward. I am committed to bridging the gap between quality education and cost effective solutions. Taxpayers need a School Committee that they trust. I intend to earn that trust by respecting budget limitations and not taking hard-earned tax dollars for granted. I will peel the curtain back, seek answers to difficult questions, share information and spend your money wisely.”


She is every bit as good as she sounds and we whole heartedly endorse her!

Please vote for Ellen Scordino on Monday, May 20th.


Barbara Berke

10 Gibbon Road


Susan Condon

9 Wildlife Road



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