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Hopkinton, other towns, brace for EMC layoffs

Posted January 15, 2009 09:31 AM

EMC spokesman Dave Farmer said it is a "safe assumption" that some of the employees laid off would come from the Hopkinton headquarters, but he wouldn't go into further detail. The layoffs are slated to take place over the next 18 months.

While the company continues to pursue permitting for the complex in Southborough and Westborough, Farmer said, EMC has "no immediate plans for a specific development."

"It's an option for the future," Farmer said. "It's safe to say we're more likely to consolidate rather than expand real estate in the near term."

Read more here.

Hopkinton's town manager resigns

Posted October 3, 2008 03:48 PM

Hopkinton Town Manager Anthony Troiano, who was convicted last month of motor vehicle homicide, has stepped down from his post.

Troiano submitted a resignation letter during a closed session of the Board of Selectmen Thursday.

“It is with great regret that for personal and professional reasons I announce my resignation as town manager, effective immediately,” Troiano wrote in the letter.

Troiano also thanked the town’s citizens and employees in the letter, but did not elaborate on his reasons for stepping down. Reached at his home in Sandwich, Troiano would not say whether his decision to resign was related to his recent conviction.

“The only comment I’m going to make is that letter,” Troiano said.

Troiano was convicted on Sept. 17 of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, stemming from his involvement in a May 15, 2007, accident that killed Lilija Berents, 69, of East Falmouth. According to Associated Press reports, Troiano testified that he lost consciousness, possibly because of sleep apnea, at the time of the collision. He suffered extensive injuries from the crash and spent four weeks in a medically induced coma.

Troiano was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation, and his driver’s license was revoked for 15 years. Troiano was placed on paid administrative leave by the town on Sept. 19, and on Sept. 22 he was cited by Hopkinton police for driving on the revoked license.

Brian Herr, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, had called Troiano’s conviction a “private matter” and said it would only become a town issue if it affected Troiano’s ability to complete his work duties.

Hopkinton town attorney Ray Miyares confirmed that Troiano had been the subject of a disciplinary proceeding, but neither he nor Herr would say whether that proceeding was related to the car accident, conviction, or citation for driving on a revoked license.

-- Calvin Hennick

Hopkinton town manager stopped by his own police department

Posted September 23, 2008 04:09 PM

Hopkinton Town Manager Anthony Troiano was cited by Hopkinton police for driving with a revoked license Monday, just days after being found guilty for his role in a fatal car accident.

On September 17, Troiano was found guilty of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, stemming from a car accident in Bourne on May 15, 2007 that resulted in the death of 69-year-old Lilija Berents of East Falmouth. Troiano was driving to his home in East Sandwich after a Board of Selectmen's meeting and hit the woman’s car head-on while passing another vehicle.

Troiano was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation, and his license was revoked for 15 years. Brian J. Herr, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, announced on Friday that Troiano had been placed on paid administrative leave, and selectmen are expected to discuss Troiano’s status at a close-door session tonight.

Hopkinton Police chief Thomas Irvin said Troiano was stopped Monday at about 2 pm.

"The officer believed Mr. Troiano’s license to operate motor vehicles was suspended or revoked,'' the chief said, reading a press release. "The officer checked the status of Mr. Troiano’s license through the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles database. The check revealed Mr. Troianos’s license was revoked effective September 19, 2008.''

"Mr. Troiano arranged to have his vehicle towed and for his own transportation from the scene,'' the release said.

-- Calvin Hennick

Hopkinton town manager placed on leave after conviction

Posted September 20, 2008 09:30 AM

Hopkinton Town Manager Anthony Troiano is being placed on paid administrative leave following his conviction on a motor vehicle homicide charge this week, the chairman of the town's board of selectmen said.

Brian J. Herr, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, confirmed the move by email. Separately, a town official said the board was planning to hold a closed-door session Tuesday, apparently to discuss Troiano.

On Wednesday, Judge Michael Creedon found Troiano guilty of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, and sentenced him to two years of unsupervised probation. State law also calls for Troiano’s license to be revoked for 15 years.

Troiano was involved in a car accident in Bourne on May 15, 2007 that resulted in the death of 69-year-old Lilija Berents of East Falmouth. Troiano was driving to his home in East Sandwich after a Board of Selectmen's meeting and hit the woman’s car head-on while passing another vehicle.

According to the Associated Press, Troiano testified that he lost consciousness, possibly because of sleep apnea, at the time of the collision. His attorney argued that Troiano shouldn't be sent to jail because the accident wasn't alcohol- or drug-related, and he doesn't have a reckless driving record.

Hopkinton selectmen have a 5 p.m. executive session scheduled Tuesday, and Selectman R.J. Dourney confirmed that the session was called to discuss Troiano. However, Dourney wouldn’t comment on whether Troiano’s conviction could affect his employment with the town.

Earlier, selectman chairman Herr called Troiano’s conviction a “private matter” and wouldn’t say what selectmen would discuss Tuesday.

-- Calvin Hennick

Turning the focus on hunger

Posted August 21, 2008 06:53 AM

The Massachusetts Medical Society has finished its program “Hunger in the Commonwealth” and has distributed the one-hour report to local cable television stations across the state for broadcast in September, according to society officials.

The report seeks to educate the public about the growing hunger problem in the state and to encourage people to take advantage of programs that can help them if they are not getting enough nutritious food, officials said.

hcamlogo.jpg The program will begin airing on Sept. 1
The program was a joint effort of the society, which is headquartered in Waltham; U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern, a Worcester Democrat; and Hopkinton’s public access television station, HCAM-TV.

The program will be broadcast on hundreds of local cable access stations and will also be available via web cast at HCAM-TV's web site beginning Sept.1.

-- Lisa Kocian

Hopkinton voters go to the polls tomorrow

Posted May 18, 2008 06:26 AM

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Hopkinton tomorrow for the annual Town Election.

Among this year's contests is race for the lone open seat on the Board of Selectmen between incumbent chairwoman Muriel Kramer, a Democrat, and her Republican challenger, R.J. Dourney, who is currently vice chairman of the town's Planning Board.

For School Committee, incumbent Nancy A. Burdick, a Republican, is squaring off against Democrat Richard P. deMont. A number of candidates are also vying for seats on the Board of Health and the Parks and Recreation Commission.

The ballots will be tallied live beginning at 8 p.m. on HCAM-TV, Hopkinton Community Access and Media.

-- Michele Morgan Bolton

Hopkinton's selectmen give town's planners power to grant special permits for major development

Posted March 19, 2008 07:44 AM

Hopinkton's Board of Selectmen has agreed to give the town's Planning Board authority to grant special permits for the proposed Legacy Farms development, over the objections of the Hopkinton Board of Appeals, which usually has that role.

The Board of Appeals will retain jurisdiction over variances for the project, however.

Weston-based developer Boulder Capital has announced plans to build 940 residential units and 450,000 square feet of commercial and retail space on the 700-acre site that was once the home of Weston Nurseries. Boulder's plan would leave 500 acres undeveloped. The site is bordered by East Main Street (Route 135), Wilson Street, Clinton Street, Curtis Road, and Frankland Road.

The developers are expected to present a detailed plan for the site to a Special Town Meeting no later than Nov. 5.

-- Michele Morgan Bolton

State to begin school project studies early

Posted October 4, 2007 09:51 AM


The state will begin feasibility studies for local school projects about a month earlier than anticipated, potentially allowing some projects to be ready for Town Meeting votes next spring, staff writer James Vaznis of the reports in the Globe's City & Region Section today.

On Nov. 2, the state School Building Authority will decide which school districts' proposed projects to study first. Other districts will be selected on a rolling basis after that.

Being selected for a feasibility study doesn't automatically guarantee construction funding, but it is a prerequisite. More than a dozen school districts west of Boston are among 161 districts statewide competing for about $500 million in construction funds this year, the first time in four years the state is doling out school construction money.

In choosing which feasibility studies to pursue first, the state has been dispatching inspection teams to analyze building conditions and enrollment trends, visiting 90 districts so far. Those districts include Berlin-Boylston, Franklin, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Maynard, Nashoba, Natick, Needham, Norfolk, Shrewsbury, Wayland, and Wellesley.

The resulting studies, which should be completed this winter, will give the state the first glimpse of how much it could potentially cost to do all the projects. In all, 161 districts have expressed interest in 422 school projects.

Key Troiano hearing put off again

Posted September 28, 2007 08:51 AM

Bourne firefighters use the Jaws of Life to cut away the roof of the vehicle in which Hopkinton, Town Manager Anthony Troiano is trapped. It took firefighters nearly 45 minutes to extricate Troiano from the mangled car.
(Globe archive photo)


A hearing to determine whether Hopkinton Town Manager Anthony Troiano will be charged in a fatal automobile accident has been continued for a second time.

Troiano sustained serious injuries in the May 15 crash on Sandwich Road in Bourne that resulted in the death of Lilija Berents, 69, of East Falmouth. A hearing was originally scheduled for Aug. 20, when Troiano would have appeared before a clerk magistrate to face possible charges including motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, speeding, and failure to pass safely.

That hearing was continued until Sept. 24 to allow Troiano more time to recover from his injuries. This week, a judge continued the hearing again, until Nov. 5, saying that attorneys needed more time to gather medical records.

Troiano returned to full-time duty as town manager on Sept. 17.

-- David Cogger

EMC reports increased profits

Posted July 24, 2007 01:14 PM



Hopkinton-based EMC Corp, the No. 1 maker of corporate data storage equipment, reported higher quarterly profit on Tuesday on strong software and hardware sales.

Second-quarter net income rose to $334.4 million, or 16 cents per share, from $279.1 million, or 12 cents a share, a year earlier.

The Hopkinton, Massachusetts, company's growth is being fueled by sales of software products that it has acquired over the past few years. Its top performer has been VMware, whose computer programs help companies boost efficiency of server computers, getting more use out of machines running that software.

-- Reuters

Fingerprint leads to arrest in 2003 rapes

Posted July 16, 2007 01:06 PM

Marcelo Mota.JPG
(Handout photo)


A suspect has been arrested in connection with three high-profile rapes in Hopkinton and Westborough in 2003 in which a man broke into the victims' homes and threatened them with guns and knives, authorities said.

Marcelo Mota, 28, was apprehended in New Jersey over the weekend after authorities said they matched his fingerprints to a print left on the banister at the scene of an assault Aug. 14, 2003, in which a woman fought off her attacker.

After two other women had been raped in a little more than week, a man with a knife broke into a Hopkinton apartment and assaulted a woman but fled when she fought back, authorities said. The three attacks that August panicked the surrounding area as police searched neighborhoods with dogs trying to track down the perpetrator.

"We allege that this defendant preyed on these unsuspecting women and in the process caused many residents of the Metro West community to live in fear that they might be next," Middlesex District Attorney Gerald T. Leone Jr. said in a press statement.

Mota, a former Framingham resident, had been living in Delran, N.J. He was arrested by the Burlington County Sheriff's Office when authorities matched his fingerprints to the one taken from the Hopkinton crime scene, according to the statement.

Read more about this developing story in the Globe's Local News Updates blog.

Hopkinton residents get reprieve on road repairs

Posted July 4, 2007 07:34 AM


A project to repave a section of Hayden Rowe Street has been postponed indefinitely due to the failure of a milling machine, town highway manager Mike Mansir says.

The work was intended to take place the last week of June. The project involves resurfacing about one-third of a mile of Hayden Rowe Street, from Main to Fenton streets.

-— Kyle Alspach

Voters say no to tax increase for Hopkinton land purchase

Posted June 18, 2007 10:52 PM


Efforts to prevent a major housing and commercial project were defeated today, as voters rejected a property tax hike that could have allowed the town to buy about 710 acres of land.

The $30.4 million purchase, which needed both town meeting and town election approvals, failed at town neeting last week. But some in town hoped voters would still support the land in today's town election, thus resurrecting the proposal.

Instead, residents rejected the land buy, with 3,034 votes cast against the purchase and 1,646 in favor.

The development, proposed by Weston-based developer Boulder Capital, will be located off Route 135 around Weston Nurseries. The project is slated to include a shopping center and nearly 1,000 homes.

-- Kyle Alspach

Court date postponed for comatose town manager

Posted June 18, 2007 10:07 AM

Bourne firefighters use the Jaws of Life to cut away the roof of the vehicle in which Hopkinton Town Manager Anthony Troiano is trapped. It took firefighters nearly 45 minutes to extricate Troiano from the mangled car.
(Photo by David G. Curran for the Boston Globe)


A court hearing for Town Manager Anthony Troiano, who remained in a coma as of late last week after a car crash last month, has been tentatively rescheduled for Aug. 20, his lawyer said.

Troiano could be charged with motor vehicle homicide in connection with the crash, which killed East Falmouth woman. Troiano had been scheduled to go before a clerk magistrate in Falmouth District Court on June 11, but the hearing was pushed back due to his condition, his attorney, Augustus Wagner, said.

Meanwhile, selectmen last week tapped Fire Chief Gary Daugherty to serve as the acting town manager. Daugherty agreed to serve three to four months in the position.

-— Kyle Alspach

Hopkinton voters to decide on disability upgrades tomorrow

Posted June 17, 2007 12:02 PM


Upgrades to Town Hall and three schools to make them more accessible to the disabled are on the line in tomorrow's town election.

Residents at last week's special Town Meeting approved appropriating about $290,000 for the upgrades, which will bring Town Hall and the schools into compliance with state and federal disability laws. The money will be used to build new ramps and make numerous other adaptations at the buildings.

The measure on the ballot is in the form of a debt exclusion property tax increase, in which the town's tax levy will increase until the debt is paid off.

-— Kyle Alspach

Some still hoping Hopkinton will buy huge parcel

Posted June 14, 2007 05:04 PM

From Globe West: Town fails in bid to buy open space


It's not over yet. That's the message from those who want the town of Hopkinton to buy 710 acres of undeveloped land, keeping it out of the hands of a developer.

A proposal to spend $30.4 million on buying the land failed to get the required two-thirds majority at a special town meeting earlier this week.

But voters at a town election Monday will still consider a proposal to raise that money through a tax increase. If that proposal passes, town meeting could get another chance to vote on the spending.

Selectman Brian Herr says the issue is not yet resolved.

Julia Linnell, who lives near the proposed development site, which lies off Route 135 near the Weston Nurseries garden center, says she believes that Boulder's proposed development would "wreck the town.”

Boulder is proposing to build a shopping center and more than 900 homes on the site.

Boulder president Roy MacDowell warns that if the town isn't careful, it could end up with an agreement to buy the property but no authorization from the voters to buy it.

He says that could put the town in a "precarious position."

The town has a right to buy the property because its owners took part in an agricultural tax break program, which required them to give Hopkinton first crack at buying the land if it ever went on the market.

Selectmen are holding a public hearing tonight to hear people's opinions on the purchase of the land.

-- Kyle Alspach

With scary deficits projected, Hopkinton officials think long term

Posted June 14, 2007 10:03 AM


With scary projections of a $20 million school budget deficit by the year 2017 looming, Hopkinton town officials are mulling a task force to examine long-range municipal financial planning.

School committee member Phil Totino said the town needs a formal strategy to deal with projections, which put the blame on increases due to rising fixed costs like energy and health insurance for staff.

The School Committee recently discussed proposing a task force made up of town department heads that would put together budget projections and examine ways to offset expected deficits, such as by attracting more commercial and industrial growth to shore up the town's tax base. Totino said he hopes the group will begin meeting this fall.

-— Kyle Alspach

A familiar face -- Giuliani -- in Hopkinton

Posted June 12, 2007 06:37 PM


Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani stopped in Hopkinton today for a fundraiser at the home of billionaire Richard J. Egan, founder of Hopkinton-based EMC Corp.

In a quiet neighborhood of immaculate homes, cars lined the streets for the invitation-only event.

It was an odd location for a news conference, but before heading into the fundraiser the former New York City mayor spoke to the media.

Flanked by Egan and former Massachusetts Republican Gov. Paul Cellucci, Giuliani pledged to run a forward-looking campaign and charged Democrats with having a “campaign in the rearview mirror.”

New approaches to healthcare, energy and immigration will be among the hallmarks of a Giuliani presidency, he said, though he offered no specifics.

When asked about the possible campaign of actor and former Sen. Fred Thompson, Giuliani said he is unfazed.

“From my point of view, the more the merrier,” he said. Giuliani took time to thank Cellucci, referring to him as a “most effective spokesperson” who has been actively promoting the Giuliani campaign since endorsing it in January.

Giuliani did not have any other stops to make in the area after the fundraiser, which was attended by several hundred people, according to Cellucci.

Egan, who founded the data storage giant EMC in 1979, has been a staunch supporter of the Bush presidency and served as the U.S. ambassador to Ireland from 2001 to 2002.

-- Kyle Alspach

Filling in for the mustached man

Posted June 12, 2007 08:36 AM


Selectmen last week came up with two options on how to deal with the absence of a town manager, and they are expected to continue their discussion on Tuesday.

Town Manager Anthony J. Troiano, who started working in Hopkinton in January, was involved in a serious car accident last month and has been unable to return to work.

Selectmen said last week that they will either appoint a town employee, such as the police chief or fire chief, to temporarily take over the duties of the position, or they will temporarily hire a resident.

– Calvin Hennick

Hopkinton town manager hurt in fatal car wreck

Posted May 16, 2007 06:03 PM


The Hopkinton town manager suffered serious injuries in a two-car crash late Tuesday night on Cape Cod that left a 69-year-old woman dead.

Anthony J. Troiano, 51, was driving a 2004 Hyundai sedan east on Sandwich Road at 11: 18 p.m. when he tried to pass another vehicle and struck a 1999 Toyota sedan head-on, according to a release from State Police.

The driver of the Toyota, Lilija Berents, was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from her car. Berents, of East Falmouth, died at the scene. Troiano, of East Sandwich, was rushed to Tobey Hospital and later transferred to Rhode Island Hospital, where his wife and two grown children went to his bedside.

Troiano became the town's first manager in January when Hopkinton changed its form of government. “We are just keeping our prayers with his family and hoping for good news,” said Muriel Kramer, the chairwoman of Hopkinton's Board of Selectmen.

-- Globe City & Region Staff

It's a dog's life

Posted April 26, 2007 11:19 AM


Fashion shows have gone to the dogs.

This afternoon in New York City, a local nonprofit that places retired racing dogs in good homes will put on a canine fashion show. Cleopatra's Needle in Central Park will be the inspiration as 12 models will dress in Egyptian to, well, walk (the dogs) like an Egyptian.

Greyhound Friends, Inc. is a Hopkinton-based nonprofit that has found homes for 6,000 dogs since its inception in 1983.

-- Adam Sell

British newspaper reports on Entwistle case

Posted March 30, 2007 04:47 PM


A British newspaper reports on the latest twists in the case of Neil Entwistle, the Hopkinton man accused of murdering his wife and young daughter.

Attorneys for Entwistle say that a police search of his house was illegal, and that much of the evidence against him should be thrown out.

-- Adam Sell

Some complain about EMC chief's pay

Posted March 28, 2007 09:03 AM


(Photo courtesy EMC)


EMC Corp. chief executive Joseph Tucci's 2006 pay package cost his Hopkinton-based company $20.2 million in salary, bonus, and company stock, compared to $29.8 million in 2005, according to a proxy statement filed with federal regulators yesterday.

Tucci actually collected about $5.6 million for his work last year. Most of his compensation expense is due to accounting rules that charge the company at once for stocks and stock options that Tucci can only collect in future years.

Still, Tucci's lofty compensation didn't sit well with corporate governance critics, who say that the lackluster performance of EMC shares doesn't justify Tucci's income, the Globe business section reports today.

-- Hiawatha Bray

Sense of place

Posted March 26, 2007 12:15 PM


Fourteen Hopkinton and Holliston students were honored by the National PTA for their efforts in capturing the theme “My Favorite Place,” in an annual creative arts competition. Six of the winners earned first place and will now go on to compete nationally. Categories include literature, musical composition, photography, visual arts, dance choreography, and film/video production. There are four age groups in the competition from preschool to high school. First place winners are listed below.

Timmothy Barber, First Place, Intermediate Division, Film/Video Production
Carrie Gillespie, First Place, Intermediate Division, Literature
Allison LeBel, First Place, Middle Division, Literature

Rachel Ansell, First Place, Junior Division, Visual Arts
Brandon Hall, First Place, Primary Division, Photography
Grant Gendron, First Place and Third Place, Senior Division, Photography

–Lisa Kocian

Developing concerns in Hopkinton

Posted March 22, 2007 10:27 AM

Weston Nurseries co-owner Wayne Mezitt contemplates the future.
(Globe staff photo by Bill Polo)


Standing in an open field north of Route 135 on a March day, you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere. The dominant sounds are birds chirping and the wind whistling.

But change is also in the wind for this land, which has been under the care of family-owned Weston Nurseries for decades, reporter Lisa Kocian reports in today's Globe West. A 750-acre expanse of fields and woods around the landmark garden center in Hopkinton is being sold, and a developer stands ready with plans for a multiuse project that could include 1,000 homes.

The developer has offered Weston Nurseries $30 million for the property, but the town has the right to acquire the land by matching the bid, since the owners have been receiving local tax breaks through a state agriculture preservation program.

The 2000 Census reported that Hopkinton had slightly more than 4,500 housing units, most of them single-family homes. The proposed development would increase the number by more than a fifth -- in a town that already is among the fastest-growing in the state.

If the town decided to acquire the Weston Nurseries land, the property tax bill for a home with Hopkinton's median assessed valuation -- $550,000 -- would go up about $497 annually for the next 20 years, according to Maureen Dwinnell, the town's treasurer.

Read more about this story in today's Globe West and see a gallery of photos of the Weston Nurseries land online.

What to do with Weston Nurseries?

Posted March 15, 2007 12:21 PM


The town's planning consultant, Sasaki Associates, will be on hand tonight to present information and take questions on the East Hopkinton Master Plan, which focuses heavily on what to do with the 750 acres for sale next to Weston Nurseries.

The land has a buyer and the town is now mulling whether to exercise its right of first refusal to match the $30 million offer. If not, developer Boulder Capital plans to build age-restricted and multi-family condominiums and rentals and some single-family houses, as well as retail shops on the open land.

The forum will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. downstairs at the Golden Pond Nursing Facility, 50 Main St.

-- Lisa Kocian

Accused drunk driver jailed without bail pending trial for failing alcohol test

Posted March 12, 2007 09:47 AM


A former Hopkinton woman charged with motor vehicle homicide for the death of a 21-year-old Shrewsbury man last fall is being held without bail for failing a sobriety test.

Alison J. Voorhis was ordered held without bail after she registered a .126 percent blood alcohol level on a breathalyzer last Thursday, according to Tim Connolly, spokesman for Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr.

Voorhis is scheduled to return to court on March 27 for a pre-trial hearing. A jury trial is scheduled for May 11 in which the 47-year-old is accused of driving drunk when she slammed head-on into an Audi driven by Evagelos Pashos, a senior at Northeastern University. Pashos was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

Voorhis was ordered to stay away from alcohol and wear an electronic monitoring bracelet after she showed up late to Westborough District Court on Feb. 26, Connolly said. A warrant was issued for her arrest on Feb. 20 when she failed to appear in court, but the judge gave her until Feb. 26 to show up before she would be arrested.

Voorhis has since moved from Hopkinton, but her new address was impounded with the rest of the case by Judge Vito A. Virzi last Friday. Voorhis’ Ashland attorney, Angelo Catanzaro, did not return a call seeking comment.

-- Jennifer Rosinski

A taste of home, sweet home

Posted March 8, 2007 04:50 PM

Group photo.jpg

The Girl Scouts at the airbase


Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Samoas – they'll bring a taste of home to troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thanks to the Patriots’ Trail Council Girl Scout Troops 3789 and 2995, troops deployed out of Hanscom Air Force Base will soon receive more than 625 boxes of the famous cookies.

Friends, family and area residents bought and donated the cookies the Hopkinton girls are sending to the troops, according to a press release from the Girl Scouts. This is the second year that Troop 3789 has collected cookies for Hanscom personnel and the plan is for more Hopkinton scout troops to participate next year, according to the release.

-- Lisa Kocian

EMC to add jobs in Ireland

Posted February 24, 2007 08:22 AM


EMC Corp., the world’s largest maker of data-storage computers and software, will create 369 jobs at a customer service center in Ireland.

The Hopkinton-based company’s VMware unit will add technology, human resources, sales and finance operations at its site in Cork, Ireland, Irish Enterprise Minister Micheal Martin said yesterday in an e-mailed statement. The expansion will be supported by Ireland’s Industrial Development Agency, the Worcester Telegram reports.

The $25 million question

Posted February 7, 2007 05:53 PM


The future of 750 acres next to Weston Nurseries will likely be decided by town meeting in May, according to Muriel Kramer, chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen.

Boulder Capital, a local real estate development company, has forged a deal with the brothers who own the land and the nursery to purchase the property. But the town has the right to match the offer of about $25 million because the property was enrolled in a state land preservation program that gave the owners local tax breaks.

Kramer said the town could afford to buy it, but it’s anybody’s guess if voters will want to take on the tax burden.

Roy MacDowell, president of Boulder Capital, said he wants to convince the town that his company will develop the land in a way that will make everyone happy.

“We want to do something [so that] when we all look back 10 years from now, the town’s proud of it, we’re proud of it,” he said.

Preliminary plans calls for roughly 1,000 units of housing, although MacDowell said everything is negotiable at this point. He said he envisions age-restricted and multi-family condominiums and rentals and some single-family houses, as well as mixed-use retail, open space, riding and walking trails, and a “more vibrant” Weston Nurseries.

Kramer said town meeting will likely be presented with several options – a much more complicated decision than simply whether to buy the land. Another option, for example: the town could assign its buying rights to a nonprofit land trust, which would partner with the town to develop a smaller portion of the land.

–Lisa Kocian

Inmate accused of assaulting Entwistle in jail

Posted February 7, 2007 04:19 PM



Eben Howard pleaded not guilty today
(Josh Reynolds for WBZ-TV Channel 4)


Middlesex County prosecutors charged an inmate with a jailhouse assault today after they say he kicked Neil Entwistle, the British man accused of murdering his wife and infant daughter in their Hopkinton home, the Globe reports today.

Eben Howard, 33, pleaded not guilty today in Cambridge District Court to one count of assault and battery. Prosecutors allege that at about 9:10 p.m. on Dec. 20, Howard kicked Entwistle in the abdomen. Both men were out of their cells at the time, according to court records. It was not clear why Howard kicked Entwistle.

There is no indication from court records that Entwistle suffered any injuries from the kick. Entwistle's lawyer, Elliot M. Weinstein, declined to comment about the alleged assault or discuss any injuries his client may have sustained. He referred all questions about the incident to the Middlesex Country District Attorney's office, saying he would not contribute to the ongoing publicity surrounding his client.

"I will not comment with anything in connection to Mr. Entwistle's case," Weinstein said.

-- Mac Daniel and Andrew Ryan

School articles discussion on tap in Hopkinton

Posted February 4, 2007 11:01 AM


Selectmen will meet tomorrow night in a working session (which means it won’t be televised) to discuss any town meeting articles pertaining to the schools, which could include the school budget, according to the selectmen’s office.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. in room 211 of Town Hall. Annual Town Meeting starts Monday, May 7.

–Lisa Kocian

Entwistle lawyer questions DNA test reliability

Posted January 23, 2007 08:53 PM


Showing the widening fallout from the mishandling of DNA test results at the State Police lab, the lawyers in three high-profile murder cases challenged the reliability of such test results and suggested the problems could help their clients.

A lawyer for Neil Entwistle, whose DNA was allegedly found on the gun used to kill his wife and infant daughter in Hopkinton last year, said the suspension of Robert E. Pino, the civilian administrator of the DNA database at the State Police forensic laboratory, "calls into question the reliability, trustworthiness, and integrity" of the lab and should be investigated by an independent forensic scientist.

The FBI began auditing the laboratory last week because Pino allegedly reported four test results incorrectly and failed to report 11 matches in old unsolved rape cases until the statute of limitations had expired.

But Entwistle’s lawyer, Elliot M. Weinstein, said in an interview that the bureau has had its own deficiencies with DNA analysis in recent years and lacks credibility.

Weinstein, who unsuccessfully asked a judge last fall to toss out DNA evidence against Entwistle, declined to say whether he intends to submit a new motion on the basis of Pino’s suspension. But his comments indicate that defense lawyers will probably cite the lab’s problems as reasons that judges should block DNA results from being introduced as evidence, that juries should discount such evidence, or that convictions should be overturned.

-- Jonathan Saltzman

A picture of determination

Posted January 16, 2007 12:10 PM



Lauren Lodge from Hopkinton leads in the girls' 4 x 800 Medley at the 30th annual James Kalperis State Relays held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston last weekend.
(Photo by Jay Connor)

Entwistle returned to jail

Posted January 11, 2007 02:28 PM


Nearly three weeks after Neil Entwistle was transferred to Bridgewater State Hospital for a mental health evaluation, medical staff members have determined the murder defendant is not suicidal and let him return Wednesday to the Middlesex County Jail, according to Sheriff James V. DiPaola.

Entwistle, 28, who is accused of fatally shooting his wife and infant daughter in Hopkinton nearly a year ago in one of the most sensational murder cases in recent Massachusetts history, was escorted in manacles to the jail by three sheriff’s deputies, the Globe reports.

"He does not appear to be a threat to himself or to others," DiPaola said afterward.

Entwistle, who had been held since Feb. 15 in a cell at the infirmary, will be moved to a special housing unit in the jail where correction officers will watch him around the clock. "There will be a human being outside his cell," said DiPaola.

-- Jonathan Saltzman

Hopkinton's Leone profiled

Posted January 8, 2007 02:56 PM


As the son of a high school football coach, Hopkinton's Gerard Leone Jr. learned discipline and a respect for rules at an early age, so when he became interested in the law, it seemed natural for him to become a prosecutor.

Over the past 15 years, he's been the lead prosecutor in some of the most notorious criminal cases in Massachusetts, including British au pair Louise Woodward, who was convicted in the killing an 8-month-old infant, and Richard Reid, the al-Qaida loyalist who was convicted of trying to blow up a plane with a bomb in his shoes.

Now Leone, who has served as the No. 2 prosecutor for a state attorney general, district attorney and U.S. Attorney, has just started work as the top prosecutor in Middlesex County, where he faces more high-profile cases, the AP reports.

EMC revises upward planned job cuts for '07

Posted January 6, 2007 09:24 AM


Data storage provider EMC Corp. said in a regulatory filing it plans to cut its workforce by 1,350 jobs this year, 100 more than disclosed in October.

Hopkinton-based EMC, which said it is working to consolidate its business, expects to take a pretax charge of $175 million, or 6 cents per share, in the fourth quarter to cover the upfront cost of the cuts.

-- AP

Entwistle undergoing psychiatric evaluation

Posted January 3, 2007 03:51 PM


Neil Entwisle, the Hopkinton resident charged with murdering his wife and young daughter, is being evaluated at a state psychiatric hospital after leaving what has been termed a "depressive" letter.

The letter included instructions for burial but did not suggest Entwisle was going to commit suicide, according to Middlesex Sheriff James DiPaola. The Associated Press reports that the letter came not long after Entwisle's request to be confined to his parents' home was denied.

Entwisle is facing the possibility of life without parole should he be convicted in the two slayings. A hearing in the case is scheduled for Jan. 21.

-- Adam Sell

Hopkinton's Leone becomes Middlesex DA today

Posted January 3, 2007 10:15 AM



(Photo by Robert E. Klein for The Boston Globe)

Hopkinton's Gerard T. Leone will be sworn in as the new Middlesex County district attorney today.

Leone, a Hopkinton resident, plans to focus on protections for children and the elderly, the Globe reports. Leone talks about keeping a diverse office and preventing teen crime.

He also has the high-profile case of Neil Entwisle to contend with, but Leone's resume includes some major cases already. Leone's career includes prosecutions of shoe bomber Richard Reid and British au pair Louise Woodward.

-- Adam Sell

Former senior center proposed as youth center

Posted December 26, 2006 03:17 PM


The center in the basement of Town Hall will remain a magnet, only its customers will be much different, if selectmen follow a suggestion made by the town's Youth Commission.

The commission asked the selectmen last week (12-19) to consider using the former senior center as a youth center. The former senior center was replaced by a new facility recently.

Executive Secretary Ted Kozak said the selectmen are mulling the idea and will consult with the building department to see if there are any code issues that need to be considered. The Youth Commission proposed the center as a place for mostly middle school students to hang out after school, he said.

-- Lisa Kocian

A father's plea

Posted December 20, 2006 01:32 PM


With authorities unable to locate the motorist who caused a fatal Hopkinton hit-and-run accident in September, the father of the victim issued a public plea today urging the driver to step forward voluntarily.

Michael MacDonald, 25, of Newton was killed on Sept. 16 while trying to cross Route 495 after the car in which he was a passenger broke down. His father, James MacDonald, called the loss a "terrible tragedy," in a statement released by the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office.

"Michael was a caring son, brother, grandson, cousin, nephew, and friend," the elder MacDonald said in the statement. "As his father, I not only lost my best friend, but the joy of fatherhood, and his positive impact he would continue to have on others."

"Nothing will ever take away our pain. However, one of our needs is knowing who was driving the car that morning. We can’t imagine a person or persons living with this secret. It is human nature that this tragedy will consume you and others with the pain and anxiety, along with the fear and the legal consequences, for the rest of your life."

"We have so much pain in our hearts but through the pain we try to remember that people are generally good. We realize that this was not an intentional act and it is a tragedy for all involved. The truth will set you free."

Authorities have said they know little about the car that hit MacDonald at about 4:35 a.m., except that it was mid-sized and dark in color. Prosecutors have urged anyone with information about the case to call the State Police Barracks in Millbury at 508-929-3232, or the State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office at 617-679-6600.

-- Ralph Ranalli

Entwistle denied bail

Posted December 19, 2006 11:33 AM


A judge today denied a request by lawyers for Neil Entwistle that their client be released from jail so he could return to his native England until he goes on trial next year for the slaying of his wife and infant daughter.

Middlesex Superior Court Judge Peter Lauriat ruled that Entwistle will continue to be held without bail, according to a statement released by the Middlesex County district attorney's office.

In a three-paragraph order made public this morning, Lauriat said that based on the circumstances of the case, "the defendant's release on conditions of bail which would allow him to reside in England pending trial in this case is neither warranted nor appropriate." The judge did not elaborate.

Entwistle has been held in Middlesex County Jail since Feb. 15, when he was extradited after his arrest in London. He is being held on charges of murdering his wife, Rachel, 27, and their 9-month-old baby daughter, Lillian, on Jan. 20. He flew to England near the time of their death. His trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 1.

-- Andrew Ryan and Jonathan Saltzman

Entwistle lawyers argue for bail

Posted December 15, 2006 04:28 PM


Lawyers for Neil Entwistle argued in court this afternoon that their client should be released from jail so he can return to his native England until he goes on trial next year for the slaying of his wife and infant daughter.

Prosecutors for the Middlesex County district attorney's office dismissed the claims made by the defense, saying that the fact that Entwistle flew to England after the killing of his wife and daughter proved he was a flight risk.

Judge Peter M. Lauriat took the motion under advisement and could issue a ruling at any time.

Entwistle has been held in Middlesex County Jail since Feb. 15, when he was extradited after his arrest in London. He is being held on charges of murdering his wife, Rachel, 27, and their 9-month-old baby daughter, Lillian, on Jan. 20. He flew to England near the time of their death.

-- Megan Tench and Andrew Ryan

Hopkinton man killed in Pike crash

Posted December 13, 2006 08:29 AM


An 85-year-old Hopkinton man was killed yesterday when the Toyota sedan he was driving crossed from the right lane and struck the median on the Massachusetts Turnpike eastbound in Brighton, State Police reported.

About 12:45 p.m., troopers responded to the single-vehicle crash one mile west of Exit 19, which closed the eastbound left lane for about an hour. The driver of the Toyota, Patrick J. Bronder, later died at Boston Medical Center.

-- Globe City & Region staff

1,000 new homes in Hopkinton?

Posted December 8, 2006 05:21 PM


Hopkinton could be headed for another big growth spurt.

A purchase and sales agreement is expected to be signed next week for the sale of 750 acres next to Weston Nurseries.

Roy MacDowell, the president of Boulder Capital, a local real estate development company, said the sale price is $20 million with a deferred payment of another $5 million and the possibility of more if the company is able to get local approval for more residential units than expected.

The company is expecting to build roughly 1,000 units – a mix of single-family houses, condos (possibly age restricted) and rental apartments or houses – as well as some retail, and possibly office and institutional space.

MacDowell emphasized it’s far too early to commit to specific uses and amounts because the company has to do more research and talk to the town about what it desires.

Even after the P&S is signed there is still a chance that Boulder Capital could be outbid. Because the matter is in bankruptcy court, other bidders will have about another month to outbid the company, if they are willing to go at least $1.5 million over Boulder’s bid.

Weston Nurseries President and CEO Gary Furst said he believes there are four or five other interested bidders. According to MacDowell, his company then has another chance to bid. A judge has the final say on who gets the deal.

After that, the town will have 120 days to match the winning bid because the property was enrolled in a state land preservation program that afforded the owners local property tax breaks. The recent draft master plan notes that voters may be reluctant to authorize new borrowing (they rejected the proposed Fruit Street athletic facilities this spring.)

Boulder Capital is based in Weston and developed Cronin’s Landing in Waltham, a mixed-use development on Moody Street.

-- Lisa Kocian

Alleged Hopkinton murderer Entwistle seeking bail

Posted December 7, 2006 07:57 AM


Ten months after he was arrested in London in the gunshot slayings of his wife and infant daughter, Neil Entwistle has asked a Middlesex Superior Court judge to free him from jail and let him return to his native England until he goes on trial next year.

Lawyers for Entwistle acknowledged in the written request filed Tuesday that the Hopkinton murders in January generated a blizzard of news coverage on both sides of the Atlantic, and predicted the motion to free him from the Middlesex County Jail would probably meet with "media reaction and cynicism."

But defense lawyers Elliot M. Weinstein and Stephanie Page said they "cannot be cowed" by such reactions and asserted that intensive news coverage of the case would make it impossible for their client to flee.

"This is a man who cannot run and cannot hide," the motion said.

Emily LaGrassa , a spokeswoman for Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley, said prosecutors will oppose the request at a pretrial hearing scheduled for Dec. 15, the Globe's City & Region section reports today.

-- Jonathan Saltzman

Hopkinton selects first town manager

Posted November 30, 2006 09:35 AM


Anthony Troiano signed a three-year contract this week to be Hopkinton's first-ever town manager. His hiring is contingent on approval of funds at a special Dec. 21 Town Meeting. His annual salary will be $100,000 if approved and Jan. 1 is his tentative start date.

Troiano, a 50-year-old East Sandwich resident, has been working as assistant town administrator in Burlington since 2004. In an interview this fall with the Globe, he said the biggest challenge of the new job would be balancing growth, a tight budget, and residents' desire to preserve rural character and good schools.

The new post was established after a townwide vote in May that overwhelmingly approved a new charter, which swaps the existing executive secretary position for the more powerful town manager post.

Longtime Executive Secretary Ted Kozak was not included among the finalists despite protests from some selectmen.

Muriel Kramer, the chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen, said she hopes Kozak will stay on for the first two months of the new town manager's tenure to streamline the transition, but the selectmen are still negotiating that arrangement with him.

--Lisa Kocian

Buyer interested in land next to Weston Nurseries

Posted November 21, 2006 06:37 PM


The bankruptcy auction of about 655 acres next to Weston Nurseries, which was scheduled for earlier this month, was again postponed, this time until late December or more likely to April, according to Gary Furst, president and CEO of the company.

He said it was postponed because Wayne and Roger Mezitt, the property owners who also own Weston Nurseries, are “making some progress” with a potential buyer.

Furst had said last month that he hoped a deal would be complete by the end of October.

The Mezitt brothers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the gardening center a year ago after years of disagreement over how to run the company. A land sale would allow them to avoid a bank foreclosure auction.

The owners held their own auction this summer with an asking price of $29.5 million to $37 million; there were no bidders. The land originally went up for sale in February of last year.

-–Lisa Kocian

Judge refuses to dismiss Entwistle case

Posted November 8, 2006 10:21 PM


A judge has refused to dismiss murder charges against Neil Entwistle despite a claim by the defendant, who is accused of fatally shooting his wife and infant daughter, that authorities arrested him on the basis of a flawed and indirect DNA match.

But Middlesex Superior Court Judge Peter M. Lauriat granted a motion by prosecutors to let them obtain another DNA sample from Entwistle through a swab of his cheek.

He also authorized the State Police crime laboratory to conduct further tests on several ammunition boxes, gun locks, gun cases, and a pistol to determine whether Entwistle’s DNA is on them.

Entwistle, who is accused of shooting his 27-year-old wife, Rachel, and 9-month-old daughter, Lillian, in the master bedroom of the couple’s Hopkinton home in January, had challenged the request for the cheek swab as a violation of constitutional protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.

His lawyers had argued that if another sample was needed, the judge should dismiss the charges.

But Lauriat rejected the arguments by Entwistle’s lawyers.

-- Jonathan Saltzman

Donovan signing on as a Dukie

Posted November 7, 2006 03:09 PM



(Hopkinton High School's Kim Donovan tees off on the first hole during the recent Division 2 State High School Boys Golf Championship, Globe Staff Photo by Robert E. Klein)

Hopkinton High senior Kim Donovan will officially sign a letter of intent tomorrow morning to attend Duke University on a golf scholarship next year.

Donovan, a two-time Most Valuable Player in the Tri-Valley League and a key performer on the Hillers' back-to-back Division 2 state championship teams as a freshman and sophomore, had verbally committed to the Blue Devil program this past summer.

"This just justifies the time and effort she has put into the game since she was 7 and 8 years old," said Hopkinton golf coach Dick Bliss. "She has such a passion for the game, and she sacrificed a lot to play golf. She had talent, but she made herself better every day. And I see nothing but great things ahead for her at Duke."

-- Craig Larson

Hopkinton buys Lake Whitehall land

Posted November 6, 2006 04:49 PM


The town bought more than 23 acres of land at Lake Whitehall today, less than two weeks after a Middlesex Superior Court judge cleared the way for the deal.

A group of residents had sought to block the deal because they felt the price, $2.7 million, was too high. The land, which borders the town-owned Reed Park and covers part of a peninsula that juts into the water, will be used for passive recreation, according to John Coolidge, chairman of both the Open Space Committee and the Community Preservation Commission.

Eventually, he said, the town will probably consider putting in some parking for people who want to use the property or the park. The purchase was funded almost entirely by the town’s Community Preservation Act fund, which was set up by the town about five years ago and places a 2 percent surcharge on property tax bills.

The state matches 100 percent of the funds taxpayers put in, said Coolidge.

-– Lisa Kocian

Hopkinton sculptor designs Holocaust memorial

Posted November 2, 2006 06:02 PM


Hopkinton sculptor Michael Alfano has created a memorial for a New York temple for the children who died in the Holocaust.

The work, commissioned by Temple Emanuel of Great Neck, will be dedicated on Nov. 12.

The sculpture consists of four life-size bronze figures. Three of them were inspired by a photograph of children who had just arrived at a concentration camp. The fourth is a modern girl extending a hand towards the children and holding a candle to the future.

The idea is that a person can stand between the figures and link the past with a future where such horrible acts will hopefully be unthinkable, the Great Neck Record reports.

EMC makes another acquisition

Posted November 1, 2006 02:21 PM


Data storage provider EMC Corp. said today it agreed to pay $165 million in cash to acquire Avamar Technologies Inc., the latest in a string of deals to bolster EMC's information security and data backup offerings.

The purchase of Irvine, Calif.-based Avamar is the 12th acquisition by EMC this year, for a total investment of $2.8 billion to help move the 31,000-employee company beyond its core storage hardware business into faster-growing data storage software and services.

-- AP

Verizon offers TV in more towns

Posted October 30, 2006 02:51 PM


Verizon Communications Inc. said today that it is offering its FiOS TV service to five new Massachusetts communities, including two in the Globe West area, and that the service is now available to just over 100,000 Bay State households.

Verizon said the service is now available in Acton, Andover, Hopkinton, Lincoln, and Nahant; Verizon describes the FiOS TV as "an alternative to monopoly cable giants."

"FiOS TV gives consumers an outstanding, superior alternative for their video entertainment," Donna Cupelo, Verizon region president for Massachusetts and Rhode Island, said in a statement.

-- Chris Reidy

Final four in Hopkinton

Posted October 28, 2006 09:50 AM


A fourth finalist will compete to be Hopkinton’s first town manager.

Michael Hartman, Wareham’s town administrator, was added to the list yesterday. Before he took his post in Wareham in 2001, he served as town administrator in Medway for three years and before that as town manager in Warren, RI, for two and a half years.

Hartman joins three other finalists, Terri Ackerman, former executive secretary in Braintree; Glenn Fratto, former town manager in Westford; and Anthony Troiano, assistant town administrator in Burlington.

Selectmen plan to interview all four finalists next week and to have the job filled by the end of the year.

--Lisa Kocian

Swimming for sofas

Posted October 26, 2006 09:25 AM


The recent fall cleanup around Lake Whitehall went swimmingly – pun very much intended.

About 40 volunteers gathered more than 1,200 pounds of trash, according to Ken Johnson, cofounder of the Friends of Lake Whitehall and the organizer of the cleanup.

But a few volunteers spent a little more time in the water than expected, he said, when they found a leather couch in about four feet of water, which had to be towed out by rowboat. “We had to wear wetsuits,” said Johnson.

“It was quite a daunting task.” This was the fourth cleanup in two years. Taken all together the cleanups have netted more than 13,000 pounds of trash taken from the lake.

This year, volunteers also retrieved tires and wheels, bedsprings, and a big concrete block. But “a couch is really over the top,” said Johnson.

-–Lisa Kocian


(Hauling in the catch)

Kozak not in the running for town manager

Posted October 20, 2006 05:33 PM


Long-time executive secretary Ted Kozak is not among the three finalists for the new town manager position.

The town approved a new charter in May, establishing the new position, which has more authority than an executive secretary's position.

Selectman Ron Clark, argued unsuccessfully that Kozak should have been included among the finalists.

“I think it was an incorrect decision to leave him off the finalist slate -- it was the fair and decent and smart thing to do after he’s got a proven track record for 17 years for essentially the same job,” said Clark. Kozak did not immediately return a call for comment.

-– Lisa Kocian

EMC layoffs

Posted October 18, 2006 09:06 AM


William Teuber, the vice chairman of Hopkinton-based EMC Corp., says he doesn't know how many jobs will be cut in Massachusetts because layoff plans haven't yet been finalized.

The company announced yesterday it will cut 1,250 jobs worldwide. The company has nearly 31,000 employees worldwide and 8,700 in Massachusetts.

Teuber says the layoffs will help the company get the maximum benefit from its aggressive acquisition strategy, the Globe's Business section reports today.

EMC has bought 21 companies over the past three years. Teuber said that has inevitably led to redundant positions.

EMC to cut 1,250 jobs

Posted October 17, 2006 05:49 PM


EMC Corp. is cutting its work force by 1,250 jobs after a flurry of recent acquisitions -- a 4 percent reduction the data storage provider announced as it reported its third-quarter profit fell by a third from results that included a one-time tax benefit a year ago.

Although EMC's profit narrowly beat Wall Street expectations, the company's shares closed down 1 percent as the broader technology market retreated Tuesday on Wall Street amid unfavorable economic data.

Hopkinton-based EMC said net income for the July-September period was $283.7 million, or 13 cents per share. That compared with a profit of $422 million, or 17 cents per share, a year ago.

Revenue rose 19 percent to $2.82 billion from $2.37 billion a year ago.

The year-to-year profit comparison was clouded by a $106 million tax-related benefit that EMC enjoyed in the year-ago quarter, and EMC's move this year to begin counting employee stock options against earnings.

EMC's 13 cents-per-share profit in the most recent quarter beat the consensus estimate of analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial by a penny a share.

EMC said it will eliminate 1,250 jobs from its 31,000-person work force by the end of next year following 21 acquisitions over three years. The flurry of buying has cost EMC $7 billion, but helped move the company beyond its core storage hardware business into faster-growing data storage software and services.

-- AP

Time out for parents

Posted October 10, 2006 05:36 PM


Give it a rest, Paul.

That’s the message parent Paul Dietz says he is getting from the Hopkinton School Committee, which last week voted to change its rules on public comment at its meetings.

Dietz says that he is being targeted because he regularly attends meetings and regularly brings up topics that some members don’t want to hear about.

The father of three says he is more concerned now that the change will limit other residents from participating in their children’s education.

School Committee Chairwoman Rebecca Robak says the change, which limits comments to the beginning of regular meetings and asks any resident to notify the board 48 hours in advance of their intention to speak, is only meant to keep meetings running efficiently.

The all-volunteer committee is hoping to keep meetings to two hours instead of letting them run to four, which they have in the past. “We’re not by any means trying to curtail public comment,” says Robak, who also encourages residents to contact members by phone or email.

-– Lisa Kocian

Hounds seek homes

Posted September 27, 2006 07:56 AM


Four tracks will soon be closing for the season and Greyhound Friends is trying to find places for the retiring pooches.

This weekend, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 12 to 5 p.m., the group will hold its annual Open House and Reunion at the Friends’ kennel grounds, 167 Saddle Hill Road in Hopkinton.

The event is for greyhound owners and prospective owners and will feature an exhibit of greyhound paintings, dog massage, pet photography and the “Not Quite Westminster Dog Show,” according to a news release.

There will also be food available, raffles, and a silent auction. The group also promises a place for doggie "frolicking," so be prepared for cuteness overload.

-– Lisa Kocian

It's tough getting in

Posted September 24, 2006 11:01 AM


Bob Primmer, who works in marketing at EMC in Hopkinton, says he's worried about getting his kids into college, which is now a much tougher process than when he was in high school.

Primmer, who was interviewed for a story today on CBS News Sunday morning, took advantage of College Coach counseling, a perk offered by his company.

He says he's learned that: "It really is a lot more competitive than I anticipated it being."

Public's help sought in hit-run fatal

Posted September 18, 2006 03:27 PM


State Police asked today for the public's help finding the vehicle and driver who struck and killed a 25-year-old Newton man as he tried to cross Interstate 495 near Hopkinton early Saturday.

Michael B. MacDonald was a passenger in a vehicle that pulled into the southbound breakdown lane of I-495 south of Route 90. MacDonald got out of the vehicle and was struck about 4:35 a.m. Saturday by an unknown vehicle that did not stop. He was rushed to Milford Regional Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or who has information is urged to contact the State Police barracks in Grafton at 508-839-4423.

-- Sarah Kneezle

Newton man killed in Hopkinton hit-and-run

Posted September 17, 2006 09:53 AM


A 25-year-old Newton man was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Interstate 495 early yesterday.

Michael B. MacDonald was a passenger in a southbound car that pulled over into the breakdown lane. He exited the car and was struck at 4:35 a.m. as he tried to cross the highway, State Police said.

MacDonald was transported to Milford Regional Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, State Police said. The driver of the vehicle that struck him did not stop, State Police said.

-- Globe City & Region staff

The derby is coming to town!

Posted September 17, 2006 09:49 AM


Soap Box Derby racing is coming to town, the downtown to be precise, on Sept. 30.

Bob Barnes, who is in the middle generation of three in his family to race, successfully lobbied selectmen and the police chief to hold races on Church Street.

The gravity-powered races are done in cars made from kits, in the modern day version of a tradition that dates back to the 1930s, when kids would throw together whatever scraps they could find to make a car.

The races, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will coincide with the Hopkinton Polyarts Festival. Barnes said he is expecting 40 to 60 racers.

-– Lisa Kocian

EMC to purchase RSA

Posted September 15, 2006 01:18 PM


A major acquisition by a Globe West company is nearing completion.

RSA Security Inc., a provider of security software and hardware for networks, said today that its shareholders approved the company's $2.1 billion takeover by Hopkinton-based data-storage equipment provider EMC Corp.

The acquisition is expected to be complete within two business days. In late June, EMC Corp. said it would acquire RSA for $28 per share.

EMC began amassing companies three years ago to speed its shift from primarily a data-storage hardware vendor to being a multifaceted information manager. Including the RSA deal, which is the largest so far, EMC has spent $7 billion over the past three years on acquisitions.

Based in Bedford, Mass., RSA Security has roughly 220 employees and posted 2005 net income of $42.4 million on revenue of $310.1 million. EMC, with 500 workers, reported 2005 profit of $1.13 billion on sales of $9.66 billion.

-- AP

EMC's business in China scrutinized

Posted September 11, 2006 07:04 PM


Hopkinton-based data storage giant EMC Corp.'s activities are under the microscope in a Business Week article, which reports that EMC and other American companies are selling information technology to China's police.

The magazine says that the companies say they have no obligation or ability to determine whether Chinese security forces use their technology for political oppression. One American company executive also told the magazine that anything that helps China to modernize will help China to improve its human rights situation.

An award for Egan, amid commotion

Posted September 9, 2006 10:24 AM


Richard J. Egan, founder of Hopkinton-based EMC Corp. received a public service award yesterday at the Harvard Club in Boston. But the focus of the day was on the man who gave it to him, Vice President Dick Cheney.

The Globe reports today that Cheney was avoided in public by the state's top Republicans but he was welcomed by well-heeled GOP donors -- as well as impassioned protesters and nightmarish traffic.

Got a headache?

Posted September 6, 2006 06:44 PM


Got a headache? Wall Street gave Michael Alfano one.

... One year on Wall Street was all Michael Alfano(cq) of Hopkinton could take. So the freshman stockbroker traded his suits for a backpack, stuck out his thumb, and hitched across America to find his new self. By the time he hit Utah, he had a new plan.

"I decided right then and there that I was going to be a full-time sculptor, and that was without having had any art classes under my belt at all," he said. "Most people start out in art and then discover they can't make any money at it and go into finance or whatever pays better. I pretty much decided to do the opposite." ...

Read more of Denise Taylor's story in tomorrow's Globe West.


(A hydrostone sculpture by Michael Alfano)

EMC and irrelevance

Posted August 28, 2006 08:53 AM


For years the cost of disk space has plummeted, pressuring profits at data storage giant EMC Corp. of Hopkinton.

That's one of the factors that has been threatening EMC with irrelevance, according to the AP, which takes an in-depth look at the company today.

EMC's response: expansion. It has spent $7 billion buying companies and assets in the past three years, topped by this summer's $2.1 billion deal for RSA Security Inc.

Dick Cheney comes to Boston

Posted August 25, 2006 12:15 PM


Mitt Romney might put it this way: another cattle rancher is coming to town. The state GOP announced yesterday that Vice President Dick Cheney will headline an event on Sept. 8 in Boston.

The reception will honor former Ambassador Dick Egan, founder of Hopkinton-based EMC Corp.

“We are excited to have the Vice President join us next month as we recognize Ambassador Egan for his years of service to Massachusetts and to our country,” Darrell Crate, Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party, said in a statement. “Vice President Cheney has been at President Bush’s side leading America through the challenges we have faced over the past six years and we are honored to have him join us for this special event,” said Crate.

Egan, founder of EMC and native of Dorchester, was ambassador to Ireland from 2001 to 2003.

-- Globe Political Desk

Open the Window, Mac

Posted August 8, 2006 09:01 AM


A subsidiary of Hopkinton-based data storage giant EMC Corp. has unveiled software that lets Macintosh machines run Microsoft Corp.'s Windows software side-by-side with Mac programs, Globe technology writer Hiawatha Bray reports in today's Business section.

VMware Inc., of Palo Alto, Calif., is demonstrating the software at Apple's annual developers conference in San Francisco.

VMware hasn't given the product a name, or decided on a price. But it plans to offer a beta version, available for downloading from the Internet, before year's end.

Calling all dreamers

Posted August 2, 2006 07:26 AM


Three friends started a theater group in high school way back in 1982, which was quite a feat for the ambitious teenagers.

What's amazing is the way they have kept it going.

Enter Stage Left is thriving and just this summer moved into its own space at 30 Main St.

The three friends -- who all moved away from town, went to college, launched careers and then returned -- host smaller performances in their new digs as well as classes for kids.

Check out their story in tomorrow's Globe West.

-- Lisa Kocian

EMC under fire

Posted July 27, 2006 08:54 AM


Rivals of Hopkinton data storage giant EMC Corp. say they're aggressively going after the company's business, the Globe's Business section's reports today.

But EMC officials insist they're still leading the pack.

"We are either number one in every major market we serve, or the fastest growing in every major market we serve," said Mark Lewis, EMC's chief development officer.

For other business news this morning, including earnings from Natick-based Boston Scientific and Waltham-based Raytheon, check out the Globe Business section breaking news blog.

Teaching the teachers

Posted July 20, 2006 09:42 AM


An unusual math class last week in Hopkinton. Teachers were teaching teachers, the Christian Science Monitor reports today.

The US Department of Education sponsored the classes, which were hosted at EMC Corp. Fourteen such free free workshops this summer are part of the Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative in which teachers get practical ideas from their peers whose methods have proven effective.

The department is hoping to improve the quality of instruction.

EMC skepticism

Posted July 4, 2006 10:52 AM


Some stockholders are worried that Hopkinton-based EMC Corp.'s remarkable earnings growth may be beginning to slow. They're also wondering about EMC's acquisition of RSA Security Inc.

The Globe's Steven Syre says in his Boston Capital column today that RSA was a very expensive acquisitionm, but EMC executives believe it will give them a competitive edge. Syre predicts EMC shares won't go far, though, until the company shows some results.

EMC on the move

Posted June 29, 2006 04:11 PM


Hopkinton data-storage giant EMC Corp. agreed to purchase RSA Security Inc. of Bedford for $2.1 billion, bolstering efforts by EMC and other data-storage firms to reassure clients that their information is safe.

EMC and other storage firms are trying to address worries over the insecurity of vast corporate and government databases, crammed with sensitive data about millions of people.

"Increasingly, they're seeing customers say, we want more security and we want it integrated into the products we're already purchasing from you," said Allen Kranz, an analyst at Technology Business Research, Inc. in Hampton, N.

Check out the business department's breaking news blog for more details on the story.

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