If you ever travel though the center of Hopedale, you've probably seen Arlene and Joe Blackmore walking B.E.E.J. (Beejay) They live on Union Street and make the trip around Dutcher and Hopedale streets many times a day.

   Dr Steven Janko operates the only dentist office in Hopedale. He's been at the medical building next the the library since April 1, 1986. Here he is, with the rest of the gang - from left, Brenda Poirier, Susan Maconochie, Geri Morazzini, Dr. Janko, Judy Rice and Connie Cerda. Click on the picture to see what the block where the building is looked like years ago.

   In a daring daylight robbery, within sight of the police station, the thief, identified only as Raggedy Ann, dives into the clothing donation conatainer on Depot Street, possibly looking for a new Easter outfit.

   Work is continuing in setting up the Little Red Shop as a Hopedale museum. The pictures at the top are of Hopedale men killed during World War I. On the right are the fifteen killed during World War II. In the background, Larry Macomber can be seen making another trip up to one of the beams, where he has been hanging the old cast iron street signs.

   Town Park - April 7.

   Today (April 8) was Community Reading Day. I read to Mrs. Rossi's third grade, shown above. They are a great group. After I read a book to them, they had lots of good questions on Hopedale history.

   West side of Drapers, taken from the railroad tracks - April 9.

   The Griffin-Dennett Apartments, viewed from an area cleared as part of the G&U Railroad project.

   Some months ago I heard that, although the G&U Railroad was being upgraded so that it could resume running between Hopedale and Grafton, it wouldn't be going toward Milford in the near future. However, some of the workers have told me recently that they are heading that way, and there are other signs of that, including the stakes near the tracks by Route 16, shown in the picture above.

   This plaque in the cupola in the park at the corner of Adin and Mendon streets explains the origin of the cupola and how it came to be at its present location.

   If you've been by the Red Shop recently, you may have noticed that we now have a light over the front door. It was donated by Jim Shimkus and installed by Greg Giroux.

   All together now...

highway barn and Little White Market in the foreground, with a bit of Cemetery and Hope streets in the background.

   Parklands brook near Dutcher Street - April 25.

   The Statue of Hope, almost ready for summer - April 25.

  Town Park - April 29.

   Natural bridge???   Hopedale Pond

Hopedale in April 2009

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