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Entwistle Cries in Court


June 12, 2008 — While watching crime scene video of the bodies of his wife and child, Neil Entwistle, accused of killing them, broke down in the courtroom in a scene that astounded observers. He appears at first to smile broadly, and then tears can be seen streaming down his face. He covered his mouth most of the time, and averted his eyes some of the time in the video, which is below.

      Forensic experts as well as a Human Resources professional from a Marlborough high-tech firm, who had several contacts with Mr. Entwistle, testified today.

     Outside the courtroom, defense attorney Stephanie Page lashed out at the press for saying he was laughing.

      "There's no way that Neil would be laughing. He's grieving," she said.

      "You know he wasn't laughing. You have a responsibility," she said to the press.

      "It's not worth a cheap headline..."  


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Crosswalk Rules Made Simple

June 12, 2008 — Eric Montville demonstrates walking in the crosswalk at a point that is ten feet from the center line, the point at which a driver in the approaching lane is required to stop by law. The point is painted on the pavement and demonstrated graphically by the large red arrows. The As a result of discussion on Town Talk concerning crosswalk safety, Hopkinton Police Lt. Richard Flannery has sent an email helping define the law and quote the law.

From Lt. Flannery:

Why are there orange lines painted on the crosswalks at Main St and Church St and at Main St and Hayden Rowe St.?

The Hopkinton DPW at the request of the Hopkinton Police installed two orange lines on each of these crosswalks on Tuesday June 3, 2008. These lines indicate 10 feet from the center of each travel lane.

They have been installed to assist the Hopkinton Police in determining crosswalk violations and to help educate the public in what a crosswalk violation is.

It is widely believed that that it is a violation if a vehicle does not stop in either direction whenever a pedestrian is in a crosswalk. This is not true; Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 89 Section 11 defines what constitutes a crosswalk violation.

Chapter 89 Section 11 states;
When traffic control signals are not in place or not in operation the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right of way, slowing down or stopping if need be so to yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk marked in accordance with standards established by the department of highways if the pedestrian is on that half of the traveled part of the way on which the vehicle is traveling or if the pedestrian approaches from the opposite half of the traveled part of the way to within 10 feet of that half of the traveled part of the way on which said vehicle is traveling.

No driver of a vehicle shall pass any other vehicle which has stopped at a marked crosswalk to permit a pedestrian to cross, nor shall any such operator enter a marked crosswalk while a pedestrian is crossing or until there is a sufficient space beyond the crosswalk to accommodate the vehicle he is operating, notwithstanding that a traffic control signal may indicate that vehicles may proceed.
Whoever violates any provision of this section shall be punished by a fine of not more than $200

While the Hopkinton Police would like to see and urge everyone to stop anytime there is someone in a crosswalk, in many cases it would be permissible for a vehicle to proceed when a pedestrian is in a crosswalk, for example;

1. An operator of a vehicle would not be in violation if it passed over a crosswalk while a pedestrian is in it if the pedestrian was in the opposite lane moving away from the center of the lane.

2. An operator of a vehicle would not be in violation if it passed over a crosswalk while a pedestrian is in it if the pedestrian is in the opposite lane of travel walking towards the center of the roadway and is more than 10 feet from the center of the roadway.

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John T. Fahey, 77, died Wednesday, June 11, 2008 surrounded by family and friends.  He was the husband of Jacquelyne (Mantell) Fahey, to whom he was married for 52 years. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late John W. and Florence (Kenney) Fahey.


He was a 1949 graduate of Ashland High School and a U.S. Naval veteran  He was a member of the Ashland Knights of Columbus,VFW and Lion's Club. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters Pamela Lentoni and her husband Gregg, Theresa Schofield and her husband Berton and Kathleen McIntyre and her husband Thomas, all of Hopkinton. Arrangements Complete


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 Neil Entwistle on Trail for Murder


Sgt. Sutton Testifies to Discovering Bodies


by Robert Falcione

June 11, 2008 — The murder trial of Neil Entwistle, accused of shooting to death his wife and baby, resumed today in Superior Court. Hopkinton Police Sgt. Michael Sutton took the stand as a witness for the prosecution. The courtroom was also shown was what described as the murder weapon that Neil Entwistle allegedly used in January of 2006.

       Sgt. Sutton, a police officer for 22 years and Shift Supervisor that evening, gave basically the same account as Patrolman Aaron O'Neil did yesterday, when both policemen entered the home using a Blockbuster card, to do a well being check at the request of friends and family. They heard music and found lights on, but found no one at home on that day. However, the next day, Sgt. Sutton and Det. Van Raalten entered the home by using the code to the garage keypad obtained from a neighbor..

       Sgt. Sutton was questioned about that day, and said he smelled an odor, which he mentioned to Det. Van Raalten. They followed the odor, which became stronger on the first floor. He said the odor was not present the day before.

       "Everything appeared exactly the way I left it," said Sgt. Sutton under questioning. "We continued up to the second floor, basically following the odor," he said.

        Both police officers entered the upstairs bedroom.

       Sgt. Sutton said he pulled up the end of a bed covering and saw what he believed to be a adult foot. He put the covering back exactly where it had been, he said, and called out to Det. Van Raalten.

       He said he then went to another edge of the covering and lifted it to see a baby's face, and a woman's near it. He put the covering back, and then he and Det. Van Raalten left the room without touching anything else in the room, and searched the rest of the home, inside and out, for a third victim.

      Prosecutor Michael Fabbri gave the floor to defense attorney Eliot Weinstein, who cross examined the witness.

     "You learned things aren't always the way they first appear to be," asked Mr. Weinstein.

     Sgt. Sutton answered affirmatively.

     "You were going to find out if there was anyone in the house, as long as you didn't have to break in."    

     "At that point in time, yes," answered Sgt. Sutton.

     "But you did break in," asserted Mr. Weinstein.

     "It depends upon what you mean by 'break in,' sir," said Sgt. Sutton.

     Mr. Weinstein asked if he had permission, and Sgt. Sutton replied that it depended upon the definition. When Mr. Weinstein continued his questioning, Mr. Fabbri objected and the objection was sustained.

      "Your purpose was to do a thorough search," said Mr. Weinstein, apparently trying to trip up Sgt. Sutton, who replied he was only doing a walk-through, and not a thorough search.

      "You know, and it's clear, you didn't do a thorough job," Mr. Weinstein said, to which the prosecutor's objection was sustained, and Sgt. Sutton did not get to answer the loaded question.

       Mr. Weinstein continued to grill Sgt. Sutton about the welfare of Rachel's friends and their  whereabouts overnight. He also questioned if Sgt. Sutton called the Entwistle family to inquire of Neil's whereabouts.

       Sgt. Sutton answered that someone else did so.

       The trial resumes on Thursday.  


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Regarding Hazardous Waste Collection Day, June 9, 2008


Hopkinton Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day saw an overwhelming turnout Saturday June 7th. More cars went through the ever before and more material was collected than ever before. To meet the contracted time schedule and to prevent unreasonably exceeding the Hazardous Waste Collection budget, we had to close the line of cars waiting to come into the Highway Garage from Wood Street one hour early. As it was, the last car to go through was after the 1 PM deadline. To those that were turned away I apologize. We hold the event every year on the first Saturday in June and have never experienced the volume of cars and hazardous waste we did last Saturday.

J.T. Gaucher, P.E., Director
Department of Public Works

HOPKINTON - John T. Fahey, 77, died Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at Metrowest Medical Center, Natick.  Funeral arrangements, under the direction of the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, are incomplete at this time.

HEF Thanks Supporters


On behalf of The Hopkinton Education Foundation, I would like to thank our community for their enthusiasm and generosity toward our inaugural Golf Ball Drop fundraising event. Sponsored by RE/MAX Executive Realty, the “Drop” was a huge success bringing in $6500 that will be used toward funding the next cycle of educational grant awards to the Hopkinton Public Schools.

Congratulations go to our grand prize winner, Anand Singla of Hopkinton. His ball, lucky number 697, was the only one to land in the hole. The consolation prize for the ball that landed the furthest from the “pin” was awarded to Christina Mastrogianis, also of Hopkinton. FULL LETTER

Flotsam and Jetsam

June 11, 2008 — After a wild windstorm, it is normal to see floating, bobbing twigs and branches in the water — until one of them turns to look at you. Taken today at the Hopkinton Reservoir.

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Fly Me to the Moon...

June 11, 2008 — The airplane in the photo never did make it to the Moon, but flew right by today in Hopkinton.

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Ed Mills Campaign Kickoff Party 

Above is the video we promised last night (We had technical difficulties) of the campaign kickoff party for Ed Mills. Page down for story and picture.

Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce 2008 Citizens of the Year

June 11, 2008 — The Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Sharon Lisnow and Mary McQweeney have been selected as the recipients of the Chamber’s “Citizen of the Year” Award for 2008.

     Chamber President Scott Richardson points to Sharon and Mary’s commitment not only to their professional calling but also to the community as the reason for their unanimous selection. “ From the moment that Sharon and Mary selected Hopkinton as the location for the Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center they have worked tirelessly to build a home away from home for children and adults with disabilities”, according to Richardson. “They accomplished the task while becoming valued and respected members of our community and the Chamber of Commerce is pleased to recognize their many vital and humanitarian contributions”, he added.

     The “Citizen of the Year” award was established by the Chamber to recognize individuals who have unselfishly contributed to the general well being of Hopkinton. Past recipients include: Bob and Jackie Lavoie, Penny Manchester, Fred Dickerman, John Hinckley, Mary B. Nealon, Angelo Colella, Louise Donahue, Peter Markarian, Ambassador Richard Egan, Marie Eldridge, Dick Gooding, Maureen Dwinnell, Paul Phipps, and Mike Scanlon.

     The award will be presented at a dinner catered by Café Italiano on June 24, 2008 at the First Congregational Church, East Main Street in Hopkinton. The event will begin with the reception at 6:30 pm with dinner being served at 7 pm with program to follow.

     Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased at the Hopkinton Branch of the Middlesex Savings Bank or by e-mailing the Chamber at

Aftermath of Storm

June 11, 2008 — This tree broke into three parts after crashing through the bedroom roof of a Whitehall Lane home seconds after the couple, awakened by the accompanying wind, had left their bed and avoided injury during last night's wind storm.

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Damaging Storm

June 11, 2008 — Above, a high power wire snakes and sparks fly on the Lake Whitehall forest floor as a result of high winds on Tuesday evening. Firefighters, whose ranks were all over the town, can be seen on the right in silhouette. The previous shift of Police were called back to work, extra firefighters were called in, and the DPW came out to work to remove trees in the roadways all over the town after the storm that some identified with winds at 70 m.p.h.

Photo by DPW Board member Kevin Kohrt in his capacity of the guy who lives across the street from the scene.

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Hopkinton Resident Kicks Off Campaign

Ed Mills to run for State Representative

Above, Jarrett Barrios with cadidate and member of the Board of Assessors, Ed Mills.

June 11, 2008 — Today, Hopkinton resident Ed Mills, Chairman of the Hopkinton Town Democratic Committee and member of the Hopkinton Board of Assessors, officially announced his candidacy for State Representative for the seat being vacated by Paul Loscocco today, at a get together at Carbone's Restaurant.

      A couple of dozen friends and family, as well as some well known political figures stopped by to offer support, some on their way to the Red Sox game. Worcester Sheriff, Guy Glodis, as well as Robert Jubinville, candidate for Governor's Council and Jarrett Barrios, current President of Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation and former state senator attended the catered event.

      Mr. Mills joins fellow Democrat, Carolyn Dykema of Holliston and Republican challenger, Dan Haley, also of Holliston in the race for the seat.

To see a video of the affair please check back on Wednesday. 

Severe Weather

Above, a tree fell across Hayden Rowe Street from wind near the entrance to EMC Park. One home in Woodville had a tree crash through it, downing live power lines with it.

June 11, 2008 — Severe weather hit Hopkinton late Tuesday evening as apparent microbursts dropped trees and limbs all over town, and sent barrels and signs flying across roadways, as some downed power lines caught fire, and State Police warned of possible tornados. More severe weather was anticipated by 1:00 a.m., but did not materialize.

 Neil Entwistle on Trail for Murder


Three Hopkinton Witnesses Testify


June  10, 2008 — Hopkinton Police Officer Aaron O'Neil testified today in the murder trial of Neil Entwistle, who stands accused of shooting his wife, Rachel, 27, and nine-month old baby daughter Lillian Rose.

      Under cross examination by defense attorney Eliot Weinstein, Officer O'Neil detailed the entry into the Entwistle's rented Cub's Path made by him and Sgt. Michael Sutton — with a Blockbuster card.

      "You made the decision to get past the lock," said Attorney Weinstein, who added sarcastically that it was the method of choice for law enforcement, because of its soft plastic composition.

       Officer O'Neil testified to his walk-through of the house, and the fact that he looked at a digital camera to see the date stamp, but he was not asked why it was important to him.

       He said that friends of the Entwistle's who were at the scene asked to take the penned up dog for a walk. They were allowed to do that, said Officer O'Neil, but were denied their request to take the dog with them, off of the property.

       The owner of the home at that time, Kim Puig (photo, right), testified that she rented the home on a short-term, three-month lease to Neil and Rachel Entwistle for $2,700 per month, and received a check for $8,100.

       Under questioning by defense attorney Stephanie Page, Mrs. Puig, who owned the house with her husband David, and eventually sold it on October 16, 2007 for $480,000, refused to agree, even under very persistent questioning, that she had removed Neil Entwistle's unpacked belongings from the home. She agreed that she did not return the security deposit, and had begun eviction proceedings after he said he would abandon the property.

        When asked why she started eviction proceedings, she said it was because she didn't have anything in writing.    

     Hopkinton resident Pam Jackson (photo, left), whose business, Hometown Hospitality,  is similar to the more familiar Welcome Wagon, testified that she met with Neil and Rachel Entwistle, and that they were, "Loving, adorable, engaged — just a loving family."

      She said Neil Entwistle told her that he was self-employed in the insurance business. She stood by that damaging statement even after being asked by Attorney Stephanie Page if Neil Entwistle ever mentioned the computer business, a claim he made to most every other witness.

       Neil Entwistle's mother temporarily left the courtroom in tears after Mrs. Jackson's testimony.

      The court also heard testimony from experts about video captured at Logan Airport, parking records and from a bank fraud investigator.

      The judge reminded the courtroom that tomorrow, Wednesday, will be an abbreviated session, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

NOTE: For people with time on their hands, who want to see the whole video, and nothing but the video, without talking heads and opinions, visit the Channel 7 7  website, where they have had a live feed from both cameras, so far, during the entire trial.

Honda vs. Honda

June 10, 2008 — Emergency personnel respond to the t-boning of the Honda in the foreground — which ended up against a tree on the Common at Park and Hayden Rowe Streets — by the Honda in the background. The first Honda, according to police, was turning left onto Park Street when it got hit by the blue vehicle, which was traveling north on Hayden Rowe Street.

      Firefighters responded and examined the occupants, one of which was a child in the car in the foreground. It is believed they all refused treatment.

Sky Eye 7

June 10, 2008 — Sky-Eye 7 is captured against some tall clouds today by Ground-Eye HopNews, while flying over Hopkinton.

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Check out the HopNews Calendar for Events Every Day

June 13,14  Due to popular demand, ESL will presenting encore performances of it USO Tribute Show on June 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hopkinton Senior Center.  This show of lively music and dancing recreates a USO Show and features the likes of Bob Hope, The Andrew Sisters, W.C. Fields and May West.   Participants will once again have the opportunity to travel back in time to enjoy classics songs such as I”ll Be Seeing You” and “Don’t Sit Under the Appletree” and then boogie down with the 15-piece swing band following the show. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students.  A portion of the proceeds for the USO Tribute Show will go to the Hopkinton Senior Center Scholarship fund.  The Hopkinton Senior Center is located at  28 Mayhew Street in Hopkinton. Enter Stage Left Theater, Inc. is a non-profit, performing arts center in Hopkinton offering theater education, training and performances for students of all ages.    For more information call 508-435-2114 or visit


June 14 Cub Scout Pack 26 Family Picnic and Geocaching event 10:00 am @ Hopkinton State Park. meet at the parking lot near the swimming pond below the reservoir – keep making left turns from the main entrance on Rte. 85). ALL CUB SCOUT AGED BOYS (6-11) AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE WELCOME. Interested in seeing how much fun Cub Scouts can be? Please be our guest on Saturday, June 14, 2008 at Hopkinton State Park. Entry to the park(, food, and fun are on us. What is Geocaching? Glad you asked. Geocaching is a hike through the woods combined with a treasure hunt. Participants will be split into teams, each lead by at least one adult leader (parents can participate too!). Each group will have a “GPS” (global positioning system) and the coordinates of several “caches” or containers hidden in the park holding small “treasures” for everyone. The GPS can get you close to where the caches are, but you will need a keen eye to actually find them! What is a Picnic? Hopefully you already know! Hot dogs, hamburgers, fun and games! Please RSVP and direct any questions to Kurt Fliegauf at or 508-435-3472.


June 15 The Community Covenant Church of Hopkinton invites you to a Strawberry Shortcake Social on Sunday afternoon, June 15th from 3:00 – 5:00 PM on the lawn of the church located at the corners of West Main and West Elm Streets. The event will feature homemade strawberry shortcake with whipped cream for $4 a serving. Members of the summer mission team will serve guests, and funds raised will go directly to the Boston Project Mission. In the event of rain, the social will be held indoors. For more information, please contact the church at 508.435.3723. We look forward to you joining us for a delicious dessert.

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Area Delegates to State Democratic Convention

From left, Sen. Karen Spilka, Ed Mills (HDTC chair & candidate for state rep), Katie Duggan (Hopkinton Youth Delegate), Chelsey Lyman (Hopkinton Youth Delegate), (unknown person), Vicky Zeamer (Holliston Youth Delegate), & Carolyn Dykema (Holliston Planning Board chair & candidate for state rep), who attended the Democratic State Convention in Lowell on Saturday.

HLL's Day At EMC Park


Hopkinton Little League players and families enjoyed music from radio station WROR, pizza from Bill's Pizza and free samples from Stoneyfield Yoghurt company at Saturday's "Day at EMC Park," despite the warm and humid temperatures on Saturday.  All of the town's fields were in constant use with softball and baseball games being played all day and into the evening with kids of all ages.

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Planning Board Reorganizes, Approves Legacy OSMUD Regulations

John Coolidge asks for resignation of member Evan Ballantyne

by Robert Falcione

June 9, 2008 — After some discussion, the Planning Board approved a set of OSMUD District Regulations to define the permitting process and fee guidelines for Boulder Capital's 940-residential unit, 450,000 ft2 project in East Hopkinton called Legacy Farms.

      "Add twenty percent," said Boulder President, Roy S. MacDowell, Jr., referring to the permit fees, answering a complaint that they were too low.

      One bone of contention was a sentence in the "Purpose" section of the document that states:

      "It is also intended that it not be a separately distinct section of the community, but integrated into the Town of Hopkinton by design."

       Mr. MacDowell did not favor the first part of the sentence, and won agreement from several members of the board, who said that all developments had their own identity.

       However, he Board could not agree unanimously, and left the language in the document.

      The Board reorganized, after several members nominated other members for the Chairmanship, with Mark Abate continuing as Chair and Joe Markey as Vice-Chair.

       Member John Coolidge, who turned down a nomination for the Chairmanship Monday evening, asked for another member's resignation.

      "I'd like to see Evan [Board member Evan Ballantyne] resign," said Mr. Coolidge. "I'm trying to plan a vacation. It's putting the six voting members in a bind," he said. Members may not vote on a matter unless they have been at a number of hearings on the subject. Summertime is more difficult, with vacations and time off.

        "I'll call him again," said Mr. Abate.

        Member Sandy Altamura had also called for Mr. Ballantyne's resignation before the recent election. Both members have asked for Mr. Ballantyne's resignation because of his infrequent attendance at the meetings.

         The Board discussed the makeup of the fourteen-member Zoning Advisory Committee that it appoints. Mrs. Altamura suggested member Ron Roux can't be on it because he now lives out of town, she said.

        "The Chamber [of Commerce] should pick Hopkinton residents," she said. During the last session of ZAC, the Board discussed member Joe Strazzulla, who had moved to Milford, and decided that he could continue his term, and the Board would vote on policy after the election.

        The Board discussed whether or not people who do not live in Hopkinton should be appointed to ZAC. It is not a requirement that people appointed to Boards and Committees must live in the town they serve. However, elected officials must.

        Mrs. Altamura argued that people were saying, "Look what they did [on ZAC] — it was in their own interests all along."

        Mr. Markey said that people who live in Hopkinton have agendas also.

        Mr. Abate said, "Why don't we see who wants to apply, and then formulate policy?"

        It was answered with a chorus of "no!"

        As of this writing, it is unknown if the Board revisited the subject Monday evening.       

 Neil Entwistle on Trail for Murder

Rachel Entwistle's Stepfather Testifies

Entwistle "whimpering" on phone


by Robert Falcione

June 9, 2008 — Stepfather of murder victim Rachel Entwistle, Joseph Matterazzo, testified in the murder trial of Neil Entwistle in Middlesex Superior Court today. Entwistle is accused of killing his 27 year-old wife, Rachel, and their 9 month-old daughter, Lillian Rose, in January of 2006 in their rented Hopkinton home, which they had moved into ten days earlier.

     Mr. Matterazzo said he received a call from England from defendant Neil Entwistle after the murders.

      "His voice was very shaky," he told Assistant District Attorney, Michael Fabbri under direct examination. "A whimpering type."

     "He said, 'Hi, Joe. I don't know how things got like this.'"

      Mr. Matterazzo told of how Mr. Entwistle detailed his activities on the morning of finding the bodies. He fed baby Lillian and then went to Staples, but could not find Wal-Mart, and returned home at 11:00 a.m. on Friday. He cleaned the downstairs, and then went  upstairs to find Rachel and Lillian shot, he told Mr. Mattarazzo.

       "He said 'It was just a big mess,'" Mr. Matterazzo said. The police are expected to testify that there was very little blood at the scene.

       He said Entwistle told him he drove down to Matterazzo's house in Carver, Mass, and that, "He knew I had guns in the house, but he didn't have a key. He couldn't get in," he quoted Mr. Entwistle as saying. Mr. Matterazzo also testified that a set of keys to he gun locks went missing sometime in 2006. His wife testified on Friday that one set of keys was kept on a counter in the kitchen. Police have stated that a key to the Carver home, where the couple once lived, was found on Entwistle's key ring that was left in the vehicle he abandoned at Logan Airport. They accuse him of killing his wife and baby with a gun stolen from Matterazzo's home, and then returning it.

         He said Entwistle called his father from the airport to get a ticket.

        "He mentioned [on the phone] a couple of times about the fact that he knew I had guns in the house.

        "I asked him 'why did you care that I had guns in the house.'" However, Entwistle did not respond, he said.

        Mr. Matterazzo asked Neil Entwistle if he committed the murders, or if he knew who did, and Entwistle answered that he did not.   

       "He told me there was a lot of publicity, a lot of news people at his house and was concerned that everyone was pointing the finger at him," Mr. Matterazzo said.

       Under questioning by Mr. Fabbri, Mr. Matterazzo said that Neil Entwistle asked if Rachel and Lilly could be buried together.

       "'Because that the way I left them — I mean that's the way I found them,'" he quoted Neil Entwistle as saying.

       "And that's your best recollection of what he said?" asked Mr. Fabbri.

       "That's exactly what he said," answered Mr. Matterazzo.

       Other friends and family members testified about how they knew Rachel and Neil, and if they handled the weapons, and in some cases, when they went shooting.

        The trial resumes tomorrow, Tuesday, June 10, 2008. Photo from pool video.

All's Well

June 9, 2008 — Retired Hopkins School teacher Ellie Porter — she has returned as a substitute  — gives former student Joshua Perez, 14, a big hug at the graduation ceremonies on Friday.

Fire on 85

June 9, 2008 — Hopkinton Fire Department was the first to arrive this morning and find this ChemLawn truck fully engulfed, flames stretching across the road. Although located in Milford, the department put the fire down immediately upon arriving.

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Police News UP-TO-DATE  Today, June 9, 2008

5:20 pm A caller reported what sounded like a child screaming for help in the woods on Valentine Circle...


12:17 am Sgt. John Porter reported that several people were on the roof of the Middle School...


9:31 am A resident of Winter Street reported that a bicycle was stolen from his property...


6:05 pm A caller reported that an aggressive driver was cutting people off and crossing lanes on Hayden Rowe Street...

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for,  June 9, 2008






79 Ash Street Kurt F. Gallo & Suzanne W. Gallo $980,000 Jun. 06, 2008 Robert C. Macchi & Trina L. Macchi
1 Overlook Road Li Chen & Zongjie $1,122,000 Jun. 05, 2008 Scott R. Purdy & Patricia A. Purdy
84 Pine Island Road Piny Island Corp. $143,000 Jun. 04, 2008 Michael D. Glynn
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87 Saddle Hill Road Leonid Vernovsky $515,000 Jun. 02, 2008 WDW LLC
10 South Mill Street Andrew J. Simpson & Susan A. Stone $485,000 Jun. 02, 2008 Elizabeth M. Eidlitz
5 Linden Street Carolyn Ball $375,000 Jun. 02, 2008 Donna M. McCarthy & William H. McCarthy Jr.
12 Connelly Hill Road Mark A. Dacey & Allison M. Dacey $1,135,000 May 30, 2008 Connelly LLC
62 Wedgewood Drive Jeffrey B. Hopkins $875,000 May 30, 2008 Wedgewood Drive Realty Trust
8 Trevor Lane Jessica Hohn $535,000 May 29, 2008 Maillet & Sons LLC
21 Oliver Lane Michael W. Duffy & Pamela Ann Duffy $475,000 May 30, 2008 Mark A. Dacey, Allison M. Gilman & Allison M. Dacey
7 Wilson Street Tatyana S. Murashova $355,000 May 30, 2008 Wilson Street Realty Trust

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Accident on 495 South in Hopkinton

One child ejected 

Report from NECN above.


Serious Crash on Route 495 South in Hopkinton


June 9, 2008 — Today, at approximately 7:28 a.m., troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Millbury responded to a two-vehicle crash on Route 495 South prior to Route 85 (exit 20) in Hopkinton that resulted in five serious injuries.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Anthony Kurgan indicates that 37-year-old Ana C. Rosario of Providence, Rhode Island was operating a 2000 Honda Odyssey in the left travel lane of Route 495 South in Hopkinton when she lost control and struck a 2007 Toyota Sequoia that was traveling in the center lane. After the initial collision, the Honda rolled over to its right several times and came to rest in the breakdown lane.  The Toyota spun out after the collision and came to rest in the right travel lane.  The operator of the Toyota, 36-year-old Cristen K. Beard of Southborough, was not injured in the crash. 


Rosario and front seat passenger 65-year-old Alida Cruz-Valdez of Providence, Rhode Island, who were both wearing safety belts, were trapped inside the vehicle and subsequently extricated by Fire and Emergency Medical personnel.  One juvenile female passenger was ejected from the vehicle and sustained serious injuries.  A juvenile male passenger and a juvenile female passenger were removed from the Honda by passing motorists and sustained serious injuries. Rosario, Cruz-Valdez and one juvenile female passenger were transported in two medical helicopters to UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester A juvenile female passenger and a juvenile male passenger were transported by ambulance with serious injuries to Milford Hospital.


This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.  The Milford Fire Department, the Hopkinton Fire Department, the Ashland Fire Department and MassHighway assisted troopers at the scene. 


In order to afford a safe landing zone for the two medical helicopters, all lanes of Route 495 South were closed for approximately 30 minutes.  Additionally, due to the investigation and vehicle removal, the right lane of Route 495 South was closed for approximately 3 hours.

  HHS Alumni Notebook 


Hopkinton High School Grad Mark Lynch

On a career path with no end

by Teresa Franco


June 9, 2008 — Who would have thought ten years ago that Hopkinton native Mark Lynch, sporting a few extra pounds as a teenager in a family portrait, would become a prominent model, featured in ads for such well known companies such as Ralph Lauren and Reebok? But that is where he has landed six years after graduating Hopkinton High  School, and that is where he plans to stay.
     These days, Mark Lynch spends his days traveling between New York City, Boston and his home in Greenwich doing business for his modeling career; but he still stops by his hometown of Hopkinton for an occasional visit with his family.
    After graduating Hopkinton High in 2002, Lynch attended the University of Hartford, where he studied Advertising and Marketing, and became a video jockey for the Boston based channel XY-TV, a company that has since gone out of business. At the TV station a client of his hooked him up with a modeling agency. He began to do work for them his junior year in college.
     “I was balancing modeling and school at the same time, and it was difficult,” he said.
     Lynch has done a substantial amount of modeling work for numerous companies. His resume includes print for Reebok International/Roland Berry, underwear for Mossimo, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Puma Print just to name a few. He has done shows in Boston for Reiss and John Varvatos.
     “It’s really a lifestyle,” Lynch says of his career, “you have to eat right and exercise a lot. It’s really a 24 hour thing.”
     Lynch says he has encountered setbacks but he has learned the art of how to keep his job moving and liking what he’s doing at the same time.
     “It is something I just developed overtime to work toward,” he says. “It goes back to perseverance and working. Sometimes I won’t be able to book a job. But it’s definitely something I’ve gotten to love more and more.”
     Despite his success, there are drawbacks to living a busy life. Lynch says he often misses spending quality time with loved ones.
     “I don’t really have family out here in the city,” Lynch says. “One of the things I do miss spending time with friends and family back home. It’s really difficult to manage your time well.”
     Lynch doesn’t expect his career to end any time soon. Unlike female models, he says there really is no age limit for males.
“I think that obviously for guys it’s a different age group,” he says. “I’m 24, so for me, I can develop and develop there isn’t a period where it stops like there is for girls. I could really keep modeling for a long time.”
     He also says he would like to eventually dip his toes in acting. He does not have any formal experience in it but it has always been something he’s been interested in.
     In addition to his modeling, Lynch also manages an agency. He says managing is something he would be able to fall back on and continue if his modeling career ever dwindles. But for now, Lynch stays active with both jobs.
     “It pays the bills and keeps me on my feet,” he says.

Nature Imitates Art

June 8, 2008 — This gathering of swirling pollen at the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam is not entirely unlike a certain well known and popular painting by Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night, which he created thirteen months before his death.

Hopkinton Police vs. Special Olympics

June 9, 2008 — Two great teams pose for a photo before their yearly match up at new England Laborers Training Center ball field during Saturday's oppressive heat.

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Peppercorn Hill Conservation Area

June 9, 2008 — Inset is the apparent result of the work of the beaver who built the beaver lodge in the main photo. The location is the Peppercorn Hill Conservation Area, a 283 acre preserve that is accessible from many locations, including Crockett Road in Milford, from where the newly acquired Maspenock Dam is accessible.

     On a trip this weekend, this writer spotted a beaver dam and a beaver lodge, but  no beaver, downstream from the dam, as the water winds its way to Nipmuc Pond in Upton, and Drapers Mill in Hopedale.

     The resulting pond is ripe with freshly blooming yellow flowers upon lily pads, as well as the apparently prolific and unmistakable chewed tree stumps all along the shore.

      The pond is located in an electrical transmission easement, which is in the Peppercorn Conservation land, which is perhaps one reason the  beaver is allowed to stay. Beavers in populated areas get tarpped and euthanized, because they always upset land owned by someone, and cause flooding on roads. This could be a perfect habitat for them if they are allowed to stay. There was one previous dam that was removed and discarded by the pathway, apparently the work of a human.

      The area around the pond is like being in a zoo. Animals and birds make their springtime sounds from all directions. Butterflies and dragonflies are abundant and curious about visitors who happen by. One nasty looking tiny snake —+ one of two on the trail — fled from afoot the writer on the trail, but then stopped on the side, turned around and coiled. Wear boots.

      A short video of the pond, dam and lodge is below (Sounds on the video are a little too close to sounds in the movie Jurassic Park). The first one to match the eerie sounds with another link wins $25.00.


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June 9, 2008 — E.L. Harvey & Sons, Inc. of Westborough, MA received the EBEE EBC Award for Outstanding Innovative Environmental Technology Application sponsored by the Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC) at an awards ceremony held on June 5, 2008 at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, MA.  Accepting the award for E.L. Harvey and Sons was James Harvey, CEO of E.L. Harvey & Sons, Inc.
This award, established by resolution of the Board of Directors of the EBC on March 4, 2002, is presented to an organization that has developed a creative engineering technique, business practice, project management method, or human resource policy that has resulted in outstanding, distinct benefit to the environment.  E.L. Harvey & Sons was presented this award in recognition of outstanding innovative environmental technology application for the development of a processing facility to recycle construction and demolition materials.
"The environmental technology award is given each year to a leader in environmental innovation," said Stephen M. Richmond, an environmental lawyer with Beveridge & Diamond and a member of the Environmental Business Council of New England Board of Directors.  This year s recipient, E.L. Harvey & Sons, has designed and constructed a remarkable recycling facility using new European technology, the first such facility to be sited in the United States.  This investment is a great example of smart business leaders creating jobs and a bright future for all of us by driving the development of a green infrastructure in Massachusetts.
Philip Weinberg, Associate Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection stated that "This well-deserved award for technological innovation in the processing of mixed C&D waste for value-added reuse recognizes the most recent example of E.L. Harvey s long-standing commitment to expand recycling opportunities and create secondary material markets in the Commonwealth." Contributed Content.


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