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David Hamacher Wants YOUR Questions


Will host HopNews Roundtable, LIVE on HCAM-TV August 28 at 7:00 pm


August 14, 2008 — Hopkinton resident and former Elementary School Building Committee Chair, David Hamacher, has agreed to host a Candidates' Round Table on HCAM-TV LIVE at 7:00 p.m. on August 28, 2008 to be sponsored by HopNews. It will be between Democratic candidates, Hopkinton resident Ed Mills and Holliston resident Carolyn Dykema.


The two Democrats are facing off to decide in the September 16, 2008 primary election who will run against Republican Dan Haley, also a Holliston resident, for the 8th Middlesex seat being vacated by Paul Loscocco.


The setting will be less formal than Lincoln-Douglas type of debates, and the public is invited to suggest questions by sending them to Mr. Hamacher, a former HopNews reporter, at . Please do so soon, and include name, address, and phone number.


Audience members will not be allowed to ask questions during the TV show, but are welcome to come and offer their support with their presence.

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Old Time Baseball Game

St Peter's Field on Sherman St. in Cambridge

 Thursday August 21st at 7PM.

 Matt Collins of Hopkinton takes batting practice at Media Day this week for the Old Time Baseball Game to be played at St Peter's Field on Sherman St. in Cambridge on Thursday August 21st at 7PM. He is wearing a wool Red Sox 1939 replica uniform with Ted Williams' # 9 jersey. This 1939 throwback uniform celebrates the 100th anniversary of major league baseball. 1939 was also Ted Williams' rookie season when, as a 20 year old player new to facing big league pitching, he batted .326 and finished 4th in the American League MVP voting, Not a bad start for a skinny kid from San Diego just trying to make it to the "show."


August 14, 2008 — Each year since 1994, Steve Buckley, noted Red Sox beat writer for the Boston Herald and frequent on air contributor on WEEI sports radio AM 850, organizes young Boston based college baseball talent in a charity game he proudly calls "The Old Time Baseball Game". Each player from a Boston area school wears a replica uniform from an old time baseball team, many going back to the turn of the century. The boys are split into two teams and play a game in front of 1,000 fans, certainly the biggest crowd they've seen in their young careers.


At this year's Media Day, Lou Merloni, the 2008 guest celebrity player, wore a wool black 1901 Baltimore Orioles uniform. Lou's sure hoping the game is played in cool weather! Other famous uniforms on display will be from the Kansas City Monarchs, the Boston Braves, and even a few old time Yankee uniforms will be making an appearance. The Red Sox' own Johnny Pesky, as in prior years, is expected to be on the bench and coaching a team.


This year's event benefits the Todd Schwartz Foundation and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Todd was a  talented baseball player who passed away as a young man just a few years ago. His parents are dedicated to raising money to help others in the fight to help find a cure for cancer.


If it's late August and you still need more baseball in your life, then you are a real fan of the game. Travel to the Old Time Baseball Game at St Peter's Field on Sherman St in Cambridge for a 7PM start on Thursday, August 21st (rain date, Friday August 22nd, 7PM). For more game information or to make a donation, please go to


You'll be helping a great cause and seeing tomorrow's stars play some quality baseball.

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WMRC Gives away Tickets

Ed Thompson, News Director of WMRC Radio 1490 AM, has given HopNews over three dozen tickets to the PawSox vs. Syracuse Chiefs on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 @ 7:05 pm. Just send an email HopNews, `, to arrange to pick them up. First come, first serve.

Dave McGillivray Visits Hopkinton

Expects to be in Fenway at 6:40 p.m. tonight


August 14, 2008 — The story is below, but to hear it in Dave's own words, check the video above.

Happy Birthday, Dave

Dave McGillivray, BAA Boston marathon Race Director recreates historic run for Jimmy Fund

August 14, 2008 — Dave McGillivray, red shirt, Race Director of the BAA Boston Marathon, arrives across the Start line from Boston this morning shortly before 10:00 a.m. on a 54-mile run celebrating his 54th birthday on August 22, the 30th Anniversary of his run across the country in 1978. He will recreate his run around Fenway this afternoon, after running there from Hopkinton; all to benefit the Jimmy Fund. Mr. McGillivray's goal is $34,521, $10 for every mile he ran across the country 30 years ago. To help Dave help others, please visit his website, and donate.

Art 101

August 14, 2008 — These boats with their sweeping diagonal lines, soft transitional shadows, and complementary blue and yellow pastels were waiting today at the Hopkinton State Park boating area for a photographer or painter to show up and capture their rudimentary, but solid, artistic principles.

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October 6th, 2008


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Grafton, MA 01519

Time: 8:30 AM Check-in 10:00 AM Shotgun Start

 $135.00 per person*

- Complete your registration before September 15th, and save $10 per player



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MAXIMUM limit 144 Players (36 foursomes) – first come basis

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NORTON - Sandra J. (Svendsen) Eaton, 48, of Norton, formerly of Hopkinton, died unexpectedly on Friday, Aug. 8, 2008 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton. She was the former wife of John M. Eaton of Upton.

Born in Framingham on April 28, 1960, she was a loving daughter of Judith L. (Reynolds) Temko of Framingham and Arthur E. Svendsen of Florida. She grew up in Hopkinton and was a 1978 graduate of Hopkinton High School. She went on to graduate from Mount Ida College, where she majored in medical technology, and furthered her studies at Fitchburg State College and received her bachelor's degree. Arrangements Complete.

Candidates' Round Table on HCAM-TV to be Sponsored by HopNews

Democrats Ed Mills and Carolyn Dykema to discuss issues

Vying for Representative of 8th Middlesex District

LIVE ON AUGUST 28, 2008 AT 7:00 P.M.


August 13, 2008 — Community members are welcome to join the audience on August 28, 2008 at 7:00 pm (Please arrive by 6:45 pm) at HCAM-TV Studios, 77 Main Street for a roundtable discussion with the candidates for the 8th Middlesex District race.

      Carolyn Dykema and Ed Mills, both Democrats, are seeking to win their party's support in the September 16 primary, and then go on to challenge presumptive nominee, Republican Dan Haley, who has no opponent at this time, for the State Representative seat in the Eighth Middlesex District. The district covers Hopkinton, Holliston, and parts of Medway, Southborough, and Westborough. It has been represented by Republican Paul Loscocco of Holliston, who is no longer running, for about eight years.

      The candidates will have opening and closing remarks, and will be asked questions by a Moderator/host in a more casual setting than a structured debate. It is a format HopNews sponsored for the Selectman's race last May, which got a lot of praise from all sides. It is expected to last 60-90 minutes.

      The Worcester Telegram has reported that Ed Mills will not be participating in a debate on August 20, 2008, due to irresolvable issues. The debate would have been between Mr. Mills and Carolyn Dykema, both Democrats.

      In response, Republican Dan Haley has made arrangements, he stated today, to appear and debate Mrs. Dykema in that time slot. Both candidates are Holliston residents. Mr. Haley also agreed to appear in a roundtable sponsored by HopNews, TBA, with the winner of the Democratic primary.

       People wishing to be a part of the studio audience  on the evening of August 28, 2008 are reminded to arrive at HCAM-TV, 77 Main Street, Hopkinton, before 6:45 pm.

 UPDATED: August 14, 2008




Hopkinton High School Alumni Association Meeting

7:00  Thursday August 14

Fire Station Meeting Room, 2nd Floor

All alumni are welcome, we need your ideas!

Clouds From Both Sides

August 12, 2008 — Michelin Man, a couple in embrace, a soft-serve ice cream, cotton candy — it doesn't matter what a person sees, it is pretty certain that these types of clouds herald the coming thunder and lightning, as they did today shortly before the deluge. The Sunday soaking, HopNews has been told, did not touch Woodville.




            WORCESTER- Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office has obtained a consent judgment resolving claims that a Fitchburg landlord discriminated against a tenant and her children by terminating her tenancy because he did not want to comply with laws requiring him to de-lead the apartment for the safety of the children.  The judgment, entered late last week by Judge John McCann of the Worcester Superior Court, permanently prohibits the landlord, Farag Mohamed, from discriminating against tenants or any person applying for housing and requires the landlord to pay the victim $4,000. 

           “By attempting to terminate the victim’s tenancy because she had children under the age of six and by refusing to abate lead paint after it was discovered, Mr. Mohamed violated his legal duties as a landlord,” said Attorney General Coakley.  “Our office is pleased with the outcome of this judgment because it will require Mr. Mohamed to put strong antidiscrimination policies in place and to participate in training on fair housing laws.”

 The complaint alleges that in October 2003, Mohamed attempted to terminate the victim’s tenancy after a lead paint test revealed the presence of lead throughout the apartment where the victim and her three children resided.  Under both Massachusetts lead paint law and the terms of the tenant’s Section 8 rental subsidy, administered by the Rural Community Assistance Program, the landlord is required to abate lead hazards.  The complaint alleges that Mohammed refused to abate the lead hazard and subsequently told the victim that he no longer wanted to work with Section 8, and asked her to move out of the apartment. Under Massachusetts antidiscrimination law, it is illegal to discriminate against a person because he or she is a recipient of a housing subsidy or because of that person’s familial status.  It is also illegal for a landlord to refuse to rent to someone because the landlord does not want to comply with the health and safety requirements of a housing subsidy program.

 The judgment also requires Mohamed to advertise rental property as “Equal Housing Opportunity” properties, adopt a written antidiscrimination policy for his rental properties, maintain a record of rental applicants accepted and rejected for tenancy, and report all discrimination complaints to the Attorney General’s Office. Additionally, Mohamed must participate in a fair housing law training approved in advance by the Attorney General’s Office.  The apartment units of the property in question were de-leaded during the course of this litigation.

 Since taking office in January 2007, Attorney General Coakley has obtained judgments in 23 housing discrimination cases brought against landlords, property managers, and/or real estate companies and has 16 complaints pending.

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Two Former Tufts Employees Arraigned For Stealing Nearly

$1 Million From University


             WOBURN - Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today that two former Tufts University employees have been arraigned for allegedly stealing nearly $1 million from the University in two separate schemes.

            Josephine Nealley, Director of the University's Office of Student Activities between 1996 and 2007, and Raymond Rodriguez, the Budget and Fiscal Coordinator for the Office of Student Activities between 2001 and 2007, were arraigned this morning in Woburn Superior Court. The defendants were released on personal recognizance by the Clerk Magistrate on conditions including that they away from Tufts University and all witnesses. Nealley is alleged to have stolen $372,576 and was indicted by a Middlesex Grand Jury on July 1 on three counts of larceny over $250. Rodriguez is alleged to have stolen $604,873 and was also indicted on July 1 on two counts of larceny over $250.

            The schemes were first discovered by a member of the Tufts Internal Audit Department who had received an anonymous tip. Based on a follow-up investigation, it was determined that Nealley had control over bank accounts associated with the Office of Student Activities.  

Nealley used one of these accounts to deposit student activity funds and would then transfer that money into her own personal bank accounts. She also used the account to withdraw cash and make personal purchases. Bank records indicate that Nealley used the  debit/ATM card to make purchases at:

  • Foxwoods Resort and Casino

  • IKEA

  • Whole Foods

  • The Disney Store

  • Talbots

  • Omaha Steaks

Over a time period from 2001 to 2007, Nealley transferred $63,500 to her personal line of credit, $91,000 to her personal checking account and also withdrew $174,908 in cash. In total, she is alleged to have stolen $372,576 from the University through this scheme. She was not authorized to take or spend any of this money by the University.


During the investigation, auditors also discovered that Rodriguez stole $604,873 from University student activity accounts. Auditors discovered that Rodriguez wrote himself a check from a University account in the amount of $100,000. He then deposited that check into an account he opened in his name, and used the money to pay credit card bills.

       Rodriguez also opened numerous credit cards in his name and in the name of Tufts University. Rodriguez would use the cards to purchase personal items and then pay the credit cards with checks drawn from the Tufts University student activity account. From October 2005 to September 2007, Rodriguez is alleged to have used Tufts money to purchase:

  • Trips to Paris, Montreal, New York, Las Vegas, Chicago, and other destinations

  • Tickets to concerts such as Madonna, Celine Dion, Rent, and opera performances 

The defendant is also alleged to have spent hundreds of thousands of thousands of dollars on luxury items such as wallets, watches, handbags, shoes, electronics, and home goods from high end retailers such as:

  • Gucci

  • Tiffany and Co.

  • Bloomingdale's

  • Louis Vuitton

  • Hermes, Coach, and Prada

      The defendants' next court appearance is scheduled for October 1 for a pretrial conference.

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Massachusetts State and Local Police Announce Start of

Labor Day “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest” Mobilization

Massachusetts State Police and over 240 local police departments are conducting extra traffic enforcement focused on arresting impaired drivers as part of a Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest  Mobilization, August 13 through September 3.  State and local police will conduct 7 sobriety checkpoints throughout the mobilization and the State Police will deploy an additional 210 extra patrols.  The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security has provided $1,150,000 in federal grant funding for this initiative for both enforcement and a public education campaign.


In an effort to keep Massachusetts roadways safer during this upcoming holiday weekend, the Massachusetts State Police offer these six travel tips:


·        Drive sober and well-rested;

·        Obey speed limits and allow extra time for unexpected traffic and weather conditions;

·        If celebration plans involve alcoholic beverages, designate a sober driver before heading out or plan to use mass transit  

·        Never accept a ride with an impaired driver;

·        Report impaired drivers by dialing 911;

·        Make sure everyone is properly buckled up – it’s the best defense against a drunk, speeding or aggressive driver.


Additionally, those hosting Labor Day celebrations are urged to consider having ample non-alcoholic drinks available, do not serve alcohol to anyone under age 21, and prevent impaired guests from getting behind the wheel. More information is available at

 Planning Board Meeting

Bill's Pizza to Acquire More Land


August 12, 2008 — Representatives of the Acacia Club (John Warren Lodge) were granted an ANR (Approval Not Required) plan to break off a piece of their property (Blue border) to sell to the owners of Bill's Pizza. The owners of Bill's Pizza have previously submitted a plan for a two-story building in the middle of their current parking lot, with parking around the new building, and along the property line at Claflin, where the owners have acquired other land in the last 2-3 years. It is believed that they will be pursuing the purchase of another parcel, which would give them an entrance on Walcott Street.

      The new parcel is currently located in a wooded area. But according to one official, the acquisition would give them enough parking to proceed with their project. According to the official, there was not have enough parking in the proposal they first presented to the Planning Department.


Legacy Farms

     Legacy Project Manager Steven Zieff stopped by the Planning Board meeting to give the members an update on progress, and a timeline for events.

      Mr. Zieff said that a misunderstanding with earth Tech, the town's water quality engineers, was solved, and that they now know that Legacy would like to see the highest yield from the wells.

      "They had a different view of he world," he said.

      Regarding the upgrade of the Main/Grove Street intersection, which is part of the Host Community Agreement and must be done in the spring, Mr. Zeiff said the power station (For the traffic signals) would be relocated elsewhere, because it is difficult to negotiate the turn at the drugstore.

      "We told the team we want all new," he said.

      "I think Colella's is in the right of way, and to move that a matter of a few feet could make a difference," Mr. Zieff said. The right of way is the area of land bordering the street that the town owns. It is usually used for a sidewalk, of which there is currently one there.

       Mr. Zieff said the path of action he is taking is the ENF (Environmental Notification Form), and water and sanitary permits.

        "All of these things can be done in fairly short order," he said.

        Mr. Zieff also noted that, "As we gear up for the Master Plan and special Permit, we need to remember we need a super-majority [of the Planning Board]."




September 18, 2008 to October 16, 2008

Opening Reception September 19, 2008

98 Hayden Rowe Street



Eligible Artwork: Members are invited to submit up to three works. All flat works must be ready to hang. Sculpture submissions must include attractive pedestals. Entrants must become Hopkinton CAA members or have a valid membership at the time of show. Membership information can be found at  or by calling 508 435-9222 or the event organizer, William Moser at 508 435-5773.


Application Process: All Visual Arts media are allowed. Members may submit 1-3 objects for show and sale. An entrance fee of $20 per Member will be charged. For each submission, please send a digital image of each submission along with the title of the work, the media and sale price to the event organizer, William Moser, at the email address


Parent Representatives are needed for the School Councils



School Council is a wonderful opportunity to be involved directly in your school. Meetings are generally monthly. The term is 2 years and elections (if needed ) will take place in the fall. If you are interested, please forward a short bio to Diane Bird 9 Hearthstone Rd, Hopkinton or by August 29.

Kindergarten (2 openings), 2nd Grade (2 openings), 4th Grade, 6th Grade, 9th Grade, 11th Grade.

Dorothy Mae Fairclough, 84


Dorothy Mae Fairclough, 84, of Hopkinton, died Sunday, August 10, 2008 at the Westborough Healthcare Center in Westborough. Born in Natick, she was the daughter of the late Leo and Emma (LaMontain) Boudreau. She was the wife of Harry H. Fairclough who passed in 1979.

A Hopkinton resident since 1971, she was a member of the St. John's Choir. Arrangements Complete.

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Police News UP-TO-DATE  <--click for more

Today, August 11, 2008


8:02 pm A caller from Lincoln Street reported that a person known to him was outside his residence, throwing rocks at his house and armed with a shotgun...


2:25 pm A caller reported that numerous ATV's and dirt bikes were operating on the Fruit Street property...


12:14 am A caller from East Main Street reported that he was intoxicated, did not know where he was and needed assistance...


10:26 pm A caller from Spring Street reported that paint balls had been shot at the house...

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Eric Montville for,  August 11, 2008






10 Hearthstone Road Michael P. Nolte & Jennifer J. Nolte $735,000 Aug. 07, 2008 Landen C. Williams & Sarah S. Williams
Scarlata Road, Lot 6 Janine S. LeBlanc $215,000 Aug. 07, 2008 John J. Deneen Jr., Trustee of Deneen-Scarlata Family Realty Trust
169 Lumber Street Brian D. Lotti & Judith M. Lotti $441,000 Aug. 04, 2008 Paula R. Macconnell & Nancy L. Gustafson
216 Pond Street Kathleen A. Bush & Jeffrey R. Bush $480,000 Aug. 04, 2008 Paul Zilioli, Jr. & Kathleen M Zilioli
Previous update:        
6 Connelly Hill Road Elizabeth Johnson & Bradley H. Johnson $980,000 Aug. 01, 2008 William J. Wolak & Theresa J. Wolak
4 Courtney Circle Keith A. Cheverie & Caryn E. Cheverie $550,000 Aug. 01, 2008 Steven E. Horowitz
14 Trevor Lane, unit 7 Martha Glover $507,000 Jul.  31, 2008 Maillet & Sons LLC
18 Trevor Lane, unit 9 Brian F. Blanchard $497,500 Jul.  31, 2008 Maillet & Sons LLC
22 Overlook Drive Amol Chaubal $1,020,000 Jul.  31, 2008 Sandeep Asija & Vinita Asija
15 Ledgestone Drive William J. Meehan & Elizabeth B. Meehan $557,500 Jul.  30, 2008 Mary M. Lauzon & John M. Lauzon
5 Price Street Steven M. Baril & Diana D. Baril $298,000 Jul.  29, 2008 Grant R. Mershon & Beth L. Mershon

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Hopkinton Man Charged with Assault to Murder

Bail of $100,000


August 11, 2008 — Three Hopkinton Patrolmen and a Police Sergeant responded in a heightened state of alert to a call from a Lincoln Street address from an alleged victim inside the house at 8:02 pm on Sunday, reporting a man armed with a shotgun, who was throwing rocks at the house.

       John Botti, 28, 45 Elm Street, Hopkinton, a Hopkinton High graduate, has been charged with two counts of Assault to Murder, two counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Use of Firearm in a Felony, and Discharging a Firearm within 500' of a Building.

        Police allege that Mr. Botti, as a result of a monetary dispute between the two parties, pointed the weapon at an individual who was known to him, leading to the Assault charge. The victim also alleges that Mr. Botti fired a round into the air.

        "There was no struggle during the arrest," said Lt. Richard Flannery, who added that upon the arrival of the officers, Mr. Botti was standing in the street near the residence, and was not armed at the time.

         However, Police found a shotgun behind a tree, and three rounds of ammunition nearby. The Hopkinton Police called in a State Police Crime Scene Tech to perform a Gunshot Residue Test. The results are unknown at this time.

         "Everybody got out safely, which is always the goal," said Lt. Flannery.

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 Peter's Corner


From the Head of the Charles to the Banks of the Hudson, Dick Gooding Pitched

Hopkinton grad was in first Little League game

by Peter Marso

We're all familiar with Dick Gooding one of Hopkinton High-Schools greatest athletes, Class of '63, and a former Hopkinton selectman.


Dick, the former Hiller three-sport athlete actually accomplished a feat no other Hiller has ever done; pitching in the first Little League game in the History of Hopkinton and pitching against the New York Yankees and the New York Mets!


It was in the spring of 1955 that Dick pitched for Bob Lewis and the Hopkinton Red Sox at the historic Carrigan Park,  where if you grew up in Hopkinton you certainly spent many summer nights playing or attending one of Hopkinton's best social events.


The Red Sox southpaw was selected to pitch against the Braves in Hopkinton's first ever Little League Game! Dick played three sports: Basketball, Football and Baseball. and excelled in every one of them.


A running back in Football, he lettered three years for the legend Coach Ed Hayes. The winters were spent playing basketball for Clayton Smith and Joe Amorosino. Dick lettered three years for the Hoop team and was a league MVP.


In the Spring it was the diamond as his fastball was untouchable and his curve was nasty as he pitched in Hopkinton's first State Tournament game against St. Mary's of Brookline. After Graduating from Hopkinton High School, his top academic and athletic achievements warranted acceptance to the United States Military Academy at West Point. It was there that the southpaw brought his pitching talent from Hopkinton to the Diamond along the Hudson River. It was in the spring where Dick had his greatest memory: pitching against the New York Yankees. Dick faced a lineup made up of Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Elston Howard, Clete Boyer, Joe Pepitone, Tony Kubek, Phil Lenz, Yogi Berra, and a team coached by Ralph Hoak and Johnny Keane.


The boy from Hopkinton looked in the eyes of probably the greatest players ever (barring injury), hall of famer Mickey Mantle, and homerun legend Roger Maris.


Time has moved on and many springs have past. Dick is married to the former Hiller Judy Bowker; they had three children, all hillers as well, Doug, Jim and Kim! Dick is a Hiller Sports follower and hardly misses a game. He is a Hopkinton Legend, an athlete who brought his fast ball from Hopkinton's first Little League Game in 1953 to facing the pin stripes of the New York Yankees. Photos by Robert Falcione. Photo above, pitching, taken at pickup game during a candidate's cookout in 2005.

The Not So Perfect Storm 

Above is a short video of people boating through puddles on Main Street and others evacuating the Common during the storm on Sunday.

No Rain Date Here

August 11, 2008 — A patron of the Sunday Concerts on the Common makes use of his portable chair as buckets of rain, hail and wind forced listeners to abandon their seats. The musicians and food service also packed up. All of the Concerts are booked, so it is doubtful the band that played on Sunday will be rescheduled.

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August 11, 2008 — It is highly doubtful that this Jeep had its tires on the pavement as it drove through water that fell in excess of the ability of the storm drains Downtown to carry it away.

Signs of Coming Trouble

August 10, 2008 — Sidney Peverill and John Cento enjoy a warm and peaceful day at Hopkinton State park that would be shattered by a wind, rain and hail storm shortly before 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. The tropical-looking beautiful clouds that have filled the skies the last few weeks are roses with thorns that have often brought thunder and lightning at the end of the day.

 Opportunities in Renewable Energy


Carolyn Dykema, Candidate for State Representative in the 8th Middlesex District, meets with Kevin Price, owner of Win Supply. Win Supply is a distributor of renewable energy products that has recently located in the area and will be installing Holliston's first wind turbine.


By Carolyn Dykema


August 10, 2008 — Changing one light bulb certainly won't change the world,  but replacing one incandescent bulb with a compact fluorescent in every household in the US would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes annually. That in turn would result in a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking more than 800,000 cars of the road.


Conservation and renewable energy must be part of a long-term approach to a cleaner environment - and to controlling energy costs that are draining our pocketbooks and town bank accounts.


In MetroWest we are positioned to lead the way. Not just by replacing our inefficient light bulbs, but by using our talents, economic resources, and technology to drive the development of clean, renewable, and sustainable sources of energy.


Locally, new businesses are already appearing. An alternative energy company will be installing Holliston's first wind turbine. A company in Southborough has received government funding to develop hydrogen fuel cells.


Continued economic momentum will require our Legislature's ongoing commitment to energy-related incentives.


Early last month, Governor Patrick signed into law the Green Communities Act. This act provides structure and incentives to encourage clean and cost-effective energy alternatives.  And this week the Massachusetts Legislature gave approval to a bill requiring emissions to be reduced by 25% from 1990 levels by 2020, and by as much as 80% by 2050.  These measures will create demand for innovative solutions that fuel the creation of good new businesses.


A recent survey by the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust projects 30% job growth in the renewable energy sector in the coming years.  Our legislators must continue to work with business groups, like the 495/Metrowest Corridor Partnership and Metrowest Chamber of Commerce, to learn how we can welcome and support these businesses.  Renewable energy is a great opportunity to create good new jobs here in Massachusetts and Metrowest, and bolster an uncertain economy.


Our municipalities can also benefit from renewable energy incentives. The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (created by the legislature in 1998) is promoting Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). PPAs are contracts between towns and private companies to finance the installation of renewable energy projects on town property.  A town "leases" space -- including roofs on municipal buildings -- to a private company that installs, for example, solar panels.  In exchange, the town locks into a fixed price for purchasing energy.  A PPA is making Hopkinton's new solar project at the schools possible. This is a win-win, creating predictable utility costs for our towns and tax breaks for the companies that finance these projects. That's the kind of creative solutions our towns desperately need as we seek solutions to local budget challenges.


By embracing renewable energy, we can protect our air, help our towns control energy costs, and provide a boost to our economy. Now that's a win-win-win and something our State Legislature should continue to take seriously.

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Arrests Up-to-Date, Sunday, August 10, 2008


Sunday, August 10, 2008

12:14 a.m. - A twenty-one year-old Natick resident called from a cell phone, which was electronically located, saying he didn't know where he was, and needed help finding out his location.  "I can Oblige him," said officer John Moran, who located the lost  young man on East Main Street and gave him a warm place to stay for the evening.


Saturday, August 9, 2008

1:06 a.m. - Forty-seven year-old Michael L. Burns, 2 Godfrey lane, Milford, was arrested by Officer Jacob Campbell on Hayden Rowe Street and charged with OUI Liquor Third Offense, and a Marked Lanes Violation. In the same incident, a 42 year-old woman from Franklin was placed in Protective Custody.


Friday, August 8, 2008

12:19 a.m. - Sgt. John Porter arrested 22 year-old Ryan J. Timpany, 33 Little Eagle Bay, Burlington, Vermont, on West Main Street and charged him  with OUI Liquor and Speeding.


Thursday, August 7, 2008

12:13 a.m. - Officer John  Moran placed a 42 year-old Taunton resident into Protective Custody on Main Street.


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

4:21 p.m. - Officer Gregg DeBoer arrested Joshua Michael Paniss, 46, 37 East Street Apt 1, Milford on Main Street on warrant charges from Barnstable Court.


10:35 a.m. - Officer Stephen Buckley arrested 39 year-old Eduardo Henry Lima, 17 Arlington Street, Framingham on Hayden Rowe Street for Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.


Tuesday, August 5, 2008

8:35 p.m. - Twenty-six year-old Ademar R. Cruz, 4 Mayhew Street, Hopkinton was arrested on Mayhew Street by Officer Matthew McNeil and charged with Unlicensed Operation of a motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Lights Violation.



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Vandalism Epidemic

Update: Total of 34 vandalism incidents between

mailboxes damaged and paintball shootings

August 10, 2008 — The town was hard hit between Saturday night and Sunday morning with, not only the paintball incident below, but over 20 mailboxes damaged, ripped off of their posts, or pulled or broken from the ground, causing perhaps thousands of dollars of damage in the Lake Maspenock area of town.

      The trail of destroyed mailboxes, much like Hansel and Gretel's breadcrumbs, led from Hillcrest Street, down Hayward Street to Downey, and ended 3/4 of the way down Downey Street. A resident reported that there were teens on foot destroying mailboxes.

      The paintball incident below is believed to concern a vehicle. Anyone who knows who is responsible for these crimes may call the Hopkinton Police department at 508-497-3401.

Paint Crimes

August 10, 2008 — The sign above is a good example of tagging signs and other things with paint. Last year, a HopNews video cameraman captured several minutes of young people tagging behind Town Hall. The police responded with skill and caught them in the act.

      "Defacing property in front of a police officer is an arrestable offense," said Officer Gregg DeBoer at the time. The young man who was the principle defacer had never been caught before. But with this one incident, the tag he left all over town became his to own.

      Saturday evening, some vandals paint-balled property on Fruit and Spring streets including the home of a Hopkinton Police Officer. The police cordoned off an area, but the criminals somehow slipped through the net.

Mystery Crash

August 10, 2008 — Two State Police Troopers inspect the vehicle involved in a roll-over crash with injuries on Friday as it is pulled from the woods by Art's Towing, and ponder how the crash could have happened.

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State Police Arrest Springfield Man for Using Tanker Truck to Steal Gasoline


August 8, 2008 — Today, at approximately 6:46 a.m., Trooper Orlando Medina from the State Police Springfield Barracks culminated a two week investigation into the theft of large quantities of gasoline in the Springfield area with the arrest of 43 year-old Robert Schauer, a gasoline tanker operator from Springfield.


Approximately two weeks ago, the State Police Springfield Barracks received a report from a gasoline transportation company that it had received several complaints of gasoline delivery shortages in recent weeks from client service stations.  As Trooper Medina’s investigation progressed, Schauer became the focus of the investigation and it was determined that Schauer was likely making unauthorized deliveries of hundreds of gallons of gasoline to a service station at the intersection of Bay Street and Berkshire Avenue in Springfield


Acting on information that an unauthorized delivery was likely to be made on the morning of August 8, 2008, Trooper Medina placed the service station at the intersection of Bay Street and Berkshire Avenue under surveillance.  At approximately 6:46 a.m., Robert Schauer arrived at the service station driving a tractor trailer loaded with hundreds of gallons of gasoline and began to unload the gasoline into the underground tanks at the station.  At this time, Schauer was approached by Trooper Medina.  Upon the conclusion of the on-scene investigation, Schauer was placed under arrest.  A search of the passenger compartment of the tractor trailer uncovered a small quantity of a controlled substance believed to be cocaine. 


Schauer was transported to the State Police Springfield Barracks where he was booked on the charges of Stealing from a Tractor Trailer and Possession of a Class B Controlled Substance.  The Hampden County District Attorney’s Office, the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section assisted Trooper Medina with the investigation.

Day at the Beach

August 8, 2008 — Above, Hopkinton Police Sgt. Joseph Bennett carries a patrol rifle and moves into position this afternoon after shutting down the Hopkinton State Park entrance at the request of Ashland Police Department, following the report of a man with a weapon threatening to hurt himself.

     "The call was unfounded," said Ashland Police Lt. Richard Briggs.

     "A State employee thought she saw the individual holding a gun to his head, parked in a wooded area that is off-limits to vehicles," he said.

     "We located the man and his family and it turned out he had a phone or video camera up to his head. The family, which was from Revere, was understanding. She [employee] saw what she saw, and it is better to be safe than sorry," he said.

     At the time of the photo above, the suspect was reported to be believed to be heading toward the entrance, where Sgt. Bennett, above, and Officer Matthew McNeil were stationed.


HOLLISTON – More than 100 young professionals packed a Boston event held on Wednesday evening to support Dan Haley’s campaign to represent the Eighth Middlesex District in the State House of Representatives.


Special guest State Senator Scott Brown (R-Wrentham) endorsed Haley’s candidacy, telling the crowd, “Dan Haley is one of the strongest legislative candidates I've seen in years. Having worked with him on ‘Melanie's Law’  and strengthening our sex offender laws, I have no doubt that Dan's experience and work ethic will allow him to hit the ground running.  The taxpayers need more people of Dan's caliber fighting for them on Beacon Hill.”


Haley delivered brief remarks, noting that the overwhelming imbalance in the current state government has resulted in excessive spending, an exploding deficit, and higher taxes.  Thanking the assembled supporters, Haley said they are part of a demographic that is leaving Massachusetts at an alarming rate.


“Everyone on Beacon Hill talks about the need to attract and retain quality employers to create jobs and grow our economy, however their actions are inconsistent with their rhetoric,” said Haley.  “The Legislature talks about providing tax incentives for select companies, but they just hiked taxes in the Commonwealth by nearly a billion dollars.


“You are here because you know that higher taxes drive employers out of the state, costing jobs and hurting our economy.  You are seeing your friends and neighbors leave the Commonwealth in ever-increasing numbers to seek out better opportunities and a lower cost-of living.  Their exodus is draining the life from our economy and putting our future economic health in jeopardy.


We need more people on Beacon Hill who are willing to stand up against the constant stream of tax-and-spend proposals, and to insist upon fiscal responsibility and open government. That is why I am running - to represent the hard working taxpayers of Massachusetts.”

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Ed Mills Picks Campaign Manager


August 8, 2008 — Ed Mills, state representative contender in the 8thth Middlesex District, has named E. Teresa Touey (Photo, left) as his campaign manager.


Touey has served most recently as a government relations consultant advising on projects between the life sciences communities of Massachusetts and Queensland, Australia securing the keynote speaker, U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, for the largest Asia-Pacific biotechnology conference. Since 1994, she has served in key leadership roles in the campaigns of Senators Kennedy and Kerry, Congressman Markey and McGovern, Pennsylvania Congressman Vice-Admiral Joe Sestak, Massachusetts Democratic Congressional Candidate, Lowell City Councilor Eileen Donoghue, and former Massachusetts State Treasurer and Gubernatorial Democratic Nominee, Shannon O’Brien.


In 2004, she chaired the Natick Democratic Town Committee leading several projects: a presidential debate at Natick High School featuring Congressman Barney Frank as well as providing key support for the election of State Senator Karen Spilka, State Representative David Linsky and State Representative Alice Peisch. Having served on the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee since 1995, last fall she observed the compulsory national election system in Australia in the Brisbane offices of the two members of federal Parliament, Kevin Rudd and Arch Bevis. Kevin is now the country’s prime minister. Her favorite campaign is the resounding re-election of her town meeting member from Natick’s Precinct One, Frank Volpe, the best MetroWest vote getter for the Democratic party.


Of Mills, Touey says, "I am certain that Ed Mills will work hard, care and make a difference for the voters of his hometown of Hopkinton, as well as Holliston, Medway, Southborough and Westborough. Ed Mills stands for the values of many Americans. He dreams of a better future for his children and his grandchildren. He is the kind of candidate who understands the best that America has to offer: a good sound economy and a good sound democracy which will secure our position in the global community while making the five towns of this district a place where anyone would want to work and raise their family”.


The state Democratic Primary will be held Sept. 16.


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Art's Towing, The Movie 

August 8, 2008 — Art's Towing of Milford is one of two towing companies that take turns being on standby for Hopkinton Police. In this short, one-minute clip, they remove a vehicle that left the roadway on Route 495, flipped and landed against a tree with occupants inside. Hopkinton Fire Dept. Ambulance took all three related women to UMass trauma center.

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Bad News

August 8, 2008 — Officer Philip Powers responded to a 911 call at a Wood Street residence, and called in the water department after finding the house flooded from a leak in a second floor water pipe that one worker said had been leaking for a week. Above, Water department workers arrive to shut off the service. NSTAR arrived on scene to shut off electricity to the dwelling, and Firefighters also helped with situation, but had difficulty opening the front door, presumably from swelling.

ROLLOVER ON 495 - Three Injured

August 8, 2008 — This rollover crash on Route 495 Northbound sent three related women with injuries to the Trauma Center at UMass by Hopkinton Ambulance this afternoon after their vehicle left the roadway and rolled over. The highway was at a near standstill in the northbound lane, as people rubber-necked to see what was going on; but the accident was shielded from view of the southbound lane by a median full of trees. Want to see the removal? Coming soon. Art's Towing, the Movie.

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Morgan will perform full investment review; New Bedford, Hopkinton to receive $1.5 Million


BOSTON - August 8, 2008 - Attorney General Martha Coakley’s (File photo) Office has entered into a settlement with Morgan Stanley & Company (Morgan) resolving allegations involving the investment bank’s sale of inappropriate auction rate security investments to Massachusetts municipalities. Morgan allegedly marketed auction rate securities, a risky long term investment vehicle, to municipalities as an appropriate investment when in fact that was not the case.


“We appreciate Morgan’s cooperation and are pleased that it has agreed to perform this thorough review of all its city and town clients in the Commonwealth in order to determine whether additional reimbursements are appropriate,” said Attorney General Coakley. “Cities and towns need every available dollar in their budget, particularly during these stressful economic times.”


Pursuant to an Assurance of Discontinuance, filed late yesterday in Suffolk Superior Court, Morgan will complete a full review of all investment clients and identify any and all Massachusetts towns and cities that have invested in auction rate securities through the investment bank. Morgan will then repay the towns and cities all of their investment monies. Morgan also agreed to cooperate with the Attorney General’s Office in its ongoing review of auction rate securities issues. The Attorney General’s Office began a review of Morgan’s marketing tactics to municipalities in February 2008. Morgan fully cooperated with the Attorney General’s probe, and agreed to reimburse $1.5 million in investment monies to the city of New Bedford and the town of Hopkinton.  


An auction rate security is a debt instrument, such as a bond or preferred stock, for which the interest rate or dividend is periodically reset through an auction mechanism.  In some instances, towns and cities were persuaded to invest their cash accounts into these auction rate security accounts.  Although these securities have long-term maturities of many years, they historically have been offered for sale at weekly or monthly auctions.  However, in early 2008, the market for auction rate securities dried up and the auctions through which they were sold experienced widespread failures.  When an auction fails, liquidity disappears from the market as it becomes difficult to dispose of such securities at all, let alone at par value.  Many such securities have been written down to reflect their reduced market value.  Auction rate security investments have been frozen since early this year due to lack of market liquidity, and the value of municipal investments have been written down by investment banks. 


This is the third recovery by the Attorney General’s Office against an investment bank regarding auction rate securities. In February, 2008, the Attorney General’s Office obtained a repayment by Merrill Lynch of $13.7 million for the city of Springfield, which allegedly had been misled into purchasing auction rate securities. In May, 2008, the Attorney General’s Office obtained $37 million in recoveries for various towns and cities that had been allegedly misled into investing into risky auction rate securities by agents of investment banking giant UBS. UBS also in July paid an additional $1,000,000 to the Commonwealth related to the sales of these instruments and reimbursed an additional $3.4 million to the remaining UBS municipal clients for their investments.


This matter was handled by Assistant Attorneys Generals Owen Lefkon, Amy Markowitz and Division Chief Glenn Kaplan of Attorney General Coakley’s Insurance and Financial Services Division.

Storm Effect

August 8, 2008 — A truck tried to squeeze under a wire that was left hanging by a tree fallen in the storm, but failed to clear it. Above, NSTAR arrives to lift it for the vehicle to proceed and for Wood Street to be reopened this afternoon.

Appropriately Named Street

August 7, 2008 — This is the view today on Spring Street near the Pond Street fork, taken by Jamie Griffin.

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