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Clouds and Sunflowers Today

August 13, 2009 — This crop of sunflowers reaches toward passersby on Hayden Rowe Street today. The camera aperture was small, f32 (The larger the "f" stop number, the smaller the opening), which makes everything in focus.

     Mouse over the image to see it shot with a large aperture, f2.8, a fully opened iris on this camera (A small number is a larger opening). The wider opening throws the background out of focus, a technique that can come in handy when isolating a subject.

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ESL Presents...     Into the Woods


August 14, 15 - 7:30 p.m.
August 16 - 2:00 p.m.
Ashland High School Auditorium


ESL's final summer musical highlights the Grimm fairy tales, as the Grimm Brothers meant them to be; dark, yet entertaining.


See a video promo in the player above. Below, dress rehearsal on Thursday night.


Guys Night Out!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Ciao Time

28 Main Street


OK Guys, it’s your turn!

 Join us for the Red Sox game, Specialty Beers and Appetizers

Cover is $20 per person and includes 3 drink tickets and appetizers.

Please call Denise at 508-435-0022 to reserve your table by Wednesday, August 19, 2009.

Serenity House Rebuilds on Several Levels

But helping needs help

Above, program Director Jane Schwager in the foreground with some staff and clients in the kitchen that is overdue for a new floor. The exterior is also in dire need of repair, as some of the structure is rotting.


August 12, 2009 — Serenity House is getting a “face-lift” thanks to the generous support of some local Hopkinton businesses. For an entire week, Aug 17-21, high school-aged volunteers from the Soffin Foundation’s “Building Youth” program will be replacing flooring, painting, installing a new deck and landscaping at the Wilson St. property. The residents that live there also get a second chance “make-over” to start new lives after having faced many challenges.


Named for the prayer that begins, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,” Serenity House provides a bridge for women from their addictions to a life that is closer to normal. Tucked away in a residential area off East Main Street, it houses 31 women and 4 infants who typically stay in the program for anywhere from 6 months to a year. They come to Serenity from detox programs, hospitals, shelters and sometimes prison. Some are referred to the program by a caseworker. Many of the women are dealing with other issues, including domestic violence, mental illness or eating disorders. Substance abuse is only one part of the big picture.


Serenity House is a residential treatment program of the South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC), a non-profit social service agency based in Framingham. Its highly structured format leaves little down time. Most mornings, residents share stories with each other. The first session of the day begins at 8:00am with a community meeting where Program Director Jane Schwager invites residents to share their goals for the day, week and the month ahead. Afternoons are devoted to vocational training. Some takes place in the program’s vocational room where residents tackle workbooks and exercises that help them explore their interests. Other training and job counseling happens at SMOC’s Career Center in Framingham. The Career Center helps to place women in jobs before they graduate from the program. Many graduates are able to find jobs but the working world can be challenging.


Evenings focus on 12-step meetings and wrap-up sessions that allow the women to review their day. Between sessions, residents prepare and serve meals and perform other household chores like cleaning. Residents retire to their small, but cheerful rooms by 10:30 and it’s lights out by 11:00pm.


Upon completing the program, graduates are placed in sober housing, receiving continual support from one another until they feel they can truly be on their own. Graduates leave the program with a list of contacts and resources that will enable them to successfully transition into independent living and stable permanent housing.


Donations will be accepted through September to help defray the cost of the building improvements taking place next week. Many Hopkinton businesses and individuals have already stepped forward to help with cash and in-kind contributions to the effort.


A special Recognition dinner will be held on Thursday, August 20th to acknowledge all supporters of the project. Please mail donations to Serenity House, 44 Wilson St., Hopkinton, MA 01748 or call 508-435-9040. Donations can also be made online at ~Contributed content.

Deborah Lynn Marchand, 57

Pittsfield - Deborah Lynn Marchand, 57, Attorney of Pittsfield, MA., formerly of Holliston passed away suddenly on August 10, 2009. Born in Newton, she was the daughter of the late Joseph L. and Mildred A. (Geyer) Marchand.

She grew up in Medway and graduated from Medway High School in 1969. She attended Framingham State College graduating in 1973 and went to Oxford University in England as well as the University of Wisconsin at Madison studying linguistics. She also did research work at the University of Adelaide in Sydney, Australia. Upon returning to the United States, she enrolled in the University of Oklahoma School of Law. She graduated in 1986 with her law degree. She served as Assistant District Attorney for the state of Oklahoma for several years, returning to Massachusetts in 1991. She then took a position with Western Mass Legal Services where she rose to Director prior to her passing.

She served on many civic boards and crisis intervention groups. She was a speaker for these groups concerning child abuse, domestic violence and women's rights. In recent years, she concentrated on the rights of theelderly in the greater Pittsfield area.

She is survived by her older sisters, Betty, Yvonne Marchand of Hopkinton and Denise, and older brothers Rodney and Joe. Her oldest sister Jane and older brother Paul pre-deceased her in 1981 and 1963 respectively. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and even more grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Visitation will take place on Friday, August 14, 2009 from 6:30-8:30p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St. A private family service will be held with burial in Lake Grove Cemetery in Holliston at a later date.

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Passenger Dies in Fiery Crash on Route 495 in Wrentham

Mendon driver seriously injured



On August 11, 2009, at approximately 01:28 a.m. Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Foxboro responded to a one-vehicle rollover on Route 495 northbound, south of exit 16 in Wrentham, which resulted in one fatality.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Michael P. Tryon indicates that 22 year old Joseph M. Mele from Mendon was driving a 2007 Toyota Scion north on Route 495. The Scion struck the median guardrail to the left and rolled over into the median.  Mele was able to exit however 22 -year-old Adam Palmer of Mendon was not and the Scion became engulfed in flames.  Palmer suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Mele was transported to Rhode Island Hospital by Franklin EMS with serious injuries.   


This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, State Police Crime Scene Services Section, State Police H-Troop Investigators, Norfolk District Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.  Police and Fire Departments from Franklin and Wrentham and Mass Highways assisted Troopers at the scene.


All northbound lanes were closed at exit 15 while the fire was being extinguished.  The first travel lane was opened at 02:10 a.m.  The left two lanes remained closed until 04:48 a.m.  No further information is available at this time. Please do not call the barracks directly.

Welcome, Patricia Brosnihan Dance Center

We welcome Patricia Brosnihan Dance Center as the latest sponsor of HopNews. We feel they are dedicated to providing a pleasant encouraging non-competitive atmosphere for young dancers.


The center, conveniently located at 77 West Main Street in Hopkinton, offers Pre-Professional Classes for the more serious dancers, as well as Recreational Classes for the dancer who wants to have fun.


They teach dance as an art form rather than a series of steps put to music. Their goal is to build self-confidence and to encourage young dancers to work hard to reach their goals. Classes are offered in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Lyrical, Combo Classes ages 3-6yrs and Toddler Time for 2.5 yrs.


Please find their phone number on their ad button, and click on the button to learn more about the center. And for our Worcester County readers, please click on their ad to learn about their Grafton location.

 Senior Moments

Volunteers Feted

Above, Council on Aging Chairperson Carol Walsh and State Rep. Carolyn Dykema chatting with Jean and Skip Hayward.


by Nancy Drawe

August 12, 2009 — The people who volunteer at the Senior Center were treated to a special Volunteer Appreciation Cookout last week, which was held at the Center. This important annual event is an opportunity for the staff, Council on Aging Board members and Friends of the Seniors to give thanks to all the volunteers who help keep the Hopkinton Senior Center running smoothly. 


After a nice dinner of barbecued chicken (VERY tasty), hamburgers and assorted salads, it was time for the speeches.  This year’s special guest speakers were Selectman Matt Zettek and State Representative Carolyn Dykema.  Matt is just so happy about this new center.  He said to boisterous applause, “Isn’t it great to have this dinner and recognition gathering at this center compared to where it used to be?”  He said it’ll be important to have events like this right here--five years down the road, ten years, etc.  He thanked everyone who made it happen!


Carolyn spoke very highly of all the volunteers; how important they are to center and how much they are appreciated.  She also made sure the seniors knew that the annual Senior Picnic will definitely continue on!  This year’s date is Wednesday, August 26 from 12-2 and as usual, it’s at the Laborer’s Training Center.  Carolyn said she is really looking forward to hosting this very special event. 


Cindy Chesmore, the Director of the Center said some nice words about the volunteers as did Volunteer Coordinator, Ellen Wright.  Cindy also said, “We especially want to recognize our Council on Aging Board Members and the Friends of the Seniors.  They do so much work behind the scenes; we just couldn’t do it without them.”


A surprise treat for all the volunteers was from a guest visitor, Jack Wilson.  Well, at least we all thought that’s who he was.  He introduced himself as Jack Wilson, owner of JW Consultants.  He said he was a happiness consultant and that he never went to dental school, but as he said, “I make smiles.”  Everyone was wondering what was going on, was he some sort of motivational speaker?  Or, was he there to sell something?   Well, it turned out that he wasn’t Jack Wilson after all.  He was Steve Calechman, comedian!  He had us all fooled for a minute there.  He was fabulous—had all kinds of jokes referring to the center and to seniors, such as “Did you have to put the center right down the road from the cemetery?”  Steve was very entertaining and had the whole place in stitches with his “senior” humor!  


Steve made a special recognition to Sadie Drapeau.  He said, “This is the kind of person this place doesn’t run without, she’s been a volunteer extraordinaire, has done everything here.  A tax credit officer, thrift store, she’s raised money, the only one who understands how to do bank deposits!   She’s also the only one who can go to the post office and not get yelled at.   She’s a lovely, lovely person, the kind of person you need.”  Sadie is so very sweet and we all love her!


The members of the Council on Aging Board and staff members were our “servers” and were awesome!  The Friends of the Seniors were very generous as usual; they had a ton of prizes that they gave away to the lucky ticketholders.


Everyone had a great meal and lots of laughs; it was a fun evening for all!  Cheers to every single person who volunteers at the Hopkinton Senior Center; they all deserve very special thanks!


There is still a need for more volunteers!  There’s definitely a spot at the Center waiting for you; so come on over and sign up—you will be very glad you did.     

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Selectmen Greet New Deputy Fire Chief

Planning Board Chairman resigns

Town Manager wants to consolidate departments

August 11, 2009 — The Selectmen were introduced by Chief Ken Clark to longtime firefighter, Hopkinton Fire Lieutenant, Steve Slaman, newly promoted from within to Deputy Chief. The room was overflowing with family, fellow firefighters and friends, who also lined the railing on the mezzanine on the second floor. Above, the Deputy Chief's dad pins him at the Selectmen's meeting. Below, photo by Lt. Robert Bartlett taken in 1992 as then-firefighter Slaman, center, conducts lessons in hydrant use on Grove Street.

Pinning video below



Planning Chair Resigns

    Jaime Goncalves (File photo) has resigned from the Planning Board position that he was just elected to in May. He had been appointed to a vacant seat, and then ran on his own for a five-year term, subsequently being elected Chairman by his fellow board members.

    According to a letter Mr. Goncalves sent to Town Planner Elaine Lazarus, he said he became aware of a federal law, the Hatch Act, that forbids state employees whose principal employment is financed in whole or part by federal loans or grants.

     Mr. Goncalves writes that his position with the Mass DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) "...may at times come from federal loans, and/or grants."

     The letter was received by the Planning Department yesterday and the Selectmen's office today.


Consolidation of Town Departments

      Town Manager Norman Khumalo presented his ideas for the consolidation of town services, including the health, planning, conservation, zoning, inspections departments under a new Land Use, Licensing and Permitting Office.

       Mr. Khumalo said he has been meeting with the Director of Human Resources, Maryrose DeGroot as well as the principals affected by the changes.

       The plan will increase accountability, streamline the work of the departments, cross train administrative assistants to fill absences and reduce the amount of paperwork generated.

       "There will be no office closed to the public under this plan," Mr. Khumalo said.

       Mr. Khumalo said that there would be a payroll savings of $99,000 before including benefit savings. Ironically, later in the meeting the Selectmen voted to fill an upcoming vacancy as well as doubling hours in another position. But they didn't buy into Mr. Khumalo's consolidation proposal this evening.

       Selectmen Michele Gates and RJ Dourney noted that they were not part of the process that studied alternatives which led to Mr. Khumalo's finished proposal.

       "Somehow Maryrose and Norman assessed the alternatives and got to this point — and I am not there," said Mr. Dourney.

       One of Mr. Khumalo's reasons for choosing the plan he proposed, he said, is that it functioned well in Westford, where he worked as the Assistant Town Manager prior to contracting with Hopkinton as Town Manager.

       Selectmen Chair Brian Herr proposed studying other towns and other models as well.

Fire in the Hole

August 11, 2009 — After police and fire searched the neighborhood late this afternoon, tracking the smell of smoke, Lt. Patrick Gross, above, speaks with an Ash Street homeowner (off-camera) about the fire that was reported and not permitted. He told the homeowner he had to shut it down.

On the Move

August 12, 2009 — Workers recently moved some assets from the Strata Bank to the Middlesex Savings Bank in anticipation of their vacating the building as a result of the merger of the two banks. A drive-thru ATM will remain.

Several Holliston Youths to be Charged with Hopkinton Crime Spree

August 11, 2009 — After months of investigating, Holliston and Hopkinton Police got the break they were looking for last week in solving over forty car break-ins and three house breaks that have been ongoing in these Towns since May. While investigating a one-car accident on Hanlon Road in Holliston, Officer Gatchell observed items that matched the description of property stolen during those breaks-ins. The follow-up investigation by Officer Gatchell, Detectives Todd and Thompson as well as Hopkinton Det. Van Raalten solved these crimes that had plagued both Towns.

The operator of the vehicle involved in the crash, Michael Terranova, 19 years-old of Holliston, will be charged by Holliston Police with twelve specific offenses including motor vehicle violations, receiving stolen property and possession of Class C drugs. He will also be charged with breaking and entering by the Hopkinton Police. Justin Capello, a seventeen year old Holliston youth, will be charged with receiving stolen property in Holliston and breaking and entering in Hopkinton as well.

Police have learned that this rash of breaks started with what the youths referred to as Xing sometime in May. The youths would go out between 1:00 AM and 5:00 AM and commit these opportunistic crimes where cars or homes were left unlocked. The breaks continued to escalate to the point where the suspects were breaking into homes while the occupants were sleeping.

The investigation continues as several other Holliston youths have been identified as participating to varying degrees in this crime spree and subsequent charges will be filed when appropriate. Joint Release.

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Honor System

August 11, 2009 — Hopkinton neighbor Dan Bartolini does business at the Pratt Farm vegetable/fruit stand on Fruit Street one recent afternoon.

Passenger Dies in Fiery Crash on Route 495 in Wrentham

Mendon driver seriously injured


August 11, 2009 — Today, at approximately 01:28 a.m. Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Foxboro responded to a one-vehicle rollover on Route 495 northbound, south of exit 16 in Wrentham, which resulted in one fatality.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Michael P. Tryon indicates that a 22-year-old male from Mendon was driving a 2007 Toyota Scion north on Route 495. The Scion struck the median guardrail to the left and rolled over into the median.  The operator was able to exit however the adult male passenger was not and the Scion became engulfed in flames.  The passenger suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The operator was transported to Rhode Island Hospital by Franklin EMS with serious injuries.   


This crash is under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Chief Medical examiner. Police and Fire Departments from Franklin and Wrentham and Mass Highways assisted Troopers at the scene.

Crimes Solved - Police Warn Residents to Keep guard Up

12 vehicular break-ins last week • 8 the week before


August 10, 2009 — "A lucky break," is the way one police officer described how the recent vehicle break-ins got solved.

    Last week, an off-duty Holliston officer came upon a crash scene in Holliston. The driver had lost his view of the road while allegedly drinking from a stolen bottle of whiskey.

    According to a source, the car was full of stolen items. The driver gave up an accomplice, who gave up another, who will all face charges for the thefts.

    The items that were stolen were returned to their owners, but police warn people not to let their guard down. Stolen in the breaks was money and other valuables left in unlocked cars, especially GPS units. Even vehicles in a garage were not ignored during the spree that occurred in several areas of Hopkinton.

    Although this particular group has been caught, police say that this is continuing in some surrounding towns, and to continue to be alert and wary, and to take precautions.

    • Lock vehicles, homes and buildings.

    • Do not leave valuables in vehicles.

    • Report suspicious or out of the ordinary behavior or noise. Even a barking dog while its owners are out.

    • Be sure any motion-sensitive lights are left on in the evening.

    • Tell the police when you are vacationing. They will conduct checks of your property.

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Police News UP-TO-DATE  August 10, 2009

Click above for full report in prose.

Click here for raw log


9:50 pm A caller reported that a group of youths were hiding in bushes on Front Street, possibly throwing items at passing cars...


10:24 pm Officer John Moran assisted the Ashland Police Department with a shooting on Waushakum Avenue in Ashland...


11:43 pm A resident from Glen Road reported seeing someone walking through his yard...


8:52 pm A caller reported that the gas tank dropped out of his vehicle on South Street and there was a large amount of gasoline in the roadway...


10:24 pm Officer John Moran assisted the Ashland Police Department with a shooting...

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Sponsored by:

Compiled by Eric Montville for, 

Transactions for week ending August 10, 2009






25 Smith Road Michael A. Cooper & Wendy L. Cooper


Aug. 07, 2009

William H. Robertson & Lucy D.
23 Jamie Lane Thomas J. Evans & Christina J. Evans


Aug. 07, 2009

Sudershan Singla & Vidushi Singla
11 Teresa Road Vanessa G. Dube


Aug. 07, 2009

Dana S. Philbrook & Linda B. Philbrook
20 Oak Street Gennaro P. Dellacioppa & Gillian M.


Aug. 05, 2009

Todd F. Abrams
55 Forest Lane Daniel J. Bernzweig & Rebecca L. Bernzweig


Aug. 04, 2009

Carolyn M. Miller & Rebecca L.
6 Breakneck Hill Road Chi-Keung Luk


Aug. 03, 2009

Marc P. Maselli & Kristine M. Maselli
Last Week        
2 Huckleberry Road Richard W. Hartson and Allison S. Bumsted $674,000 Jul 31, 2009 Eugene P Odonnell Jr. and Allison S. Bumsted
12 Trevor Lane Pannaben H. Nangha and Chaitanya B. Chavda $470,000 Jul 31, 2009 Maillet & Sons Limited Liability Company
11 Amherst Road Lesley-Ann Gonsalves and Matthew E. Gavin $277,500 Jul 31, 2009 Timothy J. Myers
8 Alexander Road Clifford P. Rahaim and Rachel L. Rahaim $560,000

Jul 31, 2009

Jay J. Sinacole and Patricia H. Sinacole
20 Appaloosa Circle David M. Chyten and Carla M. DiGirolamo $683,750

Jul 30, 2009

Aaron A. Friedmann and Patricia A. Staubs
28 Trevor Lane Tinevimbo Jaravaza $428,000

Jul 30, 2009

Maillet & Sons LLC
15 Teresa Road Stephen D. Nigloschy and Virginia D. Nigloschy $450,000

Jul 29, 2009

Donald Yanowsky, Jr. and Janet C. Yanowsky
16 Connelly Hill Road John W. Ericksen and Kathryn C. Ericksen $1,149,900

Jul 28, 2009

Connelly LLC
Two Weeks Ago        
2 Apple Tree Hill Elm Street
unit 2
Susan L Kapatoes $195,000 July  24, 2009 Michael Fontana
9 Hidden Brick Road Dana Philbrook & Linda Philbrook $587,000 July  24, 2009 Jerri J. Snell
4 Williams Way Butler Bank $656,894.88 July  24, 2009 John-Paul Lapre
0 Spring Street McDonough Family LLP $355,000 July  22, 2009 Sumayyah Terrace LLC


Party On

August 9, 2009 — Thick clouds and cool air failed to discourage a couple of hundred people from enjoying the Westwood Swing Band on the Hopkinton Common on Sunday as part of the Sunday Concerts on the Common.





Moving sale Sunday 8/16 only, 8-3. Furniture including leather sofa and love seat, small tables, rugs. Chandelier, lamps, lights. Exercise bike. DVD surround sound system. Many odds and ends.


6 Summit Way, Hopkinton. (85 to Cedar St Ext to Overlook to Summit).

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Driver in Fatal Crash on Route 28 in Milton Flees

Subsequently caught and arrested for MV Homicide, OUI Drugs, More...


August 9, 2009 — This morning at approximately 12:18 a.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Milton responded to a three vehicle crash on Route 28 (Randolph Avenue) in Milton, South of Chickataubut Road, which resulted in one fatality and one minor injury.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Joseph Durning indicates that 29-year-old Eric Lum of Randolph was operating a 2000 Ford Explorer on Route 28 North in Milton, when his vehicle crossed the double yellow center line and crashed head-on into a 1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass operated by 25-year-old Alison Regan of Milton, which was traveling South on Route 28.  This initial crash caused the Ford to roll over and strike the passenger side of a 2002 Chrysler Concord operated by 18-year-old Kamilah Land of Randolph, which was traveling South on Route 28 behind the Oldsmobile.  After striking the Chrysler, the Ford came to rest on the guardrail on the southbound side of Route 28.  Alison Regan, who was wearing her safety belt, sustained serious injuries in the crash and was transported by Ambulance to Boston Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased.  Kamilah Land was uninjured in the crash. 


Eric Lum fled the scene after the crash and was located approximately one hour later by a State Police K-9 Trooper in the woods adjacent to Chickataubut Road.  Lum suffered minor injuries in the crash and was transported by ambulance to Boston Medical Center.  At Boston Medical Center Lum was placed under arrest for Motor Vehicle Homicide; Operating Under the Influence of Drugs Resulting in Death; Leaving the Scene of a Crash Resulting in Death; Subsequent Offense Larceny of a Motor Vehicle; Use of a Motor Vehicle without Authority; Possession of a Class A Substance; Subsequent Offense Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License; and Marked Lanes Violation.   File photo.

Remember When...

It Was Forty Years Ago Today...

40th Anniversary of Beatles' Abbey Road Album Release

August 8, 2009 — ESL (Enter Stage Left Theater) founders mimicked the Beatles when they opened their 30 Main Street location in 2006, walking across a striped crosswalk at Walcott Street carrying a lit sign (The power cord was brushed out). From left, Mary Scarlata-Rowe, a barefoot Paul Champlin and Kelly Grille. August 8, 2009 is the fortieth anniversary of the release of the last Beatles album, Abbey Road.

Better Safe Than Sorry

August 8, 2009 — The photographer saw a wresting match between a State Trooper and a citizen as he passed by the parking lot of a West Main Street location.

     According to witnesses, a motorcycle rider pulled in and ordered an ice cream moments before a trooper in an unmarked Dodge Charger presumably came off of Route 495 and drove by with his lights on.  Soon afterward, the trooper and Hopkinton Sgt. John Porter, in separate cruisers, pulled in and approached people asking for the owner of the motorcycle that was parked there.

     The driver owned up, and after a short dialogue with the trooper, ended up in what appeared to be a physical struggle with the trooper, who overpowered the man and placed him in his cruiser, cuffed.

     After what appeared to be an investigation over the ownership of the vehicle, the man was released and left on the bike.

     Oftentimes, a State Trooper or other police officer secure a suspect in their cruiser while they investigate possible offenses.

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Sweet Stuff

August 8, 2009 — This pale butterfly enjoys nectar from the butterfly bush at Angel's Garden Center today.

Maxine Adams Retires

August 8, 2008 — Although retired Assistant Town Clerk Maxine Adams, left, officially retired weeks ago and was feted by Town Hall co-workers, today was the day her family and friends celebrated her life of work. Next to her is lifelong friend, Pat Johnson.

One Person Shot in Ashland


Above, Hopkinton Detective Scott Van Raalten, right, observes the scene of the shooting with other police officers. The exit door is believed to have been shot out as a result of a series of shots fired in that area of the restaurant. Police tape was across most of the front of the building.


August 8, 2009 — Late Friday evening, Hopkinton Police joined Holliston and Framingham to assist Ashland investigate a shooting at the Fusion Cuisine Bar and Lounge on Pond Street, Route 126, near the Framingham line. The restaurant/bar is located at the edge of the Waushakum area, a neighborhood of working class homes that are in both Framingham and Ashland, in a building that was once home to Marconi's Italian restaurant.

    According to police and witnesses, a group of men went to the bar looking for someone, who they found, and left the main area, going to the vestibule. An apparent confrontation escalated into several shots being fired, which resulted in one man being transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound in the hand.

    Neighbors who gathered across the street from the scene of the shooting said that after the shooting they heard two vehicles race away toward Framingham. Ashland put out a BOLO that described a red Toyota with a number of black male occupants as one of the involved vehicles.

    An Ashland Police dispatcher would not give out any information, but said (at 12:31 am) that the department would be issuing a release (See below).


Below right, patrons who were in the Fusion Cuisine at the time of the shooting are gathered outside with proof of identification in hand as police investigate, speaking to each one.

*Official News Release from Ashland Police Department (2:20 a.m.):


On August 7, 2009 at approximately 10:53 pm, the Ashland Police Department responded to multiple 911 calls reporting a disturbance with gunshots being fired at the Fusion Cuisine Restaurant at #12 Pond Street.


Upon arrival, Ashland Police Officers located a 22 year old male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The shooter fled the scene prior to police officers arriving. Ashland Fire Department Ambulance treated and transported the victim to Metrowest Medical Center-Framingham with a gunshot wound to the hand. The injuries do not appear to be life threatening.


Ashland Police Detectives are currently interviewing witnesses, reviewing surveillance footage from the restaurant, and following up on several leads in an attempt to identify the shooter. The Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services Unit is processing the crime scene and collecting evidence. As of the time of this press release, the shooter has not been apprehended and is still at large. We do not believe this was a random shooting.

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Special Birthday

August 8, 2009 — Karen Schiloski, left, celebrated a milestone birthday with a large group of family and longtime friends at Cornell's Friday evening. She poses with sister, Laura Macmillan, above.

Moonlight Through the Norway Maples

August 8, 2009 — The clouds refused to allow a crystal clear view of the Moon Friday evening, but do add a desirable dimensional quality and depth to the photo. The title of this piece refers jokingly to the Norway maple, an invasive species that has been in the process of being removed from the common, and as a result has been the subject of controversy.

Love in the Air

August 8, 2009 — A setting sun cast a warm glow upon everything, including these two couples, who, along with the environment, provide a lesson in many artistic and photographic elements, on top of the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam on Friday.

When you wish upon a star



When you wish upon a star...  The summer magic continues this weekend as Cinderella takes to the stage Friday and Saturday, August 7th and 8th, in the air-conditioned Ashland High School auditorium.  Performance times are Friday at 2:00 pm and Saturday at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  Join Cinderella as she searches for her "happily ever after" with Prince Charming. 


Let your little princess wear their favorite princess costume to the show and stay for tea and cookies with Cinderella after the performance!

Player Piano - Free to a good home. 


I’d love to keep it but I have no room.


It’s in overall good condition with all the black & whites there, though needs a tuning and the internal baffles on the foot pumps for the player need to be replaced or repaired (they are wood which has split with age).  I can only guess that it’s around a hundred years old.  The black finish has a typical antique patina with no major scratches, dings, or any pieces missing.


It has to go ASAP due to the condo selling.  The piano is located in Acton and is being temporarily stored in a garage with easy access while we clean out the condo.

You will need to pick it up by next week.


Call Keith @ 508-904-1825

Senior Citizen Volunteers Get Feted

Irreverence follows dinner


August 7, 2009 — Senior Center volunteers get a party, and a surprise during dessert, comedian Steve Calechman, who treats the seniors with more than a little irreverence, but all in jest. See a couple minutes of clips, above.

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Wild Pigs Cop Motorcycle Group to Ride for Grace

All motorcycle riders and All motorcycle types are welcome

AmVets Post 495

404 Village Street, Millis

August 22, 2009

Register 9:00 am Ride 10:30 a.m.


The Central Mass chapter of the Wild Pigs Motorcycle Club (an all-Law Enforcement club) is holding a charity ride in Millis on August 22nd, to raise funds for 7 year old Grace Morrison.  On April 1, 2009, Grace was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in the very high risk group.

Grace has been a real trooper through the first six weeks of her treatment and continues to have an amazing attitude. Grace's protocol of treatment will last for two years. She will be receiving her treatment at Children's Hospital Boston and the Jimmy Fund Clinic at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

This ride is being sponsored by the Central Mass Wild Pigs and we have invited all Law Enforcement Motorcycle Clubs to join us as well as all riders and are hoping to attract as many as possible. 


Here is a link to the FULL DETAILS: Flyer.htm


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Cat Missing in Woodville




Our cat has gone missing.  He apparently pushed out a screen on our 2nd floor window and jumped out sometime during the night on Tuesday.  Since we have moved to Hopkinton, he has not been outside at all. 


He is a completely black cat with big green eyes.


He answers to the name of Nick  and was lost from Winter Street at the corner of Winter and Highland.  He had a red and blue striped collar on with a tag on it.  The tag has my last name, McSweeney, and our old Boston address, 29 Gartland Street, and my cell phone number 617.549.1960. 

Fatal Crash on Route 93 in Somerville

Driver not wearing seat belt


August 6, 2009 — This morning, at approximately 3:02 a.m., Troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Medford responded to a single-vehicle crash on Route 93 North in Somerville, just south of exit 29, that resulted in one fatality.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Wilserd Montina indicates that a 1992 Toyota Camry operated by an adult male was traveling on Route 93 North when the Toyota veered to the right, striking the guardrail in the breakdown lane and then rolled over before coming to rest in the two right travel lanes.


The operator of the Toyota, who was not wearing a safety belt, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. His identity is being withheld pending next of kin notification.


The two right travel lanes of Route 93 North remain closed due to the investigation and vehicle removal.


This crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The Somerville Fire Department assisted troopers at the scene.

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Multi-Family Yard Sale

17 Cedar St, Hopkinton

(Rt. 85 near Post Office)
Sat. Aug. 8 & Sun Aug. 9, 8am-2pm
TV's, furniture, toys, & much much more!

True Appreciation

August 5, 2009 — State rep. Carolyn Dykema and Hopkinton Senior Center volunteer Sadie Drapeau share some time together at the Senior Center's Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Wednesday.

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New Irrigation System

August 5, 2009 — Parks and Recreation had D&D Irrigation install a professional grade irrigation system at the Hopkinton Common today at a cost of $18,668. The "potatoes" above, according to a foreman on the job, were taken from one trench alone. The pipes will be 18" below grade, above the frost line, and will be purged of water for the winter. The Common is renown for being difficult digging.

      The company will provide an "as built" drawing to the town to show the location of pipes and sprinklers.



August 5, 2009 — The Massachusetts State Police have recovered a body from the edge of the Deerfield River in Charlemont. The body was spotted by the State Police Air Wing at approximately 11:20 a.m. The Air Wing directed ground units to the body, which was recovered by State Police and local police and fire personnel at 12:13 p.m.


The body has not yet been identified, and the investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time. Please do not call the barracks directly. The State Police Office of Media Relations will provide an update once more information is available.  HopNews file photo.

Personal Best

August 5, 2009 — Above, Dale Danahy, President of Colella's, runs to give employee Jeff Ward a hug after he tried to win $50,000 for Colella's on behalf of a charity, Equine Therapeutic Riding Program, by throwing three hardballs through a hole in a standing prop, much like a carnival booth.

     See the players, the throws and the environment by watching the short video below:


Parrot Now Home


Many many thanks to all of you who were concerned and took the time to look for Sunny.  Good news around 6:00 pm tonight I got a call from Mr. Pillsbury  saying he had the bird.  Told us that a man walked up to his house off 135 by the boat ramp, he was eating BBQ potato chip when this parrot landed on his shoulder wanting some.  Guess Sunny was very hungry.  Any way he is now home and doesn't look any worse for the wear. ~ Sharon Vanderpool

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