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Hillers Past, Present and Future – Holiday Wish List: The Top 10

Dear Santa,


Now that fall sports are over, here’s what every Hiller in Hopkinton is wishing for this holiday season:


1. Hillers grey sweatshirt

2. Hillers duffle bag

3. Hillers stadium blanket

4. Hiller flip flops (the best!)

5. Hillers winter hat

6. Hillers baseball cap

7. Hillers athletic T-shirt (only $5!)

8. Hillers beach towel

9. Hillers water bottle

10. Membership in the Hopkinton Boosters club (Pick up a form in the store today or download from the high school web site. Proceeds benefit Hopkinton athletics.

Thank you and happy holidays.

Shop Regular Hours: Open weekdays, 10:45 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Two Wednesdays a month, 1:30 to 3 p.m. 

Special Holiday Hours:

  Tues., Dec. 15 -- 1:30 to 3:30 / 6 to 8 pm (Girls Basketball)

Wed., Dec. 16 — 1:30 to 5 p.m. (Indoor Track Meet)

Thurs., Dec. 17 — 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 18 1:30 to 3:30 / 6 to 8 p.m. (Girls Basketball)

Mon., Dec. 21 —1:30 to 5 p.m. (Indoor Track Meet)

Tues., Dec. 22 — 1:30- 3:30 / 6 to 8 p.m. (Boys Basketball)

Wed., Dec. 23 — 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Patricia Brosnihan Dance Center Raises over $2,100


The Patricia Brosnihan Dance Center put on a Benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was put on by this past Saturday at the Grafton Municipal Center. Students from Patricia’s Grafton and Hopkinton locations performed a matinee and an evening show for large, enthusiastic audiences.


Along with a bake sale and generous donations from the audience, the Dance Center raised over $2,100 for the research hospital. Patty would like to thank her students and the parents involved for helping in a worthwhile cause.

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State Police Remind: One More Week for ‘Toys for Tots’ Donations



Massachusetts State Police Captain Daniel Wicks (left) and Trooper Thomas Murphy unload toys donated at State Police Headquarters in Framingham to the “Toys for Tots” program. State Police are again are helping the United States Marine Corps collect toys for the program. New, unwrapped non-violent toys may be dropped off at any State Police barracks through this Friday, Dec. 18. This year, the “Toys for Tots” program coordinator for the State Police is reporting that toy requests have increased dramatically while donations are down. Now, more than ever, deserving families throughout Massachusetts are in need of toys for their children, according to State Police. For more information, see the program’s website at

State Police Find Quantity of Drugs After Traffic Stop

K-9 sniffs out secret compartment


CANTON — December  14, 2009 — This morning at 2:00 a.m., Trooper Jason Morse of the State Police barracks in Foxboro was patrolling Route 95 Northbound in Canton when he pulled over a 2000 Honda Accord for failing to stay within marked lanes. During the car stop, Trooper Morse made observations of the occupants’ behavior that, along with their statements, were consistent with current trends for trafficking narcotics. State Police K-9 Section Trooper Brian McKenna responded to assist. Trooper McKenna’s canine partner, “Drago,” alerted to a rear quarter panel on the Honda. Investigation revealed that the panel could be accessed through an after-market motorized door.  Three white, brick-shaped items wrapped in clear plastic, believed to be three kilograms of cocaine, were retrieved. 


The driver, 22-year-old RICHARD ALMONTE, and his passenger, 32-year-old JOSE ESTRADA-GONZALES, both of Passaic, N.J., were placed under arrest for trafficking cocaine and conspiracy to violate drug laws.  Almonte was further issued a citation for marked lanes violation, and operating without a license. File photo.

Police News UP-TO-DATE 

December 14, 2009


Click above for full report


11:00 am An off duty Ashland Police Officer baited a coyote off of School Street...


1:20 am An Alprilla Farm resident reported that his house was just hit with several snowballs and the suspected vehicle drove off...


10:36 pm A resident reported that a suspicious white van was circling the school on Hayden Rowe Street...


10:40 pm A caller reported that a suspicious male was pacing up and down Hayden Rowe Street...



ARTICLE 2: Phase VI Sewer Project

Board of Public Works

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, borrow or otherwise provide a sum, or sums, of money for the design, development, construction, reconstruction, extension and upgrade of sewers, sewage systems, and sewage treatment and disposal facilities, including pumping stations and force mains, and all related systems, appurtenances and facilities, and the replacement of water pipes and other services and utilities, including, but not limited to, all costs thereof as defined in Chapter 29C, Section 1 of the General Laws; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Board of Selectmen; and further, to meet this appropriation or any portion thereof, to transfer a sum, or sums, of money from the appropriations voted pursuant to Article 30 of the 1996 Annual Town Meeting, Article 12 of the 2006 Annual Town Meeting and Article 19 of the 2007 Annual Town Meeting; and further to authorize the Board of Selectmen to apply for grants and loans that may be available for the purposes of this Article, including, but not limited to, Federal Stimulus Funds and borrowing from the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust.


Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto.


Required Recommendations:  Appropriation Committee

                                                      Capital Improvement Committee


Motion (Appropriation Committee): We move that the Town vote to raise and appropriate $12,357,795 for the purpose of financing the design, development, construction, reconstruction, extension and upgrade of sewers, sewage systems, intermunicipal connections and sewage treatment and disposal facilities, including pumping stations and force mains, and all related systems, appurtenances, facilities, the acquisition of all necessary easements and interests in land, and the replacement of water pipes and other services and utilities, including, without limitation, all costs thereof as defined in Section 1 of Chapter 29C of the General Laws, said sum to be spent under the direction of the Town Manager; and, to meet this appropriation or any portion thereof, to transfer a sum of $1,385,000, said sum constituting the unspent balance of the appropriation voted pursuant to Article 30 of the 1996 Annual Town Meeting, a sum of $2,927,000, said sum constituting the unspent balance of the appropriation voted pursuant to Article 12 of the 2006 Annual Town Meeting and a sum of $4,499,295, said sum constituting the unspent balance of the appropriation voted pursuant to Article 19 of the 2007 Annual Town Meeting; and further, to meet this appropriation, to authorize the Town Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to borrow $3,546,500 and issue bonds or notes therefore under Chapter 44 of the General Laws and/or Chapter 29C of the General Laws or any other enabling authority; that such bonds or notes shall be general obligations of the Town unless the Town Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, determines that they should be issued as limited obligations and may be secured by local system revenues as defined in Section 1 of Chapter 29C; that the Town Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, is authorized to borrow all or a portion of such amount from the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust established pursuant to Chapter 29C; and, in connection therewith, to enter into a loan agreement and/or security agreement with the Trust and otherwise to contract with the Trust and the Department of Environmental Protection with respect to such loan and for any federal or state aid available for the project or for the financing thereof; that the Board of Selectmen is authorized to enter into a project regulatory agreement with the Department of Environmental Protection, to expend all funds available for the project and to take any other action necessary to carry out the project; and that the Board of Selectmen is authorized to apply for and accept any grants and loans that may be available for the purposes specified herein, including, but not limited to, Federal Stimulus Funds and the Massachusetts Opportunity Relocation and Expansion (MORE) Jobs program; provided, however, that the full amount authorized herein, less any grants, gifts or other sums received in connection with the purposes of this authorization, shall be assessed as betterments on properties within the area to be served by facilities funded hereby; and provided further that no expenditures made in fulfillment of the Town’s obligations under the 2001 Intermunicipal Agreement for Wastewater Collection, Treatment and Disposal, executed by and between the Towns of Hopkinton and Milford, shall be authorized pursuant to this Article until the Town has received written notification from the Commonwealth that it has been awarded a grant from the MORE Jobs program or another grant program, and that no contract to implement the plans and specifications submitted by the Town to the Department of Environmental Protection as Contract CWSRF-2942 shall be awarded until the Town has received written authorization of Water Pollution Abatement Trust financing therefore.


               Vote Needed: Two-thirds


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Fiscal Year 2010 Property Valuations- Click Here

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Sponsored by:

Compiled by Eric Montville for © 2009All Rights Reserved

Transactions ending December  14, 2009






8 Nezneen Circle Sunil Lukose & Prima Lukose $485,000 Dec 11, 2009

Ahmed Mirajuddin, Trustee of Peppercorn
Village Realty Trust

14 Pendulum Pass Leo V. Colborne $850,000 Dec 11, 2009

Barry M. London & Carole L. London

35 Smith Road Linda S. Gelsinger $1,115,000 Dec 09, 2009

Donald J. Mackenzie & Ellen E. Mackenzie

15 Front Street James F. Houley & Carolyn Speranza-Houley $200,000 Dec 08, 2009

John Speranza & Sarah B. Speranza

Last Week        
2 Nazneen Circle Unit B Kameswara Rao Ravi, Srilakshmo Kameswara $460,000 Dec 03, 2009

Peppercorn Village Realty Trust

Ahmed Mirajuddin Trust

124 Ash Street Charles A. Gills, Patricia F. Madeiros $520,000 Nov 25, 2009 William B., Barbara A. MArtz
9 Peppercorn Road Craig A., Elizabeth M. Craig Gormley 586,000 Nov 24, 2009 Brooke S. Orr, Anthony D. Amato
10 Claflin Place Andrea, Graham Cunningham 261,500 Nov 24, 2009 Craig A., Elizabeth M. Gormley
11 Pinecrest Village John W. Reifenberg III 220,000 Nov 24, 2009 Daniel R. Hurwitz
Two Week Ago        

5 Gibbon Road

Peter H. Oliver

Lida L. Cardito


Nov 23, 2009

Scott A.Pierce, Stacefy A.Pierce

50 Hayward Street

Daniel Martinelli


Nov 23, 2009




30 Pleasant Street

Manuel Cifuentes


Nov 20, 2009

Valerie J. Wesinger,

Albert J. Wesinger Jr

9 Sanctuary Lane

Leonard R. Poitras, Sandra D. Poitras


Nov 20, 2009

Weston Development Group

5 Leonard street

Alex L. Papanicholas


Nov 20, 2009

Leonard Street Realty Trust

James Michael McBride, Trustee

13 Nazneen Circle

Adusumilli Krishna Kishore


Nov 20, 2009

Peppercorn Village Realty Trust

Ahmed Mirajuddin Trust

17 Nazeen Circle




Nov 20, 2009

Peppercorn Village Realty Trust

Ahmed Mirajuddin Trust

23 Walcott Street

Megan Cap-Renzi


Nov 20, 2009

Sandra J Charteris

24 Cross Street

Brendan J. Hannigan

Christina Georgiadis


Nov 20, 2009

Margaret L. Larsen

9 mount Auburn Street

Orewell B. Dmello


Nov 17, 2009

Joseph M. Heeney

Xiang Xia H. Heeney

29 Walcott Valley Drive

Cynthia Hanscomb


Nov 16, 2009

Lynn G. Tanner




DECEMBER 14, 2009, 7:00 PM
Middle School Auditorium


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Hilly Gully

Above, with police in the background, Highway Manager Mike Mansir, left, looks over the situation at the accident scene, not far from his home. He ordered a crew out to temporarily deal with the problem.


December 13, 2009 — At about 5:00 pm, a Milford resident got stuck on the unpaved portion of Lumber Street, south of Granite, that turns into Haven Street in Milford, where the resident lives. Two hours after the tow truck arrived, some sort of "altercation" reported between the driver and the resident was temporarily resolved, and the vehicle dropped at the resident's home. Then another vehicle got stuck.

      "Don't photograph my daughter," said a woman who said she was the first driver's mother. "Write a story about how terrible this road is. They say they can't pave it," she said from the driver's side of her pickup truck that was blocking passage on top of one of two hills leading to the low point.

      Wetlands surround the road in an area of land that has bad drainage due to shallow bedrock. In fact, the entrance of a working quarry is about 300' from the scene.

       Unlike the rest of Hopkinton, the rain falling here was turning to ice, and some storm water cutting its own path, like a small stream, through the thick ice on the roadway, pulling any vehicles that dared to challenge it, from side to side.

       Although nearby Echo Lake in Hopkinton is Milford's drinking water supply, it appears from a topographical  Google Map, that storm water drains downhill to unused quarries in Milford (<--- Revised paragraph).

Bill's Pizza on Wheels

December 13, 2009 — While Bill's Pizza builds a sparkling new building in place of the one they had demolished, Bill's on Wheels, located behind Middlesex Savings Bank, will serve the needs of their loyal clientele. But things are a little different.

      Please call ahead to order, because there is no seating in  Bill's on Wheels. It is designed for take-out only. Bring your food home, or eat in your vehicle. The menu, given the constraints of the structure, is limited, so, again, call ahead to have your order steaming hot and waiting for  your pickup. Choose Bill's icon anytime for menu choices.

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Where's the Steering Wheel?

December  12, 2009 — Sasha, 3, gets a ride with Dad, Johnny Collins, at EMC Park just before dinner today.

Granite from Previous Veterans Gazebo at Fire Station

December 12, 2009 — What the Fire Department's Bob Santucci asked of Tom McIntyre (McIntyre Loam) was if they could relocate the American Flag near the ground, because on days of half-staff the flag would touch the building. He also asked how the Fire Department could have a nice granite sign like the Police Headquarters has. But he got a lot more.

      Mr. McIntyre stepped up and took a piece of granite preserved from the Veterans Memorial Gazebo that was demolished to make way for the new one, and paid Ackerman Monument in Holliston for the finished work. The name is chiseled in traditional typeface, with the Town Seal  and Maltese Cross adorning each side.

       This is the third Fire Department monument that Mr. McIntyre has built or refurbished and donated to the town. The others are located at the Woodville Fire Station and the Firemen's Monument on Mayhew Street.

       "New View [Landscaping] donated the wall and verticals. They went above and beyond what any normal person would have done," said Mr. McIntyre.

        But then, so has he.

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December 12, 2009 — The boys varsity's opening league game at the High School Athletic Center turned out in their favor. Above, Will Relle gets two after breaking away from mid-court with a caught pass, unchallenged. Photo left, Max Masucci turns the corner on his counterpart. Click for a larger size.


Award from Selectmen

December 12, 2009 — Selectman Michelle Gates shows ken Driscoll an award from Hopkinton Selectmen endorsing the Chamber's pick of him as one of two recipients of the Distinguished Service Awards on Thursday evening. Selectman Todd Cestari looks on from the left.

Menorah Lighting

December 12, 2009 — The Jewish community held a ceremony this evening on the Hopkinton Common and lit two candles of the menorah. One center candle, and one of eight for the first day of Hanukkah. File photo above of tree-lighting ceremony last weekend.

Driving Snow

December 12, 2009 — The snow came just in time last week for the tree-lighting ceremony and the arrival  of Santa Claus by horse and carriage. Although the snow was driving, it was not so blinding as to obscure the writing on signs.

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RJ Dourney's Hopkinton-based Company to be featured on

Phantom Gourmet, December 12th, 2009, 11am, WBZ Channel 38


Cosi Boston, a division of Hopkinton based Hearthstone Associates will be featured this Saturday on Phantom Gourmet.


Highlighting Cosi’s passion for food and eclectic menu, Cosi will be reviewed and be the focus of the Saturday show. 


Hearthstone owns 15 Cosi locations in and around Boston, including the Boston Financial district, Logan Airport, MIT, Mansfield Crossing and Wareham Crossing.     


Tune in and get Cosi!

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Group Raises Over $16,000 for Respite Center  

 December 11, 2009 — The Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center and the Hopkinton Moms Group yesterday celebrated the generosity of Bunco Night donors and participants.  The November event raised a record $16,070.

Distinguished Service Awards 

December 11, 2009 — Basketball league founder Ken Driscoll and Chief of Police Tom Irvin say some thank-you's after being introduced as recipients of Distinguished Service awards from the Chamber of Commerce at the Hopkinton Country Club Thursday evening.

Evergreen Center Students (literally) Make Donation

Above, left to right, Norman Khumalo, Rochelle Castell (Teacher), Luke, James and Shahzab, and Rochelle Castell (Teacher).

December 11, 2009 — Students from the Evergreen Center in Milford presented their annual donation of a wreath, which they decorated themselves, to Town Manager, Norman Khumalo, who accepted on behalf of the town. Bob Bushway photo.

beFREE! Coffee House a Great Success

The beFREE! Project, in conjunction with the First Congregational Church, held its first high school coffeehouse of the school year on Friday December 4. One hundred and seventy five youth enjoyed an evening of great music performed by their peers.

A special thank you goes to the Congregational Church for co-sponsoring the event and providing us with a venue large enough to accommodate the growing number of high school students who attend. Thank you to all the parents who chaperoned the event and donated refreshments. These events would not be possible without your support. In addition, we want to thank all the beFREE! Project student members who spent countless hours planning, organizing and managing this event. Their energy and commitment are the foundation of our activities.


The next high school beFREE! event is an ice skating night at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough on January 16 at 7:00 P.M. Tickets will be on sale in the high school in early January.


Many people have asked if they can make a financial contribution to support these events. If you would like to make a contribution, you can send a check made out to The Town of Hopkinton with ‘beFREE! Project’ in the memo line to: The beFREE! Project, Hopkinton High School, 90 Hayden Rowe, Hopkinton MA 01748.


The beFREE Project is a drug and alcohol prevention coalition that provides alternative social activities for teens. We also sponsor parent coffees that provide information and strategies for preventing youth substance abuse. If you would like to become involved in the coalition or host or attend a parent coffee, contact Jane Roche or Sue Hadley at   ~ Jane Roche

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Chamber of Commerce Honors Two Residents

Above, from left, Chief of Police Thomas Irvin, Chamber Executive Director Tim Kilduff, Chamber President Bob Maguire, HBA founder, Ken Driscoll.


December 11, 2009 — The Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce honored two people Thursday evening with Distinguished Service awards for their service to the community.

      Retiring Chief of Police Thomas Irvin and parks and Rec member Ken Driscoll received awards for their individual contributions from the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce as well as the Commonwealth and the Board of Selectmen, who seconded the motions.

      Over one hundred people attended the annual holiday party and celebration.


Town Acknowledges Applicants for Hopkinton Chief of Police Position

Promotion to be from within


From left, Sgt. Joseph Bennett,  Lt. Richard Flannery, Sgt. John Porter, Sgt. Charles Wallace.


December 11, 2009 — Hopkinton director of Human Resources, Maryrose deGroot, confirmed today the final applicants for the position of Hopkinton Chief of Police that opened up following the announcement by Chief Thomas Irvin of his retirement on February 19, 2010. All of the applicants for the position are currently working for the Hopkinton Police Department, ruling out an outsider getting the job. The applicants are pictured above in HopNews file photos.

       According to Ms. deGroot, the applicants will be interviewed next week by the ad hoc committee appointed for the task.

Poll Results

December 11, 2009 — Yesterday, President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and we asked readers to give an opinion on his having received it. The poll results are on the right.

And two months ago to the day, when the choice of Obama was announced, we asked what they thought then. That poll is on the left.

The  difference for the largest percentage across both polls is only about 2%, a surprisingly close call with such a small sampling.

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Adoption is Costly but Result is Priceless

Hopkinton family becomes whole again


by Elizabeth Eidlitz

An ancient Chinese belief states that when a child is born an invisible red thread connects that child's soul to all those people - present and in the future - who will play a part in that child's life. As each birthday passes, those threads shorten and tighten, bringing closer those people who are fated to be together. Though a thread may stretch or tangle, it will never break.


One such invisible red thread has stretched almost 7,000 miles to connect the Howard family of Hopkinton  with Lei Jin Miao in Leizhou, China.


Lei Jin Miao was born in September 2005 around the time that the Howards first met with an international adoption agency in Waltham and initiated the adoption process. The mounds of paperwork included application, home study, letters of recommendation, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service forms, fingerprinting, and dossier documents.


International adoption costs vary, but $20-25 thousand dollars on average pays the agency fee, social worker, travel, in-country and legal fees, donation to orphanage, and unexpected add-ons. A child, though already adopted in China, must be readopted in the U.S. to obtain a Certificate of Adoption and a U.S. birth certificate.


The process, which took well over three years for the Howards, followed the death of their infant daughter Molly. Their seven-year-old son, knowing a schoolmate whose aunt was adopting from Guatemala, said, “Can we adopt a baby from Guatemala, too?”

Please

Hopkinton High School’s National Honor Society Winter Toy Drive


This annual event is running through next Thursday, December 17, and benefits Project Just Because.  There are collection bins at each of the Hopkinton Public Schools, as well as at Hopkinton Drug, Colella’s, and the lower level of the Town Hall.

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The Hopkinton Public Schools Kindergarten Registration

The Hopkinton Public Schools will be holding its annual kindergarten registration at the Center School, located at 11 Ash Street on the following dates:


Tuesday, December 29, 2009 (9-2), Wednesday, December 30, 2009 (9-2), Wednesday, January 6, 2010 (1:30-5:30), and Thursday, January 7, 2010 (3:30-6:00). In the event of inclement weather, please check the Center School website before making the trip in.


Registration forms are located on the Center School website: Forms can be accessed by clicking on the link: Kindergarten Registration 2010-2011. Parents/guardians should print and complete all forms prior to attending one of the registration dates. Registration forms are available in advance at Center School for those who are unable to print these documents.


In September of 2010, a number of tuition-based full day kindergarten sections will be offered at Center School. Entrance will be determined by lottery; lottery applications will be available at the time of registration, and must be returned to Center School by January 20th, 2010. A parent information session on full day kindergarten will be held at Hopkinton High School on Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

If you have decided not to send your child to Center School, please inform Center School in writing or by e-mail at this time.

Hopkinton Babe Ruth


Hopkinton Babe Ruth will be holding its 2010 season organizational meeting on Thursday December 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the basement of Town Hall.  Parents/Community members interested in coaching, assisting in league administration or wishing to contribute idea's are encouraged to attend.        

Man Arraigned For Kidnapping, Holding Victim Hostage In Car

Met victim online


            FRAMINGHAM – December 9, 2009 — A Natick Man was arraigned today on kidnapping charges in connection with the kidnapping of an 18 year old woman, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.

             Willian Vieira, 21, of Natick, was charged with kidnapping and arraigned before Framingham District Court Judge Robert Greco.  Judge Greco released Vieira on personal recognizance and ordered him to have no contact with the victim.  Vieira’s next date is January 13 for a pre-trial hearing. 

             “We allege that the defendant knowingly misled the victim about his identity during an online conversation in order to arrange a meeting with her,” District Attorney Leone said.  “The defendant then held the victim against her will in a moving vehicle.  This is another stark reminder of the importance of using precaution when communicating online with people whose true identity, by nature of the Internet, remains anonymous and open to falsehoods."  

            According to authorities, at 7:41 pm yesterday, State Police received a 911 call from a woman who said she was being held be held against her will in a dark-colored car. 

            Dispatchers were able to confirm her location with cell phone global positioning as Route 128 southbound in Lexington and cruisers were dispatched to the area to attempt to locate this vehicle. 

At 8:02 pm, the caller stated she was jumping out of the vehicle and did so as the vehicle took exit 13 to turn onto Route 30 in Natick.  The victim was located near that exit by State Police and transported by ambulance to MetroWest Hospital in Framingham.

The victim stated that she had met the defendant in an online forum and thought he was a former classmate of hers.  The victim stated that she realized the defendant had lied about his identity once she was in his vehicle.  The defendant is alleged to have refused to let her out of the vehicle.

An investigation by State Police and dispatchers led to a residence in Natick where the suspect vehicle and suspect were located.  The suspect was taken into custody at 8:28 pm with assistance from Natick Police and transported to the State Police barracks in Weston where he was charged with kidnapping.

           The case remains under investigation by Massachusetts State Police, the Essex District Attorney’s Office and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. 

            The Assistant District Attorney who arraigned the defendant was Darina Belot.  The Victim Witness Advocate is Rani Scott.

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A Christmas Carol 

presented by the Sheehan children


HopNews again presents A Christmas Carol, acted, filmed, staged and edited by the children of Janet and Tim Sheehan about five years ago, when the oldest might have been all of 15 years-old.


Please choose to watch in the Vimeo player above, but expect about 5 seconds of black before the visuals begin.


To see the video presented in a larger player, Click on the Vimeo logo.


School Bus Struck on Front Street

December 9, 2009 — Six kids from the Alprilla Farm Road escaped injury when a vehicle coming from North Mill Street lightly T-boned the other side of this school bus on Front Street late this afternoon.

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ESL Presents Christmas Traditions this Friday and Saturday


December 11 at 7:00 pm
December 12 at 2:00 and 4:00 pm
30 Main Street Studio
Christmas Traditions is a family favorite!
Have you ever wondered how our traditions began?
This show is a wonderful celebration of European traditions
that so many of us share today.  Enjoy the story, song and
Christmas cheer after the show.  Start a new family tradition
by attending this show!!
 Tickets are $10 - General Admission 
Family Pack $25 (Family of 3 or more) 


Another wonderful family concert is planned for this Sunday, December 13, at the United Parish of Upton featuring all three of our vocal groups: Tone Deft, Tone Deft Jr., and the newly-formed adult choir, The Treblemakers.  Please visit our website for all the details of our holiday performances.

$25 cap per family  Purchase tickets here


Got a reason for the Blues? Want to lose the "bah-humbug?"



HOPKINTON, MASS. (December 9, 2009) – Do you need some comfort and fellowship during this holiday season? St. Paul’s Episcopal Church invites you to a non-denominational "Blue Christmas" service on December 20 at 6:00 p.m. This is a special reflective service to acknowledge the blue in our Christmas. It will be a service of readings, music, candle lighting, and silence and will take place in the sanctuary of St. Paul’s, which is located at 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) in Hopkinton. All are welcome.


St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s mission is to minister unconditionally to all in the name of Christ through shared worship, teaching, healing, and service. For more information visit or call 508-435-4536.



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