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Splish, Splash

May 25, 2011 — This Canada goose gosling goes neck-first toward the water in a typical warning posture he saw his father doing moments earlier.

Hopkinton Police Awards Ceremony

May 25, 2011 — Hopkinton Police Chief Richard Flannery presided over the Fourth Annual Awards Ceremony, which he began by giving former Chief Tom Irvin, who was in attendance, credit for the initiative.

         Above, Chief Flannery offers Officer Gregg DeBoer, right, and Officer Patrick O'Brien Life Saving Award pins for saving the life of a resident in July of 2010 though their direct intervention. Others received awards for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service. Below is Ashland Police canine Dax, who also received an award.

      "I'll let you put this one (award pin) on," Chief Flannery said to Ashland Officer Chris Alberini, Dax's handler.

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Slip, Slidin' Away

May 25, 2011 — Hopkinton Reservoir Dam gets a trim today, as the grass cutter fights gravity. The photo is a lesson in the rule of thirds, strong diagonals, diminishing perspective and vanishing point.


Hopkinton Parks and Recreation Movie Nights on the Town Common


Complete outdoor theater featuring a 21 foot inflatable jumbo movie screen and super sonic sound system


June 17 – Blindside

June 24 – Despicable Me

July 8 – Classic Movie Night

                        Three Stooges

                        Robin Hood

July 15 – How to Train Your Dragon


Show Time 8:30. Rain date: Following Monday Night

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Milford Regional Receives Third Gold Stroke Award

May 24, 2011 — Milford Regional Medical Center recently received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award for the third consecutive year. The award recognizes Milford Regional’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment for at least 24 months according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.


Photo: For the third consecutive year, Milford Regional receives the AHA/ASA GWTG- Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award. President Ed Kelly recognizes the stroke team’s accomplishment in this photo. Pictured left to right: (front row) Annette Roberts, Maria DaSilva, Donna Auger, Dr. William Tosches, Liz Renzi and Dr. Theresa Arpin, (back row) Pam Vaccari, Ed Kelly, Dr. Jeff Hopkins, Donna Saul and Dr. Matthew McCauley.


“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award addresses the important element of time,” said Dr. Jeffrey Hopkins, medical director of the emergency department at Milford Regional. “Milford Regional has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. This includes always being equipped to provide brain imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.”

To receive the Get WithThe Guidelines-Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award, Milford Regional demonstrated 85% adherence in the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke key measures for 24 or more consecutive months. These include aggressive use of medications like tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol-reducing drugs, and smoking cessation.

“The American Stroke Association commends Milford Regional for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”

Driver Strikes, Seriously Injures Trooper, Flees

Mass State Police seeks public's help


The updated Be-On-the-Lookout (BOLO) is a follows: A black two-door sedan with a light-colored interior and POSSIBLE aftermarket dark-tinted taillights. The vehicle is similar to a two-door Honda Civic built in the late 1990s or early 2000s, but we are not stating definitively that is a Civic.


May 24, 2011 — Today at 9:04 am, a Massachusetts State Trooper was struck while conducting speed enforcement duties in Boston


The Trooper was outside his cruiser, on the ramp to Route 90 Eastbound coming from Route 93 Northbound, prior to the entrance to the Ted Williams Tunnel.  He was signaling a vehicle to stop and that vehicle struck him and then fled the scene. 


Investigators are reviewing video camera tapes throughout the entire tunnel system to obtain further information about the suspect vehicle.


The Trooper was seriously injured and was transported to Boston Medical Center for treatment. 


The State Police Collision Analysis Section and the State Police Crime Scene Service Section have been processing the scene and the ramps were closed for approximately 1 hour for the investigation.


Based on information obtained, a Be-On-the-Lookout (BOLO) is being issued for a dark colored, mid-sized sedan, which has right front ¼ panel damage. 


Anyone with information regarding the suspect vehicle is asked to contact State Police Investigators at (508) 820-2121.


Two witness vehicles were identified; a white or silver colored Toyota Camry and a white van; both of which were “cut-off” by the suspect vehicle.  Those operators are also asked to contact State Police Investigators. 

Volunteers Sought for New Flag Installation

Seeing all those brand new American flags ,waving in the breeze at our town cemeteries ,honoring those veterans buried there, is a sure sign that Memorial Day is near. This Friday, May 27, the American Legion Post 202 will be replacing over 1000 old, worn, and battered flags with bright colored new ones.


Every year, there are more veterans' graves, and making sure that all of them are recognized is a priority for the Legion and all surviving veterans. In the past, many of Hopkinton's citizens have helped with this task, and volunteers are needed again this year. Anyone who wishes to help out, we start at Evergreen at 3:00 PM, and please do not hesitate to call me if you know of a veteran's grave that was missed.   Mike Whalen   508-435- 2397.


The Doctors Are IN


The doctors were in, thanks to Hopkinton Drug’s efforts to orchestrate an advanced physicians training at the Newton Wellesley Hospital last month. Led by guest lecturer and world renowned physician and author, Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, the two day event provided doctors from around the country insight on protocols and proper treatment options for Mold illness, Lyme disease, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.


Compounding pharmacist and President of the Hopkinton Drug, Dennis Katz, has worked with Dr. Shoemaker for many years to develop and provide medications for treatment of these illnesses to doctors throughout the United States. Having met many patients suffering from these conditions, Katz believes it is imperative to find solutions for them. He said the doctors who had the opportunity to attend the seminar will be invaluable practitioners for the group often left without answers; a driving factor to why his business decided to follow through with this outreach program.

Hopkinton Drug is intent on improving the health of the community and it proved so with the Newton seminar. By providing an educational environment and unifying physicians to improve treatment options, the Hopkinton business is on the cutting edge for patient care.


For more information on this or any of our other programs please contact:

Michael Macione

Hopkinton Drug, Inc., 800-439-4441 x111-office,




 - May 23, 2011


3:07 am Officer Philip  Powers assisted Westborough PD searching for suspect who fled...


10:32 pm - 10:28 pm A call for an erratic operator on Hayden Rowe led to the next several calls reporting an accident...


7:59 pm The Walcott Street owner of a wounded dog called report an attack in his own yard...


9:53 am A Spring Street caller suspected mail tampering by a neighbor...


3:02 pm Oxford Police called for assistance in locating a hit and run suspect who lost his plate...


1:32 pm A caller called out of concern that a resident of the beach area hangs out...


10:42 am A caller reported the windshields on two of his trucks on Meserve Street were shot out...


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Worcester Telegram & Gazette Student Achievement Award

May 22, 2011 — St. Mark's student Colleen Finnerty was honored with the Worcester Telegram & Gazette's Student Achievement Award this past week. The citation reads: "For Scholarship, Excellence, and Leadership."

        A VI Former from Hopkinton, Colleen received the award at the All School Meeting on Wednesday, May 18 from Head of School John Warren, who congratulated her on her accomplishment. The annual Telegram & Gazette honor is intended to recognize outstanding local students.


Editor's Photo Picks

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts


Compiled  for by Robert Falcione © 2011 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from May 17, 2011 to May 22, 2011



Price Date Seller
331 Wood Street Eileen M Pierce, David N Coniry $335,000 May 19, 2011 Robert G Clark, ...TR,...Fam TR.
Last Week        

6 Church Street

17 Main Street

Thomas V Carey Realty Trust, Main and Church Realty Trust $675,000 May 17, 2011 John J Burns Trust, national Realty Trust
86 South Mill Street Paul V Remsen 684,950 May 13, 2011 South Mill Street LLC
1 Longwood Drive Doris T Venditti $541,500 May 12, 2011 Beverly J Grayson
15 Walker Street Ashoke D Ghosh, Erica T Ghosh 590,000 May 12, 2011 Michael J Connell, Elizabeth E Connell
Week Before Last        
28 Nazneen Circle
$521,000 May 5, 2011

Ahmed Mirajuddin TR,

Peppercorn Village Realty Trust

215 hayden Rowe Street William Perkins, John Perkins $375,000 May 4, 2011 Deutsche Bank National Trust


Two Cars, One Arrest

May 21, 2011 — It wasn't long after the call came in from a passing driver, of an erratic operator on Hayden Rowe Street, that the next call for a two car accident came in. In the photo above, the other vehicle is hundreds of feet away, and the driver of the one in the foreground is in the ambulance in the company of Officer Peter Booth, who placed him under arrest for OUI Liquor and accompanied him in the ambulance to the hospital.

8 Stories High

May 21, 2011 — This single-engine Cessna out of Marlborough Airport did a u-turn over the Fruit Street property and headed back to the city. The zoom lens brought the plane to appear closer than in reality, but if the pilot waved, the photographer would have captured it.


In the Swim of Things

May 21, 2011 — Eleven year-old Casey Rosen, left, and ten year-old Jason Christensen catch a bit of air jumping off of one of the boat docks at Hopkinton Reservoir today.


Leslie Edward Clark, 82

Leslie Edward Clark, 82, of Hopkinton, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2011. Born in Connecticut, he was the son of the late Howard and Helen (Pendleton) Clark. He was the husband of Patricia (Fredette) Clark of Hopkinton.

A Sgt. in the Army and a Veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was an employee of the Hopkinton Highway for 20 years and a Hopkinton call firefighter for 35 years.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his sons, Kenneth Clark and his wife Marie, Frances Clark, and Robert Clark and his wife Kimberly all of Hopkinton; a daughter, Virginia Hanzarak of Hopedale; his stepchildren, James E. Dill of Colorado, Gregory A. Dill of Maryland, Rosemary Malone of NY, and Debra Vautour of NH. He also leaves behind his siblings, Graham Pendleton of CT, Clara Blascke of CT, Shirley Saunders of CT, Gloria Thrasher of GA, as well as 21 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Private burial services will be held at the family's lot in St. John's Cemetery. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 11:00a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church in Hopkinton. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to the VNA Care Network and Hospice, 120 Thomas St. Worcester, MA. 01608.


May 20, 2011 — This rainbow over a group of people at St. John the Evangelist parking area involved in the Reach the Beach Relay may be a sign of good things to come in their volunteer efforts. About 160 teams will relay from Mt. Wachusett to Westport in a 24 hour period. Their leg through Hopkinton happened Friday evening.


Hopkinton Relay for Life 2011

May 20, 2011 — Hopkinton Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society event, kicked off its celebration on Friday evening behind the Hopkinton Middle School and on the varsity field. Scores of tents were erected before the 6:00 pm kick-off National Anthem by the HHS girls a cappella chorus. The event organizers hope to raise $180,000 to give to the American Cancer Society. HopNews broadcasted live from there before the start. The recordings of some of the interviews with the principals are above on the left web cam.

Mary E. McGrath, 83

Mary E. McGrath, 83, of Hopkinton, passed away Friday, May 20, 2011. Born in Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Sarah and Florian Carey. She was the wife of the late James Edward McGrath who passed away in 2007.

She is survived by a son, Michael McGrath and his wife Karen of Hopkinton, a daughter in law, Gail McGrath of New Brunswick, NJ., a sister Ruth Key of Winterhaven, FL. and 3 grandchildren, Jason, Erin, and Tim. She is predeceased by her son, Pat McGrath who passed away in 1998.

Funeral services are private and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

William John Leary, 84

William John Leary, 84, of Hopkinton, passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at the Westborough Healthcare Center. He was the husband of the late Patricia Catherine Leary of Hopkinton who passed in 2008.

A Navy Veteran, and a Hopkinton resident since 1957, William is survived by one son William Leary Jr. of Hopkinton, a niece, Nancy Lee of Boston and 3 grandchildren, William III, Daniel and Michael Leary. He was the last survivor of 6 siblings. He is predeceased by his son, David Leary, who passed in 2002.

Visitation will take place on Sunday, May 22, 2011 from 2-5p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. A funeral service will take place in the funeral home on Monday, May 23rd at 10:00a.m. with burial following in Evergreen Cemetery in Hopkinton.


Leslie Edward Clark, 82

Leslie Edward Clark, 82, of Hopkinton, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2011. He was the husband of Patricia (Fredette) Clark. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.


Sunshine Preschool VIP Night


Five year-old Charlie Petruney and his mother/VIP.
May 20, 2011 — Students invited one VIP to visit the Sunshine Art Gallery, which was full of work inspired by the students' year-long study of individual authors. Students also performed some songs and poems for their VIPs and took home a children's book as a souvenir of their special evening.

HHS Drama Ensemble Dollar Day

On Sunday, May 22 from 4:30-6:30pm members of the HHS drama ensemble will be canvassing Hopkinton neighborhoods asking for $1 donations for their upcoming trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Members of the group will  be wearing their official HHS drama Fringe Festival t-shirts. The ensemble is in the final weeks of fund raising. They appreciate all the community support and  generous contributions!

State Police Charge Drugged Driver in Blandford, MA Crash Involving School Bus


May 20, 2011 — Massachusetts State Police Troopers from the Russell Barracks yesterday arrested a Blandford man with drugged driving and other charges related to a head-on crash between his sport utility vehicle and a school bus.


Troopers charged ROBERT R. NICHOLS, 50, with operating under the influence of drugs, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and speeding following an investigation into the crash, which occurred at 8:05 a.m. on the northbound side of South Street, near Route 23, in Blandford.


Preliminary investigation by Trooper Mark Rogers indicates that NICHOLS was operating a 2005 Land Rover southbound on South Street in the opposing direction of the school bus, which is owned by Lecrenski Brothers, Inc. bus company of Westfield. The bus was being driven by a 56-year-old Southwick man and carried as passengers four Blandford students.


Evidence indicates that NICHOLS’ Land Rover traveled down South Street at an excessive rate of speed, crossing and re-crossing the center median, and eventually swerved into the path of the bus. The bus driver braked and turned to the right in an attempt to avoid a collision but could not avoid the Land Rover.


Four Chester Elementary School students showed no apparent injuries when examined at the scene by Hilltown EMS. The parent of one of the children arrived on scene and took custody of that student. The other three students were transported to Noble Hospital for precautionary reasons in Westfield and later released to the custody of their parents. The bus driver was also transported to Noble for precautionary examination.


Troopers, meanwhile, observed NICHOLAS sitting behind the wheel of the Land Rover appearing sleepy and showing signs of impairment. NICHOLS suffered minor injuries and was transported to Noble Hospital.


During a subsequent inventory of the Land Rover, Trooper Rogers found two pill bottles containing various pills and tablets. State Trooper Jamie Magarian, a drug recognition expert – a trooper trained to recognize the physiological effects of drug use – assisted Trooper Rogers in interviewing NICHOLS. After that interview, and as a result of all investigative measures, Troopers formed the opinion that NICHOLS was under the influence of narcotics, placed him under arrest at the hospital and provided him his Miranda Rights. Troopers booked NICHOLS and kept him in custody at the hospital until a Westfield District Court clerk set his bail at personal recognizance. NICHOLS was discharged from the hospital at approximately 4 p.m. yesterday.

All in the Family

May 19, 2011 — Nearly 10 year-old Cassie Rizzo chats with her grandmother who is off-camera, and who is the Director of the Senior Center, Cindy Chesmore, during the opening day of their rummage sale.

Thousands More Where That Came From

May 19, 2011 — A customer of the Senior Center rummage sale inspects one of thousands of items remaining for sale Friday and Saturday.


Strike a Pose

May 19, 2011 — The roving HopNews camera could not resist this beauty on the road to Purgatory Chasm this morning.

State Police Arrest Two in Hingham, Seize Marijuana


May 19, 2011 — At 3:11 a.m. today, Massachusetts State Troopers, while on patrol on Route 3 southbound in Hingham, observed a 2009 Toyota Camry taxi cab that had defective illumination on its rear license plate and that changed lanes without signaling.


Trooper Dennis Lynch from the State Police Barracks in Norwell and Trooper Matthew Hannigan from the State Police K9 Section, and his K9 partner Zander, conducted a motor vehicle stop and approached the taxi. Troopers observed two men in the back seat texting on cell phones. The passengers said they were traveling from South Station in Boston to Plymouth.


The Troopers detected the odor of burned marijuana coming from inside the car, and observed that both men appeared to be nervous as they handed the Troopers their identifications. Troopers identified the passengers as CHRISTOPHER M. BARNES, 23, of East Falmouth, and CHARLES E. TIMBERS, 27, of Watertown.


Trooper Hannigan and Zander then did an exterior scan of the car, and Zander alerted to the Camry’s trunk. Due to heavy rain, the Troopers then directed the taxi driver to drive off the highway, and he did so and parked under the front overhang of a nearby Home Depot store.


TIMBERS and BARNES were advised of their Miranda rights and taken into custody. During a search of the cab’s trunk, State Police found a large suitcase containing green vegetable matter believed to be marijuana. The approximate weight was 13 ½ pounds. We will attempt to provide a photo of the drugs in the near future.


The defendants were booked at the Norwell Barracks and were expected to be arraigned in Hingham District Court today.


Two Hopkinton students, Helen Gao of Hopkinton High School and Zachary Ritterbusch of Hopkins School, earned distinction in the

National Finals for the PTA Reflections Competition. Helen Gao, earned an Award of Excellence in the category of Visual Arts and Zachary

Ritterbusch received an Award of Merit in the category of Film Production.


The National level of competition recognizes the top students in the country delivering creatively across this years’ theme of "Together We Can."

These students competed against the top performers in every state within their category.  Nationals is the highest distinction for program. 

This marks the first year that Hopkinton has had a winner at the national level.  



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