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Sum, Sum, Summertime
July 12, 2012 — Sandy Island Beach was loaded with summertime patrons today, as the water was full of boaters passing by. Scene from the West Main Street Causeway.


James E. Murphy, 73
HOPKINTON - James E. Murphy, 73, died Thursday, July 12, 2012 in Westboro. Born in Natick, he was the son of the late of Frederick and Katherine (Moran) Murphy. He was a 1956 graduate of Hopkinton High School and was a pharmacy technician at UMass Medical, Worcester, for 21 years.
He is survived by his brothers Frederick and wife Judy Murphy of Hopkinton, Timothy (TJ) of Hopkinton, and his sister Judy Sparks of Wyoming, MN. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held Monday, July 16 at 10:00 a.m. from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home followed by a funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m in St. John the Evangelist Church. Burial will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Natick. Calling hours at the funeral home are Sunday, July 15 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Donations may be made to the Hopkinton Public Library, 13 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748.


Interim Superintendent Search: Finalist Announced Hopkinton, MA

The Hopkinton School Committee is pleased to announce that they have identified Dr. Steven Hiersche as a finalist for the position of Interim Superintendent of Schools for the 2012-2013 school year.  READ FULL RELEASE FROM SC


Wednesday, July 11, 2012
11:53 pm Officer Jacob Campbell reported that an interior light was on inside a motor vehicle on Price Street. He stated that the inside appeared to be disheveled.
11:31 pm A resident of Church Street reported that he heard a noise in his back yard and believed that someone was in his shed. An officer responded and spoke with two individuals out on a walk.
9:56 pm The Ashland Police Department reported a restraining order violation on Hayden Rowe Street. Two officers responded but were unable to make contact with the individual.
7:02 pm A 911 caller from South Street reported that his vehicle was hit while he was at work. He advised that he obtained a suspect vehicle from security footage. An officer took a report.
3:03 pm The State Police reported a hit and run motor vehicle accident on 495 and that the suspect vehicle got off at exit 21A. An officer checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.
1:22 pm An officer checked a disabled motor vehicle on Pleasant Street.
1:14 pm An officer checked a disabled motor vehicle on West Elm Street.
10:52 am Two officers responded to a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on East Main Street.
9:57 am Officer Stephen Buckley checked car seats on Main Street.
12:52 am An officer assisted the Upton Police Department with a traffic stop at the town line on West Main Street.


Armed Home Invasions and Breaking and Entering cases; Indictments handed down

On November 9th, 2011 an Eisenhower Street Cumberland Rhode Island residence was broken into and three firearms were stolen as well as other valuables.

On November 10th, 2011 a Mount Street Franklin, MA resident awoke to find armed intruders in her home and bedroom. She was tied up and items were stolen from her home.

On November 16th, 2011 two Lyons Road Franklin, MA residences were broken into. Both homes had many items stolen and significant property damage done to the residences.

On November 23rd, 2011 a Lincoln Street Hopkinton, MA resident awoke to find armed intruders in his home standing over him. His mother was also home and both were tied up and items stolen from their home. The residents were physically unharmed during the incident.

On November 28th, 2011 Officers from the Cumberland Rhode Island Police Department responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle which led to a motor vehicle stop. They subsequently arrested the operator for motor vehicle violations. During the inventory search of the vehicle they located firearms and clothing. The firearms were similar to those described and used in the Franklin MA home invasion. The clothing was similar to that worn by potential suspects in the Franklin MA home invasion and had been circulated and identified through ATM photos.

Over the next seven months a lengthy joint investigation was conducted by Detectives and Investigators with the Franklin Massachusetts Police Department, Cumberland Rhode Island Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Hopkinton Massachusetts Police Department, Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit, Middlesex Massachusetts District Attorney’s Office, Norfolk Massachusetts District Attorney’s Office, and the United States Attorney’s Office in Providence Rhode Island. Many stolen items were recovered and seized as evidence. Many suspects were identified and some have been indicted and charged in the various jurisdictions where the crimes have been committed. Those charged are identified as:

Corey Ridolfi, 25 years of age from Cumberland Rhode Island. Jared Lemay, 19 years of age from North Smithfield Rhode Island.  Carlos Ortiz, 20 years of age from Woonsocket Rhode Island

Although the victims were chosen randomly the suspects had connections (family, friends or employment) to the neighborhoods where the crimes were committed. (All suspects charged are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.)


On My Vacation...

July 11, 2012 — Taken on Cape Cod Bay by my daughter Melinda. We believe it’s an Atlantic Dolphin – a very beautiful creature. We came upon a pod of them last Friday about half way between Provincetown and Duxbury and managed to get this picture.  — Steve Bryant



BOSTON – Wednesday, July 11, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today announced that the Commonwealth has reached a tentative agreement with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe on a Compact agreement which outlines the terms, consistent with federal law, under which the Tribe can operate a gaming facility in Massachusetts.  READ FULL PRESS RELEASE



  Police Incident Log - Most Recent First


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Incident Log
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
10:25 pm Officer Peter Booth stopped a motor vehicle on Main Street and subsequently arrested a 44 year old male from Billerica and charged him with OUI Liquor, 4th Offense.

9:08 pm
A 911 caller from West Main Street reported that someone was parked in his driveway and was repeatedly knocking on his door. Officers spoke with the individual who was attempting to purchase an item that was for sale in the yard.

8:51 pm
A caller complained about trucks and heavy machinery being operated on South Street. Two officers responded and advised that it was tractor trailers being loaded up with generators.

7:36 pm
An officer came upon a young female crying in her vehicle on Main Street. She was just upset over a recent break up.

2:21 pm
A Saddle Hill Road resident reported that a suspicious vehicle was driving around the neighborhood. Three officers checked the area with a negative find.

11:22 am
An officer checked a motor vehicle on Cedar Street.


Damsels and Dragons

July 11, 2012 — A damsel fly touches down momentarily at Blood's Pond this morning, presumably to deposit some eggs, while the ghostly image of a nearby male protector flies above-right overhead, out of the focal range of the camera's lens.


Former EMC Employee Arraigned For Stealing Company Money

Alleged to have spent $220,000 on travel, lodging, sporting events and plastic surgery

WOBURN – A Webster woman was arraigned today on larceny charges for allegedly using company money for hundreds of thousands of dollars of unauthorized personal expenses including elaborate trips, limo rides and plastic surgery, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.

Madeline Vinton, 35, of Webster was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court this morning on five counts of larceny over $250. Middlesex Superior Court Clerk Magistrate Michael Sullivan ordered the defendant held on $7,500 cash bail with the conditions that she must surrender her passport, remain in the Commonwealth, and have no contact with EMC or its employees.

Her next court date is August 29 for a pre-trial conference.

According to authorities, in April of 2006, Vinton was hired as an administrative assistant at EMC in Hopkinton. In early 2012, EMC investigators noticed a pattern of travel and expense activities that were inconsistent with Vinton’s role and assigned duties and began an investigation.

Further investigation by EMC, Hopkinton Police and the Middlesex District Attorney discovered that Vinton had illegally used a company-issued credit card for more than $155,000 in personal expenses. According to authorities, Vinton spent company money on limousine rides, Boston Celtics tickets, purchases on Amazon.com, hotels, meals and rental cars. She allegedly used the company credit card for more than $500 on plastic surgery. She also made fraudulent purchases on her boss’s company credit card. The defendant also claimed payments for more than $48,000 in overtime for which she never worked.

Vinton was terminated by EMC in February 2012. The defendant was arraigned March 30, 2012 in Framingham District Court. Vinton was indicted by a Middlesex Grand Jury on June 7, 2012.

These charges are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The case was investigated by Hopkinton Police, the Middlesex District Attorney’s PACT Unit, and EMC.

The Assistant District Attorney is Stephen Gilpatric.  — Press Release, Middlesex District Attorney's Office



July 11, 2012 — This great blue heron landing on a rock in Blood's Pond mimics the eagle on the back of a quarter, as it competes for attention with its own shadow and its striated reflection in the water this morning.


Selectmen Say Goodbye to Several People
HR Director, 49-year Volunteer, Parks and Rec Director, More...
Used Car License Granted • Solarize reaches milestone

July 10, 2012 — Usually the first one to reach the scene for 49 years, call firefighter Lt. Robert Bartlett had a bittersweet moment this evening after having reached 65 years-old, a mandatory retirement age for firefighters, and receiving an award for all of his years. Mr. Bartlett, a former Highway Surveyor (former name of Director of Highway Department), will continue to work as a detail police officer for Hopkinton Police, he said, until no later than the mandatory retirement of 70 years-old with that department. Above, fellow firefighters as well as Chief Ken Clark, Deputy Chief Steve Slaman and Framingham Fire Chief Gary Daugherty lined the walls of Selectmen's Room and into the hallway.

Selectmen also cited Parks and Recreation Director Michael Preite, who was not present, for his 15 years.

Selectmen and Town Manager Norman Khumalo said warm goodbyes to Human Resources Director Maryrose DeGroot, whose family will be moving as a result of her husband's job change.

Roy MacDowell was on hand to discuss intersection improvements at the Main/Grove/Cedar Street intersection that Legacy Farms is obligated to make according the the Host Community Agreement to mitigate the upcoming traffic impact due to the planned construction of hundreds of homes on their East Hopkinton land. Colella's co-owner Sandra Varnum said that the plan as presented this evening was agreeable to Colella's Supermarket. Later phases planned for future improvements to the intersection will affect street parking to a large degree. At one point in the years of presentations, a Phase III plan showed a large swath of Colella's parking impacted by a widening of the roadway . The plan approved by Selectmen this evening, often referred to as Phase II in previous discussions,  did not do that.

Selectmen brought back to life this evening some issues that Town Meeting shot down, like the parking agreement behind Bill's Pizza, saying in some cases that it was all about a failure to be properly prepared. They agreed to meet again to plan a way to bring all of the Downtown initiatives, burying utility lines, Wood and Main Street intersection, off-street parking, and others, into one plan to move forward to the next Town Meeting.

Village Service Center, now known as Hopkinton Sunoco, was granted a license to sell used cars at their 60 Main Street location. Owner Jerry Lazzaro said the Board of Appeals amended his special permit to allow five unregistered cars on the property. he said he would only be selling two at any given time, but there would be others in the pipeline.

Selectman John Mosher announced that the Solarize program had reached a Tier 5 level, with Hopkinton being the first town to reach that level of participation and discount.


 If the weather holds a splendid time is guaranteed for all….bring a blanket and a beverage but

NO dogs please!!

And its FREE!!



July 10, 2012 — This raptor, was photographed in the waning minutes of the day on Lake Maspenock by Lisa Carty yesterday.


One Did Not Get Away

July 10, 2012 — Elizabeth Mosher poses next to the first fish she caught on her own while dad, Selectmen John, holds it in front of the camera, in Penobscot, Maine on Toddy Pond. It was a largemouth bass, measured 20" and weighed 5 lbs. They released it after the pictures.

"What a great day!"



Reader Likes Scott Brown for US Senate


We face a number of interesting and difficult decisions to make on November 6th of this year. However, I think the clear choice for U.S. Senate is Scott Brown. For years in this state I have witnessed fraud, corruption, broken promises and embarrassment from our elected officials. I have often said, “I just wish we had someone in office who wasn’t corrupt, who would put the people before politics and who did what they said they would do”. My friends we have this person in Scott Brown.


Throughout his political career, Scott Brown has continually focused on solving problems and moving our country forward, rather than fighting partisan battles and getting nothing accomplished.


Scott said from the start he’d be an independent voice and has taken this attitude to the U.S. Senate and despite that body being incredibly polarized, because of Senator Brown’s presence, tough Wall Street Reform was passed, a bill encouraging the hiring of veterans was enacted, and Senator Brown personally led the fight to ban insider trading for members of Congress.


Despite those successes, our country is still facing some very real problems. Over 8% of Americans are unemployed, while millions of others have stopped looking for work completely, or are stuck in part-time jobs when they need fulltime employment.


To combat this crisis, we can’t elect more bitter partisans that are determined to go to Washington and throw rocks. We need to elect someone that is willing to work across the aisle in order to find bipartisan solutions that actually move the country in the right direction. That is what Scott Brown has done in his first two years, and it is what he will continue to do, which is why he needs to be re-elected.


Christian Ollenborger,

24 Duffield Road


July 10, 2012


   Police Incident Log - Most Recent First


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Incident Log
Monday, July 8, 2012
9:32 pm A Wood Street resident arrived home to find his rear door open...

8:53 pm Nearly an entire flock of geese killed in roadway...

6:18 pm Yale Road caller reports her 11 year-old son went off swimming with a 17 year-old and ...

6:00 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested an individual on Main Street for Possession of Class D with Intent to Distribute...

5:55 pm Onstar reporting a motor vehicle accident on Route 495 southbound...

2:50 pm ...operator of a black and white Mastercraft boat was driving fast around the lake yelling obscenities through a bullhorn...



Safe Driving for Seniors...
A free seminar for mature drivers by
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles
Monday, July 16, at 12:30
HR.S.V.P. (508) 497-7930


American Youth Football Still Has Room


Hopkinton Parks and Recreation (HPR) is excited to announce that the new program has 128 kids registered and is going to field 6 Football teams this season. We still have room for more, so if you’re going to be in grades 2 through 8, this coming school year, sign up now before the season begins.


Practice will start August 6th up at the new Fruit Street Field Complex and space and team placement is based on grade. So register today so you don’t miss out.


American Youth Football (AYF) is the largest youth football organization in the U.S. A National Youth Partner of the NFL, AYF provides support services, academic scholarships, grants, "Giving Back" programs and tournaments to more than 500,000 youth members. AYF is the only youth football program with members in all 50 states and several countries worldwide. AYF is committed to Giving Back and has donated more than $14 million dollars in grants and product to communities that support youth football.


To register online go to http://www.hopkinton.org/parks and click "Online Registration." For further information, go to www.hopkintonashlandayf.org .


Roadwork to Begin!

The Hopkinton Highway Department has received a tentative start date from our paving contractor of July 23rd, 2012 to begin work on the roads that will be reclaimed, milled and paved under our 2012 Pavement Management Plan. This start date is subject to change based on weather, breakdowns & possible contractor scheduling issues.


Please expect delays, plan accordingly and seek alternate routes whenever possible. Visit our web site at www.hopkintonma.gov/home/government/departments/dpw/highway and click on 2012 Pavement Management Plan Roadwork List to view a complete list of this year’s planned roadwork.


It is our intention and hope that all of this work will be completed by September 1st, 2012. The DPW appreciates your support, patience and cooperation during this 2012 construction season.



Mike Mansir, Highway Manager



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Incident Log
Sunday, July 8, 2012
 12:04 am ...a male wearing a bathing suit walking in the dark...

11:21 pm ...a pug dog with a collar and tags walked into their house...

10:07 am A 911 caller reported a propane tank caught fire...

4:09 am A motorist who reported his window smashed later admitted...



The New, and the Old New

July 9, 2012 — Outgoing Human Resources Director Maryrose DeGroot threw a breakfast party this morning at Town Hall so that newly hired employees could get to know one another, as well as the professional staff at Town Hall. Above, Treasurer/Collector Maureen Dwinnell introduces Hopkinton's new Finance Director Chris Ketchen to newly hired part time Building Inspector, Michael Shepard, who retired in April as Building Commissioner of the Town of Brookline. Mr. Shepard previously held the position as Hopkinton's Building Inspector. And the year he was hired by Brookline, he was elected to a Hopkinton Selectman's position in a lopsided and stunning victory. The full list of new employees follows:

Jed Fenneuff- Water & Sewer Technician-DPW
Harry Hamilton-Custodian-Police Department
Chris Ketchen-Finance Director/Town Accountant-Accounting Department
Jamie Hellen-Operations Assistant to the Town Manager-Town Manager's Office
Mike Shepard-PT Building Inspector- Land Use, Planning and Permitting.


Elusive Illusion

July 9, 2012 — This great blue heron, sporting its bamboo legs and feathery tassels, stays as still as can be, letting fish that swim nearby believe its legs are sticks, and its body part of the scenery, until they get close enough to be caught, at Ice House Pond last week.


Common Concert
July 8, 2012 — The the Beatles cover band, The Nowheremen, filled the Hopkinton Common with their gritty sound while families gathered and children frolicked this evening. See a Gallery of photos from the event here. HopNews galleries are now displayed in higher quality than ever before. Readers have the option of seeing them full screen in the gallery, as well as purchasing them online.

A song from Sunday's concert can be viewed on the HopNews YouTube site, below. The distorted audio is caused by the band's pre-amplifiers clipping, not the quality of the video's audio capture.  A Hi-def video can be viewed here too on our new HopNews.SmugMug site. The audio is no better.


Green Acres

July 8, 2012 — Officer William Burchard speaks with Sgt. Michael Sutton on the Cedar Street flats, while Officer Peter Booth speaks with an individual who was driving a John Deere Gator with no plate and no license in his possession. The driver of the farm-type vehicle gave a birth date that would make him at least 81 years old. Hopefully, there will be more detail in the police log on Monday.


A Time for Every Purpose

July 8, 2012 — This dragonfly at Blood's Pond appears to be taking a break from his main activities of eating and mating, grabbing a twig by wrapping a few of its feet around it and resting. Or perhaps it is using its incredible vision to hunt his next mating partner from among the damsel flies on the pond.