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High School Break-In Suspect Captured


August 23, 2011 — This morning at approximately 12:45 am, Hopkinton Police responded to a burglar alarm at Hopkinton High School on Hayden Rowe Street, not an uncommon occurrence.

        However, this time officers arrived to observe someone running inside the school, and requested assistance from Ashland and Holliston Police as well as the State Police K-9 division.

        According to a press release from Hopkinton Lt. Charles Wallace, officers noticed an open exterior door and a subject attempting to flee.

        A 17 year-old DiCarlo Road resident was apprehended and charged with Break and Entry in the Nighttime for a Felony and released on bail. He is expected to appear in court today.

        According to Lt. Wallace, no school property was damaged or taken.


Children's Safety Course, radKIDS

 radKIDS is the national leader in children's safety education and provides the only holistic, practical and realistic life skills safety program available for children and parents today.  radKIDS training gives children the tools they need to recognize, avoid and escape potentially dangerous situations, including bullying, assault and abduction.  The radKIDS program is a 12 hour family centered safety education program that emphasizes essential decision-making skills and physical resistance options to escape violence. This program is designed for children from 5-12 years of age.  A few of the program components include: stranger tricks, internet safety, bullying prevention, personal safety, out and about safety, school safety, and realistic physical defense skills against abduction.  


Hopkinton residents and parents of 3 young children, Kim and Tim Brennan are certified radKIDS Instructors and are now offering this course to children and families in Hopkinton and surrounding towns.  The next radKIDS class will be held over the course of four Saturdays, 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, & 10/22 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at 6 Main Street, Hopkinton (the John Warren Masonic Lodge).  The cost for the class is $90 per child ($60 for a sibling) and includes a Family Safety Manual, Safety Activity Book & Certificate.  The Freemasons of the John Warren Masonic Lodge have graciously donated their space for the radKIDS classes to be held.


A free return and practice policy is honored at radKIDS classes across the country.  Once a child has taken the radKIDS class, they can enroll in any radKIDS class, free of charge up to the age of 12, for as many times as they would like. 


To sign up for the fall radKIDS class, for more information, or if you are interested in sponsoring a radKIDS class contact Kim Brennan at .  Space is limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis. im  To learn more about radKIDS, visit


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for by Robert Falcione © 2011 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from August 15, 2011 to August 22, 2011






16 East Street Timothy J French $425,000 August 19, 2011 Thomas R Irvin, Judy M Irvin
51 School Street Vineet V Nene, Vina S Pendse $569,000 August 19, 2011 Lynn C Ito, Ralph K Ito
29 Knoll Road He Huang Trust, et al $283,000 August 19, 2011 Paul Seery, Susan Seery
18 Nazneen Circle Tayebeh Hosseinzadegank $195,200 08/22/2011

Ahmed Mirajuddin TR,

Peppercorn Village Realty Trust

   Last Week        

3 Schofield Road

Mary Carman, Michael Ferguson


August 15, 2011

US Bank Trust

Week Before Last


2 Paul Revere Path A-3

Kanvasri Jonnalagadda


August 8, 2011

Stagecoach Hghts LLC

6 Alexander Road

Jeffrey Navin


August 8, 2011

Francis L Morgan, Anne S Morgan

197 Hayden Rowe Street

Adam Silun, Lisa Silun


August 8, 2011

Mary Jo Ondrechen, Amy E Groves

222 Lumber Street

Aaron Augspurg, Casey Augspurg


August 5, 2011

Michael Colachico, Catherine Colachico

206 Hayden Rowe Street

Philip Varghese, Nisha Sara Matthew


August 5, 2011

John Whittle, Catheryne Whittle

18 Carriage Hill Road

Patrick G Maiella, Keeley A Matella


August 5, 2011

Karen L Golitko

6 Ray Street

Dale T Danahy, Nicholas J Danahy


August 5, 2011

First Congregational Church of Hopkinton MA

AKA 112 Lumber Stret

Zhou Chai Fang, Lu Jin Wu


August 4, 2011

JC Builders, Inc

19 Overlook Road

Jerry Gomez, Marie Elaina Gomez


August 3, 2011

Jomakey, Inc

19 Overlook Road

Jomakey, Inc


August 3, 2011

Jose H Bravo, Llorente Luz Marina

30 Wedgewood Drive

Michael P Kelly, Clodagh Odaly


August 2, 2011

Tracy Wells, James Wells Jr

15 Doyle Lane Unit 30C

Avnish Puri


August 1, 2011

John F Cooney




Town Hall is WIRED!!*

*This notice was uploaded to HopNews from the Town Hall meeting room of the Planning Board using the new Wi-Fi.

Responding to requests from the press (HopNews) and the public, as well as a sign of the times, Town Manager Norman Khumalo has had Wi-Fi installed in areas of Town Hall for the public, the workers and the volunteers.  Following is a press release received today:






 - August 22, 2011


12:16 am A couple of teenagers played "ding-dong-ditch" on a Longwood Drive homeowner...


11:15 pm Five individuals smoking marijuana were in a vehicle that shut its lights off and rolled down...


12:16 am An individual in a vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street that had been checked on earlier kept passing out...


9:19 pm Several youths smashed a Wood Street 911 caller's car windows and her husband took off after them...


Wide Web

August 22, 2011 — A reader who posts as Deadhead on the discussion page sent in this photo of a scary-looking spider today, which he would like identified. [True to form, reader Ed Harrow has replied on Town Talk with the identity of the spider, as well as a link to his source].



MetroWest YMCA Family Outdoor Center offering fall programs

 The MetroWest YMCA Family Outdoor Center will be offering the following programs for youth and families this coming fall.



Youth Archery Program


The MetroWest Family Outdoor Center located in Hopkinton will be offering a six week youth archery program for youth 7 – 12 years of age. The program will take place every Saturday starting on October 1st and running through November 5th. The program is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of archery including equipment review, shooting techniques and safety, and will be led by a certified instructor. Classes will be held from 10 AM – 11:30 AM at the Archery Range located at the YMCA Family Outdoor Center on 45 East Street, Hopkinton.


Space is limited to the first 12 participants per session. Registration fee is $80.00 for members and $105.00 for Non- Members and includes 6 classes and participation award. Register with the form at the back of our Program Guide.

Note: All participants must sign a release from prior to participating in either program. The waiver must be signed by a parent/guardian.


Family Weekend Adventure Programs

We are pleased to offer three new Family Weekend Adventures this fall!  There will be one each month in September, October and November, and are run by out Outdoor Education Department.  Bring the whole family for an education outdoor adventure!


Animal Tracking, Saturday September 10th, 10 am – 12 pm. Learn which animals live near  you, and how to discover what they do when you’re not around!


Beginning Map and Compass Skills, Saturday October 15th, 10 am – 12 pm.  We will cover the basics of how to use a map and compass when traveling in the outdoors.  Compasses will be provided, but feel free to bring your own!


Nature Games, Saturday, November 12th, 10 am – 12 pm. Learn how to identify trees, how and why birds migrate and more while playing family games.


For more information please contact Cynthia Menard at 508-435-9345 ext 12 or at



Schools Opening August 30, 2011


The Hopkinton Police Department would like to remind everyone that the Hopkinton Public Schools will be opening on Tuesday August 30, 2011.



To help protect the children we urge motorists to:

- Slow down near schools and in residential areas

- Obey speed limit of 20 MPH in School Zone when lights are flashing

- Plan for extra travel time if you’ll be traveling during times when children will be traveling to and from school

- Use extra caution at intersections, crosswalks and other locations where children may be walking to and from school

- Always stop for school buses when they are loading or unloading passengers or have stop lights activated

- Always maintain a minimum distance of 100 feet when following a school bus with passengers


The Hopkinton Police Department will be patrolling and enforcing motor vehicles laws to provide a safe trip to and from school for all children.

Failure to obey the motor vehicle laws could result in a motorists being fined, some of the potential fines are:

- Failure to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk – Minimum $200 fine

- Failure to stop for a school bus while loading or unloading students – Minimum $250 fine

- Failure to maintain 100 feet distance while following a school bus – Minimum $35 fine

- Speeding – Minimum $100 fine


Number One

August 22, 2011 — The driver of this truck barreled across the crosswalk this morning, and when he reached the photographer, who was pointing to the blinking yellow warning light that was now behind the truck, the driver indicated that the photographer was number one — but he used the wrong finger. According to a Press Release from the Chief of Police this morning, there is a minimum fine of $200 for failing to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk.


9-11 Tribute

August 22, 2011 — Michael Whalen, American Legion Post 202 Adjutant, hangs a commemorative flag on the Veterans Memorial Gazebo this morning remembering the attack on America of September 11, 2001. On this tenth anniversary of the event, September 11, 2011 at 6:00 pm, the American Legion will hold a memorial service that all are welcome to attend. Post Commander, Eric Sonnett will be the keynote speaker, Mr. Whalen said today. He added that although not all of the specifics are firmed up, public safety officials will also be invited.



Form and Substance

August 22, 2011 — Emily Katz stretches her calves at the Hopkinton Town Common before her Cross Country team Captains' practice this morning.




Get Off of My Rock

August 22, 2011 — For those on Lake Maspenock and the surrounding area wondering where the noise was coming from the other night, this is the view from the West Main Street causeway this morning. The fireworks could be seen and heard from Downtown.


RJ's Run 2011 

August 21, 2011 — RJ Penney lost his life in a motorcycle crash in 2006, and each year the family and friends get together with in motorcycle run to commemorate his life. See the scores of motorcycles take off from the Woodville Rod and Gun Club; and meet the parents, too.



Rats of the Sky

August 21, 2011 — This seagull and a few relatives were helping cleanup Hopkinton Reservoir today as the storm approached, led by distant thunder. Some fishermen call them "rats of the sky."



Storm Side-Effect

August 21, 2011 — At the first sound of distant thunder around 3:30 this afternoon, Hopkinton  State Park officials ordered bathers and boaters out of the water, after which followed a mass exodus from the park.


Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My... CONCERT!!

August 21, 2011 — Today's Sunday Concert on the Common has been canceled by Parks and Recreation Department due to expected inclement weather, for the third Sunday in a row.



In addition to alerting readers via this Page One and our Town Talk page, HopNews sent out alerts to our facebook and twitter social media connections. If that could be quicker for you, please click on the icons and sign up!

And if you are still in the mood for social networking, you can help out our new facebook page with a "like" if you are so inclined. A "like" would add to the page's privileges and as a result, would add to what we could offer on that page. Thanks.


RJ's Run 2011

August 21, 2011 — The family and friends of RJ Penney took off at noon today from the Woodville Rod and Gun Club on Wood Street in Woodville, following the noontime wail of a siren from the tail-car today. RJ lost his life in a motorcycle accident in 2006, and friends and family — some in strollers who had never gotten to know him — have come together each year for a motorcycle ride in his memory and give the proceeds to a worthy cause. This year's charity is the American Cancer Society.

       The group plans to ride 60 miles and return for a barbeque at the Club.



State Police Assist Pittsfield Police


Today at 3:00 p.m., at the request of the Pittsfield Police Department, Troopers from the State Police Cheshire Barracks responded to a residence on Second Street in Pittsfield to assist with a report of a barricaded subject who may be armed.  The Berkshire County Tactical Unit is also on scene.  The situation is ongoing at this time.




Colors of Summer's End

August 20, 2011 — This bee appreciates this beautiful weed for another reason today, as the colors of late summer emerge and the first red leaves of the swamp maples lay in silent wait.



Community Pool

August 20, 2011 — Monkey-see, monkey-do on the pond today as one Canada goose leads the gaggle into bathing in unison, splashing so fast that the camera is unable to freeze much of the action.




The 6th Annual Hopkinton Tennis Tournament will take place Sept. 16-18 at Hopkinton High School tennis courts. The tournament is open to all Hopkinton residents 18 years and older of all levels. Come meet other tennis players in town and compete in a fun, friendly atmosphere! Prizes and trophies will be awarded.  Match play in beginner, intermediate and advanced play. (advanced play is USTA 4.0 rating and above) Mixed doubles categories are open to one resident and one out-of-town guest partner.

The cost is $15.00 per person per event entered. Please register on Hopkinton's Park & Rec website and check for tournament updates and information. See you on the courts!



RJ'S Run


RJ's run is held in memory and honor of RJ Penney who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on July 22, 2006. This charity motorcycle run is organized by family and friends with all proceeds to be donated to a charity of the family's choice.


Date: August 21, 2011

Place: Woodville Rod & Gun Club
          252 Wood Street 
          (Route 135) 
          Woodville, MA 01784

Time: Registration 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
         Ride Leaves at 12 p.m.
         60 mile rural route 
(click for GPS image of last years route)

Donation:  $20.00 per person (BBQ included at the end of the ride.)             

 All proceeds from the run will be donated to The American Cancer Society in RJ's memory.


Just Visiting

August 19, 2011 — Jason Kenney works at Colella's, but Dustin Pedroia is just visiting. Pedroia is the one made of cardboard. Photo by Motorola Droid available at Advantage Wireless.


Three's Company

August 19, 2011 — These three city slickers, from left, Nancy Walsh-O'Leary, Constance Strickland and Pamela Higgins found Hopkinton State Park relaxing and quiet today as they took in their surroundings on kayaks.


From the Water to You

August 19, 2011 — Halley Barton and Lindsay Todaro represented the business of their families, American Hydroponics, at the Weston Nurseries Farmers Market today. American Hydroponics, which grows their vegetables in water in greenhouses on Hayden Rowe Street, is expanding significantly with a retail center that is targeted to be finished this year.



So Many Weeds, So Little Time

August 19, 2011 — A worker at Pratt's Farm on Fruit Street stood for a moment as he weeded, row by row today.








Police Still Refuse to Name Officer Injured This Morning


August 18, 2011 — The Hopkinton Police Department continues to refuse to confirm the name of the officer injured this morning. However, HopNews learned that a Special/Auxiliary Hopkinton Police Officer was injured by a truck while working a detail on the Elm Street construction site. He was brought to UMass in Worcester, where a source has said he is undergoing surgery at this time (7:00 pm) and is expected to be in the hospital a few days.

        According to a press release this morning by Lt. Charles Wallace, the unnamed patient suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries.


The Tailored Chef (.com)

Maria Fortι Remade

August 18, 2011 — You can't keep a great chef down, and Maria Fortι, formerly of Maria's Caffe Italiano on Main Street in Hopkinton, is proving that now. For eleven years, Ms. Fortι brought her authentic brand of Italian cuisine — with always-fresh spices painstakingly chopped by hand — to Downtown Hopkinton, building a clientele who enjoyed the experience, spiced by the how's and whys of her cooking.

         From glassware that was without even one fingerprint, to serving platters that are color-coordinated with the food placed into them, Maria's methods expressed a love for not only the taste and smell of her recipes, but for the presentation as well, and continues to do that. The sprig of mint on top of today's summer salad of ripened avocado and cantaloupe, and shrimp flavored with a hint of lemon, was placed there at the very end of the composition, but somehow added a subtle and delightful taste to the entire plate.

          Following her stint on Main Street and an unsuccessful effort to purchase the building she leased, Maria opened a lager venue in the industrial area on South Street closer to her Milford home. Her planned opening was delayed time after time, the economy nosedived in the meantime, and added to a recipe for failure. But without those extraneous elements, Maria is free to again offer her fine Italian cuisine to her discriminating clients, as well those looking for real Italian food.

          Maria Fortι, like the mythical phoenix, has arisen to thrill the senses at a client's home or other facility. She can be reached at .


Bee Careful

August 18, 2011 — This tiny bee is the size of a housefly, photographed on some goldenrod at Ice House Pond (Golden Pond to you city slickers).



Investigation Continues

 August 18, 2011 — Above, Special Officer Don Creswell advised a driver of the closure of the street, while State Police investigate the accident involving another Special Police Officer at the other end of the street this morning. Report by NECN is below.



Beaches Open

August 18, 2011 — Sandy Beach, above, as seen from West Main Street has remained open since its reopening last week. Hopkinton State Park's Main Beach reopened today.


Hopkinton Police Officer Struck on Elm Street


On Thursday 18 August 2011, at approximately 07:18 AM, a Hopkinton Police Officer was struck by a construction vehicle owned by Ludlow Construction of Ludlow, Mass., while directing traffic at a construction site on Elm Street.


The Officer suffered serious injuries believed to be non-life threatening and transported to UMass Medical Center in Worcester, Mass, by Hopkinton Fire Department Paramedics.


The accident is being investigated by Hopkinton Police, Massachusetts State Police Collision and Analysis Reconstruction Section and the Massachusetts State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section.


The accident investigation is on-going at this time.


Lt. Charles Wallace

Hopkinton Police

~ Press release from HPD


Editor: The name of the Special/Auxiliary Officer is being withheld by HopNews at this time. Contributed photo.



Senior Picnic

August 17, 2011 — Selectmen Michele Gates and Brian Herr dish out the grub at the Annual Senior Picnic at the New England Laborers Training Center today put on by Representative Carolyn Dykema today.




Winners All

August 17, 2011 — This cast bronze Mico Kaufman sculpture on the grounds of Weston Nurseries features Stylianos Kyriakides, left, who represented Greece and won the 1946 BAA Boston Marathon, and Phedippedes, who is said to be the runner who inspired the modern marathon 2500 years ago, showing Kyriakides the way. Mr. Kyriakides has recently received a finishing medallion for this year's race from an unknown donor. Everyone who runs gets one.



August 17, 2011 — "Look, Uncle Bob," said Austin, pointing to an enormous butterfly, while pulling out of the parking space this morning.

      "What a great photo that would make," we both thought.

      "Quickly, hand me the camera," I said, repeating a phrase I used when he spotted a yearling the other day. I jumped out of the car, camera in hand.

      "Over there," I pleaded to the flying wonder, pointing to a flower and hoping the butterfly would comply. It did, and I took a photo. And then it began to fly away.

       "No, over here," I said, and it came back and stopped on another flower where I was pointing. I took another photo, and then it flew up.

        It flew at close range around my head, bobbing up and down like a carousel ride at the amusement park, and I watched it, believing it was admiring me as much as I was admiring it. And then it landed on the pavement in the space where I had just moved my vehicle out of.

        And before I could say, "No, over there," the three year-old cat from next door pounced on the creature, disabling it instantly, ending my adventure photographing the butterfly, but beginning a new one for Tigger. ~ Robert



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