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Milford Police Chief for a Day

February 7, 2012 — Brittany Silverman who won the Chief For a Day raffle recently spent a day the Milford Police Dept experiencing a day in the life of a Chief.  She spent time in the indoor range, riding in a cruiser with Officer Paul Parisi, enjoyed lunch with Chief Tom O'Loughlin (above), and was invited to sit in the Big Chair. Photo by Jeanne Davoren.



Where Eagles Soar

February 7, 2012 — This American bald eagle, none of which are actually bald, flies near the shoreline of Lake Maspenock this afternoon about 1,200 feet from the camera. The symbol of the United States of America is making a comeback locally after being nearly extinct due to the use of the pesticide DDT during and after WWII. Although the chemical was an effective pesticide, the eggs of the eagles and other birds of prey were affected by the pesticide, resulting in eggshells that did not harden and provide protection to the developing birds. Since the 1972 ban of the chemical in the US, the eagle and other birds of prey have been enjoying the skies of North America in greater numbers.




Timlim Registration Now Open 

Registration is open for the 9th Annual Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K/Race and Family Fun Day to be held on Sunday, June 10, 2012? It is a little earlier this year. The link is: http://www.sharontimlinrace.org/




Planning Board Hears Downtown Initiatives, Proposed New Credit Union

February 6, 2012 — The Planning Board played host to several committees this evening to gather input on the Downtown initiatives (Story on Tuesday). They also heard from Central One Federal Credit Union, which would like to develop a branch at the corner of High Street and West Main. It has an application for a variance for two drive thru windows as well as other variances and will go before the Board of Appeals for a Public Hearing on February 22, 2012. This evening, they asked for guidance from the Planning Board on their preliminary plans.


Hockey for Free 

The Demons Youth Hockey Program invites boys and girls ages 4-9 to Try Hockey for Free Day on Saturday, February 18th at 2 p.m. at Navin Arena in Marlboro. The goal of this event is to allow kids to experience ice hockey for the first time and learn the basics of the sport in a fun, safe environment. 

This free clinic is part of USA Hockey’s 4th annual Hockey Weekend Across America celebration, which runs nationwide February 17-19. 

“We look forward to introducing new families to our sport”, said Jack Bloomer, President of the Demons Youth Hockey Program. 

To register, please visit www.TryHockeyForFree.com . The first 40 Registrants will receive a Free USA Hockey Shirt and Goody Bag!! 

Skates, a helmet, (hockey or bike helmet), and gloves, (hockey or winter gloves) are required to participate.   Wearing full hockey gear is recommended but not mandatory.  Hockey sticks are recommended. Rental skates and limited hockey gear will be available.

If you have questions, please contact Carolyn Kirk at
Registrar@demonsyouthhockey.org .


Hopkinton Babe Ruth Baseball Meeting

7 PM Tuesday February 7th

17 Main Street Hopkinton (Up Stairs)

Come see what Hopkinton Babe Ruth baseball is about. Anyone interested in helping to put fun in Babe Ruth baseball please attend. HBR is in need of volunteers / helpers in all aspects of helping to run the league. 

Visit our web site for further information hopkintonbaberuth.com



February 6, 2012

6:11 am Officer John Moran assisted Southborough Police search for two males... 

5:37 pm Four units took part in the arrest of an individual on Main Street for Assault and Battery and Indecent... 

11:12 am An East Main Street caller complained that the driver of a vehicle pulled into his driveway, scraped off the vehicle's sticker... 

7:09 pm A Baker Lane caller reported that her son was assaulted by her daughter's boyfriend.... 

1:05 am Officer Campbell was unable to locate two individuals reported to be walking near the water tower on School Street dressed as the Grim Reaper. 

4:24 am Officer Stephen Buckley collided with a deer on Hayden Rowe Street and then euthanized the animal... 

Please click above for the entire story.



Two's Company

February 6, 2012 — Above are two dogs of about a half-dozen from Greyhound Friends, which sent an outreach team to Elmwood School last week and answered questions for nearly four dozen students.




Sign of the Season

February 6, 2012 — An individual who brought gloves to the skating area at Ice House Pond left without them, and perhaps left without skating, too, due to the mild weather New England has been experiencing.






Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for HopNews.com by Robert Falcione © 2012 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from January 30, 2012 to February 3, 2012






13 Tammer Lane Keefe M Chesmore, Andrea M Chesmore $687,000 February 3, 2012 Cartus Financial Corp
13 Tammer Lane Cartus Financial Corp $687,000 February 3, 2012 John J Catrone Jr, Kay Ann Kawaski-Catrone
23 Smith Road Jason Interrante, Lisa Interrante $650,000 February 1, 2012 Patrick J O'Connor, Debra L O'Connor
18 McNeil Circle Unit 40 Bldg 15 William T Hamilton, Alice R Hamilton $362,500 February 1, 2012 John D Evans, Susan PF Evans
   Last Week        
42 Connelly Hill Road Mark Linton, Natasha Linton $905,000 January 27, 2012 Connelly LLC
19 Forest Lane Unit #14 Joseph R Mendes, Sheri R Mendes $301,800 January 27, 2012 Robert J McGeary
89 Mill Street David W Turner, Kristen B Turner $510,000 January 27, 2012 Mark Linton, Natasha Linton
7 Elizabeth Road Katie Toptsikiotis $665,000 January, 27, 2012 David L Fine, Susan P Fine
6 Sanctuary Lane Unit #23 Patricia F Jordan $156,500 January 27, 2012 Weston Development Group Inc
18 Cunningham Street Stephanie Hovagimian $292,500 January 25, 2012 Brian K, Brian W Gassett
   Week Before        

26 Nazneen Circle

Jangul Abdul Aslam, Minu Aslam


January 20, 2012

Ahmed Mirajuddin TR,

Peppercorn Village Realty Trust

10 Stonegate Road

Andreas Graham, Nichole E DeCoteau


January 19, 2012

Maureen English


Swimming and Diving Makes it to Championship Games

February 5, 2012 — The Hopkinton Swimming and Diving Team continued their amazing season by winning the TVL Meet in convincing fashion with a score of 1294.5, which was over 450 points more than second place Medfield.  This score reflects the combined score fo the girls and the boys teams.  Many on the team had their best performances of the season, as they contributed to the scoring, as the team showed their depth and strength by winning 12 of the 24 events.  Members of the team will be moving on next weekend to compete in the Central/South Sectionals Championships.


 Positively Hopkinton

Education Foundation Throws a 20th Anniversary Party 

February 5, 2012 — The Hopkinton Education Foundation's 20th Anniversary celebration was held in the gilded-edged setting of Mechanics Hall in Worcester, a fitting venue for a group that insists on excellence for themselves and for the funding granted to teachers and schools for forward-thinking projects. The group boasts awards of over $900,000 for over 260 projects in its 20 years.

       Above, Gala Chair Kathleen Buckley (blond), and friends. Ms. Buckley's Star Realty sponsored the 90 minute Welcome Reception. Clelland Johnson's Hopkinton Wine and Spirits Sponsored the Dinner. Click on a thumbnail to enlarge. Video snapshots of the Gala are presented below the thumbnails.




Own A Piece of the Parquet 

Treasured sports memorabilia like this and more could be yours – they will all be available at the upcoming Hopkinton High School Boosters fundraiser to benefit all sports programs.  Come to the Hopkinton Country Club next Saturday, February 11 at 7 p.m.  Menu is casual and with a light show and DJ, atmosphere is fun.  Generous sponsors include: Middlesex Bank, E. L. Harvey, Callanan and Cronin Funeral Home, Tri-Valley Sports, J.B. Sawmill and Land Clearing, New Owners of Cornell’s, Dynasty, 5 Star Sweets and Chocolates, Platinum Salon, New Balance Company, Historic Wayside Inn, Tomasso’s, TJs Restaurant and Ten 11 Chop House.  Price is $150 per couple with $100 going directly to projects.  Sign up today at www.hopkintonboosters.com and be part of a great community effort.  Contact joydonohue@comcast.net for more info.





Education Foundation Gala a Success

February 2, 2012 — The Hopkinton Education Foundation  chose Mechanics Hall in Worcester, originally built before the American Civil War and totally refinished ending a decade ago, as  the venue for its 20th fundraising gala last night. Entertainment, a silent auction and a fast 5-minute pledge event that netted $6,760 were some of the highlights. More later, as well as a video snapshot.


Moon Over Hopkinton

February 4, 2012 — The Moon was softly nestled into the clouds this afternoon over Hopkinton Reservoir.




Fast Work

February 4, 2012 — It didn't take firefighters long to knock down a fire in a brush pile on C Street this afternoon. One witness said the flames had reached above the tree tops. Photo by Motorola Droid from Advantage Wireless.



Super Bowl Sunday

5:00 pm FREE Lasagna Dinner

FREE Appetizers During the Super Bowl

Stop by to see Rob Cornell at his last Super Bowl as the owner of Cornell's Pub. This Tuesday, Selectmen will hold a hearing on the transfer of the license to the new owners, Colm and Ellen Scanlon.


True Friends Indeed

February 3, 2012 — On a Mother's Day nearly three decades ago Greyhound Friends president Louise Coleman acquired her first greyhound from Wonderland Racing in Revere and a spark was ignited. It is a spark that stays lit to this day after having found homes for more than 9,000 dogs. Although Massachusetts has banned dog racing, other states continue the sport, keeping the need alive for shelters like Greyhound Friends.
      Today, volunteers from the non-profit organization visited Elmwood School and explained the breed to nearly four dozen inquisitive students. How old is the breed? How long was its ownership confined to royalty? Are all greyhounds good with all size animals? Do they like to run, or are they lazy, or both?
      These animals that have been bred for racing mu
st learn how to walk stairs, and not try to walk on water after being placed in a home. They need to be leashed, because if they decide chasing a squirrel is proper, no one can catch the dog.
       The program’s core message stresses kindness to animals and the value of involvement in one’s community, while educating students about the unique history and characteristics of the greyhound breed.

       To learn more, visit Greyhound Friends

Who is Running For Local Office?

Please check Election 2012 button link on top at any time for the latest list of who has taken out nomination papers. And when a party holds its primary or caucus, HopNews will be there to inform.



Trails Club Hike


Sunday,February 5, 1:00 pm: The Hopkinton Trails Club will explore Wenakeening Woods in Holliston with folks from the Upper Charles Conservation Land Trust.  Come on out and get a little exercise & fresh air before the Big Game! Further details about the area are available on the Upper Charles CLT website. Parking is available in a small lot located on the East side of Summer St., just north of the Wilde Company building, or at the far (southern) end of the Fatima Shrine parking lot. Patriots attire welcome! Plan on a hike of about 1.5 hours.





Committee Mulls Curriculum Changes, Purchase of Terry Land, Boasts Energy Savings

“Every dollar we save on utilities is a dollar we can use for the classroom,” Ralph Dumas. 

by Muriel Kramer

February 3, 2012 — Many changes are in the works for students in all grades to align the math curriculum with the Massachusetts Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Robert Berlo, Director of Secondary Education, and math teachers Cathy Anusauskas from the Middle School and Carla Crisafulli from the High School were at the School Committee meeting to give an overview of the changes ahead (Respectively from left in photo).  

The new standards were formally introduced last March and require schools to adjust their curriculums to align with the new standards. From the State’s document, “For over a decade, research studies conducted on mathematics education in high-performing countries have pointed to the conclusion that the mathematics curriculum in the United States must become substantially more focused and coherent in order to improve mathematics achievement in this country. To deliver on the promise of common standards, the standards must address the problem of a curriculum that is ‘a mile wide and an inch deep.’ The standards in this Framework are a substantial answer to that challenge and aim for clarity and specificity.” 

The new standards are intended to establish a great deal more rigor in the curriculum rather than establish new concepts or teaching strategies; this won’t be “new math” but rather more rigorous study of math. The changes outlined last night affect those entering High School next year and below; those currently in High School will continue with the existing curriculum.  

Some key considerations from the State: acceleration programs for more gifted math students cannot begin before grade 7, one year of math must be taught within one year, and all math students should have as a minimum one year of math instruction beyond Algebra II. As an example, the District currently offers an Algebra I class that spans eighth and ninth grades giving needier students more time for mastery; that won’t be an option going forward. As Berlo pointed out, there are challenges ahead to meet both the needs of accelerated students and those that struggle in math. 

The curriculum as designed offers multiple pathways for students of varying skill levels and strategizes in advance supporting students who need to adjust their placement within the curriculum during their high school career. The Math Pathways for Grades 5 to 12 is currently is in draft form; next up for discussion is mapping out a method to introduce this to parents and students before course selection begins for next year.



Full Day Kindergarten Lottery

February 2, 2012 — The School Committee conducted a live lottery this evening by using a random number generating website, Random.org, to choose numbers to assign seats for full-day kindergarten. The numbers, and what they mean, will be posted on the School Dept's Website tomorrow (Friday).


A Constitutional Constitutional

February 2, 2012 — Jackie Potenzone takes her daily walk while exercising her right of freedom of expression today near 85 Main Street. Mrs. Potenzone does not favor the proposed changes to the Downtown and wants people to know about the meetings, because she believes that other people will also be against the changes. Below, a letter of support from Henry Allessio.


Rooting For Jackie

Dear Editor:

     Thinking out loud.
     For now, I'm rooting for Ms. Potenzone.
     Town officials with assistance from the Beta Group are examining a way to improve public safety.  As I understand the safety concern is large trucks (e.g., class 8 Harvey trucks and trailer rigs) having a difficult time turning from eastbound West Main Street to westbound Wood Street (Route 135), and vice-versa.

     This is how I see it (without the supporting facts available to the Beta Group and others).  A large truck turning onto Wood Street from West Main, must have started its journey (How many large trucks do you think start their journey East of Golden Pond ?) somewhere between the intersection and, say, Golden Pond.  If the journey starts further west, the large truck can use Elm Street (with a short entry from Lumber Street Extension) to reach Wood Street.  Its the same situation traveling easterly from Wood Street to West Main, starting somewhere between the intersection and Oliver Lane.  In both instances, Elm Street is a more direct route.

      Traveling on Elm Street today (between West Main and Wood) requires right-angle turns to gain access -- the same right-angle turns that are in the new intersection design.

      It seems large-truck access between West Main and Wood streets exists today -- except for those large trucks that start their journey* on the roadway a few hundred yards west of the intersection.  Using the large-truck safety argument for constructing a new intersection and moving or razing an historic house is lame. 

     Please let the voters know the real (and thus far unstated) reasons for encouraging this expenditure for a bridge to nowhere.  Otherwise move on to something more important. 

Henry P. Allessio
252 Pond Street
February 2, 2012




Hiller Boys & Girls Indoor Track Teams Each Capture TVL Titles - Finish Impressive Season, Undefeated!

By:  Lou Ottaviani

February 2, 2012 — If anyone has had the chance to catch a Hopkinton indoor track meet this season, one would get to witness a classy group of high school coaches and athletes.  Yesterday’s dual meet against Westwood pitted both boys and girls schools against each other, with the victors looking to walk away with their respective TVL titles. 

Both the Hillers and Wolverines teams entered their meets undefeated, with each team realizing that a loss would eliminate them from obtaining the top slot in the league.  The Hopkinton athletic center was filled with fans from both schools.  The pumped up crowd exemplified what a great high school meet should be all about!  The Hopkinton boy’s and girl’s teams had no intentions of letting down their supporters.

Last year Hopkinton was faced in somewhat of a similar situation, in that, both Hopkinton teams went into their last season match undefeated needing to win their last meet to capture the title, as did their opponent, Medfield.  End results, the girls were victorious while the boys suffered a very difficult loss at the hands of a very powerful and excellent Warrior boys team by two points which came down to the last event.  Hopkinton boys Coach Mike Donahue had nothing but praise for both teams and congratulated Medfield for an incredible meet.  From that situation, one could say that the Hillers may have learned something from that experience.  “Last year we lost to Medfield for the title and perfect season,” said Donahue.  “Losing by two points was a tough loss, but we lost to a great team.  It was an excellent meet and hats go off to both teams.”

This year, the Hopkinton boys and girls teams faced a similar situation, only this time it was the boys and girls from Westwood.  This year’s outcome was more rewarding as both Hiller teams got to enjoy and savor the taste of common victory.  Results: Hopkinton boys (62-23) and girls (51-26) both winning impressively over Westwood to remain undefeated (8-0) and TVL champions. 

“This year we have been blessed with a lot of depth and the guys had the ability to pick up points,” said Donahue.  “This year we have that special one-two punch which helped us a lot, whereas other teams may not have that luxury.”

It isn’t that easy to have both boys and girls high school teams win titles together in the same season.  But this year the Hopkinton teams had a lot of similarities between their squads.  Both teams have their share of talented and exceptional athletes.  Things such as depth, flexibility and a balance between elite and competitive level athletes play an integral part to their successes.  Another important aspect is the tradition these teams have established over the years.  This can be attributable to the many year of solid coaching and leadership from the respective captains year after year. 

On the girl’s side, Jen Lynds, Tam Mills, Mirelle Raza and Kaelynn Merloni are the captains who lead this year’s squad for the Hillers.  “These girls are great,” says girls Coach Brian Hall.  “They integrate the younger girls well and teach them the right way to do things.  They’re like big sisters to them.”



Hopkinton vs Westwood Indoor Track Meet

February 1, 2012 — Above a Maddie Whittles goes through her motions to launch the shot today at the Hopkinton High School Athletic Center against Westwood. This meet is the subject to the HopNews Sport of the Week feature story, so please check back later for veteran sports writer Lou Ottaviani's take on today's meet.



Yoga for Kids

February 1, 2012 — BCalm Power Yoga was invited to Elmwood school today at the end of the day for early release.  The HPTA offered  yoga as a fun way for kids to enjoy their early release as well as experience the benefits of yoga.  

In the picture, it is at the beginning of the class, where all the kids sit  in a circle, with a tall spine, in easy pose with their eyes closed.   All 25 students went around in a circle and shared how they were feeling at the moment.  They did this again at the end of the physical practice. Most of the practice was done with partners to make it fun and to keep the kids interested. They  will be offering this again on the next early release day.   Boys and girls participated.



Hiller Girls Home Game to Benefit American Cancer Society 

Hopkinton, Ma., February 1, 2012 - The Hopkinton girls basketball team is teaming up with the American Cancer Society to host a Coaches vs. Cancer game to be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at Hopkinton High School in Hopkinton, Massachusetts at 6:30pm.  

Through Head Basketball Coach Rita Atkinson and her work with the Coaches vs. Cancer program, the girls basketball team has chosen to dedicate this home game that will benefit the American Cancer Society. Pink and purple will be worn by the players to honor all of their loved ones who have been touched by all cancers. Fans are encouraged to wear pink or purple to the game. The teams will be asking for donations and everything given is very much appreciated because this game commemorates those whom we've lost and all who are survivors of Cancer.  All proceeds will be donated to the Society in order to assist in their goal of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

For more information regarding the event or how to get involved, please contact Coaches vs. Cancer Coordinator, Janice Portlock, at 781-314-2621 or by email at



Super Bowl Bet Between Boston Marathon and ING New York City Marathon Race Executives “Kicks Off”

February 1, 2012—The Super Bowl battle between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants will take to the streets with a “running” bet between Boston Athletic Association  executive director Tom Grilk (File photo) and New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg, it was jointly announced today by race officials.


If the Patriots win, Wittenberg will wear a Tom Brady jersey during the 2012 B.A.A. 5K on Sunday, April 15, during Boston Marathon weekend. If the Giants prevail, Grilk will don an Eli Manning jersey during the 2012 NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5K on Saturday, November 3, during ING New York City Marathon weekend.

For the Patriots and Giants, the road to the Super Bowl will turn into a highly anticipated fight on the field in Indianapolis on Sunday. The championship game will determine which of these notable marathon executives will be “fielding” wisecracks down the road—a 3.1 mile road, to be exact.


The 116th running of the Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, April 16. For more information, visit http://www.baa.org/.  


The 43rd running of the iconic ING New York City Marathon will take place on Sunday, November 4. For more information, visit http://www.ingnycmarathon.org/.


Both races are part of the World Marathon Major series. For more information, visit http://worldmarathonmajors.com/.


Gannetts Honored by Milford Regional for Service 

February 1, 2012 — William (Bill) and Nancy Gannett, of Hopedale, were honored recently at Milford Regional Medical Center’s annual meeting as the Board of Trustees’ first Trustee Emeriti. The Gannetts are retiring from the board after more than 76 years of combined service to the hospital. 

Milford Regional’s Board has chosen to honor individuals, through this new designation, for exemplary service to the Corporation, the Medical Center, and the community. The position of Trustee Emeritus recognizes a minimum of 20 years of Board and community service, participation in Medical Center events and activities, philanthropic support as well as ongoing advocacy and ambassadorship of the Corporation. Bill and Nancy served on the Board together since 1978; Bill joined ten years prior in 1968. He is the grandson of Milford Regional’s original founder Eben Draper.  

During his annual meeting speech, Francis M. Saba, Milford Regional’s CEO, described Bill and Nancy as modest, humble, kind and sincere. “They have earned every bit of our gratitude,” he stated, “They simply are very good and special people whom we all love.”  

Seated. William and Nancy Gannett. Standing left to right:  Francis M. Saba, CEO; Dr. Albert Crimaldi, Board of Trustee chair; and Edward J. Kelly, president.


Hear Ye!, Hear Ye!

February 1, 2012 — Jackie Potenzone, self-styled Town Crier, wearing a sandwich board and carrying a sign, walks the Downtown this morning to draw attention to herself and the Downtown Initiative Steering Committee meetings, one on February 9, 2012, and one on February 16, 2012, both at 10:00 am. Mrs. Potenzone has been a vocal critic of the BETA Group plans for Downtown renewal presented at various meetings, saying that they change from one meeting to another, in a "bait and switch" tactic. Mrs. Potenzone, who lives at 12 Wood Street said that her home will be in the intersection of West Main and Wood Streets if the proposed plan, below, is approved. However, it actually appears that her home will be further from the intersection in the new plan. The entirety of the changes for the Downtown encompasses Wood Street to Ash Street. One proposed option would acquire part of Colella's land.

Press Release From DISC 

Would you like to learn more about what changes the Town of Hopkinton is considering for the downtown revitalization project (Main Street, between Ash Street and Wood Street)?  Do you have comments and recommendations to offer? Aesthetic improvements, pedestrian safety, parking, changes to the major intersections and the possible placement of utility lines underground are all being discussed. 


The Town is providing an opportunity for those who are interested to learn more about the Project and discuss aspects of the Project with the Town Engineer, DPW Director and Director of Land Use Planning and Permitting. They will be available to provide a brief summary of the key elements of the Downtown Revitalization Project and answer any questions.  Your comments and recommendations will be conveyed to the Downtown Initiative Steering Committee.


The purpose of the meetings is to provide an update to the public and to gather additional input for DISC.  With town meeting deadlines on the horizon, this will help to inform and shape the decisions that will be made as to how the Town will proceed with the various elements and the overall Project.


Please consider attending one of the two daytime meetings, which will be held in Room 215 (Board of Selectmen meeting room) at the Hopkinton Town Hall, 18 Main Street, on;


1.      Thursday, February 9th from 10:00 to 11:00 AM

2.      Thursday, February 16th from 10:00 to 11:00 AM


In addition to these daytime meetings, the Project will be presented to the Planning Board at its February 6th meeting at 7:30 pm in Room 211 of Town Hall, where residents will also be able to ask questions and offer recommendations relative to the Project.


The DISC will be holding its’ next meeting on February 21st at 7:00 PM in Room 216 of Town Hall where  it will be provided with an update and the feedback received at the three meetings.  The DISC will also discuss and determine next steps in presenting the Project to the Board of Selectmen.






Marlborough Candidate Indicted On Voter Fraud Charges

Allegedly forged signature of dead person 

MARLBOROUGHA 2011 Marlborough candidate for Councilor-At-Large has been indicted on voter fraud charges, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.

 Mark Evangelous, 51, of Marlborough, was indicted today by a Middlesex County grand jury on charges of forgery, uttering, and violating absentee voting laws.

 An arraignment date has not yet been set.

 “We allege that this defendant, a candidate in the 2011 Marlborough city election, intentionally forged a signature of a deceased resident in an attempt to provide himself with an advantage in the election,” District Attorney Leone said.  “These allegations are a direct violation of the people’s right to a true and honest democratic process and, under Massachusetts law, are criminal.”

              According to authorities, on October 28, 2011, at approximately 9:45 am, the defendant submitted a handwritten absentee ballot application to the Marlborough City Hall.  The ballot was filled out with the name of an 89-year-old Marlborough resident.  The resident’s signature appeared at the bottom of the application and under the signature line where there is a designated area to state that the person needed assistance in completing the form, was left blank.

 Upon receiving the form, a Marlborough City Hall employee examined and matched the application against current citizens in Marlborough who were registered to vote in that election. During this review, it was determined that the resident listed on the ballot was not registered to vote in the election and had passed away earlier in the year. 

 The Marlborough police were notified and began an investigation into the allegations. 

 Authorities allege that the defendant filled out and signed the absentee ballot knowing that the resident whose name he was using was deceased.  It is further alleged that the defendant provided false information to police regarding his knowledge of the investigation. 

             These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. ~ Contributed content


Elmwood School Wee Deliver Installation
Have a peek into the inner sanctum of the Elmwood School Wee Deliver postal program installation ceremony



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