WARNING: Texting and
Driving is Dangerous
Senator Karen Spilka will speak to
students about the dangers of texting while driving at Hopkinton
High School on Monday, February 27th.
The event is part of AT&T's "It Can
Wait" campaign aimed at raising awareness about the risks of
texting and driving. As part of the presentation tomorrow, AT&T
will show its 10-minute documentary which tells the true stories
of young drivers whose lives were altered or even ended because
of texting and driving.
Other officials are scheduled to
address the students, including Hopkinton High School Principal
Alyson Geary, School Resource Officer Phil Powers, Dave Mancuso,
Vice President of AT&T, and Representative Carolyn Dykema.
The presentation will begin at 8:30
a.m. for members of the junior class and will be repeated for
the senior class at 9:30 a.m.
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More BayPath Humane Society Dogs Put Down
State could impose $10,000 fine
February 24, 2012
— In a press release dated yesterday and posted on the website
of Baypath Humane Society, the group announced that another 2
dogs, bringing the total to 5, were euthanized as a result of
being infected with the canine distemper virus. The group of
dogs was a mother and four pups that were brought from out of
state, and according to the release, Baypath was assured that
the dogs had their shots.
Assistant Manager Liz Jefferis said today that the sponsor of
the dogs' travel, Connecticut radio show host and blogger
(Blog) Ginger Leilani Chapin (Website),
assured Baypath that the dogs had their shots.
However, in a
lengthy telephone interview today, much of it recorded, Ms.
Chapin (photo) said that she made Baypath Manager Sue Bennison
aware that the pups had not been seen by a veterinarian, and
that the four pups had not had any shots because of their young
age. In fact, Ms. Chapin said that Ms. Bennison picked the dogs
up herself in New York after she, Ms. Chapin, paid a driver
$1,400 to bring them up from Georgia. She said she spends about
$50,000 annually for these types of endeavors.
In an email, Ms.
Chapin said that she sent Sue Bennison hundreds of dollars worth
of supplies and medicine for the sick dogs, medicine that ended
being given instead, she said, to Sue Bennison's dog. She also
stated that she wanted the mother dog back after the pups were
weaned, but it was instead given to an individual, who Baypath
refused to name.
Ms. Bennison took
the dogs home instead of putting them into isolation for 48
hours, and got them checkups five days later, according to the
Baypath press release. In the Baypath press release, Ms.
Bennison says a dog she has "fostered" has tested positive, but
now has no symptoms. It was exposed to the mom and 4 pups, she
says in the release.
Director of the Division of Animal Health, said in a telephone
interview today that state law requires that animals imported
from another state be isolated for 48 hours in a
department-approved facility and deemed healthy before being
placed. He was asked if that had been done in this case.
"Not even close,"
he said. "We have these rules in place, and for some reason they
didn't do it this time." He said there is one dog showing signs
of distemper, but it's status cannot be confirmed at this time
Mr. Cahill said
that in 2005, after a number of groups with little concern for
infectious diseases started importing sick dogs, an emergency
order was issued that imposed the 48-hour rule.
"Since then, the
number of registrations for those types of import permits has
exploded from 70 to 280," he said.
Mr. Cahill said
that his department could impose a $10,000 fine on the shelter,
but there has been no decision made. No one has specified a
timeframe for reopening Baypath Humane Society.
Bennison did not respond to a message for her to call.
Suspended Without Pay
2012 — Following a duty status hearing held late this morning at
General Headquarters in
Framingham, the Massachusetts State
Police ordered DONALD PILLSBURY, 42, suspended without pay
indefinitely. PILLSBURY, a trooper assigned to the K-9 Section,
was arrested by State Police early yesterday morning in
Brimfield for domestic assault and battery. The State Police
Internal Affairs Section will continue to monitor the criminal
proceedings against PILLSBURY. We have opened our own Internal
Affairs investigation of PILLSBURY as well.
Residential Plans Filled on Legacy South
Pulte Homes applies for
site plan review for remainder of Legacy South
February 23, 2012 — Pulte Homes, who call themselves the
nation's largest homebuilder, has applied to Hopkinton Planning
site plan review for construction of the remainder of homes on
Legacy Farms South, the area south of Route 135, in an agreement
that was reportedly crafted with Legacy Farms, LLC in July,
The previously approved homes, 240 rental apartments in
three-story buildings within the red border above, is slated to
begin in May by Wood Partners. The balance of the homes, to be
built by Pulte, 275 in total, will be owned homes, in various
configurations of duplexes (170), simplexes (90) and single (15)
family dwellings. The conceptual plan above shows all of the
homes outside of the lined red area to be built by Pulte. The
unspecified area on the right, top within in the yellow and
bordering Route 135 is planned for commercial/retail use (Text,
arrows and lines added by HopNews).
This concludes the sales of the residential parcels component of
the southern part of the Legacy plan, putting the northern
section next in the sights of the developers.
Asked if the economy was responsible for all of the
home-building activity, or if it was Hopkinton's position,
Project Manager Steven Zieff said, "It's a little of both.
"Hopkinton is one of those top 20 towns in the state who had a
good go during the [housing] downturn," he said. he credited
quality of life and good schools in part for Hopkinton's strong
"We are generally coming out of the recession," he said.
Site plan review by the Planning Board has been set for March
Snow? No Problem!
February 23, 2012 — Casey Dimascio is in the lead for the time
being as he and Peter Schaefer take their boards down a street
in the northwestern part of town, having a fine time on their
school vacation. The ride lasted about a half mile.
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February 23, 2012 — Ten year-old Ryan Zucker had a great time
this afternoon with his grandmother flying a Batman kite at the
beach at Hopkinton State Park. Above, his kite loses altitude,
but below, it is reaching the sky.
February 23, 2012 — These mallards exchange knowing glances on
Lake Whitehall late this afternoon, as they decide which
direction will take them away from the photographer more quickly
than the rest.
Leave It To...
February 23, 2012
— Beavers are all over town, including this one that looks like
a clump of swamp grass at Ice House Pond this afternoon. Scores
of cut trees stumps around the pond stand in mute testimony to
Arrested, Charged With Domestic Assault and Battery
- February 23, 2012 —
At 1:30 a.m. today troopers
from the State Police Barracks in Sturbridge were dispatched to
a home in Brimfield for a report of a domestic assault in
progress. The dispatch was the result of a 911 call from a woman
that was answered by dispatchers at the State Police
communications center in New Braintree. Troopers arriving on
scene were met by the 911 caller, a 40-year-old woman, who
reported being physically assaulted by her husband.
Following an investigation on-scene by troopers and a State
Police patrol supervisor, we arrested DONALD S. PILLSBURY, 42,
of Brimfield, for domestic assault and battery. PILLSBURY is a
state trooper assigned to the K-9 Section.
victim was transported by ambulance to Harrington Memorial Hospital in Southbridge for evaluation and treatment.
PILLSBURY was transported to the Sturbridge Barracks where he
was booked according to policy. A bail clerk later set cash bail
at $250, which PILLSBURY posted. He is scheduled to be arraigned
today at 2 p.m. in the Palmer District Court.
State Police immediately relieved PILLSBURY of duty. We
confiscated PILLSBURY’s service firearm as well as personal
firearms that were stored securely in his home. We also
confiscated his State Police identification, license to carry,
and cruiser. An internal hearing is being arranged to determine
changes to PILLSBURY’s duty status. His police dog, which was in
a kennel at his home, is being secured by the K-9 Section.
PILLSBURY joined the State Police in May 1994.
department has no tolerance – zero – for any act of domestic
abuse. The defendant’s actions, as alleged by the victim, are
reprehensible. We will continue to investigate the incident
thoroughly. In addition to the criminal prosecution, the State
Police Internal Affairs Section has begun its own investigation,
and the department will take appropriate action based on the
results of those investigations.
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February 22, 2012 — Two year-old Caroline Diamond poses for her
mom, Kate, at the Teddy Bear Picnic at the Faith Community
Church earlier this week.
February 22, 2012 — A busy beaver has been working hard at
knocking down as many trees as possible on an East Main Street
property, but is not living up to its reputation as an engineer.
This tree did indeed begin to topple, but after about a foot of
movement at the top, it fell, leaning against an adjacent tree.
The beavers had the same problem with a few other trees in the
Sign, New Location
February 22, 2012 — After working at her Wood Street home for
several years, Stephanie Gifford has relocated her home as well
as her childcare business to Clinton Street and is looking for
just a few more kids to occupy her Little Red School House.
Man Pleads Guilty To Larceny Charges Totaling Over $200,000
Defendant pleads guilty to charges after stealing money from
four victims he met on dating websites
22, 2012 — A Waltham man pleaded guilty to charges that he stole
over $200,000 from four different victims he met on social
dating websites, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone
informed the public today.
Albert Bellamy Lovering, Jr., 54, of Waltham, pleaded guilty today in Middlesex Superior
Court in Woburn to charges of larceny (23 counts).
Middlesex Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Fahey also found the
defendant guilty of being a common and notorious thief.
Judge Fahey sentenced the defendant to six years in Billerica
House of Correction followed by 10 years probation from and
after, with the conditions that he is ordered to make
restitution payments totaling over $78,000 to the victims,
ordered to maintain employment, and ordered to have no contact
with the victims in the case. The defendant has been ordered to
make additional restitution through the courts of Suffolk County.
“This defendant has now admitted to
deceiving four victims into thinking he was romantically
attached to them and in need of financial assistance, only to
have taken advantage of their generosity and in turn he stole
over two hundred thousand dollars from them,” District Attorney
Leone said. “With this admission of guilt the defendant will
now be held accountable for the years he deceived and stole from
these victims. I commend the work of the investigators on
this case who worked to ensure that these victims received
According to authorities, the defendant met the first victim in
November 2006 after they both placed dating ads on Yahoo.com.
The defendant and the victim began communicating online and
eventually met in person, after which they began seeing one
another once or twice a week. Soon after meeting, the defendant
told the victim he had agreed to purchase an item from an
antique dealer in New York for which he was now obligated
to come up with the money. The victim loaned the defendant
$1,000, expecting that he would repay her. In short order, the
defendant told the victim he needed additional financial
assistance for several purchases and that he needed her to also
cosign a loan from which he would repay her, thereby
consolidating his debts to her into a bank loan. When the loan
was approved, he appropriated the loan funds for his own needs
and gave her nothing.
The defendant met the second victim in January 2008 through his
personal ad on Craig’s List’s looking for romance section.
Shortly after meeting, the defendant told the victim that he
had a financial hardship and was in need of money for an item he
recently bid on Ebay. The victim loaned the defendant $1,645 so
he could complete his eBay purchase, and based upon his promise
to repay shortly. The defendant courted the victim with
romantic dinners and professions of warmth, affection, and
physical attraction in order to induce her to lend him over
$28,000 after claiming he needed urgent financial assistance.
While the victim never saw the defendant again, he continued to
communicate with her electronically.
Thereafter, the defendant, while continuing to profess his love
for her, reported that he had to be hospitalized in New Hampshire for a serious health
condition. He declined to identify the hospital and made
clear he did not want her to visit him there. However, he
made known to her that his HMO would not pay several of his
medical bills and that the hospital would not release him until
those bills were settled. Based on his need, her affection
for him, and his promises of repayment, she sent a series of
checks payable to him to a post office box he maintained in
The second victim was led to believe that a friend would pick up
his mail and bring her checks to him in New Hampshire for his signature.
Ultimately, the defendant portrayed himself as being held in New
Hampshire hospitals over the course of several months, receiving
treatment for various serious conditions, until the second
victim had, in total, lent him over seventy thousand dollars and
realized that he was not being truthful with her. The
defendant has never repaid any of the second victim’s loans.
The defendant invented a fictional character, a “Doug Spencer,”
to assist in his scheme to deceive the victim and to induce her
to continue to lend money to help free Lovering from his
hospitalization in New Hampshire.
Bank records confirm that it was the defendant himself who
cashed the victim’s checks at a Weston branch of her bank, which
contradicts his representations that he was unable to gain
release from the New
The defendant met a third victim between May and June 2008
through another ad in the Craig’s List looking for romance
section. The two exchanged e-mails, text messages, and
phone calls before meeting for dinner in late June. During
dinner, the defendant told the victim the he owed the IRS money
in back taxes and asked for a loan with the promise that he
would repay her. The victim loaned the defendant $7,200 and
never saw the defendant again. She left phone messages and
e-mails asking for repayment until the defendant turned off his
The defendant met the fourth victim on-line through
PlentyofFish.com in December 2008. The defendant and the victim
began an on-line relationship, met for drinks, and agreed to see
one another again. They continued communicating by text
messages, e-mails and phone calls but never again met. The
defendant led the victim to believe that he was romantically
attached to her. He also told her that he urgently needed
a loan to pay back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service. The
victim gave the defendant two checks totaling $1,500 on the
promise that she would be repaid.
In January 2009, the defendant told
the fourth victim that he was hospitalized in New Hampshire.
Authorities determined that by pretending to be “Doug Spencer,”
the defendant continued maintaining some contact with the victim
while supposedly in the hospital, suffering from various and
changing maladies, and unable to get discharged unless and until
all his medical bills were paid. To help him out, the
victim repeatedly agreed to send money to him, through his
Weston post office box, to be used to pay his mounting hospital
bills. The defendant stole over $ 100,000 from the victim based
on his misrepresentations about being held in a medical facility
in New Hampshire while, in truth and in fact, he was in
Massachusetts and personally picking up and cashing the many
checks victim four sent him to help him out of his plight.
The defendant was indicted by a Middlesex Superior Court
on August 16, 2011 and was arrested later that evening in Waltham. He was
arraigned on August 17, 2011 in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn where Judge
Sandra Hamlin ordered the defendant held on $10,000 cash bail.
The prosecutors assigned to the case are Assistant District
Attorneys Doug Cannon and Jamie Charles. This case was
investigated by prosecutors assigned to the Middlesex District
Attorney’s PACT Unit, and by financial investigators assigned to
the case from the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office.
February 21, 2012 — Hopkinton Firefighters stand at the ready at
the four-alarm fire at the Park Village West Apartments in
Westborough this afternoon.
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Hopkinton Republicans to Meet Saturday, February 25th
The Hopkinton Republican Town Committee is meeting at 9 AM on
Saturday, February 25th in the Second Floor Training Room at the
Hopkinton Fire Station. Park at 77 Main Street and enter the
back door. All registered Republicans or unenrolled voters are
invited to attend.
The meeting will cover three major areas. The meeting will be
Hopkinton’s first introduction to Sean Bielat, Republican
candidate for Congress (Photo). During the redistricting
process, Hopkinton was included the district currently
represented by Barney Frank who is not running for re-election.
Marty Lamb, candidate for State Representative, is also expected
In the second part, we will have our last straw poll prior to
the Presidential primary. Will the Hopkinton Republican Town
Committee members continue to back Mitt Romney for President or
have opinions changed again?
In the final segment, we will hear from announced candidates for
local town office and our discussion of candidate recruiting for
the May Town Elections will continue. The HRTC will help
registered Republicans in their bid for public office.
Candidates are needed for key positions in the upcoming town
you have any questions, contact Ken Weismantel, Chairman at
or at 508 435-5725
In Support of
Changes to the Downtown Roadway
I strongly agree with Ms.
Potenzone on two of the issues she presents and disagree equally
as strongly on two others. Specifically, I agree that it is
critical in a democracy that people are informed and make an
informed vote. Therefore, I also agree that it is valuable for
people to attend the Downtown Initiative Steering Committee
(DISC) meetings or at least read comprehensive news articles on
the topic of roadway improvements. It is important not to be
swayed by sound-bites and misinformation.
I disagree that changes to the
Wood Street/Main Street intersection will have a detrimental
effect on Ms. Potenzone’s property. Traffic heading westbound on
Wood Street from Main Street is, in my opinion, often traveling
at an unsafe speed (there’s a reason police officers can often
be seen sitting at Oliver Lane). Adjusting the Wood Street/Main
Street intersection to more of a right angle would, I suspect,
positively affect this situation. But I’m not an expert, that’s
why the BETA Group was hired to address these issues, and the
town should hear their professional thoughts on the matter.
I also disagree that changes will
adversely affect area businesses, particularly in the long-term.
As a resident and someone who’s looked at this issue over the
years, I am quite concerned that without substantial changes,
downtown businesses will be adversely impacted. While
near-business parking is most desirable, I suspect that people
will still come to downtown so long as parking is available.
However, people will avoid areas with known traffic congestion,
and I worry about the viability of downtown businesses if we
don’t address the traffic congestion issue. As expressed at town
meeting, one key purpose of the roadway work is to move our
increasing traffic volume through town smoothly and safely, and
in a manner that allows pedestrians to cross our streets safely.
One of the reasons I appreciated
the choice of BETA as the consultant on this project was their
concern that the town be involved in changes. They noted that
they, as professional landscapers and traffic experts, could
design a streetscape and roadway that would look good and
function well but that it was critical for the townspeople to be
involved to properly address town-specific concerns. In closing,
I would note that Ms. Potenzone and I agree that residents
should weigh the issues and make their voices heard.
21 Hayden Rowe Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748
February 21, 2012
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Downtown Initiative Steering Committee
I've tried to stay silent on this
topic as to not stir up further craziness in the neighborhood,
but the continued practice of stating absurdities as fact has
pushed me over the edge. One of the continued arguments being
used against the redesign of the Wood St. / Main St.
intersection is "safety". Please explain to me how the
intersection as it stands today is "safe."
- There are no crosswalks allowing
pedestrians to get across either street
- There are no sidewalks on either
Wood St or W Main on the interior of the intersection
- the intersection is so slightly
angled that drivers often speed onto Wood St. with no regard for
slowing down (due to this, and the lack of crosswalks, I have
been almost clipped by too many cars to count while walking my
children to school at Next Gen each day)
- cars exiting Next Generation
Children's Center are unable to turn across Wood St and head
- cars turning from W Main onto Wood
often hold up traffic as there is no left turn lane or delayed
green light ... I could go on.
I personally applaud the DISC for
realizing just how bad this intersection is, and thank them for
including it in their plans for downtown. Ms. Pontezone is
correct in that people need to get informed, get involved, and
SEE the plans for downtown, however, promoting one's agenda
through the spreading of fear and untruths is not going to
4 West Main Street
February 21, 2012
With a Skilled Driver
February 21, 2012
— As I drove down Cedar Street toward Southborough this evening
in light traffic, an oncoming car flashed its lights quickly.
This is often a warning that a police cruiser is lurking ahead,
at the ready with radar. But as usual, I was not speeding, so I
continued ahead, cautious nonetheless. It could be good to note
at this time that when I was young, I, too, used to flash my
lights for the aforementioned purpose. But as an old person, I
find myself flashing my lights at speeders when there is NO
cruiser ahead, and not flashing them when a speeder IS
approaching a cruiser. Old people can be so mischievous.
As I passed
Carbone's, I saw vehicles braking ahead. Was the cruiser in
Stonebridge's driveway? They've never done that before. Then as
I got closer, starting down the winding hill, I saw the
reason for the lights. It was a good-sized buck on the right
side of the road, standing with traffic, and on the other side
of the fog line, like a person would do waiting to cross, or
just staying safe while walking. It stayed still as I passed,
but was gone after I turned around and returned for a photo.
I just wanted to
say thanks to the skilled and thoughtful driver who knew what to
do to help other people, total strangers, avoid having a really
bad end to their day. That good deed should count as more than
Bertschmann Announces Re-Election Bid
I am happy to
announce that I will be running for re-election to the School
Committee in the May town election. It has been an honor and a
privilege to have served on the School Committee for the last
three years, and I welcome the opportunity to continue that
service for the next three. (HopNews file photo)
My husband and I
made Hopkinton our home more than twenty years ago, and it has
been an ideal place to raise our four daughters, all of whom
attend or have graduated from the Hopkinton Public Schools. We
feel blessed to live in such a wonderful community and believe
strongly in being actively engaged in our town.
I joined the
School Committee in 2009. Since that time, I have worked with my
School Committee colleagues, school administrators, and school
staff to provide an excellent education to students at all
levels, at a reasonable and responsible cost to the town. We
have worked with other town leaders to support school budgets
that rose only 2% over FY11 and FY12, shrinking the school
portion of the town budget from 57% to 53%. Similarly, we have
been very frugal with our capital requests over the past two
years, which totaled $302,000, or 6% of the total requested town
capital expenses. During this time, we have pursued creative new
initiatives which have generated thousands of dollars in revenue
for the schools, reduced our energy costs, and identified other
efficiencies throughout the district. We have made progress
toward our Strategic Plan goals and are recognized as an
innovative district at the leading edge of education. State and
national rankings of our school district continue to climb. Most
notably, we were ranked the #2 high school in the state of
Massachusetts last year by Newsweek magazine. I am enormously
proud of the value that the administration, staff, and School
Committee continue to provide to the town in terms of public
education, and I am honored by the tremendous support the town
gives to the schools. It truly is a collaborative effort.
Although much has
been accomplished, much more remains to be done. The economy
continues to challenge our ability to meet our Strategic Plan
goals while maintaining the excellent classroom experience we
provide to our students. Shrinking federal funding, combined
with an increase in un-funded state mandates, make it
increasingly difficult to continue the austerity of the last few
After the failed
vote regarding the Elementary School Project, my colleagues and
I have worked hard to better understand the priorities and goals
of the voters for a solution to the operational and educational
constraints of Center School. As Chair of the School Committee,
and one of the members responsible for community communications,
I have worked diligently with my colleagues to develop a more
effective and sustainable School Committee Communications Plan,
to conduct town-wide surveys and forums, and to reach out to all
sectors of our community to more clearly understand the
priorities for our elementary schools. I would like the
opportunity to continue to work toward a solution to the
educational and operational constraints of Center School that
meets the desires of the town, supports the education of our
students, and is affordable in the context of the other
important building projects the town has undertaken in the last
decade and will consider pursuing in the decade to come.
I would be
honored to be afforded the opportunity to continue to serve the
town as a member of the School Committee and I hope to be able
to earn your support in the May election.
Chair, Hopkinton School Committee
February 21, 2012
Four-Alarm Blaze in Westborough Apartment Complex
February 21, 2012 — Westborough struck its fourth alarm shortly
after noon today, after already receiving help from several
towns, including Hopkinton, for a stubborn blaze at the
Park Village West Apartments complex across from McDonalds on
Route 30, at the intersection with Route 9. The Channel 5
chopper was overheard capturing images of firefighters on the
roof, which appeared to be a rubber-membrane roof, chopping
through to chase the fire. They could be heard doing the same,
The Boston Channel video can be seen here.
With Teddy Bears
February 21, 2012 — Scores of youngsters took part in the annual
Teddy Bear Picnic at the Faith Community Church of Hopkinton
this morning. Above, they are led as a group to cooperate in
tossing about some provided Teddy bears with the colorful sheet.
Recycling at Grace
United Methodist Church
All towns welcome to electronic and
appliance recycle day Sat March 17 from 9 am to 2 pm to be
held at Grace United
Methodist Church parking lot, 61 Wood
Accepting all electronics to include monitors,
computers, any stereo equipment, copy and fax machines,
TV's. We are also accepting any appliances such as
refrigerators, washers, dryers, stoves, ac units, microwaves,
dehumidifiers. If it has an electrical plug or battery it can be
recycled as well as freon items. In addition will be
accepted lawn mowers and snow blowers with the gas
removed, gas grills, exercise equipment. The recycle event will
have low fees of $5 each monitor or computer,$10 any appliance
such as washers, dryers, stoves etc. $15 any TV 19" and over,
$20 for TV's 32" and over as well as large projection TV's and
wood consoles. Any cell phones, cameras, tools, car batteries
and bikes are free. Any questions, email:
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Pizza on the Way
February 20, 2012 — Working into the evening, Michael DeRubeis
puts some finishing touches on a new floor at the soon-to-open
Mangia Neopolitan Pizza shop, which will specialize in pizza
with whole wheat crust, which they will delivery or have ready
for pick up at their Main Street location. Stay tuned.
Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts
for HopNews.com by Robert Falcione © 2012 All Rights
from February 13, 2012 to February 20, 2012
3 Sanctuary Lane Unit 19
Lois P Robbins
February 16, 2012
Weston Development Group
43 Oakhurst Road
February 15, 2012
Keith Blaize Favre, Tracy Turner
20 Rocky Woods Road
Sourav Moitra, Rosie Raghu
February 10, 2012
Edward R O'Donnell, Susan M O'Donnell
12 Connelly Hill Road
Bret B Johnson, Allison C Johnson
February 8, 2012
Steven M Forman, Barbara S Forman
13 Tammer Lane
Keefe M Chesmore, Andrea M Chesmore
February 3, 2012
Cartus Financial Corp
13 Tammer Lane
Cartus Financial Corp
February 3, 2012
John J Catrone Jr, Kay Ann
23 Smith Road
Jason Interrante, Lisa Interrante
February 1, 2012
Patrick J O'Connor, Debra L O'Connor
18 McNeil Circle Unit 40 Bldg 15
William T Hamilton, Alice R Hamilton
February 1, 2012
John D Evans, Susan PF Evans
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Hopkinton resident Matt Kelly is National Merit
Worcester Academy senior Matthew Kelly of Hopkinton has been
named a Finalist in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship
As a National Merit Finalist, Matt is eligible to receive a
National Merit Scholarship. The National Merit Scholarship
Program is an academic competition for recognition and
scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter
the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary
SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)
- a test that serves as an initial screen of more than 1.5
million entrants each year - and by meeting published
program entry/participation requirements.
ABOUT WORCESTER ACADEMY:
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grades 6-12 and postgraduates. Our urban setting, diverse
community, and challenging curriculum provide students with
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February 20, 2012
Street caller reports unregistered solicitors...
Street caller reports he may have been scammed by a customer...
5:30 pm Sylvan Way caller
reporting strange vehicle was in her driveway...
3:02 pm The
Emergency Room at Framingham hospital reports that the
person that was transported there a few hours ago has left with
the IV still in his arm...
9:37 am Caller reports
that one of the two bloodhounds from a neighboring street is
February 20, 2012 — Anyone driving down Cedar Street can see
this wavy group of wetlands growth that is usually laying down
from snow this time of year.
Not in Favor of
Webster’s dictionary the definition of DEMOCRACY is: a
government in which supreme power is held by the people. Once
again this will be so true in the town of Hopkinton when the
residents will be asked to vote on the changes to our Downtown
Area. This is a generational plan to change the Downtown.
This plan was created by the Beta group and presented by the
DOWNTOWN INITIATIVE STEERING COMMITTEE. The plan makes major
changes to the road way from Wood St to Ash St and also includes
undergrounding of the utilities from Wood St to Ash St.
The conceptual redesign of the WOOD St and West Main St has
major changes to the intersection near my family's home. This
conceptual redesign of the intersection will create major safety
issues for my home, family, and business. If these changes
come to fruition, it will create an additional lane heading east
bound on Wood St. This will ultimately create a situation of us
having to cross three lanes of traffic to get to West Main St.
My Business is not the only business being affected by these
changes. In fact several businesses along the redesign plan will
be affected and many businesses have voiced many concerns.
As for my business, I have operated a salon for 11 years in my
home. I have many wonderful customers (I want to publicly thank
all of you for your support through this difficult time) and the
proposed changes to the Wood St Intersection will create a
dangerous situation for them as well.
As for the
revitalization of our Downtown area, how is it revitalization
when many businesses along the way are being asked to make
sacrifices for the supposed "good of the town?" I
personally feel downtown residents and business owners should
not have make these sacrifices and then have to pay for the
undergrounding of the wires. Furthermore; all downtown residents
will be required to personally pay to get their homes up to
current electrical codes before they will be allowed to hook
back up to the undergrounding of the utilities. With so
many beautiful historic homes in our town, I am sure this will
be a major expense for many homeowners. This plan calls
for such major changes to the town it has my family walking the
streets of Hopkinton alerting residents of the meeting dates.
I urge every generation of Hopkinton residents to attend the
upcoming DISC meeting. See the plan .See the generational
changes to the Downtown of Hopkinton. Please take the time to
attend this meeting. Make an informed vote when the time comes.
FEBRUARY 21st DISC MEETING HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29th @ 7PM IN THE TOWN HALL,
TOWN OF HOPKINTON, DOWNTOWN INITIATIVE STEERING COMMITTEE
12 Wood Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748
Swimming and Diving Team
Caps Off Year at State Championships
2012 — The Boy's Swimming and Diving Team ended their
amazing season by placing fourth in the State Championship
on Saturday.....the highest ever by a Hiller Team!
Having relays that went 3rd, 5th and 5th, and individual
places by John Lagasse (photo, above), Paul Lagasse, Alex
Carbone and Kevin Lagasse, helped the team earn 163 points.
A best time by Patrick Reimonn in the 500, and key relay
splits by Spencer Franklin and John Nadeau were awesome.
Not to mention the effort put forth by Jason Cardillo on the
diving board against the BEST in the State to place 17th.
Sunday night, it was the Girl's turn. With only 7
girls in the meet, and six of them being freshmen and
sophomores, the girls team placed 11th out of 37 teams with
83 points!!!! This will go down as one of
the highest finishes by any Lady Hiller Team!! Last
year, at this time, ended that meet scoring NO points!!
It was just amazing to see what the girls did tonight.
The meet opened with the Medley Relay of Brianna Gallo,
Bridget Coffey, Carly Adams and Nikki Annenberg bettering
their time from last week and getting 8th place. We
then watched and waited through most of the meet until the
100 free where Brianna got 20th, then the same four girls
from the Medley swam the 200 Free Relay. Their time
was only a second off of the school record, and placed in a
tie for tenth. Carly, just out of the pool after
anchoring that relay with a split of 25.96 got a 6th in the
While the swimming was going on, the three girls on the
diving board were doing something pretty incredible.
Senior Juliana Tordella got her best 8 diving score, as did
Ashley Windheauser and placed 17th and 18th. Renee
Salois, after placing 7th last weekend in the sectionals,
bettered her score by over 30 points to place 3rd with a
394.65. This is the highest finish by a Hopkinton
diver(boy or girl) in the history of the program.
For the last event, the same quartet of Brianna, Nikki,
Bridget and Carly went out, and dropped 1 1/2 seconds off of
last week's great swim, to place 10th. This swim was
only a second off an almost ten year old school record!!
Photo by John Lagasse, Renee Salois getting her 3rd place
award. Contributed content.
This weekend was a fantastic finish for the Three Time TVL
Champions with some veteran performances, and a lot of
promise for future success!!
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February 19, 2012 — Autumn Tumbleton, the child of locally known
runners, chases after an oversized ball today at the Hopkinton
Wishing and Hoping
February 19, 2012 — This lakefront resident makes the most of
his dry-docked boat landing today, as the level of Lake
Maspenock inches more slowly the normal in the absence of snow
and substantial rain.
February 19, 2012 — A group of gulls was rising with the
thermals over Lake Maspenock today, behavior usually observed
with other birds.
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February 19, 2012 — John Karlin helps his parents, who are
off-camera, gather brush from the pasture to burn today, a
Your Nose to the Ground... Or is it Ear?
February 18, 2012 — These dogs of an apparent extended canine
family are on the trail of something at Hopkinton State Park
today, sniffing and walking in sync. The small one could easily
fit under the belly of the large one, and both could still get
the job done.
February 18, 2012 — Pak Keo didn't catch any fish, but at least
did not have to break any ice to traverse Hopkinton Reservoir in
his electric "NuCanoe" today, in the middle of February.
Sport of the Week
Hillers Rise To The Occasion On Senior
Night, Beat Clockers 50-44!
February 18, 2012 — Last night, the
Hopkinton High girls basketball team played their last
regular season game against neighboring rivals
the Ashland Clockers. And while keeping with
tradition, the Hillers celebrated their game by honoring
their five seniors (Lindsey Doucette, Alee Leteria, Victoria
Munger, Jenna Corsi and Skylar Wright).
Similar to the Hiller boys team, the
girls have been plagued with injuries earlier in the year,
but as they start to approach the playoffs, they are almost
back to full form. Despite the Hillers early injuries,
Hopkinton entered last night’s game tied for third place
with Holliston (both with identical 12-5 records), just one
game behind Ashland (13-4). Leading the TVL pack is
the undefeated Medfield squad. A Hiller victory would
give them a second place tie with the Clockers.
Earlier in the season, Hopkinton traveled to Ashland only to
fall to the Clockers by a score of 54-40. So last
night’s game seemed appropriate for a little Hiller revenge.
For Coach Rita Atkinson, it seems as
though their season has been like a roller coaster ride
riddled with weekly injuries. Out for different parts
of the season were Lindsey Doucette (with a low ankle
sprain), Tess Chandler (a high ankle sprain) and Victoria
Munger (recovering from an ACL tear). Now, all three
are all back and playing together. Unfortunately,
Jenna Hanlon (who sustained a broken bone in her foot) is
presently out. “I’d say that we’re pretty much back
(with the exception of Jenna),” said Coach Atkinson.
“Despite having early setbacks, the girls have stuck
together and have become a more cohesive, stronger and
tougher team from it. With the tournament playoffs
approaching, we’re peaking at the right time.”
This year’s team has been led by
tri-captains: Lindsey Doucette (Forward), Alee Leteria
(center) and Victoria Munger (Guard). Both Doucette
(UMass - Lowell) and Leteria (Stonehill) will be playing
Division II basketball. Munger remains undecided at
“All of these captains demonstrate an
outstanding work ethic,” said Atkinson. “They’re all
well rounded student-athletes, who lead by example and are
excellent role models for the underclassmen.”
Hopkinton’s likes to use and relies
upon their up-beat tempo, fast-break, man-to-man style of
play; mixed with some half and full court
The Hillers will also take advantage of their opponents by
using a balanced inside power and outside perimeter game.
Last night the Hillers game plan worked
almost to perfection, with the exception of getting off to a
slow start (down 12-6 at the end of the first quarter).
However, Hopkinton was able to regroup and bounce back to
take a 22-19 lead going into the half by outscoring Ashland
Going into the half with the lead,
obviously gave the Hillers a big boost, as they came out in
the third quarter on fire, taking the biggest lead of the
game (41-25). Hopkinton just dominated the play.
Going into the fourth quarter with a 16 point lead gave the
Hillers a nice cushion. Ashland showed composure as
they tried to turn things around in the fourth quarter.
Ashland made some timely treys (3 during the fourth
quarter, 5 total for the night) thanks to the Clocker combo
of Blake Underhill (12 points) and Megan Ianiro (11 points).
With 1:10 left in the game and the
score 46-42, Hiller forward was fouled and went to the line
with a one and one situation. Doucette calmly sank
both free throws to bring the score to 48-42. Trying
to fight the clock, Ashland’s Cailee Gazard put up a basket
under the net to bring the score within four (48-44) with
approximately 25 seconds left in the game. With 4
seconds left to play, under desperation, Hopkinton’s Dana
Gogolin was fouled. Cool, calm and collected, she made
both free throws to end any chance of a Clocker comeback
leaving the Hillers victorious (50-44). The win
brought Hopkinton’s record to 13-5 putting them in a second
place tie with Ashland.
“It was nice to start all the senior
girls for their last regular home game against such a
quality team as Ashland,” said Atkinson. “I thought
our girls had a nice balance of scoring from the field
tonight. This shows a lot of promise as we prepare for
our post season tournament play.”
Leading scorer for the game was
Hopkinton’s Alee Leteria with 16 points. Other Hiller
contributors included Lindsey Doucette (9 points), Tess
Chandler (8 points), Dana Gogolin (6 points), Sarah Moses (5
points), Skylar Wright (4 points) and Victoria Munger (2
Atkinson, one of the more highly
respected coached in the area and state, recently reached a
high school milestone by winning her 300th high
school game earlier this season, a feat that is well
deserved and should be noted and recognized.
This coming Monday, for the third
consecutive year, the Hiller girls will be travelling to
Foxboro High School to participate in a non-league end of
season tournament hosted by the Warriors. This
tournament will feature four teams (Foxboro, Hopkinton,
Ursuline and Duxbury). Hopkinton will open up against
Duxbury, while Foxboro will take on Ursuline. The
winners of each bracket will play the following day to claim
title to the championship game. A consolation game
will consist of the two losing teams meeting up and will be
played prior to the championship game on Tuesday evening.
YOUR VEHICLE <
February 18, 2012 — Barrett Hanlon needed no company on this
two-pointer against Ashland Friday night.
February 18, 2012 — Sarah Moses defies gravity at home Friday
night against Ashland.
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Baseball Clinic !
On March 24th Hopkinton Babe Ruth is offering a free Baseball
Clinic at Metro West Sportcenter in Ashland.
The clinic includes supervised use of the pitching machines,
skills and drills on the indoor field. Instruction is provided
with assistance by the Hopkinton Hillers Baseball Varsity squad,
Head coach as well as the Babe Ruth coaches.
Players must be registered for the upcoming
Hopkinton Babe Ruth season to attend the clinic.
All abilities welcome!.
Please go to
hopkintonbaberuth.com to register. Register today!
NOTE to all players trying out for
You can still play on a Babe Ruth team. All games are played
in-town on the same fields the school teams play on.
Parents interested in helping out Hopkinton Babe Ruth?
We are interested in you!
HBR is in need of
The current openings require minimal time.
The meetings are once a month and last 1 to 1.5 hours. No
experience is required. It is a friendly environment that
offers help in learning what to do with the current open
positions. Please help us to help the kids have the best Babe
Ruth experience they can get. To volunteer or for questions you
can call Craig Park
508-293-1249 or go to
hopkintonbaberuth.com and use the contact us link.
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