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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.



Two 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. 

Contact person 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 up 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. 

Michael Cahill, 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 with testing.  

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. 

Manager Sue Bennison did not respond to a message for her to call.






Trooper Suspended Without Pay

February 24, 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 Department for 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, 2011.
         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 position.
          "We are generally coming out of the recession," he said.
          Site plan review by the Planning Board has been set for March 26, 2012.



No 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.



Up and Away

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.


Body Language

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 his handiwork.




 Press Release

State Trooper Arrested, Charged With Domestic Assault and Battery 

BRIMFIELD - 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.  

The 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.  

The 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.




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.


Plan Ahead

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 flooded area.




New 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.


Waltham 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

WOBURN– February 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 justice.”
            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 Weston. 
            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 Hampshire hospital. 
            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 phone service.
           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. 


Westborough Fire

February 21, 2012 — Hopkinton Firefighters stand at the ready at the four-alarm fire at the Park Village West Apartments in Westborough this afternoon.



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 to speak.

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 elections.

If you have any questions, contact Ken Weismantel, Chairman at ken@weismantel.com or at 508 435-5725



In Support of Changes to the Downtown Roadway

Dear Editor: 

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.

Peter LaGoy
21 Hayden Rowe Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748
February 21, 2012



Neighbor Applauds 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 towards downtown

- 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 benefit anyone. 

Thank You.
Max Manikian
4 West Main Street
February 21, 2012


Crossing Paths 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 one.


Jean Bertschmann Announces Re-Election Bid 

Dear Fellow Hopkinton Residents:

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 fiscal years. 

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. 

Jean Bertschmann
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, below. The Boston Channel video can be seen here.


Fun 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
Saturday, March 17, 2012

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 Street, Hopkinton.

 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:



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.



Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

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

New Transactions from February 13, 2012 to February 20, 2012






3 Sanctuary Lane Unit 19 Lois P Robbins $355,000 February 16, 2012 Weston Development Group
43 Oakhurst Road Dawn Smith-Maloney $380,000 February 15, 2012 Keith Blaize Favre, Tracy Turner Favre
Last Week        
20 Rocky Woods Road Sourav Moitra, Rosie Raghu $546,000 February 10, 2012 Edward R O'Donnell, Susan M O'Donnell
12 Connelly Hill Road Bret B Johnson, Allison C Johnson $965,000 February 8, 2012 Steven M Forman, Barbara S Forman
Week Before        
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



Hopkinton resident Matt Kelly is National Merit Scholarship Finalist


Worcester Academy senior Matthew Kelly of Hopkinton has been named a Finalist in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship competition.


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: Worcester Academy is a co-ed day and boarding school for grades 6-12 and postgraduates. Our urban setting, diverse community, and challenging curriculum provide students with a solid, real-world education. For more information, visit www.worcesteracademy.org.


Police News UP-TO-DATE


6:41 pm Leonard Street caller reports unregistered solicitors... 

2:03 pm Main 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 loose...




Amber Waves...

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 Changes


According to 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.


Jackie Potenzone
12 Wood Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748


Swimming and Diving Team Caps Off Year at State Championships

February 20, 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.

On 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 breaststroke.

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!!



Starting Early

February 19, 2012 — Autumn Tumbleton, the child of locally known runners, chases after an oversized ball today at the Hopkinton Common.



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.



Spring Cleaning

February 19, 2012 — John Karlin helps his parents, who are off-camera, gather brush from the pasture to burn today, a seasonal tradition.


Keep 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.




White Water

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!

By:  Lou Ottaviani

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 this time. 

“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 pressure.  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 16-7. 

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 points). 

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. 



Hopkinton 59, Ashland 51

February 18, 2012 — Barrett Hanlon needed no company on this two-pointer against Ashland Friday night.


Hopkinton 50, Ashland 44

February 18, 2012 — Sarah Moses defies gravity at home Friday night against Ashland.



Free 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 school teams:

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

  •          Assistant coaches

  •          Equipment management Coordinators

  •          Pre-Season Coordinator

  •          Regular-Season Coordinator

  •     Tournament Team Coaches

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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