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Police Incident Log -  

Most Recent First
Updated Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

6:38 pm
An Oak Street resident reported an on-going parking complaint of a neighbor's vehicle parking on his property. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and advised that there was not a vehicle on the property.
4:07 pm
The Westborough Police Department reported that a possible group of gypsy pavers were heading into Hopkinton. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area of Hill Street with a negative find.
3:47 pm
A caller from West Main Street reported theft of an iPod over the weekend. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and took a report.
3:12 pm
Officer Gregg DeBoer spoke with a walk-in from Hearthstone Road regarding identity fraud.
2:13 pm
Officer Stephen Buckley checked on a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street. The owner had help en-route.
9:25 am
Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with a walk-in from Front Street regarding possible identity theft.
8:59 am
Officer Stephen Buckley responded to a minor two-car motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Main Street.
8:43 am
Officer Thomas Griffin assisted the Fire Department with a general alarm on West Main Street.
8:13 am
A caller reported that a vehicle was parked in an island blocking the view of traffic exiting the Sate Park on Cedar Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien located the owner of the motor vehicle and advised her to move it.
12:32 am
Officer John Moran checked a motor vehicle on West Main Street.

Photo from this morning of car exiting One-Way in the wrong direction.


How to Solarize

Above, State Senator Karen Spilka opens the dialogue at the Senior Center last evening.

May 31, 2012 — Andy Boyce, the Solar Coach for Hopkinton, coordinated with Elizabeth Kennedy of the the Mass Clean Energy Center to present Hopkinton homeowners last night with a clear understanding of the government's program to assist homeowners in select towns pool together to gain group purchasing power for solar installations.
       According to Ms. Kennedy in a brief interview before the start of the program, the coordinators have whittled down the list of vendors who will provide the installations services to 10 companies. As a homeowner signs on, they are given a "no-greater-than" estimated price for their job. As neighbors and others in the community sign up for installation of photovoltaic solar, the price goes down for everyone who has enrolled in the tiered pricing structure until more than 250 kW is contracted, at which time the price will bottom out.
       The tax credits, rebates and other incentive are the same for everyone, on or off of the program explained Ms. Kennedy, but the efforts of the Solar Coach in pre-marketing, sales adds to the group's volume purchasing power and brings the price down for program participants. The savings realized in last year's inaugural program showed savings between 8 and 30 percent for participants, Ms. Kennedy said.
        To reach the Solar Coach to learn how to participate, email Andy Boyce at SolarizeHopkinton@gmail.com


Undefeated JV Softball




Seeks Broader Dialogue on Laptop Initiative

Dear Editor, 

For months now, I have been following the process of the proposed 1:1 Laptop Initiative -- by gathering information through the website, various articles, as well as reaching out to the administration. I am having difficulty trying to get a clear understanding of the financial and implementation impacts of this program. Recently, MetroWest Daily News reported, “A packet to parents yesterday kicked off a campaign by administrators to get a laptop in the hands of every high school student starting with this fall’s freshmen.” (By Michael Morton/Daily News staff Posted May 26, 2012 @ 12:00 AM). According to the packet, the School Department is looking for a commitment from the parents of incoming freshman by June 4, 2012. 

While I support the goal of having our children become”21st Century Learners," I have several concerns that have not been answered.  Through the course of a day, what will the children experience in terms of computer hours, instruction from the teacher and interaction with their classmates?   

Where will future funding come from for this in the short-term and long-term? The current cost per family is approximately $300.00 per year X 4 years ($1,200). Families who do not buy into the program will have a student at a disadvantage, particularly if at-home work will be assigned based on Apple technology and newer computer compatibility.  It has been stated that financial assistance is available, but this is based on federal poverty levels.  Poverty levels are not specific to this area.  Also, I have not been able to ascertain from what budget the assistance will come (i.e. school budget, slush fund, etc.).   I was informed that this initiative would not cost taxpayers money, but I was also informed that the program couldn't move forward unless the network upgrade was approved at town meeting.  This network upgrade was approved by the voters at the town meeting and was required to support the additional wireless devices this program would bring.  I would like to know what the total cost to taxpayers will be.  

The high school has devices for 20 percent of incoming freshman, requiring 80 percent of incoming freshmen parents to commit to lease or buy a compatible device for their student.  The high school will not need School Committee approval, but doesn't the School Committee approve the curriculum?  I think this type of initiative would change the curriculum, or at least how it is delivered.  I am not aware of an implementation plan for future years.  If 80 percent of each new incoming freshman class does not lease, will our teachers be forced to teach two different curriculums, one laptop and one traditional?  Could potential cost increases in vender leasing contracts change for each incoming freshman class?  

The principal in an email to me quoted: "We will not move forward with the program until we know that we have enough committed parents to make it work.  So, in fact, no one is forcing this initiative on families. Rather, the parents of the incoming 9th graders will be ‘voting’ about the one to one program when they decide whether or not to participate." I do not think this decision should be up to a small group of parents. A "vote" from one select group of parents in an 8th-grade parent night, a specifically-targeted survey, and a few informational nights are not supportive of clear and open dialogues when presenting such a large change in the educational experience of our students.  

Parents and taxpayers should voice questions or concerns to the School Committee and administration. I am also requesting that the administration take careful consideration in presenting open and clear dialogue with the broader community of parents and taxpayers before moving ahead with this initiative. 

Dawn Ronan
211 Hayden Rowe
Hopkinton MA 01748

May 30, 2012




Milford Police Nab Framingham Suspect For Assault with a Firearm

(Milford, MA.) May 30, 2012 — Today, Milford Police arrested a 21 year old Framingham man on East Main Street at Cedar Street for a variety of firearms charges after investigating a reported assault involving a gun at the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Julio Orlando Acevedo age 21 of Interfaith Terrace Framingham, MA was arrested at gun point after the car he was riding in as a passenger was stopped by Officer Robert Pavia who was working in off duty detail on East Main Street near the intersection with Cedar Street. Officer Pavia heard dispatchers relay to all officers the description of the suspect and the vehicle he was in and observed it travel towards him. 

Officers first responded to the Registry of Motor Vehicles at 12:11 pm when dispatch reported a man was assaulted by another man with a gun at the Registry of Motor Vehicles who after the assault had put the gun into his shorts and went back inside the Registry of Motor Vehicles. All available officers quickly responded and checked the RMV but the suspect had already left.

Officer Pavia then called in his stop of the suspect and officers responded to back him up on east Main Street at Cedar Street where the suspect was placed under arrest. Officers also found a silver colored Colt .25 Caliber Semi-Automatic pistol with five live rounds of ammunition from under the seat. Later the weapon was determined to have been stolen.

Julio Orlando Acevedo age 21 of Framingham, MA is charged with the following criminal violations:

  1. Carrying a Firearm without a license to carry firearms
    Receiving stolen property (firearms)

    Assault by means of a dangerous weapon (firearms)

    Unlawful possession of ammunition

Bail Commissioner set bail at $5,000 cash and suspect will be arraigned Thursday in Milford District Court.




MedReturn Now Available at Hopkinton Police Station
No questions asked  (Illegal drugs not wanted)

Above, Selectman Vice-Chair John Mosher, Town Manager Norman Khumalo, Chief of Police Rick Flannery, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone, Principal Health Agent Ed Wirtanen. 

May 30, 2012 — Columbian drug lords would have a tough time turning over a new leaf by using the new MedReturn at the Hopkinton Police Station, according Police Chief Rick Flannery, because illegal drugs are not wanted in the new disposal unit. What is wanted are prescription household drugs that are no longer useful because they have expired, or because they are no longer needed. This helps keep the substances from getting into the wrong hands, keeps them out of the water supply, out of landfills and off of the streets.
         According to Chief Flannery, the collected substances (read accepted items and unacceptable items below) will be disposed of by incineration.
         The police promise not to ask questions of anyone turning in unwanted medications, any time of the day, to their 74 main Street location. For more information, the Hopkinton Police business line is 508-497-3401.




Hopkinton Man Named Cadet Flight Commander 

May 30, 2012 — Cadet 1st Class Matt Cosmo of Hopkinton was named Cadet Flight Commander for this July's Cadet Soaring Training Program at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Cosmo will be working with active duty Officer leadership, who provide mentoring to the Cadet Instructor Pilots (IPs), and will be directly responsible for overseeing all flight operations for the July session of the 2012 Basic Soaring Program. 

Cosmo and his fellow cadet Instructor Pilots (IPs) run the Air Force Academy’s summer Basic Soaring Program (Glider/Sailplane flight training program) as part of the 94th Flying Training Squadron (“94th”), the operations of which are based at the Academy airfield. The 94th trains nearly 500 USAFA and AFROTC cadets each year. This

Summer's training will be conducted in a brand new fleet of 14 TG-16As (see article on the new fleet at http://www.usafa.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123264112). 

This past January, Cosmo was previously selected as the Cadet Commander responsible for transitioning all operations to this new fleet, which included implementing and overseeing the upgrade training of all his fellow IPs in this new plane. Full transition was accomplished this past week in time for this summer's Basic Soaring Program. 

In addition to his Cadet Flight Commander appointment for this summer, Matt was also recognized on the Dean’s List for academic excellence and the Commandant's List for military excellence for the recently completed spring semester at the Academy in Colorado Springs. Selection on the Commandant's List requires a military point average in the top 10% of his class and Dean's List achievement requires at least a 3.0 GPA. A June 2009 graduate of Hopkinton High School, Cosmo is pursuing a mechanical engineering degree and wants to serve his country as a pilot upon graduation from the Academy in May 2013.




Parent Wants Transparency

Dear members of the Hopkinton School Committee,
The resignation of the new Superintendent came without warning to many in our community including myself. The letter announcing it seemed carefully crafted, but provided very little meaningful context for the community. The timing of the announcement was inconvenient for the public to gather any context.


As with every initiative our town undertakes, critical decisions open up windows of opportunity for communication. How we choose to manage communication at these critical decision points can either enhance or destroy credibility and public trust, with long term impacts. In that spirit, and understanding that some level of prudence in communication may be advised for contractual reasons, could the School Committee please provide additional information to the community regarding the context of the new Superintendent’s resignation – or at least a timeline for when such discussion may occur?

  • Was the School Committee disappointed with the Superintendent’s March 1st Report of Entry Findings, available on the School website?

  • What are examples of the “expectations and approach of the Hopkinton School District” cited in the letter as justifying the decision?

  • The Superintendent indicates this comes “after much reflection and discussion;” when did the School Committee have first indications this may happen?

  • Were there differences in viewpoint between the School Committee and Superintendent regarding defined priorities in the District?

  • Did the Superintendent initiate the resignation or did the School Committee suggest it?

  • Has the School Committee been displeased with the Superintendent’s performance, or received complaints from the community or staff?

  • Will a Superintendent search committee be discussed and initiated at the scheduled June 7th School Committee meeting in the Middle School Library?

  • Had the Superintendent requested a pay increase that the School Committee could not fulfill?

  • What are the implications for the town’s 3-year contract with the Superintendent?

  • What can we learn from this?

The high level of community interest in the apparently abrupt resignation of a new superintendent is not driven by idle curiosity; rather, our community devotes a large proportion of our substantial taxes to the public education of our children. Our school system is a primary community asset and we entrust much to the School Committee; in return we expect transparency, so that we can evaluate the effectiveness of our investment and trust.


I appreciate the work of the School Committee, and ask the School Committee’s help understanding the context of the Superintendent’s resignation and what we can learn from it, or at least a timeline for when such communication and public discussion may be possible.


Joe Markey
39 Ash Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748
NOTE: Mr. Markey sent this to the School Committee and then to HopNews.




In Memoriam

May 30, 2012 — An honor guard of veterans stands by, as do members of Hopkinton American Legion Post 202 and other veterans as members of the Old Guard, a veterans riding club, raises an American Flag at Wilson Street Cemetery, their last act on Memorial Day in Hopkinton where they fired the 21-gun salute at the cemeteries where ceremonies took place. The Wilson Street Cemetery was known as the Irish Cemetery on the old days, and to others, the Paupers Cemetery. There are few fancy markers, only one polished headstone, and many unmarked graves, with the occupants stacked a half-dozen atop one another in some graves, according to some accounts.

Cooprider Still Riding the Wave

May 30, 2012 — Former Hopkinton High School softball player Michelle Cooprider (middle person in second row) poses with her Tufts University softball teammates. On three successive weekends, the team won their conference championship (NESCAC), won their NCAA Regional Championship (Mansfield, CT), and tied for fifth place at the NCAA Division 3 Softball World Series in Salem, Virginia.



Police Incident Log -

Most Recent First
Updated Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

8:13 pm Officer Matthew McNeil spoke with an individual who walked into the station to discuss the violation of a harassment order. A 17 year-old male was subsequently arrested. 

5:15 pm A Teresa Road caller reported seeing a carload of teens run into the woods to retrieve a bottle of vodka, and then drive off. 

4:07 pm Officer William Burchard responded to a 911 call that a Lumber Street 8 year-old was out of control. He calmed the child down. 

2:06 pm Officer Stephen Buckley assisted individuals with their reports on a two-car MVA on Hayden Rowe Street that resulted in no personal injuries. 

12:06 pm A Wood Street resident walked in  to speak with an officer about fraud. 

11:39 am A Pleasant Street caller reported that an individual in a vehicle stopped in front of his house and took a photo of it. 

9:00 am A Lumber Street resident stopped in to speak with Officer Thomas Griffin about credit card fraud.



The edge of a very nasty thunderstorm just touched down in Hopkinton (9:30 pm, Tuesday).
See the
active map here to follow its progress, or see our Weather Channel link above anytime.

Hopkinton Education Foundation Awards Over $40,000 

May 29, 2012 – The Hopkinton Education Foundation is proud to announce this year’s recipients of its annual grant awards. The Foundation awarded over $40,000 to ten Hopkinton Public School staff members whose ideas best met the Foundation’s criteria for innovation and positive impact on the educational experience in Hopkinton’s Schools. 

The Education Foundation awarded the Stephen Gray Innovation Grant (awarded each year for the most innovative program) to Steven Yavarow, High School Music Teacher (file photo), for his application entitled Creating a Sound Engineering Studio. This grant funds Pro Tools 10 Music Studio software and hardware which will enhance the music curriculum at the High School. Pro Tools is an industry standard which will be used to simulate a recording studio. According to Yavarow, “The students will gain true 21st century skills as they use their

creativity to produce professional recordings.” 

In addition, thanks to the continued generosity of EMC Corporation, the Education Foundation was delighted to award the Seventh Annual EMC Grant for Math and Science to Anita Lavakumar, High School Math Teacher, for her application entitled Virtual Breadboard. This grant funds the use of Virtual Breadboard online simulation software, an innovative and unique tool for students to explore circuit design and manipulate the inputs and outputs. This software will be pilot tested in the 9th and 12th grade physics and 12th grade logic classes to enhance the concepts presented in the curriculum.

Also, it is particularly satisfying for the Education Foundation that one of last year’s professional development grants has resulted in three successful applications for implementation projects this year. These recipients are: Heidi Woods, First Grade Teacher, will receive $4,930 for her application, Bananos for Books. This grant will provide iPad Nanos for first grade classrooms to enhance their listening centers. First grade classrooms will partner and share the technology to allow students the opportunity to listen to fluent reading. When students listen to a story through an iPad Nano while following along in their own copy of the book, they will expand their vocabulary, improve their fluency, and

strengthen their comprehension. 

Frances Hruska, Elmwood School Literacy Specialist/Teacher, will receive $2,470 for her application, Hearing is Achieving. This grant will provide each classroom at the Elmwood School with a portable digital recorder and will provide a more accurate assessment of students reading proficiency. The digital recorders enable teachers to assess an individual student’s reading level and create an oral reading portfolio which can be referred to as needed and help create a more strategic skills lesson.

Heather Smith, Fifth Grade Teacher, will receive $4,530 for her application, Enhancing the Reading Workshop. This grant will expose all fifth grade students to 21st century learning tools and will enrich the existing reading workshops. This will result in progress for all students in different aspects of reading, foster independence, allow for differentiation and prepare students for upper grades where more technology is being used in the classroom and in everyday life.

This year’s other award recipients are:

Susan Mello, Center School Librarian, will receive $3,250 for her application, Center School Library: A 21st Century Library. This grant will establish an ebook collection in the Center School Library along with two iPads for students to use to access the material. Students and staff will be able to access e-books from a computer at home and teachers will be able to access the e-books using their classroom smartboards for direct student engagement.

Maribeth Tremblay, Fifth Grade Teacher, will receive $4,700 for her application, Using Primary Sources and the Arts to teach American History. This cross curricular grant will allow the fifth grade American history framework to be taught through the lens of primary source artifacts, documents, paintings, and the related

arts. It will encourage exploration and inquiry into our history. Students will use critical thinking skills to create their own works of art through music, dance, sculpting, and creating paintings of their own. These projects will connect to the Mesoamerica and the colonial time periods. 

Jayne Shea, School Counselor at Hopkins School, will receive $7,210 for her application, Lights, Camera, Action. Through the use of innovative technology such as iPads, Garage Band, iMovie, Story Talk, iCloud, and Zimmertwins Animation, students design and create multisensory projects enabling them to learn and develop positive social competency skills that will enhance their ability to communicate, problem-solve, and respond effectively to a broad spectrum of social situations. All fourth and fifth grade students will use these tools.

Jeremy Dodge, Middle School Music Teacher, will receive $6,500 for his application, iMovie and Garage Band. This grant funds innovative technologies to enhance and extend curriculum offerings in instrumental, choral, and general music classes. All Middle School students will have access to Garage Band, iMovie, iPhoto,

and Keynote to study, compose, and record music; explore various aspects of movie creation; and develop podcasts and instructional videos. 

Debby Arienti, Middle School Adjustment Counselor, will receive $1,300 for her application, Middle School Confidential. This grant funds the acquisition of Middle School Confidential, a new and interactive social skills curriculum that will be available to all students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Topics include: Self-esteem, Selfimprovement, Controlling Anger, Friendship Making, Responding to Teasing, Anxiety Reduction, Conflict Resolution, and Problem Solving.

“We congratulate all of the grant recipients for their hard work and great ideas,” says Education Foundation Treasurer and Grants Committee Chairperson Clelland Johnson. “We are proud to be a part of the innovation that moves the Hopkinton Schools forward and we are excited to see the progress of these funded programs.”





Solar 101
Learn how to benefit from the sun - May 30, 2012

The town of Hopkinton has been awarded a Solar Grant by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (CEC). Hopkinton’s Sustainable Green Committee has scheduled an informational “Solar 101” event for May 30th at the Senior Center meeting room from 7:00 to 9:00pm. The CEC will be there to explain in detail how the Solarize program will work for town residents and business owners. The event will consist of a brief presentation followed by a Question & Answer session. Whether you are itching to install solar, or have never given it a thought, come and see what it is all about. The Solarize program allows residents and business owners to choose how the systems are ultimately purchased, so leave those ‘cost’ perceptions at home and venture over to the Senior Center for an enlightening event. You just might be able to reduce your energy bills for the next 20-30 years!  

For more information, please visit our website at www.hopgreen.com. Please contact Caroline McManus at caroline.mcmanus1@gmail.com with any questions regarding this event. ~ Caroline McManus






Police Incident Log -

Most Recent First
Updated Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Monday, May 28, 2012

9:44 pm Officer Peter Booth checked a motor vehicle on Wilson Street.
6:40 pm
Officer Peter Booth spoke with a caller who reported a man in a grey sedan on Frankland Road stopped and told him he was looking for two little kids, which he thought suspicious. Despite responses from Hopkinton and Ashland PD, the individual was not located.
2:15 pm
A caller complained of loud music on Price Street, but Officer Patrick O'Brien did not find any music playing.
12:34 pm
Officer Patrick O'Brien passing in his cruiser was motioned by witnesses to a vehicle fleeing an alleged assault on Church Street that occurred while a throng was exiting the Common and walking on Main and Church Streets. Off-duty Detective Timothy Brennan was walking with his family nearby and responded to quickly place the alleged suspect under control. The victim, who was knocked to the ground by a punch, was examined by Hopkinton Fire Department ambulance personnel, and declined treatment. Three witnesses came forward to offer statements to police about the assault. The alleged suspect will receive a summons to court, said Officer O'Brien.*
11:14 am
An Eastview Road caller dialed 911, and on call back, said it was an error. Officer William Burchard responded [ALL 911 calls get a cruiser at their door regardless of what they tell the dispatch on call back] and asked for another cruiser. Officer David Shane responded to the residence where a verbal argument was taking place. While there, officers noted a violation of drug laws.
9:13 am
A mailbox was damaged at a Thayer Heights residence.
8:32 am
Officer William Burchard assisted a tractor trailer unit make a delivery on Grove Street.
2:32 am
A hit and run driver took out a mailbox.
2:26 am
Officer Aaron O'Neil checked on a vehicle parked on Hayden Rowe Street.
12:59 am
One individual was arrested on Cedar Street and another placed in Protective Custody.

* Most information in the HopNews Police Incident reports are from the Hopkinton Police press logs. Some information is received from eyewitnesses or other sources. Such was the case with this incident.

TVL Champions

Hopkinton Varsity softball team after their last game against Mansfield - which also happened to be on Senior Day. It is a pictire of the entire team with their #1 fan - Mr. Mellor. He is the grandfather of Nicole Mellor who is a senior and the #1 pitcher on the team. But he is there for each and every girl rooting them on from the stands. This was their last game of the season which came on the heels of their winning against AShland on Wednesday night which secured their 2012 TVL Championship status. Even though Nicole is graduating, Mr. Mellor promises to still show up next year for some of the team's Home games. The entire team is appreciative of his support through the years. ~ Contributed content




Memorial Day in Hopkinton

Above, wide angle view of the Common while Selectman Chair Ben Palleiko addresses the gathering.

May 28, 2012 — Above, members of the Old Guard veterans' organization carry the colors from St. John's Cemetery to the Soldier's Mound in the Mount Auburn Cemetery today. Hundreds turned out at the Hopkinton Common to be respectful of veterans on this most solemn of days.  Below is a photographic capsule of Memorial Day 2012 in Hopkinton.



Memorial Day 2012

May 28, 2012 — (10:00 am) The Old Guard riding club, a group of service veterans which rides in honor of veterans, took over the task of the 21-gun salute at the cemeteries this morning, as they did at the Evergreen Cemetery above. As we write, the ceremonies continue. See the entire itinerary here.


Tree of Life

May 27, 2012 — These arborvitae, Latin for "Tree of Life", ironically line the main road in Evergreen Cemetery, where Memorial Day events will begin at 9:45 am on Monday, May 28, 2012, unless a person is inclined to view the newly revitalized Comey Chapel ahead of time, beginning at 9:00 am. See the entire itinerary here.



Warm Up, Warm Down

May 27, 2012 — Liz Tuite stretches prior to exercising this afternoon, having the Hopkinton Common to herself.




Wrong Side

May 27, 2012 — Officer Matthew McNeil speaks with the driver who drove his vehicle on the wrong side of the trees on Pleasant Street and crashed into a home as a result. Officer McNeil is close enough to be able to smell the man's breath. He was not arrested, but was to be cited for Operating to Endanger.



May 27, 2012 — Groups of children lined up for photos last week following visits to the Respite Center.

Smile a Little Smile...

May 26, 2012 — This squirrel pauses on a Main Street lawn long enough to grin and enjoy the moment.