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Splish Splash

June 4, 2012 — During Saturday's deluge, water carried silt away from the road construction site on West Main Street and into the nearest storm water drains.


HHS Grad on Winning Team

June 4, 2012 — Kim Bolick, HHS '11 and Connecticut College '15, and her team at the Intercollegiate Sailing Association Nationals in Austin TX last week, May 30-June 2nd. The Conn College team won the semi finals and came in 5th in the Nationals Finals. Kim is the 1st in the bottom row on the left.




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Police Incident Log -
Most Recent First

Updated Monday, June 4, 2012

Sunday, June 3, 2012

11:45 pm
Officer John Moran made a check of businesses on South Street and Hayward Street.
8:22 pm
Three units assisted in pursuit of a motor vehicle on the loop road that failed to stop as directed. Officer Peter Booth caught up with it behind the high school and arrested two individuals.
7:44 pm A caller reported vandalism to a motor vehicle on a Main Street property. It was determined to be past damage.
5:53 pm officer Peter Booth spoke with the host of a party whose guest was creating a hazard by parking.
3:45 pm Detective Timothy Brennan completed a Click it or Ticket Community Policing assignment on Main Street.
3:40 pm Bolton Police advised that an RV they towed from a street in their town that had no plate has a vehicle identification number that comes back to a Frankland Road resident. Owner was notified.
2:21 pm Citations were issued for failure to signal and for violation of town bylaw regarding the possession of marijuana on Eastview Road.
2:15 pm An individual from Eastview Road stopped by the station to complain about harassment, spoke with Officer Peter Booth, who then spoke with all individuals, who agreed to cease further contact.

1:43 pm
Detective Timothy Brennan Logged a Community Relations activity.
11:51 am
Sudbury Police requested assistance contacting a Huckleberry Road resident.
10:45 am
A caller reported a violation of the town bylaw banning the use of construction equipment on Sunday.
8:21 am
A telephone pole guide wire fell off of a tree and onto the roadway. Responding officers removed it before Verizon arrived.

Saturday, June 2, 2012
9:54 pm
Two units responded to a report of very loud music in the Rocky Woods neighborhood, but could not locate the source of the complaint.
8:30 pm
Checked on the operator of a vehicle on West Main Street who was just checking his GPS.
7:22 pm
A Holliston resident who complained he was being harassed online by a Hopkinton resident was advised to call Holliston.
6:46 pm
Officer Booth spoke with a driver who was reported to be driving erratically. She explained that it ws true, because she was trying to retrieve a fallen GPS unit.
5:02 pm
Officer Aaron O'Neil removed a tree limb from the roadway on South Street.
3:59 pm
Officer Peter Booth arrested an individual on Wood Street and Officer Patrick O'Brien transported two passengers to Downtown.
2:24 pm
Detective Brennan completed a Click it or Ticket assignment on Wood Street.
12:29 pm
A neighbor reported it suspicious that a blue van was parked on Colonnade Drive, but it turned out to be another resident of the neighborhood.
12:19 pm
Officer Patrick O'Brien checked on a vehicle on Main Street that had been reported running for 2 hours with the lights on.
1:05 am
Sgt. Scott vanRaalten checked on a vehicle parked at West Main and DiCarlo Road.
12:47 am
A vehicle came off of the 495 ramp and took down a sign at the island west of South Street.
12:01 am
Sgt. VanRaalten spoke with an individual on Main Street who turned out to be waiting for a ride.

Friday, June 2, 2012
11:14 pm
A bartender reported a past incident with a Hayden Rowe Street resident which left her feeling threatened. Officer John Moran investigated.
11:04 pm
Units dispersed a gathering around a fire on Lake Whitehall following a complaint from a Winter Street resident.
10:01 pm
A caller who refused to identify himself complained about a large, noisy party on West Elm Street. Units found the party, which was ending a s the 6th graders were being picked up by parents.
8:01 pm
A passing motorist told the detail officer of an altercation on the loop road, but units could not find it.
7:12 pm
Officer Booth removed a bat from an apartment on Main Street.
2:58 pm
An arriving homeowner discovered the front door kicked in and the television and other times on a sheet in the front yard. An extensive search of the area yielded no results.
12:10 pm
Detective Brennan logged a Click it or ticket assignment on Wood Street.
10:58 am
Sgt. Porter logged a Click it or ticket assignment on West Main Street.
10:43 am
Officer Gregg DeBoer met with a Commonwealth Ave resident to discuss possible fraud.
9:13 am
A caller reported a vehicle passed her and the operator threw something at her vehicle. Negative find.
4:18 am
Checked two cars on Meadowland Road.
1:27 am
A caller reported she saw an individual stumbling on Hayden Rowe Street. Simultaneously, Officer Linda Higgins reported she was transporting an individual to Southborough.
12:36 am
Officer Jacob Campbell spoke with an individual known to him who was just out for a walk on West Elm Street.

Hopkinton 5, Duxbury 0

June 4, 2012 — Girls Tennis swept Duxbury 5-0 Sunday in D2 South 1st round match. Hiller girls are #3 seed and now advance to quarterfinals. Next opponent is Medfield Monday afternoon (in between the raindrops?!) Above, Senior Bevy Reynolds serving.


Shamrocks Win Tournament

The Hopkinton Shamrocks AAU baseball team won the Memorial Day Atlantic Baseball Club Tournament in Duxbury over the holiday weekend! The Shamrocks went 5-1 in the tournament- winning the tournament championship game 16-6. The tournament featured Diamond and Super Division AAU teams from the Duxbury / Marshfield area.

Top Row from Left to Right: Coach Gerry Leone, Zack Sisitsky, Brian Gaughan, Justin Blanchard, Coach Ray LeBlanc.

Middle Row from Left to Right: Coach Scott McIntire, Scott Babigian, Brett McIntire, Anthony Farina, Ben Fargiano, Tommy Leone, Marc Saklad and Coach Don Wolfe.

Front Row: Ryan Wolfe, Griffin Zack and Jake LeBlanc.


Please enjoy a gallery of a few photos from Friday's Hopkinton Commencement 2012
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Sprucing up

June 3, 2012 — Employees at the Hopkinton State Park "spruce" up the kiosk by the boat rental area with cedar shakes.


Clips from Graduation 2012 

June 3, 2012 — Please enjoy some video clips from Friday's 2012 Commencement. The photographer decided at the last minute to shoot video in one hand and stills in another, so he apologizes ahead of time for the absence of a tripod. The video is 20 minutes long, so not everything is recorded, but the entire processional into the room was. Please enjoy that and other clips. We hope to have some photos soon.


No Mistaken Identity

June 3, 2012 — Detective Timothy Brennan's unmarked cruiser may not have the unmistakable lights, traditional decals and eye-catching colors, but his uniform and cap reveal the authority he represents as he conducts traffic unforcement at Main Street by the start line.


Goose Trot

June 2, 2012 — Like tame farm animals, a wild group of grazing geese began to trot toward the photographer when he set foot upon Lake Whitehall Dam this afternoon after the rain let up, a good indication that humans have been feeding them frequently.


More Graduation 2012

June 2, 2012 — The stands were packed, too, for Friday night's graduation ceremonies. HopNews continues to process beaucoup photos and video from the evening, and will hopefully have those available on Sunday.

Little Pond

June 6, 2012 — The gatehouse at Lake Whitehall on Highland Street can barely be seen from Wood Street downstream as evergreens grow larger, and their seasonal demeanor is absent the weight of heavy snow. The gatehouse was saved from destruction by active neighbors and helpful public servants. Originally, it was part of the Lake Whitehall Dam, which was replace and moved 50 feet southward a few short years ago, making the gatehouse unnecessary. It has since been refurbished and remains as a reminder to three living generations of Hopkinton residents of summertime fun jumping off of it and into Lake Whitehall, when the water came up to the old dam.


M. Eileen Frieh, 74 

HOPKINTON - M. Eileen Frieh, 74, of Cincinnati, OH, and formerly of Hopkinton and Framingham, passed away January 24, 2012. She was the beloved wife of Francis Philip Frieh for over 52 years. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late James W. and Mary C. (Greene) Crohan.

Eileen was a graduate of Framingham Union Hospital School of Nursing in 1958 and spent her career as an RN for over 40 years in various areas of nursing, including visiting, occupational health, med/surg, and as a school nurse in Hopkinton. Before relocating to Cincinnati, she was a member of the nursing staff of Bethany Hospital in Framingham. She is fondly remembered as a dedicated, compassionate, professional nurse who always advocated for the highest standard of care for her patients.

She was the loving mother of Sharon Rudd and her husband William, and Ann Marie Ridenere and her husband Robert, all of Ohio, and Carol T. Baker and her husband Matthew of Maine. She is predeceased by her daughter, Mary "Little Eileen" Frieh. She also leaves behind her beloved granddaughter, Megan Ruth Rudd. She was the devoted sister of Evelyn Mullen and Judith Loell, and her late brothers, William Crohan and James W. Crohan, Jr. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, June 8 at 10 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church 20 Church St. Hopkinton. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Woodville. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, Hopkinton http://www.callanancronin.com/.

Donations in her memory may be made to Boston Floating Hospital for Children in Boston c/o Tufts Medical Center, PO Box 231, Boston, MA 02111.

A Memorial Service was held at the Hay Funeral Home in Cincinnati following her death. Guest book at  http://www.hayfuneralhome.com/  .


Hopkinton Graduates 271

June 1, 2012 — Hopkinton High School saw 271 mortarboards reach for the clouds this evening as commencement ceremonies came to a close. Below, School Committee Chair Jean Bertschmann embraces her daughter Maddie before awarding her diploma. Check back on Saturday for some still photo and video excerpts of the event.



Above Ashland Police Officer Chris Alberini comes out of a wooded area on Clinton Street with decorated K-9 Officer Dax after seeking the suspect's scent after an individual reported someone running in those woods. They were accompanied by another Ashland officer carrying a long gun.
June 1, 2012 (4:35 pm) — Following an break in at a Front Street residence, both Hopkinton Police and Ashland Police mobilized to cordon off the area and bring canines, both Ashland and Mass State Police, to the scene. A homeowner arrived home at 2:58 pm to find the front door kicked in and his TV and other belongings on the front lawn on a sheet. A dozen marked and unmarked cruisers checked vehicles that drove through the area, looking for what is often called an escape vehicle, one that a suspect calls in these situations to help him escape from a secured area, and Officer Alberini  and K-9 Dax tried to locate the individual from his scent.
        The Mass State Police Air Wing offered its services, but by the time the helicopter was available, officer-in-charge, Sgt. Michael Sutton declined. The search manpower was scaled down shortly before 4:30 pm without an arrest.

NOTE: A 7:30 pm press release from Hopkinton Police Sgt. Michael Sutton reveals that there were no other breaks found in the area, and that it is believed the break occurred hours before it was discovered. He wrote that the investigation is continuing.



Police Incident Log -  

Most Recent First
Updated Friday, June 1, 2012


Thursday, May 31, 2012

11:03 pm A caller from Lakeshore Drive complained about kids in the area being loud.
10:34 pm
A 911 caller reported a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Oakhurst Road. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and took a report.
10:22 pm
The Westborough Police Department reported a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Wood Street. Sgt. John Porter responded and took a report.
7:10 pm
A Downey Street resident reported a violation of a town by-law for operating heavy equipment after hours, and after asking the crew to stop and they refused. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and shut down the crew for the night.
5:34 pm
A caller reported a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the area with a negative find of the vehicle.
5:37 pm
There were several calls for a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on West Main Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and took a report.
5:15 pm
A caller reported a disable motor vehicle on East Main Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area with a negative find of the vehicle.
3:56 pm
A resident of Wood Street reported that there were several youths with BB guns in his back yard shooting at birds and would like them removed from his property. Officer Matthew McNeil spoke with three youths and confiscated a BB gun.
2:12 pm
The bus office reported that an operator will not move their vehicle to allow the bus to pass on Briarcliff Drive. Officer Patrick O'Brien spoke with all the individuals involved and advised that it has been worked out.
12:53 pm
A caller reported that her vehicle was backed into in a parking lot on Grove Street. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and took a report.
11:31 am
A caller reported that a tractor trailer turned the wrong way onto Walcott Street from A Street to make a delivery to a business. Officer Thomas Griffin located the truck and issued a civil citation to the operator.
10:53 am
An Appaloosa Circle resident reported that his mailbox was knocked on the ground and had a dent in it. The caller requested the incident be logged.
8:37 am
A caller reported that his employee in a trash truck had hit a wire on Main Street and the wire was resting on the truck with the operator still inside the vehicle. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and advised that it was a cable wire and it was not resting on the truck. The cable company was called and responded.
1:39 am
Officer Linda Higgins checked and spoke with two individuals on Main Street.


Dressing Up the Neighborhood

Above, Artist Dustin Neece speaks to a gathering as his artwork behind the glass storefront window frames his reflection.

May 31, 2012 — Ed Turner, owner of the Art and Frame Emporium at the Westborough Shopping Center on Lyman Street, grew weary of seeing a dark, empty space in the storefront next to his, the site of the former Dress Barn, looming large over the once very busy shopping center and decided to do something about dressing his neighbor up.
       Mr. Turner invited fellow Rhode Island School of Design graduate Dustin Neece to show off his work in the empty space for passersby to enjoy during the day, and to be graced by warm lighting in the evening for those who want to make a special trip to the shopping center, or extend their visit to the Art and Frame Emporium with a little window shopping next door.
        Mr. Neece, whose work includes a renown Marine Spirit painting as well as a recently commissioned painting of Rick and Dick Hoyt, is offering many of the displayed original work for sale — as well as prints of the sold works — for between $35 and $9,000.


Parent Favors Current Laptop Initiative

As a parent of an 8th grader heading off to Washington, DC next week and on to the High School in September I would like to weigh in on "controversy" around the One to One laptop program.

I have been involved from a parent's side since the first school offered public discussion in March. I also participated in the parent survey back in January.

It seems like many of the concerns I am seeing raised in the last few days were addressed at the meeting back in March and addressed again earlier this week. Strangely enough there were not 200 other parents at these meetings, but only a small handful.

Where were all these concerned parents back then?

I am not at all happy with how the program has been managed (it really needed way more publicity and transparency), but I guess it is a little too easy to throw stones. All the folks setting up this program spend their day jobs educating our kids and a big extra like this project has obviously not received enough resources. Woulda, shoulda, coulda...

I can clearly see a huge upside and potential benefit for my son to have a high school faculty with these resources in place. We have the 3rd best school system in the state according to some. Let's go for #1.

Yes, my son has had his own laptop for the last 5 years, and yes I'll buy him the Apple as well.

I don't think the world is getting any easier for our kids. Both my wife and I already make regular financial sacrifices for our kids today. That is my job and commitment as a parent, Spending another $1300 is how many restaurant visits? Not too many at all. I'll brown bag to give my son this opportunity and I'd encourage other parents of the 8th grade class to do so as well.

It just isn't that much money folks. I know for some it will be the straw that breaks the camel's back. For these few living in this premium community there is financial aid as well as some laptops available for those who don't buy or bring a non-Apple from home. Worst case, go on Ebay and buy a $300 refurbished system (much of the software for this program is in the cloud and system agnostic).

I just hope enough parents can commit so the entire group of 200+ kids are not penalized and miss this once in a lifetime opportunity. Imagine how much more you would have got out of high school with a laptop at your desk in every class, every day.

I guarantee there will be many bumps in the road for this first class of the program. I still want it now and not in the fullness of time as others propose.

I encourage the parents of other 8th graders to please sign up for the program so the 80% threshold can be reached.

I am confident our kids will thank us down the road for this opportunity.
Dave Roberts
7 Walcott St
May 31, 2012


 State News

State Police Investigating Aircraft Crash in North Andover

May 31, 2012 — Today at 7:05 p.m., troopers from the State Police Barracks in Andover and the Lawrence Air Base responded to the crash of a small aircraft at Runway 32, Lawrence Airport in North Andover. The crash resulted in minor injuries to the pilot. 

Preliminary investigation by Troopers Elkin Arrendondo (Air Wing) and Paul Lagone (Andover Barracks) indicates that a green, white and brown 1976 Grumman American, bearing tail number N1608R was conducting landing/take off drills when she experienced difficulty and crashed at the end of the runway.  

The pilot, Rebecca Harvey, 49, of Acton exited the over turned aircraft walked to the control tower to seek assistance. She was provided medical assistance at the scene by Emergency Medical Technicians and declined additional medical attention. 

The aircraft has been moved to a hangar for further investigation. 

State Police and Massachusetts Aeronautical Agency are investigating all contributory factors as to the possible causes of the crash.  

The investigation is being conducted by Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the State Police Air Wing Section. Also assisting in the investigation are the Massachusetts Aeronautical Agency, the Federal Aviation Administration and the North Andover Police and Fire Departments.  Contributed content.


Parent Cautions Against Current Laptop Initiative

s a parent of three school-age Hopkinton children, I believe the current laptop initiative by the Hopkinton school administration is lacking in cost transparency, a clear deployment plan, a software strategy and the delivery of digital textbooks. I believe the initiative lacks forward thinking in the use of cloud technology in order to save money and simplify the experience for the students. I have been on the Community Technology Group this past school year and believe that much of the current plan does not make use of the most modern cost-effective technologies. 

If this is a critical plan, all costs should be part of the budget so that more than just eighty percent of the eighth grade parents make a decision for the entire town; a decision that will cost more than a $1 million at the start of the initiative — and that does not include support, deployment or training. In many cases it will be a decision made as a result of a 14 year-old insisting a parent agree to the initiative due to pressure from peers. 

Given the number of outstanding questions, including economic and social impacts, I urge parents to force the administration to go back to the drawing board by choosing Option 3, not to bring  or purchase a laptop, forcing less than an 80% participation, and effectively scuttling the initiative for now. 

Those interested in learning in much more detail how I reached this conclusion may read more here , or call me at 508-293-0011. My goal is to see the best plan possible come out of a fresh look at this aging initiative.  

Jonathan Clark
34 East Street
May 31, 2012


May 31, 2012 — Photo by Todd Clark, taken on Ursla Drive.