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Sizzler 10 Team

The Hopkinton Sizzler 10 Team had a record of 9-1 and then went on to sweep the playoffs to win the Sizzler Tournament Championship! 

Photo: (front row) Chase Dougherty, Jonathan Bouvier, Ethan DeYoung, Kyle Rogers. (Second Row) Will Quinlan, Timmy Fargiano, Pat Breton. (Third Row) Bobby Maguire, Austin Summers, Eric Davis. (back row) Head Coach: Fran DeYoung, Assistant Coaches: John Quinlan, Paul Summers and Ken Dougherty.


Police Incident Log - Most Recent First


Updated Tuesday, July 24, 2012 


Incident Log
9:53 pm Motor vehicle check on Main Street.

9:20 pm A walk-in reported individuals on the Common, one of whom appeared possible intoxicated, according to the reporting individual. Three units spoke with the individuals, who were driven home by one of their girlfriends.

7:22 pm A caller asked for assistance removing juveniles from the YMCA property who were asked to leave but did not.

2:08 pm MVA on West Main Street resulted in no injuries.

9:00 am A caller reported a passing truck that appeared to be on fire with its crew exiting the vehicle. All were gone on arrival.


July 24, 2012  — Selectmen gave kudos to Ray Gendreau for his tireless work on behalf of the Veteran's Celebration Committee, and accepted his resignation this evening.

 In addition to other actions, the board granted a one-day liquor license request to the Southborough Road and Gun Club, which is located on Fruit Street, for a party on September 16, and wanted to be sure the alcohol did not mix with the firearms during the event. Selectman John Mosher, who said he was a former member, gave high marks to the club for safety.

Marc W. L. Mann's abatement applications scored 1 win, 1 loss this evening. Based on other cases that have come before them, the Selectmen denied the request to abate $176,251.23 for his 227 and 223 South Street properties. The Manns argued that they had a septic system and were getting rents at such a scale that there could be no improvement by hooking up to sewer. However, Town Counsel Ray Miyares countered that when the septic system's life is over, they will have to hook up to sewer, and therefore, the property is improved by the sewer passing by.

Mr. Mann put one in the win  column when his wife, an attorney, argued that another parcel at 0 South Street was wet and could not possibly be built upon, and therefore not improved by a sewer hookup. The Selectmen agreed with the recommendation  from principal Assessor Bob Bushway and granted a $93,554.35 abatement.

Patrick Reimonn was recognized by the Selectmen, above, for achieving Eagle Scout for his project building a wooden bridge over a stream on a trail in Whitehall State park, (photo, right, from facebook). Selectman Brian Herr gave a nod to Town Manager Operations Assistant Jamie Hellen, and stated that he, too, earned an Eagle Scout and that is why the Selectmen "had to" hire him. In addition to Eagle Scout projects benefitting the community, they also involve the subject enlisting the aid of others and showing management skills in the process.

The next scheduled meeting for Selectmen is Tuesday August 21st at 6 PM.


Friendship Team

Monday night July 23rd the Hopkinton Little League 8 Year Old Friendship Cup team was eliminated by Wellesley in a hard fought contest.   Pictured - front row:   Ryan Kalen, Danny Villani  second row: Jack Petruney, Jeremy Rossin, Frankie D'Urso, Michael Burney, Nate Morrissey, Pierce Farrell  back row: Assistant Coach Kevin Burney, John Petruney, Frank D'Urso and head Coach Jim Villani  not pictured:  Owen Arnold, Nick Wheeler, Caleb Rahaim


EMC Reports 19% Increase in Second-Quarter Profit; Achieves 10% Growth in Quarterly Revenue

EMC Delivers 10th Consecutive Quarter of Double-Digit Year-Over-Year Growth for Revenue, GAAP net income, and GAAP and non-GAAP EPS

HOPKINTON, Mass. —July 24, 2012 – EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) today reported strong financial results for the second quarter of 2012, marking the company's 10th consecutive quarter of double-digit year-over-year growth for consolidated revenue, GAAP net income, and GAAP and non-GAAP EPS. EMC expects to achieve its full-year 2012 goals for consolidated revenue, non-GAAP EPS and free cash flow.


Second-quarter consolidated revenue was $5.31 billion, an increase of 10% compared with the year-ago quarter. Second-quarter GAAP net income attributable to EMC increased 19% year over year to $650 million. Second-quarter GAAP earnings per weighted average diluted share increased 21% year over year to $0.29. Second-quarter non-GAAP1 earnings per weighted average diluted share were $0.39, an increase of 11% year over year.


During the second quarter, EMC generated operating cash flow of $1.24 billion and free cash flow2 of $958 million, a year-over-year increase of 16% and 36%, respectively. Additionally, the company expanded GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin and operating margin percentages on a year-over-year basis, and ended the quarter with $10.9 billion in cash and investments.


Joe Tucci, EMC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "I am very pleased with EMC's execution and record second-quarter financial performance. We are seeing a transformation in the IT industry unlike anything we have seen before. Organizations are moving quickly to adopt cloud computing and take advantage of both the efficiency and agility that comes with running IT-as-a-Service. Customers are also looking to deploy a new generation of Big Data applications to gain competitive advantage and differentiate their businesses. And they demand that all this be done in a secure and trusted way. EMC is widely recognized as a leader and driver of this transformation."


David Goulden, EMC President and Chief Operating Officer, said, "The business we have built is at the intersection of three of the most transformative waves in the history of IT – cloud computing, Big Data and trust. We have grown EMC profitably, expanded our portfolio of products and services into new markets, and established our reputation for quality and providing customers with the very best total experience in the industry. Looking ahead, we remain on track to deliver our 'triple play' – simultaneously taking market share, reinvesting for growth and delivering improved earnings – and are well positioned for our next major phase of growth."  ~ Press Release, contributed photo.


Annual Seafood Bake
 The Woodville Rod and Gun Club is having its annual Seafood Bake on 
Saturday,  August 4 @ 1:00 p.m.  Tickets are $30.00 which include a 
lobster, chicken and steamers and all the fixin's. For just the chicken 
and all the fixin's $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids. For tickets 
and more info visit the club on Rte 135 in Hopkinton.
Two Minutes, Two accidents

July 24, 2012 — It  only took two minutes for a two-car accident to occur at Oakhurst and West Main Street, and another on East Main  Street this afternoon just prior to rush-hour traffic. The driver said after traffic stopped abruptly in front of him, he swerved to avoid hitting them. The skid mark shows him narrowly missing a telephone pole before crashing into a mailbox and guardrail, causing his airbags to deploy.


All Aboard!

July 24, 2012 — Above, from an old photo from the collection of a Hopkinton resident, the first bus in 1922.


Mutual Aid

July 23, 2012 — Hopkinton Fire Chief Ken Clark as well as two pieces of apparatus and personnel joined the Ashland Fire Department for mutual aid for a structure fire on Union Street, a few houses past Papa Gino's on Route 135. A police officer on scene said that everyone got out of the house. Above, a firefighter can be seen in silhouette against the backdrop of raging flames as he moves from view of the front window of the structure. Below, the Ashland Tower pours water through a hole created strategically in the roof, putting out the flames below it, while another fire erupts above the front window.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts


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

New Transactions from July 17, 2012 to July 23, 2012






5 Colella Farm Road Glen C Thompson $620,000 July 23, 2012 Mark F Boissoneault, Donna M Boissoneault
268 Pond Street Thomas A Principe, Kathryn L Principe $515,000 July 19, 2012 Steven Anderson, Sherie Anderson
21 Overlook Road Andrew D Miller, Kerry A Miller $875,000 July 19, 2012 Michael Braunstein, Elizabeth Ann Crawford
41 Oakhurst Road Paul LC DeBeasi, Linda C DeBeasi $332,000 July 18, 2012 Jeanne Wallace, Est of Joseph G Wallace
71 Wedgewood Drive Karen Gagne $815,000 July 18, 2012 Thomas Y Gaston, Jill M Gaston


Mass Vikings U11 Boys Lacrosse Team yesterday. There are 6 Hopkinton kids (Corey Bannon, Brian Herlihy, Dan Joyce, Dan Logan, Nikolai Markovich, Dan Sage) on the lacrosse club team which includes players from surrounding towns. Head coach: Scott Sickles (Ashland) Assistant Coaches: Nikolai Markovich (Hopkinton) & Christian Morgan (Ashland). Photo taken in Stowe, VT for the 2012 Stowe Lax Tournament (hosted by Maverik Lacrosse & Bitter Lacrosse). 
http://www.bitterlacrosse.com/events/slt_boys/ They are the 2012 U11C Stowe LAX Champions!


Splitting the Vote
July 23, 2012 — The  same political group that has set up shop on federally-controlled property, the sidewalk at the Post Office, set up on the sidewalk in front of Colella's Market today with signs that show President Obama with a Hitler moustache. The workers are followers of perennial presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche. Followers were at the Housing for the elderly on Davis Road on Saturday creating a spectacle with a vehicle equipped with blaring loudspeakers, a large, mounted sign and a dozen or so strong going door-to-door. Police responded to complaints and stood by while the political workers left.
The headline refers to the fact that fringe candidates or third party candidates have not won in modern times, but instead split the vote between their candidate and the other opposition, in this case Mitt Romney, throwing the election to the candidate they oppose.


Police Incident Log - Most Recent First

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Updated Monday, July 23, 2012 


Incident Log
2:53 pm The lifeguard at Sandy Beach requested assistance...

12:52 am An anonymous caller reported underage drinking at a residence...

12:11 am A Lumber Street resident reported that his now ex-girlfriend broke his nose...

2:18 pm A caller from Cedar Street reported that a flagger for a tree crew was very rude to her...

12:10 pm A walk-in from Pleasant Street reported that someone was taking pictures of their house four different times in the past few months

1:01 pm
 An attendant from Main Street requested an officer ask a youth to stay off the property...

6:52 pm A motorist reported that a truck hit the overpass on Cedar Street...


Ye Olden Days

July 23, 2012 — Osbourn's was next to* Hopkinton Drug as  evidenced in the composite grabshot above from an 8mm movie of a Hopkinton resident filmed in the early Fifties. *correction


Second Year Milford Regional Named a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report

July 23, 2012 — Milford Regional Medical Center has been recognized for the second consecutive year in U.S. News & World Report’s 2012- 2013 Best Hospitals’ rankings as one of the region’s top performing hospitals in the Worcester Metropolitan area. The Medical Center was also named one of the top-ranked hospitals out of 30 in central and western Massachusetts and ranked 19 out of 115 hospitals statewide.

The latest rankings showcase 732 Best Regional Hospitals from nearly 4,800 hospitals across the country. Covering 94 metro areas in the U.S., the regional hospital rankings complement the national rankings by including hospitals with solid performance nearly at the level of nationally ranked institutions. Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties- death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in.

Milford Regional was ranked high performing in pulmonology and scored high in patient safety, demonstrating commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes. The Medical Center also exceeded the statewide average in patient satisfaction surveys achieving high “overall” and “willingness to recommend” ratings.

  “Being recognized as one of the region’s best hospitals for the second year in a row affirms the hard work and dedication of our physicians, nurses, ancillary/support staff, volunteers and trustees. Working together, it is our mission to provide leading-edge diagnostics, clinical excellence and state-of-the-art treatments to our patients,” states Edward J. Kelly, president of Milford Regional. “I’d like to congratulate everyone at Milford Regional for this honor.”


Clip from the Stilburnin Band at Sunday Concert on the Common-
Does Great Justice to an Allman Brothers Cover


Championship Torndorf Team

The Tondorf 10 Hopkinton baseball team won their second straight Tondorf championship. The team won last year's Tondorf 9 year old title and this year in dramatic fashion they beat Medway in Game 3 of the best of three Championship series. Hopkinton was leading 3-1 in the top of the 6th, gave up 5 runs and trailed in the bottom of the 6th, 6-3. But with two outs, Hopkinton rallied for 3 runs to tie the game and send it to extra innings. They then won 7-6 in the bottom of the 8th. The team's head coach was Larry Epstein, assistant coaches were Roger Breslin, Dave Rancatore, and Bob Canal. Keith Maffiore and Brian Cann served as special assistants.
Over the past two years in this tournament, the team is 25-4.
Team roster, Sean Farrell, Andrew Saporoschetz, Robby Bernardin, Jack Breslin, Matt Epstein, Ned Dean, Ian Cann, Chris Canal, Jack Wehle, Drew Rancatore, Steven Maffiore, Tommy Ambrosone, Bat Boy: Michael Ambrosone


Burnin Bass Band

July 22, 2012 — The Burnin Bass Band, above, brought their very talented, well performed, properly amplified style of Southern Rock to Hopkinton Common this evening before hundreds of people of all ages, some who brought their entire families, some their antique car, and many others, their motorcycles. Young and old broke out into dance or spontaneous ball-throwing, like the pickup game of football, below.  Check back later for a short video.


Jazz at Sunset
Please enjoy a few short minutes of Shimon Ben-Shir from Saturday on video:


Halfway There

July 22, 2012 — On Friday morning thousands of dedicated folks will start a 60 mile trek to raise money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer; the Boston Susan G Komen 3-Day walk kicks off early in the morning from Keefe Tech in Framingham and finishes in Boston 3 days later. On Saturday Hopkinton resident Muriel Kramer was outside Colellas working to raise more money to support the walk. Contributed photo above from last year.


Kramer’s team is seeking tax deductible donations to battle breast cancer. This will be the third year for her team, For Our Girls, and they have raised nearly $18,000 in the first two years. They are hoping you will join their efforts and contribute a tax deductible donation today. They are hoping to raise a minimum of $7,000 this year. They will walk nearly 20 miles each day for three days with thousands of other walkers; according to Kramer “it’s hard, celebratory and sobering all at the same time. Everyone has a powerful story to share.”


Kramer and her two older daughters, Lindsay a senior at Hamilton College and Kacey a senior at Hopkinton High School, walk this year to honor a friend Linda who recently lost her courageous battle with breast cancer. “Linda’s story isn’t about cancer,” says Kramer, “it’s about courage and keeping a fiercely positive attitude while living. Linda inspired us all with her zest for life and laughter as well as her passion for her family. Her battle with cancer never took center stage; Linda was and still is an inspiration.”


Donations can be sent by check to Kramer at 39 North Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748, and checks should be made out to Susan G Komen 3-Day for the Cure. Donations can also be made online by following one of the links below:

KACEY http://www.the3day.org/site/TR/2012/BostonEvent2012?px=6441406&pg=personal&fr_id=1751

LINDSAY http://www.the3day.org/site/TR/2012/BostonEvent2012?px=5714080&pg=personal&fr_id=1751


The team would like to thank the donors who have helped them raise just about half their goal so far, especially recognizing local business Photographic Images for a donation, Action Copy Plus for a donation of copies to assist in fundraising and Colellas; we raised just over three hundred dollars yesterday outside Colella's. Thank you to all our donors.


At Sunset
July 21, 2012 — Shimon Ben-Shir performed with a couple of friends this evening at the Jazz at Sunset series at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts before an informal and cozy gathering. HopNews expects to present a video of a couple of minutes of the performance on Sunday. In the meantime, remember to check out the Burnin Bass Band (Southern Rock) on the Hopkinton Common at 5:00 pm on Sunday. Above, a video grabshot.



July 21, 2012 — Officer Peter Booth conducted a Motor Vehicle Stop on Cedar Street and called for another unit. Motorcycle Patrolman Matthew McNeil responded, as did Sgt. Michael Sutton, who brought along a portable breath tester to test the driver's breath for alcohol. It appeared both the young male driver and his male passenger were let go after the tests and some emptying of liquid from cans.


Worth $25?

July 21, 2012 — The first person to post on the discussion page, Town Talk, the address of this building and the correct business name in the "Subject" line and their own email address in the "Comments" will receive a check for $25 from HopNews. The winner will be contacted by their email address and will expect to reveal their identity. The obvious people are excluded from participating, and we ask them not to call anyone about the contest until it is over.


Milestone, Millstone

July 21, 2012 — The Legacy Farms South Road sign that just went up represents a lot of hard work already done, and a lot of work to be accomplished in the future. It is a milestone in the development of Legacy Farms, which is expected to begin the groundbreaking for the 240-unit Wood Partners apartment complex in August, according to developer Roy MacDowell.


Fight Against Cancer

July 21, 2012 — Two of her six children, Julianna and Ethan Kramer help Mom, Muriel, with her endeavor to get support in the fight against cancer at the Grove Street entrance to Colella's Supermarket today. Mrs. Kramer, the HopNews school reporter and former Selectman, will be participating in the three-day Susan G Komen walk for the cure.


Uncommonly Hopkinton

July 20, 2012 — Above, Hopkinton native Joe Comeau catches his balance slacklining at Hopkinton Common this evening. Mr. Comeau was encouraged to put on a show for a group from the Respite Center out for their nightly constitutional walking through the common, who gave him an appreciative round of applause after he completed the entire 100' length. Check out his slacklining in a video shot prior to that feat, below.


Down by Ye Olde Mill Stream

July 20, 2012 — This bee is in its element at the North Mill Pond, surrounded by beauty on the shore as well as in the water.


Only Going One Way

July 20, 2012 No one had to wait long to see someone going out the wrong way from Walcott Street. Apparently people did not want to bother with the construction at the intersection.


State Police Renew Request for Public's Help in Road Rage Shooting
Seeking Motorists Who May Travel on Weekends

July 20, 2012 — The Massachusetts State Police are continuing to investigate the road rage-motivated car-to-car shooting in Merrimac that injured a 16-year-old girl on Sunday, July 1. As part of the ongoing investigation, we are again asking members of the public to contact police if they have any information.

To date, despite fairly heavy traffic on the road at that time, we have received very few leads, none of which have led to anything substantial. We are renewing the request for information today with the theory that certain motorists who may have witnessed something important may only travel that route on the weekends for vacation or recreational purposes.

The shooting occurred at approximately 12:15 p.m. on Route 495 northbound in Merrimac, near Mile Marker 115. The 16-year-old girl, who was the left rear seat passenger in a 2002 Nissan XTerra, was shot once in her upper arm. Evidence suggests she was shot through the window next to her. In the car with her at the time were her parents and younger brother. The family lives in Maine and was returning home after a conference.

Members of the family said she was shot by the passenger of a white car, believed to be a Honda Accord. The shooting followed a road rage exchange between the drivers of the suspect vehicle and of the XTerra.

The sequence of events as reported by the victim’s family follows, along with descriptions of both vehicles and the occupants of the suspect vehicle. We have also included a photo of the family’s vehicle, and a photo of a generic late model white Honda Accord (not the exact car). We hope that motorists who may have been on Route 495 in or near Merrimac around noon or shortly after on Sunday, July 1 look closely at the photos and descriptions, and the sequence of events.

The incident began with the Maine family’s XTerra driving north on Route 495 in the town of Merrimac, near Mile Marker 115;

The suspect’s white Accord, while in the center lane, sped up and passed the XTerra and then suddenly cut in front of it, causing the XTerra’s driver to brake hard;

The XTerra then pulled into the center lane, sped up and passed the white Accord, and then pulled back into the left lane in front of the Accord, causing the Accord’s driver to brake suddenly.

The XTerra then pulled back into the center lane and slowed down;

The Accord then pulled up in the left lane, along side of the XTerra, and the passenger fired at least two shots at the XTerra, one of which struck the car, going through the left side backseat window and through the teenage girl’s arm. The Accord sped away.

The XTerra then pulled to the right side of the road and slowed, but did not stop, as the victim’s mother called 911 and the father used a GPS system to locate a nearby hospital.

The family made the decision to drive to a hospital themselves rather than wait for an ambulance. The GPS first directed the family to the site of the old Amesbury Hospital, which is no longer in operation. State Police from the Newbury Barracks re-directed the family to Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport. Troopers were waiting for them when they pulled into the hospital lot.

The suspect vehicle was described as a late model white Honda Accord with tinted windows, with a red, white, and blue registration plate, believed to be a Massachusetts plate. The car was clean, and had no stickers, dents, or other distinguishable marks.

The gunman, the front-seat passenger in the Accord, was described as a light-skinned African American or Hispanic man, approximately in his 20s, with short dark hair and wearing a gray t-shirt and sunglasses. The driver was described as a white, Hispanic, or light-skinned African American young woman with her hair in a “messy” bun with frosted tips and wearing large sunglasses.

Anyone who may have observed a sequence of events like that described above, or a vehicle or vehicles that look like those in the photos below, are asked to please call the State Police Barracks in Newbury at (978) 462-7478. Any information, no matter how inconsequential it may seem, may be important to us.


Solarize Hopkinton Makes First Deal


July 19, 2012 — The Hopkinton Sustainable Green Committee and the Mass Clean Energy Center are pleased to announce that the first contract has been signed under the Solarize Hopkinton program! The Cafazzo family of Old Farm Rd. purchased a 6.87 kW system - choosing to upgrade to the higher efficiency 327 Watt SunPower panels to maximize the harvest on their 500SF south facing roof. The system will be installed by SolarFlair, the designated Solarize installer for the Hopkinton program.


The Solarize program is a group purchasing plan open to all residents and businesses in Hopkinton that have viable southern exposure. As more contracts are signed, various tiers of discount are reached and the price drops for everyone in the program. Currently 200+ businesses and residents have expressed interest in the program. With Solarize Mass rebates ($2,000+), a Federal tax credit of 30% and a State tax credit of 15% up to $1000 and Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SREC's), these systems offer purchasers payback periods of 2-4 years, significant revenue generation for a period of 10 years, and free electricity for 20-30 years. Alternatively, there is a NO-MONEY-DOWN option called a Power Purchase Agreement. The homeowner or business basically rents out their own roof and allows a third-party to install and maintain all responsibilities of the system. The home owner or business benefits by purchasing electricity for the next 20 years for less than half the rate of NSTAR.

Anyone interested in joining the program should contact Andy Boyce, Chairman of the Green Committee and Hopkinton's Solar Coach at: SolarizeHopkinton@gmail.com  or visit www.Solarflair.com  and click on the "Solarize Hopkinton" tab. There is no obligation. SolarFlair will perform a no-cost site evaluation and, assuming the site is viable, provide a proposal for either a purchase or PPA. Contracts must be signed by September 30th at which time the tiered pricing will be locked in.



Richard J. Bowker, 84

HOPKINTON - Richard J. Bowker, 84, died Thursday, July 19, 2012 at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham. He was the husband of Constance A. (Kelley) Bowker, to whom he was married for 59 years. Born in Milford, he was the son of the late Clifton U. and Gertrude (Ryan) Bowker.

He was a life-long resident of Hopkinton and a self-employed carpenter. He was also the former assistant building inspector for the town of Westborough and retired as the building inspector for the town of Hopkinton. He was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter Paula Burns and her husband John of Hopkinton, and his sons J. Michael Bowker and his wife Sete of Athens, GA and Richard Bowker and his wife Caryn of Polk City, FL. He also leaves six grandchildren and his sister Jean Murray and her husband Joseph of Hopkinton. He was predeceased by five brothers and four sisters..

The funeral will be held Monday, July 23 at 9:00 a.m. from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street (The funeral will be held Monday, July 23 at 9:00 a.m. from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street (http://www.callanancronin.com/) followed by a funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street. Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton. Calling hours at the funeral home are Sunday July 22 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472, or to St. Patrick’s Manor, 863 Central Street, Framingham, 01701.


Six in 495 Rollover Crash - One Trapped, Extricated

July 19, 2012 — Six people were occupants of an SUV that rolled over on Route 495 northbound, within sight of Exit 21 A. Traffic was tied up for close to an hour as rescue personnel extricated the trapped female driver and examined the other five occupants, who were out of the vehicle when rescuers arrived on the scene, before using 4 ambulances to transport them to UMass. Traffic was at a standstill and was backed up for miles as a result of the rescue. Complicating things was a monkey-see, monkey-do attitude, as one frustrated driver after another entered the breakdown lane. Above, precious time is lost as a blocked Ashland Fire Department ambulance wails steadily on its siren to force vehicles traveling in the breakdown lane out of its way as it tries to get to the scene.

According to Fire Chief Ken Clark, none of the injuries was life-threatening. Chief Clark said that Hopkinton and Milford rescue teams worked in conjunction to free the trapped driver.

The HopNews photographer did not make it to the scene before it was cleared, but was stuck in traffic while the rescue and transport to UMass Worcester unfolded. Hearing about the accident, Channel 5 and Channel 7 sent news choppers, below, over the scene.


DPW Makes Pretty

July 19, 2012 — The DPW was busy sprucing up the Downtown today, as above in front of Colella's Supermarket.