Hopkinton Dispatch Officer
Helps With Olympic Security
August 9, 2012 — Hopkinton
Dispatcher Tom Gorman, center, poses with a couple
of British Police, armed a bit more than the
traditional British Bobby, as he helps out with a
security sweep of the Olympics in London.
Police Incident Log -
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
John Porter arrested Michael C. Craig, 27, of
Joanne Drive, Ashland, on Main Street and
charged him with Speeding, No Inspection/Sticker
and OUI Liquor.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
William Burchard assisted the State Police with a
motor vehicle stop on West Main Street.
caller reported that she had just struck a cat on
Ash Street and it was now deceased. The Animal
Control Officer was notified.
Peter Booth checked and spoke with an operator of a
motor vehicle on Main Street.
caller reported that a dog was left inside a pickup
truck on West Main Street for an extended period of
time. Officer William Burchard responded and advised
that the vehicle was gone upon his arrival.
Stephen Buckley installed two car seats on Main
motorist reported a possible water main leak on Wood
Street. Officer Linda Higgins checked the area but
could not locate any water.
John Porter stopped a motor vehicle on Main Street
and subsequently arrested a 27 year old male from
Ashland and charged him with Speeding, No
Inspection/Sticker and OUI Liquor.
Statement Of The Middlesex District Attorney’s
Office Regarding Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting
Occurring On March 23 InMalden
9, 2012 — The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office
and the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the
Middlesex District Attorney’s Office have concluded
its investigation into the facts and circumstances
of a fatal police involved shooting that occurred
March 23, 2012 in the area of 500 Broadway inMalden.
The investigation into the legal justification of
the shooting by on-duty officers included interviews
with multiple witnesses at the scene, interviews of
the responding Malden and Saugus Police officers,
ballistics examination of evidence found at the
scene, review of surveillance video evidence, and
analysis of radio transmissions, police reports and
That investigation revealed the following facts.
On March 23, 2012, William Ekasala and Michael
Ginnetti entered Saugus Bank on the Fellsway inSauguswearing
masks, body armor, and carrying guns. Ekasala
and Ginnetti pointed their guns and demanded money,
fleeing the scene with approximately $4,900.
They entered a red Honda Civic driven by Gabriel
Megna and left the scene with police in pursuit.
The three men entered the parking lot at 500
exited the car, and attempted to enter the Cliffside
condominium building located at 500 Broadway. When
they could not gain access, Ginnetti fled to the
area of another nearby apartment complex where he
was later apprehended by police. Megna and
Ekasala approached another car. Ekasala,
showing his gun, ordered the female driver out of
the vehicle. The woman took her five month old
child from the back seat and fled.
At this time, Malden Police Office Michael Casaletto
arrived on the scene. He ordered both men to
exit the vehicle. Rather than comply with
Officer Casaletto’s order, Megna and Ekasala fled
the car and Megna was later found hiding in a
stairwell of the Cliffside condominium building.
After fleeing the vehicle, Ekasala approached
another car in the parking lot and ordered the
female driver out of the vehicle. When she
refused, he showed his gun to her and she exited the
vehicle with the car keys in her hand. Office
Casaletto approached and ordered Ekasala to drop his
weapon. Ekasala turned and fired at Officer
Casaletto, while forcibly using the female victim as
a human shield. He fired again at the officer.
The woman was able to free herself and move out of
the way. At this point, Officer Casaletto
returned fire and Ekasala began to run towards
Sergeant Dave Gecoya of the Saugus Police Department
arrived on scene at this time and observed the
exchange between Officer Casaletto and Ekasala.
Sergeant Gecoya was about 20 yards from Ekasala and
ordered him to stop. Ekasala pointed his gun
towards Sergeant Gecoya. Sergeant Gecoya fired
at the suspect, but stopped when he realized there
were civilians in the area.
Ekasala proceeded to run across Broadway and, as he
did so, he pointed his weapon and fired at another
police officer on the scene, Malden Police Patrolman
John Delaney. In response, Officer Delaney
fired one round at Ekasala, missing him.
Ekasala approached another vehicle, with three
occupants inside. He pointed his weapon at the
driver and passengers and all three exited the
Sergeant Gecoya returned to his vehicle and headed
toward Ekasala to stop him from fleeing in the
vehicle. He pulled his car up to the car
Ekasala had now entered and ordered him to drop the
gun. Ekasala pointed his gun toward Sergeant
Gecoya. Sergeant Gecoya then fired his weapon.
Sergeant Richard Correale of the Malden Police
Department was standing in front of Ekasala’s
vehicle when Ekasala accelerated the vehicle towards
him. Sergeant Correale fired several shots.
Sergeant Gecoya again exited his vehicle and fired
several shots into the rear window of Ekasala’s car.
As the car continued to head towards him, Sergeant
Correale moved and fired into the driver’s side.
Malden Patrolman Robert Selfridge also fired towards
the vehicle. The car hit a curb, rolled
backward and eventually came to a stop. As
officers approached, they observed Ekasala suffering
from at least one gunshot wound to the forehead.
Emergency officials arrived and transported Ekasala
where he was pronounced dead.
Dr. Henry Nields of the Office of the Chief Medical
Examiner conducted an autopsy and determined the
cause of death to be gunshot wounds to the head with
injuries of the skull and brain.
Ginnetti is charged in Essex Superior Court with
armed robbery while masked (2 counts), armed assault
with intent to rob, assault and battery with a
dangerous weapon (3 counts), possession of a firearm
during the course of a felony, use of body armor in
a felony, carrying a dangerous weapon, and being an
armed career criminal. His next court date is
August 16 for a discovery motions hearing.
Megna is charged in Middlesex Superior Court with
armed carjacking and receiving a stolen motor
vehicle. His next court date is August 22 for
a pre-trial conference. The actions reported
in this statement regarding Ginnetti and Megna are
allegations and defendants Ginnetti and Megna are
presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Based upon the facts presented and applying the case
law pertaining to the use of force to defend oneself
or another, it is determined that the officers were
in imminent danger of being shot by Ekasala and that
if he was not apprehended, Ekasala posed an
immediate danger of killing or seriously injuring
others. The suspect attempted to, and mostly
succeeded in, carjacking three separate cars that
contained six civilians, including an infant.
He discharged his firearm at officers, and while
attempting to flee, continued to brandish and
discharge his firearm at officers. These facts
support the conclusion that the officers were
justified in their use of deadly force in order to
save themselves and possibly others from serious
harm or even death.
Having made a determination under the law regarding
the legal justifiability of the shooting by the
police officers we have, per protocol, referred the
matter back to the Malden and Saugus Police
Departments so that they can perform whatever
internal administrative review of the incident they
More Reasons to Visit
—> Starbucks, gelato, sorbet and more...
August 8, 2012 —
Jillian Katz show off the new offerings at
Mangia Neapolitan Pizza today, which include not
only Starbucks, Frappucinos, gelato and sorbet,
but Italian pastries as well. Beat the heat with
some cool treats at 30 Main Street.
No Caption Necessary
Reminder - Thursday
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The Price is Right FOR RENT
New construction on a property that has been host to
many businesses like Attorneys, builders, furniture
makers, a travel agency and many other local companies
over the years. The new building provides four 800 sq/ft
heated garage/office suites with private baths and
parking. Three units are still available and you can
find more information athttp://www.haydenroweproperties.com/office-listings.asp.
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Police Incident Log -
Monday, August 6, 2012
8:14 pm A
caller from Gina Drive reported that a suspicious
vehicle, occupied by four black or hispanic males,
was driving slowly around the neighborhood. Officer
William Burchard checked the area but could not
locate the vehicle.
9:13 am Officer
Gregg DeBoer responded to a motor vehicle accident
without personal injury on West Main Street.
8:18 am A
caller from Front Street reported that a vehicle was
tacking messages on mailboxes.
3:17 am Officer
John Moran checked and spoke with the operator of a
motor vehicle on West Main Street.
Nancy L. Drawe (Punky)
August 8, 2012 — Imagine being 6 years old, in
the first grade and being told by your teacher, Mr. B., “You’re going to
have a Pen Pal of your very own for this whole year!” Unless you had an
older sibling who previously was in Mr. B’s class, chances are you
probably didn’t even know what a pen pal was. Imagine the excitement
when you found out it was a secret person you would be writing to all
year? And then in May, you would get to meet your pen pal in person at
the Senior Center? At a Pizza Party? Well, that’s exactly what happens
to the first graders from Center School during the course of the year.
The pen pal idea started twenty years ago when Mr.
B’s (Mark Boisvert) fourth grade class at Elmood School was
corresponding with a group of fourth graders in Alaska, but he felt that
they were not really making a connection because of the distance. At
that time, the Senior Center contacted the school asking if they could
set up a pen pal program with the seniors and students. Mr. B got
involved and has been doing it ever since, starting with the fourth
grade, then fifth, and now the first graders. Mr. B said, “The children
really love the fact that they are writing to seniors. Many of the
students here don’t live near their own grandparents and therefore don’t
have much of a connection.”
At the beginning of the year, the twenty or so
children choose their “fake” pen pal names and then parent volunteers
come in to help them write their first letter. The letters are then sent
to the Senior Center and are distributed to the Senior Pen Pals by
coordinators Joyce Plucker and Donna Deneen. They do a great job
coordinating the event, matching pen pals, designating times for letters
to be written and delivered, etc.
Mr. B said, “At the beginning of the year the
children need lots of help and by the end of the year they need very
little. The parent volunteers love to see how much progress the
children make with their letter writing during the year.” It’s so funny,
I’ve read quite a few of the letters some of the kids have sent to their
pen pals and I always get a big kick out of what they say. Many of them
ask their pen pals such questions as, “Do you have a pet?” “Do you like
to roller blade?” “What soccer team are you on?” “How old are you?” “Do
you play baseball?” Some of them give information such as how many
brothers or sisters they have, the name of their dog, their favorite
food and what they like best about school. Most of the kids will draw a
picture and include that as well.
Once the seniors get their first letter, they also
choose a “fake” name and write back by a date specified by Donna and
Joyce. Each month, the kids wait excitedly for their letters to arrive.
Mr. B said, “The children love when the seniors write about when they
The BIG EVENT is at the end of the school year
when both Pen Pal parties get to meet each other in person when the
Senior Center hosts a pizza luncheon, supplying the pizza, drinks and
ice cream. The kids, along with Mr. B and parent volunteers, walk up to
the Center from their school. Each child is then introduced one at a
time to their senior pen pal and everyone’s “real” names are revealed.
Pizza and sodas are passed out; this is the time the kids and seniors
get to know each other. As I looked around, all I could see were smiling
faces of all ages, both kids and adults chatting away from the
excitement of finally getting to meet each other. The next favorite part
is the musical show! The kids sing four or five songs they practice with
the help of retired Hopkinton music teacher Barbara Porter. The kids
love to perform and are all “stars!”
This year was pretty special because one of the
student’s had no idea that his grandmother was involved in the program
and that his pen pal was actually one of her friends! His grandmother
said it wasn’t easy keeping the secret from him all year!
I had a chance to speak to a few of the kids and
seniors about what the best part of the Pen Pal program was. Some kids
like writing the letters, some like the singing part, and some like
drawing pictures, pizza, soda and ice cream, but hands down, the most
popular response was “Meeting our Pen Pal!” The seniors enjoy reading
all the great stories and learning about their pen pal’s life. Mr. B
said his favorite part of the program is “watching the children interact
with their pen pals.”
I give my special CHEERS to everyone who makes
this program a success: Donna Deneen and Joyce Plucker for coordinating
everything, the first grade students and seniors for keeping up with
their delightful letters, the parent volunteers for helping the kids out
and to the Senior Center for hosting the Pen Pal Pizza Party each year.
Special thanks go out to Mark Boisvert for creating this tremendous
project and continuing with it year after year. He has certainly done
one fantastic job!
A reminder: Next Wednesday, August 15 from noon-2
pm, is the annual picnic hosted by State Representative Carolyn Dykema
at the Laborer’s Training Center on Clinton Street. This is always one of
the great social events of the year; everyone always looks forward to
it. Transportation will be provided for $2.00, please call the center to
That’s it for now, so if you have any comments or
suggestions, you can email me: Punkala@aol.com . Until next time, have a
2012 — Little Pond, as it is called by some around it
in Woodville, reflects the sky above, although the
sun is too low in the sky to light the pond itself.
After leaving Lake Whitehall and entering this body,
the water will flow into Whitehall Brook.
What Comes Around...
August 7, 2012 — On land
purchased by Legacy Farms from Weston
Nurseries, the main entranceway to Legacy Farms
South is being adorned with substantially-sized
trees by none other than Weston Nurseries Landscape
Lucky Kentucky Inmates help needy dogs
A few lucky prisoners at the Luther Luckett Correctional
Complex in LaGrange, Kentucky are part of a unique
program which places former stray dogs from the local
The Humane Society with inmates for care and
training. 12 dogs are placed with a hand selected group
of 14 inmates who must go through a rigorous
application process before joining the team. Each
inmate is matched with a dog, living together 24 hours a
day within the prison compound. There is also an inmate
who serves as the clerk and another who is the janitor
for the program. There are regular training classes for
these inmates geared to preparing each dog for adoption
with an outside family. The average stay for a dog is
between 4 to 8 weeks depending on specific needs and
Greyhound Friends Inc. in Hopkinton, Massachusetts is
one of the Shelters that has been working to place dogs
from the Camp Canine Program. They have more information
as well as dogs from the program available in their
Hopkinton Shelter. Interested people can call (508)
435-5969 for more information. Contributed content.
Collections for Teens in Need
This Saturday, August 11th, and September 8th, Alex Kirshy and
assistants will be holding collections for Project Just Because on the
Hopkinton Town Common from 9AM-4PM as part of his Eagle project. This
Charity benefits teenagers from various towns, not just Hopkinton.
The NEW, UNUSED ITEMS we are collecting include, but are not limited to,
· MENS and LADIES GYM SNEAKERS (Men's sizes 9-13, Women's sizes
· HOODIES (Male and Female, Medium-XL for both)
· BOXERS (Sizes 28-40) and Female UNDERWEAR (Sizes 5-8)
· SPORTS BALLS: Like Basketballs, Footballs, and Soccer balls
· GIFT CARDS TO CLOTHING STORES (Forever 21, Bob's Stores,
Kohl's, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Target, Visa Cards, Etc.)
· ANYTHING ELSE A TEEN MIGHT NEED, (i.e. jeans, Health and
Beauty Aids, school supplies, etc.)
In addition to this, we will be having Additional Drop off points (from
now until the projects end) at these Hopkinton addresses:
· The Hopkinton Fire Station (73 Main Street)
· Hopkinton High School Main Office (89 Hayden Rowe Street)
· The Project Just Because Office (86 South Street)
· 16 Pheasant Hill Road (Alex's House)
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Resident Among Three Attorneys Nominated to District Court
BOSTON – Tuesday, August 7, 2012 – Governor Patrick today announced the
nomination of three experienced attorneys to the District Court bench:
Cathleen E. Campbell, as Associate Justice of the Cambridge District
Court; Michael L. Fabbri (Photo), as Associate Justice of the Framingham
District Court; and Mary F. McCabe, as a Circuit Justice of the District
“These nominees are experienced litigators who have demonstrated a
commitment to the firm, fair and compassionate administration of
justice,” said Governor Patrick. “I am confident that they have the
knowledge, skills and temperament to excel as judges in the District
Court, and I thank them for their willingness to serve.”
Cathleen E. Campbell has been a partner at the Boston firm of Schofield
Campbell & Connolly, LLC since 2006, specializing in criminal and civil
litigation. Prior to joining the firm, she was a sole practitioner in
Allston for seven years, an Assistant District Attorney in Essex County
for three years and an Assistant General Counsel and Inmate Legal
Services Attorney in the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department for four
years. Campbell also served as an adjunct professor and senior lecturer
at Northeastern University teaching criminal law and related courses for
14 years. She is a graduate of Northeastern University (B.A. summa cum
laude, 1989) and Northeastern University School of Law (J.D., 1992).
Campbell is a life-long resident of Allston. She is slated to fill the
seat previously held by the late Honorable Jonathan Brant.
Michael L. Fabbri is the First Assistant District Attorney in the
Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. He joined the office in
1985, after working for two years in a small general practice firm in
Framingham. From 1992 to 1995, Fabbri worked as an Assistant Attorney
General in the Special Investigations Unit and the Medicaid Fraud
Control Bureau. He returned to the District Attorney’s Office in 1995 as
the Framingham Regional Supervisor and Chief of the Special
Investigations Division. In July 2010 he became Chief of the Homicide
Unit and Chief Trial Counsel and in July 2012 he became the First
Assistant District Attorney. Fabbri served in the United States Air
Force for four years prior to attending college and also served as a
member of the Massachusetts State Guard from 2005 to 2008. He is a
graduate of Framingham State College (B.A. magna cum laude, 1980) and
Northeastern University School of Law (J.D., 1983). Fabbri is a resident
of Ashland. He is slated to fill the vacancy created by the retirement
of the Honorable Paul F. Healy, Jr.
Mary McCabe has maintained a sole legal practice in Lawrence since 1987,
with a focus on criminal and civil litigation. She held associate
positions for two years at firms in Boston and Haverhill prior to
opening her own practice. From 1979 to 1985, she served as an Assistant
Clerk-Magistrate in the Lawrence District Court. McCabe has been very
involved in community and charitable activities, including serving as a
board member of the Lawrence and Essex County Bar Associations and
Merrimack Valley Legal Services and as Director of Special Program for
Camp Fatima Exceptional Citizens’ Week, a summer program for people with
special needs. She is a graduate of Boston College (B.A. cum laude,
1975) and Boston College Law School (J.D., 1978). McCabe resides in
August 7, 2012 — In
accordance with President Barack Obama’s proclamation, Governor
Deval L. Patrick has ordered that the United States flag and the
Commonwealth flag be lowered to half-staff effective immediately
until sunset on Friday, August 10, 2012 in honor of the victims of
the violence perpetrated on August 5, 2012 in Oak Creek, WI.
August 7, 2012 — Candidate for the newly
reconfigured Fourth Congressional District Joe Kennedy III, right,
was in Hopkinton for a standout on Main and Cedar Streets on Sunday.
Above, he listens to a sign-holding supporter at the corner. The
district map can be seen by clicking on the thumbnail.
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Police Incident Log -
Monday, August 6, 2012
10:23 pm A
resident of Teresa Road reported that someone threw a toaster oven
at their mailbox.Officer
William Burchard spoke with the caller and checked the area.
8:40 pm Officer
William Burchard assisted a resident of Eastview Road with removing
a bat that was in her room.
10:59 am An
employee on Avenue E requested an officer check a vehicle that was
parked near their facility because they had received a threat and
found the vehicle to be suspicious.Officer
David Shane spoke with the operator of the vehicle, who was an
employee taking a break.
8:27 am The
Holliston Police Department reported a wire arching against a tree
on Courtney Circle.Officer
David Shane checked the area and advised that there was no arching.
2:00 am Officers
Jacob Campbell and Aaron O'Neil assisted the Southborough Police
Department with searching for a suspect involved in a breaking and
entering on Cedar Street.
Let the Games Begin
August 6, 2012 — Wood
Partners entity, Legacy Farms Apartments LLC, just purchased a chunk
of land from Legacy Farms LLC (Roy C MacDowell Jr, et al) for $7.5
million, got a mortgage for $29,575,000 and wasted no time breaking
ground for site development to begin their plan to build 240
apartments. Pulte Homes is expected to close soon on their plan to
add 270 "single family" homes on land surrounding the apartments,
and reaching to Clinton Street. This adds to a
soaring interest in businesses to develop and expand in Hopkinton,
beginning with the Hopkinton Drug renovation and expansion,
Colella's expansion two years ago, the purchase of 77 West Main
Street, the renovation of it and the addition of a medical
office by Paul Mastroianni, EMC's plan to add jobs, PerkinElmer's Acquisition of Caliper
Life Sciences and commitment to expand jobs and floor space in
Hopkinton, construction of Price Chopper Supermarket and several
stores in that mall, the beginning of a long-planned EL Harvey
expansion, and an entire Legacy Farms North, with a few hundred
residences, 450,000 square feet of commercial development, and well
as a hockey arena, all in the advanced planning stages. The latest
bold plan is the acquisition of 204 acres of former Terry family
property by Paul Mastroianni who has 280 affordable apartments and
commercial space planned for the land adjacent to 77 West Main.
Middlesex Corp, apparently a fan of CAT equipment, clears large
areas of land with no down time.
Caterpillar D-8 strips the rich former nursery topsoil from
part of the earth to be spread later for lawns and other
growth areas following building construction. Middlesex
Superintendent Larry Grodon said the machine is the largest machine
that works outside of a quarry.
August 6, 2012 — Although not entirely certain,
floral expert Henry Schmidt of Weston Nurseries believes this
flower that looks like a fireworks display is a milkweed, and the
insect is a wasp, photographed today at Ice House Pond.
However, according to Morrie Gasser's website, it is a...
Bedstraw Family (Rubiaceae)
"This shrub has an amazing flower head that
appears like a ball of spikes with hundreds of petals. A little
magnification reveals that the ball consists of 80-100 tiny
4-petaled flowers, each with a single long style. The ball is about
1-1/2" in diameter. Buttonbush is noted for its ability to withstand
floods, which may explain its presence next to the pond."
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Massachusetts State Police
Arrest 10 Drunk Drivers in Week 2 of Routes 24/195 Patrol Surge Troopers Write 262 Citations, and
MSP Commercial Vehicle Team Tickets 47 Truckers for Speeding
August 6, 2012 — Massachusetts
State Police troopers deployed as part of the Routes 24 and 195 patrol
surge made 10 drunk driving arrests on or in the
of those two highways this part weekend, the second week of the
initiative. Among those arrested were an impaired driver who was going
the wrong way, against traffic, on Route 195 in Fairhaven, a driver who
struck a cruiser on a detail on Route 195 in Fall River, and a driver
who struck another vehicle on Route 24 and tried to flee.
Troopers who were assigned to the additional
patrols arrested six impaired drivers during the overnight from Friday
into Saturday, and arrested four more impaired drivers on the overnight
from Saturday into Sunday. Patrol surge troopers also made nine non-OUI
arrests on both days and issued three criminal summons. Additionally,
troopers wrote 262 motor vehicle citations during this weekend’s
In addition to those actions, the State Police
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, the department’s truck
enforcement team, was deployed onto Routes 24 and 195 on three early
mornings last week as part of the patrol initiative. Truck team troopers
ticketed 47 truckers for speeding on those three mornings.
Arrested this past weekend were the following
defendants. Please note that the arrests were made on Routes 24 and 195,
as well as state and local feeder roads onto and in the vicinity of
PAULO F. MEDEIROS, 33, of Fall River, who was
stopped at Plymouth Avenue and Hamlet Street in Fall River. Charged with
OUI-Liquor 2d offense, negligent operation, unlicensed operation, and
failure to stop for police. IRIS A. ACEVEDO, 29, of New Bedford, who was
stopped at Purchase and Linden streets in New Bedford. Charged with
OUI-Liquor and unlicensed operation. LAURIE A. LACLE, 48, of Somerset, who struck a
cruiser on a detail on Route 195 westbound in Fall River. Charged with
OUI-Liquor, negligent operation, leaving the scene of property damage,
failure to move over for an emergency vehicle, and having a motor
vehicle that does not meet safety standards. TIMOTHY L. TEMPLE, 59, of Fall River, who was
stopped on Route 24 southbound in Fall River. Charged with OUI-Liquor 2d
offense and marked lanes violation. DEBORAH ROGERS TRUESDALE, 51, of Mattapoisett, who
was stopped on Route 195 eastbound in Mattapoisett. Charged with
OUI-Liquor, negligent operation, and marked lanes violation. ROBERT J. NICODEMISEN, 30, of Acushnet, who was
stopped on Route 195 eastbound in Fairhaven. Charged with OUI-Liquor,
negligent operation, and wrong way operation. BLAINE A. BARTLETT, 22, of Lakeville, who was
stopped on Route 495 southbound in Raynham. Charged with OUI-Liquor,
negligent operation, and speeding. CHERYL ROBBINS, 47, of Middleborough, who was
stopped on Route 495 southbound in Bridgewater. Charged with OUI-Liquor,
negligent operation, and state highway traffic operation. NELITA A. MONTEIRO, 27, of Brockton, who was
stopped at Crescent and Perkins streets in Brockton. Charged with
OUI-Liquor, seatbelt violation, marked lanes violation, failure to take
care in stopping or turning, and failure to stop or yield at a traffic
signal. JOSEPH M. ENSKO, 31, of Brockton, who was stopped
after being involved in a hit and run on Route 24 northbound
in Brockton. Charged with OUI-Liquor 2d offense, leaving the scene of a
crash causing property damage, marked lanes violation, resisting arrest,
and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
Troop D of the Massachusetts State Police is
deploying 11 extra patrols on Routes 24 and 195 and feeder roads from 8
p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Saturday, and from 8 p.m. Saturday to 4 a.m.
Sunday, every weekend through the end of September. This past weekend
was the second week of the surge; the totals racked up for both weekends
combined by the extra patrols are 19 OUI arrests, 16 other arrests, 12
summons, and 484 motor vehicle citations.
The patrol surge continues to have the impact we
hoped for when we planned it. The operation has twin goals of
enforcement and deterrence. We are going to take back these roads for
innocent motorists, and take off the drunk, aggressive, and negligent
drivers who have no regard for the lives or safety of other drivers.
August 5, 2012 — The rain may have driven the
musicians and music lovers away from the scheduled concert on Sunday
evening, but people driving by later on were treated to the
Fill 'er Up
August 5, 2012 — Tom McIntyre's pride and joy
only takes about as much as a regular vehicle, he said today. He put
a few dollars in to drive it to a show this morning.
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On the Stump
August 5, 2012 — Annie Marcy and Dick Duggan
stood out for their candidate at the corner of Cedar and Main on
Sunday morning, awaiting his arrival, just as HopNews is awaiting a
photo from the occasion.
August 5, 2012 — One participant in each team
at the one-week YMCA Physics of Flight program was responsible for rocket preparation (installing the motor,
recovery wadding, parachute, and igniter) the other member for the
actual launch itself (connecting the ignition wires to the igniter,
ensuring all had safety-glasses on, that they were a safe distance
away, and starting the countdown).
The two individuals pictured, Michiba Toryu is on left, and Cole
Wright (The Launch Director) on the right.
Ed Harrow of Whitehall
Learning Group was the instructor of
the program that included
four weeks, each week devoted to a different topic; this year it's
robotics, rockets, physics, and Lego Engineering.
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RJ's runis held in
memory and honor of RJ Penney who was tragically killed in a motorcycle
accident on July 22, 2006. This charity motorcycle run is organized by
family and friends with all proceeds to be donated to a charity of the
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Woodville Rod & Gun Club 252 Wood Street (Route 135) Woodville, MA 01784
Registration 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Ride Leaves at 12 p.m. (60 mile rural route*) **
*Donation: *$20.00 per person (BBQ included at the end of the ride.)
*All proceeds from the run will be donated to
**The Epilepsy Foundation **(http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/) in RJ's
CANCELED The Community Summer Band for
tonight on the Common has been canceled due to the gale that blew
through town. Sunday Concert Promoter, Selectman Michelle Gates
is looking for another suitable date.
Twitter followers and facebook fans were also alerted via those methods. Please enjoy a
reprise of a few minutes from last year's performance, below:
Jill Savignano, 50
Jill Savignano, 50, of Hopkinton, MA passed away Saturday August 4th at
her home surrounded by her family. Born in Needham, she was the step
daughter of Ted Valpey Jr. and daughter of the late Frances Katy Valpey. Jill
was the loving wife of John Savignano for 26 years and devoted mother of
John A. Savignano. A resident of Hopkinton for 25 years, she was an
avid gardener, but most importantly will be remembered for her passion
to help others in need and her sponsorship of many foster children over
In addition to her husband, son, and step father, she is
survived by one sister, Jennifer Greymont and her husband Alfred of New
Durham, NH; sister in law; Gladys Walsh and her late husband Jeff Walsh
of Needham; niece, Jackie Greymont - Weathers and her husband Zachary;
nephew; Anthony Walsh; mother in law; Doreen Nazzari; and several step
sisters and step brothers along with many other loving family members.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Aug.
8th at 10:00am in the Chapel of the Matarese Funeral Home, 325 Main
St. in Ashland with burial to follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in
Hopkinton. Calling hours will be held Tuesday from 4:00-7:00 PM in the
funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American
Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond
Road, Waltham, MA 02451 www.mataresefuneral.com
August 4, 2012 — John Villa provided the
entertainment as well as calling of the raffle tickets for prizes at
the Woodville Rod and Gun Club's Lobster and Chicken feed today.
Roadwork will resume on Monday August 6 & Tuesday
August 7 at 7am on the following roads.
Walcottt St -
From Main St to A St.
– From Main St to Maple St.
Cedar St Ext
– From 1400’ west of Cordaville Rd to the Southborough line.
cemetery road – From Mayhew St to the cemetery garage.
Please expect delays and seek alternate
routes if possible.
Thank you, Mike Mansir, Hopkinton Highway Manager
August 4, 2012 — Tonight at 7:30 will be the
third and final performance of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer
Night's Dream" at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts Amphitheater. It
is part of Enter Stage Left Theater's Shakespeare Under the Stars series. The
camera view is toward the audience and the lights before the actors
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Color Your World
August 4, 2012 — There are stacks of canoes and kayaks at the
boathouse at Hopkinton State Park, and more to come, getting ready
for next weekend's sale, in conjunction with a tax-free weekend.
August 4, 2012 — Three women speaking a foreign
language (Russian?) swam together the breadth of Hopkinton Reservoir
last night, talking and laughing with one another the entire way.
Sounds can travel unobstructed over water.
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Committee Discusses Consolidating Administration Locations
New math program, more...
by Muriel Kramer
August 3, 2012 — The
School Committee voted to support the implementation of a new
math curriculum for grades K-6 for the upcoming school year;
Every Day Math will be replaced by Envision Math.There will be a presentation on the
program and detail on the implementation plan at the next School
Committee meeting August 28th which will be at the
Middle School Library at 7:30 pm and will be televised. Jean
Bertschmann asked how parents would be informed; she also asked
how the transition in programs will affect students mid-way
through Every Day Math, a program that spirals through
curriculum topics and is based on a five year cycle to fully
access the material.
Director of Curriculum
Meredith Ekwall answered that there are already pre-planned
curriculum approaches to address any potential gaps.Work is also underway to ensure
teachers between schools have the opportunity to meet and
coordinate efforts to insure a smooth implementation.
Dr. Steven Hiersche supported the new curriculum approach.“The pieces that are important to
me have been covered.”He specifically likes the k-6 link,
that the District is moving away from Every Day Math, and the
excitement from the teachers for the new curriculum approach.
“I’m very supportive of what they’ve done and the way they have
done it.”The Committee voted to support
spending just over $36,000 to implement the new curriculum.
Ekwall indicated that
one of the problems the District faced with Every Day Math was
that the program didn’t allow for sustained focus to master
concepts; the program bounced around too much.
Thursday, Aug 2, 2012:
pm - Traffic Advisory. Due to construction, E Main backed up to
Clinton. Little Hayden Rowe, Grove St, and parts of Pleasant
Street are closed. Police advise drivers to use side roads.
Twitter Followers and facebook Fans got
this information directly. Updates on this are likely to be
transmitted in those ways first.
Governor Signs Animal Welfare Bill
August 2, 2012 — State Senator Karen Spilka and State
Representative Carolyn Dykema flank Governor Deval Patrick
and a group of people with interests in the signing of the
Act Further Regulating Animal Control in Ashland today. The
act will prohibit the inhumane treatment of animals, and
require more of shelters and rescue organizations.