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Everywhere a Sign

August 15, 2012 — A campaign worker for Sean Bielat adds his opinion to the mix of signs at Church and Main Streets this afternoon prior to his candidate's presentation at the Golden Pond Residential Care facility to invited guests.


Police Arrest and Incident Log - Most Recent First
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
4:39 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested William Scott Mcelhaney, 28, of Commonwealth Avenue, on Commonwealth Avenue and charged him with Violation of a Abuse Prevention Order and Breaking and Entering for a Misdemeanor.
Monday, August 13, 2012
1:15 am Officer John Moran arrested Silas Dias Goncalves, 27, of Green Street, Milford, on Hayden Rowe Street and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Speeding in Violation of a Special Regulation, False Statement in Application for Registration, Possess/Use False/Stolen RMV Document, Motor Vehicle Operation Refusing to Identify Self and Identity Fraud.
Incident Log
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
10:49 pm A caller from Winter Street reported receiving a strange call.
9:31 pm A caller reported that several vehicles just pulled into the end of a cul-de-sac on Meadowland Drive. Two units responded and advised that it appeared to be a gathering at a nearby residence.
8:03 pm A resident reported seeing an excessive amount of black smoke on Meserve Street (photo). The Fire Department was contacted.
5:24 pm There were several 911 calls involving a multi-car motor vehicle without personal injuries on Hayden Rowe Street.
4:11 pm Three units responded to Commonweatlh Avenue for an unauthorized person on their property. Subsequently, a 28 year old male from Hopkinton was arrested and charged with Violation of Abuse Prevention Order and Breaking and Entering for a Misdemeanor
2:23 pm An officer checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Lakeshore Drive.
8:35 am A motorist from Main Street reported that he just witnessed two street signs getting run over as the driver continued. Officer Thomas Griffin checked the area but did not locate the vehicle.
7:50 am A Glen Road resident spoke with Officer Thomas Griffin regarding items that were taken from his vehicle overnight.
12:27 am A caller from Bowker road reported that his vehicle was vandalized while he was in Boston. Officer John Moran responded and took a report..
Monday, August 13, 2012
11:53 pm An officer checked on a parked motor vehicle on Main Street.
5:02 pm Officer William Burhcard will be investigating larceny of beer from Main Street.
1:53 pm Officer Gregg Boer assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Cedar Street.
10:50 am An operator was spoken to on Wood Street, by Officer Patrick O'Brien.
12:20 pm An off duty officer reported that a truck was unloading equipment, taking up a lane of travel. Officer Gregg DeBoer spoke with the crew who were finishing up for the day.
9:55 am A resident of South Street reported that a telephone police was on fire. She then called back and advised that it was no longer on fire. The Fire Department was notified.
12:24 am Officer John Moran stopped a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street and subsequently arrested a 27 year old male from Milford and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Speeding in Violation of a Special Regulation, False Statement in Application for Registration, Possess/Use False/Stolen RMV Document, Motor Vehicle Operator Refusing to Identify Self and Identity Fraud.



Beware of Dog Treats

by Punky Drawe

August 14, 2012 — I am writing this column because of a very personal reason. I have Morkie puppy named Sally, who is 8 months old and is very precious to me, as a lot of you may know. Sunday night, I was reading posts on Facebook when I saw the following one from Cindy Chesmore:

There were some websites included that listed all the news articles that have been published regarding the danger of giving your dogs these treats.

Little did I know that the Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky that I was giving Sally could be causing kidney failure! Then I got scared because for the past couple of days, Sally had a bout with diarrhea, but since it seemed better Sunday evening after giving her canned pumpkin, I was convinced she was all better. After reading all the articles about these Milo treats and how diarrhea was one of the symptoms that other dogs who became ill from eating them had, I knew I needed to call the FDA as suggested by the websites, as well as the vet. On Monday morning, I called the FDA and filed a report and the woman told me that they already had hundreds of reports. I also called the vet, and they wanted to see Sally that afternoon. I guess I was blocking out the seriousness of the problem until I heard the vet say the words, “testing for kidney failure.” Then it became a reality—my little Sally could die! She had to have a sack of fluid injected into her to replace the fluid she had lost, had to have a blood test, urine sample and fecal sample. She was also put on prescription canned dog food for the next two weeks. The worst part was the results of the tests—I had to wait a whole day! It was just a very emotional time, thank goodness for friends who helped me through it all. When the call came today from the vet who said all tests were negative and Sally was absolutely fine, I never felt so much relief. If you own a dog, you’ll know exactly what I mean. The vet said it wasn’t over yet though, she said we need to get the word out to everybody and to educate the public, both consumers and retailers about these “Made in China” treats! I’m going to do everything I can to let people know. Sally is one of the lucky ones; someone else’s dog may not be so lucky.

Please take the time to check out the following links, they will give you all the information you need to know about these treats made in China. You’ll learn why the FDA cannot recall any of these treats, you’ll read stories from other people who have


I am so thankful to Cindy Chesmore for posting this on Facebook in the first place, otherwise I might have never known. Please pass this information on to everyone you know. Thank you, Punky If you have any questions, please email me at Punkala@aol.com.


Donna M. McGuire, 68

HOPKINTON - Donna M. McGuire, 68, died Sunday August 12, 2012 surrounded by family, after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was the loving wife of Frank J. McGuire, to whom she was married for 41 wonderful years.  Born in Poughkeepsie, NY, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Robert Marone and Helen Tuttle Marone of Poughkeepsie. 


Donna graduated from Poughkeepsie High School in 1962 and received her associate’s degree from Dutchess Community College in 1964.  She also received her paralegal certificate from Bentley College after moving to Boston in 1967.  


Her early employment was spent as executive secretary in the law firm of H,S, D, F & K. She then spent 13 years at home raising her daughter, Heather -- the love of her life.  Donna taught CCD at St. John the Evangelist Church, following Heather's religious education from pre-school through confirmation.  She was executive director of the Hopkinton Housing Authority for two years and was an early proponent of family low-income housing.


She returned to the workforce as a paralegal to Linda Christian, Esq, and an administrative assistant to William J. Picardi at the Design Showroom in Southborough.  In 1992 she went to work for Barbara Gilchrest, MD, chairman of dermatology at the Boston University School of Medicine in the south end of Boston.  She spent 18 years in that position, which she truly loved.


Donna was a natural fit for volunteering.  She had many happy and productive years spent donating her time and efforts to many worthwhile projects.  After her time at the Hopkinton Housing Authority, she became a commissioner of the Board of the HHA for approximately 10 years.  She was appointed as State Representative to the Board of Governor Deval Patrick in 2011.  She also volunteered at the Hopkinton Senior Center each week.  Donna was a part of the original Relay for Life team and was a top fundraiser and member of the Yankee Doodler team for over five years.   She was also a member of the Democratic Town Committee until her illness prevented her from doing the things she loved.


Donna will be sorely missed by all who knew her.  She considered herself blessed to have so many supportive, caring friends who gave her rides to appointments and cooked meals for her family while she was ill.  She wished to thank everyone involved for making her final days as peaceful as possible.  You know who you are.  


In addition to her husband Frank, and her mother Helen, Donna is survived by her only daughter Heather McGuire Bourke and her husband Toby Bourke of Marlborough, her step grandchild, Sierra of Shrewsbury, her sisters Joanne Domey and her husband Kenneth of Poughkeepsie, and Constance Deho of Melbourne, FL.  She also leaves several nieces and nephews.  

A memorial funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton, MA.  Calling hours at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street (http:www.callanancronin.com) are Friday, August 17 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society Attn: RFL of Hopkinton (Yankee Doodlers) 43 Nagog Park STE 110, Acton MA 01720  “In Memory of Donna McGuire.”


Ready for Takeoff

August 14, 2012 — No, this is not a flying boat, or George Washington crossing the Delaware, but part of a wind-surfing device being retrieved and returned to the boathouse at Hopkinton State Park by a staff member with a motorboat, which are banned on the reservoir for recreational puposes.


August 14, 2012

The Hopkinton Police Department
Crackdown on Impaired Driving

Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over



The Hopkinton Police Department announced it will join 128 other law enforcement agencies statewide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving from August 15 to September 3 as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization, funded by a federal grant administered through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division (EOPSS-HSD).  


Impaired driving is one of America’s most often committed and deadliest crimes. In 2010, 115 people died in impaired driving related crashes in the Commonwealth.  Moreover, there were an additional 2,750 impaired driving related personal injury and property damage crashes and almost 14,635 impaired driving arrests. 


On average, there is one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality every 51 minutes across America.  The number of drivers operating under the influence increases during holiday weekends, especially during summer holidays. 



Hopkinton Police officers will be aggressively looking for all impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone they find driving while impaired — regardless of age, vehicle type or time of day.


“Our message is simple and unwavering: if we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions,” said Chief Flannery. “Even if you beat the odds and manage to walk away from an impaired-driving crash alive, the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can still destroy your life.”


According to the Registry of Motor Vehicles, violators often face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. All told, a first offense can easily cost well over $5000.  Driving impaired is simply not worth all the consequences.   Remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.


Color War/Field Day - Free Admission
Wednesday August 15, 3:00 -5:00
Town Common
Open to all Middle Schoolers
Ready for an Xtreme competition? People will be divided up into teams. Teams will then compete against each other in challenges and events to earn points. Get ready to compete to earn the title of Color War Champion! Pizza provided.


Police Incident Log - Most Recent First

Sunday, August 12, 2012

11:42 pm Officer John Moran checked and spoke with an operator of a motor vehicle on East Main Street.


10:02 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil checked and spoke with an operator of a motor vehicle on East Main Street.


8:39 pm A caller reported fireworks coming from a possible vacant house on Blackthorne Circle. Two units checked the area with a negative find.


6:50 pm Officer Peter Booth issued a verbal warning to an operator of a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.


12:42 pm An officer assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.


10:40 am A motorist reported that kids, who were having a car wash on Hayden Rowe Street, were too close to the road. The area was checked and it appeared that they packed up for the day.


4:46 am Officer Patrick O'Brien advised that he transported an individual to the Milford town line.


12:41 am Detective Timothy Brennan came upon two females on Fruit Street who appeared to be upset. He advised that it was because of a verbal argument and one female was on her way home.


12:35 am Officer Aaron O'Neil stated that he found a campfire that was still burning, with no one around, on the Fruit Street property. He advised that the fire was contained.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

10:29 pm A 911 caller from Briarcliff Drive reported a smoke alarm issue. The Fire Department was contacted to handle the incident.


9:12 pm A caller reported that a motor vehicle was parked for some time at the end of a cul-de-sac on Laurel Canyon Drive. An officer checked the vehicle and found it to be secured.


5:30 pm A motorist reported that a large branch was sticking out into the roadway on Spring Street causing a possible road hazard. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and advised that the branch was in the roadway but it was ok for now. A message was left with the DPW.


1:58 pm Officer Stephen Buckley checked an unattended motor vehicle on South Street.


1:32 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien assisted an Ashland Police Officer with removing a branch from the roadway on East Main Street


11:51 am A caller reported that a branch was partially in the roadway on Chestnut Street. An officer put a traffic cone down and the DPW was notified.


11:38 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted the operator of a truck with loading a piece of equipment on Wood Street.


9:09 am A caller reported that a tree limb was down on wires on Exchange Street. An officer confirmed the exact location and the electrical company was notified.

Friday, August 10, 2012

11:59 pm A resident of Walcott Street reported that someone was on her back deck. The entire area was checked with a negative find.


8:55 pm A walk-in reported that he saw a vehicle on the side of Cedar Street with the operator trying to wave down cars. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.


2:32 pm A caller reported a two car motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Ash Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and subsequently issued written warnings to both operators.


11:19 am An officer assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.


9:15 am A Highway Department employee reported that a small black dog was running in and out of Wood Street, causing a traffic issue. The Animal Control Officer was notified of the situation.


8:23 am An individual from an East Main Street business reported vandalism to their entrance sign. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and noticed a trail of anti-freeze leading from the sign to Wilson Street. A tow company was contacted and advised that they did tow a car with front end damage from Wilson Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien traced the individual to her home.


1:56 am Officer John Moran checked and spoke with several youths on Wood Street.


12:37 am An officer checked and found a vehicle to be secured on West Main Street.


12:07 am An officer checked and found a vehicle to be secured on Main Street.


12:03 am A 911 caller reported that a vehicle was on its side on Cross Street. Officer Jacob Campbell responded and advised that the accident was in Ashland.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

11:37 pm Officer Jacob Campbell came upon a motor vehicle in a construction site off of East Main Street. The operator advised that he was checking out a job site for guard rail work.


11:19 pm A Clinton Street resident reported that an unwanted person was in his house. Three officers responded and advised that it was just a verbal disagreement and both individuals remained at the residence.


9:18 pm Officer Peter Booth checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Cedar Street.


11:43 am A walk-in from Hillcrest Drive spoke with an officer regarding a civil dispute.


9:07 am A caller from West Main Street reported that there was a dump truck in her driveway. Officer Philip Powers responded and advised that there was road work going on.



August 13, 2012 — Joe Taft gives the modern phrase, which usually refers to a way to dial a phone in a vehicle, new meaning today as he continues to apply primer paint onto Hopkinton Drug.


Chicken  Barbeque

The Public is invited to the ANNUAL Chicken barbecue at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club on Sunday, September 9 @ 1:00 p.m.

Tickets are $12.00 for adults; $8.00 for seniors and $5.00 kids. This is a fun filled family event with lots of neat stuff to do. Call 508-435-4148 or visit the club at 252 Wood Street in Hopkinton for more information.



The Hopkinton Little League - Upper Charles 9/10 Team. They were undefeated this summer. 10 wins 0 losses.


No Rest for the Busy

August 13, 2012 — Busy as beavers,  but much smarter, these machines working at the Wood Partners apartments site made quick work of land clearing last week. The machine in the left rear has a clamp that grabs any size tree and a saw to cut it a few inches from the ground. Then it swings it onto a pile it has made and the other red machine places it onto a trailer that it is towing, where it will move it to a pile for chipping. The machine in the foreground follows them around and rips up the stumps. A dozen or more large pieces of equipment on the site were in motion at all times, unless they were being loaded with something.


What Center Line?

August 13, 2012 — This paving truck went over, or onto, the center line about ten times on East Main Street from Clinton Street to West Main at Lumber Street.


Thinking of Solar?


NSTAR to Begin Maintenance

August 12, 2012 — Above, South Mill Street displays a very low canopy, in some areas entirely intertwined with the utility wires. NSTAR has developed a plan of more regular maintenance as a result of the failures encountered in 2011. In addition, they will begin to trim back vegetation with a more robust plan  than previous. The specifications are 10 feet below and 10 feet on each side of the "uppermost or outermost" primary conductor, and 15 feet above it. The streets affected are listed below:


West side: Pond, Winter, Spring, School, Fruit, West Elm, South and vicinity.

East side: Clinton, Granite, Lumber, Ash Chestnut, Front, North and South Mill, Hayden Rowe, and vicinity.


Neighbors to Move in Soon

August 12, 2012 — This bird made some very wild sounds as it fled the camera today on Legacy Farms Road South, where it will get new neighbors when Wood Partners begins its 240 apartments with an expected groundbreaking this month.



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Where? When? Check out our Interactive Calendar in the header above to learn more.


All in the Game

August 11, 2012 — Fire Chief Ken Clark sponsored a retirement party at his home for Lt. Robert Bartlett, who has been a volunteer then call firefighter, and usually the first at any event, for most of his 49 years in the department. The 65 year-old former call Deputy Chief retired due to statutory requirements. Above, he and wife Rachel get back-to-back playful.


Teens Helping Teens

August 11, 2012 — Working toward his Eagle Scout designation, Alex Kirshy got assistance at the Hopkinton Common from fellow thespian Liam Horsman, right, and more than a dozen other scouts in collecting  items and money for for teens in need on behalf of Project Just Because today.


Marty Lamb on the Stump

August 11, 2012 — Above, the HopNews video camera caught up with candidate for State Representative, Marty Lamb, and his supporters at the four corners Downtown Hopkinton this morning. Above, he says a few words to HopNews/Hopkinton readers. Below, campaign workers on one corner by Colella's frame Marty Lamb and Campaign Manager Desiree Awiszio by Hopkinton Drug the opposite corner .


High Mileage

August 10, 2012  — This dragonfly, a male of the species, rests from its usual activities of fighting, patrolling, mating and eating at Ice House Pond today. One wing in particular shows the effects of the foremost activity.


Before and After
Mouse-over to see aftermath of accident

August 10, 2012 — A driver left the roadway on East Main Street some time Friday and totally destroyed this Legacy Farms sign that cost, according its owner, Roy S. MacDowell Jr., $6,000. The driver was fortunate the sign's robust mount did not go flying through her windshield upon the crash and impale her. Although she left the scene, the driver left a trail of leaking fluids that led to where a tow truck picked up her vehicle.

       To see a shot of what the sign looked like after the crash, mouse-over the image above. 


Rained Out

August 10, 2012 — Dave Jones, who works selling vegetables and fruit at the Weston  Nurseries Farmers Market, pretends to be taking a bite out of the carrot prop. The market ended early to to the inclement weather, but Weston Nurseries will be open all weekend with savings galore.


One-Way Violation

August 10, 2012 — Officer Philip Powers, who was doing traffic enforcement duty across from Walcott Street, let this driver off with a verbal warning today for a one-way street violation.


Hit and Run

August 10, 2012 — Legacy Farms Principal Roy S MacDowell Jr looks over the development's sign that was shattered into pieces by a driver who left the scene. Some savvy police work led them to the individual and the vehicle involved.


Tax-Free Weekend at Hopkinton Jewelers

PLUS Selected items on sale -20-30% off


EMC Seeks Abatements on $5,610,421.52 in Sewer Betterments

August 9, 2012 — EMC, which stakes a claim as the world's largest maker of information storage and has its headquarters in Hopkinton, is seeking sewer abatements from the Town of Hopkinton for several  of its South Street parcels. The bulk of the land the company owns in Hopkinton is on South Street and Hayward Street. One parcel alone, 176 South Street is assessed for land and buildings at $51.9 million.

        The Town assessed betterments to the properties on South Street for sewer lines that pass by their properties, and in some cases, go to both the Milford sewer system at a premium rate, and to the Town-owned Fruit Street sewage treatment plant. EMC is arguing in some cases that they cannot hook up to a system, or cannot take part because the capacity is filled, or that they have a septic system that they installed because Hopkinton's sewer system was not available. They also plan to argue that they were double-assessed for some properties because they could not possibly utilize both the Milford and Hopkinton lines at the same time.

          On Monday, August 13,2012, at 6:30 pm, the Selectmen will hear arguments from the company, which reported in July second-quarter consolidated revenue of $5.31 billion and ended the quarter with $10.9 billion in cash and investments. It is unclear how much they will ask for in relief.


Solar Energy Zone

August 9, 2012 — Solar Flair, Hopkinton's choice for the Solarize Mass program, held a seminar and barbeque at 1 Knoll Road this evening. Above, Solar Flair representative Rosie Pagerey speaks with Woodville couple Philip and Carol Macagni about how an installation would work on their home.

     The owner of the home where the barbeque took place, Matt Arner, is the president of Solar Flair Energy and was featured in a HopNews video interview about the technology in 2005, a full two years before the company was even incorporated. See the YouTube version below: