NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO AT METROWEST YMCA
FRAMINGHAM, MA. — The Board of Directors of the MetroWest YMCA
has appointed Richard A. MacPherson as the organization’s new
President and Chief Executive Officer, following the retirement
of Jeanne McAllister in mid-September 2012.
As an advocate for volunteerism and leadership education, MacPherson has been active with the Association of YMCA Professionals, whose mission is to advance the YMCA profession by helping to prepare its young leaders. He served as the local AYP Chapter IV president from 2006-2008, and represented the North East Region to the AYP National Board from 2009-2012. He is a 2007 Leadership MetroWest graduate. MacPherson serves on the Board of Directors of the Framingham Coalition for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. While in the Worcester area, MacPherson served on the Board of the Wachusett Area Rotary Club from 2001-2005 and was part of the delegation that represented Worcester in the All-America City Competition in 2000.
“We are very excited to have Rick as the President and CEO of the MetroWest YMCA” said Ron Foisy, Board Chair of the MetroWest YMCA (photo, left). “We have been very impressed with Rick’s vast knowledge of the Y and his high level of professionalism. After having conducted an extensive national search, we are confident that Rick’s innovative thinking and passion for our organization make him the ideal leader as we continue to advance the mission of the Y throughout the MetroWest area."
An avid runner and fitness enthusiast, MacPherson earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from University of Massachusetts Amherst. He and his wife, Celia, have three children – Thomas, Sean and Alison.
Flight of the Greyhound
September 24, 2012 — Unlike the Bermuda Triangle, no ships have been lost at the intersection of Hayden Rowe Street and Teresa Road,. but accidents do seem to occur on this stretch with greater frequency than other areas. The driver swerved to avoid a collision with another vehicle and instead struck a tree. The driver's side air bag was deployed and the driver's side rear window of the supercab was shattered from something that was in the rear bed of the pickup and became airborne during the collision. The driver and the dog refused treatment by Hopkinton ambulance. While the driver of this smashed pickup truck waited for the tow truck to mount his vehicle, a school bus van entered from Teresa Road and sideswiped the cruiser, top left.
Updated Monday, September 24, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
5:50 pm A caller reported that his son had a disabled motor vehicle on Lumber Street and while waiting for a tow (scroll down for photo, below) an individual in a Saturn with Colorado license plates, got out of his vehicle and pulled a knife out on his son. Three units responded to check the area. The Milford Police Department was notified and subsequently stopped a motor vehicle matching the description on Silver Hill Road in Milford.
5:19 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil checked and spoke with an elderly male who was walking on School Street.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
10:30 pm A caller reported that people were in the roadway playing games at a house party on Fenton Street. Officer Linda Higgins spoke with the home owner who was having a small get together.
9:59 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil checked a secured motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.
5:21 pm A resident reported that younger youths were riding four wheelers, without helmets, up and down the roadway on Deneen Road. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area with a negative find.
4:43 pm There were several calls regarding possible gunshots coming from the area of McHugh Lane. Officer Matthew McNeil located the two males who had proper FID permits.
1:12 pm Two officers responded to a disturbance on Rafferty Road.
12:53 pm Officer Stephen Buckley investigated suspicious activity on Main Street.
11:28 am A Cedar Street resident spoke with Officer Stephen Buckley regarding suspicious activity.
10:48 am A 911 caller reported that a dog was just hit on East Main Street. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and advised that the owner was on scene and brought the animal to a veterinarian.
10:30 am A walk-in reported that every time it rains he notices diesel fuel on Fruit Street , Cunningham Street and Wood Street up to the Westborough town line. An officer will check the amount of fuel in the roadway.
10:27 am A West Main Street resident reported that her dog, a small red lab, had slipped off its collar and ran off.
1:30 am A caller from East Main Street reported that his neighbor was having a party and stated that it appeared a fight had broken out. Two officer responded and advised that it was two individuals that were rough housing which got out of control. They were separated for the night.
Friday, September 21, 2012
9:14 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil checked and secured two vehicles that were parked at the undeveloped end of Connelly Hill Road.
7:27 pm A caller from Pleasant Street reported that he believed he had his backpack and some other items stolen from his vehicle while at work in Marlborough. The call was referred to the Marlborough Police Department.
6:10 pm A caller reported that a tree was leaning on wires on Wood Street. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area with a negative find.
5:57 pm A resident complained about a vehicle that was speeding up Walcott Street going the wrong way in a one-way zone. The license plate was obtained and Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the area for the vehicle with a negative find.
5:32 pm The State Police assisted with a disabled motor vehicle on 495.
5:24 pm Officer Matthew McNeil came upon and took a report of a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on West Main Street.
4:00 pm A caller reported that a wire was hanging down in a lawn on Downey Place. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and advised that it was a telephone wire and that the telephone company was notified.
2:08 pm Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with a male who was leaving hangers on mailboxes on Tiffany Trail. He was advised of town by-laws and was told he cannot knock on doors and speak with residents.
11:34 am Lieutenant Charles Wallace spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Falcon Ridge Drive. He stated that he works for the company that the vehicle was registered to and was just waiting for a resident to arrive for a scheduled appointment they had.
8:40 am A North Mill Street resident reported that her dog had been barking toward the woods behind her house all morning. This was very unusual activity for her dog and she was aware of the search for a person in that area last night. Two officers checked the area but did not find anything out of the ordinary.
7:10 am Officer Linda Higgins assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Main Street.
6:22 am Officer Linda Higgins assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.
Enter Stage Left Looking for Young Stars for Upcoming Shows
Auditions for USO Show, Music Man Jr., September 30 and October 9
A USO Christmas Auditions September 30
A USO Christmas auditions for performers ages 6 – 13 will take place on Sunday, September 30 between 12 noon and 2:00 p.m. at Express Dance Studio, 40 Cape Road (Rte. 140) in Milford. Children should be ready to sing a verse from a Christmas song of their choice. Performances will be December 7 and 8 at the Hopkinton High School. Rehearsals will be held at Express Dance in Milford on Sunday afternoons.
Music Man Jr. Auditions October 9
Music Man Jr. auditions will take place Tuesday, October 9 at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, 98 Hayden Rowe, Hopkinton. Performers in grades 2nd – 3rd will be auditioning between 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. and will be asked to sing a short verse of any song. Actors in grades 4th- 8th will audition between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. by appointment and will be asked to sing a short verse from a Broadway musical and also read some scenes. To schedule an audition contact Sandee Buckley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Music Man Jr. will be directed by Mary Scarlata Rowe and performances will take place January 11-13. Rehearsals will be held on Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and Monday evenings for the main cast, and will begin October 20.
There will also be a special “prologue” performance before the matinee of Music Man Jr. featuring a cast of children in Pre-K to 1st grade. Rehearsals will take place Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. beginning on November 13. No auditions required. To register, go to www.hopartscenter.org.
Audition Workshop October 3
Following the success of the fall audition workshop, Arlynn Poletta will once again be holding a workshop to help performers prepare for the Music Man Jr. audition. Actors in grades 2nd -3rd will have a workshop on Wednesday, October 3 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., and actors in grades 4th -8th will be from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. All workshops will be held at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts.
Dennis Katz, President of Hopkinton Drug, left, and Marketing Director Michael Macione, right, present a $3,000 check to President of the Mass. Animal Coalition, Sarah Luick immediately prior to the group's annual meeting, while attendees applaud and cheer. Last year, Hopkinton Drug donated $6,000, a fund they had built up over the two prior years.
September 23, 2012 — Stand-alone pharmacy business Hopkinton Drug has made a commitment, this the third year, of putting a portion of sales from prescriptions from veterinarians toward a donation to the Massachusetts Animal Coalition [MAC], which, according to founder Anne Lindsay, held its 12th annual meeting today at the Agnes Varis Lecture Hall at Cummings School of Veterinarian Medicine Tufts University in North Grafton.
The main purpose of the group, according to Ms. Lindsay, is to promote the managed population of animals. Dogs and cats, she explained, were being killed routinely in shelters 30 years ago. But now, spay and neuter programs, as well as no-kill shelters, help maintain the population. They also help maintain the spay/neuter license plate program. MAC has a website for more information.
Hopkinton drug specializes in compounding for humans and animals nationwide! Hopkinton Drug is also a community pharmacy in Hopkinton, Massachusetts offering traditional pharmacy services as well as durable medical equipment. They also offer a wide selection of supplements, homeopathics & herbals as well as a complete lactation center.
September 2, 2012 — After this vehicle broke down on Lumber Street Extension, a passerby allegedly threatened an individual by withdrawing a concealed knife. Milford and Hopkinton Police searched for the suspect.
September 23, 2012 — These Canada geese photographed at Blood's Pond last week appear to have some purpose to their non-random meeting.
Why Do Dogs Bark?
September 23, 2012 — This is a screenshot of a native American historian at a powwow in Upton in 2009. She described why dogs bark, as well as the way stories are passed on in native American culture — orally, and not written. The video is featured in a link in a post by "Robert" in the "Quality Conversations" discussion page under the "Brown vs. Warren Debate" topic. In the photo above, the tribal leader is in the shade of her tent, but would be as white as the snow in the sunshine.
CRIME ALERT FOR HOPKINTON RESIDENTS
September 21, 2012
In the past two days the Hopkinton Police Department is investigating reports of four (4) homes having been broken into and having items stolen. All of these incidents appear to have occurred during daytime hours. None of the residences were occupied at the time of the incidents.
The items being stolen are cash and jewelry. Entry to the homes has been through either open windows or doors.
Many other towns have been experiencing similar incidents. Detectives from these agencies are working together to solve these crimes and apprehend the persons responsible.
Residents are strongly urged to lock their doors and windows. Activate burglar alarms if you have one.
Any suspicious person or vehicle that does not appear to belong needs to be reported to the Hopkinton Police Department.
Help the Hopkinton Police to keep you and your neighbors from being victimized.
The National Crime Prevention Council has an easy to use Home Security Checklist you can download to help assess your own home’s level of security you can access this form online at;
If you have any questions please call the Hopkinton Police Department at 508-497-3401.
10:00 pm A resident of Jamie Lane reported a past breaking and entering. Officer William Burchard responded and took a report.
9:09 pm Officers came upon a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on East Main Street and believed it to be related to a previous incident. The operator stated that the passenger fled on foot. The Ashland and Holliston Police Departments assisted with the search for the passenger. Subsequently the operator and passenger were issued criminal applications for the previous incident.
8:50 pm A 911 caller from Pheasant Hill reported that he came home from a walk and saw several males run off of his property into a vehicle down the street. Two officers checked the area with a negative find on anything suspicious. The occupants of the vehicle involved will be summonsed for attempting to break into the vehicle and possession of burglarious tools.
8:00 pm A caller reported an erratic operator that just got off of 495. Officer Peter Booth responded and was able to catch up with the vehicle on Maple Avenue in Upton. The Upton Police Department was notified and responded.
7:53 pm A motorist reported that while driving on 495 some youths threw rocks at his vehicle. The State Police were notified and Officer William Burchard checked surrounding side streets for any suspicious activity with a negative find.
5:46 pm There were multiple 911 calls regarding a horse running loose with its saddle underneath it on East Main Street. Three officers responded and advised that the horse was back in its stable however the rider has not been located. The Fire Department assisted with the search for the rider who was eventually found and was transported to the hospital.
3:46 pm Several 911 callers reported a motor vehicle accident without personal injury involving a landscape truck and a school bus on Wood Street. Officers William Burchard and Peter Booth responded and took a report.
2:53 pm Officer Stephen Buckley checked a motor vehicle that was parked in the same spot for some time on Marshall Avenue.
1:46 pm A caller reported that while on a walk she noticed that a door to a Wood Street residence was kicked in. Two officers responded to take a report and the realtor was notified to secure the property.
10:47 am Officer Stephen Buckley installed a car seat on Main Street.
10:06 am A resident reported suspicious activity on Tammer Lane. Sgt. Joseph Bennett checked the area and found everything to be secure.
9:52 am A walk-in reported an on going issue with tenants. Officer Stephen Buckley met and spoke with both individuals involved.
9:26 am Sgt. Joseph Bennett checked an unattended motor vehicle on Pendulum Pass.
9:08 am Officer Thomas Griffin met and spoke with an individual on Ledgestone Drive regarding suspicious activity.
8:56 am A verbal warning was issued to the operator of a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.
8:46 am A caller reported that vehicles parked in the roadway on Fruit Street were creating a hazard for residents. Officer David Shane responded and spoke with the caller.
3:30 am Officer Linda Higgins checked a motor vehicle that was parked on West Main Street.
School Resources Officer Warnings on Internet Safety
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,
Tips from FBI
Parents Guide to Internet Safety
· that whatever they are told online may or
may not be true.*
resources on internet safety:
September 20, 2012 — Hopkinton Police came upon an apparent one-car motor vehicle accident on East Street at the entrance to the Y soccer fields. However, a smashed windshield on the passenger side revealed a missing occupant. The driver was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. The driver and occupant are suspects in breaking and enterings in Ashland and possibly Hopkinton. The Ashland Police are assisting with detective manpower and a K-9 dog, As we write (10:17 pm) the dog has come to an end in such a way that police believe the suspect was able to leave the area in an "escape vehicle," one that a suspect on the run calls for help in eluding the police; and so the search is being called off.
Police were concerned not just because of possible criminal behavior, but for the well-being of the fleeing suspect inasmuch as his head shattered a window in the crash. Twitter followers and facebook fans got alerts. Like us and/or follow to get them.
September 20, 2012 — This bee is filling its pollen sacks from flowers planted by the Hopkinton Garden Club Downtown, while its yellow jacket counterparts were at Snappy Dogs slurping up as much sugary stuff as they could find on the lips of empty soda cans, as well as plates of homemade dill relish set out to distract them away from the food of customers.
Me and My Shadow
September 20, 2012 — This fish, which did not measure more than 4 inches from lips to tail, was among a few that moved toward shore and looked at the photographer this afternoon. As its shadow reveals, the sun was low in the sky, reflecting its light from right to left giving the camera a glimpse beneath the surface of lake Whitehall.
Loose Horse, Missing Rider on East Main
September 20, 2012 — What began as calls from drivers on East Main Street for a loose horse turned out to be a horse that had left its property with a rider, and returned without one. Emergency personnel were quick to respond, first the police who located the horse and helped reunite it with its keeper, and then, while Fire Department personnel rushed to the scene and activated greater resources for a search, the female rider was found just minutes later.
After being evaluated by Hopkinton Ambulance personnel, she was brought to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Fire Department personnel reached by telephone later did confirm that it was the result of an accident involving a horse, but would not specify whether the rider fell or was thrown.
New Human Resources Director
It is with great pleasure that I inform you that Debbie Hilton-Creek has accepted the position of Human Resources Director and will begin her work for the Town of Hopkinton on Monday, September 24, 2012. She will be responsible for providing strategic guidance to staff and boards on all functional areas of human resources management.
The Town was fortunate to have many highly qualified candidates apply for the position. Debbie’s experience, knowledge, work ethic and personality put her at the top of a highly competitive field.
Debbie is an accomplished human resources executive, with over fourteen (14) years progressive human resources experience. She has worked in the human resources leadership role in a variety of companies including Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Inc, South Middlesex Opportunity Council Inc., Holiday Inn, and Home Health Inc. She brings with her an excellent track record of success applying best human resources practices to support the organization’s people, business goals and solutions.
Debbie holds a Master’s in Business Administration degree and Bachelor’s in Business Administration degree. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Human Resources Management Association.
Debbie is a United States armed forces Veteran, of which we are sincerely grateful.
I am excited to add Debbie to our team. Town Hall is looking forward to working with Debbie on several Human Resources related programs that will positively impact Town Hall’s experience and performance so as to benefit the Citizens of Hopkinton.
~ Norman Khumalo, Town Manager
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
9:15 pm Officer Peter Booth assisted a disabled motor vehicle on South Street.
8:58 pm The Southborough Police Department reported an erratic operator on Cedar Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded but was canceled while in route.
6:05 pm Officer Peter Booth checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Spring Street.
4:00 pm A resident of Elm Street reported that a suspicious motor vehicle was parked in her driveway. Two officers responded and advised that it was a delivery vehicle and the operator was looking for a nearby address.
2:06 pm A walk-in from West Main Street spoke with Officer Thomas Griffin regarding larceny of his unemployment checks.
1:10 pm Detective Timothy Brennan checked and spoke with occupants of a vehicle that was parked in the back of a West Main Street business. They were working in town and were eating lunch.
1:12 pm A Parks and Recreation employee reported tire marks on the far end of the Fruit Street field. Officer David Shane responded and took a report.
11:23 am The Highway Supervisor reported that a branch fell onto power lines on Pond Street. The electrical company was notified.
9:57 am Officer Patrick O'Brien assisted the tree warden with removing a tree that was leaning on wires on Main Street.
9:09 am Officer Thomas Griffin checked on a tree that was leaning onto wires on Main Street. The tree warden was contacted and will make a decision on the tree.
12:53 am A caller reported a possible fire at a house on Hayden Rowe Street. Three units checked the area but did not find any fire.
HPTA – Fall Extracurricular Classes Registration Ends Soon –
September 28, 2012
Grammies and Grampies Visit "old"
September 19, 2012 — Above are some of the 15 Grammies (and Grampies) who visited from Golden Pond, where these youngsters first enrolled in the Golden Goose Academy, which is now Building Blocks Academy, located not over the river and through the woods, but just around the corner.
A Timely Hike at Legacy Farms!
Hopkinton Trails Club walk: Legacy Farms North. Saturday, September 22, 1:00 PM. We’ll explore the paths and open space in this area to see how trails might fit in with future development plans for this property. Meet at the parking lot on Peach Street (between Frankland Road and East Main Street/Rt. 135).
Trickle Down Theory
September 19, 2012 — Please enjoy a reprise of a 2008 HopNews cartoon by Hopkinton artist Ashley Jackson. The concept is borrowed from MC Escher's "Waterfall."
Thunder the cat has been missing since
9/10/2012 He is black he lives on Ash Street
If u find him please email me at
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
11:37 pm Officer
Peter Booth removed a limb that was on Clinton Street.
What is the new Discussion Page,
Quality Conversations All About?
by Robert Falcione
September 19, 2012 — The new Quality
Conversations page and all of its posts are available for
every visitor to read. Those who follow through with the
easy membership instructions can also post a new topic, or
reply to existing ones. The topics with the most recent
posts go back to the top and turn the circular icon to a red
color, if YOU have not read them yet. Yes, it let's
individuals know which topics have new posts, and who the
last person was who posted.
Another benefit of membership — and as you can see, we are up to 111 members — is that members can actually message one another privately. And it truly is private, because I have no clue who is saying what to whom.
Upon registration, a person must give the program their email address so that a confirmation can be sent. Early on in the process to leave the old Town Talk behind, a new member asked that his email not be made available. As a result of that consideration, we are not making any emails available to members or anyone else, but keeping them confidential.
Upon registration, the user's IP address also goes into the confidential database. Some people have spoofed the board by signing up from a fake IP address as well as a temporary email address that stays active long enough for the person to get the program's verification email, but becomes inactive shortly thereafter. There are IPs known for spam, and if we see any of these bots signing on, they get deleted. In the process, others who spoof the process with an IP from Russia or Poland, etc., will also get their membership deleted and the IP address banned. So, we ask people to be forthright when they sign up, and do it with their real email and their real IP address. Otherwise, the kind of no-accountability that was the hallmark of the trolls on the other page could embolden them to join the new one. The big difference is that trolls will get the boot on the new page.
Only two people who signed up as members have been deleted so far. It was because of the typical personal attacks or critiques of the page that were the signatures of some posters on the old page. One was a right-winger, the other was a school critic, but their subject matter had nothing to do with their deletion, and it never has.
So, for those who would like to see what is on everyone's mind, choose the "Quality Conversations" icon near the top of the page. The page opens with screen name and password inputs, but those do not have to be filled out for a non-member to read. Just choose the link to read. And to join, choose that link.
Members who would like to see if there are unread posts need to login.