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Lake Maspenock Cleanup Re-scheduled

Due to the forecast rain storm for Saturday morning, October 20th, the lake clean-up has been re-scheduled, and will be held Saturday, October 27th, at 9;00 AM.



The Hopkinton Police has sent the media of the registration of a Level 3 Sex  Offender, George Scandalis,  Hopkinton. A person designated as a Level 3 Offender is believed to have a high likelihood of offending again, and must register his residential and work address. This brings to two the number of Level 3 Offenders living in Hopkinton. Level 3 Offenders are identified publicly. The identities of Level 2 Offenders, and there are 9 in Hopkinton, are not actively identified by police.
Mr. Scandalis was arrested after Worcester Police set up a ruse pretending to be a boy they accused Scandalis of enticing and groping. A Channel 7 story is here.

The Sex Offender Registry Board Search is Here.



Picture Perfect

October 18, 2012 — Hopkinton native and Highway Department employee Paul McLaughlin cuts the grass and picks up the clipping and the leaves at the same time on Hopkinton Common this morning, transforming into a space that rivals the best country club.


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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

11:59 pm Officer John Moran checked a parked motor vehicle on Lumber Street.

11:49 pm Officer Linda Higgins checked a motor vehicle that was parked on Lakeshore Drive.

11:31 pm A Yale Road resident reported that a nearby dog had been barking for the past two hours. Officer Linda Higgins checked the area and advised that all was quiet.

7:35 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil checked and spoke with a person on Oliver Lane.

5:58 pm A caller reported that a man and woman were hitting each other at the rear parking lot of a Main Street business. Officer William Burchard responded and spoke with both individuals.

3:51 pm An unknown caller requested a police officer at EMC Park regarding a little boy hitting his boy but could not locate his mother. Officer William Burchard responded and drove around the area for several minutes but no one approached him.

9:05 am A resident from Echo Brook Lane spoke with Officer Gregg DeBoer regarding two German Sheppard's from a neighboring house that run after her while she is out for walks and is scared what they might do to her. She stated that she also contacted the Animal Control Officer as well.

9:02 am A walk-in from Cedar Street spoke with Officer Gregg DeBoer regarding larceny of an item.



Informative, Free Seminar for Seniors

by Nancy L. Drawe (Punky)

Are you getting ready to retire and not sure what you need to know before you take the big step? The Hopkinton Senior Center is ready to help you answer all your questions with some very important seminars on Saturday, October 20, from 9am to 12 pm. These seminars are perfect for all you Baby Boomers as well as working seniors. With the many services available that morning, you’ll be able to obtain the answers you need to get all your affairs in order.

Starting at 9 am, “Medicare 101” is the first seminar scheduled. S.H.I.N.E. (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) counselor Lou Peralta will be on hand to guide you through the various parts and options of Medicare; what it does and does not cover, costs, enrollment periods, prescription coverage, etc.

“Estate Planning for Consumers” is scheduled at 10 am. Kathleen Nealon, Elder Law Attorney, Nealon and Nealon will show you how to designate trusted individuals to make financial and healthcare decisions for you if need be. Kathleen is no stranger to the senior center; she has been here many times to guide the seniors how to plan and maintain control of their future.

Both Lou and Kathleen are an important part of the senior center; they both have done so much to help so many seniors and believe me, they are very much appreciated!

Besides these two seminars, there will also be representatives available for the following services:

S.H.I.N.E Counseling
Sign up for an appointment with Lou—after his seminar, he’ll be available to help you individually to discuss the best Medicare plans for you.

Veterans Agent
Veterans Agent John Givner will be on hand to assist with any benefits that might be available to you.

Assessor’s Office
Liz Sher, the Administrative Assistant will let you know about the tax rebate programs that are available to assist qualified senior homeowners.

Fuel Assistance and SNAP Food Program
Mary McLeod and Marlene Troupes, Senior Center Outreach Workers will explain these two programs and will help qualified seniors with the application process.

Computer Assistance
Many of our seniors are interested in learning how to use a computer, especially in this age of “emails” and “Facebook” users. The Computer Room Volunteers will be on hand will help you with any computer need including the Medicare website.


Sunday, October 21, 2PM: Hopkinton Trails Club Lake Whitehall walk. We’ll follow a loop route through the Three Peninsulas area off Winter Street and enjoy great views of the lake. The foliage should be spectacular! Meet at 111 Winter Street. Limited parking is available here. Additional parking is available across from 109 Winter Street. For more info: www.hopkintontrailsclub.com.

From the Trails Club website:

Hunting Season Information


Hopkinton has a wealth of beautiful open spaces and the Trails Club encourages everyone to get out and use them. When we go, we always take precautions to ensure our hikes are safe and enjoyable. We bring maps and water, wear appropriate clothes and footwear, and there's always at least one first aid kit in someone's pack.

Autumn is a particularly wonderful time to be out in the woods. The air is cool and the color of the changing leaves can be spectacular. Extra caution is needed at this time of year however. This is deer hunting season and many of the areas we love to explore in Hopkinton are open for hunting.

There are three hunting seasons for deer in Massachusetts.

The 2012 dates are:

  • Bow & Arrow: October 15 thru November 24
  • Shotgun: November 26 thru December 8
  • Muzzle-loaders: December 10 thru December 31

You can still enjoy the woods during this time if you use common sense and take a few precautions:

  • Be aware of which areas are open for hunting and when (no hunting on Sundays!)
  • Wear blaze orange clothing (at least a hat)
  • Avoid hikes during prime hunting times (dawn & dusk)

For more information about hunting seasons and safety in the woods, visit the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife (Mass Wildlife) webpage.


HopNews Poll Results Match Up With CNN Poll

CNN poll following the Tuesday night Presidential debate gave the win to President Obama 46 % to Governor Romney's 39%, and remarkably, the HopNews poll taken in the last 22 hours has rendered the same result with a sample of 424 participating readers.


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

7:12 pm There were multiple 911 and business calls regarding a possible earthquake all across town. The television stations reported a confirmed 4.5 magnitude earthquake in southern Maine.

6:59 pm A caller reported a motor vehicle accident without personnel injury on West Main Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and took a report.

4:37 pm A caller from Westfield Road reported that he was unlawfully audio recorded. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and took a report.

4:25 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten assisted a disabled motor vehicle which had two flat tires on West Main Street.

12:40 pm A caller reported that a large tractor trailer was partially blocking a driveway on Cedar Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and assisted the operator with turning around.

Arrest Log

Monday, October 15, 2012

7:37 am Officer John Moran arrested Erondy Dossantos Rates, 44, of Hayes Street, Framingham, on West Main Street and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Possession/Use of a False/Stolen RMV Document.


Incident Log

Monday, October 15, 2012

11:17 pm A motorist reported that the operator of a motor vehicle was tailgating him on West Main Street and was putting on his high-beams while driving erratically. Officer Linda Higgins checked the area with a negative find.

8:49 pm A 911 caller reported that a vehicle was driving on the gas line in a really rough spot off of Ash Street. Three officers responded and located the vehicle which was stuck in a remote spot. A criminal application was issued to the operator for trespassing.

5:56 pm A caller reported an erratic operator who may have been having a medical issue and then pulled over on Main Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area but could not find the vehicle.

5:50 pm An alarm company reported a sewer alarm sounding on South Street. The on-call sewer personnel was contacted and responded.

5:03 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten and the Fire Department responded to 495 to assist the State Police with a report of a car fire. The area was checked but the vehicle was gone upon their arrival.

3:36 pm A 911 caller from Davis Road reported that she left a frying pan on the stove causing her smoke detectors to go off. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and assisted the Fire Department.

1:49 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien assisted the Fire Department an odor of natural gas on Cedar Street.

12:19 pm A caller reported that an erratic operator was heading into Southborough on Cedar Street. The Southborough Police Department was notified.

10:37 am A motorist reported that there was a large dead fox on the side of West Main Street. The DPW was notified.

10:21 am The Milford Police Department reported an erratic operator heading into Hopkinton on Purchase Street. Officer Linda Higgins located the vehicle in a South Street parking lot and spoke with the operator.

6:11 am Officer John Moran stopped a motor vehicle on Wood Street and subsequently arrested a 44 year old male from Hayes Street, Framingham and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Possession/Use of a False/Stolen RMV Document.



Milford Regional Medical Center Receives Breastfeeding Achievement Award

Milford Regional’s Lactation Consultants have been honored with the 2012 Breastfeeding Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. This award is in recognition of our Breastfeeding is Beautiful (BIB) Support Group and our efforts to support nursing mothers after they return home from the hospital. They offer free outpatient consults by phone or in person to answer any questions or concerns related to breastfeeding, assist moms as they return to work or school and continue to support new moms as their baby grows.

“The Maternity Center at Milford Regional has always been on the leading edge of services for expectant moms and their babies,” says Nurse Manager Rose Galimi, RN. “Our lactation consultants are to be commended for providing comprehensive breastfeeding services to our moms before, during and after discharge from Milford Regional…something not found at all hospitals. Recognition by the Department of Public Health for this exceptional care is a testament to the quality of their care.”

The Breastfeeding is Beautiful Support Group provides a relaxed, informal environment for mom-to-mom peer support and offers the services of a lactation consultant to answer any questions. For more information call 508-422-2960 or go to milfordregional.org, classes and lectures – support groups.


Halloween Spooktacular at
MetroWest YMCA Family Outdoor Center, Hopkinton



HOPKINTON, MA - On Friday, October 26th, come to the MetroWest YMCA Family Outdoor Center at 45 East Street, Hopkinton from 6:30 – 9:00 PM for a night of family fun, thrills, chills and so much more! Activities for the 7th Annual Halloween Spooktacular will include: hayrides, haunted trail walks, a haunted house, indoor rock wall, campfire ghost stories and s’mores, crafts, games and prizes, a costume contest and refreshments.

Parking is at the Hayes Lodge/Pool parking lots, and admission cost is $10 per family, taken the night of the event. This will be a fun event for the whole family!


Hopkinton Parks and Recreation will hold its annual Halloween Party on Thursday, October 25th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Center School Gym.  There will be games, crafts, and treats for all kids from pre-school to first grade.  Wear your costume.  There is no cost for this event.  It is a non-scary party.


Hopkinton High School Principal Resigns

Dear Parents and Hopkinton Community,

It is with mixed emotions that I announce my resignation as Hopkinton High School principal, effective December 31st, 2012. I have recently accepted a position as an Associate Director for the Commission on Public Secondary Schools at the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).   In this role, I will have the opportunity to work with schools across New England to help ensure quality educational experiences for all children.   

Working in the Hopkinton Public Schools for the past eight years has been a wonderful experience.  I have enjoyed getting to know many of you and working with you to provide a quality educational experience for your children.  I am extremely proud of the work done by our faculty and students and it has been my privilege to be their principal.  I am also appreciative of the support of the Hopkinton Community and the Hopkinton School Committee. 

Saying goodbye to a place I care about as much as Hopkinton High School is extremely difficult, but for professional reasons, I feel it is the right course of action for me at this time.  I will remain fully committed to the Hopkinton Public Schools until the end of December and you should feel free to contact me with issues or questions until that time. Dr. Steven Hiersche, Superintendent, will be updating the school committee tomorrow evening with a plan for my successor, both in the interim and the long term.  In the meantime, I will work with my assistant principals and our faculty to ensure a smooth transition for your children.  

Again, I want to thank you for your support and kindness over the years.  It has been a privilege to be a part of this community.  


Alyson Geary


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Channel 7 has reported an earthquake of 4.0 of magnitude on the Richter scale centered at the Lake Arrowhead, Maine region. Ed harrow was the first to report it on the Quality Conversations page. People have reported from Framingham, Hopkinton, Woodville and Northbridge that they felt it, too.
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BOSTON – Tuesday, October 16, 2012 – The following is a statement from Governor Deval Patrick:

Many Massachusetts residents felt the effects of an earthquake tonight. According to MEMA, which is monitoring events and has briefed me, the quake was centered some 30 miles outside of Portland, Maine. So far, we have no reports of injury or damage in Massachusetts. MEMA will continue to monitor the situation closely. Residents should use caution if they encounter any damage and take a minute to check in on neighbors, family and friends.


Marie Fecteau-Evers, 69


HOPKINTON – Marie Fecteau-Evers, 69, died at home Sunday, October 14, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was the loving wife of Robert Evers.  Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Leo and Irene (Tymon) Fecteau.


She completed elementary school at St. Stephen’s School in Framingham and attended Marian High School, Framingham, for three years.  She graduated from Marymount College High School of London, England.  After high school, she went on to graduate from Boston School of Fashion Design.   She was employed for many years by Mass Industries and New Balance Sportswear.


In addition to her husband, she leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins. 


The funeral will be held Saturday, October 20 at 9:00 a.m. from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street.   A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street.  Burial of cremains will take place in St. John ‘s Cemetery at a later date.  Calling hours at the funeral home are Friday, October 19 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


How Safe is Your  Pet's Diet?

Senior Moments
Nancy L. Drawe

Not sure if you’re feeding your pet the right food? If you’re like me, you can be crazed with the choices available out there and believe me, there are a LOT of different brands.


As a first time dog owner, I had no idea what type of food to give Sally, so I took the first suggestion of an employee at a pet store. Sally didn’t seem to like that, so I changed brands, and then when she turned her nose up at that, I changed brands again! I spent a small fortune on dry dog food, as well as some canned varieties. Some people say, “Yes, it’s okay for dogs to eat canned,” and others say, “NO, you should never give your dog only canned, it’s not good for their teeth!” I was ready to start Sally on a homemade food diet. So, what to do?

Well, your questions can be answered at the Hopkinton Senior Center on Monday, October 22 at 10 am, when Dr. Mischa Leavey, veterinarian from Healthy Paws Veterinary Center in Westboro will be on hand to discuss PET NUTRITION.


Dr. Leavey will discuss diet choices for your dog or cat and what are the good foods to give your pets to keep them healthy. I spoke with Dr. Leavey to get a better sense of the major nutritional topics she’ll be planning on talking about,


She said she will be discussing primarily commercial diets, home made diets, as well as raw food and vegetarian diets. She will have a list of home made recipes to hand out for those who are interested in making their own pet food.


Another important factor in feeding your dog or cat is the labels on the bags or cans of food. Dr. Leavey will educate us on how to read these labels; the ingredients, quality assurance, certain testings, how to contact the companies directly and what questions to ask them about their food. She is also putting a list together of dog and cat foods that are highly recommended.

Do you give your pet occasional treats? Many of you probably don’t know that I was giving Sally some treats that were made in China, and unbeknownst to me, they were very toxic! I wrote a whole column about these deadly treats from China on August 14 and how Sally ended up having to be tested for kidney failure because of them.


Thank goodness the test was negative, but other dogs were not so lucky. Dr. Leavey will be also be able to answer our questions on which treats are safe to give our pets, how often, etc. All of these food topics are very important, as we certainly want to keep our pets healthy by giving them the right nutrition. I hope you will be able to join us on Monday, October 22 at 10 am. Please call the center at 508-497-9730 to sign up for this very important seminar. If we have a good turnout, it could be the first of many pet seminars. See you there!

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 great week!




On Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, Hopkinton’s Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts will collect bags of non-perishable items for the Project Just Because Hopkinton Food Pantry through the town-wide Scouting for Food campaign.

Bags will be collected between 10AM and 2PM. Please put any donations by your mailbox before 10AM. Those who miss the pickup can bring donations to the pantry at Project Just Because, 86 South St., during normal business hours.

Especially needed this year are non-perishable grocery items such as canned meat and meals; breakfast foods for children such as pancake mix and cereal; baking goods, juice boxes and bottles; healthy snacks for school; “lite” canned fruit; basic toiletry items such as shampoo, soap, deodorant and toilet paper; and laundry detergent.

Please check expiration dates to ensure they are 2013 or later. Scouts will be checking expiration dates, and any expired items will be discarded.

The Hopkinton Scouting for Food drive is supplemented by donations from residents and businesses throughout the town.

Please support the 2012 Scouting for Food drive in November by getting your filled bags to your mailbox for a Scout to

collect. Please consider an additional cash donation. Make checks payable to “Project Just Because Hopkinton Food Pantry” and mail it to Project Just Because, 86 South Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748. Online donations can be made at http://projectjustbecause.org/donate. Tax receipts will be provided if requested.

If you know of someone who needs assistance, call Project Just Because at 508-435-6511.


Dykema Standing Up for Our Veterans


Throughout the process of drafting a veterans’ omnibus bill poised to increase access to benefits and services for veterans, my staff and I met with many individuals and groups. I was proud of the input we received from each and every member of the Legislature during the drafting of the “VALOR Act”. Representative Carolyn Dykema was at the forefront of these deliberations, especially advocating for the inclusion of veterans’ treatment courts.

When I returned home from my recent deployment in Iraq, I wanted to ensure our state remained forward-thinking and focused on the current and future climate for our service men and women and their families. Representative Dykema, as a member of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs, quickly and without hesitation reached out to me and my staff to impress the importance of including court diversion treatment programs for our veterans in the “VALOR Act”. On numerous occasions, my staff and I met with Representative Dykema to develop provisions in the bill that would assist service men and women dealing with the difficulties of reintegrating back into society after their military deployments.

The “VALOR Act” was signed into law by Governor Patrick on May 31, 2012. With Representative Dykema’s support and counsel, several provisions of the new law were adopted directly from the legislation she originally filed and for which she advocated at the beginning of this legislative session. House bill 3410, An Act Relative to Support for Veterans, provided a blueprint for how we should evaluate the unique experiences and needs of our veterans as Massachusetts continues to explore models for veterans’ treatment courts. The passion and enthusiasm Representative Dykema displayed in advocating for our veterans, military members, and their families was unmatched. I certainly look forward to partnering with her and her knowledgeable staff in the future to address the many issues that still remain within our veteran population.

State Senator Mike Rush
Co-Chair, Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs
Iraq War Veteran


JDRF walk to Cure Diabetes

A group of high school seniors participated in the JDRF walk to Cure Diabetes held in Boston on Saturday.  The team was supporting Connor Zanini and his cousin Trevor Kirkby in their 11th annual walk.  The team has raised over $100,000 since Connor's diagnosis in May 2002.  The Family would like to thank all those who have supported them over the years.


We will be flushing hydrants in the Alprilla Farm Road and Legacy Farm Road area on Wednesday, October 17that approximately 9:30 AM. This flushing is necessary in order to test the mains and prepare them for active service. Please check your water before using it to ensure that it has cleared from the flushing, should any discoloration occur. We estimate the flushing to take approximately two hours to complete.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we thank you for your cooperation.

Eric J. Carty
Water-Sewer Manager
PO Box 171


Please be advised that Town of Hopkinton Recycling Center located on
Route 135 at Hopkinton/Westborough Town Line will be open on Sunday
afternoons this Fall beginning October 21, 2012 for six (6) consecutive
weeks for Leaf and Brush Disposal and Fall Cleanup.

Additional dates and times are as follows:
Sunday October 21, 2012; 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM
Sunday October 28, 2012; 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM
Sunday November 4, 2012; 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM
Sunday November 11, 2012; 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM
Sunday November 18, 2012; 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM
Sunday November 25, 2012; 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM
These Sunday hours are in addition to the regular Recycling Center hours
- Saturdays 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM.
Please note that the Town’s Green Recycling Bins ($7.00 each) will be
available for purchase on these dates as well as every Saturday.
John K. Westerling, Director
Hopkinton Department of Public Works
Telephone (508) 497-9740


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Ban on Outdoor Activities Lifted

  According to Hopkinton Board of Health Administrator Ed Wirtanen, the risk from mosquito-borne illnesses, due to a recent hard frost, has been almost eliminated. As a result of this development, the ban on outdoor evening activities or events on public property has been removed.

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Girls Cross Country Takes 5th Place at Invitational Competition


By Samantha Lee
The Hopkinton girls cross country team received fifth place with 124 points at the Bob McIntyre Twilight Cross Country Invitational at the Barstable Fair Grounds on Saturday, October 13. The races began in the late afternoon and ended at 9 pm, with a total of 2,756 runners competing in ten different races.

The Hopkinton team arrived with high expectations.

“Our goal heading in was to compete well in a state meet type field. We’d raced at two of the state invitationals, but this was the first where we’d see the best teams in Massachusets. A secondary goal was for fast times. I knew if we competed well then the fast times would come. The girls actually exceeded what I thought possible at this point in the season,” said girls cross country coach Brian Hall.

The team’s top seven girls all broke personal bests in the varsity race. Sophomore, Shelby Aarden, and junior, Melissa Lodge, the teams first and second runners, ran excellent races at 18:34 and 18:44, thus placing them at 5th and 7th out of 152 varsity runners.

“I was very happy with my individual performance, especially because I got a personal record. I am really happy for the team because we placed 5th and everybody tried so hard and did very well,” said Aarden.

The girls team currently stands undefeated within the Tri Valley League, with a record of 7-0. However, state wide the team has somehow slipped by unrecognized.

“There’s a weekly State Cross Country Poll, and heading in we were unranked, as in not in the top 35 teams. I knew we were a lot better than that and we’d prove it at this invitational,” said Hall.

Before the meet on Saturday, the most updated rankings on milesplit.com placed the Hopkinton girls team as 30th in the state for both Division 1 and 2 teams. Above them were teams such as Dover Sherborn, ranked 26th, and Ursuline Academy, ranked 12th.

“In our Division 2 race, we beat Ursuline. We also raced faster than large school teams ranked 11th and 13th in the state, so I’m expecting we could be ranked as high as 12th in the State after this performance,” noted Hall.

The Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association released an updated ranking on Sunday, October 14th. This list placed Hopkinton at 6th in the state for Division 2 teams, above both Dover Sherborn and Ursuline Academy, exceeding the coach’s goals. Rankings on milesplit.com were also updated on the 14th. Hopkinton moved from its original position at 30th to 10th place in the rankings.

Reprinted with permission from HHSPress.org


Etched in Stone

A memorial garden is now gracing Greyhound Friends in Hopkinton thanks to the Girl Scouts and Hopkinton High School student and prospective Eagle Scout Nick DiMare. The garden contains 164 etched bricks commemorating greyhounds, other pets, and people.

The Girl Scouts did the planting work outside the peace garden as part of their Bronze medal project and Nick has installed the seating walls surrounding the garden as his Eagle Scout Project. Greyhound Friends is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and donations are tax deductible. Please visit www.greyhound.org  for more information.


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