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October 24, 2012

On Monday October 22, 2012 the Hopkinton Police Department investigated reports of a vehicle having been stolen from a Walcott Valley Drive residence. This vehicle was recovered a short distance away in Hopkinton. In the immediate area there were reports of four (4) additional vehicles having been entered and items having been stolen.

All of these incidents appear to have occurred during overnight hours.

The items being stolen are small items including IPods. All of the vehicles were open and a key was left in the vehicle that was stolen and recovered.

This type of crime has occurred in other areas of town and other communities.

Residents are strongly urged to lock their vehicles and remove valuables. Also please make sure you lock your homes at all times.

Help the Hopkinton Police keep you and your neighbors from being victimized.

· Always make sure you lock your doors and windows
· If you have an burglar alarm always activate it
· Always lock your vehicles and remove any valuables.
· Report any suspicious persons or vehicles to the Hopkinton Police Department immediately by calling 911

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.


Prelude to the Winter

October 23, 2012 — A sudden wind sent these leaves hurtling toward earth one recent day on Highland Street. A purposely set shallow depth of field makes it appear the leaves are against glass.


Out in no Time

October 23, 2012 — The Hopkinton Fire Department personnel made fast work of putting down this small brush fire on Hill Street near the Westborough line this afternoon.


Unintended Consequences

October 23, 2012 — Traffic on Grove Street and Cedar Street now have their own dedicated turning lanes and times, which has backed up traffic to Weston Nurseries, an unintended consequence of the change. People are discussing it.


Coming Soon

October 23, 2012 — Hopkinton Sunoco(formerly Gulf) will soon be offering affordable automobiles at their Downtown location with a selection of about three vehicles at a time.


Hopkinton Resident Shows Off Holliston


Hopkinton resident Donald Cronin co-produced a video entitled “America in Bloom 2012” which was recently named a finalist in a national video competition. The sponsoring organization, America in Bloom, promotes nationwide beautification through education and community involvement by encouraging the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements. The short video showcases various aspects of the town of Holliston including heritage, environmental awareness and forestry. The video also captured many of the beautiful floral arrangements which were displayed along Main Street in downtown Holliston this past summer. Cronin is employed as a video producer at Holliston Cable Access Television.


 In the spring, Holliston resident Bobby Blair (photo), who is manager of the Downtown Marigold project, asked the staff if they would be interested in competing in the contest. After accepting the challenge, Donald and his co-producer Lisa Hedrick of Holliston spent six weeks shooting scenes around town including Fatima Shrine, Bullard Farm, Balancing Rock, the Historical Society, the Eight Arch Bridge, and the Casey at the Bat statue. Station Manager Dennis Bergeron provided technical support on the project. In addition, the town of Holliston received awards and was recognized for other beautification initiatives including tree preservation, appearance, landscaping and design. America in Bloom held a symposium and awards ceremony in Fayetteville, Arkansas on September 20-22. The video has received more than 1,850 hits and can be viewed by clicking http://youtu.be/xev4L3PzEpQ  


Superintendent Search:
Faculty, Staff, Parents and Community
Invited to Participate in Focus Group

Hopkinton, MA

The Hopkinton School Committee has engaged the services of the New England School Development Council (NESDEC) to assist them in the search process for our next Superintendent of Schools.
The School Committee will consider the input of faculty, staff, parents and community in determining the attributes, experience and knowledge that our next Superintendent should possess.  Opinion on the immediate tasks and priorities on which our next Superintendent should focus for the next few years, will be valued as well.  To that end, professionals from NESDEC will facilitate a community focus group to give interested individuals the opportunity to provide such input.
The focus group will be facilitated by a representative from NESDEC, is designed to last approximately 60 - 90 minutes, and is scheduled for 

Monday, 10/29/2012, in the High School Library, from 7:00 – 8:30 PM

For individuals unable to attend this focus group session, input may be provided by participating in our electronic Community Survey. For more information, and a link to the survey, please visit the Superintendent Search website:  https://sites.google.com/a/hopkinton.k12.ma.us/suptsearch/
and click on the “Community Survey” link, found in the dialog box on the left-hand side of the page. NESDEC will compile the data from the focus group and electronic survey responses, and create an updated candidate profile, which will be presented to the School Committee for its consideration.

The Hopkinton School Committee and NESDEC strongly encourage faculty, staff, parents and community members to participate. ~HPS Press Release


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5 Vehicles broken into overnight, 4 on Walcott Valley Dr, 1 on Cedar Street. Lock vehicles, remove valuables, keep lights on, report anything suspicious.


Incident Log

Monday, October 22, 2012

10:58 pm Officer Linda Higgins assisted with a minor, motor vehicle accident on Chestnut Street.

10:27 pm Officer Stephen Buckley investigated the complaint of a truck unloading on East Main Street hazardously.

9:48 pm Officer Buckley checked a building on Main Street tha had an open door as a result of a cleaner not locking it.

7:52 pm Fire Department reported a man with a leaf blower blowing leaves into the roadway on East Main Street, but he was gone on arrival.

7:22 pm An individual walked into the station to report he hit a deer in Southborough. SPD contacted.

5:11 pm Officer Matthew McNeil assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.

5:11 pm Officer Buckley escorted a disabled vehicle on Main Street to its residence.

3:35 pm Officer McNeil spoke with a young female pushing a stroller on West Main Street near the highway ramps.

2:31 pm Officer Buckley responded tp multiple calls about a dead deer on East Main Street and spoke with the driver who collided with it. The DPW was called to remove the animal.

12:06 pm A caller from North Mill Street reported that a tree crew that had been shut down by Officer Buckley on Pond Street 90 minutes ago moved to do work on North Mill Street and dropped a tree limb on a passing vehicle there.

9:01 am Detective Timothy Brennan reported to the school after the report of threats.

8:01 am A woman brought a dog she found running loose on Wilson Street into the lobby. Animal Control Officer William Proctor picked it up and reunited it with its owner.

7:04 am Chief of Police Rick Flannery reported that a vehicle on the side of the road on Frankland Road displayed a note stating that the owner was in the woods hunting.

7:37 am Elmwood School bus evacuation drills.

7:10 am Officer avid Shane advised a line-painting crew on Hayden Rowe Street that they could not take up a lane without a detail, and could not do that until 9:00 am. 


Popular Vote vs. Electoral College

With the presidential election just around the corner, the attention of many voters is on the Electoral College, a group of 538 representatives from all states and the District of Columbia who actually elect each president.

There have been four presidential elections where the popular vote winner won the election but the loser won the Electoral College vote to become presdent: John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B, Hayes, Benjamin Harrison and George W Bush. Some people are having a conversation about this.

        There have been many attempts to change this, and we asked readers to vote in the poll; results are on the right

Colorful Burst

Lake Whitehall Boat Landing Last Weekend


Milford Regional Recognized for Support to Breast Cancer Patients



The Breast Center at Milford Regional was recognized by the American Cancer Society (ACS) for their extraordinary efforts supporting breast cancer patients, while also supporting the Society’s mission to save lives and help people stay well, get well, find cures and fight back. The special presentation took place at the ACS 20th anniversary Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Boston on October 14 at the DCR Hatch Shell.

The ACS lauded Milford’s commitment to breast cancer patients, families dealing with a loved one diagnosed with breast cancer, and raising breast cancer awareness in their communities. Dr. Renée Quarterman, medical director of The Breast Center at Milford Regional, accepted the honor which was presented by Don Gudaitis, executive vice president for the ACS and Peg Camp, chief operating officer of the ACS New England Division. The Breast Center at Milford Regional was one of eight Massachusetts breast health facilities recognized and celebrated by the ACS at Making Strides in Boston for their dedication and commitment to serving breast cancer patients and caregivers.

For more information on The Breast Center at Milford Regional, go to the Medical Center’s Web site at milfordregional.org; health services; women’s health services, or call 508-482-5439.


The Hopkinton Lions Club & The Hopkinton High Leos Club
are pleased to present the

16th Annual
“Pumpkin Prom”

A Father & Daughter Dance

Young ladies - kindergarten through fifth grade
Are invited to join us at
The Hopkinton Middle School (Brown) Gymnasium/Cafeteria

Sunday, November 4, 2012; 5:30 PM through 8:00 PM

Dancing, Refreshments and Party Favors

Music will be provided by DJ Kathy Zerkle

Tickets are $15.00 per adult at the door.

Wrist corsages,face painting & photos

All proceeds will be donated to local charities
and Lions Clubs charities.


Hopkinton Selectman Vice-chair Endorses Reelection of Rep. Carolyn Dykema
A paid advertisement above


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Arrest Log

Friday, October 19, 2012

11:16 pm Officer Matthew McNeil arrested Richard J. Carey, 20, of Indian Brook Road, Ashland, on Wilson Street and charged him with Speeding and OUI Liquor.


Incident Log

Sunday, October 21, 2012

9:18 pm Officer Matthew McNeil checked and spoke with several people on West Main Street.

4:49 pm The Southborough Police Department reported that there was a large branch in the roadway on Cedar Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and removed the branch.

2:04 pm A resident of Gassett Road reported that someone vandalized a holly bush in his yard. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and advised that it was from a past motor vehicle accident.

1:19 pm Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with a landscaper on Wood Street regarding a town by-law violation.

1:17 pm Two callers reported hearing gun shots in the area of Spring Street. Officer Thomas Griffin checked the area with a negative find.

11:47 am A 911 caller from Wood Street reported a fire alarm activation due to cooking. There was no fire but they needed the Fire Department to reset the alarm.

3:00 am Sgt. Scott vanRaalten assisted the Southborough Police Department with a party-goer that needed medical attention on Southville Road.

2:27 am The Southborough Police Department requested an officer tell party-goers to end the noise. Three officers responded and advised that the people remaining are staying inside.

1:21 am Sgt. Scott vanRaalten assisted the Southborough Police Department with an incident near the town line on Southville Road.

12:40 am Sgt. Scott vanRallten spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on East Main Street who chose this area to star gaze.

12:29 am Officer John Moran assisted the State Police with a motor vehicle stop on West Main Street.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

10:19 pm Officer Peter Booth checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Oliver Lane.

6:52 pm Officer William Burchard spoke with a group of adults on Wood Street who were getting ready to play a game nearby.

5:31 pm Officer Matthew McNeil checked and spoke with the owner of a motor vehicle on Legacy Farms.

4:14 pm Officer Peter Booth checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.

3:48 pm A 911 caller reported that a vehicle was all over the road on East Main Street. Officer Peter Booth responded and spoke with the operator who did not have any impairments.

2:40 pm A caller reported that youths were smoking something in the woods at the State Park. Two officers responded and located the youths smoking marijuana. There parents were contacted and responded to pick them up.

9:45 am Officer Thomas Griffin reported that the pavement on Cedar Street was broken away from the edge of the road to the fog line. A message was left with the Highway Department.

9:25 am A walk-in spoke with Officer David Shane regarding larceny of an Android cell phone.

9:21 am A motorist reported that there was a black and brown lab running in the road on Cedar Street. Officer Thomas Griffin checked the area with a negative find.

8:45 am A caller reported that a motor vehicle smashed into a telephone pole on Ash Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and advised that the owner had already called a tow truck.

1:14 am Officer John Moran spoke with three occupants of a motor vehicle on Greenwood Road.

1:06 am Officer Jacob Campbell stopped a motor vehicle on Cedar Street because the registered owner had an expired license but they were not driving.

12:30 am Sgt. Scott vanRaalten reported that a foundation truck, on Parkwood Drive, had its lights on but was unable to reach it because it was inside a fenced area.


Friday, October 19, 2012

10:48 pm A 911 caller reported that an erratic operator came off of 495 then looped back onto 495. The State Police were notified.

10:19 pm A 911 caller reported a roll over motor vehicle accident without personal injuries on Wilson Street. Four officers responded along with the Ashland Police Department and subsequently a 20 year old male from Ashland was arrested and charged with Speeding and OUI Liquor.

7:46 pm Officer William Burchard assisted a disabled motor vehicle on South Street.

6:29 pm A resident of Norcross Road reported that a large service truck ran her mailbox over and when she confronted the operator he denied it. Officer Peter Booth responded and took a report.

4:55 pm Sgt. Michael Sutton assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.

3:44 pm Officer Peter Booth assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.

1:35 pm A caller reported that there were low hanging wires on West Main Street. Officer David Shane responded and stood by while the electrical company raised them.

10:55 am Officer David Shane spoke with a resident who reported illegal dumping at the Fruit Street fields.

8:36 am A North Mill Street resident reported a breaking and entering of his motor vehicle. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and took a report.

7:13 am A caller from Tammer Lane reported an overnight breaking and entering. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and took a report.

12:39 am Officer John Moran checked on a person who was apparently passed out in a vehicle on East Main Street and was unable to wake her up. The Ashland Police Department were notified.


Amber Waves

Ocotber 23, 2012 — Pratt's Field gives off a typical traditional New England feel to it today.


Hopkinton Reaches Lowest Price Tier of Solar Energy Program
Oct. 31 deadline for Hopkinton residents, businesses to participate and receive electricity prices lower than rates for traditional energy sources

BOSTON – October 22, 2012 – Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) CEO Alicia Barton McDevitt today announced Hopkinton residents and businesses have qualified for the lowest pricing tier available under the Solarize Massachusetts Program (Solarize Mass) and will receive prices well below rates for traditional sources of energy
As a result of Solarize Mass, the average Hopkinton participant who enters into a contract to buy solar electricity will now pay an average of 5 cents per kilowatt hour. This rate is lower than the average statewide price of 15 cents per kilowatt hour for traditional energy sources, which are a mix of coal-fired, nuclear or natural gas generation.
Residents and businesses have until October 31 to sign contracts to participate in the bulk purchasing program.
“I hope Hopkinton’s renewable energy leadership will inspire residents in this community and beyond to take advantage of this program that not only cuts energy costs, but creates local jobs,” said MassCEC CEO and Executive Director Alicia Barton McDevitt.
Under the leadership of Governor Deval Patrick, Massachusetts set a goal of achieving 250 megawatts of solar by 2017. As a result of the Solarize Mass program and other incentives, the state is more than halfway to its goal – with 162 megawatts of solar installed to date, the equivalent of powering 25,623 homes for a year.
To date, a number of residents and businesses in Hopkinton have banded together to participate in the program, contracting 38 solar systems for a total capacity of 252 kilowatts (kW).
Solarize Mass, which is available in 17 Massachusetts communities including Hopkinton, offers five tiers of discounted pricing based on the total solar capacity contracted under the program. As more residents and businesses contract for solar, the price for solar energy drops. Solarize Mass is administered by MassCEC and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER).
“This is a bright day for Hopkinton residents and businesses,” said DOER Commissioner Mark Sylvia. “Solarize Mass and the 103 Green Communities are helping spread solar power across the 340 of 351 communities that now have at least one state-supported solar electricity project.”
The average Massachusetts household uses 667 kilowatt hours per month, equivalent to an average $100 monthly bill for traditional energy sources. By installing a solar electric system under the Solarize program, Hopkinton homeowners entered into contracts to purchase solar would pay $33.
A committee of Hopkinton volunteers and municipal officials selected a partnership between Framingham-based SolarFlair.


October 22, 2012 — This view of the gatehouse on Highland Street through the sliver in the overgrown trees is — for those who remember — a bit like looking through a keyhole in a door. Passersby have difficulty seeing it as a result of the mature growth. The camera was held under the galvanized steel guardrail for the view above.


Hopkinton Education Foundation Announces iPad Winner

Contest Increases Awareness of Innovation in the Hopkinton Public Schools



Hopkinton, October 22, 2012.  The Hopkinton Education Foundation today announced that David Godfroy, whose daughter Madelyn is a kindergartner at Center School, was the winner of its Partners in Innovation iPad contest.  The contest increased awareness of iPads as one of the innovative technologies used in Hopkinton schools as the result of a grant from the Hopkinton Education Foundation.


iPads are just the latest in a long list of technologies introduced into Hopkinton schools as the result of Education Foundation grants.  Some others include Smartboards, Internet-based collaboration technologies, Smart Pens, digital microscopes and display technologies, GIS software, and engineering and mathematics curricula.


Over the last two years, the Hopkinton Education Foundation directed over 40% of its grants, approximately $52,000 to teachers who are bringing a broad spectrum of curricula alive for students with the help of iPad applications.  These grants will improve literacy at Center School, improve problem-solving abilities at Hopkins, and enhance the wellness curriculum across the district.


According to Clelland Johnson, President of the Hopkinton Education Foundation, “We are excited to showcase this innovative technology in this way.  Through Education Foundation grants, we have demonstrated that in the hands of a pioneering educator, technologies like this can help revolutionize the way our kids learn, allowing them to interact, experience, and engage in their education in transformational ways.”


Recently, members of the Education Foundation visited a 3rd grade classroom at the Elmwood School.  The lesson was Massachusetts history.  The students were asked to complete a “Massachusetts Scavenger Hunt” (a series of questions on Massachusetts history).  Armed with an iPad and a website that included articles about Massachusetts history, maps of the state, and a dictionary, the students eagerly logged onto the site and set about discovering facts about the Commonwealth’s history.  While these applications may appear to be just games, in the hands of a savvy educator, they add an engaging and accessible teaching tool. 


“Kids today live in a media-rich environment.  Using an iPad and applications appropriate to the grade level increases the level of student engagement and the accessibility of up-to-date information.  It allows students to take more ownership of their education, moving the learning from being teacher-instructed to teacher-facilitated,” according to Mrs. Lauren Mack, 3rd grade teacher.  "We still go to the rug and use many of the teaching tools you'd find in a traditional classroom," explained Mack.  "However, using technology, especially the iPad, is a great way to lend variety to the learning experience."


Mrs. Mack’s class uses the 18 iPads provided by the Education Foundation several times per week.  The rest of the time, the iPads are used throughout the Elmwood School to engage students in language arts, math, social studies, and science.  Additionally, the iPads represent another opportunity for teachers to collaborate, sharing ideas for iPad applications and how to leverage them in the classroom.


For more information or to make a contribution to the Hopkinton Education Foundation, please visit www.hopkintoneducationfoundation.org.


Hopkinton Real Estate Taxes are due Thursday, November 1st.
Copies of tax bills are available on: taxbillsonline.com

Treasurer's Officer
Town of Hopkinton


Hopkinton Fire Department demonstrated the Sprinkler Trailer for the Massachusetts Fire Fighting Academy
Motorola Android phone video




“The world has lost a great and good man, and I have lost my inspiration, my mentor, my dearest friend.  There is less hunger and poverty because of George McGovern.  There is more hope.  He believed that one person can change the world, and he proved it every day.  While Lisa and I will miss him terribly, we are comforted by the knowledge that he is in a better place.  And we are celebrating a long and well-lived and uniquely American life.” 


Senator McGovern speaking at an event at Mechanic’s Hall in Worcester in 2008. Seated behind him are the late Senator Ted Kennedy, Governor Deval Patrick, Lisa McGovern(wife of Rep. Jim McGovern), and Rep. Jim McGovern.


Fire Department Open House

October 21, 2012 — Older kids got rides in an active Hopkinton Fire Department engine today, and younger ones got to sit in an antique. Above, Ben Conroy looks for approval from his father who is off-camera. Below, spectators are reflected in the glass of a mobile display home where Firefighter Robert Clark has set aflame a tee shirt to demonstrate the capabilities of a home sprinkler system that the flames activated a moment after this photo was taken, and doused the fire easily.


More from the Democrats' Rally in the "House of Labor"

October 21, 2012 — Above, Newton Mayor Setti Warren, greets a Liz Warren supporter as he is the first of a group of veterans introduced into the New England laborer's Training Center in Hopkinton on Saturday. Mayor Warren, who candidate Elizabeth Warren referred to as her cousin, was a primary challenger to Warren for the U. S. Senate seat now occupied by Scott Brown. Ms. Warren began her speech by saying, "It's good to be in the house of labor."

     Choose a thumbnail to enlarge: 1. Elizabeth  Warren speaking 2. Robert Jubinville, candidate for Governor's Council greeting attendees 3. Jamie Merloni  of NE Laborers Training Center hanging banner.

     Large photo below, candidate for U.S. Congress, Joseph Kennedy III, poses with a supporter.


Star-studded Democratic Rally

October 20, 2012 — From left above, Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, State Senator Karen Spilka, candidate for U. S. Senate Elizabeth Warren, candidate for U. S. Congress, Joe Kennedy, and seated, former Senator and disabled veteran Max Cleland at the New England Laborers' Training Center in Hopkinton, where candidates introduced one another in an ascending hierarchy,  and told stories of personal triumph, achievement and  and commitment, to an energized core.

          Candidate Joe Kennedy recounted how he had Professor Warren in a class and was unprepared with an answer when she called on him on the first day. He said when she handed him his diploma at graduation and asked him the same question, he knew it on that day.

          Below, Ms Warren applauds the introduction of Sheriff Koutoujian with Max Cleland seated to her right. Seated in the background in the first row is primary opponent Newton Mayor Setti Warren, who led a group of veterans into the hall. Ms. Warren referred to him as her cousin (he is black).


Michael's Run

October 20, 2012 — Above, Hopkinton resident Dara Dalmata wins the women's division of the 5K Michael's Run.

Above, the starter's pistol begins the race, and below, Henry Loughlin of Freeport, Maine, a student at Brandeis, is the very first across the finish line, winning the men's division.


Gaudy Gate Gets Goat

Resident protests "massive barricade"

Memo to: Baystone Development, Hopkinton Town Officials*
From: Bruce B. Clark
Re: Gate eyesore

Returning home from vacation this weekend my wife and I were dismayed to see the gate that's been erected at the entrance to the access road to the new Alprilla well site, which is directly across the street from our house. And my e-mail box had several messages from neighbors expressing the same dismay and concern. The question that we have is: "what were you thinking?" The gate in question looks as if it is intended to barricade a war zone compound, when its purpose is to discourage public use of the access road.

When we were first told of the plans for the access road, the gate that was described left us with the impression it would be similar to the gates used at the entrances to the various bike paths in the region - low profile, blending into the scenery. What has been installed, right at the edge of the sidewalk, is a massive, galvanized steel, barricade. It is totally inappropriate for this residential community. It appears as if it is barring access to some highly dangerous facility, instead of a benign wellhead and pump station. 

There are two courses of action that would be deemed appropriate to rectify the situation: 1) the preferred, relocate a smaller, black or dark green version of the gate down the access road at the bend; 2) replace the current gate with a smaller, black or dark green version down the access road several feet from the sidewalk.

Many of the Alprilla residents feel as if the installed gate "adds insult to injury." Our spring and summer months have been constantly disrupted by excavation, noise, constant heavy truck traffic, clouds of dust, all of which have left the street filled with bumps, holes and depressions. We are told that the street will not be finally repaired for several months yet. The gate and now the crude apron that has been installed across the sidewalk at the access road leave us with the impression that Baystone Development and the town are not concerned about retaining the ambience of a neighborhood that is treasured by its home owners.


Bruce B. Clark
13 Alprilla Farm Road
*In a short telephone interview this evening, Legacy Farms President Roy S. MacDowell, Jr. said they would work with the neighbors to take care of their concerns.



Process for Replacing the High School Principal

Press Release from:
Dr. Steven Hiersche
Superintendent of Schools
Hopkinton Public Schools
Hopkinton, MA

First, I want to thank Alyson Geary for her outstanding work in Hopkinton. As everyone knows, she will be leaving her position at the end of December to begin working as an Associate Director for the Commission on Public Secondary Schools at the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). She will be working with schools across New England to help ensure high quality educational experiences for children. We all know the passion she brings to ensuring high standards for all students. The evidence of her work and commitment is seen at Hopkinton High School. She will be missed but we wish her well in the next phase of her career.

While transitions are always challenging, there is a strong team of administrators and staff in place at the high school to ensure their work continues. As we begin the process of selecting a successor, there will be two phases. The first phase will be to appoint an interim principal who will begin January 1, 2013 through the end of the school year in June. This process will begin immediately. There is a strong pool from within the district to consider and we will also reach out to other sources such as experienced retirees. This process will be completed soon to provide time to overlap with Ms. Geary and ensure a smooth transition.

The second phase will begin after the first of the year. This phase will be to find and appoint a new principal to begin July 1, 2013. Beginning the process after the first of the year will provide the best possible pool of candidates. As this process will begin after the search for a new Superintendent nears conclusion, there should be an opportunity for the new superintendent to have input in the selection.

Hopkinton High School has a tradition of excellence that I am confident will continue. We all wish Ms. Geary well and are looking forward to the next couple of months as she closes out her work here.



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Arrest Log

Thursday, October 18, 2012

11:13 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested John James Kimball, 36, of Park Street, Houlton, ME on Cedar Street and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation, Speeding in Violation of a Special Regulation and OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense.

10:50 pm Officer William Burchard placed an individual into Protective Custody on Cedar Street.


Incident Log

Thursday, October 18, 2012

10:17 pm Officer Peter Booth stopped a motor vehicle on Cedar Street and subsequently arrested a 36 year old male from Houlton, ME and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation, Speeding in Violation of a Special Regulation and OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense.

4:06 pm A detail officer reported a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on East Main Street. Officer William Burchard responded and took a report.

2:42 pm A caller reported that a vehicle had been parked in the same spot for awhile on Highland Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and spoke with the owner who was having mechanical issues with it and was working on getting it moved.

2:28 pm A DPW employee reported that a ladder on top of a Jeep in front of him came loose and may be unsafe. The vehicle was last scene turning onto Grove Street. Officer David Shane checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

7:24 am Chief Richard Flannery checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street near the High School.

1:14 am Officer John Moran checked a motor vehicle that did not have plates on it on Rafferty Road.


Middlesex Sheriff's Office Warns of Scam Involving Civil Process Division 

October 19, 2012 — The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens today of a telephone scam involving a man falsely claiming to work for the Civil Process Division of the office.
In the scam, the man allegedly claiming to be a Middlesex Sheriff’s Office deputy working on behalf of group named ‘American Cash’ and with an out of state law firm tells the person being called he, or she, will be arrested if they do not wire money to a specific bank. The call might appear to be coming from a legitimate sheriff’s office number, but it is not.
“We want citizens to be aware of this scam so they can properly protect themselves,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “These are not legitimate calls. Arrests performed by the Civil Process Division deputies are done in person, never over the phone and the individual is brought to court to resolve the matter.”
The law group, who also appears to be a victim of this scam, has already posted a warning on its website regarding the scam.
The MSO is advising citizens that receive similar calls that they should not give any personal information to the caller and should immediately report the call to their local law enforcement agency. We also ask that you contact the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Investigation Unit at 978-932-3104


Press Release from the United States Attorney's Office:
Framingham Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography

October 19, 2012 — Boston - A Framingham man was sentenced today for possessing child pornography and threatening to injure the reputation of another. 
      Joshua M. Pizette, 23, was sentenced by U.S. District Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf to 65 months in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release. Pizette pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and five counts of making threats to injure the reputation of another.

Pizette attempted to blackmail a young Massachusetts woman to provide him with nude photographs. Pizette, who knew the young woman and her family, anonymously contacted the young woman by email and threatened to place embarrassing information about her on the Internet if she did not send him nude photos. The young woman and her family contacted the police and an investigation revealed that Pizette had made the threats. Upon Pizette’s arrest, his computer was seized and a collection of photographs and videos of child pornography were found. None of the images appear to have been taken or made by Pizette.

      United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Chief Richard A. Flannery of the Hopkinton Police Department; and the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council’s Computer Crimes Unit made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David G. Tobin of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit. 


School Committee Ponders Super, Principal Search, more

by Muriel kramer

October 19, 2012 — The School Committee-led search for the next Superintendent is well under way; Dr. Arthur Bettencourt from the New England School Development Council (NESDEC) reported on the process at the School Committee meeting indicating that some applications have already been received. The application deadline is November 19, 2012, and the screening committee should be finalized November 7th.  The screening committee will have 11 members, Nancy Alvarez-Burdick and Rebecca Robak from the School Committee as well as 2 members from central office staff, 1 principal, 1 teacher, 1 community member from the business sector, 1 community member that is a parent of past, present or future students and 1 Selectman.  There will be an online survey up and available soon to allow community members at large to inform the process with feedback.  NESDEC will facilitate the entire process; the screening committee will see all applications and likely interview 8-12 candidates in executive session to then identify 3-5 finalists for consideration.

                Dr. Steven Hiersche Interim Superintendent had some good news.  We have experienced the much hoped for “hard frost”, and the ban on evening activities has been lifted.  That means the Homecoming football game Friday October 26th will be held that evening as planned; tonight is the much anticipated football contest with Holliston at Holliston.

                Dr. Hiersche also spoke to the recent resignation of High School Principal Alyson Geary.  Praising Geary and her tenure in Hopkinton, Hiersche commented, “She will be missed, but we wish her well.”   Hiersche is hoping to appoint an interim principal to serve January to June 2013 and set a target of hiring a new principal to start July 1, 2013.  This timing should allow the new Superintendent to have some participation in the hiring process of the new principal.

                The School Committee voted to set the District Goals last night.  The goals specifically include addressing the facility deficiencies at Center School and Elmwood (the roof); continuing work to align with the  Massachusetts Common Core Standards in math, science and English; developing and negotiating the new mandate to implement the Educator Supervision and Evaluation Model for September 2013; as well as targeting work on Strategic Plan initiatives to include hoped for expansions in the language program, STEM initiatives, and Technology initiatives (1:1 laptop program and  Technology Master Plan as examples).

                The Annual Budget process kicks off formally next week at a joint meeting with the Board of Selectmen.  The Board of Selectmen will issue a policy statement that establishes guidelines for the FY14 budget this month.  The Superintendent will present a preliminary budget to the School Committee on December 20th, and the School Committee will hold its annual Public Hearing on the budget January 24th. The School Committee will submit its draft budget to the Town Manager by February 1st; he will then submit a comprehensive (capital and operating budgets) draft to the Selectmen February 26th.

                The School Committee re-addressed the formation of an Elementary School Building Committee emphasizing the structure is largely defined by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) and is specifically designed to take the project from design to completion.  Dr. Hiersche addressed the most pressing issue.  “We need to move sooner rather than later.”  He spoke to the need for a collaborative process that capitalizes on the strengths of both committees, the School Committee and Board of Selectmen; importantly, he emphasized that we need to get this issue in front of a committee whose sole function is to expedite this and get us to a successful project. 

                Jean Bertschmann, SC member, spoke to emphasizing the most important issues.  “The structure of the School Building Committee was not the stumbling block.”  It’s important to have the correct committee make-up, but most important to pursue a project that has broad-based community support.


                Upcoming dates and meetings:

October 23rd Joint meeting School Committee and Board of Selectmen to discuss Special Town Meeting (STM), the formation of an Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC), and the upcoming budget cycle, specifically the formation of the budget message to departments

November 1st  School Committee

                November 26th Special Town Meeting

                December 3rd Special Town Election



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