CRIME ALERT FOR HOPKINTON RESIDENTS
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.
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.
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
Faculty, Staff, Parents and Community
Invited to Participate in Focus Group
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.
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.
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
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
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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.
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.
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
– 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
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.
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.
THE REMINDER -
Hopkinton Real Estate Taxes are due Thursday, November 1st.
Copies of tax bills are available on: taxbillsonline.com
Town of Hopkinton
Hopkinton Fire Department demonstrated the Sprinkler Trailer for
the Massachusetts Fire Fighting Academy
Motorola Android phone video
STATEMENT OF U.S. REP. JIM MCGOVERN ON THE PASSING OF GEORGE
“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.
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).
October 20, 2012 — Above, Hopkinton resident Dara Dalmata wins the women's division of the 5K Michael's Run.
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
Gaudy Gate Gets Goat
Resident protests "massive barricade"
Memo to: Baystone Development, Hopkinton Town Officials*
Process for Replacing the High School Principal
Press Release from:
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.
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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.
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
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.
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.
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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