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The Show Must Go On

October 28, 2012 — The young  cast of ESL's "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" performed their final four performances today at Weston Nurseries as a wet chill cut the air and the wind rose and waned.


Letters to the Editor

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HOPKINTON - John H. "Jack" Duffy, Jr., 57, died Saturday, October 27, 2012. Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home, are incomplete a this time. 


Car vs. Tree

October 27, 2012 — The female operator of this car smashed into a telephone pole at the crest of the hill on Main Street and was brought to Milford Hospital by Hopkinton Fire Department ambulance under Advanced Life Support protocol.


Ketch-up with Voters

October 27,  2012 — Candidate for U. S. Congress 4th Congressional Massachusetts District Joseph P. Kennedy III stopped by to standout  with sign holders briefly at Main and Grove Streets and visit nearby businesses. Above, Mr. Kennedy and state representative Carolyn Dykema chat with Snappy Dogs co-owner Lisa Volpe Hachey while he waits for a grilled hot dog. Mr. Kennedy, who is the son of Joseph P. Kennedy II (Joe for Oil), is a former prosecutor in the office of Hopkinton resident District Attorney Gerry Leone, who endorsed him when he announced earlier this year. Mr. Kennedy is running against Republican Sean Beilat, who held a fund-raiser in Hopkinton earlier this week at Water Fresh Farm Marketplace.


Mr. Kennedy and supporters of his and of other candidates can be seen in the HD video below:


"Over the River and Through the Woods"
One performance left - Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 2:00 pm
Hopkinton Historical Society Building - 168 Hayden Rowe Street

October 27, 2012 — Enter Stage Left Theater transformed the Hopkinton Historical Society into a family home for a sold out presentation of their latest show in a warm and intimate setting. There is one more performance on Sunday. In addition, they are putting out their best for the kids tomorrow, too:

                    It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

by Charles Schultz

October 28 – Show times 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 at Weston Nurseries, 93 East Main St., Hopkinton
Tickets $5, available at the Weston Nurseries Garden Center


Adult Fun in Woodville

October 28, 2012 — The adults brought out their best ideas and wore them to the Woodville Rod and Gun Club this evening for the adult Halloween party.  The children's party will be held on Halloween night at


Hopkinton Cheerleaders came through when the pressure was on and bested seven other teams to take the TVL crown. They also received the "Most Sportsmanship" Award. They, and all Hopkinton athletic teams, hold this in high regard. They were especially proud to receive this honor. Now it's onto Regionals and then States. Go Hopkinton!!! Photo by John Cardillo.


Hopkinton 34, Bellingham 6

October 26, 2012 — Above, Nolan Cornu brings it across the goal line for the second goal of the first quarter against Bellingham Friday night, where Fox 25 was on hand for the Game of the Week. Below, the pre-game festivities began with a bonfire lit by class advisory and swim coach, Bryan King, and overseen by the Hopkinton Fire Department.

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Governor Patrick joins Lieutenant Governor Murray and cabinet members to hold a press availability to discuss storm preparations at the State House.

(Photo Credit: Eric Haynes / Governor’s Office)

BOSTON – Friday, October 26, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today met with Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and his cabinet secretaries to discuss preparations for the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy on Massachusetts and announced several steps the state has already taken in anticipation of the storm.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is actively monitoring the storm, coordinating with local public safety officials and conducting pre-incident planning with select Emergency Support Functions. The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has been in frequent communication with the utility companies, and the Governor reported this morning that each utility company has submitted an emergency response plan and the DPU is reviewing these plans to make sure they are consistent with the expectations laid out by the Administration.

“We have been in close contact with the national weather service, and are coordinating with MEMA, all of our state agencies and the utility companies to make sure we are ready for Hurricane Sandy’s potential impact here in the Commonwealth,” said Governor Patrick.

Following last year’s storms, DPU met with the utilities and relayed clear expectations for the companies regarding emergency events, specifically, that the companies (1) be adequately and sufficiently prepared to restore service, and (2) restore service to customers in a safe and reasonably prompt manner during an emergency event. These two broad requirements include making sure that enough crews are activated, tree removal plans to allow downed wires to be fixed are in place, that a vigorous communications plan is in place between the company and its customers, and municipal and safety officials is activated, and that estimated times of restoration are accurately reported. In response to the meetings, the companies made a number of enhancements to their storm preparation processes and emergency response plans.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Highway maintenance crews are clearing catch basins, maintaining chain saws, preparing vehicles and reaching out to contractors on emergency contracts including fuel distributors, catch basin repair contractors and tree contractors.
The MBTA is preparing for the arrival of adverse conditions on Monday with plans to deploy extra personnel and equipment throughout the system. The MBTA will make every effort to prevent any disruptions in service; however, public safety will be paramount when making these decisions. Work crews will begin mobilizing on Sunday evening, as preparations are made for any storm-related issues that may emerge. For MBTA service updates or alerts, customers are urged to visit MBTA.com or follow the MBTA on Twitter @mbtaGM.

MEMA is encouraging residents to take the following steps in preparation for the storm:
·         Make sure you have a well-stocked Family Disaster Kit in the event you lose power or are isolated for a number of days.
·         Trim back trees and shrubbery around your home. Remove diseased or damaged tree limbs that could be blown down, causing damage, during a storm.
·         Clear clogged rain gutters. This storm brings the potential for torrential rain. Providing clear drainage will help prevent misdirected flooding.
·         Bring in outdoor items such as lawn furniture, trash barrels, hanging plants, toys and awnings that can be broken or picked up by strong winds and used as a missile.
·         Make sure storage sheds, children’s playhouses or other outbuildings are securely anchored, either to a permanent foundation or with straps and ground anchors.
·         Elevate articles in your basement that could be damaged from even minor flooding.
·         Make temporary plywood covers to protect windows and sliding doors. Drill holes for screws or lag bolts in each cover and around each window. Note: Taping of windows does not prevent them from breaking.
·         Keep you vehicles fully fuelled.
·         Have a certain amount of cash available. If power is lost, ATMs may not be working.
·         Make a record of your personal property. Keep an itemized list of your furniture, clothing and valuables to assist adjusters in case of a claim. Back it up with photographs or video.
·         Protect your insurance policies and other important documents in a secure place like a safe deposit box or a watertight box. Many people back up important documents online.
·         Learn where gas pilots and water mains are located and how to safely shut off all utilities.
·         Lock doors and windows to ensure that they are closed tight to help protect against strong winds and rain.
·         Boat owners, who plan on taking their vessel out of the water soon, should consider doing so this weekend.
·         Think about and plan for pets’ needs as well.
·         Download the free ping4alert! app to your Smartphone to receive important weather alerts and messages from MEMA. Easy instructions are available atwww.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.
For the latest updates, visit www.mass.gov or call 211.



October 26, 2012 — WT Pond Corp. finally got legal possession of the former Star Package Store on Monday, October 22, 2012, after getting approval to use the liquor license as a pledge for collateral on the loan, allowing the sale to move forward. It was completed last Monday. The photo above was taken yesterday, and a crew got to work today. The president of WT Pond Corp is William Tetlow, developer of the complex at 25 Hayward Street where the Marathon Restaurant at North Pond and Dunkin Donuts are located in a well-appointed New England style building. To see a photo taken today with work in progress, mouse-over the one above.


Minor Accident Results in Belligerence

October 26, 2012 — A minor accident on Wood Street near The Learning Center ended up with the Chevy Suburban being towed from the scene. Above, Officer Patrick O'Brien speaks with the operator of the Suburban, while the driver of the Toyota pickup it apparently rear-ended stands beside her vehicle. One of the individuals reported the other as becoming belligerent before police arrived.


Desperately Seeking Breakfast

October 26, 2012 — A reader has sent a cell phone photo of these turkey vultures not coincidentally perched near the slaughterhouse on Ash Street.



The Hopkinton Middle School Drama Club will present William Shakespeare’s tragedy, “Macbeth,” on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in the Hopkinton Middle School auditorium, 88 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton.

Macbeth tells the story of a brave Scottish general who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Encouraged by his wife, the madly ambitious Macbeth uses murder and treachery to fulfill this property, but pays a steep price. The play features a cast and crew of 115 students.

Showtimes are at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Middle School Auditorium.


Semi-secret Hideaway

October 25, 2012 — These mallard ducks — the males have colorful hoods and the females are brown — enjoyed their hideaway on Lake Whitehall earlier this week.


More from Michael's Run

October 25, 2012 — Motorcycle Patrolman Thomas Griffin looks back in his mirror at the line of runners waiting for the gun at Michael's Run last Saturday.
Enjoy more photos by clicking on each thumbnail below.


Ski Ward Race Team registration currently open


The Ski Ward Race Team (SWRT) is a non-profit, junior ski racing organization whose mission is to encourage, promote, and advance young athletes in the sport of ski racing.  For many new and developing skiers between the ages of 5 and 17, the program is an ideal way to improve technique, to test oneself in competition, and most importantly – to have a lot of fun on skis. The weekly schedule consists of a team practice on Friday nights and a ski race on Sunday. The season goes from early January until early March, with two weeks off during the holiday weeks. Half the races are held at Ski Ward in Shrewsbury and the rest are held at other Eastern Massachusetts ski areas including Ski Bradford, Nashoba, and Blue Hills.
To learn more about this program, visit the SWRT website at  www.skiwardraceteam.com , or contact Ian Fier at (508) 561-4123 or ifier@verizon.net. Register by December 1st to take advantage of Early Registration Rates! Also, please join us at our upcoming SWRT Open House event where you can meet coaches and board members, and learn more about the program. It will be held on Wednesday, November 7th, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Ski Ward, 1000 Main Street, Shrewsbury.

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Driver Drops Phone

October 25, 2012 — The young female driver of this vehicle told people who stopped to help that she leaned down to pick up her phone that she dropped, resulting in the crash above at about 2:29 pm today.




America is on the verge of the largest tax increase in 19 years. Virtually all Taxpayers will be affected in one or more ways. What will this mean to you when taxes soar in 2013? It may be very important for you to understand how the changes scheduled to take effect in 2013 could directly affect your wallet and what you can do to prepare for these broader and higher taxes.

Absent bipartisan action by the US Congress and the President before year-end, taxes will automatically increase on the middle class. For example, payroll taxes will increase by 2% as the social security tax holiday ends; the child care tax credit will be cut in half; the lowest current tax bracket of 10% will be eliminated and replaced at a higher 15% rate; single and married taxpayers with taxable income of $35,350-$85,650 and $70,700-$142,700, respectively, will move from the 25% to the 28% bracket; the favorable 15% tax rate on qualified dividends will end; many in the middle class will now be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax since it will kick in for singles with $33,750 and joint filers with $45,000 in taxable income; and all Taxpayers will pay 5% more in taxes on long-term capital gains from mutual funds and other investments.

Those in higher tax brackets or with moderate to considerable wealth will also feel the sting. For example, the 28% bracket rises to 31%, the 33% bracket to 36%, and the 35% bracket to 39.6%. Wages above $200,000 if single, $250,000 if married, will be subject to an additional 2.35% Medicare tax. Those with Modified Adjusted Gross Incomes above $200,000 if single, $250,000 if married, will pay an extra 3.8% investment excise tax. This would result in a 43.4% tax on investment income.

The threshold for federal estate (death) tax liability, currently at $5.120 million with an initial 35% tax rate, will drop to $1 million with an increased 55% initial rate. Since the gross taxable estate includes real estate, life insurance death benefits, retirement accounts, cash and other investments, starting in 2013 estate taxes will affect many middle class and wealthy families who have saved a “nest egg” and created a legacy for their children.

My office is reaching out to current and new clients and offering one hour year-end planning and strategy meetings to discuss what action could be taken before January 1, 2013. If you would like to schedule an appointment, we urge you to call us at 508-478-2600 as soon as possible to secure a time slot.


For additional information, click HERE to open a PDF .      And visit our website at: www.DaviesWealthMS.com/ 
Thank you.
Wayne R. Davies
B.S., J.D., LLM Tax, CFP®, ChFC®, CFS®
288 Main Street, Milford, MA 01757-2521

DISCLOSURE: The above information has been obtained or derived from sources considered reliable, but its accuracy or completeness cannot be guaranteed, and are for general information purposes only. Wayne R. Davies and Davies Wealth Management Strategies LLC do not undertake to advise of any change in such information should legislation be adopted or otherwise. Readers should not rely solely on the above information but should first consult with competent and professional tax and investment advisors and legal counsel before taking any action.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts


Compiled  for HopNews.com by Eric Montville © 2012 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from October 16, 2012 to October 24, 2012






4 Apple Tree Hill Road Meaghan Casey $185,000 October 22, 2012 Doris M. Sears
70 Main Street WT Pond Corp. $395,000 October 22, 1012 70 Main Street Hopkinton LLC
55 Pinecrest Village Elisa Shaw $172,000 October 19, 2012 Mary C. Wise
206 Wood Street Alan Sung $140,000 October 19, 2012 USA Housing and Urban Development
South Mill Street Douglas G. DeWolfe, Karen N. DeWolfe $250,000 October 19, 2012 John E. Hakansson
41 Connelly Hill Road Houssam Alkhoury $930,000 October 16, 2012 Cartus Financial Corp.

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James M. Carvalho, Megan H. Pierce


October 12, 2012

Matthew S. Craven, Susan E. Trainer

5 Oak Street

Brian Eppley, Carly J. Seidewand


October 11, 2012

Richard D. Williams, Kathleen M. Williams

16 Glen Road

Bipin P. Patel


October 9, 2012

Stephen M. Boti, Joan M. Boti

Previous Transactions

21 Elizabeth Road

Kathryn S Tighe, Matthew M Tighe


October 5, 2012

Michael G Doshier, Patricia J Doshier

24 Sanctuary Lane Unit 31

Robert W Callahan, Alice M Callahan


October 5, 2012

Weston Development Group

112 Hayden Rowe Street

Henry Siegal, nancy F Siegal


October 2, 2012

Richard P Barbieri

76 Hayden Rowe Street

Brian F Blanchard, Amber Peoppelman


October 2, 2012

Brian K Gassett Tr, Brian W Cheever, Summit
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Incident Log Updated October 24, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

11:40 pm The Fire Department reported that they had a walk-in medical and the person was getting combative. Officer John Moran responded and assisted.

9:21 pm Officer William Burchard checked on a person behind a Main Street business.

6:17 pm A caller from C Street reported that her car was broken into. Officer William Burchard will investigate.

5:29 pm A caller reported that a dog was running around on West Main Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded but did not find any dog in the area.

4:22 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil assisted the Fire Department with a brush fire on Hill Street.

4:25 pm A caller reported that an older man was watching kids practice and was standing near the wood line on the Loop Road. Sgt. Michael Sutton responded and advised that all seemed to be fine.

12:39 pm A resident of Gassett Road reported that change was taken out of her vehicle sometime this morning and wished for it to be logged.

6:46 am A motorist reported that they hit a deer on West Main Street. The Animal Control Officer was notified.


HPTA Notice:

Due to low rsvp’s, the HPTA sponsored Meet the Superintendent Forum, scheduled for tonight, Wednesday, October 24th, has been canceled.  If we receive new interest, we will reschedule.  Please do join us on November 14th at 7:30 for an HPTA General Meeting and Elementary School Principals Forum.  Principals Greg Martineau, David Ljungberg and Chris Kennedy will make a presentation and lead a discussion on the “Whole Child”.  Please rsvp to secretary@hptaonline.com.


Gigantic, Garish Gate Gone*



A crew from MacDowell Company has just removed the mammoth gate that had been erected on the access road to the new Alprilla well. The crew doesn't yet know where it's to be relocated, but thinks further down the road around the bend.

Bruce Clark (on behalf of Alprilla Farm Neighbors)

13 Alprilla Farm Road

October 24, 2012


* In accordance with an agreement with the Town of Hopkinton, Legacy Farms (Baystone Development, MacDowells)  Legacy Farms has drilled and developed a water well to serve their project of 940 living units and 450,000 square feet of commercial development. Last week an access road to the well was blocked by a bright and shiny galvanized swinging gate, according to specifications, but something that galvanized the neighbors against it.


Jimmy Fund Walk

picture 1 (l-r) Samantha Riley, Yvonne Riley, Julianna Kramer, Sue Wheeler (Christian's mom), Ethan Kramer, Christian Wheeler, Nick Wheeler, Ben Wheeler, Laurie Sullivan and Kevin Sullivan.


     Christian's Hot Jamaican Chili Pepper Crusaders (CHJCPC), a team of young people and their moms, walked in the Jimmy Fund Walk to fight cancer for their second year; the youngsters walked 13.1 miles (1/2 marathon) to raise awareness and money in the fight against cancer in honor of Christian Wheeler, a kindergarten student at Center School.  Christian just finished his two year course of treatment to fight leukemia, and he is one of the Jimmy Fund heroes.  His picture was at the start line in Hopkinton for the annual Jimmy Fund Walk for the last two years.  Happily Christian is doing very well and was able to walk with the team for the last few miles into Boston; in so many ways it was wonderful "to cross that finish line together."

The team was outside Colellas raising money last Saturday; they have until November 1st to collect for September's walk.  A huge thank you to all who donated helping the team raise over $350 in that one day.  The team will be at the Homecoming game to continue their fundraising efforts; please look for the kids wearing their bright orange shirts and be as generous as possible, all proceeds go directly to the Jimmy Fund.



Cornell's Irish Pub - Lunch or Dinner - 2 mouth-watering slices of fresh-cooked pizza $3.75. Try it!

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