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December 5, 2012 — Members of the track team warmed up this afternoon with a run around town before the big chill hit.


Andy Boyce Key to Solarize Success

To the Editor:

Thanks to the people of Hopkinton, Solarize Massachusetts was a resounding success this year.


The group purchasing program, which helps to make solar more affordable, is a joint venture of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources launched in 17 communities across the state this year. The program generated 803 solar contracts signed statewide representing 5.1 megawatts of clean, renewable energy. In Hopkinton, residents and businesses have contracted 367.6 kilowatts of new solar, saving hundreds of dollars annually on their electric bills.


The program’s local volunteer coordinator, Andy Boyce, was key to this success. Norman Khumalo support was also invaluable to this effort, bridging the gap between state agencies and municipal officials and Hopkinton residents.


We simply could not have seen these results without the hard work of volunteers, advocates and municipal leaders on the ground in Hopkinton. Thanks to its leadership, Hopkinton will pave the way towards a cleaner energy future for the next generation.


Alicia Barton McDevitt

CEO and Executive Director, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center


HCA Members Show December 14 – January 10

Members Can Submit Artwork December 9 - 11

HOPKINTON, MA (December 5, 2012) -- The artwork of its talented members will be featured at the HCA Members Show at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, 98 Hayden Rowe in Hopkinton from December 14 – January 10.  A special reception, open to the public, will be held Friday, December 14 at 6:00 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., or by appointment.  The exhibition is free and open to the public.   


Members of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts can submit up to two pieces of artwork on December 9 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., or on December 10 and 11 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.  All 2D media will be accepted, including photography, and 3D work if it can be hung on the wall and does not protrude more than 10 inches. Maximum height and width, 40 inches; all work must be wired. No sawtooth hangers or sandwich frames, please.  For more information and an entry form, please visit www.hopartscenter.org.


“These submissions showcase the diverse talents of the HCA members,” said Kris Waldman, artistic director of the HCA.  “I’m always impressed with the wealth of artistic talent we have in Hopkinton and surrounding communities.  It’s very gratifying to see that creative expression is alive and well here.”



Police Incident/Arrest Log - Most Recent First

Updated Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Arrest Log

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

9:28 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested Marco A. Saez, Jr., 31, of Wood Street, Hopkinton, on Wood Street for a Warrant.

Incident Log

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

9:14 pm Officer Peter Booth stopped a motor vehicle on Wood Street and subsequently arrested a 31 year old male from Hopkinton for a Warrant.
6:08 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil responded to a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on South Street.
4:05 pm There were several calls for a loud explosion on Lumber Street. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and advised that it was blasting in a construction zone.
4:04 pm Officer Peter Booth checked on a social worker who was going door to door on Davis Road.
3:29 pm A bus driver reported seeing two youths climbing inside of a window on Hayden Rowe Street. Two officers responded and advised that it was the home owner's son.
1:20 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien assisted the Fire Department with a medical call on South Street.
11:04 am A caller from East Main Street complained about trash being picked up early in the morning at a neighboring business.
10:00 am An Oakhurst Road resident reported that her mailbox and a neighbor's mailbox had been run over. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and took a report.
8:43 am Officer Patrick O'Brien assisted with a very minor motor vehicle accident.

Monday, December 3, 2012

10:27 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on Main Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer stopped the vehicle and issued the operator a verbal warning for marked lanes.
6:21 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Aaron O'Neil regarding another vehicle hitting her and then taking off from the scene.
1:44 pm A mail carrier reported that an older male left a residence of D.J. Murphy Lane, with a rolling suitcase, walked to the end of the road and then appeared to be waiting for someone. Officer Stephen Buckley located the man who was waiting to be picked up to go on a trip.
5:56 am A 911 caller reported an injured deer in the roadway on West Main Street. Officer Linda Higgins located the deer, which was deceased, and notified the DPW.


Selectmen Choose to Have Permanent Building Committee Look at Hopkinton Center for the Arts

by Robert Falcione

December 4,  2012 — Hopkinton Community Endowment founder Chuck Joseph, and CPC (Community Preservation Committee) Chair Henry Kunicki went before the Selectmen this evening asking for guidance on whether to tear down the historic Terry Barn and silo at the Center for the Arts and build anew, or conform it to current codes to facilitate spaces for classrooms. Mr. Joseph made it clear that his goal was to get it done quickly.

       "Our preference is to move forward," said Mr. Joseph. "I don't think one decision is more moral than the other." However, when Hopkinton Historical Commission member Claire Wright had her chance to speak, you might say she disagreed.

       "It would be a shame [to tear it down], because one group is in a hurry,"  She said. 

       "The CPA [Community Preservation Act - allows a community to vote to put aside a portion of its tax revenue for recreational, open space, affordable housing and historical purposes. Hopkinton voted to put, 2% aside.] was passed to protect historical structures as opposed to tearing down and building new," said Selectman Brian Herr, who oversaw the years-long renovation of the barn and silo main structures.

        One of the proponents  said the structural engineers were surprised  at how much the building needs to be readied for todays' codes. 

        Mr. Herr said $350,000 had been spent so far for renovation of the facility and its structural integrity.

         "It allows the main elements to stand for another 150 years. The frame of the silo is rock solid,"  Mr. Herr said. The silo had been moved in a cradle strap by a crane over the roof of the auxiliary building behind the barn and set down on a prepared cement pad a few years ago.

         "The major work has already been done," Mr. Herr said. "Structural engineers signed off on this  8 years ago."

         Selectman Chair Ben Palleiko said, "I think the board needs a  better sense of where we're at." He said that he was hearing from one  side it was falling down and from another that it would last forever. 

         The Selectmen, upon a suggestion from Town Manager Norman Khumalo, decided that the Permanent Building Committee needed to look at the details.

        The Hopkinton Center for the Arts is a private endeavor which is using public and private money for the property's renovation. They lease  from the town for a nominal sum.

20/20 Group Expands Vision


December 4, 2012 — Builder Finley Perry (standing) and business consultant David Hamacher (to his left) represented the 20/20 group last evening in a presentation of projected planning of Main Street that increased the scope to the entire corridor from Legacy Farms to Downey Street. Other studies have concentrated on Main Street in the Downtown, but this group, a sub-set of the Chamber of Commerce, has decided that the entire roadway could be planned with a strategy of zoning incentives and disincentives, as well as selling to the community.


Mr. Perry asked rhetorical questions that revealed underlying sentiments some have about the existing Downtown. 


He asked if a gas station is the best and highest use of that property. He suggested the drug store could be three stories tall, instead of one.


"The whole Downtown revitalization process is splintered," said Planning Board member Mark Abate, referring to the overlapping interests of more than one group that is studying Downtown improvements. "One group should be in charge of the process," he said. Currently, at least two groups, the DRC (Downtown Revitalization Committee and the DISC (Downtown Initiative Steering Committee) have been cast in similar roles.


"I'm not sure we have the political will or public process," said Planning Board member Dick MacDonald.


"We've learned," Mr. Perry said, "that people don't want to move [take action] without being consulted. This is an effort to look at the whole corridor instead of just the Downtown."


20/20 would like to be able to make some sort of presentation to next year's Town Meeting, and so will meet before the next scheduled January 7, 2013 Planning Board meeting to develop a more detailed outline to be available for the January 7 meeting.

Please Help Hopkinton Farmers' Market

The Hopkinton Farmers Market based at Weston Nurseries is seeking to improve the way it delivers products and services to its customers. Please take the survey to the left. It will scroll down the page with other content and eventually be archived, so taking a moment to complete it now would be advantageous.




FROM THE TOWN CLERK: The Special Town Election was held December 3, 2012, at the Middle School Brown Gymnasium. The polls were open from 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. A total of 516 ballots were cast. The results of the voting are as follows:


Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to obtain plans, designs, cost estimates, and bid documents, as well as to provide for the acquisition of all materials, labor, equipment, and services necessary or appropriate for the repair, maintenance, renovation and improvement of the roof of the Elmwood Elementary School, located at 14 Elm Street in Hopkinton, Massachusetts?



                                                1                              2                              3                              4                              TOTAL

Blank                                     0                              0                              0                              0                                   0

Yes                                    111                      101                        95                        97                            404

No                                     22                        37                         27                       26                          112

EDITOR'S NOTE: This Question also passed at the Special Town Meeting recently held. In fact, it passed unanimously on a voice vote of that body.
As a result of clearing both hurdles, the School Department is now free to seek bids.



Girls Track Hopes To Kick Off Winter Season With 109th

By Elizabeth Clark and Lindsay Manning

As the first meet of the season approaches on December 8th against Westwood, the Hopkinton High School indoor track team begins to prepare for the winter season. The girls track team, coached by Brian Hall, is looking to continue their record of 108 straight league wins. Members senior Allison Monaghan and junior Jessica Scott have high hopes for the upcoming season, along with Hall.  Reprinted with permission from HHSPress.org.


Menorah Lighting Celebration in Hopkinton!

Come celebrate Chanukah in Hopkinton with a menorah lighting at the Town Common. The lighting will be on the first night of Chanukah, Saturday, December 8th at 5:30 p.m. We’ll light the menorah, sing a few songs and even enjoy some treats!  Hope to see you there!


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts


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

New Transactions from November 26, 2012 to December 3, 2012






52 Hayden Rowe Street Nicholas A. Balster, Alison S. Balster $1,075,000 December 3, 2012 David A. Holmes, Maureen E. Holmes
1 Everett Circle Srinivasan Parthasarathy, Charusmitha Ram $895,000 November 30, 2012 Robert Snyder, Charles R. Snyder, Kellie A.
1 Rosewood Lane Sandra B. Champion $264,900 November 30, 2012 Jason M. Karlin, Jennifer S. Karlin
262 Pond Street Stuart F. Miniman, Heather A. Miniman $535,000 November 30, 2012 Howard Markson
11 Barbara Road Keith E. Benson, Megan E. Benson $624,000 November 30, 2012 Sandra B. Champion, John R. Benham
6 Ralph Road David J. Pappalardo, Julie A. Pappalardo $767,500 November 28, 2012 Antony J. Walker
15 College Street Jennifer J. Lund $20,000 November 28, 2012 James Schroeder
Last Week        
16 Paul Revere Path Julie A. Finch, Ryan C. Deal $315,000 November 21, 2012 Stagecoach Heights Realty LLC
212 Lumber Street Karen L. Bernicke, Timothy A. Bernicke $602,000 November 20, 2012 South Mill Street LLC
13 Cedar Street Extension Bruce M. Tannenbaum, Elizabeth Tannenbaum $735,000 November 15, 2012 Rebecca L. Sipowicz, Carl J. Sipowicz, Rebecca
L. Shuffain

Previous Transactions

80 Grove Street Sang Hwang, Karen Hwang $542,000 November 19, 2012 James E. Oleson, Norann N. Oleson
11 Appaloosa Circle Christopher H. Remsen, Sharon K. Remsen $471,000 November 16, 2012 Andrew Mastro, Ashley Mastro
14 Paul Revere Path Susan I. Gildea $317,000 November 16, 2012 Stagecoach Heights Realty LLC
10 Edge Hill Road Angie Holbrook $722,000 November 16, 2012 Catherine M. Showalter
13 Cedar Street Extension Bruce M. Tannenbaum, Elizabeth Tannenbaum $735,000 November 15, 2012 Rebecca L. Sipowicz, Carl J. Sipowicz, Rebecca
L. Shuffain
East Main Street Lots C-2-C & C-1-E,
Curtis Road Lot C-1-E
Pulte House of New England LLC $7,062,992 November 9, 2012 Legacy Farms LLC
41 Elm Street Scott A. Alexander, Toni A. Alexander $435,000 November 9, 2012 Binoy Samuel, Divya M. Samuel
35 Nazneen Circle Gautam V. Pendse, Kajal G. Pendse $430,000 November 9, 2012 Mirajuddin Ahmed, Peppercorn Village Realty
86 Winter Street Timothy Coughlin $150,000 November 9, 2012 Roger E. Collanton, Esther Nicastro-Capon
11 Turnbridge Lane Michelle A. Auterio $218,000 November 6, 2012 Barrette E. Williamson


Police Incident/Arrest Log - Most Recent First


Updated Monday, December 3, 2012

Arrest Log

Friday, November 30, 2012

4:50 pm Officer Stephen Buckley arrested Kathleen Ann Serkins, 44, of Elm Street, Hopkinton, on West Main Street and charged her with Shoplifting by Concealing Merchandise.

1:15 am Officer Peter Booth arrested Colleen Patricia O'Connell, 41, of Main Street, Upton, on Main Street and charged her with Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Revoked as HTO, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle and OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense.

Incident Log

Sunday, December 2, 2012

5:14 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer spoke with a resident of Overlook Road regarding a motor vehicle complaint.

9:49 am A caller from Main Street spoke with Officer Patrick O'Brien regarding a motor vehicle complaint.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

11:53 pm A Forest Lane resident spoke with Officer Jacob Campbell regarding a barking dog.

11:26 pm A caller reported that a barking dog on Forest Lane was possibly in pain. Officer Jacob Campbell checked the area with a negative find.

9:40 pm Officer William Burchard checked and spoke with occupants of a vehicle on South Street.

6:56 pm A caller reported an erratic operator on West Main Street. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.

2:06 pm A 911 caller reported a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on West Main Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded to assist.

9:56 pm A resident of Walcott Street reported that she couldn't get out of her driveway due to road icing. The DPW were notified.

9:46 am A caller reported that there was a tree limb on telephone wires on East Street. An officer responded and advised that it was just a small limb and there was no safety issue.

8:48 am Detective Timothy Brennan assisted the Southborough Police Department with a two car motor vehicle accident on Richards Road.

8:37 am Officer Thomas Griffin responded to a 911 call for a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on School Street.

7:40 am A 911 caller reported a motor vehicle roll over accident without personal injury on Wood Street. Two officers responded to assist.

1:13 am Officer Jacob Campbell assisted a disabled motor vehicle on the Loop Road.

Friday, November 30, 2012

9:17 pm A caller complained about vehicles parked all over the Middle School including the fire lane. Detective Timothy Brennan responded and moved the vehicles along.

7:38 pm A motorist reported that a vehicle crossed the double yellow line on West Main Street a couple of times. Officer William Burchard checked the area with a negative find.

3:53 pm A resident of Sylvan Way reported that hunter's gunshots sounded like they were too close to her house. Officer Peter Booth responded and advised that they may seem closer than they really are due to no leaves on the trees.

2:10 pm Loss Prevention reported that they had a female detained for shoplifting on West Main Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and subsequently arrested a 44 year old female from Hopkinton and charged her with Shoplifting by Concealing Merchandise.

2:10 pm A walk-in from spoke with officer David Shane regarding fraud.

12:52 pm A Hayden Rowe Street resident reported an odor of natural gas outside her house. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and assisted the Fire Department.

11:18 am Officer Stephen Buckley performed community relations on Davis Road.

8:57 am A caller reported a car vs. bicyclist accident on Main Street. Sgt. Joseph Bennett responded and located the bicyclist who refused medical attention.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

9:43 pm Officer William Burchard responded to a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Lumber Street.

7:54 pm A caller reported a roll over motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Main Street. Three officers responded and subsequently arrested a 41 year old female from Upton and charged her with Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Revoked as HTO, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle and OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense.

4:41 pm Officer Peter Booth spoke with a resident of Pond Street regarding credit card fraud.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

6:24 pm Officer Peter Booth assisted the Fire Department with an odor of natural gas on Wood Street.

6:17 pm A walk-in spoke with Sgt. Michael Sutton regarding her hitting two separate stop signs on Elm Street.

4:40 pm A motorist reported that a vehicle was tailgating him, passed him and then exchanged words when they pulled over on Cedar Street. Officer Peter Booth stopped the vehicle and spoke with the operator.

12:58 pm A passing motorist reported that a male, on a bicycle, had a large bag over his shoulder and walked into the woods. Detective Timothy Brennan located the man who was picking up cans.

9:42 am A caller from Curtis Road reported that a pickup truck was parked in front of a neighbor's house. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and advised that the vehicle comes back to a roofing company.

9:36 am Officer Thomas Griffin assisted a disabled motor vehicle on East Main Street.

8:13 am A resident of Lumber Street reported that a hunter was parked on his property and did not want him parked there. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and advised that the operator moved the vehicle.

Santa  Claus Arrives

Above, Santa Claus,who is a friend of Hopkinton Police Dispatcher Lou Gonzalez, gets a ride from Tom McIntyre in his antique fire engine to the Hopkinton Common where scores of kids and adults awaited his arrival in a light drizzle on Saturday. Photo by Meaghan Deraad.


Not a Drill

December 3, 2012 — A Hopkinton Fire Engine arrives at Center School as the students march onto the Hopkinton Common as they have practiced in drills. This time, however, they were evacuated due to a strong odor of natural gas. Simultaneously, the Fire Department responded to Elmwood School for the report of a 51 year-old male with chest pains.


Enjoying the Warm Weather

December 3, 2012 — This great blue heron enjoys the northern end of Lake Maspenock during these warm spells. As the bird faces the western sky, the sun lights its eyes


Macbeth a Triumph for Middle School Actors

Macbeth1 -- Scottish thanes and Norwegian soldiers clash above,  in this opening scene from "Macbeth" last weekend at Hopkinton Middle School.  Below, Malcolm, the rightful king of Scotland, played by Matthew Fliegauf, is hoisted by Lennox (Jake LeBlanc) and Ross (Galen Graham) in the final scene of "Macbeth" last weekend at Hopkinton Middle School.  Photos by Mike Rosensweig.


Fun, Democrat-Style

December 3, 2012 — Some of the Town Democratic Committee, family members, as well as newly elected Governor's Councillor Robert Jubinville and re-elected State Rep Carolyn Dykema got together for the holidays on Saturday.



Special Town Election
Middle School Gym
Monday, December 3,  2012
Polls open 7:00 am - 8:00 pm


'Twas the 24th Open House at Hopkinton Drug

December 2, 2012 — Let Terri and Dennis greet you and then check out the beautiful voices, the merrimaking, and Santa speaking to the children.


Get a Sneak Peak Inside Webster First Federal Credit Union Opening Celebration


Common Celebration

December 1, 2012 — Santa arrived at the Hopkinton Common today in time for the tree lighting and singing of carols, but didn't stay long amid the freezing drizzle and unseasonably chilly temperatures.


And a one, and a two...

December 1, 2012 — Hopkinton resident Adriana Bremermann got her shot at conducting a group of musicians this afternoon, when she was invited to play the part of maestro to the New Sound Assembly Chorus (pictured below) singing a cappella during Hopkinton Drug's 24th Annual Holiday Open House.

There'll be more of the same on Sunday. Click on the segment below to see the full flyer.

Eighteen and Counting

November 30, 2012 — Webster First Federal Credit Union CEO, Michael Lussier was on hand to cut the ribbon at the grand opening celebration at their eighteenth branch opening at 22 South Street today, in the plaza with Price Chopper. Visitors and customers were treated to food and refreshments and live entertainment as well as balloon animals for the kids. They topped it off by presenting a check for $3,000 to Project Just Because. Please check back tomorrow for a short video hello from Mr. Lussier.

Shop Holiday Hours at Boosters Store


Hopkinton High School students (left to right) Carmen Ramos, Allison Raybuck, Dacotah Clark, Courtney Manning and Alec Vost get their holiday shopping done early at the Boosters store -- where all proceeds benefit Hopkinton athletics.  Located just inside the lobby at the high school, the store is open every day during lunch block from 10:45 a.m. to 12: 20 p.m.  Extended holiday hours include:  Monday through Friday, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturdays – December 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – and during evening basketball games on Tuesdays, Dec. 11 and 18 as well as Friday, Dec. 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Hopkinton Youth Basketball Fan Appreciation Night).  Check the website at www.hopkintonboosters.com for more detailed information and also a first peek at the all new on-line shopping option. 


 HPTA Announcements
  • • Registration for the Holiday Art Workshop for both MS & Hopkins have been extended until 12/4.

  • • The deadline for the HPTA Reflections has been extended to 12/7.

  • Sue Starzyk, a math tutor at Hopkins, recently lost her home to a fire. Everyone got out safely, but she is left with nothing. The Hopkins staff is collecting money and household items for Sue and her family. Kim Picard, at the front office of Hopkins, has a manila envelope for monetary contributions. On November 30th, the staff are going to present the collected items and money. If anyone is interested in donating, please see Kim Picard.

  • • Donations for Alyson Geary - The HPTA is taking donations from parents and members in honor of Alyson Geary. The Hopkinton High School principal will be leaving for a new job at the end of 2012. The HPTA would like to honor her years of service with a gift to the high school in her name. The gift to the HS will most likely be in the form of something associated with the Arts or Technology, both areas of passion for Alyson. If you would like to contribute to this gift, please mail your check, made payable to the HPTA to Jenni Schroeder at 8 West Elm Street. Please mail donations ASAP as time is of the essence. The gift will be presented to Alyson at a reception in her honor. Questions can be directed to Jenni at jimjenni@comcast.net. Thank you.

  • HPTA Marathon Numbers - HPTA has TWO marathon numbers up for grabs If you are interested in wearing an HPTA number, please submit your name in for the lottery to secretary@hptaonline.com by Monday, December 10, 2012.  The names will be pulled on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at our next Exec. Board Meeting.

  • HPTA - Winter Extracurricular Program - Early discounted registration for HPTA members begins December 06 at 9PM. Registration is available on a first-come first-served basis. Many classes fill quickly! Catalog will be available soon on www.hptaonline.com.

  • Harlem Wizards VS. Hopkinton Hotshots! event held on 2/10 @ 3pm.





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