former Hopkinton High Hockey Players!
The Hiller Hockey Alumni Game 2012 will take place on December 27 from 7:30pm - 9:30 pm at Navin Arena. The cost is $15 per player. Please contact Friends of Hiller Hockey (email@example.com) if you would like to participate.
Nancy L. Drawe
T’is the season to be jolly, merry, festive,
holly, and just plain ol’ happy! There’s
been plenty to be jolly about at the
This year, the much awaited Hopkinton Police
Association’s annual Christmas Party for
Hopkinton’s senior citizens was held at the
A reminder—the center will be closed during the week of Christmas from Monday, December 24 and will reopen again on Thursday, January 3, 2013. During this time, the staff will be able to catch up with office work, the volunteers will get a little vacation and it’s the chance for the place to get a good cleaning.
Next week you’ll get to read my column about special Christmas memories.
That’s it for now, so if you have any comments or suggestions, you can email me: Punkala@aol.com. Until next time, have a great week!
on East Main Street at Legacy Farms Entraps
December 12, 2012 — According to bystanders, the compact pickup truck heading westbound on East Main Street swerved hard into the eastbound lane and struck the eastbound white CRV on the left of the photo, activating airbags in each, and apparently totaling both vehicles. When emergency responders arrived, the female driver of the CRV was outside of her vehicle, standing off to the side, and the driver of the pickup was trapped in his vehicle. Firefighters took several minutes to extricate the driver of the pickup and prepare him for transport to UMASS trauma center.
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Donald F. Hart, Sr., 80
HOPKINTON - Donald F. Hart, Sr., 80, died Monday, December 10, 2012 in Framingham. Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home ( www.callanancronin.com ), are incomplete at this time.
School Bus vs. Tree
December 11, 2012 — A Hopkinton police officer was driving behind this school bus on Ash Street when the female driver lost consciousness, veered across the road, drove up onto a stone wall and slammed into a tree. The driver, who was conscious and alert when the officer approached her, was transported to Milford Regional Hospital under Advanced Life Support protocol, and the bus was removed from the side of the road by a heavy duty wrecker from Ted's Towing. She had just dropped off her last student, according to one witness.
Troopers on Patriots Detail Arrest OUI Operator After Striking Pedestrian in Foxborough
this morning at about one a.m., Trooper Michael
Isom was working the Patriots Game detail when
he was informed by a passing motorist that there
was an accident close to his assigned post.
Trooper Isom headed northbound on Route 1 when
he came upon a man lying on the road. The man
was in obvious pain and rolling around on the
ground. Trooper Isom requested EMS and gave out
a description of the suspect vehicle.
Friday, December 7, 2012
7:21 am Officer John Moran arrested Reinaldo Simbaina Tenezaca, 43, of Water Street, Milford, on West Main Street and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
10:04 pm A
motorist reported that the traffic light on
Main Street was not cycling properly.
Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and advised
that the light was
7:50 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.
5:35 pm A 911 caller reported a suspicious vehicle that was parked in her driveway. Officer Gregg DeBoer spoke with the limo driver who had the wrong address.
3:22 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten spoke with an individual, on Main Street, who possibly had a very old warrant hit. The person advised that he would take care of the issue with the court on Monday.
2:19 pm A caller reported that individuals were cutting down Christmas trees on East Main Street. Two officers responded and advised that all was ok.
8:18 am There was a report of a construction crew working on Elm Street. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and shut down them down for the day.
12:28 am Officer Jacob Campbell assisted with a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
10:04 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.
5:56 pm A resident of Cedar Street reported that there was a suspicious male leaning on his fence. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area with a negative find.
5:27 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten checked and spoke with the operation of a motor vehicle on Fruit Street.
4:43 pm Officer Matthew McNeil responded to a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on South Street.
12:47 pm The Holliston Police Department requested assistance for a motor vehicle accident with a road closure on Marshall Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to assist.
10:35 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted the Fire Department with a forced entry for a CO investigation.
7:29 am A Wood Street resident reported that an electrical transformer exploded. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and advised the electrical company.
6:41 am A walk-in reported that the Main Street traffic lights were not working properly. Officer Jacob Campbell responded and advised that they were working normally.
5:44 am A resident of Tiffany Trail reported that a CO detector was sounding and there was an odor of natural gas. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to assist the Fire Department.
Friday, December 7, 2012
10:35 pm A caller reported an erratic operator on South Street. Officer Peter Booth checked the area with a negative find.
5:59 pm Officer William Burchard responded to a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on West Main Street.
5:38 pm A 911 caller from Ash Street reported that her two dog were fighting and could not be separated. Two officers responded and the Animal Control Officer was notified.
5:12 pm A walk-in reported that there was a suspicious vehicle parked in front of his grand-children's house on Thayer Heights Road. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area with a negative find.
3:50 pm A 911 caller reported that a trailer was blocking South Mill Street so that a school bus could not pass. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and advised that they were gone upon his arrival.
12:45 pm A bank manager from South Street reported that a male tried to use an ATM inside and then walked away from it while yelling. The manager then found a card that belonged to a woman inside the ATM and stated that the individual meet up with other people outside who seemed suspicious. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and took a report.
12:45 pm An alarm company reported that they received a distress signal from a customer on West Main Street and were not able to communicate with them. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and advised that the button was pressed in error.
11:51 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted the Fire Department with elevator assistance on Hayden Rowe Street.
10:34 am A resident of Downey Street reported that an individual just came to her house for a chimney sweep appointment but they did not have such an appointment. Officer David Shane checked the area with a negative find.
9:02 am A caller reported that a utility trailer was parked on the side of Lakeshore Drive, making it difficult for large vehicles to pass. Officer David Shane responded and advised that large vehicle can pass through.
6:20 am Officer John Moran stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 43 year old male from Milford and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.
Milford Police Firing Range in Use on December 12, 2012
(Milford, MA.) The Milford Police Department’s Firing Range located off Cedar Street and nearby to the Milford Walking/Bike Trail and Walden Woods will be the site of active live firearms training on Wednesday December 12, 2012 from the hours of 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm.
December 10, 2012 — Deputy Chief Steve Slaman walks toward the home where he and his firefighters responded and doused a clothes dryer fire early this afternoon. Ashland Fire Department responded to the scene with their tower, an aerial ladder, and Milford responded to cover the station.
HPLF Announces Heritage Quilt Project
December 10, 2012, Hopkinton, Mass. – Become a part of history! Hopkinton Public Library Foundation (HPLF) announces the Heritage Quilt, a project to raise funds for the restoration, renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Public Library. Marathon Quilters, a small group of local quilters, will create a quilt that looks like a bookcase in our library, except the spine of each book will proudly display the names of those contributing to this historic project. For a gift of $75.00, your family or group’s name will appear on a spine of a book, alongside the names of several local and well-known authors, including Geraldine Brooks, Jenna Blum, and Laura Hillenbrand. Once completed in September 2013, the Heritage Quilt will be displayed in the library’s permanent collection.
Heritage Quilt forms are available at Hopkinton Public Library or online at www.hopkintonpubliclibraryfoundation.org. Tax-deductible contributions to Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, Inc. can be mailed to P.O. Box 16, Woodville, MA 01784 or made online at www.hopkintonpubliclibraryfoundation.org/support-our-mission/ All funds raised by the Heritage Quilt will be used for the restoration, renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Public Library.
The Heritage Quilt honors Hopkinton residents of the past and their long tradition of supporting the public library, and celebrates the residents, groups, organizations and businesses of today who are committed to the future of this essential community resource. Built in 1895, the original library building and collection were entirely funded by private donations. The two-story gothic stone building, consisting of 1,500 square feet, cost a total of $14,035. Former Hopkinton residents, John Quincy Adams (relative of the legendary Adams family of Quincy, MA) challenged the community by offering to give $4,000 towards the cost of a library building – provided they raise an additional $10,000 and have a building up and covered within two years. Within 24 hours after the receipt of Mr. Adam’s proposal, the community had raised more than half the amount required to make his pledge available. Today, Hopkinton residents, organizations and businesses once again have the opportunity to provide the financial support necessary to ensure that Hopkinton Public Library will serve the community for generations to come.
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Senior Picnic Given Okay by State
December 9, 2012 — For
years, senior citizens of Hopkinton,
Holliston, Medway, Southborough and
Westborough, the district currently served
by State Representative Carolyn Dykema, have
been treated to a picnic at the New England
Laborer's Training Facility in Hopkinton.
Photo, Republican Selectmen Michelle Gates
and Brian Herr distribute food at the 2012
The Massachusetts Office of Campaign &
(OCPF) has issued its finding in
response to a complaint filed this summer by
the Massachusetts Republican Party against
Rep. Carolyn Dykema. OCPF issued its official finding
in a letter dated Nov. 20,
2012. In its letter, OCPF announced it
has concluded its review and found that Dykema did not
inappropriately benefit from door prizes contributed by local businesses in
support of a senior citizen picnic, as alleged.
Night Sponsored by the Hopkinton Basketball
FREE Admission on Friday December 14, 2012 at Hopkinton HS
Girl’s Varsity Basketball vs. Dover/Sherborn 5 PM
Boy’s Varsity Basketball vs Dover/Sherborn 6:30 PM
Hopkinton Residents get in free- courtesy of the Hopkinton Basketball Association
Senior Dinner Put
on by Hopkinton Police
Check out the first report by Alexandria Ellis for HopNews, above, as she interviews Officer Powers.
December 8, 2012 — Members of Hopkinton's Jewish community said prayers in Hebrew and sang songs this evening during their Menorah lighting ceremony on the Hopkinton Common to celebrate the first day of Hanukkah. Below, David Auslander, who has led the coordinating of this event for several years, leads the reading of prayers with his children, by flashlight, under a light drizzle. His son, left, turned on the switch for the Menorah.
Police Officers Serve the
December 8, 2012 — Member of the Hopkinton Patrolman's Union dished out a hot turkey dinner to over 150 Senior Citizens this evening in the Hopkinton Senior Center.
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Christopher John Weigl, 23
Weigl, 23, passed away suddenly
December 6, 2012 as a result of a tragic
accident. A lifelong Massachusetts resident and
Boston University graduate student, Christopher
was born in Framingham and lived most of his
life in Southborough, MA.
Joint Press Release from Hopkinton School Committee and Board of Selectmen
December 7, 2012
The Board of Selectmen and the School Committee are pleased to announce an exciting new opportunity for citizens to become actively involved in the future of the Town’s schools. Membership applications are being accepted through Tuesday, December 18, 2012 to serve on the Hopkinton Elementary School Building Committee (HESBC). The HESBC will be comprised of elected officials, town employees and community volunteers.
The Board of Selectmen and
School Committee are seeking applications from
community volunteers with the following
The mission of the HESBC is to facilitate the development of a proposed solution to the operational and educational constraints of Center School. Specifically, the HESBC will develop, evaluate and, if appropriate, advance an elementary school building project worthy of Town support, including monitoring the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) School Building Grant Application process and advising the Board of Selectmen and School Committee during the construction of an MSBA Approved Project.
HESBC members will need to be available beginning in January 2013 to eventually participate in weekly or bi-weekly meetings throughout the life of the process of developing and completing a project - from Eligibility Phase to Project Completion. The ESBC will be expected make presentations of its progress and recommendations to joint meetings of the Board of Selectmen and School Committee, when requested.
It will be the responsibility of the Superintendent of Schools and the Town Manager to review applications and recommend appointments to both the School Committee and Board of Selectmen. Applications will be considered on the basis of: (a) Openings (b) Date received and (c) qualifications for the appointment sought. All applications are kept on file for consideration when openings occur.
As per the Town Charter, recommended appointments will be presented to the Board of Selectmen for approval. After Board of Selectmen approval, citizens will begin their service to our community.
Interested HESBC candidates
should fill out a volunteer application either
by visiting the town website at
and submitting an application electronically
Applications will be accepted through Friday, December 21, 2012. All applicants will be notified of their application status in early January. If you have further questions about the application process please contact 508-417-9360.
December 7, 2012 — This deer, which appears about as fat as a donkey, was one of three that crossed Pond Street this afternoon in front of the photographer, who had to turn around and get a better shot. As the deer spots the photographer on foot, it flicks its tail to reveal the white underside and warn its fellow travelers of the presence of danger.
A Little to the
December 7, 2012 — Dan Eastman scratches under the chin of Cherry, Chris Casella's favorite cow, on Pond Street today.
Updated Friday, December 7, 2012
5:00 pm Deadline for Pulte at Legacy
Ordered work must be completed or Cease and Desist order will be issued for the entire rest of site
December 7, 2012 — The Planning Board has heard complaints from neighbors of the expansive Legacy Farms development bordering Curtis Road, East Main and Clinton Streets about the work, the work beginning before the legal time, work done in prohibited areas, excessive dust, and dynamiting with no warning.
On October 17, 2012, the Planning Board sent a letter to Pulte Homes and Legacy Farms giving them until November 30, 2012 to complete remedial actions. At Monday's, December 3, 2012 meeting, the board heard from the developers as well as the neighbors that the work was not yet complete. They also admitted to a dust issue brought up by Planning Board Chairman Ken Weismantel, who is a frequent visitor to the site.
Working from a motion made by Planning Board member Mark Abate, the board voted to warn the developers to get it done by today by 5:00 pm December 7, 2012 or else the Zoning enforcement Officer would issue a Cease and Desist Order for all other, unrelated site development work.
In addition to work not being completed as promised, one resident of Curtis Road complained that there were no warning sounds prior to dynamite blasting, and equipment was being operated before the pre-7:00 am restriction on heavy equipment operation, despite developers' warnings to their contractors and signs on the property.
Following the meeting, two citations were issued by Hopkinton Police the next morning to violators of the bylaw.
UPDATE:(12/7/12 5:32 pm) According to Planning Board Chairman Ken Weismantel, Pulte passed muster this afternoon, and no additional order was levied.
Mouse-over for the "After" Image
December 6, 2012 — Owner of the new Old Town Liquors William Tetlow jumped a few hurdles to get to today, but has pretty much completed the painting restoration of the building at 70 Main Street.. Joe Varrichione Painting did the majority of the work, which can be seen by a mouse-over of the photo above. And as the flag suggests, the store is now open for business.
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December 5, 2012 — TLC, The Learning Center of Hopkinton, held their annual lighting ceremony at 4:45 pm today, lighting more trees than ever. After the trees were lit, the children and staff sang holiday songs, which will be presented here on video, hopefully later today.
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