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Attention 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 (andrew@mcfujs.net) if you would like to participate.


Senior Dinner

Senior Moments

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 Senior Center this past week.   The center is all decked out in preparation for the holiday, looking pretty special for this Christmas season.


This year, the much awaited Hopkinton Police Association’s annual Christmas Party for Hopkinton’s senior citizens was held at the Senior Center on Saturday, December 8.  The weather couldn’t have been better-- the place was packed!   

Tom Lemon started this tradition ten years ago and it has become one of the senior’s favorite events.   This party was sort of an off shoot from the Fishing Derby, starting many years ago.  There happened to be some extra money left over from the derby donations, so Lemon decided it would be great to do something nice for the seniors in town.  His idea was to host a Christmas party, so enlisted the help of off-duty police officers and their families—wives and children of all ages, to help make the night a great success.   

Officers Pat O’Brien and Phil Powers are now the organizers of this special night and they did a tremendous job! There’s always a wonderful turkey dinner put on by John Tomasz from TJ’s and lots of great prizes donated by many of the businesses in town.  This year the seniors enjoyed the donations from Golden Spoon, Colella’s and Jerry’s Sunoco just to name a few.   All the officers, their wives and children, served the meal to close to 200 people “a la family style”—everyone was lending a helping hand.  The great room was filled with a sea of red and white; everyone was in such a festive mood with their jingle bell earrings and necklaces, Santa hats and Christmas clothing galore.  Santa (aka Scotty Mackin) made a special appearance and passed out candy canes to everyone!  Pat O’Brien said, “The seniors look forward to this; it’s a time where they can have fun, feel comfortable and relaxed.”   A wonderful time was had by all.   Many, many thanks go out to the Hopkinton Police Department for hosting this wonderful Christmas party every year; they do such an AWESOME job!


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! 

Head-on Collision on East Main Street at Legacy Farms Entraps Driver

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.


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


Early 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.

Trooper Jeremiah Donovan was working about two miles away from the pedestrian accident when he observed an Infinity sedan with a hole in the windshield and a broken side-view mirror. Trooper Donovan stopped the vehicle and notified the command post he might have the vehicle involved in hitting the pedestrian. Trooper Isom responded to the scene and after speaking with the operator and his passengers, Trooper Isom placed DANIEL LISHNESS, 27, of Southwick under arrest.

LISHNESS was observed to heavy odor of an alcohol on his breath, was unsteady on his feet and was slurring his words. LISHNESS was transported to the State Police Barracks in Foxborough and booked on the following charges: OUI Liquor 2nd offense, leaving the scene of personal injury, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and OUI liquor with serious injury and negligent operation. He was held overnight and will appear this morning in Wrentham District Court. The victim, 30, of Boston, was reported to have a broken leg with cuts and bruises.


Police Incident/Arrest Log - Most Recent First

Updated Monday, December 10, 2012

Arrest Log

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.


Incident Log

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

 functioning properly.

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.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts


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

New Transactions from December 4, 2012 to December 10, 2012






165 Fruit Street Rachel L. Trueblood $560,000 December 7, 2012 Richard L. Bushman, Eleanor D. Bushman
13 Glen Road Rushik Girish Mehta, Kinjal Gandhi Mehta $629,000 December 7, 2012 Nicholas A. Balster, Alison S. Balster
10 Bullmoose Run Brad A. Robillard, Beth L. Robillard $518,700 December 7, 2012 Reem Property LLC
31 Overlook Road Ryan M. Elliott, Krista N. Elliott $855,000 December 7, 2012 Timothy J. Joyce, Michele M. Joyce
59 Walcott Valley Drive, unit 42 Lisa M. Albertelli $172,000 December 6, 2012 Virginia M. Mahar
10 Sanctuary Lane, unit 25 John W. Weaver, Susan A. Weaver $441,754 December 5, 2012 Weston Development Group Inc.
38 Parker Point Road Central Mass Remodeling LLC $90,000 December 5, 2012 Corey A. Teachout, Robert E. Grant
4 A Street Sheila Cabatingan, Paul Cabatingan $240,000 December 4, 2012 Mark A. Lange
19 Parker Point Road Peter Regan $362,000 December 4, 2012 Kathleen Blais, Mary Ann Bird Est.
22 Chamberlain Street Vincent J. Cerulle TR, Bellamax Realty Trust $5,000 December 4, 2012 William P. Kane
Last Week        
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


Dryer Fire

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.  



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 picninc.
       It was started, legend has it, by former Rep Barbara Gardner, a Holliston resident who was a Democrat. Following Ms. Gardner, Rep Paul Loscocco, a Republican, held the event to honor senior citizens and reach out to them one one one in a casual environment. And now, Rep Carolyn Dykema, a Democrat, has carried on the tradition.
        After Rep Dykema held her picnic this year, the Republican Party filed a complaint of a violation of campaign finance laws. The governing body found in Dykema's favor, saying it was a constituent event, not political in nature. The letter can be read here. Here is a release from her campaign:



The Massachusetts Office of Campaign & Political Finance (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.
"I'm glad this issue has been resolved," said Dykema. "In its finding, OCPF has confirmed what residents of this district have always known: the senior picnic is about our community and our seniors and not about campaign politics. I'm pleased that next year's picnic can go on as planned and I'm looking forward to continuing to recognize our seniors for all they contribute to our towns."


Fan Appreciation Night Sponsored by the Hopkinton Basketball Association

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.


Menorah Lighting

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 Public

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.

Christopher John Weigl, 23


Southborough- Christopher John 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.

An avid outdoorsman, Christopher obtained the rank of Eagle Scout at age 14 and remained an active member of Boy Scout Troop 1 till his eighteenth birthday. In addition to scouting, Christopher was an accomplished clarinet player throughout his years of schooling, and played in a variety of ensembles including the Central District Band and Orchestra, MetroWest Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra. After graduating Worcester Academy in 2007, Christopher matriculated to Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. Although eventually deciding upon a bachelors in English, photography supplanted music as the central passion of Christopher's life, and he could often be found shooting campus events for the student paper or the school's communications department.

By graduation, Christopher had served as both Photography Club President as well as Photography Editor of the Skidmore News. These pursuits were in addition to internships with Panorama Magazine, Emma Dodge Hanson Photography and KCK Photography, as well as a semester abroad in Florence, Italy to take more specialized photography classes. After graduation, Christopher indulged his love of travel by embarking on a six week trip through Operation Groundswell, a voluntourism organization, to find a story and do service projects in Cambodia and Thailand. It was on the little Cambodian island of Koh Rong, where he interviewed locals and uncovered a government takeover of the island, that Christopher found a story and cemented his love for photojournalism.

The experience in Southeast Asia seeded the first thoughts of graduate school, and after a year of working at Ritz Camera, driving limousines, building a photography business, and freelance reporting for the weekly Community Advocate, Christopher moved to Brighton to attend Boston University's Photojournalism Masters Program.
Fueled by his passion, his love and excitement for his work continued to grow, with new opportunities unfolding seemingly every day. Christopher's warmth, humor, integrity, love of life and friends, and his way of picturing the world will be missed by all who knew him.

Christopher is survived by his parents, Bonnie and Andy Weigl, his brother Dustin, and cat Ivy. Extended family includes grandmothers Buffy Rifkin and Etta Ruth Weigl, Uncle Karl Weigl and his daughter Nicole, Aunt Kit and Uncle John Potter, and their children, Valerie Friedlander and Megan Potter.

Please note: Christopher wrote most of the above in September as an initial assignment in his graduate program. Nobody could have imagined how important these words would become - so very soon.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 15, from 3-7:30p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St. (Rt. 16)
www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com A memorial service will take place on Sunday, December 16 at 2:00p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Holliston, MA, 725 Washington Street.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Boston University College of Communications, and designated for the Christopher Weigl Memorial Fund. These funds will create opportunities for passionate photojournalism students to continue Christopher's work helping students to discover the wonder of creating pictures that tell a story. To make a donation, please use this link, and be sure to indicate funds will be for the Memorial Fund. Thank you.


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 credentials:
1. One At-Large Resident who has Architecture, Engineering or Construction experience;
2. One At-Large Resident who has communications, public relations, marketing and/or facilitator experience;
3. One At-Large Resident with Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), school building, school administration, educational facility, or facility management experience; and
4. One At-Large resident.

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 http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/government/boards/bos  and submitting an application electronically
- or -
Print/download the application online http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/government/boards/bos  and submit to Hopkinton Public Schools via email, fax (508-497-9833) or standard mail.

Hopkinton Elementary School Building Committee Application
Attn: Assistant to the Superintendent
89 Hayden Rowe Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748

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.

High-tailing It

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 Left

December 7, 2012 — Dan Eastman scratches under the chin of Cherry, Chris Casella's favorite cow, on Pond Street today.



Police Incident/Arrest Log - Most Recent First

Updated Friday, December 7, 2012
Arrest Log

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

8:57 am
 Barry B. Maclean, 38, of Elm Street, Maynard, was arrested in Maynard and charged him with Violation of a Harassment Prevention Order in Hopkinton.

Incident Log

Thursday, December 6, 2012

11:45 pm
 The Upton Police Department requested that West Main Street be shut down at the water tower due to a fire on Hopkinton Road. Officer John Moran responded to assist.

9:33 pm
 A Wilson Street business reported that a suspicious motor vehicle was at a gate on their property. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area and advised that the vehicle was gone upon his arrival.
6:14 pm 
A 911 caller from Rice Street reported that her neighbor's dog just “attacked” her and her dog. Officer William Burchard spoke with both individuals involved and notified the Animal Control Officer.
5:11 pm
 A 911 caller reported that two men were trying to break into a house on Tammer Lane and then bolted when seen. Three officers checked the surrounding area but could not locate the individuals.
4:22 pm
 A Fruit Street resident reported an on-going issue with a contractor's dog. The Animal Control Officer was notified.
2:38 pm
 A 911 caller reported that a vehicle was following them, on Cedar Street, with its hazards on. Officer Thomas Griffin located the vehicle and spoke with the operator.
2:26 pm
 A caller reported that she was almost struck by a vehicle while walking on West Elm Street. Officer Philip Powers responded and spoke with the operator.
2:23 pm
 Officer Thomas Griffin advised an operator to move her vehicle, which was blocking a crosswalk on Main Street.
1:28 pm
 A walk-in from School Street spoke with Officer Stephen Buckley regarding larceny.
10:49 am
 Officer Stephen Buckley advised local merchants of preventative crime measures that can be taken.
8:22 am
 A 911 caller reported that a truck had lost some PVC pipes in the roadway on Wood Street. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and assisted the operator with clearing the road.
7:04 am
 Officer John Moran removed a sign from the roadway on East Main Street.
6:49 am
 Officer John Moran issued two citations for violation of a town by-law at Legacy Farms.
1:24 am
 A motorist reported a disabled motor vehicle on Cedar Street. The area was checked with a negative find.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

9:07 pm
 A resident of First Road reported that her 17 year old daughter ran away. After a few hours the girl returned home.
8:43 pm
 A caller from Main Street spoke with the Animal Control Officer regarding a stolen dog from Milford.
4:04 pm
 Officer Peter Booth investigated a harassment complaint on West Main Street.
2:52 pm
 A caller reported that his son was home alone and stated that a man, unknown to him, was walking up and down their driveway and told his son that he thought their kitty litter had fallen over. Officer Patrick O'Brien checked the area but the man was gone upon his arrival.
1:08 pm
 The Upton Police Department reported that they received a complaint of a small white dog running in traffic on West Main Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the area but could not locate the dog.
12:33 pm
 A walk-in spoke with Officer Gregg DeBoer regarding harassment from a former customer.
9:45 am
 Four officers assisted with a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on East Main Street.
7:58 am
 A caller reported that a Cedar Street business had a strong odor of natural gas inside. Officer David Shane responded and assisted the Fire Department.
4:22 am
 Sgt. John Porter checked on an individual who was walking by the Fire Department.
1:41 am
 Officer Linda Higgins removed trash from the roadway on West Main Street.
1:02 am
 Officer Linda Higgins checked a parked motor vehicle on Wood Street.
12:29 am
 A walk-in from Fruit Street spoke with Officer Aaron O'Neil regarding threatening text messages. Subsequently, a 38 year old male from Maynard was arrested and charged with Violation of a Harassment Prevention Order.


5:00 pm Deadline for Pulte at Legacy Farms
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.


Before the Restore...
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.




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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