December 23, 2012 — The piping at the top left of the photo at the dam owned by engineer Andy Boyce on the Hopkinton side of the Sudbury River feeds a turbine that turns and produces electricity for his home from the falling water. Once the pipe is filled with water, as it drops on the left side of the dam, a negative pressure behind it causes more water to get sucked in and continue to turn the turbine, much like a siphon hose. Unlike electricity generated by solar power, Mr. Boyce said he is not allowed to sell the excess back to the grid.
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December 23, 2012 — This MBTA train is slowing down at the Southborough station, close to the Hopkinton line. The photographer used a slow shutter speed, 1/30 of a second, and panned the camera from left to right with the train's movement in order to blur the background and keep the train relatively in focus. even though the camera itself is difficult to hand-hold without shake with a 100mm lens.
Carolyn E. (Doran) Chace, 87
Carolyn E. (Doran) Chace,
died Saturday, December 15, 2012 in Worcester. A dedicated
teacher in the Dover School system for 20 years, she loved
travel and adventure and had a passion for life. She was the
widow of John A. Chace and is survived by her daughter
Gretchen H. Dalak, four grandchildren and two
Norton 62, Hopkinton 48
December 22, 2012 — Hopkinton Boys fell to Norton on Friday in a hard fought away game. Photo by John Daley.
Calling All Angels
Hopkinton Farmers Market Team is calling all volunteers to our
first meeting on Tuesday, January 8, 7pm-9pm, Weston Nurseries
Greenhouse, 93 East Main St. Hopkinton.
We need your help to make the new Hopkinton
Farmers Market a great celebration of food and community. As we
begin planning a facelift and a new location for the market we
are looking for a group of enthusiastic volunteers. Enjoy local
fresh foods? Want to be a part of the action? Want to be one of
several market managers? We will be looking for people to help
in many areas: marketing, fundraising, logistics, children’s
activities, music and entertainment, food vendor selection and
much more. Please join us to make the Hopkinton Farmers Market a
destination for our community. Have a question? Send anyone of
us a note.
Laura Davis firstname.lastname@example.org
Hopkinton 63, Norton 32
December 21, 2012 — Above, Taylor Sokol watches her shot ooze through the net toward the end of tonight's game as Hopkinton hosted Norton at home and won 63-32.
Updated Friday, December 21, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
12:35 am Sgt. Scott vanRaalten placed an individual into Protective Custody on Hayward Street.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
7:41 pm Officer
William Burchard arrested Michael J. Bailey, 47, of
Riverbend Road, Upton, on Saddle Hill Road and charged him
with Failure to Drive In Right Lane and OUI Liquor.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
10:27 pm A 911 caller from Canterbury Lane reported a suspicious incident of a man banging on his door, claiming that he sold his iPhone and received counterfeit money. Two officers responded and took a report.
7:04 pm A caller from Main Street reported that she took custody of a dog after its owner could not care for it and now the owner wants the dog back. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and took a report.
2:47 pm A 911 caller reported a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on East Street. Four officers responded to assist the Fire Department and take a report.
1:45 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Grove Street.
1:32 pm A 911 caller from Main Street reported damage to his vehicle. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and spoke with the individuals.
12:49 pm Officer Philip Powers responded to Hayden Rowe Street to take a breaking and entering of a motor vehicle report.
12:09 pm A 911 caller reported that there was a tree down with damage to a pole on Wood Street. The Fire Department responded and stood by until the telephone company responded.
8:38 am A walk-in from David Joseph Road spoke with Officer Thomas Griffin regarding fraud.
3:24 am Officer John Moran spoke with an individual who fell asleep while getting gas on West Main Street.
2:15 am Sgt. Scott vanRaalten checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on South Street.
12:12 am Sgt. Scott vanRaalten placed an individual into Protective Custody on Hayward Street.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
7:04 pm A 911 caller reported that a motor vehicle had crashed into a telephone pole on Saddle Hill Road and had its airbags deployed. Two officers responded with the Fire Department and subsequently arrested a 47 year old male from Upton and charged him with Failure to Drive In Right Lane and OUI Liquor.
6:18 pm A walk-in reported a domestic situation. Officer Peter Booth spoke with all the individuals involved and summonsed one person into court for domestic assault and battery.
6:52 pm A 911 caller reported a possible disturbance or fight involving youths on Ash Street. Two officers responded and spoke with the individuals who stated that they were talking loudly because they had a bad day.
5:36 pm A caller reported that a small dog was running in and out of the roadway on Wood Street, causing a traffic back up. Officer William Burchard checked the area with a negative find on the dog.
5:07 pm Officer Matthew McNeil reported that he came upon a telephone companies truck that was blocking part of the roadway on Grove Street. The operator stated that he was just finishing up and was advised of the roadway regulations.
3:53 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Matthew McNeil regarding her vehicle being broken into and her purse being stolen while she was at school.
2:44 pm The Fire Department reported a call concerning an emergency phone that was in an elevator on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and checked the area with a negative find.
1:05 pm Officer Stephen Buckley checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on East Street.
12:19 pm A caller reported that a female was possibly slumped over the steering wheel of her vehicle in a driveway on Elm Street. Officer David Shane responded and spoke with the individual who was ok.
11:33 am Officer Stephen Buckley responded to School Street and spoke with a resident regarding attempted fraud.
10:23 am A Front Street resident reported that a package was stolen off of her front steps overnight. Officer Stephen Buckley located the delivery truck, determined the location of the package, and then delivered it back to the resident.
10:18 am Officer Philip Powers took a report of a disturbance at a school assembly.
9:45 am The Holliston Police Department reported an erratic operator heading into Hopkinton on Ash Street. Two officers responded to check the area with a negative find.
8:24 am Officer David Shane assisted the Fire Department with a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on 495.
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Superintendent Search: Finalists Announced
Interim Super Dr. Steven Hiersche Makes the Cut
December 21, 2012 — Congressman-elect Joe Kennedy rolls up his sleeves and gets ready to work at Project Just Because [PJB] as founder Cherylann Lambert Walsh explains the order he has to pick for child number 15,132, one more than last year. The first item on the list is a fire truck, which the newly wed, newly elected former prosecutor found joy in discovering (Below). The group observed a moment of silence at 9:30 am this morning in memory of the tragedy at Newtown,Connecticut, as requested by the nation's leaders.
PJB is a charity that Ms. Lambert Walsh began in her basement fourteen years ago, and has blossomed into a year-round charity serving the needs of area families. It operates out of former office/light industrial space at 85 South Street in Hopkinton with rooms full of Tupperware storage bins stacked as high as any of the twenty volunteers can reach. Ms. Lambert Walsh expressed hope that Mr. Kennedy's participation would encourage more corporate participation.
"For the majority of families, these are the only presents they get," said Operations Manager Karen Regan, pointing to the orders lined up for pickup near the front desk, and tagged with a confidential number to preserve privacy so that people can feel comfortable about accepting the gifts without stigma.
Learn more at http://projectjustbecause.org/ or call 508-435-6511.
Mary K. Venezia (nee Bortree), 89
Mary K. Venezia (nee Bortree), 89 formally of Cape Coral, Fl. passed away on Thursday, December 13, 2012. She was born in Tuxedo, NY on August 9, 1923. Mary was the oldest daughter of Clesson and Katherine Bortree. Both her sisters have predeceased her as well as her beloved husband, Joseph of 66 years. She is survived by her 2 daughters, Katherine (Ron) Yankee, JoAnne Venezia, and 2 sons, Paul (Nina) and John (Laura) and her only grandchild Joseph.
Mary graduated from Thevenet Hall in Highland Mill, NY in 1941 and went on to NYC doing secretarial work until her marriage in 1944. Her husband, Joe was a career army officer and for the next 28 years they traveled half the world with new Army assignments and raised 4 children. Mary went back to work in 1960 and did various secretarial work for several banks and a US Congressman until her husband and she retired to Cape Coral, Fl. in 1977. They enjoyed 33 happy years of Florida retirement. These last years without her dear husband have been difficult, and while her family will miss her, she is now back in company of her life partner and at peace.
Mary was a devoted Roman Catholic and daily mass participant for most of her adult life. She was an avid and prolific knitter, seamstress, and reader. Mary was active in the Catholic women's group at the St. Andrews, Ladies of the Elks, and St. Vincent DePaul Society. Visitation will be on Monday December 17 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 SW Pine Island Rd. Cape Coral. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday December 18 at 11:30 AM at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 2628 Del Prado Blvd, Cape Coral, with entombment to follow at Coral Ridge Cemetery. Please visit www.coralridgefuneralhome.com to leave online condolences. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society. Arrangements by Coral Ridge Funeral Home and Cemetery.
Man Injured in East Street Crash
December 20, 2012 — A 59 year-old Hopkinton man was taken to MetroWest Medical Center via Hopkinton ambulance under Advanced Life Support protocol after striking a tree on East Street near the YMCA property. The man told a good Samaritan who rushed to the scene that he swerved to avoid an animal in the road. The tree he hit is off-camera in the main photo, but is shown in an inset on the right. The car smashed into the tree and wound up facing in the other direction.
25 % Off at Weston Nurseries
December 20, 2012 — Weston Nurseries is offering a bounty inside their Garden Center at 25%off. Not everything is included, but a lot is, including artificial trees and the very large Santa in the second row, above. For those who have yet to purchase a quality cut Frasier Fir, there are very few left.
HCA Receives $7,500 Grant from the Foundation for MetroWest
HOPKINTON, MA (December 20, 2012) – The
Hopkinton Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that it has
received a $7,500 grant from the Foundation for MetroWest. The
grant will fund after-school visual arts and music/theater
programs for adolescents, and acting classes and art and lecture
workshop series for seniors.
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December 19, 2012 — Tuesday morning visitors to the Senior Center were greeted by icy barren limbs surrounding the armed forces monument.
Above, police and fire responded to a car off of the road on Saddle Hill Road shortly after 7:00 pm this evening. The driver refused treatment by the Fire Department ambulance, but was instead given accommodations at Police Headquarters, under arrest for OUI .
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
8:11 pm A caller reported an erratic operator on Cedar Street who just passed into Southborough. The Southborough Police Department was notified and responded.
2:11 pm Officer David Shane assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.
2:12 pm A resident of Ash Street reported that a man unknown to her was at her house in a white van and walked to the back of the house to put a card in the door. Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with the individual who was a contracted painter for the resident and had lost their phone number and was just leaving a note.
10:25 am A 911 caller from Hayden Rowe Street reported a dryer fire. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and assisted the Fire Department.
10:20 am Officer Stephen Buckley was unable to locate a reported disabled motor vehicle on Lumber Street.
9:33 am Officer Thomas Griffin responded to Leman Lane to take a report of a stolen cell phone.
7:26 am Three officers responded to Stewart Street to assist the DHS with executing a search warrant.
6:01 am A caller reported wires down School Street. The Fire Department responded and determined it to be a branch on the wires and notified the electrical company.
5:26 am A Hearthstone Road resident reported hearing a metal-type crash outside. Officer John Moran responded and located a dog walker who said that they startled another dog walker which caused the sound heard.
1:16 am Officer John Moran checked a parked motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.
12:39 am A caller reported vehicles parked on both sides on Fenton Street making the roadway narrow. Officer John Moran spoke with the residence and about half a dozen vehicles were removed.
HSI seeks public's help identifying 'Jane Doe' producer of child pornography,
rescuing young child from ongoing sexual abuse
WASHINGTON — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) urgently needs the public's help to identify a suspected child pornography producer. The agency is seeking the arrest of an unidentified woman for producing child pornography and the rescue of a 4 to 5-year-old victim of sexual exploitation.
The "Jane Doe" criminal complaint and arrest warrant signed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is the second obtained by HSI's Child Exploitation Investigations Unit this year. The first Jane Doe was arrested with her husband in Portland, Ore., in September, after the agency sought and received tips from the public to identifying her.
Jane Doe, pictured here, is described by HSI special agents as a Caucasian female, 23 to 29 years old, with a medium build, brown hair with blond highlights and hazel/green eye color. She has a mole on her left thigh and a tongue piercing, with a white round stud with a pink dot. Although her whereabouts are unknown, special agents investigating this case believe she lives somewhere in the United States. She is believed to have produced at least one long-form child pornography video featuring herself engaging in explicit sexual conduct with a 4 to 5-year-old victim.
HSI special agents received an investigative referral from the Danish National Police, after the video was downloaded by law enforcement officers in Denmark. The material was submitted to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the national clearinghouse for child sexual exploitation material. The center determined that the victim had not yet been identified or rescued.
Jane Doe's information and photos are also being distributed through law enforcement channels by the HSI Victim Identification Unit in an effort to find the perpetrator and rescue the victim.
HSI is requesting that anyone with information about this person contact the agency immediately, in one of two ways:
All tips will remain anonymous. Individuals should not attempt to apprehend the suspect personally.
HSI's Victim Identification Program seeks to rescue child victims of sexual abuse and exploitation and bring the perpetrators to justice.
State Police Motor
Vehicle Stop Results in Large Seizure of Narcotics
December 19, 2012 — Today, at 12:50AM, Trooper Rafael Cazares assigned to the State Police Barracks in Northampton was on patrol on High Street in the City of Holyoke. Trooper Cazares observed a 2009 Acura TL with its
While the trooper was conducting the motor vehicle stop, he detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car. Trooper Cazares requested and received assistance from Sergeant Michael Andrews and Trooper Joshua Rucho of the Northampton Barracks.
ARZATE and BERARD were asked to step out of the vehicle so the troopers could conduct a motor vehicle inventory. During the inventory, Trooper Rucho located a plastic baggie containing a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine in the front seat center console, eight cell phones, a white plastic bag containing a large amount of cash approximately $13,000, and 15 pounds of individually packaged clear bags containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana in the trunk. Upon the discovery, ARZATE attempted to flee on foot but after a brief pursuit was apprehended.
Both parties were placed under arrest and transported to the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Northampton where they were booked. They were charged with Trafficking in Cocaine and Possession to Distribute Class D. Additionally, ARZATE was charged with a Plate light violation.
Both men will be arraigned in Holyoke District Court.
The approximate street value of the cocaine is $20,000 and the marijuana is $4,000 a pound.
Hopkinton Public Library Foundation Awarded 2 Numbers for the 2013 Boston Marathon
December 19, 2012, Hopkinton, Mass. – On November 20, 2012, the town of Hopkinton awarded two 2013 Boston Marathon numbers to the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation (HPLF) in the town’s nonprofit marathon number lottery. HPLF is excited to provide these number(s) to Jamie and Treavor Weeden of Hopkinton, who will compete in the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2013, and raise money to restore, renovate and expand Hopkinton Public Library. If you would like to support Jamie and Treavor, please visit the HPLF website http://hopkintonpubliclibraryfoundation.org.
Jamie and Treavor, a former middle school teacher and Tax Partner at PwC in Boston, and are the parents of two young children. The Weedens are both veteran distance runners and enjoy the outdoors. Jamie and Treavor say they are running for the library because “[F]rom the children meeting … for story hour, to the teens having a meeting place for after school, to the book clubs and specialty interest groups that meet on a regular basis, everyone would benefit from this new facility.”
In conjunction with this Boston Marathon fundraiser, HPLF will raise funds for the restoration, renovation and expansion of the library through numerous events and projects throughout 2013, including the ongoing Heritage Quilt Project, the 2nd Annual Mother-Daughter Princess Tea to be held January 27, 2013, and the 2nd Annual Touch-A-Truck to be held May 19, 2013. For more information about HPLF events and projects, please visit http://hopkintonpubliclibraryfoundation.org.
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Monday, December 16, 2012
7:41 pm Officer Peter Booth assisted Art's Towing with a disabled motor vehicle on East Main Street.
1:42 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer was unable to locate a downed tree reportedly on Cedar Street, after checking from Downtown to the Southborough line.
10:28 am Officer DeBoer removed a limb from the roadway on Cedar Street.
7:54 am Officer Patrick O'Brien assisted adisabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.
7:44 am Officer David Shane assisted a driver who went off of the road on East Main Street and onto a rock.
6:29 am Officer John Moran did not locate a vehicle on Fawn Ridge Road that a caller reported could be stuck.
6:24 am Officer Moran issued a civil citation for violation of town bylaws prohibiting construction work before 7:00 am.
4:22 am AAA reported a member out of gas near Weston Nurseries on East Main Street whose phone batteries had died. Officer Moran placed the individual in protective custody.
1:57 am Officer Linda Higgins checked on an individual in his vehicle on West Main Street and moved him along.
1:18 am An Angelo Drive resident reported footsteps on her porch and a ding-dong-ditch. Officer Moran checked with neighbors, but did not find the offender.
And the Sign Says...
December 18, 2012 — One Woodville resident is pleased that someone has seen fit to put up a strong, bronze sign that will last for generations, but wonders if anyone can read it. Mouse-over to see it close up.
Dog Waste + Drinking Water = CONTAMINATION
The town municipal well fields offer a number of great walking trails at Fruit Street and Charles McIntyre Lane, off Lake Whitewall. However we have noticed an increase in the amount of pet waste that is being left behind in the direct recharge area of the wells. This waste poses a potential risk of contamination of the water supply. We ask that anyone who is walking their dog in the vicinity of the wells, to please pick up after their pet to ensure the safety of our drinking water supply. Eric Carty, Water-Sewer Manager
Hopkinton Resident Has Vision for Motion Picture Studio,
on Former Grounds of Westborough State Hospital
South African native and Hopkinton resident Anton Nel sat down with Alexandria Ellis in the HopNews office to discuss his plans to convert the former grounds of the Westborough State Hospital into a mixed use development with a state-of-the-art 96,000 ft² Motion Picture Studio at its heart, surrounded by a hotel — possibly 5-star — an amphitheater for Shakespeare in the Park as well as restaurants, offices and retail stores. Check it out above.
Dale Cameron Cook
Cameron Cook of Woodville, MA, died the
morning of December 1, 2012. Dale passed away
peacefully in his sleep at home, where he had lived for
more than 20 years with his wife, Terry Holden. Dale was
born on July 30, 1940, in Los Angeles, CA, to Lt.
Commander George and Jean (Beymer) Cook. The Cooks lived
in Altadena, CA, and Dale graduated from John Muir High
School in 1958. As a young man, he discovered a love for
electronics, and he would often take apart and put back
together devices to see how they worked. He was an avid
amateur radio operator, with call letters K6IUL. He and
his father constructed a 60-foot tower in their back
yard, and he was able to pull in signals from all over
He attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, and received dual degrees, including an MS in electrical engineering in 1963. Aftergraduation, he married his first wife, Mary, and moved to Phoenix, AZ, where the couple had their first son, Nathanial. The family later moved to Massachusetts, where their second son, Bryan, was born. For many years, Dale worked at Digital Equipment Corporation in diagnostics, and he later taught about computers at Bentley College and other sites, before his retirement.
Dale loved New England — its nature, landscapes, and seasons — and he often said he considered himself a true New Englander, even though he’dgrown up in California. He liked the outdoors, and followed a number of interests there, including orienteering, canoeing, jogging, walking, biking, and cross country skiing. He liked building and repairing things, from Heathkit television sets to an aerial TV antenna that towered above his house back in the 1970s. He also loved mental challenges, including acrostic puzzles and watching "Jeopardy!" He was an avid Ham radio user for a time (his call letters " N1US " were his license plate numbers for years), and he loved cheering on the Boston Red Sox. He loved sharing stories and anecdotes, playing Hearts, and watching "Dallas," and, later, "House."
Dale leaves behind his wife and partner of 33 years, Theresa Holden; two sons, Nathanial, of Norwood, MA, and Bryan (Kirsten), of Okanogan, WA; abrother, Marshall (Ellen), of Madison, WI; a nephew, Jeremiah (Kimberly), of Stoughton, WI; and many other friends and family members, who will miss him dearly. A private ceremony for family and friends will be held for Dale in the near future. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com
Sunday, December 16, 2012
10:35 pm Officer Peter Booth checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on East Main Street.
9:17 pm Officer Linda Higgins assisted the Fire Department with an arching wire on Main Street.
8:51 pm Officer Peter Booth assisted the Fire Department with a CO detector that was going off at a residence on Tammer Lane.
4:05 pm Two officers responded to a motor vehicle accident with personal injuries on Wood Street.
2:49 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer assisted the Fire Department with a fire alarm activation on Davis Road.
9:44 am A caller reported that there was a roll of fencing in the roadway on route 495. The State Police were notified.
9:36 am A 911 caller reported a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on West Main Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded to assist.
4:35 am Sgt. John Porter assisted the Fire Department with a fire alarm activation on Main Street.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
5:55 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten assisted the Southborough Police Department with a perimeter search for a suspect on Turnpike Road.
5:33 pm A Cedar Street resident reported hearing what he believed to be a loud explosion. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area but did not hear anything suspicious.
4:16 pm There were multiple 911 calls regarding a youth that tore up the athletic fields on Greenwood Road with his vehicle. Three officers responded and spoke with all the youths involved and advised that there was no damage to the fields.
3:55 pm The State Police assisted a disabled motor vehicle on 495.
1:26 am A caller reported heavy equipment being operated on Elm Street. Officer Jacob Campbell responded and advised that he shut down an electrical company that was doing a project.
Friday, December 14, 2012
10:12 pm A resident of Colella Farm Road reported that two vehicles pulled up in front of his house, one of the vehicles parked on the side of the road, and the occupants got out of it and into the other vehicle which then drove away. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area and advised that there was no further suspicious activity.
6:37 pm There were multiple 911 calls for a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Hayden Rowe Street. Three officers responded to assist.
5:20 pm A Grove Street resident spoke with Officer Gregg DeBoer regarding being harassed on the phone due to a possible scam.
5:16 pm A resident of Fenton Street complained about an on-going issue of a woman constantly texting while driving through his neighborhood and who has nearly hit people several times.
4:15 pm A caller reported that he was just almost hit, while crossing the roadway on Main Street, by a vehicle that ran a red light. Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the area with a negative find on the vehicle.
3:26 pm The Upton Police Department reported an erratic operator on 495. The State Police were notified and responded.
1:58 pm Officer Stephen Buckley assisted the Fire Department with gaining entry into a house on School Street which had an alarm sounding with no one home.
12:50 pm An anonymous caller reported that suspicious people were on the property of a home that the town tore down on Meserve Street. Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with the person who stated that he was given permission by the contractor to take some scrap metal. He was advised to remove the items in his vehicle and come back with the contractor.
11:42 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.
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