December 30, 2012 — Rush-hour traffic was conspicuous by its absence Downtown this past Friday, as it appears most people left work early or had the day off.
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You could win $25.
The home with the
brilliant holiday display featured last
night (scroll down) is on Falcon Ridge
Drive. HopNews offered $25 to the
person who emailed with the correct name of
before midnight last night. Unfortunately,
the correct answer, which we did get, did
not come until this morning.
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What a Night!
December 30, 2012 — The
region is digging out after a storm
last night that made travelling
difficult and dangerous. The DPW answered
concerns of residents and motorists relayed
by the Police Department regarding
slippery roads and cars off of the road.
Where is This
December 29, 2012 — Be the first to email Editor@HopNews.com with the name of the street this 100' wide display is on before midnight tonight and win a check for $25.00. Previous winners of a prize from HopNews are not eligible.
Fire in Lumber on Lumber
December 29, 2012 — An alert homeowner on Whirty Circle called in a fire in some building materials behind a home under construction on Lumber Street at dusk today. Smoke rises from behind the home as firefighters douse the flames with water.
Hopkinton vs. Concord Carlisle
January 29, 2012 — The Hopkinton Girls cheer on their teammate, Emma Galeucia, in a match against Concord-Carlisle in the Breast Stroke. The girls and boys both won the meet. ~John Daley
December 29, 2012 — Workers were busy at Legacy Farms today working on the Simplex model home on Pulte's plot of land, where the first 25% of 270 non-rental homes are planned. For several generations of Americans who have been paid by the hour, the word "Simplex" greeted them at their time-clock. But in this instance, the word is used to define a single owned home that is on a site owned in common with an association, like a condo. The difference between this type of home and a home on its own land is that the homes only need to be 25 feet from the nearest other home on land in common ownership. A duplex model will be built across the street from this, according to Legacy Farms CEO Roy S. MacDowell Jr.
Mr. MacDowell said he believes there is a pent up demand for this type of housing.
"In the last two or three months, the market has really been increasing," he said today.
December 29, 2012 — Military veteran Paul Phipps was laid to rest today in a military ceremony at Evergreen cemetery, following a funeral Mass at St. John's Church, where his body was brought in a hearse with a prominent Marine Corps emblem, and a casket adorned with golfer icons on all four corners as American Legion Post 202 provided an honor guard .
The long, full life of Mr. Phipps was woven with a string of accomplishments, from his successes as a young athlete, a Marine officer who served at Iwo Jima, a local businessman, and the founder of many Hopkinton institutions.
At 91, he was also a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Margaret M. "Peg" (McMaster) Zilembo, 83
Hopkinton: Margaret M. "Peg" (McMaster) Zilembo,83, of Hopkinton formerly of Marlborough died Thursday (Oec.27,2012) at Milford Hospital after a short illness.
She leaves her husband of 66 years Michael J. Zilembo and two daughters Susan M. Lindberg and Dale A. Zilembo both of Hopkinton. Also leaves a grandson Sean M. Lindberg of San Diego, CA. and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Richard G. McMaster,Jr.
She was born in Marlborough daughter of the late Richard G. and Catherine (Shortsleeve) McMaster and has lived in Hopkinton for the past 34 years. Mrs. Zilembo worked at Raytheon in Waltham for over 37 years before retiring in 1995. She also worked at the former Dennison Manufacturing Co. in Marlborough and for the Town of Hopkinton and served as Trustee for the Apple Tree Hill Condo Association in Hopkinton. She also enjoyed working at the polls at election time in Hopkinton.
She loved music, reading, animals (especially her dog Alex). gardening movies, the mountains, the ocean and had a great love of her country. She also enjoyed the Red Sox and watching dancing and ice skating.
She will be greatly missed by her family and friends and remembered by all fiS a very kind,giving,lovine person who used her Rreat sense of humor to brighten the lives of everyone who knew her.
Funeral will be held Thursday Jan.3,2013) at 10 A.M. from the John P. Rowe Funeral Home Inc., 57 Main St., Marlborough with a Mass at 11 A.M. in the Immaculate Conception Church, 11 Prospect St., Marlborough. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Marlborough.
Calling hours at the funeral home are Wednesday (rom 5 to 8 P.M. Flowers may be sent of memorial donations may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, Ma 01702.
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Photo Review Part II
Below is a fast-paced slideshow with pans, zooms, wipes and fades set to music of HopNews photos in the last half of 2012
Scroll down two sections to see Part I
Thursday, December 27, 2012
9:42 pm The DPW reported that a vehicle was off of the roadway onto a large rock on Pond Street. Two officers responded, advised that there was damage to a street sign and took a report.
9:25 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer came across the sheathing to a fire alarm that was down on Rafferty Road.
8:33 pm A caller reported that he was cut off by a white SUV at the traffic light on South Street. He stated that he lost the vehicle in Milford.
7:19 pm A caller reported that a vehicle was off of the roadway on Peach Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and advised that the operator had a person in route to winch him out.
6:41 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil assisted the Southborough Police Department with a domestic disturbance on Prentiss Street.
4:13 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.
10:24 am A resident reported that someone has been dumping trash at the end of Lincoln Street.
9:28 am Lieutenant Charles Wallace assisted the Highway Department on Hayden Rowe Street.
8:40 am A caller reported a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on West Main Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and took a report.
1:35 am A 911 caller reported a power line down in Milford. The Milford Police Department was notified.
1:09 am Officer Jacob Campbell ticketed a vehicle that was hindering snow removal on White Street.
1:07 am Officer Jacob Campbell issued a ticket to a vehicle for hindering snow removal on Huckleberry Road.
1:05 am A motor vehicle was ticketed and towed from Huckleberry Road for being parked in the roadway.
12:25 am Officer Linda Higgins checked a motor vehicle on Tammer Lane.
Photo Review Part I
Please enjoy a replay of HopNews photos from the first half of 2012, Part I, above.
We'll begin working on getting the second half together straight away.
Most of the feature, news and event photos were taken by principal photographer Robert Falcione.
Other great photos were sent by parents and residents, especially the group and team photos.
We appreciate them all. Thank you. Stay tuned for Part II.
The zooming, wiping, panning, tilting and fading was done by Adobe programming.
Eloise M. Seely, 87
Eloise M. Seely,
87, died Tuesday, December 25,
2012 with family by her side in Milford, MA. She
was the widow of Vernon G. Seely who died in
October 1998. Born in Syracuse, OH, she was the
daughter of the late William and Helen (Crooks)
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MLK Day of Giving Back
January 21, 2012 • 9:30 am
Hopkinton Middle School
On January 21, 2013, Hopkinton's Youth Commission will once again hold a day of community service and will have a community breakfast at 9:30 AM followed by two speakers at 10 AM in the Middle School to kick off the day's events. Tim Kilduff, who has worked tirelessly in town and with the BAA, will share his thoughts on volunteering, and HHS graduate and lifetime Hopkinton resident, Colleen McBride will also speak, sharing her insights and efforts during outreach trips to Kenya and the Dominican Republic.
We hope you will join us
for the breakfast at 9:30, and then stay for
the speakers at 10 followed by various
opportunities to give back to Hopkinton,
either in the Brown Gym at indoor table
activities, through giving Blood in the
Doyle Gym that day or with outdoor workcrews
of Scouts, High School groups and other
volunteers would like to give back to the
Framingham Pediatric Dentist Arraigned on Child Pornography Possession Charges
Melvin A. Ehrlich, 52, of Millis, was arraigned today in Framingham District Court on charges of possession of child pornography (three counts) and distribution of child pornography (two counts). The Commonwealth requested that the defendant be held on $25,000 cash bail with the following conditions: commit no crimes, have no contact with children under 18, no unsupervised contact with his own child, no employment or volunteer work with children under 18, no computer or Internet use, and wear a GPS monitor and check in with probation. Framingham District Court Judge Robert Greco released the defendant on $10,000 cash bail with conditions to commit no new crimes and no use of computer except at place of business for work-related purposes only.
The defendant’s next court date is February 11 for a pre-trial conference.
“These are disturbing allegations where the defendant, who works with children of all ages on a daily basis, was downloading and distributing commercially-traded child pornography images,” District Attorney Leone said. “I commend the work of multiple law enforcement agencies, including Framingham Police, State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, and the U.S. Marshal’s Service for the collaborative and thorough investigation to bring these charges forward. Children are our most vulnerable victims and we will continue to prosecute to the fullest extent those who exploit them.”
According to authorities, Ehrlich sent his laptop computer to a service provider for maintenance work to remove a reported virus from the computer. While working on Ehrlich’s laptop, the service provider observed downloaded images of child pornography. The service provider called Framingham Police, who immediately launched an investigation.
An extensive forensic investigation was conducted and revealed that Ehrlich used this laptop computer under various user names to download and distribute commercially traded child pornography images. The data recovered was sent to and confirmed to be commercially traded child pornography by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Ehrlich is a pediatric dentist who operates a business called Wee Care for Kids in Framingham. While the case remains under development and investigation, there is currently no evidence that presently leads law enforcement to believe that Ehrlich physically abused any children or manufactured any images of child pornography.
These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The case is being investigated by Framingham Police, State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, and the U.S. Marshal’s Service.
The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Snook , working with the Middlesex District Attorney's Office Child Abuse Unit and Cyber Enforcement Unit.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
11:35 pm There were no injuries reported in a one-car motor vehicle accident on West Main Street.
10:09 pm A disabled motor vehicle was reported on West Main Street.
9:53 pm A Hidden Brick Road resident reported two vehicles drag racing up and down the street. They were gone upon the arrival of Officer Aaron O'Neil.
9:28 pm The DPW reported a vehicle that turned out to have a flat tire.
9:29 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten checked on a vehicle on East Main Street that ran out of gas. Help was on the way.
8:28 pm An individual phoned to report someone driving in the wrong lane on Hayden Rowe Street and almost hit him head on.
8:25 pm An extremely strong smell of natural gas in the are of Ice House Pond was reported by 911 callers. Officer Matthew McNeil responded that it was due to a vehicle he had just stopped.
5:26 pm A Wood Street resident reported the theft of her vehicle by a relative.
4:58 pm A 911 caller reported he was cut-off on South Street by a vehicle heading toward Milford whose driver may be impaired. Milford PD advised.
3:33 pm State Police reported a motor vehicle accident on Cedar Street. There were no injuries.
3:17 pm On-Star reported a motor vehicle accident on Route 495. Hopkinton Fire and State Police responded.
12:45 pm Officer Thomas Griffin stood by while an operator closed a compartment on his truck.
11:37 am A vehicle was reported to be parked in a no parking/no standing zone near the LNG storage. He was walking Baypath dogs. His mother will advise him to park at Baypath.
11:02 am A Riverbend Road caller reported a Jeep Wrangler rose over a neighbor's lawn, damaging it.
8:43 am Officer Griffin
issued a verbal warning to a driver for
parking facing the wrong direction on Main
HCA to Offer Expanded Roster of Winter Classes
HOPKINTON, MA (December 26, 2012) --- Make 2013 the year you or your child fulfills a dream to become more involved with the arts. The Hopkinton Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that it will be offering 15 classes per week during the winter term, including two new adult writing classes, new dance classes, and the expansion of the Rising Star Theater from a workshop to a class and a full performance opportunity. The winter classes begin the week of January 21 and are for age groups ranging from pre-kindergarten up to adulthood. More information is available www.hopartscenter.org.
“The HCA continues to experience steady growth in its class offerings, and with a recent grant from the Foundation for MetroWest we are now able to expand our offerings for two underserved groups: seniors and adolescents,” said Kelly Grill, executive director of the HCA. “If your resolution for 2013 is to cultivate your artistic side, then take a look at our classes. There is sure to be something for everyone.”
Eloise M. Seely, 87
HOPKINTON - Eloise M. Seely, 87, died Tuesday, December 25, 2012. Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, are incomplete at this time.
Two-car MVA Slows Traffic - One
December 26, 2012 — At least one person was injured and taken to Milford Hospital by Hopkinton Ambulance under Advanced Life Support protocol this afternoon following a two-car crash on Route 495 South. Southbound traffic was reduced to one lane passing the accident scene, which occurred just past the ramp from the Mass Pike onto Route 495, and was backed up for miles approaching it .
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Lost Diamond Earring
Diane Bird has lost a diamond earring that has special meaning to her. If you find it as you walk or jog along her path down Hayden Rowe and the Loop Road, she would appreciate an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
7:30pm - 9:30pm The Hiller Hockey Alumni Game @ Navin Arena. $15 per player. Contact Friends of Hiller Hockey if you would like to participate at email@example.com
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
10:00 pm Officer Matthew McNeil assisted the Fire Department with an active chimney fire on Chestnut Street.
3:59 pm Assisted the Fire Department respond to an alarm activation due to smoke from cooking on Riverbend Road.
10:40 am Officer David Shane checked a motor vehicle on Elm Street.
9:59 am A Valleywood Road resident reported that someone dumped a loveseat at the end of her driveway and spray painted her address on it.
5:55 am Officer Jacob Campbell check on an accidental Lifeline activation on Walcott Street.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
9:51 pm Several Colella Farm Road residents called to complain of someone setting off fireworks. Units found the suspect, who promised to cease and desist immediately.
10:38 am Officer Shane spoke with a West Elm Street witness of illegal dumping.
9: 29 am A caller from Hayden Rowe Street was injured by a car while riding his bicycle.
December 25, 2012 — As in days of yore when people passed buckets of water to one another, Police Officer Matthew McNeil pulls a hose while Firefighter William Lukey feeds him from the spool on the back of Engine 4. They answered a fire alarm at a residence on Chestnut Street shortly after 10:00 pm and found a "working chimney fire" that they put out and cleared from the scene shortly after 10:30 pm.
Paul M. Phipps, 91
– Paul M. Phipps, 91,
a lifelong Hopkinton resident, died Sunday, December 23, 2012
after a period of declining health. He was the husband of Ruth
(Berry) Phipps, to whom he was married for 69 years. He was the
son of the late Arthur and Minnie (Metivier) Phipps.
He was a 1939 graduate of Hopkinton high
school and a 1943 graduate of The College of the Holy Cross. He
earned his masters degree from Babson Institute in 1948. He
served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a first lieutenant from 1942
to 1947, was an Iwo Jima survivor, and retired as a captain. He
was the founder and owner of Paul M. Phipps Insurance Agency,
Inc. where he worked from 1950 until his retirement in 1995.
An avid sports advocate, Paul was an
original organizer of Hopkinton Little League in 1954 and
coached the Tigers in that league for 14 years. In 1996, he was
inducted into the Hopkinton High School Athletic Hall of Fame,
class of 1939, after earning 15 varsity letters in baseball,
football and basketball. He was a member of Pleasant Valley
Country Club in Sutton for 35 years, where he recorded his
second hole-in-one at age 82. He served on its board of
directors for 11 years and was tournament chairman for 10 years.
He also served on the Boston Athletic Association’s Board of
Governors for several years.
He was president of the Independent
Insurance Agents of New England in 1975 and also served as its
membership chairman and on its bylaws committee. He was
president and director of the South Middlesex Agents Assoc. for
several years. He also served as a corporate trustee on the
investment committee of the Holliston/Hopkinton Savings
Bank/Bank for Savings of Malden for 32 years.
Extremely active in Hopkinton, Paul founded
and organized the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce and served as
its chairman for three years. In 1985, he was voted Hopkinton
Man of the Year by that organization, for his lifelong support
of community activities. He was a former commander of the Daniel
L. McDonough American Legion Post #202 of Hopkinton and was
organizer and chairman of H.I.P. (Hopkinton Interested People)
for two years in the 1970’s. He was a charter member and
president of the Hopkinton Boosters club, a charter member of
the Hopkinton scholarship committee, and a member of the
Hopkinton Education Foundation. He was also a charter member,
president, and secretary for the Hopkinton Kiwanis Club, where
he was a member for 25 years. He wrote weekly newsletters for
that club for 10 years.
served as local chairman for the American Cancer Society for
five years, the March of Dimes for three years, the Heart Fund
Community Fund for two years and on the Boy Scouts Fund Drive
and Troop Committee for two years. Active in his church, he was
a member of St. John’s parish, where he served on the finance
committee for five years and was building fund campaign chairman
during the planning of the new parish center.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by
his sons Robert and wife Nancy of Sutton and Richard of
Levittown, NY. He also leaves six grandchildren and three
great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Ronald, who
died in 1974, his brothers Laurence and Kenneth Phipps and
Bernard Cousins, and his sister Irene Macmillan.
The funeral will be held Saturday, December
29 at 9:00 a.m. from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church
Street, Hopkinton, MA A funeral Mass will follow at 10:00 a.m.
in St. John the Evangelist Church. Burial with military honors
will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral
home are Friday, December 28 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Paul’s
family will welcome the community to St. John’s parish hall
Donations may be made to the Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center, 112 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748.
December 25, 2012 — Please enjoy a reprise of a favorite HopNews Christmas cartoon by Ashley T.M. Jackson.
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LET IT SNOW
Please enjoy an old standard in HD by Hopkinton's own Clayton Willoughby from his secret lair, in anticipation of the coming snow, the location of which this cunning neo-vaudevillian keeps to himself . Play it full screen if you like, and even increase the resolution, too, if your connection is fast enough.
Hopkinton vs. AMSA
December 24, 2012 — Jackie Schofield coming up from the breast stroke in a meet against AMSA (Advanced Math and Science Academy in Marlborough) on Saturday afternoon at Keefe Tech. Jackie came in first followed by her brother Austin in second and Hopkinton won the meet overall. Photo by John Daley.
Paul M. Phipps, 91
Paul M. Phipps, 91 passed away Sunday, December 23, 2012. Mr. Phipps is known as the founder of Hopkinton Little League, the Paul M Phipps Insurance Agency, and as a WWII vet who served in the Marine Corps at Iwo Jima.
Although the details have yet to be released officially, the family would like people to know that the visiting hours will be at the Callanan-Cronin Funeral Home on Church Street on Friday, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm and the funeral mass will take place on Saturday at 10:00 am at St. John's, also on Church Street.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
10:25pm Officer William Burchard check on a vehicle on parked Hayden Rowe Street.
10:23 pm A Gibbon Road family's outdoor Christmas decorations were knocked over.
9:30 pm Officer Burchard checked on a parked vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.
7:41 pm Officer Peter Booth assisted Upton PD with an accident in their town.
2:44 pm An individual from Forest Lane spoke with Officer David Shane at Police Headquarters about a larceny.
9:27 am Officer Shane assisted with an emergency restraining order issued by the on-call judge.
8:59 am Officer Gregg DeBoer and Officer David Shane cleared a Forest Lane home where they were called to after a neighbor heard yelling and screaming.
7:26 am Officer DeBoer assisted gathering some loose horses on East Main Street.
6:45 am Officer Aaron O'Neil checked a motor vehicle on High Street.
3:56 am Officer O'Neil checked on a vehicle pointing its headlights at a residence. Was waiting for AAA.
3:54 - 1:19 am Officer John Moran Checked on vehicles on Hayden Rowe Street.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
7:36 pm Officer Booth and the Fire Department responded to the scene of a hit deer on Cedar Street near the Hopkinton State Park headquarters. Officer Booth viewed damage to the vehicle, the woman refused medical treated, and the deer had fled the scene.
2:09 pm An individual complained of a Ford Crown Victoria sedan, the most common vehicle used for police cruisers, coming up behind other drivers and chirping a siren. The individual did not believe it was truly a police officer.
12:20 pm A caller reported that hunters on Pond Street were using scopes, which the caller claimed was illegal. Officer Matthew McNeil spoke with the caller.
12:17 pm A 911 caller reported a motor vehicle accident on West Main Street, as did several other 911 callers.
11:49 am Officer David Shane investigated a vehicle vs. deer accident on Chestnut Street.
10:52 am NSTAR notified of a large branch hanging on their wire and over the roadway.
Friday, December 21, 2012
8:41 pm A woman called to complain that a minivan full of youths were driving by her more than once shouting obscenities at her. They could not be located.
7:39 pm Officer McNeil assisted with a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.
6:03 pm A 911 caller reported the same motor vehicle accident simultaneously with Officer McNeil, who had just come upon it. No injuries.
6:00 pm Officer O'Neil assisted a motor vehicle out of gas on West Main Street.
5:26 pm Caller reports a suspicious bicyclist who just left a a home in a hurry where the owner is elsewhere. GOA.
4:46 pm Found lost Labrador on West Elm Street. Animal Control Officer contacted.
4:43 pm Downey Street homeowner has water service problem. Water Dept. contacted.
3:40 pm A Winter Street caller reports the theft of a gas card left for his trashman.
2:23 pm Student refused to disembark bus after seeing an unknown car in front of the home. After checking the cars, Officer Griffin transported the student to a neighbor's home, where he will stay until the arrival of his parents.
1:31 pm Officer Stephen Buckley checked on a disabled motor vehicle by the bridges on West Main Street which then became underway.
11:45 am A Winter Street caller reported a pickup truck had just knowingly dropped a few bags on the roadway. Officer Patrick O'Brien instead found some that had been put out for trash.
10:00 am Officer Buckley assisted an individual learn the proper procedure for installing a car seat.
7:46 am No injuries were reported in a two-car crash on West Main Street.
7:27 am Officer Buckley assisted a disabled motor vehicle reach the church parking lot on West Main Street.
6:28 am Officer Jacob Campbell assisted the Fire Department on Wilson Street following an alarm activation.
12:16 am Sgt. John Porter check on an unoccupied motor vehicle parked off of Raftery Road.
Cool on the Hill
December 23, 2012 — Pattie Zepf and her steed pause after a bit of a trot on former nursery land next to Phipps Street this afternoon as a cool breeze blew, and a sky fit for a painting provides the backdrop.
December 23, 2012 — A pile of broken rock provides the background for these pieces of heavy equipment that sat idle today at the Legacy Farms Construction site, where Pulte Homes is developing their site for the first of 270 homes that will be resident-owned. The Town of Hopkinton bans the use — or delivery of — construction equipment on Sundays and holidays, before 7:00 am and after 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and after 4:00 pm on Saturdays. There are warning signs at the entrances to the property, and police have been strictly enforcing the bylaw by issuing citations following resident complaints to the Planning Board.
240 Apartments on the Rise
December 23, 2012 — Wood Partners didn't waste any time putting their purchase for $7.5 million of a parcel of land from Legacy Farms to good use as they appear to be in the final stages of site development and the first of 240 apartments are popping up.
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