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Year in Pictures 2012

Please enjoy a look back at 2012, which we  have split into the first and second halves of the year. There are feature photos of people at work, at play, competing, or at an event. There are photos of the land and the animals that surround us There are news photos and news-related photos. There are school events and business events, and just people on the street. The large majority of the photos were taken by principal photographer Robert Falcione, but many photos, especially the group and award photos, were submitted by parents. And still others, photos that show the beauty of our surroundings, were contributed by local residents. ALL of the photos in the reviews were featured on HopNews in 2012.
    Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the outstanding, beautiful look of HopNews over the years, and as we reflect, especially in 2012. Thank you all, and a Happy New Year.

Elmwood School Roof Designer Chosen

Four candidates make the final Hopkinton School Superintendent cut

by Muriel Kramer

January 4, 2013 — At last night’s School Committee (SC) Meeting it was announced that the Elmwood School roof designer has been finalized; Gale Associates was the unanimous choice of the selection committee.  The proposed price for the design is still being negotiated but according to School Business Manager Ralph Dumas, the price is within the projections voted on at Special Town Meeting in November.


Dr. Hiersche reported that the Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC) received a great many applicants; the BOS is targeting January 22nd to finalize the membership of the ESBC.  Dr. Hiersche commented, “I am very impressed with the pool of applicants and that there are so many applicants that were willing to commit to two to four meetings per month.”


SC Chairman Nancy Alvarez Burdick gave a detailed update on the School Superintendent search; there are 4 finalists identified—Cathy MacLeod, Steven Hiersche, Andrew Keough, and Joseph Baeta.  The public is invited to participate in the process over the next two weeks.  Each candidate will have a day in the district touring all the schools and meeting with teachers and administrators.  In the evening of their day in the district, each candidate will be interviewed by the School Committee; the public is invited to attend the interview and also participate in a public forum immediately following the interview.  The interviews will be held at the High School beginning on 7PM in room A219.  There are snow dates scheduled that will be announced only if necessary.  Following the interviews and public forums, the SC will do site visits at each of the candidate’s current work locations; the SC hopes to select a final candidate and make an offer in mid to late February.


January 7th at 7PM in room A219 at the HS:  the SC will interview Ms. Cathy MacLeod, a Doctoral  

candidate at Boston University and currently the Assistant Superintendent for Easton Public


January 8th at 7PM in room A219 at the HS:  the SC will interview Dr. Steven Hiersche, currently  

the Interim Superintendent for Hopkinton Public Schools.

January 14th at 7PM in room A219 at the HS:  the SC will interview Dr. Andrew Keough, currently

the Principal of Wellesley High School.

January 15th at 7PM in room A219 at the HS:  the SC will interview Mr. Joseph Baeta, currently

pursuing a Doctorate at Northcentral University and the Superintendent of Schools for Holbrook

Public Schools.


Dr. Hiersche also updated the committee on the search for Center School Interim Principal which is on schedule; the selection should be finalized and announced later today. 


The School Committee began budget discussions in earnest with administrators and department heads after last night’s regular meeting with the principals at the Middle School, High School and Athletic Director.  Discussions on requested budgets largely fixated on the new state mandated Supervision and Evaluation program that hits the district next September. The Committee will defer those discussions on that mandate and budget implications in detail for another time, as the mandate hits the district in total.   Each school administrator is however working to build the new mandate into their budgets which is at this point targeting additional administrative support.  In Dr. Hiersche preliminary budget that new state mandate is projected to increase costs in total $271,000.


The Superintendent’s proposed budget also targets no increase in fees versus any reduction at this point.  In FY ‘13 fees collected and spent according to Dumas total $1,787,000; for FY ’14 fees are projected to be $1,771,000, the reduction coming from the Full Day Kindergarten program as there won’t be enough space next year for as many students as this year.  The fees  for this year break down as follows— daycare transportation $25,000, parking $50,000, preschool tuition $125,000, Full Day Kindergarten $346,000, Athletics $215,000, Athletic gate receipts $35,000, circuit breaker $657,000 and Student Activities $19,000.  Dr. Hiersche position is at this time we “hold the fees steady.”  He makes the point that any reduction in fees will have to be directly added into the budget.


Linda Karner Memorial Match

Above, Jess Karner accepts a gift from Brian Kramer as her brother Tom looks on at tonight's wrestling match dedicated to their mom,  Linda Karner, who passed away last year.

January 3, 2013 — Tonight's Hiller vs. Norton wresting match was dedicated to the memory of wrestling  mom, Linda Karner, whose two children where there to accept memorials to her, and whose most fervent believers wore pink, the color supporters wear as a sign of their strong belief in fighting breast cancer and supporting those who are touched by it. The team had a strong showing of friends and family, including Joe Karner, family patriarch.

       The team announced tonight that starting next November, the wrestling team will sponsor an Annual 5k Run in memory of Mrs. Karner.

Below, varsity wrestler Ethan Poovakad has the upper hand for the moment over his Norton counterpart.


  College: Find the Right Fit and Prepare for a Smooth Transition

 A presentation for parents of high school students, including those in need of extra support in college. 

            Wednesday, January 9th, 2012     

7 – 8:30 pm

Ashland High School Library

65 East Union Street, Ashland Ma


Linda Katz of Right Fit College Coaching in Hopkinton will discuss specific tools/ strategies and share resources to help you and your child get on the right track as you navigate the college planning process.



Dr. Jim Caron of Connections Child and Adolescent Group Program in Lexington explores how to prepare your child for the emotional, social, and organizational demands of the transition to college.


Linda Katz is founder and principal of Right Fit College Coaching, a Hopkinton, Massachusetts educational consulting firm that helps high school students prepare for and find the right fit for college. Linda specializes in helping students with learning differences.

Dr. Jim Caron, Ed.D., CGP, principal of Connections Child and Adolescent Group Program in Lexington, MA, is a Licensed Psychologist and a Certified Group Psychotherapist, with over 20 years’ experience conducting groups with children and adolescents, in schools, community mental health centers, and private practice settings.



Ice Strength & Safety Tips


Child icefishingThis ice strength and safety information is presented for the benefit of ice anglers and other winter sports people recreating on iced-over bodies of water.


The figures in the table below are for clear, blue ice on lakes and ponds. Reduce strength values 15% for clear blue, river ice. Slush or snow (white) ice is only one-half the strength of blue ice and can be very treacherous. "Honeycombed" ice, which occurs in the spring or during major winter thaws as the ice is melting, is the most dangerous ice, and best avoided unless the angler is certain there is a safe layer of solid ice beneath the honeycombed surface.

Anglers should also be aware that many lakes and ponds contain spring holes and other areas of current that may create deceptively dangerous thin spots in areas that are otherwise safe. Always use caution, and don't venture out onto unfamiliar waters without checking ice thickness frequently.


How can you tell if ice is safe?

Ice Thickness and Strength
Ice Thickness
Permissible Load 
(clear, blue, lake ice)
2" or less
Ice fishing or other activities on foot
Snowmobile or ATV
8" - 12"
Car or small pickup truck
12" - 15"
Medium truck

There are no guarantees -- always consider ice potentially dangerous. Assess ice safety by using an ice chisel to chop a hole in the ice to determine its thickness and condition. Make sure you continue to do this as you go further out on to the ice, because the thickness of the ice will not be uniform all over the pond or lake. Be aware that ice tends to be thinner on lakes and ponds where there are spring holes, inlets or outlets. Don't venture on to ice bound rivers or streams as the currents make ice thickness unpredictable.


What if you, a companion or pet fall through the ice?

As with any emergency, don't panic! Call for help if there are people nearby. While it doesn't take long for the cold water to start slowing your physical and mental functions, you have more time than you might think; typically 2-5 minutes and perhaps longer if you are in good, physical condition. Air will remain trapped in your clothes for a short time aiding your buoyancy. Kick your legs while grasping for firm ice. Try to pull your body up using "ice pins" that should be hanging around your neck. Once your torso is on firm ice, roll towards thicker ice. This will better distribute your weight. Remember that ice you previously walked on should be the safest. After you reach safe ice, don't waste precious time, you need to warm up and dry out. If you are in a remote area, this means getting to or starting a campfire. If you are in a more urban setting get to a car or house. Once there, get out of wet clothes, change into dry clothes to get warmed up and seek advice from your physician on medical attention. You need to warm up quickly to prevent hypothermia.


If a companion falls through the ice remember the phrase "Reach-Throw-Go" If you are unable to reach your friend from shore, throw him or her a rope, jumper cables, tree branch, or other object. If this does not work, go for help before you also become a victim. Get medical assistance for the victim immediately.

When walking on or near ice, keep your pets on a leash. If a pet falls through the ice do not attempt to rescue the pet, go for help. Well meaning pet owners can too easily become rescue victims when trying to assist their pets.

Outdoor recreation activities on the ice is a safe pursuit. By using a little common sense, these activies will stay that way.

For other ice safety tips and winter weather preparedness, check the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency website.

This page from http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/recreation/safety/ice_safety.htm has been distributed by the Lake Maspenock Preservation Association


First Hopkinton Call Firefighter to Graduate Academy

Above, graduate Zach Frederick with his mentors.

January 2, 2013 — Today’s firefighters do far more than fight fires. They are the first ones called to respond to chemical and environmental emergencies

 ranging from the suspected presence of carbon monoxide to a gas leak.

     They may be called to rescue a child who has fallen through the ice or who has locked himself in a bathroom. They rescue people from stalled elevators and those who are trapped in vehicle accidents. They test and maintain their equipment, ranging from self-contained breathing apparatus to hydrants, hoses, power tools, and vehicles.

     In this Massachusetts Firefighting Academy program, they learn all these skills and more from certified fire instructors who are also experienced firefighters. Students learn all the basic skills they need to respond to fires and to contain and control them. They are also given training in public fire education, incident command, hazardous material incident mitigation, flammable liquids, self-contained breathing apparatus, stress management, water rescue procedures, confined space rescue techniques, and rappelling.

     The intensive program includes classroom instruction, physical fitness training, firefighter skills training and live firefighting practice. Graduates have completed 320 hours of training on nights and weekends. The training consisted of two nights a week and Saturdays for six months. Zach qualified for entry into the program by becoming an EMT, being assigned as a probationary firefighter for Hopkinton, and then volunteering his time to attend this program. Zach received classroom training in all basic firefighter skills. He practiced first under non-fire conditions, and then during controlled fire conditions. To graduate, he has to demonstrate proficiency in life safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, pump operation, and fire attack.

     Fire attack operations range from mailbox fires to multiple-floor or multiple room structural fires. Zach's successful completion of the Call/Volunteer Firefighter Training program and is now certified to the level of Firefighter I/II by the Massachusetts Fire Training Council. This is a new model that we have been working toward with our youths looking at becoming involved with the Hopkinton Fire Department. We would like to congratulate Zach Frederick for this worthy accomplishment.

Stephen T Slaman
Deputy Fire Chief
Hopkinton Fire Department
73 Main Street
Hopkinton Ma. 01748


  Police Incident Log - Most Recent First
  Updated Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Incident Log

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

7:33 pm A motorist reported a motor vehicle accident on the Mass Pike. The State Police were notified and responded.

2:52 pm A walk-in from Teresa Road spoke with Officer Gregg DeBoer regarding vandalism to his mailbox.

8:55 am A 911 caller complained about runners taking up the entire lane of travel on East Main Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and advised that the runners were in single file and were not causing a hazard.

2:20 am A caller reported some type of alarm sounding in a building on Main Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and assisted the Fire Department.

12:30 am A vehicle, which was parked on School Street, was towed.


Monday, December 31, 2013

11:51 pm A resident reported an underage drinking party occurring on Meadowland Drive. Officers spoke with the homeowner and noted that all was in order.

10:01 pm A 911 caller reported that a vehicle was parked on the side of Granite Street with the door open and nobody around. Two officers responded and  closed the door, but did not find any occupants.

8:40 pm There were several calls for a vehicle that spun off the roadway into a snow bank on West Main Street. Officer William Burchard stood by while the vehicle was winched out.

5:52 pm Officer Matthew McNeil assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Main Street.

4:52 pm A caller reported that a person was walking on the side of 495. The State Police were notified and responded.

4:32 pm A caller reported an erratic operator passing many vehicles in a no passing zone on West Main Street. Officer William Burchard checked the area with a negative find.

4:22 pm A resident of Yale Road reported seeing an adult in dark clothing running out of the woods two days in a row. Officer William Burchard responded but did not find anything suspicious.

4:08 pm Officer William Burchard advised that he removed a trash barrel from the roadway on West Main Street.

3:56 pm A caller reported a possible large pool of blood left in the snow at the DPW. Officer William Burchard responded and advised that it was hydraulic fluid from a machine.

12:49 pm A motorist reported a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street. The vehicle was gone upon an officers arrival.

8:53 am Officer Philip Powers was unable to a disabled motor vehicle reported to be on School Street.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts


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

New Transactions from December 18, 2012 to January 2, 2013






56 Ash Street Michael Decandia, Linh Decandia $454,900 December 28, 2012 Maryellen Patterson
9 Amherst Road Hanan Cohen $224,900 December 28, 2012 U.S. Bank National Association
2 Downey Street Robert M. Siebart $40,000 December 27, 2012 Alison M. Siebert
7 Patriots Boulavard Ronald Ekstrom, Laurie Ekstrom $270,000 December 26, 2012 Stagecoach Heights Realty LLC
97 Ash Street Town of Hopkinton $1,300,000 December 21, 2012 Trust for Public Land
97 Ash Street Trust for Public Land $1,390,000 December 21, 2012 Kenneth C. Crater, Alan Greenwald, Abbott
Realty Trust
4 Sanctuary Lane unit 22 Grace C. Looney $377,463 December 21, 2012 Weston Development Group Inc.
Whisper Way Town of Hopkinton $162,000 December 20, 2012 Eileen M. McIntyre, Daniel J. McIntyre
157 Ash Street Robert F. Arena $12,000 December 18, 2012 Anthony Michael Arena

Last Week

136 Clinton Street Amanda Ey Normandeau, David L. Normandeau $530,800 December 17, 2012 T. Alex
17 Elm Street Aaron M. Lawyer, Robyn M. Lawyer $520,000 December 12, 2012 Richard T. Scherer, Melissa Henderson Scherer
22 Pinecrest Village Eunice Fraga $196,000 December 12, 2012 Aaron Lawyer, Robyn Lawyer
4 Meadowland Drive Lars W. Schuster, Elizabeth R. Schuster $669,900 December 11, 2012 Richard S. Kollmeyer, Deborah K. Kollmeyer

Previous Transactions

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



Sunday, January 6, 1PM: Hughes property hike. This town-owned property is being considered for a portion of the Upper Charles trail route. We'll follow existing trails from Hayden Rowe to Joseph Road and check out the woods in this area. The walk will start at 192 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton.



HopNews offered a $25.00 prize for the best snow photo submission. However, there were so many good photos sent it that it was difficult to chose.

So, as a result, we have decided to offer the top two photos EACH $25.00; the sequential photo collage by Branden Carl and the deer and snowman by Michelle Carbonneau. Click on thumbnails, or scroll down, to see them enlarged. Congratulations to them both.



Clara Marie Lerman, 55

Clara Marie Lerman, 55, of Hopkinton, passed away unexpectedly after sixteen years of declining health, on December 18, 2012. Born in Cuba, NY, she was the daughter of Clara (Korka) Smith of Cuba, NY and the late Oren Smith. She was the wife of 21 years to Marc R. Lerman of Hopkinton.

Clara had her Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree from St. Bonaventure in Orleans, NY. A very intelligent and empathetic woman, she was a poet and loved writing.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her son, Aaron James Lerman of Hopkinton, her brothers, Bruce and Oren Smith of Cuba, NY, Greg Smith of Syracuse, NY, a sister, Susan Card of Colorado, nephews and niece, Andrew, Christina and Ryan; her parents-in-law, Sarita and Steven Lerman; a sister in law, Cheryl Hogan and her children, Nolan and Dylan. She also leaves a good friend, Mary Ellen Carr of Brick, NJ.

Private graveside burial was held on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Hopkinton. Donations in her memory may be made to Project Just Because, 86 South St. Hopkinton, MA. 01748 Arrangements were under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.

For those who made a New Year resolution to quit smoking and might be having trouble, we reprint a column from last New Year's Day:
Quitting Smoking This New Year?

by Robert Falcione

January 1, 2013  — For those who want to quit smoking and have tried every method unsuccessfully, this writer recommends a try with "the Russian." Some call Yefim Shubentsov the "Mad Russian," although I do not know why. I had wanted to quit smoking with all of my might for years, but failed at every attempt until I visited him.  


Mr. Shubentsov claims to be a psychic healer and refutes those who say he must be a hypnotist. What I know for sure is that it worked for me, and it has worked for countless others with a success rate that is unmatched. And he has never advertised. This is an unpaid testimonial. 


First, he invites the waiting group of fifteen or more people into a two-hour treatment seminar and talks about smoking. He surprises people with his ability to read body language. Nothing embarrassing, just really good reads about a person's health.  


"Sir, would you switch seats with that woman. She has a hearing problem," he said to someone during the first minutes of my treatment. 


He also offers little healings — no touching involved — to receptive people in the group, with his hands that apparently pulse energy into the area his palms are pointing toward. 


The next step is a one-on-one visit in his office. The visit lasts about a minute, and during that time, he removes the urge to smoke from the person's brain by means of psychic healing. No one is required to believe that, but it is how he explains his ability. Imagine not having the urge to smoke? 


My first cigarette was in 1957 after seeing a television commercial — yes, you youngsters, they used to advertise on television — for Parliament cigarettes. The ad promised that the bad stuff would not reach my lips, because it had a recessed filter tip scientifically designed for that purpose. It was the best recess, Parliament would assure me, showing me in a print ad with one cigarette out of the open pack. Ah yes, one cigarette, one recess. I knew that recess was what we did at school, and I knew that it lasted about the amount of time it took to smoke a cigarette. But I probably knew it on a subconscious level. 


Oh, the reader wonders, how could you be smoking at ten years-old at recess? True, we bought our cigarettes at Scotties Market — yes, you youngsters, they sold cigarettes to 10 year-olds back then — and smoked them anywhere we could hide from our parents. It wasn't until we were 16 years-old that we could smoke during recess in the smoking area at school. You read correctly, the smoking area at school. 


It seemed everyone smoked back then. It was a rite of passage, like a first date. People smoked on television, in their homes, in their vehicles, in stores, and yes, at school. More people got carsick back then because mom and dad did not know that their non-stop butts on the way to Grandma's ("No, I will not roll the window down. It will ruin my hair.") were making the kids dizzy. 


Of course, most people like myself — those of us who get a 10% senior discount at participating Dunkin' Donuts (Eat your heart out!) — have already quit by this age. This message is largely for younger people who want to quit. And that is the key. You have to want to quit. If a person smokes, so will their kids, although the inverse is not necessarily true. 


For those who want to quit, give Mr. Shubentsov's office a call and set up an appointment. It comes with a lifetime guarantee. If the desire to smoke returns, you can visit again, or you can give him a call and he will remove the urge to smoke over the phone. I had to have a second visit one time. It took half a minute with him and I haven't smoked since. That was around 1994. Last I heard, the rate was $65 for the guaranteed session. 


One more thing. Go it alone. The only failures I have heard of is when people (usually women) try to quit together. "Let's quit smoking" is not a good suggestion. Go it alone. It is a solitary endeavor. 


Want to quit? Give him a call. Go to Brookline. Pay the short money. Never smoke again.


Police Incident, Arrest Log - Most Recent First

Arrest Log

Sunday, December 30, 2012

8:46 pm Officer Matthew McNeil placed a person into Protective Custody following a domestic dispute on Walcott Street.


Updated Monday, December 31, 2012

Incident Log

Sunday, December 30, 2012

11:38 pm A resident of Clinton Street reported that a male was walking around her backyard then got back into his vehicle and pulled into her neighbor's driveway. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and spoke with the operator who chose the wrong driveway twice.

8:04 pm A 911 caller from Walcott Street reported a domestic dispute. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and subsequently placed a person into protective custody.

3:49 pm A 911 caller reported that they found a large barrel partially submerged in the pond behind Walcott Valley. The Fire Department was notified and investigated.

3:45 pm The State Police assisted with a disabled motor vehicle on 495.

12:32 pm A realtor, who was doing an open house on McNeil Circle, reported that there was an unknown vehicle in the garage that did not belong there. The vehicle came back to a resident of Natick who was contacted.

12:26 pm A Clinton Street resident reported an injured deer in his driveway.

11:59 am There were two calls for a tow truck that was stuck in a driveway on West Main Street. Officer David Shane responded and advised that the truck was removed.

6:13 am A resident of Marshall Avenue reported that a white SUV was parked in front of his house for the past 10 minutes. Officer Linda Higgins responded and advised that it was a family member of a resident who was cleaning their driveway.

1:52 am Officer Peter Booth stopped a motor vehicle that had fresh front end damage due to hitting a boulder on Wilson Street.

1:32 am The Highway Department reported that there was a vehicle parked on Courtney Circle blocking snow removal. The vehicle was removed before an officer's arrival.

12:05 am A vehicle that was parked on the roadway was towed from Hearthstone Road.


Saturday, December 29, 2012

11:47 pm Officer John Moran assisted Ashland Police Department with a disturbance at an East Main Street business.

10:48 pm A motorist reported that a vehicle went off of the roadway on West Main Street. Officer Peter Booth checked to the town line with a negative find.

10:10 pm Officer William Burchard advised the owner of a vehicle that was parked on Main Street, to remove it.

9:58 pm Two vehicles that were blocking snow removal on Greenwood Road and Valleywood Road were towed away.

9:06 pm The Highway Department reported that two vehicles were interfering with snow removal on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer William Burchard responded and advised that the vehicles were gone upon his arrival.

9:04 pm A motorist reported that his vehicle was stuck on Hillcrest Drive. The vehicle was gone upon Officer Peter Booth's arrival.

8:48 pm Officer William Burchard had several vehicles moved that were blocking snow removal on Ray Street.

8:35 pm Officer Peter Booth responded to a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Saddle Hill Road.

8:31 pm Officer Peter Booth removed vehicles parked on Stonegate Road, causing difficulty for snow plowing.

8:10 pm A caller reported that a male was walking up and down Huckleberry Road, looking into vehicles as he passes them. Sgt. Michael Sutton checked the area but did not locate anyone suspicious.

8:07 pm A plow operator reported that he spun out and was stuck on Wilson Street. Officer Peter Booth responded and stated that he was able to get moving.

7:50 pm Sgt. Michael Sutton assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Wood Street.

7:29 pm A caller reported a two car motor vehicle accident on Wood Street. Two officers responded and took a report.

6:55 pm Two officers checked East Main Street for a disabled motor vehicle with a negative find.

4:15 pm There was a report of an outdoor fire at a construction site on Lumber Street. The Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire.

2:38 pm Officer David Shane took a report of a hit and run in a Main Street parking lot.

1:10 pm Officer David Shane assisted the DPW with a catch basin cleaning.

12:24 pm Officer Linda Higgins responded to a two car motor vehicle accident without personal injury on School Street.

9:07 am Officer David Shane assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.

1:52 am Officer John Moran checked a parked motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.


Friday, December 28, 2012

9:20 pm Officer Peter Booth checked a motor vehicle on West Main Street.

6:24 pm Officer William Burchard assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Cedar Street.

5:23 pm Two officers responded to a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on East Main Street.

4:50 pm A motorist reported that there was an elderly woman, dressed in dark clothing, shoveling snow in the roadway on Grove Street. Sgt. Michael Sutton checked the area with a negative find.

4:34 pm Sgt. Michael Sutton assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.

4:30 pm A walk-in requested to use a phone to call Newport Beach, California. She then ran from the lobby. Sgt. Michael Sutton spoke with the woman who was all set for now.

4:14 pm A caller reported that there was a car in a Church Street parking lot that was running with the operator sleeping or passed out. Officer Peter Booth spoke with the occupant who was resting before work.

4:00 pm Officer Peter Booth advised the telephone company that a wire was down on Cedar Street.

1:20 am Officer Jacob Campbell spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on West Elm Street.


State Crime


Excessive Tinting a Giveaway

Trooper finds 5 pounds of marijuana at traffic stop in Saugus

December 31, 2012 — Last night at 11:45 p.m., Trooper Zachary Bolcome stopped a 2007 Mercedes E63 on Route 1 in Saugus. The Mercedes had excessive tinting and was missing its front plate. The operator DARNE RICCI, 22, of Malden made statements relative to the car belonging to her boyfriend’s mother. Trooper Bolocome could smell a heavy odor of fresh marijuana and asked RICCI to hand over any marijuana that she might have in the car.

RICCI initially handed over a few small bags that led to the eventual discovery of 5, individually-wrapped pounds of marijuana. RICCI was taken into custody for possession with intent to distribute a Class D substance. RICCI was booked at the State Police Barracks in Danvers and was bailed out several hours later.

RICCI will appear in Lynn District Court this morning.  Content and photo courtesy Massachusetts State Police


Where's the Grass?

December 30, 2012 — Sandra Varnum's horses, Danny and Belle are well-fed, but nonetheless cannot help looking for grass, in this photo taken and submitted today.

First Home Wrestling Match in Memory of Linda Karner



On Thursday January 3rd, Hopkinton Wrestling will dedicate its first home match to the memory of Linda Karner, an enthusiastic Hopkinton fan and wrestling mom who lost her battle with breast cancer this past year. Linda’s son Tom was a standout wrestler and Captain while competing for Hopkinton High School and his sister Jessie continues to manage the team with Coaches Tim Nelson and Corey Mills as she has for the past 7 years.


The team invites former Hopkinton wrestlers and fans from this season and past seasons to come to Thursday’s match at 7PM in the Middle School Doyle gym; please wear some pink if possible in Linda’s memory.   We hope to see you there.

Hold On...

December 30, 2012 — In this interesting group of photos taken and submitted today, Branden Carl is in the lead holding a Go-Pro camera at the end of a monopod. The frames, which are numbered sequentially, begin, as anyone acquainted with the area can tell, at the top of the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam, and end with snow-covered riders at the bottom. In the photo are matt West, Kevin Franke, Branden Carl, EJ Johnson, Caroline Shea and Sarah Kennedy.

Vintage Bridge

December 30, 2012 — This this dry-laid arch stone bridge over the Sudbury River at Aiken's Park is held up by gravity, but is not strong enough to carry heavy vehicular traffic over it. One-hundred fifty  feet downstream, the state is reconstructing the roadway bridge over Route 85. The icicles are very eye-catching, even from route 85.


Heavy Traffic

December 30, 2012 — Hopkinton residents are always well represented at the Hopkinton Reservoir dam, like today, where a steady stream of tubers, sliders and sledders came and went all day.


"You Talkin' to Me?" 

December 30, 2012 — The deer appears to be as frozen as the snowman in this photo by Michelle Carbonneau that was taken prior to the most recent storm. She has submitted it to the "Snow Stuff" picture contest. Her children had built the snowman that surprised her, as did the deer, when she looked out her window.


Sharp Dressed Man

December 30, 2012 — Carrie Rose has submitted a photo of herself with a sharply dressed snowman, taken today. 


 Greater Than the Sum of its Parts

December 30,  2012 — These tubers at EMC Park early this afternoon joined together to become a force to be reckoned with.
White Nose

December 30, 2012 — Sydney Dawson's dog Tucker has a white snout from digging in the freshly fallen snow today, in this image submitted this morning.




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