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Resident Petitions Against Frankland Road Name-Change

January 9, 2013 — Above, in December Frankland Road resident Carolyn Schmidt gathered signatures for support to keep Frankland Road named as it is. It appears on plans that the road will be discontinued where it meets Peach Street, and part of the road will be renamed with "Legacy Farms" in the name. Legacy Farms North is the part of the purchase of former nursery property on the northern side of Frankland Road.

      Mrs. Schmidt and another family member signed a letter to the Selectmen respectfully asking them to keep the name. In the letter, they state that the road was  named Frankland  Street in 1851, and they would like the entire length of the roadway to continue with one variation of the name. The claim it is on the Town Seal  and is part of the Bay Path and Old Connecticut Path. It appears the Selectmen have not taken action on it.

Above, Bob Chesmore accommodates Mrs. Schmidt with his signature.


Sudbury Business Owner, a Hopkinton Resident, and Clerk Arraigned on

Distributing Illegal Bath Salts and Trafficking in Cocaine  


FRAMINGHAM– January 9, 2013 — A Hopkinton man and a Braintree man were arraigned on charges related to distributing illegal bath salts and trafficking in cocaine, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.  


            Ashraf Youssef, 50, of Hopkinton and Maged Askandar, 23, of Braintree were arraigned in Framingham District Court on trafficking in cocaine, possession of a class C substance with the intent to distribute, possession of a class B substance with intent to distribute, distribution of a class B substance, distribution of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy charges.  Framingham District Court Judge Richard Greco ordered that Youssef be held on $10,000 bail and Askandar be held on $5,000 bail with the condition that they each surrender their passports.


            The defendants’ next court date is February 6 for a probable cause hearing.


            “These are troubling allegations that a local business owner and his employee were distributing a highly dangerous substance to young people,” District Attorney Leone said.  “These defendants peddled drugs that are linked with serious health risks and exposed children in their local community to significant harm.”


          According to authorities, they received information over a several month period that juveniles were purchasing bath salts at the Valero gas station in Sudbury, ingesting them and getting sick. Until recently, these items were not illegal to possess in Massachusetts.  On January 1, when a law banning these items went into effect, Valero continued to make these substances available for purchase. 


            On January 8, authorities allege they made an undercover purchase of “Blast” powder, commonly known as bath salts, and drug paraphernalia from Askandar who was working the counter.  These bath salts were laced with cocaine.  It is alleged that Youssef, the owner of the gas station, was aware that these substances were no longer legal to sell in Massachusetts.  There were also hundreds of pipes, bongs, digital scales and grinders available for sale at the store.


            These charges are allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. 


            The case was investigated by the Sudbury Police Department.


             The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Christopher Tarrant. 


   Police Incident Log - Most Recent First
   Updated Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Incident Log

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

10:12 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil assisted the Fire Department with an odor of smoke on Mayhew Court.

10:00 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil assisted the Fire Department with the investigation of carbon monoxide on Briarcliff Drive.

6:03 pm An employee of a Main Street business reported that part of a storm drain was missing.

4:50 pm A caller from West Main Street reported seeing a vehicle being pushed into a neighbor's driveway who was not home. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and advised that the vehicle was out of gas.

4:32 pm The DPW reported second hand that there may have been a cover or grate open on the Main Street sidewalk. Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the area with a negative find.

2:20 pm Officer Philip Powers responded to a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Hayden Rowe Street.

2:18 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien assisted the Fire Department with a house lockout on Mayhew Street.

2:08 pm A walk-in from Walcott Street spoke with Officer Thomas Griffin regarding threats.

1:10 pm Officer Stephen Buckley checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Queen Anne Road.

10:27 am Two officers assisted the Fire Department with a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on West Main Street.

6:25 am Officer Linda Higgins removed a deer from the roadway on East Main Street. The Animal Control Officer was notified.


Monday, January 7, 2013

6:42 pm Sgt. John Porter checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Wood Street.

5:14 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer assisted the Milford Police Department with an investigation on Church Street.

9:15 am An employee from Wood Street spoke with Officer Thomas Griffin regarding larceny of a snow plow.

8:26 am There were several calls reporting a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on South Street. Two officers responded and the operator was transported to the hospital.


John Hancock Announces Elite USA Team for

 2013 Boston Marathon

BOSTON, MA, January 8, 2013—John Hancock Financial today announced the Elite USA Team for the 117th running of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. The strong U.S. team, recruited to compete with a deep international field, includes Ryan Hall, Meb Keflezighi, Abdi Abdirahman, Jason Hartmann, Fernando Cabada, Serena Burla, Stephanie Rothstein, and Alissa McKaig. The group joins previously announced Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan.


 Ryan Hall has run Boston three times and set an American course record of 2:04:58 with his fourth place finish in 2011. He also placed third in 2009 and fourth in 2010. Hall is a two-time Olympian and holds the North and Central American records in the 20K, the Half Marathon and the 30K. Most recently he finished second at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

“Boston, as with so many other marathoners, holds a special place in my heart and mind,” said Hall. “I go back this year eager to experience all that Boston has to offer: the epic crowds, the challenging course, but mainly to be a part of and make history. Having been a part of the fastest marathon ever run on the planet in 2011, I know what is possible at Boston and what can be done on that course. I believe that each time I race Boston I get to know the course better and learn how to race it smarter. I am sure that this year’s race will be my best yet.”

File photo: Former Hopkinton resident sportscaster Steve Burton interviews American Ryan Hall prior to the beginning of the 2011 Boston Marathon and his setting of an American record.



Interim Superintendent, Dr.  Steven Hiersche, Runs the Gauntlet for Permanent Position

January 9,  2013 — Dr. Steven Hiersche, on the job for five months as  Interim Superintendent following the resignation of the previous Super, made it clear this evening that he would like to stay on. He was the second person of four to be interviewed by the Hopkinton School Committee for the position of Hopkinton Superintendent of Schools.

        "This is something I'd like to continue," he said when asked by School Committee member Jon Graziano why he decided to apply.

         "I'd like to be a part of  the transition the community is going through.

         "I believe my skill-set is a good match. And I'd like to be a part of an organization that is growing as well," he said.


From the School Department:

Dr. Steven Hiersche holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Sarasota. He also holds a Master of Education in Secondary Administration from Westfield State College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, also from Westfield State. He is currently the Interim Superintendent for Hopkinton Public Schools. He previously served as Superintendent for Framingham, Watertown, and Plymouth Public Schools, as well as the Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union, a six-community regional district in Vermont. He began his career as a mathematics teacher at the John F. Kennedy Jr. High School in Enfield, CT.

      Saying that he sees few people left who were originally involved with devising the current strategic plan, he said it needed to be looked at anew. He called the school district an organization that is vibrant and growing.

      Dr. Hiersche identified Center School as a complicated challenge, and said he has always loved complicated challenges. He said the finances held challenges, too.

      He said that he would like to implement a zero-based budget every three years, so that the stakeholders would start from scratch and add only what they need. Dr. Hiersche said that he found the prospect of developing a multi-year budget "exciting."

      Dr. Hiersche said that teachers will become more like facilitators in the future, and that the there are opportunities for educators in Hopkinton to exchange ideas with people all over the world as part of Global Education he has been a part of. He said he would like to get Engineering firmly implemented, and that there are businesspeople in the community who were capable of matching students with internships locally.

        "People who work in our community live in our community,"  he said, contrasting Hopkinton with Framingham, where the inverse is true.

       Throughout the evening, Dr. Hiersche emphasized the importance of teachers, and that those with the right skills should be nurtured and supported, and brought into leadership roles.

       During the open dialogue with residents in attendance following he School Committee session, Frank Sivo, parent and former School Committee candidate, asked Dr. Hiersche why MCAS scores had declined in the Framingham schools during the three years he was there as superintendent.

       Dr. Hiersche cited significant financial problems in Framingham and stated that the budget had gone from a 6% decline when he got there to a 5% increase. He also explained that MCAS scores lag 3-5 years in the process, inferring that the scores during his time there reflected teaching that happened prior to his arrival.

         The next candidate to be interviewed is Dr. Andrew Keough on Monday, January 14, 2013 ty 7:00 pm.




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radKIDS, Children's Safety Course Returns


radKIDS is the national leader in children's safety education for children and parents today.  The radKIDS program is a 12 hour family centered safety education program.  Open to children  5-12 years of age.   A few of the program components include: stranger tricks, internet safety, bullying prevention, personal safety, out and about safety, school safety, and realistic physical defense skills against abduction.  


  The next radKIDS class will be held over the course of four Saturdays, all from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 2/16, 3/2, 3/16 & 3/23 at 6 Main Street, Hopkinton (the John Warren Masonic Lodge).  The cost for the class is $90 per child ($60 for a sibling).  The Freemasons of the John Warren Masonic Lodge have graciously donated their space for the radKIDS classes to be held.


A free return and practice policy is honored at radKIDS classes across the country.  Once a child has taken the radKIDS class, they can enroll in any radKIDS class, free of charge up to the age of 12, for as many times as they would like. 


To sign up for the fall radKIDS class, for more information, or if you are interested in sponsoring a radKIDS class contact Kim Brennan at  kim.brennan@comcast.net .  Space is limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis.  To learn more about radKIDS, visit www.radKIDS.org


One More Pint of Blood, One More Day

by Jackie Potenzone

January 8, 2013

I read an article in the news on the critical shortage of Blood at this time and the need for donations. I want to tell you why I donated blood after reading the story, and why I'm now a blood donor.

We need to take a time machine back to the summer of 2005. My sister was fighting the end stages of gall bladder cancer. Her name was Mary and she was diagnosed with gallbladder cancer in October of 2003. Her cancer was inoperable but treatable with palliative care. I did not understand what that meant at the time or maybe I did not want to. The summer of 2005; as my mother put it that summer, was the beginning of the end for her. Every weekend my family and I would take the ride to NH to go visit her in the Hospital. With us having small children my husband would visit with her for a short visit then take the kids to a local park so I could have more precious time with her. The Park and that pint of blood were so important and precious.


Time is something that is cherished by families of loved ones suffering from an illness. I noticed every time I went to visit her a bag of blood being given to her. I did not understand at the time why she always needed blood. I asked the nurse one day why she always needed blood transfusions. The nurse explained to me that her body no longer made blood cells as a result of her cancer; she needed transfusions to stay alive. I am sure there is a medical name for this condition but I don't know what it is. I sat by her bedside and thought to myself thank you for the person who donated the pint of blood that was being given to my sister, so we could have one more day together. This was a common occurrence during the summer of 2005. The summer time is when blood donations are at there lowest. Mary passed away August 26,2005 just 11 days after her 51st birthday.

I want to thank the unselfish people who donated blood in the summer of 2005 for giving my family one more day.

I gave blood once in high school and never even thought about how important giving blood was. Now I donate blood much more often. After reading in the news of the shortage of blood. My thoughts drifted to my sister and the joy I got seeing her alive one more day. The joy was a gift given to our family by a generous blood donor that summer.

Please take the time and find a blood drive. Donate blood. Give that gift to some family.

As I write this I still miss my sister, but her death has made me a better person. I try to sit back and enjoy life. I found my passion for gardening. I try to enjoy every sunset from my deck and enjoy watching the hummingbirds that come to the feeder near my front porch. I try to make time everyday to enjoy special moments. I don't worry about everything, especially things I can not control. I also became a blood donor.

I hope you read this and do not feel sad; I hope you make a difference. Donating blood only takes about an hour. You get little gifts every time you donate such as Dunkin Donuts give cards, coupons for free water, and you can enter the American Red Cross raffle for Boston Red Sox tickets.

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First Candidate for Hopkinton Superintendent of Schools at  Interview/Forum

January 8, 2013 — On Monday evening, Ms. Cathy MacLeod Monday became the first of an expected four candidates for the position of Hopkinton Superintendent of Schools to be interviewed by the School Committee, and then the public afterward. From the School Department:


Ms. Cathy MacLeod is currently a Doctoral candidate at the School of Education at Boston University. She also holds a Master of Education in Educational Administration from the College of New Jersey and a Master of Arts in Applied Child Psychology from the University of Guelph (Ontario), as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Brock University (Ontario). She is currently the Assistant Superintendent for Easton Public Schools.


        Ms. MacLeod said, "I feel I have a lot to offer. I am not looking to do a short-term stint anywhere." She said that the superintendent's position she is competing for is the "culmination of my career."

        Ms.  MacLeod gave the Hopkinton School district high grades this evening, but cautioned that things must always be in review.

       "What you're doing here really works. But you need to step back sometimes and see if what you are doing is still necessary," she said.

       When asked by Muriel Kramer, in attendance as a parent, if she spotted any chinks in Hopkinton's armor, Ms. MacLeod  said Hopkinton could do a "...better job at prevention. There are too many kids at lower grades who need improvement. I could help you [Hopkinton] with that."

        Selectman Brian Herr asked Ms. MacLeod to describe what her desk at Easton, where she serves as the Assistant Superintendent, looks like. He nodded with approval as she described a sparsely adorned desk.

          School Committee members had questions about what her approach would be to working as the head of the schools, her vision for strategic planning and her experience with municipal budgets. A theme woven through most of her answers was one of collaboration and listening.

          "I won't let you down," Ms. MacLeod said toward the end of the interview. 

            Dr. Steven Hiersche, Hopkinton's current, interim Superintendent, will be interviewed tonight at  7:00 pm at the High School, Room A-219


That Starts With P and That Rhymes With E and That Stands for ESL
ESL presents Music Man Jr.
Hopkinton High School Auditorium
This Friday, January 11 & Saturday, January 12 at 7:00 pm
Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for students, seniors and Stage Door members
Available at the door and at

January 7, 2013 — Above, ESL's young actors fine-tuned their  performances at a non-dress rehearsal at the High School this evening. The High School Auditorium capacity is much less than the Middle School, so get your tickets soon!


The information in the following press release was included last Thursday as part of Muriel Kramer's report on the School Committee meeting.
We repeat it here in an attempt to boost participation in the meetings:
Superintendent Search:
School Committee Interviews & Community Forum Scheduled
Hopkinton, MA

The Hopkinton School Committee is pleased to announce that interviews have been scheduled with the four finalists recommended by the Superintendent Search Screening Committee, for the position of Superintendent of Schools. Each finalist will be individually interviewed by the School Committee, following a visit to the district which will include a tour of each school and meetings with administrators, faculty, staff members, and parents. The hour-long interviews will take place during a posted Working Session, in the High School, Room A-219 and will begin at 7:00 PM. Citizens and staff are invited to observe each interview, and then to meet and interact with the candidates at a Community Forum directly following each interview. The Community Forums will each be held in the High School Library. Feedback sheets will be provided to attendees, so that they might provide feedback on each of the finalists for the School Committee to consider.

Monday, January 7, 2013:

Ms. Cathy MacLeod is currently a Doctoral candidate at the School of Education at Boston University. She also holds a Master of Education in Educational Administration from the College of New Jersey and a Master of Arts in Applied Child Psychology from the University of Guelph (Ontario), as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Brock University (Ontario). She is currently the Assistant Superintendent for Easton Public Schools. She previously served as an Elementary Principal and the Director of Literacy and Title I for Pembroke Public Schools. She began her career as a Classroom Teacher and Team Leader for the Montgomery Township (NJ) School District.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013:
Dr. Steven Hiersche holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Sarasota. He also holds a Master of Education in Secondary Administration from Westfield State College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, also from Westfield State. He is currently the Interim Superintendent for Hopkinton Public Schools. He previously served as Superintendent for Framingham, Watertown, and Plymouth Public Schools, as well as the Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union, a six-community regional district in Vermont. He began his career as a mathematics teacher at the John F. Kennedy Jr. High School in Enfield, CT.

Monday, January 14, 2013:
Dr. Andrew Keough holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Boston College, a Master of Arts in Public School Administration and a Master of Education in Moderate Special needs, both from Framingham State College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Roger Williams College. He is currently the Principal for Wellesley High School. He previously served as Principal for Medfield High School, and Assistant Principal for Hopkinton High School and Blackstone-Millville Regional Middle/High School. He began his career as a teacher at Douglas Memorial High School.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013:
Mr. Joseph Baeta is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at Northcentral University. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Applied Linguistics from U Mass-Boston, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in History/Secondary Education from Fitchburg State College. He is currently the Superintendent for Holbrook Public Schools. He previously served as Principal of Holbrook Jr.-Sr. High School, and has been the Coordinator for Curriculum, Assessment and Professional Development as well as the Academic Coordinator for the Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical school district. He began his career as the At-Risk Coordinator at Athol-Royalston Regional High School.

For more information, please visit the Superintendent Search Page on the Hopkinton Public School District website: www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us .



Police Incident, Arrest Log - Most Recent First

Arrest Log

Sunday January 6, 2013

6:02 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested 19 year-old Lily Santina Augustini, of Eastview Road on Hayden Rowe Street and charged her with Marked Lanes Violation and OUI Liquor.


Saturday January 5, 2013

6:56 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested Lloyd B Kennedy, 24, of Claudette Drive, Milford at 77 West Main Street for Operating a Motor Vehicle with a License Suspended, Subsequent Offense.


Thursday, January 4, 2012

2:05 am Officer William Burchard Arrested Tracy Lee Simmons, 34, of Quaker Street, Northbridge on West Main Street and charged her with Possession Class E Substance, Marked Lanes Violation and OUI Liquor,  Second Offense.


Updated Monday, January 7, 2013

Incident Log

Sunday January 6, 2013

6:27 pm Disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street. Officer Burchard contacted owner, then owner's son, who was getting gas at Cumby's.

5:17 pm Officer Booth made an arrest for OUI, etc., on Hayden Rowe Street.

4:45 pm An individual walked  into the station complaining about an individual in a van in the Spoon parking lot, who he said was acting strangely. Other side of the story is that upon speaking to the operator, he turned out to be the cleaner who admonished the complainer's daughters about getting out of the van and throwing rubbish into the barrel that they apparently hadn't generated there, because the eatery was closed.

12:00 pm Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with an individual from Grove Street about an incident of fraud.

7:00 am  An ambulance was called to Cross Street to evaluate a disoriented driver, who was a concern to Northborough PD. The individual was returned to the Police Department for directions to Northborough PD.


Saturday, January 5, 2013

11:19 pm Officer Matthew McNeil located an individual accused of a hit and run, after the operator allegedly hit a telephone pole and fled.

6:20 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested an individual on West Main Street for driver after revocation.

1:26 pm Extra checks of town-owned buildings to be sure no unauthorized persons trespass.

11:55 am Officer Thomas Griffin assisted the Highway Department remove glass and debris from Cedar Street.

11:16 am Officer Griffin assisted an individual regarding a suspicious incident.

11:30 am Woodville Post Office called concerned that a woman who came in had a vacant stare and didn't seem right, and the person behind her said she was swerving all over the road. Officer Buckley caught up with the woman at 77 West Main Street and brought her to Spring Street.

11:20 am Officer Buckley was unable to catch up with an erratic operator on Wood Street that was honking their horn and passing cars.

10:56 am Officer Buckley confirmed the report of glass and debris in the road on Cedar Street.

8:49 am A 911 call about an accident on Ash Street ended up with the driver being transported to the hospital.

4:07 am A caller was concerned about a group of young people gathering at the water tower at School and West Main Streets at this early hour. They had gone to Price Chopper and were returning home to Upton. Officers Aaron O'Neil and Linda Higgins transported them to Hopkinton Road in Upton.

1:22 am A caller called to complain of a group of young people walking down the road on Front Street making excessive noise. They were GOA.


Friday, January 4, 2013

4:50 pm Officer Booth stopped a vehicle reported to be all over the road, but said the operator checked out fine.

11:53 am A South Street company has reported an unauthorized vehicle in their lot for 3 weeks. Officer Patrick O'Brien will attempt to contact the owner.

10:11 am A construction company moved their vehicle off of the roadway in front of Center School after requested by Officer David Shane.

9:02 am A Disabled tractor trailer was able to move from West Main and off od the roadway upon the arrival of Officer Thomas Griffin.

6:57 am A Connecticut State Trooper requested Hopkinton visit a resident whose plate was believed to be one involved in a hit and run the day before. Officer O'Brien investigated and observed no damage to the suspect vehicle, and a statement from the owner that they were not in Connecticut.

1:17 am Officer Burchard arrested an individual on West main Street.



Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts


Compiled  for HopNews.com by Eric Montville © 2013 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from January 2, 2013 to January 7, 2013






8 Ridge Road Christopher W Davis, Jessica L Davis $575,000 January 4, 2013 Mark T Rosky, Debra A Rosky
19 Patriots Boulevard Unit C, Bldg 9 Timary Feeley, Katie Stoico $301,990 January 2, 2013 Stagecoach Heights Realty LLC
Last Week        
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 Boulevard 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

Week Before

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




ESL’s Music Man Jr. Jan. 11 and 12 at Hopkinton High School



HOPKINTON, MA (January 7, 2013) – Enter Stage Left Theater’s young actors will be presenting Music Man Jr. at the Hopkinton High School Auditorium on January 11 and 12 at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for students, seniors and Stage Door Members, and are available at the door and at www.hopartscenter.org/upcoming-performances.


“This musical favorite features a cast ranging in age from 2nd to 8th graders under the creative direction of Mary Scarlata Rowe,” said Kelly Grill, executive director of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts.  “It a fun and warm way for the entire family to beat the post-holiday blues.” 


No TV Allowed

January 7, 2013 — Art Brooks, left, and Danny McCabe make short work of a piece of deadwood at Hopkinton State Park's  Split Rock Pavilion yesterday during Cub Scout Pack 97's Annual Klondike Derby. The group turns the area into a series of virtual Alaskan towns (stations) that help the boys build a variety of outdoor winter survival skills (fire building, 2 man log saw, snowshoe races, stretcher making & carry, signaling, and simulated ice rescue (done on land...not using real ice).  More info about the event is located here:



Help From Above

January 6, 2013 — It looks like Joshua Fonesca is getting a little help from above, as a lens flare from the sun streaks across the image of him and his sister Anabella, and onto the snowman they helped build today in Hopkinton.


Engineering 101

January 6, 2013 — Four and a half year-old Joplin Murphy uses every muscle to construct the base of his snowman behind the restored Hopkinton Train Depot this afternoon, as his twin brother and mother were doing their own stuff in the snow nearby.


Never Too Young

January 6, 2013 — Dad David Derocher and daughter Julia, 11, help teach 2½ year-old Jason the family tradition of learning to skate at a young age. Next lesson, carrying a  stick while pushing a puck. Mr. Derocher's sister, off-camera, said the clan is into hockey in a big way.

Afternoon Delight

January 6, 2013 — A group of young friends on the cold ice on Lake Maspenock kept warm with layers of clothing, hot chocolate, and close camaraderie, while they set their traps for the unsuspecting fish beneath,  and their hounds frolicked.


Selectmen to Consider Wine & Malt Liquor License for Water Fresh Farm Marketplace

January 6, 2013 —Water Fresh Farm, which operates at 151 Hayden Rowe Street selling produce as well as other fresh vegetables and herbs grown hydroponically on premises, wants to add a license for wine and malt liquor to its offerings. Currently, customers can purchase fresh meat,  fish and deli products to go, or sandwiches, salads and meals prepared on the spot or from their cold case to go or to eat in. Customers can wash that all down with an eclectic variety of beverages from the cold case, or fresh brewed coffee from their cafe.

        According to an email exchange with owner Jeff Barton this afternoon, the license will allow them to sell wine and malt liquor to go, but not to be consumed on the premises.

       As of November, 2011, there were two available Wine and Malt serving licenses available. and five available Wine and Malt Package Store licenses available. Since then, a Marlborough company operating out of the former Marlborough Fire Station, The Vin Bin, has applied for and received one of the package store licenses,  leaving four more in that category. The Vin Bin will open at 22 South Street.

      The Selectmen have solicited and received comments from town departments referred to as member of the Permitting Team.

       Director of land Use and Planning Elaine Lazarus and Zoning Enforcement Officer Charles Kadlik want a review of the addition of this use to  an agricultural business in a residentially zoned area.

         Fire Chief Ken Clark approves and endorses the license request, and Police Chief Rick Flannery approves it if it is for consumption off premises.

        The Selectmen have scheduled a public hearing on the matter for 7:00  pm on Tuesday, January 8, 2013.

         Following that hearing, the Board will approve a Bond Anticipation Note for over $2 million to pay for Articles voted on at Town Meetings in 2012.



Barbara A. (Whalen) Corbett Dobson


Barbara A. (Whalen) Corbett Dobson of Hopkinton, MA died January 4, 2013 at the age of 74 at Compass at Hopkinton after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Born in Providence, RI on May 30, 1938 She was the daughter of the late Richard and Alice (Conde) Whalen. She attended St. Teresa's School in Providence and was a member of the first graduating class in 1956. She earned her nursing degree at Roger Williams School of Nursing in 1959. She completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Framingham State College in 1976.

She is survived by her husband David C. Dobson formerly of Hopkinton and six children, Mary Ellen Corbett of Corinth, VT, Patrick Corbett and his wife Gayle of Hopkinton, MA, Richard Corbett and his wife Ruth of Auburndale, MA, Elizabeth Lemoine and her husband Joseph of North Smithfield, RI, Christopher Corbett and his wife Susan of Portsmouth, RI, and Caroline Melito of Hopkinton, MA. Survived also by her four step-children, Corky Ouellette and her partner Linda of Wells, ME, Peter and his wife Janetta Dobson of Bruno, MN, Laura Bayko and her partner Frank Rockett of Nashua, NH, and Diane Vashon and her Partner Cindy of Acton, ME. Barbara leaves 20 grandchildren along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Barbara is survived by three sisters, Joan (Conde) Bevers of Barre, MA, Clare (Whalen) Counter of Hanson, MA, and Maureen (Whalen) Spaight of Rumford, RI.

Throughout her life Barbara loved to sing and dance and she instilled this passion into her children, grandchildren, and those lucky enough to have known her. Along with her husband Dave, she took part in play reading groups, was a member of the Hopkinton Historical Society, and was a participant at the Hopkinton Senior Center. She was an avid supporter of the hobbies and interests of her children and grandchildren.

Barbara worked for Head Start of Framingham as a Parent Teacher Coordinator where she provided motivation and encouragement to families. She retired in 2005. Barbara was also a Sales Director for Mary Kay Cosmetics.

Many family gatherings were held in her home as she loved to entertain. Barbara loved gardening, the movies, theatre and giving of herself to others.

The family wishes to thank Compass at Hopkinton and Seasons Hospice for their incredible love, care, and support for Barbara and her loved ones during her stay.

Visitation will be on Thursday, January 10th from 4-8pm at the Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe St, Hopkinton. A Funeral Mass will be held on January 11th at 10am at St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church St., Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Hopkinton Center for the Arts, 98 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton, MA




  Police Incident Log - Most Recent First
Updated Friday, January 4, 2013

Incident Log

Thursday, January 3, 2013

11:55 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on West Main Street.

10:40 pm A caller reported that a vehicle was possibly smashing bottles that were left out for recycling on Saddle Hill Road.

7:19 pm Officer William Burchard assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Wood Street.

7:01 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil assisted the Fire Department with an alarm on Country Way.

6:08 pm A motorist reported that she was sideswiped on West Main Street by a tractor trailer unit who may have not even known that he hit a vehicle. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and took a report.

4:18 pm A walk-in reported that there were small children on the ice, very close to open water at the State Park. Officer William Burchard advised that he did not see any open water and spoke with a person who stated that the ice was safe.

3:55 pm Officer Peter Booth assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.

10:14 am Officer Patrick O'Brien checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Cedar Street.

10:08 am A walk-in from Greenwood Road spoke with Officer Thomas Griffin regarding possible identity theft.

9:14 am An officer responded to assist the Fire Department with gaining entry to a residence on Winter Street, but was canceled while in route because the home owner showed up.

8:49 am Officer Gregg DeBoer could not locate a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.

8:48 am Officer David Shane assisted the Fire Department with a medical call on Granite Street.


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

8:01 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted with a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.

7:33 am Officer Patrick O'Brien assisted the Fire Department with a residential fire alarm activation on Colella Farm Road.


Press release:
Center School Interim Principal Announced
Hopkinton, MA

On behalf of Dr. Hiersche, I’m pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Millie Katzman as Interim Principal for Center School. Ms. Katzman will be joining us in mid-January, and will work with departing principal, Dr. Chris Kennedy, to ensure a smooth and comfortable transition for our staff and students.

Ms. Katzman is a retired administrator from the Brookline School District, and is an exceptionally well-qualified elementary school principal. While in Brookline, she worked from 1998-2011 as Principal of the Heath School, a K-8 school, and served on the Heath School Building Committee for a school building addition. Prior to her time in Brookline, she was the Vice Principal at Kennedy Middle School in Natick, and started her career as a Foreign Language and Social Studies teacher. She holds a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Lesley University.

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Katzman to Hopkinton, and Center School parents can expect an upcoming invitation to meet with her and get acquainted.

Dr. Kennedy’s last day as Center School Principal is expected to be January 18th. We thank him for all he’s done for the staff and students of Center School, and wish him well as he begins the next phase of his career.
Kim Pulnick, Director of Human Resources

6,000 Pounds of Cement
Statue installation targeted for April 8, 2013

January 4, 2013 — Workers backfill a three-ton, four-foot deep base laid today  in front of Center School that will hold a statue dedicated to Rick and Dick Hoyt. John Hancock is footing the bill for the monument to the father and son Team Hoyt. The sculpture is expected to be in place by April 8, 2013, according to Melissa Simon Berczuk, a public relations specialist with John Hancock.

       "Dick Hoyt has pushed or pulled his son Rick through the finish lines of thirty Boston Marathons and more than 1,000 athletic events. Along the way, they have spread their unique message of determinism. As principal sponsor of the marathon, we wanted to pay tribute to the Hoyts and we think the sculpture will honor them and demonstrate their message to future generations of residents and visitors to Hopkinton," she said in an email today.

         Below is a graphical representation by GRLA of the statue that was submitted to the Hopkinton Historic District Commission for their approval last year. As the actual base being buried today reveals, the pair will be facing the Hopkinton Common, cast  in bronze forever.


Fire Department Responds to Legacy Farms

January 4, 2013 — A fire in an electrical generator at the Wood Partners apartment construction site brought the  resources of the Hopkinton Fire Department to bear. The fire was largely out when Chief ken Clark arrived on scene, but the engine crew did what they needed to make sure it was down.
Now Open For Business

January 4, 2013 — Jerry Lazzaro, owner of Hopkinton Sunoco at 60 Main Street, has finally added some vehicles to his inventory of quality used cars, after a long process of license approval by the Selectmen, and acquisition of a Mass Registry Dealer plate, so that prospective buyers can test drive the vehicles. Mr. Lazzaro plans to show two vehicles at any given time, and have another two in the wings under inspection and preparation.




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