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January 20, 2013 — This gull over Hopkinton Reservoir displays a good example of a strong diagonal line as well as an admirable symmetry,


 Shannon Elizabeth McBride, 42

HOPKINTON - Shannon Elizabeth McBride, 42, passed away peacefully on January 18, 2013 surrounded by her loving family.  Shannon was a true inspiration to all who knew her, full of grace, compassion and deep love.  Despite her many medical challenges, she had an undeniable zest for life.  She graduated from Lasell College with a degree in Early Childhood Education, and was an educator in every sense.  Whether it was helping raise children, speaking in the medical community, or teaching us all how to see the beauty of life, Shannon used her life experiences as a means to help others.

Throughout Shannon’s life, she was instrumental in helping to raise children in a number of families.  Most recently, Shannon spent her days caring for her nephew and niece, Michael and Molly.

At the age of 4 ½, Shannon was diagnosed with leukemia and received a bone marrow transplant at the age of 9.  Later in life she required a lung transplant due to the effects of radiation.  Despite the many challenges that these illnesses created, Shannon always celebrated the gift of life.  She impacted numerous people, from doctors and medical students, to philanthropists and high school students, teaching them about living life fully as a cancer survivor.

Shannon is survived by her loving parents Mary McBride (Bill Moscarelli), and Michael McBride (JuneAnn White), her sister, Katie Crandall-McBride (Michelle), her brothers, Shane McBride and Jamie McBride (Susan), and many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.  She will always remain “Auntie” to not only Michael and Molly, but also her newest niece, Lucy.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, January 22 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton . A funeral service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society in Westborough on Wednesday January 23, at 11:00 a.m.  Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Hopkinton.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Boston Ronald McDonald House. 

The Glaze Project

January 20, 2013 — members of Carol Mecagni's Senior Center Art Class stop for a quick photo during their opening reception and show today at the Hopkinton  Center for the Arts on Hayden Rowe Street. The showing will continue until January 29, 2013.



Hopkinton sports fundraiser -- sweet option for Valentine’s Day


If you are looking for something fun to do this Valentine’s Day, then grab a few friends and come to the Hopkinton High School (HHS) Sports Fundraiser at the Hopkinton Country Club, Sat., Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $140 a couple including a casual menu, party gift bag, DJ/dancing, raffle prizes and more.  Click on the HHS Booster web site at:  http://www.hopkintonboosters.com/ to purchase tickets on-line or to download the sign-up/donation form and send by mail.  All proceeds go directly to Hopkinton athletics and improvements benefit the entire community.  Some recent projects include new wrestling uniforms, wind screens for tennis courts and weights for the training room at the high school.  Sign up today.  Together, we make a difference.


Open Water

January 19, 2013 — This gull grabs a morsel from the surface while strong gusts turn Hopkinton Reservoir into a churning body of water.



January 19, 2013 — Checking the warrant status of a driver on Hayden Rowe Street this afternoon, Hopkinton Police discovered an active warrant for larceny from Milford on the individual driving and placed him under arrest.


Marilyn “Tibby” F. Terry, 68


Holliston- Marilyn “Tibby” F. Terry, 68, of Holliston, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2013 at the Metrowest Hospital in Natick. She was the wife of the late John “Bud” Kevin Terry who passed in 2008. 

She is survived by her daughters, Julie Murphy and her husband Vincent of Holliston, and Jane Moran of Ashland. She also leaves behind four grandchildren, Robert, Bryan, Justin and Kaitlyn and her dog Gus. 

A funeral service will be celebrated on Monday, January 21 2013 at 10:00a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Holliston on High St. Burial will follow at St. John’s Cemetery in Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Holliston Pantry Shelf, 23 Water St. Holliston, MA 01746. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home.www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com


Downtown Corridor Project Update

Yesterday’s meeting to review the 25% design plans for the Downtown Corridor project provided opportunities for residents, local business owners and other stakeholders to offer additional input on the project to Town Staff members. Selectman Brian Herr attended the meeting as a member of the Downtown Initiative Steering Committee.

Overall, attendees expressed that the 25% design plan represented some improvement from the previous plan. Attendees also offered constructive suggestions to strengthen the plan, including but not limited to, safety improvements at Ash, Meserve and Pleasant streets, changing Church Street to one-way, eliminating a left turn from Summer Street onto West Main Street and further researching the configuration of the current entrance and exit from Bill’s Pizza parking lot.
To be certain all the suggestions are evaluated carefully by Town Staff and the BETA Engineering team, the presentation of the 25% design plan to the Board of Selectmen has been rescheduled from January 22, 2013 to February 5, 2013.


Above is a press release from the Town manager as well as a newly presented HopNews photo taken at the meeting. Principals off-camera are Selectman Brian Herr, Town Engineer Dave Daltorio, DPW Director John Westerling, and Director of Planning and Land Use, Elaine Lazarus. Town Manager Norman Khumalo is in the foreground.


TVL Champs

Hopkinton was victorious in their senior night meet against Ashland.  It was their final home meet for the season and and they are, for the fourth year in a row, the TVL Champions!

These are the graduating seniors:

From the back left:

Row 3: Holly Franke, Molly Abate

Row 2: Coach Bryan King, Abby Will, Hannah Allen, Corinne Daley

Row 1: Phillip Gebler, Brian Doyle, Josh Perez, Jackie Schofield.

   Photo and content by John Daley


Police Incident Log - Most Recent First
Updated Friday, January 18, 2013

Incident Log

Thursday, January 17, 2013

10:21 pm A motorist reported that the traffic light at Cedar Street was not functioning properly. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and advised that he drove thru the light several times with no malfunction.

8:30 pm Officer William Burchard assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.

5:54 pm A 911 caller from Falcon Ridge Road reported a domestic disturbance between a girlfriend and boyfriend. Three officers responded and advised that it was only a verbal argument.

3:38 pm Lieutenant Charles Wallace assisted an over-sized tractor trailer unit with backing into an intersection on South Street.

3:03 pm A 911 caller reported a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and took a report.

8:47 am Officer Stephen Buckley issued a written warning to the operator of a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.

5:40 am Officer Aaron O'Neil assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Cedar Street.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

6:49 pm Officer William Burchard responded to a minor motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Grove Street.

5:41 pm A motorist reported that she hit a deer on Ash Street. Officer William Burchard responded and advised that the deer was deceased. The Animal Control Officer was notified.

4:35 pm Officer William Burchard assisted the Attleboro Police Department with an arrest warrant at a residence on Wilson Street.

2:28 pm The Milford Police Department requested an officer try to get contact with the owner of a vehicle that was parked in their town. Officer Patrick O'Brien checked the residence on Falcon Ridge Road and advised that no one was home.

2:12 pm A walk-in from Hayden Rowe Street spoke with Officer Gregg DeBoer regarding a motor vehicle complaint.

9:12 am A caller reported that a vehicle was possibly in a ditch on West Main Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the area with a negative find.

9:02 am A 911 caller reported a two car motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Lumber Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and took a report.

7:54 am A 911 caller reported that his wife drove off of the roadway and into a ditch on Ash Street. Officer David Shane responded and advised that a tow truck was needed to winch the vehicle out.

7:34 am A 911 caller reported a hit and run motor vehicle accident on West Main Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and took a report.

7:28 am A 911 caller reported a two car motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Wood Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and took a report.

6:52 am Officer Philip Powers responded to South Street to take a report of a motor vehicle accident without personal injury.

6:37 am There was a 911 call reporting a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on South Street. Three officers responded and a report was taken.

6:35 am A caller reported that a vehicle was off of the roadway on Chestnut Street. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and took a report.

5:50 am A motorist reported that she struck a utility pole on Fruit Street and her airbag went off. Officer Linda Higgins responded and took a report.

5:38 am Officer Thomas Griffin responded to Hayden Rowe Street for a motor vehicle accident without personal injury.

Smell of Smoke Sparks Middle School Evacuation

January 18, 2013 — Hopkinton Middle School was evacuated to the high school late this morning after someone sounded an alarm over the strong odor of smoke in a couple of the rooms. A quick investigation by the fire fighters on scene coordinating with the station determined there was a permit to burn issued on Whalen Road. A trip to that location by Firefighter Santucci, who saw thick smoke from the fire heading toward the neighboring school, confirmed their suspicions and the students returned to the school.


School Committee Would Like to Reduce Fees

The School Committee will hold its Public Hearing on the FY ’14 budget in the Middle School Library next Thursday, January 24th at 7:30 PM; interested members of the community should plan to attend.  The SC has not taken any votes nor made any decisions on the budget to this point but did ask the acting Superintendent Dr. Steven Hiersche to propose a change for next year with regards to parent/student fees.  In Hiersche’s recommended budget which reflects a recommended 4.8% increase over last year, he had proposed holding the line on fees this year and not increasing them.  At last night’s SC working session, a majority of the SC expressed a desire to work harder on the issue and find a way to reduce fees in the upcoming budget year.

Detail provided in the initial budget presentation is available on the School website; fee info is as follows:

Cost of Potential Fee Reduction in FY14 1/7/2013


Projected FY14

Value of 10%





$210 per year



Daycare Transportation

$100 per student




$210 per year



Preschool Tuition

$3,200 per year



FDK Tuition

$4,000 per year



Athletics Student Fees

$210 per sport



Athletics Gate Receipts




Student Activities

$25 per year







SC member John Graziano spoke first on the issue, suggesting that fees could be separated into two categories— “premier” services including items like preschool and after school transportation, preschool tuition as well as full day kindergarten tuition and “essential” services that provide a well-rounded public education like athletics, transportation and parking.  He opened the discussion by stating he would be interested in finding a way to reduce parking, transportation and athletic fees. 


Ten percent of those three fees would be a reduction of $54,000 next year.


SC Vice Chairman Scott Aghababian agreed and asked to throw in the student activity fee, eliminating that altogether.  The Student Activities fee while in this year’s budget has not ever been collected.  SC Chairman Nancy Alvarez Burdick spoke up early to add that she was also onboard with an active approach to fee reduction in the coming budget year.  No decisions have been made, but members are asking to see a proposal from the Acting Superintendent that reduces fees for next year.


For her part, SC member Rebecca Robak asserted that in an affluent town like Hopkinton where so many families have their children participating in club sports, “Money isn’t really the issue in most cases.”


Ralph Dumas, Director of Finance for Hopkinton Public Schools politely disagreed.  “I think on the surface it may appear that a lot of people in this town don’t appear to need assistance, but they do.”  He offered an additional suggestion to look at perhaps making adjustments to the assistance policy and increasing the flexibility there.  For parents in need of financial assistance on the fees, the current assistance information is available on the school website http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/Page/760.  Assistance requires filing an application that provides proof of need to include IRS Form 1040 (pages 1 & 2), SSI and Disability income, unemployment compensation, alimony and child support agreements, and other proof of income if info has changed.  The information provided will be kept confidential and is sent to the Business Office.

Robak challenged the idea of reducing fees by the $54,000.  “So what are you going to give up for $54,000?”  She also expressed frustration that in an affluent town like Hopkinton there is a constant struggle to increase tax revenue.  “We live in a town that is very well to do, that we struggle to raise the taxes we need to cover services is ridiculous.”


Alvarez Burdick summarized her position, “I would like to see a proposal for a reduction in parking, athletic and transportation fees as long as we don’t consider reducing athletic offerings.”


The Public Hearing on the budget is typically not televised, so the community is reminded to attend next Thursday night at 7:30 PM to speak on the issues as well as hear first-hand what other attendees have to say on the issues.  Just prior to the Public Hearing there will be a short presentation on the proposal crafted by the Acting Superintendent on the fee reduction plan and impacts.



Burnt Sienna

January 17, 2013 — Reader from Upton, Nicole Brooks, shares a great phone-photo of the family canine Chewy, who looks back at her iPhone while evergreens in the background droop from the weight of the snow, following the most recent storm. The iPhone, as well as iPads, tablets, Droids, and other communication products from Samsung, too, are available at  Advantage Wireless, 77 West Main Street in Hopkinton (508-435-6600). Who needs a camera when phones can take photos this good? See John,.Sergio or Ryan for expert advice and service. Need the definition of burnt sienna? Choose "Resources" from the blue menu bar near the top of the page, and then "Dictionary" to find the definition. And for most words listed, a sound file with the proper pronunciation is available for playing.


Senior Glaze

by Nancy L. Drawe

January 17, 2013 — I am pretty sure that by now, you’re all getting the January “ho-hums” and are looking for something new and fun to do, especially on a Sunday afternoon. Well, I have just the thing for you! This Sunday, January 20, head on over to the Hopkinton Center for the Arts at 98 Hayden Rowe for the opening of “The Glaze Project.”

The Glaze Project is where 15 students from the Hopkinton Senior Center’s pottery class have spent the past year experimenting with low fire glazes in combination with cone 5 glazes. What an amazing accomplishment these students have made, some of which have never worked with pottery before. These are women of all ages, the oldest being 93, can you imagine? Working under the direction of pottery teacher Carol Mecagni (File photo), they all have created some wonderful pieces of glazed pottery such as figurines, garden hangings, vases, etc. All kinds of techniques were used such as painting under glazes, dipping in one glaze with a second glaze dipped over one half, glazing in natural tones, freeform style using a unique mixing of glazes, just to name a few. I have seen the projects the “students” create and am totally blown away! I actually wrote a column about this class in the past year or so. These beautiful works of art are already on display since the exhibit opened on January 16 and runs until January 29, but the opening reception is on Sunday from 2-3. Light refreshments will be served. I hope you will take the time to attend this opening and honor these artistic women who have spent the last year working hour after hour, each in their own unique style.

The project was funded by a grant from the Hopkinton Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural, a state agency.

That’s it for now, so if you have any comments or suggestions, you can email me at Punkala@aol.com . Until next time, have a great week!


Webster First Federal Credit Union Employees Pledge over $10,000 to United Way


Worcester, MA – January 14, 2013 – Webster First Federal Credit Union employees started the New Year off strong in support of one of the state’s largest community organizations, United Way. At the end of 2012, the credit union’s employees pledged to make a onetime donation or weekly deducted contribution from their paycheck. The total donation at the end of 2013 will be $10,344.40, the largest amount raised from Webster First employees in over 10 years. File photo.


“We have worked closely with United Way for at least a decade,” stated Webster First Vice President of Branch Administration, Tami Germain.  “This past year, our company has expanded into the Boston and Metrowest areas growing our number of employees. What’s great about the program is employees can make contributions that directly support the United Way within their County.”


Ms. Germain has been a Board of Director for the Webster Dudley United Way for 5 years and served as a loan executive for the United Way of Central Massachusetts. “I love working with United Way and strongly believe in their mission. Each year, WFFCU employees look forward to supporting the United Way and our local community. It really means a lot to give back to the community and to help others who are in need of assistance. We can make a difference.”

Webster First Federal Credit Union, with $621 million in assets, has offices in Auburn, Boston, Charlton, Douglas, Dudley, Fitchburg, Hopkinton, Saugus, Spencer, Webster, West Boylston, Whitinsville, Winthrop, and Worcester and online at www.WebsterFirst.com  .


Downtown Plan Rolled Out
Next stop, Board of Selectmen

Above is a graphic of proposed changes in the Downtown from Ash Street to Church Street. Although the drawing shows no utility poles, that is not what is being submitted.

by Robert Falcione

December 17, 2013 — Town Manager Norman Khumalo conducted a meeting at Town Hall this morning that began with a presentation  by Town Engineer Dave Daltorio of proposed changes to the Downtown. The changes are part of a proposal by BETA Group, the engineering company hired by the town to offer improvements in traffic, pedestrian and bicycle safety, as well as improved aesthetics, from Ash Street to Wood Street . The plan has reached what they call a 25% threshold, and is ready for submission to the state for consideration of funding.  The entire process of approvals, 25% plan, 50% plan, and 100%  plan, will take 4-5 years, Mr. Daltorio said. He and Mr. Khumalo opened up the meeting for questions and discussion, pretty much from the start.

      More than one person, among the residents and business people of the Downtown in attendance, expressed concern that parking spaces would be lost. Mr. Daltorio agreed, but said it was in the name of safety, and in accordance with Mass DOT specifications.

      Wood Street resident Jackie Potenzone said she does not allow her kids to walk to school any longer, because the Pleasant and Main Street intersection is dangerously busy in the morning.

     "There used to be a crossing guard there, but they cut the budget.

     "There should be a crosswalk light at Pleasant Street," she suggested. 

      At the 2012 Town Meeting an Article to purchase a home at 2 Wood Street for relocation or demolition to widen that intersection was withdrawn by  its proponents, when it was clear that with the failure of associated articles, the tone of the body was against the measure. 

      Another Article last year sought to fund a study to bury utilities in the Downtown. The study would have cost $580,000 for what some estimates put at an $8 million job.   

      Although both of those Articles failed measurably last year, today Selectman Brian Herr said they were under reconsideration.

     The team that oversaw the planning process, the results of which were presented today, consists of Town manager Norman Khumalo, Director of Planning and Land Use Elaine Lazarus, Town Engineer Dave Daltorio and Director of Public Works John Westerling.

       "You people don't live in town," said well known Hopkinton native Tom Terry to the members of the team. He suggested the Selectmen should be the ones to hold the reins.

       Selectman Brian Herr, in attendance,  said that there'll be plenty of opportunities [for further input].

      Part of the plan shown today would shut off the Town Hall driveway to vehicular traffic and create a walkway to the crosswalk with a bumpout, which would force the current exit driveway by the bank into a two-way drive. Mr. Terry was not in favor of the change, especially in light of the difficult traffic conditions at the intersection of Hayden Rowe and Main Streets, and said he concurred with this writer, who had spoken against it earlier in the meeting.

      The purpose of the walkway, a factor not presented at this meeting today, is to move people from a new parking area to be constructed behind Bill's Pizza that is needed for the Library expansion. An Article funding a $50,000 study of the lot was defeated by a simple majority at last year's Town meeting. The library expansion needs about 20 more parking spaces in order to conform to the approval from the state, and the town has been unable to secure parking agreements from any other neighboring property owners. Bill's has been the only one. Any agreement would need to be long-term, 30-99 years.

        The Selectmen are expected to view the presentation, as well as input from today's  meeting,  at either of their next two meetings.

Take a Chance on Getting Free Organically Grown Fresh Veggies All Summer

People who would like to live longer by eating pesticide-free, organically grown colorful vegetables and herbs raised locally need look no further than Long Life Farm, a community supported agriculture farm (CSA) that is taking on new shareholders. Shareholders can receive weekly or bi-weekly deliveries of these precious commodities, but don't wait too long. There are about 60 families participating at the moment, and the number is sure to go up.


In the meantime, principal farmer Laura Davis and Beth Mezitt from the Friends of the Hopkinton Public Library have teamed up. Long Life Farms has contributed a bi-weekly share to be raffled off by the Friends, with all proceeds going to the Friends, who help supplement the Library's needs not funded by the Town, through advocacy, volunteerism and financial support for programs and services.  Raffle tickets are available at the library or from a "Friend."


Coat Drive at Hopkinton High School


There is a coat drive going on right now at the high school and all of the proceeds go to Big Brother Big Sister. The coats can be gently used or new and have to be at the high school before 3 PM on Wednesday, January 23. This coat drive is sponsored by the radio station Mix 104.1 and the school that gets the most coats will receive a concert from Ed Sheeran at their school. The coats can be gently used and have to be in the office of the high school before 3:00 PM on January 23. ~ Sophia Johnson




January 16, 2013 — Highland Street in Woodville has a period look, and especially with the recent snowfall, as the coating of snow adds dimension and depth to an otherwise brown and grey time of year.


Police Incident/Arrest Log - Most Recent First

Updated Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Arrest Log

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

7:22 pm
 Sgt. Scott vanRaalten arrested Jamie F. Curran, 29, of Hamilton Street, Worcester, on Route 495 for a Warrant.

Incident Log

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

9:53 pm
 Several officers responded to Apple Tree Hill to assist the Fire Department with a house fire.

3:56 pm
 A caller reported a minor hit and run motor vehicle accident on West Main Street. The Upton Police Department was notified and advised that they had the vehicle stopped.
4:50 pm
 Sgt. Scott vanRaalten stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 29 year old female from Worcester for a Warrant.

Monday, January 14, 2013

12:24 pm
 A caller from Lincoln Street reported that there was trash dumped on the side of the road. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and advised that it appeared to be recyclables that blew away from a neighboring residence.
10:55 am
 Detective Timothy Brennan responded to South Street to take a harassment report.
8:34 am
 Three officers responded to a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on West Main Street.


Skate Park Club Has Boston Marathon number Available to Highest Bidder


The Hopkinton Skate Park Club has obtained a Boston Athletic Association 117th Boston Marathon Invitational Entry and is auctioning it to the highest bidder of pledges/donations. This is a non-qualifying entry.  The bid with the most pledges/donations will receive the application.  The applicant’s responsibility is to solicit pledges targeting your bid, collect pledges/donations and personally pay the $300 application fee.  Every dollar pledged and donated goes directly to The Skate Park Club. 


The Hopkinton Skate Park Club is a school club dedicated to safe skateboarding and biking as well as renewing and improving the Hopkinton Town Skate Park.  As a committed and civic-minded club, members have signed a contract to wear helmets at all times when skateboarding or BMX biking especially at the skate park as we acknowledge that club members are role models for other skateboarders.  The clubs' mission is to promote safe and sober fun, understand social responsibility and participate in and promote civic duty through volunteerism in their community. 

To place your bid, simply email Andrew Longoria at alongoria@hopkinton.k12.ma.us or call Andrew at 508.497.9820 Ext. 1174.

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