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A Chat With Hopkinton Author George Foster Leal
NOTE: Upcoming Booksigning at Barnes and Noble in Bellingham
February 26, 2013, 7:00pm - 9:00 pm

Please forgive technical glitches in editing. New workstation needed. (Selling a Mac?)


Roll-over Causes Temporary Road Closure

February 13,  2013 — Main Street was closed temporarily last night after a Prius cut a telephone pole in half leaving it dangling and wires from home services dropping at chest height across the road (Below). Above, Sgt. Porter inventories bottles of beer that he removed from the vehicle. The driver, Patrick J Healy, 28, of Independence Way, Franklin, MA, was arrested by Officer Aaron O'Neil and charged with a Marked Lanes Violation, OUI Liquor and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle.


Thoughts and Thank Yous

February 12, 2013 — To begin, can we all agree that the Town of Hopkinton, its DPW and private contractors, did an outstanding job regarding the Blizzard of 2013? Kudos to all of them for getting it all together like clockwork.
        Thank you to Governor Deval Patrick for calling the travel ban when he did. What a wise move to get the cars off of the road before the worst of the blizzard, and keep them off until most of the roads were cleared. The Blizzard of 1978 was a good teacher. Photos of hundreds of vehicles stranded on Route 9 and elsewhere reminded everyone of what poor planning looks like. I'd give the Governor First Prize for a job well done.

         A huge shout out to the HopNews readers who sent in some of the most creative photos we've ever received from readers, as well as photos of some great creations.

         Thanks to the over 500 readers who visited the HopCam webcam that points out of the office plate glass window and onto the street and sidewalk (Top right of page). They were interested in seeing traffic and snowfall and snow removal.

        The Blizzard of 2013 kept most people indoors, including this writer, who saw more television than he usually does. And so it might be good to note that pigs do not fly coach, and boxes do not talk. I do not believe in those things and do not find them remotely funny, especially when HopNews has a great sponsor in Phipps Insurance. They are an excellent provider of insurance, proficient in every aspect and geared to individual and custom service.

        If you have a thought to share, letters to the Editor are welcome. Editor@HopNews.com

See Jill Dwyer's awesome Nemo by clicking on the left thumbnail. Then choose to see Kristen Usher's twin two year old girls, Annabel (left) and Laurel (right) enjoying their snow thrones. The third from left is a couple of feathery friends of Bob Richards. The fourth is the expansion of the Zettek Igloo that we got a photo of before the storm. We believe young Matthew was a big help to his Dad.



HOPKINTON - Patricia M. Helmuth, 73, died suddenly on Monday, February 11, 2013.  Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home , are incomplete at this time. 


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts


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

New Transactions from February 4, 2013 to February 12, 2013






71 Front Street Elizabeth Siber, Andrew Siber $765,000 February 11, 2013 Massachusetts Residential Nominee Services LLC
National Residential Nominee Services Trust
71 Front Street Massachusetts Residential Nominee Services LLC
National Residential Nominee Services Trust
$765,000 February 11, 2013 Henry E. Carroll, Lois S. Carroll

Last Week

61 Pine Island Road James Christopher Thomas $20,000 February 1, 2013 Frederick P. Wood Tr, Mill River Realty Trust
8 Winter Street Nancy Tinnel Emrick $317,500 January 31, 2013 Rita Riley, Ruth R. Sagar, Daniel J. Riley II,
Joan E. Widmayer, Joan E. Riley
13 Donna Pass Scott A. Hatherley, Stephanie N. Hatherley $691,000 January 31, 2013 Nancy Tinnel Emrick, Nancy Emrick
5 Bridle Path Ravi Kiran Malladi Venkata, Padmaja Malladi
$709,900 January 31, 2013 Crama LLC
18 Lakeshore Drive Peter J. Ditoto $374,000 January 30, 2013 Emine Kiray
Amherst Street Thomas Perna Custom Home LLC $90,000 January 30, 2013 Robert F. Lapointe, Eileen Lapointe

Previous Transactions

15 Meserve Street Kate-Lee Reyes, Cristal Reyes $217,000 January 29, 2013 Mae Fannie, Federal National Mortgage Assoc.
10 Spring Street Caro M. Cheney Tr, Jay P. Cheney Tr $149,000 January 24, 2013 Kevin J. Wright, Maureen L. Wright

   Police Incident/Arrest Log - Most Recent First
   Updated Tuesday, February 12, 2013


The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

8 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.

1 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Check.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

7 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Monday, February 11, 2013

11:03 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested Peter E. Cruse, 44, of Haven Way, Ashland, on Elm Street and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended, Subsequent Offense, Number Plate Violation and Possession of Class B Substance.

11:06 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested Theresa Renee Deluca, 42, of Lincoln Street, Milford, on Lumber Street Extension and charged her with Possession of Class C Substance.

Friday, February 8, 2013

11:47 am Sgt. Charles Wallace arrested Isaac James Brown, 21, of Concord Street, Framingham, on Main Street and charged him with Assault and Battery, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct.

Incident Log

Monday, February 11, 2013

10:00 pm Officer Peter Booth stopped a motor vehicle on Elm Street and subsequently arrested the operator, a 44 year old male from Ashland and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended, Subsequent Offense, Number Plate Violation and Possession of Class B Substance. The passenger, a 42 year old female from Milford was also arrested and charged with Possession of Class C Substance.

7:48 am Two officers assisted with a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Fruit Street.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

7:54 pm Officer Peter Booth spoke with a resident of Lakeshore Drive regarding a harassment report.

3:54 pm Officer Peter Booth spoke with a resident of Wilson Street about throwing snow into the roadway.

3:31 pm A caller complained about Pond Street only being one lane wide and believed it to be a safety issue.

2:05 pm A Downey Street resident reported two 12 year old boys were missing. Three officers, the Fire Department and Ashland Police K-9 responded and subsequently located the youths.

12:47 pm A 911 caller reported a two car motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Blueberry Lane. Two officers responded and advised that one individual was transported to the hospital.

11:14 am A caller reported construction equipment being operated inside Legacy Farms. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and stated that there was no by-law being violated.

12:02 am The State Police reported receiving a call from a Mayhew Court resident who was either ill or homesick and was trying to get back to Boston. Three officers responded and subsequently placed the individual into Protective Custody.

Friday, February 8, 2013

6:21 pm A caller reported that a plow operator was pushing snow onto Oakhurst Road. Officer Linda Higgins checked the area with a negative find and stated that there was a heavy amount of snow on the roadway. A message was left with the homeowner.

2:38 pm A caller from Westcott Drive reported an ATV on the lake, near the shoreline, behind her house. Officer Philip Powers responded and advised that it had been there for a long time, there was no markings around.

3:50 pm An Alexander Road resident reported that approximately two hours ago a male, wearing no jacket with gray jeans, rang his doorbell while crouched down, then got up and ran away. Officer William Burchard checked the area and advised that no one was around.

2:24 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer David Shane regarding a hit and run motor vehicle accident.

11:05 am The Holliston Police Department advised that an assault and battery took place on East Main Street. Subsequently, a 21 year old male from Framingham was arrested and charged with Assault and Battery, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct.


Planning Board Approves Hunters Ridge

February 12, 2013 —Tucked into the southern corner of Hopkinton on the Holliston line next to some Town owned land and near their successful Connelly Hills Estates, Ron Nation and son, Chris, brought a revised plan for Hunter's Ridge development in a Public Hearing before the Planning Board and the public with no major objections, and unanimous approval from the board.
       The Open Space Landscape Preservation Development offers open space and trails connecting with other trails off site, as well as to trails on town land in a tight knit grouping of 19 new homes.

       Since the start of the Public Hearing two weeks ago when neighbors came out in force, some with concerns about water and drainage, and others who just didn't want their sleepy road disturbed, the Nations hosted a site-walk and answered most objections with qualified experts.

       Last evening, a neighbor worried that blasting could affect his bedrock well, even though it is uphill from the development. Mr. Nation assured him that he has no plans for blasting in the area, and if he did, it would be minimal.

       In addition, Mr. Nation said he would shim South Mill Street in front of two existing homes to stop water pooling in the roadway and help those neighbors.



Rev. James F. Degnan, 83

Boston, MA- Rev. James F. Degnan, 83, passed away suddenly, Sunday, February 10th, at Massachusetts General Hospital with his family by his side. He recently celebrated his 58th anniversary of ordination on February 2, 2013.

Born in Lawrence on September 12, 1929, Fr. Jim was one of three children of the late James T. and Anna (Larose) Degnan. He was raised as a member of St. Patrick Parish, and attended St. Patrick Grammar School. He graduated as a honor roll student from Central Catholic High School with the class of 1947.

Fr. Degnan studied for the priesthood at St. John’s Seminary and was ordained by Archbishop Richard Cushing at Holy Cross Cathedral on Feb. 2, 1955. Between 1955 and 1971 he served as an assistant in three parishes: St. Jerome, Weymouth; St. James, Wellesley, and returned to the place of his ordination, Holy Cross Cathedral as an assistant there from 1963-1971.

He received a fellowship for study at the University of Pittsburgh and on his return to the archdiocese he was named an assistant to Fr. John Boles, his classmate, while serving as a part-time assistant at Sacred Hearts Parish, Malden. He returned again to the Cathedral parish in 1973. He served as principal of the high school from 1973 to 1977 and then as its director of development from 1977 to 1978, while also living at the parish as a technical assistant.

In 1978 he was named associate pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Jamaica Plain, and on Dec. 12, 1980 Cardinal Medeiros named him pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Hopkinton.

Fr. Degnan retired as pastor from St. John the Evangelist Parish in Hopkinton on June 12, 2006 after 27 years of dedicated service. Though he was granted senior priest/retirement status and went on to reside at Regina Cleri in Boston, he continued to minister to the people of St. Patrick Church in Lawrence until his sudden death.

While in Hopkinton, Cardinal Law appointed him vicar of the Natick vicariate of the archdiocese in 1988 and in 1994 he had a sabbatical/priestly renewal program at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

Beyond his devotion to his ministry, Fr. Jim had a love for music and a talent for singing songs such as How Great Thou Art, Ave Maria and O’ Danny Boy among other favorites. He also enjoyed playing golf, and traveling, including several trips to Ireland. He often performed in minstrel shows in Lawrence and Hopkinton with parishioners. Fr. Jim also loved and cherished his time in Hopkinton and his final years in Lawrence and always had a special place in his heart for all the children.

He is survived by his nephews Leonard J. Degnan Jr. and his wife Carla M. of North Andover, James T. Degnan of Hampstead, NH, nieces Judith M. Marte and her husband Hipolito of Pembroke Pines, FL, Nancy E. Bonugli and her husband Jay of Tewksbury and Kathleen M. Degnan of Del Ray Beach, FL. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Margaret A. Degnan-Reid of Andover as well as many grandnieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Leonard J. Degnan Sr. and sister Jacqueline D. Lawlor.

ARRANGEMENTS: Friends, Family and Parishioners are invited to pay their respects on THURSDAY, February 14th from 2-4 p.m. at the Regina Cleri Residence, 60 William Cardinal O’Connell Way, Boston, FRIDAY, February 15th from 3-7 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton, and SATURDAY, February 16th from 9-10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Church, 118 South Broadway, Lawrence. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated SATURDAY directly following at 11 a.m. in St. Patrick Church. Burial will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in North Andover. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to The Regina Cleri Residence, 60 William Cardinal O’Connell Way, Boston, MA 02114, or to St. Patrick Church c/o Fr. Paul O’Brein , 118 South Broadway, Lawrence, MA 01843. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the DRACUT FUNERAL HOME. To leave an online condolence, story, or message please visit www.dracutfuneralhome.com 


Mary G. Couture, 88


Mary G. Couture, 88, of Milford and formerly St. Augustine, Florida, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2013 at the Genesis Healthcare Center in Milford. Born in Ireland, she was the daughter of the late Agnes (Wilson) and Thomas Dolaghan. She was the wife of the late Fred Couture.

She is survived by two children, Adam Couture and his wife Sue of Milford, and Glenda Goldstone and her husband David of California. She also leaves behind a brother John Dolaghan and his wife Lilyan of Florida; 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her siblings, Agnes Goldstein and Thomas Dolaghan.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 12th at 2:00p.m. at the Whitcomb House, 245 West St., Milford (Rt.140). Private burial will be in the family plot in Evergreen Cemetery in Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Salvation Army, 29 Congress St. Milford, MA 01757 or First United Methodist Church, 120 West Main St. Westborough, MA 01581. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.



Singer/Songwriter Barbara Kessler to Teach Open Mic Workshop at HCA

HOPKINTON, MA (February 11, 2013) -- Renowned folk singer, songwriter, and former HCA Open Mic hostess Barbara Kessler will be teaching an Open Mic Workshop for teenagers (grades 9 -12) at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts this spring. The eight-week course, which begins on April 11 from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., will focus on vocal and instrumental performance, song selection, stage presence, mic techniques and more. “This will be like a master class round table, where students will perform for each other and share their critiques,” Kessler said. “We want to give everyone a moment to shine.”

Kessler has recorded four studio CDS, including the recently released What You Keep, which she also produced in her home studio. Her music has been critically acclaimed by music critics and she has won awards such as Best Debut Folk/Acoustic Album by the Boston Music Award, and First Prize in the USA Songwriting Competition/Folk Category. Her work has also been featured on television shows and on the Play Station game Rogue Galaxy.

“Barbara is such a wonderful talent and we are very excited that she is sharing her skills and talents in the Open Mic Workshop,” said Kelly Grill, executive director at HCA. “She did a wonderful job hosting our Open Mic nights and I’m sure she will use her experience to show these students what it takes to be successful in that genre.”  For more information or to register for the class, visit www.hopartscenter.org .


Another Perspective

February 11, 2013 — Here is a frontal view from this morning of a spirited Bill Breckenridge and friends' creation from yesterday. A 6' tall man's head would be the same height as Nemo's eyes. (See photo,below) In last night's photo, we asked onlookers to stand behind the camera while we too a photo of Nemo and the crew. This morning, there were about a half-dozen young people looking at the creation from the parking lot. The brilliant yellow of last night is giving way to more of a pink hue.

Before and After

In the HopCam webcam image captured below at 11:30 pm last night, the sidewalk plow is blowing snow off of the sidewalk to be loaded onto DPW and contractor trucks (off-camera, and in passing) for transfer to the snow dump on Cedar Street. To see the 5:00 am view from today, sidewalks, parking spaces and all, mouse-over the image. Kudos to all involved. The HopNews webcam has had a record 517 views since the start of the storm.


Nemo in Hopkinton

February 10, 2013 —We hope Disney doesn't come down too hard on Billy Breckenridge for copyright infringement for building, as promised earlier today, a gigantic Nemo-type of snow fish on Ice House Pond, using water, snow, ice and food coloring. The area was lit this evening as it is for skaters, and drew quite a crowd of parents and kids. For those visiting, please  use caution and pull in slowly, because there have been many children running around and vehicles coming and going constantly. (And just to be safe, let's call it Memo).


You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet

February 10, 2013 — Billy Breckenridge says to glance over at Ice House Pond on the way by Monday morning and you just might see a 15 foot tall Nemo, or other such colorful creature grow out of this monochromatic pile.


All Ends Well

February 10, 2013 — The report of two 13 year-old boys unaccounted for for several hours sparked a massive response from Fire Department and Police personnel as well as a police canine from Ashland in the Lake Maspenock, Downey street area. The boys were found and evaluated.


Home, Sweet Cave

February 10, 2013 — Not letting anything go to waste, even a good blizzard with record snowfall, brothers Brian, 24, and Ethan, 11, Kramer built a snow cave and slept out of doors in a comfortable 7° F.


Member of the Family

February 10, 2013 — If this is your snowman, send an email with your address and phone number to win a $25 gift certificate to the Marathon Restaurant at North Pond. Editor@HopNews.com



February 10, 2013 — All of the snow from the street on Main Street had to go somewhere, and onto the sidewalk and into the parking spaces it went on top of the snow Mother Nature already laid down. For those planning a walk Downtown, plan to walk in the street today, but be careful, especially at driveways and intersections where the snow banks limit visibility and line of sight.

Robbern Road Mountain

February 10, 2013 — In this photo from Anne Mattina, Robbern Road looked more like Ward Hill Ski Area following the blizzard of 2013 yesterday.



February 9, 2013 —Heather Malcolm Restifo shares a photo taken today of Madison Lamachia, Jimmy Restifo, Emerie Peterson and Izak Petersen, displaying a visual reference to the amount of snowfall from the Blizzard of 2013. They are part of a lifetime memory, captured in a photo.



February 9, 2013 — Doreen Garner's horses are either enjoying the chest-high snow in a playful way, or are frustrated over its depth, after the snowfall today.


Where's Waldo?

February 9, 2013 — Sharon Welsch and family had eagle eyes to be able to spot this owl in a tree outside of a second floor window today. 



February 9, 2013 — Well, with the travel ban on this afternoon, Linda DeCollibus, a reader from Marlborough, refused to let cabin fever get her down, as she enjoys the rays and looks for a spot by the pool to lay her towel down, while her husband Robert was busy shoveling.



“Due to the severe winter storm we need to postpone the Harlem Wizards game scheduled for Sunday February 10th at the High School.  We will be working on rescheduling a date in the next few days and will let you know as soon as possible.  All pre-purchased tickets will be honored for the new date or refunded.  Thank you for your understanding, and we apologize for the inconvenience.  Thank you and stay safe!”


After the Storm
Baby delivered in Worcester, more...

February 9, 2013 — Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick credited "spot-on" weather forecasting and detailed emergency preparations with a storm event that was without widespread catastrophe, with the exception of homes along the shoreline of the ocean. And even in homes where the ocean intruded, or a porch collapsed into the waves, there were no injuries reported. In one unrelated incident, a group of people who were using a vehicle to keep warm were rescued when snow covered their tailpipe, forcing poisonous carbon monoxide gases into the passenger cabin. They were rushed to a nearby hospital. UPDATE: Two people died from carbon monoxide poisoning separate incidents when they sat in their cars to keep warm during shoveling, but their tailpipes were blocked by snow.

        In Worcester, the Governor said, where some National Guard were deployed with their specialized equipment, in one case a medic-Humvee equipped to traverse the Worcester hills, they joined local emergency personnel in delivering a baby at 3:00 am.

        And although the Governor has lifted the travel ban for the entire state beginning at 4:00 pm, he has asked that people use caution at intersections, where snow banks can create a hazardous condition due to limited visibility.

        In addition, he urged people to be extra cautious of pedestrians, who will be walking in the street because of unplowed sidewalks. 

        Those readers who like HopNews on facebook and/or follow HopNews on Twitter got alerted of the major developments during this event, as per usual. Sign up to get yours. We have a mailbox with some great photos from readers we will be sharing, as well as some we will be taking ourselves momentarily.

         It is heartwarming to note that during the storm and since, over 444 readers took a look at our HopCam webcam that is directed out of our office window onto Main Street, taking advantage of that technology. It is always located near the top right of the page.