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Landing Gear, Up

March 2, 2013 — This hawk, its red tail making a mistaken identity impossible, has just pushed off of the top of the tree beside it, its talons yet to be retracted, today at Weston Nurseries.



March 2, 2013 — A casual observer passing by Blood's Pond on north Mill Street wouldn't necessarily see any of this scene, which took a long lens to substantiate. A hooded merganser is in the foreground, and another merganser is on the left at the waterline. Several Canada geese are unthreatened by their presence. It appears this bunch enjoys the winter in Hopkinton.


No Trick Photography

March 2, 2013 — Sometimes a wide-angle lens can throw things off, sometimes cause vertical lines at the edge of a photo to bend outward. However, the lens used for this photo was a telephoto, which does does not cause that effect; and the camera was at a level horizon. For reference, see the vehicle heading south tipped slightly to the right, the way the roadway is pitched.  Observers might take note that since telephone poles are not installed other than perpendicular, that they could have been installed to stay upright longer.



March 2, 2013 — These workers four stories above the ground at the Wood Partners Legacy Farms apartment site are tethered to the building like astronauts on a space walk, their hardhats for extra safety. One of the several large apartment buildings is finished to the weather, and the others are moving along quickly.
Superintendent to Assume Role on July 1, 2013

March 1, 2013 — The Hopkinton School Committee is pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement with Ms. Cathy MacLeod to serve as the Superintendent of Schools.  Ms. MacLeod will assume the Superintendent position as of July 1, 2013. The committee unanimously supported the 3 year contract that includes a salary of $170,000.00.  Ms. MacLeod is completing her Doctoral dissertation work 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.



Dr. Steven Hiersche, the Interim Superintendent, will begin planning transition actions with Ms. MacLeod, which will include her coming to the district monthly prior to her start date to meet with the Administrative team and leaders in the community.  She will be involved with the Center School Principal and High School Principal searches and be preparing an entry plan that will position her well to lead the following key tasks upon arrival in the district: prepare to knowledgeably participate in updating our strategic plan and to implement curriculum initiatives; spearhead the community-wide effort to assess and address the future of the Center School facility and the facilities usage and needs of the district; implement the educator evaluation system in the district; orient and mentor newly hired administrators; and build a fiscally prudent district budget.


Police Incident/Arrest Log - Most Recent First  

Arrests: Updated Friday, March 1, 2013

February 28, 2013

12:10 am Officer Linda Higgins arrested Melissa L Mayer, 25, of Hayden Rowe Street on Hayden Rowe Street and charged her with Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Property Damage, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle and OUI Liquor.


   Updated Friday, March 1, 2013


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

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

4 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Check.

4 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

1 Animal-related Call


February 28, 2013

12:17 pm Detective Timothy Brennan attempting to communicate with Framingham PD about serving a 209A, Abuse Prevention Order.

10:14 am A Wood Street caller thought it suspicious that a man was walking down the street shouting out and making remarks. The caller did not mention if the man was on a blue-tooth telephonic device.


February 27, 2013

11:28 pm A caller reported a possible drunk driver hit a pole in front of the building and took off. Officer Linda Higgins located the driver on Hayden Rowe Street and arrested her.

10:29 am An individual claimed he made a purchase at a store on Cedar Street and was not given the correct change.


Bystanders push car off woman in Norton crash


   NORTON - Bystanders helped to push a car off of a 55-year-old Taunton driver after her car rolled over Thursday on Interstate 495 in Norton.

The accident occurred at 12:14 p.m. about a mile south of the exit for Route 140.

The 2001 Ford Explorer rolled over after veering off the southbound side of the highway, pinning the driver, Patricia Comperchio.

Norton Fire Capt. Benton Keene III said when firefighters arrived, the car was upright.

"What happened was bystanders rolled the car because it was on the torso of the female," Keene said. "They were able to put it back on four wheels."

Firefighters then used hydraulic equipment to cut Comperchio out of the car.

The victim was taken to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence


Teacher Contract Ratified — 2% Increase

New World Language Coordinator supports early introduction to foreign language


by Muriel Kramer

March 1, 2013 — The School Committee last night voted to ratify a new three year contract with Hopkinton Teachers that, according to School Committee Chairwoman Nancy Alvarez Burdick, “includes a modest wage increase for our valued professionals”; the contract includes a 2% wage increase each year.  The School Committee voted unanimously in favor of the contract. Town Manager Norman Khumalo was on hand for the vote, and his was the lone vote against accepting the contract. 

                Speaking before the vote, SC member Rebecca Robak who served as a member of the negotiation team said, “We all know Hopkinton is known for our strong schools… We need to be sure to negotiate a contract that’s fiscally responsible and values our teachers.”  She noted that Hopkinton’s average salary is ranked 66th in the State.  “We’re not overpaying our teachers, but we are certainly competitive.”

                Interim Superintendent of Schools Steve Hiersche commented that the contract process was fair but certainly not easy.  He asserted that it was a good process but difficult and expressed appreciation that all parties had worked together respectfully.  “The successes we see (in the schools) are in large part due to a very stable teaching staff.”

                The SC also voted unanimously to support the recommendations of Khumalo and Hiersche for community representatives on the Elementary School Building committee; the four candidates that will be recommended to the Selectmen at their next meeting for inclusion on the ESBC are Mike Shepard, Joe Markey, John Weaver and Rob Nickerson.  Shepard has experience as a teacher as well as with educational facilities, the MSBA process and construction.  Markey has land use experience and is passionate about supporting the elementary schools.  Weaver has architectural, engineering and construction experience; lastly, Nickerson has communication and marketing experience.  Hiersche spoke enthusiastically about the pool of applicants and was happy to report that all candidates even those not formally on the committee stand ready to participate and support the process going forward.

                Ralph Dumas reported that there was a high level of early interest in the Elmwood School roof project.  In response to a question from Robak, he did comment that it was unlikely that solar panels would be included in that project.

                Marilyn Miracle, Hopkinton’s new World Language Coordinator, gave a presentation highlighting some of our current successes and speaking to goals as outlined in Hopkinton’s Strategic Plan.  The goals included in the strategic plan are as follows:

1)      By June 2014, the School District will increase its foreign language offerings at the middle school and elementary levels.

2)      By June 2014, 75% of high school students will complete 3 years of foreign language, which include in-person or cross cultural experience with a goal of attaining at least an intermediate proficiency level.

3)      By June 2014, 10% of high school students will complete 2 years of study of a critical language (Mandarin Chinese or Arabic as examples).

                 Miracle was happy to see that the Strategic Plan highlighted proficiency in the goals.  She commented that research supports that earlier introduction greatly increases a student’s opportunities for proficiency in foreign language study.  “We are surrounded by schools that offer immersion as well as k-12 world language instruction because they know that early world language instruction is what works best.”  Possible solutions she proposed include offering Spanish and French to our elementary teachers, changing our future hiring practices to hire elementary teachers that also minored in a language, using the most talented high school students to facilitate learning at the elementary level and possibly offering classes at cost after school.

                Miracle also highlighted the value of real life cross-cultural experiences to enhance proficiency.  “Hopkinton High School could become a leader in this area by making study tours a one-credit course…It’s not enough to travel – you need to reflect on where you’ve been, what you’ve seen and what that means to you.  Giving students credit for this experience lends depth to the experience.”  She also suggested the SC consider using the F1 student visa account in part to fund scholarships for these types of experiences for students otherwise not able to take advantage of them for financial reasons.

                She also addressed the difficulty in achieving proficiency in “critical languages” like Mandarin or Arabic.  According to Miracle sources support that achieving proficiency in Spanish or French requires 575 to 600 hours of study, Mandarin or Arabic proficiency requires 2,200 hours.  “If the district is seriously interested in developing proficiency in Mandarin, it needs to be the language we start in the elementary [schools], preferably in kindergarten.” 

                She wrapped up her comments addressing the need for a functional language lab at the high school and middle school.  Currently the software we own is not compatible with the Mac computers at the schools.  She asked the SC to consider purchasing new software possibly with funds from the F1 Visa account.



HCA Call for Art for Arts in Bloom Exhibition


HOPKINTON, MA (February 28, 2013) --- The Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA) is issuing a call for art for its annual Arts in Bloom  exhibition that will take place May 3 – 24 at the HCA Gallery, 98 Hayden Rowe Street.  Arts in Bloom is an annual, juried exhibit that showcases new and exciting work created by artists living and working in New England.  The Hopkinton Garden Club will once again be providing one-of-a-kind floral arrangements to complement the prize-winning artwork.  Works do not have to have a floral component but should reflect this theme in imagery, color, design or conceptual elements.


This year’s exhibition is being juried by Joanna Fink of the Alpha Gallery in Boston.  The Alpha Gallery was featured in the Boston Globe’s “Best Shows of 2012” art gallery article.  Cash awards totaling $1,000 will be distributed. Submissions will be accepted at the HCA on April 21 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on April 22 and 23 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


“This year the Arts in Bloom exhibit is going to be a stop on the Culture in Bloom tour by Metrowest Tours, which will give artists much greater exposure,” said Kris Waldman, artist director of the HCA.  “We are looking forward to celebrating spring through the creativity shown in these inspired art pieces.”


All 2D media, including photography, as well as 3D work that can be hung on a wall and does not protrude more than 10 inches will be accepted.  More information and a link to online registration are available at www.hopartscenter.org .




BOSTON - Thursday, February 28, 2013 – Governor Deval Patrick yesterday unveiled an online map tool that shows members of the public, in real terms, what investing in growth and opportunity will mean for their communities.

“This tool will help people see exactly what to expect in their own backyard as part of the investments we’ve proposed,” said Governor Patrick. “Meaningful investments in education and transportation today will significantly improve our economic future both in the short term and for generations to come.”

Each map outlines transportation projects in every community that would be funded under the Governor’s FY14 budget proposal, as well as the additional Chapter 70 education funding and support for public colleges and universities communities can expect to receive under the Governor’s investment plan. The maps also show how many children in each community are on the waitlist for early education and care programs. As part of the Governor’s investment plan, the 30,000 child waitlist for early education and care programs across the state would be eliminated.

Under the Governor’s proposed budget, Hopkinton would receive $88,700 in additional Chapter 70 education funding, for a total of almost $5.8 million in Chapter 70 funding in FY14. The South Middlesex school district would receive $818,781 in additional Chapter 70 education funding, for a total of almost $4.1 million in Chapter 70 funding in FY14. Governor’s plan would also move the 18 children currently on the waitlist for early education programs in Hopkinton off of the waitlist and into high-quality early education programs. In addition to these education investments, Hopkinton would receive $959,188 in funding for transportation and infrastructure projects in FY14, increasing to almost $3.2 million over the next 10 years.

Governor Patrick has challenged members of the public to ask themselves what kind of Commonwealth we want and need for our time and the generations to come, and these maps demonstrate exactly how bold investment now will build a stronger Commonwealth in the near term and for future generations.
“As we continue to discuss the importance of making strategic investments to grow our Commonwealth, this new online tool serves as another resource for residents to understand how investments in education and transportation will directly impact them and their cities and towns,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray.

Each of the 400 maps in total, representing both Senate and House districts, can be found at www.mass.gov/governor/choosegrowth . There are two maps per district – one displaying transportation investments and one displaying education investments in each community.

Governor Patrick’s budget plan includes a $1 billion annual investment in the Commonwealth’s transportation system to maintain the current transportation assets we have today and launch a number of high-impact transportation projects across Massachusetts that, if built, will create thousands of jobs and spur economic development across the Commonwealth. The plan also includes a $550 million investment in education, reaching $1 billion over four years, to provide universal access to high quality early education for children across the state, from birth through age five; fully fund K-12 education and allow for extended school days in high-need schools; make college more affordable and accessible for high school graduates; and allow our community colleges to expand their efforts to provide students with the knowledge and skill training needed to succeed in the workplace.

Following the announcement of this plan in his State of the Commonwealth address, Governor Patrick has been traveling across the state making the case for business leaders, educators, local elected officials and members of the public about the importance of investing now in education, innovation and infrastructure to spur job creation and unlock opportunity in every corner of the Commonwealth. For more information on the Governor’s investment plan visit www.mass.gov/governor/choosegrowth .

(Text contributed by Governor's Office. Photo: Eric Haynes / Governor's Office)


Dems Caucus

Hopkinton Democrats caucused last night (Wednesday, 2/27) to elect delegates to represent Hopkinton at the 2013 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention.  The convention will be held at the Tsongas Center in Lowell on Saturday 7/13.  The primary business of the convention will be to approve a platform the 2013 platform for the Massachusetts Democratic Party.


The delegates and alternates selected were: Brian Hassan (alternate), Bruce Karlin, Caroline Wood, Dick Duggan, Frank D'Urso, Ken Parker (alternate), Lisa Whittemore (alternate), Mary Duggan, Maureen Bumiller, Mike Cook, Muriel Kramer


Hopkinton High School Drama Ensemble Presents:

 Uncommon Nonsense

An original play written, performed and directed by HHS students


March 7, 8 & 9

Hopkinton High School Auditorium


The Hopkinton High School Drama Ensemble proudly presents the original play, Uncommon Nonsense. This production is an educational theater experiment in which 43 students collaborated to write, perform and direct the play.


The story follows an eighteen-year old Alice (of Wonderland fame) who is trapped in a play where she encounters various analogues of Lewis Carroll’s most well known characters.  This dramatic comedy skillfully tells of Alice’s journey to self-discovery.


Valerie von Rosenvinge, director of the HHS drama program, launched this student-focused endeavor in December.  According to Ms. Von Rosenvinge, “I wanted to support my students by providing an opportunity for them to develop and hone their creativity, innovation and collaborative abilities.” According to von Rosenvinge,  “These are qualities identified by major corporations as aptitudes they seek in new hires, yet are not easily measured by AP exams or standardized tests.” 


“It has been a very interesting process,” continued von Rosenvinge, “and the
students have risen to the task and created a brilliant piece of theatre."


While each of the 43 participants has been involved with the writing process, there are seven who have worked extensively together in bringing this story to life. They are: Ben Card (senior), Leah Raczynski (senior), Liam Horsman (senior), Alex Graham (senior), Cody Johnson (senior), Alex Kirshy (senior), Brent: Leibowitz (freshman).

Performances will be Thursday, March 7 at 4 pm and Friday, March 8 & Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 pm at the Hopkinton High School Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors, $10 adults.

~ Ruth Cote


Hopkinton Resident, WMRC Radio Personality Ed Thompson, to be Roasted

The 1st Annual WMRC Blarney Breakfast is being held at the Portuguese Club on Friday, March 15th from 7 to 9AM. The WMRC Blarney Breakfast will feature a Roast of WMRC News Director Ed Thompson (HS yearbook photo, right) by local Luminaries. Senator Richard Moore will be the Master of Ceremonies. Breakfast is being catered by our friends at Oliva's. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the Oliva Fund for Cancer Care at Milford Regional.
Featured roasters include:

Milford Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay
Milford Police Chief Tom O'Loughlin
WMRC Daybreak co-host Rick Michaels
Mendon Public Safety Director Ernie Horn
Former State Representative Marie Parente.

There will be special auction items, great food and entertainment by Songs for Ceilidh.

$25 Tickets are on sale now at the WMRC Studios at 258 Main Street in Milford. Tables of 10 available. Call 508-473-1490 for more details.

Sponsorship opportunities available. Call Tom McAuliffe at 508-473-1490 for details.


All proceeds raised will benefit the Oliva Fund for Cancer Care at Milford Regional Medial Center. SEE VIDEO:



Present from the Past

February 27, 2013 — Pat Lynch, Treasurer of the Hopkinton 300th Anniversary Committee, dusted off a few medallions that his late wife, Rosemary Lynch, had saved from the 275th Anniversary and gave them to the Selectmen as a gift to the town. They gratefully accepted them.


Police Incident/Arrest Log - Most Recent First  

Updated Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Updated Wednesday, February 27, 2013


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

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

1 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Check.

4 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.


Arrest Log

Monday, February 25, 2013

2:36 pm Officer Thomas Griffin arrested Jefferson Braga Silva, 36, of James Street, Malden, on West Main Street for a Warrant.

Incident Log

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

11:09 pm A caller reported a suspicious motor vehicle parked in front of their house. Officer John Moran checked the area with a negative find.


Monday, February 25, 2013

11:12 pm A 911 caller from Hayden Rowe Street reported that several men broke into her apartment and were also outside her window. She stated that she was hiding and whispering so they didn't hear her. Two officers checked the entire area, inside and out, and advised that there was no sign of anyone and there were no footprints in the snow.


10:43 pm A resident of Cedar Street complained about a barking dog. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area but did not find any barking dog.


8:48 pm A Fenton Street resident reported that her 9 year old son had been missing since 7:30 pm. Three officers responded and located the youth in their driveway.

4:13 pm A walk-in from Greenwood Road complained about aggressive dogs running loose in the neighborhood. The Animal Control Officer was notified and handled the incident.


2:09 pm Officer Thomas Griffin stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 36 year old male from Malden for a Warrant.


1:58 pm A caller reported that a male was walking in the street on Hillcrest Drive arguing with someone on the phone. Officer Stephen Buckley located the individual who was having a verbal argument with his parents and was trying to find somewhere else to stay for a few days.


Hopkins Talent Show - This Friday!

The HPTA and Hopkins School are teaming up to put on a Talent Show on March 1st at 7pm at the Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium.   The proceeds from the show will benefit the Hopkins School Community Garden and Bay Head Elementary School (a school in NJ that was devastated by Superstorm Sandy).

Click Here to order tickets online or by visiting us at www.hptaonline.com


Harlem Wizards vs. Hopkinton Hotshots - This Sunday!

Buy tickets for the Harlem Wizards vs. Hopkinton Hotshots: Sunday, March 3rd, 1PM  at the Hopkinton High School Athletic Center.  Come cheer on your favorite players as they go up against the world famous Harlem Wizards in an exciting trick basketball game!  This family fun event will include concessions, autographs, souvenirs and opportunity drawings (one to include an iPad2).  Fun for all ages!

Reduced price tickets can be purchased until noon on Saturday March 2nd.  Advance Ticket Prices - Adults $12, Students & Seniors $10.  All tickets $15 at the door on the day of the event.

Click Here to order tickets online or by visit us at www.hptaonline.com.


Authors' Night

February 26, 2013 — Hopkinton businessman Rob Phipps gets a handshake and a thank you from fellow native George Leal after purchasing a signed copy of The Lost Colony of Roanoke from Mr. Leal at the Authors' night at Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Bellingham this evening. Mr. Leal was interviewed by HopNews a week ago. The enhanced version of the interview is available on the HopNews YouTube site.


Hopkinton Chief of Police Resigns, Effective June 30, 2013

February 26, 2013 — Hopkinton Chief of Police Rick Flannery informed the Selectmen as well as a stunned public this evening, that he will not be renewing his contract this year, but will stay until the end of June, 2013, the end of the fiscal year and the end of his contract's term. He said it was a family and personal decision.

         "After 34 years. it's time to move on," he said to Selectmen in the public portion of the meeting, after having informed them of his decision in executive session minutes before. Chief Flannery promised to support the town moving forward to find his successor.

           "You have been phenomenal to work with," said Selectmen Chair Ben Palleiko. "A class act every minute," he added.

           Selectman Brian Herr asked the chief if there was anything to do with the department or the town that was pushing him away.

           "Nothing specific. The budget environment has not made it easy," he replied. But he added the the main reason was personal and family related.

           Each selectman in turn gave Chief Flannery high praise and wished him the best of the future.

           The next step, according to Town Manager Norman Khumalo, is to develop a profile for the position, as well as a selection committee.

           Chairman Palleiko said that the matter of a replacement will be on their agenda until it is finished.


Flying East

February 26, 2013 — Reader Alan Sung shares this photo of a snow-weary bird he photographed recently.


John Mosher Takes Out Nomination Papers for Reelection to Board of Selectmen

February 26, 2013 — With little fanfare, incumbent Selectman John Mosher has taken out papers this afternoon for reelection to the Board of Selectmen for a second 3-year term on the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen.

Mr. Mosher is an unenrolled candidate who joins incumbent Selectman Ben Palleiko, a Republican, in a race to keep their seats.

Choose the  2013 Election Calendar link near the top of the page to keep score of who is running and what seats are open.


Steven Young to Represent the MetroWest YMCA in the Boston Marathon

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The MetroWest YMCA is pleased to announce that Steven Young of Framingham has been selected to represent the MetroWest YMCA with our first invitational entry number to the Boston Marathon on April 15th. Steve stated that he wanted to run for the Y because “the Y has been there for me”. Steve’s daughter Lyia participates in the Y’s before and after school programs and loves gymnastics at the Y.  “My wife, Tamika, is in the military and without the Y’s programs it would be hard for us. And Lyia’s made lots of friends at the MetroWest Y too”, Steve said.


Originally from Dorchester, Steve started running in middle school and has never stopped. He has been training for the Marathon before work and during weekends. Steve is committed to raising $4,000 for the Y’s Partners With Youth campaign for financial assistance and would welcome your support. If you are interested in sponsoring Steve, go to www.metrowestymca.org, “donate now” and make a donation in Steve’s honor.

Assistant Takes Out Papers for Top Job

February 26, 2013 — Assistant Town Clerk Geri Holland has taken out Nomination Papers to run for the elected position  of Town Clerk as an unenrolled candidate. Her current position is an appointed one.

       Mrs. Holland has worked in Town Hall, 17 years by her own count, and has been groomed for the top job by attending the Metrowest Leadership Academy and is currently attending a town clerk certification program. She has many volunteer associations in her repertoire, and is a respected artist who has been the recipient of the Unsung Hero Award. 

       To hear Mrs. Holland in her own words, check out the video interview with her captured this morning at Town hall:


Planning Board Approves Zoning Article to Accommodate 280 Living Units, 250,000 sq. ft. Commercial
Includes health and fitness club, affordable units


by Robert Falcione

February 25, 2013 —  The Planning Board this evening voted to include an Article at the May Town Meeting to rezone 96 acres of a 204 acre  parcel of land on Lumber Street recently purchased by Paul Mastroianni from William and Mary Terry. Mr. Mastroianni owns the adjacent property at 77 West Main Street, where, among other businesses, the Dynasty Restaurant, Advantage Wireless, and Hopkinton Wine and Spirits are located.

      Mr. Mastroianni is  partnering with Mill Creek Residential Trust, an apartment developer, which was represented by Robb Hewiitt, who gave tonight's presentation. According to Mr. Hewitt, Mill Creek has built 200,000 apartment units nationwide.

       The new zoning will be for a Neighborhood Mixed Use Development that will accommodate not only apartments and townhouses, but retail and an athletic facility  — perhaps swimming and tennis. This proposal includes 40% open space as well as walking trails. The last item caught the attention of an individual in the audience.

       "The trail leads to the propensity of trespassing onto a live firing range," said Bob Draper, an officer of the abutting Hopkinton Sportsmen's Association (Left in photo). 

         "Our interests are aligned with that issue," replied Mr. Hewitt to a roomful of laughter. 

           Regarding the impact of the project  on traffic, Mr. Hewitt said that a few minor changes would need to be implemented at the intersection of Lumber and West Main Street, but that didn't appease everyone. 

            Downey Place resident Shaun Smith (Right in photo) said, "Lumber Street traffic south of the project needs more attention." On that stretch of road, everyone agreed, are dangerous "S" curves. More attention was promised.

           According to the proponents, the 280 units will be counted toward the town's stock of affordable housing, filling Hopkinton's quota, and bringing it to a satisfactory level to ward off any 40B developments, those which do not need the approval of the Planning Board.

           They also promise to make a 2.4 acre lot available for parking school buses, which will save the town  $110,000 in fees now paid as a result of parking the buses in Ashland.

          Of concern was the number of students that the project will bring and the effect it will have on school  enrollment. The economic projections by Connery Associates will be under scrutiny by the town's peer consultants; and the Planning Board will set up a 53 G account that the proponents will contribute to, specifically for peer review of all of the project's consultants.

          The Planning Board and the proponents agreed that each of the retail spaces, with the exception of the athletic facility, would not exceed 38,000 square feet of floor space [FYI, Price Chopper is about 40,000].

           Tonight's vote to approve an Article is more like a placeholder, because a Host Community Agreement will have to be hammered out between representatives from the Planning Board and Department, the proponents, and Town Counsel Ray Miyares.

             In addition, a Master Plan Special Permit will need to be  applied for to set the guidelines for construction, much like Legacy farms had to on a larger scale.

           The zoning change will need a 2/3 majority to pass at Town Meeting. 



Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts


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

New Transactions from February 19, 2013 to February 25, 2013






14 Cedar Street Virginia Pitcher $295,000 February 19, 2013 Christopher J. Cooney TR, Vista Realty Trust
Last Week
13 Hidden Brick Road Mark R. Parker, Jamie P. Hughes $692,000 February 14, 2013 Peter R. Bartolik, Rosemary A. Bartolik

Previous Transactions

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


Police Incident/Arrest Log - Most Recent First  

Updated Monday, February 25, 2013


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

1 Time the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.

3 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

6 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Saturday, February 23, 2013

4:02 am Officer Jacob Campbell arrested Mark E. Holtsbery, 26, of Purchase Street, Milford, on East Main Street and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle and OUI Liquor, 2ndOffense.

Incident Log

Sunday, February 24, 2013

6:50 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on West Main Street. Sgt. Michael Sutton stopped the vehicle and issued a verbal warning to the operator for equipment violation.

2:53 pm A caller from East Main Street reported that three deer were trying to burrow under a fence. The Animal Control Officer was notified.

1:58 pm A 911 caller from Lincoln Street reported that a raccoon was scratching at his front door. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and advised that the raccoon became deceased.

12:03 pm Lieutenant Charles Wallace was advised of a motor vehicle spin out on Route 495 northbound before West Main Street. The State Police were notified.

11:46 am The Milford Police Department advised officers to be on the look out for a possible road rage incident heading towards Hopkinton on Purchase Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded but was canceled while in route because the Milford Police had the vehicles.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

10:08 pm A resident of Valentine Road reported that several youths were ringing door bells and leaving. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area but could not locate any youths.

3:35 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on Elm Street. Two officers responded and advised that the operator was a brand new driver with a learner's permit.

2:06 pm A Pendulum Pass resident reported that members of a religious group refused to leave her door step. Officer Thomas Griffin checked the area with a negative find.

10:56 am A walk-in spoke with Officer David Shane regarding a stolen check.

Friday, February 22, 2013

11:47 pm The Ashland Police Department reported receiving a call for a vehicle that went into a gully on East Main Street. Three officers responded and subsequently arrested a 26 year old male from Milford and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle and OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense.

8:56 pm A resident of Davis Road reported a disturbance. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and advised that it was just a verbal argument.

12:50 pm A caller reported that a man was laying down on the ice, off of Cedar Street, not moving. Two officers responded and spoke with the man who stated that he was just playing with his dog.

11:32 am A motorist reported that there was a gas pump nozzle and hose in the roadway on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Stephen Buckley removed it from the roadway and advised the DPW to pick it up.

8:32 am A caller from Wood Street reported that a customer made threats to her business over the phone. Officer David Shane responded and took a report.