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Coolidge Grabs Brass Ring
OSLPD* concept plan, 12 home-development, unanimously approved by Planning Board for tranquil 44.6 acres at Lake Whitehall
*Open Space and Landscape Preservation Development

 

by Robert Falcione

March 11, 2013 — John Coolidge and wife Anne Richards brought a concept plan to turn their idyllic 44.6 acres into a 12-lot residential open space subdivision in one of the most rural, quiet parts of Hopkinton, Pond Street, before the Planning Board this evening and received the necessary approvals and waivers. It is a board Mr. Coolidge once chaired, and served on for many years. The plan calls for 73% of the development to be preserved as open space, much more than the bylaw requires, according to Director of Land Use and Planning, Elaine Lazarus.

           The property was offered to the town for purchase last year as a Chapter 61 right of first refusal, because it has had the advantage of being taxed as forestry land, at a lower tax rate. Owners of Chapter 61 land who get a valid offer to purchase, must give the town a chance to match the offer. Mr. Coolidge said they informed the Town of Hopkinton of the receipt of a Purchase and Sale agreement last year, but Town Counsel deemed it was not a valid offer, because it had too many conditions.

          Mr. Coolidge and Ms. Richards brought this plan to the board this evening with engineer Eric Dias making the presentation, but representing themselves, as opposed to a developer representing them like last year. It was clear this evening that Mr. Coolidge would prefer the Town purchase his land, and he said they should "...move to do so before the price goes up." The price apparently went up this evening with an approval of the concept plan. The approval of a definitive plan would push the price much, much higher.

         Land has more value if it has permits in place for developments. One example is the purchase of the 20 acre Whitehall property, which soared to $2.65 million in value after approval, coincidentally, by Mr. Coolidge's Planning Board at the time. Mr. Coolidge was one of the main proponents of that purchase by the Town of Hopkinton to prevent development.

         Another example is Legacy Farms, which purchased its 615 or so acres for around $30 million (with conditions and incentives) and just sold two 20 plus acre lots for $7.5 million each, after years of tests, planning and permitting approvals. They expect to sell many more of the pricey, permitted parcels.

          Mr. Coolidge, according to the Town website, is the Vice-Chairman of the Community Preservation Committee, but said, after the meeting, that he would step off of the board if the committee came to a vote to fund his property on behalf of the town.

          Jeff Doherty (at right in photo), who is also on that CPC committee with Mr. Coolidge and eight other members, is additionally a member of the Open Space Preservation Commission, which evaluates land purchases for the town. Before the start of the meeting, this reporter asked if he had received appraisals following last year's notice of a P&S.

           "I don't think we officially received any.

           "They've been before our board, but we haven't negotiated for it. We haven't appraised it," Mr. Doherty said.

           "It's out of our [price] range," he added, saying that the value is common knowledge. The town has assessed the property, land and building, for $460,796, according to the assessor's property card. Following the meeting, Real Estate professional David Wluka, representing the proponents, said that an assessment from the town doesn't reflect the true value of a property.

           The property has an expansive border with DCR and DOEM land, 42 acres of which was donated by Pond Street neighbor, André Navez (at left in photo), who had something to say this evening.

            "For years, this [land] was considered the highest priority for open space. There are three accesses for Upton State Forest, and this [development] would cut it down to two. Protecting that corridor for wildlife is absolutely essential," he said. Some abutters were there to address traffic impact, drainage and line-of-sight issues, but Mr. Navez was in agreement with more than one person in the room when he said, "My problem is with the whole development."

           "The town should buy it one way or another. A study by this board,  then-Chairman Mr. Coolidge, said that each house built costs the town money," he said.

           Dr. Bruce Karlin (center in photo), also a Pond Street resident said, "I am sure it is eating at them to sell this. I can't imagine what turmoil they are going through."

           "We want to develop this in a conscientious way," said Mr. Coolidge.

           "The town should step up soon, before we get to the definitive plan; before the price goes up," he said.

           The proponents will need more approvals, from the Conservation Commission, as well as a waiver from the Board of Appeals as they move forward; and a return to the Planning Board with a definitive plan, which will involve more extensive engineering and detail.

   

Front Plate Required 

March 11, 2013 — For vehicles displaying a red number plate, which most vehicles have, one is required for the front and one for the rear, even if it spoils the lines of a hot-looking sports car like the red one above. That may have been the trigger for getting this car pulled over on Main Street this afternoon by Officer Peter Booth, but something else piqued his suspicions enough to call for Officer Chris Alberini of the Ashland Police Department and his K-9 Officer Dax. The incident also tied up four Hopkinton police officers, a Sergeant, a Detective and two Patrolmen. There were no arrests.

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Police Incident Log - Most Recent First  

Updated Monday, March 11, 2013

Summary

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 Checks.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

14 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police participated in Community Relations or passenger safety.

Incident Log

Sunday, March 10, 2013

2:13 pm A resident of East Main Street complained about generators running at a business during he day. Officer David Shane responded and advised that there were no workers in sight.

12:17 am A caller from A Street came home and thought that someone may have been in the house. Three officers checked the area and advised that all was clear.


Saturday, March 9, 2013

4:45 pm A 911 caller reported that a vehicle just passed him over double yellow lines, almost running him off of the Hayden Rowe Street and was now entering Milford at a very high rate of speed. The Milford Police Department was notified and responded.

1:39 am A resident of West Main Street reported that two vehicle stopped in front of his house then left the area. He believed that the operators were intoxicated. Officer John Moran stopped the motor vehicle and advised that all was fine, the operator just left the callers house after having an altercation.

1:34 am A West Main Street business reported that a customer was being loud and acting strange. Officer John Moran responded and advised that it was a known town resident who was just listening to music.

 

Friday, March 8, 2013

10:14 am A Gassett Road resident reported that her neighbors were harassing the plow operator that was plowing her driveway. Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with the residents and will advise the plow operator not to plow snow into the roadway.

8:58 am Officer Philip Powers assisted with a tractor trailer unit that was stuck and completely blocking East Main Street. The Highway Department was notified to bring a truck with sand to get the truck moving.

8:45 am The Highway Department reported that a car was parked on Equestrian Drive, hindering plow operations. The residence was contacted and advised that the vehicle needed to be moved.

8:11 am Detective Timothy Brennan assisted another agency with executing a search warrant on Lowell Drive.

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Nancy Fayard, 78

Nancy Fayard, 78, of Hopkinton, passed away Friday, March 8, 2013 at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Eva (Horton) Madden. She was the wife of 58 years to Robert Fayard of Hopkinton.

Nancy worked as a secretary at the Congregational Church of Hopkinton for 10 years. She was also a secretary for Soot Busters and enjoyed sewing and quilting.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her children, Robert L. Fayard Jr. of Woonsocket, Cheryl Fayard of Washington State; 9 grandchildren, Robert III, Krystie, Samantha, Hannah, Seth, Donald, Kelly, John, Kati and 3 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will take place on Thursday, March 14, from 4-7p.m. at the Chesmore  Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St.
 
Burial will take place on Friday at 9:00a.m. at the Bourne National Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at 11:30 a.m. at Faith Community Church of Hopkinton.

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Future Engineers

The crew form Glen Road, David Hart, Robbie Hart, Mason Szewczyk, Jack Ianelli, Hannah Ianelli and Michael Ianelli did what humans have done for thousands of years: build something grand out of the materials surrounding them.

 

March 10, 2013 — "Cant' Stop... Won't Stop"... truer words have never been spoken. Hopkinton Cheerleaders bested ten other teams to take 3rd place at the Division 2 State Championship, in Sturbridge MA. The 3rd place finish means, for the first time EVER, Hopkinton will be represented at the New England Division 2 Cheerleading Championship. These girls are just flat out AWESOME! The New England Cheerleading Championship will be in Lawrence March 16th, at the High School, and will start at 10:30AM. Please come and support this amazing group of young ladies!! Go Hillers ~ John Cardillo

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Nancy J. Sullivan, 82

Nancy J. Sullivan, 82, passed away Friday, March 8, 2013. Born in Holliston, she was the daughter of the late Gertrude (Kirby) and William O'Grady. She was the wife of the late Frederick P. Sullivan who passed in 1985.

Nancy is survived by her children, William Sullivan and his wife Cindy of Chelmsford, Timothy Sullivan of Milford, Michael Sullivan of Hopkinton, Patrick Sullivan and his wife Kerry of Lancaster, and Ellen Foley of Uxbridge. She also leaves behind a sister, Ellen DiTolve of Virginia and 5 grandchildren, John, Kevin, Christopher, Sean, and Brian.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 from 4-7p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St.

A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday at 10:30a.m. at St. Mary's Church of Holliston. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery.
 

    

COUCH TO 5K PROGRAM REGISTRATION OPENS

Popular Hopkinton Running Club Program Limited to 35 Participants

APRIL 6 – JUNE 15, 2013

Back by popular demand the Hopkinton Running Club is offering a Couch to 5K Learn to Run program beginning on April 6th leading up to the Sharon Timlin 5K Road Race on June 15, 2013.   Under the direction of certified trainer Erin Mahoney, the program is designed to help novice runners and those with some running experience successfully train and complete a 5K road race.   Couch to 5K participants will meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday mornings at the Hopkinton High School track and also receive weekly training programs, access to an online training group, advice from experienced trainers and runners, a team shirt and race day support.  The cost for participation is $35 which includes a one year membership to the Hopkinton Running Club.  This year the program will be limited to 35 participants so interested community members should register early at www.runhopkinton.org.  For more information email erin.b3traininginc@gmail.com

 

Picture Perfect Day

March 10, 2013 — These Framingham residents took turns photographing one another as well as their surroundings at Hopkinton State Park this bright, sunny afternoon.

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Matthew Fliegauf, Actor

 

Matthew Fliegauf, of Hopkinton, has been regularly shuttled back and forth to NYC in the past several months. This 12 year old has broken into the professional acting world after attending NYCinMA, a musical theater summer intensive that brings all of its instructors in from NYC to train participants in dance, acting, voice and audition technique. When asked about his experience with the program, Matthew said, "As a result of this training, I got a great manager who has sent me to many auditions in NYC, including an audition for my dream show, Billy Elliot, the Musical. I was also called in for the Elf national tour, Pippin, Treasure Island, and several other shows.

 

Though NYCinMA focuses on theater, it also prepared me for my first television job, the lead in an episode of a well known cable show."

Matthew's mom, Heidi, has been the one primarily driving him to these auditions. "Every time I ask him if he knows what he is going to do or what is expected of him, he rolls his eyes at me, like every 12 year old knows how to do, and says, 'I know mom, this is what I learned all summer. Believe me, I know what to do!'

 

 He isn't nervous when he goes into the audition room because the program prepared him for all of the possibilities and gave him the self-assurance that any actor needs in order to be successful."

The Metrowest area can be proud that it is cultivating the stars of the future. The NYCinMA program that Matthew attended is holding auditions for 2013 in Framingham on March 24th. The auditions are by appointment only and the program only accepts 22 participants. Visit NYCinMA.com  or email auditions@NYCinMA.com  for more information.

~ Contributed Content.

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Say, "Woof!"

March 10, 2013 — Enzo DeCollibus had a blast today romping through the new snow, smiling and running around.

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 Uncommonly Hopkinton

"Uncommon Nonsense"

 

Above, a few of the cast members pause for a photo backstage during intermission on Saturday.

March 9, 2013  — The Hopkinton High School Drama Ensemble presented "Uncommon Nonsense" an original play written, performed and directed by HHS students at the High School Auditorium on Saturday evening. The first scheduled performance was snowed out on Friday night, and some cast members believe they can pull it together to bring the canceled performance to the public in the Spring.

 

Positively Hopkinton

Casino Night for Education

March 10, 2013 — The Hopkinton Education Foundation gambled that people would fill the Warren Conference Center in Ashland to play games and have fun on behalf of the schools, and they won big time as the entire facility was taken up by Hopkinton gamblers who ponied up $99 per head just for the opportunity.

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Positively Hopkinton

S.T.O.P. 

March 10, 2013 — Hopkinton High School students Drew Johnson and Paige Guarino, members of the after-school club, Students Taking On Poverty (STOP), literally set up shop outside the High School Auditorium on Saturday evening looking for chances to raise awareness about how their micro-finance club helps women and communities in Malawi, in the southern part of Africa.

         "We're selling hope to African women who want to start businesses in their communities," answered Drew to a classmate who asked what he and Paige were doing.

           The club helps finance businesses by selling the wares of some, and using the proceeds to loan money to others.

           "By selling the products and lending money, we want the women to be self-sustainable," said Paige.

           Paige said that part of their purpose is to promote understanding so that the people they meet can gain a broader understanding of the world.

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Wellness Fair

March 9, 2013 — The Wellness Department of the Hopkinton Public Schools gathered professionals from the wellness and camping communities today for a fair filling up the Athletic Center, the Cafeteria and the hallways leading to them. Above, Reese Hunter becomes engrossed on making a sea creature, and below, one greyhound from Greyhound Friends appears surprised seeing its companion's teeth, even though the dog is only yawning. Choose a thumbnail to see larger images.


 

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Homemade Dunes

March 9, 2013 —  With images of ocean storms, breakers and sand dunes saturating the television airwaves, it doesn't take much imagination to see similar textures in these mounds of crushed stone and drifting snow on the Legacy Farms construction site being used by Pulte Homes to prepare the land.

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Work?

March 9, 2013 — Some people may think it is all fun and games, just driving in a straight line, but this sidewalk snowblower operator is constantly on alert, being careful not to drop the snow over plowed walks or driveways.

 

    

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Police Incident/Arrest Log - Most Recent First  

Updated Friday, March 8, 2013

ARRESTS

Thursday, March 7, 2013

7:04 am Officer John Moran arrested Patrick M Fagan, 36, of West Min Street, Hopkinton on West Main Street and charged him with No Inspection Sticker, operating a Motor Vehicle With a License Suspended and operating a Motor Vehicle With a Registration Suspended.

 

 

INCIDENTS

Summary

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

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

4 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

 3 Motor Vehicle Accidents With No Injury

 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

6:14 am Officer John Moran initiated a Motor Vehicle Stop that led to an arrest of a Hopkinton man.

 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

7:58 pm Officer Peter Booth and William Burchard attempted to deliver a message from Natick Police to an individual in Hopkinton, but the individual was behind a closed, locked door and claimed to be someone else.

 

4:59 pm A Hayden Rowe Street caller reported a possible past B&E, but Officer Peter Booth believes the broken window to have been caused by a dog.

 

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Free presentation on positive changes in youth sports

by former NBA player Bob Bigelow

 

Hosted by the HPTA, with financial support from Hopkinton Parks & Recreation, Hopkinton Little League, Hopkinton Basketball Association, Hopkinton Youth Soccer, Hopkinton Fighting Irish and Hopkinton Lacrosse.

Thursday, March 14, 2013, 7 p.m.

Hopkins School cafeteria

One of the foremost youth sports speakers in the country, Bob Bigelow advocates fully meeting the needs of children as the top priority in youth sports programs. He provides new approaches for positive change in youth sports. The former NBA first round draft choice played four years for the Kansas City Kings, Boston Celtics, and San Diego Clippers. He played collegiately at the University of Pennsylvania for Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Daly. He has devoted several thousand hours researching and lecturing about organized youth sports and its effects on children—and adults. Since 1993, he has conducted over 2500 talks and clinics worldwide. He published a book, Just Let the Kids Play, in 2001.

For questions please contact Jean Cann at jeancann92@gmail.com

 

Painting With Water

March 8, 2013 — Like strokes of a paintbrush on a canvas, the rushing water in this stream at Wood and Elm Streets during today's storm has a chance to show motion as the shutter is left open for 1/15 of a second and the water travels downhill, making its impression over a distance, rather than being freeze-framed with a fast shutter speed. To accomplish this, a camera must be held very steady, or be equipped with motion stabilization, or be placed on a tripod.

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Overstatement

March 8, 2013 — There is apparently no "NONE" category for Smokey to display, as he stands with his snow-decorated hat, and his shovel, ready to remove snow for elderly people, and help people who are stuck in the snow, all in the imagination of a child.

    
Bygone Era

March 8, 2013 — As yellow-painted vehicles at the DPW roared nearby during the storm today, this snow-covered steam-roller gave mute testimony to past generations who built the roads that today's generations plow.

CASINO YES? NO?
 Following a Letter to the Editor from David Hamacher, as well as a post on Quality Conversations by him, many others expressed their opinions on that discussion group. Check it out. Members can join in the conversation, but everybody can read.
Picture Perfect

March 8, 2013 — Mother Nature  continues to bless photographers with opportunities for beautiful images, like the gazebo at Ice House Pond, snuggled into the trees surrounding it, and visually framed by the trees in the foreground.

         Ski areas, plow companies and municipal workers getting overtime are undoubtedly pleased with the latest storm. But much of the rest of the population is expressing displeasure with the unrelenting winter weather, and would rather it be done with. But that is seldom the case with the first snow of any winter season.

          To get that first-snow-of-the-season feeling again, check out the video below, performed by Clayton Willoughby just for HopNews audiences at the beginning of a recent winter, at a time when the thoughts of a warm fire, sleigh bells and children at play in the snow portend positive things.

          So, choose the exclusive video below in HD if you can, and remember; next stop, Willoughby... 

 

 

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