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Hopkinton’s Elementary School Building Committee Begins Work


Hopkinton, MA –  The newly formed Hopkinton Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC) will next meet Thursday, March 28th at 7:00 PM in the Fire Station training room at 73 Main Street.

 Regarding the makeup of the new committee, newly-elected ESBC Chair Joe Markey commented, “This committee is a Dream Team for Hopkinton, each member bringing a depth of experience, wisdom and passion to this project that bodes well for the future of our community’s youngest students.”  The committee was formed by a vote at the March 5th Board of Selectmen meeting, where ESBC members were officially appointed by the Selectmen and sworn in by Town Clerk Ann Click.

 The committee’s documented mission is “To facilitate the development of a proposed solution to the operational and educational constraints of Center School that will be supported by the voters of Hopkinton, as well as the MSBA.”   

 To date, the ESBC has held two public meetings, during which the following topics were discussed:

 The first meeting on March 15th provided members a chance to introduce themselves to each other, to elect officers, and gain basic orientation to the ESBC charter and timeline.  Elected as officers at the March 15th meeting were Joe Markey, Chairman; Mike Shepard, Vice Chairman; and Rob Nickerson, Secretary and Clerk.

· At its second meeting March 21st, the group began discussing and providing feedback on two Statements of Interest being prepared to initiate engagement with the Massachusetts School Building Committee (MSBA). This discussion discussion that will continue at the March 28th meeting.
                         “Our goal is to set a standard for communication and transparency that far exceeds the minimum threshold required by Open Meeting Law,” commented Rob Nickerson, ESBC Secretary and Clerk. Nickerson has begun working with Town Hall staff to establish an ESBC presence on the town website (http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/government/boards/esbc), and will review additional communications ideas and plans at the 3/28 meeting.  Town Hall staff are working to create email addresses for all ESBC members, which will be added to the site along with agendas, minutes, and other important project information.


Who are the newly appointed Members of the Elementary School Building Committee?


1.          Joe Markey (Chair) was appointed as the At Large member of the Community.  Joe is a former Planning Board chairman who brings knowledge of land use planning, Town Meeting process, and a passion for transparency in local government.  Joe’s professional work spans nearly 25 years at locally based global technology companies including EMC, focused on market research and program management.  Besides five years on Planning Board, Joe has also served on various other boards and committees in Hopkinton since moving here 10 years ago.  With one child attending Center School today, another a Center School graduate, and a third scheduled to enter Kindergarten in 2017, Joe brings a connection with a parents’ network related to Center School. (Voting member)

2.          Mike Shepard (Vice-Chair) fills the role as a community member knowledgeable in educational mission and function of facility. Mike is a former Hopkinton Selectman with extensive MSBA school building experience in Hopkinton and in Brookline. He is a qualified and practicing building inspector with a strong understanding of construction, building codes, standards and materials. He has four grandchildren in the Hopkinton school system. (Voting member)

3.          Rob Nickerson (Secretary and Clerk) was appointed to the spot for a community member with communications, marketing and/or facilitator experience. Rob possesses extensive experience as a facilitator and project manager. He works at MathWorks and brings professional experience and passion for communications, meeting facilitation, and integrating user experience input to web application development. Rob has two young children who will attend Hopkinton public schools in the coming years. (Voting member)

4.          John Weaver was appointed as a community member with architecture, engineering and/or construction experience. John has four children who went through the Hopkinton’s school system and wants to give back to the community. He is co-owner and Managing Principal of DiGiorgio Associates Inc. and has overseen multiple large construction projects in the healthcare sector. He has demonstrated ability to help project leaders understand and incorporate different stakeholders’ interests and bring closure to projects. (Voting member)

5.          Local Chief Executive Officer, John Mosher, Board of Selectmen (Voting member)

6.          Administrator or Manager, Norman Khumalo, Town Manager (Non-voting member)

7.          School Committee Member, Jonathan Graziano (Voting member)

8.          Alternate School Committee Member, Scott Aghababian (Non-voting, except in the absence of the other SC Member)

9.          Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Hiersche (Non-voting member.

10.     Local Official Responsible for Building Maintenance, David Daltorio (Non-voting member)

11.     School Principal, position currently filled by Hopkins School Principal Greg Martineau until a permanent Center School principal is hired (Non-voting member)

12.     Local budget official or member of local finance/Appropriation Committee: Pam Waxlax (Voting member)

13.     A member who is MCPPO certified: Ralph Dumas, Hopkinton Schools Finance Director (Non-voting member)




BOSTON – Tuesday, March 26, 2013 – The Economic Assistance Coordinating Council today approved nine projects for participation in the Economic Development Incentive Program, which are expected to create 1,209 new jobs and retain 5,935 existing jobs, in addition to leveraging nearly $267 million in private investment and supporting construction projects across the Commonwealth.


Among the eight approved projects are four manufacturing companies and five projects located in Gateway Cities. The EDIP program helps reduce the cost of business for these companies, which is one of the five main focuses of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s long-term economic development plan. These are the first projects approved in 2013 by the Coordinating Council, which meets on a quarterly basis to review applications.


Perkin Elmer Health Sciences, Inc. (Hopkinton) – Perkin Elmer Inc. is a global company which focuses on improving the health and safety of people and the environment. Its businesses range from multi-vendor laboratory services, software and informatics to clinical lab testing. While currently based in Waltham, Perkin Elmer will relocate its life sciences and technology business elements to Hopkinton where the company recently purchased Caliper Life Sciences, a biomedical company which is a leader in imaging and detection solutions for life sciences research, diagnostics and environmental markets. This relocation will allow Perkin Elmer to form a “center for excellence.” This investment and relocation will bring 150 new jobs to Massachusetts and will assist in the retention of 250 jobs. Perkin Elmer Health Sciences is making a private investment of $13 million and will receive local Tax Increment Funding from Hopkinton for 13 years valued at $827,991.



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Hopkinton High School Principal Finalists Announced

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Hopkinton Interim Superintendent, Dr. Steven Hiersche, is pleased to announce that he and the High School Principal Screening Committee have identified two outstanding candidates for further consideration for the position of Hopkinton High School Principal.  The Screening Committee included representation from building level administration, professional teaching staff, as well as a parent and a High School student representative.


The Screening Committee interviewed five applicants. The following candidates (in alphabetical order) will be further considered:


Mr. Michael Cournoyer (2006 file photo) holds a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Worcester State College, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education from the University of Lowell.  He is currently the Principal for Holliston High School. He previously served as Assistant Principal of Hopkinton High School, and began his career in education as a high school health teacher at Southbridge High School.


Mr. John Smith holds a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Worcester State College, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in History, from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst).  He is currently the Principal for Westborough High School.  He previously served as Principal and Assistant Principal/Dean of Students for Nashoba Regional High School.  He began his career in education as a social studies teacher at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Fitchburg.


The finalists will be individually interviewed by the Superintendent and members of the administrative team this week, and will participate in a Public Forum in early April.  Interested faculty, staff, parents, and community members will be invited to attend this forum, and will be given the opportunity to provide feedback to the Superintendent.  Public Forum details will be announced later this week, once finalized.



March 25, 2013 – Keefe Regional Technical School was the host site for the District III Massachusetts SkillsUSA Conference on March 6, 2013. Keefe welcomed over 600 students from ten Massachusetts career technical schools who competed in over 80 contests, which included a written SkillsUSA employment skills test, a written trade knowledge test and a safety test.
SkillsUSA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing high school and college students for careers in technical, trade, and skilled service occupations through local, state, and national programs. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communication skills, emphasizing total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service activities.

According to John Brochu, Massachusetts SkillsUSA Championship Director and Career Technical Coordinator at Keefe, “We were the first district to have the competition and we did very well. Our students won eight gold, five silver and six bronze medals. We are very proud of how our students performed and couldn’t have asked for a better turnout.”

Keefe Tech gold medalists were Dimitri Zigotegos and Riccilyn Orme of Framingham, Jenna Kennally and Nick Stillwell of Holliston, John Curtin of Natick, Mackenzie Fairbanks of Hopkinton, Siobhon Cox and Beatrice Alves of Ashland. Silver medalists were Molly Dee and Delson Da Silva of Natick, Michelle Esmay of Ashland, Hunter Nichols and Raffaela Fitzpatrick of Framingham. Bronze medalists were Nikita Simkhovich of Ashland, Jonah Feintuck, Andrew Franquiz and Natalia Torres of Framingham, Bonnie Davidson of Holliston and Ian Heino of Natick.

Gold and silver medalists will go on to the state competition, which will be held on April 26 at Blackstone Valley Technical School in Upton and at the Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough. In addition to the 13 medal winners, another group of students will represent Keefe Tech in various leadership events.

(Photo - Mackenzie Fairbanks, a Keefe Tech senior from Hopkinton, received a gold medal in  Residential Wiring. Fairbanks plans to attend Electrical Engineering after graduation UMass Dartmouth to study)



The United Parishes of Southborough will hold the annual Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 31, in the marina area at Hopkinton State Park. All are welcome to join in this ecumenical service. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held at First Community Church, 137 Southville Road, Southborough.


Highest Honor

Top Row L to R: John Houley, Benjamin Abernathy, Reece Griffiths, Michael Giusti, Nate Shingleton, Ben Morey-Beale, Matthew Kiszla
Bottom Row L to R: Devin Kelly, Fletcher Clark, Austin Summers (contributed by John Kelly)


On March 21, 2013 Ten Cub Scouts from Pack 97 earned their Arrow of Light, the highest award that can be received in Cub Scouting.


Thomas Harlowe Morris, 61


MIDDLEBOROUGH - Thomas Harlowe Morris, 61, of Middleborough, formerly of Hopkinton, passed away Friday March 22, 2013.

Born in Natick, he was the son of the late Thomas and Ginny (Flett) Morris. A graduate of Hopkinton High School and Quinsigamond Community College, he was a lifelong resident of Hopkinton until moving to Middleborough 6 years ago. Tom worked for the Boston Center for Independent Living for many years. He was an active member of the South Middlesex Baptist Church in Framingham and dedicated volunteer for the church AWANA Youth Group.

Mr. Morris is survived by two sisters; Carlene (Brackett) Welch of Middleborough and Melody (Morris) Guthrie of Ft. Worth, TX; his former wife; Terri (Matthews) Morris of Middleborough; mother-in-law; Ida Matthews of Halifax, MA; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was pre-deceased by his loving stepfather, Walter J. Knapp of Framingham.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 27, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of the Matarese Funeral Home, 325 Main St. in Ashland with burial to follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Hopkinton.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday from 4 - 7 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association, 500 Belmont St., Suite 200, Brockton, MA 02301-4985. 


Representative Dykema and Senator Eldridge Celebrate World Water Day with 
2013 Massachusetts Water Forum


BOSTON— Representative Carolyn Dykema and Senator Jamie Eldridge, co-chairs of the Water Infrastructure Finance Commission, joined Representative Russell Holmes and Foundation for a Green Future Inc. to co-host the 2013 Massachusetts Water Forum at the State House Friday in honor of United Nations World Water Day. 

Legislators, exhibitors and sponsors were on hand for the day-long forum that explored how leaders can inform their constituencies and contribute to the state’s long-term water resiliency.  The event was held in honor of United Nations World Water Day and the work begun at the forum will continue through a series of follow-up sessions and events throughout the year.

“World Water Day is a great day to reflect on Massachusetts' long, proud history of caring for our precious water resources," said Representative Carolyn Dykema. "It’s also a time to recommit ourselves to investments, innovation, and policy that will strengthen our water infrastructure and protect our natural waters far into the future. Today's events reminded us all that we have a responsibility to our children: to safeguard our most basic, human need - water - and the systems that supply and protect it."

“I am proud to join in the celebration of World Water Day Water Day today to highlight the importance freshwater plays in our everyday lives,” said Senator Jamie Eldridge. “Government at home and abroad, plays a key role in providing access to freshwater and overseeing the management of freshwater resources. These are issues that I have worked on very closely through my work on the Water Infrastructure Finance Commission (WIFC) that led to legislation I filed this session that will overhaul and upgrade our state’s water systems.”

Two key topics that will be explored during the forum are Emerging Water Innovation and Priorities for Massachusetts and Accounting for Water Capital in Massachusetts and Policy Recommendations.  Speakers include Fred Laskey, Executive Director, MWRA; Greg Watson, Commissioner of Agriculture; Martin Pillsbury, Environmental Director, MAPC; and Phil Griffiths, Undersecretary for Environment.   For a complete schedule of the day’s events visit www.masswaterforum2013.eventbrite.com/#.

In addition, there will be an interactive program for students in grades 7-12 that will focus on water priorities and action steps and an exhibit viewing showing a range of water related organizations.

“When we celebrate life, we celebrate water.  This is where life begins and this is what maintains all life,” said Dr. Karen L. Weber, Executive Director of Foundation for a Green Future, Inc.  “The world is headed towards very complicated times regarding water and the more we are able to show good stewardship for our water locally, the better Massachusetts can be a partner globally.  In honor of World Water Day, the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc. is proud to be working with legislators, elected officials, schools, and interested parties, both for-profit and nonprofit, to have a discussion that we hope will lead to concrete sustainable actions.”

During her remarks, Rep. Dykema highlighted the legislative package she filed based on final recommendations of the Water Infrastructure Finance Commission

   - Creation of 10-year Water Infrastructure Bond to fund local drinking water, wastewater and storm water improvements;
   - Defining and establishing guidelines for best management practices in long-term planning and financing;
   - Promoting innovative water technologies; and
   - Conducting a feasibility study relative to implementing watershed based permitting.

A complete schedule of the day’s events and information about the Massachusetts Water Forum can be found here, more information about the United Nations World Water Day can be found here.

The Water Infrastructure Finance Commission (WIFC) was charged with developing a comprehensive, long-range water infrastructure finance plan for the commonwealth and its municipalities following two years of research, public hearings and meetings. The final report is available online here.

Foundation for a Green Future, Inc. is a Boston-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing environmentally focused programs to the Greater Boston community. Throughout the year, we run a series of programs focused on greening our urban spaces through gardening, green roofs and living walls. We also provide green jobs training and promote environmentally friendly business practices. Foundation for a Green Future, Inc. works with local schools, community centers, and neighborhood organizations to educate young and old about the many dimensions of green technologies and design interactive curricula to suit their needs.

World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.  An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.


Hopkinton 300th Anniversary Celebration Committee Announces Marathon Runner


The Hopkinton 300th Anniversary Celebration Committee is happy to announce that Meaghan O'Neil will be running the Boston Marathon this year to help raise funds for 2015. Please consider donating to what promises to be a wonderful celebration!  Checks may be made out to "Friends of Hopkinton Anniversaries" and mailed c/o Pat Lynch, PO Box 373, Hopkinton, MA 01748. Committee members will be on the Town Common Marathon Weekend, stop by and say "hello" and find out about how you can participate in plans for the anniversary year.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts


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

New Transactions from March 18, 2013 to March 25, 2013






97 Ash Street Curtis Varner, Evelyn Varner $425,000 March 22, 2013 Trust For Public Land
97 Ash Street Trust For Public Land $410,000 March 22, 2013 Kenneth C. Crater, Alan Greenwald, Abbott
Realty Trust
17 Patriots Boulevard, Unit 9D Deborah J. Mihaley $181,900 March 21, 2013 Stagecoach Heights Realty LLC
14 Hichcroft Way, Unit 14 Leonard Digiovanni $360,700 March 20, 2013 Andrew M. Siber, Elizabeth Siber
12 Erika Drive Caroline M. Curry, Matthew T. Douville $491,000 March 18, 2013 Jeffrey S. Miller, Charlene H. Miller

Last Week

3 John Matthews Road Philip A. Cohen, Laura J. Cohen $1,000,000 March 15, 2013 Richard B. Noyes TR, Bartlett Realty Trust
306 West Main Street Andrea M. Mossman $362,000 March 12, 2013 Miller Street Farm LLC

Previous Transactions

No Transactions        


Police Incident Log - Most Recent First

Updated Monday, March 25, 2013


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.

2 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.


Arrest Log

Sunday, March 24, 2013
9:07 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested Steven Cheschi, 46, of North Street, Milford, on Hayden Rowe Street and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation, License Not in Possession and OUI Liquor.
2:14 am Officer Linda Higgins arrested Nicole Marie Dunn, 27, of Cidermill Road, Peabody, on Pleasant Street for a Warrant.

, March 23, 2013
7:03 am Officer John Moran arrested Timothy Stephen Meserve, 39, who is homeless, on School Street for a Warrant.

Friday, March 22, 2013
7:54 pm Officer Philip Powers arrested a 15 year old Juvenile on Hayden Rowe Street and charged him with Person Under 21 in Possession of Liquor.
7:14 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested Keri A. McGrath, 52, of Domenick Street, Milford, on Hayden Rowe Street and charged her with Marked Lanes Violation, OUI Drugs, OUI Liquor and Possession of Class E Substance.

Incident Log

Sunday, March 24, 2013

8:32 pm Officer Peter Booth stopped a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street and subsequently arrested a 46 year old male from Milford and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation, License Not in Possession and OUI Liquor.
5:56 am A caller from Wood Street reported that there was a man at her door who said that he was involved in a motor vehicle accident and was bleeding from the head.  Officer Linda Higgins checked the area and found the man hiding behind a utility pole. The Westborough Police Department responded and placed him into custody.
1:41 am Officer John Moran stopped a motor vehicle on Pleasant Street and subsequently arrested a 27 year old female from Peabody for a Warrant.


Saturday, March 23, 2013
5:56 am Officer John Moran checked on a person in a vehicle at the water tower on School Street and subsequently arrested the individual, a 39 year old homeless male for a Warrant.

Friday, March 22, 2013
7:34 pm Officer Philip Powers arrested a 15 year old Juvenile at the High School for a Person Under 21 in Possession of Liquor.
6:22 pm A caller reported that a vehicle was all over the road on Hayden Rowe Street.  Officer Peter Booth stopped the motor vehicle and subsequently arrested a 52 year old female from Milford and charged her with Marked Lanes Violation, OUI Drugs, OUI Liquor and Possession of Class E Substance.
5:49 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Peter Booth regarding a fraud case.
2:22 pm Officer Peter Booth spoke with an individual on Eastview Road.
12:18 pm A resident of Meadowland Drive reported that his nanny told him that a male and female knocked on the door and then rang the doorbell.  When no one answered they looked into the windows and walked around the back side of the house.  The female was described as wearing a green sweatshirt with long dark hair and the male was described as wearing baggy jeans, a tan shirt and carrying a purple back pack.  Six officers along with the State Police K9, Upton Police Department and Westborough Police Department responded to set up a perimeter and track the suspects.  Subsequently, a 19 year old male from Hopkinton was arrested and charged with Breaking and Entering Daytime for a Felony, Larceny From a Building, Larceny Over $250, Possession of Burglarious Instrument and Receiving Stolen Property Over $250.  A 19 year old female from Hopkinton was also arrested and charged with Breaking and Entering Daytime for a Felony, Larceny From a Building, Larceny Over $250, Receiving Stolen Property Over $250 and Possession of Class E Substance.


Spring to Life

March 24, 2013 — The yellow color of this golden arborvitae is complemented by by an unusually colored blue sky in the east as the chilly air refuses to leave on this fourth day of spring. Their golden tone stays through the winter, awaiting the first brilliance of spring, the forsythia, which will bloom in abundance, heralding the new season.

Spring Fling at Weston Nurseries

March 24, 2013 — Lauren Parker, manager for annuals sales and containers, primps one of the plants yesterday afternoon at Weston Nurseries following the first day of their Spring Fling. Check out their website to learn some great details.


Open House at Vin Bin

March 24, 2013 — The recently opened Vin Bin at 22 South Street in Hopkinton, the second location for the specialty shoppe, held an official grand opening on Saturday offering wine tasting, artisan cheeses and samples of gourmet food from their Marlborough cafe location.


Wrapping Yourself in the Flag


March 23, 2013 — The School Department worker above is removing the flag from its pole in front of Hopkinton High School and retiring it f or the evening, because it is not lit at night. Flag protocol requires that a flag flying at night must be lighted. He takes special care, using his body as a shield, to prevent the flag from touching the ground, which is considered to be disrespectful. A quick read of protocol says that a US flag must not touch anything beneath it, which would pertain to a ship's deck in that case.


One Bird's Treasure...

March 23, 2013  — it would be reasonable to assume that a frustrated fisherman who lost his line to a malfunction might roll it up into a ball. But could it be a naturally occurring structure, 15 feet from the ground at Hopkinton State Park yesterday?


Hopkinton Police Department

Press Release

Incident 2013-2506


On Friday March 22, 2013 at approximately 12:15 pm, the Hopkinton Police Department received a call of two suspicious persons walking around a residence in the west side of town. Upon the police arrival, a male and female were seen running into a wooded area behind the house. It was quickly learned an adjoining residence had been broken into. The female suspect was quickly apprehended at the scene. A perimeter was set up with assistance from Westborough, Upton and State Police. A State Police K-9 was requested and tracked the male suspect through the woods for approximately 35 minutes. The male suspect was located and arrested. HopNews photo, above.


The two suspects have been identified as:

1.      SOMADELIS, Michael, age 19 of Hopkinton

2.      MANJORIDES, Christine, age 19 of Hopkinton.


SOMADELIS has been charged with:

1.      Break and Entering Daytime for Felony

2.      Larceny in a Building

3.      Larceny over $250

4.      Possession of Burglarious Tools

5.      Receiving Stolen Property over $250


MANJORIDES has been charged with:

1.      Break and Entering Daytime for Felony

2.      Larceny in a Building

3.      Larceny over $250

4.      Receiving Stolen Property over $250

5.      Possession of a Class E Substance



March 22, 2013 — At around 12:15 this afternoon, an occupant of a home in the Meadowland Drive area phoned police to report a young man and woman walking up to a home at which they did not belong. Police discovered footprints and saw individuals flee upon their arrival. According to police communications, the female was taken into custody immediately, and a perimeter was established to contain the male suspect, a Hopkinton resident who was known to Hopkinton police officers pursuing him. State Police had two  teams nearby on the Pike. They immediately set up a perimeter there, and some poured into the neighborhood to assist.

       Hopkinton Police called the second shift in early, and a photo of the suspect was made available to police officers from other jurisdictions; Westborough, Upton, and Southborough, as well as Massachusetts State Police, and at least one MSP superior officer, Lt. James Canty. Hopkinton Chief of Police Rick Flannery was also on scene to  join in the investigation.

      Two State Police K-9 units responded, including Trooper Pillsbury (Photo in Police Incidents log, and below) and his K-9, Ranger. Hopkinton PD got in touch with the MSP Air Wing, but they were not available.

      School Resource Officer, Phil Powers, who left his position and responded to help provide manpower, expressed concern, reminding his fellow officers that students would be pouring into the neighborhood within an hour on their way home. But at about 1:25 pm, his concerns were allayed with a call from dispatch.

      "All units. That party is in custody."



  Police Incident Log - Most Recent First  


Updated Friday, March 22, 2013


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.

1 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Check.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

1 Motor Vehicle Complaint Application.


Incident Log

Thursday, March 21, 2013

6:51 pm A West Main Street resident reported that an unfamiliar person was inside of an unoccupied neighbors home. Two officers responded and advised that the individual had permission to be at the residence.

3:16 pm A caller from Center School reported that media was parked in a handicapped spot, interfering with school bus traffic. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and advised that there was no issue with the media.

12:24 pm Officer Philip Powers took a report of larceny from a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.

8:32 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted the Fire Department with a three car motor vehicle accident with personal injury on West Main Street. (Photo above from manhunt today).


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

10:30 pm A walk-in from Chestnut Street spoke with Officer Gregg DeBoer regarding a past larceny.

3:55 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on West Main Street. Two officers responded and advised that the vehicle was now parked and unoccupied in a parking lot.

3:25 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil assisted the Ashland Police Department with a search for a man wearing a camouflage jacket and possibly carrying a rifle on East Main Street. Ashland Police located the individual and advised that the rifle was just a replica.

1:43 pm A resident of Hidden Brick Road reported that there was a stack of mailboxes in front of her house that was possibly done accidentally by a plow. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and advised that it appeared to be from a past motor vehicle accident.


Snow Day to be Made Up with Good Friday Early Dismissal

Attendance not mandatory for religious celebrants

Interim Superintendent lands top job in Mashpee


by Muriel Kramer

March 22, 2013 — The School Committee voted unanimously to make up the sixth snow day by changing the academic schedule and holding school on Good Friday, March 29, 2013, this year; it will be an early dismissal day with no lunches served.  The MS/HS will dismiss at 10:45AM, Elmwood at 11:25AM and Center/Hopkins at 12:05PM. The last day of school is still set for June 28th. There were 5 snow dates built into the academic calendar, and so far this year students have lost 6 days due to weather.  Any days over the planned five that take place before March 31, 2013 must be made up; if there was to be a school cancellation after April 1st, that overage will not have to be accounted for and made up.  Parents are reminded that there is no penalty for students or staff to take Good Friday off if necessary for religious observance. File Photo, above.


The Superintendent did clarify that options exist to continue past June to make-up for lost time but that involves fiscal and contractual issues.  School on a Saturday could be considered, but that involves extra pay for hourly employees that start the cost increase at $17,500.  April vacation could also be considered, but Hopkinton hosting the Boston Marathon on that Monday complicates that approach.  Lastly, Memorial Day is not an option because it is a federal holiday.  Dr. Hiersche asserted, “We didn’t look at Good Friday frivolously.” In the end it was the “best” worst option.


Congratulations are in order for interim Superintendent Steven Hiersche who has accepted the Superintendent position in Mashpee pending successful contract negotiations.


Hopkinton HS Art teacher Marian Strangfeld had three students with her to showcase their art and highlight the successes of many students who competed in the Boston Globe Scholastic Art competition; winning selections are currently on display at the State Transportation Building through April 19th.  The public is welcome to visit and enjoy the art on display. There is also a slide show up on the HS web page under “Celebrating Successes” that highlights many of the winning pieces.  Upcoming events include the Honors Art Exhibit at the CAA building which opens April 4th, and the HS Art Show Thursday May 16th beginning at 6:30PM.  The HS Art show includes a chorus performance and the drama department's One Act Play event.  Additionally the MS will be showcasing student art that evening as well.

(l-r)  Michelle Heeney, Emily O'Conner, Spencer Franklin and Marian Strangfeld art teacher


The SC is currently considering changes to the Wellness Policy; members of the policy committee were on hand last night to highlight some of the changes and goals of the proposed Wellness Policy.  Wellness Coordinator Bruce Elliott introduced the policy changes inspired by federal guidelines that prioritize “healthy and hungry free” students; those guidelines were first introduced by President George Bush in 2004 and reinforced and re-authorized by President Barack Obama in 2010.  The SC welcomes feedback on the proposed policy changes before they are finalized.


The wellness policy goals include providing physical education that is vigorous in nature, health education that is vibrant and includes nutrition guidelines and incorporates the Michigan Model for Health to design a skills based education program.  From the Michigan Model for Health’s website, “The Michigan Model for Health® is a comprehensive and sequential K-12 health education curriculum that aims to give school-aged children (ages 5-19 years) the knowledge and skills needed to practice and maintain healthy behaviors and lifestyles.  It provides age-appropriate lessons addressing the most serious health challenges facing school-aged children, including social and emotional health; nutrition and physical activity; alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; personal health and wellness; safety; and HIV.  The Michigan Model for Health facilitates learning through a variety of interactive teaching and learning techniques. Skill development through demonstration and guided practice is emphasized resulting in the development of positive lifestyle behaviors for students and families.” 


The Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC) is meeting weekly on Thursdays at the Fire Station, second floor meeting room.  On the Thursdays when there is a SC meeting in the evening, the committee meets at 7AM; on the alternating Thursdays the committee meets at 7PM.  Members are also using technology to participate remotely on occasion.  There are two Statements of Interest going forward for the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) to consider; one for Center School and one for Elmwood; the one for Elmwood is being put into play on the advice of the MSBA in case the solution for Center School includes using the Elmwood School property in some way.  The SC emphasized that a solution to the Center School needs is the number one priority, and Elmwood is in the mix in case it becomes integral to the solution for Center school.  The ESBC is looking to include the Integrated Preschool Program into the solution for Center School if possible.


Public forums are scheduled for candidates for principal at Center and the High School April 1st and April 8th; interviews for both positions are ongoing.


A group of 11 HS students got the blessing from the SC to form a new environmental club that will provide environmental instruction to students at Elmwood.  The HS students will host “The Eco Chicos” at Elmwood providing experiences and learning on topics including recycling, wildlife, water, food, composting, and trees.  Planned activities include nature walks, making a mini garden in a cup and making a worm composter.  The students have planned the curriculum and study units for the club under the guidance of HS science teacher Jim Marzec.  On the flyer that outlines dates and responsibilities for the student leaders that includes who, what, when and where, the answer to “Why” is “To teach kids how to save the world!”  Club co-presidents Gabby Boyce and Adam Graubart, both in grade 10, have a group made up of sophomores and one freshman set to teach the Eco-Chicos at Elmwood this spring.


Sustainable Green Committee Presents Solar Farm Plan

March 21, 2013 —  The Sustainable Green Committee presented to interested residents this evening, their proposal to lease two parcels of the town's Fruit Street land for the construction of a solar farm that is projected to save the town $8-$12 million over its 20 year life. After that, said Committee Chair Andy Boyce, the town could purchase the facility for a dollar, even though it would have 90% of its capability remaining.

          Some in the room questioned the best use of the land that was once earmarked for senior market rate housing and for low income housing, and wondered if it could be located elsewhere.  Others had advice for the team putting the agreement together, urging them to get the most out of the long term agreement.

           "This is effectively a big, communal solar farm," said presenter John Keane. He said it was not an engineering challenge, but a financial one, and added that there was no risk, and no cost.

           But some wondered if it would be a better idea to sell the land for housing, or study others uses for the land.

           The committee will have two more presentations, including a site walk when the land dries a bit, before Town Meeting. 

           Requests for Proposals (RFP) will go out in one week and are expected to be returned by April 30, 2013, in time for Town Meeting on May 6. 

           At Town Meeting, voters will be asked to approve one Article for a zoning change that will codify solar farms in Hopkinton, and another to approve the lease of the land. 

           See the Power Point presentation here.


HPTA Online Auction - Now OPEN!

The 30th Annual HPTA Auction is now OPEN and closes Monday, April 1st. We are auctioning off hundreds of fun and unique items online, all to raise money for our schools. We need your help to make this a big success.  Bid High, Bid Now, Bid Often!  Tell your family and friends.  Auction open to everyone.


Please make every attempt to pick up your winning items on Saturday, April 6th from 12:00 to 4:00PM during the Children's Gallery Family Fun event.  If an item has not been picked up on Saturday, April 6th, 2013 then the winning bidders outside of Hopkinton are responsible for shipping charges.   Please contact Karen Bograd at silentauction@hptaonline.com or 508-435-1026 with any questions about shipping or delivery.

Hypnotist At Hopkinton High School

March 21, 2013 —  Above, in a video screenshot, hypnotist Frank Santos Jr. conducts an experiment with volunteers from the audience Thursday evening to see who could be hypnotized. The volunteers were told their right arm was unbendable. Those who believed it stayed onstage for the rest of the show.


Hopkinton Drug Lecture Series

March 21, 2013 —  Patricia Jay, M.D. Obstetrician and Gynecologist, spoke at the Senior Center this evening to a good sized group of women interested in their health as they age. Dr. Jay was the second of seven speakers in the Hopkinton Drug Free Lecture Series, which has been held each year for several years. The next speaker in the popular series will be the husband-wife team of Michael McKenzie MD Pediatrician, and Lee McKenzie RN Pediatric Nurse Investigation of the increasing number of children diagnosed with anxiety, probable cultural and biological determinants, and prevention strategies aimed to build self-confidence and resilience. They will appear on April 4, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Senior Center.


Center School Imbroglio Makes Boston News

March 21, 2013 — A Hopkinton mom, apparently extremely unhappy that her 5 year-old son received, as reported by MyFoxBoston, a half-day suspension for allegedly bringing a toy  gun, among other toys, to Center School on Wednesday, has made her position public by alerting the media. MyFoxBoston has the story on its website, and names the Hopkinton mother and child, something the School Department refused to do this afternoon in a phone call to its offices. They refused to discuss the matter, citing confidentiality. The media was allegedly on school property, and the police were called to remove them, but Officer Gregg DeBoer reported to police dispatch that they were not on school property, and so took no action.

          As the snow began to fall heavily this afternoon and the school buses poured down Ash Street, so did Channel 25 and 7 satellite trucks, usually a prelude for a live standup outside Center School, where they are across from at this time (5:00 pm)..

         UPDATE: Fox has a video interview with the woman.



Arts Vacation Workshop

The Milford Performing Arts Center, Milford's only family arts community and winner of WMRC’s Best Local Music Organization Award, announces its April Vacation Workshops 2013.  Explore the wonderful world of performing and visual arts through the story The Princess and the Pea.

The workshop will run Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19, 2013 with full and half day programs available and art galleries and onstage theatrical production on Friday, April 19.


Students grouped as Grades Pre-K & K; Grades 1 to 3; and Grades 4 to 7.  Schedule:  Visual Art 9:00 – 11:30 AM; Drama & Music 12:30 – 3:00 PM; Combination Arts 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.


Half–Day Workshops: $95; Full Day Workshops: $155.  Some full and partial discounts available –

please inquire when you register.  All workshops held at the MPAC studio at 150 Main Street, Milford.


For further information call the Milford Performing Arts Center at (508) 473-1684 or email us at milfordpac@comcast.net .