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Easter Bunny Fills the Hopkinton Common

March 30, 2013 — The Easter Bunny, who was sponsored by Hopkinton Drug, as was the bounty of candy and sweets, filled the Hopkinton Common today in the Annual Parks and Recreation Easter Egg Hunt. Special colored or striped eggs, and especially the coveted gold eggs, were traded for an appropriately size basket of treats. Below, Melissa Recos with Peter and Frankie, look over their bounty.




Truck vs. Bicycle

March 29, 2013 — A male bicyclist, described as in his sixties by one Fire Lieutenant, was injured and taken to Milford Hospital after colliding with a dump truck on Wood Street near the Route 495 overpass late this afternoon. Firefighters described the injuries as "lucky." Above, Hopkinton firefighters  load the patient into the ambulance for transport as Hopkinton Police gather information and secure the scene.


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Jack Nealon, Rick Odell, Mark Sanborn, Ben Carroll (all from Hopkinton) and Brian DeSena and Daniel Sweeney (both from Loyola University Maryland) will be running in the upcoming Boston Marathon on April 15th to raise money for the LiveForEvan organization. The LiveForEvan organization was established two years ago in memory of Evan Girardi who passed away on September 6th 2010. A group of Evan’s close friends formed the community-based organization in Evan’s memory and to raise monies to help support the Hopkinton High School “Evan Girardi Memorial Scholarships” and local non-profit, heart-related foundations. The LiveForEvan organization if comprised of Evan’s Hopkinton and Loyola friends and families, and the Girardi family. Donations to the efforts of Jack, Rick, Mark, Ben, Brian and Daniel can be sent to LiveForEvan, PO Box 845, Hopkinton, MA 01748 and are greatly appreciated with 100% going to the noted causes. Thank you for your help!



Police Incident Log - Most Recent First

Updated Friday, March 29, 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 Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.
2 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.


Incident Log

Thursday, March 28, 2013

8:47 pm Officer William Burchard stopped a motor vehicle on Walcott Street and issued the operator a criminal application.
3:37 pm A caller from Daniel Shays Road reported that there was a suspicious person walking in the woods.  Two officers responded and checked the surrounding area with a negative find.
3:21 pm A Riverbend Road resident reported that they came home to find the door to their house opened.  Officer William Burchard checked the residence and advised that he did not find anything suspicious.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

2:44 pm A caller from Whirty Circle reported that a male was walking around the neighborhood, up and down driveways, but would not ring doorbells or knock.  Officer Stephen Buckley responded and advised that the individual was an unregistered solicitor and was cited for the town by-law violation.
2:06 pm There were several calls reporting a four car motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Hayden Rowe Street.  Three officers responded and advised that two individuals were transported to the hospital.
11:41 am A resident of Walcott Valley reported that two people in a dark blue Suburban were acting suspicious.  Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and spoke with the operator who stated that they were there because one of the condos was going to be auctioned off.
10:07 am Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with the operator of a telephone companies truck who was taking up a lane of travel on Hayward Street.

Hopkinton Resident, Rivers School Jazz Band Director, Reprise at Acton Jazz Cafe
103 Nagog Park, Acton, MA 01720  (978) 263-6161
 Philippe Crettien Quartet
April 12, 2013
9:00 pm set
Please enjoy a bit of Mr. Crettien and other Rivers faculty in the performance below:






And the Winner Is... 

On Wednesday, March 27th,  the drawing for the winner of the bi-weekly share in Long Life Farm CSA took place.  The raffle has been a fund raiser for the Friends of the Hopkinton Public Library.  The winner of the raffle is Pam Adams who lives on Equestrian Drive. Pictured in the photo learning who won the raffle are Laura Davis and Donald Sutherland, owners of Long Life Farm, with Beth Mezitt, President of Friends. They are standing in the hoop house where young seedlings are growing for next summer's organic produce.  Photo courtesy of Friends of the Hopkinton Public Library.


HS Students to Talk About Their Displayed Artwork

April 11 at HCA

 7:00 to 9:00 p.m


HOPKINTON, MA (March 28, 2013) --- On April 11 the Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA) will be hosting a panel discussion featuring high school students whose artwork is on display at The Hopkinton High School Honors Arts Show.  Artists Lauren Ballantyne, Helen Gao, Katherine Ronan, Alexis Stefano, Jill Tomlinson, Aleck Venegas, and Lynette Winsham will speak about their creative processes and answer questions.  All are invited to this free event, which runs from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  The Hopkinton High School Honors Art Show runs from March 28 to April 19 at the HCA, 98 Hayden Rowe Street.


“Every year I am impressed with the talent that is exhibited at this show,” said Kris Waldman, artistic director at HCA.  “The quality of the art work is amazing – you would never know the artists are high school students.  It will be very interesting to hear what they have to say about the art they have created.” 



 Boston — Thursday, March 28, 2013 – Governor Deval Patrick today issued the following statement on Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s announcement that he will not run for a sixth term as mayor this year.  

“It's hard to imagine Boston without Tom Menino as mayor. No one loves this City and her people more, or is more excited about her future. Mayor Menino has become a valued partner to me on policy and politics, and a trusted and beloved friend. I thank him for his extraordinary and tireless service to the people of Boston, and look forward to leaning on his wisdom for many more years to come.” HopNews file photo.


State Police VFAS Nets Another Fugutive


This morning at approximately 8:30 am, State Troopers assigned to the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section arrested SANDRO ANAYA, 18, of Revere, at the Maverick Station T Stop in East Boston.


ANAYA was wanted for several warrants from the Chelsea District Court, Suffolk Superior Court and Norfolk Superior Court. ANAYA was wanted for impersonating a police officer along with several other offenses. Please see the attached wanted poster that was issued by the Revere Police Department.


ANAYA was transported to the State Police Revere Barracks for booking and then he was transported to the Chelsea District Court.



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               Decades-Long Hunt for Fugitive Rapist is Over

March 28, 2013 — Massachusetts State Police last night arrested one of their Most Wanted fugitives, a convicted rapist who had been on the run since 1978 and was found living under an assumed name in Gorham, Maine. The decades-long manhunt ended shortly after 9 p.m.

GARY ALLEN IRVING, who is now in his 50s, was taken into custody at his home at 9:15 p.m. The arrest was made by the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section with the assistance of Maine State Police and Gorham, Maine town police.

Information developed in recent days led MSP troopers to Maine.


Suspect GARY ALLEN IRVING was living under the name Gregg Irving in Maine. 

Mass. State Police, Maine State Police, Gorham, Me., Police, and FBI agents have recovered numerous hand guns and long guns from his home. He did not possess the guns legally and will be charged federally for the firearms offenses.

Troopers, officers, and agents remain at IRVING's home on South Street in Gorham, which they are processing for additional evidence.

The defendant will be held overnight and arraigned as a fugitive from justice in a Maine courtroom Thursday. The process to rendite him to Massachusetts will begin tomorrow as well.

State Police investigators are still processing the scene.

IRVING was convicted of three Norfolk County rapes in 1978 but the start of his sentence was stayed by a judge. IRVING fled during the stay of sentence.

Massachusetts State Police put IRVING on the Top Ten Most Wanted list years ago and have been actively seeking him for decades. 

The investigation by the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section was aided by the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Norfolk District Attorney's office.

See Wanted Poster.


Downtown Denizen

March 27, 2013 — This handsome turkey vulture and a few of its friends took over the Downtown skies this afternoon, hardly flapping a wing in the process. This type of bird enjoys finding thermals, rising currents of air, and gliding in them. The birds have been known to roost in the cemetery across from the Hopkinton Common.


Governor Patrick Meets in Boston with Turkish Ambassador to U.S.

Governor Patrick meets with the Ambassador of Turkey to the United States Namik Tan and the Turkish Consul General in Boston Burak Kararti. 

(Photo: Eric Haynes / Governor’s Office)

BOSTON – Wednesday, March 27, 2013 – Governor Deval Patrick today met with the Ambassador of Turkey to the United States Namik Tan and the newly appointed Consul General of Turkey Burak Kararti, in the State House as part of an ongoing effort to strengthen the relationship between Massachusetts and Turkey.


In April 2012, the Governor met with Ali Babacan, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey and then met with Nihat Ergün, Minster of Science, Industry and Technology for Turkey, at the BIO International Convention in June 2012. 


Last year, Turkey was Massachusetts’ 23rd largest export partner and 43rd largest import partner. The 2010 U.S. Census estimates there are 4,700 Turkish-born residents in the Commonwealth. Between 2002 and 2008, Turkey’s annual GDP growth rate was 6.8 percent, making it one of the fasting growing markets in the world.


Pediatric Dentist Indicted on Child Pornography Related Charges

            FRAMINGHAM – March 27,2013 — A pediatric dentist with an office in Framingham was indicted on charges of distribution and possession of child pornography for certain images and emails allegedly found on his laptop computer, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today. 

            Melvin A. Ehrlich, 52, of Millis, was indicted today by a Middlesex Grand Jury on charges of distribution of child pornography (two counts) and possession of child pornography (three counts).   

            The defendant will be arraigned April 11 in Middlesex Superior Court.

            According to authorities, on March 27, 2012, Ehrlich sent his personal laptop computer to a service provider for maintenance work to remove a reported virus from the computer.  While working on Ehrlich’s laptop, the service provider observed downloaded images of child pornography.  The service provider called the Framingham Police, who immediately launched an investigation.

            An extensive forensic investigation was conducted and revealed that Ehrlich used this laptop computer under various user names to download and distribute commercially traded child pornography images.  The data recovered was sent to and confirmed to be commercially traded child pornography by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

             At the time, Ehrlich, a pediatric dentist, was operating a business called Framingham Pediatric Dentistry.   There is currently no evidence that presently leads law enforcement to believe that Ehrlich physically abused any children or manufactured any images of child pornography.  It is alleged that, in addition to downloading images of child pornography onto his laptop computer, the defendant sent emails containing child pornography images to others from his dental practice.

            The defendant was arraigned December 27, 2012 in Framingham District Court on charges of distribution of child pornography (two counts) and possession of child pornography (three counts).  Framingham District Court Judge Robert Greco released the defendant on $10,000 cash bail with conditions to commit no new crimes and not to use a computer except at his place of business for work-related purposes only.

            These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

            The case is being investigated by the Framingham Police Department.

            The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Snook, working with the Middlesex District Attorney's Office Child Abuse Unit.




Hayes M. Kelley, 94

Hayes M. Kelley of Norwood died on March 26, 2013 at the age of 94. Beloved husband of Marion (Thomas) Kelley. Devoted father of Deborah Kelley of Lincoln, RI, Cameron Kelley and his wife Sandra of Sudbury and Nancy Jones and her husband Sterling of Hopkinton. Loving brother of Margaret Saba of Milford and the late William “Marty” Kelley. Cherished grandfather of John Travis Kelley, Ainsley Devon Jones and Kelsey Gretchen Jones. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Son of the late Michael and Mary (Deeb) Kelley. Funeral from the Kraw-Kornack Funeral Home 1248 Washington St. Norwood Saturday March 30, 2013 at 9am followed by a funeral service at 10am in St. George Orthodox Church Norwood. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday March 29, 2013 from 4-8pm. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery Norwood. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to a Charity of Your Choice. WWII US Army Air Force Veteran.   www.kraw-kornackfuneralhome.com 781-762-0482


Four-Car Collision

March 27, 2013 — According to some occupants, the first three vehicles were at a stop on Hayden Rowe Street at Church Place when the fourth, a Jeep, slammed into the rear of the Ford Focus, pushing it into the Volvo, and the Volvo into the Toyota CRV, of which the firefighter is speaking into the window. The female driver of the Toyota was taken to the hospital by Hopkinton Fire Department ambulance with apparent neck injuries. It appeared the last three cars were driven by high school students.



Hopkinton Middle School Presents “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”


The Hopkinton Middle School Drama Club will present the musical, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” on April 26, 27, and 28 at the Hopkinton Middle School auditorium.


Based on a 1954 film and an ancient Roman legend, the lighthearted musical is about a backwoodsman named Adam Pontipee, his new bride Milly, his uncouth younger brothers and the girls who fall in love with them after they learn manners.   More than 100 students are in the cast and crew.  The musical includes memorable songs such as “Bless Your Beautiful Hide,” “Goin’ Courtin’” and “Sobbin Women.”


Showtimes are at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 in the Hopkinton Middle School auditorium.   Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.



The HCA announces a call for art for its annual Arts in Bloom show!


This annual juried exhibit will feature cash prizes, and this year's juror is 

Joanna Fink of the Alpha Gallery, which was recently featured in the Boston Globe as one of the area's best galleries for 2012!


This year, the Arts in Bloom show will be included as a destination for Southern New England Tours' program "Metrowest in Bloom," which will also visit the Danforth, Wayside Inn, and Wild Flower Society. 


All artists are invited to submit up to 3 pieces of artwork. For information about entries, visit our Call for Art page.


Hopkinton High School Principal Public Forum Announced

The search process for the next Principal of Hopkinton High School is nearing completion.  There will be an opportunity for interested faculty, staff, parents, and community members to meet each of these candidates on Wednesday, April 3rd,  from 7:00-8:30 PM, and provide feedback to the Superintendent. This public forum will be held in the High School Auditorium.  Those attending will have opportunity to hear the candidates speak about their experience and training, ask the candidates questions, and complete a feedback sheet that Dr. Hiersche will consider when making his selection.

Brief biographical information about each finalist is included below. 

Mr. John Smith – Public Forum Presentation 7:00 PM
Mr. 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.

Mr. Michael Cournoyer – Public Forum Presentation 7:45 PM
Mr. Cournoyer 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.

We invite all interested faculty, staff, parents, and community members to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in this important selection process.  Their input is most valuable, and greatly appreciated.


Police Incident Log - Most Recent First

Updated Wednesday, March 27, 2013


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

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

5 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

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


Incident Log

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

7:37 pm A walk-in reported a large number of nails strewn on the side of Mount Auburn Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the area with a negative find.

1:29 pm Officer Thomas Griffin took a follow up larceny report on South Street.

10:22 am Chief Richard Flannery responded to Colella Farm Road to take a report of identity theft.

10:55 am An individual on Spring Street was transported to the Framingham District Court due to a warrant of apprehension.

10:45 am The State Police reported a rollover tractor trailer accident on the ramp from the Mass Pike to Route 495 north. The operator was transported to UMass Worcester.

4:02 am Officer Jacob Campbell reported a smashed mailbox on Granite Street but could not determine if it was caused by a plow or vandalism.


Monday, March 25, 2013

2:03 pm After reviewing video and register tapes, the manager of a Main Street business reported a shoplifting incident from this past weekend. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and took a report.

8:48 am A 911 caller reported two children, between 7 and 8 years old, walking in the area of the High School. Officer Thomas Griffin checked the area with a negative find.

6:45 am: Avoid Water Street area of Milford. Raging Structure Fire.


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The next Relay For Life Team Captain Meeting is.... THURSDAY MARCH 28th

All team captains are encouraged to attend. Anyone who is interested in joining Relay is also welcome! 

Team Captain Meeting begins in the HHS Cafeteria at 6:30 pm. 


PAINT THE TOWN PURPLE DAY!! Friday, April  5th

Members of the Committee will be decorating the town with posters and ribbons to help publicize the event. If you are interested in helping, please meet us at Bills Pizza at 2:30 pm. 


RELAY FOR LIFE is on JUNE 21st-22nd 

Hoyt Statue in Place

March 26, 2013 — A workman jockeys a fence into place while awaiting the Hoyt statue to arrive and be put on its granite perch in front of Center School to await its official unveiling on April 8, 2013. Texas sculptor Michael Tabor and his wife accompanied the completed work to Hopkinton, and Mr. Tabor, apparently surprised that the press had been alerted, was not totally prepared to keep it from view, although it was secured in a plywood enclosure.

      Editor's note: When workmen removed the plywood to blanket the statue with cloth to keep it from view, people got a glimpse of the work from the front, and shutters began to click. HopNews got a fine photo, but an editorial decision was made to maintain the dignity of the piece and not present it as if its subjects were in a coffin.


Open Water Ahead

March 26, 2013 — The mute swan in this photo taken today by the Lake Whitehall boat ramp is balanced compositionally by what looks like a humpback whale popping out of the water on the right. It is only a rock formation.