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 Hopkinton High School Principal Forum

April 4, 2013 — Michael Cournoyer, Principal of Holliston High School, made a bid to come back to work in his hometown this evening as Hopkinton High School Principal, presenting his case to the public, the School Committee, teachers, department heads, incoming Superintendent Cathy McLeod, Assistant Superintendent  Dr. Mary Ann DeMello, and the one who counts the most, Interim Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hiersche, who will make the final decision after assessing input from this evening's forum. Mr. Cournoyer was one of two candidates to make the final cut for the open position of Hopkinton High School Principal. The other candidate, Westborough Principal John Smith, withdrew from consideration after being offered a job in another district.

             Mr. Cournoyer previously served in Hopkinton as an Assistant Principal of Hopkinton High School before working in Holliston for the past five years.

             Early in his college studies, Mr. Cournoyer said he switched majors after teaching in a classroom.

            "I knew education was where I wanted to be," he said in his introductory remarks

             He also said his time in Hopkinton were the best five years of his career.

            Following Mr. Cournoyer's introductory remarks, Ron Foisy (photo) noted that neither Hopkinton nor Holliston were in the top 25 for SAT scores.

            Mr. Cournoyer said that SATs were an important measure, and that to bring those scores up would require a focus.

         He said that teachers and students need to collaborate to establish deep understanding, rigorous real-life learning experiences and a deep understanding of vision in a broader sense, one where there is a tremendous number of vigorous lessons both in mainstream and in special education.

             "There is a tremendous faculty in Hopkinton. It is a student-centered environment and I'd like to lead them.

             "The approach is the same for special education, to make sure they have the same opportunities," he said.

            One resident, who said she moved from Holliston to Hopkinton said that she has attended a hundred sporting events and finds the student body of Holliston to be disrespectful, and wondered why that has continued under Mr. Cournoyer's leadership.

              Mr. Cournoyer admitted to it being a great concern, apologized to the parent for her bad experiences, and said that a new Athletic Director has moved things in the right direction.

               "Where we have heard inappropriate comments, we have taken it very seriously," he said.

                One audience member was already sold.

              "I have a senior and a fourth grade boy," she said, speaking from her seat in the Hopkinton High School Auditorium.

              "Do you plan on being here when he gets here [HHS]?" she asked, apparently alluding to the high rate of turnover of Hopkinton Public Schools administrators.

              "My wife and I are building a home 300 yards from here. I love Hopkinton," said Mr. Cournoyer, the father of a 4 year-old girl.

              The process moving forward was unclear. What is known is that it is Interim Superintendent Dr. Hiersche's decision, which he said he will make after consulting with others, and after seeing the community feedback sheets that were turned in by attendees. He could hire, not hire, or start a process anew.            



Wild Blue Yonder

April 3, 2013  — This red-tailed hawk patrolled the skies over Hayden Rowe Street this afternoon. In the photo above, he was cruising over Water Fresh Farm.



April 3, 2013 — Late this afternoon, workmen were tacking plywood to the roof boards of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts barn, formerly the Terry Barn, as a prelude to a roof covering. Barns can last as long as homes, but the roofs must always have integrity, or the structure collapses.



Police Incident Log - Most Recent First


Updated Wednesday, April 3, 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.

1 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Check.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Incident Log

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

7:22 pm A motorist reported that someone in another vehicle threw a soda bottle out of their window and struck his vehicle's windshield on Cedar Street. Officer Thomas Griffin attempted to make contact with the owner of the vehicle with negative results.

4:16 pm A 911 caller reported that a vehicle illegally passed her then slammed on it's brakes causing her to drive off of Chestnut Street. Officer Thomas Griffin checked the area for the vehicle with a negative find. The Holliston Police Department was notified.

1:05 pm Officer Thomas Griffin responded to Rosewood Lane to take a breaking and entering to a motor vehicle report.

1:21 pm A caller from South Street reported that runners were in the middle of the roadway and they then reached into her vehicle. Officer Stephen Buckley responded but could not locate the runners.

12:51 pm A walk-in spoke with Sgt. Joseph Bennett regarding a possible scam left on her voice-mail.

10:09 am There was a report of suspicious activity at a residence on Leman Lane. Detective Timothy Brennan responded and advised that it was just a worker at the house.

9:11 am An employee of a West Main Street business reported a possible breaking and entering. There was a laptop missing with signs of forced entry and open doors throughout the building. Two officers responded and took a report.

7:52 am A West Main Street business employee reported opening the store to discover missing items. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and took a report.


Monday, April 1, 2013

7:47 pm A resident of Huckleberry Road reported that several screens on his house were slit within the past few weeks. Two officers responded to view the damage.

5:02 pm A 911 caller reported that he was just involved in a hit and run motor vehicle accident on Hayden Rowe Street and was now following the car. The vehicle crossed into Milford and then pulled onto Route 495 south. The State Police were notified and Sgt. Joseph Bennett took a report.

2:50 pm A walk-in spoke with Sgt. Joseph Bennett regarding a Hopkinton resident writing him a bad check.

1:49 pm A walk-in from Greenwood Road spoke with Officer Thomas Griffin regarding harassing phone calls and text messages.




Library Grant Expected by 2015
Mill Creek presents to Selectmen
Selectmen still opposed to Milford Casino

Above, Hopkinton Marathon Committee Chair Dorothy Ferriter-Wallace introduced Norm Harkins of the New England Community Advisory Board of the United States Army who gave a painting to the Town of Hopkinton, a gift which was accepted by the selectmen this evening.

April 2, 2013 — State Senator Karen Spilka and State Representative Carolyn Dykema stopped by to update Selectmen on how the state is handling things differently.

            Senator Spilka said the state is continuing to make reforms. Rep. Dykema said that Mass Health has made significant changes in technology, modernizing their workforce and cutting fraud. But Selectman Chair Ben Palleiko was concerned about the progress of casino applications, and especially the one in Milford.

             Rep. Dykema has written to the Gaming Commission to urge them to force the casino applicants to meet in the communities surrounding a host community. Senator Spilka said they shot that down.

            “We’re extremely opposed [to a casino]," stated Chairman Palleiko, speaking on behalf of the Board of Selectmen. He added that Foxwoods, which is partnering with casino developer David Nunes, is involved with financial mismanagement and criminal activity.

               Senator Spilka said she expected the library grant to be approved following a positive vote by Town Meeting in 2014.

              In another action, the Selectmen heard from Mill Creek Residential Trust, which with land owner Paul Mastroianni, wants the town’s blessing for the construction of 280 apartments on the property off of Lumber Street. Although the Planning Board has approved the concept plan for the development, with a housing development of this magnitude, the town’s executive officers, the Board of Selectmen, must enter into a Host Community Agreement [HCA] that requires mitigation for putting additional students into the school system and traffic onto the streets. The developer and the Town of Hopkinton are negotiating an HCA that they hope to bring to Town Meeting for approval in the form of an Article.



Easter Duty

April 2, 2013 — Christine Snow shares a photo of her children taking what they call "The Easter Plunge" in front of their home on Lake Maspenock on Easter Sunday.



   Climb High at the Y!

Are your kids climbing the walls at your house?  Why not have them climb our walls instead!  The MetroWest YMCA is proudly offering two different age level climbs for your children.  Our Kinder Climb is for youth ages 4-6 and we will work on gross motor development, coordination, and balance.  They will begin to become familiar with the equipment and spend some time on our bouldering wall.  Parental assistance is required. One adult per child is needed.  Class begins April 6th from 2pm-3pm and runs every Saturday for the month of April.


Our other climbing program is our Kids Climb for youths ages 7-11.  The group will focus on knot tying, equipment use and safety, set-up, and climbing commands.   The group will work together as they scale up our indoor and outdoor climbing walls (weather permitting).   Class begins April 6th from 3:15pm-4:15pm and runs every Saturday for the month of April.

If your child is interested in learning the basics of climbing please sign up quickly as the spaces are limited to 10 in each class!


Youth Archery Programs


This will be our 3rd year running a spring archery program here at the YMCA!  This year we will be offering 2 classes!  A beginner class where your child will learn the fundamentals of archery including equipment review, shooting techniques, and safety.   


New this year we are offering an advanced class for those kids who have mastered the beginner skills and are looking to perfect their accuracy and stance. 

Both classes are limited to 12 spaces, so sign up quickly as we are sure to fill up! The class starts Saturday, April 6th and running until May 11th.  The beginner class begins at 10am and runs until 11:30am.  The advanced class begins at 12 and runs until 1:30.



If you are interested in either of the programs please contact Maureen Sammon at msammon@metrowestymca.org or 508-435-9345




High School Principal Candidate Withdraws from Consideration


April 2, 2013 Hopkinton’s Superintendent, Dr. Steven Hiersche, has been notified by High School Principal candidate, John Smith, current principal at Westborough High School, that he has been offered a position in another district, and has decided to withdraw from the Hopkinton search.


There will be an opportunity for interested faculty, staff, parents, and community members to meet the remaining candidate, Mike Cournoyer (left) , current principal at Holliston High School, tomorrow, Wednesday, April 3rd, at 7:00 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 candidate speak about their experience and training, ask the candidate questions, and complete a feedback sheet that Dr. Hiersche will consider when making his selection. The preceding is a press release from Hopkinton Public Schools. It is unknown if Mr. Cournoyer will be chosen as the last man standing.

Back Again

April 2, 2013 — This Canada geese couple has come home to roost again (we can assume it is the same one) this spring. Each year a goose couple — they mate for life — returns to build a nest and lay eggs. The female will sit on her eggs, while the male distracts possible predators by keeping his distance. On occasion, the male will incubate while the female bathes. Hopefully, HopNews will bring the pictorial story to readers again. They were on the island apparently building a nest shortly before this photo was taken.



Saturday April 6th 4-7 PM @ Cornell’s Irish Pub



Please join Friends of SPEAC as we support Boston Marathon runners  Joe Markey & Jon Graziano.   Pizza for kids from 4-6pm.  All are welcome!




WORCESTER, MA  On Saturday evening, April 20, 2013, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest will host ‘The Golden Gala – Celebrating 50 Years of Making a BIG Difference,’ at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA.  


The evening will feature a cocktail hour, a live and silent auction, dinner, dancing and live entertainment provided by Decades by Dezyne, Voices of Metrowest and the Players to be Named Later. 


We are delighted that WCVB-TV’s Susan Wornick will conduct the live auction during the program portion of the evening.  The Golden Gala will also feature an appearance by Charles Pierson, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. 


In additional to celebrating the agency’s 50th Anniversary, the event will also pay tribute to Ben Ticho, whom retired earlier this year after 38 years with the agency, including 34 years as Executive Director.  Additional event honorees include:  Bob Cousy, H Martin Deranian & Cameron Fersch, Ted & Maureen English, Jim Harrington, Gary MacConnell, Charlie & Maureen Tillett and Susan Wornick. 


Proceeds from the event, which is anticipated to draw approximately 350 people, will help Big Brothers Big Sisters deliver and expand its professionally supported mentoring programs to reach more children in need of one-on-one attention from responsible and caring volunteers within our community.


Major sponsors for The Golden Gala include The TJX Companies, Anonymous, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Staples, and Waters Corporation. 


For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://bbbsgoldengala.kintera.org or contact the Big Brothers Big Sisters Worcester Office at 508-752-7868.


Solidscape Announces Hopkinton Resident New Vice President of Sales and Service


Merrimack, NH, April 2, 2013 — Solidscape®, Inc., (NASDAQ: SSYS) the leading manufacturer of high precision 3D printers for direct manufacturing applications, announced today that veteran sales executive Paul Maloney has joined the company as Vice President of Sales and Service. Paul will be responsible for global field operations driving revenue as well as contributing to business strategy and marketing.


“Paul brings to Solidscape over 12 years of global sales and channel management experience in the 3D software industry. He understands our customer’s needs and has proven his passion for meeting those needs,” said Solidscape President Fabio Esposito. “Additionally, Paul has the leadership skills to take our partners and customers business to the next level.”


“I’m incredibly excited to be joining Solidscape as they continue to roll out the next generation of high precision 3D printers and materials,” said Paul. “It’s a great global team and my experience bringing new products to market will further accelerate Solidscape’s rapid growth in new verticals like Dental and Education.”

Previously Paul had advanced through progressive sales leadership roles at SolidWorks Corporation, a division of Dassault Systèmes that offers easy-to-use 3D software tools enabling better, faster, and more cost-efficient design of products.



Elementary School Building Committee Gets High Grades


Last Thursday evening, I had the pleasure of attending the Elementary School Building Committee’s (ESBC) meeting.  Given the importance of the Center School project I was hoping to gain an early sense of the ESBC’s dynamic, approach and direction. 


First, let me say I have yet to meet a person in Hopkinton who does not have a strong opinion on what should be done to “fix Center School”.  Opinions range from simple remediation of current building to the creation of a district-wide PreK-3 school.  As was true when the town voted down the Fruit St. (districted) proposal, there is no community consensus on what solution is realistic and appropriate; despite all the exit polls, surveys, and community forums that have been executed since.  Simply put, it is the ESBC’s task to:  learn from the mistakes of the past, understand all solution possibilities, analyze the alternatives, develop a decision-making process, garner town’s financial support and execute the approved plan; whether renovation or construction.  Given the range of opinions and the magnitude of the work, the volunteers of this committee deserve our gratitude and support.


The meeting I attended was the committee’s third.  What I observed was: a strong team, strong leadership, independence, process-orientation, transparency, and inclusion.  This team is composed of dedicated professionals, public servants, and community members who each bring passion and experience to the table.  Joe Markey and Mike Shepard bring a disciplined approach to leading this committee that should create tremendous public confidence.  The ESBC has taken clear actions to create some separation and independence from School Committee, Administration, and “MSBC process”.  The ESBC seems poised to focus on their organizational charter (K-1), re-validation of all assumptions, execution of proper due diligence, and development of processes for decision making and project management.  The ESBC has committed to frequent and candid communications to everyone in Hopkinton.  Finally, the ESBC committed to an inclusive approach. Evidence of this inclusive approach was the Chair of the ESBC inviting me to share my input on the Elmwood SOI, in an impromptu manner, prior to the committee’s vote.  


It is this community member’s opinion that the ESBC is off to a great start.  I thank them for their service and commitment and look forward to their rapid progress on an appropriate and fiscally responsible solution to the current challenges of the Center School.


Frank Sivo

14 Stone Crossing Way

April 2, 2013

Ashland Lions Hookup With The Learning Center

April 1, 2013 — Tricia Milller, TLC owner, jockeys for position with the Ashland Lions who stopped by on Monday to pick a contribution to Sandy Hook. TLC students collected $780.00 to benefit the victims of the shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings last December 14.

       Please check out their redone website with its new Spring colors and a long list of educational and enrichment programs.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts


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

New Transactions from March 25, 2013 to April 1, 2013






14 Cole Drive Robert McCrystal, Darlene E. Sweet $340,000 April 1, 2013 William A. Depietri, Lumber Street I Realty Trust
34 Overlook Road Tejinder Darbhanga, Barjinder Darbhanga $837,000 March 29, 2013 Carmaxauto Superstores Inc.
4 Thayer Heights Road Jesse R. Urban, Lisa Paul $405,000 March 29, 2013 Michael Kelley, Jessica A. Kelley
84 Grove Street Suzanne Inman $200,000 March 29, 2013 Eunice Mary Inman, Loring Grove Realty Trust
84 Wood Street 84 Wood Street LLC $480,000 March 29, 2013 Pinewood Ventures LLC

Last Week

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 Highcroft 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

Previous Transactions

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



Wall of Water

April 1, 2013 — A wall of water from a cloudburst this afternoon turned Hopkinton skies dark as a fast-moving storm blew through town, as seen looking west from Clinton Street toward Legacy Farms.


  Police Incident Log - Most Recent First

   Updated Monday, April 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.

5 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

2 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

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


Arrest Log

Friday, March 29, 2013

11:38 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested William M. O'Connor, 60, of Kathryn Lane, Holliston, on Clinton Street and charged him with Failure to Keep Right on Hill/Obstructed View, Failure to Wear Seat Belt and OUI Liquor, 3rd Offense.


Incident Log

Sunday, March 31, 2013

11:42 am A caller from Eastview Road spoke with Officer David Shane regarding a suspicious incident that occurred at her parents house.


Saturday, March 30, 2013

10:47 pm A caller reported a suspicious vehicle on Greenwood Road with several occupants who were smoking something. Two officers responded and advised that they destroyed a small amount of marijuana on the scene.

10:30 pm A 911 caller from Hemlock Drive reported that a vehicle peeled out, burned rubber and then took off at a very high rate of speed. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area with a negative find on the vehicle.


Friday, March 29, 2013

10:46 pm Officer Peter Booth stopped a motor vehicle on Clinton Street and subsequently arrested a 60 year old male from Holliston and charged him with Failure to Keep Right on Hill/Obstructed View, Failure to Wear Seat Belt and OUI Liquor, 3rd Offense.

8:52 pm A 911 caller reported a roll over motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Pond Street. Three officers responded and advised that one patient was transported to the hospital.

4:51 pm Two officers responded to Wood Street for a biker who was hit by a truck. The individual was transported to the hospital.

4:18 am A resident of Wood Street reported that she scared off a person, in a black hoodie, who was in her truck when she went out to go to work. Two officers checked the area but were unable to locate the individual.

3:50 am A Smith Road resident reported being awakened to the sound of her car alarm going off. When she turned the outside lights on she saw the shadows of two individuals running across her front lawn. Two officers checked the entire area with a negative find.


New School Committee Candidate

Ellen Agner Scordino
, a resident of David Joseph Road, has taken out papers as an unenrolled candidate for the one open position for School Committee. She joins Amy Ritterbusch, also unenrolled, in the race. The candidates have returned their nomination papers April 1, 2013, today, by 5:00 pm. However, if one does not meet the requirements — the Clerk's office is validating signatures —, either one claim party membership and run in that party's respective caucus. In addition, those caucuses may put out a candidate or two of their own for the various seats.

Ms. Scordino, a single mother of two according a story published in the Boston Business Journal, is an attorney/principal with the law firm Fish & Richardson. She was recently featured in that publication as a recipient of a "40 Under 40" Award.


Hopkinton’s Center Elementary School Principal Finalists Announced


Hopkinton, MA



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


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


Ms. Abigail Dressler holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, also from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  She is currently the Acting Principal/Assistant Principal for the John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Franklin.  She previously served in the Acton Public Schools as a Second Grade teacher, and as a Kindergarten teacher.  She began her career in education as a teacher at Rockport Elementary School in Rockport, MA.


Ms. Lauren Dubeau holds a Master of Education degree in Early Childhood Education from the Worcester State College, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Westfield State College.  She is currently the Principal for the Simonian Center for Early Learning in the Sutton Public School district.  She previously served in Sutton as the Acting Principal for the Early Learning Center, and as both a Kindergarten and First Grade teacher.  She began her career in education as a Special Education Preschool Teacher in the Sutton Public Schools.


Mr. Tim Kearnan holds a Master of Education degree in Elementary Education, specializing in Instructional Technology from Fitchburg State College, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Stonehill College.  He is currently the Assistant Principal for Elmwood and Hopkins Elementary Schools in Hopkinton.  He previously served in the Hopkinton Public Schools as a second grade teacher, and as a Technology Integration Specialist.  He began his career in education as a classroom teacher in the Mendon-Upton School district.



The finalists will be individually interviewed by the Superintendent and members of the administrative team this week, and will participate in a Public Forum next Monday, April 8th.  Interested faculty, staff, parents, and community members are invited to attend this forum, at 6:30 PM in the Center School Cafeteria.  Attendees will be given the opportunity to provide feedback to the Superintendent. 


Shred-Up, then Green-Up!

Hopkinton’s very own Sustainable Green Committee (HopGreen.com) has announced its 5th Annual town-wide “Spring Green-Up Day.”  This year, the Committee is offering a new service for residents; a “Shred Day”!  


Both events are scheduled for Saturday, April 27th and will begin at 9:00 AM at the Town Common.


Harvey’s will park a large shredding truck at the Center School from 9:00 AM  until 2:00 PM for town residents to drop off paper for shredding and recycling.  (Please, no books or magazines.  Remove all metal from hanging file folders and spiral bound notebooks. Staples and paper clips do not need to be removed.)


Town Residents are encouraged to join us on the Town Common from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM for the 5th annual Spring “Green-Up Day!”  Grab a pair of gloves and a garbage bag (which will be provided), and help keep the town looking beautiful, as we move into the spring season.  Head to an area of your own choosing to help with the effort, or journey to the Town Common where clean-up crews will be organized for identified illegal dumping areas in town.  Please let us know where you plan to go so that we do not duplicate efforts.  Let’s make 2013 our best year yet! For more information, please visit our website at www.hopgreen.com.


What great ways to come together as a sustainable community.  We look forward to seeing everyone out-and-about Saturday April 27th!


Dorothea (Siebert) Duclos, 87

Dorothea (Siebert) Duclos, 87, of Worcester, died Monday, March 25, 2013 in St. Vincent Hospital, 123 Summer St. Her husband, Armand A. Duclos died in 1996. She is survived by a brother Leroy C. Siebert, Jr. and a sister, Barbara Kimball both of Hopkinton, MA; nieces and caretakers, Cheryl Siebert Wright of Hopkinton, MA and Barbara Lloyd of Franklin, MA; several nieces and nephews; nineteen great nieces and nephews and ten great-great nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by a brother, Paul Siebert and a sister, Mary McDonald. She was born in Boston, MA, a daughter of Leroy and Anna Elizabeth (Head) Siebert. Mrs. Duclos worked many years as a Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant at The Memorial Hospital before retiring. She was a member of Holy Family Parish at St. Joseph's Church. Dorothea enjoyed gallivanting around the city by bus and had a favorite spot to rest in the Medical Center atrium. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 from DIRSA-MORIN FUNERAL HOME, 298 Grafton St., with a Mass at 11:00 a.m. in St. Joseph's Church at Holy Family Parish, 35 Hamilton St. Burial will be in Mary Queen of the Rosary, Spencer, MA. Calling hours in the funeral home will be Wednesday, April 3, from 9:30 to 10:30 am. www. worcesterfuneral.com


Paul Anthony DeCollibus, 64

Paul Anthony DeCollibus, 64, of Holliston, passed away Friday, March 29, 2013 at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Lena (Rossi) and John DeCollibus. He was the husband of 38 years to Mary Lou (Macura) DeCollibus of Holliston. Paul was a 1967 Framingham South High graduate and a 1972 graduate of Northeastern University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He was the owner of DeCollibus TV Service in Framingham and worked in this family business since he was 11 years old. Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Julie Krause and her husband Hal of Northborough, Kimberly Devane and her husband Daniel of Northborough, Kelly DeCollibus of Ashland, and Daniel DeCollibus and his wife Kathryn of Framingham; 3 siblings, Elena Ghilani and her husband Frank of Ashland, John DeCollibus and his wife Penny of Northborough, Michael DeCollibus and his wife Cheri of Belleair Beach, FL; 4 grandchildren, Benjamin, Ty, Lanie Krause and Claire Devane. He also leaves behind an Uncle, Anthony DeCollibus and his wife Adele of Hopkinton and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 1, 2013 from 5-8pm at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St. (Rt. 16) http://www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com/  A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Church of Holliston, on Tuesday, April 2nd at 10:30a.m. Burial will follow in Lake Grove Cemetery in Holliston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Salvation Army, 35 Concord St. Framingham, MA 01702.




So Happy Together

March 31, 2013 — These turtles were among the first out  of the mud on South Mill Street this weekend.


The Wannabees

March 30, 2013 — These wannabe cows seem startled by the photographer, but they are likely just pretending, today in Hopkinton.

For the Cause

March 30, 2013 — The HPTA and the Hopkinton High School Leos Club joined forces to accept bottles an cans for their respective charities behind Colella's, where the supermarket grants them space to do their work. A usual take, according to HPTA's Karen Bograd, is between $250 - $500 on a Saturday. Above, from left, are Rebekah Goldberg, Michael Ludorf, Jenny Hadkey and Kendall Ericksen caught unawares in the candid photo taken today.