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Tractor-Trailer Rollover Fatality on Ramp to 495

April 8, 2013 — Massachusetts State Police advised this afternoon that a tractor-trailer rollover on a ramp from I-90 West to Route 495 resulted in the death of the operator, who was found under the vehicle. Boston News Channel 5 helicopter captured the scene here.
Yesterday at 1 p.m., troopers from the State Police Barracks in Weston responded to a tractor-trailer crash on the ramp from Route 495 to Route 90 westbound in Hopkinton. Preliminary investigation indicates that, for reasons still under investigation, the tractor-trailer rolled over on the ramp. The crash caused extensive damage to the cab, causing entrapment of and severe injuries to the operator.
Hopkinton Fire and Rescue extricated the operator, Feliz Piedade, 59, of East Providence, R.I., and rushed him to UMass Medical Center in Worcester. Piedade eventually succumbed to his injuries and was later pronounced deceased.
Piedade was initially thought to be deceased onscene but was given life-saving measures by Hopkinton Fire and Rescue that kept him alive long enough to reach the hospital. We apologize for any confusion from our earlier releases.
Route 90 westbound at interchange 11A was closed for several hours to allow for rescue operations, gathering of evidence and the clearing of the roadway of the truck and debris. Traffic was significantly impacted due to the lane closures. The ramps were reopened by 3:45 p.m. and the truck fully removed by 8 p.m.
The crash is being investigated by Troop E of the Massachusetts State Police. Troopers were assisted by the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Photo, troopers from the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section and Hopkinton Fire and Rescue.


Yes, You Can

April 8, 2013 — "Can you believe they told me when he was born to institutionalize him? And here it is fifty-one years later and they are building a statue of him!" said Dick Hoyt last week of his son, Rick, in a one-on-one conversation with HopNews Editor Robert Falcione.

Today, luminaries from government and commerce came to pay tribute to the team and watch as the cast-bronze sculpture by Texas-based Mike Tabor, and commissioned by John Hancock, was unveiled in front of Center School in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

HopNews has captured most of the event here:



  Police Incident/Arrest Log - Most Recent First  


    Updated Monday, April 8, 2013


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

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

8 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

Arrest Log

Sunday, April 7, 2013

12:10 am Officer Peter Booth arrested Kathleen M. Dragin, 56, of Colella Farm Road, Hopkinton, on Teresa Road and charged her with Marked Lanes Violation and OUI Liquor.

Friday, April 5, 2013

7:11 am Officer John Moran arrested Edwin A. Mejia, 21, of Lowell Street, Waltham, on East Main Street and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Speeding.

Incident Log

Sunday, April 7, 2013

2:34 pm A resident of West Elm Street reported that twelve trash bags were thrown onto their property. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and advised that a possible suspect was discovered from paperwork inside one of the bags.

1:27 pm A walk-in from South Mill Street reported that someone broke into his vehicle and stole cash and a spare key to the vehicle. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and took a report.

1:15 pm A walk-in reported that his wife's vehicle possibly had one of its tires slashed while parked in a West Main Street business. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and took a report.

11:27 am A caller reported a suspicious motor vehicle parked in the driveway of a vacant lot, on West Elm Street, that they had just purchased recently. Officer Stephen Buckley responded but was unable to locate the vehicle.


Saturday, April 6, 2013

11:34 pm Officer Peter Booth stopped a motor vehicle on Teresa Road and subsequently arrested a 56 year old female from Hopkinton and charged her with Marked Lanes Violation and OUI Liquor.

6:05 pm Officer Peter Booth reported that a vehicle he attempted to stop on Hayden Rowe Street took off on him. Three officers responded to assist in the search for the vehicle which could not be located.

11:33 am A caller from Winter Street spoke with Officer David Shane regarding larceny from his fathers house.


Friday, April 5, 2013

8:46 pm A caller reported that a motor vehicle was doing “donuts” on the Fruit Street baseball field. Officer Peter Booth responded and advised that there was no damage to the field.

8:22 pm A resident reported that youths were acting suspicious at a sports field on Greenwood Road. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and spoke with one youth who was sent on his way.

2:01 pm A caller reported that four males, in their early twenties, were yelling at all the customers that went into a Cedar Street business. Officer Thomas Griffin located the group and advised them of the complaint.

12:56 pm A walk-in reported that a small orange car passed her while stopped for a pedestrian at a crosswalk on Main Street. She stated that the vehicle nearly hit the pedestrian as well as an oncoming car in the opposite lane.

6:05 am Officer John Moran stopped a motor vehicle on East Main Street and subsequently arrested a 21 year old male from Waltham and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Speeding.

3:54 am A walk-in reported that a trash truck was emptying a dumpster on Church Street. Officer John Moran responded and issued a civil infraction for a violation of a town by-law. He also advised that the truck blew a hydraulic line and was waiting for a mechanic.

12:06 am A caller reported an erratic operator on West Main Street that struck a mailbox and crossed the center line a couple times. Officer Linda Higgins responded to view the damage to the mailbox and the Upton Police Department was notified to be on the look out for the vehicle.

12:29 am A caller from Peach Street reported that he was checking on a person in a silver sedan who was either sleeping or passed out. Once awakened he gave the caller some incoherent answer as to why he was there and then drove away. Officer John Moran checked the area with a negative find and the Ashland Police Department was notified.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts


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

New Transactions from April 2, 2013 to April 8, 2013






4 McNeil Circle, Unit 2 Debra S. Preis $374,900 April 5, 2013 William A. Depietri, Lumber Street I Realty Trust
5 & 11 West Elm Street Bruce D. Wheel, Maspenock Woods Realty Trust $1,395,000 April 5, 2013 West Elm Street Acquisition LLC
160 Lumber Street Stephen Smith, Kaitlin George $316,000 April 5, 2013 Wendy E. Grass
167 Lumber Street Martin F. Whitmore, Jessica V. Whitmore $735,000 April 4, 2013 Debra S. Hines, Colin M. Preis
14 Sanctuary Lane, Unit 27 Jill J. Sanford, Stephen P. Sanford $356,044 April 2, 2013 Weston Development Group Inc.

Last Week

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

Previous Transactions

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


Fast Moving

April 7, 2013 — A charcoal cooking fire that was not extinguished properly was presumed by Deputy Chief Steven Slaman as the cause of a fast moving brush fire at Hopkinton State Park this afternoon. Above, provisional call firefighter Zach Frederick makes short work of putting the fire down for good. On the way to the park, firefighters passed Smokey the Bear and his cautionary message.
March Winds

April 7, 2013 — Some left over winds from last month blew through the are today, creating some whitecaps on local lakes and ponds, like the ones above on Lake Maspenock.




A Cause to Run

April 7, 2013 —Joe Markey (l) and Jon Graziano (r) were guests of honor at a fund raising event yesterday afternoon.  Both men are running this year’s Boston Marathon while raising funds for Friends of HopkintonSPEAC.   Thank you to Ellen & Colm Scanlon, of Cornell’s Irish Pub, for providing our group with pizza and a place to gather.  Please visit the runner’s websites and support special education here in Hopkinton:



Spoils of Success

April 6, 2013 — These scouts from Troop 4, Ben Morey-Beale and Fletcher Clark, are wrapping things up at St. John's Parish Center Saturday morning after serving 400 pancake breakfasts during a benefit that also featured a silent auction.


What's Up, Duck?

April 6, 2013 — This mallard couple — the male has the iridescent green hood— was frolicking in Ice House Pond this morning, and keeping their distance from the shore.

Green Thumbs

April 6, 2013 — Members of the Hopkinton Garden Club took to the Downtown today, sprucing up their chosen tasks, including around the George V. Brown statue near the start line of the Boston Marathon.


Fast Response

April 6, 2013 — Fire and Police responded quickly to the report of an electrical fire in the walls of a home on West Main Street, an within minutes had a medical emergency just across the street.


April 27th

April 6, 2013 — Annie Marcy and Ann Click pitched their 300th Anniversary events, and especially the town-wide Swing Dance at the Hopkinton High School Athletic Center on April 27th, starting at 7:30 pm with a live band, two singers and swing dance instruction the dance floor.


   Hopkinton's Pavement Management


As we approach the start of our roadway resurfacing season I would like to thank the residents of Hopkinton for their continued support of our Pavement Management Program. We had a very successful 2012 season and hope to continue that in 2013 as funding allows. Each street that is on this year’s list has been inspected and evaluated to determine which treatment method is best based on its current condition. This will help ensure that we are maximizing the use of our Chapter 90 money and Pavement Management funds in the most effective way.


Every year our goal is to begin Pavement Management work as soon as school ends in June and finish in September when school begins. Due to the inevitable weather related issues, mechanical breakdowns & scheduling conflicts it is difficult to hold to a strict time schedule. We will post updated construction dates as we move forward with each project.


Under the Town of Hopkinton’s Road Opening Permit Policy, No permit will be granted for a period of 5 years on newly paved streets except in the case of an emergency. If your street is on this year’s list and you are considering having any utility work done to your home that would require the road to be cut I would recommend contacting the appropriate utility company and schedule the work to be done before June 17th, 2013. This will ensure that you get the work you need done before we begin resurfacing that street.

Please visit our web page http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/government/departments/dpw/highway and click on 2013 Tentative Roadwork Schedule to view a complete list of planned Pavement Management work. You will notice that the date column is blank. This will be updated as we get closer to construction season; however an estimated timeframe would be June 24th – Sept 1st.


Once work begins on each project please expect delays and plan accordingly. The DPW appreciates your patience and cooperation during this 2013 construction season.



Mike Mansir

Highway Manager



    Support for Amy Ritterbusch


   Dear Editor,


I am writing in support of Amy Ritterbusch for Hopkinton School Committee.  I know Amy will continue to uphold the strong educational values that make this town a coveted place to live.


I have spent the last two years serving on the Hopkins school council with Amy. I knew of her dedication to the schools but during these last two years, I have now experienced first hand her passion and in-depth knowledge of the school system.


Amy has volunteered in so many capacities over the years and has shown indefatigable support to this school district.  She is dedicated to preserving Hopkinton’s strong commitment to educational excellence without placing an undo financial burden on our townspeople.


Amy is a collaborator and a team player.  She will work together with all involved to achieve the goals of the town and the school system.  She is not focused on any one issue but cares about the success of all students across the district. 


I know Amy will be instrumental in implementing policies that ensure the success of our students and at the same time maintaining a fiscally sound budget.  Amy is willing to give her time and energy to a cause she truly believes in, public education.


Amy has made it a point to gain profound knowledge of budgetary issues by frequently attending school committee meetings and town meetings.  Amy is a good communicator and her presence is a fixture where our town’s education is concerned.  Most importantly, she can hit the ground running and will waste no time in working to attain this town’s educational aspirations.


Amy is the right choice for School Committee.  Thank you.


Donna Orellana

8 Pheasant Hill Road


April 5, 2013



   Town of Hopkinton Open Space and Recreation Plan Survey




This short survey, intended for all Hopkinton residents, should help the Planning Board and the Upper Charles Trail Committee with their ongoing work Please return it by April 17. It takes less than five minutes to complete. Thanks.

Bob Snyder

Upper Charles Trail Committee




Cheering on a Favorite Runner in the 2013 Boston Marathon?


Visit the Hopkinton 300th Anniversary booth on the Town Common during Marathon Weekend, April 13th & 14th and have a sign made to cheer on your special marathoner. Hopkinton Girl Scout Troop #72216 and Hopkinton Anniversary Committee volunteers will be making signs from 10am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday for a small donation to benefit the Hopkinton 300th Anniversary activities planned for 2015.


A variety of anniversary commemorative items and tickets to the Hopkinton Swing Dance, a 300th Anniversary fundraiser to be held on April 27th at HHS, will also be on sale at the booth.



   Police Incident Log - Most Recent First

    Updated Friday, April 5, 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.

2 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.


Arrest Log

Thursday, April 4, 2013

9:53 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested Everardo Luna, 38, of Linwood Street, Uxbridge, on Main Street for a Warrant.


Incident Log

Thursday, April 4, 2013

9:31 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested a 38 year old from Uxbridge on Main Street for a Warrant.

2:13 pm A caller from Lakeshore Drive reported that she witnessed a disorientated male in a parked motor vehicle yelling. Three officer responded and spoke with the individual.

6:57 am A caller from Wood Street reported that a vehicle went through a bus's red lights, nearly striking his son who was crossing the road. The bus office was also notified.

1:55 am A Keeby Road resident reported that he believed there were about eight people in the woods, on the edge of his property, with a four wheeler and who may have been removing parts of a vehicle stored there. Three officers responded and advised that one individual was transported to the hospital and a complaint application was issued for possession of Class C substance.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

2:18 pm A walk-in reported that a suspicious man was sitting in a gray Sonata on Maple Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer spoke with the individual who was a construction worker taking a lunch break.

1:30 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Gregg DeBoer regarding money being missing from their bank account.

10:16 am A caller reported that a male, wearing blue coveralls that said electrician on them, was walking through yards on Elizabeth Road. Two officers checked the area but could not locate the man. They advised that there was fresh dig safe type markings in the roadway.

10:05 am Officer David Shane spoke with a person who was sleeping in a vehicle and waiting for a co-worker on Hayden Rowe Street.

7:26 am A motorist reported that a tractor trailer unit was traveling very slowly and then went to turn onto Cedar Street Extension but then pulled back onto Cedar Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer could not locate the truck and advised that he probably was looking for a place to turn around because of the low bridge.


Students Hear Calls to Action

Above, Dr. Mary Ann DeMello addresses the gathering of high school juniors and governmental leaders this morning in the Hopkinton High School Cafeteria.

April 5, 2013 — School, town and legislative officials spoke to students this morning about the value of government service and involvement in the cafeteria of the high school during the annual Student Government Breakfast. Below, State Senator Karen Spilka speaks with students at her table. And below that, a video of nearly the entire event is available.

The student government breakfast occurring this morning is presented below almost in its entirety.
Please check out this exclusive event.


Kudos to Swimmers and Coaches at School Committee Meeting

School building committee "...hits the ground running."

by Muriel Kramer

April 5, 2013 — The Hopkinton Swim Teams with Coach Bryan King and Assistant Coach Karen Terry were on hand at the School Committee meeting to receive some well-earned special recognition. King was inducted recently into the Eastern Massachusetts Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame and is credited with building a strong swim team that remains competitive year after year despite Hopkinton not having a pool of its own to practice in or host home meets.  The swimmers are the Tri-Valley League Champs for the fourth consecutive year, and Terry was named Assistant Coach of the year.  The Girls Team was also honored as a Gold Standard Academic All American Team for having a collective GPA of 3.79; all GPA’s higher than 4.0 are rounded to a 4.0 in the selection process.


While the team has plenty to be proud of with their accomplishments as athletes and students, it seems their collective character has gotten some attention as well.  The team won the MIAA Award for Sportsmanship.  The Interim Superintendent Dr. Steven Hiersche also shared an email he received that was extremely complementary of the program highlighting the fact that Hopkinton is often the team Weston High School schedules as visitors for their senior night, and “year after year they patiently wait while we celebrate our kids. They are a class act all the way, and Bryan King leads by example.”  Hopkinton swimmers were fortunate to be part of something special this season when a Weston High School special needs student received his first varsity win as part of the team’s 200 free-style relay; the other three Weston relay swimmers swam individual life-time bests (MWDN: 2/1/13) to post a thrilling come from behind victory.  The email detailed the event, the enthusiastic response from the stands and went on to say how gracious Hopkinton’s team was in competition and in defeat; “they were the first to congratulate the relay winners.”


Eric Karjel now in his ninth year as Athletic Director for Hopkinton, was also on hand to highlight winter sport achievements.  The Cheerleaders won second in the Tri-Valley, second at Regionals and 3rd at States. The Wrestlers had their best season ever posting a 15-10 season and sending 6 wrestlers to States; Nolan Cornu placed second at States for Hopkinton. Swimming and Diving won their fourth consecutive TVL title, and the boys and girls indoor track teams both went undefeated.  “We continue to have highly competitive teams and yet balance that with sportsmanship,” remarked Karjel.


Joe Markey, Chair of the newly appointed Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC), and Mike Shepard Vice-Chair were in attendance to join Jon Graziano of the SC for an update of their process. Graziano summarized that the group has been familiarizing themselves with the voluminous documentation already available and getting up to speed on the MSBA process.  There is a placeholder for ATM beginning May 6th for a feasibility study; the ESBC is working to assess what is needed to finalize and bring a request forward for this year. Markey commented that the group “has tried to hit the ground running…and as chairman it’s his job to leverage the deep talent and experience of the members of the committee.”


For his part Shepard commented on his commitment to find a solution “that more importantly, meets the needs of the children of Hopkinton.”


Upcoming events include the unveiling of the Hoyt statue at Center school on April 8th at 10:30 AM; a large crowd is expected and will include Center school’s 400 students.  Parents and residents should know that Ash St, Park St and marathon Way will be closed by police after all the buses drop off students that morning.


HPTA Introduces Rick and Dick Hoyt 

April 4, 2013 — Wheelchair Marathon team Dick and Rick Hoyt were sponsored by the HPTA this evening at Hopkinton High School, telling  their story to a whole new group of youngsters interested in their tale of triumph over the odds.  Rick was born with cerebral palsy, and Dick said this evening that doctors advised him to institutionalize his son after birth; but he saw a spark. As a result, Rick has graduated college and has competed — pushed, pulled or towed by Dick — in marathons and ironman triathlons for decades.

          On Monday at 10:30 am, a new bronze statue will be unveiled at Center School to immortalize the father-son team.


Honors Art

April 4, 2013 — A couple of parents of artists enjoy looking at the work of the honors art students this evening at the reception at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. 

Milford Regional’s Patient Advisory Council Needs New Members


Milford Regional Medical Center is seeking community members from their 19 town service area to serve on the hospital’s Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). Now in its fourth year of operation, the PFAC is dedicated to promoting a partnership between the patients, families, and working professionals affiliated with the Medical Center to promote and foster patient‐centered care.


The PFAC at Milford Regional, which meets monthly, includes staff from the Medical Center’s administration and departments, and former patients or those who have had family members receive care at the hospital. Community members must reside within Milford Regional’s service area which comprises the following towns: Milford, Hopedale, Mendon, Blackstone, Medway, Uxbridge, Northbridge, Whitinsville, Bellingham, Franklin, Douglas, Grafton, Upton, Hopkinton, Holliston, Millis, Medfield, Wrentham and Millville.  Members commit to a two year term and have the opportunity to participate on various committees, task forces and advisory boards.


Those interested in becoming a member of Milford Regional’s Patient Family Advisory Council must complete and submit an application form by Tuesday, April 30, 2013. For more information on the PFAC at Milford Regional and/or to obtain an application, go to the Medical Center’s Web site at www.milfordregional.org and click on “About Us,” or contact Kim Munto by phone at (508) 422-2202 or email at kmunto@milreg.org .


Time of the Season

April 4, 2013 — The hooded merganser above was in the company of three females off-camera, hundreds of feet away at Blood's Pond. The composition is balanced by the several turtles sunning themselves in the background. Below, in another sign of the season, Teresa Boyce shows off her new Snappy Dogs sign delivered by Scott Holman. Mrs. Boyce said the hot dog stand will ketchup with their customers next Monday with a grand opening.


      Press Release:

Center School Principal Search:

Candidate Withdraws from Consideration - Two Remain

April 4, 2013 — Hopkinton’s Superintendent, Dr. Steven Hiersche, has been notified by Center School Principal candidate, Abigail Dressler, current acting principal at John F. Kennedy School in Franklin, that she is considering an offer from 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 candidates, Lauren Dubeau, current principal at the Simonian Center for Early Learning in Sutton, and Tim Kearnan, current assistant principal at Elmwood and Hopkins Elementary Schools in Hopkinton, and provide feedback to the Superintendent.  This public forum will take place Monday, April 8th, at 6:30 PM, and will be held in the Center School Cafeteria.  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.