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Spring in the Air

April 20, 2013 — Cooper enjoys a frisky gallop inside his enclosure in Woodville today, with his non-alpaca friends, a dog and a goat.


Fish Story

April 20, 2013 — Phil Schiloski took First Place with this 19 1/4 inch trout today in the Woodville Road and Gun Club spring Trout derby  this morning.
Photo by Rachel Leal.


Where's Waldo?

April 20, 2013 — The great blue heron on the island might have gone unnoticed if it were not for his orange beak and silhouette against the gazebo's reflection.


April 4, 2013 — A sentiment expressed by Joshua Fonesca today.


Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide

The photo above was among several released today by the Massachusetts State Police, taken from a helicopter with an infrared imaging camera belonging to their Airwing, that shows the suspect prone and hiding in the boat in which he was discovered and captured. Photo below is of the boat with a ram inserted into it, connected to a Mass State Police armored vehicle.


Endorsement for Amy Ritterbusch

Dear Editor:

By way of this letter, my wife and I are providing our enthusiastic support of Amy Ritterbusch for the School Committee.  We have known Amy for many years through her volunteer work with youth programs in Town.   She is a dedicated, passionate and diligent leader and child-advocate who always has an optimistic attitude. 


We believe Amy will be an invaluable addition to the School Committee.   She has been actively involved with public education issues affecting Hopkinton over the years and has consistently kept us and many other families apprised of important proposed changes.  She is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in or is best for our children, yet is always respectful of other people’s opinions. 


Amy has outlined thoughtful and sensible goals she would champion during her appointment including protecting the small classroom experience and delivering quality education at a good value.  Amy’s background and extensive experience in communication will also serve to improve and enhance the exchange of important information between the School Committee and our community.  Amy is the best and most qualified candidate for School Committee.


Please join us in voting for Amy Ritterbusch for School Committee on May 20th.  Thank you for your consideration.


Jeff & Lori Barnes

23 Amherst Road   

April 11, 2013



Lake Whitehall Cleanup

April 27, 2013

9:00 am - Noon

Boat Landing



The Friends of Whitehall will have their 9th annual spring clean-up on Sat. April 27th from 9 a.m. until noon. Please meet at the boat landing at Whitehall State Park on Wood St. (Rte.135) in Hopkinton. Our goal will once again be to pick up trash and debris from the trails and shoreline of Lake Whitehall. We will also clean up some of the road ways near the lake.  Bug spray, gloves, trash bags, tools and water will be provided.  Refreshments will also be provided.


The Friends of Whitehall was started in 2005 and our main mission is to preserve, protect and improve the wonderful natural resource of Lake Whitehall and its surrounding area. Please visit our website www.friendsofwhitehall.org  or join us on Facebook to learn more about us.  We are a non-profit 501c (3) organization.


"B" Is for Building Blocks

April 20, 2013 — These young charges at Building Blocks Academy are proof that reading builds character.


Message from FBI Director Robert S. Mueller:

During this long week, we have seen an extraordinary effort by law enforcement, intelligence, and public safety agencies. These collaborative efforts, with the help and cooperation of the public, resulted in the successful outcome we have seen tonight. The investigation will continue as part of our efforts to seek answers and justice, and there will be no pause in that effort. But tonight, I wish to thank all those who worked so tirelessly throughout the week in the pursuit of safety and justice.

Assistance for Victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings

The FBI is the lead law enforcement agency responsible for investigating the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Providing information and assistance to victims of these crimes is part of that work. Crimes can have a devastating effect on victims, as well as their families who may need assistance coping with the impact of the victimization. 

If you were injured or witnessed the Boston Marathon bombings, you may have access to resources and rights. Some resources include special funding to provide emergency assistance, crimes compensation, and counseling. Additional information about these resources can be found at website links listed below. If you have not spoken to a FBI victim specialist, please contact the FBI Office for Victim Assistance at victim.assistance@ic.fbi.gov  or call the FBI Victim Assistance Call Center at 1-800-331-0075. 

NOTE: See the full document here.


April 19, 2013 — Suspect #2 in the Marathon Bombings has been captured in Watertown, Mass after an alert resident who, ironically left his home following the lifting of a shelter-in-place order, saw his boat covering torn and and fresh blood stains against its white color, and then called 911.

         A firefight with police ensued and resulted in the capture of 19 year-old Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the brother of Suspect #1, 26 year-old Tamerlan, who was fatally shot last night in a another firefight after the murder of an MIT police officer.

       CBSTV 4 showed a photo of the face-up suspect in cuffs following his capture, and has been pre-empting all of its programming since the Boston marathon on Monday.

        Around a million people were told to stay in place at work or home today, and authorities shut down transit to prevent suspects from escaping. 

        But the mood was jubilant thought the metropolitan area following the arrest as people cheered passing police, who answered with their sirens or claxons.

        Superintendent of Mass State Police, Timothy Alben, said, "We're exhausted, but we have a victory."

        "It's a night we're all going to rest easy," said Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

         US Attorney Carmen Ortiz admitted that the suspect did not receive his Miranda rights, a warning usually given upon arrest to advise people that they don't have to speak. She said that authorities do not have to do that in the case of national security.

         Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said that after watching video of the bombings for hours, he was very proud of the heroic way his force responded. 

         "It makes me proud to be a part of this team," he said.

         Edward Deveau, Watertown Chief of Police, summed up the conclusion by saying, "We asked you to remain vigilante and you did."    



Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts


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

New Transactions from April 8, 2013 to April 19, 2013






12 Lilac Court, Unit 14D Joyce Dorazio, Ronald C. Dorazio $233,000 April 17, 2013 Harold R. Dixon, HRD Nominee Trust
4 Leman Lane, Unit 2D Samir P. Patel $225,000 April 16, 2013 Bonnie J. McClements, Bonnie J. Kelley,
Thomas McClements
2 Patriots Boulevard, Unit A Erik Wahlberg, Sun Yun Wahlberg $321,000 April 9, 2013 Stagecoach Heights Realty LLC
13 Old Farm Road Neil Pickard, Clare Pickard $765,000 April 9, 2013 Erik J. Wahlberg, Sun Yun Wahlberg

Last Week

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.

Previous Transactions

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


Police Incident/Arrest Log

Updated Friday, April 19, 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.

1 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Check.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

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

Arrest Log

Thursday, April 18, 2013

8:19 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested Robert C. Resker, 53, of Glenwood Lane, North Grafton, on Wood Street and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation and OUI Liquor.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

1:06 am Sgt. Scott vanRaalten arrested Drew Newton, 18, of Cedar Street, Hopkinton, on Cedar Street and charged him with Breaking and Entering for a Felony and Larceny Over $250.

Incident Log

Thursday, April 18, 2013

11:44 pm Officer John Moran stopped a motor vehicle on Route 495 and subsequently arrested the operator.

7:20 pm A motorist reported that he was following an erratic operator on Wood Street. Officer Peter Booth stopped the motor vehicle and subsequently arrested a 53 year old male from North Grafton and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation and OUI Liquor.

8:40 am A caller from Mayhew Court spoke with Officer Thomas Griffin regarding a neighbor who made a threat to her in regards to an incident that occurred last night.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

8:31 pm A Nicholas Road resident reported that someone may have stolen and then placed something in his mailbox. Officer Robert Bielecki responded and took a report.

7:19 pm A caller reported heavy equipment being operated in violation of a town by-law on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and advised the individual of the violation.

3:47 pm A 911 caller from Chamberlain Street reported that he just returned home and found that his house had been broken into. Three officers responded to investigate and take a report.

2:40 pm A walk-in from Elm Street reported that his motor vehicle was broken into during the marathon. Sgt. Joseph Bennett viewed the damage and took a report.

1:17 pm Sgt. Joseph Bennett responded to South Street to investigate a report of larceny.

11:59 am A walk-in spoke with Officer Thomas Griffin regarding a breaking and entering to a motor vehicle on Holt Street.

8:35 am A caller reported two suspicious motor vehicles on Wilson Street. Officer Philip Powers responded but was unable to locate the vehicles.

8:11 am A resident of Cross Street reported that trash bags, with a tremendous amount of broken glass, were left in his front yard. Sgt. Joseph Bennett responded to investigate.

Male Sexual Health

April 19, 2013 — Stephen Lazarou spoke to a gathering of interested men and women about men's sexual health last evening as part of the FREE lecture series at the Hopkinton Senior Center sponsored by  Hopkinton Drug.
The next lecture will be on May 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm by Youco Yeracaris, M.D., who will speak extensively on the topic of diabetes.




Two Marathon Bombing Suspects Involved In MIT Officer Fatal Shooting And Armed Carjacking
MBTA officer shot, critically wounded

One suspect killed, second suspect at large

MIT, BU, BC, Emerson, Harvard Closed
Allston-Brighton, Belmont, Cambridge, Newton, Waltham, Watertown residents told to stay home

UPDATE: Entire city of Boston told to shelter-in-place (Stay at home or work)
Amtrak, MBTA shut down

CAMBRIDGE --  April 19, 2013 - (7:30 am) Police are investigating a fatal shooting of MIT campus police officer by two men who then committed an armed carjacking in Cambridge, Middlesex Acting District Attorney Michael Pelgro, Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas, and MIT Police Chief John DiFava announced this evening.

At approximately 10:20 p.m. April 18, police received reports of shots fired on the MIT campus.  At 10:30 p.m., an MIT campus police officer was found shot in his vehicle in the area of Vassar and Main streets.  According to authorities, the officer was found evidencing multiple gunshot wounds.  He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital and pronounced deceased.

Authorities launched an immediate investigation into the circumstances of the shooting. The investigation determined that two males were involved in this shooting.

A short time later, police received reports of an armed carjacking by two males in the area of Third Street in Cambridge.  The victim was carjacked at gunpoint by two males and was kept in the car with the suspects for approximately a half hour.  The victim was released at a gas station on Memorial Drive in Cambridge.  He was not injured.

Police immediately began a search for the vehicle and were in pursuit of the vehicle into Watertown.  At that time, explosive devices were reportedly thrown from car by the suspects.  The suspects and police also exchanged gunfire in the area of Dexter and Laurel streets.  During this pursuit, an MBTA Police officer was seriously injured and transported to the hospital. 

During the pursuit, one suspect was critically injured and transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  An extensive manhunt is ongoing in the Watertown area for the second suspect, who is believed to be armed and dangerous. 

The case is being investigated by local, state and federal authorities working in cooperation.  The Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad is assessing and removing any potentially explosive devices that may have been thrown on the street in Watertown by the suspects.  

The investigation remains active and ongoing.
NOTE: Above is from the office of the Middlesex District Attorney. Photo is of suspect #2 at a 7-11 robbery last night.
News reports have identified Suspect #2 as 19 year-old Dzhokar A Tsarnaev of Russia, and Suspect # 1 as his 26 year-old brother, Tamerlan, who was killed following a firefight. They are said to be from the Chechnyan area, and have lived in Cambridge.


FBI Releases Video, Stills of Suspects
Manhunt for bombing suspects ramps up
"Somebody out there knows these individuals" - FBI

Above is a still image from a video, below, released by the FBI this afternoon. Click on left thumbnail
FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard Deslauriers said the suspects are armed and extremely dangerous, and should not be approached. The suspects are passing by the Forum Restaurant at the time of the video, and the FBI would like anyone who was at that restaurant to email photos to boston@ic.fbi.gov , upload files to the secure site: https://bostonmarathontips.fbi.gov/ or call 1-800-CALLFBI (255-5324) if they have anything to add. Suspect #1 is in front, Suspect #2 is in the white cap, and he is the one seen on video dropping his backpack at the location of the second bomb explosion.



"Run With Endurance, the Race That is Set Before Us" — President Obama, quoting Scripture
Gives nod to Hopkinton

Above, worshipers flow into the Faith Community Church of Hopkinton to pray together and to watch some of the service from the White House feed. HopNews also presented the feed live, and will provide the link later, when WhiteHouse.gov makes the recording available.

April 18, 2013 — President Obama, in his opening remarks at a prayer service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston dedicated to the victims of the Marathon Day bombings, described the beginning of the beautiful day it was with people going to Fenway, and then he gave a nod to Hopkinton.
            "In Hopkinton, runners laced up their shoes and set out on a 26.2 mile test of dedication and grit and the human spirit," said President Obama.

            "Across this city, hundreds of thousands of Bostonians lined the streets. A beautiful day to be in Boston," which he called, quoting an unnamed poet,  "The perfect state of grace." 

            Check back later for a link to a recording of the entire video.

             Below, Hopkinton resident Molly Niland who attends school in boston, shares a photo of a flag with a message across the street from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross before the President arrived.


To Get to the Other Side

April 18, 2013 — This turkey actually did cross East Main Street this morning, and then strutted into a yard to pose for the photo above.



Enter Stage Left’s Treblemakers Spring Choral Concert April 28



HOPKINTON, MA (April 18, 2013) – Come listen to a wide variety of choral music at Enter Stage Left Theater’s Spring Concert, featuring ESL adult choir The Treblemakers on April 28 at 2:00 p.m. a the Hopkinton Senior Center (28 Mayhew Street).   The concert will feature Broadway songs, traditional music, old standards, and pop/rock favorites.  Tickets are $10.00 for adults and are available at the door or at www.enterstagelefttheater.org. 


“This concert is a real showcase for the Treblemakers and the growth they have experienced in their singing abilities under the musical direction of Richard Romiti,” said Kelly Grill, executive director of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts.  “The variety of songs also ensures there will be something for everyone – whether is a sentimental favorite, a rhythmic pop song, or some original patriotic arrangements by Richard.” 


Police Incident/Arrest Log

-- Most Recent First

Updated Wednesday, April 17, 2013


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

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

11 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

2 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

5 Motor Vehicle Complaint Application.

Arrest Log

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

3:44 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil arrested Jordan Armando Cruz, 34, of Juniper Street, Lawrence, on Main Street and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and OUI Liquor.

Incident Log

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

11:30 pm Three officers and the Holliston Police K-9 unit responded to Pleasant Street for a report of a breaking and entering. Subsequently, an individual was arrested.

11:17 pm A resident of Ridge Road reported a “ding dong ditch” which may be related to a vehicle that kept going by beeping its horn. Officer Linda Higgins checked the area with a negative find.

6:40 pm A caller reported that a suspicious vehicle followed him home to his residence on Grove Street from Route 9 in Southborough. When the operator was asked what was wrong the individual laughed at him then drove away. Officer William Burchard checked the area with a negative find.

2:32 pm Officer David Shane issued a verbal warning for individuals who were trespassing at the Milford Water Commission property on Granite Street.

1:38 pm A walk-in from Walcott Street spoke with Officer Philip Powers regarding fraud.

1:33 pm A caller reported that vandalism to two motor vehicles on Granite Street. Officer David Shane responded and took a report.

Much, much more...


April 17, 2013 — Expressions of love in flowers left on the sign at the Common began appearing this afternoon.


Interfaith Service Including Presidential Address


Hopkinton Clergy will be hosting a viewing of the Interfaith Service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Thursday, April 18, 2013, at 11:00AM at the Faith Community Church in Hopkinton.  Any member of the Hopkinton community is invited to participate.

The following elements may not be in the exact not in order as drafted.



Opening Scripture Reading      Faith Community Staff

Prayer for victims                            Hopkinton Clergy

Prayer for cities                                Hopkinton Clergy

President Address                           Video Feed

Moment of Silence                           Video Feed or Live

Benediction                                     Faith Community Staff




       18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748 | 508-497-9700   




To the Residents of Hopkinton:


As the magnitude of the events at the Boston Marathon Finish Line on Monday April 15, 2013 continues to unfold, I wanted to express a few thoughts and share some important information.


First and foremost, on behalf of the entire Board of Selectmen, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of the cowardly and despicable act that took place on Monday afternoon.  Our admiration goes out to the first responders and ordinary citizens who reacted to this event and performed so well under such horrific conditions.  We look forward to the identification and apprehension of the person, or persons, responsible.


You should know that once we became aware of the event at the Finish Line in Boston, your public safety officials were in contact with the FBI, Boston Fusion Center and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) about this event and have been working collaboratively with them to determine if there are any connections to Hopkinton.  At this time, there do not appear to be any concerns related to our town.  As you know, the investigation is ongoing and dynamic. We will continue to work with assigned investigators and, should the need arise, inform the residents of any relevant information.


The events on Monday are surely going to have wide reaching implications. When the after action reports begin to be disseminated there are sure to be recommendations for moving forward.  We will continue to work closely with the BAA in all respects to ensure the future safety of the Marathon.


The FBI continues to request that anyone who may have seen anything suspicious on Monday, who may have any information about anyone who may have made threats against the Marathon, who may have heard explosions in remote areas or may have video or photographic images of the finish line area please contact them.  The number is 1-800-494-TIPS.


Finally, I want to thank the members of our community who have organized and attended the two vigils on the Town Common this week as all of Massachusetts mourns our collective loss.  In the face of such evil, it is important for all of us to remember that perpetrators of such tragedies can only achieve their goals if we allow their acts to pull us apart in fear and suspicion, rather than bring us closer as a community and a nation.




Benjamin L. Palleiko, Chair

Board of Selectmen

April 17, 2013


Out of Control

April 17, 2013 —  Above, a firefighter douses an out of control permitted fire on Teresa Road today.


A Time to be Healed

Pastor Rob Davis of the Vineyard Church of Hopkinton has the hands of Pastor Emeritus Richard Germaine laid on him, and is flanked on his right by  Associate Pastor Sean Bowen of his church and behind him by Pastor Mike Laurence of the Faith Community Church.


April 17, 2013 — Pastor Rob Davis (center in yellow) of the Vineyard Church of Hopkinton organized a prayer meeting, and was joined by pastors and parishioners from other churches as well as 150 attendees this afternoon on the Hopkinton Common.
The mood was still and somber as each pastor offered their words to God in asking for His guidance and healing. Although Pastor Rob said he slept better last night following a sleepless Marathon night, where he witnessed the second blast, and had body parts land at his feet, others in the crowd were still visibly upset by what transpired on Monday in Boston.