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Judging a Magazine by Its Cover?

July 17, 2013 — The facebook page of Rolling Stone magazine features a cover that they say is the August 3, 2013 edition, which carries a story about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving brother of the pair accused of bombing the 2013 Boston Marathon that resulted in the death of three people and injuries to hundreds. In addition, he stands accused of participating with his brother, Tamerlan, in the murder of an MIT police officer. He is also blamed by police for running over that brother when escaping from them before his eventual capture.
      Rolling Stone magazine is known for covers of celebrities and musicians, like the names featured on the cover in the column on the left, carving out a niche for itself for decades. And unless Rolling Stone has gone from being the guru of pop culture to becoming a news magazine in the years since I last saw a cover — and that was when Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show actually was on the cover — may I suggest that the display of a glamorous photo of a man accused of murder and mayhem is more than a little inappropriate. The photo of him straddling the side of a boat in the backyard of a Watertown, Mass residence taken from a camera aboard a Massachusetts State Police helicopter is a much more appropriate photo to reflect his current status. If he is found innocent in court, the photo below may then be a fitting tribute as opposed to the affront it is at this stage of the procedings.

       The survivors in Boston, families of victims, people in Hopkinton, marathon runners, spectators, BAA volunteers and employees, media, and people along the course and in Boston with connections strong or otherwise have a right to feel outrage over this display, as do civilized people everywhere.

         Readers are welcome to discuss the issue here. — Editor.


New Investments in eHealth Technology to Support Milford Area
Mass HIway Implementation Grants Launched Today at Milford Regional Medical Center with Health Care Leaders & Public Officials will Accelerate Health Information Exchange

Milford Regional Medical Center hosted a community kick-off event for the implementation of Massachusetts’ new Health Information Exchange. Pictured (left to right) Laurance Stuntz, director, MA eHealth Institute; Joseph P. Kennedy III, U.S. representative;  Edward J. Kelly, president, Milford Regional;  Richard T. Moore, MA senator; Francis M. Saba, CEO, Milford Regional; Pamela Goldberg, CEO, MA Tech Collaborative and Nicole Heim, CIO, Milford Regional.


MILFORD, MASS. - July 16, 2013 — The Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative hosted a community kickoff event this morning at Milford Regional Medical Center (MRMC) to highlight new grants designed to help local health providers use the state’s new Health Information Exchange, the Mass HIway. Recipients include regional health care leaders such as MRMC and their grant partners Medway Country Manor Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation and CAREtenders, as well as Charlton-based Overlook Visiting Nursing Association and their partner organization, Harrington Hospital. Leaders from MeHI, MassTech, and the grant recipients were joined by State Senator and President Pro Tempore Richard T. Moore, Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III, and Representative Peter Durant.

“Today was a great opportunity to meet some of the health care professionals who are using innovative technologies to improve efficiencies and reduce costs,” stated Pamela Goldberg, CEO of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. “Across Massachusetts, whether in a suburban or rural hospital, a local care facility, or in a patient’s home, technologies like the HIway are helping improve the delivery of health care.”

By using the state’s health information exchange, Mass HIway, health practitioners will be able to securely connect with and coordinate patient care with partner providers, including home health care agencies and skilled nursing facilities.

"The technology that will now be available for Milford and Harrington will help these two community-based hospitals to provide the best quality, safe and affordable health care,” said Senator Moore. “I am pleased that I was in a position to lead the establishment of our health IT initiative that will help so many of my constituents. "
“As our country works to implement comprehensive health care reform, innovative partnerships at the local level are more critical than ever,” said Congressman Kennedy. “The Milford area has long been a very bright spot in our Commonwealth’s health care system. With this well-deserved grant money, Milford Regional Medical Center and its many community partners will continue to lead the way. I’d like to thank Senator Moore for his continued advocacy, as well as the Mass Tech Collaborative for their unparalleled commitment to health care innovation.”

These grants are part of a statewide program of 32 collaborative projects that will allow 80 partnering health care organizations from across the Commonwealth to connect to the Mass HIway, enabling them to improve patient care and reduce costs.
MRMC received $75,000 to help practitioners at the Center to connect with partners such as Medway Country Manor Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation and CAREtenders, which will allow the hospital to securely transmit patient discharge information to these project partners, easing communication between the facilities and improving efficiency.

Francis M. Saba, CEO of Milford Regional Medical Center, described the benefits of this new approach.
“We look forward to a more efficient and secure means of communication between the Medical Center and other health care providers,” said Saba. “When a patient is discharged


Boys 8th Grade national AAU tournament.

Today's win over Arizona Magic moves them into the sweet sixteen.
Head coach: Jeff Scheman. Contributed content.


First of Many to Come

July 16, 2013 — The first of Pulte's 270 planned non-rental homes at Legacy Farms South passed papers to a buyer in a closing late last Friday, and was recorded at the Registry of Deeds yesterday. The company is building about 65 homes in this phase in a 21 acre parcel. The entire plan consists of duplexes, townhomes, condos, simplexes and single families on parcels yet to be purchased, parcels that have been permitted and zoned.

 B.A.A. Half Marathon Registration to Open Wednesday, July 17
Third and final event of the 2013 B.A.A. Distance Medley,
held on October 13, has a field size limit of 7,500 entrants

BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that registration for the 13th B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, will begin on Wednesday, July 17 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Registration will be held online at www.baa.org  and will be limited to 7,500 entrants. The cost to register is $65 USD. The B.A.A. Half Marathon will begin on Sunday, October 13 at 8:30 a.m. in Boston’s Franklin Park.

The 13.1-mile, rolling course is an out-and-back route that runs along the Emerald Necklace park system, highlighting the beauty of the historic park system while furthering the B.A.A.’s mission of promoting health and fitness. The B.A.A. Half Marathon will begin and end at White Stadium in Franklin Park, one of America’s oldest parks, in Boston’s Jamaica Plain and Dorchester neighborhoods.

The B.A.A. Half Marathon is presented annually by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Through its official team of participants, nearly 650 runners will raise funds to advance cancer research and improve patient care. Dana-Farber has a separate registration, open now, for those who would like to join the fundraising team. For more details or to register for the Dana-Farber team, please visit www.RunDanaFarber.org/HalfMarathon .

The B.A.A. Half Marathon is the third and final race in the 2013 B.A.A. Distance Medley, a three-race series which combines the B.A.A. 5K in April, the B.A.A. 10K in June, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon. Each of the three races has its own prize purse. In addition, the male and female B.A.A. Distance Medley champions, determined by the lowest cumulative gun time, will earn $100,000 in prize money at the conclusion of the B.A.A. Half Marathon.

Already registered for the three-race series are 2,050 runners, who signed up for the 2013 B.A.A. Distance Medley in January.

A total prize purse of $38,400 is at stake in the B.A.A. Half Marathon. Prize money will be distributed to the top ten runners overall, the top three in the masters division, and the top three in the push rim wheelchair division. Prize money awards are equal for men and women and are based on gun time results. The overall men’s and women’s B.A.A. Half Marathon champions will each receive $6,000 in prize money.

In the 2012 B.A.A. Half Marathon, Kenya’s Allan Kiprono set a new event record, winning in 1:01:44. Kenyan compatriots Lani Rutto and Sam Chelanga rounded out the top three, running 1:01:55 and 1:03:22, respectively. Kiprono’s victory in the B.A.A. Half Marathon earned him the overall victory in the 2012 B.A.A. Distance Medley with a cumulative time of 1:44:09.

New Zealand native and Providence, RI resident Kim Smith won the women’s race in 1:10:57, missing the event record, set in 2010 by Kenya’s Caroline Rotich, by five seconds. Ethiopia’s Aheza Kiros finished second in 1:12:50 and Kenya’s Hellen Jemutai placed third in 1:13:35. Smith won the 2012 B.A.A. Distance Medley with a cumulative time of 1:57:59.

Since the event’s inception in 2001, the B.A.A. has directed a portion of the entry fees from the B.A.A. Half Marathon towards the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, which works to preserve, maintain, and promote the historic park system. The Emerald Necklace park system was developed by America’s first landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon features recreational us


Winning Sizzlers

U9 Hopkinton Sizzler team, which won their summer tournament championship last night 15-7 against the undefeated Franklin.
Led by head coach Mike Scire (top row 3rd from left) and assistant coaches Kevin Burney (top left), Rob Keohane (2nd from left), and Brian Davies (right)

2nd row from left: Tyler Fallon, Nate Petrie, Owen Schnur, Jack Petruney, Vinnie Purpura, Mike Burney
3rd row (bottom): Dexter Siglin, Will Davies, Matthew Coffman, Charlie Petruney (batboy), Sam Scire, Ryan Khalen, Liam Keohane

*****************Hopkinton PD Traffic Advisory *********************

Front Street Road Closure

On Thursday July 18th, 2013 Front Street will be closed to install a water service to a residence on Front Street. 


The street closing will impact Front St. from South Mill Street to Ash Street during the hours of 9 AM to 3 PM. The contractors’ intention is to complete the work in one day.


Detour signs will be in place and detail police officers will be there to assist motorists around the site.



Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton Massachusetts

Compiled for HopNews.com by Eric Montville © 2013 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from July 9, 2013 - July 15, 2013
Address Buyer Price Date Seller
8 Autumn Ridge Drive # 30 Jonathan Gerber $443,075 July 15, 2013 Pulte Homes of NE, LLC
42 Alexander Road Jonathan T Spinale, Jill F Spinale $529,000 July 9, 2013 Michael G Doremus, Wendy Doremus
Last Week        
9 Highcroft Way, Unit 9 William Englund Jr., Mary Hunter Chamberlain $309,000 July 8, 2013 Michael L. Hawes, Amy Hawes
22 Huckleberry Road Wilson Delaney St. Pierre, Nicole E. St. Pierre $700,000 July 8, 2013 Richard W. Hartson, Allison S. Bumsted
6 Patriots Boulevard Allison S. Bumsted $325,000 July 8, 2013 Stagecoach Heights Realty LLC
16 Kimball Road Zachary C. Dimotta, Melissa F. Dimotta $692,500 July 2, 2013 James P. Kennedy Jr., Margaret B. Kennedy
8 Oak Street Zhen Wu, Tong Zhu $850,000 July 2, 2013 Daniel J. Sheehan Jr., Michelle L. Sheehan
23 Cedar Street Huijuan Zhang, Xinghui Sun $250,000 July 2, 2013 Eleanor Ularich


Police Incident/Arrest Log   
Updated Monday, July 15, 2013


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

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

3  Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

2 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

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

0 Motor Vehicle Complaint Application.


Arrest Log

Friday, July 13, 2013

10:19 pm Fifty-one year-old Cheryl A Hanley of West Central Street in Franklin was arrested on Main Street by Sgt. Scott vanRaalten and charged with OUI Liquor, Leaving the Scene of Property Damage, Marked Lanes Violation and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle.


Incident Log

Sunday, July 14, 2013

9:19 pm A caller from Hayden Rowe Street reported that a barking dog had been left inside of a motor vehicle.

9:05 pm A Lakeshore Dive resident reported a possible breaking and entering in progress at her residence. Three officers responded and advised that it was a misunderstanding, the resident belongs at the house.

7:12 pm A resident reported that dirt bikes were making a lot of noise on Wood Street. Officer William Burchard responded but was unable to locate the individual.

5:52 pm There was a report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury vs. a motorcycle on Hayden Rowe Street. Two Officer responded to assist the Fire Department.

1:49 pm The Upton Police Department requested assistance with locating a couple of Jet Skis with possible intoxicated operators.

7:30 am A resident reported that roofing work was being done on Elmwood School in violation of town-by-laws. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and shut them down.

3:49 am A resident complained about a tent that went up on the town common which had several people sleeping it. Officer David Shane responded and advised that there was a relay race going on.

11:30 am An individual called to report a bunch of teens jumping into a Jeep on Wood Street.

12:31 am A driver reported that a vehicle behind theirs was flashing lights and coming close to the bumper.


Saturday, July 13, 2013

9:59 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten responded to a call that a driver hit something on Main Street and kept driving. Sgt. vanRaalten arrested one person for OUI Liquor.

9:32 pm By the time officers arrived on Downey Street in response to fireworks being set off, the offending parties had fled. However, they did leave behind evidence.

9:19 pm Sgt. vanRaalten spoke with some teens on Rafferty Road who were wrapping up their nighttime swim.

6:51 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer, responding to a compliant, asked the host of a Downey Street party to park vehicles in a better place.

8:57 am The yellow book company, whose books were in a pile on the side of Exchange Street, will be contacted to come get their property.

1:28 am A resident was concerned that a neighbor's back yard floodlight that was blinking on and off was a hazard. Turns out it was a ballast, and no hazard.

12:16 am A resident called, worried about a white Mini-Cooper that followed her home from Framingham.


Friday, July 12, 2013

11:44 pm A resident of Glen Road reported loud music in the neighborhood. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and spoke with the home owner, who had a DJ.

9:43 pm A 911 caller from Fruit Street reported hearing possible gunshots. Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the area but did not hear anything suspicious.

7:00 pm There were multiple 911 calls for a neighbor who was playing loud music and threatening people on Chestnut Street. Units responded and spoke with the individual.




Roadwork is scheduled to begin on Wednesday July 17th on the following streets. Work hours will be 7am – 4pm.


Fruit St – Saddle Hill Rd to the Westborough town line.

Huckleberry Rd – Fruit St (East) to 1500’ South of Fruit St (East).

Colonnade Dr – Fruit St to Roosevelt Rd.

North St – Fruit St to 2180’ West of Fruit St.


A small crew will be on Huckleberry Tuesday July 16 lowering structures in preparation for the scheduled roadwork.


One lane of traffic will open on Fruit St, Huckleberry Road and North St during work working hours.


Colonnade Drive will be closed during working hours. Traffic will enter and exit the subdivision by using Roosevelt Rd.


Please expect minor delays and seek alternate routes when possible.


Thank you,

Mike Mansir

Hopkinton Highway Manager

Liberty Mutual Lends a Helping Hand to the
Hopkinton Center for the Arts

On June 17th, the Hopkinton Center for the Arts welcomed seven employees from the Liberty Mutual Insurance Hopkinton office who helped clean out the garage, storage room and costume closet. The Liberty Mutual employees who volunteered at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts joined their colleagues throughout the world that participated in the company’s annual Serve with Liberty campaign.

Launched in 2012 to celebrate Liberty Mutual’s 100th anniversary, the first Serve with Liberty involved over 26,000 company employees who participated in 1,400 community projects worldwide to the benefit of more than 760 charities in 19 countries. “Last year’s inaugural Serve with Liberty event was an amazing success and as a team we were able to accomplish more than any one of us as individuals thought possible,” said David Long, Liberty Mutual Insurance President and CEO. “Given the overwhelming response and results, I can’t imagine us not doing it again. Seeing the impact that we were able to make in the lives of so many, it was an easy decision to make Serve with Liberty an annual event.”

When Kelly Grill, Executive Director of the HCA, got an email from the local Liberty Mutual offices saying that they would like a team to come back this year, she was thrilled. “The Liberty Mutual volunteers did incredible work this year and last,” said Grill, who cited that last year the team helped to organize and clear out the barn, a project that helped the HCA
prepare for the current renovations of the structure. “We have several volunteer needs, and this group tackled a huge project in helping reorganize some of our spaces that support our performance and educational programs.”

The spaces that the Liberty Mutual teams helped to clean out and organize include areas used for the storage, design and construction of costumes, set pieces and props. And the team came just in time as the HCA and Enter Stage Left Theater, the HCA’s resident theater company, are gearing up for a new round of summer programs and performances, which means that the spaces the volunteers worked on are ready for action.

Finally, a Buyer!
Overgrown lot to trade hands officially, soon

July 15, 2013 — The lot with frontage at 38-42 Main Street where the former Central House Tap Room was located, that has for the most part become overgrown with weeds during the years following its demolition, will soon be changing hands. The lot at 5 Walcott Street, where the current owner has a two-car garage and an office above, will also be a part of the purchase. But the plan by entrepreneur Gregory Mazur is even more ambitious. He is purchasing the residence at 7 Walcott as well and plans to use the land for parking for the three-story, mixed-use building he wants to construct. The fate of the home, removal or demolition, is unclear at this time.

           Mr. Mazur and wife Cathy have been looking at properties on Main Street for some time, but settled on this plan to have retail on the bottom and offices and residences above. He would have a walk-down retail on the first level, and a walk-up to the next level of retail, à la Newbury Street in Boston. He would like to attract a restaurant well-known outside of Hopkinton, and a destination to bring kids.

           The three-story building will be 12,000 - 15,000 square feet, and he would like it completed by next year, before Hopkinton's 2015 300th Anniversary celebration. The first thing he would do upon taking possession is to dress up the lot where it faces Main Street.

           Mr. Mazur has been in discussions about design and planning with architect Scott Richardson, who has designed several modern Hopkinton structures, including the new Bill's Pizza. He said he will borrow design elements from Boston, and Chatham, where his family has another home.

            "I want something lasting," he said in an interview last week. "I think the town needs something different. I can make it work," he said. Mr. Mazur has been in the pet-food, door & trim, and food dispensing businesses.

             "I am ready, willing and able to get this thing done before the 300th," he said. 

             The anticipated total purchase is outlined in yellow, below. Check back later today for the property transaction of the first part of the purchase.


July 14, 2013 — The Kelleys and friends are framed by the iconic structure that once formed the base of the silo at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts at the Jazz at Sunset series Sunday night during a performance that had been postponed from Saturday due to the weather.


Very Fresh

July 14, 2013 — Halley Barton, a member of the Water Fresh Farm family, discusses hydroponic farming with a customer who stopped by her table at the Hopkinton Farmers' Market Sunday afternoon.


Motorcycle vs. Passenger Vehicle

July 14, 2013 — A motorcycle driver and his female passenger suffered what appeared to be minor injuries on Hayden Rowe Street after colliding, according to a neighbor, with a passenger vehicle that was turning into its driveway.


Home on the Range

July 14, 2013 — These folks are part of a large contingent of senior citizens who enjoy the Concerts on the Common every Sunday at 5:00 pm.

Night Moves

July 14, 2013 — Russo Brothers will be doing the new water main construction in the evenings through the main intersection to facilitate traffic flow during the day.


Ready to Pounce

July 14, 2013 — This great blue heron on Route 85 in Southborough on Sunday is ready to pounce on an unsuspecting fish. It will jump from its perch, grab the fish in its beak, and at the same time open its wings to form a dome to prevent its escape.

Sunset Jazz at HCA Postponed from 7/13 to 7/14 at 7:00 pm
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Please be advised that beginning Friday July 12, 2013 at 8:30 PM, Route 85, Cedar St., in Hopkinton will be open to LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY due to road construction in support of the bridge replacement project over the Sudbury River, near the T station on Cedar St. in Southborough. 


All Non-Local traffic will be detoured at the intersection of Cedar St., Route 85 and Main St., Route 135 in Hopkinton and rerouted through Ashland into Southborough. Detour signs will be posted to assist motorists.   


The detour will be in place until Monday July 15, 2013 at 5 AM.


Only local residential and business traffic, including Hopkinton State Park and Carbone’s Restaurant, will be allowed in this area.


Police officers will be on-duty to assist with the detour.


Motorists and residents are urged to use caution in this area and allow for extra travel time.


   Police Incident Log 
   Updated Friday, July 12, 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.

3 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

3 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Incident Log

Thursday, July 11, 2013

11:24 pm Officer Robert Bielecki spoke with two individuals om West Main Street regarding a dispute over the way one of them parked.

10:19 pm A caller from Erika Drive reported that a vehicle pulled over on the side of the road, a youth got out and grabbed something from a parked vehicle then left. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.

9:32 pm A Wood Street resident reported that an unregistered solicitor came to her door today.

9:26 pm An anonymous caller from Cedar Street complained about a generator that had been running for the past four nights. Sgt. John Porter spoke with the home owner who stated that they had no power and needed the generator for refrigeration.

7:52 pm Officer Peter Booth spoke with unregistered solicitors on Wild Road.

9:02 am A caller reported an erratic operator on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and spoke with the operator.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

10:24 pm Security at Legacy Farms reported that someone possibly tried to break a fence down. Officer Peter Booth responded and checked the area.

9:21 pm Two officers responded to Ash Street for a report of a verbal argument.

6:33 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on Wood Street. Officer Peter Booth responded and spoke with the operator who was not feeling well.

6:15 pm A caller from Walcott Valley Drive reported that his back pack was stolen form his company van at a job site earlier. Officer Peter Booth responded and took a report.

2:51 pm A resident of Proctor Street reported that he had a horse saddle stolen from her property. Officer William Burchard responded to take a report.

10:21 am A walk-in reported that an erratic operator was following her and attempted to pass her three different times.

In case you missed it:
Friends of the 300th Anniversary Present:
Hopkinton Center Architectural Tour

Tickets Available Sunday at Farmers Market on Common

Guided architectural walking tour of Hopkinton Center

·     Led by Jenn Doherty, MA Preservation Studies

·         Dates – August 17 (Sat) and August 18 (Sun) 2013 at 11AM and 2PM each day


July 12, 2013 —

·         Dates – August 17 (Sat) and August 18 (Sun) 2013 at 11AM and 2PM each day

·         Ticket/brochure (the ticket is your brochure) available this Sunday –July 15 for all sessions and again on the tour day Aug 18

·         Tour will meet in front of Town Hall – 18 Main St.  (parking available in rear)

·         Ticket/brochures also available by contacting either Michaelyn Holmes at 508-435-4279 (home) or 508-887-6495 (cell)

·         Tour is sponsored by the Hopkinton Historical Commission and Friends of Hopkinton Anniversary Celebrations with all sales going directly to Hopkinton’s 300th Anniversary in 2015.

See Hopkinton Center in a new  architectural light and get an early taste of the town’s upcoming 300th Celebration in 2015.  Join Jenn Doherty (MA, Preservation Studies) for a guided tour of representative styles ranging from Federal to Italianate within a few short blocks of the Town’s Center.   Ticket/brochures (the brochure is your ticket) will be available at this Sunday’s Farmers Market (July 13th) and again at the Farmer’s Market on August 18th –last day of the tour.  Also available by contacting Michaelyn Holmes Chair of the Hopkinton Historical Commission at 508-435-4279 or 508-887-6495.  This jointly sponsored event with the Friends of Hopkinton Anniversary Celebrations will directly benefit the town’s 300th Celebration as all ticket sales go directly to Hopkinton’s 2015 celebration.




The Hopkinton Garden Club is pleased to announce their award of a $1,000 scholarship to Hopkinton resident Anna Capobianco. Anna recently graduated from the Norfolk County Agricultural High School in Walpole, MA majoring in horticulture and floriculture. While attending Norfolk County, she was an active member of the Flori Club. Anna is currently adding to her experience by working at Weston Nurseries. She enjoyed past positions with Evergreen Haven Garden Center and Hopkinton Stone and Garden.

Anna plans to attend Stockbridge School of Horticulture at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in the fall. Her hope is to own her own florist shop or garden center in the future. Congratulations and best of luck to Anna!



Troopers Pursue, Capture Multiple Armed Robbery Suspect in Foxboro


At approximately 12:15 p.m., Massachusetts State Troopers captured a multiple armed robbery suspect who had fled into woods along Route 95 after a pursuit by troopers and a crash.

The suspect, whose identity is not being released at this time, is alleged to have committed armed robberies at the Abington Liquor Store, a Tedeschi’s in Brockton, and a gas station in East Bridgewater. Local authorities put out a description of his vehicle, which was spotted on Route 95 southbound by a Norfolk County Sheriff’s Deputy. The deputy informed State Police and provided updates of on the vehicle’s location while patrols responded. Troop H patrols picked up the vehicle, and Troop H headquarters initiated a pursuit that proceeded southbound on Route 95.

The suspect vehicle ended up crashing on Route 95 near the interchange with Route 495 in the vicinity of the Mansfield-Foxboro line. The suspect fled into woods along the side of the highway. Patrols, assisted by State Police K9 units and the department’s Air Wing, initiated a search. The suspect was quickly located in a backyard of a home on Grove Street in Foxboro and taken into custody.


The Parks and Rec. Dept. has announced that due to potential storms, tonight's (Thursday) movie has been postponed until 7/18/13.

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My 2013 Vacation...

July 11, 2013 — Sebastian Losada stakes his claim among daredevils at Horseshoe Falls by pretending to jump over the observation railing without a net, as an entire boatload of blue parka-wearing daredevils heads away from the falls after making their own marks in visiting the base of the falls and not being capsized, or split apart by an underwater danger. Got your own vacation photo? Send one to Editor@HopNews.com

a² + b² = c²

July 11, 2013 — Just when you thought class was done for the summer, the roof line of this building under construction at Pulte Homes at Legacy Farms South bisects the image perfectly, making two right triangles and becoming the hypotenuse for both equal parts.


Foxwoods Transportation Plan Loaded with Uncertain Promises

Permitting for a Federal Highway Off-Ramp, Feeder Lanes and Bridge could take 20 Years


The MetroWest Anti-Casino Coalition (MWACC) cautions Milford residents when listening to the sales pitch by Foxwoods Massachusetts on its transportation and traffic plans for a proposed casino.  Citing multiple examples, MWACC believes the proposed Foxwoods Casino in Milford will be delayed for 20 years due to major design, engineering, permitting and funding issues surrounding the proposed transportation plan.  Foxwoods Massachusetts has proposed adding two feeder collector/distributor lanes to the northbound and southbound sides of Interstate 495.  Foxwoods is also proposing building a bridge over I-495 from the southbound travel lanes into the casino site and a new exit ramp system at Route 16.


“I caution anyone listening to the Foxwoods proposal to be careful of false or misleading promises in order to obtain a license” said MWACC Chairman Brian Herr. “The Simarano Drive exit in Southborough was opened in 2001 just a couple exits north on I-495.  However, the engineering, permitting and funding for the exit ramp system took approximately two decades to obtain.  The Foxwoods proposal is far more complicated and will also drag on for decades.”  The Town of Westford, just 25 miles north on I-495, has also been waiting for an exit ramp off of the same Interstate for over 20 years.


Foxwoods proposes to use the “collector/distributor” road system found in Mansfield, MA for the Comcast Center as the inspiration for their transportation plans.  Concert goers are frequently stuck in miles of traffic due to the inefficient system.  “Have you been to an event there recently?” asked Herr. “The traffic and congestion backs up for miles.  Foxwoods is proposing the same exact system, which is clearly a failed model for peak traffic flow.  In all respects the traffic mitigation plan for the development is seriously flawed, impractical and riddled with red-tape delays.”


Short of local roads absorbing 40,000 additional cars per day, creating absolute gridlock in the area, MWACC believes the Foxwoods proposal is long on wishful thinking but short on concrete, realistic traffic mitigation plans.  

The above press release was sent by the Hopkinton Town Manager's office on behalf of Selectman Brian Herr for the MetroWest Anti-Casino Coalition, a group of several towns opposing the locating of a casino in Milford. It is in response to a presentation by Foxwoods last night in Milford on traffic impact. Above, photo of traffic plan presented at June Milford Selectmen meeting, and right, photo of Hopkinton Selectman Brian Herr at that meeting.


James Edward McKenzie, 55


James Edward McKenzie, 55, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Born in Framingham, he was the beloved son of Esther (Brown) and Emery McKenzie of Hopkinton.

Besides his parents, he leaves behind his siblings: Sharon Cavanagh, Kim Rafferty and her husband Frank, Dianne Belamarich and her husband Mark, Denise Aleff, Rob McKenzie and his wife Annie, Bill McKenzie, Patti Enright and her husband Matt. He is predeceased by his brother Thomas McKenzie. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews: Kim Plante and her husband Warren and their sons Bryson and Travis, Chris Rafferty and his wife Cristiana, Patrick Belamarich, Riley, Kasey, Haley, and Tyler McKenzie, and Mackenzie and Owen Enright.

Jimmy will be missed not only by his family, but also by his loving caretakers and roommates at The Rutledge House in Natick; as well as his caretakers and co-workers at TILL in Hudson. He was well-liked by all who met him and will be remembered for his smile, good nature, and sense of humor.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 14, 2013 from 3-6pm at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St.  A funeral mass will take place at A funeral mass will take place at 10:00a.m. on Monday, July 15th at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hopkinton. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Woodville. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The Rutledge House, 11 Rutledge Road, Natick, MA 01760 (attn: Steve Robery).


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