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Oreo Looking for a Home

He is a medium energy guy, but loves to run and play at the dog park.  Oreo is a very chill, low maintenance dog.  For more information about Oreo please contact Martha at baystatedogs@yahoo.com   or Beth Malloy at mbdc4eva@gmail.com .


Needs volunteers

To help collect bottles and cans

At the Recycling Center


You would be working with another volunteer

From 9-3 on one Saturday a month.

Proceeds support the Transportation and Nutrition

Programs for our senior citizens.


If you can help, Please call the Senior Center

(508) 497-9730

And leave a message for Jack Palitsch


Milford Regional Receives High Ranking Again For Safety by Consumer Reports


August 8, 2013 — Milford Regional Medical Center was ranked second out of 51 Massachusetts hospitals in a surgical safety rating issued recently by Consumer Reports. Last year, in the magazine’s first-ever rating of hospitals across the country, Consumer Reports ranked Milford Regional third statewide for patient safety. This year, the product and service review publication turned its safety focus on surgery.


The surgical safety ratings were based on analysis of Medicare claims data from 2009 through 2011 for patients undergoing 27 categories of common scheduled surgeries. Rankings were determined by rates of infections, readmissions, drug information provided to patients and adverse events. Out of 2,400 hospitals ranked nationwide, the highest score achieved was 74 out of a possible 100. Milford Regional scored 65 points.


“The high patient safety ranking Milford Regional received from Consumer Reports for the second consecutive year says everything about the extraordinary efforts taken by the team at Milford Regional to meet the highest standards of care in quality and safety,” says Edward J. Kelly, president of Milford Regional (Photo).

”I commend our physicians, employees and volunteers for their diligence in ensuring the health and well-being of our patients leading to this well-deserved recognition.”

Steady hands

August 8, 2013 — Pat Lynch sends the cue ball heading toward the 5 ball, which he sent into the side pocket today at the Hopkinton Senior Center, where he also works part time. He was playing 8-ball doubles with the person seated and two off-camera.


Fellow Employees

August 8, 2013 — Recently hired Assistant Town Clerk Brenda McCann, facing camera, greets Fire Department employee Mary Carver for the first time today at Town Hall.



A message from Weston and Sampson, engineers for the Downtown water main replacement project:

August 8, 2013 — The service and side lateral connections are being completed at a good pace. Due to our steady progress, we will begin working nights in the business area, Town Hall to Main Street and Cedar Street, starting Sunday, August 11th. Work hours will be from 7:00 PM to 3:00 AM.


A traffic detour will be in place for this work.  We are finalizing the exact route of the detour with the police department and will send another email with final details shortly.


Thank you for cooperation in advance.


MPAC Announces Auditions for Its Annual Halloween Production - Zombie Jamboree

The Milford Performing Arts Center announces auditions for its annual Halloween production, “Zombie Jamboree”, to be held the MPAC studio at 150 Main Street (MA Rte 16E) in Milford on Thursday, September 12, 2013, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Actors ages 8 to 22, please prepare a song, and you will be asked to read from the script.  Performances are October 25 - 27.   For additional information go to www.milfordpac.org, email milfordpac@comcast.net, or call 508 478 1684.



Federal Grand Jury Indicts Two Men for Obstruction of Justice in the
Boston Marathon Bombing Investigation

BOSTON— August 08, 2013 — A federal grand jury today returned a two-count indictment against two men previously charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation.

Dias Kadyrbayev, 19, and Azamat Tazhayakov, 19, nationals of Kazakhstan who were residing in New Bedford on student visas, were charged today with conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstructing justice with the intent to impede the Boston Marathon bombing investigation. Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov were originally charged on May 1, 2013 via criminal complaint.

Today’s indictment alleges that on the evening of April 18, 2013, after the FBI posted photographs of the two men suspected of carrying out the Marathon bombings (who were later identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev), Kadyrbayev received a text message from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev suggesting that he go to Tsarnaev’s “room and take what’s there.” Kadyrbayev, Tazhayakov, and another conspirator, according to the indictment, then went to Tsarnaev’s dormitory room and removed several items, including Tsarnaev’s laptop computer and a backpack containing fireworks, and brought them to Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov’s apartment in New Bedford. Later that night, Kadyrbayev, with Tazhayakov’s knowledge and agreement, placed Tsarnaev’s backpack, which contained several items, including fireworks, in a garbage bag and put it in a trash dumpster outside their New Bedford apartment.

If convicted, Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov face up to 20 years in prison on the obstruction of justice count and up to five years in prison on the conspiracy count, each to be followed by up to three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Both face the possibility of being deported.

U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. This investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Boston Division, the Massachusetts State Police, and member agencies of the Boston Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), which is composed of more than 30 federal, state, and local enforcement agencies. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Department of Public Safety, the City of New Bedford, New Bedford Police Department, Dartmouth Police Department, U.S. Department of Transportation-Office of Inspector General, U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), Essex County Sheriff’s Office, and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations provided assistance in this investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys B. Stephanie Siegmann and John A. Capin of Ortiz’s Anti-Terrorism and National Security Unit with the assistance of the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Riding for Cystic Fibrosis

A dedicated team of volunteers are launching a new 65 mile cycling route for the CF Cycle for Life on Saturday, October 5th. The ride begins in Holliston at the Fatima Shrine and offers a 12/30 and 65 mile route. The serious 65 mile riders will travel through Hopkinton. Riders from Hopkinton and surrounding towns will be raising funds for cystic fibrosis.

Alice, a beautiful young girl from Hopkinton who turns 9 today, is an inspiration to her team “Scallywags.” She’s thrilled to have this exciting cycling event take place in her home town for the first time. Alice’s picture is attached.

Learn more about the CF Cycle for Life at http://mass-ri.cff.org/cycle. If you need more information please contact me. Next week, I’ll submit a press release with more event details and a Hopkinton event kick off.

Tickets for Architectural Walking Tours of Hopkinton Center to be held Aug. 17 & 18 will be available on Saturday, August 10 between 9 - 2 at the Friends of the 300th Anniversary bottle & can drive, Colella's parking lot. Drop off your bottles & buy a ticket! Price: $5.00 Tours are 11 am and 2pm and are sponsored by the Historic District Commission with all proceeds going to the 300th celebration. 
On the Wings of a Gull

August 7, 2013 — Plump, but nimble and graceful, this gull is one of many at Hopkinton Reservoir who can see someone drop a Frito from 1,000 feet away.


  Police Incident Log (<---- Sign up to get significant traffic and crime alerts)

   Updated Wednesday, August 7, 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.

2 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

3 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.


Incident Log

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

4:41 pm A Sterling Drive resident reported that there were two deceased foxes under his porch. The Animal Control Officer was notified and responded.

1:57 pm A caller from South Street reported that three laptops were taken from the company. Officer Philip Powers responded and took a report.

10:11 am Officer Philip Powers took a report of larceny from a Main Street business.

8:56 am A resident wished to file a complaint that motorists on Main Street block Pleasant Street and do not let anyone out. The caller was advised to use Grove Street because traffic on Main Street has the right of way and do not have to stop for vehicles.

4:13 am A North Mill Street resident reported that he woke up to find his interior light to his motor vehicle turned on. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.


Monday, August 5, 2013

10:50 pm A caller from Ash Street reported a noise complaint of a loud party. Three officers responded and spoke with the resident.

10:42 pm An Edge Hill Road Resident reported that a suspicious motor vehicle was parked by her mailbox. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area with a negative find on the vehicle.

10:29 pm A 911 caller from Blueberry Lane reported that her mailbox had been smashed and there was a bicycle left beside it. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and took a report.

8:18 pm A caller reported a suspicious incident where the operator of a motor vehicle parked on Norcross Road went into the woods, retrieved a bag, and then sped off. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and spoke with the caller.

12:24 pm A motorist reported that a white Toyota Camry was operating erratically on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Thomas Griffin checked the area with a negative find.

12:11 pm A resident of Chamberlain Street reported that a solicitor was asking her questions that were making her uncomfortable. Officer Thomas Griffin located the solicitor and sent him to the police station to apply for a permit.

12:04 pm A caller reported that a suspicious motor vehicle was parked on the side of Wilson Street in an odd spot. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and advised that the vehicle was gone upon his arrival.

11:43 am An employee of a Main Street business reported that her cell phone was stolen and had store video of the person who took it. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and took a report.

9:30 am A foreman on the Main Street construction site reported a hit and run motor vehicle accident. Officer Philip Powers responded to view the damage and took a report.

8:30 am A motorist reported that a black Tahoe was operating erratically and just turned onto Route 495. Officer Thomas Griffin stopped the vehicle and spoke with the operator.


Flying Colors — Sunoco Now Open for Gas Purchases, and Price Chopper Rewards

August 7, 2013 — Sealer of Weights and Measures, Lou Sakim, who doubles as Framingham's sealer, makes sure that the brand new pumps at Hopkinton Sunoco are as accurate as they can be. The station has also coordinated its Price Chopper rewards program with the new Sunoco blended gas pumps.




August 6, 2013 — This camera-shy amphibian kept turning away from the camera, wherever it was. However, once the very tiny creature got used to it, it started showing off by standing on two legs, today on Dogwood Drive at Hopkinton State Park.

Coming Soon... CHICAGO

August 6, 2013 — Cassandra Clark and Kyle Gazoorian prepare the sign outside of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts for upcoming performances of the musical Chicago, which will be presented at Hopedale High School starting this weekend. See the website for details.


Main Street Water Work Detour to Begin Thursday

The Pleasant Street Detour will be in affect starting on this Thursday, August 8th. Eastbound traffic will be detoured down Pleasant Street. Westbound traffic will flow on Main Street. Detour signs will be posted so motorists are able to drive to the downtown businesses. All businesses are open during the detour.

The detour is necessary to complete the building water service transfers from 66 to 96 Main Street. These are the long side services which require crossing the Main St. roadway.

The duration of the detour will be approximately 7-business days from 7:30AM to 4:00 PM. Please seek alternate route. Thank you for cooperation.


Residents of Hopkinton, take Phase 2 of the Citizen Survey 2013 HERE.
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Find it below or on subsequent pages, or visit the town's website.
Bird Identification Contest
At the end of last week, HopNews offered $25 to the first person to send a link with a photo and name of the bird on the left (Click to enlarge). By their hard work, it is apparent most people have discovered that it is a heron, and people have called it by a number of specific descriptions; young, juvenile, green heron, great blue heron. However, some have proven that is is more specifically an American Bittern. And due to its vertical stripes, we concur. Louise Staples was the first person to identify it as such, and so wins the $25.00. Thank to all who participated.


Ashland Level 3 Sex Offender Arraigned On Charges of Aggravated Rape of a Child


August 5, 2013 — Craig Good, 29, of Ashland, has been arraigned in Framingham District Court on charges of aggravated rape and abuse of a child (2 counts) and receiving stolen property over $250. Framingham District Court Judge Robert Greco ordered the defendant held on $250,000 cash bail and revoked the defendant’s bail on a pending case for 60 days. If the defendant posts bail he is ordered to be on house arrest with GPS monitoring, to have no contact with and stay away from the victim, to have no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 16, and to not use the internet or devices capable of accessing the internet.

The defendant’s next court date in Framingham District Court is August 29 for a probable cause hearing.

“These are very disturbing allegations, where a sex offender gained access to a young girl on-line and then met up with her in person and began a sexual relationship,” District Attorney Ryan said. “Children can be especially vulnerable to manipulation by people they meet on-line and we are committed to thoroughly investigating and pursuing these troubling cases.”

According to authorities, they went to the home of the defendant on August 3 to serve a search warrant for a pending investigation. When they entered the residence they allegedly found the defendant with an unrelated minor child.

Through their investigation, authorities learned that the defendant allegedly met the minor on-line 2-3 weeks earlier and that he had engaged in a sexual relationship with her on at least 2 occasions.

The investigation remains ongoing. The case is being investigated by the Ashland Police Department and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, with the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services Unit and the Department of Homeland Security.

Members of the public who may have information that could be helpful to the investigation can contact Lt. Briggs at the Ashland Police Department at #508-881-1212.
These charges are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Contribute content. Photo from Mass SORB


   Police ARREST/Incident Log (<---- Sign up to get significant traffic and crime alerts)

Updated Monday, August 5, 2013


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

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

8 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

2 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Saturday, August 3, 2013

2:09 am Officer Peter Booth arrested Dennis J. Aleff, 45, of Main Street, Upton, on West Main Street and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended and OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense.

Incident Log

Sunday, August 4, 2013

7:57 pm A walk-in from Davis Road reported that someone through construction waste in his mother's dumpster. Officer Peter Booth responded and spoke with a neighbor who stated that she was the one who threw trash in the dumpster.

6:52 pm A caller reported that several very young girls were driving a golf cart on Lakeshore Drive while on their cell phones and almost hit her vehicle. Officer William Burchard checked the area with a negative find.

6:37 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on Wood Street. Two officers responded and spoke with the operator.

12:38 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on Pleasant Street. Officer Stephen Buckley stopped the motor vehicle and spoke with the operator.

10:51 am Officer David Shane responded to Wedgewood Drive to take a report of vandalism to a mailbox.

2:11 am A resident of Briarcliff Drive reported a loud party. Two officers responded and advised that all was quite now.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

10:30 pm A caller from Wood Street complained about young children playing loudly at a church function. Officer William Burchard responded and spoke with.

9:17 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on Teresa Road. Officer Matthew McNeil stopped the vehicle and advised that the operator was putting on makeup while driving.

7:05 pm A 911 caller from Davis Road reported a argument between her and her fiancee. Two officers responded and advised that it was only a verbal argument.

9:08 am There were multiple 911 calls reporting a truck that took out a telephone pole on Main Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to assist.

7:46 am Officer David Shane checked and spoke with a construction crew on Cole Drive regarding not starting work until 8:00 am.

1:37 am Officer Peter Booth stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 45 year old male from Upton and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended and OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense.

12:39 am Officer Aaron O'Neil checked and spoke with two individuals on Wood Street who had bandanas over their faces.

Friday, August 2, 2013

8:09 pm A caller reported that a vehicle was on a town's business's property on Wilson Street. Officer Peter Booth responded and spoke with the operator.

3:37 pm A motorist reported that a tractor trailer unit hit a stop sign and scraped a telephone pole on Grove Street. Officer Peter Booth checked the area with a negative find.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton Massachusetts

Compiled for HopNews.com by Eric Montville © 2013 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from July 30, 2013 - August 5, 2013
Address Buyer Price Date Seller
33 Pinecrest Village Sumit Gaurav, Natasha Gaurav $191,000 August 2, 2013 Werner Christ, Lin Li
13 Pendulum Pass Mark Abbott, Jeneen Peschutter $974,900 August 2, 2013 13 Pendulum Pass Realty Trust, Alfred F.
Bonazzoli, Carol A. Bonazzoli
27 Tammer Lane Srinivas Suram, Radhika Dharanikota $601,000 August 1, 2013 Timothy J. Titcomb, Nancy A. Titcomb
9 Thayer Heights Road Christopher J. Macpherson, Kristina
M. Macpherson
$430,000 August 1, 2013 Raymond A. Gendreau Irrevocable Trust,
Sheila A. Gendreau, Raymond Gendreau
227 Winter Street Ashlie Fan Jie $940,000 August 1, 2013 Ralph A. Perron, Elizabeth L. Perron
4 Stewart Street Gabriel L. Thaisz, Heather G. Thaisz $669,000 July 31, 2013 Margaret R. Gordon
Last Week
74 Grove Street Leonard E. Andrews, Jennifer P. Andrews $355,000 July 26, 2013 Robert D. Caty, Alissa J. Caty
11 Lowell Drive, Unit 32 Noelle D. Hoyt $483,000 July 26, 2013 Austin Wolfrey, Thelma L. Wolfrey
24 Winter Street Kristine Waldman $272,898 July 26, 2013 Kyla B. McSweeney, James H. Burton
8 Cunningham Street Kyla B. McSweeney, James H. Burton $389,900 July 26, 2013 Kristine Waldman,  Laurie Aurigemma
15 Wedgewood Drive Belinda Hsu $823,000 July 26, 2013 Kenneth B. Hoyt, Noelle D. Hoyt
6 Donna Pass Robert Faber, Bethany Faber $647,000 July 25, 2013 Robert J. Kisiel, Heidi S. Kisiel
6 Nazneen Circle Ritesh Shrivastava, Pooja Shrivastava $559,000 July 23, 2013 Balpreet S. Bhamra, Simmi Bhamra
5 John Matthew Road Scott Damour, Karen Damour $955,000 July 23, 2013 Stephen J. Czick, Kathleen B. Czick


A Compelling Public Safety Message Without Words
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A Close One
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August 4, 2013 — Before playing this afternoon, the Hopkinton Community Summer Band dodged the proverbial bullet as they took shelter under the gazebo during a brief cloudburst at around 5:00 pm. In the past, they have been rained out, which is especially bad for a band that rehearses for just one performance a year. The backup plan in case of rain today was for everyone to set up at the Senior Center and for the audience to go there. However, it is doubtful the contingency was in case it began raining after they set up on the common. Please note that the music stand in the foreground is still wet from the rain. Mouse-over the image to see them taking shelter from the rain.

      Below, Lisa McFall and son Sam, 2.5 years, enjoy the music, the sunny skies, and the surroundings at the Hopkinton Common this afternoon. 

A Blast From the Past

August 4, 2013 — The Roving HopCam, while chalking up driving hours on a Learner's Permit (Forty hours with a parent/guardian is required.), took a ride to West Boylston to capture yet another photo of the Old Stone Church. The Church, dedicated in 1892, held its last service ten years later upon the construction of the Wachusett Reservoir. It is a national historic site, and remains today as the only building standing from the old pre-reservoir, industrial West Boylston.


Tagging Along

August 4, 2013 — This one-seat tug-plane is hauling a one-seat glider toward the clouds at Sterling Airport in Sterling, Mass this afternoon. The tow line is barely visible, but attached to each plane nonetheless. The pilot of the glider will  release the line when he is high enough to enjoy the longest ride he can get, with thermals bringing him even higher than the powered plane. Again, the Roving HopCam captured the image while on a driving mission.


On Track

August 4, 2013 — While browsing the fine plants, shrubs and trees at Weston Nurseries, be sure to take the kids around the back so they can push the button and make the train run on their own, and start their imaginations running about what is happening inside the railroad cars. Weston Nurseries' locations in Hopkinton and Chelmsford will be closing at 4:00 pm on Tuesday for a computer upgrade.


State Trooper Discovers Loaded Machine-Pistol During Routine Traffic Stop in Springfield


August 4, 2013 — Friday night at about 11:30 p.m. Trooper Matt Stone stopped a Chevy Malibu on Route 5 in West Springfield for a motor vehicle infraction. During the course of the stop, Trooper Stone located a loaded, fully-automatic, Tech-9, machine-pistol. The operator, JOSE ESPINOSA-DEJESUS, 26, of Holyoke was taken into custody with his four passengers; a 17 year-old juvenile from Holyoke, a 17 year-old from Philadelphia, WINSTON MEIJAS,19, of Philadelphia, Alexander Cirino,18, also of Philadelphia.

All five were transported to the State Police Barracks in Springfield and will be held for arraignment in Springfield District Court charged with possession of a machine gun, possession of ammunition without a FID Card, Possession of a large capacity firearm, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, unlawful possession of a large capacity firearm without a license and improper storage of a firearm. JOSE ESPINOSA-DEJESUS was also charged with marked lanes violation. Contributed content, photo by State Police.


Muskrat Dining

August 3, 2013 — It looks a bit like a beaver, but it is eating like a muskrat, using its five-fingered hands to hold the aquatic vegetation it enjoys. It is actually in a beaver pond off of South Mill Street that has been rid of beavers on at least one occasion; but like their rodent cousins, mice, new beavers take the place of beavers that have been removed from their habitat. Outdoorsmen have blamed laws against trapping the creature as the reason beavers have been so prolific in modern times. Although its tail is below the water line, this rodent is identifiable from its diet.



August 4, 2013 — After pulling over a motorcyclist and checking out him and his passenger, Officer Matthew McNeil let the driver go with a verbal warning for a violation.
Mystery Bird

August 4, 2013 — Be the first to send an email to editor@HopNews.com  with a link to this bird elsewhere, and proof of its name, and win $25. The bird was enjoying the weather at Blood's Pond this afternoon.


Familiar Ground

August 3, 2013 — Sylvan Rector, who is four generations in his family from the first family member of the Woodville Rod and Gun Club, commandeered about 150 square feet of play area today to make chalk drawings at the club's annual Seafood Bake, while the adults feasted on lobster and chicken, and played horseshoes.  All are welcome to join the gathering, while the chicken and lobster cook in very large open ovens under the pines, and kids have plenty of room to play.  Sylvan is the son of Rebekah Jackson and the grandson of Larry and Laura Jackson.


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