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Historical Society's annual Harvest Supper event

 on Friday, November 8 (6 pm) at St. John's Parish Hall, 20 Church Street in Hopkinton.


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Updated Wednesday, September 11, 2013


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

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

14 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

6 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

6 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

5 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

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

Arrest Log

Sunday, September 8, 2013

1:43 am Officer Peter Booth arrested Adriana L. Bremermann, 40, of Church Street, Hopkinton, on Hayden Rowe Street and charged her with OUI Liquor and Child Endangerment while OUI.


Saturday, September 7, 2013

4:45 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested Saulo Floriano Dasilva, 27, of Worcester Road, Framingham, on West Main Street and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Revoked as HTO and Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

10:35 pm Officer Matthew McNeil arrested David E. Lewis, 52, of Longview Drive, Milford, on South Street and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation and OUI Liquor.


Incident Log

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

9:02 pm A caller from Ash Street reported that heavy equipment was being operated again. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and located the operator of an excavator who was attempting to shut the machine off for the night.

8:45 pm A caller from Ash Street reported that heavy equipment was being operated after the allotted hours. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area but could not locate any equipment being operated.

1:33 pm An employee from Claflin Place reported larceny from a bad check. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded to the suspects residence but no one was home.

9:01 am A caller reported that a Jeep was off-roading on Fruit Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and issued a verbal warning for marked lanes.

5:13 am A motorist reported that a person who seemed out of place was walking on Saddle Hill Road. Officer Robert Bielecki located the individual who was walking from Westborough to work on South Street.




Massachusetts State Police and Medfield Police Seeking Missing Girl, 17


Girl was Last Seen Monday Leaving Medfield Public Library with Man


The Massachusetts State Police and Medfield Police are seeking a missing 17-year-old girl, Brittany Thompson, who was last seen at 4:25 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9 leaving the Medfield Public Library with the man seen in the below photo. Brittany is developmentally delayed.


When last seen, Brittany was wearing the red sleeveless shirt seen in the below photo, blue jeans, and flip flops. She has braces on her teeth and typically wears her sunglasses on her head, as seen in the photo. Brittany is about 5'6 and 140 lbs.


The man she was seen leaving with had on a “Sons of Anarchy” t-shirt and had slicked back hair. He is white, and heavy-set.


We have reason to believe Brittany Thompson is endangered. Anyone with information about her whereabouts or about the man seen in this photograph should call Massachusetts State Police at 508-820-2121 immediately.


Article Rerun:

Ten Years After

World Trade Center Attack Revisited on Tenth Anniversary


by Robert Falcione

September 11, 2011 — “The World Trade Center just collapsed,” said my youngest sister from the other end of the telephone. Her husband worked there, so I had a sense of personal dread that I didn't hear in her nonetheless urgent message.


“It fell into the ocean?” I asked. The World Trade Center in Boston on the waterfront — in fact, over the water on a pier, I believe — was a familiar place to me. That summer, I was embedded for days with a Hopkinton company as they transformed their flagship business. And that part of town — the trade center, the Moakley Courthouse, and Boston Harbor — were the itinerary on three respective days as the company courted investors and technical writers.


“No, the one in New York,” she replied as I looked around me at the photographers' convention in Sturbridge that I attended annually and realized that other people on their phones had the same shocked look. Some people who had come from New York had apparently already packed their bags, having been privy to the news minutes earlier. I sought the nearest television. It was an event that people of my generation can compare to knowing exactly where they were when John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and where they were when the lights went out all over New England and New York. The generation before had their moments: when Pearl harbor was attacked; when the war ended.



On this day, may we remember the lone Hopkinton resident killed in the 911 attacks, whose family still lives in Hopkinton.


      photo by Eric Haynes/Governor's office

BOSTON – Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - Governor Deval Patrick this morning participated in the annual State House Commemoration of the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001. During the 9/11 Commemoration, Governor Patrick participated in the name reading ceremony for the 210 people who were killed on September 11, with ties to Massachusetts. 


“Today we honor those lives we lost twelve years ago, the families who lost loved ones, and those who give their lives to protect us every day," said Governor Patrick.


This afternoon, Governor Patrick will join the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund and the New England Center for Homeless Veterans for their 9/11 Service Project at the Mother’s Walk on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, as a part of ongoing remembrances of 9/11. Governor Patrick will work with volunteers to assemble care packages to support active duty service members and veterans. This year, the event will include the preparation of 500 care packages for homeless veterans in Massachusetts, in addition to the 500 care packages for soldiers on duty overseas. As part of the care package project, participants will have the opportunity to write letters of support to our troops and the Fund will collect pledges to support local families who have lost service members in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Noble Eagle.


This evening, Governor Patrick will attend the sixth annual ceremony for the Massachusetts Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Ashburton Park at the State House. This annual commemoration honors the lives of all firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty in Massachusetts. During the ceremony, the names of 22 firefighters will be added to the Memorial this year.

Backgrounds are Important in Photos

September 11, 2013 — Backgrounds are important when setting up a photograph. They need to be appropriately coordinated with the subject, and when possible, somehow related to the individual being photographed. To the left is a photo of the video feed from President Obama's speech last night. The image has been cropped to emphasize the matter under discussion.


First, there is the issue of the chandelier. We all know it is a chandelier, but a viewer's mind can be distracted by the similarity it has with the position of a crown, or a crown being lowered onto his head. The way to solve this dilemma is to raise the height of either the camera or the crown... er, I mean the chandelier, to enable measurable separation from it.


Raising the height of the camera would also help solve another issue. President Obama's nostrils are front and center in the shot on the left, not a flattering way way to be photographed (or videotaped). Part of the problem is the low position of the camera, and another is the habit the president has of talking with his head movements, up and down, side to side. Proof of that is in the photo on the right, also from last night, where the president's head is more level to the camera, and his nostrils are less prominent.


Part of the problem can also be traced to the use of a low camera angle to project power from a subject. It is doubtful Donald Trump would ever intentionally be photographed from above, looking up at the camera. Did the president's photographer use the "power" angle?  It is possible.


      With still photos, these things can be remedied by the photographer directing the subject, who is usually still. How can someone tell a president how to sit or move? Ironically, the first question an individual in power asks in these situations is, "What do you want me to do?"

      I know what I would say.    

      "Stop raising your head and looking down your nose, Mr. President. And please hold that pose while I remove the chandelier behind you."



Virginia "Ginny" Callander, 64


Virginia "Ginny" Callander, 64, of Hopkinton, passed away Monday, September 9th, at her home surrounded by family. Born in Freeport, NY, she was the daughter of the late Mary (Byrns) and Cedric Callander.


Ginny was a long time employee and Corporate Event Manager at the MathWorks. She grew up in Newton, MA and attended the University of Massachusetts. Ginny loved to decorate her home, write, travel, and spend time with her family and in particular, her granddaughter.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen McNemar and her husband Tommy of Milford, CT. She also leaves behind a granddaughter, Sarah McNemar (her Love Bug); 3 sisters, Marianne Byrne, Susan Lifton, Bonnie DeVinney; as well as many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by a brother, Michael Callander.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, September 14th, from 1 - 4 pm, at the Hopkinton Country Club. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Earth Limited, the conservation and education non-profit organization at Southwick Zoo (2 Southwick Street, Mendon, MA 01756). The Southwick Zoo was a special place for Ginny. She spent many Mother's days and other special days there each year with her daughter and granddaughter. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.


Laine Elizabeth Christman, 41


Laine Elizabeth Christman, 41, of Baltic, Connecticut and Formerly of Framingham, passed away Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 from an accident at her home. Born in Concord, MA she was the daughter of Sharon (Fritz) and Richard Batten of Boylston, MA. Laine was the wife of Marc Christman of Baltic, CT to whom she was with for 20 years .

Laine was involved with many Fife and Drum and Bagpipers and Drum Corps. She was also active with an internet Mother’s Discussion Board for 12 ½ years along with many other Caring and Support groups.

Along with her husband and parents, she leaves her 2 children Haleigh and Connor Christman; a sister, Andrea Batten of Boylston and her 3 children; maternal grandfather, John Fritz of Hopkinton, MA, and paternal grandmother Georgiana Batten of Lincoln, MA. She also leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins, and many other extended family members.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 at 2pm in the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be sent to the family's home, c/o Marc Christman, 230 High St., Baltic, CT 06330. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Connecticut for her extended musical family.


Hopkinton Man Arraigned on Charge of Assaulting a Disabled Person


WOBURN– A Hopkinton man has been arraigned on a charge of assaulting a disabled person and causing serious bodily injury, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan informed the public today.


Terrence Vogel, 28, of Hopkinton, was arraigned Monday in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn on a charge of assault and battery on a disabled person causing serious bodily injury.  Middlesex Superior Court Clerk Magistrate Michael Sullivan released the defendant on personal recognizance with the condition that he have no contact with and stay away from the victim. 


The defendant’s next court date is October 3 for a pre-trial hearing. 


“These are disturbing allegations that the defendant assaulted someone he knew was permanently disabled,” District Attorney Ryan said.  “We allege that the defendant, in a fit of anger, forcefully pushed the victim to the ground causing him serious injuries.”


According to authorities, on November 17, 2012, at approximately 10:10 pm, they were called to the Woodville Rod and Gun Club in Hopkinton where they found the victim suffering from numerous injuries.  Through their investigation, authorities allegedly learned the defendant and the victim, longtime friends, were at a neighborhood party at the club when they went outside to talk about some difficulties they were having in their friendship.  During that conversation, the defendant allegedly became angry and pushed the victim, forcefully, to the ground causing him to strike his head on the pavement. 


The victim had previously suffered a spinal cord injury and was permanently disabled, which impacted his mobility.  As a result of being pushed to the pavement, the victim was knocked unconscious and suffered a temporal bone fracture, bilateral and frontal contusions, a small subdural hematoma, an occipital scalp laceration, a right hemotympanum and resulting hearing loss.


These charges are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Mary Ann Haggerty, 71


Whitinsville – Mary Ann Haggerty, 71, of Whitinsville, passed away Fri. Sept. 6, 2013 in Boston Medical Ctr., Boston. She was the wife of Henry M. Haggerty.

In addition to her husband Henry, she is survived by a daughter Pamela Haggerty Carr and her husband James of Wellesley; 2 grandchildren Jack and Lydia Carr; a brother John and his wife Emily Fahy of Whitinsville; several cousins, nieces and nephews including Maureen Bonzey and Desiree Zicko. She was predeceased by 3 brothers Donald, Norman, and Stephen Fahy.

Mary Ann was born in Framingham in 1942, the daughter of the late John and Helen (Greene) Fahy and was a graduate of Hopkinton High School. A resident of Whitinsville for 40 years, she had been employed at Caliper Life Science, Hopkinton for several years and enjoyed her time there prior to retirement. Previously, she had worked at the Framingham District Court and had the distinction of being the first woman appointed Assistant Clerk of Courts in the Commonwealth of MA.

She was devoted to her family and especially to her grandchildren. She enjoyed walking, visiting old New England Inns, spending time in Maine, attended Trinity Episcopal Church, served as a Corporator and former Trustee for the Whitinsville Social Library, and was a Notary Public.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday Sept. 18, 2013 at 11 AM in the BUMA FUNERAL HOME, 480 Church St., Whitinsville, MA. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Whitinsville.

Memorial donations may be made to the Trinity Episcopal Church, 33 Linwood Ave, Whitinsville, MA 01588, or to the Whitinsville Social Library, 17 Church St, Whitinsville, MA 01588.


Marlboro Man Guilty of Mail Fraud in Phony Baggage Claim Scheme

BOSTON—A Marlboro man pleaded guilty today to charges stemming from his scheme to defraud various airlines.

Pedro Igor Duarte, 28, pleaded guilty to three counts of mail fraud.

Beginning October 2007 and continuing through April 2009, Duarte purchased airline tickets and flew on various airlines, including Continental Airlines, American Airlines, and AirTran Airways (now Southwest Airlines), for the purpose of submitting and obtaining payment on lost baggage claims, when in fact he had not lost any baggage on those flights.

Duarte would purchase an airline ticket and prior to the flight would check his baggage with the airline. Upon arrival at his destination airport, Duarte would pick up his checked baggage but then would submit a lost baggage claim form to the airline, falsely stating that the airline had lost his baggage. Duarte would alter slightly the spelling of his name on the baggage claim form so that the airline would not know that the same person was filing numerous lost baggage claims within a short time period. Duarte would also provide a Massachusetts address or, alternatively, provide an address outside of Massachusetts, but would later contact the airline and change his address to a Massachusetts location. In support of his lost baggage claim, Duarte would provide the airline with purchase receipts purporting to document the value of his lost baggage. Upon receipt of the necessary information from Duarte, the airline would mail him a check to compensate for the value of his purportedly lost baggage.

Duarte faces a maximum term of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. As part of the plea agreement, Duarte will repay the airlines $28,210 in restitution. Sentencing is scheduled for December 6, 2013.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; and Anthony DiPaolo, Chief of the Investigations of the Massachusetts Insurance Fraud Bureau, made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maxim Grinberg of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit. ~ FBI press release.




The Hopkinton Fire Department will open their station to the public from 11am to 2pm on October 6th for their Annual Open House. Residents and children will have the opportunity to view demonstrations, learn about fire safety, and tour the station. Refreshments will be provided and Sparky the dog is expected to make an appearance.


The Open House provides an opportunity for firefighters to focus on the educational theme of Fire Prevention week. This year’s theme is “Prevent Kitchen Fires”. Firefighter’s will be spreading the word that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home – and help teach people how to keep cooking fires from starting in the first place.  



RECYCLING - Electronics and Bicycles


All welcome to Faith Community Church Hopkinton  Electronic and bicycle recycle day   Sat September 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m at the parish parking lot located on  145 E Main Street, Hopkinton.
 all electronics to include monitors, computers, computer games,  stereo equipment, copy and fax machines, printers, TV's and item that has a plug. We are also accepting any appliances, such as washers, dryers, stoves, refrigerators as well as lawn mowers, snow blowers with the gas removed, exercise equipment and grills. The recycle event will have low fees of $5 each r computer, $10 any monitor or small TV less than 19", $15 each TV between 19" and 26" and $20 each TV over 26" wide and wood console TV's, projection TV's $25 each. . Any appliance are $10 each.  Any cell phones, car, truck batteries are free.

Bike recycle day
Do you have a older/newer road, mountain, bmx, adult or kids bikes collecting dust and not used much. It does not matter the condition of the bikes. Any bike is  a good one. Bikes are to be reused, fixed where needed and sold .Church benefits from part of sales. Please bring bike to parking lot..


 From the Office of State Senator Karen Spilka:


Senate, House Approve Bill to Raise the Age of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction to Include 17 year-olds

Final legislation sent to Governor


(BOSTON, September 9, 2013) – The Massachusetts legislature today passed legislation to raise the age of adult criminal responsibility in Massachusetts from 17 to 18 years old, Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) announced. Raising the age of juvenile court jurisdiction brings the Commonwealth’s approach to young criminal offenders in line with most other states, recent developmental research and many other legal age limits in the Commonwealth. 


“I have fought for many years to make this change a reality,” Senator Spilka said. “Teenagers have unique developmental needs, and our juvenile justice system plays a critical role in helping them get back on track. Raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction will increase public safety and provide teenagers with the age-appropriate rehabilitation and support services they need.”


The bill amends current law requiring all 17-year-old persons accused of a crime to be automatically tried as adults in criminal court, regardless of the circumstances or severity of the offense. Thirty-nine other states and the federal government set the age of adult criminal jurisdiction at 18 years old. Nearly every other law in Massachusetts, including laws setting the minimum age for voting and for serving on a jury, also assumes 18 years old to be the age of adulthood.


Scientific and sociological research on adolescent development consistently shows little justification for treating 17-year-olds as adults. Teenagers are not fully mature, and they lack important self-control, impulse control and decision-making capacities. 17-year-olds are more similar to the younger teens currently in the juvenile justice system, and they are arrested for similar offenses – generally minor, non-violent crimes.


“The 17-year-olds in our state’s adult criminal justice system are often still in school and still living at home with their parents. These teenagers are not adults – they are developmentally much more like the younger teenagers in the juvenile justice system, and their crimes are often the same types of offenses,” said Spilka.


The juvenile court system in Massachusetts focuses on rehabilitation services and support, and school attendance and parental involvement are mandatory. When 17-year-olds are prosecuted in the adult system, they are more likely to re-offend and to re-offend by committing more serious crimes. Compared with teenagers in the juvenile justice system, youth in the adult system receive significantly less adequate education, mental health treatment and age-appropriate rehabilitative programming. They are also at a greater risk for suicide and sexual abuse while in confinement, and they face serious barriers to future employment, education and housing due to their adult criminal records.


Raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction also allows the Commonwealth to comply with recent changes in the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). New PREA regulations require detention facilities and court systems to provide “sight and sound separation” between adult inmates and minors, to better protect young inmates from rape and sexual assault. In order to comply with these federal regulations and keep 17-year-olds separate from adult inmates, Massachusetts would have to implement expensive staffing and construction changes to adult facilities. Including 17-year-olds in the juvenile justice system saves the state money by eliminating the need for costly compliance measures.


With juvenile crime rates in Massachusetts at historic lows, the juvenile court system and the Department of Youth Services have the capacity to absorb 17-year-olds.


The bill now awaits the Governor’s signature. From the Office of State Rep Karen Spilka


Hockey Arena, Amendment to Legacy Agreement and More on Planning Board Discussion List

September 9, 2013 — An agreement between the Town of Hopkinton an unnamed entity presumed to be The Demons hockey association that is being fast-tracked, is up for discussion by the Planning Board this evening. Some changes have been made to the Host Community Agreement  with Legacy Farms LLC, relieving them of obligations to prepare the site, as well as other changes.

         The board will also conduct a Public Hearing for Maspenock Woods' 31-unit Garden Apartment subdivision and a continued Public Hearing for additions to the Hopkinton Center for the Arts and a shared parking agreement between them and the High School.

          In the absence of receiving requested up-to-date documents from the Town Manager's Office and the Planning Board, the thumbnail on the left, an image captured in 2011 by HopNews, is the most recent available. Click to enlarge..


Officers Griffin and O'Brien Reach 30 Years


September 9, 2013 — The Hopkinton Police Department is proud to recognize Officer Thomas Griffin and Officer Patrick O'Brien for reaching a career goal. Both have dedicated over 30 years of service to the citizens of Hopkinton.

Their names have been added to the 30 Years of Service Award plaque proudly displayed at Hopkinton Police Department, along with the names of the five other officers & employees who have reached this career milestone.

The Hopkinton Police Department is honored in recognizing both Officers for their truly dedicated service. Contributed content.

Respectfully submitted,
Chuck Wallace

Below, Carol Mecagni, center rear, chats with another vendor at last year's Polyarts as her work is displayed in the foreground.


Polyarts began in 1974 as a demonstration of various arts and crafts to showcase the talents of the local community. Since then it has grown into a day long event with many professional craftspeople, performing artists and community groups participating throughout the day. Polyarts is free to attend and is a family-friendly day with something for everyone, be it food, music, crafts or other entertainment.


The Polyarts committee is very excited to offer a $1000.00 scholarship to two deserving Hopkinton high school students. This scholarship is offered to students who will be pursuing the arts (art, dance, photography, creative writing, music, drama, etc).



A Time to Pluck Up What Has Been Planted... [Ecclesiastes 5]

September 8, 2013 — Long Life Farm owners Laura Davis and husband Donald Sutherland leave their Amato Farm plots after harvesting some of their organic vegetables this morning to offer them at the Hopkinton Farmers Market, which is run every Sunday by Ms. Davis.


Are You Kidding? Department

September 8, 2013 — These kinds of images appear so frequently in HopNews that some have speculated the photographer camps out near the one-way sign. He does not. Each of these violations came to notice as he pulled up to the office.

Rep. Dykema Hosts Gun Violence Listening Tour in MetroWest


HOLLISTON–Representative Dykema has invited Representative Hank Naughton, Chairman of the Joint legislative Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security to bring his Gun Violence Listening Tour to the 8th Middlesex District.


Gun Violence Listening Tour

Monday September 9th, 7pm

Holliston Upper Town Hall

703 Washington Street
Holliston, MA


Recent tragedies have led to a national discussion about gun violence. While Massachusetts has some of the most stringent firearms regulations in the country, we also have an opportunity to assess whether there’s more we can do to protect the safety of our citizens. An important step in this assessment is hearing from residents.


The purpose of the Gun Violence Listening Tour is to promote an informed discussion on possible preventative solutions to gun violence. Representative Naughton uses these local Listening Tours as a tool to further educate himself on firearm related issues that continue to affect communities throughout the Commonwealth. In order to most effectively explore solutions, Representative Naughton is committed to visiting different areas of the Commonwealth, including the 8th Middlesex District, to gain a sense of what specific issues need to be addressed.


This is a great opportunity for town elected officials, local area residents, and organizations to sit down and respectfully discuss firearm-related concerns and influence future legislation. Such concerns include, but are not limited to firearm safety, school safety, licensing and regulations, hunting, and mental health.

RSVPs are requested but not required to leah.robins@mahouse.gov or 617-722-2210. Contributed content.



Need to Improve Golf Game? Check Out Fitness by Day Video Below:


I Am Lost

My name is Layla (Please don't start playing air-guitar like everyone else who hears my name), and I am known as a "Pixie-bob."

I may look like a tabby, but with the absence of a tail (Some breeder's idea of a joke) you can see that I am not.

I like to catch mice and torment them, but I can be made whole by chasing a laser light around until you get tired.


If you see me, please offer me treats, trick me into your arms, and keep me until my sad owners, who live near 265 Hayden Rowe Street, come to get me. They can be reached at 508-686-6076.


Getting Ready

September 7, 2013 — Workers from DMSE ready the start feature for the 25th Annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund  Walk which kicks off at 5:00 am Sunday, September 7 by the Boston Marathon Start LIne.



All Football Photos by Brent Heavey
Hopkinton 33, North Middlesex 31

September 7, 2013 — Luke Moschini, above, grabs this pass in the end zone, and below, raises it like a flag at Iwo Jima as his mother, Nancy, below, shouts her approval during the non-league scrimmage against North Middlesex Friday night.


New Owner for Mangia

September 6, 2013 — Mark Kosa, center, who recently purchased the Mangia Pizzeria shop and product license, quickly poses with today's staff prior to the Friday night rush. The 30 Main Street store features a pizza with a unique, thin crust of wheat that is hand-stretched for each individual pie, and a distinctive, punchy tomato sauce covered with premium cheeses, as well as pasta, salads  and sandwiches.

          Mr. Kosa  said that the pizzeria will continue evening deliveries and begin lunchtime deliveries this coming Monday. He said he was a regular customer of Mangia since its opening last year and saw some things change.

          "We brought the recipe back to were it was when the place first opened," he said today.

          "We are emphasizing  quality control and consistency. I want to be sure the pizza or the meal someone gets is the same every time.  We hand make all of the crusts, stretching the dough just before using it, and  that, combined with the fact that the oven are stone ovens, adds to the wait time, which might be longer than people are accustomed to elsewhere. But we are working on getting that wait time cut down, and the volume up," he said.

Dam Work

September 6, 2013 — A group of workers took over the top of the Hopkinton Reservoir Dam today in preparation for inspection and repairs. Above, an individual operates a machine connected to an underwater device.

Twenty-two Year-old Columbus, Ohio Man, in Video Posted on YouTube,
 Confesses to Driving Drunk and Killing a Man — Urges Others Not to Drink and Drive
Authorities will use confession to prosecute


Now is a Good Time

September 6, 2013 — We welcome Michael Low of Autumn Builders, LLC into the HopNews family of professionals. Michael is a hands-on third-generation Hopkinton builder who works personally on every job he contracts. Above, Mr. Low bangs a floor joist into place for this addition he is constructing for a Glen Road-area family.

        "With West Nile virus and other insect-borne threats, more people are finding open decks near the woods unsafe, and so are building these types of enclosed porches has become very popular," he said.

        The plan Mr. Low is working on is a high-end addition, he said, designed by architect Jeanette Thompson, a long-time HopNews supporter.

Sage Advice

September 5, 2013 — Panda Monium may hang around watching traffic all day on Lumber Street, but he wants students to do well in school.

          "This group of students looks so smart this year," he said earlier today. 

          When asked his take on things, the frog in the background said, "No comment," and then added, "Ribbit." 


Measure Twice, Cut Once

September 5, 2013 — Newly hired Hopkinton Firefighter Sara  Jordan gets instructions at Hopkinton Fire Department headquarters today from Firefighter Fran Clark, who was training her in the use of the Jaws of Life, a tool to spread apart a vehicle's structure in a crash to help extricate a trapped occupant.


Third Rail


September 5, 2013 — A tree worker in a bucket truck on School Street dodges three main distribution lines carrying 13.8 KV each as he takes down a tree as part of the intersection reconstruction project while a vehicle whizzes past in the the foreground.


Lawrence N. "Butch" Phipps, 69


Lawrence N. "Butch" Phipps, 69, died Tuesday, September 3, 2013 after a brief illness.  He was the husband of Joanne M. (Carey) Phipps, to whom he was married for 40 years.  Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Lawrence R. and Gladys (Morrow) Phipps.

He graduated from Hopkinton High School in 1962 and worked for 27 years at Bay State Abrasives in Westborough and 13 years in the Facilities Department of the Hopkinton Town Hall.  He was also a well-known local mechanic.  He was a member of a Harley Davidson motorcycle group and  the Romeo Club.

In addition to his wife, he leaves his daughters Teri Phipps and Tara Brown and her husband Matthew, all of Hopkinton.  He also leaves his grandchildren, Brook and Cole Brown of Hopkinton and his sister Verna Phipps of Ashland.  He is predeceased by his sister Yvonne Phipps.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton.  Burial of cremains will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Hopkinton.  Arrangements are by the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home,

Donations may be made to NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans  P.O. Box 213, West Boylston, MA  01583.

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