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One in a Million

September 17, 2013 — According to BugInfo, there are 900,000 species of insects named by science, and another 2-30 million unnamed species. The insect above is one of 10 quintillion total insects believed to be alive. It reared up at either the sight of its reflection on the hood of the vehicle, or the camera's large lens.




BOSTON – Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - Governor Deval Patrick and Major General L. Scott Rice, Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard, today honored the Commonwealth’s Army and Air National Guard units that have served in Afghanistan and Iraq in a ceremony held at the State House. The units were presented battle streamers for their overseas deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“Massachusetts is eternally grateful for the sacrifices each of you have made for our personal safety and for the liberties and freedoms that we hold dear,” said Governor Patrick. “We are proud to live in a nation that’s protected by the likes of you. You are what make America great. Thank you for your service to us, and let us keep the troops currently deployed, or preparing to deploy, in our thoughts and prayers.” 

Governor Patrick presided over the formal ceremony in his role as Commander-in-Chief of the military forces of the Commonwealth, awarding battle streamers to dozens of Army and Air Units for their service in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom dating back to 2008.


Governor Patrick presents battle streamers to the Commonwealth’s Army and Air National Guard units that have served in Afghanistan and Iraq in a ceremony held in Memorial Hall at the State House. (Photo: Eric Haynes/Governor’s Press Office)

“Today our Soldiers and Airmen were honored by entering the State House's front doors and presented their unit flags to the Governor to receive deployment battle streamers,” said Major General Rice. “This continues our proud tradition of recognizing units for the past 150 years since the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment’s glorious return from the Civil War and the 211th Field Artillery’s noteworthy service in Vietnam, 50 years ago. We are extremely proud of the men and women of the Massachusetts National Guard and I'm honored to be a part of their special moment in history.”  

The Massachusetts National Guard displays battle streamers documenting and honoring its service in every major military engagement throughout the history of the United States, starting with the Revolutionary War and continuing to present day deployments in support of missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Verified combat credit entitles an organization to an appropriate campaign streamer. Displaying the streamers on their organizational colors or unit guidons signifies service in a particular battle, campaign or war.

The Patrick Administration leads the nation in providing for veterans and continues to implement initiatives to support employment assistance and workforce training programs for members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their spouses. Earlier this year, the Administration announced that all state agencies that oversee professional licensing within the Administration have established guidelines to assist members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their spouses as they prepare and apply for jobs in Massachusetts. In early March, Governor Patrick signed an executive order to help small businesses owned by disabled veterans increase access to contracts for public projects in the areas of construction, design and goods and services procurement. This executive order also follows the Governor’s authorization of the VALOR Act to provide greater assistance to help veteran-owned small business participate in public projects. In 2011, the Administration launched an aggressive employment campaign aimed to increase the hiring of Massachusetts veterans. Among these initiatives, the Patrick Administration partnered with major trade associations to encourage them to hire veterans and circulate information on veterans’ benefits.

Tuesday’s ceremony also marked a historic moment as the units entered the State House through the front doors. As part of State House decorum, the front doors are only opened when the Governor leaves and assumes office, the sitting President or a Head of State arrives and when military units return from battle or war.    

Since its inception over 376 years ago, the Massachusetts National Guard has participated in each of our nation’s conflicts steadfastly serving the country and the citizens of the Commonwealth. Over 20,000 Massachusetts National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have deployed since September 11, 2001. Contributed.



The annual HPTA fall carnival will take place on October 5 from 10-4 on the town common or at the YMCA if it rains.  This year, organizers Michelle McGowan and Nancy Cavanaugh have kept many of the same games, crafts, inflatables, and bake sale that have made the carnival a popular attraction in past years and added some additions they think will excite families.


According to McGowan, "We are really excited to offer the pony rides this year for the first time.  I think the children will love it and it will help us raise a lot of money for the schools."  The carnival will also feature some new crafts, entertainment by local performers, a new food vendor and roaming characters, including Bob the Builder and princesses.  This year's sweet walk, similar to an old-fashioned cake walk, will feature some special goodies and the game prizes will have expanded offerings.


The raffle table this year will include a big ticket item-- an iPad mini-- as well as some baskets and gift cards.  IPad Mini raffle tickets are available online right now through the HPTA website and will be sold until shortly before the drawing.


HPTA President Sonia Cleven said, "My kids have always LOVED the Annual HPTA Carnival-- it has become a fall family tradition.  There's something for everyone!"


Cavanaugh added, "We are grateful to our many sponsors.  Phipps Insurance Agency stepped up again as our lead sponsor and we welcomed Westborough Tennis and Swim Club as our major prize sponsor.  The support of local businesses has been phenomenal.  The visitor bags we give out free to the first 300 families will include some goodies from them!"


The event requires the help of about 200 volunteers-- adults as well as middle and high school students and they can sign up through the HPTA website.



Last Thursday we were extremely fortunate to have several BOSE employees come to the Hopkinton Center for the Arts as part of their "Bose gives back to Hopkinton" day.   The company chose several non profits in Hopkinton to be the recipient of the gift of their time and talents.  They arrived early in the morning, tools and supplies in hand to help in any way they could!   At the HCA volunteers stripped wall paper, plastered walls and ceilings and mounted acoustical tiles to help sound proof our music rooms.  If you have been to the farmhouse recently you know how badly this was needed!  We are very grateful to have a company like BOSE that cares so much about its community.  Everything sounds better now at the HCA.   THANK YOU BOSE! 


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton Massachusetts

Compiled for HopNews.com by Eric Montville © 2013 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from September 13, 2013 - September 16, 2013
The Blue Links lead to the Town's Property Card for that Property
Address Buyer Price Date Seller
23 Autumn Ridge Drive, Unit 33 Michael F. Daly, Susan L. Daly $454,280 September 13, 2013 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
21 Autumn Ridge Drive, Unit 34 Stephen G. Hovagimyan, Lynne Hovagimyan $458,335 September 13, 2013 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
Last Week
12 Patriots Boulevard , Unit 4B Mark Ostrander, Tiffany Day $337,500 September 12, 2013 Stagecoach Heights Realty LLC
1 Davis Road Linda M. Kimball $300,000 September 12, 2013 Virginia A. Holden
226 Pond Street Tara C. Mason, Edward R. Whitaker $512,500 September 12, 2013 Linda M. Kimball
19 Falcon Ridge Drive Kokku S, Sashidhar, Parvathy Sashidhar $720,000 September 9, 2013 Melissa J. Cardito
22 Lakeshore Drive Victor Kray, Tatyana Kray $520,000 September 6, 2013 Bobby McGill, Juana Rosa Quiroga Barlow
12 Hidden Brick Road Mark J. Hyman, Carolyn A. Hyman $687,000 September 3, 2013 William H. Camastro, Jill E. Camastro


Up, and Away

September 16, 2013 — Six year-old Jack Golden takes a short flight from Dr. Joe's memorial stone, as five year-old Logan Minka dodges his trajectory on Hopkinton Common today..

All's Well...

September 16, 2013 — A restaurant on Hayward Street had its alarms reset after smoke from cooking activated them, drawing a quick response from the Hopkinton Fire and Police Departments this afternoon.


Anyone interested in joining the Little League Board come on down.


     Little League will be holding their Annual Meeting on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Faith Community Church Rm. 233, 146 East Main Street Hopkinton
     Looking for new volunteers to join the board and help the organization 



Police Arrest/Incident Log
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Updated Monday, September 16, 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.

7 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Check.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.


Incident Log

Sunday, September 15, 2013

8:40 pm A Hillcrest Drive resident reported hearing an on-going domestic disturbance in the neighborhood. Officer William Burchard responded and advised that it was only a verbal argument between father and son.

6:19 pm The Holliston Police Department stated that they had a motor vehicle stopped in Hopkinton on Granite Street and requested a portable breathe tester. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and subsequently arrested a 30 year old male from Milford and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation, Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended and OUI Liquor.

4:57 pm A walk-in reported that her son observed an individual put a hand gun inside of a duffel bag while in a parked motor vehicle in a West Main Street business's parking lot. Three officers responded and spoke with the individual.

8:39 am Officer Matthew McNeil reported vandalism to multiple mailboxes on Front Street, Maple Avenue, Cobblers Way and North Mill Street.


Saturday, September 14, 2013

1:05 pm A walk-in requested an officer look at his house window that was damaged to see if it was hit by a bullet. Officer David Shane looked at the window but was unable to determine the reason for the broken window.

11:40 am An auxiliary officer reported that a truck had gotten stuck under the bridge on Route 85 in Southborough. It was then reported that the truck had gotten itself unstuck and was now driving up Cedar Street. The Southborough Police Department would like the operator to return and pick up the debris. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and escorted the truck back to the scene.

3:43 am Officer Linda Higgins stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 23 year old female from North Grafton and charged her with OUI Liquor.

1:19 am Officer Linda Higgins placed an individual into Protective Custody on West Main Street.

1:13 am Officer John Moran stopped a motor vehicle on Main Street and issued a verbal warning for not wearing a seat-belt and possession of Class D substance.

12:49 am Officer Robert Bielecki stopped a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street and advised that there was civil infractions for speeding, inspection sticker and a small amount of marijuana.


Friday, September 13, 2013

10:21 am Detective Timothy Brennan responded to Lumber Street to assist the Milford Police Department with an investigation.

12:38 am Officer John Moran stopped a motor vehicle on Cedar Street and subsequently arrested a 24 year old female from Hopkinton and charged her with Speeding in Violation of Special Regulation and OUI Liquor.

Starry Mallard

September 16, 2013 — Similar whorls and peaks of the water surrounding this mallard, who is frozen in time as her feet first touch, could have been an inspiration for Vincent van Gogh's most famous work; the duck was photographed Sunday on Lake Whitehall.


Annie's Back Yard

September 16, 2013 — Yes, that is a real doe hiding in the shadows.


Selectmen Receive Notice from Planning Board Chair
Calls the HCA silo "potentially unsafe, and says it is "rotting at the base"

September 15, 2013 — Perhaps the most iconic part of the former Terry Farm, now the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, is the silo. It was moved from the previous location illustrated in the file photo on the left taken before the new high school was constructed, onto a new base on the other side of the structure a few years ago.
      Planning Board Chairman Ken Weismantel has written a letter to the Board of Selectmen warning that there are  no plans in place to restore the silo, but there are plans to reattach it to new structures after the ones it is adjacent to are torn down.

      Mr. Weismantel is suggesting that the Selectmen get involved, because the town owns the property. At last note was the signing of a 99-year lease to the arts group for use of the land. The Planning Board has just approved a site plan for the robust expansion, and Mr. Weismantel has written that it could be in the best interests of safety, if the silo is to be preserved, to act on that as soon as possible. He strongly suggests that his answer from the selectmen be in his hand in 30 days.

       The robust expansion, illustrated below, is estimated to cost over $2.25 million

Registration for HBA travel basketball now open

Basketball players in Hopkinton have two exciting options from fourth through eighth grade. There is the rec (in-town) program run by the Hopkinton Parks and Recreation Department, and the Hopkinton Basketball Association's travel program.

The HBA strongly encourages all travel players to play in the rec league as well, and the programs work together to ensure that there are no conflicts with practices and games.

Registration for the Parks & Rec program has been open for a few weeks. You can get more information (and register) via the Parks and Recreation page on the town website: http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/government/departments/parks. Once you register, your child is assured a spot on a team.

Registration also now is open for the Hopkinton Basketball Association travel program, which has mandatory tryouts to select and form its teams. Mainly due to limited gym space in town, the HBA has to limit the number of teams, and unfortunately not every player is guaranteed to make a team.

Tryouts are scheduled for the evenings of September 22 (Grades 6-8) and September 29 (Grades 4-6). There also is a pre-tryout clinic for Grades 4 and 5 on September 15.

For the complete tryout schedule as well as information about how to register, go to the HBA website at hopkintonbasketball.org.


New Kid on the Block

September 14, 2013 — This new addition to Pond Street, an alpaca, is friendly, strong, and enjoys hay.


Stedgie Prep Reunion

September 14, 2013 — Graduates from 1942 to 1957 of the former Hopkinton High School at 85 Main Street who called it Stedgie Prep gathered at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club this evening, reminiscing and having dinner. About 85 people, the Who's Who of "Old" Hopkinton, wore name badges that helped strangers who might pop in.

Lake Whitehall Retreat

September 14, 2013 — These young ducks at Lake Whitehall are only a quarter of the group that nests there in a secluded cove along the trail.


Shear Delight


September 14, 2013 — The barber certainly had a sense of humor in sheering this sheep and leaving a bit of a Rastafarian hairdo. It appears from the smile on its face, the sheep is very happy with it, too, on Pond Street today.


Chupacabra in Upton?


September 14, 2013 — Passing through Upton this morning, the roving HopCam caught a shot of this creature near the road on a resident's property at the end of the driveway. It stood and pondered crossing Hopkinton Road. Instead, it went behind a stone pillar next to a driveway, and few moments later, the property owner drove down the driveway, and took a look at the photo.

       "Chupacabra,"he said, laughing.

        The Chupacabra is a legendary Mexican hairless creature that has been photographed, and is said to suck the blood from goats. Some say it is just a coyote with mange. The legendary creature above, judging from the little remaining red and white fur, appears to be a red fox suffering from a sever case of mange. It appears this fox may become totally hairless before long. The man said there were several of them  in the neighborhood.

       To learn what mange is, and how to say the word, check out our link to the Free Dictionary, in the blue bar near the top, anytime.  

Missing Roof

September 14, 2013 — An individual driving a rental truck with a child as a passenger, drove under the bridge for the MBTA tracks on Route 85 in Southborough and ripped the roof off, becoming stuck. According to a caller, he dislodged the vehicle and entered Hopkinton, driving south on Cedar Street.

        Police caught up with him Downtown and ordered him to return to the scene and speak with Southborough PD, who ordered him to pick up the roof from the street, and leave the truck for a tow. He told them when he was stopped in Hopkinton that he was on his way to the police station to report the incident.

        The bridge was clearly marked as 11' tall, but the truck, a rental, did not appear to have any height restrictions printed on it.


Tewksbury Man Guilty in 1969 Lowell Murder of John McCabe


               LOWELL – A Middlesex Superior Court jury has found Walter Shelley, 61, of Tewksbury, guilty for the murder of John McCabe, 15, who was strangled to death in 1969, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced today.


               Shelley was found guilty today of murder and witness intimidation in Lowell Superior Court.  Middlesex Superior Court Judge Janet Kenton-Walker scheduled sentencing for October 29 at 2:00pm in Lowell Superior Court.  Due to the fact that the defendant was 17 years old when he committed this crime, his sentencing is subject to the hearing requirements currently in effect for defendants who are under the age of 18 at the time of the commission of their crime.  It is expected that that hearing and other post-conviction motions regarding sentencing will occur at the next court date.


               “More than 40 years ago, this defendant was part of a group of young men who abducted, bound and left to die  5’5” 115 pound 15-year-old John McCabe as he walked home from a town dance,” District Attorney Ryan said. 


“This has been a long, difficult, and emotional process for everyone involved.  In addition to suffering an excruciating loss, the McCabe family has waited more than 4 decades for this jury’s verdict.  My wish is that it provides some peace for them as well as hope for the families of other victims in unsolved homicide cases that they, too, may see justice in the legal arena one day.


I commend the dedicated law enforcement team, including the Lowell Police Department, the Tewksbury Police Department and Massachusetts State Police, that never gave up on this case, working tirelessly to solve this crime and obtain justice for John and his family. 


In all unsolved homicides, we remain steadfast in our commitment to actively pursue every lead and employ every new technological advance, wherever appropriate, to bring charges and to hold defendants accountable.”


               According to authorities, at approximately 9:45am on September 27, 1969, Lowell Police responded to a vacant field off Maple Street in Lowell for reports of the discovery of a male victim, obviously deceased.  The victim, 15-year-old John Joseph McCabe, of Tewksbury, was bound with rope, with his eyes and mouth taped shut.  The cause of death was determined to be asphyxia due to strangulation. 


               Authorities launched an immediate investigation into the circumstances of McCabe’s death.  They learned that McCabe had disappeared after leaving a dance at the Knights of Columbus in Tewksbury and was reported missing by his parents when he did not return home.


               For more than 40 years, authorities pursued the investigation and in 2011 evidence developed that led them to charge three defendants, including Shelley, with murder. 


               Authorities determined that the three men abducted the victim, held him in a car against his will and assaulted him on September 27, 1969.  Shelley drove the car to Maple Street in Lowell where they left the victim, bound and gagged, to die in a vacant field.


               Co-defendant Michael Ferreira was found not guilty following a jury trial in January 2013.  Ferreira still faces ongoing litigation over a perjury charge in a companion case.  Co-defendant Edward Allen Brown has entered a plea agreement with the Commonwealth and will plead guilty to a charge of manslaughter at a future date.


               The prosecutors assigned to the case were Assistant District Attorneys Tom O’Reilly, Elisha Willis and James Kerr.  The Victim Witness Advocate was Dora Quiroz.  The Paralegal was Erika Willey. Contributed content.


A Time to Rain, and a Time to Rainbow

September 13, 2013 — This afternoon's rainbow was magnificent, something that is difficult to capture in a photographic image. But we did find the end of the rainbow at Advantage Wireless Verizon. Mouse-over the image to see. Anyone from Lake Maspenock who might have captured a moving motor boat under the rainbow is welcome to send it along.


Morning Dew

September 13, 2013 — This bee, pollen sacks full, looks like it might be flying upside down this morning as it is about to enter the depths of this dew-covered flower.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton Massachusetts

Compiled for HopNews.com by Eric Montville © 2013 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from September 3, 2013 - September 13, 2013
Click on the links to see the town's property record
Address Buyer Price Date Seller
12 Patriots Boulevard , Unit 4B Mark Ostrander, Tiffany Day $337,500 September 12, 2013 Stagecoach Heights Realty LLC
1 Davis Road Linda M. Kimball $300,000 September 12, 2013 Virginia A. Holden
226 Pond Street Tara C. Mason, Edward R. Whitaker $512,500 September 12, 2013 Linda M. Kimball
19 Falcon Ridge Drive Kokku S, Sashidhar, Parvathy Sashidhar $720,000 September 9, 2013 Melissa J. Cardito
22 Lakeshore Drive Victor Kray, Tatyana Kray $520,000 September 6, 2013 Bobby McGill, Juana Rosa Quiroga Barlow
12 Hidden Brick Road Mark J. Hyman, Carolyn A. Hyman $687,000 September 3, 2013 William H. Camastro, Jill E. Camastro
Last Week
23 Apple Tree Hill, Unit 23 William Savolt, Karen Savolt $165,000 September 3, 2013 Kimberly A. McDonnell, Gregory J. Marcinek
29 Valleywood Road Wei Liu, Yiqun Hu $530,000 August 30, 2013 Donald Ferguson
110 Hayden Rowe Street Brian K. Gassett, Brian W. Cheever $220,000 August 30, 2013 Anne T. Dibona, Dibona Realty Trust,
Summit Realty Trust
16 Ridge Road Thomas Plasterer, Heather Plasterer $640,000 August 29, 2013 Colleen Murphy
3 Duffield Road Paul M. Russo, Jennifer A. Russo $270,000 August 29, 2013 Michael K. Kearney, Linda M. Kearney,
Duffield Road Realty Trust
5 Riverbend Road Frank J. Prisco, Carrie P. Prisco $1,025,000 August 29, 2013 David A. Jacobs, Beth M. Jacobs
8 Emma Drive Brian Jean, Maureen Jean $665,000 August 29, 2013 Daniel M. Grant, Kim M. Grant
11 Forest Lane, Unit 10 Kimberly A. Harvey $340,000 August 29, 2013 William K. Terry, Mary E. Terry, Ans Realty Trust
1 Patriots Boulevard, Unit D Keith A. Nelson, Aixa I. Nelson $173,500 August 28, 2013 Stagecoach Heights Realty LLC
33 Forest Lane, Unit 25 Errol Dickey, Nancy Dickey $382,500 August 27, 2013 Thorkild Hansen


Tribute to Sean Collier


On Sunday September 08, 2013, the Hopkinton Police Department assisted with the Dana Farber Jimmy Fund Walk. The Thousands of walkers included several family members and friends of slain MIT Police Officer Sean COLLIER. Team COLLIER had a total of 77 walkers in Sean's memory. Hopkinton Police were honored to present Sean's family with Police mementos, as a tribute to Sean, who, as a Somerville Auxiliary Police Officer donated his services to Hopkinton as part of the security force for many Marathon's. Team COLLIER was then escorted by cruiser during their walk from the starting line into Ashland, where they continued to Boston.  Contributed content.

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   Police Arrest/Incident Log
   Updated Friday, September 13, 2013


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

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

1 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Check.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

1:53 am Officer Linda Higgins arrested Maria C. Torres, 21, of Mayhew Court, Hopkinton, on Mayhew Court and charged her with Assault and Battery.

Incident Log

Thursday, September 12, 2013

7:12 pm A caller reported that a male in his 50's with gray hair was approaching patrons going into a West Main Street business and advised that he “didn't seem right”. Officer William Burchard located the individual and advised that all was fine, he just had a flat tire.

6:10 pm Officer William Burchard responded to Wedgewood Drive to take a report of vandalism to a street sign.

6:07 pm A caller reported that a stop sign and street sign were knocked over and the poles were placed down a storm drain. The DPW were notified.

2:15 pm A walk-in from Grove Street spoke with Officer David Shane regarding harassing phone calls.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

5:59 pm The Milford Police Department reported an erratic operator heading into Hopkinton on South Street. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.

5:52 pm A Teresa Road resident reported that a vehicle which was occupied by one or two people was parked on the roadway in an unsafe spot. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded but the vehicle was gone upon his arrival.

1:35 pm A walk-in reported that a landscape company had material placed across the roadway on Carriage Hill Road making it impassible. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and advised that their skid steer has broken down so they were unable to remove the material.

8:43 am A caller from Greenwood Road reported that her dog was bitten by another dog. The Animal Control Officer was notified.

12:42 am The Marlborough Police Department requested an officer check a Mayhew Court residence for parties who were involved in a domestic incident in their town. The mother of the male party reported that her son's wife was assaulting him. Three officers responded to Mayhew Court and subsequently arrested a 21 year old female from Hopkinton and charged her with Assault and Battery.

Ground Control

September 13, 2013 — It appears this individual on Hopkinton Common — the photographer was on the way to an emergency and couldn't stop — is searching for buried metal in the grass.


Bose Gives

September 13, 2013 — According to one Bose employee wearing a blue tee shirt saying, "Bose gives back to Hopkinton" six employees deployed to Hopkinton Public Library to cut, trim and paint, all at no charge to the Town of Hopkinton, which owns the building.




Gastroenterologist Joins Medical Staff at Milford Regional


Maggie Ham, MD has been appointed to the active medical staff at Milford Regional Medical Center.  She has joined Drs. Amini, Batra, Crimaldi, Donahue and Moquin at Milford Gastroenterology Associates, Inc. 


Dr. Ham earned her degree in medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, CA in 2007 and she performed her residency in internal medicine at UCLA as well.  Dr. Ham continued her training with a fellowship in gastroenterology at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania and at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA.


  “We welcome Dr. Maggie Ham to our medical staff.  We are very pleased to have such a highly trained physician join our gastroenterology team,” says Edward J. Kelly, president, Milford Regional Medical Center.


Appointments with Dr. Ham can be made by calling 508-478-6363.  Milford Gastroenterology Associates, Inc. is conveniently located just up the street from Milford Regional at 215 West St. in Milford.


Women's Ice Hockey Co-op Scores With School Committee

Principal Keller lauded for vision

by Muriel Kramer

September 13, 2013 — The School Committee heard from Middle School Principal Alan Keller about a school-wide pilot program to deliver remediation and enrichment to students by adding a daily 30 minute period at the end of every day. Students will still have the traditional 6 periods for subject material; the 7th period comes at the end of the day. According to Keller, “in the ideal scenario, students who need remediation would get it and students that have command of the material would then get an option for electives.” While most teachers have been using this time for silent reading or homework since the start of the year, the program is supposed to kick off with more detail and options on October 1st. As explained by Keller, individual teachers are eager to exploit the opportunities this time offers.


"As a school, we have examined the traditional learning model

present in most schools (including ours), where time and instruction

are “constant,” and learning is “variable.” Schools that demonstrate

success for all learners not only recognize but respond to the fact

that individuals learn at different rates by altering their model

to one where learning and instruction are “constants” and time

is the “variable.” In other words, if we want to ensure that all

students learn, we must provide additional time and support for

students who have failed to master our essential standards  as well as

enrichment for students that have."

-Keller’s memo to MacLeod


New School Superintendent Dr. Cathy MacLeod praised Keller as a visionary for acknowledging and targeting the opportunity for enrichment not just remediation for struggling students.


SC member Jean Bertschmann asked, “For those [students] that aren’t identified for supplementation on either end of the spectrum, what will this time look like for most kids?” Keller responded that hopefully most kids will experience a menu of options.  Teachers will have some flexibility to introduce outside interests and areas of expertise.


The SC members several times during the meeting referenced the availability of the meeting packet online for all to have access to the documents referenced at the meeting; the link to the packet  is below at the end of this article.  Included in the packet materials is detail about upcoming professional development at all schools through December (pp. 13-19) prepared by Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mary Ann DeMello.   According to DeMello Professional Development (PD) can happen in a variety of settings and ways; ideally individual teachers would then be able to bring back what has been learned to share with others.   “Professional development creates learning opportunities for educators that lead to direct or indirect learning experiences for students.” As examples, PD can deepen understanding of existing programs, introduce new initiatives, develop consistency across grades or disciplines, help meet state/local/federal guidelines and enrich cultural or global awareness.


SC member Ellen Scordino asked about methods for “assessing” and identifying which teachers might need more support in certain areas, much like teachers assess students to help target resources to those that need them.  


Athletic Director Eric Karjel was on hand with a few interested parents to get SC go-ahead for a pilot co-op opportunity with Dover-Sherborn for women’s ice hockey. Karjel explained that co-op opportunities are designed to be one year agreements, so that re-assessment is built in annually.  This program is meant to help existing programs continue when participation lags perhaps because athletes elect to attend private schools and to help other schools introduce new programs and evaluate student interest. Karjel explained that there will be try-outs, and there is no guarantee that interested players would make the team. He also pursued and received supplemental funding support from the Hopkinton Boosters for up to 10 players at a maximum of $500 each in advance of the SC meeting, so there will be no budget impact for Hopkinton this year. Following the SC’s unanimous vote in favor, MacLeod indicated she would call the Superintendent for Dover-Sherborn who would in turn inform the Athletic director there; Karjel was instructed by MacLeod to wait for the call from the Dover-Sherborn Athletic Director.


The next Elementary School Building Committee Meeting will be September 23rd at 7PM at the Fire Station.  The Committee now includes Dr. MacLeod as Superintendent and Lauren Dubeau, the new Principal at Center school.  The next meeting will include discussion about exploring an additional property as well as expanding the educational opportunities to include pre-k as part of the Center School solution.


Link to Agenda and meeting informational packet:


Upcoming meetings:

School Committee September 17th at 7PM working session in the Administrative Conference room to discuss SC/Superintendent Communications and the Superintendent Evaluation process including goals and timelines

School Committee September 19th at 7:30PM regular meeting

Elementary School Building Committee September 23 at 7PM at the Fire Station


Measured Response from Hopkinton Police

Above, Officer David Shane, holding a stun gun, chats with interim Chief Charles Wallace today at the scene of an incident as it wound down.

September 12, 2013 — A distraught individual who allegedly threatened to hurt himself in a call to Hopkinton Police today must have known they would respond, because he was quoted as saying in the next call that he would harm responding officers. A similar threat last July in another town ended in the person's death. This time was different.

            The Hopkinton Police were familiar with the despondent individual, who has had difficulty after the death of a very old parent, and approached the scene with plenty of force, but with a tool from their arsenal that many people don't think about. They brought, as Sgt. Michael Sutton called it today, "the Sponge Gun."

             The Sponge Gun is a less-than-lethal stun-gun weapon that fires a rubber projectile, he explained, about the shape of half a tennis ball.

            "There was an incident a few years ago near the High School were an individual was armed with a knife, and threatened to hurt himself. 

            "Holliston [Police officer] came to help and used one of those weapons successfully. Tom Irvin was chief at the time and ordered one that we have all been trained on," Sgt. Sutton said.

            He said that rather than a fatal wound, the device inflicts a bruise, and disables the individual, removing the threat and saving a life.

            Sgt. Sutton advised that the Sponge Gun can be used at a greater distance from the threat than a Taser, pepper spray, or other close combat devices, but only in situations where it would be appropriate. 

            The police treated the individual, who was known to them, with understanding and caution, and let him vent until he calmed down.

           The Fire Department, which had staged down the street while the police assessed and secured the scene, loaded the patient with a police officer accompanying him to the hospital. No one was injured, and the Sponge Gun was not used.


"Less Than Lethal" HopNews video.

             In 2006, many events shook the Hopkinton Community. The Neil Entwistle case started the blackness; and the vehicular deaths of a 17  year-old driver and her 10 year-old brother left the community reeling. Two other events that made the news were captured by HopNews as they occurred. Both could have ended in a fatality, but  for the less-than-lethal tactics of police.  In the first event on the video below captured then and put together this evening, an individual allegedly with a pistol in his belt, refused to comply with State Police Trooper Dowd when he pulled him over on Route 495 in Southborough. The resulting confrontation closed the highway and ended with him disabled by a less than-lethal projectile, and a flash-bang grenade, by the State Police STOP team. Hopkinton Police were called to provide support. Excerpts from the HopNews original video of the actual event are below. The second portion of the video shows an individual who had allegedly intruded into the high school and ended up on the peak of the roof  — four stories up in the rear — with a bloody bat in his hands. This is another example of excellent police work. Officer Philip Powers is the one who captured the subject in a thrilling move that displays his professionalism and that of the other officers on scene, who knew when to hold back, and when to rush in.





Hopkinton Files Suit Against Massachusetts Gaming Commission

September 12, 2013 — The Town of Hopkinton has filed suit in Middlesex Superior Court against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) alleging that the Commission has withheld public records contained in the gaming license application of Crossroads Massachusetts LLC, the business entity behind the Foxwoods casino proposal in Milford. In April and July of this year, the MGC provided the Town with records pertaining to the businesses and individuals backing the proposed casino, but much of the information was redacted, with the Commission stating that “the public interest in obtaining this information does not substantially outweigh the seriousness of the invasion of privacy….”


In its suit, the Town alleges the withheld information does not fall within the ambit of the Gaming Law’s public records exemption, which permits redactions of material contained in a gaming license application only for information that would place prospective casino developers at a competitive disadvantage.


John Mosher, Chairman of Hopkinton’s Board of Selectmen (file photo), commented:

“Residents and local governments of the Metrowest region need information and have a right to acquire it. It is critical to understand how the proposed casino could impact our region and know who the region is doing business with. Hopkinton has followed the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s (MGC) direction regarding potential surrounding communities on multiple occasions and has attempted to engage Foxwoods Massachusetts LLC since March. To date, Foxwoods has declined our invitations.


"Requests to the MGC to obtain information on the applicant have been consistently rejected. The Foxwood’s application contains information that any resident, whether its our neighbors in Milford, or any other potential surrounding community, should know as they continue to weigh the merits of this proposal. The Gaming Commission should be requiring full disclosure of this information rather than assisting the applicant in keeping it concealed.”

~Press Release


17 Year-old Found Safe in Coventry, RI

According to Medfield, MA Chief of Police, 17 year-old Brittany Thompson, who was last seen leaving the Medfield Library with a stranger, has been located in Coventry, RI. A member of the public noticed the van that had been described in the alert, and then saw the two walking down the street and alerted police. The chief called the individual, who he did not name, a person of interest, but not a suspect. It is the same way murderer Neil Entwistle was describe before he was located in England, and an arrest warrant was eventually issued.



UPDATED Joint Medfield Police-Mass. State Police News Release—09112013-- Missing Girl




The Medfield Police and Massachusetts State Police are asking for your help.


The Massachusetts State Police and Medfield Police are requesting to be on the lookout for an older model blue or green minivan or Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), with either Brittany Thompson or the heavy set white male occupying it.  It is believed that the suspect (Heavy set white male) is associated with this type of vehicle.  Special attention in the Medfield and South Eastern Massachusetts area.


Anyone coming in contact or observing anyone believed to be the suspect, is asked to contact the Massachusetts State Police immediately at 508-820-2121.  The Medfield Police and Massachusetts State Police are asking to be vigilant and report anything you think may be connected to either Brittany Thompson, or the white heavy set male seen with her last.

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