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 James J. Driscoll, 83


HOPKINTON – James J. Driscoll, 83, passed away  peacefully at his home on September 27, 2013 following an extended period  of declining health from prostate cancer.  He was the husband of Blanche (Serbin) Driscoll. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late John J. and Edith M. (Ryan) Driscoll

Jim graduated from Girard College in January 1947.  He became an accomplished violinist with Honors for Orchestra, Assistant Concertmaster and a member of the Glee Club. He also played the accordion and was an electrical repairman.


He will be missed by his family and many friends. In addition to his beloved wife, he leaves his daughter Gloria Worthington and her husband Richard of Philadelphia, PA, his step-daughter Sandra Colonna and her husband Michael of Northbridge, MA, his step-sons Anthony Sobotka, Jr. of Philadelphia, PA and Christopher Sobotka and his wife Joanne of Philadelphia, PA, and his sisters Edith Stauffer and Susan Meyers of Philadelphia, PA.  He also leaves his grandchildren, Al, Matt, Joe, Kevin, Alisha, James, John and his beloved Madison who gave her pop-pop so much unconditional love. In addition, he leaves his great grandchildren Alexa and Ethan and his nephew, Charles Meyers II.  Jim was predeceased by his first wife Ann (Vance) and his daughter Pamela Driscoll.


Jim was a township supervisor in Warwick, PA (1970-1976), a volunteer communication firefighter (1963-1978), civil defense director (1965-1972) and a PTA committee chairman president (1964-1968).  He was Eastern Regional Sales Manager for Securicor Wireless/Midland LMR. With over 30 years of experience in both the LMR and cellular industries, he also held management positions with Intelecom Corp., RCA and Tactec Sytems. He joined Vertex Standard as Government Sales Manager and also handled the Bids and Quotes management function for the LMR Division. He was promoted to Senior Director in 2003.


His family would like to extend a personal and warm thank you to the VNA staff --  Dr. Sherman, Dr. Ernst, Dr. Donovan and their staffs who gave him loving care .

A graveside funeral service will be held Tuesday, October 1 at 1:30 p.m. in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton, MA.  Calling hours will be Tuesday, October 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place, Brookline, MA 02445.


White House White Board: What ObamaCare Means For You

The White House has sent out this primer to the media about the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as ObamaCare. Please watch it and learn.
And learn more at www.HealthCare.gov/


Holliston 35, Hopkinton 26
See first-half coverage below.



   Police Incident/Arrest Log - Most Recent First
   Updated Friday, September 27, 2013


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

1 Time the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.

5 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Check.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident Without Injury


Arrest Log

Thursday, September 26, 2013

7:43 am Officer David Shane took into custody Matthew James Andrews, 39, Old Great Road, No Smithfield RI on multiple warrant charges.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

5:08 am Officer Robert Bielecki placed an individual into Protective Custody on Walcott Valley Drive.


Incident Log

Thursday, September 26, 2013

10:03 pm Three units responded to a loud argument on Walcott Valley Drive and reported it.was verbal only.

7:15 am  Officer David Shane arrested an individual on warrant charges on Wood Street.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

3:35 pm A motorist from Clinton Street reported that some youths were in a driveway loading something into a motor vehicle which seemed suspicious. Officer William Burchard responded and made sure the front door was secured.

2:52 pm A caller reported that a vehicle nearly hit her and her daughter while in a crosswalk on Wood Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and took a report.

4:36 am A Walcott Valley Drive resident reported a verbal domestic disturbance outside of a residence. Three officers responded and subsequently placed an individual into Protective Custody.

12:14 am Officer John Moran stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and issued a civil infraction for speeding.

$50 Reward for Safe Return

September 27, 2013 — The family of Panda Monium would like him home, and are offering a $50 reward for his safe return. The owners said their grandchildren will be heartbroken if he is not returned. Panda Monium wished the school children well at the beginning of the school year, and even consented to a contest to give him a name.

        To qualify for the reward, please email editor@hopnews.com with contact info and a phone number.


September 27, 2013 — Whew! We finally got the link to the gallery up from the September 20 game against Nipmuc. Click on the  photo above to see it.
The Hillers will host Holliston at home tonight.
Swans in Training

September 27, 2013 — These mute swans on the river near the Blackstone Valley Gorge last weekend are trying their best to make a heart shape, like those represented by ceramic artists, but will need to grow a bit more to achieve symmetry.




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).


Drum-roll, please...

10. Creates new protections to ensure your insurance plan covers you when you need it. Massachusetts already has strong insurance protections. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) enhances these protections by eliminating limits on the amount of benefits you can receive.

 9. Expands coverage for young adults. Under the ACA, young adults are able to stay on their parents’ coverage until age 26.

 8. Strengthens the primary care system and supports community health centers. The ACA has already provided more than $130 million to community health centers in Massachusetts to strengthen their programs while expanding access to primary care for community members.

 7. Reduces childhood obesity and tobacco use. The Department of Public Health is using ACA grants to improve emergency medical services for children, reduce childhood obesity and encourage tobacco cessation.

 6. Rewards quality of care, rather than quantity. The ACA supports the goals of the Commonwealth’s 2012 cost containment law by promoting the formation of Accountable Care Organizations that reward quality and efficiency of care rather than the quantity of care.

 5. Makes prescription drug coverage more affordable for seniors. The ACA closes the “donut hole” in Medicare prescription drug coverage. Nearly 60,000 Massachusetts seniors saved an average of $667 each on prescription drugs in 2012, and will save more as the donut hole is closed completely.

 4. Covers preventive health services with no co-pay. Thanks to the ACA, most health plans must now cover preventive services like shots, smoking cessation and cancer screenings at no cost to the consumer. This will help increase access to critical preventative care in the short term, and save lives in the long run.

 3. Provides tax credits to small businesses and increased coverage for employees. The ACA establishes tax credits for certain small employers to make it more affordable to cover their employees, which can be combined with additional wellness rebates through the Health Connector. Very low-income employees who cannot afford their employer’s coverage will become newly eligible for MassHealth, without any penalty for employers.

 2. Provides billions in additional federal dollars for Massachusetts. The ACA streamlines state health insurance programs while providing additional federal reimbursement for people already covered. The ACA also provides grants to help states protect taxpayers from excessive premiums.

 1. Ensures affordable coverage for more middle income families. The ACA extends health subsidies to those with incomes from 300% up to 400% of the federal poverty level (approximately $46,000 for an individual), making health insurance affordable for more low-and-middle-income families.

* From the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Health and Human Services


   Police Incident/Arrest Log - Most Recent First
   Updated Wednesday, September 25, 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.

5 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

2 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.


Arrest Log

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

11:08 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil arrested Mario Martinez, 42, of King Street, Franklin, on Route 495 and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation, Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense.


Incident Log

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

10:19 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil stopped a motor vehicle on Route 495 and subsequently arrested a 42 year old male from Franklin and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation, Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and OUI Liquor.

9:21 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on Main Street. Officer Peter Booth stopped the motor vehicle and spoke with the operator.

5:19 pm Security reported that an unoccupied motor vehicle was in close proximity of property of Wilson Street. Officer Peter Booth responded and advised that the vehicle was gone upon his arrival.

4:41 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Peter Booth regarding larceny of her son's cell phone from the High School locker room.

11:58 am A caller from Hearthstone Road reported that two people were going through a neighbor's recycling bin. The resident was advised that once trash and recycling is put to the curb it is considered abandoned property and anyone can take it.


Monday, September 23, 2013

2:48 pm A resident of Clinton Street reported that a small sporty two door vehicle just sped past his house twice. Sgt. Joseph Bennett contacted the registered owner of the vehicle who advised that she would speak with her son who was the operator.

2:37 pm A caller reported that a resident of Gibbon Road left their driveway at a very high rate of speed, nearly hitting her. When they were asked what they were doing the operator responded with an obscene hand gesture. Officer Thomas Griffin attempted to contact the operator but there was no answer on her cell phone.


More Delays

September 25, 2013 — Nstar and contractors took over the common area this morning in preparation for laying new gas lines on East Main Street. The blinking yellow message board says to expect delays.

Coming Soon... New Lights!

September 25, 2013 — Neighbors lobbied for them, Town Meeting voted to fund them, and now the contractor is preparing to install them — new traffic signal lights at School and West Main Streets. Safety concerns drove the push for new lights at this intersection, where speeds sometime top 50 mph, and a nearby business owner dons a reflective vest to direct traffic while awaiting police following the frequent crashes there.

      In addition to making the intersection safer by stopping traffic, and letting traffic out of School Street safely, part of the plan is to change the traffic pattern at West Main and South Streets. The eastbound lane at the lights, which is currently a right-turn only, will become a right-turn/thru lane, which the engineers said at an earlier presentation, would reduce much of the queuing distance at that light, and move traffic substantially more quickly past South Street.
       DPW Director John Westerling (facing camera) said this morning that the lights should be in and operational by November 15, 2013 at the latest.

Memorial Service for Shayne Desroches
Contribute to memorial fund: http://www.gofundme.com/4g9e30


September 24, 2013 — A steady stream of family, friends and well-wishers poured into the Faith Community Church in Hopkinton to pay respects to 13 year-old Shayne Desroches, who suffered fatal injuries after being struck by a vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street last Wednesday.

     The family has apparently approved of a fund set up for  expenses, and a memorial fund, and has added it to Shayne's obituary.

      Please go to http://www.gofundme.com/4g9e30 to contribute.


Main Street & Route 85

September 24, 2013 — Two vehicles apparently attempted to occupy the same space at the same time, something that Wolfgang Pauli said was not possible.


Attention Mac/Apple Users

A tip of the HopNews Hat to reader, Kelly, who let us know the 5 year-old operating system on her Mac could no longer access HopNews.com, because it could not update to the latest version of Flash. You see, the live webcam at the top, right, has been an active Flash display since we signed up for Ustream.

So, for Kelly and other Mac aficionados, who love HopNews, but cannot or will not dig deep for a new computer to access it, we have changed the display to a photo with a clickable link instead. It now works for Kelly, and hopefully, other people who might have experienced problems in the last few weeks, but no longer will. Thank you for reading.


Press Release Received This Morning From Hopkinton Public Schools:

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Shayne M. Desroches, age 13


HOPKINTON/HOLDEN - Shayne M. Desroches, age 13, of Hopkinton and formerly of Holden, died on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 from injuries sustained in a car accident in Hopkinton.

A funeral service honoring and celebrating Shayne's life will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, in Faith Community Church of Hopkinton, 146 E. Main Street, Hopkinton. A private graveside service will be held at Grove Cemetery in Holden at the convenience of the family. At Amanda's request, memorial contributions may be made to "The Sky's the Limit", a project to utilize unused courtyard space at Hopkinton Middle School for learning and recreation. Checks may be payable to Hopkinton Middle School, 88 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton, MA 01748. To share a memory or leave an online condolence, please Sign the Guestbook at Miles Funeral Home.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton Massachusetts

Compiled for HopNews.com  © 2013 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from September 13, 2013 - September 23, 2013
Address Buyer Price Date Seller
18 Longwood Drive John H Lacey, Lisa Healy Lacey $627,000 September 23, 2013 Thomas Panetta, Doris B Panetta
1 Hallmark Way, Unit 20 Sreenivasan Nija, Choudhury Subhendu $595,705 September 23, 2013 Pulte Homes of New England LLC,
East Main Street, Legacy Farms Pulte Homes of New England LLC $6,039,369.80 September 20, 2013 Legacy Farms LLC
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 Steven G Hovagimyan, Lynne Hovagimyan $458,335 September 13, 2013 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
Last Week        
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

Police Incident/Arrest Log - Most Recent First


Updated Monday, September 23, 2013

Arrest log

    Friday, September 20, 2013
    9:25 pm
Officer Peter Booth arrested Ashley E Hamilton, 27, Pleasant Street, and charged her with OUI Liquor and Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident.

  Incident Log


Sunday, September 22, 2013
9:54 am
Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with an individual who called to report that her mail box had been vandalized overnight at her residence on Old Farm Road.
9:34 am Officer Thomas Griffin spoke with a contractor on South Street regarding an attempt to pick up heavy equipment which was in violation of town bylaws.

Saturday, September 21, 2013
11:17 pm
Officer Peter Booth pulled a vehicle over on West Main Street for a speeding violation. He destroyed a small amount of marijuana and gave the party a verbal warning.
9:51 pm A caller reported that he came upon a number of parked cars and found youths running into the woods on Pond Street. Officers Peter Booth and Phil Powers responded and spoke with the youths and their parents. Officer William Burchard issued an alcohol violation.
9:15 pm Officer William Burchard checked on an open gate with moved barrels at a property on Fruit Street, where he located multiple vehicles. A verbal warning was issued to the party for trespassing.
6:45 pm A caller reported that he had just hit a Deer on East Main Street and the Deer ran off into the woods. Officer Phil Powers reported minor damage to the vehicle and spoke with the individual.
4:19 pm A clerk on Main street spoke with the dispatcher reporting that a party was about to throw a large amount of trash into his dumpster and when confronted they asked if they could throw the trash out in the dumpster to which the clerk refused. The party then took off in their vehicle.
2:00 pm A walk in reported to the dispatcher that a vehicle came up behind him and passed him at a high rate of speed on a very curvy and dangerous part of the road on Lumber Street.


Friday, September 20, 2013
8:28 pm
A caller reported debris from a vehicle in the roadway on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Peter Booth responded and reported that the license plate was still attached to the bumper of the vehicle that fled the scene. He went to a nearby residence to find the vehicle with heavy front end damage. Officer William Burchard and Sergeant John Porter administered a portable breathalyzer test. An arrest was made for an OUI liquor and leaving the scene of a property damage accident following a short investigation.
6:10 pm
 Officer William Burchard responded to a caller who reported that his adult son was threatening him.
4:52 pm A caller reports a fox in her yard acting strangely for the past half hour at her residence on Falcon Ridge Road. William Proctor, the Animal Control Officer was contacted.
3:26 pm Officer Peter Booth responded to a call regarding suspicious activity. The caller reported that a man jumped out of a pickup truck, grabbed a chainsaw, and quickly jumped back in the truck and took off on West Main Street. Officer Peter Booth checked the area with a negative find.
2:50 pm Sergeant Joseph Bennett spoke with an Ash Street resident who wanted it logged that 2 bags of his trash were removed by an unknown person, prior to the trash removal's arrival. Caller was concerned for identity theft as well as if the bags were dumped at another location.
9:57 am Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with a caller that reported a silver car circling the loop road on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Stephen Buckley located the vehicle and it was determined that the operator was a track coach that was getting mileage.
7:05 am  A large group of bicycles heading south on Cedar Street was reported by a caller. A member of the group was located and notified of the complaint. Officer Stephen Buckley checked Grove Street and Hayden Rowe Street to the Milford Town Line and reported that the group had made it through town without incident.


Legacy Farms Builds Steam
Pulte buys another $6 million-plus parcel • Separate 127-bed Senior Living facility in the works

Above, Pulte New England just acquired another parcel on Friday (Outlined in green) in their plan to build in all of the areas shown above, except the parcel outlined in red of 240 apartments, which is being managed by Alta Legacy Farms. Pulte had previously acquired the area in blue.

September 23, 2013 — Last Friday, September 20, 2013, $6,039,369.80 passed from Column A to Column B as Pulte Homes ponied up for another parcel of their plan to build 270 owned dwellings at Legacy Farms South, made up of condos, duplexes, simplexes and 50 single family homes. 
        According to Legacy Farms developer, Roy MacDowell, Jr., in addition to the Pulte sale, and Pulte's future plans to develop the entire site in parcels, a senior living community is planning on setting up shop and creating a 127-bed residence on Legacy Farms property, presumably on the commercial acreage on East Main Street.
        According to an advertisement by Pulte in the Boston Globe, they have sold 40 homes over the summer. Apparently, most have yet to close, but they are closing at a rapid pace, as we continue to see in our real estate transactions each Monday.


Antoinette "Toni" Arthur, age 80

Antoinette "Toni" Arthur, age 80, a lifelong resident of Natick, died peacefully on Friday morning, September 20, 2013, at the Miriam Boyd Parlin Hospice Residence in Wayland after a brief illness. Toni was born in Natick on November 2, 1932, one of the twelve children of Sotir and Eleanora (Ndini) Arthur. She was a 1950 graduate of Natick High School. After 32 years of employment with Telecron/General Electric, Toni worked with Commonwealth Gas/NStar until her retirement in 1998. She had been involved throughout her life with the Albanian Orthodox Church of the Annunciation and was a member of the Albanian Women's Society, Vetetima.

Antoinette will be remembered for her kindness and love shared with family and friends. She enjoyed traveling. She is survived by four sisters, Vasilika Verdi and her husband Arthur of Hadley, Flora Busconi of Hopkinton, Pauline Steffon of Auburn, and Loretta Gentilotti and her husband James of Mendon; two brothers, Louis Arthur and his wife Lori of Stratford, CT, and Thomas Arthur and his wife Patricia of Ashland; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and cousins. She was also the sister of the late Nicholas, Arthur, Vingo, George, and Dorothy Ann Arthur. Her funeral services will be held at the Albanian Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 37 Washington Street, Natick, on Friday, Sept. 27th at 10:00a.m. Burial will follow at Dell Park Cemetery.

Visiting hours will be held at the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, on Thursday 4 - 7p.m. Donations may be made in Antoinette's memory to Albanian Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 37 Washington Street, Natick, or The Justin Bailey Scholarship Fund, c/o Middlesex Savings Bank, 6 Main Street, Natick, MA 01760. For the guest book and directions please see www.everettfuneral.com .


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