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Senior Moments

by Nancy L. Drawe



How often have you wished you could get to the programs offered at the Hopkinton Senior Center, but haven’t been able to because you work?  I imagine there are many people right here in Hopkinton who have never even been inside the center.  Well, you will soon have your chance! 

For the whole month of November, the Senior Center will be hosting an Open House each Saturday from 9 am until 12 noon.  You’ll not only be able to tour the center, but there will also be special activities and seminars offered each week!


Here is the schedule for the month of November:


November 2

  Special Activities:  Quilting—make a holiday table runner or embroidered towel, Plant Clinic—bring your plants for winter repotting, pruning, etc., and a Chi Gong class


November 9

  Special Activities:  Watercolor painting class and Coneflower Christmas ornaments

  Seminar from 10-11 am:  Medicare—Information on the confusing world of Medicare presented by SHINE Counselor Alice Rotfort.


November 16

  Special Activities: Indian Cooking Class, and a continuation of the Quilting Project

  Seminar at 10 am:  Return of Mary Kathleen Nealon, elder law and estate planning attorney from the firm of Nealon and Nealon in Hopkinton, and Mashpee, MA.  Kathy has presented at the center many times and is a favorite of everyone. She’ll discuss estate planning, long-term care, probate and non-probate assets, wills and trusts, etc.  


November 23

  Special Activities:  Thanksgiving Centerpiece arrangements

  Seminar at 10 am:  Retirement Income—financial planning to insure your financial health, pros and cons of annuities, protecting your investments, presented by Janice Bogasky.


Please sign up for the Special Activities; there will be limited enrollment.  All activities and seminars are FREE!  You may also use the game room to play pool, games and check out the library for their book sale!  As a special bonus, the Thrift Shop will be OPEN!  If it’s your first time in this shop, most likely you won’t leave empty handed!  There will also be coffee and muffins available!  


I urge you to take advantage of those four Saturdays; it’s your chance to finally see what the Hopkinton Senior Center is all about!


That’s it for now, so if you have any comments or suggestions, you can email me at Punkala@aol.com.  Until next time, have a great week! 


     Police Incident/Arrest Log - Most Recent First
   Updated Wednesday, October 23, 2013


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

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

3 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

4 Disabled Motor Vehicles.



Incident Log

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

11:56 pm A resident of Valentine Road reported that a full size pickup truck was parked in front of her house. Two officers responded and spoke with the operator who was a resident of the area just finishing up a phone call.

6:20 pm There were multiple 911 calls for a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Main Street. Two officers responded and took a report.

2:32 pm A walk-in reported that two signs at Lake Whitehall were missing.

6:55 am A caller reported that construction vehicles were idling and moving equipment on Sanctuary Lane. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded to check the area.


Monday, October 21, 2013

9:37 pm Officer Peter Booth advised that he was speaking with an individual on West Main Street who was parked in a handicapped spot with no placard. Subsequently a 34 year-old female from Woonsocket, RI was arrested for a Warrant and was also charged with Failure to Signal and Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended, Subsequent Offense.

6:55 pm A resident of Connelly Hill Road reported that a sports team flag was stolen off of her house. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and took a report.

5:27 pm A motorist reported that a youth threw a rock at his vehicle and struck it while driving on Wood Street. The caller already spoke with the youths parents but wished to have the incident logged.

3:04 pm A walk-in from Saddle Hill Road spoke with Officer Peter Booth regarding a stolen golf bag.

10:21 am Two officers responded to Ash Street for a female that was bit by a dog. The patient was transported to the hospital and the Animal Control Officer was notified.

Super Fans

October 23, 2013 — We are told that a Red Sox employee has adorned the statue of Dick Hoyt with this Red Sox regalia in preparation for the first game of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park in Boston tonight. We wonder if the red beard will catch on.


Gail Marie Glynn, 56


Gail Marie Glynn, 56 of Walpole died October 20, at home after a long illness.  Born in Boston, June 1, 1957, she was the daughter of the late Dennis P. and Barbara F. (Sullivan) Glynn. A Registered nurse, Miss Glynn attended the New England Deaconess School of Nursing and was a graduate of Framingham Union School of Nursing. A life-long caregiver, she had been a medical/surgical nurse at Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham and a nurse with Caritas Home Care. She is survived by her siblings, Dennis P. Glynn III and his wife Robin of Chester, New Hampshire, Karen Webb and her husband Cal of Hopkinton, and Paula Glynn of Walpole. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews Kelly Glynn and Dennis Glynn IV of Chester, New Hampshire, and Erin Webb and Patrick Webb of Hopkinton. Her memorial service will be held on Friday October 25th in the Ginley Funeral Home (www.ginleyfuneralhomes.com) 892 Main Street Walpole at 6:30 pm. Visitation will be from 4:00-6:30 on Friday.  Interment at Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton will be private.  Gifts in Gail’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 or toWeArtBoston/Boston Children’s Hospital Emergency and Trauma Fund, 26 Walnut Hill Rd., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, which helps children dealing with PTSD from the Boston Marathon bombing.


Halloween Party
Preschoolers-1st Graders! 

THE Parks and Recreation Halloween Party is Wednesday, October 23, 2013 6:00pm - 7:30pm. DRESS UP! Games, Candy, and treats. 
The Center School Gym. See You There.


Hopkinton H.S. Class of 1968 45th year



The reunion will be held at Pinz in Milford, MA. You can bowl, play pool, eat, be a cheerleader or just visit and catch up. 


Date: Saturday, November 30, 2013

Time: 6:30-11 p.m.

Address: 110 S Main St, Milford, MA

Dress: casual/comfortable for bowling


Price per person: $50.00 to include a buffet and bowling, bowling shoes. There will be a cash bar for all alcohol and soft drinks.   


We would like to invite members of the class of H.H.S. ‘67’ and ‘69’. If you know anyone who would be interested, please let us know, We can be reached by e-mail (Peg Murphy) WEHAULMAMA@aol.com or (Aggie Tomlin)aggietorento@hotmail.com.  


Selectmen to Hold Hearing on Liquor License

October 22, 2013 — The Hopkinton Board of Selectmen will hold a hearing this evening on the transfer of the full liquor license of Hopkinton Wine and Spirits from Clelland Johnson to Rky-Hptk Corp. with the proposed manager of record being Ravi Patel. The purchase price, including inventory, is agreed upon at $650,000 plus +/- $100,000 for inventory.
      The board will also review summaries from the DPW, School Dept. and Police Dept. on actions they have taken to improve safety on Hayden Rowe Street.
       Selectman Brian Herr is expected to give an update on his work on the MWACC (Metro West Anti Casino Coalition. Today, the group sent out an editorial press release detailing negative effects of a casino opened in Norwich, Connecticut following a visit there.
        The board will also consider an easement for a municipal parking lot, the sale of land on Duffield Road and the Town Manager's Report.
        See the full agenda here.


Milford Regional Expands Social Media Presence


October 22, 2013 — Milford Regional Medical Center is expanding its social media presence to include Twitter, and Pinterest. Adding these popular social media platforms to Milford Regional’s already established presence on Facebook (facebook.com/MilfordRegionalMedicalCenter) further enhances their engagement with the communities they serve.


To follow Milford Regional on Twitter (@MilfordRegional), go to Twitter.com/MilfordRegional and receive up-to-the minute updates on hospital news and happenings. The Medical Center encourages feedback on Twitter and hopes to engage in valuable conversation with the community.


To follow Milford Regional on Pinterest, go to Pinterest.com/MilfordRegional.  Milford Regional has created many info-filled boards that include such topics as recipes, women and men’s health, your child’s health, emergency preparedness and kid-friendly foods. Several boards also provide informative and entertaining snapshots into work life at the Medical Center as well as expansion projects.  


We recognize that an important part of providing effective healthcare is engaging with the community,” says Edward J. Kelly, president of Milford Regional. “Social media allows us to not only keep consumers up to date on our programs and services, but provides a great platform to share and discuss a wide range of health-related topics. The more ways that we find to engage with the community, the greater the opportunity to improve the health and well-being of those we serve.”   


Hopkinton Police Department

Crime Prevention and Safety Day

Sunday October 27, 2013 11AM to 3 PM

Hopkinton Police Station 74 Main Street


October has been designated Crime Prevention Month. The Hopkinton Police Department invites residents to attend a Crime Prevention and Safety Day. Officers will be on hand to discuss Crime Prevention and Safety issues related to:


1.    Residential Crime Prevention & Security Survey 

2.    Motor Vehicle Theft

3.    Identity Theft

4.    Child Car Seat Installation

5.    RAD Self Defense Classes

6.    Halloween Safety Tips


Please join us and meet our officers as we are dedicated to your safety.

Our new cruiser will be on display.


Andre W. Murphy, 73


Andre W. Murphy, 73, of Hopkinton, passed away Sunday, October 20, 2013. Born in Watertown, he was the son of the late Edna (Waldron) and James J. Murphy. He was the husband of Dorothy (Bancroft) Murphy.

Andre was a Hot Rod owner and rider, built his own truck, and in 1957 was a founding member of the Dominator's Hot Rod Club. He had worked at Hitchings Hardware for 27 years and also enjoyed bowling.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his stepchildren, Joe Taft and Deborah Cote, and step grandchild, Eric Taft all of Hopkinton. He also leaves his brother, Win Murphy of Arlington. He is predeceased by a brother, Joseph Murphy, Jr.

Graveside committal service will take place on Friday, October 25th at 11:00a.m. in the Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Hopkinton. Donations in his memory to Metrowest Homecare and Hospice, 200 Nickerson Rd. Suite 110, Marlborough, MA. 01752.

Hopkinton 33.8-acre Parcel To Sell for $10 Million, Contingent on Full Approval
250 dwelling units planned for Lumber Street development

October 21, 2013 — REC Hopkinton LLC (Owned by 77 West Main Street owner, Paul Mastroianni) is planning to sell a 33.8 acre parcel of the 204 acres purchased from William and Mary Terry, to Mill Creek LLC for the development of 250 residential units, for over $7 million ($10 million for full build-out approval), once the plans for a 40B development are approved. Mr. Mastroianni paid the Terrys $3 million for the undeveloped land after the Terry's plan to sell to Erickson Retirement Community fell through. Erickson backed out of the $12 million deal shortly before going bankrupt. Mill Creek is calling the new entity Hopkinton Mews (See Free Dictionary for definition). 

            A 40B development is so-named for the Mass General Law that guides the process. It allows a developer to bypass most local zoning if the host community has less than 10% of the housing stock deemed "affordable" by state housing guidelines. It is a fast-track for the developer, who in this case will deem 25% of the rental units as affordable. According to the application, Hopkinton only has 3.6% of its housing fitting into the "affordable" formula.

          The new development will contain a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments in seven three-story buildings and thirty townhouse units in six two-story buildings. According to the description on the application, the project will also include a  7,500 sq. ft. clubhouse and an in-ground pool, with a fitness center, games area, and leasing offices. Of the 33.8 acre site, 7 acres will be wetlands.

           In their planned presentation to the Planning Board Monday evening, the proponents were expected to show their plans to the Planning Board solely for the Planning Board to comment for the purposes of the Comprehensive Permit the group is applying for through the Board of Appeals.  

           The purchase price for the land is $7.2 million, given the first 180 dwelling units. If all 250 are approved, the price of each additional unit above the 180 is $40,000, adding another $2.8 million to the price tag. 

             Planning Board Chairman Weismantel called the plan an "unfriendly 40B" because the developer is presenting plans for approval through the state without allowing room for local tastes, zoning or jawboning. Mr. Weismantel said that Legacy Farms was a "friendly 40B" because the developer worked with the town on design elements and mitigation.

             After talks with the town over several months, the application explains, the previous process stalled, inspiring the developer to move in this direction.

             The permit will require waivers from the Board of Appeals for setbacks, uses, height restrictions and more. 

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton Massachusetts

Compiled for HopNews.com by Eric Montville © 2013 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from October 15, 2013 - October 21, 2013
Click on blue links to see Town's property card
(Note: Some of new construction is not yet on a card.)
Address Buyer Price Date Seller
5 Warmstone Way, Unit 47 Robert J. Callery, Donna M. Maclean $610,000 October 18, 2013 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
3 Autumn Ridge Drive, Unit 43 Ida M. Triano $481,140 October 18, 2013 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
22 Ash Street John Q. Skilton, Jennifer A. Burgess $440,000 October 18, 2013 Michael R. Neece, Heather L. Axworthy
90 East Main Street Rowan Maclaren Vassoler, Rodrigo Vassoler $222,000 October 17, 2013 Eric Joseph, Elizabeth Joseph
200 Wood Street Frankie Investments LLC $299,900 October 16, 2013 Christine H. Burke
11 Wedgewood Drive Matthew Kaplan, Deborah Kaplan $945,000 October 15, 2013 Bruce A. Bressler, Audrey E. Bressler
196 Lumber Street Patrick F. Donnelly, Sarah W. Donnelly $649,900 October 15, 2013 South Mill Street LLC
13 Connelly Hill Road Gregory A. Findlen, Jennifer K. Findlen $960,000 October 15, 2013 John J. Sullivan, Krista S. Sullivan,
JJS Realty Trust
26 Chestnut Street Tailiang Lin $500,000 October 15, 2013 Gregory A. Findlen, Jennifer K. Findlen
10 Grandview Drive, Unit 19 Sudeep Dutta, Vasudha Dutta $625,930 October 15, 2013 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
Last Week
1 Bridle Path Michael J. Markey, Christine J. Markey $714,000 October 11, 2013 Crama LLC
6 Autumn Ridge Road, Unit 29 Abhishek A. Chawarpatil, Kavita Chawarpatil $461,625 October 11, 2013 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
19 Autumn Ridge Drive, Unit 35 Aleksey Fedosov $464,645 October 9, 2013 Pulte Homes of New England LLC


     Police Incident/Arrest Log - Most Recent First
   Updated Monday, October 21, 2013


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

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

5 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

2 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.



Saturday, October 19, 2013

4:45 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil arrested a 17 year-old female Juvenile on West Main Street and charged her with Failure to Use Care when Starting/Stopping/Turning/Backing up, OUI Drugs and Possession of Class D Substance.


Friday, October 18, 2013

10:35 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested Michael Joseph DeWolfe, 51, of Apple Tree Hill, Hopkinton, on Worcester Road, Framingham and charged him with Assault and Battery, Malicious Destruction of Property Over $250, Intimidating a Witness and Threat to Commit Crime.

7:12 am Officer Jacob Campbell arrested Allan I. Britton, 24, of Franklin Street, Worcester on West Main Street and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended.


Incident Log

Sunday, October 20, 2013

7:16 pm Officer Peter Booth stopped a motor vehicle on Elm Street and subsequently arrested a 19 year old male from Hopkinton and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation, Speeding, OUI Drugs and Possession of Class D Substance.

5:54 pm A resident of Emma Drive reported that a vehicle just hit his mailbox and took off. Officer Peter Booth responded to speak with the caller and advised that there was no damage to the mailbox.


Saturday, October 19, 2013

8:05 pm Officer Peter Booth spoke with a pedestrian who was sitting in the middle of East Street.

3:55 pm There were several 911 calls for a three car motor vehicle accident on West Main Street. Two officers responded and subsequently arrested a 17 year old juvenile and charged her with Failure to Use Care when Starting/Stopping/Turning/Backing up, OUI Drugs and Possession of Class D Substance.

3:14 am A telephone company operator stated that they had a customer on their line from Hayden Rowe Street reporting that unknown parties were trying to break into her house. Two officers checked the residence but did not locate anyone suspicious.

Friday, October 18, 2013

9:36 pm A caller from Apple Tree Hill reported that an intoxicated male was banging on her door and then left in a cab after causing a disturbance. The individual was tracked to a Framingham motel through the cab company and the Framingham Police Department were notified to take the suspect into custody. Subsequently, a 51 year old male from Hopkinton was arrested and charged with Assault and Battery, Malicious Destruction of Property over $250, Intimidating a Witness and Threat to Commit a Crime.

8:29 pm The Upton Police Department advised of a road rage incident with the vehicle possibly heading into Hopkinton.

5:26 pm A resident of West Main Street spoke with Officer Linda Higgins regarding the theft of some earrings.

5:04 pm A motorist reported that a motor vehicle occupied with four males on West Main Street were possibly using marijuana.

2:47 pm A walk-in from West Main Street reported that a brand new mailbox had been vandalized within thirty minutes of being installed.

1:20 pm Officer David Shane spoke with an individual regarding harassment.

6:37 am Officer Jacob Campbell stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 24 year old male from Worcester and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle with License Suspended.


Hopkinton to Honor Its Military Veterans

Veterans’ Appreciation Dinner November 11, 2013



The twelfth annual Veteran’s Day Dinner, sponsored by the Veterans Celebration Committee, will be held on, Monday, November 11, 2013 at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club.  The dinner is free for all Hopkinton Veterans.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m.  Please come enjoy the company of fellow veterans over a nice meal.  Enjoy speakers and special entertainment, as well as watching a fantastic slide show presentation of photos taken of the veterans during their service.  We encourage all veterans to come to a wonderful evening in your honor. 

If you require transportation is may be arranged by calling the Hopkinton Senior Center at: (508) 497-9730).








Representative Joseph Kennedy III to hold Office Hours in Hopkinton
Saturday, October 26, 2013
at Bill's Pizza in Hopkinton, 14 Main St., from 
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.





Hopkinton Native, HHS Grad In New Show


Thomas Karner, HHS Grad currently living his dream as a Fitchburg State University film major has a new show beginning tomorrow, October 22, 2013, at Fitchburg State University. Proceeds, minus costs, are going toward cancer research, a personal , heartfelt cause for Tom.


From their description:

The Impact

This show is a new type of theater that may open many doors for the art form in the future. In addition, the message behind this show is one that has, and currently is, changing lives. With your help, we will be able to spread the message in a sincere and genuine way to as large an audience as possible. The more you give, the more people we will reach.

Thomas Karner, as well as most of the crew of LYLH, have worked on multiple award winning shows in the Fitchburg State University Main Stage program. All of the students involved are excited to expand their repertoire and work on an individual project like this one.
Check out Indiegogo.

…And the train keeps rolling. The Hopkinton Cheerleaders bested several Division 2 teams to take first place at the Milford Invitational Cheer Competition this weekend. It appears they haven’t lost any of the momentum from last year. (The Hopkinton Cheerleaders made it to the New England’s last winter).  This is a strong dedicated team with a great group of freshmen and sophomores athletes; led by the tried and true juniors and especially the seniors who over the past four years have dedicated countless hours of practice and perseverance to guide this team victory year after year. Come and support this great group of young ladies. The next three competitions for the Lady Hillers are:  Sunday October 27th The Panther Invitational at Marlboro HS, 431 Bolton Street, Marlboro MA (starts at 2:30 PM); Wednesday October 30th, Tri Valley Championship at Bellingham HS 60 Blackstone Street, Bellingham MA (starts at 6:30 PM) and Sunday November 10thThe Panther Invitational at Whitman Hanson HS, 600 Franklin Street, Whitman MA (starts at 2:00 PM). None of these destinations is more than a 20 minute drive!! See you there! ~ A Dad!


Hopkinton Over Millis

October 20, 2013 — The Hopkinton Cross Country team poses for a photo following their defeat of Millis in the last home meet of the season.


Hopkinton Police Chief Search Committee Update

Application Period for Police Chief closes – 20 Applications Received


Hopkinton is getting closer to completing the search process for its next Police Chief. The Police Chief Selection Committee is pleased to announce the Town received 20 applications for the position at the close of the application period, October 18, 2013.


“We are excited about the strong interest in the position from high quality internal and external candidates from throughout the New England States. I look forward to the Committee screening the candidates and then beginning the interviews for this important hire for the community,” said Bob Levenson, Chair of the Police Chief Selection Committee (The Committee). The Committee will begin preliminary screening and evaluating the applications this coming week to identify and select candidates to be interviewed in November.  “During the last two months, the Committee has been meeting regularly, carefully planning and preparing for this critical phase of the hiring process,” added Mr. Levenson. The committee’s work included designing an application process, preparing a community profile and position description. It will also be seeking input from different stakeholders as it creates interview questions and themes for a candidate assessment center.


The Police Chief position opened up when former Chief Richard Flannery retired at the end of June, 2013. The Board of Selectmen appointed Chief Chuck Wallace as Interim Chief. Members of the search committee, appointed by the Selectmen, are Bob Levenson (Hopkinton resident and chair of the Committee), John Mosher (Hopkinton resident and chair of the Board of Selectmen), Chief John Moore (Holliston Police Chief), Deborah Hilton-Creek (Hopkinton Director of Human Resources) and Norman Khumalo (Hopkinton Town Manager).

Press Release.


Last Chance

October 20, 2013 — Laura Davis, of the organic Long Life Farm, who doubles as the manager of the Hopkinton Farmers Market, harvests some fresh veggies at their Amato Farm location, just over the Hopkinton town line in Upton. Today is the last scheduled farmers market of their first year on the Hopkinton Common, ending a banner year at their new location.


Book Page

October 20, 2013 — Like the pages of a book, or the top of a guitar that is made from one piece of wood split in the middle and opened like a book, these yellow branches appear at first glance to be a reflection in the water of the one above. But they are both above the water, framing the barren boulders on Blood's Pond today.


Bridge over the River Sudbury

October 10, 2013 — This bridge on the Southborough/Hopkinton town line is supposed to be completed in 2014. As part of the project, the side of the roadway is getting shored up to prevent the type of collapse of the roadway that occurred a couple of years ago in that very area.
One to Hospital

October 20, 2013 — A three-car motor vehicle accident on West Main Street near Wood Street sent one person to MetroWest Medical in Framingham just minutes after the accident involving the bicycle on East Main Street.


Bicycle vs. Street

October 19, 2013 — Above, a bicyclist is ready for the ambulance and a ride to MetroWest Medical after a collision at the head of East Main Street this afternoon.

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