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Never Too Late

November 3, 2013 — These young women at Bill's Pizza had a lot of fun on Halloween night. On Monday night, they are selling a large pizza for whatever time the customer calls, beginning at 6:00 pm and ending at 9:00 pm. Toppings are extra.


The Great Parade

November 3, 2013 — HopNews Office Manager Eric Montville  went to watch his favorite team parade down Boylston Street, stop at the marathon Finish line, and then enter the Charles River. Above, some dignitaries ride with the trophy, and below, the Coast Guard stands at the ready with a very visible show of force that hints at the unseen security along the route.


A Warm Welcome

November 3, 2013 — Doctor of Chiropractic Sports treatment, Binh Nguyen and wife, Chi, introduced themselves, as well as homemade eggrolls and lo mein, to Hopkinton residents at 77 West Main Street this weekend. Dr. Binh has taken over Cedar Chiropractic at that location. He said the townspeople have been very warm and receptive.


November 3, 2013 — Greyhound Friends employee Terri Shepard, left, and President Louise Coleman prepare bloodhound Cash for a walk at their open house this afternoon.

Former Principal Cournoyer to be Paid $54,310.20 Until End of January 2014

November 3, 2013 — According to an email exchange with Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Cathy MacLeod on Saturday, the department will continue to pay former Hopkinton High School Principal Michael Cournoyer until the end of January, 2014, in accordance with a severance agreement. Mr. Cournoyer has been on administrative  leave imposed by Dr. MacLeod.
      According to figures provided by Dr. MacLeod, the severance agreement with Mr. Cournoyer, $54,310.20, will add only $4,363.89 to the previously budgeted amount of $239,788 for a principal and two assistants.

         In response to a request for Mr. Cournoyer's letter of resignation, Dr. MacLeod said it was part of his personnel file and would not be released.

         However, HopNews has a request in for the entire severance agreement with Mr. Cournoyer.


Middlesex DA, Natick Police Investigating Double Fatality


NATICK -- Authorities are investigating the deaths of two people in Natick, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Natick Police Chief James Hicks announced tonight.  

            At approximately 6:30 p.m. this evening, Natick Police responded to 42 Winter St. for a report of a deceased male.  An investigation began immediately and a second deceased victim, a female, was discovered inside the home.

           Authorities believe this to be an isolated incident. There are no safety concerns for the public.

           The decedents have been identified as Chester Ju, 64, and Shirley Ju, 64, a husband and wife who lived at this residence.  Autopsies will be conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

            The investigation is ongoing by Natick Police and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. Press Release from DA

From the Watering Hole

November 2, 2013 — Youth from the Faith Community Church of Hopkinton took part in a "30-Hour Famine" this weekend, fasting for the duration with nothing but water and juice. Above, a part of the contingent, all the way up the sidewalk, each carries a gallon jug of water in each hand for over a mile to duplicate in a small part the effort people in undeveloped cultures must put out just to get water home from a remote location. Ironically, to their right is a brand new water main installed under Main Street to distribute water effortlessly by gravity through a system of pipes throughout the town. A gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds.


Scouting for Food

November 2, 2013 — Hopkinton Girl Scouts camped out at both entrances to Colella's today, scouting for monetary donations while others picked up bags of food at residents' mailboxes for the benefit of Project Just Because.


Train Fans

November 2, 2013 — Elaina Earley, 2, and brother Isaiah, 5, have fun chasing the model train engine at Weston Nurseries on Saturday.


Fan Frenzy

November 2, 2013 — The scoreboard tells it all as fans rush the field following the final second of the game against Milton on Friday night. However, a penalty was called and Milton was given one more possession, which resulted in an incomplete pass.


.Ruth E. (Berry) Phipps, 92


HOPKINTON - Ruth E. (Berry) Phipps, 92, died peacefully at her home on November 1, 2013.  She was the beloved wife of the late Paul M. Phipps, who died in December 2012.  They were married for 69 years.

She is survived by her sons Robert and his wife Nancy of Sutton, and Richard of Myanmar.  She also leaves her grandchildren Todd Phipps and his wife Val of Holden, Tanya Payne and her husband Alvin of Holliston, Suzanne Myers and her husband Joseph of Merrimack, NH, Megan Majeran and her husband Eric of Taunton, Michael Phipps and his wife Danielle of Wareham, and Avery Phipps of Myanmar.  In addition, she leaves four great grandchildren.  She is predeceased by her son Ronald, who died in 1974.

Ruth enjoyed many wonderful trips with her husband to Bermuda, Europe, Canada, Hawaii and Scotland.  She, along with her family, spent many happy summers at their cottage on Cape Cod.  More than anything, she cherished the time she shared with her family and friends.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the 
Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, Hopkinton.  

Donations in Ruth's name may be made to the Baypath Humane Society, 5 Rafferty Road, Hopkinton, MA 01748

Hopkinton 26, Milton 22

November 1, 2013 — A Milton 22-0 lead into the second half was answered by 26 unanswered Hopkinton points for a stunning victory Friday night at home.



   Police Incident Log - Most Recent First
   Updated Friday, November 1, 2013


The Hopkinton Police were 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.

1 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Check.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.


Incident Log

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

7:50 pm A Meserve Street resident reported that a neighbor was operating equipment in violation of town by-laws. Officer William Burchard spoke with the operator who shut it down for the night.

3:43 pm The Milford Police Department reported that an erratic operator was heading into Hopkinton on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer William Burchard checked the area with a negative find.

3:07 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer David Shane regarding possible fraud.

9:44 am A caller from Lilac Court reported that a light blue Chrysler van and a tan Toyota SUV stopped in the roadway in front of her condo and took boxes from one vehicle and placed them in the other one. Officer Gregg DeBoer advised that the vehicles were gone upon his arrival and that they were probably related to the construction work going on in the area.


Letter From Superintendent of Schools

Cournoyer Resigns

Bishop Appointed Principal

November 1, 2013

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I am writing to share information with you about decisions I have made regarding the high school leadership team. Throughout these recent transitions, please know that my foremost consideration has been in maintaining the highest educational standards for our students.

First, I am pleased to announce the permanent appointment of Mr. Evan Bishop as Principal of Hopkinton High School. Mr. Bishop has demonstrated strong leadership skills during his 9 years in the district; 4 years as a guidance counselor and coach, and 31/2 years as Assistant Principal before assuming the Interim Principal position in December last year. He embraced the role with enthusiasm and earned the respect and confidence of the high school staff, his colleagues on the administrative team, and the community. I am very pleased to welcome Evan to the position and cannot think of a more thorough interview process than the opportunity we have had to observe him in this role. He has demonstrated leadership skills in promoting the learning and growth of all students, ensuring a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment, creating positive partnerships with families, and sustaining a school culture of reflective practice, high expectations, and continuous learning for staff.

Secondly, I have appointed Mr. Jake Santamaria to assume Mr. Bishop's former role for the remainder of the year. The students and staff are familiar with Mr. Santamaria given his role in the same position last year. We will conduct a full search this spring for a permanent, full-time replacement to begin July 1, 2014.

Thirdly, I have received and accepted a letter of resignation from Mr. Cournoyer as Principal of Hopkinton High School. By working strategically with the high school administration, we have developed a plan to provide for continuity and stability in leadership at the high school while minimizing any additional cost to the school department beyond that which was originally budgeted.

Finally, on November 6th at 7:00 PM there will be a public forum held in the high school library to introduce our strong and united administrative team. We are looking forward to sharing our enthusiasm for all of the great things that are happening in our schools, and to answering your questions.

Please join me in changing the conversation to focus on where we are going while learning from where we have been.

Cathy MacLeod, Ed.D.



Water Meter Reader Installations



Please be advised that the DPW water and sewer division will be installing new outside water meter reading units at customer’s homes and business in the area of Ash St, Eastview Rd, Front St., East Main and side streets in those areas In most cases this does not require entry into the home.  However, in some instances technicians may need to gain access to your basement to make the necessary connection.

We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Eric J. Carty,  Water-Sewer Manager


Please read about the parking ban in detail, as well as the rules banning pushing snow into the street or sidewalk.
HopNews graphic by Jason Kenney
Click here for rules.


Halloween Attire in Hopkinton

October 31,  2013 — Above, Meghan Barton plays Rosie the Riveter at Water Fresh Farm on Halloween evening. The large photo below is what happens when you put a chicken suit on a Cornell's Irish Pub bartender; and the thumbnails below are just a few examples of  the all-out effort by Colellas' staff. Click them to enlarge.

3 Car MVA

October 31, 2013 — Three vehicles were involved in a collision at the intersection of Grove and Pleasant Streets, but only two stuck around to discuss it with police. There appeared to be no injuries, despite the extensive damage to the front of the vehicle. Today's vehicles are said to be designed to absorb impact, and thus collapse and crush like cardboard, even at low speeds, so that its occupants do not.

Earth Moving

October 31, 2013 — The steam shovel above was kept busy by a steady stream of earth moving dump trucks at the second parcel of land Pulte recently acquired from Legacy Farms. The bucket of the machine is obscured by a plume of smoke emitted by the exhaust of the diesel engine of the truck as it pulls away in low gear fully loaded.  The trucks are for site work, and do not travel on regular roadways. Their tires can be taller than a man standing.

Suzanne C. Colella, 64

Suzanne C. Colella, 64, of Hopkinton, passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at her home surrounded by family. Born in New Hampshire, she was the daughter of Philip and Cecile (Lessard) Bedard of Alexandria, NH. She was the wife of 32 years to Robert Colella of Hopkinton.

Suzanne had worked at the former Dr. Butterfield Optometry Office in Holliston.

Besides her parents and husband, she is survived by a son, Jeffrey Tomaso and his wife Kristin of Hopkinton; a brother, Roger Bedard and his wife Judy of Alexandria, NH, 2 grandchildren, Taleisha and Ashley Tomaso of Hopkinton. She was also a second mother to Kristen and Teresa Colella.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 3rd from 3-6 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St.  A funeral mass will take place at 11:00a.m. on Monday, November 4th at St. Matthews Church in Southborough. Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Hopkinton. Donations may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284


New Upton Drive-In

October 31, 2013 — The Roving HopCam caught this scene in Upton near the High School complexes this morning.  It becomes the second drive-in in the area, behind the Mendon Drive-In, which is closed for the season. The Unpleasant Drive-In may be closed soon, too.


Champs From Middle School

Undefeated Team


Canadian Air

October 30, 2013 — The view of Lake Whitehall with the low sky cover is rather majestic in this perspective from Pond Street last Sunday.


  Police Incident/Arrest Log - Most Recent First

Updated Wednesday, October 30, 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.
1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.
1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.
Arrest Log
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
7:11 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil arrested Henry Eric Thomas, 46, of Wood Street, Hopkinton, on West Main Street and charged him with OUI Liquor, 3rd Offense.
Incident Log
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
10:57 am A West Elm Street resident reported receiving harassing phone calls.
6:42 pm A caller reported that he was almost struck by a vehicle while leaving a West Main Street parking lot. He stated that the operator was very argumentative and possibly intoxicated. Two officers responded and subsequently arrested a 46 year-old male from Hopkinton and charged him with OUI Liquor, 3rd Offense.
5:24 pm A caller reported that earlier this afternoon she was approached by a man on Cedar Street who showed her a badge and was trying to obtain a pass-code for a secure area. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and spoke with the caller.
7:00 am A 911 caller reported a motor vehicle rollover accident on Route 495. The Fire Department responded to assist the State Police.
Monday, October 28, 2013
There are no incidents to report on for this day.
Last Blast

October 30, 2013 — These eye-catching trees at Legacy Farms last weekend got a little boost in color saturation, compliments of the Sun, and Adobe Corporation.

Hopkinton Real Estate Taxes are due Friday, November 1st.
Copies of tax bills are available on:  taxbillsonline.com

Most Wanted Sex Offender Captured in Boston

The Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section yesterday arrested one of the department’s Most Wanted High Risk Sex Offenders. Troopers apprehended UMAR SHABAZZ (a.k.a. SAMUEL PLEAS), D.O.B. 6/29/59, at an establishment on Tremont Street in Boston. SHABAZZ is wanted on three warrants issued out of Worcester District Court charging him with failure to register as a Level 3 sex offender, refusing to provide a DNA database sample, and possession of a Class B narcotic with intent to distribute.


Troopers recently developed information indicating that SHABAZZ was in the Boston area. Further investigation led the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section to set up surveillance in Boston. After a nearly nine-hour effort, SHABAZZ was located shortly before 6 p.m. at Slades Bar and Grill on Tremont Street in Roxbury Crossing. Troopers arrested SHABAZZ and transported him to the State Police Barracks in Millbury, where a member of the State Police CODIS Unit obtained a DNA sample from SHABAZZ, as required by law. Troopers then took the prisoner to the Worcester Police Department, where he was processed and held for arraignment.


SHABAZZ relocated to Worcester after serving a prison sentence for rape, kidnapping, and armed robbery, but never properly registered as a sex offender as required by law. SEE WANTED POSTER



Hoptoberfest Raises Over $18,000 for the Renovation and Expansion of Hopkinton Public Library, While 16 Homes Join the “1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library” Pledging an Additional $16,000


October 29, 2013, Hopkinton, Mass.  Hopkinton Public Library Foundation’s “Hoptoberfest,” a fun night of tasting, generated over $18,000 for the planned expansion and renovation of Hopkinton Library.  Held on Friday, October 25, 275 guests enjoyed samples of numerous local microbrews, name brand beers and food from local restaurants. and caterers.

         In addition to the incredible outpouring of support for the Library by the partygoers, sponsors and local businesses at Hoptoberfest,  16 guests at the event pledged $1,000 toward the renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Library in response to HPLF’s new challenge - “1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library.”  With 1000 Homes willing to pledge $1,000 over the next four years, HPLF will raise $1 million for the restoration, renovation and expansion of Hopkinton’s most inclusive community asset. The contributions from these 16 generous Hopkinton families bring the grand total for Hoptoberfest to over $34,000! 

          Please continue to support the renovation and expansion of the Hopkinton Public Library at HPLF's upcoming events:

·         "Jump for the Library" from 3pm to 8pm on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at SkyZone in Westborough. Be sure to mention Hopkinton Public Library and 25% of the proceeds will be donated to the Library renovation & expansion.

·       Third Annual "Princess Tea" on Sunday, January 26, 2013, at the Westborough DoubleTree.

        Want to be the first to know when tickets go on sale or what fun events are coming up?  Sign up for HPLF’s newsletter at www.hplfinc.org, or “Like” HPLF’s Facebook page. 

        All proceeds from HPLF events help to fund the Hopkinton Public Library building project.  In addition to the $4.5 million grant awarded to the Town of Hopkinton by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), funds raised by HPLF will defray the Town’s cost of restoring, renovating and expanding the library’s historic building.  In 2011, the MBLC approved Hopkinton’s plan for the renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Public Library and awarded Hopkinton a $4.5 million Library Construction Grant, approximately 45% of the $10.2 million total cost of the library building project.  Hopkinton currently is #4 on the waiting list to receive these state construction funds, which could be awarded to the Town as soon as 2014.  Once completed, Hopkinton Public Library will provide a modern, accessible facility that meets the current and future needs of the community, while preserving and highlighting the architectural features of the beloved original building.  For more information about HPLF’s mission, please visit the HPLF website at www.hplfinc.org.

        Contributions to Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, Inc. can be mailed to P.O. Box 16, Woodville, MA 01784, or made online at http://www.hplfinc.org.


Milford Regional Welcomes New Physicians to Cancer Center



           Cancer Center Services expand at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at Milford Regional Medical Center with the appointment of several new physicians to Milford Regional’s active medical staff.

            Natalie Sinclair, MD (photo)graduated from the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT with a degree in medicine in 2006.  She performed an internal medicine residency at Fletcher Allen Health Care through the University of Vermont and a fellowship in hematology/oncology at Rhode Island Hospital through Brown University, Providence, RI.  Dr. Sinclair is board certified in internal medicine and she is an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School.

            Milford Regional welcomes three Brigham and Women’s radiation oncologists to the medical staff.  Monica Krishnan, MD received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 2008.  She completed an internship in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a residency in radiation oncology at Harvard’s Radiation Oncology Program where she was chief resident.  Dr. Krishnan is a clinical instructor in radiation oncology at Harvard Medical School.

             Michael Corradetti, MD graduated with a degree in medicine and a PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI in 2008.  He performed an internship in internal medicine and a residency in radiation oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.  Dr. Corradetti is a clinical instructor in radiation oncology at Harvard Medical School.

            Itai Pashtan, MD attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine where he graduated with honors and also completed an internal medicine residency program.  He continued his training with a residency in radiation oncology in Harvard’s Radiation Oncology Program and at Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard, completing a fellowship in the Cancer Program.

            “The success of Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at Milford Regional Medical Center can largely be attributed to the quality of the physicians,” says Edward J. Kelly, president, Milford Regional Medical Center.  “We are pleased to welcome these new, high caliber physicians to our medical staff.”          

            An appointment may be scheduled with Dr. Natalie Sinclair by calling the medical oncology department at The Cancer Center at Milford Regional Medical Center, 508-488-3700.  To make an appointment with Drs. Kashtan, Corradetti or Pashtan, call the radiation oncology department at 508-488-3800.


The Hopkinton Hiller Cheerleaders proved again why they are one of the best cheer squads in the state. They competed Sunday October 27, 2013 at the Marlboro Cheer Invitational Competition in Marlboro, MA. This was large competition; with a morning and an afternoon session. There were 33 teams in the first session (Hopkinton was in the first session) and 21 teams in the second, afternoon session.  The girls came in second in the morning session… missing first place by only HALF A POINT. Also, out of all the teams (both morning and afternoon) 55 teams in total, they had the THIRD highest score of the day. Almost all the teams were from Eastern Massachusetts! This is an exciting team to watch. They truly are a source of pride for Hopkinton High School and, for that matter, all of Hopkinton. With that said, please come and support the Hiller Cheerleaders at the Tri Valley League Championship, October 30, at Bellingham HS, 60 Blackstone Street, Bellingham MA (starts at 6:30 PM). See you there.          Contributed by John Cardillo

300th Anniversary Volunteer Mixer

Join us for the 300th Anniversary Volunteer Mixer and Information Session, Thursday November 14 at 7:00 pm at Carbone's Restaurant. Find out how you can be involved in the big celebration. Everyone is welcome!  It's (y)our 300th. Be a part. Questions? email us athop300th@gmail.com


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