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Beavers Abound

November 20, 2013 — Above, North Mill Street resident Margaret Cowart spoke to selectmen last night regarding concerns about a rapidly growing beaver population, especially in her neighborhood.
        "We are taking action to protect OUR property," she said. She mentioned that the beaver activity — the dam in the photo below on North Mill Street is an especially high one — has affected her septic. She also raised concerns about the presence of mosquitoes on her property this past summer, raising worries about West Nile Virus and other bug-borne illnesses.

         "Please support House Bill 750," she said. 

          One neighbor who spoke after Mrs. Cowart, asked that the names of those present be added to the signature of a letter sent to the selectmen from neighbor Cecilia and Rob DelGaudio asking for coordinated multi-town effort to cull the population so that the investment made by her and her neighbors is not in vain.

           One of the speakers noted that 23 beavers were taken out on Front Street.

          The Town Manager was asked by selectmen to draft a letter to the Joint Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources addressing the concerns of homeowners.

   Police Arrest/Incident Log - Most Recent First
   Updated Wednesday, November 20, 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.

5 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

4 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Monday, November 18, 2013

4:09 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested Henry Paul Allessio, 38, of Pond Street, Hopkinton, on Fruit Street and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended, Subsequent Offense.

Incident Log

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

9:54 pm A caller from Main Street complained about her landlord.

7:15 pm An employee from an Elm Street business reported that four youths inside of a motor vehicle were acting suspiciously last night.

6:10 pm A 911 caller reported a possible road rage incident on Wood Street. Officer Peter Booth checked the area but could not locate the vehicle. The Westborough Police Department was notified to be on the look out for the vehicle.

11:36 am A motorist reported that a work crew was taking up most of the travel lane on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with the paving company who relocated their parked equipment.

11:36 am A resident of Gina Drive reported that a man who appeared to be from a TV company wanted access to her house to fix an error in her service. Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with the TV company who advised that this was a common practice.

Monday, November 18, 2013

9:18 pm A 911 caller from Turnbridge Lane reported an outside disturbance, possibly a fight. Three officers responded and spoke with the individuals.

6:40 pm Two officers responded to Overlook Road to investigate a domestic incident.

4:28 pm A motorist reported that a vehicle was operating erratically on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer William Burchard checked the area with a negative.

3:42 pm Officer Peter Booth stopped a motor vehicle on Fruit Street and subsequently arrested a 38 year-old male from Hopkinton and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle With License Suspended, Subsequent Offense.

1:38 pm An East Main Street resident reported that a black BMW pulled into their driveway then took off when the caller went outside.

7:49 am A resident of Colella Farm Road reported that their house was egged Saturday night. Officer David Shane responded to take a report.


Hopkinton Police Chief Search Committee Update

The Police Chief Search Committee has made significant progress in its work to find the next Chief of Police for the Town of Hopkinton.  “The Committee’s very deliberative approach to reviewing the candidates’ materials and credentials is meant to ensure a fair, equitable, and comprehensive process is followed in order to achieve this important goal,” says Committee Chair, Bob Levenson.

He went on to say that, “The committee was very pleased with the response to the posting, as well as with the overall quality of the applicants.”  
Each applicant’s credentials received a thorough review by the Committee, and all preliminary phone screens have been completed.   At the last Committee meeting on Tuesday, November 12, the number of candidates was narrowed down from twenty (20) to ten (10). The next phase of the process will be to begin conducting interviews, which are scheduled for early December.  At the conclusion of the interviews, the Committee will reconvene to determine which of the 10 candidates will advance to the next step.  Mr. Levenson stated:  “There is a great deal of excitement among Committee members that we could very well have a new Police Chief by the end of December, early January timeframe.”


Massachusetts School Building Authority Invites Hopkinton to Participate


This morning, representatives of Hopkinton’s School Committee (Nancy Alvarez Burdick and Ellen Scordino), Board of Selectmen (John Mosher), Center School Principal Lauren Dubeau, Elementary School Building Committee (Mike Shepard), HPS Director of Finance Ralph Dumas, State Representative Carolyn Dykema, and District Director for Senator Spilka, Puja Mehta, joined me at the MSBA Board of Directors meeting in Boston. I am pleased to announce that we have received an invitation into the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s (MSBA) eligibility period. Over the next few days we expect a letter confirming this invitation and providing additional detail.

Preliminary Eligibility Requirements will need to be completed in order for us to proceed. Once completed, the MSBA will review our documents and consider a vote to invite the Town of Hopkinton into the Capital pipeline, allowing us to begin the Feasibility Study Process. The MSBA Board of Directors noted Hopkinton’s representation at their meeting this morning, stating how important it is to have such unified support.

Press Release from Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Cathy MacLeod.


Foxwoods Loses Bet
Milford voters reject casino nearly 2-1, trumping Selectmen

Above, Milford Registrars at Milford Town Hall appear overjoyed at the end of the voting.

November 19, 2013 — A proposal that originated with developer David Nunes five years ago, and embraced by Foxwoods months ago, to build a destination resort casino on undeveloped land near high-voltage transmission lines in Milford, on land that has laid fallow for years, did not meet the approval of voters in the town of Milford today.

       The ballot question may have been too much for 5 people who turned in blank ballots, but not for the other 9,843 who comprised 57% of eligible voters, a turnout that more than one official said was high.

        The vote in favor, 3480, was nearly half of the vote against, 6,363, the inverse of the 2-1 vote in favor of the casino by the Milford Board of Selectmen.

       It remains to be seen if the Mass Gaming Commission will award the license to the last man standing, Everett, or begin the process over again in the Eastern Mass zone by inviting another round of proposals and community involvement elsewhere.

        But it won't be in Milford anytime soon. 


           Facebook fans and Twitter followers got live updates from the scene.


High School Happenings This Coming Weekend



Lots happening at Hopkinton High School this weekend and there’s something for everyone:


-- First, the award-winning Hopkinton High School (HHS) Drama Ensemble – led by outstanding drama teacher Valerie von Rosenvinge -- presents the school edition of Bye Bye Birdie.  Performances will be held at the Hopkinton Middle School auditorium on Thurs., Nov. 21 at 4 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 22 and Sat., Nov. 23 at 7:00 p.m.; and Sun., Nov. 24 at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.  A full orchestra including 20 HHS students will provide accompaniment for the show.


-- For sports fans, there’s the annual “Powder Puff Football Game” this Fri., Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. in which the senior high school girls take on the junior girls in a traditional rivalry like none other – all under the lights at the Dave M. Hughes Stadium high school football field. Importantly, the concession stand also will be open with plenty to eat.  All proceeds benefit the class activities.


--And for shoppers wary of mall traffic, come to the HHS Boosters store which will be open all weekend during the Hopkinton Youth Basketball (HYBA) annual “Tap-Off Tournament.”  Store hours are:  Fri, Nov. 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sat., Nov. 23 and Sun., Nov. 24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Sales benefit Hopkinton athletics so shop early for the holidays.  In addition – special for HHS Boosters Members -- receive 20% off your store purchases all weekend.  You can join today in-store or on-line at www.hopkintonboosters.com.


 Reprinted with permission from SoundMindz.org                       

Happiness: Why Is It So Elusive?

If you google the word happiness you will be exposed to many articles, books and blogs telling you how to attain this all-elusive state. Why the sudden overflow of information regarding happiness?


I believe the overriding interest is directly related to the fact that our culture is suffering a collapse of mental resiliency.  40 million Americans suffer from anxiety, eighteen percent of the population. Globally 350 million people suffer from depression, one in ten Americans. Children experience depression ten times the incidence of generations ago; depression rates are ten times higher than they were in 1960. The average age of a depressive episode today is 14.5 years; fifty years ago it was close to 30 years of age.


Half of Americans say they lie awake at night due to stress, while three quarters of Americans experience stress symptoms, either physical, psychological or both.


According to the World Health Organization stress related business costs for Americans rose to 300 billion dollars last year, an astounding figure, with absenteeism being a chief culprit. A Gallup poll in the summer of 2013 indicated that 70% of Americans hate their jobs, feel disengaged and blame their bosses for their attitude.


To add to the dire statistics Americans die sooner and have higher rates of disease than 16 other rich countries.


Our culture moves too fast, suffers from sleep deprivation, and is overwrought with stress as we chase happiness in all the wrong places. We wonder why we are unhappy and unhealthy, and yet the answers are not as elusive as we might think. We have fallen into the trap of believing that net worth equals self worth, and we sacrifice health and quality for speed and production.  We tend to rate status over character and achievement over relationships.


A Simple Answer


Although I don’t’ agree with several of Freud’s assertions his formula for a successful, happy life seems quite accurate- to love and to work. If I could add to his definition I believe that we need to engage in meaningful work or activities, we need to be able to sustain intimacy with family and friends, and we need to maintain reasonable self care to experience happiness with consistency. In my experience there are few Americans who can say they have been able to remain balanced in all of these three categories. I add self-care to the happiness formula as our ability to care for ourselves, including exercising regularly, eating nutritiously, sleeping at least 7 to 8 hours a night, and thinking of ourselves as worthy people are all highly correlated with the ability to love others.  Self-care includes the internal dialogue we have with ourselves, if it is critical and demeaning it will influence our mood and how we relate to others.


The Path to Happiness


Happiness cannot be successfully attained in the long run by pursuing it directly; it is a by-product of our interpersonal abilities and lifestyle. First and most important is our ability to relate with empathy, compassion and goodness. So many in our fast paced culture long for intimacy and connection but don’t take the time to develop the internal spirit necessary to create and maintain closeness. When we are too busy for intimacy it is not because we don’t have the time. We don’t make the time because on a deeper level we don’t have the confidence that we know how to sustain intimacy. Falling in love takes little time and skill, the actual loving of another person occurs over time, not immediately. Intimacy and deep friendship occurs when we let ourselves be known, along with developing the ability to to truly understand another person.

We can’t understand the uniqueness of another human being if we can’t slow down enough to truly listen. For many years doing couples therapy the complaint I have heard the most is about spouses who interrupt, are preoccupied, not present and yet seemingly are frustrated when deeper connections do not occur, and their sex life diminishes. We get what we give, and if we expect to be heard without reciprocating, we create a one sided monologue that leads to boredom and emotional distance. A formula for unhappiness.


Meaningful Activity


We know that those who love to learn derive great happiness from new discoveries and new possibilities. We know that those who love to dance, who love music, who love the theatre, love playing a sport, all experience happiness. These activities can be fleeting, however. The most enduring activities that provide happiness are usually actions that have intrinsic meaning, and extend to the world we encounter. For instance I am happy at the moment, after a morning spinning class with our two daughters, a nutritious breakfast thereafter listening to all the new things happening in their lives, I am in my home office enjoying writing to you.  I am hoping these words will prove helpful to you, and thus give me a sense of imparting something of value from my life to yours.


Interestingly we don’t have to be doing something grand to experience happiness. Holding the door open for an elderly person, or sending a card to an old friend during the holidays is enough to cause a pleasant neurochemical change. Happiness is a by-product of giving and engaging with others.


Self –Care


If we don’t take reasonable care of ourselves we alter our mood, deplete energy and are less available to those closest to us. In essence we cheat the one’s we love because we are not in a mental and emotional framework to be fully present. We live our lives, in part, according to our moods, if our energy is low, if we feel run down it is very hard to be loving. We shortchange everyone we encounter, our self-care is not just about us, it influences everything we do and everyone we interact with.


Simple but Profound


Describing the components of a happy life is easy but implementation if far from simple. In order to implement changes in each of the three categories discussed we have to be aware, focused and dedicated to balancing our lives. Without continual effort happiness will always be fleeting and surely elusive. 

Arthur P. Ciaramicoli is a Hopkinton resident.


Fair and Balanced

November 19, 2013 — Former Hopkinton resident Tom Lemon makes his viewpoint clear regarding the Milford Casino today, and the canvasser at Colella's, a Florida resident who is being paid to collect signatures, makes her push for her employer, who wants "Massachussetts" voters to overturn the casino law.



Margaret (Kaufmann) Buser, 93

Margaret (Kaufmann) Buser, 93
, of Hopkinton and a former resident of Framingham, passed away at her daughter's home Friday, November 15, 2013. Born in New York in 1920, she was the daughter of Ralph and Mildred Kaufmann, and wife of the late Carl Buser who died in 1982.

She is survived by three children, Wayne Buser and his wife Roberta of Castle Rock, CO, Barbara Ainsworth of Ashland, and Nancy Gibbs and her husband Braman "Gibby" of Hopkinton. She also had three grandchildren,Lesley Bauer and her husband Dan, Derek Ainsworth and Leigh Ainsworth as well as great-grandchildren, Gracie Mae Bauer and Kymberly Ainsworth.

At Margaret's request, services will be private. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton,. In lieu of flowers, memorial 
contributions in her memory may be made to Project Just Because, P.O. Box 36, 86 South St. Hopkinton, MA 01748.



Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton Massachusetts

Compiled for HopNews.com by Robert Falcione © 2013 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from November 12, 2013 - November 18, 2013
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
Address Buyer Price Date Seller
17 Hayden Rowe Street Caroline Melito $247,000 November 18, 2013 Joseph Regan et. al.
3 Canterbury Lane Keith Kerzel, Linda Kerzel $930,000 November 18, 2013 Undra Patrick, Monique Saunders
8 Pinecrest Village Anne Marie Folkard $210,000 November 15, 2013 Anthony Gonzalez, Lauren Gonzalez
14 Old FarmRoad Geoffrey N Rowland, Eric C Rowland $648,000 November 15, 2013 John A Carrozza, Elizabeth A Carrozza
13 Wedgewood Drive Charles M Burcham, Julie V Burcham $730,000 November 12, 2013 Robert B Steinberg
13 Autumn Ridge Dr #38 Christopher J Cooney, Erin A Cooney $531,490 November 12, 2013 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
Last Week        
171 Saddle Hill Road Tina E. Ritari $363,000 November 8, 2013 Katherine F. Holzman-Goldblatt
0 Claflin Avenue Diane M. Hayward $150,000 November 8, 2013 Terry Family Ventures II LLC
206 Wood Street William J. Folan $365,000 November 5, 2013 Rapid Realm LLC
Week Before
13 Warmstone Way, Unit 51 Zahra Ali, Akbar Ali Ansari $570,000 November 4, 2013 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
7 Nebraska Street Paul J. Elder III, Megan Elder $180,000 November 1, 2013 Kathleen M. Fitzgibbons
15 Autumn Ridge Drive, Unit 37 Jing Liu, Shaoyong Li $466,005 October 31, 2013 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
24 Amherst Road Jennifer A. Baima $437,500 October 31, 2013 Thomas Perna Custom Homes LLC
9 Warmstone Way, Unit 49 Yukang Zhao, Katie Gu $585,000 October 31, 2013 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
8 Spring Street Melissa R. Walls, William T. Walls $425,000 October 31, 2013 Kevin J. Wright, Maureen L. Wright
11 Parker Point Road Christopher M. Jorstad $269,000 October 30, 2013 Dennis F. Ford, Gercina Macedo
4 Grandview Drive, Unit 16 Nitinchandra P. Avlani, Dhaval Avlani $632,785 October 30, 2013 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
1 Dicarlo Road Jennifer B. Green, Eric M. Green $655,000 October 30, 2013 Michael F. Jarvis, Linda V. Jarvis
1 Paul Revere Path, Unit 4D Chinmay Gupta, Shruti Gupta $337,990 October 29, 2013 Stagecoach Heights Realty LLC
6 Grandview Drive, Unit 17 Jignesh S. Avlani, Purvi Avlani $572,945 October 29, 2013 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
56 Grove Street Michael Coffin, Kara Coffin $376,000 October 29, 2013 Nancy B. White, Robert C. White
Hopkinton Cheer on Top

November 18, 2013 — This past Sunday, November 17, The Hopkinton Cheerleaders (HC) competed in the South Regional Cheerleading Championships at Dartmouth High School, Dartmouth MA.  There were three other Regional competitions going on simultaneously;  North, Central and West at different locations throughout the state. The South Regional is, by far, the biggest regional competition and arguably the toughest. The Hopkinton Coaches and Cheerleaders went into this competition with high hopes knowing they would be going up against the best of the best. 

        Well, they exceeded their expectations by winning the South Regional Cheerleading Championships with the highest score of the day, beating 31 other cheer squads, in ALL divisions.

       But it wasn’t until later in the day, when all scores were tabulated from all the competitions throughout the state, that Melissa Zwang (HC Head Coach) became aware that they scored the highest in the state, ahead of 72 other teams.

       Next up…. States!  Come make some noise for your Hillers at Wachusett Regional High School, 1401 Main Street, Holden MA. Time has yet to be determined but will be posted midweek at this location. Contributed by John Cardilllo.

Police Arrest/Incident Log - Most Recent First
  Updated Monday, November 18, 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.

9 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

   Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

   Times the Police participated in Community Relations or passenger safety.

Arrest Log

Sunday, November 17, 2013

8:15 pm Officer Peter Booth arrested Matthew Moynahan, 21, Appaloosa Circle on West Main Street and charged him with No Inspection Sticker and Possession of a Class A Substance.


Friday, November 15, 2013

1:42 am After investigating a break-in at a business on West Main Street, as well as a call for one in another part of Hopkinton, Officer Jacob Campbell arrested Corey J Welch, 23, of Nashua Road in Dracut, charging him with Malicious Destruction of Property Over $250, Breaking an Entering in the Nighttime for a Felony, Larceny from a Building, and Operating after License Suspension


Incident Log

Sunday, November 17, 2013

10:19 am Responding to a report of gunfire on Hill Street, Officer Patrick O'Brien came up empty handed.
12:56 am Officer Peter Booth arrested an individual on West Main Street following a motor vehicle stop, charging him with no inspection sticker an possession of a Class A Substance.


Saturday, November 16, 2013

10:49 pm An Ash Street resident believed she heard gunshots, but Officer Peter Booth did not hear them when he arrived in response.

   7:12 pm A caller reported a large deer standing motionless in the high-speed lane of Route 495.

   6:54 pm Responding to the report of gunshots on Stewart Street, Officer Gregg DeBoer witnessed fireworks, but could not pinpoint the location.

   9:12 am A Highcroft Way resident spoke with Officer Patrick O'Brien at the station about a possible Craigslist scam.


Friday, November 15, 2013

  5:05 pm Multiple 911 calls led to an accident with injury on Fruit Street, and finished with a trip to the hospital and a summons for OUI Liquor.

  7:47 am A Curtis Road caller alleged a violation of the town's bylaw at 5:45 am prohibiting work before 7:00 am on weekdays. The alleged perpetrator was backing his truck down the street, apparently with the accompanying and annoying droning beep.

12:48 am Three Ashland units responded to a Main Street apartment for a couple arguing, yelling loudly from one room to another. Hopkinton units were tied up on two break-in calls, one of which turned out to be a diversion.  

12:28 am Officers Jacob Campbell and Robert Bielecki made quick work of a diversionary call regarding a break-in, and the actual break-in itself, arresting one individual.


Waning Days of Dogs

November 18, 2013— Teresa Boyce of Snappy Dogs fame, prepares a special dog for a special diner this afternoon. She and Lisa Volpe-Hachey will be saying goodbye for the season on Saturday, November 23, 2013, one day after their Friday turkey extravaganza. (They would really like to see their friends before they go for the season.)



November 18, 2013 — This cormorant, a diving duck, will not be around for long, because it needs open water to dive. Photo taken today at North Pond north of the West Main Street causeway.



MSBA to Consider Inviting Hopkinton Application for Eligibility


The Superintendent of Hopkinton Public Schools, Dr. Cathy MacLeod, will be attending the public meeting of the Massachusetts School Building Authority to be held on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 in Boston at the MSBA’s building. At that meeting, the Board of Directors will consider the authorization to invite the Town of Hopkinton to enter into the MSBA's Eligibility Period. Funding for a feasibility study was approved at the May, 2013 Town Meeting, and the Elementary School Building Committee is ready to move forward if we are selected. — Press Release


State Police Arrest Driver in Auburn After Driving Wrong Way on I-395

November 18, 2013 — On Saturday November 16, 2013 at approximately 9:30 p.m., State Police Sturbridge Barracks was notified by Connecticut State Police of a wrong way driver, driving North on the Southbound lanes of I-395, coming into Massachusetts from Connecticut.

Multiple calls were received as Troopers responded to the area.  This wrong way driver was reported to be driving at high rates of speed, and caused a crash on I-395 in the town of Webster.  The vehicle then continued north in the southbound lanes.  The erratic, wrong way driver continued, nearly striking several vehicles, including a State Police cruiser.

As Troopers continued to track this vehicle, Trooper Jody Greene observed the vehicle driving straight at him at approximately 80 mph.  After Trooper Greene swerved to avoid being hit, he observed the car abruptly cut across all lanes of traffic, causing other cars to swerve, and the vehicle exited to Route 20 in Auburn, going the wrong way on the on-ramp.

Shortly thereafter, the now unoccupied vehicle was located in a parking lot of an establishment on Route 20 in Auburn.  The driver of the vehicle, identified as JOHN ZMITRUKIEWICZ, 63, of North Grosvenordle Conn., was located inside the establishment.  After conversation with ZMITRUKIEWICZ and a brief investigation, ZMITRUKIEWICZ was placed under arrest.

ZMITRUKIEWICZ will be arraigned in Worcester District Court on the following charges:

1)      Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicating liquor

2)      Failure to stop for police

3)      Leave the scene of property damage accident

4)      Reckless operation of a motor vehicle

~MSP Press release

A Giving Tree

November 17, 2013 — Dr. Binh Nguyen of Cedar Chiropractic adjusts some hearts on his giving tree. New to the community, he has learned what others in Hopkinton feel is important, and so has placed a tree in the foyer of his office, and has had nearly half of the requests filled.

       "We can get more hearts," he said Friday. The filled requests from children will go to Project Just Because.

The Hoods and Blood's

November 16, 2013 — This hooded merganser couple, the male on the left, with other diving ducks of their kind, on Blood's Pond today, are the only type of ducks left on the pond this season.


Mouse-Over to See Painting

November 16, 2913 — South Mill Street resident Kate Gasser is protected from the fall weather with some wool garments as she sketches the outline of a new painting of the home across from hers. Her own pond-side home is accented by the cupola in the background. Mouse-over the image to see what she sees.


Fiery Fall

November 16, 2013 — The golden arborvitae shrubs in the foreground are overshadowed by the yellow/orange trees in the background as the sun set low in the sky this afternoon at Legacy Farms.


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