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Water Fresh Farm
151 Hayden Rowe Street
Saturday, November 30, 10:00-12:00 pm.

A Conversation with Kathy MacDonald of Alima’s Purse


Kathy MacDonald, a pastor and owner of the unique boutique, Alima’s Purse, will be here to talk about her mission-driven organization. 

You may have seen the handmade, Fair Trade gifts throughout the aisles at Water Fresh Farm Marketplace. There are beautiful pieces of hand crafted jewelry, books, silk scarves, ornaments, and much more. Kathy curates her collection from women in need around the world. Every purchase helps generate income for these women and supports their efforts as they work toward a better life for themselves and their families.

Choosing to purchase from these artisans means you are doing your part to help stamp out global poverty and build lasting social change. All of the money raised through purchases goes back into a worthy community project. 

Kathy will be here to talk about the collection, her travels, and why she was moved to create Alima’s Purse.


This is a great opportunity to get some holiday shopping done all while learning more about this unique, charitable endeavor.





Hopkinton Senior Center

28 Mayhew St.        (508)497-9730

Christmas Sale

Friday, Dec. 6  9-6        Saturday, Dec. 7  9-12

Holiday décor, ornaments, artificial trees & wreaths, tableware etc.

Bake Sale, Jewelry, books, new handmade gifts, poinsettias, bake sale

Donations of Christmas items appreciated through Dec. 4


Wee Deliver Postmasters Installed
(Mouse-over image for closeup)

November 26, 2013 — Hopkinton Postmaster Carl Zagame, left, and Elmwood School Principal, David Ljungberg, flank third grade students Joe Doyle (blue) and Ryan Hicks while Mr.  Zagame administers the oath of office to both of them, making them Postmasters of the Wee Deliver program.
     This is the fifteenth year of the program that supports writing and reading by the exchange of letters  between students and staff members. In addition, there are Wee Deliver mailboxes at the Post Office and Colella's Supermarket for family members of students to send them letters for the twice-weekly deliveries until March.
     Below are the postmasters and their many workers, who will each perform one of four additional tasks.
     Mouse-over the photo above to see a close-up of the new postmasters.

Got Office?

November 26, 2013 — Office Manager Veda Kerr handles the phone in  the reception area of the Hayden Rowe Business Center at 34 Hayden Rowe Street, where offices, conference rooms and training rooms are ready for any small business or professional.

           Tired of the home office, or just want to have a fresh start? Perhaps you want to leave the high rent as a thing of the past. Check out the offices and suites available with a host of amenities, from abundant parking to high-speed internet. If you don't want to go far for lunch, there are several places for luncheon in the Downtown and within a mile of it — or just walk  down the hallway to the convenient kitchen.

             Please check out Hayden Rowe Business Center and their newly renovated offices and furniture for your short or long term needs.

             Get a glimpse of their vast array of services, endless options, standard features and prices on their website, here

Encore for Wine

November 26, 2013 — Martha Gold gets a taste of wine from David Ford of Cafe Europa, a wine importer and distributor, whose success today offering samples of wine from the United States West Coast, as well as France and Spain, has le him to offer the same again on Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Water Fresh Farm, 151 Hayden Rowe Street.


School Committee Misses ESBC Meeting

Superintendent Proposes Full-time Substitute



by Muriel Kramer

November 26, 2013 — Last night’s School Committee was rescheduled from its regular Thursday night time slot last week due to a mix-up with posting; to comply with open meeting law the meeting had to be rescheduled, according to Chairwoman Nancy Alvarez-Burdick. At least one member was very disappointed and frustrated that the meeting was rescheduled to conflict with the first Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC) meeting since getting the go ahead from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) last week. Member Scott Aghababian made his frustration very clear asserting that the meeting could have been held earlier, so that members could also attend the ESBC meeting. “I am very, very frustrated.” He went on adding that members of the SC should be at the ESBC meeting.


School Superintendent Cathy MacLeod acknowledged his frustration and made the point that it was difficult to schedule this meeting after the glitch in posting last week especially with the Thanksgiving holiday making it a very short week.  Aghababian was unmoved, “We could have met at Center School prior to the ESBC meeting. It seemed like that would have been a reasonable solution.”


The news from the MSBA last week that Hopkinton has received an invitation into the eligibility period is very exciting according to Dr. MacLeod.  This does not guarantee an invitation into the feasibility process, but the MSBA is aware that Hopkinton has money appropriated for a feasibility study and that there is an established and active building committee hard at work on the project. From her letter to the parents and community, “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.”


After an executive session before the televised meeting, the SC addressed the release of multiple sets of executive session minutes, voting to release in full 11 sets of minutes from meetings in 2011 and 2012 and 3 in redacted form from the same time period; one set from 8/16/11 that was addressed will not be made public. The SC also released its responses to resident Frank Sivo’s complaints alleging Open meeting Law violations.  Sivo commented, “I am quite pleased that tonight the School Committee finally supported the release of executive session minutes from meetings leading up to the negotiated resignation of Dr. Landman nearly 17 months ago. It is unfortunate that citizens and media, through informal and formal channels, needed to encourage the School Committee’s embrace of transparency. I hope tonight’s decision will mark a turning point. We must continue to learn from the past, while supporting the bright future of education in Hopkinton.”


Dr. MacLeod spoke to the ongoing work to update the strategic plan; she noted that there was a terrific community response to the public forums recently held. She also noted that a survey is in the final stages that will be open for response from December 5th to the 12th. The survey will be available online and also in hard copy at the Senior Center and Town Library. The public is encouraged to participate.


Dr. MacLeod also emphasized that there will be a public forum for feedback on proposed transportation policy changes at the SC meeting December 5th. She also brought forward an idea for the SC to consider to improve coverage in the schools when teachers are absent.  In practice when teachers are absent it can be very challenging to adequately cover classrooms especially classes with students that have special needs.  Often, teachers are pulled from other classes to cover because substitutes are reluctant to take on the challenge of a special needs class; that means additional disruptions for more classes. MacLeod proposed adding a full time substitute for each building that would be available every day to cover absences in any class which would ensure a prepared teacher known to the students and staff to act as a substitute in any class thereby minimizing potential disruptions. She asserted this would be a budget neutral move, as substitutes are typically needed on a daily basis. Aghababian asked about the legal implications of hiring a “full time” substitute that would not receive benefits, etc.  MacLeod will investigate the issue and bring it back for a vote of the SC next meeting.


Winterizing Your Outdoor Spigot
In case you missed it, please check out Peter Zereski's video advice.
And when you see him for real, say, "Oh, hi!"



Time to Winterize Your Motorhome?
May we suggest
Phil and Scott Harper
Lumber Street Auto
26 Lumber Street, Hopkinton


 Reprinted with permission from SoundMindz.org

The Holidays; Time For Gratitude, Acceptance and Giving

It’s that time of year again and many of my clients are already anticipating the pressure and emotional turmoil that each of our families can bring to the holiday table.

One of my clients in a group session yesterday was feeling sad as her mother passed away in the fall and her siblings, rather than maintaining the tradition of all being together during the holidays, have become splintered and are celebrating apart from each other. The family is in mourning and as a result much negativity has taken the place of the closeness they formerly had with each other. Misunderstandings have led to squabbling over their mother’s possessions, her furniture, shares of the family home etc. have caused friction, and loss of what had previously kept them together.


Some members of our group asked what they should do as families dwindle and our figureheads are no longer here to keep everyone together. “How can such a negative occurrence near the holidays be turned around?”  My answer was a simple one; if we abandon resentment and anger our hearts will open, and the soft part of us, that place where serenity lies will emerge. This softness within guides us to appreciate what we have been given in the past, and what we have been fortunate enough to experience in the present. When we touch our inner goodness we are in contact with the best part of ourselves. We are then in a position to become more understanding of others, and we are more likely to take the higher road, making less of others imperfections and more of their humanness, the frailties that we all have in common. Our vulnerabilities, when not understood, can lead to misperceptions of others' intentions, and ultimately this causes us to withdraw from relationships.  When we chose openness rather than bitterness, we experience feelings of gratefulness for the existence of family, friends and all that we have been given through the grace of life. We have been blessed with life and family, not because we have earned either, we have been given a gift, the gift to love and forgive. When we make the choice to love we become alive again, and negativity fades into the past.


As we age, the holidays can still maintain their magic but they also consist of many memories we wish we could re-enact. We all lose people and dreams along the way. Maybe we are not living the life we fantasized about, or maybe some are alone and wondering if they will ever have that magical Christmas or joyous Hanukah with a special someone. Maybe we never became the person or lived the lifestyle we romanticized, or maybe we, like all other human beings, are forced to cope with the realities of an ever-changing life.  Our dreams have been disrupted and the holiday season and our lives are not quite what we visualized.

As we contemplate the loss of loved ones and the pain of lost dreams we can let go and become immersed in our present lives if we allow ourselves to feel the depth of emotion the holidays produce. Take time to feel the sadness of all you have lost, and use your sadness to touch the softness within. This tender, gentle part of us connects us to the humanness in others; our hostile side connects us to destructive thoughts and behavior.  You will be more able to participate, appreciate and accept yourself and the people around you if you do so.

You can’t accept the limitations of others if you can’t accept your own shortcomings. Give up stubbornness and try to be understanding of yourself, and then take the courageous step of reaching out to those you know in your heart you care about but have neglected. Regardless of how others respond, relate with dignity, honesty and compassionate understanding. If you do so, the holidays will likely fill you with gratitude and the acceptance of life as it is.


The best way to be fulfilled during this season is to give to others. Write something personal in every card you give to those close to you. Take a chance and go beyond your normal way of expressing, touch deeply within and let those close to you know how much they mean, and how grateful you are to have them in your life. You would be surprised how many people keep the cards that have been given to them with unique expressions from those they care about the most. Lose your self consciousness and express yourself fully, remember life is time limited, we have a chance to give to those we love this season, don’t assume there will be other chances, now is the time to express more completely than you every have before, make these holidays the time you revealed all the love that is within you. Those close to you will never forget your words, your heartfelt written and spoken words will last far longer than any material gift ever will.

Arthur P. Ciaramicoli is a Hopkinton resident









Philippe Crettien Quartet
Philippe Crettien, tenor and soprano  saxophones
Patrick Mottazz, guitar
Sean Farias, bass
Mike Connors, drums

Sunday December 1, 10PM
The Lilypad Art Gallery
1353 Cambridge Street
Inman Square, Cambridge

Originals, Jazz Standards and free improvisations





Philippe Crettien, Jazz Chair of the Rivers School Conservatory, is a Hopkinton resident


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton Massachusetts

Compiled for HopNews.com by Eric Montville © 2013 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from November 19, 2013 - November 25, 2013
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
Address Buyer Price Date Seller
3 Grandview Drive, unit 26 Sai Krishna Avula, Chaitanya Nutakki $556,510 November 25, 2013 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
1 Highcroft Way, unit 1 Edwin J. Hughes, Kathryn A. Padovano $395,000 November 22, 2013 Michael Billingsley, Judith S. Billingsley
4 Rough Rider Road Jason Patrick Sweet, Sarah Elizabeth Sweet $574,900 November 20, 2013 Herbert Lavery, Christina M. Lavery
9 Greystone Lane Masilo A. Grant, Carly F. Grant $713,000 November 20, 2013 Francis D. Pettepit Jr., Mary Ellen Pettepit
1 Knoll Road Jeremy Ledis, Tracy Platt $204,900 November 19, 2013 Matthew J. Arner, Mini Singh
3 Frostpane Lane, unit 53 Deirdra S. Sampson $381,350 November 19, 2013 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
Last Week
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
   Updated Monday, November 25, 2013


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

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

10 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

2 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Sunday, November 24, 2013

3:48 am Officer John Moran placed an individual into Protective Custody on East Main Street.

1:55 am Officer Robert Bielecki arrested Carolyn Jane Murphy, 33, of Easy Street, Uxbridge, on Peach Street and charged her with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

Friday, November 22, 2013

4:36 am Sgt. Scott vanRaalten arrested Taylor T. Stuart, 22, of West Walnut Street, Milford, on Hayden Rowe Street and charged him with OUI Liquor, Miscellaneous Motor Vehicle Equipment Violation and Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle.

Incident Log

Sunday, November 24, 2013

4:51 pm A resident of Colella Farm Road reported hearing strange sounds on her deck as if someone was trying to gain access. Prior to an officers arrival the caller advised that her husband checked the area but did not locate anyone.

4:47 pm A Water Department employee reported that a tree took down wires on Fruit Street leaving the water treatment building without power. The electrical company was notified.

4:45 pm A caller reported that a tree fell across Exchange Street and landed on wires. The Highway Department responded to clear the tree.

3:42 pm A caller from Curtis Road complained about the dust from Legacy Farms.

3:08 am Officer John Moran placed an individual who was sleeping in a vehicle on East Main Street into Protective Custody.

12:08 am Officer Robert Bielecki reported a possible breaking and entering at a East Main Street business. The Ashland and Holliston Police Departments responded to assist. Subsequently, a 33 year-old female from Uxbridge was arrested and charged with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

2:17 pm A caller from Pennsylvania reported that his Dell gift card was stolen and someone had made a purchase and had it shipped to a residence on Jamie Lane.

12:57 pm There were multiple calls for a deer that was hit by a vehicle on Cedar Street. The Animal Control Officer was notified to remove the deer from the roadway.

8:43 am The Fire Department responded to a residence on Eastview Road for an oven fire.

Friday, November 22, 2013

4:13 pm There were multiple calls for a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Maple Street. Two officers responded and advised that one individual was transported to the hospital.

3:39 pm A West Elm Street resident reported that someone just called her with her personal information claiming to have her husband at gunpoint and wanting money for his release. She called her husband who stated that he was ok. Officer Gregg DeBoer spoke with the caller and took a report.

4:11 am Sgt. Scott vanRaalten stopped a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street and subsequently arrested a 22 year-old male from Milford and charged him with OUI Liquor, Miscellaneous Motor Vehicle Equipment Violation and Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle.

1:03 am An Ash Street resident reported receiving harassing and annoying phone calls. Officer John Moran spoke with the caller and advised that it appeared to be the wrong number.









Tuesday, November 26 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Thanksgiving Wine Tasting at Water Fresh Farm


David Ford from Café Europa, an expert in unique and boutique wines, will be at Water Fresh Farm. Ford has curated a selection of wines that will be perfect for your Thanksgiving table, or to share with family and friends over the holidays. He will be pouring a Cabernet and Pinot Noir from California, a Syrah from Washington State and a surprise red from Spain. And you won’t want to miss the sparkling wine from France, as well as some delicious whites from California and New Zealand.




State Police Arrest Off-Duty Department Member After Crash


The motor vehicle operator who struck a State Police cruiser early this morning was an off-duty state trooper who was allegedly driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. State Police have arrested SHAWN D’AMATO, 43, on charges of operating under the influence of drugs; operating under the influence of liquor; negligent operation of a motor vehicle; and failure to change lanes for an emergency vehicle. D’AMATO is currently at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries sustained in the crash. He will be arraigned in the Chelsea District Court when his medical condition allows.


Preliminary investigation indicates that D’AMATO was operating a 2013 Toyota Corolla southbound on Route 1 in Revere, south of Route 16, when he struck a State Police cruiser that was stationery in the breakdown lane. The cruiser, a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria, was behind a 2002 Honda Accord operated by a 29-year-old Chelsea man, who had been pulled over for motor vehicle violations. The trooper who conducted the motor vehicle stop, Trooper John Phonesavanh, was seated in his cruiser with his emergency lights activated, writing a citation, when the cruiser was struck from behind by D’AMATO’s vehicle. The impact pushed the cruiser forward into the Honda.


Trooper Phonesavanh, who is assigned to the Revere Barracks, called in the crash himself and began checking on the condition of the other drivers. Firefighters and ambulance crews responded and treated all three operators, who were all transported to Massachusetts General Hospital. Trooper Phonesavanh and the Chelsea man also suffered non-life threatening injuries.


State Police investigators determined that D’AMATO was impaired. State Police relieved D’AMATO of duty overnight and secured his department weapon and other department property. He will be subject to an internal duty status hearing later this week. D’AMATO, who joined the department of State Police in May 1994, is assigned to Troop F.


The investigation into the crash is being conducted by Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the State Police Crime Scene Services Section and the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section. Additionally, State Police Internal Affairs will initiate an internal investigation and monitor D’AMATO’s criminal prosecution, which will be handled by the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office.


'Tis the Season

November 24, 2013 — Weston Nurseries has rolled out the  best of the best of holiday decorations in the Garden Center building, and on all of the paths leading to it.  There are traditional, fanciful, and modern designs of entire permanent trees and the decorations that were designed to go with them, or shelf ornaments and stockings. There are also one-time seasonal items, such as cut wreaths, and an entire herd of deer made of bentwood.
          "These wreaths were literally made last night in Vermont and shipped here today," said Manager Karen Mezitt today to a customer who remarked at how soft and moist a pine needle wreath was.

            "These will last past the holidays," said Melissa, who was behind the register.

            In addition to fresh wreaths and fine holiday decorations inside an out, the first of their fine of Frasiers have arrived.

            "All of our Christmas trees are are Frasier Firs," said Mrs. Mezitt. Frasiers are known for holding moisture through the holidays, making less mess and being safer from combustion.






Families have made visiting Santa at Weston Nurseries

a favorite part of their holiday tradition.


Bring your family to visit Santa in an enchanted

winter forest in the warmth of our greenhouse.




Saturday and Sunday

10 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 3 pm

Dec 7 & 8, Dec 14 & 15, Dec 21 & 22



For a $5 donation to the Jimmy Fund Walk, Weston Nurseries will take a photo of Santa and your family and print a 5x7.


Stop by during the weekends for free marshmallow roasting, warm apple cider and cookies.

Windy Day

November 24, 2013 — Grove Street got shut down about 3:00 pm today after a tree took down the electrical service at 33 Grove as well as the home across the street,  leaving both without power.  Police and Fire ordered the road closed to through traffic while awaiting NSTAR, which estimated a longer than usual wait due to the heavy volume of repairs as a result of the wind storm. Our Twitter and Facebook followers were alerted. Sign up for your alerts of importance. UPDATE: Grove Street opened at about 4:45 pm


Boy Scout Christmas Tree Sales

Hopkinton Boy Scout Troup 1 is selling fresh cut Christmas trees again this year. The tree lot behind Colella's Supermarket opens after Thanksgiving, on Saturday, November 30 at 2:00pm. The trees are the fragrant traditional New England Balsam Fir (4-11 ft.) and the dark green, low-shedding, sturdy-branched Fraser Fir (5-12 ft.). The scouts will be selling trees until they are gone.


Hours are Wed 6-8pm, Thurs 4-8pm, Fri 4-9pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 9am-6pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Each year Troop 1 makes a special order to their vendor for the largest tree they can find to donate to the town. The Boy Scouts will be installing the tree on the Town Common on Nov 29. Then the Girl Scouts will decorate the tree in time for the annual tree lighting event on December 7. Along with each tree comes information on how to recycle the tree at the end of the season. Read more at http://www.troop1hopkinton.org/. We accept payment for trees by cash or personal check only, no credit cards. There is a ATM machine at Colella's Supermarket if needed. A big thank you from Troop 1 to Colella's Supermarket and Lumber Street Auto, without their support our tree sale would not be possible. Questions? Ken Kauzens treesales@troop1hopkinton.org or Karen Bogradkbograd@troop1hopkinton.org.


 Linda Karner Memorial 5K

Saturday, November 30, 2013

 9AM at Hopkinton High School.  


On Saturday November 30, 2013 there will be a memorial 5K sponsored by Hopkinton Wrestling. This will be the first annual LYLH: Linda Karner Memorial 5K. LYLH stands for Live Your Life Happy which was the message that Linda Karner left for her family to share. Linda Karner was an avid wrestling fan as her son, Tommy, wrestled throughout his four years in high school, and her daughter, Jessie, has been managing the team for the past eight seasons.  She lost her 28 year battle with cancer in June of 2012. In January 2013 the team sponsored a Linda Karner Memorial Match in her honor. Within that match they promised to run a memorial 5K in her honor on the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year as an unofficial kick off to wrestling season. This year the walk/run will start behind the high school and will include three loops of the loop road. 


Registration is ten dollars for wrestlers and wrestling alumni and fifteen dollars for everyone else. Registration is now open and anyone can register at this website: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lylh-linda-karner-memorial-5k/x/4898212


Again, the LYLH Linda Karner Memorial 5K will take place on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 9AM at Hopkinton High School. 

Precarious Cairn

November 23, 2013 — At Hopkinton State Park, one or more people enjoy building these stone towers, which resemble cairns, often used to designate a cache, or as memorial, and on the top of mountains above the tree line, they are used to mark the direction of trails. However, this one appears to be just for fun, as some of the stones are held firm only by the weight of the ones above them.


Little Pond

November 23, 2013 — Little Pond, on the southern end of Lake Whitehall at the causeway south of Pond Street is usually a good place to catch a glimpse of a mallard couple or two.


Michael A. Vento, 39


WINCHENDON - Michael A. Vento, 39, died suddenly Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at Hayward Hospital in Gardner.  He was the son of John Vento of Fitzwilliam, NH and Pamela (Price) Vento of Winchendon.  

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his son Colby of Grafton and his brothers, John and Daniel of Greenville, NH and Justin of Winchendon.  He also leaves several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.


A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church St., Hopkinton, MA.  Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton, MA.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton, MA.

Powder Puff Football Game

November 23, 2013 — The girls of the Class of 2014 and the girls of the Class of 2015 played a spirited game at the Annual Powder Puff football game at the Chick Welch field on Friday night. Photo by Brent Heavey.



   Police Incident Log - Most Recent First
   Updated Friday, November 22, 2013


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

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

0 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Incident Log

Thursday, November 21, 2013

8:04 pm The Southborough Police Department reported an erratic operator on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer stopped the motor vehicle and spoke with the operator.

5:31 pm A caller reported that a motor vehicle was parked in a suspicious place on Wilson Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the area and advised that all was secure.

3:47 pm A caller reported that a middle eastern woman was acting suspicious and video taping his business. Officer Matthew McNeil responded but could not locate the woman.

3:24 pm The Milford Police Department reported an erratic operator on South Street. Two officers checked the area with a negative find on the vehicle.

10:42 am A resident of West Elm Street reported that her mailbox was damaged and there was a full rear-view mirror and two beer cans on the ground. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to view the damage.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

6:50 pm A 911 caller from Rocky Woods Road reported that her young daughter was walking their dog and was startled when she was approached by a man with a flash light claiming to be a solicitor from a non-profit company. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area but could not locate the solicitor.

3:52 pm A 911 caller from Mayhew Court reported hearing a domestic disturbance nearby. Two officers spoke with both parties involved who stated that it was only a verbal argument.

3:31 pm A resident of Courtney Circle reported that a suspicious vehicle with a sign on it reading “package delivery” had been in the neighborhood several times in the past few weeks. The caller thought that this was suspicious and wanted it logged.

2:14 pm A Lumber Street resident reported that a construction vehicle was parked across the street from her house in a bad spot. Officer Thomas Griffin checked the vehicle and advised that it was not a hazard.

Bye, Bye, Birdie

Friday and Saturday: 7:00pm HHS Drama Ensemble presents "Bye Bye Birdie" @ the Hopkinton Middle School. $12 adults, $10 seniors/students

Sunday: 2:00pm HHS Drama Ensemble presents "Bye Bye Birdie" @ the Hopkinton Middle School. $12 adults, $10 seniors/students

November 22, 2013 — "We love you Conrad, oh yes we do!" Energetic cast members rehearse their roles as Conrad Birdie fans.







You and Your New Shadow




Shadow is a 2 years old, 67 pound, Lab mix, love pup.  Shadow and his sister were rescued recently from a high kill shelter in AL.  Shadow has been fully vetted, neutered, house trained and a dream on a leash.  Children and dogs of any age, would do well with Shadow.  He has not been cat tested but think he'd do fine.  This handsome guy is quiet, loving and gives the softest little kisses.  If you would like more information on adopting Shadow please contact Jenn Bryant at jennbfdr@gmail.com

FOR SALE: 9.4 Acres in Hopkinton for $100; with Conditions
Request for proposals for recreational land at Legacy Farms released

November 21, 2013 — The Demons Youth Hockey Association has been in discussions with entities in Hopkinton regarding the purchase of land and the construction of a hockey rink on legacy Farms land at 45 East Main Street in Hopkinton. And now, it is up for grabs by them or any other group that wants to cough up $100 and make a 30-year commitment, as Legacy Farms has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking any and all interested parties.
         The parcel is 9.4 acres of a larger 19 acre parcel set aside for recreational uses as part of a Host Community Agreement between the Town of Hopkinton and Legacy Farms, LLC, which is developing 615 acres of former nursery land. The proposal defines a 40,000 square foot gross floor space for an ice rink or other recreational facility, just under an acre, within the constraints of the 9.4 acres.
           Town manager Norman Khumalo answered in the negative when asked of the RFP was required by law. He said that other parties may be may be interested in purchasing the land and entering into the long-term agreement.
            The chosen applicant will need to prove the ability to gain financing and the acumen to develop the site as agreed, or to embrace a partner in the project early on who can fill those shoes.
            The RFP Package will be available at Hopkinton Town Hall, located at 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748.
            Submissions in answer to the RFP must be received by January 28, 2014 by 4:00 PM at 21 Center Street, 2nd Floor, Weston, MA 02493.
              To see a larger view of the location, outlined in red, choose to enlarge the thumbnail by clicking on it.


Middlesex DA, Framingham Police Investigating Fatal Shooting


FRAMINGHAM— Officials are investigating a fatal shooting late last evening in Framingham, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Framingham Police Chief Kenneth Ferguson announced today.


At approximately 10:57 p.m. Wednesday, Framingham Police responded to report of a shooting in the parking lot at 15 Second St. in Framingham.  Upon arrival police discovered a male victim in the driver’s seat of a motor vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound.


The victim, Juan Lopez, 21, of Framingham, was transported to MetroWest Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.


Framingham Police and Massachusetts State Police are investigating the cause and circumstances of the shooting.  Police believe that the suspect who shot the victim was wearing a white mask at the time of the shooting.  A mask matching the description was later recovered in Natick by the Natick Police.


No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.  However, at this point, authorities do not believe this was a random attack. 


 Tree of Life Event At Milford Regional Medical Center

The Tree of Life, an annual celebration for those who have survived cancer, who have battled the disease or who just want to celebrate life, will be held on Monday, December 9, 2013 at Milford Regional Medical Center.  This year’s celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment and refreshments in the cafeteria, followed by the tree lighting in front of the Medical Center.


For additional information, please contact Milford Regional Medical Center, Foundation Office at (508) 422-2228.


The Buck Stops Here

November 21, 2013 —Nick Chakalos wondered why his bird feeder needed to be replenished so frequently — that is until he caught this sneaky rascal at the trough this morning at dawn.


Flow Test on East main

Please be advised that a required fire flow test will take place on East Main Street near the Clinton Street intersection on Tuesday November 26th at approximately 9:30 AM. You may notice some discoloration during and after the test. 
 Please avoid doing any laundry, dishwasher loads or other water use activities, during this time. Any discoloration that may occur will eventually dissipate. You may need to run the water in your home to flush your internal pipes once the test is complete.
Thursday is Last Day for Turkey Drive

November 20, 2013 — Left to right, Austin Adams and Ryan Cuniff from HHS Press interview Matt Johnson (who is co-running the Turkey Drive) and Dylan Johnson, volunteer for the drive, in the rear lot of Colella's late this afternoon.. Photo by Drew Johnson.


Thursday is the last day of the Turkey Drive. Please choose your time and location:

Check out these Maseratis, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, McLaren, and more —about 65 in all — taking off in a roar last summer as a One Fund fundraiser..
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Brockton Woman Arraigned on Motor Vehicle Homicide Charges for Crash on Route 128


            WOBURN – A Brockton woman has been charged with motor vehicle homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol after she allegedly struck and killed a man who had pulled over into the breakdown lane of Route 128 in Reading last night, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced today.


             Mary Grigoriadis, 32, of Brockton, was arraigned today in Woburn District Court on charges of motor vehicle homicide and operating under the influence of alcohol.  Woburn District Court Judge Marianne Hinkle ordered the defendant held on $10,000 cash bail with a condition of no driving.


            Her next court date is January 17 for a pre-trial hearing.


            “This defendant’s reckless actions have had tragic consequences,” said District Attorney Ryan.  “Anytime a person gets behind the wheel after consuming alcohol they put themselves and others at risk.  This is an unfortunate reminder that there are still drivers who have not heeded the warnings regarding the risks presented by consuming alcohol and driving. Our thoughts today remain with the victim’s family and friends.”


            At approximately 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, Reading Police and Reading Fire officials responded to Route 128 north near Exit 38 for a report of a car crash.  Upon arrival, police discovered the victim appeared to have been struck by a vehicle while he was outside of his vehicle, which was pulled over in the breakdown lane.


            The victim, Vittorio Recupero, 71, of Wakefield, suffered extensive injuries and was transported to Lahey Clinic in Burlington where he was later pronounced dead.


            Authorities allege that a Toyota Scion, driven by the defendant, was traveling in the right lane just prior to the collision.  It is alleged that the defendant struck Recupero and his vehicle, a Hyundai Tucson.  While being interviewed by police, the defendant exhibited signs of being under the influence of alcohol and failed multiple sobriety tests.  She was arrested and charged.

~ Press release


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