Penny Meadow Lane
Neighbors Seek Solution
December 18, 2013 —
Penny meadow Lane neighbors, like Chad
Thompson, above, right, braved the elements last
night, dodging plow trucks and sanders
to find a spot to park Downtown and plead their case
to Selectmen. Mr. Thompson offered himself as a
spokesman for the group which received a letter from
the Town of Hopkinton informing them that 25 years of plowing and sanding of their
"common driveway" by the town's DPW was coming to an end.
The majority have homes on South Mill Street, but
driveways on Penny Meadow Lane (photo).
The neighbors had some hydraulic cement poured into some of the potholes, mitigating the most troubling circumstance for the time being.
But the ownership of the driveway is in question; not even the town's own GIS system designates an owner. When Selectman Chair John Mosher arrived to the meeting late, apparently having been well-versed on the subject matter beforehand, he suggested the group meet with Town Manager Norman Khumalo. That was met with some unintelligible, but disagreeable sounds from the seated gathering. One woman said they tried that, and believing an agreement had been reached with Mr. Khumalo, they then received the agreement with conditions that they had not agreed to.
The Selectmen decided to investigate ownership and for the DPW to continue its past practices until they meet again with some answers about ownership.
Builder Finley Perry was on hand with another trial balloon for development of 32 acres of property he and others own in the Elmwood Park area. He said it would change the way Hopkinton is perceived at its "gateway." Mr. Perry was instrumental in moving the Legacy project forward through the Land Use Study Committee he chaired.
Mr. Perry and partner Steven Zieff, former Legacy Farms Project manager, spoke of what could be done in terms of a mixed-use development, the type that had been designed and permitted for the Downtown a few years ago. That was just one of the possibilities.
They showed a Power Point presentation illustrating the types of buildings that might offer the same thing: a New Balance building, Faneuil Hall, and the former Bakers Chocolate complex in Dorchester Lower Mills as well as many others.
After the presentation, hurried at the request of Chair John Mosher due to other business waiting, Selectman Vice-Chair Ben Palleiko said that he thought he saw a 7-8 story building in one of the slides.
"You saw 15-20 stories, too," said Mr. Perry. "But we aren't looking to build 15-20 stories," said Mr. Perry, denying the latter, but not the former.
December 18, 2013 — Eagle-eyed Ed harrow caught this red-bellied woodpecker making Swiss cheese out of his suet today.
UPDATED Massachusetts Child AMBER Alert Activated for
Missing North Brookfield Child
CHILD FOUND SAFE
CHILD FOUND SAFE
The child from the earlier AMBER Alert appears to be unharmed. The father walked into a hospital in Milford, Connecticut seeking help and is currently in custody on MSP warrants. He will face arraignment initially in Connecticut as a fugitive from justice once cleared medically, perhaps as early as tomorrow. MSP Press Release
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Reading, wRiting, Running
December 17, 2013 — As a qualifier for the B. A. A. Boston Marathon, mother of four Ann-Michele Dragsbaek (Ann-Michele's Uptown Hair Design) was more than a little disappointed that thousands of numbers would not be available for the 2014 Boston Marathon due to preferential treatment given to those who did not finish this year's April 15 race as a result of the horrific act of violence against bystanders near the Finish Line.
But a few weeks ago, the B. A. A. offered invitational numbers to people for writing an essay about how the bombing affecting them in a profound way.
"I immediately wrote one," she said today.
"Where's Mom?" three of her watching kids asked frantically two minutes after the photo above was taken by her daughter Maddie, and the first bomb exploded near the Finish Line. People were running toward them in the opposite direction. "They were only a block away," she said. She had already made it across.
The essay is in the hands of the B. A. A., because it was an online form, but it earned her a confirmed spot in this year's 26.2 mile run.
"Not everyone's essay was accepted," she said. As for how it affected her photographer daughter?
"Even a couple of weeks ago, Maddie said, 'I'm still not over it.'," she said.
Use Caution Parking
December 17, 2013 — Weather being what it is, and manpower what it is, the DPW will get to clearing the Downtown of snow Wednesday evening, at the end of the current storm, according to DPW Director, John Westerling.
Until then, people are forced to exit their vehicles on the street side, instead of the sidewalk side, as illustrated by the mound of snow in the photo above. So, for those bringing passengers Downtown, for now, have them sit behind the driver.
Hopkinton Police Department
Toys for Tots
Hopkinton Police Department wishes to thank both the individual and corporate sponsors who generously donated children’s toys to the 2013 Toys For Toys campaign. Hopkinton Police is proud to partner with the United States Marine Corps in order to make this campaign a success. This year, thanks to all of your generous donations, the Hopkinton Police Toys For Tots drop-off box was overflowing with toys three separate times, as seen in the photo of EMC employees dropping off toys.
The Hopkinton Police Department wishes all residents and businesses and a Happy and safe Holiday season.
Massachusetts CHILD AMBER Alert has been activated for North Brookfield Missing Child and Father
State Police Seek Child, Father Missing From North Brookfield
On 12-16-13 at approximately 5:30p.m., the North Brookfield Police Department received a report of a missing child. The child’s mother advised officers that the child’s father Ryan Woods picked up his son, 21 month old Thomas Woods for a regularly scheduled visit at approximately 11:00 a.m. It was reported that the visitation ends at 5:00p.m.
During an interview with the mother, family members and friends the North Brookfield Police received information that Ryan Woods may be depressed. Information was also provided to police that Ryan left the residence without any shoes or winter clothing for the child.
The child, Thomas Woods, is described as a white male approximately 2’6’ tall weighing 30 pounds with blonde hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing blue sweatpants, a blue and green striped shirt and white socks. Thomas has a scar on his upper lip.
Ryan was last seen in the town of North Brookfield at approximately 1:00p.m. Ryan is described as a white male approximately 5’9” tall, weighing 180 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, blue denim jeans and white sneakers.
It is believed that Ryan is operating Ma 875CT5, a tan/brown 2005 Volvo V 70 station wagon. (The picture shown in this release was taken from the internet and is the not the actual vehicle)
The North Brookfield Police have been working with the Mass Sate Police in attempt to locate Ryan and Thomas Woods.
If you have seen and/or know the whereabouts of Ryan and Thomas Woods please call 911 or contact the North Brookfield Police Department at 508-867-1170.
W E L L N E S S
Two-Car Collision on One
Side of Town
OUI Arrest on the other
December 16, 2013 — Above, a two-car collision on Wood Street shortly before 8:00 pm resulted in one of the vehicles being towed from the scene, not because of any visible body damage, but because it began to run poorly after the accident.
On the other side of town, police caught up with an operator who was reported by another driver to be riding up on snow banks and driving in other erratic ways. The female operator of the vehicle was charged with OUI Liquor.
5-Year-Old Missing; Mother and Boyfriend in Custody
FITCHBURG — A 5-year-old Kimball Street boy ismissing, and his mother and her boyfriend have been arrested as the investigation into his whereabouts continues, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.
Jeremiah Oliver of 276 Kimball St. was last seen by relatives on Sept. 14. The boy is about 40 inches tall and weighs about 40 pounds. Anyone with information about the boy is asked to call the State Police Detectives assigned to Mr. Early’s Office (508-832-9124) or Fitchburg Police (978-345-9648).The District Attorney’s Office was notified on Friday of a potential missing child in Fitchburg. The investigation led to charges against Jeremiah’s mother and her boyfriend.
Elsa Oliver, 28, of 276 Kimball St., Jeremiah’s mother, was arrested today on two counts of reckless endangerment of a child and two counts of accessory after the fact of a felony (assault and battery with a dangerous weapon). She will be arraigned tomorrow in Fitchburg District Court.
Alberto L. Sierra, 22, of 164 Meadowbrook Lane, and Ms. Oliver’s boyfriend, was arraigned today in Fitchburg District Court on two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous
weapon (knife) and two counts of assault and battery on a child causing bodily injury. He was held without bail while awaiting a dangerousness hearing Thursday in the same court.
Ms. Oliver’s other two children are now in the custody of Department of Children and Families.
REMINDER - STARTS AGAIN TONIGHT, December 16, 2013
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Updated Monday, December 16, 2013
The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.
2 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.
5 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.
4 Disabled Motor Vehicles.
3 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.
Time the Police participated in Community Relations
or passenger safety.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
12:30 am Sgt.
Michael Sutton arrested Muriel Schuller, 44, of 776
Franklin Street, Framingham, on Ash Street and
charged her with Marked Lanes Violation and OUI
Sunday, December 15, 2013
10:10 pm Officer
Aaron O'Neil spoke with a resident of Woodview Way
regarding a restraining order.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
9:50 pm A 911 caller reported that two vehicles were doing “doughnuts” in an athletic field on Greenwood Road. Officer Peter Booth responded and spoke with both operators at their residence.
9:12 pm A resident reported that a vehicle was doing “doughnuts” in a parking lot on Fruit Street. Officer Peter Booth checked the area for the vehicle with a negative find.
9:11 pm A Lumber Street resident reported that his snow plow was stolen. Officer Philip Powers responded and took a report.
6:08 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic operator and road rage incident on South Street. Officer Philip Powers responded and checked the area with a negative find. The Milford Police Department was also notified.
1:41 am A caller reported that a vehicle was parked in front of the Police Department. The operator got out walked back and forth across the street a couple of times, while using a smart phone, then got back into the vehicle and pulled up the street a little ways. Officer Robert Bielecki spoke with the operator who was playing a web-based equivalent of capture the flag.
12:15 am Sgt.
Michael Sutton stopped a motor vehicle on Ash Street
and subsequently arrested a 44 year-old female from
Framingham and charged her with Marked Lanes
Violation and OUI Liquor.
Friday, December 13, 2013
4:02 pm An Ash Street resident reported seeing a suspicious vehicle parked at the end of the roadway several times recently. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area with a negative find.
2:27 pm A motorist reported that a logging truck, towing a trailer, was speeding and driving in the middle of Fruit Street causing a bus to hit a branch on the side of the road. Officer David Shane called the company and left a message.
2:37 pm A motorist reported that two vehicles in front of her were operating erratically on East Main Street. Officer Philip Powers located and spoke with one of the operators in a Main Street parking lot.
2:29 pm A caller from Clinton Street reported that a truck which he does not recognize was in his yard. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and advised the resident that it was an employee of his father's landscaping business.
Does Dad Need an Office Away From
Put one from Hayden Rowe Business Center in his stocking!
December 15, 2013 — It isn't too late to get Dad that office he can go to every day, to meet prospective and long-standing clients. No more apologizing when they show up at the home office and you need to quiet the dog down, or fuss over the cat that is about to get out. They are five minutes early and the baby needs a nap. Or they arrived an hour early and Dad Is still in his bathrobe and you have a towel-turban wrapped around your head.
The entire office may not fit in the stocking, but the rental agreement sure will. And it includes a long list of features with every agreement, including a central office receptionist and lightning-fast internet. Check it all out here or by clicking on their icon on the top of the page. (Perhaps Mom wants one in her stocking instead!).
W E L L N E S S
Even Santa Likes Girl Scout Cookies
December 15, 2013 — Daisy Troop #66183 was surprised by Santa tonight at Water Fresh Farms while he was shopping there for hydroponically grown tomatoes and other fresh veggies. He met with the girls after their girl scout meeting to make sure any last minute additions to their lists made it up to the North Pole in time - and the girls baked him cookies to give him an energy boost before his big night.
Hopkinton Mom and Daughter are Freezin’ for a Reason
Hopkinton mom Beth Malloy and her sophomore daughter Colleen Malloy are taking the pool Plunge for Camp Sunshine on January 25, 2014 at Mt. Wachusett. The family has been volunteering at Camp Sunshine for years and found it an amazing experience in giving. Beth and Colleen ask that you consider making a donation to this worthy cause.
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Camp Sunshine supports children with life threatening illnesses and their families, it addresses the effect that the illness has on all members of the family. Families attend one of the week-long camps, with the emphasis on lessoning the stress that a life threatening illness takes on all family members. Families have a chance to restore their relationships and meet other families facing similar challenges. Camp Sunshine is staffed almost entirely by volunteers, many come back for numerous sessions. The volunteers reflect the diversity of the families and help with recreational leadership, childcare, food service and whatever else needs to be done.
Recreation allows children to
relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of childhood while
their parents find quiet moments. In addition, games and
events are designed to foster family involvement,
encouraging families to laugh and play as a unit. Camp
Sunshine is free of charge due to fundraising and
corporate sponsorship. The sponsorship for one family to
participate in the week-long program is $2,000. Won’t
you please donate to this truly one of a kind respite?
We thank you so much and are so honored to participate
in this particular fund raiser. For more
information regarding volunteer opportunities go to
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