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Aitken  Event/Fundraiser
Cornell's  Irish Pub
229 Hayden Rowe Street
Hopkinton, MA
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday, January 11, 2013

Steve Strong! Please join us in supporting the Aitken family! For those of you who don’t know, Steve was diagnosed with a brain tumor in November of 2011. He has undergone two major brain surgeries and gone through a trial pill form of chemotherapy. The tumor has come back for the third time and is unfortunately inoperable. Steve has started a new trial chemotherapy this week and family, friends, and doctors are hoping for the best. Your thoughts and prayers have been greatly appreciated through this... See the facebook event/fundraiser page here.



Delivered as Promised

December 28, 2013 — One of the most dangerous intersections in Hopkinton just became, we hope, one of the safest intersections in Hopkinton after the activation of newly installed traffic signals at West Main and School Streets yesterday.

Steeped in Tradition

December 28, 2013 — Hopkinton Hiller hockey alumni (and alumnae) carried on their annual tradition last night of a pickup game at Navin Arena in Marlborough following Christmas. The players and coaches are pictured above. Photo by Lisa Farley.

And the Winner Is...

One week ago, HopNews offered a bottle of 300th Anniversary wine to the first person who could send a copy of their own receipt for the same by email to HopNews.
Christine Dietz (file photo) has obliged with a copy, above, and will receive the gift of one bottle of wine celebrating Hopkinton's 300th Anniversary. Colella's has sold by far the majority of their initial order, and so we suggest people get theirs while the getting is good. We are certain they'll order more, but why take the chance?

John T. M. Pryke, 73

HOPKINTON - John T. M. Pryke, 73, of Orleans, MA, passed away after a long illness on December 22, 2013 surrounded by his loving family.  He was the beloved husband of Sandra (Cookingham) Pryke and devoted father of Stephanie Carney and her husband William of Sutton, MA, David Pryke and his wife Elise of Acton, MA and the late Howard Leslie. He was the loving grandfather of Brittany Carney of Quincy, MA, Jessica Leslie of Wakefield, MA, Bridget Carney of Bristol, RI and Rachel Pryke of Acton, MA.


John was born in New York City and graduated from MIT in 1962 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree from Northeastern University. He went on to serve as a marketing manager for Digital Equipment Corporation for over 15 years. Known throughout the Model Railroading community, John developed his passion for modeling the New Haven Railroad as a young boy watching the steam locomotives in Old Saybrook, CT. He served as an innovator in the field with frequent contributions to Model Railroader magazine as well as authoring a book. He was a founding member in the New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association and also was an active member of the Nauset Model Railroad Club. John also shared a love of the ocean. He retired to Cape Cod and enjoyed spending time surf casting with friends on Nauset Beach. He spent many winters in Saint Augustine, FL.


A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. in the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton.  Burial will follow in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton.


Donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA  01701.


Janet Rose Ferreri, 66

Hopkinton- Janet Rose Ferreri, 66, of Hopkinton and formerly of Holliston, passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2013. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she is the daughter of Jean (Termini) Ferreri of Boca Raton, FL and the late Edward Ferreri.

Janet was a Montessori teacher for 30 years and taught at Placentino Elementary School in Holliston for 25 plus years; where she started the Montessori Program. She was an advocate in applying peace and multicultural diversity in her teaching. She loved to travel and enjoyed the ocean. Janet loved living by the water and nature and was an exceptional mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, friend and teacher. She taught adult Yoga classes in Holliston and enjoyed the spiritual aspect of life.

Besides her mother, she is survived by her daughter, Santina D. Wendlingof Attleboro, son-in-law Scott Wendling; her sister, Diane Wakefield and her husband Steven of Marietta, NY; 2 grandchildren, Brady and Nicholas; her current life partner of 13 years, Harvey J. Krupnick of Hopkinton; and former husband James Masters of Florida.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 28th from 3-6pm at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com At 5:30pm, friends and family will gather to share a few words. Flowers will gratefully be accepted or donations in her memory may be made to Dr. Dietrich Brain Cancer & Neurotoxicity Research Fund, made payable to Mass General hospital, Attn: Heidi Bergneyer, 165 Cambridge St. Ste. 600, Boston, MA 02114.


Rape Aggression Defense Systems Training

Training for Women ONLY


·                    R.A.D. is an internationally taught realistic hands on self defense training class specifically designed for women (12-16 hours)


·                    The program teaches and emphasizes awareness, avoidance and physical self defense with the tools we possess with us at all times (hands, feet, elbows, knees, head, etc…)


·                    All sizes and physical capabilities are welcome (ages 14, 15 or 16; parental waiver will be needed – 13 and under is too young for this class)


·                    The class is sponsored by the Hopkinton Police Department and free of charge


·                    Manuals are provided as are  water and light snacks


·                    Casual exercise clothing and an aerobic type of sneaker preferred


·                    To enroll or if you have questions simply email Detective Tim Brennan at tbrennan@hopkintonpd.org and leave your name, email address and phone number.  If email is not available to you please call 508-497-3401 x1203 and leave a (clear and slow) message with the same information.  The first 30 women to enroll will be admitted (maximum number of students is 30).  Confirmations will be done by email to the first 30 women.  Please ensure you can make all 4 classes before enrolling.

WHEN and WHERE   Thursday January 2nd           6p-9:30p

                                 Thursday January 9th            6p-9:30p

                                 Thursday January 16th          6p-9:30p

                                 Thursday January 23rd          6p-9:30p

SNOW DAY MAKE UP  Thursday January 31st        6p-9:30p

          All classes will be held at the Elmwood School cafeteria at 14 Elm Street Hopkinton.


All 4 nights are required from 6p-9:30p and all classes must be attended to go through simulation


INSTRUCTORS:                   Officer Linda Higgins, Detective Timothy J. Brennan


Seniors Just Shy of Goal


The Friends of Hopkinton Senior Citizens are about $150 short of reaching their 2013 $6,000 goal for the redeemable bottle and can fundraiser.  Help us meet our goal!   Redeemables may be left off at the Senior Center far side door.


   Police Incident Log

  Updated Friday, December 27, 2013


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

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

4 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

Incident Log

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

10:15 pm A caller reported that a suspicious motor vehicle was parked at the boat ramp on Lakeshore Drive. Officer Peter Booth spoke with the occupant and sent her on her way.

9:39 pm A caller from Cobblers Way reported seeing a man with a flashlight on an unoccupied property claiming to be looking for a dog. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.

7:56 pm The Upton Police Department reported an erratic operator. Officer Peter Booth followed the vehicle on Route 495 and stated that he did not observe any violations.

5:24 pm A motorist reported that a motor vehicle hit a deer on East Main Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and took a report.

5:11 pm A motorist reported that a vehicle went through a red light on West Main Street, almost hitting the caller's vehicle, and continued on Route 495 while driving erratically. The State Police were notified.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

10:21 pm A caller from New Hampshire requested a well-being check on his twelve year-old son due to a text message that he received. Three officers responded to a residence on Fenton Street and took a report.

8:54 pm A resident of Colonial Avenue reported damage to their mailbox caused by a silver vehicle. Officer Peter Booth responded and checked the area for the vehicle with a negative find.

5:51 pm A walk-in from Clinton Street reported that the mother of his child would not allow his court ordered visitation this evening. Officer Peter Booth spoke with the individual and took a report.

5:36 pm A caller reported that a motor vehicle hit a deer on East Main Street causing the airbag to deploy. Two officers responded and advised that the deer was deceased.

5:32 pm A motorist reported that the vehicle in front of her was operating erratically on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Peter Booth stopped the vehicle and spoke with the operator.

4:48 pm A caller reported that a black sedan was speeding, making unsafe lane changes, passing cars in a “no passing” zone and tailgating vehicles on Main Street. Two officers responded and spoke with the operator who stated that he would be be more careful.

3:23 am A resident reported that his son had hit a tree on Saddle Hill Road and then walked home. Two officers responded and subsequently issued a criminal application to the operator for negligent operation, leaving the scene of an accident, speeding and marked lanes.

In With the New

December 27, 2013 — As part of the study of the School Street/West Main Street intersection, the engineers discovered a way to move traffic more quickly through the next intersection, too. Above, facing east, eastbound West Main Street traffic can now use the right lane, too, to proceed through the intersection and merge with though-traffic, or turn onto an I-495 ramp. The workmen above just need to blackout the "only" and right-turn arrow in the right lane to complete the job.

       As for the School Street/West Main Street traffic signals that were recently installed, they will be turned on some time today. 

Police report accident at Hill Street and Spring Street.
Vehicle smoking. Driver trapped. Avoid intersection.
UPDATE: Location is further up toward Westborough. No injuries.
Ash Street passable following accident.
Accident at Rafferty and Wilson. No injuries.
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Sliding in the Snow

December 26,  2013 — A four-wheel drive vehicle needs to stop just like two wheel-drive vehicles. The operator of this vehicle launched a mailbox before sliding into a pole and a tree on East Main Street shortly before 3:00 pm today. He was issued a citation for a license infraction.



December 25, 2013 — There is one individual who is apparently ecstatic at the response to a question that is inferred. But it is nonetheless a wonderful expression, just like another seasonal display on Hayden Rowe Street at Cornell's, pictured below. They are both worth a drive past.


Please enjoy a reprise of an Ashley Jackson Creation for HopNews.com


A Happy Crew

December 24, 2013 — Some of Colella's Deli staff was feeling the love this week during a short break from customers.
"It Was Meant to be"

December 24, 2013 — The loving community at Golden Pond Assisted Living Facility saw months of hoping worth the wait as the statue of the Virgin Mary, refinished and repainted, was unveiled in the Chapel yesterday morning  in front of a group of standing-room-only believers.
       The cement statue, believed to have been part of the Altamura family's legacy, had been unearthed as part of the construction of the expansion of the facility. It is believed the statue was supposed to preside over the grave of an infant who died young, but was too large for the cemetery. And so, she was brought home, where time has blurred the events leading up to her becoming buried.
       Golden Pond Executive Director Katie Tavares, who had heard about the statue before being involved with Golden Pond, and immediately following a conversion to Catholicism, said that residents were unanimous about having the statue restored.

       "Rita Kozel [photo, left] has donated her time to restore Mary," she said. Rita heard about the plight from resident Bill Wood [right].

       A few people attending felt the unearthing of Mary, and the timing of the completion of the restoration so near Christmas, are miraculous.

       Ms. Kozel said, "People all over the world throw dirt on her," a metaphor for her circumstance and the ridicule Roman Catholics endure as a result of their beliefs. "They say she doesn't matter." She said this triumph shows she does matter.

        "The Chapel is a place of reflection and worship for all," said Ms. Tavares.

        "The Chapel is growing in all faiths," she said, as a Star of David awaited its turn as the center of beliefs.

Minus Action Copy Plus

December 23, 2013 — Hopkinton's Main Street will be minus one quick-witted counter man and supporting cast this week as Joe Palmquist and wife Michele pack up their business, Action Copy Plus,  and reopen in Warwick, Rhode Island as Ideal Printing, LLC. Above, Monday afternoon a few customers-turned-friends (and more off-camera) listen as Mary Murphy reads a tribute to the couple that she wrote in their honor.

          "If I had known people felt this way about us, we wouldn't have moved," said Joe, tongue planted firmly in cheek, as always.

          The couple will continue to service commercial and school accounts from their new location, but will not offer "onesy" copies to walk-ins as they have.

         Reach them at 401.732.4100 .


Last Minute

December 24,2013 — Even this young student at Building Blocks Academy knows that Santa has a place in his heart for special fans.
Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton Massachusetts

Compiled for HopNews.com by Eric Montville © 2013 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from December 16, 2013 - December 23, 2013
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
Address Buyer Price Date Seller
17 Trevor Lane, unit 13 Louis D. Sostilio, Karen J. Anderson $476,000 December 20, 2013 Carol A. Macura
21 Cunningham Street Christine Edwards $345,000 December 19, 2013 Karen Taylor
44 South Mill Street George F. Connors $88,000 December 19, 2013 Braim Farm LLC
19 Mount Auburn Street David M. Lopez $422,000 December 18, 2013 Norma L. Macmillan, David J. Macmillan
39 Autumn Ridge Drive, unit 7 Sabin M. Thomas, Priya S. Mathews $615,060 December 18, 2013 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
54 Teresa Road Sarah Dobkin, David Conquergood $547,500 December 16, 2013 David J. Long, Michelle I. Long
Last Week
30 Chamberlain Street Jesse Racicot, Alana Mahoney $305,000 December 16, 2013 Kathleen F. Kearns, David W. Kearns
30 West Main Street Britton Bradford, Courtney P. Bradford $370,000 December 16, 2013 John E. Deroo, Rebecca L. Lantz
33 Autumn Ridge Drive, unit 10 Lin Fan, Haiyan Yu $597,140 December 13, 2013 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
15 Forest Lane, unit 12 Romona M. Crescitelli $320,000 December 12, 2013 Deborah McGoldrick
20 South Mill Street Richard Borges $185,000 December 11, 2013 Braim Farm LLC


  Police Arrest/Incident Log

  Updated Monday, December 23, 2013


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

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

8 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

2 Disabled Motor Vehicles.

3 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Arrest Log

Saturday, December 21, 2013

12:33 am Sgt. Michael Sutton arrested Isaac James Brown, 22, of Concord Street, Framingham, on Main Street and charged him with Larceny Under $250, Resisting Arrest, Passing Violation, Speeding, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Refusing to Produce License/Registration/Plates.

Incident Log

Sunday, December 22, 2013

5:18 pm A motorist reported that they hit a deer on Route 495, causing damage to her vehicle. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and assisted the operator.

1:16 pm The Ashland Police Department requested assistance for a person waving a knife on Voyagers Lane. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to assist.

11:17 am A Winter Street resident reported a dead deer in his front yard. The Animal Control Officer was notified.

10:36 am There were multiple calls regarding a two car motor vehicle accident with personal injury on East Main Street. Two officers responded to assist.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

6:27 pm A caller from Grove Street reported seeing a Bobcat or a very large cat type animal. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and checked the area with a negative find.

6:04 pm A 911 caller reported that someone had hit his car with a snowball while he was driving on Wood Street. Officer John Moran checked the area but was unable to locate any suspects.

1:00 pm Two officers responded to Granite Street and spoke with two hunters who were chasing a deer that had been shot.

12:30 am Sgt. Michael Sutton stopped a motor vehicle on Main Street and subsequently arrested a 22 year-old male from Framingham and charged him with Larceny Under $250, Resisting Arrest, Passing Violation, Speeding, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Refusing to Produce License/Registration/Plates.

Friday, December 20, 2013

10:44 pm A 911 caller from Mayhew Court reported that an unwanted individual was in her house whom she just had a verbal argument with. Two officer responded and took a report.

3:15 pm A 911 caller from Winter Street reported that he just came home and found that his door had been kicked in. Two officers responded to take a report.

1:02 pm The Water Department reported that a white Jeep entered the town's property on Fruit Street and immediately went off road. The operator was advised that they could not go off-roading on the property.


Money for Nothing

A generous benefactor is extending random acts of kindness to Colella's Market customers during this holiday season.  The benefactor insisted on remaining anonymous, but gave store owners cash envelopes to hand out randomly to help offset their grocery receipts this Christmas.  Although the benefactor wishes to remain anonymous, he was moved to do so in memory of a relative who was killed in action on Christmas Eve during WWII. ~ From Colella's

Local Man Breaks Out on His Own: Bar-low Heating and A/C, Inc.

December 23, 2013 — It isn't often these days that an individual can boast 30 years in a business working for just two companies the entire time. It shows loyalty, which means a lot when knocking on a door for a new job, that inevitable step up the ladder; but it means even more than that.
          Michael Hutchinson, a familiar Hopkinton face, has gained the experience needed to take the next step on his own ladder of success.
         "I felt it would be better for me and my family to realize the American dream of having your own business," he said today.


         "I am offering 24 hour repair service for oil heat. It is really beneficial for people who may buy from a discount oil company, which might not have a burner technician on staff. This way, they can get the best price for oil and service.

         "Installations of complex units as well as ductless ACs are other specialties of mine.

          "People love the low-profile heat pumps as a supplemental, and sometimes primary, heat source for a particular room, and for a ductless A/C system. They are so quiet, most people can't tell when they are on. We use Fujitsu and Mitsubishi brands."

          Mr. Hutchinson said he can offer the best price for service as well as installations without sacrificing quality.

          He can be reached at 508-802-2050. Learn more here.



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The  Sound of Music

December 23, 2013 — The Roche family and other HHS grads made their way caroling door to door Sunday night.


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