Girl Scouts Riding the
February 2, 2014 — Girl Scout offered their wares in front of Colella's on Main Street today for those who wanted a Super Bowl snack or a Valentine's Day present.
David P. Martin, 52
David P. Martin, 52, of
Whitinsville, passed away Friday, January 31, 2014
at the Milford Regional Medical Center, after a long
battle with colon
cancer. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Susan
Martin of Whitinsville.
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HOPKINTON’S RELAY FOR LIFE CHANGES FOR THE BETTER
By Kora Sileo, reprinted from
In the past, the committee has been led by two Hopkinton High School students, however a third committee chair was added this year in order to more effectively manage the responsibilities of the chairs.
“There is always more to do, so we thought having a third chair would be best so that responsibilities could be split up better and we have an extra opinion and voice in all matters,” said Boyce, who has just begun her second year as a committee chair.
After applying for the event chair position, Graubart and Marquedant were selected by Boyce, former co-chair Connor Zanini, and former American Cancer Society representative Gillian Baudreau.
Baudreau was recently reassigned to a different Relay For Life community, therefore causing Monica Nybo to become the committee’s new ACS representative.
“[Nybo] provides a lot of great ideas in regards to making the relay event itself exciting and active,” said first-year committee chair Marquedant, “she asks our opinion on every aspect of relay, so it is [very] kids based rather than only adults decisions.”
Because this year’s Relay For Life event occurs after Hopkinton High School’s graduation, chaperone requirements are READ MUCH MORE
Make Kindergarten Access Equitable
by Muriel Kramer
I spoke at Thursday night’s meeting in favor of tuition free Full Day Kindergarten. Dr. MacLeod has proven herself to be a dedicated professional, a knowledgeable and capable educator, and a respectful and successful communicator. I believe she has made the case for FDK, and we have to find a way to support that initiative in a way that is equitable to all students and all families. If we are going to an expanded FDK program, it is in my mind the worst kind of mistake to set it up in such a way that every student does not have equal access to the program offerings. Keeping it tuition based will mean that some students don’t have the same access and benefit; you simply can’t set it up at the start to be inequitable for any student based on ability to pay. I don’t advocate for a “blank check approach” but if this initiative is worth doing, and I believe it is, it is worth doing right.
NOTE: Muriel Kramer, a former Selectman and mother of six, reports on School Committee meetings for HopNews.
11th Annual Sharon Timlin Memorial 5k Race to Cure ALS
year's event will be held Saturday, June 21,
2014. The 5K race begins at 8:30 am, followed
by the ever-popular Kids' 1-Mile Race and the Family Fun
Day. Register today for the 11th Annual Sharon Timlin
Memorial 5K Race to Cure ALS and help us get one step
closer to a cure.
According to organizers,
this year's event
will be dedicated to the memory of Shayne DesRoche and
Abbie Benford; two members of our community that are
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this event. Sign up to get yours next time.
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Sandra Darney, 72
Hopkinton -Sandra Darney, 72, of Hopkinton, passed away Friday, January 31, 2014. She was the wife of the late Frederick B. Darney. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.
John (Jack) Fritz,
Sebring, FL and Hopkinton, MA - John (Jack) Fritz, of Sebring FL and Hopkinton, MA died in his home on January 26, 2014. His daughter and son-in-law were with him to comforthim on his journey home to meet Jesus. Jack died in faith.
Jack was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Marguerite (Kingrea) Fritz, his daughter, Karen (Fritz) Franks, and his granddaughter, Laine (Batten) Christman.
Mr. Fritz leaves behind his brother, Robert Fritz, of Venice FL; his daughter, Sharon (Fritz) Batten and her husband Richard, of Boylston, MA; his son-in-law, Stephen Franks, of Hopkinton, MA; five grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Jack was a veteran of the Navy as a pilot instructor from 1941 to 1945. He was an engineer and test pilot for Bell Aircraft in Buffalo, NY, before migrating to Massachusetts in 1959, where he worked for Raytheon Corp. He retired first to Harrison, ME and then to Sebring, FL, where he
lived for 20 years.
Memorial services are planned in Hopkinton, MA and Sebring, FL . Services will be held February 8 at 11 AM in the Chapel at Faith Community Church, Hopkinton, MA. Services will be held February 15 at 10:30 AM at Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Sebring, FL.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of John Fritz, Karen Franks and Laine Christman to support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or www.dana-farber.org/gift. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.
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Hopkinton 58, Holliston 46
February 1, 2014— Hiller boys defeated Holliston last night at home. Above, Kyle Clark goes up for three points.
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Democrats to Meet & Caucus
Laura Barry of the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation will be addressing the upcoming meeting of the Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee. All citizens are welcome to come and hear what Laura has to say about the future of our library.
The meeting will be at 10AM on Saturday 2/8 at the Fire Station. The conference room is upstairs and there is an elevator for handicapped access.
After the meeting, at 11 in the same room . . .
DEMOCRATS ARE CALLED TO CAUCUS
I can hear you asking "WHAT THE
HECK IS A CAUCUS AND WHY IS HOPKINTON HAVING ONE???"
The Democratic Caucus in
Hopkinton is the first step in the 2014
statewide election process. We will be electing
the delegates who will represent Hopkinton at
the 2014 Democratic State Convention which will
vote to endorse candidates for statewide office.
Any Hopkinton resident
registered as a Democrat as of 1/31/14 is
eligible to vote at the caucus and also to be a
delegate to the convention.
If you're a registered Democrat, please join us. If you're not a registered Democrat, please stop by and say hello anyway!
Please contact Dick Duggan with any questions (508-435-4007 or email@example.com).
(Unless you need a handicapped parking place, please don't use the parking spaces right behind the fire station. Those are for our firefighters. There is plenty of parking behind the office building next door.)
~ Dick Duggan
January 31, 2014 — This hawk had its eyes on a prize early this afternoon, somewhere on South Street.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
1:40 pm Officer
Gregg DeBoer arrested Sean F. Hagan, 54, of Chandler
Street, Marlborough, on South Street for a Warrant.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
8:38 pm Officer William Burchard came upon an occupied parked motor vehicle on Lakeshore Drive and subsequently issued three verbal warnings for possession of Class D Substance.
6:28 pm Officer Peter Booth checked and spoke with an individual on Turnbridge Lane.
5:49 pm Officer Matthew McNeil attempted to deliver a message of a found dog to the owner on Connelly Hill Road.
4:58 pm Officer William Burchard reported that a disabled motor vehicle with no one around it was on West Main Street.
3:28 pm A 911 caller reported a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Cedar Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and wrote up a report.
2:52 pm A resident of Nebraska Street reported that a red Ford Explorer had been parked in front of her house since yesterday. A message was left with the owner.
11:44 am A caller reported a three car motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Hayden Rowe Street. Two officers responded and wrote out a report.
10:43 am Officer Thomas Griffin assisted the Water Department with controlling traffic on Main Street.
9:06 am A 911 caller reported dumped ashes on Wood Street which appeared to flare up and cause a brush fire. Officer David Shane responded and assisted the Fire Department.
7:58 am A resident of Hayden Rowe Street reported picking up a dog that appeared to be cold. A message was left with the owner and the Animal Control Officer was notified.
3:06 am Officer Aaron O'Neil advised that he gave directions to an individual who was lost on Glen Road.
2:02 am Officer
Aaron O'Neil spoke with an individual who was
walking on Spring Street.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
3:09 pm The manager of a West Main Street business reported vandalism. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded to write a report.
2:01 pm The Southborough Police Department reported an erratic operator heading south on Cedar Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien checked the area but was unable to locate the vehicle.
11:02 am Officer Philip Powers spoke with a resident of Winter Street regarding harassment.
9:41 am An Ash Street resident reported an ongoing problem of school employees blocking her driveway. Officer David Shane contacted the school and advised them to move the vehicles.
Young Parents Attend School Committee Hearing to Support Free Full-Day Kindergarten
Committee votes budget of 4.91% over last year
by Muriel Kramer
The SC set as its goal for the superintendent, “prepare a fiscally responsible budget that addresses district needs” and the Selectmen had asked departments to “level fund operational expenses, identify strategic initiatives (and their impact), identify incremental contractual labor costs, provide detailed backup, identify additional programs, efficiencies & cost containment measures, and prioritize capital projects.”
At last night’s brief presentation before the Public Hearing and vote, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Cathy MacLeod outlined her goals in the process. “Prepare a fiscally responsible budget; demand a multi-step, rigorous review of the proposed budget; articulate the budget priorities in a transparent, data-driven manner; [and] promote a PK-12 vision of instructional improvement that impacts learning.”
There are three programmatic improvements included in the proposed budget – a Kindergarten to grade 8 co-teaching model to better support special education and students in need of services, full implementation of team teaching at the Middle School and Full Day Kindergarten (FDK). Dr. MacLeod made it clear in her presentation that “none of these initiatives are mandated, all provide additional opportunities to meet student needs and that educationally they are the right thing to do.”
There was a capacity crowd in the Middle School Library once again, most in attendance were there to support tuition free FDK.
Pam Waxlax, member of the Appropriation Committee, spoke as a parent and voter; she wanted to ask why FDK was not presented as a separate initiative?
Dana Hall, parent of four made it clear that he is not opposed to FDK and recognizes it as a new initiative; he recommended the SC find cost savings throughout the whole budget to offset the additional expenses of FDK. “If we believe FDK should be in the budget, we should be looking for cost savings in other places in the budget.”
Amy Cafazzo spoke in support of tuition free FDK, “If we maintain a half-day program as well as an enhanced full day program, we’re creating two groups of students entering first grade. Teachers will then have to spend the first few months working to get all those students on the same page. It only makes sense to ensure that all of the kindergarteners are learning, playing, and socializing at the same pace.”
Beth Malloy spoke in opposition. “Financially we are not ready. I think it’s [FDK] a good idea, but not right now.” Citing the money already lost to the failed initiative to build a school on Fruit Street, she advocated for addressing the needs of Center School first.
Darlene Hayes also spoke in opposition. She feels strongly that we cannot risk burdening the tax payers further. She too supports the initiative but not until the elementary building solution has been successfully implemented.
Laurie Nickerson spoke in favor of the proposed budget. “I am fully in support of your budget. My children, everyone’s children should have the same opportunity for access to the full day program.”
Speaking in favor of the budget SC member Jon Graziano allowed that, “this hasn’t been a perfect process.” He asserted that this budget made improvements in the delivery of special education, maintained a commitment to small class sizes, completed some work on the Middle School team teaching model and held an equitable approach to FDK.
SC member Scott Aghababian voted against the budget because of the increase. “I am very much in favor and support of Dr. MacLeod. I frankly have no problem with FDK, and I know how much work has gone into this budget. I cannot, will not, support a town budget that is more than a 2 ½% increase.” Later he encouraged voters that feel strongly to be sure to attend Annual Town Meeting (ATM) May 5th, and he encouraged all those same people to stay for all the business at ATM.
Alta Legacy Farms Hosts
Hopkinton Chamber After Hours
January 31, 2014 — Above, left, School Building Committee Chair Joe Markey has a conversation with Hopkinton architect Scott Gorman at Alta Legacy Farms, a 240- unit complex developed by Wood Partners after the purchase of a little over 20 acres of land for $7 million from Legacy Farms. The two-hour meeting featured meet and greet as well as hors d'oeuvres, and a tour of the community room, above, and the outside facilities as well.
Demons Answer Request for
Proposals for Hockey Rink
Would own parcel for 30 years for $100 if approved
January 30, 2014 — Slipping in just under the deadline, the Demons Youth Hockey Association has answered a formal Request for Proposals from Legacy Farms to develop a Hockey Rink on land conveyed by them for a 30 year-term for $100. After that, the land reverts to the Town of Hopkinton. The land, about 19 acres, is on East Main Street and is the first open land on the left heading east, at the Algonquin Gas line crossing.
DYHA will invest through their partners, about $7.5 million, raising about $3 million through a capital campaign and the rest through financing.
Legacy Farms owner Roy MacDowell said today that he supports working with the Demons.
"I recommend it to the town. I think it's a good idea," he said.
Hockey fan and skater Selectman Brian Herr, who is also now a candidate for US Senate, weighed in on the general idea today.
"The town has been facilitating this opportunity for years," he said. I am encouraged by what I see in the Demons' proposal.
"The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter," he said. He was asked if he would support the proposal as a selectman.
"I would have to be sure the financials are favorable to the town and do not put us at risk.
"Assuming they are and assuming that Legacy Farms approves the architecture, as one member of the board, I would support this development.
"Of course my position from day one has been that no tax dollars are spent to develop the rink.
"That must also be confirmed," he said.
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45 Keefe/Ashland 15
January 30, 2014 — Hopkinton wrestler EJ Picozza. 132lbs has his Keefe Tech/Ashland opponent nearly pinned and looks to the fast-moving referee for approval. Last night's match was the wrestling team's last home game. Here is a list of recent matches.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
11:31 pm A caller wanted a Main Street property checked as her ex-boyfriend was let out of jail with an ankle monitor and reportedly knows where she works. Two officers checked the property and advised that all was fine.
8:29 pm Officer Peter Booth assisted the Fire Department on Donna Pass.
9:25 am A walk-in spoke with Officer David Shane regarding checks that had been written from his account.
7:05 am A
resident reported that while dropping his son off at
the bus this morning on West Main Street he saw a
man in a pickup truck get out of his vehicle then
yelled at the driver and banged on the bus door.
Officer Gregg DeBoer spoke with the bus coordinator
for the out of town school.
Monday, January 27, 2014
5:38 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Aaron O'Neil regarding fraud.
4:37 pm A 911 caller from West Main Street reported a disturbance in which a staff member would not leave the premises. Two officers responded and wrote up a report.
2:34 pm A motorist reported that there were utility staples in an intersection on West Main Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and notified the Highway Department to clean up the roadway.
1:41 pm The Water Department Supervisor reported that a tractor trailer caused damage to the curb at the Main/Wood Street intersection. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and advised that there was no significant damage to the curb.
1:35 pm Officer Thomas Griffin assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Main Street.
10:19 am Three officers responded to Falcon Ridge Drive to serve a Warrant of Apprehension and transported the individual to the court.
9:52 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted with traffic while the Highway Department scraped ice off of the roadway on West Main Street.
8:30 am A Rocky Woods Road resident reported finding an animal carcass in her back yard with blood and footprints around it. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and advised that it was a deer and appeared that coyotes had gotten to it. The Animal Control Officer was notified to remove it.
Kathryn A. Moschini "Moosie", 66
Kathryn A. Moschini "Moosie", 66,
of Hopkinton, passed away Tuesday, January
28, 2014 at her home. Born in Framingham, she was the
Theoni Lazar Bryant of Hopkinton and the late Charles
Bryant. She was the
wife of Fran T. Moschini of Hopkinton.
77 West Main Street, Hopkinton
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Mill Creek Looks Forward
to Breaking Ground in 2014
250 - 40B apartment units off Lumber Street
35,000 - 45,000k square feet of retail/commercial
January 29, 2014 — Paul Mastroianni, owner of 77 West Main Street shopping plaza, as well as several other successful real estate ventures in Hopkinton, said today that he expects getting a site approval from the state "any day now" for the 40B housing that bypasses local zoning. In a town with less than 10% of its housing deemed "affordable" by the state's formula, a developer can bypass local zoning and apply for a Comprehensive Permit from the town's Zoning Board of Appeals following certification from the state.
Mr. Mastroianni said today that he expects the retail/commercial component of the building to contain 35,000 to 40,000 square feet. A concept drawing of the retail/office component is featured above.
Developer Mill Creek, who will be building the 250-unit housing component called Hopkinton Mews, has about a half-dozen projects under construction in the state right now, Mr. Mastroianni said. Mr. Mastroianni said he will be the developer for the retail/commercial component.
"This is not going to be Section 8 Housing," said Mr. Mastroianni, referring to the low-income voucher system.
"The town will love the synergy and amenities that will be brought together in this project," he said.
Hopkinton Selectman Brian Herr Announces Run For Senate - Releases Statement, Below
HOPKINTON - Brian J. Herr announced today that he is running for the United States Senate against Incumbent Senator Ed Markey. Herr released the following statement:
"We have no leadership in Washington, D.C. Our elected officials simply react; they respond; they panic. Then they have hissy fits with each other. And what does that get us? We find ourselves saddled with debt-ceiling fights, continuing resolutions and government shutdowns.
Elections come and go, yet the problems are only mounting. It is time for a new approach, a new way of doing things, a new voice in Washington.
I am running for the United States Senate because I believe the key to putting America back on track is to elect leaders that approach problem solving with an open mind and a strong background in the private sector.
We have real problems that need real solutions, not political lip service. We need bold leaders willing to make changes. In the United States Senate I will press for 1) term limits for all newly elected federal office holders, 2) a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution, 3) pro-growth and pro-jobs economic policy, 4) meaningful, respectful immigration reform, and 5) a bipartisan approach that ends the bickering and stalemate in Washington, D.C.
We need to return common sense to the political dialogue. I still believe a reasonable, responsible, respectful Republican can win a statewide race in Massachusetts. I know this is going to be a tough race, but I have run tough races before.
As a Founding Member and former Chairman of the Dana-Farber Boston Marathon Challenge, I have proudly run on their behalf for the past 24 years. This past April, at mile 25.5, race officials stopped us in our tracks. Thirty days later, I ran the last mile. Even though I have crossed the finish line many times before, that one was special! The sadness and anger I felt that afternoon making my way down Boylston Street was quickly replaced by determination and resolve.
It's this same determination and resolve that I bring to the race for United States Senate. It's time to get back to the business of solving problems. No more excuses. No more bickering. No more finger pointing.
We are a nation of great resilience, grand dreams and extraordinary achievement. We can transform the way government does business and get Washington working for us again. The time for positive change is now!
NOTE: Mr. Herr is a Republican. Please choose the thumbnail, left, to see a slideshow assembled by thirteen year-old son, Kierin Herr.
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State Police Still Seek Driver of Truck That Lost Mattress, Ask Public's Help
The deceased victim in the below crash is identified as Frida Litvak, 56, of Framingham. Ms. Litvak was operating the 2011 Toyota Corolla that was hit from behind after braking heavily to avoid a mattress that had fallen from a truck onto the road.
The surviving victim, who was operating the 2014 Toyota Tundra that struck Ms. Litvak’s vehicle, is identified as Andrew Lawendowski, 43, of Charlton. He suffered minor injuries in the crash. Both operators were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing. The Massachusetts State Police continue to ask the public for information about the vehicle from which the mattress is believed to have fallen. That vehicle is described as a large dump truck with a white cab and possibly black netting or a tarp partially covering the bed. The bed is reported to be dark in color, with wood along the sides. At the time of the crash, it was reported to be occupied by two males and carrying multiple additional mattresses. The media is asked to request that any of their viewers/readers with information on this incident or the vehicle being sought contact the Concord State Police Barracks at 978-369-4100.
Numerous leads have been received thus far, but the public request for information about the truck carrying the mattresses remains in place.
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