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One Run for Boston To Begin on March 16, 2014

Coast to Coast Relay Returns to Raise $1 million

for Boston Marathon Bombing Victims

3300 miles non-stop from LA to Boston via Hopkinton



The One Run For Boston cross-country relay, which last year raised $91,000 for the One Fund Boston to help the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, is gearing up for a re-run from Los Angeles to Boston starting March 16th. The record-breaking non-stop running relay is expected to reach Hopkinton on April 13, 2014, and there are plenty of opportunities for local runners and supporters to get involved.


The 3,300 mile route is divided into 336 stages across fourteen different states. Most stages are around ten miles with some as long as 22 miles. Each stage can accommodate up to 25 runners. Group stages in some of the major cities along the route are five miles or less and designed to encourage mass participation of 100+ runners.


Local runner Ann-Michele Dragsbaek (Photo from last year's Boston Marathon) from Hopkinton has signed up to run Stage 332 of the relay from Hopkinton to Framingham on April 13, 2014..




Next Stop, Louisville

March 4, 2014 — Hopkinton High School and Senior Cross Country and Track Stand-out Melissa Lodge signs her National Letter of Intent to attend Louisville University for track today in the Hopkinton High School Main Office. HopNews photo by Michael Mace.


Reprinted from HHSPRESS.ORG - Hopkinton High School's STUDENT ONLINE NEWS


The date of this year’s Relay for Life is June 13th at the HHS track. All funds raised for the event go toward cancer research and patient care, including rides to and from treatments and Hope Lodge care and housing. Sign up for the Hopkinton Relay for Life.

The next mandatory team captain meeting is on March 10th from 6:30 to 7:30 in the HS auditorium. <---------- Corrected Location.

Relay for Life is looking for more adult committee members to replace some adults who have retired. Volunteers are needed to help on the registration sub-committee. This involves work before and during the event itself.

There are also meetings on April 14th and May 19th. Turn in any money raised for the event and get the participant t-shirts at Bank Night on June 9th from 6:30-8 in the HHS cafeteria.


New Addition to HopNews Community Page

The HPLF ( Hopkinton public Library Foundation) is now linked from the HopNews Community Page, which can always be found by choosing the "Hopkinton" category in the blue menu bar in the top section. Please check out their page now to see some innovative fundraisers that emphasize the "fun" part. Is yours one of the 1,000 Homes? See what that means, too.



PolyArts Scholarship Application for 2014


This year, the Hopkinton Polyarts Committee will give a $1,000.00 scholarship to two graduating high school seniors going on to major in  fine or applied arts (ie. painting, ceramics, sculpting, drama, music, creative writing, fashion/interior design...) at a college or university.   The applicant needs to adhere to the guidelines.   Please keep the essay short.   The student must be a Hopkinton resident. The deadline is April 1, 2014.


Download the application here.(Word Doc)

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TO REGISTER go to Hopkinton Parks and Rec Website or:  http://www.activityreg.com/clientpage.wcs

For more details or if you have any questions, please visit:  http://www.eteamz.com/hopkintonbaberuth/

Or call 508 497 9750.




Don Lehman and Patti Zepf were among the 160 plus guests to come and support the Hiller Competitive Cheer Recreational Program!


It was standing room only at Western Nurseries for a wine and beer tasting event, Saturday March 1, 2014, in support of Hiller Competitive Cheer Recreational Program. This is a new program that is dedicated to supporting cheerleading in Hopkinton and providing assistance in all facets related to cheerleading. The night proved to be a great success; the program committee achieved their fundraising goal and I’m certain a good time was had by all.

by  John Cardillo, Hiller Cheer Booster Club member


Mike Cronin to Run Boston Marathon for Tedy’s Team


I’ll be running the Boston Marathon this year with Tedy’s Team, an organization started by former Patriots linebacker and stroke survivor Tedy Bruschi with a mission to raise awareness and fight stroke. 


Some of you may know that my Uncle Jack Morrissey died of complications from stroke.  However, you may not be aware of these stroke statistics:


1. Every 45 seconds someone suffers a stroke. 

2. Every 3.1 minutes someone dies from a stroke. 

3. There are 4.4 million stroke survivors in the US. 

4. 29% of people who have strokes are under the age of 65.


I feel compelled to run the Boston Marathon this year to honor the memory of my Uncle Jack.  He lived next door to me when I was growing up and he and I were very close.  I spent a lot of time with him going on walks, throwing the football, and watching baseball.  Everything changed in March of 2004.  I was 10 years old and my uncle was rushed to the hospital.  I learned the next day that he had suffered a severe stroke and was on life support.  There were many days that we weren’t sure if he was going to make it.  After three months in the hospital and rehabilitation, he came home. The stroke left him paralyzed on his left side.  I’ll never forget the first time I saw him.  He looked like a broken man, both physically and mentally.  Though small and frail, he was ready to continue his battle.  He gained a lot of his strength back and was able to resume a close-to-normal life.  In March of 2009, five years after his stroke, Uncle Jack passed away.


    Mike Cronin and Jack Morrisey in 2006


The way Uncle Jack dealt with his stroke inspired me and it is for this reason that I’m committed to following a strenuous training program to prepare for the big run on April 21, 2014.  I’m also busy raising $5000 for the American Stroke Association and thanks to the generous donations from friends and family, I am two-thirds of the way to that goal. 


My donation web site is http://tedysteam2014.kintera.org/cronin. You can also send donations via mail to Mike Cronin, 38 Church Street, Hopkinton, MA  01748. Please make checks payable to the American Stroke Association. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated and will help me to reach the Tedy’s Team goal.  Thank you.


Mike is a 2012 graduate of Hopkinton High School and the son of Tom and Liz Cronin.  He is a sophomore at UMass Amherst studying sport management at the Isenberg School of Management.


Fourth Annual Boosters Fundraiser

The Hopkinton High School Athletic Boosters fourth annual sports fundraiser will be held at the Hopkinton Country Club on Saturday, March 22, from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $140 per couple or $70/singles. New this year – Steve Spector’s widely acclaimed “Hot Acoustics” band will rock the house and there will be plenty of cool raffle prizes and silent auction items such as sports memorabilia from the NE Sports Museum, Red Sox tickets and more – also blackjack table and TV with March Madness games will be featured.


A casual menu will include display of cheese and vegie crudité along with dips and crackers, boneless buffalo tenders, mini burger bar with toppings, pickles & chips, popular nacho bar with guacamole, assorted gourmet pizzas, turkey club sandwich pieces, coffee, tea and huge chocolate chip cookies. A great giveaway also will be handed out. R.S.V.P. by signing up on-line at www.hopkintonboosters.com  or fill out attached form to pay by check and mail to: HHS Boosters Fundraiser, c/o Joy Donohue, 41 Blueberry Lane. This year’s effort will directly support a newly remodeled weight room and a fun night out is always guaranteed!   


Casino Night: Online Bidding is Open!


Do you have your tickets yet for the Education Foundation's annual Casino Cocktail Night? It's this coming Saturday, March 8th, at the Warren Conference Center in Ashland.

We will miss you if you can't attend -- but you can still bid online in our silent auction, on no fewer than 90 items. There are sports tickets, beer-brewing classes, Disney passes, tons of kids activities, and much, MUCH more!

Visit www.biddingforgood.com/HEFGALA  for online bidding and event tickets. The online auction will run until Saturday, March 8th, at 10:30pm.

We need your support! All proceeds support technology and innovation grants in the Hopkinton Schools.


Shaping Up

March 3, 2014 — Workers continue in sub-freezing weather today putting up Pulte Homes single family homes in the shadow of 240 Alta Legacy Farms apartments a few hundred feet away.


March 3, 2014 — This dam, visible from North Mill Street, has been breached by humans who do not appreciate the work of beavers, especially when it floods their lands or their homes.


Cat in the Hat

March 3, 2014 — The Cat In the Hat, who is very good friends with Tricia Miller, made a special visit to The Learning Center of Hopkinton this morning to read to some of the boys and girls.  The Learning Center often has special events commemorating special holidays and times of year.
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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton Massachusetts

Compiled for HopNews.com by Eric Montville © 2014 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from February 25, 2014 - March 3, 2014
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
Address Buyer Price Date Seller
1 Weybridge Lane unit 23A Matthew F. Bowie $256,000 March 3, 2014 Kathleen A. MacDonald
21 Apple Tree Hill Road unit 21 Ethan Maxfield $190,000 March 3, 2014 Susan G. Auble
29 Knoll Road Amartya K. Ray, Jessica G. Ray $317,750 February 28, 2014 He Huang, He Huang Family Revocable Trust
10 Frostpane Lane unit 77 Satish Bhogadi, Chandini Bandaru $412,635 February 27, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
6 Frostpane Lane unit 79 Sudhakar Ramabhotla, Lilitha G. Ayyagari $409,540 February 26, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
50 Pleasant Street Alicia L. DiPietro $344,900 February 26, 2014 Amy Ambrose, Amy Adler
19 Ledgestone Drive Jurrien M. Dehann, Deborah R. Bannon $606,000 February 26, 2014 Shelia D. O'Toole, O'Toole Family Living Trust
Last Week
26 Lakeshore Drive Douglas DeWolfe, Karen DeWolfe $350,000 February 24, 2014 Richard Gentili, Louis Gentili
6 McGill Court unit 47 Joseph Buscone, Faith Buscone $450,000 February 21, 2014 William A. Depietri, Lumber Street I Realty Trust
241 Lumber Street Robin A. Ravech $463,000 February 21, 2014 Paul Macphail, Maria Marcucci
78 West Main Street Virginio C. Sardinha, V. Sardinha Realty Trust $750,000 February 19, 2014 2 High Street Realty LLC
Week Before
58 Ash Street Dana Grusse, Ashlea Giard $533,800 February 14, 2014 Patrick J. Fernan, Shannon M. Tomai
37 Chamberlain Street Anthony P. Gattonini, Jaclyn C. Gattonini $352,000 February 14, 2014 William E. Stolba
14 Turnbridge Lane unit 21B Safdar H. Haider $228,000 February 13, 2014 Allen R. Prescott, Barbara A. Prescott
8 Frostpane Lane Stuart H. Floyd, Ava Floyd $412,435 February 13, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
7 Paul Revere Path unit 5C Gilbert Zawaira, Sandra N. Dube $344,000 February 12, 2014 Stagecoach Heights Realty


5K race will be held June 21, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. at Hopkinton High School, rain or shine.

Our mission is to raise money for medical research toward a cure for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), while hosting a fun-filled event within the community of Hopkinton. From day one, 100% of the proceeds from this event have been donated to The Angel Fund, a non-profit organization benefitting the Cecil B. Day Laboratory of Neurological Research at UMass Medical School.

Since the inception of the Sharon Timlin event in 2003, the town of Hopkinton has embraced our efforts and supported our cause. We could not have held this charitable event year after year without the generous and continued help from the Town of Hopkinton.

“The essence of community, its heart and soul, is the non-monetary exchange of value; things we do and share because we care for others, and for the good of the place.” ― Dee Hock

2013 was a difficult year for the town of Hopkinton. It began with the Boston Marathon bombings and then in fall 2013, Hopkinton lost two of its dear, young community members: Shayne Desroches & Abbie Benford.

We dedicate this day in our community to the memory of Shayne and Abbie.


— From the Timlin Race page.


Happy 20th Anniversary

March 2, 2014 — Jerry Caruso was one of three circuit comedians who entertained at the Dynasty Restaurant's 20th Anniversary celebration last night. Above, not to spoil things, but he sings a funny song about the brand of car that gave him such trouble.


Republican John Coutinho Announces Candidacy for Board of Selectmen


John Coutinho of David Joseph Road announced today that he is seeking a position on the Board of Selectmen in the May elections. 


“I am running for the Board of Selectmen because this is a critical time for Hopkinton given the decisions to be made during the continued rollout of the Legacy Farm project and the negotiations that will be needed for The Mews, Crossroads and the Marathon Center projects” stated Mr. Coutinho. “I would like to use my experience as Chair of ZAC and Vice Chair of the Planning Board to build a consensus on the best approach for dealing with issues that will come before the Board of Selectmen.  We need to work together, be consistent and to lower the tax burden on the homeowner by increasing the commercial tax base of the community.”


The one constant in Hopkinton is change. Hopkinton is struggling to maintain the character and reasonable taxes that attracted us all to the town.  Providing the additional services needed by our growing population and the current economic environment makes it especially difficult to keep the town affordable. How we strategically plan for the continued development of Hopkinton is the key to our town’s financial future.”


John Coutinho has served as Chair on the Zoning Advisory Committee for several years, he also the Vice Chair of the Planning Board and serves on other various sub-committees when needed. He and his family moved to Hopkinton in 1999.


John has two daughters and is an active volunteer for many school related projects including judging the local science fair, Destination Imagination, and mentoring Hopkinton High School’s students in the Boston University Robot competition. He was also very active at The Elmwood School in reading, art and donating capital equipment.


John graduated from The University of Bridgeport’s school of Engineering with a BS in Industrial Design Engineering; his professional career has included the design and development many medical, consumer and industrial products.


John’s wife, Brenda, is an Obstetrician / Gynecologist at Milford Regional Hospital and is accepting new patients in town here at her office at 77 West  Main Street. John’s sister Cissy Coutinho had been a long time member of the Hopkinton School System based out of the Elmwood School. John’s mother Fran is also an active resident of Hopkinton and can be frequently be seen downtown or enjoying the Senior Center.


“I look forward to discussing the issues facing Hopkinton with the voters. I am asking for your support during the campaign and your vote at the May election.  I would be honored to continue to represent the best interests of the community in a new position as a Selectman”


John Coutinho

1 David Joseph Road

March 1, 2014 


Second Candidate Announces for One of Two Open School Committee Seats


I am excited to announce my candidacy for the Hopkinton School Committee, and I would like to take a few minutes to introduce myself to the community and tell you why I am running for one of the two open seats.


My husband Alain and I moved to Hopkinton in 2009 and we have two energetic children – Colby is in 3rd grade at Elmwood School and Paige is a 5th grader at Hopkins School.  Both of them are active in Destination Imagination, soccer, karate and lacrosse, and Colby is a Cub Scout in Pack 97.  


For the past 3 years I have served on Hopkinton’s Zoning Board of Appeals as an Associate member responsible for upholding the town’s zoning bylaws. Professionally I work as a Program Manager at CA Technologies, where I balance expectations across all levels of my organization, negotiate contracts, and manage schedules on a daily basis. As a School Committee member I fully expect these skill sets to be put to immediate use as I combine the knowledge I’ve gained volunteering in our town government with my strict attention to detail, active listening and interpersonal skills acquired from a career spent working for technology companies since graduating from Wellesley College in 1996.


I am proud of Hopkinton. When I tell people where I live I almost always hear, “Oh, you have great schools!” It’s true, we do, and we need to be sure we keep them that way by balancing sound and clearly articulated educational goals with fiscal prudence.  When we succeed at this, we ensure the strength of our school district while maintaining a sustainable tax base for Hopkinton as a whole. A very important piece of this equation is a strong School Committee, and that is why I am running.


I’ve been paying a lot of attention to the budgeting process this year because it’s a personal interest of mine. A common theme during budget discussions centered on needs vs. wants.  When making decisions on things like the 1:1 laptop program, full day tuition free kindergarten, or maintenance items, there are tough choices to be made and many opinions to consider.  To build a solid foundation for these types of discussions, over the next few months I plan to get up to speed on our current policies, review the strategic plan, and meet with members of the Hopkinton community to identify issues, and understand suggested solutions.


When it comes to crafting the budget in general, I would strongly advocate for a zero-based budgeting approach next year.  This will allow the community to gain visibility into every line item (not just the incremental proposed percentage increase), which will ensure transparency.  


I have a great deal of confidence in Dr. MacLeod, and I want to be part of the School Committee that collaborates with her to grow and maintain our excellent school district for the benefit of the entire town.


Thank you in advance for your support throughout this election process – I look forward to earning your trust and confidence and ask that you vote for me on Monday, May 19th.


Kelly Knight

1 Ledgestone Drive

February 28, 2014


NOTE: Politically unenrolled Kelly Knight is an Associate Member of the Hopkinton Board of Appeals. HopNews photo, 2/28/2014


Hopkinton enters into contract negotiations with Captain Lee for Police Chief Post


At last night’s scheduled open meeting, the Board of Selectmen voted to authorize contract negotiations with Captain Edward Lee, Jr. as Hopkinton’s next Chief of Police, pending finalization of successful background check and related tests.


“Thanks to the fine efforts of the Police Chief Search Committee, chaired by Hopkinton resident and also Chair of the Personnel Committee, Bob Levenson, the Selectmen interviewed four (4) highly qualified candidates last night,” said Board of Selectmen Chairman, John M. Mosher (Photo, left).  “Captain Lee’s broad experience in a large and diverse community as well as progressive responsibility made him an attractive candidate.  His collaborative leadership style and his commitment to the development of personnel made him a good fit for Hopkinton.  The Board of Selectmen looks forward to welcoming him as the newest addition to our accomplished Police Force.  He will be an important part of the continued progress of our law enforcement professionals and a valuable partner for the citizens of Hopkinton.”


Captain Lee is a 26-year veteran of the Woonsocket Police Department and a lifelong Bellingham, MA resident. ~ Press Release. HopNews photo, 2/27/2014..

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Candidate for Selectman

Planning Board Vice-Chair, Republican  John Coutinho has taken out nomination papers for election to a seat on the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen. We await a candidate's statement.

In addition, Claire Wright has taken out papers to serve another term as cemetery commissioner. See all of the candidates to date on the Election 2014 page.


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Tuition-free Full Day Kindergarten to be Housed at Center School


by Muriel Kramer

February 28, 2014 — Plans are being finalized for the tuition free Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) for next year to be housed in the existing Center School with no temporary modular classrooms planned. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Cathy MacLeod had proposed several alternatives to accommodate FDK; options had included asking voters to fund temporary modular classrooms at Center School or splitting the class and housing some at Elmwood and others at Center. Last night the School Committee agreed with Dr. MacLeod, supporting her recommendation to keep all of the youngest learners together at Center School and voting to remove the warrant article to request $350,000 from TM for temporary modular classrooms.                

                Many factors went into the decision, one that Dr. MacLeod says the staff and teachers at Center School fully support; chief among the considerations was the uncertainty in the process for parents of upcoming kindergarteners waiting for ATM in May to find out if the voters would support the additional expense of modular classrooms. Further, Dr. MacLeod acknowledged that asking the voters to finance temporary modular classrooms was problematic given that an elementary school building project is in the plans for the near future, and the school department will need voter support to finance that project. Dr. MacLeod made the point that while keeping the kindergarten and grade 1 students together was in many ways optimal, there will be some space constraints next year; importantly classrooms themselves will not be overcrowded however.  “The staff is willing to do whatever they need to do to make this work; they are just relieved to be staying together,” added Dr. MacLeod. She concluded, “I assessed all options and feel this is the best solution for our students, this is the best solution for the teachers and staff, and this is the best solution for our town.”

                School Committee member Scott Aghababian formally announced that he will not seek re-election next year; two School Committee seats are open for May Town Election. At this writing, Republican Frank Sivo is the only announced candidate for the open seats.

                The School Calendar for next year has been drafted with the first day of school set to be Thursday September 4th.  Some considerations for future years include removing some religious holidays, Rosh Hashanah and Good Friday were cited as examples by Dr. MacLeod as possibilities. Additionally Dr. MacLeod favors working with other superintendents in the area to target one vacation week in March to eliminate breaks in both February and April, a move she says has been made in other parts of the state. For this to work for teachers and students, it would have to be done in coordination with surrounding school districts; many teachers live in surrounding towns making vacation week coordination important for them and their families especially.

                The transportation policy has been finalized, and parents should receive letters in March. The deadline for payment and bus arrangements will be in May. For families paying bus fees, the fee will be $170 for the first and second child; a family cap of $340 then applies. If the fee is not received by the deadline, a ten day grace period is in place whereby parents would still be guaranteed a spot on the bus for their child(ren) but  the fee increases to $260 for the first two children with a cap of $520. If the fee is not received or postmarked within that 10 day grace period, the fee penalty will stay the same but no guarantees are made for a spot on the bus at the start of the school year.

                The School Department continues to keep a close eye on the impact on enrollment from the development at Legacy Farms. Twenty-seven students now live in the development, fourteen are new to town and thirteen have moved in from a different address in town. The Host Community Agreement negotiated with the developers at Legacy Farms includes mitigation to the town in the event that more than 250 students live in the development within six years of issuing the first occupancy permit.

New Police Chief Voted for Hopkinton

February 28, 2014 — The Board of Selectmen held interviews this evening with four candidates for the position of Chief of Police for Hopkinton: Current Interim Hopkinton Chief Charles Wallace, Hopkinton Sgt. Joseph Bennett (Photo, left), Franklin Police Dept. Lt. Thomas Lynch and Woonsocket Capt. Edward Lee (Photo, above). Following a 5:30 pm meet and greet with the public, the board met privately with the group of candidates for a relatively brief time. Shortly before midnight, after interviewing each candidate separately and at length, the full board voted unanimously, 5-0, for forty-five year-old Captain Lee, but not after strongly considering Sgt. Bennett for the top job. The board also seriously discussed creating a second position of Lieutenant for Sgt. Bennett to move his career along.

       The board was unanimous in congratulating Personnel Committee Chair Robert Levenson for chairing the Police Chief Search Committee and giving them four excellent candidates. The board had a series of the same questions for each candidate in the formal interview session that followed the meet and greet.

        The candidates responded similarly to questions about problems facing the youth, citing abuse of prescription drugs and bullying as the most troubling.

        All candidates reflected similar styles, such as the need for community engagement, to keep selectmen informed and strong youth services.

        On the question of gun permits, all candidates said that as chief they would have no trouble denying an individual that right, if he felt the individual was unfit, either for something said in the interview, or because of the chief's experience or knowledge of the individual.

         None were hesitant about moving forward with the civil forfeiture of a drug dealer's assets, but none said they would use it as revenue enhancement.  Capt. Lee said forfeiture did enhance the Woonsocket Police Department's budget, and that dealers were not targeted because of their assets, but because they were dealing drugs.

          Asked about the notion that the automatic license plate readers on some cruisers were an invasion of privacy, Capt. Lee said that people driving stolen cars should have no expectation of privacy. But he said it would be up to the community to decide if that was what they wanted. He was asked what leadership qualities he has.

           "My personality has gone a long way in my career," he said.

           "I had a knack for  communicating with drug dealers, gaining their confidence, and then arresting them," he said.

           "Everyone has a gift," said one selectman to laughter.

           Capt. Lee promised to provide strong leadership, build trust, set the bar high for the officers in the department, and provide ongoing training.

          Selectmen agreed that Capt. Lee's breadth of experience with a larger department would infuse new ideas into Hopkinton's department that would be absorbed by others.

           The town will now enter into salary negotiations with Capt. Lee.


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Police Incident Log - Updated February 27, 2014

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    Incident Log

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

11:46 pm A resident of Washington Lane reported a suspicious incident involving her house phone. Officer Jacob Campbell checked the area but did not find anything suspicious.

10:28 pm A walk-in reported that she was followed by two vehicles on her way home so she stopped at the police station.

9:31 pm A motorist reported a disabled motor vehicle on Route 495. The State Police were notified.

5:40 pm A caller from Wood Street reported that two youths were riding their bicycles on the ice. Sgt. John Porter responded and spoke with the youths who were fine.

1:21 pm Officer Stephen Buckley assisted with traffic while the Highway Department repaired several pot holes on South Street.

2:29 am Three officers assisted the State Police and Fire Department with a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Route 495.

1:02 am Officer John Moran checked an unoccupied motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

9:42 pm A 911 caller reported an erratic operator on Hayden Rowe Street. Two officers responded, spoke with the operator and advised that there was no impairment.

9:29 pm A 911 caller reported that a vehicle on Wood Street was possibly on fire. Sgt. John Porter responded and advised that the vehicle was overheating and the car tires were smoking because they were spinning on ice.

11:10 am Detective Timothy Brennan checked on what appeared to be garbage on the side of Wood Street. A resident took care of the bags of trash.

6:40 am Two officers responded to a five car motor vehicle accident without personal injury on West Main Street.

Monday, February 24, 2014

10:27 pm Officer Peter Booth advised that a telephone companies box was knocked off of a pole on Main Street. The company was notified and sent someone out to fix it.

10:03 pm A motorist reported an erratic operator on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Peter Booth located the vehicle and spoke with the operator.

9:44 pm A 911 caller from Hayden Rowe Street reported that she just saw someone on her porch. Three officers responded and checked the area with a negative find on anything suspicious.

8:47 pm Officer Peter Booth checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.

7:31 pm Officer William Burchard removed a tree branch that fell into the roadway on Lumber Street.

3:54 pm A walk-in from Ash Street reported that her twelve year-old daughter was missing. Four officers responded and advised that she was located in a woodshed across town.

12:01 pm Officer David Shane requested assistance at Elmwood School.

11:04 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted with traffic while the DPW removed a snow bank on West Main Street.

10:21 am Officer David Shane assisted the DPW while they removed a snow bank on Wood Street.

8:04 am Six officers responded to Hayden Rowe Street for a school in Lock-In-Place mode. A short time later it was determined that all was fine and the Lock-In-Place was canceled.

7:15 am A caller reported a deceased black cat on the side of Hayden Rowe Street. The Animal Control Officer was notified.

7:08 am A resident of Hayden Rowe Street reported black smoke with a chemical odor coming from a chimney across the street from him. The Fire Department responded and advised that they had an oil burner problem and were handling it.

3:53 am A motorist reported a possible motor vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer unit on Route 495. Officer Robert Bielecki responded and located a tractor trailer that slid off the roadway and was partly blocking a lane of travel.


New Framingham/Worcester Line Commuter Rail Schedule Boosts Service in MetroWest


BOSTON (February 27, 2014) – Yesterday afternoon, the MBTA announced a new Framingham/Worcester line commuter rail schedule, boosting service on the entire line, including the addition of trains and stops in Ashland, Framingham and Natick. The schedule will go into effect on March 10.


“Public transportation must be dependable, reliable and consistent for all commuters,” said Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland). “I am thrilled that the new Framingham/Worcester line schedule now best reflects the needs of MetroWest commuters, our local businesses and our community.”


Earlier proposed changes to the schedule eliminated important rush hour express train stops in Natick and Framingham, resulting in significant gaps in service during critical commuting times. Senator Spilka heard from many constituents who rely on the commuter rail for transportation to and from Boston and have chosen to live in these areas based on their close proximity to commuter rail stops. In response to these concerns, Senator Spilka worked closely with the MBTA to maintain the beneficial increases in service for Ashland and restore the cut express train stops in Framingham and Natick.


The new schedule includes additional stops in Ashland and reverses the initially proposed cuts. Morning and evening rush hour express trains include a stop in Framingham, and the evening rush hour commute includes an added stop in Natick.


300 Years For Hopkinton, 1715 - 2015
300th Anniversary Committee members resign nearly en masse
Grassroots "Friends..." still going strong

D. T. Bridges and Co.,Boot Manufactory from a slideshow at the Town's 300th Committee website

February 26, 2014 — Four of five "at-large" members of Hopkinton's official 300th Anniversary Committee submitted resignations to the Selectmen, which were made public at their meeting two weeks ago; but Selectmen asked Town Manager Norman Khumalo to work to salvage the time already vested, and see what could be done about some of the issues raised by three of the members. One member complained that Town bylaws prohibited the hanging of banners, when actually, the 2013 Town Meeting passed an Article sponsored by Amy Ritterbusch to do just that. Another complaint is that they were  having difficulty attaining a non-profit status. But they are an official Town committee, so it is unclear why they needed that. The resignation of the four members leaves, according to the town's website, just the Secretary, Jean Bertschman as the sole remaining member.

           Three of the resigning members complained about the Friends of Hopkinton Anniversary Celebrations, a grassroots group of native Hopkintonians contributing to make the celebration a success, of "creating great confusion among the people of Hopkinton," because of a duplication of efforts.

            The Selectmen accepted their resignations Tuesday evening after Town Manager Norman Khumalo said he got nowhere in his efforts to stem the tide in talks with one member. But the Friends are going strong with a website and a gallery of great items, some of which are listed below. Remember, the 300th Anniversary Wine is available only at Colella's Supermarket, and the jacket available online is also available at Country Plus.

             Money made from the sale of the items, as well as the bottle and can drives, goes toward the marching bands and other expenses related to the 2015 celebrations. Stay tuned for many events that HopNews and others will be publicizing, and visit the website of the Friends of Hopkinton Anniversary Celebrations to make a purchase, or to donate.





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A great opportunity to check out our NEW LOWER PRICES and BIGGER SELECTION!


Congressman Joe Kennedy Staff


HOPKINTON: District Office Express
Wednesday, February 26, 11:00AM-6:00PM
Hopkinton Senior Center,28 Mayhew Street, Hopkinton, MA



(All event details can be found on hptaonline.com)

  • Hopkins Talent Show on 3/07
  • Summer Activity & Wellness Camp Fair on 3/08
  • Chili Cook-Off on 3/22
  • HPTA - Sports Authority Discount on 3/29 & 3/30



Do you work for a community-oriented company?  Do you have access to unique goods or services?  Do you have a special talent or skill to donate?  If you answered yes, HPTA needs you!  By donating to our live and silent auctions at our upcoming fundraising events, you'll be helping to keep our schools strong.  Keep it going, keep it growing!  For more information, or to get a donation form, conatct Jenni Schroeder at jimjenni@comcast.net.



Congratulations to both Emily Blake and Rimma Kaufman on winning the HTPA Marathon Numbers to run the 2014 Boston Marathon!  Thank you to Danielle Keane, who has committed to donating 25% of her overall marathon fundraising directly to the HPTA!  Please visit hptaonline.com to learn more about the runners and to visit their donation page.

Personal Services 

 Senior Moments

Time Machine

February 25, 2014 — Two Hopkinton senior citizens enjoy the "Wayback Machine" at the Solomon Pond Mall Food Court, after having taken a break from their weekly walk around the mall.


Hopkinton's Dr. Ciaramicoli Helps Develop Anti-Depression APP


JV Team on Top

The Hopkinton JV hockey team won the JV championship Saturday night with a 5-1 Win over Northbridge at the Northstar rink in Westboro. Members of the team are.: Spencer Abbott, Kyle Canty, Tim Greizer, TJ Fujiyoshi, Everett Rolph, Alex Juffras, Dominic Yannino, Mark McCluskey, Nick Temple, Kyle Schilke, Tim Bloomer, Kyle Halloran, Jake Neary, Freeman Alfano, and Spencer Coveney. The team is coached by Mike Messier and Eric Carty

Photo by Gail Schilke.


Steven R. Aitken, 51


Steven R. Aitken, 51, of Hopkinton, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Monday, February 24, 2014, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. He was the beloved husband of Nancy (Gradie) Aitken and father of Ryan, Kyle, and Tom Aitken. Steven was born to the late William Aitken and Carol (Slater) Aitken in Puerto Rico, and grew up in Hopkinton, MA. He graduated from Hopkinton High School in 1981 and Wentworth Institute of Technology in 1985. Steve left a prolific legacy in the Hopkinton community as a pop warner football coach, cub master for pack 97 and member of the Hopkinton Sportsman club and St. John the Evangelist Parish. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed spending time with his family camping, fishing, and snowmobiling. He enjoyed cooking and winemaking. He is also survived by his brothers David Aitken of Bradenton, FL and Gary and his wife, Sue, of Hopkinton. He was a loving uncle to 15 nieces and nephews, 2 grandnieces and a grandnephew. Calling hours will be at Matarese Funeral Home in Ashland, MA on Thursday from 4-8PM. His funeral Mass will be Friday at 10AM, at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hopkinton. Expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to National Brain Tumor Society.


Frank Sivo Official Announcement for Seat on School Committee


I am pleased to announce my candidacy for the Hopkinton School Committee. My wife Eve Voegeli and I have made Hopkinton our home for nearly 20 years. We have four children, all of whom attend Hopkinton public schools. 

I am currently a member of the Appropriations Committee, and have served the community in the past on the SPEAC Board, Elementary School Criteria Working Group, and as a youth softball/baseball coach. Professionally, I am the Vice President of continuous improvement programs at a global life sciences company. I have previously held management positions in the management consulting, software, and high-tech manufacturing industries. I hold an MBA from Babson College, as well as, BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University.

My three primary objectives as a member of the School Committee will be to: 
(1) Continually improve the quality of education for all children in Hopkinton
(2) Optimize the use of precious tax dollars
(3) Increase transparency, accountability and overall public confidence in this critical government body

I am not a single issue candidate. I do not have a pre-conceived agenda to implement. I do not believe improvement and fiscal responsibility are mutually exclusive. 

For more than 30 years, I have helped corporate and public sector organizations improve performance while optimizing the use of financial resources. Deliberate long-range planning, thoughtful prioritization, continuous challenge to status quo practices, and quantification of gains are always amongst the key elements that drive continuous improvement. I believe my management experience, independence, and passion for education will serve our children AND taxpayers well. 

If elected to the School Committee, I will apply my skills to help every child receive a better education, but not force parents and grandparents to leave Hopkinton when their families graduate from our schools.

Please contact me at 
sivoforsc@gmail.com if you are interested in signing my nomination papers and/or supporting this campaign in another way. I thank you in advance for your interest in this critical election and hope to earn your vote on May 19th.

Frank Sivo
14 Stone Crossing Way

February 25, 2014


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