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Support for Sivo and Knight


I am writing in support of Frank Sivo and Kelly Knight as candidates for Hopkinton School Committee.


They are both successful professionals whom I've known for a couple of years.  They are deeply involved in working to to make our community a better place to live and raise a family.  They might come at situations from different perspectives but both have the experience and capacity to learn and adjust to find the best innovative solutions.


I am writing as a private citizen, but some of your readers may know that I am one of the School Committee members representing Hopkinton on the board of Keefe Tech Regional High School.  I co-chair the Keefe Tech Building Committee; we are in the process of constructing a new $6M roof which will be reimbursed by the MSBA by over 70% of the cost.  Keefe Tech achieved this by doing the research and applying for the right kind of state funding (which is supported by sales tax that we all pay statewide). Hopkinton needs School Committee members who examine all the angles of a situation, and have the professional aptitude to lead and challenge the School Administration to find better ways of meeting our goals.  I see Frank Sivo and Kelly Knight as being the type of professionals who can understand and push for the right things to be done on the School Committee for the benefit of ALL of the citizens of Hopkinton.  Electing both would make a clean break with past politics of exclusion and provide a true independent voice for all of the town.

I believe that Frank and Kelly would both have a positive and professional working relationship with Dr. Mcloud.


Please vote, and join me in electing Frank Sivo and Kelly Knight for School Committee on Monday, May 19th.


Frank D'Urso

173 Saddle Hill Road

April 29, 2014

She Said "Yes!" Today on the Hopkinton Town Common

April 29, 2014 — He lured her to the Common for a short walk, which led to candles and other surprises; a ring and a proposal this afternoon. To see a short video of who the happy couple is, choose the photo above.


The Learning Center of Hopkinton to Add Building for 30 More Students

April 29, 2014 — The Learning Center of Hopkinton, according to owner Trish Miller, will be expanding very soon, in this their 14th year teaching and loving the children of Hopkinton. The building is to be constructed to house 30 school-aged children, and according to Ms. Miller, has a target date of September, 2014 for a grand opening.
       The Learning Center also full and half[-day preschool programs as well as summer programs. Please visit the TLC Hopkinton website to learn much more, and read the great things Hopkinton parents are saying about their experiences.


We Still Need Your Help

Police Unity Tour


          The mission of the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund is to generate increased public support for the law enforcement profession by permanently recording and appropriately commemorating the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers; and to provide information that will help promote law enforcement safety.  National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement community.

          This year, three members of the Hopkinton Police Department; Officers Aaron O’Neil, William Burchard and Phil Powers will be participating in the Police Unity Tour (www.policeunitytour.com) to honor the 105 officers who died in the line of duty for 2013.  The primary purpose of this four day, three-hundred and twenty mile bicycle ride is to raise awareness of Police Officers who have died in the line of duty.  The secondary purpose is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum.  During our time in Washington D.C., we will be visiting and paying our respects to our fallen brother and sister officers.

          Each participant in the Police Unity Tour event, which begins in New Jersey and ends in Washington D.C., is responsible for raising approximately $2,000.00.  We are asking for your support in helping to defray some of the cost each participant is responsible for raising.  If you or your organization would like to make a tax-deductible (Police Unity Tour Tax ID #22-3530541) donation to support this honorable cause, please fill out the attached sponsor form.  Any charitable donation you or your organization can offer will help bring us one step further to representing the Town of Hopkinton and our Police Department at the Law Enforcement Candlelight Vigil during National Police Week 2013.



Hey Middle School families!

We want you participate in our early release program on May 16th. The Parks and Recreation Department, Hopkinton Youth Commission and the Metrowest YMCA are all partnering up for an amazing afternoon. Your child will participate in all the awesome activities that the Hopkinton Family Outdoor Center has to offer. Including team building games, rock climbing, and a pizza party! Buses will pick up the students from the middle school and drop them off at the YMCA Family Outdoor Center in Hopkinton.

Please sign up for this amazing opportunity HERE!


Join us in the Hopkinton High School Auditorium on May 1 for

Master Class for selected Drama Students
with Broadway and Film Actor
Tony Roberts
2:30 PM

HHS Inside the Actors Studio with Tony Roberts
hosted by Valerie von Rosenvinge
7 Pm

Versatility and ability to portray a variety of characters over four decades on stage, screen, and television have made Tony Roberts one of the busiest actors in America. He is a graduate of the High School of Music and Arts, which merged with the High School of Performing Arts to become LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, where he majored in theater and studied acting with Alvina Krause. Tony is the son of Radio and Television announcer Ken Roberts one of the founding members of AFTRA, and has himself served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Screen Actor's Guild and Actor's Equity Association. Tony has appeared in dozens and dozens of films including Annie Hall, Play it Again Sam, Hannah and her Sisters, Stardust Memories, and Midsummer Sex Comedy with his good friend Woody Allen, as well as appearances in countless Broadway productions including Victor Victoria, They’re Playing our Song,
Arsenic and Old Lace, Follies, and South Pacific.

Both events take place in the high school auditorium and are open to the public thanks to a grant from the HPTA.

Hopkinton Middle School Drama Club to present

Matt Fliegauf (center, in white) leads the cast of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, as Jesus.

HOPKINTON, MA. – The Hopkinton Middle School drama club will present the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice rock opera JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR this weekend at the middle school auditorium, 88 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton.

Shows will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday (May 2-3) and 2 p.m. on Sunday (May 4). Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

One hundred students are in the show: 70 as performers, 30 as crew, said Director Hallyann Gifford. They have been rehearsing since February for the show, which marks the first time that Hopkinton Middle students have performed a rock opera, she said.

Like the school’s acclaimed fall show, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, this rock opera is about faith and hope in the face of oppression and evil, Gifford said. “Together, they create a theme for this whole year: faith, hope and love. I think they complement each other well.”

Gifford, who once portrayed Mary Magdalene, “I’ve always loved the show. It’s an incredibly powerful piece that manages to put electricity into an ancient but timeless story.”

Although JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is about the central figure of Christianity, the show has been performed before in public schools, as it emphasizes historical events, not religion, Gifford said.

“It’s documenting one of the greatest stories in human history and the life of someone pretty much everyone on the planet has heard of, whether or not they are Christian. It’s part of our shared human experience,” she said.

“Thematically, I am hoping that they (the cast and crew) learn about the struggles that these characters faced and how they each reacted to the situations at hand, and how the choices they made influenced not only what happened but what happened then inside each person: the choice Jesus makes to sacrifice himself, the choice Judas makes to betray him, the choice Mary Magdalene makes to stand by him, and all the choices the others make for their own. Ultimately these people as a group made the choice to stand up against a larger oppression -- and to begin a new way of thinking, a new way of living, and all of it based not on hate, but on love,” Gifford said.

Performers include Matt Fliegauf as Jesus, Dan Potapov as Judas, Galen Graham as Pontius Pilate and Brittany Forsmo as Mary Magdalene. Also, AJ Waltzman as Peter, Lucy Medeiros as Peter’s wife, Ian Holmes as Simon Zealotes, Sarah Moschini as Simon’s wife, Zach Ritterbusch as John, and Kaila Goldstein as John’s wife.

The high priests are Matthew Dempsey as Caiaphas, and Lauren Tompkins as Annas. Max Siegfried is Maximilian the Pharisee, and Sam McAuliffe is King Herod.

The show will last approximately two and one-half hours, with intermission.


A friend sent a link to the video below, now on YouTube, a documentary about the 1964 Boston Marathon. See the legendary Johnny Kelley set the pace, the runners get off at Hopkinton High School (Now the Middle School) to assemble in the gym, and the starter's pistol cracking, with the Start Line on East Main around Ray Street near the Chesmores' home. It was an amateur race back then, with no prize money and a field of 400 runners. [5137]

Personal Services 

by Robert Falcione

April 28, 2014 — After tying up some loose ends regarding lighting, grade percentage, curbing and drainage, the Planning Board closed the public hearing for the proposed 14,368 sq. ft. commercial building and development at 42 Main Street, 5 and 7  Walcott Street, and approved the site plan, which is basically an outline of the engineering that will need to be designed in full for the project moving forward.

            The lay of the land slopes downward from Walcott Street, and so the grade at the entrance to one of the parking areas was of concern to the board, but the only solution would have been less pedestrian friendly and less safe, so the board approved it. Lighting was another issue, and Architect Steve Lewis of GRLA assured the board member that the lights would all be the same color temperature.

            The existing retaining wall  is in poor shape and will be torn down, said proponent Greg Mazur, who attended the hearing with his wife Kathy, who will be opening a women's boutique at 5 Walcott Street in an existing office building they purchased, where she has established an office.

            The couple, doing business as MNR Realty, also purchased a home at 7 Walcott Street to use for some of the parking for the project. The home, which is over 75 years old, was imposed a six month demolition delay, something the town can do if it believes there is some intrinsic value to a structure, giving others time to move in and save the structure. No one did. The delay expired earlier this month, and so the next step for that property is to get the utilities certified as shut off, and the permission from the DPW to move forward with the demolition, according to Mr. Mazur.

              With no more boards to get approval from, the next step for the project at large will be to develop finished engineering to present to the Director of Municipal Inspections for a building permit in order to break ground.

              This evening was not without some controversy, however.

             Walcott Street resident Tom Smith led the charge of several of Walcott Street and adjacent-street neighbors who protested the existing traffic flow, and suggested that the one-way aspect of the Walcott and Main Street intersection be made two-way. He even suggested that people not be allowed to turn left out of the proposed businesses and into the neighborhood, but be forced to come out what is currently a one-way. Another neighbor presented a petition with Mr. Smith's signature as well as those of another 50 people.

             The group had previously presented the ideas to the board, which consulted with the engineer for the town as well as for the project. Both engineers said it would be unsafe, according to Board Chairman Ken Weismantel.

             "The traffic engineers confirmed it is the right thing [to keep it the way it is], said member Todd Holbrook.

               Board member Claire Wright, agreeing with the neighbors, gave a speech about elected officials having an obligation to those who elected them.

              "Are you saying you would go against what the consultants say is not safe?" asked member Deb Thomas. 

              "It depends," answered Mrs. Wright. 

              Many in the neighborhood argued that sending more traffic down Walcott Street would make it unsafe, especially for children.

              B Street resident Peter Hebert asked Mr. Weismantel to be sure and show their concerns as part of the minutes.

             This writer, who has had a business at 24 Main Street since 1992, argued that  to let people come out the part that is currently one-way and onto Main Street would create a hazardous situation and cause the need to remove  several parking spaces for line of site for emerging vehicles.

              The board refused to support the proposed change in the existing traffic pattern.

              In another matter, Legacy Farms, wants to trade 200,000 sq. ft. of commercial space for 200 active adult, age-restricted homes on the Wilson Street end of the property.  This evening, the Planning Board voted unanimously to send the necessary zoning changes to Town Meeting for a vote. The Board of Selectmen will continue a review Tuesday evening of the change in zoning and an accompanying amendment to the Host Community Agreement between the Town of Hopkinton and Legacy Farms.

              And speaking of moving forward in the Downtown, Baker Hope Hellberg has her own ideas for 28 Main Street and wants to put them to use soon. To see a larger version of the poster in the window, mouse-over  the image below.     

              In addition, at 30 Main Street, the former Mangia Pizza owner plans to reopen as Vinny's New York Style Pizza sometime soon.



Endorsement for Frank Sivo


I am writing to endorse Frank Sivo for School Committee. As an involved parent and invested tax payer, Sivo has established himself as dedicated to improving the schools in a fiscally responsible manner. He has also persistently yet respectfully advocated for transparency from the current School Committee members on the issues. Over the last few years, he participated as a parent in the interview process vetting the new superintendent, served as a Board Member for SPEAC and volunteered as a member of the Criteria Working Group for the Center School solution. Sivo currently serves on the Appropriation Committee as liaison to the schools, and he offers extensive professional management experience if elected to the School Committee. Sivo has a BS in engineering as well as an MBA and will bring professional experience in strategy, operations and continuous improvement to the position.


Sivo has committed to three main goals if elected to the School Committee:  1) improving education for all children in Hopkinton, 2) optimizing the use of tax dollars and 3) increasing transparency, accountability and public confidence in the committee. Sivo has a considered, respectful and professional approach on the issues; he has extensive experience in continuous improvement strategies and methods; and he has invested the last several years staying informed on the issues that affect education in Hopkinton. I believe Sivo has the experience and skills we need on the School Committee to improve our education system and manage costs effectively; I encourage you to vote Sivo for School Committee on Monday May 19th.


Muriel Kramer

39 North Street

April 28, 2014


Senator Spilka Announces May Office Hours

Senator Karen Spilka or staff members will be available for district office hours on Friday, May 16th in Hopkinton, Holliston and Ashland. Constituents are invited to share their concerns, questions and policy priorities and hear updates on the latest news and events from the State House and in the district.

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
The Golden Spoon
85 W. Main St., Hopkinton, MA

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Haven
76 Railroad St., Holliston, MA

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sunnyside Café
24 Front St., Ashland, MA

Residents who are unable to attend or are interested in scheduling an appointment should feel free to contact Senator Spilka’s office at (617) 722-1640 at any time.




    Police Incident & Arrest Log - Updated April 28, 2014

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Arrest Log

Sunday, April 27, 2014

1:34 am Sgt. Scott vanRaalten arrested Patrick J. Cleary, 40, of Claudette Drive, Milford, on Hayden Rowe Street and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation, Operating a Motor Vehicle with License Suspended and OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense.

Incident Log

Sunday, April 27, 2014

10:37 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil checked two parked motor vehicles that were unoccupied on Main Street.

6:26 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Chestnut Street.

5:41 pm A Chestnut Street resident spoke with Officer Gregg DeBoer regarding an on going neighbor dispute about a dog.

1:58 pm A motorist reported that the vehicle in front of him was operating at less than 20mph on Lumber Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and spoke with an individual who was collecting cans.

11:58 am Officer Philip Powers spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on West Main Street.

1:07 am Sgt. Scott vanRaalten stopped a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street and subsequently arrested a 40 year-old male from Milford and charged him with Marked Lanes Violation, Operating a Motor Vehicle with License Suspended and OUI Liquor, 2nd Offense.

12:10 am Officer Linda Higgins checked a vehicle that was parked behind a Main Street building.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

10:09 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten assisted the Southborough Police Department with a domestic disturbance on Stockwell Lane.

9:06 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil checked a parked motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.

9:04 pm Sgt. Scott vanRaalten assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.

7:19 pm A caller from Whirty Circle reported hearing an audible alarm. Two officers responded to assist the Fire Department and advised that the alarm was silenced and the building was secured.

5:46 pm A caller reported a fire inside of a hollow tree on West Main Street. Three officers responded to assist the Fire Department.

3:16 pm A Spring Street resident reported that when he cut down a tree it took out his neighbors power service. The Fire Department responded and notified the telephone and electrical companies.

12:05 pm Officer Thomas Griffin assisted the Fire Department with an alarm activation on South Street.

10:11 am There were several 911 calls reporting wires that were smoking on Ash Street. Officer Thomas Griffin responded to assist the Fire Department.

10:09 am Officer Patrick O'Brien responded to Wilson Street to assist with a motor vehicle accident without personal injury.

10:00 am Officer David Shane assisted with the community drug take back day.

8:09 am An employee of a Hayden Rowe Street business reported that a person, who was possibly under the influence, walked in and was acting abnormal. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and advised that the individual resides in a halfway house and the care taker responded to pick them up.

5:08 am The Holliston Police Department requested an officer check the area of North Mill Street for a suspect who was involved in an assault and battery and fled on foot. Officer Jacob Campbell checked the area with a negative find.

2:37 am Officer Jacob Campbell checked a motor vehicle on Main Street.

2:10 am A Lumber Street resident reported vandalism to his mailbox. Officer John Moran responded to write a report.

12:59 am Officer John Moran checked a motor vehicle on West Main Street.

Friday, April 25, 2014

10:20 pm Officer Matthew McNeil delivered a message to an East Main Street resident at the request of the Plympton Police Department.

10:15 pm Officer William Burchard checked a motor vehicle on South Street.

9:30 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Matthew McNeil regarding fraud.

6:06 pm The Plympton Police Department requested that an officer deliver a message to an East Main Street resident. Officer Matthew McNeil responded but was unable to deliver the message because they were not home.

4:14 pm An alarm company reported an unknown medical alarm coming from McDermott Lane. Officer Matthew McNeil to assist the Fire Department.

3:58 pm A caller from Thayer Heights Road reported that his daughter and his dog were attacked by another dog while out for a walk. The Animal Control Officer was notified.

3:23 pm An ambulance reported an erratic operator on Ash Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and checked the area with a negative find. The Holliston Police Department was notified.

11:18 am The Fire Department responded to Ash Street to assist a resident with a permitted fire.

9:57 am A caller from College Street reported vandalism. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and wrote a report.

2:37 am Sgt. John Porter responded to West Elm Street to speak with a resident regarding vandalism.


Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton and Surrounding Towns

Compiled for HopNews.com by Eric Montville © 2014 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from April 22, 2014 - April 28, 2014
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
10 Hill Street Philip R. Mastroianni, Lindsey Mastroianni $469,000 April 28, 2014 David L. Catone
20 Frostpane Lane, unit 72 Jinesh Kuvadia, Khyati Kuvadia $419,545 April 24, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
26 Hidden Brick Road Nicholas Brown, Allison Brown $732,500 April 23, 2014 Donald F. Kornack, Kathryn J. Kornack
235 Leland Farm Road unit B Kristen M. Stoddard $239,000 April 28, 2014 Leonid Tsiperfal, Dina Tsiperfal
355 Captain Eames Circle unit A Richard J. Hoffmann, Kari S. Hoffmann $282,000 April 28, 2014 Zhijian Tang, Huimei Wang
190 Pond Street Virginio C. Sardinha, V. Sardinha Realty Trust $360,000 April 25, 2014 Donald P. Zani, D. Zani Family First 2009 Realty
225 West Union Street Jonathan R. Imhof $200,000 April 25, 2014 Laurel Imhof
413 Captain Eames Circle unit 36A Seshagiri V. Reddy, Venkata R. Dola $293,000 April 25, 2014 Donna M. Roy, Jane H. Roy
147 Spyglass Hill Drive unit 41D Bo Liu $275,000 April 24, 2014 Tales Mendes
27 Captain Eames Circle unit 137D Jillian N. Nygard, Glen W. Thompson $234,000 April 24, 2014 Dale L. Peterson
12 Darlene Drive Alan Iodice, Stephanie R. Iodice $731,500 April 24, 2014 Richard T. Bolstridge, Barbara F. Bolstridge
12 Fisher Road John J. Lehane, Kelly Lehane $615,000 April 22, 2014 Daniel T. Healy, Penelope A. Healy
82 Williams Street James Laurie, April Calitri $388,260 April 22, 2014 Hilltop Properties LLC
Early Bloomers

April 27, 2014 — The forsythia shrub leaves bloom early, but never look as brilliant on film (or screen) as they do with the naked eye. Wedding colors can be tricky, too. Of the hundreds this writer has photographed, the bride's gown, whether pure white, ivory, cream, a hint of pink, etc., always comes back from our lab printed exactly true to color. Bridesmaids gowns are a different story. So many are a velvety iridescence that is difficult to duplicate, even after sending the lab a swatch for reference.
    The photo of the  forsythia above is displaying electronically added saturation of yellow to attempt to duplicate what the human eye sees naturally. Photo contributed by Alan Sung.

Personal Services 

April 27, 2014 — The JPDC (Jodi Palmieri Dance Company) received a High Gold for their recent performance during the Turn it Up Dance Challenge.  The JPDC is headed to Step Up 2 Dance - for their last competition in May.

Photo Credit:  4Star Productions


Click here to view a video slideshow of the photos of the parade.


Volunteers Accepted


April 27, 2014 — The Live4Evan organization served it's quarterly, home-cooked meal to the house guests of Boston Children's Yawkey Family Inn last evening. The Inn offers traveling families and sick children temporary living arrangements just blocks from the hospital. With 22 bedrooms, shared bathrooms, common areas and a fully equipped kitchen, the Inn offers all of the comforts of home to families during their greatest time of need. http://www.yawkeyfamilyinn.org/
Helping to prepare, deliver, serve and be with the Inn's guest were (left to right): Dave Kruger, Laura Papadellis, Donna Maresca, Barbara Girardi, Sharon Richardson, Lisa Lawler, Michael Girardi (Kathy Dlugolecki not pictured).
If you would like to volunteer for future dinners in any way, please email volunteer@live4evan.org .


Fire in Tree


April 26, 2014 — An individual called (6:20 p.m.) to say that an area in Berry Acres where his son had a fire yesterday was now the scene of a tree on fire. From the sound of radio transmissions, just one tree was burning. Above, a crew enters the woods led by one of the subjects as other firefighters strategized to transport men and equipment to the scene. At this moment, 6:52 p.m., firefighters on the scene called for the Tree Warden to respond with a large chain saw.



April 26, 2014 — School Committee candidate Lori Nickerson and her entourage had the main intersection in town all to themselves on Saturday, and stayed past 2:00 pm, waving to passersby and speaking with others who walked by.



Joyce R. Gates


Holliston- Joyce R. Gates of Holliston died April 25, 2014 at the age of 87. Born at Sowersby Bridge, Yorkshire County, England, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Hannah Redden. Prior to moving to Holliston, she had been a resident of Hopkinton for over 40 years.

Mrs. Gates was a bank teller for many years. She was a long time member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Hopkinton, serving on the Church Vestry and the Altar Guild. She was a member of the Hopkinton Woman’s Club and the Hopkinton Garden Club. She also served two terms as a Registrar of Voters for the Town of Hopkinton.

She is predeceased by her husband Lloyd H. Gates who passed away in 1990. She is survived by two sons, David R. Gates of Illinois, and Mark H. Gates and wife Michelle Gates, of Hopkinton; a daughter, Debra-Lee Brule of Oxford; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Dudley Redden his wife Lois Redden, and their four children.

Visitation will be held Sunday, April 27th from 2-4pm at the Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe St, Hopkinton.  Burial will be private.


One week ago Elmwood School students were treated to a cultural exchange with Kenyan athletes, a rally, lectures, and for some, a run around the school parking lot with the elite Kenyan Boston Marathon runners, including the eventual female winner, Rita Jeptoo. In the video, see some of the students react to the excitement, and see all of the elite runners introduced. Then see the joint run.

Click above to go to HopNews/SmugMug and view the video and option to download. P.S. You can view full screen, too.

Personal Services 

    Police Incident Log - Updated April 25, 2014

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   Arrest Log

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

2:33 am Officer William Burchard arrested Jacquelyn Vandyke, 24, of Newbury Street, Peabody, on East Main Street and charged her with Speeding and OUI Liquor.

Incident Log

Thursday, April 24, 2014

11:04 pm There were multiple reports of a house fire on Oakhurst Road. Four officers responded to assist the Fire Department and advised that the occupants were safe and out of the residence.

5:18 pm There were multiple calls reporting a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on West Main Street. Two officers responded and wrote a report.

2:48 pm A caller reported that a tree was leaning into the roadway on Wood Street. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and advised that he was able to move it back but it needed to be cut. The DPW was notified.

2:36 pm Two callers reported that a tree was down and tangled in wires across the roadway on Pond Street. Officer David Shane notified the DPW to remove it from the roadway and advised the electrical company to respond.

12:40 pm A motorist reported that a fallen tree was blocking a lane of travel on Pond Street. Officer Thomas Griffin checked the area with a negative find.

11:25 am A caller reported an open manhole cover on Hayden Rowe Street. The DPW was contacted and stated that they had just put it back.

11:19 am A caller from Fruit Street reported that a white van was parked in the driveway of her friend's house who was out of the country. While officers were in route the reporting party called back and stated that her friend told her that she had contractors working on their deck.

10:42 am A motorist reported that a gray poodle was running in and out of the roadway on Hayden Rowe Street. Officer Philip Powers checked the area but was unable to locate the dog.

9:42 am A caller reported a possible fire on top of a telephone pole on East Street and then stated that when she turned around to confirm the location she did not see the flames anymore. The Fire Department responded to check the area and advised that they did not see any fire.

9:36 am A motorist reported a large branch in the roadway on West Main Street. Officer David Shane checked the area till the town line with a negative find.

9:20 am Officer Thomas Griffin responded to Mayhew Street for a drug take back event.

7:41 am Officer Philip Powers checked on a disabled motor vehicle on Clinton Street and advised that there was no one around it.

6:13 am Officer Linda Higgins assisted a disabled motor vehicle that was on a Route 495 ramp.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

11:47 pm A Pendulum Pass resident reported discovering that his recycling bin had been moved to a different house and that one piece of mail in his mailbox had been opened. The contents were left in the mailbox but the envelope was no longer there. He also stated that he had a video recording of two individuals at the mailbox and would contact police if they are identifiable after video enhancements.

9:45 pm A resident of Greenwood Road reported that a suspicious number of vehicles were congregating across the street from them. Two officers responded and advised that marijuana was taken from the involved parties.

9:23 pm A resident of Alprilla Farm Road reported that a neighbor's light was on and they were supposed to be away on vacation. Sgt. Michael Sutton responded and advised that the residence was secured.

8:56 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Elm Street.

5:58 pm Officer William Burchard checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on West Main Street.

5:03 pm A caller from Deer Run reported that when they returned back to their parked vehicle on the side of the road they found the windows of the vehicle smashed. Officer William Burchard responded and spoke with a couple neighbors in the area who stated that they did not see anything suspicious.

10:34 am Officer Gregg DeBoer assisted the Highway Department while they replaced a manhole cover on Main Street.

10:21 am Officer David Shane spoke with a male who was sitting in a vehicle on Eastview Road.

7:31 am Officer Philip Powers performed community relations on Elm Street.

1:57 am Officer William Burchard stopped a motor vehicle on Main Street and subsequently arrested a 24 year-old female from Peabody and charged her with Speeding and OUI Liquor.


Housing Starts Up

Above, workers from Scott's Landscaping plant a design in front of a new home on Hayden Rowe Street.

April 25, 2014 — According to Director of Land Use and Planning Elaine Lazarus, in the first three months of 2013 only 5 building permits were issued for non-apartment dwellings, but so far this year, 26 have been issued. What is notable about this slice of history is that of number, 15 were for Pulte homes at Legacy Farms.


The 200 Foundation, Inc. Continues Its Partnership with the Wayside Inn for 50th Anniversary Dinner

Framingham, MASS - Since 1964, The 200 Foundation, a group of Metrowest business and community leaders has focused on raising money for programs that assist
underprivileged families and individuals.

The 50th annual 200 Foundation gourmet dinner will be held Wednesday, June 18th at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, Sudbury.

The event will benefit over 50 different area organizations that assist those most in need.

Adam Bortolussi, President of the Board of Directors of the 200 Foundation, Inc., expects more than 300 community business and professional leaders to attend, along with sports and entertainment celebrities.

A donation of $200.00 has been set.

Funds raised from the 100% volunteer-based group will assist area charitable organizations in providing basic human needs of food, clothing, shelter, physical and
mental health services.

Following hor d’oeuvres from over 20 area restaurants and spirits providers, the program will feature a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Foundation, comedy and an auction.

Tickets to the event are sill available by contacting the Foundation at www.the200.org.

For press inquiries please contact Adam Bortolussi at (774) 278-8187, adam.bortolussi@bortowm.com 


Fun in the Sun

April 25, 2014 — Much like their human counterparts, these turtles emerged from the winter mud to enjoy sunny days on open water, on Pratt Pond today.

Candidate Statement


I believe the School Committee needs to improve its communication to the community and in order to do so, the process by which the exchange of information occurs must change.  Communication is defined most simply as the exchange of information.  The key components are exchange and information.  You may have information, but you are not truly communicating unless there is a give and take. 


As a citizen and outside observer of the School Committee’s communication methods, there appears to be a lack of dialogue.  Questions may be asked, but not answered during School Committee meetings.  Why?  A simple answer to questions, even if the answer is “We don’t know” would at the very least allow for an exchange to occur.  But instead, in the absence of answers, people draw their own conclusions and in many instances, perpetrate destructive rumors and further distrust that the School Committee is not acting in the best interests of the town.


Part of the problem lies with the methods in which the School Committee chooses to communicate.  They have not moved along with the times.  For better or for worse, students use social media as their main means of communication.  Parents use social media both to stay on top of the content and issues to which their children are exposed and to remain informed on the important issues in their lives, which certainly includes educational matters.  It has simply become the most instantaneous way to be informed and neither the School Committee, nor the School Administration has taken advantage of this inexpensive means of providing up-to-date information.  Yet, parents use social media daily and often times in response to the perceived lack of information from the School Committee and the School Administration.


Social media presents its own issues and risks.  However, those risks are not insurmountable and I have extensive experience in mitigating those risks with responsible social media policies.  In fact, I work in an industry that is heavily regulated by the FDA and my company uses Facebook and Twitter, among other social media outlets to exchange information with our customers.  I am positive this experience would be directly applicable to mitigating the risks for the School Committee, as well as for the School Administrators.  It is imperative that the town, which the School Committee serves, be actively involved in a dialogue with the School Committee in order for effective communication to occur.


With the power of your vote on May 19th, I will work to change and improve the process by which information is exchanged between the town’s citizens and the School Committee and thereby ensure effective communication is indeed accomplished.


Lori Nickerson

30 Glen Road


April 25, 2014

Annual Town Election
May 19, 2014

The May 19, 2014 Town Election Absentee Ballots are now available at the Town Clerk’s Office. Please call 508-497-9710 for more information or email Geri Holland, Town Clerk, at geri@hopkintonma.gov  or Brenda McCann, Assistant Town Clerk, at bmccann@hopkintonma.gov .

Absentee ballots are for those registered voters will be unable to vote at the polls on election day due to: (1) absence from town during normal polling hours; or (2) physical disability preventing you from going to the polling place; or (3) religious belief.


Total Loss

April 25, 2014 — All occupants got out okay, and some time later, Building Inspector Michael Shepard rescued a cat from the building before it was fully boarded up. Some people are seeking to help the family who has been displaced. More on that later.

Devastating Fire

April 25, 2014 — Photos from Hopkinton Police Dept Twitter feed of devastating 2 Oakhurst Road in Hopkinton. According to witnesses, building is a total loss.
From Hopkinton PD Press Log:
OAKHURST RD. Assist Fire Department

Police Officer Moran, John H
Dispatch Remarks: Action Taken
Other Officer Type Other Officer Name
Responding Officer Police Officer Campbell,
Reporting Officer Jacob Police Officer Moran,
Responding Officer John H Police Officer Moran,
Responding Officer John H Lieutenant Wallace,
Responding Officer Charles Sergeant Porter, John
Multiple reports of a house fire at the house on the corner. 36 advised occupants appear to be out.  0203: 500: West Main St. now reopened; FD standing
by; all police units available. Fire Command terminated at 3:10 A.M., however, the Building Inspector & Rescue 1 remained on scene. 0518: Brush 11 requested ACO to pick up 2d cat found alive./ACO ntfd, enroute. 0557: Board-up crew on scene with building inspector.
Personal Services 

Hopkinton Little League season begins with the annual parade,
which is set to leave from the Town Common this Sunday, April 27 at 11 a.m.

Teams will proceed down Main Street to Carrigan Field, where there will be a brief ceremony.

New this year - once the ceremony is finished, we will have games and competitions for the younger players in the
6U, Pre-K, K, First Grade, and Single A leagues.

These will be held on the fields at Carrigan I and II behind the Firehouse


Sunday, April 27, 1PM: 
College Rock/Upper Charles trails. The walk will begin at the parking area on Adams Street in Holliston, and explore the paths in this beautiful forested area.

South Street Water Test on Saturday


Please be advised that required private fire flow tests will be conduced on South Street buildings this Saturday, April 26th. The test will take place from approximately 7:30am to 12 noon.

You may notice some discoloration in the water during and after the test. Please avoid doing any laundry or dishwasher loads during this time. Any discoloration that may occur will eventually dissipate. You may need to run the cold water in your home for a short period of time to flush your internal pipes once the test is complete.

Eric Carty, Water/Sewer Manager

New Digs

April 24, 2014 — Along with other businesses Downtown during the marathon, Hopkinton Drug dressed up their surroundings with seasonal flowers, but the drugstore went one step further. They installed new signs and awnings, replacing what had been there for decades.


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