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May 3, 2014 — This mute swan, all puffed up and increasing its speed, has frightened the smaller Canada goose into flight, as the swan defends its territory, and possibly some young, as caught by the Roving HopCam in Uxbridge today.

Three Squares


May 3, 2014 — Golden Pond Assisted Living Executive Chef Christopher Reid freshens the fruit salad during the facility's well attended open house on Saturday. Mr. Reid is a graduate of the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) in Hyde Park, New York. He said he cooks three new entrees in his restaurant-sized kitchen every day to treat the residents in their luxurious dining area.


A Little to the Left, Please

May 4, 2014 — Advocates, a Framingham-based mental health advocacy non-profit held a 5k race at Hopkinton State Park this  morning. Above, Dr.Binh Nguyen of Cedar Chiropractic and Sports explains the workings of the back to an individual who had questions before the race. Below, a volunteer gets the group stretching.

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And the Winner Is...

May 3, 2014 — There was a mixture of election and Town Meeting going on at the corner today, with the supporters of the Library out in full force, winning the battle for eyeballs with a demand to vote "YES" at both Town Meeting and at the ballot box.


Open House at Golden Pond
50 West Main Street
May 3, 2014
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

In case you missed the open house video:
Police Wiretap Investigation Reveals Major Drug Organization in  Area
Investigation Leads to Arrest of Ringleaders and Sources of Supply,
Seizures of Drugs and Weapons

FRAMINGHAM – A case that began with an investigation of a Framingham-based crack cocaine operation has led to the identification and arrest of major drug traffickers in Middlesex, Suffolk and Worcester counties, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced today. After months of police investigation, prosecutors from the District Attorney’s Office applied for search warrants to obtain telephone wiretap authority, then used those wiretaps to identify the organization’s membership, structure, and the identities of their suppliers.
       The investigation came to a head early Thursday morning, when state police, local police and federal agents executed more than a dozen search warrants at suspected drug locations in Framingham, Marlborough, Natick, Dorchester, Roxbury, Allston, and Worcester.
       The search warrants resulted in the seizure of more than 1,400 grams of cocaine, illegal firearms and ammunition, thousands of dollars in cash, and numerous vehicles that had been used by the organization to transport cocaine. Eight alleged members of the organization were charged on Thursday with offenses including cocaine trafficking, possession of illegal firearms, conspiracy and money laundering, and were arraigned in the Framingham District Court before Judge Robert Greco.
        “This investigation, which started in the streets of Framingham, has now exposed major drug traffickers in three counties, and has taken a huge volume of illegal drugs and dangerous weapons out of the hands of criminals and off of our streets. We will continue to do what we can to help people in the throes of drug addiction to regain control of their lives, but we will not tolerate criminal drug traffickers who attempt to profit from the misery of others. I want to congratulate the State Police, Framingham Police, and Natick Police, the troopers, and detectives, and all the agents and officers who assisted them, who worked tirelessly to gather evidence against this organization, and who today have taken a major step toward dismantling their criminal enterprise.”

The seizures are described in more detail below:

      At 1585 Concord Street, Apt. C201, police arrested Robert Hairston and recovered approximately 20 grams of crack cocaine, a quantity of marijuana, and $5000 in cash.
      At 739 Waverly St., Apt. 2, Framingham, the residence of Stephanie Reesor, police arrested Reesor and recovered approximately 70 individually wrapped pieces of cocaine with a total weight of more than 20 grams, hidden on her person.
      At 1399 Commonwealth Avenue, Apt. 15, Allston, MA, the residence of Mark Perkins, police arrested Perkins and recovered approximately one kilogram (1000 grams) of cocaine that Perkins had attempted to throw out a window, a 9 mm bullet, and an electrical weapon.
      At 38 Fox Street, Apt. 2, Worcester, the residence of Cheniel “Biggie” Garcia, police arrested Garcia and recovered a .45 caliber handgun with a defaced serial number, a .380 caliber handgun, ammunition for both weapons, approximately 50 grams of crack cocaine, and multiple cellular telephones.
       At 2 Murray Hill Road, Framingham, MA, the residence of Calvin Hodge, police arrested Hodge and recovered, from two safes, a .40 caliber Hi-Point handgun, a .22 caliber handgun, approximately 8 loose rounds of .38 caliber ammunition, approximately 13 loose rounds of .40 caliber ammunition, approximately 97 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition, approximately 125 grams of cocaine, approximately $5000 in cash, digital scales, drug packaging material, latex gloves, and a surgical mask.
      On April 18, 2014, Christine Williams was arrested in State Police in Natick with 125 grams of cocaine concealed on her person, and another 125 grams of cocaine hidden in the car seat of a 1 year old child. She was arraigned in the Framingham District Court and charged with trafficking over 200 grams of cocaine. Her bail was set at $10,000 cash, which was posted on her behalf by another party.
      Yesterday prosecutors alleged that there was a link between Christine Williams and other members of the conspiracy, and that the $10,000 cash posted on Christine Williams’ behalf was actually drug money, earned by her codefendants by selling crack and powder cocaine. A court ordered the bail money to be seized and Christine Williams to be returned to custody.
       It is alleged that at the time of her arrest Christine Williams was moving the cocaine on behalf of the Hairston Organization, that the cocaine had been supplied by Carl Jones, and that it was intended to be brought to Robert Hairston, other members of his organization, and Calvin Hodge. The nine defendants currently charged as a result of the investigation are as follows:
      Robert Hairston, 33, of Framingham, is charged with trafficking over 200 grams of cocaine; trafficking over 100 grams of cocaine; trafficking over 18 grams of cocaine, all as a habitual criminal; distribution of cocaine as a subsequent offender; conspiracy; and money laundering. Bail was set by the court at $10,000 cash.
      Stephanie Reesor, 34, of Framingham, is charged with trafficking over 100 grams of cocaine, trafficking over 18 grams of cocaine, distribution of cocaine as a subsequent offender, and conspiracy. Bail was set by the court at $2,500 cash.
      Cheniel Garcia, 34, of Worcester, is charged with distribution of cocaine, school zone violation, and conspiracy. Additional charges have been sought in Worcester District Court for possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of ammunition, and trafficking in cocaine over 36 grams. Bail was set by the court at $20,000 cash.
      Norma Hairston, 50, of Marlborough, is charged with distribution of cocaine as a subsequent offender, money laundering, and conspiracy. She was released by the court on personal recognizance.
       Carl Jones, 33, of Dorchester, was charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine. Bail was set by the court at $50,000 cash.
      Calvin Hodge, 31, of Framingham, was charged with trafficking over 100 grams of cocaine, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm as an armed career criminal, possession of ammunition, and conspiracy. Bail was set by the court at $10,000 cash.
       Nasean Johnson, 30, of Roxbury, was charged with trafficking over 100 grams of cocaine, distribution of cocaine as a subsequent offender, and conspiracy. Bail was set by the court at $20,000 cash.
       Mark Perkins, 35, of Allston, was charged with trafficking over 100 grams of cocaine, distribution of cocaine as a subsequent offender, and conspiracy. Additional charges will be sought in Suffolk County for trafficking over 200 grams, possession of ammunition as an armed career criminal, and possession of an electrical weapon. Bail was set by the court at $50,000 cash.
      Christine Williams, 23, of Framingham, was arraigned on April 18, 2014 in Framingham District Court and charged with trafficking cocaine over 200 grams. Her bail was initially set at $10,000, but was reduced yesterday by the court to $1000 cash.
       All charges are allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
      The case was investigated by the Massachusetts State Police, Framingham Police, and Natick Police, with assistance from Boston Police, Worcester Police, Homeland Security Investigations Strike Force, and DEA Strike Force.
       The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys David Solet, Stephen Gilpatric and Christopher Tarrant.

     Content from the office of Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan.


Mud Hole

May 2, 2014 — The common springtime behavior for Canada geese is to find an island away from predators for the female to lay her eggs, and for the male to hang around off to the side until she needs to bathe, at which time he will keep the eggs warm with his body. One can only hope they know this is just a mud hole at Legacy Farms formed by truck tires that will be dry before long.

Personal Services 

Linda Jean Hilditch, 51


Linda Jean Hilditch, 51, of Austin, TX, formerly of Hopkinton, MA died on April 23, 2014 after a long illness. She was the daughter of Patricia Harrington Byrne of Hopkinton and the late Thomas Hilditch, Jr. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband Robert Miller, her sisters, Donna Luckret, Deborah Hilditch, Patricia Alexander, her late brother, Thomas Hilditch, her aunt Jean Harrington and Uncle William Harrington, nieces and nephews and many cousins.

Linda was born in Framingham, MA on October 4, 1962 and was a graduate of Keefe Technical School in Framingham. She was employed for several years by the former Framingham Union Hospital. She has resided in Texas for the past 24 years.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 10th at 9:30a.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe St. Hopkinton. Burial will be private. Donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave #2, Norwood, MA 02062 or to www.kidney.org


Letter in Support of School Committee Candidate Lori Nickerson


We are writing in support of Lori Nickerson for School Committee.


When Lori and her family moved to Hopkinton, she quickly sought opportunities to dedicate her time and energy to the schools. Without having children in the school system at the time, she began volunteering for the HPTA.  Before she decided to run for School Committee, she attended and actively participated in School Committee meetings.  She now sees an opportunity to contribute meaningfully to her community, and will do it with conviction, with passion and with a reasonable and rational approach that considers all perspectives and weighs all risks with the possible rewards.


Last Saturday Lori showed commitment as she stood with supporters on the corner of Grove and Main for four cold and rainy hours, so that she could engage residents in conversation about her ideas to make ALL of Hopkinton’s schools the strongest they can be. She seeks your votes on May 19 not so that she may add a new line to her resume, but so that she may put her unwavering passion for education to work for ALL students in Hopkinton, from kindergarten through high school.

Lori is the candidate who will put students first while carefully weighing the benefits AND the costs to the taxpayers.  She is charged with doing a similar analysis every day in her capacity as an attorney.  She is pragmatic and understands the fiduciary responsibility that comes with being a School Committee member.  She will approach every issue from multiple perspectives: business person, taxpayer, resident and, last but certainly not least, parent.


Everyone with a child in the school system should want Lori to represent them on the School Committee because it is of the utmost importance to her that the schools achieve everything they are capable of under Dr. MacLeod’s leadership.  And everyone who pays taxes in Hopkinton should want Lori to have a seat at the table because she does her homework, she analyzes situations from every angle, and she will make it her number one priority to be transparent, responsible and engaged with the community.  She will work with her team on the School Committee and with Dr. MacLeod and her staff to ensure that people are heard and students get what they need. 


Lori is driven.  Lori is engaged.  She does nothing halfway. If you believe in transparency and you want someone who is going to fight for what is in the best interest of the schools, the students and the community, we encourage you to vote for Lori Nickerson on May 19.


Mark and Danielle Owens           

15 Walcott Street

Letter in Support of School Committee Candidate Lori Nickerson


We moved to Hopkinton nearly four years ago with a goal of becoming more involved in our community and building long-lasting friendships for our family. As our young children grow and look forward to reaching school-age, we have become more involved in watching and participating in School Committee meetings as well as learning about town politics. It can be a mystery to newcomers to learn the intricacies of town government, but one thing we have already learned is that choosing the right people for School Committee is vitally important. For this reason, we support Lori Nickerson and hope you will join us in voting for her on May 19.

Over the past few months, we have come to know Lori well and have been impressed by her passion for Hopkinton, her dedication to her family, and her desire to enrich our schools. As a corporate attorney representing publicly traded companies, Lori has invaluable experience understanding the financial ramifications of each decision and will bring a fresh perspective to the group. Additionally, Lori is committed to making sure that the School Committee enhances its communication with the residents of Hopkinton.

As residents and taxpayers, it is our duty to participate in the political process and to learn about our candidates in order to make an informed decision when we cast our ballots. We invite you to get to know Lori, through “Lori Nickerson for School Committee” on Facebook and through www.LoriNickersonSC.com  where you’ll also find dates for upcoming opportunities to meet Lori in person.

Please join us in voting for Lori Nickerson, a strong, committed candidate, on May 19.

Amy & Mark Cafazzo
2 Old Farm Rd.

May 2, 2014



  Police Incident Log - Updated May 2, 2014

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Incident Log

Thursday, May 1, 2014

11:01 pm A 911 caller reported hearing a sewer pump alarm on West Main Street. The on-call Sewer Department personnel was contacted and responded.

9:58 pm A resident of Davis Road reported that her smoke detector was malfunctioning. The Fire Department was notified and responded.

9:38 pm A motorist reported a disabled motor vehicle on Route 495. The State Police were contacted and responded.

5:45 pm Sgt. Michael Sutton spoke with a resident of Chestnut Street regarding a complaint.

7:17 pm A caller from Chestnut Street reported an on-going disturbance of a man yelling obscenities and threats. Three officers responded and spoke with all the individuals involved.

6:47 pm A 911 caller from Chestnut Street reported an on-going complaint of a neighbor who was yelling and swearing at him and was also playing loud music. Three officers responded but were unable to locate the offending party.

5:32 pm A resident of Chestnut Street called 911 to complain about an on-going issue regarding a neighbor playing loud music. Officer Matthew McNeil spoke with the resident and advised them to turn down the music.

5:19 pm There were multiple calls reporting a motor vehicle accident without personal injuries on South Street. Two officers responded to write a report and subsequently issued one operator a written warning for speeding.

4:00 pm A College Street resident reported coming home to find her garage door open and her toilet running. Officer William Burchard checked the residence and advised that all was fine.

3:04 pm Multiple 911 callers reported a possible domestic disturbance between a male and female on Walcott Street. Three officers spoke with both individuals and advised that it was only a verbal argument.

2:09 pm Officer David Shane checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on West Main Street.

8:55 am Officer Stephen Buckley responded to a minor motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Grove Street.

7:37 am A resident of Lakeshore Drive reported vandalism to his vehicle. Officer David Shane responded and wrote a report.

5:37 am Sgt. John Porter spoke with a resident of Hayden Rowe Street who appeared to have left his vehicle door wide open.

2:54 am Sgt. John Porter checked a vehicle on Woodview Way that had it's lights left on.

1:02 am Officer John Moran assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Avenue E.

12:13 am Officer John Moran checked a motor vehicle on Hayward Street.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

3:08 pm Officer Matthew McNeil assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Main Street.

1:35 pm Officer Stephen Buckley assisted with community relations on Davis Road.

12:57 am Officer John Moran checked an unattended motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.


Life-Saving Antidote Now in Ashland Cruisers



This week, the Ashland Police Department began carrying Nasal Naloxone in each of its police cruisers. 


Naloxone, commonly known by the brand-name Narcan is an opiod antagonist which reverses the effects of an opiate overdose.  It is a scheduled drug with minimal side effects.  If it is administered to a person who is not suffering an opiate overdose, it will do no harm. 


The Ashland Police Department has recently seen a significant increase in the number of heroin overdoses.  In 2013, the department responded to 8 known heroin overdoses.  To date in 2014, the department has already responded to 5 heroin overdoses, with one resulting in death. 


To reduce the number of fatalities which can result from opiate overdoses, Ashland Police Officers were recently trained in the proper administration of the Nasal Naloxone in cooperation with its Medical Control Physician and the Ashland Fire Department. 


When administered by a Police Officer or Firefighter, who is typically the first medically trained professional on scene, Nasal Naloxone can mean the difference between life and death.  Contributed content.


NOTE: Hopkinton Police will also carry Narcan following training and certification.

About Time

May 1, 2014 — The warm weather brought out all types to Weston Nurseries today, to enjoy the flowers, the flowering shrubs, and for the goats behind the Garden Center, the fresh hay.


   Hopkinton Public Library Foundation Supports Expansion of Hopkinton Public Library


To the Editor:

We are excited to be writing to encourage residents to support the long planned and much-needed expansion and renovation of Hopkinton Public Library at the Annual Town Meeting on May 5 and the Town Election on May 19.  With your vote and those of your fellow residents, the library project will move forward and Hopkinton can expect to open the doors to a state-of-the art library in December 2016!


Built in 1895, our library has been an icon of downtown Hopkinton for generations.  The last renovation was in 1967 when the library was expanded to the current size of 5,783 square feet.  Since then, our library has remained unchanged; however, our population and our technology needs have changed dramatically.  Not fully accessible and not compliant with the American with Disabilities Act, many Hopkinton residents are unable to use our library, or choose to use more accessible libraries with larger collections and resources in neighboring towns.


The improved 22,000 square foot library will be state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly, yet maintain the character of the original historic building.  Once completed, the new library will provide meeting space for community groups, a technology classroom, and boast age appropriate Children’s and Young Adult sections. The modernized and expanded building will provide up to 38 computers for Internet access and more space to utilize Wi-Fi. The fully accessible building will serve all segments of our community, from infants to seniors, complete with an elevator to access the second floor and 21 patron parking spaces on-site. To view full plans, a virtual tour, and a timeline of all the project milestones, please visit HPLFinc.org and hopktinonlibrary.org.


Most importantly for Hopkinton, the new library will provide a space for the community to gather and meet, attend cultural, historical, educational and entertaining programs, access computers and new technologies, and provide expanded access to free print and digital resources.  The benefit of an improved library goes beyond the walls of the new building; the modernized and expanded library will bring much-needed vitality and economic stimulus to Hopkinton Center.


The overall cost of the library project is $11.7 million. With a state Library Construction Grant of $4.5 million and private fundraising expected to raise $1 million, the cost to the Town is $6.25 million.  The initial cost to Hopkinton residents breaks down to approximately $95 per year (or $8 per month) in taxes per average household, starting in 2017.  That amount will go down each year over the 20 year period as the Town pays back the principal on the bond.  Through the generosity of hundreds of Hopkinton families, businesses and local groups, Hopkinton Public Library Foundation has raised $450,000 in pledges and contributions toward a goal of raising $1,000,000 by time the library opens in 2016.


We will be voting “YES” on May 5 at Annual Town Meeting and checking the "YES" box for the Library on May 19 at the Election.  We hope you will join us in doing the same!  Town Meeting starts at the Middle School at 7pm on May 5.  Polls are open for the Town Election on Monday, May 19, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Middle School. 


Very truly yours,

Board of Directors, Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, Inc.

Laura Barry, 7 Nicholas Road

Katherine Davenport, 112 Ash Street

John Ferrari, 6 Barbara Road

Stephanie Hodge, 15 North Mill Street

Amanda Losada, 30 Chestnut Street

Michelle Marzi, 41 Eastview

Lindsay McDermott, 78 Hayden Rowe Street

Amy Montalto, 203 Wood Street

Kathryn Principe, 268 Pond Street

Scott Richardson, 77 Main Street 

May 1, 2014


About Stonewall Conservation

Morning session, 10:00 AM
at Upton VFW, 15 Milford St, Upton
Field Trip, 12:45 PM
at Peppercorn Hill

Robert Thorson is an author, educator, geologist and advocate for preservation of historic landscapes who has written several books about stonewalls and landforms of New England. He is a professor at the University of Connecticut, as well as writing for several publications.

The day begins with an indoor presentation at the Upton VFW followed by a question and answer period with an opportunity to purchase Thorson’s books and have them signed. Bring a brown bag lunch and join us for the afternoon field trip to Peppercorn Hill. This program is free and open to all. Reservations are not required for the morning session.
Space is limited for the field trip so you will need to pre-register for that. If we reach our limit, we will give priority to those attending the morning session. Bring water, sunscreen, and insect repellant. Please leave pets at home. A liability waiver is required for the field trip. To pre-register, send an email, April 15 or after to
uptonopenspaceevents@charter.net .

UPDATE: The afternoon field trip is full, but the morning presentation at the Upton VFW is open to all.
Thinking of Selling Your Home?
This Helpful HopNews Tip by Peter Zereski may be for you


Hopkinton Resident, Cheryl Melody
Performing Free Early Childhood Family Concert: The Musical Imagination Adventure Concert
Location: St. Mary's Church, 8 Church Street, Holliston, MA
Occasion: Holliston Spring Stroll
Date: May 3, Saturday at Noon
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  Police Incident & Arrest Log - Updated April 30, 2014

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   Incident Log

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

10:44 pm Several callers reported hearing fireworks coming from the area of Eastview Road and Grove Street. Officer William Burchard responded and checked the area with a negative find.

10:10 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil responded to a minor motor vehicle accident without personal injuries on South Street.

10:12 am A walk-in spoke with Officer Gregg DeBoer regarding a larceny incident.

1:03 am Officer John Moran checked a parked motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.


Monday, April 28, 2014

9:34 pm Officer William Burchard responded to a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Wilson Street.

7:53 pm A resident of Greenwood Road reported being assaulted by a neighbor's dog but did not have any personal injuries. The Animal Control Officer was notified and will follow up with the dog owner.

4:33 pm A caller reported finding a hypodermic needle near a fire hydrant on Sadie Lane. Officer William Burchard responded and safely removed the needle.

4:07 pm A caller from Thayer Heights Road reported that there was a breaking and entering during Marathon Monday by approximately seven youths. Officer William Burchard responded and wrote a report.

2:10 pm Officer David Shane assisted the Fire Department with a gas investigation on Sanctuary Lane.

12:21 pm A resident reported seeing a brown dog run into the woods on Smith Road.

5:08 am A passing motorist reported seeing a vehicle on the side East Main Street and the operator firing a weapon into or near his own vehicle. Officer Linda Higgins checked and spoke with the operator who was turkey hunting and had the appropriate hunting license.


Middlesex Savings Bank Commits $75,000 in Support of the Renovation and Expansion of Hopkinton Public Library Contingent on Town Meeting Vote


April 29, 2014, Hopkinton, Mass. – Middlesex Savings Bank has pledged to give $75,000 toward the renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Public Library.  Upon successful votes to fund the new library at the May 5 Annual Town Meeting and May 19 Town Election, Middlesex Savings Bank will make a charitable gift of $75,000 (over 3 years) to the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation in support of the restoration, renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Public Library.  The Bank’s generous pledge puts the Foundation’s fundraising at over $350,000 in 1000 Homes for Hopkinton pledges and contributions since October 2013, and $450,000 in total, toward a state-of-the-art, spacious, and accessible Library for Hopkinton’s 15,000 residents.


 “Hopkinton Public Library Foundation is extremely grateful to Middlesex Savings Bank for this vote of support for the renovation and expansion of our Library,” said Laura Barry, Chairperson.  “We are excited to add Middlesex Savings Bank to our growing team of supporters for this project and look forward to working together to build something of great importance for the Town of Hopkinton.” 


“Middlesex Savings Bank is honored to have the opportunity to fund a project that is so meaningful to the town of Hopkinton,” said Dana Neshe, executive vice president of Middlesex Savings Bank. “The Bank is committed to enhancing the community experience for Hopkinton residents and we believe that the renovation and expansion of the library will provide wonderful educational and cultural opportunities.”



Holliston Business Association Stroll
Downtown Holliston
Sat. May 3
11 - 6
Events and Activities for the Whole Family

Holliston Antiques

*25% Sale 

Store wide sale during the Holliston Spring Stroll!
May 3rd
10:00 - 6:00
Browsers Welcome
Holliston Antiques buys Silver one piece or complete sets!
check out our web site at www.HollistonAntiques.com


Peter Rabbit Puppet Show
Date: Saturday, May 10
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Fay’s Primary School, located at 25 Middle Road in Southborough


Description:  You're invited to Peter Rabbit's birthday party! However, no birthday for Peter would be complete without a juicy carrot to munch on. With the help of his little sister Flopsy, Peter ventures into Farmer McGregor's garden in search of the tasty treat. This modern adaptation of the classic Beatrix Potter tale is presented with large colorful hand puppets by Pumpernickel Puppets.


This event is free to attend but space is limited so please register online at www.fayschool.org/saturdays.


Questions? Contact Nicole Casey at 508.490.8204 or ncasey@fayschool.org.

Board of Selectmen Vote to Recommend Article 33 Be Passed at Town Meeting
Changes in Host Community Agreement With Legacy Farms to Allow 200-unit Active Senior Housing need zoning vote

by Robert Falcione

April 30, 2014 — Tuesday evening, Town Counsel Ray Miyares was back and forth hammering out last minute details and wordsmithing changes to an amendment to the Host Community  Agreement between the Town of Hopkinton and Legacy Farms LLC that would allow 200 units of active senior living on the northern parcel.
           "I think I see white smoke," joked Legacy Farms' Roy MacDowell, Jr. as he exited a meeting with Mr. Miyares, to his anxiously waiting sons, Roy MacDowell III and Todd MacDowell, referring to the College of Cardinals' method of declaring to the waiting throngs that their business is complete.

            The original proposal of the amendment was for Legacy to trade 200,000 square feet of proposed commercial development for the senior living complex, but all parties this evening agreed that the town preferred that Legacy keep the commercial component as a possible revenue source for the town.

              A couple of notable points in the agreement are that no one under the age of 18 may be a resident in a dwelling in the senior housing complex. Another is that the developer will award the town $120,000 at the issuance of the first certificate of occupancy, again at the 100th, and again at the 200th. Abutter Christopher Barry, a longtime opponent of Legacy Farms, was not happy with the latter point.

              "I want to be sure that as an old man I will get the services I need. $120,000 is laughable. What is going on in Hopkinton is ridiculous," he said, referring to the gold rush of development.

              Mr. Barry, whose home is surrounded by the Legacy land, in 2007, about ten days before a Special Town Meeting to consider Hopkinton exercising  its Chapter 61A right of first refusal to purchase the then Weston Nurseries land, began a campaign to influence Town Meeting voters to vote in favor of funding the town's purchase. His efforts, combined with the efforts of other residents of East Hopkinton nearly derailed the developer's purchase and sale with Weston Nurseries. The final vote of the 865 Town Meeting participants to fund the town's purchase was 576 in favor, just 3 votes shy of the 2/3 super majority needed.

              This evening Town Manager Norman Khumalo said that at full build-out, the new use would generate about $1.1 million per year.

              "The quality of life is being significantly affected, by this development," said Mr. Barry.

              "There was no community involvement in the Host Community Agreement," said Mr. Barry, apparently alluding to the fact that attorneys for both sides, the developer and the Selectmen at the time hammered out the original agreement.

                Another requirement of the developer is to provide 20 affordable units, which may be anywhere in the entire OSMUD (Open Space Mixed Use) development. 

               All in all, the selectmen agreed that this would be a revenue positive situation for the town, and voted to sign the amendment, and as required by the amendment itself, to recommend to Town Meeting voters next week that the zoning changes required to fulfill the amendment, Article 33, be passed at Town Meeting.

                 Zoning articles require a 2/3 majority vote.

Personal Services 
Exemplary Service

April 29, 2014 — Above, Lt. Charles Wallace poses with the citation — different than the type he himself issues — from the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen that he received this evening for "...exemplary service as Interim Police Chief for the Town of Hopkinton."

        When Chief Rick Flannery resigned, with sufficient notice last year, Lt. Wallace accepted the appointment from the Board of Selectmen as Interim Chief of Police, while a search committee was formed and interviews conducted for a permanent replacement.

         Lt. Wallace and fellow Hopkinton police officer Sgt. Joseph Bennett  were among the four who made the final cut. But the selectmen chose Edward Lee, a Captain with the Woonsocket, Rhode Island Police Department as Hopkinton's new chief. Lt. Wallace stepped down and vowed to do whatever he can to help the new chief.


          Below, Tom Grilk, Executive Director of the Boston Athletic Association, which runs the Boston Marathon, poses Tuesday evening with Sgt. Joseph Bennett,  Lt. Charles Wallace and Fire Chief Ken Clark to whom he gave special bibs for their work preparing to keep safe the 2014 Boston Marathon. Deputy Chief Steve Slaman, not pictured, also received one.

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