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On the Move

May 17, 2014 — These Canada geese flying over Hopkinton Reservoir today are captured by a fast shutter speed, freezing their wings in motion, although their demeanor appeared frantic, as geese often do in short flight.


May 17, 2014 — This squirrel came from out of his hole in a dead tree at Bloods  Pond today, squealing like a pig, and as loud as one. It continued to make a loud screech for much of the time, drawing attention to itself, as if to be a decoy from its young. And no, that is not a punk hairdo, it is its tail rising behind him.


Barbara A. Bresse, 87

HOPKIINTON - Barbara A. Bresse, 87, died Friday, May 16, 2014 at Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Westborough.  She was the widow of the late Donald Bresse, who died in April 2009.  Born in Newton, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Eleanor (Marston) Dudley. 


She was a 1948 graduate of Walnut Hill School, Natick and a 1952 graduate of Boston University.  She taught for 30 years in Hopkinton, at both Center and Elmwood Schools.  She was a former member of the Christian Women's Club. 


She is survived by her daughter Rhonda Mauro of Concord and her sons Arthur of Hopkinton and Donald and his wife Paula of Springfield, NH.  She also leaves her grandchildren Keziah, Christopher, Katie, James and Sandy; and her great-grandchildren Harper, Quinn, Eliza, Colby, Christopher and Karly.

A graveside service will take place Thursday, May 22 at noon in Evergreen Cemetery, Route 135, Hopkinton.  There are no calling hours.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home.


Donations in Barbara's name may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 480 Pleasant St, Watertown, MA 02472.

On the Corner, May 17, 2014


With $14,000 Raised at Pink Pint Night, Hopkinton Public Library Foundation Tops $500,000


May 16, 2014 — Just days ahead of the Town Election on Monday, May 19, where Hopkinton residents will be asked to fund the renovation and expansion of the Library, Hopkinton Public Library Foundation achieved the extraordinary fundraising milestone of $500,000 in gifts and pledges in pursuit of its $1,000,000 goal.  


On Thursday, May 15, Hopkinton’s ladies filled St. John's Parish Hall at the Library Foundation’s 2nd Annual Pink Pint Night.  The beer and food tasting event raised $14,000, bringing the total amount raised for the Library renovation and expansion to over $500,000 in pledges and gifts.  Partygoers cheered the result of the May 5 Annual Town Meeting where a clear 2/3rds majority voted in favor of funding the $11.7 million renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Public Library, recognizing the incredible benefits a new Library will provide to our Town.  


At the event, 175 ladies sampled numerous beers in a souvenir pink pint glass and enjoyed food from local restaurants and caterers, including Red Rock Grill & Bar, 3, Not Your Average Joe’s, Mexico City Taqueria, Zaftigs, Tomasso, Twist Bakery & Cafe, Quattro, The Rail Trail Flatbread Co., Bill’s Pizza, Tavolino, and The Bistro.  Generous sponsors of Pink Pint Night included:  Diamond Sponsor Hallmark Sotheby’s International Realty; Platinum Sponsor Hopkinton Drug; Silver Level Sponsors All About You Fitness Style and BodyLove Fitness; and Supporter Level Sponsors Arbonne by Stephanie Hatherley, bCalm Power Yoga, Hamilton Hair Studio, Silpada Designs by Barbara Kessler and Arlene Taros, Stella and Dot by Robin Stocklan, and SWOON.  HPLF wishes to thank all the restaurants, sponsors, guests and volunteers who so generously made this event a huge success for our Library!


About Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, Inc.


Founded in 2011, Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, Inc. (HPLF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission to raise private funds to support the state-of-the-art renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Public Library.  HPLF appreciates the Hopkinton community’s tremendous response to date, and asks for the community’s continued support.  Gifts in any amount are welcome and appreciated, and are tax-deductible.  Contributions can be mailed to P.O. Box 16, Woodville, MA 01784, or made online at www.HPLFinc.org.  For more information about 1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library, and the expansion and renovation of Hopkinton Library, please visit our website at www.HPLFinc.org and our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/HPLFpage.

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Annual Town Election Monday, May 19, 2014

In the meantime, check out what some of your fellow residents are saying about the candidates by visiting the Letters to the Editor Page, linked above.

You can also go there, and back to Page 2 and 3 and more, to read what the candidates said earlier. See them speak on video on our SmugMugPro page, and look for more video from the candidates, soon.




Police Arrest/Incident Log - Updated May 16, 2014

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  Arrest Log

Thursday, May 15, 2014

12:15 am Officer Jacob Campbell arrested Whitney L. Oliver, 28, of Elizabeth Road, Hopkinton, on West Main Street and charged her with Speeding in Violation of Special Regulation, OUI Liquor, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Failure to Stop for Police and Passing in a Double Solid Lane.


Incident Log

Thursday, May 15, 2014

11:26 pm A caller reported a suspicious motor vehicle parked in the area of Route 135 and Cross Street. Officer Linda Higgins responded and located a disabled motor vehicle who had a tow truck on the way.

9:31 pm A caller from Main Street reported that someone may have been in her house. Two officers responded to speak with the resident and write a report.

9:00 pm A resident reported a suspicious motor vehicle parked in a lot on Peach Street and that a door was open to a business. Two officers responded and advised that the building was secure and the vehicle was gone after they checked the business.

5:51 pm A 911 caller reported being broken down in the middle of the roadway on Main Street. Officer Philip Powers responded to assist the operator.

3:08 pm Officer Gregg DeBoer assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.

1:26 pm A walk-in spoke with Sgt. John Porter regarding her iPhone being stolen out of her vehicle.

12:48 pm There were several calls from parents of Elmwood School students who reportedly received a call with a message stating that their child was not at school. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to the school and confirmed that there was an issue with the messaging system and that the message was sent out in error.

11:03 am A walk-in from Front Street spoke with Sgt. John Porter regarding a stolen backpack blower.

10:26 am A caller reported a road rage incident occurring in front of Center School.

7:00 am A motorist was concerned about a group of geese that were on the side of the roadway on South Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and advised that the geese were now well off of the roadway.

6:38 am Officer Jacob Campbell responded to South Street to assist a disabled motor vehicle.

2:40 am Officer Jacob Campbell assisted the Ashland Police Department with booking an individual who got arrested.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

11:27 pm Officer John Moran stopped a motor vehicle on West Main Street and subsequently arrested a 28 year-old female from Hopkinton and charged her with Speeding in Violation of Special Regulation, OUI Liquor, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Failure to Stop for Police and Passing in a Double Solid Lane.

7:08 pm A 911 caller reported that someone may have thrown a rock which hit his windshield on East Main Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the area but did not locate anyone suspicious.

4:51 pm Officer Matthew McNeil assisted a disabled motor vehicle on West Main Street.

3:25 pm A caller reported a possible disabled motor vehicle with a man trying to wave down cars on West Elm Street. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area with a negative find.

1:30 pm An Eastview Road resident reported a black Jeep, which was unfamiliar to him, traveling slowly through the neighborhood. Officer Patrick O'Brien checked the area but was unable to locate the vehicle.

11:52 am A caller reported that while walking a client's dogs on Rocky Woods Road she was threatened by another neighbor. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to speak with the caller.

11:15 am Officer Stephen Buckley checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Fruit Street.

11:10 am A resident of Grove Street reported a screeching dog a few houses down from hers. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and advised that all was quiet now.

10:33 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted a disabled motor vehicle on Main Street.

7:53 am A resident of Cider Mill Road reported that her mailbox was damaged overnight. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded to write a report.

2:27 am Officer Jacob Campbell assisted the Fire Department with a CO investigation on Sadie Lane.

HOPKINTON - Barbara A. Bresse, 87, died Friday, May 16, 2014 at Beaumont in Westborough.  Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home , are incomplete at this time.




From HHSPress.org




Hopkinton High School Principal Bishop Awards Student Artwork


The annual high school student art show community reception was held last night, May 15th, at the school.


Principal Evan Bishop attended the reception and selected the three Principal’s Art Award winners as part of an annual tradition. This year Bishop awarded a digital still life photograph by freshman Sasha Hagan and oil paintings by art department standout seniors Erica Hudson and Mackenzie Britt.


Each award winner receives an art supplies gift card generously funded by the HPTA.

(Original story)

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Legacy Farms

May 16, 2014 — This view of Legacy Farms buildings from Clinton Street is obscured by the tall pines and other growth around the farmer's pond along the road. Before it was owned by Legacy Farms, it was owned by Weston Nurseries. And this very pond, the now little red schoolhouse and home next to it, and the surrounding land was known before Weston Nurseries owned it, as Busconi's Farm. The photo was taken Thursday with HDR techniques and enhanced with added saturation, giving a brilliance not usually seen in print.




No Cause

May 15, 2014 — Firefighters responded to an alarm activation in a home on Warmstone Way, a new street in the Pulte section of Legacy Farms at dusk today. Residents evacuated the building, and the firefighters found no reason for the alarm sounding, and reset it.

Don't Just Stand There... Plant Something on May 15!
Households participating in flower gardening down from nearly half in 2008 to less than one third now

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May 15, 2014 — According to the National Gardening Association, fewer households than ever are participating in flower gardening. As a way to promote the industry and the practice, Weston Nurseries sent a specialist to the Metrowest YMCA to educate the youngsters, and any adults that wanted to know, how to plant shrubs and plants, which they did while dressing up the front of the office area.

          "It was so overgrown, we had to do something," said Camp Counselor, Ben Holden, who runs an after school program for students from both Hopkinton and Ashland. 

             Mr. Holden arranged for Weston Nurseries to provide the plant material and the expertise on a day that saw participation from organizations in 120 towns in 2013. If you didn't get the memo to plant something today, do it tomorrow. Below, Fiona and Andy check out the plant name tag.


Hopkinton School District Among Towns to Receive $500 Stipend Each from DA


              WOBURN— May 15, 2014 — Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced today that her office will contribute to funding substance-free after-prom and graduation events for twelve county school districts.

            School districts that applied for and received $500 each from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office in support of substance-free events include:  Belmont, Billerica, Framingham, Hopkinton, Marlborough, Melrose, Natick, North Reading, Reading, Wayland, Wakefield, and Woburn.  Funds will help defray expenses associated with all-night after-graduation parties, senior picnics and a graduation cruise hosted by these schools.        

            “With prom and graduation season upon us, this is a fun and exciting time of the year for students and their families,” District Attorney Ryan said.  “We want it to be marked by wonderful celebrations and terrific memories that will last a lifetime, not by a preventable tragedy.  We support our schools’ efforts to organize substance-free post-prom and graduation events to ensure everyone has a happy and safe time as they celebrate this important milestone and all that they have accomplished.”

               Each year many teenagers are injured or killed in alcohol related traffic fatalities on prom and graduation nights.  Car crashes are the leading cause of death for young adults between the ages of 15-19 and many of those deaths are caused by impaired or distracted driving.  There are steps that parents and adults can take to encourage young people to make the right choices around drinking and driving.

In addition to encouraging young people to attend substance-free events, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office also provides the following safety tips for parents to help discourage drinking and driving.

•           Offer your teen transportation alternatives. Offer to provide your teen rides or to have a sibling or family friend provide rides on prom night. If your teen does not want you to pick them up, you could suggest that a sibling or family friend be designated in your place.

•           If you are able to, hire or share professional transportation for your teen’s prom night.  Make sure you have a discussion with the driver prior to prom night about your expectations that the ride be alcohol-free.  Sometimes even hired drivers may agree to purchase or furnish alcohol illegally for their minor passengers; you can take steps to prevent this by talking directly with the driver.

•           Provide your teen with the phone number of a reputable local taxi company and make plans to pay for your teen’s taxi fare for the night.  Remember, this is a small cost to keep your child safe.

•           Give your teen a cell phone or other mobile device to communicate with you directly throughout the night.  Make sure you have your own cell phone or mobile device with you during the evening to facilitate texts or quick calls to check in.



May 15, 2014 — The visual weight of the rocks balance one another in this photo of two male juvenile mallard ducks today at Blood's Pond.  The composition is a further conventional example of artistic elements in respect to rule of thirds in three places.

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May 15, 2014 — This bird in flight, flying past the photographer's stationary position was frozen in time with a 1/1300th of a second shutter speed at 3200 ISO film speed equivalent from about 100' away at Blood's Pond today.


   Award-Winning Outdoor Enthusiast Named Branch Executive Director at Metrowest Y Outdoor Center

Decade-long career with the Y


HOPKINTON, MA. - May 15, 2014  — Scott Umbel of Stamford, CT has been appointed Branch Executive Director of the Family Outdoor Center in Hopkinton, MA.  


With ten years of management experience at YMCAs, Umbel has embraced the organization’s mission and worked enthusiastically to further the Y’s cause of strengthening community through a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.


With an increasing scope of achievements and progressive advancement in the YMCA, Umbel has demonstrated strong leadership, team building, problem solving, organization and inter-personal communication skills. Umbel began his career with the YMCA in 2004 as a Camp & Aquatic Program Coordinator, and within a year progressed to the Director at the Tockwogh Camp & Conference Center in Worton, MD.


At the Ocean Community YMCA ‘s Westerly-Pawcatuck Branch in Westerly, RI, Umbel supervised and directed daily operations of their Summer Camp, and Teen and Family Program Departments from 2007-2010. For the last four years Umbel served as Senior Program Director at the Rye YMCA. This Y in Rye, NY impacts over 1,000 youth and teens per week in their programs and over 1,200 summer campers.


 “We are very excited to have Scott as the Branch Executive of our YMCA Family Outdoor Center in Hopkinton,” said Rick MacPherson, President & CEO of the MetroWest YMCA. “Scott brings to this position a wide range of experiences in leading YMCA operations.  He has proven skills in the areas of program development, staff development, building community partnerships and managing YMCA buildings and grounds. We are confident that Scott’s skills and his passion for strengthening the community will make him an effective leader as we continue to advance the mission of the Y throughout Hopkinton, Ashland and Holliston."


A fitness enthusiast, Umbel earned his BS in Recreation and Park Management (Community & Non-Profit focus) from Pennsylvania State University. Umbel has been the recipient of numerous awards, such as the Rising Star Award from the YMCA of Delaware in 2005 and the Excellence in Innovation Award from the Rye YMCA in 2011.


Special Treats From Water Fresh Farm at MBBC Against the Tide, June 21, 2014


May 15, 2014 — Owner of Water Fresh Farm in Hopkinton, MA, Jeff Barton, will be generously handing out delicious whole-grain muffins at the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition’s (MBCC) Against the Tide event in Hopkinton, MA on June 21. MBCC’s 22nd annual Metro-Boston Against the Tide swim, walk, run, and/or kayak event will be held at DCR’s Hopkinton State Park in Hopkinton, MA on June 21, and the 15th annual Cape Cod Against the Tide event will be held at DCR’s Nickerson State Park in Brewster, MA on August 16.


Last year at the Hopkinton Against the Tide event, Barton was given an award of appreciation in honor and memory of his late wife, Nancy Barton. Nancy passed away three and a half years ago after a ten year battle with breast cancer. She was diagnosed at the young age of 37, yet she faced the horrible disease with inspiring energy and strength. Through her struggle with the disease, Nancy continued to touch the lives of everyone around her, including her two daughters who were just 8 and 6 years old at the time.


Nancy used to always say, “Your biology becomes your biography.” This inspired Jeff to strive daily to provide a better and safer way for his customers to live and eat. Water Fresh Farm baked goods are made from whole-grain flour that is grown and milled locally in Massachusetts. They also use pure cane sugar, a healthier alternative to refined sugars. Water Fresh Farm grows pesticide-free fruits and vegetables year round as well. The goal of Fresh Water Farm is to nourish its customers with both body and soul, to touch people, and to make a difference in people’s lives – no matter how small.


“Anything that can help individuals and families from having to go through this is a good thing,” says Jeff. “Breast cancer impacts the entire family. Preventing it is better than fighting it."


“I was deeply touched when I spoke to Jeff,” says Cheryl Osimo, Executive Director of MBCC. “Here is a businessman willing to take a full morning out of his workweek to come to the Against the Tide event to personally help with breast cancer prevention. It touches my heart that Jeff can share himself and his business to change the legacy of breast cancer for future generations.”


The statewide Against the Tide events generate funds toward breast cancer prevention and MBCC’s work in community education, research advocacy, and public policy change. The morning events consist of a 1-mile swim, 2-mile kayak, 3-mile walk, 5K run, and 10K run. Participants may choose one or more of the activities in any combination. There will also be a “Splash and Dash” Aquathlon option where participants first "splash" in the competitive 1-mile swim and then "dash" in the competitive 5K or 10K run. Each year, this family-friendly event brings individuals from all demographics and all abilities together with one goal in mind: breast cancer prevention.


MBCC is inviting people throughout Massachusetts to register for one or both of the events at www.mbcc.org/swim or by calling 617-376-6222. Those who cannot attend are invited to make a pledge to a registered participant or existing team at www.firstgiving.com/mbcc.



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